Happy Release Day – ‘Vigilante of Shadows’!

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Today is the official release of Vigilante of Shadows!

The beginning of a new series from Miranda Stork, the action begins fast and hard with a murder, an immortal murderer, and a bright young police officer caught in the action. Oh, and shadow people and a demon. Did I not mention those? Vigilante of Shadows sets the series off on a path that will be humourous, horrifying, and just a little bit steamy. A path where this time…the whole of humanity hangs in the balance.

Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…

Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

 

Want more? Here is a little teaser for you:

He paced along speedily, hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans. The sounds of the night surrounded him–distant cat song, the steady hum of far-off cars, the soft sound of wind whistling underneath people’s windows. He loved being out at night, not because it was a time when his ‘kind’ were more active, but simply because it was so much quieter than the day. The sounds of people rushing around disappeared, and left a peaceful calm with the soothing darkness.

Of course, there were the voices in his head, but that was another story.

He shrugged his shoulders up, cutting off the wind whistling around his neck. He wasn’t particularly cold, but the noise was annoying when your ears were so sensitive that a pin dropping could sound like a two-ton weight.

Aodhan’s mind went back to the girl from the bar. He hadn’t meant to be so brisk with her, but it was really best that no-one got that close. He…didn’t do well with people any more. They always brought back memories of simpler times, of her. And besides that…he killed people. People who wouldn’t die if they hadn’t found out about them…

Aodhan was a demon.

A rare demon, as well, a shadow demon. He had been born to a Scottish clan just over eight-hundred years ago, to humans. Contrary to what he saw people believed in the media and books, demons were actually born to humans. There was no line of them, like vampires or werewolves. They were simply…random.

When he had been born, there were no noticeable signs of what he was. He just looked like any of the other babies born to them, strong and healthy, but definitely human.

As he grew older, he had shown great proficiency with all weapons, learning faster than any of the other boys in the clan. Even some of the boys older than him had a hard time keeping up. He was never big-headed about it though, simply trying to fit in with everyone else. However, the clan talked about how the strange-eyed boy was so much quicker and stronger than others twice his age, and whispered about ancient gods coming back to the earth. His looks weren’t too odd for his clan, everyone having black, brown, or auburn hair. But his eyes were odd. All others in his clan had mostly blue eyes; some of them had brown eyes. But he had startling clear green ones, more like a cat than a human.

When he was thirteen, he suddenly began developing strange growths near his temples. After going to see the clan’s wise woman about it, she simply cackled, and whispered, “Those who are given the gift of darkness, should not fear the unknown.” He had shaken off the wise woman’s words, telling himself that she had finally gone crazy.

The growths had developed further, until they started to look like small dark horns, about the length of his thumb. They curled close to the curve of his head, smooth with small ridges forming at each stage of their growth. Luckily, Aodhan’s hair grew wild and long, allowing him to cover them up as much as he could.

By the time his twentieth year was reached, he was a well-loved member of his clan. He was kind and helpful to all, and helped to fight off their enemies more times than he could count on both hands. But he was holding a dreadful secret from his clan. Since his horns had grown, he had also noticed many other things.

He had begun to…see things. Shadows.

When he was out hunting in the forest near to their home, he would think that he had seen someone moving in the trees behind him. But when he swung around to face them…nothing. Then he would hear a soft chuckle, his name being called on the wind. At night, in his bed as he tried to sleep, he would see black figures running around the walls.

He had tried to tell the wise woman of the village again, thinking them to be spirits sent to drive him mad, or something worse. She simply shook her head at him, and chuckled, rocking herself to and fro. He had got used to the shadows by now, drawing the blanket up over his head so that he couldn’t hear their taunting murmurs….

Aodhan suddenly stopped walking, snapping out of his daydream. He was sure he had seen one of…them. Looking all around, he scanned the buildings with his vivid eyes. The problem with them was that they could hide anywhere they chose–walls, buildings, floors, anywhere–especially at night.

The red brick buildings around him looked empty, the few alleyways just leading alongside the backs of houses, a small number of bins scattered about. No-one else was walking near him on the pavement, no sound anywhere. Just as he was about to turn around and carry on walking, pulling his jacket up again, he heard something behind him. Something whispery and cold.

“Aodhan…”

 

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About the Author – Miranda Stork

I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.

My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother’s Grimm’s tales…Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

Author Gemma K. Murray is here today!

Thanks for being here today, Gemma! Everyone sit back and relax, take a moment to grab some coffee before we get started! 😀

A little about Gemma:

I was born and raised in a small town in lower Michigan. A farmer’s daughter, my greatest ambitions were to become a large animal vet and to read every book ever written. The veterinarian dream fell by the wayside, but I’m still working on reading every book I can get my hot little hands on.

But I’m a dreamer…I love to sit and look out the windows, daydreaming about what could be. I love getting tangled in my dreams when I fall asleep at night. That is how Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart came to be. It started with a dream and spun into something beautiful.

 

Hi Gemma! Please tell us more about your latest book!

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart is set in the U.P. of Michigan. Cedar River is a community of shifters. We have everything from dragons to wolves to otters and fischers. Bowie is a golden dragon shifter and sheriff of the town. Ana is a puma shifter/witch. Their story is a complicated one. When Ana’s parents died, Bowie’s parents took Ana in and raised her. So, Ana has known the Golden boys her entire life. She’s always thought of the three younger ones as brothers. Bowie was always a little different. He was more of her protector than the others. Falling in love was not something either one had considered. Trouble finds its way to Cedar River and puts everyone in jeopardy, but sometimes you just have to believe.

Wow, sounds like a fascinating read! You’ve said on your Author bio that you were raised on a farm, and love to daydream. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood or some of your favorite daydream experiences?

It was a family run farm so everyone had to pitch in to help. I had a great childhood.

One of my favorite things to do was to gather a small bag with lemonade, a sandwich, a book, and a blanket. I’d wander through the pastures to the creek. I’d settle down on the bank under a giant willow tree and while away the afternoon. When Dad came back to bring the cows in, he and I would walk back and talk about all sorts of things.

That’s an awesome childhood to have experienced. 🙂 What has been the most difficult scene for you to write for your current project?

Believe it or not, it was Bowie and Ana’s first kiss. I kept thinking “Readers are going to think this relationship is incestuous.” I kept hearing Bowie’s voice in my head saying, “Just write it. It will make sense, but you have to trust me.” I did and the story just flowed from my fingertips.

Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

Not really. I simply put in my earbuds and write. I’m a pantser so flying by the seat of my pants is the only way I know how.

You love to read, can you share with us what the last five books you read were?

I’m working on Book 3 in the Cedar River series so I just re-read Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart. Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh, Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall, A Dance with Bogie and Bacall by KevaD, The Starlight Key Episodes by Samantha Lucas.

If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

There are so many, but I think I’d go with Nora Roberts. Her career is so inspiring and she is one of my favorite authors. I always tell people “When I grow up, I want to be Nora.”

Awww – great choice! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

Seeing my first book published and watching the series take on a life of its own have been the best part. I’ve watched two new series begin to spin off from this series and I cannot imagine where this whole thing will end up.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?

Write! Write every single day of your life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 5 words or 5,000 words. Write. And when you finish the book, believe! Believe in yourself. Believe in your book. Believe you will make it.

Great advice! What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

Word has it that Natural Born Enemies- Book 2 in the Cedar River series will be out late this fall. I’m currently working on the third book, the first book in a new series, a young adult book, a few contemporary romances, plus I’m fleshing out the premise for a third series.

You can find my books at Leap of Faith Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Coffee Time Romance’s e-bookstore.

If your book became a movie, what would the opening song be?

Okay, first off can I just say, “How cool”? I think it would have to be “The Story” by Brandi Carlile. For some reason, that is the song that jumped off the playlist when I scanned over it. (I make a playlist for each book.)

I also make up a new playlist for each book. LOL So…now it’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions! Are you ready??

 

White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? I have a girlfriend who I’m going to get a good teasing from, but I LOVE white chocolate. (She tells me white chocolate is delusional in thinking it’s really chocolate.)

In-home Dining or Restaurant? In-home because it’s cheaper

Tent or Hotel? Oh goodness, HOTEL! I spent too many summer nights camping in tents when I was a kid.

Beach or Pool? Either one works for me. As long as I can be in the water.

Shower or Bath? Shower

eReader or Paperback? Paperback

Heels or Flats? Heels when I can, otherwise, it’s tennis shoes all the time.

Bra or No Bra? Bra

 

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan seems like it is another country. The rawness and beauty of the land draws people from every walk of life. What most people don’t realize is there is a little town nestled on the banks of Lake Superior that an entire group of supernatural beings call home. Shifters of every shape and size live there. They raise their families there. Tourists come from near and far to visit the quaint town of Cedar River, Michigan. The tourists never realize they are walking among some of the most unusual beings on earth.

Bowie Golden is a dragon shifter who is in charge of Cedar River’s safety. Until now, the biggest threat to anyone’s safety was Anastasia Plum, a witch/puma-shifter. She has been the town hellraiser since she was a teenager. Now someone has discovered the secret the residents of Cedar River keep for one another. These radicals are determined to eradicate the entire town. It’s up to Bowie to keep them all safe.

Ana has always idolized Bowie. She may have stirred up trouble from time to time, but Bowie or one of his brothers would always get her out of the trouble she was in. One day, it happened. The unthinkable, the unimaginable occurred. Anastasia Plum fell for the “golden” boy. What an unlikely duo- the sheriff and the hellraiser!

Just as these two discover their passion for one another, a group of people is determined to keep them apart. It’s up to Ana to prove that she is the only Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart.

 

Thank you Gemma for joining us today – I wish you and your books the best!! 😀 Happy reading, everyone!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My lovely writing buddy, Kristie Haigwood contacted me and asked if I’d like to take part in this thing called ‘THE NEXT BIG THING’. Thanks, Kristie! It is designed to raise awareness of our work, or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag five other authors whose work could well be that NEXT BIG THING.

 

So how about we get started!

 

Q#1: What is the title of your book?

‘Dying to Remember’ is the 2nd book of The Station series.

Q#2: Where did the idea for the book come from?

Oohhh…all my best ideas start from dreams that then morph into my lives in some way.

Q#3: What genre does your book fall under?

‘Dying to Remember’ is a Young Adult Fiction borderlining on Fantasy.

Q#4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ll pick the two main characters. Give it a few more years and Elle Fanning would make a great Piper Willow. And Sloan could be none other than Alex Pettyfer…with dark hair.

Q#5: What is the one sentence sypnopsis for the book?

The next installment in The Station Series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow, who has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation.

Q#6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published but this does not mean I’ve done it all alone, that is far from the truth.

Q#7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Hmmm. This book took me about three months, but probably two months of writing time, as I did an anthology short in the middle of working on this project.

Q#8: What other books would you compare this story to, in your genre?

I have no clue. And I hope that’s a good thing.

Q#9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My Aunt Teresa. She died July of 2011 and I still miss her very much.

Q#10: What else about the book might pique the readers’ interest?

Well, even though it IS Young Adult, there is enough fantasy in this book to keep readers asking questions. Especially about what lies beyond death. Do any of us truly know what happens after we die? I want readers to sit back after experiencing this story and go, “Huh…” and just ponder on that for a bit.

 

I’d like to pass the torch to five deserving authors, and let them tell you all about their work. Their posts will bear the same title and will be live on or around November 28th. Here they are:

Tessa Stokes

Steffany Martin

Jessica Bradshaw

Samantha Truesdale

Sunday Snippet of ‘Hawke & the Beast’

This weekend’s snippet will come from the Anthology I did with Miranda Stork, Lindsay Avalon and Tara S. Wood, called ‘Once Upon A Twisted Time’. If you haven’t read this dark collection of adult fairy tales yet – you can grab your copy HERE on Amazon.

 

Hawke & the Beast

 

A horrible screeching filled the house, and as Jasper was ripped from his sleep, he was certain for just a moment that a demon was screaming at the foot of his bed. The instant he flicked on his bedside lamp, the sound ceased. Rubbing sleep from one eye and then the other, he peered into the dark corners of the room, and caught a slight movement to the right of his bed.

“What the-“, he began to speak then bit his tongue, realizing a little late that it was the owl making clicking sounds with its talons as she walked slowly on his wood flooring, and not some hellish creature spewing fire and eternal damnation.

She screeched again, softer this time, before clicking back across the room, and through the open doorway, leaving him tangled in his covers, his mouth agape and sleep still crusting the corners of his eyes.

“I’m not feeding you again!” He shouted toward the living room.

He winced as she screeched louder. Click-click-click-click-click. She paced noisily back and forth from one end of the living room to the other, protesting loudly each time she made it to the front door. The moon was bright, not quite full, but it allowed enough light in through his windows that he could see the bird clearly as he rested against his bedroom door frame.

“Sorry, beautiful. You are stuck in the house for at least a week. Doctor’s orders, you know,” he said to the agitated bird. She turned her head fully around and glared at him thru slit eyes. Even in the dark of the night, those eyes were mesmerizing. Everything else about her screamed Barn Owl, but the eyes; he couldn’t get over how unique they were.

“Okay, look. Maybe in a few days I’ll let you out for just a bit, okay?”

The owl shook her head and then burrowed it deeply into her feathers, leaving only her heart-shaped face visible. After shifting on her feet a few times, she began to close her eyes. You really are beautiful, he thought as he climbed back into bed. He didn’t bother to turn the light off.

 

Want more? Read Once Upon A Twisted Time today!

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“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future.”

The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.

Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders…and soon six lives will be changed forever.

The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on an epic and dangerous journey of discovery. They soon learn everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.

With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.

But an evil from the past soon threatens their discovery and newfound joy. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more…

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT EMBERS AT GALDRILENE

“Evil lurks at every corner and eventually bursts, bringing forth a vivid confrontation that kept me at the edge of my seat, turning page after page.” ~ Annamaria Bazzi

“The characters are well thought out, and the plot is great. I loved Galdrilene itself, and the idea of the dragon eggs singing to those who are meant to hatch them.” ~ The Crooked Word

“I was so impressed by this excellent story! The characters and setting were vividly detailed, and the storyline was unique and enticing. I loved that the characters had strong bonds and connections to other beings, and Trosper did a magnificent job with pacing and stringing together the plot.” ~ Katie Jennings (author of the Dryad Quartet and When Empires Fall)

“There is something about dragon stories that is truly captivating and Trosper has certainly encapsulated this in her novel. This story follows the lives of young men and women as they escape a life of control and fear to find their true talents and true selves… Expect to be entertained with dragon fights, romance and witty comebacks in Trosper’s creation of an idyllic world. You are even given a rare insight into the workings of a dragon’s mind.” ~ Elizabeth Wright of Bestchicklit.com

“Anne McCaffrey’s Legacy… I was extremely wary when this book was immediately evocative of every story Anne ever told about dragons, their ‘Impression’ on their destined riders, and the immutable bond between the two. Like Asimov’s laws of robotics, Pern’s dragon lore is indelibly etched as ‘fact’ in my psyche and anything markedly different does not sit very well with me at all.

I am immensely pleased to say that A.D. Trosper did not let me down. There was enough of Pernish dragon-lore to satisfy my need for continuity, whilst at the same time enough differences to make this clutch of dragons her very own. Well done Ms. Trosper!” ~ Richard King

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Here is where I’m supposed to talk about myself in third person for whatever reason. But, even though there are a lot of people in my head, referring to myself in third person still sounds too strange.

Born in Kansas, I spent a lot of my childhood moving around. I lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington State (around Seattle), and southern California. I had many great adventures growing up. I’m now settled down in Kansas with my wonderful husband, three children, my wonderful dog Katie, assorted cats, and small flock of chickens.

I’ve been an avid lover of fantasy since I was young child. Dragons, elves, fairies, dwarves, and other denizens of the fantasy world as well as magic have always fascinated me. As I grew up, I developed an interest in vampires, zombies and my interests branched out to take in paranormal and urban fantasy.

I don’t have any special writing credits to my name other than a wildly active imagination and the ability to form that imagination into written stories.

Want to know more or connect with me? Follow the links, I promise there is no wicked witch of the west at the end…most of the time.

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