Guest Post by Sandy Wright
Late October is my favorite time of year, especially Halloween. For me, it’s magic in the truest sense. A time when all bets are off, and we can act out, children and adults, without restraint or fear of judgment. This holiday is the dark aesthetic blended with romance, myth, and rebellion. When the leaves change and the evenings go chilly, I’m transported back to running the neighborhood with my pals in Zorro capes, witch’s hats, and black cat costumes complete with swishing tail. I recall a knot of children screaming on a front porch when the homeowner, a normally mild-mannered adult, opens the door in full wolf’s garb and growls, “Do you dare ask for candy?”
On this one extraordinary night, we willingly run into the dark rather than away from it. We grope in the pitch black field of cornstalks, brittle and bleached white like bones in the light of a crescent moon. We pay to scream with strangers in dark haunted houses, stuffy with billowing fog.
Wait! Listen: I think I hear something scratching outside. Halloween waits. Let’s have some fun. You coming?
3 teaspoon whole cloves
1 gallon apple cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup orange juice
Wash the oranges, then stud them with the cloves. Pour the cider into a large pot and warm over low heat. Add the studded oranges, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Let simmer uncovered for 13 minutes. Add the orange juice. Serve in your favorite Halloween mugs.
Sandy Wright lives in Arizona with her husband, a super-smart Border Collie/Aussie mix named Teak, and two huge black panther cats (18 pounds each), named Salem and Shadow Moon. Their daddy, Magick, was even bigger! He's featured in her debut novel, Song of the Ancients, the first book in a paranormal suspense series, Ancient Magic.
Her debut novel involves witchcraft and Native American medicine magic, and is set in the energy-laden town of Sedona, Arizona.
"It was interesting to introduce the concept of witchcraft, seen through the eyes of an ordinary, non-magical woman, and go through her reactions and disbelief along with her," Sandy says. "While I did a lot of research for this book, most of the magical stuff I drew from my own Wiccan background and practice.”
Sedona is but one earth "power site" around the world. The Ancient Magic series will take Samantha and Nicholas, as well as a few secondary characters, to adventures at other sacred sites. The second book, tentatively titled Stones of the Ancients, will take us to the ancient standing stones of Wales and Scotland, where Sandy traced her own heritage while researching the book. The series continues to Hawaii to learn about Pele, the Goddess of fire and volcanos, and it will conclude somewhere along the ancient icy land bridge of the First People, maybe Alaska or Siberia.
Brinda's Review: Song of the Ancients
Fans of Deborah Harness' Discovery of Witches will love Song of the Ancients. Samantha is a strong young woman who moves to a new place so she might recover from a divorce. Enter the mysterious and sexy Nicholas, a man with questionable intentions. He's a definite alpha who kept me guessing his next move.
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I have a new release this week! Fit for Love is the third book in the Stand By Me series. All of the books in this series are standalone but have connected characters. This is a story of a fake engagement and finding the person of your heart. I hope you enjoy Aiden and Makenna's story.
Title: Fit for Love (Stand By Me #3)
Author: Brinda Berry
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 27, 2016
Fitness Trainer. Bartender. Fake fiancé.
I didn't plan to fall for her. One minute I'm kissing a stranger on New Year's Eve and the next I'm engaged. It's only a misunderstanding, but I'll take advantage of this unexpected gift. A convenient fake engagement is just what the doctor ordered for my dying grandmother.
Songwriter Makenna Ross is the hottest woman I've ever met, and she's been strumming at my heartstrings from our very first kiss. And her little boy? He's stolen my affection, too.
When Makenna's ex-boyfriend hears of our engagement, the lie grows bigger. Bolder. Realer. Yeah, yeah. I majored in physiology, not English.
There's something she's not telling me. The harder I chase, the faster she runs. She's perfect for me, if she'll let her guard down and let go of her past.
This is my chance to have everything I ever wanted.
I'm Aiden Alesini, and I'll do whatever it takes to win her love.
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A Talk With Susan About London
Brinda: Susie, I am so envious of your world travels! Where have you been jetting off to lately? What was your favorite thing to do?
Susan: I recently visited London, England, where I lived for nearly three years. The London skyline has changed immensely in the past ten years with new buildings like "The Shard" and "The Walkie Talkie". . . but one of my favorite places to visit is where I used to live: SE1.
Brinda: I've never heard of this place. Tell me about it! Do you have photos?
Susie: It's an area that encompasses both new and old. London's City Hall, The Shard, and London Bridge station are there along with more historic sites, such as The George Inn, Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, Drake's Golden Hind, Winchester Palace, Shakespeare's Globe, the notorious Clink Prison, and Tower Bridge. Of these wonderful sites, I love nothing more than to take a stroll through Borough Market and have a bite to eat, then have a sweet at my favorite bakery, Konditor & Cook, and walk along the Thames path a bit before settling in to enjoy the architecture and song of Southwark Cathedral - the resting place of William Shakespeare's brother, Edmund. After an afternoon spent absorbing the sites and sounds of the area, it's delightful to end the day with dinner and drinks at The George Inn with London friends.
Brinda: Thanks so much visiting. If I can't visit all these places, at least I can see them through your eyes.
Susan McCauley fell in love with writing, theater, and film when she was eight years old. That passion inspired her to receive a B.A. in Radio-Television with a minor in Theater from the University of Houston, a M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and a M.A. in Text & Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s College in London. Susie also studied acting at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) in Los Angeles.
While living in Los Angeles, Susan wrote the story for and produced a short film, which later won awards at the Houston International Film Festival and the Seabrook Film Festival. In 2002, Susan moved to London to further explore professional theater. While in London, her stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose” was performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s George Bernard Shaw Theatre; and, scenes from her play The Prisoner: Princess Elizabeth were performed at HMS Tower of London. She returned home to the U.S. in 2005. In 2007, she was the line producer of the Emmy Award nominated Civil War short film Now & Forever Yours: Letters to an Old Soldier.
Her short stories, "The Nest" and "The Cask" have been published in different anthologies. Susan is currently working on her third novel. She also teaches writing and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, son, and two crazy cats - Lexi and Merlin.
Abbie and I talk about what we discovered as pet peeves while critiquing each other's manuscripts.
Who is my incredibly talented partner in vlogging? Meet Abbie Roads!
Seven Things about Abbie Roads:
1.She loves Snicker Parfaits. Gotta start with what’s most important, right?
2.She writes dark emotional books featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages.
3.By day she’s a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. At night she burns up the keyboard. Well… Burn might be too strong a word. She at least sits with her hands poised over the keyboard, waiting for inspiration to strike. And when it does—the keyboard might get a little warm.
4.She can’t stand it when people drive slowly in the passing lane. Just saying. That’s major annoying. Right?
5.She loves taking pictures of things she thinks are pretty.
6.She’s represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary.
7.Her first book will be out October 2016 through Sourcebooks.
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If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I'm one of Abbie Roads' biggest cheerleaders. When she said she was having a trailer reveal, I was on board. I not only love this book, but I have a vested interested in the trailer.
Several months ago, I talked with Abbie about creating her trailer. Now mind you, I was excited as a kid finding out it's time to put up the Christmas tree.
What are the steps in creating a trailer like this one for RACE THE DARKNESS? It's definitely a team effort.
1. Concept: Abbie and I discussed the feel. I knew early on that we were going for romantic, evocative, and emotional.
2. Length: Most trailers should be between 1 and 1 1/2 min. unless you want the viewer to leave and make popcorn.
3. Tool: I used Adobe After Effects software. This effect is called double exposure--the overlay of two images.
4. Content: Abbie chose the music and images. Both lend suspenseful and emotional depth to this visual story.
5. Script: I asked Abbie to come up with short phrases (different from her blurb) that tell the story with a tease. She scored!
I hope you enjoy Abbie's trailer. Then mosey on down to the pre-order links and grab a copy while it's on your mind.
Cautionary note...I cringe when I see other authors using copyrighted movie clips and hit music for a trailer. It's unlikely they paid the thousands (or more) to use such material and is illegal. Everything in Abbie's trailer came with a price tag and a license for usage.
RACE THE DARKNESS Blurb:
Cursed with a terrible gift…
Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.
A gift that threatens to engulf them...
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.
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