To help Aleya Michelle celebrate the recent release of her
book “Torment” I am running a rafflecopter giveaway. One lucky recipient will
win an e-copy of the book, along with a $5 Amazon voucher. Woohoo! Use the link
above to enter, and details of the book are below.
two afflicted strangers from the dark side, help each other back to the light?
Willow Steele is a survivor - barely. Her mother was murdered in front of her. Eight years old. Nowhere and nobody to call home.
Willow did what she had to in order to survive life. Alcohol. Drugs. Rehab. Faced with a straightjacket, a bare cell at
Ferndale and the prospect of going cold turkey from the vices that have been
keeping her alive, Willow is furious. She wants her drugs. She wants her
freedom. She wants out of this place.
Hunter Edwards is an addict. Just one taste, to impress a girl, and heroin
ended up taking every bit of self-control he'd ever owned. Six months later he is hooked and spiralling out
of control. Break and enters, car accidents, trouble with the law. His mother
and the cops sign him into Ferndale as a last resort before shipping him off to
That's where he sees her. Willow. The girl in the
The dark haired, blue eyed angel that steals his
Can Willow & Hunter help each other through
the hardest fight of their lives?
Or will they both fall harder than ever before?
This is a dark romance. It is not for the faint
hearted. You've been warned...
Today I'd like to share Torie James' COVER REVEAL with you. (Isn't it pretty?) Release date for this novella is OCT 20, but in the meantime, you can check out all of her social media at the end of this post.
Ghost of Secret's Gate
wanted a home...
1861. Estranged from
his family for a shocking betrayal, Highlander Lachlan MacQueen is a man who
lives by his rules and no other. Reckless and rootless, he roams the border
towns between Scotland and England, a mercenary for hire with an unspoken
determination to regain all he's lost. By any means necessary.
When he inadvertently saves the life of
Queen Victoria, she rewards him with a royal boon, the deed to a small manse
nestled in Crathie called Secret's Gate and a stipend to ensure his outlaw days
are over. But past sins demand payment and when the price becomes too high,
Lachlan's untimely death becomes another skeletal ghost in an unopened closet.
wanted to heal...
McClellan's memories of Secret's Gate are hazy at best. Two months spent in
Scotland 25 years ago echo with remnants of a mysterious, hasty departure home
to America and fresh beginnings with her mother, Pamela and new stepfather,
she returns to claim the legacy left to her by Archie; the very manor of her
erstwhile childhood summer. But the free spirited, fun loving child that roamed
the castle with innocent glee has been replaced by a heartbroken woman full of
remorse and shattered by regret. And now, she's beginning to question her
sanity when an alluringly familiar voice in her head opens the floodgates to a
piece of her past long forgotten.
Can a lie that destroyed one life give
another the truth it needs to be whole?
Coming October 20th, 2016 by
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The following author interview contains questions chosen by my readers as part of some release week fun. That's right, Johanna's new novelSTRONGER THAN BLOOD, is out now! Details at the end of the interview.
the inspiration behind your books? MEGAN BARAGNO I
have many, many stories in my head. Usually they arrive in fragments. I’ll
either have a couple of key plot points, or a character who just won’t leave me
alone until I commit to writing their story. I’ve always been a character
driven author. Sometimes, this means I don’t have a definite plan of how things
are going to unfold. Once the characters are made real, I’ll have an idea for a
beginning, maybe a few important events or situations, then the characters find
their own way there. I often stop mid scene and stare at the computer in
wonderment, astonished by the direction the story has taken. I have learned
(the hard way) to listen to my characters. They always seem to know where they’re
going. The rare times I’ve had to delete scenes, has happened when I’ve tried
to go against the grain, and force them into a story arc they don’t care for.
inspired you to write this story? ALEIDA ALI GIAMMARELLA Stronger
than Blood has been different than any story I’ve told so far. The two most
difficult things for me, when writing a novel, are the title and the blurb.
With Stronger than Blood, those were chosen and written right after I’d decided
which characters would feature in the book. Tobias, Will, and Rion were
characters I’d created previously, but they’d never made it to publication.
They were all from three completely different worlds, and originally intended
to be kept separate. I decided I wanted to write a story involving Rion, but I didn’t
want it to be a stereotypical “angels verses demons” piece. So I roped in two
of the most unlikely characters I could find in my repertoire, and threw them
all in the ring together. The story came to me easily, because these characters
were not new. They were already well established in my mind. It doesn’t mean
the journey hasn’t come with challenges, of course, but the characters were
very real to me from day one. With my other book series, some characters took
two or three books to develop.
books will be in this series? JANICE THOMAS As
with anything I write, the plan I had at the start went out the window very
early on. I had planned to write one book, a fairly standard length novel. I’ve
ended up with a reasonably long novel, which will be the first in a trilogy.
The second and third book titles have already been chosen. Book two will be
called “Redemption and Sacrifice”. Book three will be called “Saving Forever”.
of music fuelled your creativity for this book?TRACEY STEINBACH No
matter what I write, I always have a separate playlist for any character who
has a voice. Until I have that playlist, the words do not flow easily, as music
is the key to making my writing work. (The only thing more important than the
music is coffee, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). Stronger than Blood really
pushed my boundaries, because the musical influences were not always ones I was
familiar with. Will in particular, prefers music much heavier than I’d usually
listen to. Tobias and Will have introduced me to a few bands I’d never heard
of, which has been refreshing. Choosing the playlists can be fun, though time
consuming. I have to browse YouTube, and iTunes, trying to find songs and bands
that awaken each character. Sometimes my close friends are able to offer
each of your characters have a different set of music for their jams – I’d like
to know what Tobias listened to? MEGAN BARAGNO Tobias’
playlist –Royal Blood, Blacklistt, The Pretty Reckless, Like a Storm,
Blackberry Wednesday, I Am Giant, Ashes Remain, The Last Internationale, Jeff
Gutt, Our Lady Peace, Imagine Dragons. Rion’s
playlist – Boyce Avenue, Joe Moore, The Fray, Karise Eden, The Killers,
Manic St Preachers, Stan Walker, Maroon5, David Guetta, Hozier, Jason Mraz. Will’s
playlist –Breaking Benjamin, Avenged Sevenfold, Black River Drive,
Disturbed, Papa Roach, Plan Three, Villainy, Apocalyptica, Linkin Park, Red,
Seether, Radiohead, .
How do you
deal with writer’s block when it happens? CAROLYN TARBOX KELLY Fortunately
I don’t experience this often. Usually, it occurs for me when I’m not listening
to the characters. If I try to push them in a direction they’re not happy with,
the words don’t come. A similar thing happens if I work on the wrong book. I
often have more than one project on the go, and I’ve learned to listen to
whichever voices are shouting the loudest. The only other thing which has
caused writer’s block for me before, was listening to the wrong character’s
playlist. It took me the longest time to figure out why I was struggling.
been the most challenging aspect of your writing journey? AMBER LIDDELL I’m
lucky as an author. I never need to outline on paper. I don’t plot my books
chapter by chapter before I write. I have a random assortment of characters and
ideas in my head, and somehow it all ends up on the page in a way that makes
sense for the reader. None of my struggles have anything to do with the story
itself. I’m a busy wife/mother, and my family will always come first. My health
can also be challenging, but writing is a wonderful escape from that. In all
honesty, my biggest obstacle right now, is getting my name out there. Being an
independent author from little old New Zealand is hard. Especially when the
majority of my audience live outside my own country. I’ve never let this hold
me back. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, and I’ve come further than I
dreamed possible. I’m grateful for every single reader I have and I know if I
continue to work hard, it will be worth it.
you wake up one day and decide to write?RAQUAL HUMPHRIES I
don’t think there was ever a day I woke up and ‘chose’ this. It’s been ingrained
in my very bones from the day I was born. As soon as I was old enough to walk
and talk, I was inventing stories and using my imagination. I could read before
I started school, because the stories were so important to me. When I was five,
a teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said “a writer and an
artist”. I am still both those things! As a child, I used to drive my family
crazy with all the imagination play, notebooks full of stories, and crazy
accents I would randomly use in every day conversation.
tried to write a character who just didn’t turn out the way you originally
envisioned? NICOLE NIXON This
happens to me a lot! Most of the time it’s all for the best. For example, when
I first began writing Tobias, he was supposed to be a jerk, and unliked by
many. He ended up becoming much easier to relate to, and the flaws he possesses are
forgivable from a reader’s perspective. In my other book series, Therian
Secrets, the characters I expected to be favorites were quickly overshadowed by
others the readers preferred. Timothy O’Brien from Stronger than Blood was
supposed to have a very small role, but ended up with a lot more page time than
I’d envisaged. Derek Turner got less page time than I planned. A writer can
create (or awaken) a character, but they often can’t anticipate what will happen
as they grow and develop.
the most active in your mind, the one you are always thinking about? NICOLE NIXON This
changes on a daily basis. Many things in day to day life can bring various characters
to the front of the brain. The characters most often in my thoughts when I’m
not writing, are Will Jones from Stronger than Blood, or Danny Archer and Rufus
Ramanui from Therian Secrets. However,
in saying that, all it takes is a song on the radio – to awaken any of them.
character most resembles your personality? MELISSA PERRY There
is no one individual character which has my exact personality. In a way, every
character I write has a piece of my heart. Some more than others. The Stronger
than Blood characters are special, in that they represent the parts of myself
others don’t often get to see. They carry my fears and insecurities, and
sometimes my regrets. They hold more of my emotions than any others. If we are
talking strictly about personality, the closest character I’ve written would be
Jodie Fletcher from the Therian Secrets series. I believe (with a few tweaks)
she is close to the person I’d be if her world was actually real.
of your characters based on real people in your life? NICOLE NIXON I
do have a couple of characters which I’ve named after people, (with permission)
and others where I’ve borrowed a particular personality trait from a real
person. I borrowed some of my husband’s traits for “Doug” from Therian Secrets.
However, I am always very careful to add new and different elements, to keep
you deal with the mass whining and one-upping in your head, when your
characters want page time?REBEL HAIL Some
days, the character voices in my head drive me crazy. (In ways none but another
author would probably understand). If this happens when I’m away from home, or
too busy to sit down and write, it can be hard. When I do have time to let them
out to play, I have learned to listen to whomever is screaming the loudest.
you deal with a character you don’t actually like? You’ve made the character,
but don’t actually like who he or she is? RAQUAL HUMPHRIES Well,
to be honest, I really reallydo not
like Delron Lancaster from Therian Secrets. He would be the character I hate
the most. Leviathan out of Stronger than Blood is a bad guy, but one you expect
to be bad. Delron Lancaster isn’t like that. He is in a position where he
should be a good guy, and yet he is still a jerk. I deal with this by letting
Karma step into the plot every now and then. It’s extremely satisfying. Delron
might annoy me, but he definitely adds to the story, so I believe it is worth
your favorite brand of coffee? Important questions must be answered! GENEVIEVE
FOREMAN When I go to a café,
I prefer to go to Theobroma or Mozaik, because I like the flavor of their coffee. I know Theobroma makes their own blend, so it doesn’t taste the same
anywhere else. When at home I’m limited and it’s frustrating! If I’m lazy, I’ll
drink freeze dried coffee made with the kettle, but if I need decent coffee, I
use Avalanche in my espresso maker. My coffee of choice is a vanilla latte.
sleepless nights have you had while working out plot lines, and do you write
them down when you suddenly have a breakthrough? CAROLYN TARBOX KELLY I
think I’ve lost count! This is another situation, where I’ve learned not to try
to swim against the current. I have been known to get up at three in the morning
to scrawl notes on a scrap of paper. Sometimes I’ve even written out a whole
scene before going back to bed. On one occasion where I tried to ignore the
explosion of ideas in my mind at some ungodly hour, I ended up dreaming about
the characters. It’s not always easy to explain to your husband the next morning
why you were calling out the names of strange men in the middle of the night!
your favorite color? TRACEY STEINBACH My
favorite color is blue. I like soft shades of blue best, but any blue will do!
My second favorite color is purple. My favorite bands are Muse and Imagine
Dragons. My favorite type of food is Italian. My favorite flavors are vanilla
and caramel. I’m allergic to chocolate and seafood. Obviously, I’m addicted to
coffee. Next to coffee, cheese is my biggest food obsession. We have recently
started making our own cheese here at home, from our own goats’ milk.
A demon a vampire and an angel... Three supernatural beings who should never have been allies, develop a bond which brings them closer than brothers. Though everything they stand for runs in direct conflict with each other, somehow they defeat the odds. What will happen if their unity is put to the test? When a mortal female becomes irreversibly tied to each in turn, will their bond be strong enough to withstand the challenges they face? Is the safety and survival of this one woman going to tear them apart, or is what they have stronger than the blood which separates them? When Heaven, Hell and the In-between come together, nothing is certain.