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Monday, December 15, 2014

Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance. Witches by Michelle C. Reilly.



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over Michelle C. Reilly, author of Witches, The Anathergians Trilogy, Book Two.

Genre: Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance

Word Count: 82k

Cover Artist: Michelle C. Reilly

Book Description


Auden, the immortal king of the Anathergians, is lost within a sea of emotions. Rocked to his very core from his battle against the Variants, he fears Travik—father to Auden’s Lifemate, Leah, and the Anathergian who turned humans into Variants—has committed the ultimate evil and killed Leah. Desperate, Auden struggles to discover the truth.

And what of Leah’s foster brother, Ceadan, who turned into a Variant to save his sister? Was he successful? Did he survive?

Auden and his fellow Anathergian warriors join with the council of witches to search for—and hopefully save—Leah and Ceadan.

Will they find them? Are they alive? And what is Travik’s evil plot for humankind?

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Time to Interview!


How did you come up with the title?

For the Anathergians Trilogy, I wanted single-word titles that conveyed what that book was about. With WITCHES, the witches are involved a lot more than in the first book, VARIANTS. So, I felt it was a good title and fit perfectly with my theme.

If you could spend an hour in real life with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

I think I would enjoy spending an hour with the main male character, Auden. He’s an interesting person and there are a lot of questions I’d love to ask him, especially since he’s lived over five thousand years. Can you imagine the history and knowledge he’s gained?

Tell us a little bit about the conflict in your story.

Since Witches is a part two, the conflict revolves around the person(s) who went missing in the first book. Once they’re found, they aren’t healthy and they require treatment. It causes a lot of conflict between the two main characters. While they’re dealing with that, there is also a new threat that appears that puts the entire world in jeopardy.

Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.

The mail character, Auden, is shown looking none too happy. The reason for this is because he isn’t sure what’s going on with his Lifemate, Leah. The female on the cover is Leah. Her eyes are closed, because it’s unsure if she’s alive or, if she is, whether she survived what happened to her. Both of them are shown with their Designations activated over their necks, which indicates their powers are being used. Auden’s eyes are glowing to also show he’s using his powers.  The background has a forest with the moon. A crescent moon is Leah’s Designation, so the moon in the image is behind her to show emphasis of what her symbol is.  Also, the trees are pertinent, as a character uses a power never used before in the mountains. It’s a pretty bad ass scene.

Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.

Yes. I’m currently working on a novella for the Anathergian warrior, Gunner. He’s an IT guy and super hot. I’m hoping to release it sometime toward the end of January.

What sort of personality does your hero have?

Auden is a king and over five thousand years old. He’s very regal and a bit stiff, but he’s extremely dedicated and loves Leah, his Lifemate, beyond anything else.

What sort of personality does your heroine have?

Leah is very smart and a strong female. She’s extremely dedicated to those she loves and protects them at all cost. Sometimes she’s a bit flippant and stubborn… Almost to her detriment.

Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.

I enjoy writing in coffee shops. I need to be able to concentrate, so I listen to brown noise. It seriously gets me in the zone. I’m unable to drown out background noises, the brown noise helps a lot.

What sources do you use for research?

Whatever I can get my hands (or computer) on. It has to be a solid resource, nothing wishy-washy. I like to ask people in-the-know questions. YouTube is an awesome resource for fighting styles and weaponry.

How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?

I started writing numerous years ago. I’ve always wanted to write novels/novellas, but life got in the way. I decided to self-publish and published my first book June 29, 2014. My second October 7, 2014. And my third on December 1, 2014. Crazy!

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

When I pitched my first book, I was shocked when I was told it was science fiction. I always considered myself a paranormal/urban fantasy author. And my books definitely have those elements. However, since many of my characters come from another planet, I was told they’re considered science fiction.

I also have some military romance, young adult (YA), and contemporary romance spinning around in my helmet, so those will come along soon… Especially the YA.

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

The Anathergians are a trilogy and a collection of novellas. They’ll continue for each of the Anathergians I choose to write about. I’ll also be doing a YA series soon! 

Excerpt


Using Auden’s Bugatti, they made their way to the salon where Ceadan had been.  Auden eyed the place. Built sometime in the 1960s, the house was now a business establishment because of zone changes.  Patches of white stucco were missing from the walls and the faded black trim peeled away from the wood.

When all four of them entered, the thin teenage boy at the desk stood and backed against a wall. His wide brown eyes, outlined in dark liner, stared at each of them. His jaw worked as if he tried to speak, but no words came out.

Gunner stepped forward and the boy squeaked and plastered himself closer to the wall. The Anathergian pulled Ceadan’s receipt from his pocket. “We’re trying to track down a friend of ours and, the last day he was seen, he visited…” He scrutinized the room and rocked back on his heels. “This lovely establishment. Can you give us an idea of who he saw?”

The boy’s Adam’s apple bobbed, and he nodded as he tentatively read the receipt.  “Uh…” his voice wavered, “let me see who was here that day.”

He reached for the mouse on the desk and surveyed the information displayed on his monitor. “It…uh…looks like Daisy took care of him.”

Gunner used the receipt like a guitar pic and strung it across the fingers of his other hand. “And, is Daisy here?”

The kid’s eyes widened, showing an extraordinary amount of sclera. “Oh! Yes. I’ll take you…uh… All of you to her.”

They followed the boy down a hallway and into a room on the left.  A girl with her head shaved on one side and the rest of her fluorescent orange hair sticking out in spikes sat at a table drawing as she rocked out to whatever music played in her ear buds.

“Uh… Daisy?” The boy’s voice shook.  When he got no response, he tried again. “Daisy, you have some…uh…men here to see you.” This time he knocked on the wall next to her.

The girl’s head lifted, her eyebrows drawn down. When she saw Gunner behind the kid, she smiled and pulled out her earbuds. When she stood and sashayed around the table, Auden scanned her black pants covered with multiple buckles. He wondered how long it took her to get them on and off.

Daisy’s gaze slowly analyzed Gunner from the top of his head to his white sneakers. The thick liner around her eyes emphasized their blue color. “Hey. What can I do for you?” She had a slight southern accent proving she wasn’t a Las Vegas native.

Gunner, never one to let a good thing pass him by, put on the charm. “Hey, darlin’. I’m looking for a friend of mine. He came here a few weeks back and then he decided to go and disappear on us. I’m hoping you can give us a clue what you did to him while he was here.” He reached into his front pocket and, when the girl’s gaze followed his hand, he slowed his movements so she could get a better look. Auden shook his head.

He pulled out his phone and displayed the photo of Ceadan they’d found in the complex’s database.  The girl studied it while blowing a huge, pink bubble from the gum she chewed.  “Yeah, I remember him. He’s the reason I’m orange now.”

“Orange?” Gunner asked.

“Yeah, you know?” She pointed to her head. “Orange. Except his is yellow, you know? Like the vests construction guys wear.”

Gunner glanced over his shoulder at Auden with a raised eyebrow and then turned back to the girl. “So, it’s like bright yellow?”

She nodded and blew another bubble. When the gum stuck to her lip, she swiped it with a finger and sucked on it with a sexy grin at him. Nico snickered behind him.

“So, what else did you do to his hair?” Gunner asked her.

She shrugged. “Mohawk.”

Gunner blinked a few times. “What kind of Mohawk?”

“Just your typical type. You know? Long in the middle, shaved on the sides. And very bright.”

Gunner fiddled with his phone for a minute and then showed the girl the display. “So, is this what he looked like after you finished with him?”

She blanched when she saw the photo.  Auden leaned over to see Ceadan now with a high line of bright yellow hair running down the middle of his head and a smooth scalp on either side.

“Wow.” She reached for the phone. “That’s a cool app. What’s it called?”

“Ah, ah, ah,” Gunner said while shaking his head and pulling the phone away. “It’s my special app. So, would you say this is him?”

She shook her head. “Pretty much. But, you’re missing his ear studs. He had a few on each ear.”

Gunner let a breath out between his teeth and it came out almost like a whistle. “Alrighty, then, I think that’s all we need.”

The girl swiveled toward her counter, picked up a business card, and handed it to Gunner. “Let me know if you need anything else. I’m always happy help out.” The sly smile she sent Gunner gave Auden a pretty good idea of what kind of help she was willing to give the man.

Gunner nodded to the girl with a smile and a wink, and they all circled around to leave the premises.

When they were outside, Nico said, “Dude, every single time. We can’t take you anywhere.”

Gunner gave him a who me? look, with his arms spread wide. “Who’s talking, Mr. I’ll-Fuck-Whatever-I-Can-Get-My-Dick-Into?”

Nico stopped and squinted his eyes. “Not whatever I can get my dick into. I am choosey,” he paused. “Well, a little choosey. They have to be breathing at least.”

Gunner let out a snort. “Whatever. Should I play you a recording of growling cats?”

When Nico glared at him, Gunner quirked an eyebrow. “Then get in the car and quit your whining.”  

About the Author



 Michelle C. Reilly is a science fiction romance writer. She's a single mom of two wonderful boys. She spent ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Preventive Medicine Technician, which meant she was actually attached to or stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps. She has a Masters in Science in Public Health, but she is generally an IT geek and a geek of many other things as well. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, with her two cats, Meowdy and Moose, and her dog, Katie aka "The Old Lady."

Make sure to visit her website www.michellecreilly.com for more information about her and her upcoming books.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Night Owl Reviews- Winter Wonderland Event.



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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Paranormal Romance. Witch Hunter by Shari Nichols.



Please make welcome Shari Nichols, author of Witch Hunter, The Ravens Hollow Series, Book 1, an erotic, Paranormal romance.

Date of Publication:  November 19, 2014

ISBN:  9781419991882

Number of pages:194
Word Count: 90,000

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Book Description


Determined MBI (Magickal Bureau of investigations)agent Alex Denopoulos will stop at nothing to catch a killer, including recruit notorious felon, Willow McCray to work for the agency. The lines between duty and passion become blurred the more time he spends with the sultry witch. In the midst of the investigation, they succumb to the dark edges of desire, placing both their lives in danger. Alex will risk more than his badge to keep her alive.

Kick-ass witch Willow must use her powers for good if she wants to stay out of Hellios, a mage prison for those who have broken the Wiccan Rede of ‘Harm ye None.’ Willow never expects to fall so hard for Alex, a mortal with a penchant for justice and a deep seated hatred of witches. Though a future together seems impossible, she doesn’t want to let him go.

Can she vanquish the evil surrounding them and give Alex her mind and body before she loses her heart and maybe her soul?

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Let’s hear from Shari Nichols…


In a desperate attempt to catch a killer, a special agent hires a notorious felon to come work for the agency. In the midst of the investigation, they succumb to the dark edges of desire, placing both their lives in danger.

WITCH HUNTER is chock full of witches and demons, set in the fictional town of Ravens Hollow, where magickal creatures co-exist with humans, and not always peacefully. Ravens Hollow emerged as a sanctuary where witches eventually settled after the Salem Trials. These strong women cultivated spells and charms around the town and honed their magick to protect themselves against future enemies. Eventually, this knowledge was passed down to future generations of witches through spell books known as Grimoires, which my heroine, Willow uses to help fight a killer. Plot lines involving magick, legends and myth intrigue me on every level. 

So it wouldn't exactly be a stretch to say that when the Harry Potter books and movies came out I was hooked, not only by the characters and the great story lines, but by the lore surrounding Hogwarts. JK Rowling has a flair for submerging the reader into the world she creates, one in which I frankly never want to leave. My goal was to create that same level of fantasy in WITCH HUNTER only for adults. One of my favorite scenes to write was when a small group of witches from a coven that the killer has targeted get together and try to divine his location using magick. I get to showcase their abilities all at once, which is a lot of fun! There’s a Tarot card reader, a medium, a tea leave reader, a seer with the unique ability to see images in a cauldron of water using candle wax, and a witch who can detect images in a magick mirror. I think this sets the tone of the story and immerses the reader into the world of Ravens Hollow.  

I’m envious of any character that has magickal abilities. Willow is both psychic and empathic and is also preternaturally strong. She can sense the good and the bad in people, which is a double edged sword at times. The downside of her gift is that she can tune into the victim and sense what she feels at the time of the murder. This helps the agency that recruits her in catching the killer, but it tortures her throughout the story.

My villain is a Fae, a breed within this world of magickal creatures that’s not only ruthless, but capable of heinous acts against witches and impossible to kill. All of the demons in the story are special agents, good guys. I’ve taken the notions of good creatures, such as fairies and evil ones, such as demons, and turned them upside down, which, I hope the reader will find interesting. All of the characters will hopefully have their own stories eventually.

Cassie, a witch who’s also a medium is the first one to befriend Willow amongst a tough group of ladies in the coven that Willow is recruited to protect. She’s not only kind, and honest, she also works with the police to help find missing children and runaways using her gift of clairvoyance. She’s a modern day Long Island Medium. She stars in Book 2 in the Ravens Hollow Series and what I'm currently working on at the moment.

Teague, another character from WITCH HUNTER is a demon special agent who will hopefully be in Book 3 in the series. I love him because he's as sexy as he is tough and he knows how to put his partner, Alex, the hero, in his place. He will get knocked on his ass, quite literally, when he comes face to face with the female that tempts him like no other and steals his heart. I enjoyed writing this character because he has a wonderful sense of humor and a sense of fun and lightness, despite the chaos going on around him.

The coven where most of the story takes place is chock full of interesting and beautiful witches. I hope each and every one of these women get their own story, although that would be a lot of books to write. Thank you so much for having me.  

Excerpt


Willow took a sip of her margarita and glanced down at Alex’s big hands, tanned and sprinkled with a smattering of dark hair. Funny, she never found a man’s hands sexy. Suddenly her mind filled with images of Alex trailing those big, masculine hands over her body. She wondered if he fit the stereotype. Big hands, big…

“You never did answer my question. Are you considering taking me up on my offer?” The sound of his voice pulled her from a host of fantasies. Willow dug her nails into her palm to get her head back in the game. She shouldn’t be thinking about this man in such a raw, sexual way.

“Why not? My car’s parked in the back.” She probed through the nearby crowd to check if Alex came here with bodyguards. A virtual cacophony of conversations invaded her thoughts, but nothing about protection for Alex. Once she got him alone, she’d take her chances and pray she wouldn’t be outnumbered. “Then let’s get out of here. Unless of course I’ve got some competition.” He   motioned over her shoulder to the incubus whose head now lolled forward over the bar.

“I think you’re flying solo here.” She’d set her trap and let the consequences be damned. She rubbed her finger along the rim of the glass and licked off the salt.

She lifted the glass to her lips, savoring the tangy flavor of margarita mix along with the zing of tequila as it slid down her throat. Headrush. No surprise there, she couldn’t remember the last time she’d slept or eaten in the past forty-eight hours, existing on a combination of raw nerves and pure adrenaline.

“You missed a spot.” He ran his thumb along the seam of her lip. He put it to his mouth and licked. “Mmm, sweet.” Her plan didn’t involve foreplay…but damn he was hot. In another time and another place she would be seriously into this guy. Too bad I might have to kill him.

About the Author



Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-two years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. Shari graduated from Rider University with a degree in Business Administration. After spending several years in the grind of Corporate America, she quit to stay at home with her kids. Now she’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. 

Her first book, Witch Hunter has been contracted with Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Her next book, another steamy, romance, will venture into the world of ghosts and haunted inns. Shari is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.

Paranormal Romantic Suspense. Choosing Evil by Kristini Rienzi.



Please make welcome Kristina Rienzi, author of Choosing Evil, Ensouled Trilogy, Book 1, a Paranormal Suspense/Paranormal Romance.

Publisher: Midnight Frost Books
Date of Publication: November 25, 2014

Word Count: 70k estimated

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Book Description


Serafina Murano is no stranger to the paranormal. All of her life she’s lived harmoniously alongside demons. Damon Serpe is a conflicted demon on a mission. Unexpectedly, they collide into each other’s lives and are inexorably drawn to one another.

Dark deadly secrets, gut wrenching betrayal, and elusive questions haunt her and have her entire life. Instinctively, Serafina realizes Damon holds the key to her understanding. If she trusts him, can he help decipher her recurring nightmares and unravel the mysteries surrounding her?

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, she must select her path and make a difficult choice. One which will change her, and perhaps the world, forever.

Will Serafina embrace the truth and face her evil?

Would you?

Book Trailer 




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Let’s Interview!


What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always been intrigued by people who are considered to be evil, whether a known serial killer or the normal next-door neighbor. It’s terrifies me to think I know someone, only to find out I had no idea what was really brewing inside of them. I wanted to take the concept of evil to the next level, writing a story that would not only make the readers question evil, but the characters as well.

How did you come up with the title?

Choosing Evil is the heroine, Serafina’s true dilemma. She must make a decision from which she will never be the same, one that will challenge her to choose evil.

What made you choose the main setting for your book?

Choosing Evil takes place in the fictional versions of the Jersey Shore towns I love, which also happens to be where I live. There’s something so mysterious about the Jersey Shore to me. I wanted to capture the feeling of living with the unknown in your small little beach town. 

If you had to sell your book based on one run of dialogue (start quote to end quote), which would it be?

“What does evil mean to me? The ferocious monster inside of me, the one I never recognized.”

Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.

The wings on fire are a symbol at the core of Choosing Evil. In the story, it’s a branding for the paranormal (demons), one that both identifies and crucifies them. It’s a reminder that they will never live a blessed life, and that they can never escape the pure evil within.

It’s time to promo. What is your favorite marketing tool?

I love Twitter! It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s also such a strategic and useful tool when you get the hang of it. Hashtags are often misused, but when used properly, they can widen your reach to readers you might otherwise not have been able to access on other social media platforms. I’m a huge fan! #amreading :-)

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

I don’t have a preference in terms of what I’ve already written (paranormal/suspense/horror/sci fi), but I would love to tackle a traditional mystery in the near future. My stories have elements of mystery for sure, but a true mystery is quite different from what I’ve ever written. It’s a genre I consider to be a challenge and I’m always up for a good challenge! I’m a plotter by nature, and mysteries lend themselves to detailed plots. Once I get the paranormal suspense bug out of my system, you’ll see a mystery novel with my name on the cover. 

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

I do! I Choosing Evil is Book 1 in the Ensouled Trilogy. I’m currently working on its sequel, Breaking Evil, which I hope to release in 2015. I’ve also started an entirely different series with the first book, Unleash the Wicked about an unsuspecting witch at the Jersey Shore. I love my paranormal beach people!

Excerpt


Already late, Serafina began sprinting toward her building. She was still deep in thought and failed to pay attention. A second later, she slammed into what felt like a brick wall. Her coffee cup filled with mocha latte went flying, landing all over an impeccable pinstriped suit.

She stopped breathing when she faced the victim of her morning beverage. A handsome bronzed man, almost two feet taller than Serafina, stood in front of her. His irises were so light they looked almost clear. They held a world of intrigue and reeled her right in. Those iridescent opal eyes were magnificent and haunting, telling her almost everything she needed to know about him. He was a demon.

His smile was perfection, revealing a set of incredibly beautiful teeth. He was stunning and he wasn't human. Serafina wiped her moist palms on her dress and gave him a half-smile. "I'm so sorry." She rummaged through her purse for napkins or tissues, not fully understanding why the universe had chosen this moment, a time when her best self wasn’t present, to meet a gorgeous demon, like him.

"No problem, I’m Damon.” His smoky voice made her shudder with pleasure. 

"Serafina,” she lowered her voice but it didn’t sound natural and it wasn’t nearly as sultry as she wished it had been. She stepped forward to shake Damon’s hand and her heel caught on the pavement. As she began to tip over, he grabbed her arm and pulled her up straight, all in one swift motion. Now attached to him, her arms wrapped around his waist in desperation. When she realized what she was doing, she shuffled away from him and tried regain her balance.

"Are you okay?" His expression showed his concern. 

"I'm fine. But, I didn’t have my coffee yet."  Serafina tried to flatten the wrinkles in her dress and right herself.

Damon laughed, catching her off guard. Relieved, Serafina laughed too. She didn’t expect her attempt at humor to work. Given her morning, she didn't think there was any wittiness in her to begin with, let alone, for it to come with such ease.

When Serafina’s laid eyes on the mess she had made, her posture went rigid. It was a coffee crime scene, straight out of a forensic textbook. Luminal would have exposed her caffeine attack for all to see. For her assault, she should have been handcuffed on the spot. "I've ruined your clothes.”

Damon brushed himself off and buttoned up his suit jacket. "I’m fine.”

"Yes, you are." Serafina meant to say it in her head, or at the least under her breath, but it had come out of her mouth loud and clear. Her face became hot in an instant, so she began fanning herself.  

"This might sound like a line, but I’m glad you bumped into me. Where are you from?” Damon’s eyes twinkled, but his question sounded forced as if he already knew her answer.  

"Home, today that is.” She failed horribly at making another joke. 

“But I've lived at the Jersey Shore all of my life." She tried to redeem herself "And, yes, it did sound like a line.” He was definitely the new one in town. "Did you move here recently?"

Damon shook his head. "I'm as new as you. I've lived in Rivershore for many years. I work in Maroon County and for just as long."

Rivershore was an upscale town not far from where she grew up in the modest beach town of Silver Lake. Although she had worked in the city for several years, Serafina spent all of her free time at the Jersey Shore, mainly Maroon County. Even more coincidentally, Serafina would turn thirty years old soon, so Damon was technically the same age as her. Demons never aged past the age of thirty.

From what he said, they had shared the commonality of living and working in nearby towns. So, it didn’t make sense she had never seen him before. Clearly, he had a knack for hiding. However, many years in demon terms could have been any amount of time since demons were practically immortal.

She studied him for more reasons than one, although he was striking and easy to admire. Damon’s exquisite appearance reminded her of a model or an actor. He had a rugged look, yet he was polished. He wore his expensive suit coupled with his five o'clock shadow as if it were a fashion statement. His ebony hair was long enough to push behind his ears. He was a unique mix of a tattoo artist and a Hollywood movie star. The combination really worked for him.

Serafina’s eye contact with him was firm but her muscles lost all of their tension. “Where exactly do you work? I can’t believe I’ve never seen you before.” She felt weak as she visually devoured Damon. She was certain she would have remembered him if she had seen him before. The fact their paths had never crossed was inexplicable to her. Then, so was the supernatural. Humans living with a paranormal reality made anything possible.

Right as Damon was about to answer, his watch alarm went off. He silenced it. "I've got to run, but it was nice meeting you, Serafina. I hope to bump into you again, and soon.”  He touched her arm lightly in a goodbye gesture and once more flashed his award-winning smile.  

By the time Serafina summoned the nerve to reply, "Me too," he was already gone.

About the Author



Kristina Rienzi was born and raised at the Jersey Shore where she still lives today.  Her debut paranormal suspense novel, CHOOSING EVIL, is being published by Frost Books on November 25, 2014.

Professionally, Kristina has been active in the writing community as a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey, Romance Writers of America and New Jersey Romance Writers, serving as Chair of the Literary Book Fair in 2013. Kristina has her Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling and her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificate, working in both fields throughout her business career.

Personally, Kristina is married and a doggie mommy to Pekingese and Shih Tzu pups. Although a lover of New Jersey, she dreams of one day moving to Hawaii and living the “Aloha” way. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, watching paranormal investigations, rooting for her West Virginia Mountaineers or relaxing with her loved ones, wine in hand.

Kristina is currently working on BREAKING EVIL, the sequel to CHOOSING EVIL, as well as another paranormal suspense novel, UNLEASH THE WICKED, about an unsuspecting witch at the Jersey Shore.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Paranormal Fantasy Romance. Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears and Holiday Spirit for Hire by Isabelle Saint-Michael.



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over Isabelle Saint-Michael, author of Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears, Otherworld Realms, Book 1. Love Paranormal and Fantasy Romance? Then cozy in and check out a fabulous interview.

Publisher: Otherworld Romance, LLC

Date of Publication: November 14, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9908665-0-3
Paperback  978-0-9908665-1-0
Number of pages: 380
Word Count: 95,000

Cover Artist: CL Smith

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Book Description


Lillian Chambers was just an ordinary high school teacher, until she fell through a Fairy Circle. When she came to on the other side, she was surprised to find herself in the company of an Elven prince she thought only existed in her dreams. Now she’s slaying monsters and rescuing Prince Tallyn, instead of playing the part of the damsel in distress.

Tallyn had been the protector of his kingdom for over one hundred years. He knows that the world is filled with danger around every corner, but these days he’s finding himself babysitting the annoyingly fearless Lady Lillian.

When their worlds collide sparks fly, humorous situations ensue and the only thing for sure is that neither will ever be the same. Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears takes readers on an adventure into a modern fairytale where we explore what it really means to fall for Prince Not-so-Charming.

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Excerpt


My dreams were more vivid than usual. It was like I was standing there with my favorite imaginary hunk. He and several others were packing up horses. There was a great deal of laughter and teasing among the men. They poked at each other until finally he had to step in and tell them to calm down. 

Even as he reprimanded them his smile shone brightly. I had never seen him smile with such a youthful presence.

Moments later another man appeared, just as handsome as my dream guy. “Tallyn!” he called, and my heart skipped a beat as I watched the man of my dreams turn to wave.

“Tallyn,” I could feel myself whispering. He turned and looked in my direction, as if he had heard me. His face fell a little when he couldn’t see me standing there.

“What’s wrong?” the taller man asked him.

I watched as Tallyn shrugged. “I was just thinking about how I was going to have to see your face every morning for the next few days and it quashed all the fun out of our camping trip.”

The taller man laughed, only to turn when someone called, "Maerryn!" which I guessed was his name.

I could feel the cool breeze on my skin, causing the hair on my arms to stand up. I watched with interest as the men finished packing up and began to ride away. I followed them through the forest I had seen a hundred times in my dreams. After a few hours they crossed the river in a shallow area then headed up a steep cliff, guiding their horses one at a time along the narrow ledge.

By midday the group reached the top of the cliff and stopped for lunch. The food smelled amazing cooked over the open fire. I felt my stomach rumble. When it did, Tallyn placed a hand on his stomach and looked around with confusion.

He was beautiful to look at, even with uncertainty creasing his brow. His green eyes deepened in color and his breath stilled. It was like he was looking right at me but couldn’t see me. With a shake of his head, he rejoined the conversation around him.

They packed up and left, heading across a path at the top of the cliff that led into another forest. The group seemed more hesitant when they entered the new area. They rode close together for hours, and when darkness finally threatened, they found flat ground and made camp. The horses were tied up, dinner was caught and prepared, and then the wine came out.

Boys will be boys, I thought to myself as they laughed, sang and passed around the bottles.

Behind me I heard the crack of twigs underfoot. Suddenly, I sensed someone else was there. I turned, looking in the direction of the sound, and I saw shadows moving through the woods towards the encampment. Panic filled me and I tried to scream, but I was just a watcher without a voice.


Holiday Spirit for Hire


Otherworld Realms
Book Two

Genre: Holiday/ Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Otherworld Romance, LLC

Date of Publication: November 14th, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9908665-2-7
Paperback 978-0-9908665-3-4

Number of pages:164
 Word Count:41,000

Cover Artist: CL Smith

Book Description


When life handed half-werewolf Grace MacGregor a pink slip four weeks before Christmas, she was determined to get back to work as soon as possible. She just didn’t expect it to be the very next day – or at the North Pole.  She now has four weeks to make other people’s holiday wishes come true, but will she be able to grant her own while she is at it?

Justin Kringle is the nephew of Santa Claus and his job is to keep operations of the Pole on point. When Grace is dropped bed and all into his work shop, he can’t decide if it’s love or hate at first sight. First impression: she’s a total mess. Can he keep her on track and remember to not mix business and pleasure?

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Excerpt 


I settled into bed with my favorite boyfriend, my laptop. Before long I had updated my resume, applied for a half dozen jobs, checked flights home, and Facebooked with all of my friends to see if anyone had any leads. I was about to shut down when the pop from my email caught my attention.

I closed the other tabs and stared at my inbox. It was from the OAC. The Otherworld Alignment Council was a group of magical beings, things that go bump in the night, and people that made sure that there were universal laws and regulations used across all the realms.  They made sure there was a common language, rules about magic, and laws that kept peace between the different races.  Why they were emailing me I didn’t know.

To: Grace MacGregor
From: OAC
Subject:  The North Pole Needs You

Dear Ms. MacGregor,

It has been brought to the attention of the OAC that you are no longer employed during this busy time of the year.  Every Holiday season we rely on the help we get from the Otherworld community to make the season bright.  Your talents could be used now through the end of the year helping deliver joyful winter holidays across all the realms.

Please see the attached application. Applicants will be considered for a paid position.  Please send a resume, two letters of recommendation and magical aptitude test scores to the email listed below.  If chosen we will need you to report immediately for work.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Otherworld Alignment Council

I looked at the email again and shrugged.  “Why not?”  I asked myself.  I attached my resume, two recommendation letters and a quick note explaining my father was a Scottish Werewolf Clansman and that I was half human.  I figured my lack of magical abilities would keep me out of the fray.  My father told me to always answer the OAC right when they contacted you because they made the IRS look patient.

With a giggle to myself I closed the windows on my laptop and shut it down.  Snuggling deep into my pillows I closed my eyes, giggling about what use I could possibly be to the Great Holiday Front up North.  Strangely enough I fell asleep with thoughts of sugar plums dancing in my head.

I awoke the next morning to the sounds of clinking, clicking and power tools.  I opened my eyes involuntarily when a particularly loud noise sounded right over my head.  It was then I noticed my bedroom was swarming with Gnomes and they seemed too busy to care I was sleeping.

“Excuse me!” I yelled.  “Why are you in my bedroom?”

A few of them stopped, exchanged looks with shrugs, and returned to work.  I wasn’t answered until a man with a heavy red braid down his back appeared.

“You are in their workshop, and it’s about time you got up.”  I climbed out of bed angrily, prepared to demand that they leave.  “Nice pajamas,” he said with a grin as he looked me over.  “If you follow me we will get you assigned duties, uniforms and the rest of your paperwork filled out.”

I looked around what should have been my room.  I was on a toy factory floor.  Only it looked like FAO Schwarz met Ikea.  Bright colors with industrial-grade shelves mixed with the old world charm of hand-carved wooden trim.  All around me Gnomes were hustling to complete toys.  I looked in the direction the redheaded man had gone and chased after him, abandoning my bed to the factory.

Interview Time!


What inspired you to write these books?

Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears came to life because of a blog I publish. Growing up I often felt out of place in my family and used to dream I was adopted or a Changeling. In early 2014 I started planning a blog that would follow my daily life re-imagined as if I were in my own personal fairy tale. When it caught on I started getting emails from readers asking about back stories, other realms, and side characters.

Fueled by reader interest I developed the first story to take place in one of the alternate realms. I thought it would be fun to write a Fairy Tale for grown-ups that still captured the spark of magic from childhood, but included all the lusty fun-filled moments Disney would be sure to leave out.

I knew I wanted a woman to save the day in my story because we live in an age where we have to be able to save ourselves. If we can’t stand on our own and be happy by ourselves, how can we be happy with anyone else?

Holiday Spirit for Hire is the first of my tales to introduce us to the inner workings of the North Pole. Christmas and the entire holiday season was always filled with wonder for me growing up. I come from a small town in New England and have seen just how magical it can all be. Almost all of my Christmases there have been white and spent surrounded by my family with the fireplace popping in the background. Greeting cards and the Hallmark Channel have been cashing in for years depicting the kind of Christmases I had.

Most of the characters in Holiday Spirit are based on real people that I love and miss this time of the year. I wanted a story where these characters that feel so close to me could come together and exist. So I dug deep and remembered my first Christmas far away from home and started there.
What I ended up with was a story that reads like a fairy tale set in a magical place where anything feels possible. But it shows us that magic doesn’t make things easier or perfect, it just adds another layer of complication to feelings that can already be powerful.

If you could spend an hour in real life with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Hands down I would spend it with Joy, Justin’s mom in Holiday Spirit for Hire. I based her off of my grandmother (whose name was also Joy).  Joy is one of those characters that never meets a stranger. From the moment you walk through the door until the moment you leave this world you’re family. It isn’t just her massive heart though, it’s the years of wisdom and her constant sunny personality that draw me to her.

I think of all the stories she probably has, all the recipes she knows, and all the things she has probably seen over the years. I’m not sure an hour would be enough.

Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.

Holiday Spirit for Hire’s cover actually came before the cover for Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears. I was on a site for a designer and noticed he had some pre-made covers. Earlier that same day I had joked with a friend about how my main character was going to have this horribly impractical uniform complete with a wreath for headgear. There on the pre-made cover page was a picture of a woman wearing said headgear. I took it as a sign and reached out to the artist to see if he would be willing to make some minor changes for a reasonable rate. When I bought the cover, I didn’t even have the title yet, let alone a working story. I just had notes in a notebook.

When it came time for Practical Uses to get its cover I thought I knew exactly what I wanted. So I spoke with a couple different artists and ended up coming back to the artist who made the pre-made. I told him what I was looking for and a little about the story.

He made me three cover options. The first was EXACTLY what I thought I wanted and the 2nd and 3rd were other ideas he had. I was really conflicted because I really liked his other concepts a lot as well. I ended up polling friends and family and decided to go with cover number 2 because it was the crowd favorite and I really loved it.

What sort of personality does your hero have?

Both of my heroes are anti-heroes.

Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears

Tallyn is the bastard born son of a king. He was always raised as a prince with the privileges and opportunities that come with it. But despite what his father and brother have both told him his entire life, he feels doesn’t deserve to wear the title. This doesn’t mean he lacks confidence or has low self-esteem. It just means he thinks the world puts too much stock in a title.

Tallyn is grumpy, curt, and duty driven. He believes he must be these things in order to serve his people the best he can. He is an Elven warrior first and everything else second.

Holiday Spirit for Hire

Justin is a workaholic that takes his obligation to the family business very seriously because he doesn’t think anyone else will. The downside of working all the time and never leaving the North Pole is that he doesn’t really get to date. After several painful seasonal flings he just decides love isn’t for him.

If you get Justin to get his mind off of work he is jolly and mischievous. He enjoys the little things in life and loves his family passionately even though they drive him nuts.

Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.

When I moved into my new apartment here in Seoul I built my “office” using 2 Ikea loft beds. We use the above area for storage and curtained off the under section. I wanted a place that was comfortable so rather than a desk and chair I opted for a twin bed with lots of pillows and a small folding table that I could easily move around. It’s been awesome because I feel like I’m tucked away writing in my diary or when my editor comes over it feels like a pajama party with both of us lazing about on the bed.

How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?

I have been writing pretty much been writing as long as I understood the idea of putting words down on paper. However knowing I wanted to write really came to me in my early teens. I had a teacher tell me I would never succeed and that I should consider other options where I showed more talent. My answer was to go home to all of my teen magazines and research their requirements for submitting freelance articles. Seven of my articles ran that year in some of the largest national teen magazines in the US (1999). I continued to write from then on. I went on to publish articles in magazines, newspapers, short story collections and even in a few cookbooks. It wasn’t really until the last few years I began to consider fiction as anything other than a hobby. Fifteen years later I’ve written a little bit of everything. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it up until now and look forward to what I hope will be at least another 45 years of sharing my words with the world. 

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

Both of these books are part of a series called the “Otherworld Realms Books”. My publisher Otherworld Romance loved the name of the series for obvious reasons. All of the books under this series will tie back in to the Elven Life Blog that is on my website (http://elvenlife.com), meaning all of these characters co-exist in the same time but maybe not the same realm. Case in point, Tallyn’s older brother Maerryn is one of the cases that Grace handles in Holiday Spirit for Hire.

Even though the books are written on a timeline that corresponds to things happening on the blog, each book is a standalone story and can be read in any order. Meaning if you want to read the holiday book first because of the season, you won’t have missed any needed information from book 1 for the story to make sense.

The 3rd book from the series will be out sometime after first of the year, probably in late February or early March. It will follow the story of a female mercenary hunting a Dragon.

Also, in late 2015 I will be launching the first book in a new series set in Asia. What if all the anime, manga and kung-fu movies we watched were real? What if those forms of entertainment were just fancy cover stories to keep the public in the dark?

If you’re interested, watch my blog or my publisher’s website for more updates.

If you could make changes to a story you’ve already written, which would it be and why?

When I originally outlined Holiday Spirit for Hire I had planned for it to be a larger novel like Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears. I was then given feedback from several of my resources that holiday stories should be kept on the shorter side. With that in mind my editor and I cut several scenes before the major writing process even began. In the end I went back and added in 2 of the scenes that were cut but I loved all of them so much I think if I had it to do again I may have published the story with all the scenes even if it was lengthy for the genre.

As a Christmas gift to my fans, though the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s I plan to post a few of the scenes that were cut in the process on my website. The bonus materials will be free to all my readers.

About the Author



Isabelle Saint-Michael is a cupcake enthusiast, shoe addict, and globetrotter. She is known for her sense of adventure and geeky hobbies. She is frequently seen haunting coffee shops and pubs into the wee hours of the morning. No matter where she goes, shenanigans and mirth are never far behind.

The blog that started it all- www.Elvenlife.com


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