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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Welcome to the Mocha Memoirs Press Seasons Readings Blog Tour

I'm delighted to be hosting fellow MMP authors with seasonal readings, but rest assured that the catalog has something for everyone on your guest list. The Mocha Memoirs Press vision is to provide an outlet for outstanding speculative and romance stories that often fall beneath the radar of traditional publishing houses. We seek to provide quality stories that invigorate the reader’s literary palette like a good, strong coffee. Like great coffee houses, we offer a variety of flavors. We don’t just serve our coffee black.

I just leafed through the MMP catalog and found books that are sexy, sweet, creepy, and imaginative. I'm sure you will too. The featured Authors are Drea Riley, RaeLynn Blue, Laurel Cremant, Siobhan Kinkade and Selah Janel, but the rest of us have chipped in prizes as well. Check out the giveaways and prizes available by using the Rafflecopter links below.

With Nick and Jessica cooling their heels in Key West the Klaus children are tasked with running Christmas. Nothing but shenanigans could come from this arrangement. Or murder if Jaq has to spend winter babysitting the son of Cupid. 

Amur knew Jaq would rather kill him that speak to him. And he’d stand still and let her do it, but he’d prefer it to be  Ранняя смерть/Rannyaya smert'. Or as the French say “petite mort”. He’d willingly die a thousand times as long as it was between her thighs.

“Under the Mistletoe” by Siobhan Kinkade

Military widow Rhea Blackmon is forced by her late husband’s best friend Sebastian to attend Fort Mitchell’s Christmas party, much against her will. All she wants is to go home and be alone but Sebastian has other plans. He has a present for her; one that she will not soon forget.

“Holly and Ivy” by Selah Janel

After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong oninions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend?

A Trick of Frost by Drea Riley and RaeLynn Blue

Naughty Klauses by Drea Riley

Winter’s Guard by Laurel Cremant

There's no time like the holidays for love—whether you are rekindling an old love, finding love in strange places or just expressing a love of the ages. Follow these tales of love, laughter and holiday spirit in Mistletoe Dreams...
Winter's Guard. . .

Five years after a broken engagement, Vicky and James have met again. Forced to work together, Vicky hopes to show James that what they had wasn’t all broken. All she wants is time to prove that their hearts hadn’t lied five years ago—they may have fallen in love during a dark moment in their lives, but that doesn’t mean they don't belong together.

A Trick of Frost. . .

Two days before Christmas with her ex-husband, Rick, harassing her parents, Jaycee Froste needs a gift to lift her spirits. She stops in at her favorite restaurant, and it brings more than a hot meal. Jaycee finds herself seated across from one of the most annoying and handsome men she's ever met. She would even consider letting him taste her stew, if he hadn't stolen her reservation. With the holidays upon her, Jaycee decides the thing she needs to lift her spirits is J.C., a man who offers her so much more than she ever could have hoped.

Naughty Klauses. . .

Jessica and Nic have always loved the holidays and this year they are most definitely going to be on the naughty list. When you've got eternity on your side, it's nice to living things up with a little spice. You'll never look at Mr. and Mrs. Klaus the same way again...

And now get hopping!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Join the Coffee Time Romance Winter Wonderland Forum Hop-Celebrating Unfinished Business

Did I mention hundreds of prizes, including a tablet?

Leave a Comment in the Forums To Enter 

I'm really excited about the Winter Wonderland Forum Hop.

My Cape Cod paranormal romance The Widow's Walk just celebrated her first birthday, and is now out in both e book and print formats. And the prequel, Breakwater Beach, will be released in Spring 2016.

Plus, my National Novel Writing Month project was to get moving on the third book in the series, Storm Watch. I'm happy to report it's now at about 50,000 words and well on its way to completion.

So, I'll have some excerpts from all three to share, plus some giveaways.

Please stop by my forum to say hi, and if you subscribe to my newsletter, I have special gift for you: A PDF download of Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts which features a preview of Breakwater Beach.


Breakwater Beach
(coming Spring 2016)
Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?

The Widow's Walk

(available in ebook and print)

Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?

Storm Watch
(coming in 2017)

Mike and Liz thought they'd gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things 
get very complicated when they're the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane 
bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them--or has it been
spawned from inside them?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happy Book Birthday to The Widow's Walk and Fang-Freakin-Tastic Fall into Winter Events

Check out the Fang-Freakin-Fantastic Pages of BTS magazine page 105

News about the Unfinished Business Series

The Widow's Walk celebrates a first book birthday on November 11! 
What she'd like for a gift are more honest reviews. Contact me via my website for a free book. 

Breakwater Beach, the prequel, has a tentative release date of April 2016

Storm Watch, book three, is well on its way to completion. 
Follow my progress on NaNoWriMo with daily Twitter updates.

Subscribe to my newsletter for a preview of Breakwater Beach in Haunted; Ten Tales of Ghosts

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for Two Weeks of Special Events

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Holiday Blog Hop 

Drea Riley, RaeLynn Blue, Laurel Cremant, Siobhan Kinkade, Selah Janel

“It’s Christmas, Cupid!” By Drea Riley-- 12/1/15
“Under the Mistletoe” by Siobhan Kinkade---AVAILABLE NOW
“Holly and Ivy” by Selah Janel—AVAILABLE NOW

Bundled: Mistletoe Dreams-- 12/7/15
A Trick of Frost by Drea Riley and RaeLynn Blue
Naughty Klauses by Drea Riley
Winter’s Guard by Laurel Cremant

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Welcoming Mark Cassell, Dark Fantasy and Horror Author With A New Release

Happy Halloween. Fellow Professional Authors' Group member Mark Cassell is the perfect person to help celebrate this spooky weekend. We're changing to back to Eastern Standard Time this weekend, and the darkness will come earlier and stay later. It's good for dark fiction writers, but bad for those of us with Seasonal Affective Disorder. 

Mark is releasing his short story collection Sinister Stitches today!

Twelve horror stories weave truths you do not want to hear. The collection includes:

Intensive Scare – Three teenagers dabble in the occult and learn there's a good reason to be afraid of the dark.
Red, White and Black – When a clinical trial goes horribly wrong, a lone survivor finds herself fleeing from a sentient infection.
Meeting Mum – Introducing a new girlfriend to your parents has never been so problematic.
Midnight Clay – An otherwise pleasant homeward journey is interrupted by a demon with a particularly grotesque skill.

Each story binds the Shadow Fabric mythos tighter, revealing that everything around us is entwined with a deep-rooted darkness. And sometimes that darkness — the fabric — tears.
From the story collection, Sinister Stitches, here’s an excerpt from “Midnight Clay”.

As though the moonlight pushed him along, Owen freewheeled down the hill. The wind bit into his face, froze his knuckles. Often summer nights were like this, especially with a cloudless sky. If only he hadn’t left his coat back at Jimmy’s house.
A rumble in the distance, almost a howl, snatched his attention to the bend up ahead. He steered closer to the edge of the lane. He and Jimmy had an awesome evening; the new Dungeons and Dragons role-play game had stolen the day away. Before they’d realised it, night had fallen and Owen was late. Jimmy had beaten him with some lucky dice rolls.
The next game, Owen thought, would be war.
The rumble intensified; a vehicle approached at speed, still unseen. Perhaps a truck or lorry. Having cycled this route many times, he knew the lane was wide enough even if he did meet something that large. Still, he kept close to the grass verge.
Once more, his thoughts wandered to the game. Luck or not, next time he’d outsmart Jimmy.
Further ahead, along the winding road and through the trees, headlights forced back the darkness. Air-brakes hissed. A lorry, definitely, and it approached the bend without slowing.
Owen jammed on the brakes, the back wheel whirring on the tarmac.
He jerked to a halt.
The vehicle tore into the bend. Tyres screeched and juddered and groaned in protest. The trailer tilted, jack-knifed, and tipped. Something sleek, a silhouette against the night sky, leapt from the roof with what looked like enormous wings and too many limbs. Whatever it was, Owen had the fleetest glimpse as he threw himself sideways, dragging his bike. He rolled into the bushes, twigs and branches raked his hands and face. The lorry cleaved the tarmac, roaring like a metal dragon and uprooting trees and foliage, mud and earth.
His heart pounded in his throat.
After that there was silence, save for the creak of a buckled trailer wheel. And voices. Faint echoes on the wind from somewhere in the darkness. Not near the lorry but further away in the fields. Imagination surely; adrenaline from witnessing the crash. Imagination, too, had made him see that great…creature?
Entirely in his head.
He pushed himself up and staggered onto the road. The underside of the metal hulk loomed over him. A clump of mud and tangled brambles fell from the buckled wheel. Tiny glass beads covered the road, each one glinting moonlight.
If only he hadn’t left his phone in his coat pocket, back at Jimmy’s.
“Hello?” he called, heading for the cab.
No one answered…

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Welcome Mark! Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
I’m a British horror writer and live in a sleepy village that often inspires my sinister stories.

Do you write full time?
Not quite. Always a storyteller, it wasn’t until I became a driving instructor that I found the time to learn the craft of writing. Once established as an instructor, I began to take my stories much more seriously. These days though, I write more than I instruct.

What are your writing inspirations?
Open spaces inspire me, whereas tower blocks give me writer’s block. I am most definitely happy when surrounded by trees, and after I moved to the countryside The Shadow Fabric unravelled.

How did you come to write this story?
The title had been with me for 20 years and by the time my short fiction gained success, I knew I had to tackle a novel. I was ready.

Is this book part of a series?
Absolutely. The mythos has expanded, and that struck me entirely by surprise. After The Shadow Fabric was published, my leftover scribbles weren’t only the frayed ends I’d suspected but had potential for growth. One tale recently won a competition with Dark Chapter Press, but most became stories for Sinister Stitches, a collection I set for release on Halloween.

Tell us a bit about the characters.
Leo, the main character from The Shadow Fabric, stars in a short story from the collection. Always driven by a determination to learn what in hell is going on, he’s also desperate to uncover his own roots. The Shadow Fabric itself, a sentient force that controls the darkness, is at the core of every mythos story and I guess you could say it’s a character in itself. A malevolent one at that.

What project will you be working on next?
2016 sees the expansion of the steampunk universe that began as a short story for Rayne Hall’s Cogwheels anthology. I’ve already posted a few teaser flash fiction pieces on my blog.

One surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
A family tradition from my mum’s side, the Harmers, is to enter a fancy dress competition as a toffee. At about the age of nine it was my turn. I couldn’t walk up on stage because of the costume’s awkward design, and so my dad had to lift me up the steps. I came second place to a robot. My Sci-Fi stories featuring Alpha Beta Gamma Kill may suggest I harbour a deep-rooted resentment.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself or your writing?

My work, whether steampunk or fantasy, is always dark. Sure there’s blood but the horror I write isn’t mankind’s horrors, not the hack’n’slash type, but the supernatural, the paranormal, anything on the other side. It’s the unknown horrors behind the veil that has always fascinated me.

That's my favorite kind. I can't wait to read the collection.  I hope to meet up with you, Jonathan and Rayne on my next trip to the UK.

Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. He often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and Sci-Fi stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. Rayne Hall has included his work in three of her Ten Tales anthologies: Fiery Beasts, Cogwheels, and Fiends, and also a Shadow Fabric mythos story can be found in April Grey’s Hell’s Garden anthology. His flash fiction often features in the popular ezine, Sirens Call, and he writes a series for the Sci-Fi ezine, Future Chronicles, in which we follow the adventures of Alpha Beta Gamma Kill. His upcoming short story collection, Sinister Stitches, is only a fraction of an expanding mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric.

The Shadow Fabric:
Sinister Stitches (pre-order):
Twitter: @Mark_Cassell