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Publishing Review for 2014

Wickedly Misunderstood: Valhaven Island Trilogy Book 1 by Chasity Nicole

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Valhaven Island is a strange island located in the middle of absolutely nowhere. The island is completely ran by robots, and the only inhabitants are eight young adults, and the two adults that brought them here (Jun and Mr. Snake). Both are very shady individuals, but they are not the only shady people on the island. There’s me, Ember, the fiery hot-head (literally), Elecktra the eccentric bubbly one (and her own light source), Harleigh the promiscuous one, Thirteen the energetic child (or monkey we have yet to figure that out), and that’s only the girls. Of the boy’s, Blade is seriously mysterious and no one likes him, Sage thinks he’s all that, Dante the with-drawn emo kid (but he’s really, really reliable, he saved my life), and Kai the super-genius, or super annoying smarty-pants depending on how you take what comes out of his mouth. To sum everything up, someone has two-near death experiences, a few fall in-love, one is the Devil’s son (yep that’s right we live on an uncharted island with the Spawn of Satan), someone is kidnapped by the Devil and dragged to Hell. And to make the situation all the more awesome, three new teens arrive and one is a purple-dragon girl. Seriously she’s freaking purple, and can turn into a dragon, how flipping awesome is that!

Anything Goes: Miss Elleanora’s Boarding School of Buried Dreams

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Fiction Writers Group proudly presents its newest and most exciting anthology series, “Anything Goes.” It is an unthemed, multi-genre compilation, featuring a wide array of new and experienced international talent. Between the covers of this book, you will visit new worlds and explore new ideas. You will learn to fear the night, the boarding school, dishonesty, and maybe even the autumn. You will visit childhood, motherhood, and the neighborhood. A few extra chuckles, gasps and tears were also included, just for you. It is the perfect blend of stories, designed to take you away from the stress and obligations of everyday life. Have a seat, open the front cover, and take a break.

Darkly Never After: The Lost Fairy

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Darkness. The absence of light, hope, and direction. It is a word that is as pervasive in our language as its consequence is on society. A shot in the dark. To be in the dark. The darkest hour is before dawn. Darkness is the foil for all we consider good in the world––the natural enemy of good, and the virtues of the human spirit. Peter Benenson once said that it was better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Darkly Never After, a diverse collection of dark fairy tales and fiction, chooses to light the world with its very mission statement. All proceeds from this international volume will benefit children in need. From classical reimaginings of old classics, to brand new tales of adventure and deceit, Darkly Never After has fairy tales for the sophisticated and worldly mind. Visit the fantastical worlds your childhood books introduced you to, with a touch of maturity for the older reader. Light a path in the darkness. Become the candle.

Sins of the Past: A Ghostly Haunting

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Sins of the Past consists of seventeen historical horror stories. The stores are based off of real events that have happened in the past and have been tweaked to the authors imagination.

Haunted: Fact of Fiction: The Ghost Dog

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Halloween is the time for thrills, chills, and everything spooky. In this book you will find stories of ghosts, apparitions, spirits, and unknown entities, some true and some not true. Will you be able to tell the difference between the two? You may think it is an easy task, but almost anything is possible on All Hallows’ Eve.

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Trick or Treat: Halloween Author Giveaway

Sins of the Past is releasing on Halloween this year and as a treat we decided we wanted to do a giveaway geared around the books release. I have another anthology project that I’m helping with releasing on Halloween and it is also going to be a part of our giveaway. As well as my best friends zombie novel, my novel, and a few other great novels from some other amazing authors.

At this point our contributors are:

Chasity Nicole
Debbie Manber Kupfer
Misti Blake
N.M. Scuri
Misha Burnett
Ashley Torbeck
Kevin Hall

I am recruiting other authors to be a part of this process and am so excited to see how our giveaway turns out. A weekend of giveaways will certainly be enteresting.

https://www.facebook.com/events/773984125994324/ –> the link to get you to the giveaway page to join in the tricks and treats.

Sins of the Past Cover Reveal

Sins of the Past was started on November 9, 2013 by Kelvin V.A. Allison (or as we’ve come to know him as Scoobert Mills). Sins of the Past is a historical horror collection of short stories and contains seventeen spine-tingling stories that will leave you hungry for more. Each story is different from the next and happens within different periods of time.

From World War I, World War II, the Civil War, Rome, Vietnam War, etc. Each author brilliantly paints an image of whatever time period their story takes place in. All stories being accounts of history that have taken place but have been twisted a bit to reflect the horror genre that was needed in each story.

From werecats to ghosts saving the day. Hangings to being maimed.

Stories featured in Sins of the Past:

  • VishKanya (The Poison Maiden) by Sunila Vig
  • Sic Semper Susurrus by Matt Lovell
  • Maleficium by Kerry E.B. Black
  • Good Puritan by Laura K. Cowan
  • Blood Tribe by Don Miskel
  • It’s All Good News by N.M. Scuri
  • Melusina by Kristin Roahrig
  • Sanctum by J. Kendall
  • A Ghostly Haunting by Chasity Nicole
  • Traitor Coward Betrayer by Joseph Lofthouse
  • The Beast of Alkali Lake by Jen Ponce
  • In the Stillness and the Silence by T.D. Harvey
  • Birthright by Andy Morris
  • Griddlebone by Debbie Manber Kupfer
  • Nature’s Revolution by Michael “Mad Mike” Nagy
  • We Pass From View by Misha Burnett
  • The Innocent by Cleve Sylcox

Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The cover reveal.

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Sins of the Past

Sins of the Past is an anthology collection of seventeen spine tingling historical tales. Each story is different than the one that follows it and no two stories are exactly the same. There are tales of ghosts, tales of werecats, and tales of a movie that changed the lives of everyone. And that isn’t all. Each story will leave you craving for the next one and eager to discover what the next title is and what it is about.

The anthology is set to release on October 31, 2014.

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VishKanya (The Poison Maiden) by Sunila Vig
“Not all seduction is sweet.”

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Sic Semper Susurrus by Matt Lovell
“Friends, Romans, Countrymen, which of you is trying to kill me?”

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Maleficium by Kerry E.B. Black
“A Tudor household runs afoul of sorcerous malintentions.”

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Good Puritan by Laura K. Cowan
“A good preacher man is hard to find.”

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Blood Tribe by Don Miskel
“Come out to the coast…let’s get together…have a few laughs…”

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It’s All Good News by N.M. Scuri
“In the depths of the Great Depression, all he wanted was to go home.”

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Melusina by Kristin Roahrig
” In the time of the French Revolution, a Swiss guard finds that ancient family debts demand payment , no matter the means.”

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Sanctum by J. Kendall
” All riches come at a price!”

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A Ghostly Haunting by Chasity Nicole
“Not all ghosts are bad ones.”

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Traitor Coward Betrayer by Joseph Lofthouse
“The terrors of Gettysburg were only the beginning.”

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The Beast of Alkali Lake by Jen Ponce
” Under the surface lies a monster.”

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In the Stillness and the Silence by T.D. Harvey
“In war, there is more to fear than the enemy.”

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Birthright by Andy Morris
“Russia’s last heir just inherited a lot more than he bargained for.”

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Griddlebone by Debbie Manber Kupfer
“Never underestimate a cat.”

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Nature’s Revolution by Michael “Mad Mike” Nagy
“Man’s War, Nature’s Retribution.”

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We Pass from View by Misha Burnett
“Sometimes a movie can change your life.”

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The Innocent by Cleve Sylcox
“Home is never what it seems.”

A Ghostly Haunting Reading

A brief reading of my short story A Ghostly Haunting that is to be featured in Sins of the Past, coming soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc80LiKkG14&feature=youtu.be

At this point we do not have a set release date for Sins of the Past but it is coming soon. Once we have a set release date I will post the date to let everyone know. For now you can check back here for updates as soon I will be sharing all of our banners  and taglines on here. 

Also you can keep updated by visiting https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChasityNicole as I will share updates on there as well.

Why I’ve Been MIA

I know I haven’t posted all too many blogs here lately but things in my life got super busy. I’ve had little time to write even, which I’m slowly making the time for now. This blog is just to let you know that I’m still here, and I’m still writing, I’ve just added a few extra things into my daily life that have made things a bit chaotic at best. Here’s what’s been going on.

On March 13, 2014, I got engaged to the greatest guy I could ever have asked for. He is my other half, and actually the male version of myself. Except he’s a gamer and I’m more of a reader.

A few weeks ago I started working on Author Misti Blake’s book cover for her upcoming novel. The book cover is still in progress as there are several things that need to be moved and re-edited on the cover. Awesome book covers don’t happen in a day, sadly.

My mom decided to start helping the Southern Breeze Band with some promotional stuff, and I joined in and started helping her with some really cool graphics. I love doing these sort of things. Graphics help when I’m having mega writer’s block, so it’s a win-win in my book. 

I’ve also decided to really start making book covers for other authors, and me and my mom are in the process of drafting up a website for promotional purposes. For photography, book covers, and band promotions, plus graphic art. This is still also a start process so it will take some time before I share the link to a website.

Lastly, Sins of the Past, is nearing a publishing stage as we are creating awesome banners for each of our stories and working on everything else that needs to happen before a publication. All the background stuff that most readers never see, but it is a vital process in making sure the book is known before it’s release and that we have everything ready to have an awesome book out there for the readers. And trust me, it is an awesome book, each story is amazing and each one is scarier than the next. 

I’ll post periodic updates on the band, promotion website, Misti’s book cover, and Sins of the Past, as things progress or a published version is ready. But this gives you a look into my life over the last few months 🙂

The Flavors of a Good Ghost Story

The Flavors of a Good Ghost Story

By Dreaming Novelist Laura K. Cowan

 

Guest Post for Chasity Nicole

April 21, 2014

 

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“Not All Ghost Stories Are Sad.” That’s the line I have used to introduce people to my upcoming literary supernatural novel, Music of Sacred Lakes [ http://www.amazon.com/Music-Sacred-Lakes-Laura-Cowan/dp/1494711427/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390140902&sr=8-1&keywords=music+of+sacred+lakes ] , in which a young man is helped to a discovery of his place of belonging in the world by the spirit of a girl he accidentally killed. There was a time when I thought all ghost stories were the same. But if you dive into the supernatural genre, particularly the YA flavor my fellow author Chasity Nicole writes so well, or the spiritual end that is my playground, you find a much richer genre.

 

“A beautiful young girl with a free spirit, so I’m told. Let’s see if we can break that spirit. I’m Miss Elleanora.” So begins Chasity’s story of Miss Elleanora’s Boarding School of Buried Dreams, in which children who misbehave are fed to a mysterious monster beneath the school. From this story to her haunting tales in the upcoming Sins of the Past historical horror anthology and Shades of Fear [change title if anthology name changes] in which we are both taking part, you can see how Chasity balances the frightening and the humorous, the human spirit and the things that try to suck it dry from the hereafter.

 

My stories? Well, they’re pretty strange as well. In Music of Sacred Lakes [ http://www.amazon.com/Music-Sacred-Lakes-Laura-Cowan/dp/1494711427/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390140902&sr=8-1&keywords=music+of+sacred+lakes ] the protagonist Peter is pursued by strange images and sounds that haunt him through his waking and sleeping hours. The spirit of the girl he killed rises out of Lake Michigan under the Northern Lights and tries to help him understand something very important about the world around him and his place in it. And ultimately, it is the lake itself he hears whispering this truth to him when he finally finds an inner silence and gives up his will to die. But this story is so far afield from the standard ghost story that you might not even be sure that that’s what it is. I’m not even sure that that’s what it is! I love to write stories that are on a fringe like Chasity’s, where even I’m not quite sure how to explain them. I think that’s the key to a really good ghost story. It leaves you feeling a bit haunted, not quite with all the answers, but with some very interesting questions and an unforgettable experience. Who needs all the answers, anyway?

 

 

Laura K. Cowan, The Dreaming Novelist, writes imaginative novels that explore the possibilities of the human condition through the connections between the spiritual and natural worlds. Her debut novel The Little Seer spent its launch week at #2 and #5 on the Kindle Bestseller List for free titles in Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural, and was hailed by reviewers and readers as “riveting,” “moving and lyrical.” Laura’s second novel, a redemptive ghost story titled Music of Sacred Lakes, and her first short story collection, The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, will be available soon. Connect with Laura on her website LauraKCowan.com, on Twitter or on Facebook.

 

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