Archive for May, 2014

Hello Reader

I’m back again with another Blog tour for you. This is for my ‘lit’ sister, we are part of the same publishing house, and it’s part of her new release for ‘Marked’. With that I hand over to her.

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A Breaking the Darkness Series Novella…
Dangerous pacts are made while magic and darkness are lurking around every corner. Even those with the purest intentions must make tainted choices to protect the ones they love.
Warning: This book is meant to be read after Taken, there are spoilers in this book.

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THE BOOK
Marked
Be Felicia Starr
Series:
Breaking The Darkness #1.5
Publisher:
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Publication Date:
May 24, 2014
Genre:
New Adult
Paranormal
Urban Fantasy
Links:
Goodreads

THE BREAKING THE DARKNESS SERIES
Previous Books In The Series
Taken (Breaking the Darkness #1) <– Only $0.99 from 5/24 to 5/27!!
What’s Next:
Betrayed (Breaking the Darkness #2)

GIVEAWAY
To celebrate the release of Marked (Breaking the Darkness #1.5), Felicia Starr is giving away a $25.00 Barnes & Noble gift card and a Taken and Marked magnet gift set to one lucky winner! Open to residents worldwide.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About the author
Felicia Starr Author Picture

Author Felicia Starr lives five miles from her favorite Jersey Shore destination with her amazingly supportive family. She loves to spend time creating special memories with her husband and two young boys.
Everyone expected her first publication to be a cookbook, but her love for writing has surpassed her love for cooking.
Felicia graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a post baccalaureate in elementary education. She is a licensed real estate sales person, a certified yoga instructor, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom.
Connect With Felicia
Facebook | Twitter | Website

This promotion brought to you by Pure Textuality Public Relations.

So there you go. Go check her out, all the links are above.

Happy writing.

Simone

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Blog Tour Jennifer Raygoza

Posted: May 24, 2014 by Simone Young in Current and Active Works

Hello Readers,

Today I have the honor to introduce you to another one of my writing sister’s who is very talented. I love these guys. With that I hand over to Jennifer Raygoza.

Title: The Guardians II: The Revelation
Series: The Guardians
Genre: Romantic Dark Fantasy
Release Date: 5.20.14
Publishing House: Vamptasy

Jen Raygoza

About me: Jennifer Raygoza lives in Corona, California with her husband and children. She developed a love for writing poetry at the young age of twelve. She did not want to become a writer when she was young. She had dreams of becoming a Marriage Counsellor and majored in Psychology when she was older. Although that dream did not work out she still council’s relationship advice to friends and family. In 2013 she published her first book called The Guardians. Originally it was a story written for fun, and out of curiosity was self-published. Little did she know that it would be a hit with vampire lovers. Fans encouraged her to write part two in the series. She was currently working on another project, but pushed it back to write part two in the series to please the fans. The third and final book in The Guardians series is in the works set to come out 9/2014.

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Teaser One
I wondered what happened to my life. I sometimes longed to be human again. I was not equipped to deal with a child, let alone two teenage vampires. I always thought having a child would be difficult, but I never imagined how much harder it would be with vampire children. Caleb had no explanation for vampire pregnancy. He said vampire women rarely gave birth but when they did, it was one child in their lifetime. There were rumours about the alignment of the sun, moon, and earth being to blame. Others claimed that only those with royalty in their blood were able to carry children. Whatever the reason was, I was the lucky one to have not one, but two children.

Teaser 2

Although I was happy to be able to see my family, there were unthinkable things going through my head constantly. My family would never know how difficult it was for me to be around them. The smell of their skin. Their pulsating blood vessels, the sound of their heartbeats. Everything in a vampire’s body screamed and pushed us to kill at the thought, sight or smell of fresh blood. I had to learn how to control myself around humans. I learned to pull back my instinct to dig my fangs into their delicious tender meat. It took more willpower than I could ever imagine.

Buy Links-
UK Click Here
USA Click Here
Fanpage- https://www.facebook.com/theguardiansvampnovel
Author page-https://www.facebook.com/jenniferraygoza12
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/Jenniferraygoza

Hope you like me guest blog, one more to go and hopefully a few interview too.

Stay Tuned and Happy Writing

Simone

Hello Reader

On Sunday I did a blog tour piece on Carmilla Voiez, a very talented author, leading up to the re-release of her Starblood trilogy in one book instead of three.

It was released early and I’ve got my copy and tonight, on Facebook, there is a party like I did with the release of Shattered Souls. https://www.facebook.com/events/691573347574089/
Please come and join us.

Will fill you on on more upcoming events and such. There is also two more guest blogs before the end of the month.

Happy Writing

Simone

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Hi Guys

 

This is a first for me but I’m happy to be doing it. One of my fellow writers has asked me to take part in a blog tour and I said why the hell not. I’m so glad my first one is for this lovely woman as she is an brilliant writer and has helped me in so many ways.

And with that I hand you guys over to the wonderful Carmilla Voiez

 

 

Starblood Trilogy Blog Tour

 

Carmilla Voiez is a pioneer in horror writing. Her visceral and violent no-holds-barred descriptions of magic, sex, demons and obsession might remind some readers of Clive Barker’s wonderful works of horror and dark fantasy, however her stories are told from a uniquely female perspective. Old tropes of hapless female victims pursued by psychotic male killers are reversed or expelled and the result is disturbing yet at the same time refreshing.

 

Starblood has been released as a trilogy in three separate books Starblood, Psychonaut and Black Sun previously and these are all still available for Kindle or in paperback. However, on the 16th May 2014 a new volume, beautifully edited and perfected, of all three stories in one huge package will be available on Kindle, bringing Voiez’s work to a whole new generation of horror readers.

 

There will be a release party on Facebook to celebrate the launch. Once the book goes live on Amazon this link will take you to that page. In the meantime it will direct you towards the party event where you can find out more. http://smarturl.it/TheStarbloodTrilogy

 

 

Praise for Starblood –

 

 

“In a market flooded with badly written supernatural romances passed off as horror, Carmilla Voiez is a prophet of the uncanny. Not since Clive Barker has any author mastered pure, visceral atrocity, and yet her characters maintain an elegance and humanity that turns what could just be a blood sport into a Shakespearean tragedy. Starblood may be the only true female horror novel in existence, and within its pages a reader is forced at knifepoint to see the world through the eyes of the raped, the abused, and the unloved with hateful clarity. She makes us bear witness to the demons we ourselves create. You don’t read her books. You survive them.

” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

 

 

Praise for Psychonaut –

 

 

“Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life.” Graham Masterton “Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of…a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

 

 

Praise for Black Sun –

 

“This is the concluding novel in the Starblood trilogy. Satori has brought Star back to the physical world, and the second novel, Psychonaut, could well have ended on that happy note, but as we know by now, Carmilla Voiez doesn’t do clichés. Satori and Star have not returned alone: insidious influences from both the astral plane and the physical world intermingle in a web of deceit and betrayal of Wagnerian complexity. Even that which is not what it seems is not what it seems. If you are a horror fan, the Starblood Trilogy has everything to recommend it. If you are not, you will enjoy having your comfort zone challenged – I certainly did.” J.R.B.

 

Author’s bio –

 

 

Carmilla Voiez is a new voice in the world of horror. While the imagery harks back to the writings of Clive Barker and H P Lovecraft, her voice is uniquely female. Starblood is perhaps the first true female horror story ever written, dealing with both sexual violence and the struggle of a woman trying to make sense of a senseless world.

 

Carmilla grew up on a varied diet of horror. Her earliest influences as a teenage reader were Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley and Clive Barker mixed with the romance of Hammer Horror and the visceral violence of the first wave of video nasties. Fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by threnodies of eighties Goth and post-punk music she evolved into the creature of darkness we find today.

 

Living in North East Scotland, she finds inspiration in the wildlife, castles and desolate places which surround her. She lives with her two children by the sea.

 

Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Withonef of Houston Press once said – “You do not read her books, you survive them.”

 

Signed to Vamptasy Publishing in 2012 three books in the critically acclaimed Starblood Trilogy have been published and she is currently working on a vampire tale. She has also edited and compiled a collection of psychological horror from the best new talent in the world of horror writing “Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds”. Carmilla Voiez is a name to watch.

 

 

You can find Carmilla’s full bibliography at Amazon – http://smarturl.it/CarmillaOnAmazon

her blog can be found at http://carmillavoiez.wordpress.com

and her Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Author.Carmilla.Voiez

 

 

Excerpt from The Starblood Trilogy –

 

 

The more Satori practises the more he realises that he has gone beyond what Paul can teach. Paul’s books, however – opening them, absorbing their musty pages and archaic language, he can smell power. Energy lifts from each paragraph and crackles in the air around him. He doubts their owner has read even a tenth of them. The secrets they hold: power beyond reckoning. He will learn how to defeat Lilith, he is certain of it. But how long will it take? Will I run out of time? He could spend an entire lifetime in these books and still leave some pages unturned.

 

The room has settled again. His eyes are ready to focus once more. Instantly, Satori forgets the idea of coffee and returns to the book on his lap. He sits cross-legged on the floor. His eyes pore over the words. A noise behind him makes him jump.

 

‘Paul, you scared me.’

 

‘Sorry Satori. I brought you some water and I’ve made lunch. Would you like to eat?’

 

Satori shakes his head. ‘Your library is amazing, but I can’t find the answers I need. These books just don’t cover battling anything as powerful as Lilith.’

 

‘Well think about it, Satori. What is Lilith? If it’s a demon then it’s as powerful as Asmodeus or Satan. But the Kabbalists call it a god. I’m not sure we’ll ever find the answer,’ Paul says. ‘You might as well rest for a while. I’m worried you’ll burn out.’

 

‘There is always an answer. We just need help. Maybe to fight a god you need a god. But who? One of the old pre-Christian ones? Do you really have no ideas?’

 

‘I have one.’ Paul walks across the room to a black lacquer cabinet. Taking a key from a chain around his neck, he unlocks the door. On a shelf at chest height Satori sees something covered with black linen. Paul beckons him over. Even covered, Satori can feel the object’s power. It frightens him.

 

‘What is it?’ he whispers.

 

Paul pulls the material away and Satori faces a clay head. Glyphs are carved across the forehead, cheeks and on either side of the chin. The eye sockets are filled with obsidian and the mouth, opened in an eternal scream, is stuffed with red clay.

 

Satori lifts his hand towards it.

 

‘Careful,’ Paul says.

 

‘What is it?’ Satori asks. ‘It feels … powerful.’

 

‘It’s a vessel of Balon,’ Paul answers, staring at the head. ‘And if you break the seal, the demons inside it will tear me apart. It’s an oracle of sorts. If I ask it a question it has to tell me the truth.’

 

‘Ask it about Lilith,’ Satori says.

 

‘What precisely do you want me to ask?’

 

‘Can I destroy her?’

 

Paul lifts the head and sets it on a low table. He pauses then turns it a few degrees anti-clockwise. His movements are gentle and full of reverence. A thread of sweat trickles down his brow as he concentrates. ‘Vessel of Balon, I have fashioned you with my Art. I have given you life. Now answer in truth. If the sorcerer Satori battles Lilith, can he destroy the demon?’

 

The room is silent. The glyphs on the head glow red. Its obsidian eyes shine as if lit by an internal fire. Satori’s ears strain to hear the answer. Holding his breath, he watches the head. Every hair on his body stands on end. In spite of his fascination and desire for knowledge, his body tells him to run from the room and never return. A trio of cold, powerful voices echo each other. ‘No.’

 

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Longer post than normal but well worth it. I love this woman.

 

Happy writing

 

Simone

 

 

 

Hello guys

A common question asked to all author gets ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ And is sometimes worded as ‘what is your muse?’
With over 100 novel ideas I would be happy if my muse would takes a sabbatical and gave me some peace and quiet but alas it will not.
My muse can be anything and at sometimes is completely random. Once I got and idea on the drive to Shropshire to visit some of the hubbies family. Another was walking through one Yorks many things that apart my mind to create ideas within my twisted mind.
The first major novel I started work on was triggered five and a half years ago by watching Gothika. It’s titled ‘Twisted Coven’ and is book one of the ‘White Witch Saga’. It’s a multilayered suspense thriller/horror and I hope one day to have it ready to share burst the moment my mind and time has been taken over by another multiparty book series.
My muse and over active brain keeps me awake at night. It’s harder to switch it off. I love writing I would back off just a little. I am so excited to share the multipart book series with you when it’s ready. It’s titled ‘Poisoned By Blood’ series ‘Spilt Blood’ is the title for book one and one day I’ll return to ‘Twisted Coven’ and share it with you.

What’s your muse?
Where do you get your ideas from?
Did you always want to be a writer?

Stay tuned and happy writing

Simone

Hello Readers

Hope you’re having a good weekend.

I have a few good things planed for this month. I have three authors guest blogging to celebrate a new release and an interview with two other authors. It’s so exciting. They are part of the same publishing company and we are always helping each other. Without one of them Shattered Souls would never have been published.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Shattered Souls off amazon today.

Happy May Day bank holiday and happy writing

Simone