Author Roberta Smith shares what she is thankful for!

Top Ten

Things you are Thankful for…

#10   Good health. I beat cancer twelve years ago.

#9     My home. I love it. This includes all the conveniences of living in this day and age.

#8     Technology. I love all the things it allows us to have and do in record time. Sometimes it’s a curse when I don’t have the smarts to use it or understand it.

#7     Creativity. I’ve written five novels and seven screenplays and a few stage plays and I don’t know how many short stories.  I love the process once I’m in the middle of it.  I’m often in awe how things come together.

#6     Time. I was able to leave the nine to five early. That gave me time to do the things I like to do such as write.

#5     Friends. Those who trust me with their feelings and stories. Those who push me to be better. Those who accept me as I am and trust me to do the same.

#4     The USA and the soldiers who put their lives on the line for this country.  We aren’t perfect, but no country is. We try. And those in the military amaze me with their commitment and bravery so we can keep our way of life and freedom.

#3     Faith, God, Spirit, the Universe – whatever name people use.  I know a lot of people would make this #1 and maybe I should too because without God there would be nothing else.  But here it is at #3 because, honestly, sometimes my faith is shaky. Regardless, there have been instances where things happen that could be called “coincidences” that have protected me or helped me in some mysterious way that I am grateful for.

#2     Parents. They’re gone now, but they loved their kids. They taught me positive values and were supportive and loving, even times I lost my way.

#1      Family, without a doubt. When I think of what I would miss most should it be taken from me, the answer is husband, sisters, brother-in-laws, nieces and extended family as well. (I didn’t have kids.)


Author Diana Marie DuBois shares what she is thankful for!

Top Ten Things You are Thankful for…

  1. I’m thankful I live in the beautifully and richly cultured state Louisiana.
  2. I’m thankful for my family, my mother and day and all they have done for me.
  3. I’m thankful for my Great Danes.
  4. I’m thankful for the existence of deep dark creamy chocolate.
  5. I’m thankful for air conditioning on a hot steamy Louisiana night.
  6. I’m thankful for the characters in my head, who help me create wonderful enticing stories.
  7. I’m thankful for pralines and bread pudding.
  8. I’m thankful for a beautiful sunset after a long arduous day.
  9. I’m thankful for my kidney transplant, my life. What a precious gift.
  10. I’m thankful for my fans new and old.

Author Allie Burke Has a Secret About Halloween Guest Post

So, I hate Halloween. I know! I’m sorry! Don’t throw fruit!!

I hide from Halloween for a multitude of reasons, the most common of them being the fact that I don’t like being scared. I don’t like horror movies, or haunted houses, or those things you pay to go to so a bunch of zombies can chase you around, or whatever. I don’t go around looking for paranormal activity, or invite ghosts in. I’m not oblivious to their existence, but I don’t have to like it. I also associate the holiday with torture to animals, specifically cats, and I have a cat that I couldn’t bear to live without, so I typically spend the evening making sure that she is safe. And I had this fear of being poisoned for years in my early twenties so the thought of random candy kind of freaks me out. Oh and when I have dressed up, no one ever gets my costume because it’s always book-related, and no one I know really reads books. Not like, in real life.

So I’m not really a fan, but I have my reasons.

I do have a funny Halloween story, though. It was funny to me at the time and then funny again when I found out how much of a numbskull I was when I was a child.

I was in junior high, I think, and my friend wanted to go see this movie called Scream 2, and even though I was not a horror fan then either, I went, because what else are you supposed to do when you’re twelve? I hadn’t seen the first film in the whole Scream world, but the thought that I should see the first film didn’t even cross my mind at the time. I’d never even heard of it.

So it was like, July—I remember it being hot—and this dude is like standing at the double doors ripping tickets in a black robe and white mask.

And I said to my friend, “Is it Halloween or something?” and I laughed, because I thought I was soooooo funny, and she gave me this look like YOU IDIOT, and I laughed some more, and didn’t get it until I was like twenty-six and watched the movie again and was like OHHHHHH I GET IT and then I laughed again.

Anyway, I liked the remake of Halloween and the only shows I watch are like The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. Pumpkin points?

T.P. Grish gives us a Halloween treat!

Profile one of your characters as though they are getting ready for a Halloween Party.

Remus scrambled around the small bedroom of his cabin, throwing together the costume Elaina and Perfidian had purchased for him. This new holiday, ‘Hallows Eve’, was ridiculous, and the dour man had grumbled to his friends that it was just a way for the local government to stimulate the economy and distract people from their troubles. Even the Steelwielders and Church of St. Lusian had sponsored parties at their halls.

Despite that, Remus did not want to disappoint his friends, not after all the trials they had been through together. The companions often split up, to follow the adventures that pulled each of them, and this celebration would be a good opportunity to catch up. As he headed out the door, he smiled, thinking about the bitter expressions he would see on the faces of the other residents of High Peaks.
He almost forgot how ridiculous his costume was: a cliched mishmash of Fey creatures, both from legend and ones that were occasionally seen in the local area by wandering hunters and travelers. Remus’ face poked out of a hood resembling the bear-like Morrbeast, and the rest of his outfit had wooden claws, feathers and beads imitating scales.

There was a tingle in the air as he navigated the throngs of giddy friends and family who cavorted in the chill night air. Hanging lanterns and gaudy banners gave the rough structures of the town a festive feel, underscored by the shouts of hawkers selling their sweets and meats, and folk operating their games of chance. He would have to ask someone where this holiday came from, and perhaps make a note of it.

He saw Elaina and Perfidian, waving at him. Elaina was dressed in a sleek green dress, imitating the barkish texture of Elven skin. Remus glanced at Perfidian. The bard was dressed as an adventurer from fables, sweeping cloak, feathered hat; he even had strapped his real longsword, bow and belt to the outfit.

‘Remus! I am glad you decided to join us!’ beamed Elaina, as the friend’s joined him.

The bard struggled to hold back laughter as he surveyed Remus’ outfit. ‘You look good, my friend, even pricklier than usual’.

‘I am sure there were more sensible outfits available’, Remus replied. He added, ‘It is good to have a chance to relax, and for the three of us to meet up. I hope you will be staying longer this time, Perfidian’.

The bard’s smile briefly faded, before reappearing. ‘After what happened with my family, I realized I need to make the most of my choice… to explore the world. But I am glad to be here with you and Elaina, right now’.

‘It is strange that the townsfolk dress as Fey, despite how recently war with the dwarves almost erupted, after all that has happened’, Elaina mused. ‘But I suppose it is a way for them to defray their fears’.

Remus sighed. ‘We all need to rest and recuperate, after the turmoil we have been through lately, the foes we have barely outran’.
Remus regretted bringing up such a grim topic during this special day, special not because of the event High Peaks had organized, but because of his friends.

Perfidian clapped his friends on their shoulders. ‘They are cooking some delicious meat skewers over there, with sweet onion and softbread. My shout!’

Remus’ mood brightened as he followed his friends to the firepit by which an enterprising local sold sizzling, aromatic lamb and chicken skewers in generous portions. He was hungry.

History of Fire by Alexia Purdy Blog Tour

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History of FireTitle: History of Fire

Author: Alexia Purdy

Series: A Dark Faerie Tale Series #5 (Spin Off Series #1)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Lyrical Lit. Publishing

Release Date: Sept 15 2014

Edition/Format Available In: eBook & Print

No one knows the secrets he keeps.

No one knows of the worlds that exist right alongside ours.

Benton is human, but he walks the line between two worlds: the mundane and the supernatural; the commonplace and the extraordinary. As a rare Fire Elemental Warlock, he finds himself in trouble more often than he cares to admit. It doesn’t help that his sister is a Faery Queen of the Summer Seelie Court.

This is Benton’s story as he makes his way between the mortal world and a world where magic reigns. Do you dare follow? Do you dare see what lurks just beyond the edge of perception?

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“This is yours.” She removed the same sword he’d been entranced with and held it out to him. It looked light enough for Jade to wield it without difficulty. Too light.

“A sword?”

“Not just any sword,” Jade’s eyes twinkled as it slowly lit up when her fingers touched the blade. “It’s an Empyreal blade. Only fire elementals can wield it, and that is only temporary unless you were born to use it.” She held it out to him and encouraged him to take it. “Come on, it won’t burn you.”

“It looks a bit…thin.”

Jade laughed and her smile made him feel foolish for underestimating the power of this slender blade. “It does. But it’s made of the strongest metal ever forged by magic. It will never break, bend or fail you. It is tied to our family by blood. Anyone may use it, but we must return it to the Pyren before each full moon, unless it’s true owner uses it, then he may keep it on his person wherever he goes, until he dies.”

Benton furrowed his brow as he took the blade into his hands. It was light, but felt substantial enough he could swing it about and not feel like it would fly out of his fingers. The grip was cool under his skin and he could feel its energy rumbling through it as it turned into an extension of his own fire power. It was so unexpected to feel it fuse to his aura, he dropped it from the shock it sent him when it latched on and stared at his hands, expecting to see his skin melting off.

It was intact, and not any warmer than before.

Author JD Nelson stops in to tell us why Autumn is awesome. Pumpkins are not…

Autumn has always been my favorite season…not that I saw much fall weather where I grew up in Southern Alabama. There’s really only two seasons there—blistering hot and frigid. Despite this, every now and again, there was a cool, crisp day that let me know that the holidays (and winter) was on its way, and that the unbearable heat would soon be over. Thank goodness.

It’s funny what sticks out in your memory when you think about the seasons. For me, fall reminds me of being at P.E. in elementary school. Sometimes, there would be a low-lying fog, and we silly kids would pretend like it was heaven. Imagine fifteen eight year olds prancing through the fog, saying things like, “I’m an angel!” Yep, it was as fun as it sounds.

When I no treeswas a teenager, I remember getting up early on chilly mornings and sitting on the front porch’s railing to eat my brown sugar and cinnamon pop tarts before school and watch the sun come up. I also remember the LEAVES. Oh my gosh—the LEAVES and pine needles! I swear, when I look back on my teenage years, I feel like half of them were spent raking the yard! I hated it! All my friends would walk around the block and look at me like I was being kept prisoner in my yard. All I needed was bars and a tin cup to run across them.


As I got older, autumn meant something else entirely to me. One, it meant no raking. See, people of my subdivision, there IS a reason for my horrible looking yard. (Hurray for terrible looking lawns and tolerant neighbors!). Two, it means…FOOD! Is there anything better than Thanksgiving and all the yummy cinnamon and nutmeg flavored delights you can find during this time of year? No way. I don’t think I could make it without my Trader Joe’s brand Salted Caramel Chai mix. Talk about the holidays in a cup! It’s so good! And then there’s the turkey, and dressing (not stuffing…thankyouverymuch), and potato salad, and pecan pie—I’m drooling just thinking about it!

Okay, I’m getting carried away. Autumn is great, but it does have a flaw, in my opinion. What could this flaw be? Pumpkins. Yes, pumpkins—those cute, orange squash that everybody (including me) decorate their house with and carve at Halloween. Why all the pumpkin hate? I’m allergic. Yes, to pumpkins. It’s life’s greatest travesty—I’m an autumn lover who hates pumpkins. I hope you can forgive me.

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To help gain a little forgiveness, I will give you a recipe for my favorite sweet potato pie (see below), AND because everybody should be eating turnips this time of year (hello…I’m from the South), my favorite recipe for perfect greens. I’ll ignore the fact that my eight year autumn-loving self would be horrified that I just called a vegetable recipe perfect.

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My Favorite Sweet Potato Pie

Makes One 9″ Pie


1 pound sweet potatoes

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust



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2 hrs 20 mins



Boil whole sweet potatoes with the skin on for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato and remove the skin.

Break apart the sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter and mix well with mixer (You can do this by hand if you don’t have a mixer). Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a soufflé, then sink down as it cools.









Turnip Greens

makes 4 servings


½ pound ham hock

2 bunches fresh turnip greens

salt and pepper to taste



30 mins



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1 hr 30 mins Directions


Add ham hock to 3 quarts water into a stockpot and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for one hour.

Rinse the turnip greens thoroughly to remove dirt, place the leaves on top of each other, and cut them into 1” ribbons. Place in pot and bring to a rolling boil.

Continue cooking at a full boil for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, until tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and hot sauce/pepper sauce.


So, there you have it. Autumn is awesome. Pumpkins are not…you know, cuz…


Thanks for letting me ramble, guys, and don’t forget to tell me what your favorite part of fall is! J


JD Nelson is an Amazon Bestselling Author of Fantasy Romance and Erotic Paranormal Romance. She is also the owner of Chaste Moon Publishing, an independent publishing house. A transplant from Mobile, Alabama, she gave up Mardi Gras and frequent hurricanes to move to the earthquake capital of the United States, the San Francisco Bay Area. She now lives in Central Valley, California with her amazingly supportive husband and three cats who think they’re dogs.

Always short on time, JD has long ago mastered the art of procrastination and was recently crowned Procrastinator of the Year by her editor, which is only slightly better than her being voted Most Likely to Waste Time by Watching Vampire Movies by her readers last year. All jokes aside, JD is a boringly normal person who thinks that coffee pretty much fixes everything—as long as it’s before 6:30AM and the planet Mars is in retrograde. When she’s not spending time with her sexy Swedish husband, you can find her writing, reading, or on her commute to her day job where she wrangles paint onto canvas for the entertainment industry.

JD loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website,, or on Facebook, where she spends an alarming amount of time chatting to her many author and reader friends, much to the dismay of her continually neglected manuscripts.

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Awakening 3 by Jeanie Grey blog tour!

Awakening 3 Blog Tour Banner (1)Awakening 3 (2)Title: Awakening 3

Author: Jeanie Grey

Series: Lilly Frank Series (Novella)

Genre:  SciFi/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: July 5 2014

Formats/Edition it will be Available in: eBook


Nearly fifty years after the events of Awakening 2, Lilly decides to stop running away and returns to Italy only to find the threat of a vampire civil war growing. With the help of Beth, Carrie and Jamie, Lilly learns how to face her feelings about her tragic past and to accept that, whether Torren wants her or not, her heart wants him. But when she finds Torren in Rome, not only is he still with Vittoria, he doesn’t seem to remember Lilly at all.

Can Lilly convince Torren to leave Vittoria to be with her and help the Organization find a peaceful solution to the conflict, or will Vittoria and a vampire war come between Torren and Lilly and their happily ever after?


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“Torren?” she said again, a little louder, and this time Vittoria’s head snapped up and her eyes, narrowing to slits, locked with Lilly’s. In them, Lilly saw fear, anger, and hatred. She supposed she could understand that. But that wouldn’t deter her, either.

She was just about to say Torren’s name one more time when his head cocked slightly to the side and then, following Vittoria’s gaze, slowly rotated in her direction.

Those impossibly blue eyes came to rest on her, and it was as if a warm wind blew through her. There was another shifting and clicking into place, but this time it was inside her. That gaping hole she’d carried around with her for years was filled.

Torren gasped and started to rise, but Vittoria put her hand on his arm, and he settled down again.

“Hello,” Torren said. His voice—that voice like velvet over marble—was full of wonder.

Hello? That was it? After all these years, a casual hello was how he greeted her?

Lilly’s stomach dipped, and then, as she continued to stare into his eyes, as she watched his gaze roam over her features without a hint of recognition, her stomach full-on sank.

Distant Desires by Cambria Hebert Review

cambria3I had the privilege to read Distant Desires early! Be jealous because it was awesome. Stole this from:

About Distant Desires

Title: Distant Desires Part One
Genre: Erotic serial series (recommended for readers 18+)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release date: June 14th

Official Blurb for Distant Desires parts 1-3

An erotic tale from beyond the stars

Sophie Perez has never believed the stuff she reads online about possible life in space. Aliens are for the movies, for the weirdoes, and they most definitely are not real.

One night on the way home from a late shift at work, her car breaks down. Stranded on the side of a country road, with a dead cell phone, doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

Until strange neon lights appear in the sky. She thinks it is her imagination.

When an inexplicable circular ship appears overhead, she can’t deny what’s clearly right in front of her. Especially when moments later, she’scambria1 taken onto the ship, a human hostage among those who are most definitely not human.

About to become a human guinea pig, possibly worse, the last thing she ever expects is to like the things these otherworldly beings subject her to. In fact, it is unlike anything she’s ever experienced.

Will Sophie find her way back to her planet, or will she beg to stay where her pleasure is literally out of this world?

These short stories will be entertaining, steamy and the perfect read for your summer. There may or may not be cliff hangers, but don’t worry they will be released rapidly so you don’t have to hate the author. 🙂
Release Dates
Distant Desires PART ONE – June 14th
Distant Desires PART TWO – June 30th
Distant Desires PART THREE – July 14th
cambriaPaperback edition including ALL THREE PARTS – July 2014

Now for my review:

The first part of this serial was short, sweet and sexy.  Sophie was easy to relate to, and the story ran smoothly making you want to turn the page. The eroticism was sweet, it could have been a little more dirty, which I am hoping picks up.  I love the idea behind the alien and I am really looking forward to reading more about him. As a reminder this is a serial, and ended with me going-wait. Wait. WAIT! I want more! Thanks Cambria Hebert for letting me read the ARC. I enjoyed it.  I will be giving this five stars. Pick up your copy on June 14th! You can join her release event:

S.H. Roddey aka Siobhan Kinkade (Devil’s Daughter Cover Reveal!!)

When Ellie first approached me about a “Year After” post, I sort of panicked. Both on a literary and personal level, the last year has been a painful mess, to say the least. It’s been in the last week that things have really started to turn around. ConCarolinas in Charlotte was a surprising success (I sold more books there than I ever have at a public event), and just last night I got the green light on another project near and dear to my heart. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

As for the things I had with No Boundaries Press, there wasn’t much but I’ve done pretty well picking up the pieces.

Huntress, the erotic short as Siobhan Kinkade, has found a new home (and a smexy new cover) with Nicole and the lovely people at Mocha Memoirs Press. I still love that story.

Haunted, my paranormal horror short/novella is also with MMP, and it got a pretty facelift too. This story still scares the crap out of me, guys. I don’t like rereading it simply because I have to turn all the lights on in the house afterward. I wish I was lying about that too.

Rock N’ Roll Angel, the splatterpunk erotic horror piece in the one and only anthology NBP ever released, found a new home in the midst of a few other strange little stories. Selah Janel and I put our heads together and created Lost in the Shadows, a collection of 42 bits of short fiction scattered across the speculative fiction spectrum. It’s our foray into the world of self publishing.


I also sold several short stories. Wolfy was accepted into John Hartness’ The Big Bad Anthology of Evil, Black Ice went into James R. Tuck’s Thunder on the Battlefielddual anthology, Look What the Cat Dragged In found a home in Scott Sandridge’s Hero’s Best Friend anthology, and Skippin’ Stones is slated to be released in Big Bad 2 later this year.

Oh, I’ve also started picking up commission work for cover art, and I’m a host on The Star Chamber Show, a BlogTalk Radio show showcasing indie authors and the things they write.

Now for the big one…

Anyone who knows me probably knows the story behind Devil’s Daughter, the short story I wrote as a means of coping with my father’s death in 2012. Everyone probably also knows that it was caught in the NBP crossfire. I got my rights back and it languished for awhile, dangling in the digital in-between while I negotiated a different book contract for something else.

That something else, it turns out, is a seven-book contract with Seventh Star Press. That’s right, kids… The Soul Collectors series has a home! I learned last night that Devil’s Daughter will once again be available for purchase on June 11th. The first novel, Armageddon Rising, is scheduled for a summer release this year. Take a look…isn’t it pretty?


So that’s that. I’m happier, healthier, and much more productive than I was a year ago. Oh, and I’m at all of these places if you want to come find me:

Website | Blog | Facebook | S.H. Roddey FB page | Twitter

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Jennifer Brown

Me at Author FairIf the past year has taught me anything, it’s that everything can change before you know it. At this time last year, I was promoting two ebooks with No Boundaries Press before they closed only paying perhaps a quarter of their authors.

Surprisingly and thankfully it didn’t take me long to bounce back. I submitted my re-tooled suspense series to Nevermore Press, and was picked up again, the first book being released in November.

Since then, I have released two other books in The Edge of Springwood series, had my first author event, and just signed new contracts and have approved my first two books to be uploaded as paperbacks to Ingram’s Distribution. Nevermore Press is currently compiling lists to have our books available for purchase, several bookstores, grocery stores and even the military are part of the growing list they will be approaching.

I can honestly say this is the first Summer I have looked forward to in a long time. I am finally starting to feel like a real author after years of struggling. Nevermore Press is the third publisher I have taken this storyline through, and as they say a third time is charm. It is certainly starting to look that way.

Want to stay up to date with news as it happens? Check out my website You can sign up for my newsletter, download a preview of The Edge of Springwood series, view trailers, as well as check out links to follow me on other websites.

Jennifer’s books:

edgeofspringwood1The Barnes family has seen tragedy, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to face.

Tragedy forced Jacob Barnes to step in at the age of 22, and raise his younger brother and sister. Years later, as the Barnes family is finally on the verge of recovery the past comes back to haunt them.

It’s election time in Springwood, and Jacob is a candidate for Mayor. Having proved himself as a successful business man, Jacob feels he is ready to take on Springwood and tackle the city’s many issues. Little does he know the extent of the issues he is about to face.

When it becomes apparent someone is out to sabotage Jacob’s campaign, Jacob begins to realize the past is far from behind him and his family. Two murders reveal dark secrets in the Barnes family, as they come to terms with a harsh reality.

Christmas has arrived in Springwood…and so has a killer, bent on revenge.edgeofspringwood2

The Barnes family is still reeling from recent events, as they try to spend a normal holiday together, but fate has different plans for them.

As the holiday season kicks off, Mayor Jacob Barnes is in the middle of planning the annual Christmas Festival, while his brother Justin, and sister Jocelyn prepare to spend the holiday with their love interests—until one of them is found dead.

As Jocelyn’s trial looms closer she struggles with haunting memories of a questionable past, and worries of an uncertain future. Matters get more complicated when a mysterious stranger enters the scene with a special interest in Jocelyn.

As New Year’s Eve arrives, everyone prepares to ring in the new year, no one having any clue exactly what it may bring, except for one person who has a plan to make sure those who crossed him get burned.

edgeofspringwood3Everyone has secrets…some are just darker than others.

Dr. Brent Parker is well known for his success rate with patients, and once he gets wind of Jocelyn Barnes’s story he extends an invitation to her to appear on his reality show, Dr. Brent. As the Barnes prepare for their lives to be even more publicized with the arrival of the Dr. Brent crew, jury selection begins in Jocelyn’s trial.

When a dead body found in Mercy Park draws a visit from the Barnes’ long estranged Aunt Liz, and their cousin Danielle, matters get complicated. As Jocelyn welcomes reconnecting with her cousin, other memories resurface that lead to devastating results.

As dark secrets are revealed, twisted links to the past arise and taunt the Barnes family as they deal with yet another deadly reality.