Violet Souls – Teaser

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Fantasy Romance
Release Date: 5th September 2018
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While searching for clues to her past, shy single mum, Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth.
And she’s one of them.
Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.
324-year-old Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.
At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power.
Will Quinn still love her when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?
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“I know it must seem impossible to believe, but please give me a chance to explain.” Quinn’s amethyst gaze never left hers. “Haven’t you always felt different to everyone else? Did you ever wonder why your eyes are an unusual colour?”
Bree blinked like a stupid airhead.
“I know you sensed the connection to your talisman; surely you can’t deny that?”
Something tugged inside. Despite her fear, her confusion, and the craziness of what he’d told her, she controlled the impulse to run.
She could answer yes to every question, hell yes, but it didn’t mean she came from another planet…did it?
Her head spun. Erratic thoughts swirled like dust motes caught in a breeze. She was a single mum, slightly odd maybe, but living an ordinary, uneventful life, or at least trying to. How could this be happening? Beads of sweat dampened her brow, her neck. Could it be true?
“Let me show you something, then you can decide. Would you give me your talisman, please?”
With no idea why, Bree took off the pendant and handed it to him, flicking her tongue across lips that were drier than the Sahara.
He tilted his head in the direction of the small table. “Sit down and I’ll prove it to you.”
With her legs buckling at the knees, she had no choice but to do as he asked.
Quinn closed the curtains, blocking the bright shaft of sunlight, then sat in the seat opposite. His intoxicating scent, sandalwood, soap and the faintest whiff of zesty orange shampoo filled her senses, made her insides fizz with anticipation. “Hold both hands out, please, palms upwards on the table.”
Bree wiped her clammy palms on her jeans. Yep, I’m the crazy one here.
“Okay, try to relax.”
Un-bloody-believable. How the hell was she supposed to relax? Not to mention the touch of his hot, dry hand was playing havoc with her pulse rate.
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Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children.
When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies.
She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
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Between Darkness and the Light by Paul Mitchener – Blog Tour

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Between Darkness and the Light
by Paul Mitchener

Summary: A young, bored and confused teenager is thrown into an adventurous world that he believed only existed in books and dreams. Henry is destined to become the next Host Master and to lead the everlasting fight between the darkness and the light. The Wyvern, an ancient creature of mythical powers and defender of all things living, has to find a host to be able to dwell in this world. It chooses Henry. After his encounter with Bert and the odd dog Ben in the woodland, Henry s life would never be the same again: as well as finding his only true love, he s told that his mother and aunt had kept from him that they were creatures of nature and guardians of the woodland and commanded great powers. Henry has to find a way to grow up fast and find the strength to face up to both his own demons as well as those sent by the Shadow Master, a powerful sorcerer, who has the power and the aid from dark allies to destroy life and spread darkness across the world.

Information about the book
Title: Between Darkness and the Light
Author: Paul Mitchener
Release Date: 14th March 2018
Genre: YA Adventure
Publisher: Brown Dog Books
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40498514-between-darkness-and-the-light
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Between-Darkness-Light-Paul-Mitchener/dp/1785452428

Paul Mitchener

Author Information
I now live in a small picturesque village called Penton Grafton in Hampshire, which consists a large duck pond, a village green where cricket is played most Sundays during the summer and a 14th century church. Penton Grafton is about four miles away from our nearest large town of Andover. Andover is briefly mentioned in my book.
One of seven children and a son of a farmer, I spent all my childhood playing in the countryside. I was born in the same house that my parents lived in for all their married life. Unfortunately, I had very pour education. That, added to the fact that I suffer from dyslexia, meant that I didn’t just struggle with the written word all of my life, but I also had to work twice as hard as others in many aspect of life. That said, I have never allowed it to hold me back from anything I wanted to achieve. I’m now retired but before that, I was a Managing/production director of company that made armoured and stretched luxury limousines for royals and dignitaries, mainly in the Middle East. I spent the best part of fifteen years travelling the world on business and met many of the royals as well as famous celebrities. Since retiring, I took a two year full time collage course in countryside conservation which is a subject that I’m very passionate about and despite my disorder, I achieved top grades and best student of the year.
Between the Darkness and the Light is my first novel but I’m now in the process of writing a sequel, my motivation for this book comes in two parts. Firstly, to become a published author has been on my bucket list for years now. I’ve always envied anyone who could write, especially writers like Terry Brooks, who have the skill to capture a moment in time and develop such interesting strong characters, so, I needed to prove to myself that someday I could write a novel. Dyslexia can be a very debilitating condition which is often overlooked, so I wanted to prove not just to myself but to others that suffer from it, that if they really worked at it, they could do the same and nothing should hold them back from reaching their own potential. I managed to achieve more than most and much more than I had hoped; but it has been a long hard uphill battle.
Secondly, I have a passion for nature and although my book is fantasy it is set in the here and now. The message I wish to get across to my readers (especially teenagers) is that we must start caring for the world in which we live. One of the main reason for choosing a teenager as the main character was to try and take others of the same age on a journey of discovery but with a teenage prospective, his first love, his new-found passion for nature and other living beings; but more importantly, discovering himself. What makes my book important to me are the characters and the location in which my book is set. Most of my characters are a mix of people that I know or have known in the past, although the people I know are interesting characters in their own right, it was fun putting them all in a mixing pot and creating new and more interesting characters. The location is set in and around the town of Whitchurch, an area where I was born and raised, the woodland was where I used to play as a child, there’re both places I still hold very dear to my heart.
The whole story of my book is set around one teenaged character (Henry Harris). Henry a confused, lazy and often very moody young man and now having left full education he has no idea what he wants from life. I’m sure most, if not all teenaged readers can relate to him, especially his relationship with his family. Henry eventually finds himself but only with the help, support and love from those that care for him most. The only message I wish to get across to teenagers is, that they don’t have to face life’s trials alone, if they have family and friends that love them and support them there is nothing in this world that they couldn’t get through.

 

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Monday 6th August
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Tuesday 7th August
An Awfully Big Adventure

Wednesday 8th August
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Thursday 9th August
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Monday 13th August
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Wednesday 15th August
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Thursday 16th August
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Friday 17th August
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Saturday 18th August
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Top Five Inspirational Authors.

Terry Brook was certainly my main inspiration for writing. The Shannara series was written across a span of 8 years or more, his first book “The Sword of Shannara” was my first fantasy and I was blown away with his wonderful world of wizards and druids. Although the Shannara series was impressive and has often been unfairly called a pale imitation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, an opinion in which I don’t agree. All authors are inspired by other writers, and often borrow ideas from other authors, in Terrys case, the Landover series was I believe inspired by the Wizard of Oz, there are certainly similarities in his discription of the landscape. However, when it comes the “Angels on fire” and “Knight of the word” This is all his own work, in this series, he takes you away from a world of wizard and elf and introducing you a post apocalypse world where children fight for survival in a world devastated by war and is now inhabited with demons. Brooks has always managed to create strong characters that are believable and easy to relate to, some characters you love and others you hate, and his storys line just drags you in. If it were not for Terry Brooks, I would never have considered writing, it’s his seer genius and his ability to create incredible characters and story lines that had inspired me. I would say without hesitation that Terry Brooks was the inspiration I needed to put pen to paper.

 

Trudi Canavan “Black Magician Trilogy”. Trudi is possibly the best award-winning fantasy writer to come out from down under. To me at least, all her books seem to be written at quite a fast pace, that said, they are still good light reading full of intrigue and mystery. Her storylines are extremely enjoyable, and her characters believable. The only reason I started to read her books was because it would be a few months before Terry Brooks release his next novel and I was scanning book shops to find something else to read in the meantime.  After reading “The Magicians Guild” I was spurred on to read the rest of the trilogy. The use of clever of magic is one of the most interesting aspects of her books, through the protagonist magical training, we get a peek into the process of how magic works in Canavan’s interesting but dark world. Unfortunately, when all the battles are fought, there seem to be an anti-climax, this I believe to be due to the steed of her writing. It’s possible for any writer to learn from other authors, some good points and others not so. Possibly the most important thing I learned from Trudi Caravan was to ensure I had a good and solid ending to my book. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that her writing inspired me, but certainly, she helped highlight aspects of writing that I hadn’t considered before reading her novels.

 

Chris Bunch “Dragon Master” Whilst Trudi Caravan and Terry Brooks write fantasy, Chris Bunch writes action!  Be ex-military himself, his tends to have incorporate a military aspect to his novels, they are tactical and very much full of action. However, like Trudi Caravan, his endings didn’t exactly build up to be as exciting as they could have been. I approached his books knowing that they would be veering away from the worlds of Landover and fairy creatures, and boy; I wasn’t disappointed, a world of war and political upheaval, where the lines between good and bad are not clearly defined. At first, I was worried that politics would overpower the whole novel; but I was swiftly proved wrong. Chris Bunch had the ability to be able to twist things about so as to keep the plots interesting, even after several books of the series. The main thing I’d taken away from his books, was not to be afraid to be different, we all have our own method of writing and regardless what others say, there is no right or wrong way, it’s what works you.

 

J.R.R Tolkien. Tolkiens books are the plateau and skeleton of all fantasy books. A bold statement to make’ but I’m sure most, if not all fantasy readers would agree that Tolkien has had as much influence as any when it comes to fantasy, and I truly believe that fantasy wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if were not for his genius. Although Terry Brooks “Sword of Shannara” was my first fantasy novel, I quickly went on to read the “Hobbit” and then “Lord of the Rings” but I must say, it wasn’t easy reading. If you are truly into fantasy, and you haven’t read these books, then my advice would be that you really must, because you’d no idea what you are missing out on, the films were fine and true to Tolkiens books, but the books offer so much more. From the beginning, for me at least, they were both a little difficult to understand, because I was new to fantasy it took me a while before I was comfortable with it. But once I’d really got into them, I couldn’t put them down and wanted more once I finished them. I believe that all good books leave you feeling that way, so I suppose it was this feeling of needing more that drove me on to write. Writing gives me the freedom to experiment with different worlds and characters, and I’d say its help fill that little space in me that yawns for adventure.

 

Terry Pratchett. Terrys works of science-fantasy Discworld novels are some of the best-selling works in English fiction around the world. Sadly, this mad-cap genius died in 2015 but sold more than 85 million books worldwide, and like his book he was full of wit and wisdom. His writing is inspiring, Terry Pratchett never held back in his writing and allowed his imagination to run away with itself, as a result he produced works of pure genius. As an author, it’s easy to question ones own method of writing, if it’s taught me anything from reading his novel, it’s not to be afraid to allow your own imagination to run away with itself, no matter how strange or wacky it is. I can’t help but wonder what must have gone on inside that brilliant mind of his, but whatever it was, sadly, it’s lost to us now. To me, Terry Pratchett’s wasn’t just inspiring, but I feel he introduced a fresh and unencumbered approach to writing and has left a lasting legacy to all writers.

 

 

 

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The Mortician’s Wife – Blitz

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The Mortician Series, Book One
Mystery Supense
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When Horace Carpenter begins to court plain looking and painfully shy Ada Hawkins she can’t believe her good fortune.  He is handsome, charming, and owns his own thriving business – the town’s mortuary.  After the wedding she learns that he expects to gain even more respect by being the son-in-law of the richest and most respected man, Dr. Hawkins.  But when the doctor is discovered performing illegal surgeries he looses everything – including his life.
Horace takes his anger out on Ada with abuse and inforced isolation
When Ada discoveres that she is pregnant she hides it from her husband, fearing he might cause her to have a miscarriage.  When the baby is born his first reaction is rage.  But he quickly realizes that if he appears to be a wonderful father the townspeople will think even higher of him.
Horace tells Ada that they must celebrate their son’s second birthday by having a huge birthday party.  The party is great success.  After the guests leave, Horace directs Ada to clean the kitchen while he takes care of the baby.
Ada hears her son scream, and she rushes to the stairwell where his voice had come from.  When she get there she sees him lying at the bottom the stairs – he turns his head and looks up at his mother.  Horace tells her to call the doctor.  When she returns after making the call she sees that the baby is no longer looking up.  His head is now in an awkward position.  He is no longer moving
Horace taunts his wife that he has killed the “bastard” and there’s nothing she can do about it.  If she calls him a murderer he will tell everyone that she has lost her mind, that it was her fault the child died.  He then tells her he has murdered before and always got by with it.
Ada begins plotting how she can get revenge for the horible things he has done, and also keep him from killing others.  It takes her many months to do it, but eventually she kills him in a way that is most painful to him, yet also undectable as a murder.
When Ada is an old woman reunites with Emily, a woman who she had befriended when Emily was a child.  While Emily cares for her, Ada tells her the secrets of her life.  She explains that she stayed living in the mortuary even after Horace died because his evil spirit still lingered there and that it was her duty to protect others from him.
After Ada dies Emily is shocked to learn that Ada left her the mortuary and all of her other assetts.  In the will Ada stated that Emily would know what she must do with the old, haunted, building. Emily isn’t so sure that she does.
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The Mortician’s Revenge
The Mortician Series, Book Two
Ada Carpenter went to her grave knowing that, although she had killed her husband, Horace, his malicious spirit still lingered on in the mortuary, where she and her mortician husband had lived throughout their marriage. As she left her earthly body behind, she went with the prayer on her lips that Emily, her dearest friend, would find a way to protect others from his wicked intentions.
Horace had other plans. The longer his spirit remained trapped in the mortuary, the angrier he became. His hatred began with his wife, the woman who had taken his life in the most gruesome way possible. But it grew to include everyone who thought they could make his home their own.
As the years passed, Horace found ways to vent his anger by attaching himself to others, using their bodies and their minds to do his bidding. The moment the leader of the Sisters of the Zodiac entered his home he knew he had finally found the perfect tool with which to fulfill his most monstrous dreams.
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The Mortician’s Legacy
The Mortician Series, Book Three
Terrible things seem to happen to people who frequent the old mortuary in Dunsmuir, CA. Ever since the first mortician’s death by his own wife’s hand, the old building has been filled with darkness.
The woman who befriended the mortician’s wife was dismayed when she inherited the building, knowing what she did about the dark spirit that lurks there. No one believes her when she says that evil hides within the walls of the Julia Morgan designed house.
In spite of her warnings a young couple convince her to sell them the building. They see the beauty in its design and plan on turning it into a Bed and Breakfast. Unfortunately, although they are able to turn the building into a showplace and are eager to open its doors to overnight visitors, the evil spirit of the long dead mortician has ideas of his own.
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Maralee Lowder is a writer of many genres – romance, historicals, humorous, and metaphysical fiction.  While living in Dunsmuir, California, she heard stories of the haunted old mortuary on Sacramento Street, down by the railroad tracks.  The writer part of her brain could not dismiss the stories she was hearing.  Was the old building truly haunted?  And if it was, who was haunting it – and why?  She learned that yes, it is haunted, even to this day.  The Mortician’s Wife was inspired by the old building – and the current haunts.
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Sherwood’s Asylum – Blitz

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Sherwood’s Asylum

by Luna Nyx Frost
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Genres: Poetry

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My passion for writing and reading doesn’t stop at sonnets and novels, I have also read Shakespeare and fables by The Brothers Grimm. Then I wondered where it all began and so the mythologies of the great ancient civilizations awaken my mind and I had to write stories that took form in my mind. My knowledge of history, fantasy and Gothic that I’ve studied over the years I guess brought me to where I am today: a writer and researcher for Gothic Bite and believe me that you will read a lot about me. And here is a collection of my poems that I have written based on what I love the most and what I fear the most and the lightest and darkest side of my mind. Enjoy, the world hidden inside my head.

But for the moment, please, shush, I’m trying to read.
Luna Nyx Frost

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About Luna Nyx Frost

I have been writing for the last twenty years. I am inspired by nature, ancient history, and classic literature. My works are also inspired by the short stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe, poems by Emily Dickens, sonnets and plays written by Shakespeare, fables by The Brothers Grimm, and myths and legends from Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Celtic, and Britannia.

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Death of a Sacristan – Blitz

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Historical Mystery
A Rebel Bishop Mystery
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Published: April 2018
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Paul A. Barra’s latest historical novel features a real-life Catholic bishop who owned slaves and was such a fervent and effective anti-abolitionist that Horace Greeley called him The Rebel Bishop. His name was Patrick N. Lynch, a polymath who was a linguist, scholar, geologist, preacher and writer. Lynch also ran the Union blockade on a commission from President Jefferson Davis. He was the ordinary of both Carolinas from 1859 to 1882, but he was extraordinary in many ways. Here’s the perfect way to be entertained while learning about the Rebel Bishop and Southern Catholicism.
In Barra’s novel, Lynch’s aide rushes to investigate the murder of a wealthy sacristan at the altar rail of the cathedral in the Spring of 1861. Father Tom Dockery rushes because war is about to light off and investigates because the victim was having an affair with the wife of the police chief, who becomes the first suspect. The wife becomes a suspect soon after when she seduces Dockery into believing her alibi. Besides seduction, there’s a beating on a side street south of Broad, a hanging on the banks of the Ashley River and a shootout in Devil’s Hole before the killer is exposed and brought to justice.
That’s the framework of the book, but slavery is the subtext that adds texture to the tale. Dockery’s journey toward understanding his mentor’s defense of the South’s favorite institution is the real story of  “Death of a Sacristan.” He is surprised to find the Rebel Bishop’s arguments thoughtful and compelling.
Death of a Sacristan was vetted by the eleventh Bishop of Charleston and by the historian of the diocese. It also received a review from a well-known Catholic publisher:
“With a spicy dash of murder, two heaping tablespoons of savory Old South ambiance, and three cups of boiling mystery, author Paul Barra cooked up a tasty whodunit, in Death of a Sacristan. On the eve of civil war, Charleston is rocked by an unspeakable crime: a killing at the altar of the cathedral. What follows is an entrancing tale of historical fiction in which unlikely sleuths investigate a colorful cast of southern characters. Like a feast of low-country shrimp and grits, Death of a Sacristan is deliciously satisfying!” – Kenneth E. Nowell, Author of the best selling travel guide: Rome and the Vatican – Guide 4 Pilgrims Publisher, Vero House Publishing
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Paul A. Barra, a former naval officer who was decorated for his work on the rivers of the Mekong Delta, including Republic of Vietnam medals, the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon, worked as a reporter and chemistry teacher after the war. He was the senior staff writer for the Diocese of Charleston, the director of religious education at a Charleston parish and an award-winning freelance magazine writer who graduated with a BS from Niagara University and an MS from Loyola University of New Orleans. Barra was Teacher-of-the-Year at Greenwood District 52 and at St. Joseph’s Catholic School before becoming a full-time novelist.
His previous publications include four science readers with Houghton-Mifflin (2006); the true story of a Catholic high school that succeeded despite diocesan opposition, St. Joe’s Remarkable Journey (Tumblar House, 2010); a juvenile adventure called The Secret of Maggie’s Swamp (Brownridge Publishing, 2012); and the mysteries A Death in the Hills (Argus Books, 2014), Astoria Nights (Black Opal Books, 2017), and Death of a Sacristan; a Rebel Bishop Mystery (Black Opal Books, 2018). The Permanent Press will release his hardcover thriller Westfarrow Island in early 2019.
 
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