It’s Cover Reveal Time for ‘Dying to Return’!

The 3rd installment of The Station Series has a cover and it is beautimus!

Thanks must be given to the designer, Deb Rogers, for her time and talent – thank you, friend!!!

So…feel free to sit back and stare for a bit…I am. 😀

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Dying to Return is the 3rd book in the Young Adult Fantasy The Station Series. Piper Willow’s adventure in the afterlife continues as she struggles to discover who she is and what is expected of her. Faced with decisions that could change everything, she must weigh her desire to be with the ones she has come to love, or satisfy her curiosity and find out what lies beyond her world with someone new. What Piper experiences and the choices she makes could not only alter the delicate inner workings of the Station, but the delicate balance that Piper has managed to maintain inside herself. In the end, will it all be worth it?

 

Excerpt from the book:

A heaviness settles over the table and Andella is no longer giggling. “Why did you do it, Piper Willow?”

“Andella!” her father hisses. He seems embarrassed for her, but she holds my stare across the wide table. I see nothing sinister, just simple curiosity in her eyes.

I reach for my blue-tinted glass and sip at the water. Gulping down air, I try on my best smile and elbow Rush slightly when I feel his gentle prodding at the locked gates my mind.

“I can’t answer that. I mean…” I pause, allowing myself to reflect, “I guess I do know why. But I don’t know why I thought killing myself was the only option.” With a shrug, I sip more water.

Andella reclines slightly in her chair and nods. “Unlike my brother,” she shoots Rush a warm smile, “I have not traveled to your world, but I have seen into it. There is much sadness there. Such a loss of potential. I think you are different though. I think on some level, you must have known there was something else beyond your life. Did you not?”

I twirl the fabric napkin on my lap while considering the question carefully. “I think I just wanted that life to be over.” I feel the tears building up in my eyes as my voice drops to just above a whisper, “Some people call it Heaven, a better place after life. I didn’t care about Heaven or Hell, I just wanted out.”

A large hand reaches toward me and I look up through my blurred vision to find Andulen’s hand atop mine. Rush is also touching me, and though she’s clear across the table, I feel Andella’s calming presence as well.

“Child. You cannot fit your life into a square coffer. It will find a way to spill out over the sides and explore that which surrounds it. Even once that coffer is lidded, your life doesn’t cease to exist – you carry on. That is what you have done, Piper Willow. That is why you sit here with us this evening, eating and drinking and breathing. Your life – it will always struggle to stay outside that coffer. Do you understand this?”

I nod at Andulen and smile as he squeezes my hand before releasing it. My voice wouldn’t work even if I had words appropriate to use, so I sip from my tinted glass again.

“Now. I have serious matters to discuss about this Earth of yours. The first thing, a question I have had on my mind since my Son here breached the subject to me.” He pauses with his face set into a hard expression and I gulp. “Can you explain to me what Rugby is?”

RELEASING SUMMER OF 2013

Welcome to the Family Releases!

Welcome to the tour for Welcome To The Family! A debut vampire novel by Caroline F Levy, it’s out now at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and Moon Rose Publishing. Why not check out a little more about the book below?

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“Do you believe in things that go bump in the night?”

At only a few hours old, Angela is left on the steps of St Paul’s church. Alone in the world, the only link she has to her past is a pink blanket bearing an emblem with two crossed swords and a snake.

A troubled childhood spent in orphanages leads to Angela attempting to rebuild her shattered life as an adult. Meeting the priest who found her eighteen years previously, she gets a job and a boyfriend, and settles into her new life.

Until she meets Jack.

Drawn to her new boss, she throws herself into work, feeling an unusual bond with people she hasn’t known very long.

Angela becomes embroiled in this new life, feeling a change within herself. A change which isn’t altogether human. Within this change she finds a terrifying secret…a secret which involves her past, her present, and definitely her future…

Welcome To The Family

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Caroline F Levy

I was born in Chatham, Kent in 1970. I now live in Yorkshire with my daughter and our five mad cats.

My first memories of any book would have been my mother reading The Enormous Turnip. It must have driven her mad, as it was always our first choice when asked what we should read tonight.

I grew up with the classics; Little Women, The Railway Children, but it would have been The House That Died and Bluebeard that I remember wanting to read.

I can remember writing a verse for the school song, and being chosen as a winner for what was then 3rd year juniors. I stopped reading so much in my late teens to my mid twenties. Life seemed to always be too busy for that pile of books I so wanted to read. It was when I went into hospital to have my daughter, that I had time to read again–and thankfully I haven’t stopped since.

However, it wasn’t until my late twenties that I realised I wanted to write. I have spent a few years trying to complete an online creative writer’s course; without much success, but it led me to what I am writing now. So never give up if you really want to write!

I am very influenced by Fantasy fiction / Horror, most of the books I read are in this genre. I have many Authors I like to follow; Anne Rice was very influential in the beginning. I also discovered Laurel K Hamilton and many, many more. I could go on about different Authors I like to read. However, I will say that this year I have also discovered there are literally, well, probably thousands of very talented Indie Authors out there. And a very welcoming and friendly bunch they are too, but I digress–yes, I get very excited about the subject of books!

I have finished my first novel called Welcome To The Family, which will be published April 29th 2013. I also have other novels in the pipeline, Nikki’s Revenge and Protecting The Family, due out later in the year.

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Snippet Sunday!

Meet A’ris Brynx…

 

“A’rissanda Brynx, you will not turn your back on me. No soul is allowed such an audacity in my presence – not even a noble member of the Roanarq’teve clan.”

Her flame-red hair billowed out around her shoulders as she spun on her heel to face the King. “Nothing about the Roanarq’teve clan is noble, Father.”

She could feel the spittle spray from her lips, but she daren’t wipe her mouth. Instead she allowed the smallest twitch of a satisfied smile to show itself as the man before her stood silent from shock. He was one foot taller than she, displaying a gut at least five times as wide as her own, with enough gold and jewels hung about his stocky body to be laughable. His bird-like eyes were too dark to show emotion, his mouth always set in a constant state of disapproval. The man was a selfish and austere King and an even harsher parent. She hated him with every fibrous nerve in her body.

He sucked in a quick breath before righting his face. “You will not speak to me that way,” he hissed.

“Or what? You’ll toss me onto a Worker ship or take away my bathing privileges for a month? Unlike you, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty for the cause.”

The room fell silent. Those unlucky enough to be in court looked down at their feet, embarrassed to bear witness to the verbal sparring. The King’s advisors backed away, as if weapons would be drawn and they were in the path of the imminent blood spray.

“You should hold your tongue. Or have you forgotten who you are speaking to?” With a step forward, one of his jeweled hands rose and pointed behind her. Two men in rounded helmets and chain-mail approached. “You will be escorted to your quarters and summoned when I no longer feel like striking that rancid mouth of yours.”

As her upper arms were firmly secured by the guards and her body was turned toward the doors, she laughed over her shoulder, “The only thing rancid here is the King.”

© Trish Marie Dawson

A Writer’s Best Friend

 

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River the Cat. I’m pretty sure my youngest feline thinks he was born from my uterus. We took him in from a family member who took him from a poor living condition – a one bedroom apartment with several other cats and a handful of dogs. The first time I saw him, I told my Aunt, ‘He looks like he’s going to die, you shouldn’t have taken him home’. And it was true. The baby was a kitten, but because his health was so poor, he was emaciated and missing most of his teeth that had fallen out due to poor nutrition. He had mites so bad he couldn’t hear well through the black gunk in his ears and he had barely enough energy to breath through his horrible upper respiratory illness that he couldn’t play. Determined to not give up on him, I relieved him from my Aunt’s custody and took him home, but told my oldest child not to name him. I didn’t think he would make it through the weekend.

That was two years ago. The Vet shook his head at me the first time he examined the cat, wondering why I wouldn’t just put him down and out of his misery – but I refused. There was no way to tell exactly how old he was, and the Vet was mostly sure he was a female. So we took him home, bathed him, and set him up in his own little safe house inside the old dog training crate, complete with a cat condo bed, little box and water/food bowl. During the day, we let the cat out to roam around our bedroom and at night  he was put inside the crate to keep his ear flapping mess and snotty nose from ending up all over the room. We did this for one month. Slowly, as his cold improved, and his ear mites were taken care of…he started to play. First with a string here, a crunchy toy there and then our feet or hands under the blanket. Not long after this (we had already named him River, after one of our favorite Firefly characters) it was discovered that River was in fact…a boy. Several weeks of sniffing under the door and we finally felt confident our older g’pa cat, P.J. and our mixed breed, 2 year old dog Zoey wouldn’t attack him. He is now best friends with both of them, tho the older cat will NEVER get friendly with the dog.

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Last year, River got sick. It was Christmas day and I noticed he slept through all the crazy present opening and running around children and when we popped open the canned food – he barely lifted his head up off his favorite sleeping chair, which is MY favorite lounging chair, of course. The next day his condition worsened. He had diarrhea, and little interest in food or water. Two days after Christmas he stopped moving and we rushed him to the Vet. I cried the entire way there, knowing something was horribly wrong with him, and not knowing what it was. He was warm – really warm and non-responsive the entire twenty-minute drive. The nurses rushed to his aid when we arrived, lifted his limp and fevered body from my arms and took him away from me. His temperature was well over 102* but that night it spiked to 105*. His severe dehydration was shutting down his kidneys. After spending the night in the ER, with tests done and x-rays taken, the Doctors were unable to tell me exactly what happened. It would have cost thousands of dollars more to find out exactly what went wrong. He didn’t have an obstruction, as he started using the toilet before the Vet’s sent him back with us. It was a mystery. But one thing was clear – he very nearly died.

For one month we administered IV fluids to him at home. Two weeks might have been enough, but I was afraid of him becoming dehydrated again and his fever returning. When he started fighting off his doses of IV fluids and bit me during one of the last treatments, I knew River was a fighter – he wasn’t ready to leave us. Those few weeks spent in our room, in isolation, for the second time in our home, truly bonded River to me. He has always been a Momma’s Boy, but now that’s amplified. I believe he thinks he’s my human child. He greets me with kisses on my face, and still attempts to climb under the covers and snuggle with me – which is where I had him sleep this past New Year. If he was going to pass in the middle of the night, I didn’t want him to be alone.

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River is a cat. He is not a human child. But he is still my baby. He is more of a mellow kitty now, but he has recovered. He somehow survived a rough start to life and a scary illness that should have claimed him – and yet he is still here…scratching up my furniture, playing nicely with my children, pawing at my arms when I’m typing on my computer, cleaning his feline brother and canine sister’s hair, coming when called by name, and kissing my nose as needed. He likes to lay next to the laptop as I write, perhaps listening to the keys clink, feeling the warm air from the machine, perhaps wondering what is so important that my hands spend all that time in one place, when they could be rubbing his ears or scratching the top of his head, or balancing him on one shoulder. Either way, he knows he is loved here, and I know he is grateful. Sometimes I catch River staring at me. Not in a ‘feed-me-now-human-or-I-will-revolt-and-piss-on-your-bed’ type of way. In a way that makes me wish I could read his thoughts. He’s one of my best friends and when he stares at me with his peaceful, green eyes, I like to think he’s saying the say thing to me.

It’s the Cover Reveal for ‘Warrior Unleashed’ by Lindsay Avalon!

Welcome to the official cover reveal of Warrior Unleashed, book 1.5 in the Mythrian Realm series! When Breaking the Nexus released on 12/12/12, readers fell in love with the Mythrian Realm and clamored for more. Since the follow up, Waking the Phoenix won’t be ready until sometime this summer, I knew I had to give readers a taste of Mythria.

Warrior Unleashed, a novella featuring Sha’s half brother, will be released on May 7! This novella is set entirely in the Mythrian Realm and while the hero and heroine are not Sha and Connor, I think you’ll all fall in love with this couple. Find out what happens when the sexy panther Chimerae, Achaius Rilke, must team up with feisty Gaelen Sorceri Saia Makan in this action packed novella!

Without further ado, I present the gorgeous cover designed by Blue Harvest Creative!

 

 

Nothing is more dangerous than a warrior unleashed. 

When Sentinels begin dying under mysterious circumstances, the deaths are believed to be unrelated. Only one man sees the truth: an unknown enemy is targeting the elite group of warriors and no one is safe. As a panther Chimerae, Achaius Rilke recognizes the signs of an unpredictable predator. The only person he can trust is Saia Makan, the tempestuous Sorceri who has driven him crazy for years. But when the killer has set his sights on Saia, Achaius faces the hunt of his life.

Don’t miss the first book, Breaking the Nexus, available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in paperback!

A warrior trying to save humans. A detective searching for a killer. And a powerful romance neither expected. 

Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

 

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Meet Lindsay Avalon!

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading, baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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