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Such Violent Delights Anthology

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Your holiday season is about to get a whole lot wickeder…

Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Anthology

is releasing today,  November 13th!

 
Title: Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Anthology
Genre: Paranormal romance, Fantasy
Cover Design: Jay Aheer Simply Defined Art

Eleven all new stories from twelve top paranormal romance authors. From Heaven to Hell, fae worlds, superheroes, and even through the looking glass, these holiday themed short stories bring a whole new meaning to the 12 days of Christmas.

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  • Stacey Marie Brown – Descending Into Madness (A Winterland Tale)
  • Chantal Fernando – Suck Me
  • Jessica Florence – Hero Holiday Trials
  • Amelia Hutchins – Oh, Holy Knight (Wicked Knights Series)
  • S.L. Jennings – Devil’s Darling (A Se7en Sinners Short)
  • Amo Jones – DYAVOL
  • Knox & Miers – Deck the Demons (A Halfblood Huntress Prequel)
  • Kim Loraine – On A Cold Winter’s Night
  • Anne Malcom – Buried Destiny
  • R. Scarlett – The Winter Solstice
  • Alice K. Wayne – The Nutcrackers (A Breed Christmas Short)

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All proceeds donated to charity. Donation to Project Night Night in Isabel’s name. Help us help children in need this holiday season.

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Dusgadh: Essence of Life by Margaret A. Daly

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Title: Dusgadh: Essence of Life
Series: Book One of the Awakening Series
Author: Margaret A. Daly
Genre: Fantasy, Suspense

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The coldness starts in… It’s not just any coldness. It’s the kind that takes my breath away. It makes my body hairs stand at attention as the goose pimples form on my skin. A prickly sensation, like a million needles made of ice, all plunging into me at once, slowly depressing the frozen liquid they contain under the surface of my translucent membranes. This is the inexplicable feeling of another’s presence. You can’t see them, but I can.

Ember Malloch has always felt like the odd one in the bunch, but there’s a reason for that. She can see the dead.

After losing everything, Ember learns that her life is not what she thought it was, nor are the people in it.
An unbridled strength is unleashed upon her as she learns her past, and discovers who she is. She will have to face her demons to survive while she has an awakening like no other.

 

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14074214Having written her first paranormal fantasy book at the age of forty-three, Margaret Daly has started a wonderful trilogy. Margaret took her life’s encounters and crossed a bridge to a different world with them, a world filled with untamed power and endless possibilities.

Being raised in the hills of West Sparta, New York, Margaret lost her home and everything in it to fire at a young age. She dove into the dark world as a teenager and from there on spent most of her life wrapped up in unfortunate situations from bad choices. Margaret learned some things aren’t what you expect; some things end up being more.

Now, with her loving husband and four children, a family full of support and love, she has managed to overcome all the oddities thrown at her. Becoming the published author she once dreamed of being as a child but lost track of during this journey we call life.

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Interview with T.E. Hodden

HeadSpace

Yesterday saw the release of HeadSpace, a sweet but dark romance with a psychological twist.

Today the author, T.E. Hodden, (AKA Tom) in the ‘hotseat’ answering questions about
his books, his writing and himself!

 
Good morning, Tom. Welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you please kick off by telling us a little about yourself and your background?

11692692_751530404964797_6362793632642236555_nMy name is Tom, I’m from Kent, in the UK, and my background is in a very specialised niche of engineering, in the transport industry. I’m married, to the most amazing person in the world, and I am probably best known (admittedly by a very few people) for writing short and sweet romances.

 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It was always there as a hobby. Like a lot of people these days, I wrote stories as a hobby, and had the luxury of experimenting with self publishing digital works before I was brave enough to submit to a publisher like Roane. When I was a kid, I wrote stories in exercise books, when I was doing my apprenticeship, there was poetry or short stories on my laptop, and eventually I wrote something that I was confident enough about to share on Kindle Market Place.

I think a lot of that comes reading a lot, from the TV I loved as a kid, but I think what sparked it seriously in my head was when Virgin Books launched a bunch of original adult novels based on Doctor Who, and shortly after the shock ‘swearing, and sex in Doctor Who!’ came the realisation of ‘Wait, people were paid to write stories like this? And it’s taken seriously?’

I’ve never expected to be taken seriously, and pretty much every time I submit a story to a publisher there is a part of me who is worried they will work I’m still just the kid writing stories for fun.

 
What gets your creative juices flowing?

I wish I knew so I could make it work when I needed it! Sometimes idea pop from nowhere, and sometimes they grow over a long time. Sometimes they come from pulling apart other stories and trying to work out how the plot and the details work under the hood.

 
What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?

To just write. Sit at the computer, and write something. It doesn’t matter if you write a few pages of trash, and delete it. What matters is you try, and somewhere down the line, you find an idea that works, and you keep writing it. Don’t care about the rules, or what is meant to happen in stories, or how your English teacher told you the language works. That’s what second drafts, and edits, are for.
Just write.

 
What do you enjoy most about writing?

I like experimenting. HeadSpace is the kind of book I enjoy working on. I like playing with time, and playing around with dream-logic rather than real world logic. A lot of my stories are framed in ways that I hope look at romance plots from a slightly different angle, or to dissect moments in a way I haven’t written before.

 
You’re a prolific writer where do you find your inspiration

The inspiration I go looking for, is from history, mythology, and folk lore. A lot of my stories tend to come from experimenting. I’ll write dozens of first chapters, and find one of them will work, and a story will just grow out of it…

 

What Once Went Wrong.Of all your books do you have a favourite?

It depends how you mean ‘favourite’. The books I write just for my own fun, are the ones about the Bears, because I can just let go, and let the scampering, sticky pawed, teddy bears do whatever seems fun. On the other hand, the book of mine that makes me feel proud, that I can read back and wonder how somebody like me, ever wrote something like that, is What Once Went Wrong. It is a long way from perfect, and it has a lot of wrinkles that I think I managed to iron out, and make right, for the tighter, leaner, more satisfying stories that Roane published, but it has something about it I just got… right.

 

What Once Went Wrong is a wonderful and emotional read, Tom.

 

Do you develop characters from your personal experiences and/or draw from that of others?

A little. If we intend to or not, we all look for characters in life. If you sit there and try to write, you give a character dialogue, and that means thinking about how people speak, and there is a bit of your brain, that we don’t even know is there, that is watching how people talk, and listening for the way they twist phrases. I don’t sit down and think “this character is based on a mate”, but I do consider how I have seen different people react to different emotions, and draw from those experiences to try and make characters feel real, and the characters start growing organically.

 
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

A lot of the time characters start with a name plucked from the ether, that is a little bland and dull, but as I get to know the character they begin to feel more like something suitable.

 
HeadSpace_FinalCoverTell us about the cover for Headspace and how it came about.

It started like as one of my mood sketches. I doodle stuff when I get writer’s block to try and nudge my brain with a little inspiration. So, I doodled a romance story, happening inside a broken mind, and… it worked well, so I tidied it up and toyed around with it a lot on a computer, to use in my promotional work. When the publishers started talking to me about what kind of a cover I wanted, I sent them a few of the doodles, and they liked that one. (It is kind of my favourite. I was aiming for something a bit Saul Bass, and missed, but the result was pretty cool).

 
Who is your intended audience and why should they read Headspace?

HeadSpace is for anybody who likes a sweet romance. It’s a little different, (hopefully you won’t have read a romance like it), but it’s a guy meets girl story, it’s sweet, it’s dark in places, and it is very… dreamy. It’s a good story for those who like fantasy and fairytale wrapped into their romance.

 
What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have a wip we could take a sneaky peek at?

I have WIP but it isn’t ready to be shared yet, it’s still a little rough, and still growing and changing as I hear back from the Beta readers, and proofers. The working title is ‘The Stories We Tell’, and it’s about a guy forced to confront the woman who jilted him at the altar, with a literal gun to his head, and rake up all the dirt of her family secrets.

 
What advice would you give to your younger self?

To cherish every moment with those you love, and not take a single second for granted.

 
How do you spend your free time?

Writing is my free time hobby, it’s how I decompress from my worklife. I also love art, cooking, family, walks, and museums. Above all of these, however, I love to just spend time with my wife.

 
Tell us about your favourite memory related to reading or writing?

Being accepted for publication in an anthology for the first time. It was a story called Feathers, for an anthology called Hearts Of Valour, and although I had played around with some light hearted and silly romance stories before, and some romantic but not quite romances, it was the first time I had tried to write a real, serious, romance story before, and I had never expected it to be picked up.

 
Name three things you consider yourself to be good at, and three things you consider yourself to be bad at.

I hope I’m good at my job, good at cooking, and a person people can approach if they want to talk something, anything, through. I don’t know if I’m quite so good at washing up after cooking, dancing, or adulting.

 
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To like junk food less, and exercise more…

 
If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I have never been to America, and I think I would like to see it some day. Maybe not LA or New York, where everybody wants to holiday, but… a quite corner of New England, or to go ghost hunting in Boston.

 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Writing is very much a community hobby, and a serious business. I know that HeadSpace would be a far worse book if people like SallyAnn Cole, and Jenn Nixon hadn’t been so supportive when I was writing, of if Terri Rochanski and Sharon Hughson had not offered so much support at Roane. Or if people like you, Rainne, didn’t take the time to write blogs, support writers, and help the readers find books they will love. So, what I would really like to share, as corny as this might sound, is a huge ‘THANK YOU’. And thank you, reader, for sticking with us, and getting this far. I mean, you’re still here! Wow! Thank you!

 
Thank you for joining us, Tom. Congratulations on your new release, and best wishes for all your future projects. Keep writing awesome books!

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HeadSpace by T.E. Hodden

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Title: HeadSpace
Author: T.E. Hodden
Release Date: September 17, 2018
Publisher: Roane Publishing

 

HeadSpace_FinalCoverAny last thoughts?

A few seconds ago I was pushed down some stairs.

A heartbeat ago my head struck cold stone.

Somewhere out there, I am fighting for my life.

But I’m stuck in here, the echo chamber of my thoughts, fighting to hold on, fighting my way back through my memories, my friendships, and my mistakes.

Because, somewhere out there is a woman I should have said three words to, and I have no intention of letting go until she hears the truth.

Dying is easy. Are you ready to live?

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I saw her every night that week. Our first real date was to the seaside, so she could play the arcade games. Her driving lesson had not gone well, and she took out her frustrations on the digital enemies with button mashing and swearing.

“Bloody Hell!” I chuckled.

“Die! You cold sore riddled, festering foreskin!”

“What did they do to you?”

“They are invaders from another world, they deserve to feel my wrath!” She snarled. “Well, mostly because that stupid git who almost hit me on the roundabout can’t! And my Dad!” Her knuckles went white as she punched the fire button. “If I could zap Dad I would, that feckless little runt! But, I can’t, so these little alien buggers will pay! Argh! You bloody peggers!”

The screen flashed red. Game Over.

Purged of her anger, she curled into my arms, her cheek red hot against mine.
We sat on the beach, watched the waves crash in, and listened to music on shared headphones.

She considered the finger with which I stroked her wrists. “You know you are shaking?”

“I am?”

“Yeah.” She placed my hands on her side. “Do I make you that nervous?”

I didn’t answer.

“Let me guess…I’m so much more beautiful than all the other girls?”

“You are beautiful,” I agreed, “and there are no other girls.”

“I know.” She shrank back. “Why would you want anybody else?”

“I meant…” I could feel my words turning to a confession. “There haven’t been any others.”

“Oh.” She shifted so we lay back, and she could rest her head on my chest.

“Really?”

“You couldn’t tell?”

She chuckled.

“And…”

“And?” She asked.

“And… I’m afraid to let this happen, when…” I closed my eyes. “You know that in a few weeks I’m not going to be around much?”

“Oh.” She smiled. “So, you are playing for keeps?”

That she had to ask, unsettled me. I drew back and mumbled an apology. She put her fingers over my lips.

“Are those the only reasons you are so scared?” she whispered.

“Well, that and any moment now you are going to realise I’m a dork, and—”

She giggled and put my hand on her cheek. “It’s the good kind of scared right?”
It was.

“I know you will come and find me,” she said. “You are going to make me a promise. When you go off and train, you will promise to come find me every moment you can.”

“I promise I will come and find you.” I smiled. “Want something you can keep, until I come and find it?”

“Like what?”

I wrestled with my answer for far too long. Every fibre of me wanted to just say the words, but a sudden fear strangled my voice away, so bloody sure it would send her running for the hills if I admitted how much I wanted her, needed her, longed for her hot breath on the cold sweat of my skin.

If I said the words it would be real.

“My virginity,” I said, the moment hitting me like a sledgehammer to the happy sacks. “To be claimed as soon as you will be happy I am always coming home. Whenever you are satisfied I am forever yours.”

She blinked six times, her mouth opened, closed, set in a bright smile, and opened again, without finding any words, closed, pinching her lip between her teeth, before her whole body exploded into a nervous, twitching, shaking laugh. Fireworks went off behind her eyes, and her cheeks filled with colour. She nodded, kissed me, nodded again, and melted into my embrace, still wearing a glowing blush. “I’ll take it,” she said at last, stretching the words in a pantomime of indecision and bartering, “but I want something to remember you by, too.”

Her fingers found my scarf, she toyed with it. “Cathedral Bridge FC?”

I nodded.

“You poor sad bugger.” She lifted it off me. “Still, I’m the one likely to be wearing it in public.”

Her lips brushed my forehead, and we snuggled down into a contented quiet, between kisses.

 

 
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T. E. Hodden trained in engineering, and works in the rail industry. He writes as a hobby, when he is not walking the Kent coast, looking for forgotten nooks and crannies of history and folklore.

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Come and join us tomorrow, when Tom will be in the ‘hotseat’
answering questions about his books, his writing and himself!

 
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Before We Died by Joan Schweighardt

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Title: Before We Died
Series: Rivers, #1
Author: Joan Schweighardt
Genre: Historical Fiction, Action & Adventure
Publication Date: September 15, 2018
 

40102009Two young men battle corruption, the forces of nature, and their own weaknesses (including the issue of their love for the same woman) in the deepest part of the Brazilian jungle:

 
In 1908 two Irish American brothers leave their jobs on the docks of Hoboken, NJ to make their fortune tapping rubber trees in the South American rainforest. They expect to encounter floods, snakes, malaria, extreme hunger and unfriendly competitors, but nothing prepares them for the psychological hurdles that will befall them.

 
BEFORE WE DIED, the first in a three-book “rivers” series, is a literary adventure novel set against the background of the South American rubber boom, a fascinating but little known historical moment.

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joan-schweighardt2Joan Schweighardt is the award-winning author of The Accidental Art Thief, The Last Wife Of Attila The Hun, Virtual Silence and other novels.

Joan grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey and lived in Broward County in Florida and Ulster County in New York before moving to Bernalillo County, New Mexico. In addition to her own book projects, she writes, edits and ghostwrites for private and corporate clients.

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Awaken by K.S. Marsden

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Title: Awaken
Series: Northern Witch #2
Author: K.S. Marsden
Genre: YA Fantasy LGBT
Release date: 20th August 2018

 
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Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school.

But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for.

Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this… this is only the beginning.

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      Mark’s attention snapped back to the present, as his horse sharply leapt aside. Lulu’s ears were flat back and her muscles tense, and Mark hurried to steady her before she bolted.
      “What’s happening?” Damian’s voice was laced with panic.
      Mark looked around them, trying to find the source of Lulu’s unease, but there was nothing he could see that would upset the horse. Perhaps it was the scent of a predator, that spurred on such a violent reaction; but Mark had never seen anything bigger than a fox up here.
      “Dunno, it’s fine now.” Mark answered, finally turning in his saddle, when he was sure his horse wasn’t going to take off. He looked at Damian, whose bright blue eyes were wide with fear, and his hands gripped the front of the saddle again. Good old Holly looked remarkably relaxed. The little mare ignored Lulu’s antics, and was quietly grazing, waiting for her rider’s next command.
      Mark sighed, maybe they should turn back now, before he scared Damian off horses forever. And, he had to admit, before he scared him away completely.
      Mark looked at their surroundings. They had left the main track, to take a shortcut to the river. There was nothing but grass underfoot, and rough bushes hovering low to the ground.
      Mark looked closer, through the dead-looking thorns at his side, and saw a lump of stone. It was pockmarked and worn from hundreds of years in the elements, but its shape was too geometric to be accidental.
      It wasn’t unusual to come across the remains of old buildings up here, but Mark had never spotted this one before. He-
      He thought he heard a voice, deep and constant, reverberating through the air. Mark couldn’t make out what the voice was saying, the words deformed, and lost to time. Everything about him went still. The wind dropped, and the birds were silent. Mark strained harder, sure he could understand the voice, if he just tried hard enough…
      His horse suddenly squealed with fear, and reared, throwing Mark off balance. He tried to pull himself straight in the saddle, but Lulu was blinded by panic, and bolted.
      Mark felt the air shift around him, he thought he heard his name being shouted, and then with a heavy thud, everything went black.

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About the Author:

35486042_602790366769190_1403381745084006400_nKelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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Lightning Crashes and Golden Ashes

by Valarie Savage Kinney

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***Brand New Release***

41075791The Dealanach Anáil were being hunted.

The ancient race of giants with a talent for breathing golden lightning are being slaughtered throughout Scotland. Aurelius had hoped his infant daughter would not inherit his superhuman traits, but in this regard he was disappointed. There is no safe place to hide her in 18th century Scotland, so Aurelius takes his child to the only place he knows the hunters will not find her: hundreds of years in the future, to America.

Copper has grown into an angry young woman. Once she comes into her powers, she unleashes a torrent of fury on innocents. In her wake lies a trail of death, covered in golden ashes.

When the father who abandoned her returns – along with a sister she never knew existed- sparks fly.

But their personal feuds must be set aside when they realize the terrible truth: once again, the hunters have found them

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Valarie Kinney is a writer, fiber artist and Renaissance Festival junkie with a wicked caffeine addiction. She resides in Michigan with her husband, four children, and two insane little dogs. Author of Heckled, Slither, Just Hold On, and the Secrets of Windy Springs series, as well as short stories included in various anthologies.

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