The Witching Moon by Loretta Rogers

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. I’m inspired by interesting and unusual locations and my favorite books include settings so  fascinating that they make the story indelible in my mind. So, I decided to write a series of blogs about books from some of my favorite authors. They were kind enough to answer a series of questions about the settings of their books. The first I would like to share with you is my interview with Loretta Rogers, author of The Witching Moon and 17 other novels.

 The Witching Moon by Loretta Rogers

Book blurb: Sheen O’Reilly considers her gift of second sight a curse. Branded a witch, she wears a rope burn around her neck as a reminder of what happens to people who are considered different. Now settled in a remote homestead where she tends her animals and concocts herbal remedies, she knows “he” is coming but is powerless to stop him. “He” is Guthrie Tanner, who blames himself for the murder of his wife and the kidnapping of his young daughter. After an unsuccessful year of tracking his enemies, he has heard about a witch who lives alone on the prairie. While he doesn’t believe in supernatural nonsense, he is willing to do whatever it takes to find his daughter. What he doesn’t count on is the effect Sheen will have on his heart.

 Please tell readers a little about The Witching Moon.

As a toddler, Sheen O’Reilly, witnessed her mother being burned at the stake as a witch. To save Sheen from the same fates as her mother, Sheen’s father brings her to America. As she develops into her teenage years, her supernatural abilities increase.  Due to superstition and the ignorance of town folk, Sheen and her father are hanged. By happenstance, Sheen is rescued, but tragically her father dies. Considering her gift a curse, she travels to the western territories determined to live a life of solitude and away from civilization…until her empathic powers begin to intrude into her dreams and she is sought out by the hero, Guthrie Tanner.

 What is the setting for the book? Please describe it.

 The Witching Moon begins its journey in 1848 Ireland when the belief in witches and witchcraft was rampant. The story setting moves to Salem, Massachusetts. Although the witch trials took place two hundred years before Sheen and her father settled in Salem, the small villages were rift with superstition and cruel people who exploited those superstitions for personal benefit. Due to this turn of events, the heroine flees to Montana territory, 1868.

 Why did you choose this setting for your story?

Although Ireland wasn’t as rampant with witchcraft as England, Ireland is rich in Celtic history. The Irish believed more in Fairy Doctors than witches. Because the main theme of the story pertains to witchcraft, I moved the setting to Salem, Massachusetts, well-known for its witch trials; and then I chose Montana territory due to its isolation from nearby towns and civilization. Sheen O’Reilly is an empathic fairy doctor. Fairies generally live in caves and came out only at night. Montana is known for its underground caverns, caves, and even hidden strongholds.

Is this a real place, or did you create it for the story?

All settings for The Witching Moon are real places, including the underground caverns, and the hidden stronghold where the antagonist hides and eventually meets his demise.

Have you written other books in this setting, or do you plan to write more in the future?

 Bitter Autumn, a historical romance that I’ve recently submitted to my editor is set in Montana. Montana is rich in Native American history; and Fort Ellis, which is primary to the story and is one of the few surviving frontier forts from the 1800’s.

Is this the start of a series or a standalone?

The Witching Moon is a standalone book.

Anything else you want readers to know about the book?

 The Witching Moon delves into the life of a young woman who was bullied, and almost hanged because she was different and because of the ignorance of people. Sheen deals with guilt and shame, and wants to hide from who she really is. The hero, Guthrie Tanner, also deals with guilt for events that were beyond his control. He must put aside his own prejudices to seek help from someone who is different.

Overcoming adversity and survival is the central theme of The Witching Moon. Perhaps readers will see a little bit of themselves when reading Sheen and Guthrie’s story.

 Thanks so much for sharing about The Witching Moon. Here’s an excerpt:

A hideous mass of blackened, puckered flesh ringed Sheen’s neck. His blood turned cold. Guthrie had witnessed hangings when the Yankees had raided his father’s plantation in South Carolina. He’d seen the gruesome effects of a noose cutting deep into the flesh.

Fury flared in Guthrie’s soul. He lifted the coat from the ground and brushed it free of dirt and leaves, and then draped the garment around Sheen’s shoulders. He tried to hold her close. She drew back.

His gaze met hers. “My God, Sheen. Tell me.”

She gulped the sob building in her throat.

Sheen, breathing hard sank to the ground. She fingered the top button of her coat; closed now to hide the rope burn around her neck. She admonished herself to tell Guthrie the truth about her gift and be done with it.

Her voice quavered. “Are you in a mind to listen without judging me?”

Guthrie eased to the ground. He uncorked the canteen and poured water into the coffee pot, setting it on a flat rock next to the fire. “Tell me all of it, from the beginning. I need to understand who you really are and why anyone would want to put a noose around your neck.”

About Loretta C. Rogers:

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Loretta is a fourth generation Floridian. She is proud of her Scots-Irish, English, German heritage. Once an avid horsewoman, she trailer trained horses, competed in endurance trials with her pinto mare, as well as rounded up cattle. Loretta was a certified diver and worked with the sheriff’s search and rescue dive teams; she was also a rape-crisis and suicide prevention counselor. Life experiences and the people she met along the way often show up as (fictitious) characters in her stories. She is a bestselling author of eighteen novels. Her books span the globe from the UK to Africa.

Buy The Witching Moon here:

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iBooks: https://books.apple.com/pa/author/loretta-c-rogers/id510743856?l=en

Author Website: www.lorettacrogersnovels.com

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Talons ~ Lori Titus

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. This post continues the series featuring authors of A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology. Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for compiling them.

 

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Something has been robbing the dead from their graves. Sure that this isn’t the work of night creatures who usually feed off the living, Eli reaches out to Sharon. They have a past. She’s a powerful witch, and he’s sure that she can help him. 

Will the shadowy organization Eli works for help them? Or are Eli and Sharon just the latest prey in a game where the darkest powers have the advantage?

Lorie Titus

USA Today Bestselling Author and Bram Stoker Award Finalist Lori Titus is a Californian with an affinity for speculative fiction. Her work explores mysticism and reality, treading the blurred line between man and monster. She thrives on coffee and daydreams when she isn’t writing or plotting out her next story. 

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Alone In The Dark
Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Devil Upstairs
Lori Titus – USA Today Bestselling Author
Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author
Succubus Unleashed
Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author
I Spy A Demon
Marilyn Harlow – Bestselling Author
Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author
Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author
The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author
Siren Descending

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Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

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Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend ~ Interview with author Marilyn Harlow

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. This post continues the series of interviews with authors of A Darker Shade of Evil. Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for compiling these interviews.

Tagline 1:  A kiss on the hand may be continental, but demons are a girls’ best friend.

Tagline 2: Is love’s truth something to be cherished or feared?

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BLURB:

When Rita Hawthorne hikes to the Hollywood sign as she contemplates her future in film, she meets stunning and persuasive Leo Baph. As they look over the city after sunset, her wishes are kissed into the darkness and carried unto the demon’s ears. 

Rita’s success happens overnight, and she credits Leo—her muse. They cohabitate happily for several years until Leo simply disappears one day. The only proof Rita has of his existence is a piece of parchment with some Latin words written on it—and a smudge of blood appearing on a line at the bottom. 

As time marches on, Rita remains youthful and vibrant, starring in roles for much younger women. Until one day, she notices crow’s feet. She manages to throw herself into her work for several more years before she realizes her career is on the downswing—and she misses Leo. 

Against her better judgment, a middle-aged Rita trudges up the foothills to the Hollywood sign once again. There, she wishes for Leo to return to her, staring over the city after sunset. 

And he does—but he doesn’t look the way she remembered. 

After learning of Leo’s true self, can Rita allow herself to love him?

INTERVIEW WITH MARILYN HARLOW:

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

My favorite fictional hero is still Wrath, from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. He’s  a true leader, ya feel me? Really though, Beth is one lucky chick. I’d totally climb in his black satin sheets. I could probably put Roland Deschain, from Stephen King’s The Stand in this category, too. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My grandmother’s pearls. My mom’s diamond stud that I wear all the time. The quilt made from my mom’s T-shirts. 

Which living person do you most admire?

That’s a super hard question. I admire different people for different reasons. I admire my 6-12th grade band director for his dedication. I admire Liz Crowe for her tenacity. I admire Maddy James for her positive attitude. 

What is your greatest fear?

The progression of RA.

Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

Mr. VampBard is one of them. He ‘gets’ me and puts up with my yammering about characters and plots. I also have to say that Oldest, Middle, and Youngest are my heart and soul. Even though they’re grown. 

What is your greatest regret?

Not being able to spend more time with my kids. I worked too much when they were growing up. Being a teacher meant putting in tons of hours—and I worked in a foster care facility, so I didn’t have summers off. 

If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

Lucy in the Chronicles of Narnia or Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. They were both brave and learned how to use their talents. 

Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

The Great Gatsby. I’ve re-read it yearly since 1985. The dichotomy between the decadent opulence of the 1920s and Gatsby and Daisy’s lifestyles in sharp contrast to their happiness always chokes me up. 

What is your favorite journey?

The Hero’s Journey, of course. Joseph Campbell brilliantly narrated it. 

What is your favorite quotation?

Write drunk, edit sober. –Ernest Hemingway.

Dogs or Cats?

Cats. I have three—two of them are black. 

What do you most value in a friend?

Space.

What quality do you most admire in a woman and/or a man?

Honesty and compassion.

Which book that you’ve written is your favorite?

Authors don’t have favorites—all their books are their children.

What are your writing quirks?

I am a methodical planner—but my plans always go off the rails. 

What do you do as a hobby?

Knitting and I’m dabbling in digital graphics. Learning Photoshop is proving to be a challenge.

Which are your three favorite books?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Stand by Stephen King

Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Music or images. Sometimes, I’ll be listening to a song and an entire plot lands smack-dab in the middle of my brain. Other times, I’ll be perusing a stock photo site and a story smacks me upside the head. 

What is your Writing Routine?

Choose music. Re-read previous scene (without editing!). Read notes for the scene I need to write. Write the scene. 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It depends. Emotional scenes exhaust me. Most others energize me.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I can write a novella in a week—first draft, around 30K words. The editing takes three or four days before I can safely send it off to my editor. 

Do you have any Social Platform Links for your friends, fans, and readers?

Website: https://www.deelylah.com 

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeelylah/

Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Deelylah-Mullin/e/B01LZ0HJPF/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VampBard 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vampbard/ 

MailChimp Landing Page (newsletter sign up) https://mailchi.mp/21f5717a8fac/deelylah 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deelylah-mullin  

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/happily.ever.after.romance.syndicate/

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Depends on the book. Before starting Distilled, I researched bourbon-making for about a week. I decided what elements I wanted to include, roles different characters could have, and how I would create the world around those things. Sometimes, I’ll research as I’m writing. Like, Google Earth is a spectacular way to see a neighborhood for Contemporary. 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

It turned me into a plotter. I used to think I could pants my way through any form of writing—after all, that’s how I did things in college and got As in my creative writing classes. But, when working on something like a novel, there’s too many balls in the air to not plan at least a little. Much different from writing short stories.

What were some of the challenges you faced on the road to publication?

Having money to get things done. Cover art and editing are NOT cheap. I work a #dayjob as an editor for a literacy non-profit and that pays for my writing habit.

What are you working on now?

I’m on a paranormal kick. I have started using my paranormal pen name, Marilyn Harlow, to keep the divide with retailers. But, Marilyn won’t have her own social media—it’s not a secret that Deelylah = Marilyn.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I’ve always been a fan of Marilyn Monroe, and her movie, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” popped into my head while I was contemplating things for this book. I think it’s going to turn into a series. 

What inspires you to write?

I write every day. Sometimes, it’s a poem or song lyrics (with accompanying music) or it might be a chapter of a WIP. Maybe, if I’ve written a lot for work that day, I’ll create some other type of art. 

How did you conduct your research for Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend?

  Hrm. This one is a toughy. I’ve had the concept for this book for a while. I’ve looked up images to inspire me, but haven’t had to do much research, overall. 

What would your friends say is your best quality?

I’m honest and creative. Those qualities have made for some interesting conversations.

Are reader reviews important to you?

I read reviews and let them inform my writing moving forward. And, Amazon’s algorithms—Necessary evil of the business.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I do some yarn work—either knitting or crocheting. I paint a bit. And, we have the never-ending home improvement project. 

Tell us about your other books?

I have a series—Teachers’ Lounge—that is about a fictional town in Michigan. The school has a ton of teachers, apparently, even though the town is pretty small. There is a historical/paranormal/zombie story, which is the origin story for the town. Most of the titles are contemporary, but a few are paranormal. I started writing this series on a dare from a former colleague (I’m a retired teacher—but I now work for a literacy non-profit). 

Distilled is a stand-alone, and it’s set in Liz Crow’s Love Brothers world. It’s about distilling bourbon. The main characters have issues, and there’s a crazy ex on the loose. What couldn’t you love?

Manhattan Melody is the first title of the On Tour series. Three band members are rising stars, but we see their humble beginnings in Manhattan Melody. As well as Leo and Mia’s story. Leo is the bass player for the band and Mia is an adjunct college professor who bartends to make ends meet. 

Spark is the second title in the Mercy General series I co-write with Paige Prince. It’s about a firefighter who gets involved with the widow of a police officer—and her 5-year-old son. It’s a hard topic, but the end is TOTALLY worth it. 

A Howling Good Time is available in Romance Collections Guardian anthology. It’s a werewolf shifter romance, and they’re looking for the virus that causes the shift. 

If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be?

I have three kids and three step kids—I’m a modern-day Carol Brady—yet, I never had an Alice. I want my goddamn Alice! 

Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can impart to aspiring writers?

Don’t overthink it. Sit your butt in the chair and write. You can plot or you can pants—or a combination of the two—but don’t put it off. I believe everyone has a story to tell. 

Oh, and get a good editor. They make all the difference.

What are your Top Writing Tips?

  1. Have a good editor.
  2. Make sure your covers look professional. 
  3. Have a plan.

Finally, what are we likely to find in YOUR nightstand? 

On my side table, there’s an alarm clock, my cell phone, and my watch. Maybe a stray hairclip I forgot to take out before my head hit the pillow. 

Deelylah Mullin

Marilyn Harlow is Deelylah Mullin–but Marilyn writes the paranormal stuff. 


Deelylah is the empty-nesting author of contemporary romance. 

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Alone In The Dark
Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Devil Upstairs
Lori Titus – USA Today Bestselling Author
Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author
Succubus Unleashed
Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author
I Spy A Demon
Marilyn Harlow – Bestselling Author
Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author
Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author
The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author
Siren Descending

Like your romance a little on the devilish side?

Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.
Don’t miss A Darker Shade of Evil! One-click now will claim your copy!

* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers
* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now

Warning: If you like demonic games, angelic interventions, and thrilling temptations, you’ll love this demons and devils romance collection of twisted proportions in A Darker Shade of Evil

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/

Alone in the Dark ~ Excerpt and Interview with Khardine Gray

Welcome to October! This post continues the series of excerpts and interviews with authors of A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology available now!

Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for creating and compiling the interviews and excerpts.

     

Alone in the Dark

Tagline 1:  The Demons and devils threatened to take everything and rip their world apart.

Tagline 2:  I shouldn’t want him, we want different things. 
I’ve always known I should stay away from the alpha wolf. But when the demons and devils unleash their evil it’s only us who can stop them from tearing everything apart.  

BLURB:

He was a werewolf…


There, that should have been reason enough to keep me away.


Witches from the Coven of Shadows and werewolves do not mix.
Even before it was forbidden, they didn’t do it.


But… that never stopped me from wanting him, the alpha wolf.


Attraction brought us together, but the demons and devils may drive us apart.
A war is coming, we both know it.


If he plays by his own rules, I’ll be alone in the dark…

 

EXCERPT:

I looked around the room and my spirits fell.

That was the best words I could find to describe how I felt.

I knew this would happen. After Father’s betrayal, it was a wonder how anyone was here at all.

This was the first Realm’s Council meeting since we found out who and what he was.

This was the state of us four months later. A shadow of what we’d previously been.

A meeting hall that was once full of magical and mystical beings from every realm known to man and creature was now less than half. I’d counted a total of sixteen people present, and that included me. The room was designed to hold sixty people. We had a long table that seated each and every one of them. All representatives from the mystical and magical community who’d trusted us as the Ravenwood family to be their leaders.

Us who were high witches from the Coven of Shadows. The oldest witching coven that had been around since the dawn of time.

Bad enough that we were already rare with the few numbers we had since you belonged to the coven by birthright but add this debacle to it and I would say it was a sign of serious change.

When people no longer trusted you to lead that was a big problem. Never mind the fact that it wasn’t you who dealt the damage. It was sufficient that the same blood flowed through my veins.

It was all however, problems I would have to deal with because it would be me taking over from Father. Not my mother as I assumed.

That was what she wanted to tell everyone today.

Everyone which included my sisters: Juliana and Gabrielle, The three vampires from the Order of Raphael- Tristan my soon to be brother in law and his brothers, Ivan and Virgil, and ten others. The ten were a mixture of fae folk. The weaker beings who’d always looked to us for protection over the centuries.

It was a given that they’d always follow us, and I got the feeling that the Order of Raphael were only here because of Tristan. Ivan was leader but Tristan had a strong influence over them. They were brothers and much like my sisters they’d support me.

Mother stood and looked around the room. We’d given time for lateness and waited for half an hour already just waiting to see who would be coming.

She looked to me and I nodded. Yes, better to start than piss off the people who were already here . It would be disrespectful.

She waved her hand and the large oakwood doors closed at her will. With them my heart crumbled.

No point looking out for anyone else. This was it.

It was just that there was one person I’d always looked out for and it crushed me to see he really wasn’t coming.

Lucian Feynnoir.

Lucian the leader of the lycans and werewolves.

We used lycans and werewolves interchangeable here no matter you were who was born with the lycanthropic abilities and or a human who’d been bitten and changes with the moon. They all answered to him as their leader regardless of whichever pack they traveled in or what part of the world or realm they came from.

It was him. His absence meant they were no longer with us.

It also meant he truly didn’t care about me.

He never did. I was a witch and he was a werewolf. Why would he?

Even if I thought he did, I was totally wrong. If I wasn’t then I would have seen him after Father’s betrayal and he would be here now.

 

INTERVIEW WITH KHARDINE GRAY:

Why do you write?

Writing is my passion. I’ve never gone a day without writing. I love creating characters with their own wonderful stories.

What genre does your work fall in?

I write contemporary, paranormal, and interracial romance.

Why did you chose that genre?

I love love and writing about people falling in love and the adventures they go on.

How does your work contribute to that genre?

I write with a creative passion that evokes the essence of romance. I take my time to ensure my pages leap out at you with the story as you read my work.

What would the title of your life story be?

The Girl who did everything and never stopped trying.

 Besides writing do you have any other creative passions?

I love ice skating and dancing.

 

Khardine Gray

Khardine Gray is an USA Today Bestselling author.

She writes contemporary romance, multicultural romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.


Her books have sexy, drool-worthy heroes who will make you melt, and sassy, fun loving, ambitious heroines.


She simply adores her readers and loves spoiling them.

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Alone in the Dark by Khardine Gray
USA Today Bestselling Author
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★✩★Authors Featured in this Collection★✩★
Khardine Gray – USA Today Bestselling Author
Alone In The Dark
Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Devil Upstairs
Lori Titus – USA Today Bestselling Author
Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author
Succubus Unleashed
Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author
I Spy A Demon
Marilyn Harlow – Bestselling Author
Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author
Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author
The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author
Siren Descending

Like your romance a little on the devilish side?

A Darker Shade of Evil available NOW!
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Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.
Don’t miss A Darker Shade of Evil! One-click now will claim your copy!

* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers
* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now

Warning: If you like demonic games, angelic interventions, and thrilling temptations, you’ll love this demons and devils romance collection of twisted proportions in A Darker Shade of Evil.

Get it *F*R*E*E* on Kindle Unlimited

 

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/

 

The Demon’s Prisoner ~ Excerpt and Interview with Michelle Scott

Welcome to October! This post continues the series of excerpts and interviews with authors of A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology available now!

Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for creating and compiling the interviews and excerpts.

     

Tagline:  Can a desperate escape from Hell lead to a match made in heaven?                 

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BLURB:

Working as a veterinarian for an animal rescue shelter has given Harper a heart for abused strays. So when a mysterious, sexy man shows up at the clinic looking for someone to tend to his wounds, Harper is there to assist. The man calls himself Bishop, and he says he’s on the run from a demon named Barbas who has made him its slave. It’s a hard story to swallow, yet Harper can’t deny that Bishop is surrounded by magic, and that his supernatural allure is impossible to resist. 

She’s all set for a steamy one-night stand, but then Barbas makes Harper his target and things get personal. Now, she’s willing to help Bishop take revenge on the demon who’s destroyed their lives. And if she falls in love in the process, that’s even better. After all, what can go wrong when you give away your heart to someone who’s been living in hell for the past twenty years?

EXCERPT:

Chapter One

     Harper stood in line at the roadside market with a Diet Coke, two apples, and four boxes of dog cookies. Today was her day to visit the Ravenstock animal shelter, and she wasn’t going to arrive without treats for her patients. Only three people stood ahead of her, but the line crawled along. The clerk, an older man with a white, bushy beard, chatted to every customer while ringing them up. Harper forced herself to keep from tapping her foot. Now that she’d moved to the country, she had to accept things moved slower than they had in the city.
     The bell over the door rang and a man in a long, black coat swept in on a gust of wind and rain. His dark hair had been cropped brutally short, and he had several piercings in his left ear. Harper lowered her gaze, not wanting to catch his eye. He wasn’t a large man, but an aura of danger enveloped him.  His shoulders were tense, and his lower jaw was clenched. Harper had occasionally seen his type in Detroit, but he looked out of place here in northern Michigan.
     As the line inched forward, Harper sensed the man in the long coat prowling around the store.  She tensed, certain he was about to rob the place. However, no one else seemed concerned. The clerk laughed at something one of the customers said, and the woman in front of Harper kept her eyes on her phone.
     The man in the coat stepped in line behind Harper. He carried one of the red, plastic shopping baskets over one arm. In it was a loaf of bread and a half-gallon of milk along with a package of sandwich meat. Certainly nothing dangerous. Harper let out a sigh of relief.
     The problem wasn’t the man, she realized. It was Greg, her ex. Greg had been stalking her ever since she’d left him three months before. At first, he’d sent her texts demanding to know why she’d gone. Then he’d started forwarding candid pictures of her at work and the gym to let her know that he was always watching. His latest messages had been downright threatening. You better stop ignoring me, or you’ll be sorry. When he left a dead cat on her doorstep, it was time for her to leave town. Now, even though she was three-hundred miles from Detroit, she still looked over her shoulder.
     “That’s a lot of dog biscuits,” the man behind her said.
     To prove to herself she wasn’t afraid, Harper looked directly at him and smiled. “I have a lot of dogs.”
     “Animal hoarder?” he said.
     “Veterinarian.” She nodded toward the door. “I volunteer at the Ravenstock animal shelter.”
     He broke into a smile, softening the hard angles of his face. “You like helping strays. Good for you.”
     Harper was about to reply when the clerk cleared his throat. “I guess I’m next,” Harper said and placed her purchases on the counter.
     As she left the store, the wind whipped at her hair and blew rain into her face. Although it was the beginning of May, spring hadn’t yet arrived this far north. Harper loved the quiet of the country, but this cold weather had to go! She hurried toward her car.
     “Harper.” A long-haired, heavy-set man in a bulky coat leaned against her car. Greg.
     Harper gasped and almost dropped her groceries. “How did you find me?” she demanded. Because Greg was a private investigator, she’d been very careful when she’d moved, not even telling friends and family where she was going. She’d cut up her old credit cards so they couldn’t be traced back to her, and had changed her phone number. She’d done everything right, yet here he stood.
     “You can’t get away from me.” He stood straighter and came toward her, forcing her back a step. “You should know that by now.” He smiled when he said this, but the threat was all too clear.
     “Leave me alone!” If she was loud enough, maybe she could attract attention from someone inside the store. She fumbled for the can of mace hidden deep within her purse. “Go away, or I’ll….”
     She cut herself off, but Greg picked up on her threat. “You’ll what?” he jeered. “Call the cops?” His smile was cruel and cunning. “I’m sure they’d be interested in hearing my side of the story, too.”
     Harper knew she was trapped. If the police did come, she’d be in as much trouble as Greg. “Leave me alone,” she said, this time begging. Her hand went to the scar above her left eyebrow. Greg had hurt her before; he would surely do it again.
     Greg shook his head. “No can do. You, however, will get into my car if you know what’s good for you.”
     She retreated another step. Suddenly, the safety of the market seemed leagues away. “Greg, please… .”
     “Greg, please… .” he said, parodying her.
     Harper felt a presence behind her. “Leave her alone.”
     Greg’s sneer became a snarl. “Who are you?”
     The man from the store stepped in-between Harper and Greg. “I’m someone who wants to talk sense into you.”
     The man sounded calm and assured, almost friendly, but Harper wasn’t fooled. Tension thrummed throughout his body. She had the feeling he was sizing up Greg and looking for weaknesses.
     Greg stuck out his chin. “Get lost. This is between Harper and me.”
     The man held up both hands to show he wasn’t a threat. “Let’s be reasonable and talk this out.”
     “Real men don’t talk,” Greg said and reached under his jacket.
     “He’s got a gun!” Harper shouted, but her warning came too late. The gun went off, and Harper shrieked.
     “You stupid son-of-a-bitch,” the man growled the words. In the yellow light of the parking lot lamp, the man’s coat darkened at the shoulder as blood flowed from the wound.
     Harper dropped her groceries and ran to her rescuer’s side. “Oh my God! Greg, you idiot!”
     “He made me do it,” Greg said. “It wasn’t my fault!”
     The man leaned against Harper’s Jeep, his hand clamped over the wound. Even in the dim light, Harper noticed the pale look of shock.
     The gunshot had drawn attention from those inside the store. Shouts rang out and someone peered around the doorway. No doubt, at least one person had called 911 which meant the sheriff would arrive any minute.
     The scrabble of tennis shoes against gravel let Harper know Greg was fleeing the scene. He leapt into his car and sped off so fast his car fishtailed on the road, making his tires squeal against the asphalt.
     Harper had been terrified moments before, but now she was furious. How dare Greg come after her like this! And how dare he shoot her rescuer! Hopefully, someone would call the police. Even if it meant she got into trouble as well, she couldn’t let Greg get away with it.
     She hurried back to where her rescuer leaned against her Jeep. “We need to get you to a hospital.”
     He shrugged off his coat and examined his arm. “It’s nothing more than a scratch.”
     “Doesn’t matter. It’s a gunshot wound, and it needs to be looked at.”
     “You’re a doctor,” he said. “Can’t you do something?”
     “I’m a vet,” she corrected, “and I could lose my license if I practice medicine on people. But don’t worry. I’ll call an ambulance.”
     He shook his head. “I can’t have the authorities involved.”
     “This isn’t a debate,” she said.
     “You said you were heading to Ravenstock, right? Take me there and clean the wound. Once I know you’re safe, I’ll be on my way. Then, you can speak with the police.”
     Harper’s stomach was in knots. She owed him a debt of gratitude, but the man threw off warning signals like police flashers at a four-car collision. He had a desperate, dangerous feeling about him. As if someone hunted him.  And the last thing she needed in her life was another loose cannon.
     Seeing her hesitation, the man shrugged. “Look, it’s okay. I know this looks sketchy as hell.”
     He was right; it did look sketchy as hell. “Are you running from the cops?” she asked. “Are you wanted? Is the mob after you?”
     He laughed. “I’m wanted, but not by the mob.” He picked up the bag of groceries she’d dropped and handed them over. “Don’t worry about it. I don’t want to get you into trouble.” He turned to go.

     Ah, Hell. She couldn’t turn her back on someone who had just rescued her from Greg, the maniac. “Get in the Jeep. “Ravenstock is only a mile up the road.” She never could resist helping a stray.

 

INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE SCOTT

  What is your most treasured possession?  

I have to admit that it’s my phone.  I grew up pre-computer, yet I’m still a techie!  I love that I can read books, store and take pictures, and listen to music all on one device.  I really marvel at technology and am always eager to see what they come up with next.

Who or what has been the greatest love of your life? 

Definitely my husband.  We’ve been married for over thirty years, and I knew from the beginning that he was the one I was meant to be with.  He’s my cheerleader, my life coach, and my best friend.

Dogs or Cats?   

I would have to say both!  I love how dogs can be so enthusiastic.  They’re active and rough-and-tumble not to mention loyal.  Cats, on the other hand, (or at least my cat) can be a little finnicky, but I love to sit in a chair, reading a book, with a cat curled up in my lap.

What quality do you most admire in a woman and/or a man? 

Generosity.  I admire people who donate their time, as well as their money, to worthy causes.  I also love it when people tip well.

What are your writing quirks?  

I am a thirsty writer!  I always have a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee when I write.  I try not to snack, but I figure drinking is okay.

What do you do as a hobby?  

I love to knit and crochet.  If I don’t have a book in my hands, then I will have a pair of needles or a hook.  I also love exploring new music.  I’m a big fan of indie bands.

Which are your three favorite books?  

The Stand by Stephen King; Jane Eyre; and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

What is your Writing Routine?

  I always write first thing in the morning and last thing before I stop working for the day.   My ideas are always freshest in the morning, and writing actually relaxes me at night.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?  

Both!  It can be draining, especially if I am really into a scene, but it can also perk me up.

What are you working on now?  

Right now, I’m working on the third book in my Restless Spirits series.  Restless Spirits is about a young man who can see ghosts, but has always hated his ability.  Throughout the series, he comes to terms with his special gift while helping put ghosts to rest.

More Favorites from the Restless Spirits series:  I am in love with my characters!  Ethan, the main character, struggles with his visions because, all his life, he was told that he was mentally ill and not clairvoyant.  His boyfriend, David, struggles with his identity as a gay man.  Ethan’s friend and business partner, Christian, is more easy going. He recently lost someone he cared deeply about, but that loss has encouraged him to move take more risks in life.  He and Ethan have started a paranormal investigation business, and have gone on many adventures.

Tell us about your other books?  

I write a lot of different kinds of books.  I’ve written cozies in my Straight to Hell series and straight-up romance in Just the Two of Us.  Mostly, I enjoy books with an otherworldly element.  Straight to Hell is urban fantasy whereas Restless Spirits is more supernatural thriller.

What are your Top Writing Tips? 

Write every day. Don’t be afraid to write a terrible first draft, lol.  Read, read, and read some more.  Always appreciate your readers.  Connect with other writers.  Never give up!

Finally, what are we likely to find in YOUR nightstand? 

Right now, I’m in the middle of three books.  The first is for my book club, and it’s called There There by Tommy Orange.  The next is a thriller called Cut and Run by Mary Burton.  The final one is a favorite classic of mine – The Wasteland by T.S. Elliot.

Michelle Scott

Michelle Scott has lived in Michigan all her life, and loves to explore its coastlines and camp in its forests. Although she’s written romance, she mostly pens urban fantasies and supernatural suspense novels. When she’s not writing or reading, Michelle loves to knit, discover new indie bands on Spotify, and explore antique shops. She’s been married to Mr. Right for over thirty years, and has three children.

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A Darker Shade of Evil

A Limited Edition Devil & Demon Fantasy Collection Kindle Edition

Available ***N*O*W***

☆.•°*°•.☆ Lock in the 1.99 price before it goes up! ☆.•°*°•.☆ 

OR

Get it *F*R*E*E* on Kindle Unlimited
Featuring USA Today and International Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors and they’re coming in like Demons!

★✩★Authors Featured in this Collection★✩★
Khardine Gray – USA Today Bestselling Author
Alone In The Dark
Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Devil Upstairs
Lori Titus – USA Today Bestselling Author
Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author
Succubus Unleashed
Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author
I Spy A Demon
Marilyn Harlow – Bestselling Author
Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author
Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author
The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Eddinger Smits – Bestselling Author
Siren Descending
Like your romance a little on the devilish side?

A Darker Shade of Evil is available NOW!

Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.
Don’t miss A Darker Shade of Evil! One-click now will claim your copy!

* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers
* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now

Warning: If you like demonic games, angelic interventions, and thrilling temptations, you’ll love this demons and devils romance collection of twisted proportions in A Darker Shade of Evil.

Get it *F*R*E*E* on Kindle Unlimited

 

Bio Pic

Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/

 

Hex ~ Excerpt and Interview with Gracen Miller

Welcome to October! This post continues the series of excerpts and interviews with authors of A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology available now!

Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for creating and compiling the interviews and excerpts.

 HEX by GRACEN MILLER

Tagline 1: Losing isn’t an option, but Nina doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning.
Tagline 2: Bargain with the devil and you pay the highest price!

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BLURB

The military gave Nina Volkova everything she required in life, the freedom to kill the creatures that slaughtered her parents and an income to raise her little sister. However, when her sister gets sick, Nina realizes she needs more, and can only turn to the one place she doesn’t wish to go, the Oculus Tears Tournament. Losing isn’t an option, but she doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning.

Hex is reigning champion of the paranormal death games, Oculus Tears. He’s undefeated against every paranormal creature that had the guts to step into the ring with him. When the human femme fatale enters his arena, he’s not threatened by her bluster, but he is entertained by her snarky attitude. He also knows her secret.


Will he reveal it to the others—putting an even bigger target on her back? Or will she have to make a bargain with the devil and pay the ultimate price?

 

EXCERPT

Today is a great day to die.

“It’s a better day to kick some supernatural ass,” Nina muttered to herself as she surveyed the abandoned asylum in Shine, Alabama.

She imagined the cracked and broken windows represented the eyes and mouth of the souls that remained trapped within those haunted walls. The crumbling mortar reflected the broken minds of those the staff terrorized. The vines inched along the brick as if in an attempt to hide the past or escape the cruel events that avoided penance for the crimes the staff committed.

It came as no surprise that a demon that hosted Oculus Tears resided on this ominous land. The rundown sanitorium was the perfect setting for Mizeth’s sinister games. Only Hell would’ve served as a better location.

Thankfully Mizeth won’t recognize me.

Dismissing the memory of their first meeting, she focused on the present.

The city of Shine dried up along with the psychiatric hospital six decades ago. A scandal involving the sufferings and unapproved experiments that occurred within the walls rocked the community.

The revelation of the misdeeds conducted turned it into a ghost town. Humans no longer lived inside the city limits.

The tournament was legendary, a rumor the government knew about but couldn’t prove existed. Its secretive location was the only reason the government hadn’t leveled it.

Oculus Tears.

A rumor to the government.

A myth to the paranormal populace.

A game that granted dark wishes to those brave enough to risk everything.

Only the ghosts of the past hid Oculus Tears from the population.

In a different life, she’d reveal the location to her employer so they could destroy the monsters within the town. Not that the covert black ops military team she worked with could protect humans from all occult elements. They gave it their best efforts, but still continued to fail.

One dead monster is better than none.

That had to pass for some sort of headway in the war against the arcane.

Thinking of her squad, Nina sighed. What would her team think when they realized she’d gone AWOL? Left without a goodbye or an eye on their six.

Her treasonous defection was a one-way ticket to getting lost in an off-the-books black site.

Stomach rolling with a sour mix of regret and no other choice, Nina hesitated to approach the asylum. There remained time to change her mind. She could follow through with her plan to save her sister or she could give up and report back to her team.

I’m here. Doesn’t that already imply I made a decision to betray my country?

Analyzing the macabre history and the irony of the Oculus Tears setting sufficed as nothing more than stalling tactics. No one but Nina could save her baby sister now. Neither could anyone alleviate her guilt for turning her back on her crew—her adopted family.

Nina opened and closed her hands as she surveyed the area for guards.

She double checked her weapon inventory and patted at her clothing. The imprint of steel assured her the guns, knives, and other weapons remained concealed and in place.

The chances of her making it out of the abandoned building alive were slim to none. “I’ve faced worse odds.”

Beirut two months ago. That’d been a shit-storm of a zombie infestation.

Twenty from D.A.M.N. Squad 12 died and reanimated, adding to the infestation.

Brushing aside the memory, she took the first step from her safe position among the dense brush and strode to the right of the building. With each step, her determination, if not her confidence, increased.

Her well-oiled combat boots made no noise as she walked toward the structure with her hands up. ‘Shot on sight,’ would be a terrible tombstone commemoration.

Shaking aside the grim thought, she halted when the flash of a lens coming from the roof blinded her for a second. A male emerged from the shadows near the asylum with a gun in his hand and a red laser tagging her chest.

“I’m here to participate in Oculus Tears.”

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH GRACEN MILLER

 What is your most treasured possession?

 

Aside from my family, I have the American Flag that draped over my grandfather’s casket. He served in WWII and I have it proudly displayed in my office. The artwork my children have made over the years are my other most treasured possessions, and they are also displayed in my office.

 

What is your greatest fear?

 

Losing my children. I can’t even hardly think about it without my stomach going queasy.

 

Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

 

My husband, Mark. We’ve been together for over 30 years and married for 28.

 

What is your greatest regret?

 

The way I’ve treated a few people in my life, but I’ve apologized and made up with all of them.

 

If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

 

Mack/Kella from my book Lie to Me. I don’t think I’d have been as strong and courageous as she was.

 

Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

 

As an adult, Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey. As a kid, the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner was my favorite. I checked it out of the library countless times, until they wouldn’t allow me to check it out again without reading something else first.

 

What is your favorite journey?

 

It would have to be a toss-up between writing or being a mother.

  

Dogs or Cats?

 

Dogs. I have 3 of them. All of my cats have been Satan’s minions.

 

What quality do you most admire in a woman and/or a man?

 

Confidence with who you are regardless of society’s expectations.

 

Which book that you’ve written is your favorite?

 

Lie to Me is probably my favorite book because I wrote it in less than a month. I knew the characters inside and out from the first line. That was a first for me. Finding Her Fire would be my second favorite because I had the same experience with it as I did with Lie to Me.

 

What are your writing quirks?

 

I have crystals I hold to clear my mind prior to beginning my writing for the day.

 

What do you do as a hobby?

 

Write. LOL Yeah, it’s my job, but I love it. Other than that, my hobbies would be hanging out with my husband and kids. My family is everything to me.

 

I love it when I get a story from my dreams. That’s where Hex came from.

 

What is your Writing Routine?

 

I write from 9-5 each day.

 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

 

Energize! My youngest son can tell if I’ve written or not that day. If I’m peppy, he’ll say, “Must’ve been a good writing day.”

 

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

 

Depends on how stubborn the book is. Lie to Me is over 100,000 words and I wrote it in 3 weeks. I have books that are 40,000 and they took me a month to write. It just depends on the how loudly the characters are talking and how much family drama is going on in my life.

 

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

 

I like to create my own worlds and rules. Seldom do I go by the rules of the real world. What’s the point in writing if I have to follow reality? Writing and reading is all about escaping real world problems.

 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

 

It made me more focused and committed to writing because someone took me seriously. Before that, family treated me like the butt of a joke. You know, “She’s a ‘writer’ but not good enough to be published,” kind of joke. I had very little support until I received my first publishing contract.

 

What are you working on now?

 

Hex and Nina for the anthology. Then I’ll write on my next siren song series book.

 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

 

Hex came to me in a dream. Or rather, I should say Nina was the star of my dream. She was badass and I love strong heroines who take no shit.

 

What inspires you to write?

 

My sanity. LOL Writing is my drug. Without it, I get moody and depressed. So it’s the best drug out there for me because it keeps my mood stabilized.

 

What are your Top Writing Tips?

 

Write, write, write. Don’t stop because others might not believe in you. Write even when it’s hard. Write when you love it. Write when you hate it. Write when only you believe in yourself. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. Stay focused and push aside any negativity. Your dreams are as important as the others around you. At the end of all that, get a good editor because not all editors are created equally.

 

Finally, what are we likely to find in YOUR nightstand?

 

LOL Vibrators and other sex toys. What? You asked! 😉

 

Gracen Miller

 

Gracen Miller is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time lacrosse mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, and credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, horror movies, Alabama football, and coffee… addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes in multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, rock star contemporary romance, fantasy/shifter romance, and dystopian romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at http://www.gracen-miller.com.

 

 

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

 

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

 

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

 

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

 

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

 

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Wytchfae Runes ~ Interview with Flossie Benton Rogers

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. I’m inspired by interesting and unusual locations and my favorite books include settings so  fascinating that they make the story indelible in my mind. So, I decided to write a series of blogs about the exotic locations in books from some of my favorite authors. They were kind enough to answer a series of questions about the settings of their books. Today I’m featuring Flossie Benton Rogers and her novel, Wytchfae Runes.

Wytchfae Runes Cover

Book blurb:

Wytchfae Kelly O’Day’s job is to transition ghosts to the afterlife. The last thing she expects is to fall for one of them — sexy Viking Ingvar Hrothson.

Cursed to roam the earth as a restless spirit, Ingvar is hell bent on destroying the sorceress responsible. Hating all forms of dark power, his reaction to Kelly sends him reeling. He never dreamed he would be bewitched by a flesh and blood woman with magical powers.

Kelly and Ingvar battle sinister forces and multiple attempts on their lives. With their attraction approaching supernova, the couple must decide whether their romance of a lifetime is also worth fighting for.

Interview with Flossie Benton Rogers:

 What is the setting for Wytchfae Runes? Please describe it.

Wytchfae Runes has three major settings: 1) a casual Florida beach community based on New Smyrna Beach 2) ancient Norway, home of the hero, the Viking ghost Ingvar, and 3) the Underworld.

 Why did you choose this setting for your story?

The small Florida beach town at the beginning of Wytchfae Runes shows the relatively normal life experienced by Kelly, a Wytchfae with training in witchery who has faery blood running through her veins. She basks in the casual atmosphere of Florida sun and sea air.

When she encounters the Viking ghost Ingvar, the frozen crags of ancient Norway mirror a more precarious existence involving treacherous humans, crazed demons, and evil magic of the highest order.

To battle this evil, she and Ingvar then travel to the Underworld itself, where appearances are illusory and nothing is as expected.

Is this a real place, or did you create it for the story?

The Florida beach town is fictional but based on the charming community of New Smyrna Beach. Ancient Norway is a real location set in times just before the Vikings began to depend extensively on trade and conquest. The Underworld is a product of imagination, based on Norse, Greek, and other mythologies.

Have you written other books in this setting, or do you plan to write more in the future?

All of the books in the Wytchfae series balance between our everyday world and the Wytchfae world, a parallel realm with witches, faeries, demons, angels, goddesses, dark guardians, ghosts and other magical beings.

 Is this the start of a series or a standalone?

This is the first book in the Wytchfae series. Each book is totally standalone, with different heroines and heroes.

Flossie Benton Rogers

This mystic adventurer writes action-packed paranormal fantasy and is known for conjuring the magic in romance. Former library director and teacher. Essential Energy Balancing and Reiki master. Passionate about true love, mystical realms, mythology, cosmology, and hidden realities. Coffee aficionado. Bedazzled thrall of Marigold the fur fae. Loves to hang out with myth, magic, and mayhem.

 

Thank you so much, Flossie! I didn’t know the small town in this book was based on New Smyrna Beach. That’s one of my favorite Florida places!

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/

The Devil Upstairs ~ Excerpt and Interview with Dariel Raye

Today on my blog I’m featuring the fascinating Dariel Raye. Read on for an excerpt from The Devil Upstairs, her contribution to A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology. Here’s the anthology cover and buy link:

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Here’s the amazing cover for The Devil Upstairs. This story sounds awesome!

The Devil Upstairs Cover

Tagline 1:  A thin line separates the hunter from the hunted.                                        
Tagline 2:  An ancient being, the last of his kind, a fiery woman sought by evil…and the story begins…

Blurb:

A thin line separates the hunter from the hunted.

An ancient being, the last of his kind, a fiery woman sought by evil…and the story begins…

Charged with shielding the souls of the Chosen from demons, Gateway is of an ancient race, the last of his kind. A lifetime of fighting evil, a lonely existence has left him jaded, hardened, and from his perspective, there’s no such thing as a happy ending.

An orphan with anger issues, Katrina Hollinger has just lost another job because of her temper, a pile of “PAST DUE” notices are piled up waiting for her on her kitchen table, including an eviction notice, and to complicate her life even more, a tall stranger with major control issues seems to be trying to take over her life. To make matters even worse, he’s the spitting image of the man in her fantasies – just in time for Christmas.

The moment these two meet, the course is set for a ride beyond anything either of them could have imagined. They will both have to sacrifice their tenuous hold on reality and take major risks to come out intact.

Excerpt:

Chapter One

I pressed my shoulders against the earth as it shifted around me, packed at first, then giving slowly. Keeping my mouth closed, I was grateful to whatever or whoever made me for the gift of not needing to breathe while in this state. Gratitude was not something I felt often. One quick intake of the putrid air proved I didn’t want more, so I exhaled, keeping the acquired human-like habit at bay. 

 
I couldn’t be certain why I had been awakened after what must have been a very long time, but they usually woke me when it was time to fight again. I could feel the passage of time in my bones, the stiffness of my limbs proof of disuse. Yes, this form had been dormant for years, and my first order of business would be to find a new one.

 
I forced the earth away and burst through the soil, splintering the wooden box as I rose, keeping my eyes closed along with my mouth. I absently wondered what I would find this time; what had become of this place since I last walked among its people. The loud, high-pitched calls of hawks and ravens greeted me. Animals always had a way of knowing when an even more dangerous predator arrived on the scene.

 
I shook the earth from my body and opened my eyes, relieved to find that at least my cave remained unchanged – pitch black, secluded, and barren – the image of its sole occupant. Far from civilization, I shifted into my eagle form. Two things were paramount: finding sustenance, and replacing this body, and I prepared to take care of both of them at once.

 

***

 


Things had changed. The others were gone, and I, the son that even history forgot, was the only one left. A mixed bag of emotions struck me – relief, satisfaction, and the one that surprised me most, sorrow. I dropped to the ground behind a clothing store, stretching my newly acquired human form before conjuring clothing similar to what I had seen during my flight. 

 
Red and green lined the streets as far as I could see. Trees with silver and gold lights, ribbons and bows, candy canes, angels, even crosses filled the windows of shops and apartment buildings. Doing a double-take when I saw the crosses, I shook my head. 

 
“Such a waste of time and energy. They do not even allow the poor babe to be born before they revel in his death, and they insist on celebrating his birth on the wrong date. Every fucking year I am bombarded by these hideous reminders,” I mumbled, unable to help myself. I knew the true story, but as people rushed along the sidewalks and streets, in and out of shops, carrying bags on both arms, memories invaded my thoughts. The ridiculous scene took me back to a dark place, and once again I relived the nightmare behind my hatred for this time of year, the night I became what I am.


Early Middle Ages, Egypt

 
Returning from a hunting trip with my younger brother, Stefan, I stumbled over the ravaged body parts of my entire village – my mother, father, and sister among them. 

 
There was no time to mourn, only to act. Stefan and I knew the murderers. “Adrian! I’ll go this way and cut them off.”

 
“No, Stefan,” I commanded. “We confront them together.”

 
The evil bastards had murdered our entire village while we hunted, all because the guards had been lured away by their demonic ploys. I learned later that the demons had taken the form of humans, telling the guards that vampires, also our natural enemies, were on their way to attack our village.

 
That night, the vampires were the least of my concerns. Demons were the enemies our rivaling races shared. 

 
Against my orders, Stefan shifted to his wolf form and dashed into the mountains ahead of me.

 
I shifted as well, desperate to catch him before he got himself killed and left me completely alone, but it was too late. I arrived to find his ravaged body in pieces, strewn about the mountain, the image of his bright red blood against the luminous green of the mountain grass burned into my memory forever. Returned to his natural form in death, his dead eyes looked up at me in silent apology.

 
Rage overtook me and I shifted from the wolf to my lion form, unable to think of anything other than killing and death. I would avenge my family, my race, no matter what.


 

***

 

Kat 

 

Present

 


It had been a royally jacked up day…again. I’d mouthed off one time too many at my ass-hole boss, so I was jobless with only ten days to pay my rent or I’d be homeless for the holidays on top of everything else. No, I’m not sentimental. If not for the cold, the time of year wouldn’t have mattered to me in the least. Yeah, freezing to death outside is not on my bucket list. 

 
Taking my precious time, I gathered the few things I kept at work and still cared about and marched toward the exit. Before I left, I just had to give my former boss one last glare. 

 
He sneered. Bastard. 

 
It took every ounce of self-control I could muster, and unfortunately that’s not saying much, to keep from throwing something at his shiny, bald head. I was cool, though, turned the back doorknob and used my knee to shove it open. 

 
Once outside, I exhaled, then slid into my trusty second-hand Honda CRV. My itchy fingers couldn’t wait, so I hit the call button as soon as I sat behind the wheel and called my friend, Shell. “Hey. Can you talk?” I whispered when she answered because in my mind, whispering made it okay to call her at work in the middle of the day.

 
“Um, yeah. Give me a minute to clock out for break.” 

 
The voices in the background reminded me that it was just after 1 p.m. and some of the restaurant’s lunch diners were still hanging out. A few minutes later, I heard the door opening, then the chaos of cars passing as Shell stepped outside. “What’s up?”

 
“That dirty bastard fired me.” 

 
Before I could launch into details, Shell sighed and asked her usual question. “Kat, for crissakes what did you do this time?”

 
“Nothing. Why do you always assume…”  I caught myself just in time before sounding like one of those life-time criminals who claim they’ve never done anything wrong and they can’t imagine why the whole world is persecuting them. “Well,” I continued, owning up to my stuff. “I know I need to get a handle on my temper but he deserved it. I’ve been sick of him hitting on me for the longest, and today just wasn’t the day.”

 
“I can’t float you much right now. With Christmas right around the corner and you know I’ve gotta get the kids something so—”

 
“Did I ask you for anything? I’ll be fine. Unlike you, I don’t have anybody to buy presents for. Christmas is just another spot on the calendar as far as I’m concerned. Besides, you’re the only one who cares about me.” Somehow, that last statement sounded a whole lot sadder when I said it out loud.

 
“That’s not true. You—”

 
I laughed, cutting Shell off before she started in on me with her counseling act. The last thing I wanted was a pity party, and I damn sure didn’t need a counselor. I’d already seen more than I cared to count and none of them did any good. “Hey. Remember when the sisters forced all of us to exchange good deeds at the orphanage?”

 
“Yeah,” Shell joined in. “We did our good deeds for each other.” She laughed. “We had some good times there, girl. You made it good times. It’s gonna be alright.”

 
“I know. Hell, I feel better already. Just telling you made me feel better. Anyway, you’d better get back to work so at least one of us has a job. I don’t need money,” I lied, “but I might need a place to stay.”

 
“What’s that saying? Mi casa and all that. Anytime and always, girl.”

 
My mind was already made up before we ended the call. Right then, I wanted to go almost anywhere other than home to my depressing apartment and the loud, unappealing sounds coming from my stomach reminded me of yet another regrettable decision to skip lunch. Changing direction, I turned away from my apartment, heading towards fast-food strip. 

 
That was when I felt it – someone was watching me.

 
I looked in every direction, but the people around seemed to be going about their own business. Shaking my head, I brushed it off. Why would anyone be following me? No reason. No reason at all. 

 
In the midst of deciding what I wanted and could afford to eat, I glanced over and smiled. My plans were changing once again. Taking up half a block on the other side of the street was possibly the best night spot I’d ever visited, the perfect pick-me-up for tonight. 

 
With something to look forward to later, I ditched the idea of wasting my pennies on fast food and headed home after all. Thankfully, I had food at home, I’d stocked up on my medicine so the migraines wouldn’t take me out, one paycheck in hand, and a final check coming in two-weeks. A turkey sandwich would do just fine for now, but there it was again, the prickling sensation at the back of my neck. I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being followed.

 
Interview:

Why do you write?

I write for two main reasons:

  1. Reading has always been one of my favorite things, and I feel gratitude towards authors who offer an escape from the difficulties of real life. I strive to do the same, and in writing, I manage to escape as well.
  2. Human and animal rights. Animals and their welfare play a prominent role in my stories, and I am driven to subtly shed light on the dearth of Black and interracial female heroines as standards of beauty and desirability. Too often, people from other cultures don’t realize the lack and the resulting negative impact erasure and subsequent neglect have on us as women.

What genre does most of your work fall under?

Urban fantasy/ paranormal romance. I’m also collaborating on a mystery with Muffy Wilson, and after its release I’m working on a psy-thriller/suspense with romantic elements to be released next year.

Why did you choose that genre?

Feels like home to me. These sub-genres allow my imagination complete freedom, and I can better offer the sense of escape that I’m seeking.

What are some of the drawbacks of this genre?

There are so many creative authors, thinking of something that hasn’t been done to death can be challenging.

What are some of the benefits?

In some ways, the drawbacks are the benefits as well; i.e., accepting the challenge to think outside the box and create yet another world for readers to escape to is exhilarating. I enjoy taking real people who have always considered themselves to be ordinary, and placing them in extraordinary, supernatural situations and environments. It adds even more fire when the “ordinary” person develops strong feelings for a paranormal being, or in some instances finds that they, themselves possess exceptional abilities.

How does your work contribute to the genre?

I write interracial/multicultural characters who are not only dealing with the main plots, romance, and conflict, but there’s always a subplot dealing with a real-life issue such as animal cruelty, human rights issues, and racism. The subplots don’t slap readers in the face and snap them away from their escape, but I like to think they shed light on issues that might not have been considered in the same way before.

What would the title of your life story be? And why?

Driven. I’ve always felt driven to do something with the gifts God has given me. Now, managing chronic illness along with daily pain and numerous surgical procedures, has added a level of urgency because I’m constantly faced with my own mortality.

Besides writing, what other creative passions do you have?

Music and art. I also love dance, but with my tomboy roots, I’m about as graceful as a donkey.

Which quote best sums up your writing style?

“Strong heroines, badass heroes, fast-paced, action packed…lots of twists and turns…filled with romance, suspense, and drama…”

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Tell us about your background and education?

My degrees are in music (piano and vocal performance), counseling psychology (mental health, substance abuse, and career decisions), and I have all but dissertation (ABD due to illness) towards my Ph.D. Along the way, I’ve taught every academic subject, private piano and voice lessons, and worked from child support investigations to mental health and substance abuse therapy to band director and college career counselor. It’s been an interesting journey so far.

Which are your three favorites?

Whichever story I’m writing at the moment. Right now, it would have to be “Devil’s Claim,” from the “Wings of the Wicked” boxed set, “Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast,” and “Dark Opius,” a Cursed Angel story from the Charmed Legacy.

What writing advice would you give to yourself prior to completing your first novel?

Write at least 2 books of an entire series before releasing the first one, then release them 2-months apart. That way, by the time people start to forget, there’s another one in the wind. Wish I’d taken that advice.

Dariel Raye
Dariel Raye, an author, musician, counseling psychologist, and animal rights activist, writes interracial/multicultural paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy featuring shifters, Nephilim, angels, and reluctant demons, all filled with action, alpha heroes, and strong heroines. As a child, she could always be found curled up with her dogs, cats, and a good book, even if the book was a dictionary or encyclopedia. Things have not changed much.

Dariel is a classically trained soprano and plays more than 11 musical instruments. She also completed coursework and passed comprehensives for a Ph.D. in Instructional Design (ABD), teaches piano and voice, tutors writing, algebra, and statistics, and readily admits to being a Netflix paranormal and action series binge-watcher. For more about Dariel, join her VIP Readers’ club, follow her on BookBub, or visit her website.

Awards:

     2019 Florida Authors and Publishers Assn (FAPA) Contest First Place Gold Medal Winner in Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Dark Opius

     2019 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner Romance ~ Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Dark Opius

    2019 Readers’ Favorite Finalist Award Romance ~ Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Devil’s Claim

    2017 SWFRWThe Joyce Henderson Contest ~ First Place Paranormal Award: Mystic Rapture

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Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for arranging these interviews and compiling all the information!

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/