Saturday, May 25, 2013

Author's Offerings Weekly Giveaway! Ends Sunday!

Each week many of our featured authors offer copies of their latest works to give away to our blog followers.  We place these offerings into a weekly giveaway that ends on the following Sunday NightMake sure to use all of your entries because it is possible to win more than one prize with multiple entries.  For more information on the authors and their books or to leave a comment for drawing entries,  just click on the book cover to be taken to the original post.  Good Luck and thanks for participating!




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Friday, May 24, 2013

Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf Tour & Giveaway!



Title: Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf
Series: The Order of the Black Swan, #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance, Scifi Romance
Publisher: 7th House
Format: Ebook
Length: approx. 90,000- 100,000 words

http://www.amazon.com/Moonlight-Wolf-Black-Swan-ebook/dp/B00CX9ZYW0

Release Date: May 22th 2013

Book Description:

The Order of the Black Swan series is also a serial saga that must be read in order. For that reason, the first book - My Familiar Stranger (nominated for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE OF 2012 by Reviewers' Choice Awards) has been made permafree everywhere.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR LOVE?

The fourth installment reveals the shocking truth about the origins of the vampire virus. The Order solicits the assistance of an Incubus demon to avert an interdimensional crisis. And desperation drives Stalkson Grey to embark on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams in a bid to save his werewolf tribe from extinction. In the process he learns that true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re far, far from home.

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Author Bio: 

For the past fourteen years, Victoria has illustrated and authored Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners and written several non-fiction books on magickal arts. She lives in a town north of Houston known as The Woodlands even though the idea of the witch in the woods may be a cliché.

She owns 7th House Publishing and contributes to its enterprises. In addition to art and writing, she plays Classic Rock music (keys, rhythm guitar, vocals) and manages one of Houston's premier party bands. Married. Four children.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Aphanasian Stories Tour Excerpt & Giveaway!



Aphanasian Stories
Rhonda Parrish

Genre: Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1481249478

Number of pages: 182
Word Count: About 56,000

Cover Artist: Darek Zabrocki


Book Description:
Three of Rhonda Parrish’s beloved Aphanasian stories brought together in one collection for the first time!

A Love Story: Z’thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.

Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman’s experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby’s brother before it’s too late.

Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.

Short Excerpt

Z'thandra stepped forward and lifting her chin proudly, met the gaze of the lead councilor.
"Yes, Sirs?" she prompted, hoping the disdain she held toward them didn't leach, too obviously, into her voice.
"Z'thandra," he intoned solemnly. "This council has no choice but to find you guilty of recklessly endangering one of the village and causing him to fall into a pit and break his arm. It is our judgment you receive five stones. May Phrake have mercy on you and prompt your heart to sincere repentance for your deeds."
Z'thandra heard Ulda and Eerna both gasp at the severity of her punishment, but the sounds came as to her as though from a long way away. Her knees went weak and her entire body began to tremble. She reached out blindly for something to hold herself up with and sagged thankfully against Ulda as the woman thrust herself under Z'thandra's arm.
"You can't be serious?" Ulda exclaimed pointing a scaly green finger at the councilors. "Five stones? Criminals, real criminals, get less than that."
Five stones. Z'thandra didn't hear the council's response, or Ulda's if she made one. She was lost in her thoughts. Five stones. She'd seen it done before, once. After that one time, the punishment was so brutal she'd made whatever excuse she could to never attend a stoning again.
Five stones.
At dusk, right before the magic moment when the last ray of the day's sunlight slipped into memory she would be brought, her hands bound behind her, to the sacred clearing. There she would be made to kneel, in the center of a circle comprised of all the members of the village who were able-bodied enough to make the short downhill trek. All those who wanted to be included in the draw to be tossers would throw their mark into the high councilor's hat and he would draw out the allotted number – in her case, five. The tossers would have a few short moments to pick their stones from those scattered around the clearing and then, in the instant the sun slipped below the horizon, pulling its last tendrils of light down with it, they would throw them.
People, reptar, were occasionally stoned to death, but with a sentence of five stones the tossers would not chose rocks they thought would cause that – they would aim to hurt, not to kill. Those people who'd been stoned in the past were easy to recognize around the village, they were invariably scarred, disfigured and broken. Their hearts, their spirits and their bodies.
Five stones.


About the Author:


When she isn't being crafty, playing video games or procrastinating, Rhonda writes fantasy, YA and horror stories and poems. Also, she loves sushi.










In Darkness We Must Abide Blitz & Giveaway!


In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season
Rhiannon Frater
Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror
Publication date:  May 24th 2013


In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

This paperback includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial.



A note from Rhiannon

On Friday, 5/24, I'll be doing two video Q & A's via the TinyChat application on Facebook. You'll just have to download the app and follow the link when I post it here. You'll be directed straight into the chat room.

The first chat is scheduled with Europe in mind. 1 PM Central Time will place this chat in the early evening. You'll have to check a time zone converter for the exact time in your country. This also can work for people who work in the evenings in North America.

The second one will be at 8 PM Central Time.

Basically, I'll be on live webcam and you guys and gals get to ask me questions about IN DARKNESS WE MUST ABIDE or anything else you'd like to discuss about my writing career, my books, or the horror genre.

Purchase links:
Amazon.com

Kindle:
http://amzn.com/B00CXGD4SO

Paperback:
http://amzn.com/1484861841

Kobo
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/In-Darkness-We-Must-Abide/book-ygg5nEHZhEiKr8Mu2P7Oow/page1.html?s=wuLA_nvnmUyIUXTZ6IqgbA&r=9

Nook
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-darkness-we-must-abide-rhiannon-frater/1115392404?ean=2940016588391

Autographed Copies at Author Store
http://rhiannonfrater.com/order-signed-books-2

 
In Darkness We Must Abide

By

Rhiannon Frater



With his presence still sizzling on her skin and his hazel eyes still haunting her thoughts, Vanora pondered the words that Armando had spoken in his silky Spanish accent.
You must go home, he had said.
Hugging herself, she gazed into the darkness surrounding her, wondering if Armando still lingered in the shadows observing her. That he had sought her out both thrilled and terrified her. When she had first seen him standing on the lighted path of her apartment complex, the mere sight of his enigmatic smile had set her heart aflutter. But now that he had slipped back into the darkness, her heart beat with fear.
Could she go back to Houston and face all she had run from? Could she forget the evils she had beheld on her eighteenth birthday? Could she just abandon the life she had meticulously created for herself over the last two years and return to the mansion that was haunted by death and pain?
You must go home.
Armando’s words echoed in her mind.
Vanora lifted a hand to brush away her white-blond hair and turned to face the dark waters of the swimming pool that glimmered in the moonlight.
To go home meant she would at last cast aside her trepidation and face the monsters of her nightmares. Was she strong enough to do so? Was she strong enough to go home and save the ones she loved?
With a surrendering sigh, she admitted to herself that it was time to return to her childhood home. It was difficult to concede, but her reluctance to return was partially because she feared allowing Armando into her life once more. Though the creatures that dwelled in the darkness were terrifying, it was Armando who surely frightened her.
Only he could truly steal away her heart and soul…






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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.

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