Book Excerpt from Spring Blessings


I’m happy to share an excerpt today from urban fantasy “Spring Blessings”. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

It’s a god damn shame, thought Karl Spangler as he watched his partner of three years pace like a hostile beast in a cage, that I’m not Norvita’s type. She is stupidly hot when she’s mad. It makes a man want to do bad things to get that kind of attention from her. Her jewel encrusted hands gripped tightly on her firm sculpted hips just above the belt line of her low rise jeans. He watched enviously as her fingers pressed into warm brown skin. Her full pillowy and lacquered lips pursed into a pouted scowl that smeared her blackberry colored lipstick just a little under her lower lip. She threw her head back shaking out her shiny black hair as her arched spine pushed her perfect breasts out which made them look larger than they were. However, the sexiest thing about an angry Norvita Patel was her eyes. When she was mad her rich Harappan eyes danced like Kali in the fire light of a funeral pyre. She could make the blood rush downward when her eyes sparked with malice. No wonder she and Carson fought all the time.

Even I want to throw something at her when she’s this angry just to see if she’d rip me apart and…

Oh no, can she hear me think this?

“I don’t understand what is wrong with you idiots!” Yelled Norvita Patel with a distinct New

England accent that ripped apart ear drums with piercing staccatos and made your heart beat that much faster. The perpetrators huddled together in terror of the ninety pound girl.

At least Karl knew that he was safe.

Karl ran his weather beaten fingers over the stained, old and dog-eared copy of Mages and Monsters. This series of role play books were very popular in Gaiman Heights. This is largely due to its simplified combat system and it’s compatibility with other books put out by the same publisher which included Forever Midnight and Hymn of the Lesser Gods. It was also published by a local company which was a great source of pride for the geek community. Karl never quite understood the appeal of tabletop role play games. What was so wrong with a simple board game? Why did things have to have to be complicated with math and dice? Did people need to slip out of their human skin and into a shape of imagination? He didn’t see the point in disappearing into another world with wizards and monsters. Real life, he thought, is so weird that disappearing into a fantasy world of monsters and magic didn’t seem like much of an escape. Karl had been thrown into the unseen world against his own devices. If he could escape it, it would not be to the land of ten sided dice.

It’s why he preferred P.D. James to Anne MacCaffery.

About the Book

BookCoverImageTitle: Spring Blessings

Author: S.C. Houff

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.

Author Bio

 315439_10100462943504723_608551138_nS.C. Houff was born in the backwoods of Southwestern Virginia to a small town lawyer and a recovering radical. She has been a telemarketer, a part-time educator and occasional bodyguard but now is working on writing. She has started working on her very first novel which is fun for everyone. When she is not writing she’s perusing her other love which is history. She also is an avid fan all things nerdy and fun.

While she’s not received any accolades for her writing, S.C. Houff is a two time Geography B champion.


Release Day Party The Best of Jonathan’s Corner


About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).


Author Interview Where The Moths Dance


I’m interviewing Kristah Price, author of YA fantasy “Where The Moths Dance”. Enjoy the interview. My questions are bolded, Kristah’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author, for me, is the marketing and promotion, trying to get my books noticed among the millions of other books out there. Also, because I am shy by nature, physically getting out there and promoting my books is a challenge for me. That’s why I think that alternative forms of promotion such as virtual book tours are such a great idea!

Can you give us a short synopsis of Where The Moths Dance?

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale feels more comfortable surrounded by the dead than the living, spending much of her time in the graveyard above the cottage where she lives. Her mother is an alcoholic, she detests her mother’s boyfriend, Conrad, and the graveyard is a place to which she can escape.

When Elliott Rossi, a boy from Jessie’s school, comes back from the dead, Jessie’s belief in the afterlife is confirmed. But Elliott brings Jessie a warning of something sinister, a demon who can also access the living world and has his sights firmly set on his next victim.

With her world disintegrating around her, Jessie must enlist the help of her friends to banish the evil that has invaded her sanctuary, threatening to destroy everything she cares about.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have always been interested in paranormal phenomena, and in anything to do with ghosts and hauntings. We have a wonderful old graveyard near where we live, where we would often walk our dog, and which provided the inspiration for the setting in the book. Other things I am interested in, such as crystals and herbs, also managed to weave their way into the story, so the book ended up being a culmination of many of my favourite things.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I usually spend about five hours a day during the week writing, editing and researching. I don’t write in the weekends because weekends are family time. However, the story is with me all the time, ticking over in my mind while I am doing other things such as housework or cooking, so that when I actually sit down at my desk, I often already know what I am going to write.

Name your top five favorite books.

This is a tough one. There are so many books I have loved.

Green Angel by Alice Hoffman

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann

Walk me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde

What are you working on now?

I am a couple of weeks away from finishing The House in Wattle Lane, the second book in my Wattle Lane series. Although it has some of the same characters as the first book, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, it is a stand-alone novel about heritage scrapbooking and a young woman’s quest to trace her family history and to discover the truth behind a family secret.

About The Book

Where the Moths Dance book coverTitle: Where The Moths Dance

Author: Kristah Price

Genre: YA Paranormal

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale lives in the caretaker’s cottage at the bottom of Gum Tree Hill Cemetery. She feels more comfortable surrounded by the dead than the living, and the graveyard is her sanctuary, a place to escape from her troubled home life and from her mother’s despicable boyfriend, Conrad.

Elliott Rossi has found a way to come back from the dead. He needs to warn Jessie about a demon who can also access the living world and has his new prey firmly in his grasp.

When Jessie learns who has become the demon’s latest victim, she must enlist the help of her friends to battle the evil that has invaded her sanctuary, turning her life upside down and threatening to destroy everything she cares about.

Then there is the small matter of falling in love with a dead boy.

Author Bio

Kristah Price Author PhotoKristah Price has always loved books and dreamed of being a writer since she was a teenager. After much dreaming, and writing in her spare time, she eventually took a year off work to write a novel. Although that novel remains hidden away in a box on the top shelf of a wardrobe, she went on to have several novellas published in magazines in Scotland, and her first full-length novel, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, was published in 2012. Where the Moths Dance is her first novel for young adults. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, mixed-media art, and organic gardening.  She lives with her partner, Nick, and their puppy, Finn, in the Art Deco city of Napier, New Zealand.



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Promo Post She Who Fights Monsters


About the Book

SheWhoFightsMonsters_2frontTitle: She Who Fights Monsters

Author: Kyoko M.

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Jordan Amador. 23. New Yorker. Waitress. Investigator for souls with unfinished business, also known as a Seer.

Michael O’Brien. 25. New Yorker. Lead guitarist. Commander of Heaven’s Army.

The dynamic supernatural duo is in the middle of trying to solve a deadly case. Someone is methodically hunting down and murdering Seers one by one. After six months with no leads on the killer, Jordan and Michael are forced to work with their worst enemy—the archdemon Belial: a self-professed Prince of Hell who is dead set on stealing Jordan for himself. However, with the archdemon’s help, they pick up on the trail of the serial killer and plan to stop him no matter what the cost.

When the shocking truth behind the murderer’s identity is revealed, Jordan begins asking herself if she is still fighting for the good guys or has she become one of the monsters she is desperately trying to stop?

Author Bio

Professional portrait of me copyKyoko M is an author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. Her debut novel, The Black Parade, has been on Amazon’s Bestseller List at #5 in the Occult Horror category. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm central Florida night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.

The Black Parade, the first novel in the series, is free from August 22nd, the starter date of the tour.






Author Interview The Blue Effect Tour


I’m hosting an interview today with Rose Shababy, author of “The Blue Effect”. My questions are bolded, Rose’s responses are in regular font.

Author Interview

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

For me, it’s finding the time to get everything done. I’m indie, so I work a day job, just like a lot of indie authors. I end up working seven days a week a lot, just trying to keep up with everything. Oh, and the social media. I’m not normally a forward person, and “pimping” myself has been a struggle. I don’t always like to put myself out there, I’d rather have people come to me. If you like what I have to offer, great, if not, that’s OK too. It’s not my way to offer myself up unsolicited. I will say, however, that it’s gotten easier as time goes by!

Can you give us a short synopsis of The Blue Effect?

The Blue Effect is a story really about a woman who learns to love herself and finds the strength within her to be courageous and bold. Except everyone in the story is a superhero, each with different abilities. It’s a nod at one of my great loves, comic books/graphic novels.

There’s no spandex, however.

What inspired you to write this book?

This story started with a dream, which got me thinking about a book I read as a teenager called ‘Harry and Hortense at Hormone High’ by Paul Zindel. It’s about a boy who believes he’s Icarus. That thought led me to wondering what if there was a boy who believed he was a superhero and no one else believed it? And what if it turned out that he really did have powers? Of course, The Blue Effect is nothing like that original idea, but that was the genesis of it. It still has superheroes, and someone that vaguely resembles that boy, but that’s about it!

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

As I mentioned earlier, I work a 9-5 job as well, so I’m pretty busy. I probably spend a couple hours in the evening working on book “stuff,” which turns out to be so much more than just writing when you’re an indie author. I spend 8-10 hours on Wednesdays, and the same on weekend days, although I’ll admit to taking a day off sometimes. Even when I’m not working on book stuff, I’m thinking about it. It’s kind of an obsession at this point.

Name your top five favorite books.

What a hard question! It’s difficult to narrow it down to only five, but the ones that come to mind are The Stand by Stephen King, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the rest of the Renegade Heroes series, which is a trilogy. At least at this point. I have some ideas for “prequels,” but haven’t mapped out those stories at this point. The first book is written from the perspective of the main Blue Brennan. It gives the reader an opportunity to hear her inner thoughts and emotions. I thought it would be interesting to get the same depth and insight in other characters, so the second book is from the perspective of a different hero, Kasimir Korsak. His story will give us a more in depth look at his childhood than we got in book one. We’ll see him going through changes and confronting the ghosts of his past. The third book will be from the perspective of yet another character, Avery Anderson. We’ll meet new heroes in each book, learn the secrets to our heroes abilities, and find the answers our heroes seek. I won’t tell you anymore, you’ll just have to wait for the books!

I also have another book I’m hoping to release sometime toward the end of the year. It’s sort of a ghost story called “Shadows of Night.” We’ll see how it goes with the release date!

The Blue Effect

frontcoverTitle: The Blue Effect

Author: Rose Shababy

Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.

Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

Author Bio

author photoRose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.

Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.

If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.





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Book Excerpt from Hostile Takeover


I’m hosting an excerpt today from mystery / thriller “Hostile Takeover”. Enjoy the excerpt.

About The Book

HTKindleCoverTitle: Hostile Takeover

Author: K.S. Ferguson

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Sci-Fi

Rafe McTavish, security expert and new CEO at interplanetary mega-corp EcoMech, and his undercover ally Kama Bhatia, hacker and corporate spy, continue their pursuit of a ruthless blackmailer in the sequel to Calculated Risk.

When Rafe’s arrival on EcoMech’s frontier colony world ruins their adversary’s plan for supremacy, events take a deadly turn. As tensions amongst the workers rise and unrest turns to violence, Rafe and Kama must race to unmask a killer before Rafe and his family fall victims to a murderous hostile takeover.

Author Bio

K S Ferguson has published three novels, Calculated Risk, Hostile Takeover, and Touching Madness, and one critically-acclaimed novella, Puncher’s Chance (co-written with James Grayson,) which appeared in the June 2006 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, America’s longest-running science fiction magazine. She enjoys writing suspense and murder mysteries in futuristic and fantasy settings, and also writes fiction in the guise of technical manuals for unfinished software—otherwise known as help documentation.


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Book Excerpt

Kama’s gaze slid to the flyer’s side window, and then down. The breath caught in her throat. A thousand meters below, a blanket of dense smoke obscured the ground. Hidden beneath the smoke, flames driven by a stiff breeze consumed endless hectares of noxious garraweed, the dominant life form on EcoMech’s colony world, Harvest.

The heat of the updraft buffeted the flyer and jolted Kama against the passenger door. She tightened her seatbelt a notch and tucked her duffel firmly between her feet. Then she ordered herself to stop thinking about the raging inferno below. They were perfectly safe at this altitude.

She’d seen the garraweed up close when she’d arrived at Harvest’s shuttleport. An ocean of two-meter tall golden stalks crowded the runways and buildings. With each gust of wind, billowing clouds of red dust spewed from the crimson flowers at the apex of the waving growth. The swirling haze of spores painted a spectacular blood red sunrise over Harvest’s too-blue sky.

At the flyer’s controls, newly appointed EcoMech CEO Rafe McTavish tossed her an apologetic smile. “Sorry about the bumpy ride.”

“Scorched earth,” she said. “Typical corporate approach. Do the eco-protesters storming your Mumbai offices know about this?”

He cast her a cool look. “No, and I’d prefer to keep it that way.”

His tone was light, but Kama heard the fatigue—and the warning. He’d sacrificed piloting his own company to take the job at EcoMech, all so he could pursue Leon Goldman’s blackmailer undercover. He didn’t need more complications.

Something mechanical screeched. Then a belch of oily black smoke puffed from the flyer’s right front nacelle. The craft canted right and dropped two meters. The pitch of the fans in the other three nacelles increased, and the flyer corrected back to level.

“We lost a fan,” McTavish said in a patently ‘don’t panic’ voice. “We’ll be fine running on three engines.”

Kama released the death grip on her duffel strap, irked that he thought she needed reassurance—or that she didn’t understand the mechanics of a flyer. Give her three hours with an industrial grade replicator and she’d design and build a four-passenger flyer that would run rings around this crate.

The flyer bumped and jounced through the turbulent air over the fire. Kama gritted her teeth.

“This thing has worse aerodynamics than a pig.”

McTavish turned her way, and his blue eyes sparkled. “You’ve flown a pig?”

“In simulations,” she replied.

He grinned and waited. She shifted in her seat and wished she hadn’t said anything.

“It was a genetic engineering lesson meant to teach the limits of genome manipulation. The pig had to be flight capable while retaining its ability to produce high quality ham and bacon.”

His grin broadened. “And did you succeed in creating such an animal?”

“That depends.”

“On how you define flight?” he guessed.

She crossed her arms over her chest. “No, on how you define ham. It’s simply appendage muscle infused with carcinogens. The source appendage shouldn’t matter.”


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Author Interview for The Greying Book Tour


I’m interviewing Dallas Sutherland, author of middle grade fantasy novella “The Greying”. Welcoem to my blog, Dallas.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Finding the time to write, because I’m a part-time author, and also, marketing the book when it’s finally published. I have a publisher, but unless you are a best-seller, most authors will need to promote their books as well. Now that is hard, and time-consuming, but it’s fun!

Can you give us a short synopsis of The Greying?

Upon the death of her mother girl falls into fantasy world and searches for identity amidst a world made cold dark and colourless by the ravages of the greying she fights the evil Queen Berilbog, many-headed-winged-thing and lurking homunculi and must learn how to use the power of the thinking in order to reclaim self.

There, is that short enough?

What inspired you to write this book?

At university I spent many hours writing literary essays about books and over time my writing improved. I also had to submit creative pieces as well. I suppose you could say that this planted the seed. I like faery tale and myth and legend. They’re all about journeys, people seeking things, people looking for themselves, or wanting to improve their lot in life.

I knew I wanted to write a fantasy story because I like the genre, but I’m not really sure where it came from, the initial spark or inspiration I mean. I began with a scene and the rest followed. Then there was research, and more research, and knowing I wanted to make the fantasy story a pastiche of the genre. You can check out more about pastiche, and parody and metafiction on my blog if you are interested in that kind of thing. Of course you don’t have to have all these things in a book, but it can help to give it depth and make things more exciting or challenging for the reader.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

A couple of hours per day, because I’m getting near the end of the second book, and I need time to think about how to finish it off.

Name your top five favorite books.

The Riders,

The Skook,

The Shipping News,

Robinson Caruso,

The Wind in The Willows.

What are you working on now?

The second book in the Landland Chronicles. I’m almost done.

About the Book

CoverTitle: The Greying (Book One in the Landland Chronicles)

Author: Dallas Sutherland

Genre: Fantasy Novella

LANDLAND CRIES OUT FOR A SAVIOUR… Upon the death of her mother, Meah is pulled across the boundary that separates this world and another time and place where the dog-like Firbog have brought the mists of the greying. Under the evil Queen Berilbog they threaten to claim all the lands. With her Mother dead and her Father missing – she is on her own! Can Meah learn how to use the power of the thinking? Will there be enough time to save both Landland and herself? Will Meah ever find her way home again? She must triumph over grief and sadness on her journey into a world made cold, grey, and colourless by the ravages of the greying. Meah travels into the depths of Bigriverland to find the mysterious sage, The Biggo. In the heart of Dead Wood, Meah meets Josh O’Tosh, the last of the warrior Pictish Priests. Battling lurking homunculi and the horrors of the many-headed-winged-thing, they set out to recover the only thing that will save Landland …her mother’s Book-of-Colours.

Author Bio

Bio Photo1 DallasSutherlandOver the last twenty-five years, the Author has exhibited a creative bent across a range of industries including graphic design, fine arts, and trompe l’oeil murals. He has lectured in fine arts and studied Art History, Literature, Adult Education, and Creative Writing. Works include play scripts and short stories. The Greying is his first published novella, with further books planned as part of the fantasy series. He draws inspiration from myth, legend, and fairy tales.

He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia with his partner Kerri, and daughter Ruby.

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