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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Interview: Chad McLendon (Borris: A Gothic Tale - short story) + giveaway


What inspired you to write this book?

When I first wrote Borris, I
was actually working third shift at a local grocery chain. I had many hours of the night where I would just be stocking the Spice & Baking aisle, and I would get to listen to Coast to Coast with George Noory, audiobooks, and all of the Iron Maiden albums. We would occasionally shut the store down, despite being open 24 hours, for floor maintenance. We would have our normal employee cleaners take the night off, and we would have a different set of cleaners come in (None of them foreign, but maybe one or two mustaches 😉), and they would lock the store up tight. They were kind of creepy, and the products they used did smell quite funky, old. It got me thinking, what would happen if something horrific happened while we were locked in? Obviously, we could just unlock the doors and leave, but what if we couldn’t? This is what gave birth to Borris, that and silly conversations with my friends Doug & Dallis. I think it was Doug that prompted the idea for the creepy eyes at the end-cap scene.

What can we expect from you in the future?
My immediate goal is to write the sequel to Natalsa of the Brim, as with any war, there are remnants of old regimes, and prejudiced mentalities need to be altered. There is a lot to unpack with where I left Natalsa’s story, and I owe it to her to finish her tale properly. I say this, because I haven’t yet, and it’s been 3 years. Sorry, ol’ girl.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
This is a cautionary tale about backing up your work in multiple places. I had a prequel to Borris, titled Borris – Ad Initio (Or Borris – The Beginning). It was pretty fun. It will probably never see the light of day because the story got destroyed with a failed computer. But it told the story of why Borris became the way he is. He was a happy father, living in the woods with his family in 13th century Europe. A band of hunters was passing through his wood, and they came across Borris’ family at dusk while he was out scavenging. The story turned rather grim at this point, and Borris returned to find his family all dead. He was filled with grief, denial, and lastly, rage that knew no prison. His rage grew so primal that a demon from the bowels of the Earth rose up to soothe the creature with an offer of revenge. And the rest, they say, is history.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Borris?
Yeah, there are real-world inspirations for all the characters in Borris. Brody is based off of Dallis more than anyone else. He too is tall, and brooding, and is a natural leader. Brody, as I imagined him, is forced into a stock-boy position as a means to an end. He hints at having a dark past, or at least a past rife with Occultism, as he is the first of the characters to suspect there is a threat in the Castle store. He also seems to have a remarkable amount of things in his pockets, so to say he’s prepared is an understatement. I think he has the capability of love, but he’s terribly obtuse about how to show it. He wants to be a hero, and I feel he becomes that in this story.

Borris himself is actually based off a real-life trash panda. I kid you not. Once while camping under the stars, I heard a scurrying, snapping of twigs, and hurried footsteps. There was a low chittering, and I was convinced it was a demon of the forest. I laid there, petrified of what it could be until I worked up the courage to turn on my flashlight. I flooded the copse with halogen, and staring back at me was no demon, but a wide-eyed raccoon with its teeth bared. I don’t know what ever came of this creature, but he is hopefully living his best life, unaware that a story was written to a degree with his help.

Jenna Byam is named in honor of my college professor who led a summer course on Gothic Literature. Borris was composed in her class, though she didn’t yet possess the name of Jenna Byam. Regardless, Jenna is a naïve young heroine, who is bored generally, and longs for a life more than what she has. She is finding herself, and after the events of the book…well, I think she’s found a good bit of what she doesn’t want.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
What I liked most about writing Borris is that it was fun, cult-styled horror like you’d used to see in shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark, or books like Goosebumps, as well as movies directed by Kevin Smith. It was offbeat horror, and the type of horror I love best is the kind that gives you a little heeby-jeeby, along with some laughs. Vaan Strudel was probably the most absurd character I’ve ever written, and he never would have worked in any other book. But we can appreciate his eccentricity here, thankfully.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
My first novel was a young adult / coming of age story titled Lipstick Trace. It is a gender-questioning novel that I wrote close to 14 years ago now. The main character is a boy who just loves doing what makes him feel good, and the other main character boy is a character who is very isolated, and can’t open up easily. The book follows them as they grow up and start a glam rock band, very similar to the sounds of Roxette. Lipstick Trace comes from the band's love of Glam Rock, and for one of them, lipstick. I’ll let you take a look at it for more.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Time travel is a bitch. Just don’t do it. There are so many other ways to fuck your life up if you want to. I hear collecting landmines is a much better use of your time.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Demons. I learned a LOT about demons while researching my most recent book. I actually have a whole sub-section of my website with at least 30 different books on demons, the occult, and religious texts from nearly every single religion out there. I learned that nearly every culture believes to some degree that demons can be bound to serve humans, even if the ending isn’t clear about what happened to the people who attempted these things. More than half of the books I have read on the subject all seem to include the same sort of reagents to summon/bind a demon, so I have to think some of it is valid. Will I be crazy enough to try it? Maybe if I use time travel in a story again…

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I was in love with Alba Baptista’s acting in Netflix’s Warrior Nun. I feel like she plays a young heroin extremely well, and I believe that I want Jenna’s actress to be someone quite like her.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Writing is hard. Let nobody tell you otherwise. If you liked the story, just drop a review on goodreads or amazon – it really does validate writers on our days where we feel like trash.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I really like the ending paragraph, it was inspired by another gothic story, Rebecca. The Castle to me represents Manderley, and I just had to make a nod of my head to one of my favorite stories.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?
And what would you do during that day? – I think I’d spend time with Borris, I’d want to ask him about things he’s seen throughout the centuries, (if I could get him to stop utter only certain phrases that is) and see if he’s got any advice for the human race. I figure he’d want us to keep going if we’re his #1 food source. I care about nature, gotta look out for the blood fiends too.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
My characters don’t even knock, they just walk in and put their feet up. And that to me is a sign of a story having a life of its own. You can’t force your characters into molds they’ve outgrown, or ideas that they are just NOT having. You have to listen to what your character wants. Often times, if you’ve got writers block, it’s because you done goofed and your character is crossing their arms, pursing their lips, and shaking their head.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must-read.
It’s almost Halloween, we’ve all mostly had a dreadful year of confinement, regulations, lack of sociality, and man – you just gotta enjoy what makes you happy. So get in the spirit and read some books. Watch some movies, dance with no pants on. For me, offering you my book to read makes me happy. I’m a joker, and what I desire most out of life is just to make someone’s day that much better. I hope Borris can make your day even the tiniest bit better. I don’t know you, probably, but I care for your well being!

Have you written any other books that are not published?
I definitely do, I have a bunch of loose sweater string stories that are waiting to be unraveled. I’m waiting on those, too, because I’m very eager to see where the story takes me. I always feel like each one of my stories is true in some universe, and I’m just here on my side recording their history. Each story may not be beautiful, but it deserves to be written.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
A mossy forest on the 37th morning of Autumn just after a chilled rainfall.

What did you edit out of this book?
It was the sex scenes on the skids of groceries. Trust me, you didn’t want to see Vaan Strudel like that.

Borris: A Gothic Tale
by Chad McLendon 
May 14, 2018
19 pages
ASIN: B07D3NK7MR
Genre: YA Horror, Satire, Gothic fiction, Teen 
It was supposed to be a normal night at work for Jenna Byam, but when a Vampire Raccoon puts the grocery store where she works on lock-down, everything changes. She must find solace in the arms of a young stock boy hero, Brody, who is the only hope of ridding the world of this terror. But the raccoon's manservant, Vaan Strudel, has no intentions of making things easy for them. There's a cleanup in every aisle once Borris gets their juices flowing.
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Excerpt
Just then, a huge cacophony split the night’s muzak, as a huge clang is heard from the roof. The wind must really be picking up, the storm is howling like my grandmother’s teacup Chihuahua. Speaking of devilish beasts, there are those two eyes again, at the end of the aisle. What the hell are they?

About the Author
Chad McClendon is a 32-year-old author who studied English & Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University. Chad has been published most recently through Crossed Heart, as well as in several online publications. He has won various awards for Fiction Writing. His short story, "Uploaded Vengeance" is now available in "One Night In Salem" by FunDead Publications.

Chad attended high school in Alexandria, Kentucky at Bishop Brossart High School. He was a founding member of Monday's Child, a volunteer group that worked around the Tri-State to better the lives of others. He was active in French Language competitions, and a general troublemaker otherwise.

He and his wife, Briana, have two daughters and one boy . In his free time Chad enjoys camping at Red River Gorge, playing video games and also swimming. Authors who have inspired him include Stephen King, John Steinbeck, William Golding, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and others.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Excerpt: Dr. Cushing's Chamber of Horrors by Stephen D. Sullivan + giveaway

by Stephen D. Sullivan (Author), Mark Maddox (Illustrator)
August 30, 2020
437 pages
The monsters aren’t only in the museum!

Despite a lifetime of traveling with their father to collect strange artifacts, twins Topaz and Opal Cushing have never fully believed in monsters or the supernatural. Oh, sure, they share an eerie psychic connection, and their tarot card readings often come true, but… Werewolves? Vampires? Living mummies? None of those could be real. Those legends are just for rubes. Right?

Since the girls’ father has been away, though, strange things have been happening in the family’s little exhibit—and in the waxworks studio that shares their dilapidated Victorian mansion on the outskirts of London. Now, the twins’ dreams of a fun, romantic summer season are turning into a nightmare, and the monsters are running...
Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors!

Excerpt
The Werewolf – Transylvania
The Night of the Full Moon
The man moved through the moonlit forest at what for him probably seemed a quick and silent pace.

But, to the beast, his every footstep and rustle of clothing echoed like thunder. The man was slow, too, and he reeked of body odor and something the werewolf’s animal nature could barely identify—cologne, a terrible, unnatural stench.

Involuntarily, the wolf’s black lips curled away from its sharp teeth, and it nearly growled. But then it remembered itself. This was no ordinary man; this was its foe—the being it had been created to kill. And the beast knew instinctively that the man sought to destroy it, as well.

The werewolf feared nothing. The full moon beamed all her occult fury into its hairy frame. The preternatural animal could sense its own power, its own near invulnerability. All the world was its prey, and its talons and teeth were sharp enough to rend the flesh of any mortal.

And, yet, somehow, the monster knew that this man had the means to destroy it: weapons of silver—proof against even the supernatural power of the beast—and a gun loaded with silver bullets.

Reflexively, the wolf-thing clutched at its shoulder; blood still trickled there.

The creature’s memory was brief and blurry, but it remembered the man wounding it, not long after moonrise. They’d skirmished briefly, before the shot had rung out and the fire of silver tore through the monster’s shoulder.

The wolf had fled then, seeking the safety of the deeper woods, leaving the battered hunter amid the corpses of his hounds, which would track the beast no longer.

But the man had recovered, and it seemed he could track, too, though not as effectively as his dogs.

Nor as effectively as the wolf, for the monster had recovered, as well.

The silver-inflicted wound still stung it, but the bullet had passed cleanly through.

And the creature was strong—even when wounded—far stronger than any man.

The hunter moved quickly and nearly silently past the tree where the wolf lay waiting. The beast had hidden in the upper canopy, leaping from tree to tree, to avoid leaving a blood trail on the ground.

The wolf-thing was clever—more clever than the man, as well as stronger.

The time had come to prove it!

The monster sprang.

The hunter turned, as if sensing his peril at the last instant.

He raised his gun toward the werewolf’s slavering jaws.

BANG! 


About the Author:
Stephen D. Sullivan has over sixty published titles to his name and helped create more comics and games than he can either list or remember.

A Scribe award-winner for “Best Novel Adaptation, 2016” with his book Manos: The Hands of Fate, Sullivan lives with his wife in a small town in Wisconsin.
You can contact him via Twitter, Facebook, Patreon, or on his website: www.stephendsullivan.com

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Book Review: Daimon (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 6) by Felicity Heaton

Daimon (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 6)
by Felicity Heaton
September 29, 2020
genre: paranormal romance book
428 pages
Daimon is ice. His heart is frozen by it. His body caged by it. And he likes it that way. But the sexy sorceress that storms into his life and declares herself a part of his team in his battle against the daemon uprising is determined to melt the ice that has shielded him for centuries, and he’s powerless to stop the burning need she ignites in him.

Even when he’s sure it’s only a game to her.

Cassandra has a sword hanging over her, a duty she has no choice but to perform and one she’s been putting off for years. Her latest excuse? Helping a band of immortal brothers with a war that might mean the end of this world if they fail. Her delaying the inevitable has nothing to do with the gorgeous Greek god who keeps rebuffing her and everything to do with saving the world. He’s a nice distraction and nothing more. She keeps telling herself that.

Even when she’s sure he’s a danger to her heart.

As things heat up in the battle to save the mortal world and the Underworld, will Daimon’s icy heart be able to withstand the fiery witch who can scorch him with just a look?

If you love Greek gods romance books featuring powerful dark lords of the Underworld and strong heroines who steal their hearts, this paranormal romance series is for you.

Seven powerful Greek god heroes. Seven passionate paranormal romance books. No cliffhangers. Just happily forever afters!

BOOKS IN THE SERIES 
Book 2: Valen
Book 3: Esher
Book 4: Marek
Book 5: Calistos
Book 7: Keras – Coming Fall 2020

Felicity Heaton’s HEA paranormal romance series Guardians of Hades chronicles the lives and loves of the seven sons of Hades. The sons have been banished from the underworld to stop a prophecy foretelling the destruction of the human world and beyond. Installment six tells the tale of Daimon, the god with a lethal icy touch, and Cassandra, the Russian sorceress who both tantalizes and torments him. Until he encounters Cass, Daimon’s life in the human world has been led in relative solitude. Wholly intrigued by the white-haired broody god, Cassandra is unrelenting in her pursuit of Daimon. It’s merely a matter of time before desires collide with explosive results.

Like other installments in this series, the romance in Daimon smolders against a backdrop of mortal danger. Still in pursuit of their nemesis, the wraith Eli, the brothers begin to unravel a plot bigger than initially suspected and potentially involving their long lost sister Calindria. The series is well-written with action-packed sequences and swoon-worthy romance. Daimon was an enjoyable read and fits nicely within the series.

Guardians of Hades is winding down. I’m satisfied with the series, but very much looking forward to the story of eldest brother Keras. The most deadly brother, and Hades’ heir apparent, has been teasing readers for the past few installments. The tale of his tumultuous, ill-fated affair with goddess warrior Enyo is guaranteed to entertain.

Four Sheep






Bianca Greenwood


About the Author:
I'm a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author writing passionate paranormal romance books and series for adults.

I love to create detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! All of them alpha as you would expect in paranormal romance!

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, my best-selling Her Angel romance series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires, then try the Vampires Realm romance series or any of my stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate, and steamy, then try my Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series. Or if you like hot-blooded alpha heroes who will let nothing stand in the way of them claiming their destined woman, then try the Eternal Mates series. It’s packed with sexy heroes in a world populated by elves, vampires, fae, demons, shifters, and more. If sexy Greek gods with incredible powers battling to save our world and their home in the Underworld are more your thing, then be sure to step into the world of Guardians of Hades.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

YA Urban Fantasy: True You 101 by TJ Eckhart + excerpt

What a perfect read for the spooky season! Congratulations to T.J. Eckhart on the release of her magical Urban Fantasy novel, True You 101! 
Read on for an exclusive excerpt and book details! 

True You 101

by 
TJ Eckhart
October 20, 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA, Teen, Coming of age 
Publisher: Liminal Press
If one class during high school could help you become the person you were meant to be, would you take it? At the Reinholdt Institute of Sortilege Arts, sophomores are required to take True You 101 no matter whether they live in the mortal or magical realm. Over the course of a year, each student must confront all possibilities until their outer form matches their inner self. Blake Trudeau has always just wanted to be normal and hopes the class will make that a reality, but will the final spell conjure Blake’s fondest wishes or worst nightmares?

Excerpt
Chapter 1: Most Loved, Most Hated
In the mundane world of Collegiate Academy, where everyone in New York City thinks I go to school, Professor Russo’s course would be called Human Sexuality. Here at the Reinholdt Institute of Sortilege Arts, the course is called True You 101. It’s the most loved and hated course of the sophomore year.

I look at the textbook, similar to the school journals, because each copy will be blood-bound to one student. The magics we’ll be working with can track our progress, our changes, and our reactions on physical, emotional, and mystical levels. However, professors, tutors, and even administration can read it at any time. At the end of the course, the books erase and reset for the next year.

How do I know? I read all the materials my uncle gave me about this place at the end of eighth grade, when Grandmother informed me that I needed to leave the private school in Brooklyn and attend a magic school in Manhattan. My family taught me that the best way to keep a secret from the mortal world is to learn everything about it. I read, watch, and listen to everything I can get my hands on. I study things that not even my family knows about, and certainly not anyone at school. I once thought about telling Seb, but I’m worried that he’ll be afraid of me, as I am of myself most days. I’m grateful when the professor speaks up again, because it disrupts this distressing line of thought.


About the Author
Since 1995, TJ Eckhart’s fiction and non-fiction work has been challenging readers to look at themselves and their world through a different lens. True You 101 continues Eckhart’s challenge to reimagine a magic world colliding with the mortal one in regard to our true nature, one that rejects either a reversal or continuation of our everyday biases in favor of the more realistic complexities of what such a realm might be like. If you’re willing to risk opening up your mind, you may find Eckhart’s worlds opening up your heart as well. You may find her via her email (dr.tj.eckhart@gmail.com), on her main website, or join her adventures on Patreon 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Book Reviews: Psychic Dreams: (Glimmer Lake Book 3) by Elizabeth Hunter

Psychic Dreams: (Glimmer Lake Book 3)
by Elizabeth Hunter
August 18, 2020
Pages: 298
Paranormal Women's Fiction with a bit of class, and a lot of sass, for anyone who feels like age is just a number!

She’s feeling the heat. Or it might be a hot flash. Sometimes it’s really hard to tell.

It’s been four years since Monica lost the love of her life to a sudden and devastating heart attack. She’s held her family together and picked herself up with the love and help of her two best friends. Now Monica has a new business, a new wardrobe, and a new vision for the future.

As in actual psychic visions. Dreams that manifest in reality? Monica’s still not sure why or how it happened, but she’s been seeing everything from unexpected visitors to visions of fire and destruction.

Separating premonitions from morbid imagination is proving harder than Monica expected, and no one can tell her if these new, violent visions will become a reality.

Added to that, there’s a new fire investigator in town, and he’s more than a little suspicious about the anonymous and frighteningly accurate tips someone is calling in. Monica is feeling the heat… or is that a hot flash?

Is their town about to feel the burn of a serial arsonist, or can Monica, Robin, and Val figure out the dangerous secret smoldering at the heart of Glimmer Lake?

Psychic Dreams is a standalone paranormal women’s fiction novel in the Glimmer Lake series by USA Today best seller Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries and the Irin Chronicles.


Monica and her two best friends were in a car accident a few years ago and ever since the accident they each developed a psychic power. Monica’s psychic power is visions. Lately, she has been having visions of a terrible fire and she isn’t sure if there’s a way to stop it from becoming a reality. On top of that, there’s a new sexy fire investigator in town who is very suspicious about the anonymous tips that Sully has been receiving.

Even though this book is focused on Monica and her powers, both Robin and Val are very much a part of the story that ties the three books together nicely. Robin continues to use her ability to communicate with ghosts and Val will read an object if needed which helps Monica as she tries to determine what is an actual vision and what is just a dream. This series focuses on women over 40 which is a refreshing change and the book is still relatable for a reader of any age.


Getting 5 sheep 





Denise B

About the Author:
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Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Excerpt: Of Cinder and Bone Series by Kyoko M

Of Fury and Fangs (Of Cinder and Bone Book 4)
by Kyoko M
October 24, 2020
325 pages
Genre: SciFi Fantasy Romance
Someone wants Dr. Rhett “Jack” Jackson dead.

After surviving a vicious attack from a dragon in his own home, Jack and Dr. Kamala Anjali investigate who sent the dragon to kill him. Unfortunately, their list of enemies is long. Plenty of people have an axe to grind with the two scientists responsible for the rebirth of the previously extinct dragons that are now flourishing on every continent of the planet. Jack and Kamala rejoin with their team at the Knight Division to hunt down the culprit and put an end to their revenge scheme once and for all.
But will it cost them everything?
Of Fury and Fangs is the fourth novel in the Amazon and USA Today bestselling Of Cinder and Bone series, following Of Cinder and Bone, Of Blood and Ashes, and Of Dawn and Embers.
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EXCERPT
Jack raised his gun as a man came around the front of the truck and opened fire with a roar, emptying the clip into the man’s chest. The yakuza crumpled to the road in a heap. Another one stepped out from behind him and raised his AR-15, his finger closing on the trigger. 

And then the dragon dropped out of the sky right on top of him. 

Pete slammed the man to the ground with her clawed feet and took a vicious bite out of his neck, killing him instantly. A third man jumped on top of the truck’s hood and stopped dead out of pure shock, as he was now level with her. The dragon snarled and slammed her tail into his chest. It sent him cartwheeling off the edge of the road and down into the ravine beside it, screaming the whole way. 

The dragon snorted once and then hurried over to Jack and Kamala, sniffing them briefly in confirmation, and then nudging them towards her large, scaly torso. 

“I… I think she wants us to get on,” Kamala said, dumbfounded as Pete bumped her side up against them and flapped her huge wings. 

“That’s impossible,” Jack sputtered. “The two of us together nearly weigh three hundred pounds. She can’t possibly lift—holy shitbricks!” 

Impatient, the dragon slid her neck through Jack’s parted legs and stood up, barking once at Kamala. She threw her leg over the dragon’s back. Then Pete took three mighty steps towards the edge of the road and leapt off. 

For three terrifying seconds, they dropped through the air like a cement block. 

Then, Pete’s leathery wings spread and they flew. 

Gunfire cracked behind them, but the dragon flapped her wings to carry them higher out of harm’s way. She wheeled to one side and they disappeared into the shadow of the mountain range, over the forest below. 

Jack dug his fingers into the dragon’s collar and finally opened his eyes. He stared speechless at the ground easily forty feet below them and into the cloudy horizon. Wind whistled past his ears, interrupted only by the powerful strokes of the dragon’s wings and the raspy clink of the chain still dragging below her body as they cut through the crisp air. She flew smoothly, as if she’d been doing it all her life, as if it were an effortless skill. 

Behind him, Kamala had locked her arms around his waist and buried her face between his shoulder blades when they’d first taken off. Now, she held one hand out flat, her palm parallel to the ground, feeling the wind rushing over it. Half-hysterical laughter enveloped them both as the dragon carried them higher still, until they were circling one of the mountain’s peaks. 

Enormous clouds piled high around the mountain and the air became sharply cold as they neared it. The trees stopped halfway up its craggy face and gave way to perpetual ice created from the height and upper atmosphere. As Pete circled for the fourth time, they realized she was searching for shelter. 

On the fifth pass, the dragon brought her wings in close to her body in a dive as they reached a cliff near the mouth of a cave. She fought the stiff wind and landed hard, digging her claws into the earth. Jack helped Kamala off and the dragon shook herself and stepped forward into the cave. The two of them called to her, but she paid them no mind. The freezing temperature and high winds wouldn’t make it easy to get down any time soon. 

They had no choice.

About the Author:
Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has written the Amazon bestselling Black Parade urban fantasy series as well as the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction dragon hunting series. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Halloween Spooktacular Flash Fiction (Double Alchemy by Susan Mac Nicol) + giveaway


EVERYDAY FEAR 

Have you ever had that creepy sensation that someone was behind you when you look in the mirror…?
Carrie Benton kicked off her shoes, did a little twirl around her bedroom, and sank gladly into the armchair beside the bay window that looked out onto the street. She gazed down dreamily at the road below, still seeing Gerald’s tanned face smiling down at her, still feeling the gentle touch of his hand against her arm. She decided there and then that it had been the perfect evening. Nothing could mar this, she mused, and it would be even better in the morning when he came to collect her for breakfast and they would share the whole day, not just the evening.

Tosca chose that moment to make his entrance, his pitiful meow shaking her out of the dream world she was currently in. Carrie gathered the cat into her arms. ‘Hi there, cattykins, who’s hungry then?’ she crooned into his fur. He arched his back and playfully shot his paw at her. She giggled and set him down on the bed where he regarded her with an air of suspicion.

‘I am going to fix you some food,’ she teased, ‘right after I wash my face and get my dressing gown on. You’ll just have to wait a while.’

Carrie switched on the en-suite bathroom light and hummed to herself as she picked up the facial wash from the shelf. She heard Tosca scratching the coverlet of her bed in what she assumed was an act of frustration at being thwarted out of his food. ‘Not long,’ she sang out, ‘Then I’ll get you your dinner and I’ll tell you all about Gerald and our date.’

Carrie heard Tosca hiss as if to say,’ Damn your date, just fix me some food!’ and she heard a soft plop as the cat jumped off the bed. A minute later she shivered as she felt a sharp cold draft blowing through the bathroom. Darn cat, she thought, he must have squeezed through the bedroom door to the landing and left the door open.

Carrie smeared the facial wash over her face, mixing it with water from the tap. The soapsuds bubbled on her skin. As she splashed warm water on her face, she thought she heard someone behind her. She looked up into the mirror, her face dripping water. Gerald stood there, framed in the entrance to the bathroom. She peered at him through a veil of soapy tears, thinking at first it was a trick of the light, or perhaps some water in the eyes making her vision blurry and unstable. It was only when she felt the quick bloody pain across her throat and smelt the scent of his Brut aftershave mixed with her blood that she realised, too late, it was Gerald and that her dream date had just turned into a nightmare.

Double Alchemy
by Susan Mac Nicol
23/03/2014 
Genre: Paranormal/urban fantasy MM romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-1-941260-04-3
ASIN: B00J7FVYRC
Number of pages: 335 pages
Word Count: 110 000
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
The World in Shadow

Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.

In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.

In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await. More awaits in book two…

They lay beside each other in Cade’s bed, snuggled under the covers together. It was a large king-size bed, one they’d made the most of it that evening. Quinn turned and regarded Cade with drowsy eyes as his fingers trailed soft patterns across his chest. Cade caught his breath at Quinn's lazy touch, his body still jazzed up from their love making. Quinn fingered the small metal piercing in Cade's left nipple with lazy indolence. Cade's hands caressed Quinn's stomach, lingering on an ugly, puckered three-inch scar which stretched down to his left hip. 

“You seem to be getting used to this whole situation,” Quinn murmured. He caressed the nipple piercing. "And this was a nice surprise. You didn't have it in the other night. I think I explored you enough to know you don't have any more anywhere." He grinned wickedly as Cade's fingers pinched his hip. 

Cade laughed softly. “I took it out for the benefit dinner. It doesn't fit well under a dress shirt. And as for all this -I don’t believe it all myself. But I don’t seem to have a choice. You’ve made that quite clear. And I have to say it’s not all that much of a hardship. You’re a pretty personable and sexy guy and to be honest, this just feels –so right- somehow.” He licked a wet tongue down Quinn's shoulder and grinned as Quinn lost his breath. 

Cade murmured, “I saw you in the paper with a man called Adam Carnover.” 

Quinn started and looked at Cade with hooded eyes. 

Cade watched his eyes. “Is he still in your life? The papers seemed to think you were getting married. “ 

Quinn leaned over and kissed his forehead softly. “I wouldn’t be here with you if I was with another man. Adam isn’t in my life any longer.” 

“What happened?” 

Quinn frowned, his face dark. “We had a difference of opinion and decided to go our separate ways.” 

“Was he like me, or was he normal?” Cade asked curiously, glad that the man was no longer around but still intending to find out more about their past relationship. 

Quinn was still. “He was normal, nothing like you,” he said shortly. 

Cade could tell he really didn’t want to talk about his ex. Wisely, he let it rest for the moment. “Another thing you haven’t told me. Who was that man I saw in the forest that evening? Was that something to do with you?” 

Quinn’s eyes narrowed as if debating what to say next. 

“Are you going to tell me?” Cade watched him closely. He reached down and grasped Quinn's semi-erect cock. "Or do I have to suck it out of you like I did earlier?" 

Quinn gave a low laugh and sat up, the bed covers draped across his waist as he leaned back against the headboard. "As much as I find that idea very appealing, I think I need to recuperate first. I don't think I've got any moisture left in my body after that very intense blow job. But please feel free to repeat the experience in a little while." 



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The official stuff
Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and hopefully always entertaining. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a member of The Society of Authors, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, and the Authors Guild in the US.

Susan is also an award-winning script writer, with scripts based on two of her own published works. Sight Unseen has garnered no less than five awards to date and her TV pilot, Reel Life, based on her debut novel, Cassandra by Starlight, was also a winner at the Oaxaca Film Fest.

The ‘unofficial’ stuff…
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert or the divine Cumberbatch) walks in the countryside, a good G and T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.

Her chequered past includes stories like being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking) and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.

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