Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Soundtrack - Nemesis by Suzanne Madron



One of the questions I get asked quite a bit, and I’ll be honest, it’s one of my favorite questions to answer, is: Do you write to music? My answer is easy. Yes. Yes yes yes yes. YES! Which is followed up with my other favorite question: What music do you listen to?

Gather ‘round, ye curious. I shall telleth thee. I don’t know why I went all weird Puritan there, but whatever. It’s been a long day, and I’m in sore need of an entire pot of coffee. 

When I wrote Nemesis, my original playlist was basically the entirety of Shriekback’s The Dancing Years album and The Cure’s Disintegration and Kiss Me albums - because it was on cassette and I didn’t have time to make a mixtape, not with swanky auto reverse on my cassette player. 

Fast forward two decades, give or take, and I rewrote the book. This time I had iTunes, 20 years to gather even more music, and a library of music DJs would envy

NEMESIS Soundtrack Sampler in no particular order (to list the entire playlist would be days’ worth of music, so I’ll list the favorite ones I played on a loop). So sit back, and enjoy the writing soundtrack.

The song that started it all: Nemesis (The Arch-Deviant Mix) - Shriekback

24th Moment - Fields of the Nephilim
Darkcell AD - Fields of the Nephilim
One More Nightmare - Fields of the Nephilim
Zoon (Pt. 3 - Wake World) - Fields of the Nephilim
Vet for the Insane - Fields of the Nephilim
A Matter of Time - Informatik
Cult of Personality - Living Colour
Lights Go Out - Client
Memento - UnterArt
The Order of Death - PIL
Death Dies Hard - DeathStars
Valentine - Sisters of Mercy
When You Don’t See Me - Sisters of Mercy
More - Sisters of Mercy
Anarchy - KMFDM
Go to Hell (F*ck MTV Mix Edit) - KMFDM
DIY - KMFDM
Megalomaniac - KMFDM
Vogue - KMFDM
Hau Ruck - KMFDM
Unfit - KMFDM
Hexonxonx - Skinny Puppy
Worlock - Skinny Puppy
Glass Walls of Limbo (Dance Mix) - Type O Negative 
Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity - Type O Negative
Are You Afraid? - Type O Negative
Sidewalking - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Born of Frustration - James
Come With Me - Information Society
Empty - Information Society
Ending World - Information Society
Still Here - Information Society
Where the I Divides - Information Society
Stitch in Time - Genitortuers
Tragedy >for You< - Front 242
The Nightmare I Am - Edge of Dawn
Wasting the Dawn - The 69 Eyes
Crashing High - The 69 Eyes
Dance D’Amour - The 69 Eyes
Icon - Velvet Acid Christ
Slut - Velvet Acid Christ
Lookaway My Love - Advent Sleep
One Kiss - Advent Sleep
Control - The Wake
Anything, Anything - Dramarama
Rivet Head - Chemlab
Chemical Halo - Chemlab
Spiritual Cramp - Christian Death
In the Flat Field - Bauhaus
The Silent Hedges - Bauhaus
King Volcano - Bauhaus
Who Killed Mr. Moonlight - Bauhaus
Honeymoon Croon - Bauhaus
Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied - Alien Sex Fiend
Coma - Alien Sex Fiend
Katch 22 - Alien Sex Fiend
Nemesis - VNV Nation
Rubicon - VNV Nation
Legion - VNV Nation
Distant (Rubicon II) - VNV Nation
Darkangel - VNV Nation
A Strange Kind of Love - Peter Murphy
Silence - Delerium
Sent to Destroy - Combichrist
The House That Pain Built - Killing Joke
Savage Freedom - Killing Joke
Love Like Blood - Killing Joke
Money Isn’t Our God - Killing Joke
Pandemonium - Killing Joke
Exorcism - Killing Joke
Eighties - Killing Joke
The Beautiful Dead - Killing Joke
The Rain - Lycia
Ionia (entire album) - Lycia
Breath and Taxes - Spahn Ranch
Judas Cradle - Spahn Ranch
Dominion Day - Gary Numan
Dandelion King - March Violets
Lost Again - Yello
Insight - X Marks the Pedwalk
I Promise You a Murder - X Marks the Pedwalk
ACF - Stabbing Westward
Adrenaline - Rosetta Stone
Search and Destroy - Front Line Assembly
Liquid Separation - Front Line Assembly
Sanctum Sanctorum - The Damned
Red Light - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Nothing’s Free - Alice Cooper
Lost Inside You (Snow in China Remix) - Dive
Lament - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Loverman - Nick Cave
Do You Love Me? (pts. 1 and 2) - Nick Cave
The Curse of Millhaven - Nick Cave
Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
Last Dance - The Cure
Fascination Street - The Cure
Du Hast - Rammstein
Dogma - Marilyn Manson
Wrapped In Plastic - Marilyn Manson
Lunchbox - Marilyn Manson
Sweet dreams Are Made of This - Marilyn Manson
Long Hard Road Out of Hell - Marilyn Manson
The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
Closer - Nine Inch Nails
You Know What You Are - Ministry
N.W.O. - Ministry
Stigmata - Ministry
So What - Ministry
If I Had a Heart - Fever Ray
Wreath of Barbs - Wumpscut
Angel - Wumpscut
Thorns - Wumpscut
Decay - Revolver 1010
Kiss Eternal - Lords of Acid








Nemesis
Immortal War Series
Book 1
Suzanne Madron

Genre: Horror

Book Description:

When an amnesiac deity is accidentally resurrected by an ancient evil, his only hope of remembering who and what he once was is a vampire named Lamia. When she runs to him for protection, an inescapable fate is unleashed upon them both as they fight to survive.

NEMESIS is the first installment in the Immortal War Series.







About the Author:

Suzanne Madron was born in New York City and has lived up and down the east coast. Currently she resides on a house built over a Civil War battlefield in the wilds of Pennsylvania where she has been known to host some interesting Halloween parties. She has authored several novels and stories under various names including Suzi M, James Glass, and Xircon.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Witch for Hire by Shyla Colt



Louella’s List of Home Town Favorite Eats

1. Cajun Popcorn
2. Sweet Tea (sun brewed, if you please)
3. Beignets  
4. Boudin Balls
5. Crawfish Étouffée
6. Crawfish Boils
7. Bananas Foster
8. Lemon Ice Box Pie
9. Gumbo
10. Couche Couche 

Witch for Hire
Shyla Colt

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Vamptasy

Date of Publication:  11-27-1017

ASIN: B075GN5Q68

Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 85,000

Cover Artist: Dreams 2 Media

Tagline: Against the approaching darkness, I am the light.

Book Description:


Young, terrified, and bound to a vampire, Louella Eschete fled the bayou and swore off magic. Years later, she’s returned to the tiny town of Cypress, Louisiana to take her rightful place as head of her magical family, whether she likes it or not.

In order to keep the tentative peace formed between the various races of powerful beings who rule side by side, she must face her own demons. Mainly one, Cristobal Cortez.

Now a master vampire, and lord of the seven cities surrounding New Orleans, her former lover has moved up in the world. Their relationship gets way more complicated when his court is framed for a rash of murders they didn’t commit.

Forced to play her role as his bond mate, and launch an investigation into the darkness threatening to overturn truces, she may be in over her head.
  

Excerpt:
I spot his form on the outskirts. Though, I’m loathe to admit it, my night vision is better than a human’s. Energy crackles on my fingertips. Bright green sparks break the inky blackness of night. My stomach sours. Being in the same space works as an amplifier for us. I’m manifesting new powers. He’s turned me into something foreign. Physical manifestation of magic is rare and left to the most powerful.
I curl my hands into fists. He foresaw this all those years ago in that graveyard. He recognized the potential of the two of us could create together. My chest aches. Some wounds cut too deep to ever fully heal. Angers pools in my belly. I wanted love. I got lies and manipulation instead. A pulsing ball of energy forms in front of me. I’m hypnotized by the technic-color glow. How could this come from me?
I shake under the strain of maintaining it. What was created in anger is burning off my reserves.
“Let. It. Go.”
The command given in a dulcet tone snaps my hold on the newly discovered power. The ball hurtles toward him. I resend the magic, knowing the back lash of the abrupt interruption of signal flow is going to be a bitch. Lifted off my feet by a form of magical feedback, I’m pitched back violently. My stomach drops, and then I’m caught in a strong pair of arms. The gravity of seeing him in person so close up presses down on me as I drown in his chocolate colored gaze. My tongue sticks to the rough of my mouth. All thought flees as my barriers buckle like the compromised hull of a ship. The high, well-sculpted cheek bones lead down to a strong, diamond shaped jaw rounded out by a dimpled chin. His button nose gives an eternal boyish quality to his rugged good lucks. He swallows and my gaze is drawn to his throat as my mind his worked over by years of memories.
We’re exchanging information like two computers updating. He cups my face. “Louella.” I twitch as I ride the wave of power being exchanged between us.


About the Author:

Shyla Colt is the sassy international bestseller of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. This genre-hoppers stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you’re a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.

As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.

She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.

You can interact with Shyla Colt online via her website




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Monday, November 20, 2017

Giveaway- Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card- Fire Born by Rayanne Haines

Fire Born Soundtrack
Alex’s theme song – Spectrum by Florence and the Machine
Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation
Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie
Kiss Me by Ed Sheeren
Ghost by Ella Henderson
I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons
Castle by Halsey
Clothes off by Ria Mae
No One is Lost by Stars
Muddy Waters by LP
Hurt Me Tommorrow by K’Naan
Monster by Eminem
Beat it by Michael Jackson
Leather by the Deaftones




Fire Born
The Guardian Series
Book One
Rayanne Haines

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: September 13th, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-68291-511-0
ASIN: B074WFSD7G

Number of pages: 224
Word Count: 70,000.00

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description:

When Alex Taleisin’s immortal DNA kicks in after a fight for her life against something not-quite-human in the YMCA parking lot, her Aunt finally lets her in on the family secret. They’re Immortal – Elementals to be precise. Only, Alex is a little something more, and until they discover what, her life is in danger.

Collum Thronus, Guardian of the Races and savage King of the Dragons has no choice but to protect Alex and find her father’s people. He made a promise and Collum always keeps his promises. Now, he needs to keep his hands of his charge.

Enter an insane grandfather, a shifter with a hidden agenda, and a witch with a shoe addiction and soon Alex is wishing for a quiet house in the hills with the dragon she’s falling for. But a battle is coming and Alex knows the only way to find her answers is to trust her powers and become the warrior she was destined to be.


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Excerpt:

Alex refused to break eye contact. Something inside clawed at her flesh—reaching for the man in front of her. Her knees buckled as he pressed his face to her neck. She held his shoulders as he lifted her, sat her on the kitchen counter, and stepped between her thighs. The whole time he kept breathing in like he was trying to absorb her. His hands were brands on her skin. One palm stroked her back, the other found its way into her hair.
She pressed her body against his, trying to take on his heat. Her breasts crushed against his chest, and she whimpered in the back of her throat. Things like this didn't happen to her. She usually dated journalists with very un-dragon like qualities or weekend mountain men with annoyingly trendy facial hair. She did not get ravished by drop dead, slam-dunk, gorgeous alpha males, in her aunt’s kitchen.
After this morning’s revelations, she was ready for a bit of sinning. She nipped at his neck. His grip tightened as he growled low and deep. Somewhere in the back of her mind, Alex realized she was ready to have sex with a stranger on her aunt’s kitchen counter, with said aunt in the other room, perhaps even on her way back to this room. Awareness crashed in with a resounding thud.
He stepped back and shoved his hands through his hair in jerky movements before drawing a ragged breath. “I’m sorry. That shouldn't have happened. You’re at a critical point in your transition, and that makes your heat difficult to ignore . . . It will likely get worse as it grows.” His jaw clenched. “I should have been more prepared.”
Alex blinked, her mind jumped from one thought to the next.
“Did your aunt tell you what’s happening?”
“What?” She shook her head. “What the hell? Aunt Quinn!” she yelled, jumping off the counter to back away. Pulling her housecoat tighter around her neck, she snapped, “Are you kidding me? You can't do that. And I’m not sending out heat, asshole!”
He held up his palms in surrender. “I said I'm sorry. We don't have time for this. There are people who will hurt you if they know you’re still alive. I need to get you somewhere safe.”
A panic attack pushed at the edge of her temple. Confused and turned on, she needed a goddamn coffee. She refused to give control of the situation to him. “So, you're some kind of dragon thing? And I'm supposed to go away with you?”
Collum sighed and gritted his teeth. “Yes, something like that. Your enemies will make a move soon. As soon as they find out you live, they'll come after you, and me for my part in it. We hoped your element wouldn’t surface.”
“I'm expected to believe everything Aunt Quinn said was real. Just like that?”
“Yep.” He blew more smoke at her mouth, his gaze intense. “Just like that.”
She stumbled back. “Wait, do you know who my father was?”
“I don’t. But now that you’re transitioning, we need to find out before the elders do. They tend to dislike things more powerful than them. And if I’ve guessed right, you kid, are about to be far more powerful.”
He pulled at a stray thread on her housecoat, right above an old coffee stain. “You need to put some clothes on.” Collum reached for her hand. “We have to go now.”
Alex yanked her hand back. She knew if she let him touch her they'd be on the floor. She didn't know if she trusted him, but she'd learned over time to trust herself. Aunt Quinn hadn't told her enough, but it was enough to know she wanted to find out more. Now she had to figure out why her parents were killed. If sex dragon guy could keep her alive long enough to do that, then she'd go with him. She took a steadying breath. She didn’t usually feel small around men, but this giant dwarfed her. Instead of being frightened, she wished he’d lean down and cover her mouth with his. He grinned like he knew what she was thinking, took her hand in his larger one, and
rested his other on her hip. Alex almost purred with the echo of his heat. She reached to touch the smoke pouring out the strands of his hair. Quinn walked in before she had a chance.
“Honey I have . . . oh.”
Alex wished she could sink into the blue wall paper, but he simply raised his head and
took one step back. He gave his head a slight nod. “Quinn, I presume.”
She responded the same. “Dragon King.”
“You have her things ready to go?”
All business, she handed the bag to him. “Everything is here; passport, extra clothing, all
her necessities.”
“Good. We won't have time to stop. I won't make contact again for a few days, but I
assure you I’ll let nothing happen to her. I promised Kaylen, and I never break a vow.”
Alex interrupted them. “Um, hello. I'm right here you know. How about you both talk to me, instead of over me? Besides, I haven't agreed to go anywhere yet.”
Collum stiffened, and glared at her.
She stomped her foot. “I’m not a child. I’ll make my own decisions, thank you very much.”
He snorted and turned back to Quinn. “Say your goodbyes. I'll be in the car.”
He strolled out of the kitchen like it was any other day of the week—not like her life had been ripped to pieces.
Quinn dropped the bags at her feet and rushed toward her. “I told you he was impatient. You really have no choice, my darling. I swear on my life that we’re telling you the truth. This must happen. You’ll be safe—he can control your fire.”
Quinn handed her a yellow tank top and a pair of sweats. “Now put these on. You can't run for freedom in a Hudson's Bay housecoat. It's undignified.”
“But I haven’t said yes yet. It’s—”
“No, Alex, stop.” Quinn hugged her. “I love you with all my heart. But you have no say in this. You must go now.”
Alex held on to her aunt as tight as she could for a final minute, then stepped away. “I love you too, Quinn.”
Five minutes later they walked out to Collum's vehicle. After a final kiss to her aunt, Alex climbed in the vehicle and looked at her would be savior. “Okay, Dragon Boy. Let's go find out who Daddy is.”


About the Author:

Rayanne Haines is a published poet, romance fiction author, and arts manager.

She writes Paranormal Romance with Kick-Ass Heroines. She believes in magic and legend and all the things we cannot see. Rayanne prefers her alpha males a little gritty and the women who love them, in charge of their own destiny.

Fire Born is the first book of the Guardian Series published by Soul Mate Publishing. Magic Born is available June 2018.


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Being Unfinished- A Guest Blog by Amy Snyder




When I first started submitting UNFINISHED to agents and publishers. I got no response. Absolute crickets. 

I had submitted other works before, and had received some response. A request for more pages. A few requests for a full manuscript.  

This time, the silence was deafening. It struck me as odd because this book was definitely better than the last book I sought to publish.

Now, I knew that submitting works that were not complete was breaking a cardinal rule of the publishing industry. My novel was complete. It just happened to be that the title was UNFINISHED.

I started to wonder if maybe just seeing the word “unfinished” in the subject line of an email was turning off potential agents and publishers.

After much deliberation and consultation, I reluctantly changed the title to MAKING ENDS MEET.

It worked. As soon as I changed the title, I started getting responses and requests.

But the first question I asked my publisher after I signed my contract was, “Can I change the title back?” 

It was important to me that the title be UNFINISHED because I, myself, am unfinished.. 

I love the idea of being unfinished.

I love that every mistake I make is an opportunity to learn and grow and change and improve.

I love that I’m 46 years old and just now starting to realize some of the dreams I had when I was younger.

I make a hundred tiny mistakes a day because sometimes the only way to fix something is to find out what doesn’t work. 

I like getting better at things I used to be terrible at.

I can do things now 20 year old me never would have attempted because of silly fears or insecurities.

Sure my knees hurt.

Sometimes I’m more tired than I was when I was twenty. Okay, I’m always more tired than I was when I was twenty.

But I still love learning more about myself because once you’re “finished”...your best days are behind you.

I hope I’m always unfinished. I hope to spend the rest of my life working on myself. Forever learning. Forever growing. Forever changing.

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Unfinished
Amy Snyder

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Genre: Women's  Fiction

Book Description:

Mirabelle is a writer who just can't finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.

Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.

Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.

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About the Author:

Amy Snyder began writing when she realized the strange things that happened in her imagination were far more interesting than the things that happened in her real life.  After earning her degree in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University, she worked at a financial brokerage house, a nationally published magazine, an advertising agency, and most recently, an elementary school as a Math Tutor, Substitute Teacher, and Library Paraprofessional. 

But she’s always been a writer.

Amy lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut with her husband, two teenage children, and two cats. While she has been known to talk out loud to the characters she’s writing, she hasn’t had an actual hallucination…yet.




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Friday, November 17, 2017

For Whom The Reap Tolls by Jack Wallen





For Whom The Reap Tolls
Reapers Series
Book 3
Jack Wallen

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Devil Dog Press

ISBN: 978-1542311281
ASIN: B01MU3CHW8

Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 61,782

Cover Artist: Dane

Tagline: All is fair in love and death.

Book Description:

A Reaper’s job is never done!

The Scythe has been eradicated. Now it’s time for Grim and company to enjoy much-needed rest, pizza, and romance. Thing is, Death has darker plans and deep-seated secrets to reveal.

With the help of a bookstore dedicated to all things occult, Grim uncovers a truth that could very well set him at odds with Fate and send the natural order spiraling into chaos.

The soul-reaping Scooby Gang is back to help the spirits of humanity return to the Universal Pool and challenge the Eternal status quo.

For whom will the bell toll? Inquiring minds want to know.


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A Tale of Two Reapers







About the Author:

Jack Wallen is what happens when a Gen Xer mind-melds with present day snark. Jack is a seeker of truth and a writer of words with a quantum mechanical pencil and a disjointed beat of sound and soul. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, Jack likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary traveler, on the lookout for the Satellite of Love and a perpetual movie sign...or so he tells the reflection in the mirror (some times in 3rd person). Jack is the author of numerous tales of dark, twisty fiction including the I Zombie series, the Klockwerk Movement, the Fringe Killer series, Shero, The Nameless Saga, and much more.









 
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