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Pay it Forward Friday with a Review of Legacy of Ghosts (#2 in Amaranthine Series) by Author Joleene Naylor

Legacy of Ghosts

Book 2

Amaranthine Series

by Author Joleene Naylor

81gQFslRa4L._SL1500_After reading the first novel of the Amaranthine Series, Shades of Gray, I started on novel two.

Again, the strange couple of Jorick and Katelina are in the middle of the fray with warring factions of Vampire covens.

Jorick has to save the life of Katelina after she was viciously attacked and seals their fate together in a very personal way.

An evil Vampiress and her coven come after Jorick, and he knows nothing will be settled until he can be rid of her vengeance.

However, because of bickering and untruthful followers, Katelina and Jorick have their job cut out for them.

How they will accomplish their freedom?

My thoughts

I immediately picked up book two, Legacy of Ghosts, right after I read the first novel, Shades of Gray.

I seem to have a fascination in learning more about Jorick and Katelina and why these two are together. However, the novel is so fast paced that I didn’t get much information on that subject.

Action, terror, and mystery are always around in Legacy of Ghosts. Ms Naylor writes in great detail.

Legacy_of_Ghosts__Kateesha_by_pandora_6666The evil Vampiress, Kateesha, is one vicious predator!

Many other interesting and truly terrifying characters are introduced in this book along with others from her first novel. Some, I found truly disconcerting but fascinating.

Katelina finds out some of Jorick’s deepest secrets and regrets. I want her to mature and grow wise in her role with Jorick.

However, Jorick’s motivations aren’t always clear, and Katelina sure doesn’t know how to handle that but to be suspicious.

Even at the end, I wanted to scream at Jorick and Katelina, “What’s going on? What’s your agenda?”

Ms. Naylor sure does know how to motivate a person to keep reading!

I highly recommend, Amaranthine Series by Author Joleene Nayor.

For all of this, I have to give this book a hearty 5 stars.

Definitely an 18+ read.

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Amaranthine series:

Shades of Gray

Legacy of Ghosts

Ties of Blood 

Ashes of Deceit

Heart of the Raven

Children of Shadows

Amaranthine Special Editions

Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection

Other books:

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire

DIY: How to Get a Cheap Cover for Your Book

 

front-coverClash of Legends, the seventh in the Amaranthine series, will be available March 31, 2015.

Pre-order your copy today at:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble
Apple iTunes
Smashwords

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By the way Ms. Naylor’s Seventh Book in the Amaranthine Series, Clash of Legends is on presale.

Buy the whole series if you are a Vampire fan, it will be worth it!

 

Pay it Forward Friday with Author Denise K. Rago and IMMORTAL OBSESSION

 Welcome my neighbor, Denise, and her wonderful Vampire Novel on Pay it Forward Friday!

Lots of love, Emily

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Immortal Obsession

by Author Denise K. Rago

Immortal Obsession book coverCaught in a civil war among their kind in French Revolution-era Paris, vampires Christian Du Mauré and his closest friend Michel Baptiste say goodbye to their mortal lover, Josette Delacore. Christian learns that he is the father of her daughter Solange, who has been whisked away to London for her safety. Through passing centuries, Christian acts as sentry, protecting his mortal descendants, never meddling in their lives.

In present day Manhattan, Amanda Perretti agrees to meet her vagrant brother Ryan in Central Park. They have no idea that they are the last descendants of Christian and Josette. After witnessing his savage murder, Amanda then sees his fanged murderer lose his head to a mysterious man. Waking up unharmed, Amanda realizes she has entered another realm. Though the police doubt her account of the murder, she vows to find the beautiful stranger who saved her life.

Months later their paths accidentally cross, and while Amanda seeks answers, Christian tries to shield her from an ancient enemy he knows will come to seek revenge. When Michel confesses a dark secret, Christian is still unsure of how to protect Amanda and when he discovers that Amanda’s vampire lover is indeed his enemy, he must decide all of their fates. Amanda finally learns the truth about her lineage and that her blood gives vampires rare powers.  He shares some of his past with her.

Amanda’s vampire lover and Christian fight one another in Central Park. Christian kills his enemy and while celebrating their victory at the local vampire club, Amanda steps outside to make a phone call. Solange and another vampire drag her up to the rooftop. After they attack Amanda, Christian tries rescuing her and receives a fatal stab wound. Amanda forces him to drink her blood to save his life while almost losing her own life.

Later, at home Christian detects two heart beats inside Amanda and realizes she is unaware she is pregnant.

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A Little Look inside Immortal Obsession

Steps away from Central Park, among careworn books and paintings, the vampire Christian Du Mauré quietly watches over two modern mortals: Amanda and Ryan Perretti are the last two descendants of a painful affair Christian had more than two centuries ago in Paris France with mortal aristocrat, Josette Delacore. On the eve of revolution, he makes a vow to her, not understanding the consequences of his promise.  When Immortal Obsession begins, Christian’s promise is intact; his young ancestors suspect nothing of their origin.

Amanda’s life is happily predictable: she landed her dream job working for New York’s monolithic Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she unites her fascination with Revolution-era Paris and her abiding love of art. During one late night at work, Amanda is roused by an unexpected phone call. Her brother Ryan urgently needs her help. Against her better judgment, she rushes to meet him in Central Park—and unwittingly becomes entangled in a world she never imagined was real.

wpid-purple-animatedHow did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?

Actually my husband came up with the title. I was agonizing over it when he blurted out ‘how about Immortal Obsession?’  It just made sense because the story revolves around several vampires who each became obsessed with mortal women and have sustained their fascination for them over centuries.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely the vampire Christian Du Mauré as he is based on a man I knew in a past life who I loved then and still feel connected to in this lifetime. Christian is complex. He feels deeply and remains loyal to those he loves despite being a loner.

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?

Themes of guilt, regret, betrayal and loss run through Immortal Obsession as well as the message that love is timeless and eternal.  The main character, Christian Du Mauré never loses the intense love he feels for his mortal lover or the deep connection to his best friend, despite lies and betrayals by them both.

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Bio of Author Denise K. Rago

The Author in Central ParkDenise K Rago lives in New Jersey with her husband. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger inspired her to begin Immortal Obsession, creating her vampire Christian Du Mauré. The author is an avid reader and blogger, with a passion for art museums, Central Park, the French Revolution and all things vampire.

She puts them all to work in Immortal Obsession as well as the sequel, Blood Tears.

To learn more visit her website at www.denisekrago.com

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Review of Shades of Gray, Amaranthine Series Book One by Joleene Naylor…

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Shades of Gra

Amaranthine Series

Book One

by Author Joleene Naylor

Katelina was a normal young woman who was in a on again off again relationship with Patrick. She comes home one day to find Patrick brutally murdered.

Unbeknownst to her, Patrick was in a world of vampires with ancient laws, cruelty and unspeakable terrors.

Katelina is suddenly drawn into the grips of danger when she is offered protection from Jorick. He wants to protect her. They travel to escape the danger from a powerful coven master who is wanting revenge for kidnapping his child bride.

However, forces in Jorick’s own circle turn against him, and he has to fight to free Katelina from the monsters that has encased her.

My thoughts about Shades of Gray

0When I started to read this book on my Kindle, I sort of had a preview into Ms. Naylor’s Amaranthine Series from reading her book of short stories about the characters called, Amarnthine: Vampire Morsels.

That really didn’t prepare me for the roller-coaster that was awaiting me. There were parts of the book that had me riveted. I can’t even tell you how descriptive Ms. Naylor writes. It is fluent and elaborate. Nothing is over-looked. I sometimes felt uneasy reading how debased some of the vampires were.

jorickMy favorite part was reading about the sulking and hunky, Jorick. Different from most heros, Jorick has tons of skeletons in his closet… literally.

Katelina is suspicious and rightly so, but she is strangely enthralled by Jorick.

I didn’t understand why she was so willing to go with Jorick. I didn’t understand why Jorick is so protective of Katelina. Nevertheless, I’m reading on to the second book in the Amaranthine Series called Legacy of Ghosts. The more I read, the more I am enlightened. I intend to read the whole series.

I recommend Shades of Gray by Author Joleene Naylor. It is a MUST READ for any “Vampite” like myself.

Shades of Gray is a FIVE STAR read!

By the way, definitely an 18+ read.

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Amaranthine series:

Shades of Gray

Legacy of Ghosts

Ties of Blood 

Ashes of Deceit

Heart of the Raven

Children of Shadows

Amaranthine Special Editions

Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection

Other books:

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire

DIY: How to Get a Cheap Cover for Your Book

 

front-coverClash of Legends, the seventh in the Amaranthine series, will be available March 31, 2015.

Pre-order your copy today at:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble
Apple iTunes
Smashwords

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By the way Ms. Naylor’s Seventh Book in the Amaranthine Series, Clash of Legends is on presale.

Buy the whole series if you are a Vampire fan, it will be worth it!

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I thought the description said… romance?

HuntingHeroesIf you know me at all… you know that I am an avid reader. I read and listen to books every day without fail.

Even on the day I had my operation, I was reading hooked up to a morphine pump in the hospital room.

tumblr_inline_n7wwnlD2jK1qfqrsnYou know that I am a lover of Paranormal Romance, especially in the vampiric vein, so to speak.

Nothing gets my heart beating faster than a tall, dark vampire hero!

freedomOkay, before I get started with my post, I know those of you will vehemently disagree with me.

So, for the record, let me state this…

I definitely don’t begrudge anyone their 50 Shades of Grey.

That is not my vexation or angst.

My chagrin is that I have a policy to read a book cover to cover. The past several books I have started on my blessed Kindle, I have had to put down because the writing bothered me.

The story troubled me so much that this morning, after I closed my Kindle on yet another book characterized as a romance, I wanted to write why my coveted policy is being abandoned.

romanceI thought romance was attraction, friendship, wooing, a little intrigue, heroism (both hero and heroines) and danger in the mix, but most of all, in the end it was about… LOVE!

However, what I believe to be romance is not the case in all books classified as romance.

I feel some romance novels are based or about meanness, possession, domination, callousness… and then – oh by the way – I love you, if you obey me?

exsqueeze meWhat the heck? Exsqueeze me? Baking Powder? (borrowed phrases from one of my fav movies, Wayne’s World.)

This is my way of stating that I feel in my heart that romance is not a one-way street – my way or the highway, so to speak.

However, romance is different for all of us – some want friendship and romance that turns into love, and some want dominance and chains that melt into love.

Hmm, I was curious and looked to the definition of romance.This is what Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary stated:

d6a10d4a_zpsa33c67c2a (1) : a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural (2) : a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious (3) : a love story especially in the form of a novel

b : a class of such literature

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/romance

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am vexed – the books I have shut off my Kindle all have romance in the description. I am not saying that they are wrong.

I will just have to do more research before hitting the “Buy it in 1-click” button on Amazon. No one’s fault but my own.

I’m curious…

what’s your definition of romance?

Lots of love,

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Pay it Forward Friday with CLASH OF LEGENDS- AMARANTHINE Series by Author Joleene Naylor

To be able to bring you awesome books and people is a joy. Joleene has and is both!

I will be featuring more of the Amaranthine Series for you…

For any fellow “Vampite”, her books are a must read!  

Lots of love, Emily

front-coverThe explosive seventh installment in the Amaranthine series brings blood, ruin, despair, and hope, for even in the darkest night there is still a moon.

After the battle in Indonesia. Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain. Though her memories are tattered, she knows someone is missing: Jorick.

Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her from the ancient, but his master Malick interferes. For five hundred years Malick has manipulated and ruined Jorick’s life. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding in the bowels of his oasis, it’s the final straw.

While Malick sets up his glorious war with a living legend, Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. He’s tried before and failed. Will this be different, or will he and Katelina be crushed in the carnage of a greater battle, between two whose blood goes back millennia?

Bio of Joleene Naylor, Author

number-3-smallJoleene grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that lead her to write the paranormal fantasy series Amaranthine.

Besides writing, she also does cheap book covers (http://coverart.joleenenaylor.com) and maintains a large selection of free stock photos on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666) as well as illustrating a weekly webcomic (http://terribleturtles.com/).

In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

You can contact Joleene at Joleene@joleenenaylor.com, and if you’re still bored, you can find her personal blog at http://ramblingsfromthedarkness.wordpress.com. You can also find her on blogger at http://joleenenaylor.blogspot.com and on Facebookhttp://facebook.com/joleene.naylor. Of course, if you’re on facebook, you should “like” her author page https://www.facebook.com/joleenenaylorbooks

She currently has several books available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple and/or Smashwords.

 

Amaranthine series:

Shades of Gray

Legacy of Ghosts

Ties of Blood 

Ashes of Deceit

Heart of the Raven

Children of Shadows

Amaranthine Special Editions

Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection

Other books:

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire

DIY: How to Get a Cheap Cover for Your Book

 

front-coverClash of Legends, the seventh in the Amaranthine series, will be available March 31, 2015.

Pre-order your copy today at:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble
Apple iTunes
Smashwords

Love, Prejudice, Regrets, Birthdays, THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES and Thanks…

Let’s start with the LOVE…

6-1I love my husband. Yes, I know that’s cliché. And also, I really think my hubby is cute in a “Guido-Geeky” way.

My husband is not perfect. I based a lot of Tabbruis, my hero in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES, after my husband. In my books, Tabbruis is not comfortable in social situations, and neither is my 150+ I.Q. MENSA husband.

However, Tabbruis loves Charmeine and his family so much, he would do anything to make them happy and protected. To be even more of a believable hero, at times Tabbruis lacks the art of finesse with his wife. He makes mistakes. What one of us can say that we don’t? We all go ‘off the reservation’ once in while.

Dealing with PREJUDICE

Ever since I was a toddler, I was taught no one is better than me, and I am no better than anyone else.

glassceilingI have dealt with prejudice on many levels… feeling it, seeing it, and fighting against it.

I had hopes that once I got my MBA, which I worked very hard for, I would get a better job… NOT! I found out the GLASS CEILING above my head has be to broken before I can even get a chance to put my MBA to use. It appears some corporate mentalities don’t want to give educated women a chance. That’s not guff, it’s the ‘Unspoken Prejudice’ of the corporate world. I am struggling to have one corporate executive see my potential and prove myself worthy in the Fortune 500 world.

A lot of REGRETS…

2813_imageI have so many regrets that the light from the ‘Planet Regrets’ can’t reach me.

Who of us don’t?

However, here’s where my hope and love will pull me through. If I pay Student Loans until I am 100 years old, and they give me a bill while I am going to the mortuary, I can’t regret my MBA Education. I am the first in my family to have a Graduate Degree, and that means something. I guess I will be buried with my degree in my casket tucked under my satin pillow.

Now onto dreaded BIRTHDAYS…

Argh! Birthdays suck. It’s mine March 2nd, and I am not at all happy about it…

I don’t feel my age

I don’t relate to my age

I can’t even tell you how I hate being labeled with the damaging prejudice of AGEISM. Especially now that I am trying to break the corporate GLASS CEILING mentality. Birthdays are the minefield of the struggling people of the corporate world.

THANKS and generosity of love…

I am so very thankful for my family, the Esparzas and Guidos. My mother and family taught me wonderful lessons in hospitality, hard work, and ethics, and I am ever thankful.

tumblr_m79qq0bPh81rziwwco1_500I am thankful to my PDMI Publishing family including TC and Nessa and all talented people there for taking such a chance on me and THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES.

I poured my heart out in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES… the Tabbruis and Charmeine Hunter family made of Vampires and Angels fighting evil is now a part of my family. I am jubilant that I get to share my heart with the world – literally. I have fans all over the globe now because PDMI took a chance on me.

Last but never forgotten, I am thankful of YOU - My WordPress Blogging Family…

auto from EmilyI love you Jueseppi, Mendy, Kristina, Carly, Wendy, Jolene, David, Paula, Marilyn, Al, Val, Ch’Kara, Mari, Kim, Ella, Seamus, Juliette, Anthony, Laura, Sherry, Kimberly, Rebecca, Jennifer, Daven – AND all of you generous individuals I regularly am addicted to reading your blogs every day.

Lots of love, 

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A-Z with THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES…2

D is for DESERT

Thomas 2In THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES, Tabbruis awoke in the desert outside of Mt. Sinai. I picked this desolate place because so much history happened there. Again, I have my K-12 Catholic Education kicking in here. He was helped by a boy named Joseph… if you get it, you have had a little biblical instruction yourself!  Tabbruis was utterly alone and did not remember Heaven, Charmeine or anything. Can you imagine waking in a place and knowing nothing of your past or who you are?

E is for EXCESSIVE

HuntingHeroesOkay Tabbruis and all the Blood-Hunters in the series are rich beyond belief. Charmeine is not one who like excess. Does that seem weird? In today’s world, it does. Charmeine doesn’t mind the simple life. Her priceless things are the ocean and roses. She is not one to indulge. However, Tabbruis wants to spoil her. He wants to show her every wonder the world has to offer. I would call Charmeine “Low Maintenance,” courtesy of her humble upbringing.  In Tabbruis’ defense, wouldn’t you want to give the love of your life every happiness you could?

F is for FORMIDABLE

wpid-tumblr_mmqnf2cifu1qiu15uo7_500The forces against Charmeine and Tabbruis, and the rest of the gang at the Castle are deadly. I can’t explain how ugly and monstrous these creatures are. They have no sense of fair play. The Elder Council is beyond corrupt, they have Humans, Light-Bearers, and even their kin, the Blood-Hunters in a grasp of terror. It is Charmeine and Tabbruis’ task to rid the Earth of them. But how? How do you bring down a power-player who holds all the cards?

I hope you enjoyed this dalliance! I know that I did. I love to tell you about my passion.

Lots of love,

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Love this song, kind of reminds me of the romances in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES!

A-Z with THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES…

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A is for ANGEL

Okay – How did I come up with those names…

Tabbruis, Charmeine, and Nemamiah?

That’s my K-12 Catholic Education at work.  I always loved these Angels and they are in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES as I was taught. Tabbruis is the Angel of Self-Determination, Charmeine is the Angel of Harmony, and Nemamiah is the Angel of Just Causes and Discernment. So parents, watch what you teach your kids, it may come up in their writing!

100_0528B is for BEAUTY

All of the characters in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES are beautiful and gorgeous. However, Charmeine is never convinced that she is beautiful. She thinks every wonder in the universe is more interesting and beautiful than her – the ocean, sunset, stars, and of course roses.

C is for CONTENTMENT

When Charmeine and Tabbruis first meet each other, they are content for the first time in their lives. Their draw, their appeal to each other is like a magnet. With each other, they feel whole. To be completely honest with you, I wrote Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship the way I feel around my hubby when we are relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee on the couch snuggling… I feel whole.

chama24That’s it for now!  I wanted to give you a taste of these series of posts are about.

I will try to entertain and hopefully, you will get a better insight into my writing and myself. I am humbled that I have a chance to put my love out there. THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES is my labor of love.

Lots of love,

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Okay I love this song! I know Tabbruis thinks of Charmeine this way!

CONGRATULATIONS to the SEDITIOUS Pre-Sale Contest WINNERS!

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$25 Amazon Gift Card

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Autographed Copy of SEDITIOUS – US, UK, CAN, AUS

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThank you for being in my SEDITIOUS giveaway!  All Winners have been notified by email.

Lots of love, Emily

FREE – Pay it Forward Friday with Author Anthony Renfro and his FREE book AWOL

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by Anthony Renfro

is FREE

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Tomorrow 1-31-15

Imagine that you are a character in a story.

You have a home.

You have a life.

You have it all.

Then suddenly you wake up alone and afraid in a cold, dark place.  

Somehow you find your courage and your voice. When you ask for help, words light up on a wall in the darkness.

You read them and realize you are in the creative center of your author’s mind.

Instead of rescuing you, the author asks you for help.

This book is about the journey of that character, as he moves from story to story desperately trying to find his home.

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Snippet from AWOL

“My name is Anthony, and I am the author who made you. I don’t know your name for now. I’m hoping you will find it along the way.” I paused. “You’ve stumbled out of your story, and you are back at the spot where I first created you. The problem is, I don’t know what story you came from.”

The character – five eight to five nine in height – read the words on the wall, and his heart sank

“You stumbled out sometime last night, and I found you when I went in to search my brain for something to write about.”

The character read the words silently.

“I do know that you are a runner. You are educated and smart, and have been around the world at least once. You are also 40 years old.”

I thought of a mirror, and it appeared on the wall. The character moved the lamp to shine the light up and down his body as he looked into the mirror. It was true. The author was right. He was in great physical shape. He also noticed he had dark hair, unkempt, with streaks of gray. The hair hung down to his shoulder blades, and a dark goatee surrounded his mouth.

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Pay it Forward Friday with Author Daniel B. Royer and Secrets of the Egoles’ Nest…

BOOK COVER.00_jpg_srzpublishSecrets of the Egoles’ Nest is based on Aben Egole, who’s first introduced as a sheltered toddler. Later he becomes acquainted with a powerful young mystic named Nastera. Once alone, she shares more than a secret about his incredible heritage.

Aben’s proof of her assertion came by means of a whirl-wind ride, as he begins his first class in free flight.

Afterward, Aben, with the help of a mystical dynasty, persuade his father, Colonel Ivory Egole, to move he and his son to another planet for their protection. Once situated, they are overwhelmed with bewildering situations, goading the father and son team into treacherous missions, but not without the help from a planet full of super-beings, properly named Astroknights.

Soon after they begin their first mission, Aben’s provoked, triggering an emotional upheaval, igniting his superlative DNA and its incredible mutative power. After transforming, he unleashes chaos among flocks of deadly aggressors.

This mission leads to even more battles of good versus evil, spurring a confrontation with the most dangerous warlord in the universe, Imperial General Warnod. 

A quote from a reviewer about Secrets of the Egoles’ Nest

A great introduction to the world of Sci Fi and Fantasy for any young reader, it has a little bit of everything. There is so much creativity throughout the story it’s obvious Royer has an incredible span to his imagination, his real challenge is whether he can focus it and truly draw us in before he whisks us off to his next fantastical thought.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/981783893?book_show_action=true&page=1

 

Guest Post by Author Daniel B. Royer

Just to give you a peek into my past, I was born and raised in a small town called Bay Village, located in north-east Ohio. Having had a car accident at the age of sixteen devastated my family’s life style, which eventually caused me to leave home at the young age of seventeen.

I departed from my home in New Orleans, LA. to chase a dream of going back to Bay Village and graduating high school with childhood friends, which I did. After graduating high school I chose to join the 101st Screaming Eagles, located in Fort Campbell, KY.

Having achieved high scores in four extremely adventurous, military schools, excelled my rank to buck-sergeant in less than three years. Shortly thereafter I became a father of three adorable children. It was after raising my children I pursued another goal of writing science-fiction.

Using my extremely creative ability to write passionately and descriptively, paired with my insatiable desire to research all means of Science-fiction, has led to the development of The Egoles’ Sci-fi Series

004I’ve spent most of my life raising my three children in a comfortable and loving atmosphere, away from the drama of toxic life style with their busy mother and vile step-father. Having to provide for their living, I spent most of my days in a physically demanding Factory.

Once they were properly raised I went on to writing my first book in 2008, The Biography of an American Poet then Poetic Biography of an American Baby Boomer. 

Afterwards I spent over three years developing and publishing my first sci-fi fantasy, Secrets of the Egoles’ Nest. Currently, I’m on the second book in The Egoles’ Sci-fi, fantasy series, Roar of the Egole.

 Links for Author Daniel B. Royer

Buy Link Amazon  http://amzn.com/1489589228

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4571948.Daniel_B_Royer

Reviews…

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Long before I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I was an avid reader.

As a girl, I would climb the Dogwood Tree outside my bedroom window, read and listen to my transistor radio.

o-READING-PILE-OF-BOOKS-facebookMy penchant was for paranormal from the beginning… especially Dracula!

When I became older, I found Goodreads. I gave reviews on books that I liked and related to.

I would never publicly give a review on a book that I didn’t like. If I didn’t like the book, I would write the Author and comment. I never got a response that wasn’t welcomed. Many Authors like to talk to their readers. Unbeknownst to me, I would be an Author one day and think the same thing.

Facebook Emily (1)When I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I couldn’t get anyone to read my books… not even family or friends… NO ONE!

I didn’t know about Social Media, i.e. blogs, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Tumbler… etc.

1-5029850-4334461A kind Angel (one of many Angels I will encounter as an Author) saw my personal Facebook post that I couldn’t get anyone to read my books, and she took pity on me. My books were unedited and rough. She became the Beta Reader every aspiring Author needs. She gave me great advice.

After that, The Light-Bearer Series started to be read, and I would devour all my reviews.

Naturally, I would get a dismayed when my books would be criticized. I’m talking about the good criticism. The reviewers who respected their position as critic and my position as writer. Don’t get me wrong, constructive criticism I will take in a heartbeat!

imagesHowever, when I would have a review that was unnecessarily harsh, derogatory and severe… it felt like someone stuck a knife in my belly and twisted it. The reviewers were operating more on the scale of cyber-bullying. Believe me, I have had them. Each one hurt me deeply because they ripped me up.

So, for my mental health and the good of my writing, I don’t read reviews anymore. Unless, it’s a Beta Reader with suggestions, corrections, and comments. The nasty, hateful and downright uncalled for reviewers, have made me quit reading reviews, period.

I do not want to become an Author who writes to suit the reviewers and not my story. When I write The Light-Bearer Series, I have to keep my vision clear.

dot_not_touchThere is a Cardinal Law in the Author playbook: NEVER RESPOND TO ANY REVIEWER! Under no circumstances, do I respond.

Quotation-Socrates-debate-Meetville-Quotes-208917If the review was Slander and Libelous, (which I have had, by the way) then I dial my Publisher, and he handles it!

I’m curious…

If you are an Author, how do you handle reviews?

If you are a reader, how do you write your reviews?

Lots of love, Emily

You are not to blame…

THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES

snippet from

SEDITIOUS

4th book

imagesCAEZV1C1As Charmeine smiled, she wiped away a tear. “Tabbruis, did you say earlier you keep making mistakes? How your intent is good and didn’t know if our problems existed because you were alone so long?”

“Yes, you did not answer, so I felt like you agreed with my comment.” Tabbruis lowered his eyes and nodded. His hands went into fists, and then he unclenched them as he ran his hands through his hair in frustration.

She shook her head, got up and sat on the edge of the chaise lounge. Charmeine touched his cheek, and sweetly divulged, “No, I don’t agree. Quite frankly, I feel like I’m the problem, Tabbruis.” She turned away from him, put her hand over her eyes and chuckled, “It’s very hard to be a wife, mother, sister, aunt, Angel, Queen of the Light-Bearers, and battle Lucifer’s followers all at the same time. A lot of lines get blurred.” She turned and looked into his deep green eyes. “But Tabbruis, you have a tendency of coddling and shielding me.”

“Charmeine, I only want you and our baby to be healthy and happy.”

“Tabbruis, women have been having babies ever since Adam and Eve were turned out of Eden,” she quipped with a smile.

Tabbruis and Charmeine 15Immediately, he sat up, held her face and declared, “On Earth . . . not my woman,” and he kissed her deeply.

She pulled away from him. “You are not to blame Tab . . .”

He drew her up to him like she was a ragdoll and kissed her harder. In desperation, he pleaded, “Oh God, all I want is you and Baby Hunter to be safe, protected and loved. I need to know that you and all of our family is secure and happy.” He kissed her with the worry he felt. Tabbruis ran his fingers through her long blonde hair and wrapped his arms tightly around her.

Tabbruis never wanted to let Charmeine go.

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Quite possibly one of the most liberating and telling songs about me, especially!

Pay it Forward Friday with Author Cindy Koepp and her book, MINDSTORM Parley at Ologo

 It is always a pleasure to have such talented Authors on Pay it Forward Friday! Cindy’s book is awesome! It is a must on your TBR list!  

Lots of love, Emily

 

Synopsis of

MINDSTORM Parley at Ologo

front sanserifAlways an assistant, never the leader. Thomas McCrady is helping his partner with a peace treaty negotiation when a hostile telepath leads a group of locals in an attack on the meeting. After using his own psionic abilities to fight off the telepathic attacker, he teleports his partner back to the Haidar Space Station and promptly passes out. When he wakes up, he finds that his partner has died and a disabled psionic medicine specialist might be to blame.

The next morning, he learns that he is being sent out on another treaty negotiation, this time as the lead negotiator. A mysterious plague is killing off the two native races of the planet but has no effect on the humans working at a pharmaceutical company with corporate offices there. To find the truth about the plague, the Haidar Station magistrates are sending a doctor along, Dr. Calla Geisman, the same doctor Thomas blames for his partner’s death.

The situation is urgent, leaving no time for preparation, and the Terran pharmaceutical company that offered to help seems bent on sabotaging the negotiation in little, annoying ways. Worse, the two delegations can barely stand to be in the same room just like Thomas can stand to be around Calla.

He knows his prejudices are wrong, but her disability weakens her ability and reminds him of a drug dealer who tried to kill him seven years before. To survive the negotiations and forge peace between the warring natives, Thomas has to overcome his past and learn to trust his partner.

 

5 Star Review of

MINDSTORM Parley at Ologo

by Author Cindy Koepp

4thofjuly-1_e0Two telepathic people from Haidar are commissioned to help a troubled planet parlay for peace and in so doing find a war of their own.

Koepp certainly walks the tightrope of science fiction and fantasy in this exciting tale.

Not only does Mindstorm have an array of interesting creatures and a galaxy of unique planets that they inhabit, but the elaborate system of telepathy tunnels the reader into a fragile landscape of mind and emotion. An exciting journey into and through deep and interesting fictional characters.

An excellent read, Mindstorm: Parlay at Olgio brings humor in the midst of drama, and passion in the midst of prejudice. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Snippet of

MINDSTORM Parley at Ologo

Angela reeled back as if she had been kicked in the head. Thomas tried to catch her, but his fingers brushed past the sleeve of her shirt. She hit the ground hard and stayed still.

“Angela!”

The garden’s gate burst open a second later under the weight of several Cordilians. The first hit on his mental shield came a second after the gate fell. His protection wobbled but held. Gunshots echoed off the garden’s wall. Bits of rock from a planter struck his thigh.

He yelped and dove under the table, even though the thin wood would never stop a bullet or a blaster bolt. He clapped his hand over the wound. If he were lucky, the snipers wouldn’t see him.

Shrill screams split the air. The sense of pain and terror from the delegates sickened him. He could do nothing to help them directly, but if he could reach Angela, he could teleport them both home, get her to a doctor, and send back more experienced help for the delegations.

As he inched toward her, a female presence shoved against his shields. Thomas bolstered his defense and pushed her back.

dark_wolf_by_puma_z-d30atgjThe second attempt battered at his mental shield and bored through. Before he could reset his guard, his attacker thrust into his mind like a spear. Thomas clenched his eyes and focused inward.

You want a fight? You got one.

A dark, curvaceous image bearing a pair of fiery knives appeared in his mental perception. Her hand covered her mouth. “Ooo. That didn’t hurt, did it?”

Thomas mustered every scrap of power and focus he could pull together. “Not half as much as this will.”

His own personal image formed in the shape of a huge wolf. He launched himself at the shadow woman and tackled her, tearing into her with a mouth full of sharp teeth.

 

Bio of Author Cindy Koepp

Cindy Koepp head shotI’m one of those odd creatures who has an education from rival universities.  My degree in Wildlife Ecology came from Texas A&M University.  Then, a few years later, I went through teacher certification at the University of Texas at Austin. After 14 years of teaching in public schools, I’m headed back to school myself for a masters in adult learning. I fill the rest of my time working on writing projects and whistling tunes back and forth with a silly Timneh African Grey.

Author Cindy Koepp Stalker links:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CCKoepp

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Website: http://ckoepp.com

Blog: http://cindykoepp.wordpress.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mindstorm-Parley-Ologo-Cindy-Koepp/dp/1927154367

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S E D I T I O U S ~ PRE-SALE ~ Blog Hop!

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Seditious is the perfect title for the 4th book in The Light-Bearer Series. This book captures jealousy, deceit, and restoration of love flawlessly.

Life at the Castle Charmeine is blissful until reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes dissent. An unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities humanizes both men.

This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of The Light-Bearer Series off kilter.

Seditious is the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!

Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.

Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares with Tabbruis and Dmitri. However, the family works together to unravel Bathsheba’s deadly secrets.

Just when you think they are in the clear, a more heinous and ominous villain waits in the wings to tear apart our ill-fated lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis.

Seditious is a heart wrenching and exciting story of passion, betrayal, and redemption you will not want to miss!

Reviewer Polly Bennett

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/424275533?book_show_action=false&page=1

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Excerpt from SEDITIOUS 

Charmeine knew this beautiful woman was a very powerful Blood-Hunter. She felt Baby Hunter kicking and fought to control her anxiety.

92747-230x338-longblackleather“Ah, yes, very good gentlemen. We have her now.” The mysterious woman told the men in a thick, French accent. She gazed with wide spellbinding eyes at Charmeine. She looked like a cat ready to pounce on her prey.

The man who held Charmeine pushed her to go out the terrace doors.

She knew this was a kidnapping and worried for Baby Hunter. Charmeine struggled to gain some kind of fighting advantage.

The Light-Bearers practiced their self-defense skills with her daughter, Sandra, and worked on how to get out these hand-binding holds. After Charmeine’s encounters with Pascal, she never wanted to feel helpless again.

With speed and accuracy, Charmeine used her power to fly up backwards over the head of the Blood-Hunter. She broke out of his grip. Immediately, she leveled him with a powerful and fierce bolt of white electricity which stunned him into a stupor.

280841726732729279_JGyWr6AN_fPercival took this opportunity to sweep the legs of the man who held him. He stunned his assailant, and made him fall down in pain with a green charge which ran through his body.

“Use your light for Athena!” Charmeine yelled to Percival.

Percival threw a green lightning bolt at the man who held Athena.

Within a second, the Blood-Hunter was on the ground. A green current cursed through him.

 “Halt!” the Blood-Hunter woman demanded.

Charmeine looked up and a hand gun was aimed at her belly.

imagesCAKL4X1Q.jpg1The woman widened her indigo eyes with her fangs exposed. She threatened, “You really never know where a bullet will go? Do you?” she laughed.

Her maniacal giggles curdled Charmeine’s blood. She could tell the Blood-Hunter woman was telling the truth.

6781575-mid-section-of-a-man-touching-the-tummy-of-his-pregnant-woman.jpg1“Yes, the bullet could just land somewhere very unhealthy for your unborn spawn.” She circled Charmeine like a shark swimming around its prey. “Not that hurting spawn of this Light-Bearer scum would matter,” she quipped in a matter-of-fact way.

Charmeine began to feel waves of nausea and fought the urge to be sick.

“The offspring is just a by-product.” With a sinister laugh the woman scoffed, “Yes, a by-product which should be tossed aside and thrown away like the trash it is . . . as soon as we cut it out of you!”

The Blood-Hunter woman began to laugh with a vicious tone and stuck the gun in Charmeine’s belly ready to pull the trigger.

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Author Emily Guido Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEmily Guido is Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing The Light-Bearer Series because one day she got an idea of two star-crossed lovers which needed to have their story told.

The Light-Bearer Series is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, with Vampires, Angels, History, Action and Adventure. The novels Charmeine, Mactus, Accendo, Seditious, Ransom and Conundrum are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently works for a Fortune 500 Company and has a Master of Business Administration.

SEDITIOUS is her fourth novel in The Light-Bearer Series and is the perpetuation of Tabbruis and Charmeine’s love affair. They are enjoying life until the reality of ruling the Elder Council and Temple Guards come crashing down on them. A sexy, mysterious and gorgeous woman appears at the Castle Charmeine ready to take what she wants by orders of her Master, Lord Cromwell. Twists and turns, ups and downs are in in this novel of passion and redemption.

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Buy links 

CHARMEINE the First Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

MACTUS the Second Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

ACCENDO the Third Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

SEDITIOUS the Fourth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

Coming Soon

RANSOM the Fifth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

CONUNDRUM the Sixth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

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Mom fly to the Angels when you are ready. . .

100_0450Mom has Alzheimer’s and in the final stage on Hospice.

Her death could be in 6 days or 6 months.

She is only on pain killers.

Mom was an Elected Democratic Precinct Committee Woman for 35 years! She worked for several Democratic city officials from Judges to Treasurer.

She and her children, me included, participated in peaceful African-American Marches and Protests.

She also marched with me in an AIDS rally when she was 70 years old!  What a spit-fire she was!

Mom believed in EQUAL RIGHTS for ALL!  

Mom taught her eight children that basic rule of life…  

We shall treat others with respect and others should treat us with respect… but no one was better than the other.

I saw her at Thanksgiving and made peace with God to take her when she’s ready.

100_0266I’m not religious in any way. I write about Angels but I certainly am not one!

However, I believe there has to be a place for brave and wonderful souls like Mom and Sis, Connie, who passed away of Leukemia at 16.

There just has to be!

Hold your loved ones tight tonight and tell them you love them.

Lots of love to you and yours,

Emily

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Mom loved gardening and growing things!

This song is her FAVORITE

Take a minute to rest and listen…

Personal Post… Violence is Violence

I rarely post personal thoughts.

family 1That being said, going home to visit family at Thanksgiving is a double trip as we visit my family, in Southern Indiana, and my husband’s family in Southern Illinois, (miles from Furgeson).

I don’t have an agenda with this post other than to say…

violenceI’m ashamed!

Violence is Violence!

I am passionate about Civil Rights.

I was raised by an AWESOME MOTHER who taught her children this important lesson, which I live by:

NO ONE is better than me, and I am NO BETTER than any one else

Period! All said in that one sentence!

marchonwashingtonWalking in protests as a kid with my Mom for equal rights in the 1960’s, I learned two very important things:

  1. Police are very well-trained in restraining unarmed people.

I also learned what Peaceful Demonstrations are.

However, Violence is Violence!

I’m praying for all involved that we keep in mind the lessons we learned in the 1960’s.

Blackout-Black-Friday-Social-Graphic-1-1-e1416958961766Also, I know we are in the 21st Century, and MONEY, as always, speaks volumes…

Don’t be fooled, if you BOYCOTT by not shopping, your voice and message will be heard.

I’m with my family today, we are watching on television the hordes of people shopping and the protesting miles away from our door step.

Time to turn off our televisions and computers and be with the people we love.

My prayers are with you my friends,

and I wish you…

Lots of Love,

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REVIEW TIME!

As always, these reviews have not been solicited.

*****

5 Star Review of

CHARMEINE

the 1st Book in

The Light-Bearer Series

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/728106958

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side. Firstly I would like to thank Emily Guido, author of Charmeine, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

OH.MY.GOSH!

I loved it, totally! This story is great and will tempt any readers because this book has true love and the struggle to live with it which I think everyone likes.

david_gandy_main1Tabbruis is to die for handsome and a Blood-Hunter vampire.

101587531Whereas, we have Charleen who is a Light-Bearer angel.

Guess what?

They fall in love when they meet while Tabbruis saves Charleen from other Blood-Hunters who attacked her.

Yup, you guessed it right!

Both of the Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers are enemies and want to destroy each other.

11-5-2013-9-31-32-am1Whereas, here we have our hero and heroine who enter the world of forbidden love and will struggle against their own to have one another and save their love.

Where ever there is forbidden love you’ll find me there, just kidding!

I love reading books regarding true love and the fight to save it.

Well, if you are in my team then this is the ‘IT’ book for you.

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*****

5 Star Review of

MACTUS

the 2nd Book in 

The Light-Bearer Series

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/728115555

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side. Firstly, I would like to thank Emily Guido, author of Mactus, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

d6a10d4a_zpsa33c67c2WOW! What a great read.

Charmeine was intriguing, and now Mactus really changed the meaning of intriguing to me.

It was freakishly intriguing and exciting with more dark secrets, power-packed fighting scenes, passionate true love, heart touching family bonding, dangerous enemies craving blood and destruction.

I really fell in love with this book, and you’ll too when you read it.

It’s a total page turner, and I completed it in one sitting!

5476_bigThe story brings back the wondrous magic of Emily Guido and we are taken back to the life of Charleen and Tabbruis where they slowly get glimpses of their long lost love through dreams, and as a special treat, we get to see Shane in love as well.

stuart7The Elder Council and the Blood-Hunters posses threats all over again.

This time, the fight is not only for the couple, but also for their family as well where loyalty, love, affection, dedication are all put through dangerous tests, and love is at stake again!

With unpredictable twists and turns, revelations of hidden secrets, increase in intensity of love we find ourselves to be on an roller coaster where you can’t even imagine what’s going to be served next.

w-sensual-soft-kissing-couples-love-kisses-heartz_largeA thrilling and gripping read for ya all.

I’m sure that you’ll love it as I did!

Great job Emily, you rock!

Now I’m anxious waiting for the next and upcoming installments!

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Love, love this song!

I think of Tabbruis and Charmeine…

Lots of love, Emily

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Bathsheba the wicked . . .

Small snippet from SEDITIOUS

287629_213334552052437_100001276809062_616250_6076118_oIn Romania, he paced in front of Bathsheba’s hospital bed, and doubted if he could pull his role off. Tabbruis was assigned to make her divulge information about Lord Cromwell while using sexual attraction and flirtation to get her defenses down.

Tabbruis could not understand how he was duped by the woman in front of him. She was not one tenth the beauty Charmeine was. His arms ached to hold his wife, touch her belly and feel Baby Hunter under his hand. He closed his eyes and whispered a prayer, “God please give me another chance with my wife. Our two hearts are lost and cannot resume beating unless we are together. I was a fool, Lord. She is the only woman I have ever loved.”

He opened his eyes and looked at Bathsheba. He thought, This was not love. I was never in love with her. Our relationship was something sick, dark and Evil, contrived by Lucifer himself!

All of a sudden, he felt a prick on his neck. He turned to find Bathsheba in front of him with her fangs exposed.

6704372_l (1)Bathsheba wiped her red lips with her tongue and smiled with a drop of blood dripping down the side of her mouth. She teased her thick French accent, “You must be getting slower in your reflexes during the years.” Her tongue slowly licked her lip to entice him.

Tabbruis wanted to kill her right where she stood!

His eyes became black on the outside with green pinpoints in the middle. The eye change was not from desire, but from anger! He took a breath and resigned himself with the task he must do to make sure his family was safe.

“Bathsheba, I cannot believe you are alive,” he whispered as he closed his eyes and hugged her. “Why are you here?” He held her face an inch away and trembled with fury. He used all his strength not to destroy her on the spot, and thought, Control Tabbruis, you have to get information from her.

perf5.500x8.500.indd“You have been a naughty boy, Tabbruis, shacking up with a Light-Bearer. The thought of that cow with you makes me sick. Really Tabbruis, you should have a modicum of respect for the Elders.” She flirted with slanted eyes and a smile.

He clenched his teeth and wanted to slap the smile off her face. With his composure recovered, he asked, “Are you hungry Bathsheba? You must be. Let us go and get some refreshment.”

“I would like you to come here.” She sat down on the bed, and patted a spot beside her. With a flip of her long black hair, she flirted, “Tell me what you have been up to, Tabbruis. Where is that fat woman? She was very impressive. The Witch held me without even touching me.”

“Yes, I know, but she is not here now. She became angry, because I stayed by your bedside waiting for you to awaken. You know the type, very jealous?” He was glad Bathsheba did not know about all of Charmeine’s powers. 

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Bathsheba was pure evil…

a great character to write for! 

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Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers, oh my…

463475b7769391a38e68cff2685be507Charmeine handed Shane a cup of coffee. She placed her cup on the table and rubbed her head. Explaining Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers existed was going to be a tough job.

Tabbruis looked into Shane’s eyes. “First thing you need to know is that our stories will sound strange, but listen to our explanations with a calm mind.” He took a deep breath. “I am an orphan, too. I woke up on a rock in the desert many centuries ago with only the knowledge of my name. I did not know where I was from or how I got there. Charleen understood because that is exactly how it happened to her. However, she cannot remember anything past 1997, except for a dream.”

Charmeine smiled at Shane and nodded her head.

Shane’s piercing blue eyes were suspicious, but when he looked at Charmeine, he acquiesced with a nod. She was not one to bend the truth. Deep in his heart, he knew however fantastic the information was, he could trust her with his life.

Tabbruis wiped his big hand through his dark chestnut hair, “When I woke up, I learned I was not a Human. I needed blood to live on.”

Shane took a quick breath of disgust, looked down and pounded the table. He thought, This is enough crap!

Gut Check“Look at me, Shane,” Charmeine ordered.

He saw her eyes as they flashed with intensity.

“Tab’s telling the truth. I told you he needed blood last night. I don’t lie, and I’m not lying about this.”

Shane crossed his arms in defiance and shook his head.

“You wanted to know what was going on. Now, you can either listen or leave, Shane. I will not tolerate your disrespect. If you want to know the truth, then get rid of the attitude, now.”

Shane noticed her hardened expression. When Char was this determined, she was not a woman to be trifled with. He knew she wasn’t going to take any of his back-talk. He sighed and drank almost all of his coffee. “Okay Tab, Char said something like that last night, but I can’t do this without more coffee.” He got up, poured himself another cup of coffee and sat down. “Go on and talk, man. I have to admit, Char never lies.”

wallstreet-041Tabbruis sighed with a little relief, “Just like your body runs on food. I run on blood. For a long time, I hunted humans to survive. I thought that was my destiny. However, I stopped. I could not inflict harm anymore. I made a conscious choice to only drink animal blood and/or human blood if it was donated.”

Shane opened his eyes wide.

Tabbruis and Charmeine could see his brain starting to process the information.

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For some, belief in paranormal is laughable.

When I wrote this scene from

MACTUS,

the 2nd novel in The Light-Bearer Series, I wondered…

How would you react if someone you trusted said they were paranormal?

How far down the Rabbit-Hole would you go?

Lots of love, Emily

Had to rock this one, enjoy the video!

Pay it Forward Friday with Author Anthony Renfro!

Some Authors are great… and I’m lucky they are my friend too!  Anthony is both!  Enjoy!

Lots of love, Emily

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Are you a Jimmy Buffett fan?

Do you like Vampires?

Do you like Christmas?

This short story is about a Parrothead Vampire who uses his riches and Vampiric skills to bring joy to those in need during the holiday season.

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A Western Short Story about one town fighting the good fight against Vampires and Werewolves. A new twist on a very old legend.

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The Living Sand

By

Author Anthony Renfro

A Short Story about two boys who discover a hidden beach and the evil secrets that it holds.

Amazon:

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The IMP

By

Author Anthony Renfro

A short story about 5 students on Halloween night who discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house.

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJMOW2C

Why do I write?

I couldn’t get this nagging story out of my head.

Books 1 to 3Weekend before Thanksgiving in 2011, I began to write and couldn’t stop. I didn’t sleep for 48 hours. In a week, I had over 100,000 words.

Not being a novelist or a writer, I asked my husband what qualified as a novel. He laughed, “Honey, you have yourself not only a novel, but a series of novels.”

The first three books, Charmeine, Mactus, and Accendo, were simple to write.

6 Conumdrum Book Cover5Ransomperf5.500x8.500.inddBelieve it or not . . .

Writing the next three novels in The Light-Bearer Series was pretty much the same way with Seditious, Ransom, and Conundrum.

People I meet, and my colleagues at work, can’t believe I’m a writer.  It doesn’t become real to them until they see my business card or the book I have handy.

If I could have a dime for all the times I’ve heard, “How did you come up with the idea?” I would be able to pay off my school loan!

But really, do you have to know?

No.

You just have to make the story come to life for yourself and your readers.

It doesn’t matter a hill of beans to me that The Light-Bearer Series is Fantasy and Paranormal.

The characters are what mattered the most to me… Charmeine, Tabbruis, Shane, Dmitri, Neal Thomas etc., nothing else did. I wanted to do right by them. I wanted to give the reader an exact account of how moody Tabbruis can get, and how silly Charmeine’s jokes are.

11-5-2013-9-31-32-am1The Light-Bearer Series centers around two very star-crossed, opposites . . . Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter who meets Charmeine, who is a Light-Bearer.

The two races are supposed to have a deep-seeded hatred of each other.

However, when Tabbruis and Charmeine meet, they are anything but repulsed and struggle to stay together.

I have to confess, there are two characters in The Light-Bearer Series which are very easy to write for because they are part of me — Charmeine, (heroine) for her faith, acceptance and kindness, and Tabbruis, (hero) for always looking on the darker side from years of being lonely and too much into his self. All the other characters have little aspects of my psyche and beliefs.

How do I make fantasy sound on the fringe of believable?

imagesCA5VWRBNSandraNo one is going to believe my fantasy world exists at the Castle Charmeine, if I don’t have an edge of common facts and beliefs.

Two of my characters are Shane and Sandra, who served in the US War in Iraq. The couple needed to have those skills and characteristics learned in the US Army and being in harm’s way for extended period.

I guess for me, being a fantasy writer is a joy, because the writing can go wherever your mind tells it to.

I do include Heavenly and Hellish aspects in my books. However, the novels are not about religion. It is about love . . . acceptance and steadfast.

I know that the genre of Paranormal Romance is not everyone’s cup of tea.

I’m not going to say I don’t care if people read my book or not.

However, it only takes one . . .

001ja1vCty6G2kGXfiH8bamp690_zps04dd8afcOne person to read The Light-Bearer Series

One person to like The Light-Bearer Series

One person to tell others how they enjoyed The Light-Bearer Series

One person to recommend The Light-Bearer Series.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m always wondering what people think about my little Paranormal Family at the Castle Charmeine.

I don’t usually read reviews.

I just keep my head above water and use my friends for support.

YOU, MY FRIENDS, are my lifelines!

Lots of love, Emily

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Pay it Forward Friday with VAMPIRES OF THE SCARLET ORDER by Author David Lee Summers

Such a Halloween Treat!  

Lots of love, Emily

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My Review 

Vampires of the Scarlet Order

Book 1 By Author David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers Vampire-Scarlet-Order-800x1190Soldiers of fortune and seekers of acceptance is the way I would describe the first book, Vampires of the Scarlet Order by Award Winning Author David Lee Summers.

The novel opens with an introduction to a young man wanting to obtain revenge and suffering from extreme loneliness. In the High Middle Ages, he meets Lord Draco, and is recruited to the Scarlet Order vampire mercenaries.

I was entranced with the history.  I felt like I was there.  Fear and honor ran through my fingertips as I read. It was strange, but the alliance with the Church, seemed to almost make sense. A great character and somewhat sad, Lord Draco endeared himself to my soul.

Quickly, I was whisked away from the Middle Ages to the Wild, Wild West in the United States. I felt like the shift happened flawlessly.  The real life characters were written so well, that I thought I was actually getting an eyewitness encounter with Billy the Kid!

Then to Modern Times we come to more characters which emerge and captured my attention. I loved the way Mr. Summers does not “villainize” the vampires. He makes me want to cheer for them and cry for their loneliness and heartbreaks.

Vampires of the Scarlet Order took me on a wild ride from year to year and century to century. I absolutely became enthralled with the characters. Desmond, Lord Draco being my favorite!  Even if you are not a fan of Paranormal, this novel should be on your list.

What got me is that even after reading it, I’m still wondering about the Vampires of the Scarlet Order. I love the cover too, it seems to leap at me!

For this, and so much more, I will have to rate this novel as FIVE STARS and must read for all!

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About

Vampires of the Scarlet Order:

Vampires of the Scarlet Order is an action-adventure novel about an elite cadre of vampire mercenaries who have worked throughout history as pinpoint assassins. Under the command of Desmond, Lord Draco, the Scarlet Order worked for the Spanish Inquisition, Napoleon, and helped to defeat the Ottoman Empire. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, vampires are too expensive, too untrustworthy, and frankly, too passé for governments to employ any longer. Nanotechnology can be employed to engineer more reliable super soldiers. What’s a vampire got to do for job security?

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Excerpt from

Vampires of the Scarlet Order

From the journals of Dr. Jane Heckman:    Toward a Theory of Vampirism

I have been a vampire for just over a month now and I’m still sorting out what exactly it means to “be a vampire.” I am not aware of any formal, scientific study of vampires. It would appear that we are rare creatures. Classical studies such as Montague Summers’ The Vampire, His Kith and Kin and The Vampire in Europe do little more than survey vampire literature and relate second and third-hand accounts of vampire encounters. More recent studies do little more.

My own field is ballistic and explosive physics, not anthropology, biology or any other field of study that might be more relevant to the study of vampires, which are also known by such names as nosferatu, revenant, vrykolakas and so forth depending on the region of the vampire’s origin. This journal will endeavor to be a first-hand account of my observations. However, since the study of creatures such as vampires is outside my discipline, these notes may lack completeness.

I was born a human but became a vampire through a process of being attacked by a vampire that drank my blood. I, in turn, drank the blood of the attacking vampire. My attacker claims to be a 550-year-old vampire who calls himself Rudolfo.

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sendhil069wk2“For the record, my name is Rudolfo Jésus Juan Ramírez de Córdoba.” Rudolfo’s voice caused me to jump involuntarily.

“How long have you been looking over my shoulder?” I asked huffily laying my pen down.

“Only a few minutes. I saw the title and thought I’d do what I could to clear up any misconceptions you may give your poor readers about me or about vampires in general.” Rudolfo shrugged nonchalantly.

I took a deep breath then let it out slowly. “I’d rather you not stare over my shoulder.”

Rudolfo grinned. “What do I have better to do than watch a beautiful woman work? Besides, it’s interesting.”

I waved my hands at the older vampire. “You could go watch television or something. There’s lots of women to watch there.”

“I hate television,” said Rudolfo, wrinkling his nose. “The stories jump all around. Just as they get interesting, some shill comes on to sell me something I don’t need. It’s very annoying.”

“All right, all right,” I relented. “Get a chair or something, just don’t stand there. It makes me nervous.” I paused for a moment then looked at Rudolfo again, my brow furrowed. “Are you really a vampire named Jésus?”

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” he said, eyes twinkling as he pulled up a chair.

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blackandwhitephotographyfacefemalemirrorreflection-64898a07781698ac7d311da16306a8df_hAs a vampire, I find my outward appearance is very nearly the same as it was when I was human. At the time I became a vampire, I was a woman of 42. Admittedly, some of the changes I record are qualitative: My skin has become smoother and more taut, yet somewhat more pale, taking on something of an alabaster quality. My eye color seems more vivid. My lips seem fuller and a brighter shade of red.

My senses also seem to be improved. I can hear fainter sounds and see more distant objects. Looking up at the night sky, I am able to distinguish the rings of Saturn, something well beyond normal human ability. I should emphasize that my vision does not seem to magnify objects. I simply seem to have improved resolution, as though there are more rods and cones in my eyes. Perhaps an eye test with a qualified optometrist would be in order.

I appear to have acquired the ability to sense the thoughts of others and to project my own thoughts into the minds of others. Though various studies have been made, I know of no study that has definitively demonstrated the existence of telepathy in humans. I also know of no satisfactory hypothesis describing a mechanism for telepathy. Perhaps further study of this ability with vampires would yield better results than it has with humans.

I have become stronger. It is much easier for me to load my crossbow than before I became a vampire. I can now easily subdue and feed upon human males that I estimate to be two and a half times my weight. Because I was neither a violent person nor the subject of an attack prior to becoming a vampire, I do not know what I was capable of as a human. However, I strongly suspect I was not capable of such a feat of physical prowess.

More quantitatively: My canine teeth now extend approximately 0.125 inches below the neighboring teeth. In spite of what is shown in many vampire movies, my canine teeth do not retract, they are fixed much like those of a dog.

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“What an unflattering comparison,” muttered Rudolfo.

Turning around, I scowled at him. “What do you mean? Dogs have long canine teeth. It’s a reasonable comparison.”

“So do cats,” he said, grinning wistfully, displaying his own fangs. “And I would say you have feline grace and charm.”

“If you don’t stop interrupting, you’ll see what a bitch I can be,” I growled.

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Bio of Author David Lee Summers

David Lee SummersDavid Lee Summers is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories and poems.  His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror.

David’s novels include The Solar Sea, which was selected as a Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice, Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order, which tells the story of a band of vampire mercenaries who fight evil, and Lightning Wolves, which is a wild west steampunk adventure.  His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and Apocalypse 13.

In 2010, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. 

In addition to writing, David edits the quarterly science fiction and fantasy magazine Tales of the Talisman and has edited three science fiction anthologies: A Kepler’s Dozen, Space Pirates and Space Horrors

When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.  Learn more about David at www.davidleesummers.com

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Follow David Lee Summers and the Scarlet Order vampires at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ScarletOrder

Web: http://dlsummers.wordpress.com

Vampires of the Scarlet Order is available for 99 cents as an ebook at:

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Our races are sworn enemies of each other…

From MACTUS, 2nd Book in The Light-Bearer Series

tumblr_m5dzodppYc1r08eawo1_500“Our races are sworn enemies of each other. The Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers are ancient rivals. However, Tab and I have a special relationship. We are not enemies. We are connected by love.” Charmeine explained to Shane.

Tabbruis looked at her with surprise and his lips curled with a smile.

Charmeine hung her head thinking maybe she shouldn’t have said it, but it was how she felt. She turned and gazed in his eyes. “Yes, I said love and meant it, Tab.”

glowing-handsSmiling wide now, Tabbruis lovingly took her hand, kissed it, and enfolded his hands over hers. White sparks encircled their hands.

Then Tabbruis looked at Shane and pulled a hand away. His heart became heavy with what he was about to say. “It is true. My race is called Blood-Hunters or Elders. The Elders are run by an Elder Council. They have a prison secured by Elder Temple Guards. We are supposed to track, hunt and kill Light-Bearers. They are the only threat we have on Earth. Since Charleen is a Light-Bearer, she was probably going to be captured and sent to the Elder Temple to be put to death on the Altar of Judgment.”

Charmeine realized what danger she had been in. Her body shuttered thinking about it.

Shane’s mouth hung open in disbelief.

“Furthermore, the Elder Council monitors and polices the Blood-Hunters to make sure they do not cross the line with Humans. It is a horrible thing. I loathe this war between our races. However, I cannot and will not hurt her. I want to protect and love her always.” He kissed her hand again.

imagesCAGAPA85“What in the Hell are you talking about, man?” Shane uttered.

Tabbruis hung his head in disgust. “I have no words to tell you how this angers me. To be with her is to be condemned by my race, the Blood-Hunters.” He looked at her with pure love in his eyes, “But it seems little price to pay to love her.”

She welled in tears. They fell across her checks as he swept them away.

Tabbruis grabbed her sparking hand and cupped it close to his heart.

“I knew you two were crazy for each other, but I had no idea.” Shane put his head in his hands. “I guess I believe you. But Man, this is a trip. In all the years I have known Char, she has never lied to me. I’m shocked. This is really out there.” He ran his hand over his half-shaven beard and sighed, “But nothing else can explain your blood loss and the way you are healed today, Tab.”

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Shane is shocked!

What would you say if your best friend said they were a Supernatural?

I’m awed because Tabbruis and Charmeine know they can be put to death for loving each other.

Forbidden Love…

Lots of love, Emily

Pay it Forward Friday with Author Felipe Adan Lerma and his book, ONE NIGHT IN THE HILL COUNTRY!

 

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One Night in the Hill Country

By Felipe Adan Lerma

In One Night in the Hill Country, a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon.

They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children.

Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

Add note: While issues of abuse, immigration, and are integral to the story, emphasis is on trust and the meanings of family and friendship.

There is actually a nice alternation of action, suspense, humor, and tenderness.

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My thoughts about Samantha

by Author Felipe Adan Lerma

Sam is a complex character. Just the fact that she uses her shortened name is reflective of that. She can be casual, and she can much more.

Her Uncle, she tells the young cousins involved in the stories with her, raised her and her brother from a young age. And calling her Sam, was his affectionate coping way of raising a female child.

She hasn’t married, or had children, but there’s no indication in the stories that she’s adverse to that. In fact, the stories of her youth she tells the six young Texas cousins she’s befriended, after helping them solve a robbery, indicate she had typical infatuations and affections.

And of course, she goes out of her way to remain friends with the six children. Taking them places, telling them stories.

So I think she’s still very much revealing herself to me. Sometimes I wish I knew everything there was about her, but she just winks and goes about her business.

I’ve no doubt she will keep surprising me – and I try and capture some of that (smiles).

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adan at thompson park bridge DSCI4701Bio of Author Felipe Adan Lerma

I am a grandfather of five, dad of three, oldest of six, and have been married for 30+ years to a wonderful lady by the name of Sheila (smiles).

She and I are young seniors, and themes of family, the arts, and fitness, color nearly everything I write.

My reading interests for several years now, have veered toward mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. In my new novella, “One Night in the Hill Country,” I merge both my reading and creative interests.

In this particular work, as is my usual preference, much is suggested, without overt resort to graphic sex or violence. My wife says it’s my best work to-date. I hope you are able to give it a chance, and enjoy it also.

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Links for Author Felipe Adan Lerma

Amazon:

http://amzn.com/B00MXGMN68

Google+: 

https://plus.google.com/+AdanLerma/posts/bVv8yHN4ztY

Goodreads: 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23150209-one-night-in-the-hill-country

Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/FelipeAdanLerma/status/511383369666801664

WordPress Blog: 

http://felipeadanlerma.com/2014/10/19/one-night-in-the-hill-country-available/

Silly…

Much_too_sillyThe last thing you all want to read about is someone else’s personal silliness!

However, some of you are like my family and at the very least… maybe friends?

So here goes folks…

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paraorganizarte_keepcalmI can’t have sugar.

Now, that is a given since most of you know I’ve lost 150 pounds last year.

It’s Holiday Time…

Great…

Wonderful…

Bah Humbug!

The following restrictions are making me want to pull my hair out by the roots:

  • 6a00e54ee846608833019b00fd202d970cI don’t have a lot of time for cooking! I work full-time for a Fortune 500 company by New York City, and I’m on the road at least 3 hours a day battling traffic. Let’s face it, I’m a fast cook. If I can’t have it ready in 20-30 minutes, I don’t fix it.

  • I don’t have a lot of money to go buy tons of sugar-free desserts for everyone either.

I have several Holiday Parties to go to. Some hosts have said, “Oh, bring a sugar-free dessert, so we can all try.”

imageHuh…? Exsqueeze me? Baking Powder?

(A quote from one of my all time fav movies, Wayne’s World)

Besides grabbing an apple or clementine from my fruit bowl, I’m stumped.

simple041810What is a sugar-free, tasty, cheap, and very simple dessert to make – like kid simple?

Nothing!

I hate the internet at times because when I Google…

Darn if it brings up all sorts of yummy, fattening, and time-consuming recipes.

Grrr!

This is just silly, and a pet peeve, but it’s MY silliness and MY pet peeve.

Can we skip the Holidays and go right straight into spring?

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When I was kid,

I used to listen to the Eagles in my back yard Dogwood Tree

with a transistor radio in one hand and a book in the other.

Love this song!

Enjoy!  Lots of love, Emily

With or without you . . . from ACCENDO, the 3rd book in The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido

 

tumblr_m5vx1cY0yQ1qlnm34o2_250 11“I am sorry, Charmeine, for so many things it is hard to express them all, but I am going to try.”

He took a big breath, and looked in her eyes. “I am sorry for not supporting you. I am sorry for not believing in you. I am sorry for not having faith in you. I am sorrym Charmeine. If you let me show you, for the rest of my life until the end of time, I will never doubt you again.”

“Tabbruis, I can’t do this now.”

“Please let me finish.” He gently held her chin, looked into her eyes and declared, “Charmeine you are my life. You are my light. If you go back to Long Island…”

blonde-girl-at-the-beach-0bce43314f93973413977acb3324aef41She walked to the terrace stone wall. “Tabbruis, it isn’t so easy putting Jack and Jill back together again. I really need to be alone.”

“Look at me this time, Charmeine. I have to say my peace, and I will leave.” He stood beside her.

She turned and faced him with her hands defiantly across her chest and sighed.

iAtC2afkODS6U“If you go back to Long Island, I will accept it, but let me go and be near you. Let me live close to you. I can buy any kind of house or apartment you wish for your own privacy. You do not need to see me, just let me be proximate to you, for you are the center of my Earth. God knows I cannot live without you. However, you will never have to lay your eyes on me. This is what I ask. Nevertheless, please forgive me, Charmeine. Forgive me enough to let me just be close to you. If you abandon me, I will not survive. Wherever you go, I will go with you.  Whatever you want, I will give it to you.”

He unfolded her arms and took her hands which sparked. He unclenched her fists and drew them up in front of them, palm to palm. Her sparks began to go up and down their bodies, enveloping them with light.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Tabbruis, do you remember the first time this happened? You were trying to convince me not to leave and sacrifice myself to the Elder Council.”

“Yes, I remember, my love.” He drew nearer to her. “I know you cannot lie to me. So answer me this, do you have the strength to be without me?”

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I love the part where Tabbruis says that he just wants to be near Charmeine.

It brings a tear to my eye today.

So much love…

 

Enjoy the video, it’s another song that makes me shiver.

Lots of love, Emily

Pay it Forward Friday with Author Joleene Naylor and her .99 Halloween Sale!

Some of my friends happen to be great Authors.

Joleene is one of them!  

The Halloween sale .99 each is an awesome buy!

Great reads and I recommend them highly!

Lots of love, Emily

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Amaranthine Series Synopsis:

Pulled into a world of darkness, Katelina’s fate becomes intertwined with that of Jorick, a dark, enigmatic vampire. To stay by his side, she must navigate intrigue, terror and bloodshed as they are drawn from one vampire war to another. Dreams of peace seem elusive, and complications abound in the form of mysterious vampires, old relics, and an ancient master. Join Katelina and Jorick in a world where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal.

“these books] are for adults… both the violence and the sex are not teenage stuff… and lurking behind the storyline is an adult theme.”

Steve Evans, author of Demented

“A dark PNR with ‘let me catch my breath’ action, a dark and violent vampire world and the “be still my heart” vampire Jorick… Joleene is a gifted writer. Her tight and vivid prose is a joy to read and the dialogue and situations the characters deal with are full of emotion”

Sharon S., reviewer for I Smell Sheep

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A discussion with Jorick

Jorick: Greetings.  Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jorick and I’m a helpless victim in Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthine series. She’s been abusing me for six books (seven if you count her short story collection). How much can one vampire take before he snaps? How many times can I be irritated by an idiot, thwarted by some ridiculous twist or lose someone I love before it’s too much and I go over the edge?

That was a rhetorical question. *takes a deep breath*  Worse, that author just left everything hanging at the end of the sixth book! She just cuts it off and – wham! We’re all left in a mess of emotional turmoil! Why would she do that?

*Jo cuts in.* I’m sorry if you object to the end of Children of Shadows, but I had to cut the story off or it would have gone for another three-hundred pages!

Jorick: You could have just given it a happy ending and left it there.

Jo: Happy ending? Please! You’d be bored senseless if I did that! You’re the one who can’t keep your nose out of things. Someone starts a war, and they make a muck up of it, and you run in and sort it out, all while grumbling that you have no choice.

Jorick: You’re the one who forces me into those situations, to “keep things interesting”. I’m not the one who scrolls through the manuscript and says, “Gee, it really needs some violence here. Who can we kill and how can we kill them?”

Jo: Of course not, because that would mean you were involved in the story, rather than just along for the ride.

Jorick: Ride? More like a nightmare trip from hell! And that redheaded idiot is the leader of the arch demons!

Jo: Are you talking about Verchiel? Arch demon is pretty harsh.

Jorick: You’re right, it’s too much for him. He’s more like a toe biting minion. If you have to keep torturing Katelina and I, the least you could do is kill the redheaded idiot. You want me to participate? I’ll set the scene for you. The sky is dark and strewn with diamond stars. The sandy beach stretches into the distance and the dark ocean rolls in and out, the waves playing a rhythmic night symphony. Suddenly, from the shadows leaps a furious vampire. His dark eyes blaze and his heroic muscles bulge as he leaps on his red-haired prey and knocks him to the ground. With a single swift motion he-

Jo: Whoa, wait a minute. First of all, we are NOT killing Verchiel. Second of all – Heroic muscles? If I wrote that I’d be laughed out of the book business.

Jorick: I’ve read your…work. Heroic muscles is an improvement. And why can’t we kill him? He serves no purpose except to irritate me, harass Katelina, and try to create the hint of a love triangle, which we clearly don’t need. Katelina and I are perfectly happy together and he is nothing more than in irritant!

Jo: And there’s the truth. You’re jealous! You’re afraid he’s going to get his triangle. Or that he’s going to turn her. Or link her. You know, I actually thought about that.

Jorick: WHAT?!

Jo: *shrugs* It was a passing thought. You’d be surprised how many interesting ideas I have that I don’t do anything with. Like a Katelina/Kateesha scene I abandoned. That’s really the hard part of being the author. Everything you write is canon. It’s not like some fanfic writer who can do outlandish things and then walk away, no harm done.

Jorick: Then why don’t you go write fanfic and leave us alone?

Jo: I’ve thought about it. Not leaving you alone, but writing my own fanfics. I could post them under a fake name and have all kinds of fun. Think of all the things we could do! I could kill you one by one and have no repercussions! I could send Katelina on a wild weekend with Micah-

Jorick: WHAT? Are you insane? She would never-

Jo: Hello! That’s the point of fan fiction. Never mind. I have too many things to do to listen to you complain. I just stopped in to say hello to Emily. I should also thank her for putting up with you.

Jorick: You should thank her for putting up with you and your inane idea of a guest post. This was really the best you could do?

Jo: *waves her magic writer’s wand* *Jorick disappears* Goodbye Jorick! Thanks for playing! As I was saying, thanks so much for having us over today. Sorry that Jorick complained so much, but you know how he is. He wouldn’t be happy if I stabbed him in the heart with a new stake!

If you’d like to learn more about Jorick, Verchiel and the rest of the chaotic cast you can check out my blog at http://JoleeneNaylor.wordpress.com or my website at http://JoleeneNaylor.com 

If you’d like to read Jorick and Katelina’s adventures, you can pick them up for only $.99 each until Halloween from:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CIZQ70W/kindle/ref=sr_bookseriesnull_B00CIZQ70W

Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/885

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/amaranthine-joleene-naylor?store=allproducts&keyword=amaranthine+joleene+naylor

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joleene naylor 2BIO of Author Joleene Naylor:

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at JoleeneNaylor.com. She and her husband live in Villisca, Iowa near the famous – and reportedly haunted – “axe murder” house. Though she enjoys the paranormal, she refuses to invite the ghosts for a visit. Between the cats, dogs, and turtles, her house is full enough.

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Help!

helping-hand_gscsqoWhen I ask for help, it always comes with anxiety and even distress in some cases.

I’m not talking about help like asking hubby to take out the trash or asking for donations to a charity for a 5K walk/run.

Seditious Book Cover by Emily GuidoNo, the help I’m talking about is personal.

It is about my passion, my little shop in my brain.

I need to promote the pre-sale of Seditious my fourth book in The Light-Bearer Series.

So I have asked everyone I could think of to share Seditious.

I could hire a blog tour, but they are pricey.

tumblr_lnfo31Nfsj1qdvjx6Some friends that I contacted immediately said, YES!  

Their responses made my heart light and was warmed by their encouragement.

UJaB7bMSome friends did not answer.

Which is probably meant to say, no.

It made me wonder.

Like lightning, I realized that . . .

The help I am asking for has to matter to the person I asked.

That’s what eluded me during my sleepless night.

When I ask hubby to take out the trash, he does it, because he knows he’s a part of the family unit. Doing chores is part of being in a family.

When I ask for a donation for a 5K, that person does it with the hope a cure will be found.

So, what I have found is that my asking for help has to matter to you!

I will gladly feature your book or blog. This goes for everyone . . . even if you help me or not! Everyone is welcome. That’s what Pay it Forward Friday is for, to give to you some recognition for your passion!

beyouwings-1It’s sort of cool because it’s Karma.

And if you know me at all, I am a strong believer in Karma.

My mother used to say, “I cast a couple pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Obviously, she wasn’t a philosopher, but she believed we are all dependent on the grace we give to each other!

We may not know it yet, but she was right. Everyone is equal.

Lots of love, Emily

Enjoy the video, one of my favs!

 

 

 

Author S.L. Stacy’s Cover Reveal of RELAPSE – sequel to her debut novel REBORN

Cover Reveal

RELAPSE

by Author S.L. Stacy

Release Date: December 2, 2014

The genre is New Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.

relapsecoverSynopsis

Jasper might be gone for good, but Siobhan can’t escape the memory of him.

Or, rather, Psyche’s memories of him—memories of a kinder, gentler man, not the one who lied and manipulated her. She should have tried harder to reach him—to save Jasper from the darkness consuming him. Guilt—maybe that’s the reason why she still sees his face everywhere she turns. That, or she’s going crazy.

And Siobhan really doesn’t have time to lose her mind. Her best friend is in love with their enemy and is addicted to an alien drug. The Alpha Rhos blame her sorority for their sister’s death and take their quest for vengeance too far. Desperate, the Gamma Lambda Phis call on the help of the most deceitful Olympian of all, making her a promise they’re not even sure they can keep.

Once again, Siobhan finds herself not knowing who she can turn to or who she can trust. She comes to realize that her greatest enemy is the darkness within herself.

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Fun Fact #5:

Graphic designer and reknowned Author in her own right is H.N. Sieverding designed the covers for both REBORN and RELAPSE. As an author, she writes in a variety of genres, but sexy vampires are her specialty.

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S.L. Stacy’s Author Links

Blog: 

http://slstacy.wordpress.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheUrgeToWrite

Twitter:

@sstacy06

Reborn buy links: Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=reborn&sprefix=rebor%2Cdigital-text

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reborn-s-l-stacy/1117341643?ean=2940045370745

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/373602

Reborn on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18747200-reborn

REBORN Book Trailer

RELAPSE Book Trailer

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Me (1)Author S.L. Stacy Bio

S.L. Stacy is a PhD student in environmental and public health and an independent author.

She loves reading and writing in the young/new adult, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and sci-fi genres.

When she’s not writing, Ms. Stacy likes to science, go to zumba, read, and watch Once Upon A Time and The Vampire Diaries.

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Below is a list of links to all of the participating in this Cover Reveal:

Inside the Mind of a Fantasy Writer

What a Nerd Girl Says

Shehanne Moore–Smexy Historical Romance

The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido

Book Junky Girls

Moonlight Reader

Shayna Varadeaux Books

Beckstar Reviews

Echoes of the Pen

Book Worm Brandy

Charmeine

Originally posted on The Scarlet Order:

I have been following Emily Guido’s blog for some time and I’ve enjoyed the snippets she’s shared from her novels as well as her thoughts about her personal life journey and the writing process. So, I decided it was about time I read the first novel in her Light-Bearer series, Charmeine.

Charmeine

Charmeine opens in heaven, where we learn about two angels who are deeply in love. One is Tabbruis, Angel of Self-Determination. The other is Charmeine, Angel of Harmony. In chapter two, something has happened. Tabbruis and Charmeine have been separated by time and space. Tabbruis wakes up in the land of Canaan and befriends a shepherd boy named Joseph, wearing a colorful coat. When marauders break into the camp, Tabbruis tries to stop them. In the process, he discovers that he’s a fanged creature with a craving for blood. The centuries pass and Tabbruis doesn’t age. Eventually he meets…

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Dracula Untold – thoughts and review, Oh My . . .

10616252_307722532746559_1630660148443650798_nOkay, I believe I’m a Paranormal Romance Connoisseur.

Others would say I’m freak about the genre.

However, I choose to believe that we all have little quirks. This is mine.

I love Paranormal Romance!

I religiously read novels, watch movies and TV, and even go to plays of the Paranormal Romance genre.

So, with that little bit of embarrassing fact being divulged, I’m going to share with you my experience from watching the new movie, DRACULA UNTOLD.

Art-Parkinson-Luke-Evans-Dracula-Untold-VladI really loved the premise of this movie. Instead of the regular, run of mill evil Dracula . . . this Dracula had a mammoth cause to conquer.

The relationship he has with his wife and child is loving and downright heartwarming.

dracula-untold-5Yes, and I was brought to welling up as the story developed between the family.

This story of Dracula was not of selfishness or wanton evil, it was about being able to protect your home and loved ones.

Being a hero!

I am always puzzled how villianized the Dracula story is, but this was a truly different take.

Okay, now I’m going to tell you the truth!

The main reason why I loved this movie is because of LUKE EVANS! Oh my . . .

tumblr_inline_n7wwnlD2jK1qfqrsnI mean, there are roles made for actors, and this was made for him.

He excelled at it. Not only being my perfect vision of Dracula, his speech, actions, and mannerisms were spot on how Dracula would be.

There is a character in The Light-Bearer Series, Dmitri, who the Dracul Legend was made from. Yes, I used the plot in my novels, but with a totally different twist.

Luke Evans would be an excellent Dmitri!

I was thinking during the movie, I wonder if he will play this role in my movie version of The Light-Bearer Series? Oh my . . .

Gary Shore, the Director did a fantastic job as the action was fast-paced and gripping.

The cinematography and special effects were unbelievably good! I know a lot of the effects were CGI, but I couldn’t tell it. Some of my favorite movies have cheesy CGI and/or special effects. It really detracts from the story, these did not. I was suckered into believing a million bats can wage war against a hoard.

The music by Ramin Djawdi is driving and compelled the scenes. It added to the artistry. Now, I watched this movie in IMAX with Surround sound. I realize that may have helped intensify the experience, but it was worth the money I laid down to watch it.

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For all this and more, I would say if you are a Paranormal fan, RUN, don’t walk to see this movie, DRACULA UNTOLD!

If you are an action and historical fan, you would like this movie also.

For my very, self-admitted addiction, I found this version of Dracula to be one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time!

I’m adding it to the list right with John Badham’s, Dracula, which is my all-time favorite movie!

See this movie before it leaves the theater, the small screen won’t give you the wonderful majesty this movie provides!

The Trailer is below, but it won’t do DRACULA UNTOLD justice. I don’t think any trailer could!

I will give this movie a rating of a 10 plus out of 10!

Lots of love, Emily

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LIEBSTER AWARD – thank you . . .

Author Extraordinaire Author David Lee Summers has just nominated me for the Liebster Award.

liebster-award-mainHe is a Brilliant in being an accomplished Author and Astronomer. He is a scientist who studies celestial bodies such as black holes, moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies, as well as Gamma-ray bursts and cosmic microwave background radiation. A related but distinct subject, cosmology, is concerned with studying the universe as a whole.

Go check his blog and most importantly, his books! Thank you David!  YOU ROCK!

Why do you blog?

I have learned that we are all connected; it is just that we don’t know each other yet. I want to know the amazing people in this media.

d651ea6dbcf90e27f1b86f09d01e05c6df73b326Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?

My favorite teacher was my Mother!  She taught me the most important lesson to BE KIND!  NO ONE IS BETTER THAN YOU and YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE!

What is your favorite film?

Frank-Langella-DraculaOf course, it has to be the John Badham’s version of Dracula.  Yes, it was cheesy, but oh my . . . Frank Langella was at his prime good looks! I loved his hypnotic eyes and his hands were masterpieces that could direct symphonies!  Speaking of symphonies, John Williams wrote the best soundtrack ever!  The music added to the wonderful magnum opus of art!  As others wouldn’t think so, my version of art is different and this film was to me.  Call me crazy, but it was!  If you haven’t seen the film in a while, take another look at it.

water_waves_ocean_ripple_high_quality_animated_gifWhat is your favorite place you’ve visited and why?

I love the OCEAN – anywhere! Why? Because it makes me and my problems small in comparison to its majesty and vastness, I am humbled.

If given a choice, would you be a vampire? Why or why not?

I would love to be a vampire – oh my!  Why? To be an instrument of nature and have power to live many lives, would be a treasure to me.

dracula_book_cover_1902_doubleday_89What literary classic do you most want to read?

Oh well, you know . . . Brahms Stoker, Dracula. I’ve read about a hundred times! I have read Mary Shelley Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein tons of times. Yes, I love the older horror writers. They are timeless, and I could read them over and over again.  One day, I biggest wish and hope is that someone out there enjoys The Light-Bearer Series like I enjoy those books!

If you could order anything to eat right now, what would it be?

WOW! I have lost 150 pounds to regain my health.  I haven’t had sugar in almost two years!  However, I don’t want sugar, if you can imagine that!  With my condition, I can’t eat a lot at a time. For once, I would love to have a Porterhouse Steak with a loaded baked potato, and eat it heartily!

Are you a day person or a night person?

Sort of both! I work during the day my job which pays the bills, and then I come home at night and play – writing my books or catching up reading the wonderful people’s post on the blogosphere!

What does writing mean to you?

034E V E R Y T H I N G!  I love letting the movie I have playing in my mind be typed out for people to read and enjoy! The art of writing is an outlet I treasure! It is my pleasure and joy to read and write. I know that people can get high on drugs . . . but lets just say this is my crack!

What’s your beverage of choice when writing?

I love, love, love COKE and COFFEE!  However, since I have been on a healthy trend trying to repair my body – I have been drinking Diet Cherry Zero and Green Tea. My characters get to eat or drink anything they want in The Light-Bearer Series, so I live through them!

What does this award mean to you?

We all love to tell other people about our work, hopes and dreams. I have given you a glimpse of mine!

wirbel01This Award is in the award is not meant to obligate anyone. It is intended as a tool to get to know others in the blogging community.  Someone you or your readers have never been exposed to. This lovely chance to spread the joy goes to:

  1. Paula Acton – lovely and inspirational person across the pond!

  2. Mendy Den Hollander – another person who inspires me, constantly and I love her!

  3. Wendy Lovetiggi – an Author who has given me a lot of good advice!

  4. Kristina Haecker This spunky gal has is always spot on with her reviews and I love reading them!

  5. Jen Dinn Jenn is a hot and spicy book reviewer of all sorts of paranormal activity.

The recommendations of this award are:

  • Thank your nominator and post a link to his/her blog.

  • Display the award on your blog.

  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the nominator.

  • Nominate 5-11 blogs.

  • Make up and post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

  • Post these rules on your blog.

  • Again, this Award does not obligate anyone. It is given in respect and love!

My questions to these lovely bloggers are:

  1. Why do you blog? Do you have a purpose to fulfill?

  2. What kinds of physical activity do you like and why?

  3. What medium of entertainment do you like?

  4. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

  5. Do you have a favorite meal?

  6. What piece of advice would you give to a new blogger?

  7. How did you choose the title of your blog?

  8. Who are your favorite Authors, Actors and/or Entertainers?

  9. If you had a year off to do anything, what would you do?

  10. What is a passion of yours?

  11. What does this award mean to you?

Review of SEDITIOUS by Author and Reviewer Wendy Lovetiggi

This review is unsolicited.

Seditious 

will be out in pre-sales soon by PDMI Publishing

I gave it to a reviewer and Author Wendy Lovetiggi

Here it is!

4 Seditious Book Cover1I was given an e-copy of Seditious (The Light Bearer Series #4) by the author, Emily Guido, in exchange for an honest review.

Thank You Emily!!

Where to start?

This installment has a lot of emotions woven through the words, betrayal, love, evil, hurt, faith, trust, and sensuality.

Charmeine and Tabbruis are going through so much as their LOVE for each other is diabolically tested.

12006904_l 1It threw me for a loop to read along as they went through the heartfelt scenes that were depicted so clearly.

The twists and turns kept me up way into the night as I had to know what would happen next.

prawThe characters are awesome, personable, and lovable.

I adore this series.

Why?

Because it speaks to the hardcore romantic within me, it leaves the sensual scenes up to the readers imagination, and it so uniquely refreshing.

I recommend this series to all the YA Paranormal Readers out there.

Go Get Ya Some!

5 out of 5 Hearts
Lovetiggi’s Book Reviews

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/620205111

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BOOK TRAILER FOR

SEDITIOUS

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Blood amour . . .

 

Tabbruis 6“I can heal the cut and bump on your head. Please, let me heal you.” Tabbruis gently touched her head.

“But, how?”

“Trust me, I will not hurt you,” he replied as he looked into her eyes.

Not knowing what to expect, she nodded.

Tabbruis took her head and leaned it over to him with her forehead on his chest.

All of a sudden, Charleen felt a warm, wet bolt of lightning going through her which did not hurt. She grabbed him around his waist and pulled him close to her.

Tabbruis did not know why but her blood was exquisite. He had never tasted someone’s blood which fired his passion and desire. He held her close.

hot2She could hear him softly growl as he licked the wound. The sounds didn’t scare her. It thrilled her. She moaned gently with feelings of sexual pleasure. Her chest swelled, and her heart raced.

He fought to keep his fangs in his gums. Her blood was like an answer to his hunger which had burned in him for centuries. Tabbruis felt her power in the blood. Her blood was intoxicating him with sexual want. His feelings of desire intensified. He could not control the urge to take her into his arms and never let her go until they both had sweet relief.

Charleen moaned louder. The sexual electricity was flying up and down her body. Her body hummed with desire. She dug her nails into his back to draw him closer to her.

Tabbruis knew she was as excited as he was…

Suddenly, his fangs appeared. Quickly, he moved away from her turning around and covering his mouth.

images (7)Charleen slowly opened her heavy-hooded eyes with a hunger she never had before. She felt a sexual need for this man in front of her. She asked breathlessly, “Why did you stop? What’s the matter? Have I done something wrong?”

“In my life, I have never tasted blood so powerful and intoxicating.”

“Powerful? Intoxicating?” Charleen gasped and felt like she was on fire with passion.

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Passion is so underrated!

I love this song!

Lots of love, Emily 

 

Symbolism – do my readers get it?

6-1As an Author, I have hundreds of symbols in my novels, The Light-Bearer Series.

Symbolism isn’t a new concept.

However, if it is an inside symbol to the Author, it can be lost to the reader. Isn’t that the reason you write? To convey the picture you have in your head?

I recently read a novel by a talented Author, and symbolism was used a lot and the explanation wasn’t there. However, I knew it was a symbol for something, but I didn’t want or couldn’t decode it.

Symbols are used in The Light-Bearer Series such as the ocean being a calming influence on Tabbruis and Charmeine.

413678-1680x1050Charmeine loves roses, and her love is based on the purity, romance and delight roses are to the senses and heart.

images (22)The Castle Charmeine in Romania is not just a home. It is a symbol of security, unity, and comfort.

2012-dodge-charger-sxt-v6-photo-473495-s-1280x782The Dodge Charger that Tabbruis loves so much is a symbol of Tabbruis’ strength, power, and hard as nails attitude.

ShaneShane’s bright, red, long hair is a symbol of his vitality, love and laughter but with an ass-kicking personality.

Supreme+yellow+and+white+gold++engagment+ring+with+yellow+and+white+diamondsHaving a trigger in my books, like the diamond, citrine and onyx wedding ring given to Charmeine, is there for the reader to understand - there is always dark with the light.

I believe my readers get these symbols.

They understand and most importantly, relate to them.

Earlier, I said that I read a book where the Symbolism lost me. Maybe I wasn’t smart enough or engaged enough to figure it out?

I freely admit that I am not perfect. I give the benefit of the doubt to the Author, but it did stick with me so much that I wanted to write about it and ask . . .

Have you ever been lost reading a book with symbolism?

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I love

The Police

This song is definitely in the symbolistic category!

Lots of love, Emily

Pay it Forward Friday with H.D. Lynn and her soon to be released GOD’S PLAY

I love to do this! This is another novel that is just up my alley. I love the book cover too.

Enjoy and lots of love, Emily

 

GOD’s PLAY Synopsis

cover10006 (1)Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely ally because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel why his powers are important to Circe and the shape-shifters. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.

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1291233_10152763158424992_7306724937967907691_oH.D. Lynn Bio:

H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.

When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

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God’s Play, is being released by Curiosity Quills Press.

GOD’S PLAY is a 82,000 word YA urban fantasy novel blending Egyptian mythology, The Odyssey, and Supernatural style monster hunting.

It should appeal to you if you like action-filled stories and have a wry sense of humor.

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cover10006 (1)Links for Author H.D. Lynn:

Amazon

H.D. Lynn’s Website: http://throwthisbookatme.com/my-books/

https://curiosityquills.com/news/cover-reveal-gods-play-by-h-d-lynn/

https://curiosityquills.com/authors/heather-lynn/

The 10 lessons I learned from being an Author . . .

Get-what-you-give-giving-back-picture-quote1. Be KIND . . .

If I am not kind, then I should expect to be treated badly.  It may not be today… but it may be a time when I really need it.

2. Don’t be HAUGHTY . . .

I am the first person to say that I am not the expert in anything.

3. Read other Author’s work without an AGENDA . . .

No one in the world wants to be pre-judged. You have a genre that you feel comfortable with, that’s great. However, branch out and test the waters with other genres without any judgement. You will be happy you did!

book-review-620x3304. Always read a book from COVER to COVER . . .

If you talk to a person, you don’t walk away during mid-sentence – that would be rude. Don’t do that to your fellow Authors!

5. Be good to YOURSELF . . .

You are important, if your brain isn’t rested and happy, then your work will be compromised. Use common sense. Take care of your best resource . . . yourself!

6. Take time for WRITING . . .

Shut out the world and sit down to write. It doesn’t take much time, if you are centered. I use earphones and listen to music. You may find sitting outside on your porch works or getting up in the middle of night? Find your niche.

7. Don’t get trapped into thinking every word that is written has to be PERFECT . . .

Perfection doesn’t exist. I have no doubt that every great Author has to re-write and/or edit. Don’t let your creativity be stifled by perfection.

29a31948. You have to be ENGAGED . . .

You need to educate yourself thoroughly about Social Media, and you can’t be afraid to put yourself and your work out there with WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.

9. BREATHE. . .

Rome wasn’t built in day, and neither is a career. You have to work, put in your dues and take your time. Don’t rush yourself. Know that being an Author is hard work. Give yourself time and relax to enjoy life.

10. This is the most important lesson I have learned . . . Karma is a Bitch!

It seems my first rule is like my 10th . . . huh . . . could be something to that, you know?  If you review, write or act like your work is perfect, you are wrong!  No one is perfect, and Karma will turn around bite you in the butt. Maybe it will be a chance of a lifetime that you will miss. All my fortunate circumstances have come from being humble and paying it forward.

Enjoy this song, it’s one that I listen to a lot when I work . . .

It is unbelievably accurate!

Lots of love, Emily

 

 

Love lost . . .

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Dmitri saw the pain his brother, Nemamiah, was in. Nemamiah and Hameal were lovers since The Great Pyramids were built.

He thought, Love knows no race, sex, or boundaries . . .  it was just love.

As Dmitri’s heart was breaking for Nemamiah, he put his hand on his shoulder and counseled in a gentle voice, “When you are ready, Nemamiah, all has been prepared. Take as long as you need, Brother.”

sadness-and-fear_2471364Tabbrius and Dmitri stood far away to allow Nemamiah time to grieve over Hameal. He was growling and crying out to God while clutching Hameal close to his body.

“Dmitri, in all the millennia I have been on Earth, I have never loved.” Tabbrius admitted with his head hung low with shyness.

“You have never loved?” Dmitri was a little taken by surprise and raised his eyebrows.

Tabbrius kicked at the dirt and nervously whispered. “I have never had the desire to, Dmitri. I do not think I ever will.”

“Oh my . . . well, do not fret, Brother. God will bring you a mate in His time, and when He does . . . it shall be forever.” Dmitri smiled at the Heavens filled with bright stars. He thought about his love, Hera, and the first time he saw her beautiful face. She was his destiny, and Dmitri knew it the moment, he laid his eyes upon Hera.

1308801-bigthumbnail1Nemamiah stood up and took Hameal’s dead body over to the makeshift altar. He gently laid him on the funeral pyre.

Dmitri got Nemamiah’s okay and sparked the wood.

As the fire was burning Hameal’s body. Nemamiah turned away. Trembling with loss and sadness, he cried “My heart, my love, my Hameal is gone. I cannot bear it . . . ”

Dmitri hugged him tightly. “Nemamiah, my heart knows yours is broken, because I have been where you are now. The Elder Council killed my wife, son and daughter. I know well . . .  your pain.” He sighed heavily because his heart was breaking just like the night when they were savagely murdered.

vader_pyreThen, with resolve, Nemamiah turned to the fire, crossed his arms across his chest, and announced, “My name is now . . . Neal.”

“Why?” Dmitri asked softly as he wiped tears from his eyes.

“Neal is the first two letters in my name, and the last two letters of Hameal’s name.” As tears flowed in channels down his face he declared, “Nemamiah is in the fire lying next to his lover Hameal, dead.”

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My heart broke as I wrote this passage in my book.

This song gave me comfort when I needed it as a child.

And it still does today . . .

Because it’s how we choose to remember loss which makes it

hard to cope

or

hopeful for the future.

Lots of love, Emily

Pay it Forward Friday with new release, BLACK KAT – by Author H.N. Sieverding

Black Kat HN SieverdingBLACK KAT

By Author H.N. Sieverding

Release Date: September 24, 2014

Genre: Sports /Romance /Contemporary /YA

Gwen struggles to live up to her mother’s outrageous expectations of her as her mother pushes her daughter to pursue her dream to skate professionally.  Gwen has the talent, but her overbearing mother, and Gwen’s fear of failure, may ruin that dream.

Gwen starts a job at the rink, and her brother, Sam’s, best friend, Morgan, his first season playing for the Black Kats.  Sam’s relationship with Morgan is strained when Morgan gets into the Kats.  Sam begins to resent his friend’s new fame, something that begins to pull the boys apart.  But to make matters worse, Gwen has a crush on the newest Black Kat, despite Morgan being like her big brother.  But Morgan’s stubbornness, and her brother’s disapproval of their relationship, aren’t the only challenges that stand in her way.  She isn’t the only one with her eye on the star player of the Kats….

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Excerpt “The Race”

“So, seven laps. Starting at the south entrance.”

Gwen nodded, and they skated toward the south gate.

They were about to start, but a voice interrupted, “You boys ain’t playin’.” Morgan glared at Gwen. “This little brat is mine.”

Gwen’s chin was raised, an arrogance in her stance. She was extremely angry and wearing her tough girl face. She had not forgiven him for their fight earlier, and as stubborn as she was, it would take more than beating her in a race to get back in her good graces.

Black Kat 1“So, what’s the wager?” Morgan turned to Nate.

“A New Year’s kiss.” Gwen’s answer was snarky. “And if you lose, no Augusta State. You stay with the Kats next year.”

“You have to beat him, Gwen!” Nate shouted playfully. “He can’t abandon his Kats!”

“You know you’re gonna lose,” Gwen cooed in a husky voice. “I’ve beaten you before.”

“Like, when we were ten. And you cheated, anyway. You always cheat. So…when I win…” Morgan’s mood suddenly turned upbeat as he pointed to her. “I get those panties.” With his words, the boys all started laughing.

chama26Gwen’s draw dropped, and she stared at Morgan blankly. After taking a few seconds to recover her angry face, she grinded her steel toe into the ice in annoyance. Her long, black and red laces bounced as she spoke through gritted teeth, “Fine.” She spun sharply.

“Ten laps. No handicaps.”

Gwen shook her head, confusion in her eyes. “What?”

“Means I’ll check your hot, little ass if I catch up to you.” Morgan’s eyes narrowed. “Porky.”

“No way, Morgan. Checking is not allowed in a race.”

“It is in this one.” A devilish grin filled his lips as he raised his eyebrows.

“You’re bigger than me.” Gwen put her hands on her hips, shaking them to the left in frustration. “That is not fair.”

“So, you’re forfeiting?” Morgan punched his open palm, an excited look in his eyes.

“Well…” Gwen stumbled over her words. “No, but—”

“Awesome.” He reached over and tapped her shoulder. “Let’s race, Roberts.”

Holding up a fist, she glared at her adversary. “I’m gonna kick your ass, Tanner.”

Black Kat 3“I look forward to it.” He reached back and slapped her butt. Gwen retaliated, slapping at his shoulders.

“This race is gonna be awesome,” Nate whispered to Kingley, but Kingley wasn’t really laughing. Nate’s voice then rose, “So, who’s gonna judge it?”

Sam held up his hand. “I’ll do it.”

“You’re here, too?” Gwen glanced at her brother. She wanted to beat him as much as she did Morgan. Her eyes jumped to the sidelines, where Jenny and Anne were cheering her on.

“Yep,” Sam answered cheekily.

Gwen rolled her eyes then turned and readied herself to start. “Let’s just start already.”

Morgan stood next to her, whispering in her ear, “You’re gonna get your ass Tanned.” He stuck his tongue out at her playfully.

Gwen slapped him.

“On five!” Sam’s voice was loud as he raised his hand. He then started counting down.

Gwen’s breath was quick, her jaw stiff. Morgan, on the other hand, was pretty calm.

As soon as Sam yelled, “go,” Gwen took off. Morgan let her ahead for a lap, Gwen gathering more speed by the second. Thinking she was winning, Gwen smiled and glanced back. Her eyes widened when she saw Morgan barreling toward her.

Morgan shouted, “Check!” as he slammed her into the barrier. And it wasn’t a soft action, either. This was a competition, and he seemed determined to win it. Gwen tripped, but caught herself before she fell to the ice.

Morgan spun, skating backward a few lengths as he sent her a wicked grin. Gwen quickly regained her footing and took after him. Every time she tried to pass him, he’d shove her over a foot or two. Then, she started shoving back, but he barely budged.

Morgan was laughing hysterically, and even in plain clothes, he towered over the slender figure skater. Their speed slowed, and the race got heated. Gwen’s face was stressed as she tried to knock him over, her hands repeatedly pushing into him.

Ice-Skating-Stop“Move…you big…” She was speaking through gritted teeth, each failed attempt fueling her anger. “Ice prick!”

“Last lap!” Sam shouted.

Slamming into her, Morgan hooked her foot slightly and tripped her. Gwen fell to the ice and winced. It was cold against her bottom, but the sting only made her anger grow hotter. She sprang to her feet and came up on him from the rear. She shoved him from behind, but he didn’t fall, just stumbled a bit. They pushed each other the whole way to the home stretch.

About two feet from the finish line, Morgan shoved her hard, and she fell to the ice again. With an agape expression, Gwen watched him finish. She didn’t get up, her eyes narrowing on his form. He was laughing and pointing at her, which only made her scowl deepen.

“That was not fair!” Gwen kicked her feet, letting out a little whine as she balled her fists.

“Stop being a sore loser.” Morgan held out his hand and helped her up. The back of her skirt was wet, her stockings now speckled a brownish color. Leaning forward, he whispered in her ear, “I win, Porky.”

He watched her skate away angrily. “Gwenie!” There was an upbeat tone to his voice, though he was upset. “What about my prize?”

With a quick turn, she stopped and glared at him from several feet away. Reaching under her skirt, she shimmied down the boy shorts covering her panties then awkwardly pulled them over her skates. She then threw them on the ice. “I hate you, Morgan Tanner!” She skated away.

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Author H.N. Sieverding Bio:

H.N. Sieverding is best known for her dark paranormal romances and unique take on the modern vampire. She writes mainly in the Paranormal Romance and Horror genres, but also writes Contemporary Romance. She is known to favor her handsome villains, which is a trait that can be found in most of her books. Seeing her stories in print has been one of her greatest achievements besides her son, whom she is most proud of. Aside from writing, she’s an avid artist and award winning graphic designer.

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Author Links:

www.hnsieverding.com

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 Other published books:

Initiation (Christian’s Kisses #1)

Seed of the Master (Christian’s Kisses #2)

The Bloodlust Prince

Secret Scarlet

Blood Kisses (Nightwalkers #1)

Forever Black (Nightwalkers #2)

Blood War (Nightwalkers #3)

Check Mate

Forever Mine

The Doll Shoppe Murders

Injudicious prejudice . . .

Almost before I could walk, my Mother taught me I wasn’t better than anyone else, period. As I wrote this passage, I could remember the newscaster saying Martin Luther King had died, Pope John was shot, or Nelson Mandela was still imprisoned. Injudicious prejudice. However, I wanted The Light-Bearer Series to reflect my mother’s philosophy . . . respect others like yourself.

Lots of love, Emily

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david-gandy-15.jpg1The Elder Temple Guards brought in a beautiful young man whose light and life radiated throughout the stone building. The man’s hands were tied behind his back, his face was distorted from beatings and his neck had been ripped open by a Blood-Hunter’s fangs.

Tabbruis wanted to instantly help the man.

Dmitri gripped his arm firmly whispering very softly as others around them could not hear, “You cannot help this man, to do so would mean your death too.”

“Who or what is this man? He gives off a light like the sun. Is he a Light-Bearer?”

“Yes.”

Tabbruis felt empathy for the condemned Light-Bearer and became angry.

“Light-Bearers are our opposites. Their mission from God is to eradicate us as our mission from the Elder Council is to eradicate them. The Elders believe the Earth is ours and not to be shared. You know and understand I do not share their beliefs, Tabbruis.”

“I do not either. The Earth can be shared as long as we let the humans live in peace. But Dmitri, we should help the Light-Bearer escape.”

“Hold on and think . . . we would condemn ourselves at the first step we take to the Altar of Judgment. There is a Prophecy the Elder Council will come to justice.” Dmitri exhaled and looked very angry.

john_abraham-27“Listen, Tabbruis, if I would have known of this man’s captivity beforehand, we could have covertly helped him escape without revealing our identities. Over the years I have helped many prisoners escape. Even though my heart breaks for this Light-Bearer, we cannot save him. Once they know of our covert treachery, we will surely die. If we are dead, how will the next condemned Light-Bearer or Blood-Hunter escape?”

Tabbruis felt disgust and hatred towards the Elder Council and began to understand Dmitri’s deep revulsion and abhorrence to them.

“Also, remember each species is repellent of the other. The Light-Bearers believe the light cannot have dark, and the Blood-Hunters believe the dark cannot have light!”

Thoughts of injudicious prejudice crashed on Tabbruis’ soul, Light cannot have dark, and the dark cannot have light.

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This video reminds me of the gifts I have been given and to share . . .

Tough . . .

I’m a hard as nails person . . . okay, I’m a marshmallow when it comes to romance. I wanted my heroine to be tough, and she is. However, Charmeine has a heart of love so big it could fill oceans. I wish I was like that!

Lots of love, Emily

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tumblr_m4qm5khdnd1rx0u6zo3_2501Tabbruis’ grasp on her shoulder was firm, but she could almost feel his concern. She turned and looked into his deep green eyes and melted. “I’m sorry, you are right. I’m mad because with all my training, I didn’t get to fight him. Damn it to Hell! I would have loved to have taken him down a notch or two.”

Tabbruis started to laugh, shook his head and smiled wide. He asked with his eyebrows up in a quizzical way, “Just a notch or two?”

91-dark-shadows-gloriaThey both burst out laughing.

He took her arm and asked, “May I?”

“Yes, okay.”

Tabbruis took her arm in his hands. It was warm and delicate. He wrapped it around his broad shoulder and neck. Then he smoothly lifted her legs up by the backs of her knees.

Charleen instantly felt safer in his arms. With a sweet and soft voice, she whispered, “Thank you, for rescuing me,” and she laid her head on his big, strong chest.

kissing-couples-wallpaper-love-coule in dark-love images download-romantic love images download-cute love images download-hot love images download-love-kiss-couple-cute couple-www.143loveu.blogspot.inTabbruis could not believe how beautiful this woman was. When her arm swiped his neck, his flesh became flushed. He had her in his arms, and his heart started to beat harder. He hoped upon hope the light he saw during the attack was indeed lightning.

His mind ran over the fact Light-Bearers and Blood-Hunters were enemies. Closing his eyes, Tabbruis prayed silently, God, please do not let her be a Light-Bearer.

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I picked this video because it really makes me feel empowered, and it ROCKS! 

And once Tabbruis meets Charmeine . . .

A dear friend left this comment on a previous blog,

Daven Anderson, Author of Vampire Syndrome, (fantastic series)

“And once Tabbruis meets Charmeine…” so I thought, why not show you?

The attraction was magical, as their forbidden love blooms.

Thank you Daven and Lots of love, Emily

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tumblr_m4331igFJG1ql3cv0o1_5001The man started to blink, revealing unfathomable green eyes. She sighed with relief when he opened his eyes. His brow was creased with questions as he looked at her. Feeling his pulse on his wrist was strong, she smiled in relief. “Oh, thank God. Are you okay? Can you hear me?”

Tabbruis thought he saw light coming from her hand into his, but the light did not hurt, it felt wonderful! As he struggled to get up off the pavement, she tried to help him.

She clumsily knocked herself over and fell beside him losing her balance.

On the pavement, they lay next to each other face to face. Tabbruis and Charleen looked at each other intently.

beautiful-couple-dark-follow-foolme-kiss-Favim_com-254908Weakly, almost willing the breath out of her lungs, she gasped, “I wanted to listen to Billy Joel under the stars . . . but I didn’t think I would be doing it lying on the parking lot.”

Tabbruis looked at her through his blurry eyes focusing on her beautiful face and half growled, “I came on a whim and did not expect to be lying in a parking lot listening to Billy Joel under the stars.”

He saw her smile and laugh rolling her eyes around in her head. He could tell she was in pain. He listened because her small laugh was like a balm on his soul. Coming to his senses, Tabbruis struggled to sit up. “As much fun as this has been, Miss, we cannot lie here all night looking at the stars and listening to music.”

She noticed his European accent right away and nodded while she held her head.

img233250191After struggling to get on his knees, Tabbruis turned and looked down at the face below him as if she were still a dream. She was magnificent! She had a round face with big bright brown eyes, tanned skin, a small nose. Her long hair looked like golden honey.

Hesitantly, Tabbruis extended his left hand to her, and put his right hand behind her head. Then he gently raised her into a sitting position. He saw she was starting to get up on her own, and took his hands off of her. Mostly because the more he touched her, the more he wanted to never let her go.

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Connection out of loneliness . . .

Connections are tough.

We fill our lonely days and nights with friends, family, careers and hobbies.

Finding a true connection that captures those feelings beyond our normal hustle and bustle lives, is what I wanted to convey in this passage between

Charmeine and Tabbruis.

Lots of love, Emily

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Tabbruis - 4Charmeine stood and walked past him to the railing of the terrace overlooking the harbor. Her long golden hair whipped around her shoulders. Keeping her eyes on the harbor she confided, “I was found in 1997 not having any memory before that. However, I’ve been alone.”

She smiled in remembrance. “I met Shane, but he was like a baby brother to me. I sort of took care of him.” Shaking her head, she smiled. “He was always getting into one mess after another.”

98525938E8BB48509D7C78A00DFA670DWiping her eyes, she slowly turned away from Tabbruis’ penetrating gaze, “Loneliness . . . it’s torture in a way. No. It’s worse, because at the end of the torture, you have rest.”

She rotated her body around to look him in the eyes and professed, There is no rest from one minute of loneliness because it fills your being and wraps your heart so tight; it doesn’t want to beat because it just hurts too much to go on.”

He closed his eyes and thought, My God! She has just described all the centuries I have been on Earth in that one sentence. He looked up at the moonlit, star-filled mosaic sky, and thought, God, what do I do? Please help me?

Her heart felt hopeful and professed, “I know Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers are supposed to destroy each other, but I am hopeful you and I are . . . unique.”

-1He looked at her intently and thought, What is she saying?

She felt his stare and kept her head toward the harbor and declared, “A Blood-Hunter and a Light-Bearer we may be, but even if you do not want to admit it . . . there is a link between us.”

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I LOVE Frank Sinatra – his voice mesmerizes me . . .

and this song is the one of my favorites!

Pay it Forward Friday with Author Anthony Renfro and his new book!

A MUST READ!!!

A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

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A Zombie Thanksgiving

One woman risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse to prepare a grand Thanksgiving feast.

A Zombie Christmas

In a Zombie Apocalypse, three men risk life and limb to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas morning.

A Zombie New Year

Separated in a Zombie Apocalypse, Becky and Joe risk life and limb in order to reunite on New Year’s Eve.

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Anthony has this Holiday Rocking set of books all set up for Pre-Order on the EBook side and it is now available in Print to purchase.

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Two of these stories in it are FREE

September 19, 2014

A Zombie Thanksgiving and A Zombie Christmas 

The link to the trilogy on Amazon is:

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published on October 10, 2014

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Author Anthony Renfro, Bio

Anthony likes to keep things short and sweet.  

He lives in Apex, North Carolina.

Anthony is a reader, writer, runner, music lover (heavy metal mostly), husband, father, and stay at home dad – one of the toughest jobs anyone could ever do!

Tabbruis the ultimate loner . . .

When I wrote the first book, Charmeine, I wanted to explain how frustrated and isolated Tabbruis was. He was a introvert. I guess we have all felt reclusive in a way. Maybe it gives our psyche time to recharge?

Lots of love, Emily

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287629_213334552052437_100001276809062_616250_6076118_oFor eight centuries, Tabbruis was a private individual. Solitude was best for him as blood raced in his brain when he was around humans. The scent of blood and the rush it gave him to pierce the jugular was exquisite, but it was always with a price of a severe self-loathing and self-hatred. His determination to abstain was strong, and he vowed not to take another human life for the pleasure of their blood. He drank donated blood only when big game was unavailable to hunt.

“Why am I drawn to the United States? Why the East Coast?” he muttered. Tabbruis had just killed a big stag taking all the life from it and sat back looking at the night sky. Like a star crashing into the Earth, he had an empty and lost feeling. He had been isolated for so long by choice; he was unsure what to think of his recent compulsion to venture out to the United States. He looked at the moon and roared a guttural, “Why?” Desperation, which was an old friend, overtook him again and mumbled, “Where else do you want to go?”

2012-dodge-charger-sxt-v6-photo-473495-s-1280x782Feeling unfocused, Tabbruis wandered until it was close to dawn. He needed a shower and a change of clothes. With speed and accuracy, he found his car parked off US Interstate 80 in northwest New Jersey by the exit for Sparta. He looked around to make sure he was not being watched and walked up to his car. He took out of the passenger side a thin black leather jacket which he promptly put on over his blood-stained shirt. He cleaned his hands and face with a wet-nap, then kicked the mud and leaves from his shoes.

Tabbruis slid behind the wheel of his Dodge Charger SRT8 with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine. His muscle car roared to life with a push of the ignition button. He enjoyed the luxury and power of 465 horses under his hands driving down the open road. This car was a joy to drive, and he freely admitted to being attached to the Charger. He babied and took care of it. In his mind, European sports cars had nothing over his monster Charger with a Hemi.

1174758_625646457467292_272020049_nThousands of years being on Earth with superpowers and skill made him independently wealthy. He had hidden money around the globe in all sorts of currency and commodities. Determined, if he was going to be alone, he would have stability. Usually, Tabbruis denied himself luxuries and roughed it. Unlike power-hungry men of the Earth, he had to stay out of the spotlight. He needed to be far from suspicion and very much under the radar of governments and media.

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I love this video of HEART!

This song haunts me every time I listen to it . . .

Help others . . . help yourself!

This is a personal post . . .

I seem to be doing that a lot these days, but I’m trying to clear the cobwebs out of my mind – one of them is bothersome.

imagesHave you ever heard of Karma?

Let me make this perfectly clear, I am NOT a philosopher at all.

However, I believe Karma is circular.

If you want good things to happen, you make them happen by the good you give others.

If you want to be helped, you need to help others.

If you want to be happy, you need to make others happy.

So on and so forth . . .

I believe that there are some TREMENDOUSLY great Bloggers, Authors and awesome readers out there. So, let’s help each other out!

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Ask another blogger for a Guest Post

In other words, spread the word.  

There is enough good to go around.

Let’s all unite and bring our talents and work out to each other!

I have to say that there is one person who is constantly re-blogging and giving me words of encouragement even when I was sick or too busy to blog regularly.

Jueseppi even sent me emails and asked how I was doing.

I was truly touched!

Jueseppi The Obamacrat take a much needed virtual hug from me!

GOOD-KARMA-AD.-1aiI have up on my home page Pay it Forward Friday -and little response.

That makes me sad!

Paying it Forward is the best way to give.

You give and don’t care what that person does with the gift as long as he or she Pays it Forward.  

GREAT CONCEPT!

Let me close by saying one thing I believe with all my heart.

Karma can bite you in the butt . . .

If you aren’t willing to give love and hope to others freely.

 

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Calm before the storm . . . SEDITIOUS is coming soon

In the beginning of the 4th book, SEDITIOUS, you will read Charmeine and Tabbruis were settling down together. I love Charmeine’s bad jokes, it cracks me up. She knows Tabbruis is so serious. Making him laugh with silly jokes brings her joy.

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33 David Gandy picture 1Later in the night, after another bout of nausea, Charmeine came out of the bathroom. “I think we are going to have to buy a truckload of toothpaste,” she joked.

“Gel or paste?” Tabbruis inquired as he laid in the bed

“Paste, always paste,” she chuckled, as she took off her robe and slid under the covers.

“That might be a deal-breaker.” His eyes followed her. “You must be the most beautiful woman in the world.”

“I already won the argument, remember? Or do you need reminding again?”

pregnant%20-%20nightgown%20-%20squareHe laughed. “Charmeine, rest is what I need, and you do too.” He held out his arm and patted his chest.

She snuggled next to him, laid her head on his chest and listened to his steady heartbeat.

He wrapped his arms securely around her.

“What did the pregnant Light-Bearer ask the Blood-Hunter?” she asked with a yawn.

“What?” His eyes half closed ready to doze off.

“Do you have storm insurance?”

Tabbruis’ eyes flew open, and he burst out laughing. “I cannot believe it. That joke is really awful and incredibly bad, Charmeine.”

“Ah, but you’re laughing, aren’t you?” She laid her head back down on his chest with a chuckle.

“I laugh always with you, Charmeine, my lovable, crazy, and precious wife.”

“What would you do without my bad jokes?”

“Sleep,” he answered with a sigh and laugh.

She rolled her eyes and snuggled onto his chest. His laugh was a great comfort to her.

Suddenly, Tabbruis felt Baby Hunter move against his side. “Charmeine, did you feel that?”

babytalk_head“Yes, little Baby Hunter here is very active and likes to hear you laugh. Every time you do, the baby kicks.”

“I do not believe that, Charmeine.” However, he smiled at the thought it was possible.

“Why wouldn’t Baby Hunter flip when you laugh? I do. I always have since the first day we met.”

He kissed her forehead. “Alright, my love, you can tell me bad jokes anytime. They seem the best for making me laugh.”

“Good, because that’s all I know,” she sighed with a smile.

He held her closer and put his hand on her belly to feel Baby Hunter move. He reached out with his Blood-Hunter senses, heard both her heartbeat and the baby’s, and beamed.

“Semper tuus ero, Charmeine.”

She whispered, “Semper tua ero, Tabbruis.”

(I am forever yours.)

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080 (2)This is the song that I think of when I read this passage.

I also love Phil Collins too!

Enjoy!

Lots of love, Emily

 

Deepest Fear . . .

 

images (3)What’s an Author’s deepest fear?

Fear of writing a bad story? Fear that people won’t like the manuscript? Fear of losing ideas or momentum?

Simply, could it be fear of expressing your thoughts and exposing your subconscious?

What is going in the Author’s mind when they write?

I’ve got a movie in my head driving me to write and wonder all the time about the creative process.

I admit it.

6 Conumdrum Book CoverI love my stories, even the ones that I have written outlines for on the back burner of a melting pot mind and computer . . . ALL DIFFERENT!

I’ve got a deep fear that I’m off the rails because my characters and story burn in my gut until I type it.

Right now, I’m working on Conundrum the sixth novel in The Light-Bearer Series, and re-editing Charmeine, Mactus, and Accendo.

PDMI Publishing will soon be releasing the fourth novel, Seditious!  For more thrills, Ransom is coming in 2015.

My stories are ramblings of an intensely romantic and crazy mind. Can an Angelic Light-Bearer and Hellish Blood-Hunter who are total opposites, save the world with their love and acceptance?

When I began writing with Charmeine, I purposely wrote a ton of back-story in the beginning of it because I wanted to show how in the world these two really opposites could ever attract. They learn how to survive on their own but Tabbruis and Charmeine both know something is missing. Something is not right. They yearn for their mate but cannot even imagine anyone who could be for them.

article-0-16837D8C000005DC-826_306x4591I love my hero, Tabbruis Hunter, King of the Blood-Hunters. He is the perfect male. . . hubba, hubba. Tabbruis is a gorgeous goof – kind of inept… but loves Charrmeine dearly with all his heart. He’s an inhuman character with human frailties and flaws.

9487147-portrait-of-a-woman-in-flowers-depicting-bible-woman-eva-with-snake-on-her-neck1 Charmeine Hunter, (aka Charleen), Queen of the Light-Bearers, is a spunky, plain speaking, wacky, and immensely accepting Angel. She’s talented and beautiful, but also with a depth of love which pours out of her heart.

My genre of Paranormal Romance with Vampires and Angles tends to not to follow the lore. The Light-Bearer Series is diverse and complicated. It engulfs many genres.

I don’t know what I could compare the series to, because I have never seen my kind of books before. It’s got dark and light characters in it with very human attributes.So human, that you get carried away and see the possibilities of a castle in Romania which has a loving family battling Evil. They make bad jokes and tease each other. However, the family at the Castle Charmeine are loving, humble, accepting, beautiful, and strong.

Most of my characters have gone through Earth’s history, and it is so interesting listening to their eye-witness encounters.

I’m amazed the way this family has grown on me! On us, my readers! The fact that the characters are so human in their in-humanness, make the books relatable.

fear-300x225What’s my deepest fear?

I’m worried I won’t be able to write all the magical and wonderful ramblings I have in my head.

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I chose this song because this is what the stories in my mind do . . .

They chase me until I write them!

(Plus . . .  I love the Beatles)

Lots of love, Emily

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