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New Release! Urban Paranormal Lesfic Spotlight: Wild Magic (The Veil Chronicles Book 1) by May Dawney @MayDawney


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Urban Paranormal Lesfic (LGBT/Lesbian Fiction)


Wild Magic May Downey

The Veil Chronicles Book 1

Release Date: 4/14/18

It only takes one to upset the balance of magic.

The magical barrier known as the Veil is all that stands between our reality and the Otherworld. Those with the gift of magic can pull energy through it to perform miraculous feats of power. The Inquisitio opposes these mages, who have organized themselves within the Society for Psychical Defense. The world of magic is shaken by the awakening of a wild mage, a woman capable of manipulating the Veil itself. She has the power to either eradicate the Inquisitio or rob the mages of their abilities. Only one side can win and it will be the side that gets to the wild mage first.

Ania Zaleska lives a perfectly ordinary—albeit floundering—life in Poland’s second-biggest city until the day she explodes. She’s dug from the rubble of her apartment building by shadow mage Noah Otieno, whose job it becomes to get Ania’s wild magic under control.

Noah is affiliated with the Society for Psychical Defense but she has kept herself away from magical politics as much as possible. Now she is in charge of potentially the most powerful magical weapon on either side of the war, she must decide how she can best keep her safe—especially when their magic brings them together in ways only wild magic can.

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Excerpt:

Ania stopped in the middle of the room and looked around. Nothing seemed to have been disturbed or felt out of place; nothing beside the pressure in her skull and the tendrils of magic that still ran along her skin. “N-Noah?” She held up her arms. “Help.” She didn’t care about the fear on her voice. She didn’t give a damn that she was pleading. She needed this magic gone.
“Calm, Ani. Calm yourself.” Noah’s tone was smooth and steady, and she didn’t budge from her place by the door. “You know how to do this now.”
“No, I don’t!” Ania’s heartrate spun out of control. “Noah, am I going to blow?”
Noah’s phone rang and she fished it out of her pocket without breaking their eye contact. She denied the call. “No. You will be calm and you will turn your magic off, like a faucet.”
Ania clung to the words, and the memories they stirred. She glanced from the phone up to Noah’s eyes, then closed her own. She took a deep breath. “W-Why is this happening?”
“Magic—innate, natural magic, like yours—is tied to emotions. Our conversation about your brother upset you, and fed your magical reserves.” Noah still hadn’t moved. The message was clear: Ania would do it alone. No syphoning off her magic, no lullaby. Ania would—and would have to—do it herself.


About the Author:

May Dawney

When May was a child, her father read Asimov and Zelazny to her. As a teenager, she gravitated toward science fiction, (future) fantasy, dystopian, and occult stories, even though there was never a character she, as a queer woman, could fully identify with. May’s motivation to write comes from the desire to create stories where women turn to women once they stop the apocalypse—be it a global or a personal one. She wants to write the stories she wishes her father could have read to her as a child: riveting tales with a heroine who kicks ass and just so happens to be gay.

Her dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel “Survival Instincts” was released in March 2018 with Ylva Publishing. Her Urban Fantasy series “The Veil Chronicles” has April through July release dates with Eos Publishing.

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$.99 Fantasy Romance Spotlight and Interview: His Forever (Dragon Talon Clan Book 1) by Dalba Y. Castrillon @dalbac


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Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy


His Forever

Dragon Talon Clan Book 1

Erin and Ibor are destined to be together forever but a vengeful dragon threatens to keep them apart. Fate once again has united them and this time they are ready to do whatever is necessary to stay that way. A story of love that transcends time, set in a unique world full of beauty, wonder and dangers.

Ibor – He didn’t think he would find her again in this life time… but here she was… maddeningly beautiful and alluring filling all his senses until he had to have her again.

Erin – The surprise of finding her life mate was enough to knock her of balance. But finding Ibor, Chief of the Dragon Talon Clan was beyond anything or anyone she had ever imaged. Every look, every smile and caress just pulled her in further into a world she was not quite ready for.

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Excerpt:

He yanked her wrist toward him, intent on seeing her mark. “Unhand me. How dare you touch a royal member of the Valley Mountain Clan!”

Ibor looked at the woman in front of him. When he had first walked into the cell, she seemed meek and afraid. But as soon as she saw him approach she straightened her shoulders. Then he caught sight of her long black hair and vibrant violet eyes. He had never seen eyes like hers. Women in his clan did not possess exotic features such as these. The women of the Dragon Talon Clan had an earthy kind of beauty. This woman’s beauty could only be defined as celestial. If he were a foolish young man, he would have thought she was one of the Gods’ own guardians. Women and men were said to have immeasurable beauty.

For a second, he hesitated but didn’t let go of her hand. He studied her steadfast stance. She did carry herself like royalty, but she didn’t have an escort – a custom that all clans still practiced. Furthermore, the woman had no scarves that represented a royal and her house. The only thing that would prove her words true was a royal mark on the inside of her left wrist, which was presently covered by the softest buttery-leather gloves he had ever handled.

“Take off the garments on your hands.” He demanded.

The woman thrust her chin up and folded her arms over her chest. “I will do no such thing! It is freezing in this damn cave you have thrown me in.”

“If you do not remove your gloves, I will remove them myself. Heed my warning, for it will not be given twice.”

She inhaled deeply. Now, what would she do? Those gloves were her last protection. Without her scarves and no one to back up her claim, she was doomed. Their complex society dictated that every female carry a mark. Erin eyed the man standing in front of her with his imposing form. He had shoulder-length brown hair with streaks of light and dark. Eyes as intense as burning embers in a fire. At the same time, those eyes looked like golden liquid orbs. She was stupefied. The man standing before her was a magnificent specimen of masculinity and for a moment she forgot exactly what was happening.


About the Author:

dalba

Dalba Castrillon is a Dominican-American writer born and raised in Washington Heights. She spent the early years of her childhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At a very young age, she began to write short stories and poems,which she would pass along to her friends. During her years in high school, she was known to be a voracious reader and was also praised for her excellent writing skills.

She attended Borough of Manhattan Community College where she completed her associate degree. Upon graduation, she worked for a non-profit organization for 8 years while attending Monroe College to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Her passion for teaching led her to enroll in a teaching program. She became an elementary school teacher and was responsible for a group of bilingual students that were reminiscent of her childhood. She taught ESL to parents so that they could also make the transition with their children. Despite her full agenda, she decided to pursue her long-time dream of writing a novel.

Dalba currently resides in the Inwood section of Manhattan with her husband and children.

You can learn more about her at www.dalbacastrillon.com

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? I started writing when I was in grade school. I’ve always loved to invent new worlds and stories.

How many books do you currently have published? I currently have two published books.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am currently working on two projects. I am hoping to release my next book in the Fall 2018.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The freedom to write whatever I fancy. You can be as creative as you like and its okay!

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I do get writer’s block! When that happens I usually give my writing a break and walk away and come back to my project a couple of weeks later. That helps me clear my mind and come back to my writer with a fresh perspective.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Since becoming a writer I’ve learned to be patient with my writing. You have to give each project the time it needs to develop fully. Don’t rush your projects.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? I would say to recommend “His Forever”, because its really a project that I have put my all into. If you like shapeshifter love stories this is the book for you.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? My favorite all time book is “Knight in Shining Armor”

What about television shows? Movies? I love anything on the History Channel, I consider myself a history buff!

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Perseverance, hard work, and never giving up on my dream.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Please stop by my website and drop me a line to say hello or let me know if you enjoyed my new book! I love hearing from readers!


$.99 Featured Fantasy Book: The World of Ato by Patrick Borosky @patborosky


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Fantasy – Sword & Sorcery


the world of ato

Ato was never one to shy away from adventure. She traveled her small world with her friend Reed to discover lands that others could only dream about. However, unlike Reed who sought to unravel the mysteries of the world, Ato had a different reason for her adventures – her art.

It was her deepest desire to share her art with others and show them the entire world, but that was before she met Iro. The tiny dragon opens the door that leads Ato into her art and into a world of her own creation.

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Epic Fantasy Spotlight: Forging of a Knight: Prison Planet of the Mah Lahkt by Hugo V. Negron


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Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Epic Fantasy


forging of a knight prison planet

Book Three in the Forging of a Knight series!

Heroes of the past and present will unite against Those That Stand in Shadow. From the jungles of the Third Continent to a Prison Planet forged by angels, the Arch-Mages and their champions will find themselves in a race against time to prevent Shaz and his agents from finding the Dark Ones’ demonic fathers and releasing them from bondage. Enemies will become allies and allies will become foes in the ultimate confrontation with evil! Who shall win?

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Excerpt: 

“What madness is this?!” King Prelance said, walking quickly through the palace. Servants strove to keep up with him, dressing him in his royal attire as he went. A battalion of soldiers accompanied him, including Lord Mountebank, and two knights.
“I do not know, Your Majesty. The words were just received by Sir Qualtan,” Lord Mountebank said.
The King scoffed. “Ridiculous! I have never heard of such a tale! That Darksiege himself would suddenly appear in our midst? Your knight is one to talk about the state of the Order when he himself issues such drunken requests! I will have him imprisoned for a day for this impertinence!”
“Your Majesty, if Sir Qualtan has said one of Those That Stand in Shadow has come to our doorstep, I believe him,” Lord Mountebank said evenly, securing a helmet over his grey/white hair.
“Bah! The sun is about to rise and I have much to do this morn than waste my time with frivolity! I…fools! Mind the ears!” the King said, shooting an angry look to his attendants as they attempted to place a robe over his head. It caught, muffling the King in their haste to shove it past his shoulders.
In the courtyard where just the other day a jubilant ritual to award a Shining Sword to Sir Jesepha had taken place, a phalanx of armored women and men stood, forming a living barrier ahead of the figure they protected. The guards accompanying the King quickly took their place around him. Qualtan appeared, bowing to his feet.
“Sir Qualtan, the hour is late! By what need do you summon me in such dire request? I will be angry indeed if—”
“Your Majesty…” Qualtan said. He gestured towards an additional wall of soldiers that opened, releasing a figure that stood cowled and deadly.
“By the High Lord!” Lord Mountebank gasped.
The King was struck dumb with the sight. The figure approached him, halting only when the soldiers re-assembled around him to prevent further egress.
Archers ran about the top of the open courtyard, on walkways that graced the columns above, notching their arrows.
Darksiege reviewed the forces being leveled against him. He looked at the soldiers, taking in their fear. He laughed. “Are you so threatened by me?”
“You stand before the seat of the Alliance, Evil One. How dare you come here! Do you have any comprehension of your mad act? You have given yourself up to justice!” Lord Mountebank said.
“This is some fool impersonator, some false imitator sent to threaten us,” King Prelance said, eyeing his old foe.
“Mad act, indeed, to set my feet upon the home of my hated enemies. I am Darksiege, he who has long besieged you. I am no fell enchantment or false image.”
“For what reason have you come here? What words will prevent your immediate dispatchment! Speak quickly, for you have but moments before your death!” Lord Mountebank said, as his soldiers readied their attack.


About the Author:

hugo negron

Hugo Valentin Negron is an avid fan of myths, legends, and folktales.  He holds master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and grew up in Illinois where he resides with his wife and son.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, biking, and walking winding trails through darksome forests, searching out the mystical beings that reside therein.

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Romantic Fantasy Book Spotlight and Interview: Meridian Chronicles: Hall of Souls & The Book of the Fairies by M.D. Fryson @madelyn_fryson


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Fantasy/Paranormal


meridian chronicles

Spunky and naïve Spirit Guide, Meridian is on her path to look over humankind. Her world is turned upside down after her father is captured and she is forced to venture to the Fairy realm to escape her realm’s sinister leader. Seeking an ally from the Fairies, Meridian must return the coveted Fairy Quartz held by a witch coven in Salem and then travel to the demon realm and answer the riddle to get the fairy book stolen by a demon. She ventures out on these quests under a guise of tricks and empty fairy promises. As her quest ensues, a love triangle unfolds threatening the unity of her trusted circle of fellow spirit guides leaving Meridian with more questions than answers. An ironic twist of fate brings Meridian together with a cast out spirit guide turned fallen who is the key to saving herself and her realm. Their friendship will show her who she is and the answer to her burning question about the boy on Earth she can’t stop thinking about, Aiden whom has yet to discover who he is and his connection to Meridian. In the end the unimaginable happens threatening her will and her chance at finding her soul mate.

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Excerpt:

“Meridian…so you have come to us on a quest from the fairy, a quest that may leave you stuck here with us for eternity and how we would enjoy your company. I know what you seek, and you may very well have it, but you must be worthy of yourself to have it. Answer the riddle and fair one, you may pass and have what you seek but only with your own conviction and belief in yourself. To pass, you must know what is invisible is real and you must believe in yourself. If you do not, you and your friends will be mine forever.”

“My name is Latin, known as the house of the spirit in the ancient East. I am imaginary and perpendicular to your circle. I rule fire and heat. I can run halfway across a world or just across your heart. I am the point of a horizon and encompass time. I have been with you since the start.”

Meridian felt herself being pulled back into being awake and being back in the demon realm with the rest of the guides and Talon. She opened her eyes.

“Riddles? I am really confused now. I didn’t know demons liked riddles,” Meridian belted out.

Talon moved quickly to her side.

“What do you mean? What happened?”

Pramlee was right there with Meridian right along with Caius and Kieren the entire time she went into her meditation.

“Talon, it was the same dark voice we heard here before, and he told me if I want the book and to go home I have to answer his riddle.”

Meridian looked to everyone for support as she began to recite the words that the dark one said to her. As she repeated the lines of the riddle, everyone seemed to be confused. Talon and Caius looked to one another as their minds went to work to answer the riddle. Pramlee was confounded. Kieren seemed to have an understanding of what the demon was saying. Kieren mumbled part of the riddle.

“Been with you since the start, name is Latin…rules fire and heat. Is it an astrological sign of one of the guides from their former life?” he asked.

Pramlee shook her head.

“No, that would be too easy.”

“Well, that is the point of a riddle, isn’t it? Usually, the answer seems so simple,” Caius remarked.

Talon was mumbling to himself.:

“Latin…a line. A line that runs across the world.”

Caius was catching on.

“The equator? How is that across the heart? Or been with her since the start of all this?” Caius asked.

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About the Author:

MD Fry

I am a wife and mom of three boys ranging from infant to teenager. I love all animals especially horses and I used to ride and train before my children were born, I do have my quirks and my two oldest boys let me know that every day! I am told I am dry, sarcastic and witty and it shows in my writing even though my series is dark and different. I love to hike and jog and of course read a good book when I have time. I love to travel and someday I hope to live closer to the beach.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? My writing is based on an understanding of the different beliefs and cultures around the world that are intricately weaved together through the characters in the story. I wrote with a message in mind that no matter where you come from or what you believe that you should always have faith in yourself. The story reflects some very real character traits of those who I have known good and bad and there is a glimmer of the truth in the story despite it is all fiction. The unspoken message in the story is no matter where you go there is never a perfect person or place and not all good are good and not all bad are bad. Everyone has good and bad traits and it is what we do with it makes us who we are. The journey is acceptance of others, understanding, second chances and the belief that we are not alone in the universe.

How many books do you currently have published? One

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Well it has to be this one!

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes, the next installment of the Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse and The Coven

What do you enjoy most about writing? It is a creative outlet that allows me to escape for just a spell.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Yes! It is like the advice that was given to the main character in Under the Tuscan Sun. When she stopped looking for ladybugs and fell asleep, she woke up and they were crawling all over her. Taking a step back, doing something fun always unblocks me. Jogging and music and my own art I dabble in always get me going.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes, the main character. Meridian I had a sense of what she would be before I began writing, as the story unfolded and her layers started to peel back, by book two she takes a unique twist that I had not considered until one night when I was writing.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Many are my favorites, but I would say Selena the Fairy Queen. In my story despite the fairies are not central to the story, they are by far the more powerful beings and unbridled power, they are coy, vague and speak in riddles and are full of tricks. I love that about Fairies and I am a huge Fairy Fan! Warrick is my least favorite. His character traits are comprised of many character traits in people I do not like, however those traits were inspirational to the story.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? The trip to the demon realm where Meridian has to answer the demon’s riddle to get the Fairy Book

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Well writing is an art and everyone has their own style and in some ways it is hard and then in some ways writing came to me naturally. Advice is when you get in a slump turn on the song “Don’t Stop Belivin” by Journey

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? The first one, otherwise you won’t understand the series

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? The upcoming book is a lot darker than the first and the psychic Tallulah is very instrumental to the story in helping Meridian through her curse. The trip back to Salem during Halloween to the bar ran by an ex coven member becomes a secondary antagonist to the story. No deleted scenes yet…but there is a twist that I didn’t even see coming.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? 50 shades, Series by Meredith Wild, Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments. I love astrology books and anything regarding metaphysical

What about television shows? Movies? Not too much on TV however movies I love are Under the Tuscan Sun, Mortal Instruments, Crimson Peak, Money Pitt, Steel Magnolias, Cast Away, Signs, 6th sense, Red, The Vow, Nicholas Spark Movies, King Arthur

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Natural Cures they don’t want you to know about. Really opened my eyes to a healthier way to live and eat.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I sure hope so some day. I would like to do book signings in Salem at the shops there.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Stay tuned!


Epic Fantasy Spotlight: Forging of a Knight: Rise of the Slavekeepers by Hugo Negron


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Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Adventure


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The second book in the Forging of a Knight series! Qualtan has become a knight at last. With Glaive, the half-orcne thief by his side, he will join a host of new friends: Jesepha, the strong-willed female knight; her mentor, the elder knight Bartholomew, who carries a strange secret; the young and hot-headed knight Euric; the glum and impatient knight Richard; and the dashing merchant lord Visandus.

A seemingly routine mission will unravel into one of greater horror, involving inter-dimensional creatures, rival sea-faring pirate nations, and a face-to-face confrontation between Qualtan and Darksiege, one of Those That Stand in Shadow, at last! Should they somehow prevail, it will just be a precursor to an even GREATER threat!

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The Limblost Swamp was an unfriendly place, to which its name attested. Fed by a small lake centered in its bosom, the swamp bordered the western furthermost branch of the Turinthian kingdom. A small village named Torpah lay to the Turinthian side. It was a humble place, relying upon the swamp for subsistence. The great trees, known for their resistance to rot, provided harvesters a simple living supplying them to the woodsmiths in the cities that coveted them for construction and sculpture. That value alone warranted the placement of a small fort to protect the village, but it was also there for defense against other threats—the thieves and brigands that would sneak in to hide within the Limblost despite its dangers, and the hungry, deadly creatures that made the swamp their home.
The strangers were well aware of this, for they had come to root out one particular threat. Plop! Legs submerged into the flooded ground. Plop! Legs were pulled and tugged free, only to repeat the process again. Eyes burned from the pollen-mists, and bodies dripped with sweat from the heavy moisture of the air.
“Accursed quagmire! This place was meant for snakes and beasts, not men!” said one of the knights, shambling to a halt.
“I’ll walk no more ’til we’ve had a rest!” another said.
The others were quick to accede to the request. Gasping, fumbling, they collapsed upon fallen trees half hidden in mud. Waterskins were briskly removed and shared, tossed from one knight to another. There were six of them, having travelled for many weeks to come to this place. They were silent and sullen, their proud armors dirty and stained. One knight removed her helmet, wringing free her brown, curly hair. The lone female of the group, she rose to her feet and stretched. As she did, her cloak caught on an upended tree root. Snagged, the knight pulled angrily, fumbling at the clasps on her shoulders. One of the other knights, seemingly younger and thinner than the rest, took immediate notice and sped to her side.
“Allow me, milady!” he stated, bowing exaggeratedly. “Your hands are too heavily encased. Let me help you.”
“I do not need your help,” she said with annoyance as she removed one of her metal gloves with a quick whipping of her arm. The glove flew into the brine, bringing further snarls of anger from its owner. The other knight briskly retrieved the now soaked piece.
“Your glove, milady,” he said gently, bowing before her with a flashing smile.
“Stop calling me that, Euric,” she said matter-of-factly, as she turned to continue her struggle with her cape.
The knight named Euric begged to help, pulling at the root while the female knight continued to argue against his assistance. As she struggled with both Euric and her own tugging, the cloak ripped nearly in two.
“Blast you and your buffoonery, Euric!” she yelled, shoving him away.
Some of the other knights chuckled at the exchange.


About the Author:

hugo negron

Hugo Valentin Negron is an avid fan of myths, legends, and folktales. He holds master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Hugo grew up in Illinois, where he still resides, along with his wife and son. In his spare time, Hugo enjoys reading, biking, and walking winding trails through darksome forests, searching out the mystical beings that reside therein.

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