Monthly Archives: October 2015

“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 10 – Questioning?


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10 days in. A third of the campaign over. 33% of it in the bag. 

I’m calming down now. Even relaxing a bit and not checking my stats every 3 minutes. Spread it out to 7.5 minutes between looks, so there is progress. 

I’m questioning how I can lose in this gamble. Lemme explain…

If I get the Kindle Scout contract I get the contract. Yay me! I also get the marketing and genius of Amazon backing me. They want me to succeed because then they succeed, so I imagine they’ll push my book. With me also championing the novel it will do quite well. In theory, right?

If I don’t get the contract I still touched over a thousand people, some of them who I’d never had contact with before. I’m getting quite a few comments about readers wanting to see the rest of the book, so even if it doesn’t make the final cut I’ll simply release it myself. Amazon will still let everyone know it is available and it should generate a nice initial push for the book, right?

There. I feel better now. I know in the next 20 days I’ll be rehashing all of this and more to keep me grounded and calm. Calm-ish. 

My numbers for yesterday:

24 hours on the Hot list and 231 of 240 so far. 

34 more views yesterday and 1,194 views so far

Here is the book in question you need to checkout. It’s really good. Trust me. Not biased at all…

Dirty Deeds



NaNoWriMo Begins Tomorrow! #amwriting



I’m in again this year. That’s it. I don’t care about the pros and cons of what NaNoWriMo means to the writing community, the weekend warriors who think they can write the Great American Novel for the first time or the people who use it as an excuse to write their 6th novel this year. None of that matters to me. 

I love it. 

I write close to 40k a month so pushing it to 50k and working on one project is the fun of it for me. 

This year I’ll be writing the sequel to my Dirty Deeds crime thriller, which is currently in the running for a Kindle Scout contract. Even if I don’t make the cut the exposure was great and the book will launch sooner than later. Oh, go nominate Dirty Deeds so I can win, too…

If you’re planning on writing for NaNoWriMo feel free to add me as a friend on there. It’s always fun to see who is writing as well… of course, if you’re one of those people who writes 50k in 3 days I’ll congratulate you but curse you at the same time. Just sayin’


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 9 – Grooving?


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Another day another step closer to my 30 days in the Kindle Scout program and this grand experiment. I still see this as win/win, so there is still a positive vibe emanating from my head. 

Let’s get right to the stats, shall we?

17 hours as a Hot book yesterday and 207 out of 216 so far

50 more views yesterday and 1,160 total so far

I think these numbers will hold up and help them make a decision to give me a contract. I can only hope, right? I haven’t seen anyone spill the magic secret formula so far, so we can only hope and guess. 

Losing 7 hours yesterday not on the Hot list is bothersome, though… I’d hate to think I’ll be slipping down to those daily levels and it will be a factor. Did I come out too strong right from the get-go and need to worry about building it back up?

Who the heck knows, right?

All i do know and can control… begging you to give my sample of Dirty Deeds crime thriller a read and vote for it


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 8 – Keeping Positive?


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I’m not stressing today like I’ve been all week. Getting into the groove now, and talking to other authors who’ve been in the Kindle Scout program and been accepted or rejected definitely helps to put things in perspective. No one knows the secret formula they’re looking for, and just being in the program is a win for me I think. 

My numbers:

23 hours yesterday on the Hot list and 190 of 192 hours so far on the Hot list

52 views yesterday and 1,110 so far with 21 days left

Feel free to help me out and vote for Dirty Deeds on Kindle Scout and if I get the contract you get to read the entire book for free. Sound fair?


Guest Post: Amos Cassidy




THE RAIN (Pendragon Chronicles, #1)
by Amos Cassidy
Destinies aren’t written, they’re forged and Jake Winters is about to get a 101 in forging.
Quaint British coastal towns hiding ancient secrets, heavenly weapons that possess their hosts and a dragon’s egg that has a tale to tell, Jake Winters is the line that connects all the dots.  But he has much to learn and very little time because a serial killer is on the loose; a monster with the face of a fashion model, and it’ll take Jake’s special brand of intervention to stop him.
Amos Cassidy is the pen name for Richard Amos and Debbie Cassidy. Amos is a 31 year old Diva and Cassidy a 39 year old mother of three; well, four if you include the husband. A common love of all things Joss Whedon, Urban Fantasy, and a tug of war over Jensen Ackles, brought them together, and one cold February afternoon, over nibbles and coffee, their partnership was born. 
You can find Cassidy hard at work in her fortress of solitude which has eaten up the majority of her garden, and Amos…well he’s still trying to get the invisibility gizmo he got off a friendly alien in exchange for a pair of earphones to work. Funnily enough he hasn’t been seen around much lately…
Frequent doses of Sugary snacks, coupled with regular injections of caffeine aid in their production of a unique brand of cross genre tales. They are always writing, but are happy to take a break to chat to their wonderful readers, so drop them a line at, or just pop over to see what they’re working on at and they’ll bust out the biscuit tin.

Guest Post: AM Hargrove




The Seven have a code: find and protect Judgment Day (a weapon of mass destruction that poses as a harmless necklace) and the ones who possess it at all costs; and never, under any circumstances, divulge information about ourselves. 

I have always abided by this code. Until Serena Callahan, a sassy, no nonsense female, found the damn choker, and now I’m the one being choked by my own emotions. Ever since the day she entered my life that code has meant nothing to me. And for the life of me I can’t figure out why I’m allowing a damn woman to lead me around by her slender finger. The rules have changed and she’s calling all the shots only she doesn’t know it. But if we can’t find the necklace soon, none of it will matter anyway.

My name is Sabin and I am the commander of The Seven.




A.M. Hargrove is the romance author of The Hart Brother Series (Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel), The Edge Series (Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, and Kissing Fire), Exquisite Betrayal, Dirty Nights, and the romantic suspense companion novels Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1) and Tragic Desires (Tragic 2). She is also the author of the young adult paranormal/sci-fi The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings) and the adult spin off novels Dark Waltz and Death Waltz. She divides her time between the mountains of North Carolina and the upstate of South Carolina where she pursues her dream career of writing. Her family considers her crazy, her friends will agree, but she’s always game for some laughs. If she could change anything in the world, she would make chocolate and ice cream a part of the USDA food groups. 

Guest Post: Jasper Bark


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Of all the locations created by H. P. Lovecraft, none strike such an ominous a note as the ancient town of Innsmouth.


Until now, the only way to visit Innsmouth was through Lovecraft’s fiction, but thanks to an innovative crowd-funding campaign, you can actually purchase property in horror’s most legendary town. That’s right you can now buy and own a house in Innsmouth and it won’t break the bank, (though it may cost your soul).


As part of the crowd-funding campaign for the graphic novel Beyond Lovecraft, multiple award winning artist Rob Moran is building a huge scale diorama of Innsmouth, based on extensive research. As one of the campaign’s perks, Rob will build a select group of contributors a scale model of a house at one of Innsmouth’s prime locations. The house will come complete with a fully illustrated sales brochure, a deed of sale and a special letter of thanks from the town’s leading realtor.


And this is only one of the unique perks and one-of-a-kind experiences that this Indiegogo campaign is offering contributors.

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Beyond Lovecraft is a portmanteau horror story that draws directly on the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Drawn by Rob Moran, and written by award winning horror writer Jasper Bark, Beyond Lovecraft is set in the apocalyptic aftermath of the return of the great god Cthulhu. A scattered band of survivors scratch a bare living, hiding in the shadows of their lost world. A tiny group of scientist from Miskatonic university find a way to access the fabled Library of the Yith. An alien archive that contains the entire history of the universe, first mentioned in Lovecraft’s novella: The Shadow Out of Time.


The scientists hope to find a way to stop humanity’s extinction and win back their planet from the Elder Gods. Instead they uncover four tales of cosmic terror, and personal loss, that will forever change the way you view the Cthulhu mythos.


Writer Jasper Bark, says: “I think the main thing that makes our campaign stand out, is that it belongs to whoever gets involved. So many readers feel they have a personal stake in the Cthulhu mythos because, from the very beginning, Lovecraft shared his mythology with other authors as well as his readers. We want to continue this in our approach to the campaign. Every perk we’re offering, is designed to put contributors at the heart of this campaign, to give them a sense of ownership. You know when you pick up a comic and think: ‘This was made just for me!’? If you’re a Lovecraft fan, that’s how we want you to feel about ‘Beyond Lovecraft’. We’re putting it together especially for you.”


Rob adds: “Apart from being a cracker of an idea, some wonderful new twists and insights on the classic Lovecraft stories by Jasper and, all modesty aside, probably the best art of my career, I think there is a great thirst for Lovecraft to be done properly. Can you imagine Lovecraft drawn by Bernie Wrightson or Frazetta or Jesus Blasco? That’s the kind of art I want on Lovecraft stories and I think a lot of Lovecraft purists might feel the same way.”

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The Beyond Lovecraft Indiegogo Campaign starts on 10/5/2015 and can be found here:

For images and other promotional materials please contact Jasper Bark @

“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 7 – Reality Settling In?


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Another short, sweet and stressful post. I need to focus on the things I can control like writing other books. In fact, I’ve decided (with a big help from my wife, who always knows best) to do NaNoWriMo again this November but instead of the book originally planned, write the Dirty Deeds crime thriller sequel. 

Here’s my plan: id Dirty Deeds gets picked up by Amazon I’ll be thrilled. I’ll have them behind me to promote and sell the book and I’ll have a sequel done by the time it is released.

If, however, I don’t make the final cut and get an Amazon contract I’ll just release Dirty Deeds sooner than later and on my own, using the buzz generated to push a few copies and hopefully do well with it. I’d also have the sequel’s first draft written in November and moving on to the next phases of the book for an early-ish 2016 release. Win-win, right?

My numbers for the first 7 days:

24 more hours on the Hot list and 167 of 168 on the Hot list so far

71 more views of my book and 1,058 total so far. I think after 7 days that isn’t too shabby, but I’m also thinking I need to keep up a steady pace. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and share it all across the land so I can get this contract. Feel free to vote for my crime thriller Dirty Deeds NOW


Guest Post: Erin Leigh



Life is full of expectations.
For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game.
Hockey is and always will be, his life.
His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down.
He knows what’s expected of him.
Natalie Banks is no different.
She too knows what it means to have everyone sacrifice for you.
She knows about the debt that’s left owing in the end and the price you pay for making up your own mind.
But when an innocent mistake lands them as roommates, neither of them is prepared for the feelings they have or the consequences of their actions.
How do you negotiate matters of the heart?
How do you say no when it simply feels so right?



Erin Leigh is the romantic, safe side of the dark mind inside of international bestselling author, Tara Brown.
Erin is a hot fudge sundae and warm blanket on movie night sort of girl. She likes horses and thinks she should have some, but hates the smell of horse poo. In fact she doesn’t imagine having a small farm would be very easy.
She likes gentlemen and courtesy and old traditions.
She likes to see people grow, become something worthy of the person they love.
She wants to be a writer like Jane Austen and Henry James.
She wants to write pretty prose and lure you down the path covered in rose petals.
But she can’t.
Because at the end of the path is Tara Brown and she doesn’t like rose petals or easy love. Down that path the wind picks up and the petals blow away and the forest gets eerie.
As a result this is not your grandma’s romance.
It’s the best Tara Brown could do with what she has, a dark heart.

“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 6 – Leveling Out?


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Six stressful days into Dirty Deeds being up for a nomination on Kindle Scout and I’ve learned a few things: there are many more people also stressing about this than I first thought. 

A few observations from the last day or so: no new books were added the last two days. Not sure why other than they don’t add new books every day, but the average seems to be about 5 new books when they do and about 25 per week, so about 100 a month… they haven’t selected a book for publication since October 17th. They’ve only accepted 5 for October so far with only a few days left and plenty of books dropping off. So far I haven’t heard from anyone who’s book ended this week whether or not they were accepted or rejected… they aren’t steadily accepting books, so it really is about what they like and don’t like and no quota for acceptances, at least to me… for instance, they accepted a book on June 20th but then nothing until July 14th, a pretty big gap… one last observation: this is stressful.

OK, my numbers for yesterday:

24 more hours on the Hot list and 143 out of 144 on the Hot list so far

only 34 more page views and 987 total views in 6 days

It was pointed out to me from reading other posts about Kindle Scout that page views do not mean nominations, it just means people wandered over and looked at my book. Not sure if this is another formula Kindle Scout uses, i.e. lots of looks but not a lot of nominations. We’ll see, right?

OK, once again time to spam ya and tell ya to go View and NOMINATE Dirty Deeds.


Guest Post: Susan Griscom



Tempted by a Vampire 
(Immortal Hearts of San Francisco, #1)
by Susan Griscom
Adult Paranormal Romance

Cian DeMarco, a sexy, rockstar billionaire vampire has lived in San Francisco’s prestigious Cliff Side neighborhood in his beautiful mansion overlooking both the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean for seventy years. Happily—or so he thought. Until the rare beauty that is Magdalena De la Rosa sits down at one of the front-row tables in Club Royal where he and his band perform once a week.
Magdalena De la Rosa has it all—Bachelor’s degree in journalism, a job she loves in California, a gorgeous apartment in San Francisco, and a dream guy. Except her boyfriend lives and works in Sacramento—an hour and a half drive from the city Magdalena has always fantasized about living in. All her dreams change, however, when she and her girlfriend find their way into an upscale nightclub and she’s suddenly swept off her feet by the lead singer of that night’s performing rock band, The Lost Boys.
Sparks ignite between the two until a threat that was thought to no longer exist returns to wreak havoc on Cian’s and Magdalena’s lives. Will the temptation to be together outweigh the reality of what Cian must do to keep Magdalena safe from harm?
A stand-alone book. The first in the all-new Immortal Hearts of San Francisco series. 18+ due to adult content.
ONLY 99¢ for a limited time…
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Susan Griscom writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She’s hooked on gritty romances and is a huge fan of superheroes and bad boys confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers, and abilities beyond the norm mixed with steamy romance, of course.
She loves those days when she gets to sit around in her sweat pants, doing nothing but writing emotionally charged stories about love and violence, and drinking coffee.
She lives in Northern California with her romantic husband and together they have five great superhero kids and eight mini-superhero grand kids, so far.

Guest Post: Nikki Jefford


Whiteout (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #5)
NA Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Life on the run is no winter picnic, especially when Aurora’s partner sees himself as the sheriff, not the outlaw.
It’s a cat and mouse game across the Last Frontier with agents and vampires out for blood while Fane searches desperately to find Aurora before rogue vampires do.
The hunters have become the hunted. And the road to freedom has never felt more uncertain.
Reading Order:
#1 Aurora Sky (FREE)
#2 Northern Bites
#2.5 Stakeout 
#2.6 Evil Red (FREE)
#3 Bad Blood
#4 Hunting Season
#4.5 Night of the Living Dante (FREE)
#5 Whiteout
Amazon || iBooks || B&N || Kobo || Smashwords

Nikki Jefford loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Books, travel, TV series, hiking, writing and motorcycle riding are her favorite escapes. She loves meeting people from all walks of life, from all around the globe; and wouldn’t trade her French husband in for anyone – not even Spike!
She’s a third generation Alaskan, born & raised in Anchorage, now living in northern Washington. Crazy about her dog, Cosmo. (Writer’s best friend.) The dark side of human nature fascinates her, so long as it’s balanced by humor and romance. Believes all animals, people and the planet should be treated kindly.
Her favorite TV heroines are Buffy, Veronica Mars, and Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan.
Keep in touch with Nikki by following her…

Guest Post: Jerry Benns


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Author Jerry Benns Makes Debut in Paying the Ferryman

The Ferryman has arrived and brought some amazing stories from the afterlife. One of these stories, from the new anthology Paying the Ferryman, is from an author making his debut—Jerry E. Benns. As founder of Charon Coin Press and editor of the State of Horror series, Jerry has been busy getting great stories into the hands of horror fans. He takes the mission of Charon Coin seriously, “to produce quality works of speculative fiction with the readers in mind by creating a connection, a relationship if you will, with these fantastic authors” and he has worked tirelessly to uphold that mission. He started off as a book aficionado, his love of all things books led him into publishing and he was a consummate blogger at Trip Through My

Giving Back

Taking the time to run a publishing company left precious little time for his own writing. To date he has produced five books in the State of Horror series with another, State of Horror: Tennessee, due for release by the end of this year. In addition to his work on State of Horror, Benns has several other projects in the works set for release in the next year. And on top of that he does many activities to benefit not only the writing community, but society at large. He participates in cycling and running events to raise funds and awareness for diabetes, lupus, heart disease, firefighters and many others. However, now Jerry Benns has found the time to take his next step as an author with his first short story “The Mai’tas Prophecy” in Paying the Ferryman.

First Published Story

“The Mai’tas Prophecy” is an imaginative story set in New Orleans. Benns was able to weave the unique feel and culture of New Orleans with something the locals live everyday—the spirit plane. What better place to set an alternate plane than in New Orleans? Jerry Benns is a natural storyteller, which shows as you step into the world he creates. The fact that the characters are all dead is of no consequence because you are driven to find out what will happen next. His take on death-is-not-the-worst-thing-that-can-happen-to-you, takes on a whole new meaning as the story unfolds.  It is hard to believe that this story is Jerry Benns’ first published story because he tells stories like a seasoned veteran and we can only hope this story is the first of much more to come.

About Paying the Ferryman

Benns’ “The Mai’tas Prophecy” joins nineteen other fantastic stories in Paying the Ferryman—an anthology in which the main character is already dead and then the story begins. That’s right, stories brought to you from the Ferryman himself from the other side. Along with Jerry Benns, four other talented newcomers share thrilling tales from the afterlife in Paying the Ferryman. Their stories are nestled between such seasoned authors as Armand Rosamilia, Brian Fatah Steele, Diane Arrelle, and S.H. Roddey just to name a few. Acclaimed author Hal Bodner lent his voice to the Foreword making Paying the Ferryman an incredible collection of stories in which death is just the beginning.


 Paying the Ferryman is available now at:

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Paying the Ferryman is an anthology with something for everyone. For horror fans, it is a must read, for those seeking a thrill, you will find it, need a little rock and roll vibe—it’s in here, want suspense—it can be found in these pages, even those seeking a philosophical slant will find what they seek in Paying the Ferryman, but be sure not to miss Jerry Benns “The Mai’tas Prophecy” it will haunt you.

“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 5 – Getting The Hang Of This?


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Five days into Dirty Deeds on Kindle Scout and I’m quite happy. Not about the numbers because I still have no idea if they’re good or not, but because I’ve been slowly connecting with other authors currently going through the same emotions I’m going through – you know, hysteria, panic and fear of the unknown – and reading their steps through the Kindle Scout program so far. 

If number of votes and hours on the Hot list were the only criteria I’d be a shoe-in… of course, from what I am reading, it is only a very small part of the equation. Which is fine… I guess. 

Day 5 numbers:

Another 24 straight hours on the Hot list and 119 of 120 so far

94 more votes for the day and 953 so far

Plenty of time to screw this up or do so well they have to give me a contract, right?

You can help me get an Amazon contract (and if I win you get a free copy of it before it comes out, too!) by nominating me

Guest Post: Joshua Skye



The Cornelius Correspondence: The Cradle Book Tour: Letter #1 of 5

Joshua Skye

Dear Cornelius,


I hope this letter finds you well and among the best of spirits, my dear old friend. I’ve been thinking about you and the conversation we had while sitting in those over-stuffed armchairs before the crackling fire of the dimly lit lounge at Credulous Hall, le sous-sol de la mère crédule, that old stomping ground of ours when we were young and full of unreasonable expectations. It was the darkness we spoke of, and I’ve been pondering it ever since.


The dark. It would be effortless to merely call it a friend. It’s more than that. Hell, it’s more than family. It seeps into your soul, and once it has taken root there, you can’t ever be rid of it. But why would either of us want to? I like my soul just the way it is… stained by darkness. It defines me, and certainly defines my work. It’s best when it’s cool, perhaps even on the frosty side, so arctic a fire can barely hold it at bay. There’s comfort there in its icy inspiration. I like it when there are sounds, a cacophony of insects and other nighttime things serenading me from hidden places. Into it I blissfully wander, following its unearthly call. It’s the realms where I feel most at home. That’s where I like to write… alone in the dark.


With the notable exception of the contorting flames in the hearth, the waltzing shadows they create all around me, and the bottle of spirits on the corner of my desk, I like to have as few distractions as possible. When I’ve given myself chills, which can happen for a myriad of reasons, I know what I’ve just written works. Of the plethora of causes one can get goosebumps, it’s the more deviant ones that interest me the most.


To say I’m drawn to the sinister side of things would be an understatement. It calls to me, whispers through the cool nighttime ether, and it always has. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so eagerly receptive to it, welcoming it with open arms and yearning heart. Even when I was a child, I had a very special relationship with it and the things that dwell there. What people referred to as my “imaginary friends,” weren’t actually so imaginary. Some of them are still around, guardians of a sort, beloved companions most definitely. I have much more in common with what goes bump in the night than with what yawns in the morning.


As a child, I remember quite vividly getting up in the middle of the night to go outside to play… or so I think. To play was always my intention, but what I actually did out there under the gray wash of the full moon I do not know. I like to pretend I was a fumbling freaky thing frolicking through the neighborhood with absolute abandon. The vividness of the memories fades curiously away once I slip out the backdoor, yet returns as I make my way back through the labyrinth of my grandmother’s house to my inadequate sleeping cavity, a hole really where my three siblings and I huddled like animals to stay warm in the winter.


Memories like these sneak into my writing, though twisted and names changed to protect the guilty. Scotty, the boy in my novel Cradle, is more than a creation, more than my shadow. There is more of me in him than I want to confess, and more of his life grounded in reality than anyone in my family would care to admit. But such is the writer’s world, as well you know my dear Cornelius. At least a little of ourselves can be found in every character, and at least a fraction of our lives in every storyline. But if you want to speak of my madness, it’d take an entire tome to fill you in on that, a memoire of me.


My other friends in the dark are chuckling. I think they like the idea.


Pardon me a moment, someone’s tapping on my shoulder and whispering in my ear. Oh, they’re as eager to wander into the dark as I am. It’s time to return. Be well, my friend.



Joshua Skye




Joshua Skye


In the deepest vale of Crepuscule’s Cradle, in the cul-de-sac at the end of Direful Hollow Road, is a once grand Folk-Victorian home known as The Habersham House. It’s a place haunted by far more than rot and neglect – evil dwells here, an evil that craves children.

Eight-year-old Scott Michaels-Greene has a fascination for tales of the strange and unusual, especially local folklore. His favorite story is the one about Habersham House; a ruined old place where many curious children have disappeared.

Hours away from Crepuscule’s Cradle, in Philadelphia, author Radley Barrette has just lost the love of his life to a random act of violence. Amongst his endowments from Danny’s estate is an old house in the backwoods of Pennsylvania, Habersham House. Though grief stricken at leaving behind the only home he and Danny had ever known, he knows he cannot remain in the city. Besides, the isolation may be just what he needs to clear his mind of the writer’s block he’s suffering from.

Crepuscule’s Cradle is not as he imagined. The locals are inhospitable. The skeletal forest surrounding it is as unwelcoming as the town. And the house itself – there is something menacing, something angry inhabiting it with him, and it’s hungry. Radley’s world slowly begins to unravel; the fringes of his reality begin to fray. In the midst of his breakdown, a local boy with an unhealthy fascination for Habersham House begins sneaking around and the evil residing within has taken notice.

Blending fantasy with horror, Crepuscule’s Cradle is the darkest of fairy tales. The morbidity of classic folklore and contemporary style weaves a web of slowly encroaching unease. Radley Barrette’ winter bound home is more than a haunted house, and Crepuscule’s Cradle is more than a mere horror tale. It’s a bedtime story that will pull you into its icy embrace, lull you into a disquiet state, and leave you shivering in the dark.


Cradle is available online at:


Amazon: US | UK | Australia | Canada | Germany | Italy | France | Spain | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

Amazon Print: US | UK | Canada | Germany | Italy | France | Spain | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India

Barnes & Noble (Print & eBook)





About the Author – Award winning, bestselling author Joshua Skye was born in Jamestown, New York. Growing up, he split his time between Pennsylvania and Texas. Ultimately he settled in the DFW area with his partner, Ray – of nearly two decades, and their son Syrian. They share their lives with two dogs, Gizmo and Gypsy, and a chinchilla named Bella. Skye’s short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies including Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed, and periodicals such as The Sirens Call. He is the author of over ten critically acclaimed novels, among them The Angels of Autumn that takes place in the same nightmarish universe as Cradle.


Guest Post: Steven L. Shrewsbury




Where did a larger than life character like Gorias La Gaul come from? He’s not Conan, as he has a tad more style if some barbaric roots. He’s not Kane, though he isn’t afraid to play the anti-hero card and make the reader wonder. He isn’t Druss the legend, either. But he is long lived (700 years…not too bad in a realm before the Great Flood).


Although he’s developed over the years, Gorias La Gaul did step pretty much formed into my mind, speaking like a biker (as some critics say) and mean as catcrap, though not entirely heartless. His dark humor and bawdy ways just told themselves in the yarns. Was I exorcising some dark part of me in these tales? Meh, some people think too much. Gorias just IS and when he pops out, it can be exciting, nasty, funny, but never boring.


I’m sure he came into my mind from a lifetime of reading Howard, Wagner, Gemmel, and others like Jakes, Lieber and Wellman. He sort of showed up in my work, really as I never sat down of sat back drinking with my brother and said, “Ya know what would be cool as hell on Sunday? A 700 year old warrior clad in dragon skin armor using threads of angel’s wings as swords!” No, those drinking days with my brother were more on Johnny Cash and history, but I digress.


Frankly, though, some of those wicked old bluegrass songs heard on those days gave Gorias life. I was indeed pondering a new book and heard songs by Ralph Stanley, ancient folk numbers and something clicked in my head. A hero exaggerated in ballads, known for his legend, which may be worse than reality…that sounded cool. I had just written GODFORSAKEN, my take on the myths of Odin and his origins, and studied about Lugh of the shining Spear, the Celt god with one eye and basically, the doppelganger of Odin. Well, he had a spear named Gorias my character Lucan Mac Aliester used in GODFORSAKEN. So, that name stuck.  La Gaul? Just sounded good. It doesn’t mean THE GAUL at all.


In body, he would be a big old guy, rough as nails, scarred, alotta Rooster Cogburn, Johnny Cash and Sam Elliot. He’d be a lover, a fighter, and whatever else I decided to throw at him.


Do I know all of his tales just yet? Nope. I know quite a few that helped make him into the jaded old warrior we see in the tales. In the new book BORN OF SWORDS the final half of the novel is a flashback, and we see Gorias about 24 years old, young, raw and still learning. While he’s not a real terrible guy, there’s a lotta bad inside him…followed up with a briefcase full of bad as Dr. Who would say. As seen in the novels OVERKILL and THRALL, Gorias doesn’t mince words or suffer fools…or anyone.


So, the lesson, kids, is, drinking beer and listening to bluegrass & Johnny Cash for hours with my brother Mark just may help to create a new S&S character, if you have lots of knowledge of myth, and a lifetime of reading good fantasy writers under your dome.




Book Synopsis for Born of Swords:  Deliverance will come… But that is another story. What makes a legend but the stories told about him? Interviewing Gorias La Gaul, the biggest legend of them all, is a dream come true for young scribe Jessica. Where other girls her age would swoon beneath the steely gaze of the warrior, Jessica only has eyes for his mouth, and the tales that come from it…when he takes a break from cursing or drinking. Unfortunately for Jessica, Gorias doesn’t really have time to babysit. She’s found him in the midst of an annual pilgrimage of sorts, and though he agrees to let her come along, it’s not without a warning: You may not like what you see and hear. Just don’t come crying afterward. Whether viewing past visions with magical gemstones or jumping into the fray alongside the barbarian, Jessica’s about to get firsthand accounts she won’t soon forget…and discover legends are far from reality, and just as far from being pretty. You wouldn’t expect a youth of love and friendship from the greatest killer to walk the Earth, would you? These are tales of some of Gorias’ earliest days, back before he’d found his swords, to a time when a dragon needed killing. Tales back before his heart had hardened. Maybe. For most men, the future is not certain and the past is prologue. For a legend like Gorias La Gaul, even the past is up for debate. One thing is for certain about these tales. They will be bloody. Such is always the way for a man… Born of Swords…

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About the author: Steven L. Shrewsbury lives, works and writes in rural Central Illinois. Over 365 of his short stories have been published in print or digital media since the late 80s. His novels include WITHIN, PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, HELL BILLY, BLOOD & STEEL, THRALL, STRONGER THAN DEATH, HAWG, TORMENTOR and GODFORSAKEN.

He has collaborated with other writers, like Brian Keene with KING OF THE BASTARDS, Peter Welmerink in BEDLAM UNLEASHED, Nate Southard in BAD MAGICK, Maurice Broaddus in the forthcoming BLACK SON RISING and Eric S. Brown in an untitled project.

He continues to search for brightness in this world, no matter where it chooses to hide.

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“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 4 – Slowing Down?


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OK, four days into it and the stress is killing me… not really. I’m actually having fun with this. Alright, a little stressful…

Again, these numbers might be everything or nothing based on what has come before me in the Kindle Scout program. I can only tell you what I’m doing each day and hope it helps someone else in the future and ultimately hope it leads to an Amazon contract for me. 

On Day 4 I spent all 24 hours on the Hot list and 95 of 96 on the Hot list now

I added 78 votes to my book, so I have 859 views to date

Is any of this good? No clue. Still have a long way to go. Yesterday I did minimal promotion for this or anything. Today will be the same but if the numbers decrease even slightly I’ll probably panic Monday morning and start promoting this again. Have to think a big start and weak finish won’t help, so if I can find my sweet spot level for daily votes and just try to hit it each day and get a big strong finish at the end I think I’ll be fine. Again… who knows?

I do know you need to vote for Dirty Deeds right now. All you need is an Amazon account. Does grandma have one? Tell her to vote, too!


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 3 – Moving Along?


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Third day in for my Kindle Scout campaign and my head is spinning. I’ve talked to a couple of winners and several people who were rejected from the program, and their stories are all over the place. I guess I was hoping for the magic formula to get in: get x number of votes, have this certain level for social media, have x number of releases on Amazon and BOOM! please sign on the dotted line and welcome to the next level. 

After chatting with everyone I’m even more confused as to what works and doesn’t work. My goal will be to keep doing what I’m doing and hope for the best. Obviously the more votes I get the better off I’ll look, so the only thing I can control I will keep controlling. Oh, and go vote for my book… I could really use the help!

Day three stats:

24 more straight hours as a Hot book – 71 of 72 hours as a Hot book so far

211 more votes on day 3 – 781 total so far

Many of the authors (accepted or rejected) hit the 1,500 vote plateau. I hope to break it and shoot for at least twice the number if possible. Just because it is a nice goal. No clue if it will actually help the decision-makers. 

Here’s Dirty Deeds. Seriously, go vote for me.


Guest Post: Karina Espinosa


Sins of the Fallen Series by Karina Espinosa
Cover Artist: Laura Hidalgo with Beyond DEF
Release for Lust: To be announced!
Sins of the Fallen, Book One || Available now!
When seventeen-year-old Maximillion Taylor and his best friend, Jones go to a house party, he doesn’t expect to get kidnapped—much less by a succubus—and she’s not the only one on the hunt. Thrown into a world of angels and demons, where nothing and no one is what they seem, Max ventures to find his true identity and learn to fight the demons who pursue him. When his origin is revealed, it’s a race against the clock for a battle that will determine whether he can protect the ones he loves or succumb to his true nature. Through lies, betrayal, love and pain, Max must prepare to face the demons before it is too late…
Begin the series for FREE!
Greed, Book Two || Available now!

As Wrath—one of the seven Nephilim—Maximillion can never return to the life he once had. Following the failed battle with Abbadon and his demons, the death of a loved one, and the betrayal of the person he trusted most, Max is forced to go into hiding. Before doing so, he must devise a plan to look for answers and search for the other Nephilim.
Max and his best friend/guardian angel, Jones, are on the run for a month before the first clue leads them to Sin City, Las Vegas, to find the Nephilim of Greed, Nikolai. The combination of Nikolai’s reluctance to help and fear of an unknown force leaves Max full of more questions than answers.
Will Max discover who is hunting the Nephilim? And if he does, can he overcome the forces of evil against them?
In the sequel to Sins of the Fallen, Karina Espinosa pulls readers back to the saga unfolding in the world of angels and demons—a world in which everything begins to fall apart.

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Lust, Book Three || Release date to be announced.
Another death, kidnapping, and the arrival of a not-so-new Nephilim; Maximillion has reached his tipping point. With the consequences of his actions looming in the darkness, the Nephilim of Wrath may have another threat to worry about—himself.
When Max is approached by The Wanderer in regards to a mutual adversary, he will have to make a deal with the devil to save the only family he has left—even if it means infiltrating enemy territory without the aid of his friends. And leaving them in the hands of Sienna, the Nephilim of Lust.
Will this temporary truce with The Wanderer buy him more time, or speed up his prophesied demise? Can he trust Greed or Lust? 
Alliances will be formed, teams will be chosen, and questions will be answered in the third installment of the Sins of the Fallen series.
The lines between good and evil are clear—and sometimes it feels good to be bad…
Meet the author…

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels. She is a blogger for & Infatuated with travel, pop culture and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of The Walking Dead and Orphan Black. Follow her on social media!

“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 2 – Progress?


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Quite a few people sent me e-mails asking about my first thoughts on the Kindle Scout program and wanting me to keep posting about it during the 30 days and beyond. I guess I will.

I also did a brief synopsis on my Arm Cast Podcast episode 73 today, so feel free to give it a listen as well. 

I’ll wait. 

Ok, you’re back. I’m sure you loved the podcast so much you went back and listened to all 72 previous episodes. I don’t blame you. Anyway…

For my second full day I got the following news about my Dirty Deeds book in the program:

24 hours on the Hot list and 47 of 48 hours total on the Hot list

134 views on day 2 and 570 views total in 2 days

Again… is this good or bad? I don’t know. I know an author who got accepted with 1,500 votes for the entire 30 days. She said she was slow and steady with a big media presence and several releases to her name. I have a huge media presence between Facebook and 110k+ Twitter followers, so I think I’m good there. I’m over 100 releases in 5 years as a full-time author, too. 

Does all of this translate into a contract for a crime thriller I think is my strongest work ever? I guess we’ll find out together on November 2oth (the day before my birthday, btw… might be really good or really bad, right?)

Vote for me, please and thank you!


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 1 – How’d I Do?


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No, I’m actually asking… I have no clue if what I’m doing is working and will lead me to an Amazon contract. This is all very fun and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. 

Kindle Scout’s program updates once a day at about 5am EST apparently. Good thing I didn’t stay up and wait for it… but I almost did, refreshing the page every 18.6 seconds just in case I missed it. I guess each morning I’ll now run to my computer and see where I stand. 

OK, so after a full day of pimping the book (and with a full 29 more left to do this – I’m not sure my nerves can take it!) I ended up with:


23 of 24 hours listed as a Hot book

I want to think that is awesome and amazing and will lead to a contract for Dirty Deeds, but… anyone else have any data they can share with me about a first day and the rest of the campaign? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Vote for my ‪#‎crime‬ ‪#‎thriller‬ for a ‪#‎KindleScout‬ contract! If it wins you get a free copy, too!

Guest Post: Eric R. Asher


The Steamborn Series by Eric R. Asher


Young Adult/Teen Steampunk
Cover Artist: Enggar Adirasa
Steamborn, Book One
Jacob, a tinker’s apprentice and sometime
thief, has lived his entire life in the mountain city of Ancora, protected by
the massive city walls. The towering barriers keep the Deadlands creatures at
bay, but the monsters rise higher into the peaks every year. More and more they
breach the defenses of the Lowlands while the Highlands rest easy.
A swarm overruns the walls and wreaks utter
devastation on the Lowlands. Charles, the old tinker, suspects the attack may
not be natural. With help from Jacob’s closest friend, Alice, and Samuel, one
of the city’s elite spider knights, Jacob and Charles will uncover a terrible
darkness at the heart of their city.
Exclusive iBooks release date of November 19th and special 99¢ pre-order price:

 Release on all other platforms on December 1st.
Steamforged, Book Two
There are old wounds in the forgotten places of
the world, and some are soaked in blood.
Jacob and his allies flee into the Deadlands
after the fall of Ancora. Charles, the enigmatic smith, hopes to find answers
in the desert city of Bollwerk that could prevent a war.
Their enemies are many, and here Jacob will learn
the cost of life in the Deadlands.
Exclusive iBooks release date of January 19th, 2016.
 Release on all other platforms on February 2nd, 2016.
Steamsworn, Book Three
The world dies in war only to be reborn. It is
the way of things, and always will be.
Forged in the Deadlands crucible, and armed
with the knowledge of their true enemy, Jacob, Alice, and their allies bring
the fight back to Ancora. They’ll liberate their homeland, or die trying.
The wounds cut deep in their darkest hour, but in
the end, vengeance will light their path.
Exclusive iBooks release date of March 22nd, 2016.
 Release on all other platforms on April 5th, 2016.
Find more from Eric R. Asher…
 Meet Damian Valdis Vesik, necromancer, in the Vesik series. 
Begin the series FREE with Days Gone Bad. 
(Recommended for ages 17+)
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

Guest Post: Sharon Hamilton





After putting out 18 books, I’ve developed somewhat of a thick skin to reviews and criticism about “realism” in my books. I take great poetic license with facts when it comes to writing military romance, for a couple of reasons. First, I might have heard something that I cannot print, as it would endanger someone. And second, most of the people I use as “fact-checkers” will tell me “make it up” when I ask too many questions. “If you can make it up, then it probably happened somewhere,” I’ve been told on more than one occasion.


So when I read something that I know would never happen, in someone else’s books, I’m a little kinder and gentler than I was several years ago when I first started out. Because I give the author the benefit of the doubt.


There are purests out there who won’t hesitate to tell you every little detail of how you got something wrong. I’ve had people try to tell me what does and doesn’t happen in a pregnancy, for instance, or what a woman can or cannot do after a C-Section. Having lived that particular scenario four times, I just smile and never get nasty with that person or reviewer. They were probably having a bad day. And if I give them the lambasting they deserve, I’ll make mine worse. And theirs gets better.


I just remember something a friend of mine told me when I was selling Real Estate: Don’t wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.”


I do have to call out one great one star review, and if you have one better, please comment here because I seriously need to hear it. This person used a man’s reviewer name, but mysteriously there aren’t any other reviews by him. But here’s what he said, and I never hesitate to tell people about it. Because it actually helps to sell my books:


“There is a reason why Sharon Hamilton is called the Queen of Smut. This is just word porn. This is such a bad book, when Bruce Jenner read it he decided to turn back into a man.”


You can find out more about all my books, both in print, eBook or Audio, on my website:

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