Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Sweet Little Lies by Liz Schulte - Author of Dark Corners and The Guardian Trilogy
The day Femi caught her first bounty she knew this was it; she found her place in the Abyss. However, one mistake, one act of kindness, one beautifully whispered lie could cost her everything--even her life.

Autumn's Call by Lisa Rayns - Author of The Curse of the Egyptian Goddess
When Autumn realizes death is chasing her, she runs only to be stalled by an unresolved ghost. Is he there to help her? Or does he want retribution for his murder?

Tell a Soul by Olivia Hardin - Author of Witch Way Bends
He’s the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there’s one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can’t escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad. Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?

The Siren Sarina by C.G. Powell - Author of Spell Checked
Being a siren is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially when you play with the gods. Sarina, like all good sirens, has a penance for sex and not with just anyone. This time her prey is Ares the god of war and lover to Aphrodite. Not that Sarina minds stepping on the goddess of loves toes, but when Ares gifts her with the powers of a god, Zeus can’t help but to intervene.

Fool Moon by Cait Lavender - Author of Cowboy Moon
All Jack saw when he looked at Carlie was perfection until she ripped out a man's throat. Confused by the pull she had on his heart, he is left with the choice to chase after the love of his life or to be left howling at the Fool Moon.

When Opportunity Haunts by Stephanie Nelson - Author of The Gwen Sparks Series
With an eternity as the Angel of Death before him, not much could get under Dorian Hade's skin--that was until he met Gwen Sparks. She shuts down all of his advances and insists they are just friends. Dorian takes matters into his own hands and tricks Gwen into a romantic weekend away from her ex-boyfriend at a haunted bed and breakfast.

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Title: Witch Way Bends
Series: Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy, book 1
Author: Olivia Hardin
Publisher: CreateSpace

Desription: Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his associates—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and the… one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Devan will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.

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The Warble Review & Giveaway

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Title: The Warble
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Author: Victoria Simcox
Publisher: Two Harbors Press, Incorporated
Desription: Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

Review: This story initially takes place on Earth where Kristina is living a rather lonely life other than having her pet rat, Raymond. She loved school and tried her best to do well. One of Kristina's teachers gives her a Christmas gift that ends up being the entire focus of the story, The Warble. The best way that I can describe the object is that it is a metal marble that changes color as it gets closer to its destiny. Kristina and anyone who has come in contact with the Warble or its container, are transported to Bernovem. It is a world where fairies, dwarfs, gnomes, and monsters are a reality, as well as talking animals. By being the one person with the Warble, Kristina is deemed to chosen one who will save all of Bernovem from the evil pretender queen, thus restoring the rightful king, queen, and prince to the royal court. During her journey, she discovers that the fairy tale creatures she once thought weren't real, are very much in abundance here. She is shocked when the true prince's horse talks to her and the importance of Fairy Blossom to keeping the world alive and thriving. She journeys across the country to restore the Warble to its proper resting place. Along the way she goes from being a child that has very few friends to having them in abundance with the inclusion of Prince Werrien. He becomes the best friend she has never had and never wants to be without again. This is not to be forever though. That is the only sad part of the story. She ends up having to eventually return to her old life without any friends since her pet rat Raymond decides to remain in Bernovem where he is a valued member of the culture with a very real voice. You will be entranced with the world of Bernovem. Victoria Simcox does a wonderful job creating a fantasy world appropriate for ages 9-13 that is also entertaining for adults in a childlike way. I think any child that enjoys reading fantasy will be thrilled to get this book.

About the Author, Victoria Simcox:
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Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children's Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.

You can find The Warble and Victoria Simcox at the blog www.victoriasimcox.blogspot.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=577159739#%21/pages/The-Magic-Warble/118277634882514, and twitter at http://twitter.com/VictoriaSimcox.

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Amazon.com - Kindle - The ebook sells on Amazon for $2.99 which is a great deal considering that juv fiction ebooks usually run between $5.99 and $9.99.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Social Media Party Hop 5/30 #CharismaMedia

Welcome to the Social Media Party Hop brought to you by Charisma Media! Social Media Party Hop Picture Are you ready to party?! This party does not require an invitation because everyone is invited! Are you looking to improve your social media reach? Looking to make new friends and fans? Why not link up to our 4 way social media hop!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Something Sunday: Mimosa Black by Nicola E. Sheridan

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Title: Mimosa Black
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Author: Nicola E. Sheridan
Publisher: Eternal Press
Desription: In a world where magical creatures are as rare as a spotty teen at a supermarket checkout, being one quarter Harpy shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately for Mimosa Black, this is not the case. Combining her failed marriage, inability to fly, and unrequited crush on her childhood friend, Bo Elliot-Mimosa's existence is less than idyllic. Things however, are rarely as they seem. Bo has a secret and when Mimosa falters, his secret is revealed. Yet in their darkest moments, where bad magic lurks, love is never far away. Mimosa and Bo do have a chance at happiness, if they're selfless enough to find it...

Review: Another awesome story by Nicola E. Sheridan. This is actually a short novella (only 65 pages). I read it in a single afternoon. This story, unlike the other two I read, is about a Harpy. She is actually 1/4 harpy, but in this world that doesn't mean that her physical characteristics *had* to be diluted. Harpies are only ever born female, so it is required to breed with males of another species in order to create more harpies. Mimosa Black is a rare harpy in that she actually has primarily a human form. The only parts of her that carry on harpy traits are that she has big black wings, a heightened sense of smell and hearing, and she has periods of intense desire to procreate. This actually is much like an animal in heat, but it does appear that it happens a little more often for harpies than say a dog. Mimosa is unusual in her family since she has a sister and mother who are not pure harpy but are almost in perfect physical harpy condition. This has cause Mimosa to grow up feeling inadequate and useless since she cannot even fly like other harpies.

The entire story centers on her feeling of uselessness and her desire to be physically with her best friend Bo. As far as Mimosa knows, Bo is a human and therefore a completely viable person to date, marry and have kids with. Bo has been in her life for a very long time and has never led her to believe that there is anything more than friendship available to her, but his behavior during this short period of time is actually confusing her. He acts jealous of her sleeping with another man but he won't step up and lay a claim to her. Her thoughts become even more confused when he shows up to a dark magic ceremony in which she is being used as a blood sacrifice against her will. He trades places with her in the sacrifice in order to save her and she can't help shake the feeling that Bo thinks of her as more than a friend. Will they ever be together? Will Mimosa ever find happiness? You ill have to read the story to find out! I thoroughly loved the story. I just wish there was more of it to read.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Drowned Sorrow Book Tour Starts Today! #CharismaMedia

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Title: Drowned Sorrow
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Author: Vanessa Morgan
Publisher: Aeon Publishing Inc.
Desription: Megan Blackwood has just lost her only son in a terrible accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter Jenna, hoping a change of scenery might help to put her life and that of her daughter back together.

But something odd is going on in Moonlight Creek.

When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the place deserted with the first rays of sunshine.

Beneath the lake’s surface, an eerie presence watches … and waits …. Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn’t bode well for visitors.

By the time Megan realizes that her life, as well as that of her daughter, is in danger, it may be too late to escape.

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Join the Tour:
May 26 - Stephanie - http://fairytalereviews.blogspot.com
May 27 - Melissa V - http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/
May 28 - Trista/Brit - http://blondiezbabbles.blogspot.com
May 29 - Amber - http://becausemymommasaysso.blogspot.co.uk/
May 30 - Sara - http://sweetsillysarasara.blogspot.com
May 31 - Rachel - http://StressedRach.co.uk
June 1 - Jennifer Z - http://momzunas.blogspot.com

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Spell Checked by C.G. Powell Free Today!

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Title: Spell Checked
Series: No Uncertain Logic Series
Author: C.G. Powell
Publisher: C.G. Powell
Desription: Broken relationships were a constant in Mae’s life, causing her to swear off men forever. Unwittingly lured to Ireland, Mae finds herself knee-deep in a hidden world she never knew existed and head over heels for the very man that tricked her to coming there. His deception is complicated by his own feelings for the one person that holds the key to merging the ancient races that once ruled the ancient word.

Mae finds herself in an underground world of witches, and vampires, which are half-breeds of aliens long gone. She learns about her own unique parentage and powers, which she must study in order to control, before they consume her. Beck and Helen’s love for one another spans across a millennium, her human soul reincarnated to match Beck’s own immortality. This time however the body she occupies is of a being that cannot be eclipsed by her return. After waiting two hundred years, Beck finds himself tormented by Helen’s inability to return and his growing love for her new host.

My Review can be found at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/03/wordy-wednesday-spell-checked.html

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Magical Gains by Nicola E. Sheridan

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Title: Magical Gains
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Author: Nicola E. Sheridan
Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
Desription: Imran is sexy. He is available, but taking anything from him is illegal and could land you in prison or, at the very least, with an extraordinarily large tax bill. Imran is a Genie and Primrose a government employee, and in a world where magic is heavily governed to ensure equality for all, their relationship appears doomed from the start. When Primrose finds herself the unwilling mistress of a hot male Genie, her stifling suburban lifestyle is shattered. Thrust into the steamy Free Zone, filled with lascivious Satyrs and treacherous Sirens, Primrose discovers that three wishes can give her anything she needs, but can they give what she truly wants?

Review: I absolutely love Nicola E. Sheridan's writing. This is the second book of hers that I have read and I just cannot put them down once I start. I think I might be in love with genie books because of her now. Magical Gains is the precursor to Magical Creations (which you can see my review for at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/02/wordy-wednesday-magical-creations.html and a character interview with Lugh who is ALSO in this book at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/03/magical-creations-interview-with-lugh.html). You do not have to read them in order though in order to enjoy both stories.

This story is about Primrose Brasco who works for the Australian government in the Magical Culture department. She is engaged to a rugby player and also government employee named Ian Beckwith. Both of them are completely human which I am thinking is pretty much a requirement for the Australian government. In this world, Genies are pretty much coveted and hidden. All magical creatures have to register with the government in order for their powers not to be abused and unbalance the economy. No one is allowed to gain fame and fortune via magical means without having to pay a magical gains tax (hence the name of the story). Abdul Imran, the genie of the story is unregistered. He tries very hard not to register because he does not want to be passed along to anyone whom he does not deem worthy. He also could be imprisoned for some of the wishes he has granted in the past. That said, Imran sees Primrose as she passes the antiquities shop that his lamp is being sold at. He instantly is infatuated with her and uses him magic to entice her to come into the store to buy his lamp. Apparently he is normally better at researching the person he wishes to be his master because he was completely unaware that Primrose worked for the government and therefore is completely unable to accept his wishes. He also didn't pay attention to the diamond ring on her hand, which you can guess is a problem for a genie who normally has very close relationships with his mistresses.

Their genie/mistress relationship is strained by Imran's intense desire to be with Primrose and Ian being an abusive and ungrateful fiance. It takes a few months for Primrose to realize that she cannot tolerate Ian any longer. Imran's influence has only the effect of helping Primrose to feel more wanted and show her that she deserves better. Unfortunately, Imran also "helps" his mistress to get away from Ian by magical means and then to flee the country when the government figure outs that she is harboring an unregistered magical being. Things go crazy as everyone Primrose runs into thinks that she is a lady of "virtue" and wants to remove that virtue while Imran goes in search of his lamp. A rogue magician has claimed his lamp and intends to drain him of all his energy, but he must also find Primrose and force her into making her wishes. It get pretty hectic, but you will be engrossed right away and thrilled with the ending! I am looking forward to my next Nicola E. Sheridan read.

Interview with the author, Nicola E. Sheridan:
  1. 1. What inspired you to write about genies?
    I was inspired to write about Genies because of a biscuit advertisement here in Australia. In it, a girl has a sexy genie and all she wants is a packet of biscuits from him. What a waste, biscuits would be the very last thing I'd wish for... Anyway, it got me thinking that if Genies were real, the Government would find a way to tax their wishes, or magic... and voila "Magical Gains" evolved. Here's the youtube clip of the ad, Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkTFrwnL5eA
  2. 2. What mythologies did you pull from for your stories?
    I love mythology, and I spend a lot time researching. For "Magical Gains" I particularly used a lot of creatures from Greek and Persion Mythology (Satyrs, Harpies, Sirens, Manticores etc.) I tend to look at the mythological creatures and the histories surrounding them and develop personalities and tempraments from it, then imagine how they would fit into our society if they were real... I am never bored!
  3. 3. Will Primrose really be able to return to work after this adventure?
    What a great question! I've never been asked this one before! Yes, I think Primrose could return to work if she wanted to, but chances are she won't want to... I think she'll have other things on her mind.
  4. 4. Will Imran have to register now that he has been discovered and is hopefully living happily ever after with Primrose?
    Almost certainly. However, if I know Imran and I think I do... I imagine he's playing every trick in the book to still avoid registering, and having plenty of fun while he's doing it.
  5. 5. What happened to Ian? With the boss out of the picture, will the government come after him for failing that RMIT test?
    Poor Ian, he's such a prat. Without Quillian's protection, he was forced into a short stint in Cerebral Management, to discover the reasons behind his failed RMIT test. The results were inconclusive, so Ian was re-instated as Assistant Manager on the condition he has regular RMIT tests. As a result of his incarciration in Cerebral Managment, he suffered anxiety and depression for while. Under his brother and mother's advice, he reluctantly began seeing a therapist and has started yoga. His father is disgusted, but Ian no longer cares. He is currently planning a trip to an Ashram in India and has quit Rugby.
  6. 6. What happened to Omar after Imran left?
    Literally as soon as Imran left, Omar picked himself and tried to return his home to some semblance of normality. He was so angry with the situation he blocked all thoughts of Imran and Primrose from his mind. With the help of Phil and Lugh, he re-fortified his house and for a while fell into the old, boring rhythms of his secretive existance. Omar soon tired of this, and began to formulate a plan to alleviate his loneliness. To do this he went in search of a Nephilim, and his search eventually took him to London where he met Antigone Watson... and the rest is in "Magical Creations" :)
  7. 7. Do you have plans for a third story in this series? How about one for Lugh? ;P
    Yes, actually the third in the Magic Series, is due for release on the 1st of November 2012! (no cover art yet available). It's called "Magical Redemption" and is based on the sub-character of Lucian - the devilishly handsome and mean DemonSpawn (from "Magical Creations"). As for Lugh...well, I think he's developing his own fan-club... and certainly will get his own story one of these days... Thank you Phaedra for having me :)


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MyBabyClothes.com Review & Giveaway

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I was recently contacted by MyBabyClothes.com to do a review on a piece of toddler clothing. This absolutely could not have happened at a more opportune time. I am helping a friend plan her wedding which is happening in July and I was just starting to think of what I might have Drake wear to the wedding. MyBabyClothes.com carries items such as Tutus, Baby Clothes, Baby Headbands, and Baby Hats. I was able to pick a really cute outfit for Drake to wear. Of course, if it is too hot since the wedding is outdoors, I can just take off the vest. Here is what I picked out:

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Isn't the outfit cute? I got it in a size 2T which is exactly what Drake is wearing right now. I am taking a chance that it will hopefully still fit in July because he is just about ready for 3T clothes. In order to really review the outfit and tell if it will be something that will still fit in July, I put it on him this morning. He only wore it for a little while because I was afraid he would want to go outside and then ruin it. Here's what he looked like in it:

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As you can see from the pictures, it fits PERFECTLY. He looks so good in it too! I do think that unless Drake hits a huge growth spurt, he will indeed be able to wear it in July. There is a little room to grow and the length of pants has room for his shoes without looking short. He didn't fight me when I was putting it on him and he actually had no problem with wearing it. I bring that up because he wasn't happy when I out him in a similar outfit for Easter. He got used to the clothes, but his initial reaction at Easter was to fuss. He never fussed with this outfit at all. The material isn't scratchy or stuff. The blue button up shirt is a nice thickness. It isn't so think that you would feel like it is only good for cold weather, but it feels light enough to wear even in summer. The pants are very much the same. They aren't super thick or lined. It appears to be a great outfit for any time of year. Just remove the vest for hotter occasions. I think it is going to work perfectly for the wedding and I am VERY happy with the product so far. I will probably write up a mini review with the wedding pictures just to give all my wonderful readers an idea of how Drake handled it during the wedding.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Newly Released today! Bitten Shame by Olivia Hardin

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Title: Bitten Shame
Series: Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy, Book 2
Author: Olivia Hardin
Publisher: Olivia Hardin
Desription: Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…

Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…

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Feature Friday: New Brave Trailer

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Don’t Get Bullied by Technology Guest Post

Don’t Get Bullied by Technology
As a parent you certainly will be able to recognize the signs of bullying, right? You will know right away when your child isn’t feeling comfortable with his or her school surroundings—you’ll see physical signs (ripped clothing or a black eye) or sense emotional trouble (afraid to go to school or a change in behavior). But, what if the signs aren’t so obvious, or, even worse, what if the bullying doesn’t stop even when your child is safe inside your home?

Cyberbullying has become one of today’s biggest parenting issues with a staggering 42% of teens having been bullied online--58% of those teens say they have not told their parents or another adult about the incidents. So, while technology has made it easier for our teens to communicate with one another and even with us, it is also providing a new avenue of risk—and one that had very dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences.

While it may be difficult to spot cyberbullying as it happens, there are some things parents can do to keep their teens safe. Here a few of my tips from my new e-book, Safe Text: Protecting Your Teens from the Dangers of Texting:

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Use technology to fight technology
There are a wide variety of free and fee-based filtering and blocking software applications that may help minimize the possibility of incidents. I have several of these applications listed in the “Resources” section of my book.

Educate your teens about acceptable online behavior
Teach your teens how to choose online friends wisely and what behaviors to look for that may make it necessary to cut the online ties with some of their acquaintances. Encourage your teens to not respond to a cyberbully and show them how to block people from sending them messages.

Draw up a contract
Make your teen aware that using a cell phone is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, it comes with numerous responsibilities—including always telling an adult when they feel they are being cyberbullied. A sample of a parent/teen contact is available in my e-book.

For more tips and insight, please checkout my new ebook. And, don’t forget to send us your best tip for keeping teens safe while texting. Comment on this blog, post on our Facebook page or send us a tweet using the hashtag #safetext with you best teen texting advice. At the end of this month, we will randomly choose someone who has sent us a tip to receive a $25.00 Amazon gift certificate.

Protecting Your Teens Tour

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Diane Griffin:
Diane Griffin is the founder and President of Security First & Associates. Ms. Griffin works with a variety of clients throughout the Security industry. Ms. Griffin has also worked in a wide array of fields to include training, facilitation, communications, human resources and industrial security management and Ms. Griffin is the current Chapter Chair for National Classification Management Society (NCMS), Chapter 26. Diane's expertise in the security field and her experience as an author of books on Security Clearances helped her make a natural transition to security issues for teens and their parents.

According to Ms. Griffin, Social Media is the way to communicate with teenagers today. Parents have a lot to learn when it comes to the behaviors of their children online. To help parents and teachers understand today's teenager, Diane Griffin has written several books on the topic of Social Media and your teens. She also has a helpful blog that gives good advice about the subject and valuable resources for parents and teens on the subject of internet and phone safety on her site http://www.protectyourteens.com. Take advantage of a security expert to help you manage this important process in your child's life.


Title: Protecting Your Teens Tour
Genre – Education
Publisher – Self-Published
Release Date: May 15, 2011
Website: http://www.protectyourteens.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/protectyourteens

Link to Tour on Main Site - http://www.virtualbooktourcafe.com/3/post/2012/03/protect-your-teens-tour-with-diane-griffin.html

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This is the first book in a series to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of technology and the Internet. Not only does the book describe the dangers and legal implications of texting, but also gives tools and information how to dialog with teens about the dangers of texting. This is a very practical book. Also, there is a project to go with the book on Diane's website that is based on best practices in education to help teens understand the dangers and how to deal with them. This project will include lesson plans for teachers and parents who home school their teens based on national educational standards and learning targets. There is a video book review on the Amazon purchase page for Safe Text. Click on the link below to learn more about the book and view the review.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Safe-Text-Protecting-Technology-ebook/dp/B004SHJDDG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1333472833&sr=8-3

Safe Text


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This is the second book in a series of books to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of the Internet, texting, and social media sites. This book is about Facebook. Not only does it spell out the dangers of Facebook for teens but also the positives. It describes the problems and actually tells parents what to do about them. The book gives links to a good amount of useful resources.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Protecting-Your-Teens-Facebook-ebook/dp/B007L40DYQ/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&qid=1333473014&sr=8-22

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Have a teen planning to go to college? This is the book for you. It is a book to help parents and teens use Social Media to help the student get into college. It describes the traps that might have an adverse effect on admittance into a college. The most popular social media sites are described as well as some newer sites that a becoming more popular. This is a must have book if you want to help your teen capture an advantage in being accepted to the college of their choice. There is a video book review on the Amazon purchase page for Social Media Secrets. Click on the link below to learn more about the book and view the review.

Social Media Secrets


Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Social-Media-Secrets-ebook/dp/B007M2TI52/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1333473054&sr=8-9 Book Launch Contest

Diane is giving away a Kindle Fire and two Amazon Gift certificates. Any host or member of the Assisting Authors Online Book Review Team will get 15 entries to the contest if they review one of the books and put the review up on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and the hosts site. Readers will get 10 entries for a review posted as previously stated. There are also other ways to get entries. The reviews must be up by May 11 to help us get ready for the Launch on May 15.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Social Media Party Hop #CharismaMedia

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Wordy Wednesday: A Chance of Fate Book Tour

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Title: A Chance of Fate
Series: Dominion Creek Pack
Author: Emleigh Walsh
Publisher: Emleigh Walsh
Desription: HE’S TERRIFIED
Chance McGregor is known as one of the toughest werewolves around. As the Dominion Creek Pack Guardian it’s his job to protect the pack and its laws. Even if that requires him to find his true mate or mate with someone of the council’s choosing. With the Mating Ceremony fast approaching – and Chance a very unwilling participant – he has more on his mind than pack safety. It’s enough to make even the baddest werewolf whine like a puppy.

SHE’S IN CONTROL
Stephanie Taylor is finally making her way in the world. She’s out of a bad marriage, starting a business with her best friend in a great new town, and in control of her stable – if not sometimes boring – life. She can handle boring and she doesn’t need a man to tell her what’s best for her anymore.

WHAT’S A WOLF TO DO?
When Chance runs into Stephanie on the street, he realizes that he found his woman. The problem is she’s a human. Not a problem for him though. Now all he has to do is convince her that they are meant to be together forever; talk the ever-meddling pack council into allowing the mating; and protect his pack from a group of rogue wolves wreaking havoc across the state. With their hearts, and lives, on the line Chance and Stephanie will do the only thing they can…

TAKE A CHANCE ON FATE

Review: I love werewolves. This story is one where werewolves are known to the world as well as magic users, the Fae, and vampires. What would a world like that be like? Well the story doesn't focus on the effect of knowing the supernatural are real has on the world, but rather on how relationships come about when it has been widely accepted. Steph (as she is primarily called in the story) is a normal human who literally runs into Chance, a werewolf, and finds an instant attraction. Steph figures out what he is based on his behavior and some instinct about him. However, Chance also has insight into Steph because it turns out that his human side and wolf side instantly want Steph in their lives. They are what is called True Mates.

The story bounces between their perspectives and has minor moments of other people's perspectives as well. You get to learn a lot about Steph's past because it comes to haunt her. She was married to a human really young and he ran off with almost all of her money. After draining most of her accounts (he thought he had drained them all), he files for divorce leaving her with nothing. Steph struggles to get her life back in order with the help of her good friend Dane. The two of them have even decided to open an internet cafe together. They are in the process of preparing for their grand opening when Steph meets Chance. Chance is instantly jealous of Dane because he thought they were a couple until he learns that Dane actually prefers men like Steph does.

The other perspective we see is from Chance and how he is learning to live with the idea of having found his True Mate. He has to find a way to convince Steph that they are destined to be together before the next mating ceremony which is at first only 15 days away. Luckily for Chance, she doesn't need too much convincing really. But what happens after they accept fate and try to be together? You will be shocked to learn about Steph's true nature and how jealous a werewolf female can be. The ending will shock you and leave you wondering what will happen next? It is pretty obvious there's going to be another book in this series, but you will feel closer about Steph and Chance. I think the next book is probably going to focus on a different member of the pack.

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This book counts as #3 in my Werewolf Reading Challenge for 2012


Interview with the author, Emleigh Walsh: Hopefully Coming Soon
Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Chance-Fate-Dominion-Creek-ebook/dp/B007H9BATC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335666009&sr=8-1

Barnes And Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-chance-of-fate-emleigh-walsh/1109325562?ean=2940013934146

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/139173


Tour Stops:
May 14 - Pretty Opinionated Guest Post
May 14 - Mommy Reads too Much Review
May 15 - Generations of Savings Review
May 15 - Becasue My Mom Says So Excerpt
May 16 - Dr. Pepper Diva Review
May 16 - Mommy and We Like It Excerpt
May 17 - Indiana Coupon Savings Review
May 17 - What you Talking Bout Wills? Guest Post
May 18 - Sweeping The USA Review
May 18 Couponing 2 Our Dreams Excerpt
May 21 - Kids are Grown Excerpt
May 21 - Nikkis Book Corner Review
May 22 - Home and Garden Cafe Review and Interview
May 22 - Jenns Book Blog Excerpt
May 23 - Identity Discovery Interview & Review
May 23 - Crafty Life Guest Post
May 24 - Cuzin Logic Guest Post
May 24 - Song Berries Review
May 25 - Blondies Babbles Interview and Review
May 25 - Random Deals Excerpt
May 28 - Its a Mommys World Guest Post
May 28 - Reading It All Review
May 29 - SaraLees Deals and Steals Excerpt
May 29 - Saving for 6 Review
May 30 - Author Lisa Rayns Review
May 30 - Changes of Me Review
May 31 - Ginas Library Excerpt
May 31 - Time 4 Mommy Review
June 1 - Taking Time for Mommy Review
June 1 - Matter of Cents Excerpt
June 4 - Mom to Bed By 8 Guest Post
June 4 - Cherished Handmade Treasures Excerpt
June 5 - My Chaotic Ramblings Guest post
June 5 - The Lucky Lady Bug Excerpt
June 5 - Moms Freebies Review
June 6 - eReading on the Cheap Interview
June 6 - Beck Valley Books Excerpt
June 6 - Reviewing Shelf Guest Post

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Wordy Wednesday: Choices Book Tour

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Title: Choices
Series: The Guardian Trilogy, Book 2
Author: Liz Schulte
Publisher: 4 Corners Press LLC
Desription: Hearts break. Loved ones are lost. Life keeps moving.

Olivia Martin’s afterlife was more dangerous and confusing than her life ever was. She thought she was ready to come back, to forget about Holden and to let go of the rage consuming her. Fulfilling her destiny as a guardian was all that mattered—the past could stay hidden in the crevices of her mind. However, when guardians are murdered and the evidence points towards jinn, she has to do something. To save anyone’s future, Olivia will have to confront the one person from her past she is terrified to see.

Holden waited for Olivia with the hope he would see her one more time. But when she didn’t return, he found salvation in darkness. The black and twisted road made it easier to forget what he lost than to live with the memory of what he had. An unexpected promotion shoves him into a world of intoxicating power and influence. Holden will have to choose between his new life and the woman he thought was gone forever.

From the ashes of Secrets, Choices are born that will change everything.

Review: This story was hard to read at times because it switches between three different main perspectives. Once I got used to it and realized that each chapter was from a different person, it was really cool. I enjoy getting to find out how different characters view what is happening in the story. If you have read most of my character interviews, you know that I very rarely pick the main character to ask questions. I wouldn't need to do that for this story since you get Olivia, Holden, AND Quintus's views.

This story picks up from book one with Olivia having decided to follow the path she was born into, to become a Guardian. Essentially, she is a low level angel except she can die...again. She is reborn on earth as pure heavenly light and takes the shape of whatever her mental image of herself happens to have been when she died. Using her light, she is meant to help those in need on Earth, but only those the High Elder Guardians tell her to help. This is a problem for Olivia. She really didn't want to be reborn into the army of heavenly soldiers that just do as they are told. She thought she would be able to help anyone she found that needed it. She is different from other guardians because she is actually able to sense when someone needs help even if she is not the one scheduled to help that person. Most guardians can only see the ones they are assigned to. Instead Olivia can see everyone's pain and even decipher what is the cause. This is very unusual for a guardian and Olivia is not sure that this power is solely hers or if she is pulling it from her mental/physical bond with Holden.

Holden has spent the last three years waiting to hear that Olivia has returned and, dare I say, praying that she will return to him when she is reborn. He loves her dearly and has no clue that Olivia thought he had betrayed her at the end of book one, resulting in her death. Olivia's pain causes her to shut off their mental connection and to try to move on. She still loves Holden, but he is a Jinni and works for Hell. She's a Guardian working for Heaven. It's a doomed match up. Holden doesn't know that she actually is disconnecting from him and therefore throws everything he has into being the best Jinni he can be. This turns out to put him into a leadership role controlling all the North American jinn. He was really good at his job. Now if only Olivia would return so he could turn away from all his evil ways for her. His fear? Would she be able to accept all that he has done since she left him?

Finally, Quintus tells us the story from another Guardian perspective. He was Olivia's protector before she died and afterwards has been charged to train her in the ways of being a Guardian. The problem is that he started falling in love with her before death and being so close to her now has only made his love grow. He knows she still loves Holden. He knows she is having trouble moving on and being a good Guardian. He just can't stop his feelings which seem to be interfering with her training. On the other hand, Olivia seems to be extraordinarily good at some aspects of their job, so he thinks that she will grasp all the concepts will little help. He's wrong of course.

Where does all this lead us? While they are all trying to not be in love with each other, Guardians are disappearing, possibly dying. It looks like Holden might be behind it and the Elder Guardians have made Quintus and Olivia the chief investigators. Quintus is trying to keep Olivia and Holden apart by not letting Olivia know that Holden is there or that he might be the one responsible. Holden is trying to figure out what Juliet (Olivia's best friend from book one who killed herself) is doing as a Jinni and who she's really working for. Olivia is just trying to make it through each day by learning he job skills and NOT thinking of Holden. It's a hot mess and you will be shocked by the ending! Who is really responsible? Will Holden and Olivia ever be together again? What will happen when Olivia discovers her best friend is alive? Read to find out!

Interview with the Author, Liz Schulte:
  1. I absolutely love all the points of view! It is a very unique way of telling the story. What made you decide to tell it from three different characters viewpoints?

    When I wrote the first book Secrets, I wrote it all from Olivia’s point of view. While reading it I discovered the Holden in my head wasn’t the Holden on paper. Olivia very much sees life and her world through rose colored glasses and that made Holden come across as soft, which he is anything but. I decided I would go back and add in his point of view so I could show that the two of them were very much approaching the whole situation from very different backgrounds.

    In the second book I needed the multiple points of view because there were multiple storylines happening at once that every character was not privy to. I added Quintus to the mix as the guardian side representative, Holden is the jinn representative, and Olivia still very much finds herself in the middle.
  2. It took a long time for Olivia to decide to be a guardian and when she returns, she really has a tough time handling her emotions. Is that really a change in her personality or is that the result of all of Holden's pent up rage and depression coming through to her? Three years worth to be felt at once would be hard to handle by anyone.

    Olivia does have a hard time with her emotions in the second book. It partly has to do with Holden, but it also has to do with the fact she has a lot of feelings about what happened and no time to deal with those emotions. Her life was ripped apart, and she is shoved back into the mix without time to mourn all that she lost. It took her three earth years to decide to come back, but to her it felt like hours. Both Quintus and Holden had time to deal with the aftermath of Secrets and she didn’t. Added to that Holden’s anger makes her somewhat volatile because she has no idea how to do channel and use it to her advantage like he does.
  3. We find out that Juliet made a deal to return as a Jinni if she killed herself. Was she really that upset about Olivia being happy or was she just going crazy like her mother? Will being a Jinni accelerate the disease?

    I wouldn’t say she was unhappy about Olivia being happy. Her mental health was already slipping and then she began to feel as if her place in the world was slipping away from her. Not to mention she had a demon whispering in her ear, feeding her fears that she was going to be alone and insignificant. Her illness definitely was a large contributing factor to her ultimate decision. I also think Juliet always had lower self-esteem and was fairly easily manipulated.
  4. Will we ever find out what the person is that keeps setting up the bar illusion for Holden in order to encourage him to be with Olivia?

    Yes! That will be explained in Consequences. It all factors into the overall story. A lot of the lingering questions you might have, like what the dreams were about, how they are connected, etc., will be addressed in the final book. As their two lives merge (Olivia and Holden) once again the pieces fall into place.
  5. Will Olivia and Holden's love upset the entire system? Is Olivia even attracted to Holden now that she sees jinn as reptilian in nature?

    Well, that’s sort of the question, isn’t it? Is their love fated for destruction or was it destined to be? Once they figure that out the world as they know it will change. I will tell you that she is not repulsed by Holden, far from it. She is angry though. She has a year’s worth of resentment and anger bottled up and having Holden there is too much for her to keep it inside. And as much as he loves her, he has his own resentment about the choices she made.
  6. Do the jinn look reptilian because of the connection to the snake tempting Eve in the bible? If so, that is a great reference.

    The Jinn don’t look reptilian, they look like normal people. Olivia feels their cold reptilian nature come through when they are near her. It their connection with hell and demons that causes the repulsion. The snake tempting Eve wasn’t on my mind while I wrote it, but the analogy definitely applies here.
  7. Care to give us a hint about book three? Will Quintus ever have a shot again with Olivia? Will Olivia and Holden be together? Is Juliet going to interfere with Olivia's happiness again? So many questions.

    Eeek! Okay I will try to answer these without spoilers. Quintus isn’t ready to give up on Olivia, and he believes he has her best interest at heart. Olivia doesn’t feel as strongly about him as she does about Holden, but he is stable and offers her a chance at a peaceful, uncomplicated life. The fabric of Olivia and Holden’s lives are inextricably woven together. Where one ends the other begins and it has always been so. We haven’t seen the last of Juliet. She will continue to impact Olivia’s life and possibly become a catalyst for character changing events.

    Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! I loved the questions, and I can’t wait to share the final part of the trilogy.


Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007OOVC8E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=taktimformom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007OOVC8E

Barnes And Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/choices-liz-schulte/1109719658?ean=2940014243070

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144022


Tour Stops:
May 7 - Midwestern Moms - Review
May 7 - The Shopping Duck - Guest Post
May 8 - Home and Garden Cafe - Review
May 8 - For Him and My Family - Excerpt
May 9 - Teressa Morris - Review and Interview
May 9 - Adventures of a Frugal Mom - Guest Post
May 10 - Momvantage - Review
May 10 - Cuzin Logic - Guest Post
May 11 - Literary Sweet - Review and Interview
May 11 - My Chaotic Ramblings - Guest Post
May 14 - Day in Day in Our World - Review
May 14 - For the Luv of Sanity - Guest Post
May 15 - Country Life for Me - Review
May 15 - Susan Heim - Review and Excerpt
May 16 - Mom Zunas - Review
May 16 - Lisa Rayns - Excerpt
May 17 - My Mommys World - Review
May 17 - Susie B Hommaker - Excerpt
May 18 - Upstate Ramblings - Review
May 18 - eReading on the Cheap - Review and Interview
May 21 - Taking Time for Mommy - Review
May 21 - Random Deals - Excerpt
May 22 - Crafty Life - Review
May 22 - Sweep Tight - Excerpt
May 23 - Identity Discovery - Review and Interview
May 23 - Pretty Opinionated - Guest Post
May 24 - Matter of Cents - Review
May 25 - Blondiez Babbles - Review
May 25 - Mommy Reads too Much - Excerpt
May 28 - Lola James - Review
May 28 - The Lucky Lady Bug - Review
May 28 - Detroit Mom - Excerpt

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Lilith Straight Blog Tour Character Interview with Mr. Clerk

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Title: Straight to Heaven
Series: Lilith Straight Series, Book Two
Author: Michelle Scott
Publisher: Michelle Scott

Character Interview with Mr. Clerk


  1. What's it like working for Hell?
    At first, it was wonderful. Or, at least, it seemed wonderful. If you are a demon, or if you are working for a demon, you get whatever you want: any food you desire, designer clothing, the ability to visit anywhere in the world you want…but after a while, you start to realize that things in Hell are…how shall I say it?...unsatisfying. Take the food for instance. It always looks good, but it all tastes the same: bland and mealy. Hell is also very lonely. Isolating people increases the despair, and Hell is all about despair. So while the designer clothing is a nice perk, there’s no one to show off for, so what’s the point? Not only that, but Helen keeps me working so hard that I have no time for enjoyment. You see, those who rule Hell don’t want people to… Never mind. I’ve already said too much… I think I’ll have to hide this interview from Helen.
  2. You worked for Heaven for a time, can you compare your experiences there with your experiences in Hell?
    Like I said, Hell is a very lonely place. Heaven, on the other hand, is all about community. Some people think that if you get to Heaven, you’ll exist like a wise old man at the top of a mountain: all alone communing with nature. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In Heaven, everyone eats together, works together, attends team-building enrichment activities together…you get the idea. It can be very tiresome, especially for someone like me who does not like to sing or hug or drink hot cocoa.
  3. William Darcy tempted you away from Heaven. How did he do it? Was it worth it?
    I’m ashamed to admit how easy I made it for him. True, I was going through a rough spot at the time because Heaven was becoming too demanding as far as I was concerned. But even if that had not been the case, William would have swept me away. All it took was a little flattery and a pair of tickets to see the legendary French actress, Sarah Bernhardt play Hamlet. I could have visited Théâtre de la Renaissance by using the otherworld doorways, but to be actually sitting in the audience next to the most handsome, desirable demon in the otherworld was too much temptation for me to ignore. Everyone has their tipping point, and that was mine. Was it worth it? There are times when I’d say no, but every time I see William, I light up all over again.
  4. Are Lilith and William the only succubus and incubus you were working with?
    Yes. Typically, succubi and incubuses have enormous egos and they do not mix well. Also, if we put too many together, they get demanding. It’s due to their diva complexes.
  5. What is your impression of Lilith?
    I’ll admit that I wasn’t very impressed at first. Lilith does not have her mother’s charming personality, and she has too much of a backbone. However, Lilith is proving to be an adept student. Her shape-changing abilities are superior. I also admit that she’s becoming a good friend. Until now, the succubi have paid very little attention to me. Even Carrie took me for granted. Lilith, however, is a kind soul. Which is not a trait that Helen approves of, but certainly makes my job easier.
  6. At the end, we find out that you have crossed paths with Lilith a couple of times before she became a Succubus. Were you working for Heaven or Hell at the time of her birth? Do you know who her real father is?
    Yes, I was employed by Helen at the time Lilith was born. In fact, I was the first one to see her (after her mother and the hospital staff, of course.) I suspect who her real father is, but I’m not completely sure. All I can say for certain is that he’s not one of Hell’s brood. I believe he belongs to the enemy’s camp, but I’ve never been able to prove it.
  7. You disappeared after your last meeting with Lilith. Will we ever see you again?

    I admit that I took of rather suddenly, and I regret that I never had a chance to say goodbye to William. I hope to return very soon, but considering the place I’m in right now, I can’t say for certain.


Bio
Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University. Her stories have appeared in such places as Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, All Possible Worlds and Realms. Her fantasy novel, The Dragons of Hazlett was nominated for a 2009 EPPIE Award. Michelle’s YA novels include the vampire romance, Blood Sisters, and the fantasy Uncommon Magic. Her latest fantasy novel, An Anthem for the Battle Lands, was recently released from Mundania Press, LLC. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children. Links

Social Media Connect with Michelle Scott: Check out her webpage at http://www.mscottfiction.com, her blog at http://www.mscottfiction.com/21stCenturyWriter/, twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/mscottwriter, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MichelleScottsFiction.

Buy the Book:
Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/straight-to-heaven-michelle-scott/1110565631?ean=2940014489782

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZT6BRA/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Smashwords.com - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/157816

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Talk: Interview with Vanessa Morgan author of A Good Man

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Title: A Good Man
Series:
Author: Vanessa Morgan
Publisher:
Desription: Loved Dexter and American Psycho? Then you'll love A Good Man.

Louis Caron is a good man - vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is even concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge - he's a vampire - and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis' attempt to escape the police takes him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.

My Review can be found at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/05/good-man-by-vanessa-morgan.html

Interview with Vanessa Morgan, author


  1. What made you decide to write a screen play?
    In 2010, my short story The Strangers Outside was brought to the screen. The main actor in that film, Pierre Lekeux, is also a producer. He loved what I had done with The Strangers Outside and he asked if I'd agree to write their next feature film. He wanted to jump onto the wagon of the current vampire-craze and he thought that I was the ideal person to bring this project to life. The result is A Good Man that I could best describe as American Psycho with a vampire.
  2. Are there actually plans to produce a tv series or movie from this?
    A Good Man is currently in pre-production and will be shot later this year. Most of the cast and crew is already attached to the movie and the production is now arranging camera and other equipment.
  3. I can see this as a tv series more than a movie just because I would expect a movie script to be much more detailed. Which did you envision when writing it?
    It's just the contrary. Because a TV series is longer, it takes more pages to write than a movie screenplay. There's no difference in the details that need to be added. A Good Man is pretty much like all other screenplays in terms of description and length. Because one page equals one minute in a movie, the adaptation of A Good Man should be more or less 96 minutes in length.
  4. I actually am having a hard time understanding why Louis decides to fake his death by giving up blood other than to provide closure to Emma and Vincent. Was that his only motivating factor?
    Louis never even thinks about faking his death. That would be a bit weird indeed. What happens is that the police is suspicious of him and his vampire support group urges him to leave the country as soon as possible in order not to bring the other vampires in danger. Louis answers that it isn't exactly the right time to leave the country because there are people he cares about (Vincent and Emma) and he can't leave them without saying goodbye properly. The vampire support group accepts that Louis takes his time to say goodbye to Vincent and Emma first, but in the meantime, he isn't allowed to kill any people because that would make the police even more suspicious. The problem with vampires is that their bodies degrade quickly if they're not drinking any blood. If this goes on for too long, this will end in a state in which the vampire will still be conscious, but unable to move his limbs. As Louis finds himself unable to leave the people he loves, he is getting himself into that state. He's not faking it. And he doesn't want to be ill and disabled either. He just wants to stay with his loved ones as long as can possible be.... Just like humans would. But we all know that not letting go of people can have disastrous results.
  5. Why did Louis kill the drunk guy in the bar?
    Louis is a vampire which means he has to kill people from time to time in order to drink their blood. The drunk guy in the bar was an easy victim, because Louis was supposedly going to drive him home and he was too drunk to defend himself. The drunk guy also seemed like a 'lost case' which are the only people Louis kills.
  6. Why does Louis throw up after he drinks blood? How does that actually help him live when he needs the blood to survive?
    Throwing up is a normal reaction when someone is confronted with a traumatizing situation such as rape or murder. Even though Louis is a vampire, he feels bad about killing people. He wants to be a good man after all. He doesn't want to be a monster. It's explained in the story that he is never able to throw up the blood. The desire to throw up is an instant reaction, but because he never throws up any blood it won't hinder him in his survival.
  7. Are there any plans for a full novel connected with this play?
    A Good Man was always meant to be a movie and it'll probably stay that way. The screenplay is available on Kindle and all other digital formats though, so readers can already check it out.

Straight to Heaven Book Tour

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Lilith Straight Blog Tour Picture 3 Title: Straight to Hell
Series: Lilith Straight Series
Author: Michelle Scott
Publisher: Michelle Scott
Description: The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a longtime family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse, and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.



My review of Straight to Hell can be read at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/05/straight-to-hell-by-michelle-scott.html


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Title: Straight to Heaven
Series: Lilith Straight Series, Book Two
Author: Michelle Scott
Publisher: Michelle Scott
Description: Hell’s newest employee, Lilith Straight, thinks she’s got a handle on her job as the Devil’s temptress until she finds herself going horns-to-halo with a guardian angel who’s determined to rescue Lilith’s next victim. To make matters worse, William Darcy, the hottest demon in hell, is trying to undermine Lilith’s mission with a few temptations of his own.

Review: I moved on to this book immediately after finishing Straight to Hell (you can check out the review at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/05/straight-to-hell-by-michelle-scott.html). At the end of Straight to Hell, Lilith is starting to get her life back together even if she is still working for the Devil. She has rebuilt her home that had burned down and has her daughter and niece living with her. Granted she destroyed her step sister by sleeping with the man she loved (Tommy) in order to get all this stuff, but life is turning around a little bit.

This story has a lot of basis on Lilith's failure to tempt her clients. She is given a task to tempt one particular guy into doing all sorts of random, seemingly trivial things, but somehow she keeps failing. Angels keep showing up and rather easily undoing everything Lilith has worked so hard for. The problem other than failing? Helen Spry, the demon Lilith reports too, really really really wants this guy tempted. She is willing to give Lilith multiple chances and even a little incentive. You see, Lilith's deal with the Devil was made for her many years ago by and very distant relative who agreed that her direct descendant females would each take the place as a succubus with each passing generation. There is only one succubus at a time. Lilith is the succubus currently, but if anything happens to Lilith her daughter eight year old daughter Grace will become the next in line. In order to encourage Lilith to tempt her current target, Helen tells Lilith that she will amend her contract to skip Grace's generation. Pretty good encouragement huh? Save your daughter's soul from Hell if you get this one guy to "do something." When you're own soul is already in the service of hell, it sounds like the logical thing to do.

The kicker is that the demon that Lilith could fall in love with is also on the case. Helen pits the incubus William Darcy against succubus Lilith Straight. Something really big must be at stake for such drastic measures. Especially since William has a really good incentive too to finish the job. He will get to hold his infant son in his arms. His son has been dead for a long time, but Helen can put them together in the afterlife for a few minutes. So who will win this bet? What is at stake that is so drastic that has angels and demons alike after this one man? Read to find out! I can't wait for the next book because this one leaves you with a pretty good cliffhanger!

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