Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Romance Spotlight, Guest Post, & Giveaway on the Forever Beth (The Truth Of It All) by Elizabeth Cook-Howard Tour


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 11/24/14 – 12/1/14
Genres: Romance
Tour Promo Price: All of the author’s books will be offered at $.99! Get it for free with Kindle Unlimited!

The dignity of a woman is not defined by the clothes on her back, money she may or may not have or the success of her man. Dignity is defined by the challenges faced and conquered, nobility of character and worthiness.  For Beth Walker who has endured a lifetime of tumultuous storms once again finds herself at a crossroad. When she thought her life was at the peak of all happiness (blessed with a healthy child, married to a man who loved and adored her and more importantly to be alive to experience it all) memories of her past continue to haunt her daily living and intensifies her need to understand her past to have a future
The Truth of It All, book three and final installment in the Forever Beth Series finally exposes who is really behind Beth’s abduction and attempted murder, the murders of Rosie and Rosa Morales and who is ultimately responsible for the tragedies Beth has endured. But most importantly the question readers have had since Lost and found (1st installment in the Forever Beth Series) regarding Kevin’s instant eagerness to protect and watch over Beth from that first encounter at the Morales’s murder scene is finally reveled.
The conclusion to a three part romance – mystery filled page turner that keeps you guessing to the very end. Forever a Beth The Truth Of it All.
I stare at the television hoping to see anything other than another update on my health or the news of the century, Detective Kevin Walker with the NYPD slumming as a detective when all along a multimillionaire himself and sole heir to his grandfather’s billion dollar empire.  One reporter questioning the police department’s background checks and confirming that higher ups knew who he was.
Cynthia and Kevin over the past few weeks done well keeping the TV channel on everything but the news and newspapers, not one seen in anyone’s possession while visiting with me. It wasn’t until yesterday that I was able to change the channel on the TV, changing to the local news. The only time really I was awake and Kevin getting some much needed sleep. I turn to look at my husband now sleep in a very uncomfortable chair. His long legs stretched across, one hand holding up his head the other lingering into the bassinet, touching our pride and joy’s hand as they each sleep. I smile instantly. I hope his nap last longer than the usual twenty minutes.

Already four in the morning and I find myself restless and bored. I begin watching PBS – How to Paint. Not really paying attention I turn and re focus on my husband and our sweet bundle of joy. I fight tears battling to come forth. It’s been several weeks since that day, many weeks here in this hospital. But in a few hours we are heading finally home. Back to comfort back to the one place I feel the safest. Although not one word spoken by anyone regarding that day, the pain and tears tell it all. JD breaking down each time I recall him sitting with me. I remember him saying “I’m not a praying man but I thank the heavens for your survival and for blessing me with my first great grandchild”. Until a few days ago too weak to speak all I could do was smile at JD and lightly squeeze his hand.
My loving sister aged a bit through all this – because of all this. Yesterday pointing out the grey hairs I caused. It felt good to laugh with her again. But the pain, I see it. Everyone being brave, not saying a word. Adele and John too by my side. Worried for me yes but my heartaches knowing their tears were and are more so for their grandson. I heard it in Adele’s voice shortly after. Sitting with me, whispering in my ear, “My grandson loves you with all he has to give. Baby you can’t leave him, he only just begun to live”. So much pain I’ve caused and the one person I seemed to hurt the most is the man whose made me the happiest I’ve ever been.
Interrupting my pity party, Nurse Cathy enters. I immediately put my finger over my lips and point to Kevin. With a smile and nod she understands.
In a whisper He finally sleeps!
Smiling, yes hopefully he will get somewhat of a decent rest.
How are you feeling?
Great. No offense but I can’t wait for my discharge later today.
No offense taken, you’ve been here almost five weeks now. But leaving here doesn’t mean you’re done healing, you will have several restrictions to adhere to.
Before I can respond, I hear Kevin’s voice. Stretching both his arms and legs Oh she will adhere to each and every rule I assure you.
Nurse Cathy smiles at me
Kevin I didn’t mean to wake you.
You didn’t. And why are you up?
Couldn’t sleep.
Mrs. Walker would you like something to help you sleep?
No.. No I’m fine. Plus a rare opportunity to see my husband sleep.
Presenting a bit embarrassed I’m going to leave you two. I’m right outside if you need anything.
Thank you Kevin responds as he stands, stretches again and lays next to me. Pulling me closer into him we lay in each other’s embrace. Kissing the top of my head while caressing my arm I missed this…I missed having you in my arms.  
I know the feeling Mr. Walker but knowing you were and are with me is enough to get me by until we get home. Lifting myself up to look Kevin directly in his eyes Which by the way, I need you to promise me when we get home no fuss and you will rest.
Smiling Me rest? You need to promise me you will take an easy…. Bed rest only, nothing more.
We will see. But right now resuming my position but snuggling closer, it feels good to be in your arms. I’m going to take advantage of this before our beautiful bundle of joy wakes.
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About the Author:
Elizabeth Cook-Howard is a fulltime professional in the social services field, wife and mother to four beautiful children. Born and raised in Queens New York, moved and settled in the Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York to raise her family. Creating and writing mystery – budding romance stories since her early teens, it wasn’t until entering her forties that she decided to pen and self-publish her work, hence the Forever Beth Series  - “Lost and Found”, “Our Love” and more recent “The Truth of it All”.
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Guest Post by Elizabeth Cook-Howard:
Reflecting on my writing journey (where I'm at so far, where I've been and envisioning where I am going) I tend to focus my thoughts to only two years ago, when I began writing the Forever Beth Series. But by doing so I'm cheating myself and not honoring the many stories written but never seen by others.
I remember in Junior High sitting in English class and the theme for our midterm essay was to write a story about a tomato. First I thought "a tomato really"? But I did it, I wrote whatever - didn't care, anything to just complete the assignment. That was on a Friday. Monday morning sitting in class I was handed back my paper with a questionnaire about my High School choice and a letter of recommendation for entrance into a Creative Writing honors class.
Many many many (I can add a few more many) years from that day my writing consisted of report writing, progress notes - all work related. I still doodled now and then – writing short stories and certainly played out stories in my head. But my push to write and self-publish was my oldest son leaving for college. Although I had the waterfalls going, I pushed those emotions into motivation to write and by doing so I must say I amazed myself. Through my writing to date I've conquered so many fears such as judgment from others, rejection and more importantly acceptance.
Very much so a newbie - novice in this crazy wonderful writing world, I look forward to any and all opportunities to share my stories with anyone interested. My writing journey continues…..


Fantasy Spotlight & Giveaway: Snow Wars by N.S. Grimm $.99


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/28/14 – 11/25/14
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian Fantasy, Young Adult (18 + over).
General Note: there are graphic battle scenes, soft sexual content, drinking, and some gay and lesbian characters (in books 2&3) in this series.
Tour Promotional Price: $.99

~~In a world covered by snow, where deadly predators are everywhere, resources scarce, and love even more elusive, two young women hold the key to the mysterious death and destruction surrounding their cave dwelling people. One side wants to keep these women alive and the other side wants to see them dead, but how can these young women tell the difference between the two sides? And what is the dark secret in their past that holds the key to the threats of today?
The sole survivor of a bloody genocide attempt, Iana runs for her life, but is there anywhere safe to run? Daniel swore to his dying brother that he would protect the small woman and her sister, but how can he help a girl who continually puts her life in danger? As Daniel binds Iana closer to himself, and his own dark secret life, Iana finds herself drawn to him in more than one way.

“Hang on, Nathanial. I’m coming to get you,” Iana said.
The Raven Dog above her seemed reinvigorated at this new movement from its trapped prey. The mad dog danced on the edge above her with snapping jaws and bloody teeth. Every move the creature made sent rock and dirt cascading over Iana’s head. Her grip was already precarious and weak on the rocky cliff she was scaling. Any amount of falling debris was dangerous and could dislodge her handholds, causing her to fall.
“Iana, what are you doing? Don’t do it; stay where you are.”
“Still trying to tell me what to do Nathanial?” Iana tossed back to him, trying to keep both their spirits up. “Haven’t you learned yet?”
“Don’t risk this, Iana. I’m not worth it.”
“Yes you are!” she countered and continued to creep slowly over toward him. Her hands were shaking so hard she was scared they would shake off the rocky ledge. Maybe she should have taken off her gloves, but then she would just have the cold to deal with.
“Iana, go back. It’s too dangerous. There is snow all over that cliff; you will slip and fall.”
Iana looked over to the bush where the wind was blowing against him. He was very pale in the dusty pink light of the setting sun. He was too white Iana thought.
“Keep talking to me, Nathanial, okay?” she yelled at him.
A frigid gust of wind blew up, tossing Iana’s hair wildly. The snow swirled about, blinding her temporarily. Iana clung closer to the rough cliff wall with her eyes squeezed tight, waiting till it died down. Her lips were quivering now, but she didn’t know if it was from the cold or fear. What had made her think she could climb across to him like this?
“Hey, Easterner,” Nathanial called to her, “never seen a mouse so bad at climbing before; maybe you should have stayed behind?” he teased.
Iana opened her eyes and shot him a look that could kill. Rising to the challenge, she said, “Don’t worry, mice are very good at improvising when it comes to survival.”
Iana was frozen with fear. She could feel the tears of anger and despair start to well up in her eyes and she fought hard to push them away. She hadn’t been climbing long when Nathanial decided to continue his harassment.
“You really aren’t very good at that you know,” he said.
Iana screamed back in mock frustration, “Training for rock climbing isn’t till the next lunar!”
Nathanial kept the banter up in a lighthearted voice, but when Iana looked his way she could see his eyes were closed against the cold and he was shaking as he tried to hang on.
“I’m just saying…that you might want to work on that when we get back if you want to be a Rambler,” he continued teasing her in a trembling voice.
“I’m beginning to rethink that occupational choice at the moment,” Iana confessed, only half joking.
Nathanial laughed into the wind this time. “Aha! I knew you didn’t really want to make this run today,” he joked.
“Haven’t you bled to death yet?” Iana countered, and Nathanial laughed out loud again.
It was good to hear him laugh. Nathanial was quiet for a long moment. When he spoke next, it was in a low and serious voice. “You know I didn’t mean all that mean stuff I said to you back there at the start ribbon.”
“I know,” Iana said, forgiving him.
She paused a moment and leaned her head against the rock wall to catch her breath. It was then that Iana noticed the absence of the Raven dog from overhead. She held her breath and waited for it to return. Shadows passed over and Iana sniffed hard against her runny nose. The longer she waited, the more her nerves set on edge. Suddenly a head appeared over the edge—a human head. It was Daniel reaching his hand down to her.

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About the Author:
NS Grimm is a new and upcoming American writer with self-published works in multiple genres. Works always focus on strong female characters with a passion for life and love. Her international experience finds its way into all her books in one way or another. Raised in Texas, GRIMM is the last child of three. Hobbies include: kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, gardening, house flipping, sewing, singing, ballet, scuba and visiting museums of any type.

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Official Website of NSGRIMM
Email: NSGRIMM100@gmail.com
Amazon Author Page
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Grand Prize (1 winner)
  • Amazon or Nook gift card $50.00
  • Sneak Peek, Book Cover reveal for Book #6 of the Snow Wars Series. The final book of the Snow Wars Series (Homecoming, book #6) jacket cover has never been released to the public. You will get a framed and autographed copy of the cover.
First Prize (2 winners)
  • Amazon or Nook gift card $30.00
  • Autographed Book Cover Book #1 of the Snow Wars Series. You will get a framed and autographed copy of the cover art for book #1 Snow Wars.
Second Prize (5 winners)
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Monday, November 17, 2014

No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It (Paranormal Shapeshifter BBW Romance) (Grayslake Book 1) by Celia Kyle

The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it.

Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that.

The GRAYSLAKE series:
1. No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It
2. All Roar and No Bite
3. Roaring Up the Wrong Tree
4. Love at First Roar


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Ex-dance teacher, former accountant and erstwhile collectible doll salesperson, Celia Kyle now writes paranormal romances for readers who:

1) Like super hunky heroes (they generally get furry)

2) Dig beautiful women (who have a few more curves than the average lady)

3) Love laughing in (and out of) bed.

It goes without saying that there's always a happily-ever-after for her characters, even if there are a few road bumps along the way.

Today she lives in central Florida and writes full-time with the support of her loving husband and two finicky cats.

You can find Celia online at: http://celiakyle.com | http://facebook.com/authorceliakyle | http://twitter.com/celiakyle

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Instinctual by Amanda Mackey Romance Blog Tour/Giveaway


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/21/14 – 11/18/14
Genres: Romance, Drama, Suspense
Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched?
How much do you trust your gut instincts?

Kate Fitzpatrick’s intuitive gift warns her that her ex-lover Jake Alexander has arrived in her idyllic hometown of Vernazza, Italy, but she tries to shrug it off as being overworked and tired.
When Jake appears in front of her in a lonely, dark alley looking sexier than ever, Kate’s worst fears are confirmed.
She fights the magnetic pull between them, feeling guilty that her new boyfriend is out of town on business.
But after a serious fall that leaves Kate between life and death, she soon discovers that Jake’s arrival, and their intense connection, may be the only thing that can save her…

Her wall was crumbling fast as choked sobs escaped. Her teeth clenched as she willed her body to be strong and behave.
An apology just didn’t cut it. What a nerve thinking he could just waltz back into Vernazza and expect her to be anything other than angry with him? What did he hope her reaction to be?
“You’ve been stalking me!” She turned her head slightly to project her voice.
“No! I haven’t! I had to find you. There is so much I need to tell you, only I didn’t expect…”
“What? What didn’t you expect? Spit it out Jake and hurry up!”
“Something has happened to you! I tried to tell you earlier. You’re in danger!”
“Danger? The only danger I’m in is from you. I don’t want you here. Why can’t you understand that?” Did he not understand English? She’d practically spelt it out for him in every way possible.
And he thinks I’m the stubborn one! Okay, you’re doing good Kate. Stay strong.
“I’m here to help you. You need to hear me out. I promise, if you listen to what I have to say and you still want me to go, I will. I’ll go and I’ll never bother you again.”
Silence. Jesus! Why was she even considering this? It was absurd.
“How do I know you’re not lying to try to get me to forgive you?”
“I wouldn’t lie about something like this. About you. This is a life or death situation. I’ve never been more serious about anything. Except for my feelings for you. They will never change. You have to hear me out and then I’ll leave. You have my word.”

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ITunes: Book 2

About the Author:
Amanda Mackey was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when she was 12 years old with her family, where she has lived ever since. She has loved books since an early age and is an avid reader. This has helped lay the foundation for her writing. She’s published 2 non-fiction books and has her fiction novels titled, Instinctual and Instinctual 2 out now.
Amanda hopes to make writing her full time career.

Trivia About Amanda Mackey:
I spend my free time avidly reading, next to spending time with family of course! I have an addiction to all things books!

My favourite part of writing is when I get an idea in my head for a book and actually start. It’s an amazing feeling to begin creating something from an idea in your head. Instinctual came to me while driving my kids to school!!

My interest in writing came about from a young age when I dabbled in writing poetry. It was a feeling inside me that beckoned to come out. I was in my early 20’s when the desire to write a full novel hit.

Advice for other writers is to continually hone your craft by learning all you can about the art of writing. I’m continually trying to improve mine! Also if you believe in yourself and your work it’s only a matter of time before others will too.

Some more needless trivia about me:
1 My favourite colour is not one but two colours. Blue and Green are equally my favourites.

2. My favourite holiday was a 6 week trip to the US when I was just 18. I travelled alone from Australia and ventured on a 3 week camping tour and then I stayed with a pen-pal whom I met for the first time for the other three weeks.

3. My most embarrassing moment was when I worked at Seaworld and a friend of mine who is a voice-over expert pretended to call me up at work, claiming she was a well-recognized television personality and I believed her!!

4. My dream vacation would be visiting the setting of Instinctual which is in Vernazza, Italy.

5. Something unique about me is that I have an extra bone near my shoulder clavicle.

6. One food I will never touch is fish eggs or roe.

7. Favourite book is a hard one because I have read so many but I would have to say the Hush Hush series – Becca Fitzpatrick.

8. Writing snack of choice is cashew nuts and coffee.

9. Top hobby I do when not writing is read, read, read.

10. My favourite animal would have to be the tiger. Would love to work with them.

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The Right Guy by MK Hunt on the Romance Blog Tour/Giveaway


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/15-14 – 11/12/14
Genres: Romance, Suspense

2 romance suspense stories about what 2 girls went through to get the right guy.
In story 1 a young girl runs out of gas, at midnight, in the worst part of town with no phone!
In story 2, survival not love becomes the goal after a lethal office invasion where she becomes a hostage.

Brad, the level headed young business leader, had to keep his boundaries too. He reminded himself she was here to discuss his father’s death, not as entertainment. He wanted to crush his lips against hers, and then fall back, his body half over her, fingers exploring her.
He used his remaining fragments of willpower to pull his mind and body away from her emotionally. Brad suddenly got to his feet. “Our interview is over, I’ll let you know!”

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MK has a Masters in behavioral science, is an instructor and faculty member in a college. She is also a graduate of Otis Parson’s school of fashion design.
She lives with her husband in southern California.
Her favorite hobby is exploring, anything and everywhere. It might be exploring the back streets of south central Los Angeles where the hoods rule, or the back alley’s of Manhattan where you are likely to find a button shop that’s been selling buttons for 100 years and looks like it did when it first opened. It might be Ankor aWat in Cambodia or Palmyra in Syria.

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Email: mkhunthrillers@gmail.com
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gorgeous Covers But Terrible Writing

I've been pouring through the Kindle Unlimited offerings since starting my membership and reading like mad. Along the way, I've found some great books, but I honestly have to say they are few and far between. Luckily for me, a few of my favorite Indie authors are offering their books on this service, and I've found a few older books available from authors I've enjoyed in the past (traditionally published). 

Unfortunately, though, I've yet to find any new favorites amongst the offerings. And I hate that! I was so hoping to find some great new books to enjoy. But instead I've wasted a lot of time searching and searching just to try out a book and end up moving on. 

Why? Because the books I've tried haven't been enjoyable.

I can deal with a few typos from Indie authors. Honestly, this doesn't bother me. What does bug me, though, is when the sentences don't flow right. If the sentences aren't good, that ruins the entire book. And it really eats up a lot of your time trying to search through the books. 

I've also been checking out Facebook groups for some Kindle Unlimited recommendations. If you've used this service, you know that the search is not the best. And when you do search, the same books just pop up, over and over again. I wish Amazon offered some way for customers to click on a book so it doesn't show up in their search results anymore. 

Anyhow, one thing I've noticed on the Facebook groups is that the same people post the same books over and over again. And if you change to a different group, the same author has posted on there, too. And to me, it's kind of a turn off to see an author boasting or bragging on their very own book. 

Some common things I see are:

There's a lot of excitement right now about (insert book name here). 

Fans can't get enough of my book (insert book name here). 

10 five star reviews of my book (insert book name here). 

There is one author in particular that is really bad about this. She's got a bunch of graphics made up with her books (sexy kinds), and she's clearly spent a lot of money for professional covers. But her one star reviews far outweigh her five star reviews. I decided to see why, and I couldn't even make it past the second page. The book was terrible. She needed an editor desperately, and likely more than one. One reviewer even said something about she couldn't understand where all the glowing reviews were coming from and wanted to know if she was reading the same book. 

So the writer has spent a lot of time and money making a pretty book cover, but she's overlooked the most important thing... Writing a book that people want to read. And she's still heavily promoting herself on every available channel, bragging about the small number of five star review she has and encouraging others to buy her books. In a way, this is very sad. 

And I've been seeing a lot of this on Kindle Unlimited with gorgeous book covers but terrible books. 

Kindle Unlimited has started some type of All Stars thing. If I had to guess, I would guess that they are trying to draw in the best of the best in self publishers or entice publishing houses to sign on. And I hate to say it, but if traditionally published authors did come on board, I'm afraid it would put a lot of self publishers out of business. Readers would be flocking to the traditionally published books, simply because they know that these books have been edited. They've been read by several experts in the field and polished up until they shine. 

I'm all for Indie publishing. That's why I have this blog. There are a lot of excellent writers out there publishing their own books, and I'm glad for it. I enjoy reading these types of books. What I'm about to say next is not intended for these types of authors... instead, it's intended for those that are putting out terrible books with pretty covers and seemingly not caring...

Readers notice this. Readers remember authors that write sloppy books, and they will not purchase another one of your books. If your story doesn't flow well, you're only hurting your own career. Instead of investing all your time and money into making graphics and blasting your book, please take the time to hire editors to make your book readable. If the book is not readable, you're only wasting your own time and the time of those that try to read your book. And most readers don't forget a terrible story. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Possession Of My Heart by Kia Carrington-Russell


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/10/14 – 11/7/14
Genres: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Action/ Paranormal
Series: The Three Immortal Blades

After the great fight between Tyran and Misfeata, Karla’s body is recovering. Misfeata has manipulated and possessed her body — now, she lies dormant. But for how long?
Paul and Karla continue to venture into the unknown. Karla is in pursuit of her parents, as well as a cure for her body in which Shielder blood now resides. She must find a cure for herself both physically and mentally as she struggles with the morals of this very different world.
As Karla tries to avoid the war, she inevitably drags Paul into dangerous circumstances. A rare Elemental Breather is after Karla and out for war, but why? Now, not only combating the Starkorfs, Karla must contend with the Elemental Breathers and her own fighting spirit.
In this time of hardship, Lucas comes back into her life. He is also targeted by the strange Elemental Breather, Taskatae, who calls herself ‘Mother.’ After his betrayal, Karla must learn to trust him again as he reminds her who she truly is now.
Can she survive the constant battles from not only the physical world but from within? For a while Misfeata is dormant; Karla must try to keep hidden her true feelings. Karla is in turmoil as she faces who may truly possess her heart.

See the book trailer for the first book in this series, Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades 

They’re after the blades, I realized to myself, searching for where Aeisha once was. I looked down at her paired blade in my hand, summoning the energy it possessed. I could sense her partnered blade — it was not that far from here. Was the girl a distraction?
As if hearing my annoyance, Ashley ran over to me as the Starkorfs all began to flee behind the small girl that took Paul’s knife, which held no significant power to it, why run away with it? Plus, they had Aeisha’s other blade.
They’re here for the Immortal Blades. Chase them and find that girl, find out who sent them,” I shouted.
I felt Aeisha’s pulse once more from whoever held it and ran with my blade. The girl that had taken Paul’s knife must have been a distraction. I ran into the direction where Aeisha called to me. It did not take me long to run past only eight houses until I found the four Starkorfs that ran from me. The one in front was holding Aeisha.
They quickly turned to face me as another arrow shot for me, this time breaking through my Shield and into my shoulder. I winced at it, holding my hand firmly to the injury. How did it get through my Shield? I felt the pulse of Tyran and then the shiver of Misfeata coming to the surface. But how is Tyran close, does that mean Nathanial is behind this ambush and close by? Have they been following us this whole time or is Lucas working with him, telling him of our location?
Get out!” I screamed ripping at the arrow and tearing it from my shoulder. Pain stirred in my wound more than usual. What does this mean? Is Nathanial absent, but still leading this ambush?
I projected my Shield once again as orange ripples swirled around me, only to be broken by another arrow that shot into my leg. I screamed once more in anger as I felt my face twist, trying to compose Misfeata. Where are these arrows coming from and how are they penetrating my Shield?
Anger swelled within me as I faced the Starkorfs, running for them.
Give me Aeisha!” I raged, angered by my attackers, annoyed they thought they could steal Aeisha from me successfully.
I cut the first Starkorf’s stomach quickly, catching it as it fell forward and using its body as a barrier, noticing another arrow coming for me. The arrow pierced into the Starkorf’s body as I dropped it, leaping for the other. I caught its wrist and swung him in front of me as another arrow shot for me. Another Starkorf’s burned face caught the corner of my eye as it tried to use Aeisha against me, trying to strike me down with her.
I crouched quickly, using the Starkorf I had hold of as the shield to my back. I elbowed the oncoming attacker in the stomach and quickly slashed Aeisha across his knees. He staggered and dropped as I pierced his leg, catching Aeisha’s partnered blade as his grotesque figure screamed on the ground.
I jumped over a fence and hid against the side of a house, firming my back to the wall to hide from the archer. I searched for the archer, noticing the other Starkorf who now ran in the opposite direction, away from me. An arrow hit her back and she dropped to the ground as another caved into the side of her head. The archer is killing their own kind.
Perhaps the archer was no ally of the Starkorfs either? Or maybe because they hadn’t killed me or stolen Aeisha the archer was displeased. I stared for a little longer, hearing a sob behind me. I turned with blades in hand ready to confront my attacker, only to find a small child in front of me with tears running down her face.
My eyes widened. Is it human? Or is it a trick? I briefly searched behind: a trampoline, a few toys on the ground, a vegetable garden at the back. No hiding places for any others to attack from. I stared back into the child’s face as emptiness filled it and shock echoed through such innocent eyes. There is no evil in this girl. This is only a mere human child. I looked away in disbelief. She would have seen everything. The reality of this other world made me nostalgic. I have taken the innocence of this girl away, opening such a horrific nightmare in front of her.
I will now be the memory of her greatest fear.

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About the Author:
Kia Carrington-Russell is a young author working on her first series: “The Three Immortal Blades”. Kia began writing at the age of fifteen in high school- finding that all her warped and strange dreams were giving her a fantastic new world- and since then she has never looked back.
Kia Carrington-Russell
Kia was born in a small town in Australia, moving around a lot at a young age until finding a stable town where she finished her schooling. Kia found herself enjoying and expressing herself through poetry, short stories and writing, photography, painting and drawing. All these mediums help Kia express the different world that she is so fond of.
In ‘Senior Art’ Kia focused on feminism and female empowerment; exposing through her work issues and concerns that many people would rather just “sweep under the rug”.
In one art installation, Kia made a bed out of Pokémon cards- the concept being that when she slept a new world would come to life and it was the only one she saw and constantly lived in.
Kia now focuses on her photography, writing and self-help blogs on her website: ‘Precious Living’.
Kia is now keenly working on “The Three Immortal Blades” series knowing that this book has to be shared with the world and that is what she aims to do now.
Kia writes in her Australian home, trying to focus at times on simply what is running through her head, as her cats either terrorize her legs as scratching posts or her puppy barks in her ear for play-time. And as she continues her series, they grow with her book.
Kia is strongly supported by her friends and family and thanks them dearly for being with her along the bumpy road and nothing would please her more than having your support as well.

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