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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Featured Author for Paranormal Fantasy

This weeks Featured Author is Sharon Stevenson (Goodreads - Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia & Romance Readers, Writers & Reviewers) 


Curse Corrupted 

(A Gallows Novel#4) 

***This is the fourth in the Gallows series of novels - the following description contains spoilers***

Twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to dealing with supernatural threats but what happens when that threat comes from within?
The twins are in the middle of a murder case when Shaun is captured by werewolves. Suddenly his future as a tracker is in question. Faced with the choice of remaining as he is and continuing to serve both the Council and the Seelie Court, or becoming a werewolf powerful enough to be an Alpha and gaining a life with a mate he is already attracted to, Shaun is conflicted. His werewolf curse was corrupted after he was ravaged in battle and now a witch has removed the corruption. He has days before his first shift takes all choice away from him and he becomes wolf. Can he make his decision in time, or will it be taken out of his hands?
Meanwhile Ben has come back into Sarah’s life and is attempting to prove he has changed. She isn’t sure if she can trust him but when it comes right down to it she may have no choice. When she is marked for death she must find a way to defeat a demon and avoid being dragged to hell without the use of her physical fighting skills. Her demon bond might be the key to her survival, but can she trust War to look after her best interests when he could have her to himself in hell?

***Be warned this book is Adult Modern Fantasy, not YA. It is not suitable for younger readers as it contains profanity & sexual references.

Sharon Stevenson
born:  United Kingdom 
gender: female
twitter username: chettsgenie
influences: Fantasy & Horror Books, TV & Alcohol!




About this author


I'm your typical reclusive author type. Anti-social in person, but I love tweeting online friends! I love my laptop, probably a bit too much mind you. If you want to know more, check out my website or follow me on twitter. I'm a reader and enjoy finding new indie authors to follow - there are so many good ones out there! I'm fairly new to posting reviews but I do try to be fair and honest and will not post anything less than 3 stars, as if it is not at least that good I just won't finish it.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Meet the brothers from a fantasy world


Let's look at some of the characters in the series that are featured in the website


Want to know who they are? Clue = They all brothers.

Want to know more about what they do? 
Easy, click the - Direct link to the Aarabassa World website for entry into a whole new world.


Website devoted totally to the fantasy series set upon the world of Aarabassa.

So far featuring 3 books:

Book 1 Guardian Dragons
Book 2 Flight of a Changeling
Book 3 Blood Bride

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Quotes From an Author's Creations


It's "QUOTES" time from my published & unpublished works:-

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     "Bryly felt a tug on her tail. Something had grabbed a hold of her. That could not be a Shark, she could not feel any cutting teeth. Still bouncing on the surface of the water she attempted to look down and see what creature assisted the sharks in her capture. She saw a long tentacle. It wrapped itself around her waist and pulled her under the water. Another tentacled arm grabbed at her arms to stop her from swimming. She was glided along with the sea current. The sharks stayed a distance away but followed as she was dragged through the oceans."
Book 1 Guardian Dragons Chapter 16 The Chase
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" 'Can you fly human Prince? Are you able to reach your father from a ship, surrounded in the ocean by creatures that I rule? I think not.'
'I’m going to kill you monshaad. I swear I will end your feeble rule.' "

Book 2, Flight of a Changeling, Chapter 15 Sharks Tale
Book 2 amazon worldwide link

SEEMS I FORGOT TO DO BOOK 3 so no quotes this time.

BOOK 4 Not yet published:-
The monshaad’s yellow shadow altered slightly as he moved his hooded shaped head, he watched her stalking the group.
It appears we both have something in common my dear. Brothers who need to be destroyed. Treat this as a practice run Lady. My army is at your disposal.



A teaser from a novellete that I'm currently having a go at:-
‘Just this shake, thanks,’ he said to her, hardly even bothering to raise his head as he passed her the money for the milk shake.

She didn’t bother to smile at him, mind you she didn’t want to smile at him. He was a jerk anyway.

She watched as he walked away, a girl hanging on to his arm and the whole group laughing at something he said. Still the centre of attention.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Writing Romance or Crime? What a To Do

For a long time I have wanted to try my hand at a different genre than Fantasy magic. I quite fancied the idea of Romance or Crime. So I set about to write a novella on Romance.

I don't really know what my writing style is about but I tend to think up one main character and a very basic plot and then I sit down and write (type). From there I let it grow and go its own way. I know that may sound a little strange, but truly, one thing tags on to another and it just gets its own autonomy. Clearly it's my own mind that's creating everything as it pops up but I don't know where it all comes from.

No, no, no my mind just could not do it. Somehow, without my permission, my story contained not only Romance but Crime also creeped in. Then, out of the blue, a Paranormal theme decided to join in aswell. So my novella will have a Criminal Romantic Paranormal theme to it.

I am very excited about it as it does involve finding some new skills I wasn't sure I had. Writing Romance doesn't come easy to me. Writing Crime is even harder as you have think really hard of the crime, the clues, the outcome etc. The Paranormal side is the easiest for me as I can simply make that up as I go along. Romance though has to create an emotion within the reader and Crime has to excite them so they don't get bored. Aaaahhhh what a task I took on. But, I'm getting there. At this point in time I've written approx 8k and I think I'm about half way through the story. So if I end up with 16k I'll be happy. I intended on this being a short story so at least I'll have stuck to that side of the plan.

Look out for little teasers on my Facebook author page I like to giveaway quotes from my books both published and non published.

Meanwhile. I'm in the first editing stages of Book 4 for the fantasy series set in the Aarabassa world. I've also been very, very lucky to welcome my first Beta reader Carol J Edholm who is a clever art & crafts artiste. Some of her work is showcased at ididitcreations.com 

So now I am a team.


Thursday, 9 January 2014

FREE Two Fantasy Magic Books

FREE Book 1 Guardian Dragons from today 9th until and including 12th Jan. Smashwords only Smashwords Link Book 1 Guardian Dragons

FREE Book 3 Blood Bride from Friday 10th until and including Sunday 12th Jan Amazon only 

Amazon Worldwide Link Book 3 Blood Bride

ALL reviews are an added bonus for any author. If you cannot leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, perhaps you can message me with your thoughts of the books. 


Happy 2014  


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Have you got what it takes to be an Indie Author in 2014?

This has got to be one of the most informative articles I have ever read as an Indie Author. I love Molly Green's blog anyway, but this article has made me her no.1 fan.

PotOfGold+Rainbow_OpMolly has basically read the many blogs out there that have covered 'Publishing in 2014 - Predictions'.  This in itself would have taken me hours of scanning the net. Thanks to Molly I have the summarised version right before my very eyes that takes me minutes to read. I am humbled to be honest. Molly has saved me so much time and this article is vital to my future as an Indie Author.

(Molly Green's blog article:  "...there are a couple of verrrry interesting comments I think may help us all on our quest for that pot of gold.") Direct Link to Molly's Blog

Already my cogs are turning and I am thinking 'oooo I have to do that and I must do this'. 'That' and 'This' being:-

1 Thank goodness I am already do everything within my ability to reach INDIVIDUAL readers. (Mark Coker, Smashwords "Platform is King".)

2 I'm definitely looking into producing an audio book. (Thomas Umstattd Jr. "Audiobooks will have another year of double digit growth [in 2014]. As the fastest growing book format, it will get more attention leading to even more growth.")

3 I'm now looking into joining Scirbd (Mark Coker, Smashwords "Subscription ebook services will change the game. If ebook subscription services [most notably Scribd and Oyster, which charge a monthly fee for limitless reading] make their business models work, they’ll shift how readers value and consume books.)
 
4 I'm so glad I've started to enter competitions for flash fiction. This has led on to my creating a novella which I hope to release as a one off - I'm usually an epic series kinda writer. (Penny C. Sansevieri for HuffPo More is better. Short is the new long.)

5 I'm glad I stuck with the FREEBIES even though every bone in my body kept telling me NOT to give my work away.(Penny C. Sansevieri for HuffPo  Putting solid, free content out there will bring in new customers by the truckload.) Okay I've never actually had truckloads of sales but I do believe Freebies every now and then is a good thing in such a saturated market.

These are only a very few of the highlights in this article. There is a wonderful link to many more predictions that are definitely worth have a look at and, incorporating into you 2014 Business Plan or Action Plan or whatever you want to call Forward Planning. 

Of course you need to read the article and related links for yourself, but for me it indicates exciting times ahead. Writing is not only a challenge in the 'creation of your works', but also a challenge in 'getting yourself noticed'. AND, I for one love a challenge. 2014 here I come...




Saturday, 4 January 2014

Summary of quotes from Aarabassa fantasy series

It's "QUOTES" time from the Aarabassa world fantasy series:-

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"Heather looked at her hands as she swam and noticed the delicate skin webs between her fingers. Gadon swam in front of her following a school of dolphins, he turned his head to give her some reassurance and she was shocked to realise that, just like Gadon, she would have no hair."
Guardian Dragons Book 1, Chapter 15 Dolphins
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'Others are devoured when betwixt life and death, only for their soul to be consumed into the dark pits of the monshaads’ minds.'
Book 2, Flight of a Changeling, Chapter 14 The Finding
Book 2 amazon worldwide link

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"... deliver this human to the Emperor. He will gladly exchange her for our children that he holds to ransom.’"
Book 3, Blood Bride, Chapter 14, A Fair Trade
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" 'This water is really not enough to wet a shrimp.’
‘What be a shrimp Bry? what be one of them?’
‘It is a tiny, tiny thing, just like this bit of water.’


I'm going to give readers some teasers from Book 4 in the Aarabassa world fantasy series (no title as yet). Of course they may disappear as the story is still in the making.



Thursday, 2 January 2014

1st Featured Author for 2014 Paranormal Fantasy



This weeks Featured Author is Kyoko M(Goodreads - Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia & Romance Readers, Writers & Reviewers) 



Black Parade by Kyoko M

4.8 out of 5 stars   (17 customer reviews)

One bullet is all it took to transform eighteen-year-old New Yorker Jordan Amador into the last hope for souls of the dead. However, it also transformed her into a cantankerous asocial waitress with a drinking problem.

Jordan accidentally shot and killed a Seer: a person who can communicate with ghosts, angels, and demons. Worse still, she did so on the eve of her own awakening, making her the last Seer on Earth with no one to guide her. As penance, God gives her two years to help one hundred souls with unfinished business cross over from Earth to the afterlife or she will go to Hell. Just as she approaches the deadline, Jordan finds her hundredth soul: a smart-mouthed poltergeist named Michael whose ability to physically touch things makes him distinct from her usual encounters with the dead. However, the deeper she delves solving his sudden death, the more she realizes something sinister is on the horizon.

With time running short, Jordan stumbles across a plot that may unravel the fragile balance among Heaven, Hell, and Earth. Her life is plunged into chaos as she is hunted by demons that want to use her valuable Seer blood to bring about the end of the world and discovers that these creatures have a frightening connection to her family bloodline. Plus, the budding romance between Jordan and Michael makes it harder for them to let go of each other so he can become part of the eternal black parade.


About the Author

Kyoko M is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She hails from Riverdale, Georgia, a metro-Atlanta city, and currently lives in Ocala, Florida working on her novels. She has written articles for toonaripost.com, and is a 2011 winner of National Novel Writing Month for her title 'The Starlight Contingency', as well as being a first round finalist for the 2013 Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest for her debut novel 'The Black Parade.' She has a passion for urban fantasy, science fiction, high fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal works. She is also known for being a sarcastic nerd whose influences include comic books, anime, movies, and various novel series.