Monday, March 28, 2011

Sandy Lynn - Beneath The Surface

"Very HOT sex!"

"Is it Hot in here or is it just me?"

"A Must Buy author"

"Very Witty - I enjoyed the whole series." (Club Strigoi)

The reader reviews of aclaim seem endless when you search out Ms. Lynn's works.  Who could argue with Hot sex scenes where vampires are concerned?  In a market driven by passion, sex, wit and the paranormal Ms. Lynn is making her mark and her readers are taking notice.

If you've not yet had the pleasure, join me as we travel Beneath the Surface with autor Sandy Lynn.

In a bite or get bitten world, can you tell who is Vampire and who is not?

When Dark Desires come into the light...

Dim lighting. Bodies packed beside each other. Primal Music. All of these describe the underground Goth club: Club Strigoi.

Vampires, Sorcerers and humans can all be found there. It is a place where not all is as it seems. But despite the fact that any can enter, not all know its secrets. Enter of your own free will and don't be afraid to be yourself. No means no, and the bouncers are both hot and ready for a brawl should things get out of hand.

The Club is the backdrop to a series of books, but they alone do not encompass the full story. So enter now and get a different glimpse into this world from all new perspectives…

Unlike anything you've ever seen before, not every Shot will end happily. Not all will end in misery. Not all of them will end…or even begin.

These shots are about a moment. One night, one memory, one experience. It is a snapshot into the world of someone else.

Congratulations on your novel! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about you and what you're working on right now.

Thank you so much. I love writing and it means a lot to me that others seem to enjoy reading those stories.

Currently I’m working on several projects. There’s the ever-desired sequel to my first BloodMates book – I swear I really am working on it! Lol. I’m working on several Club Strigoi books, depending on which character decides to talk to me at any given time. I have a new series that follows musicians.

There are my shorts, Club Strigoi Shots that I really enjoy writing because it focuses solely on a single moment in time, a single memory.
Leigh, Drama Queen in Training which follows a woman’s path as she starts her new life.  And then there are the books I’m working on edits with whenever my editor sends them to me. Lol.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Anita Saran - Circe'

Anita Saran – Circe’

Have you ever come across an author that, with the briefest of words, the simplest turn of a phrase or the most miniscule of story blurbs, captures your attention? Their simplicity has incited your interests and made you say, ‘Huh, where have her stories been that I haven’t taken notice sooner?

Anita Saran is just one such author.

Recently I turned to my fellow Mojocastle Press authors to share their current and upcoming works and Anita Saran answered the call. In doing so she has begun a journey that I, as a reader and a fan of fiction, am quite certain, will be inspiring, intriguing and well worth the romp into history’s past. As her critics have pointed out Anita’s story, Circe’ has almost Xena-style irreverence towards the mythology that keeps it ticking. They love the freshness, originality and vibrancy of the voice.

– Jo Hart, Randomhouse Delrey Writer’s Workshop

Most recently Suite 101 has stated that Anita Saran has woven a story that threads Greek mythology and feminist ideals together, taking a witty and satirical look at myths of all types, ancient and modern. Readers join the main character, Circe, on her journey of discovery through a set of wild adventures.

So, without further adieu, let me introduce to you Anita Saran –

Congratulations on your novel! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your book.

'Circe' is my first novel. It's been published by Mojocastle Press and is now available in all eBook formats and in paperback from

'Circe' is about the emerging woman who is not afraid to look into herself or question the conditioning she has grown up with. A woman who runs with wolves as Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run with Wolves) puts it, and who is fully aware of her most primal desires, as well as her spiritual self and is sometimes torn between body and soul. Circe, the enchantress brought out the beast in man and loved only to destroy. This is the story of her adventurous and hilarious quest for the ideal mate. Will she find him within or without?

The novel poses several questions. Is there such a thing as the ideal mate? Is there a difference between sex and love? Can lust be transcended as long as one has a body? Here there is an alien posing as an Elvis look alike, a flying carpet that was once a man, a Mayan sacrificial victim, a lusting mummy, Hecate of the three heads, gay fairies who live in hollow hills and more such impossible things.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Heather Kuehl's Blood Moon

And you thought your job was though...The Blood Moon Corporation is coming...

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Author, Heather Kuehl and  get to know more about her and her charcter Sara Vargas from the extradorniary series Blood Moon.  If you've not had the opportunity to check out this amazing author or her works then sit back and enjoy -- you're in for a treat.

Heather is an award winning poet - 2010 Preditor & Editor's choice for Beauty's Beast - Best Poem

That is so awesome that you're giving to such a wonderful charity.  I think that is the best thing we can do as authors - give back.  That we try, in our own small way, to make a difference in the world.

So, do you have an excerpt from your book that you’d like to share?  

Excerpt (before final edits):

At times, I loved my mentor. It was a pity the BMC let him go. So many people like me needed a teacher like him.

Just like Jared’s death, the BMC’s abandonment of Dom made no sense. Why would they get rid of one of their best teachers?

I gasped as it came to me as clearly as a premonition. I felt my connection with Damian flair as my mind went into shock, putting pieces together that I didn’t know fit. It couldn’t be…

I looked up at Dom. “Why didn’t the BMC save you from Marcellus?” I asked with my voice barely above a whisper.

It was the most obvious question, one that should have been asked the moment the vampire necromancer died. I had been too busy grieving over Jared to think straight.

Damian kept the metaphysical lines between us open, listening but careful not to say a word to distract me. I could feel him in my head, and I didn’t mind, one less person to tell.

Dom looked into my eyes and I could see indecision filling their black depths. He sighed as he backed away, and I thought that he decided not to tell when he faced me and said, “They ordered me to kill you.”

“And?” I asked. My blood ran cold. I felt the wolf inside me tense, preparing for an attack.

“And I refused,” Dom growled with disbelief written on his features. “Sarah, you’re like a daughter to me. I could never cause you harm.”

“What did the BMC do?”

"They said that they understood. The next day they sent me to take out Marcellus.”

I licked my lips. “They sent a vampire to kill a vampire necromancer?”

“Yes, that’s…” Dom froze. “They set me up.”

“No. I don’t think they did.”

“How do you figure? Sarah, I was controlled…”

“By a creature sent here to kill Damian, not me.”

Dom cocked his head to the side, and I screamed with frustration that he wasn’t putting it altogether.

“Think about it Dom! There are four people that I can fully trust; you, Donavan, Jared, and Damian.”

“Go on.”

“They sent Marcellus here to kill Damian. If he had succeeded, that would have taken care of one of my four. In doing so, the throne of Charleston would have been open to him, and I would be out of a safe place to live. Donovan should have killed you for killing his Weres. I should have been kicked out of the Clan for letting the dead Weres happen on my watch. Luckily, Donavan is more understanding than the BMC give him credit for. I would have been out of another safe house as well as a Clan to protect me. You, a vamp would sacrifice his own life to keep me safe. Jared…” I couldn’t say any more, and Dom started nodding as he thought it over.

“I can’t believe they would do this,” he said.

Donavan came over as Dom said these words. “Who?”

“The Blood Moon Corporation,” Dom and I said in unison.

“We’ve got to tell Damian,” Dom said as he dug into his pocket for his phone.

“There’s no need,” I said before he could pull it out. “He’s been in my head listening since I figured it out.”

I felt Damian’s anger rise to the surface, and suddenly I saw Damian as though I actually stood in his office. His black hair, once long enough to touch his knees, now barely brushed his shoulders. His plum-colored eyes burned with anger as he pulled book after book off the bookcase against his back wall.

Wow!  ok, I'm hooked - sign me up...well, not for the Corporation - lol!

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere! Music and TV mostly, but sometimes I can be out with my family and hear a snippet of someone’s conversation. The littlest thing can send my Muse into overdrive.
It made too much sense not to.

Do you ever listen to music when you write? And if so, what kind of music do you like?

It depends on the character. For Sarah, I listen to Evanescence and Avenged Sevenfold. She seems to favor rock music.

Yeah, I've found that most hunters get that thunder and beat thing thrumming through them - driving them.

Do you have any other juicy tidbits in the works right now?

I’m working on finishing two books that are in varying degrees of completion. Gray Magic follows T.D. Drake, a character that pops up throughout the Sarah Vargas series. Of Wolf and Man is a YA paranormal romance set in the same world as my series; I think Sarah even has a cameo.


We, as authors, get our inspirations from so many different places -- Who would you say is/was your biggest inspiration and why?

When I first started writing, my biggest inspiration was my dad. All I wanted was to make him proud. Now, while my dad is still my inspiration, my son is as well. I want to be an example to my son; that with enough hard work and determination you can reach your dreams.

Can't say enough for that dream reaching!  Right there with you on that one.

What do you find to be the hardest thing about creating your stories?

Creating doesn’t ever seem to be a problem. It’s the editing that I hate. The entire time my mind is screaming “we’ve written this! Lets do something new!”

Do you currently have a favorite character?

While Sarah is fun to write, I enjoy writing about T.D. more. I wish I was more like her; she’s so feisty and bad ass.

For me, personally, I try to save my 'To be read pile until I finish a piece of my own works.  What are you reading right now?

I’m reading the Fallen series by Thomas E. Sniegoski. I saw the movie ABC Family made a couple of years ago, which was really good for a made-for-TV movie, and I recently discovered that the movie was based off a book series. Let me tell you, the books are WAY better than the movie.

They usually are....

Wow, our time went by so fast.  So, Heather where can readers learn more about you and all of your wonderful works?  

Readers can visit my website ( or my blog ( I’m also found on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy Links:
Malevolent Dead: Book Two of the Sarah Vargas Series - Eternal Press -

Fade to Black: Book One of the Sarah Vargas Series - Eternal Press -

Promises to Keep - Eternal Press -

Coming Soon
Blood Moon: Book Three of the Sarah Vargas Series - Eternal Press -

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Grain of Sand

From interview to interview and from friend to friend, many times authors are asked – where do we get these crazy ideas we write about? The answer – everything and nothing. Anything and all of the things we wish to be possible. As William Blake wrote in Auguries of Innocence -

To see a world in a grain of sand/And a heaven in a wild flower/Hold infinity in the palm of your hand/And eternity in an hour/

The magic of the words themselves inspire us. Their beauty is found in the simplicity of the first breath of a spring wind – warm and sun-kissed with the hint of the green that you know will be forthcoming after those first spring rains. They pulse through us with every glance reminder of poverty and hunger, wealth and abundance. The visions unfold in the edict of radical political opinions or the lack thereof. They expand with the hope of magic, and the possibility of mayhem. And they come to fruition in the embrace of our children safely sleeping in our arms, eyes closed to the hostilities of an impossible world and a people seeking aspirations and yearning for inspiration. This is where our stories begin.

So, what do you dream of?