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A Chat with Nyx, Goddess of the Night

Into the Arms of Morpheus

“Into the Arms of Morpheus” by Jessica Nicholls

Published on… July 24, 2014
Published as… Dark Fantasy

A Chat with Nyx, Goddess of the Night

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Nyx: You’ll find me in a book entitled Into the Arms of Morpheus. It’s what you would call a dark fantasy novel, though it’s rather urban as it is mainly set in the city of Manchester, in England. It really begins with a young lady named Sylvia, and her obsession with Morpheus, the God of Dreams.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Nyx: I’m Nyx, the Goddess of Night. I own the night and every form of shade and shadow. It comes and goes at my will. I’m rather familiar with Morpheus. We both come to know Sylvia and want different things from her. I harbor my own secret passions. I sometimes call myself Nina, when I take mortal form.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Nyx: I watch her looking up at me. She enjoys my beauty, even if she never holds up very well beneath me.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Nyx: Of course, I wish the title was different. But I like it.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Nyx: I am far more than a character in a book.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Nyx: As far as the story is concerned I cannot say much. I see myself becoming better known and appreciated as an entity.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Nyx: I know she is fond of me. I haven’t finished with her yet, so yes you will see me again.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Nyx: This is very difficult. But, if I had to choose, I would say Keira Knightly. She comes across as capable.

About the Book

Sylvia has always harboured a solitary obsession with Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams. She’s brought it with her from her adolescence in a village of Northern England where she grew up, to the university in Manchester where she now studies.

Nyx is the Goddess of Night, and has spent the centuries stewing in an ancient, unrequited love. Not easily pleased, her attention is drawn to a voice chanting its devotion and desire for her, and she seeks the source of it.

She is not the only god playing in the realms of men, however. When the God of Death and Morpheus himself become aware of this new devotee, the stage is set for the gods to secure their worship, or for a mortal to become one of them.

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About the Author

Jessica Nicholls Author Photo
Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois. She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children. Currently, Jessica lives in the Middle East with her husband and two now school age (yay!) kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading (anything dark and weird or romantic, or a combination of those) is a passion.

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A Chat with Chloe from ‘Upon Your Honor’

Upon Your Honor

“Upon Your Honor” by Marie Lavender (Heiresses in Love Series)

Published on… April 2014
Published as… Historical Romance

A Chat with Chloe

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Chloe: The book is titled Upon Your Honor. It is a tale about a young woman’s journey away from the nightmare at home and the danger that pursues her. In the story, a gentleman, Gabriel Hill, offers to protect her, but she keeps a lot of secrets from him in order to protect herself.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Chloe: I am 19 years old. I lost my father to pneumonia a few months ago, and since then, I have been in a pretty precarious situation. Upon Your Honor is my story. What should you know? I strongly suspect that who I ran from is coming after me, but I will not return. I simply cannot live that way.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Chloe: Well, Marie is interesting, I’ll give her that. She often thinks in modern ways, and I have to remind her that we are Victorians after all.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Chloe: Parts of it are a bit startling, but there are some relaxing moments.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Chloe: It is like being exposed on the front pages of the society column in the newspaper at times. It can be a bit too revealing for my own comfort.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Chloe: I just want to be safe. I want to reach New Orleans, where I can find some kind of peace.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Chloe: From what she tells me, she is moving on to focus on Gabriel’s sister next, but she assures me that each and every one of us will play a role in the final book.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Chloe: I believe that Julianne Hough would be a good fit. She is just the right height, and, since she has played the role of a woman on the run before, it seems like this would be a familiar role for her, despite the historic costumes. Besides, I hear she is a lovely dancer.

About the Book

Deception is a dangerous path… New York City, August, 1891 – Orphaned after the death of her father, Chloe Waverly stows away on La Voyageur to escape the clutches of her cruel fiancé, Lamonte Beckett. Gabriel Hill, a strange and compelling gentleman, comes upon Chloe and promises to protect her without knowing the true circumstances of why she is running away. During their journey, Gabriel doesn’t bargain on being distracted by her fair beauty or succumbing to her many charms. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger and Gabriel suspects things are not as they should be. Both are determined to get to New Orleans, where she can start a new life. But, once they reach their destination, events spin out of their control and Chloe is captured by the fiancé she escaped. Gabriel is left wondering if he can overlook her betrayal. Soon he finds himself in a race against time, to reach her before Beckett can exact revenge.

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About the Author

Marie Lavender Author Photo
Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published nineteen books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance.

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A Chat with Margaret

Bellator

“Bellator: The Summoned, Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the last of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Margaret

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Margaret: You will find me in a series called “The Summoned”. The most recent story, which is included in the “Bellator Anthology”, is subtitled “Rise of the Phantom Knights.” The story is about finding ones’ purpose in life. For example, my character and the Queen are desperately searching for something they can do to end the ongoing war. Both of them have lost so much.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Margaret: I am a peasant that lives in the Kingdom of Stratos. I am one of four children that my mother raised alone. My mother is amazing. She took good care of us. We didn’t struggle, and we all grew to be very strong. Even me. Kinda happens when you’re the only girl.

As one of many who lost family members during the war, I wanted to know what they were fighting for so, I infiltrated the ranks. During that time, let’s just say that I colored the history books red. Eventually, I was discovered by the King and placed at the Queen’s side.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Margaret: The author is mostly neutral when it comes to the characters. He loves us all, which I think is important. No one is a real villain in the story. We’re just different people with various histories and ideals. We drive the story, and we strive to reach our own personal goals. He cherishes a few characters more. I won’t mention any names, but there’s a certain summoner. Still, I don’t feel like any of us are short-changed.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Margaret: I feel like the story is unique. We’re in a medieval world, but at the same time, there’s this talk about other worlds and traveling between them. I love the interaction between characters. It feels so real. When I read the story, I feel like I’m there experiencing everything that’s happening.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Margaret: I love being a character in the book. The world is fascinating, full of mystical warriors and magic. Plus, I get to fight with a sword. Sure, I get my ass kicked, but I’m fighting an immortal, you know? You also get a glimpse of my other, darker side.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Margaret: My biggest challenge will be raising the princess. She’s like her mother in many ways. Both are stubborn and headstrong. At some point, I’ll have to tell the princess about the past. From there, she’ll begin her own journey.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Margaret: I am in future stories. My role isn’t as large, but my past has definitely shaped the future. I will have some tough decisions to make, and emotions will run wild. But that’s life. We have to face our demons.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Margaret: Off the top of my head, I’d pick Famke Janssen. She’s an excellent actresses. She’s tall and slender. More importantly, she’s played roles where the character’s personality shifts unexpectedly. That’s an important defining characteristic of my character.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

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About the Author

Kenny Emmanuel writes science fiction and fantasy in a style that immerses readers into unique worlds. Then he brings his fictional characters to life with the help of cosplayers. With a background in computer engineering, Kenny enjoys incorporating technology into his vision of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and medieval fantasy worlds.

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A Chat with Lady Eleanor

Bellator

“Bellator: Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the fourth of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Lady Eleanor

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Lady Eleanor: I appear in a tale named ‘Outside the Walls’, which features in Bellator.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Lady Eleanor: I am the Lady of the City by the Golden Water. My husband, Lord Zander is fighting a distant war, and thus it falls to me to make certain the people are safe and the war does not come to our walls. We have not be married long, but duty calls. I am outspoken among my people, and his, but it has served us well.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Lady Eleanor: There are two, Diana is lovely, I am not sure about the other one….

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Lady Eleanor: It is a story of love, of war and of determination, such as were told on my mother’s knee.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Lady Eleanor: It is what I am. I know nothing else.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Lady Eleanor: Well, you’ll have to read it! I feel good about the future, looking at some of our people it could have turned out worse.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Lady Eleanor: Perhaps. Who knows?

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Lady Eleanor: Emma Thompson, she is such a versatile woman, looks good in a gown as well.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’

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A Chat with Gavin

Bellator

“Bellator: Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the third of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Gavin

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Gavin: I can be found in the short story, “Outside the Walls,” within the anthology, Bellator. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Gavin: My name is Gavin, and I’m a necromancer. I am the captain of Lady Eleanor’s personal guard, assigned to protect Her Ladyship should the war cross the mountain pass into our homeland. I would have preferred to accompany Lord Zander, to fight by his side, but I saw the…light, shall we say…in staying behind. If the Battle Mages failed, well, someone would need to stand between the onslaught and our home.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Gavin: Well, there’s two of them you know. They’re both quite exciting ladies, and I’m pretty sure that one of them was making eyes at me. I’m sorry ladies; I’m already taken.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Gavin: You know, it’s not bad as stories go. I don’t want to say too much, as I don’t want to spoil the fun, but I had way more exciting adventures in my younger days. Although, I can’t think of any other quest that was quite so important, or memorable. I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Gavin: I do indeed! I don’t think the story would have gone quite the same way without me.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Gavin: Well, at the end of this story my future is looking pretty bright, which can be an odd statement coming from a necromancer. I think I may be settling down for a bit, but one never can tell. *winks*

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Gavin: Do you know, I’m not really sure. I’ve heard rumors there may be more tales yet to tell, but you know how rumors can be. Never listen to the whispers in the shadows, you can never be quite certain where such whispers originate.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Gavin: Ok, don’t laugh. (It’s never good to laugh at a necromancer, after all.) I would choose…Prince Charming, Josh Dallas from Once Upon a Time. I think he has the pretty boy look and mischievous swagger to pull it off.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit. She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.) Her usual writing venue is YA Fantasy centered around her universe called Feyron, the realm of magic.

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A Chat with Captain Redder

Bellator

“Bellator: Ghosts” by Christi Rigby

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the second of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Captain Redder

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Captain Redder: The book is called Ghosts. It is about a mission my crew and I undertook on Ankdar.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Captain Redder: I pilot a Systern Chopper. Not much to say about me, except I do my job. My crew are the heroes in this tale.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Captain Redder: When she asked to tell my story I was a little nervous, first time author and all, but I think she handled it like a trooper.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Captain Redder: Pretty damn proud I can share what we went through.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Captain Redder: If I could have left myself out of it I would have. Never want to be a hero in a tale, they usually don’t get to enjoy a long life.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Captain Redder: Would like to get myself home to my wife and daughter and retire comfortably.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Captain Redder: She hasn’t asked me, suppose I would consider it if she did. Like to help a lady out.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Captain Redder: You mean a story vid? Hmm, there was this old Earth actor I see in collectibles on occasion, was on the screen as a warrior. Think his name is Kevin McKidd.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Christi lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys and pets. She is a self proclaimed geek girl and enjoys gaming, online and off, kayaking and writing in her spare time.

A Chat with Carlisle of Feltrey

Bellator

“Bellator: A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the first of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Carlisle of Feltrey

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I’m in “A Fly on the Wall” in the Bellator charity anthology. It’s a story about the time I went before the Redsun guildmistress, at the end of my apprenticeship, to receive my performance assessment.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I was named after my uncle and hoped to follow in his footsteps as a mercenary fighter. I trained all my life for it, so I was excited at the prospect of becoming a full-fledged Redsun guildmember. I am an exceptionally skilled warrior so I figured my acceptance was a sure thing and I looked forward to serving the guild with great honour and dignity. – Oh, and I don’t like the nickname “Carly” even though some people insist on calling me that

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Carlisle of Feltrey: She could use some time training for the battlefield. She likes to play tough but she’s not as daring as all that. She spends far too much time with her head in the clouds instead of getting down to business, but she loves her family and she has a lot of noble ideas. I can’t fault her for that.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Carlisle of Feltrey: It was a painful time in my life but it taught me a lot about myself and my values. It was a necessary stepping stone to my greater achievements.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I love the concept of an anthology about warriors and it certainly supports a worthy cause.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Carlisle of Feltrey: I see my future filled with opportunity and the chance to be the best person I can be. I’m proud that I stayed true to myself.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Carlisle of Feltrey: My author plans to continue writing a variety of short stories and novels, including more in her dystopian series, Fervor, and her fantasy series, Masters and Renegades – which features my home city of Feltrey in the next book to be released, Victims of Circumstance. She may write my full story into a novel someday, if the demand is there.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Carlisle of Feltrey: I’m not glamorous or anything. I’d like it to be someone tough and athletic who knows how to fight, so I’d like to see Gina Carano play me. I’m not as pretty as her, but they tend to doll you up in movies anyway. (actually – she does kind of look like me…and she was only 16 and unknown when that picture of me was drawn, so interesting likeness.)

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Carlisle of Feltrey

Gina Carrano

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her stories published in a variety of horror anthologies, online journals and magazines. Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications, followed by its sequels, Elevation, Transcendence and Providence. Magic University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, made its appearance in September 2011 followed by Casualties of War in 2012 and Prisoners of Fate, in 2013.

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A Chat with Evie McFagan of “Waking the Merrow”

Waking the Merrow

“Waking the Merrow” by Heather Rigney (Book One: The Merrow Trilogy)

Published on… 22 May 2014
Published as… Contemporary Fantasy/Monster Lit

A Chat with Evie

A Note from Bella: I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Waking the Merrow a couple months ago, and now the author has been kind enough to let her main character stop by for a chat! I hope you enjoy meeting Evie and will get a copy of Waking the Merrow to learn more about her story!

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Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Evie (rhymes with ‘heavy’) McFagan: First of all, Bella, thank you for giving me some attention. That author, Rigney (whatever her name is), is getting all the press. The book is about me. Why does she get all the interviews? You’re classy to ask me. You, I like.

Here we go. The book is called WAKING THE MERROW and I’ve heard it’s described as a dark historical fantasy. It all takes place in sleepy Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island, where I work with my husband in our funeral home. Let’s get one thing straight—there’s nothing fantastic about the merrow. They are nasty, man-eating, aquatic bitches. All those stories about mermaids being nautical cheerleaders are bullsh*t. I lived it. They are not nice. Oh, by the way, some reviewer mentioned I was ‘unreliable.’ Let me tell you something, I don’t appreciate being called ‘an unreliable narrator.’ That’s bullsh*t, too.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Evie: Well, to be honest, I have a drinking problem with no solution, I’m overweight, unattractive, have very few friends, and I’m a sh*tty mom. How does that sound? You want to read all about me now, don’t you? Well, I don’t really give a crap if you do or not, but, if you believe the rumors, you’d be missing out on some fantastic nautical mayhem if you chose to skip this one. Then again, if you do read it, you may never go for a swim in New England waters ever, ever again. To put it simply, the book is like that ridiculous “Spongebob” show, except people get torn apart. And, there are nasty mermaids who eat people. And then there’s the historic stuff about the Revolutionary War. And, also, there’s a few things about Irish folktales and pre-famine Irish immigration. So I guess it’s not exactly like “Spongebob,” but it does have some ocean scenes in it. So there you have it.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Evie: Oh, her. She’s one of those moms I’ve seen at the playground. Thinks she’s got it all going on, but really she’s a hot mess. If she drank a wee bit more, lightened up a little, she’d be tolerable. But other than that, I can’t stand her.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Evie: It’s hard to read about yourself. Especially when you’ve been through something traumatic—like being terrorized by vicious she-beasts. I once heard that Tina Turner never saw that movie about her life. You know, the one where Angela Bassett (love her, btw!) played Tina? That’s how I feel. I’m never going to read a book about my experiences.

But you should.

That Rigney girl could really use some new clothes. She’s one of those hippies that attend clothes swaps. I mean, come on. Get something new, for Christ’s sake.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Evie: Um, yeah. It’s kind of like my fifteen minutes. Another reviewer said I would make an awesome girlfriend. That would be nice. I’m kind of low on friends.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Evie: I believe I will run into the merrow again. I’m not happy about that option. But it’s a real possibility. Maybe I’ll lose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking. Maybe. Look, I’m not real good with the self-improvement sh*t, so don’t judge me.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Evie: It’s come to my understanding that I’m in a trilogy. Expect two more books with yours truly in it–unless she goes all George R.R. Martin on me and kills me off in the second book. That would really ruin my plans to hit Vegas next fall.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Evie: Julia Roberts. No, wait, Meryl. I love Meryl. :sigh: All right, Natasha Lyonne would rock. That chick is so sassy on “Orange Is the New Black.” I love her trashy mouth and crazy hair. So if Julia and Meryl are both too goddamn busy, I’ll take Natasha.

Oh yeah.

That would be bitchin’.

About the Book

In 1772, angry Rhode Island colonists set fire to a British ship, sparking the American Revolution. Taxation without representation was a motivator. So was the vengeful, man-eating mermaid who had it out for the commanding officer.

That was then. This is now.

Mermaids, or merrow, still hunt in Narragansett Bay, but these days they keep a lower profile.

At night, centuries-old Nomia seduces smutty frat boys, lures them into icy waters, and feeds them to her voracious kin. By day, she and her half-breed daughter attempt to blend in at the coastal Village Playground.

But Nomia slips up. She makes a friend. Then she makes that friend disappear, and someone notices.

Thirty-something Evie McFagan just wants to make it through working motherhood. But she’s a blistering stew of issues—snarky alcoholic and a friendless funeral director who just witnessed Nomia dismembering a guy at the nearby yacht club.

When Evie believes a mermaid stole her baby, who will help? The merrow of Ireland? Or maybe anti-hero Evie will surprise everyone, including herself, and summon the strength to save her own family.

Intertwining the stories of two primordial families with the colonial history of Narragansett Bay, Waking the Merrow is a dark historical fantasy.

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About the Author

Heather Rigney Author Photo
Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather, Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that’s pretty, and stuff that’s not. Heather’s stories reflect her dark, gothic childhood spent alone in the woods of northern Rhode Island.

Having discovered the works of both Stephen King and Clive Barker at the age of eleven, she started to wonder if she truly was alone in the woods, or perhaps not. The perhaps was what kept her up at night. Her imagination cranked out stories and dreams that she kept to herself. She was an odd child and didn’t need one more reason for the neighbors to cluck, “That Rigney girl is so odd …” But now that she’s comfortable with her oddness, Heather would love to share her stories with you, dear reader.

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Shirleen Davies is Visiting! [Character Interview]

Wilder Than the Rest

“Wilder Than the Rest” by Shirleen Davies (MacLarens of Fire Mountain #6)

Published on… 17 June 2014
Published as… Western Romance

Shirleen Davies’ Character Interview

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Pierce MacLaren: I’m Pierce MacLaren and my story is told in Wilder than the Rest, book six in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

The family ranch is in Fire Mountain, Arizona. My other, more exciting job is working as a Secret Service Agent through the U.S. Treasury Department. My skills are diverse and my love for adventure high.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Pierce MacLaren: My partner is Mollie Jamison, and she is a headstrong, obstinate agent who causes nothing but trouble. We’ve been assigned a new case that forces us into close proximity to solve a suspected crime. Much of the story takes place in 1870s San Francisco, a time when the town had a colorful reputation.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Pierce MacLaren: She’s a real pushy sort, always trying to get me to open up and explore how I feel, especially regarding my feelings for Mollie, whom I mostly just tolerate. I wish she’d leave me alone to my own mental ramblings, but I now accept that’s never going to happen.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Pierce MacLaren: It’s perfect for me. Lots of action, strong people, evil bad guys, and occasional visits from others in the MacLaren clan.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Pierce MacLaren: I do. It’s not often I get to live in a grand mansion, eat at fancy restaurants, and have the freedom to do just about anything I want. Plus, the story is a continuation of my family’s life and how we all came together.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Pierce MacLaren: Living half my life as an agent and the other half as a rancher is perfect—as long as I don’t have to continue with Mollie as my partner. I don’t have plans to change anything except return to Fire Mountain, and the ranch, at least until I’m given another assignment.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Pierce MacLaren: I’m not certain. You never know what will happen next, or what her plans are. Guess you’ll just have to keep in touch to find out.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Pierce MacLaren: That’s a fair question. The Australian actor, Liam Hemsworth, seems to fit the character’s personality. I’m a bit rough, very charming, and love to have fun. I believe these are traits Hemsworth could handle with little effort.

Shirleen Davies’ Quote Art

Shirleen Davies Quote Art

About the Book

Pierce is a rough man, but happy in his new life as a Special Agent. Tasked with defending the rights of the federal government, Pierce is a cunning gunslinger always ready to tackle the next job. That is, until he finds out that his new job involves Mollie Jamison.

Mollie can be a lot to handle. Headstrong and independent, Mollie has chosen a life of danger and intrigue guaranteed to prove her liquor-loving father wrong. She will make something of herself, and no one, not even arrogant Pierce MacLaren, will stand in her way.

A secret mission brings them together, but will their attraction to each other prove deadly in their hunt for justice? The payoff for success is high, much higher than any assignment either has taken before. But will the damage to their hearts and souls be too much to bear? Can Pierce and Mollie find a way to overcome their misgivings and work together as one?

Read Wilder than the Rest, another heartening story of duty, honor, passion, and love in book six of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain.

About the Author

Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

Shirleen began her new series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain, with Tougher than the Rest, the story of the oldest brother, Niall MacLaren. Other books in the series include, Faster than the Rest, Harder than the Rest, Stronger than the Rest, and Deadlier than the Rest. Book six, Wilder than the Rest, is due for release in early summer, 2014. Her contemporary romance series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary, opened with book one, Second Summer. Book two, Hard Landing, released in April 2014, and book three, One More day, is scheduled to release in midsummer, 2014.

Shirleen loves to hear from her readers.

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