Once a Druid – New Release by SJ Byrne

WEDNESDAY 01st MAY 2013

“By the light of the Lunar Eclipse—let them see!”

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There is something seriously wrong in Kirra Munro’s head. Besides suffering from amnesia, night after night she is plagued by dark dreams of other worldly rituals and a past she has no right in remembering—or does she?

Psychology professor Cayden McKinnon has the ability to unlock the blockages in her mind, but after one visit things begin unraveling far too fast. 

Time is running out…or has the battle for one woman’s soul just begun?

 Available in print and digital April 25th, 2013!

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Beyond her heavy eyelids, Kirra knew she was no longer alone. In the darkest shadows a presence had joined her.

The being didn’t breathe. Her sensitive hearing would have detected the slight whoosh of air filtering through the spongy mass of a living lung.

It also wasn’t human—her tongue would have tingled from the imminent promise of a blood offering.

Whatever the thing was, she had never encountered its kind before.

A slight shift in the air to the left alerted her to the creature’s exact position. Part of her wanted to be afraid but her stronger essence knew there was nothing to fear.

A prickling began in the tips of her toes as she pushed the comforting thought into every corner of her brain. Curious about the cause, she stilled her mind and focused on the heat spreading from her feet throughout the rest of her body. Not an entirely unpleasant sensation, it was much like bathing in a gentle wash of warm water.

Once the sensation penetrated her brain she knew all her past actions were being picked apart and judged by the invading heat. Somehow she understood that the being held her life in its hands. Despair saturated the infrastructure of her spirit but ceased almost immediately, leaving a sense of weightlessness at her soul’s core.

“Only the pure of heart can receive my protection—all others perish during the purging.”

The edict slipped into her thoughts like soft feathers turned to a thick warm liquid. Through the haze washing over her reflective process, Kirra sensed her body being lifted off the slab of stone and was unable to resist the movement.

To be cradled against an essence exuding such strength and vitality made her want to cry. All she’d been lacking in her heart flooded her system, choking the breath from her lungs.

“Weep not…”

The voice drifted off into unintelligible murmurings as the shadows behind her eyes turned pure black and Kirra’s thoughts were no more.

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Once a Druid

Alex and SJ

Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Alex and SJ Byrne are just trying to make their way through the insanity that comes with creativity. Writing is SJ’s passion—life is her muse—Alex is the force that brought this long anticipated novel to light after 17 years in a box.

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Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with….H C Elliston

WEDNESDAY 06th MARCH 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Helen Elliston, who has just released her fourth book in January Played By You.Helen

~Author Bio~

I live in the UK, run a small online pet art business, write romantic thrillers, and am about to add carer and nanny to my list of roles.  I’m a dog mum to two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, a vegetarian, always try to see the silver lining in life, and love curling up with a good book or a good film on an evening.

 

~Synopsis~
Played By You“It was near impossible to wrap my mind around Taylor having done this after the chemistry we’d shared last night. But then chemistry, as I’d learned back home, is merely a glitzy emotion that ebbs and flows and is not a
guarantee of loyalty.”

FLY INTO THE WORLD OF spirited twenty-two year old Misty as she goes all out to protect her sister, gets irresistibly drawn into the passionate fire of a mysterious colleague, and entangled in a deception she is yet to unravel during a spellbinding short business trip to glitzy Singapore.

WHILE MISTY is played from all sides, experience some delights of the sunny, cultural fusion-pot before discovering that LUCK, HOPE and that thing we chase… LOVE… is only ever around the corner – sometimes we just need help to not miss the turn.

~~
A NOVELLA
WARNING: contains some strong
language & sexual scenes.
Romantic thriller – 28,000 words, 14
chapters
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Get cosy with that cuppa as we meet such an amazing lady…

Hi Helen and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on publishing your fourth book!

Where did the inspiration behind Played By You come from?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Singapore several times and could not resist using this as a setting for one of my books as it’s such a fabulous place.  The story itself developed as I wrote.  I knew it would be a business trip in order to have Singapore as the setting, and I knew this one would be a con/swindle rather than a murder etc… but that was all I had outlined when I began.  Only after writing the first chapter (which of course changed) did the story and characters start to take shape.

How would you compare writing this book with writing your previous books; Think Fast Die Last, Tick Tock think fast die lastRun and Shiver Sweet?

This book was easier to edit due to it being a novella, so I could do read throughs all in one sitting.  I would also say it was a morsel easier to write because I am a bit more experienced due to it being my fourth book.  However it was also harder to write because we had a bombshell dropped on our family while I was writing it, but I guess that also made me more determined to finish it and make it the best read I possibly could.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

Tick tock runI started writing in 2007 (perhaps a little earlier)  I love a good story in books and films; thrillers, romance, lots of tension… and I guess that is what spurred me on.  Writing was really just a hobby at first, another creative outlet, but I soon got addicted and absolutely thrive on it now.   I never expected that it would consume me, my brain and time to this extent, or that years later I’d have four books released.

I see that you are an artist as well as an author – congratulations! You have some beautiful pieces. How do you organise your time between writing and drawing?

Both writing and painting are very time consuming, but I am lucky that I enjoy both, it just means that I have long days and working from home means you never really leave work.  I enjoy swinging between the two and using different skill sets and different types of creativity.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?Shiver Sweet

Wow.  That’s a straight forward question with a complicated answer.  Just this weekend I made the heart-wrenching decision to leave my life in Yorkshire to move down to Devon to support my sister (who sadly has a malignant brain tumour diagnosed sep 2012) and to support her husband and my gorgeous nearly 2 yr old niece.  So life is very chaotic and tough at the moment.  My writing space is at present anywhere my computer is… with my two dogs sat at my feet!  And to be honest, over the coming months of my sister’s radiotherapy writing is going to be my escape (should I have time to do any work on book 5) – but I love it so it is a welcome escape!

A fab idea - book cover on heels! One of Helen's many talents.

A fab idea – book cover on heels! One of Helen’s many talents.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was ten years old because I couldn’t bear the thought of eating animals, especially seeing as I had pets. I’m scared of spiders, and so September in the UK is not a good month for me.  Ummm… what else?  Oh, and I struggle to walk in high heels, (don’t know why but I wobble and my feet ache in them) so I can only admire with green eyes all the lovely shoes in shops and on people’s feet.

 

 

Thank you for being here today Helen.

Another pair of 'book-shoes' amazing artwork by Helen

Another pair of ‘book-shoes’ amazing artwork by Helen

Thank you so much for having me, Gemma!!  I really appreciate it, and wish you all the luck in the world with your own books!

 

~Where to find H.C Elliston~

Twitter @HCElliston

Website http://hcelliston.co.uk

Get your copy of Played By You here

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 Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…S J Byrne

WEDNESDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely S.J Byrne, whose book My Butterfly is a Bestseller on Amazon Kindle – Drama, British Drama and Irish Drama.

~AUTHOR BIO~

author picLiving in the mountains of Western North Carolina SJ Byrne is just trying to make her way through the insanity that comes with creativity. Writing is her passion – life is her muse. Keep an eye out for new books due later this year.

~My Butterfly Synopsis~

***Warning***

This book contains intense scenes of physical and mental abuse. It also explores sexual themes of a taboo nature.

Please do NOT purchase if you find such content disturbing or offensive.

Where do you turn when love becomes twisted enough to kill and desire is darker than death?

Where do you go when those you consider family blame you for the volatile episodes in your relationship?

Far Far Away!

Grateful for her aunt’s generosity, Katherine Daniels leaves her failed marriage behind and heads to Scotland.My Butterfly.

Reconnecting with an artistic talent she’d abandoned under the tyranny of her ex-husband, Katherine begins a journey of healing and self-transformation.

Finding love wasn’t on her agenda, but what do you do when it finds you? Though she embraces the man who quickly steals her heart, she’s harboring a secret that just may shatter her fragile new existence. Witness one woman’s emergence from the dark night of her soul in My Butterfly.

Get snug with your tea and biscuits as we chat with SJ Byrne…

Hi SJ and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on the success of My Butterfly.

Where did the inspiration behind My Butterfly come from?

I was walking through Victoria Park in Glasgow, Christmas 2006, when I suddenly noticed a presence in my head. Katherine Daniels walked with me a long while, filling me with her essence before telling me she had a story that needed to be told and I was going to write it. We all have different aspects to us…much like a prism. You turn us one way you see something, but turn us another way and you will see something entirely different. Katherine’s story wrote itself. Or I should say, Katherine wrote her story and shared it with me.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have previously written?

There really is no comparison. Katherine’s story is like so many women out there, but not anything I would have first-hand knowledge of.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

I’ve always been a writer. I write because if I don’t I fall head first into depression. Writing is my way of purging emotions. I am so connected to creativity that if I don’t pull from it, it pulls from me.

You are into your exercise regimes and I have been following your running progress on Facebook (congrats on the progress – I have tried desperately to get into running and seem to fail every time). How do you organize your writing time? 

Thank you very much. Regaining my health and pre-child figure has been one long road! Hahah organization and me just do not seem to get along! I do what comes to mind when it comes to mind. Some days I write—many I do not.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

 I used to go to Barnes and noble or Starbucks but now I  sit in my recliner to do my best writing.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know…

I wrote My Butterfly by long hand first and I have a new precious—a lovely fountain pen.

 Thank you for being here today SJ!

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Project Moses – Robert B. Lowe

SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER 2012

Good Morning Ladies and Gents! I finished reading this book, by a Best Indie Author Finalist, last Sunday.

Synopsis

project-mosesEnzo Lee, 37, a burned out reporter, has forsaken investigative reporting on the East Coast to churn out feature fluff in San Francisco. He likes his North Beach apartment, steps away from his Chinatown roots. Running, tai chi, great food, women who are attracted to his exotic looks. Life is good.

Then, Lee’s comfortable life is shaken when he is ordered to cover the unexplained deaths of a local judge and prosecutor. Intrigued by the connection, and the judge’s attractive niece, Sarah Armstrong,  Lee begins to uncover a bioterrorism scandal whose perpetrators – including government officials and Silicon Valley titans – will kill to conceal.

When Lee and Sarah become targets, the question becomes whether the pair can evade their hunters and piece together the story before their time runs out. Project Moses is set in San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley. By a Pulitzer Prize-winnng author.

I loved the introduction to this book and the direction it takes you in, from the intriguing courtroom intro to the deaths and then the investigation that follows. It instantly grabs your attention and already clogs start ticking in your mind; why is that happening? How are things connected? Where is this going to go? A great way to open a book.
I liked the use of every other chapter slotted in italics, from some mystery character’s point of view, about what’s going on somewhere behind the scenes – great little teases dropped in that keeps up the suspense and intrigue into the story. I loved the technique of dropping them in every few chapters to deviate from Enzo Lee’s exciting escapade; just as you get swept up in the action, you’re pushed back into another character’s story and it puts the brakes on the pace and makes you stop and think. Very clever. I really enjoyed this book and I thought the theme of biotechnology conspiracies was a great one to tackle

You can read an interview with Robert. B Lowe that was done as part of the Best Indie Author Book Festival right here.

Get your copy of Project Moses here

Check out Robert B Lowe’s website here.

Take a peek at Goodreads here

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Love Missuswolf xxx