Tuesday, May 12, 2020

#NewRelease #Vampires #Werewolves #Zombies #Fantasy #Novella #Anthology @pattyauthor07

New Book Release 
by 
Patricia Josephine
Patricia Lynne

Vampires.
Werewolves.
Zombies.

These monsters tickle our imagination.

Sink your teeth into a collection of tales about paranormal creatures that go bump in the night. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to give you a quick bite no matter how busy your day is.

Are you hungry?


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About the Author
Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.


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Three Real Life Vampires (or so they say.)
Tales of vampires have fascinated humanity for centuries. Sometimes they are monsters, and other times, they are sexy, sparkling heroes. While most stories are complete fiction, here are three cases of so-called real vampires.

Mercy Brown.
Mercy Brown was a young woman who lived in New England around the 1900s. Disease spread to her family and the locals got the idea that that meant she was a vampire. After she died, her body was dug up to make sure she wasn’t a vampire. Her body hadn’t decomposed, and they found fresh blood in her system, leading them to the conclusion that she was a vampire. They cut out her heart and burned, putting the ashes in a drink which was fed to her brother. They believed it would save him since he was sick. Sadly, it didn’t work.

Fritz Haarmann, The Vampire of Hanover
Fritz Haarmann was a German serial killer in the early 1900s. His method of killing was to bite the neck of his victims so they bled to death. That led to rumors of a real vampire prowling for victims. Of course, alleged cases of real vampires weren’t uncommon then, but they were usually baselss. Fritz Haarmann was eventually captures and executed.


Arnold Paole
Arnold Paole was a Serbian man who feel to his death in the early 18th century. A sad tragedy, but the story became remarkable because afterwards, local villagers stated he had become a vampire. Their proof: 16 villagers had died recently. His body was due up to be examined. They found no decomposition and claimed to have seen fresh blood on his lips. So they staked the body.


Are You Ready For A Quick Bite



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

#IWSG #WritingCommunity #Writers #Writing #Support @TheIWSG





Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Alex's awesome co-hosts for May 6 are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!


May 6th question: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the zone? 
Care to Share?

I never thought I had an actual ritual, but this question gave me pause. Because I find myself doing exactly that. While I drink coffee in the morning, in the afternoon when I find time to add words to my story, I make a hot cup of tea. If I have cookies, I grab a couple. I find my spot on the end of the couch, or recliner, and settle in. This is normally my best time to write. Lately, I haven't been able to sleep and find myself writing until one or two in the morning. (Sleeplessness might be caused by the pandemic. I'm not positive) 

However, that ritual changes during the warm summer months. I make sure I enjoy the pleasant weather and occupy a comfy chair underneath our awning and write. The hot tea is replaced by ice tea...LOL. But not the cookies 😊

But then comes the difficult part. I can't just sit down and start writing. I read through the previous scenes, trying to figure out where my characters had been taking me. This can sometimes take up to an hour of going over the manuscript. Some days, I merely edit what I'd written, and other days, my characters begin to act, and I follow their lead. 





Do you have any writing rituals??

Thursday, April 16, 2020

#AuthorSpotlight @NanaPrah #Interview #author #writer #writingcommunity #romance

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT



NANA PRAH
Let me introduce, Nana Prah, a prolific and fabulous romance writer. We first met, online, when we were newbie writer's, and we have become good friends. Nana is a nurse, and during these tragic times, battling this coronavirus pandemic, Nana deserves a standing ovation for all her time consuming hard work, helping those who are sick and in need ...

When everyone is done cheering and clapping, here is Nana's response to a few interview questions.

1. Tell us about yourself. (like what you do for a living, etc.)
I’m a nurse by profession. I’ve recently returned to patient care and am loving it. I never knew I’d become a writer. It all started when I wrote an e-mail to a friend describing how she’d meet her next boyfriend. That e-mail turned into a book which made me a writer. Don’t go looking for that story, its hidden in the archives of my computer.

2. What is your writing process? (A special place or how you outline or just jump into it. Or, what you need before you sit down to write, coffee, tea, cookies)
My writing process changes depending on my mood. I write on my laptop. My preference is to write at my desk or in a coffeeshop, but sometimes my bed entices me to get comfy in it. Music kills my creativity because I spend more time singing and dancing than I do writing, so silence is key for me.
The process basically goes: write, eat snacks and procrastinate on social media and then write some more.


3. I've read a few of your excellent novels. Do you have a favorite, or a favorite character that sticks with you?
I love all of my characters and books. One of my favorites is Commander Akin Solarin. I have a thing for military men and he’s as alpha as they come, yet he showed tenderness and compassion to the heroine when she needed it most. Thinking about him makes me sigh.

4. How do you create your stories? 
I get an idea and write a general outline of what I’d like to see happen during the story. This tends to go out the window once I start writing. The characters help take me on journeys that I didn’t expect. It’s not until I revise that I regain control of the book.


5. From start to finish, how long does it take for you to complete a novel? 
Its different for every book I’ve written. The shortest was a month for a first draft. The longest was anywhere from three to six months. And then revision adds to the timeline.

6. What are you working on at the moment?
A yet untitled story about Zareb Saene, a prince of Bagumi. He is the brother of Princess Amira from His Defiant Princess. Its now time for the princes to share their romantic adventures.

7. Do you have any advice for inspiring writers?
It’s the standard advice that they hear all the time. To be a writer you must write and be consistent about it. I encourage myself by giving myself a fifty word minimum to write.  Sometimes I go beyond it, sometimes its just the fifty and I’m done. The most important thing is to make a habit of writing.


Thank you so much, Cathy for having me on your blog.

You are welcome, Nana. Sending you prayers to stay safe and 
healthy. Also, wishing you great success in your writing career!


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Healing His Medic
Doctor Comfort Djan is looking for salvation after a tragic accident, which takes her to deprived regions where her skills heal the helpless. Until Fate thrusts her as a medic on board a West African military coastal protection ship. Proving herself to the male-only crew is nothing compared to being near one intense naval officer who has her feeling something other than her survivor's guilt.
Commander Akin Solarin wants nothing more than to do his job, especially when his medic's temporary replacement turns out to be a disconcerting woman who pushes all his buttons. He runs a tight ship, and doesn't need captivating and efficient yet aloof Comfort around to keep his heart-rate in semi-permanent overdrive.
Neither can deny the attraction between them, but navigating uncharted personal waters may be the least of their problems when confronted with bold pirate attacks and other vicious unknown dangers onboard the frigate. And when Comfort's life gets on the line, Akin knows he will do anything to save his medic and heal her battered heart in the process.


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 Love and Hiplife

Lamisi Imoro will do anything to complete 
her PhD before the extension is up. It 
doesn’t matter who dies, leaves her high 
and dry, or hates her guts, she’s on fire. But 
her supervisor wants to prove just how 
much he’d love to see her fail by throwing 
obstacles to thwart her from reaching her 
goal. Desperate for help and nowhere 
else to turn, she’s forced to ask for the 
assistance of the hiplife artist who once 
saved her from a nasty fall. She finds that 
their scorching attraction is a problem and 
is determined to tamp her rising emotions because nothing will 
stop her from getting what she set out to accomplish.

Blaise Ayoma is on the verge of taking African Francophone 
countries by storm with his new style of music. Learning how to 
sing in French without butchering the beautiful language is harder 
than he thought. Multi-linguist, Lamisi is the key to his success. 
When his presence in her life puts her in danger, will he end the 
budding relationship in order to keep her safe?

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

#NewRelease #MurderMystery #Mystery #Author @yolandarenee


It’s a pleasure to be participating in author 
Yolanda Renee’s 

MURDER, JUST BECAUSE 
Blog Tour 
through MC Book Tours today.


The author is offering an awesome tour-wide international giveaway. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

MURDER, JUST BECAUSE

by Yolanda  Renée

◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

◊ Publisher: Yolanda Renee

◊ Series: Detective Quaid Mysteries

◊ Paperback: 291 pages

◊ Print & eBooks

◊ ISBN-10: 0985820632

◊ ISBN-13: 978-0985820633

◊ Contains explicit sex & graphic violence


 
"While this book does contain explicit sexual language and graphic violence, it could easily be taken from the daily headlines. The content is plausible and realistic as we look at the world around us. The events in the book are not overly done but give a pragmatic look at the terrifying actions killers can and sometimes do take."

It was a matter of beginner’s luck, but rookie detective Steven Quaid’s career and reputation as an elite investigator skyrocketed when he captured one of the most sadistic serial killers in Alaskan history: Stowy Jenkins, AKA the Snowman. But that was ten years ago.

And now…Jenkins is back. Escaped from prison and on the move, his bloodlust is stronger than ever, and his methods of torture are even more horrifying than before. As his bloody rampage continues and the number of mutilated bodies mounts, terrified Alaskans increasingly doubt Quaid’s ability to catch the killer again. The detective’s reputation is on the line, and he’s going to need a lot more than luck, because this time, Jenkins is driven by more than the thrill of a random kill.

This time, it’s more personal. He’s out for revenge…and his ultimate target is Quaid. In a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Jenkins starts picking off the people in Quaid’s life…slowly, gradually tightening his circle of corpses and drawing ever closer to the most important person in Quaid’s life...his wife. Can Quaid do the impossible again? Can he outmaneuver the killer, or has the detective's luck finally run out?

Author Yolanda Renee
For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her in her own words.

At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges.
I’ve traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influences my writing.
Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

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This tour-wide giveaway is for a complete set of the Detective Quaid Mystery series books for one winner, paperback copies of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for five winners, and a Kindle copy of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for 10 winners.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

#IWSG #WritingCommunity @TheIWSG #covid19 #coronavirus



Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!







April 1 question - The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?



My world consists of the interior of my home. When the weather cooperates here, in Buffalo, NY, we go for walks around the neighborhood. In the past week, I made a trip to the market, and that is all. I drove very slow to see the sights. LOL...What helps in my daily doldrums is my 18 month old grandson and my daughter who live with us. My heart grows bigger each day seeing that baby. We dance, laugh, giggle, and watch cartoons.

To stay informed, we watch the world news. And sometimes, I come away baffled because I hear differing things. But, last night, it was the first time I couldn't watch it. Hearing the death tolls around the world are heart wrenching. At times, I feel the sensationalizing of this pandemic creates havoc, tension, and hysteria. It might be beneficial to take a break from watching the news once in a while. 


The only way I feel I can help, is by adding my daily prayers to those being said around the globe. I feel God is bringing His people to their knees. If you don't have a faith filled belief, then spread your love and light into the world. 

At night, as I lay my head down on my pillow, I tend to worry and pray more. My son, which I've mentioned before, is an Emergency Room doctor in PA, who's been working in the covid-19 unit, and he has a 4 month old and a 3 year old at home. Needless to say, this is concerning and I'm scared for him and his family. I haven't seen them in months, and we'd planned on visiting them this past weekend...but the world is sick...At least we have Facetime and pictures...