Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Happy Book Birthday to The Dragon's Magical Bride

It's here! The fun paranormal romance novel written in the amazing Kristen Painter's Nocturne Falls Universe is here and we are excited for you to read it.

Breaking a love spell on an ex-boyfriend never landed on Mirna Turan’s bucket list. But then the universe has a way of turning best laid plans upside down, even for a magical druid. 

Now, destiny is pushing Mirna back to Nocturne Falls, the hometown she has avoided for the past six years. She needs to go back to correct this mistake and acquire the dragon’s eye stone. When fate intervenes by bringing a dragon with a secret back into her life, will he make her want to stay? 

Being a dragon in this town never bothered Danila Smirnoff as fur, fangs, and even scales, are welcomed in Nocturne Falls. But harboring a secret about his supernatural side means keeping Mirna at a distance. Will she be able to break down his walls and tame his dragon, or will the truth tear them apart forever?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cover Reveal of New Book & Giveaway - The Dragon's Magical Bride!

The awesome Kristen Painter has invited Tina Moss and I to writein her amazing Nocturne Falls Universe - and we did! We are very excited to present the cover reveal and pre-order links. And, of course, there's a giveaway!

So, without further adieu, The Dragon's Magical Bride

Breaking a love spell on an ex-boyfriend never landed on Mirna Turan’s bucket list. But then the universe has a way of turning best laid plans upside down, even for a magical druid. 

Now, destiny is pushing Mirna back to Nocturne Falls, the hometown she has avoided for the past six years. She needs to go back to correct this mistake and acquire the dragon’s eye stone. When fate intervenes by bringing a dragon with a secret back into her life, will he make her want to stay? 

Being a dragon in this town never bothered Danila Smirnoff as fur, fangs, and even scales, are welcomed in Nocturne Falls. But harboring a secret about his supernatural side means keeping Mirna at a distance. Will she be able to break down his walls and tame his dragon, or will the truth tear them apart forever?

Pre-Order The Dragon's Magical Bride Releasing February 28th! 

Click on the links below to pre-order it from your favorite eBook retailer:


Be sure to find Tina and I on Facebook and say Hi!

And now for the Giveway (Please read Giveaway Rules below!)

 We are giving away signed paperbacks of our two paranormal novels: CODE BLACK and A TOUCH OF DARKNESS All you have to to to enter is answer this question on 
Kristen Painter's post:

Mirna gets into a tough spot when she decides to cast a love spell, and learns that magic has consequences. If you could cast a magical spell, what would you put out into the world? 

 **Giveaway Rules** - Comments must be on this original post and winner must be a fan of the Kristen Painter Author Page. . Facebook is in no way responsible for this giveaway. 1 winner will be picked using Woobox on February 22nd and announced on this post. Prize provided by Tina and Yelena. US Only due to shipping costs. Void where prohibited. (Melanie V""V)
**Winner will have 7 days from time of posting to claim their prize or it will be forfeit**

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Guest Post From the Author of Under the Approaching Dark, Anna Belfrage



Under the Approaching Dark by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: April 28, 2017 Matador eBook & Paperback; 424 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction


Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him: Hugh Despenser is dead and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favour of his young son. It is time to look forward, to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over. After years of strife, England in the early months of 1327 is a country in need of stability, and many turn with hope towards the new young king, Edward III. But Edward is too young to rule, so instead it is his mother, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who do the actual governing, much to the dislike of barons such as Henry of Lancaster. In the north, the Scots take advantage of the weakened state of the realm and raid with impunity. Closer to court, it is Mortimer’s increasing powers that cause concerns – both among his enemies, but also for men like Adam, who loves Mortimer dearly, but loves the young king just as much. When it is announced that Edward II has died in September of 1327, what has so far been a grumble grows into voluble protests against Mortimer. Yet again, the spectre of rebellion haunts the land, and things are further complicated by the reappearance of one of Adam’s personal enemies. Soon enough, he and his beloved wife Kit are fighting for their survival – even more so when Adam is given a task that puts them both in the gravest of dangers.

"The writing is impeccable. The story has everything. Under the Approaching Dark is just perfect in every sense" - Sharon Bennett Connolly, History The Interesting Bits

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No discipline, no output

By Anna Belfrage 

First of all, thank you Yelena for hosting me today. I must admit to being rather in awe of you what with your black belt in karate AND your writing. I imagine the discipline instilled by your martial arts training has also influenced your approach to writing, and today I thought I’d write a bit about discipline—as a balancing quality to the flight of fancy every writing endeavour contains.

Writing is a very creative process. In the initial stages, there’s not much discipline around as I’m so caught up in developing the story I often forget both to cook and shop, causing me to survive on copious amounts of tea and too much chocolate. This stage is exhausting – productivity is at an all-time high and I am burning energy as if there is no tomorrow, especially as I also have a pretty demanding day-job. 

Some writers love this part of the process. I don’t, uncomfortable with the way I am engulfed by the creative side in me. You see, in all other aspects of my life I am VERY disciplined. I write lists. I plan dinners a week at the time. I am a structural fascist. Having my brain taken over by my characters—and a loud and opinionated lot they are—is way out of my comfort zone, however exhilarating it is. 

Fortunately, once the first draft is in place, I can resort to structure. This is when I rewrite and revise. Historical fiction authors come in all sizes. For some, the human-interest angle overshadows everything else, and a couple of historical errors is neither here nor there. For others, the historical facts must be as correct as they can be. I belong to the latter category, and my penchant for lists and structure—discipline—come in handy when I doublecheck my facts. Or when I chase up little details such as on what day exactly was there a full moon in April of 1328. Or spend hours studying what medieval maps I can find of the various towns in which my story takes place. 

I think this is my favourite phase of the writing process, lovely hours spent organising my work, comparing my research notes with the story and the settings. This is also when I discover that perfect scene in which my heroine is staring out towards the west and the setting sun has to go as the castle she is in would not offer all that much of a view to the west. I sigh mightily at having to cut the scene—but pat myself on the back for having the fortitude to do so. After all, facts are facts. 

Mind you, a historical novel without human-interest would be pretty boring. Especially, if like me, you’re into searing love stories, intense love scenes and some sort of HEA. So while the discipline—fact-checking, plot-structure, realistic character arcs, revised grammar & spelling—build the foundations, it is the creative whimsy, the actual people, their lives and loves, which make up the icing. And who wants cake without an icing, hey? Not me, at any rate! 

My latest release is set in 14th century England: An inept king is forcibly deposed and replaced by his young son; the queen mother and her lover Roger Mortimer take over the actual ruling and the barons of England don’t like it one bit, to be lorded over by an adulterous wife and her bit on the side. This is all historical fact, hours of research laying the framework for the story. A story with plenty of human-interest as it stands, but to really spice things up I’ve added the fictional character Adam de Guirande, torn between his love for his young king, his former lord Mortimer—and his wife. 

The end result is (I hope) quite the heady brew of medieval intrigue, treachery and passion. But it is the disciplined approach to historical facts and trivia that help build the setting and atmosphere. It is through discipline that I build my medieval world, lacing it with sufficient details to transport the readers right into the draughty guest hall of the Priory of St Mary, one very cold December day in 1327. 

It had been decided that the former king was to be buried at St Peter’s Abbey in Gloucester. Some days into December, the court was slowly making its way across a sodden and gloomy England, the king preferring to ride apart with his young companions. 

They arrived in Worcester in a squall of rain and sleet. Kit had never entered Worcester from the east before, having always approached from the west and over the bridge spanning the Severn, but once through the gate, the town was very much as she remembered it—albeit surprisingly empty of people, which she took to be due to the freezing weather. They made their way towards the river and the huge whitewashed church of the priory of St Mary’s, stark against the grey skies beyond. By the time they were ushered inside the priory’s guest hall, they were muddy and cold to the bone. 

Kit settled herself in a corner, waiting for the bustle to settle. The queen insisted on private accommodation, and the little prior bowed and scraped, hands twisting nervously as he assured his lady queen he would do everything to fulfil her wishes.

Kit pulled her damp cloak closer and suppressed a shiver. 

“Cold?” King Edward sat down beside her.

“And wet.” 

So was he, his hair plastered to his head. A day of constant wind and rain had left him with windburn, he had a streak of mud under his right eye, and his boots squelched when he moved. And yet it wasn’t that which moved her to place a hand on his face—it was the shadows under his eyes, the uncertain set to his mouth. 

“It will be over soon, my lord.”  

“Will it?” He pulled off his gloves, rubbing his hands. “I am not so sure, Lady Kit.” He scraped at a scab on his hand, studying the little beads of blood intently.

“Once he is laid at rest, things will be easier.” She used her sleeve to wipe his hand clean of blood. 

Edward grunted, no more, sinking into a heavy silence. Kit cast about for a somewhat cheerier subject. 

 “Looking forward to your wedding, my lord?” 

The king blinked. “My wedding?” His mouth curved into a soft smile, and he nodded. “She will be on her way soon.” He gnawed his lip, throwing Kit a look from under long, fair lashes. “I hope she is as pleased as I am.”

“Oh, I am sure she is.” 

“Truly?” He smiled again, briefly. He made as if to say something, broke off. Kit waited. “I…” He turned troubled eyes on Kit. “I have never…er…deflowered a maid.”

“I am glad to hear that,” Kit said, laughing silently at his discomfited expression. 

“Will I hurt her? I don’t want to, but Montagu says it always hurts the first time for a woman.” He leaned back against the wall, long legs extended before him.
“It doesn’t have to.” Kit recalled her own wedding night. It had been uncomfortable as Adam had been convinced she was no virgin. But he had made amends, loving her with far more tenderness the second time around. 

“Lady Philippa will have been told two things: that it may hurt, and that she must lay back and bear it—as any good wife must.” She rubbed at her belly. In response, the child within kicked. “If you want a happy marriage, you don’t want her to lay back and bear it, my lord. You want her to enjoy it.” From the amused look in the king’s eyes and the heat in her cheeks, Kit suspected she was presently the bright red of rowan berries, but she pushed on. “You must…well, I suppose you have to…” She glared at him. “Why don’t you ask Adam instead?”

“He’s not a woman.” The king studied his hands. “I have to touch her, don’t I?” 

He cleared his throat. “Everywhere.”

“Yes.” Kit fiddled with the clasps of her cloak. “Touch her and kiss her until she strains towards you.”

“What if she doesn’t?”

“Then you’re not touching her boldly enough.” 

The king grinned. “Can I hope for some demonstrations, Lady Kit?”

“Most certainly not!” She stood. “If you want further guidance, I suggest you ask someone else.”

“Like Adam.” Yet again that broad grin. “He must do everything right, to judge from your bright face, my lady.”

Kit grinned back, patting her belly. “As a matter of fact, my lord, he does.”

Thank you Anna, for the great post!

About the Author


Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she's multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer - or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive… For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she's still there. Other than on her website,, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Interview With Historical Fiction and Fantasy Author Amalia Carosella


Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella

Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 442 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval Romance
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Greenland, AD 1000 More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband. New Hampshire, 2016 Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon. In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

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Hi Amalia, thank you for taking the time to give our readers an interview.

1.    Tell us a bit about your new book, Daughter of a Thousand Years.

Daughter of a Thousand Years is about the timeless struggle for freedom to exist as we are, to worship as we please, and build a place for ourselves within the greater community of the world – this is something that Freydis struggles with in Viking Age Greenland, and something that Emma’s still struggling to work out in today’s world.  That fight is what connects their stories across time.

2.    What did you love writing about it? What was hard to write?

This was the hardest book I’ve ever written. It terrified me and it put a hard deadline on a lot of personal things I had kind of been putting off addressing. I mean, I’ve written books that dealt with issues I was coping with on a subconscious level before – but this was the first time I was writing a book that dealt with things I knew I wasn’t ready to face for myself. So that added a whole extra layer of emotional turmoil to the process! But ultimately, I love that this book exists. I love that it offers people a different perspective. I love that it has the potential to reach people who need to read it. That it might just change someone’s life, because they’ll know they aren’t alone. All the tears and stress and heartbreak is worth it for that chance. To give someone that gift when they need it most.

3.    What is your favorite period to write about and why?

I love Bronze Age Greece. I think I will always love Bronze Age Greece the most. Because there is so much room to explore, and we only have these tantalizing glimpses to fire our imagination – that’s pretty much my ideal for writing. But...  I won’t say I’m not interested in potentially revisiting the Viking Age someday, either. :)

4.    What is the favorite place in the world you traveled to? Where do you want to go next?

I am, sadly, poorly traveled right now. The majority of my adventures have been domestic, with just a few jaunts across the border North to Canada when I was younger. But my parents gave me and my siblings an amazing gift when we were young (I was only 3 but I still remember parts of it!) and took us all around the continental United States by car, camping out along the way, and I wish I’d been a little older to remember it better, but it’s definitely something that stuck with me!

There are a million places I’d love to go, though. First up is Iceland – that’s my number one travel priority – and then definitely I’d love to go to Greece and see the Bronze Age ruins everywhere there. Then Rome. Britain! All of Scandinavia. There is so much history to see!

5.    What is your advice for aspiring authors?

Develop a habit. Build in yourself the habit of sitting down in front of your word document and putting words on the page. Once you have that, and your creative muscles have been trained to work with just that small level of discipline, you can play around with how you approach your goals and projects to find the most productive methods and fine tune, but ultimately, I think it all starts with that habit of writing. I know it changed my writing life.

On the other side of that coin, be kind to yourself. Be mindful of where you’re at and don’t drive yourself into burn out. Find the joy and the love and the passion for writing and keep that foremost. If that fire starts to flicker out or dim, give yourself permission to take the time you need to refill the tanks and rekindle that joy.

6.    Why the love for goats? :)

Ha! Well, there’s the obvious association with Thor. Goats are his companion animals. He has a pair, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr, that pull his chariot and he can also kill them and eat them while he’s adventuring, and as long as he leaves the bones whole and unbroken, he can resurrect them again to continue on the next day. I love this element of Thor’s mythology so much because it makes it really clear that he’s in tune with the average farmer – he’s not fancy, and he doesn’t need fancy livestock like an eight-legged horse or golden boars. He’s practical and grounded. He’s the god of the common people, not kings and nobles.

But also I just think they’re kind of fun, and I have a REALLY BIG YARD that is kind of a pain to keep up, so I feel like goats would be a good life choice from a more practical perspective!

Quick questions round:

1.    Coffee or Tea
Herbal Tea – and mostly only when I’m sick.

2.    Ideal vacation
The kind where you kind of take a really extended stay and completely immerse yourself in the people and the culture and the area, without having to go crazy trying to jam everything you ever wanted to see into five days. I’d really love to have a month or three or six to just explore at my own pace and LIVE in a different place.

3.    Writing at home, in a café or in a park

At home. A park wouldn’t be terrible, but I think I’d get pretty distracted and not get a lot done. Being at home (most of the time) allows me to focus and not worry about whether my battery is going to make it, or what the people on the other side of the room are whispering about, or what time the place closes, etc. When I want to write, I just want to write, with as little disruption as possible!

Thank you Amalia, this was fun!

About the Author

03_amalia-carosella-authorAmalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at She also writes myth-steeped fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Amalia Dillin. Learn more about her other works at You can connect with Amalia Carosella on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google+. Sign up for her newsletter, The Amaliad, for news and updates.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Name Your Demon Box Set Book Birthday and Giveaway!

Today, we are celebrating the release of the Name Your Demon box set, a collection of 15 amazing novels for only $0.99. This is a great way to discover new favorite authors and to catch up with your favorites. This set includes A Touch of Darkness, the first novel in the Key Series, co-authored by Tina Moss and yours truly.

The set is available today at all major ebook retailers. Pick up your copy today!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a truly great 2017, filled with love of friends and family, amazing opportunities, good health, laughter, self-improvement, inspiration and lots of good things!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Giveaway from City Owl Press!

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