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Evening everyone,

It’s Saturday and three days off my birthday, and I can’t wait. I am really looking forward to it and I have a little surprise in store but I’ll save that for the day but stay tuned.

Today I want to talk about allowing reality and real life events affect any story or book you want to share with anyone. Now this can be intentional or unintentional and providing there is no case for slander then, in most cases, it’s fine.

For example, in my next installment of Poisoned By Blood I have mentioned and had some involvement with a real admitted serial killer that has been dead for nearly thirty years. The  serial killer in question is one of the most notorious and vile of the subgroup within society. Because he is a person that was and that he confessed to his crimes I am not slandering his character so I wouldn’t be at risk of being sued by his family.

There are traditional media programs that also do this, a perfect example is the central character of Murdoch Mysteries, William Murdoch, is based on the real life Ontario Provisional Police John Wilson Murray.  There is also, Call the Midwife, Orange is the New Black, Band of Brothers, The Tudors, Boardwalk Empire, and The Secret, all based in some way on real events that have happened in the past. There have been movies based on serial killers, along with real serial killers influencing people to create memorable fictional killers that we all know and love.

There are times where it happens without people realizing that they have done it. I am quiet good at note doing this. The only time I’ve let a person I know influence a character is one of the characters in my latest release, the person I am basing the character on knows and is fully aware that I am doing it. The same lady is going to be on the cover and allowed me to use a few of her little quirk, only a few, have made it into the books but this was purposeful and I love the way that the book is looking and I can’t wait to share it with you, I really can’t.

So overall, you can use real people in your fictional books, if it is people that you know get permission before you go ahead, if it is someone who’s in the public eye such as a celebrity, serial killer, etc then it isn’t too bad. So many writers use actors to decide the physicality of a character but the behavior and such are built separately.

Have an awesome weekend.

Happy writing

Simone

 

 

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Join us as we celebrate the much-anticipated release of book two, The Devil’s Fire, in The Devil’s Gate Trilogy.

Book one, The Devil’s Gate, was released in April, 2015 and quickly rose on amazon top one hundred in erotic mystery where it has remained for the past five months.

With this next installment we re-join the cast of TDG as Abigail returns home after dealing with a heartbreaking loss in her life.

Official Blurb:

Seeking refuge, Abigail Watson returns home to mend a broken heart, abandoning the city that she has grown to love and the job she worked hard for years to attain.

Life allows for distraction, but it can’t bury the past.

Jack Landon has left an indelible mark on her.

A painful scar, a stolen kiss, a memory of what once was, or could be.

Jack is all of these things, and more. The haunting memories begin to consume her with an unbridled passion.

His domination is absolute. Her submission begs for release.

Their lustful needs could destroy everything around them, turning flame to ash, friend to enemy, love to hate.

Where there’s smoke…you will find the Devil’s Fire.

Grab your copy today at the sale price, it will go back to regular price soon.

Out now!

The Devil’s Fire (Book #2 in The Devil’s Gate Trilogy)

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Rue Bio:

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Rue Volley resides on Earth with her husband, Von Erik, and their two pug sons, Momo and Oshi. She is an award-winning author, graphic artist, and screenwriter. She is also the Creative/Marketing Director for Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, and co-owner of Lovebites Production Company, which specializes in Dark Fantasy Films.

Rue released her first film, Hellhound, in August of 2014. Her second film, Awakening, was released in July 2015.

Keep up with her on IMDB http://smarturl.it/RueVolleyIMDb

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Hello and welcome to Madness Monday

Well, what a difference a weekend makes. Over the last four day’s several things have happened. First was some sound advice for a fellow author into how to make the most of my brand, which is me and what to do.

So what have I done? I have created a logo for myself, and created a banner and put out feelers for some head shots and once response to my searched have given me cause some excitement, they also work as a journalist for the local paper here in York and he’s mentioned about the possibility of doing a piece on me. I also contacted my university to update my information and tell them a few minor things and they’ve sent me some stuff to full in that may end up on either the course booklets, promotional material and the website.

Also I have been introduced to picmonkey and I’ve been getting pictures ready for the Halloween even. I am thinking about sharing my pictures on here. Most are spooky and I have a few I love more than others.

Comment below on what you want to see.

Click here to get your copy of Shattered Souls

Have a brilliant day

Happy Writing

Simone

Hello guys,

Here is my interview of award winning author Carmilla Voiez.

Interview Questions
Carmilla Voiez
Starblood Trilogy and more

Carmilla, a Scotland based author, is the creator of various book including the popular Starblood Trilogy and has an excellent book due for release next month. She was also pivotal in getting my Novel, ‘Shattered Souls’ published, and I have had the honour to beta read her next release in June. A book that, in my humble opinion, is an excellent novel and she is extremely talented.

1/ For those who haven’t read the Starblood Trilogy novels, that have just been released in a single book, could you give a hint of what the book is about?

It’s a story set in the Gothic subculture about a young man who is a talented magician (in the Crowley sense of the word) but a terrible boyfriend. He cannot cope with his girlfriend leaving him and his “solution” starts a chain reaction unleashing a millennia old demon on earth.

2/ How has your life changed in any way with the success of the books?

It hasn’t changed really. I’m still doing the same stuff I did before. I just have a few more friends on Facebook.

3/ You have a high level of involvement in the Vamptasy publishing and its two sister companies do you enjoy helping your fellow authors?

Of course. I love supporting other people’s talents especially artistic ones.

4/ Which writer(s) do you look up to?

Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, Storm Constantine and Neil Gaimen among many others.

5/ In the last two years I’ve known you. you have won several awards are you hoping for a repeat this year?

Well I’m Fright Venture Author of the Year 2014.

6/ Working for Vamptasy on the promotion and marketing side you have read work from new authors, have you enjoyed helping to bring them into our crazy family?

I don’t think I have as much sway in the publishing company as you imagine. I’m just a humble author.

7/ Who do you think has the talent and ability to go far?

I think we all do. Most of it depends on luck.

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8/ How did you become a part of our publishing family?

I joined Vamptasy when it was based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was taken over by CHBB about 6 months later.

9/ Are you looking forward to your new release?

Very much so. I love anthologies as it exposes my readers to lost of new talent.

10/ You’re incredibly busy with Vamptasy publishing company, hot ink press, crushed heart, your blog, your website, you’re YouTube channel, and your podcast how do you find the time to write?

Apart from during the summer holidays when my kids suck energy from me like vampires, I can always find time to write. It’s my primary goal in life. It’s housework, cooking, eating, sleeping and drinking that I struggle to fit in.

11/ Who pushed you to get published?

A fellow writer on an Open University Creative Writing course called Rick.

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12/ When did you realise you could be a professional writer?

I still don’t really believe it, lol.

13/ Who do you lean on?

I don’t think I lean on anyone. I’m pretty self-reliant. But my friends are very important to me.

14/ Have you ever hit writers block/brick wall?

Yes. I tend to run or walk it out.

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15/ Have you ever written a book and while editing ending up almost completely re-writing it?

Often.

16/ What or who is your biggest muse?

My characters become muses as I write them. The sea is like a palette cleanser in between stories.

17/ How many proof reads/edits do you usually go through per book?

Over 20.

18/ Did you know when you were at school that you wanted to be a writer?

Yes, but I didn’t expect it to happen.

19/ How do you generate your characters? Do you case them physically on actors or make them up completely?

I make them up but infuse them with parts of myself and people I know.

21/ Last question. How many book are you currently working on?

I’m working on two graphic novels and two short stories at the moment.

Www.carmillavoiez.com

This is look at what is yet to come from Carmilla and The Starblood Trilogy

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Hello Readers

The weekend is here and it’s time to have fun, relax and read a book. **Hint Hint**

Shameless plug done now to get to the reason for this post. I was given the chance to beta read a fellow Vamptasy Publishing Author Carmilla Voiez book Basement Beauty before it was published. She also asked me to review the book for her, so here it is.

Basement Beauty follows the life of a young woman, Amalthea, who works in a bar at night and writs during the day. With the arrival of a young poet, David, who reads during Poetry night and a woman searching for David, Eva. The tale flips from Amalthea, David and Eva. As things with the three heat up with David becoming obsessed with Amalthea, Eva’s need to find him and Amalthea being caught in the middle. Added to that there is a killer on the lose. The tale takes some unexpected twists and turns that keeps you guessing.

I loved the fact that I never knew what was coming next. It kept me on my toes and when I started reading the three main characters made an impression and I was surprised when what I first thought they were they were not. It was a tale that messed with your head and kept you interested.

I love the authors work and I am currently working through the recently re-released Starblood Trilogy, in one volume not three, and I’ll be doing a review of that in due time.

I would say that Basement Beauty is well worth a read.

Click here for Starblood
Click here for Basement Beauty

Head over to her facebook, link above and have a look at what she’s up to. She’s busy with podcasts, YouTube video’s, and working on other projects. If you look at the previous posts it has some teasing exerts from Basement Beauty, there’s also other links for Twitter etc.

Happy Reading and Writing

Have a brilliant weekend.

Simone

Hello Readers,

Today I bring you a blog tour from Carmilla Voiez, a mega talented writing that I have had the honour of beta reading for, and it was thins book in fact that I read and enjoyed.

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Basement Beauty

Basement Beauty – blog tour

“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

While her imagery harks back to the writings of Clive Barker and H P Lovecraft, her voice is uniquely female. Starblood was, 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.

Basement Beauty leaves the Crowleyesque world of magic and demons behind and takes us to the city of Glasgow where a serial killer leaves a trail of victims like statues, while a group of assassins hunt for a rogue vampire who is kidnapping human women for his own perverted pleasure. In the midst of this Amalthea and her friends try to scratch a living while negotiating their way through everyday sexism and violence. Basement Beauty is being unleashed on Friday 13th June and there will be a radio show and a Facebook based party to celebrate this, followed by an interview with the author on Zombiepalooza radio.

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 both as stand-alone novels and as a complete trilogy and she is currently working on an erotic-horror anthology called “Bloody Sexy” and a graphic novel of the first book in the Starblood series. 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
to find out more about Basment Beauty check out http://smarturl.it/BasementBeauty

Excerpt from Basement Beauty –

Amalthea stood outside the unlit entrance to “The Pit” and breathed in the cool, pre-dawn air. One hand brushed wild curls from her mouth and tucked them behind her ear. They sprang back across her cheek immediately, untameable.

As her skin acclimatised she drew jacket sleeves over her rich, honey-coloured arms. It was her post-work ritual: the time when she metamorphosed from a human doing into a human being.

A movement at the edge of her vision attracted her attention and she turned towards the shadowy alley where the night club bins were stored. Her direct gaze didn’t reveal any ghoul, goblin, animal or person skulking in the darkness, watching and waiting for her to leave, but her mind created a sinister shape anyway. For the past six weeks the evening news had continually hinted at unnatural deaths city-wide and rumours of a modern day Jack the Ripper were rife. Now every alleyway had become hostile territory and every shadow a killer, preparing to strike.

With her meditative moments, of simply being, stolen by fear of the impenetrable darkness, Amalthea decided to button her coat and get moving. Home wasn’t far away, a mere ten minute walk and at four am most of the drunks were already home, sleeping it off, or standing, unsteadily in taxi queues, waiting for chariots to return them safely to their beds. In fact, that was one thing that could be said about fear of the dark – it was good for the economy.

Some questions and answers –

Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

I am a Goth, a horror writer and an all-round nut-case. I live in Scotland with my kids and cats and write horror stories from a female point of view, merrily turning tropes on their head and fucking with the gender binary one paragraph at a time. Well it keeps me happy.

Who are some of your favourite authors?

Clive Barker, Storm Constantine, Sarah Waters, Iain Banks and Haruki Murakami.

What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?

To let the creativity flow unhindered when writing the first draft of anything and worry about editing it later.

What aspects of writing to do you find the most difficult?

I love editing, but I find it very difficult to know when a story is as perfect as it’s going to be. I tend to hold onto them for a while, waiting for the perfect sentence structure to surface.

This woman is one of the best writers I know and she is supportive of other writer, including myself. I was excited about the thought of beta reading, while my spelling and such isn’t the best I enjoyed reading it for pace and such.

Check out all up to date newsHappy writing

Simone

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
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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

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

Hello Readers

Hope your all doing okay and your Monday isn’t to bad. I hate Mondays too, worse day off the week.

So, I’m finalising the questions for fellow author Nicolette Grey in my up coming interview, I am also in the process of finalising several works and various other works in progress, though I’m torn on what to concentrate on Poisoned By Power series or Second Life, worried that Second Lifes historical beginnings might put people off, please let me know your thoughts.

Hope to share to good new with you soon.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello,

 

I have a few things to share with you.

Firstly, ‘Vengeance’ is coming along nicely and it is looking good, though its still a little raw. On top of that I also have another book series running around my head called, ‘Poisoned By Power’ and book one, ‘Spilt Blood’ is completed in hand written format and will type that up once ‘Vengeance’ is typed up. I have started book two on both the ‘Poisoned by Power’ and ‘Second Life’ series are wok in progress though I am a little perplexed on which to try and get published first. ‘Vengeance’ is a tale about a newly created vampire looking for revenge while ‘Spilt Blood’ is about an 18 year old witch who after killing to protect others from a perceived threat moves to a small town and is faced with some one as powerful as her who is using that power in completely the wrong way.

I know I’m being a little sketchy on details but I’m trying my best to try and keep you guessing so that you are surprised when they get published.

I had my online interview a few weeks ago and I have a link to the blog where the interview was posted after the fact. It has extracts of both ‘Red Eyes’ and  ‘Vengeance’ and they answer some really good questions.

 

CLICK HERE For the interview.

I’m finalising the questions for Nicolette, one of many of my author friends.

I have also been reviewing her work as well as the work of another of my friends, John Tucker and hoping to review a few more books in the near future.

So as you can see, its all happening right now.

Speak to you all soon

 

Simone