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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sneak Peek Monday: The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot (paranormal with romantic elements)

THE ACCIDENTAL WITCH COVERIt's Halloween season so get your spooky on with Today's Sneak Peek,  The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot (paranormal with romantic elements). It's funny, scary, clever, and features a heroine that you will just love to bits.

What it's about:

Phaedra Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope. Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is.

Just as Phaedra decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening.  Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.

Phaedra is so happy she doesn’t notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now, if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to save her town.

EXCERPT:
I carefully pulled the twine and the brown paper fell off. Beneath the paper was a large, leather bound book. It looked like an old journal or recipe book. It was tied together with a red ribbon and the ribbon held numerous pieces of paper. I ran my hands over the smooth leather and read the title of the book. It simply said Spells.
I laughed and pulled the red ribbon that held the book together. The book fell open. Inside, it was like a recipe book a mother would pass on to a daughter. There were old typed pages with handwritten notes in the margins. There were pages added with handwritten spells on them and drawings.
“What the hell?” I said as I leafed through the old book. There were potions and summoning spells and candle spells. In-between pages, there were pressed flowers and herbs and some of the pages were stained with old candle wax.
I set the book down and went into the kitchen and opened the fridge. At least the kitchen was done. It looked like any other modern kitchen. It had granite counter tops and marble floors. I’d spared no expense making it look like something that belonged in an old southern mansion. I wanted the house to be perfect and I had Johnny Boy’s money to help me achieve that dream. The lights flickered when I entered. I would have to talk to Lawson about that in the morning. I took a beer out of the fridge and opened it. I had a sip and grabbed a roll of cookie dough. Armed with the cookie dough and beer, I returned to the book. It had fallen off the counter, to the floor, and was opened to a page. I laughed again. The page it had opened to was love spells. That was just what I needed.
I sat down and ate and drank and leafed through the book. I stopped at a page with an interesting picture on it. The spell was an awakening spell. It awakened you to the supernatural world. I hesitated and looked at the script around it.
Something fell upstairs and the lights went out. I fumbled around and found the nearest flashlight and switched it on just as the lights flickered back on.
“Lawson, you asshole,” I said as I turned the flashlight off. “The wiring is done in the parlor, my ass.”
A sudden wave of fatigue washed over me and I picked up my mess and carted my sorry butt upstairs. I climbed into bed with my flashlight. I still had the book of spells. It had been so long since someone had given me something that I had forgotten what it felt like. I knew the book was more than weird. It bordered on creepy. A normal woman would probably burn the damn thing, but I wasn’t a normal woman. I was a lonely divorcée living in a house known to be haunted, but I loved it the way most people love their pets. I was the daughter of a man who had made it clear that he loathed me, with a step-mother who’d bought me toilet paper for Christmas. The creepy book was wonderful to me. It meant that someone out there, even if they were a freak, cared about me, and freak love was better than no love at all.

Did you like what you read? You can get The Accidental Witch at Lachesis Publishing or on amazon.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun Friday Question of the Week: Win a Free Book!

Hersheys-Halloween-Candycandy-corn-1Halloween-Tricks-and-Treats-Jack-O-Lantern-L10875716Happy-Halloween-Candy-Cauldron-Of-Treats-d3972600-64a0-4f49-aede-1b947a3ff1dc_320Week 5 in our Lachesis Publishing QUESTION OF THE WEEK! Every Friday we're asking a question right here. You have until midnight tonight (EST) to leave a comment to get your name put in a draw to win a free e-book! The winner will get to choose one e-book from our site (winner's choice!) and we will send it to him or her. On Saturday morning, I'll post the winner's name here and on our Lachesis Publishing facebook page and contact him/her on facebook as well. This week's question is: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HALLOWEEN TREAT? Good luck and happy reading! Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter and like our facebook page.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Can a Demon Assassin Reveal His Secrets? Are Two Jazz Babies Too Much For a Sexy Artist to Handle?






Looking ahead to Halloween --

My friend and fellow Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member Paula Altenburg brought her Demon Outlaws series to a conclusion with her release this past May: 


"When the Godseeker assassin Creed investigates stories of children gone missing, the trail leads him to an isolated ranch that is rumored to be involved in the slave trade. The owner of the ranch orders the enslaved Nieve to find any weakness in Creed that can be used against him to stop his investigation.

But Creed's secrets are buried deep. Or so he believes.

Nieve, who knows the intensity of an immortal's allure firsthand, recognizes the demon in Creed at once. Fun-loving and irresistible to most women, Creed tries to keep his identity hidden, ease her fears and get to the truth the best way he knows how. Seduction.

But Nieve has her own secret—a demon who once tricked her and their half demon son who was sold into slavery.

In a race against the clock, she'll do whatever it takes to get her child back, even if it means putting her trust in Creed." -- PaulaAltenburg.com 






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Heating up the chilly fall nights --

New Brunswick author and fellow Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member Nancy Fraser has a new release this week:


"Decadence, freedom and illegal activities… 

Everything a sheltered debutante in the mid-1920s could want. When Hyde Park socialite Susan Leland meets up with Evan Forrester for the second time, she makes no excuses for their first meeting—an auto accident in which she broke the young artist’s wrist. She finds the handsome Evan both infuriating and intriguing, yet not quite as intriguing as sultry torch singer Holly Winters, a performer at Susan’s favorite supper club. 

A chance to make amends… 

By posing nude for Evan to paint. When Susan balks, Evan, not wanting to deal with an innocent, sends her away but not before the arrival of his next model, Holly Winters. As Susan’s preparing to leave, the beautiful and talented singer convinces her to come back the next day—so they can pose together. 
Will Susan find happiness in the arms of Evan Forrester—or another?" -- Nancy Fraser



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jason Mraz Concert

From the writing desk of Christine Mazurk


Woohoo! My husband and I are going to see Jason Mraz perform at the Peabody Opera House tomorrow night. Love, love, love his music! The 37 year-old singer was born in Mechanicsville, Virginia, but made his music début on the San Diego Coffee house scene in 1999-2000. His first studio album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which contained the hit single, The Remedy (I Won't Worry) was released in 2002.

Mraz achieved commercial success with his second album, Mr. A-Z, which peaked at number five on Billboard 200, selling over 100,000 copies in the US. His third album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and became an international success. Who hasn't heard, "I'm Yours"?? The song hit number six on the Billboard Hot 100. His fourth album, Love is a Four Letter Word, peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, his highest-charting album to date. In 2010, "I'm Yours", won the ASCAP Song of the Year!

Mraz has won two Grammy Awards and received two additional nominations. He's also won two Teen Choice Awards, a People's Choice Award, and the Hal David Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. As well, he's earned Platinum and multi-platinum certifications in over twenty countries.

He sings, plays the guitar, but also plays the piano, mandolin, mandola, ukulele, and the banjo. He's known for his live acoustic style, but his genres include: smooth jazz, blue-eyed soul, pop, Coffeehouse blues, alternative rock, reggae and surf rock.

I'm going to download his fifth album, Yes, an acoustic album, which was released July 15, of this year, so I can be up on all his music prior to the concert!

He lives a health-conscious lifestyle, eating mostly raw vegan foods. A few little known facts - he owns a five-and-a-half acre avocado farm in Bonsall, California, and is an investor at Café Gratitude, a vegan restaurant in LA.



Check out his website - http://jasonmraz.com

I'll post pictures of the concert Friday on my Facebook page. Can't wait ... this is going to be awesome!!

Until next time, turn up the tunes and rock out to your favorite artists!

Christine

www.christinemazurk.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Halloween season so let's hear from a spooky YA paranormal author . . .

CROSSED-OUT-COVERToday's Q and A (Round 2) is with Lachesis Publishing author Kim Baccellia. Kim writes YA paranormal with a mixture of humor, sass, and spookiness. Her book Crossed Out (book 1 in a series) follows a teenage girl who can see dead people and has to get them to cross over. But an evil force is trying to stop her from doing this.
island of blue dolphinsWhat was your favorite book as a child and why?
 
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell had to be my all-time favorite book.  Why?  I was drawn to the story of a lone survivor set on an island.  Based on a true story, this story fascinated me about twelve-year-old Karana’s survival after the tragic loss of her people.

Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?


Hands down my fifth and sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Clements.  She was tough but also empathic.  She’s also the teacher that encouraged my writing and told me she expected great things out of me!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer but it wasn’t until later that I decided to follow my own advice that I gave my first grade students on pursuing their dreams. At age 40 I went back to college and took a number of creative writing classes, including a poetry class.  I based my first book EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA on my experiences with my bilingual students and my own search for my ‘Mexican’ roots.

Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?


Wow, there’s so many!  I love Malinda Lo, who has been a huge proponent for a cause I’m very passionate about—diversity in children/YA books. Diversity in YA was founded in 2011 by authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo. Marlene Perez who taught me that excuses are not acceptable and to seize moments with your writing. Linda Singleton who has been so supportive and encouraging of my own writing career.

coffee4Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

I homeschool my eighth grade son, so I have to schedule in writing.  Twice a week, when I drop him off at his charter student center, I go to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf off of Seventeen Street in Santa Ana, California, and write.  I grab one of their iced tea lattes. Love the atmosphere too. The other days, I schedule in my writing and just do it.  I have a Playlist from iTunes that I listen to while writing.

What is your favorite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not ;) indulge in when writing?


Mine has to be iced tea lattes, diet Dr. Pepper with lemon slices, nuts (love almonds), and of course chocolate. Dark chocolate is my favorite.

What does “writing voice” mean to you? Describe your own writing voice.


Voice sets the tone of a story. Someone once told me my voice is more ‘chick’ lit. I think I have a fun, younger voice. I also do have an edgier side that will be seen in a current project I’m revising right now.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career?

I hope to have a couple more books out by then. I also still plan on querying for an agent as I’d love to see my books in different countries with titles in those languages. I’d love to see one of my books translated in Italian and Spanish! I’d love to do a booksigning at ALA, and or BEA. I hope to be speaking at more conferences, including IRA-International Reading Association-on my passion on getting more books with diversity out there to children. I also hope to write a romantic historical.
Photo courtesy of http://blog.ningin.com/

Photo courtesy of http://blog.ningin.com/
Halloween is around the corner – given that you write books with spook factor – what is YOUR favourite scary book and movie of all time?
I still think CROSSED OUT is PERFECT for this season!  My character Stephanie sees dead girls and makes talismans that reflect their essences in order to help them to the Other Side. My favorite movie has to be THE RING. Not the English version but the original Japanese one. Scared the crap out of me!

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What/who are you going as for Halloween this year?
I’m think of decorating my face up to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) which is a huge day in Mexico.  It’s November 1st, the day after Halloween.
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