High Andes by Rolf Margenau

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BLURB:

Wylie Cypher, suffering from a mid-life crisis, decides to challenge fading youth by taking a trekking vacation across the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) of the High Andes in Peru with his daughter, Mercy, just graduated from college. It is 1981.

While working with legal clients in Lima, he inadvertently acquires documents that contain explosive and damning evidence about the Peruvian government’s extreme interrogation techniques. He learns that something is amiss when police detain and torture him. He loses his little toe. A series of misunderstandings precipitate a heart-pounding chase across the high mountains as two sets of villains – government thugs and members of the communist guerrilla Sendero Luminoso – seek out the Cypher group with murderous intent. Combat in the thin air of the mountains, deceptions of numerous sorts, hairbreadth escapes, torture, action in underground caves populated with mummies, and unexpected plot twists fill the pages of this book.

It is in the United States’ national interest to observe the growing communist threat in its hemisphere, so C.I.A. agents are involved. While Wylie and his cohorts are running for their lives, the author also reports on international smuggling of historical artifacts, the fate of a 600-year-old child mummy, and the ancient spirit of the mountains, Pachamama.

MEDIA KIT HIGH ANDES V7 2 X 3. 300 DPIEXCERPT:  Gaspar falls

He descended through thick clouds. The moist air caused a strange singing in power lines stretching through the valley below, like a poorly tuned E string on a guitar. The singing continued as the cloud sank lower into the valley and sunlight penetrated the mists surrounding Gaspar.

His route took him along a trail on the ridge overlooking the Río Santa, and he looked down the steep sides of the mountain descending toward the river. The river itself was unseen beneath the low clouds, but he could hear the rushing waters along with the singing of the wires. He had experienced those sounds and sights before, and appreciated their mystery. It gave him an eerie feeling of isolation in a strange world where he was master of the mountains. He continued along the slick path, checking that his bundle was secure behind him.

The master of the mountains forgot about the recently uncovered patch of scree along his path and stepped onto it at the same pace he used on firm ground. He might as well have stepped onto a waterslide. The loose stones beneath his feet gave way and he scrambled upward, searching for better footing. There was none, and he lost his balance as he began a dangerous descent down the mountain. He sat down, lowering his center of gravity, and used his stick as either a rudder or an oar to guide and slow the rapid slide toward the river and the rocks below.

It was a long way, and he became the center of a little avalanche, with loose rocks, pebbles, and dirt surrounding him and hastening his swift descent. Yet he managed to keep from tumbling, and searched through the enveloping mist for a handhold or outcrop or anything to break his fall. He saw a large Puya raimondii shrub directly below, its six-foot-long leaves rushing toward him, its huge flower spike not yet in bloom. He slowed himself with the stick and grabbed at the leaves with his left hand. He stopped, and his body spun under the bush.

The sharp edges of the leaves sliced into his hand and quickly flowing blood made it too slippery to sustain his grip. He placed both hands on his stick and dug its end into the mucky soil, hoping to wedge himself to the side of the mountain. He sat, motionless, breathless, gauging the distance to the river below from the sound of rushing waters. It was far, still far.

MEDIA KIT Rolf MargenauAUTHOR BIO:

The author of Public Information has had a varied career. He has been a scrub nurse in an operating room, a professional photographer, a soldier during the Korean War, a correspondent for the Pacific Stars and Stripes, an attorney specializing in international corporate law, a volunteer executive running a not-for-profit dedicated to housing the homeless, a manager of large and small businesses and, lately, an author and Master Gardener.

He first published short stories as an English Major from Yale. Finding the double-digit pay for that work insufficient to support a wife and one and a half children, he went to law school in hopes of finding better paying work. Fortunately, that proved to be the case.

When the author discovered that his wife kept all the 300 plus letters he wrote her from Korea, he decided to use that material as the basis for a novel about the Korean War. It was a story he had wanted to tell for many years.

Public Information is based on his experiences as NCO in charge of a combat Infantry Division Public Information (hence the title) Office in Korea. It tells the story of Wylie Cypher, a hapless young soldier who arrives in Korea in the midst of bloody combat. Wylie manages to survive his sixteen-month tour of duty as Margenau recounts in gory, ribald, poignant and accurate detail. His adventures are recounted in military jargon and his sometimes abrasive involvement with the “Army way” describes the good, bad and incredible of life in the military. Along the way, Wylie manages to find and lose love.

Other veterans have found the story authentic and highly illustrative of the background and details of the Korean War. Publisher’s Weekly commented on the author’s ability to create a sense of time and place. During the summer of 2012, Public Information became an Amazon.com Kindle best seller.

Pistils and Poetry is the author’s second book. It is a compilation of Margenau’s favorite Elizabethan poems (Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, and numerous others) juxtaposed with the author’s photographs of flowers. It is a rich and engaging poetry book, enhanced and complimented by luscious photos of flowers. The book is considered as an elegant way to tease reluctant poetry readers into an appreciation of the beautiful sentiments and language of long ago masters of the English language.

Encouraged by the reception for his first novel, Margenau published Master Gardener, his second novel, in March 2013. It is a story that explores conflicts between the benefits of engineered crops and their potential for ecological disaster. Wylie Cypher, the hero of Public Information, is now seventy-five years old. He uses his life and legal experience to defend one of the women in his life, Anne Proctor, against the machinations of malevolent BIG AG. Senior citizens band together as eco-terrorists to save the monarch butterfly, and Dick Geier, the ruthless and profane CEO of BIG AG, engages in corporate shenanigans that reflect current headlines. The story is set in Middletown, New Anglia, not too far from Philadelphia, and episodes along the Amazon River in Peru bracketed by episodes along the Amazon River in Peru..

His third novel, published in August 2014, is High Andes. The central narrative follows Wylie Cypher, in his mid-forties and suffering from a serious mid-life crisis, and his daughter, Mercy, as they try to elude various villains chasing them across the White Mountains of Peru. The story deals with armed insurrection by Maoist guerillas, smuggling ancient artifacts, “disappearances” of troublemakers, a five hundred year old child mummy, and the CIA.

Rolf Margenau lives in rural New Jersey with his wife, three dogs, a 1932 Chrysler convertible, and a flower garden favored by monarch butterflies. He is now working on his fourth novel. Tentatively titled National Parks, the story recounts what happens, in the near future, when Congress decides to nationalize America’s National Parks.

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Clear as Glass by Lynn Kellan

SBB_ClearAsGlass_BannerLynn will award a $50 GC for jewelry to one randomly selected winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Rafflecopter link and tour links are listed at the end of this post. Follow the tour stops and comment often to increase your chances of winning.

BLURB:

Poised to become her overbearing father’s right-hand man, Jaye Davis is tired of being a faceless drone, writing software. She’d rather help real people—like the family who owns a struggling glassblowing factory in rural Pennsylvania. While she’s there, she might figure out how to squash the secrets gnawing at her.

Mitchell Blake and his father keep butting heads about expanding Blake Glassware, and now Mitch has to deal with his father’s consultant, Jaye. She claims online marketing will boost sales, but Mitch insists broadening their product line will increase revenue. Arguing with this doe-eyed woman makes one thing perfectly clear: she has the power to shatter his safe, lonely life.

Jaye’s got four weeks to save his glassblowing factory, but he detests her marketing plan. She’s got no place to live, but he has an extra bedroom in his house. She’s got secrets, but living with a glassblower who can see right through her would be an enormous mistake…or would it?

Cover_ClearAsGlassEXCERPT:

Hot anger blasted out of her anguish, opening her throat with a sudden surge of adrenaline. “Is this how you reacted when your mother left? Did you stand on your almighty principles and condemn her, too? I bet you treated your fiancée the same way.” Jaye clamored out of the hot tub and landed on the deck. “Your self- righteousness is more dangerous than that bear.”

“My self-righteousness is justified.” He pointed a finger in her direction. “You lied. I didn’t.”

“Clearly, I owe you an apology. I’m sorry, Mitch. I didn’t tell you how much money I have.” Not caring that she stood barefoot in cold snow, she spread her arms wide. “Are you happy now? You’ve been looking for an excuse not to trust me, and you finally found it.”

He slapped his hands on the edge of the tub and stood. “Let me guess. You’re walking out in the middle of an argument. Again.”

“Bingo. Enjoy the solitude. Forgive me for not showing you my investment portfolio before our first kiss. Call me crazy, but I don’t like to financially undress until I get to know a guy.” She ripped her towel off the hook, leaving behind a clump of white thread wiggling in the cold air. “You did a great job of convicting me before you ever heard my testimony. If you ever get tired of blowing glass, you should become a prosecutor.”

His hands fisted against the tub’s plastic rim. “While we’re trading advice, let me do you a favor and state the obvious. You believe every man will break your heart because one man did.”

“Three men stepped on my heart, but who’s counting?” First her father, then David, and now Mitch. When would she find a man willing to drop his own agenda for a few moments to listen to her?

She crossed the deck toward the house, stormed inside, and locked herself in her room. Stripping out of her wet bathing suit, she dressed and grabbed her camera, laptop, and purse. Her clothes could wait until tomorrow…but she couldn’t wait another second to leave Mitch.

AuthorPic_Clear As GlassAUTHOR BIO and LINKS:

Lynn Kellan writes romance about strong men who have a weakness for smart women. She believes men and women aren’t that different…we both want to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher. When Lynn isn’t writing, she likes to play tennis and golf, but not at the same time.

Visit Lynn’s website at: http://LynnKellan.com

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Find buy links for Lynn’s books at: http://forloveorfunny.com/books

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Gypsy Hunted by Andrea Drew

MBB_GypsyHunted_BannerAndrea will be awarding a $20 amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Readers of this post the rafflecopter and tour links are posted at the end of this post. Follow the tour and comment often to increase your chances to win.

BLURB:

Reluctant psychic Gypsy Shields—she prefers the term “intuition consultant”—finds herself in trouble when, on her way home from a blind date, she interrupts a kidnapping in progress. She attempts to intervene, and her heroics are repaid with a collision between the attacker’s van and a brick wall. She awakens in the hospital, paralyzed on her left side and unable to speak. This also means she’s unable to share her vital information as a witness. Fortunately, she is able to use her telepathic connection with her niece to throw a line out to a police detective she knows: Connor Reardon, her blind date.

Connor will do anything to protect Gypsy, and he listens to her claims of psychic power willingly, as he’s concealing certain powers of his own. Nor are they all he’s concealing. Gypsy senses a part of her new ally’s mind is closed to her—what she cannot know is that Connor suspects the kidnapper is someone close to him, and the kidnapping victim holds secrets that will tear through Connor’s department, putting careers and lives at risk. Including Gypsy, still in hospital and vulnerable as the attacker turns his sights on her once again.

Can she use her powers to track down the perpetrator and prevent her own murder?

Cover_Gypsy HuntedExcerpt:

As Connor switched off the alarm, he knew it would be a rough one. The rumor mill was already in overdrive, and his phone had notified him with a ping.

A young woman, a police headquarters employee had gone missing last night.

The kicker was the confidential reports she’d swiped on the way out of the building. Reports about suspect bent cops, written by internal affairs and for the eyes of that department only. Seems this lady was curious and not all she appeared to be.

He’d been exhausted last night and needed a full night’s sleep. It was still dark outside as he slid out of bed and slipped on his running gear. His morning run helped him keep his thoughts straight and make a reasonable start to the day. He grabbed the bottle from the shelf beside the door, and it swung wide has he headed outside. If he didn’t run he’d go insane or at least more insane than he felt already, dealing with the unrelenting pressure of being senior detective. As he headed down the steps he heard the satisfying clunk of the door closing.

Cold air stung his skin, and his breath formed plumes of mist that streamed past his eyes. Lengthening his stride, Connor pulled the iPod from his pocket to clip it his waistband. Some cops turned to drink, some to drugs, and others went off the rails. After the failure of his marriage, he had turned to running, three miles a day.

AuthorPicAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Andrea Drew has been a commercial copy writer and resume writer for over a decade.

She’s written for celebrity stylists, assisted business coaches and start-ups, written grants for not for profits, delivered marketing presentations to business owners, and attends Australian writing conventions.

Her self-published book “Pro Resumes Made Easy” has been downloaded over 40,000 times.

Andrea has one husband (more than enough), three kids, a pet rock (her daughters not hers), and a house in the suburbs, where she’s hard at work on the second novel in the Gypsy series.

Email her at andrea@andrea-drew.com.

Gypsy Hunted her first fiction novel (her first suspense thriller set in her home town of Melbourne Australia) is available for pre-order on Amazon prior to release on October 28 2014.

Social Media LInks:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewwriter

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/andreadrew

Gypsy Hunted Available for Pre Order on Amazon:

Blog: http://andreadrewauthor.wordpress.com/

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Halloween Writing Bash Invitation

ATT00012                         Follow our headless dog rider over to our Holloween Writing Bash. (Only fourteen hours more!)

The event begins on October 30th at Midnight and continues for 24 hours:

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Writers: Journalists, Bloggers, Authors, Aspiring Authors, and Story Tellers are invited to share their entertaining stories and articles. Spooky tales will populate the site. Please enter the bash if you have a tale to share; otherwise stop by for some entertaining reads and assorted chocolates.

Here are a couple of Sample post opportunities:

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Consider this your personal invitation to join the Halloween Writing Bash on my Adult Book Fan Page. Likes on the page are much appreciated. If you missed the Adult Book Authors Party event that was held October 18 thru 21, 2014 the author’s posts for the four days are still on the site.

Help me build my Fan Page with some additional Likes.

Hope you will stop by for some Halloween fun, sip some cider, and read a tall tale or two.

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Project Firebird by Nick Green

SBB Project Firebird Tour Banner copyNick will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. The and tour links are listed at the end of this Super Book Blast post. Follow the tour and comment often to increase your chances of winning.

BLURB:

Don’t ask Leo Lloyd-Jones. Ask him how to steal a car, or why he got excluded from every school in Salford, but don’t come to him for help. This whole thing must be a daft mistake – and if anyone finds out, he’s done for.

Earth is on a deadly collision course that nothing can prevent. The only real hope is Project Firebird, deep inside a blast-proof bunker that shelters the brightest and bravest young people. Leo has got mixed up with the likes of Rhys Carnarvon, the celebrated teenage polar explorer, and other child prodigies chosen to keep the flame of civilisation.

Among them is the streetwise Paige Harris, a girl Leo likes a lot (but not in that way). Paige is desperate to rescue her little sister from London before the catastrophe strikes. But no-one is crazy enough to try that. Almost no-one.

MEDIA KIT Project Firebird coverEXCERPT:

‘That which you have there, is a frog.’

Lenka stood in the doorway, smiling. Dressed in a casual blouse and vaguely military trousers, she looked wide awake and not surprised to see them. Leo managed to get his head to stop swimming. Puking on her boots would not be attractive.

‘What is going on here?’ she asked. ‘The midnight feast?’

Rhys wrung the hem of his t-shirt awkwardly. ‘I’m sorry, Doctor Mironov. We couldn’t sleep.’

‘A North American wood frog.’ Lenka nodded at the frozen thing. ‘Rana Sylvatica. A very special animal.’

‘Why –’ Leo coughed. ‘Why have you got dead frogs in your ice box? You’re not French.’

Lenka giggled like a schoolgirl. ‘No, Leo. I’m from St Petersburg.’ She took the lolly in her hand. ‘And this frog, he’s not dead. He’s sleeping.’

‘It’s frozen solid,’ Paige protested.

‘That’s how wood frogs hibernate,’ said Lenka. ‘They’ve evolved to stay alive inside a solid block of ice.’

Rhys made an odd strangled noise. Now he was the one who looked green in the face.

‘We keep these specimens for demonstration purposes,’ said Lenka.

‘Demonstration?’ Rhys spluttered. He seemed unable to take his eyes off the frog. ‘Demonstrating what?’

Lenka tapped her capped teeth with one perfect fingernail.

‘You weren’t supposed to be told this yet. But since you ask, let’s strike while the ironing’s hot. Come. I’ll show you.’

SBB Project Firebird Tour Book Cover Banner copyAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nick Green lives in the UK. He is the author of seven fiction books to date, including the middle-grade CAT KIN trilogy published by Strident. His other books include THE STORM BOTTLE, a fantasy adventure about the dolphins of Bermuda, and most recently the FIREBIRD trilogy, a YA science fiction epic.

http://www.nickgreenbooks.com

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Adult Author Party Invitation 10/18/ -10/21/14

cassandra FINAL copyStop by, https://www.facebook.com/authorjmanton, my adult FB fan page Saturday Oct. 18, 2014 for the Adult Author’s Party. I will be hosting authors from around the globe who write for the adult reader for four days.

Meet some new authors and be introduced to some amazing books. Bring your gift list of your favorite adult readers; you may find a book that will suit that special person. Click on the above link to join the party.

Note: Authors if I missed you, please consider this an invitation to join us on Saturday October 18th beginning at midnight ET. Day 3 and 4 will be devoted to spotlighting participating authors books. Send your cover .jpg to talesbyjackie@gmail.com. I will post your cover, and you can post an extended blurb, excerpt, or first chapter preview beneath it.

Take the opportunity to reach a new fan base with your book(s).

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Supergirls by Mav Skye

VBT Supergirls Tour Banner copyBe sure to follow the link to the rest of Mav‘s tour. Follow the tour link at the end of this post. Register for the Rafflecopter drawing following the Interview and book excerpts. Comment often to increase your chance to win the $35. Amazon gift certificate.

INTERVIEW WITH MAV SKYE:

JM: Welcome Mav. Please tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer?
MS: I was singing stories before I could even write. It has always been about using my imagination to enter the realms of the fantastic, whether I’m the reader or the writer.

I started writing a few years back, more or less around 2009 or 2008. Funny thing, is every time I nail down a point in time when I think I started writing; I always find even older stories I had forgotten about. So, who knows?
JM: Would you share with our followers the inspiration(s) behind your latest book release?
MS: The unconditional love of my sister. Passion, grief, guilt, the gray area between right and wrong. I’ve worked first hand with women and men who were dealt one sick hand of cards by life. It’s exasperating, frustrating, and I can see why crime can seem enticing.

Of course, there’s personal experience here too. I was still grieving my father’s passing, my son’s mental health illness was out of control, so much in my life was not working out. I felt dead inside. Writing this story helped raise me from the ashes. Supergirls isn’t pretty but it is heartfelt and honest. In the end, I think that is what matters most.
JM: Is this the genre you generally write in? Have you considered other genres?
MS: Tricky question to answer. Yes, in the sense that I almost always write dark infused with humor and romance/erotic elements. No, in the sense that I dabble in many genres: horror, pulp, crime, erotica, fantasy, bizarre, romance and sci-fi.

JM? Do you have other published works, Mav?
MS: Sure do, I have short stories in print and all over the web. I also have award nominations and contest wins, but almost all of those are under my previous writing name which you can find at the bio link of my website http://www.mavskye.com. I also published a psychological suspense story called The Undistilled Sky on Amazon. It’s received great reviews.

JM: Is Mav Skye a pen name?
MS: Yes! The name is partially taken from a dream where a ‘character’ demanded that I make him real. Years later, I granted him that wish, though he has to settle for being a female. Mav is short for Maverick not Mavis.

Most of my work is written under my real name, which again, you can find at my Mav website. Writing under a fresh name has breathed new life into my writing and has helped me come back from the ashes. I don’t regret the switch, though I do miss my old contacts.
JM: Have you won any recognition or awards that you would like to share?
MS: Under my old name I won several, and I’m proud of that, but it doesn’t define me.
JM: Do you have an agent or a publicist?
MS: Not currently, but I know there is a lot about the Indie industry I don’t understand. Writing short stories and submitting them to a magazine is a completely different than writing novels and trying to sell them yourself. I’ve been thinking a publicist who knows the ropes wouldn’t be a bad idea.
JM: Are your books available in print, e-book, or both? Have you ever tried converting a book to audio?
MS: Supergirls is available in both e-book and print on Amazon. On the back of the print book, readers will get a little treat, the whistling deer head picture that helped inspire his character.

I haven’t personally tried to convert a story to audio, but a good buddy of mine, Barry Northern, used to run a site called Cast Macabre. He’s at the top of his game and well sought after in the audio/podcast world. He produced the voice and music for a tale of mine about a blind woman who falls in love with the dreadful and handsome lizard man. The story is called Lacerta (written under my old name).
Barry owns another podcast site called Cast of Wonders, in the past he has produced a wonderful audio version of my children’s story, Ruby Hearts. He will be reading the horrific Halloween tale I wrote for my teen boys called, Marrow. It should be up later this October. I’m very excited.
JM: That is exciting. I will make it a point to check our Barry’s sites. Illustrations or photos for covers are so important to successful to marketing. Do you use an illustrator or photographer for your book(s)?
MS: I’ve found gorgeous photographs on dreamstine.com and they are reasonably priced.

When I found the picture that is on the cover of Supergirls, I knew I’d found Jenn and May. The skull is also from Dreamstime.com. I knew exactly what I wanted but couldn’t figure how to do it with the programs I have, so I hired someone with photoshop experience and knowledge to do it for me. It was fairly inexpensive and worked out lovely.

Long term, I would like to find a professional to work with on all my books.

JM: How much of the marketing do you do for your book(s), and for yourself as a brand?
MS: Under my old name, I was so annoyed about all the branding talk. I built up my name by doing everything wrong and unintentionally breaking the writing and branding rules. It was great! But that was before the enormous writer explosion that seems to have taken over the net.

Now that I’ve started up with a new name, everything is different…and yet the same. I can understand why the branding is so important when starting out. At the same time, I think nothing replaces hard work and commitment to the craft of storytelling. When you are in love with what you do and committed to the beauty and perfection of it, it will show. People can’t help but notice and your audience will “brand” you. You don’t need to worry about doing that yourself.
JM: I couldn’t agree more, Mav. Do you spend a lot of time plotting your stories, or do you just run with it?
MS:Run with it, baby!
JM: Do you spend much time in research, or do you write from experience?
A: For Supergirls, there wasn’t a whole lot of research. I explored taxidermy. The process is eerie to me and helped developed the character called The Whistling Deer Head. It’s a mounted moose head above the fireplace in Fat Bastard’s mansion that speaks to schizophrenic sister, May. The Whistling Deer Head is captivating to me and I can’t let it go. He will pop in and out of my stories for years to come.

I researched daggers, and found this gorgeous crystal carved unicorn dagger. I can’t remember its origins, I’m thinking Persian, but I could be wrong. It was beautiful, a weapon of the gods. On sight, I knew that it would be key in my story.

I also researched Thomas Kincaid. There’s a scene in Supergirls in which one of my characters ponders what evil may occur in the cute little cottage in a Kincaid painting. I must admit, I do the same thing. I wonder if there are little people inside the homes, I wonder if they are good or bad. If there’s something naughty in the closet. A body rolled under the bed.

There’s a fun little hands on project I did with blue lace panties and a gun, but I won’t go into details with that. Read the story, and you’ll learn all you need to know.
JM: What Point of view do you feel most comfortable with, first person or third? Have you ever tried using the second person in any of your works?
MS: Third feels most natural. First can be a challenge to do well, but the personable and intense nature of it intrigues me, it makes me feel that I as the author am that person. Supergirls is written in first person, present tense. Difficult to write, but the intensity pays off.

And yes, I’ve written second person a few times. It’s challenging but utterly entertaining. I wrote a story called Tainted Lady written in second person. It’s published in a Sideshow anthology edited by the fantastic Cathy Buburuz.
JM: Are there any writing-related websites that you have found useful?
MS: Well, I used to be able to give you a good handful of sites, but it seems they’ve disappeared or have a hefty membership fee.

Critters can be helpful with getting your short stories critiqued. The Passive Voice helps with tracking the pulse of the writing world. Writer Unboxed has hints and tips for writing novels. Flash Fiction Chronicles has some good advice for short story and flash fiction writing as well. I just discovered the K-Boards, and there seems to be some good advice on there, as well as a ton of bad.

As always, please remember just because someone writes something about writing doesn’t mean it’s true or that it will work for you.
JM: Good point, Mav. Are you on any forums or networking sites? Do you find them helpful? Please list links so readers can find you.
MS: You’ll find me at critters, and if you email in advance of your story popping up in the queue, I’d be happy to critique your story for you. I also co-edit at Pulp Metal Magazine. If you think you have a good short story that doesn’t fit anywhere else, kick an email over to me HERE and I’ll be happy consider your story for the zine. Please visit the magazine in advance and follow the guidelines set up by the Dictator. I know it says invites only, but I tend to be open to submissions. I love a good short story.

You can find me on social websites too: Website, Twitter, Facebook Page, Email and Goodreads.
JM: Thank you for sharing with our followers. What do you think the future holds for a writer?
MS: As long as there is humanity there will be imagination and stories. Writers may not always make money doing what they do, as we’ve seen from the past, but the true treasure is in the joy of imagination. As long as we remember that, it doesn’t matter what the future holds.

JM: Thanks for taking time to do this interview, Mav. My best wishes for success with “Supergirls.”

MEDIA KIT SupergirlsKindleCoverBLURB: Sisters Jenn and May have finally found their golden ticket out of the slums. Pervy sugar daddy, Frederick Bells, promises to be an easy score with a big payoff—millions are hidden within his mansion.

The plan is simple: tie up the pig, steal his cash, and skip town. But fate has a different plan, including a villain with a wicked imagination. The sisters resort to playing their childhood game SUPERGIRLS to battle their fears in Bell’s den of horrors.

Will the SUPERGIRLS find their prize or will their heads join the pile behind the black cellar door?

EXCERPT:

Old folks say the world is simply made of black and white. There is no gray. How is that true? How does that sum up reality? Right now, this second, I could toss the dagger, grab May’s hand and escape through the white door, white like heaven, and what then? We’d have zip. Nada. We can’t return to the studio. Fat Bastard and Leroy know where we live. All we’d have is our miserable, crappy (and psychotic) lives.

And each other, something whispers or does it whistle? I don’t know anymore. Through the white door—it’s running away. Running away from the one thing May and I have always wanted: peace.

No, the only way to peace is through darkness, the black door, through the cellar to the money.

I turn and face the black door, place my hand on the bolt. There is a monster in the dark to confront.

Perhaps I’ll die, perhaps May will. This is where the gray area lies, the future. Why can’t there be a clear-cut way of what to do and when?

The moaning creature pounds the door.

Fat Bastard. I grit my teeth and draw my eyes away from the tree with gems. Black, white or grey: if you want something you have to go for it, the consequences be damned.

The monster pounds the door harder.

May startles and turns to me.

I motion to her and breathe, “When I unbolt the door, I’ll drop to the floor and you shoot.”

She says nothing, but stands back and aims the pistol.

I say, “One, two, three…”

MEDIA KIT Author Photo 1AUTHOR BIO:

When Mav Skye isn’t turning innocent characters into axe murderers, refinishing old furniture, chasing around her spring ducklings, or reading the latest horror novel, she’s editing at the almighty Pulp Metal Magazine.

She adores puppies, pirates, skulls, red hots, Tarantino movies and yes, Godzilla.

Especially Godzilla.

She is the author of Supergirls and The Undistilled Sky. Look for her wicked horror romance, Wanted:Single Rose, this fall and the second book in the Supergirls series, Night without Stars, early 2015.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Find Me: Website: http://www.mavskye.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MavSkye

Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1qPcFVK

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1mtblVa

Supergirls is available in print or ebook at: Payhip : https://payhip.com/b/ijUy (50% discount at Payhip if you “share” the book) & Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LWHA438, Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00LWHA438?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

RAFFLECOPTER:http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f341

TOUR LINK: Find Mav‘s other tour dates and stops at the link below.

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