In your wildest dreams and nightmares: exceptional books for your spring/summer reading lists

Books from my friends (I have talented friends and it ROCKS).

For all ages:

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MER: The Captain’s Secret

By Jade M. Phillips

In a land where the sea grows restless, the summer breeze turns to ice and sleet, and Mother Nature has plans of another sort, dark and supernatural forces begin to unfold, fighting to unite the broken prophecy. In the midst of a tangled web lie the Castlecrays, a family with deep tragedy and mysterious secrets, who are torn apart and forced on a treacherous journey.

Coming from a time when kings rule the realm, knights fight for honor, and eminence is power, the children of Castlecray are thrown into an unknown magical ambiance where nothing is as it seems, and bedtime stories come alive right before their eyes. Sweeping from a land of severe and savage seas to the sparkling underwater spires of a magical unknown world, this is a tale of lords and ladies, knights and nobility, traitors and trolls, who are all intertwined in a weaving maze of conspiracy and deception.

Amidst gallantry and guilt, love and loss, the Castlecrays find their fate to be in the hands of their enemies, of each other, and of their new mysterious allies, the Wavekeepers—all vying to keep the balance between good and evil, land and sea, in a fight for the ultimate desire; the power of MER.MER: The Captain’s Secret (is the 1st book in the MER series. Next one is MER: Falling Kingdom, due to come out this fall.)

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AVKVPY4
Book trailer link: http://youtu.be/-qUquvld1Vk
MER’s fb fan page: www.facebook.com/merbook1
Jade’s author fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jade-M-Phillips/227166404087086?ref=hl
Jade’s blog. http://www.jademphillips.com

About the Author

Jade M. Phillips, aside from being an author, can play guitar, do a frighteningly accurate portrayal of a spider monkey, and has the unique and magical ability to vanquish entire armies of snarling trolls with a flick of her pen. When she is not writing about mystical creatures and lovable characters, she’s having nightly dance parties with her kids, blogging about whatever tickles her fancy at the moment, and testing new recipes on the stove (which coincidentally, usually ends up testing her smoke detectors as well.) Jade M. Phillips resides in Arizona with her husband, two children, and her crazy cat, William Wallace Braveheart Fuzzy McFarland the Third.

For Grown Ups Only

The Feeder

by Mandy White

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Victims horribly mutilated, with parts missing and inserted in their mouths…

An aspiring actress-turned-prostitute falls victim to the killer, leaving behind a grieving twin obsessed with revenge.

Warning:
Graphic violence and scenes of mutilation. Some readers may find the content of this book offensive. Read at your own discretion.

This book is DRM free – can be read on non-Kindle devices.

Follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Feeder-ebook/dp/B00BTJYY4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366146386&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Feeder+White

Biography

Mandy White is a Canadian author who resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she is living her dream of being one of those weird, reclusive writer types. She primarily writes fiction in the horror genre, often featuring Canadian characters and locations. She is founder of the WPaD group (Writers, Poets and Deviants), best known for their charity anthologies.

Published works include:

The Jealousy Game
Non-fiction – A guide to dysfunctional relationships where excessive jealousy is present.

Avenging Annabelle
Fiction – A thriller about a distraught father who seeks revenge on his daughter’s abductor.

Dysfictional: Short Stories for Twisted Minds
Fiction – A collection of Mandy White’s short stories, including the novelettes, A Feast Not So Fancy and The Immigrant.

The Feeder (April, 2013 release)
Fiction – A thriller told from the point of view of an individual whose twin sister is brutally murdered, sparking a gruesome and bloody vendetta.

Creepies: Twisted Tales from Beneath the Bed by WPaD
Fiction – A horror anthology featuring two of Mandy White’s stories along with a collection of chilling tales from the talented writers of WPaD.

Passion’s Prisms: Tales of Love and Romance by WPaD
Fiction – A romance anthology featuring two of Mandy White’s stories along with a collection of romantic tales from the talented writers of WPaD

The Immigrant
Fiction – A Sci-fi/comedy novelette about an alien with extremely poor hygiene who comes to Earth to genetically engineer a new food source. (Featured in Dysfictional)

A Feast Not So Fancy
Fiction – A horror novelette about a loner who finds himself paralyzed and at the mercy of his hungry house cats. (Featured in Dysfictional)

Zombie Cuisine
Fiction – A short story told from the point of view of a zombie who encounters a lost love in her search for sustenance. (Featured in Dysfictional and Creepies)

The Creators by M.W. Sharpe and Mandy White
Fiction – An alternative origin of the species story based on various metaphysical theories.

Discovery (Chronicles of Man – The First Age)

By Robert Betz

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It’s the year 2174…
A stunning discovery in the outer reaches of the solar system promises to change the course of human history and usher in a new era.

The task of unlocking its secrets falls on Dr. David Moravian, a brilliant but arrogant scientist mired in the trappings of his own success.

But before Moravian can help mankind, he must first come to terms with his own humanity.

Follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Chronicles-Man-First-ebook/dp/B00B76JRIM/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366147264&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Discovery+Rob+Betz

From the Author

I hope you enjoy “Discovery”! It is the first of over forty stories in the “Chronicles of Man” series, which will be broken into three “Ages”. With this story, I’ve created a universe which will hopefully enthrall you and keep you coming back for more of the stories I’ll be writing.

Please take a moment to write a review. It doesn’t matter if you loved or hated the story, your feedback as a reader is invaluable to me!

THE

By Nathan Tackett

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He’s an overweight mall cop plagued with nightmares. His only joy in life comes from singing karaoke at the local dive bar.
Feeling adventurous, John goes out to a trendy Goth club to see an old friend perform – an old friend that died five years ago.
A few days later John wakes up to find the naked dead body of a missing co-worker on his kitchen floor.
Then things gets really weird…
John soon discovers that he comes from a long line of losers cursed to save the world from an unknown evil-an evil so absolutely terrible that it threatens to destroy the universe with its own nightmares.
Armed with absolutely nothing other than his father’s notebook and a beat up Buick, John must ultimately decide if this world is even worth saving-saving from the evil that is only known by one word…THE.

Follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BACVPHE/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=1532201582&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B004W84DLI&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=07DG5557F3PFA5C703RF

About the Author

Nathan Tackett wrote some words once. He then wrote some more words. Wash, rinse,repeat, until the day he can make a living off this or he dies -whichever comes first. He is most comfortable in the realms of dark humor, science fiction, and booze soaked literature. You could call him a genre-hopper. He’s been called worse. He is best known for his collections of short stories and poetry. Tackett’s writing has been called “…the bastard child of Charles Bukowski and Chuck Palahniuk.” It has also been called pure crap. Currently, he lives somewhere he doesn’t really want to. He would personally like to thank you for stopping by.

A note from Juliette: I love this group of authors as fellow members of the WPaD group. But I have to tell you up front that I would not be recommending these books if I didn’t know they were good. I’ve read big chunks of most of these books before they were published and I am impressed and inspired. Without Mandy and Nathan I doubt if I’d even be writing this blog.

More spring/summer reading to come on Vampire Maman!

xoxoxo

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Musings on Reading in the Dark and Audio Fantasies

I’m compiling my Spring/Summer reading lists – this included books (paper and otherwise), indie authors, big name authors, blogs, poets and anything in words that you might want to read on a quiet evening with a book, Nook, Kindle, or Laptop or better yet, have someone with a really good voice read it out loud to you.

I’ve been thinking about creating some audio stories (and you can hear my real voice). I’ve also had discussions with my kids about who I’d get to read my stories. There is a guy who goes by the name of William Control who has a great voice that would be awesome for my more Gothic themes. Who would you have read your stories? No, really. Let’s share our audio reading fantasies. Audio books and Radio are two great loves of mine.

The sound of  a voice is a powerful thing. Some voices transport us.

Then there are the others. You know the type. Politicians who drone on and on (who votes for them?). The grown woman with the high sing-song child like voice that just makes me want to smack her (my Vampire shortness comes out). The list goes on, but you know, there are great voice coaches out there for those who are “voice challenged.”

One of the best things that ever happened to me was when my brother Andrew (the one I haven’t written much about) told me to take my high 11-year-old voice down a octave.

“Nobody will ever take your seriously. You sound like a baby.” He told me this with a smirk and a scowl on his 20-year-old face. He never had much patience with his younger siblings but he always made a good point to pass on his judgmental wisdom. The thing is, as a child I found him intimidating, but now I thank him for his watchful ear and eye.

Out of five children in my parent’s brood of young Victorian Vampires my brother Andrew was he most serious and mysterious, but then again, he makes a fine Vampire. And he has a great voice. His voice can make politicians bow to their knees, corsets come untied and make babies stop crying for weeks.

So I lowered my voice. Not that I can make anybody do anything, but I can read aloud like the most accomplished of actors or radio announcers. Then suddenly the sound of Wolfman Jack comes to mind…OMG…every time his name is mentioned my husband HAS to tell everyone about the movie Motel Hell (the worst movie ever made – ok, it ties with Roller Boogie as the worst movie ever made.)

My American kids tell me that everything sounds better with an English accent. We have a long list of relatives with wonderful musical Southern accents (the Louisiana Vampires – almost another subspecies). Accents make things interesting as long as it is real. There is nothing worse than someone trying to do one of those fake “rich folk” accents or a bad accent of any kind.

So back to stories…I’m writing stories (along with my random blog posts) and finishing up books and telling stories and reading.

The nights are dry and the wind has died down so I can sit on my deck at night with the cats and read. I might look out beyond the deck and spy the glowing eyes of a raccoon or a bobcat. I might see a bat or hear something stir in the tree tops. I might be visited by a ghost but I don’t even want to think of that right now (he is still on my shit list.)

I’m compiling my list for warm weather reading. “THE” by Nathan Tackett is first on the list. My copy should arrive in the mail soon. The rest of the list will come shortly.

Let me know what you’ll be reading or listening to this summer. Oh I forgot – great audio books for car trips! I have to start thinking about that as well.

So anyway, happy Friday to all and I hope all of your reading is good!

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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good.evil.karaoke.

THE epic first book in a single book series!

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JOHN SCHMIDT is a loser. 
He’s an overweight mall cop plagued with nightmares. His only joy in life comes from singing karaoke at the local dive bar.

Feeling adventurous, John goes out to a trendy Goth club to see an old friend perform – an old friend that died five years ago.

A few days later John wakes up to find the naked dead body of a missing co-worker on his kitchen floor.

Then shit gets really weird…

John soon discovers that he comes from a long line of losers cursed  to save the world from an unknown evil-an evil so absolutely terrible that it threatens to destroy the universe with its own nightmares.

Armed with absolutely nothing other than his father’s notebook and a beat up Buick, John must ultimately decide if this world is even worth saving-saving from the evil that is only known by one word…THE.

TACKETT TAKES THE READER ON A FIRST PERSON TECHNICOLOR HELL- RIDE ALONG THE BLOOD SOAKED LINE BETWEEN REALITY AND NIGHTMARE.  CRUDELY FUNNY AND STRANGELY INTROSPECTIVE,
THE WILL HAVE YOU LAUGHING, CRINGING, AND LEAVING THE LIGHT ON AT NIGHT.

THE  WILL DO for SNUGGIES WHAT JAWS DID FOR SHARKS!”

Buy your copy today at: http://ijokepubshop.weebly.com/

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From Juliette: Nathan Tackett is my friend, someone who inspires me to no end and a man who can tell a story unlike just about anyone. I highly recommend you check out THE and find out for yourself. Listen to your Vampire Maman and do what she says. You’ll thank me for it later.

FREE DECEMBER 26, 2012 Creepies – Tales From Beneath the Bed

FREE DECEMBER 26, 2012

Creepies – Tales From Beneath the Bed

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JXJU8C

A New Horror Classic!

 

Creepies

 

Looking for a little hair raising fun? Download this wonderfully creepy, scary and fun anthology from the WPAD group.

A desperate father, on the run with his daughter reveals a terrifying truth about his child… Who is the bogeyman, really? Hear the real story – directly

from the monster himself… A tiny burger joint along a desert highway – it appears to be a refreshing oasis for a traveling family… or is it? A psychic investigates an apparition of a little girl and uncovers a shocking tale…
Enjoy these chilling stories and more in
Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed.


This creepy collection of short stories by various authors is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, in support of one of our writers, who lives with MS. 50% of all royalties will be donated to MS research.

 

Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed [Kindle Edition]

Marla Todd (Author), J. Harrison Kemp (Author), Nathan Tackett (Author), Mandy White (Author), Zoltana (Author), A.K. Wallace (Author), David W. Stone(Author)

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Big Thing – Mandy White & Friends – Real Talent and Real Authors

From the Amazing and Talented Author Mandy White:

Hi all,

I’ve been included in the Next Big Thing blog hop and since I’m a non-blogger, Juliette was kind enough to offer me some space on her blog.

Before Twilight, Harry Potter and 50 Shades of Something-or-Other, all of those authors had one thing in common: they were ordinary, non-famous people before a bestseller made them a household name. For every famous bestseller, there is always at least one author we can think of whose work we think deserves recognition.

The way it works, is an author talks about his/her newest release or current work in progress, then mentions five other authors who have the potential to be “The Next Big Thing”.

Here is my contribution to:

The Next Big Thing

Mandy White

What is the title of your new book?

The Feeder

Where did the idea for the book come from?

It is based on a short story I wrote, about a vicious killer who posed as a prostitute to avenge her slain sister.

What genre does your book fall under?

Thriller, overlapping into slasher horror

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Gwenyth Paltrow would be ideal to play both of my twins, Cammie and Sammie.

Will your book be self published or do you have an agent/publisher?

I self-publish all of my books. Indie all the way!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

One month. It was my NaNoWriMo 2011 project

What other books would you compare your book to within the genre?

I can’t think of a specific book, but it is somewhat comparable to the TV show, Dexter. Picture Dexter as a sexy prostitute, with a secret.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I needed a project for NaNoWriMo, I looked at some of my short stories for one that was worth expanding upon and this one jumped out at me.

What else about the book might pique a reader’s interest?

The main character was born with a physical anomaly that makes Sammie quite unique. I can’t say much more without a spoiler, but certain details about Sammie are kept intentionally vague until the middle of the book.

Authors who could be The Next Big Thing are:

Nathan Tackett

Nathan Tackett wrote some words once. He then wrote some more words. Wash, rinse,repeat, until the day he can make a living off this or he dies -whichever comes first.

He is most comfortable in the realms of dark humor, science fiction, and booze soaked literature. You could call him a genre-hopper. He’s been called worse.

He is best known for his collections of short stories and poetry. This will change when his first novel is published this summer.

Tackett’s writing has been called “…the bastard child of Charles Bukowski and Chuck Palahniuk.” It has also been called pure crap.

Currently, he lives somewhere he doesn’t really want to.

He would personally like to thank you for stopping by.

Emma Jameson

Emma Jameson is the author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series. Book #1, ICE BLUE, and book #2, BLUE MURDER, are available now. Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, will arrive in February 2013.

Donna L. Dillon

My name is Donna Dillon. I live in Illinois with my husband and four kids. I am your typical starving artist, I am always writing,drawing, painting, you name it, I create it. I published my first novel, “The Snake Pit” in October, 2010. It is a short novel about bullying in the public schools, which is a subject I feel very strongly about. My second novel, a full length fiction, “Through The Gloaming” was published in April, 2012. My first children’s book, “Why Did It Have To Rain Today?” which I wrote and Illustrated, was published in September, 2012. I am currently working on a sequel to The Snake Pit, “Return To The Snake Pit: Saving Hargrove” will be ready for publication in January, 2013.

Marla Todd

Marla Todd is one of several contributors to the newly released horror anthology, Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed. She is one of the founding members of the WPaD group, (Writers, Poets and Deviants) best known for their charity anthologies. Proceeds from all WPaD anthologies are donated to help fund MS research.

Wendy Steele

Wendy Steele lives in Essex but dreams of a new life up a mountain in Wales.

She worked in the City, BC (Before Children) but since 1999 has indulged her creative side, training in natural therapies, belly dance and writing. Publication of dance articles led to writing courses, and summer school, producing her first novel as well as her current non-fiction project, Wendy Woo’s Tummy Friendly Cook Book.

Wendy lives with her partner, Mike, three growing children and four cats. She says her favourite days are those spent as a human being, as opposed to a human ‘doing’.

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A note from Juliette – I am honored to feature Mandy White and The Next Big Thing on my blog.  I recommend all of the above authors. Some awesome talents! Check them out! Remember prime winter reading season is coming up (cozy up with a comfy blankie and a nice warm drink…or a nice glass of red wine)! Cheers!

 

Also by Mandy White:

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FREE HALLOWEEN HORROR – Twisted Tales from Beneath the Bed

FREE SCARY STUFF For Halloween

Free – October 30-31

The Internationally Acclaimed

Creepies – Twisted Tales from Beneath the Bed

Download your copy at: Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JXJU8C

You’ll want to get under the covers with a flashlight for this one!

An Anthology from the WPAD Group (Writers, Poets and Deviants)

Get ready for Halloween! 

Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed [Kindle Edition]
Marla Todd (Author), J. Harrison Kemp (Author), Nathan Tackett (Author), Mandy White (Author), Zoltana (Author), A.K. Wallace (Author), David W. Stone (Author)

A desperate father, on the run with his daughter reveals a terrifying truth about his child… Who is the bogeyman, really? Hear the real story – directly from the monster himself… A tiny burger joint along a desert highway – it appears to be a refreshing oasis for a traveling family… or is it? A psychic investigates an apparition of a little girl and uncovers a shocking tale…
Enjoy these chilling stories and more in Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed.
This creepy collection of short stories by various authors is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, in support of one of our writers, who lives with MS. 50% of all royalties will be donated to MS research.
Download your copy at: Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JXJU8C


This is the same talented group (of my favorite authors, including my regular human alter ego) who brought you Nocturnal Desires!