#Excerpt “Undying Witch” by B. Austin

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(A Dysfunctional Family of Witches Prequel)

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 Date Published: October 1, 2019

Publisher: Spellbound Books

 

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The illegitimate granddaughter of Catherine the Great finds a shapeshifting stone and discovers the magic to be young and live forever. Years later, Dima’s teenage daughter resents a mother who is 112 years old but shifts into a woman young enough to be her sister.  Medea loathes a mother who loves her 17 cats more than she does her daughter. Medea despises a mother who claims all witchcraft as her magic and treats her daughter like a slave. In secret, Medea develops her own sorcery.

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UNDYING WITCH

A Dysfunctional Family of Witches

Prequel

By B. Austin

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Magical powers sometimes came during times of panic to those who have always had the magic in their physical chemistry.

With the power of her mind, Medea slammed the back-kitchen door in Nick-Nick’s face.

Her mother’s lover spun to the other exit.

She slammed the door leading from the kitchen to the living room.

With one nod of her head, she sealed the kitchen windows.

She locked Nick-Nick into the kitchen with magic. He could not even break a window with a hammer.

It was dark by now and Nick-Nick had no neighbors behind him, just some scary-looking woods.

With one piercing look, Medea lit up all four burners of the stove.

She shook her head and the flames roared from the stove to the ceiling.

Nick-Nick pounded on a kitchen window, screaming at Medea, “Witch, let me out!”

He would have murdered me, Medea thought as she watched the kitchen burn.

She never even flinched as the flames spread to Nick-Nick and he seemed to melt like wax. She could smell the stink of burning flesh.

When Nick-Nick crumpled from her view of the window to the kitchen floor, Medea blinked her eyes, putting out the flames.

Medea then dragged out the scorched body. Thank goodness his neighbors really did mind their own business. She planned to bury Nick-Nick but then she heard the fire trucks roaring up the street.

Medea let go of Nick-Nick’s burned hands and ran to the car in the driveway.

Oh Christ! I murdered a capo of the Mafia!

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About the Author

B. Austin grew up in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. She was told true tales of witches by her superstitious family. Before writing full time, she toiled in tech as a software engineer. She currently lives in Florida. She, also, writes under the name of Belinda Austin.

 

 

 

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#BlogTour “Daylight’s Deadly Kiss” by Jay Raven

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In 19th century Europe the most deadly vampire-killing weapon ever devised is up for grabs – and both the Undead and the living will stop at nothing to possess it…   

It’s a legend, a fairy story parents tell frightened children to make them sleep. Basium Lucis – Daylight’s Kiss – the fabled compound that recreates sunlight in a bottle and incinerates bloodsucking monsters on contact.

Vampire hunter Anton Yoska doesn’t believe in its existence or the whispered rumours of its creation by Leonardo Da Vinci 250 years before.

But when a mysterious Hungarian arts dealer claims to have uncovered the long-lost formula, Anton’s cynicism is shaken to the core as he is tasked to procure the pyrotechnic marvel for the Vatican’s centuries-old battle with the vampire sect known as the Brethren.

In a desperate race to beat nosferatu forces intent on destroying the wonder weapon, and cold-blooded gangsters who desire the Alchemist’s most prized invention for their own aggrandisement and riches, Anton is caught in a maelstrom of double dealing and lies…

Traps loom at every turn, and nothing is what it appears, but acquiring the Basium Lucis is the least of his problems – for the ferocious Modjeski vampire family want retribution for his slaughter of their clan chief a year before. And old flame and rival slayer, Nadia, has her own devious plans to thwart Anton’s quest.

As time runs out and predators circle, the beleaguered hunter realises he’s been tricked into a suicide mission. But Anton Yoska won’t go down without a fight – and he doesn’t care who he takes to Hell with him.

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Author Bio Jay Raven

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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#Excerpt “The Wingless Angel” by Fabrice Wilfong

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Date Published: 2/22/20
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
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Ex-Army Medic, Silton, has had a rough go of late. Soon after being discharged from the military his wife suffered a tragic accident, then slipped into a coma and died. Now alone, drinking fills his days, and restless sleep plagues his nights.
He feels that God is finished with him, that he has no purpose in life, so he ends it all.
He falls. Naked and confused, he falls.
Silton awakens on a taught expanse of warm Skin Land. Acrid air stings his lungs, tiny hairs jut up like grass under his feet, and the pale blue eye of Heaven stares down on him.
In the distance he hears a scream, and as he bounds towards it, finds a fetid swamp of others who have fallen, sinking into the soupy flesh. Quick to his training Silton pulls a woman out of the mess, only to find her legs ravaged with breaks. Using his medical skills and the flesh around him, he binds her injuries, easing her pain.
Far off in the distance, on their huge moving home called the Sled, a group of demons set off on a journey out into the Skin Land to harvest those lucky enough to survive the fall. Those like Silton.
Silton drags his newfound friend to a distant shelter of bone as they share the reflections of life that have brought them here. With each step the mystery of this place unfolds revealing its true beauty, and its terrifying reality.
As the demons draw near, and the pale blue eye of Heaven watches above, it becomes clear that God is not finished with Silton. God has a new purpose for him, a purpose for him in Hell.

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“Sin follows the sinner, it does not lead them.”

The Wingless Angel: Excerpt 1 – Long Excerpt

It is important to note that part of the Devil’s plan in Hell is to malform, or as a function of Hell’s design, force you to malform your body. This has been fully and completely orchestrated by the Devil. It is widely known that man has an enduring and sometimes obsessive attachment to his body. In order to successfully survive in Hell, you must endeavor to release yourself from this constraint, as it will only hinder your progress. Understand that you are dead, fully and completely. Although you will feel pain, just as you have felt it in life, the idea of self-preservation from the standpoint of your physical visage is irrelevant. Those who can release themselves from the attachment of their physical selves and embody these principles are amongst the most successful survivors in Hell.

—From “Hell: A Survival Guide”
By Delta-Delius

 

Montly sat perfectly still on the soft waiting room couch. Supple onyx skin stuffed with semi-hardened fat; the couch almost engulfed her. The cushions, cool and refreshing, were comfortable against her rough, chapped thighs.

“Would you like something to drink?” asked the receptionist.

“Of course,” Montly said without thinking. Her mind was elsewhere—paging through her studies, her practice questions, and the stories she’d rehearsed in preparation for the interview.

The receptionist got up from her white, bone-on-bone carved desk while Montly watched in silence. She wore the most exquisite, sinew-netted blouse, so translucent her breasts could be seen through it. Her legs, wrapped tightly in a black-skinned skirt, looked smooth and unlabored. But her shoes fascinated Montly the most. She had never seen their equal: high, thin stilettos, pristine polished white bone on their sides, with heels of pure, whole teeth. As the receptionist walked to get Montly the water she’d offered, the teeth ground on the bone tile so loudly, she thought the floor was cracking.

Montly felt a tinge of jealousy. She wore the only garments she had: an off-white, skin overcoat with a pair of loose fitting, high-water pants held up by a braided-vein belt. Her shoes, a pair of simple, skin-folded moccasins, were old and tattered. Montly wasn’t even wearing a blouse. She felt the overcoat was enough, and besides, she didn’t have any breasts to speak of. She’d removed them long ago, far too useless for the weight they burdened her with.

The receptionist returned with a small cup made of thinly pressed keratin.

“I just want you to know,” the receptionist whispered. “Us girls here on The Sled, we’re pulling for you.”

“Thank you.” A slight wave of anxiety released itself as Montly took the cup. She drank deeply. The cup smelled of finger- and toenails, but the taste of the water overpowered that. It must have been filtered at least twice, as it wasn’t salty at all. They had such luxuries here on the Sled, nothing like living out in the Skin-Land with the Herd, Montly thought.

“He’s usually late. He likes to make people sit and sweat it out,” said the receptionist.

“Yeah, well, it’s working,” Montly replied.

The receptionist strode back to her desk with the toothy stilettos grinding. “So, you command part of the Herd? That’s what I was told.”

“I do,” Montly said with guarded confidence. She rolled her muscled shoulders back, cracking her spine in a few sore places. The couch had become almost too soft for her, the fat pockets molding too willingly to her body.

“I can’t imagine being out there again,” the receptionist continued. “It was so long ago for me, but it still makes me shudder.” A fearful tone soaked her words. “I got out of the Herd as fast as I could. Up here on the Sled, you just have so many more opportunities, and well, the food’s much better.” She let out a giggle.

Montly just smiled with a half curl to her lips, counting the long moments between this conversation and her interview.

“I’m actually going to be leaving this position soon to be an assistant for one of the Daughters,” the receptionist continued. “I have a friend who is going to get me in. She says I’m sure for it because of my work here, and because I have the right look. Then I’ll be invited to all of the dinners, probably meet the Devil . . .”

Montly had trouble paying attention to what she was saying, distracted by the receptionist’s “right look.” She had a soft, perfectly skin-stretched face, the work of an expert engineer, no doubt. It was puffed with creamy fat in all the right places and anchored with cultured bone spurs. But Montly could catch even the tiniest of imperfections in a person, and she could see one such detail clearly in the receptionist. Hidden beneath all of the confidence and the clothes, just below the personality she tried so hard to project, lay a deep fear. Montly realized she could almost see the remnants of a capital H depressed into the receptionist’s forehead.

Of course, “Sin follows, it does not lead,” Montly thought. It was part of an ancient saying she’d repeated to her Broken slaves in the Herd many times before. Funny how relevant it was here amongst the “civilized” people on the Sled.

A fast, hollow tapping started. It seemed to be coming from behind the reception desk, born from some mechanism beneath the floor, Montly guessed.

“He’s ready for you now,” the receptionist said.

Montly rose from the couch, straightened her overcoat, and rolled her shoulders back once more to crack her spine.

“Good luck.”

“Thank you.” Montly walked into the office, her moccasins not making a sound on the tile.

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About the Author

Fabrice Wilfong has been writing fiction since he was 15 years old. His works have consistently leaned towards the dark side of human experience, where he uses characters and philosophy to challenge our shared interpretations of life.  

For most of his professional career Fabrice has been in the Healthcare Industry where he’s learned to love human anatomy and the systems of the body. He feels the body remains a frontier that we are all forced to explore with little understanding of how things will unfold.
His works consistently push the reader to a deeper knowledge of themselves both mentally and physically, while daring into the fantastical and bizarre.     
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She’s marked for a life she doesn’t want. He’s the one compelled to make her comply.

Emilia Daarke has fallen in love with the one person she should never have. After being caught by her father, she is thrust into a deadly game she must win, not just to save herself, but the ones she loves the most.

When Cade Vasara sees the girl he once loved, the one that got away, he’s torn between love and duty.

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She’s marked for a life she doesn’t want. He’s the one compelled to make her comply.

Emilia Daarke has fallen in love with the one person she should never have. After being caught by her father, she is thrust into a deadly game she must win, not just to save herself, but the ones she loves the most.

When Cade Vasara sees the girl he once loved, the one that got away, he’s torn between love and duty.

With betrayal and secrets running riot, and a ticking clock against them both, can they set aside their past, or will their present tear apart their world?

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#AudioBookBlogTour “Death’s Mantle” by Harmon Cooper

Audiobook Tour: Death’s Mantle by Harmon Cooper

PODIUM ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AUDIOBOOK PUBLISHING DEAL WITH LitRPG PIONEER AND AMAZON BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HARMON COOPER

Author: Harmon Cooper

Narrators: Andrea Parsneau

Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Series: Death’s Mantle Trilogy, Book 1

Publisher: Podium Publishing

Released: Dec. 17, 2019

Genre: Dark Fantasy; GameLit

Audiobook Home for Trendsetting Author to Release Death’s Mantle Audiobook Trilogy; Death’s Mantle: Book 1 Audiobook Available December 17; Death’s Mantle 2 and 3 Available Early 2020

“We are really excited to partner with Harmon on his new series. We have followed his career for years as he released ever more popular series, and the stars have aligned for us to collaborate on Death’s Mantle,” said Podium CEO, Scott Dickey. “It fits squarely in Podium’s wheelhouse – it’s a metaphysical fantasy thriller that Podium listeners will love. Harmon was one of the first authors to bring GameLit storytelling to mass audiences, and we are excited to bring this new series to audiobook fans around the world.”

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Lucian North is supposed to be dead.

Suffering from a rare heart condition that doctors say should have killed him over a year ago, Lucian is playing a video game when Death finally comes.

Rather than give in, Lucian pulls a gun on the Grim Reaper.

As the two stare each other down, terrible demons known as injuresouls swarm into the room in pursuit of Death.

Summoning courage he never knew he had, Lucian comes to Death’s aid. And for his troubles, he is awarded Death’s Mantle.

Transported to a spiritual world he could have never fathomed, Lucian finds that he is instantly powerful, able to conjure weapons from scratch and perform incredible feats. He introduces game mechanics to his new role, develops a carefully curated inventory list, and modifies a HUD system that allows him to better track his targets.

It isn’t easy being Death, and Lucian will need just about everything he can get as he faces off against fallen angels, appalling parasites, demon-born injuresouls, and savage Death Hunters.

Regardless of his sudden strength, his newfound enemies, and his gamer ingenuity, Lucian can’t communicate with the living, which wouldn’t be a problem if he hadn’t discovered something terrible about his family…

Lucian’s brother is scheduled to die, and only Lucian has the power to do anything about it.

Death’s Mantle is a dark fantasy GameLit novel that LitRPG, metaphysical fantasy, occult sci-fi, and thriller readers will love. Death’s Mantle is written by Harmon Cooper, bestselling GameLit author of Way of the Immortals, House of Dolls, Cherry Blossom Girls, The Feedback Loop and Monster Hunt NYC. It was inspired by the anime Parasyte, the comic book series Sandman and Spawn, the books On a Pale Horse and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Harmon Cooper is a prolific Amazon best-selling author of 50 science fantasy books and counting. He was one of the earliest authors to bring GameLit to the West. His most popular series include Way of the Immortals, House of Dolls, Cherry Blossom Girls, The Feedback Loop and Monster Hunt NYC. Originally from Austin, Texas, Cooper was a musician before transitioning to world traveler and writer, spending five years in Asia honing his writing skills, wanderlusting, studying languages, and teaching English. He now lives in New England (and loves it!) with his wife.

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Andrea Parsneau is an actor, gamer, and artist, known as the most prolific independent female narrator in the genres of LitRPG and GameLit and has made a name for herself working with some of the most recognizable names in the genre. Just recently, she narrated one of the most anticipated productions in Gamelit/LitRPG history, “The Wandering Inn” by Pirate Aba to great critical acclaim. Andrea specializes in bringing each character to life organically through character acting, emotional authenticity and fast-paced action, and is proud to have credits with companies such as the highly prestigious Soundbooth Theater, Podium Publishing, Double Damage Games and more. Outside of her growing catalog of audiobooks, her voice can also be heard in Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and the popular Fallout 4 New Vegas mod with more to come!

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Q&A with Narrator Andrea Parsneau
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?

The moment someone proposed it to me as an actual career path! I feel like narration is one of those jobs that – until you hear about it – somewhat flies under the radar. I listened to audiobooks all the time and had favorite narrators I would look for, but I never thought of it as something I could actually “do” until an author friend suggested it to me! He showed me ACX and the rest is history.

  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?

I don’t know if there is really anything to “break into” per-say, more just finding what style of narration works best for you! I had a clear idea of at least some of what I wanted to achieve in the first year, and a vague idea of the path I wanted to take to get there. That helped me a lot! I knew I wanted to do Royalty Share because I loved the idea of partnering with an author and the financial security of a passive income, and I had a specific genre in mind already that I had fallen in love with that I felt my style of storytelling would fit, so that gave me the beginnings of a plan. That really helped get me started in the right direction.

  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?

Narration is acting, through and through. From computer programming nonfiction to high fantasy epics or sci fi westerns, the narrator’s job is to bring that story out of the pages and into the ears in such a way that the words in that book are brought to life. Theatre is a HUGE help in doing that. I recommend theatre training to anyone looking to get started in narration.

  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?

I decided when I started narrating that I would only do books that I enjoyed reading, even if that meant I handicapped myself later on. I knew if I started forcing myself to work on projects my heart wasn’t in, I would burn out super quickly. I still struggle to maintain the work/life balance but doing titles I really love and taking off Sundays to spend time with family has helped me feel relaxed and refreshed to keep pouring myself into every work!

  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

Absolutely! I am an artist and a gamer so whether I’m running around gathering resources in Guild Wars 2 or working on a digital portrait in Procreate, I can listen to my favorite book the whole time! That, coupled with the amazing performances you get to hear while listening, make it an amazing experience all its own.

  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?

Oh absolutely! I don’t think I pull off horror well. At all. I literally scare myself walking around a corner too quickly, so what business would I have, trying to scare anyone else?!?

  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?

I become friends with the authors I work with. I love it. Every title I work on at this point is a series, so I have long conversations about characters and motivations that eventually turn into weekly chats about life in general! Getting to know the authors on a personal level helps me understand what they want to get out of their story and how their experiences have informed their characters!

  • Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?

Christopher Moore. No question. That man’s grasp of satire is just unparalleled, he is PHENOMENAL! Lamb is a work of art.

  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?

Find the genre that you are happiest in and best suited to narrate for, people can absolutely hear when you enjoy what you are reading!

Curate your titles! Be careful when you start out. Consider a pseudonym until you find the “right” genre for you.

Be careful whose advice you listen to. Make sure they are in a “better” place than you are.

  • What’s next for you?

2020 is going to be a huge year for me and I am so excited! From Volume 2 of The Wandering Inn to several new series from multiple amazing authors I already have the pleasure of calling friends and business partners, there is a LOT in store for the coming year that I cannot wait to share! Stay tuned!

 

 

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“The Tree: A Thierry Adler Short Story” by Avrin Kelly

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The Tree: A Thierry Adler Short Story

by Avrin Kelly

Genre: Science Fiction/Dark Fantasy/Horror/Short Story

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“I deal with the supernatural, the unnatural, the odd, the strange and the uniquely horrifying things that are only supposed to exist in children’s nightmares.” – Thierry Adler

Who do you call when a tree (of all things) harasses you?

When Claire Simon, a quiet librarian, is tormented by the red oak on the hill near her house, she takes drastic measures and hires a specialist to help. After hiring Thierry Adler to rid her of her strange problem, things really get weird…

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“So, you are an exorcist, then?” I blurted out in a harsh whisper of shock.

“Not really, more like a jack of all unnatural trade, versed in the occult, I’m trying to help those who have nowhere else to turn and no one who knows what to do to help them.”

Nervous laughter escaped my lips and I shook my head in agreement. “Because who can you call when a tree is haunting you?”

“Me.” He said with a kind smile.

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“Only the Fallen (UnHallowed Series Book1)” by Timonique Stephens

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Only the Fallen (UnHallowed Series Book 1)

by Timonique Stephens

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Dark Fantasy/Angels/Demons & Devils

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Gideon has one shot at redemption. Close the portal to Hell forever and return to Heaven, leaving behind millennia of darkness. Nothing means more than restoring his grace, until the one person he vowed never to see again places herself in his direct path. He has to resist her, but she is his Heaven–and his Hell.

Risking her life to shut Hell’s gateway, the last person Dina ever expected to encounter was the one she had lost forever. Duty, not desire, is what he instilled in her and what she will follow, regardless of how he makes her ache…Until the unthinkable happens and she must choose between honor and the only love she will ever have.
Torn between what they want and cannot have, Gideon and Dina must decide whether to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of humanity or let passion take them to where angels fear to tread.

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