Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's Kim Mutch Emerson's Birthday!!

Today is a great day and even better because it is Kim Mutch Emerson’s birthday!!!!

Kim is the author of the awesome YA book, Digitus 233.

When Zeph, the adventurous son of a millionaire hid in the cargo hold of the Learjet carrying his brother Zander to camp he had no idea there was anything dark or ominous going on. That was until he watched Zander ejected from the plane onto a barren arctic island and Zeph, trapped on the plane, found himself headed for South America. Will he be able to expose the truth behind Digitus, the world's dominant corporation, or will they succeed in their sinister plan to control his brother and destroy the world?
This is more than an action packed book series; it's a wakeup call to the world. Will we allow ourselves to go blindly into slavery or will we stand up and fight for freedom and our basic human rights before it's too late?

Kim is not only my publisher but I am pleased to call her my friend. She is  always open to assist anyone who needs a helping hand. Her heart is one of solid gold and I am so grateful to have her in my life!!!

If you are looking for a publisher, check out  Master Koda Select Publishing!  

How about a little Q & A!!!!!

We asked K.D. Emerson if she could go back in time to when she was seven years old, what wisdom or advice would she pass on to herself?
Don’t you dare put that pen down! No matter what anyone says, no matter how impractical it might seem, don’t put the pen down because when you get older there will be people that love your style and your writing will make a difference in their lives.

My favorite character from Digitus 233 is Crazy Dude, of course. How did you come up with that character?

All my characters are created from the dark corners of my mind with a little snippet of their personality inspired by a real person. So no matter whom your favorite character is in one of my books you will know there is someone real hidden in there somewhere. It’s up to the reader to figure out what that snippet is.

One thing I have been dying to ask, why did you end Digitus 233 with such a horrifying cliff hanger? It made me want to scream! I sat and thought about possibilities for a long time after finishing the novel.
Well, you just hit the answer to your own question right on the head. I wanted my readers to scream out and then I wanted them to use their own imagination to come up with their own possible ending. In book two I will share my conclusion with them and then we can compare how close we came in to having the same resolution. 
What brings you the deepest sense of happiness?
Knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life. I have an ability to feel deep joy when I watch others succeed.

You are the owner of Master Koda Select Publishing, LLC. Is it the first business you have ever owned? 
*Laughter* Nooo. I was just a kid of six or seven when I first ventured into the land of entrepreneurial adventures. I was always hunting around for something to sell. One summer it was candy out of the back of a little red wagon (my venture into door to door sales), one summer it was a carnival in my back yard, one summer I gathered all the neighborhood kids and made them memorize lines and dress in ridiculous costumes and we charged all the adults to suffer through our off-off-off-Broadway plays. The one on-going business I had was selling my stories on the playground at school, so I guess I was an indie publisher way back before it was popular.



What K.D. Emerson has this to say to her readers.

Thanks to all the readers of my work and for your precious input. I don’t think you realize how much it means to me. Each one of you has given me a gift with your kind words. May God bless you in every step you take and may your life be filled with that glorious peace that passes all understanding.

~What Readers are saying ~

  • This book has a fascinating storyline and great characters with hidden talents. When I got to the end, I kept trying to flip to the next page before I realized it was a cliffhanger. No! I MUST know what happens next! ~ Laurie Boris
  • Looking for fantastic characters and a breath-holding, heart-pounding, hair-raising edge of your seat good time? Then look no further, Digitus 233 has it all ~ Maria
  • This knocked The Hunger Games right out of the running for me (and that's one of my favorites!) ~ Dominique
  • This sort of tale-spinning takes TALENT! All I've gotta say is this: KD - you'd better get the sequel written pretty darn quickly...!! ~ Liberty
  • Digitus 233 is an excellent example of an author whose characters look and sound real, and whose behaviour - while not always exemplary - rings true to me ~ Lynette
  • If you're a teacher, this is a book that is sure to capture the interest of your entire class! If you're a parent with a reluctant reader, I'd definitely suggest downloading this book to get him/her interested in reading! ~ Anne

Author Bio and links:

 K.D. Emerson loves writing thought provoking and action filled stories that bring her readers back for more. Although her writings deal with the evils of the world, she dishes out healthy doses of laughter and fun along the way.
K.D. spends her free time wrangling wild horses, rafting down the Amazon, hang gliding on a toothpick and when she's awake you will find her working on her next adventure or assisting other authors in creating their dreams.

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Twitter connection: @MstrKoda
Amazon Author Page

May all your dreams come true for this birthday and all the birthdays to follow!!



Monday, October 28, 2013

DW Davis-Author of young adult romance stories, River Dream books



DW Davis has written a breathtaking trilogy called River Dreams. I fell in love with the characters, these stories and was sad to say goodbye when I had finished the last book. That is what a good piece of fiction does for you. Makes you long for more and that the author has accomplished!

The first book in the series is River Dream. I was swept away into this coming-of-age story from the opening chapter.


"Rhiannon has a rule against dating her best friend, Michael. Is it a rule meant to be broken, or a rule that will break her heart? 

Rhiannon and sailing are Mike's two greatest loves. Sailing's the one thing he can always count on. Rhiannon's the one he can count on to keep him confused.

As high school begins, the new girl in town sets her sites on Mike. What will Rhiannon's rules cost her, and will she ever get to show Michael she really does love him, too?"

Dreams Change is book two in the series. It felt so good to catch up. This story was just as engaging as the first.


“Michael's dream of life with Rhiannon changes when she ignores his moment of direst need.

In the second book of the River Dream series, it's been four years since high school graduation and Michael's dream of a life with Rhiannon changes when she leaves him waiting as he struggles to overcome his wounds and restart his life. Maeve, his summer love from long ago, re-enters his life and a new dream begins to grow in his heart.”

The final book Dreams Adrift swept me off my feet. It was compelling, real and filled with real life emotions.



“Michael and Maeve are about to renew their vows in the big, beachside wedding Maeve always dreamed of when Rhiannon's unexpected arrival threatens to derail their plans. Will Rhiannon be able to win Mike back, or will his new love for Maeve be stronger than his old feelings for his high school sweetheart?

The fates once conspired to change Michael's dreams. Are they now conspiring to set his Dreams Adrift?”


Bio

"My writing reflects my memories growing up along the North Carolina coast near Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. I left that area when I graduated high school and traveled half-way around the world and back collecting memories and experiences which help shape my characters. Now back in eastern North Carolina, I enjoy bringing to life characters whose adventures take place in my favorite part of the world."

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Redneck Romance by Madison Johns!!!!



Today I want to share with you Madison Johns new book Redneck Romance. I just finished reading this adorable book and I loved it!!!

Twenty-year-old Kelly Gray arrives in the mountainous area of North Carolina, deep in Redneck land, intent on journeying into the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness to take fall pictures, which she hopes to sell to National Geographic. That is until she runs out of gas and needs to enlist the help of Jimmy Bob Willows, a redneck with sexy blue eyes. While he filled her tank with gas, she threw caution to the wind and hired him as a guide, ignoring the fact of how dangerous it may be. Hiring a man whom she doesn't even know, a man who insists on calling her, City. 
Experienced mountain man Jimmy Bob Willows leads the inexperienced Kelly into the mountains, teaching her how to survive in the wilderness. This is a new experience for Kelly as she has never been out from under her mother’s thumb before, but she embraces what Jimmy Bob is teaching her, and for once in her life, she’s on a real adventure, one that results in Jimmy Bob saving Kelly from a copperhead snake and moonshiners! 

Kelly fights the growing attraction between them, but will it be a losing battle?

My review
This story was such a sweet joyful read. I loved the author's sharp humor. This book had so much personality. I enjoyed the adventure that was Redneck Romance. This was such a fun escape and done in such a clever way. Sometimes we just need a laugh and this one does not disappoint. Madison Johns has a gift of telling a story that is not only entertaining but one that feels natural. It makes me want to be her friend because you know she is a barrel of laughs and then some.

This book is adorable and you don't even have to love a redneck to appreciate it, although it wouldn't hurt!

"I felt something cold and wet press against my face. When I opened my eyes, it was a hound dog. Its brown and black fur was matted past belief, and wrinkles and excess skin hung down. Poor thing was panting like he had run a long distance. What this ole dog needed was a bath. I petted him, but he just looked at me with his huge sad eyes. Why, I could even see red behind where the skin surrounding his eyes sagged down. I pouted for a moment, and face him a hug. "Good ole boy."


Madison Johns burst onto the writing scene in 2012 and writes quirky books featuring a zany cast of characters, writing in both the mystery and romance genres.
She's best known for her Agnes Barton senior sleuth mystery series featuring Agnes' larger than life sidekick, Eleanor Mason. The series depicts two elderly ladies digging up clues with enough laugh aloud antics to make James Bond blush.
Madison Johns is a member of Sisters in Crime.
Agnes Barton mysteries in order: (1) Armed and Outrageous, (2) Grannies, Guns and Ghosts, (3) Senior Snoops.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

T. M. Novak's THE ABDUCTION OF LILLY WATERS is on fire!!!!

Let’s WOW this Wednesday with Tammy Novak who wrote the best selling thriller The Abduction of Lilly Waters 

Description: 
Beth had never anticipated her life would end up like it did. The last beating she received at the hands of her boyfriend threw her over the edge. She had to escape him, so she fled taking her daughter Lilly with her. She didn’t know where she’d go, but she didn’t care. All she could manage to think about was her unborn child and her daughter Lilly. 
The frequent stops the mother and daughter had to make were uneventful until Beth pulled into a Diner in Moore, Oklahoma where her daughter Lilly was taken by unseen hands.
Detective’s Daniel Prescott and Frank Martinez head the investigation trying relentlessly to solve the case before it’s too late. These days, when children are taken it’s a unified frenzy to find them. In this case, every lead turns up empty and every turn they take reveals a clue they couldn’t have anticipated. The detectives aren’t quite sure where to turn or who to trust; even the mother herself is a prime suspect. 
The Abduction of Lilly Waters is a fast paced child abduction thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the end where you’ll discover the deepest and darkest secret waiting. 

Biography of T.M. Novak
Tammy was born in Waterbury, Connecticut eight minutes before her twin brother. She comes from a large family with seven brothers and sisters, and eleven nieces and nephews so far. She grew up in Southern California and currently lives in Prescott, Arizona. 
Tammy married her high school sweet heart Gary in 1994 and they have four sons’ together. She received her teaching degree from Northern Arizona University in 2010 and is currently a teacher in Mayer, Arizona. 
The Abduction of Lilly Waters is her debut novel and there are several other works in progress; she has a Y.A. series in the works called Butterfly Lake, and a children’s book series called, The Big Green Dinosaur which will be published under Tammy Moore. Her sister Latisha Wood is expected to illustrate them for her. 
The things that inspire Tammy the most are family and she always keeps her family at the forefront of her thoughts. She gets her story ideas from her dreams and her children where she takes a simple moment and turns it into a world all its own. 

“Beth could hear Lilly from the back seat of the car most of the trip singing and humming to herself in such contentment that it warmed Beth’s heart. Leaving town wasn’t the easiest choice she’d made, but it was a necessary choice in order to start a fresh life and escape her horrific past.”


“Detective Frank Martinez scanned the scene. He was looking for something more, something that would spiral the case in the right direction. As of that moment, nothing seemed right. There were no leads, just the words of a pregnant woman that didn’t add up, some witnesses that didn’t see a damn thing, and broken glass. He felt sure the mother was hiding something, and he was determined to figure out what.”







Friday, October 18, 2013

The latest version of BROOKLYN AND BO CHRONICLES has been updated and is now available on Amazon.com.



 With the help of the wildly talented author/editor Arlene R. O'Neil we have added much needed dialog to Shattered Reality. Having to put words into the characters mouths was not always an easy task. Some moments were hard to go back to but I think the new interaction brings this story to life.

I have worked hard with my other “Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles” books to add more dialog. When I first wrote this story there was none at all. It read more like a diary. Now I see what was missing.

If you haven’t read Shattered Reality, I hope you will consider picking it up. This is a true story. Everything really happened. Only the names have been changed.


S.L. Wallace has done it again with a brand new release, Dante's Day Off



In early July 2013, the following news article made headlines: "Possibility of First Head Transplant Fraught with Ethical and Medical Dilemmas." Are head transplants really in our near future, and what will that mean for mankind? Dante Marando understands that the human body is fragile. With recent medical advances, he's certain scientists will soon be able to keep healthy people alive for longer stretches of time, and he is determined to be a part of history in the making. Is Dante interested in helping mankind thrive, or is he only looking out for himself?


Crossroads of Humanity Blog post: First Head Transplant Fraught with Dilemmas



Bio:
S.L. Wallace is an upper elementary Montessori teacher and life long writer who is a descendant of the famous William Wallace. Like him, she believes in freedom and independence. Unlike him, she fights her battles with the pen. 

Questions:

1. How did you begin your fiction writing journey?

I've always been a fan of the written word, and I have the nature of a storyteller. If storytelling is a learned behavior, then I most certainly learned it sitting around the dinner table, especially when my paternal grandmother was present. If, however, storytelling is in my genes, then I most certainly inherited it from my paternal grandmother. As for writing down fictional stories with the intent of publication, that was sparked by a vivid dream in early 2011. I began by writing down everything I could remember about my dream: names, places, descriptions, feelings, everything. Then I wrote the history of my main characters. After that, I began writing the story. Imagine my surprise, when a month later, the governor of my state began busting public unions. I attended a meeting and heard a disturbing statistic about the low number of wealthy people and how much money they had compared to everyone else. I remember thinking, "Oh my God, I'm living in my novel!" After that, I couldn't stop writing, and furthermore, I felt my story needed to be heard. Even though my stories are all fictional, to date, they all contain elements of truth.

2. If you could have one wish, what would it be?

I'm not a fan of wishes. I think we're mostly here to learn, and as much as I'd like to wish away pain and suffering for all, then we wouldn't be learning as much about the good things in life like compassion, would we? To keep my wish simple, I guess I'll wish for a new car. It can be a new used car. I'd just like on that isn't over 15 years old and falling to pieces. If I could have an electric car that would be better for the environment too.

3. What is your favorite genre to read on a rainy day?

It's a tie between historical fiction and science fiction because I enjoy learning about the past as well as imagining the future.

4. Are you an animal person, and if so what is your favorite animal?

Yes, I am most definitely an animal person. My husband asks me not to tell him when our pets are sick or dying, because I'm always right. The thing is, I don't cause their illness or suffering, I'm just able to recognize it for what it is early on. He always seems to forget the good things I notice about our animals, like when that pet mouse I brought home was pregnant. Her babies were so darn cute too! But if I have to pick just one, I guess I'll chose chinchillas. On the contrary, I think I'm actually a detriment to plants.

5. What was your biggest dream as a child? 

I wanted to be a vet. Despite question number four, I really did want to be a vet until my mom helped me pursue that dream by setting it up so I could shadow the vet who visited her friend's farm to check a pregnant cow. That was gooey and gross. And when I asked the vet a bunch of questions, I wasn't happy to learn that when one is training to be a vet, you get to clean up all the sick and bloody messes in the back room for the first few years at least. I also didn't like learning that animals don't like you very much when you're a vet.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Vickie Johnstone is wowing this Wednesday with I DREAM OF ZOMBIES which is only 99¢ US and 75p UK on kindle for the release!

Our IT girl Vickie Johnstone is wowing this Wednesday with a new book and a new genre. Her new book, I Dream of Zombies is only  99¢ US and 75p UK on kindle for the release and  is sure to knock your socks off, to say the least! I mean with a tag line like, "It starts with a dream and then the nightmare takes over...." I imagine this IT girl will be the talk of the town!!!
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Book blurb

A zombie novel set in London over six weeks in 2013, with a strong female lead character.
It all begins on a summer’s day with the media reporting with some hilarity that people are dreaming of the dead coming to life, but those who have dreamt them are convinced they are a warning of things to come. Marla takes it all with a pinch of salt until she experiences the nightmares herself. Cue paranoia and disbelief until reality shows its new face. 
All over London there are incidences of people becoming sick and aggressive. As the attacks mount, the media is forced to take the matter seriously, but what is causing it? Is it a virus, and is it natural or man-made, and is the government responsible? 
Marla, her sister, Ellen, and friend Tommy find themselves fighting for their survival as their sense of reality is smashed. Will the army and police maintain control or will the country find itself in lockdown, isolated from the outside world? 


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“Good character development, good descriptions...and friggin' scary”- Stewart Bint.

Book excerpt the dream

“A sickening sense of dread ravages him as fear drifts over the surface of his skin like fingers, icy cold and unrelenting. He turns again and sprints towards the exit, his pace becoming increasingly slower as if something is pushing him back. Yet still he finds himself in the exact same position, his feet rooted to the spot, his arms sweeping, useless. His hair blows in the breath that the creature now turns on him, sickening in its putrid scent of death and putrefaction. 
“There is not a word he can think of to describe this thing in front of him. Fear creeps, regardless. Twisting, crawling, the maggots swarm across its bloodied face as it opens its mouth wider. Something rips. The yawn seems to swallow him whole into this darkness of despair as a jagged, ripping pain overwhelms him; the sharp teeth chafing, gnawing at his neck, seeking to pierce the jugular vein within. From far off in the distance comes the ripple of laughter.”



“Time is all we have; it flows – it cannot stop.”

The Sea Inside is a fantasy adventure that revolves around the heroine, Jayne, who is sixteen. Following an accident, she wakes up from a coma to find herself in hospital with life-changing injuries. Visited by a mysterious woman, the girl receives a gift that opens a portal to a mystical realm. There follows many trials and tribulations on the way to Jayne finding herself and her true destiny. 

I started writing this book in 2009, and kept getting stuck. I always write without an outline and I couldn't think where to take the plot, so the story got abandoned for a while. I added bits over the years, eventually finishing it this year. Horrah! For the first time I had three beta readers, because I was not confident about the book. Their reviews are below. 

The beautiful cover photo is by Maja Dražić. I found her work on Deviant Art. I was blown away by the image immediately because of its expressiveness and the longing in the girl’s eyes. There is also a dreamlike quality and I like the texture. As soon as I saw this image I just thought that’s Jayne!


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About the author
Vickie lives in London, UK, and works as a freelance layout sub editor. Her first book, Kiwi in Cat City, was written in 2002 and self-published in 2011, and she has scribbled stories and poetry all her life. Vickie’s loves include cats, reading, films, travelling, rock music, Castle, The Walking Dead, tea, the sea, dancing like an eejit, sleeping and Milky Bar. 

Vickie has self-published the following 14 books: 
Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); Kiwi in Cat City (magical cat series for middle-grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for middle grade readers); Day of the Pesky Shadow; The Sea Inside (fantasy); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy romance); and I Dream of Zombies (horror, under pen name VJ Stone). The Kiwi Series has wonderful illustrations by Nikki McBroom.



Other books:

The Kiwi Series (6 books)
The adventures of a magical cat and her friends, set in animal-inhabited worlds (written for readers aged 9-14). The books contain illustrations by Nikki McBroom. Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013.

Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries: Day of the Living Pizza / Day of the Pesky Shadow
Comedy series set in Crazy Name Town, starring Detective Smarts and Officer Dewdrop (written for readers aged 10 up). Book 1 is free everywhere but Amazon UK.


3 Heads & a Tail 
A comic fantasy starring two guys, a girl and a streetwise Labrador who swears too much (for readers aged 16 up). Written for NaNoWriMo 2011.

Kaleidoscope (119 poems).
 Life’s Rhythms (316 haiku).
Travelling Light (poetry - free everywhere but Amazon UK).

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Twitter: @vickiejohnstone

Kiwi Series website: Kiwiincatcity.com



Inspiring Teens Blog Hop Welcomes Charlotte Blackwell with a a Rafflecopter Giveaway


Thank you for partaking in the Inspiring Teens blog hop and for entering in Charlotte’s Rafflecopter Giveaway. Here are the winners.

Jennifer Loiske
Sharon Ledwith
Shelia Deeth

Charlotte will be sending you an #ebook copy of Forbidden Embrace





Hello Everyone!!!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!  The Inspiring Teens Blog Hop will continue all week long so be sure to visit as many blogs as possible and enter cool giveaways to win books and gift cards!!!

Before I introduce my guest author, please check out this list of participating MG/YA authors and awesome bloggers HERE. You can visit others who inspire teens to read. There is also a chance to win some great books, plus you can enter the Rafflecopter to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Enjoy yourselves and good luck!!

My guest today is the very talented Charlotte Blackwell who just finished her fourth book in the Embrace Series about a female vampire, her family, friends and finding true love. :-)

Book 1 Immortal Embrace
As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?
This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.



Here are Charlotte's thoughts on reading and writing as well as learn a little bit about what she’s currently working on.  Charlotte has also generously offered 5 free ebooks. Learn how to win them on her rafflecopter giveaway on this page.

Questions:

1. Reading
Why do you think Teen Read Week is important? 
Encouraging teens to read is one of the best things we can do. To read not only do you learn new things, it activates your imagination, feelings, senses and so much more. I not only disliked reading as a teen, I hated it. If I had only known all the amazing worlds I was missing out on. It can take you away from your everyday stresses that so many teens seem to face these days.

How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
Writing stories that they can relate to or completely escape reality with. Keeping up with how teens act and talk is important, we as writers want to connect.

When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
As I said before I didn’t like reading, but when I did my favourite story was Heidi.

2. Writing
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?
I used to write letters, all my feelings went into letters to people that I never gave them. This taught me to put emotion into my writing.

Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)?
In a lot of ways it is easier now, but in so many more ways it’s more difficult. With so many ways to self-publish and indie publishers almost anyone can publish a book. The hard part comes from marketing, sales and just putting out quality work that readers will notice.

What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?
It doesn’t matter if your passion is writing, singing, dancing or sports. If you love it, keep at it and most of all believe in yourself, and put forth the effort. For writing, join a group, let others read your work and take the constructive criticism. Every little bit helps to improve your craft and make you better at what you love.

3. Your books
What is your latest book about?
My most recent publication is Everlasting Embrace. It is the fourth book in my Embrace Series about a female vampire, her family, friends and finding true love. Of course nothing is ever easy and with the help of some powerful witches she puts up the fight of her life.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I am working on an adult romance and book 5 of the Embrace Series. Both of these books have taken me longer than anything I have ever written, but I hope that just means the finished product will be the best yet.

What do you love about being an author?
I can put whatever I’m feeling into my books. For example, there was a person I didn’t like very much. She did terrible things to me and my family. So I made her a villain in my books and killed her off, made me feel so much better. On the happier side of things I get to add all the amazing things that happen to me or that I see or even wish for. The world of writing is an open door and even for the author it is a complete and total escape from the reality of sitting in front of a computer.


If you would like a chance to win Charlotte's Forbidden Embrace please join: a Rafflecopter giveaway



Bio
During her younger years Charlotte was friendly and outgoing, but never really voice her opinions and felt more comfortable falling behind the shadows of those around her. Something she hope to help others avoid. She began writing as a way to express her feelings, without having to confront those around her. As Charlotte grew and had a family of her own, she learned the importance of standing up for what you believe in and always staying true to one’s self. Then one day the writing took over. Charlotte soon realized through writing she could combined her love for the paranormal and her children.