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Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review: Through Her Eyes (#4 Mind’s Eye Series) by Deborah Camp

Through Her Eyes (#4 Mind’s Eye Series)
by Deborah Camp
July 24th 2017

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: July 24, 2017
ASIN: B071KC41NB
Number of pages: 415
Word Count: 92418
Cover Artist: Patricia Schmitt
Tagline: She can see evil and evil can see her

Evil roams the streets of New Orleans... 
Surrounded by the romance and mystery of the French Quarter, psychics Trudy Tucker and Levi Wolfe search for a taker of lives. Combining their unique skills, they zero in on a serial killer who has been murdering for more than a decade. Their suspect is in a wheelchair, partially paralyzed in an accident a few years ago, but the latest victim was murdered after his paralysis. Are they on the wrong track or has the murderer found a protégé to continue his reign of horrors? 

Trudy Tucker has the unique ability to view events in real time as experienced by others. She can jump into the mind’s eye of another and experience what they experience, for better or for worse. And, in Trudy’s case, it’s typically for the worse. Trudy reluctantly jumps into the minds of killers. But instead of justifiably cowering in a corner, overwhelmed by the atrocity of it all, Trudy uses her abilities to track and trap the most villainous in society. Trudy is assisted by her fiancée and partner Levi Wolfe, an esteemed psychic and businessman. Wolfe is smart, sexy, virile, rich; the whole package and an absolute pleasure to read. The pair’s latest case takes them to New Orleans in search of a serial killer. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but now, thanks to Camp, I feel I have.

Through Her Eyes is a intelligent, sexy thriller. Trudy and Levi are well-developed characters who, while in possession of extraordinary abilities, struggle with the same insecurities and day to day struggles as us ordinary people. Camp is a well-researched master of description, a quality I personally enjoy and respect in an author. My only criticism would be that while Camp works hard to give her story contemporary flair, there are occasional dated phrases and references used throughout. But this is minor. Like, almost not worth mentioning minor.

While crucial, the paranormal aspects of the book are rooted in realism. Camp avoids overly fantastic explanations in favour of the more plausible. Camp works diligently to establish her plot, characters, and relationships lending to a rich reading experience.

Intrigued by the book’s synopsis, I signed on for the review not realizing it was a book four in a series. As an abject completionist, I almost always read series from start to finish. But, a commitment is a commitment and, ultimately, I was thrilled to have found a new series. Through Her Eyes was an excellent read from start to finish and while I would’ve preferred to start at the beginning of the series, the read felt complete and fulfilling without having read previous installments. I feel after reading only one book that I’m intimately acquainted with the world of Tucker and Wolfe.

I look forward to subsequent installments of Mind’s Eye. I will definitely investigate this author and earlier books in this series.

Five Mindful Sheep





Bianca Greenwood


Excerpt: 

“So, tell me about your experience,” Trudy said, sitting next to Levi.
“It was strange. Very strange. I was contacted – during a business meeting, mind you – by the dead son of the new contractor I was speaking with in my office. This kid – a salvage yard murder victim – popped into my head and started yelling at me. I tried to shut him out, but I couldn’t. I had to actually stop the damned meeting and tell the man that his deceased son was demanding an audience. Gonzo thought I’d lost my noodle.”
“Good Lord!” She covered her parted lips with her hand. “I’d say that was a heck of a coincidence, but . . .it seems to be so much more than that.”
“Yeah, right.” He sat back and drummed his fingers on the table for a few seconds. “Anyway, the kid – Clayton Nelson – was hitchhiking in New Orleans when a guy in a pickup stopped for him. He couldn’t see much of the man’s face because he wore a ball cap and sunglasses. He had a mustache that looked fake to me. He used the ploy of something being wrong with his truck to get the kid to look under the hood and then he knocked him out with a blow to the head. Clay came to in a basement, his wrists and ankles bound with plastic ties and chains.” He shuttered his gaze from her. “That’s where he was murdered.” A few seconds ticked by before his lashes lifted to reveal his dark blue eyes that never missed much. “You’ve been in contact with the murderer already, haven’t you?”
Her heart jolted. He was uncanny. “I was in contact with someone who’s warped. I don’t know if it was the salvage yard killer.”
“Was he murdering someone?”
“Something. A cat.”
Levi’s upper lip lifted in disgust. “Jesus.”
“Yeah. He was practicing, I think.” She shuddered and blocked out the memory.
“The kid in my head showed me a compass and pointed to the N on it.”
She gasped at the reference. “Your true north?”
“Bingo. His way of telling me that you were already part of this.”
She reached for her glass of juice. They must be destined to examine this case. How else could she explain what happened to Levi and what she’d already experienced?

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Deborah Camp is the author of more than 50 romances, both contemporary and historical. She received the first Janet Dailey Award (given to a romance novel that best addressed a social problem). "My Wild Rose" dealt with battered women and children.

A bestselling author, Deborah's books have been praised by reviewers, bloggers, and readers who love complex characters and clever plotting. She always mixes in a bit of humor, even in her romantic suspense novels.

Communicating with readers and other writers is something she enjoys, so don't be shy about visiting her online. If you post a review of her books, you'll probably receive a personal "thanks" even if the review isn't entirely favorable!

Deborah lives in Tulsa, OK where she is continually inspired by real cowboys, real Indians, and real heroes and heroines.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Excerpt Spotlight: The Devil’s Revolver (The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1) by V. S. McGrath


The Devil’s Revolver (The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1)
by V. S. McGrath

September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.




EXCERPT:
Hettie couldn’t say what had woken her; her eyes had simply snapped open and she’d known something was amiss.

Sure enough, she found the rope had been chewed through, the frayed ends still wet. Dammit, Abby. This was the third time in two weeks. She yanked her coat over her thin nightgown, grabbed her boots and Winchester and padded quickly down the stairs. Outside, she pushed her bare feet into the cold, hard leather and checked her rifle’s action, loading it quickly. Coyotes were often seen roaming the ranch, and there’d been rumors of a pack of wolves roving the hills. But out here, it was men Hettie was more afraid of.


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Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Comet TV Solar Eclipse Prize Pack Giveaway… The Moon Is Throwing Shade!

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers 
Most of the time, we’re not big fans of remakes. But once in a while, a remake comes along that vastly outshines its inspiration. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the 1978 reboot of the 1956 sci-fi thriller, is one of those remakes. Not only that, it’s maybe the best remake ever made, and with stars like Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, and Leonard Nimoy, it’s not hard to see why.
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An American Werewolf in London 
One of the greatest horror films of all time is headed to COMET! Check out John Landis’ often imitated but never duplicated 1981 classic, An American Werewolf in London, and discover why it’s always a good idea to “stay off the moors.” The film airs on COMET on August 18 at 8P/7C, and again the following night at the same time.
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Saturday, August 19 at 8P/7C 
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Steel Dawn (1987) 
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1984 (1985) 
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Author and Filmmaker Stephen Zimmer: A Little Advice For Filming On Location

A Little Advice For Filming On Location
Be sure to check out the teaser trailer for Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart below...

Filming on location, on any budget level, involves a lot of challenges, ranging from unpredictable weather to unexpected things manifesting on the location itself, such as loud vehicles running nearby while trying to capture dialogue in a scene. Some things simply cannot be planned for, but preparation is key to having a successful production.

While not glamorous, there are some key things to keep in mind no matter what kind of project you are doing.

First and foremost is insurance. A stunt can go wrong and injuries can occur. Equipment can break or become lost. If you do not have insurance, costs can escalate quickly, which can become devastating for a smaller level production. Many companies offer insurance for small, independent productions, such as Film Emporium, which is the company we worked with for Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart.


You want to be sure your insurance covers general liability, which you must have if you are dealing with most any public entity at the city, state, or federal level. It is not highly expensive if you are not doing a lot of dangerous stunts or working with explosions, and having it can get you access to some tremendous locations, such as a few very prime ones that we had in our production.

You also want to be sure you are covered for equipment loss and damage, and also vehicles rented by the production. A top-level camera and lens set can be rented for a fraction of what it would cost to buy, but you don't want to find yourself having to pay for a new camera or lenses if an accident occurs on set that results in damage.

With insurance protection in place, you want to make sure your cast and crew's needs are covered on set. This ranges from food to restroom facilities.

Both craft services and a solid meal schedule are essential to keeping a cast and crew in better spirits. Craft services cover having an array of snacks and energy foods available, as well as things like water, vitamin water, or coffee (in the morning). A place is set aside for craft services to be accessible at all times by both cast and crew.

As far as meals go, you don't want to be feeding your crew the same thing over and over again. Pizza every day can bring a downturn in morale very fast, and it is important to make sure cast and crew are able to get good meals on set daily. We had a great set caterer on Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart, who had a kitchen trailer for preparing meals on site. It was well worth the investment, and it demonstrated that we did care about those who worked with us on this project. If you cannot find a good set caterer, go the extra mile to be sure meals are varied, even if it means working with multiple restaurants.

Bathroom facilities are essential. If you are on a more remote location, rent porta potties and hand washing stations. You'll be surprised at how affordable they are, and it will save a lot of hassle from having to run cast and crew back and forth to someplace else by car to answer calls of nature.

On a more remote or wilderness location, keep in mind that equipment can be heavy to carry, and awkward over uneven terrain. Try to mitigate this as best as possible by making sure vehicles can draw very near to shooting sites, and if they cannot try to get ATV's to use. We made use of a Viking ATV during production that had room for six passengers and a bed that could hold up to 1,700 pounds of gear. Needless to say, it was a savior over and over again in getting gear, crew, and cast to shooting sites we identified. The cast and crew will appreciate it more than you know, and good morale is invaluable to getting through the trials of any film/tv production.

Weather cannot be predicted, so planning for disruptions is vital to covering the needs of a production. We had a tight schedule, but we built lighter days into the schedule, and had a couple of open days at the end, providing us with flexibility if inclement weather struck us. Fortunately, we had just one day cut short by a rainstorm, but the flexibility in our schedule allowed for us to catch up quickly. Make sure cast and crew availability is covered for those open days, if they are needed!

Also in regard to scheduling, don't run your cast and crew into the ground. Our days were mostly in the range of 10-12 hours, and there were no 18 hour days of the kind that you hear a lot of indie productions engaged in. We balanced more demanding days on the schedule with less demanding ones, so that the cast and crew were never going back to back to back with a more demanding shoot. We received many remarks of appreciation about this from the most experienced members of our crew, and our approach demonstrated that we had their well-being in mind.

An indie film/tv production on location is always going to have its twists, turns and surprises, but keeping a few key things in mind will go a long way to maintaining the kind of morale you will need among your cast and crew to bring a project in on schedule and budget.


by Stephen Zimmer
May 23, 2017
238 pages
Seventh Star Press; 1 edition
A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake. Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her. With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden's survival in the gravest of peril. Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon. Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.

by Stephen Zimmer
January 21, 2015
Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances. The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between. Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north. Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people. Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion. Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Winterfall (A Novel from the Demon Accords - Book 12) by John Conroe

Winterfall (A Novel from the Demon Accords - Book 12)
by John Conroe
July 20, 2017
Pages: 545
With Declan O'Carroll on Fairie and Chris Gordon on Earth what could go wrong? Try everything. Scheming elves, deadly zombies, killer goblins, flaming dragons and dirty diapers. With a growing, insidious threat to Earth, Chris and Tanya race to save lives while Declan, Stacia and friends work just as hard to save their own lives on an alien world, far removed from the comforts and safety of home. Only together will they overcome the odds. But come on, with this team, maybe the odds should look out.


With Declan O'Carroll on Fairie and Chris Gordon on Earth what could go wrong? Try everything. Scheming elves, deadly zombies, killer goblins, flaming dragons and dirty diapers. With a growing, insidious threat to Earth, Chris and Tanya race to save lives while Declan, Stacia and friends work just as hard to save their own lives on an alien world, far removed from the comforts and safety of home. Only together will they overcome the odds. But come on, with this team, maybe the odds should look out.

Ashley is the Speaker for the dragons and heads to Fairie to negotiate for the dragons with the Winter and Summer courts. Accompanying her for protection, is her dad, Ian as well as the most powerful warlock Declan, his werewolf girlfriend Stacia, rounded out by brother and sister combo, Mack and Jetta who are masters with weapons. Both queens are furious when Declan arrives in Fairie because witches were band from Fairie a long time ago, but due to a loop hole Declan can stay. Declan has always been underestimated and the inhabitants of Fairie are no different.

While Ashley and crew are in Fairie, Chris, Tanya and the team have their hands full on earth with an alien invasion of almost indestructible creatures who infect anybody it encounters except vampires. As Chris’s team works with Omega to try to stop the aliens from destroying the planet some very unexpected situations arise.

Conroe’s Demon Accords series are well written and hold my attention, making 545 pages seem like 200. Each of the stories have focused on a set of characters, allowing me to get to know them like they are long lost friends. In Winterfall two stories are going on simultaneously even though you are getting more insight into Mack and Jetta which was a nice change of pace. Always original this is another hit by Conroe.

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Review: College Arcane (A Novel from the Demon Accords #8)
Review: God Hammer (A Novel from the Demon Accords - Book 9)
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With seven more books in the series and a stand alone novel (Black Frost), he doesn't seem to be slowing down. He cut his reading teeth on the likes of Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, JRR Tolkien, Robert Heinlein, Andre Norton, and H. Beam Piper.

Financial professional by day and author by night (actually by morning), he bangs out his stories with fingers that are usually sore from forge burns or getting beat up at the dojo.




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Excerpt Spotlight: Rise of the Nephilim by Marcus James

by Marcus James
July 24, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Horror/ Erotic Romance
200 pages
Publisher: Candiano Books
SEX, WITCHCRAFT, AND ROCK & ROLL ON THE SUNSET STRIP

LOS ANGELES, summer of 1987. Kathryn Blackmoore, the 26 year old heir to Blackmoore World Corp. and the future matriarch of the Blackmoore dynasty of witches has fled the haunted old monied neighborhood of South Hill in Bellingham, Washington looking to trade in a century of rumors, superstition, and her own heartache for the sun, sex, and music of the Sunset Strip.

Taking up residence in the famed and decaying Chateau Marmont hotel, Kathryn quickly finds herself in an erotic and thrilling journey into the world of Niiq, Arish, and Kuri; members of the band Nephilim, who seem to have the women of the Strip enthralled by their dark and sensuous sound. When bodies begin to turn up all over town and a mysterious and haunting figure fixates on Kathryn, she quickly learns that you can never escape your destiny.

RISE OF THE NEPHILIM is the first of a two part erotic paranormal romance/thriller revealing the beginnings of one of the most captivating characters in The Blackmoore Legacy series. It is a standalone prequel of eroticism, romance, and suspense.



Excerpt
The library was quiet with the exception of the short and humming-to-herself library assistant stacking the books left out or returned through-out the day. The girl was a junior; she was sure of it. She had never talked to her; they had never orbited the same solar system in the day-to-day endless galaxy of Mariner High School, but that didn’t matter.
She could still reach inside the girl’s mind whenever she wanted to, and explore everything she kept hidden from the rest of the world. She could travel the fleshy terrain of the girl’s brain and see her hopes and dreams, her fears, her loves, and her longings.
She was able to pick out that her name was Tammy. She was a stu-
dious girl with dirty blonde curls that hung to her breasts, her skin
milk-white and soft, her face delicate and scattered with a dusting of freckles across the bridge of hersmall nose. Her brown eyes were golden and looked over the spine of each book, scanning their titles and looking up to each aisle to see where they belonged.
Kathryn Blackmoore stood from the table where she had been discussing after graduation party plans with her best friend Lila Sifuentes and with her boyfriend Sheffield Burges, excited to finally walk and receive their diplomas and be done with this place forever.
She was tall – five feet and nine inches. Her lean body was dressed
in a pink-and-white pin-striped collared shirt, the sleeves rolled up toher elbows, the collar popped and buttoned only to her full breasts.
A three-tiered pearl necklace glistened in the bright white fluorescents overhead, and her thick shoulder-length feathered mane was a rich auburn that seemed to glow around her like a halo.
She gathered her books and began to make her way to the doors to begin the walk through campus back to her home. Her long legs were encased in a khaki, knee-length Ralph Lauren skirt with a slit up the left thigh,and a tasseled and thin brown leather belt was fastened loosely around her waist and rested on her hipbones. Kathryn looked at her
watch; it was 9:00 p.m. They had been put in charge of the after-party by the entire student body – at least by the Golden Gods, as the popular kids were called – and it was their job to deliver.
Somehow by some cruel joke perpetrated by the universe, Kathryn had somehow become one of them. That was a first for her family, and it was no surprise to her that this ascension in the school’s hierarchy was achieved by her relationship with Sheffield. He was one of the kindest and most popular guys at their elitist school, and was a rock star on the Soccer field. It was the school’s claim to greatness and claim to fame. Other schools had football, but Mariner was known throughout the country for their school’s soccer team. In the eighteen years of its existence – as long she had been alive – Mariner was a crowning achievement and had only ever lost three games. Families from the
country over, who dreamed of soccer field futures for their children chose Mariner – a public high school – over the best sports-driven private schools.
Mariner was a dynasty of Bellingham Washington, and the rite of passage for the exclusive children of South Hill, with their centuries-old Victorian, Tudor, Colonial, and Craftsman mansions that stood on large plots of land between treacherous and almost guard-like evergreens on every street, and sidewalks lined with monstrous oaks and maples. Homes filled with inhabitants of both the living and the dead.

Then there werethe Edgemoore kids. Nouveau riche. Most of them were native Californians whose parents moved here in a great rush for cheap land when California’s real estate began to climb higher and higher, and for the chance to get their kid on the Mariner soccer team.
Here, on the cliffs on the other side of Bellingham Bay,and staring back at the old genteel mansions, were the castle-like and gaudy estates of Edgemoore.
These kids had no respect for the history that still stood in the city, and the almost haunted charm of Fairhaven, that filled the space along the water between these two wealthy neighborhoods. Fairhaven was the last town to merge with the county of Whatcom in 1903, finally forming the greater city of Bellingham. For the city, and everyone in it, there was a difference between the South Hill neighborhood and the rest of Bellingham itself, as if it were still its own town.
Connecting the south to the north of Bellingham was the campus of Fairhaven University, which in the 1890s had been the Washington State Normal School. Fairhaven University was carved through the trees and made up of tall, red-orange brick buildings and concrete bridges overpaved pathways in between the green. Thecity was not unlike Bram Stoker’s description of Transylvania: a place wild and filled with spirits, and fiercer things that lived in the mouth of the Carpathian Mountains that surrounded it. Thecity was surrounded by cliffsand an endlessarmy ofevergreens.
Interstate 5 snaked through all of this above the city, so that every exit dipped down into it. Kathryn had grown up here, had been born here, into South Hill’s superstition and paranoia and never-ending fears.
South Hill was filled with the descendants of the founding families, and the majority had worshiped at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The white wood church with its gorgeous and detailed mammoth windows of stained glass was crowned with a single black-slated roof and spire.

The first time Kathryn had ever used her witchcraft against another was the priest who had tried to take advantage of her when she was twelve. It had felt invigorating to watch his body convulse and the blood begin to slip out of his mouth, eyes, and nose – even his ears. When he had hit the floor, his brain fried, she had screamed and run out of the office as soon as one of the nuns and another priest – Father Malady – opened the door, covering her tear-stained face.
It didn’t help anything when she told them what he had been attempting to do when the aneurism hit. She could hear the headmaster’s thoughts, as well as the two nuns and Father Malady, who had sat with his arms folded, hisangular and almost rat-likeface with his beady green eyes looking at her with a smug grin. They knew she had somehow caused it. She was a Blackmoore, after all; she was a witch and she had used her charms to seducethepriest. To bewitch him and befuddle him and make him lose all of his sense and self-control. She had made him weak on purpose so that she could kill him – to sacrifice him to Satan and make another hit in their diabolical war with the Church.
She had said nothing. She wanted to leave and go to Fairhaven Middle School. She was in her last year of junior high and she didn’t want to be in this place any longer, with ruler hits and other obscene punishments. They were more than happy to get her out. Her father, Trevor Mayland, had been the one to insist she go to Catholic School.
He feared the Blackmoore name as much as anyone else, regardless of the fact that he had married her mother,Annaline Blackmoorein 1961. He had loved her so much that he had wanted to save Annaline from what he saw as the Blackmoore curse. He thought that she would be far from the devil’s reach if he could marry her and make an honest woman out of her. A God-fearing woman who would go to mass every Sunday and keep far from her family’s other practice, aside from Blackmoore World Corp. – a multi-billion-dollar-a-year international company which handled almost all the shipments of goods, most legal and some more questionable, of theentire world – was running the Church of Light, the Spiritualist church that her great-grandmother Aria had started in 1898, where she would commune with the dead, read palm, tarot cards, and tea leaves.
It was a place where for a hefty sum, Aria could be hired to work her witchcraft for others, no matter theintention. The Church of Light was then run by Aria’s daughter Fiona, and now her daughter Mabel, her mother’s older sister. Annaline had been too adventurous for that anyways, and so Trevor’s plan meant nothing one way or the other, as Annaline was too much of a wild child, concerned with music festivals and poets and drinking while smoking pot and cigarettes.
This fact did not stop Trevor Mayland from worrying about “his girls,”as he called his wife and daughter,and sending Kathryn to boarding school, only a few blocks from her actual home, to only visit on the weekends, was extremely easy for him.
Yes, she had had enough at that point, and the death of the priest put a smile on her face – a smile she had to fight back when they almost hesitantly told her that she was finished and would be going back home.
They were witches; this was true, and Father Malady had known this. A man of forty-seven, straight from Ireland – in Kilcommon,County Mayo – where the Blackmoores had originated from, and where they still lived insidethe great limestonecitadel known as Blackmoore Hall on the shores of Broadhaven Bay.
Everyonein thatpart of Ireland knew of the Blackmoores. They believed them to beafamily who grew into their wealth because of a pact with the devil, and those who knew them gained fortune or befell ruin simply for knowing them.
During the witch hunts her ancestors had fled the Black Moor and built a rustic cottage with a thatched roof along the cruel and wild sea, in hiding from both the evils of Christian men and the even greater and ancient evil that had tormented the clan of the Black Moor for centuries before finally escaping. He wasa dark and bloodthirsty God who had tried to make slaves of theclan and had forced them to sacrifice the weak and the innocent to his altar.
They had finally escaped him, turning their back on him and refusing to write his name down or speak it from their lips. This went on for two hundred years, until all those who had known him had died, and he had grown weak from being forgotten. They left the moor in the year 1145 and journeyed northwest, as far from the wood and that deity as possible. They were secluded and far from wealthy, and then suddenly in 1845, they began to buy up nearly thirteen thousand acres of land and built a great, almost castle-like home. They were all certain that the family was finally reaping their rewards for the trade of their souls.
This had never been the case. The reason for the wealth was far more mundane; Katy Blackmoore of New Orleans – where the family had moved to in the 1780s – denounced the family and the many evils that served the Dark God of the Wood who wished to wipe out the Blackmoores, and left for Spain. She returned almost a year later married to Spanish royalty, and bequeathed a fortune enough for a kingdom to her father Tristan, her brother Nicholas, and her grandparents Sarafeene and Malachey, in exchange for being left alone by them so that she could live a normal life.
She had lost her mother to her family and their Legacy – the name of their great curse – and she was certain that if she separated herself from her family and lived a good Christian life, never summoning her witchcraft, then she would not lose her husband, and her children would never suffer the loss of a parent, or the feeling of knowing who you were and what you were would end up killing the one you loved.
The Blackmoores had agreed and with that money, they made the family flourish. First in New Orleans and Ireland, and then later, the family moved west and north, and all points in between. Spreading out all across the United States, England, France, Italy, and Ireland, in vesting in industry and especially shipping; and acquiring and building fleets upon fleets of ships, until there was no one to rival them.
By the time the family had arrived in Fairhaven to begin building their empire in the “Gateway of Alaska,” as it had been known, the residents of the city were openly hostile – being fueled by the legends and superstitions of immigrant priests and servants who whispered about the dangerous and devilish Blackmoores of Kilcommon and their mission to take over the Christian world and hand it to the devil and his fallen angels, wrapped with a big bloodstained bow.
It was shit, but superstition is slow to die, and even in 1979, the people of South Hill still feared the Blackmoore name and what it meant if you talked to them. Kathryn had suffered that for so long, and for the longest time, Lila Sifuentes – the only Latina in the school –had been her only friend.
Her father had always loved Kathryn, but up until his death a week after the incident – due to the sudden brain tumor that claimed the lives of those who have unprotected sex with a Blackmoore – he had always been slightly wary of her, as if he could see the curse deep under her veins.
Unprotected sex with a Blackmoore always seemed to kill seven to twelve years later, and always of a severe seizure and hemorrhage caused by the tumor. Blood pooled from the nose, mouth, and other parts of the face, and the body would convulse. They would be biting their tongues so hard that often they bit the tip off completely. Every witch in her family always hoped and often believed that they would be the Blackmoore to survive the curse, that their lover would be strong enough to beat it back. They always died, and her father had been no different.
Kathryn had been dangerously beautiful all her life, with a statuesque body and icy eyes – the palest of blues – and soft olive skin with an always-perfectly-feathered auburn mane lik ealion,and the latest fashions straight out of Vogueclothing her. She had a husky whiskey voice, much like the actress Kim Novak. She had loved Bell, Book, and Candle, so the comparison was flattering; besides, she thought Kim Novak was a magnificent and stunning creature.


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Marcus James is the author of five novels, including The Blackmoore Legacy series. He has contributed to a dozen anthologies from Alyson Books, has been a featured writer for the Seattle Gay News, is the host of Brews & Books and Ravenna Brewing Co. and his host of Queerly Spoken. When not writing he’s cooking, drinking champagne like water, and watching horror films with his husband and their Staffordshire terrier, Nikita. He is 32 years old and lives in Seattle.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12 ) by Faith Hunter

Look at this beautiful cover! The twelth book in the Jane Yellowrock series. I know what you are thinking...that looks familiar. It should...
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Release Date: May 1, 2018
384 pages
Publisher: Ace - Penguin Group
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and as the chief enforcer for the Master of the city of New Orleans, she's the woman that rogue vampires fear most. But now a blood challenge has been issued to Leo by the ancient emperor of vampires, and Jane must stand and fight.
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by Faith Hunter
May 22, 2009
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...


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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.