Just over a year ago, I made the impossible choice to become an Indie author, instead of trekking down the arduous path towards traditional publishing. A choice I made for many reasons.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!

Are there things I would change about my journey? Abso-freakin-lutely!

My only regret is simple: under absolutely no circumstance do you quit your financially secure day job, without having a concrete back up plan. I can’t emphasize this enough.

When I made the choice to “take time off”, it was only supposed to be six months, as I knew I had enough savings to get me through. Sadly, finding a fulltime job again has turned out to be even more difficult than writing 3 novels was. I’m not joking, either. And the lack of funds has made it impossible to afford many of the marketing campaigns, SWAG, and events I’d like to do, as well as outsourcing editorial services I need to make my books the quality I’d like them to be. All of these things keep me from being able to find new readers more easily. Simply because of money.

Or rather, lack thereof.

Trust me, had I known what I’d run into on the job front, I would have never made the choice I did. For now, book sales only amount to part-time income, which is very difficult to live on, especially when you have a diabetic cat who needs constant medical attention. UGH! But the crazy thing is, even though I’m barely scraping by right now, I’m still somehow happier than I’ve ever been.

So I guess there’s something to be said for doing what you love.


Without a publisher to guide you, the first book many Indie author’s release will be their weakest, while hopefully they grow, and learn, as they become a more seasoned writer. I believe this to be the case for me. Having been five years since writing TETHERED, there is so much I would love to go back and change. And it’s been obvious to others as the series evolves and I settle into my voice, allowing the writing to improve.

I’ll never be the best technical writer. I accepted that long ago! But I hope to always be honing my craft—to be the best writer I can possibly be.

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I won’t lie, I had some pretty big expectations when I first started out. No, I wasn’t expecting my sweet series to be a New York Times best seller, but I thought I would at least be able to pay the bills. It didn’t take long to realize the industry is so completely different than I thought it was. And the pace things move . . . OMG, don’t even get me started on how things crawl. But the perspective I’ve gained, will definitely help me in moving forward. 2015 will be a much better year.

2014 was scary and exciting as I published my first 3 novels, while at the same time, a truly humbling, eye-opening year.

I might not be where I’d like to be financially—but I’m so grateful for the person I’ve become through this process. I’ve grown gator-thick skin, and developed an abundance of patience I never thought I’d possess. And if you know me personally, you’ll know just how huge that is.

So as far as the lessons we learn in life go, it was priceless!

But that isn’t the only thing I’ve learned. Along the way, there’s an important tidbit I’ve gleaned from my peers: the best marketing for a new author, is MORE BOOKS! As of now, I have enough ideas to keep me writing for the next 5 years, and then some. Plus, my next release is so freakin’ unique and quirky, I just can’t contain my excitement. And because of that, I know it will all work out in the end.

Yes, the eternal optimist in me never gives up hope.

I’m a fighter.

I’ll probably never be one of the lucky few who make truckloads of money with their paranormal stories. Mainly because I know my “fresh and breezy” writing style, just isn’t for everyone.

And that’s okay!

The wonderful thing is, I have found wonderful fans who do love it. As a writer, all you can ever hope for is to find an audience who appreciate your voice . . . and the intricate world you weave for them. Even if they’d all fit comfortably in a stadium, as opposed to a few continents.

It’s not about quantity.

It’s about quality.

And I have fans more amazing than I ever thought possible.


The last important element I’d like to touch on is about the Indie community as a whole. I have never in my life met a more down-to-earth, open, friendly, and helpful group of people. From day one, they welcomed me with open arms, and never cease to be there, day or night, when I need them.

I’ve never experienced such a true feeling of belonging, in any other aspect of my life.

These hardworking authors, who are after the exact same thing, are so willing to share their stories of woe—and triumph—wholeheartedly. After becoming utterly jaded with many less-than-savory experiences in my life, this community has singlehandedly helped restore my faith in mankind a bit.

Something I never thought would happen.

But these generous folks, many of which have become my friends, are the most amazing people. Without their support and guidance, I’m honestly not sure how this year would have turned out. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Indie community! I wouldn’t have survived it without you!

As writers, there are no two paths created equally.

What works for one author—might bomb for another.

But as long as perseverance and determination remain a constant in your life—you will be a success—simply by doing the one thing you love more than anything.




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New Releases for the End of October!

So it’s a busy week for New Releases. Some just in time for Halloween—but others—perfect for any time of year. Check out what’s now available, beginning with my own release, TANGLED.

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Brandi Leigh Hall
A BirthRight Novel #3
Sweet New-Adult Urban Fantasy


If you were forced to choose between trading your life to save a loved one—or staying alive to save the world—which would you choose?
With the impending battle closing in, Chloe and her magical family must work with a former rival to fulfill the Prophecy. Yet neither side knows the true Evil their up against, or who might be taken out in the process. But in the moment of truth, Chloe’s compelled to make the most unimaginable decision of her life. Will love of family—or the fate of the world—dictate her defining moment? And more importantly, will she be strong enough to accept the ripple effect caused by her choice?
The Epic conclusion of The BirthRight Series.

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 On Sale for $1.99 (reg. price will be $3.99)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nX4N4z
B&N: http://bit.ly/1s08YLr
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1wdZFIE
iTunes:  http://bit.ly/1sizZw6
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20887833-tangled


Brenna Aubrey
Gaming the System, Book 3
New-Adult Romance

At Any Moment

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!
Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family–and if so, with whom? She can’t dodge the tough questions–not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.
You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…
Adam Drake knows that he’s made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia’s facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia’s life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first…even if it means he’s out of the picture entirely.
Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?
Buy Links: http://brennaaubrey.net/books/at-any-moment/

Cait Spivey

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It’s been two weeks since Morgan Fletcher’s little sister, Erin, disappeared before his eyes in a flurry of spidersilk and blood. Probability says she’s dead; but when Erin comes to him in a dream, Morgan’s eyes are opened to a level of reality where probability doesn’t mean jack. His sister sees the web of time, and she’s got news for him: trouble is coming.
A cryptic riddle and flashing images of the future are all Morgan has to go on in order to save a mystery boy from a gruesome death. That’s if he even believes what’s happened to Erin. Is her spider-whisperer persona for real, or has his grief at losing her caused him to totally crack?
With a life at stake, Morgan isn’t taking any chances. Madness or no madness, he has to solve Erin’s riddle before it’s too late.
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPAMMWA
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/486350

Elizabeth Briggs
Chasing The Dream #0.5


Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn’t show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.
Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he’s never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1piIhNB
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/more-than-exes-elizabeth-briggs/1120363840?ean=2940046258448
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id921809027
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/more-than-exes

Jen Greyson
A Wunderland Novel
NA Contemporary Romance

Under Tow

Sangria Henley has busted her ass to make lead intern at the most prestigious entertainment law firm in town. Making it through tonight’s asinine display of debauchery at the live taping of the new reality show, Undertow, is the final step to securing a job. The only part that could screw everything is running into the show’s premier bachelor, Mateo Darger.
Not that she has a thing against bachelors—well, okay, she does—but she and Mateo met once before when he outbid her on a classic car she desperately needed to complete her late father’s collection. The irony of Mateo auctioning himself off on live TV is not lost on her and she has no intention of watching a single episode.
But Mateo wants another shot and he’s willing to use everything in his arsenal to get her on that boat. Too bad he underestimated Sangria. Will he convince Sangria to let down her guard, or will it be the longest six weeks of Mateo’s blessed billionaire life?
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/undertow-wunderland-1-na-contemporary/id908940403?mt=11
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQFI07C
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1120171033?ean=2940046100945
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/undertow-wunderland-1-na-contemporary-romance

 Tracy Krimmer


(A short story)


Penny and high school never got along. She attends her fifteen-year reunion costume party on Halloween and hopes her high school crush Will shows up. When the lights go out and Will finds her, can their sparks turn the lights back on?
Buy Link:

Yolanda Allen


New-Adult Romance

Mature Audience 18+


When 22 year old Marissa Riley is dumped by her boyfriend six months after the death of her mother, her friend, Bianca, tries to get her out of her sexual slump by inviting her to a sex club to explore and learn. There, Marissa finds a masked man in white who ignites a fire in her like she’s never experienced before. Has Marissa found the key that unlocks her inner sex goddess, unleashing her red-hot appetite for a man she thinks is just a stranger in the club?
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPJ68X0

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CLOVEN (The Trinity of Souls #2) Blog Tour


Check out this gorgeous new release by Georgeann Swiger. And if you’d like a chance to get to know her a little better, be sure to stop by my Facebook party this Wednesday, October 29th, where she’ll be talking about her series from 8:30 – 9:00PM EST.


Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2) by Georgeann Swiger



What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?

When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.

But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.

With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.

The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.


Information about the book:

Author: Georgeann Swiger

Title: Cloven

Series: The Trinity of Souls (#2)

Category: NA

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)

Format: Ebook

Published: 21st October 2014

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23164435-cloven

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NSC1VPK

 About the Author:


Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Pinterest.

Link to tour schedule:



There’s a tour-wide giveaway during the tour too.

Participants can win:

Digital Copy of Adorned

Digital Copy of Cloven

$10 Amazon Gift Card


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Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende


Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende

Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance


Sometimes, finding your destiny means doi ng the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak — not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming.

And the gods aren’t even close to ready.


The Amazon bestselling Upper YA Paranormal Romance series inspired by Norse mythology and featured in USA Today.

What reviewers are saying about The Elsker Saga:

“The characters will leave an imprint on your heart and mind for a long time to come.” -Lisa (Bound by Books)

“Bende takes classic bits of Norse mythology and throws in original elements to create her own tasty Nordic blend… I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel!” -Bookalicious Reviews

“One of my favorite books of the year.” -White Zin Bookends

“Action packed with a heart pounding romance!” -Curse of the Bibliophile

“This book was nearly impossible to put down and I’m dying for the sequel!” -Brittany and Bianca Blab Books (now BiblioBelles)

Buy Links:

 About the Author:


Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day, pastries will be considered a health food.

 Social Media Links

Find ST on Twitter @stbende or her blog (http://stbende.blogspot.com). While you’re at it, introduce yourself to @UllMyhr — when he’s not saving the cosmos from dark elves, he loves meeting new friends. Especially the human kind.

 Blog – ST Bende on Twitter – Ull Myhr on Twitter – Facebook – GoodReads

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TEMPTED (A BirthRight Novel #2) Blog Tour – By ME!!! Brandi Leigh Hall

Howdy Folks!

So today starts the week-long Blog Tour with 21 Blogs (organized by Mark My Words Book Publicity) for my new release, TEMPTED, book 2 in The BirthRight Series. And I couldn’t be more excited! So first off, here’s an overview of the series…

The BirthRight Series


When Destiny Makes Other Plans…

Tethered and Tempted and Tangled

The BirthRight Series is a “sweet” Upper YA / New-Adult series perfect for teens, but also enjoyed by adults. Take a ride on this magical journey through first love, forgiveness, self-acceptance, family loyalty, and the ancient ties-that-bind two feuding families.

Each book in the series provides a different experience for the reader. Book 1, TETHERED, is a sweet story where you’ll quickly fall in love with this warm, humorous, and gifted family, while being shocked by so many things you’ll never see coming. Book 2, TEMPTED, takes a slightly darker turn as Evil tries to take over. Along with multiple POVs that showcase the experiences of the beloved characters from book 1, this installment promises to keep you on the edge of your seat with even more plot twists and surprises, as you watch the growth of each character begin. And by the time book 3, TANGLED, rolls around, you’ll be swept away by more magic—and romance—than you ever thought possible. So step inside this magical world and watch as these CHARMED-like Witches work to fulfill their prophesied destiny.

Now let’s talk about book 1, TETHERED!

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TETHERED (A BirthRight Novel #1)

No matter how you try to fight it—Destiny has a mind of its own!

Returning home to her Wiccan roots wasn’t quite what nineteen-year-old Chloe Bishop had in mind for summer break. But when fate makes other plans, Chloe is forced to face her unwanted magical abilities—the destiny she never knew existed—and the handsome stranger who is somehow tethered to both.

CONTENT RATING: PG  (No sex or violence, minimal swearing, sweet kissing)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fOcKQE

B&N: http://bit.ly/1hfl5xq

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1i93Mig

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1cKmEEb

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18627447-tethered

And here’s my lastest book, TEMPTED!

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TEMPTED (A BirthRight Novel #2)

What if the very thing to save you—is the one thing beyond your reach?

Torn between the two men who have fallen for her—and the evil who wants to possess her—twenty-year-old Chloe Bishop can no longer remember the fatal vision which threatens her future happiness. But when the magical link is severed between Chloe and her Wiccan family, they must find a way to save her, before temptation leads her into darkness—and into the welcoming arms of Mr. Wrong.

CONTENT RATING: PG-13 (No sex, minimal violence, moderate swearing, passionate kissing)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/Rkb4qY


Kobo: http://bit.ly/1pkwa4O

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1loxxz3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20486768-tempted


It’s impossible to comprehend just how fragile life is, until it slips away before your eyes. And when you’re powerless to stop it, you feel more helpless than you ever thought possible.

In my vision, I watched the most amazing man I’ve ever known take his last breath. His sun-kissed skin, pale as the blood drained from his lifeless body. And as I held him in my arms, he disappeared from my life forever.

I swear I could feel his spirit leave his body behind as it drifted away towards the heavens.

My family stood around me, unable to move me from the cold, marble floor and pool of blood, which clung to my black dress like glue.

Flashes of our time together forced their way into the forefront of my mind, causing my senses to reel at the memory.

The sound of his velvety, smooth voice.

The feel of his corded arms wrapped around me.

The smell of his crisp, clean cologne.

The sweet taste of his lips pressed against mine.

But seeing his molten eyes close for the very last time, threatened to stop my heart more than anything.

To realize you’re completely in love—the exact same instant you know you’ll never see him again—is about the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt. Almost as much as the vision of my parents dying, when my father purposely drove them off a cliff.

How do you come back from something so traumatizing?

In my vision, I would have done anything in the world to bring Hunter back. Anything!

Fortunately, raising the dead isn’t part of my gift to heal. Which is a good thing, especially since they claim the person doesn’t come back the same as they were. They’re dark. Evil.

But if faced with that choice, I have no doubt I’d still try. Any Hunter, is better than no Hunter, right?

I have to believe the vision of his death came to me so I can find a way to prevent it. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

Seeing him die changed me. Like it rewired something in my core.

And if it’s the last thing I do, I will find a way to keep my vision from becoming a reality.

And here’s a Teaser for the final book in the series, TANGLED!

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TANGLED (A BirthRight Novel #3)

Release Date: December 2014



For the Blog Tour, I’ll also be doing a special Rafflecopter giveaway, where you can not only win book 1 in my series, but you’ll also have a chance to win an ebook from one of my amazing New-Adult author friends. So make sure you sign up!

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Rafflecopter Giveaway Includes:

Brandi Leigh Hall – TETHERED (A BirthRight Novel #1)

Lex Martin – DEAREST CLEMENTINE (Dearest #1)

AJ Pine – IF ONLY (Entangled Embrace #1)

Wendy Beck – 9th LIFE (The Naming of Legends #1)

S.T. Bende – ELSKER (The Elsker Saga #1)

Rachel Harris – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE (A Love and Games Novel)


Vincent Morrone – JUST BREATHE

SJ Pajonas – REMOVED (The Nogiku Series, Book 1)

Tammy Farrell – THE DARKNESS OF LIGHT (The Dia Chronicles Vol. 1)

Amy Evans – ECHOS (The Dolphin Prophecy, book 1)

Megan Erickson – MAKE IT COUNT (Bowler University #1)

Viv Daniels – ONE & ONLY (Canton #1)

ENTER HERE:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2b06c51/


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BREAKING FENCES by Juliana Haygert

It’s release week for BREAKING FENCES, book 2 in The Breaking Series, by the ridiculously talented, Juliana Haygert!

BreakingFences-front Genre: NA contemporary romance

Word Count: ~80,000

Release date: June/2014

Cover by: Okay Creations


 Summary from Goodreads:

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.

But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.

 ** Companion novel of Breaking the Reins. Can be read out of order.**


 Goodreads link to book one:


 Buy Links:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo iBooks



New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Author Links:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest


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 Check out these gorgeous new covers for  S.J. Pajonas’ NOGIKU SERIES!  The captivating, post-apocalyptic series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.





Here’s the blurb for book 1, REMOVED:

Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love, happiness, and excitement on New Year’s Eve. Ripped from the job she always loved, she is reassigned to work for mysterious Mark Sakai and spy on the corrupt leaders of her city. War looms on the horizon, and Sanaa must help Sakai determine the key players and their weak spots before it’s too late.

Mark Sakai has many plans for Sanaa that will take her into a web of lies and danger, and her only protection is to learn to defend herself. But defense training under the watchful eye of Jiro, a strong and enigmatic young man she has a crush on, was not what she expected. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts all of humanity in jeopardy.

REMOVED is 99¢ and will stay 99¢ forever and ever.

Amazon: http://www.onigiripress.com/Nogiku1Am
Barnes & Noble: http://www.onigiripress.com/Nogiku1B
iBooks: http://www.onigiripress.com/Nogiku1iB
Kobo: http://www.onigiripress.com/Nogiku1K

If you’re still not sure about the Nogiku Series, you can download the FREE short story REVEALED PART ONE: NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH JIRO AND MARK. This is the first of 6-7 short stories I’ll be publishing as part ofREVEALED, a look at the events of REMOVED through Jiro and Mark’s eyes. You can read these first or read them after REMOVED. They compliment each other, and the risk is nothing since it’s FREE anyway (did I mention it’s FREE? Lol.)

Amazon: http://www.onigiripress.com/NogikuSS1Am
Barnes & Noble: http://www.onigiripress.com/NogikuSS1B
Kobo: http://www.onigiripress.com/NogikuSS1K
iBooks: http://www.onigiripress.com/NogikuSS1iB



S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan and the East for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.

Face Time is the first novel in the Love in the Digital Age series, and Pajonas’s first foray into Korean culture and families. Along with Removed and Released in the Nogiku Series, she continues to take the cultures of Asia and weave them into stories that appeal to people from around the world. Her writing is described as unique and unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.

Stephanie lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

Visit her on her website at http://www.spajonas.com/

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Cover Reveal – JUST BREATHE – by Vincent Morrone

I’m happy to share with you, the cover for Vincent Morrone’s latest novel, JUST BREATHE. I’m patiently awaiting this release on June 14th!!!




When Cassie Shaw looks at Noah Hunt, she sees a knight in shining armor, but she’s convinced he sees her as nothing but damaged goods.

Noah saved her from a brutal assault, talked her through a panic attack, and held her when she broke down crying.

Noah is a mystery. He avoids talking about his past, his phone rings with calls from four women he won’t talk about, and he receives texts from over a dozen more. To add to the intrigue, when Cassie tries to kiss him, he gets a look of sheer panic in his eyes.

Cassie finally finds a chink in Noah’s armor, and realizes that he’s even more damaged than she is.

He saved her.

Now it’s her turn to save him.

(TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with an account of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.)

Vincent Morrone


Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs. Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say? Vincent would love to hear from you at:






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Release Day for the 2nd Installment in The BirthRight Series, is Finally here!


After six months of writing–and planning–I’m so happy to announce the official release of TEMPTED (A BirthRight Novel #2). I’ll admit, I was nervous to release the first book, TETHERED, as I wasn’t sure people would appreciate my “organic” writing style. But since I’ve learned there are plenty of people who appreciate it, I’m so excited to share this next book. And if you were a fan of book one, I promise, you will LOVE this next installment even more!

So what makes book 2 so special, you ask? Well, how about the fact that when something happens to Chloe and she can no longer tell the story, some of your favorite characters take over. Like…

Hunter Payne, Chloe’s love interest, and hottie extraordinaire! He has his own special “power”, but I won’t say what that is, incase you haven’t read book 1 yet. But in TEMPTED, you have a chance to connect with him in a new way. He’s flawed. He’s human (mostly). And he’ll do anything to save the girl he loves. And one of those things will have you laughing your @$$ off!


Next in line to tell the story, is Moira, Chloe’s mother, and a GHOST! That’s right, you’ll get to hear from a ghost. She has her own special journey through the book, but the story she has to tell will most likely bring a tear to your eye. There are things from the past–surrounding her death–that aren’t what Chloe believed. And she’s here to set the record straight!


And finally, we have darling Dru, Chloe’s brother, the Empath. If this sweetie didn’t steal your heart in the 1st book, get ready to fall in love. Well, that is, if you like the sweet, sensitive, emotional type of guy. But he’s an Empath, so he “feels” everything from those around him. Kind of hard to NOT be sensitive when people’s emotions control every moment of your life. Also, he has a new bond with Hunter, which is quite humorous most of the time. These two hotties have a way of bringing out the inner teenager in each other.


And of course, Chloe will still narrate half the book. But I’ll warn you, she won’t be the same Chloe you remember. She’s growing up, and you’ll see her change before your very eyes. Especially once Evil lures her away from her family–and their magical link.



And speaking of Evil, I’d be remiss if I didn’t introduce you to one of our newest characters, Xander Morrow, who does everything he can to steal Chloe away from Hunter. You might grow to hate him–but don’t be surprised if you hate that you end up loving him. Just sayin’!

Xander Teaser

TEMPTED is darker, has more magic and new twists-and-turns, while still maintaing the same heart and family connection from book one. I can’t wait for you to read it!


A Sweet Upper Young Adult / New-Adult Paranormal Romance, perfect for fans of CHARMED!

What if the very thing to save you—is the one thing beyond your reach?

Torn between the two men who have fallen for her—and the evil who wants to possess her—twenty-year-old Chloe Bishop can no longer remember the fatal vision which threatens her future happiness. But when the magical link is severed between Chloe and her Wiccan family, they must find a way to save her, before temptation leads her into darkness—and into the welcoming arms of Mr. Wrong.


No sex, minimal violence, moderate swearing, passionate kissing

TEMPTED (A BirthRight Novel #2)

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Read Reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20486768-tempted

Haven’t read book 1 yet? Well, hurry up and grab it, BEFORE you start book 2!

TETHERED (A BirthRight Novel #1)

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Read Reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18627447-tethered

Here’s a taste of what readers are saying:

“Be ready for an emotional roller coaster while reading this!” Amazon Review

“Tempted is everything and so much more than I expected. It totally blew the first novel right out of the water!” Amazon Review

“You won’t be able to put this book down. Pinky swear.” Goodreads Review

“When I read them this morning, my mind was just completely blown from the plot twists.” Goodreads Review

“One change from Tethered to Tempted is the inclusion of multiple POVs. I loved this!” Goodreads Review

“The author draws you in and makes you feel like one of the family. I cant wait for the rest of the world to discover Tempted.” Goodreads Review

“It had me mesmerized wanting to know how it was going to end.” Amazon Review

So what are you waiting for? Go get your copy today, while it’s still on sale!

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What I love most about the writing community, is the support you get from complete strangers. Over the years, I’ve been part of many writing groups, and none were lacking in the support department. No matter where you are in the world–and no matter where you are in your writing career–you’ll always find others in the same place you are. There are always wonderful writers willing to take the journey with you–or writers willing to share their knowledge from the various paths they’ve chosen. At the end of the day, you always feel like you’re part of something bigger. And there’s no better feeling in the world!

Fellow Indie Author, Lex Martin, tagged me to join this week’s tour. Her debut novel, Dearest Clementine, was just released this past week and is sure to zoom to the top of the Best Seller’s List in no time!

Dearest Clementine

So, here’s how the tour works. I’ve got a few questions to answer for you, and then you’ll get to meet a few other authors who will join the tour next week!

1. What am I working on? At the moment, I’m in the middle of a mad-dash to get book 2 in The BirthRight Series, TEMPTED, out the door for its May 27th release. As much as I loved book 1, TETHERED, I must confess I love this book even more. I’m also in the middle of plotting out the details for book 3, which I’ll be starting in just a few weeks. So it’s a crazy, yet super exciting time.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? The BirthRight Series is technically a New Adult Urban Fantasy, but since many readers assume NA means “steamy”, I usually market it towards a young adult audience, since there’s no naughty business going on–and because the series is full of positive messages for young girls. And as an added bonus, the series is loaded with “nice” guys, who actually know how to treat great girls. It’s been a while since I’ve read that.

But the main thing that makes this series so different from other YA and NA books, is the voice. My writing style is very organic and raw. As someone who once felt tortured to read books in school, I wanted to write my series in a way that would truly feel like someone you “know” is telling you the story…not a writer. I want my 1st person POV to feel like it’s your friend talking to you. To me, it gives it more intimacy, and makes it easier to connect with the person telling the story. So if I can get even a handful of teens to read my series, who would otherwise have no desire to pick up a book, then I would consider my job done.

Other writer’s and reviewers have criticized my “fresh and breezy” writing style, but it happens to be one of the very things my target audience enjoys the most. Is it for everyone? Absolutely not. But knowing there’s an audience I CAN connect with, regardless of the size, will keep me writing in this style for years to come.  

3. Why do I write what I do? Well, I write paranormal stories for one reason, and one reason only: because they tend to be the only type of books I enjoy reading myself. Yes, it’s sad, I know. I’m sure I miss out on thousands of amazing stories. But if there isn’t something magical–or supernatural going on–then I get distracted by anything that moves, or sparkles. Yes, kinda like an ADD squirrel!

4. How does my writing process work? Without a doubt, I’m a plotter. I have an unbelievably structured process to keep me on track. When I get a new book idea, I immediately start jotting down notes, but quickly turn it into an outline. And I absolutely have to write the story in the order things happen. I’ve tried jumping around to different parts of the book, but all that accomplishes is giving me a migraine. UGH!

I’ve also had bad experiences with crit partners, which only resulted in low self-esteem and not being able to write for a few years. In retrospect, as someone who writes “sweet” stories, I probably shouldn’t have paired up with critters who wrote erotica…lol. Great gals, but they weren’t the best people to properly critique my work. Nor I for them. I always felt like a fish-out-of-water when I read their steamy scenes. But I’m hopeful that one day I’ll be able to find crit partners who write in my genre. It would be amazing to have someone to collaborate with again. There’s nothing better than brainstorming ideas at 2am.

Well that’s it for me! But next week you can learn about a few other uber-talented, Indie Author friends of mine: one who’s sure to scare the bejesus out of you with his eerie tales; another whose sexy nerds will warm your heart; and finally, one who creates suspense that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!    


Born in a small town of the smallest state, Rhode Island, Joseph Mazzenga knew he was a writer by the third grade. When his creative simmer turned to an imaginative rage, he embarked on a voyage with no anchor and no horizon. He stepped aboard knowing that this journey will be for the rest of his days. He still looks to the stars to find his way. The navigation can be plodding but the bearing is clear.

Joe is now a full author, by way of children’s literature, Science Fiction, Non-fiction, and Urban Fantasy. Ever pursuing the itch he can’t possibly scratch, he is constantly stretching his boundaries, honing his craft, and fighting mortal enemies such as avoidance and procrastination at every turn. Whether it is a beloved stuffed seal, a hard-nosed orphan stuck on the raw streets of a future time, or a pre-apocalyptic vampire turned human, he is fantasy intermingling with the future.

Joe’s latest creation, MAD TALES, is available now at most online retailers.


Ana Brígida Gómez González de Bastow (Ana Bastow), is the 2008 Winner of the National Literary Award in the Dominican Republic, for her first solo book LA SIRENITA DE CORAL (The Coral Mermaid). Aside from being a writer, Ana likes to consider herself a professional fan. She loves Buffy, TBBT, Harry Potter, Twilight, Angel, Xena, X-Files, Dark Angel, Star Trek, Fairy Tales, LOTR, Star Wars, X-Men, Superman, Pushing Daisies, Invader Zim, The Tick, The Guild, and Platinum Grit. As you can see, she’s an equal opportunity lover. If she likes it, she likes it A LOT, regardless of how big/popular/hated the story is.

HYPOTHESIS, the first book of The Hekapolis Trilogy, is Ana’s debut novel in English. She hopes she can bring others as much joy with her books, as she’s received from so many creators over the years. She currently lives with her husband and firstborn son in San Bernardino County, Southern California, USA.      

Vincent Morrone

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs. Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

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