Reviews

Review: Hell to Pay

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Hell to Pay by Lisa Emme

4 out of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Harry Russo Diaries. You can read my previous reviews for Dead and Kicking, Tooth and Claw and oops, I didn’t write my review for Deadlocked here, but you can read it on Goodreads here.

Harry’s town has a bit of a problem. People are are going just a teensy bit crazy and beating the snot out of each other. And if that wasn’t enough of an issue, the place where she’d almost been sacrificed is now open for business as a nightclub. It ain’t easy being Harry.

I enjoyed this book as a continuation of Harry and seeing more of her world. The mystery was interesting and not what I was expecting at all, although that could be because I’m slow on the uptake. 😉 Bryce, the literal ghost in the machine, amuses me, although we didn’t get to see much of him in this installment. I love seeing more of Max and can’t wait to get a story with him.

Overall, a fun read.

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BOOK BLITZ and GIVEAWAY

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Rogue: A Valkyrie Tale by Tonya Coffey

Blurb:

Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside her changes. A spark ignites, triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, Clytie turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. However, she knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.

Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.

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Bio:

Tonya Coffey lives in southern Kentucky with her husband and two teen boys. If she isn’t reading a fantasy novel with lots of action, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas painting the landscape which is so abundant around her home.

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Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpsCLCwg-f2-qkVkk4dUZ0w

Book Info:

Size: 6×9                                                                                             ISBN: 978-1534678002

Trade paperback                                                                                  LCCN: 2016913767

Pages: 217

Price: $9.99

Book Buy Link:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/153-4752823-8539760?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tonya+coffey

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Giveaway Info:

Enter to win 1 signed paperback copy of Rogue.

(Starts on Sept. 23 and ends Sept. 30)

Link: http://coffeytonya.wixsite.com/tonya-coffey/giveaway

Excerpt: 

CHAPTER 1

Deep in the forest of the Appalachian Mountains, a time when the worlds were filled with realms and magick ruled the universe, darkness took over. It was thick with shadows, darker than the void between worlds.

However, a single ray of silver moonlight sliced through black branches, like fingers reaching for the two-foot sword. The hilt had a sleek round pommel, and a cross guard that tilted up towards the grip. Yet, the unique shape of the sword had nothing on the woman wielding the steel blade.

The Valkyrie stood silently in the shadows. Her violet eyes peered through the night, vigilantly watching for the movement of her prey. The crunch of weathered branches, under the foot of a heavy creature, caught her glare. The shadows weaved in and out of the darkness, opening for a figure to pull from the clutches. There you are.

The Valkyrie’s slim fingers gripped the leather hilt, ready for the being to stray in her path. The steps grew into thumps causing the earth beneath her boots to shiver. The beast sliced through the moonlight with his massive form. A bald head with a grotesque scar which wrapped his skull from mouth to eye and a six-foot axe was casually tossed over his broad shoulder.

The sight of the axe made her wince. I do not like those. It was as long as she was tall. She narrowed her eyes at the beast, refusing to let it win. She willed her heart to steady, as he moved directly into her path. She drew her blade from the leather sheath attached to her back and attacked.

The Valkyrie’s sword sliced through the air narrowly missing the beast’s shoulder. He dipped, pulling the sharp edge of the axe across his body toward her. She dove to the ground, rolling once, and then advancing on his back with swift jabs.

The beast roared, showing thick jagged teeth, the same color of his graying skin. His muscles bulged as he tossed the axe from hand to hand, twirling it like a windmill. The Valkyrie dodged the blows making quick strikes of her own, penetrating the thick flesh of his torso.

In frustration, the beast stomped his fur covered boot against the ground, causing the earth to shake. A massive crack split the ground under the Valkyrie’s feet. She gasped, falling to the side. The beast tossed his axe, twisting it end over end, at her. The Valkyrie’s eyes darted from the darkness of the crack, to the edge of the two-foot blade, closing in on her.

A fast movement from her right caused her to jerk in the direction as an animal slammed into her body. The momentum sent her across the parting ground, into the underbrush, and onto the opposite side in a roll.

Her breath came fast, as she scrambled to her feet, clutching her metal companion. The thumps of bodies slamming into one another like steel anvils drew her attention. She ran to the action with narrowed eyes, stopping short at the scene playing out in front of her.

The beast wrestled with a black panther. The bright whites of the panther’s teeth shined in the moonlight, as they snapped at the brute. His shiny coat, as dark as the shadows, made it look as if the beast fought against the night itself.

Sinking its teeth into the creature’s bared thigh, it drew blood. The beast fell to one knee, wrapping his massive arm around the cat’s body. The panther roared, and clamped his jaws around the neck of his opponent. Then the forest became quiet as their bodies stilled.

They fell to the ground with a thump. The panther pulled his body from the beast’s clutches. The Valkyrie ran to the cat, apprehensive about coming into contact with it. Eyes a golden yellow, brighter than the sun, met her gaze. She drew in a breath, staring at the eyes of a creature who was more human than animal. She felt as if she saw into his soul. He had the soul of a good and caring man who tried to protect her.

The Valkyrie knelt by the panther, emotions stirred in her body that she never knew existed. Her stomach ached. Her heart beat in an odd way. Familiarity hit. She remembered something about the cat; dreams she had of him. Most nights she closed her eyes, she dreamed of a black panther, he walked next to her, protecting her.

Now, he lay in front of her, breaths from death. He had put his life before hers and protected her as she imagined. Why? She wondered.

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COVER REVEAL and GIVEAWAY

Today we have Tonya Coffey who has a cover reveal for her upcoming book, Rogue.

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ROGUE: A Valkyrie Tale by Tonya Coffey

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Blurb:

Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside her changes. A spark ignites, triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, Clytie turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. However, she knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.

Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.

 

Giveaway Info:

Enter to win 1 signed paperback copy of Rogue.

(Starts on Sept. 23 and ends Sept. 30)

Link: http://coffeytonya.wixsite.com/tonya-coffey/giveaway

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Bio:

Tonya Coffey lives in southern Kentucky with her husband and two teen boys. If she isn’t reading a fantasy novel with lots of action, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas painting the landscape which is so abundant around her home.

Media Links:

Web: http://coffeytonya.wix.com/tonya-coffey

FB: http://Facebook.com/coffeytonya

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tonya-Coffey/e/B00MZ6VR5Y/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1472738050&sr=8-1

About me, My Books, Preorder

Anthology with 8 fabulous authors

Yes, you read that right. There is an anthology coming up with eight fabulous authors and I will be one of them. Hey, I’m allowed to believe I’m fabulous. 😉 My first book, Magic Resistant, will be part of it. And let me guess, you’re curious about who else will be part of this amazing offer. Well, wonder no more!

Primal Claim by Marie Johnston
Phoenix Rising by Heather R. Blair
Magic Resistant by Veronica Del Rosa
Kissing Demons by Jen Winters
One Knight Only by Michelle Miles
Bewitched Familiar by USA Today best-selling author Ari Thatcher
Dead Girls Don’t Cry by Casey Wyatt
Tainted Kiss by award-winning author Sharon Kay

Pretty damn awesome, right? I thought so, too. Oh and let me guess, you’d also love to see the cover for this little beauty? Wait no more because here it is.

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The wonderful and talented Julie Nicolls made the cover art for us. Yes, I’m still a fangirl for that woman.

And now, the order links. You didn’t think I would forget about those, did you? I mean, come on, you get eight amazing books for a steal!

Amazon: Kindle   iBooks:itunes-words Kobo: Kobo Nook: Nook Smashwords: iTunes

 

Blog Takeover, Cover Art

Cover Reveal – Dragon Moon

Today we have a special guest. Not only is she my fabulous cover artist, but she’s also a writer, Julie Nicholls. And she has a new book in the works along with giving us a sneak peak to her new cover. Now to turn over my blog to Julie.

Hi!

Thank you very much for letting me take over your blog today to reveal the cover for my latest novel, Dragon Moon.

This is a Teen & Young Adult Fantasy, and I hope to publish with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program, if it is accepted.

The story concerns Scarlett, an almost nineteen year old who is undecided about her future. Throughout her school life she has been the subject of ridicule and bullying because of her flame, red hair. While college was easier, because she stood up for herself, she can’t make up her mind if University is the place she wants to be, and is taking some time out from studying to decide. She visits the Nottingham Goose Fair, and meets Dizelli, a psychic, who gives her a gold pendant and instructs her to wear it to bed.

Scarlett wakes up the next morning but she’s not in her bed, or her home. She’s in a field. In her pajama’s.

Her adventure begins and she’s thrown into a world of dragons and magic. She’s the Dragon Mage, and it’s her responsibility to save the dragons from slaughter, and also bring two warring tribes together.

There are just a few days left before the Dragon Moon arrives. All the dragons currently asleep, protecting their eggs could die unless Scarlett finds a way to unite the silver haired, and black haired races together and to stop Lord Ithel from killing the elder dragon who knows the secret location of the dragon eggs.

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Here’s a sneaky peek!

No matter what Elyan’s surprise is, at least it’s another lovely day out. The sun is shining and despite the cool breeze, it’s perfect for riding. We set off at a walk but once outside the city walls, Elyan kicks his horse and he’s off. I have a hard time keeping up on Sootli; bless her. Once he reaches the foothills, he slows and when I catch up to him, he pulls off to the left instead of the path through the mountain.

“Where are you going?” I ask.

He doesn’t answer and just waves at me as he trots ahead. He’s in charge again; he can’t help it.

We ride for only a little way, and then the smell hits me.

Vanillian.

Soon we’re looking at a blanket of white flowers. They stretch along the side of the track as far as the eye can see, and the smell is amazing. Elyan dismounts and wraps the reins around a fallen tree. He helps me down and leads me to the huge log where we both sit.

I can’t stop sniffing the air and notice he’s staring. “What?”

He smiles and I notice for the first time how charming he looks when he’s not scowling.

“I know how much you like Vanillian and thought you would like to see where it grows. Am I right?”

“Yes! Thanks.”

I’m smiling as I look at him and see him in a different light. He can be thoughtful when he puts his mind to it. He stares at me for several moments, his gaze unfathomable. Do I want to know what he’s thinking?

“I am sorry for my behavior yesterday with Mostyn,” he says.

Wow! Didn’t see that coming.

“I expect learning he and your sister were an item was a bit of a shock.”

“I learned something else too. From my father.”

“What was it?” I ask as if I don’t know.

“That there was someone else he loved before mother. I am not angry about that. He expected me to be, though. I have a reputation, it seems.”

I can see a hint of a grin forming.

“My father relies on me to protect the town. While I have my warriors to aid, I am constantly on my guard. My responsibility to our people is foremost on my mind.”

“That’s why you’re so wound up, Elyan. You’re stressed out.”

I know how he feels. In my last year of college I was worrying over my exams, the bullying, and concerns about my life after college. My dad said when someone is stressed, they are short-tempered, have trouble sleeping and are unable to see the positive side of things. Elyan ticks all of the above. People don’t realize they are stressed, but once it’s pointed out to them, it becomes clearer.

“What am I to do? This is my life. I am responsible for our people.”

“I understand you have an important role, but you don’t have to do it on your own. You have warriors who follow your lead. They are just as capable as you are. Let them take some of the pressure.”

Elyan narrows his eyes as he looks at me. He’s listening to what I’m saying rather than spouting off. That’s a good sign.

“But will they then act as I do? Become ‘snippety’ as you say?” He grins.

“No, I don’t believe they will. If you divide the tasks between yourselves, it will be less of a burden. Do you see that?”

“Yes, I do.”

It could be my imagination, but I swear he looks less stressed already. He’s a smart cookie and I know I whined about him plenty of times, but he isn’t a bad person. Actually, as he is now–calm and thoughtful–he’s very attractive. He was already ranking high on my “hot men” chart, but it was his attitude that stopped him reaching a higher position.

Oh, I know you think I’m mean, but I bet I’m not the only one who has a score card.

“When we return home after the meeting today, you can gather your warriors and delegate your duties. Start enjoying your life, Elyan.”

“I like the way you think. You are as smart as my father said.”

“Did he say that?”

“Yes, last night after you left. I spoke with him for a while, and he believes you are too wise for your age.” He chuckles.

Ha! I think what the Earl said probably went something along the lines of “she’s too big for her boots.” But I’ll accept it as a compliment anyway.

Elyan is looking at me again. Not quite a stare but his gaze is lingering and I know I’m blushing. My cheeks are on fire. I’d like to know what he’s thinking. Wait…maybe that’s not a good idea. There’s a glint in his eye, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve got too much to think about at the moment.

Extremely bad timing.

“Are all the women in your town like you?” he asks.

“No. They are much nicer.” I laugh. “Women are equal to men, though. They share responsibility, work and some earn such a good wage that the man plays househusband and takes care of the children.”

“That is a story you have made up.” He laughs. “It is a woman’s responsibility to tend the children.”

I’m surprisingly calm after that misogynistic statement. In all fairness, he lives in a world where men are chivalrous and women are skivvies, and that’s not entirely his fault. However, I will nevertheless attempt to enlighten him of why a role doesn’t need to be filled by only one sex.

Here goes.

“Elyan, I’m going to explain something to you which you may find surprising. Women are quite capable of fulfilling any job a man is tasked with. The only difference is that some women might struggle depending on the physical strength required, but that does not mean that some women are not a strong as some men. There are some who are stronger.”

He’s shaking his head, so I continue.

“Women are in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Where I’m from, we are ruled by a Queen, as are many other countries. So you see… there’s nothing a man can do that a woman cannot. As for taking care of children, why shouldn’t a man look after his child? There’s no rule that says a woman should be the only person to wipe a baby’s bottom!”

He laughs and shakes his head. “You are making this up, surely?”

“No, I’m not.”

I look at him and wonder how he would cope if he were to visit my world. Not only because of the women’s issue but all the technology we have as well. I don’t think he could take it all in, although he might have fun playing my X box.

“I should like to see this for myself. Your world sounds interesting. Do you think I would like it?”

“There are some wonders that would impress you, Elyan, but just as you have problems here, we also have them. Countries fight one another and man has built horrendous machines and created poisons that could kill us all. People starving to death live side by side with people who are so rich, they will never be able to spend their money before they die.”

He’s listening closely.

“Our world is full of different races and we are not all the same color. Whole nations have been targeted because of the color of their skin or religious beliefs. So you see it’s important that we try and resolve the issues here before they escalate.”

Elyan narrows his eyes. He’s thinking hard, I can see from his expression. He will be the Earl once his father passes and he could help implement changes now that would stop future warring.

“This makes you sad, does it not?”

“Yes, very much.”

“We are from different worlds and yet, we are not so different.”

He takes my hand in his and smiles softly. He’s capable of becoming a great leader, I feel it. He has already made changes to the way he acts based on information he’s acquired. He is a smart cookie.

“We have a saying—‘there’s nothing new under the sun’–and this is so true. Wherever we are in the world, whether we’re black-skinned or white, if we have black or white hair, or we worship the sun or the moon, we are all human beings and we have a right to be free and to live.”

“We shall have that here, Scarlett. I promise. I will do everything within my power to make Lord Ithel understand we must live together in peace.”

Elyan pushes up and pulls me with him. “You will show us how to make a start. Will you not?”

Thank you for taking the time to read the sneaky peek… you can read another on my official website www.julienicholls.com to the page, Dragon Moon where a link will be added once the book is available for purchase.

Reviews

Reveiw: Blackbirds & Bourbon

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Blackbirds & Bourbon, Toil & Trouble #2 by Heather R. Blair

10 out of 5 stars – What? I’m allowed. It’s my blog! 😉

Oh my god, look at that amazing cover! And trust me, you want to judge this book by its cover because the story was stunning.

I devoured this story and finished it in one day. However, I had also badgered (again!) poor Heather into letting me have an early copy. I couldn’t help it. PS, this only works because we’re friends, so please, don’t badger her. I do it out of love. 😉

Now, because we’re friends, that doesn’t mean I’m pulling any punches with this review. I’m not sugarcoating or blowing smoke. I seriously loved this book.

Jack has me twisted in knots. Is he good? Isn’t he? I want to believe the best in him, but damn it, he’s done some dodgy things. We see a lot more of him in this story and I understand where he’s coming from. Doesn’t mean I want him hurting Seph.

And wow, Seph. Not many women in stories I adore, but she is one of them. She’s had a harsh go of it lately, although I’m not saying what because of spoilers. She’s been a little mopey, which was justified and at one point she decides to wrestle the beast to the ground, so to speak. It kinda backfires on her, but she doesn’t care. She’s determined to defeat the prophecy told about her.

If you haven’t read this series, you should. I’m now anxious for the last one in the series and this book isn’t even out yet! Arrrg. Why do I do this to myself?

Reviews

Review: Birthright

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Birthright: Pale Moonlight series, #1 by Marie Johnston

4 out of 5 stars

This is a spin-off series and the original one I bought one after the other because I had to know the full story.

Maggie, baby sister to Jace from Fever Claim, has been in hiding most of her life.
She’s never shifted to her wolf form and was raised as a human. Now, she has good reason for it, mainly because her father and older brother was killed by a power hungry werewolf. He wanted to control the entire pack and wanted to make sure no one else could challenge him.

Porter has been searching for a way to unseat the vicious alpha and finally he’s found a way. Bring Maggie home and have her claim her birthright. It helps that Porter finds her sexy and intriguing, so trying to convince her to come home shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Poor, poor werewolf. He’s about to find out how stubborn Maggie can be.

The sparks fly between these two and it’s so much fun to watch it all go down. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

**Disclaimer – I received a copy from the author, but these are my honest opinions.**

Book Process

Calling All Beta Readers

Okay, maybe not all of you, just a few. 😉 I’m searching for someone who loves to rip stories apart – to be helpful, not to make me cry. I can handle constructive criticism, such as “This line makes him sound like a jerk.” and not “Wow, you think you can write? Damn, you should quit.” Because that is not constructive and is just mean.

But if you enjoy smoothing out stories, working on the flow, and the nitpicking things that don’t make sense, then I’d love to have you on board. Just fill out the form linked below, which is super easy because it’s simply your name and email address. I’ll send you the first two chapters for the novella I’m working on, and then you send back your thoughts. If we’re a good fit, then the rest of the story is sent along. And hey, if you don’t like what you read and don’t think you can do the beta read for whatever reason, then just let me know. No hard feelings.

I wish I had a blurb to share for this novella, which will be approximately 20k words, but I’ve been working flat out just getting this novella done. And I’m still about 4k short of finishing it, but it’ll be done soon! I can give you the gist of the novella, though. Who knows, maybe it’ll help me figure out a blurb.

Lilith has spent sixty years in an insane asylum, unresponsive to the outside world. She’d made the mistake of trusting the wrong Fae, and in a moment of weakness made a promise she’d forever have to keep. Now she must dance to the mad Queen Titania’s tune, even if it means her own death.

Caymus has always obeyed his Queen, even when he didn’t agree with her. Hard to disobey when he was bound by magic to do so. His latest assignment is one he doesn’t want to complete – infiltrate a demon stronghold and retrieve a stolen item. He has no choice, not even when Titania demands Lilith’s inclusion on the mission.

Okay, so that’s rough. Wow, I think I got splinters from it. But you get the gist, right? Something’s going down and the Queen is calling the shots. So anyway, back to the original point of my post, if you enjoy beta reading and want to give it a try with me, just fill out the form and I’ll get back to you.

http://goo.gl/forms/4sJ98xANdpXZXKLl2

Interview with Indie Authors

Interview with H. R. Savage

My guest today is H. R. Savage and her debut book will be out May 24th. So exciting!

Tell us about yourself, H. R. Inquiring (or in my case, nosy;)) minds want to know. 

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I write under the pen name H.R. Savage, because my real name was already taken. I’m a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful children (age 6 and 3). I’ve always loved reading, and cracked open my first romance novel when I probably shouldn’t have. I think I was 8, and the title of the book was “Cowboy Takes a Wife” by Joan Johnston. I don’t think my dad fully understood what I was reading…or he was in denial 😉 I love wine, whiskey, Chinese food, and sleeping.

Ha! I started my romance obsession young, too. Harlequin as a lot to answer for. But I’m not complaining! And when you’re not writing, what do you do?

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I take classes here and there toward my degree, so I’m probably doing homework. I also play with my kids (or tear them apart from fighting), watch movies with the hubby, read as much as I can, and drag my feet while cleaning the house.

Ugh, homework. One thing I don’t miss. As for housework, a shame we can’t just ignore it. How did you decided the genre you’re writing in? What drew you to paranormal romance?

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Lost in Vengeance really just came to me. I wasn’t determined to write in Paranormal. But I’m happy I did. Paranormal is fun because you get to create this magical world with creatures that don’t exist, but you treat them like they do. I loved creating backstories for every creature; their history, their culture, their laws. I love the genre and it’s usually my go-to read, but I don’t consider myself restricted to it. I have folders of ideas I want to write, and some of them are contemporary.

Beautifully put. Creating new history, cultures, and people is fascinating. Can’t wait to see the world you’ve created. How about a little peek into your upcoming novel?

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Lost in Vengeance is an exciting story about revenge (obviously) and the choices that must be made along the way. While it is considered a story of revenge, I also consider it a story of a woman trying to find herself. Cat has been isolated almost her whole life, so going to Wolf Creek is a bit of a shock to her system. Here’s a synopsis for you:

Bloodcurdling screams haunt her memories…

Shifter Catrina Macintyre roamed the wilderness of Alaska as a lone wolf for six years. Imprisoned in her wolf form by a promise to her mother, she seeks the opportunity to discover the truth about her parents’ murders. When an Alpha saves her and takes her to his pack, she has to decide whether he will aide her…or destroy her.

Killian Stone is the Alpha of Wolf Creek, determined to save what the Shifter race is quick to dismiss or kill: lone-Shifters. After years of disappointment, finding Cat was a relief. That is until the intriguing and challenging she-wolf reveals that her past could put his pack in danger.

Their undeniable attraction toward each other threatens to collapse Cat’s defensive walls. She’s torn between the hope of a future, and the lingering pain of her past. The truth may be more than either of them anticipated, threatening not only Cat, but the whole Shifter race.

Will Killian convince Cat to abandon her quest for vengeance before it destroys them all?

And would you look at that gorgeous cover? A worthy addition to anyone’s bookshelf or e-reader. Is any of your work based on actual experiences?

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None of the events or characters are really based off life experiences, but the location is for sure. I live about an hour away from Big Bear and my family vacations there pretty often. The dock mentioned in the story was inspired by one trip where we were walking along the lake and I noticed this kind of abandoned dock. The lake has been depleting since California’s drought so many owners have had to take their boats out of the water. The dock had tons of weeds growing around it and the gate was kind of broken. I thought it was perfect.

Gotta love when the smallest thing sets off a whirlwind in your mind. Now my next question is the most important: have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

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Well. I’m going to have to say yes to this one. As a mom of young children I find myself having situations like this often. Or where you go to the store not realizing that you still have the smeared makeup on from going to sleep with it. Chances are you’ll find me in pajamas more often than being dressed. Sweat pants are my best friend. Jeans are overrated.

Hear, hear! Jeans are overrated. Give me comfy clothes anytime. 😉 Let’s talk scenes. What was your favourite part or chapter to write?

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Oh jeez. This is a hard one. I had so many scenes I loved to write. I guess I’ll have to say it’s a scene near the end when Cat is finally getting the closure she needs (I don’t want to give too big of a hint lol). I struggled with it so much, but at the same time, once I got really into it, I had tons of fun with it. Sure it’s kind of sinister to say so…but I totally had an evil smile going on the whole time I wrote it.

Ha! I totally get that. There are some parts so satisfying to write, even if it triggers your evil side. 😉 So now that you have Lost in Vengeance wrapped up and waiting to go live, what’s your next project?

 

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I just finished book 2 in the Wolf Creek Shifters series, called Found in Hope (unless my editor changes it). While I’ve been waiting on Beta Readers to give me their notes, I started book 3 in the series.

Oooh, a series. I love series! Does that mean there are certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

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At this time, the only thing I’ve been thinking about really building up on are the witches. They have such an interesting background, and I think that there could be some awesome stories in there. I’m just not sure if I’ll go down that path yet.

Witches sound awesome. I’d read that! And what made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I’ve actually been writing since I was really young. I remember finishing a novel in the 7th or 8th grade. It was 82-pages long and was probably awful, but I wanted to show my English teacher it. Unfortunately, this was around the time we were transitioning out of floppy disks and into USB’s and my computer decided to delete the file. Since then, I’ve started books but didn’t get past the 3rd or 4th chapter. But something happened with Lost in Vengeance. The passion stayed there and when things go hard, I got determined. I wanted to finally finish something. With a lot of encouragement and hard-work, Lost in Vengeance turned into a planned series, and I gained three binders worth of potential story material.

And how can your readers find you?

At this time, I don’t have any buy links, but I’d love if you’d check out my links below. I love to chat with people and you can get to know me. 🙂 Also, I’m having an awesome release party for Lost in Vengeance on May 28th that I would love to invite you to!

Release Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/179092942483719/

Website: http://www.hrsavage.com
Blog: http://www.inthebinding.wordpress.com
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Thank you so much for joining us today. It was a pleasure having you here!

About me, Writing Tips

How to Deal with Writer’s Block

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Step one: stop staring at a blank screen hoping it’ll magically appear with some words.

Step two: umm, I have no idea. Damn it, I thought you knew how to fix this?

No, you don’t? That’s why you’re here, hoping for some words of wisdom? Oh. Me, too.

I have the worst case of writer’s block right now. After four novels, three novellas, and several short stories, you’d think I would’ve figured this sucker out by now. Instead, it seems harder to overcome. I’ve tried starting my new (and last in the series) novel three times now. Today will be the fourth beginning I’ve written. And I’m still stumped.

However, all is not lost. There are actually several good tips to try when faced with writer’s block. A few have even helped me in the past and it sounds like I need to revisit them.

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Take a walk. No, seriously, take a walk, get your blood pumping and let your mind drift. What you have to say is in there, somewhere, and maybe you just need some quiet contemplation. Make sure you have a pen and notebook to jot down notes.

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Free write. Let the words spill from your mind to paper. Don’t worry about the content or how beautiful it sounds. You’re looking to open up your creativity, not stifle it with rules. Turn off your internal editor and critic. Find out what is swirling around in your brain. Maybe it’s useful, maybe it’s not. Who cares? At this point, it’s all about finding the zone.

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Interview a character. When I was writing Dawn’s Keeper, I couldn’t fully understand the motivation behind one of my characters. Was he good, was he evil, was he in between? And because of that unknown, I was stumped. I couldn’t write the ending since I had no idea why he was acting the way he was. I pulled out my notebook and asked him questions. I was surprised by what he had to say and it cleared up a lot in my mind.

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Use pen and paper. Have you noticed a reoccurring theme? Pen and paper, not computer, tablet, or phone. No electronics. I’ve had more success with overcoming writer’s block by writing it down instead of typing. When I’m stuck for the next words and staring at the computer screen gives me anxiety, I pull out one of my notebooks and write the next scene. It’s never perfect. In fact, most times it’s downright ugly, but it sets the scene.

Remember, you don’t need perfection on your first draft, or heck, not even on your fifth draft. Perfection is for after the story is written.

And never be afraid to remove what doesn’t work. I’ve ripped out chunk of my book. The last one, I removed several chapters, rearranged scenes, and wrote new ones. However, I don’t delete. I have another word file that is for removed scenes from each book. You never know when it might give you inspiration for another story.