Smart Author Podcast Launches with Four Episodes…

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The Smart Author Podcast kicked off today with the release of the first four episodes! 

Hosted by yours truly, The Smart Author Podcast guides writers step-by-step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics.

Think of it as a free masterclass in ebook publishing best practices.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend one of my recent classes at a writer’s conference, now’s your chance to do it from the comfort of your own home, car or wherever you enjoy listing to podcasts.

Over at the podcast hub page at Smashwords, I share the story behind the podcast.  I was also interviewed today on Tim Knox’s show talking about the podcast and other topics which you view over at YouTube.

I created the podcast to cut through the clutter and make ebook publishing easy again.

I’ll teach you practical, no-nonsense…

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Facebook in Real life | Fun Post

I was going though my mobile gallery found an image, I don’t know who actually wrote it, but wanted to share it with you guys because it is hilarious AF. 😛

FACEBOOK

I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, How I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them the “thumbs up” and tell them I like them.

And it works just like Facebook! I already have four…

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Cimmerian Shade: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Collection ~ Release Day! #99cBoxed #LimitedTimeOnly #Returnsto2.99 #Giveaways


 

Cimmerian Shade: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Collection
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Dare to discover what lurks in the shadows in **New & Exclusive** paranormal and urban fantasy stories from your favorite NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors.

Under moonlit skies, witches, werewolves, vampires, demons, dragons, and more, battle not only for their mates, but to stay alive…

Fall for the alphas who play by their own rules despite the odds, whether century-old curses or forbidden love, or worse. For them, what lies in the darkness is worth the fight when it comes to romance.

 
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Kyna must battle dark magic and secret societies, deal with kidnappings and satanic weddings, as she struggles not to lose her heart to one of two men—a former Navy SEAL hired to protect her or a wizard hired to train her. Soon she will realize just how true it is that “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

What Lies Within Us by Kiki Howell & Gina Kincade



Inferno. The hottest paranormal nightclub in the city. Can you stand the heat?

Torch Song by Lashell Collins



Man, being a ghost sucks.”

In his stoic way, he delivered a deadpan reply. “Undeniably and indescribably.”

Ethereal Witness by Angelica Dawson



What lengths would you go to prove yourself to your family?

Love Story of a Reaper by Elvira Bathory



Her body burned for them both and the need that poured from her bloomed like the flower she thought she never could be.

Burning Midnight by Erzabet Bishop



Talk about a killer kiss.

With This Heart by Red L. Jameson



Their shared carnal voracity fanned an appetite no amount of indulgence could satisfy.

Saltwater Siren by Muffy Wilson



Drayden saved her life – but her incessant need for vengeance could mean the end of his.

Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast by Dariel Raye



“I’m sorry, but was someone talking about me? I thought I heard the word ‘legend’?”

Rose Tears by Amanda Pillar



Bree Brigand’s quest for the truth starts when she learns everything she knows is a lie.

Rogue by Savannah Verte



An island of secrets, a lifetime of anguish, one epic homecoming.

Hexing Hearts by Alyssa Drake



“I don’t know what you’ve heard about me, but I’m not in that sort of business. I’m a concierge, not a concubine!”

Dragons Curvy Concierge by Mychal Daniels



Magic doesn’t bind you to a dragon without a reason.

Credence – Moon Dragons by Decadent Kane



“Tristan had other women grace his bed, but none quite like this one. He had to hand it to whomever had delivered her to him, she definitely was Satan in a beautiful, Sunday hat.”

Kiss of the Fallen by Kharma Kelley



Pan leans down against me and whispers against my cheek, “Tears of a goddess.” His deep, riveting whisper is tantalizing. Qualm tickles under my skin with his admiration. “Forgive me, but I’m finding your tears utterly captivating.”

Selene by Shelique Lize



Dealing with vampires and demons? Piece of cake. Dealing with the ex he still loves? Not so easy…

One Last Lullaby by Kallysten



I felt the angry witch’s curse spreading through my body as if a million icy fingers were taking root under my skin. I was doomed.

Lust by Liz Gavin



“One tiny spell and Samantha’s on the run for her life.”

Witch Playground by Isis Pierce



A wolf’s love is forever…and so is the bond of the pack.

Frozen Soul by Catherine Banks



The darkness will consume them if they don’t face it together.

Taste Of Darkness by Catherine Vale



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Muffy was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France which forged her joie de vivre and love for books and writing. Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast, Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pup, Buddy. 


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Spotlight on the Darkness of Virginia Lee Johnson

What a great, fun and interesting interview of my friend Ginnie. She is a remarkable woman who has earned her success and happiness in spades–as well as her irreverence and language. I am proud to call her a friend, a Wicked Warrior Friend. Part of our Broad Squad: intelligent, beautiful, all woman and so damned creative she may just write a book so she can kill you off. ~ MW

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Virginia is a mom to two beautiful children and resides in Minnesota. Any spare time is spent watching TV, reading, facebooking and spending time with friends. She’s married to Thai Preyer PA 😉, yet owned by Kyle Perkins as his PA. *these two run my life*
A love for reading and writing is a new concept for Virginia. Before the Twilight rave and a need to know the ending after Eclipse was released in theaters, Virginia preferred to watch the movie or convince a friend to read the book for her. Needing to know the story of a random homeless man that she encountered on a freeway exit ramp, was the only reason she began writing in the first place. Soulless Nights spawned from the unknown story and a dare from her friends.

Virginia has expanded her love for books by planning and…

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Arcane by @ErzabetBishop Released Oct 24, 2017 Series: Curse Workers #3

Arcane
Author: Erzabet Bishop
Released Oct 24, 2017
Series: Curse Workers #3
 
Blurb:
Lies, betrayal, and maybe a battery-operated boyfriend…
She’s done with men. But someone needs to tell her wolf.
When Laurel’s Alpha female is found murdered and her Alpha
turns up missing, the Briarwood Pack is turned upside down. An unwanted blast
from Laurel’s romantic past puts her to the test as the fine line between love
and hate is redefined. If she can keep herself alive. Love can be murder…unless
it saves your life.
 
Nerdy, hunky boys with a knack for the dead need love too…
With his roommate back from the dead and his future as
Montelier College of Witchcraft and Arcane Sciences new necromancer on staff on
hold after his mentor’s murder, James Merryweather finds himself looking for
answers in the one place he never thought to find them. And when a chance encounter
leads him to his heart’s desire, will he have the strength to claim the woman
he loves before she’s ripped from his arms forever?
 
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Excerpt:
 
Prologue
 
The crowded streets of Salem a few weeks before Halloween
 
“Blixana. You shouldn’t be out here. What if someone sees
you?” Esmay, her brownie watchdog tugged at the sleeve of her shirt.
Frustrated and in no mood to listen to the lesser fae, Blix
marched out past the boundaries of the old churchyard and found herself in a
world of mortal enchantment. She’d observed for far too long and tonight she
was going to taste everything. Nothing in Faerie could ever compare to the
bustle and sheer humanity of the sights in front of her.
The streets were chock full of people, mostly on foot. Human
women dressed in a combination of riotous colors and black, some sporting
broomsticks and others giant gourd like creations with faces. Men dressed in
black walked along, their eyes caressing the women next to them, no doubt in
anticipation of what else the night had to offer behind the thrall of closed
doors.
The scent of baking and sugary snacks sent her mouth
watering. And the loud raucous laughter from a place called The Copper Kettle
beckoned her the loudest. What did these humans have that drew so many inside?
Was their ale as good as the Summer Meade in Faery? No doubt it was better.
More earthy.
She ran a hand down the denim fabric she’d seen the humans
wear and a thin top that still let the chill of the October winds dance along
her skin. She would have to return before the Dark Queen found her missing. But
for a little while she could wander in a world where what you saw was very
often what you got. It was not so in Faerie.
“Get back here. Do you want the Fenris to see you?” Esmay
hissed. “He’s the guardian of the Gate. Did you not think he would notice you
slipping through?”
Blix locked her jaw and turned to face the little
tattletale. “Go ahead, Esmay. You tell him. All I wanted was to come across
before it got locked down for Samhain.”
Esmay let go of her and crossed her arms over her chest,
looking up at her with a belligerent expression. “If you go out there, I can’t
protect you from the wolves. Or anything else that comes prowling.”
“You won’t need to,” she scoffed. “Now go. I’ll be back soon
enough. I’ll even bring you back a sweet.”
The greedy brownie’s eyes glittered in the dark as Blixana
stared down at her. Esmay was already caving in; she could read it in her eyes.
The promise of sweets always won, whether it was back home or sneaking a treat
from a trespassing human on a picnic in their churchyard. Her mother served in
the Dark Court, as did Blixana’s and they both knew their way to enjoy a moment
or two without the intrusive eyes of the Court watching. Thus far they’d only
gone through to visit the Gate protected churchyard, but as in everything else,
Blix was given an inch but preferred to take a mile.
“Fine. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Boundaries for a reason.
Pix addled pixie. Going to get killed. See if I care.” The brownie stomped off,
leaving Blix to her own devices.
Where should she go first? No human money graced her
pockets, but she didn’t need it. A simple turn of the wrist and a light step
made anything she wanted ripe for the taking. Her slippered feet rested on the
concrete sidewalk and she frowned, taking in the footwear of the passersby.
With a wink and a nod, she glamoured the slippers into black
boots, rocking back and forth on the two inch heels, marveling at how they felt
on her feet.
Striding forward, she brushed a strand of hair out of her
face and let herself be absorbed into the crowd. With the costumed folk all
around her, no one would notice her differences, but all the same, she made
sure the pointy tips of her ears were hidden beneath her hair.
She’d gotten half a block when she felt the chill breeze of
Other at her heels. Scuttling forward on the new boots, she scurried deeper
into the fray of partygoers.
What could be trailing her? A nymph perhaps? Or even a
sprite? They both loved the thrill of adventure and chomped at the bit to delve
into the human world.
Or was it a selkie, easy to transform into human form and
then back into the body of a seal? She turned her head upward, letting her
senses run wild but she couldn’t tell in the crush of people.
“Damned brownie. Probably ratted me out already.” She
spotted a tavern up ahead. The Copper Kettle. A smile turning up her lips, she
darted forward, only to be yanked back by a fist in her hair.
“Going somewhere, pixie?”
She collapsed to the ground, two large men standing over
her, the moon shining in their eyes.
Wolves.
A shiver tore through her. She’d heard tell of their
ferociousness but had never seen them before. But still not as deadly as a
sidhe warrior could be. How could they be? Mayhap she could outrun them and
make it back to her churchyard. She scrambled up, only making it a few feet in
an alley right next to the pub before they downed her a second time. A well
placed boot had her sprawling out amidst the damp grass and discarded beer cans
and cups.
“What…what do you want?”
“You broke the treaty. Fae don’t belong here.”
She blinked, her mouth gaping open like a fish. That was
supposed to be an old wives tale. No one but Fenris guarded the Gate.
“Please. Let me go.”
“I don’t think so, little fae.” The larger of the two knelt
down, his teeth much too sharp in his mouth.
Then he smiled. Blix started to scream, lashing the wolves
with a dose of pixie dust, the only curse she knew thrown in for good measure.
Fang and claw were the only truths she knew as they tore at her flesh.
“Get off me!” She doused them with an inconsequential burst
of pixie dust to no avail.
Battered and bruised, she fought and struggled to remember
the vibrant colors of Faery, instead of pain and the greasy beer smell of the
mortal plane. Esmay was right. She had been a fool, but she was not yet without
a parting gift for her attackers. One more spell. One more burst of power from
the deepest parts of her. The only spell she’d ever read from her grandmother’s
book of the arcane.
As she slipped from the world, sight leaving her eyes, she
smiled as the gleam of crimson found its way into the eyes of the now cursed
wolves and surrendered freely to the welcoming darkness.
 
 
 
About the author:
 
Erzabet Bishop is a USA Today bestselling author who loves
to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Crave, Malediction,
Map of Bones, Sanguine Shadows,  Arcane ,The
Science of Lust, Wicked for You, Heart’s Protector, Burning for You, Taming the
Beast, Mistletoe Kisses, Burning Midnight (Cimmerian Shade), Surrender, Torment
(upcoming), Hedging Her Bets, Cat’s Got Her Tongue (upcoming), Waking Up Wolf,
Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Mallory’s Mark, The Devil’s
Due (upcoming), Charity Benshaw’s Enchanted Paddle Emporium (upcoming), Baked
with Sass (upcoming), Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The
Black Magic Café, Sweet Seductions, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires,
Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many
anthologies. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often
be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet
projects and watch monster movies.
 
Follow her on Twitter @erzabetbishop.
 
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Muffy was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France which forged her joie de vivre and love for books and writing. Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast, Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pup, Buddy. 


Join Muffy’s mailing list to get the scoop on her new releases and special promotions at http://www.MuffyWilson.com  Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/muffy.wilson.1 or facebook.com/MuffyWilsoncom and on Twitter at @SexyMuffyWilson. Muffy also blogs daily here: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com ~ Contact Muffy at Muffy@MuffyWilson.com.                                                                                                           ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion


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Cimmarian Shade Boxed Set ~ #PreOrder #99cBoxed Set: Featured Author Muffy Wilson with Saltwater Siren @SexyMuffyWilson #shifters #pnrromance

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For your reading pleasure, we’ll be featuring each author with a story of her choice for the next few weeks. Some will include interviews, and all will include excerpts. Today’s featured author is Muffy Wilson.

  1. When did you start writing?

I wrote from my teens, I guess. I majored in English in high school and college. When I got into the workplace, much of what I did required that I write proposals, proformas, tutorials, presentations and all sorts of marketing guides and brochures. Those were some of the most enjoyable aspects of all my jobs as I rose through my career. As I rose in management, I exercised my creative writing with reviews and appraisals. I really didn’t start writing fiction until 2010 when an old high school boyfriend came back into my life and “inspired” me. It has been a love/hate relationship ever since! Love in that I love my readers and fans that enjoy my work and encourage me and hate in that so much time for us Indys is required marketing all our hard work. Now, I know a lot about marketing and have done it all my life, but it requires time, and that time is taken away from what I love most about what I do—writing.

  1. What makes your stories unique?

I would like to think that my love stories reflect life. That they are believable and intriguing. Life’s complicated, messy, fun, loud, intricate, exasperating, multi-layered and a lot going on. One day you’re up the next day, you aren’t. The thing about writing is it is a way to get away but it is still familiar ground. That’s why we identify with, or fall in love with, or hate the protagonist or antagonist. I want my stories, whether they are romance or paranormal, to ring true to a reader, to draw them in and captivate them until the very last page. My work has often been compared to Anne Rice and the Bronte Sisters, so it tends to the floral and descriptive. It is like stringing word after word together like pearls and when done, you have an elegant piece of jewelry. It is painstaking and requires thoughtful deliberation. But that, for me, is the fun. I want you to feel the sun on your face, the glint of broken glass in the window as it streams across the room to your face and warms you. It isn’t enough that it is light and warm out. So for me? I want my readers to experience my writing. And I hope they do.

  1. Is there a common thread that runs through your books?

No, not per se. I try not to write cliff hangers, that the story resolves, but in the two-book series, I want my readers to be satisfied, but curious about what happens in the nest book without being frustrated with the first book. That said, all my books are about love for example, in The Para-Portage of Emily, love spans a century and a seafaring ghost is unsettled in the afterlife, returning night after night to reunite with the wife he lost in childbirth. It is a gripping tale and complicated with riveting twists and unsurprising turns written in a style that would be common in the time but set in contemporary surroundings. Other of my works are fully contemporary provocative love stories.

  1. If money was of no concern, what would you envision as your perfect lifestyle? (where would you live, what would you do all day, etc.)

Fortunately for me, I am living my life in the manner and style that suits me. I am comfortable, loved and have a new wee pup, Buddy. He is a pure white 2 year old Havanese we rescued with a brown nose and amber eyes. It is so much fun having him with us. He is so sweet and loveable. We miss our wee Burt, but I know Burt would want us to honor his memory by giving another homeless pup the life that Burt enjoyed. So, I am very happy right where I am doing what I am doing with the people I love around me.

  1. Besides writing, what things are you most passionate about?

I love to cook and I used to love to travel, but not so much anymore. I have really become a home body, working writing and helping other authors promote and market their own work. I enjoy my friends both in the flesh and online. I have met some wonderful people in my travels. My father was in the Air Force and we lived everywhere between Alaska and France. I came of age in France nearly driving my parents to the brink! And language. I speak French and Spanish is my next personal improvement project, when I get caught up with all my writing projects.

  1. Not limited to writing, what do you believe to be some of your greatest accomplishments so far?

In my writing, I have made the USA Today Bestsellers List three times for my work, Amazon and International Bestseller a few more times and awards for my work. It has made me very proud and humbled. Yes, there’s a but…

I consider myself a work in progress no matter how old I get. I hope I am a better person, day by day. I hope I have become more generous, more loving and forgiving, of myself and others. I hate confrontation, but being an ambitious woman in the 70’s there was a lot of confrontation. In my “real Life” I rose, without a college degree, to become the youngest, Midwest Regional Director for IBM in the Real Estate and Construction Division in Chicago. That’s a mouthful! Anyway, I was 36 when I was promoted to that position and transferred from San Francisco. Married for less than a year, my husband and his 14-year-old son followed me and we started a new life together. It was exhilarating, hard, long hours and huge rewards. But my crowning accomplishment was become Vince Jr’s mom. If God took me tomorrow, I would be satisfied that He had allowed me to be the mother to what became a fine young man of whom I am so proud.

  1. Name a few of your favorites (colors, TV shows, movies, stars, songs, etc.)

Red is my favorite color, it’s passionate. I love the music of The Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf/ She is passionate, too! I’ve always loved The Good Wife on television but I am obsessed with Investigation Discovery. I get hooked on all the stories of swamp murders, cold cases and the endless pursuit of good over evil. I love golf, Manhattans, dinner at home and the company of my husband of 32 years. Each year is an amazement to me and a joy beyond my expectations.

Was it fate, design, or—perhaps—black magic? Who’s to say?

It was sensuous, erotic, insatiable as they fought to extinguish the passions that flamed their heat by indulging in every desire that swept them into one another’s arms. Their shared hungers fanned an appetite no amount of indulgence could satisfy.

Was it love at first sight? Perhaps. Many thought it might have been the work of the unscrupulous Sea Witch, Hermione, long a bitter and banished King’s Court Matron. So, was it the crafty wiles of Hermione, scheming to seek her sordid revenge or was it a simple matter of serendipity? All we know for a certainty is that two young royals, one landed and one not, met during a raging storm as fierce and intense as the love they would none too soon escape. Was it fate, design, or—perhaps—black magic? Who’s to say? What we do know is that it was sensuous, erotic, insatiable as they fought to extinguish the passions that flamed their heat by indulging in every desire that swept them into one another’s arms. Their shared hungers fanned an appetite no amount of indulgence could satisfy. After all, it happened…Once upon a time…

Later that evening when ship went dark and quiet, the sea turned pitch-black and started to roll with silent insistence. This was great fun for the little princess as she rode the waves with searching eyes once more into the cabin windows. She found her prince, again, and to her delight, he saw her as well. Locking eyes, she bobbed with the tossing waves and reached out to him as he leaned out and extended his hand. She ignored the darkening sky until the crack in the sky of lightening drew her attention. The young man withdrew his hand and pulled himself back into the cabin as he gathered himself to out of the cabin to his men on deck. The winds rose and the sails unfurled, bellowed from the night fury. She heard commands and screams as the ship rolled and ropes unfurled to do their work. Alarmed, the young princess grew scared for all aboard the ship as she stayed alert to avoid being hurt herself.

The sea was viciously dark against the waves as they uncurled in a white so brilliant and speckled with iridescence, they resembled the most valuable of pearls. The white rolling waves crashed down upon the swells of the ocean with a loud and resounding smash, then danced quickly across one to another until the wave expired, only to be followed by another and another, then another. It seemed, as she rode the waves cautiously, that the waves were building strength, that the sound of them crashing onto the swells was getting louder, building to a fevered pitch bringing with it a foreboding of disaster. Her fear for their safety was mounting and upper most in her pounding chest was her search, rising with panic, for the young elegant man. At once, a wave curled over the ship, sending men into the sea and causing Saira to lose sight of her prince.

The violent seas were perilous even to the princess herself, so as she looked for him quickly, but deliberately, she was careful of waves tossing debris, trunks, ropes, planks, harpoons and other tools, and bodies in tumbling masses to her front. When the center mast broke, the furious wind brought it down on the middle deck splitting the ship nearly in two, pitching everything into the gaping darkness of ocean.

Frantically, the little princess searched the shifting wreckage for her prince. She knew not his name so could not call out to him, not that he would have heard her over the resounding force of the ferocious seas. She felt something, or someone, hit against her tailfin and when she spun to check, it was the disappearing outstretched hand of a sailor. She could not save him, the dark grasp of the sea pulled him away from her so quickly. When she finally spied the prince, his eyes were closed. His arms and legs dangled from his limp and tossing body, now weaken by his fight for survival. He appeared lifeless and sent Saira into a heightened fear as his body could not bear his weightless life and he drifted slowly to the waiting onyx depths below.

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