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Author Interview: ‘The Gloaming, Rise of the Stealth Vampire Elder’ by ML Worthingham

About the Book:

In the aftermath of the mass slaughter of vampires in eighteenth century Europe Valentin tries to keep the fragile covenant not to kill mortals intact through a strategy of abundance. Working from the shadows as vampire elders rule the three nests of modern day Amsterdam, he attempts to manage the finances of the continental vampires while mentoring the newly turned American Steve.After dealing with a vampire hunter in Amsterdam, Valentin, Karolina, and Steve travel to the primal vampire nest in tunnels beneath the Mother of Cities to attend the annual council of elders ruled by Lord Makru. Things go horribly wrong though when a newly turned American girl on summer break tells a mortal everything about the vampires, but fails to feed on him, spurring yet another descendant of vampire hunters into action.

Karolina’s plans to start throwing feeding parties on unsuspecting mortals again after two and half centuries are put on hold as unrest in the four London nests spills over to Amsterdam, resulting in violence and the true death for some. When she and Viona finally start throwing feeding parties at the mansion in Amsterdam and the palace in the Mother of Cities another summer concludes with shocking developments and heart breaking loss.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I grew up in Mill Valley, California and as a teenager wrote several short stories. For a number of years work got in the way, so I didn’t write. A few years ago, I started reading more fiction again, and writing. The Gloaming is my first completed novel.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I do most of my writing in the evening and at night. I can write almost anywhere, but I do need some quiet so I can concentrate. I started the Gloaming in my hotel in Amsterdam.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

It’s a combination of stuff I just make up and life experiences.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Before I start the book, I have about one third of the story in notes – the plot, main characters and the ending. I typically have some pages already written, but don’t always know where they will go in the story. From there I start writing from page one, fleshing out the story, adding new characters, and new obstacles I hadn’t thought about. This part of the process yields interesting new characters and situations. The final third is outlining, connecting chapters, longer term wants, obstacles, and resolution scenarios to the final chapter. The final chapter typically is in rough form before I connect it to the rest of the story. Finally, there are the rewrites, about five to seven, in which I connect characters and situations more fully to events later in the story and flesh some characters out.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

This is my first completed novel and it’s best described as urban fantasy. I think over the last few years I was influenced the most by George RR Martin’s “Song of Fire and Ice” series, so fantasy seemed like the best place to start. Also, I had been thinking about the vampire myth for a few years so it fit right into that.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I’m not sure I have a dream cast, but the main characters would have to be from Europe since that’s where the majority of the story takes place. Karolina especially would need to be Czech.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

As I mentioned right now it’s Martin, recently reread all of the Game of Thrones books. I have been reading Layton Green’s Dominic Grey series. Also, lately some Hemingway. Longer term John Steinbeck has always been one of my favorites.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished “The Sun Also Rises” which I had never read. Also, I’ve been doing some research on Druids so “Druids A Very Short Introduction” by Barry Cunliffe. I’ve come to the conclusion we really just don’t know much about the ancient Druids.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I would have to say Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. He does such a great job describing the locations and characters.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write. I know that sounds obvious, but just keep writing. It doesn’t have to be toward a finished project. It can go nowhere, but write. You should read the books out there on fiction, but be careful you don’t fall into trying to follow a formula. It’s about the story above all, let the characters and their situations write the story. The other thing is to read as much fiction as possible. Understand why you like or don’t like what your reading, and apply what you have learned.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mlworthingham

Twitter: @mlworthingham

 

About the Author:

ML Worthingham is a dark fantasy writer and author of The Gloaming. He began thinking about the first book during a trip with friends to Amsterdam in the spring of 2002. Originating out of his dissatisfaction with the current artistic imaginings of the vampire myth he envisioned a dark alternate reality interlacing known history with the unique violent history of the continental vampires of Europe. Work on the first book The Gloaming, Rise of the Stealth Vampire Elder began in Amsterdam during the summer of 2014.

ML Worthingham grew up in Mill Valley, California where he started writing fiction as a teenager; spent time traveling all over the US for work, in Europe mostly for pleasure, and currently lives in Silicon Valley. When he isn’t writing or delivering innovative new technology he can be found traveling the world, mountain biking, or just getting another cup of coffee.

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Book Review: ‘Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic’ by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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Title: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1)

Published: 9th January 2014

Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeghanCianaDoidge

Twitter: @mcdoidge

Synopsis:

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

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This 68,000 word urban fantasy is the first book of the Dowser Series by author Meghan Ciana Doidge.

Review:

All my favourite paranormal creatures thrown together with cupcakes – what fun to be had! Goes down as another off my 2015 Reading Challenge – A book with magic. This one definitely has its fair share of magic.

Intricate story involving a lot of characters that all seem to radiate towards Jade. She draws people to her no matter who or ‘what’ they are. This story is about her finding herself, and trying to not always hide behind her grandmother and mother.

Jade knows about magic but has always thought that she didn’t carry much within her. They only thing she thinks she can do is make amazing cupcakes (with quite interesting names!) and draw magic to her, or more to the point magical beings. When they are around she can almost feed off their energy, which makes her feel alive. Her life has always been about following the rules (unlike her wayward sister) but when a vampire turns up at her cupcake shop they seem to get thrown out the window. He brings with him his own troubles. When he insists that he is there to see if she is the one that has something to do with the recent bought of murders she can’t help but think that she has stepped into the twilight zone. This is a story that consists of a very interesting mix of witches, werewolves and a vampire. Put them all together with some murders thrown into the mix to solve and you have yourself a party.

You are practically begging Jade to get with at least one of the hotties that have crossed her path though throughout the book (my monies on the vampire later in the series). There are some very fine specimens to choose from – even if they might scare her a little at first. You have a vampire, werewolf, werecat or the human lawyer to choose from. So tell me, who would you think is the most tempting or scary?

Some parts of the story are a bit predicable and the ending is seen a mile off but I was still drawn into the world that has been created. I am intrigued to see how Jade will grow into a much more confident and assertive woman now she knows that truth about who she is and what she is really capable of.

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4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Shana & the Vampire’ by Jordan K Rose

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Title: Shana & The Vampire, Story One

Published: 10th July 2015

Author: Jordan K Rose

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-K-Rose-Author

Twitter: @jordankrose

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5751865.Jordan_K_Rose

Synopsis:

A change. That’s what Shana Powers needs. A new job with excitement. A new boss with manners. An income that actually pays the bills.

Taking a second job at the hottest bar in the state seems like the perfect idea. But can the answer to all her problems really be that simple?

The moment Shana walks through the doors to Seductions she knows she’s crossed into a world that will change her life forever.

Review:

Great start to the Short Seductions series. I can’t wait for the rest of them to see how they all play out and what the other ‘Others’ are going to be like.

Shana has been working at Seductions for a month and can’t believe what she has seen in that time. Who knew Vampires, Werewolves and Demons existed and how over time their inhibitions get lower. She has seen more than her fair share of explicit sexual scenes in the last few weeks working at Seductions then in her whole life.

After quitting her day job, after her jerk of a boss puts his hands on her for the last time, all she is hoping is that Max will let her keep her job. Even after being late for the hundredth time tonight. “You’re late” those two words are all it takes for goosebumps to go down her spine and to feel like his fingers are caressing her. The power of his voice is something she will never get used to and never wants to loose.

From the moment she met him he has been in her thoughts day and night. He is just so domineering to be around but impossible to stay away from. She knows the closer she gets to him the further down the rabbit hole she will fall. She just has to believe that Max will be the one to catch her and keep her safe because she is starting to realise that he is all she wants.

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4 out of 5 stars

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Release Blitz and Review: ‘Midnight Moonrising’ by K.S. Haigwood and Anne Conley

 Title: Midnight Moonrising
Series: Moonrising #1
Author: K.S. Haigwood & Anne Conley
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
 Release Date: July 31, 2015
Blurb

 

Mena wants the Master Vampire of Montgomery, Alabama, but the wolf inside her wants the homicide detective working the case of the man she murdered.

Mena’s life is complicated. She’s just murdered and buried her husband, the local wolf pack’s alpha – problem number one. Phoenix, the High Vampire, is the one her heart beats for, but not the one her wolf wants – problem number two. Her wolf pines for Alex, the human homicide detective who might just send her down for murder – three. Four, wolves and vampires don’t mix. Five, she has no clue how to be alpha, keep her pack safe while fighting off challengers with every step she takes, or what it would take to tame her wolf, which is the biggest problem of them all. Because the beast might just forfeit Mena’s life when its insatiable thirst for blood is unleashed on the world in just a few short days, with the next full moon.

Which should be doable. Except for the Nexus… and the little extra problem of bonding with a stranger.

 

Review:

OMG I’m not even sure where to begin with how good (and very complex) this story is. If you are looking for a quick read then hold off from this one until you have a free day, as there are 62 chapters in this baby. It is the type of book where if you have to put it down, because say you have to go to work, you will be thinking about it the whole day until you can get back to it to see how it plays out. The story is told from lots of peoples perspectives so you get a really complex view on how it all plays out for each of them, just keep note of who’s head you are in at the time. Now I found out that there is a prequel to this book but if you haven’t read it I don’t think it matters, you will just have a bit of a head-ups with who some of the characters are.

So Mena has had a bit of a rough week, finding out your husband of 12 years has been hiding the fact that not only is he a werewolf but Alpha of the Montgomery pack and been having an affair would be enough to make anyone feel a bit crazy. Then have said husband bite you making you a werewolf too and have to shoot him before he kills you, ultimately making you the new alpha of the pack, would be putting an end to the week from hell.

Things then just go from bad to worse; the wolf in her head is giving her grief and seems to want the one person she shouldn’t, Alex the cop assigned to catch her husbands murderer, her vampire boyfriend Phoenix wants to protect her but untimely ends up trying to control her instead causing issues, pack members are challenging her for the right to be alpha (so its kill or be killed), throw in the fact that others in her pack are trying to kill her for revenge before she has even been a werewolf for a few days and you can see that things are only going to get worse before they get better.

Both the men in her life are wanting a part of her and with her wolf taking over more she has to make a deal with the devil, so to speak, to protect the one she loves. If she lets the wolf have her fun with Alex she will let her see Phoenix without taking over and hurting him, which is all Mena cares about. The chemistry and passion between Mena and Phoenix comes right off the page, you can see why they are great together, and so you do feel a bit weird when Alex gets to be all over Mena when the wolf is in control. You want to shout at her ‘Come on girl get a back bone and show that wolf whose boss’.

You are taken on such an emotional rollercoaster throughout this book and you are literally thinking what else can be thrown at Mena to keep her from being safe with the one man she really loves, Phoenix. You will be laughing at times, get hot passion thrown at you, get angry and then feel like you are breaking yourself with the emotional turmoil that Mena has to over come. Only time will tell whether she will get through it all and whom she will be with at the end of it. Phoenix tells her that she will be happy at the end of all this but he doesn’t say who she will be happy with.

So you have vampires, wolf shifters, lion shifters (now Ace coming into the mix is interesting) and witches making this one hell of a complex journey that you can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Excerpt

With everyone thinking I was angry, I was taking a wild guess that it would be at least thirty minutes before anyone realized I was gone. That was a good head start. From the vague vibe I was feeling from Jess and the other traitors, I was looking at covering a distance of about four miles. I ran that nearly every morning, and the time it took to get there would allow my wolf and me time to figure out what we were going to do when we got there.

Cutting the bitch was what my wolf wanted to do, and I couldn’t honestly say that I wasn’t on board with that plan, but I was smart enough to know that I couldn’t take on eight werewolves on my own. I would have to find their hideout and come back with my pack. Bringing Phoenix and his clan to watch my back in case any of my wolves were really on Jessica’s side was a smart thing to do, so I would let them come, too, not that I would really get a choice in the matter; I doubted he would stay behind even if I begged him to.

A loud clatter had my head whipping around to look behind me again. An aluminum trash can lay on its side, its contents spilling into the street. A tabby cat peeked around the edge of the torn trash bag and I exhaled in relief. I was a sad case, indeed. I laughed at myself. I was not used to being the monster.

“I aim to change that, Mena.”

I rolled my eyes at my wolf. “You just be you and let me be me and we’ll get along just fine.”

Soft laughter filled my head and I had to smile. I had to admit that I liked her, regardless of how much trouble she was causing me with Phoenix. At least we had come to a compromise. I didn’t know how well said compromise was going to work out, or even if it would at all, but I was willing to try. Everyone deserved a shot at happiness, even with as insane as our case may be.

As I turned my head back around to continue on my journey, I ran smack-dab into the hard chest of a man. He was in shadow, so I couldn’t see his face. Stumbling back, I attempted to get my balance, but his arms closed tightly around my body, jerking me to him and trapping my arms down at my sides so I couldn’t move.

Struggling against his solid hold on me, I opened my mouth to let out a scream, but he twisted me around and clamped a hand over my mouth so fast that I didn’t know what was happening until I was being pulled backward, away from the security of the streetlights that lined the suburban road.

I raised my knee up then brought my foot down hard on the toe of his shoe. He let out a muffled grunt, but continued to drag me into the shadows.

This had to be one of the werewolves. The strength alone told me that. They had to have been watching my house, just waiting for me to leave. This bastard was going to kill me if I didn’t do something.

My wolf stirred under my skin. She wanted out and it was the first time since I’d been bitten that I agreed with that plan. With only a little more than human strength and quick reflexes, it wasn’t possible for me to handle a grown male werewolf on my own.

My final option, before letting my wolf free, was try to at least injure him. I hoped that would be enough to make him loosen his grip on me enough so I could run. If he gave chase, I would have to concede and let my wolf take over.

Gripping the dagger tighter in my palm, I rotated my wrist and drove the blade into his side as hard as I could. An ear-piercing ululation erupted from his throat and he let go of me. I didn’t wait or look back. I ran as fast as my legs would carry me, adrenaline and my wolf giving me the speed and strength to push my muscles past what a human would be able to endure.

“Mena… Mena!” I heard the cry behind me, but my mind wasn’t registering anything except panic and the need to get as far away from my attacker as possible. “Mena—wait! It’s me…” A strangled groan had me slowing. “…it’s… it’s Phoenix. I—I’m so sorry, Mena.”

I froze, not wanting to look back at the man, terrified that what he’d spoken was true. If it was—if I turned and saw those ice-blue eyes staring back at me, it would destroy any trust I had ever had in him.

“Please, Mena, I never meant to hurt you. I was only trying to scare you so you would realize what a stupid stunt going off on your own to find the killers was. What were you thinking?”

The blood rushed through my veins at an impossible speed, and fury washed over me in waves as I stood there trying to decide whether to walk away or allow my wolf to rip Phoenix’s head off. She was all for the second option.

I heard him cough, and then groan in agony. I imagined he was pulling the dagger out of whatever organ I had been lucky enough to hit. There was a lot of heavy, ragged breathing and two more guttural-sounding coughs. It appeared as though I had hit a lung. Too bad it wasn’t his heart! I wasn’t sure stabbing him in the heart with a silver blade would kill him, but I would have put money on a bet that it would have been a hell of a lot more painful.

I turned my head to glare at him, but the hatred I had expected to feel wasn’t there. He had fallen to his knees, and his head was bent, his eyes focused on the bright red stain spreading across his new shirt.

Shaking my head, I looked up to the sky and asked, “Why me?” After receiving no answer, I sighed and began the one-hundred-meter walk back to Phoenix.

K.S. Haigwood

Kristie Haigwood (a.k.a. K.S. Haigwood) is currently writing her 10th novel. She lives in Arkansas, US. She is the mother of 2 awesome kids and 2 great dogs. She is happily married to her soulmate who thinks reading is a solid waste of time. Opposites attract. Kristie’s works include ‘Save My Soul’, ‘Hell’s Gift’, ‘Good Side of Sin’, ‘Eternal Island’, ‘Eternal Immortality’ ‘Eternal Illusion’ ‘Accepting the Moon’ and ‘Midnight Moonrising’. ‘My Sweet Purgatory’ and ‘Andromeda’s Reign are releasing soon.

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Anne Conley

 

Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing three romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. In Pierce Securities, she gives us Ryan, Evan, Miriam, Zack, Quinten, and Simon. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.

 

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