Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday Sales to Kick Off Your Holiday Reading

You say you're tired of the same old stories? You're half way through that mystery and know who did it. You've read one to many cozies and need something different? May I invite you to try out one of my books.

Were you the feisty kid growing up and found yourself always one step ahead of the adults?  Then you'll identify with Penelope as she sleuths her way through a murder at her home while a snow storm rages outside. This is Nancy Drew on steroids with a touch of the Addams Family thrown in for good measure. Grab a copy at Amazon for the holidays. Black Friday special Thursday thru Sunday. Four day for 99 cents.


Do you want something with a bit more bite to it?  (Bad pun intended.) Tired of sparkling vampires?  This is a mystery too.  Another who dun it with a twist at the end. Something by a twisted writer. (That's me. ) In this one, good guy Alex Regal is stuck in a town run by a bad-ass vampire and he really doesn't want to stay for dinner.  Some people die. Somebody did it. Betting you can't figure it out until you get to the end.  This one goes for 99 cents beginning Thanksgiving Day and for four days only.


Ever wonder what a washed up reporter, Gothic witch and demented psychic have in common?  (Probably not.)  Find out in the first installment of the Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery series as the trio goes on the hunt for killer/kidnapper while Cavendish deals with an old girlfriend who embezzled over a million dollars from the mob. Can't discount this one but guarantee you'll like this read too. Costs only $4.95.


There you have it. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season but with a little murder, mayhem and mystery.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Interview with Shiela Stewart on her latest Book Seducing the Darkness

Seducing the Darkness BK 1

Paranormal Romance

Shiela Stewart

Available in ebook


A book blurb tells a lot about a book. Can you tell us something about your book?

I would love to. I always struggle with the blurb. It has to be something that will draw the reader in without giving too much away.

Here is a glimpse at Seducing the Darkness, Book 1 in the Darkness series.

An outcast by her kind, Trinity Ford has learned to live on her own..not an easy thing to do when you’re a vampire.

Trinity was once a fragile girl. Being taken by a powerful vampire prince changed her, Discovering him in the arms of another  woman changed destiny. Alone, she’s earned fast how to be tough, how to survive, and how to protect the people of her city from the evil that lurks in the dark. She was managing just fine, until Basil walked back into her life.

Basil Hawthorn has been the reigning prince of vampires since banishing his father to the Realm of Dark Mystics decades earlier, When a perfect dream makes him realize Trinity is at risk, he decides the only way to save her is to push her away. Doing so is not easy. Trinity is the only woman he has ever loved, ever will long and he can’t seem to let her go.

When rumors arise of a place to raise the king ad blot out the sun, both Trinity and Basil know they must do everything to stop it. Even if it means working together. Despite the betrayal and the threat, they find themselves drawn to each other. Love has no boundaries, especially in the face of danger. But will they be able to stop the ritual before it's too late?

Or will the darkness capture them both.

Covers are the first things that get seen when book shopping. Can you tell us about your cover’s design?

I wanted three things for my cover. A city in the dark, something that told the reader its a vampire series and the heroine or heroine and hero together. The artist took what I wanted and went with it. I really like the cover and I look forward to see the other covers when they're done.

For me the first few paragraphs tell me if I want to read the book. How does your story open?

Jacob’s Cove, 2015
2 weeks before the total eclipse of the sun

That damn itch between her shoulder blades was driving her nuts. It had started about a week ago and hadn’t let up. It wasn’t the kind of itch that warranted scratching, but the kind that nagged at you from the inside. The kind that told her there was bad news in the air. She just didn’t know when it would happen.

Rolling her shoulders, Trinity headed to her office. The sun was setting, and she had approximately two hours before she had to head out into the night. With her favorite black mug in hand, she sat down at her computer and booted it up.

“Hello, sexy. How may I service you today?” the strong, male voice retorted from the computer.

How have you been marketing your book? What works best for you?

I've tried a lot of things. Blog interviews and spots are a big one. I've placed my covers on popular blogs such as Long and Short Reviews and always find it brings me sales. In the past, I've payed All Romance eBooks to place the cover of my book in their magazine as well as in The Romantic Times magazine. Getting my name out there in any way possible is helpful which include being on Facebook and Twitter. 

Author Bio:

Raised on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, Shiela Stewart relied on her vivid imagination to fill her days. Never did she realize that her need to tell a story would someday lead to becoming a published author. 

In the fall of two thousand and six, Shiela published her very first book and she hasn’t stopped since.
When not writing, Shiela spends time with the love of her life and biggest supporter, William. She enjoys doting on her children and granddaughter. She has a strong affection for animals which is evident in the five cats, one dog, plenty of fish and one turtle she owns. 

Some of her other passions are home décor, crocheting and knitting.

Where to find Shiela:


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Review: The Night Is Alive by Heather Graham

I catch my reads when I can. Lately I get my books via audio recording while on the go. This past week while on a road trip, I caught The Night Is Alive by Heather Graham. I have a soft spot in my literary heart for paranormal mysteries, mainly because that is what I like to write, so this was
up the proverbial alley (a cliché I never quite understood).

The Night Is Alive centers on Abigail, freshly graduated from the FBI Academy, who comes home to Savannah for the funeral of her grandfather Gus Anderson. Things about his death look suspicious. Gus owned the Dragonslayer Inn, which was haunted by pirate Captain Blue Anderson. She’d seen the ghost before and now his leads her down to a hidden tunnel below the inn where grandfather was found. She contacts a paranormal investigativing team within the FBI and they send Malachi Gordon, a consultant to the FBI and psychic investigator.

A killer is kidnapping women, cutting off their left ring finger and tossing them the river, where they turn up drowned.  Abigail suspects a connection between her grandfather’s death and the women’s murder, and with Malichi’s help they follow the clues and some back up from some ghosts. A spark of romance develops between the two as they rush to find the killer before another woman dies.

This is a classic mystery with a few spooks thrown in.  I had hoped for a haunting, perhaps a Wooooo! Or a cold draft or two would have been fun, but the ghosts are just like other people, albeit visible only to Abigail and Malachi.   As it a murder mystery, it kept me reading, er listening.  This happens to be Book 10 in Krewe of Hunters series, and I don’t plan to read the first nine. Perhaps I am missing the big picture, but for now I’ll give this one 3-1/2 thumbs up.