Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne

Happy Book Release to Carlyle!

I started talking to Carlyle online sometime before her first book came out and I had the pleasure of meeting her at UtopYA this past year. If you haven't checked out her books, please do. She is amazing and one of the nicest people I've ever met. :)

Dead of Night was first published in 2014 in the USA

Nominated by best
kindle hub for Best Dystopian 2014 

Nominated for
UtopYAcon Best Dystopian book 2015

And has since been re edited with new content for

Fire Quill Publishers

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about - to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take - because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

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Carlyle is an South African award winning author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people's lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
"I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life."

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event - SAIR bookfestival.
 "To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists - its a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!"
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SAIR Book Festival
Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sudden Hope

Sudden Hope, my first novel outside of the fantasy/paranormal world, is now available!

Here is a little about Sudden Hope and what readers are saying about it. :) 

Alec is a seventeen-year-old who has endured more in life than anyone should have to. Seeing his neighbor and ex-bestfriend, Skylar, struggle after a tragic loss, Alec makes it his mission to show her that life is worth living. 

Little does he know that he will learn that same lesson.

"Ok this review is hard to write. This book is beyond amazing. There are no words for how good this book is. There is so much to this story. So much heartache and sadness but also love and happiness. There is something in this story that all of us can relate to and something to touch all of our hearts. Daniele Lanzarotta I definitely think for your first contemporary romance you hit this one out of the park!" 
- Crazy Chix Book Reviews 

"I loved this book. It deals with teen bullying and violence that are so prevalent and often overlooked until it is too late. The main characters Sky and Alec along with the supporting characters are well written and you feel like you know them or grew up with them. I adore the love story and the message of hope when you feel there is no hope left. Highly recommend this book for Young Adults as well as Adults." 
- Brenda Lochinger

For upcoming events and exclusive sneak preview, check out my last newsletter here:

Also available on iBooks

(Coming soon to B&N Nook)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bone Chilling! Author of Generations Apart Reacts to Lady Gaga's Music Video - Til It Happens To You

Hi everyone, 

I have a special guest today! Lucille Griswold is the author of Generations Apart, a novel that shows the life-long impact of sexual assault. In Generations Apart, the assault happened in a college campus decades ago. It makes us question just how much things have changed since, if at all. Sometimes it feels that the only difference between then and now is that we hear more about it now with news being on social media... 
One in five college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes, and something NEEDS to change.   

Guest Post from Lucille Griswold.

Bone Chilling!

You won't know how it feels Til It Happens To You.  No words could be more true.  I hope what happens in the Lady Gaga video never happens to anyone, as no individual deserves to be violated nor to experience how it really feels.  Coincidence, or not, this video came out around the same time as my book Generations Apart.  What happens in my book took place on a college campus and the same can be said for this video that says one in five young women will be sexually assaulted on college campuses this year.  The violation in Generations Apart is instigated by a pervert, or one might call the character a villain or criminal.  A pervert is defined as one who misrepresents himself, but  the character Ben knew exactly what he was doing.  What I find disturbing in this video is that these rapes appear to be committed by so called friends of the victims.  Today, a hotline is there to help the victims.  In years past, one was urged to keep a rape a secret.  Perhaps in this one way we have then advanced.  While in reality we are told what we wear and what we do should not matter where sexual abuse is concerned, and of course this should be true, Ben in Generations Apart was turned on by a girl dressed in a skimpy outfit.  Is it our intention to tell a disturbed mind how to think?  Or, are we hopefully attempting to avoid confrontation.  Would we intentionally flaunt expensive jewelry on our persona while being in an area known for its crime?  Think about it!
Why are friends raping friends?  What happened to showing respect for one another?  Is the media  to blame where every show on HBO, Showtime or whatever channel must have the habitual totally naked sex scene done from every angle imagineable?  Are people so lacking in any type of morals and knowledge of beautiful sexual encounters that they must watch these scenes in order to appreciate the totality of the show?  Do they need these shows to become sexually stimulated? If this is true folks, it is a sad situation.
Years ago dorms were either all female residents or all male residents.  Could unisex dorms be the reason for the decline?  Is liquor the reason?  Is it a lack of personal self esteem?  Is it ok for a young woman to instigate sex and at the point of no return say she is not interested?  Is the young man's object only to conquer his prey?  Watching a video such as this one is not going to change things unless we have a proper dialogue to discover why these young college students are so inclined to succumb to unsolicited sexual advances.  Or, in other situations to have sex forced upon them.  How do we get either the victim or the perpetrator to not be so self indulgent?  Let's face it, sexual appetites have been around since the beginning of creation, so that in itself is not the problem.  These young women need to be told they are worth something before a crime is committed, not after, so they will know better how to avoid a bad situation. Young men need to learn that REAL men respect and honor women.  Real men idolize a woman's body instead of abusing it.
These are a lot of questions that need answers.  The answers need to not only come from the young females, but also from the young males.  The old fashioned saying of "it takes two to tango" still applies.  It does no good to question only one sex if individuals do not know or understand the other sex and their point of view as well.  Get the dialogue started parents, advisors, counselors, professors, friends, students.  Stop this abusive crime, and the sooner the better.
Generations Apart is available on, Kindle, iBooks, and Nook.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Character Withdrawal

(This is me, babbling about character withdrawals. lol I actually wrote this a few weeks ago, but didn't have a chance to share it until now.)

Ending a book is never easy. I know authors who can’t wait to type, ‘The End’. I think that is the normal reaction… Right? *laughs* I’m not one of those authors. I can’t wait to share the story with my readers, but I also dread the moment when I type ‘The End’, because I don’t want to let go of certain characters. As readers, you get attached to characters while reading a book for a couple of hours or days. Now imagine having those characters become a part of your life for months or years.... 

It’s not easy. This is actually the number one reason why I love writing series versus standalone books. Yet, I find myself writing my first standalone book and I’m already dreading that character withdrawal from when the story is over. I mean, they aren’t even gone yet and I already miss them.

And 'Sudden Hope' (young adult novel) so happens to be the sweetest story I’ve ever worked on. I really think you will love the main characters as much as I do. Alec and Skylar are amazing, and so is their best-friend Kyle. Their personalities are so strong that they took over the story and made it their own. Seriously, don’t blame the author for anything they do or say…  :)   

Most of you got introduced to my work because you love paranormal/fantasy stories. I have readers who started reading my books because they love vampires; others, fallen angels, demons or mermaids.  I feel like this is a book for everyone. The story and characters are very special and I hope my paranormal/fantasy readers give it a try. 

I often get asked which of my books is my favorite, and I usually say it is whatever book I’m working on at the moment, but this one… Ahhh! I really can’t wait for you to read it.

How about you? Do you get easily attached to characters?


Sudden hope will be available at the end of September. For updates on pre-orders, book signings, and more, please subscribe to my newsletter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - The Sweetest Date - Venom

Through the window, I can see him put the blanket on the bed of the truck. He comes back around with the flashlight and leads me to the back, helping me up. I sit on the blanket and he hops up, lying down next to where I’m sitting.

He sighs. “It’s funny that you asked me to bring you here.”

“Why?” I ask, looking back at him. He is playing with the flashlight, now shinning it on my face and nearly blinding me.

“Sorry,” he says as he puts the flashlight down on the back center of truck’s bed.

“This is where I came when I ran away once.”

“I’m not running away,” I say defensively. “I just needed to well—to get a way for a while.”

“You can lie down,” he says. “I don’t bite.” I laugh at his comment. I lie down next to him and stare up at the stars; one of the few things that, centuries after centuries, remains unchanged.

I feel his hand on mine and I close my eyes.

“My first name is Sarah,” I say and I can feel a weight being lifted off my shoulders as I say it.

He looks to the side so he is facing me.

“Noelle is my middle name,” I say before he asks for an explanation.

“Can I ask you something? You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.”

I nod.

“It’s just something I heard. One of my mom’s friend, Ms. Lindsey, well, she has been saying that you and your family are in witness protection. That is the reason you live with your brothers and were home-schooled, and the real reason you move around a lot. I didn’t pay her any attention before because she is known to spread rumors and start drama, but—”

I think about maybe saying that is true, I mean, we are hiding and we are running away.

“Is it true?” he asks. “I won’t say anything.”

I shake my head. “No, it’s not true.”

He nods. “Sorry. I should’ve known better.”

“It’s fine.”

“So I’m not going to get up one day and find out that you are gone, right?”

I don’t answer him. After a while, I can feel him squeeze my hand and I finally say, “My brothers are a little crazy. I can’t truthfully answer that question. In fact, I live in fear of that happening.”

Another truth, more weight lifted off my shoulders.

I pull my hand away. “Maybe we should end things now. I know you don’t want to deal with the craziness that is my life. I mean, who would?”

He turns on his side and grabs my hand, pulling it toward his mouth and kissing it. “Not a chance,” he says. “I’d rather live in the present and not think about the ‘what ifs’.”

“But—” I stop talking when he leans over on top of me and I can feel his breath against my lips and then, he kisses me and for that moment, I forget about every single ‘what if’ that haunts me.

©2014 Daniele Lanzarotta. May not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner, written, electronic or otherwise without express permission of author.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Guest Post by Author Liz Long - HUNTED


I'm so excited to have you be a part of my release day for HUNTED, Book 3 of the Donovan Circus Series! Sometimes it feels like I just released the first book, GIFTED, a few days ago; other times, it feels like more years than it's actually been! :) Thank you to the amazing bloggers, authors, and readers who have helped make this such an awesome release day. Also a special thanks to my cover designer, Kate at Dwell Design Press for her amazing cover work! I hope you all find the third adventure as exciting as the first two - and perhaps much darker, as there are many underlying things bubbling to the surface, secrets coming unveiled, and a death that will shake the troupe in a terrible way.

Back Cover Synopsis: Lucy Sullivan finally belongs with the gifted Donovan Circus. Members are finding their rhythm, even the new folks from the Grayson Circus who joined after the last attack. Lucy feels like a trusted leader who can win the gifted battles and prevent humans from discovering their existence. When tragedy strikes camp, a distraught Sheffield sends Lucy and her gifted team to hunt down the enemy – Alex, a Chameleon with a wicked ability for war. He’s out for blood and won’t stop until Lucy and her friends are dead. This time, it won’t be Lucy’s gift that is tested – it will be her morality. To save her circus, the price will be greater than she ever expected. This time, she will lose someone she loves. And it will change everything.

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Haven't read the first two in the series? No problem! You can get the first adventure, GIFTED, for only 99 cents on Amazon, B&N, and iBooks!
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In Gifted, meet Lucy, a Firestarter who just wants to be normal amongst the freaks. She can control fire, though she’s quick to discover that power doesn’t always bring good things. Her famous father may have created a fiery legacy, but their good name is threatened when Lucy’s framed for murder. Felix Hardy, an old “friend” of the show, offers another side of the Donovan Circus story, one her father never told her. As she struggles to clear her name, Lucy will discover that maybe some things are better left in the past.



BURNED is just $2.99 on the same platforms. Get it for your e-reader today! Burned picks up right where Gifted left off, in a new city and ready to get back to work. When Lucy is attacked on the grounds, it’s discovered her enemy had friends – big ones. Medved, a Shapeshifter known as “the Bear,” is intent on the gifted world’s exposure to humans. To build his army, he needs Sheffield and Lucy out of his way. Sheffield sends Lucy and her friends to form an alliance with the Grayson Circus members, who have as many quirks as the Donovan group. Not all are who they seem and Lucy must choose who to trust before Medved kills them all. 


About the Author:
Liz Long, indie author
Liz Long is a ridiculously proud graduate of Longwood University with a BA in English. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her fabulous day job as a Social Media & PR Strategist includes writing for LeisureMedia360 (Roanoker, bridebook, Blue Ridge Country magazines) in Roanoke, VA. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as "X-Men meets the circus with a murder mystery thrown in." Her second book Witch Hearts, is a story about a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. Her newest title, A Reaper Made, is a fantasy about a Reaper who must work a little magic to save her family's souls from demons. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. 

To learn more about Liz, visit her website:

Author Links: 
Twitter: (Handle: @LizCLong) 

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Ripley's Booklist banner

YA Author Ripley Patton and her YA son are starting a new endeavor, RIPLEY'S BOOKLIST, and they're seeking YA Authors and Readers to join them.

RIPLEY’S BOOKLIST is a Young Adult Fiction e-book subscription list curated by the mother/son team, serving up quality CHEAP and FREE YA book deals to your inbox once a week.



E-book subscription lists are a dime a dozen, There are hundreds of them, many of which you've probably already subscribed (and then unsubscribed) to. So, why add another one? Ripley's Booklist will focus on young adult fiction ONLY. They read YA. They write YA. They breathe YA. So, they'll be honing in on what they know and love to curate the best YA fiction under $5 they can find. If you read YA, this list is for you.


Most e-book subscriptions lists accept any book or author who pays their listing fee. That isn't curating. It's business. RIPLEY'S BOOKLIST will ONLY feature books they ourselves would want to read, own, and spend their hard earned money on. They are going to be VERY selective, and they're going to tell you exactly why they selected the books they chose.


They want to cultivate their list into a vibrant YA reading and writing community. In the future, they hope to not only list books but to develop such features as Themed Lists (Example: YA books featuring autism), Monthly Reading Challenges, Book Clubs, Book Discussions, Guest Authors, Giveaways, and more. And they'll be polling you, their readers and authors, to see how they can best serve you. Getting in on the ground floor now allows you to be a part of exactly how Ripley's Booklist evolves and grows.


RIPLEY'S BOOKLIST will begin going out to subscribers the first week of April, but before that can happen they need readers and they need authors to submit their books. On the first count, because of the following Ripley has built up around her acclaimed YA series, THE PSS CHRONICLES, RIPLEY'S BOOKLIST already has a reach of close to 30,000 viewers. But they want to grow their list and blow that number out of the water.

So, if you are a reader of YA, you can sign up HERE, right now.

If you're an author, you can check out their AUTHOR SUBMISSIONS PAGE HERE for all the details.

And don't forget to Meet the Curators of the list HERE.