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Author Interview Crywolf

Have you been writing for a long time?

At the age of twelve, I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I hate the ending and rewrote it in a state of fury. That fury pushed me to write entire “bonus chapters” that slipped seamlessly into the original story with a five part epilogue to tie everything together.

That piece of rubbish circulated my entire school. That year I think more kids read The Outsiders (with the printed booklet supplement courtesy of me) than ever before. Some teachers asked to read it. Of course, I said ‘no.’ I really didn’t need my Literature teacher to know that I spent most of her class fantasizing about Ponyboy and Cherry’s torrid affair or Dallas and Johnny’s doomed romance.

I still have the pages I wrote to this day. (No, you can’t see them.)

What inspired you to start a writing career?

At the age of thirteen, I discovered that SE Hinton published The Outsiders at the age of sixteen. I was determined to “beat” that score. I didn’t, but I was published by a small Canadian press at the age of 19.  I consider that a win.

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

The book is part of a series, and it takes place in New Gotham. New Gotham is my gothic city and the root of any book I write. She’s almost a character herself.

Why did you choose this genre?

I find writing the blend of genres challenging. I enjoy celebrating my roots, and I strive to celebrate all my favorite storytellers by retelling classical literature, folklore, and fairy tales. Urban fantasy is my comfort zone, as it blends my love of historical fiction, high fantasy, and horror.

Any gender pairing is usually the result of characterization. I never intend to include LGBT romance in my stories. I do intend to tell a good story, and that requires a significant character arc of growth, which in turn requires that I pair people together based on how they can help one another grow.

In the end, I need a challenge or I get bored. I also find freedom in representing creatures that are very much like us, human, yet different enough that they can offer an outside, objective perspective on humanity.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Talent is a baseless word. Talent is based on perception, perception is limited. Don’t stop developing your craft, don’t stop reading, and don’t stop striving. Don’t ever think you’ve mastered writing. The moment you think you’ve mastered this skill is the exact moment your ego has mastered you.

 

About the Book

Title: Cry Wolf

Author: Greta Stone

Genre: M/M Urban fantasy

Everything you know is a lie.

Sly fox, misanthrope, and resident comic nerd, Peter, has earned his nickname as the Boy Who Cried Wolf. He’s surrounded by chaos.  It doesn’t matter if Peter has angelic intentions or diabolical plans—mass pandemonium will ensue. When he mimics the howl of a long-lost friend, the consequences are disastrous.

With no recollection of his past, the wolf, Luca, remains hidden in the shadows.  Otherwise, he’ll have no future.  But when someone steals Luca’s howl and forces him to investigate, he ends up stranded with a mouthy fox who insists they were friends once upon a time.

The Underwood is a dangerous place.

They have two choices: work together or die.

Experience the timeless story of friendship, love, and loss in a Gothic, realistic retelling of your favorite childhood classics, Aesop’s fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf and David P. Mannix’s classic novel The Fox and the Hound.

 

 

Author Bio

Greta is the unruly offspring of a tiger and a dragon. She spends most of her time reading, stalking Goodreads, and harassing other authors with pranks.

 

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Giveaway

How to Win a Free e-Book Copy of Cry Wolf

The first 5 people to comment on one of Greta Stone’s tour post will automatically win a free e-book copy of Cry Wolf. Available formats include: mobi, pdf, epub, and prc. Interested parties should email newgotham1@gmail.com with their e-book format preference for their prizes. Greta will submit prizes at the end of each tour day.

Get a book and cozy up on the couch with a rude mug!

Nothing beats reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea. This is precisely a horde of gremlins ransacked Granny’s kitchen and stole all her mugs.  Each one is inspired by a different character in the book, and signed by the character.

Granny Sole’s Mug:

“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”

Peter’s Mug:

“Oh, for ‘fox’ sake.”

Luca’s Mug:

“Keep calm and demand trial by combat.”

Elderstone Keys – What’s the big deal?

There is a house in New Gotham that is rumored to be haunted. No one has lived in it since the Great Depression, and no one can recall what its last occupants looked like, what they did for a living or where they went. Only one is fated to enter and learn its secrets. Anytime I host a contest, I give away keys to Elderstone. The person who collects ten of them is fated to own the house.

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Release Blitz CIN

About the Book

LIMITED EDITION! This offer will not be online once book three is released.

Now, you can own the limited edition of both CIN and TRAITOR, plus deleted scenes! Get ready for Ally’s Secret, book three! Order and email the other your receipt through the newsletter (http://www.christinaleighpritchard.com) and get all the short stories (all 12, plus the free bonus stories given through the newsletter).

CIN, book one:

The Doctor said I should be dead.

My heart beat furiously. I looked up at the flashes of lightning in the sky. Yes, I should be dead.

Why wasn’t I?

Short Synopsis:

Seventeen year old Lisa Brown’s life is falling apart. First, her mother and father divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital.

If that weren’t enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. The city where the locals chant “Lynn, Lynn, city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.”

And, they aren’t kidding. Lisa must live in a tiny shack with two strange teenagers, a dog named Pig who growls when you look at him and a cat named Rat. “Mind the cat,” everyone says. What the heck is wrong with this place?

Lisa thinks she’s landed in her own house of horrors with the anti-social Alex and his facetious sister Ally. But, the real drama begins the day she is struck by lightning…

Traitor, book two:

Lisa thinks she knows everything about her new life. She can deal with the boundaries and even being torn away from her family. But Alex withheld more than she ever expected. Like, what happens when you lose control? How about when you begin to realize just how trapped you are? He leaves out a lot of stuff about himself too. He doesn’t mention the dangers of some of the others—or of what she herself can do…

BONUS: Amie’s Journal .5

Deleted scenes from the original version of Traitor.
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Author Bio

Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida. Her first stories were written at the age of nine in wide ruled spiral notebooks (which were supposed to be used for class) and in the various diaries she kept. Stories she wrote from age nine to twelve fill about four storage boxes!

Since she’s upgraded to a computer, she’s completed over fifty books and still going strong. Her genre’s include dark fantasy, young adult, drama, suspense, historical romance, multicultural, comedy, poetry and many more.

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Book Release Raven’s Peak

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About the Book

unnamedTitle: Raven’s Peak

Author: Lincoln Cole

Genre: Horror / Urban Fantasy

A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.

Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger.

Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

Author Bio

unnamedLincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

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Promo Post The Guicai Talisman

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About the Book

Guicai Talisman.CoverTitle: The Underground Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, PI: The Guicai Talisman

Author: A.M. Griffin

Genre: Urban Fantasy

What does a woman have to do to prove she belongs in the Undercity? Sure, I’m unclassed and only half paranormal, but that doesn’t mean I can’t solve cases. Since the established PI’s won’t acknowledge my right to a territory, I’m taking jobs from whoever will hire me, doing what I do best…proving myself to be a bad-ass problem solver. Which is how I find myself breaking into Zaid’s house, looking for a talisman my witch client says the very powerful vampire stole.

Now, I can make flowers grow, hear the wind’s whispers and talk to animals, but I don’t have the gift of seeing the future. If I did, I’d have known not to take this case. Because no matter the outcome, nothing good can come from messing with the Guicai Talisman, or it’s far too gorgeous guardian.

Cover art provided by Erik Reeves http://facebook.com/Erikreevesart

The next book in the series…

The Lycan Job

The Lycan JobHRBeing hired by the Alpha of the Lycan pack to solve the mystery of his son’s death could make my name as a PI in the Undercity—if it doesn’t get me killed first. Not only am I looking for a perp who obviously won’t hesitate to commit murder, but even before I get working on the problem I’m being threatened. That’s not going to stop me though. Neither is interference from Zaid, the hot Vampire who keeps popping up at the most inopportune times.

Yet this turns out to be anything but a straightforward case. I’m learning more about the workings of the Undercity than ever before, and what I’m finding out is pretty ugly. It’s making me question everything I thought I knew about the Houses, and what I’m missing by not being claimed by my father. But that may well be a question I won’t get a chance to ponder, because even tapping into every ability I possess might not be enough to help me survive the Lycan Job.

Author Bio

AMGriffinA. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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Release Blitz The Guicai Talisman

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About the Book

Guicai Talisman.CoverTitle: The Underground Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, PI: The Guicai Talisman

Author: A.M. Griffin

Genre: Urban Fantasy

What does a woman have to do to prove she belongs in the Undercity? Sure, I’m unclassed and only half paranormal, but that doesn’t mean I can’t solve cases. Since the established PI’s won’t acknowledge my right to a territory, I’m taking jobs from whoever will hire me, doing what I do best…proving myself to be a bad-ass problem solver. Which is how I find myself breaking into Zaid’s house, looking for a talisman my witch client says the very powerful vampire stole.

Now, I can make flowers grow, hear the wind’s whispers and talk to animals, but I don’t have the gift of seeing the future. If I did, I’d have known not to take this case. Because no matter the outcome, nothing good can come from messing with the Guicai Talisman, or it’s far too gorgeous guardian.

Cover art provided by Erik Reeves http://facebook.com/Erikreevesart

The next book in the series…

The Lycan Job

The Lycan JobHRBeing hired by the Alpha of the Lycan pack to solve the mystery of his son’s death could make my name as a PI in the Undercity—if it doesn’t get me killed first. Not only am I looking for a perp who obviously won’t hesitate to commit murder, but even before I get working on the problem I’m being threatened. That’s not going to stop me though. Neither is interference from Zaid, the hot Vampire who keeps popping up at the most inopportune times.

Yet this turns out to be anything but a straightforward case. I’m learning more about the workings of the Undercity than ever before, and what I’m finding out is pretty ugly. It’s making me question everything I thought I knew about the Houses, and what I’m missing by not being claimed by my father. But that may well be a question I won’t get a chance to ponder, because even tapping into every ability I possess might not be enough to help me survive the Lycan Job.

Author Bio

AMGriffinA. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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Guest Post The Demon’s Grave

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I would like to welcome E.M. MacCallum to my blog, author of dark urban fantasy “The Demon’s Grave”. The author talks about editing process today.

Topic: Editing Process

This is one of the most annoying things about writing a story, and probably the most important. I’ve dabbled in trying to find a pattern, and eventually came down to a few set rules that haven’t steered me wrong, yet. This is subject to change, and might not work forever, but I like it so far. I have three stages of editing.

Stage One:
Re-read. I go through the whole story, fill holes that I missed, or take away scenes that are unimportant. I cut, slash, copy, and paste. It’s basically a giant mess. My desk will be coated in sticky notes, My phone full of new ideas in the Notes, and my frustration levels at their highest. But, once it’s done, it’s a dang good feeling. This is the longest stage ever, but if I learned anything when growing up on a farm it’s that you don’t want to shovel manure, but someone has to do it.

Stage Two:
I go through the chapters, never in order. I will go through the sentences this time. If the story isn’t in order then I’m less likely to get caught up in reading the actual story. My mind tends to do that, then I get caught in the whirlwind of Stage One. It’s better to just clip and snip sentences and find words that I use far too often and wipe them clean, or find a new way to say what I’m trying to convey. This one is tedious, but I find it crisps things up, makes them a little prettier. I need a lot of caffeine for this stage.

Stage Three:
The final read through. I export that puppy as a PDF, send it to my phone or iPad, or whatever that has “Voice Over”.  I listen to it. I listen to every word (typos always exist), how the story flows, what feels right/wrong. I’ll make notes as I go as well. This is usually seven to eight hours of my time, so I keep it on a day I don’t have plans. Once the notes are all gathered, the next day is usually implementing them if I can’t while listening. This stage is my favorite, unless I find major problems. If I do, I go back to Stage One, then back to Stage Three again. Eventually, it does come out of a ringer, and when it does, I like to be proud of it.

Thanks for allowing me time on your blog!

About the Book

The Demon's Grave front cover draftTitle: The Demon’s Grave

Author: E.M. MacCallum

Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy

When strange shadows and messages plague Nora’s daily life she fears for her sanity. To escape questions from her family, Nora joins her friends on a weekend getaway. Despite not liking Aidan Birket, Nora finds his remote, Victorian house charming. Until they discover the marble doorway on the third floor and, against Nora’s better judgment, they open it.

Trespassing into an unfamiliar world called the Demon’s Grave, the group face a charismatic demon and six nightmarish Challenges as punishment. Those that make it to the end can go home, but those that don’t will be his forever. Friendships are tested, secrets revealed and sacrifices will be made.

Nora battles zombies, doppelgängers, eyeless bikers, and the demon—whose interests are more than just a game of cat and mouse. If it’s all in her head, then it should be easy. But, if not, it means the demon knows about her sticky past, and the death of her twin sister.

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Author Bio

EMMacCallum Author PhotoE.M. loves long walks through bookstores, Disney, horror movies/books, anything supernatural, and researching random facts. She lives by a lake out in the Canadian wilderness with internet access, her husband, and a rag-tag band of pets.

“The Demon’s Grave” trilogy came out mid-2015

“Zombie-Killer Bill” novella will be re-released 2015

If you’d like to know more, please visit: www.emmaccallum.com

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Release Day Party Strained

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strained_originalTitle: Strained

Author: Marcia Colette

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Alexa is keeping a secret from her husband and being half werewolf isn’t it. After all, he’s a full-blood and doesn’t care that there are those who think their union is an abomination. Despite their abnormalities, the Yorks have settled into suburbia and gone out of their way to look like the couple next door.

Their rouse may have fooled an entire community, but not the Georgia Pack. The Yorks have encroached on their territory. Most interlopers end up dead, especially when the bounties on their heads invite stalkers, killers, and psychos to collect. Despite the trouble the Yorks have brought with them, the domestic suburbanites have intrigued the pack.

Alexa’s less domestic than she seems. Eight months ago, her bounty hunting club disbanded after several team members lost their lives in an ambush. Since then, the club has reemerged and are expecting Alexa to take her rightful place among the ranks.

Keeping the truth from her husband about her extracurricular activities will strain the Yorks’ marriage and risk everything they’ve worked hard for. But, that’s the price Alexa pays when her deception becomes deadlier than her aim. A deception that also keeps her alive.

Author Bio

Author Marcia Colette didn’t start out reading or writing books. She had earned a bachelors in Biomedical Engineering before going on to complete her Masters in Information Technology.

While riding the MBTA train back and forth to her job in Boston as a software consultant, she picked up a copy of John Saul and never looked back. It wasn’t long after that when she started writing her own stories. Five years later, she signed a contract with Double Dragon eBooks to publish her first urban fantasy novel.

Her next novel was a paranormal romance entitled Unstable Environment and was picked up by Parker Publishing, LLC. She went on to sell her next urban fantasy entitled Stripped to Samhain Publishing, LLC. During that time, she also released Bittersweet (YA), Hazardous Environment (Paranormal Romance), The Spider Inside Her (Urban Fantasy), and Deadlier by the Dozen (Urban Fantasy) under her own independent publishing label Dusk Till Dawn Books. She has sold several short stories and novellas to Mocha Memoirs Press and has continued her Alexa York series with Purple Sword Publications.

Marcia also writes science fiction under another pen name.

Still holding her own as an IT Manager, Marcia is a single mom who lives in South Carolina.

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Website: http://www.marciacolette.com

Blog: http://marciacolette.wordpress.com

Publisher: http://purplesword.com/

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