Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spotlight on Dilys J. Carnie


Bio:

My home is on the beautiful island of Anglesey on the west coast of North Wales with my family. I am extremely close to all my family members and enjoy spending time with them. I am the proud mother of two grown up *children* My daughter Emma is a primary school teacher and my son Christopher is part of the family business. Anglesey has been my home since the age of eleven after moving here with my mum and dad and three sisters from Scotland.



Blurb:

A lone woman…a mysterious stranger…and a secret. 

When Daisy Wallace meets Micah, a man of mystery, she is bowled over by an instant attraction. A passionate encounter follows, but he's holding back and Daisy doesn't understand why. 

Micah King has been retained by a client to locate the triplet daughters that she gave up for adoption, and he's pretty sure Daisy is the youngest of the girls. He wants to tell Daisy the truth, but before he can he needs to verify that she is indeed the woman he's looking for. He never meant to get involved with her, but she's just so tempting. 

When Daisy finds out the truth will she be able to forgive Micah's lie by omission? After all, he's deceived her from the first moment she laid eyes on him, and she's had her fill of deceitful men. And can she forgive the woman who gave her up thirty years ago? 

Excerpt:

She frowned as she opened the refrigerator and pulled out the coffee canister. She still wasn’t sure what the heck he was doing on Ocracoke. His evasive attitude was a little disturbing.
“Hiya…hiya.”
Daisy turned around and smiled. “Hiya, Amy.”
The radio was playing some pop music that made Daisy feel old but Amy seemed to love it as she danced up and down in her high chair.
“You like the music, honey?”
“Hiya, hiya.”
“Hiya, Amy.” She laughed as she turned to make a pot of coffee.
Katie would be delighted to know her daughter was saying a word that was actually intelligible.
“Good morning.”
She turned to face Micah and almost knocked the piece of toast she was spreading with strawberry jelly for Amy onto the floor.
“Morning.” She cleared her throat of the croakiness that had suddenly appeared. “Breakfast will be about fifteen minutes. If you want to go and sit in the dining room, I’ll bring you some coffee.”
Physically, he was everything she thought a man should be. He was gorgeous. There wasn’t a flaw to be seen. She even liked the way his dark hair was graying at the temples.
“No need, I can pour my own coffee.” And he walked toward her, stopped in front of her, and reached above her for a cup. She picked up the scent of soap and pine needles, and inhaled deeply before he moved away to pour from the jug.
“Hello, munchkin.” He tickled Amy under the chin and sat down beside her, despite her sticky fingers and the flying pieces of toast that didn’t seem to bother him.
“Hiya, hiya.” She giggled, slapping down on the remainder of her breakfast, tipping it straight on to the floor with a splat. 

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Author in the Spotlight: Tara Fox Hall




http://www.tarafoxhall.com


Bio:

I'm an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. My writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. I am the author of the paranormal action-adventure fantasy Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. I also coauthored (with Eric Dietrich) the nonfiction book Forbidden Conversations I divide my free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.


Blurb:  In a desperate effort to halt her transformation to vampire, and stop her longing for the sultry Devlin, Sarelle willingly takes a drug to kill her desire, even as Danial prepares for the introduction of their son Theoron at a Vampire Gathering on New Year’s Eve. Faced with Theo’s betrayal at the eleventh hour, Sarelle must either trust in Danial to save her, or join forces with Devlin, revealing her secret desire for him.

http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/hersecret.html
Excerpt:

“What can you prescribe to help both Sar and I fight our urges?” Danial asked.

Stephen turned to Danial. “I checked into several options. As you know there are a few drugs on the market that combat turning—”

“Most just give the blood a foul taste while increasing the body’s ability to manufacture new blood,” Danial said with a grimace. “Those are similar to the blood replenishing packets Sar used before. Mostly hunters use them as a last desperate effort.”

“I didn’t mean those,” Stephen quickly assured him. “I meant something to combat the desire to be bitten. This would work psychotropically, not just physically.”

I didn’t like the sound of that. “What will it do? And why didn’t you mention this before, back when The Lust first presented itself?”

“We couldn’t use it before because you were pregnant. The drug will take away your desire to be with a vampire and let you control yourself until the virus leaves your system. But,” he added, “It’s a trade off. You’ll feel differently while on it, and it may affect your personality.”

“What do you mean?” Theo and Danial said together.

“Sar will lose her desire,” Stephen said simply. “Medically, you can’t suppress one biological urge, and not suppress another of the same kind. She’ll act a lot less driven and passionate about all of her needs and desires.”

His explanation scared and repelled me. I’d never wanted to be anyone other than who I was. “Isn’t there anything else less severe?”

“Not really,” Stephen replied. “Humans who are turning can be very unpredictable, going to enormous lengths to complete the process. They can become violent, or sometimes even harm themselves in an effort to attract a vampire to finish the job.” “What other options are there?” Danial asked. “There isn’t much else. You can either turn her, or Sar goes into solitary confinement for the next two months. Any vampire will be attracted to her in this state, and she will be attracted to them. It won’t take long for one to take advantage.”

One already had. “Do it,” I said softly. “I can’t live like I’ve been living.” Stephen nodded, and left the room. “Sarelle, are you sure?” Danial said, concerned. “This is what you want?” I didn’t want to be on drugs. What I wanted was to have Theo and Danial both, and maybe Devlin, too. Alas, life regrettably wasn’t fantasy. “It’s the only line of attack left.”

“Say this does work for her,” Danial said slowly to Stephen. “What do you have that will work on me? I can’t risk taking anything that might compromise my reasoning or reaction time—”

“You should be fine without drugs,” Stephen replied. “The one Sar is being prescribed will alter her behavior enough so she won’t provoke any encounters. From what you’ve told me, your actions with her weren’t outside a normal vampire’s desire for sex and blood. You never sought her out for either from sheer physical need or desire, something I’m surprised at. But you also showed remarkable restraint under The Lust, so it may be either a testament to your strength of will, or that you’re so new at making vampires.”

“You’re sure?” Theo stated. “I don’t want to risk him being around her if you aren’t.”

“We’re going to find out. Dose me,” I said bitterly. “I have to do something, and this is the only option I can live with.”

“I understand why you feel that way, Sar,” Danial said. “But I’m hesitant to—”

“It’s her body,” Theo growled. “So it’s her decision, not yours.”
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Would You Pay for Book Reviews?


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I had an interesting conversation a couple of weeks ago with a friend about whether or not you should consider paying for book reviews. She wanted to, she's an indie author trying to make book sales, but is having a hard time getting reviews because so many of the review places are glutted. There are a number of companies out there now that are charging authors in exchange for a review. Authors can pay for a review for as little as $5 per review and as much as nearly $500 for a review. Honestly, I was stunned because more and more of these types of services are being offered now  and I had to ask myself, "Would I pay for a book review?" Honestly, I would never pay for a book review. I have several issues with this and while I know it can be more difficult to get reviews right now since there are so many new authors, I still would be more likely to hit up book bloggers, and free review websites than I would to pay for a review.

My biggest concern is that I don't feel like a pay for book reviews place would give me an honest review. Personally, I'd rather have an honest review even if the review wasn't saying my book was fantastic. Another issue is when you pay for a review you can never be certain that the reviewer actually read the entire book, after all the more books they read and review the more they'll be paid.While most of these companies claim to give an honest review, if their reviewers started writing reviews such that they didn't like certain books, it would be bad for the pay for review company's business. So you most likely would always get a good review. While this might seem cool to some authors, personally I'm of the mind that if a book has nothing but 5 star reviews then there's something wrong. This isn't to suggest that there aren't books out that are just that darned good, because there are, but rather that even those kinds of books have detractors. There is always going to be someone who doesn't like your book, always. And in most cases there will always be someone who is not afraid to write a review that is less than stellar. So the point I'm making is that books that only have 5 star reviews? I tend to think at least some of those reviews has been paid for. As an author I do not want other readers or even other authors thinking that so I'll take my free honest reviews any day over a paid for review.

Don't believe me or don't think there's anything wrong with paid for reviews? Check out this article, it might change your mind!

This is just my opinion of course but feel free to chime in if you have a different thought or even if you agree. I'd b interested in hearing what other authors and readers think about this!