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Rehab Is For Witches – Available now!

2 Nov

It’s here! It’s here! I’ve been waiting for so long for this to be released, you guys don’t even know….

Raise your glass! Read this book!

Raise your glass! Read this book!

But here it is, in all its shiny, new release-y glory!

Go on, lookit that gorgeous cover!

Go on, lookit that gorgeous cover!

I am so proud to be a part of this anthology. I was privileged to be able to work again with the incomparable Miranda Stork and Elle J. Rossi, and pleased to be working with Cynthia Valero, J.A. Howell, and Tyffani Clark Kemp for the first (and not the last *wink wink*) time.

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Seriously. This was me all the time working and plotting with these ladies. They’re AWESOME.

The end result was something truly amazing. A great book with great characters, each of them with a story to tell. And my goodness, the stories they have to share. Witches, mayhem, drama, snark and creative spells, zombie whispering, some demon-type guy that’s REALLY attached to his pen, a cookie jar, and sly references to Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and Hanson. What more could you ask for? How about exploding man parts, hunky Scandinavian dudes, designer shoes, and an all-around good time? Well, we’ve got you covered.

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Writing “A Trunk Full of Peril” was an incredible labor of love and feels. Circe and Hadrian mean so much to me, and I hope that if you pick up our book, they will give you as many feels as they gave me. Because they gave me a lot. Forcefully, I might add.

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In short….here’s the blurb. Here’s the link. You know what to do. Allons-y!

In case you didn't know.

In case you didn’t know.

Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest.

The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song.

Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.

Little Raven is a town…for witches.

And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.

We will admit we are powerless over magic—that our lives have become unmanageable.

We will make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Goddess as we understand Her.

We will make a searching and fearless moral and magical inventory of ourselves.

We will admit to the Goddess, to ourselves, and to another being the exact nature of our magical wrongs.

We will make a list of all persons or beings we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.

We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We are entirely ready to bow before the Goddess and have Her remove all our defect of character, even at the risk of being entirely stripped of our magic.

But this is just the start. There’s something rotten in Little Raven, something that seeks to take all the magic it can, and devour the inhabitants in the process. It will take the strength and power of all the witches to defeat the darkness seeping into their town, beat it back, and be rid of it forever…and maybe just make it through rehab while they’re saving the world.

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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Rehab-Witches-Tyffani-Clark-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00P1Q0B8Y/ref=sr_1_1/177-3955443-3095612?ie=UTF8&qid=1414762571&sr=8-1&keywords=rehab+is+for+witches

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Tara Wood Author PhotoTara S. Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal/fantasy romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at her part time job at the local library, surreptitiously scanning through the pages of books she’s supposed to be shelving. She spends a great deal of time scheming up new ideas and fangirling with friends over British television and film stars. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and is currently at work on several projects, all of them epic. She can also be found lurking on the internet, or in fine establishments such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

‘A Celtic Tapestry’ from Moon Rose Publishing Release Day!!!

20 Mar

 

Eight authors, eight Celtic festivals…all weaved into one tapestry.

A Celtic Tapestry.

Welcome to the official release of A CELTIC TAPESTRY!

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.

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Crimson Beat–Elle J Rossi

In Nashville, Ostara night is filled with monsters…and only one woman can take them on.

Beltane Fires–Livia Ellis

Deep in the Irish countryside, a witch takes over as Mother of her coven. Will a ‘wink at the moon’ love spell give her what she most wants?

Blade’s Magic–Carolyn Wolfe

Midsummer celebrations are going as usual for one magical young woman, until she comes into contact with Max Blade–a man from another dimension.

Shore’s Edge–Tara S Wood

Lammas beckons in Ireland in the year 1170, bringing with it war. Will one feisty young woman have to marry the man she hates most, or will the Gods bring her another answer?

The Picnic–Elodie Parkes

The woods near Morgan’s home are under threat. But will salvation come for the woods–and himself–in the form of a beautiful environmental officer?

Shadows in the Dark–Miranda Stork

A surprising past life regression opens up a new world for one young woman…but it also throws her at the mercy of an unknown Shadow Man.

Magic in Memphis–Hunter S Jones

Memphis. The favourite place of a hard working public-relations employee, whose life is good, but without surprise…until she has a chance meeting with James Wellington on Yule night, throwing her world upside-down.

Brigid’s Flame–Laura DeLuca

A writer, depressed at the turns of his career and losing his relationship with his girlfriend, looks to the Gods for inspiration at Imbolc…and finds the goddess Brigid answers his prayers.

 

Learn a little more about the magic within the pages…

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And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology!

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Official Trailer for “A Celtic Tapestry”

5 Mar

You know it’s coming. You’ve marked the date (if you haven’t, you really should) on your calendar. “A Celtic Tapestry”, the latest offering from Moon Rose Publishing, has just released the official trailer to accompany this anthology. I am SO proud to be a Moon Rose author, and even prouder to be a part of this great collection of stories. All of ladies that will be contained within the pages are amazing. This is truly a convergence of talent. So until March 21st rolls around, you’ll have to content yourself with this…..

Copyright 2013 of Moon Rose Publishing.

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.

Elle J. Rossi – Crimson Beat

Livia Ellis – Beltane Fires

Carolyn Wolfe – Blade’s Magic

Tara S. Wood – Shore’s Edge

Elodie Parkes – The Picnic

Miranda Stork – Shadows in the Dark

Hunter S. Jones – Magic in Memphis

Laura DeLuca – Brigid’s Flame

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Copyright 2013 Moon Rose Publishing

Copyright 2013 Moon Rose Publishing

Copyright 2013 Moon Rose Publishing

 

Vigilante of Shadows – Review and Interview with Author Miranda Stork!

1 Feb

Today at The Tarasphere, we’re featuring the fabulous-as-always Miranda Stork and her latest novel, Vigilante of Shadows.

Lookit that cover! You know you want to read this. YOU. KNOW. Cover Image: © 2012 Moon Rose Publishing.

Lookit that cover! You know you want to read this. YOU. KNOW. Cover Image: © 2012 Moon Rose Publishing.

Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…

Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

The Review:

Get in, sit down, shut up, and hang on! That’s pretty much what I have to say to anyone contemplating reading Vigilante of Shadows by Miranda Stork. She’s already one of my favorite authors (as well as a dear friend), so I was super excited to finally have some time to sit and devour her newest offering.

I was not disappointed. I was forcefully grabbed from the get-go, and shoved into a story so fast, I could have gotten whiplash. Aodhan is my new fictional crush. Dark, dangerous, unapologetic, and beautifully flawed. Yep, he had me, horns and all. The more of his story that was revealed, the more I wanted to keep reading. The heroine, Arianwen, was perfect in her role as a straight-laced, pragmatic DCI looking to solve a case. The last thing she expected was exactly what she got. Her attempts to reconcile the happenings around her and her growing attraction to Aodhan felt real and believable in a story where myths and legends run rampant.

And that was the other eye-opening element to this book. Stork takes snippets of Celtic mythology and weaves them into a contemporary tale like nobody’s business. Having already been familiar with this side of her writing (i.e. CONNER and ERIN), it was so exciting to see her take a new direction and make the old seem new again. Not to mention that she has the setup here for a smashing new series.

Two disclaimers: If you are faint of heart, be prepared. There is violence. There is gore. I loved it! But, it may be a bit squicky for some, so tread carefully if that turns you off. I found the level of violence necessary to enhance those darker elements of the story and of Aodhan’s nature. Second, the dialects may be tricky if you’re not familiar with UK jargon or accents. My advice is, slow down, sound it out, and for the love of God, give it a chance, and KEEP READING! Once you get it, I promise, it makes the story even better. It truly immerses you in the tale.

Overall, this book and the story sucked me in. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Great things are coming from Miranda Stork. Be on the lookout.

Five shiny stars out of five shiny stars.

Here’s my little chat with Miranda:

What was your favorite part of the Vigilante of Shadows?

Hmm…good question! I think my favourite part had to be writing in the accent for Aodhan. I’d never written an actual accent in before—even though there was an early try for another book—and it was quite a challenge! As he’s Scottish, I really wanted that to come across, and writing his dialogue in formal speech just didn’t feel right. I’ve lived in Scotland before, so I’d heard a lot of voices, and I had to make notes on the inflictions and patterns of each voice. Then I tried to add it to the normal words in Aodhan’s dialogue. It was tricky but fun.

What was the hardest part to write?

The more violent parts, hands down. It’s not that I’m squeamish, it’s just I wanted to hit the balance of ‘just enough’. I didn’t want there to be so much violence that people found it revolting, but there also had to be enough to show Aodhan’s nature. Over the course of the book, he undergoes a metamorphosis from violent vigilante to something more gentle, but he was a vigilante nonetheless.

What do you wish was different about the book?

I had to think really hard about this question—it’s not that I’m that really opinionated about my story; it’s just that they change about ten times over the course of being written. I’m always adding bits and taking parts away, and I don’t hit ‘publish’ until I’m really happy with it. I think if I really had to change something, it might be that I would like to add in a little more about Brigid and Duifean. This wasn’t really their story, but I think it would be interesting to have a little more added in about them.

What sparked the idea for Vigilante of Shadows?

I’m not really sure. I think it was a mixture of random thoughts I’ve had over the years. The paranormal element is because I’m obsessed with the idea of Shadowmen. There’s a ton of information about them on the internet, and my ideas are entwined with the String Theory, but I’m not going to bore anyone with it here LOL. Then the vigilante element came from thinking about law and order in general nowadays, and what it would take to push someone to being a vigilante. It all grew from those two things. Although the idea for the series came later.

Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?

It can be either, really. I have all these ideas floating around at any one time, and some of them are character stories, and some of them are novel ideas. Then I’ll suddenly go, “Ooh, that would go really well with that one,” and pull them together. Sometimes with my books, it can be one and the same, as the novel idea is the character’s story.

As this is the first in the ‘Scarlet Rain’ series, can you tell us how many books you are projecting and what ‘Scarlet Rain’ is in terms of theme for these books?

Probably about ten books or so, although there be more. I wanted to write a full series, as so many people asked me about turning my first two novels (which are just a duo at the moment) into a series. It’s not something I wanted to do, so I thought it was time to start a new one.

The ‘Scarlet Rain’ element actually came from a 200-word story I wrote a while ago for a contest. It was completely unrelated, but it kept playing on my mind. Then one day I had this ‘Eureka’ moment, and I realized it would fit together with VoS to make a great series. I don’t want to give away too much of it, as more is made clear at the end of VoS, but let’s just say it’s Dystopian, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi all rolled into one. Plus each one will have a HAWT couple in it, which is always my own self-indulgence in my books. 😉

Tell me more about the delicious Aodhan. Where did he come from? Did you have *cough*visual inspiration*cough cough* for him?

Hum? What did you say? Sorry, I just heard the word, ‘Aodhan’, and drifted off for a minute there. *ahem* I wanted to make him different from my other heroes. They’re always smooth-talkers, sexy-but-polished, and quite in tune with what they should say to ladies. I wanted Aodhan to be grittier, a bit rough around the edges. He’s still sexy, but in a more dangerous way, and he just says what he thinks, he doesn’t consider holding back for the sake of ceremony. But underneath it all there’s a soft core that comes through a little when he warms to Arianwen. As for inspiration…well, you know that I used the delicious Gerald Butler as visual inspiration. UNF.

Arianwen is a great romance heroine. She’s smart, capable, and no-nonsense. How was it getting her to open up to a man as enigmatic and dangerous as Aodhan?

FABULOUS. With Erin (my other heroine in a full-length novel), she was quite open to Conner, maybe a little naïve, and warmed to him from the start. Arianwen is a police officer, so already used to being the snappy, sharp one amongst other men. She certainly wouldn’t be naïve, and doesn’t warm easily to people. This also comes out a little more with snippets of her life that she lets out during their journey. So it was good to have a couple that actually rubbed each other up the wrong way to start with, and gradually grow to love each other. I preferred writing this to the ‘meant for each other from the start’ kind of couple…even if they are meant for each other. She was great fun to write. Every turn I took to try and throw them together, she shook her head and folded her arms. And believe me, she has a stern stare.

I’ve noticed that in your full-length novels you weave elements of Celtic mythology into modern day tales. Is this a trend that we will continue to see, or will you be branching out into other genres?

I know…I never meant it to be a ‘thing’, but it became one. I’m Wiccan in real life, and lean towards Celtic gods and goddesses, so I guess it’s my gentle way of showing people a little more about these cultures. I also love the idea of bringing the ancient into modern life, which is what Pagans nowadays always do every day. So you might see it continuing a little, but the next ‘Scarlet Rain’ novel, ‘Keeper of Shadows’, won’t really have that much of Celtic anything in it. Without giving too much away, it’s a vastly different time, and a vastly different couple.

I am thinking on a few historical story ideas though, so you might see not only more Celtic mythology, but some different ones too. I’m fascinated with the myths of the Orkney Isles in the UK, so I might blend some of those into something.

What project are you working on now?

That would be the next novel, ‘Keeper of Shadows’, which continues the series. I can’t say too much about it, but I’ve got a little snippet for everyone to get a feel for it. *wink* It’s got a little Dystopian in it, which is a genre I’ve always wanted to branch out into.

I’m also getting a new anthology ready with my publishing company, Moon Rose Publishing, called ‘A Celtic Tapestry’. It’s got seven other fabulous authors (one of them being yourself, of course), and myself, all writing one story each, based on the eight Celtic festivals. It’s coming out March 21st, so everyone should keep their eyes peeled for that one.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Ooh…just three?! Tricky…okay, okay, my first person would be someone from my family tree, one of my five-times-great grandfathers. I’ve been researching it lately, and everyone in my family comes from a long line of furnace men and iron-workers—except for one. He became a Master Cabinetmaker, breaking away from the family, and going off to do something skilled and creative. He is the only person who seems the most like me, so I’d love to question him a little more, and find out why he was so different from others in his family too.

The other two people would be my partner Mark’s parents. They died when he was quite young, so I never got to meet them. When he talks about them, they sound lovely, and it’s my only regret in life that I’ll never get to meet them. It would be awesome to sit down with them and have a giggle about Mark, and find out more about them. It would be amazing for Mark as well. J

Now the fun questions:

Favorite junk food? That would have to be pizza. Every time. Proper thin-crust Italian pizza.

Tea or coffee? Why are you making me choose?? Um…..coffee! But only if it’s a Caramel Macchiato.

Favorite superhero(ine)? Why? Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman. But only hers, not later ones. I think I saw that particular Batman film when I was a teenager, and I loved that she was bad-ass and sarcastic, not wilting and screaming like the usual heroines in superhero films. This was years before Buffy, so most women I saw in that role were either completely evil, or good and wimpy.  I loved that she wasn’t really a bad person, but she kicked ass and laughed about it. And she loved cats. How can you not love cats?

Favorite fictional crush? JUST ONE? Woman, are you mad?? I can’t answer that with just one, so I’ll tell you my most recent instead. It’s this fallen blind angel dude called Domniel…he’s not out yet, but he’s featured in this book called ‘Lucius; The Fallen’, a book I’m publishing with MRP. It’s written by these two awesome authors called Tara S Wood and Lorecia Goings, and it comes out in April. 😉

Favorite color? Red. Love it. It’s the only colour I ever wear on my nails, and I have as many things as possible in red. It’s such a passionate, confident colour.

Favorite place you’ve visited? That would have to be Runswick in North Yorkshire. It’s about an hour’s drive from where I live, but it’s the most beautiful coastline ever, and the village itself is secluded with all these gorgeous little fishing cottages. They’re no longer allowed to build any modern houses there, so it’s all old cottages and Art Deco seaside buildings.

What’s one quirky or fun fact about you? Again, JUST ONE?? I’m kidding. Sort of. Hmm…I can do lots of accents. I’m a bit of a vocal chameleon, and I always pick up a little bit of people’s accents when I talk them—plus I moved around a bit when I was a kid. So sometimes I like to bemuse people by suddenly answering in an Australian burr, or a Texan drawl. As you do.

Yes, as you do. Thanks so much to Miranda for taking the time to answer all of my questions! Hopefully, you’ll pick up your copy of Vigilante of Shadows and get lost in this great new series. Also, keep reading below for a very special snippet of the next book in the “Scarlet Rain” series, Keeper of Shadows!!!

Grey clouds, grey buildings, grey people.

Life was grey.

Or red.

Psyche shivered as she allowed that thought to settle in her brain, before chasing it away hurriedly. She did not want to think about the colour red.

Because red meant death. Red meant…blood. For them.

Rain drizzled down around them, an early spring shower. Not that it bothered Psyche whether it was early or not. There was no spring, no seasons anymore. Only an endless cycle of days. When the sun came out, when it rained, when it snowed…none of it mattered. There were no days off. No holidays. Nothing. They had eradicated it all.

The only noise was the occasional murmur from the Clan members watching over the queues of people in front of the food booths, and a subdued cough or two. No birds were singing merrily; they apparently existed in the countryside. Psyche wouldn’t know, she had never been outside the city wall. As had no-one else she knew.

The line shuffled forwards. An older woman behind Psyche tutted under her breath as Psyche didn’t move forwards quickly enough to keep up with the rest of the line. As the woman took a step onward, she caught Psyche’s heel as she lifted her foot, sending her headlong. Psyche cried out as she tripped, flying towards the hard pavement below.

She threw her arms out to stop herself falling, but they grazed into the gravelly street, scraping her arms and sending fire zipping along them. She turned to shout at the woman, then froze in horror.

One of them was watching her, no more than a foot away. He smirked, his cold red eyes boring into her skull. His highly-polished boot tapped impatiently next to her arm, as if he were waiting for her to say something. She lowered her gaze to his, staring down at the damp street instead.

“I’m…sorry. I…t-tripped.”

“Yes. Yes, you did. Make sure it doesn’t happen again, or you’ll find yourself at the Factory.” He crouched down, curling his finger under her chin to force her to look at him. Psyche lifted her head, but kept her gaze lowered. All she could see from this viewpoint was his sharp, pale chin, and his thin cruel lips, bent into that arrogant smirk. He softened his tone as he spoke again, but it held a note of sadism. “And we wouldn’t want that, would we?”

Psyche shook her head silently. Her eyes caught that he had a scar running across his chin, nearly faded, but still just visible at this distance. He released her chin with a chuckle, and rose up. He stared down at her for a moment, before walking away, his footsteps ringing out in the quiet morning air.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you….Miranda Stork.

Miranda StorkI was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow. My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.
My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother’s Grimm’s tales…Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

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Release Day for Vigilante of Shadows (Book One of the Scarlet Rain Series) by Miranda Stork!

29 Nov

Hang on to your hats, folks!!! This is one I’ve been waiting for!! My dear friend and M-7 cohort, the lovely Miranda Stork is releasing the first in a new series that is guaranteed to leave you breathless and wanting more!!! Look at me, rambling….it’s her release day!!!

Today is the official release of Vigilante of Shadows! The beginning of a new series from Miranda Stork, the action begins fast and hard with a murder, an immortal murderer, and a bright young police officer caught in the action. Oh, and shadowpeople and a demon. Did I not mention those? Vigilante of Shadows sets the series off on a path that will be humourous, horrifying, and just a little bit steamy. A path where this time…the whole of humanity hangs in the balance.

Blurb:

Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…

Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

Excerpt:

He paced along speedily, hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans. The sounds of the night surrounded him–distant cat song, the steady hum of far-off cars, the soft sound of wind whistling underneath people’s windows. He loved being out at night, not because it was a time when his ‘kind’ were more active, but simply because it was so much quieter than the day. The sounds of people rushing around disappeared, and left a peaceful calm with the soothing darkness.

Of course, there were the voices in his head, but that was another story.

He shrugged his shoulders up, cutting off the wind whistling around his neck. He wasn’t particularly cold, but the noise was annoying when your ears were so sensitive that a pin dropping could sound like a two-ton weight.

Aodhan’s mind went back to the girl from the bar. He hadn’t meant to be so brisk with her, but it was really best that no-one got that close. He…didn’t do well with people any more. They always brought back memories of simpler times, of her. And besides that…he killed people. People who wouldn’t die if they hadn’t found out about them…

Aodhan was a demon.

A rare demon, as well, a shadow demon. He had been born to a Scottish clan just over eight-hundred years ago, to humans. Contrary to what he saw people believed in the media and books, demons were actually born to humans. There was no line of them, like vampires or werewolves. They were simply…random.

When he had been born, there were no noticeable signs of what he was. He just looked like any of the other babies born to them, strong and healthy, but definitely human.

As he grew older, he had shown great proficiency with all weapons, learning faster than any of the other boys in the clan. Even some of the boys older than him had a hard time keeping up. He was never big-headed about it though, simply trying to fit in with everyone else. However, the clan talked about how the strange-eyed boy was so much quicker and stronger than others twice his age, and whispered about ancient gods coming back to the earth. His looks weren’t too odd for his clan, everyone having black, brown, or auburn hair. But his eyes were odd. All others in his clan had mostly blue eyes; some of them had brown eyes. But he had startling clear green ones, more like a cat than a human.

When he was thirteen, he suddenly began developing strange growths near his temples. After going to see the clan’s wise woman about it, she simply cackled, and whispered, “Those who are given the gift of darkness, should not fear the unknown.” He had shaken off the wise woman’s words, telling himself that she had finally gone crazy.

The growths had developed further, until they started to look like small dark horns, about the length of his thumb. They curled close to the curve of his head, smooth with small ridges forming at each stage of their growth. Luckily, Aodhan’s hair grew wild and long, allowing him to cover them up as much as he could.

By the time his twentieth year was reached, he was a well-loved member of his clan. He was kind and helpful to all, and helped to fight off their enemies more times than he could count on both hands. But he was holding a dreadful secret from his clan. Since his horns had grown, he had also noticed many other things.

He had begun to…see things. Shadows.

When he was out hunting in the forest near to their home, he would think that he had seen someone moving in the trees behind him. But when he swung around to face them…nothing. Then he would hear a soft chuckle, his name being called on the wind. At night, in his bed as he tried to sleep, he would see black figures running around the walls.

He had tried to tell the wise woman of the village again, thinking them to be spirits sent to drive him mad, or something worse. She simply shook her head at him, and chuckled, rocking herself to and fro. He had got used to the shadows by now, drawing the blanket up over his head so that he couldn’t hear their taunting murmurs….

Aodhan suddenly stopped walking, snapping out of his daydream. He was sure he had seen one of…them. Looking all around, he scanned the buildings with his vivid eyes. The problem with them was that they could hide anywhere they chose–walls, buildings, floors, anywhere–especially at night.

The red brick buildings around him looked empty, the few alleyways just leading alongside the backs of houses, a small number of bins scattered about. No-one else was walking near him on the pavement, no sound anywhere.

Just as he was about to turn around and carry on walking, pulling his jacket up again, he heard something behind him. Something whispery and cold.

“Aodhan…”

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Bio:

I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.

My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother’s Grimm’s tales…Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

OFFICIAL RELEASE for Once Upon A Twisted Time!!!

30 Oct

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This is the official release day of Once Upon A Twisted Time, the first anthology from Moon Rose Publishing! A collection of dark adult fairytales, these stories will turn your idea of what a fairytale should be on its head! From Steampunk to Fantasy, there is something for everyone in this fantastic collection of four novellas. The novellas are based upon The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast-see if you can work out which one is which! It is now available on the Moon Rose Publishing site, and from Amazon!

Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post and enter to win some fabulous prizes!!!

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SONG OF THE ABYSS – Lindsay Avalon

Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.

MISS CAVENDISH AND THE SPARK OF SALVATION – Tara S. Wood

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In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There’s just one thing standing in her way, her aunt – Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt’s factories?

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HAWKE AND THE BEAST – Trish M. Dawson

Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch’s son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man’s heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.

REBORN CITY – Miranda Stork

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Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.

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Interview with Author Miranda Stork

2 Sep

ERIN by Miranda Stork

Welcome to The Tarasphere! I am so excited to bring you an amazingly talented author and great friend. We are celebrating the release of her paranormal romance, ERIN, the sequel to the much-beloved, CONNER!!!

Ever since I finished CONNER, I have been waiting for ERIN, so it was a treat to sit down with Miranda and find out a little bit more about her and her writing process.

But first, ERIN.

Description: Erin is the werewolf Queen of Athol Castle. She has no memories of the events of a few months ago, where she believed herself to be a psychologist, and met the enigmatic and charming Conner…

Filtiarn has taken over Conner’s body once more, and is relishing being in control. Cruel and sensual, he decides to work on a plan…to take over humanity. He begins a war…of werewolves against humans. But unknown to him, Conner is fighting against him within his own body, to set things right, and to bring Erin back from her own darkness. He tries to undo a great mistake from long ago, using Erin’s famed sword, Sioctine, as remnants of his own memory come back to him, opening up the present he now lives in.

At the same time, another enemy is using the situation to their advantage, following the werewolves at every turn, threatening to undo everything that Conner is struggling to obtain…

But will he be able to bring Erin back from Filtiarn’s grasp, or is it too late? And will he be able to stop the war against the humans progressing?

And who is threatening to take over not only the humans, but the werewolves as well?

Sounds enticing, no? Well, if that weren’t enough, take a look at the gorgeous trailer. If you don’t want to read this after watching the trailer….I weep for you.

Now, on to the interview!!!

What was your favorite part of the book?

Without giving too much away, I love the action scenes. It was a new experience for me, as there are a few parts where I have to write in quite big battle scenes. I had to keep the action at a fast pace, while at the same time building the tension and not rushing it too much by focusing on the small details.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

Definitely the end. ‘Conner’ was my baby, and ‘Erin’ is my second baby. Of any other characters I’ll ever write, I’m going to miss not writing about them anymore! I really did feel a tiny bit emotional as I wrote the last few sentences in.

What do you wish was different about the book?

I wish I’d been able to split it up a little more, in order to write another book and make it a trilogy. A trilogy may still happen, but it won’t be for a while yet, and if there is, it’s going to focus on their past.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Too many to mention! I have an enormous library of books, and I love them all. If I was forced to choose a few, they would have to be Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Adam Nevill, Stephen King, and Nicci French.

What sparked the idea for your novel?

It was the sequel to ‘Conner’, so it had to happen! I originally just meant ‘Conner’ to be a standalone book, but I soon realised that there was just too big a story there. So I had to take a little bit off ‘Conner’, and it became the beginning of ‘Erin’. I wanted it to explain more about Erin’s past, because there were so many unanswered questions. Then as I was writing these parts in, I wondered what she would do with her new-found power, alongside Filtiarn’s twisted ideals. That’s when I came up with the idea of a battle between humans and werewolves.

How personal is your writing?

Hmm…that’s an interesting question. Very few, if any, of my characters are based on real people, but my writing is personal in the sense that it’s a part of me. Every word I write down is a little piece of my soul going into the page. So in effect, when people read my books, they are reading a little about me. So I guess they are personal to me in that way.

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Pantster, definitely. Although I make notes. I tend to have an idea, and jot it down. I know what the beginning will be, a few events that will happen, and then a rough idea of the ending. But along the way, a new character jumps in and begs to be included, or a road twists another way, and I can see a different route. I like to have a framework, but then I find it better to let the story be organic, and decide itself where it’s going. I have to whip it back into shape now and then, but other than that, it flows in its own way.

What is your writing routine?

I always need to have other tasks out of the way first. If I have housework, or blog tasks, or anything else, I always have to get them done first. Otherwise my mind can’t concentrate properly. Then when I’m writing I like to have the TV on in the background like white noise, and I’ve always got to have plenty to drink. And I write every day. Even if I don’t write very much, or most of my writing is on a blog post, I make sure I write every day. Other than that, I don’t think I have much of a routine.

Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?

For me they’re sort of the same thing. My novels tend to be very character driven, so it’s like the old question of the chicken and the egg. The character’s stories usually are the ideas for my novels, as most of the events in them lead back to something that someone is or did.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I don’t think I actively chose it. I’ve always loved darker, more gritty tales, even as a child. I always preferred Little Red Riding Hood, or Beauty and the Beast over sweeter tales. I think Conner started out as horror, but then Erin came in and I added a little romance and erotica…and then on top of this it’s a psychological thriller. And you could even argue that most of the events within the books push it into fantasy. So even now I have difficulty deciding which genre to put it in, and settle for Paranormal Fantasy, and Horror Thrillers. I like that though, that I can just write a story, and not have to pin myself down into one particular ‘type’.

How did you come up with the title?

That was an easy part. ‘Conner’ was so named because it, basically, about him. ‘Erin’ is more about Erin herself, although it really becomes about both of them. They were originally going to be named ‘Darkness Returns’, and ‘Darkness Retreats’, but to use their names seemed so much stronger.

What project are you working on now?

A few things! I have my next novel, ‘Vigilante of Shadows’ coming out in early December, which will be the first novel in a series called, “Scarlet Rain”, and a few people are Beta reading it for me now. Then I have the next novella in my ‘Bassinville Witches Series’ coming out in September. I’m also currently writing my fourth novel, which will be number two in the ‘Scarlet Rain’ series.

Are there certain themes you like to address in your writing?

Although on the surface it would seem not, I do have a few. In both ‘Conner’ and ‘Erin’, there are a lot of issues I feel passionate about in real life that I touch upon. I am basically an eco-warrior masquerading as a nicely-dressed author, and a Pagan to add to that. So I feel very strongly about people destroying the Earth around them, and each other. This is one of Filtiarn’s driving forces for wanting to get rid of man-kind. Obviously I don’t want that to happen! But it seemed appropriate for the evil version of someone who felt the same to do. In my next novel, it deals with the question of justice for those who deserve it, and what we should do about it. I like to take real-life issues and weave them into my fictional novels.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Do it, but be prepared to work very, very, very hard if you want to make a real go of it. If you just want it to be a hobby, write your book, and leave it for people to read. But if you want to be a writer who makes a living for writing, most of your life will become work-and that’s not including the actual writing. You have to promote yourself constantly, and remember to do the same for others. Which leads onto my other advice. I’ve found a huge, caring indie community of writers online, and if you are just starting out, come and makes friends with us! Learn as many tips as you can, listen to constructive criticism from others, and enjoy being part of a vibrant community! And always pass your tips on to others, don’t forget who helped you out on the way up.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism I’ve received would have to be when I first published ‘Conner’ years ago. I let a few people read it, and they basically picked it apart at the seams. So I left it for a few years, and didn’t do anything more about it. It took me two years before I hardened up, thought about what they had said, and sifted through it again. I changed whole chunks of it, and added a few in as well. The result was published in May, and is the copy you can get now. But it was good, because any criticism I get now washes over me, and I focus on the constructive parts that the person is trying to tell me. The best compliment so far is when someone said my book could make it onto the NYT best-seller lists. While I’m not too sure whether it could or not, it was fantastic to get such a compliment.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

One person would definitely be Charles Dickens. I’d love to pick his brain for writing tips, as I loved his style of turning what could have been negative events in his life into gritty, humorous novels. My second guest would be Elizabeth I. I think that she was an amazing Queen; and a pioneer for women in that she was the first truly successful Queen that people loved. She did a lot of things that men before (and after) her had failed at. Annnd my third guest would be Hiddles. Sadly, nothing intellectual there, just something nice to look at. Although it’s Hiddles, I’m sure he’ll be intellectual.

I agree. Tom Hiddleston is most definitely an intellectual. A sexy one. But, enough!! Here’s more about Miranda and where you can find her and her books.

Bio: I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow. My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.
My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother’s Grimm’s tales…Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

Miranda’s Links:

All of Miranda’s books can be found at her Amazon Author page. Go. Read. Get sucked in to the fantastic worlds she creates. But since we’re celebrating the release of this phenomenal sequel, I’ll make it easy for you!! Go here now and pick up your copy of ERIN!! You won’t be disappointed!!

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