Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Happy Holidays message to you + FREE read

 

Hmm... I don't have anything fancy or elaborated to say, really... I just started some free days from client work and I am still mentally tired (mild way to say mentally impaired or brain dead!), so I will go direct to the point.

Hope you all fellas have a PRECIOUSSSS Christmas and even more PRECIOUSSSS New Year! That you have fun, that you enjoy the best the season has to offer, accompanied by the most awesome people in the universe that are your family and friends. Eat the good stuff, celebrate with great music and get cool gifts! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, GUYS! And thanks a lot for your support!!!

But there is a dark side to the season too... People missing those who passed away (like me), people who had a financial setback (like me) or missing their family too far away to meet them in person (like me).

So, despite me having a foot on the dark side, I also have a foot on the bright side, because I have by my side a wonderful companion and his PRECIOUSSSS family! :D

But that's it, in a nutshell, X-mas and New Year are a season of mixed feelings, good and bad, happiness and sadness for me in particular.

Hope that you are more on the bright side than I am... And why am I telling all this here?! Because behind the author/illustrator, there's a human being who has problems and has to deal with life like everybody else ;)


And that's all, folks!
See you in 2017!

UPDATE: And I forgot to add: Eleanor's Gift, a Gothic short story is now available on Wattpad - with original sepia illustrations!!!


You don't need to be logged in to read it there, just browse it as visitor :)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Follower's giveaway: 1 signed Hardcover *proof copy* of As Cold As Thorns

UPDATE:  And the winner is....

Lyans" @ GoodReads

Congratulations! You have  until 4th January to claim your prize.
(Send me a private message with your shipping address. If I don't hear from you until 4th January I will pass the prize onto another winner.)

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I have one brand new hardcover with dustjacket PROOF COPY of As Cold As Thorns in spare to giveaway, SIGNED and with dedicatory, together with a Norwegian chocolate to a follower.

Will you be the lucky one???

Before you think about entering the giveaway, I need to stress that this is a PROOF COPY - it means it is a version with a few glitches and not the final version out for sale, however, it is very close to the published editions, apart from the few glitches.

Here are the rules to participate:

1. Must be a follower on GoodReads OR  on Twitter OR Pinterest (if you are a follower on the 3 channels... Wow! You rock!)

2. Leave a comment/reply on the giveaway thread on my GoodReads author blog - if you are participating via GoodReads
https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/14383014-follower-s-giveaway-1-signed-hardcover-proof-copy-of-as-cold-as-thorn

3. If you participate via Twitter or Pinterest: must retweet/repin the giveaway post/pic
Tweet: https://twitter.com/tragicbooks/status/808270555577196544
Pin: https://no.pinterest.com/pin/398146423292840902/

4. Must be from one of these locations: Scandinavia, Europe, UK

The winner will be announced  on 20th December!

A lucky and awesome follower will be picked at random, I will contact the person to get his/her shipping address and send the package. :D Thank you for the amazing support! ;)

 
 
 
And here is the view from the window I took the book snapshots today! A beautiful winter day in Vuttudal, Norway.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Interview & Spotlight with indie author Tabitha Vohn


Tabitha Vohn writes Poetry and Fiction (genre crossover with literary or literary). I across her work a few years back via GoodReads. I have also read and reviewed two of her books: Tomorrow is a Long Time and Requiem for The Fallen.

Here you can read a mini interview we did together and check out her newest book and the winner of the Indie B.R.A.G. Prize! 

1 - Tell us more about Only for a Moment. When did you get the idea to put together a Poetry book and how was the process?

Last year I was "stuck" with two sophomore classes to teach, after four years of having only senior classes. I was a bit put out at first, but then I decided to have some fun with it; doing lessons that I normally wouldn't have the chance to do with senior classes. One of the those ideas was Poetry Friday. We'd watch slams and then my kids would write poems on a proposed topic and those who spit their verse would receive extra credit. It turned into this remarkable family of poets every Friday. A lot of laughter, tears, and finger snaps. During that time I started writing poetry again, along with my kids, and it rekindled the love of poetry in me. Poetry was my first love in terms of writing.

This past summer I worked on my next novel but wanted something to publish in the meantime. I decided to put together a collection of my best poems and--with the help of a dear friend and remarkable artist who did the cover and interior illustrations--Only For a Moment was born.

I filtered through the past nineteen years of poetry that I've written and picked the best ones. I tweaked many of the older ones along the way. They all sort of naturally coalesced into certain themes or thematic topics so organizing them in the collection was an organic process.

2 - What do you like writing most, Fiction or Poetry and why?

To be honest, it depends on the mood I'm in. I like the more instant gratification of poetry and the cathartic release of it, as it's more personal and confessional for me. But fiction is an escape into other people's lives and loves and adventures and heartbreaks. Sometimes I need that escape, and I often grow to love my characters like friends.

3 - Are you working on a new book or have plans for one? What will it be about?

I'm currently "sitting" on a novel called "A Different Path", which you can check out on my website (www.tabithavohn.com). It's my best work thus far, and I'm waiting until it's properly edited before it's published. Editing isn't cheap so....thus the wait.

I'm also working on a novel called "Walking Man's Road", which is sort of a dual exploration into antiheroes and obsession.

4 - What is your biggest wish or dream as a writer?

I wish most for a steady following of readers. They are hard to come by without that anomaly "breakthrough" that all writers dream of. I also hope that my work improves with time. And as long as someone is being moved or inspired or--at the very least--entertained by what I write, then it's not all for naught :)

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SPOTLIGHT

Title: Only for a Moment
Genre:
Poetry

Synopsis:
Poetry is an act of survival. A cry to everyone and no one. Intensely personal, shamelessly honest, and oftentimes an admission of inner ugliness, Only for a Moment chronicles nineteen years of the author’s life. It explores ideas of transience, transition, and redemption through the battlegrounds of metamorphosis from young girl to woman. Each poem presents a snapshot; a puzzle piece of what ultimately becomes a collective consciousness. A road map to trace back through the labyrinth of people and experiences that define us.




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SPOTLIGHT

Title: Tomorrow is a Long Time
Awards:
Indie B.R.A.G. + AIA (Amazing Indies Approved)
Genre:
Literary / Romance / Time Travel
 
Synopsis:
Cal Morrison is a Midwestern farmboy who was thrust into fame during the Old Hollywood era. Now, at eighty-five, he sees his life as wreckage. At the mere age of twenty-four, Eileen has seemingly little in common with Cal, except that she fell in love with him on screen.

When Cal and Eileen meet by chance, she discovers that her feelings for him are not without merit, and he sees in her a chance for true love and, more importantly, for redemption.

A controversial experiment offers the key to them both. With the help of a German scientist, Eileen will enter Cal’s memory and, together, the two will create an alternate reality within the realm of dreams. Replacing the memory of his first wife (his leading lady in his most controversial film, The Last Tomorrow), Eileen will step into the 1960’s and discover whether love can exist between her and Cal, and whether loving him unconditionally will be powerful enough to alter the course of his destructive future.

But there is one thing that neither has fully considered: what happens once they wake?

Tomorrow is a Long Time asks the question of how powerful one person’s influence can be in our lives, the lengths we go to for love, and whether it is worth it.


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AUTHOR BIO 

Tabitha Vohn is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today.

She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.

On Writing, Tabitha says, “I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well.”

Tabitha has published three novels, Requiem for the Fallen and Finding What Is, and Tomorrow Is a Long Time, (which received the AI Badge of Approval). She is currently writing her fifth novel and is in the process of publishing her fourth.

Connect with Tabitha

Monday, 28 November 2016

As Cold As Thorns - Release date - Out now TODAY!

 

I am really happy to announce that AS COLD AS THORNS is now OUT for sale on Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and other indie shops worldwide! More info + book preview HERE 
The e-book and paperback are available, while the hardcover with dustjacket may take a few days more to be out for sale. 

Do you like Gothic classics? As Cold As Thorns may be a story for you!
Do you like character driven stories? You may want to read this guest post about The Many Faces of Henrique, the lead @ Whispering Stories Blog


Buy it/Look Inside @ Amazon.  
Buy it at an indie shop worldwide 
Add to your shelf on GoodReads

Now, I am really curious to know how people will react to the story...

Friday, 25 November 2016

Interview & Spotlight with indie author Jessica Hernandez

I've came across Jessica Hernandez work and Blog via GoodReads. She is an indie author and helps promoting others like me through her blog as well. So, of course, I invited her for a spotlight around here and I invite you to join and read her interview as well as get to know her books of Hawk of Stone duology. Are you ready?

1 - How was the writing and publishing process for your first novel, "Capering on Glass Bridges"?
Capering on Glass Bridges was born from an idea that I had while in high school. Over the succeeding years, I developed this idea considerably, and I often spoke with my mother about the fantastical world that I sheltered in my mind. It was she who encouraged me to write about it. As the end of my final semester in college approached, I made the decision to do as she suggested; I told myself that, upon graduation, I would finally pen the novel that had been floating about in my head for ages.

The publication process proved to be an overall positive experience. It’s in my post-publishing journey that I’ve encountered one of my biggest obstacles to date—which I’ll discuss in further detail when I answer question three.

2 - How did that process evolve when you worked on book 2, "The Yesterdays of Tomorrow"?
Initially, I did not create an outline for book one. I sat down in December of 2014 to “pants” my way through Capering on Glass Bridges. After writing about seven thousand or so words, I realized that I didn’t like how the story was coming out, so I discarded it and left the project alone for a few weeks. In March of 2015, I sat down at my desk and created an outline of my story. As I’m sure you can imagine, the writing process went a lot smoother thereafter. Hence, with my second novel, I created an outline before writing a single word. In my opinion, the outline has a function akin to that of a compass; it helps one better understand the different directions in which a story can be taken. My outlines, however, are rather skeletal. That is, I make sure to leave sufficient room so as to allow certain aspects of the plot to evolve as the story progresses.

3 - What is your biggest challenge as indie writer?
Overcoming obscurity. When you’re starting out as a writer, not only do readers shy away from your work simply because they perceive you as an unknown, but—often times—you are invisible to most of them as a consequence of the sheer number of writers out there. I’d love to get to the point where I have a loyal audience—be it of one person or of a thousand—to which I can present my writings.

4 - What are you working on at this moment and/or future plans as author?
I am currently working on my third novel. It takes place in Acu—the same fantastical world wherein Capering on Glass Bridges and The Yesterdays of Tomorrow are set. This book, however, is unrelated to my first two titles. Readers will be introduced to a new kingdom and a new cast of characters. I’m very excited about this project! Though it’s a work of fantasy, it’s imbued with a few elements characteristic of mystery and psychological thriller novels. Needless to say, the writing process is proving to be immensely enjoyable, and I look forward to sharing the finished product with readers.

5 - How do you keep inspired and who are your fav icons on books, arts, music?
I am inspired by too many things to name. I’ve learned that one needn’t be exposed to something new in order to be inspired. One simply has to endeavor to view the familiar from a different angle.

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. Lewis’ prose is exceptionally colorful. His writing style is such that readers can visualize the events unfolding in the narrative without any difficulty. I can still recall flipping through the pages of The Magician’s Nephew when I was younger and being in awe. The world that Lewis had created was so rich and so detailed that it felt extremely real to me; it felt organic. As a writer, I actively strive to emulate this effect. I want my readers to feel as though they’ve been transported to Acu—the fictional realm in which Capering on Glass Bridges and The Yesterdays of Tomorrow are set. I want them to feel immersed in this world.

6 - What do you think of social media and how do you make it work for you?
I’ll admit, I’m not too active on social media. I’m trying to change this, though. Social media is invaluable in bridging the formidable gap which exists between new authors and readers. It enables the two to connect and open up a dialogue with one another. (Which is pretty awesome!) I don’t know if I’ve succeeded in making social media “work for me,” but I’m certainly laboring towards this goal.

7 - Your biggest wish or dream?
I’m a bit of a chocoholic. I kid you not. I have memories of returning home from school as a first grader and running to the kitchen to stuff my face with chocolate chip cookies. For this reason, were I granted one wish, I’d request that chocolate be made as healthy—in terms of nutrition—as broccoli. I’d spend all day eating chocolate lava cakes. Yum!

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SPOTLIGHT

Title: Capering on Glass Bridges
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone #1

Synopsis: The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

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Purchase links of CAPARING ON GLASS BIRDGES

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Learn more about the Sequel or Final part of the duology

Title: The Yesterdays of Tomorrow
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone #2

Synopsis: It’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.

The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?

To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with…

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AUTHOR BIO

Jessica Hernandez was born and raised in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida (USA). She attended the University of Miami, where she spent more time than she cares to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, Jessica put pen to paper and brought Acu to life—so was born the Hawk of Stone duology.

Connect with Jessica 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Spotlight & Cover Reveal - Amber Sky by Claire Warner

 

Title: Amber Sky
Author: Claire Warner
Series:  C.O.I.L.S. of Copper and Brass (Book 1)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Raven Press
Release Date: Mar 1 2017
Edition ~ 1st  ~~ Formats ~ eBook

Blurb/Synopsis:

"You thought I did this out of the goodness of my heart?" He gave a short mirthless laugh. "Not a bit of it, this is going to be dangerous for me. What are you offering for my help?"

Beneath the Amber Sky, the nobility control the food, education, and the mysterious C.O.I.L.S of Copper and Brass. To Tay, struggling to keep her siblings alive, the ideas of rebellion and freedom are distant and unreachable. 

But when her father is arrested, she begs Darius James, the son of the Overseer, to save his life. Darius agrees, but his help costs her a favour, one he can call in at any time. 

Darius' favour will bring her to the Palace, and the perfect position to help the growing rebellion. But the court has games beyond anything she has seen before, and Darius' secrets will add to the danger.
Tay is now able to make a difference, to join the rebellion, find the C.O.I.L.S and discover the secrets of the Amber Sky. All she has to do is survive.

 

 EXCERPT

Set into the side of one of the wardrobes, and etched in gilt, the full length mirror gleamed lightly in the light. With a sigh, Tay stepped forward. Her image swam into focus and she took a step back, startled at the image she saw before her. The slightly timid house maid had vanished, replaced by some richly dressed stranger. The deep crimson dress fitted in all the right places, and the rustling taffeta held a glossy sheen which glowed beneath the lights. Small clusters of jet and crystal were stitched across the bodice and full skirt, and they glittered as the light struck them.  Tay slid her fingers across the fabric before turning her attention to her hair. The dark locks had been twisted into a mass of corkscrew curls and pinned to the crown of her head beneath of jet and silver fascinator. Her makeup had been lightly applied and her face almost vanished beneath the magnificence of the dress.

"Oh..." Barely able to speak, she turned back to face Beth. "I look..."

"Beautiful," Beth answered, a slight hint of regret in her voice. "And not at all like yourself," She walked forward and brushed an imaginary bit of dust from the back of the dress. "Now you'd better get going," She stepped back and jumped slightly as Tay flung her arms about her.

"Thank you," Now that the costume of nobility had been donned, she felt slightly better about the whole situation. Despite the slightly underfed cast to her appearance, the dress altered her entire facade. Visions of immediately being denounced as an imposter, began to fade as she stepped back, and headed for the living room. She pushed open the door, and stopped at the sight of Darius sat in one of the chairs. As the door swung open, he jumped to his feet. Tay was gratified to note that his mouth opened slightly in shock, as he took in her appearance. A moment of stunned silence fell over the pair of them as each regarded the other. Darius had also dressed for dinner and Tay ran her eyes across his elegant garb in stupefied appraisal. He had been handsome before but now, she closed her mouth as she realised that she was staring.

"Do I look okay?" She asked, nervous with the silence that fell over the room.

"You look..." He paused for a moment, and she could almost see his mind working as his gaze slid over her. "The part," He finished lamely before he turned, and headed for the door. "It was a good choice," He depressed the door handle, and opened the door. "Shall we?" He held out his arm and gestured to her.

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AUTHOR BIO

By day I am a boring civil servant, but by night (and at weekends) I write stories. I love fiction, I love the way that words can draw you from your own everyday world. 

I love to read. As a child I read all of the Enid Blyton books and devoured Roald Dahl. As a teenager, I discovered LJ Smith, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, and David Eddings and went through the phase of reading Point Horrors. As an adult, I found Kelley Armstrong, Raymond E Feist, Georgette Heyer, The Brontes, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Sheridan La Fanu and Henry James. I cannot imagine life without books. 

So I have begun to write for myself. My characters live in my head and from time to time they want to live in other peoples as well. I want to share them with you and I hope you love them as much as I do. 

AUTHOR LINKS

Blog   Literary Musings
Facebook Page Night Flower ~ @Nghtflower
Facebook Page Literary Musings ~ @Literarymuse
Twitter  @ClaireWarner5
Website Claire’s Scribbles  
Website Night Flowers

Monday, 7 November 2016

As Cold As Thorns Virtual Blog Tour - from 7th Nov to 7th Dec

http://www.rbtlbooktours.com/p/blog-tour-schedules.html

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the blog tour for As Cold As Thorns started today! Thanks to Anna Marie and RBTL, who are organizing it, I have a super cool schedule to share with you!

I invite you to check out the many creative posts with interviews and curiosities about the characters in the book and win one of the 15 ebooks on the giveaway :D


http://tragicbooks.com/as.html

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Cover art: Isle of The Forgotten - Fantasy Romance series by Tiffany Roberts

Tiffany Roberts is a duo (husband and wife) from the United States who are writing Fantasy Romance. I did an interview with them for my Goodreads Blog a while ago, which you can read HERE.

I have had the pleasure and privilege to work  with them making the covers of their book series. These two are very friendly and highly creative people and their characters are very cool!


Click on the covers to enlarge them
Book 1 (out now)

Book 2 (out now)

Book 2.5 - novella / ebook - January 2017

Book 3 - Including the alternative version :) - Spring 2017
 

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CONNECT WITH TIFFANY ROBERTS
Click on their author links

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Interview & Spotlight with Gisele Walko - indie author of Interracial / Paranormal Romance

Gisele Walko is a very nice author and writer friend I met through GoodReads and I have read two of her books: Wolf Girl finds necRomance (Multi-Racial Monsters Book 1) and The Vampire and the Necromancer: An out of Sequence Love Story. 

Both stories were packed with romance, supernatural elements and crispy humour! I really like her writing style, I prefer much more a universal POV than first person, since it feels like a more natural reading style for me.

So these days, I invited her for a short interview here on the blog and am now sharing with you her answers. Get to know more about Gisele and her great works!

1 - When did you start writing? And what made you decide to publish your first book?
I always talked about writing a book one day, and had several characters and ideas just living in my head, and then one day my husband said, “Try writing.  Why wait?”  So I did, and I love to write!  I’m glad I gave it a try.  I decided to publish my first book to see if anyone else liked it, and I feel like the more diversity that gets put out into the world, the better.  It’s good to provide and have options of what to read.

2- You write stories featuring interracial couples. Can you share with the readers why you chose to do it? Do you think your stories help to reinforce the message against racism?
Interracial relationships, and children who are the product of interracial relationships, reflect my own personal experience.  I imagine that most people who read my books are already pretty open-minded, but if I could reach someone, and make them a little less racist, that would be quite an achievement.

3 – You have vampires, necromancers and werewolves  in the titles of your stories. What inspires you to write urban tales with supernatural characters?
I like fantasy and magic.  I devour almost any paranormal or horror show I can find.  My first two books: Wolf Girl finds Necromance and The Vampire and the Necromancer are more magical realism with lighter supernatural elements.  Beignets and Fangs is for adults with more graphic sex scenes and adult content, also heavier on the paranormal stuff.  Ethan and Michelle is about the parents of my other characters (Nova and Noah), but it’s without any supernatural elements.  That one is adults only, too.

4 – There is also a certain darkness in your supernatural interracial romance books. As author, do you like more dark or light moods?
It just depends on my mood.  I don’t ever mind reading or writing dark things, but I try to add humor to break up the heaviness and create balance.  Sometimes I just want to read or write fluff, sometimes I want to be unsettled.

5- Where do you get your inspiration from and which other authors or books you enjoy?
I get inspired by lots of books, movies, shows, and personal experiences.  I’ve read so many good authors lately, including yourself.  I won’t make a list because it would be too long, but my profile is open for anyone who wants to stalk my bookshelves.

6- What are you working on at the moment and what are your plans for the future as author?
I wrote a chapter to a follow up to my Ethan and Michelle book, in which Michelle gets pregnant at forty-five and Ethan is not pleased.  I wrote a lot of Fairy Girl in Dreamland (Noah and Ko’s story).  I’m also toying with ideas for a love story for Sani, from Wolf Girl finds necRomance.  He did want to do better even though he was a possessive psycho.


7- How do you find your readers and what people who is new to your work can expect from your books?
I find readers on Goodreads through the groups of people who like to read what I like.  I have also met some fabulous readers/writers through Librarything giveaways.  Those new to my work should know that my style of choice is alternating POVs written in first person present (That’s not everyone’s cup of tea), kind of a stream of consciousness style.  The relationships will be interracial, or the main characters will be biracial or multiracial.
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 THESE ARE HER BOOKS, click on the cover to purchase them/read the synopsis

https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Necromancer-Sequence-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B017GB0H5I/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477240291&sr=1-3 https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-finds-necRomance-Multi-Racial-Monsters-ebook/dp/B014S4AGY8/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477240291&sr=1-4 
https://www.amazon.com/Beignets-Fangs-Gisele-Walko-ebook/dp/B01I92QCLG/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477240291&sr=1-2 https://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Michelle-Gisele-Walko-ebook/dp/B01LY9N9HU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477240291&sr=1-1

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CONNECT WITH GISELE
Click on her author links


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Review: The Night of Elisa @ Ginger Nuts of Horror

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/fiction-reviews/horror-fiction-review-the-night-of-elisa-by-isis-sousa

Ginger Nuts of Horror is an excellent page where you find articles, interviews, reviews of fiction and movies and a lot more of cool stuff related to Horror and Dark  entertainment. 

Do you want to know what Ginger Nuts of Horror said about The Night of Elisa? You can read the awesome review HERE.

Thank you Jim and Co! You guys rock! :)

Here are some bits of the review:

The Night of Elisa is a powerful and evocative adult gothic fairytale with a strong emotional core to the story.
The Night of Elisa is a deeply satisfying read a clever love story wrapped up in an extraordinary world ripe for a Tim Burton film treatment.  
Well, needless to say, as the creator of this work, it is very rewarding to have this kind of feedback, specially from someone as influential as Jim and his website... I truly feel like I have won a big prize :D

Monday, 3 October 2016

The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes

http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

For those who love art and the acclaimed Gothic Classic "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, 24th October you have a calling. I am publishing, with license from CMG Worldwide, a beautiful art book with 60+ quotes of the original novel accompanied by 20 fine art nudes studies I have painted.

The book will be exclusively for sale at this link: http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

And the editions are limited! 150 Paperbacks + 150 Hardcovers. The purchases will be numbered. There will be no second edition or reprint!

http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

More info and posts about this project coming soon :)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

"Clea and Larrimer", my first Urban Fantasy artwork, done for author Vicki Stiefel

Click on the image to see more of my portfolio.

Lately I have been working on several covers - and unfortunately cannot reveal any of them, yet

And this is one of my latest artworks - my first on the Urban Fantasy genre - which i did for a lovely author friend, Vicki Stiefel. I am very proud of this work, because it was both a challenge and a joy. The challenging part would be to make something "visually interesting and fitting for the genre", a genre which I had never worked with before. And it turned out that the process was fun. Vicki was very careful in guiding me about the physical aspects f her characters and the environment they should be represented, not to mention she is a brilliant human being, very kind and friendly.

I love the colors of this piece and how the characters fit so well together, not because I've painted it, but the vision Vicki had in mind was powerful.

These are Clea and Larrimer, the protagonists of Chest of Bone, her novel coming on February 2017, the first of The Afterworld Chronicles. You can read the first Chapter and learn more about the story HERE.
Look at this gorgeous logo!
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Spotlight: Enlightenment by Liz Keel

 
 
Title: Enlightenment
Author: Liz Keel
Series: The Driel Trilogy (Book 1)
Genre: Upper YA/Fantasy with SciFi Elements
Release Date: April 18 2016
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print (1st Edition)
Page Count: 190 (Approximately)

Blurb/Synopsis:

After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice. 

With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate...

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EXCERPT


Th-thank you,” I stammered, feeling embarrassed as not only he but all the guards were looking at me like I was some sort of precious jewel.

Interrupting the awkwardness that Eli could see I was experiencing, he addressed all the guards at once. “We better keep moving so we make Aroben before nightfall.” And with that they seemed to move fluidly as one, surrounding Eli and myself, with Isaac taking the lead up front.

“Why did he call me Thea-Driel?” I whispered to Eli as he walked next to me.

“The last part of an Elf’s name tells others about who they are, their past and family. It is also used as a formality when first greeting another Elf, especially one in the royal family. Driel is your family name and was the name your mother and father were known by,” he said, a reminiscent expression on his face.

“What’s yours?” I asked.

“Actually you’ve already heard it. It’s Thill, Eli-Thill. I, and the other guard members, take on the name Thill once we become part of the elite guard, as we pledge our life to the throne and what it stands for. Our motto is Eryuslian, which roughly translates as ‘to serve and protect’.”

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AUTHOR BIO

I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia. For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story. In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list. Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space! It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader. Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me. 

AUTHOR LINKS:

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BOOK LINKS:

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