Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blogger Book Fair!: Book Theater

Reblogged from The Blogger Book Fair Blog

Blogger Book Fair!: Book Theater: During the fair this year, I will be offering participants the opportunity to put their book trailer in the Book Theater page of this blog (...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Character of the Week! Reginald from Flight of Blue!

Character of the Week



 Books Reginald appears in:
Flight of Blue by A. E. Howard
(and the upcoming books 2 and 3 of the Keeper of the Keys Chronicles)


 8 (that’s middle aged for his species)

Reginald is an Opossum

 Short description of Reginald:
Large male Opossum, Silvery-grey fur, likes to wear vests, pocket watches, and pleated slacks.

 Five words that describe Reginald's personality:
Bristly, humorless, sarcastic, slightly arrogant

 A quote from Reginald:
“Do not touch me! What do you think I am? A mere animal? I am Reginald Long-Tail Jackson Weaver, Sorcerer of the Third Order. And you would... pet me?”

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cover Design

Hey guys! I've decided to try out cover designing. I was pretty good with photoshop in high school while on the school paper and yearbook staff.  I also do drawings and paintings, so art is another hobby of mine. A lot of the covers I have up so far are based on my artwork, which I've taken and altered on photoshop. None of the images are from the net, it's all either from my artwork or computer generated with photoshop. So, if there are any indie authors out there looking for covers, take a look at the samples I have up on The Pepper Press. I'll be adding more all the time. I think the pricing is pretty cheap too. After all, how can an indie author afford some of those crazy prices out there?

If you see something you like, let me know. If you have a concept in mind, also let me know I can come up with something. I'm also doing book trailers so take a look at the one I made for Obsidian while you are there! If you buy a cover, you get a 30 second trailer for free or $10 off a longer trailer.

Here's a little preview of what I can do:

Sign ups for Blogger Book Fair!

Okay. Here is what you need to do to officially sign up for Blogger Book Fair.

To sign up please send this info to me at bloggerbookfair (at) gmail (dot) com by December 31, 2012.


  • Name
  • Title of all books you would like to enter--there is no limit to number of titles or genre--AND three genres each book can be listed under.
  • Link to your blog or link to the main blog you will be featured on. (If you don't have one of your own please find one through the Goodreads group before signing up.
  • If you will be or would like to hold any events on your blog.

  • Name
  • Types of books you would like to feature, list of books/authors you plan to feature, and/or an event you would like to feature.
  • Link to your blog
I will also need a list of authors that are being featured on each blog. I will leave this up to the owner of each blog and I need this list by January 15th.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Blogger Book Fair Announcement

As some of you may remember, I hosted Blogger Book Fair here on Paranormal Lounge last July. As the lounge was a little crowded I decided to create a seperate blog for future BBF's. Today I announced the dates an theme for the BBF this winter on this new blog. Take a look!

Blogger Book Fair is essentially a giant, four-day long blog hop. This event includes authors and bloggers working together to cross promote books and works of literature. The first BBF had over 40 authors and over 80 books. I hope to have a lot more this time and hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The 'Look' Challenge!

I was challenged by Christie Rich to find the first instance of the word "look" in my WIP and post the paragraph it's contained in and the surrounding paragraphs as an excerpt! I then have to challenge five other authors to do the same!

I think this print I did fits this post pretty well!

The word appeared sooner than I thought it would. It actually appeared in the first paragraph and then again in the fourth. So I've posted paragraphs one through six of Moonstone here, which incidentally happen to be some very interesting paragraphs. Enjoy!!

Moonstone: Mystic Stones Series #2

"Before the events of Obsidian, there were other incidents leading up to the satellite virus sent out on February 2, 2020. This love story is a behind-the-scenes look at what happened before the virus went live. It is a story of good and evil and the path to each. It begins about seven years before the virus was unleashed, on April 26, 2013.

Chapter 1


Dorin stood in line at the upscale hotel while two very busy front desk clerks tried to check in the waiting guests. He was fourth in line, and the woman who was second in line had caught his eye. She was thin with long blond hair, which was pulled back into a loose ponytail, and she had bright blue eyes. She was here on business judging from her black skirt and blouse. Finally, the man in front of Dorin doing a funny little dance lost his patience and walked towards the bathrooms.

That’s when Dorin first caught the intoxicating scent of the woman in black. Now third in line, he knew he had a limited amount of time to make conversation. He noticed she wore only one piece of jewelry. How could he not when its force was strongly pushing him away from her. It was a ring that would make it hard for him to get to her—not a wedding ring, but something much more ominous. She acted as if she didn’t know what it did. If she did know then she would have noticed him. Enlightened people always notice him. They usually say nothing since people would only laugh and call them crazy if they did say something.

“That’s a very unique ring you are wearing,” he stated. He was testing the limits. She looked up at him with her big blue eyes and smiled.

“Thank you, my grandmother gave it to me. She carved it herself from a seashell,” she replied.

He could feel its force even stronger now. Pushing him away. Not because she was afraid, but because he wanted to taste her blood and the vampire spirit inside of the ring knew it. The spirit was warning his subconscious mind to stay away, therefore physically pushing Dorin away from her. The fact that he couldn’t harm her because of his curse was the only reason he’d gotten this close to her to begin with. Dorin knew he wouldn’t stay away for long, but the ring would have to come off. The curse was only a small problem. Once she kissed him, she would be his."
Now for the five authors I pick:
A. E. Howard
Victoria H. Smith
Beck Sherman
Jaycee DeLorenzo
Becca J. Campbell

This was so much fun and I hope you guys take advantage of this creative way to reveal a little tidbit of your work!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Character of the Week! Liliana from The Sin Collector Series!

Character of the Week

Liliana (Last name varies)

Books Liliana appears in:
The Sin Collector Series by Jessica Fortunato


120 years young

Liliana is a Sin-Eater, or simply a Collector

 Short description of Liliana:
Liliana is petite with alabaster skin, jet-black hair and hazel eyes. She has been Collecting for 100 years. Her transportation of choice is her lilac colored sport motorcycle. Since she doesn’t sleep she is very attached to her sitcom families. They help pass the time. She can see auras however, the origin of that power has yet to be discovered.

 Five words that describe Liliana's personality:
Sarcastic, Loving, Intelligent, Brave, Honest

A quote from Liliana:
“Truth was I didn't really want to die today. I was in the middle of a really good book, and being alive had always worked out for me. . ."

Tip for writing realistic characters from Jessica Fortunato:
I suppose the easiest way to create realistic characters is to draw inspiration from the people around you. Every one of my characters has a piece of someone I know in them. Lily's sarcasm is all my own, but the relaxed attitude and self assured nature that came with Thomas was inspired by my brother. Even when it comes to the bad, I think that everyone has had a negative experience to draw from. Even if your characters are supernatural in origin, most of the time they have human emotions, which is something I always want to showcase.

The Sin Collector Website:
Jessica Fortunato on Twitter:
Buy The Sin Collector:
Buy The Sin Collector: Thomas:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cover Reveal: Confessions of a Cereal Mother by Rachel McClellan

Hello! Today I'm doing a cover reveal for a book that is a little off subject. It's not of the paranormal sort but honestly, if there is a paranormal being that actually walks among us, it's a creature called Mother--or for short, Mom. It just so happens that I am a mom. Yep. Two little boys.

Moms have super human senses. We can see a kid doing something and immediately know that it's not going to end well. Moms have quick reflexes. Before that little one even hits the ground after climbing his first chair, we are there in the blink of an eye to console them and don't forget about our ability to heal boo-boos with just one kiss.

So without further ado, here is the cover for Rachel McClellan's Confessions of a Cereal Mother:

Here's the Blurb:

In this narrative you’ll discover several mind-saving rules, which include:

  • Unless there is a rush on the grocery store pending a zombie-virus outbreak, never take your kids shopping.
  • If your toddler is going to chew on a Band-Aid, hope it’s one found inside the community swimming pools chlorinated pool and not one found in their locker room.
  • Never throw up in a cookie sheet.
  • Things can always get worse. You could discover your child playing with a used tampon applicator. It’s not a whistle, sweetie.
  • And most importantly, the moment one of your children is seriously ill, forget about everything else. You have the greatest honor in the world – being a Mom.

And some links:

Pre--order on Amazon I Author Website I Facebook
Find out more about Rachel McClellan and other awesome authors on The Fiction Bookshelf!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cover Reveal: Lichgates by S. M. Boyce

S. M. Boyce wrote Lichgates a year ago. Now, she’s formally re-releasing the novel with a bunch of bonus features and a gorgeous new cover. Check it out!

Lichgates New Features

The Lichgates re-release is going to be snazzy. I’m so excited. Here’s what you’ll get with the new edition:

 · New cover.

· Re-polished narrative.

 · New Prelude chapter. This is an entirely new short that gives insight into Kara’s life before she found Ourea.

The re-release date is currently set for some time in September. Be sure to sign up for the Grimoire Trilogy VIP list to be the first to know when the date’s set!

What’s cooler is that its sequel,
Treason, will come out just a month or so later. You can sign up for the VIP list to learn more about that the second news becomes available or apply for an Advanced Review Copy (ARC).

Whatever you do, make sure you
add the full Grimoire Trilogy to your Goodreads TBR list!

Lichgates Reviews

Read my review HERE!

“This would make a great movie. A great TV show. Great everything. I mean, Boyce sells it at the concept, but she doesn’t stop there. She delivers.” —
Rebecca Hamilton, author of The Forever Girl series

“Boyce’s storytelling is so rich and deftly executed that I found myself bouncing between pure amazement, unadulterated enjoyment, and absolute, perverse envy. She is that good.” H—
Tom Winship, author of the Vaempires series

“This is fantasy at its best!” —
The Story Seekers Reviews

 “The writing is flawless. The kingdoms and surrounding landscapes breathtaking. The Grimoire is a piece of imaginative genius that bedazzles from the moment Kara falls into the land of Ourea.” —
Nikki Jefford, author of the Spellbound Trilogy

…and those are only a few reviews. Check out
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads to hear what has people grabbing copies and salivating for the sequel.
The Lichgates Blurb

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it...and Kara Magari is its next target.

Kara has no idea what she's getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking along a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying beings that all want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, but most just want to control the new-found power the Grimoire bestows upon her.

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known in life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book—one question that can fix everything in his broken world—and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

Kara cannot escape her new life in Ourea. There’s no going back now.
The Lichgates Prelude
Boyce is going to provide the prelude free online for anyone who has already bought the previous version. Sign up for the VIP list to learn when she posts it!

 Lichgates Links

Impatient? You can still grab the old edition and read while you wait.
Grab Your Copy
Watch the Trailer | Visit the Online Encyclopedia

Teaser: Treason (Grimoire Trilogy #2) 

Available October 27, 2012

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into the dark and stunning world of Ourea, and all because of that stupid Grimoire she found. The armies have amassed. The traitors are exposed, and Kara is alone.

The war has started.

 The Author

S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. She’s a sarcastic twit, but her friends seem to like her anyway. She updates her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning?). 

Also, her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Blog | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube

Goodreads Author Page | Amazon Author Page

You can learn more about S. M. Boyce and other great authors like her on The Fiction Bookshelf!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cover Reveal: Vaempires: Zombie Rising by Thomas Winship

Today we have the first of two cover reveals this week. The next one will be for S. M. Boyce's new Lichgates cover on Thursday, the first being the cover for Thomas Winship's third installment in the Vaempires series, Vaempires: Zombie Rising!! So, here it is:

At first glance it looks very simple, but notice the hands reaching toward the pupil that form the iris and also notice at the bottom where it says "Zombie Rising" the highlighted I, R, I and S, spelling out IRIS.

And take a look at this awesome wallpaper combining all three covers:


Don't they look great together?

Blurb for Væmpires: Zombie Rising

The tale of The Evolutionary War resumes in Væmpires: Zombie Rising.

Væmpires have taken control of twelve major cities. Their leader, Vielyn, seeks the atomic weapons that will bring the rest of the world to its knees.

Vampire forces are reeling. As Linq and Ray race to the royal estate to rendezvous with Cassandra and Daniel … the princess is captured and Daniel falls.

With the fate of world shifting to their teenage shoulders, Linq and Ray must deal with tremendous losses while battling a most unexpected—and undeadly—new foe.

About the Author: Thomas Winship
Thomas Winship lives in New York. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as MBA Director and adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.

Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. He published Vaempires: Revolution last October and a follow-up novella, Vaempires: White Christmas, in December. He is currently working on the next installment of the Vaempires series.

Tom is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse—on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.


Væmpires: Zombie Rising will be released in October 2012. However, you can view the book trailer and read the entire book during the Dark Mind Book Tours pre-release tour that begins September 10th. Details announced soon!

Come back to Paranormal Lounge on October 22nd to see my review of the Vaempires books and an interview with Thomas Winship!

You can learn more about Thomas Winship and other great authors like him on The Fiction Bookshelf!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Booker Award

S. M. Boyce nominated me for the Booker Award!

The Booker Award is for Bloggers who focus on books.

  • Post my top 5 books of all time
  • Add the booker award icon, and
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers to do the same, if they feel like it.

  • My Top 5 Favorite Books of all time:

    #5 The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The characters are so well-written and the story pulls you in.

    #4 Notes From My Travels by Angelina Jolie. Bet you didn't know she wrote a book, huh? Well, she did. I think it's one of my favorites because I read it when I was just out of high school and it opened my eyes to a larger world. After reading this book, my teenage life didn't seem so important anymore, and I became the woman I am today.

    #3 The Vampire Chronicles Series by Anne Rice. I just love them.

    #2 I'm a sucker for soft horror, so I must put The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde high on the list.

    #1 Any one who knows me knows that I LOVE Sherlock Holmes, the orginal novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My absolute favorite of these is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which is the first anthology of the Short Stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and contains the Sherlock Stories written between 1891 and 1892.

    I know, pretty eclectic, huh? Anyways, now for my nominees!

    C. J. Listro at Sarcasm and Lemons
    Natasha at Sweet and Sassy Reviewz
    Nancy Straight
    Sheri and the others at Shut Up and Read
    Alana at Dark Obsession Chronicles