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Look What I Won! @stacitroilo @virgilante #books #amreading

So glad Teri likes her prizes. I’m giving away more stuff on the 21st, so make sure you stop over.

Books and Such

If you read my latest Downsizing the TBR Pile post (here), you know that because of the Story Empire Roadshow, I’m probably changing the title of that feature to How Many Books Can I Buy Before My TBR Crushes Me – only shorter.  I’m open to suggestions.  But not only did I acquire some fantastic reads, I also won some goodies!

I won this notepad from Staci Troilo’s newest collection, Medici Protectorate series.  Although I haven’t started those books yet, I’ve read the first book in her Cathedral Lake series and have the other two in the TBR.  If you’re a fan of romance/paranormal/suspense, check out Medici Protectorate.  Swing by Staci’sblog and say hi – and maybe add to your own TBR while you’re there.

If you’re a frequent flyer over at Craig Boyack’s blog, a certain robot lady depicted on this mug needs no introduction.  If…

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April 19, 2017 · 9:50 AM

Cover Reveal: A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair #RRBC Author

Book three of this awesome trilogy is available for pre-order right now. Check out that wonderful cover art.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m kicking off the week by doing a cover reveal for A Desolate Hour, the third and final book in my Point Pleasant mystery/suspense series focused on the Mothman of urban legend.

Book cover for A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair shows a small town overlooking a river at night, full moon overhead, cover in wash of green red and black with white lettering

A DESOLATE HOUR
Book 3 in the Point Pleasant Series
Genre:
 Suspense/Mystery
Length: 79,000 Words
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Underground Imprint
Publication Date: July 18, 2017

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Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing Chief Cornstalk—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While…

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January 30, 2017 · 8:36 AM

Guest Post with John W. Howell: Sari and Sarah in ‘What’s a Jet?’

Collaborations are so much fun. This time John Howell’s character visits Windemere.

Legends of Windemere

(Today we have John W. Howell and his character Sarah whose newest book Our Justice, which is the finale of the John Cannon Trilogy.  Also, don’t forget to check out Legends of Windemere: the Spirit Well to get more of Sari.)

Nearly everyone is a thief in the taverns of Rodillen, so Sari feels at home with her keen senses waiting for something suspicious. Hiding her awareness behind a friendly and flirty façade, the blue-haired gypsy spins and dances through the crowd. Claiming two goblets of mead that she is sure the real owner won’t miss, she gives the bartender a little twirl of her skirts and leaps onto the nearest table. Jumping from one piece of furniture to another, only the slightly taller blond in strange clothes watches Sari’s approach. Landing in her seat, she hands one of the drinks to her new friend and juggles a dagger…

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December 20, 2016 · 12:31 PM

The Friday Fiction with C.S. Boyack

Ali has the first small excerpt of The Playground at her site today. Take a sneak peek. Check out her awesome blog while you’re there, and consider following her.

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I am delighted to welcome back my old blogging friend and author Craig Boyack! Craig has just released his latest book, The Playgroundand you can read an extract right here. So without further ado, let’s all go and have some fun at The Playground


the blurb

The hottest toys of the Christmas Season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except, the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power.

To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?

Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one…

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March 25, 2016 · 4:17 AM

Researching a Fantasy Story, and How Mythology Helps by Guest Author Craig Boyack

Busy day for me today. Ali asked me to write about the kinds of research that go into a fantasy novel. You have to go to her blog to read all about it. Please do.

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If there are two things you have learned about me from following this blog, it’s 1. I love mythology, and 2. I love researching mythology! It seems I am not alone; fellow author and blogger, Craig Boyack, has dropped by to tell us how mythology helped pave the way for grounding one of his recent novels, Cock of the South, which I recently reviewed on this blog, and which featured on The Friday Fiction. So without further ado, here’s Craig…


Ali asked me to visit today with the topic of researching a fantasy. Many people think there is no research involved in fantasy, and that authors make it all up. This isn’t true, and we must ground our readers in some kind of reality they can relate to. This is more than having air and gravity. Readers have expectations and it’s important to consider those.

The Cock of…

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February 24, 2015 · 9:19 PM

The Biggest Event of the Year is Almost Here!

Take advantage of Read Tuesday. I’ve read both Conor Kelly books and recommend them highly.

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Just another few tiny hours, and the biggest event of the year, the one we have been impatiently waiting for, will be upon us, and I’m not talking Christmas!

Tomorrow, Tuesday 9th December is READ TUESDAY, and it’s going to be HUGE!

Read Tuesday is all about helping to improve literacy, and encouraging people, young and old, to pick up a book and read. It’s about fueling the imagination, taking a ride out of reality, meeting people and places you could never meet in your real life. It’s about escapism, fantasy, romance… in fact, whatever floats your boat, Read Tuesday has the book to suit you. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself.

Best of all, many of the authors have massively discounted their books, so if you are feeling the financial burden this Season of Giving can often dump on you, Read Tuesday can help; many of…

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December 8, 2014 · 4:50 PM

The Friday Fiction featuring Craig Boyack

I just walked in from my field trip and found this. Thank you Ali. This is very generous of you. I’ll try to check in and participate in the comments.

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“Ever since I was old enough to read I’ve loved escapist fiction,” says author Craig Boyack. “There’s just something about travelling to a magical realm or distant planet that appeals to me. Some of the stories I grew up with are considered pulp fiction.

“My goal is to offer readers that same experience. I want to take them on a journey to places that are both unsafe and wonderful at the same time. To introduce them to characters who have a choice in how the story turns out. To let them experience both success and failure.

“I call my blog Entertaining Stories, because that’s the goal, to entertain. There aren’t going to be a lot of morals and thought changing events in my stories. I want readers to escape from lives where they have little control and have to worry about whether their retirement funds will still be…

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August 21, 2014 · 6:24 PM