Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Book Blitz: Spellbound



Book Blitz:
Spellbound
by
Laura Greenwood

Apr 24th - May 1st









Eliza leaving broke both of their hearts, can they now fix them both?

Ethan was left heartbroken when his childhood sweetheart, Eliza, moved away at seventeen. Now, fate has brought them back together, and Ethan is determined to make her work for his forgiveness.

Eliza has always regretted leaving Ethan, even if she'd have had to hide her true nature from him if she'd stayed. But once they come together again, they learn things about one another that they'd never known before.

A standalone witch romance. This is a spin-off of the Paranormal Council series, which starts with The Dryad's Pawprint, available in the box set, In the Shadows.













I like to write whichever weird and wonderful tale comes into my head, which makes identifying the genre difficult even for me! My first series, Alventia, are novellas centred around Keira, aka Sleeping Beauty, and her Prince Philip, along with their allies Hansel and Gretel. It's a tale that very much told itself as I started to write it!

While I'm not writing, I work in Catering and am also an Assistant Brownie Guide Leader in the Midlands (UK). I like to bake and I love to read, and like with my writing, I read an eclectic mix of genres, and love every minute of it!

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

COVER REVEAL: Assassin Princess


I'm very excited (yes I'm always excited about something it seems!) to be able to reveal the gorgeous cover of Assassin Princess, designed by the amazingly talented Michelle Parsons at Limabean Designs!

This story is part of a really fun sci-fi and fantasy group project I'm part of, and I'm looking forward to sharing this sword & sorcery story with you! It also provides some back drop for my fantasy book, Hidden Smoke which releases at the end of May. However it is NOT a prequel. Either story can be read without the other!




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Release Day: The Necromancer's Prey


I can't believe the day is finally here! The Necromancer's Prey is now live on amazon, and hopefully Alden and Rory can make their way into your hearts! 

He's investigating her people - so why can't she resist him?

Rory's been an outcast her whole life, never feeling like she fit in with the other necromancers. With the Shifter Council investigating a rogue, her loyalties are torn between the people she doesn't belong to, and the shifter she can't seem to stop thinking about. 

When Alden saves Rory one night, the attraction between them becomes too difficult to ignore, and he finally starts to accept that she could be his mate. 

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Keep an eye on my Facebook page too! There's extra content coming to celebrate!

Laura Greenwood



And if you haven't got your copies of the other books in the series yet...

The Dryad's Pawprint (available in the In The Shadows Box Set!) 
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The Vixen's Bark
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The Vampire's Bite (Book 4 now available for Preorder!) 
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Monday, 17 April 2017

COVER REVEAL: The Vampire's Bite

As you may have guessed by now...I'm not always the most patient of people...and as the pre-order is processing on Amazon as we speak, I have no problem sharing the amazing cover created by Ammonia Book Covers!


I'm super excited about this (despite the fact that book 3 isn't quite out yet!) But the main characters of The Vampire's Bite, Tony and Eden, will both have appeared in my books before! Tony, had one tiny paragraph at the beginning of The Dryad's Pawprint (bet you just thought he was there for the hell of it!) And Eden appears in the spin-off Spellbound, which releases a week today! 

In fact...I love hiding characters! And because I'm feeling like sharing, here are a few characters you've met before (or will meet soon in a couple of cases!) that will get their own romance...

  1. Nathalie - she's a member of the Shifter Council, and first appeared in The Dryad's Pawprint (but wasn't named until The Vixen's Bark).
  2. Drayce - read above, but substitute "she" for "he"
      
  3. Dana - a Shifter first mentioned in The Necromancer's Prey, but she'll be appearing in book 5 (Nathalie's book)
  4. Luke -  a witch, and best friend of Ethan, the male protagonist of Spellbound, Luke's around for a bit of the later action!
  5. Rhianna - a not quite human (but I can't reveal what yet!) who interacts with Alden in the opening chapters of The Necromancer's Prey. Her love interest was also alluded to in this book, but that one will probably make more sense in retrospect!
  6. Aella - a storm nymph, and Lia's (female protagonist in The Dryad's Pawprint) sister. Fun fact is that, despite not being on the Shifter Council (for obvious reasons) Aella is seen or mentioned in all of the books so far, including the spin-off. She'll also appear in The Vampire's Bite. Her love interest appears in a bonus chapter that I'll be sending exclusively to my mailing list (for now!)
Which means that actually...if you've read the four books that are currently/nearly out, then you've met a good portion of my characters! And...just in case you missed them...here are when my other characters were first introduced and mentioned! 

  1. Ari - a member of the Shifter Council (fox shifter), she was first seen in The Dryad's Pawprint, but became a main character in The Vixen's Bark.
  2. Bjorn - see above, but change "she" for "he"! And "fox shifter" for "bear shifter"
  3. Vic - a panther shifter, and Kem's brother. He's mentioned in The Dryad's Pawprint, but is getting his own story, His Lost Bear, which is currently an ongoing newsletter serial.
  4. Alden - a member of the Shifter Council, he was first seen in the Dryad's Pawprint, named in The Vixen's Bark, and became a main character in The Necromancer's Prey.
  5. Rory - a necromancer. She was first mentioned in The Vixen's Bark, and became a main character in The Necromancer's Prey.
  6. Eden - a vampire...or is she? First seen in Spellbound, becomes a main character in The Vampire's Bite.
  7. Tony - species depends on when and where in the series he is...First seen in The Dryad's Pawprint (briefly), then seen in Spellbound (briefly) and then becomes a main character in The Vampire's Bite.
Poor Kem (panther shifter) and Lia (dryad) from The Dryad's Pawprint, don't actually make the list because theirs is the first book! But they do appear in later stories. Kem makes an appearance in The Vixen's Bark, and they both appear in The Vampire's Bite. Same goes for Eliza and Ethan, the witches from Spellbound. They first appear in their own books, but they will appear in later books, most notably in Luke's story.

Honourable mentions go to Nita (His Lost Bear) and the love interests not mentioned (those of Nathalie & Drayce), as well as the characters in the book released in November...they will be introduced in advance, but just not yet! 

There may also be another spin off featuring Eliza's sister, Camille, and one of Ari's younger brothers! 


It's all super exciting to me! Though maybe not for everyone else!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Mythical Creatures with Monica La Porta

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MONICA LA PORTA

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Dragons are my favorite mythical creatures. When I was a kid, I spent long hours imagining what it would be like to own a pet dragon and fly over the clouds, looking at the world from above. I’ve read countless books about dragons, and I never seem to have enough of those stories. From fantasy to steamy paranormal, if there is a dragon, I will read it. There is a sense of freedom I experience any time I find a good dragon novel that leaves me at peace with the world. The sheer power, and at the same time grace and elegance, of such creature when combined with a shifter is an explosive union, and it gives an author plenty of opportunities to write an epic story. When I introduced Dragon Sol in the Fifth Moon’s Tales, all I wanted was a badass sidekick for my werewolf, but Dragon’s character grew sentence by sentence, acquiring all the traits typical of its namesake: loyalty, strength, charm, wittiness. Soon, I couldn’t deny him the story he demanded any longer, and I finally gave in and started writing The Fifth Moon’s Dragon. In the process, I realized that I’ve never truly forgotten my dream as a child. I still want a pet dragon, especially if he comes in the shape of a hunk shape shifter. Monica La Porta is the Author of The Fifth Moon’s Dragon. You can find out more about Monica here!

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The High Lord of Solaria, Dragon Sol has recently returned to his planet to marry his two promised brides, but instead of savoring the pleasures of his wedding night, he finds himself fighting an enigmatic assassin sent to kill him. A skilled mercenary, Jade belongs to the Assassin Academy and lives for the thrill of the chase, but her latest mission goes awry since the moment she throws that first arrow at her intended target. Dragon proves to be Jade’s worthiest opponent yet, and what starts as any other mission becomes so much more, reversing the roles of hunter and prey. Before either of them can stop the inevitable, a deep connection take roots until their hearts and not their lives are at stakes.

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Afterword: What Lies Beneath the Mask





Having spent a fair while on this book, I have a lot of thoughts about it and wasn't too sure where I should put them...then I remembered that I had a blog dedicated to my writing and where better to put them than here! So apologies in advance for the sheer volume of information I'll end up putting here, but if you want to know more about why I wrote this book, and why it turned out like it did, then this is where you'll find it!

Ever since discovering The Phantom of the Opera back in 2004 (when I was 12 and the film came out!) I've loved it, and it's a love I've shared with my best friend, Anna, ever since. We went to see the show on stage a few years back and it was well and truly magical. Made more so by the fact I bought tickets and then told Anna we were going! So really this book was written for Anna, and her encouragment while I was writing it had a big impact on the story.

I put a lot of myself, and a lot of Anna, into my two main female characters, Annabelle and Hayley...and no my main character wasn't actually consiously named after my best friend, but I did notice that after I'd been writing for over a month, by then Annabelle was already a fully formed character in my head and changing her name just wasn't going to happen (though I have nothing against changing names...in fact my main character in the Alventia series, Keira, had her name changed after I'd written book 1!)

As it works out though I think Hayley more accurately portrays how I see Anna. She'll call me out on stuff and won't let me wallow, as well as allowing me to be myself around her, just like Annabelle can be. However my characters are just that, characters. They're not meant to be me and Anna, but there's no way I could write a best friend bond without our own coming through!

The first scene I wrote was the scene where Annabelle and Jack work out the choreography to Masquerade, which is one of my favourite pieces of music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical and I sent it to Anna with the caption "I need your opinion and feel free to tell me you hate it." Her suggestion was then going into the horror genre, which I hadn't actually thought about, and that then developed into a more pschological story over the course of a conversation. She warily suggested (because of certain events in my own past) that I create an abusive ex as the Phantom and have the story be Annabelle's way of dealing with the past.

Originally Toby was only going to be a part of Annabelle's memories, but then somehow (probably because I am no good at actually planning before writing!) he became entwined in the story and actually appeared. This helped me with the rivalry between him and Jack, as well as having Annabelle actually deal with him.

While I never went through anything as bad as I put Annabelle through with her ex, I did have a possessive and controlling one when I was 16-18, which I think is where a lot of the things that happened with Annabelle came out. What she went through is what I worry I could have gone through if I hadn't got out of such a toxic relationship, and I don't think many people even realise that.

I will admit that Leroux's book The Phantom of the Opera didn't play a massive role in my inspiration, other than the fact I love the gothic style and the darkness of the characters. I don't think I quite realised how dark I got in some parts of this book, it was only when I started reading through my draft that I actually noticed!

Now onto the slightly happier subjects! The cover and the title. Even before I finished the book I had a good idea of how I wanted the cover to look, but the title completely escaped me. Even after I'd settled on one I was unsure about it for a long time!







As the assistant director of an amateur performance of the Phantom of the Opera, Annabelle needs everything to be perfect. When strange events and notes start to plague Annabelle's time at the theatre, the true extent of her ex-boyfriend’s obsession begins to make itself known. 

Then, there’s Jack; the charming leading man determined to break through the walls surrounding her heart - even if he doesn’t know why they’re there. 

Can she let herself trust him? Or will her past continue to haunt her? 



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Release Day: You Know I Do (Curtain Call #2)


I'm super excited to be able to announce that You Know I Do is now available on Amazon! It's also in KU so you can read it for FREE! If you don't have KU then worry not...for a limited time only, You Know I Do is just 99 Cents!

AND book 1, What Lies Beneath the Mask is also on sale for 99 Cents! So you can get both books for a bargain $1.98!

You Know I Do (Curtain Call Book #2)

Costume designer, Hayley, has bigger things to worry about than her love life. Whether it's college assignments, her best friend Belle, or creating costumes for an amateur production of The Phantom of the Opera. 

That is, until she meets David, one of the camera crew filming the newest reality TV show. While Hayley might not think she's ready for love, her heart may have different ideas...

This is book 2 in the Curtain Call series. The events happen concurrently with those in What Lies Beneath the Mask (Annabelle & Jack's story), and the two can be read in any order.




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My Inspiration for the Journalist

I was thinking about what led me to write my short story, The Journalist (other than wanting to contribute to a Halloween anthology!) It wasn't until I started thinking about it that I realised just how many things had influenced me, so I thought I would share some of it!

The Journalist from the anthology Amidst the Shadows
For years people have been going missing near Ivy Manor and Maria is determined to find out why. 

Whitby

The setting that I chose is a Seaside town in North Yorkshire, England, about an hour away from where I grew up. I've been visiting since I was a little girl and there's just so much about it that I love; the old cobbled streets, the ruined abbey, stunning views and Lucky Ducks included (though Lucky Ducks aren't quite relevant to this post, they are interesting and I do own 4 of them!)

But what makes Whitby the perfect setting is the combination of ghost sightings (you can even go on Ghost Tours!), pirate graves, ruins and of course the Dracula connection.

These photos were taken on a camping trip me and some of my friends took a couple of years ago.



Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Dracula is one of my favourite classic novels (depending on your definition of classic of course!) and I believe one of the best Gothic work of the time. Though The Journalist isn't connected to Dracula in the sense that there are definitely no vampires in it, I can see how Dracula influenced me. Not only was the setting for my story Whitby (see above!) but I also used Newspaper articles in parts of it. For anyone who hasn't read Dracula, it is written in the epistolary format through a series of letters, diary entries and newspaper clippings written and encountered by the various characters involved. Stoker defined the modern vampire, Count Dracula, and introduced characters such as Van Helsing. The most memorable scene of Whitby for me is set in the graveyard of Whitby Abbey, a supposedly haunted site.

Cinderella

Now this one is a little bit of a stretch for anyone that has read The Journalist, and my inspiration from this tale didn't actually come through much (I don't think!) It actually comes back to when I was writing the original form of Awakening (which is nothing like the novella it eventually became but is included in the anthology Touched by Shadow Carressed by Light). I was torn between writing a short story about Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella, which then developed into a ghostly masquerade.

The ghostly masquerade idea stuck, even if I never wrote the story at the time. It had certainly moved on from Cinderella by this point! This idea was also influenced by the Haunted Mansion ride in Disney World Florida (though more likely it's Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris that stuck in my mind, though as far as I am aware they are very similar). The ride included a ballroom scene which is very cleverly done, and the influence of that is definitely visible in my short story!

The Journalist is ONLY available via this link at this time. Enjoy!

The Journalist originally from the anthology Amidst the Shadows
For years, people have been going missing near Ivy Manor and Maria is determined to find out why. 


Certainly the story that I ended up with is nothing like my first ideas, or even my first draft for that matter, but it has been interesting for me to return to the beginning and look at my influences in writing my story!


I had a lot of fun with this one, and it was useful to have a break from writing stories related to the world of Alventia! (Though Amidst the Shadows does also contain a prequel short story to my novella Awakening called Betrayed). 



Originally posted on my review blog trips down imagination road

Monday, 3 April 2017

Blog Tour: In the Shadows


Book Blitz:
In The Shadows: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Boxed Set
Apr 3rd - Apr 10th


NICOLE MORGAN  
JACQUIE BIGGAR  
JOCELYN DEX  
LEILANI LOVE  
TIERNEY O'MALLEY  
VIRGINIA HUNTER  
FIONN JAMESON  
JOANNA MAZURKIEWICZ  
LORELEI MOONE  
LAURA GREENWOOD  
CATE FARREN  
DYLAN KEEFER

 




Quench your thirst and satisfy your cravings with this enticing collection of 12 paranormal stories written by the hottest USA Today, and Bestselling authors. From wolves, and demons, to big cats, alpha males and vampire tales, you’ll be sure to find something you love because there is always something lurking… In the Shadows…

This set includes these fantastic stories by your favorite authors:

Night Falls (Racinitine Pack 1) by Nicole Morgan

The Guardian (Mended Souls Book 1) by Jacquie Biggar

Araya’s Addiction by Jocelyn Dex

Kassandra’s Wolf (Book 3 of The Dragon Ruby Series) by Leilani Love

Wolf’s Soul by Tierney O’Malley

Alix (The Coven’s Grove Chronicles Book 1) by Virginia Hunter

Asura Night by Fionn Jameson

When the Clock Strirkes (Paranormal Personnel Saga 0.5) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Alexander’s Blood Bride (Vampires of London Book 1) by Lorelei Moone

The Dryad’s Pawprint (Paranormal Council #1) by Laura Greenwood

After Moonlight by Cate Farren

The Blood Empire: Episode One A Vampire Dark Fantasy Novel (Prequel to The Blood Rite Saga Book 1) by Dylan Keefer 

 





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