If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Freebies

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

-Why Short Stories- 13th Floor Book tour.

Guest post by Christine Rains


I get this question often. It seems many people think that writing stories equals publishing books. When I tell them I have several short stories published, only a few are impressed. The rest ask again about my novels. I actually used to be one of those folks who had no interest in short fiction until I started to write it.

When I began writing smaller works, I spent a lot of time learning how to create a different sort of tale. It was intimidating, and I stumbled several times along the way. I still want to write novels, but the lessons I learned have made me a better novelist.

Here are five fantastic reasons why writers should write short stories:

  1. To practice the craft. The hook, plot, characterization, conflict, pacing, and resolution. You don't have the room to maneuver as you do with novels. Every word counts. Stretch those creative muscles and learn to master each element.
  2. You can try different genres. I've published stories in several genres including science-fiction, erotica, and western. Discover new voices and try various styles. Challenge yourself and you'll become a better writer.
  3. Acceptance and exposure. It doesn't take long to get a short piece accepted, and sometimes they're published within a few months. Plus, the exposure is awesome. If readers like what you write, they'll buy your longer works.
  4. They're great for introducing your character(s) and/or world to readers. Consider the short tale a teaser. Hook them and they'll be calling for more.
  5. They help strengthen your fragile writer's ego. Getting one short story accepted is a huge boost to your self confidence. It feels good. Better than eating a whole bag of M&Ms.

Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance

Release date: October 13th, 2013

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18460150-the-13th-floor-complete-collection

Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinerains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@CRainsWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017568.Christine_Rains

Have you written any short stories? If so, what have you learned from them?


Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Freebies

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Character bares all... Silent Oath

I can only imagine how frustrating it is for characters these days. Today Roland, from Silent Oath, is gracing the fae and baring a bit of his soul, or at least his thoughts about his author, Paul.

You mind if I smoke? 

Me: Feel free

So, this is nice. Answering questions from people I don’t know. Such a new experience for me. That’s sarcasm, by the way.

I’m just screwing with you, ask away.

1) What was the most frustrating thing your author did to you in Silent Oath?

You mean besides that hangover in the third act?

Okay, yeah, I brought that on myself. But the drinks were free! I’m only human. Sort of...

Anyway. Most frustrating thing? Not being able to help Nathan Shepherd. I mean, yeah, I give him advice, but have you tried giving advice to these hero types? If that kid would just sit down and think before leaping in, he’d be a lot happier, and a lot less beat-up. Of course, a lot more people would probably be dead, so you take what you can get.

See, years ago, around when the Council started to drive the reborn out of New York, I took the Oath of Sanctuary. Means I can offer safety to anyone who comes into a building I’m in, or stays close to me, and says the word “sanctuary.” Sweet, huh? But it means apart from that, I can’t get directly involved in any supernatural conflicts. If I so much as hit Dorian or Athamar with a spitball, my Oath is broken and then boom.

Yeah, boom. Like, say goodbye to several city blocks, if I can control it. If I can’t, well, you might want to get to a safe distance. Like, say, New Jersey.

Hey, I didn’t make the rules. Also happens if someone attacks me, though, or someone under my protection. Another side-effect is, if I tell you something about the supernatural, and someone else later asks me what I said, I have to tell them.

I probably should’ve mentioned that at the start, huh?

Just don’t ask me anything you wouldn’t want someone like Dorian knowing I’d told you, and you’ll be fine.

All this, of course, means that the more Nathan learns and the more enemies he rounds up, and he’s really good at pissing people off, the less I can really help him. So yeah, you could say I’m a bit ticked off at our darling author for that.

2) If you could take revenge on your author for all the stuff he put you through- what would you do to him?

Damn, you don’t mess around, do you?

I’d like to say I’d give him a taste of his medicine. Make him watch while people he cares about get hurt, but… Shit, I’m not some asshole who’d do that.

I am an asshole, just not that kind of asshole.

I’d maybe punch him a bit. Kick him around, you know? I haven’t been in a fight in fifteen years. It’s amazing what you miss.

But really, I have it okay. I have a nice place. How many New Yorkers get to live in a rent-free cottage in the middle of a park? I even have cable! At least, I do since Nathan hooked it up for me.

3) Do you believe in fairies?

That’s like asking me if I believe in gravity or that Fox News is owned by demons. Fairies are a fact of life. Never tell them your full name, and never, ever accept a gift from one. Crafty little bastards, the lot of them.

Oh, that thing about Fox News? That’s true. I know some people.

Me: Too true. Thanks for coming out for us today.

Hope has returned to New York City. Nathan Shepherd leads a small band of dedicated fighters against the Council of Chains and the city's supernatural masters. But it's not enough. Because from the shadows of Nathan's former lives comes an old enemy, one who knows terrible secrets that Nathan has not yet remembered, secrets that could undo everything he has fought for.

Nathan's only chance to uncover the memories of his previous existence, and to conquer these new forces of evil, lies in Elena DeSantis. A woman he has fought beside in past lifetimes. A woman he has loved.
Together, Nathan and Elena are the only future the city has.

Twitter: @PAShortt

A child at heart who turned to writing and roleplaying games when there simply weren't enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life. Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.

Paul lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends. The following year, Jen gave birth to twins, Amy and Erica, and is now expecting their fourth child.
Paul's first novel, Locked Within, was released on November 6th, 2012, by WiDo Publishing. Silent Oath is the second book in this urban fantasy trilogy.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Calling in favors

My first cover release! I need your help.

 I'm so excited to share this with all of you. I have been blogging since 2008 and the blogging writer community is one of the most supportive communities I have had the pleasure of being involved with. 

I've cried with some of you. You all have helped me through a lot with college, health problems, everything. You're a group of people I'm so thankful to know and now as I've watched all of you grow with publications, releases, contracts, advice, and jobs; I finally get to share mine and be apart of that world with you.

It's getting a great deal closer to the release of my book Ribbon of Darkness under my pen name Decadent Kane and I have the finished cover.

 I want to do a cover reveal blog hop on November 1st 2013.

What you need to know-
It's about elves, erotica genre, and the cover does not reveal anything inappropriate. I want each post to be unique and easy.

Anyone interested in helping  sign up on the linky below. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me.

Otherwise that's it- simple easy and I'll remind you closer to the end of the month and fill out whatever needs to be done for you. Please leave your e-mail in the comments or if you prefer you can e-mail me directly ladywriter1@yahoo.com just put cover reveal in the subject line so you don't go to my spam folder.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Freebie Friday

Wow! It's Friday already.

Here are a few free books to try out. have a terrific weekend- I'll be here hiding from the snow...


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

~September Ends~

Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning.



Hunter S. Jones & an Anonymous English Poet

Overweight and dull. That’s how I felt.

My grandfather and brother died. I hid inside a black cave deep in my soul, numbed for a decade on meds, booze, and bad love, married to my glorious career.

My name is Liz Snow, from Atlanta, Georgia, and this is my story.

One hot summer I fell hopelessly in love with successful attorney, Peter William Hendrix III, from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We bonded because of Shelley and Keats. Pete introduced me to the works of modern English poet, Jack O. Savage, It was like The Poet was drawing us together through his blogs and poems, like he had a message for my life and my love with Pete Hendrix.
I lived it in my heart and soul.

It all went tragically wrong once I learned Pete’s secret.

As September ends I jet to London, England with an unstable mind and a broken heart. Pete Hendrix betrayed me big time. There was no time for revenge. My life was a kaleidoscope of stabbing shards of pain.

London ignored me. Maybe I didn't exist. I was lost and lonely in a flat in Kensington.
I hear that Jack O. Savage will make a rare public appearance. I wrangle an invitation to the art gallery where he is reading. I was curious. Somehow, he was the cause of my trouble.
The rock-star-with-words was even more damaged than I.

Jack O.Savage, The Poet became my friend.
Then, an unexpected kiss at a county fair on a perfect English summer's day changed everything forever. Jack the man became my lover.
My elusive dream of a lifelong love began.
If Pete was what I'd always wanted, Jack was what I always needed.
The mystery unraveled as the kaleidoscope of my broken life evolved and I found myself living a rainbow of perfect bliss.

Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning.

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September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound together by poetry. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later.

September Ends is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love
 because love happens when we least expect it.


September 2013

Novelist. Exile on Peachtree Street.

Lover of all the finer things in life.

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

Currently, I have a music/entertainment blog @ExPatsPost.com. My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, was published in 2012. I have a series of sexy vignettes on Amazon called Tales from a New Amsterdam. Moon Rose Publishing included my novella, Magic in Memphis, in their anthology, A Celtic Tapestry in March 2013.

Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice have always fascinated me, although like any Southern girl, I will always idolize Margaret Mitchell for writing Gone With The Wind. I also adore the works of John Grisham, and own a huge selection of his books. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, my books, too many clothes, too many shoes and way too many stacks of notepads and journals.

October 1, 2013 will see the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound together with poetry. This novel is written in collaboration with an anonymous English poet. He wants no attention. In blogs, he only asks to be recognized as the secretive collaborator from London. We have never meet and we only communicate electronically and have no personal ties. His privacy and art are more important than anything. I can share with you that he is critically acclaimed artist.

You can connect with me at the following social media sites:


about.me/huntersjones1 has links to all the sites, books, Goodreads – Everything – on one site.


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