Drawing Dead

The average mobster dies as they live. Faolan O’Connor, however, finds new life after he dies.
Faolan O’Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it’s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he’s ever imagined.

Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He’s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can’t conquer a city alone.

Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian’s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?

About the Author:


Being a writer is probably the most interesting thing about Brian McKinley. I’m live in New Jersey, but I’ve also resided in Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois. I’m single and have hit what most would call a string of disasters just prior to being accepted by Midnight Hour Publishing. While that alone hasn’t turned the rest of Mr. McKinley’s life around, he would say that finally being published and finding such support and company has helped him emerge from a very dark period in his life.

** As a side note, Mr. McKinley was interviewed previously when debuting his first novel, Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony, which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. If you like vampire books, it is a must read.

Link to Drawing Dead:

Link to Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony:


Merman Holly Kelly

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea — humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou— the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean — is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there is one small thing he needs to do … kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her does not start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she is a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She is a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she were not so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet …

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

Additional Books In The Series:

Descending (The Rising Series, Book 2)

Avenging (The Rising Series, Book 3)

About The Author:

Holly Kelly

Holly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation — she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but lived in Kansas until she was 13, in Texas until she was 18, and attended college in Hawaii — studying marine biology. She is now back in Utah — “happy valley”. She is married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising six rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (of course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.



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Till Death and Beyond

Till Death and Beyond is a sizzling tale of two souls bound by destiny in a cruel plot to separate them forever…


Amira is the strongest witch on the face of the earth, with psychic abilities no others possess. And yet, she is but a slave to the whims of the gods. Forced to be born anew every time she fails in fulfilling an ancient prophecy, Amira is desperate to break the vicious cycle.


Plagued by the memories and guilt over his family’s demise, Raven lives for the sole reason of restoring his younger brother. And kidnapping a witch is only the beginning—for he intends to right the wrongs of his past by any means necessary.


While the gods might have planned for her to be captured, surrender is not something that comes easy to Amira. Yet one glance into her captor’s eyes, and she is swept away by emotions long ago denied to her. She decides to play along. For a while.

Despite the hatred Raven harbors for their kind, he is intrigued by the witch. One taste of her lips, and she becomes his obsession. Soon, he discovers that fighting against the passion they ignite in one another is futile. But as they strip each other’s secrets, a powerful force threatens to destroy them both.

For in this game of gods nothing is simple—the whole universe seems to conspire against them. And no matter how fiercely they fight, or what they are willing to endure to save each other … the path they travel is paved with loss.

Will they survive the ultimate test, if even their determination—to fight till death—might not be enough?

About the Author:

Till death

A computer science major, Lyn C. Johanson decided to leave the cold world of code lines and pursue her passion for writing romance stories. Now, she mostly lives in the world she dreams up. Except when her husband and sons drag her back to reality—where she enjoys photography, dancing, and spending time with her family.

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Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

The Promise Me Series:

WHY VAMPIRES: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.


Tell me a bit about yourself:

My bio says it all: Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

What type of genre do you write?

Mostly I write supernatural-related fiction stories, such as the paranormal fiction series Promise Me and Lash. But as per above, I also have written erotica, suspense, horror, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction.
What genre to you personally read?

Thrillers as a rule are my favourite books, the more graphic the better. But I occasionally branch out to YA, historical, romance, graphic novels, action/adventure, westerns and other genres.

Tell me about your latest?

My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth installment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire. When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?

I’ve always enjoyed reading…a very passionate teacher taught me to read my first words in kindergarten, and I began devouring short books by first grade…and novels for YA by third grade.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

The Hobbit. I like the message; that it’s not who you were or what you can do that influences what you will do, it’s how willing you are to step outside your own boundaries and push for what you think is right.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

That it’s never too late to take control of your destiny…and that you are the only one that really ever can. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to events. And that it’s important to always try to do the right thing…but that isn’t always possible.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

Getting published. I spent 4 years getting rejection after rejection from every agent under the sun and also some publishers. But the near misses were the worst, to think that I finally had an agent or a publisher and then to have it fall through at the last moment. Those were the crushing blows. The newest thing I worry about are bad reviews.

What has been your best moment as a writer?

Getting that first acceptance…though every 5 star review is another perfect moment for me. I love getting validation for the world I created.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Bits of me are in all my characters, being my creations.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
There is MUCH more to do….I won’t be able to rest easy until all of the Promise Me series is out and sitting on my bookshelf in a lovely row and after that, I’ll probably say the same until the Lash series is done!

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

Of course. Getting my first 2 star review on Amazon made me want to quit. Poor sales in a given quarter makes me want to quit. Having no free time makes me want to quit. But I didn’t survive years of fighting to get my stories out to give up now.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t give up until you do what you set out to do.

After this book, what is next? There will be more books in this series?

Two more will be out this year—Immortal Confessions and Her Secret—with more in 2014 and 2015, until the series is done. The next installment in the Lash Series, Revenge, will be out this fall, and hopefully my second anthology of short suspense/horror stories will also publish. There will also be the first Promise Me anthology and a Latham’s Landing anthology this fall. A new Lash short story, “Spiritwalker”, will debut in the Shifters charity anthology from Hazardous Press, and I also have a short story called “The Lie” in the upcoming anthology Brief Grislys, both due out in a month or less. I’m also working on a sequel to my transgender short Grow a Pair, and another compilation of BDSM stories for the late summer/fall.

Your website?

Your blog?

Other websites?
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Hello, this is L.M. David. Today I am interviewing Tina Leonard, author of Hotter Than Texas series set in a small town of Pecan Creek. Tina, welcome to my little nook in the attic. I thank you for bringing the photos of the hottie women from your books. We plastered them on the wall downstairs and security says Preston, our resident vampire nuisance, hasn’t left the room since they were posted. Nice.

Okay, let’s get this interview started.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  Writing is what I love to do!  It’s never a chore for me, and I’m fortunate that I stumbled into my true calling. I say stumbled but I was writing when I was a child—I just didn’t know I’d ever be published, though I certainly tried from the time I was a teenager!  Besides writing, I love growing organic food, and I consider myself a novice fern collector.

Q.  I read the synopsis of Hotter Than Texas. It sounds like an really interesting read. Is Pecan Creek a place you made up or does it exist?

A.  Pecan Creek is a fictitious town, but I actually saw a pecan farm in a far away place I’m not sure I’d ever be able to find again, which I used as my inspiration for the location.

Q.  What is the town, Pecan Creek, and the townspeople, like in your version of this town?

A.  Secretly sexy on the downlow—but the Most Honest Town in Texas as far as tourists know!

Q.  The main female character is Sugar Cassevechia, love that name. Tell me a little about her character.

A.  Sugar is protective and strong.  She’s been through a lot, and worries about her family.  There’s nothing she won’t do for them.  When Jake Bentley comes into her life, Sugar’s not sure she’s ready for a god-bodied hunk with seduction on his mind, especially this hunk with a domineering mother and a circus of wild-eyed friends.

Q.  Jake Bentley is the male antagonist in Hotter Than Texas. Tell me something about him.

A.  Jake’s brave, he was an excellent officer. Now that he’s served his country, he’s pledged to his pool table and fishing. Until Sugar and her family roll into town. Then his priorities change quickly from relaxation to redheads.

Q.  When doing research on romance novels, Texas seems to be where most writers center their stories. What is it about that state that draws so much attention?

A.  I’m in the middle of writing a 13-book series set in New Mexico, but Texas called to me naturally for the Pecan Creek series. Texas has a reputation for being larger than life.  As a military brat, I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of places—I try to incorporate that in my books.

Q.  What inspired you to write Hotter Than Texas?

A.  The women. I loved the family of three women who pick up their lives and move from Florida to Texas, I lived with them for a long time. It took me four or five years to write the book, and I can honestly say it’s my favorite of all my books to date. I just so related to Sugar, her mother Maggie, and tough little sis Lucy. The Cassavechias have a lot of baggage, and I definitely hoped they’d succeed on their journey.

Q.  When writing a romance novel, what is the hardest part to write about and why?

A.  I couldn’t say what’s hard about writing.  I actually love doing it, so I never conceptualized that something about it might be hard.  Although once a long time ago I was asked to write a book about a child who had leukemia. That was tough.  I won’t do that again.  The research alone was heart-breaking. I would put my head down on my kitchen table and sob sometimes reading about what those kids live with. It’s a pretty helpless feeling.

Q.  You are a USA Today best-selling author, selling 2.6 million books. What book gained you this honor and how did you feel when you learned about it?

A.  I really don’t know which book put me in this category. Those are only Harlequin’s figures, and I work with other publishers as well. I suppose it would be clearer to say I’ve sold 2.6 million Harlequin novels.

Q.  I am in awe of you. Will there be other books in the Hotter Than Texas series and if so, please share some titles.

A.  The sequel to Hotter Than Texas is Hotter than a Summer’s Day.  It’s due out March 2014 if all goes according to plan!

Q.  Romance stories are hot, the steamier the writing, the better. What about Pecan Creek would attract readers the most?

A.  There’s a lot of hot in Pecan Creek! But I think what would attract a reader most to Pecan Creek is how everyone in the town is concerned with their reputations—they’re steeped in southern mores.  One doesn’t talk about sex, but there’s an awful lot of sexy going on.

Q.  If Hotter Than Texas were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead characters Sugar and Jake?

A.  I see Sugar played by a younger Sandra Bullock. Jennifer Lawrence would be awesome. Bradley Cooper for Jake! Yummy stuff!

Q.  What are you working on now?

A.  I have several projects in development.  I’m finishing up a long-term series set in New Mexico centered around the Callahan family. Then I’ll begin a Bridesmaids Creek series, which will be four books about baby matches. I’ll be doing Hotter than a Summer’s Day for Samhain, and then I start a Hell’s Outlaws series for Random House Loveswept.

Q.  What advice do you have for writers working on romance stories and looking to get published?

A.  What helped me most was two things:  a support group of writers who were all trying to get to the same place, and reading books on writing.  My friends and family were entirely instrumental in getting me the final boost of confidence I needed to persevere, and reading about other writers’ journeys is a beacon on the dark days.  Beyond that, my best advice is just do it—if you love to write, then write.  I’ve got stacks and stacks of poems and ms’s and proposals that will never see the light of day.  When my dad recently moved, he called and asked me what I wanted done with all the books and projects I’d left behind from my younger years.  I had him throw them all away.  There’s no reason to look back.  Just write.

L.M. David: Well that’s it for this interview. Thank you for coming by Tina.

Tina Leonard: Thank you for having me—I’m thrilled to be invited to your blog!

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Hotter Than Texas Blurb:

Perfection takes time, but desire waits for no man. Or woman…

Pecan Creek, Book 1

With more than one skeleton rattling in her closet, Sugar Cassevechia hopes “The Most Honest Town in Texas” will be the perfect place to start an online business. As soon as her mother remembers the family recipe that’ll get off the ground.

In the meantime, no way is Sugar letting their new landlord get away with renting them a run-down house that’s decorated like a rich widow’s orgasm. Even if he’s the biggest hunk of hot she’s ever laid eyes on.

Jake Bentley would love to do nothing but sit back and be amused as the Cassevechia women unwittingly stir up trouble in his uptight town. But something about them thaws out his frozen rescue complex. Especially Sugar’s long, chestnut hair and sassy mouth.

Right about the time Sugar figures one steamy night in Jake’s bed won’t hurt, another skeleton joins the party in the form of a dead body in the “Belle Watling” room. And Sugar must decide if her family’s reputation—and her own heart—are safe with Jake.

**Warning: No sex in this book. Nope. None. Nada. Honest. Now, if you believe that, the author has an iceberg in Texas to sell you. Better hurry before there’s none left to cool the fevered dreams generated by this book.


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This is L.M. David. I am interviewing Janine Caldwell, author of Rematch, Double Fault and the soon to be released Deuce. These books are part of Ms. Caldwell’s Vortex series of YA books. Janine, welcome to my little corner which, for the past week, has been without a Preston sighting. He will be back, the nuisance, just don’t know when.

Okay, let’s begin the interview.

Q. Tell me about yourself.

A. I am a mother of 2 young boys and live in Anthem, Arizona with my husband of 15 years. We are originally from California, but moved to Arizona to allow me to stay home and raise the kids. I started my writing career with a degree in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a foreign trademark/patent application paralegal for a semiconductor company and then later for a San Francisco law firm. It was dry, technical writing, but I wrote screenplays for fun on my downtime. About 6 years ago, leading a youth group for junior high girls, I got inspired by the book we were studying. It was a YA novel meant for young teen girls, and I knew then that I wanted to try my hand at novels. My boys were finally both in school full time and I’ve been working at home on this writing career ever since.

Q. Since this interview is on two books, Rematch and Double Fault, let’s start with the first, which is Rematch. What is this book about?

A. Rematch is the first of 3 books in The Vortex Series. This fantasy romance is told in two perspectives–Trent’s and Cassie’s. Trent Astor is a time-traveling teen who was given his powers to save unsuspecting victims in the past from harm, but when he fails at his mission to save a young girl’s life, he’s forever tormented by his mistake. It’s then that he meets Cassie Moore, a former tennis prodigy, at his new high school when everything begins to change for them both.

Q. Tell me about the character Trent Astor.

A. Eighteen-year-old Trent Astor, AKA Jeremy is the reluctant hero of this series with an extraordinary secret he must keep hidden from the world for his family’s safety. This secret, involving a supernatural power, forces Trent and his younger sister, Lorelai, to be on constant alert, ready to run again. The orphaned siblings move every six months with a new identity so the ones after his power cannot find him. This makes teenage life almost unbearable. Lonely and ultra-private, Trent knows making friends will only put them all in jeopardy. His saving grace is his love for his sister and his music. He’s mastered the guitar and allows himself to perform with local rock bands as long as he keeps them at arm’s length. Trouble is when you have a body and face like Trent, people tend to notice you. But because of the powers he was bestowed with, he knows a normal life will never be in his future. Allowing anyone, especially a girlfriend into his heart, is unthinkable.

Q. The character, Cassie Moore, is an eleven year old who suffers through an horrific shooting incident. Tell me about her.

A. Cassie Moore is the heroine of this story. At eleven-years-old, Cassie was in a horrific shooting that tragically scarred her for life. The once promising tennis prodigy, throws all hope of a future in tennis away, unable to play again after the shooting. As she enters her senior year of high school, she struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all-time low. When Jeff Tanner, a football god at her school, wants to date, she’s thrilled until he begins to manipulate her and treat her altogether badly. If she could only somehow recover from her past, she may have a chance to get her groove back. She never imagined that could be possible, though, until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class, Jeremy.

Q. How long does it take for Trent to reveal himself to Cassie.

A.  About a quarter way through the first book, after he feels he has no choice but to tell Cassie the truth about who he is and how he’s involved with her past.

Q. How does Trent help Cassie deal with her past?

A. In Rematch, Trent feels he must return to her past and stop her from being shot in order for her to live out the life she was supposed to have. He believes creating this second life for her will be the answer to all her insecurities and that she will return to her promising tennis career.

Q. In the book, Double Fault, which is the second in a trilogy, Trent and Cassie are together and created a parallel universe. What problems has this created?

A. Although Trent believed Cassie’s life would become perfect when he saved her from being shot, this new life proves to carry its own heavy weight of problems. With Cassie playing tennis again, it creates an imbalance to their family. Her little brother, Gavin, ends up being neglected by their tennis-obsessed father, which also divides Cassie’s parents. It leaves Cassie’s best friend, Kelli, to be jealous of her. Cassie also struggles with the choices she made with her boyfriend, Jeff, before she remembered she was in love with Trent.

Q. In Double Fault, a new character is introduced, Lorelai which is Trent’s sister. Tell me about her.

A. Lorelai is not a new character. She is Trent’s only family member and is there for him from the moment their parents died in a car crash. The moment Trent became a time traveler and they had to run away from the orphanage when Dr. Fox began hunting down Trent. Strong-willed and sarcastic, Lorelai is a beautiful, hands off type a girl who is always there to support Trent and help him through difficult transitions from the past.

Q. The character Dr. Fox is portrayed as a dangerous, power-hungry individual. Tell me about him.

A.  We learn about Dr. Fox’s motivation in Double Fault, but the most important thing to know about him is that he wants what Trent has. He wants to be able to travel back in time himself and will do anything to gain that power.

Q.  The third book in this series, called Deuce, what will Trent and Cassie face?

A. The two will now deal with a mashed up version of her first two lives. We are left on a cliffhanger in Double Fault, so I won’t reveal what else Cassie struggles with in Deuce, but let’s just say she becomes even more familiar with supernatural powers than she ever imagined.

Q.  In books about time travel, and paradoxes, how did you deal with changes Trent makes and what changes in the future?

A. Mostly, because Trent changes aspects of only Cassie’s life, it’s her future that becomes altered. These changes touch on the relationships with only the most intimate people in her life.

Q. Which character in both books has presented you with the most problems as far as personality goes?

A.  I would say Cassie. It was a challenge to show how she morphed with each altered world Trent created for her. She certainly becomes a different girl in the end compared to who we meet in the beginning of Rematch.

Q. Who is your favorite character?

A. Hmm, that’s like asking who my favorite child is. I like them all for different reasons.

Q. You are a self-published author. Why did you choose to do that?

A. I began my journey like many others, querying agents and trying to get traditionally published. After many standard rejection letters in which you have no idea if they even read your work, I began to meet other writers who had taken the leap into self-publishing. Once I found my editor, I knew I could do it, too. It was so much more fun getting my work out there for people to read rather than have it sit on my computer, waiting for some agent to make my dream of publishing come true.

Q.  What would you say to a writer who is just starting out and considering self-publishing?

A.  Get to know Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads intimately because you’re going to spend a lot of time with them.

Author’s Bio:

Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Rematch and Double Fault, the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released this fall. Janine also plans to publish Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy in the next month.

Author Link’s:

Book Synopsis:


REMATCH is the first in  The Vortex Series. Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all-time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class.


DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts.

While Cassie fears for Trent’s life, her tennis career hangs in the balance. Caught between her old and new life, she watches her world slowly crumble until it’s a tragic portrayal of all that she used to know. But worse yet, if her secret is revealed, she might lose what’s most dear to her heart.


DEUCE, the 3rd and final book of The Vortex Series, Janine Caldwell combines fantasy and romance to create a compelling love story of integrity and sacrifice.

In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover no world can be made perfect.

And while they fight through their new circumstances, the universe may just have its own agenda for them both.


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This is L.M. David doing a blog interview and spotlight on Donna Hawks, author of Where Darkness Walks. I would also like to add I have been authorized to giveaway an eBook copy of the book, which is good for today 5/30/2013, only. For those interested, please leave a comment below for a chance to win, include your email address. One lucky blogger will be selected at the end of the day. Best of luck to you.

Let’s start the interview.

Q. Tell me about yourself.

A. I am a retired Middle School teacher. I have always loved reading and writing. Most of my teaching years were teaching Literature. I loved finding books that I thought my students would enjoy. I had the best book collection in the whole school.

I love getting outside and riding my bike or walking. I’m an avid photographer.

Q. Your book, Where Darkness Walks (Mortgatha Trilogy Book 1), tell me about it.

A. Clarie has had her heart broken, and at the age of 16, she thinks her life if over. But she meets Patrick and knows they have a connection. While Clarie is refinishing an old armoire, she discovers it has a secret compartment where she finds a relic from another world—the shadow realm of Mortgatha. She doesn’t know anything about this other world until she is accidentally pushed through the dark, magic doors that lead there. Now she can’t find her way home, even with Patrick’s help.

Q. Describe the character Clarie.

A. Clarie is a very good girl, loves her dad, always tries to do the right thing. She is devastated when she gets caught in Mortgatha. She works very hard to keep her spirits up as she tries to find her way back to her home, but it’s difficult. She discovers she is far braver than she ever thought.

Q. What is the character Patrick like?

A. He wants nothing more than to help Clarie. He is crazy about her, even at the beginning. He’s strong, confident, loving, and protective. More than once in the story, however, he is “rescued” by Clarie due to circumstances beyond his control.

Q. How would you describe the world of Mortgatha?

A. It is a shadow world, overrun by the Darkness. There is a story within the story of how the Darkness got so much power and how the Light was extinguished from Mortgatha. Clarie is caught up in the myth as much as she is in the world itself. Evil characters and spirits are everywhere, and things aren’t always the way they seem.

Q. Would you describe Where Darkness Walks as a YA book or can it be put in the new category of New Adult?

A. Yes and yes. It is an adventure, a love story, a mystery, a thriller. It was written with younger readers in mind, in that the characters are in their teens and there is little language or situations that would be inappropriate for teens. However, the story is exciting and I can’t think anyone under the age of 116 wouldn’t love it. It has a multi-generational appreciation…

Q. What inspired you to write Where Darkness Walks?

A. My sister. I was thinking about what kind of book I like to read and teach. I knew I wanted to write a book like that. When my sister, Diana, suggested the basic idea to this one, I knew immediately I would run with the idea! That’s why I dedicated the book to her.

Q. This is the first in a trilogy. Can you give an insight into the next in this series?

A. Yes, the next book is titled Tattered Heart. It isn’t about Clarie and Patrick, but about another character in Where Darkness Walks. The third book continues with all the characters.

Q. What about Where Darkness Walks will attract readers to it?

A. I think they’ll like Mortgatha, even while they’re afraid of being there. I think Clarie and Patrick are truly good people, just thrown together in a bad situation. There’s never “helplessness” to them, only the ability to try to understand their situation and figure out how to overcome it. It has everything: romance, mystery, supernatural, relics (that I personally would like to own) and closure.

Q. What is your favorite part of the book and why?

A. Oh, tough question. Probably the last part because, if you read carefully, you may have a question or two that will lead you into the next book.

Q. Who is your favorite character in the book?

A. I love Clarie. But Patrick would be any girl’s dream.

Q. What was the hardest character to write in Where Darkness Walks?

A. Bulldog. He is a foul human being. My first draft was so foul-mouthed that I had to completely scrap it and try to write it so the reader would understand how he is, but not have to read a string of four-letter words.

Q. Will Clarie be in all three books or will each focus on new characters?

A. Yes, she is in all three books, but the second book is not about her, nor is it ever told from her point of view. In the second book, you get to know a different character much better.

Q. What genre is your favorite and why?

A. Young Adult fantasy, by far. I think I love it because the stories are usually more about the situation than strictly about the relationship. I love romance in a story, but I really like substance to the story along with the romance. Once the girl has her man, there has to be more to pull them together.

L.M. David: That concludes this interview. Remember, if you want a free copy of Where Darkness Walks, leave a comment and your email address. The winner will be contacted by Aoife Sheridan, Saskia Book Tours.

Book Blurb from Where Darkness Walks:

Clarie’s world is about to change for the darker. Rand broke up with her at the prom, she uncovers a secret in the hidden back of an armoire, and she meets Patrick, who is determined to help her forget her broken heart.
As Clarie evades classmate Bulldog’s stalking, she and Patrick explore the dark halls of an abandoned cement plant. After following Clarie and Patrick deep inside, Bulldog confronts Clarie as he fights with Patrick. When she is accidentally pushed against a set of dark doors into the shadow realm of Mortgatha, everything she fears is set into motion to keep her away from her beloved Earth world.

Even with Patrick’s help, the doorway home moves randomly, evil characters beset them at every turn, and the way home seems farther away than ever.
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Hello, this is L.M. David and today I am interviewing Stacey Brown, author of Darkness of Light. Usually I start these interviews off with a “Preston” moment but he’s been on his best behavior since I created a new vampyre whose sole purpose is to keep the uncontrollable vampyre under wraps. Now that I mention that, I’ve not seen her either. I wonder…

Let’s start the interview. Welcome Stacey to my corner.

Q.  Tell me about yourself.

A.  Currently, I am living back in San Francisco, CA after living for a while in Los Angeles and Boston and many years abroad in London, Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. I loved living abroad, but deep down I guess I am a Northern California girl at heart. I did some acting, set/interior design, and now split my time between staging homes and being an author. Writing and traveling are my two biggest passions. Other than that I am preparing to be the freaky cat lady down the street. Just need the cats.

Q. What is Darkness of Light about?

A.  While the synopsis covers what happens in the book, I feel Darkness of Light is basically about someone who doesn’t feel she fits in the world. Feeling different, insecure, and treated like a freak is a something a lot of people feel at all ages. This story is how Ember figures out who she really is and learns to be happy with herself, no matter what other people say or think. A lot of people never feel like they “fit” in with what the society says they should be. Ember goes against that and finds her place.

Q. Ember Brycin is the main character. Tell us about her.

A. Ember has had some very tragic events happen in her life. The loss of her mother has caused her to cut herself off from most people, but then she has never felt like she belonged anyway. Strange things happen to her. She sees things no one else can, hears voices no one else hears, all this in addition to her two different colored eyes and hair makes people treat her like an outcast. But, Ember is a strong person. She doesn’t just sit back and take it. She’s not “good” girl but spunky and fierce.

Q.  Ember connects with Eli Dragen. What is he like?

A.  Eli is a conundrum wrapped in mystery. He is frustrating, aggravating, sarcastic, and seriously hot! He is definitely more of the “bad-boy.” He is a leader of an infamous motorcycle gang and constantly in trouble with the law. His character and what has happened in the past have caused him to be cold and cruel—not the nice guy. But, when he loves, he loves fiercely and he is extremely loyal. There are so many layers to Eli, but I can’t say a lot without giving too much away. He’s another one where nothing is ever what is seems!

Q. What distinguishes Darkness of Light as a New Adult paranormal romance versus a Young Adult romance?

A.  Darkness of Light could actually be more in the mature YA, but the overall series is more in the NA. As people do, the series grows and the characters develop. Each book will contain more adult content as Ember continues to mature.

Q.  What was the hardest part of Darkness of Light to write?

A.  Action seemed to be my least favorite part to write. It is a different style of writing than dialogue. Action and fighting scenes have to be written to keep and build the tension, but be explained well enough so people can picture it in their heads. I don’t like when a fight scene will go on and on for pages. So it is a balance of length and the building of tension and description. I will sometimes leave the action scenes and come back when I am in the mood to really get in and write them. I guess I don’t mind writing the love scenes! The action scenes actually aren’t much different than my “love scenes,” but for some reason I don’t struggle with those as much as the action. I thank my character inspiration board for that!

Q.  Who was your favorite character?

A.  This is like asking a mother to pick which child of hers is her favorite! Can’t deny, though, I have a soft (hot) spot for Eli! But I really do love them all.

Q.  Who was your least favorite character?

A.  Again, a mother can’t choose! I really don’t have one. They are all in the story for a reason and make the story progress . . . even the sheriff.

Q. What aspect of Darkness of Light will attract readers to your book?

A.  I’d like to say it would be the unique story and writing, but it’s probably the insane chemistry between Ember and Eli. I think the story has lots of twists and turns that will keep you reading, where you never quite know what’s going on. And just when you think you do . . . it’s not always what it seems. There is romance, action, mystery, intrigue, and lots of humor. For some girls, Eli will be enough!

Q.  What about the paranormal genre do you like most?

A.  I love the magic of fantasy—the what-if’s and the possibilities. I don’t know if I could write a book without some elements of fantasy. When I was a kid I would make-believe these elaborate fantasy/Goonie kind of stories. I haven’t lost that and I still want to live in that world.

Q. What about good versus evil attracts readers to it?

A.  Funny, people keep thinking it’s about good versus evil, but it’s actually not. There really is no good or bad. Light and Dark do not mean good and bad in my book. The best stories I’ve found is where even the “evil” person has a reason for why they are “evil.” My characters don’t think they are evil and what they do makes perfect sense. My series is FULL of grey. Even the most docile person could kill or do something bad if placed in different circumstances.

Q.  Will there be a sequel to Darkness of Light?

A.  There are four books in the series. I have just finished Book Two of the Darkness Series, Fire in the Darkness, which I am hoping will come out in Fall, 2013. It’s at the editors now. And as we speak, I am beginning Book Three. It’s never ending for authors!

Q.  If your book were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead roles?

A.  I have my character ideas on my Pinterest Board. Most aren’t celebrities because I prefer having more unknowns in my head. My characters are so precise and real to me. The secondary characters I could probably cast. For example, I’ve always pictured Josh Holloway as West. But I feel no celebrities could fit the leads just right. I am willing to sit through the casting though! Especially the male leads!

Q.  What advice do you have for writers just getting started at writing a novel?

A.  Seek therapy it’s quicker and cheaper…

Kidding! My advice is that if you enjoy doing it for fun or want to do it as your job, don’t give up. It is a LONG, grueling process. There are a lot of rejections and times you’ll want to give up, but push through and keep writing. You also have to learn that not every word you write is worth keeping. You have to get thick skin and know people’s critiques are to better your book and you as a writer.

L.M. David: Thanks again, Stacey, for stopping by. I wish you the best of luck with your Darkness series!

Book Blurb:

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Author Bio:

Stacey Marie Brown works by day as an Interior/Set Designer and by night a writer of paranormal fantasy, adventure, and literary fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

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