Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Caging at Deadwater Manor & Sandie Will

Hi all!
I wanted to introduce you to one of my new favorite Authors...Sandie Will.



I asked her some interview questions so enjoy reading her responses:

What is your name? Do you use a pen name (if so, why?)?

Sandie Will (I don’t use a pen name)

Tell me a bit about yourself:

I am an observer.  I’ve been told many times that I’m too quiet, but I think it’s more that it’s hard for me to discern my thoughts in real time. Sometimes it takes me a while to process how I’m feeling in the moment and I have to dive into it and climb out later, usually alone. I’d rather take in moments in time and hold onto them, only to share them with someone special later, whether it’s my husband of 29 years or the readers of my work. I love the frenzy of the birds early in the morning, the stillness following an afternoon rain shower and the tenderness of an evening sunset, but I have difficulty explaining why in a conversation. Perhaps this explains my need to write or paint or draw.  It’s my most comfortable way of expressing how I feel or how I think someone else feels. I have to feel it to share it and when I do, it’s like I’m giving you a part of me.

I am also a learner.  My mind never stops.  I have spent years learning geology, my profession, both in college and in the field.  In more recent years, I have added the disciplines of management and leadership to my career and found that I have a passion for helping others succeed.  And yet, this analytical mind pushes me to be creative every day.  So, when I was no longer required to write technical reports, I switched to authoring novels – one extreme to the other, it seemed to me. But it’s really not.  It’s more like an extension of me.  
 

What type of genre do you write?

I’m still trying out different genres, but my tendency is to write dark, especially for the younger audience. I love getting into the mind of a tortured character or feeling the fear of the unknown – and then bringing it to the reader.  So, it seems that my genre is turning out to be young adult psychological thrillers, though I have written a time travel and dabbled in children’s books (not dark, of course!).

What genre to you personally read?

I love creepy mixed with the unexplained – novels that make you question afterwards such as paranormal thrillers, especially if the character has a relationship with the entity or is in fear of their life.  I love science fiction especially with a disaster involved or exploring space, and good historical fictions that are intertwined with romance, tragedy and the human struggle between right and wrong.  I also love horrors, especially those written by Stephen King, vampire/werewolf/witch novels and various YA novel series such as Twilight and Hunger Games.

Tell me about your latest?

Currently, I have a YA psychological thriller being released by Caliburn Press titled, The Caging at Deadwater Manor.  This book is a fiction but is based on a discovery my dad made while working at a psychiatric hospital long ago, which he only recently shared with me.  I also incorporated patient treatments and routines that both of my parents described from earlier careers, as well as research that I conducted on other psychiatric hospitals.  The cover art was recently released and I’ve had numerous accolades on it including one from Dawne Dominique who wrote that she loved the cover because it was “creepy and beautiful all at the same time.” Here’s the book blurb and cover art:

 ABOUT THE CAGING AT DEADWATER MANOR:

On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew.

Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father’s clutches, but he has different plans.  He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Will she be locked away forever?

COVER ART:



Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.  I still shudder at the thought of that book.  It was the first time I had concerns for my own safety because a demon could be lurking anywhere! Ha!  No, but seriously, it did make me question whether the demon actually possessed her or whether she was absolutely insane.  Not sure how she would make her own head do a 360, but hey, stranger things have happened, right?

What has been your best moment as a writer?

I think it’s on its way with my debut novel, but so far, it would be receiving the email offering me a contract for The Caging at Deadwater Manor.  It was such an incredible feeling, knowing that a publisher thinks you’re good enough to take the risk, especially an unknown like me.

Who is your author idol?

Stephen King, of course.  He’s the king of creepy.  IT – need I say more? He knows how to build a setting and keep the story moving with intrigue even in the simplest of things such as the autumn leaves and the complexities of the human mind in his novels such as Needful Things.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?

My dream has come true as far as my geology career, but writing fiction is still new to me.  There’s way more for me to learn and I have a long way to go.  I can’t wait to create more new characters, settings, twists and turns in future novels and extend my list of available books. 

What does your workspace look like?

I have an old writer’s desk that I found in a local antique shop.  It’s nestled between the cat perch and dinner table in my second-story sunroom with a beautiful view of my yard.  I especially like to watch and listen to the birds’ squawk and carry on at the bird feeder and even started a children’s series regarding it.  Maybe someday, I’ll get back to writing children’s books again.  There’s a short story series on my blog about the desk called “The Writing Desk Saga” at: http://www.sandiewill.com/blog/category/the-writing-desk-saga


Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

No, but I think that’s because my income is from a different profession.  I don’t have the pressure of having to write.  I write because I need to but from an internal pressure.  If a scene is becoming difficult for me to feel, I’ll set it aside for days or weeks and come back to it when I’m ready.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I mostly work as a manager for a state agency. I have a staff of 15 geologists, drillers and technicians who study the characteristics of aquifers in our 16-county area to collect the data needed for evaluating and protecting future water supplies.  In my spare time, I promote my upcoming book on social media, run a science blog, help other authors promote their books, draw, read novels and geologic information, plan my marketing strategy for my book release, and spend time with my family and pets.  Family time usually includes Sunday afternoon barbecues near the pool with a competitive game of pool beer pong with my two adult sons and travel to Disney World, cruises, family reunions and trips out west for my mountain fix! I also like to bake cupcakes, cookies, and pies and most notoriously known for angel cookies and pumpkin pie which my family begs for way too early in the season (I have a blog on this at http://www.sandiewill.com/blog/for-the-love-of-pumpkin).

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Being patient with yourself.  Sometimes it can take awhile to develop a story and even when you think you have it down, a character will pop up out of nowhere and you’re back to more brainstorming.  For me, writer’s block means that I haven’t fully vetted the story yet and I need to go back to outlining and figuring out more details.

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?

It happened when I no longer wrote technical reports or college papers after becoming a manager and finishing my degree. If you would have asked me if I’d be sitting here waiting for my book release ten years ago, I would have told you, “No way.”  But here I am! I didn’t realize how much I would miss writing and how much it was a part of my life until later.  I have to admit that I find writing novels way more fun!

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Learn the art of writing, but leave some room for your own creativity.  Think outside the box.  Having good grammar, spelling and typing skills can help immensely – take classes in these if you struggle. Be prepared for lots of marketing on social media and other outlets.  There’s a lot to learn with website designs and using social media.  I have lots of Twitter tips at the following link: http://www.sandiewill.com/blog/category/social-media.  Help other authors with their promotions and be guests on their blogs and live events.  Be engaged on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+ and other social media outlets.  It takes a lot of time, so use Hootsuite or another similar app for scheduling posts.  Speaking of which, I need to update my Goodreads account and look into Snapchat and Google+. It never ends!

After this book, what is next?

My next book, Time Lands, is a middle-grade historical time-travel series, which is complete and ready to go to the publisher. It’s about a girl who meets a guy from 1849 Ireland and all the adventures that go along with it. 

I am currently writing another dark, YA psychological thriller.  The title is pending, but so far, I’m calling it, Vision’s Edge.  I’m still developing this story, but I can tell you that there’s a huge tragedy that occurs which leads to some peculiar behavior. 

Your website? I have two websites.  My author website (Sandie Will, Author) includes my novel information and can be found at: www.sandiewill.com.  My blog can be found there as well and it includes my experiences during publishing, social media tips, short stories and novel news (www.sandiewill.com/blog). 


Other websites?
I have a science website called Rock-Head Sciences that features geoscientists (mostly geology and geography) from around the world who have shared their careers and advice for students at www.rockheadsciences.com.  My field, career and travel experiences are also on this site.  Blogs on the website are also posted to Facebook (Rock-Head Sciences) and Twitter (@RockHeadScience).


Where can your book be found?

My book has not been released yet, but it will be available online at all the major bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, my website (http://www.sandiewill.com), Caliburn Press and other bookstores.  For updates on the status of my novels, please follow me on Facebook (Sandie Will, Author), Twitter (@SandieWillWrite), Instagram (sandie_will), and Goodreads, where I actively share writing tips, updates on my novels, and information on other author novels. Also, please sign up for my newsletter on my website at www.sandiewill.com.


Thank you, Jodie, for having me as a guest on your website and helping me with my upcoming book release, especially the Facebook Live cover reveal for The Caging at Deadwater Manor and author takeover event yesterday.  The event was a great success and I met many other authors and readers in the process.

Sandie is an amazing person so please check out her books and links! She is very interesting and has an all-around great personality! I wish her the best of luck!!!

Keep Writing!
Jodie

  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Author Elizabeth Morgan

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Author Elizabeth Morgan to my blog today!

She is here to promote her new book Blood Secrets.

 

Blurb, Excerpt and Prologue:

Blood Secrets
Blood Series: Book Two

Blurb:

When your life is messed up to begin with, how much worse can it really get?

Heather Ryan's life has never been simple. The latest in a long line of descendants who have made it their mission to hunt down and slay the Ancient Vampire, Marko Pavel, she is also the first born Infected. Up until recently, the biggest downside to living with the Vampyrric Virus was simply that she craved blood, but after receiving a DVD from her deceased Grandmother Sofia and being kidnapped with friend and so called guardian Werewolf, Brendan Daniels, she quickly discovers that she is also the inspiration behind the Vampires’ attempt to create a whole new breed of super monsters—Hybrids.

The truth comes at a cost, but how much does one have to sacrifice to gain success?

Following the breadcrumbs left by her psychic Grandmother, Heather and Brendan find themselves in new territory. Venice is where Heather hopes to find Marie, the second Bloodling of Marko, along with Brendan's three taken Pack members. But an old Peace Pact between the Italian Pack and the Colony means they are left hunting blind, and due to the Italian Alpha's reluctance to believe their story of kidnap and experimentation on Loup-Garous, time is running out. So when help comes from an unlikely source, they have no choice but to accept.

All families have secrets, but blood can't lie.

Caught up in an intricate and complicated scheme spun by the one she trusts the most and the friend of her enemy, Heather soon discovers that she is the pawn in a plan she would never have been able to conceive. But how many of her new allies were in on the game, to begin with?

This title contains explicit language, violence, and some scenes of a sexual nature.

Length: 127,000 words | Content: Urban Fantasy| Publisher: Elizabeth Morgan

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Blood Secrets is also available in print from Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

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Excerpt:

The walkway appeared desolate... Darkness almost shrouded the passage, but the streetlights of Venice, which stretched across the seemingly black water of the Grand Canal, cast slithers of light through the tall stone arches. A gust of wind ran past me and I shivered, the small tremble causing drops of water to fly from my soaked clothing and stain the grey slabs beneath me.
A howl pierced the night sky, then another and another; a unison of agonizing cries echoing around the maze of buildings that made Central Venice so unique.
To say that Ken doll was going to be pissed that I had took off was an understatement, but I couldn’t lose this chance. I wasn’t going to lose Marie.
Pulling my sword from its sheath, I made my way towards the intricate iron gates which were open, held in place by chains that locked into two hoops that protruded from the grey bricks.
Moving past the rough metal, I peered into the square, outer foyer to find the main double doors to the nest stood wide open in invitation, giving me the perfect view of the long, quiet hallway. I inhaled deeply. The stench of ancient earth polluted the air.
With a steadying breath, I stepped through the doorway and past the two round pillars. Three large iron lanterns hung from the ceiling. A mosaic of stained glass caging the bulbs inside, casting fragments of multi-coloured light across the cream walls. The glow from them curled around the sculptures lining the walls, the shadows of their perfect forms stretched across the blank canvas, disfiguring as I moved past them.
My heart thundered in my chest, so loud that I was pretty damn sure it was drowning out the squelch of water in my boots as I tread lightly and swiftly across the coral and ivory diamond tiles. Droplets of water continued to travel down my skin and beneath my clothes, which already clung to me like a second skin. My curls were a drenched mess. Stray strands had escaped the bun I had shoved my hair in earlier, the wet chunks sticking to my face and neck.
I walked past the two sets of closed double doors which sat across from each other. My focus strayed to the enclosed, dimly lit stairwell on my right.... It was now blocked off by an iron gate similar to the one protecting the front entrance. Another set of doors sat closed to my left, but it was the archway at the end of the hallway that I was drawn to—the only other doors that lay wide open in invitation, and despite the light in the chamber being dim, I knew she was in there, waiting for me.
Oxygen burned my lungs. A stitch had claimed my right side, and the scent of blood from my weeping wounds had my senses peaking. Only this task remains.
Tightening my grip on the hilt of my sword, I moved into the large chamber. No furniture filled the space. All the curtains were drawn. The dark, thick material ran the length of the wall, indicating that the windows stood from ceiling to floor. The walls were painted in panels of patterns so fine, but I couldn’t make out the details. Not that the particulars of the interior of a nest ever really mattered. Although, this was by far the fanciest I had been in. My feet faltered as my gaze landed on him.
He stood like a statue in the centre of the room, his unseeing eyes, like white, misted glass, vacant and icy, focused on me. He could see me. He could see right through me....
The air caught in my lungs as pain seared through my lower back. I lurched, a scream lodged in my throat.
“You should have run while you had the chance.”
His voice sent a chill sweeping across my already frozen flesh.
I spun, sword loose in my grip, swiping at air. A delayed reaction, which only caused pain to ripple up my spine. Heat pulsed at the base of my back, a seeping warmth drawing the material of my damp T-shirt. The scent of my blood hit me once more. Shit.
“Brave of you to come back,” a female chortled.
Wiping the back of my hand across my eyes, I looked round the room. There was nowhere for her to hide but the shadows which claimed the corners. But why was she even hiding?
“What’s the matter, Marie? Are you afraid to face me one-on-one?”I straightened, gritting my teeth at the splintering pain stretching from my head to my toes. “I expected more from a first generation Leech, more from Marko’s Bloodling than peak-a-boo-attack.”
“You flatter yourself,” he said calmly.
I did. There was no reason for her to hide from me. Perhaps she wasn’t. Perhaps, this was just a game of cat and mouse to her, and she wanted to draw it out for as long as possible. Despite the fact she should be running for her wretched immortal life, despite the fact that she was no longer safe in her own territory, she hadn’t run. She was either egotistical or foolish, or maybe just clueless. One way or another, she was going to die before the sun rose.
“Face me, Marie,” I growled, tightening the grip on my sword. “Your son at least had the balls to—”
The air left my lungs as a weight barrelled into me.
In the back of my mind, I registered my sword slipping from my hand. A fact that was confirmed as the sound of metal clattering against marble echoed throughout the room. My head made impact with the wall. Pain exploded at the back of my skull. Stars burst behind my eyelids in a rush of glittering colours. I crumpled to the floor.
“Never speak of my son, puttana disgustosa.”
The words were snarled, but seemed distant due to the pounding in my ears. My eyes snapped open as blood coated my tongue. I rolled onto my side, gagging, wanting so badly to throw up, and yet, I had the urge to gulp, to swallow; to drink, and it was so damn strong.
“Pathetic.”
The word hammered at my temples, causing the pain that already cradled my head to stab sharper.
Pathetic. Perhaps I was pathetic. Perhaps I had been fooling myself all these years for clinging on to humanity when every primal instinct inside me hungered for blood, even my own. I was sick. I was no better than the monsters I killed, but I knew that already... Didn’t I?
“...you are not human, Heather. You have been lying to yourself. Thinking you can survive this way, lead a ‘normal life’ when you were born to be so much more...”
His words echoed in my mind, taunting me even though he stood quietly at the centre of the room.
“It is almost laughable, the idea that you thought you could stop us, destroy Marko after all those before you have failed.”
Breathing fast and hard, I twisted onto my knees. My arms trembled as I tried to push myself up.
“Where is he?” I bit the words out.
Marie’s foot connected with my abdomen. A crunch met my ears. Another scream lodged in my throat. Fists clenched, I curled myself into a ball, sucking in sharp breaths through my teeth as I tried to fight past the pain pulsing inside me.
“Where. Is. Marko?” The words were broken and strained as I tried to lift my head to look at her.
Marie grabbed me by my hair. A strangled cry burst from my lips as she dragged me up, sliding me against the wall. Nausea exploded in my stomach. Numbness claimed my cheeks and neck. I kicked helplessly. My legs were deadweight, but pins and needles shot through my calves each time my boots scuffed against the brick. I couldn’t feel my fingertips as I wrapped my hands round her wrist, feebly trying to break her iron grip.
She grabbed me by the throat with her free hand and pinned me high above her head. My hands dropped to the arm now holding me against the cold wall. My eyes widened as she stepped closer, into the soft stream of light coming through the doorway. If I could have breathed, I would have stopped at the sight of her angular, almost amphibian features.
Sweet Jesus, so this is what a first generation Vampire in full form looks like?
Like all transformed Vampires, her head was void of hair, but the bones beneath her face were moving. Her skin looked pasty and brittle as it stretched across the sharp and unnatural angles of her jaw and cheek bones. Her nose had caved into her skull, but her nostrils were large and wide, bat-like. And her eyes—deep crimson, so fucking inhuman, so lifeless I might have shivered if I had the strength to. The skin wriggled across her face... She was still shifting?
How much uglier can she get?
I jolted as something razor-sharp punched into my gut. Blood flooded my mouth, leaking from the corners as I fought to breathe. Tears filled my eyes as I glanced down, noting her free hand had pushed against my abdomen, her fingers embedded deep inside me.
“In the last place you, or any of your pathetic family, would ever think to look for him.”
Reality slowed down, or perhaps it was my heartbeat. Perhaps I was blacking out, but despite the pins and needles that tingled from my fingers straight down to my toes, the numbness that claimed every part of my body, despite the only feelings I had left being pain as she squeezed every breath of air from me, despite that, at this very moment, the only thing I should have been thinking about was that I was about to die, that I had failed my family, my grandmother... Brendan... a bulb pinged in my mind, and I had never seen the light so fucking clearly.
Her tongue slithered towards me, flicking across the blood staining my lips. She shuddered. “You should not have murdered my son.”
A howl echoed throughout the building. Hope fluttered in my struggling heart.
“It is time to leave.”
His voice jolted me, so innocent and calm, completely un-fazed by the scene playing out before him.
I lurched as she pulled her hand from inside me. Through my blurred gaze, I caught sight of the length of her now blood-stained talons as she brought her fingers to my face.
“Die knowing that you have failed, like the rest of your feeble family.”
Bones cracked and her jaw dislocated, her mouth widened, as her fangs extended—
A mountain of black fur barrelled into her.
I landed on the floor. My body screamed in protest, but no sound left me. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes. Hell, I couldn’t feel my body. Just the pain that resided in every point she had struck.
Dark shadows moved around the room, accompanied by growls and ear-splintering wails.
Another thundering howl rang through the building. I moved my focus to the doorway and found a copper-blond Werewolf standing in the frame. His golden gaze landed on me, widening.
My eyes fluttered, and the next thing I knew, he was beside me.
“I know where he is,” I rasped as Brendan’s flushed, sweat-slicked face filled my vision.
 “Shit. Heather?” Brendan’s hands fell to my stomach.
Searing pain exploded outward, stretching to my head and toes. An inhuman cry gurgled in my throat, the action causing more blood to ooze from my mouth.
“Christ.” Tears threatened to emerge in his emerald gaze. His hands moved to my face. “Why—What?” His jaw was tense. A growl vibrated in his throat. “God damn it, Heather. Why couldn’t you have fucking waited?”
A smile touched my lips. “Because, silly Wolf—” I closed my eyes. My brain felt as though it were churning in my skull, “—I now know where Marko is.”
Darkness took me.




October 15th, 2015
Sestiere San Polo, Venice, Italy
0.54 a.m.

Colours dispersed and the world turned to black once more.
“What did you see, Galen?” Her voice held an edge of expectation.
Lifting my head, I reached out with my mind, collecting the threads of consciousness floating about me, pulling them into myself, and reconnected with my four Bloodlings—Sorina, Leonardo, Kiya, and Carlos—who still stood in the corners of the formal first floor sitting room. Their sight became mine and their focus had remained on Marie still seated on the purple chaise longue opposite me. The crystal wine glass cradled in her hand was half drained, the blood trailing down the transparent surface indicating she had just taken a mouthful a moment prior, but now, her attention fixated on me.
“She is here.” I relaxed into the matching arm chair. “The Ancestor is in Italy.”
One finely plucked eyebrow arched. The muscles in her neck flexed. “When did she arrive?”
The vision had been strong, so much stronger than the last time I had perceived the events to come, but this time, it had been different. This time, I had seen the upcoming events through the Infected Slayer’s eyes and not my own, which meant only one thing—Marko’s Ancestor was close.
The eyelids of my Bloodlings flickered. Scenery flashed through my mind, changing within the blinking darkness. I reached out through them, to the others I had planted around the borders, until I found someone close... “Her feet hit Italian soil almost fifteen minutes ago. She is alone, and she is in Venice.”
I pulled back until my focus returned to the room once more. A smile tugged at the corner of my lips at the sight of Marie sending her wine glass towards the wall on her right. Crystal broke into a thousand small shards. The blood splashed against the gold, paisley-patterned wallpaper before sliding all the way down to pool on the mahogany panelled floor.
Pushing herself from the chaise longue, she twisted in the direction of the closed double doors.
“Emilio!” Her voice bellowed throughout the tall front room.
No doubt the rest of the Colony had heard her throughout the building. Easy to imagine the rage thundering in her voice had sent ripples down the Grand Canal. The idea amused me.
“You are too late.” I laced my palms and laid them in my lap. “She has been picked up already. The Alpha sent someone for her. A human, naturally. The car is already en route, and I would say she has less than ten minutes before she crosses into Werewolf territory...” and out of your reach.
My unspoken words weighed heavy in the air, and I delighted in the fury that sent her perfect posture rigid.
The thick mahogany doors to the left of the room flew open. One panel banged into the corner of the nearby dresser, sending the set of unlit candles and their polished gold holders tumbling onto their sides. The other door had almost blocked out the view I had of the room, but my mind filled with the sight of Leonardo’s hand as he curled his fingers around the edge, stopping the heavy wood before it hit him in the face.
Emilio strolled in. The burly male tipped his head to his Mistress. His dark eyes penetrated her on a level that screamed carnal desire. “You called—”
Marie held up her hand to cut off her Bloodling.
“Why am I only just hearing of this, Galen?” Her head flicked back to me. The loose dark curls that had been purposely left out of her pinned-up hair bounced around her slender face. She moved towards me, one long leg before the other, her black leather pencil skirt rippling like a second skin and the strike of her heels replicating the cool and steady beat of the pulse she didn’t possess. “Why did you not tell me sooner? Marko will—”
“Do not pretend to know what the Master will do.” I unlaced my hands and rested them on the arms of my chair. “The Ancestor’s arrival is as...surprising to myself as it is to you, but then after the recent change in our plans, my instructions were to keep watch over the projects and keep tune to the path that will lead us all to success.”
I moved my focus swiftly and watched through the eyes of Sorina, who stood behind me on the right, as Marie circled round me.
“But do you not think the Slayer is able to ruin our plans? Do you not think it would have been wise for your focus to partly be on her also?”
“I am following the instructions of our Master, but yes, I suppose you are right. Then again, if she had died when she was supposed to—”
“But she did not die, did she?”
“Her survival is not my fault.”
“No, but you never mentioned that her survival was a possibility. Strange in itself, and I am sure Marko will think the same.” She stopped in front of me, a smile creeping along her full lips. “Whatever will he think when he hears that you have neglected to inform him of the girl’s actions for a second time? Anyone would think you wanted her to survive. That you wanted her to—”
“Her survival was always a possibility. Something I have pointed out before, but it seems no one is ever interested in listening to the details. Although, I have to say that our Master seemed rather pleased to hear of her survival.”
A smile graced my lips at the sight of the frown forming on Marie’s face. “So, sadly, Marko will not share your views on finding such matters strange. Then again, he does grasp the details of my gift far better than you ever have.”
Her frown morphed into a scowl.
“It is an extraordinary gift, Marie, but alas, I am not God. If I were, then, and as I assured Marko, everything would have gone to plan, but since I have to rely on others of our kind and their abilities to follow instructions, well, I am surprised we have gotten to this stage of the plan.
“The possibility of the Slayer’s survival had been minimal, which means her death was a very strong possibility, but then due to the spontaneous decision Luca made at the last second, her chance of survival expanded. Luca’s foolish choice to indulge himself cost us time. He did not inform Constance that the Ancestor had followed him to the allocated blood house, meaning Michael was not informed, and therefore, she had a chance to slay all our kind who were present, and her Wolf wrecked the place. Their abduction was supposed to be swift, easy. If it were not for the one surviving Vampire who had the sense to flee and inform Constance, the Slayer would have skipped out of the blood house and we would have lost our window of opportunity to take her and the dog.
“As for Lance, as idiotic as he was in his theories of what she is, he did manage to get the results needed, but the fool clearly did not make the right calculations for sedation when it came to the Werewolf. Ridiculous, since he had been studying their kind long enough, but the proximity of the facilities’ location to the Pack and the full moon played key parts in his failure. It is not my fault that the lower generation are completely incapable of doing as they are told. Trust was instilled to them. They were informed of our goal, and the severity and importance of what we wish to achieve. They were all given a time frame to work in, but Lance took his time and decided to divert from his purpose and that of the Farr facility.”
Lance had been put in charge of finding out if it were possible to reverse the effects of our mutation in Infecteds. There were far too many due to the carelessness of the lower generation not feeding properly, and too many idiots had been given the gift of immortality. The Farr facility had been a holding pen, if anything, for all the Infecteds we had managed to round up in the last ten years. Population control, as it were; not that they wouldn’t serve some use in our cause.
Lance had been instructed to take some DNA samples and run tests, to check the Slayer’s vitals and then dispose of her once we had everything we needed. The secret of her DNA was all we needed. He had been told to get as much Were-gene as possible from the male as we were running low on it, and to send any Loup-Garous they caught to us. He was not told to figure out how the girl had survived for twenty-one years, or to test if she had any of our abilities. Such information could be discovered by testing our theories on any of the  Infecteds or whoever was needed, but Lance had always been a curious, sadistic creature who wanted so much to excel at everything. He had taken his role far too seriously and got it into his head that he was solely responsible for our endeavours, that the advancement of our species had been his idea and his alone. His curiosity mixed with his need to prove our theories had been wrong. By conducting his own experiments, he had almost ruined everything. Thankfully, he never had the eye for details. Unfortunately, he had been the only suitable Vampire to put in charge of the Scottish facility, but fortunately, such egotism and reluctance to do as he was told had inevitably cost him his life, and regrettably meant that the Ancestor and her pet had escaped.
“Am I supposed to watch everyone?” I lifted my head, and through Sorina’s eyes, I could see my face was at the right angle to be on level with Marie’s. “Do you suppose Marko blamed my slips in focus when he heard how I had to figure out an alternative path for us, which would not have occurred in the first place if your foolish son could follow the simplest instruction—?”
Her hand was wrapped round my throat within an instant, grip tight considering her slender fingers. Her lips hovered near my ear as she leaned over me. “Do not speak ill of my son, Galen, or—”
What, Marie?”
I remained still. My connection fixed onto Kiya as Emilio’s men crowded in the doorway. Shifting focus, I looked through the eyes of Carlos who stood to my left; a clear view of the side of Marie’s face came into focus and I noticed her skin ripple across her bones.
Luca was still a sore point. Perhaps he always would be. The idiot had been her only son, and her first Bloodling, and she had suffered greatly at his demise a few weeks earlier; was still suffering from the severed link.
He had deserved to die, though. It only served him right for choosing to indulge in carnal pleasure instead of calling for the United Colony leader, Michael, the instant he knew the Slayer had followed him.
Although Marko hadn’t been pleased to learn that Michael—despite being aware of our plans and knowing full well that Luca was only making an appearance in London as a form of bait to ensnare the Infected Ancestor—had sent some lower generation Vampires out the night before, to kill her. Laughable in itself since the fresher batch of our species were clumsy and driven only by their cravings, but even more so was the thought that the United Colony leader thought he would get away with blaming the oafs for not knowing any better. Luckily, and despite my current argument, I always kept watch. My own Bloodlings were planted in every country throughout the world and therefore at my use to run interference when and if needed. I learned a long time ago that one could never fully trust or even depend on their own species. Unlucky for Michael, neither Marko nor I cared enough for him to divulge that his pitiful existence was going to be cut short, and very soon.
Marie still didn’t understand how events were linked, but that was simply because she forgot the fundamental rule—though Fate was prewritten; we all had our own will, and our choices affected everything and everyone around us. One decision could break an easily made chain of circumstances and a person could veer from the path completely. Fusing those events back into the original plan was never easy, but often possible, especially if the weaver was determined to achieve a particular goal.
We had lost a couple of hours due to Luca’s idiocy, and if Lance had killed the Infected Slayer when he had been told to instead of toying with her at every opportunity, then she wouldn’t be in Italy at this very moment. She wouldn’t be able to ruin our plans.
Sitting straight, I turned my face so my own lips were resting against Marie’s ear. “What do you think you can do? Kill me? Do you know what Marko will do to you, if you were to end me?”
Her grip tightened.
My voice dropped to a rough whisper.
“Kill me, and you will kill all hope of success for our race, for the plan Marko has had for a decade, the plan he clings to as though it were a lifeline.” Pain pinched my fingertips as my nails lengthened. “I was his first Bloodling, or have you forgotten that fact? I am his first, Marie. I am his main lifeline.”
I punched my hand through her stomach, my talons slicing easily through her flesh and muscle. She lurched. Her blood coated my skin as I rummaged round her innards, curling my fingers around her spine. Her body grew rigid. Her hand left my throat, falling to my arm. Nails dug into my flesh as she tried so hard to break my grip.
“Galen.” My name left her lips on a broken whimper. “Ti prego...
I rubbed my cheek next to hers, the tiniest spark of heat generated at the friction, and I watched through the eyes of my tense Bloodlings as her rich-toned skin paled, as her own pathetic Bloodlings shrank back in the doorway, unsure of what to do.
I kept my voice low, calm.
“No matter how you may see me, Marie, let this be the last time you forget who I am.” I tightened my grip on her spine. A crunch broke through the silence and she trembled. A raw cry scratched her throat. “My body might be small, my persona innocent, but never forget the fact that I am older and stronger than you, and if you ever disrespect me before this Colony, or any other, again, not only will I pull your fangs from their roots, I will also rip your tongue from your throat. Do I make myself clear?”
She nodded, her cold skin brushing against mine once more, the tiny spark of heat so sweet, and yet so unbearable.
“Good.”
Letting go of her spine, I withdrew my hand and beckoned Carlos forth. He removed his white shirt and offered it to me.
Marie stumbled back until her legs hit the chaise longue. The front of her ivory silk blouse was in tatters. Blood, thick and black, oozed from the wound in her midriff, coating her fingers, soaking the expensive, glossy material. She collapsed. Her face was a gratifying picture of shock and mortification—mouth slack, skin paler, eyes wide and glazed.
Emilio rushed towards her, grabbing the glass bottle of blood from the side table. Guiding her head back, he pressed the rim to her trembling lips and poured the crimson liquid down her throat.
Hand and arm clean, I handed back Carlos’ now blood-stained shirt.
“The Ancestor has come to Italy to find you, and you can thank your son for that.” I rested my hands on the arms of my chair and relaxed into the cushions. “Luca gave up your whereabouts in a plea to save his life. Much good it did him.”
Emilio moved back as Marie sat up, the wound in her stomach closing.
“If she is here...” she swiped the blood from her mouth with the back of her hand and looked towards me. “Then she will die?”
A question, as though she doubted her own ability to kill the Slayer. Perhaps she was humouring me, or being coy. Maybe her question was genuine, but no, like her Maker, she gambled too much on the knowledge she was given of the future. Like her Maker, she had never fully understood that Fate didn’t lay out one single, straight path, but a map with many routes. Certain choices could change one’s direction, but then there was always more than one outcome to any situation. Still, some moments were just fixed in time, some events had to happen, some were written in stone, and no matter what choices were brought into play, the outcome would remain the same. Or at least it would if it was a wanted outcome and one had a little insight to give guidance to the necessary individuals. Success was always possible when one had the power to keep an eye on matters.
 “Heather Ryan’s life will end here.”

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Scottish Werewolves: freaky Vampires and a Slayer with a bad addiction and an insane legacy. Add a big dose of sarcasm, sizzling chemistry; a lot of silver and a ton of blood and . . . Welcome to the Blood Series.

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About the Author:

Elizabeth Morgan is a multi-published author of urban fantasy, paranormal, erotic horror, f/f, and contemporary; all with a degree of romance, a dose of action and a hit of sarcasm, sizzle or blood, but you can be sure that no matter what the genre, Elizabeth always manages to give a unique and often humorous spin to her stories.

Like her tagline says; A pick ‘n’ mix genre author. “I’m not greedy. I just like variety.”
And that she does, so look out for more information on her upcoming releases at her website: www.e-morgan.com

Away from the computer, Elizabeth can be found in the garden trying hard not to kill her plants, dancing around her little cottage with the radio on while she cleans, watching movies or good television programmes – Dr Who? Atlantis? The Musketeers? Poldark? American Horror Story? Heck, yes! – Or curled up with her two cats reading a book.


Speaking of bios, here's my Q&A with the Author:

Here is my Q&A with her:

What is your name? Do you use a pen name (if so, why?)?

I do use a pen name and it is Elizabeth Morgan. The reason I use this name, and it might sound crackers, is because half of my family is religious and I won’t let them read what I write. Not that I am ashamed of what I write - far from it - but I write erotic romance, there is bad language, violence, and I never want to have to explain myself for why I write what I do. I enjoy what I write. So, I decided it was best to not put my birth name/family’s name on my work.

Tell me a bit about yourself:

I am a multi-published author, have been since 2011. I write a range of genres, which you will discover below. I live in a terraced cottage in Cheshire, UK with my two black cats. I entered this world wanting to be an actress, a desire that hasn’t died even though it has been almost ten years since I have performance. I love theatre and movies, reading - especially fairytales and folklore - sunflowers, food, the PC game the Sims. I collect Venetian masks. I like to draw, but I'm terrible at it.  Like gardening, but I never have any idea what I am doing. And I'm so happy to be hanging out with you all today. Thank you so much for having me J

What type of genre do you write?

At present my main genre is romance; anything from sweet to erotic. The subgenres I have written so far our; urban fantasy, contemporary, paranormal, and suspense. I would like to write - and have had ideas for - dystopian, futuristic, steampunk, and fantasy stories.

As a reader I enjoy many genres and as a writer I never wanted to limit myself. I have ideas for all types of stories set in many different worlds. I realize that can be a little off putting to potential readers as I have one pen name and write many different genres, but I love variety as I'm sure many people do and I want to be able to cater for all tastes. So for example, you may not like a contemporary I write, but you might enjoy my urban fantasy books.

From the day I started I decided that my author tag line was going to be: "A pick 'n' mix genre author. I'm not greedy I just like variety." So straight away everyone knows they're in for a selection. J

What genre do you personally read?
Oh, UF, Paranormal, Steampunk, Futuristic, Dystopian, Fairytales, anything to do with mythology, the odd contemporary, but all romance. I love a good romance.
Tell me about your latest?
Blood Secrets is the second book - third if you count the prequel - in my Blood Series. The series is an Urban Fantasy series mainly based in the UK - Scotland and London to be more exact - and it features Werewolves, Vampires, Slayers, the odd Psychic.
Blood Secrets continues from off from where Cranberry Blood (Book One) ended and our heroine, Heather Ryan finds herself in Italy.

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?

My mother use to read to me as a child, mainly fairytales. My grandmother use to tell me stories when I would visit her. We are fans of films in my house so I have grown up with watching stories as well.

In all honesty, although I read as a child I didn’t truly fall in love with reading until I was sixteen. My work colleague at my first job would talk to me about books and he got to understand that I love the paranormal etc. and he leant me Mooncalled by Patricia Briggs. I was hooked, and since then I haven’t been able to stop reading.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

No, I can’t say there has been a book that has changed my life. I have read many wonderful books that have moved me or made me think deeply about life, which is great. If a book can make you think or stir your emotions then it is a damn good book.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

I haven’t deliberately placed a message in my latest book, but on completion and now being able to look at the story, Blood Secrets, I would say the underlying message is to not let other people tell you who you are or what you can or can’t do, but to discover who you are and accept it; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

And also, that you can’t always trust the ones you love of the ones that are closest to you, just because you love them or because they are close to you.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

My challenge has been to believe I can write a book, and then to trust I will have another story inside me; to learn how to improve my writing, and to format a book etc.

There is a lot to learn about being a writer. It isn’t as simple as have a story idea, plan the story, write the story, sell the story. There are rules for writing; habits you have to break, ways in which to make your story better etc. Editing can be really gruelling. If you self-publish, like I do, you have to learn to format, upload, and then you have all the promotion etc and then there is the nerves as your book is finally on sale and you don’t know if anyone will buy it, and if they do will they like it?

I have faced all the above, but the biggest challenge that I constantly face - not sure about other authors, and I’m not ashamed to admit this - but it is trying to get the book out there so people are seeing it, and might consider buying the book, and hopefully will buy the book. Generating sales is the biggest challenge I have come up against, and I’m still in the process of figuring it out.

What has been your best moment as a writer?

My best moment - or moments - is one I receive a review, or an email off a reader who said they enjoyed the book. Hearing that makes all the work worthwhile. J

Who is your author idol?

I don’t have an idol, but I do have a selection of authors that I greatly admire and respect, and whose work I would read regardless of what they wrote. So Ilona Andrews, Kit Rocha, and Dianna Hardy. I also admirer Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong, Jill Myles, Lara Adrian and Meljean Brook.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

That is a scary question lol but yes, I suppose my traits and thoughts do often slip into the characters that I write, though I wouldn’t want to look to closely at which traits, habits, thoughts etc are in there. But when you are creating, well, the story is very much a part of you. It’s been stewing in your mind for so long that when you begin writing, well; you are putting your heart and energy into that story. So yes, I probably am very much a part of some of my characters.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?

It is a dream to be able to write my stories, and the fact that people do purchase and enjoy them is amazing. But I don’t ever think that you stop working at your dream. So, I think there is always more to do, and sometimes your dream might change, but I think as long as you continue pushing forward and working, you will always achieve what you want to achieve.

What does your workspace look like?

Snug. My desk is small and it is cramped up in the corner of my bedroom. I have files piled on a bookshelf next to it, and swag and other bits piled away in boxes. Ugh. I would love an office and it is a goal I plan to achieve by the end of 2016.

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

I’ve had moments where I have worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish the book. Or times where I have been unable to get my head in the right place so I have been worried that I may never be able to write another book ever again. But I have never wanted to quit writing, no.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I read, or watch a movie or some good television. I do some gardening if the weather is nice… I try and do things to get me out of my head, because it is very hard to shut off from the characters that keep popping up in your mind.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Getting out in the real world and spending time with family and friends. Writing is a very isolating job. You are stuck in your own head, in a room and at a desk. Sometimes you forget that there is a whole world out there and you are a part of it. So, making time for fun, or even doing the every day, mundane tasks help.

Also, connecting and talking to other authors, because sometimes you feel like you are the only one who, for example, is finding a scene really hard to write, or it just won’t work. And you find yourself thinking that it has to be you because no other author will ever have this trouble. It’s not the case. All authors go through the same things. So, it is sometimes good to talk, exchange experiences and off-load with fellow hermits authors. :p

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?

No, I never had a moment where I realized I was meant to be a writer, however, every time I get to meet up with other authors, or go to book fairs etc. conversing with authors and readers... it’s wonderful, and I feel uplifted for days after such events. So, it is in those moments I realize that I am meant to be a writer. I love writing. I love stories. I love talking about writing stories. I just love it.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Writing a book isn’t easy. It is a torturous type of pleasure. Your brain will feel bloated. You will have sleepless nights. You won't eat at the correct time slots. You will shuffle around trying to do everyday tasks, while talking to your characters out loud, or reminding yourself about the things you decided needed to change in that scene etc. You will constantly wonder if anyone will like the story, understand it. You will get frustrated when words aren’t flowing. You will get mad when words are flowing, but you have to leave the house in ten minutes or you will miss your dentist appointment… but when you finish that book, oh the relief. When that book has been edited, polished, formatted, packaged, and promoted… when you release your story that you have spent so much time with, put your blood, sweat and tears into; spent countless hours wondering if it is any good…. And you see a review where the reader says they loved it… Well, it is worth it. Just for one person to love that book as much as you do. All the time, the work, the stress; it's so, so worth it.

So, my advice is; keep going, never give in, never give up. If you have a story to tell, if you have a billion stories to tell; write them and share them with the world.
After this book, what is next?

I recently got the rights back to my paranormal erotic short story, On the Rocks. So I will be self-publishing and re-release that book this Summer.

And I have started to plan book 1.5 in the Blood Series. It will feature a character we have heard of but not yet met, and a completely new hero, and this book will basically be tying up events that have gone on in the background between the end of Cranberry Blood (Book One) and Blood Secrets (Book Two).

Your website?

www.e-morgan.com

Your blog?

www.xxxxmyworldxxxx.blogspot.co.uk

Other websites?

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorElizabethMorgan/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethm2012/boards/
TSU:
https://www.tsu.co/ElizabethMorgan
Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/elizabeth_morgan

Where can your book be found?

My latest release, Blood Secrets (Blood Series: Book Two) can be found at the following sites:

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1VwXVL0
ARe: http://bit.ly/1W9We4s
Amazon US:
http://amzn.to/1Wb8S3b
Amazon UK:
http://amzn.to/1MDoLxP
iTunes:  
http://apple.co/1SyWjzp
Kobo:  
http://bit.ly/1VJCDJu
Barnes&Noble:
 http://bit.ly/1Snlyzp

Blood Secrets is also available in print from Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

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Scottish Werewolves: freaky Vampires and a Slayer with a bad addiction and an insane legacy. Add a big dose of sarcasm, sizzling chemistry; a lot of silver and a ton of blood and . . . Welcome to the Blood Series.

Start the Blood Series for FREE!
If you’re new to the Blood Series, but think you might enjoy the books then download your copy of She-Wolf (Blood Series: Prequel) for FREE today.


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