2017 covers

The Black Tide
The Black Tide
Cloud Door
Fate in the Sun
Chasing Taz
Silver Reaper
The Starman's Arrival
Ashes Reborn
Beta’s Mark
Secrets at Wongan Creek
Freeman's Choice
Blood Chance
The Years of Voyage
Just a Dinosaur
Necessary Alpha
Fighting Mac
Exclusive
Taken by the Desert Sheikh
Alien Resistance
The Stars to Guide

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The 2nd Anniversary Halloween Blog Hop


Welcome to our 2nd Anniversary Halloween celebrations. This year we are having a blog hop!!



Before we get to that, let's talk creatures. The last year or so has seen an increase in Zombie action, especially with the hit TV series The Walking Dead.

Zombies are scary because with one bite - you are infected and will turn into one of them.

But there are other creatures that are scary - clowns. Yep, big goofy footed clowns. Oh, they pretend they are fun loving, but they have sinister plan..... Stephen King knew IT (oh, pun was totally unintentional and scary)....


I mean look, the clown is smiling....and looks totally creepy. Which brings me to....



Well Ronald McDonald is okay because there is the Ronald McDonald charity...but all other clowns are on notice....

Funny thing is, I saw the below on Facebook the same day of my post....it was kismet I tell you.




Now, what other creatures and costumes do you find scary (or mock scary)? Tell us and you'll be in with a chance to win 


The big prize of the hop is a $30 Amazon Voucher.



Here are the rules of the blog hop
  1. To be eligible to win a prize on the blogs, the reader must do as what’s instructed on each blog by 11.59pm 4th November Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 
  2. To be eligible to win the Amazon voucher, the participants must comment on each participating blog. Only one comment needed. Multiple comments will be ignored for the purposes of the contest. 
  3. Have fun! 


With the below list you may have to scroll down to the actual post as some are posted pre 31st October.


Halloween Special - 2nd Blogiversary
 Participants
1. Eleni Konstantine
2. Mel Teshco
3. Nicole Murphy
4. Imogene Nix
5. Christina Phillips aka Christina Ashcroft
6. Amanda Ashby
7. Jenny Schwartz
8. Shona Husk
9. Maree Anderson
10. Kylie Griffin
11. Lilliana Rose
12. Nicole Hurley-Moore
13. Eden Summers
14. Erica Hayes
15. Sandra Harris
16. Keziah Hill
17. S E Gilchrist
18. DSDU

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Good News Day!

Welcome to this week's good news...






SALES

Imogene Nix has sold her novella, Blame The Wine to Total-E-Bound.  It is a contemporary with paranormal elements (no release date yet).

Kylie Scott's debut, Flesh, reached #14 & #30 on the Amazon Best Sellers Erotica & Kindle Store eBook lists AND #62 in Horror on Kobo this week gone! Congrats, Kylie.



BOOK COVERS & RELEASE DATES

Amanda Ashby has a new YA paranormal, Demonosity,  coming out with Puffin on August 15th!

An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil
The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in. She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her.  Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy. . .


Mel Teshco's Hot Down Under short story, Silver Moon, is out with Momentum on November 1st!

Kristen Treymore isn't living anymore – she's existing.
Trapped in marriage to Jack, an alcoholic who uses his fists to communicate, Kristen has given up her freedom in an attempt to protect his daughter.
When Conrad Doyle, childhood friend and the man whose heart she unwittingly broke, shows up on Kristen's doorstep and offers her a lifeline, she can't refuse.
What she never dreams possible is how much she still wants him—but is that enough to keep them together when terror still beats deep in her heart?

Room with a View is Kylie Scott's Hot Down Under short story and it also comes out with Momentum on November 1st! This story is a short set in the same post-apocalyptic world as Kylie's debut release, Flesh.

Angus had been a miracle. Twenty-three years old and gorgeous he had appeared like Romeo from the pool area and thrown supplies up to her balcony. But now Angus is gone – he has abandoned her, which is probably for the best. She couldn’t stand to watch him die too.
Stranded four floors up and fenced in on all sides by the infected, food and water supplies are running as low as Natalie’s spirits. A lingering death from starvation seems inevitable.
But then she sees Angus striding for the pool gate with a sawn-off shotgun in his hands. Can he make it past the infected to reach her? And what will it mean if he does?



CONTESTS

C.T.Green's just received her finalist button for the 2012 Northwest Houston Lone Star Contest (in which her entry placed 2nd). Nifty!

Congrats!




REVIEWS

A review for Kylie Scott's Flesh from Maryse Book Blog.
"Flesh in every sense of the word. A fast, fun, and occasionally frenzy-inducing read, but what made this one click for me, was the intense personal connection. Especially in the beginning. In fact, I “felt” it so quickly, that I let y’all know in a pre-review that I was really enjoying this one, and I already knew Flesh was worthy of recommending. It captured me right from the start, and Daniel did not disappoint."



OTHER

Adina West was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald about Dark Child, a new age/epic fantasy book that will come out as a serialised e-book. You can read the full article here.

Photo by Wolter Peters


Denise Rossetti will be on an author panel at GenreCon 2012.

When: Friday, 2nd November
Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Rydges Parramatta (Ballroom B)

What: GenreCon stays up late and discusses the craft of writing adult themes, from sizzling sex-scenes to acts of violence. What phrases are best avoided? When is it time to stop letting yourself get carried away? Are there any lines that shouldn't be crossed? Our panellists will talk frankly about what works, and what doesn't.
Chair: Rosie Courtney
Participants: Yvonne Eve Walus, Denise Rossetti, Marty Young


The Dark Side DownUnder has its 2nd anniversary coming up at the end of the month and we're celebrating with a blog-hop and lots of giveaways! The Halloween Blog-Hop begins 31st October and runs through to 4th November. Stay tuned for more details!!!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Magic Thursday Winner


The winner of Peta's giveaway is:


Danielle Thamasa



Congratulations, Danielle!


Please contact us at DarkSideDownUnderATgmailDOTcom


Thanks to everyone who commented.



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly Overview


COMING UP THIS WEEK

Mon 29 Oct - Winner of Peta's giveaway announced

Tues 30 - GOOD NEWS DAY

Wed 31 - SPECIAL HALLOWEEN POST - 2nd Anniversary blog hop

Thur 1 Nov - still to be confirmed






DARKSIDER TREKKING

Other blogs our DarkSiders have visited this week.





Other group blogs with DarkSiders as members

Hot Down Under - This week Tracey O'Hara, Mel Tescho

Romance Writers of the Apocalypse - This week Mel Tescho, Christina Ashcroft




Tweet, Tweet. It's Twitter time! - We'll be cycling through Twitter accounts for the next few weeks...

Jess Anastasi

Maree Anderson

Keri Arthur

Amanda Ashby

Christina Ashcroft

Louise Cusack

Rowena Cory Daniells

Michelle de Rooy

Cheryse Durrant

Kylie Griffin

Erica Hayes







Have a fantastic week!



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Magic Thursday: Oh My Gods!

by Peta Crake



I never intended to write about ancient gods. I figured they had hogged the story-telling limelight for much too long. The last thing the fiction world needed was another tale proclaiming their glory or vileness. No, Harbinger was going to be about Ophelia, a mortal girl trying to solve the mystery of her past. There would be no gods.


Then Aden took over Ophelia’s favourite bar. Here was an arrogant, seductive guy who could have any girl he wanted just by crooking his finger. And my imagination insisted he was a demigod. He couldn’t be a vampire, angel, demon, werewolf or any other paranormal creature, he had to be a demigod.

I thought I was safe.

He was just one demigod right? Other than Ophelia’s long lost “god-father”, there were no other gods. Harbinger was still a mostly deity-free zone.

I should have known better. Like ants, where there was one there were thousands. First Hermes, in all his surfer-tanned, blonde glory, walked onto the scene followed close behind by bespoke-suite clad Zeus and sophisticated modern woman, Hera. Not to mention Ares, Macha, Hel, Sobek and Anuket. It was a deluge of deities.

But if you were hoping for a traditional portrayal of ancient gods, then Harbinger is not the book for you. In Ophelia’s world, the gods have evolved, moved on. They don’t swan around draped in white cloth or mostly nude (unless they are at home or visiting a naturist resort). Many of them own houses, have jobs and appreciate the joy of modern fabrics and zippers. Of course, there are those who live in their own private realms, never visiting the world of mortals, but they are the minority.

There are some things, however, that even a couple of millennia cannot change. The gods’ private lives still resemble a soap opera on steroids. They can still be adulterous, sneaky, jealous, vengeful creatures with the capacity for great kindness, sacrifice and love. Some remain confused about why mortals don’t worship them as much as they used to. And of course, they continue to have the annoying habit of meddling in mortals’ lives just because they feel like it.

Oh, and they possess the world record for grudge holding.

None of which boded well for a mortal girl just trying to do her job and deliver messages for them.

Poor Ophelia, never stood a chance. 

As an Olympic messenger, suburban Aussie girl Ophelia Lind is used to being at the beck and call of the gods. But when gorgeous demigod Aden moves into her neighbourhood and starts taking advantage of her services, Ophelia believes life could not get any worse. She's about to be proven very wrong. 

Ophelia tries to enjoy a normal, everyday life while running messages for the Greek gods – but without warning an odious creature - evil incarnate - begins to stalk her. As a messenger dealing with the all-powerful and sometimes frightening gods, Ophelia is accustomed to adventures and scrapes. But this is different. Suddenly Ophelia is in a battle for survival and begins to question everything – her upbringing, her identity, and her true feelings for the alluring and entirely frustrating Aden. 


Excerpt:

With Hades at my side, the trip through the Asphodel Fields was so short it was almost non-existent. It passed in a blur of grey and yellow but the occasional moans from the bodiless ghosts that lived there still managed to send a chill up my spine.

‘Wow, she’s really gone all out this time.’ An Underworld version of a Regency manor house sat where Hades’ palace once had been. I think he let Persephone decorate as she liked in the hope it would help her forget how much she hated him and his realm.

‘Thank the Styx my brothers never visit. It would give them one more weapon to piss me off with.’

‘Oh, it’s not that bad.’

Hades lowered his chin and stared at me.

‘Okay. I admit it’s not as impressive as the medieval castle thing you had last time I was here, but it could be worse,’ I said.

‘The house I don’t mind; the clothes I could do without.’ He picked at his waistcoat as if it were a dead animal carcass that needed removing.

‘Just be glad she isn’t into nursery rhymes.’

Before Hades could respond, Persephone threw open the doors, a breathtaking Elizabeth to Hades’ Mr Darcy. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched the god’s face soften at the sight of his wife’s joy.

‘Wonderful, more company,’ she said and led us into the public area of the palace and the only room I had ever been in. It was decorated to suit the exterior with a series of uncomfortable-looking sofas and chairs placed close enough in the large space to allow quiet conversation. A silver tray on a side table held a porcelain teapot, cups and saucers. Next to it were a number of plates containing an assortment of afternoon tea goodies.

I felt Hades’ muscles tense under my hand and I looked in the same direction as him. On a dainty sofa, nursing a cup and saucer on his thigh, sat Aden. In jeans and a T-shirt, he stood out like a demon in heaven. The cup rattled as he put it on the small table beside him and stood.

‘What the hell are you doing here?’ The words left my mouth before I could stop them. A grunt emanated from Hades as if he were trying not to laugh aloud. Persephone scowled as if worried it would permanently mar her face if she did so too deeply. Too late, I remembered my manners. I glared at Aden then turned to the goddess with a smile.



Care to win a prize? Just answer in the comments below, which ancient god you would like to have as a houseguest. 

You could win either a copy of Harbinger (e-book only) or a shiny, sparkly bookish surprise. International entries welcome. The winner will be announced on Monday 29th October. 


~~~
You can find Peta at her website


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Magic Thursday winner

Apologies for keeping you in suspense... the winner of Erica Hayes' giveaway of Redemption is...

Emmeline Lock

Congratulations, Emmeline! Drop me a msg at shadyezra at gmail dot com

Thanks to everyone for playing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Good News Day!

Welcome to this week's good news...



A quiet week!



CONTESTS

C.T.Green's Halo Book#1: Arras came 2nd in the 2012 Northwest Houston Lone Star Contest AND received a request for the full manuscript from Debbie Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing.

AND C.T.Green is also a finalist with another manuscript in the Windy City 2012 Four Seasons Romance Writer's Contest!

Congrats!



BOOK COVERS & RELEASE DATES
Rhyll Biest's A Sporting Chance, a Hot Down under short story with Momentum, comes out on November 1st.

  
In the outback town of Mount Tully, many a man’s had to squeeze into a frock after backing the wrong derby cane toad on Australia Day.
But Mount Tully’s surliest bartender, Jane Hood, has her steel-capped boots planted firmly on the ground, so there’s no way she’d risk her independence to accept a saucy bet from the sexy but bossy pub owner, Luka Belov … is there?

Room With A View is Kylie Scott's short story. As part of the Hot Down Under collection, it's being released 1st November through Momentum Books.
Natalie has watched as the zombie plague devastated civilisation.
Angus had been a miracle. Twenty-three years old and gorgeous he had appeared like Romeo from the pool area and thrown supplies up to her balcony. But now Angus is gone – he has abandoned her, which is probably for the best. She couldn’t stand to watch him die too.
Stranded four floors up and fenced in on all sides by the infected, food and water supplies are running as low as Natalie’s spirits. A lingering death from starvation seems inevitable.
But then she sees Angus striding for the pool gate with a sawn-off shotgun in his hands. Can he make it past the infected to reach her? And what will it mean if he does?






OTHER

Denise Rossetti will be on an author panel at GenreCon 2012.

When: Friday, 2nd November
Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Rydges Parramatta (Ballroom B)

What: GenreCon stays up late and discusses the craft of writing adult themes, from sizzling sex-scenes to acts of violence. What phrases are best avoided? When is it time to stop letting yourself get carried away? Are there any lines that shouldn't be crossed? Our panellists will talk frankly about what works, and what doesn't.
Chair: Rosie Courtney
Participants: Yvonne Eve Walus, Denise Rossetti, Marty Young


The Dark Side DownUnder has its 2nd anniversary coming up at the end of the month and we're celebrating with a blog-hop and lots of giveaways! The Halloween Blog-Hop begins 31st October and runs through to 4th November. Stay tuned for more details!!!



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekly Overview


COMING UP THIS WEEK


Mon 22 Oct - Winner of Erica Hayes' giveaway announced


Tues 23 - GOOD NEWS DAY


Thurs 25 - MAGIC THURSDAY: Peta Crake with giveaway (TBC)


Sat 20 - DARKLIGHT ON...  TBC





DARKSIDER TREKKING

Other blogs our DarkSiders have visited this week


S.E. - at Hot Down Under - talking about Vampires and Halloween

Maree - at Red Hot Red Sage Author blog - as part of the Alpha Male blog hop

Keziah - at Hot Down Under - talking Halloween and the weather

Rowena - Besieged is up for the Goodreads group - Sci Fi & Fantasy e-reader's voting list to be read in December. If anyone would like to vote, click HERE.

Paula - at Harlequin Desire blog - talking about Doctor Who





Here are some of our members and their blogs. Why not visit and follow them.

Kylie Scott

Annie Seaton

Cassandra L. Shaw

Nicola E. Sheridan

Nicky Strickland

Mel Teshco

Adina West



WHAT'S UP


Welcome to our newest DarkSiders - Keziah Hill! Visit Keziah at her website; and Khloe Wren! Visit Khloe at her Facebook page (website coming soon!)


And big news...our second anniversary is coming up and we're prepping for a ....




The following authors will be participating:


Eleni Konstantine
Mel Teshco
Nicole Murphy
Imogene Nix
Christina Phillips aka Christina Ashcroft
Amanda Ashby
Jenny Schwartz
Shona Husk
Maree Anderson
Kylie Griffin
Lilliana Rose
Nicole Hurley- Moore
Eden Summers
Erica Hayes
Sandra Harris
Keziah Hill
S E Gilchrist


Check this blog on the 31st October for the links and more information.





Have a fantastic week!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Darklight On... Anna Hackett


Many apologies to Anna and all of you - this was meant to appear at the end of September, but I totally missed it. So the info on Anna's latest release is actually incorrect but I will make mention in the text.
~Eleni 


Today's Darklight On is with Anna Hackett. Welcome, Anna!





How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre?
I love reading paranormal and science fiction, I love watching spec fiction shows and movies and I’m a huge ancient history buff. I’ve visited the pyramids, wandered the Coliseum, stood at the Acropolis and gazed out over Troy. For some reason, ancient things get my blood pumping!

To take ancient mythology and legend and twist that into my stories makes me very happy. I love that anything can happen in the paranormal/sci-fi world and usually does.

Please tell us a little about your road to publication.
I started out writing novel length paranormal romance. I was targeting Harlequin’s paranormal line, Nocturne when I saw an online pitch opportunity for Nocturne Bites (15,000 word short stories). From that pitch, I sold my first short story, Savage Dragon. 


After five Nocturne Bites, I’ve branched out. I have a self published paranormal suspense novella, Time Thief out (and more to come) and my first sci-fi romance, Winter Fusion will be out with Carina Press in December. I love that writers have so many paths and opportunities open to them when it comes to publication now. 



You have recently gone into self publication. Can you tell us a little about this?
Self publishing has proven a successful avenue for many authors so I thought I’d dip my toe in and see what the water was like!

The Anomaly Trilogy was written exclusively to self publish and see what the process was like. I have loved working with my freelance editor and cover artist. There is something very refreshing about having ultimate control of your product. I’ve done my utmost to create a quality book.

The downside is that you have to sacrifice some writing time for all the “extra” work your publisher would ordinarily do – editing, proof reading, conversions, writing copy, uploading etc.

I see self publishing as another avenue for my work. I will still publish with traditional and epublishers but now I have choices to find the best publishing fit for each story I write. 


Your current release is Time Thief. Can you describe this book for us?
Heroine who can stop time and is out for revenge. Hero who is an ex-Navy SEAL hunting her down. Add a bank robbery, some gunfights, and of course some sexy romance.

The idea for Time Thief sparked from the image of a woman about to rob a bank by stopping time. No idea where the idea came from but I knew I needed to work out how she was able to stop time and what she was there to steal!

 Here’s the blurb:

Hunted for her ability to steal time, Bay North lives a life on the run. All she wants is to make the crime lord who slaughtered her family pay. But now he's set the ultimate hunter on her trail and Bay will need all her skills to carry out her revenge and survive.

Ex-Navy SEAL Sean Archer saw his team killed by a time thief in Afghanistan and came back a broken man. He's made a dark deal with a criminal to hunt down all time thieves and now Sean's tracked the wily Bay North to Denver where he plans to rid the world of one more dangerous mutation.

But during a shootout, hunter and hunted find themselves depending on each other for survival. Joining forces to exact payback by stealing a priceless treasure, their reluctant alliance shatters both their defenses. Can Bay find the courage to trust? And can Sean convince a woman honed in revenge that she can have more than vengeance, blood and killing?


You’ve had some lovely covers. Do have you any favourites?
Glad you like them (-: Hmm, tough question. Whenever I get a new cover it is so exciting and I always love that cover until a new one comes along. I am THRILLED with the cover for Time Thief and it was great to work directly with my cover artist (the fantastic Frauke from Croco Designs) to achieve exactly what I wanted.

Of course, I recently received my cover for my December release, Winter Fusion and I LOVE it. It is so pretty.


Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
Somewhere in-between -- and probably closer to pantser than I’d like to admit.

I’m an engineer by day and thought I would definitely be a plotter when I started writing. But I’ve found that when I plot out a story in too much detail, I lose interest in it. For me, the crucial thing to nail down before I start writing is the goal, motivation and conflict for my characters. I also make notes on how the characters will change through each segment of the story. So I don’t plot scenes, rather I plot character growth.


Do have a favourite of your characters?
I knew you’d slip this one in somewhere! I could list something I love about every one of my characters but if I have to choose….my favourites at the moment are the hero and heroine of Mind Raider (the second story in The Anomaly Trilogy) which will be out in October. 



[Eleni~ it's out now! ]

Callahan is dark, powerful and a little scary and Mara is an opinionated, leap-before-you-look kind of woman who knows exactly what she wants.


What are you currently working on?
I’m having a blast working on a space adventure! I have a sexy rogue of a space treasure hunter who I’m trying to tame – add in a disapproving astro-archeologist, some spaceships and sand monsters – and its lots of fun.



What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
Those rare days when the words of the first draft just flow out in a big unimpeded rush. Doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it’s magic.


What can we expect from Anna Hackett in the future?
More sci-fi romance. More paranormal romance filled with action adventure. More short stories.



Who are your favourite authors?
When I was younger it was Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. Now my auto-buys are Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook and Pamela Clare.



What are you currently reading?
Meljean Brook’s latest Steampunk installment, Riveted.



Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?
I couldn’t possibly just list one! I’m a huge Star Trek fan and I love Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Angel, Falling Skies and Grimm. A couple of recent movies I saw and loved were Battleship and The Avengers. 



Do you have advice for emerging writers?
Just write. Do it every day. Stop making excuses.

I used to listen to published authors say this when I was a newbie starting out and I never truly understood it. Now that I’ve made writing a daily habit I’m much more productive and the more you write, the better your writing gets.


~~~
Thanks, Anna.
You can catch Anna at her website and blog.




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Magic Thursday:

It's Magic Thursday. So… let's give away a book! Yes! But first... let's talk about magic.

Because, y'know. It's Magic Thursday, people.

Spells, enchantments, hexes, curses. Eenie meanie chilli beanie, wave your wand and say 'abracadabra', and you're a frog.

Or not.

That's the kind of thing you don’t find much in fantasy novels these days. We like things to be more realistic. We're tough and cool like that. Power always has a flip side, and magic comes at a cost.

The fallen angels in my Seven Signs series have magical powers. For instance, my hero, Luniel, can flash, or teleport, from place to place. His weapon – a sword, of course, what self-respecting angel of vengeance doesn't wield a sword? – is imbued with holy fire, and materialises at his whim. He can curse his demon enemies and set them on fire, if he's quick enough. And he can track the scent of evil.

But it only works if he believes it will. So the price of his magic is humility. The realisation that while he might have lost faith in heaven – even if only for one crucial moment, when he fell – heaven never lost faith in him.

For a guy who's already struggling with faith – and wouldn't you be, if you'd been thrown out of heaven for falling in love, and cursed to walk the earth for eternity? – that's not always easy. And when the seven signs begin, and it becomes clear that the Demon King and his hellish minions are trying to bring on the end of the world, Luniel's doubts crystallise. Why is stopping the demons his job? If God really wants to stop the End, why doesn't He just smite the bad guys and get it over with?

But when zombies threaten to take over Manhattan – can't have a good apocalypse without zombies! – Luniel has no choice but to step up. Especially now he's falling for Morgan, who believes in science, not hocus pocus. It's up to him to prove to her that this Apocalypse is real – before both their souls are lost, and the demons bring about Hell on earth.

No pressure.


Anyhoo... let's do a giveaway! Come down below (snigger... she said 'down below'...) and answer the fab comment question, and a lucky random person will win a pre-order of book 2 in the Seven Signs series, REDEMPTION. It's due out March 2013, so it'll be a nice surprise in your mail. Yay!

Here's a magical snippet from REVELATION to whet your appetite. Luniel and his heroine, medical examiner Dr Morgan Sterling, are checking out an angel's corpse for clues to the killer. Y'know, like CSI, except with woo-woo...

~~

Luniel poked his finger into the hole in Ithiel’s heart, swiping up a clot of dark angel blood. He sniffed his finger, and licked it. Faint putrefaction stung. The demon magic had faded a lot. A week since Ithiel stopped answering. It fitted.

Morgan wrinkled her nose. “Eww, gross.”

“Is that the scientific term? You should try it in your autopsies. Taste is a powerful attractant.”

“Tell me about it.”

He grinned. “No, I mean for spells. Magic has its own distinct flavor, depending on the caster. That one has the definite stink of demon prince.”

A sexy cocked eyebrow. “And what does yours taste like?”

“Breathe in and see.” He flattened his palm on Ithiel’s broken chest, and murmured the words for a sigil burn.

Blue light flashed, the hissing stink of burning flesh. Lune snatched his hand back, shaking it. Ouch.

He turned Ithiel’s left palm over. Now a sigil glowed there, two circles and a cross, carved into the flesh in burning blue light.

Morgan gasped. “How did you . . . ?” She broke off. “No, don’t answer that. What is it?”

“It’s lettering. An angelic sigil. It’s a mark given by the archangels. Should tell us what Ithiel was up to...”

~~

Enough? Of course not. Go and download the free sample for Kindle! That's nearly TWO chapters for NOTHING, folks. Or, you can read the first chapter on my website. And hell, if you're in Australia? You can buy the whole thing in paperback here at Booktopia, currently for a 42%-off bargain price!

To enter the giveaway for a pre-order of REDEMPTION, answer me this: if you could have one magic spell to use whenever you wanted, what would it be? Contest closes on Monday night 22 October, and it's international, provided the online store will let me ship you the book.

Thanks for visiting Magic Thursday!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Bite of... Harbinger


This fortnight, the Darkside Down Under is proud to present... A Bite of Harbinger by Peta Crake.

Can you, in less than five words describe your book, Harbinger?
Modern girl + manipulative gods = trouble

 What inspired you to write it?
An innocuous comment, a writing exercise and a song.
Firstly, was the frequently heard comment that nothing ever happens in Perth. It got me thinking about the sort of things that could happen in Perth. What creatures could walk the city streets while the rest of the population remained oblivious?

The answer came from a writing exercise where I had to finish the sentence: “On the morning of my sixteenth birthday…” Ophelia, the heroine of Harbinger, popped into my head and answered, “…my mother told me my father was a god. I, of course, laughed my arse off and told her it was impossible. The next day she was dead and I was left to discover the truth on my own.”

Finally, I was listening to a song I had heard a hundred times before, “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground. I suddenly saw an image of a man in a bar watching a girl. It all fell into place. The girl was Ophelia and the man was Aden, a demigod. That song became his theme song for the opening scene of the book, part of which you can read below.

And without further preamble, here's the excerpt!
 
‘Stay a while. Let me buy you a drink.’
‘No thanks.’
He leant down, until his mouth was just inches away; the scent of sandalwood enveloped me and drove away the old beer smell of the bar.
‘Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing. I promise you will have the best night of your life.’
For one second I was tempted. If he were as good as he looked, it would definitely be a night to remember. But I still had a job to do, and with some god living in my neighbourhood, things were going to be difficult enough without throwing a one-night stand into the mix.
‘Tempting . . .  but no.’
A smirk curled the corners of his mouth. He raised his hand and slowly crooked his finger at me.
‘I think I’m close enough,’ I said.
His mouth uncurled. He looked at his finger, crooked it again, and then looked at me expectantly. I stared at his curled digit and sighed.
‘It doesn’t matter how much you do that, I will not come any closer.’
‘You can resist me?’
I raised my eyebrows and sniggered. ‘Well, it isn’t hard. It takes more than a tacky one-liner. I can’t be the first to say no to your charming personality.’
He glared at me, his eyes more storm cloud than arctic ice. Then he smiled and cocked an eyebrow. I got a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach, like that nervous dread you feel when you just know someone is about to tell you bad news.
He crooked his finger at a random girl, then folded his arms, and grinned like a cat that just ate the prize goldfish. Before I could remove the puzzled frown from my face, the girl left her boyfriend and walked over to us. She looked up at him as if he were the only man on earth and dragged his head down to plant a kiss on his lips. The girl might just as well have not been there at all, as his eyes never left mine. For a second, a wave of despair filled them, flooded over me and made my heart clench. Then it was gone and the arrogance returned. He winked, snapped his fingers, broke off the kiss, and pushed the very confused girl at her fuming boyfriend. She burst into tears and scurried after him as he stormed out of the bar.
‘You arsehole. That was incredibly mean and . . . ’ My tirade stuck in my throat. ‘Oh shit, you’re Aden, aren’t you?’ My mind went into overdrive as I tried to remember if I had ever been as rude to a god before.
‘In the flesh, and you are?’
‘I have a message for you.’
I thrust the scroll at him and desperately wished I could crawl into the corner and disappear. Heat spread across my face until it had to have been as red as my dress. I had been rude to a god and in the process hurt two innocent people. I was going straight to hell on an express train. How much more stupid could I get?
The scarlet seal on the black scroll glowed and disappeared as soon as it touched Aden’s outstretched hand. His eyes flicked up to look at me; the spark of interest in them sent warning shudders down my spine. He slowly looked me up and down, as if appraising a piece of furniture he wanted to buy.
‘So you are one of Hermes’ little friends. Glad to see he is making his messengers more attractive.’
‘I’m sure Daddy dearest didn’t do it for your benefit.’
Aden couldn’t have looked more surprised if I had slapped him across the face with a fish. ‘Hermes is your father?’
‘Supposedly.’ I wasn’t about to tell him I had never met the god and the only thing Hermes had ever given me was my job and a lonely mother. I hadn’t even inherited any demigod powers.
Aden’s forehead crinkled as he slowly re-read the message. I would have given anything to see what Aunt Hera had written, but that was not part of my job description. I could touch but not look. He glanced up at me again, eyes full of speculation. Time to go. If I didn’t, I was going to say something I would regret. The guy seriously set my nerves on edge.
 ‘Wait.’ He touched my arm to stop me from leaving, and then waved his hand over the scroll to record a new message. It sealed automatically as he handed it to me, the red wax forming a perfect circle as a pulsing gold bar of light flowed through it.
‘Take this to Nym Dryad.’
‘Your wish is my command.’
‘Oh yes, I know.’ He dismissed me with a cocky grin and a flick of his hand.

If you want to read more you can find Peta here;

@PetaCrake
For purchase and/or buy links (Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Google) go to;


Thank you for sharing Peta, love the comment about Perth - I get it all the time too!
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Good News Day!

Welcome to this week's good news...




SALES 

Shona Husk has sold Ruby’s Ghost to Samhain. It's a paranormal romance between a man in coma and the woman who can save him from being dragged to the other side by the ghost of his vengeful ex. It has a release date of May 2013.

Imogene Nix has sold her story, The Plan, to Beachwalk Press with a release date in April 2013.

Mel Teshco has contracted Lusting the Enemy to Ellora's Cave, a 25k dystopian fantasy novella (no release date yet).

Khloe Wren has sold her book Her Guardian Angel to Rogue Phoenix Press.

Congrats, everyone!



BOOK LAUNCH

Out of Sight (Sophie's Mixed Up Magic Bk #3) by Amanda Ashby, came out on October 11th with Puffin. It's a middle-grade story about a young girl with magic powers.

Sometimes wishes do come true…
With her powers under control and things with Jonathan on track, Sophie can now focus on learning the whole truth about her dad (not to mention trying to figure out how she can save him and bring him back to their family). Fortunately, she’s got Malik, her djinn-guide, to help her as she navigates carpet-flying, learns how to make herself invisible, and braces herself for what promises to be a very exciting adventure. But if it brings her dad back, it will all be worth it!

Lilliana Rose's book of poetry, Creating Wings, published by Infinity Dreaming, will be launched by Graham Rowlands, 6.30pm at the SA Writers' Centre, 2nd floor, 187 Rundle St, Adelaide on the 25th October, 6.30pm. Everyone welcome!


Life can pluck out your feathers and clip your wings, leaving you stranded and alone.
Until you remember to begin again and create a new set of wings.




BOOK COVERS & RELEASE DATES

C.T.Green's Dream Lover is part of the Hot Down Under series of sexy short stories, and comes out December 1st with Momentum.

Cate Reynolds is lost in the middle of the Australian bush, all because of one fatally attractive man.
Reece Johnson’s not just a threat to her libido, but her peaceful paranormal existence. In order to avoid revealing her darkest secret, Cate needs to stay as far away from Reece’s irresistible appeal as possible.
But how can she when they’re forced to share a tent? In the sultry heat of summer, Cate will discover just how incredible dreams can be and that sometimes they can also come true.
 


Maree Anderson has Rob’s Decadent Hot Chocolate Sauce desert recipe, in Passionate Cooks, a cookbook released on October 1st from All Romance eBooks.
Every week Maree will share a different recipe on her blog, such as Jennie Brumley’s OMG delicious Double-Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie Cake.

Food and love have had a long association, for Passionate Cooks: Free Recipes From Today’s Hottest Romance Authors, over 150 authors of the genre have put their pens and computers aside to don aprons, get down and dirty in the kitchen, and share their love of food.
Much like romance novels themselves, the dishes range from spicy to sweet. There is something for every taste and every level of culinary expertise. The cookbook includes New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mari Carr’s “Wild Irish” Cream of Crab Soup recipe. Western GBLT author BA Tortuga contributes a dish as spicy and colorful as the straight-shooting author herself with Ranch Hands—a blend of Tabasco, salsa, onions and cumin, added to pinto beans, eggs, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese and served in a tortilla. And for those of you who are feeling extra creative and sexy, there’s the Avocado Dip that doubles as body paint from mystery writer Marcia James.
Some recipes are simple, such as Down Home Mac & Cheese, while some are more exotic, such as Spicy Shrimp Risotto. There are even some gluten-free selections, like the Sweet and Spicy Gluten-Free Lo Mein-ish Noodles from erotica author Sommer Marsden. And a few are perfectly timed for a Halloween, such as Tracey H. Kitt’s Gamberi del Diavolo or Shrimp of the Devil.
Best of all, they are FREE!

Link here.




REVIEWS

Kylie Scott's debut book, Flesh, continues to draw some great reviews!

This from Page Flipperz (5 stars):
"The storyline grabbed me by my short and curlies within the first chapter - I had this finished in no time. Even jumping in my car on the way home from work just to finish the last half of the book. It certainly had me engrossed. It dragged me into the pages until I had finished the last words and after wards I just sighed – sighed and sighed again! And wandered how long till the next tale."
And another from the Book Liaison (4 stars):
"The author does take her time in having them work through all of their issues that they have to face on daily bases. Nothing was rushed. It all seemed to come together naturally. Which I find with books like this can be quite hard for some authors to do!"




OTHER

Denise Rossetti will be on an author panel at GenreCon 2012.

When: Friday, 2nd November
Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Rydges Parramatta (Ballroom B)

What: GenreCon stays up late and discusses the craft of writing adult themes, from sizzling sex-scenes to acts of violence. What phrases are best avoided? When is it time to stop letting yourself get carried away? Are there any lines that shouldn't be crossed? Our panellists will talk frankly about what works, and what doesn't.
Chair: Rosie Courtney
Participants: Yvonne Eve Walus, Denise Rossetti, Marty Young


Maree Anderson is over at the Red Hot Red Sage Authors Blog as part of The Alpha Male Blog Hop, talking about Nice Guys, Dragons, and Demon Kings. There’s a giveaway on offer!


The Dark Side DownUnder has its 2nd anniversary coming up at the end of the month and we're celebrating with a blog-hop and lots of giveaways! The Halloween Blog-Hop begins 31st October and runs through to 4th November. Stay tuned for more details!!!




Monday, October 15, 2012

Magic Thursday Winner


The winner of Kylie Scott's giveaway of Flesh is


Sullivan McPig

Congratulations, Sullivan.

Please contact us at  DarkSideDownUnderATgmailDOTcom

Thanks to everyone who commented.




Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekly Overview


COMING UP THIS WEEK



Mon 15 Oct - Winner of Kylie Scott's giveaway announced

Tues 16 - GOOD NEWS DAY


Wed 17 - A BITE OF... with Peta Crake


Thurs 18 - MAGIC THURSDAY: Erica Hayes with giveaways of Revelation (hardcopy) AND Hunter's Blood (ebook)


Sat 20 -  DARKLIGHT ON... with Anna Hackett









DARKSIDER TREKKING

Other blogs our DarkSiders have been

Cathleen - at Eleni's Taverna

Eleni - at Midnight Confessions (Anna's blog)
- giveaway over at Bitten by Paranormal Romance

C.T. - at the Hot DownUnder blog - talking about Halloween

Maree - at the ARe Cafe talking about the way to a woman's heart

Nicole H-M - will be blogging on Sun 14th at Coffee Times Romance (the link may not be active until later in the day)

Here are some of our members and their blogs. Why not visit and follow them.

Maggie Mundy

Nicole R. Murphy

Janni Nell

Imogene Nix and at Hotter Than Hades

Christina Phillips

Paula Roe

Lilliana Rose

Jenny Schwartz



WHAT'S UP



Welcome to our newest DarkSider - AP Castell! Visit AP at the blog The Romantic Muse.


Apologies to everyone regarding the Anna Hackett Darklight On, which was meant to be a couple of weeks ago. Put it down to operator (i.e. my) error. Sorry.


I've been checking the Subscribe by Email options, and I'm a little confused (not surprisingly), but it seems that AdSense is being stopped, but not the normal Feedburner. I will see what happens by the end of October and if this changes, I will let you know.


And big news...our second anniversary is coming up and we're prepping for a ....



....more details to follow in the coming weeks.






Have a fantastic week!




Saturday, October 13, 2012

Enchanted Orb - Mel Tescho and the Moments



Inspiration - it differs from one writer to another. Please welcome author Mel Tescho.

Take it away, Mel.

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Thanks for inviting me to Enchanted Orb, so great to be here *smiles*

Inspiration for me as a writer comes in many forms, found most often in the simple, every day and innocuous moments.

~ Lifelong Romance.

When I fondly reminisce how my grandparents (Nan and Pop) used to hold hands as they watched television in their side-by-side armchairs .
…Theirs could have well been an epic love story.
 

~ Manners of Yesteryear.

Seeing a tough young man open the door for a woman he doesn’t know, or giving up a seat on the bus for a pregnant woman.
…Perhaps a hero from the wrong side of the tracks?

~Love without saying the words.

The husband who watches the children or makes dinner while the wife writes.
…My favorite hero for obvious reasons. This one is my husband, my knight in shining armor, but without the steed. Or the armor…

~Mother Nature.

The sun setting over a big rocky mountain or the deep blue-green ocean. The far desert sands and the babbling creek meandering around mossy rocks.
…A possible setting for my next book (and a peaceful place to think story ideas through)

~Life Experiences

A conglomeration of joy and sorrow, love and hurt, good times and bad. Everyone has had a different journey and learned different things.
…Outlook of characters from author’s perspective.

~Family

The joy of watching your children born, then their children. The pride at their accomplishments and the heartache at their struggles. The sorrow of a parent’s ageing body, the grief at a grandparent’s funeral.
…Learning to grasp those emotions, good and bad, and putting them into the written word.