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Monday, August 25, 2014

Windwood Farm by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Windwood Farm
By Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Windwood Farm has a terrible secret–one that’s been buried for more almost 100 years. Taryn Magill aims to uncover it…or die trying.

As a mixed media artist and urban explorer with a love for abandoned houses and a big imagination when it comes to the past, 30 year old Taryn has never really met an old house she didn’t like. In fact, she’s made a career out of painting these sad, often derelict structures, to show them in their former glory for her clients.

With Windwood Farm, though, she might have bitten off more than she can chew!

The locals refer to it as “the devil’s house” and even vandals have stayed away from this once grand stone farmhouse in Vidalia, Kentucky. Hired by the Stokes County Historical Society to paint it before it’s demolished by a land development company, Taryn’s determined to make friends with the house and farm everyone around her seems to be terrified of.

As it turns out, though, their fears may just not be unfounded.

Who is the woman whose cries echo throughout the farm and what does she want? What negative force about the house is so powerful that it won’t even allow the upstairs bedroom to be touched? Does the 93 year old vanishing of the next door neighbor have anything to do with the house’s mysteries?

Taryn wants the answers to these and the house may just be trying to tell her because now, when she looks through her camera, she doesn’t have to use her imagination to see the past–


Will Taryn be able to figure out what happened here AND escape with her sanity and life before the house comes down? Because now it seems like someone is trying to kill her! Using what her camera reveals to her and her wits, she’ll try to unravel the mysteries of the farm and get out before it’s too late.

The first book in the Taryn’s Camera series.

Rebecca Patrick-Howard is the author of several books including HAUNTED ESTILL COUNTY, MORE TALES FROM HAUNTED ESTILL COUNTY, and COPING WITH GRIEF: THE ANTI-GUIDE TO INFANT LOSS. She lives in eastern Kentucky with her husband and two children.

An interview with author Ann Simas, Loose Ends

An interview with the author of Loose Ends, Ann Simas

1 - Why do you write paranormal fiction?
I don’t know if there’s a single reason that answers why I like to write paranormal fiction. As a kid, I loved reading ghost mysteries. As an adult, I still love reading all kinds of paranormal fiction and nonfiction. I’ve also heard anecdotal stories from family members over the years that intrigue me. Those range from near-death experience to seeing the Blessed Virgin to getting “feelings” about upcoming events. Let’s face it, there are just too many things that happen that are inexplicable. No one can say definitively whether or not they are real—or not real. As a writer, that pretty much gives me free license to explore and to include ghosts, psychic dreams, near-death experiences, mystical Hopi beliefs, and many other paranormal elements in my stories.

2 - Have you ever had a paranormal experience? If so, please tell us about it.
Two things come to mind immediately. One is waking in the middle of the night and seeing the faces of two family members I loved very much who had died. There was also a third face of someone else I didn’t immediately recognize. The next morning, I learned my sister’s father-in-law, who I had known for some time, had died during the night. I think the reason the faces didn’t frighten me was because they were somehow letting me know it was okay. He’d had a long, happy life and had gone peacefully.

The other incident was what I can only describe as an out-of-body experience. I was cognizant of being awake, then being outside my body, moving around, but not going far. Later, thinking about it, analyzing it, I always thought I was so stunned (though not frightened) by what was happening, that I didn’t “go with the flow,” so the experience was short.

3 - Tell us about your next project.
Next up is my first mystery, entitled Dressed to Die. This is the first book in the Grace Gabbiano Mysteries. Don’t be disappointed—this book has no paranormal happenings, which is not to say that there won’t be at some point down the road. The other mystery series I’m working on is the Andi Comstock Paranormal Mysteries. The first book is entitled Holy Smoke. You might glean from the title that the book has a little something holy going on, as well as something smoky, and you’d be right. For a peek at the covers and the back-cover blurbs on both these books, just go to my website,

I’d also like to mention two other books I had released this summer, both of which have paranormal elements. Blessed Are the Eagles is laced with supernatural happenings related to mystical Hopi beliefs. In Loose Ends, my protagonist has psychic dreams that foretell violent death. Eagles was a Romance Writers of America Finalist a few years ago, but although it has a love story, it is more a mystery/suspense with paranormal aspects. Loose Ends is a sexy thriller with psychic overtones and a love story. What can I say? I like to write cross-genre, paranormal fiction!

4 - How are you like - and unlike - your main character?
I suppose there’s a little bit of me in every female protagonist I write. They are tenacious, industrious, moral, funny, loyal, and smart. Like me, they have other character traits and flaws, because none of us are perfect, are we? I give them adventures and relationships that are not always easy. Again, the road through life is not easy, but the challenges they face are character-building. I live vicariously through them, I suppose. It keeps my mind active, trying to figure out how they’ll get from point A to point B in an exciting way that will keep my readers enthralled. They face hurdles, not always without getting hurt, but they will be stronger for it in the end. Their reward, I admit, is a happily-ever-after ending.

5 - How and where do you work?
I have a home library with a beautiful cherry desk built for me by my husband. I am surrounded by hundreds of mostly reference books, which is convenient when I’m writing. I work on a laptop, which took some getting used to after using a Mac and a PC previously. I love it now. I can take my laptop and my work with me wherever I go, if I need to be on the road.

I also design all my own covers. I have a graphics background, and a good eye for design, so it works out well for me. I do my own PR and maintain my website myself. I also have an Author page on Facebook, and I’d be thrilled if all your blog readers would “like” me.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Occult Assassin - Ice God by William Massa

Occult Assassin
Ice God 
By William Massa
"Occult Assassin reads like James Bond as channeled through H.P. Lovecraft." - Dwayne Smith, Forty Acres

After a decade spent fighting the enemy abroad and keeping his country safe, Delta Force Operator Mark Talon is ready to settle down with the love of his life. But Talon’s world crumbles when his fiancĂ©e becomes the victim of a murderous cult.

In the wake of his terrible loss, Talon dedicates himself to a new mission – hunting down twisted occultists around the globe and stopping them before they can unleash the forces of darkness upon an unsuspecting world.

In ICE GOD, Talon must head to Norway to stop Rezok, a Black Metal musician who plans on using an ancient Norse ritual to trigger a frozen cataclysm.

ICE GOD is 16,000 words, which is about 75 published pages. It's the first story of a brand-new action horror series.

Hi everyone. I'm a screenwriter (Return to House on Haunted Hill) and script consultant who nowadays calls Venice Beach home.  I love horror, thrillers, dark fantasy and science fiction. I have five books out right now (Gargoyle Knight, Fear the Light, Silicon Man, Crossing the Darkness, Occult Assassin: Ice God) and more are on the way.

My new book, Match: A Supernatural Thriller will be out in September.

Visit for updates and message. 

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Also by William Massa

Silicon Man
Crossing the Darkness: A Science Fiction Thriller
Fear the Light
Gargoyle Knight


Match: A Supernatural Thriller
Occult Assassin: Origin
Occult Assassin: Soul Jacker
About the Author

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Loose Ends by Ann Simas

Loose Ends
By Ann Simas

Every six years, Jessica Myer has a nightmare and someone she knows dies. This time, inexplicably, more dreams follow at three-week intervals. Each time, a woman Jessie doesn’t know is brutally raped and murdered. When she dreams her best friend will be next, Jessie comes up with the idea of hiring a body guard to keep her safe. McKinley West has no idea what he’s letting himself in for… The moment Mac meets Jessie, there’s something about her he can’t resist, but that doesn’t mean his corporate security firm will take on a two-day body-guarding job for a crackpot! Even he can’t believe he hires on when she comes back asking a second time. The assignment is not the slam-dunk Mac anticipates—Jessie is summoned to the county morgue to identify her friend’s body less than twenty-four hours later. Things aren’t always what they seem... Despite repeated warnings to keep out of the investigation, Jessie is driven by guilt and her dreams to find out if the murders are connected to an article her friend was researching about sex ads in the local weeklies. Pornography. Snuff films. Drugs. Lies. Jessie becomes entangled in a web of deceit that grows more complex the deeper she digs. And then Jessie dreams of her own death… Mac is skeptical of psychic mumbo-jumbo, but he believes in Jessie. Will they be able to find the killers before Jessie’s latest dream—the one of her own death—comes true?

Ann Simas lives in Oregon, but she is a Colorado girl at heart, having grown up in the Rocky Mountains. She is an avid reader since childhood and penned her first fiction "book" in high school. She particularly likes to write mystery/suspense/thriller with a love story and paranormal elements.

An award-winning watercolorist and a budding photographer, Ann also enjoys needlework and gardening in her spare time. She is her family's "genealogist" and has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct first-hand research in Italy for both her writing and her family tree. Some of her Italy photos are displayed on her home page at The genealogy research from decade's old documents in Italian, she says, has been a supreme but gratifying challenge.

Contact the author via:
Magic Moon Press
POB 41634
Eugene, OR 97404-0386

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Seat of Magic by J. Kathleen Chaney

The Seat of Magic
By J. Kathleen Chaney

Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill….

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic….

J. Kathleen Cheney is nothing if not versatile in her story telling, but weaving through her work is a common thread, that of the improbable heroine. From worlds set in humanity's distant post-apocalyptic future to alternate worlds of today or of the near past, Kathleen's heroines include a siren who with help from a gentleman of the city must stop a regicidal plot, the neglected daughter of an absent king coming to terms with her shapeshifting ancestors, a blind teenager who dreams of others' deaths and who uses her gift of touch to find their killers, and the widow of a trainer who with a most unusual horse must save her farm and way of life. All use their unusual gifts and talents to overcome obstacles and find their place in the world.

In 2005 Kathleen decided to pursue writing as a full-time endeavor and has since enjoyed seeing her stories published in Shimmer, The Sword Review, and Baen's Universe. Her novella "Iron Shoes" was a 2011 Nebula nominee. Kathleen twice attended the summer Writer's Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction under the tutelage of James Gunn. She lists C. J. Cherryh, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer among the writers who influenced her most--as well as Ansen Dibell, whose ghostly fingerprints can be seen all over her work.

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Kathleen's parents actually were rocket scientists (they worked at White Sands Missile Range), which made for interesting dinner-time conversations. After graduating with degrees in English and Marketing she worked as a menswear buyer for retail department store chains before changing careers to become a teacher, where she taught mathematics ranging from 7th Grade Arithmetic up to Calculus. Kathleen also served a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist. She coached the Academic Team and the Robotics Team and was the Chess Club sponsor.

When not writing, Kathleen likes to don a mask and get sweaty fencing, both foil and saber. Quieter hobbies include putting on her Wellingtons and getting her hands dirty in the garden. She also enjoys traveling and taking care of her dogs. Two large, hairy, dogs.

Interview with author Madison Johns

An interview with author Madison Johns

1 - I like the older characters in your book. What made you decide to go in that direction? 

I worked as a nursing care assistant in both a nursing home and hospital and really enjoyed the senior citizens I cared for. Many of them had interesting lives and were very much spunky seniors. It was this experience that inspired me to create Agnes and Eleanor.

2 - Why do you want to write paranormal books?

I dabbled in it with Grannies, Guns and Ghosts, but I wanted to dig deeper. I love writing mystery and the added paranormal theme makes it all the more interesting to write.

3 - Have you ever had a paranormal experience? 

I lived in a townhouse where the basement door opened at will it seemed, but since I can easily explain that away I’d say no.

4 - What's your next project? 

I’m working on another Agnes paranormal book. In their next adventure they’re going to a western ghost town.

5 - Describe the way you write? 

I don’t outline, or very little and just sit down and it flows out. I like to write in the middle of the night, long after everyone has gone to bed and it’s quiet.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Haunted Highjinks by Madison Johns

Haunted Highjinks

By Madison Johns

Ever since Agnes' car accident, things have changed drastically for her. When she wakes up in the hospital, not only is her son Stuart there, who she hasn't seen in years, but a ghostly apparition!

Instead of getting ready for the loony bin, Agnes and Eleanor help ready the Butler Mansion for a grand opening as a bed and breakfast on Halloween, except they find the body of Katherine Clark. It's game on, as usual, for Agnes, except she now has a new partner, one who has remained silent and is—well—a ghost.

Agnes now struggles to keep her wits, keeping her ghostly companion a secret from Eleanor, not such an easy feat since Eleanor is sharp as a tack. Not only that, but where has Stuart been all of these years and what is he up to?

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Upcoming books: Haunted Hijinks, An Agnes Barton Paranormal Mystery. Available sometime in August.

At forty-four, sleep deprived from a third shift job but certain her years of caring for senior citizens could result in something quite unique, Madison Johns made the decision to write. Little did she realize how her decision was soon to change her life.

Her Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths mystery series not only opened the door to an amazing writing career but also quickly made their way onto Amazon's bestsellers list for cozy mystery and humor. But Agnes and her fellow sleuths didn't stop there. Madison's charming cast of senior characters also went on to three times seize coveted spots on the bestsellers list of USA Today.

With her stories accomplishing feats she had never quite imagined, Madison is now able to live the life she loves--as a full-time writer. When not writing, she spends her days with her two children, a black lab named Sparky, and Jackson, a hilarious Jackson Chameleon who keeps her company while she plots her next series.

Madison is an active participant on Facebook. She loves to hear from readers and fans. Visit her on the web at: and be sure to follow her on Facebook at and to keep up with her exciting new Clan of the Werebear paranormal romance series.

Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths Mystery series in order:
Armed and Outrageous
Grannies, Guns and Ghosts
Senior Snoops
Trouble in Tawas
Treasure in Tawas
Bigfoot in Tawas

Box Sets
Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths Box Set( Books 1-3)
Agnes Barton In Tawas Box Set (Books 4-6)

Agnes Barton/Kimberly Steele Cozy Mystery series:
Pretty, Hip & Dead

Romance sweet romance books:
Pretty and Pregnant novella featuring Kimberly Steele
Redneck Romance Kelly Gray standalone

A Cajun Cooking Mystery
Target of Death

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What Dreams May come by Beth M. Honeycutt

What Dreams May Come
By Beth M. Honeycutt

Reality is overrated. Or so Ellie Cross has always believed.
Ellie is an ordinary, nothing-special girl who feels invisible most of the time. She’s the kind of girl who would loan her lunch money to anyone, but she’s definitely not the kind of girl to get noticed. Well, except by her mom, who constantly nags her not to be such a dreamer, and the class bully who makes her life miserable. It’s kinda grim for a girl who’s already painfully shy and all-too-aware that she “takes work.”
But Ellie has a best friend, someone she can turn to whenever she has a problem. Well, some might call him an imaginary friend, since they’ve never actually met outside of dreams.
And, sure, Ellie knows it’s kinda weird to have a friend no one else can see, but since her real-world friends currently number one, she figures an imaginary friend can only improve her social life. Even better, since he isn’t real, she can tell dream-guy-Gabe anything, without ever worrying that he’ll ditch her for someone cooler or embarrass her by blabbing her secrets. And so what if she happens to have an itsy-bitsy crush on her reality-challenged friend? Who’s it hurting, really?
But things are about to get complicated, because there’s a new guy in school—a guy with hauntingly familiar eyes. A guy who knows things about Ellie that he shouldn’t have any way of knowing…

A professional writer and editor, Beth has written everything from poetry and short stories to proposals for government contracts, science textbooks, and standardized tests (yes, you have her to thank for those!). Her real love is writing fiction, though, especially YA. She loves to travel and has been to nine different countries (more if you count layovers!). At home or abroad, she can usually be found with her head in a book or madly scribbling down ideas for a book of her own. She loves spending time with family, stories of all kinds, and happy endings. She firmly believes in the enduring power of love.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Plagued By quilt by Molly MacRae

Plagued By Quilt
By Molly MacRae

Blurb for Plagued by Quilt:

Kath and her needlework group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm’s original dump site—until one student stops the show by uncovering human bones.

When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can’t help but wonder if it’s somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it’s up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history.

The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes “murder with a dose of drollery.” She’s the author of the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, published by Penguin/NAL. Molly’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990. After twenty years in northeast Tennessee, Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois.

You can find out more about Molly at You can find her blogging on the first Monday of each month at and on the 23rd of each month at

Plagued by Quilt, November 2014
Spinning in Her Grave, March 2014
Dyeing Wishes, July 2013
Last Wool and Testament, September 2012

Bewitching Boots by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Bewitching Boots
Book #7 in the Renaissance Faire Mysteries

Jessie Morton is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Faire Village with her. She’s not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing slippers Bill makes for Isabelle make him a suspect when the princess takes a leap from the castle terrace. Now, Jessie must find the lady or lord who helped the princess with her last dance before she loses her star attraction.

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family. Visit them at

The Calling by Amber Foxx

The Calling
By Amber Foxx

The first Mae Martin psychic mystery

Published December, 2013

No murders, just mysteries.

Every life hides a secret, and love is the deepest mystery of all.

Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae Martin-Ridley has spent years hiding her gift of “the sight.” When concern for a missing hunter compels her to use it again, her peaceful life in a small Southern town begins to fall apart. New friends who accept her unusual talents push her to explore them further, but as she does, she discovers the shadow side of her visions— access to secrets she could regret uncovering.

Gift or curse? When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, ready or not, everything changes.

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Amber Foxx writes the mystery series featuring healer and psychic Mae Martin. Amber’s professional training and academic studies in various fields of complementary and alternative medicine, as well as her personal experience and travels, bring authenticity to her work.  She divides her time between the southeast and the southwest, but Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is HOME.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Soul Dancing with the Brass Band by Vicki Renfro

Have you ever wondered if you have lived before? Hillary, a farm girl from Kansas, never gave it a second thought. She always believed her big adventure would be going away to college until she learned about a promise she had made two thousand years ago.

"Soul Dancing with the Brass Band" is an amazing read! It is a page turner, fast and engrossing. The parallel stories are brilliantly done, making the reader want more. There are layers to this story filled with enlightening information that gives the reader a new perspective on life on this planet in this dimension. And it reminds me to go inward to discover who I am. The author shows us that there is magic in life.
Vicki Renfro is an excellent story-teller! I cannot wait for the sequel!
Gail Michael, Author

Vicki Renfro holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Kansas State University, has worked as a process-piping designer, facilities engineer and owned a small business, which has absolutely nothing to do with her love of writing. Taking a sabbatical from work, she finally found time to write her first novel. Vicki lives in Colorado with her husband Ed and furry friend, Neo.

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Haunted Hamlet by Kathi Daley

Haunted Hamlet
By Kathi Daley
A Zoe Donovan Mystery

When a ghost hunter is found dead in a haunted house just days before Halloween it looks like the killer may be living impaired. Zoe must juggle the annual Zoe Donovan Spooktacular with zombies on the run, the annual pumpkin carving contest, a haunted hayride, a relationship in crisis, and a little behind the scenes investigation
Kathi Daley Bio:
Author of the Zoe Donovan Mysteries and Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series.
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she's not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren.
During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wake-boarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.
Visit Kathi on Facebook at Kathi Daley Books (, and on Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley.

She also has a website,, where she shares photos of her mountain home as well as recipes featured in her books.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

An interview with author Sharon Pape

An Interview with author Sharon Pape

Why did you start writing?

I started writing little stories as soon as I learned how to put words together to form sentences. It was never a question of why, or how or maybe I’d rather be doing something else.
You see, my mind has a habit of taking something mundane and thinking, “what if?” which inevitably leads to a story idea. If I don’t write the story, the idea sits in my head and nags at me. Plus my head tends to get awfully overcrowded if I don’t download the stories from time to time.  So I guess the answer to your question is that I started writing, because I had no choice in the matter - and still don’t.

I once asked my adult daughter if she thought I would ever stop writing when I got old. Her answer was: “I don’t think you’ll ever stop writing, Mom, but at a certain point it probably won’t make sense anymore.” After I finished laughing, I decided to take that as a challenge.

What do you like about paranormal?

For starters, I love fiction of all genres, because it involves imagination. When you add paranormal elements to fiction, the result is imagination on steroids. You’re no longer constrained by the limits of reality. You’re free to explore questions that have no clear answers. My first three novels were paranormal, but back in the dark ages before computers, there was no such genre. The books were lumped together with horror titles where they didn’t really belong. In these more enlightened times, the paranormal has finally found a comfortable home. When I decided to try my hand at writing mysteries, it was second nature for me to add paranormal elements.

Have you ever seen a ghost?

No, but I have a friend who’s certain that a former owner of her house has been hanging around as a benign ghostly presence. Although she’s never actually seen him, when her children were younger they talked about a man who came to play with them. (In case you’re concerned that he was a molester who snuck in, please be assured that my friend was always at home with the kids and the doors were locked.)

Although I like to write about ghosts, I don’t think I’d necessarily like to see one - unless he’s like marshal Zeke Drummond from my Portrait of Crime mysteries.

What is your next project?
Funny you should ask. I just saw the post for your new cozy series featuring retired witches. As it happens, I’m working on a book about sorcery. “What if” there’s something strange afoot that’s drawing authors to that subject? Uh oh, I feel another idea coming on!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Be Careful What you Witch for by Dawn Eastman

Be Careful What You Witch For

By Dawn Eastman

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of this year's fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend, Diana, leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of the Family Fortune Mysteries. Having lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter, she now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog.

ISBN-13: 978-0425264478

An Interview with paranormal author Donna Galanti

Interview with Author Donna Galanti

Q: Congratulations on the re-release of your debut novel, A Human Element, book one in the Element Trilogy. When did you start writing and what got you into paranormal?
A: I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. I knew I was born to be a writer. It’s all I ever burned to do. I began writing plays and acting them out with neighborhood kids when I was seven and moved to short stories as I became a tween. When my mother died five years ago I began writing novels out of my grief. I write from the dark side and enjoy creating empathy for both the hero and the villain by blurring the lines between good and evil. I am fascinated by the power of the brain and how little we use, and I especially enjoy using the paranormal elements of mind control to shake the foundation of my character’s world.  Writing in the paranormal allows me to tap into the “what if”. What if we possessed the power to do the unbelievable? And what if we could use those powers to heal – or to kill? This is what I write about in the Element Trilogy.
Q. Book 2 in the Element Trilogy, A Hidden Element, releases August 28th. What’s it about?
A: In A Hidden Element evil lurks within...One family must risk everything to defeat an enemy that wants to rule the world with their son, but their enemy’s own son may be their only hope to escape—if he survives.
A Hidden Element contains universal elements that people can relate to; abandonment, loss, redemption, acceptance, grief—and yearning for something you can never have. While there are paranormal and science fiction elements to A Hidden Element, there are some very real dimensions played out. These include the tensions between fathers and sons, and the dilemma posed of how far a parent will go to save a child.
Q: Tell us something interesting about your main character in A Hidden Element.
A: Caleb lives an oppressed life. He has sons he can’t be a father to, he can’t choose who he loves, and he must carry out despicable acts just to survive. Yet Caleb finds he is pushed to the wall even further and must risk the very things he desires to save those he loves. Caleb is also a Watcher in a way, and Watchers are some of my favorite characters to write. Read an article I wrote about this theme.
Q: What’s inside the mind of a suspense author?
A: Never ending dialogue. Scenes of evil doers and people in peril. Tormented villains getting revenge, and then their comeuppance. Steamy lovers in a survival showdown. Yep, it’s generally dark in there full of murder, mystery, and mayhem!
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

A: I am adopted and an only child, which both come to play in my books, and I love being alone! My other loves are bicycling, kayaking, and reading. I was a bit of a nomad until I settled into the career of novelist going from being a U.S. Naval photographer stationed in Hawaii to marketing bomb detection devices to running my own resume writing service.
Q: What are your current projects?

A: I am now plotting the third and final book in the Element Trilogy, A Healing Element, and also a young adult medieval fantasy series. I also write children’s books and in 2015 have the first two books coming out in my middle grade adventure fantasy series, Joshua and the Lightning Road. In book 1, Joshua Cooper learns the hard way that lightning never strikes by chance, when a bolt strikes his house and whisks him on an adventure to a world where stolen kids are work slaves for the frustrated heirs of the Greek Olympians. You can learn more about it here:
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

A: Get out of your writer’s cave and join writer communities and organizations now, no matter what level of writing you are at. Also, I wish I’d learned about how to write a book before writing my first book. I took writing workshops after I finished that first book and it required going back and fixing a ton of things! However, I don’t regret the learning that took place afterwards because it taught me how to write a better book from the beginning. Keep learning your craft and keep filling your writer’s toolbox! And remember that this writing business is not GOING to be easy – it’s going to be worth it! Visit my Writers Corner for inspiration, advice, and resources on writing.
Evil comes in many forms…
One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.
**Get your evil on with this re-release, A Human Element, book 1 in the Element Trilogy! Newly edited, new scenes, new cover! Book 2 in the Element Trilogy, A Hidden Element, releases 8/28!**
Praise for A Human Element:
“Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born.” –M.J. Rose, International bestselling author
An elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart.  Highly recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author
Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, A Hidden Element (August 2014), the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning Road (Books 1 and 2, 2015). She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her family in an old farmhouse. It has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces, and stink bugs, but she’s still wishing for a castle again—preferably with ghosts. 
Purchase Book 1 in the Element Trilogy, A Human Element, here:
A Hidden Element, book 2, releases August 28th, 2014.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Unexpectedly Mated By Milly Taiden

Unexpectedly Mated
By Milly Taiden

After years of lusting over Jake Wolfe, Nicole finally got a taste of the dirty-talking bad boy. During the scenting ceremony, he showed her how explosive things can be between them. But Nicole doesn’t do love. She doesn’t even know what love is. So how can she know if a relationship with Jake would be the right path to take? Jake Wolfe wants Nic more than his next breath. She’s curvy, mouthy and so hot his blood boils just thinking of her. But Nic’s been keeping him at a distance. And Jake is tired of her games. One fateful trip to Sin City and all bets are off. After a fun night of drinking, Nic wakes up married to Jake and with a second shifter wanting her for himself. She'll have to finally face the feelings she has or shut them out forever.Their newly formed bond will either allow her to open her heart to love or leave Jake without a mate to call his own.

Hi! I'm Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They're usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf-shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask.

When I'm not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I'm not doing that, I'm usually writing because the voices won't shut up.

I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Come by and visit me! I love to meet new readers!


Friday, August 1, 2014

For Everything A Season By Sharon Pape

From a review by Phillip Nork: The book starts out in the 1600's when the Salem witch trails were held. An older lady 'sees' a man fall to his death in her dreams. This lady, Emily Hawkins, is put to death because the villagers think she is a witch. Just before she hangs she gives a warning that she is not a witch but that she can see the future and she tells the crowd that one person lives in the neighborhood and from his line a child will be born who will bring destruction beyond their worst imaging. A little girl thinks she knows who this other person is and a crowd goes to his house and burns his house down with him in it.

Forward to the 1980's and a thirty-something single lady named Debra takes a summer job at a kid's camp in a small town called Rachael Crossings and the fun begins. The only place left to rent is an old house, a haunted house according to the locals, but no one tells Debra about it.

The story continues and Debra meets a man, but is he real? In her thirty years of being alive Debra never met a man she could love but she falls for this one. Maybe it's all a dream.

Alibis and Amethysts,the first book in Sharon Pape's Crystal Shop Mysteries, debuts on August 20th, 2013 from Berkley Intermix.Visit her website to read an excerpt.
The fourth book in her Portrait of Crime Mysteries, Sketcher in the Rye, will be released on December 17th, also by Berkley Intermix. Both books are available for preorder.
Sharon is also the author of three earlier novels, one of which was condensed in Redbook magazine. It was the first paperback original the magazine ever condensed.
For more on Sharon's background, visit her website:

For Everything A Season

A Human element By Donna Galanti

Evil comes in many forms…

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.

Donna Galanti writes suspense, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT, book 1 in the Element Trilogy, and book 2, A HIDDEN ELEMENT, coming summer 2014 by Imajin Books. Her middle grade series, JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD, debuts in 2015 by Month9Books.
Donna's lived from England to Hawaii, including owning a campground in New Hampshire and as a photographer in the U.S. Navy. She dreamed of being a writer at seven years old when she fell in love with the worlds of Narnia and Roald Dahl. She lived in England at the time, attending school in a magical castle where her imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowling hat and tie included. True!)
She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse. It has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces and stink bugs, but she's still wishing for a castle again.
Donna is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
Donna's website:
Twitter: @DonnaGalanti


The Shoppe of Spells by Shanon Grey

The Shoppe of Spells
By Shanon Grey

When is a whole more than the sum of its parts?

When it has ties to the quaint little town of Ruthorford, GA, as Morgan Briscoe discovers when a cryptic message threatens to change her life forever.

Morgan's relatively normal life is turned on its ear when she learns not only that she is adopted, but her birth parents are dead and she now holds half-interest in a business with their ward, Dorian Drake. Dorian is running The Shoppe of Spells and despite his riveting good looks, he can barely conceal his hostility toward his new partner.

Morgan discovers that she is more than she seems and together she and Dorian have the ability to control a portal to another dimension.

Unable to control their growing attraction, Morgan and Dorian dance around their desires and her burgeoning abilities, until danger forces them to face their destiny.

THE SHOPPE OF SPELLS is Book One in The GateKeepers series

Shanon spent her life on coasts, both the beautiful Atlantic and the balmy Gulf. Hurricane Katrina taught her the fragility of life and the strength of friendship, family and starting over. She currently lives in the mountains of Georgia, trading the familiarity of the coast for the lush beauty and wonder of the mountains, where her husband fulfilled her lifelong dream--to live in a cottage in the woods. There she build worlds, like the beloved Ruthorford, for you to enjoy.