*Death and the Maiden* #poetry

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His mahogany voice

Full of whiskey
Whispered promises
Of nebulous deeds
Star shattered feelings
In the obscure part
Of my opaque spirit
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Revelry ruptures my placid Hart
Benevolence flees my body
In search of pleasurable pain
To alleviate the empty space
Left in my dying imagination
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Oh how sweet the memory
Of sublime creation
My milky way of artistry
Leaves me with tears of starlight
Filling the river Styx

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On my deathbed
His whispers
Destroy and rebuild me
Fortifying my eternal devotion
To his purpose
To his very essence
The other half of my soul

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©Helle Gade 2018

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Slow Motion Lightning

I was lucky to capture some awesome lightning videos a while ago. We had two nights of Thor raging across the sky.

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Oath Forger by Nia Mars @niamars_author

– Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a huge binge reader. If I find an author I like, I will read everything they’ve ever written. I read a book a night. I’m a total insomniac.
– Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes! LOL As a kid, I used to make up rhymes. I used to hide with books (so I wouldn’t get nabbed for chores), and make up my own stories. They mostly featured princesses, and heavily focused on the ball gowns.
– What was your inspiration for the Oath Forger series?
I ran out of sci-fi romance to read. LOL I wanted something quick and fun, with a kick-ass heroine and guys I could fall in love with. As I thought about it, a story came to life.
– Do you have any quirks while writing?
Not so much of a quirk, but a bad habit. Every time I get stuck with the story, I go and grab a snack. I keep thinking that getting up and walking away from the computer will restart my brain. My desk is by the kitchen door. Not good!!!
– Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Write whatever makes you happiest. Be in love with your story. There will be readers who are looking for exactly what you’re looking for. You’re not alone. Put your best ideas out there, and your people will find you.
What are you working on now?
I’m outlining 3 different series. One is sci-fi, in the Oath Forger world. One is dark fantasy. One is contemporary. I love all three. At the moment, I’m worried about the new censorship law in the US. I’m not sure how that will affect romance authors. Will my books be banned because I write love scenes? That I even have to worry about this, is insane.
What are your hopes for the future.
I hope readers will connect to my books. That’s really all I want. I’ve already made a number of online friends who found me because of Oath Forger. The RH community is a wonderful, supportive community. I’m so grateful that I get to be part of it. I hope I’ll get to write more RH stories.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
A message to readers: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! You are the best. Thank you for reading my books! Thank you for the reviews! Thank you for sharing online. I’m grateful beyond words. Please, please keep reading. And, please, help us authors fight censorship, if you can.
Thank you for taking time to answer all my questions, Nia! 💓
—Thank you so much for interviewing me, Helle!!!

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His Knight by Charity Parkerson #Free

His Knight (Shining Armor Book 1)

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Tragedy brought them together. Love will forge them like steel.

The last thing Benny expected was to find himself in the middle of an active shooter event on campus. Canyondale University isn’t the type of place he imagined becoming the center of such brutality. After getting shot in the thigh, he would’ve been dead if not for the SWAT member who rushed to his aid at the moment one of the gunmen was bent on finishing the job.

An explosion of violence is a typical day for Wyatt. It’s his job to charge headfirst into the worst situations. This time is different. Downed by several bullets and left for dead, he might not have made it out alive if not for an unlikely hero—a young college student named Benny. Now, Wyatt can’t stay away from Benny. The man’s dry wit and courageous heart has him mesmerized. Unfortunately, Wyatt’s near-death experience has his ex seeing the light and wanting him back.

Relationships built under such stressful circumstances aren’t known to last, especially when meddling exes are involved. Thankfully for Wyatt, Benny isn’t easily budged, and he’s not giving up his knight without a fight.

About the Author

Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with several companies. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters. * Seven-time Readers’ Favorite Award Winner *2015 Passionate Plume Award Finalist *2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner *2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance *Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath.

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Black Dog and Rebel Rose: Chapter I: The Road to Hell by Dani Smith and Alex Julian

I’m lucky today to have the fantastic artist Dani Smith from Quick Draw Studios visiting. She was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about herself and her latest release.

• Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a comic book artist, writer, and all around crazy love able tattooed gal hailing from San Diego, CA, USA. I primarily focus on horror and dark urban fantasy themes, which allow me to draw all kinds of awesome monsters! My partner, Alex Julian, recently became my primary colorist; he also designs some of the creatures you will see popping up in my stories. We live in a charming old craftsman cottage in San Diego with our 6 year old boy, Ryker, a spry Jack Russell named Arrow, a fat guinea pig named Freckles, and a very curious Betta fish named Jack. We are the all- American artist family. 😉

• Have you always wanted to become an comic book artist?

Initially, no. I once dreamed of owning an art gallery and being a novelist separately. I started teaching myself the art of comics about six years ago during pregnancy bedrest, and I would never go back. I get to combine art and storytelling…nothing is better. It’s become my absolute passion.

• What was your inspiration for the series?

I have a passion for anthropology, folklore, mythology, theology, and the stories cultures worldwide have told for generations. I was inspired by the beings and creatures that have emerged from these traditions, and I wanted to write a story incorporating them, with characters that are both wondrous and relatable. The end result was BDRR.

• Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like to go sideways—coffee and a glass of wine or champagne at the same time. Gets me both hyped and mellowed, hahaha! Good music is an absolute…it fuels the creative process. I’ll sometimes listen to the same song over and over for hours.

• Do you have any advice for new artists/authors about the publishing world?

First, make a quality product. Quality is absolute. Secondly…DO NOT GIVE UP! This is a rough gig. There will be lean times. Absolute feast or famine. Determination is what will get you through.

• What are you working on now?

The next chapter of BDRR hahaha! We are also starting ASYLUM, a series Alex created about a teen insane asylum with a Lovecraftian theme…this will be the next title we put out. Thirdly, we have SHALE CITY, a punk fey fantasy that I’ve been conceptualizing for the last few years. That will hit this summer…the fans are really excited about that one!

• What are your hopes for the future?

We have a film option for BDRR that is floating around Los Angeles with a really fantastic producer and a few celebrity fans who would like to play the characters. I’m hoping it comes to fruition. The film world is complicated, so we will have to just kick back and see. Book sales will partially be driving the funding for that, so get out there and buy your copies, kids! 😉 💕🌹

• Do you have anything to say to your fans?

You are why I’m here. I love you all and could not be more grateful. I hope to do right by you all by continuing to put out stories that you are excited to read!
Black Dog and Rebel Rose: Chapter I: The Road to Hell by Dani Smith and Alex Julian

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A Beauty and the Beast tale unlike any other…
Skriker, the Halfling son of a demon and a stripper, is a supernatural hunter with nothing to tie him down, and he likes it that way. Between gore-splattered hunts slaying things that go bump in the night, he fills his days and nights with women, cage fights, and hard, fun living. But when the tattooed, Harley-riding bad boy makes a trip out to the abandoned town of Paradise Hill, a rotting burg rumored to be infested by a parade of grisly horrors, he discovers that he isn’t the only hunter to sniff out such a rich prize…and while she just might be the stuff his dreams are made of, she may also lead to what could be his gruesome undoing.
Delve into Chapter One of Dani Smith’s worldwide bestselling comic series, with revamped illustrations, storytelling, and new colors by artist Alex Julian!

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Ravens: Sons if Olympia by Helen J. Perry #NewRelease

Today I’m happy to introduce you to Helen J. Perry, the author of Ravens: Sons if Olympia a reverse harem paranormal romance.

– Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a middle-aged, middle-sized, British woman and mother of three. I wrote my first novel about three or four years ago, and I’ve written science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, including straight, bi, lesbian and gay romance.
– Have you always wanted to become an author?
I’ve always loved the two things I’m good at, reading and daydreaming. These are qualities need for being an author, but like many women, for most of my life, I’ve thought I’m not good enough. So, no, I didn’t always plan on being an author because it seemed too lofty an ambition.
– What was your inspiration for the Sons of Olympia series?
I’ve always loved history, especially ancient history, and the mythology associated with it. The specific Greek angle was undoubtedly influenced by my love of the Percy Jackson books and the fact that I’ve visited some of the ancient sites in Greece. I love Greece and intend to visit more of it.
I must be honest, however. These stories started life in a very different way. The initial idea was about a lesbian or gay human being swept off their feet by a powerful and magical gay or lesbian god. I thought it would be interesting to see how close I could write the two books, both a lesbian version and a gay version of the same story.
Sometime after those books were written, I was working on a reverse harem story involving time travel, Vikings and Norse gods, but the other stories were also still in my mind. One day I decided to get out the files and see if what I’d written before could be rewritten with the new ideas in my mind.
Although the first two books in the Sons of Olympus are very similar to the lesbian and gay books, the story in book three is quite different.
– Do you have any quirks while writing?
I prefer to write in silence. It seems many authors prefer music.
– Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Self-publishing has made it easier for everyone to publish when it previously seemed impossible. I’d recommend joining a community of supportive authors.
– What are you working on now?
Well, I’m one of those people who finds it hard to focus on and complete a project before starting another. So, before I pulled together the Sons of Olympus trilogy, I was working on a reverse harem series, which would be very similar but linked to Vikings and Norse mythology. However, I may well do something completely different before I finish that. For instance, I do have a contemporary gay Cinderella story that is very nearly finished. I work on things for ages, putting them away and getting them out again.
– What are your hopes for the future?
For my children to grow up, leave home and have happy successful lives! Appart from that I’d hope to write more stories that I enjoy writing, and other people enjoy reading.
– Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Thank you for reading. Thank you for reviewing. I love receiving emails and messages on social media.
– Thank you for taking time to answer all my questions.
Thank you for asking them and giving me the opportunity to tell you about my work.
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Writer Group by #editor @DionneLister

Today I give the word to my awesome author,editor and friend Dionne Lister

Hello 😀. As an editor, a reader and the person who vets the Booktastik books, I’ve seen my share of bad editing that authors have had to pay for. Because I also love the idea of improving as an author/writer, I’ve decided to set up a group through Booktastik. It’s a group for writers of all levels to come and ask questions, get writing tips, and find out what constitutes good editing. I want to educate writers and arm them with knowledge that will help them improve their craft and not get ripped off. I also hope to start lots of awesome discussion among writers in a space designed to encourage growth and comradeship in the author community. It would be great to see some of you join, or if you have author friends who could use the support, please tell them about the group. Thanks!

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Wolfe Words #poetry

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You’re a wolf
In sheep clothing
Spouting pretty words
Utter nonsense
Flowery prose
Lies in disguise

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You think me
fooled
Laughing
behind my back
Telling tales
of my ignorance

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But be warned
I know you tricks
There will be no pardon
I will purge you
From my body
And certainly my mind

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©

Helle Gade 2018