Saturday, December 2, 2017

Faith Hunter's FLAME IN THE DARK: Review & Excerpt

I am very happy to host a blog tour stop for Faith Hunter's latest book,  Flame In The Dark....

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

FLAME IN THE DARK (Soulwood #3)
Author: Faith Hunter
Publisher: Ace/Roc
December 5, 2017
Mass Market Paperback $7.99
352 pages
ISBN: 978-0451473332

Excerpt FLAME IN THE DARK: Part Thirteen

I looked at Occam and crossed my arms over my chest. Yummy was watching the byplay with the same kind of amusement that a human might display when watching monkeys in a zoo.

Occam looked around. Sighed. “Right. Okay. I see.” He handed me a camera. “Try anyway.”

I threw the blanket back at him and sat on the cement edge of a planter. Placed the camera on the ground prominently in front of me as if it had a purpose. I dug my fingers through six inches of mulch and stuck them into the soil. It was good- quality potting soil mixed with top soil. There was a nice concentration of nutrients. One spot where some stupid human had dumped in a cup of coffee. I boosted the tree, just in case the winter was long and cold, and withdrew my hand. “Nothing. But why do they think the shooter stood here? The rounds probably popped off the roof.” I looked up. So did Occam and Yummy, who pursed her mouth.

She laced her fingers together, bent her knees, and said, “Come on, cat. I’ll boost you up and you can pull me up. Maggot can wait down here.”

I spotted Rick in a group of suited men and women, mostly Secret Service and Ffeds. “I’ll be eavesdropping over there.” Occam didn’t acknowledge my comment. Without looking, he took a running start and bounded into Yummy’s hand. The vampire tossed him up and forward and he touched down on the roof with cat grace. In his cat form that leap would have been easy all on his own.

Yummy backed up and raced in, leaping onto the planter and pushing off with one foot. Occam reached out over the edge and grabbed her arm, pulling her up. They collided, fell out of sight, and hit the roof.

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My Review:

I love Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock books and I am becoming a huge fan of this series as well. Nell Ingram kicks butt in a different way than Jane does but it is no less powerful and in the end I think it is safe to say you don't want to mess with Nell Ingram. Fans of this series will be pleased to hear that several of the more troublesome problems Nell is dealing with are resolved while the romance angle continues to develop. Like the Jane Yellowrock books, I have found the rich character development to be a huge plus. Team and family continue to grow in this one and the powerful and stunning conclusion will leave you breathless. The element of mystery is strong and I didn't anticipate the revealing of that mystery at all. I give Flame In The Dark 5 stars.

The release date is December 5th but you can pre-order a copy on Amazon at the following link...
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The tour giveaway is for 3 sets of the 1st 2 Soulwood books ( BLOOD OF THE EARTH and CURSE ON THE LAND ) and one $50 Amazon gift card (US residents only)!

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New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Altogether she has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes two contemporary Urban Fantasy series: the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Jewel Meets Talia

It's my pleasure to team up with my friend and fellow Indie Author, Ivy Logan on this. I hope you enjoy!

-By Ivy Logan


A witch and a sorceress from different timelines meeting for a brief moment in time, do they have anything in common? What do they talk about?
Read on to find out.

Talia is on the run. It’s been a few months since she fled Aberevon. King Damien’s men are chasing her. With her gorgeous looks and cerulean blue hair hiding out is a challenge. She barely sleeps and has to be on her guard because she has no one else to depend on. No friend or family. She is alone.
This is when she meets Jewel.
Jewel is from the future. She accidentally stepped through a gateway in the Veil, the invisible barrier between worlds and timelines and reached the time to which Talia belongs.
Talia has been on the run but her family was in hiding even before she was cast adrift. She just never realized it. The warmth and love of her parents and brother compensated for the lack of friends. Yet, meeting Jewel is special. It doesn’t matter to Talia that Jewel is from another time. This is the first young person, her own age she can actually relate to. For Talia, Jewel is like a much needed breath of fresh air. Will Jewel make a difference to Talia’s sagging spirits?

Jewel : Why are you so worried? I am the one who has stepped into the past, and I’m not sure how I will return to my own time.

Talia : You have a problem Jewel and every reason to worry. I hope I am able to help you get back. I know how important home and family are. I have a reason to worry too. I bet you would feel the same if you were in my shoes. A mad and wicked king wants to marry me because he thinks I am an enchantress.

Jewel : So are you one? An enchantress, I mean?

Talia : It’s kind of complicated.

Jewel : What do you mean? Either you are or you aren’t. So which one is it?

Talia : I just learned about my roots and my legacy a few months ago. My mother, Caitlin was a sorceress but she never used magic in front of me. I grew up believing that I was an ordinary human child. I didn’t know I was a half-blood. She…she died before she could teach me any magic. During my childhood years my powers made an appearance only when I was very angry or extremely upset. But I couldn’t control them then and even today the situation is much the same. What is the use of magic if you can’t use it when you need it?

Jewel starts laughing. Talia stares at her in amazement and with a hurt look on her face.

Talia : I thought you were my friend. I’ve never had a friend before. But you are laughing at me.

Jewel : Don’t feel bad Talia. The reason I laughed was because I am also almost in the same boat as you. But I am a witch, a bit like an enchantress. In our time we have a school to hone our witchcraft skills, though. I go to the ‘Norma Jean's School of Witchery’. Despite that… Here is another reason for my laughter and your turn to promise not to laugh. We have a common problem. You say you have no control over your powers but at least you know that they are there. I can’t get even the most basic spells to work. Only Thor is able to help me.

Talia : Who is Thor? Your brother or father? Oh, Never mind! I get what you mean. You laughed, not at me but at the irony of the situation. Thank you for telling me the truth. I feel better now. I was so miserable before you got here. I didn’t think it could get worse. But it can. I can’t believe that I found a friend, someone like me and she has similar concerns. I don’t feel alone for the first time in a long time. How do you deal with the loneliness? Maybe I can get some ideas from you.

Jewel : I don’t have to because I am not alone. I have friends at school and they are always there for me. In fact I have to return home soon because a powerful magical device has been stolen and I have been recruited by a secret government agency made up of witches with special abilities to recover it. My friends always have my back.

Talia : Jewel you are so lucky. Lucky to have friends I mean. I had no one but my family and now they are all gone. I hope I find someone nice to trust someday. I like you but you will be going soon and I will be alone again. I hope you are not in any danger. I didn’t exactly understand everything you said but the work you are doing sounds dangerous.

Jewel : It is, but there is nothing I would rather do. I do like playing ‘Witch Pong’ for fun. What did you do in your free time?

Talia : Ah, well! I used to train a lot with my mother. She taught me to fight with swords and spears and also how to use the bow and arrow. Ah let me see.. Yes, I also often, disguised myself and hide in plain sight and my parents would try and spot me. I called this game ‘Hide-N-Seek’.

Jewel snorts.

Jewel : That sounds a lot like witch school. They only thing is your mother was your teacher. I didn’t ask about your training. I asked you what you used to do for fun, before your life on the run.

Talia smiles

Talia : I used to ride horses. I loved horses. We had our own stables and I had my own pony called ‘Liata’. Now I don’t know if I will ever have a horse of my own again. And yes one more thing, I used to play a lot with my younger brother, Joshua. But what is this witch tong?

Jewel starts laughing again.

Jewel : Witch Pong not Tong. It’s a game we witches play with magic balls and broomsticks. It is a whole lot of fun. I hope I get a chance to teach you some day.

At that moment an iridescent light falls on Jewel, she starts to fade. The air around her starts whooshing.

Talia : I think you are being pulled back into your own time, Jewel. I must say good-bye. It has been such a pleasure to meet you. I was feeling down and out, lonely and out of sorts but meeting you has shown me that everyone has problems. We have to find a way to deal with them, our own way. Thank you so much and good- bye, don’t forget, you have to teach me to play pong, someday. Farewell!

Jewel : Bye Talia. Be safe. Don’t lose hope and don’t let that king catch you. Until we meet again…..

‘Broken’ is Book One in The Breach Chronicles series by Ivy Logan. It is the tale of a young sorceress bereft of her powers but determined to avenge her family. For that she must rise from the ashes of destruction. Even though she thinks her heart is resistant, she can’t hide from love. Love find her and she find the courage to stand tall because all that is Broken Is Not Lost. Broken currently available for pre order releases on 1/12/17.

Broken Amazon Link

Ivy Logan Author Links

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

That's not quite true, of course. I once said that writing a book was the easy part. That was when the words were flowing and I couldn't stop writing. Now, the writing part is the hard part for me. I recently set my work in progress (Wiznewski James) to the side because I was having a hard time writing. I'm now working on The Dragon Egg: A Jewel Adventure. Maybe the change will help. Hang in there with me.

I see a lot of advertisements that make promises of best seller status. Usually these are written by best selling authors. I just wonder if I wrote a book on how to write a best seller, would it become a best seller? I don't think there are any easy buttons for this. I also believe each author has their own path to success. What works for one doesn't always work for others.

So after you write that book there is the editing, publishing, marketing, and promoting of the book. I try to have fun with it but there are many potholes in the road. When I first became an author I couldn't believe how hard it was to sell a few books. I had a few reviews I found hard to swallow. I discovered I had missed some typos. Recently I found my audio book plastered all over YouTube and that really hit me hard. It's so discouraging to see your work pirated like that. Especially when you are trying so hard just to sell a few books.

In any case, I will do my best to get past this and keep plugging along with my writing and promoting.

If you want to pay for my audio book so both the narrator and myself will make a few hard earned dollars in royalties, it's priced very reasonably on several platforms.

Amazon, Audible, iTunes links to Jade (audio book)...


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Goodbye Pronoun, Hello Kindle Unlimited

Back in March of this year, I made the decision to go wide with the distribution of my eBooks by using Pronoun, a publishing platform that would expand my distribution from just Amazon to places like Kobo, B&N, iTunes, & Google Play.

They were great to work with, had excellent response time when I had a question, and I was pleased to see some sales and royalties from these other distribution channels. That didn't last long as recently Pronoun announced it was shutting down. So it goes.

My eBooks are now exclusive to Amazon and if you are into the Kindle Unlimited thing, all my titles are now available through that program.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR

Welcome to the Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR.

Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Manoeuvre through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of- a -kind award awaits one lucky traveller.

You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.

Sally Webber's dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town--on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself--if she can stay alive that long.

Follow this exciting blog tour starting at your first stop UrbanHype101 and if you get lost in cyber space, come back to UrbanHype101 for the tour map.
There’s something new to read see or hear on each of these stops.
Don’t forget to hunt for that special word and if you find ALL of them, send them to and you could win a signed copy of Alienation and a gift pack of unique swag.
This contest is open internationally. 

I thought he would take me to the massive passageway and into the heart of the block: but no, he led me to the mural towering over the rest of the landing platform, the brightly colored orbs on the black ceramic background, dizzying in number and sizes.
A star map. A huge, overwhelming star map, crafted in a glittering mosaic on the wall. Probably no more than street art for the people who lived here, but jaw-dropping for a little human from Earth.
"We're here," Zander said, hopping into the air to point at a specific star, "in the core of the Alliance. Earth's not even mapped... but your sun is. It's right about... here."
He pointed out into the distance, to a small insignificant dot.
"The Alliance stretches... all that way?" I asked, taking in the vastness of the mural.
Zander nodded. "You seem impressed, but they're small players when you think about it. I've seen civilizations spanning not just solar systems, but entire galaxies. Plural. Some had cities with hundreds, if not thousands of planets. These are just your closest neighbors, Sally. Say hi."
"Hi," I repeated, awkwardly. I was engrossed in the map, trying to take all the hundreds of stars in, the thousands of planets in this Alliance. It was surreal, seeing for myself the conglomeration of planets I had heard so much about but barely believed existed. It was more than my mind could process.
"They have the same name for it as we do?" I stared at the little orb Zander had pointed me too, with the little word 'Sun' staring back at me, overlaid on the art with hologrammed pixels which glistened in the air.
"Nah, your brain is telling you what you want to see. I told you, your translator’s top of the line."
"I didn’t think it would still work, after two years."
"Two years," he repeated, as if he still couldn’t believe it. He obviously did not want to dwell: his face went from being excited, to a flicker of a frown, to his usual grin again in the span of a second. "So, you're far from home, Sally: same galaxy, at least, so no worries there. Just a few light years. Where do you want to go next?"
"What's this?" I asked, touching a large silver orb sticking out of the wall.
"Sally, No!" Zander lunged at me, but it was too late. My fingers fluttered over the cold surface. A long, apple green man-thing appeared in front of the map. While it had the eyes and mouth of a regular human, it looked as if the rest of him had been squashed by a steamroller, then reinflated to give him some depth. The thing was semi-transparent, and when it moved its mouth, I could see all the way through it.
"Mr. Gilmag." Zander shuddered. The weird green thing advanced like it had seen us, smiling with an unnaturally wide mouth.
"Hi, I'm Mr. Gilmag! The Da-Duhui tourism board would like to welcome you to Kurai," he said, in an obnoxiously chipper voice, "please enjoy our outstanding locations for shopping and dining. I will be your guide on this journey of self-discovery..."
"Off," Zander said. "Program execute? Program Complete? Program Terminated? Zing? Zap? End? Exit? Escape?"
"May I offer you a brief history of our city?" Mr. Gilmag said, ignoring Zander's attempts to subdue him. "Ten thousand years ago, after the third galactic war, a treaty of nonaggression was signed between the planets of Pyrina, Da-Duhui, and Vorace. When a greater threat presented itself from beyond..."
"Just keep walking." Zander put an arm over my shoulders to steer me away from the eager animation. "He shouldn't be able to follow us past a certain radius."
"It can follow us?"
"And I can hear you," said the hologram, putting its hands on its hips. "It's rude to interrupt. I'm not sure what quadrant you were raised in, but-"
"Oh, my gosh, I'm so sorry."
I pulled myself from Zander’s arm and gave the hologram an apologetic look, but the poor thing looked so hurt. I wanted to walk forward and give it a hug.
"He's a program, Sally. He has no feelings," hissed Zander while trying to drag me away. "It's programmed to say that so you listen to the whole shpiel."
"So what if I am?" Gilmag scoffed, "it doesn't mean I don't have feelings about—"
With that, Zander pushed me back, and we were out of its sphere of influence. Mr. Gilmag disappeared into computerized nothingness.
"What was that about?" I asked, staring at the place the green man had just been.
"A fresh attempt to catch the attention of Millionials." Zander sighed. "You coming?"

Thanks for reading. Now hop on to your spacecraft and visit.

6th October BrhiStokes