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So what’s happening now?

Hello reader!

We’ve been a little on the quiet side recently so we apologise for that but hope you will forgive us once we tell you the silence has been due to the fact that we are working hard on two novels. Yep you heard us! Two books at the same time. Now, we’ve never attempted this before as we usually only have the focus for one project at a time but in this instance we were torn. There were two stories that needed to be told and we dithered. We pondered and we discussed and in the end we decided that we could and would work on both.  So, what books are we working on? Well, you all must surely be familiar with The Rain and Jake’s story by now and we are working on the second installment of his tale. It will be scary and creepy and exciting and…well you get the picture. The second project is hush hush as it is something that we have never tried before so we are going to keep that one quiet just for now. Promise to tell you more soon though!

Okay, ‘me’ time is over now and I have to dash – kids to feed and toddlers to run after – but  will be back soon with more updates and news from the Amos Cassidy realm.


Keep reading peeps!





Nicky Charles Interview!

Hi, Nicky Charles 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 

Here is the interview…


1. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a single moment of clarity or did the knowledge just creep up on you?


I still struggle with viewing myself as a writer.  I always enjoyed writing in school, but never considered it as a possible career.  It was just something I liked to do.  ‘Real’ authors were these distant, somewhat famous people, not an ordinary person like me.

When I stumbled upon fanfiction, the idea of writing began to take shape.  One day, while doing laundry, an idea for a fanfiction story popped into my head and I quickly jotted it down.  It was well received and I started writing every spare moment I had.  Then, a friend and fellow fanfiction writer, Jan Gordon, wrote an original story called Black Silk.  As I was reading it, an idea for a story occurred to me and I wrote my first novel, Forever In Time.  Since then, it’s been full steam ahead!


2. Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you write everyday? At the weekends? Or like me – whenever you get the chance?


Writing is squeezed in whenever I have a few spare minutes.  I work full time at a job that has lots of overtime and projects that I bring home with me.  I try to get in an hour or so before I go to bed but that doesn’t always happen – some nights I’m just too tired to feel creative!  Weekends and holidays are about the only time I can devote several hours in a row to writing which is why I’m basically a ‘one book a year’ kind of author.


3. What inspires you?


Things I see.  I’m very visual so an interesting picture can get my creative wheels turning.  An old house, a person staring into space, a crumpled newspaper in an alley – it doesn’t take much for me to spin a tale out the simplest of things.


4. Where did you get the idea for your latest novel – how was it born?


My latest project stems from the end of one of my novels, The Finding.  I was writing away, nearing the end of the book, and tying up all the loose ends when quite unexpectedly I found myself introducing this dark, brooding character named Damien.  I had absolutely no plans to create him, yet there he was!  And, given that I’m a nosey author and he was obviously a tortured soul, I had to figure out why!  That led me to writing Bonded, which gave Damien’s backstory and then Betrayed:  Days of the Rogue.  Now, I’m writing a third book that features Damien and am hoping to finally be able to provide him with a happy ending!


5. If you could choose any book in the world to have written which one would it be and why?


Hmm…I’m torn between two.  The first would be the Harry Potter series as Rowling did such a fantastic job of ‘universe building’.  The second is Collision Course by S.C. Stephens.  It’s such a gut wrenching story and I was literally sobbing near the end.  To be able to create characters that touch the reader so deeply is truly an amazing thing.


6. If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?


Hermione from Harry Potter.  She’s smart, gutsy and she’s magical.  I always wanted to be a magical being when I was growing up!

Or perhaps, Amelia Peabody from the Elizabeth Peters series of the same name.  Amelia is an archaeologist in turn of the century Egypt (I love archaeology), a sleuth and she has this amazingly hunky husband named Emerson!  Oh, and she also has a ‘Master Criminal’ as a secret admirer. 

(* Elizabeth Peters passed away in August and the literary world is certainly diminished by her loss.)


7. What advice would you give to other writers out there who are thinking of self publishing their work?


 The first thing I’d tell them is to get a suit of armour.  This isn’t for the faint of heart and, if your feelings are easily hurt, or if you are easily discouraged, you might want to think twice.  Writing is not a get rich quick scheme.  Getting noticed can be hard and bad reviews can hurt.  However, it is also incredibly rewarding and when you get fan mail or a positive review – well, it’s quite exciting!


Next, get a good support group.  You might want a beta reader to bounce ideas off.  Most definitely a good editor who can catch typos and punctuation errors, problems with continuity etc. and, if you don’t like doing graphics, you’ll need someone to help with cover art.


Then start to research who you want to self-publish with.  Consider how royalties are paid, how they want the book formatted, if your copyright is protected, who do they distribute to, do they offer any form of promotion, what kind of technical support is offered.  Approach publishing your book like a business and make sure you read the fine print.  If you have to pay a company to publish your book – run the other way!

Personally, I’m very comfortable using Smashwords.  Smashwords gives you excellent exposure through Barnes and Noble, Sony, iBooks, Kobo, Diesel and others.  They pay 60% royalties.  Their “Style Guide’ gives step by step instructions for formatting while the Book Marketing guide provides solid advice.  Plus, they have a very supportive team.

Self-publishing is fun, plus it allows you a great deal of control over what happens to your ‘baby’. Yes, it is work to learn the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ but it’s very rewarding, as well.


8. Who is, or are, your favourite author(s)?


I have several and they span several sub-genre of romance:

  • Elizabeth Peters writes an amazing historical series called the Amelia Peabody Mysteries.  (didn’t she die recently?)
  • S.C. Stephens who is a master at angst. 
  • Nora Roberts has great romance trilogies. 
  • Jan Gordon, my friend and editor
  • Cherise Sinclair writes the best erotica I’ve ever read.
  • Lora Leigh’s Breed series and Elite Ops are also some of my favourites.


9. Do you write for a specific genre or do you like to dabble in several?


Thus far, I’ve stuck to paranormal romance but who knows what the future might hold.  And, of course, I still dabble in fanfiction when time allows!


10. Okay some quick fire questions. Don’t think to hard just answer.


Super Villain or Super Hero?


Super Hero – they always win!


Ice-cream or chocolate?


Chocolate – no contest!


Damsel or Dominatrix?


Damsel – I want to be rescued by a hunky romance novel character!


Underwear or commando?


Underwear, LOL!


Beach or the Alps? 


Depends on the season.  When I’m freezing through a Canadian winter it’s the beach.  But when I’m sweltering in the summer, it’s the Alps.  The grass is always greener….


Edward Cullen or Lestat?


Who???  Honestly, I had to google this!  I am SO not a vampire girl (except S.C. Stephen’s Conversion series).  I haven’t read or watched Twilight and only vaguely know that ‘Edward’ is one of the characters from overheard conversations.  I had no idea who Lestat was.  I’ve heard of Anne Rice, however I’ve never read her books and don’t know any of her characters or the names of her books.


Keep the One Ring or throw it in Mount Doom? 


Another ??? and off to google.  (Gosh, you must think I live under a rock and only come out to write!!)  I don’t watch movies, but Tolkien is in my TBR pile when I retire. (Does that redeem me a bit?)


Audio or Paperback?


Paperback – I get distracted too easily if I’m just listening, and need a book in my hand and my eyes ‘glued’ to the page in order to keep my attention.


Horror or Romance? 


Romance!! (I hate horror – there’s too much ‘bad’ stuff happening in the world.  I don’t want to be ‘brought down’ during my free time and look for something that is fun, hopeful and uplifting for my reading/viewing pleasure.)



Phew! Okay that was fun!


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Bryan W Dull Interview + Giveaway!

Hi, Bryan! Welcome to our blog! Thanks so much for stopping by! 


1. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a single moment of clarity or did the knowledge just creep up on you?


I think it was when I was about twelve or thirteen. I knew it when I was around a fire I told a story off the top of my head…that and when my mom bought me Pet Semetary. I freaked me out a little because no one I knew had any sort of interest in books or writing.



2. Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you write everyday? At the weekends? Or like me – whenever you get the chance?


My writing schedule right now is when I have the time, but I think I will have to speed it up a bit. Usually at night when everyone else is in bed.


3. What inspires you?


Movie trailer music.


4. Where did you get the idea for your latest novel – how was it born?


“Equinox” is the sequel to the bestseller “Solstice”. I didn’t want to go into a sequel and do a copy and paste of the original or do any vampire tale stereotypes (werewolves, fae, etc.) so I decided to try something else that worked out well in term of character development.


5. If you could choose any book in the world to have written which one would it be and why?


“The Thief of Always” by Clive Barker. The concept of living every holiday in one day, day after day is great and terrifying.


6. If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?


 Tyler Durden from Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club”. I agree with a lot of ideas and the mentality of consumerism in America but I like certain things too much to pull off that attitude.


7. What advice would you give to other writers out there who are thinking of self publishing their work?


Promote, promote, promote. You are not going to be successful by simply putting out a book, make sure people know who you are.


8. Who is, or are, your favourite author(s)?


Neil Gaiman, Ernest Cline, Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Chuck Palahniuk.


9. Do you write for a specific genre or do you like to dabble in several?


I am starting to dabble. I thought I would do only horror and thriller but I think you may be surprised soon.


10. Okay some quick fire questions. Don’t think to hard just answer.


Super Villain or Super Hero?




Ice-cream or chocolate?


Chocolate Ice Cream


Damsel or Dominatrix?


Depends on the circumstance…is it kinky?


Underwear or commando?




Beach or the Alps?




Edward Cullen or Lestat?


Lestat, a real vampire


Keep the One Ring or throw it in Mount Doom?


Mount Doom, then again I would never take the challenge in the first place.


Audio or Paperback?




Horror or Romance?


Horror. Romance is grown up stuff.



 Phew! Okay that was fun!


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Please Welcome Casey Keen!

I’ll Be Damned

Anna Wolfe Series Book One


Casey Keen

I'll Be Damned (Anna Wolfe, #1)


Genre: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance


ISBN: 978-1483974774



Number of pages: 400

Word Count: 114,426


Cover Artist: Jenna DeVries, Graphic Designer


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Book Description:


A sister kidnapped.


An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.


A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.


The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.


Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.


As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld.


Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is – a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.


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It happens practically every night. My pleasant dreams take on a life of their own, morphing into terrifying nightmares. They are the tsunamis of the dream ocean, spinning me in their churning tides before thrusting me awake, whereupon I find myself drenched in a pool of sweat, and gasping for air. Abandoning my worry isn’t an option since a demonic element is the driving force behind them. It sounds crazy, but even as a child, a special darkness visited me in my dreams. Is it a warning? Or a threat? Your guess is as good as mine.

They always began the exact same way – I’m being hurled into a pitch-black hole of nothingness. I open my sleepy eyes, allowing them time to adjust. Isolation surrounds me, reminding me how unprepared I am for this place. A dim, orange light cuts through the dark abyss like a blade. I squint, realizing it’s much further than it appears. I attempt to move my feet, but they stubbornly refuse. I try a second time, and manage to overcome the terror that is binding them. One step becomes two and I find myself walking at a cautious pace, listening for the faintest sound. I haven’t the slightest idea where I am, which makes me suspicious of everything. My nose wrinkles as I walk through a large pocket of air that reeks with an overpowering odor of burnt hair. I swing and wave my hands, hoping to break up the stench, but to no avail. What could be the source of such a rank smell? I’m not sure I want to know the answer. I quickly push the thought away. Curiosity can be dangerous when it comes between reality and panic.

I tread delicately, hoping no one hears me. I don’t think I’m alone, and I find some comfort in the darkness. Whatever is with me is out of my sight, and therefore, out of my mind. I never thought I would find a cliché so helpful to me until now. I wrap my thoughts around it, mustering up the courage to carry on. The orange light grows, compelling me to pick up my pace. I glance at my surroundings, unsure of what I might find. The curved, dank walls and concrete blocks beneath my feet are bare, but fortunately, no revolting creatures dangle from the ceiling or slither past my feet, although I am thinking of them! Where the hell am I? Dreams have a funny way of camouflaging life’s problems, but this is ridiculous!

A glint of light from the ashen wall catches my eye. I step closer to it, noticing how the curved cobbles gently mold my feet to their shapes. Small, rectangular stones that suggest their age goes well beyond the medieval era are arrayed in front of me. A dense tackiness catches the small granules of little dust motes that are reflected by the light here. Some kind of liquid begins to seep from one of the cracks in the stones, and I lower my head to inspect it. The crimson liquid slides sluggishly, like a snail, towards the ground. Leaning closer, I realize I’m staring at blood, and I gasp, jumping backwards. My heart thuds loudly in my chest as my adrenaline speeds through my veins like a racecar. My eyes skip around, noticing thousands of little red capillaries materializing all over the wall. An overwhelming paranoia that the tunnel will cave in torments my mind. I turn and dash towards the light, fueled by my distress. My lungs scream for air as I push myself further and faster than ever.

The orange light surrounds a large opening. Skidding to a stop, I barely avoid falling over the ledge at the cave’s entrance. I stare out at a fiery, scarlet landscape that appears infinite, and sends me a menacing warning. I lean forward when a wall of intense heat slugs me in the face, forcing me backwards a few inches. The air is dense, and it’s hard to catch my breath. Sweat beads on my brow, evaporating before I can wipe it away. I scan the ravaged scenery, watching pillars of fire erupt from the ground before disappearing into the onyx sky, rimmed in red. A chain of mountains with jagged cliffs, emerge straight up from the bloodshot dirt. Floating objects I don’t wish to know about, travel in an orbit, weaving in and out through the rough terrain. I’m in a completely different world. My terror lingers, refusing to go away. A raging river of lava slices through the valley, determined to leave its own mark in the middle of this inferno. I stroll down a steep trail that leads directly to the unusual river. I stop long before reaching its banks, and gradually inch my way closer. My eyes drift over to the whirling mass of disturbing beauty. Deep shades of red and orange mesh with each other, creating a horrid kaleidoscope of angry colors. Flashes of distorted images of my family and friends bob in and out of the blazing lava. I watch in horror as the greedy river of fire consumes them without remorse. Despite my attempts to reach in, my hand snaps back after feeling the agonizing heat. I step backwards, staring in numb bewilderment. I know I’m dreaming, but it doesn’t lessen my anxiety. My back slams into something solid and unyielding. Long, crooked fingers wrap around the tops of my tiny shoulders like spiders. Suffering and emptiness engulf me. My heart pounds like a hammer as my limbs melt into rubber. The hands squeeze me hard, sending excruciating pain throughout my entire back. The snapping of my shoulders, cracking like glass, shatters the unbearable stillness.


Casey Keen

About the Author:


I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”


I graduated from DrexelUniversity with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.










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Michael Graff Interview



Michael is a ghost writer and was kind enough to let us throw some questions his way 🙂 So come and join us today and help yourselves to the custard slices and coffee.



1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where you come from, what do you do when you are not ghost writing, any hobbies?

I was born and raised in New Jersey (no, not near the cast of Jersey Shore), but out in the Corporate Farmland and Horse Meadows where old George Washington and the Continental Army did a lot of schlepping around with torn boots.  However, I have lived and worked in Florida, California and New York City.

2.  How long have you been ghost writing and how did you become a ghost writer?

 For approximately fifteen years, with periodic interludes of  manual labor.  I was forced into Ghostwriting either by The Conquistadors or Vikings, I can’t remember which at this point.

 3. I know you can’t give specific details but can you tell us what you ghost write – fiction or non-fiction?

You’re absolutely right… I could tell you, but then I’d have to…  Fiction.  Yay, fiction!

4. What advice would you give to writers that are thinking of becoming ghost write?

 Firstly, if you are on mood altering drugs, increase your dosage.  Secondly, work hard and develop a “thick skin”.  Also, chase down other opportunities of supporting yourself.  Finally, if you imbibe whiskey, continue – if you don’t consider starting.

 5.  Do you ever get annoyed that you can’t openly claim the work as your own?

No, I have plenty of my own projects.  Look at yourself as a “hired gun”.

 6. Have you written anything under your own name?


7. What is your fuel to keep you going on a typical writing day?

Coffee.  Good food.  Sometimes a coke and a candy bar for the afternoon “pick me up”.  Cold Starbucks.  Pistachios or cashews.  Spicy cheese sauce, and, or salsa and chips on the weekends.  Water.  Lots of water!

8.  If you could live and write anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The Gulf Coast of Florida.

Okay, quick-fire round!

Email or letter?

 It was letter, but, now, it’s email.

Coffee or tea?

 Coffee!  But, tea is a nice interlude in the winter and after Thai Food.

Pepsi or Coke?

 Coke, until you need a change and then go for the Blue & Red can or even a Pepper.

Stephen King or Dean Koontz?

 Neither.  Mailer at the moment.

Edward Cullen or Lestat?

 Okay, I have to admit that I had to Google “Edward Cullen”… I’m a grown man, don’t make me say it.   Cruise was brilliant as Lestat, even against all of the raging white make-up and fake- fanged criticism.

Vampire or werewolf?

 They’ve both become equally annoying.

Keep the One Ring or destroy in Mount Doom?

 Bury it again for fun… And, book sales.

 Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins?

Let them fight it out.

Cool! That was fun! Thanks so much for stopping by, Michael! 🙂