Monthly Archives: May 2012

Author Spotlight – Darlene Jones

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Darlene Jones, author of “Embattled” and “Empowered”!
With a wave of her magic wand and the dream of a better tomorrow, she has written an exciting two-part story that delves into a world of Sci-Fi magic and Romance! Read on to learn more about Darlene
and her books…

INTERVIEW WITH DARLENE JONES, AUTHOR OF “EMBATTLED” AND “EMPOWERED”

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a retired educator and have to say I loved working with junior high kids. All my elementary teacher friends thought I was crazy.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I read of course and spend time with my granddaughter and I body board when I’m in Mexico. I also workout regularly as writing involves too much sitting.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

Writing is something I always wanted to do, but my writing partner is the one who keeps me going. We exchange files for critiquing. The process of giving and getting feedback is so motivating.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Not really any one book, but all of the books I liked and thought were well written have influenced me to try to achieve that level of writing skill and expertise.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of
fiction?

Ah! It’s a long story (http://emandyves.com/writing_blog.html). The short version is that I went to a writers’ conference in Portland and all the talk was about self-publishing. When my writing partner and I got identical rejection letters from one of the agents we met there for two very different books, we decided to self-publish.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I didn’t think genre at all. I told the story to myself in bed at night when I suffered from insomnia. It didn’t help me to sleep and eventually I just had to write it down.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

With the first book I just wrote. Now I use a general outline. Much more efficient.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting
it published that you would change?

Yes! I wouldn’t bother going through all the stress of trying to get an agent.

How did you come up with the title for your current novel?

Titles are so hard. I chose the “em” words, EMBATTLED and EMPOWERED, for my heroine, Em.  My third book is EMBRACED and will be available soon.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or
idea you’d love to work with?

I’d love to work more with the theme of making our little corner of the world a better place however we can.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

No, but you’ve given me some food for thought. I’m reading one like that now and it’s well done.

What is your favorite part about being an indie author?

Having the control for my work.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been
the best compliment?

Good reviews are always the best compliments. Here’s part of one I received recently. “A fascinating and original novel by Darlene Jones, EMBATTLED, wraps the reader in its tendrils the within in the first few chapters.” Nice, eh? None of the criticisms have been really tough, because they have been valid points and have helped me to improve the next book.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

In EMBRACED, Abby hears clicking in the fillings of her teeth and thinks they are messages from outer space.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Join critiquing groups and have a writing partner. You really need that second set of eyes and the best ones belong to a fellow writer. They know what to look for, what you are going through and are best able to help.

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MEET AUTHOR,  DARLENE JONES

Author Darlene Jones
A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart wrenching poverty. My experiences there led to the writing of this story. Some aspects of EMBATTLED reflect my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place—if only wishes could come true. And of course, every novel needs its love story, so along with the sci-fi magic, I’ve added the
requisite romance.

Initially, I intended to write “a” novel. The story and characters took over and the ending of EMBATTLED demanded another. EMPOWERED is that “other.” I’ve always believed we can’t be the only beings existing in the vastness of the universe, There must be others “out there somewhere” and I’d like to believe they’re not all that different from us. Those beliefs are reflected in my writing. My novels stay, for the most part, within the realities of our world, but I’ve found that I love the magic the sci-fi element of other beings could bring to a story.

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ABOUT DARLENE’S BOOKS

Embattled and Empowered by Darlene Jones
EMBATTLED

With blood on her hands, strange words coming out of her mouth, and her face all over the media, Em knows that she did stop the jungle battle, storm into the armed courtroom, face and defeat the zealot soldiers. But, “working” for the powers controlling her, she is haunted with not knowing about or being connected to her own life. And, at some point she will have to decide which of her two lives are her true destiny.

Yves, her controller, has his own set of problems as a rookie learning to be a Power, trying to communicate with Em, facing her doubts and questions as well as his own, and struggling to control the onslaught of emotions that arise from his association with humans. He risks losing his chance for advancement, his chance to free his people, even his life, by falling in love with Em.

EMPOWERED

The power of Jasmine’s childhood visions convince her that she cannot be harmed. But trusting these visions can lead her into danger, possibly even death. Jasmine pursues Victor relentlessly, believing he is her soul-mate. But, the visions promise much more than a lover. They warn of a threat to Jasmine’s perfect life. She will wrestle with unknown forces that drive her, and with the knowledge that she has lived before. Who was she in that other life? Why is she so sure she is invincible? Where will her beliefs lead?

And Yves? He is the celestial being assigned to watch over her, and to provide the people to protect her. He must experience again the agony of losing the woman he loves to another as Jasmine and her lover fulfill their destiny. Will Yves jeopardize his rise in power by going to her on Earth? Will he give up his love? Or, will he bring her back in yet another reincarnation?

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YOU CAN FIND DARLENE JONES HERE

Website:     http://www.emandyves.com

Books available on:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Jones/e/B005ZVH88G

Smashwords:     http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144851

The Avengers – What Did You Think Of The Movie?!

The Avengers Movie

I went to see The Avengers over the Memorial weekend.  If they had charged twice what they did…it would still have been worth it!  The acting was intense and had most of my favorite actors.  The dialogue was witty, sarcastic and extremely well written.  Loki continues his role as the bad guy from the movie “Thor” and he is suitably rotten, arrogant and apparently impossible to kill.  The animation and CGI, especially for the Hulk was top notch.

There were almost too many one liners to pick a favorite, but Thor’s comment about his brother made me laugh out loud.
Black Widow says: Loki’s killed eighty people in two days.
Thor says: He was adopted.

Ironman is, well…Ironman – Does a Superhero get any better?!
The action was non stop and I plan to go see it again, and purchase it when the Blu-ray is available.
This was my favorite movie this year!

So, tell me…What was your favorite line or scene from The Avengers? :)

Let Us Not Forget Our Heroes

American Flag

As we celebrate Memorial Day across the nation, let us remember to take a moment to honor those who have given their lives in service to their country. To the brave men and women who have fought valiantly to keep our country free:

Thank you! May God Bless You!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any
hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

- John F. Kennedy

Reviews and Interviews and Blogs “Oh My!”

It was a great privilege to be interviewed by Jennifer from “Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance”!!! Thank you Jennifer for featuring “The Emerald Dragon” on your blog! I encourage everyone to visit her blog and take a look around!

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy

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Many thanks to Ellie from “The Selkie Reads Stories” for posting her review of “Vengeance of the Wolf” on her blog!! I hope that you will visit her blog and leave a comment!

The Selkie Reads Stories

Thank you to all my blog readers! I love to read your comments and feedback! :) If you have any ideas for a post, if you would like to offer a guest post or blog swap, please don’t hesitate to email me! cc(at)solitaireparke(dot)com
Happy Memorial Day!

Vengeance of the Wolf Review & Interview

I can’t thank Lacey from “The Page Turner” enough for the kick butt review she gave my debut novel, “Vengeance of the Wolf”!!! I hope that you will visit her blog and read the review and author interview she was so kind enough to post! Many thanks Lacey!!!

The Page Turner

I wish everyone a fun and safe weekend! What do you have planned?

I was thinking about going to see The Avengers!! :)

Author Spotlight – T.D. Dewmer

Today I have the honor in featuring a new up-and-coming Indie Author, T.D. Dewmer! He has been kind enough to offer a glimpse into the world of his YA Fantasy novel, “Light of the Bonded Fates”; book one in the Mystic Hearts Series. To quote T.D., “The book has a compelling amount of suspense, adventure, and romance with a message reminding us to have confidence in ourselves, even when hope seems lost, and that love can be a light in the darkest of times.” So without taking too much of your time, here it is!

MEET AUTHOR, T.D. DEWMER

T.D. Dewmer is a writer of young adult fantasy and romance. He was creating characters at age five, building worlds at age six, and crafting stories at age seven, all within his mind and his stories have only evolved since. Dewmer attended school for the arts, where studied creative writing and music. He also writes song lyrics and poetry in his spare time.

Follow his blog at – http://td-dewmer.blogspot.com

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ABOUT T.D.’S BOOK, “MYSTIC HEARTS: LIGHT OF THE BONDED FATES’

Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates is a young adult fantasy and the first in a five book series. The story revolves around Balthazar of Kalator, a boy of sixteen, who carries a burden when he discovers he is a destined hero know as the Chosen and his beloved Kristella is bonded to his fate. They share thoughts, feelings, dreams, and even death. If one dies, so does the other. The mystic kingdom of Kalator was once peaceful, but evil hangs in the air of an ancient demon who now hunts vulnerable Kristella to end the threat of his ancient enemies known as the Chosen. In the darkest of towers hides another enemy who follows the ancient fiend and means to summon a foreboding beast from the hellish Underworld. As a long forgotten war resurfaces, the people will, as they always have, turn to The Chosen Hero, but Balthazar refuses to believe himself a Hero of Light and it seems his love for Kristella is the only light in the world plagued by Shadows. He must overcome his insecurities to find the courage to protect Kristella, defeat the predator that hunts him, known as the Shadow, and save his people from the certain ruin they will face from the spawn of hell.

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EXCERPT FROM MYSTIC HEARTS: LIGHT OF THE BONDED FATES

Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates by T.D. Dewmer

The Shocking Awakening

          Balthazar looked upon a field that resembled the gardens within the front gates of the academy. Large crystals poked out of the ground. They were not like the crystals used for the cities and the academy. These crystals were there merely for the practice of magic for students.

The students were scattered along the field, all practicing what Alandis had taught them. Roots were shooting from the ground. Crystals gleamed in the distance from being focused. Trees and shrubs grew larger and stronger. Flowers bloomed along the field.

Balthazar sat between a crystal and a tree. He struggled to focus his sleeping abilities. He could not seem to reach them. He tried harder and harder, closing his eyes. Sweat began to break on his forehead. He could feel the power, but could not break the barrier. The barrier itself felt extremely powerful and seemed like a part of him.

His concentration was disrupted when he heard such a sweet voice coming from behind him. “Are you Prince Balthazar?” the voice asked.

He quickly got up and spun around to see the source of the magical voice. His heart began to race as he stared into the eyes of that beautiful girl who had been staring at him during the magic lesson. “Ye…ye…yes,” he stuttered. He caught his breath. “Who are you?”

 She smiled at him with such a shining expression. “I am Kristella. I have always lived near the palace and have seen you a few times. I have always wanted to meet you.”

Balthazar blushed, which made him feel embarrassed. “Well I am pleased to finally meet you.” He felt strange feelings toward this girl he could not understand.

She giggled. “I noticed you are having trouble focusing your energies. My father told me of a place near the academy where students once went to awaken their power. It’s a place where the crystals grow natural and free.”

Balthazar let curiosity get the better of him at this point. He thought of such a place that could actually break through the powerful barrier within him. He was finding it very hard to resist such a tempting thought. “Where is this place and is it forbidden?” he asked. Though curiosity had tight grip on his thoughts, he did not want to anger Alandis.

Kristella had an adorable rebellious smile. “I don’t know if it’s forbidden. I do know that is right up the mountain path beyond this field. I would be honored if you would join me on this adventure.” Her face changed to a playful begging expression.

Balthazar found it impossible to say no to that face. Curiosity had already taken hold of him. A longing to please Kristella added to it. He smiled back to her and said, “Very well. I will accompany you on this adventure of yours. Lead the way.”

Her face lit up with excitement. She grabbed his hand, which caused his heart to melt in his chest with strong feelings, and led him along the field. They made sure nobody was watching them and sprinted to the foot of the mountains. They were too far to be seen once they reached the mountains themselves and together they tried to locate the trail.

They found a wide mountain path. She held tight onto his hand as she led him down the large trail. They were surrounded by steep silver mountain walls. Some had peaks as they went further up, but the sky could only be seen by looking straight up and backward. The trail began to curve as they made good progress.

The silver stone of the mountain walls sparkled in the sunlight that now glared overhead. Balthazar and Kristella looked around with amazed expressions as they walked. They could see something strange in the rock walls ahead as the trail curved once more.

As they drew closer to it, they noticed it was a large wooden doorway that led to an old crystal mine. This mine seemed to have been abandoned for some reason. Kristella and Balthazar looked at one another with accomplished and curious looks on their faces. Kristella reached for the handle. She twisted and pulled the old iron latch, unlocking the door. She then pushed it open. CREAK! The old hinges slowly turned and they stepped inside.

The passage they entered was dark with a cold chill to the air. The only light provided was faintly shining from the open cavern door. Kristella and Balthazar held tightly to each other’s hands as they entered the vast darkness. The path led down beneath the mountain.

The farther down they went, the colder and heavier the air became. Curiosity motivated the pair to keep going. The tunnel began to widen and join with a more extensive cavern. The darkness faded a tiny bit as a glow appeared further within the cavern.

As the children approached the glow, they began to make out many glowing structures around the cavern. A humming sound filled their ears, but also a foul stench of musk invaded their noses, causing them to pinch their nostrils in disgust. The children soon forgot the smell as they caught sight of what they had been searching for.

Small white crystals lined the rock walls. Large white crystals grew from the ground. The cavern was full of the mystical crystals. The small ones were used to either grow the larger ones, which were used for homes or focusing sites, or as personal focusing crystals.

Kristella and Balthazar stared around the cavern with looks of admiration. Kristella’s eyes twinkled from the reflection of the glow of the crystals. Balthazar was growing lost in her eyes. He was glad he had agreed to accompany her. He enjoyed her company.

She looked closely at a large crystal structure and then smiled at Balthazar. “It is like a dream,” she said. “I am glad we decided to find this place.”

Balthazar looked around at the marvel around him. He looked into Kristella’s smile once more and felt an intoxicating feeling within himself. “You are beyond beauty itself.” His eyes grew wide as he realized he had actually said it.

Kristella blushed and giggled. “You are very kind and very handsome yourself.” she flashed her dreamy smile his way.

They held each other’s hand and huddled close together, closing their eyes and channeling the energies around within themselves. Balthazar could feel the barrier weakening, but it still remained. He could not feel frustrated while feeling the warm touch of Kristella’s soft skin.

The moment was suddenly broken by heavy footfalls that echoed from the cavern walls in the distance. They looked and could see large silhouettes of strange creatures a fair distance from where they stood. The grunts of the beasts echoed through the cavern. Fear gripped both of the children. The shapes of the creatures were much larger than they and worse, the beasts were headed toward the children.

 Alandis had finished meditating and smiled at the students along the field, hard at work to perfect their abilities. He had been meditating when Balthazar and Kristella had slipped away to find the crystal caverns. Otherwise his keen senses would have spotted them straight away. One could scarcely escape the notice of an Elf.

Alandis began to sense that something was wrong. He looked around the field with his analyzing eyes. He quickly noticed that Balthazar and Kristella were not among the other students. He knew they could not have returned to the academy without him noticing.

Alandis frantically surveyed the field using his senses to trace where they had gone. He found two trails side by side that had moved rather quickly and followed it. He reached the foot of the mountains and stared at the wide mountain path in front of him. He knew all too well where this particular path led. He worried that danger had found the two children.

Within the cavern the children were frozen in fear. The figures had gotten close. “What should we do?” Kristella whispered.

Balthazar looked around, but could see no place to hide. They could not run. The creatures would hear them instantly. He grew frustrated and was angered by the mere thought that these creatures might pose a threat to Kristella. As his anger grew, bright lights burned within the surrounding crystals.

The cavern was now lit and the children locked eyes with the beasts. Their skin was bald, but grey. They were very large and muscular. They wore ragged cloths that were ripped and stained. Their eyes were glazed and faded from living in darkness and their teeth were long and as sharp as thorns. Their teeth seemed rotten and black. They had small, pushed in noses like a pig’s and hands and feet much larger than a humans. They were the Goblins and there were ten of them staring at the children with hungry expressions. All of them carried long thick clubs.

“Get behind me!” Balthazar commanded. Kristella reluctantly obeyed. She was scared for both of them. Balthazar had no weapon and knew nothing of magic. He was prepared to protect Kristella at all costs, however. He stared at the beasts with threatening eyes.

One of the goblins charged at the children with its mouth open. It roared as it thundered toward them at full speed. Balthazar’s heart raced, but he charged forward struggling to focus his energy.

Once the Goblin reached Balthazar, it swung its club as hard as it could at his head. Balthazar dodged its strike. It repeated numerous times only to be dodged every time. Kristella stumbled to the ground, causing Balthazar’s attention to shift to her. As he looked at her, he felt the club connect with his head sending shocks of shrill pain across his skull. He flew through the cavern, hitting the rock wall hard.

The Goblin let out a thunderous laugh. It turned its attention to Kristella who was struggling to her feet. It began to approach her and as she saw the beast closing in, she released a high pitch scream.

“Get away from her, foul beast!” Balthazar snapped, feeling very dizzy. The beast reached out to grab her. “GET AWAY FROM HER!” Balthazar felt the barrier within him shatter. The crystals around the cavern shined with a blinding light. White lightning shot from the crystals, striking the threatening Goblin. It screeched in pain and fell to the ground motionless. Smoke rose from its fried body.

Balthazar dropped his head to the ground gasping for air. Kristella ran to his side and reached out to touch him. They both gasped as a bright light flashed between them and whirled around the children. For a moment their thoughts, feelings, and pains were shared. The light faded and Balthazar fell unconscious leaving Kristella in amazement and feeling quite different.

The other Goblins quickly retreated to deeper parts of the caverns in fear of the mysterious children. Alandis had arrived in just enough time to witness the power Balthazar had conjured and the mysterious light that had circled around Balthazar and Kristella. Balthazar was weak and unresponsive to any of her attempts to wake him. Alandis ran by his side and kneeled down to examine Balthazar’s bleeding and bruised forehead.

“Is he alright?” Kristella asked with great concern in her voice. She felt guilty for dragging Balthazar into such a dangerous place.

“His head is injured,” said Alandis. “We must get him back to the academy immediately so I can tend to the wound. Follow me closely and do not stray behind.” Alandis picked up Balthazar in his arms and carried him out of the caverns.

Balthazar regained consciousness, but felt weaker with each passing moment. He looked up to the skies as he was carried along the mountain trail and back across the field. He swore he could see a glowing silhouette hovering in the sky, but guessed his senses were boggled. He was relieved when he saw the academy closing in. His vision grew blurry as he was carried through the corridors.

He was set down in the middle of the four crystal pillars within the room they had studied magic. Alandis tended to the wounds on his head and back using mystic herbs and ancient Elven remedies. He felt strength returning to him slowly. He heard Kristella and Alandis speaking to each other.

“Going to the mines was very foolish,” Alandis said. “Goblins are vicious predators. You both are lucky to be alive.”

“I apologize, Master Alandis,” Kristella responded politely. “I’ve been wondering though. Will we learn to control lightning the way Balthazar did in the caverns?”

Alandis glanced off in the direction of the motionless prince “I cannot teach that ability. I am amazed that Balthazar was even able to create lightning from the crystals. I have not seen any who could manipulate lightning since the ancient times. That takes a vast amount of strength.”

Balthazar forced a smile. He could not help but feel overjoyed. He felt confidence within himself now. He had impressed even his instructor. His power had finally awakened and he could truly be counted as a mystic Adept.

Kristella then thought to the lights that circled around her and Balthazar. “What were those lights that seemed to almost connect the prince and me?” she asked quietly.

Alandis looked lost at the question. He had been wondering the same thing, but he did have a theory. He did not quite understand why this would occur if his theory was correct and he did not wish to fill Kristella’s mind with fear. “I believe your energies and fates have connected.”

Kristella’s eyes and mouth were open wide in shock at what she heard. “How is that possible?” she asked sharply, as disbelief shrouded her reason. “What could that even mean?”

Alandis sighed deeply and turned to her with a pained expression. “It means you two are meant to be close. That would be the bright side, but it also likely means that any danger posed to one affects the other. The same likely goes for death. His will to protect you has intrigued the Heavens, causing the Divine One to include you in his far reaching purpose by forging a powerful bond between your fates. Love holds a mighty key to the mystic hearts”

Balthazar was both troubled and happy by what he heard. He had growing feelings for Kristella and was overjoyed to know they would be close by fate, but he did not feel comfortable with the thought that any danger he faced would affect her as well. He knew he had to protect her and that made his mind fill with thoughts of the beautiful mystical girl he shared a bond with. He laid there and smiled until finally, all else faded and he entered a world of dreams.

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YOU CAN FIND T.D. DEWMER HERE

Blog: http://td-dewmer.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/td-dewmer

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TDDewmer

Books available on:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Hearts-Light-Bonded-ebook/dp/B007SJBJR4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1337806171&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mystic-hearts-td-dewmer/1110119430?ean=2940014149938

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13634354-light-of-the-bonded-fates

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/150041

Author Spotlight – Michelle Muto

Today is a very special day, as I get to interview an amazing Indie Author! I am extremely honored to have Michelle Muto, author of “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “The Book of Lost Souls” with us today! She is a writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and to quote Michelle, “all things eerie and curious.” So without further ado…sit back, relax and let’s get to know more about Michelle and her books!

INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE MUTO, AUTHOR OF “DON’T FEAR THE REAPER” AND “BOOK OF LOST SOULS”

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married, have two dogs, and am a total geek. Oh, and I’m a chocoholic.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Spend time with the dogs and hubby, learn new geeky things, watch Supernatural or Vampire Diaries, do a little herb gardening, and of course, reading. Sleep is overrated.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

My mother, who passed away almost 11 years ago. She loved to read and took me to the library as a kid. It’s still one of my favorite memories.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Plenty. Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Dean Koontz, Rod Serling, Shirly Jackson, Alfred Hitchcock, and J.K. Rowling.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of
fiction?

The Book of Lost Souls was originally with a top agency – but in the end, they declined. From there I read about indie publishing and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve never looked back.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve always loved anything to do with the supernatural. The rest just sort of fell into place after reading books like Harry Potter and The Wicked Lovely.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I outline, but that outline is subject to change as I write. It’s meant primarily to keep me on course for the main story line.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting
it published that you would change?

I would have gone indie sooner.

How did you come up with the title for your current novel?

The most current novel, Don’t Fear the Reaper is from the iconic Blue Oyster Cult song from the same name. I’ve always loved the song.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or
idea you’d love to work with?

When I’m working on a book, it seems I’m always coming up with ideas and notes for the book I’m not writing, LOL!  Right now, I’m anxious to write the sequel to Don’t Fear the Reaper.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

Not the entire book – at least, I haven’t yet come up with a story line entirely from a YA male’s perspective. I will say that the current book, as well as the sequels to The Book of Lost Souls and Don’t Fear the Reaper will have chapters from the male POV.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been
the best compliment?

Toughest? That I should get a real job. The best? There are several reviews on Amazon for Don’t Fear the Reaper that I love, and three agents had said that the opening of Reaper was one of the best they’d read – this, despite that they didn’t think they could sell the book.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

It’s a stand-alone YA horror that takes place in Savannah Georgia. It will be out late this summer, possibly as well as a formerly trunked cross-over novel.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Believe in yourself and your dreams. Keep the faith. Keep writing.

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AUTHOR MICHELLE MUTO, IN HER OWN WORDS

Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, one of which is a Beezlepup. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography. One day, maybe she’ll upload a better photo – one that wasn’t taken in late afternoon with Photobooth. Or, maybe not.

Michelle writes on a Mac and is a true geek at heart. She agrees with her dogs who think cheese and bacon should be in their own food group. But most of all, she believes everyone should trust their imagination, have a kind heart, and should definitely have a sense of humor.

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ABOUT MICHELLE’S BOOKS

The Book of Lost Souls and Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto

THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS

When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before – that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic.

Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers. Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.

DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace. But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes.

When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation–revenge on her sister’s killer–she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true–that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

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YOU CAN FIND MICHELLE MUTO HERE

*Contest Winner*

Tapestry by Solitaire Parke

I am so pleased to announce that I have my first WINNER of the “Riddle Me This” Contest!!!

My Congratulations go to:

Jason Cook from Phx, AZ

Many thanks Mr. Cook for participating in the contest! I will be shipping your signed copy of “Tapestry” asap!

It’s not too late to try your luck at guessing what the poem is about! I still have two e-book copies of “Tapestry” to give away!

*Contest Alert* – Riddle Me This!

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
-   Edgar Allan Poe

“Poetry is a sensual assault on your senses.”
-    Solitaire Parke

There is a rhythmic cadence to poetry that no other form of writing can equal. It is the only known method to transfer a person’s thoughts and feelings at the emotional level without sacrificing their intellect. Poetry sets up a flow that can be as lazy as a Summer’s day or as torrid as a raging River. It allows you to play with your vocabulary for an emotional outcome as dense as armor or as filmy as gauze. It penetrates the heart and can cause tears to cleanse the soul.

The rhyme scheme does not matter, only the fervor that you place within it. Gentle and damaging, it speaks to us all. Simple as breathing or as a riddle that can vex you to the core. That being said…Riddle Me This…

Here is a poem, veiled as a riddle and a mystery. The first person to guess its meaning and leave the answer as a comment will win a signed copy of my new Poetry book “Tapestry”! Two copies of “Tapestry” in ebook will also be up for grabs!

THE ENDLESS FLAME

by Solitaire Parke

A ring of fire with the strength of four.
The mist is rising and calls for more
Than scorched remains it holds below.
But summons from the heat it sows
Aromas from the flesh it sears
And stings the eyes with stubborn tears.

A frozen wasteland in darkened white.
Day breaks without heat as its wall ignite
In a crystalline layer of myriad glass.
This snow bank’s eternal and time cannot pass.
Yet moved from the haven above time and space,
It warms in the sunlight – immortality erased.

Lush and tropic, it rains on cue.
The heat is stifling as waves pour through
This forest of afterthoughts we’ve left behind.
A sea of sensations that no one will find.
Then like parchment it dries in the hot summer air
As the cycle repeats itself year after year.

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