Witch Hunt: Of The Blood, An Anthology AND A Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to bring information about a collection of novellas based on the best selling novel, Witch Hunt. A writing bud of mine, Krista Walsh, has a story in the collection–WOOT! So, read on and see if this strikes your fancy. (Ain’t the cover GORGEOUS?!)
 
Today’s post highlights which character each author would be.
 
If you could be any character from the WITCH HUNT series, who would you be and why?
 
 
Keri Lake:
 
Of course I like my character Miranda, but if I had to choose another it would be Margaret Hawthorne.  I admired her strength not only as a witch but a mother as well.
 
K.L. Schwengel:
 
I think I would be Melanie. Not that I want to be that young again, but because there is something special about her. She needs to find her path yet, but I think she’s stronger than she knows.
 
Krista Walsh:
 
I would want to be Cordelia, Vivian’s grandmother. She’s wise, compassionate and very respected for her abilities, which are themselves very impressive.
 
Suzanne Hayes Campbell:
 
I would definitely be Rose. She’s a strong pragmatic woman who makes the best of a bad situation. Several bad situations, really. She doesn’t stand on ceremony, and really doesn’t give a flying buffalo chip what people think of her. She boldly goes where lesser women fear to tread. Her fearless, can-do attitude is inspiring.
 
Devin O’Branagan:
 
Leigh. She begins as a timid, insecure woman who fights to claim her inner strength. Ultimately, she discovers The Goddess within and becomes incredibly powerful. Very inspiring!
 
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Five novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s bestselling novel, Witch Hunt!
 
You’ve closed the cover on Witch Hunt, but the story isn’t over … yet! Devin O’Branagan has handpicked writers to take up her characters’ stories and explore what happens next.
The anthology begins with O’Branagan’s own novella about Hawthorne matriarch, Vivian. Vivian and her fellow British witches work together to prevent a Nazi invasion during World War II. Then there is Colonial maiden, Bridget, who struggles with the guilt of failing her family in Salem, 1692. Her younger sister, Prissy, mysteriously disappears and finds another magical world. Julia, torn by family loyalties, love, and her spiritual quest, pays a huge price to continue the bloodline. And Miranda uses her powers against the great influenza outbreak of 1918—but finds the ultimate foe is prejudice against her kind.
 
Discover what was left out of Witch Hunt and revisit your favorite characters with these exciting novellas. The story isn’t done until the battle’s lost and won.
 
This anthology contains novellas by Devin O’Branagan, Suzanne Hayes Campbell, Keri Lake, K.L. Schwengel, and Krista Walsh.
 
All five authors of the anthology are available for discussion at Devin’s writers’ forum. This is the link to chat with them: Chat With The Authors!
 
Witch Hunt: Of the Blood is available in both print and eBook formats and may be found atAmazonB&N, and Smashwords. (Smashwords provides copies compatible with almost all types of eReaders including Sony, Apple, Kobo, etc.) It is also available internationally via Amazon worldwide!

 
Two of the stories in this anthology are bridges to the upcoming sequel, Witch Hunt: Resistance, which will be released in 2013.
 
The original Witch Hunt is an international bestseller first published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books. It has been translated into German and Turkish and is consistently on the bestseller lists. It is the story of 300+ years in the history of a family of witches, from the time of the Salem trials to a modern-day witch hunt. It begs the question: could it happen again?
 
Witch Hunt is available as both a paperback and an eBook. It is available at AmazonB&N, and Smashwords.
 
PS: I’m reading it now. I love how the authors have created a world that draws you in and refuses to let you go until you reach the end.
 
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Heather McCorkle is releasing a fantasy novel and I’m pleased to be a part of the cover reveal (even if I’m late to the party).
 
SO COOL!
 
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Cover designed by CP Design.
 
The Dragon Empire by Heather McCorkle — February 2013 / Compass Press

On Yacrana, dragons stand at the top of the evolutionary ladder instead of humans. Such an advanced species is not without its issues though. 

There’s trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist. 

 

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind. 
 
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AUTHOR BIO
Heather McCorkle
I am an author of fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Living green, saving endangered species, helping other writers, and supporting fabulous authors are a few of my passions. I am also a volunteer for the IS Foundation which works to make the world a greener place. When I’m not volunteering, writing, or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here, on my blog, and Monday night’s on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat.
 
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Thanksgiving Mega Giveaway!!!

Hey gang! Author Krista Walsh is hosting me on her blog, The Raven’s Quill, today. I talk about how NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE came to be and I offer a deep thought. 😉
Krista and I have short stories in the Day of Demons anthology by Anachron Press–her story is my FAV!
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Author of SOUL SISTERS, Janiera Eldridge, coordinated a Thanksgiving Mega Giveaway blowout that’ll knock your ereader right out of your hands–that’s how FAB it is!
Check out SOUL SISTERS here. I’ve read it and I like the TOTALLY UNIQUE TAKE ON VAMPS. Seriously people, I wish I’d come up with this one myself, LOL!
Here’s Janiera’s blog, Beauty and Books–lots of great info here, folks!
Ok, take it away, Janiera!!!

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Mega Giveaway!! This giveaway was put together solely to say thank goodness for books and to celebrate them!

It was also put together to give back to readers and try to give as many people as possible some reading material for the holidays! There tons of ways to enter so everyone has a good chance of winning something. 🙂

A huge thank you to the authors who donated their awesome books  & swag and to the bloggers who also hosted and donated material!

Here are some simple rules to remember when entering.

  • paperback and swag will be mailed to the U.S. only
  • ecopies are international
  •  You get to pick your prize if you’re one of the winners of the contest!! You will only have 24 hours to pick your prize and return your choice in an email or another winner will be chosen.
Good luck to everyone and enjoy the holidays!

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Mental Health Monday–A Better Pain Chart

When patients are admitted to the hospital, their vital signs are checked at regular intervals. Vital signs include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and percent oxygenation of the blood. A fifth vital sign includes rating pain on a scale of 0-10. Since pain is such a subjective thing, the scale includes pictures to help the rater identify where they lie on the scale.

Pain Measurement Scale (CLICK THE LINK TO SEE PIC)

 

A better pain chart has been made and it’s circling around the interwebz like crazy. So I thought I’d share it with all y’all.

A Better Pain Chart (CLICK LINK TO SEE PIC)

 

I deleted the pic to avoid copyright infringement, so I’ll paraphrase the scale…

0: No pain

1: Not sure if I’m in pain

2: Just need a band-aid

3: Distressed; don’t like what’s happening

4: Pain is not effing around

5: Why is this happening to me???

6: Ow. Pain is super legit right now

7: I see Jesus coming for me and I’m scared

8: Pain is disturbing. I may be dying

9: I am almost definitely dying

10: I am actually being mauled by a bear

11: Blood will explode out my face any moment

Too Serious for Numbers: You probably have ebola. It appears you may also be suffering from stigmata and/or pinkeye

Quite useful, isn’t it?

Don’t forget to check out my GIVEAWAY posts. There’s a week left to enter!

Click HERE to see my announcement and book + 3 chapter crit giveaway (just leave a comment to enter)

Click HERE to check out Rachel Firasek’s new novella and get a chance to win it (just leave a comment)

Flake-out Friday (the 13th!!! Eeep!)–Author Shout Out

A dear friend, Author Rachel Firasek, has a NEW NOVELLA out and I wanted to give her a shout out in celebration!! It’s titled, CREATING FATE, and is part of the UNSPUN SERIES of 3 novellas by 3 authors.

It’s a super fun read, filled with action, lively characters, and LOVE.

Here’s the blurb (from Amazon):

She gave away her heart…
Giving her heart to a mortal wasn’t something the First Fate planned. Losing him nearly shattered her soul. Upon his death, Clotho swore never to love—or weave life—again. Hoping she’ll change her mind before it’s too late, Zeus commands the spinner of life to take a much needed vacation from her immortal responsibilities.

He had to hide his…
Dane is close to cracking the drug ring he’s spent the last two years infiltrating, but needs to perform one last heist to meet the head man and prevent an impending war. An undercover agent, he’s now on the run from drug lords, thieves and with the very woman whose tears make him forget his purpose.

Together they’ll find a way back from the dark.
Chloe will have to put her trust a man she believes is like the ones that killed her fiance, or face an eternity on Earth. Without the desire for life, hope could slip through the cracks of time if he doesn’t love away her sorrow.

I’d like to give away a copy of CREATING FATE to one lucky commenter. 🙂

Considering I’m also hosting a giveaway to celebrate my second novel getting published, let’s close both contests at the same time so I can announce winners for both on the same day.

SO, that means you have until 11:59 EST, Tuesday, July 24, friends.

Spread the word, please, and do give Rachel a congrats! 😉

You can visit her Amazon Author Page to see her other novels–she’s on FIRE!

Guest Post–DIES IRAE Author Christine Fonseca on Novella vs Novel Writing

Hi Christine!!!! I’m super stoked about the launch of your REQUIEM series with DIES IRAE (novella) and LACRIMOSA (novel). CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, take it away, Christine.

The Differences Between Writing a Novella and Writing a Novel

Thanks, Laura, for having me today. Laura asked me to talk a little about the process of writing a novella vs a novel—the differences, similarities, and my thoughts on both mediums. My first thought on her request—“um, yea, I’m not sure I can adequately write about this.” My next thought—“Duh, you just did this. Of course you can talk about this.”

So, here you go—my opinions about writing these two different types of stories.

When I first decided to write DIES IRAE as a novella, it was because I wasn’t certain there was a full novel-length story in the prequel. My publisher and I also wanted to be able to offer DIES IRAE at an incredible price. As the story was drafted, I realized that while it could absolutely be a novel, the novella format could meet my needs with a few tweeks.

What did I mean by this? To answer that I must first explain what the novella actually is. Strictly speaking, a novella is longer than a novelette and shorter than a novel. It averages 15-40K in length. The storyline is far more complex than a short story, but far less complex than a novel. There are typically less plotlines and less conflict than in a novel, and the story typically ends at the brink of change. Most of the “novels” we were required to read in school—titles like Animal Farm, Of Mice and Men, and The War of the Worlds—are actually novellas. The same is true of some other novels we have come to love—Coraline, A Christmas Carole, and The Metamorphosis.

Now that we have a definition of a novella, how did I go about writing DIES IRAE. Honestly, exactly the same way I write a novel. I stewed on the storyline I wanted to tell, planned out the beats, and started to write. I originally planned on staying with one central plot—the romance between two of the characters. But I failed. Miserably. So, I added back my secondary plot thread as it was THE motivation behind one of the central character’s actions.

As much as the process of drafting and editing a novella was essentially similar to that of a novel, there were some differences that made me work—hard! For one, there was the whole world building, character building piece. There is no room for excess of each, leaving my early drafts a combination of too wordy in some places, and too vague in others. I’m certain it drove my poor beta readers crazy. My edits consisted of pouring over the language over and over and over again, carefully choosing each and every word, each and every scene, each and every cadence. Much like writing poetry, there was no room for lazy language or lazy story telling.

And in truth—there is no room for lazy language or lazy storytelling in ANY form of literature.

All in all, I have discovered a love of both forms of storytelling. And I have no doubt you will be seeing more novelettes, novellas, and novels with this series.

AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to see how the series develops! Thanks so much, Christine, for sharing your thoughts on writing novellas and novels.

Here’s some more information from Christine:

FAQ Sheet about the Requiem Series

About Christine Fonseca

School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her debut YA Gothic series, The Requiem Series, including DIES IRAE and LACRIMOSA, examines the role of redemption, sacrifice and love. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.

Short Blurb for DIES IRAE

Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love.

Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. But when he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth as teenagers, following the rules is more difficult than they expected.

Being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia.

Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces, and fighting against his rising emotional, Mikayel must now decide how many rules he is willing to break to save his friends, a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.

Author Endorcement(s):

“Dies Irae is the perfect introduction to Christine Fonseca’s Requiem series. The beauty of the words will tempt you, the tragedy of the story will break you, and the love, woven throughout like music through the trees, will haunt you for days afterward. Dies Irae promises a tale unlike any you’ve read before.”

~Ali Cross, Author of BECOME

Availability:

Publisher: COMPASS PRESS

ISBN:

Format: Digital format only – from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers. Links not available at present.

Short Blurb for LACRIMOSA

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the warrior angels called Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself.

Author Endorcement(s):

“LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.”

~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION

Availability:

Publisher: COMPASS PRESS

ISBN: 0984786368 (ISBN 13: 9780984786367)

Hardback and Digital formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and fine retailers. Links not currently available.

Additional Titles in the series include LIBERA ME (Nov 2012) and REQUIEM (March 2013). The book trailer can be seen by linking to YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTQoOFKEZg

For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com or her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.

Flake-out Friday–DIES IRAE by Christine Fonseca, A Review

Non-fiction author, blogger, and writing buddy, Christine Fonseca’s novella, DIES IRAE recently hit electronic bookshelves.

And I hope it goes viral!

Seriously, this little novella packs a punch! Every page drips with intrigue, tension, bittersweet agony, and danger. It’s TOTALLY worth the read!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a guest post from Christine regarding Novella Versus Novel Writing.

DIES IRAE Product Description from Amazon:

Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love.

Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. That is, until he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth. Assigned as Watchers while they await their decision of which angelic order to serve, the three assume the bodies of teenagers and experience life as human.

The sensations are overwhelming as the angels experience a host of human emotions—rage, terror, love—and come ever closer to breaking one of the unbreakable rules—never fall in love.

But being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia; a peace Azza seems bent on destroying.

Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces and Azza, and fighting against his rising emotional attachment to Demi, Mikayel must now decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for his new found love—a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.

Blog Tour with Ciara Knight–LOVE’S LONG SHADOW

 

Liza, the main character of my current YA WIP, has taken over the blog today. She’s interviewing Sammy, the main character in Ciara Knight’s debut novella, LOVE’S LONG SHADOW.

Let’s give it up to Liza and Sammy!

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Liza arrives late, no thanks to Nicolai and his soulful chocolate eyes, full lips, and that damn lock of hair that just wouldn’t stay out of his face. He got so close to kissing her this time that she almost grabbed him by the collar and smashed her lips against his. Then again, Josh rounded the corner just as they parted and if they had kissed, he would’ve seen. Knowing her luck, the two guys would’ve launched into another round of let’s-see-who-can-bruise-who-the-most.

With a deep, cleansing breath, Liza tosses her mahogany mop of hair over her shoulder, adjusts her leather bomber jacket, and enters the diner. Hovering near the doorway, she searches for Sammy, an online forum acquaintance, turned Facebook bud, turned oh-God-am-I-really-meeting-someone-I-met-online-for-real friend.

There she is, sitting in the far corner, wearing the silver wing necklace just like she’d said. Liza strides over, cringing at the squeaking of her glittered Converse sneakers.

“Sammy? I’m Liza.” She sticks out her hand and is pleasantly surprised at the strength of Sammy’s grip. She’s also startled by her warmth. Instantly, all the angst of the day melts away. She slides into the booth across from her new friend, rehearsing the questions she so desperately wanted to ask.

“Listen, I know this sounds weird, but I also know you’ll understand. AV—the guy I told you about—keeps bad-mouthing Nicolai and I just…I just don’t know who to believe. So…how can you tell if someone is who they say they are?” She resists the renewed urge to run her hands through her hair or slam her forehead on the formica table. Good thing, too, cause it’s totally sticky. Gross.

“Take a deep breath.” Sammy gives her warmest smile and clasps Liza’s hands.  “I’m afraid there isn’t an easy way to define someone. Unfortunately, I have little memory of my past life in Heaven and I’m learning everything as I go here on Earth. But, I can tell you, a local demon named Forras and his goons have a few traits. Shadows might dance around instead of staying still, orange flickers in their eyes, and a strange pull deep inside to join them despite the warning sounding in your head.”

“That’s pretty scary. Nicolai hasn’t done that. Neither has AV. Geez, why can’t people just wear a sign, I’m good, I’m bad, or whatever.” Liza sighs. “I didn’t even think any of this existed before…spirits trapped on earth, angels, demons, witches. What does it all mean? Sammy, tell me the truth, do you believe in this stuff? For real?”

“Well, I’m a fallen angel, so, yeah, I believe.” Sammy shifts in her seat and withdraws her hands and pushes her short, dark hair behind her ear. “You see, some people might call me a demon, but I’m not. I made some sort of mistake in Heaven and now I’m being punished. Either that or I have a reason to be here, I don’t know. I hope I have some sort of purpose here. I’m still trying to figure out what my angel gift is and who Boon is. Yeah, I agree, I wish they wore a sign letting us know who or what they were. I haven’t seen these signs around Boon, yet, I’ve been told he’s a demon. I’m not sure those deep brown eyes could harvest any demonic energy.”

“You really are an angel? I kind of thought you were kidding.” Liza snorts. “Man, all this talk about Heaven and demons and stuff. Maybe AV is onto something. God, if he’s right, then I’m in trouble.” Liza chews her lip, heart hitching to an unsustainable rhythm. She flattens her palms on her knees to keep them from trembling. “If someone’s soul is trapped on earth, how does it get freed?”

Sammy swipes tears from her eyes. “Sorry, dreaded human emotions, they still sneak up on me. Alex, my earthbound brother, thinks we need to make up for our past wrongs by killing demons. I’m not sure I agree. Maybe, we just need to protect humans from evil. Oh, I don’t know. I just hope I figure out a purpose soon or I’ll be stuck in purgatory forever.”

“I would hate to see that happen to you. You’re too nice and good.” Liza leans back, hoping she doesn’t end up in purgatory. She wonders if that’s what’s happened to Nicolai. She shakes her head, still unconvinced if Sammy’s story is like hers. There’re too many different variables. Regardless, Sammy seems honest and she listens. And that’s precisely what Liza needs. “Look, I’m sure you’ll figure things out. Here’s my number. Call me, okay?”

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What a compelling conversation, Liza and Sammy! Thanks so much for sharing with us, ladies!

If you’d like to read more about Sammy’s story, check out Ciara Knight’s LOVE’S LONG SHADOW, available through Turquoise Morning Press.

Ciara Knight (Pen Name)

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