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Author Spotlight & Guest Post with Nicole L. Daffurn

This Author Spotlight is part of my Mystical Bites Anthology Blog Series, to promote authors involved in the anthology. Mystical Bites is now available at Amazon!

Now here’s a little about Nicole L. Daffurn.


 

Meet the Author

Sunshine, surf and family are the corner stones of Nicky’s world. Being born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia gave her the opportunity to chase her dream of photography and later novel writing. She fell in love with fantasy and dystopian and crafted stories with strong men and powerful women. As well as her many contributions to CHBB anthologies, her debut novel through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly – Courageous Souls – was released November 6 2014. Her Second Novel – The Darkness Within was published February 5th 2015.  When she is not busy being an author, you will find her walking along the water with her husband or chasing after her two children.

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Introduction to Changeling

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In the woods of an old ruined city lies a secret that one teenage girl is about to unravel. Covered in strange black markings, Amelia feels like she is being called into the old city of her ancestors. Rumor has it a formidable witch lives within the derelict place, but Amelia won’t let that stop her from finding out the truth and finding out who she is.

Changeling is a ‘coming of age’/ ‘Coming into power’ story, which requires Amelia to channel all her strength and courage.

 

Behind the Scenes of Changeling

Changeling started its life while I was driving through Buderim in Queensland, Australia. Although there are houses tucked in here and there on one side of the drive, they seem like they are miles away. On the other side of the road, the forestry is quite dense and I wondered on this particular day whether any old ruins lay about in amongst those trees. After all, forests hold millions of secrets. My imagination took off on me and I recorded my thoughts on my phone as I drove. The story snowballed, and so, is what it is today.

 

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The Music Behind the Inspiration

I always have music playing when I am writing, so it should come as no surprise that I had a fairly large playlist for writing Changeling as well. Today I’ve compiled a list of songs/playlists that have inspired me with this story and many more. I would love to list them all for you, but we would be here for days if I were to do that, so I am going to settle for a smaller list instead, and hope that the music that inspires me, can also inspire you.

The Studio Ghibli Collection (ALL of it! I love all the Studio Ghibli soundtracks, and my list isn’t complete without it)

Sia – My Love
Sia – Elastic Heart
Florence and the Machine (Again, ALL of it!)
Evanescence – My Immortal
Evanescence – Good Enough
Kelly Sweet – Dream on
Eddie Vedder – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars – Safe and Sound
The Civil Wars – Poison and Wine

 

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What’s Next for Nicole L. Daffurn?

At the moment I am working on several books. These include a young adult romance called After The Rain, a World War II romance named Love, Lucas, the second full installment of The Valguard Trilogy and several short stories.

Coming up on October 7th is the release of Cogs in Time III, which features my short story ‘Murder Upon The Last Airship’ and will be published by CHBB Publishing. Watch my website, or subscribe to my mailing list for the release of all these books and more.

 

Where You Can Find Me
Subscribe to my newsletter for updates on future books, and anything else to do with me and my writing here: http://smarturl.it/ndaffurnofficial

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Follow me on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/nicoleldaffurnamazon

 

 

 

“Curse of the Heroines” – Cover Reveal/Release Party! [Sat, Sept 5]

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Here’s another new release for your shopping cart and it’s PARTY TIME! The Curse of the Heroines anthology, presented by the Fantasy Writers group on Facebook, is coming out in a couple days. I’m a member of the group and they’ve been such a super helpful bunch on my writing path! (Really… Ascension couldn’t have gotten finished without their help).

 

So here we are…the cover reveal & release party ONLINE at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/434596963416429/

 

Saturday, September 5th kicks off the Curse of the Heroines, an anthology of women behaving badly. They go against the norm in their societies through their actions. On their very different journeys, each heroine decides whether to be good or evil. Which side will you choose?

Presenting stories by:

Angel Blackwood — Kingmaker
Chadden Magdalena Basnik — Deliver Them From Evil
Gina A. Watson — Four Dragons of the Apocalypse
Joann M. Shevock — Aradace of the Surr-Nakki
John Ryers — The Bridgemaster’s Daughter
Jordanne Fuller — Trapped
Kyle Della-Rocco — Saving Grace
Maeve laFey — Last of the Dragons
Tom Atwood — Rey of Light

 

Join us Saturday as this new antho kicks off! Because HEROINES ARE COOL. Bad? Good? They’re all winners of their own stories.

 

And psssst…. I’m hosting at 4pm EST on Saturday, Sept 5. One word: PRIZES! I’ll be giving away FREE copies of stuff, anthologies in which I’ve had short stories and a copy of my F/F fantasy romance novel under my alter ego’s name (there’s not just one heroine, but TWO!), so come on by. Say hello. Stay awhile! 😀

Here’s the link to the party again: https://www.facebook.com/events/434596963416429/

 

 

Mystical Bites: Release Day & Party!

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mystical bites ebookBite sized stories bursting with magic.

Suspend your disbelief and let your imagination take you away. Trust yourself to fly as you follow 23 talented authors on a journey through magical realms. There, find love with a werewolf, make it rain with a coven of witches, fight alongside dragons, and more. Give into the magic, and step into our worlds.​

Add it to Goodreads

Join the release day party!

Buy it here!

 

 

About the Authors:

Penelope Anne Bartotto Penelope Anne Bartotto started writing once she discovered crayons were not a recommended dietary option. Fueled by coffee she has written numerous poems and flash fiction, as well as short stories featured in Paranormal Anthology with a Twist and Dark Light Four. Married with three adult children, she calls Wisconsin her home. Now free to pursue her love of the written word, between reviewing for InD’Tale Magazine and editing, she continues to work on her great American novel.

 

Reven Archer Black Reven Archer Black lives in Canada but her imagination lives in the speculative fiction world, dallying with fantasy more than other genres. Her writing adventures started one fateful night when she was 6 years old. Now she is armed with a wildly eclectic music collection and a large helping of weird ideas, exploring the dark side of human nature. Reven’s first novel, Ascension, is slated for release in 2015, kicking off her epic fantasy series, Blood & Heritage. She welcomes everyone to drop by her social media pages and say hello, especially if they come with humour and chocolate.

 

Cathrina Constantine Cathrina Constantine is a young adult author. She writes paranormal/thriller/dystopia/romance/mystery/fantasy/contemporary novels. To date she’s published: Wickedly They Come, Wickedly They Dream, Tallas, short stories in A Touch of Winter, Twist of Fate, and her 4th novel, Don’t Forget to Breathe will be published by CHBB in Feb. 2015.

 

Michael Cross Michael Cross lives in Seattle, WA. This land is prone to lots of rain, fantastic adventures and the occasional flyby dragon. When Cross isn’t working on his next novel, he spends his time reading, modding steampunk inventions or working on his airship with his copilot chihuahua. Cross dreamed of becoming a storyteller back when he was read stories like “The Odyssey” and legends of Roman soldiers and Arthur. He writes mostly paranormal, fantasy, New Adult and steampunk.

 

Nicole L Daffurn Sunshine, surf and family are the corner stones of Nicky’s world. Being born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia gave her the opportunity to chase her dream of photography and later novel writing. She fell in love with fantasy and dystopian and crafted stories with strong men and powerful women. As well as her many contributions to chbb anthologies, her debut novel through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly – Courageous Souls – was released November 6 2014. Her Second Novel – The Darkness Within was published February 5th 2015. When she is not busy being an author, you will find her walking along the water with her husband or chasing after her two children.

 

Joe DiCicco Joe DiCicco is a 30 year old author of horror, sci-fi, dystopian and dark fantasy. He has one novel and two short stories available on Amazon. He currently resides in upstate NY.

 

KC Finn K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.

 

Jordanne Fuller Jordanne Fuller is a mishmash of creative talents whirling into one another, solidified into a woman. She has been writing since she can remember but didn’t realize how much she enjoyed it until her poetry explosion at the age of sixteen. At twenty, she wrote her first (unfinished) novel that will likely never see the light of day. Now that she is thirty(ish) Jordanne has finished her first novel that she hopes to publish in the near future. Dusk is her first piece to enter the hands of a publishing company, and the stand alone prequel to Night, her current novel in progress.

 

HL Houghton H.L. Houghton remembers sitting on the floor with a little red typewriter, tapping keys and asking her mother for spellings. She was three years old and from that day to this, she has dreamed of writing wonderful things for others to read. H.L has published a collection of funny vampire stories titled ‘Almost Dead’ and a short story , ‘Dakkar,’ available in Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing’s ‘After Tomorrow Anthology’.When she isn’t writing she can be found with a camera glued to her face or a book in her hand. She loves music, singing badly and watching people run from the rain.

 

CL McCollum C.L. McCollum spends her time delving into the wonder of the world. She’s always been drawn to the “How” and the “Why” and the “Is this even possible?” That addiction to wonder has led her to the realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy. C. L. is on the Great Agent Hunt for her first full length novel, but has stories featured in the charity anthology Clichés for a Cause: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (October 2014) and the After Tomorrow anthology (December 2014). Currently, C. L. is keeping it weird in Austin, TX with the love of her life and their various furry roommates.

 

Roxanne Milson Originating from the sunny Gold Coast, Australia, Roxanne now resides in the small city of Tauranga in New Zealand. All her life Roxanne has used her love of art and writing to bring her creative imagination to life. Born to love fantasy and anything Victorian Gothic, she has come to love various genres and writes stories in fantasy, Steampunk, dark Gothic and even crime thrillers. Currently, Roxanne is working on her first two novels in a series of crime thrillers known as the Echoes of Murder, an epic dark fantasy and several short stories in various genres including paranormal and fantasy. When Roxanne is not planning and writing her stories, she’s drawing them, bringing all her characters to life through visual art. And when she’s not doing either of those, she’s curled up with her cats or out horseback riding.

 

Stacey Janie McIntosh In 2011 she had her first short story Freya published in an anthology, nine more followed bringing the total up to ten. The latest two Shadows of Annwn and The Hunter Million are published in the CHBB Anthology Mystical Bites.

 

Emma Michaels is the bestselling author of the Society of Feathers series. As an avid reader she started her book blog in 2009 (www.EmmaMichaels.com) and over the years has received numerous publications. Working to help Indies and small presses from around the world she has received the nickname ‘The Mad Hatter’ for her versatility in graphic design, publishing, marketing, and blogging.

 

Lexi Ostrow Lexi Ostrow has been in love with the written word since second grade when her librarian started a writing club. Born in sunny southern California she’s spent time in various places across the country and can’t wait to settle down somewhere in the French Quarter when she’s able too. Lexi has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master’s in journalism she couldn’t wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper. From paranormal romance to thriller there isn’t a genre she doesn’t love to spend her time reading or writing.

 

Demetria Patalano Demi started out writing poetry, which evolved into short stories. Waiting for her goal to become a full-length author is soon to come. She currently is involved in Anthologies for Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. She loves to read, write, and take pictures. Demi is from a small town in southern Illinois. She is a homemaker to, two beautiful children Nikolai 4 and Dani Jo 8.

 

Heather Sharpe Heather Sharpe is an ex-teacher turned stay at home mom. She lives on six acres in Kansas with her husband and three year old son, and more pets than any sane Mommy would agree to. In any time not spent chasing pets and children Heather likes to go to the lake, crochet, or bake.

 

Jessica Slater Jessica was born in Brisbane and raised in a beautiful country town; Warwick. Since the moment she could read and write she never stopped and it was always an endless pile of books and paper.When she isn’t writing or reading you can find her working as a manager at KFC or taking walks with her partner and beautiful dog.

 

AL Staum Andrea L. Staum is the author the Dragonchild Lore series, The Attic’s Secret novella, and has contributed to several best selling anthologies. She’s a trained motorcycle technician, an amateur home renovator, and somehow manages to find time to write. She lives in south central Wisconsin with her husband, three ‘unique’ cats.

 

Pavarati K Tyler Award-winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K. Tyler can be found with Doc Martens strapped on over fishnets, but a girlish giggle as easily and likely as a throaty guffaw.

 

Jess Watkins Jess is an avid reader, writer and chocolate devourer. She runs a book blog called A Book Addict’s Bookshelves and co-runs Worlds of Words. She has lived in three different countries and owns an unreasonable number of t-shirts. A Whovian, Browncoat and Sherlockian, Jess loves anything to do with superheroes, Game of Thrones and Joss Whedon. She is the author of Girl Meets Underworld, As We Lie Dying and Escaping Rapture which is part of the After Tomorrow Anthology.

 

Gina A Watson Gina Ashley Watson is an Australian Writer who has always loved to tell a story. She started writing her first book in 2012 and has loved writing ever since. Gina studies a Bachelor of Writing and Creative Communication at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Her favourite genres to write in are: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult and loves to read in those genres as well. Gina’s life now revolves around her boyfriend and family as well as studying, writing and trying to squeeze in time to read.

 

Luke West Luke has been writing for as long as he can remember, getting the initial ‘buzz’ when his short story ‘Gus the Bus’ was selected for publication in his primary school newsletter. He finds his characters to be unique with addictive personalities and loves to connect with his readers.

 

Matthew Wilson Matthew Wilson, 31, has had over 150 appearances in such places as Horror Zine, Star*Line, Spellbound, Illumen, Apokrupha Press, Hazardous Press, Gaslight Press, Sorcerers Signal and many more.


 

For What Is Taken

Note: This anthology includes my fantasy short story, For What Is Taken!

Author Spotlight & Guest Post with Stacey Jaine McIntosh

 

This Author Spotlight is part of my Mystical Bites Anthology Blog Series, to promote authors involved in the anthology. Mystical Bites comes out August 14th.

Now here’s a little about Stacey Jaine McIntosh.


 

Shadows of Annwn

 

Stacey Jaine McIntosh was born in Perth, Western Australia where she still resides with her husband and four young children.

Although her first love has always been writing she once toyed with being a Cartographer and subsequently holds a Diploma in Spatial Information Services.

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In 2011 she had her first short story Freya published in an anthology; nine more followed bringing the total up to ten. The latest two Shadows of Annwn and The Hunter Million are published in the CHBB Anthology Mystical Bites.

 

 

solsticeStacey dedicated her novel Solstice to her mother who passed away unexpectedly in 2008, and she is currently working on several other novels simultaneously

When not with her family or writing she enjoys photography, genealogy, history, Arthurian myths and witchcraft.

 

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About Stacey’s Stories in Mystical Bites

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Both Shadows of Annwn and The Hunter Million were originally written as shoot-out pieces. A bunch of writers banded together and wrote like mad for seven days using the same prompt. Then we spent the next week critiquing. Rinse and repeat for three rounds. It was crazy, but highly productive, at least for a rough draft.

Her short story, Shadows of Annwn is not the average fairytale. Good doesn’t triumph over evil.

Her short story, The Hunter Million is a paranormal tale about a girl on an errand that doesn’t go as planned.

 

 

For more about Stacey Jaine McIntosh:

Stacey’s Amazon Author page

Stacey’s blog

on Facebook
on Twitter
on Goodreads

 


To celebrate the launch of the Mystical Bites anthology, there’s an online Release Party on August 14th! Between now and then, the various authors will stop in and introduce themselves and their stories. You are officially invited to join in the party. 🙂

 

 Check out the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/521363817995321/

 

Author Spotlight: Gina A. Watson

This Author Spotlight is part of my Mystical Bites Anthology Blog Series, to promote authors involved in the anthology. Mystical Bites comes out August 14th.

Now here’s a little about Gina A. Watson.


 

The Black Rose

 

Gina A. Watson is an Australian Writer who has always loved to tell a story. She started writing her first book in 2012 and has loved writing ever since. Gina studies a Bachelor of Writing and Creative Communication at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Her favourite genres to write in are: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult and loves to read in those genres as well. Gina’s life now revolves around her boyfriend and family as well as studying, writing and trying to squeeze in time to read.

 

Gina has short stories in the Lurking in the Deep anthology, Twisted Tales: A Paranormal Anthology, and the Love Sucks anthology.

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The Black Rose – Blurb

 

If you think being on the run for being a Witch is bad, just think what could happen when the people hunting you cause you to turn evil.

Rose is a normal Witch, just living her life on the run from the Witch Hunters. She lives her life day by day looking over her shoulder. When the Hunters finally catch her, something horrible goes wrong. Using the power of fear she forces a hunter to help her change back to who she once was. With only 3 days to change back, time is ticking and Rose can’t afford to waste any of it.

 

The Black Rose is a short story that will be available in Mystical Bites anthology, published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Click here to add the antho to your Goodreads list!

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For more about Gina A. Watson:

Gina’s Amazon Author page

on Facebook
on Goodreads

 


To celebrate the launch of the Mystical Bites anthology, there’s an online Release Party on August 14th. Between now and then, the various authors will stop in and introduce themselves and their stories. You are officially invited to join in the party. 🙂

 

 Check out the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/521363817995321/

 

Author Spotlight: Joe DiCicco

This Author Spotlight is the first post of my Mystical Bites Anthology Blog Series, to promote authors involved in the anthology. Mystical Bites comes out August 14th.

Now here’s a little about Joe DiCicco.


 

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Joe DiCicco is a 30 year old author from New York, who writes in the horror, dark fantasy and dark sci-fi genres.

He developed a fascination for the dark, eerie and altogether strange at a young age. He began weaving his macabre tales in his childhood and has been writing them down as short stories ever since. He holds a degree in Natural Resources Conservation and is a passionate nature and animal lover. When not writing, he enjoys playing bass guitar, listening to music, cooking, hiking, bird watching, watching horror movies and reading horror and dark fantasy literature.

 

His first novel, Her Final Sleep, is available on Amazon in ebook for Kindle or in paperback. He also has two short horror tales, Feed My Queen and Some Call Me Fiend, available together on Amazon in ebook format.

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COVER - (smaller for blog)His short tale, The Last Druid — about one last ancient protector who stands against a great evil — will be featured in the Mystical Bites anthology coming in August from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

 

He also has another short coming in September, this one in the Slice Girls anthology from Vamptasy Publishing.

 

 

For more about Joe DiCicco:

Joe’s Amazon Author page

on Facebook
on Twitter

on Goodreads

 


To celebrate the launch of the Mystical Bites anthology, there’s an online Release Party on August 14th! Between now and then, the various authors will stop in and introduce themselves and their stories. You are officially invited to join in the party. 🙂

 

 Check out the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/521363817995321/

 

The Mystical Bites Anthology Blog Series

July is here! That means that in a month and a half, the Mystical Bites anthology comes out. Yep, August 14th is rapidly approaching.

With that in mind, I wanted to try something a bit different to help promote our very awesome antho. The project involves 23 authors, some of whom are seasoned authors while a few are relatively new to the publishing world. To give our magical baby some TLC, I’ve decided to do a blog series highlighting some of the authors involved and their stories.

So here it is, all official and stuff:

 

Announcing the Mystical Bites Anthology Blog Series

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Starting July 7 (running until mid-October), I’ll post an author spotlight and/or a guest post from an author represented in the anthology. I’ll be posting one roughly every couple weeks, so keep an eye out. You might just find your next favourite author.

 

In the meantime…

Here are posters for just a few pieces in the antho. And if you’re interested in reading these bite sized stories bursting with magic (like werewolves, dragons, and more), you can add the antho to your Goodreads shelves!

 

The Curious Absence of Dragons1For more about K.C. Finn, visit her Goodreads page.

 The Girl With The Red Balloon2For more about Luke West, visit his Goodreads page.

 

Renee and the Wolf3For more about Jess Watkins, visit her Goodreads page.

 

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To celebrate, there’s an online Release Party on August 14th. Between now and then, the various authors will stop in and introduce themselves and their stories. You are officially invited to join us! Bring some pals, bring some snacks, and let’s party!

 

 To go to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/521363817995321/

 

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