BTS Magazine: May/June Issue
Once upon a time a beautiful girl fell in love with a beast…’ It is a tale as old as time but what if all you thought you knew about Beauty and her Beast is wrong? In this novel, Beauty comes out of the shadows to set the record straight, beginning with her first glimpse of the vampire that would change her life and moving on through the ages of love, loss, and immortality. From eighteenth century France to modern-day New Orleans, a tale is woven that will make you question your perception of what it means to live, what it means to love forever, and what it means to look the beast in the eyes and know only passion. Do you believe in magick? Can you imagine the shades of gray in things that appear black or white? Then prepare yourself for the greatest love story never told. This is not your child’s fairytale. This is the real story of Beauty and her Beast.
Purchase Link: http://amzn.com/B00K425LCG
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Author Bio: Keair Snyder is an author from Columbus, Ohio. She lives with her boyfriend, her two dogs, her two birds, and her bunny. She is the author of two novels and is currently working on the sequel to Beauty.
Blog Link: http://thehappyhippiewitch.blogspot.com/
(The Immortal Chronicles Book 1)
In Immortal At Sea, the first adventure in The Immortal Chronicles Adam talks about what it took to make it back to shore safely, and why it’s a bad idea to sail on a gilded ship. His adventures on the high seas have taken him from the Mediterranean to the Barbary Coast, and if there’s one thing he learned, it’s that maybe the sea is trying to tell him to stay on dry land.
“if you’ve been around for long enough, you’re bound to experience a few unpleasant things: fires, earthquakes, avalanches, volcanoes, sometimes all on the same afternoon. Boats, I can tell you from first-hand experience, sink. A lot. Sometimes it’s because whoever made the boat for you made a crappy boat. Maybe you made a crappy boat. There is also the occasional psychotically malevolent storm that doesn’t care how well designed your boat is. When you encounter something like that, and the thing you were relying upon to keep you alive ends up sinking, you really want to know you’re not too far from the safety of solid ground. Oh, and here’s another thing to worry about when you’re in a boat: sea serpents.” –Adam
Purchase Link: http://amzn.com/B00K9UXPVW
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Gene Doucette is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, playwright, humorist, essayist, father, husband, cyclist, dog owner – and a few other things, too. He is, in other words, a writer. A graduate of Boston College, he lives in Cambridge, MA with his family. His standalone novel Fixer and the books in his critically acclaimed Immortal series – which follows a sarcastic, alcoholic, 60,000 year old man named Adam – are his publisher’s top sellers, and have spent months at a time respectively on Amazon bestseller lists. The third installment in the Immortal series – Immortal at the Edge of the World – has just been released.
I am delighted to let you know that Sanctum Illuminant: Shadow Havens Book 8 is now available for your favorite e-reader, including Kindle, Nook, Kobo E-Reader, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!
Here’s a peek at what’s ahead!
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The saga of the Sanctum and the Demesne concludes as it began … among angels.
Lucifer’s game has always been about Kellan and Christine and he hasn’t hesitated to manipulate everyone in the living realm and the angelic world to reach his terrible goals. Now, a vicious lie and Christine’s compassionate nature have been used against her. Her abduction, the tragic death of a Sanctum warrior and the brutal battle between Fortune and the Luce brothers, have left everyone in the Shadow Havens reeling.
As archangels and angels descend on the Sanctum, Michael and Kell realize that Christine has tied the hands of those who would have protected her, without realizing what she was doing. Her best hope for coming home rests with Phanuel, a blind, renegade archangel, who hasn’t been seen or heard from in centuries. Hope and repentance may be his area of expertise, but some question where his loyalties remain, since he’s spent far more time with Lucifer than anyone else.
While Christine begins to cope with Lucifer’s manipulation and falsehoods, a bittersweet reunion takes place in the hereafter. There will be a price for what Bride’s done, yet she cannot regret the outcome. It’s only the beginning of what the living, the angels and the denizens of the hereafter will do to maneuver Lucifer into a corner he cannot escape from.
There’s more at stake than the love between a beautiful woman and a shunned angel. The balance of the living world is riding on what happens next. As the threads between the living world and the hereafter tighten into chains, everyone will play a part in the outcome … for better or worse.
Sanctum Illuminant: Shadow Havens Book 8 contains descriptive material and scenes of explicit sexual encounters between consenting male and female adult characters. It is intended for adult readers only.
Approximately 173,000 words. ISBN: 978-1-4566-2451-4
Also by Edenmary Black:
Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1 ( January, 2012 )
Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2 ( April, 2012 )
Sanctum Retribution: Shadow Havens Book 3 (August, 2012 )
Sanctum Illusions: Shadow Havens Book 4 ( March, 2013 )
Sanctum Storm: Shadow Havens Book 5 ( July, 2013 )
Sanctum Renaissance: Shadow Havens Book 6 ( March, 2014 )
Sanctum Weres: Shadow Havens Book 7 ( October, 2014 ) and
Sanctum Illuminant: Shadow Havens Book 8 ( April, 2015)
Thank you so much for your readership and for joining me on this amazing journey through the shadows!
Hello reading and writing, friends and colleagues. Thanks to Twitter & Facebook networks, I have a fantastic guest to introduce you to today; Artist & Author, Mr. Shane Evans.
Shane W. Evans
Artist & Author
2011 NAACP Image Award
2012 Coretta Scott King Award
Shane W. Evans, (St. Louis, Missouri), has lent artistic his talents to nearly 30 children’s books. His work has brought him recognition from the White House, an invitation to the Nation Book Festival, and has been showcased on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. In addition to his awards and achievements, Evans has worked with many celebrities on their books, including, Holly Robinson Pete, Shaquille O’Neal, Taye Diggs, Bell Hooks, Deloris Jordan and Rosilyn Jordan, and has been published by Scholastic Inc., Harper Collins, Candlewick, Chronicle books, with more releases to come.
Tell me about your latest illustrations? What are the books about?
I have had 4 books come out in the past year.
A 28-(9) day journey celebrating the stories of great people in the world and african history that has been spread worldwide. From Nelson Mandela to Obama. It is a colorful and poetically creative voice.
2) “MIXED ME!” With Celebrity Taye Diggs. This is our second book collaboration and is due out in October 2015.. The story of a child with a lot of energy. Very self-confident about knowing who he is. Mixed Mike is what we call him and he knows love from all sides. His mother and father come from 2 different skin tones but LOVE is the focus.
3) “Lillian’s Right to Vote.” This is the story of a 100-year-old woman who climbs to the top of a hill to vote. We go through her story to see how she fought to win the right to vote for all. – Release date: July 2015 http://amzn.com/0385390289
(NAACP Image Award Nominee)
The Book Thief meets Hotel Rwanda and Girl Rising in this stunning film adaptation of The New York Times critically acclaimed novel. It is the story of twelve-year-old Amira, who lives in a Sudanese farming village. Her one true wish is to attend school, despite the values of her traditional mother who believes girls should spend their days helping with chores or preparing to marry. When Amira’s home is ravaged by attackers, she and her family seek safety in a displacement camp. Her world is shattered ― until a simple, unexpected treasure reveals endless possibilities.
Who or what inspired you to work on this series?
Regarding CHOCOLATE ME! And MIXED ME! This is a series that came out of the friendship between Taye and I. We went to school in Rochester (SOTA) and went to Syracuse together at SU. We came up with the idea for “Chocolate Me!” and published the first book years later. This sparked the second book “MIXED ME!” and because of the success of the first and the buzz with the second we are already talking about going to a 3rd book as well as expanding into animation.
What was your favorite part of the book to work on?
As the illustrator it is always telling the story that is interwoven into the words that you can’t see. There are many more stories in the pictures so I am always looking for ways to tell more of the story in the pictures. Clues and hints all the way through.
What do you find most rewarding in this?
Getting to connect with children and families.
Do you have any other books/illustrations complete or in progress?
What are your future plans with this project?
GROW into a global brand and a movement that brings families together around challenging topics that have to be addressed in a loving way. This is what Chocolate Me!, Mixed Me! & Olu’s Dream are all about.
Anything else you would like to add for future fans and friends?
To just be positive even if negative situations arise. Ask your heart for guidance and be KIND and LOVING. Hit us up at the Facebook pages and help us reach out to many.
The best links are going to be FACEBOOK and SOCIAL MEDIA.
www.chocolatemetoo.com (this should be evolving)
Thank you so much, Shane, for sharing your amazing list of talents with me and my friends. Best wishes to your continued success. I look forward to featuring you again in the near future. ~ Tracy J
And friends, please feel free to share this post to help spread the word about this amazing artist & author and his books with your family and friends. Thank you so much for stopping by!
by Marissa Dobson
Forever Creek Shifters #1
Fighting for love and family.
Patrick O’Reilly left behind his medical practice when he and his siblings were forced into hiding. Determined to live through the war against their species, they vow to serve their kind. Patrick will risk it all to ensure none of them end up as experiments in a government lab.
Clarissa Greenwood worked all her life to become a scientist, and to get the position at Hathaway Medical where she thought she would be able to find cures for diseases. Instead, she is witness to experiments on shifters. Disgusted by the truth, she gathers as much information as she can, and flees. She wants no part of the experiments—even if the cost is her life.
Shifters Underground was created to serve their species, not to help a human who had worked for one of the organizations that was hunting them. A message from a trusted shifter leaves them with no other option but to search for a woman who might be able to help them. A treacherous journey brings two destined mates together. Now Patrick and Clarissa must work together to protect not only each other, but all the shifters who fight for their lives, for love, and for family.
Publisher: Sunshine Press
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She is a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.
Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.
Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He is her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night?
Her writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to me bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they are helpful in their own ways.
She love to hear from readers so send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her online at http://www.marissadobson.com.
Hi friends. After reading so many posts lately on writing query letters and behind years of struggling to get mine written just right, I wanted to share my final design with you. For those who write, I really don’t need to tell you how important this document is in regards to pitching your work. No matter what your work is about, I have found there are certain simple rules that one must always follow. Keep it simple, direct, and one page only. Introduce yourself and your submission. Tell what your work/submission is about, (usually a blurb). Speak about your writing history and accomplishments. And then close. For those who still struggle with this, I sincerely hope my example will be of help. Best wishes. ~ Tracy J.
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Dear (Agent, Editor, Publisher, Producer) BY NAME
Greetings. My name is Tracy James Jones and I am an independent author, blogger, book reviewer from Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas. I am writing to request permission to submit my 60,000 word, multicultural, romantic drama novel, “Secrets & Lies,” for possible representation.
“Sometimes a need for keeping secrets…
Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”
“Secrets & Lies” is an uncensored, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters and their desperate struggles to survive in the shadows of life-altering secrets and lies. At the heart of the story is a beautiful transgender woman of color who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that will change their lives forever…
In addition to my writing, I am also a reader for various novel award events that include the Rainbow Novel Awards, The RONE` Awards (Romance Novel), and the HuffPost 50 Memoir Novel Contest. My work has been featured on a number of sites and blogs, including The Huffington Post, and one of my short stories, “The Crush,” was requested by the International Baccalaureate Organization to add to their Middle Years Education Program, language and literature teacher support material. This story will be available to classrooms around the world for the next seven years, with French and Spanish translations pending. My extended social media networks include my blog, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter.
In closing, I sincerely hope this information will enlighten you to consider taking me on as a client. Thank you so much for your time spent in reviewing my query and I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience. Have a great day.
Tracy James Jones
Call for Submissions: Greatness Magazine
It’s official – our new LGBTQ youth magazine is still accepting submissions!
About Greatness magazine
Greatness magazine will showcase the freshest art and writing by, for, and about LGBTQ youth. The magazine invites youth from Canada and around the world who identify as LGBTQ to write and create art about the world they see around them: their dreams, their activism, their work, their worries, their interests, and their humor.
So far, we’ve received so many amazing submissions! We’re still accepting submissions until the end of the month, so let’s get the word out. We want this magazine to be something special, so the more queer youth who take part the better. Thank you so much!
Many of my amazing, talented friends have been playing along with this new game where we have to list 10 things we’ve done/experienced that would make our lives an interesting story. Well, as I so carefully posted, outside of everything I have already shared, all the other interesting things in my life are either too weird, too scary, or too personal to share. I promised I would give it a try, so here goes…
- My quiet, but internationally successful short story, “The Crush,” is based mostly on a true story. Mine. It was written one month prior to my class reunion and I had no idea it would end almost exactly like the story until it happened. https://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/the-crush-short-story/
- When I was in college and went on Spring Break to Las Vegas, I met someone who became one of the greatest loves of my life. Despite strong efforts on both our parts to get the other to relocate, it never happened. To date, we have a long standing friendship based on love and respect for each other. We never speak about the emotional difficulties we put each other though during the past.
- I’m a spiritual person. I believe in God and trust his judgment over anything anyone says about who He loves and what He hates. I cannot speak for others, but I’m this way because I know the miracles that He has performed for me and my life.
- Most of y’all already know that I met Tom Cruise when I was a featured extra in one of his movies. That wasn’t the only movie set I was on, so I met a few others as well. The kindest was a then teenage Winona Ryder, Jason Robards, to name a few. Rob Lowe was also on this other set, but I didn’t meet him and I skipped that later chance after the film was over because I didn’t go to the wrap party. Working on films was fun and there were some really down to earth people I got the meet. Also, there were some who were so downright rude I refuse to mention their names or ever watch a movie they are in again.
- When I was 17, I spent the summer in Leesville, Louisiana where my father’s Roofing company was working on a business project. I met a young married couple from Michigan and we became fast friends. On a lunch date with her we had a deep conversation that led her to telling me something private about her husband. It was secret I am still bound to keep to this day.
- My book, “Secrets & Lies” came to me in a reoccurring dream. I originally wrote it in short story form and featured it in my collection called “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park.” After that was done, the dreams started again right where the short story left off. And that is where the full length novel came from. The new main character, Bren Searcy, in some form, is based on me.
- In my youth I was a curious type only child. As I grew older my curiosity about things in life were always with me, especially when it came to understanding myself. Long story short, experience really is a great teacher, but I know why it was said that curiosity killed the cat. It almost did.
- I have traveled a lot in my life and it was an adventure I will always cherish. The best was Sandy, Utah. Beautiful city with beautiful, friendly people. The worst was the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Things got really weird down there when the Sun went down. Seriously scary. Getting back to the car was like a matter of life or death and I dare not say why.
- I was a foster parent for right at 15 years and a caregiver for the sick and elderly as well. I am thankful for what I learned about older people, children and life throughout those years.
- If I had to name three people who had a great/positive impact on my life, it would be what I learned about Martin Luther King Jr., my maternal grandmother and my dad. It is an honor to be inspired by a generation that lived through some of the hardest times in life and still turned out to be the best people in the world. At the end of my life, I hope to be remembered as to have been just like them.
And there you have it. I really didn’t think I could do this, but once I started thinking over my life I found some interesting things that I could share without over sharing. Some things you just have to keep private, but it was fun to share with you the things that I could. ~