Fantasy Fest in Rijswijk NL #Fantasy

This past weekend I participated in Fantasy Fest Rijswijk in the Netherlands with my publisher Butterdragons Publishing.

It was a learning experience for sure, but so much fun. The costumes was elaborate and full of imagination. The booths was colorful and tempting. I can’t wait to try it again, I just have to account for me sleeping at least two days after lol.

Falling by Annelie Janssen and Elizabeth G Ellis #amreading

Mimi wakes to complete confusion. Her memories are vague at best, horrifyingly stark for the most part. Where is she? What happened to her? Most importantly, why do her memories feel like they are not entirely her own? Will trusting the man who claims he wants to help lead her to the path of truth? Or will her vulnerability and trust be her downfall?

The Witch In The Woods by Boris Bacic #amreading

Lost in the woods, nowhere to run. What would you bargain to get back home?

This young reader chapter book leads you on a chilling adventure through a mysterious forest. Zara and Will have been warned to stay away from the woods near their house for years. The evil witch lives there. And she will steal more from Will and Zara than any little kid should have to give.

Written by renowned horror author Boris Bacic and illustrated by Natasha Williams from DAZED Designs, this children’s book will make readers of all ages fall in love, in a chillingly good way.

Walk into the woods if you dare….

Author Matthew J. Stott #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Matthew J. Stott

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Matthew and I’m an author residing in Illinois with my wife, two children, and pug. I’m a huge geek when it comes to all things fantasy and sci-fi and belong to a number of fandoms like Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, which are all huge inspirations for my stories.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Since about the 4th grade in elementary school, when I was first taught about creative writing, I’ve gravitated toward storytelling. This turned into a passion in my later youth to become an author one day. I wrote short stories for fun over the years until I felt ready to pursue my first novel. So yes, for as long as I can remember.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Like I mentioned before, my favorite movies and shows are a big inspiration for my writing. Specifically for my current book/series, I fell in love with a video game franchise called Kingdom Hearts where a kid and his friends leave their simple island life and travel to all these amazing worlds. I was always fascinated with the idea of portals and different realms and knew I wanted to craft a story around that concept, hence how “The Portal to Aardon” was born.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m gearing up for the release of my debut novel, which is very exciting, but at the same time I’m working on the sequel as this series is set currently to be three books. This second book is going to take all the magic, action, and emotion of the first book and amp it up fifty notches.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’m not sure if you’d call it a quirk, but I like to listen to various scores while I write. That is, instrumental music without lyrics, which I feel strikes the perfect balance of stimulating the brain without being too distracting. I also find motivation for my writing in commissioning artwork of my characters so I can see them come to life, as well as creating “mood boards” which are basically pictures/artwork that showcase the aesthetics and themes of your story.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are to 1) have my debut novel sell well, so that my sequel books will have the audience they deserve and 2) complete my series in a satisfying manner while continuing to grow my author presence across social media so that I can eventually afford to quit my day job and write stories for a living.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My main advice would be to start networking and building a social media presence as soon as they can. The publishing industry can be a frustrating and overwhelming place, and having writer friends and people there to support you who understand what you’re going through is crucial to your success as an author.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I hope you’ll check out my YA fantasy novel, “The Portal to Aardon,” when it releases on Sept 13 and leave an honest review. I’ve worked so hard on this story and feel it will resonate strongly with readers. I’m absolutely grateful for all the friends, family, and fellow readers/writers who have supported me in any way along my journey. Thank you!

Princess of Stone by @VictoriaLarque #amreading

Princess of Stone (Fractured Queendom Trilogy Book One)

In a broken world the small Kingdom of Chardour fights for survival. Desperate to form alliances before neighboring kingdoms devour its riches and people, the princess – left alone after a tragic accident – strikes a deal at great personal cost.

Never meant to rule, Eliza has little time to learn, and even less time to accommodate her grief, if she wants to step up and lead her Kingdom.

Can she unify her divided people and keep them safe from the brewing war around them? Or will her lack of experience, coupled with her unorthodox lifestyle cut her reign short?

Black Dog & Rebel Rose by Dani Julian

Black Dog & Rebel Rose

Half-angel Rose has always flown solo, and that’s just how she likes it. Trained since youth by her angelic father in the ways of battle, she flees the heartache of a broken childhood by hunting the nightmarish creatures that hide in the shadows. When she discovers a nefarious plot involving a mysterious witch and her parade of grisly horrors in an abandoned California town, she eagerly treks out to see what blood can be spilled, only to discover that a boy from her past–now grown to manhood–has sniffed out the same prize.

Skriker, the Halfling son of a demon and a stripper, is a supernatural hunter with nothing to tie him down. Between gore-splattered hunts slaying things that go bump in the night, he fills his days and nights with women, cage fights, and hard, fun living. But when the tattooed, Harley-riding bad boy makes a trip out to the rotting burg of Paradise Hill, he finds that he isn’t the only hunter to arrive on the scene…and she’s someone he was certain he’d never see again. Fierce and beautiful, Rose forces feelings he’d buried long ago to rise to the surface, drawing him into a partnership that neither ever expected.

As the unlikely pair battle their way through the ruins, Skriker and Rose must survive not only the vicious enemy pursuing them, but the reawakened–and forbidden–emotions that both were sure had expired…emotions that might make or break the fate of Creation itself.

Rediscover the first installment of Dani Julian’s cult-followed dark fantasy adventure series, reimagined with enhancements by co-writer Amanda Schrader and film producer/actor Vincent van Hinte (Star Trek: Into Darkness), and featuring stunning new artwork by the creator. Come join the hunt!

A Frozen Stiff: Haunting Avery Winters Cosy Mystery Series Book 4 by @DionneLister

A Frozen Stiff: Haunting Avery Winters Cosy Mystery Series Book 4 (Haunting Avery Winters Paranormal Cosy Mystery Series)

A fun, light-hearted ghost cozy mystery series.

Solving mysteries is hard enough, but when the murder victim is a misogynistic bully, it would be easy to turn a blind eye. But, when friends are in the firing line, Avery will do what she can to solve the puzzle, even if it means helping someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Doing an early morning shop, Avery finds a corpse in the supermarket coolroom. Not exactly the way she wanted to start the day, but, as she laments, finding dead bodies seems to be her forte. The victim is a popular local rugby player, but the more Avery looks into the case, the more she realises he’s not a likeable as his friends think.

His ghost hounds her to find his killer, but the more he harasses her, the less she wants to help—the guy is not a nice person. The only thing that keeps her in the game is pressure on Sergeant Bellamy from the mayor, who just happens to be the dead man’s father. When the mayor threatens to destroy Bellamy’s career, Avery has to pull out all the stops.

Can she find the murderer without getting herself and Bellamy into even more trouble? Life’s not easy when you’re hiding a secret as huge as seeing ghosts. She’ll have to be inventive with this one because it’s not only her own reputation on the line.

Pre-order – Witchin Moonbeam by @CharityParkerso

Witchin Moonbeam

Available June 20th

There’s another mystery in Elvenwood. This time, the police are on the case. It’s not going well.

For all of his adult life, Wade has worked the night shift for the Elvenwood police department. It’s an easy gig with only the occasional burst of excitement. Either nothing happens in his town or it’s a case too big for the local police. Mostly, Wade just kills time on the clock. Now, people’s pets are going missing in droves. As a huge dog lover, that’s something that doesn’t sit right with Wade. He has to figure this one out.

With zero clues, Wade heads to the local psychic, hoping Caspian might see something he can’t. Instead, Wade realizes the answer is a lot closer to home than he thinks, and he has a much bigger problem than he ever dreamed.

Witchin Moonbeam is the third book in Charity Parkerson’s Witchin series. These fun, short paranormal romances are meant to be devoured on your lunch break. Read along as a tiny town in Ohio grows its supernatural community one resident at a time.

Adamant Spirits: A 2022 Charity Anthology For Ukraine #amreading

Adamant Spirits: A 2022 Charity Anthology of Romantic Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance For Ukraine

Get swept away by more than 1,000 pages of romantic urban fantasy, sci-fi romance, and paranormal romance from bestselling authors – all to help Ukrainian refugees affected by the recent tragedy.

Featuring more than 40 authors, including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, the Adamant Spirits charity anthology includes more than 42 novellas, novelettes, short stories, and exclusive sneak-peek chapters. Stories range in heat level from mild to scorching. Most importantly, all proceeds (100%) will be donated to the International Rescue Committee (or a similar charity should IRC become unavailable), which in turn will be directed to supporting humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

Authors featured include: Eva Chase, Honey Phillips, Anna Carven, Tana Stone, Michele Mills, G.K. DeRosa, Ella Blake, Hattie Jacks, T.K. Eldridge, Grace Goodwin, Debbie Cassidy, Kel Carpenter & Aurelia Jane, Leslie Chase, Jade Waltz, May Sage & Alexi Blake, Sara Fields, Veronica Scott, Ashley McLeo, Jessica Wayne, Tameri Etherton, and many more!

Adamant Spirits is only available for a limited time, so don’t miss your chance to own this incredible anthology and support a very important cause.

The anthology organizers and participating authors are not affiliated or endorsed by the charity.

Maggie Alabaster, G. Bailey, Elle Beaumont, Katherine Bennet, Alexi Blake, Ella Blake, Claudia Blood, Jessica M. Butler, Demelza Carlton, Kel Carpenter, Alora Carter, Anna Carven, Debbie Cassidy, Eva Chase, Leslie Chase, Sarah M. Cradit, G.K. DeRosa, T.K. Eldridge, Tameri Etherton, Sara Fields, Grace Goodwin, Jen L. Grey, Miranda Honfleur, Hattie Jacks, Aurelia Jane, Alana Khan, Lea Kirk, Lisa Kumar, K.N. Lee, Jen Lynning, Ashley McLeo, Michele Mills, Chloe Parker, Vee R. Paxton, Honey Phillips, Candace Robinson, Rebecca Rode, May Sage, Veronica Scott, Tana Stone, Julia Vee, Maria Vermisoglou, Jade Waltz, Jenni Ward, Jessica Wayne, Calla Zae