Thursday Teaser – Paranormal Romance Angels

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good week – and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers – piccies of yummy food have been flooding my social media all day so I’m already feeling a wee bit jealous sat here at work 😉 Since we don’t have Thanksgiving here I hope you’ll forgive me for skipping ahead to Christmas – and today I’m sharing a teaser from my upcoming Christmassy story. It hasn’t been fully edited yet – so do excuse any mistakes. I should have a cover and release date for you next week – but for now, I really hope you enjoy!

 “Jeremiah, you have been summoned before the Council of Archangels to answer for your recent actions.” 

angelJeremiah stood straight and tall in front of them. He was not going to beg for mercy or plead for his life. He was aware that he had… slipped. Where he had once loved his work, lived for it, been willing to believe in anyone or anything, then centuries of watching the selfishness and greed of humans had left him bitter, cynical even. These were no kind of emotions for an angel. The council would be well within their rights to end his existence, there was a part of him that would almost welcome it. The emptiness and peace of eternal oblivion, there was an appeal to that.  

He eyed up the solemn line of archangels. All tall, blond, well-built, ethereally beautiful, pure yet stern. He knew them all, had been friends with some of them once. It seemed a long time ago. When you lived forever then time started to lose all meaning.  

Their leader stepped forward. Rafael looked at him solemnly.  

“We have discussed the matter and reached a decision.” 

Jeremiah held his breath. This was it. They were going to pronounce sentence, end him. There was little mercy for one of his kind, there couldn’t be with the powers they possessed. 

“We have assigned you a job. A task, the outcome of which will decide your ultimate fate.” 

Jeremiah blinked at the taller angel in surprise. A task? After the way his recent tasks had gone this was the last thing he’d been expecting.  

“Why would you give me another task?” He asked them in complete bewilderment.  

“This task has come from above, we have it on the highest authority that it is meant for you and you alone.” 

Instant denial shot through him. He didn’t want the responsibility any more, he didn’t want any of it.  

“I think there must be some mistake.” 

Rafael smiled at him. “You know as well as the rest of us, there are no mistakes. This task is for you, and the council has agreed that we will suspend our judgement on your previous actions pending the outcome of it. The matter has been decided.” 

Resignation sagged through him. Fine, let them give him some new task. It would only end up going the same way as the others. Then they would judge him and he could finally be done with it all.  

“What is this task?”

 

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I don’t know about where you are, but November has definitely hit here and it’s bleedin’ freezing! Even the Christmas lights have gone on this week so we must be into mid-winter *sighs* At least it looks twinkly! It’s been a bit of an up and down week. My sort of surrogate gran passed last week (used to be my gran-in-law but we’ve still stayed in touch) the funeral is tomorrow so will be a sad day.

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerWriting-wise, it’s very much all-go. I’m thinking I may have to admit defeat on Nano – I’m currently just under 10k behind and with funeral tomorrow and family coming to visit at weekend it’s not looking very likely I’ll get back on target. (I’m still looking forward to them coming though – don’t worry Mum!). I’m not getting too stressed over it, I managed to get a standalone finished, some extra words on book 3 in my wolfie series and hopefully will get a Christmassy sort finished this week then can get it out in time lol. It’s angel-themed and I have some fab stock images to play with for a cover – can’t wait for you to see! I’ve also finally got back my first edits on book 2 in my wolves series. I think I’m probably going to have to push release back to January now – but hey, I have a Christmas book for you in the meantime 😉

Hope all the rest of you Nano-ers are doing better than me 🙂 Take care x

My Sexy Saturday – My Sexy Holidays

Hi all,

Weekend is finally here, hope you’ve all got a fun one lined up! I’m thrilled to be joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. The theme this week is My Sexy Holidays – damn, I guess we’re going to have to admit they are creeping up fast! Still, one of the bright sides is lots of fun holiday stories – and I thought I’d share a wee snippet from my upcoming one. Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

christmas_tree_by_jacqchristiaan-d5o6lbl“I said, I’m really sorry but I can’t seem to figure out the shower. Could you possibly show me?”

“Erm, yeah, course, no worries.” God, she sounded like a mumbling idiot. Her brain seemed to have turned to mush.

She followed him back to the tiny bathroom and managed to talk him through the shower controls without gaping too much. Really, it wasn’t fair for one guy to be that damn hot. When she leaned across to switch on the dial, she ended up losing her balance, one hand going out to catch herself and landing up on the expanse of golden skin on his chest. He was warm, so warm, and the skin beneath her fingers felt satin smooth over the rock hard muscles. Holly felt herself freeze, her eyes shooting up to meet his, seeing the blue darken and heat.

“Sorry,” she squeaked, but she couldn’t seem to make her hand move.

His own hand reached out, running down her cheek before gently tucking a stray strand of hair behind her ear. Holly held her breath, a trail of heat left in the wake of his touch. She wanted him to touch her more, to run her hands over all that golden skin, to follow that trail of hair down to…

He took a step back, her hand falling away, and Holly’s face burned. What the fuck was she thinking? There was no way he would want someone like her. Whirling on her heel she fled the suddenly claustrophobic bathroom, shutting the door behind her. Idiot!

d632891b93e42d44292c7b22f223f958Jeremiah cursed under his breath. What the hell? He had never been affected by a human before, yet his body was rock hard and he actually ached with the effort it had required not to reach out and drag her to him. To cover her lush lips, to shape every inch of those delectable curves, to bury himself deep inside her. Fuck, what was he thinking? His past transgressions were nothing compared to the trouble he would be in for sleeping with a human, especially one he’d been sent to judge. He turned on the water and fiddled with the temperature dial she’d shown him until it felt like there should be ice particles in the spray. Then he stood under it until he was chilled to the bone and his body finally decided to behave itself. Nothing was going to happen with Holly.

He frowned, there was a catch somewhere, he just had to find it. These days no humans were kind and sweet for the sake of it, there was always an ulterior motive. He would find it, and then he would be done with her.

Resolved, he turned off the water, quickly dried himself off and headed to the large, soft, freshly-made bed she’d provided for him. Yup, there had to be a catch somewhere.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the fab authors taking part here:

 

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Another week is upon us – please no one tell me how many until Christmas lol. I think we can 111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977agree though this year is speeding by! How are my fellow Nano-ers getting on? I will admit I’m lagging behind a bit as we hit the halfway mark. Still, I’m trying not to get too worked up over it – I have more words than I did at the start of the month so that’s a win already, right?

I know some people get themselves rather stressed over Nano and sometimes I wonder how productive that is. I do like the little push it gives and the motivation, but at the same time, November is a rather cold, dark and miserable month at the best of times (well, it certainly is here at the moment!) so I think it’s important to try and make sure we have a bit of relaxation and TLC as well 😉 Of course, I should practice what I preach a lot more lol!

fantastic-beasts-where-find-them-movie-2016-redmayneSpeaking of relaxation… does anyone have any fun plans for the week? I’m very excited that Fantastic Beasts is out on Friday – and am trying very hard to restrain from the midnight showing when I know I have work the next day. Wish me luck!

Take care x

Guest Author – Brantwijn Serah with The Pact

Hi all,

How’s your Sunday going? I’m off to a vintage fair this afternoon, which should be fun, but before that I’m thrilled to have the fab Brantwijn Serah dropping in. Brantwijn is a wonderfully talented author, who I’m very jealous of because she seems to be able to do multiple genres effortlessly 🙂 She’s going to chat to us about her brand new release, The Pact, which is wild west with a definite twist! Read on to find out more 😉

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

brantwijn-serrahI’m a SoCal girl who loves rain more than sun, author of supernatural fantasy and fiction (as well as steamy romance), and the proud mother of five crazy furbabies. I take part in National Novel Writing Month every year, which is how The Pact came to be. Every book in the series – there are 8 total – started out as a National Novel Writing Month novel. When I’m not writing, I like to work on art including drawing, painting, digital art, and unique crafts like custom My Little Ponies.

Wow, that should give me a kick for my own Nano this month 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

My earliest memory of writing is from when I was six. Our class was taught how to use basic shapes to draw three simple characters: an owl, a frog, and a pig. Then the teacher asked us to write a story about them. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I incorporated literary device into my little tale, things like suspense and dramatic irony. I had no idea what they were; I wrote it that way because that’s how the books I read were written. I wouldn’t have even realized I’d done anything unique except my teacher pulled me aside and pointed it out. It was she told me that I wrote “like a writer”. I think I’ve wanted to be a storyteller, more than anything else, ever since.

Aww, that’s lovely. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Lately I’ll find a YouTube video with and hour or two of instrumental music (nothing with words), pop on my headphones, and just write. I’ve saved hour-long videos of Celtic music, “Epic” music, “Spooky” music. Whatever is appropriate for what I’m currently writing, I’ll pop a similar video on and just go with it. It’s not really the same as using music as inspiration…I don’t really incorporate anything from the music into the work. It’s more like just white noise, blocking out distraction and centering my brain in the tone of the work.

I’m with you, I need very specific things on in the background when I’m writing – I can’t stand quiet but it can’t be anything too distracting either! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write across many genres. Up until now all of my published works have been part of the erotica genre, spanning dark erotica, fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal. The Pact, besides being my first non-romance release, is part of a genre known as “weird west”. It’s your typical style of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Tombstone-style Western story, but with a dash of something—just about anything—weird. In this series, it’s ancient world magic.

I have never heard that term before lol – but, hey who doesn’t love a bit of ‘weird’ thrown in? Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I have a lot of favorites who have inspired me. I think my all-around favorite is JK Rowling, however. I think her talent for storytelling is amazing on many, many levels, and in fact I’m not sure she gets quite as much credit as she deserves. Other favorites are Stephen King, Jim Butcher, and lately Sarah Waters.

Yay, huge Potterhead here as well 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

Such a complex question! There are so many things, but for sake of time I’ll stick to five I could never do without in my writing career. First off, my laptop, since basically my whole life and every book I’ve ever worked on is on there, along with production notes, murdered darlings, and research. Second would have to be my iPod mini, where most of my writing music currently resides. When I get stuck I set that thing on shuffle and let the random selection of music speak to me. Thirdly is #SchalaMyMuse, the living beanie baby of a cat who flops down on my legs anytime I’m writing, to loan me her advice and expertise on the creative process. Fourth is an ice-cold unsweetened tea to mull over while I work. And fifth is my husband, who provides me a sounding board, a critical ear, and expert advice when I get stuck on some portion of the story. Mind you, those are in no particular order of importance…take any one of them away and I’m going to be throwing a fit!

Tell us a bit about your new release.

The Pact was my first-ever NaNoWriMo novel, written in November of 2006. It’s a supernatural weird west adventure, great for teens and adults who enjoy fantasy, urban fantasy, and sci-fi. It takes place in the fictional world of Geiral and follows a lady bounty hunter and hexslinger. She’s on the trail of her ultimate prey, the man who changed everything for her, with one goal. Whether that goal is justice or vengeance, well…that all depends on how you see things.

Oooh, sounds intriguing! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

When I started The Pact, I had also just started playing a weird west roleplaying game called Deadlands. I loved the setting and the style so much, I had to write a story rooted in it. The Pact isn’t a literal re-telling of any of my actual role-playing games or even a role-playing character…but it definitely takes a lot of inspiration from them.

I do love gaming for a bit of inspiration. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Certainly the setting was enjoyable to me, but Serenity—the main character—was a ton of fun to write. To me, she’s like Malcolm Reynolds, Harry Dresden, Roland Deschain, and Catwoman all rolled into one.

Lol, that’s quite a combination 😉 What was the hardest part about writing it?

The story’s setting is roughly based on the American West in the 1860’s. So that means I have to do a lot of research as to the kinds of technology, medical knowledge, and cultures of that time. From time to time I find the research doesn’t play out in my favor, to do the things I want to do in the story. I do get a little leeway, of course, because it is actually a fictional world…but I walk a pretty close line between legit poetic license and cheating.

Hehe, yup, I always like having a purely fictional ‘country’ as I can base it on certain places but have the wee bit of a buffer against people who call me out on my ‘inaccuracies’! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

My favorite character doesn’t actually show up until the third book in the series. But for sake of answering the question, I’ll say that, in this book, my favorite character is actually Nathara, a developmentally disabled non-verbal character introduced in the second half. That will probably seem very strange to people, once they read the book, but Nathara has always touched a particular part of me. I don’t necessarily identify with her, personally. But she has a charm and an innocence to her that makes her a real joy to have along with me for the adventure.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J

I’m told one of my strongest talents is building a world and a story readers can really immerse themselves in. You should run out and buy The Pact because you won’t want to miss the adventure inside.

 

Check out the book details here:

Blurb

cover-the-pactFleshlings and darklings… Rune-weavers and demons… When you walk in the land of the Reaper, who will survive?

Serenity Walker has cast runes for as long as she can remember. Her teachers call her a prodigy, and her secret studies hold the key to unlimited potential. Once an orphan left on an old woman’s doorstep, Serenity finally belongs. But when her mentor is murdered right in front of her, her hopes of a home die with him.

Her quest for vengeance leads her into a dangerous deal with a demon. Armed with its dark power and her own talent with the runes, she blazes a trail across the lands where ranchers and railroad men are kings, where the prevailing law is the law of the gun. To find the man who reshaped her past, Serenity offers up her future. She’ll face a world where weavers are hunted down to be hanged, whipped, or burned alive…but she won’t face it alone.

As Serenity’s mission takes her farther than most weavers are willing to go, she’ll have to decide who her true enemy is: the wicked men of the world, or the powerful demon inside her.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links:

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Take care x

My Sexy Saturday – 12/11/16

Hi all,

Yay, it’s weekend and after a rather stressful week all round, I think we’re all needing it. I’m excited to be back taking part in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop, and since the theme this week is ‘Sexy in the Sky’ I thought i’d share a wee excerpt from one of my latest WIPs. This is my deathly allergic witch and cursed vampire novella – and woot, it was just finished last weekend. Well, the first draft anyway, lots of edits to go yet 😉 Hope tou enjoy though x

 

“You have got to be kidding me?” The look on his face would have been almost amusing if Libby wasn’t already a little worried herself.

56000cae3cf8306e57939fef860e1c4a“Don’t be such a baby.” She patted the broom in what she hoped was a reassuring manner.

Okay, so maybe it was a slightly older mode. Older in this case meaning ancient and ever so mildly on the decrepit side, but these things were built to last. This had actually been her aunt’s, and a couple of fading stickers on the worn wood at the back hinted at the kind of globe-trotting life Libby had never had. If she was perfectly honest then she’d never actually taken it any further than Cornwall on a mini-break but, really, how much harder could it be to take it that little hop further to Northern Africa?

Venn was still staring her with that ‘hell no’ expression stamped all over his handsome face.

“Look, it’s not like we have a huge amount of options here. Every commercial airline in the country has supernatural security checks now – that would pick you up straight away. Do you have enough power to get yourself there on your own?”

She was 99% sure that he didn’t. She also know that he was going to resent to hell her mentioning it. She’d already gathered that most of his powers had been diminished since he’d been cursed. The smallest surge of power gave him a drawn look, tight lines round his mouth. The amount of power needed to get a body that distance would be well beyond him right now. As she’d expected his face closed down, anger and resentment flashing in those blue eyes.

“No,” his voice was clipped and she saw the effort it took to admit that.

“So, this is the best option. I’m a great driver – honest!”

A long drawn out sigh escaped him. “It appears I have little choice in the matter.”

She flashed him a grin. “That’s the spirit!”

She may be fibbing but shhhh 🙂 Don’t forget to check out the rest of the fab authors taking part today – the link is here

Have a great weekend x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I’m running a day behind here – this week has been chaotic already, and it’s only Tuesday lol! indexTo all my American friends – I hope you’re managing to get out to vote and good luck with it. I saw a lovely article this morning showing people at the grave of America suffragette Susan B Anthony and placing their ‘I voted’ stickers on the gravestone. I’m aware it’s been a difficult election, such a lot of nastiness and strong feeling on both sides but sometimes an image like this can make us think how important democracy is and how we should never take it for granted. I know a lot of people are disillusioned with both sides – but I do hope you manage to vote anyway and that at the end of the day people will be able to accept the result (whatever it may be) and start to move forward.

Anyway, I feel that’s maybe getting a preachy and that’s the last thing I want to be 🙂 How are those of you doing Nano getting on? Our first week is done – hope you’re on target! I am surprisingly still on track, I’m usually slipping behind by this point, but we shall see how it goes. If I can have book 2 released and book 3 written by the end of the year then I’ll be pretty happy 🙂

14937337_1613969382233268_602095235217030311_nSpeaking of happy (or not in this case lol) I have some traumatised kitties today. I am apparently a horrible monster for daring to take them to the vets (they had an itty, bitty jab and their nails clipped) – they made their displeasure fairly strongly known so I may be covered in plasters today *sighs* I do appreciate the irony of them having their nails cut after they scratched me to shreds. It’s a good job they’re sodding cute 😉

Hope you have a good week. Take care x

Friday Teaser – Paranormal Romance

Hi all,

Well, it’s almost weekend – yay! Hope you have some fun plans – be that fireworks, bonfires, or just a chance to relax. Nano is off to a good start here, I’m actually on schedule for once – we’ll see how long it lasts 😉 New words are always good though. On that note, I thought I would share with you a wee teaser from my Nano novel – which will be the third in my wolves series and is tentatively titled Scarlett Prophecy. If you’ve read my earlier books, this is Sebastian’s story. I just can’t resist trying to redeem a villain lol! Since this is Nano, please bear in the mind this is unedited – hope you enjoy 🙂

 

red and wolfSebastian paced the small, bare cell. Four long strides length-wise, five width-wise. It was reasonably comfortably, God knows he’d been in worse places, but that didn’t take away from the fact that it was a cell. He couldn’t abide being contained. There was a quiet tread of footsteps outside and he forced himself to sit on the hard single bed and school his face into the calm, contained look he was known for. It wouldn’t do to let his captors know they were getting to him. The footsteps passed by though and after a brief pause he resumed the pacing. The cell was plain, thick stone walls, the bed with a light blanket, a metal urinal in the corner and that was about it. Nothing he could use, nothing that could be a possible weapon. A tiny window was set near the roof, he had to stand on the bed to see out the bottom and then there was nothing to see but a wall opposite. If he led on the bed he could look up at the sky through the thick bars – but that was depressing so he would rather pace.

A frown crossed his brow. Captured was an unacceptable state of affairs, and he still wasn’t entirely sure how it had come to this. He had been going to die, had been fully prepared for it. He should have died, it was something he accepted with his lifestyle and God knows he had little enough to live for.

He paused again, his sharp ears picking up the soft tread of footsteps again and this time he instinctively knew – it was her. He sat on the bed again, waiting with an outward patience he didn’t feel. The door swung inwards and he saw the guard first. It was the large blonde one today, his eyes sharply scanning the room and his jaw tightening as he gazed at Sebastian with thinly veiled distaste. Sebastian gazed calmly back, he didn’t give a crap what the man thought about him. If they were in the field he would kill him without a second thought and he had no doubt the man would do the same to him. That was almost as it should be and he shared the man’s distaste of his captivity. Then the man stepped aside and she came in.

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It took all he had to hide his emotions now. Sophie. That was her name, but he knew precious little else about her. Yet it was down to her that he was. All down to her that he wasn’t dead now. The she-wolf monster had been going for him, he had seen the killing intent in her eyes, the aim for the throat and then this woman had stopped her. The wolves had seemed as shocked as him when she’d shouted for them to stop, but they had. He didn’t know why, she seemed to have no particular rank, but they had bowed to her will and so now he was here. Trapped in this cell because now they hadn’t killed him they didn’t seem to know what to do about him. And her, she came every day, without fail. He eyed her, telling himself that it was because one of the first rules of battle was to know your enemy, but really because he just couldn’t seem to help himself.

Better get back to it! Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up – Who’s Doing Nano?

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a fab Halloween, lots of spooks and candy 😉 I managed to get to some fun story-telling sessions, plus it’s an excuse to watch all my favourite Halloween movies. Anyway, we’re back to reality and into November now (eek, no one mention Christmas yet!) and November for a lot of us means Nano. In case you don’t know, Nano stands for National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers, both brand new and established, attempt to write a novel (well, 50,000 words at least) in the month of November. It’s fun, exciting, stressful and a little bit mad!

111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977So, who’s joining in this year? Are you off to a flying start or (like me) still trying to catch up on all the prep things you should have done last week. Please make me feel better and say it’s the latter 🙂 I do have slightly mixed feelings about Nano, for some people it’s a lot of pressure and that mad rush can be stressful, but I do find it useful for a bit of a kickstart and to get back into the habit of writing every day – especially if life has rather been getting in the way lately (and let’s face it, it has a nasty habit of doing that!).

Personally, I think it’s so important to use Nano for what YOU can get out of it. It’s all too easy to look at other people and feel discouraged but it’s not a competition – honest! If you miss some days – so what, you can catch up and sometimes you need a break. If you’re not going to make 50k – so what, if you have more words that you did at the start of the month then it’s still a win. If all your ‘writing buddies’ are speeding along and you feel like you’re lagging behind – so what, we all have different speeds and styles. Who’s to say your 30k might not be twice as good as someone else’s 60k? Take the good things – the motivation, the team spirit, the community support – and use it to help you (and of course, don’t forget to give a bit of that support back again!).

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I also think the main thing – and the thing I see so many enthusiastic Nano-ers seeming to slip up at. At the end of November make sure you DO SOMETHING with all these lovely, shiny new words you have 🙂 I’m winterdusk on the Nano site, so do feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are joining in – and the best of luck with it!

 

Take care x

Guest Author – A.E.Decker with The Meddlers of Moonshine

Hi all,

It’s Halloween weekend so I hope you’re all having a fun (and not too scary) one. I’m thrilled to have the fab A.E.Decker visiting to chat about her new release, The Meddlers of Moonshine, part of her Moonfall Mayhem series. It sounds like some perfect Halloween reading to me, but I’ll let A.E. convince you of that herself 🙂

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

author-photo-ae-deckerCurrently, I live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I’ve worked as an ESL tutor and tai chi instructor. I studied both English literature and Colonial American history, with an added interest in the French Revolution and maritime history. So, naturally, with that background, I went on to become a doll-maker. I worked at a Renaissance Faire, and as a vendor at several conventions. One day, I made a bat-winged cat out of alpaca wool to sell, but the moment he was finished, I knew he had a story to tell. The bat-winged cat became Moony, and his story grew into the Moonfall Mayhem series.

I am loving this already! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was five, I think! I learned to read very early. Telling myself stories was my way of combatting boredom on long car trips. I first tried writing a book when I was maybe six, but I didn’t have the attention span to finish any.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I get my breakfast and take it to my writing space, eat and putter about the internet. Once I finish my coffee, I take my dishes to the sink. That’s my cue that it’s time to start working. Sometimes it takes a little while for the coffee to hit my system fully, but usually my brain settles in pretty quickly.

Lol, yes I must admit I’m fairly useless until the caffeine kicks in. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write in the fantasy genre. I like its freedom. Anything you can imagine, you can write about. You get to set your own rules. Plus, it mixes very well with every other genre out there. Fantasy isn’t snobbish. It’s particularly suited to my method of twisting logic into illogic and back again.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Terry Pratchett is the author I keep going back to. His wit, insight, humor, and heart are an inspiration. I don’t try to mimic his style, but I do try to light my torch from his, in a manner of speaking.

I do love Pratchett, just the humour he puts into things and his way of looking at the world leave me in awe 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

Cats, chocolate, warm blankets, amusing video games, and Daleks.

To be honest, I think I could probably – at a push – live without Daleks. But the rest, am right with you 🙂 Tell us a bit about your new release.

firstmoony1The Meddlers of Moonshine is the second book in the Moonfall Mayhem series published by World Weaver Press. While the first book, The Falling of the Moon, poked fun at fairy tale tropes, Meddlers takes aim at the ones found in Gothic literature, particularly The Turn of the Screw and Frankenstein. It’s action and humor, mixed up with mystery, spookiness, a touch of steampunk, and a dollop of romance.

Ooh, that sounds like an interesting mix. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Really, the core of the story derived from reading The Turn of the Screw. I don’t scare easily, but that story really disturbed me. I think it’s not only that the Governess is an unreliable narrator, but that whether the ghosts are real are not, the children in her care end up victims to her ego. I knew Meddlers was going to be my take on Gothic tropes, so Screw served as a touchpoint. I wanted to reexamine the story and give the children a voice and perspective. They became Kay and Lindsay Ashuren in Meddlers.

I actually don’t think I’ve read that, which is odd when I’m a huge fan of Frankenstein and many of the other gothics around that time – shall have to look for it! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I actually enjoy the revision process the most. All the pieces are in place, and it’s more about smoothing out the plot threads and adding in missed opportunities for humor. I really like the atmosphere in Meddlers. It’s more serious than Falling, but it keeps its humor and wit.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Having to trim out some ideas I really liked. I usually start out with too many ideas and have to do a lot of snipping and trimming of the ends that don’t fit. Curiously, I don’t end up with “deleted scenes,” however. It all sort of melts into the finished piece.

True, it’s always so hard to cut down your babies! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Ooh, that’s such an unfair question! I feel I have to clap my hands over some characters’ ears so their feelings won’t be hurt. But of the new characters introduced in Meddlers, I’d probably pick Kay Ashuren. He’s someone who was lurking in my head for quite a while until I found a place for him in Meddlers.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J

Because I guarantee that there are things in my story that you won’t see anywhere else! A half-vampire exorcist, an avocado-loving vagabond, a Big Bad Wolf who reads Dostoyevsky, a Smilodon-shifter with a coffee addiction, and of course a bat-winged kitty with a penchant for mischief. I’d tell you to just imagine what sort of trouble such a crew could get up to in a prim-and-proper steampunk town with an unfortunate ghosts problem—but you don’t have to imagine it! Buy The Meddlers of Moonshine and find out!

 

Well, I think I’m definitely convinced (think you had me at bat-winged kitty lol)! Check out the book details here:

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Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it’s all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot’s pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.

Widget is also suffering from a ghost infestation that has the townsfolk almost as spooked of outsiders as they are of actual spooks. While Rags-n-Bones seeks answers in the past, Ascot offers the town leaders her service as an exorcist, only to be handed an ultimatum: banish the ghosts or be banished herself!

Who’s meddling with Widget? To catch the culprit, Ascot and Rags-n-Bones must match wits with a shifty sorcerer, a prissy ex-governess, and a troublingly attractive captain before the town consigns itself to the graveyard of history.

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