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Thought I’d share a bit of poetry with you. The ebook is free anyway:). I hope you have nothing vs. verses or feelings. Here is a poem from Versus Verses – Feel.


My devils are obstinate,

My devils are mean.

I think I have conquered,

But here they begin.

They sneak up within me,

They gnaw and annoy,

And the more they torture,

The more they enjoy.

‘Just stop, go away,’

I chase them and plead.

Won’t let them control me

Or let them take lead.

The battle goes on,

More bitter or less.

They’ll never give up,

I’ll stay relentless.

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The Shield of Soren has arrived!

It is an outstanding pleasure to be able to host a wonderful author. D. M. Cain has a new booknout and it is everything and more than you could have hoped. THE SHIELD OF SOREN has arrived!

(All subsequent materials have kindly been provided by the author herself.)


I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release! This next installment in The Light and Shadow Chronicles is called The Shield of Soren. Set thirty years before the events of A Chronicle of Chaos, this novel covers the story of mischievous trouble maker, ten-year-old Soren Nitaya and the events that change the way he will see the world forever.  


The Shield of Soren

Ten-year-old Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.

But is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in causing mischief than in mastering weapons? 

When one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything he loves?

The Shield of Soren EXCERPT
With a loud clang of metal slamming into metal, the final bolt was undone. Reign slowly pulled the door open, and Vincent found his breath catching in his throat. 

High-pitched whimpering came from the tiny bundle of rags cowering at the back of the cage. Her long silver hair parted for a moment and Vincent could see her wide, silver eyes, terrified and innocent. Vincent’s skin prickled with discomfort. He hoped that Reign had a damned good reason for capturing a small child like this. 

Beside the glass cage were two oil lamps, both resting unlit. Reign reached up and took one down. Then, in a single savage moment, he slammed the lamp onto the floor of her cage. The girl screamed in terror and covered her head with her hands, but he hadn’t been aiming for her. 

The shattered glass gave way to a stream of oil that spread out in a pool across the floor. This seemed to scare the girl even more, and she began to cry quietly, sobbing into her clenched hands. 

Reign looked back at Vincent. Excitement flashed in his eyes as he drew a match from a box in his pocket. A small flare of light, a flicker of sulphur and a small flame danced on top of the match. With another laugh, Reign tossed the match into the glass cage.

Vincent gasped as the oil ignited in a rush of intense heat. The entire floor of the cage burst into flames. Vincent tried to rush forwards to save the girl from a fiery death, but the heat was too intense. A hand tapped incessantly at his shoulder, and he tried to brush it away, but Reign grabbed hold of his hand.

“Look! Look!” Reign shouted excitedly, pointing at the cage. 

When his eyes fell upon the cage, Vincent froze to the spot, his eyes nearly popping from their sockets. “But…how?”

The girl, who Vincent had assumed would be burning in agony, was somehow floating above the flames, hovering at the top of her cage. From her back sprouted two enormous wings of the purest white feathers Vincent had ever seen. The two beautiful white fans could only just fit within the confines of the cage, and as she beat them to stay afloat they fanned the flames beneath her. 

It wasn’t just her wings that dazzled Vincent with their purity. Her whole body had adopted an ethereal, almost ghostly, silver aura, her hair shimmering with radiance. She didn’t seem too frightened any more, but there was a definite hint of sadness in her gentle eyes. 

Vincent studied her carefully, struggling to catch his breath, which he hadn’t realised he had been holding. “What is she?” he managed to croak. 

Reign grinned and draped an arm across Vincent’s shoulder. “She, my friend, is an angel.”


D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The first of these to be written was A Chronicle of Chaos. The Shield of Soren will be released in March 2017. She is currently working on the next novel in the Light and Shadow Chronicles series, The Sins of Silas, as well as two complementary novellas entitled Genesis of Light and Origin of Shadow.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Best Sci-Fi novel Award.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story The End was published in Awethology Dark  an anthology by the #Awethors. 

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal. 


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Have you smiled today?

I thought you might enjoy this sneak peek into a funny romantic comedy I wrote.

Ocean waves gently caress the sandy shore as I remove the immaculate, semi-trasparent curtains from the wall-to-wall windows.
I hear his breathing change. His husky voice calls to me.

‘Good morning, Mrs Bronson!’

I turn around, proud and in love, my bare feet savouring the deep, fluffy white carpet. 

Oh what a heavenly man! And all mine.

He stretches like a powerful tiger across the white sheets and his naked body makes me tremble. The mischief in his eyes is irresistible! My lips quiver and my knees feel like jelly. My thumb strokes the wedding ring from the inside of my palm.

I smile, conveying to him everything he already knows and feels himself, and more. My throat goes dry as I feel myself pulled to his muscular torso like a magnet. 

He taps the bed gently. My tongue draws a wet layer over my lips. 

I can’t wait. I step forward and…


‘Thump,’ I fell from the tram seat, my face gluing itself flat on the floor, next to a set of smelly, overworn sneakers, my hands too busy clutching on to my purse instead of protecting the face.

Reality check! A major one! 

I spit the filth and drool from my mouth, and struggled to unglue my forehead from the floor.

   The chewing gum, which had been there for just enough time to get that semi-dry quality, had obviously been waiting to serve this particular purpose. I got up, mercilessly removing the gum from my skin, and it resisted my efforts, sneaking underneath my nails. Cheeky sod! Wet wipes helped, I hoped. 

I fixed my hair and adjusted my clothes, mumbling something like ‘low blood sugar’ to save face, deluded into thinking anyone in the tram cared. 

Gotta love cities – full of warm, caring people! Come to think of it, if anyone had tried to help, I might have gone to second base with them, mistaking them for my dream doctor.

#Read yourself into a #fun, #relaxing and #romantic #Sunday!

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Why authors ♡ their characters by LE Fitzpatrick

The Reacher Series by LE Fitzpatrick is a splendid mix of thriller, dystopia and paranormal. Having relished the teaser short story Safe Haven and the first book in the series, The Running Game, I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Border Lines. Delighted LE joined this February blog series with her favourite character from the Reacher novels.

Introducing James Roxton – L E Fitzpatrick

From The Reacher Series

The afternoon daylight whipped at Roxy’s eyes. His tuxedo was scarred with debauchery and torn at the sleeve. He scratched at his mop of yellow hair and scanned the bleary faces around him. Despite the hangover, the vomit stains over his trousers, and his missing socks, it had been a very profitable night. He was poor of pocket but rich with information. He fished out a packet of liquorice cigarettes and ran one under his nose. Breakfast; the most important smoke of the day.

He checked his phone as he meandered down the street, looking for an update from his beloved mother as she recovered in hospital. The burns to her arms and legs weren’t as bad as some of her girls, but broken pride was difficult to mend. She’d left him just one message, some filth about one of her doctors. Roxy sent a quick text back, telling her he was close.

[The Running Game – Book 1 Reacher Series]

James “Roxy” Roxton is the outcast of the series. He’s a character wedged between the bad and the worse, double-crossing wherever he can. When he first appears in The Running Game he’s hunting down the arsonist that targeted his mother’s club, but his search sees him running into old allies, allies he could betray for a bigger prize. A notorious gambler, Roxy can’t deny his temptation – but this time the stakes are too high.

In contrast to the other character in the series, many of which are broken and burdened, Roxy is a carefree concoction of lovable rogue and despicable villain. He’s the morning hit of caffeine after a rough night. The winning hand with an extra ace up his sleeve. And I can’t wait to show you what happens to him.






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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Suzi Albracht

Suzi Albracht is an author of intriguing horror books with a flare for punishment on those who so deserve it. But today, she is showing us a romantic, loving side to her lead character. 

Why I love Mikael Ruskoff.

Mikael appears in all of my books in The Devil’s Due Collection but one book, Death Most Wicked, is his story. You meet him when he is in the best time of his life. In love with his wife, taking care of his mother, being a good role model for his son. Later on, you learn how his life darkens and evil tries to snatch his soul. This tiny look inside shows the reader that even horror books can have romance and charm in them. Let me share with you why Mikael is the kind of man who makes my heart swoon.

“Up near Annapolis. Near that gated community we drove past last year when we were out looking at Christmas lights, remember? You had remarked how you love the neighborhoods up there. This one has a hot tub, four bedrooms, five baths, and a stone fireplace in the master bedroom. Bianca told me about it. She has connections with the realtor. She said it’s not officially on the market yet.”

“That nice, huh?”

“Even nicer. But we can’t leave D.C. right now because of your job, so I told her we couldn’t consider it.”

“But you like it?” Mikael pulled her chin up so their eyes met.

“I love it.” She nibbled on her lip and lowered her eyes. Mikael stroked her hair and watched her face for a second as if he were thinking.

“Then make an appointment for us.”

Tatiana’s eyes flew open. “But we have to live in the District.”

“I’ll make it work. And if I can’t, then I’ll apply to the Annapolis Detective Division.”

Tatiana rolled on top of Mikael, causing their wine to slosh over the sides of the goblets. She rained kisses over his face. He lay back with a smile on his face. He loved making his wife happy. It was right up there with pleasing his son.

After several minutes, Tatiana rolled back over and stared at the stars with a huge grin on her face.

“Oh honey, you’re going to love it too. There’s room for your pool table and drums set and… it has a small mother-in-law apartment over the garage.”

Mikael raised his eyebrows and shook his head. “For Mom? Oh baby, you have no idea what you are getting into.”

“I like your Mom.”

“And she likes you, but having my mother that close? Mom can be over-bearing if she gets the chance.”

They both lay back, thinking of the new house.

“Mikael? I knew you bought the puppy. Your mom told me.” Tatiana giggled.

Mikael burst out laughing. “Forget what I said earlier. If my Mom moved in, I’d be the one in trouble. The two of you might gang up on me.”

“I might have already hinted something about the house to her.”

Now Mikael had a full-bellied laugh. He was laughing so hard that Tatiana fell out of the hammock.

“Hey!” She complained, looking up at him with a pouting lip.

Mikael rolled out of the hammock and pulled her to her feet.

“Let’s dance.”

“But there’s no music.”

“The music is in here.” Mikael put her hand over his heart. “Do you hear it?”

Tatiana melted into his arms and they swayed to the music in Mikael’s heart.

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Dear Suzi, thank you so much for showing us the gentle side of your character. And yes, I do get why you like him.

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Molly Gambiza

Author Molly Gambiza writes about real life problems of women and families, balancing tradition and modern society for better or worse. Have a look at her favourite character.

Why I like Oliver (from I KNOW by Molly Gambiza)

His name Oliver, a fifteen year old boy whose life changed after meeting three homeless people  Duncan, Mitch, Dorothy and their dog Casper. 

      Dorothy is a young African woman living on the streets of London in the middle of winter and that’s someone who left her homeland Uganda for a better life in England. She had a good job, a happy life but she lost all that  because of one thing…..  It’s something that affect a lot of African people living abroad . When that happens the colour of their skin comes to mind, they blame the system  but not Dorothy, she knew the reason for her downfall. She narrated her story to Oliver, the story that changed his life.

A sneak peek of Oliver’s life before he met Dorothy and her group, the homeless. 
     The police officers took their seats opposite Oliver and his mother Natalia. 

    “This interview will be recorded.” The policeman who arrested Oliver announced himself. They introduced themselves as they took their seats.

    “Can you confirm your names?”

     “Oliver Muganzi.” He replied. 

     “The address?”

      Oliver fidgeted in his seat. “You went to fetch my mother, right? That’s the right address.”

       “Answer the officer!” Natalia’s nostrils flared.

    Oliver gritted his teeth. “You are sitting in the wrong seat mother. Why don’t you swap with the officers.”

    “Don’t go lippy with me Oliver and if you think I will not slap you in front of these officers think again. “Don’t touch me I will call police on you.” She mimicked his voice. ” Well, you don’t have to make the call. They are here.” She whacked him. “You will answer all the questions without getting lippy.  Have I made myself clear?”

    Oliver looked at his mother in disbelief. She had never slapped him in his life.

     The officers made notes without intrupting mother and son.

     Natalia wasn’t done. “Omutwe gwawe gurimu ekyinyogori ninga noresta ejayi?”

    The officers connected the dots and got the meaning. 

    Oliver refused to answer any questions without his solicitor…..
Available on amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes and Noble 

Twitter- @GambizaMolly

Instagram- @Mollygambiza

Thank you, Molly! Keep writing.

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Winky the Penguin goes on an expedition

​”One day, Winky decides to leave his home and go exploring. He sets out on an expedition to look for colours! He leaves his home early in the morning, while everyone else is still sleeping and the night sky is just turning from black into grey.

Winky looks back at his home, sighs sadly, but bravely waddles on.

Winky walks and waddles and swims, and walks and waddles and swims for a long time. Then he comes to an ice block and decides to rest.


This is a sneak peek into my children’s book Winky’s Colours, which combines topics such as polar animals, environmental issues and even some romance. It is a chapter book with additional questions to help parents, teachers and children think about the story and what they would do. As a teacher and mum, I know very well how stories promote critical and creative thinking, empathy, problem-solving skills and imagination.

The book is available as ebook and paperback on LuluAmazon  Barnes&NobleiBooks and Kobo.

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Here she is – all fixed and spruced up and now in paperback too. My old-fashioned romcom has been called charming, fun, funny and delightful. I do hope Priscilla is pleased.

Priscilla is happy being a successful, single, business woman. Or is she? With her best friend’s wedding approaching, she finds herself constantly daydreaming about romance with perfect men – doctors, firemen, secret agents, sexy chefs. Aiming for perfection, she ignores an ordinary guy she sees every day, although he makes her feel… something. When perfection finally comes, she finds herself torn between her dreams and the reality. Perhaps dreamy perfection is just not something that ticks all her boxes. Are couples supposed to be perfect or are average relationships the stuff of life? 

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Meet Lily Luchesi

It is my pleasure today to interview one of the rising young authors. Vampire fans will love it. Meet Lily Luchesi!


Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.

Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda’s Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. Book three, Life Sentence, was released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four, Right To Silence, was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released January 17th, 2017.

She has a short stories featured in the anthologies Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words, Death Love Lust, and Lurking In The Shadows.



1. Who are you in a nutshell? 

I’m a writer, a vampire lover, insomniac who loves rock music, black clothes, the CW, and anime.

2. Why do you write? 

I am the author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, which follows a mortal detective as he discovers the “Underworld of Chicago”: vampires, witches, demons, and much more. He teams up with the FBI’s secret Paranormal Investigative Division and its leader, Angelica Cross, to stop various unearthly threats.

I am also the writer of various short stories, both horror and erotica.

3. What’s your latest project? 

My latest project is Life Sentence, the third book in the PDSeries, which picks up right when its predecessor (Miranda’s Rights) ends, with Angelica needing to adjust to a new kind of life and the demonic witch Fiona Guilfoyle is hunting her down, threatening a Wiccan takeover over all mortals and creatures alike.

4. What is your favourite character among the ones you created? 

Angelica, for sure. I love her because when I created her, I had no idea who she was aside from her parentage and species. As the series has gone on, I am discovering new things about her. She is a constant surprise.

5. What was the most difficult thing for you to write so far? 

In book four, Right To Silence (coming January 17th, 2017), one of my characters is a kidnap/torture victim, and I had to write a flashback scene that triggers an anxiety attack. As a sufferer of PTSD, that scene was very hard to write and I had to stop multiple times.

6. How do you deal with criticism, promotional activities, editing/proofreading? 

I don’t mind criticism as long as it’s constructive. If it’s trolling, then I block and move on. I promote at least two hours every few days on Facebook groups and pages, plus I utilize author takeovers, newsletters, and email blast sites to promote my books. My publisher (Vamptasy) has an editor whom I have worked with on the majority of my books, Elizabeth Anne Lance. I love working with her and my other editor, Catherine Stovall. Both are amazing ladies and really enhance my work.

7. What are your writing plans for the future? 

I will have my fourth book out, as mentioned above, in January, and the fifth sometime this summer. I also have a paranormal femdom erotic short with my publisher, to see if she wants to publish it, and various shorts releasing soon, including the Gems Of Gratitude anthology, which is releasing on November 14th.

8. Which books/authors do you admire and why? 

I really love Stephen King because he is so much more than a horror writer. He writes about people, the characters are so real you fall right into their stories. As a reader, I respect him so much, and as a writer, his book On Writing really gave me some great advice and perspective.

9. What makes you happiest in the writing process? 

When I manage to surprise myself. With the fifth PDS book, I wrote a twist that had me sitting at my laptop in shock. Those moments where it’s as if I’m not the one writing, those are what I live for.

10. What do people usually say about your writing? 

I have been so blessed with reviewers loving my books. I think what I get the most frequently is how much they love Angelica because she’s not a typical female lead in any genre. While she looks like the typical vampire assassin you see in every other paranormal book out there, she doesn’t act like one, and when readers see that and compliment me on it, it makes my whole day!

11. If you didn’t write, would you try any other arts or crafts? 

I am actually already trying my hand at graphic design, but otherwise no. I’d probably be a psychologist.

12. What was your favourite book when you were younger or a child? Why? 

I had a few, but my top two were Darren Shan’s Trials of Death and Ellen Schreiber’s Royal Blood. I still love both authors today.

13. If you could sit down for a chat with any famous author or character, who would it be and what would you talk about? 

Stephen King. I’d talk with him about so much, from dogs to monsters to baseball. Honestly, to have a conversation with him would make me die happy!

14. Pick one of your books and explain it to us as if it were a movie, listing the cast and crew if you wish. 

(Using Stake-Out, the first Paranormal Detectives book)

Set in the windy, dark city of Chicago, we follow protagonist Danny Mancini (played by Louis Ferreira) into the night as he hunts a murder suspect in the volatile South Side one day in rainy June. Instead of a psychopath, he spots a dark-haired, fanged individual (played by Richard Armitage) who is savagely tearing out the throat of a young woman in a dirty, smelly alleyway. When his bullets do nothing to stop the monster, Danny faints, only to come to and have his world torn apart.

Two years later, he is met by the beautiful Angelica Cross (played by Hayley Atwell), who takes him under her wing and into a world of blood, darkness, and reincarnation.

15. Do you have any special promos, charity releases, appearances or book releases you’d like to tell us about?

Yes, as mentioned I am in the Gems of Gratitude anthology, which will be releasing on November 14th, and you can pre-order it now wherever books are sold. And then enter a great giveaway with your purchase code on Facebook!

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Take a peek inside of my latest release, Life Sentence!
His sharp fangs barely nipped her neck, just getting a taste so as not to alarm her. Definitely not a real bite by any means.

She dug her nails into his back, tearing the fabric of his leather vest. Vampire bites could be an intoxicating sexual high if used properly, and even she was not immune to the effect, because of her human blood. It was that human blood that made what was supposed to be a simple execution turn into a bloody brawl. Theo had obviously tasted the humanity in her bloodstream and he wrenched himself away from her, her blood staining his chin and falling in tiny rivulets down her neck.

“You’re a fxxxing halfling?” he practically spat. “I didn’t even know your kind really existed. Why did you tell me you were a real vamp?”

“I am a real vampire,” she said, wiping her blood off her neck.

“No, you’re a freak of nature. Your kind should never have existed,” he said. “What do you say I change that?” He lunged for her, but she dodged out of the way, and his hand crashed into the brick wall, cracking the brick. He went after her again, and this time his nails cut into her face, but she immediately healed.

She pulled a blade from her oversized bag and took a swing with it, cutting into his muscular shoulder. The holy water made the wound fester and burn as Theo cried out in pain.

“You psycho, what are you carrying weapons around for?” he asked stupidly. 

Angelica rolled her eyes. “For deviants like you.” She held the knife in an offensive position and knew she needed to declare herself. Dropping the accent she said, “Detective Angelica Cross, Paranormal Investigative Division. I’m real, Theo, and I’ll easily cut your throat unless you stand down now. Let me take you in for questioning and no one will get hurt.” An utter lie, of course, but she needed information from him before she killed him.

“This is the great Cross?” Theo started to laugh maniacally. “A half breed brat who doesn’t look a day older than twenty?”

“I’m one-ninety-eight, thank you,” she replied, taking her gun swiftly in her other hand and shooting at him.

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When a review makes you gulp:)

Getting a review like this, in such fine company as this, from an author I really admire is just… well, no pressure at all, right;)? But it only inspires me to write more and better! Wow!

Read short stories! They are gems.

More “Crooked Tales” –

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