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(First scene of Chapter One)
(First scene of Chapter One)
Continue reading “Sneak Peek of A THEFT OF MAGIC by Cara McKinnon”
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Brooklyn Harper’s worst nightmare has become her reality. She has been captured by Isolation…
Trapped in a white-walled labyrinth by Juneau Malloy, Brooklyn is faced with the horrors of Isolation’s finest training yet. The skills she learned as an Omen Operative in Camp Number Eleven are put to the test in the form of brutal assessments of her strength, skills, and fortitude. Confused and disheartened, Brooklyn and the group of renegade Omens prepare for whatever trials Isolation has in store for them.
Juneau has caged her once again, but Brooklyn is far from broken…
When Brooklyn finds out her best friend Gabriel is alive, she goes on a violent rampage in search of her, but instead earns herself a stint in solitary confinement. Juneau attempts to tame Brooklyn through grueling exercises before offering her one radical choice. Brooklyn must hand over her freedom in order to spare her friends. She’ll become a showpiece Juneau will auction off to the highest bidder for her skills in assassination, defense, and combat.
There must be a way out, and the renegade Omens have to find it…
Brooklyn has no intention of becoming Juneau’s latest achievement. During a mind-warping training simulation, Brooklyn uncovers Isolation’s greatest secret and their darkest mistake. Juneau Malloy has created something far more sinister than the Omens, and it’s ready to eat the world alive.
As the battle with Isolation intensifies, Brooklyn is faced with her most dangerous choice yet…
Save her friends—or save humanity.
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Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.
I’m preparing to send The Firebird Trilogy Book 3 off to my publisher. Only problem? It still doesn’t have a title, and that’s where you come in.
If I choose your title, you will receive an acknowledgement in the book, signed paperback copies of Firebird and What’s Left of Me, and more!
The blurb isn’t finalized yet, and I don’t want to give too much away, so check out the first two books to get an idea of the themes and characters.
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Comment here with your suggestion, or get in touch through the contact form. I’ll be running the contest through October 31 and announcing the winner on November 1. Good luck!
In Awash in Talent, Emily’s sister is massively Talented. After a sickly childhood, Beth is revealed to have the power to move objects with her mind and to heal all kinds of wounds and illness with only her touch. Only one hundred people in the world have the healing Talent, and Beth’s life changes overnight. Emily, on the other hand, has no discernible Talent or ambition beyond her obsession with Carlos, the married teaching assistant from her archaeology classes. Emily will do anything to show the world that she’s more amazing than her sister and that she and Carlos are meant to be together. An introduction to Emily’s world can be found at this link.
Emily ran away with the story that became Awash in Talent. I had previously used the name Emily for a similarly strong, overly motivated character in “Unpredictable Factors in Human Obedience,” which is the first short story in Unpredictable Worlds. I’m not at all sure why the name Emily seems suitable for these out-of-control characters. My friend who has that same name asked if I hated her! Far from it. The Emilies I’ve written about made sitting at the computer to write a surprising, fun process. Even though I ended up giving Emily a full character arc over the course of an entire novel when I’d originally envisioned Awash in Talent as a short story, she’s still demanding more page time and a sequel is in the works.
Jessica Knauss: Hello, Emily. What would you like to talk about today?
Emily: You sound like my therapist.
JK: That’s not a coincidence. I based Dr. Blundt on some of my own experiences in Providence.
Emily: A typically self-centered author.
JK: All right, let’s talk about you. What is your favorite book?
Emily: It’s an epic story of family and revenge set in medieval Spain called Seven Noble Knights.
JK: How can you have read that? It’s not coming out until December.
Emily: Seven Noble Knights came out of your head, and so did I. It’s sort of an advance reader’s edition via little grey cells.
JK: You’re too clever for me. Let’s switch to geography. We know you love Providence, Rhode Island. What is your hometown like?
Emily: Oh my God, it’s so boring. Nothing worth talking about at all.
JK: But it’s in California. Everyone loves California…?
Emily: California is not all beaches and Hollywood and San Francisco. I only ever lived there because that’s where my family was.
JK: Don’t you have anything good to say about your family? What is it about your sister, Beth, that makes you so angry?
Emily: Everything! Everyone thinks she’s so special, and she’s not. Just because she can heal people and levitate Nerf balls through the air? She’s just a stupid little girl like all other teenagers. Right here in this room, there’s more genius than she’ll ever have.
JK: How so?
Emily: I’m here, and so are you, who created me.
JK: Thank you for the acknowledgement, but I don’t feel I had much choice in how you came about. I’ll say this: you are much more strong-willed than Beth.
Emily: That’s right. My will is the strongest of all and that’s why I’m going to get what I want eventually.
JK: And what do you want?
Emily: Really? You don’t know? Oh, I get it. You’re playing dumb for the interview. I want two things: to never see or hear about Beth again and to live out my days with Carlos in wedded bliss at some fascinating archaeological site.
JK: Everyone’s puzzled and curious: what is so great about Carlos?
Emily: What are you talking about? To start with, his superior achievements in academic archaeology. He’s sure to write a book that everyone will quote and cite and rely on. More importantly, Carlos is my soulmate, the person I can’t live without, the one who must be with me or the world is all wrong.
JK: I hate to bring this up, but other people might mention the fact that he already has a wife and a few children. Doesn’t that…
Emily: (Stands silently, turns precisely, and slams the door on her way out.)
JK: Wait! You need an escort to get back home. Emily? Emily?
Jessica Knauss’s Awash in Talent was released by Kindle Press on June 7 to praise from readers who love something different.
This is the last stop in a week-long Awash in Talent blog tour. Don’t miss the crazy character interviews and writing advice at the blogs of A.J. Culey, Carrie S. Miller, Andi Adams, and J.L. Gribble!
Born and raised in Northern California, Jessica Knauss has wandered all over the United States, Spain, and England. She has worked as a librarian and a Spanish teacher and earned a PhD in Medieval Spanish Literature before entering the publishing world as an editor. Her acclaimed novella, Tree/House, and short story collection, Unpredictable Worlds, are currently available. Her epic of medieval Spain, Seven Noble Knights, will be published by Bagwyn Books in December 2016. Find her on social media and updates on the sequels to Awash in Talent and Seven Noble Knights and her other writing at her website: jessicaknauss.com. Feel free to sign up for her mailing list for castles, stories, and magic.
Awash in Talent: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DAWRMKU
Unpredictable Worlds: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VU4IC5U
Seven Noble Knights http://www.jessicaknauss.com/seven-noble-knights/
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Knauss/e/B004TBHHYI/
The official cover for my novella Prison Made of Mirrors:
Out later this year from Vagabondage Press.
Title: Canines: A Supposed Crimes Anthology
Authors: Kaden Shay, A. M. Hawke, Jennifer Loring, Christopher Michael Carter, Landon Dixon, Lela E. Buis
Date of Publication: September 1, 2016
ISBN: 9781944591038 (ebook)
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Category: Gay Erotica, Lesbian, Paranormal, Historical
On Sale: Available FREE at the Supposed Crimes Website and Smashwords. More shops coming soon.
This vampire anthology by Supposed Crimes features six tales of bloodlust, violence, and vanity with LGBT protagonists, men seeking men, women loving women, and more.
“A Late Night Snack” by Kaden Shay – The narrator gets more than bargained for pursuing a beautiful woman at a club.
“Courting the Flame” by A. M. Hawke – A man wants to become a vampire at all cost.
“This World or the Next” by Jennifer Loring – He longs to free the vampyre on display at the circus.
“The Diary of Anne Salt” by Christopher Michael Carter – She’s drawn to the woman on the subway, but is unprepared for un-worldly revelations.
“Vamp-Hire” by Landon Dixon – He’s a PI that will work for vampire sex.
“The Dress” by Lela E. Buis – She wants to be beautiful, but she might not be willing to trade her life.
A.M. Hawke lives in the Washington, DC area, where she works as a peer mentor and advocate for people with disabilities. She has a Master’s degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, but has always returned to her passion for writing. Though a philosopher by training, she would rather inflict complicated questions on her characters than lecture about them. When not writing, she can be found gaming, seeking out new restaurants to try, or drinking ridiculous coffee. She can be emailed at email@example.com and found on Blogspot at amhawke.blogspot.com.
Christopher Michael Carter was born on May 3rd, 1984 in St. Louis, Missouri. His poetry can be found in Gun Control for Polar Bears. Find him online at Twitter: @CMC5384 – as well as his blog site beavertownproductions.blogspot.com.
Kaden Shay is a 30-something crazy-cat-lady in-the-making who currently resides in Arizona with her partner and miniature zoo, which does currently include 4 cats. When she isn’t writing or playing mom to several fur-kids she’s singing, playing guitar, or playing online video games. Her furry family, currently consisting of two dogs, four cats, and several rodents, is always available to help her procrastinate in finishing projects.
Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1 and Black Mirror Press’ Snowpocalypse. She has also published a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and three novels, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015), Firebird (Limitless Publishing, 2015), and What’s Left of Me (Limitless Publishing, 2016). She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.
Landon Dixon’s writing credits include the magazines Men, Freshmen, , Mandate, Torso, and Honcho; stories in the anthologies Straight? Volume 2, Friction 7, Working Stiff, Sex by the Book, I Like It Like That, Boys Caught In The Act, Service With A Smile, Nerdvana, Homo Thugs, Black Fire, Boy Fun, Who’s Your Daddy?, The Sweeter the Juice, Big Holiday Packages, Brief Encounters, Hot Daddies, Hot Jocks, Uniforms Unzipped, Black Dungeon Masters, Wild Boys, Bad Boys, Mob Men, Boys in Bed, Daddy Knows Best, Lust in Time, Pay For Play, Pledges, Rookies, Steambath, Latin Lovers, Drill Me Sergeant, Ultimate Gay Erotica 2005, 2007, and 2008, and Best Gay Erotica 2009; and the short story collections Hot Tales of Gay Lust 1, 2, and 3.
Lela E. Buis has been publishing prose and poetry in magazines and anthologies for a number of years and is a member of the Knoxville Writer’s Guild, the SFWA, and SFPA. Some years back, one of her stories finished as a quarter-finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. She’s recently had four collections of short stories and poetry published by That Ridge press.
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