Only Three Days Until Demon Tracker Is Available!

The ‘Demon Tracker’ Countdown is on!

Book #3 of ‘The Council Of Twelve Series’

will be published

April 30, 2020


Currently Demon Tracker can be pre-ordered:

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Zepheira is the best Demon Tracker working for the Good side. With her unusual looks, her phenomenal sense of smell, and her bravery, she quickly draws ‘The Big 7’s attention to her talent. They hire her to find one of them. Leaving her familiar surroundings and regular work environment unsettles Zepheira at first. But the challenge to prove herself and to increase the reputation of her infallibility tempts her.

She is convinced she will be a great asset to ‘The Big 7’. Little does she know she will be a much greater asset in Heaven’s fight against Evil. Zepheira suddenly becomes more than a hired tracker. She finds herself an important pawn in the game of love, heat, and fire. Will her courage and sacrifice be sufficient to dance with the flames?


Mark your calendar: Release date is April 30, 2020

Blog Tour “The Loyalist Legacy” by Elaine Cougler

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Rebellion in Upper Canada: Real and Fictional Characters

My first introduction to Bishop Strachan was many years ago as I was taking teacher training in preparation for becoming a high school teacher. Each day our group sat in a large lecture hall and listened to the person at the front extol the virtues of yet another early educator in Ontario. As the days went on my interest in these paragons waned. Strachan was one of those who seemingly did no wrong.

Fast forward many years. During the research for The Loyalist Legacy, the third book in my trilogy, I found the Bishop Strachan of Ontario legend, the man with countless buildings and colleges named after him and who did so much to form Upper Canada College, but I also found many negative references, the kind of nuggets a writer loves to discover.

This allowed me to use the illustrious bishop as a villain in Legacy, a type of character every writer needs to add punch to a story. Of course I may have stretched the truth just a little as that’s where the fiction in Historical Fiction comes in, but the fact remains Strachan’s privileged group caused a lot of problems for the settlers, Loyalists or not. The “Family Compact” got its derogatory name because those in power simply appointed their relatives and friends to important positions charged with the running of the fledgling country. That meant the common people had no say, a circumstance that became more and more dangerous as factions arose to thwart the “Family Compact”.

In the excerpt below from The Loyalist Legacy, William’s brother Robert is in a hotel when anger at the government comes to a head:

“Quiet, men! Cease and desist!” Someone near the bar struggled to be heard, with no success. The lean man jumped up onto the long bar, much to the barman’s consternation, and shouted again. This time he stomped his boot on the bar and the barman hollered; the room went silent as all eyes turned to watch. “Gentlemen.” The man’s glance included everyone packed into the room. “You’ve come here today for one reason. One reason only.” He paused, nodding his close-cropped head and gathering his thoughts. “You’re tired of our government’s power over us all. You’ve had enough. And you want to do something to break their hold on us.”

“Whose hold?” A voice came from off to Robert’s right, back in a corner, but he couldn’t see who it was.

“Ah, you want a name?”

Many voices answered back. The young man raised his rough hands for silence. “Well you know it…the Family Compact.” Again he raised his arms and waited. “That group in York and parts east who control everything we do. They only want us for the sweat and toil we give to shape this land.” Shouts of agreement broke his stride but soon he continued. “What do they give us, those powerful rich bastards?”

“Nothing!”

“No say in our lives.”

“And how do they make our lives miserable?”

“Clergy lands!”

“Empty lots!”

“No help on the roads!”

“Our own preacher can’t even marry us!”

“And does this group of rich and powerful men, this Family Compact, listen to us?” He raised his arms to silence the crowd. “No. Our elected members might as well stay home and tend their crops, do their road work and raise their children. Nothing they decide is final. Their votes mean nothing. The Family Compact just do what they want, regardless of the Legislative Assembly.” He paused in the ensuing clamor. When the noise threatened to take over the meeting again, he stamped and roared for attention once more and gradually the heated voices subsided.

Robert and Logan looked at each other and at the man with them. His face was beaming as he studied the groups all over the room, even rising from his chair the better to see everyone. Robert didn’t know whether to be shocked or delighted that so many gathered here agreed with his own sentiments. He could hear their stories around him as each person shouted out his own troubles with the powerful reach of the government.

“Down with the King!” A voice louder than all the rest temporarily stopped the racket as men looked to identify the speaker.

Into the sudden quiet another voice, high and thin, squeaked out over the heads of the red-faced men. “Rebellion!”

Excerpt from The Loyalist Legacy.

When the War of 1812 is finally over William and Catherine Garner flee the desolation of Niagara and find in the wild heart of Upper Canada their two hundred acres straddling the Thames River. On this valuable land, dense forests, wild beasts, disgruntled Natives, and pesky neighbors daily challenge them. The political atmosphere laced with greed and corruption threatens to undermine all of the new settlers’ hopes and plans. William cannot take his family back to Niagara, but he longs to check on his parents from whom he has heard nothing for two years. Leaving Catherine and the children, he hurries along the Governor’s Road toward the turn-off to Fort Erie, hoping to return in time for spring planting.

With realistic insights into the challenging lives of Ontario’s early settlers, Elaine Cougler once again draws readers into the Loyalists’ struggles to build homes, roads, and relationships, and their growing dissension as they move ever closer to another war. The Loyalist Legacy shows us the trials faced by ordinary people who conquer unbelievable hardships and become extraordinary in the process.


 

Praise Elaine Cougler’s writing: 

“….absolutely fascinating….Cougler doesn’t hold back on the gritty realities of what a couple might have gone through at this time, and gives a unique view of the Revolutionary War that many might never have considered.”

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews.

 

“….an intriguing story”                                              A Bookish Affair

 

“I highly recommend this book for any student of history or anyone just looking for a wonderful story.”

Book Lovers Paradise

 

“Elaine’s storytelling is brave and bold.”                     Oh, for the Hook of a Book


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Blog Tour – Marmalade’s First Christmas – by Paula Millhouse

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Marmalade’s First Christmas

 

A Novella

 

By

 

Paula Millhouse

 

 

Congratulations to Paula Millhouse on the release of

Marmalade’s First Christmas!

Be sure to get your Copy Today!


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When billionaire Jake Simons rescues a kitten the week before Christmas, the orange tabby cat leads Jake to the greatest gift of the season – Veterinarian Marley West.

 

The last thing Marley needs is a client meddling in her personal business, but Old Man Winter, Mother Nature, and Jake’s pregnant mares have other plans for her holiday. When she gets snowed in with Jake during the worst blizzard in racehorse country, sparks fly.

 

But will Jake be strong enough to let go of ghosts from his past? And, in this friends-to-lovers story, will Marley learn to trust that Jake just might be her very own Christmas miracle?


 

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Jake woke to an empty bed, and he startled up. Where was she? He tugged on a pair of sweats and a shirt, and left the bedroom searching for her.

 

What he found both surprised and pleased him.

 

“You’re up early,” she said, grinning at him with that breathtaking smile. She was sitting on the cushions in front of the fire, sipping a mug of something warm, reading one of his mother’s old romance novels. Marmalade was purring on her lap, and the Christmas Tree, the only other light besides the crackling fire lit up the room. “I found hot chocolate in the kitchen,” Marley said.

 

Jake took the mug and sniffed it. “Oh, this won’t do. Give me a sec and I’ll make you something amazing.”

 

He got up to go make the drinks, and Marley followed him. She watched him like a hawk as he simmered heavy cream, cinnamon sticks, and carved a big block of dark chocolate. “The secret is in not letting the cream reach a full boil.” He turned to the pantry and pulled out a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream. “And Baileys, of course.”

 

He poured the steaming elixir into big cheerful Snowman Mugs, added a shot of the liqueur, and then stirred a striped red and white candy cane in each mug. “Merry Christmas.”

 

She took one sip, and her eyes rolled back in her head. “Oh, Holy Night, this is incredible.”

 

He laughed, and sipped his cup too. “Pretty tasty.”

 

“I love this time of year, you know. It’s as if this one week, everything is perfect. Unblemished. Full of possibilities.”

 

She had a chocolate mustache from the drink, and he reached in and touched her upper lip. “You got a little something right there…”

 

She giggled. He swiped his tongue across the chocolate on her lips. He groaned. Her soft full lips tasted even better with chocolate on them. “This is turning out to be my favorite week this year too.”

 

She blushed, and her whole face turned holly berry red. Her delicately curved neck too. He took the mug from her hands, set it down, and backed her up to the granite counter. He kissed her properly, thoroughly, deeply.

 

She sighed, so he knew he’d gotten it right. The tingly taste of peppermint and chocolate on her tongue instantly became his favorite new treat. “Mmm…”

 

The kitchen heated up with their kisses, but a few moments later she pulled away and said, “We should go check on the mares, and their babies.”


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I write books.

 

Books where romance, fantasy, and suspense collide.

 

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, as a child I soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the South. I graduated with honors from both Armstrong Atlantic State University, and Georgia Southern University.

 

I live in the mountains now with my husband, but honor my southern heritage as a storyteller by sharing high heat adventures in romance fiction with readers.

 

What’s in it for you?

 

A reward. Treat yourself to an entertaining diversion from your daily routine by reading my stories. You’ll find themes like, justice does exist, love is worth fighting for, and happily ever afters are expected.


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Welcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Paula Millhouse, and I write stories where romance, fantasy, and suspense collide. Do visit my website for more about me.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

At the age of 13. My friends and I used to exchange stories on the way to class.

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

I’ve always loved stories. Getting my romances out there to people who need to read them motivates me.

 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write romance. I’ve dabbled in fantasy romance, romantic suspense, and now contemporary romance. I love Happy Ever Afters, with smart heroines and sexy heroes – that’s what made me choose the genre – or did it choose me?

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal is to bring joy to my readers. I want to entertain them for a few hours, take them out of their day, and give them a feel-good escape from reality. I think every writer dreams of the New York Times – when I get there I want it to be because I gave my readers stories they love, and share with their friends.

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

The only way to deal with writer’s block is to write through it. Pinterest helps. Nature. Listening to music. But all these things are distractions – if you’re blocked, your story needs you more than ever.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Join your national organization – for romance it’s Romance Writers of America. Take some classes. Find some writer friends. And write your stories!

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

Visit my website for more information on all my stories.

 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you for having me today, and featuring Marmalade’s First Christmas! I hope your readers enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT…SPREAD THE WORD

Oh yes, dear Followers! Halloween is not only the “contest deadline” but also the Release Date for Allan and Helen Krummenacker’s “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. You don’t want to miss that!

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“The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” will be arriving in exactly two weeks!

 

That’s right folks, Halloween will be arriving a couple of days early, so get ready to grab the next installment of the Para-Earth Series.  The novel will be available in all formats including Trade Paperback, Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony and all other e-readers, as well as PDF for those who like reading books on their computers.

Within these pages you’ll meet a whole new breed of vampire who drinks blood, sleeps in the ground, avoids sunlight (because he’ll start to sparkle as in about to spontaneously combust), and cannot eat garlic.  Yet he’s also one of the best people you’d ever want have on your side in a bad situation, as any regular reader of this blog can tell you.

For those who haven’t met Nathan yet, here he is to say a few words:

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Author Spotlight – E. A. Comiskey

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Please introduce yourself.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

 

The first real memory I have of falling in love with writing came in the fifth grade. We were told to make a journal as though we were pioneers telling of our experiences moving to the western US along the Oregon Trail. It was so much fun to be inside someone else’s mind – someone who was on a grand adventure. The more I wrote, the more ideas came to me. Everyone else turned in three or four pages. I think mine was something like twenty six pages long. I would have kept going if I’d had the time!

After that I started writing all the time. I had binders full of short stories, and I’d turn in math worksheets with stories on the back. A friend from high school once said, “I’m not surprised you wrote a book. Every memory I have of you in school you were writing in the margins of your homework.”

I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t aspire to be an author!

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

         

It’s like a super power! When you write you get to see the world through the eyes of others. You can travel to the future, or back in time, or to a whole new universe, never before discovered.          There are so many things you can ask or say through the wonderful medium of story that you could never get away with in life. You can explore big questions and taboos and those things that one culture accepts as normal, while another thinks it’s completely strange.

I have a great belief in the power of story. Imagine how many people were challenged to consider their worldview by a book like, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” We are all better for Harper Lee having written it. Anne Rice’s book, “Memnoch the Devil” completely changed the way I think of God and my own ideas about worship. It’s a vampire book, for goodness sake! Who would have ever thought? But story is powerful that way.

One of the themes that runs through my Heaven and Earth series has to do with the importance of a culture’s stories and what happens if the people don’t maintain proper respect for them.

That’s what motivates me to write – my belief that stories make us better human beings.

 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

 

I primarily write fantasy because I love the lack of boundaries. My “author motto” on my website is, “exploring the wonder of creation, seen and unseen.” There are so many legends and myths with a common thread that runs all the way around the world. Nearly every culture has stories of immortal blood drinkers, tiny people with magic powers, creatures that influence dreams, creatures that harvest the souls of the dead; I can’t help but wonder if those things are so much more than just stories. Something in our racial memory connects to those ideas. When I write fantasy I can bring those characters in to our modern world and see what happens.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

 

Personally, my goal at this point is to write at least two novels per year: one from the Heaven and Earth series, and one outside of it. I’d dearly love to see those books (at least some of them) become wildly famous and made into movies. I’m doing everything I know how to make that happen. That said, every time I see my little thumbnail on Amazon,  I realize all over again that I’ve already earned the title of “author” and that’s pretty awesome, even if I never make it to the NY Times best seller list.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

 

I think everyone experiences times when creativity is flowing and times when you just want to lay on the couch and drool because there are no more thoughts to be thunk. For me there are three things that need to happen when I reach that place. One, I need to allow myself the grace to lay on the couch and drool. Sometimes the mind gets tired and you need to rest, and that’s OK. Even God rested on the seventh day. The trick is to get back in motion after a bit.

That’s my second thing. I need to move: take a walk, work in the garden, clean the house, and generally find a change of scenery. I had one story I couldn’t write sitting in my usual spot, but at my dining room table it flowed out of me. I don’t know why one room was better than the other, but there it is. I had to move.

Third, as cheesy as it sounds, I write. It’s usually trash at that point. I might write about the items on the shelf next to me, or what the weather is like, but the act of putting words on paper will usually, in time, lead me back to where I need to be.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

 

Learn the fundamentals of the craft. Join writing groups and LISTEN to their advice. They are objective and you are not. Understand why adverbs are not as good as verbs, and what a passive sentence looks like. Learn about point of view and narrative distance. Once you master the fundamentals, remain humble enough to honestly consider the advice of others in regard to your work, but confident enough to know when you are right and they are not.

Also, be prepared to be tenacious.

Remember when I said everybody should be a writer? Scrap that. Writing is a horrible business that will drive you to drink.

This industry is ridiculous. There is no other business where you ask a professional a question and they respond with a form letter that says, “If I want to work with you, I’ll get back to you sometime in the next three months. If not, I just won’t ever respond to you at all.” And authors who have spent years lovingly crafting a manuscript and months perfecting a query are supposed to accept that with grace.

The waiting and the rejection can make you insane. Hold on to your dream and fight for your own success. I have heard it said that less than 2% of people who set out to write a book get traditionally published, but that’s not because it’s the lottery. Only 2% are willing to hold on long enough to make it to the end. If you write one story and query five or ten agents and get a poor response and give up, you didn’t fail. You quit.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

 

My first novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth will be released in September of this year and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. It’s the story of a housewife who has battled against voices in her head her whole life. One day an angel comes to her and tells her she’s not mentally ill. She’s hearing the chatter of the spirit realm and, as one who has the ability to hear both humans and spirit creatures, she must act as an intercessor to bring peace among creation before God decides to wipe the slate clean and start over again.

It’s really the story of her personal journey of faith and inner strength, and there are some pretty intense parts, but it was an adventure to write. It’s definitely written from the point of view of a Judeo-Christian main character, but she has to re-think her definition of truth when everyone from a Nordic goddess to a Lakota shape-shifter come in to her world.

The second book in the series, Dwelling in Heaven and Earth, will be released next July.

 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


 

Contact E. A. Comiskey:

website: https://eacomiskey.wordpress.com/

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