Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Drabble Wednesday: Reflections


Today on Drabble Wednesday, we look into the abyss, and see what is reflected back…





Asylum

They locked me in a room.
A sad room.
I’m mad you know. Mad. Mad. Mad.
That’s what they say.
They put me in a solitary place. Threw away the key.
They’ll make me better here.
They say.
I hurt people.
Can’t have that.
So they brought me here, to the hospital. Isolated.
All alone. All alone.
At least that’s what they thought.
But I have friends.
My lovely, lovely friends.
They look after me. They whisper their thoughts in my ear. They’ve offered to help me.
They’ve offered me asylum.
Or did they offer me the asylum.
To kill.

~*~




Push

The jagged crack sliced across the mirror. A streak of red dripped down the reflective surface. Blood. She reached out a finger to smear the fluid away, but she couldn’t make herself touch it. She heard her husband screaming in the background.
“Why did you make me do it? You always make me do these things!”
“I didn’t make you do anything! You’re the one who can’t control themselves!”
She screamed at full volume, but he seemed not to hear her.
Maybe she was dead.
After all, she stared at her motionless body sprawled on the floor under the mirror.

~*~




Perfidy

I hear her call my name, when the moon shines through the black sky and the wind howls against the window pane. The reflection of her face settles in the glass, her dark eyes gleaming hatred in crimson.
She haunts me.
Her whispers, her accusing looks in my dreams, and on nights like these. I wronged her, and she shifts through reality to abuse me with my misdeed. And I deserve her punishment.
She trusted me.
I thought I could change. That her darkness would soothe my own. Alas, it was not to be.
And betrayal lingers far after death.




© A. F. Stewart 2016 All Rights Reserved



Tuesday, 29 March 2016

#‎B2BCYCON Interview With Author Ash Krafton


Today I have another Brain to Books Cyber Convention author feature. Remember, this great event for authors and readers alike is coming to Goodreads this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th.

Be sure to check out all the details and pertinent links for the event here:


Now on with the main event, our Brain to Books author feature.

Today I have a terrific interview with horror/fantasy author Ash Krafton. 


Interview With Ash Krafton



Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

Let’s see…I’m a dog mom with the heart of a crazy cat lady. I collect comics, skulls and ravens, and Indian saris. I’m a tea afficianado (Spring Darjeeling, please) and am quite possibly the most enthusiastic fan of prog rock and metal on the planet. (Rush and Blind Guardian are my madrigals. And, yes. I *do* heart Geddy Lee.)

I’m also a speculative fiction author from northeast Pennsylvania. My work ranges from scifaiku small to trilogy-of-urban fantasy novels long, and lots in between. Most recently I released THE HEARTBEAT THIEF under the pen name AJ Krafton.


Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

THE HEARTBEAT THIEF is an historical fantasy that combines the styles of Jane Austen with Edgar Allan Poe.

It started with a single scene, a conversation between a young woman and a mysterious stranger who steals up beside her at a funeral.

A lot of my stories start out like this, a single scene with no other context. It’s as if I happen across a conversation between strangers and only see one tiny snippet of their story.

Sometimes, the scenes get written and tucked away in an “ideas” folder on my hard drive, lying dormant. Sometimes, a trickle of life stirs within, and a story grows out of that tiny seed.

Sometimes, the seed germinates and grows and blooms into a novel. That’s what happened with that first passage—it was the seed that grew into The Heartbeat Thief.

I went back to the oldest draft of the story and found that original seed. Here is the passage as I’d first written it:

***
That frightens you, doesn't?

She didn't turn to look at him. His presence was like a thick fog, tenuous yet flowing, something she felt along her skin. She didn't need to look at him—she knew right where he was. That sense of nearness, something she recognized even for all his strangeness.

She knew him. Didn't know why, or how. And she didn't care. It was simply what was.

She pinched her lips together, watching a woman bent in grief, clutching a handkerchief to her mouth. “Doesn't it frighten everyone? Dying--in such a sudden way—“

Ah, it's not the suddenness, or the surprise, or even the shock. It's the brick wall at the end of the road of life. You don't like the ending, no matter how it comes.

She tilted her head, just enough that she could capture him in her periphery. “No. I don't like the ending.”

He drifted closer, hovering just over her shoulder, like an umbrella. His mouth close to her ear, he chuckled a sonorous tone. Why would you? Your beauty, faded? Your charms, withered? Your friends and admirers, all gone away? You'll die alone, bienaimee. Everyone dies alone.

She tugged her shawl tighter about her shoulders. “Don't say that.”

But it is truth. Oh, if only there was a way to avoid all that.

“No one lives forever.”

Do they not?

His voice held such a curious tone, a tease in the words that caught her attention. “In the afterlife, yes.”

In this life.

She faced him, locking her gaze with his. His dark eyes glittered and a smile tugged at the corners of him mouth. “Why would you say things, here?”

Where better to admit the truth? He stole behind her, trailing his finger along her shoulders. In this place, life meets death. They stare each other in the face. The only difference between them is that the dead no longer care.

He drew back, his sudden withdrawal leaving a cold mist on her skin. The only question that remains is…do you still care, bienaimee?

She wrinkled her nose. “Of course, I still care.”

Then, he said, his voice deepening into a throaty chuckle. Don't die.

She turned to admonish him for his audacity but, when she spun around, he was gone.

***

No way could something like this stay dormant in a dusty old file. The stranger’s mystery and his shadowy threat and the promise of eternal life simply held me captive, and I knew it would haunt me until I wrote it.

That was where The Heartbeat Thief came to life.



 How long have you been writing, and how many books have you published to date?

Like most writers, I’d say I’d always been a writer; I simply didn’t start publishing until fairly recently. I began working on a novel idea, which I discarded in favor of a different story that eventually became my first book, BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1). While writing the book, I also wrote poetry and short fiction. My first piece, a poem called “Note To Self:” appeared in Poe Little Thing in the spring of 2009. BLEEDING HEARTS came out in 2012.

Since then, my published list has grown to five novels, one novella, about 100 poems and short stories, and several articles. I also self-publish (mainly under the imprint Red Fist Fiction). So far, I’ve released one novel, a poetry collection that recently came out in paperback, a stand-alone fantasy short story, three anthologies, as well as dozens of articles on writing and publishing.


Of all the books you've written, do you have a favourite?

They are like children…so if I pick a favorite, the others will resent me and I’ll end up in a crooked nursing home when I’m old and feeble.

I can say that writing each of them was a unique experience, especially when it came to research. Researching a story is almost as much fun as writing it and there was no end to all the cool things I got to do for the sake of “research”. I even got to visit Boston, Massachusetts for the first time in order to lay groundwork for my most recent project.


Why did you decide to write speculative fiction?

I’ve always been the far out kid, the creepy chick, the girl who believed in dragons. Growing up I read a lot of fantasy and horror so it seems my brain is tuned that way. Speculative fiction encompasses everything I love to read—fantasy, horror, science fiction. Anything make makes a person say “What if…?”


What is the hardest part of writing urban fantasy?

It’s important to stay well-read so you can come up with fresh, new ideas. There are so many excellent authors in the field today so the bar is set nose-bleedingly high.


How do you research your books?

Thank goodness for the Internet. I have the whole world, all its culture and history, right at my fingertips.

The majority of my research comes from reading, both on and offline. I also should write off Netflix as a business expense because films help a lot, too. Since I write a lot of fantasy, I do make up a lot of stuff…but even settings need research. Day trips to key locales helps immensely.

I’ve done interviews and consultations with experts, especially for Words That Bind, a paranormal romance featuring a social worker. I felt that, considering the subject matter—the details of a therapist’s practice as well as the concerns of her clientele—I had a responsibility to get the details right and to treat the subject with sensitivity, rather than bend and shape characters to fit my story.


What advice would you give beginning writers?

There is a huge learning curve in the beginning and I think a lot of us go into this business with an established set of expectations. Trouble is, the first lesson you learn is to forget what you think you know.There is a huge learning curve in the beginning and I think a lot of us go into this business with an established set of expectations. Trouble is, the first lesson you learn is to forget what you think you know.

Take time to observe others who are ahead of you on the path to publication. Learn from their highs and their lows. Learn the craft of writing. Learn the ins and outs of the business itself. Reset your expectations and the keep writing, keep submitting, keep getting your stories out there.

Just persevere.


Are you working on another book?

Right now, I’m publishing a serial. The first of this new urban fantasy series is up on Wattpad, where readers can read for free and chat about the story as they do so. CHARM CITY is about Simon Alliant, a demonologist/exorcist from Boston. I’m thrilled to say that it’s been selected as a Featured Story and will be promoted by Wattpad starting the last week of April.

Here’s a blurb for CHARM CITY:

The darkness is rising and one man stands against it: the exorcist mage Simon Alliant. But in Baltimore, he finally meets his match...a part-mortal divinity with the power to whisper away demons.

Simon Alliant is an exorcist who battles demons, whether he wants to or not. Sometimes it's not so bad...he gets to play with magic, after all. But for Simon, magic represents a demon of another kind. He's addicted to magic and it takes more than a handful of charms to keep that particular demon at bay.

Chiara is part Light, part Dark, and stubbornly mortal. The woman has a way with words: she literally talks demons into abandoning their human hosts. Simon thinks that's not the only trick she has up her sleeve-and that's pretty high praise coming from a mage like him.

As intriguing as that may be, Simon has too many reasons to distrust her...one of them being his more-or-less partner, an angelic Watcher. Amidst all the celestial warnings of the rising dark comes a new prophesy that makes him wonder: is Chiara a threat to him and all of mankind?

Or will she be his salvation?

I have four or five stories planned for the series, called “The Demon Whisperer”. The second book MURDER THE LIGHT is in progress, as is a prequel STRAITJACKETS AND HOLY WATER. It’s a little disconcerting writing the before and the after stories simultaneously but still great fun.

Although I really planned for each one to be a 20k word novella, released in serial, I have a feeling that each story will end up full length.


Any plans for future releases?

I’ve got two other novel projects in the works for AJ Krafton, and I’ve been back to the poetry notebooks. Happy to say I’ve had several recent publications of flash fiction and poetry with several more on the way.


Where can readers find you?

Oh, all the usual online haunts: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest, Instagram…

I'm always happy to invite readers to stop by my website, www.AshKrafton.com. Lots of books to see, news to read, and links to click. Come on over!

I'd also love it if you'd stop by to check out my newest story on Wattpad. CHARM CITY is here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/56172477-charm-city-the-demon-whisperer-1




I'd like to thank Ask Krafton for stopping by today, and be sure to check out her virtual booth at the convention this April.




Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Drabble Wednesday: World Travel

Today on Drabble Wednesday we travel, journey to cities past, to days dark…






Briefly, in Paris

Such sadness in her eyes, this girl standing silent among the raucous crowds spilling onto the Paris streets. The rest, well, they are here to watch and cheer the spectacle about to unfold. But she is different. Not once, in all my times presiding over these events, have I seen sorrow. At least not in an ordinary citizen.
It does her credit, but I wonder why she grieves. I hope those feelings will not lead her into my path.
I surreptitiously watch her as I do my duty.
She turns her head, averts her eyes, as the guillotine falls.

~*~





The Venice I Adore

Ah, my beauteous city, the splendour that is Venice!
How I’ve missed you, drifting your canals while the moonlight plays amongst your shadows.
Such magnificence! You are where my heart remains, the only lady I give my fealty.
For you and I share much, do we not?
Your stone and edifice stay silent, but would they reveal your mysteries, if they could? Would you whisper my secrets? Would you confess my dark deeds? Would you betray me, as I have betrayed?
Or would you stay as voiceless as your waters? The waters that swallowed the bones of those I killed.

~*~





Fair Phoenicia

From Tyre we sailed, not three days past, on a trading ship well favoured by the gods.
I looked to sell my goods in Crete, cloth of the regal purple, and more. It was to be the making of me, the first of fortunes to fill my coffers.
Until fortune turned on a storm of ferocity.
Our ship was smashed upon the rocks, casting all to tempestuous waters.
Instead of riches, I bestowed my family mourning tears. Instead of prosperity, the sea claimed the entire. I went not to adventure, but into Death’s embrace.
Farewell, my Tyre. Farewell, my Phoenicia.



© A. F. Stewart 2016 All Rights Reserved





Monday, 21 March 2016

#‎B2BCYCON Interview With Author Rebecca P. McCray


Today I have another Brain to Books Cyber Convention author feature. Remember, this great event for authors and readers alike is coming to Goodreads this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th.

Be sure to check out all the details and pertinent links for the event here:


Now on with the main event, our Brain to Books author feature.

Today I have a great interview with fantasy/sci-fi author Rebecca P. McCray.



Interview With Author Rebecca P. McCray




Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I’m something of an anomaly. I built a career (a job that pays the bills) in an analytical, detailed focused field, despite being a creative, big-picture person. What was I thinking? Since my imagination is generally in overdrive, I returned to writing after a hiatus and have thoroughly enjoyed creating a new world, developing my own species, and crafting a compelling storyline.
While I grew up in a mid-sized, southern US city, I developed a deep appreciation for differences in cultures, places, and people. My story adapted that interest into a melting pot for refugee species and that’s really how it all started.



Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My published book, The Journey of the Marked, is the first in an epic series. The genre is a hybrid between gritty sci-fi and fantasy. Most of the species and world are grounded in sci-fi norms, but there are a few distinctly fantasy elements and the overall “feel” of the story tends toward fantasy.
The story has a number of plots that separate and then intersect throughout the book. However, these can loosely fall into two main categories: 1) the adventure of five sixteen-year olds trying to reach a training camp and 2) the resulting experiences of their family and friends. The difficulties stem from the fact that these five teenagers are now being hunted by opponents attempting to stop them before they reach their goal.


What do you enjoy most about writing in the fantasy/sci-fi genre?

I enjoy the freedom. As I mentioned above, I have a very active imagination and the fantasy / sci-fi platform allows me to create so many new things: species, plants, creatures, etc. As well, I love removing myself from our own world and being thrown into something not completely different, but separate from our everyday life.


Who is your intended readership?

I wrote the story to include fantasy / sci-fi influences that appeal to readers of those genres, but at the same time, I kept it grounded enough that non-avid readers of those genres can still enjoy it. My initial goal was to write something for the YA reader group that would pique the interest of both genders. I’ve been delighted to find that the book appeals broadly across age groups.


Why did you write this book? What was your inspiration?

If I’m being honest, I wrote the book for me. I was looking for a way to take the crazy stories and characters in my head and mold them into a cohesive story. Not everyone will understand this, but I needed to write it. It was only after spending a few years working on and off the story that I realized others might very well enjoy it, too. Then, I got serious.
My inspiration results from the many stories we hear of bullying and persecution because of someone or a group being different. I wanted to create a world where there was an abundance of differences, but where each individual can add value in his or her own way.


Did anything surprise you about the process of writing your book?

One of my biggest focus areas has been writing a cohesive story. I don’t like loose ends. I like complex storylines. What surprised me is how much harder it is to keep track of all those little details than I thought it would be. I’m not much of a plotter, so I don’t outline or map out the details of the story ahead, though I have resorted to tracking details in arrears to be as certain as I can that I don’t leave an unintentionally unanswered question. Readers may be surprised by this, but I love when one of them says “I can’t wait to hear why X happened” or “I’m looking forward to knowing why X character did something.” The vast majority of the time, I’ve already anticipated the question and have an answer built into later books, but on occasion, one of them catches me off-guard because it’s something that I didn’t consider important. If it’s important to a reader, then it’s important to me.


When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing poetry as either a pre-teen or early teen. Short stories followed shortly thereafter. I knew very early that I loved writing. Unfortunately, an unexpected event threw me off track and it was only after a number of years that I returned to writing. In many ways, I think my writing is stronger than it would have been otherwise because of my experiences in those intervening years. Experience shapes who you are and what you believe and my background is clearly evident in my writing.


Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

If Google has been monitoring my search habits, someone might be a little worried. Since I started writing, I’ve become an avid researcher of bladed weapons, as well as other devices. I was delighted the day I found a video on how to throw bolas.


What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I’m writing the last few chapters of book two, The Training Camp. After that, it’s on to editing, but my goal is to publish it this year. Book two focuses on the development of characters from book one. You begin to see strengths of their species, as well as some unique abilities. Despite being at the camp, you might be surprised to find that they still face dangers.



Rebecca McCray is a financial consultant by day and fantasy world-builder by night. Her debut novel, The Journey of the Marked, was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. She enjoys building out a world that is a cross between high-fantasy and gritty sci-fi and plans to publish the second novel in the series in 2016.
As well, she contributed a Miyran Heir short story to a compilation, Awethology Light. Besides being an avid reader, she loves to travel and experience new cultures.






The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca P. McCray

The mark means honor. The mark invites death.
On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather’s noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exist here. But when the mark appears, he’s called to fight, which changes his life forever.
Forced to abandon his home, the mark makes him the hunted. He’s attacked the night he arrives in the city. A tough, street fighter named Kenrya saves his life. When they join others on the same journey, her cynical attitude drives a wedge between the group.
Given the perils facing them, can they put aside their differences and trust each other long enough to survive?

Discover this epic adventure where an individual’s unique abilities can change the course of the future.




I'd like to thank Rebecca P. McCray for stopping by today, and be sure to check out her virtual booth at the convention this April.




Sunday, 20 March 2016

#‎B2BCYCON Interview With Author Tabitha Barret



Today I have another Brain to Books Cyber Convention author feature. Remember, this great event for authors and readers alike is coming to Goodreads this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th.

Be sure to check out all the details and pertinent links for the event here:



Now on with the main event, our Brain to Books author feature.


Today I have a great interview with urban fantasy/paranormal romance author Tabitha Barret.


Interview With Tabitha Barret



Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

Hello!  My name is Tabitha Barret and I’m currently working on my Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series, “The Third Throne”.  I’m a graduate of Rutgers University.  I met my husband in a creative writing class, though he was engaged to someone else at the time.  (That’s a great story, but it will have to wait.)
In my free time, I review books from other Indie Authors and shuttle my kids around to their Tae Kwon Do classes.  Aside from writing, I like watching movies and TV with my kids.  I work a full-time job as a Customer Service Rep for a door hardware company.  I know more about multipoint door hardware than I care to admit.
I am new to being a published author, though I’m not new to writing.  I tried writing my first novel in high school, but sadly I was never happy with the final draft.  After that, I stuck to short stories until I wrote the basis for my current series.  Though I had the wrong genre and had a hard time making the story work, I never gave up on the main idea.  20 years later, I found my genre and put my characters to work.


Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My current book, The Third Throne: Angel of Vengeance, is the third installment in my award-winning Third Throne series.  (In all, there will be twelve books in the series.)
When a dangerous drug lord escapes from the Realm of Nightmares in Hell, he finds a way to raise his former gang members from the dead in an effort to seek revenge against his enemies.  Anjali must hunt the prisoners and drag them back to Hell.  She will enlist the help of a handsome mortal who has more knowledge of her world than he should.  Together, they will try to stop a war that could obliterate an entire city.
Balthazar, the Angel of Vengeance, has suffered at the hands of Lucifer and the other Predznak for centuries.  He blames the absence of his Master, Anjali, for his pain.  He made a promise long ago to kill his loathsome master.  Hatred and anger have clouded his mind and his only salvation may come from the very person he is desperate to kill.
Can Anjali protect herself from Balthazar’s need for retribution while keeping a horde of reanimated corpses from causing chaos in the streets?  Can she unlock the mystery surrounding the unusual appearance of the undead creatures?


Of all the books you've written, do you have a favourite?

My favorite book is my second book, The Third Throne: Angel of Death.  It’s the first time that really felt a story coming together.  The first book was difficult because I had to create all the groundwork for the series and establish the world, the main characters, and the rules of the world.  I didn’t have as much fun because I didn’t have my entire lineup of characters to play with.
By the time I started the second book, I was able to write for Alazar, my Angel of Death, who is brash and sassy, and my lead male Derick, who is sweet and kind.  I was able to move into a new landscape and explore a castle in Romania.  I liked the mortals I created called the Spirit Experts, who just wanted to find proof of the afterlife and spirits.  Unfortunately, a dangerous Forgotten Angel has other plans for them.  My heroine, Anjali, has to find a way to keep them safe while trying not to fall in love with Derick.  I love their relationship and had a hard time leaving the story behind to move to the next book.


Why did you decide to write in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre?

I’m a sucker for a good romance, but I like the added layer of danger when it involves paranormal creatures.  I love werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, witches, and ghosts.  I have always been drawn to darker creatures, though I don’t enjoy horror.  I like it when the characters fight to be redeemed in some way because they believe they are unworthy of love due to their dark nature.  Give me a dangerous male who believes they are beyond redemption and a female who can see past their faults, and you have my attention.  Give him fangs, fur, or black wings and I’m all in.  I write what I enjoy, so I framed my series around Fallen Angels who have suffered from the sins they embody and instead of the tempting mortals as was intended, they are now pushing mortals past their limits.  Can they be redeemed?  I certainly hope so!  Yet, in my stories, Anjali is worse than all of the Fallen Angels put together.  She is the Bringer of the Apocalypse, destined to end the world.  Can she be redeemed when love finds her?


How do you research your books?

Google, Google, Google.  I’m convinced that I must be on some kind of watch list.  I write about Hell, zombies, ghosts, drug lords, and werewolves.  I research guns, prisons, and haunted castles.  My browser history alone would scare most people.  I would have never been able to write this series without endless information that comes from a search engine.


Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

The best story I have comes from a co-worker of mine.  She had purchased my first book and brought it to the beach with her.  Her male cousin asked her what she was reading.  The next thing she knows, her cousin was sitting under a towel reading my book.  She was surprised because he had never shown any interest in reading before.  When she was ready to leave, she asked for the book back.  He refused to give it to her and said that he was keeping it.  She made him pay for the book on the spot and she ordered a new book.  He finished the book and the cover was so bent up that it was hardly recognizable.  Apparently, I am his new favorite author.


Did anything surprise you about the process of writing your book?

It always surprises me when my stories write themselves.  I started writing the first three books at the same time.  I found that it helped me build the world in the first book when I knew what I needed for future books.  I was writing a scene for book three and one small comment changed everything.  My main character, Anjali, resides in the Hall of Mirrors.  As far as I knew, the room was created for her and was dormant before she arrived in Hell.  While being held hostage, her Angel of Vengeance drags her through the room and asks how she had managed to get the blood out of the floor and remove the terrible smell.  WHAT??  It dawned on me that someone had owned the room before her.  In fact, two different people had lived in the room.  Two new characters (enemies) were born and with them a whole lot of drama!  Had I not written that line in book three, books one and two would have been very different.  Apparently, my mind knows more of the story than it’s willing to tell me!


What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

For book three, Angel of Vengeance, I enjoyed writing about my male lead Calin.  He is so tortured and scarred that he feels empty inside.  I love watching him open up to Anjali and deciding if he is worthy of her love.  He is a strong man who never backs down from a fight, yet when it comes to women he is so unsure of himself.  Guns he understands, but women are a mystery.  I loved writing his thoughts about their encounters.  It broke my heart to learn about his self-loathing.  He’s one of those characters that I wish I could just hug.


What did you find most challenging about writing your book?

My biggest challenge was creating enough characters to fight a war.  In the beginning, I had a few zombies, but I was told by someone that I needed enough for an army.  An army?  That’s a lot of zombies, and worse, mine are intelligent, indestructible zombies called revenants.  To battle them, I had to add more Celestial Warriors to my lineup.  Instead of three Warriors, I had to create around twenty.  I had to figure out their hierarchy and titles.  It was brutal, but when I was done, I was happy with the scenario.


What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?


My next project is The Third Throne: Angel of Fear.  An enemy from book one comes back in a big way.  Hel was promised Lucifer’s throne, but was denied when their deal fell through.  Instead, she remained imprisoned in the Hall of Shadows alongside her brethren, the other Germanic gods.  Now it is time to fulfill her vendetta and take over Hell.  Her brother, Fenris, decides to enact his own plan and escapes to the Mortal Realm to destroy all the mortals by turning them into werewolves.  Fenris makes a mistake by turning Riley into one of his pack leaders.  Riley is stronger of mind and body than Fenris expects.  Riley resists his commands and would rather follow the beautiful woman who claims she can free him from Fenris’ hold.





The Third Throne: Angel of Vengeance

When a dangerous drug lord escapes from the Realm of Nightmares in Hell, he finds a way to raise his former gang members from the dead in an effort to seek revenge against his enemies.  Anjali must hunt the prisoners and drag them back to Hell.  She will enlist the help of a handsome mortal who has more knowledge of her world than he should.  Together, they will try to stop a war that could obliterate an entire city.

Balthazar, the Angel of Vengeance, has suffered at the hands of Lucifer and the other Predznak for centuries.  He blames the absence of his Master, Anjali, for his pain.  He made a promise long ago to kill his loathsome master.  Hatred and anger have clouded his mind and his only salvation may come from the very person he is desperate to kill.

Can Anjali protect herself from Balthazar’s need for retribution while keeping a horde of reanimated corpses from causing chaos in the streets?  Can she unlock the mystery surrounding the unusual appearance of the undead creatures?


Buy links for The Third Throne Series:







Author Bio:


Tabitha Barret is an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance author who lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband, two amazing children, and three insane dogs.  She met her husband in Creative Writing class in college, though it took a little convincing for him to ask her out.  In her free time, of which she doesn't have much, she reviews books by other authors, and writes a blog about tips and suggestions for future authors trying to publish their works.  She is currently working on her award-winning "Third Throne" series.



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I'd like to thank Tabitha Barret for stopping by today, and be sure to check out her virtual booth at the convention this April.




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