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A scorned minotaur wreaks havoc in The Minotaur King from Stuart Thaman

Thanks for being with us today, Stuart!

First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc.  What’s your education, if it’s relevant to your writing?

Hey, my name is Stuart Thaman, and I’m a best-selling author from Kentucky, though I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and I received a BA in politics, a BA in German, and a concentration in classical political philosophy. I’m currently in my second year of law school as well.

That’s really interesting to me–I’ve been a lawyer for 30 years (now retired), and found that the call for creative solutions that comes from lawyering also helps in the creative writing process!

My background helps my writing quite a bit as I believe the hard work and extreme academic environment provided by Hillsdale College has shaped me into the self-starter that I am today.

Are you a coffee fiend, or do you have another “addiction” you must have on your desk at all times?

I do drink a good deal of coffee, though I enjoy tea as well, especially mint tea.

Tell us about your latest publication.

PerfectThe Minotaur King is my latest release, and it becomes available on September 1st. The short novella is my first published novella. Set in the world of The Goblin Wars, it follows Qul, a would-be royal guard of a minotaur clan and his ultimate rise to power through the mountain ranks.

What inspired you to write this story? What interesting thing did you learn or research to write it that you didn’t know before?

Qul has a pretty cool backstory that I just barely touch in The Goblin Wars book 2, and I really wanted to flesh it out to give readers an idea of what he was like before they meet him as the bloodthirsty king he is in Death of a King.

How would you best describe your books?

I write epic and heroic fantasy. This is a layout of the covers of the Goblin Wars series–I love it! 

All 3 no TextWhat is your favorite genre to write? To read?

I read mostly horror and sci-fi with just a little bit of fantasy, though my writing is the complete inverse. Fantasy is just so much more fun to write than it is to read.

 

What do you most like about writing? Least like? When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always wanted to be an author. That much I knew from when I was little. And the best thing about writing is getting to craft the most grandiose, over-the-top scenes I can imagine and bring them to life.

I also love meeting fans at conventions—I hate driving to conventions.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Are there any writing websites you find particularly useful?

I’m a mod over at www.reddit.com/r/selfpublish, a community of 14,000 self-published and indie writers.

Is there any special music you like to listen to while writing? How does it inspire you?

Oh yes. I always listen to music. Usually, and more so when I’m writing a battle scene, I listen to Sabaton. Other favorites include: Unleash the Archers, Epica, Dimmu Borgir, Kamelot, Arch Enemy, and The Agonist.

 

Tell us a little about your path to publication.

My first book was written for National Novel Writing Month. I got an offer on the manuscript through some personal connections, and that proved to largely be a scam. But regardless, I had my foot in the door. That gave me a platform to approach larger publishers.

How did you finally find a publisher? How did you receive the Call?

I met Tony Acree, the owner of Hydra Publications at an author fair in Indiana. Wehydra were on a panel together and seemed to have very complimentary personalities, and I had been sitting on a horror manuscript (eventually turned into For We Are Many) at the time, so it made sense to submit to Hydra. Luckily, they accepted me!

What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special memories you have in the creation of it?

The Minotaur King has some cool aspects. At its core, The Minotaur King is about a lost love and a delusional minotaur who thought he had the queen’s eye. It also tells a bit about manipulation and how those emotions can be turned to pure rage and then molded to something useful.

What are you writing now? What’s next for you—will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you?

I have another full length novel coming soon: The Chronicles of Estria Part One: Blood and Ash. The book is a bit of a departure for me, though it is certainly epic fantasy. Blood and Ash follows Lina Arias, a princess who forsakes her family and crown in favor of fangs and dark, evil magic. The Chronicles of Estria is a series that goes along with the tabletop miniatures game Chaos Wars, produced by Iron Wind Metals.

Up next I’ll be at Cincy Comic Expo in September and Lexington ScareFest after that. I can’t wait!

What would you like to tell readers?

Keep the fantasy alive!

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A paranormal Merry Christmas!

Hydra Publications is running a special sale this Christmas season– Starting Christmas Day, Hydra will be running Hydra for the Holidays, using Kindle Countdown.

Starting Christmas morning, select Hydra titles will be .99. The next day 1.99, third day 2.99 and then regular price. The titles involved are: Reality Check, Gnosis, The List, Dearly Departed, The Heart Denied, Heart of the Hunter, Love Me Kiss Me Kill Me, Eternal Patrol, Anon, The Wall Outside, Empyreal Fate, LoveMeKissMeKillMe_Final_small2Bounty Hunter, Ukishima, The Hand of God, Amy the Astronaut, The Know it All Girl, Without a Conscious, and The Parrot Told Me. Here’s an easy Amazon link.

What are people saying about Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me?

“LOVE ME, KISS ME, KILL ME is a riveting suspense thriller with supernatural themes. Fans of the genre will very much enjoy this novel.”

“This was a well written and very unique take on the vampire theme.  It kept me hooked and wondering who was good and who wasn’t up to the very end.”

“Lyndi Alexander’s newest release, “Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” is heart stopping. The author has skillfully crafted a thriller filled with danger and suspense, which also happens to involve a romance.  When the main character becomes involved with a popular local healing center, she becomes suspicious of its management, as several local young women her age mysteriously die of “natural causes.”  Each of these victims had a connection with the healing center.  As she begins quietly investigating to learn the truth of the deaths, she learns that she is in danger herself, and realizes that she has no one to turn to that she can trust. Read to learn how the mystery is solved, which you won’t know until the very end, for a real surprise. I was still guessing all the way!”

Interested? It’s waiting for you–Merry Christmas!

 

Are we ready to r-r-rumble? Or READ?

hydraOne of my favorite small publishers, Hydra Publications has announced its SUMMER BASH! This means, thirty–yes, 30!–of their ebooks will be FREE on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16 and 17. The Facebook Event is listed here.

LoveMeKissMeKillMe_Final_small2Here’s a list of the books to be offered, including mine:

  • Amy the Astronaut and the Flight for Freedom by Steven Donahue
  • Andraste by Marissa Mills
  • Anon by Peter Giglio
  • Blood of the Highland Moon by Morinda Montgomery
  • Bounty Hunter by Amy McCorkle
  • Bridgeworld by Travis McBee
  • Chronicles of Destiny by Etta Jean
  • Dearly Departed by Rachael Rawlings
  • Deception Peak by Dianne Gardner
  • Empyreal Fate by Rachel Hunter
  • Eternal Patrol by Michael Wallace
  • Gnosis by Tom Wallace
  • Into the Spiral by Erin Danzer
  • Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lyndi Alexander
  • Lure of the Vampire by Bertena Varney
  • Morning Star by Desiree Finkbeiner
  • Primal by Raven Bower
  • Raising Riley by Brick Marlin
  • Reality Check by Eric Garrison
  • Tale Spinner by David Donaghe
  • The Exile’s Violin by Bobby Hunter
  • The Fall of Onagros by Marian Allen
  • The Hand of God by Tony Acree
  • The Heart Denied by Linda Anne Wulf
  • The Know-it-all Girl by Joanna Forman
  • The Universal Mirror by Gwen Perkins
  • The Wall Outside by James Peercy
  • Ukishima by Nigel Sellars
  • Virginia Creeper by Blaine Pardoe

So many books, so little time. What are you waiting for? Mark your calendars for next week and get ready to read! Here’s the site where the book links can be found: http://www.hydrapublications.com/hydra-summer-bash/

Escape into Fantasyland!

Escape into Fantasyland (pun intended)

By Beth Ann Masarik

Thank you for having me on the blog today! I was asked to write about fantasy as an escape for readers, which is how I came up with the title .

beth author photoI don’t know about you guys, but whenever I want to escape reality, I usually pick up a book that has some kind of fantasy in it.  I don’t know why, I guess because it’s all that magic and make-believe stuff that gets put in it that draws me in.  I love the flexibility that fantasy has with world building, as opposed to mainstream genres.  With fantasy, the possibilities are endless.

I’ve loved fantasy ever since I was introduced to the Harry Potter books, which I think is what really sparked my interest in writing.  Oh, I was writing long before I read them, but that was what set it in stone for me.  I remember saying, “I want to be a best seller like JK Rowling.” Well, that hasn’t happened yet, but if everyone goes out and buys my books and short stories, that might actually happen *wink wink*.

So for me, the appeal of fantasy comes with sometimes just wanting to escape reality, and it’s just a lot of fun to write and role play in.

twau official bannerAbout The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness (the full length novel)

Hades is hell-bent on taking over the world, but in order to do so, he has to remove his nemesis, Gaia from power.  But one thing stands in the way and she goes by the name of Selene.

Cue Damien, son of Hades and Persephone.  He happens to be in love with Selene, and will stop at nothing to make sure Princeofdarknessfinal coverhat she is safe even though their love is forbidden.  Furious with his son’s treachery, Hades tricks Damien into killing the only woman that he has ever loved.  He does so by telling Damien that he will spend the rest of his eternal life in the Fields of Asphodel if he does not prove his loyalty.  Torn between his un-beating heart and his family, Damien does the only thing a true demon prince knows how: killing those closest to him.

Will Damien follow through with his father’s evil scheme?  Or will he be banished to the Fields of Asphodel for his treachery?

 

About the short stories:

The short stories are meant to get your feet wet and ready for the re-debut of the upcoming saga titled The World Among Us.  The World Among Us was originally released in 2011 with Otherworld Publications.  Unfortunately, Otherworld closed its doors last year, and Beth had to find a new publisher.  Fortunately, she was offered a contract with Hydra Publications, and the titles that were released with Otherworld have been/are being revised and revamped and re-released!

Regretsmoon (1)About Murderous Regrets (A T.W.A.U. prequel #1):

Leon Greene is accused of murdering his best friend, Jason Aysel, and the world wants to know if he really did it.  Cue Elise Stevenson, the top news reporter for the Daily Gazette who gets the scoop.  Will Leon tell her the truth and his motives behind the murder?

**This is a short story based off the novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness. This was originally published by Otherworld Publications in 2011 and in the Augnowrimo anthology.  It has been edited and revised and now published by Hydra publications.

 

About Hell Bound (a T.W.A.U. prequel #2)

After impressing her boss with her interview with werewolf, Leon Greene, Elise is Hell Bound to an interview with the Lord HellsbounDof the Underworld himself.  Mr. Murphy wants her to find the dirty scoop on Hades himself, and foil his plot to take over the world.  Will she survive the clutches of Hell?

*this is a short story based off the soon to be released novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness.  Hell Bound has never been released!

About Hell’s Captive

As if interviewing Hades himself wasn’t enough, Elise gets sucked into doing an interview with his son, Prince Damien.  It turns out that the Prince of Darkness has a few tricks up his sleeve himself, and is head over heels for the girl he murdered.  Will Elise uncover the Prince of Darkness’s deepest, darkest secrets?

HCaptive*this is a short story based off the soon to be released novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness.  This is a never before seen short story.

About Moon Spirit

Raul Blackoak’s world is tossed upside down one evening when he stumbles upon a damsel in distress.  What he wasn’t expecting was that his life would be changed forever by her.  Because he risks his own life to save her, he is caught between two worlds; the world to which he belongs, and the human world.  Will he be able to balance being in both worlds?  MoonOr will he have to give up one to be happily ever after in the other?

***this is the revised and edited edition. Moon Spirit was originally published by Otherworld Publications in 2011, and is now represented by Hydra Publications.

About Beth Ann Masarik

Beth Ann Masarik is a Young Adult author and writer, indie publisher, and youth advocate. She writes Young Adult fantasy and urban fantasy novels that are mostly about forbidden romance and have some sort of magical creatures in them. Her debut novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness was first published with Otherworld Publications. Unfortunately, OWP closed on December 31, 2012, and the book is no longer available. However, she has signed with Hydra Publications, and it will be released sometime in 2013.  You can visit her author website at www.bethannmasarik.com and the series website at http://www.theworldamongussaga.com for more details on my publishing adventures.

As a youth advocate, she, along with her new husband, is one of the adult coordinators of the Our Lady of Fatima youth group that is supported by the current pastor and the parents of the kids in the group.

In addition to writing, she also publishes a bi-monthly e-zine called Literary Lunes Magazine. It is offered as a free black and white e-copy and also offers a low-cost full colored paperback copy of each issue.  For more information, please visit the magazine website at www.literarylunespublications.com  

This news reporter goes out of her way to get the story–all the way to Hell!

One of my sister authors from Hydra Publications is sharing the covers for her four short stories, part of her soon-to-be-released series titled THE WORLD AMONG US, a YA/Urban Fantasy series about forbidden love and Greek Mythology.  Each of these is a short story based on THE WORLD AMONG US: PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

Regretsmoon (1)

In the first story, Murderous Regrets,

Leon Greene is accused of murdering his best friend, Jason Aysel, and the world wants to know if he really did it. Cue Elise Stevenson, the top news reporter for the Daily Gazette who gets the scoop. Will Leon tell her the truth and his motives behind the murder?

 

In the second story, Moon Spirit,

MoonRaul Blackoak’s world is tossed upside down one evening when he stumbles upon a damsel in distress.

What he wasn’t expecting was that his life would be changed forever by her. Because he risks his own life to save her, he is caught between two worlds; the world to which he belongs, and the human world. Will he be able to balance being in both worlds? Or will he have to give up one to be happily ever after in the other?

 

The third story is Hell Bound. HellsbounD

After impressing her boss with her interview with werewolf, Leon Greene, Elise is Hell Bound to an interview with the Lord of the Underworld himself.  Mr. Murphy wants her to find the dirty scoop on Hades himself, and foil his plot to take over the world.  Will she survive the clutches of Hell?

 

 

HCaptive

 

The final of the four is  Hell’s Captive. 

As if interviewing Hades himself wasn’t enough, Elise gets sucked into doing an interview with his son, Prince Damien.  It turns out that the Prince of Darkness has a few tricks up his sleeve himself, and is head over heels for the girl he murdered.  Will Elise uncover the Prince of Darkness’s deepest, darkest secrets?

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beth Ann Masarik was born on Long Island, NY in the year 1984 with an over-active imagination. She used to love playing make-believe games, and now loves creating her own fantasy worlds. Masarik has been writing since she was 15 years old, and had her first newspaper article published in her high school newspaper in her sophomore year. She has taken several creative writing classes, and started writing her very first novel in college, and is currently searching for the right literary agent. Aside from writing novels, Masarik enjoys bowling, gaming, and role playing online. She enjoys reading fantasy novels written by Richelle Mead, L.J. Smith, and J.K. Rowling, and looks to them for role models.

Beth is recently married, and when she isn’t writing or role playing, she is found volunteering down at her church.

Masarik is also the founder of Literary Lunes Magazine/Literary Lunes Publications, a bi-monthly zine that is dedicated to promoting authors.  You can find out more about Literary Lunes by going to its website at www.literarylunespublications.com

You can find Beth at the following places:

Websites: www.bethannmasarik.com, www.theworldamongussaga.com and www.literarylunespublications.com

Twitter: @theworldamongus and @literarylunes

Facebook fanpages: https://www.facebook.com/bethannmasarikauthor

https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldAmongUs

and https://www.facebook.com/Literarylunespublications

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4667718.Beth_Ann_Masarik

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 Buy Links

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Into-the-Spiral-ebook/dp/B00AA1O63Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362095769&sr=8-1&keywords=into+the+spiral

AmazonUK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-the-Spiral-ebook/dp/B00AA1O63Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362095813&sr=8-2

BarnesAndNoble:

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-spiral-erin-danzer/1113880674?ean=2940015810189

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260112

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-spiral/id585943326?mt=11&ls=1

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16283279-into-the-spiral

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.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://erindanzer.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ErinDanzerYAAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erindanzer

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3336797.Erin_Danzer

 

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?

 (from    http://www.ohlalaparis.com/ohlalaparis/gaspard_ulliel/   )

 

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.

A warm welcome to Hydra author Melissa Goodman!

  As part of the ongoing Hydra Blog hop this week, I have Missy Goodman here for a visit. Melissa Goodman was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s a diehard member of the University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Nation and a lover of all things Nascar, reality television and fairytale endings. She can be contacted at MelissaGoodmanWriter@ gmail.com.

Her new book is called It’s Your Love, and if the cover is any indication, it ties a whole lot of Melissa’s interests all together in a nice package.

Here’s her excerpt:

“It’s about time,” said Kade. He was leaning with his back against the wall. He had not bothered to glance her way. He came across as if it was completely natural for him to be standing there.

“What are you doing?” She looked over her should just to be sure that God wasn’t playing a cruel joke and the blond was behind her.

“I’m an ass,” he said as if it was the only explanation needed.

So she agreed with him, “And?”

Kade stood up straight. With his hang dog expression Allie fought the urge to forgive him on the spot.

            “I’m sorry.”

“I didn’t mean to pry. I’m sorry.”

“I live a very public life. There are some things I just like to keep private.”

“You don’t have to explain,” she said, “I understand.”

 He held out his hand and gave her a wink. “So what now? Do we start over?”

His hand was Kade himself. Warm, strong with the right mixture of soft and rough. Touching him felt right. It felt like nothing could go wrong as long as she was in his embrace. It felt as if Allie had come home. If he didn’t feel the same, God help her.

Kade let out a breath that he wasn’t aware of holding when she took his hand. When Allie left the table he had considered what she said. He had even gone as far as to start his way over to the blond. About ten feet away he changed directions. He never walked away from a sure thing. He especially didn’t leave a woman he knew was willing for one that had just dumped him. Waiting outside the ladies’ room was agonizing. Kade had done his best to look like he was doing anything other than waiting for a woman. When the blond and her friends passed by trying to catch his eye Kade knew that he had dodged a bullet.

Then Allie appeared and Kade knew. It amazed him how wrong people were. He didn’t hear bells and whistles, what he heard was a soft voice that called to his soul. A missing piece he hadn’t been aware was missing until she placed her hand in his.

Sounds like a great read, Missy! Best wishes and thanks for visiting!

Lyndi

Buy links:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/178704

http://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Love-ebook/dp/B008H50OLU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347397290&sr=1-1&keywords=melissa+goodman

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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