Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Ever After: A Cinderella Story
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This Cinderella is far from a victim. Much to her stepmother's demise, Danielle's independence and intelligence attract the love of the prince.

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Snow White and the Huntsman by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, and Hossein Amini
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A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

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Eve of the Damned by David Basnett

Eve Evans is sixteen years old and to the outside world she seems to have a perfect life. Sure, her Dad left her when she was little more than a toddler… and there was that incident that left her friend hospitalised, which even Eve has nearly forgotten. That is the part that is public knowledge. The part Eve keeps hidden is her bipolar mother who struggles to keep a roof over Eve’s head and the bailiffs knocking on the door.Something had to give somewhere along the line...

One night, at 3:15am, a fairground rolls into town. Behind the façade is a skills test booth for a school for exceptional children. A school that sits in the middle of a hidden island in the North Sea. A school that Eve finds has many dark secrets. And a vampire in the dungeon.

Eve must use her talents to survive and more importantly, she has to choose her new friends very carefully.


Down a Lost Road by J. Leigh Bralick

For 16-year-old Merelin Lindon, the only secret her family ever had was the reason behind her father's mysterious disappearance, four years ago. But when an old family friend gives her a small, strange metal circle that once belonged to her father, Merelin discovers just how deep the family secrets run. Without any warning, she finds herself swept into a foreign world mysteriously linked to Earth's mythical past -- a world with no remembrance of its own history, tottering on the brink of a devestating war with an enemy it cannot recall.

As Merelin begins to understand her own place in this world, she learns that her father may have held the key to unraveling all the mysteries. With the help of a fascinating and sometimes infuriating young man named Yatol, she chooses to hazard everything, to suffer things she never imagined, in a foolhardy quest to rescue her father and save his people.

But it may cost her more than she can imagine...


Sophie's Secret by Tara West


After shedding 30 pounds of baby fat, Sophie Sinora has grown into a pretty, but insecure, teen in bloom. To make her life more complicated, Sophie can sometimes read minds.

Sophie's BFFs, AJ and Krysta, are also 'gifted' with paranormal abilities. Keeping their gifts secret proves difficult, as their powers are strengthening, making them feel more and more like freaks.

When Sophie falls for Jacob, she hopes he'll ask her out to the Freshman Formal. But when she's forced to cheat and lie for him, she wonders how far she'll have to go to make him like her. Add to her growing list of problems - her teacher's suicidal thoughts, a locker bully who wants to kick her butt, the hot school flirt who won't stop teasing her, her pregnant sister who boots Sophie out of her room, and the growing tension between Sophie and her best friends.

Sophie's got issues. Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher's life and her social life.


The Emerald City by J.A. Beard

When her parents die, teenager Gail Dorjee retreats into an angry, sarcastic shell. She hopes it will ease her pain, but all it gets her is a one-way trip from Kansas to a Seattle boarding school, the elite Osland Academy.

As soon as she arrives, Gail clashes with Diana, the leader of the school's most powerful clique. The Winged make Gail's life hell until she find allies: her airhead roommate; a cowardly fellow victim of the Winged; and, bit by bit, Diana's boyfriend--the seemingly heartless Nick.

Gail soon has bigger problems than Diana. One of her teachers hates her. Glasses shatter and fountains erupt around her. She can't swear no matter how hard she tries. An unseen force is keeping her on campus. And worst of all, she uncovers a plot that will give one person a precious gift at the cost of thousands of lives. Now Gail and her friends must stop the plot--not just to save lives, but to win a brain, the nerve, a heart and a home in this modern young adult urban fantasy take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


Twin Souls by DelSheree Gladden


He avoids her because of the strange physical pain he feels when they touch. She avoids him because the way everyone seems to do what he says scares her. But when Claire needs to escape a bad situation Uriah is the first person she thinks of, and he is eager to rescue her. Faced with each other for the first time, both Uriah and Claire find it impossible to listen to their fears and stay away from one another. They soon find out, though, that there is more than they ever thought possible trying to keep them apart.


Following tradition the pair approaches the Elders of their Tewa tribe to ask permission to marry. Everyone is shocked when the shaman refuses them, claiming they are not Twin Souls. Confused and angry Uriah refuses to listen, and promises them that he will never abandon Claire. When Claire is poisoned by her vindictive father his resolve is tested. Ancient Native American myths and legends spring into reality, doing everything they can to keep Uriah from saving Claire’s life, while beginning to reveal the truth behind the lies he has been told all his life.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Interview with Christie Silvers: Indie Author of the Liz Baker Series

Author of urban fantasy with a touch of naughtiness!

When did you begin writing?
 
I've always loved to write, but became more serious about it back in early 2006.  Back then I wrote web content, but toward the end of the year I started my first paranormal romance novel.  And I haven't looked back.

What genres do you write?
 
What I write seems to fall into several categories.  Some call it paranormal romance; some call it paranormal fiction; and some call it urban fantasy.  I just go with urban fantasy and leave it at that.  It seems to encompass my writings most correctly.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?
 
I don't really imagine anyone when I'm writing a story.  Except for the characters, of course.  It's not until after the first draft, when I'm in the editing and cleaning up phase, that I think about the readers and what they like.  I have a few regular beta readers and I like to hear their thoughts on the stories before anyone else reads them.

What's your latest book about?
 
My latest book, Killer Intentions (Liz Baker, book 3), is a continuation of my Liz Baker series.  In this book Liz is dealing with the nonstop battle with her half-vampire self, as well as the regular human life she lives.  She's troubled by her vampire father, and meets a few half-vampire siblings.  None of which are on her side.  In Liz's world there are vampires, demons, ghosts, and even werewolves, but that doesn't stop her from doing what she has to do.

Which authors inspire you?

Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Gerry Bartlett, Jennifer Armintrout...just to name a few.  However, I must give a shout-out to my author friend Robin Renee Ray.  That woman can put out the work faster than anyone I know.  I swear it seems like I blink and she has a new story in the world.  I don't know how she does it, but would love to find out!

What's your favorite book?
 
Hmm...  I have a lot of favorite authors whose books I would count as favorites, but there are just too many to list.  If I have to pick just one...  Gosh, I don't know.  Let's go with Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire.  That one really kick started my love of vampire stories.

Why did you choose independent publishing?
 
After approximately a year of research into the publishing world, I decided that I'd like to try my hand at being an Independent.  At that time it was still frowned upon quite regularly.  I always say I was self-publishing before it was popular.  :)  I like the idea of controlling every detail of my books.  I choose my editor(s); I choose my cover designer; I choose my cover art.  Maybe it's the Capricorn in me, but I love being in complete control.  That's not to say I would never go the traditional route if the right offer came around, but I'd really have to think hard about it.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

I give the same advice to all authors, traditional or independent:  Be persistent!  Persistence is key in this business.  Keep writing, reading, promoting, meeting new people.  I know it's hard, but you have to put yourself out there.  You have to let go of your book babies and watch the world devour them, good or bad.  You'll never learn if you don't.

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Fright Night (1985)
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A teenager enlists the help of a TV horror movie host to subdue a suave vampire.

A Midnight Infatuation by Christie Silvers - KBOD

A Midnight Infatuation by Christie Silvers
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Alexander is a vampire with a lust for blood. But, the blood isn't all that he enjoys. He thoroughly delights in the act of taking blood from an unwilling victim. The ear-piercing screams are like music to his undead ears. That is, until he met HER!

Fiona is a werewolf. She's just like any other modern-day woman that you would meet at your local bank. She has to deal with her annoying family, numerous failed relationships--including one where she found her boyfriend in bed with HIS boyfriend--and pressure to marry from everyone around her.

Alex becomes instantly infatuated with the lovely Fiona and is very intrigued by the unusual scent that emanates from her. His infatuation becomes very useful when Fiona's pack decides to instigate their "Fight or Wed" law; which leaves Fiona lying on a forest floor bleeding profusely. Alex is forced to do what vampires do... turn her!

With Fiona's pack hot on their trail, what will become of this unusual pair?

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Blood & Love and Other Vampire Tales by Rhiannon Frater

Award-winning author Rhiannon Frater delves deep into the vampire mythos in her new short story collection featuring the beautiful, but deadly undead.

Spanning a hundred years and a diverse cast of characters, Rhiannon explores the themes of loneliness, revenge, blood and love in seven tales.

How far will the bloodthirsty vampires go to find love, revenge, and family? Discover the truth in Love & Blood and Other Vampire Tales.





Samson's Lovely Mortal by Tina Folsom

Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.









The Mischievous Vampire Princess by Scott Williams

Some vampires take precautions to avoid leaving scores of dead bodies in their wake. Tori, a beautiful vampire princess, is not among them. Her reckless behavior and disregard for consequences require her to constantly relocate to new cities in an effort to stay ahead of the authorities. After arriving in Milwaukee with her friend Becky, also a vampire, the two of them rent a house together and initiate a new succession of brutal slayings that soon attract national media attention. When one of their captives accidentally becomes converted into a vampire and escapes their basement, a bloodthirsty hunt unsues, leaving the entire city at their mercy. And leaving them at the mercy of the city.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shallow Hal (2001) - KFMOD

Shallow Hal (2001)
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A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her inner beauty.

Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity - KBOD

Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity by Joel Stein
$12.99 (5/29/2012)

The smudge looked suspiciously penis- like. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" which caused not celebration, but panic. Joel pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing.

So begins his quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn't), by doing a twenty-four-hour shift with L.A. firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, driving a Lamborghini, enduring three days of boot camp with the U.S. Army, day-trading with $100,000, and going into the ring with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Seeking help from a panel of experts, including his manly father-in-law, Boy Scouts, former NFL star Warren Sapp, former MLB All-Star Shawn Green, Adam Carolla, and a pit bull named Hercules, he expects to learn that masculinity is defined not by the size of his muscles, but by the size of his heart (also, technically, a muscle). This is not at all what he learns.

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Funny Stuff by Simon Townsend

IT'S A SAVELOY!
The doner kebab married the chipolata.
I can't wait to hear the pitta platter of tiny meat.

Ex-journalist Simon Townsend introduces you to his off-beat look at life through his eyes. This razor-sharp collection of more than 50 poems is like nothing you will have read before, and his wry, quirky humour delivers pages of smiles and laughter. From the sublime to the ridiculous, from the poignant to the silly, Simon's original little ditties mark him out as a cross between Spike Milligan and John Hegley - a cross-breed for a new generation!

Remember: life can be too serious. There's always time for some funny stuff!


Zombies: Hard Workers or Hardly Worth It? by Dr. Doctor Doctur

Dr. Doctur’s Scientific Science Logs are a series of scientific logs written by the recently un-retired Dr. Doctor Doctur (It’s French). The good Doctor has taken it upon himself to discover the really important things; teleportation, the truth about vampires, time travel, and all the things that so called ‘modern science’ has forgot. Volume I in his series covers his desire to attain inexpensive lab assistants and comes to the natural conclusion of (wait for it…dramatic pause…) zombies.


Cake Icing, Butt Budder and Tea Bags by Renee Andrews


Cake Icing, Butt Budder and Tea Lids has been described as Sweet Home Alabama, the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Practical Magic and Steel Magnolias all rolled into one. “In the South, if a woman isn’t married by age twenty-five, it’s time for an intervention.” This is the basis behind Delilah and Edna Thibodeaux’s dogged determination to make sure their beloved Jezze doesn’t end up an old spinster, like her mother and aunt.

But what happens when the eccentric antics of the young girl’s crazy Cajun aunt and mother put her search for Mr. Right on a 25-year deadline to potential disaster? And why should she have to prove that they are the experts in marriage intervention, anyway? Because she loves them? Yeah, probably. Because they really don’t mean any harm? That too. But when they decide her Mr. Right is T-Roy Bertrand, the butt budder salesman, does she really have to agree? And if she's made up her mind, why does her heart refuse to listen?


Too Much Trouble in Paradise by Michelle Batham

Molly Parker is a DWAG – a darts wife and girlfriend. Or rather, she’s an ex-DWAG after divorcing Paul “Bad Lad” Parker, a professional darts player and the self-pronounced Geordie pantomime villain of the sport, after catching him aiming more than his arrows in the direction of more than a few very willing glamour models.

So, leaving her life – and her ex-husband - behind in their native North East of England, she moves to the Canarian island of Tenerife with her best friend Fran, putting the past behind her, determined to start a whole new life abroad.

Within months of arriving on the island she finds herself engaged to her Spanish boyfriend Antonio – a handsome Canarian bar owner - and with their whirlwind wedding just weeks away she’s the happiest she’s been in a long time with a great job at a Timeshare complex, fantastic friends, and a lovely little home in a country she’s fallen completely in love with.

But what Molly didn’t bank on was her ex-husband turning up out of the blue declaring his undying love for her and begging her to come back to him - and not just because his darts were suffering! His unannounced arrival turns Molly’s new and seemingly perfect life upside down as she suddenly has to face up to feelings she’d thought were long gone, and make decisions she never thought she’d have to make as her whole world is thrown into total confusion. Does she stay in Tenerife and marry her wonderful, romantic, drop-dead-gorgeous Spanish fiancé? Or does she give the man she’d once loved but who’d treated her so badly another chance? Days in the sun or darts – it’s the choice she has to make. Throw in a Bolton-born lounge singer and a Take That tribute act, a famous TV actor with a reputation as a shameless flirt, and a major darts tournament that throws up more than it’s fair share of surprises, and all of a sudden Molly Parker’s life really is ‘Too Much Trouble in Paradise’ – a romantic comedy; a story of new beginnings, second chances, sun, sea - and darts!
 

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Woman in Black (2012) - KFMOD

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Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman out to seek vengeance.

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill - KBOD

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
$9.99 (5/28/2012)

The classic ghost story by Susan Hill: a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town.

Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images—a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black. Psychologically terrifying and deliciously eerie, The Woman in Black is a remarkable thriller of the first rate.

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A Texas Ghost Story by Arley Owens Jr

Jasper Miller, foreman of The Double Cross Ranch owned by billionaire T. Wayford Cross, enjoys the simple life of a cowboy and daydreams about selling his unique breakfast sausage in grocery stores. While mending a fence he hears a woman cry for help but can’t locate her anywhere. At sundown he heads for the ranch house only to be further confused when something white manifests in the near distance and soon vanishes, leaving him worried he might be losing his mind—first hearing things, then hallucinating.

Bafflement replaces those concerns when one of his hands tells him about seeing “a flash of white last night at suppertime” and that Drake Jensen—whose fence repair Jasper completed—had complained about hearing things before leaving for his father’s funeral. The feminine cry rings out again, followed by a flash of white identical to what he’d witnessed before. Once more searching for her in vain, Jasper decides someone must be pulling a prank. But the woman finally does appear—dressed all in white—and dematerializes, leaving no doubt she’s a ghost.

T. Wayford gets a taste of Jasper’s sausage and deciding to market it, sits him up in an apartment in Arlington. There he meets voluptuous Selma Russell who he learns is connected to the waif on The Double Cross and is almost as ethereal. Caught in a love triangle between Selma, T. Wayford’s daughter, and the woman in charge of producing his sausage, Jasper discovers it’s him rather than the ranch that’s being haunted. He surmises the two specters are motivated by revenge, but for what, he has no idea. Knowing he’ll never have peace until he finds out, Jasper leaves no stone unturned until he uncovers the mind-boggling truth.


I Know There Is Evil Out There by Kathy Mann

By fate, Adam and Darcy meet and fall in love. When Adam accidentally dies, Darcy cannot let go of him. She keeps talking and asking for him to come to her. Without understanding the consequences of her actions she is thrown into a demonic world of trickery, manipulation and deceit. Journey into Darcy's life to see what lies ahead for her. Because of the morality of the main character, this ebook is not recommended for young adults. This ebook contains 20,165 words and there are no curse words.



The Haunting at Red Feathers by Peter Meredith


There is nothing more frightening in the world of horror, than a ghost story that is actually true. When Peter takes his new wife Stacy, up to the mountains for a weekend of fishing, hiking and hopefully some intense cuddling, their day starts off great, when they think they find the perfect spot. The seclusion of the little lake seems at first to be a plus, but they soon realize, that there is a reason the area around the black waters and the looming hills is empty. "Don't let the night catch me here!" These are the words that run through their minds as the day folds in on itself with terrifying speed, releasing something blacker than the night.

This book contains three stories, all of which are paranormal in nature. The first two are works of non-fiction, true to life ghost stories, if you can believe it, but the third is completely fictional.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Apostle (1997) - KFMOD

Robert Duvall is one of my favorite actors and the first time I saw this movie I was hooked. The power of his acting is simply astonishing. He breathes such life into his character that it feels as though you're watching a documentary rather than a movie. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of Robert Duvall or dramas.


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In his Academy Award-nominated performance, Robert Duvall is Sonny, a gifted Southern preacher loved by his community until he commits a crime of passion and is forced to run from the law.

An Inextricable Tale by Paul Allgood - KBOD

An Inextricable Tale by Paul Allgood
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About a ne'er do well character named Saul Shields who struggles with the challenges of everyday living including fatherhood. At each and every turn, Saul makes the worst possible choice.....

To download this book, simply follow the link above and choose the Kindle link on the left hand side of the page. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can do so through Amazon's Marketplace.

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Where Love Once Lived by Sidney W. Frost

She'd once loved a bookmobile driver. Memories of that time with him poured in so rapidly she caught her breath. It'd been long ago, but her heart remembered. At first she remembered the love she'd felt back then, but the good memories didn't last long. She'd gone to the bookmobile as usual that last day, but nothing was to be the same again. She went to Brian with love and exciting news. She left alone. Not just without him, but alone in the world and apart from God.

Is it ever too late to find happiness? No, says Sidney W. Frost in his inspirational Christian novel, Where Love Once Lived. Brian Donelson returns to his hometown after a thirty-year absence to win back his beloved Karen. But Karen, who has grown closer to God than he has, harbors a secret that keeps her away from Brian at all costs. While driving the local bookmobile, Brian struggles to earn her trust, even as he grapples with secrets of his own. With God’s help, can these two find happiness? Beautifully written and told with wit and grace, Where Love Once Lived is a moving love story filled with the glory of God.


Dancing Through Fire by JoAnn Hague

In 1775, Sarah Himmel, reared parentless in the Moravian Christian community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, marries a stranger to accompany him as a missionary to the Indians of the Ohio wilderness. On the banks of the Elk's Eye, Wind Maiden dreams of a man but marries a boy. Despite the two women's differences, friendship grows. Against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War, through joy and misery, birth and death, they sustain one another until strength triumphs over weakness and life reigns over death.

DANCING THROUGH FIRE is a carefully researched account of the events from 1775 to 1782 which culminated in the massacre of more than 90 Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten in eastern Ohio. All historic events are actual, and all secondary characters are real.

Although fictional, the novel's main characters are accurate depictions of Indians and Moravian missionaries of the Revolutionary War period.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

3 Free Kindle Books in Romance

Best Friends by Consuelo Saah Baehr

Three convent school girls make a promise to care for each other. They go their separate ways, grow into womanhood and try to find love and happiness until a mad man's actions bring them back together to fulfill their childhood promise. Old money, secrets, revenge, suspense, illicit love, women hurling toward a predetermined destiny.







She's Gotta Be Mine by Jasmine Haynes

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself and the new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth.

What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?

“She’s Gotta Be Mine”, previously published as “Sex and the Serial Killer”, is a contemporary romance of approximately 100,000 words / 400 pages.



The Relationship Shoppe by Susan Paulson Clark


Marian Sheffield longs to climb out of the pits, but before she can transform her career and romantic life, she must contend with the indiscretions of Belle, her business partner and best friend. Along the way, Marian learns the difference between a crush on her guy friend and the very real advances of her company’s investor—and how to apply the relationship advice she promotes in her own bookstore.

HAVE YOU EVER:
- Felt as if your life has fallen apart?
- Questioned why it had?
- Resolved to turn things around?
- Refused to give up when everyone around discouraged you?
- Been betrayed by a friend?
- Fallen in love with someone who doesn’t love you back?
- Ignored the person who is right for you?

Then you may want to browse in THE RELATIONSHIP SHOPPE!

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) - KFMOD

I absolutely loved this movie. Putting Hugh Grant in a western setting was just genius. I laughed out loud so many times, but also teared up, which makes this such an excellent romantic comedy.


Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
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The comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? follows a highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant), whose almost-perfect lives have only one notable failure - their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience: they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely in the Rockies... unless, in their new BlackBerry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion.

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Tales From My Hard Drive by Megan Karasch
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"Tales from My Hard Drive" is a romantic comedy that follows Melissa, a forty-year-old writer who moves from the suburbs of Los Angeles to New York City after finding her husband doing naked yoga-type maneuvers with another woman. Trying to find her place in a city run by the young and hip, she takes the best job offered her: that of a paid cyber-dater for The New York Beacon, anonymously dating and callously reviewing the myriad Mr. Wrongs who inhabit the Big Apple. Still brooding over her painful divorce, Melissa makes an art of exploiting her dates with New York’s not-so-finest for her increasingly popular Beacon articles. And then she meets the last man she wanted: the extraordinary and charismatic Ted, who just might be everything she’s looking for in a companion. But can Melissa’s recently broken heart accept him? She starts dating Ted, hiding from him her undercover dating gig, leading to a covert double life—dating in the 2D world for money and in the 3D world for love. Both lives get knocked senseless, however, when she unexpectedly falls for an online date who appears to be Mr. Right. Juggling two men and a secret job that requires her to date even more, Melissa finds herself in a poignant and comedic whirlwind that even she may not be able to write her way out of.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Interview with Rachel Hunter: Author of Empyreal Fate

When did you begin writing?

I've written stories ever since I can remember. *chuckles* I used to write everything down by hand onto tiny strips of paper, which I would then fold and staple together into little booklets. You could say I established my own library at a young age - a library of miniature paper books. But it was my collection; it was my starting fancy. Reading has played a tremendous part in my early inspiration for writing as well. One could always find me with my nose in a book. I read to everyone: myself, my brother, my parents, and even my cats. Oh, yes - the magic of words has always ensnared me. So my best answer is: I've always been writing. The Muse claimed me when I was young.

What genres do you write?

I greatly enjoy writing poetry, but my main focus (and the genre of my newest novel release, Empyreal Fate) deals in speculative fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk. I appreciate various genres, from mystery, historical fiction, to horror (which is actually another facet to speculative fiction). Yet the pull of the fantastical has always been strong, and I find myself ever-drawn to different realms teeming with creatures of all imagination. What could be better than being transported to another world or a foreign dawn?

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

Honestly, it's like I'm watching the story take place in front of me, so it's more that the story comes to me through the characters, and I am simply the scribe recording their tale. Sometimes they move so fast, their words and actions are all a blur; but other times, their movements make all the sense in the world. I must only open my eyes to see it, to understand.

What's your latest book about?

Ah - Empyreal Fate - Part One of my Llathalan Annal fantasy series. What is it about, you ask? To be brief, it is an account of elves and men - their land at the brink of war. Betrayal, true love, an ancient decree... Llathala is not well. Yet a man and elf become tied in ways that are unacceptable to either race. Is it love? Is it curiosity? Is it Fate..?

Aye - that is for you to find out. Though I will share the blurb with you below:

Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.
Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.

Which authors inspire you?

Many authors have inspired me throughout the years, so it is difficult to select only a few. For that matter, individuals of various professions have inspired me some way or another - even when it comes to writing. However, to list a few, I will mention David Eddings, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, Kurt Vonnegut, and Edgar Allen Poe.

What's your favorite book?

Now this is one I truly cannot answer plainly, for I have read so many wonderful (and not so wonderful) works, and they have all been unique in their own way. The thought of even comparing some of them seems unfair, as they have each inspired me in one form or another at different points in my life. So, I must simply say that it would depend on my mood for reading, writing style, and genre.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

I enjoy the close-knit feel to Hydra Publications, for, as a small press, an author doesn't get lost in a list of names or titles. Everyone is extraordinarily supportive of one another, and we each help out with promotions, interviews, and the like. Also, Hydra is wonderful about working with every author to meet his or her needs, from edits, cover art, to marketing in general. In fact, I was given the freedom to choose my own cover artist: Peter Bradley - who was also great about tailoring his work to fit my ideas for what I pictured on the cover. Overall, Hydra, as an independent press, has given me more freedom as an author - more so than I had even imagined from the beginning.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?
Read, challenge, explore, think, dream. Experience. Live. Be. We are all individuals with our own stories to tell. Be the voice that stands out from the crowd. Don't write what you think others want to read; write what inspires you. Feel the passion of your own words, for if you do not feel that passion first, how can you expect a reader to feel it as well?

Thanks for having me here today.

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The Chronicles of Narnia (2005)
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Four siblings play a game of hide and seek and wind up entering a magical land. Once there, they discover a world inhabited by beasts, dwarfs, and giants and find themselves in a battle to defeat a witch.

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Empyreal Fate by Rachel Hunter
$2.99 or FREE for Prime Members (5/25/2012)

Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.

Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interview with Jody Morse: Co-Author of the Series Howl and The Briar Creek Vampires

When did you begin writing?

As soon as I knew how! When I was in elementary school, I loved the Babysitters Club and would write my own fan fiction. Once I was in middle school and high school, I began writing my own short stories and poetry. In college, I concentrated in writing. For a few years, I wrote web content full-time, but fiction was always where my heart was.

What genres do you write?


Mostly young adult paranormal romance/suspense, but I am plannng to cross genres. My sister, Jayme Morse (who I co-author with), and I are currently working on a romantic suspense for adults and have several other projects lined up for the near future. Those range from fantasy and dystopian to literary fiction.

Who do you imagine you’re telling a story to as you write?

There’s this quote by Toni Morrison that best explains it: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I imagine myself as the reader and try to write what I would want to read.

What’s your latest book about?

Right now, Jayme and I are putting the finishing touches on a book called Surface, which will be the first in our new young adult paranormal romance series. I don’t want to give away too many details yet, but it takes place in a beach town and involves sirens. It comes out in June.

Which authors inspire you?

Lois Duncan has probably been my biggest inspiration and influence, especially when it comes to the young adult paranormal genre. Her books (Stranger With My Face, Locked in Time, and Down a Dark Hall) were some of the first that I ever read that had paranormal elements.

What’s your favorite book?

It’s so hard to choose just one – I love so many! The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult, Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo, and the Mill River Recluse by indie author Darcie Chan are some of my favorites. I also love getting involved a good series. I’m kind of addicted to the Pretty Little Liars series, the House of Night, and the Hunger Games.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

I stumbled on JA Konrath’s blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, (A Newbie's Guide to Publishing) and learned that self-publishing had evolved from what it used to be. A lot of indies were having success because of the Kindle and Nook. So, Jayme and I decided to give it a go, and I’m glad we did. It’s a great way to get your stuff out there and retain your creative control. We get to choose our covers, set our deadlines and prices, and make other decisions that would normally be left up to a publishing company.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Write every day. If you don’t know how to start your book, then start in the middle or at the end, but start somewhere. Also grow a thick skin because no matter how good your book is, you’re bound to get some negative feedback, and some of it might hurt if you’re not prepared for it. Just remember that you can’t please everyone. Focus on the positive instead of the negative.

What to know more? Check out the links below.

Author Page
Website
Howl (Howl Series #1) and Kiss of Death (The Briar Creek Vampires #1)

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13 Going on 30 (2004)
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Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo star in 13 GOING ON 30, a flash-forward romantic comedy about a pre-teen girl who goes from geek to glamorous.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
$7.99 (5/24/2012)

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

3 Free Kindle Books for Teens

Wilted (A Witching Pen Novellas Prequel) by Dianna Hardy

A short story prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas.

(This story takes place ten years before the events of The Witching Pen Novellas.)

Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they've always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.

Elena's beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother's about to drop a bombshell on her – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.

PUBLISHER'S NOTES:

This UK-based story is suitable for YA readers, but it should be noted that The Witching Pen Novellas series is aimed at adult readers.

For fans of the series, this story includes two parts of Elena's past that were made reference to in The Witching Pen: 1) The moment that Karl turns up on Elena's doorstep having been beaten and 'jumped on' by his father and 2) "The Sex Talk" between Elena and her mother.


Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

Nordic Fairies is a novella series about Liosálfar Svala and Viggo have been in love for a thousand years. After two years apart Svala turns on her TV to find Viggo in the public light, posing as a movie star. She tries to seek him out and the events that follow forces some deep buried secrets to surface...

Svala and Viggo have spent a hundred lives together over the last thousand years. As Liosálfar, Nordic light fairies, their job is to do good and to uphold a balance in the mortal world. A balance, often compromised by the Döckálfar, Nordic dark fairies.

But even good fairies need incentive.

Svala and Viggo are kept apart each life until they fulfill their assignments. Only when, and if, they succeed are they allowed to be together for whatever period of time the powers that be decides. Sometimes they are together for decades, other times years and during the last union once only three weeks.

In this life, Svala turns on her TV and learns that Viggo has become a popular movie star. This is not only highly unexpected, it indicates something is wrong and that Viggo is attempting to contact Svala before their assignments are carried out, an action which is strictly forbidden.

Svala seeks him out, but not without breaking a few rules of her own, and learning that things are not always as they seem. 


Bound, An Arelia LaRue Novel, Book 1 by Kira Saito


Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.

When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.

However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined.

Bound is roughly 55,000 words or 220 print pages.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Interview with Desiree Finkbeiner: Author of the Ethos Series

When did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing and illustrating since grade school. My mother had kept dozens of my little books in her keepsake chest, and we got them out a few years ago to share a laugh. Though, in the beginning I was more interested in art and poetry, entering my work in shows and contests. I won certificates and awards all through grade school, middle school and high school but most of them were for my art. I wrote my first middle-grade, fantasy chapter book of approx 30,000 words at age 12. So that's when I really became interested in writing.


What genres do you write?

Fantasy mostly. Especially urban fantasy/paranormal romance/action
adventure... but I've also been working on some sci-fi steampunk.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

I actually imagine myself in the story, interacting with the other
characters. It helps make it more realistic for me and provides a
great escape. I hope that others also enjoy the escape my worlds
offer.

What's your latest book about?

In short, it’s written in first person, from the heroine’s
perspective. She’s a normal college girl until she has an accident
that warrants a trip to the hospital. Her injuries heal quickly and
her lab results are off the charts. It’s a mystery as to why bizarre
happenings are overshadowing her, until Kalen, the hero, enters the
picture.

He reveals to her an ancient prophecy that transcends time and the
planes of existence, challenging her take on reality, and Brianna is
thrust into a race for her life. With the balance of their worlds at
stake, Kalen takes Brianna to his world, where he can better protect
her… unanswered questions would be addressed by the council that
resides in the mountain cities of Ethos, so they take up their
journey.

During their trek to the mountains, they undergo a series of trials,
and find themselves facing the ultimate choice. Throughout their
perilous adventure, they are tempted by forbidden love, knowing they
can never be together, but it’s that same temptation that leads them
to find their greatest strengths.

It’s a story about integrity, duty, agency and self mastery. I wanted
to write something that would teach a moral, inspired by an apparent
lack in action by the people of today. People everywhere seem
complacent, and the liberty of those same people is on the brink of
destruction. My series is a call to action; to act or be acted upon.
It’s about choice, the very thing that makes us superior beings… and
the same element that can ultimately lead to destruction, if not
exercised wisely.

Which authors inspire you?

My favorite authors have changed over the years and continue to
change as new books come out and my perspectives change. Some select
favorites: Frank Herbert, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien… But scripture
has influenced my writing more than anything.

What's your favorite book?

Scriptures are my favorite, I read them every day.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

Hydra Publications is a small press out of Indiana. When I sent Ethos
out, I got three offers with a couple weeks. But the family-like
atmosphere at Hydra sold me. I enjoy the friendships I've made there
with the other authors and the owners were super cool people.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Whether you go the route of self-publishing or going with a small indie
press, relationships are king. Establishing lasting friendships with
other authors, bloggers and readers is vital to your success. Keep an
open mind and always strive for professionalism. I've already met
some authors out there who wear such big heads that they come across
as crass and snooty. Nobody likes to work with stuck-up high hats. Be
yourself, be humble and always appreciate small victories. They add
up, and your network will grow faster by being kind and giving than
by only plugging your own work every where you go.

Most people view self-promotion as spammy and annoying. There's a
time and place for everything, so avoid overdoing it. Start by
praising other people for their efforts and it will come around full
circle. ...and most of all, keep creating!

Want to know? Check out the links below!
  
Author Page
Author's Website
The Morning Star (Ethos Book 1)
Facebook Page
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The Wolf Man (1941)
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Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this horror masterpiece-- featuring elaborate settings and a chilling score-- about a man who is attacked by a werewolf and then becomes one himself at each full moon.

Scott Nicholson Autographed Book Up for Sale

I know many of you love the horror indie author, Scott Nicholson. I'm currently downsizing my book collection and have an autographed copy of Scott Nicholson's book Thank You for the Flowers up for sale on Yardsellr. It's a steal at $20.

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Morning Star (Ethos Book 1) by Desiree Finkbeiner - KBOD

Morning Star (Ethos Book 1) by Desiree Finkbeiner
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When a mysterious stranger interrupts Brianna's mundane routine, her eyes are opened to the dark underbelly of reality... immortal rogues, ancient conspiracies, prophetic revelations, savage tribes, mammoth dragonflies... 

She's thrust into a race for her life when Kalen, a warrior from Ethos, discovers that she is harboring a secret... a secret that he'd give his life to protect. 

There's just one little problem... they are tempted by a forbidden romance, which threatens to compromise a divinely appointed mission. They are faced with a choice... love eternal, or the end of the world...

5 Free Kindle Books About Ghosts

Ghost Hunting Dairy Volume I by T. M. Simmons

This collection of ghost hunting diaries is a selection from those T. M. Simmons kept during her twenty years of adventures in the paranormal world. As a writer, she felt compelled to keep records of her encounters, and until now, she has only shared these with a few friends and relatives. Encouraged by their interest, and the awe and sometimes apprehension on their faces, she is editing some of the dozens upon dozens of diaries in her files. Volume I contains Down the Ghost Trail, which chronicles the start of T. M. Simmons’ ghost hunting career at the haunted Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Crossing Over explains how she learned to help lost souls cross into The Light. In Midnight Ferry, a late-night phone call sends her into a confrontation with a nasty ghost-witch who meant horrific harm. The other three stories are ones she chose as some of her favorites. She has also included a few definitions of her beliefs and the rules by which anyone whom she allows into her ghost hunting life must abide. These stories are true, and each new volume will be offered as a prelude to the upcoming fictional Dead Man mystery series. Dead Man Talking, which should be available as an ebook within a few days of this first volume, will be a fun, scary romp in the paranormal world. Part of the first chapter is included at the end.


Killer Karma by Lee Killough

Inspector Cole Dunavan finds himself in the middle of a parking garage with no memory except of his murder. After remembering who he is and accepting that he is now a ghost, he has more problems. He is a ghost with no idea how being a ghost works. No one sees or hears him. He cannot move objects and initially cannot move through closed doors. He learns to his horror that his body has not been found the circumstances of his disappearance make it appear he betrayed his marriage and was killed by his mistress...who has also disappeared. Only he knows the woman was an informant...and he is still on earth because his obsession with capturing a felon put her in mortal danger. While he works at saving her, he struggles to communicate with his former partner, to get straight with his wife, and learn the identity of his killer. 


How to Ghost Hunt by Frank Potterstone


Are you a paranormal lover? Would you like to start your own ghost hunting group in an exciting new field? "How to Ghost Hunt" includes all three "Jam Packed!" Ghost Seeker volumes which provide you with a step-by-step plan on how to start a ghost hunting team of you're very own, that has clients raving for you to come back! You'll also find valuable ghost seeking tips that will give you a competitive advantage over other ghost hunting groups in your area. You'll learn:

* How to get that much needed permission from the property owner
* How to follow protocol and keep a checklist
* Ghosts what exactly are they?
* What researching a ghost adventure is all about
* What mindset you need to be in while interviewing witnesses
* Our personal step by step team process
* Top Notch tips on capturing Great EVP's
* The best EVP questions to ask during your sessions
* How to correctly analyze all your data
* What exactly are Shadow People and can they hurt you
* How to start your own Ghost Seeking Team
* What Legal Forms you'll need to fill out to keep you're whole team protected ( Along with samples you can use and modify )
*Para Quiz "Test your Knowledge!"

Bonus! A sample Ghost Seeking Log Form, that you can use as is or edit for your own team needs.

And most importantly, how to build a credible and long lasting relationship with all your clients by being respectful,tactful, and just plain professional... You will see,if you follow all the protocols listed in this field guide to the paranormal, you will be light years ahead of every other Ghost Hunting team out there, that are just winging it, And probably burning some bridges along the way...

Discover how to become a professional ghost seeker today!


The Real by James Cole

A SEQUENCE OF SEEMINGLY UNRELATED STRANGE AND TRAGIC EVENTS TRANSFORMS THE ORDINARY LIFE OF JEREMY SPIRES INTO ONE FILLED WITH ADVENTURE, INTRIGUE, AND PERIL.

Who wouldn’t want to become cognizant of secret realms?
When seven hippies burned to death 39 years ago in a tragic fire, a ghost story was spawned. The legend, passed down by students at the local University, centers on Claire Wales, a.k.a. the Hippie Queen. Graduate student Jeremy Spires thinks nothing of the tale until he stops on a deserted road to help a stranded motorist, Grady, who retells the ghost story as if it and the Hippie Queen are real. Despite Grady’s warnings to stay away, Jeremy and his devoted girlfriend, Jinni Malone, plan a camping trip to the very place – Reefers Woods – where the hippies died. After a near-death experience, an ultra-vivid dream and bizarre visions of children roaming about, Jeremy wonders if there could be some extraordinary power manifested in Reefers Woods. Can Jeremy, in his role as a cynical scientist, dare to believe in the supernatural? Can he discern what is real and what is not?

Do you know what it is to burn?
No? Neither did Jeremy, at least not before a girl, a beautiful stranger, kissed him unexpectedly in a bar. In the days that followed, and despite his love for Jinni, Jeremy cannot turn his thoughts away from the provocative encounter. When Jeremy gives in to his forbidden desires and seeks out the mysterious Monika, he is thrust into a shadowy subculture of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, of which he had been completely unaware. It is Monika who asks the question, and subsequently reveals what it is to burn.

I can’t believe she’s dead!
The intrigue and suspense intensifies after a ritualistic murder at the University draws the attention of the nation. After learning that the victim is someone very close to Jeremy and after finding evidence linking him to the crime scene, the police focus on Jeremy as a suspect, forcing him to search for the real killer and to try and make sense of the many unforeseen twists and turns his life takes.

What is THE REAL?
THE REAL may be described as a murder-mystery, an action-adventure and a supernatural thriller, deftly folded into one. The observant among you might see the novel through an allegorical lens or even as an extended fable. Regardless, this book can be experienced on several levels. It is up to you, the reader, to decide how deeply you wish to delve.


Strange Romance by Scott William Carter


ant a break from the usual boy-meets-girl scenario? Try these four delightfully weird romantic tales on for size:

She was a disembodied voice trapped inside a stereo system. He was a lonely guy who had trouble with women. It was love at first sound . . . A young man who made a disastrous choice in wife is forced to crash weddings with his ghostly bride so she can remain on Earth. . . . The untold story of Medusa — and a tale of love and redemption unlike any story you've ever read . . . A Minnesota widower has a magical encounter with an enchanted snow man —and gets a last glimpse of the love of his life.

Provocative. Touching. And more than anything, strange. Four stories of weird romance and unusual love sure to keep you turning the pages.
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