Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Summon a Demon by J.L. Bryan

Demon-Summoning Do’s and Don’ts

So you’ve cast a circle and you’re ready to bring an infernal spirit into your home for a visit.  Or are you?  Summoning demons takes care and consideration—it’s nothing to jam in between doing the dishes and catching the new episode of Walking Dead.

These simple tips will help you put together an exciting evocation, without all the messy embarrassment of getting your soul ripped from your flesh and devoured.

DO offer a blood sacrifice.  Your guest has traveled across endless darkness from the lower pits of Hell and will be expecting a snack.  Chicken or lizard blood will do nicely for a lesser spirit.  For an archdemon, you’ll want to sacrifice a human being instead—anything less is considered rude.  Virgins are still preferred, but no longer expected by more modern demons.  Finally, an activity you can do with that annoying neighbor you’ve always wanted to eliminate from the earth!

DON’T call up the wrong kind of demon.  Incubi and succubi will arrive with certain expectations, because these unholy hornballs only have one thing on their evil minds at all times.  If you’re not ready for a swingers’ sabbat, avoid them.  If you do summon them, you’re going to need a little more protection that the typical enchanted circle provides—the beasties get around.  Also avoid gluttony demons, because these corpulent creatures not only look like disgusting mountains of flab with enormous mouths, they’ll also destroy your snack bar and leave an unpleasant flatulent odor that takes weeks to remove from your carpet.

DO be polite.  Powerful demons resent being summoned by mere mortals, but minding your manners can go a long way towards creating a more pleasant evening.  When you say, “I bind thee and summon thee, foul Mephistopheles!” and the enraged horned demon appears in a flash of fire and brimstone, don’t forget to add, “Thank you!”

DON’T expect them to bring wine or a hot dish.  Again, they’ve come a long way and can’t be expected to carry host gifts up from the abyss.  Also, demon food tends to be rotten and vermin-infested, so how badly did you really want that casserole, anyway?

DO remember to take pictures!  Remember, the only reason to do anything extraordinary in life is so you can brag to your friends on Facebook.  A picture of you and Beelzebub with his host of flesh-eating flies will totally shut up that one friend who’s always bragging about the time she met Colin Farrell on an airplane.

DON’T forget to banish!  If you don’t send that demon right back to Hell when you’re done, it may move onto your couch and stay there for months.  Demons don’t pay rent, they don’t do chores, and they never, ever give up control of the remote.  They will, however, watch home shopping channels twenty-four hours a day and max out your credit card to ordering useless knickknacks.  They won’t take subtle hints to go home, either, no matter how many you drop—you have to order them out.  Exercise your right to excorsize!

Following this list is sure to make your demonic encounter a more successful one!  When you summon horrific spirits from the fiery underworld into your living room, you don’t want it to ruin the rest of your weekend.

Book & Author Details:

The Unseen by J.L. Bryan
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Genres: Horror

Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories.

He is the author of The Paranormals series (starting with Jenny Pox), The Songs of Magic series, Nomad, and other books. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his son John, and some dogs and cats.

Twitter: @jlbryanbooks

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

#Review: DEVIL'S TATOO by Nicole Taylor

3 of 5 stars

Zoe Granger is a emotionally scarred young woman who has retreated from life except that her best friend Dee won't let her disappear altogether. Dee wants Zoe to join his band, Devil's Tattoo, and although Zoe doesn't think she's good enough, it soon becomes clear that she is a talented musician. As the band becomes successful, she begins to come out of her shell, that is, until she meets Will Strickland, a bass player in the band The Stabs who has emotional scars of his own. When the two bands tour together, Zoe and Will want to deny their growing attraction to each other, but some things are just too hard to deny.

The story is told from two points of view: Zoe and Will and the author does a good job of staying in character for each. It is a typical love story - boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, but it's told with gritty raw emotion and I applaud the author for her writing. No spoilers here. You'll have to read the book to find out if these two have a happy ending. If you're into the music scene, you'll enjoy it all the more as the book follows the two bands while they're on tour.  On the downside, there were numerous typos and missing words and the book could use the eyes of a good editor. While I did enjoy the book, it's not one that I'd read again.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Tour Blast: DAWNING APOCALYPSE by Jill Cooper

Protection, murder, deception.... No one can know Natalie works for a supernatural protection agency and is charged with protecting Meadow’s Creek from vampires. But as their numbers swell, their presence doesn’t go unnoticed throwing her town under the microscope from the local government and the FBI. Natalie’s job is pushed even further into the shadows where she must dodge the police, concerned citizens and even her own parents. 

 Meanwhile a deadly plague grips the town and Natalie suspects it’s more than just a hacking cough. While the stress of working overtime erodes her relationships she will race against time, illness, to face a familiar enemy, save an old friend, and stop an undead seize that wants nothing more than to suck Meadow’s Creek dry.
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Dawning Apocolypse (Book 3)

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Monday, October 28, 2013

#Review: HEARTWOOD by Freya Robertson

3.5 of 5 stars

HEARTWOOD is an ambitious epic fantasy, but maybe a bit too ambitious. The book follows the quest of multiple players as they travel Anguis trying activate the mysterious "Nodes" which they believe will help heal the ARBOR.  The author does a good job of chronicling the various groups as they try to fulfill their quest, but I found the middle dragged quite a bit. There was too much riding hard, finding an inn, eating heartily and going to sleep. If the land was failing because the ARBOR, the healing tree that kept the land vibrant, wouldn't there be more hardship on local inns who still seemed to have ample food to offer the knights? My other problem with the book is that by the time I got invested in one quest group, it took awhile to get back to them and it was hard to remember what had happened to them.

However, once the various groups found the Nodes, the last third of the book moved along at a fast pace when Heartwood is besieged on two fronts by the Darkwater Lords and the Komis army. I really enjoyed the many female characters is this story and the author does a very good job of portraying them as strong and accomplished knights. My favorite characters were Chonrad and Procella and I felt that their story was well developed. While all the knights had high morals, it was Chonrad who seemed to be the book's moral center. He never fully accepted Heartwood's strict religious views, but he was nonetheless a good and noble knight.

Would the holy knights of Heartwood be able to defeat the Darkwater Lords and save the ARBOR? Despite my criticisms, this is an impressive debut for Ms. Robertson. I was initially attracted to this book because of its great cover and I have no doubt that fans of epic fantasy will find this book a good solid read.

This book will be published on October 29, 2013.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


  4 of 5 Stars

I'm a fan of Anya Wylde and have thoroughly enjoyed her previous books. I was excited to read this book. Ms. Wylde has a fair for writing comedic scenes that leave you laughing out loud. In her latest release, we follow Celine (Amy) Fairweather as she comes to London to help her sister Penelope run a large household. Penelope is close to giving birth and Celine steps in to take over many of her duties. While she's there, she meets Lord George Elmer who has a flair for madcap adventures. George agrees to help Celine find her long lost love Philbert, but what happens next will keep you thoroughly entertained.

Ms. Wylde is a talented writer who infuses her books with zany fun. Many of the things that happen in this book are ridiculous, but that's the beauty of the book. The Regency period was so stiff and full of rules that reading about them with Ms. Wylde's light-hearted slant will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it if you're looking for an escape from the daily grind. It will leave you happy and wanting to read more of this author.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Friday, October 25, 2013

NEW #Regency #Romance: LOVE BY DECEPTION

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Content with her life as a lady's maid, Isabel Knott learns the father she never knew has left her a fortune. The news comes with one restriction--she can never reveal his name. Isabel falls in love with Colby Tisbury, but with her nonexistent pedigree his father, Lord Tisbury, will never accept her as his daughter-in-law.

Colby Tisbury must marry, and soon. If he doesn't find a bride before the end of the Season, his father will supply one. Then Colby meets sassy Isabel Knott, and everything changes--but can he go against his father's wishes and marry a girl utterly lacking in family and connections? Isabel is forced to make an impossible choice - reveal her secret identity and bring shame to her true father or lose Colby forever.

Book Tour Blast: TOUGH LOVE by Marcie A Bridges

  Tough Love

Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. 

After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.   

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Marcie Bridges has always wanted to be a writer, from the time she started keeping a diary in seventh grade. Since then, she has earned a master’s degree in education from Cumberland University while teaching some wonderful children with special needs in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

While she will always bleed scarlet and gray (GO BUCKS!), she now lives south of Cincinnati with her husband and daughter. When Marcie isn’t writing, she can be found reading, watching her favorite TV shows, listening to music, or browsing her favorite websites. 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interview with P.T. Michelle

As a writer, how do you come up with your ideas for stories?
Writers by nature are very observant people. We absorb what we see, hear, smell and touch everyday, so everything inspires us from movies to music to people. One thing that has always inspired when forming a new story idea is I always ask myself the question, "What if…." and then I fill in the blank. :)

A story about a girl dreaming her entire next day (and ONLY her next day) the night before is unusual. How did you come up with the concept for BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS?
The idea behind the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series started off as one of those "What if" questions. I ask myself, "What if a girl dreamed her entire next day?" Then I think through all the possible scenarios: How would that impact her? Would she act upon what she saw? And if not, why? What if she didn't have a choice? And from there…the story starts flowing. 

DESTINY is the 3rd book in the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series. Did you know how many books it would be when you first wrote BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS?
I didn't know how many books the series would be, but I definitely knew the story was far bigger than just a couple of books. I'm what you call a hybrid-pantser writer. A pantser is someone who sits down and just writes…no planning, no plotting involved. The story just flows out. My stories are intricately weaved, so I have to do a bit of planning before I start writing. I write a very high-level outline and give myself TONS of permission to veer off course as the story unfolds while I write. But at least the outline keeps me reminded of what my goals were for the story.  When you have mystery elements like I do in the BKoD series, knowing where you're going is pretty important. :) So as the stories have unfolded, they took on a life of their own. And then I've had to plan each book as I go and also dovetail back into the previous books I've written in the series.

Ravens feature dominantly in the BKoD series, which is definitely different from vampires, werewolves and the like we've seen in a lot of popular paranormal books. What made you choose to write about ravens?
I've always been fascinated by ravens. The lore about them is so interesting. Ravens have been on many of my previous book covers and are mentioned in passing or are part of the storyline in past books. They just weren't the main storyline. In BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, ravens finally take front and center. :)

How many books do you plan for the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series? 
Right now the plan is four books. Depending on how the last book unfolds, there may be a spin off. I'm leaving the possibilities open. :)

BKoD is listed as a YA series, but DESTINY could definitely fall into the New Adult category. Tell us more about that; give us the scoop on the smexy stuff. :)
My goal in writing the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series was to write a series that both upper teens and adults would enjoy equally. I've written the stories in the series based on Nara and Ethan's age and the progression of their relationship as it deepens. That's the reason things heat up as me move from book 1 to book 2 and then on to book 3. 

Any thing else you'd like to add?
I just wanted to shout out a huge THANK YOU the readers and bloggers who've supported the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series from the beginning! 

Book & Author Details:

When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?

In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head. Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together. As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?


P.T. Michelle is the author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Interview with Jeff Suwak

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
“Beyond the Tempest Gate” is a standalone dark fantasy novel. It tells the story of Gabriel Aterias, Holy Knight of the Church of Dunrabian, and his quest to destroy an ancient evil named Elezear.

To reach his enemy, Gabriel must pass through the Tempest Gate, something that no person has done for 500 years. Over the course of his quest, he’ll be forced to confront some hard questions. What if Elezear isn’t meant to be destroyed? What if, rather than saving the world, Gabriel’s task might destroy it?

Did you try the traditional route to publishing?
Yes, I am published with Vabella Publishing, which is headquartered in Georgia.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I went with Vabella Publishing and North Star literary agency for essentially the same reason. I like the idea of growing my writing career side by side with my publisher and agent. There is a feeling of teamwork while working with them. I can get into personal, one on one contact with them any time I need to.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m not under contract for another book, but will be seeking one. Long term, I want to use a combination of traditional publishing and self-publishing. Both options have something to offer. I write because I love to write, and I have a mountain of material that I’d love to get there. To me, my books are sort of like my children, and I just want all of them to get out into the world and see what they can make happen. Ultimately, I’ll explore any option that gives them wings.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
For me, the writing of the first draft is completely different from the rest of the process. While writing first drafts, I like to blast music and bop around in my seat, writing spastically from start to finish of a scene or story. I try to move too fast for my conscious mind to slow me up. Sentence fragments, gibberish, it’s all good.

During my revisions, on the other hand, I work in absolute silence. I prefer to work in the library, but no matter where I am, I work in silence and absolute focus. This is where 90 percent of my writing time is spent, because I blast out first drafts very fast, but then revise dozens of times until the work is polished and complete.

Do you belong to a critique group?
Yes I do. They are helpful in some ways, and not so helpful in others. Some people can just be jerks, but they’re usually easy to spot and so easy to disregard. The more nefarious threat comes from those well-meaning people that earnestly believe they’ve got it all figure out and know the ‘right’ way to do everything. Number one, they’re just a drag to the creative process. Number two, they plant seeds of doubt, exaggerating and misinterpreting offhand comments from editor’s blogs, or some writer’s words of advice that they use to extrapolate rigid rules to every aspect of writing.

Feedback is great and I’ve benefited from my group. At the same time, a writer has to be careful to hold on to his or her central vision for a story. The only advice that should be heeded is that which helps bring story closer to that vision, and makes it more of what it’s meant to be. It can be a dangerous thing to let someone’s well intentioned advice totally derail a perfectly good story.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I do a little bit of both, really. Some stories are a little more muse-driven, but others are a little more outline-driven. Usually the dual processes are happening simultaneously.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Yes. My book is also available at Barnes and Noble ( and at Vabella Publishing ( There are also links at my website at

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes, it’s extremely difficult. I miss all the writing time I used to have. It’s actually caused me to rethink all of my publication goals. I write because it’s what I love to do. Making money is very low on my priority list, and the notion of fame, to me, is horrific.

I keep marketing, and will continue marketing, because I want my books to sell. I want them to sell because I take pride in them, and I think they’re worth reading. Also, it comes back to that idea of the books being my children. Every good parent wants to see their children do well in the world, no matter what sacrifice it costs.

What’s next for you?
Well, hopefully I sell enough of my book to get my next project published, as well. That’s really the goal. I have an endless backlog of ideas and partially finished stories. Ideas are no problem. The challenge is in deciding which idea to focus on first.

If I don’t attain respectable sales and become pariah to publishers, then I’ll self-publish. No matter what I’ll keep writing, and I’ll keep producing quality stories without shortcuts. That’s the most important thing to me. If they sell…great. If they don’t sell, I can rest knowing that I did my absolute best and putting everything I had into my work.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How Can You Resist This?

Today, I thought I'd take a break from the usual posts and give you all something to smile about. Really, now - how can you resist such cutie pies! Enjoy...

Monday, October 21, 2013

#Excerpt: URBAN HARVEST Anthology

Don’t Be Afraid by Tara Hill

Every night, I rise just as the twilight ends and night descends around the city. Walking through the old cemetery, I wander to the front doors of the church. Old Trinity Church welcomes me long after the last visitor’s steps have faded into the sounds of the bustling streets. Walking the long aisle, I always stop at the altar to pray. Only this night will be different. This is All Hallow’s Eve, the one night of the year when the veil between the Spirit World and the Living is thinnest. Every year at this time, I go back to the old neighborhood hoping to find the one that I lost.
Having said my piece, I exit the church and start the long, lonely walk. The city is busy with people and spirits roaming about. Another gentleman and lady from my time nod their heads as I pass by. I tip my hat in return, but there are plenty of spirits from all walks of life and eras here. If the Living only had the sight, they would see souls of people from modern times all the way back to the ancients who first walked the land. All gather together sharing ideas and helping to influence the ones on the physical plane when they can. Most come and go as they please, but others are stuck here on the Earth. I should know because I am one of them. While people use the terms interchangeably, the real difference between a ghost and a spirit is that a spirit has the ability to shift between the two realms at will.

How I died is not important. I do not really remember it being different from any other day. I seemed to wake up just as I always did. Actually, it was a lot like waking up from a nap. I opened my eyes to find myself fully dressed even though I thought I remembered having gone to bed the previous night. I was sitting in my study, only the shades were drawn and the windows were closed. I had always liked to have them open even during the coldest days so that a bit of air could get into the room. Standing up, I walked out into hallway and toward the center of the house. That’s when I heard the weeping. It was a sad sound that shuddered up and down as it came to me from across the hall. Astounded at the noise, I still swept forward to find the source of it. My hand stopped at the parlor door, which was wide open for a viewing. Everything was draped in black and candles burned all about the room amidst the overwhelming perfume of flowers.

My wife and our grown children sat in the parlor, surrounded by friends and other members of the community. The grandbaby sat on his mother’s lap, his fingers stuck in his mouth to soothe himself. They all wore black and grey. Shaking my head, I looked toward the raised dais in the back of the room. All conversation was lost on me for the moment; I had to see for myself to make good their words.

Walking over to the coffin, I stared down at the remains of the body that I had only recently occupied. There was the strong, square jaw, the jet black hair laced delicately with grey at the temples, the broad shoulders and wide chest. I had been in the peak of health for a man in his sixties. What had happened? Surely someone must know. 

Book & Author Details:

Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in New York City
Publication date: September 22nd 2013
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

New York City–it’s home to 8 million people trying to make their way through the day–a crop of humanity seething with hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares. Autumn comes, and nine authors harvest nine tales from this unique setting and people. From stories of everyday life in an otherworldly light to nightmarish tales of human darkness, Urban Harvest has something for everyone.

Urban Harvest contains tales of the paranormal from Alex Shvartsman, Laurie Treacy, Donna Ansari, Tara Hill, Laura Wenham, Andrea Stanet, Don Corcoran, Saif Ansari, and Sean Sakamoto.

In keeping with the spirit of harvest, all proceeds from this anthology will go to support City Harvest, an organization that feeds NYC’s hungry.



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Saturday, October 19, 2013

New #Fantasy release & .99 sale: INDICIUM RISING by Matthew Keith

With Indicium Rising, Book 2 in the Watchers of the Night series newly released, author Matthew Keith has put Book 1 Watchers of the Night  on sale for .99. Be sure to grab a copy before the price goes back up!

In your dreams you can go anywhere, see anything, and no one can hurt you. Paul Bennett's dreams are like that, too - but his are real. Paul is a socially awkward high school senior from small-town Kentucky. His days are normal enough, but every night at sunset he falls into a deep sleep he cannot wake from until sunrise. He spends his evening hours in what he believes is a common recurring dream, wandering the streets, watching the people of his town go about their business as they normally would. What he doesn't know is that each night, he leaves his body and enters the Dream, unseen by the waking world, able to go anywhere.
Because of his abnormal sleep schedule, Paul finds himself in trouble over his chronic tardiness at school. Forced to spend time with a well-meaning high school counselor, he is referred to a clinic, Astralis, which specializes in sleep disorders. Astralis, however, is much more than just a sleep clinic. Astralis is an agency funded by the United Nations, one constantly searching for people with the same ability as Paul. Termed by Astralis as "Walkers"--Dream Walkers--they are recruited to be spies, assigned to missions that would normally be unsolvable for agencies such as the CIA or FBI. Paul begins a new life at Astralis, forging new friendships and unintentionally creating new enemies. Through the mentoring of the agency's director, Dr. Abrams, Paul finds a place that he finally feels he belongs. Unfortunately, Astralis is an organization under siege from within. Not everyone feels Dr. Abrams is a fit director, and some are willing to do anything to make a change of leadership.

Paul Bennett is a Walker—someone who can walk the night in their dreams free of their body—and a member of Astralis, an agency funded by the UN that uses Walkers to gather intelligence.

A rogue Walker from Astralis attempted to take over the agency six months previous, but failed in his attempt. Now, he has formed his own agency and declared war on Astralis, stopping at nothing to gain control of every Walker in the world.