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I’m Not Afraid of Wolves
Erin Hayes
(The Cotton Candy Quintet #4)
Publication date: September 22nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

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When the sliding door locked, I turned my gaze onto Sara and watched her, waiting for her to bring up her story. I wanted her to be the one who talked first, if only because I didn’t want to prod her too much if she was traumatized by whatever this was.

But if she was going to try to weasel her way out of talking to me, she had another thing coming.

“Wow,” she murmured softly. “Look at that full moon.”

I picked up a note of fear in her voice. “Yeah,” I said cautiously. “It’s beautiful.”

“I used to think so.” Sara turned around and looked back at me. Her eyes were wide with fright and the rigidity told me something else was going on with her.

Finally, my patience snapped.

“Sara, what’s wrong?”

“You won’t believe me,” she repeated, using the same phrase she used when we were putting food away.

I crossed my arms. “I think you’ll be surprised.”

Sara’s jaw worked. “I think I’m going to need more wine for this.”

I held up my glass. “Just drink mine.” Don’t think I’m letting you back in the kitchen that easily. She’d run away and hide and hoped I’d forget about it. She wanted to talk about it, but she was too afraid to.

She took my glass and downed the rest of it in one chug. I raised my eyebrows in surprise.

“Okay,” she said, as if warming herself up for our talk. “Okay.”

“It will be all right,” I told her.

“No, it won’t.” Tears started filling her eyes. “Christine, do you believe in werewolves?”

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Author Bio:

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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I’m so thrilled to have @caracrescent on the blog today discussing her research, SPD, and many other fascinating topics relating to #DontLetMeForgetYou

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~ Don’t Let Me Forget You by Cara Crescent ~

Digital ISBN: 978-0-9971872-4-3
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9971872-5-0
Page Count: 369 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2016

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The invitation promised respite from the harsh realities of life. But here at Pembrook, not even the dead are permitted to rest.

Olivia Pembrook knows something isn’t right. She’s not remembering things she should. Pembrook Manor’s caretaker advises her to stay away from the new guest, but Hunter is attentive and sweet. She feels safe being near such a big, quiet man. He listens, and Lord knows, she can’t remember the last time anyone paid her any attention. So when he invites her to join him for dinner, she can’t say no. Everything is wonderful. Perfect. Until the clock strikes five. The doors lock. And her memories return.
Luke Hunter, a wounded ex-SWAT officer, experiencing a recurrence of his childhood Sensory Perception Disorder, goes to a private island for seclusion and rest. Instead, he finds a lover. A lover who relives her death nightly and forgets everything by sunrise. He’s determined to stop the cycle but is unsure if he can survive his own ghosts – or the ones wandering the halls – long enough to secure their happily-ever-after.
And even if he does… will she remember him tomorrow?

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Thank you so much to Cara Crescent for taking time to answer our burning questions!

What inspired you to write Don’t Let Me Forget You?

Usually, with each book I have ‘stuff’ that I’ve been pondering that sort of roll around together until they mesh. With this one, I had been re-reading some of Lovecraft’s work with one of my kids and I was watching a lot of science shows with another of my children. I was also working at a non-profit organization that provided occupational and physical therapy. Everything sort of morphed into aspects of this ‘haunted-house-sci-fi-romance’ I wanted to write. I ended up with a hero with SPD, monsters and ghosts, a heroine who forgets everything that happened the day before, a creepy caretaker, and a physics professor. And while it all sounds like a disconnected jumble, they’re all symptoms of a singular problem.

Did you do much research for the story and if so, care to share any interesting finds?

Yes. I do a ton of research for every book I write. Even though my stories focus on the fantastical and futuristic, I have to ground those things in reality so they don’t throw the reader out of the story. For Don’t Let Me Forget You some of the things I researched were:

Sensory Processing Disorder – I was already familiar with the disorder—I had done a lot of research because two of my children have sensory pieces to their puzzle. Years ago, shortly after my kids were diagnosed, the clinic we go to offered a class specific to parents with kids who had mental/behavior health challenges. The first thing they did was pass out a test—we had to watch a video and then answer five questions for each section of the video. Easy-peasy, right? The video was taken from the perspective of a person with a disorder—Sensory Processing, Schizophrenia, ADD, Bi-Polar, etc.—and while the teacher on the video gave a medical lecture on each disorder, the viewer experienced the same sensory interference common with each disorder. For example, while she explained SPD, the lights on-screen dimmed and then got too bright, the clock ticked so loud it muffled her voice, someone coughed and it was loud as a gunshot. It was disorienting and horrifying and I couldn’t answer one damned question in any section of the test. All I could think was, “Oh, my God, how many times have I put my kids in time out for not listening?” The experience stuck with me.

Future technologies – This story is set in 2040, so it’s not a huge jump, but taking into account Moore’s Law, I needed to predict some day-to-day technologies that we may have by then.

Prosthetic legs – Holy smokes, they are doing some amazing things in prosthetics now-a-days. From prosthesis designed for specific sports to those that are linked to the brain and can feel (still in the lab phase).

Impaling –(skip this paragraph if squeamish) I didn’t go into a lot of detail in the book, but I needed to know the particulars. Legend says Vlad the Implaer’s victims would remain alive for days as they hung on a stake. Some scientists did a computer simulation a few years ago and discovered that, yes, if done carefully, impaled victims could remain alive and aware for hours until grew tired, started to slouch and suffocated. I also needed to discover what kind of external injuries impaling a victim might cause—which is how I came up with the character Jawless and the rest of the `Less Gang.

If you had to write a book without any romance, which genre do you think you’d choose?

I can’t imagine writing a story without romance, but if I had to, I’d probably write science fiction or horror. They’re my favorite genres outside of romance.

Who would be your number one book boyfriend?

Oooh. I think it’d be a toss-up between Noah, from Jacquelyn Frank’s Noah and John Matthew from J.R. Ward’s Lover Mine. Those are both on my ‘to be read again’ shelf.

When you’re writing do you need absolute silence or does background noise work for you?

Absolute silence? What is that? I have four children and three ferrets—I don’t remember what silence sounds like, but I bet it’s amazing. Actually, now that three of my kids are teens and all are over the age of 10, I often drive across the street, park at the back of the lot and write. I always listen to music—I create playlists for each book—and depending on the scene, sometimes I’ll play a song on repeat for hours as I write. The repetitiveness keeps me from being distracted and helps me stay in a particular mood for the scene.

Now that you’re publishing your third novel, have you learned anything from your first two books which you applied to writing this new one?

Right now, I still feel like I’m learning the ropes of all the PR and publishing stuff. What has become easier, almost second nature now, is the story-telling. I’m one of those people that tends to complicate the hell out of the simplest task in effort to find the ‘best way’ to get the job done. So now that I’m through three books, I find that my process has become much more stream-lined and efficient. I waste less time on preparation and spend more time writing. I do a double plotline for each book, one character follows the hero’s journey, and one character follows the lover’s journey and I intertwine them like a double-helix. At first, the process felt cumbersome, but now it gets faster with each outline.

What made you decide to include a character with SPD? And what challenges did you face in writing him? (something which I very much admire, my cousin and daughter suffer from SPD and you don’t see many adult characters portrayed with these issues)

Oh, honey, you have your hands full, don’t you? Kudos to you. I have four kids, one is on the spectrum and one has various and sundry diagnosis—both have sensory pieces to their puzzle. It’s a whole different kind of parenting when you have kids with special needs and I’m always happy to meet other parents who understand.

As for why I chose to include a character with SPD…My daughter was about thirteen when I bought her an old Sweet Valley High—her first romance. She was having a tough time focusing long enough to read, but loves romances, so I thought she might be more successful if she was engaged in a topic she liked. Anyway, about a week later, she came down stomping downstairs and I just knew we had a major escalation brewing. She walked into the living room and said, “I’ll never be like the girl in that book.” As we talked I discovered at the ripe-old-age of thirteen, she didn’t think she’d ever get married because “who would want someone with her problems. Because boys wanted girls like the one in the book.” Yeah, I blew that one big time! I had tried to do something positive, but hadn’t taken into consideration all the angles of the problem. I felt horrible. I started looking for books with characters she might relate to better that actually got their h-e-a. They are out there, we found heroes who were blind, had Asperger’s, or were mute. We found heroines who were deaf, had compulsions, OCD, or PTSD. But they are few and far between. We need more. A lot more. I included a character with SPD because we need to hear that voice, too. Because our daughters, and many others with SPD, are going to grow up into adults and they’ll be looking for a sinfully wicked romance and now they’ll have at least one with a character that (hopefully) they can relate to. Which brings me to the challenges…

There were so many challenges in writing a character with Sensory Processing Disorder, I’m not even sure where to start. First, I’m a cis-white-female with no disabilities. So the first thing I had to do, was give myself permission to fail at accurately portraying this character. As an author, that’s difficult because you want so badly to get everything right, but as a human being full of faults and bias, it’s also essential accept your limitations. There’s no way to perfectly portray an experience you’ve never had. Instead, I interviewed people with the disability, I read about it, watched videos, and hoped to hell I got close. I wasn’t really happy until my kids said, “yeah, it’s kinda like that.” –Which was still hard, because they’re not allowed to read my books yet so I was just reading them the ‘safe bits’.

The second major challenge was that Sensory Processing Disorder is so diverse. It can affect hearing, sight, taste, touch, or motor base, all of the senses or any mixture of those. They can be over responsive or under responsive. Hunter’s disorder affects his hearing and touch, and to a lesser degree, taste and sight. He is over responsive.

The third major challenge was that I didn’t want him to be either the ‘magical disabled person’ nor the ‘inspirational disabled person’. I didn’t want to create a character that would be healed by love or whose disability would become a superpower. I just wanted him to get through the same trials any hero would have to go through the best he could and have his h-e-a. While I do think acceptance and love will give any person a brighter more hopeful outlook—Hunter’s outlook does improve with both—unfortunately they are not cure-alls. I had a fantastic beta group and that was one of the things I had them look out for.

And yes, it’s common to hear of SPD in children, not so much in adults.  Which is odd, because it’s not like the disorder magically disappears at the age of eighteen. The thing is, adults are less likely to advocate for themselves or have someone else who will advocate for them. They tend to hide their differences, and learn to compensate for anything they perceive as a weaknesses. I think another reason we don’t hear about it in adults as much is because it’s a fairly new diagnosis.

Do you take time off once a book gets published or is it go-go-go all the time?

I take a week off in-between books. I catch up on Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Preacher, read as many books as I can off my TBR pile, do a deep-clean of the house, take care of the pile of forgotten mail on the counter. By then, I’m itching to get back to work.

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About the Author:
Cara Crescent currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her children and three overly dramatic ferrets. When not writing, you can usually find her curled up with a book, engrossed in a movie, or playing video games with her best friend.

Visit Cara on the web at http://www.caracrescent.com

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Title: Hidden Magic
Author: Stephany Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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a poet, she began to write Poetry, which allowed her passion for writing to  grow. Writing lyrics followed as her passion extended to music.

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She  currently writes Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her New book releasing this
fall is a New Adult Paranormal Romance, about the amazing & magical world
of Druids. She also has four Romance Novels that are being formatted to be
released in the next few months: In your Eyes, Chasing Time, Somewhere Inside
my Mind & Somewhere Inside my Heart, (its sequel). So stay tuned!
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#SpecialEdition Sunday #review and #guestpost on Creating Believable Characters from @rachaeleliker and #themidnightslaves

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Released: 15 Aug 2016

Book Summary

At the brink of humanity’s self-destruction, New Haven has risen from the ashes as a place where illness is rare, crime is unheard of and work is a thing of the past. Under The Council’s direction, the entire community serves to improve and enrich one another’s lives, a luxury made possible by a sophisticated system of robots who take care of the menial day-to-day tasks while its citizens sleep. Awoken unexpectedly one night, Jude Stone comes face to face with a mysterious stranger named Zoe and he discovers a secret that, if exposed, could mean his banishment. Plunged deeper into Zoe’s world, truth becomes clouded and he’s caught in the middle of a dangerous game played by those in power. He must choose between community loyalty and doing what’s right, even if it means revealing New Haven’s sinister secret and destroying his perfect way of life…

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Gabriel’s face was ashen and his eyes flashed from Jude, who sat in shocked silence, to Delphine and back again. Releasing a hissing breath from between his perfectly set teeth, he hung his head. “Jude,” he sighed, “you know you’re not to leave your room and now, because of your thoughtlessness, you’re the first in our family to have a warning on your record. Do you understand the gravity of the situation?”

Dread circulated in his gut, making Jude’s stomach roll in sickening waves. He decided now was not the time to bring up his run-in with the girl cleaning their kitchen—it was sure to land him in Dr. Camden’s office for a brain scan. Not only was he the family’s longtime physician, but as Head of the Council, he’d be privy to all of Jude’s indiscretions. Submission at the moment was key. “Yes, Father, I do,” he agreed.

“Please, don’t do it again. I don’t think I could bear losing another child.” 

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Mama Says:

Many popular dystopian books have a common flaw- they  try to create such a monstrous world that the reader is immediately in shock rather than slowly revealing that the world is not what it seems.  Fortunately, The Midnight Slaves does the latter, and we’re given something wholly unique in the process.  Although much cleaner than what I usually read, I didn’t feel this was lacking in depth and complexity.  As a story about a world where citizens are being lied to and bad things happen to those who question authority, it’s downright chilling.  As a story with slightly clichéd romance, it might seem like it’s repetitive but I think it’s more of a mirror of what would be realistic given the circumstances in which we find our characters.  If you’re looking for an engrossing story that you can read relatively quickly and want to share with someone who might be a bit too young for the more violent and graphic books available, The Midnight Slaves will keep you turning pages into the night.  Since it’s the first in a series there is certainly more to be explored and I look forward to seeing where Eliker takes us next!

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Rachael Eliker On Creating Believable Characters:

A good book has the ability to pull a reader into a new world different than their own. But, the common denominator in any book are the characters. They might be whimsical mermaids, teenagers with psychic powers, a regular, run-of-the-mill woman who’s sick of dating. Whoever it is, creating characters who are strong, vulnerable, emotional but most importantly relatable is crucial to a writer’s success. And what’s great about characters is we can secretly judge them, loathe them for their success or want to shake them for their stupidity, make them see the solution that’s right there in front of them secretly. It’s okay to hate a character—they don’t care. Well, except maybe the author.

Here are some key steps to creating believable characters:

Snape had some redeeming qualities about him which softened a lot of readers’ hearts towards him.

Be introspective—great artists like Picasso, DaVinci created masterpieces while studying themselves. Characters can have pieces of author in them. Who better to know how to describe emotions, sensations, pleasures, scenery, etc

Be a people watcher—observing others interacting offer unlimited possibilities.

Get out and experience—what better way to learn to describe something than by doing. Do you know how it feels to have a powerful horse racing across a meadow? I do, but I probably won’t be writing about skydiving anytime soon. Pay attention to emotions you experience and figure out how to put them in paper. Jude experiences some rage before fighting some outlaws. Haven’t been in a fistfight personally, but have felt the kind of anger that makes you feel hot and cold all at the same time, that makes your heart race and clenches your hands till it feels like your nails will puncture your palms.

Everybody has some redeeming quality about them. Serial killers often described as polite. Well, almost everyone.

Author Bio

Rachael Eliker was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended UNL where she studied Animal Science with an option in Biology, before moving to Iowa with her husband to live on a century-old farmstead. She currently lives on an acreage in Indiana, with her husband and four children where she enjoys challenging home improvement projects, running on lonely stretches of country road and writing young adult fiction. Read more about her upcoming work at rachaeleliker.com.

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#GetUndertheCovers with @ShirlAWriter for #TheReaping

The Reaping
Shirley Anne Edwards
Publication date: October 23rd 2016
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

The quaint village where Adela Jane lives is surrounded by fear. At night, a centuries old green mist covers the land and controls the animals within the forest. Lately, Adela feels someone or something is following her every move. Unbeknownst to her, the mist waits for the perfect moment to make her his. Adela feels trapped by her small town life and burdened by her love she keeps hidden for her best friend’s older brother, Nathan Alexander. But all that changes on her eighteenth birthday when Nathan admits his love and desire to marry her. Adela’s joy is cut short when the mist kidnaps her and takes her to his secret underground lair. Her nightmare has only just begun when the mist makes Adela his bride.

What of the Jabberwocky fell in love with Alice from Lewis Caroll’s Through the Looking Glass? That’s the question tackled in The Reaping. A Young Adult with an atmospheric Gothic feel, and elements from such classic novels, as Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera and John Fowles’ The Collector.

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Author Bio:

Shirley Anne Edwards is a Northeast girl who first found her love for books when she read Nancy Drew’s The Secret of the Old Clock Tower at thirteen. Shirley found her love for writing at a very young age, and since then has let her imagination run wild by creating quirky characters and vast worlds in her head.

Shirley lives in New Jersey and works in the entertainment industry in New York City.

In the immortal words of Mark Twain: “Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.”

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Power is a strange and broken thing.

He was the sun god, the god of healing and song.

And prophecy.

Apollo has lived alone for centuries, content to spin out the years wandering a new and strange world, lost in the past and endless versions of the future. He has cut all ties with the remains of Olympus and his power, and hidden himself in humanity.

His twin thinks he’s depressed, spending his time in coffee shops, hospital waiting rooms, and concert halls…and nothing matters. Not really.

Until her.

Iris. With her teasing mouth and soulful music and eyes that remind him of the past.

He can’t resist her smile.

A girl as wild as he was, once, with a poet’s tongue and the body of a siren, who for one night makes him forget all the years and everything he gave up.

And he can’t stop fate.

Gods knows he’s tried.

He can’t help taking her.

Even if he knows better.

When Iris wakes up screaming, caught up in visions of the future, Apollo realizes that he didn’t leave his power quite as far behind as he thought.

He’s the god of prophecy and he’s been running from it, for centuries.

Iris is everything he has to avoid.

Now he has a furious Oracle on his hands, his sister trying to fix him, and someone is killing the gods.

It’s not just his tenuous sanity that hangs in the balance this time.

It’s all of Olympus.

Godhood really wasn’t supposed to be this hard.

 

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There are a few things that will never change, despite everything else that has.
When I call, my sister will come.
Always.
It is the unshakable truth that my entire world is built on, from my first memories to this day. So when I piece it together, I don’t think.
I slide my phone out, even in the hospital room while Iris murmurs at her brother and Heath eyes me like I might break her.
Stupid boy. I already have.
I text her and slide the phone away. I don’t need to watch to know she’ll answer, any more than I need the answer to know she’ll be at my apartment when we return.
This is Artemis, who has made a life of taking care of me and worrying about me.
I listen to Heath and Lily talk around Iris, listen to her increasingly fragmented babble, and when Heath sends Lily a confused look, I intervene. Catch her hand and let a thin trickle of power seep from me to her. “We had a very long day, and she didn’t sleep well. I think I should probably take her home and let her get some rest. Do you mind?”
Heath does. I can tell, the way he’s bristling but Iris slumps into me and yawns, impressively, backing up every lie I’m spinning.
“I’ll be back tomorrow, ok? You just. You rest. I’ll be back tomorrow.”
She’s still looking over her shoulder when I pull her from the room.
Her eyes are wide and serious when we duck into a stairwell. “What happened to him?” she asks. Staring at me like I might give her answers. Like she has the right to demand answers from me.
Smart girl.
I tuck her hair back, behind her ears and ignore the low growl of warning it earns me. “If I promise to tell you when we reach my apartment. Will you trust me a little bit longer, sweetheart?”
Her eyes narrow. “Last time we got to your apartment, you and I didn’t do much in the way of talking.”
I grin at that. Because. Fair point.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Northwoods Wolfman

by Scott Burtness

GENRE: Horror-Comedy

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When Dallas, the self-proclaimed Hero of Trappersville, is recruited by an ancient order of monster hunters, he’s more than happy to sign up. The group’s leader, Colton, is solid as an oak. Randall ain’t half bad, despite his tendency to whine. The whip-smart, beautiful, and totally badass Aletia is whip-smart, beautiful, and totally badass. Under their guidance, Dallas learns everything there is to know about hunting monsters (or close enough) and pledges to keep his friends safe.

Now there’s a werewolf in town, and Dallas and Stanley are on the case. As far as Dallas is concerned, monsters are monsters, and they have no place in Wisconsin.

Or do they? When an unexpected discovery and an unlikely reunion turn his world upside down, Dallas realizes he may not get to choose which side he’s on.

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Even though it was faint, he recognized the smell. Taking a few tentative steps, he caught it again. Fixing it in his mind, he continued forward, slipping through the underbrush, stepping over fallen logs, and crouching under low-hanging branches. As he moved, the scent became incrementally more pronounced. He was passing by an old, crooked ash tree when his nose pulled him to an abrupt stop. Leaning in, he smelled a handful of leaves sprouting from a low branch. Beneath their leafiness, he smelled sweat, deodorant, maybe even cheap aftershave?

“Randall? It’s Randall. Son of a bitch, that’s gotta be him.”

Dallas swung around in a slow circle as he searched for traces of the scent. It didn’t take long to find it on another branch further into the trees. Soon, it was like a neon trail had been lit up just for Dallas. Every branch and leaf Randall had brushed against was emblazoned with his scent. Unquestioning, Dallas followed his nose.

Fixated on following the smelly trail, he almost forgot his original intent. Fortunately, a voice coming from just past the next rise brought him to his senses.

“… not much. I cast around for a bit, but I don’t think we gotta worry about a wendigo. And that ‘squatch scat was a least a week old. No fresh tracks, so it’s probably up in the Michigan U.P., maybe even Canada by now. Damn things got territories bigger than John Wayne’s balls.”

Mama Says:

This was a treat, a somewhat bloody one, but a treat none the less.  Fans of S.G. Browne and Andrew Buckley will have found the perfect medium in Scott Burtness.  A decidedly twisted take on the kids go in the woods not to be heard from again trope, their is much mystery and horror to be had on this journey through the Northwoods.  A blend of humor and gore, laughter and cringe worthy attacks on some jaded youths traipsing through unknown territories, Northwoods Wolfman keeps you entertained throughout.  Not recommended for those with an aversion to stinky, hairy beasts and their eating of humans.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Scott lives in the Midwest with his wife and their boxer-pitt mix, Frank. He’s a horror, urban fantasy, and dark comedy fan, and also enjoys beer, bowling, karaoke, and rooting for the underdog. After not nearly enough consideration, he decided to write about the things he enjoys. The result was the Monsters in the Midwest series.

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Nine Candles of Deepest Black
Matthew S. Cox
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: September 15th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult

She saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.

Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but Paige doesn’t believe in happiness anymore.

On her first day at school, a chance encounter with a bullied eighth grader reawakens a gift Paige had forgotten, and ingratiates her into a pack of local outcasts. For weeks, they’ve been trying to cast a ritual to fulfill their innermost desires, but all they’ve done is waste time. After witnessing Paige touch the Ouija board and trigger a paranormal event, the girls are convinced another try with their new fifth member will finally work.

Once the darkness is unleashed, it’s not long before they learn it will give them exactly what they asked for―whether they want it or not.

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Mama Says:
With fall coming our way tomorrow, this book perfectly sets the mood for all those who like something a little creepy and less cute.  When the darkness comes out to play, boys and girls should run away.  Too bad they make some terrible decisions and things go horribly awry.  I found this to be a riveting and haunting read, one that is much more than it seems on the surface.  If you’re wanting a ya paranormal that is original and memorable, then check out Nine Candles of the Deepest Black.

4 stars and many thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!

Author Bio:

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (

He is also fond of cats.

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Kiss of Fire
Rebecca Ethington
(Imdalind, #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

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EXCERPT FROM THE LATEST CROWN OF CINDERS:

“Are you hoping to find something to kill?” I teased, increasing my gait in an attempt to keep up with Wyn. Knowing I had to be quiet. Being loud while we were outside the cathedral was not smart.

Wyn, however, seemed to be trying to make as much noise as possible. Even her footfalls were deafening.

“I’m not saying it would be a bad thing.” Her voice was a heavy mumble as she finally came to a stop.

Pulling a weathered and wrinkled map out of her back pocket, she consulted it, peering through the hole in her palm like it was some kind of periscope.

“If you want to use it like that, you should get a magnifying glass inserted.” I tried to ignore the way my stomach flipped and flopped at the imagery. Then I turned away, letting my magic flow over the darkened streets we were stopped in.

I supposed, if we were going to be loud and obnoxious, I should at least make certain we were as safe and guarded as possible.

“Don’t think that it hasn’t crossed my mind,” she said with a wink, pressing the mangled hand flat in the air. “But I worry it would mess up my magic, and it has such a pretty little circular array right now.”

I would grant her that. Whatever that blade had done to her hand had not only made it impossible for me to heal, but her magic flew around in new and, should we say, unique ways.

“Just conjure glass into it, and you’re all set,” I said absently, my focus two streets away on a Vilỳ that was picking through garbage.

Luckily, looking at Wyn’s map, our target was in the opposite direction. As long as I could keep her quiet, we would be good.

“I think that’s the best thing you have said all day,” Wyn hissed in an eager whisper, balling up the map then shoving it into the back pocket of her filthy jeans. Not like mine were much better. We were in desperate need of a washing machine. “Of course, then I couldn’t torment Jaromir and his angry, little counterpart. It’s so fun to make them squirm.”

 

Author Bio:

Rebecca Ethington is an internationally bestselling author with almost 700,000 books sold. Her breakout debut, The Imdalind Series, has been featured on bestseller lists since its debut in 2012, reaching thousands of adoring fans worldwide and cited as “Interesting and Intense” by USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog.

From writing horror to romance and creating every sort of magical creature in be-tween, Rebecca’s imagination weaves vibrant worlds that transport readers into the pages of her books. Her writing has been described as fresh, original, and groundbreaking, with stories that bend genres and create fantastical worlds.

Born and raised under the lights of a stage, Rebecca has written stories by the ghost light, told them in whispers in dark corridors, and never stopped creating within the pages of a notebook.

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From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

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New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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