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Soul Solution Blog Hop!

On release day, check out these lovely blogs which will be celebrating the release of the latest Beyond Fairytales novella!

July 17th

Inge Saunders

July 24th

Taryn Kincaid

Dominique Eastwick

VS Morgan

Erzabet Bishop

Decadent Publishing’s Blog

LOVExtra

July 25th

I Heart Reading

July 31st

Butterfly-o-Meter

August 9th

Reading Between the Wines

August 10th

Anna’s Book Blog

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Musical Inspiration for Soul Solution

One part of the writing process for me will always be listening to music. I find it so inspiring to place myself in the setting, and I usually form a playlist. When it came to working on Soul Solution, I needed something filled with pristine, heartwrenching longing, and this song happened to fit the bill. While writing certain sections, I would listen to this song in particular over and over. First time I heard it was in How I Met Your Mother, and I remember how much it gripped me in that scene, how my heart soared and I wanted to emulate that feeling in this book.

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Soul Solution Sneak Peeks

With the release arriving on Friday, I figured I’d offer a sneak peek available only to those who follow me here!

He wound through the crowds, searching for the imprint—the indicator someone’s life was about to end. Like a firework, a person’s life flashed brightest right before expiration. Decay clung to all these people in small wisps—a bluish glow clustering over a cut or bruise, hovering around a bad joint, or illuminating an organ a step away from failure. Those weren’t the people he searched for, though. From birth, every single one of them began getting those wisps as their bodies decayed. What he searched for was a whole-body glow, indicating the people who would die tonight.

Add it on Goodreads, or on Friday, order it on Amazon!

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Brooding Versus Emo Heroes

With Soul Solution coming out this week, I wanted to discuss a topic I feel quite strongly about. I may be a bit isolated on this too, so I’d love others opinions or weigh-ins. Broody heroes more often than not annoy the piss out of me. Why? Because many times, they bypass mere brooding and hit the level of whiny, or emo. Once the guy has hit the whiny zone, my interest is gone, because I can’t suspend my disbelief any longer without getting supremely annoyed every time Sir Whiner opens his mouth to say something flowery and obnoxious.

So what makes the difference? Because there are certain situations where I’ve been madly attracted to dark and broody, but then it can just as fast traverse to the dark side of TOO MUCH. While I respect Anne Rice as an author, one example would be Louis–spending an entire book mourning his experiences as a vampire. With love interests though, where I lose interest is when broody guy throws down mournful lines, woe is me, ‘I’m so dark’ mystique and the girl is lapping that shit up. For me, it comes off as cheesy. Sorry, I don’t have time for anyone who wants to be ‘saved’ and find the ‘I can fix him’ trope utterly ridiculous.

Girls, if you find a guy who’s damaged and broken–you can FEEL the hurt underneath all the jerk–and yet he keeps lashing out at you? RUN. That’s an abusive cycle of empaths versus the narcissist, and if you’re one of us empathic sorts, you will be churned up and spat back out over and over again.

Which leads me to Soul Solution. Despite the narrow and dangerous line brooding travels, there are characters who manage it quite attractively. I mean, the appeal of the brooding character is in fact, that he’s sensitive and full of feeling, yet keeps the tough, often bitter outer shell merely to survive the cruel world. So when I wrote Erik, I was careful to write someone considerate, and keep in mind my own pet peeves and the harm of those brooding alpha heroes that unfairly lash out on their counterparts. Erik is none of these.

He’s full of regrets, sure. He sold his soul for a girl who ended up ditching him, and he’s lonely. After all, since his touch is poison to humans, and he views himself as a monster, it’s not like he’ll be making friends any time soon. Which makes Mina a perfect counterbalance to him. She’s a stubborn introvert, eternal optimist, and just the practical sort of girl I love. Why would she be attracted to him then? It’s that lovely opposites attract law.

The two characters have so much to learn from each other. Mina throws herself into her daily life, but Erik’s been so detached from that and so introspective that he can teach her to look up at the stars and appreciate what a vast, huge universe is out there. Meanwhile, he’s stuck in a cycle of loneliness and sadness–his last love considering him a monster–and Mina not only helps him heal, but teaches him that though despair and sorrow happen, they can be overcome.

The book comes out on July 24th, but I’d love to see if people think I upheld my own line of creating an attractive brooding hero, without crossing over into whiny territory. Hope everyone enjoys!

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Beyond Fairytales Spotlight: Club Beam

Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series takes fairytales from well known to the obscure and then cranks up the heat! The differing stories delve into many different sub-genres and styles of erotic romance, but all of them have a fairy tale feel as the authors meld the old stories into something new.

Today we’re featuring Club Beam by Erzabet Bishop

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Based on the fairytale:

In the Shadow World, nothing is as it seems.

Detective Sydney Marr is having a very bad day. Her boss is on the warpath, she’s being treated for a werewolf bite, and her current case has hit a dead end. When her friend Erika talks Syd into going with her to Club Beam, she jumps at the chance, even if it means spending an evening without her spell arsenal. A high-class vampire bar and fetish club, Club Beam is fantasy made real.

Club owner and Dom Gideon Raines spies the red-haired beauty and is transfixed. A fight against a skillful murderer brings war for fae and vampire alike. Sometimes when you play with monsters, the monsters play back.

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Sneak Peek into Club Beam:

“Once upon a time….” Erika sang and waggled her eyebrows. “Come on, Sydney. Live a little. This club is smoking hot, and you’ll love it.”

Sydney grumbled under her breath and watched the club-goers parade past, each dressed like a fairy-tale character. The Little Mermaid trounced by in a see-through, diaphanous gown revealing too much in the way of personal attributes. Sleeping Beauty sashayed down the sidewalk with a leash around the neck of her Prince Charming. A woman in a way-too-short Red Riding Hood outfit approached. Her arm was wrapped around a seductress dressed in wolf ears, a tail, and a skimpy thong-style bikini. Red carried a basket full of what looked like pink fuzzy handcuffs and a can of whipped cream, which she swung into Syd.

“Hey!”

The red-cloaked vixen sent her a wink and traipsed on by, joined by a near-pornographic version of the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. Any shorter and the skirt would show her naughty bits. Or maybe that was the plan.

Syd had just gotten off her day shift as a detective, and the last thing she wanted to do was be around more people. Especially people with more skin showing than on late-night cable shows. Her head hurt from the lights and the pulse of the music, and her stupid witch costume was pinching her toes. Erika’s scant fairy costume hugged all her curves, her breasts bursting from the bodice. The skirt barely covered her backside, and the strappy silver sandals showed off her silver-glitter nail polish.

The building loomed next to them. A giant warehouse-like structure, it was large enough to house all manner of mischief, and Syd was itching with the desire to get inside and find out just what was going on behind its doors. The sidewalk was flagged by trees lit up with twinkly white lights, adding an upscale ambiance to the area. What in the daylight looked like an industrial area gone to the dogs had been transformed into an attractive and well-attended venue.

She didn’t have the heart to tell Erika she’d been here once already today for the case she was working on, but the entrance had been sealed up tighter than a drum. Sydney’s recourse was to infiltrate Club Beam by night as a patron. Her sergeant, Debra, would kill her if she realized Syd had even considered going in without backup. So would her partner, James. Erika had asked her to come so she wouldn’t be alone, and, despite herself, Syd couldn’t resist. To catch a vampire, you had to go out at night, and Club Beam was the hot spot. After last month’s fuckup, she had to do this and do it right, even if it killed her. James was on medical leave, and it remained up to her to get this guy before someone else got killed or turned furry.

I will not think about becoming one of the terminally furry. It’s over. Move on. Take the pills the doctor gave you and freaking pray.

“Oh look. I think I see Snow White.” Erika stood on her tiptoes and craned her head along the huge expanse of line they still had to navigate to get inside.

Syd peered into the crowd and grimaced. Hairy legs. More makeup than a Mac commercial. “Nope. That was a guy in drag.”

Erika narrowed her eyes. “God, Syd. You’re the world’s biggest wet blanket ever.”

Sydney shifted her weight and moved another two steps toward the door as the line inched forward. “I told you, I’ve had a hard day. We had a homicide case come in, and I’ve been out beating the street. I want to go home and bury my head under my pillow. But, no. Out of the kindness of my heart, here I am standing in line at a vampire bar with a bunch of overgrown kids playing dress-up in fairy-tale fetish wear.”

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Beyond Fairytales Spotlight: Rain by Taryn Kincaid

Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series takes fairytales from well known to the obscure and then cranks up the heat! The differing stories delve into many different sub-genres and styles of erotic romance, but all of them have a fairy tale feel as the authors meld the old stories into something new.

Today we’re featuring Rain by Taryn Kincaid:

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Based on the fairytale: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty in a post-apocalyptic land…

In a world gone mad, where little remains but a vast wasteland of sand, the leader of a troop of roving warriors welcomes a brave young woman into his midst.

Much as he burns for her, Major Clay Worthington swears to keep his distance from the mysterious woman, so sensitive even the stinging rain can wound her.

Rosina Brierly is besotted with the formidable soldier and will gladly trade her life for one torrid night of blissful passion in his arms.

But when sleep overcomes them, will true love prevail?

Sneak Peek into Rain:

            Does the major ever feel lust? Does he covet a woman’s touch? He never gave any sign he did. Too aloof and austere, too remote from the simple emotions of mere mortal men.

He shook her again. “Wake up, princess. The rain will come soon.”

The men looked forward to the rain. They hated the relentless sun blasting down upon them, as if they thought it would incinerate what was left of the earth beneath their boots, baking the soft sand into badlands as hard as concrete. They’d strip off their T-shirts and boots, their combat fatigues, and sometimes even their camouflage boxer shorts, and dance and play, naked or nearly so, in the slanting gray soup, laughing, tossing round balls or throwing saucer-shaped plastic discs to each other.

For her, the showers had the opposite effect. The stinging rain sliced into her sensitive skin like acid, raising blisters and sores, sometimes bloodying her.

She did not know why the major called her princess. Perhaps he didn’t know either. Whatever royalty once walked the earth had long gone, fled underground or died in battle or simply disappeared. The war engulfed every human on the planet, every inch of land, and had waged so long she doubted anyone remembered anymore. Well, maybe Nicodemus. At least he sometimes hinted he did in the stories he told. And she had seen him whisper into the major’s ear, unknown things that made the major pale beneath his weathered tan.

Major Worthington did not treat her like a princess, though, except when she slumbered, when he knelt before her in her fantasy world, his head bowed, his fist over his heart, laying his sword at her feet and claiming the role of knight. Her hero. Her champion. When she awoke, he remained one of the elite warrior breed roaming the planet, bristling with weapons like the soldiers he led. He treated her as the translator she was to him, sometimes barking orders to her as if she were one of his men, only occasionally seeking her counsel.

She came fully awake as he jerked her up from the ground and yanked her toward him. The glare of the setting sun broadsided her, hurting her eyes. Why was he so insistent about the impending rain? No clouds yet darkened the sky, although the hour sped toward evening dusk now. But no hint of shadow yet blotted the horizon.

“I can smell it,” he muttered.

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A String of Pearls by Hans Christian Andersen

The railroad in Denmark still extends only from Copenhagen to Korsör; it is a string of pearls. Europe has a wealth of these pearls; its most costly are named Paris, London, Vienna, Naples. And yet many a man will point out as his favorite pearl not one of these great cities but rather some little country town that is still the home of homes to him, the home of those dearest to him. Yes, often it is not a town at all, but a single homestead, a little house, hidden among green hedges, a place hardly visible as the train speeds by.

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This is the fairy tale my Beyond Fairytales story was based on! I’ll be perfectly honest, the story itself is quite dull. However, it provided the images, setting, and groundwork for Soul Solution, so I was happy to take it from there and liven things up!

Soul Solution comes out July 24th! Don’t miss it!

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Soul Solution’s Release Date!

BeyondFairytales_SoulSolutionFor Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night en route to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price—a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper. Stay distant—that’s been his mantra and what keeps him sane.

 Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman. He believed one night couldn’t hurt, but he sorely underestimated her determination. Every encounter between them is a reprieve from the guilt of reaping souls every night, but it can’t last. Even if she sparks long buried feelings, and even if her sheer presence intoxicates him, he can’t let this continue. For humans, his touch is poison, and if he slips up, it could cost her life.

 Soul Solution is slated to release July 24th! Don’t miss out on one of my favorite stories yet : )

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Erzabet Bishop

It’s that time of the week again, where we get to know another awesome author! Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover some new reads along the way as well!

Today let’s welcome Erzabet Bishop!

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As authors, words are our tools, but also our inspiration. What’s your favorite quote about writing?

It has to be something that Ray Bradbury said about writing a short story a week. Sooner or later you won’t be terrible. That one has gotten me through a lot of learning curves.

Apart from quotes, what other sources do you draw inspiration from?

The will to succeed. I’ve dreamt of being a writer all my life. It takes determination and sacrifice to make it happen. I firmly believe that life is a series of choices and I choose to work toward my goal.

You’ve got quite a catalog of works–are there any characters that are your favorite? That you feel like you could write forever?

Each of the characters I write about are special in their own way. In my newest release Gideon, Sydney and Miles are very special to me. So is Debra. They are all complex characters with foibles and personalities that just beg to be expanded on. And they will be. The second fairy tale is in the works and there will be a short story released during Sci Spanks in June 2015.

If you could take a dream vacation anywhere, where would you travel?

My dream vacation is right where I am now. In front of my computer creating stories for readers to enjoy. Working full time, I have to carve time out to write and I love vacation because those weeks are mine and mine alone.

What upcoming project are you most excited for?

I have several, but the one that is begging to be finished is the second Beyond Fairytales in my Shadow World series.

When you’re not writing, what TV shows do you tune in to?

I love Hannibal and Walking Dead. Off air I got hooked on Breaking Bad.

What books are you currently reading? Any recommendations?

I just finished Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Flynn and wow! They were great. I love reading books outside of my genre and those were amazing. Her voice just takes you there. I’m starting Gone Girl tonight and can’t wait.

And my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

Taurus.

When you’re reading a book, are there any pet peeves that might make you put it down?

Echoes. They stand out like little red flags. If you say something once find a new way to say it next time. I find myself doing the same thing in my own writing, so I feel like I can say that. I also detest weak female characters with a passion. You have to have grit and be real at the same time.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Erzabet Bishop’s Amazon page

Don’t miss out on the latest release: Club Beam!

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Blurb:

In the Shadow World, nothing is as it seems.

Detective Sydney Marr is having a very bad day. Her boss is on the warpath, she’s being treated for a werewolf bite, and her current case has hit a dead end. When her friend Erika talks Syd into going with her to Club Beam, she jumps at the chance, even if it means spending an evening without her spell arsenal. A high-class vampire bar and fetish club, Club Beam is fantasy made real.

Club owner and Dom Gideon Raines spies the red-haired beauty and is transfixed. A fight against a skillful murderer brings war for fae and vampire alike. Sometimes when you play with monsters, the monsters play back.

Thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Join us next week for a new author!

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What’s on the Horizon?

Well, let me tell you, I haven’t been slacking. I’m working hard right now on lots of new stories for folks to enjoy! While Stolen Petals hit a snag with Breathless Press closing, I’m submitting it out, so hopefully the story will hit e-shelves before the end of the year!

As far as other guaranteed stories on the way, Decadent Publishing will be releasing Soul Solution as part of their Beyond Fairytales collection. Thus far, the release date is TBA, but as soon as I find out, so will you!

However, apart from that I’m working on some fun stories. I just finished and started submitting a coming-of-age sci-fi romance short story, and I’ll be plunging into edits on my urban fantasy story revolving around hunters and fae, set in Philly.

And right at the moment I’m writing a winter fairy tale, which is turning out way creepier than anticipated.

“Lyra climbed under the blankets and slumber encroached, only the sharp prickle of surrounding ice tickling her nose, and the saccharine taste on her tongue lingering before the darkness claimed her.”

Stay tuned!