Saturday, November 16, 2019

Guest Post by Sue Dent

Today's Guest Post is Sue  Dent, author of the Thirsting for Blood horror fantasy series. Enjoy.

In 2005, I enrolled my now 20-year-old son in kindergarten and sent my now 26-year-old daughter on her way to the seventh grade. It seemed the perfect time to pursue publishing my stories so that others could enjoy them as much as I did. Perhaps they would enjoy them enough for me to make a living off of writing. I had several stories to choose from, but I wanted to start with something fresh. I decided on vampires. I grew up with Dark Shadows and never lost my love for Barnabus and Quentin Collins. Therefore, with my new free time, I scribed my first vampire/werewolf novel but struggled with a title for it. I ventured out to a nearby mall at one point to think about this. Upon entering, I spied a banner stretched from one side of the ceiling to the other, that read; “Never Cease” . . . something, something, something. Ceese was one of the main characters in my story, and so the title was born. I did so enjoy the comments by some potential readers, “Why should I read this book? The author can’t even spell.” And this was after receiving reviews from the likes of Eric Wilson of “Fireproof” fame.


Though I had a relatively complete MS for Never Ceese, I felt something about it was missing when I read through it. I decided to find someone who might help me figure out what that “something” might be. I searched for and found “professional” editor Arlene W. Robertson. Together she and I whipped Never Ceese into shape. At the end of it all, I had an MS with a guaranteed less than 2 percent error rate and a chunk of change now invested in my debut novel. It paid off, though. I got picked up by a “traditional” publisher because they knew they didn’t have to invest in an edit. They paid me an advance against royalties, (that never came) and printed 5000 hard copies with dust covers of Never Ceese and took me to Book Expo America in 2006 to sign 500 copies to give away to libraries and visitors. I even had someone offer to make my never-read-by-anyone book into a movie. I left the BEA wondering what the heck just happened.

I spent the bulk of my time at the BEA hanging out with Captain Jack Sparrow. Who wouldn’t? Yes, I spent the day with Johnny! Johnny O’Kelly, that is, an impeccable Capt. Jack Sparrow and my obsession.



During the time I was with this publisher, I (not my publisher) submitted Never Ceese to be considered for a Bram Stoker award. It ended up making the Preliminary Ballot for Superior Achievement in a First Novel the year Jonothan Mayberry won in that category with Ghost Road Blues.

An honor.

When I shared this information with my publisher, they responded with, “let us know when you win.” Because of making the preliminary ballot (I’m guessing) The British Fantasy Society contacted me and wanted to know if they could review “Never Ceese.” They have asked to review every book I’ve written since then. Forever Richard even made the 2009 BFS Long List.

Shortly after all of this happened, my first publisher went under and sold all my books to a liquidator. I was picked up by a second “traditional” publisher who helped me get Forever Richard out before they too fell to the dreaded return policy set up between big publishers and bookstores during the depression to help bookstores survive.  (I won’t get into that here, but I do so love to talk about it if you ever want to hit me up for a nice long chat.)

Mr. Nicholas “Halloween” Grabowsky (author of Halloween IV and reviewer of Never Ceese) offered to help me with his publishing company, Black Bed Sheet Books, which enabled me to get onto my own self-publishing feet with S D Enterprises where I do it all! Book covers, formatting, my website, you name it — all but the editing. I still get help with that as I want to appeal to as many readers as possible.
I have a new goal for my writing now, though, and it isn’t to make a living with it. My new goal is to make back all of the money I’ve invested thus far. After that, shoot, I’ll give my books away or at least only charge what it costs to print them and ship them.     




Never Ceese 
Thirsting For Blood Book 1 
by Sue Dent 
Genre: Horror Fantasy 
Publisher: S D Enterprises 
Publication Date: July 25, 2018


What happens when a determined werewolf and a skeptical vampire join forces at the request of an aging friend?

Will they succeed in finding a way to rid themselves of their respective curses in spite of their natural hatred for each other or will they suffer at the hands of a radical and evil stem cell researcher who wants the fame and immortality he believes their blood will give him?


Forever Richard 
Thirsting For Blood Book 2 
Publication Date: July 28, 2018


A new vampire inhabiting Richard's castle, a stranger with the alleged knife of the Akedah, a malevolent werewolf stalking Ceese, and the impossible-to-kill Dr. Henderson.

Now mortal once again, Richard and Ceese thought their troubles were behind them. What will they do when they learn that isn't true? And how will they survive the new evil that threatens to destroy them all?



Cyn No More 
Thirsting For Blood Book 3 
Publication Date: September 4, 2019


A vampire dead set on reclaiming what it lost. A father determined to save his son from the evil that stalks him and an ancient good. Can Richard be saved from Cyn? Vampires, Werewolves and the Daoine Maithe. 



**Coming Soon!!** 
Penny For Your Thoughts 
Thirsting For Blood Book 4


The saga continues. Cassie's boyfriend Darrell arrives with proof that her mother is still alive in spite of what Grandmother Penny told her. 

Rodney struggles with emotions he can't believe he's having for Ceese and an old flame pushes the boundaries of Penny and Richard's new-found relationship. Will Professor Henderson finally succeed in changing Ceese back into a werewolf for his own diabolical purposes? 




Sue Dent hails from Mississippi and is the author of Never Ceese and Forever Richard the first two installments in her Thirsting for Blood Series. Her debut novel Never Ceese appeared on the 2007 preliminary ballot for a Bram Stoker Award. Her second book in her Thirsting for Blood Series, Forever Richard, made the 2010 long-list at the British Fantasy Society. 

Both Never Ceese and Forever Richard made the 2009 Pluto Award long-list with Never Ceese moving onto the top three books short-listed. Never Ceese was also Book Club Choice of the month at the American Christian Fiction Writers Association in May of 2007 when Sue was a member. Sue no longer pays to be a member due to the fact that the ACFW is a writer's group designed to help author's find homes with CBA niche market publishers. Sue is currently a member of HWA, Horror Writer's of America. 

Dent’s stories continue to appeal to general market readers with surprise appeal to the denominationally discriminative (niche market CBA member publisher's serve. Ms. Dent likes to point out that though her work appeals to readers of this niche market, she does not write specifically for that market which is why you won't find her work in CBA member bookstores or rather on any shelf at any Christian Retailer or even listed on-line at member on-line bookstores such as Christianbook.com. 



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

When The Whistler Calls



When the Whistler Calls
by Carla Day
Genre: Psychological Suspense

Print Length: 166 pages
Publisher: Gator House Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2019 

What if everything you knew about your life turned out to be a lie? And the people who you love and trust the most, aren't who they say they are?Meet Rosie Morgan. After news of her husband's fatal car crash, Rosie learns of his secret life. A life that will put her in the path of a sinister nightmare and The Whistler. As Rosie's dreams of the whistling man become more real, she will stop at nothing to figure out his identity. While searching, a dark doorway opens to her childhood, where more secrets unravel, leaving her questioning who she really is.Will she find out what The Whistler wants before it is too late? Or will her past catch up to her? Who is Rosie Morgan?


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Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? 
I became interested in writing at the age of thirty, after my son was born, although I've always been a storyteller and daydreamer. It used to get me in trouble at school. When I was a kid, I used to imagine all sorts of crazy things and sketch them and jot them down, not really knowing when I would ever use them. They came in handy when I started writing seriously. I believe I was born to be a writer. 

What is something unique/quirky about you? 
I love to sit in cafes and listen to conversations and to people watch. It's great research. All kinds of people end up in my stories. Just look out for the woman with a notebook and pen and mischievous look in her eye, when you are at a coffee shop, it could be me. That sounds weird writing it down! 

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! 
I once got caught having a pee behind a bush at a music  festival as a double decker bus went by full of party goers shouting…well, you can imagine. 

What are some of your pet peeves? 
I hate when people in literary circles tell you to try emulate another writer to get noticed. I think my voice is unique enough. I wouldn't want to emulate anyone else. In fact, I try not to read the genre I write too much for fear of adapting a style that's not mine. 

Where were you born/grew up at? 
Leicestershire, in a village with its own castle. I had a magical childhood. 
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? 
Cuddling my son. 

Who is your hero and why? 
My son. He's everything I dreamed he would be. 

What kind of world ruler would you be? 
I'd be a terrible ruler, I'm too much of a free spirit, the world would be in chaos. I hate rules. 

What are you passionate about these days? 
Animal welfare. I love animals, I'd like a farm one day with a pig and a goat and a few chickens. 

What do you do to unwind and relax? 
Drink red wine, hike hills and mountains and walk the beach with my girl dog, collecting sea things. And of course, read… 

How to find time to write as a parent? 
I write at odd times. 

Describe yourself in 5 words or less! 
Quirky, Caring. Creative. Adventurous and loving. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
At the age of 9

Do you have a favorite movie? 
I have no favourites of anything. There's too much of everything theses days to pick just one. Life's full of wonder. 

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
When The Whistler Calls 
And Colours of Her Rainbow.( Out soon…) 

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I'm always on a pilgrimage. Usually on top of a mountain. 

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Most definitely a Peacock. 





Carla was born in Leicestershire in 1970, to parents Barrie and Pamela Day. She moved from place to place, not really settling anywhere for any length of time but collecting life stories along the way, which she would one day pen, on a weather-beaten log in Wales, with her dog by her side.



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Monday, November 11, 2019

Get to Know Bea from Awakening


Awakening Character Interview: Bea


I know a lot of people are excited to meet you so tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Oh, honey… we could be here all day if I started rattling on about myself. I highly doubt your audience wants to know about my big dreams and all that. The youngsters here will tune out in the first thirty seconds thanks to those 3-second Snap Chat attention spans. So, instead, how about you make me a quick cup of peppermint tea with all that extra time, dear?


Let's start this off easy, what's your favorite thing to do?

That is easy. People watch.


What makes you angry? Are you short-tempered? How do you overcome your anger?

Oh, I used to be short tempered, but that was ages ago. I’d like to think I’ve mellowed out in my old age. But I’ll tell you what doesn’t get my bra in a bunch—people who waste their gifts and go to the grave without ever really testing them out.


What is your most cherished childhood memory?

Bwa! Childhood! Pretty sure I sprung outta the darkness like Athena outta Zeus’ cranium—battle armor and all.


What about If you were given complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?

Hmmm, that’s a doozy. A complete fresh start, eh… I think I’d like to be a writer. I could tell some doggone good stories. They have to at least be better than the ending of that dang Game of Thrones.


Boxers or Briefs?

Oh, honey, why would you waste the energy on underwear. If you got it, flaunt it, you know what I’m saying? Besides, then there’s nothing you gotta peel off.



How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?

312, dear. Precisely. I counted them myself.


Tell our readers why we should read your book.

Book? How did you know there was a book? Did someone get all persnickety and spill the beans? It was Mike wasn’t it? Well, no matter. You should obviously buy the book because I’m in it. What else would matter?




Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds
Carissa Andrews
Publication date: November 12th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ.
Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality.
The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago?
One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases.
If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!


Author Bio:
Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, award-winning graphic designer, indie author coach, and internationally bestselling author from Crosslake Minnesota. She is the President of the Lakes Area Writers Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit for writers in central Minnesota, as well as the owner of Author Revolution, LLC – an organization geared toward helping new authors navigate the waters of indie publishing. For 2020, Carissa has her sights set on becoming a NYT or USA Today Bestselling Author with her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. You can learn more about Carissa, her services, and her upcoming novels by visiting her websites: www.carissaandrews.com, www.authorrevolution.org, or authorrevolution.teachable.com

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

web of echos


Deep Echoes
Web of Echoes Book 1
by Melody Ash
Genre: Time Travel Adventure 

She's a no-holds-barred, kick-butt, don't-cover-the-ugly-parts archaeologist. History wants to teach her a lesson.​


The journey begins with a backpack and lip gloss.

Caitlin Benoit finds her blood quickened by a new, intriguing site. An initial exploration leads to the discovery of a mysterious river rock with peculiar etchings. Puzzled, she breaks all the rules to examine the stone closer.

When she brushes away the dirt, 2017 folds away to leave Caitlin standing in pre-Civil War Charleston. As she tries to work out how she time traveled to 1859, Caitlin learns the terrifying risk she poses even while she tries to return home.






Northern Echoes
Web of Echoes Book 2

She's a no-holds-barred, kick-butt, don't-cover-the-ugly-parts archaeologist. History wants to teach her a lesson.


Adventures are launched with a parlor and a sword.

Caitlin Benoit assumed the next destination would be her time, her world. Instead, the stone thrusts her further into the past and onto a different continent. Now in 1831 England, she's discovered by William, the Duke of Lancaster. By sheer luck, he's willing to allow her into his manor.

While she fights to gain a footing in this new time, Caitlin discovers the stone also ripped John from Charleston. Everything she thought she knew about how the stone worked is false, and neither of them understand how to escape the grip of the past.

As they work to uncover the mystery of the stone, an acquaintance of the Duke plots an intricate scheme certain to destroy them all. She and John must solve the puzzle, in an unknown amount of time, or risk getting stuck--or buried--in 1831.





Sunken Echoes
Web of Echoes Book 3


She's a no-holds-barred, kick-butt, don't-cover-the-ugly-parts archaeologist. History wants to teach her a lesson.


Discovery has an hourglass and a necklace.

Caitlin lands hard on the decks of an infamous ship--with only 24 hours before it sinks, and John is missing.
Trapped in 1912 on the Titanic, sand is slipping through the hourglass as she tries to jump ship before it plunges to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. She meets Elizabeth, a woman with valuable knowledge about time travel and how it works. Yet nothing is ever easy, and her new friend's memory proves to be unreliable.
As Caitlin searches for John, the grains of time slip away. She must put the pieces together, or she'll find herself in lying in a cursed grave at the bottom of the ocean.



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Melody grew up loving the endless possibilities fantasy and Sci-Fi held between their pages or played on the big screen. At age ten, she picked up a pencil and began coming up with stories of her own that toyed with other worlds and the mysteries of this one.


When she's not delving into the worlds created by words, she's digging into Ghiradelli chocolates and creating memories with her families.






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