NEW RELEASE ALERT!

This one is for the animal lover in all of us…

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Rescue animals need love too. That’s why these nine authors got together to write stories that will warm your heart and entertain. All proceeds will go to animal shelters to help take care of and save the lives of the animals that may become your next family member. There’s a little something for everyone.

Michael Williams
The Pride
Once upon a time there was a kind elderly woman and her many cats – her many, many cats. Now her mind has left her, but it hasn’t gone far. “The Pride” is the story of a cabal of cats who one day look around and realize, “Ah – here we are, aware in a way we weren’t before and with the unpleasant task of being responsible.”

Laura DeLuca
Nine Lives
Johnny might be a nerdy gamer, but not even death can stop him from protecting his kid sister. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if he has to do it in the form of a mangy Tom cat.

Karli Rush
Nine Lives
Come meet Trixie, a feline of a unique sort. She’s hustled the streets of the Big Easy many times but never quite like this. Trixie finds that when in New Orleans, Hoodoo is much more than a tourist shop full of souvenirs. Reality has never been stranger and the stakes are much higher than ever before. See how this sexy feline takes on every challenge thrown at her and in the process discover that there’s more to life than meets the eye.

Melissa Simmons and Alanna Kephart
The Disturbance
Adam Emerson is the latest in a long line of Emersons to join the Galena police force.
His father is the Chief of Police and his partner seems to think he’s getting a free ride on
his beat. You could say he has something to prove. When he comes away from a routine
disturbance call with a new pet puppy and a homicide to solve things get even more interesting. Can the canine witness help Adam solve his first big case?

Emily Walker
Cats
The animal kingdom is starting to act a little funny. As citizens are finding out cats big and small can be dangerous. How will humanity fight back? They won’t.

Miranda Stork and Trish Marie Dawson
A Tale of Two Kitties
One computer, two inquisitive kitties, and a Skype call that might just be the greatest thing since chunks in gravy.
Tinsel and River are both bored with their everyday lives, bored with their humans—and on different sides of the world. But when they find a mysterious device that allows them to talk to one another, their rivalry turns to friendship, and they plot to do the greatest thing any cat has ever done…
ESCAPE FROM THEIR HUMANS.
But can two little cats really succeed at their plan, especially when the world outside is full of six-toed tomcats, boorish farm cats, and no one to open packets of food?

Carolyn Wolfe
Miracle Paws, A Love Story
Something amazing happens when a lonely and abandoned dog comes into the life of four people. Trust issues, wariness and past hurts are the challenges that each and every one of them must overcome, in order to be whole again. Can one dog change the lives of four lonely people?… It would take a Miracle.

Taisheena Rayne
Win, Place or Show
Kendall Watts is excited to open PawPaws Puppy Pieces and move into her new house. What she doesn’t count on is a stray dog disrupting her life in more than one way.
Jeffery Stevens is content with his lot in life. He loves volunteering to help abused animals. He isn’t looking for love, but then again he didn’t expect his dog to stray into the neighbor’s yard.

Shauna Wilhelm
Fostering Hope
When Tristan decides he should bring in some interns to his animal foster system to help due to the low staff and high number of animals, he never thought that he would also find Bianca, the girl he would hope to be the one to build the animal shelter into what he dreamt it should be from the beginning. They both have the same opinions on the shelter, life, and more.

Help support animals from the UK to the US today by grabbing up your copy on AMAZON.

The animals and authors say THANK YOU!

Cover Reveal!

November 1st will be the launch of my latest anthology collaboration – a piece for the animals! Y’all know I’m an avid animal lover and rights supporter, and I got to participate in a collaboration with other animal loving writers for a unique book about rescued animals. I am SO excited! I worked with the lovely Miranda Stork via Side Street Cookie Publishing on ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’; a funny and sarcastic interaction based on our real-life rescue kitty’s – Tinsel and River.

We can’t wait to get this book out there, because #1 – it was fun to write, and #2 – the proceeds will be going to an animal rescue shelter in the UK and one based here in the States. So…mark your calendars for this release! I want to get some great funds to these organizations for all they do! While you wait for the 1st to roll around, check out the cover and give it a share, can ya? Thank you! Mwah!

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What are you reading this weekend?

Another Friday has arrived! And this means the weekend is here and I can squeeze in some extra reading time. For me, I’ll be in the world of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’…with a little touch of Lois Lowry on the side. But what about you – what’s on your reading agenda this weekend??

I have a few freebies you can check out that I’ve read myself or are on my TBR! And don’t forget – I HOPE YOU FIND ME and DYING to FORGET are free for you as well! Read on for some more free books from a few of my author friends…

KSHaigwoodSAVE MY SOUL, by K.S. Haigwood

Kendra Larkin had everything going in the right direction. Her life was seemingly perfect, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Unfortunately, the course of her life was about to be forever altered. A tragic rappelling accident lands her on Dr. Adam Chamberlain’s operating table.

She agrees to a deal proposed by a guardian angel to help save the soul of the man who is both her doctor and soulmate. If she is successful, she gets to keep her life. However, she later learns that it isn’t just her life that’s in jeopardy, but her soul as well.

Even with the help of her handsome guardian angel, Rhyan, it seems there is no happy ending in sight. Torn between her newly discovered love of Rhyan, and the undeniable attraction she has for Adam, Kendra finds herself at a crossroad. With Adam’s steadfast rejection of God, and his guardian demon conspiring against her, she fears her soul may already be lost.

Will she find a way to overcome the evil her life is suddenly burdened with? Or will Adam’s guardian demon win both their souls and make Kendra his own personal puppet in Hell?

MStorkCONNER, by Miranda Stork

Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate…

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together…

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that pursues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin’s lost memories.

As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed…?

FINDING CINDERELLA, by Colleen Hoover

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

THE KISS, a Raptor Retreat Anthology (Various Authors)

A kiss is a simple communication. It can also be an exchange, a betrayal, an assault, a promise, a hope…or it could be a goodbye. The intimacy of a kiss cannot be denied. Whether shared, stolen or simply dreamed of, its recipient will be affected. Thirty-one stories by authors from around the world will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale.

This cross-genre anthology contains stories by Kate Aaron, Saxon Andrew, Jacques Antoine, Alison Blake, E. B. Boggs, Shirley Bourget, Ben Cassidy, Jason Deas, Sharon Delarose, Meghan Ciana Doidge, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Corrie Fischer, Brandon Hale, Traci Tyne Hilton, Colleen Hoover, Mona Ingram, J. L. Jarvis, Elizabeth Jasper, Anna J. McIntyre, Jess Mountifield, C. A. Newsome, S. Patrick O’Connell, Suzie O’Connell, Jeanette Raleigh, J. R. C. Salter, Molly Snow, Holli Marie Spaulding, Cleve Sylcox, Robert Thomas, Chris Ward and George Wier.

CUPCAKES, TRINKETS, and OTHER DEADLY MAGIC, by Meghan Ciana Doidge

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

I WAS A DRUMMER SHE WAS A DANCER, by Steven M. Thomas

An autobiography about young love that ends up lasting a lifetime, I was a drummer she was a dancer is a raw, romantic true story we can all relate to. Set in a small Midwest college in 1978, the author meets and falls in love with a beautiful young dancer from the east coast. They are from two different worlds, but their love for each other bridges the huge gaps in distance, and socio-economic backgrounds. She was from a fairly well to do and educated family and he was the first person in his family to attend college. She was raised in a house that had been in her family for several generations. And he lived in a mobile home that happened to be next door to the college. But when they met, none of that mattered and fireworks lit up the sky. “In just a few minutes, my life would be changed forever,” the author explains. “It was like the Beatles.”

SODIUM: 1 HARBINGER, by Stephen Arsenault

In 1957, a group of wilderness adventurers are confronted with the unexpected. They are forced to defend themselves against an unworldly enemy. Will man’s first encounter with aliens force them to run or will they stand and fight? This is the first thriller in the SODIUM series. Follow along as the unwitting group determines their own fate.

Happy Reading & Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Sex-Ed for the Modern Household Laundry Room

Today’s the day – the day I whip our mischievous little laundry troll into submission. The house is in various states of distress, but dirty clothes and towels are definitely competing against the dishes for the Greatest Mess In The House award. So far – the socks are winning over the cups and that says a lot because I’m like the girl in Signs; I leave cups all over the house. I don’t mean to, it just…happens. There could be hair, dust, bugs, microscopic amounts of saliva that falls to the bottom of the glass, floating around waiting to be swallowed – it’s just – ewwwww. I never finish the last drop of anything for fear of instant death. Anyway, I digress.

Laundry – it’s the bane of all evils in my home. Why? Because every time I do it, not only must I gather, sort and relocate said laundry, I must then survive the trip through the garage and into the laundry room without encountering that nasty and somewhat sneaky bastard troll. I KNOW he pulls socks, underwear and towels out of the machines and throws them around the room in there for no reason I understand, and then moves my neatly sorted piles across the floor like a rooting puppy looking for lunch. Perhaps he likes to redecorate his space on a regular basis or simply enjoys pissing me the F off. I go for the latter.

I complained about laundry earlier and the dear Miranda Stork mentioned that the dirty clothes reproduce on their own in her home. I sat back and thought OMG, this is TOTALLY true. Where the HECK did all this dirty laundry come from – surely not the mere four bodies in this house created it all? It then led to a conversation about Sex-Education for the Modern Household Laundry Room. It’s a fabulous idea if you think about it, no? I mean, humans do it – practice safe-sex as a way to manage reproduction rates, so why NOT the knee-highs and trousers and work shirts and skivvies? Seriously, this should be taught in every laundry troll schoolhouse – because it’s not OUR fault the laundry reproduces at alarming rates during the week, so it MUST be that dastardly creature hiding in the crack between the washer and dryer, or dangling from the rafters on top of that busted old door we have no use for. I can see the panic in his eyes now and hear his dusty voice echo through the garage: You want me to do what with the boxer briefs and tank tops?! Is that even LEGAL in the States?! Of course I would have to set some new ground rules so that the mismatched socks were EXTRA careful to follow this new Laundry Anti-Breeding Law, but it would be so worth it. If they came out of the dryer in pairs again, and the shirts weren’t all twisted with the pants (I mean, really…it’s indecent to even THINK about how those shirt sleeves and pant legs became inside out and knotted together!) then it would make my job so much easier. It might even make sorting the clean clothes and folding them tolerable. Almost. Because something also happens between the short trip with the laundry baskets to the closets and dressers in my home. You don’t have enough money for therapy for me to talk about that today.

So, now that I have vented about my sneaky little laundry troll (the git, he’s in there right now tossing stuff about, I just KNOW it) and have introduced the future Laundry Anti-Breeding law to you all, it is time to set the computer aside and begin my rounds. I will be prepared and fully armed with a metal food strainer on my head (vents are important for air flow, mind you), those indestructible cutting mats that will serve as breast-plate inserts beneath my shirt in case projectiles are involved, and an apron made of Kevlar. My troll won’t take to these changes happily, in fact, I might add my famed cracked wooden spoon to my armor, just in case I have to whack some sense into the teeny ogre. What? Don’t look at me like that – laundry is WAR in the Dawson-Holly household. WAR is not pretty. WAR is messy and exhausting and if that darn dwarf with a knack for displacing my dirty clothing wouldn’t take such pleasure in his job, this whole thing would be unnecessary. If you want to judge me – fine, but for those of you with your own laundry troll, wish me happy hunting, and a favorable outcome that results in clean underwear and shirts ending up in drawers and on hangers by bedtime.

 

Happy Laundry Day, Everyone!

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!