Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Giveaway!

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My March Giveaway Reads are The Gypsy Thief and Spy Island!

I did a spotlight of The Gypsy Thief you can read here.
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The Gypsy Thief is set in modern day Rhode Island and is the story of Laura Calder and her love for two boys: Andrew Easton, a descendant of King George the First, and Miguel Dos Santos, a mysterious gypsy who has royal ties of his own. More than 300 years previously, a dying Portuguese princess named Gabriela cast a gypsy curse on King George the First who issued a royal decree to counteract that curse. In the spring of 2012, the time has come for the decree to be fulfilled: Miguel Dos Santos must die by the hand of Tristan Easton, the eldest son of the Duke of Easton. But when a tragic accident befalls Tristan, it is up to his younger brother Andrew to carry out the decree, a situation complicated by the fact that Miguel once saved Andrew's life. Andrew's father, the Duke of Easton, aware of Miguel's act of bravery, decides to let him live, but not without cost. He forces Laura into an impossible situation in order to save Miguel and her family. She must make a life-changing, heart-breaking decision, even as she tries to understand the messages from the mysterious disk she wears as a talisman around her neck, a talisman she must protect from the duke, as it is now her only tie to Miguel. Ultimately, The Gypsy Thief is a story of family honor and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love, a story to be continued in its sequel, The Dark Prince, and concluded in The Shadow King.

I have a Blog Tour Stop for Spy Island on the 12th. You can also just see the review here on the 13th.
If you can imagine "Summer of My German Soldier" set on a Caribbean island replete with German spy characters, Old World Danish characters, colorful West Indian characters, blazing Luger pistols, a mad Voodoo Queen, and a brave and resourceful heroine, then you have a good picture of Spy Island.
When Abby Maduro is orphaned, she is sent off to live with her estranged aunt on St. Thomas Island. After witnessing a brutal murder at the hand of a German saboteur, she vows to devote her time to spy hunting. Soon after arriving she befriends Erich Seibold, a German deserter who teaches Abby that the world of spying is much more dangerous and complex than she could possibly imagine.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Release Announcement: Beyond the Glass Slipper



New York, NY (February 27, 2013) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales to Fall in Love With, an anthology with introduction and annotations by Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine Editor Kate Wolford, will be released in trade paperback and ebook on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Wiedbrauk commented, “Kate Wolford provides a fascinating lens through which to view folklore—I want her to annotate every tale I read!”

Some fairy tales everyone knows—these aren’t those tales. These are tales of kings who get deposed and pigs who get married. These are ten tales, much neglected. Editor of Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, Kate Wolford, introduces and annotates each tale in a manner that won’t leave novices of fairy tale studies lost in the woods to grandmother’s house, yet with a depth of research and a delight in posing intriguing puzzles that will cause folklorists and savvy readers to find this collection a delicious new delicacy.

Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales to Fall in Love With will be available in trade paperback and ebook via, and other online retailers.

Kate Wolford is editor and publisher of Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine at She teaches first-year college writing, incorporating fairy tales in her assignments whenever possible. 

World Weaver Press is a publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction, dedicated to producing quality works. As a small press, World Weaver seeks to publish books that engage the mind and ensnare the story-loving soul.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Deadly to Love Guest Post

Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell
ISBN: 9781291319170
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance
There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.

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About the Author
Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn't even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.

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Meet The Elementals
The Elementals
The Elementals - Beautiful, Majestic and Deadly...
Fire – A raging inferno annihilating and consuming. Once set free it is a fearsome force; destructive, passionate and always hungry. Yet when given direction it’s infinitely worse.
Water – A peaceful state of tranquillity that calms and soothes. Yet once disturbed it is an unpredictable tempest; impulsive, merciless and erratic with a judgement that cannot be moved.
Air – An impassive, wild force that cannot be contained. Once let loose it delights in the mayhem; chaotic, frantic and cruel it creates a substantial power when enraged.
Earth – A reasonable and rational mind but has eternal strength and endurance. When agitated it creates a superior force; loathsome, devastating and unruly, with carefully considered strikes that do most harm.
The world cannot survive without these creatures but what happens when the world can no longer survive with them either?
Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) ~ Page 3

When writing Deadly to Love I wanted the protagonists to be human as originally this book was going to be a YA Romance. However when I discovered the Elementals through a little research, I knew instantly that they would be the antagonists and the book took a very different turn.
I found out that these creatures were related to heavenly powers, especially the arch angels but I wanted to break these ties. I’m going through an angel faze with the novels I am reading but I didn’t want to include them in Deadly to Love as it would limit the power of The Elementals and this is something I didn’t want.
I wanted the Elementals in my book to be in control of themselves and have a mind of their own so I could hopefully create a believable antagonist. For me if I kept the heavenly ties in it didn’t sound plausible for two reasons because, one; heaven is meant to be good and sin free which would lead to complications and two; they would be answering to a hierarchy which would limit their freedom.
Once I had gathered the basic facts and research I wanted, I started to mould them into a new species of their own. I developed their backstory first so I could give them a motive to wreak havoc and become the villains. After this, I started to develop their looks and powers. I envisioned the Elementals in Deadly to Love as women mainly but this may change in the sequel (you’ll have to wait to find out).
Anyway, when developing their looks, I used the colours which are associated with the elements:
·       Orange – Fire
·       Blue – Water
·       Purple – Air
·       Green – Earth
I wanted them to look unassuming and graceful seeing as they are essentially spirits so I tried to describe them as light and mystical, using the effect of women underwater for inspiration as to how they would move and how aspects of them like their hair would react.  Once I had all of this down in a character profile I could begin to write the book.
This is the general process I went through to create The Elementals but I have tried not to give away too many spoilers so I have left a few things out.
Thank you to Larissa for hosting a stop on the Deadly to Love tour, you have a wonderful blog! I hope anyone who buys Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) enjoys it. Also, make sure to check out the other tour stops found here

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