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CATALYST Book Release Blast!
HAPPY BOOK RELEASE to an AWESOME author – CASEY L.BOND!
Not only is she super nice but she also writes fantastic fiction and CATALYST is her latest YA Dystopian read and its OUT NOW!
If that’s not enough to get your reader radar zinging, then here’s the blurb…
The city of Confidence is surrounded by a thick, concrete wall. These walls are built to protect those within and to keep dangers outside. What happens when the only danger to the citizens within is its leadership?
When a young man on a suicide mission meets a young woman with a terminal illness, both of them use one another as a means to their own ends. They never expect to become friends. They never expect to become so much more to each other. Their backgrounds and the secrets they uncover are more dangerous than any plans they could make together or separately.
Revolution begins with a spark.
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Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.
Bond graduated from Hurricane High School in 1999. In 2003, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University in the field of Criminal Justice.
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Available or Soon-To-Be Released Books:
Pariah, Book 1 in The New Covenant Series
Paradox, Book 2, The New Covenant Series
Reap, Book 1 in The Harvest Saga
Resist, Book 2 in The Harvest Saga
Reclaim, Book 3 in The Harvest Saga
Sin (Serial Series)
Light in the Darkness (YA Anthology)
Fractured Glass (Novel Anthology)
Dark Bishop (Serial Series)
The Rain: Cover Reveal and Release Day Blitz
A long while back we silently released a dark urban fantasy into the world. It wasn’t seen by many but the few who read it loved it. As silently as it was released, it was taken down. We decided it needed a fresh launch, a launch that would do it justice, and a fantastic cover that reflected the story inside.
The Rain is finally ready and we want to share it with you; the readers and subscribers that have kept us going, advised and counselled and laughed and cried along with our characters.
If you are a blogger or reader that would like to take part in THE RAIN Cover Reveal and/or Release Day Blitz courtesy of Red Coat PR, then you can sign up here:
if you fancy an ARC then you can sign up for a copy here:
but hurry, there are limited copies available.
We would love you to take part and promise you the cover is absolutely stunning, courtesy of the amazing Jennifer Munswami of J.M Rising Horse Creations.
The Cover Reveal is on the 18th June 2015 and, trust us, this cover will look amazing on any blog! Eeeeep!
The Release Day Blitz is on the 25th June 2015 and there will be giveaways and swag galore, so sign up and be a part of a relaunch that’ll leave you gasping!
HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO US!
Today Jamie Cassidy is unleashed on the world. She loves YA novels in all genres and this is her first foray into writing the genre. Make her welcome and grab your copy of HAWTHORN (Darkling Saga Book 1) today!
A house on a hill.
A house filled with mirrors.
A house with eyes that watch your every move.
“I hate it on sight. It’s dull and large and clunky, a creepy old house with a creepy house smell.”
Learmonth Village has a history, a past that it holds dear, superstitions that it clings fast to. Learmonth House, however, is governed by its own set of rules, its own past. Gemma and her family are about to discover just what those rules are.
Learmonth has a pact with the darkness…
The darkness is hungry…
Pre-Order Celebration Giveaway!
Hawthorn is out there, up for pre-order, and we are so excited! In celebration of our debut foray into the YA Horror Fantasy genre, we teamed up with some truly fantastic indie authors to put together an amazing swag bag of ebooks to feed your kindle. Authors like, Casey L. Bond, Diana Nixon, Mary Smith, Kelly Van Hull and many more…
Take a look at what’s on offer, winners choice offered by several authors. One lucky winner will be receiving 11 ebooks!
GOOD LUCK ALL! Oh, and don’t forget to grab your copy of Hawthorn at the pre-order price of $2.99 Happy reading!
MEET JAMIE CASSIDY
As you are probably aware we are releasing a YA novel in a few days. It’s a genre we’ve wanted to write in for a while but the timing was never right. I guess the desire festered beneath our skin for so long that one day it just burst forth in the form of Jamie Cassidy.
‘No worries,’ she said. ‘I’ll do it, I’ll write the YA stories for you,’ she grinned disarmingly and we melted.
How could we resist that impish twinkle in her eye, or that cute dimple in her cheek. We handed the task over to her and a few months later, here we are.
Hawthorn is ready and about to be unleashed and we wanted to introduce you to the persona responsible for it. Welcome Jamie!
Jamie: Hi everyone, so good to finally be able to speak out. I’m mega nervous and super excited about the release of Hawthorn and I’ve already begun sketching out the sequel…I’m pretty sure I’m going to call it Rowan. Anyway, I had a look around this blog and its lovely and cosy but I like my space a little more closer to nature so…um…Amos, Cassidy, you think I can get my own space?
Amos: *glances and Cassidy who nods* Sure, we’ll set you up your own blog.
Jamie: *Claps her hands together* Yay! I have so many ideas, I can’t wait to get started. I’ll let you all know my address when I move and you can come visit me and sign up to my newsletter. In the mean time, please check out Hawthorn and let me know what you think once you’ve read it. I love feedback good or bad, it’s all food for thought.
Cassidy: Well thats all for today peeps. Remeber for updates on Crimson Chaos and other books and Amos Cassidy news click on the Newsletter link on the tab bar above and sign up for the newsletter.
Amos: Speak soon!
HAWTHORN COVER REVEAL!
HERE IS THE COVER FOR OUR BRAND NEW YOUNG ADULT HORROR/FANTASY WRITING AS JAMIE CASSIDY…
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RELEASE DATE: 28TH MAY 2015
Check out this upcoming new release from A R DeClerk – Love In The Time Of Coffee is a contemporary geek chic romance. Sweet and bitter and beautifully written. Check out the gorgeous cover courtesy of Rachel Olson at No Sweat Graphics.
Life as a geeky math chick with little patience and time for men is never easy. When a handsome stranger spills a caramel macchiato all over her term paper Irissa Daniels thinks her luck just might be a ‘changin. Mac McCleary is tough, smart and sexy and he treats Irissa like the only woman in the world. Things are going great, but life seems to get in the way. Mac’s dad is sick, his business is in trouble and his only hope to keep it going is to get involved with a very shady character. Soon Irissa begins to wonder if she and Mac will make it to happily- ever-after after all.
Love in the Time of Coffee is very complicated indeed.
GRAB YOUR COPY 22nd MAY 2015!
Welcome Dulcet Deidre!
We recently decided to take the leap from print to audio, yep Crimson Midnight is in production and being turned into an audio book! Audio you cry! Who could possible put the voice to Crimson Midnight? Who could step into Rose’s epic shoes…well we bleedin found her! Okay so-
There is a knock at the door.
Cassidy: Amos get the door, that’s her! fluffs the cushions.
Amos opens the door and the room is filled with light and the scent of chocolate.
Cassidy: Welcome to our humble corner of the net Deidre.
Deidre: Good to be here.
Amos: Busts out the biscuit tin and pours Deidre a cup of coffee, just the way she likes it.
Cassidy: Thanks so much for joining us. Okay, peeps, we are gonna get started with the interview.
Amos: Deidre, tell everyone a little about yourself, how long have you been recording book audios?
Deidre: Hello! My name’s Deidre … I’m 41, native Bostonian who got smart and moved to Florida 3 years ago. I’m married to the most amazing woman on the face of the planet (I know, I’m so sorry for stealing her … but I’m not giving her up) and we have a son, serving in the US Air Force (when did he grow up? Who told him he had permission?) I’m a little bit of a coffee junkie and I talk about my cats … a lot.
Just between us, I’ve really only just recently become involved with book audio production. I’ve toyed with the idea of making the leap over to audiobooks for some years now but it was always one of those “Hey I should do that some day” types of daydreams. Recently, I realized I’ve waited long enough and it was time to throw my proverbial hat into the ring. I was inspired by several friends who are both audiobook producers unto themselves and several authors who write beautifully.
So I started my In The Closet Studio (http://intheclosetstudio.com) and here I am! (because yes, my recording studio IS in a closet … a nice, spacious closet, but a closet nonetheles
Amos: Have you done any other kind of audio work?
Deidre: I have, actually. Let me tell you a story … about, oh 8 years ago or so, I was working in the corporate world when I had a massive health scare (apparently one should not sustain oneself on nothing but coffee and Marlboros for 18 hours a day … who knew?). I took stock of what I was doing and what I WANTED to be doing after having a heart attack at the ripe old age of 32 and I realized, I wanted to do something that I could be self-employed, have my own schedule and be able to stay home with my wife and son. I poked around a little and someone suggested to me that I look into doing entertainment work on the telephone. I was shocked but I gave it a whirl.
I’ve not looked back since. It’s a great industry to get a wide range of experience for vocal talent as well as really connecting with people to help them learn about themselves. I have recorded customised audio scripts for clients and enjoyed many conversations on the telephone, engaged in one on one attention
Cassidy: Wow! Talk about turning things around! I would love to continue to write at home and be there for the kids. So you’ve been doing audio work for a while do you have any funny stories from your audio work history that you can share with us?
Deidre: Sadly, I do not have any funny stories yet but I promise … I’ll screw something up royally eventually and we can all have a laugh!
Cassidy: I’ll hold you to that Elpha – sorry inside joke. Moving on do you obviously read a lot when you are recording, but do you like to read in your spare time, and if so what kind of stuff do you enjoy?
I’m a voracious reader. When I was a girl, my father used to read to me all the time, starting with The Lord of the Rings trilogy so that started my kick. I’ll pretty much read anything as long as it’ll hold still long enough for me to get my eyes on it. I don’t really want to say I have a preference for any single genre over another because it’s the story that I want to lose myself in, not necessarily limiting what I read because it’s one style or another. But lately, I’ve found myself getting into quite a bit of dystopian and urban fantasy reads … also, I have a secret obsession with zombies! (I know, utterly cliché of late but I can’t help it!)
Amos: Well we can keep you stocked up on those easily. Ooo I have a good question! If you could have done the audio for any book which one would it be and why?
Deidre: This is going to sound corny as hell … but I’d LOVE to do The Hobbit. Like I said before, when I was growing up my father used to read Lord of the Rings to me on weekend when I’d go visit. He lived in a “weekend dad” kind of a house with 3 other men who had visitation with their kids, who were all about the same age as I was and on Saturday nights, we’d all tuck in on the couch and my father would read Lord of the Rings to us, along with the other dads. It’s a great memory I have from my childhood and something that I’d have loved to do for my son but I didn’t meet him until he was 9 years old and well passed “bedtime stories”. I do, however, have a nephew that is just the right age … and a niece who will soon be of age to start reading to and I’d love to do that for them.
Cassidy: Okay, a fun question now, if you were stranded on a desert Island what three things would you not be able to do without?
My coffee, my coffee mug and my Kindle. (everyone always remembers the coffee but very few people remember the mug. Coffee can’t help you if you don’t have a vessel to drink it from!) Because I am caffeinated for the safety of those around me … and if a rescue is going to be attempted, I’d want to not terrify the rescue personnel and have them leave me behind!
Amos: Good choice! But I think I’d have to bring my boyfriend with me too.
Cassidy: And a tin of biscuits!
Amos: God yes! Nah, three things would not be enough.
Cassidy: Well that’s Deidre everyone! If you are looking for audio work then this is the woman for you and she does a mean British accent too!
Amos: You can contact Deidre at intheclosetstudio.com and you can stalk-I mean follow her at intheclosetstudio.tumblr.com and twitter
We’re off to eat cake now and get caffeinated. See you soon all!
Get it while its hot!
Grab your copy of Aurora while the price is down. We are running a kindle countdown deal for the next few days and you can download your copy of Aurora for over 50% off if you nab it today.
Three hundred years ago humanity almost eradicated itself…almost, but not quite. As is the persistence of human kind, we hung on; we survived, but the world as we knew it was changed forever. The exact details of what happened have been lost in time. All we know is that this is our world now and we have no choice but to live in it.
Oz and his sister True have been travelling for as long as they can remember. Ma feels that staying on the move is safe, that it prevents them getting lazy and complacent. It’s a better way to avoid bandits and raiders, a more effective way to stay alive. But the thing, the person that protects them is Oz – a lethal fighter who will go to any lengths to defend his family.
Oz makes money from cage fights while dreaming of a better life for them all – a home where they can be truly safe. True dreams of freedom, love and hope and just when she thinks she’s found it their world is turned upside down and they are forced to embark on a journey that rips them apart. For when True is taken by an unknown enemy Oz must enlist the help of a man from the shadows to save her.
A Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian Romance, filled with action, adventure and fantasy.
Down Memory Lane…
Hey peeps! I was just going through some old files and stumbled across the first interview we ever had with the Pack! Do you remember? For those of you who have just started reading he Crimson Series here it is, the first interview we ever had with the pack…
This interview took place just before we began writing Crimson Midnight. We thought it would be a good idea to meet the pack, to get to know them a little and allow them to get to know us. We were invited to The Whisper after closing. Apparently, as Damon explained, The Whisper is one of the many pack properties in London. What started as an interview turned into a free for all and…well, why don’t you read on and see for yourself?
Amos: Thanks for agreeing to this, we appreciate how busy you are.
Harold: Not like we had a choice.
(Raven shoots Harold a warning look and Harold ducks his head).
Raven: It’s a pleasure. Besides we were curious about the two authors wanting to write about us.
Roman: Yeah, what kind of stuff do you need to know, ‘cos I’m a wealth of info, I’m a snuggler (he winks in Cassidy’s direction causing her to blush)
Raven: (in a warning tone) Roman.
Roman: Sorry, boss, just getting acquainted. You know I can’t resist a pretty face.
Amos: Um…anyway, I thought we could go round the table and each of you could tell us a little about yourselves.
Kris: (groans) Okay, now I feel like I’m back at school.
Raven: I’ll go first. I’m Raven Stonewall, the pack Beta. I’m a Psychology student and part-time professor-
Roman: Youngest ever!
Raven (shakes his head, an amused look on his face) – and in my spare time I enjoy listening to music, reading and watching movies (looks at Harold).
Harold: (sighs) Fine. I’m Harold, I like-
Roman: Tanning lotion!
Harold: Shut it squirt!
Harold: (huffs) I like keeping fit (flexes his arms for Cassidy’s benefit), love sport and enjoy the ladies (he winks at Cassidy who rolls her eyes).
Roman: My turn (turns toward Cassidy). My name’s Roman, I’m a Capricorn and I love long walks on the beach followed by a nice steak, followed by a hot woman on a large bed.
Cassidy: I think I’ll go next. My name’s Debbie Cassidy, I enjoy reading, writing, love a man who can pull his head out of his arse long enough to hold a proper conversation, and enjoy my sugary snacks. Oh, and I like my men on the other side of thirty (she winks).
Harold: She told you, squirt! Get your baby face out of her face.
Raven: Damon, why don’t you go next.
Damon: I’m Damon, as you already know. I love art, fashion and cooking. I would be happy to show you around the art museums this weekend if you would like an escort.
Amos: We’d love that. Thank you, Damon.
Kris: I’m Kris, the youngest, and I love anything to do with extreme sport, although Raven won’t allow me to participate (throws Raven a hopeful look which is ignored). I love listening to live bands and socialising.
Cassidy: (nudges Amos)
Amos: Oh, yes. Richard Amos and I love music, art, travelling, chocolate, reading, writing, Jensen Ackles… Mmmm, Jensen…Jensen…Jensen…Jensen…
Cassidy: (ignores Amos as he slips into an obvious erotic daydream) So can you tell me a little about the pack dynamic. We understand that you have an Alpha, who isn’t with you on patrols and stuff, so how does that work? Does he just hand down orders and leave it to you, Raven, to make sure they’re executed?
Harold: (snorts derisively)
Raven: (pointedly ignores him and smiles at Cassidy) It’s slightly more involved then that. A pack is connected, we’re bonded to each other in that we can sense each other’s emotions. In wolf form we can even communicate telepathically. The Alpha is the main cog that connects us all, he is also the only one that can deliberately cut off or add to the pack. To answer your question, yes the Alpha does not usually run with us on standard patrol, but he is always with us. As the most important cog in the machine that is the pack, the Alpha must be protected at all times.
Amos: So what you’re saying is that only an Alpha has the energy to keep the pack under control…to keep the bond working?
Raven: (cocks his head in thought then nods) Yes.
Cassidy: Okay, so that answers that question.
Roman: Why don’t you ask us something else?
Cassidy: You obviously want to tell us something so please, don’t let me stop you.
Roman: (grins) Well, a little fact about werewolves – we have tons of stamina (winks) Cassidy: (stares blankly at him, biting back a smile).
Roman: (leans forward) If you know what I mean.
Harold: I think she gets the picture (rolls his eyes). Sorry about him. What he is trying to say is that we, as wolves, have an extremely high sex drive.
Kris: (clears his throat) We also have high metabolic rates, which means that we have to eat a lot and often.
Raven: Which reminds me. Would you like to join us for something to eat?
Cassidy: (glances at her watch) Now?
Roman: Hey, there is always time for food!
Amos: (looks at Cassidy and shrugs) I could eat.
Roman: (slaps Amos on the back) That’s my man!
Cassidy: Um…okay. What are we having?
Raven: (glances at Damon who pulls out his mobile and flips it open)
Damon: Pizza. So what does everyone want?
Raven: Large meatfeast.
Harold: Ham and pineapple for me. Large.
Kris: Pepperoni passion…large of course (he grins)
Damon: (looks enquiringly at Amos and Cassidy)
Amos: Um…Cassidy, you want to split a veggie pizza?
Cassidy: (nods and turns to Damon) A large vegetable supreme please.
Damon: (flips open his phone, hits speed dial and places the order adding his own vegetable supreme and five lots of cheesy garlic bread and three bottle’s of Coke.)
Damon: So you guys are vegetarians?
Amos: I am. But Cassidy’s not.
Roman: Cool…okay…so no burgers, steaks, ribs…nothing?
Amos: (shakes his head)
Roman: Wow…that takes will power.
Amos: Not really. I don’t really like the taste of meat, so it’s no real hardship, besides I do eat fish.
Kris: Tuna! Yum! (shoots Harold a mischievous look).
Harold: (glares back looking a little green.)
Cassidy: Why do I get the impression that I’m missing something?
Roman: (laughs) It’s just that there was this one time that Harold went on this health kick and ate nothing but tuna and pasta for a whole two weeks. Man, his breath stunk! And he developed this real bad wind problem where –
Harold: Shut the hell up! (turns his attention to Amos and Cassidy). And you should know about the time that Roman decided to try out every position in the Kama Sutra and almost broke his –
Roman: Whoa! Too much info, orange boy (holds up his hands and turns to Cassidy). Honestly that’s not his natural colour, so if you were wondering if he had some kind of disease or genetic condition, then rest easy. I think I already mentioned…tanning lotion! Yes, our macho Harold fake tans! (Places a hand to his chest and widens his eyes in mock horror).
Amos: (stifles a laugh)
Harold: (lunges across the table at Roman.)
Raven: (clears his throat and Harold pulls back into his seat looking put out)
Roman: (winks cheekily at Harold)
Amos: Anyway, before the food gets here, I would like to ask a couple more questions.
Roman: Best get that out of the way before the pizza arrives.
Amos: (chuckles) Okay, I was wondering how a werewolf was chosen to be part of a pack?
Raven: It’s the Alpha’s pick, based on dominance level and general strength and intelligence.
Amos: So it doesn’t run in families then?
Raven: It can do. I mean, the Alphas usually produce other Alphas. There is no magic formula though.
Cassidy: What about females? Can they join the pack?
Cassidy: No? (Looks irritated). Why not?
Roman: (nudges Raven) I think she thinks the system is sexist.
Raven: (looks shocked) Oh. Of course not. Females can’t be part of the pack because female werewolves can’t shift.
Raven: Well, that wasn’t always true, or so legend has it.
Raven: Legend tells us that a long time ago, way before our race became urbanised, when we lived in the forests and the mountains in close knit communities, all wolves could shift. The females however would stop shifting during pregnancy. We believed it was nature’s way of ensuring the pregnancy wasn’t compromised. Shifting, although it looks effortless, is just that, it is a magical physiological change. Anyway, for the female, it would become impossible to shift when they were pregnant. And this was how things were. Until-
Damon: Oh, yes I remember this story – Akasha, was her name wasn’t it?
Raven: (nods) Yes, until Akasha.
Cassidy: What was so different about Akasha.
Raven: (smiles ruefully) Akasha was in line to take over as pack leader. Both her and her twin brother were in line for the alpha-hood; both natural Alphas. Their father, unable to make a fair decision about who should step up and take the reins, decided to hold a sparring match between the two. Whomever should win would become Alpha. The fight would take place on the next full moon and it was ordered that they would fight in wolf form, because it was the wolf that was being tested. Akasha had recently become betrothed to her childhood sweetheart so alongside the wedding preparations she also commenced her training. It was on one of these sessions a week before the match that she found herself unable to shift (Raven pauses). She was pregnant. Although initially overjoyed she quickly realised what her predicament meant. She would have to forfeit the match; she would lose the change to be Alpha. Akasha was an ambitious female, strong and determined and in her determination she made a choice. A choice that would condemn all female wolves for the rest of time.
Cassidy: (sits forward eagerly) What choice?
Raven: There was an old seer woman, a witch, who lived not too far from the wolves’ village. Akasha paid her a visit and begged her to help. The legend is unclear on what exactly the witch did but the outcome was that Akasha was able to shift, just once for the match.
Amos: And did she win?
Raven: Oh, yes, she won. But she also lost.
Cassidy: The baby!
Raven: Yes. That night there was a terrible storm which ripped the village apart and killed many. The Alpha was one of the casualties. The pack was devastated but hot on that devastation came another. One by one the females of the pack lost their ability to shift. They called it a curse. A curse which spread like wild fire until every female then, and every female since, has been born without the ability to shift.
Amos: (nods) And without this they can’t be part of the pack because they can’t connect with their pack mates’ telepathically.
Raven: Yes. And a woman could not take on the role of Alpha as she would not be able to emotionally connect with her pack.
Kris: How come I don’t know this story?
Roman: Hey, don’t feel bad, this is the first time I’m hearing this too.
There is a knock at the door and as Roman gets up to answer it we realise that the interview proper is now over. The smell of freshly baked pizza wafts into the room and all further thoughts of making notes and asking questions go out the window. The rest of the evening, or early morning, was spent eating pizza and gossiping.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our first contact with the pack. Reading over this now we are both overcome with nostalgia for the way things used to be, for the way the pack used to be. So much has happened…so much has still to happen…