Book Spotlight – “Raven’s Gift” by Angel Lawson

Book Blurb

‘Twas five days before Christmas
and all through the Nead,
Not a Raven was ready,
to fulfill Morgan’s needs.

Morgan’s stockings were pulled,
tight over her legs,
In hopes that a guardian
Would soon kneel and beg.

Then to what to her
wondering eyes should appear,
but an idea of how the Ravens
could bring holiday cheer.

Each takes a day,
A tradition is set,
Morgan knows in an instant
that her desires will be met.

In thundering heartbeats,
and wandering hands,
Morgan’s Ravens attend to her eager demands.

Oh Dylan,
Ooh Clinton and hold tight, here comes Bunny
On Sam and with Damien
there’s time for everybody.

Let the countdown begin,
for some holiday cheer,
may Morgan and her Ravens
Have a Happy New Year.

Raven’s Gift is a Christmas Novella that is part of the Raven Queen’s Harem. Readers do not have to have read the series to enjoy this romp of holiday fun!

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From the Author

Angel Lawson is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Romance author of adult and young adult fiction. She lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

Angel’s most recent work is The Death Fields Series, a five book Post-Apocalyptic Thriller. She is the author of the Creature of Habit and The Wraith Series and The Lost Queen. Contemporary novels Serial Summer, FanGirl, and For the Win.

Where To Find Angel Lawson

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Book Spotlight – “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” by Timothy Bateson

Book Blurb

Richard Parsons is a lupine, one of the many breeds of shape-shifters living in Seattle. Mortal legends of his kind call them werewolves.
When a traveling exhibition returns to Seattle, Richard takes a night time visit, with plans that go beyond seeing a particular display. However he is unprepared for the memories and emotions that come flooding back.

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From the Author

Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.
Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading.

Where To Find Timothy Bateson

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Pinterest, Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Website, Newsletter

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Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop

Hop on over to the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop, and discover how to collect some other great reads that authors will be giving away free.

Here’s the link to my guest slot on Patricia’s site.

Then take some time, and check out the rest of Patricia Lynne’s blog posts.

Halloween Week on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”

I’d also like to thank Anita Stewart (A.F. Stewart) for hosting me over on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”.

Drop in on my guest slot, then take some time to check out the rest of Anita’s tour.

Interview with a Werewolf – with A.L. Mabry

In preparation for putting together this Halloween event, I reached out to a number of independent authors, trying to get ideas for posts. The wonderful A.L. Mabry (who was the subject of yesterday’s Author Spotlight) agreed to sit down and do a live interview with one of her latest creations, Miranda Spencer.

I’ve always enjoyed interviewing my own characters as part of the writing process, and this interview proved to be just as much fun. In the process of doing this interview we went from a brief character idea to an entire plot outline for “Blood Moon: The Hunt”, so keep your eyes open, because this shaped up to be a very interesting story. Of course, we hashed out some details after the interview was over, but I’m not going to put those discussions here, because they’re very definitely potential spoilers.

I’d like to thank both A.L. and Miranda for their time, and without further delay, here’s that interview…

Introducing Miranda Spencer

Miranda Spencer, 25. Born in Huntsville, Alabama. Raised by her adopted father after the mysterious death of her mother when she was four. Miranda currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her daughter, Remy and her live in girlfriend,Morygaine. She is a stewardess which gives her access to many cities across the world and aids her side gig, Werewolf hunter.

“Hello, Timothy. My name is Miranda and I am a werewolf. I don’t know much about being a werewolf because I was raised by a Vampire. I know, you’re scratching your head. You see, my mother was human and my father was a monster apparently. When my mother was killed, Rupert, a vampire who was desperately in love with Mother, took me in as his own. He did it out of love for her but his despisal of my father overshadowed my childhood. Profile me?”

“I have to admit to being curious now, especially since I’ve met my share of shapeshifters since I started writing about the Seattle supernatural community. When did you discover you were a werewolf?”

“I was six. I fell asleep in my bed, as per usual and I woke up chained in the basement. My dad showed me the video but I still didn’t understand. Apparently he was waiting for it and had been tracking my growth every full moon. I didn’t really “get” it until I was about 12 and he started showing me all the research and information he had collected over the years.”

“So when you say your dad was expecting this to happen, you mean Rupert, the vampire who adopted you? Or your birth father? And would I be right in assuming your birth father was a werewolf too, or were you bitten by a werewolf?”

“When I say my dad, I do mean Rupert. He’s a bastard but he’s the only dad I ever knew. My bio dad was a monster and he’s the reason my mom is dead.”

“Do you talking about how your mom died, or is it too painful? And what happened to your birth dad?”

“I don’t mind talking about her but it’s all what I have been told by others. I can’t even remember her anymore. What happened to my birth dad? Nothing…yet.”

“I asked because you said he WAS a monster, as if someone had decided to do something about him. What happened between him and your mom that ended in her death? And where is he now?”

“He mated outside of the pack and broke the rules. When his alpha found out he had my mom killed.My bio didn’t even TRY to protect her. Or me. Rupert barely got there in time to save me and my bio disappeared. He thinks he’s in hiding but I know where he is now.”

“Having got to know Richard as well as I have, I know a little about the dymanics of wolf shifter society. Did you ever consider the dynamics of a wolf pack? I’m not trying to defend him, but finding love outside the pack doesn’t necessarily make him a monster. Defending his mate or child, however, would mean challenging the Alpha for control of the pack, and it’s rare for a challenger to succeed.”

“Okay, I’m going to be frank. I’m not the angry discarded daughter I play myself to be. Looking like a victim keeps other people’s guard’s down. The fact is I have kid now. She’s five and I’m running out of time. I found a way to reverse the lycanthropy gene but, I need his blood. All of it.”

“Ever thought about trying to talk to him about it? After all, you’ve only got Rupert’s perspective on what happened. As much as Rupert loved you and your mother, it’s possible his view are more than a little skewed. There’s a chance your birth dad might not be the monster you’ve been lead to believe.”

“Oh, my info on this matter didn’t come from Rupert. I’ll be needing his blood as well. You see, I met a witch. She’s this beautiful, dazzling woman and she is completely in love with my little Remy. She wants to save her from this awful lifestyle, it’s already too late for me. It took her almost a year to find the right spell and it calls for the blood of the line and the blood of the undead. Which, seems odd to me…but she knows her stuff.”

“The blood of a shifter, and the blood of the undead? Sounds like we’re getting into serious Underworld territory here.”

*shrugs* “I’m just a hunter, trying to save her kid. And I will do anything to do so.”

“Sounds like Remy’s lucky to have you in her life. Does she know what’s in store for her?”

“No. I have gone to great lengths to protect Remy from the things that go bump in the night. Morygaine is the only supernatural person besides myself she has ever met but she doesn’t know that. I don’t want this life, this world, for her. Hiding her from Rupert has been the hardest. He’s such a damn busybody.”

“Hiding a child for five years can’t have been easy. I mean, I know a lot of people in the supernatural community spend so much effort to remain hidden already, without hiding from each other. How’ve you been explaining your absences around the full moon to Remy?”

“Morygaine locks me up and then she has special slumber parties with Remy. They have so much fun!”

“I hate to sound sceptical, but this is the same witch who thinks blood magic can cure Remy of lycanthropy? Is lycanthropy always passed on to the children? Richard always give me the impression that only happened when both parents were shifters, and not in every instance. He said the chances were a lot lower when only one of the parents was a shifter.”

“Is this in an interview or an interrogation? *nervous laughter* Remy’s dad…he was shifter too…”

“Sorry. I’m just curious about these things. Every time I think I have a handle on how things work in the supernatural world, something jumps out and surprises me.”

“Or kills you.”
 

“True enough. Though I consider myself lucky so far in that respect.”
 

“So it would seem.”
 

“So, what are your plans going forward?”
 

“I plan to kill my father and kill every werewolf that gets in my way. I’ll cure Remy and keep her with me as long as I can.”

“Well, from what you’ve told me, it doesn’t sound like too many will be standing up for him.”

“That’s what I thought but dogs are surprising loyal to each other.”
 

“And if any of them get wind that you’re trying to cure Remy’s lycanthropy, they might be afraid you’ll try the same thing with them.”

“From what I understand, the spell only works if it is performed before the first shift. Once the gene has been activated, so to speak…there’s no turning back. I was six. Rupert’s research shows that to be pretty consistent. I need to get this done before Remy’s next birthday.”

“What if she discovers what she is, or the price of her cure?”
 
 

“She’ll understand I did it for her…won’t she? Maybe I’ll just have to make sure she never knows…”

“I can’t talk for everyone, but Richard grew up knowing about the shifter world, even before he showed any signs of being one. If his mother hadn’t hidden her abilities from her husband, he might never have left them, driving Richard’s mother to drink, and her eventual death. Sometimes keeping these secrets can do more harm than good.”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“Thank you. I trust you will not allow this information to fall into the wrong hands? I’d hate to have to add you to my list…”

“Trust me, I’m used to keeping secrets. I’m probably one of the few mortals who can navigate the ins and out of Seattle’s supernatural world. Sure I’ve made a few enemies in the process, but I know too much for certain people to risk removing me from the picture.”

“Good to know. I’ll keep your number, in case.”
 

“If you decide to learn more about the shifter communities, I’ll setup a meeting with the Seattle pack for you. Until then, happy hunting”

Introducing A.L. Mabry

A.L. Mabry is a publisher and multi-genre author. She is currently working on several projects, including a short story collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within (dark fiction) and the first book in her Chthonian Guardian trilogy, Soul Purge (fantasy). Darker Daze is being released exclusively on Patreon while Soul Purge will be published in 2018 by OWS Ink, llc. She has a sci-fi project in the works, Vivamus (science fiction), which will be released in early 2019.

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

Website (A.L. Mabry), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Our Write Side), Facebook

Book Spotlight – “Envy (Protectors of the Elemental Magic Book 4)” by Marnie Cate

Book Blurb

My mother sold her soul to the Goddess of Winter, and mine along with it.

Camille was one of four girls who were given the gift of elemental magic. When her arrogance and greed led her to bad choices, she paid for it with her life… and her daughter, Blanche’s.

Blanche Kingston Drygen would never be admired for her sweetness. Lusted after for her beauty, and desired for her wealth, the townsfolk of Starten thought of her as a cold-hearted business woman. They did not know the secrets the most predominant family in town hid. The Drygens owned everything and almost everyone, except their own fates.

If you are hoping for a sweet, cozy tale, I’m afraid the Silvers have the market on fairytales. While they reveled in the gifts bestowed upon them by the Goddess Danu, the Drygen family fell victim to the cruel Winter Goddess, Snowystra.

Blanche’s story is one of lost love and tortured lives. Sit back as she tells you the reality of her gift, and how the Drygens were cursed to never love.

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From the Author

Marnie Cate is a writer of coming of age and urban fantasy novels. Born in an Irish mining town in Montana, she always had a flair for the dramatic and a vivid imagination, and spent her childhood lost in the elaborate worlds she created with the help of her dolls.

One day Marnie Cate was struck by a powerful image in her mind. This seed created the world of Starten and the complicated world of goddesses and their touch on the mortal world.

Inspired by the actress Dame Judi Dench, she pursued her dream of sharing the stories that were brewing in her mind. With the urging of friends and family, she wrote in every spare moment she had.
After countless weekends spent at the local coffee shop typing away and people watching, Marnie finished her first novel, Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic. With the world of elemental magic and the humans they lived in released, the stories have just begun.

When not writing, Marnie enjoys reading, coffee and spending time with her family. She lives in Arizona.

Where To Find Marnie Cate

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Black Cats On All Hallows Eve by Suzanna J. Linton

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m referring to Halloween! I adore everything about this holiday, from the costumes to the food, from the horror movies to the crunch of brown leaves under the feet of trick-or-treating children.

In late September, while driving to a friend’s home, I passed a house already decked out with grinning pumpkins: fake, real, large wooden cutouts, and hanging signs. It reminded me of the other common theme in Halloween decorations—black cats.

In the States, black cats are often associated with darkness, evil, and witchcraft. In fact, so deeply ingrained is this stereotype that many people believe black cats adopted in October will be used for ritual sacrifice or abuse.

Shelters like the Kentucky Humane Society are inundated annually with well-meaning animal lovers begging the shelter not to adopt out these coal-colored felines for their own good. In reality, there is no statistical evidence to support this urban legend. Also, black cats take longer to be adopted. Humane societies often use the Halloween season to push any such cats they may have.

Black Cats as Disguise

Black cats didn’t receive suspicion until the Middle Ages, when people came to believe they were witch’s familiars. In 14th century France, a group of witches were accused of worshiping Satan in the form of a large, black cat. Two hundred years later, people believed witches changed themselves into black cats.

In one English folktale, a man and his son, while walking home one evening, saw a large black cat. The son feared it was a witch’s familiar and threw a rock at it. The stone struck the cat in the left leg. The cat screeched and ran under the stoop of a house belonging to a woman long thought to be a witch. The next day, the pair met the old woman at market. She limped on her left leg, confirming to the local villagers that she was, in fact, a witch.

This shape-shifting ability carried over to the New World. During the Salem Witch Trials, everyone believed in the superstition and it no doubt played a part in the proceedings. The belief traveled from puritanical New England to the South, where people spread folktales about both witches and demons disguising themselves as black cats. A funny but spooky folktale called “Wait Until Emmet Comes” is one such example.

Superstitions Today

In modern England and Scotland, black cats are good omens. Finding a strange black cat on your front porch indicates coming prosperity. In the midlands of England, a black cat is considered a good wedding gift to a new bride! On the coast of Yorkshire, the wives of fishermen believe that by keeping a black cat, their husbands will come home safely. A black cat walking toward you is a sign of good fortune while a cat walking away means fortune will leave you.

In the United States, it’s still considered unlucky for your path to be crossed by a black cat and there remains an association of black cats and witchcraft.

Your Pet and Halloween

Because I’m an animal lover, I feel like I should slip in a “public service announcement” regarding pets and Halloween. As cited above, there is no data to indicate black cats are more likely to be killed, mutilated, or abused over this holiday. However, that doesn’t mean owners of both cats and dogs shouldn’t be vigilant.

When trick-or-treaters come to the door and you’re busy giving away Snickers bars, it would be easy for a pet to slip out. Always be sure to keep your pet secured so that Mr. Fluffy doesn’t bolt for freedom.

Also, chocolate is toxic to dogs, so make sure Bruno doesn’t get too interested in the goody bowl. In fact, be sure that your pet doesn’t become interested in any of the candy or Halloween decorations. Your vet should be able to give you a list of foods and items that are a danger to your four-legged companion.

Have a happy Halloween! And if you see a black cat, wish for luck.

Introducing Suzanna J. Linton

Suzanna J. Linton is fantasy and urban fantasy writer. She grew up in the swamps of South Carolina, where she learned the love of books at her mother’s knee. From an early age, she enjoyed scribbling in anything and telling stories about her imaginary friends. Now grown up, Suzanna continues to love scribbling and telling stories. She lives in Florence with her husband and their pets. Her first novel, “Clara” was published in 2013. Learn more about her and her books at her website.

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

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