An Ode To Readers Everywhere

Hey everyone! I know I normally  post up exciting new books to read, and exciting authors to find, but today a really sweet message from one of my readers made me want to write this post. It’s a little different from my usual stuff, but it needs saying.

First of all….we love you all. Readers who are also writers, readers who are not, readers who read a lot and those who don’t. We love you all.

Because without readers, what purpose would we have? Every time we get a good review, or a message from someone telling you they liked your book, it lights an author up from the inside. Not because of the praise itself, not because of the teensy ego boost, not because it nets us more readers.

Because you enjoyed it.

Our whole purpose–sometimes one that takes up our whole lives, and can become an obsession–is to create. We create worlds. We create escapism. We create a place unlike any here in the real world. We create characters. We create people you hate, people you love.  There is a driving need in every author, whether they call it a ‘voice’, a muse, or any other name, to put these stories down on paper for others to read. It’s a tradition that has its roots set in the bards and story-tellers of ancient times, throwing their arms in dramatic gestures and frightening tribes with monsters and ethereal beings around a hot fire.

We write because we must. For some, writing is a hobby. For others, it’s something they need to do, otherwise they would go mad. All writers would write even if no-one read their offerings. But when someone does enjoy them, it’s phenomenal.

The feeling that we’re not just writing for ourselves, for our own fantasies, is an incredible one. When a reader says they enjoy our writing, it’s like that reader saying, “I hear you. You’re not on your own there. I agree, and I love it as much as you do.” It’s a big feeling, to know that we’re not on our own in some way. It’s also a big feeling to know that someone else lives in that crazy world of ours, somewhere between reality and fiction. But it’s even bigger than that. It’s what we did for someone else.

You have no idea how fulfilling it is to know we’ve not only written something for ourselves, but that it made someone else happy. That just for a little while, we made someone else’s problems go away. That for a little while, the real world didn’t exist, and you were a spectator somewhere else. That for a little while, you understood why we needed that world as much as you do. That for a little while, you could escape, and come back feeling hopeful, jubilant, confident, or even more thoughtful about the real world.

So, in effect, MWAH. Thank you, readers. The biggest thank you I’ve ever given anyone. Without you, we wouldn’t be authors. And that’s the biggest gift, for me personally, anyone could ever give me. I hope you keep enjoying our escapism as much as we enjoy writing it.

I’m going to stop being soppy now, and get back to writing. I’ve got an escape to paranormal territory to write! 😀 xxxx

Winner of the A Celtic Tapestry Release Day Party!

Drum roll please! The entries have been put into random.org, and the winner is……..random

Congratulations, Nicole Khun! 😀 Please send me your address over in a private Facebook message so that I can get the goodies pack sent over you! You’ve won….

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As well as an exclusive poster and pack of stickers! 😀 Thank you to everyone who participated, and don’t forget we still have our other giveaway running with rafflecopter during our tour! 🙂

A Celtic Tapestry Is Weaved Today!

 

Eight authors, eight Celtic festivals…all weaved into one tapestry.

A Celtic Tapestry.

Welcome to the official release of A CELTIC TAPESTRY!

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.

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Crimson Beat–Elle J Rossi

In Nashville, Ostara night is filled with monsters…and only one woman can take them on.

Beltane Fires–Livia Ellis

Deep in the Irish countryside, a witch takes over as Mother of her coven. Will a ‘wink at the moon’ love spell give her what she most wants?

Blade’s Magic–Carolyn Wolfe

Midsummer celebrations are going as usual for one magical young woman, until she comes into contact with Max Blade–a man from another dimension.

Shore’s Edge–Tara S Wood

Lammas beckons in Ireland in the year 1170, bringing with it war. Will one feisty young woman have to marry the man she hates most, or will the Gods bring her another answer?

The Picnic–Elodie Parkes

The woods near Morgan’s home are under threat. But will salvation come for the woods–and himself–in the form of a beautiful environmental officer?

Shadows in the Dark–Miranda Stork

A surprising past life regression opens up a new world for one young woman…but it also throws her at the mercy of an unknown Shadow Man.

Magic in Memphis–Hunter S Jones

Memphis. The favourite place of a hard working public-relations employee, whose life is good, but without surprise…until she has a chance meeting with James Wellington on Yule night, throwing her world upside-down.

Brigid’s Flame–Laura DeLuca

A writer, depressed at the turns of his career and losing his relationship with his girlfriend, looks to the Gods for inspiration at Imbolc…and finds the goddess Brigid answers his prayers.

 

Learn a little more about the magic within the pages…

Buy your copy from

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And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology!

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And you can also win a fabulous Brigid’s Cross Wall Hanging, kindly donated by Laura DeLuca, as part of the tour! Think how fabulous this would look hanging in YOUR home! 🙂

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Lost & Found is Found Today!

 

LOST and FOUND, book 2 of the Find Me Series hits the Amazon eBook shelves on Friday, March 15th! Are you ready to find out what happens next?

 

She survived Earth’s worst global pandemic. In the city she learned how to cope with the roaming dead. Tucked away in the mountains she struck down the living who tried to kill her. Now Riley fights a new battle – the one within herself. Wracked with survivor’s guilt and an almost crazed sense of duty that takes her out of the solitude of the Southern California mountains and into the heart of Orange County, she makes a series of choices that can lead to the destruction of everything she’s managed to save.

In the end, will it all be worth it? What will be lost? What will be found? And which questions will be left unanswered?

 

 

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You can buy your ebook copy on Amazon today!

Waking The Phoenix Cover Reveal

Welcome to the official cover reveal of Waking the Phoenix, book 2 in the Mythrian Realm series! Waking the Phoenix is the highly anticipated follow up to Breaking the Nexus, which released on 12/12/12. While there is no official release date set, Waking the Phoenix will be out early this summer! 


In the meantime, I will be releasing Warrior Unleashed, a novella featuring Sha’s half brother, a panther Chimerae (shifter) named Achaius. Be sure to look for that this April! 


Without further ado, I present the gorgeous cover designed by Blue Harvest Creative!

Blurb 

As the Nexus continues to break down, evil threatens the Mythrian and Human Realms. Millennia ago, only the sacrifice of the Great Phoenix was enough to imprison Ferren, a blood mage with the power to destroy the Human Realm. When the Nexus falls, his prison will shatter and he will be free to walk the earth once more, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.

Chaos engulfs the Mythrian and Human Realms as Ferren fights to escape his prison. Connor and Sha must race against time to find the last of the phoenixes before all is lost. There’s just one problem: the phoenixes have lain dormant for thousands of years. Can they stay alive long enough to save their world?

The key to saving the Realms lies in waking the phoenix. 


Don’t miss the first book, Breaking the Nexus, available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in paperback! 

Breaking the Nexus will be on SALE for $2.99 March 8-11 only! 

A warrior trying to save humans. A detective searching for a killer. And a powerful romance neither expected. 
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally. 

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Meet Lindsay Avalon!

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading, baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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