Thursday, October 31, 2013

Seance Winners From The Great Beyond

Our séances yesterday were so much fun! The creativeness, the conjurers, the ghosts! Edgar Allan Poe definitely made the rounds yesterday. I saw Mark Twain a couple of times as well. Then there was Jane Austen, and--just so many!

Thanks so much to all who participated!

Now it's time to pick winners.....

Participant Winner:  Michelle Wallace at Writer in Transit wins ecopies of Givin' Up The Ghost and A Guilty Ghost Surprised for channeling Dr. Seuss!

Commenter WinnerChristine Rains wins an ebook copy of A Guilty Ghost Surprised!

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks again for participating.

Have a fun and safe Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Haunting From The Great Beyond

Welcome to the From The Great Beyond bloghop, where deceased writers can gather around the séance table and chat a bit across the great divide. Come on in, pull up a seat, and take the hands of the people on each side of you. Now close your eyes while I try to summon my favorite deceased author, Charles Dickens.
But before we start, I'll tell you a bit about him. He wrote tons of stories about ghosts and such, the most famous being A Christmas Carol. Remember Jacob Marley, who was dead as a doornail and had to go around rattling chains for his sins? He wore the chains he forged in life. If you'll remember, Marley's chains were cash boxes, ledgers and deeds. Money was his business, when it should have been Mankind.
Did you know that Dickens was one of the first social activists? His father went to debtor's prison when he was a child, and little Charles was forced to work long hours at a factory. He never forgot that, and his stories are full of social commentary, disguised within the pages of his eccentric, yet amazing stories and characters.
Now if you're ready, let's join hands and....
*The table rattles*
What was that? Who did that?
*The table begins to rise*
*Empty chairs lie on the floor and Gwen is left standing alone*
Um, while I go to see what happened to my guests, perhaps you would like to leave a comment?
*Gwen hightails it out of there*

Which writer would you choose to contact?

Sorry everyone, but my linky won't work on my blog, but if you'll go to Tara, Angela or Roland, you should be able to see a list of participants to visit. Did I mention there are prizes?! Lots of prizes for both the participants and the commenters.

We'll announce the winners on Halloween (tomorrow)!

Monday, October 28, 2013

No Moustache Twirling Allowed!

I always love hearing how authors create their characters, because without three dimensional characters, your book may as well just be narrated. So I'm so excited to have Misha Gerrick here to talk about getting to know her characters.

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I don’t know about you, but I usually root for the more complex character in the story. If this, to my mind, is the supporting character, so be it. And too bad for the writer if it happens to be the villain.

These days it’s fashionable to make a villain complex. I’m grateful for this, not being much of a fan of moustache twirling, snickering fiends. That said, this fashion has had a bit of an adverse effect. Some writers put so much focus into creating this awesome bad guy that they forget that the hero needs to be three dimensional too. No awesome bad guy should conceivably be beaten by a stick figure.

And yet this happens more often than readers would like to admit. It just… well… leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth.

As a result, I focus quite a lot on character complexity when I write. To me, it’s more than one positive, one negative, one habit, one quirk. In fact, I don’t design my characters.

I assume they’re fully formed and spend a draft or two getting to know them. I discover things they hate, but also the levels to which those things are tolerated. Conversely, I know what the characters want, but also at what point they think something’s too much of a good thing.

I know their secrets (if they show me), I know what annoys them for no reason. Often times, I understand why those things annoy them even if they don’t.

Best thing about all this is that, because I discovered all this on the page, the reader will discover these things too. And through that, they glimpse the many facets that make up my characters.

As a result, though, my characters aren’t sweet. Well one is, but she has a temper. Or the other guy… oh wait, he’s hiding something. Or… nope. He’s a bit of a manipulator. But you know what? I prefer my characters on the heroic side of wicked. It’s just that much more interesting to see someone stand up for the right thing despite their characteristics, than having someone stand up because hey, he’s perfect, so why wouldn’t he?

How do you make your characters complex?

Since the death of her parents, Callan Blair has been shunted from one foster family to another, her dangerous secret forcing the move each time. Her latest foster family quickly ships her off to an exclusive boarding school in the Cumbrian countryside. While her foster-brother James makes it his mission to get Callan expelled, a nearby ancient castle holds the secret doorway to another land...

When Callan is forced through the doorway, she finds herself in the magical continent of Tardith, where she’s shocked to learn her schoolmates Gawain and Darrion are respected soldiers in service to the king of Nordaine, one of Tardith's realms. More than that, the two are potential heirs to the Black Knight—Nordaine's crown prince.

But when the Black Knight fails to return from a mysterious trip, the realm teeters on the brink of war. Darrion and Gawain set out to find him, while Callan discovers there is more to her family history than she thought. The elves are claiming she is their princess.

Now with Darrion growing ever more antagonistic and her friendship with Gawain blossoming, Callan must decide whether to stay in Nordaine—where her secret grows ever more threatening—or go to the elves and uncover the truth about her family before war sets the realms afire.


About Misha:

M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects.

She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain.

If you’d like to contact her, feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter. If you'd like to see her writer-side (beware, it's pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blog. You can also add The Vanished Knight on Goodreads.



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Come back Wednesday for From The Great Beyond Bloghop!
Wish I could get the linky to work. Alas, Blogger is being cranky. But if you want to sign up for this fun and easy hop, go to Tara, Angela or Roland's to sign up. Just post on Wednesday about a writer you'd like to contact from the great beyond, hop around to comment, then come back on Thursday (Halloween!) to find out who wins.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Groovin' To Creepy Hollow

Creepy Hollow is absolutely one of my favorite indie series. Each novella is filled with the magical fae world created by Rachel Morgan.  
And now, guess who has the inside scoop to the tunes of the Creepy Hollow series?!

Me and You!
Check it out...

Creepy Hollow Playlist For Creepy Hollow: the forest, the magic, and all the creatures in it: Main Title from Edward Scissorhands

For any of the seriously creepy scenes, like Underground or the Unseelie Court: Black, by Sarah McLachlan (It has to be the X-files version. It sounds the creepiest!)

For the graduation ball, the dancing, and the big moment of realization Vi has: All About Us, by He Is We feat. Owl City

For the gazillion glow-bug butts moment (you know what I'm talking about if you've read it!): Meteor Shower, by Owl City

For all the actions scenes: The Best of Epic Music 2012 (I know the dude on the thumbnail is kinda scary, but the music is awesome!)

Remember "that kiss" inside the hidden passage at the Seelie Court? Hotness alert! Kiss Me, by Katy Perry (I'm going with the passion and feeling of this song and not the alienness, 'cause that kinda creeps me out, and not in a good way!)

For the overall feeling and state of mind after all the STUFF at the end of the second book (!): The One That Got Away, by The Civil Wars (thanks, Krista McLaughlin, for the suggestion!)

And this one's for Nate: This Night, by Black Lab

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Rachel is currently touring the blogoverse to spread the word about the final book in the Creepy Hollow series, The Faerie War. You can find it at the following online retailers (and if you haven't yet read the first two books in the series, you can find out where to get them on this page):



 About Rachel:
 Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.
And don't forget the giveaway!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Magna's Plea Peek-quel

I love that Cherie Reich is giving us a free sneak peek-quel to Reborn, which is Book I in The Fate of Challenges which is coming out in May 2014. See where you can download it below. But for now, I've got a lil' excerpt...

An excerpt of Magna’s Plea by Cherie Reich


12-13 Days of Luquiry

Year 1717 AUC

Tendrils of smoke swirled heavenward. The smoldering stench reached Princess Magna at the top of the palace’s northern tower. She wrinkled her nose at the unpleasant odor, yet it still smelled better than the filth plaguing the besieged seven-hilled city.

 She’d vowed to protect Amora. Her heart shattered a little more each day at the devastation afflicting her kingdom.

The once grassy and flower-filled plain sprouted dust plumes from the trampling feet. As the sun neared the western horizon, a bloody hue washed over the battlefield. Tiny, metallic dins and men’s shouts rang out. Magical bursts flashed in the sky like Thean’s lightning, beautiful and deadly. A wooden catapult hurled a human-sized stone slab into the city’s wall. Magna jerked away from the opened window she stood before, as if the object had struck her instead. Rock crumbled from the impact, but the barrier held.

When the reddish orb sank lower, the fighting ceased. War’s chaos parted into two orderly sides, and soldiers crossed the field to gather their dead.
She brushed a shaky hand over her cheeks. Tears dampened her face, and she struggled to turn away from the battle before her. Almost two months had passed since the Apenthans had begun their attack Amora. How much longer could the Amorans—she—stay safe behind their impenetrable wall?

Book Description: A princess will rise and challenge Fate.

While her father, brothers, and people fight against the Kingdom of Apentha, tenacious eighteen-year-old Princess Magna can only watch the destruction of Amora, her besieged city and kingdom. Her mother, Queen Vyvian, has refused to allow her heir to join the fray.

But Magna won't take no for an answer. She seeks out an end of the war from Prince Cyrun of Apentha, their prisoner. If she can't persuade him toward peace, then Amora may fall.

This short story prequel includes a sneak peek of Reborn, Book One of The Fate Challenges, forthcoming May 2014.

YA Epic Fantasy
The Fate Challenges #0.5
A 5500-word Short Story

To download this short story for free: Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / Smashwords / Goodreads

Read online at Wattpad

Add to Goodreads


About the Author:
A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy novella trilogy titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Almost Matched & #W4WS

Who doesn't love romance?
Check out the lovely cover in Angela Orlowski-Peart's new series,
Almost Bad Boys
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Almost Matched
Almost Matched-AOPeart-high
This novella is approximately 39k words. It is scheduled for publication on November 8, 2013. The cover was designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dragon's Game

I'm sure you've heard of E.J.'s Moonsong series, right? I read the first one, and just bought the anthology with books 1 - 3. And now the next book in the series will be out next week. I've got some catching up to do.
For now, check out the cover!
Available Tuesday, October 22nd!

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. She has already faced a werewolf, witches, and a troll. But nothing could prepare her for her latest confrontation...

Dragon's Game, Moonsongs Book 4, finds Jenny out of her rural West Texas element, searching for an evil witch in an urban Houston nightclub. After attempting to help a handsome and mysterious stranger out of a jam, she finds herself on the run from a ruthless gang who are even more dangerous than they initially appear.
Forced into a twisted game of life and death, Jenny must navigate the complexity of a budding relationship, and somehow survive a night filled with unexpected horror and paranormal mystery.

Dragon's Game is approximately 14,000 words or 45 pages, and is the fourth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, speculative / urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

(These stories contain language and content better suited for readers 17+)

~Moonsongs Series List~

Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1
Amazon - B&N - Smashwords

Witch's Nocturne, Moonsongs Book 2
Amazon - B&N - Smashwords

Dark Prelude, Moonsongs Book 3
Amazon - B&N - Smashwords

Dragon's Game, Moonsongs Book 4
COMING SOON to Amazon - B&N - Smashwords

Moonsongs, Anthology 1 (Collecting books 1, 2, & 3)
Paperback & eBook - Amazon / eBook - B&N

Praise for the Moonsongs series:

"You won't find any romantic, skinny, sparkling werewolves here. What you will find is something scary and atmospheric like King's "Cycle of the Werewolf" that will leave you wanting more." Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream

"-- a tense story with some unique elements. A very good read!" Alex J. Cavanaugh, Amazon Bestselling Author of CassaFire and CassaStar

"--reminds me of t.v. episodes; short, sweet, resolved in under an hour. But I’m talking good, interesting t.v.. The kind that draws you in and leaves you eagerly awaiting next week's episode." Books & Things Blog

"The writing is amazing - even in just a few short pages, you can see that right off the bat. It really engages you in the story and keeps you reading along until the end." Missy's Reads & Reviews Blog

"Blood Fugue has one of those endings that you least expect, giving it that "OMG" reaction." Insane About Books Blog

"His action scenes are thrilling, sometimes cringe-worthy. No doubt I spent the entire read curled over my computer not wanting it to end." robgirlbooks, Amazon Review

Add Dragon's Game to your Goodreads shelf!

And for a limited time, you can catch up on the entire Moonsongs series for just .99 cents (regularly $2.99) - Moonsongs Anthology 1 (books 1, 2, & 3) is on sale October 15th - 20th at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

About the Author

Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.

My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Confessions of A Vampire!

Victory Dead Character Confession

Thank you for having me, Gwen. It's not often The Author lets me out to play, so I'm

making the most of the opportunity by telling you how I really feel about being cast as a vampire.

When I appeared as a vampire in Luna Black, I was thrilled to

finally get a placement in a short story. Until then, I'd lived in the recesses

of The Author's Imagination. It was a scary, scary place. Imagine a massive

cauldron full of unused ideas, characters, and plot lines, all swirling and

mingling like a mini-tornado. A frightening place. I still get flashbacks.

I loved playing Victory Dead. However, while I loved my

role, I expected to get another story placement not long after. I had big

dreams - zombie, ghost, demon. Only it didn't happen. Unlike the movie world,

once you're assigned a role in the literary world that's the only one you get. ForeverSo I did what

every character of note does, I pestered The Author. I took every opportunity

to remind The Author I needed another story. I mastered the art of subliminal

messages. Someone mentioned vampires? VICTORY DEAD! Someone mentioned how much

he or she loved Luna Black? VICTORY DEAD! Someone mentioned blood? VICTORY


After a few months of solid pestering, I finally got what I

wanted. Victory Dead was back. Not only that, I was the lead character in a

dark science fiction story. Could I have wanted anything more? Well. Yes. I'll

always want more - it's the first rule of being a character.

If you want to know where I ended up in the second story,

and why I've convinced The Author I'm now worthy of my own series of books,

read Taking Time. Here's an excerpt to tempt your taste buds:

The human female McCaffrey sent was not as young, tall, or

lithe as McCaffrey, but I wasn’t interested in her in a way any normal

human would be–she was my meal.

 After meeting her at Kingley’s

cargo hold and showing her the food and water, the redheaded female followed me

into the room I used to store my limited possessions. She glanced at my unused

bed and stepped back, so I took hold of one of her hands and pulled her close.

“Ignore the bed. It’s not what you’re here for.”

She let out a long breath and sighed

with relief.

“What’s your name?” I asked,

hypnotising her with my stare.


“It will be quick and painless,

Taya. I promise.”

The remaining moral fibres of my

being fought what I was about to do with all their worth. It had been decades

since I’d last fed this way. When my time on Revelation was up, I prayed I

could once again resist the elixir.

I placed a hand behind Taya’s

head and waited for her breathing to slow. When she’d reached an almost

trance-like state, her eyes taking on a glazed sheen, I ran my right hand down

the side of her neck. She moaned as I sank my teeth into her warm flesh, and I

pushed her face into my shoulder to suffocate any pleas for help. Her body

squirmed under my clasp as I sucked the blood from her veins, and I felt the

ecstasy of her life flowing through me. I didn’t want to stop, but I had to.

After I’d taken only enough to

revitalise me, struggling with the desire to take more, I let her wilt beneath

me and gently lowered her onto the bed. I placed my fingers on her left wrist

and checked for a pulse. It was weak but there was one. I hadn’t killed her.


Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories

Science fiction

stories of time and space... 

The future of humanity must be decided in Next

Phase. Winning the Planetary Lottery is not as lucky as it first seems in

Schrodinger's Gamble. An apocalypse and its aftermath threaten to tear one

couple apart in Daiker's Children. In Life As I Know It a reclusive man finds

both his heart and home invaded during an alien harvest. In Taking Time, a

vampire seeking shelter on a distant planet finds himself facing a very

different kind of demon, after answering a frontier settlement's plea for help.

Stories range from flash fiction to novelette in


Book Links


The Author

Ellie Garratt is a science fiction and horror writer. She is

a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The

Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online.

Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre and Taking Time and

Other Science Fiction Stories are now available on Kindle.
In early 2014, she will be launching a series of

dark science fiction novellas called The Dead Chronicles.

You can find Ellie at: Amazon / Facebook / Goodreads / Twitter / Website

Monday, October 14, 2013

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Beyond the Edge

Today, I'm swapping blogs with my Untethered Realms buddy, M. Pax, the author of the poplar Backworlds series. Mary will be talking about Science Fiction and Fantasy, and I'll be talking a little bit about Cozy Paranormal Mysteries over at the Wistful Nebula. So, take it away, Mary!
Fantasy and Science Fiction Aren’t So Different
Science Fiction and Fantasy have more in common than not. In fantasy, powers are usually assigned to the magical, the mystical, the paranormal, or supernatural. In science fiction, extraordinary powers usually stem from technology and science.

Both create new worlds for the reader to explore, and many stories use a combination. One that readily comes to mind is Star Wars. There’s a lot of tech, but the force is magical and mystical.

World building is what I love, and since I was a young child I wanted to join Neil Armstrong on the Moon. I can’t afford a spaceship, but I get to explore other worlds in my books. I get to create them and populate them.

The fun part of both genres is that the writer and reader can leave this world or stay on this planet and experience a different reality. We get to explore and discover, which are elements I treasure in a story. My favorite stories emphasize my love of discovery.

However it’s sliced, fantasy and science fiction seek what it means to be human and the what if. What if vampires existed? What if I could go to magic school? What if I could travel beyond the solar system? What if I could merge with a sand worm?

Beyond the Edge

Some truths are better left unfound.

For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship might be a message and may mean his old pal isn’t dead. The possibility spurs Craze and Captain Talos to travel to uncharted worlds, searching. Out there, in an unfamiliar region of the galaxy beyond the Backworlds, they stumble upon a terrible truth.

Meanwhile, Rainly remains on Pardeep Station as acting planetlord, dealing with the discovery of her lover’s dark and brutal past. Alone and questioning her judgment, her introspection unlocks more than heartache. Latent protocols in her cybernetics activate, forcing her to face a sinister secret of her own.

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendents to survive in a harsh universe. This is the fourth book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.


M. Pax-- Inspiring the words she writes, she spends her summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where she lives with the Husband Unit and two demanding cats. She writes science fiction and fantasy mostly. You can find out more by visiting her at:

What makes you love this genre of fiction?

Friday, October 11, 2013

From The Great Beyond!


Halloween is all about playing in the paranormal realm for the full month of October, culminating on the 31st with parties, trick or treating and of course, candy, candy, candy! 

Could there be a more fun holiday?  I think the Halloween appeal is why I like to write paranormal. I can't tell you how many times I was a ghost  or a witch, back in the day when we made our own costumes out of what we found around the house. 

This year, I'm celebrating Halloween with Tara Tyler, Angela Brown and Roland Yeomans! And we'd love for you to join us in the From the Great Beyond Blog Hop!
This is a short but fun blog hop. All you have to do is grab the badge, sign up below, then on October 30th put up a post about a famous  deceased author or celebrity you'd like to contact in our séance. Tell us what moved you to choose this person and what you'd like to discuss or ask them. Then we'll haunt each other's blogs and read the posts.

The spirits will select the winners, who will be announced on October 31st.

The prizes will be frightfully good. We're each giving away our books and a couple of cool autographed posters from Roland, our séance coordinator. You know how good he is at rubbing elbows with writerly spirits!

It promises to be a ghostly good time. Hope you'll join us! 


I'm having trouble with the linky,
so if it doesn't show up, please go HERE.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Is There More To The 13th Floor?

I am so stoked to be hosting Christine Rains on my blog today. I know you've heard of her series. Even the name of the collection gives me shivers. And it's so awesome that it's nearly Halloween, and the perfect season in which to read the series, if you haven't had a chance yet.  So - please welcome Christine!

*Resounding applause raises the roof*

One of the questions I hear most often is if there will be more books in the 13th Floor series. My answer is always this: No. Well okay, yes. Maybe? I don't know!

Perhaps if I rephrased the question: are there any more books planned for the series? No. I'm focusing on other projects at the moment. There's a chance I might revisit the 13th Floor one day, but not any time soon. I've played around with the idea of writing 13 books in total, but not within the next year

One of the biggest decisions a writer needs to make is when to back away from a series. It's difficult when you have characters you adore, and the readers ask for more. I can see their stories going on for years. But should I keep writing them for years? Probably not. I planned to have six books in the series, and I like where the final book ended. It wrapped everything up nicely, and it left readers wanting more.

 Endings can be difficult. I've been disappointed a lot by how books ended. Some of my favorite authors like Stephen King have endings that fell flat even when the story itself was phenomenal. It's not easy to write a spectacular ending and know that it's the right ending for your series. It's tricky to find the point where it's not ending too soon with loose ends left hanging and not dragging out so that it bores the reader.

It's a writer's job to keep their readers entertained. That means giving them something new and amazing in each story. This is what I plan to do. It was so much fun writing the 13th Floor series, but it's time for me to bring you something new.
Have you ever been disappointed by an ending?
How do you know when to end a story?


Six supernatural tenants

Living in a haunted apartment building

On a floor that doesn't exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.

A werewolf is hunted by her pack.

A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.

A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.

A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.

A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.

And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.

Find The Books Here:

Author Bio:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.
Connect with Christine here:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Escalation: The Fight Over Mankind's Destiny

The premise of Stephen Tremp's new book is soooo intriguing. It has everything! Alternate realities, science fiction, and the do-or-die possibility of a dystopian ending. And based on the cover, I'm willing to bet there's some steamy chemistry going on, too.
Check it out: 
Escalation Synopsis:
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” - Albert Einstein
In Escalation, the final installment to Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Trilogy, a seemingly innocent discovery in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, becomes a Pandora’s Box—opening doors to other unexpected and unpredictable realities such as parallel universes, time/space travel, and an evil hitchhiker from another dimension.
Chase Manhattan has survived attempts on his life from numerous sources in his effort to destroy the technology. But he is far from safe. Now Chase and his comrades must not only break world renowned physicist Professor Nicholas Fischer out of prison a second time, but also smuggle him across hostile borders in Europe and the Middle East to prevent events threatening to spiral into World War III.
At stake: an end to Western civilization as we know it. The result: an epic clash where science and the supernatural take center stage, vying for mankind’s destiny. The setting is global as the world divides into an East vs. West climactic battle. The action is swift, adrenaline-charged, and non-stop. Unending twists and turns will keep the reader turning pages and wanting more.
Together, Breakthrough, Opening, and Escalation follow the lives of the unlikely participants from innocence to a coming of age through sacrifice, betrayal, passion, lust, unconditional love, and hope. Escalation will appeal to fans of modern-day science fiction, action, and horror.
Escalation's synopsis raises so many "what-if" questions. What if we had a WW III? What if other dimensions existed. What if....
Can you think of any other "What Ifs"?

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Vanished Knight

And today, the unexpected cover reveal for Misha Gerrick!
Yep, her publisher sprang it on her last minute and of course I'm happy to help reveal its loveliness.
Check it out:  

The Black Knight, Nordaine’s crown prince, has no legitimate blood heirs, meaning someone must be appointed to succeed him. With two of the candidates’ families willing to kill for the appointment and the third candidate being seen as a threat to all, peace is balanced on a sword’s edge.
But then the Black Knight vanishes.
Darrion and Gawain, two of his possible heirs, set out to find him, but after they rescue an earth-girl from Merithian soldiers, they discover she has possible ties to Nordaine. Not only that, but Callan Blair could be an Elvish princess. And war looms on the horizon…

You can buy it here: