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Get ready to go INTO THE SPIRAL!

School hallwayWelcome today to sister Hydra author Erin Danzer, with her fabulous cover reveal for her new book INTO THE SPIRAL. Great to have you, Erin!

Book Blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.

Excerpt: from Chapter 27 of Into the Spiral. Ronnie learns something new about herself…

Ronnie woke with a start, immediately wondering what had woken her. A noise, she realized. She glanced at the clock on the table and saw it was just after two AM. She laid still and quiet, listening for the noise again. Her body flooded with warm, tingling awareness as she heard the soft rustle of fabric, making her smile.

“I know you’re there,” she whispered.

“I didn’t want to scare you,” Gavin whispered back. He sat on the edge of her bed as Ronnie sat up and scooted over to make room for him. When she knew where he was, she leaned forward and wrapped her arms around his waist, her head pressed against his chest.

“You could never scare me,” she told him as his arms came around her. Ronnie sighed as all the tension left her body and she finally felt the comfort she had sought all day.

“You’ve had one hell of a day, Princess,” he commented. She nodded.

“And I’m proud of you,” he added and she lifted her head. She could see his face well enough to know he was smiling at her, the kind of smile that made her heart flutter, and she blushed as she nestled against him again. This was what she needed. She closed her eyes and settled against him. Sleep began to take her again when she remembered her shoulder. She sat up so quickly she nearly knocked Gavin off the bed and reached back to turn on the lamp. Its soft glow had both of them blinking as their eyes adjusted.

“I have to tell you what else happened to me today,” she declared grinning and showed him her right shoulder. He looked at it and shook his head.

“I don’t get it,” he admitted.

“The shadow hound’s claws raked my shoulder when it attacked me after you left,” she told him. “And I healed myself.”

“You healed yourself?” he repeated slowly. She nodded and reached back to retrieve the paring knife she had left by her phone on the table. Still grinning, she turned back to Gavin, the knife poised to slice her left palm.

“What the hell are you doing?” he exclaimed as he reached for the knife. Ronnie shook her head as she jerked her hands out of his reach.

“It’s okay,” she insisted and sliced open her palm. The pain only lasted a moment and then they both watched as blood pooled in her hand and the wound knit itself back together. Once it was healed, she reached for a tissue and wiped away the blood. She set the knife back on the table and grinned at Gavin, so giddy she could barely sit still.

“Isn’t it cool?” she asked beaming. He shook his head, an odd expression on his face, like he was seeing her for the first time. He reached up to cup her face with one hand and she stilled, her heart fluttering in her chest.

“You are amazing,” he whispered.

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MEAbout the Author:

Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.


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It’s the end of the world as we know it…everyone sing along! And enter the contest!

deception peak front coverWe’re celebrating the end of the world! We being several other Hydra Publications authors and myself–and we’re giving away free books and other goodies on December 21. How can you get in on all this goodness, you ask?

Enter the contest.

That simple.

And you’ve only got a week to do it.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

LoveMeKissMeKillMe_Final_small2Prizes include ebooks of DECEPTION PEAK by Dianne Lynn Gardner, INTO THE SPIRAL by Erin Danzer, LEGEND OF THE OCEINA DRAGON and BATTLEFIELD by J.F. Jenkins, EPHEMERAS and EXHALE by Kendall Grey, THE JEALOUSY GLASS and THE UNIVERSAL MIRROR from Gwen Perkins, and LOVE ME, KISS ME, KILL ME from me. More are being added as more people enter, so pass it on to your friends and be eligible for even more prizes!

For more information, see the End of the World Giveaway page.

(And if the world doesn’t end, you’ll definitely need something to read over Christmas break, right? What have you got to lose?)

And now, Hydra author Erin Danzer!

What Inspired Into the Spiral

 There were several things that went into creating my upcoming novel, Into the Spiral. The first was that I needed to take control of my life again instead of letting life pass me by. I was at a low point in my life, but when I made the decision to once again pursue my love of writing and make it more than just a hobby, something changed within me; I had purpose again. That revelation led to, “I want to write a book, or series of books, as good as or better than Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments.” If you haven’t read those novels yet, I highly recommend them; I can’t say enough good things about the action, adventure and romance within their pages.

 The next thing that came to mind was spontaneous combustion. I wanted to write a novel about a teen girl on the verge of exploding due to her familial obligations and what little control she feels she has over her life. That’s when Ronnie stepped into my life. Here was a girl who, on her fifteenth birthday, goes to get a tattoo as rebellion against her mom’s overbearing presence, her older brother’s shadow, and a best friend who doesn’t realize how much she’s in love with him. Later, it was pointed out to me that Ronnie’s physical appearance was inspired by a girl I worked with, a very good friend of mine named Lindsay. What do you think?



Gavin, the half-human alien who is sent to Earth to retrieve Ronnie, was inspired by pretty much every book boyfriend I’ve had in the last two years. I wanted someone with a little snark, a good heart, extremely handsome and kickass moves. Admittedly, Jace Wayland is at the top of the list for inspiration for Gavin’s character.

My artist, Amanda Pfender, used Gaspard Ulliel as inspiration for Gavin’s picture from the description I’d given her: “Ronnie looked and gave a little wave before turning to walk into her room only to find her way blocked by yet another guy. This school seemed to be crawling with hotties! This one was only a few inches taller than her, kind of short for a guy, with straight black hair and dark slightly slanted eyes. He wore black cargo pants, a black t-shirt that did nothing to hide his six-pack abs, and black combat boots. He looked her up and down and arched an eyebrow as he stepped aside.”

How do you think Amanda did?

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One final inspiration comes from my dad. While writing the novel, I knew Gavin was from another planet but because he is half-human, I didn’t think of him as an alien. Only until it was pointed out to me, did I realize I was writing a sci-fi/fantasy novel. I say this inspiration comes from my dad because he is still big into science fiction and fantasy type things, such as Dragon Riders of Pern, Issac Asimov, Star Trek and much more. I grew up surrounded by those things, so I guess it is only natural that they eventually seep into my writing.

 I hope you all have enjoyed getting to see what inspired Into the Spiral and will join Ronnie and Gavin on their adventure this November. Thank you, Babs, for having me today!

Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. She writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.

 Thanks for visiting, Erin! Glad to have you. Best wishes with this lovely story.

Hydra Publications blog hop! Come meet the authors and books of Hydra Publications this week!

Looking forward to hosting Amy McCorkle (Monday), R.S. Hunter (Tuesday, Dianne Gardner AND Beth Ann Masarik on Wednesday, Missy Goodman (Thursday), Erin Danzer (Friday) and Rachel Hunter (Saturday). Please stop by every day and check out their books and personal stories, leave comments, let them know how much we all appreciate writers.

 I will then be featured on Monday at the blog home of Tony Acree, Tuesday with Tricia Ballad, Wednesday at Melissa Goodman’s, Friday with Michael Turner and Saturday with James Peercy.  So you’ll get to learn a little bit more about me and how LOVE ME, KISS ME, KILL ME came to be created and published. This is a small publishing house, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds, publishing a lot of fantasy and paranormal romance-type books, many of which had been on the Amazon top 100 lists. Don’t miss your chance!

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