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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Interview Awakening the Trinity by Brittany Elise #YASupernatural



Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?
I just finished watching the third season of Stranger Things, but I’m not currently watching anything. I don’t watch a lot of TV to be honest. However, one of my absolute favorite (and entirely underrated) shows that I watch pretty much every October is: Penny Dreadful. It only ran for three seasons, much to my dismay, but Eva Green plays a phenomenal female lead and the storyline is hauntingly delicious. It takes place in Victorian London, and uses classic literary characters like Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula. It’s like a gothic fairytale with dark poetry–what’s not to love?
Do you prefer movies or TV series?
This is a good question. I think it depends on my mood and the time of year. If it’s freezing cold and dark and there isn’t much to do outside, I like to find a good TV series to get into, and kind of lose myself in the storyline.
When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?
Also kind of depends on my mood. I love series novels because if the storyline is amazing, I tend to not want it to end. My favorite trilogy right now is the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. I’m still kind of crossing my fingers that those get made into a movie or a show because they are such incredible books full of historical fantasy and Russian legend. She writes such beautiful imagery–that in my opinion–separates her from all the rest. She’s a true literary queen.
Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?
Hmm, if I get lucky enough to stumble on a book series early on, I like to read them as the books are released. I kind of like the torture of ‘waiting’ because as soon as it’s over I know I’m going to have this strange void of emotion like–“what am I supposed to do with my life now?” Ha-ha.
What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures?
I love being outside. I love hiking and kayaking–or really any activity I can use as an excuse just to be outside enjoying nature. I adore campfires and stargazing. I like learning oddball or off-the-wall things, too, like tinkering with mechanical things and learning how things operate. I take almost every experience that I can and store it in a little mental file just in case it happens to come in handy for a future story. I love learning, so if someone is going to take the time to share with me something they are passionate about, you can bet they’ll have my full attention. Unless it’s math… ::cringes:: Numbers and I do not get along.
What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure?
Well, I am definitely a nerd of sorts. I’m into the DC and Marvel universe, and thanks to my sister-in-law, some Japanese anime. I’ve dressed up for renaissance festivals and events, but that’s pretty much where I draw the line.   
Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?
            Never! That’s like the ultimate sin of reading for me.
When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a pantster?
I use a sort of skewed version of a skeleton outline. I like to know how I’m starting a story, where I want the story to peak, and how I want it to end. Everything in between is an adventure, and might change as I go along. I have tried mapping things out in advance–chapter by chapter, but that method just does not work well for me.


Awakening the Trinity

Brittany Elise



Genre: YA Supernatural Fiction



Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Date of Publication: September 12th 2018

ISBN: 9781684331260
ASIN: B07HB3QMLH

Number of pages: 269
Word Count: 90,000

Cover Artist: Brittany Elise and David King

Book Description:

In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.

Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.

When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor. Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.
                
Amazon     BN     Black Rose Writing


Teaser Excerpt Two:

     I could feel the slow burn of Wren’s gaze from the side and knew he was watching me. He seemed to always be watching me, and I wondered what thoughts were circling through that pretty head of his. I looked up at him demurely. “What?”
     “Nothing.”
     “You’re watching me,” I stated.
     “Do I make you uncomfortable?” He shifted toward me, hovering.
     “I haven’t decided yet.”

About the Author:

Brittany lives in Ohio with her husband, Benjamin, and their four-legged children. Brittany graduated from college with a degree in photography, and later became a canine obedience instructor. During the day, Brittany manages an FBO at a local hometown airport and services aircraft.

Awakening the Trinity is Brittany’s second book, and she is currently working on the sequel with hopes of turning it into a trilogy. Writing has always been her greatest passion. She enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places in an endless quest to keep that artistic inspiration burning.



Instagram: Carbon_Stardust

Twitter: @BrittanyElise23

Monday, September 09, 2019

Haunted Flint is an Amazon Bestseller!!!

Haunted Flint has been an Amazon #1 New Release in 5 Categories!!! FIVE!!!
The paperback was a #1 New Release in Supernaturalism (Books), Ghosts & Hauntings, and Unexplained Mysteries (Books)

The Kindle version a #1 New Release in Occult Supernatural and History of Midwestern U.S.

In the category Ghosts & Hauntings the paperback and Kindle versions were #1 and #2 right next to each other at one point!!








Haunted Flint 
Haunted America Series
by Roxanne Rhoads  and Joe Schipani 

Release Date: September 2, 2019

Publisher: The History Press

About the Book:

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters. 

Colonel Thomas Stockton's ever-vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots. 

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones at Avondale Cemetery. Carriage maker W.A. Paterson's spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men. 

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint's most haunted locations.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

New Release: The Shifter’s Secret by R.A. Boyd



“I gave you your beast back, Angel-Boy. Congratulations. It’s a cat.”

The Shifter’s Secret
Ghost Shifter Series
Book 6
R.A. Boyd

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: September 3, 2019

ASIN: B07TC6RD47

Number of pages: 204
Word Count: 56,158

Cover Artist: DesignRan

Book Description:

Emma Morgan restored a fallen angel’s grace and his ability to shift into a prehistoric beast. You think he’d be a tad more grateful and at least say goodbye. Emma has already had her heart broken too many times and isn’t ready to have the most gorgeous man she’s every laid eyeballs on stomp on her heart. Again.

Jace didn’t mean to shift and run. Now, he’s afraid to face the one woman who gave him everything he’d been waiting for. Without her, his beast will go insane. He’s bound to be put down or go on a murdering spree. It’s still up in the air.

Fate has brought them together again, and the chemistry they share is explosive. Can their already tumultuous relationship stand against the Rogue clan who are hunting Jace, and a possessed fallen angel who can’t decide if he’s a good guy or a bad guy? Let’s see!


#PNR #BBW #AngelRomance #ShifterRomance #NewRelease #GhostShifters #RABoyd #KU






Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Release Day Blitz Cursed By Furies: A Tale of Vikings, Elves, and Gods by Diedra Drake



Cursed By Furies
A Tale of Vikings, Elves, and Gods
The Cursed Elves
Book One
Diedra Drake      

Genre: Mythic Fantasy Romance


Publisher: Apache Creek Publishing

Date of Publication: September 03, 2019

ISBN: 9781088922415
ASIN: B07WD29D3P

Number of pages: 402
Word Count: 107,500

Cover Artist: Apache Creek Publishing

Tagline: What if the myths were all real?

Book Description:

1000 years ago the Elves nearly destroyed their species through war. As punishment, their ancestors cursed them and trapped them on the Earthly plane.

Priscilla Forester is a 500-year-old Cursed Elf, with abilities far different from most. She knows there is some secret about her origins, but has given up thinking she will ever discover the truth.

However, Fate was only waiting for the right moment to reveal its secrets. As Priscilla and her lovers battle against warring Elf Houses, her true nature begins to emerge, and it is more than anyone had bargained for.

EXCERPT 1 (598 words)

Mitchell parked in the lot, careful to stay out of the immediate line of sight while Raymond filled up his tank.
He replaced the pump nozzle before entering the store to get his chips and pay for the gas. Another car pulled up, and the driver also went inside. A few more minutes passed, and Mitchell started to grow concerned.
Raymond didn’t normally dawdle, and there weren’t so many cars around that there should be a big line. Maybe the clerk was having problems with his register or…
A shot rang out. Then another.
Mitchell’s heart sank and fear surged through him as he nearly tore the door off getting out of the car. He was inside the store in a blink and took stock of the situation in seconds. Raymond lay on the floor bleeding from his side, the red pool growing quickly. The clerk's body hung slumped over the register counter, blood pouring out from his chest.
The shooter’s eyes darted back and forth between the two victims, his breathing chaotic as he rubbed his fingers through his hair and pressed his palms to his temples. His eyes wide as he stared at the bodies and the blood. He didn't immediately realize anyone else was standing there. When he finally noticed Mitchell, it was but a moment before the shooter’s neck was broken and he collapsed next to where his gun had fallen.
Mitchell dashed to the automotive aisle and returned with a pack of terry cloth rags and duct tape. He ripped open Raymond’s shirt, tore one of the cotton rags out of the bundle, and started mercilessly packing the wound. Raymond screamed in agony for a few seconds, then his body became limp as he lost consciousness.
“Sorry Ray, it’s better this way," Mitchell mumbled as an apology.
He put his fingers underneath the bleeding side of Raymond’s body and felt around looking for an exit wound. Sure enough, the bullet had gone entirely through. With one hand Mitchell shifted Raymond onto his side, then shoved another piece of rag into the exit wound. When he rolled him back over, he noticed the fabric on the front was completely saturated and blood was pouring out of the injury again.
“Dammit. Something’s bleeding inside." He took a shaky breath. “Shit!”
He wiped off as much blood as he could to dry the skin, folded a piece of cloth like a bandage, and duct taped it over the opening in his flesh. He repeated the process on the back.
Mitchell looked around and realized he needed to lock down the scene. He stood and flipped the sign on the front entrance to 'Closed,' then hit the nearby light switches so the interior went dark.
He returned to Raymond, lifted him effortlessly, and carefully carried him outside to where he’d left his vehicle in the parking lot. He managed to open the passenger door and put him in the seat, then reclined it back to keep his body at an angle. As he was about to close him in, he noted the seat belt. With a last-minute idea, Mitchell ripped it from the wall of the car and started sliding it under Raymond.
Raymond regained consciousness for a moment, took one look at Mitchell, and began yelling in terror while pulling away.

Mitchell sighed as he realized his fangs had been out because of all the blood and stress. Another mistake. His superiors were going to kill him. He tightened the belt over the wound like a tourniquet, and the sudden pain made Raymond pass out again.

About the Author:

Diedra Drake is a life-long student of mythology and history, with a particular interest in the ways that different cultures tell the same stories using name variations. She is competent in classical Latin, and enjoys reading the classics – particularly Homer, Plutarch, and Shakespeare. For relaxation, Diedra loves to crack open a new historical romance novel or binge a new series on streaming. After a couple of decades being a business owner in the technology industry, she decided to explore her other interests through the creation of a mythic fantasy romance world. She lives in Central Texas with her family, which includes a small cat colony and a couple of dogs, and tries to ensure she gets a daily serving of ice cream for continual inspiration.









Monday, September 02, 2019

It's Release Day for Haunted Flint!!!


Haunted Flint 
Haunted America Series
by Roxanne Rhoads  and Joe Schipani 

Release Date: September 2, 2019

Publisher: The History Press

About the Book:

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters. 

Colonel Thomas Stockton's ever-vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots. 

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones at Avondale Cemetery. Carriage maker W.A. Paterson's spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men. 

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint's most haunted locations.


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Join Us at These Events






The Haunted Flint Book Release Party is Friday September 6 at Totem Books in Flint. Starts at 6 PM.





On Saturday September 7 I will be at A Festival of Oddities in Lansing MI from 11 AM- 7PM. I'll have copies of Haunted Flint along with some of my other books as well as products from The Bewitching Cauldron





On Saturday September 14 we're having a Haunted Flint Book Signing at R&B Used Books in Grand Blanc. The signing is from 1-4 PM.







On Saturday October 12 I will be at Witchtober Fest  brought to you by Witches Tea Flint. I will be doing a short presentation from 3:15 to 3:45 PM followed by a quick Q&A and signing of Haunted Flint. The Bewitching Cauldron will have a booth set up throughout the event.


What LeeAnn Werner Listens to While Writing


While writing I listen to: 

Isochronic tones for creative tasks if I need to concentrate deeply. Apparently, there are all kinds of tones to fit your needs. Check them out on YouTube.
“Got You” by The Flys for 4 straight days while editing. No idea why. Obsessive compulsive? Probably.
Most songs while writing, but the sound of the TV distracts me like nothing else. I can sit in the middle of a noisy Starbucks and write with no problem, but the TV always pulls my attention. 
Songs that remind me of my characters in The Illusion of a Girl. “Talk Too Much” by Coin reminds me of Brian. 
“Ready For It?” by Taylor Swift reminds me of Lena. 
“Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd reminds me Jessie. “If I Knew” by Bruno Mars also reminds me of Jessie. 
Different things and determine if it improves my concentration or sparks creativity. I’ve listened to OM chanting, the sound of waves and whales, but I haven’t noticed a change in my creative ability. 
No heavy metal, country music or opera. 
Nothing. Sometimes complete silence is best. The first thing in the morning when the house is quiet and the smell of fresh coffee fills the kitchen, that’s the best time to write.



The Illusion of a Girl
LeeAnn Werner

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Publisher: L. Werner Marketing

Date of Publication: 6/30/19

ISBN: 978-1-7330062-5-5
ASIN: B07TP9W621

Number of pages: 258
Word Count: 61,000

Cover Artist:  Vladimir Serov, Design – Teaberry Creative

Tagline: Stay Vigilant, Act Normal and Be Ready to Run.

Book Description: 

Perception is king, especially in a small Ohio town. Jessie Taylor seems like a normal 15-year-old girl, but she’s an illusion of what people expect her to be: a good girl, a smart girl, and most importantly, a girl from a respectable family.

Her family may appear ordinary, even wholesome, but behind closed doors it’s an alcohol-soaked nightmare without reprieve. Jessie and her brother Brian, struggle bravely together as they fight to survive their violent father. Even the excitement of falling in love for the first time can’t seal the foundational cracks in her psyche.

As her home life worsens, Jessie mentally begins to bend and then break. No one foresees the girl Jessie becomes, the dark abilities she possesses or the vengeance she'll take. Based on a true story, the author grew up with an abusive alcoholic father and lived to share the tale. She hopes her story inspires others to move beyond their dysfunctional families and stop the cycle of abuse.



       
Excerpt:

A few hours later, Mom’s hand on my shoulder and her soft voice woke me. “Will you go to the store with me? I would love some company.”
“What time is it?” I asked.
“Eleven o’clock.”
“I guess,” I grumbled. I moved Baby over and wearily got up from the floor. A quick glance at Brian confirmed he was still asleep. I cov¬ered Baby back up and headed to the bathroom.
Standing in the shower for a few minutes, I allowed the spray of water to soak my head and wake me up. I ran the soapy washcloth over my body, shampooed and conditioned my hair and got out.
As steam evaporated from the mirror, a girl with dark hair and a pained expression stared back at me. I didn’t recognize myself. My thoughts didn’t seem like they belonged to the girl in the mirror. Fear settled in my stomach like a large, cold stone. I knew it was me, but it didn’t feel like it. My thoughts existed outside of my physical body. With a trembling hand, I slowly dragged my fingers downward to blur the image. My scalp prickled as I backed away from the mirror and slid down the bathroom wall, still wrapped in my towel.
I desperately wanted this out-of-body feeling to go away. With my fingers pressed to my temples, I shivered and whispered, “3130 Brookhaven Drive. I live at 3130 Brookhaven Drive. My name is Jessie. I am Jessie.” I prayed repeating my name and address would put my brain back where it belonged.
“God, please make this feeling go away. Please God, make this feeling go away.” I wondered if this was what it felt like to lose your mind. My sanity would be the toll for the constant uncertainty and fear in my home.
“Jessie, how much longer ‘til you’re ready?” Mom asked outside the bathroom door.
Her voice broke me out of my panicked trance.
“Not long,” I answered. Slowly, I rose from the pink carpeted floor and got dressed. I pulled my still-wet hair into a ponytail. I kept my eyes glued to the floor. I was afraid my reflection in the mirror would kick off the disconnected feeling again.
I settled myself into the front seat of the car and buckled up. Mom glanced over at me.
“You okay?” she asked.
“No. Are you?” I glared back at her. Did she seriously think I would be okay? Frowning, I folded my arms across my stomach. Mom just sighed. She didn’t try to talk again. She knew I would quickly shut down her weak attempts.
As we drove to the store, I stared out the window at the passing scenery: our neighborhood with large maple trees, soft rolling hills, ranch-style homes and kids’ toys in almost every yard. The landscape shifted to flat land and brown corn fields once we drove a few miles out of our subdivision. In the summer, the fields were lush with tall, dark green corn stalks and moist earth, but now, in the fall, only dried, cut-down stalks remained. I rolled down the window and let the breeze soothe my brain.
Finally, retail stores appeared as we entered Stanton’s downtown. We arrived at the grocery store and quickly went through each aisle picking up our usual grocery items. I ambled through the aisles, not saying much, and mulled over the events of the morning.
In the cereal aisle, we ran into lavender-haired Mabel, one of the older ladies from church. I guessed she was in her early eighties. In fact, all the ladies near Mabel’s age had lavender hair. And why did they jingle with every step? Once you got old, were you assigned a bell to clip on your clothes and lavender hair dye?
“Hi Jan, Jessie, how are you?” Mabel greeted both of us.
I wanted to say, Hi Mabel, Dad punched Brian this morning and due to our constant abuse, I’m losing my mind. How about you?
“We’re good,” Mom said. “How are you?”
Her response prevented mine, which was probably a good thing.
Let’s all pretend everything is fine. They continued to chit-chat while I sauntered away under the pretense of cereal selection. To avoid any additional conversation, I stared intently at the various brands of Raisin Bran until Mom and Mabel stopped talking.
We finished shopping and headed to the parking lot. It was a windy fall day and my long ponytail whipped at my face as I loaded the grocer¬ies into the trunk. The warm wind washed over my skin like a caress. I loved the fall weather. It wasn’t too hot or too cold, but perfectly dry and sunny. As I loaded the last of the groceries into the trunk, the image of Brian’s face from this morning flashed in my head. It was the look of despair in his eyes. More than anything, I hated Dad for hurting Brian. I didn’t like it when Dad hurt Mom either, but it pissed me off that she kept him around when she could have sent him packing.

During our silent ride back home, I glared out the window and noticed nothing. All the while, my anger built. I hated Dad more for hitting Brian then me. I hated him for hitting me too, but it hurt me more if he hit Brian. As Mom slowly pulled into the garage, I couldn’t hold back any longer. 


About the Author:

LeeAnn Werner is a marketing consultant, blogger and author. Her book, The Illusion of a Girl, a young adult thriller, is based on her own childhood where she struggled to survive her violent alcoholic father. She hopes her story inspires others to move beyond their dysfunctional families and stop the cycle of abuse. LeeAnn holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Journalism. She lives in Illinois with her wonderful husband, three beautiful children and one super hyper dog.

You can check out her webpage and blog at www.illusionofagirl.com


Twitter - @LWerner27          

Friday, August 30, 2019

Haunted Flint and Halloween Fun

Hello Book Lovers,

Haunted Flint hits shelves in a few days and the release party for Haunted Flint is just one week away!!!


Throughout September and October I have a whirlwind of events.




The Haunted Flint Book Release Party is Friday September 6 at Totem Books in Flint. Starts at 6 PM.



On Saturday September 7 I will be at A Festival of Oddities in Lansing MI from 11 AM- 7PM. I'll have copies of Haunted Flint along with some of my other books as well as products from The Bewitching Cauldron



On Saturday September 14 we're having a Haunted Flint Book Signing at R&B Used Books in Grand Blanc. The signing is from 1-4 PM.




On Saturday October 12 I will be at Witchtober Fest  brought to you by Witches Tea Flint. I will be doing a short presentation from 3:15 to 3:45 PM followed by a quick Q&A and signing of Haunted Flint. The Bewitching Cauldron  will have a booth set up throughout the event.

Love Halloween? Some things you may be interested in on the Halloween blog include: DIY Mini Top Hat, DIY Creepy Doll, Swamp Witch Party Theme Ideas Easy DIY Faux Antique Pewter Mirrors, A Review of Paperless Post's Gorgeous Digital Halloween Party Invitations, DIY Tuxedo Coffin Invitations, and my most popular DIY - the Crystal Ball with Swirling Mist.

Keep up to date on Halloween happenings by following A Bewitching Guide to All Things Halloween's Facebook  page and MeWe group so you'll always know when I post something new. I'm also on Instagram. 🎃 

Follow Haunted Flint at Haunted-Flint.com  and on Facebook  

If you're looking for spooky Halloween themed gifts, costume accessories or jewelry please check out my Etsy store The Bewitching Cauldron. 


~Roxanne