RISE OF THE DRAGONS: (THE SEELIE PRINCESS TRILOGY, BOOK TWO) BY AUTHOR JILL TURNER

Rise of the Dragons

Clary Ferrie has escaped the clutches of the terrifying Unseelie and fled to the safety of the Seelie Empire.

The merciless Unseelie, enraged by her flight to freedom, go after her best friend, Sam, in a bid to lure her back to Earth.

Meanwhile, on Earth, all Sam wants is to find out if his best friend is alive. With the help of a couple of most unlikely allies, he has come up with a plan to enable him to both find Clary and keep out of the way of the evil ones.

Will the strange rock he picks up in their old teacher’s house be able to help him? Or will it unleash a force that could cause the deaths of thousands?

In Unseelie, only one person knows the truth: the dragons are not extinct…

About The Author:

Jill Turner

Jill Turner currently lives with her youngest child and a slightly scatty cat in the north of wet and windy Essex in the UK. She started to read at an early age and never stopped! She loves the escape from reality that she finds in between the pages. She’s been creating stories in her head for more years than she cares to think about so she decided that it would be a good idea to write some of them down. Jill made a start with the first book in the series, The Seelie Princess, and it grew into a trilogy. To her utter amazement it reached bestseller status on Amazon, Kindle Free Fairy Tales and this fact was all the encouragement she needed to continue. She hopes all children (and their parents) enjoy the stories.

Jill studied for a B.Ed and was once a paralegal. She has worked in Early Years education for many years and currently delivers NVQ’s for those who want to do the same.

She would have loved to meet Sir Terry Pratchett during his lifetime to thank him for giving the world his Discworld series of books – if she believed she had one ounce of his talent, she would be a very happy lady!

Additional Books by Jill Turner:

The Seelie Princess: (The Seelie Princess Trilogy, Book One)

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Dragons-Seelie-Princess-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B016DXVWZY/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-Dragons-2-Seelie-Princess/dp/1517523044/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

EXTRAORDINARY (ROUGH PASSAGE, BOOK ONE) BY AUTHOR K.M. HERKES

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A trip to the traveling carnival with two toddlers and a mobility-challenged parent isn’t most people’s definition of fun, but it’s closer than Valerie Wade usually gets. A few hours kicking sawdust and revisiting favorite childhood memories, that’s all she asks.

It’s her annual treat, a visit back in time to the carefree years before she learned that her blood carries a potential death sentence, before life beat her down and broke her spirit. It’s the one place where she can forget about secrets, debts and obligations for a few hours and remember what hope feels like.

Everything changes that night, under the bright lights and the striped awnings. The monsters and freaks aren’t in the sideshow tents. They’re walking the aisles, and before the carnival is done, Valerie will be taking her place among them.

About The Author:

I love stories that dance in the open spaces between genres, so those are what I write. Professional development has included classroom teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, retail operations, and customer service. Personal development is ongoing. Cats, baking, and flowers are involved.

My books play in the literary traffic, dodging between science and fantasy, present and future, to reach a sweet spot where characters come alive. Damaged souls, triumphs of the spirit, divided loyalties, and dialogue loaded with witty humor are recurring themes. I know I’ve hit my storytelling target when reviews start with, “This isn’t my usual read, but I took a chance,” and end with “And now I’ve read the whole series. I loved it and told all my friends to try it too.”

That happens a lot.

Other Titles By Author K.M. Herkes:

Flight Plan, Powerhouse, Controlled Descent, Joining in the Round and Turning the Work.

Links:

Official website: http://storysculpting.blogspot.com
http://www.amazon.com/K.M.-Herkes/e/B00GRLYEL2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Twitter under @dawnrigger
Facebook: facebook.com/dawnriggersden
http://storysculpting.blogspot.com/

SPOTLIGHT: RETRIBUTION (THE DAGGER OF AITA, BOOK 1) BY S.J. WOLFF

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Throughout history we have been here. We were born of the union between the Watchers and the Daughters of Men. Our human hearts pump the blood of Angels through our veins yet, we are neither human nor angel. We are the Alimentatori, descendants of the divine, and this is just the beginning…

In my two-hundred and sixty three years I have witnessed much, yet nothing could have prepared me for the devastating murder of my brother, Julian. While he lies in stasis awaiting The Release, his killer roams the Lazio region of Italy free to seek other victims. But, all is not right behind the veil of this ancient landscape. Its beauty hides a world of ancient secrets, hidden agendas, and political intrigues. In order to extract my vengeance, I must first play a dangerous game according to another’s rules. Playing by the rules has never been my forte; toppling a game-board or two would suit me just fine! Regardless of the dangers that lie ahead, Retribution will be mine.

My name is Jacen Trudeau of the House of Samsaveel and I’m about to open Pandora’s Box.

About the Author:

A lover of superheroes and all things fantasy it was only natural to find a home within the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Growing up, the major influences in S.J.’s life were Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, the quintessential Star Wars, Robert Aspirin (his Mything series), Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), and of course J.R.R. Tolkien.

As a wife, mother of three, and US Navy Veteran. I have spent a great deal of my life in service to others. In late 2008 I realized that the one thing in my life that had not been given its due, was the love of my youth – writing. With the kids grown and my military service in the past, I made a pact with my Muse. I would put writing at the forefront and he would guide me to my ultimate goal, publication.

For the first two years I tried. I dabbled in historical romance. I got a third of the way through a novel before it lost its luster. The struggle frustrated me. I stepped away from the desk and glared at the screen as if it were the problem and not me. And then I met a young woman who wrote in a genre I’d never considered. I picked up one of her Urban Fantasies and within a few pages knew it was something I would like to try my hand at. I immediately sat down and wrote a scene – for the first time ever – in first person. What was created had a life I’d never seen in my writing before. After a lifetime of practicing my art, I’d found a new way to move forward.

Unfortunately, the right angle at fantasy and a good story alluded me. Then one day, while sitting in a workshop where the speaker was talking about her vampire series, my mind wandered. Through a crack, somewhere in the creative, a scene unfolded. Two characters came to life and played out a scene on a rooftop. I wrote the first couple of lines on the napkin next to me. When I got home, I wrote the scene. To my amazement, it was pretty good. I loved the characters. I loved the banter. I loved how writing it made me feel. Finally after so much struggle, my Muse had done it. He’d finally broken down the barrier that had kept the ideas at bay and given me a story which needed to be told. I’d found my niche in a genre known as Dark Contemporary Fantasy and the rest is, as they say, literary history.

Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/retribution-s-j-wolff/1116306101?ean=9780615840420

http://www.amazon.com/Retribution-Dagger-Aita-S-Wolff/dp/0615840426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431979550&sr=8-1&keywords=S.J.+Wolff

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dae61yRvNhQ&feature=youtu.be

FIRST BOOK REVIEW ON FORBIDDEN: THE BRETHREN OF EREBUS

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read,August 27, 2014

This review is from: Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus (Kindle Edition)
Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus by L.M. David is a must read for anyone with even the slightest interest in vampire lore. Heir Elder Aramis, seeking to unseat his father, Andrei, the Vampiric High Elder, sets in motion a series of events that leads to a major skirmish between the ancient world of European vampires and the modernized brood of American vampires. The pawn in Aramis’ scheme is Moros, a valiant warrior of the Brethren, who is sent on a mission to America to find and return to Europe, the mysterious Julianna, who it is prophesied by the Oracles, The Daughters of The Night, will reunite the two warring vampire factions.
Replete with journeys through the wonderland of vampires, witch covens and supernatural creatures, this fast-paced novel leads the reader into a world of deception and deceit as centuries-old vampires struggle to take or maintain their positions in the vampire kingdoms.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW, TRINA M. LEE, AUTHOR OF DARKER, ALEXA O’BRIEN HUNTRESS

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Hello, this is L.M. David. It’s been a while since this interview, and the ones that follow, were initially done. Of note, this was done with Trina in June, 2013 but never posted on my blog. Those who read prior author interview may recall each opened with a complaint about Preston, the main character of my book, Touched: The Hunter Legacy. Since I am still wrapping my head around getting back into this, these will be straightforward for a while. Be patient.

This interview is with Trina Lee, author of Darker, Alexa O’Brien Huntress.

Welcome Trina. Let’s get started:

Q.  Tell me about yourself.

A. I’m a Canadian author, a huge animal lover and believer in dreams coming true. I have a fiancé and a teen daughter who make my world complete.

Q. What is your book, entitled Darker, Alexa O’Brien Huntress about?

A. It’s about a powerful werewolf named Alexa who possesses a unique power due to her connection to a vampire. In this book Alexa is trying to find a way to stop a demon who is threatening to kill the wolves in her pack.

Q.  What is the character Alexa O’Brien like?

A. She’s feisty and takes no crap from anyone but she’s also emotional and thoughtful, wanting to do what is right.

Q.  You describe Lilah as a demon queen. What has made this character so angry toward Alexa and her pack of wolves?

A. Lilah is cursed. The only thing that will break her curse is something that Alexa has.

Q.  I see there are also vampires in this book. With the character Kale Sinclaire missing, does that mean there is a war between the vampires and werewolves?

A. No there is no animosity between vampires and werewolves in this series. For the most part they co-exist rather well.

Q.  Who is Arys Knight and what is he like?

A.  He is the vampire Alexa shares power with. He’s an arrogant vampire with the ability to get what he wants and make others enjoy giving it to him. He is the perfect mix of monster and man.

Q.  Shya is yet another individual in Darker with a grudge. What is this character about?

A.  Shya is a demon. He doesn’t really have any grudges, he just has plans that he won’t let anyone get in the way of.

Q. What inspired you to write Darker?

A.  I am enjoying writing this whole series. Each book is just as exciting as the last. It keeps me going.

Q.  This is the sixth book in the series in the Alexa O’Brien Huntress series. Which is your favorite to date and why?

A.  I don’t think I have a favorite. I love all of them.

Q.  Which do you find more fascinating to write about? Werewolves? Or Vampires? And why?

A.  I love them both. They are both featured quite prominently in the series considering Alexa is a wolf with power that comes from her link to a vampire. The vampire and the werewolf are easily my top two favorite supernatural creatures.

Q. In Darker, which character was the hardest for you to write?

A. Nobody really. The story is told in first person which keeps me linked closest to Alexa. It allows me to see the others through her eyes which makes it feel very natural for me.

Q. What was your favorite part when writing Darker?

A. Writing the scenes that will surprise readers is the best part.

Q.  Will there be another installment in the Alexa O’Brien series?

A. Yes there will be more books in the series. I’m not sure how many in total yet.

Q.  You self-published, as so many other authors within recent years have opted to do. Why did you prefer that over traditional publishing?

A. Actually I was traditionally published first and I still do have a traditional publisher for some erotic romance stories. I chose later to move the Alexa series from a traditional publisher and re-release it myself. It was the best business decision for me at the time and I’ve enjoyed it.

Q. What advice do you have for other writers who are just starting in the publishing world?

A. Never give up and don’t stop writing. It takes time to get your name out there but with hard work it does happen. Learn all that you can and if you self-publish, hire a good editor. It’s a must.

Q. Also, I visited your blog site. Does Dark Mountain Books (which I believe is a self-publishing group of writers which you are part of) still producing books? I noted you changed from it to Createspace for your later novels. If the question is too nosey, it’s okay if you don’t answer the question.

A. Dark Mountain Books is an independent imprint I started with fellow author Alanna Coca. I didn’t switch anything away from it. My Alexa books are still Dark Mountain releases. I only use CreateSpace to distribute print copies.

L.M. David: Well, that’s all the questions I have for you. Thanks for doing this interview and I wish you the best of luck with your writing projects.

Author’s Bio:

Trina M. Lee was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Writing fiction since childhood, a fascination with the supernatural developed in her early teen years and an immersion in paranormal fiction began. Trina enjoys hearing from readers and has an active social media presence.

Author’s Links:

Website: TrinaMLee.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorTrinaMLee

Twitter: Twitter.com/TrinaMLee

Excerpt from Darker: Alexa O’Brien Huntress

Alexa O’Brien is fighting a losing battle with the dark power growing inside her as she struggles to cope with the absence of her wolf mate, Shaz. There’s no time to feel sorry for herself. She must find a way to stop Lilah, a demon queen hell bent on forcing Alexa to willingly surrender her blood to break a centuries old curse. With her power bound, Lilah is ready to play dirty. Even if it means killing Alexa’s wolves, one by one.

It isn’t easy to stay a step ahead of the demon, especially with the FPA on her case. The government organization is to blame for the disappearance of vampire, Kale Sinclair. When she looks into his whereabouts, the discovery of some shady secrets paints the FPA in a whole new light.

Alexa’s vampire lover and twin flame, Arys Knight, doesn’t quite see the demon situation her way. The conflict between Arys and Alexa grows hot when Arys wants to ally with Shya, a demon with his own sinister agenda. But Alexa can only deal with one demon at a time. Nothing else matters when Lilah targets someone deeply important to her. Alexa will do anything to make it right, including walking straight into the demon’s clutches.

INTERVIEW WITH CURRAN GEIST, AUTHOR OF THE SITY

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Hello, this is L.M. David. My blog guest today is Curran Geist, author of The Sity. With the upcoming start of the new season of True Blood, we were able to get Lafayette to do some juju. Must have work because Preston isn’t around, nothing has been tampered with and no complaints from the building manager. Then again, the tires are missing off my car…

Let’s begin the interview. Welcome Curran.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  I just finished up my final semester of graduate school and I am hoping to be teaching full time this Fall. Writing fiction is my other passion in life and I have been writing since I was 12. I was home educated in a quaint town in Pennsylvania but now I live in NYC. I will always consider myself a PA man though, and I love the outdoors and nature.  I’m about to reach my two-year anniversary with my wonderful wife who has been a rock for me when trying to write my first novel The Sity. A funny tidbit about myself is that I often get mistaken for Jimmy Fallon.

Q.  Set in the genre of Science Fiction, what is The Sity about?

A.  The Sity is really a mix of lots of different genres. I’d describe it kind of like a tossed salad. The lettuce is Sci-Fi, but there’s also horror, fantasy, and paranormal elements tossed into it. This adventure follows the ordeals of a pair of teenagers named Victor and Carina. These two protagonists are blessed with mysterious supernatural powers, which they channel to fight back against the oppression of the Kuljik, an alien race enslaving humans in an extraterrestrial city of sin. This novel is packed with action, romance, and shocking revelations. If you like tales of survival and vengeance, then I think you will dig it.

Q. Tell me about the character “Victor”.

A. Victor is a very complex young man. He’s been through intense physical and emotional ordeals, which have taken their toll. With his supernatural powers he struggles between a desire for revenge and also helping those he cares for. So much of his memory has been erased that it’s like he’s living with a huge hole in his heart and mind. This torments him and at the same time drives him to fulfill his destiny.

Q.  What are the Kuljik?

A.  The Kuljik are the race of extraterrestrial beings that rule the place called The Sity. At first, they may seem to be just a completely evil and twisted species with how they treat the humans there. However, not everything is what it seems. Without giving away spoilers, the Kuljik have a much bigger role in the universe beyond tormenting and exploiting humans.

Q.  What makes Zaku sadistic?

A.  What makes you think Zaku is sadistic? Yeah, Zaku does do a lot of terrible things in the book. Although his actions are partly due to greed, they’re also symbolic of the overall callous attitude that these Kuljik have towards humans. He doesn’t see his actions as evil, but rather that he has the right to treat humans in whatever way he pleases. His sadism mirrors the racist attitudes of slavery or even the way animals are sometimes abused by humans.

Q.  Tell me about the character Carina.

A.  Carina is a strong-willed young woman who is willing to stand up for herself and what she believes in. Like Victor, she is struggling to figure out where she came from and how she arrived in The Sity. She believes that she is descendent of a royal bloodline, and it is her obligation to live up to her family’s name and help humanity build anew. She is also blessed with supernatural powers, though why she has those powers may not be what she thinks.

Q.  Why does Medtronik Corporation want to cleanse The Sity of humans?

A.  I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read the book. However, I will put it like this. It’s as if they feel they are untouchable and have been involved in things that they think only them and their cohorts know about. Things go amuck and they’re now afraid of the whole world knowing the truth. What do they do? In this case, they destroy all the evidence, but not until they’ve had one last glorious and demented hurrah.

Q.  How far in the future does The Sity take place?

A.  I am going to have to pass on answering that question. A key part of this story is that the main characters are still trying to piece together their pasts and their understanding of this strange world that they are trapped in. They don’t know what’s happened to Earth or what year it is. I want the readers to figure things out as the characters do. This is a question that will be revealed in later books.

Q.  When creating The Sity, what was the hardest part to write?

A.  When writing this novel, I became very invested in the fates of the characters. They are imaginary, but for me, they are like real people. It’s really difficult to write scenes where really bad things happen to really good people. This book deals with intense and harsh subject matter. Sometimes I cringe a little when I have to put my favorite characters through hell.

Q. What about The Sity will attract readers?

A.  The Sity is packed with violent action and shocking revelations. However, beneath the grit and action, the novel is about people. It’s about people overcoming personal demons and difficult circumstances to understand themselves and their purposes in life. I think this – overcoming internal conflicts – is something that all readers can relate to. Hopefully, readers will become as invested in these characters as I have and will jump on board this rollercoaster ride through The Sity.

Q.  If The Sity were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

It’s interesting that you’re asking me this. When I began writing this book, I definitely imagined it as movie. On my website, I am doing a whole series of posts on how The Sity should be “cast”. As for the main characters, I would have Logan Lerman play Victor. He was so great in 3:10 to Yuma. Also, Saoirse Ronan would be perfect for Carina. I would love for the big bad Captain Kreagor to be played by Michael Shannon. Just talking about this is making me excited. A movie needs to happen.

Q. Will there be a sequel to The Sity?

A.  Yes, The Sity is the first book in a planned four book series. I am about halfway finished with the sequel!

Q.  What is your current work in progress?

A.  I’ve been spending most of my time working on the sequel to The Sity. I am very invested in these characters. I want to see their character arcs completed before I move on to other projects.

Q.  The Sity is a self-published work. Why did you decide to do that?

A.  Well, when I first began planning The Sity five years ago, I never meant to publish it. Finishing a novel was on my bucket list, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could achieve that goal and simply write something that I loved. When it was done, friends and family encouraged me to make it available to the general public. Being my first novel, The Sity series is very personal to me. Characters are inspired by people that are important in my life. I really wanted to have control over the content and its unique style, including the cover. I find it exciting to be part of the self-published community, and I’ve met some other really talented self-published authors.

Q.  What advice to you have for writers who are just starting out?

A.  I think it’s really important to remember why you started writing. If you worry too much about sales and what types of reviews you get, it can take all the fun out of it. Personally, I love the process of writing and creating new worlds, and making characters come to life. Hopefully, people will love my novel, but it’s impossible to please everyone. With that being said, don’t take criticism personally. Listen to feedback, reflect on it, and use it to refine your writing and to make your future work better.

Author Bio:

Curran Geist grew up in the quaint town of Schwenksville, PA. As a home educated student, Curran often lived within books and his vibrant imagination allowed him to escape to fictional worlds beyond the tiny town where he was raised. Writing is and has always been Curran’s passion. By the age of 12, he had already begun writing novels. As a teenager, he won multiple youth poetry competitions and started his own independent art newsletter entitled Inbetween Dreams. While studying Religion at Gettysburg College, Curran participated in numerous poetry slams.

Human rights has also always been very important to Curran as evidenced through his experience in the Americorps, with Amnesty International, and at the Museum of Tolerance New York. In writing his first self-published novel THE SITY, Curran Geist has merged his love of science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres with his belief in combatting social injustices.

Curran Geist is currently getting his Master’s Degree to be an Elementary Teacher at Hunter College in New York City.

Author Links:

Twitter: CGeist_thesity

Website/Blog http://thesity2012.wordpress.com

Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sity-Volume-Curran-Geist/dp/148183455X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358262759&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sity