Friday, December 13, 2013

Spotlight on Vampires: Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories

Five Facts about My Book That Might Surprise You- Scarlette D'Noire

Recently I have had the pleasure of working with almost two dozen authors on two volumes of vampire stories. Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories and an Anthology of Risque Stories. I headed up the whole project from finding authors, an editor, cover artist, publishing, and book promotion.   I thought I would share how this experience came to fruition through five facts that may surprise you. At the very least I hope they inspire you to always follow your dreams.
1.    I decided to put this project together after almost giving up on writing. I had received a negative review on my WIP and felt discouraged.  I did not want to waste two years of hard work and thought publishing an anthology would be a good idea.

2.    I had no idea what I was doing and learned along the way. Every aspect of this project was new to me right down to how the book should be laid out. Fortunately I had amazing advice from authors like C.J. Ellisson the bestselling author of the VV Inn series and Terri Reid the bestselling author of the Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery Series.

3.    I almost drove my blog tour host Roxanne, at Bewitching Book Tours insane. She almost fired me before I hired her, but being the professional tour host that she is she found the inner strength to answer my one million questions and put a beautiful tour together for us.

4.    I found the most amazing talent in Beth at Hercules editing and Patti from Paradox Promotions.  I cannot say enough how much this has helped the success of the anthologies. Patti did so many versions of the books for us, gift covers, Halloween covers, banners.  She is a wonderful talent.  Beth at Hercules seems to never sleep.  I threw this project in her lap last minute, not one book but two books!  Beth always calmed me down and reassured me she never missed a deadline no matter how impossible authors like me made it for her, and you know what she pulled it off.  Both books launched before Halloween.

5.    For me the most mind boggling fact is that I had some of the most amazing authors agree to do the anthologies with me even though I had never published a word before. Because of this great group of talent we have sold books every week since our launch over two months ago.  Not bad for a new author and a new publishing company.

6.    BONUS FACT I named my publishing company Indie Publishing House because I am proud to be an Indie author and proud to publish indie material.   I have found the Indie world of authors to be some of the kindest, most helpful people around. Not just the authors, but the editors, cover artists.  I have received so much advice and help that I do not believe the books would be as successful as they are without all of the help and love from the Indie world of writing.

More Than Friends
An excerpt, of the short story
Terri Reid

Chapter Two

Grabbing her keys from her pocket, she hurried through the parking lot to her car. She could access her social networking page from home and study the photos without worrying about her Captain looking over her shoulder and reminding her it was just a prank. Her shoes slapped softly against the pavement of the parking lot as she moved forward. With her shadow flitting from car to car, a brisk autumn wind stirred up a pile of dried leaves and pushed them forward to swirl around her feet. The noise was just loud enough that she didn’t hear the soft whisper of wings fluttering behind her.
Pressing the auto unlock button, she stepped forward to grab hold of the door handle when the hairs on the back of her neck rose and she knew someone was behind her. Her hand secreted on the handle of her service revolver, she whirled, ready to fight.
“Whoa there,” the man said, stepping back into the shadows protectively. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.”
She glanced around quickly and then met his eyes. “Where did you come from?” she asked.
“Originally or recently?” he asked, the touch of irony in his deep voice annoying her.
“Recently,” she growled.
He moved toward her into the glow of a streetlight and she nearly gasped aloud. As it was, her body reacted with a primitive awakening that surprised and even frightened her.
He bit back a smile. He could hear the blood throbbing quickly through her veins, could feel the rise in her body temperature and could smell the sweet pheromones her body was producing to lure him even closer. She was partially aroused by him, but fighting it. And he was charmed by her efforts.
“I was a few cars down,” he said, pointing to a car parked near hers. “I dropped my keys and I was bending over, so I could understand how you might have missed me when you walked to your car. I just came over to make sure you were safe.”
Safe. She had never felt so unsafe in her life.
“I’m fine,” she said, relieved that the words came out clipped and firm.
“Excellent,” he replied, with a full smile. “And now, perhaps we could find a quiet place where I could answer your other question.”
Eyes narrowed, she shook her head. “Other question?”
He stepped even closer and she held her ground. He was not going to intimidate her.
Reaching forward, he ran a finger down the side of her face and she shivered involuntarily and swallowed slowly. “Where I came from,” he whispered, his breath hot on her cheek, “Originally.”
She took a deep, shuddering breath and stepped back, away from him. “Listen,” she replied, her voice uneven. “I don’t know who you are or what you think you’re doing. But I am not a hooker, I’m a police officer. I’m a detective. So unless you want to spend a little time in a cooling cell, I would suggest you step away and take your advances elsewhere.”
His lips lifted in a half smile, but he didn’t move back. “I know you’re not a hooker, Detective Victory,” he said, meeting her eyes. “And the only proposition I have for you right now is an offer to help you track down the person who is killing those women who have requested to be your friend.”
“What the…” Her hand went to her gun, but he stepped even closer and laid his hand over hers, blocking her attempt. Her back was pressed against the side of her car and her hand was caught between her body and his. And the heat coursing through her veins was making her feel lightheaded.
“I’m not here to harm you,” he whispered, keeping an eye out for other police officers who might be coming off shift. “I can help. I think I know why you haven’t been able to find the bodies.”
Shaking her head, she tried to move out of his grasp. “No, I don’t need your help,” she stammered softly. “Now let me go before I scream and you have to deal with an entire precinct of police officers.”
Bending his head, he drew his mouth along the underside of her jaw line and a bolt of heat impaled her core, turning her legs to rubber. She collapsed against the side of her car and he pressed his body fully against hers.
“Did you drug me?” she murmured, trying to fight the sexual haze that was overwhelming her. “I feel…”
He slid his hands up the sides of her body, slowly, caressing every curve, the power of passion clouding his own judgment. “You feel delightful,” he breathed, his mouth hovering just inches over hers. “You feel exactly the way I’ve dreamt you’d feel.”
“Dreamt?” she cried softly, her voice shaking with an undertone of fear.
He looked into her eyes, saw the tears pooling in them, and cursed himself. He could take her; his thrall had broken down all of her natural defenses. But even under the strength of his spell, her unconscious mind had fought back, causing tears to flow in protest. He fought with himself. He could have her; he had desired her for so long. But, a calmer voice reasoned, would he really be satisfied with taking her this way or did he want the whole woman?
He finally shook his head, clearing the passion and stepped away from her, leaving her trembling and confused.
“I don’t…” she stammered.
“Shhhh, it’s okay, JJ,” he crooned.

Vampires: Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories

Scarlette D’Noire, Karen Dales, Kurt Kamm, Bertena Varney,
Elita Daniels, Carole Gill, Audrey A’Cladh, BellaDonna Drakul, Sherri Jordan-Asble, Charles E. Butler, Carole Gill, Fiona Skye, Laura Enright, Janiera Eldridge, Cinsearae S, and Terri Reid

Genre: paranormal romance/horror

Publisher: Indie Publishing House

Date of Publication: Oct. 16th 2013

ISBN: 978-1-940871-00-4

Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 67,588

Cover Artist: Patti Roberts at Paradox

Book Description:

Vampires! Sixteen authors give you a glimpse into the dark worlds of lost love, murderous rage, and undeniable sex appeal where deadly quests and blood lust spanning centuries of time reign supreme. Explore some of the most unique vampires to exist on this side of the grave.

Essays, excerpts, and short stories from award winning authors Karen Dales, Kurt Kamm, Bertena Varney and more. They will entertain you, thrill you, and bewilder you as they reveal the dark secrets of the most beloved creatures of the night, including eleven times bestselling author Terri Reid, creator of the Mary O’Reilly Series.

So, which will it be: the romantic vampire, the revenant vampire, the elemental, the fanged vampire, or the mythological female vampire?  Begin reading and find out!

About the Author:

Originally from Chicago Scarlette D’Noire is an American author currently residing in Florida with her husband and two furry children.

A lover of all things vampire, Scarlette has published two books, Vampires Romance to Rippers Series an Anthology of Tasty Stories, and Vampires Romance to Rippers Series an Anthology of Risqué Stories with several outstanding authors.  She is currently writing two books in the Vampire Historia a Series of Revelations, collections: Nicolai's Fate and Delano’s Undoing. Scarlette D’Noire is a nom de plume used to protect the true identity of the author so she may bring Vampire Historia a Series of Revelations to light without consequences.

About the Author:

Sherri Jordan-Asble resides in Florida with her family, and when not writing, Kayaking is her favorite past time.  Sherri is finishing her Master's degree in creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and is working on her sequel to her first novel, Summer Blood.

About the Author:

Best-selling author, Terri Reid, is the creator of the Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mysteries.  An indie author, Reid published her first book “Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery” in August 2010.  By the end of 2012, “Loose Ends” had sold over 150,000 copies. She has ten other books in the Mary O’Reilly Series and has enjoyed Best-Seller, Top Rated and Hot New Release status for all of them in the Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Cozy, or Women Sleuths categories. Her books have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and are also now also available in audio versions. 
Reid has been quoted in a number of books about the self-publishing industry including “Let’s Get Digital” by David Gaughran and “Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors” by Claire and Tim Ridgway. She was honored to have some of her works included in A. J. Abbiati’s book “The NORTAV Method for Writers – The Secrets to Constructing Prose Like the Pros.”
Reid is from Northwest Illinois, near the town of Freeport, the home of her fictional characters.  Her background is in marketing and public relations.  She is married, the mother of seven children and the grandmother of fourteen. Her constant writing companions are Riley, a Bernese Mountain Dog-Golden Retriever mix; Hans, a German Shepard mix; Brodie, a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy; and McDuff, a Siamese cat. 

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Carole Gill said...

Hi there! I'm one of the authors fortunate enough to have my story, The Fourth Bride (of Dracula) in the anthology along with an excerpt. Both story and excerpt are taken from The Fourth Bride (which is book 4 in The Blackstone Vampires Series!
Thanks so much for hosting our stop today!

Bertena Varney said...

Hi everyone.. What have you all got planned for the wekend?

Scarlette DNoire said...

Hi Everyone, I wanted to let everyone know I will be offering free books to the person that posts the most questions for our authors. Good luck!

BellaDonna Drakul said...

Greetings, everyone! Another great blog for great authors... so happy to be here.

sljasble said...

So great to see everyone posting today! I'm so honored to have my stories included with these other awesome authors!! -Sherri Jordan-Asble

Scarlette DNoire said...

I am the fortunate one to be able to work with all of you. <3

Audrey A'Cladh said...

Greetings! I am on California time, but I am here now.

Carole Gill said...

It's just such an honor being included along with the other authors who are absolute masters of vampire fiction! I am quite thrilled.

Laura Enright said...

Hi. Thanks for having us (I'm late on this one). It was fun to have an excerpt from my novel To Touch the Sun featured in this project. My novel is due out in February. Anyone who would like more information can visit my blog for my Sentient/Feral Vampire Series at'll be posting more information on the book's release, the characters and other items regarding future novels in the series.

Lynda Dickson said...

Thanks for the Five Facts and Excerpt. I'm having fun following this tour. The Facebook Event keeps it so organized!

Vicky Johnson said...

my question is for the authors , do you like to create your vampire characters to be more traditional, no sunlight, no garlic, no crosses ect. or do you like to make the rules up as you go along? i had someone chew me out because the vampires in my book break all the rules. i have never given it much thought until then. would like to know how you shape your vampires. Love love love your blog.