Monday, November 3, 2014

 I'm very pleased to have the author of one of my favorite young adult series, DelSheree Gladden, here to answer some questions about WICKED GLORY in the Someone Wicked this Way Comes series. I've read all three novels and am looking forward for the release of book 4, which I hear, Mrs. Gladden is now working on. You can see all three of my reviews for this series on Goodreads and Amazon. 

Author Interview 

DelSheree, what was the inspiration for your story?

The inspiration for this particular book in the series really grew from Zander’s need for redemption and Van’s struggle to find out who she really is on a personal level. This book, even more than the others in the series, really focuses on the siblings’ personal conflicts and their attempts to correct past mistakes and find their inner strength.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Ketchup’s fans, LOL! Not every reader loves Ketchup, but he tends to be a fan favorite. I got requests that he become a prize in a giveaway, readers asking to “borrow” him from Van for a while… I love that readers are enjoying him so much and asking for more. The reader support really kept me going even when I struggled to get any writing done on Wicked Glory.

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

In Wicked Glory, I felt like Zander really developed from his initial self-centered, somewhat egotistical character into someone who truly begins to understand what it means to love someone so completely it almost hurts, and what true sacrifice not only requires, but demands.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

Definitely! There will be at least one more book in the series (which will feature Ketchup on the cover this time, yeah!) and possibly a fifth. I’m not sure yet, and probably won’t be until I write “The End” on book four. I’ll keep everyone updated though!

How has this story touched your life?

As I worked on this story, I spent a lot of time considering what it takes sometimes to find your own inner strength. It’s not an easy thing to do, and at times it takes and external force or situation to make a person realize how strong they really are. During this time my husband and I listened to several nonfiction audio books like the Louis Zamperini story, which is an amazing account of personal strength and endurance. So much of his story will shock you, but his determination to survive a Japanese prison camp and the torture they put him through was inspiring. Listening to his history really impacted me and helped me while writing this book and trying to understand the topics I was writing about.

What motivated you to start writing?

I loved reading when I younger, and still do, not just for the escape it provides, but for the connections I get to make with characters. That connection and understanding was special to me as a child and I wanted to be able to create that for someone else.

You can get your copy of Wicked Glory and the rest of the series here: 
Wicked Hunger is FREE on most platforms.

Kindle/Amazon: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
B&N: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
Smashwords: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
iTunes: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
Kobo: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory

About the Author

DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.

Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including "Invisible" which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, "Pandora." The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series.  

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014



Wicked Glory is now available for purchase on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords, and most other major ebook platforms.

Not familiar with the series? 

Here's the 30 seconds recap...

Wicked Hunger

Born with an insatiable hunger for pain and suffering, Vanessa and Zander Roth struggle to hide the truth of who they really are. Keeping their secrets becomes even harder when Ivy Guerra arrives and stirs their hunger into a frenzy. Will their need to feed on other’s agony turn them into villains, or can they somehow find a way to become the heroes of their own dark story?

Wicked Power

Even after Vanessa and Zander Roth barely survive the Eroi’s attempt to expose them for what they are, they aren’t safe. Sitting balanced on the edge of impending death and unthinkable power, they must turn to the Godlings for help. Their help requires payment, but neither of them knows the true cost. Will David’s training create villains,as they fear, or can they discover their true purpose?

Wicked Glory

Forced with holding up their end of an impossible bargain, Van and Zander must choose between playing it safe and risking everything. Freedom seems impossible, but can they hold onto who they are long enough to survive?





Ready to go grab your copies? 

Wicked Hunger (FREE on many platforms): AmazoniBooksSmashwords

Wicked Power: AmazoniBooksSmashwords

Wicked Glory: AmazoniBooksSmashwords

And yes, there will be a book 4 ;)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed? What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

Jeanne Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for almost 20 years. Currently, she works as a writer and freelance editor. Her first novel, Invisible, published by Solstice Publishing, has been optioned for film. She is currently working on Incarnate, a paranormal romance.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blog Tours


To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell's latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

Sonia ...
a. has a tattoo of a bloody knife on the inside of her left arm.
b. owns a tea towel printed with the periodic table.
c. sells illegal weapons to support her family because the income of a teacher isn’t enough to pay off all her husband’s debts.

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.


*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she's rehabilitating herself as a "normal" mother and mathematics teacher, it's time to stop dreaming about slicing people's throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne's leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she's determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover's daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia's back. It isn't long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia's motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Toni's grandmother is a psychopath.
Her sister is a ghost.
Her boyfriend is possessed.
And she has no idea who she is.

Summer vacation is ruined when Toni's twin sister, Sara, dies. Instead of walking into the light, Sara stomps directly away from it, totally pissed she didn't die in her skinny jeans. That's when Sara finds out their grandmother has a gift for talking to dead people, and two spritely spirits and a nasty soothsayer named Bartholomew are all working their angle with Toni's future caught in between.

Dear old Granny's determined not to be the last necromancer in the family, but with the death of her promiscuous granddaughter, her only option is Toni, who must remain a virgin until her eighteenth birthday without any ghostly interference from Sara.

Sara's not having any of it; especially since the guy Granny's conspiring with is the same guy that assisted in Sara's demise. Toni needs help! But protecting her sister is complicating all the ghostly fun on the other side!

Can death stop a twin? Maybe not, but Granny knows Dead Girls Never Shut Up.

Let the evil cackling commence! 

Today Antoinette Maestro (Granny), the villain of Susan Stec’s novel,

is my guest.

1. What is your ultimate goal?
I'm a necromancer and my ultimate goal has always had the best interest of my granddaughters--front and center--to carry on the family gift of talking to the dead. Unfortunately, my younger grandchild was a casualty early on, so my only option was Toni, my daughter's oldest twin.

2. What makes you so driven to accomplish this goal?
Well, that's a simple question. When I die it will the end the family's legacy if Toni does not accept the gift of necromancy.

3. If you could choose anyone from the literary world as your partner in crime, who would you choose and why?
Why, Edgar Allen Poe, of course. The man knew the underworld, the value of my gift, and with his knowledge and assistance I could have stayed at my condo in Florida, and sipped sherry and watching the sun set on the Atlantic. Then again, with my ability to conjure ghosts, we would have made quite a team; Poe and I.

4. Describe yourself in three words or less.
Focused. Capable. Determined. (I really should add OLD)
From USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Stec,
I love laughing with my daughters, class B scary movies, fine cuisine and hamburgers from Wendy's. I'm addicted to electronics, dark chocolate, vintage eyeglass frames, warm socks, and would kill for a really good cup of cappuccino. I'm a wannabee gamer--Zelda is my fave, but I'll play Nintendo with my grandson for hours.
My favorite all-time television series are Twin Peaks and Dark Shadows. Best movies ever, 1943 A Christmas Carol and Soylent Green.
There isn't just one thing I'm passionate about. I'm married to a wonderful man, have two adult daughters, three grandsons, and three dogs. I live on fifty acres and hunt and fish. I will get up in the middle of the night to listen to the coyote sing, sit under a tin roof in the middle of a rain storm, stare at barren trees and revel in the white show surrounding them. I sew, do stained glass, paint watercolors, make jewelry, but most of all, I write. I write because I have to, and because it amuses me to live vicariously through my characters.

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead~~Oscar Wilde

Meet the characters--view the trailers:

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Find all of Susan's books on Amazon.

Saturday, May 11, 2013




I picked my NEW ADULT novella series for Apryl's blogfest. You can find FORGET ME and SHOCK ME here: Amazon

I am the doppelgänger; a myth, a night fright, and as singular in existence as an individual's dream—a demon's blunder. I have no name, no flesh, and no identity unless I wear one of you, a human. I'm supposed to kill you, but I just can't. I choose to double up—everyone has a twin, right? 

I select a host who will not be sharing the same space I intend to occupy for a period of time. Someone leaving town, or indisposed because of illness or accident; it works for me, elders be damned. Pardon the pun.

This is my life; I walk a thin wire between my world and yours, living vicariously one human at a time.

 Live fast, play hard, move on! That was my mantra...

...until I dressed myself in CeCe, Miss. I'm-So-Much-Better-Than-You, who was heading off to Europe with Mommy and Daddy before starting her first year of college. I wore her like a glove, enjoyed my time inside her--everything going fine--and then we met Gaire.

 All sparkly eyes, sexy laugh, red hair, tan and muscular, he intrigues me, attracts me, and turns on feelings 'I'm not supposed to own', so says my guardian. Sh-yeah, like I'm supposed to walk away from that.

I don't in fact, and that's when I find out he's not human, but the most feared creature Down Under, a wendigo—the ultimate bad boy. When he begins to tear my host apart, I shed her form and make like the wind, and swear never to look back. Only problem is, I can't forget him.

Time to find a new body. One Gaire will like. Because I want more than being a dark meaningless creature from Down Under pretending to be part of what's above Purgatory.

Damn it, I want to rock Gaire's world! Unfortunately, I'll have to find him first.

I am the wendigo-aswang, a half-breed. Yep, daddy, all wendigo, likes his prey alive and kicking. Mom, an aswang, prefers them dead. I prefer to imbibe in neither cold nor warm meat. Both of my parents are malevolent, cannibalistic creatures, and most feared Down Under.

I call myself Gaire, move from place to place and hide from a race that wants me dead. I can't fight what I am. They won't let me forget what I've done. That's why I went rogue.

That'd been my way of life for over thirteen years, without a hitch until CeCe walked in, all firm tits and deep dark secrets.I'd sworn never to attempt another relationship after the first ended with the death of a human. Hesitant, I tried to keep her at a distance. But man, the chick stirs the darkness inside me, and begs no mercy. Her obscurity is intoxicating, relentless. She carries a heady essence of Down Under, but damn me I can't grasp her identity, and when I ask, she gives nothing but fleshy taunts and hidden desires.

Hey, isn't it weird how an argument always knocks the crap out of indecisiveness? We fight, get off on all the wigged-out pheromones—and bang!—next thing I know we're both in my bed naked, in a frenzy of passion. As that passion culminates, she melts from my grasp and disappears in a puff of smoke. I can still feel her hunger, the soft skin under my claws, and the heady scent of blood in my nostrils; I can't get this woman out of my mind—pray I haven't killed her—and I have to find her.

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead~~Oscar Wilde

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August 5th - 20 authors, 20 books, .99


Amazon B&N  Kobo

Coming soon: #2 in the PURGATORY series

AN ebook novella series

 Released in May

Forget Me 

Book 1 in the Purgatory series

Purgatory, on eBook only


In the small town of Reed City, Michigan there are secrets well-kept like any other small city in rural America. But in the community surrounding the town common a dark secret begins to bleed from basements and attics onto the streets. One murder after the other takes place, and soon it becomes clear someone is trying to break the wicked circle of miss doings that have carried on from generation to generation in the heart this city.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What are you reading?



Picture A humorous paranormal thriller
Due to be released as an ebook November 2013 by Champagne Books

Supernatural abilities haunt her. Brainiac students taunt her. The FBI "Freak Squad" wants her.  Will
she abandon her extra sensory talents in favor of freedom, or or will she hone them to help catch crooks?

Former army brat, Ainsley Benton, may have finally found her place in this world, and it's among the freaks.  This small town art teacher has the ability to see, hear, and feel what other people are experiencing, and now the FBI’s freak squad wants to use her "human bug" abilities to catch bad guys.  Despite her fear of commitment, failure, and responsibility, Ainsley temporarily agrees to help this team of misfits, and ends up risking life and limb to investigate a conspiracy that may only be one of her schizophrenic co-worker’s paranoid delusions.

What others are saying about Hitchhiker:

"Ainsley always knew she was a little different from other people, but she didn't fully realize
what  paranormal gift she possessed until a small, secret government agency recruited  her to work for them. And what a motley crew these agents are, each with his or  her own special abilities - and personalities to match! Despite the danger, she  is drawn to the excitement her school teaching job cannot provide, and she signs  on - to begin an adventure that has her pursuing bad guys using her unique  power. Audra Middleton has created a cast of compelling characters who bond  together to form an
unusual family of sorts in their crime-fighting mission.  This is an intriguing and very enjoyable
~John L. DeBoer, author of The Flame (due out in  September), The Side Effect, and Get the  Picture?

The Hitchhiker had me laughing out loud throughout. Audra Middleton has a sense of humor second to none, and her dialogue is priceless as are the
incidents in her extremely well-plotted book about Ainsley, a school teacher with a wonky gene in her DNA that allows her to "hitchhike" on the minds of
criminals–whether she likes it or not.... Audra’s cast of supporting characters is so delightfully and deftly drawn, each with his or her own distinct foibles,
from a hypochondriac genius schizophrenic nerd, to a con-man who should be in jail, but is "assisting" the FBI, a female agent with absolutely no patience for Ainsley, however good an asset she might be to crime-stopper, and an over-worked, over-stressed senior agent "one cheeseburger away from a heart attack", this novel is one of the most entertaining I’ve ever read. I firmly believe, Audra Middleton is a name to watch for."
~Judy Griffith Gill, editor and author


  Here's what I've just finished reading: 


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Riveting and original, Wicked Hunger is a page turner.

Sister and brother, Vanessa and Zander Roth know only too well that self-control is important to the life they live and the lives of others around them because they were born with a wicked hunger; an uncontrollable hunger—the pain of others.

Imagine being a teen in high school where tempers are sure to flair, fights are certain to break out and contact sports are part of the daily curriculum. Any one of these issues can send either or both Roth teens into a frenzy of overwhelming, overpowering need to intensify, and feed on, the pain in others, real pain, the kind that usually ends in bloodshed.

While Zander uses the forceful contact sport, football to temper his hunger, Vanessa wears herself out with a grueling dedication to dance, and things seem to be manageable...until a new girl arrives at school. Ivy.

As Zander sees it, Ivy is all cute and sexy, and full of mysteries he wishes to delve into. The way Vanessa sees it, Ivy is all pushy, nosey, and full of secrets that will be the death of him.
While Ivy captures Zander's every waking thought with ravenous desire, the girl stirs Vanessa's anger, stimulates her hunger, and forces her to dig deeper into Ivy's motives.

What Zander and Vanessa both discover could change their lives forever.

DelSheree Gladden's first book in her new YA series Someone Wicked This Way Comes is a riveting story of uncontrollable bloodlust that turns dealing with family, friendships, trust, devotion and love into a WICKED HUNGER

~~~Susan Stec, author of The Grateful Undead series

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  The Ghost Files,by Apryl Baker
Giving it five really liked it (my current rating)

Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

About the Author:  
So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.


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I've always been weird, even as a child--might've been influenced by all those fairies and trolls living around Grandma's house. Could've been because my mother had dreams that came true, and Grandma read tarot cards. I don't know, but I don't think it's because I'm two different people (my family loves them both) and one of us talks to ghosts. After driving a food wagon onto construction sites during my hippie days (peace, love, and a sparkling marijuana induced smile) to investment banker--a plethora of 'career moves' in between--I've finally found my niche, writing what I love to read, fantasy and horror. I live with my husband (who is perfectly normal) and three King Charles spaniels (also normal) on 50 acres of woods, fields and streams in upper Michigan.