The Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop


 Happy Haunted Open House Blog Hop!

Okay, so I want to take this opportunity to talk to you about my time as an actor at a Halloween attraction in the UK. My older brother had been part of the crew for years and he was always asking me to join him – after all, I count horror as one of my genres and learning how to frighten people first hand could only be a useful tool for my writing. So I went along to the auditions and got the part of a scary little girl ghost.

Driving up to the attraction every night was surreal to say the least. Manic laughter, desperate screams and out of tune music was pushed out through speaker phones giving it an eerie atmosphere. With it being a typical British Autumn, the nights drew in quicker and there was a to-the-bone chill in the air. Even being part of the scary illusion was pretty damn frightening!

Upon arrival I would go into make-up the semi-normal author you see on this blog, and come out as a cursed ghost desperate to be freed from the demon that killed her and her family.

Deadsy the Bear

Deadsy the Bear

Night after night groups of people would flock to the attraction and, between you and me, the scares got a bit addictive. Although most of the scene I played out was scripted, me and my demon developed extra improvisations that made the screams louder, and the visitors paler.

This was the time that ‘Deadsy’ came into my life. He started out as an innocent enough teddy bear hunched over a shop’s shelf, but after he came home with me he began to evolve into something more heinous, hideous and downright horrible. Blood matted his fur, his eye pulled out to reveal a soulless hole. He was damp from spending so much time outside, and was always cold. He was perfect. Clutched in my pale arms as I desperately searched the visitors for my long lost family, he’d touch people in the dark, making them sequel and squirm.

So, what did my time there reveal to me? Horror takes many forms and is very subjective. Once you get that first scream from someone, the next ones are easier to illicit. Fear is contagious and large groups breed it better than small ones. Although fun to be a ghost, it can get kind of repetitive doing the same thing every night. And if you’re going to write horror, you really do need to experience it once in a while (in a safe and playful environment!)

*At the end of my time at the Halloween attraction, Deadsy decided to stay and is still frightening people to this day.

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Book Review: Enlightened by A.L. Waddington

19279000Book 1 Synopsis:

Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

Book 2 Synopsis:

Continuing where Essence, Book 1, EVE series ended, the barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

In Enlightened, Book 2, present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she 20799156finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?

My Review of both books:

So, these books really do need to be read together – so no dipping into the 2nd till you’ve read the first!

This story is told in chapters that alternate between time periods. So there’s a little bit of historical fantasy in there too. By doing this the author can really build the tension of the stories, making the books really difficult to put down. Kind of like Agatha Christie ending a chapter on a cliff hanger so you have to read more.

From a writer’s perspective, the plot was slow to heat up, but if it had heated up too quickly then it would have boiled over leaving a fictional mess (too much of a cooking analogy – probably) So it does require a patience reader. There were some awkward sentences in there – but not from a technical point of view, but more from a personal POV – when you’re a writer yourself, you tend to have a certain way of doing things and when you read something that goes against that, it can be jarring, not say wrong generally, but wrong to me personally.

The front covers are beautiful and there is a strong marketing brand running through them, even though they are all very different. So two thumbs up to whoever designed them.

Overall I’d give both books 4 out of 5 stars – a lovely story that is both original and comforting at the same time – the perfect read for curling up by the fire (if you are in a cold country – if you are in a warm one, then not so much – exchange fire for beach!)

Interview with Michelle L Johnson

5764543Last time we spoke you’d just released Divinity, can you can give us an update as to what has happened to you since?
Since we last spoke, I’ve had the launch party for Divinity. It was held at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA where I’d attended many workshops and made many critique partners. It was a great party! Other than that, mostly work…
Will there be any more books in this series?
Yes, I am currently working on the sequel, and beyond that there is one more book. So a trilogy all in all, but there will be an opening for a second trilogy, too.
Tough question…is there anything, looking back, that you would have changed in the book?
I think I didn’t tie up the stalker thread as much as I would have liked, and if I had it to do over again I would have firmed that up as a mystery for the angels to solve almost like a police procedural. It’s like that loosely, but I would have liked to make the story stronger around that point.
What are you working on at the moment?
The sequel to DIVINITY, which I have tentatively called TREACHERY.
What’s the one question, in interviews, that you dread being asked?
Wait a minute. If I tell you will you ask it?
How has being an author changed your life?
I think it’s mostly just given me an outlet for all those things I observe that a lot of people don’t. And it has really made my movie and TV viewing a lot different. I more closely follow character development than I ever did before, making careful note when something works well.
If you were to be trapped in a TV show, which would would it be?22117059
Supernatural. Because Dean. Of course, he needs a little more rescuing this year than most, but still.
Halloween is rearing it’s spooky head – will you be dressing up this year? And if so, as what?
I think that I will dress up as a writer. Or maybe as someone who works in their pajamas.
What is the most common reaction you get when you tell strangers that you are an author? 
Surprise. Almost 100% of the time, people say “Oh!” then the surprise changes to that one where you can tell they’re trying to figure out if they should know your name or not but are too embarrassed to ask.
Where online can we keep up to date with your books?
My website is though I interact far more on my Facebook author page:


Interview with Randy McCharles


Tell us about your publishing journey…
My 1st publication was in 1997 when I came in 5th place in a writing contest. The top 5 entries were published in a book. I continued to place and win all the way to 2006, after which I was considered too published to continue entering. I then looked at market publications and “sold” my firststory to Tesseracts 11 in 2007. (Tesseracts is an annual anthology of the best of Canadian speculative fiction.) I sold a novella to the same anthology the following year and it went on to be reprinted in Tor’s Year’s Best Fantasy 9 and also won an Aurora Award for short fiction. I sold various short stories and novellas since then with the 2013 novella anthology The Puzzle Box hitting the bestsellers list in Calgary and Edmonton, receiving 3 Aurora Award nominations, and winning one. In 2013 I also entered and won the House of Anansi Digital’s 7-day ghost story contest. I had 2 publications in 2014. The Necromancer Candle from Edge Publications is a collection of 3 contemporary fantasy novellas. I also experimented with self-publishing and published through CreateSpace a soft SF novel — Capone’s Chicago — that I developed from a short fiction series whose rights had reverted back to me. In August 2015  I have a novel coming out from Tyche Press called Much Ado About Macbeth about a high school drama teacher who sees too much of Macbeth coming to life in his classroom.
What do you love about being an author?
The best part is simply storytelling. Coming up with a new story that entertains, moves, and sometimes educates. People reading it comes a close second. :)
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
This is a very difficult question. What to eat is the easy part. Chicken wings. Who to share my wings with? There are so many. Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t be a bad dinner date.
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
Another difficult question. I’m not a Hollywood star chaser and don’t even know the names of most actors. I think I would like to see talented unknowns cast in the parts. Actors who can bring the book to life and who don’t confuse the audience with their celebrity status.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
I think I’d go to the future. :) Just to see how things turn out. If I had to go back, it would probably be tothe late seventies /early eighties because that’s when the best rock bands were touring with new music that still hits the airwaves today. Of course, I’d have to take back a wad of old currency to buy the concert tickets.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
I think my biggest regret is believing what I was taught in high school, that the only way to succeed is to go to university and get a business degree. Knowing what I know now, I would have gone to trade school and gotten a solid 9-5 job and spent more time with the arts and writing.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
I suspect I would be a shapeshifter. Preferably one that could pick when and what to shift into. There’s not much downside and lots of room for shenanigans.
Where do you write best? 
At a writers retreat, with no distractions and lots of peer pressure. It’s hard to forget about your to-do list when you are writing athome. A retreat lets you focus on a project for days and days.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
I recently read Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrel. It is a brilliant historical thriller set in Victorian London. I pity the fool who doesn’t read this book.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
I suspect I would write mystery thriller. My fiction has a strong mystery component already, but I opt for oddness rather than thrills with characters who are more like the reader than they are James Bond.
Where can fans find you online?
I have a small website that lists my publications and some of the things I am up to at
I also haunt Facebook a fair bit.



Interview with DelSheree Gladden

DelShereeGladdenPortraitTell us about your publishing journey…

My publishing journey has had a lot of ups and downs. In the beginning, I couldn’t get a publisher or agent to take me seriously. I ended up independently publishing my first four books before signing with a publisher. I’ve worked with four different small publishers over the years, but I now only work with one, Limitless Publishing. The other relationships did not work out and I ended up publishing the majority of my books on my own, which has worked well for me. In the future I plan to keep all of my YA books independent

What do you love about being an author?

I love getting to interact with my readers. It’s so fun to hear their reactions, get their feedback, and hear about their lives and what they’re doing. You meet so many neat people as an author!

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I loved the Anne books and movies and a child, and now I’m sharing them with my daughter. She was such a fun, strong, brash, and lovable character. I’d love to meet her!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I’ve thought about this many times! For Van I’d choose Saoirse Ronin. For Zander, Alex Pettyfer. Ivy goes to Mila Kunis. Ketchup would be Tom Welling (although he’s getting a little old to play a teen now). Oscar would be Ryan Gosling.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Blood hungry monsters, definitely.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

The 1930s. I love the hairstyles, clothes, and music of that time!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Learn how to let things go. There are so many things that are not worth getting worked up over, but it’s a hard skill to master.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A wizard. I suck at languages, so I’d probably be terrible at spells, but it sure would be fun!

Where do you write best? Wicked Hunger GOLD

Upstairs in my office, with Supernatural playing in the background, lol! Actually, I mainly watch Supernatural while I’m editing.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. It was interesting, but depressing. He’s a great writer, but I don’t think I can read too many of his books at once.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would love to be able to do graphic novels, but I just haven’t developed the patience necessary for the animation side of it. Some day…

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Book Series Spotlight: The Fallen Siren Series by S.J. Harper

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Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.

Their mission is redemption.

Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.

Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.

When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied.



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Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned.

Together, they make one hell of a team.

Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.



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Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.

Now it’s time for a reckoning.

Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?


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About the Authors:Sommersby_Stein_600

 J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.



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Interview with John Moralee

author picture for facebook biggerTell us about your publishing journey...

I started off writing horror stories mostly for my own amusement aged
about twelve, when I discovered the Stephen King books in my local
library. A few years later I wrote a short story for a school
assignment that my teacher sent off to a competition without telling
me. It won the first prize – which was a nice surprise. I won some
money and a gold fountain pen that I once used once – spilling black
ink all over my desk.

After that, I started sending stories to other competitions and UK
magazines. My stories were accepted in a number of small-press
magazines. Eventually I had a story published in a magazine also
featuring one by Ian Rankin, so I was pleased with that.

Since then, I’ve been published in several anthologies and magazines
in the US and UK.

More recently, I compiled over seventy of my stories into some e-books
that I self-published on Amazon. They include two horror collections
called The Bone Yard and Other Stories and Bloodways.

I wrote several novels as practice before writing Acting Dead – a
crime drama set in Rhode Island.

What do you love about being an author?

Everything! (Well – almost.) Writing is something that doesn’t
require a lot of equipment – just a pen and paper – so I can do it
wherever I am. That is one thing I love about it. I like starting
with a basic idea and developing it into something that surprises me.
I love the “eureka moment” when an ending pops into my head better
than the one I intended. Then I feel like I have done something

I also enjoy imagining scenes like in a movie and writing them down as
if I’m directing a Hollywood film without needing a $100 million
budget. I can have anything happen in a story – unleashing my

Once a story’s completed, I love the feeling of doing something
productive, even if it not accepted by a publisher because it is
always more experience. The only thing that beats completing a story
is when I have a story published in an anthology alongside the work of
my favourite authors. That first happened when my story Uncertainty
Principle appeared in The Mammoth Book of Future Cops with stories by
John Shirley and Philip K Dick – two of my favourite writers.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be
and what would you eat?

It certainly wouldn’t be Hannibal Lecter. He’d have me for dinner.

It would have to be a good cook because I can’t even microwave
properly – so I’d choose Inspector Salvo Montalbano from Andrea
Camilleri’s brilliant novels. Inspector Montalbano’s humour and
fascinating stories of life in Sicily would make him excellent
company. I have heartburn if I eat strong spicy foods – which means
I’d have an incredibly mild pasta.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

For Acting Dead I’d cast Robert Downey Junior as Michael Quinn, the
main character. He would be great as the famous actor returning home.
His dad could be Tom Selleck or James Cromwell. I don’t have a clue
about the rest of the cast!

As a horror writer you are looking to scare readers - what scares you?

Being trapped in a lift. I’ll go up some stairs if I can because I
always imagine the lift breaking down between floors, the lights going
off and then the twang of the cables snapping, followed by a
gut-wrenching fall.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’d go back to Victorian England and find out the real identity of
Jack the Ripper. They say his DNA might have been found recently,
revealing his identity – but I’d like to know for sure by stopping him
murdering anyone. Unfortunately, when I returned to now, none of the
great novels written about serial killers would be popular because
Jack the Ripper influenced so many modern-day writers.

What life advice do you wish you'd been given sooner?

Don’t be afraid of the internet. It’s a valuable resource – not
something you have to be scared of using.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A vampire. I’d sacrifice going out in daylight for eternal life with
no problems because I’m a night-owl anyway. I’d love a good sleep in
the morning. The extra speed and coordination would be a bonus, too,
because I’m always banging into things.

Where do you write best?

Sitting at my laptop with the TV on playing background music. I’d get
distracted by the view if I tried writing somewhere more interesting,
like at a beach or up a mountain. I don’t like writing in public
places like JK Rowling used to do when she was writing Harry Potter.
I’d feel weird doing that. I could not write with an audience.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

It was a book of short stories by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author of
the vampire horror novel Let the Right One In. It was called Let the
Old Dreams Die. It was an unusual collection of horror with a
distinct Nordic Noir flavour. Very interesting. The first story was
superb reworking of ancient myths.

If you didn't write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I mostly write crime and horror, but I also write in many other
genres. I honestly don’t have a favourite genre. I just write what
I’m interested in at that moment, which means I’ve also done some
science fiction, dark fantasy and general fiction.

Mixing genres is fun. I’m currently working on a hard-boiled
dieselpunk story, an action-and-adventure steampunk novella, some
horror, some crime, humour cartoons for my blog, and a dystopian
science fiction story. I switch between the stories when I’m tired of
writing one. I’d hate to be only working in one genre at a time,
though it does become problematic switching from one genre to another.
There are about 800 incomplete short stories and thirty novels on my
computer needing to be finished. I should invest in the software to
organise my writing better!

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Book Spotlight: First Contact by Kat Green

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Sloane Osborne is a paranormal realtor in the business of selling haunted houses but, in truth, she’s only searching for one ghost. And her time is running out. It’s the 366th day after her fiancé’s death. Michael used to like putting things off for “a year and a day”—so tonight’s the night. Sloane will do anything to make contact with him before the clock strikes midnight. When she gets a call to check out a home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it’s the last place she thinks Michael would contact her. Sloane is dead wrong. Michael appears…and tells her to get out of the house. Immediately.



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Kat de Falla

Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller-skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher. Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients. She is married to her soulmate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

Kat de Falla is also the author of The Seer’s Lover, a dark fantasy released by The Wild Rose Press.

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Born in St. Charles, Illinois, R.A. Green has wanted to be an author since sixth grade when her English teacher told her she should consider writing as a career. After many years of trying, she is finally making that dream come true. She attended Carroll University where she majored in English and History, with a minor in French. She went on to become an in-home daycare provider where she spends her days singing, dancing, and doing projects that cover her house in glitter. For years, she’s frantically written as much as she can during nap time. She is a breast cancer survivor, a Brewers fan and a “Disney Dork” who can’t wait to start planning her next Disney vacation. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her wrestling coach husband and two children, and all three are the greatest blessings in her life. First Contact is her debut novel.

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Interview with Julie Wetzel

Julie-WetzelTell us about your publishing journey…

When I first wrote Kindling Flames, I never intended to publish it. It was supposed to be a cute little story to entertain my sister while she was deployed. I wrote one chapter a day and emailed it to her so she would have something to do in her down time. I was really surprised when she started sending my ramblings off to her friends and they started emailing me asking where they could get the rest of the book. It was only after the book was finished and people were asking for the second story that I decided to try publishing it. Heck, it couldn’t be that hard… oh how wrong I was.

I had absolutely no clue how to go about publishing a book, so I hopped online and started researching.

I polished up my work, drew up a smashing query letter, and sent my baby off to the biggest name in paranormal fiction sure they would love it. Everyone else that had picked it up did.

While I waited for my acceptance, I got online and read up on publishing and novels. I found a mind boggling amount of information out there, but there was one fact that dashed my hopes of being published—a debut novel was usually fifty thousand words long. Kindling Flames clocked in at a hefty one hundred and eighty thousand words.

After months of fretting and praying, I got my answer back. A badly copied form rejection, but by that time, it was what I expected. After crying my eyes out, I went to work on my book. I whittled our words left and right, taking out over thirty thousand words, but the final draft was still over a hundred and fifty thousand words long. Any more and I was cutting into plot line and character development.

Finally deciding to go with that, I sent the book off again, just to get another rejection. Again and again I sent it out for more rejections. I tried to find an agent to promote my book, but none would touch it. After two years, I came across, Rising by Holly Kelly. It was in a similar theme as Kindling Flames, so I packed my hefty manuscript up and sent a sample in to Clean Teen/Crimson Tree Publishing with little hope.

I was flabbergasted when they actually emailed me back requesting a full manuscript. Sure that they would take one look at the length and turn me away, I sent the book off to them. Thankfully, Melanie Newton got her hands on it and blew through the story. She loved it and brought it to the ladies at CTP and told them that Kindling Flames was the vampire story they had been looking for.

After much debate, it was decided that we would cut the manuscript in half and publish it as two parts. I wasn’t really happy about having to put a cliffhanger in the first book, but that scene was the only place where the story could be split. Otherwise, the book would have been insanely massive.

After that things became a whirlwind of activity. Cover art, editing, promotions, and a plethora of other things that I had no idea went into publishing. I was never big into social media, but I learned to use Twitter and Facebook to connect to fans and other authors. We’ve had a few bumps and scrapes along the way, but the girls of CTP were right there to handhold me through the trials of a new author. I’m glad I found them, and I look forwards to putting out many new books with these wonderful ladies.

What do you love about being an author? Kindling-Flames-Flying-Sparks

I have to say, my favorite part about being an author is seeing where the characters in my world will take me. Most of the time I know what’s going to happen, or where the story should end. But there’s the bit in the middle when one sideline character decides that they are going to give themselves a bigger role and runs off with the story for a while. Or a scene woven in whimsy turns into a major plot development. And the best part is getting to share that ride with other people. It always makes me happy to hear that someone got lost in my stories.  To bring a little joy to people’s lives or give someone an escape, even for a few hours, that’s the real pleasure in writing.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Lunch with a literary character, and only one… that’s hard. I guess I would have to pick Sherlock Holmes. I love a man with a sharp mind. We would probably have tea and scones and talk about all manner of things that would make my head spin.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I’m really bad at this. I like movies, but actors and faces don’t really stick in my head. I had talked with a friend of mine about this, but, for the life of me, I can’t remember who we decided on. Going back over it again, I think Nathan Fillion would do a good job as Darien. And I think Maggie Grace could pull off a convincing Victoria.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

I definitely prefer my vampires as sexy leads, but you must remember, deep down inside they still thirst for blood.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

Another excellent and hard question. I would love to go back and see England in the age of castles, between 1300 and 1500. I loved going and seeing the old ruins of the castles in England. It would be wonderful to explore life in them during their hayday, and then right back home to a nice bath and my internet.

WKindling-Flames-Gathering-Tinderhat life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Take the time to treasure those people around you. Too many times I passed up chances to spend time with those I loved. Even if they make you mad, love your family. You will miss them when they are gone.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Dragon. I want to fly. And breathing fire on things that make me mad would be an added bonus.

Where do you write best? 

Most of my work was done in a nice comfy rocking chair in my living room. I got a little wooden folding table I can pull right up into my lap and escape into the worlds I create.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Beckwith. It reads like a textbook, probably because it was put out by the University of Hawaii Press, but there is some really great information about the way the Hawaiian people see the world. It’s research for a project I’m working on. There’s a possibility that some of our main characters might go visit the islands.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I don’t know how to answer this question. I chose to write about vampires because that’s what my sister asked for. I’ve also done fanfiction, a contemporary dragon book, historical fantasy, a touch of horror, contemporary romance, and even a bit of what my mother calls smut. My sister usually gives me the themes for my stories. She’s out defending our country, so when she asks for something, it’s the least I can do to write it for her. My next project is going to be a record of family stories for my grandmother. After I’ve finished that, my sister wants me to delve into mermaids. Only time will tell if any of my other endeavors will be worthy of publishing.

Where can fans find you online?

If you had told me three years ago that I would have fans, I would have laughed. Now, I’m kind of overwhelmed by the prospects. Anyone who wants to reach me can find me at, on Facebook at Julie Wetzel Author, or on Twitter @JulieKWetzel.


Interview with Deborah Jay

author photoTell us about your publishing journey…

Ooh, big topic…

I wrote my first book aged 8 years old, but began the journey seriously while I was at University. I had two books under my belt before I produced something I considered worthy of publication, but after the publishing company I’d aimed at folded just as I was ready to submit, I started over again.

The Prince’s Man was the result, set in the world I’d created for the previous story, and at that time a traditional publishing contract was the only way. I submitted it to a UK Arts Board contest, and it won! Next, it went to an agent, and she took it on immediately!

I thought that would be it; dreams of paperbacks on shelves, publishing parties and signings spun around my head, gradually dissolving as weeks stretched into months and no deal appeared.

Eventually all the major publishers turned it down, and that was that (so I thought). I went the route of trying a second agent – again, no problem getting the agent, but still no sale.

While this was all going on, I’d got a gig writing for a magazine, and had two non-fiction books (on horse training) published, but my fiction was going nowhere.

Finally I discovered the indie revolution.

I’d written another novel by then (Desprite Measures), and although I had (yet another) agent interested in thDesprite MeasuresEBOOKat one, I’d had enough, so I spent a year learning the ropes, and in July last year (2013) I launched Prince’s Man as a self-published novel, and it shot straight into the Amazon Top 100 New Releases in Fantasy, and stayed there for as long as it was eligible, with Desprite Measures coming out 6 months later.

What do you love about being an author?

My imagination has always been hugely demanding, and being an author allows me to get all those stories running around inside my head out, and in front of readers. I was born a storyteller, and being able to share my tales is the ultimate satisfaction.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

James Bond, although I’d be checking over my shoulder every few seconds in case I didn’t live through the experience. Obviously, caviar for starter, and then for me, chicken, always chicken.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I’ve only really thought about this for Prince’s Man, so here goes: Aiden Turner (dwarf prince, Kili, in The Hobbit) would make a gorgeous Rustam Chalice, and Holiday Grainger (Lucrezia in The Borgias) would be perfect for the aristocratic Lady Risada.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads, with a dangerous edge.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

Not that far, actually. I think the 1920s for the elegance, innovation and joie de vivre!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Don’t save for a rainy day, enjoy life while you can.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I’d have to opt for an elemental, which is probably why I write about one.

PM-EBOOK_FLAT (2)Where do you write best? 

Tucked away in my home office with music on, so there’s nothing to distract me.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

WICKEDLY DANGEROUS by Deborah Blake. I’ve read and really enjoyed Deborah’s indie published books, but this is her first traditional book, a new take on the Russian folk tale, ‘Baba Yaga’. It was a fun, easy read with delightful characters, and a satisfying plot with a neat little twist. I really loved Baba’s dragon Chudo Yudo, who lives in her Airstream trailer disguised as a huge dog, and is frequently heard to ask if he can eat the people who annoy Baba. 

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

The murder/mystery genre, because I love trying to figure out who dunnit. Sadly I know I’m not disciplined enough to do the construction work needed on the plot before setting out to write.

Where can fans find you online?

My website is at:





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