Alice in Wonderland

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

Lewis Carroll

Monday, November 7, 2016

Author Spotlight

Meet J.L.Leslie

Hi, I’m J.L. Leslie!! I am a happily married mother of three (two boys and one girl). I live in a very small town in Alabama. Never lived anywhere else. I’ve been writing since my early twenties, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book. I started self-publishing with the encouragement from my mom. Without her encouragement, I don’t think I would’ve done it. She always supported me and writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll continue to do it. I’ve learned already that I can’t please everyone. Not all reviews will be good, not all reviews will be bad. I’m the one that has to be happy with my work.

I get my inspiration from life experiences, movies, television, other authors, and music. Music is definitely a big influence on my writing. I can hear a song and it can inspire an entire book for me. I listen to it while I’m driving or before I start writing and it keeps me inspired. I like to put music in my books, even if it’s just one song the characters listen to or hear at some point. Sometimes music has gotten me through the really tough times in my life and that’s why it inspires me.

I like to write fast-paced, steamy romance reads. I like for my males to be alpha-males and my heroines to be strong, but both need to have one weakness- each other. I am an avid reader too! I absolutely love romance books! 

You can visit me on Facebook and Goodreads. I also have an author page on Amazon. Go check it out!

I currently have two family series out. All the books in each series are stand-alone, full length novels and can be read without reading all the books in the series. The Zane Series and the Morgan Family Series are both family series. The Zane series is a sibling series, while the Morgan Family Series is a series on a brother, sister, and cousin. It’s my most recent released series with 90 Days (book three) releasing on November 4th!

I also participated in a Christmas Anthology, With Love At Christmas, that releases on December 13th this year! It was such a fun experience getting to work with some amazing authors. All proceeds for the anthology are going to VETSports, an amazing charity. It feels great to be a part of something that benefits other people.

So for these series…

Tame Me (Zane Series: Book One):

Wren Davis has always been the responsible one. The caretaker. She’s always put her life on hold for others. When she takes a job as Stellan Zane’s housekeeper, she does it to take care of her sister. Her own life can wait. Only she wasn’t expecting to find him so irresistible…

Stellan Zane is used to getting what he wants, when he wants. No woman gets to him. No woman really knows about him or his past. When he lets his little sister hire him a housekeeper, Wren Davis is not what he was expecting. And she’s his employee. Yet, she’s what he wants…

Unable to fight their attraction, the two embark on a relationship that’s supposed to be uncomplicated. Allowing Wren to have the carefree life she’s never had and Stellan to enjoy the type of relationship he always gets. But when exes interfere, the unexpected happens and things become complicated, can Wren tame Stellan…and will he allow her to?

**All books in this series are stand-alone novels and can be read without reading the remaining books in the series. No cliffhangers!!**

**Due to mature content, language, talk of child abuse, violence, and explicit sexual scenes, this book is intended for mature readers only.**

Tempt Me (Zane Series: Book Two):

Dylan Zane has everything he wants. He’s co-owner of a lucrative business, rich, good-looking, and has willing women available any time he wants them. He’s never felt like he’s been missing out on anything. Until he met her…

Riley Daniels knows she shouldn’t be attracted to Dylan Zane. He insults her, makes her second-guess herself, and they argue more than they get along. But there’s times she sees another side of him and she knows there’s more to him…

They both have a past they’d rather keep hidden. But secrets have a way of coming out. Especially when you don’t want anyone to know about them.

Riley decides she’s going to tear down those walls Dylan has built and tempt him into becoming hers. He’s worth it. Isn’t he? Can she handle what it takes to tempt Dylan and will Dylan let her love him when he thinks she offers a life he doesn’t want or deserve?

Find out in the second installment of the Zane Series: Book Two. **All books in this series are stand-alone novels and can be read without reading the other books in the series. No cliffhangers.**

**Due to mature content, language, talk of child abuse, violence, and sexual scenes this book is for mature readers only.**

Tease Me (Zane Series: Book Three):

Lennon Zane has never been one to shy away from men. A fact that her two older brothers despise. But ever since her tragic childhood spent in a foster home was exposed to the media, she’s sworn off dating for a while. Until she meets him…

Swift Cole is not the type of man Lennon normally dates. He doesn’t wear a suit and tie. He’s not clean-cut. He’s a construction worker with tattoos and he plays the drums in a band. But she can’t deny she’s attracted to him…

Lennon is under scrutiny from everyone. Her brothers. Her company. The media. She wants something just for her. Better yet, someone just for her. No one needs to know. And she knows who she wants…

But will Swift agree to her rules or will he want more than she’s willing to offer? Can she abide by her own rules? Or will she break them?

Find out in Tease Me. The final installment in the Zane Series.

**Due to mature language, talk of child abuse, violence, and explicit sexual scenes, this book is intended for mature readers only.**

30 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book One):

I had a plan when I was nineteen. I would strip only until the bills were paid and I knew my sister and I wouldn’t be thrown out on the street. We would be financially stable. That was my plan. That was also three years ago. I’m still stripping.

I keep telling myself my life will change. I won’t do this much longer. I won’t need to. I don’t even believe that anymore. I still have bills. I still have a deadbeat mom. No idea where my father is. Or who he is.

Now my sister tells me she screwed up. Her future is at stake. One we’ve both worked hard for. There’s an offer for me. One I’ve refused twice now, but my resolve is slowly slipping. It’s just a job. He just wants to buy me for a little while.

He can buy me. But he’ll never own me.

**Due to mature language, adult content, and strong sexual situations, this book is intended for mature readers only.*

60 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Two):

I had everything going for me. I was in a great relationship. I thought things were almost perfect there. Key word. Almost.

Then he asked me to change things up a bit. Try something new. And I agreed. I never should’ve agreed.

He promised things wouldn’t change between us. It would make us stronger. Bring us closer. But for the past sixty days, I’ve been living a lie. I’ve been pretending to be someone I’m not. Pretending to be happy when I’m not. All for him.

I can’t do it anymore. I can’t live like this. Sixty days is long enough. I want my life back. I want myself back. And I’m willing to change who I am to be happy again.

I don’t have to be the same old me anymore. I can become a different person. I can turn over a new leaf. I can try new things. I can even try someone new…

(If you read 30 Days Morgan Family Series: Book One) then you had the pleasure of meeting Blake Morgan. This is her story. It's a standalone, full-length novel. This book contains mature language, adult content, and sexual situation. It's intended for mature audiences only.)

I’ve written a few other books besides my family series. A couple of my favorites, would have to be Let The Waves Come In and Finding Dawn. Both of these books are stand-alone, full length novels.

Let The Waves Come In:

I’m Aubrey Somers. I’ve landed my dream job. I have a great apartment and I still keep in touch with my best friend...even though he lives hundreds of miles away. I’ve even started dating again. I have a lot going for me.

It doesn’t matter that I have to take an anti-depressant everyday or see a therapist every other week. It doesn’t matter that I refuse to drive anywhere. The wreck that ruined everything I had is almost a distant memory. Almost.

But now I have two men in my life. Two men who want to be with me. Two men I never thought I’d have the chance to be with. And I feel like I’m drowning...

“His hungry mouth consumes everything from me. All of my emotions. When he pulls away, I don’t know what to feel. What to want. Who to want.” – Let The Waves Come In

**This book contains explicit language and sexual scenes. It is meant for adult readers only.**

Finding Dawn:

Moving to California is the best decision I’ve ever made. I no longer work for my ex-fiancé’s father. I’m hundreds of miles away from my ex-fiancé. And I met a woman who completely intrigues me. Dawn. No last name.

Yeah…moving to California was a great idea.

Only I can’t seem to get Dawn out of my head. The way we met. The way she acts. The night we had together. Now she’s just gone.

She bailed on me. But I don’t give up so easily. I’ll find her.

I just wasn’t expecting what I’d find…or who…

**Finding Dawn is a bit of a dark romance. Due to mature language, graphic adult content, drug abuse, mention of rape, dark characters, and strong sexual content this book is intended for mature audiences only.**

(Finding Dawn is Drew's story from Let The Waves Come In, but is a stand-alone full length novel. It is not necessary to read Let The Waves Come In prior to reading Finding Dawn.)

Finally, my debut novel, Demons From My Past, was released December 2015. I’m quickly approaching my book anniversary! I believe I’ve learned a lot since the release of this book. I still love my debut novel and even found a way to have some characters from this book make a little cameo in my upcoming release, 90 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Three). You’ll have to read them both to find out who makes an appearance!

Demons From My Past:

Everyone has a past. Kingsley Huxton is trying to move on from hers and repair her estranged relationship with her father. When her mother helps her get a job at her father’s hotel business, she knows she finally has a shot. She can make him see she’s changed. Earn his love and trust again. Easier said than done. Especially when she meets her sexy new co-worker, Paxton Rowe, and realizes he’s the man who just kissed her senseless! Completely senseless. In fact, she’s thought of his lips for days. When she walks into her father’s office and finds out he’s the CFO, it throws her for a loop.

How can she focus on fixing things with her father when she can’t get Paxton off her mind? Then Paxton seems to run hot and cold…playing mind games with her. They definitely have chemistry, but he’s holding back. Kingsley realizes he has a few demons of his own. She must determine if he’s worth the fight. Then when tragedy strikes, Kingsley has to battle the demons from her past and find out if she’s strong enough win!

*This book contains mature content, language, violence, drug abuse, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Just released November 4th is the final installment in the Morgan Family Series, 90 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Three). If you’ve read any of the books in this series, then you’ve already met the flawed Rhys Morgan. This is his story. Parts of it are dark and to be honest, not for everyone. You can add it to your Goodreads list and look for it on Amazon now!

90 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Three):

I have a habit. Big deal. I manage it and I live my life. I have my friends. I have women. To them, I’m the life of the party. Until her.

I can see you, Rhys Morgan.

Why’d she have to say that to me? Why’d she have to make me believe I could deserve happiness? The majority of the time we’re around each other we don’t even like each other. We only get along when we’re doing one thing and that’s taking each other’s clothes off.

But now she’s getting in my head. She’s making me question why I do the things I do. Making me want more than I should. Making me believe I can actually have it.

Can I?...

If you’ve read 30 Days or 60 Days then you’ve met Rhys Morgan and Anniston Stone. This is their story. 90 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Three) is a stand-alone, full length novel. It can be read without reading the other books in the series.

**This book contains graphic adult content, mature language, sexual scenes, drug abuse, and talk of rape. It is suggested for mature readers only.**

My current WIP is an MC Series that’s unlike anything I’ve ever written. It’s dark, raw, gritty, and sexy. There’s violence, romance, drama, and some kickass characters. I’m completely falling in love with it! Look for it to come soon!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Upcoming Fun...

Phew, these past few months have been a whirlwind of activity and new beginnings. It's been a fantastic experience working with Marfa House Publishing and Boquillas' Window Graphic Design. One that I am eternally grateful for... but one that has been keeping me pretty busy :)

Now that things have begun to settle down a little, I think that it's time to have a little fun. In the upcoming weeks we will be hosting some amazing Author and Artist Spotlights as well as having some pretty kick ass giveaways. I hope that you are just as excited as I am about that.

Note - If you are an author or artist that would like to have your work featured in a free promotional blog and social media spotlight, please email me at

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Re-Release

In a very special Welcome Wednesday - I'd like to share with you the Re-Release of Wounded.

Here is an excerpt from Wounded. I hope that you enjoy it and that Cole and Emma can capture your heart the way they did mine!

Wounded - ©2016 Krystal George
Watching her, Cole shut down the part of his brain that would over analyze the situation and just went with his instincts. Tentatively he reached out and just barely touched her shoulder. When she turned and smiled sadly at him, he took it as encouragement and reached farther to twirl a piece of her hair around his finger. It was soft and silky and when the slight breeze caught hold of the flyaway strands, they tickled against his skin.
"I'm sure he loves you very much Emma." Cole whispered, so lost in the moment that he was leaning toward her hoping that she would inch closer his way giving him the okay to kiss her.
"You have to know someone to love them, don't you?" She asked. Her voice was shaking and a little frightened and all of the sudden he wondered if they were talking about her and her father or something else entirely.
"Sometimes, I think you just know. Regardless of anything else."
Then the moment that he had been waiting for was in front of him. Emma's eyes closed as she slowly leaned closer to him. She was so incredibly beautiful that it made his heart ache just to look at her as he closed the distance between them.
When their lips finally met, Emma felt her heart sigh. Even though she hadn't been sure she wanted him in there, her heart had always known and there couldn't have been a more perfect moment. It was a simple kiss… a sweet one. One that didn’t demand or intrude. When it was over he dropped her hair and smiled at her shyly.

And here is a little more information about me. I am looking forward to re-releasing each of my books under the Marfa House Publishing family and hope that you enjoy them as well! There are many exciting this to come over the next twelve months!

First off  - Thank you so much for taking the time to look into my imagination! It’s such an amazing feeling to dream of something in your head and then put your whole heart into putting it on paper. I feel so lucky and blessed to be able to do this and share my dreams with you!

I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. As a young reader, I was obsessed with anything that made me scared! My shelves were littered with books from YA Horror greats like RL Stine and Christopher Pike. Then when I moved on to middle school I feel in love with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and also began reading romance. Primarily for this reason, I have devoted my writing to mostly paranormal romance and stick to the YA and NA categories.

Wounded is my first book with the story planted firmly in reality! It’s a love story centered on military life and how that life has an effect on the people who live it and the relationships that are formed despite the time spent away from home. It’s a very personal story and I hope that you enjoy it!

Currently I am lucky to live in beautiful Colorado where I can see the mountains from my doorstep! I’ve been a Colorado native my entire life and have an incredible husband who supports my dreams as well as four children that help to create them. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and music. A rare known fact about me is that I have an intense fear of Orca’s – they didn’t get the name Killer Whale because they are nice! This is a means of constant torment from my family, but it’s all in good fun and a few nightmares are good for the soul… right?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Spotlight

Meet Wondra Vanian

I am an American native, now living in the United Kingdom with my husband of twelve years and our army of furbabies.

After earning my BA (Hons) in English Language & Literature - the second time around - I left my job working for The Man, both to pursue a career in writing and to concentrate of finding happiness while living with a chronic mental illness.

When I’m not writing, I’m behind the lens, indulging in my love of photography; scouring the ‘net for new music; battling zombies and dragons on the Playstation; or hanging out at Comic Con.

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Available Titles:
Pale is the New Tan -
The Catacombs: Through the Keyhole -
A Lovely Darkness: Poetry With Heart -
The Wtiches Cavern: A Halloween Anthology -
Hindered Souls: Dark Tales for Dark Nights -
Black Candy: A Halloween Anthology of Horror -
Indiana Horror Review 2016 -

Also Available:
Jack O'Lanterns -
Grey Matter Monsters: Takers of Souls -

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Welcome Wednesday

Meet Jamie Sterling

Jamie Sterling is always writing something, whether it’s at work or just an idea that will never see the light of day. As a technical writer by trade, it’s sometimes tough making the transition from dry, repetitive instructions and procedural steps to the richer, descriptive prose describing the passion, the conflict, and the drama of a romance novel. At times the dichotomy is overwhelming.

“I live in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley and commute to Manhattan just about every day. It’s exhausting, but at least I get to write on the train, and that is a huge plus! Sometimes, when I’m stuck on a scene, just watching the scenery of the river and the hills surrounding it gets my creative juices flowing and gives me the best ideas.

“Captured Hunter is an exploration of how most people are afraid to pursue what they really want in life. We are all afraid of showing certain sides of ourselves, but it’s only by being brave enough do we have a chance to recognize our dreams.”

Jamie is a voracious reader and enjoys getting lost in the world that a book can create in the mind.  “It’s better than TV or movies, because they force you to see what they show. In a book, the reader creates the set and how the characters look. I love that.”

Jamie’s first full-length romance novel, Captured Hunter, released earlier this month from Siren Publishing and is available as an e-book.

From Captured Hunter:

“We’re going to a haunted house?!” Stephanie nodded eagerly. “Yeah! It’s going to be so cool!”

Hunter looked skeptical. “I have to ask—is this a haunted house with actors playing decapitated corpses and jumping out at you, or is this a haunted house with mediums calling spirits from the dead?”

“Real spirits,” Stephanie said as she parked. “They do a real séance to call them.”

“This is the big surprise?”

“Yup. Scared?” Her voice was almost taunting him, daring him to show weakness. 

“Uh, no. I have to admit I’m a little surprised that you believe in ghosts and spirits and all that stuff.”

“You don’t?” 

“Not a bit. I think they are a combination of overactive imaginations and wishful thinking. There’s nothing that passes as proof, or even evidence, of ghosts. As a woman of science, shouldn’t you believe what the evidence points to?” 

Stephanie seemed entertained by Hunter’s challenging position. “Of course I do. And that’s the beauty of it. I don’t know if ghosts really exist anymore than the next person, because I’ve never seen any evidence. But me not seeing evidence is not the same as there being no evidence, or evidence to the contrary, so I’m a doubter until I see something definitive, like you say. Maybe there is no evidence because ghosts don’t exist, maybe we can’t perceive the kind of evidence they leave behind, or—hey, don’t roll your eyes at me! —or maybe spirits like to tease the living, showing us just enough to make us uncertain of their existence.” 

She parked and they headed for the entrance. “‘Tease the living?’” Hunter was caught up in this debate, mostly because he knew it was in good fun and also because Stephanie appeared entertained by the back and forth. “So ghosts come back from the dead to…mess with our heads? I’d rather be one of those totally evil ghosts that scares the shit out of people and makes them drop dead on the spot.”

“I think you could pull that off!” she said as she slugged him in the arm while they walked. “Don’t you like scary movies?”

“Sure, but that doesn’t mean I think the plot is non-fiction. I like Christmas movies and cartoons, but I don’t think Santa Claus is real or that rabbits and ducks and pigs can talk.”

“Cartoons? Really?” She shook her head dismissively. “Anyway, it’s fun to be scared, and it makes it scarier when you give a little credence to the idea that these things might be real and lurking around the corner, so I suspend my disbelief.” They reached the entrance of the rather large colonial-style home. “I want this to be fun—do you think you can figure out a way to have fun with it?”

He thought for a moment. Hunter had to agree that it used to be fun to turn off the lights and scare the crap out of himself. He had read The Amityville Horror as a twelve-year-old, and it had cost him many nights of sleep, wondering what might happen to him in his house at 3:15 a.m. However, back then he hadn’t been nearly as sure about the lack of ghosts and spirits as now. That would make it harder to fully commit to the evening, but he wanted to have fun as well. “OK, I’ll find a way to enjoy myself and stay in the spirit.” 


You can learn more about Jamie here:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Welcome Wednesday

Meet Susan Coryell

What fun to guest-post in Krystal’s blog!  My new release NOBODY KNOWS debuted October 14th, so I am excited to talk about it and the two books that preceded it in the Overhome Trilogy., each of which may be read as a stand-alone. And how appropriate for my ghost stories that HALLOWEEN is coming soon!

I write cozy mystery/Southern Gothics; I call them history, mystery, romance and ghosts. My setting is fictional Moore Mountain Lake, based on my home, Smith Mountain Lake, in Southern Virginia. The Overhome Trilogy begins with A RED, RED ROSE and Twenty-year-old Ashby Overton’s visit to Overhome, her family’s ancient historic estate in Southern Virginia. Ashby hopes to find her roots there and answers to questions about the mysterious death of her grandmother; instead she finds a family spirit who leads her deeper and deeper into intrigue and danger. Ashby also discovers herself as she matures, meets a romantic match, and unearths mysteries long hidden.

The second book, BENEATH THE STONES, takes place five years later as Ashby, now owner of Overhome Estate, struggles to pull the old plantation out of financial peril. An angry ghost is hell-bent to prevent her plan to sell off a parcel of land containing an ancient outbuilding. With the help of her fiancé, Ashby uses her sixth sense to ferret out the source and substance of Civil War spirits still engaged in battle mode.

NOBODY KNOWS, third and final novel five years hence, moves Ashby and her cohorts into an epic battle with slave spirits stirred to life by a mysterious stranger, claiming to be a slave ancestor begotten by a long-ago Overton plantation master.  Ashby uses every weapon in her extra-sensory arsenal to quell the mounting spirit discord on Overhome Estate.

BLURB: Why do ancient spirits hover at the crossroads between two worlds: the living and the dead? 


With a successful writing career and blissful marriage, Ashby Overton is fulfilled and content at historic Overhome Estate in Southern Virginia'until a stranger walks into her life. The arrival of Professor Ellis O. Grady coincides with a violent and bizarre turbulence emanating from the dark world of Overhome's ancient spirits.


As paranormal events build into chaos, Ashby must use her sixth sense to sort out the real from the imagined in both the visible and the invisible worlds as, stirred into fury, the souls of Civil War slaves engage in a dangerous battle destined to reveal long-held secrets of the past.


What is the connection between the enigmatic professor, a slave-built chapel and a restored overseer's cottage on Overhome Estate? Ashby struggles to find the answers before the spirits destroy her family's heritage, and the lives of those she loves.


Why do I write Southern Gothics? Because I love the focus on Southern history (I am a native Virginian), especially the Civil War and all it stood for. Southerners are ever aware of the significance of family, the importance of tradition and the rights and wrongs of our sense of social class and place.  My over-arching theme for all three novels involves the social and cultural concerns of the South where long-held, hard-felt ideas often battle with modern ideas.

The cozy mystery genre is such fun with its quirky characters, rural settings and emphasis on intrigue rather than gore and sex, which are mostly off-stage.

Here’s an excerpt from NOBODY KNOWS: Excerpt from Nobody Knows

     Walking over the weedy ground, I felt the desolate abandonment of those long-dead. A few tilting gravestones, so blurred with time that their epitaphs were illegible, listed toward the ground as if sheltering from a punishing wind. Scattered among the patchwork grasses were small, thin stone markers set in the dirt, little more than raw rocks, though several bore the faint outline of initials which had been chiseled into them so long ago. Ellis and I surveyed the bleak cemetery, each harboring our own thoughts.  I don’t know how long we stood there breathing in the silence. Then, I heard the voice.—so clear, so distinct, that I startled and almost fell back. Did my companion hear it, too? I darted a look at him. He stood with eyes closed, evidently completely lost in his own reverie. I held my breath and listened with all my senses on alert. The voice wavered this time, as though trailing away, but its repeated message was identical to the one I had first heard at the Overseer’s Cottage when the candlestick went missing. I had thought, then, that I heard “red apple,” which made no sense. Now I understood. “Jared Chapel,” the voice warned. Yes, its tone was severe. Demanding. “Jared Chapel.”

     I touched Ellis’s arm. “It’s here, Ellis. I know it is.” And when he blinked uncomprehendingly, I added, “You wondered if Jared Chapel offers anything in your search for your ancestry. It’s here—there’s something here. I feel it and I...I know it.”

     He blinked several times, a serious expression on his face. “You know because...”

     “Sometimes the past speaks to me. I can’t explain it, but I have to trust the voice that tells me things.”

     He rubbed his chin. “You know...this is odd. Really odd.”

     I raised my eyebrows in a silent question and he continued. “Because I thought I heard something. I definitely felt...a presence I can’t explain. Someone trying to get my attention. Someone very, very seriously trying to make me understand.” He shook his head. “Understand what? I confess, I’m baffled.”

     “It’s a sign,” I said. “Something I’ve learned over my years at Overhome. We ignore the signs at our own peril.”

My thanks to Krystal for hosting. I hope our readers will give the Overhome Trilogy a try!
More About Susan:

A career educator, Susan has taught students from 7th grade through college-level. She earned a BA degree in English from Carson-Newman College and a Masters from George Mason University. She is listed in several different volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching.  Susan belongs to Author’s Guild, Virginia Writers, and Lake Writers. She loves to talk with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences and workshops. Her young adult anti-bully novel EAGLEBAIT is in its third edition for print and e-book, updated with cyber-bullying. EAGLEBAIT won the NY Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age," and the International Reading Association's "Young Adult Choice."

A RED, RED ROSE, first in a cozy mystery/Southern Gothic series, was nominated for a literary award with the Library of Virginia. BENEATH THE STONES, the sequel, was released in April of 2015. NOBODY KNOWS, third novel in the Overhome Trilogy released October, 2016. All three novels were published by The Wild Rose Press in NY.

When not writing, Susan enjoys boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. She and her husband, Ned, love to travel, especially when any of their seven grandchildren are involved.

Please visit Susan Coryell’s website: and my blog: or contact her on Facebook and Twitter.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Spotlight

Meet Lisa Pottgen


Lisa fell in love with the idea of storytelling when she first discovered the world of books at a very early age. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to write. Now, after following several different paths, the written word has once again called to her.  
Her first published piece, Jacob's Awakening, was first released as part of the anthology, "Miraculous: Tales of the Unknown." It is currently updated and re-released as part of Marfa House's 2016 Halloween Anthology, "The Witches' Cavern" and as a stand alone short. Readers will be able to learn and discover more about Jacob in Lisa's upcoming series, Living Outside the Box. 
Lisa lives in Florida with her husband, three children, and Schnoodle pup. She has first-hand experience with autistic children from which she drew when developing Jacob's character. She spends her free time reading and trying to instill the love of books in her children. 

She currently has several other writing projects in the works as well, including a stand alone young adult fantasy novel and a creative non-fiction work about raising a child with autism. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rafflecopter Post

Please comment on this post for the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

Also - anyone who purchases and reviews Wounded is eligible to receive a signed cover image print of Wounded! Please just let me know that you have reviewed it and comment with a link to your review!

I am also offering free advanced reader's copies that will be available a few days prior to release. If you sign up for once and have a review posted on release day, you will also be eligible for a signed cover image print of Wounded!

Welcome Wednesday

Meet Author Ashlee Sinn

Ashlee Sinn fancies all creatures of the paranormal persuasion, especially those who like to bite. Her steamy romances tend to feature swoon-worthy heroes and kick-ass heroines. Whether its vampires, weres, or demons, the women who keep them in line have a special place in her heart. And in her chaotic head.

The first book of The Alaska Shifters – a spinoff from The Callaghan Clan books.

Derrick Ward has always wanted a mate. When all of his friends settle down and start a family, he wonders if it will ever happen for him. Brandt, his clan leader, has some females in mind, but Derrick refuses to accept a forced mating. And now the time has come for the shifters to reveal themselves. Derrick fears that once the world knows he’s a grizzly, he’ll never be able to find that right person to fill his den.

Julia Housten has been in love with Derrick for years. Still recovering from the negative reputation her father left behind by his failed challenge for clan leader, she worries that Derrick will never accept her as a potential mate. So when she has an opportunity to do something good for the clan, she can hardly contain herself when she learns she’ll be working with Derrick.

The International Shifter Coalition is moving forward with the big reveal while Julia and Derrick discover just how perfect they are together. But with the reveal comes a danger they hadn’t expected. A new threat that could tear them apart looms nearby, and it will take the whole clan to protect everything, and everyone, they love.

As I set down my fork after cleaning my plate of salmon, crab legs, and roasted potatoes, the smile grew on my face. “I seriously think that was the best dinner I’ve ever eaten as a human.”
Derrick smiled and took a drink of his wine. “As a human?”
I shrugged. “My bear likes raw salmon.”
“Isn’t that a stereotype?” he teased.
“Maybe, but it’s true. If you don’t know where I am, check down by the shore.”
“Good to know,” he said with a wicked grin. Raising his glass, he stretched out his arm in an offered toast. “To the last day of anonymity.”
The worry in his face ruined the handsome jawline. “It will be okay,” I said after I clinked my glass to his.
“Do you really think so?”
“I do,” I said, taking a sip. “People aren’t what they used to be. They’re more tolerable of differences and more curious about the unknown. I mean I think it will be a little rough for a while, but something else will come along that’s louder and shinier, and their interest will move on.” When Derrick just stared at me, I shook my head. “What?”
“Do you even understand how much I want to take you back to my place right now?”
“Huh?” Words simply wouldn’t form as the aroma of his bear filled the space around us. His hand found my knee under the table and the feeling of skin on skin ignited a fire of need in me that I hadn’t felt before.
“I will never forgive myself for wasting so much time with you.”
“What do you mean?”
“I knew you had a crush on me. The brothers teased me about it all of the time. But I wouldn’t listen. I refused to listen. Even if, now that I can look back, even if my bear was trying to tell me otherwise.”
I swallowed the emotions welling up in my throat. “What are you saying, Derrick?”
“I’m saying that I want you to be mine. And I wish we hadn’t wasted so much time getting to this place, but now that we’re here…I don’t ever want us to be away from each other. These last few days have been torturous for me. My bear wants you. I want you.” Derrick lifted his hands and reached across the table for my own. When I placed them inside of his, he smiled. “You’re my mate, and I love you.”

The Vampire Huntress Series

The Callaghan Clan

The Alaska Shifters


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