New Release – Blood Rite By E J Stevens

Blood Rite is book six in the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series, by author E J Stevens.  This is an awesome series, I would say right up there with the likes of Patricia Briggs.  It starts with book one Frostbite which is currently free on Amazon.

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Ivy Granger takes on a simple grave robbing case, but in Harborsmouth nothing is ever simple when dealing with the dead.

Grave robbing is Harborsmouth’s second best-kept secret. The first is the existence of supernatural creatures that live alongside the city’s humans. In fact, the dirtiest little secret of all might be the truth behind most of those empty graves.

Most supernaturals eke out a pretty mundane existence. Nobody wants a return to the Burning Times. Well, nobody sane.

The creature that was stealing the more odoriferous of Harborsmouth’s citizens from their graves had to be crazy. Sir Gaius, ruler of the local vamps, owned the harvesting rights to every corpse buried within the city limits. No one touched the vampire master of the city’s property without permission and lived to scream about it–until now.

Warning: This book features necromancy, grave robbing, an abandoned amusement park, and zombie clowns.

Blood Rite is the sixth novel in the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series and the Hunters’ Guild series, is filled with bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

 

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Halloween Month – Riptide:Betrayal of Blood By Claudette Melanson

Today I have Riptide:Betrayal of Blood, from the Maura DeLuca trilogy, by author Claudette Melanson.

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Praise for Riptide:
“I will scream it from the rooftops how much I love this series.”
“I can only say that Riptide is one of the best modern vampire stories I have ever read, and I read them all from Stephen King to Ann Rice to Stephenie Meyer.”
“Riptide was action packed and the fight scenes were well written but more than that it was the story of family and love, of taking responsibility, and dealing with hate when all sane avenues fail.”
“The lore is superb, as is the writing. I can’t wait to catch up with Maura again!”

The 3rd book in the 1st of several trilogies featuring Maura & her family!

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Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril…

Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…

Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life?

In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most…

In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy,the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist. Scroll up to read a sample once the book is available!

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Halloween Promotion – Wicked After Dark

Today’s Halloween Promotion is for Wicked After Dark, a paranormal romance anthology by a talented group of authors.  It’s currently at a bargain price so now is the time to buy.

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Wicked After Dark: 20 Steamy Paranormal Tales of Dragons, Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters, Witches, Angels, Demons, Fey, and More

20 Hot-As-Hell stories from your favorite USA Today best selling and award-winning authors just in time for Halloween!
All proceeds to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation.

Mina Carter – The Reaper and the Cop 
Death’s big business. For Laney Larson, it’s a full time job.

Julia Mills – Her Dragon to Slay
Men that change into dragons and dead men wielding knives was NOT the weekend Kyndel had planned.

Stephanie Rowe – Darkness Unleashed 
Passion heats up between a dangerous rogue and the angel he was meant to save…or destroy.

PM Briede – Spark
Who knew an actual soul existed beneath the skin of this monster I let myself become.

Jami Brumfield – Remote Paranoia 

Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep, that is when the assassins come out to play.

Claudy Conn – Dark Love 
Chazma wants revenge against the dark sorcerer who slaughtered her parents–but will Jethro McBain get in her way?

Eden Elsworth – Frippe House 

Having inherited the estate of her Great-Aunt Alice, Becky soon finds the mysterious Frippe House is hiding some dark secrets.

Nicole Garcia – A Love for Somnus 
Can Somnus and Lailani’s hearts be mended? Or will it be too late to heal the wounds that have scarred them both?

Lane Hart – Let Him Reign 
Born a prince of the underworld, Eric can’t escape his legacy after his father is murdered and all hell breaks loose around him.

Tracey Jane Jackson – Bound by Fire
Pepper’s world is set on its axis when she discovers she’s fated to be with Connall, her very own immortal Viking.

Melanie James – Conjuring Darkness
Sparks fly as Lexi and Ryan race against time to save the world from long forgotten demons.

Gena D. Lutz – Chasing Magic
Anika finds herself battling a volatile spell, where all bets are off, and magic will fly.

Michelle Mankin – Strange Magic Part I, II 
A rock star, a mysterious woman and a little bit of strange magic.

Marie Mason – You Lucky Witch
The last thing bounty hunter Roark needed was a spell-challenged witch helping him find an escaped demon.

A K Michaels – The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire 
Sparks fly when runaway Witch, Peri, falls into the arms of ancient Vampire, Josef, and his friend, Gabe, a cheeky Wolf.

Angela Snyder – Vampire Next Door 
After a mysterious man moves next door, Jane begins to wonder if he is really a stranger or the key to unlocking her past.

Candice Stauffer – Exquisite Breath of Darkness 
Being immortal, Joseph had never paid attention to time, but now it consumes his every thought because he’s running out of it.

Melissa Stevens – Change 
Nickie’s entire world changes when she learns that not only do shifters exist, but she is one.

Izzy Szyn – Bite Thy Neighbor 
He wants more than a cup of sugar?

C.A. Tibbitts – Shifter In Training 
Forrest got more than he bargained for when he joined the DEA Shifter Division.

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Meet the Characters – Casssandra Bookman

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Today’s Character is Cassandra Bookman from an awesome book Taken by the Huntsman by fellow author Mistral Dawn.

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Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?

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Cassandra Bookman (Cassie):  Human, black straight waist length hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 28 years old.  Cassie is an orphan who was bounced from foster home to foster home as a child.  Never having known love, it is hard for her to open her heart and trust another person.  Every time she has tried to allow another person to get close to her, they have used her feelings for them to hurt her.  Past experience has taught Cassie that it isn’t safe to give another person her heart, so she guards it jealously.

When the Erlking, Cadeyrn, kidnaps her, she has every reason to distrust him.  He acts without consulting her, makes decisions for her, and refuses her repeated demands to let her go.  His assertion that without his protection she would be in mortal danger is maddening, and yet…every action he takes, every decision he makes, seems to be with the intention of keeping her safe and making her happy.  His insistence that they are bound mystically as soul-mates has her questioning his sanity at times, but when she is honest with herself, she has to admit that, in spite of his heavy-handed approach, he has been nothing but kind and thoughtful towards her.  Cassie must decide if she can put aside a lifetime of pain, and make the leap of faith it will take for her to open her heart to the strange Fae male who professes to love her.  Can the magic of love bring these two lonely people together?

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Author Interview – Mistral Dawn – Taken By The Huntsman and Bound By The Summer Prince

It is my pleasure to interview fellow author Mistral Dawn about her books Taken By The Huntsman (which I am currently reading and loving), and her soon to be released Bound By The Summer Prince.  When it is released I will bring you a taste to tantalize you.

Short author bio:

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US, with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)).  Bound By The Summer Prince is the second novel in the series she started with Taken By The Huntsman, and she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in the series.

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Taken By The Huntsman:

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Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?

Bound By The Summer Prince:

 Mistral Dawn BoundByTheSummerPrinceThe Summer Court is in an uproar.  The king has just been executed for unpardonable crimes, and the queen is prostrate with grief over his loss. This leaves the Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both Season Courts at all times. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right, but he is without a mate.  Knowing that he must take a bride quickly, for the sake of his people, even though he is struggling with his own feelings of pain and anger over his father’s treachery, he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to choose a female to rule beside him.

While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against the most basic tenets of Fae law.  Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate.  The magical bond between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can’t feel the magic of Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her safe from all the dangers of Fairie…including himself?

Roni is a human con woman and petty thief.  Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with. Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn’t take long for her to formulate a plan to use him to get herself home.  Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at.  Will she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart?  Can a criminal love a cop?

What inspired you to write this book?

Taken By The Huntsman came about because I had a dream (I’ll leave the details to your imagination 😉 ) after having a debate with an online friend about the nature of consent, and what society should and should not accept in terms of other people’s behavior. My friend and I differed rather violently on this matter and I went to bed thinking about it.

When I woke up, I had the idea for my first novel. Another friend of mine said the idea sounded interesting, so I wrote the first couple of chapters and sent them to her asking if she was bored yet. She was kind enough to say that she wasn’t bored and would like to read the rest of the story, so I wrote it. 🙂 As I was writing Taken By The Huntsman, various characters came and informed me that they also have stories to tell, so I’ll be writing those too. 🙂

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I’ve noticed that so many people in our society subscribe to a frightful number of “givens.” There’s no specific message I’m trying to convey to my readers, I’m a novelist not a preacher 😉 , but I hope that when people read my books it will make them examine their “givens.” Maybe they’ll change their minds, maybe they won’t, but I hope they will at least think about what they believe and why.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

I have a couple of totally awesome beta readers who have been kind enough to help me edit. I couldn’t have done it without you Michaela, Gabe, and Sherry!!! 🙂

What have you learned during your self-publishing journey?

Something I’ve learned, and was very surprised by, is how supportive and helpful the indie author community is of each other. There are exceptions, of course, but by and large, most of the authors I’ve met are extremely generous with their time, advice, and assistance. It’s difficult for indie authors to compete with the big publishing houses and their marketing machines, so many have realized that we do far better working together in a collaboration, instead of trying “defend our turf” and compete with each other too. Individually, we are just small, mostly unknown authors and our books get lost in a veritable sea of books; but together, when we unite our voices, we can make ourselves heard over the din of other advertising.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?

My books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords 🙂

How are readers/reviewers reacting to your book?

So far the reactions to and reviews of Taken By The Huntsman have been mostly very positive. There have been a few criticisms, but by and large, most people who read my book seem to enjoy it. 🙂

Have you published anything else?

I will be publishing my second novel, Bound By The Summer Prince, on or before 2/28/2015! 🙂

What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

Once Bound By The Summer Prince has been released, I’ll be working on a short story that goes along with it; and then I’ll be working on my third novel, which will be about the Winter Court king and his human soul-mate. 🙂

Tell us your latest news.

Bound By The Summer Prince will be out in less than a week!!!!!!! 🙂


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading my book!! I appreciate the fact that you’ve given your time and your money to experience my work; it humbles me that you have been willing to do so. I value all of your feedback, both good and bad, because it can only make me a better writer and help me create a better product for you to enjoy. So thank you, as far as I’m concerned you’re totally awesome! 🙂
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