Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blitz: Dark Light of Day and Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer

Dark Light of Day
Noon Onyx
Book 1
Jill Archer

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Ace
Date of Publication: September 25, 2012

ISBN-10: 0425257150
ISBN-13: 978-0425257159

Cover Artist: David Palumbo

Book Description:

Noon Onyx has been accepted into the prestigious St. Lucifer’s Law School where her mother hopes she’ll be trained as a Maegester. But Noon doesn’t want to control demons, set fires, or destroy things. She wants to become a Mederi so she can grow gardens and heal people.

Noon's best friend, Peter Aster, is an Angel spellcaster who thinks he has the answer to Noon's predicament - an ancient, mysterious, lost spell that can turn Noon into the Mederi she always wanted to be. Only one person stands in the way of Noon's dream - Ari Carmine, a fellow classmate who seems fascinated by Noon's fiery side. 

Fiery Edge of Steel
Noon Onyx
Book 2
Jill Archer

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Ace
Date of Publication: May 28, 2013

ISBN-10: 0425257169
ISBN-13: 978-0425257166

Cover Artist: Jason Chan

Book Description:

Noon Onyx is the first woman in memory to wield waning magic. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…

About the Author:

Jill Archer writes dark, genre-bending fantasy from rural Maryland. Her novels include Dark Light of DayFiery Edge of Steel, and White Heart of Justice. She loves cats, coffee, books, movies, day tripping, and outdoor adventuring.


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Lucem in tenebras ferimus. Into the darkness, we bring light.” @archer_jill #DARKLIGHTOFDAY

“When traveling into the unknown, sometimes the biggest danger is the one you bring with you…” @archer_jill #FIERYEDGEOFSTEEL

“One out of every two hunters who follow the Old Trail will not return.” @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Finally! I’m looking forward to seeing Noon embrace her fiery magic. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Ari Carmine is smokin’ hot. I wanna see if Noon can forgive him for that nasty surprise at the end of B2. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I heard a rumor that Rafe Sinclair makes a wish and I wanna know if it’s granted. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Nocturo. Tall dark handsome. Heard his scalpel’s put to good use. Is he gonna threaten Brunus w it again? @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I love the characters, but I’m really just in it for the monsters and magic. Bring on the ice demons! @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Armageddon is over. The demons won. But it’s not as dark as all that. Parts of it are romantic and sweet. @archer_jill #NOONONYXSERIES

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Spotlight and Except Berman's Wolves by Gretchen SB

Berman's Wolves
Gretchen SB

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Cover artist: Talina Perkins

When a scientist runs an experiment on three separate college campuses that goes horribly wrong, several hundred students find their lives altered forever. They must learn to adapt to their new lives as Werewolves. Immediately after the incident a government program was put in place to keep track of these unwitting subjects. After a year the program falls apart as those in charge argue on how to proceed.

Without the programmers constantly looking over their shoulders the werewolves have now started to organize themselves. Creating their own hierarchy and alliances.

Jack is the Alpha of Pacific Northwest University's pack F. He thought the government had finally taken a step back and let him and the other Alphas run their packs. Recently, however, he has been hearing rumblings about the programmers wanting to reinstate the program. He thought they were just rumors until he finds out one of his pack is being threatened by several of the lab assistants that took part in the original experiment. Now Jack must scramble to find allies and hunt down those threatening his pack. The more he goes looking the bigger the plot becomes.

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Berman's Wolves Excerpt One

Lyra knew the Weres who jumped her were members of pack L, former lab assistants of Berman’s from Pacific Northwest University. They hadn’t tried to negotiate this time, but had simply jumped her as turned the corner on her way home from the off-leash dog park in her neighborhood.
As soon as she smelled her attackers approaching, she turned to Hazel and pretended to have lost her cell phone. Hazel hadn’t questioned it, just taken Fizgig’s leash from Lyra’s outstretched hand and continued walking to Lyra’s apartment.
Lyra double-timed it toward the park. She knew her attackers would follow. All she needed was enough distance between them and Hazel. Lyra loved Hazel like family, but the other woman was not a fighter. Hazel would try, but she would only be hurt or used against Lyra. It didn’t really help matters that Hazel and Lyra knew all of each other’s secrets. In Lyra’s case some of those secrets could get them killed.
Lyra knew leading the attackers away from Hazel and the dogs was her best and only option. As the outskirts of the forested trail closed in around her, Lyra spun and braced herself for the attack. She could smell the malicious intent like rotting meat rolling off of them. She had one advantage: they didn’t know how well she could fight. Growing up in a predominantly male social group, Lyra had honed her skills. They thought girls were weak. They would underestimate her.  Lyra gave a small grin as the three Weres came into view around the bend.
Lyra posed as if she’d been off-guard and was helpless, widening her eyes and shrinking away in horror. The tallest guy headed toward her. Lyra counted, waiting until the last second when his arms stretched out to grab her. She roundhouse-kicked him in the head. The Were crumpled. Weres could take and dole out major damage and Lyra was stronger than most. The blow had landed perfectly, and he’d be out of commission for a few minutes.
The other two men didn’t make the same mistake; they rushed her. Lyra backed up. She needed more room than the thin nature trail provided. She was able to get one punch in to the guy on her left before the other man grabbed her.
Panic began to rise as a strong arm banded around her throat. Screaming to herself, she pushed the panic aside. She struggled to remember the course of action for this type of attack. Using the heel of her shoe, she stomped on her attacker’s foot. Inwardly she swore as she connected with a boot—she couldn’t do any damage that way. His arm tightened, and she knew he meant for her to lose consciousness. That would be bad. She felt the loss of breath acutely and Lyra knew she had maybe thirty seconds to get out of the hold before she was incapacitated.
She gave one swift kick behind her as she dug both her thumbs at her throat to relieve the pressure. Her kick hit true and her attacker cried out as her heel connected with groin.
She felt the man back up and she moved the opposite direction, scanning for the Were she’d punched in the stomach. She didn’t see him, not at first, but what she did see made her curse.

About the Author:

Gretchen happily lives in Seattle, Washington where she spends her time creating new characters and situations to put them in. She also enjoys cheering on her local sports teams, even though it sometimes seems they are allergic to winning.

Gretchen has spent most of her life in Washington state. She graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in History and a BA in Philosophy. Though there was a brief stint after college where she lived in Florida and worked for the mouse (Disney World). She loves that Washington provides a large range of activities, from Shakespeare in the park to rodeos.

She has had a love of reading and telling stories as far back as she, or anyone else, can remember.  Currently, she loves to read the same genres she writes. She also loves exploring her home state. At the end of her adventures she unwinds by curling up on the couch, knitting while catching up TV shows via Netflix.
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Interview- HE: A Sexual Odyssey by Stephan Morsk

What inspired you to become an author?  

Reading got me through some tough times, specifically reading about authors.  I decided I admired writers about as much as I admired any profession.  When I was growing up you used to see authors on TV more often, they had a presence and an (often eccentric) personality.  They were looked up to.  Now they’re largely invisible.  I decided I’d like to become one of those guys. 

Do you have a specific writing style?  

My favorite author is Norman Mailer.  I could never hope to approximate his writing style, but have drawn from several writers I respect including Elmore Leonard, Philip Roth, Erica Jong, Hunter S. Thompson.  (I’m dating myself I know.)  The bottom line is you choose which aspect or aspects of writing you think are most important and push them to the max.  I used to think the only essential element in writing was sound.  I submitted a whole collection of short stories called ‘Radish Heart’ to the Flannery O’Connor prize.  I didn’t win, but I respected myself for remaining true to that ideal, even though I’ve moved on from that.  You’ll see some stories like that on my website

Do you write in different genres?  

I invented my own genre term, ‘mysteroticom’ combining mystery, comedy and erotica.  As far as I know I’m the only one doing it.  I do it well.  If I’m not enjoying the writing I know it’s time to change something.  I go for entertainment value, lightening fast reads with horse-like doses of sex, humor, even drugs. 

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?  

‘Mysteroticom’ as I said.  I write in the first person.  Mailer called this his ‘trump card’.  I think it gives an immediacy of experience if you get inside the narrator’s head and know exactly what they’re thinking and feeling.  My novella, “HE: A Sexual Odyssey” is in the third person however which suits its plot line to a tee.  

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?  

It was originally called ‘crispi-sulcans’ which means winding or serpentine in Latin.  But since few people would have any idea of what that meant, I simply changed it to encompass what I felt was the most salient feature, this introverted protagonist searching for Ms. Right and connecting only with his penis.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?  

I changed it along the way.  Usually I do title my books when I start and stick to it.  The title provides a guidepost for what the book’s supposed to be about, albeit a rather vague one. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  

A couple of themes stand out in “HE: A Sexual Odyssey.”  The protagonist, a thirty-ish law student in Manhattan is in search of salvation from his rather isolated existence.  He’s looking for Ms. Right.  Women are largely seen by “HE” as the blessed immaculate deliverance from his cubby hole existence.  The power of women, emotionally and sexually stands out.  Finally, the cruelty of a tornadic vortex of gonzo karma is ever present.  “HE” is thrust into a series of intolerable situations through no fault of his own. 

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?  

Most of it is made up.  Characters are drawn from people in my life past and present but then altered subtly to fit the ongoing landslide of the plot line.  I always visualize someone whether from TV, real life, movies, etc. when I describe a character. 

What books/authors have influenced your life?  

As I said, I’m old school.  Norman Mailer, Erica Jong, Philip Roth, Hunter S. Thompson, Elmore Leonard to name a few.  I haven’t connected with any contemporary authors, probably because I’m too busy writing and don’t have time to read much.  When I go on vacation I bring a book with me.  Usually it’s an old classic and I rarely finish it.  I’m a shamelessly slow reader. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  

Mailer. Read his book “American Dream”.  It reads like genre but is chilling in the anvil-like sense of guilt pervading its pages, its lush descriptives, you name it.  Also read “Tough Guys Don’t Dance.”  Devastating.  By the way he won TWO Pulitzer’s. 

What book are you reading now?  

None!  I’m a sloth in the reading department. 

What books are in your to read pile?  

I’ve never read “The Naked and the Dead,” Mailer’s out of the box hit after WWII.  But I’m not big on war books.  I tried to read “A Visit From the Goon Squad” once but just didn’t connect with it. 

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?  

“Green Light.”  It’s part of a series (As is “HE”) about a screenwriter’s misadventures.  Again the insouciance of blitzkrieg fate shines through, and the adoration of women.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?  

In “Green Light” the screenwriter, a successful guy in his forties outside of LA, meets a woman in a bar. A few days later she shows up at his door.  The next day she leaves but is later found dead.  Wouldn’t you know it?  Shit for karma.  He thinks he knows who the murderer is and gets beaten up over it.  By the way, he has a mammoth penis.  So be it. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  

Keeping it always fresh, deliberately humorous and intriguing, always changing to keep the reader (and myself) entranced.  If you try “HE” you’ll see what I mean.  It’s sexy as hell and a lighting fast novella.  (71 pages)

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Mailer’s descriptives, the constant impression of his thought processes, his invincible timing.  He also ran for mayor of New York, made films, stabbed one of his wives, was an alcoholic and spent time in Bellevue.  Harvard grad.  He held his own in an interview with William F. Buckley.  Quite a character to earn two Pulitzer’s. 

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?  

Not at all, except mentally. 

Who designed the cover of your latest book?  

I did with help from Infinity Publishing.  I sort of had second thoughts about it for a while, but now I’m convinced it’s just perfect. 

Do you have any advice for other writers?  

Write, write and then write some more.  Identify what it is in writing that intrigues you and push that aspect to its God forsaken limits.  Then start all over again. 

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?  

“I Dig a Pygmy” by the Beatles.  Just kidding. 

          Thanks so much for allowing me this time to elucidate a bit about myself and my work.  Follow me on, Twitter (@SMorsk), Facebook.  “HE:A Sexual Odyssey” is available in softcover (Amazon), and e formats Kindle and Nook.  

HE: A Sexual Odyssey
Stephan Morsk

ISBN: 0-7414-8224-X

Genre: erotica

Book Description:

In HE the unnamed protagonist, a law student, is involved with a series of women who either loathe him, try to poison him, save his life or exploit him sexually. The first is the nanny of his ex boss’ kid. She sends him a hateful letter, enclosing a pubic hair and rubbed with pheromones. After observing a woman in a coffee shop whose breasts are ‘freaks of nature’ she leaves a briefcase and departs. He’s unsuccessful in returning it to her, but this karmic event exposes him to a bevy of dangerous and seductive paramours.

Available at  Buy Books on the Web and at Amazon

About the Author:

Stephan Morsk is a mental health professional who writes daily.  He won a 7th and an 8th place in the Writer’s Digest competition 2001 out of a field of 19,000 writers.  He has published a short story and won honorable mentions in other years.  His web site offers a new short story each month.  He is interested in novellas and recently submitted “Parrot Moon” to the Paris Literary Prize.  He’s finished several other short books, part of a four part series including “HE”, “Trashy Novel-A Love Story”, “She” and “I”.  He lives in rural Minnesota with his family.  Favorite novelist, Normal Mailer.  He enjoys exercise and is a reasonable amateur magician.   

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Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team (aka the P.I.T. Crew)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Fantasy Romance/ Paranormal Romance

What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you'd been taught to believe in?

Redlynn of Volkzene, member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to find another village girl taken and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible.  The King of the Weres-- But there are worse things in Wolvenglen Forest than the wolves.

Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he's never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is that last thing he wants in his life. 

But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and when the mystery of the missing girls is solved, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons to find the happiness they both so desperately desire.

About the Author:

Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people's made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people's characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.

Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters.  When she isn't spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.

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