Five Things You Don’t Know About Lessons Learned

13578440Once again it’s time for one of my favorite blogging games— a guest post by an up and coming author!  Today I’m joined by Sydney Logan who has written a phenomenal book called Lessons Learned.  She’s letting us in on a some little known facts about the book.  Ooooh… Enquiring minds wanna know…..


1. While the setting of Lessons Learned is the fictional mountain town of Sycamore Falls, there is a Sycamore Falls in the Kaibab National Forest in
2. When the manuscript was submitted to the publisher, there was no prologue. That scene was a dream sequence later on in the book. During editing, the decision was made to move that scene to the prologue. It was a good decision, since most people tell me that it was the prologue that really
hooked them and made them want to read the book!
3. It took me six months to write Lessons Learned.
4. Like my heroine, Sarah Bray, I hate Shakespeare but love Edgar Allan Poe.
5. I cried like a baby while writing Matt’s river scene.
Author Info:
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Author ImageElementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle , and “Stupid Cupid,” which is
featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
Her second novel, Mountain Charm , is slated for a summer 2013 release.
September 6 marks the one year anniversary of the release of Sydney Logan’s debut novel, Lessons Learned. To celebrate, Sydney is offering a fantastic giveaway!
Blurb from Lessons Learned: 
A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots. English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.
She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.
Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.
Praise for Lessons Learned–
“Lessons Learned is a book that isn’t easily forgotten. I urge you to give it a read. You won’t regret it. Also, did I mention it starts with a bang? Talk about the best prologue ever.”  -JM Darhower, author of Sempre
“I haven’t read a book in a long time that I can compare to my favorite author
Nicholas Sparks. THIS book is that book.” – Becky, Book Blogger
To thank her readers for an amazing year, Sydney is celebrating with a giveaway! You can win a signed copy of Lessons Learned and a $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card! The Rafflecopter is below. Good luck!
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, iTunes, or Blogger. We hereby release all names listed of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. Let me know if you have any questions or issues by contacting me: @SydneyALogan. – Good Luck!

In This Red Country Blog Tour: Writing Tips

Available August 23rd from Amazon!!

Available August 23rd from Amazon!!

Hello darlings!  Coming to the blog today I have the great pleasure of welcoming up and coming author J.P. Lantern.  He’s here today to give all us writers some tips and tricks of the trade.  And I don’t know about you, but all my writer peeps out there will agree that writing is a learning process, so get out your notebooks and listen up….


I was tasked for this blog to write out some writing tips.
I’m not sure that what I have to say here will be any different than what probably you have read before.  But perhaps this is your first time looking for writing tips. Perhaps you, on your quest to divine truth from a vast collection of lies that you crafted want some help with making it all happen. So here you are, the big tip:  Focus on Structure.
I watch a lot of Netflix. I watch Documentaries, I watch TV shows, I watch movies, I watch whatever. My mind takes a lot to occupy itself, so I usually have to have something on the television while I’m working on other projects. What I’ve noticed, ever since doing this, is that I can start to predict plots. I can sense “the turn,” basically. I know when something has to shift, and I can sense very well the building of momentum— in a good movie, or a good documentary, or good tv show, every single scene is doing something. It’s adding the stakes somehow. And just when these stakes seem too much, one of them turns, and it either
lessens or folds into another bit of conflict or escalates to the point that the protagonist has no choice but to take care of it. Every single time. That’s structure. Structure is a great thing to understand. When conflict fails you, when characters fail you, when plot devices fail you—there will be structure to catch your fall. If you do not focus on the structure of
stories, you are basically lost.
Don’t try to invent new structures. I mean, do it if that’s how your mind works, but don’t do it just because you think you’re going to do this brand new thing that no one’s seen before. There are only two possible outcomes to the latter option—you find out someone has
done it before, and much more expertly than you, or you find out the only reason that no one tried it already is because that way stinks.
I was listening to a radio interview not too long ago with Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, two of the actors and creators from the old Comedy Central show Reno 911! They’re also scriptwriters. They said something very astute, which I’m paraphrasing, “Basically, most every movie is Die Hard. You have all these characters, and they’re stuck in a situation. Your job as a writer is to show the audience how they get out of that situation. Once you build up a name for yourself and make some money, you can do some more experimental stuff. Until then, write Die Hard.” They are absolutely correct. For novels, though, I wouldn’t write
Die Hard (though it was a novel first, so who knows). Maybe The Old Man and the Sea
(which, now that I think about it, is a lot like Die Hard).
A lot of people think that unless they write something really scandalous and brand new, no one will take them seriously. What I’ve noticed is that the more serious I take writing and approach it as a business with an audience with a set number of expectations, the less I worry about being taken seriously. When you are making money from writing, people take that very seriously, and write away, in the same way that people take anything seriously that makes money. So you don’t have to worry about breaking the mold. You can use whatever old molds you find. So long as you are writing well, you will notice that people genuinely enjoy reading those same old molds again and again.
Wise advice, indeed.  I think I’ll write an erotic version of Die Hard.  It’ll be called Die HARDER, FASTER, DEEPER!!  Here’s more about J.P. and his incredible new book, In this Red Country.
About the Author
J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US with his terrific wife and wonderful dog, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live
metaphorically in Texas. He writes science-fiction, which he has deemed “rugged,” though would also be fine with “roughhewn” because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word. The first novella in his Red Country trilogy, *In This Red Country*, is due out on Amazon on August 23rd, 2013. He is also publishing a collection of five short stories tangential to the novella, *Around The Martian Fringe*, also available at Amazon.
About In This Red Country
In the frontier town of Trunkdown, Clay does his best to maintain the grip on sanity that his mother and father both lost. Clay’s young wife, Maggie, is pregnant, and on the frontier of Mars, that’s a death sentence. Even for a surgeon like Clay, medication for a birth is inaccessible.  Without medication, every pregnancy on Mars ends with an abomination ripping out of the mother’s body. Abandoning Clay’s surgeon practice, the two set out to
the nearest city, hoping to find a solution. There are no cars, no planes. They must walk through the land, but the land is littered with danger. Rain storms attack the ground like artillery fire. Mutated beasts populate the nights. Natives—adult versions of the inhumans that burst from unmedicated wombs—attack travelers at will.
The two decide the only way they can make the trip is with a guide named Abram. The bad news is that Maggie and Abram used to be lovers. The worse news is that Abram is a native himself. When each traveler is unable to let the past stay past, old resentments begin to boil among them, irrevocably pushing all three toward a shocking, violent conclusion.

COVER REVEAL: Under the Bed, Across the World

Hi kids, it’s time for a cover reveal!  This time its from a new author who is inviting us along on her own personal journey of self-discovery and healing.  Please welcome author Rose Candis.

Rose Candis book

Under the Bed Across the World, Rose’s poignant account of her journey from incest and addiction into recovery, is both tragic and humorous. Her account of how her sexually abusive Jewish father divided her loyalty between him, her mother, and herself provides a microcosm for how sexual abuse and addiction destroy the human family.
By confronting her past, Rose sheds her loyalty to her abusive relatives and creates her own unique family unit through international adoption. The memoir raises the question: Can contentment be found after departure from the quagmire of toxicity?
Author Bio:
Rose Candis, born August 8, 1966, grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. At age twenty-three, she began her personal recovery from addiction and childhood incest. Inspired by her own journey, she entered graduate school to become a psychotherapist. Currently in private practice, Rose feels honored to have been able to help individuals and families recover from
eating disorders and trauma since 2002.
Rose’s articles about healthy eating were published monthly in a local woman’s magazine.
She has appeared on several local radio shows as an expert on eating disorders. Her first book *Under the Bed Across the World,* a memoir, takes the reader on a journey from the author’s abuse, into recovery, where she emerges as a adoptive mother of Erica, an orphan
from China. Her quest to help her daughter clear up unanswered questions about her past leads her on a journey back to China, the focus of her upcoming book *The Black Pearl. *
In a search for Erica’s birth parents, Rose’s research trip to China with Lan Stuy, yields the discovery that her daughter had been bought and sold as an infant, commonly known as trafficked, in the relinquishment process. Rose’s shock that the information she had been given years ago about her daughter’s history were fabricated led this mother to take on a role as truth teller and advocate for transparent adoptions
Upon her return, July 2011, Rose was interviewed by NBC News. Her story about her trip and its aftermath was published in *The New York* *Times*, September 2011*, The Atlantic* 2011, and *The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting*, October 2011.
Rose met in Washington DC, May 2012, with The Executive Congressional Commission on China to discuss her findings of trafficking in the Chinese adoption process. Her effort to urge the Commission to expose the information to help children who sought credible information about their origin resulted in a second meeting with the Commission, October 2012. Rose lobbied on Capitol Hill, May 2012 meeting with fifteen Congressional Offices in an attempt to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to include the buying and selling of children for purposes of international Adoption in the definition of child trafficking.
Rose enjoys every moment playing with her daughter and watching her do gymnastics. She travels the path of intimacy and blending families with Patrick, her partner of six years.
Walking, yoga, church, travel, biking, and meditation bring grounding to her full life. Rose’s love for her daughter, personal healing journey, clinical experience and spiritual guidance are the catalyst for her continued commitment to helping the universe heal one person at a time.

Desolation Blog Tour: Top Ten Zombie Movies

Desolation 800 Cover reveal and PromotionalHey there boys n’ ghouls!  As you know, I really like hosting up and coming authors on my blog.  I like it so much that as of late– it’s all I’ve been doing.  But I digress.  More next week on THAT front.  BUT… I would like to introduce you all to the brand new book by author Travis Simmons, Desolation.  Now, I know you all think that all I ever feature on here is romance.  NOT TRUE!!  I’m a big fan of horror and Desolation is the badass zombie book you’ve been waiting for.  And as a budding expert on the subject of all things undead, I decided to let Travis give us the rundown of his top ten favorite zombie movies…. get your Netflix ready!!!

BTW… don’t forget to click on the book cover above.  It will zoom you over to the Rafflecopter website where I hear Travis is giving away a Kindle Fire!!  So all you folks in the US, get over there and ENTER!!!


Honestly, I don’t know if I have even seen ten zombie movies! That is what makes it so strange for me to write zombie fiction, because I don’t know a lot of the popular culture surrounding them. I do know that I have a huge fear of being eaten alive by anything. I seriously have nightmares of being ingested by a giant snake, so maybe that is why I am obsessed with zombies, some kind of morbid curiosity.

Anyway, without any further stalling, here is the list!


1.      The Walking Dead

a.       (I know, not a movie) Who am I kidding? This is an amazing show, and really inspired me to write DESOLATION. The show captures so much, it’s hard to even explain. The one thing I think it does amazingly well is portray the reality of how people would react during a zombie infestation. It is so real in more ways than makeup. These actors really act like they are in a zombie apocalypse (except for when they walk off on their own without a gun, I mean who does that?). The main issue I had (and I haven’t seen season 3) is there is no necromancers. I think necromancers fit really well in the lore of zombies, and so I had to write DESOLATION.

2.      Shaun of the Dead

a.       This made me laugh so hard. If I didn’t off myself when the zombies came, I really think this could be my group of friends and I. The scene when they are throwing records at the zombies was priceless.

3.      Zombieland

a.      Another really good movie. I love watching movies (or home videos) where someone gets conked in the head, so the scene where he hits the zombie in the head with the car door had me laughing so hard my friends had to pause the movie so we wouldn’t miss the next scene.

4.      28 Days Later

a.       This was a good movie, but it didn’t scare me the way Walking Dead Season 1 did. The idea of “the rage” was a really good twist, and made the zombies creepy as hell.

5.      Night of the Living Dead

a.       Though I can barely remember it, I know as a child the idea really scared me.

6.      Army of Darkness

a.       I didn’t realize this was a zombie movie, but Wikipedia says it is, and I am so very happy that I can add this to the list. This movie is so funny, I love every minute of it and the main character is just so charismatic and goofy you can’t help but love him, right?

7.      Serpent in the Rainbow

a.       I did enjoy this movie, up until the end when it became so outrageously unbelievable. I really want to read the book it was based on. The idea of a drug people can use to make others appear dead, and then rise days later is so compelling that it makes you wonder what else is out there, what else are we able to do?

So I think that is all the zombie movies I have seen. I even went through a Wikipedia list looking to see if there were others. Unfortunately, I have never seen Silent Hill (is that a zombie movie?) and none of the Resident Evil movies either, though I hear they are superb.

But it makes me wonder, what are some of your favorite zombie movies? I would love to her about them and why they creep you out!


About the Author

Travis is the author of The Bonds of Blood, the first book in his epic fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He has also written a young adult novel called A Lament of Moonlight which is book one of his pre-apocalypse series The Harbingers of Light. He is currently seeking publication for the first book of a third series, a zombie novel called Desolation. When he isn’t writing he is helping his family and trying to live a normal, under the radar life. His interests lie in cooking, gardening, green living, and human rights advocacy. He is a huge supporter of the Trevor Project and all agencies that seek to preserve natural resources and protect pets from abuse.

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by author Travis Simmons

Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork.

Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York. With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.

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It’s the Amazing Stephen Zimmer!

final-ww_coverI have the pleasure of welcoming one of the most talented writers I’ve ever had the honor of meeting, working with and calling friend.  Stephen Zimmer is a prolific writer of Sci-Fi/ Fantasy.  The talent with which he crafts stories, characters and settings is something I aspire to in my own writing. He also happens to be an amazing Convention Coordinator.  But I’m gonna stop gushing and let him talk to you about writing for a small press SUCCESSFULLY!


From the Heart of a Small Press: Introducing Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Stephen Zimmer

 The small press publishing world is not an easy road to take, especially when the landscape of publishing as a whole has changed so profoundly over just the last few years.  Nevertheless, the ultimate goal is no different than it has been in any age: produce the best books possible with the talent and resources available.

When you have a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor, an arsenal of NY Times best-selling authors including several regarded as genre icons, a cadre of top editors, and a pair of award-winning artists in the mix, you know you have something very special on your hands.  For all of us at Seventh Star Press, Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy, edited by Michael Knost,  is that special book, representing a treasure trove for both writers and readers alike. 

Containing an array of essays and interviews featuring the likes of Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Harry Turtledove, Kevin J. Anderson, and many more, the book offers a look into the minds of many of the greatest writers in the genre regarding their particular approaches to the craft of writing.  For writers, this is obviously an educational bonanza, and for readers it is a chance to see how their favorite genre authors approach their craft.

Resources necessary for a project like this are not the easiest thing to come by for a small press.  Therefore, the road to the publication of Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy involved a Kickstarter campaign became highly successful, featuring nearly 500 contributors who desired to see this book become a reality.

The campaign included some custom short films produced by Allotrope Media, a Memphis-based new media company.  One of their principle individuals is none other than Jackie Gamber, an award-winning editor and author who is one of the premium talents featured in the book.

The contributions gathered over the course of the Kickstarter campaign went far past the goal that had been set.  The total collected allowed several full-page pieces of custom artwork to be commissioned, as well as the addition of an entirely new section within the book itself.

From the striking cover by Matthew Perry to the last page, the book turned out both sharp-looking and content-rich.  The perspectives contained within demonstrate strongly that there is no one “right way” to writing in genre fiction.  Rather, there are multiple possible approaches, and each author’s challenge is discovering the best methods for themselves.

The book offers a wealth of material for all levels of writers, whether one is brand new to the world of publishing or an industry veteran.   There is something to be gleaned for the edification of anyone, and already many teachers of both high school and college levels are expressing a desire to add this title to their curriculum.

A book like this is a true honor for any press to release.  Seventh Star Press is very conscious of the importance of the title, and what it represents for writers and editors everywhere.

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy is a solid contribution to the realms of genre literature.  The coming months look to be very exciting as growing numbers of people begin to read the book and discover what is contained within it.


Isn’t he amazing?!  He actually used the word ‘edification.’  Correctly! And here’s another thing… Stephen is running a rafflecopter contest, so hop on over and enter.  That’s where I’m headed….

Blog Tour: Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

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Hello, kittens!  Happy Spring!  We’re back here at the Southern Belle from Hell to welcome a sizzling new author, Jan Moran.  Jan is here today to tell us a little about her new book Scent of Triumph


Hi Alexandra, and thank for sharing your soapbox with me today! I’ve always been a fan of horror and creepy-crawly thing that go bump in the night.

 People often ask where writers get their ideas. A couple of days ago on my blog tour I wrote about how I summon the muse, so today I thought I’d share more about how my work evolves. Writing is a different experience for every writer. Some writers plot heavily, while others are seat-of-the-pants writers (known affectionately as “pansters”). Me—I’m somewhere in between. I like to allow room for surprises.

 When I begin thinking about a new book, I draw from subjects I know something about—or would like to learn more about. While I’m writing, I’d like to learn something fascinating, too.

 Inspiration often comes when I’m walking on the beach or swimming laps. Sometimes flashes transpire in the middle of the night. (Always keep a notepad by your bed, even if it’s hard to decipher your midnight scribbles.)

 So, here’s how I begin a new book:

  1.       Who’s the Protagonist? – Strong female protagonists     and entrepreneurs who forge their own paths to success inspire me. I like to share their fascinating, adventurous, inspirational stories. The character’s name, heritage, background, physical attributes, and inner life come next. I wonder, what are her passions, flaws, and dreams? All of this goes into a master notebook. Once she becomes three dimensional, I’m ready to move on.


2.       Where’s the Story Set? – Locations are one of my favorite things to think about. As a child, books were my magic carpets to the world. Travel is stimulating—I love to explore new cities, countries, customs, and cultures that I can share with readers. I find something intriguing about every place I visit, so it’s hard to choose, but France, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Spain, New York, Texas, and California (my home) are among my favorite places.


3.       What’s Her Job? – Once I know what my protagonist does, and what’s important to her, the story begins to emerge. For example, during my career perfumery, fashion, and business were my passions. I’m also a strong advocate of the entrepreneurial path. So, in writing Scent of Triumph, I studied forward-thinking female entrepreneurs of the twentieth century in beauty and fashion: Coco Chanel, Nina Ricci, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Madame Carven, Mary Kay. These smart, gutsy, entrepreneurial women lived cinematic lives steeped in creative endeavors, along with their share of drama. Of course, future protagonists will have different career paths, but you can bet that it will be something just as interesting.


4.       What’s the Time Period? – I’ve always loved history, so it seems natural to set my stories in the not too distant past—within the last century. I also like to weave in generational stories, such as those of a mother or grandmother. Family relationships, especially children, are important to me, and often figure prominently in my work. And of course, there’s always a love interest or two…or three.


5.       What Does She Learn? – The main character’s arc, or what she learns during the course of the story, is vital for a satisfactory story. My main character has flaws and makes mistakes (like all of us), but learns from her blunders. Ultimately, she should prevail over unimaginable adversity—whether from external forces or against her own internal struggles (or both). For example, Scent of Triumph is one woman’s journey, a journey filled with courage and creativity, with love and loss, and at the heart of it all, a relentless will to survive, to triumph on her own terms.


Great visiting with you and your readers here, Alexandra! I love to hear from readers and other writers, so feel free to say hello on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter.


I dunno about you guys, but I learned a lot from that post.  That Jan Moran is one smart cookie!  Not to mention that she’s written an amazing book. And speaking of, here’s a little more about that….

About Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

Scent of Triumph is the story of Danielle Bretancourt, a talented young French perfumer with a flair for fashion and a natural olfactory gift. In the language of perfumery, she is a Nose, with the rare ability to recognize thousands of essences by memory. The story opens on the day England declares war on Germany, and Danielle and her family are caught in the midst of a raging disaster sweeping across Europe.

Her life takes a tragic turn when her husband and son are lost behind enemy lines. She spies for the French resistance, determined to find them, but is forced to flee Europe with fragments of her family. Destitute, she mines her talents to create a magnificent perfume that captures the hearts of Hollywood’s top stars, then gambles again to win wealth and success as a couturier. Her intelligence and flair attracts the adoration of Jonathan Newell-Grey, of England’s top shipping conglomerate, and Cameron Murphy, Hollywood’s most charismatic star.

Danielle charts her course through devastating wartime losses and revenge; lustful lovers and loveless marriages; and valiant struggles to reunite her family. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, here is one woman’s story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

Author Bio

Jan Moran writes smart, stylish, sensual sagas. She’s also written several books on Jan Moranperfume.

 “My most recent book, SCENT OF TRIUMPH, was inspired by my love of perfumery and history. In writing, I drew upon my own family history and my mother’s memories of World War II, imagining a young entrepreneur whose talent, determination, and fearlessness catapult her to the pinnacle of success, despite mounting personal tragedies and the elusiveness of love.

“I write about strong, capable, female entrepreneurs.  I’m a world traveler, so I also enjoy writing about different destinations.”

Jan Moran is the author of SCENT OF TRIUMPH, a historical novel, and FABULOUS FRAGRANCES I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list.  She is at work on more series in fiction and nonfiction.

As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN and Extra, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications.

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Cover Reveal: Strange Bedfellows: His Phantom Caress

Tomorrow is the day, chickies!  My new book, a sequel to Strange Bedfellows:  Three to Tango will be hitting Amazon, B&N, AllRomance and other ebook shelves tomorrow, March 2nd!  The book is called Strange Bedfellows:  His Phantom Caress and it is the continuing story of Cali, her vampire lovers and more of the gang from the mysterious nightclub, The Oubliette.  So… are you ready for the cover???  *drum roll*






Isn’t it beautiful??!!  So pass it on, make some buzz… but most importantly, grab yourself a copy tomorrow!  And now…. a little about the story…

What would you give for one more night?

 Rhys and Elizabeth Grayson had a charmed life.  A beautiful house, a passionate marriage and a bright future ahead, until one day, their dreams were shattered when Rhys suddenly died.  Alone and drowning in grief, Elizabeth has nowhere to turn until she stumbles across Cali Barrows and The Oubliette.  The otherworldly talents of Cali and her vampire lovers, André and Leo, are Elizabeth’s only hope for being reunited with her beloved.  But the journey into the ethereal is a dangerous one and lost souls are not easily found. How far is Elizabeth willing to go to say goodbye?  How far to feel the warmth of his phantom caress?


If I’ve piqued your interest or if you just want to come point and laugh, I can be found at the following locales:


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My books can be found  at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks and anywhere quality eBooks are sold.

Loki’s Game Blog Tour: An Interview w/ S.H. Roddey

Loki'sGame 200x300(1)Guess whose back? Back again? Noooo… it’s not Slim Shady.  It’s me, yer old pal Sexy Lexxxie.  I’m back on the blog today to welcome one of my favorite authors, and indeed one of my favorite people, to the page.  Siobhan Kinkade is a particular friend of mine and she has a new book, Loki’s Game, that has just come out from Sugar and Spice Press.  She was kind enough to sit down with me and answer a few questions about love, life and where bodies are buried.


1.        How did you start writing?

It actually happened before I realized it. I was just a kid doing a homework assignment for English class. The assignment was to write a new ending for Beauty and the Beast, and instead of writing a few paragraphs, I ended up writing twenty pages. It has been all downhill from there.

2.       What genres do you write in?  Which is the most satisfying?

Too many to count! I love writing paranormal romance, but my first love is horror. So long as I’m doing bad things to people on paper, I’m not tempted to crack skulls in real life.

3.       What sort of “rituals” do you engage in to help you write?

Now I’m going to have to tell on you too! Aside from loud music to drown out background noise, my most successful ritual is the Thursday night write-in at Starbucks with you and Crymsyn Hart.  Not that we actually get much work done for playing on Facebook and dealing with people banging on the tables, but we do at least try.

4.       Tell us about your new book, Loki’s Game.

It started as an accident several years ago. It started out as a short story about a woman who answered an ad in a newspaper that turned out to be for the position of “wife.” It grew and twisted into this convoluted mess involving a pair of shapeshifters (because as you know I suffer from Epic Brain Syndrome). Then out of nowhere something in my brain broke and my hero ended up being a descendent of the Nordic Dragon, Fafnir, and the guy chasing him decided to tell me that he was actually disguised as Loki.

The first draft was submitted two years ago, and after finding a few glaring structural errors, I pulled the submission and went back to work on it. Having finally decided that it wasn’t as stupid as I thought, I revised, rewrote and expanded until it became what it is. And late last year, Kelly at Sugar & Spice Press agreed to take a second look and offered the contract.

5.       Loki is heavily rooted in Norse mythology. Do you often use mythology to inspire your writing?  Where do you draw inspiration from?

Mythology often eats my brain. Something about the power of gods and monsters has always appealed to me. I think it’s why a lot of my work features werewolves, shapeshifters and vampires too. They’re strong and unusual, and a good monster always makes me happy.

The inspiration itself comes from all over the place. Sometimes it’s music, other times it’s the people or situations around me. A lot of what I write is kneejerk reaction to something happening in my life.

6.       This is your first novel-length work.  Did you find it difficult to make the transition from short to long form?

Actually, no. Going back to that EBS from earlier – when your brain works on that epic level like mine, it’s hard to keep it from wandering into novel territory. Plot points and twists come out of nowhere and the characters like to get all snarled up in situations that take pages and pages to resolve.

This is my first published novel, but I have two others sitting on a shelf, waiting to see if I ever go back and fix them enough to sell. Lately it has been harder to keep things short, which means anthology calls with word count limits are like pulling teeth.

7.       What advice would you give budding writers?

If you want to be a writer, then be a writer. Don’t talk about doing it. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t say “one day I’ll finish something”. And for goodness’ sake, don’t spend all of your time rewriting and revising! Write it, do your self-edits, and let it go. The longer you micro-manage your manuscript, the harder it’s going to be to let it go.

8.       Where can readers find your work?

All over the place! Information on all of my books can be found on my blog, and I’m available on GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks.

Wait, revise that. My books are available on those sites. I’m not actually there. I’m not for sale… at least, not for cheap.


Now… the important stuff.  THE BLURB!!

Unemployed museum curator Lily Redway responds to an advertisement in the newspaper, thinking she is applying for a job. On the other side of that small, black-and-white box waits two things: a fantasy world come to life and a man named Rowan Keir.

 Rowan is a man with many secrets. He is a shape-shifter, a descendent of old world mythology, and the guardian of a rare and valuable Nordic artifact. He is also being hunted by the god Loki and has spent the last six hundred years outsmarting and outrunning him.

 With the fury of Asgard on Rowan’s trail, Lily finds herself caught up in a real-life fantasy story, a love triangle, and an ages-old war that pitches her into a different world and one very hard truth: All is fair in love and war.

I can promise you, dear readers, that this book is a HOT and amazing read.  Go buy it NOW!

Guest Post: Solomon’s Throne by Jennings Wright

Solomons-Throne-E-Book-Final-1600-for-Amazon-and-BN(1)I have the great pleasure of welcoming author Jennings Wright to the blog today.  She has a brand new action/ adventure novel entitled Solomon’s Throne that is sure to knock your socks off!  Today, she joins me at The Belle to talk about fan mail, being a control freak and her new novel.


I got my first piece of real, actual fan mail yesterday. A real email, not a comment on Facebook or Goodreads. I opened it and just stared at it, confused for minute. Me? You’re writing a fan email to me, and signing it “your newest fan?” Wow. I think it must be like the first time musicians hear themselves on the radio. It’s really pretty weird, to be honest!

My journey to becoming an author (with a fan!) was completely unexpected. That is not to say that I haven’t been writing. I’ve journaled daily for almost twenty years, have written ad copy, countless business pieces, taught creative writing to homeschoolers and in private school workshops, and even started a few novels and screenplays that didn’t go anywhere. I’d pretty much decided by early 2011 that I just wasn’t creative enough to be a novelist, and so wrote my first nonfiction book (to be published this year) in May.

I’d discovered a book called “No Plot No Problem” by Chris Baty. At the time I’d never heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held each year in November), and didn’t realize that the book was basically how the event was born and how to write 50,000 words on a new novel in 30 days. When I read it, my first thought was,” Well, I can’t do that, but I’ll bet I can do it with a nonfiction book.” My husband was ghost writing for someone at the time, so we decided to do our own 30 day/50,000 word challenge for nonfiction. We both “won.”

But after that month, the thought wouldn’t leave that I could maybe, possibly write a really bad novel in 30 days. I mean, how hard could it be, especially if I expected it to be a real stinker? I already knew I could do the word count. And if it was really bad, at least I could say I tried, cross it off my bucket list, and move on. NaNoWriMo has a great forum community as well as local groups, so at the least I’d meet some fun people and we’d all suffer together. So in July, I signed up. I immediately regretted it, but I didn’t withdraw. Mostly I just smacked myself on the forehead and wondered what the heck I was doing.

In “No Plot No Problem,” Baty says that you can’t start planning your NaNo novel until a week before November 1. I didn’t realize the book was about seven years old and that people planned months or even years in advance; I just waited until the week before and then went into panic mode. I’d decided to do a treasure hunt, so I did a ton of research, staring off into space (aka thinking) and texting to my daughter in college with ideas, and started on Solomon’s Throne on November 1 with a revised goal. I was going to finish it, not “just” write 50,000 words. I had seven locations, figured an average of 15,000 words per spot, and calculated a total of 105,000 words. In 30 days. Crazy? Yep. But once my husband said he didn’t think I could do it, the game was on.

I “won” NaNo (crossed the 50,000 word mark) on November 12, and had finished the novel (88,651 words) on November 26, writing for 23 of the 26 days. It was exhilarating, exciting, amazing… And the most astonishing part was that, when I went back and read the draft (I do no editing at all when I’m writing) it was actually good! It needed editing, of course… But it was good. I was shocked.

Since then I’ve entered and won 5 NaNoWriMo events, including the now-defunct Script Frenzy, and written another novel in NaNo format without an official event. After some research, I decided that self-publishing was a perfect fit for me, and that first NaNo novel, Solomon’s Throne, was released in July, 2012. Its sequel, the Hoard of the Doges, was released in October, and a Christian historical romance set in the Civil War in September.

Indie publishing has been great for me. I love being involved in the cover design and the interior layout, holding my paperback in my hand, getting feedback from readers, and, of course, watching sales climb. It’s a lot of work, to be sure, and in things I’m not nearly as good at as writing. Marketing takes a lot of time, especially since I don’t stick to one genre. (I have two action/adventure treasure hunts, one Christian romance, and a YA sci-fi fantasy trilogy coming up in 2013.) I have to introduce myself to readers in each genre and basically start from scratch. But unlike a contract with a traditional publisher, I can write what I want to write, and the success or failure of the books is all on me. As a long-time business owner, I can deal with that. In fact, I prefer it.

There’s the little secret, I guess: I’m bit of a control freak!


About Solomon’s Throne by Jennings


An impenetrable safe is breached and a secret artifact is stolen. Containing information that could change the course of the world, its desperate owner sends Gideon Quinn, his head of security, and Gideon’s wife Rei, an art preservationist, to find it at any cost. What they discover is a clue to the lost throne of King Solomon, the real object of the theft. They are thrust out on an adventure that leads them halfway around the world. Following letters left by a Jesuit in 1681, they must weave through ancient sites along the Portuguese Spice Route, keeping ahead of a secret militant order that is determined to beat them to Solomon’s Throne.

Filled with fast paced action and having broad appeal, Solomon’s Throne is an ingenious treasure hunt adventure that sweeps the reader around the globe in a race against time.


About the Author

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could bluebarn-jennings-9951 2(3)get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.

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Blog Tour: Michele Richard’s “Affirming the Faith”

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About Mocked by Faith: Affirming the

Faith by Michele Richard

The time has come for Alexia and Justin McNear to move out of their beloved home at The Gates, a hidden gated community where time doesn’t change the way of life. It’s time for a new start with the birth of a new community, and children to raise in the faith they cherish. Alexia and Justin’s challenges are far from a thing of the past. Life’s not always perfect. This is a fact these two know all too well. Together they’ll have to remind each other nothing is ever perfect.

Alexia has grown to accept her husband and her role in life, but now, new issues will arise, and force her to fight to keep her family together and safe. Her days of insecurities may be behind her, but she’ll be tested to see if she’s really ready to be a minister’s wife.

Justin has learned the error of his ways and will stop at nothing to protect his family and faith. Now a minister, he must show his parishioners he’s more than capable of leading them. There are no challenges or disabilities too great to overcome.

Together they’ll have to select the perfect spouses to contract for their children and lead L’île d’anges, the new community left in their trust to build. In a world of arranged marriages and dominating husbands, things are not always as they seem. Even with the small progresses their faith has made, they’ll cling to the ways of the past generations.

They’re in for an uphill battle when Mother Nature sets her eye upon them. Locked away from anyone to help them, they’ll have to rely on each other and their faith to see them through.

Is history repeating itself? When one son has no match, what then? Can they beat the clock before it’s too late?


About the Author

Michele Richard lives in a suburb of Boston, Mass. She’s the mother of two pre-teen daughters and the wife.

 Michele Richard has created the Mocked series. From Mocked by Destiny to the trilogy Mocked authoraffirmingthefaithby Faith, she writes what comes from the heart. A wife and the mother of two preteen girls, she spends her days spinning tales about what happens when what you believe in mocks your every turn.

When she’s not writing, her days are filled with her family, her bunny Geneva, and friends. Her greatest passions are learning new languages and traveling. She currently resides in the Northeastern part of the United States however; her family members live down the east coast as far as North Carolina.

She’s currently learning French and Spanish, and one day hopes to be fluent in both. Learning new things is always something she enjoys.

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