Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Interview - Tour - Beyond Your Touch: Dark Heart Series Book Two by Pat Esden



What inspired your story?

BEYOND YOUR TOUCH is the second novel in the Dark Heart series. It was inspired by the mystery that is at the heart of A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart book 1) --and also by my desire to not make falling in love easy for Annie and Chase.  It’s hard to say a lot more without giving spoilers for book 1.

Is the setting to your story important?

Yes. It’s set in the imaginary town of Port St. Claire, Maine which is near the real town of Bar Harbor. In this book, an artifact that’s on display at Bar Harbor’s Abbe Museums is vital to the story.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

Since I was young, I wanted to be a novelist. But I have also always had a strong interest in plants and nature in general, and in antiques and junk. In college I majored in Plant and Soil Science, but took creative writing as well. I ended up pursuing a career as a florist and antique dealer. Eventually, I started taking writing classes online to expand my skills with the intent of becoming a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

Probably in the third grade. Seriously, being a writer has nothing to do with being published or for that matter with what you write. Someone who is inspired to create poetry that they never share with anyone has just as much of a right to call themselves a writer as a journalist for a local paper or a NY Times bestselling author.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

From the time I started taking writing class online with the intention of becoming published, it took several years before I sold my first novelette. I queried about five or six novels before I signed with an agent. Once my agent starting submitting A HOLD ON ME to editors, it took thirteen months before it sold to Kensington Books and all the contracts were signed. After that, it was around a year and a half before the novel was released.

What was the first book you ever published?

I’ve had a number of short fiction pieces and novelettes published. There’s a list and blurbs for them on my website. http://patesden.com/books.php The first novel I had published was  A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart series book 1). BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (Dark Heart series book 2) will be my second novel-length publication, followed by REACH FOR YOU when it’s released next year.

What was the craziest thing you’ve ever done when it came to a storyline in your book?

I’m not going into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil the story. But there is a scene in BEYOND YOUR TOUCH involving breaking into a Mustang.  I couldn’t find the information I needed online because there are a lot of difference between models and years of Mustangs. At any rate, I went to the dealership and asked if they’d tell me how to break into the latest model Mustang, and some other rather strange questions. We ended up doing a sort of reenactment in the middle of the showroom.




Beyond Your Touch
Dark Heart Series
Book Two
Pat Esden

Genre: new adult paranormal

Publisher: Kensington

Date of Publication: August 30, 2016
           
ASIN:  B0190HGU52
ISBN: 9781496700070
ISBN-10: 1496700074

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 85k

Book Description:

She wants more than he can promise.

His desires could lead to betrayal.

But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.

Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.

If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.

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About the Author:

PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

Her new adult paranormal novel, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) is available from Kensington Books. BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) will be released August 30th.






Cover Reveal Immortal Billionaire by Jane Godman





Immortal Billionaire
Jane Godman

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne

Date of Publication: November 1, 2016

ASIN: B01EEZKX3K

Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 80 000

Cover Artist: Harlequin

Book Description:

Dark secrets and unquenchable desire collide in this captivating paranormal thriller…

Connie Lacey lives a nomadic existence. Alone. Safe. She can't risk being found by the stalker who haunts her waking nightmares. Until an invitation from billionaire Sylvester de León—to spend thirty days with him on his private island, Corazón—proves impossibly tempting. But one look at the gorgeous host's deep blue eyes, and Connie knows there is nothing safe about this paradise and the aristocratic man who calls it home.

The island is cursed…as is Sylvester himself. Yet something in him calls to Connie, ignites a desire that's filled with raw, timeless need. But Corazón has many secrets, each more dangerous than the last. And in a place where everlasting love, the past and fate intersect, even death is only a beginning…

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Excerpt:

It is easy enough to list in advance, and with absolute certainty, those things for which we are prepared to die. Family, country, religion, the one we love, a valued way of life. Until we are faced with a situation that puts our convictions to the test, we can never know for sure which of these will hold true. There were many lessons to be learned during those strange weeks on the island of Corazón, but, for Connie Lacey, this would prove be the most important.
                                                                           
Four years of running and hiding. Four years of looking over her shoulder. Of viewing every man she met with suspicion. Of waking every morning, wondering if today was the day he would finally catch up with her.
The relief of being offered somewhere to hide was so huge it drove every other thought out of her head. She had a brief mental image of herself as a disaster survivor and the man opposite as the rescue worker who had just draped an emergency blanket around her shoulders. She resisted the temptation to cling to him, garbling out incoherent thanks until he was forced to gently pry her hands away. They were the wild thoughts spinning through Connie Lacey’s mind as she listened to the clipped tones of the attorney.
With hindsight, she probably should have paid more attention to the strangeness of the offer he was making and the diffident manner with which he made it. Gratitude will do that to you, she decided later. At the time her attention was taken up with grabbing this opportunity. Nod, smile, and sign on the dotted line. Don’t ask questions that might make him withdraw this incredible invitation. All she could focus on was the fact that—for thirty days, at least—she would not have to sleep with a knife under her pillow.
“You have one week.” She realized Mr. Reynolds had finished outlining the details of the proposal. “My client will expect you to be in Florida in exactly seven days’ time.”
Connie swallowed hard. She might have known there would be a catch. The logistics of getting to Florida posed a massive problem. Mentally, she reviewed the contents of her wallet. She knew exactly how much cash was in there. It wouldn’t get her across town let alone across the country. Before she could speak, Mr. Reynolds reached into the desk drawer and produced a hefty roll of banknotes. His expression softened slightly as he passed them across the desk.
“Expenses. For the journey and such sundry other items as may be necessary.” He cleared his throat with a hint of something that might have been embarrassment. “My client is a very exacting man. His guests will, for example, be required to dress for dinner during their stay on Corazón.”
Darn! And there I was thinking I had successfully managed to hide the fact that the sole is hanging off one of my sneakers and this sweater has forgotten what color it used to be.
Connie stuffed the wad of cash into her shoulder bag with a muttered word of thanks. If an encounter with Sylvester’s attorney could reduce her to the status of a gibbering wreck, how on earth was she going to cope with the man himself?
As she got to her feet, Mr. Reynolds rose and came around the desk. He held out his hand. Surprised, Connie took it. Instead of the handshake she had expected, he clasped her hand between both of his. It was an oddly tactile gesture for such an aloof man.
“However this venture may turn out…” He paused and Connie sensed he was fighting an internal battle. As if the personal and professional were at war within him. The result felt like his version of a truce. “I wish you well, Miss Lacey.”
It was only later, when she got back to her grim, one-room apartment and counted—then, in disbelief, re-counted—the money, that she began to truly appreciate the gulf between her world and that of Corazón. What constituted “sundry other items” to Mr. Reynolds was almost a year’s salary to Connie.
Laughing, she tossed the notes into the air and briefly contemplated just disappearing with them. To hell with “second cousin several convoluted times removed” Sylvester and his mysteriously worded proposition. This money could buy her the freedom from fear she had been dreaming of. Temporarily, it was true, but even that was so much more than she had wished for. No more moving from town to town and job to job? No more looking over her shoulder? Yeah, I’ll take that and deal with the future when it gets here.
A pang of guilt tugged at her. Backing out wasn’t an option. She had just accepted Mr. Reynolds’s wretched invitation and a promise was, after all, a promise. Besides—despite its reputation—she was intrigued enough by Corazón to want to see it and, even if she admitted it only to herself, she wanted to meet the legendary Sylvester.
The ease with which Arthur Reynolds, senior partner in the firm of Reynolds, Prudah and Taylor, had tracked her down was unsettling. Even if she hadn’t been contemplating answering Sylvester’s eccentric summons, it would have been time to move on. Goodbye—she experienced a minor moment of panic as she tried to remember where she was. It had to happen one day—Farmington, Missouri. The last month has been okay, but it was never a long-term thing. We both knew it. No hard feelings.

She had a week to prepare for the journey. With a shrug, she tucked the money away at the back of her closet and curled up on the bed with a book. Connie could have her belongings packed in an hour. She’d done it often enough.

About the Author:

Jane Godman writes in a variety of genre. Many of her stories are heavily tinged with the supernatural and elements of horror, with haunted characters tormented by dark secrets.

Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. Her Otherworld Series is set in a mystical land inhabited by many races, including faeries, vampires, lycanthropes, phantoms and gods. Unfortunately, the constant battles between these warring dynasties threaten to spill over into the mortal realm.

Jane’s series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Sons of Stillwater, will be coming soon. 

Jane also writes steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing and her Georgian Rebel Series features compelling heroes who fight hard for the cause they believe in and harder for the women they love.

In 2017, Jane has a new paranormal romance series coming from SMP Swerve.
Watch out for her hot Arctic werewolves!

Jane lives in Cheshire, England, is married to a lovely man and is mum to two grown up children.



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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lucy Trilogy Books 1 and 2 by L.M. Pruitt




Burden
Lucy Trilogy Book 1
Winged Series Book 11
L.M. Pruitt

Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal romance

Publisher: SP Press

Date of Publication: July 26

Word Count: approx. 90K

Cover Artist: Najla Qambler

Book Description:

All my life, I've had plans.

Dying the day before beginning the final year of my surgical residency wasn't one of them.

Finding myself drafted in the eternal war between good and evil wasn't one of them, either.

And dealing with friends, enemies, and lovers I don't remember?

Definitely not in my plans.



Curse
Lucy Trilogy 2
Winged Series Book 12
L.M. Pruitt

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: SP Press

Date of Publication: August 27

Word Count: approx. 90K

Cover Artist: Najla Qambler

Book Description:

The problem with plans?

 Even the best ones can go awry. And when they do... all hell breaks loose.

If I've learned only one thing in the last few months, it's the past never dies.

Four plagues down. Six more to come.

We need more than a plan.

We need a miracle.




About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice.  She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.







Monday, August 22, 2016

Interview - Dragon Knight’s Ring by Mary Morgan




Today we have Mary Morgan and her newest release, Dragon Knight's Ring.

Is the setting to your story important?

Yes! I want the reader to see, smell, taste, and feel the background—from the elements to the scenery. It builds as a layer around the characters. You could have this intense dialogue happening, but toss in a fierce storm, and you have magic! 

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

When I was young, I dreamed of being writer, but the dream faded with insecurities. As I became older, I wanted to fly planes and go to the moon. However, life took a different course and motherhood descended upon me. It was decades later when my soul cried out to me to start writing again. It had always been my true passion.    

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

This might seem strange, but when I first received my rejection letter. I shouted, “I’m finally acknowledged.” Of course, I immediately burst into tears, but quickly recovered. I think I submitted to fifteen publishers that day. I was determined to find one. 

What have you learned about the publishing industry since you’ve signed that first contract?

I’ve learned to find the balance. The business side of being an author can drain your creativity, so I had to remember to do the business around the writing. Furthermore, I had to close the door (mentally) at the end of the day on all the work. As a writer, we’re on call 24/7—be it with our editors, the business, or our characters. I remember a two- month period where I didn’t stop for one solid day. I was numb afterwards.
  
What genres do you normally write in?

Paranormal, Time-travel, and Historical. Currently, I’ve expanded, and the new series will be more Fantasy. It’s exciting creating this new realm. You have the sense of freedom to do whatever you want. I’m making the rules as I write, which is thrilling. 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog! ~Mary Morgan

Dragon Knight’s Ring
Order of the Dragon Knights
Book Five
Mary Morgan

Genre: Paranormal Time-travel Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: August 12, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5092-0983-5
ASIN: B01HDWY852

Number of pages: 366
Word Count: 89,500

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Book Description:

Death destroyed their love. Yet, can a trio of Fenian warriors roll back time to reunite two lost souls?

Crusader, Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy.

Margaret MacKay lives a life in the future without the memories of her past—her death. When Adam arrives at her door confessing he knows her, she is confused and wary. With each passing day, she yearns to learn more from this stranger. Yet, when a truth is revealed, can she trust the man to unlock the chains from her mind and heart?

Will love free the bonds to unite the two lovers who were doomed centuries ago? Or will evil finally claim victory over the Dragon Knights?

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Second Excerpt:

Shocked by her words, Adam shoved the spoon into his mouth. Savoring the flavors of the meat, he handed the spoon back to her. Licking his lips, he arched a brow at her. “Needs more salt and meat.” Drinking the last of his beer, he set the bottle down.

“The first time I saw ye was in the hills near Urquhart. I was attempting to calm said beast.” He pointed to Ciar. “He was fierce in the beginning. Yet, ye ambled over to him, singing. Ye have always had a way with the animals. Your voice soothes them.”

“And that’s how we met, right? Ye did share this, but was there more?” She handed him another spoonful of the meat mixture.

“Aye. Ye followed me down to the loch, and we talked for many hours. It was the start of our kinship.”

Meggie rested her chin on her knees. “For how long, Adam?”

“Several summers.” He watched her closely, trying to gage her thoughts.

“Hmm…we were in a relationship.”

Baffled by her word, he shrugged. “I dinnae ken your meaning.”

“Were we a couple? Was I your girlfriend? Sweetheart?”

Adam took his thumb and captured a lone bit of food near her lip. Popping the tasty piece into his mouth, he heard her indrawn breath. “Ye were mine, Meggie. Stubborn, defiant, strong, and ye embraced each day with love for all.”

“What happened?” she asked.

“Ye left.” Standing, Adam moved away. Never a patient man, he wanted to blurt out everything, shake her into remembering. Frustration slithered inside of him. Walking over to an old oak, he braced his hands against its rough bark. He heard her approach, but kept his back to her.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered, and then surprised Adam by placing her arms around him.

Her touch seared straight to his soul, fracturing a place within his heart that had been sealed since her death. He broke free from her embrace and turned around. Grasping her face with his hands, his eyes roamed over her features. Seeing her lips part, he could no longer control the man that longed to taste what had been stolen from him. His entire being seemed to be filled with waiting, and he grew weary of the fight.

Lowering his head, his tongue traced the soft fullness of her lips. Then he brushed a feather light kiss on her mouth. It was divine bliss when their lips touched. “Do ye want me to stop?” he asked, breathing the words against her cheek.

“Nae.”


Reclaiming her mouth, Adam crushed her to him. This time, he devoured her soft lips and drank in their sweetness, slipping his tongue inside her mouth. Her moan slid deep within him, and he trembled.

About the Author:

Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.







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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Author Sign Ups Open for the Bewitching Holiday Extravaganza



Bewitching Book Tours is offering a fun Winter Holiday promotion.

Do you have a holiday themed romance, urban fantasy, horror or erotica book?

Put your book in the spotlight this holiday season with the Bewitching Winter Holiday Extravaganza.

From November 21- December 23 you will be featured with Bewitching Tour Stops, Social Media Promotion and a Kindle Fire Giveaway along with a multi-author Facebook party in December.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

LITERATURE’S FIRST WARRIOR WOMEN with William Burke


LITERATURE’S FIRST WARRIOR WOMEN

In my book Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising I strove to create a core group of female characters who were ready, willing and able to fight for a cause, without relying on any man to protect them. Searching for inspiration (and stuff to steal) I researched literature’s most valiant warrior women and was shocked to discover what a long and rocky road it’s been.

Modern fiction is finally overcoming its chauvinistic fear of strong women. From The Hunger Games to the women in of George R. Martins Game of Thrones there are now action heroines to root for- But that wasn’t always the case. Today I want to give shout out to three of literature’s bravest, but sadly overlooked women. I’m steering clear of comic books, movies and television because chronicling all those would require a government research grant. Plus, without these legendary ladies we would never have Sarah Conner, Ripley, Brienne of Tarth, Katniss Everdeen, or even Wonder Woman.

Please note that I’m not ignoring the courage and importance of great female literary characters like Anna Karenina or Nancy Drew, (somewhere an English Lit. Professor just screamed). Many of our greatest literary works are built on the courage and suffering of women. But for this humble piece I’m addressing characters that faced life’s challenges with cold steel.

The first genuine, no retreat, no surrender, warrior women are found in Greek Mythology. By the way, if you haven’t read Greek mythology for its sheer entertainment value you should. The myths are packed with great action adventure tales and astute observations about human nature that still ring true.

My first choice isn’t a character, but rather a whole tribe. THE AMAZONS were a fierce nation of warrior women who only used men for procreation. But as soon as that sweet loving was finished the men were either killed, or kept as slaves. According to the legends the Amazons were skilled swordswomen and amazing equestrians who were buried with their horses.

 I could write an article about each Amazon queen, but here’s a highlights reel: Queen Myrina rode into Libya and defeated the Atlantians. Queen Hippolyta and her belt is the subject of Hercules ninth labor. Queen Penthesilea led the Amazons in the Trojan War. Unfortunately she picked the Trojan side and Achilles slew her. And finally one of them grew up to be…

My favorite action heroine of Greek mythology is ATALANTA, a fierce warrior who also happened to be the fastest human alive. How awesome was Atalanta? Well, she got off to a rough start when her jackass father abandoned his infant daughter in the woods. Yeah, you guessed it… he wanted a boy. Fortunately a grizzly bear took pity on the starving infant and suckled her. Eventually hunters took Atalanta in and trained her in the fighting arts. Atalanta blossomed into an incredibly beautiful young woman who, unlike most characters in Greek mythology, was devoted to protecting her virginity (the Greek gods were notorious swingers… real Penthouse Forum stuff).

Unfortunately two horny centaurs named Rhoecus and Hylaeus heard rumors of young Atalanta’s beauty and decided to drop by for some quick gang rape. When I say unfortunate I mean for the centaurs because Atalanta killed them both and strolled away with her virtue intact. Remember, these were centaurs- half man, half beast… tough customers!


Single handedly killing lust crazed centaurs was only the beginning. Atalanta went on to sail with Jason and his Argonauts (but was written out of many accounts!) and later slew a giant boar that was terrorizing Kaledonia. I don’t want to ruin her story for you, but rest assured it’s juicy stuff. It’s also fascinatingly progressive for an era when Greek women had no legal rights or personhood. Even Atalanta’s name is derived from the Greek word atalantos meaning, “equal in weight”.  She was certainly equal to any of mythology’s male champions.

Atalanta is represented in many classic works of ancient Greek art, and, thanks to the television’s series Hercules the Legendary Journeys also lives on as a plastic action figure with weirdly large gluts and a tiny head.



She was the original warrior princess, but strangely enough there was a very long gap before a worthy successor came along… like nineteen centuries!

BRADAMANT OF CLAREMONT was the heroine of the 16th century epic poem Orlando Furioso. You may never have heard of Orlando Furioso, but in its day this tale of Emperor Charlemagne’s royal court rivaled King Arthur’s adventures in popularity. That shouldn’t be a surprise- it’s a ripping yarn packed with enough battles, wizards, demons and magic ring bearing dwarves to make Richard Wagner and J.R.R. Tolkien drool.

King Arthur’s legendary round table may have been a total sausage fest, but fortunately Emperor Charlemagne was more broad-minded… he was French after all. Bradamant of Claremont was a full on female knight dutifully serving the emperor. Like Atalanta she was devoted to protecting her chastity, a gift she was saving for her true love- a fellow warrior named Ruggiero. Unfortunately, Ruggiero was sort of the Jerry Lewis of Charlemagne’s court, and was constantly being captured. I mean the guy was hopeless, and the task of saving his bacon always fell to Bradamant. You heard that right- she was rescuing him! Did I mention Ruggiero was a Saracen warrior and therefore (gasp) a Muslim? What a progressive story!

With her trusty sword and magic lance she hacked her way across the countryside taking on all opponents. Later translations of Orlando Furioso substitute vague terms like “unseated by her lance,” or “forced to submit,” but don’t be fooled- in the original text she was lopping off heads and taking names.

If reading a 16th century epic poem sounds a bit daunting you can always check out Ron Miller’s novel “Bradamant, the Iron Tempest.” It’s a great read with plenty of exciting action and twisted humor.

Literary history story has unjustly overlooked Bradamont. One of her few media appearances was in the schlocky Italian film Hearts and Armor, where Barbara De Rossi portrayed her. But I’m convinced Bradamont of Claremont directly inspired Game Of Thrones awesome Brienne of Tarth- their names are even similar. Brienne is a fascinating character that truly does her predecessor proud.

The Amazons, Atalanta and Bradamont were all brave warriors. But just as importantly these characters shattered the cultural stereotypes of their day by being as strong and independent as any man without consequence. We owe their creators a huge debt. The only real question is why did it take another four hundred years for our culture to embrace the concept again? Women of action are back, and this time they’re here to stay.


Zombie Uprising
Voodoo Child
Book One
William Burke

Genre: Horror/paranormal with Action/adventure

Publisher: William Burke

Date of Publication: June 17th 2016

ASIN: B01H9E4HDA

Number of pages: 333
Word Count: 96,000

Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor

Book Description:

The forces of darkness are out to destroy mankind… Too bad they never reckoned on facing Maggie Child!

Army chopper pilot Maggie Child has a reputation for being fearless, professional and, above all, rational. But when she's shot down over Iraq her well-ordered life spirals into a paranormal nightmare. Alone, wounded and surrounded by hostile forces, Maggie is rescued from certain death by a demon straight out of Dante's Inferno. Then, barely alive, she's abducted by a private military corporation conducting insidious medical experiments. Her escape from their covert hellhole lands her on a Caribbean island where an evil voodoo spirit and a psychotic female dictator are conspiring to unleash an apocalyptic zombie plague. Then she uncovers the most terrifying secret of all—her own destiny. It seems a Voodoo oracle has ordained her the only warrior capable of saving humanity from a supernatural Armageddon … whether she wants the job or not!

But saving the world isn't a one-woman job, so she teams up with a trio of unlikely heroes—a conspiracy obsessed marijuana smuggler, a Voodoo priestess with an appetite for reality television, and a burnt out ex-mercenary. Together, they'll take on an army of the walking dead, with the fate of humanity resting in their eccentric hands.

Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising is the first novel in a new horror series packed with supernatural thrills, rousing adventure, dark humor, Voodoo lore and plenty of zombie stomping action. But a word of warning; don't shoot these zombies in the head … because that just makes them mad!

It's the legions of hell versus Maggie Child … and hell doesn't have a prayer!


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CHAPTER ONE

Isle De Fantomas was a nation born in blood and forged in suffering. Its citizens were the descendents of slaves who, after generations in bondage, had broken their chains. These slaves, who had never known mercy, showed none to their masters. On the first night of the rebellion their scythes and cane machetes slaughtered half the slave-owning colonists; the remaining half were less fortunate.
For a brief moment the long-suffering people of Fantomas were free; but from that newfound freedom sprang even more brutal masters. For two centuries Fantomas endured an endless cycle of homegrown tyrants lusting for power. The latest of these despots, General Manuel Ortiz, followed the violent traditions of his predecessors, filling the island's cemeteries with innocent victims.
Though countless lives were lost, the human spirit endured, fueled by the people's unwavering faith in Voodoo. The citizens of Fantomas clung to their beliefs, knowing that someday the Voodoo spirits would crush their oppressors and set their children free.


Despite two centuries of bloodshed, the jungles of Fantomas remained lush and primordial; unchanged since the dawn of time. But tonight the sleeping parrots were awakened by brush rustling beneath their roosts, and they sang out a warning; men had invaded their domain.
Six armed soldiers crept through the jungle. Swarms of fruit bats circled overhead, following their path, gorging on the insects they disturbed. A bat swooped down to snatch a dragonfly hovering in front of the last man. As he slapped frantically at the invader, the startled soldier's foot landed on a dry branch; the cracking wood echoed through the jungle like a gunshot.
Their leader, Lieutenant Miguel Ortiz, spun around and glared at the man. "Quiet, you idiot!"
The soldier stood frozen under the lieutenant's stare until Ortiz turned and continued moving forward. The men followed him cautiously, fearing their commander more than any enemy.
Lieutenant Ortiz hated the jungle. To him it was a steaming, mosquito-laden nightmare of tangled brush and poisonous snakes. But despite the discomforts, Miguel loved his job as commander of the island's Special Operations Team, an elite military unit the locals referred to in hushed tones as Escuadrón de la MuerteThe Death Squad.
Fantomas' supreme dictator, General Manuel Ortiz, had handpicked each man, entrusting them with eliminating anyone who opposed his regime. Miguel was chosen as commander in part because the general was his uncle, but it was a job he was truly born to hold. After a childhood measured in escalating acts of sadism, Miguel seemed destined for the hangman's noose. But all that changed a year ago when his uncle assumed power after a bloody military coups d'état. With Manuel recognizing his nephew's rare talent for brutality, Miguel instantly rose from being just another violent felon to a vital arm of national security.
Since then he'd hunted and killed dozens of potentially dangerous opponents to his uncle's regime. The fact that most were unarmed peasants or intellectuals only added to Miguel's job satisfaction.
His trained ear was attuned to the endless din of insects when he distinctly heard coughing in the distance. He gestured for his men to halt. Slipping on a pair of night vision goggles he studied the trail ahead but saw no one. He heard it again, like a man sneezing, quickly followed by another. Following the sound he looked up into the trees. A troop of Mona Monkeys stared down at him, their tufts of white facial hair giving them the appearance of angry old men. The sneezing sound was their warning call to other monkeys. Miguel fought the impulse to shoot them for fun. Instead he knelt down, allowing his men a moment to drink from their canteens.
His second in command, Corporal Sosa, crept forward. In hushed tones he said, "Sir, the men are nervous. We're killing a Voodoo priestess tonight and they're afraid of the spiritual consequences."
Miguel resisted the urge to strangle Sosa. "Trust me, if there's such a thing as spiritual consequences we're already going to Hell, so stop worrying." He glanced back at his men, sensing their tension. He hoped when the time came their natural bloodlust would overcome any fear, but he knew a little added incentive wouldn't hurt. "Remind them we are on a personal mission for General Ortiz, and he will probably give us each a generous bonus." 
Corporal Sosa's innate greed won over any concerns. "They will be happy to hear that," he said and scuttled back to the men.
The men's fear of the priestess disgusted Miguel. To him Voodoo was the kind of superstitious horseshit that personified the old Fantomas; an impoverished land full of ignorant peasants and stinking manure. Miguel proudly embraced the modern world of social progress. To him progress meant snorting cocaine off the dashboard of his pearl white Escalade while listening to deafening rap music. Miguel was looking forward to tonight's mission. The target's name was Sarafina, and her lofty title of Voodoo Priestess made this a rare pleasure. Miguel had spent the last year working night and day to crush the people's will. But women like this Sarafina gave the locals hope, and that only made his job harder.
Miguel pulled a GPS unit from his pocket. It indicated that they were less than a hundred yards from their target. He stood, signaling his men to move forward.
As they drew closer to the target, Miguel heard drums and rhythmic chanting drifting through the trees.
"Do you hear that?" Corporal Sosa hissed.
"Of course, I'm not deaf," Miguel shot back.
"She was supposed to be alone but what if there are there are more people? What if they're armed?" Sosa whispered, nervous at the prospect of facing someone who could actually fight back.
"Armed with what, drumsticks? If there are more people we'll just kill them too." Miguel turned away, wondering if America's Navy Seals had to deal with this kind of whimpering. Then again, Navy Seals didn't recruit their men from Death Row.
Miguel crept forward till he could make out a clearing ahead. The drumming was now clear and distinct.
He reached out and slowly pulled aside the branches blocking his view. The moment he did the drums and voices fell silent, leaving only the endlessly buzzing insects; it was unnerving. Probably just more monkeys, he thought.
He looked ahead and his concerns melted away. The priestess stood alone in the center of her compound, surrounded by gnarled posts decorated with animal skulls and weird talismans. Burning torches cast a flickering light on the ghoulish tableau. These Voodoo trappings were eerie enough, but they couldn’t hold a candle to the chapel building itself.
It was a barn-sized structure crafted from wood and mud brick standing in the shadow of a sixty-foot Banyan tree. Over decades, or perhaps even centuries, the ancient tree had grown into the building, entwining it in hundreds of exposed roots and vines until they merged into one organic structure. The firelight cast moving shadows across the chapel, and its network of roots seemed to undulate like some monstrous jellyfish.
Sarafina was stirring a cooking pot suspended over an outdoor fire. The aroma drifted through the air, but it was hard to tell if she was preparing some occult potion or just the typical swill the peasants called food. She sang to herself softly in a French patois.
Miguel took a moment to admire Sarafina. She was tall, her lean body wrapped in the colorful fabric favored by priestesses. She moved with the grace of a dancer, her dark skin glowing in the firelight. Miguel found her attractive, in that peasant sort of way.
She stood and walked gracefully to her chapel, still singing. As soon as she was inside, Miguel reached into his rucksack and pulled out a satellite phone. He whispered, "General, we're in position with the target in sight. Awaiting your orders." He pressed the phone to his ear awaiting a response.
His uncle's voice came through. "Hold your position and await my instructions."
"Understood sir." After checking the ground for scorpions, Miguel sat down to wait.


About the Author:

After two years of ghostwriting, William Burke has released his first novel VOODOO CHILD, Book One: Zombie Uprising. It's the first installment of a new horror series chronicling the exploits of Maggie Child and her Voodoo priestess partner Sarafina as they battle to save the island of Fantomas from the wrath of evil Voodoo spirits.

The author was raised on a diet of late night creature features, comic books, Mad magazines and horror stories. As a result every volume will be packed with eccentric characters, dark humor, chills, zombies, ghosts, monsters, military hardware and plenty of stuff blowing up.

Prior to writing Voodoo Child he was the creator and director of the Destination America television series Hauntings and Horrors. He has also written scripts for two Cinemax television series, Forbidden Science and Lingerie, which he also produced. He has also written magazine pieces for Fangoria and the Phantom of the Movies Videoscope among others.

William began his film and television career as a perfectly respectable video engineer at the venerable United Nations. Budget cuts shifted him to becoming a production manager and assistant director on an array of New York based indie films. With that experience under his belt he relocated to Los Angeles where he eventually produced sixteen feature films and two television series for the Playboy Entertainment Group. After years of producing T&A extravaganzas, kickboxing epics and gangster rap videos, he created a self financed television pilot entitled American Mystery Tour. Canada's CTV picked up the series under the title Creepy Canada, which was then re-titled Hauntings and Horrors in the USA.  Since then he has successfully produced three series for HBO/Cinemax as well as documentaries and other … stuff.

After hundreds of hours of film and television production he is basking in the freedom of the written word, where small budgets and giant egos are only memories. He lives in Toronto.

If you enjoyed the first adventure please visit www.williamburkeauthor.com where you'll find lots of interesting information about Voodoo and military hardware, along with excerpts from Sarafina's personal diary AND, as a gift to readers, the author will be serializing a prequel novella





Author interview video: https://youtu.be/SXanlSkmHEIa





 
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