SDS Wrath–Meet the Authors, Day 1

We all have that “kind” self who smiles at strangers, doesn’t hurt other people’s feelings, and keeps calm when faced with confrontation. And then there’s the other.

The one lurking in the shadows, ready to appear when patience runs thin and blood starts to boil. The one who revels in the aftertaste of destruction. The one we try to hide.

What happens when we invite the darkness to come out and play?

Twenty-one authors. Twenty-one stories. One theme: Wrath.

 

Welcome to the fifth volume of Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology!

This is Day One of introductions to the authors and their stories. If any of the blurbs interest you, consider posting a review on Amazon! The release date for this volume is August 11, 2017.

 

Banana Creme Pie by Elizabeth Archer

Odd, awkward and irritating, it’s Julia’s first time at an American school after a life as a missionary kid in Africa. Why are some people so infuriating? Why is banana cream pie something Elizabeth will never forget?

Elizabeth Archer lives in Texas and dreams of other places and other worlds. She writes poetry, fiction and too many novels. Her current passion is fairy tales. She has been published in a variety of places, including three volumes of Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology: Pride, Sloth and Gluttony.

Connect with Elizabeth Archer

Twitter @elizabetarcher

 

Getting Even by Holly Atwood

Ivy’s brother’s corpse is rotting somewhere in the Somme mud, but he hasn’t left her yet. With his thin, sad ghost trailing at her heels, she sets out to exact justice against the man who sent him to his death. But will her revenge cost her all of her brother that she has left?

Holly Atwood is paid to work in a library–living the dream–and spends her free time working on a fantasy trilogy, out of sheer masochism. She is honoured to make her first appearance in print with Getting Even in the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. She likes cats, baking and triathlon. She hates fish.

 

Portuguese Proverbs by Teresa Bassett

Liz and her friends invite new girl Paula from Portugal to join them for lunch at school. Paula is a quiet sort, and they find out her father just got a job at the local factory. Liz is surprised when her best friend, Carole, verbally attacks Paula, shocking them all. Until the girls find out that Carole’s father was sacked from the same factory. Liz is disappointed in her friend’s actions, but it’s Paula who has to make things right.

Teresa Bassett is a writer from Cornwall, UK. She has written stories and articles for a variety of publications, and is proud to be included in each of the previous volumes of Seven Deadly Sins: A YA Anthology. Her debut novel “The Time Crystals” is due to be published in 2017 by Books to Treasure. A graduate of the University of Bath, she has worked as a foreign tour guide, translator and teacher. She and her husband live with their eccentric greyhound and even more eccentric cockatiel in a caravan on a former tin mine, where they are busy building their own home.

Connect with Teresa Bassett

Website http://www.teresabassett.co.uk

Blog https://treeandleafblog.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Teresa-Bassett-119027158260032/

 

Rest in Peace by Callie Bradford

Ghost hunting is the worst after-school job—high stress, no time for friends, and no actual money. Wren has been struggling with her own demons while helping lost souls move on to the other side. Now she’s facing the biggest challenge of her life, and she’s not sure she can handle it alone. But maybe she doesn’t have to.

Callie Bradford spent much of her youth obsessively searching spider-filled basements for hidden doors and secret passageways. Despite her lack of success, she still hasn’t given up looking. Callie lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and a one-eyed dog. Her work also appeared in Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony.

 

Gone Missing by Dakota Canon

Lydia has lost much in her short life. She’s always hated her foster mother’s frequent trips to Walmart, where she’s forced to babysit her foster brother. She’s not even allowed to linger in the parking lot to watch the crazy homeless woman who’s captured her attention. But one day, when a silver charm in the jewelry section catches Lydia’s eye, she becomes convinced things will change–that the charm will work wonders and mend her broken heart.

Dakota Canon is a left-brained professional by day, masquerading as a right-brained artiste by night. She has been writing stories since the second grade when she spent a whole year penning her future autobiography. After far, far too many years in school, one preteen, a viscous cat, and an unfulfilled desire to discover a theory she could name after herself, Dakota started assembling her writings into something that might someday resemble a novel. She has been lost ever since.

Connect with Dakota Canon

Twitter: @DakotaCanon

Website: https://dakotacanon.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dakota-Canon-151083325455801/

 

Katanga’s Courage and the Wrath of Nissool by Susan Conner

Hell hath no fury like a teenager scorned. It doesn’t matter how much Stretch tries to distract Corinna from her ex-boyfriend Zach (the jerk), Corinna is bent on revenge. When they enter a carnival tent and hear the tale of Katanga and Nissool, Corinna can’t get her hands on the magical elixirs fast enough. Who would suspect the combo would release a wrath so primeval, new legends are about to be spun?

Susan Conner is a desert dweller of Phoenix, Arizona, where she routinely escapes the heat and her adult responsibilities by creating quirky stories filled with magical, fantasy, and sci-fi elements. Cursed with a vivid imagination bestowed upon her by a fragrant, banjo-playing Sherpa with a charming drawl and eyes the color of a glacier lake, she paints, draws, and writes novels for adults and young adults alike. She’s ecstatic to once again appear in the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology, which featured her story, The Makara, in its Gluttony edition.

Connect with Susan Conner

Twitter: @SusansWordJar

 

Victorless by A. R. Curry

The duel Cyclops Kings rule together, greedily overfilling their treasure troves until The Day of Dominance. On this day, each king selects a handful of slaves to battle in the coliseum on their behalf; the winning side determines which king will get the biggest cut from that year’s spoils. However, this year’s stakes rise for a young warrior who finds himself pitted against an opponent he can’t bear harm. Problem is, if he refuses or loses, he dies. And his younger sister will share his fate.

A. R. Curry is an unremarkable individual who has decided to write about remarkable things in order to live vicariously through them. This way, he can at least take credit for impressive achievements, imagined or not. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and the father of three genuinely remarkable children who, thankfully, are on much better trajectories than him.

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Cover Reveal for Wrath!

We have our cover for the fifth volume of Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology! Luke Spooner of Carrion House, our design artist, has outdone himself once again. We couldn’t have asked for anything more appropriate. Wouldn’t you agree?

The publication date of this volume will be in early August. I’ll be posting author introductions, bios, and blurbs of their stories in the next few days. The Seven Deadly Sins anthology highlights young adult authors from the writers’ site, Scribophile. You should join!

And so the excitement continues…

Not Fake News! New Book by Scott Bell now available!

Being dead doesn’t mean you have to stop living!

Working Stiffs: At a time when civil liberties have been eroded and unemployment has exceeded Great Depression levels, nanotechnology provides the ability to reanimate the recently dead. Far from zombies, but nothing like their former selves, “Revivants” are a ready source of cheap labor able to perform simple, routine tasks. Great news for some sectors, but for many, the economic and social impact is devastating.

You have to admire Scott Bell’s dry humor, creativity, and expertise with fight scenes. He’s got it all covered. This book is science fiction in its purest form and a delight to read.

Amazon Review:

“If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Not only was it beautifully written, the plot was well thought out and uncannily prescient given today’s political and technological climate. The story took place in the 2050’s and the US was in sorry shape. The government sought to mislead its citizens and used its medical system to kill off the elderly and terminally ill and to bring them back as revivalists, who were programmed through nanobots to do the work of the government. The main character, Joe Warren, was a wisecracking risk taker who played a pivotal role in working with those opposing the government as well as seemingly working with the government. This is one of those books you can’t put down. Well written, great characters and fantastic plot. Highly recommended.!!” (Library Thing Early Reviewers)

 

Don’t stop there, though! He’s got a series going about an ex-Marine who’s a magnet for trouble, Abel Yeager:

Yeager’s Law

Yeager’s Mission

 

About the author:

Scott Bell holds a degree in Criminal Justice from North Texas State University, and has enjoyed careers in both asset protection as well as sales. With the kids grown and time on his hands, Scott turned back to his first love—writing. His short stories have been published in The Western Online, Cast of Wonders, and in the anthology, Desolation. Yeager’s Law is his first published novel, with more on the way.

When he’s not writing, Scott is on the eternal quest to answer the question: What would John Wayne do?

 

Want more of Scott Bell? Follow him on Facebook and his blog, Texanation!

 

 

Love Across Time: Meet the Authors #5

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THE ART GALLERY by KATIE STEPHENS

When the sole purpose of the company you work for is to send people back in time to fix things, mistakes happen. Kara Brennan’s job is to pursue those mistakes and bring them back to the present before they can do more damage, even if her mark happens to be the dangerous Jack the Ripper. Kara’s lover and fellow teammate sent Jack through the wrong art gallery painting, but now Quinn Markham searches her out for another reason. Another mistake, one that could eliminate his very existence.

Lucas Taylor doesn’t understand why he appears during the American Revolution as a British soldier. Even more disturbing, while attending a celebratory ball in eighteenth century Philadelphia, he recognizes Kara as the young orphan he hasn’t seen in sixteen years—in the twenty-first century. He’s never forgotten her.

Kara identifies her mark, but never expected him to be the boy she knew from the orphanage. Lucas Taylor had been her hero once before. Will her girlhood dreams of the perfect man turn out to be true? Or can Quinn keep Lucas from winning back the only woman he ever loved?

 

Katie Stephens

If you discovered a sealed box with “Katie’s memories” scribbled on the side, you’d find a lifetime of partially completed stories, plays and musicals. Katie Stephens has opened that box and writes both non-fiction and fiction, where she happily experiments with all genres. Although her grown children are scattered east and west across the country, she lives solidly in mid-America with two kitties and a husband who keeps asking when she’s really going to retire.

 

 

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WITCH by ELENA KANE

When suspicion is everywhere, how can love be found? Especially, when you’re the one they seek.

 

Elena Kane

I am a preschooler teacher who lives in a small town in Ohio. I have three wonderful children who I love with everything in me. Together, we love movie night, playing board games, and the occasional game of hide-and-go-seek. I love watching football games in the fall, especially when my kids are playing in the marching band. OSU Buckeyes absolutely rock and Green Bay Packers were my favorite team, although that may change now that they’ve released my favorite player. Christmas is the greatest holiday there is. I simply cannot get enough of the lights, decorations, music, and anything else that has to do with the wonderful holiday. I love flowers, the outdoors, and flip-flops are an absolute must. Beaches are incredible and someday I want to take permanent residence on one. I think it’s the combination of water, sand, and being warm year round, that appeals to me the most.

Love Across Time: Meet the Authors #4

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ROLF’S QUEST by AUBREY WYNNE

A wizard, a curse, a fated love…

When Rolf finally discovers the woman who can end the curse that has plagued his family for centuries, she is already betrothed. Time is running out for the royal wizard of King Henry II. If he cannot find true love without the use of magic, his line will end.

Melissa is intrigued by the mystical, handsome man that haunts her by night and tempts her by day. His bizarre tale of Merlin, enchantments, and finding genuine love has her questioning his sanity and her heart.

From the moment Melissa stepped from his dreams and into his arms, Rolf knew she was his destiny. Now, he will not only battle against time and a powerful duke, but defy his king and the gods to save her.

 

Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trailriding and all things Christmas.

Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards and Dante’s Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill and Heart of Excellence award, as well as being a Maggie and Aspen Gold finalist.

Besides her Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will release “A Vintage Romance” series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s. Her medieval fantasy series will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest, winner of the NTRWA Great Expectations and a Rebecca and Fire & Ice finalist.

 

 

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PASSION’S CHOICE by JANIS SUSAN MAY

Tourist Elissa McLaughlin falls over the edge of the Hathor chapel reconstruction at Deir el Bahri, but when she lands she finds herself in the time of its construction. Taken as a pleasure woman by the general in charge of building, she soon finds herself constrained to a dangerous masquerade in the center of political intrigue that could change the course of Egypt’s history forever. It is no time to fall in love…

 

Janis Susan May

Janis Susan May is a seventh-generation Texan and a third-generation wordsmith who writes mysteries as Janis Patterson, romances and other things as Janis Susan May, children’s books as Janis Susan Patterson and scholarly works as J.S.M. Patterson.

Formerly an actress and singer, a talent agent and Supervisor of Accessioning for a bio-genetic DNA testing lab, Janis has also been editor-in-chief of two multi-magazine publishing groups. She founded and was the original editor of The Newsletter of the North Texas Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, which for the nine years of her reign was the international organization’s only monthly publication. Long interested in Egyptology, she was one of the founders of the North Texas chapter and was the closing speaker for the ARCE International Conference in Boston in 2005.

Janis married for the first time when most of her contemporaries were becoming grandmothers. Her husband, a handsome Navy Captain several years younger than she, even proposed in a moonlit garden in Egypt. Janis and her husband live in Texas with an assortment of rescued furbabies.

Love Across Time: Meet the Authors #3

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TIMELESS HEART by KARYN GERRARD

Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?

Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.

Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.

 

Karyn Gerrard

Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.

 

 

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FALLING by MEREDITH BOND

Long-hidden secrets, ageless magic, forbidden romance—nothing Erin could have ever imagined when she called on a hypnotist to cure her of her fear of falling. When fate gives Erin and David a second chance they need to find their happily ever after before things go very wrong… again.

 

Meredith Bond

Meredith Bond’s books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun traditional Regency romances, medieval Arthurian romances, and Regency romances with a touch of magic. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children.

Love Across Time: Meet the Authors #2

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STEALING A LADY’S HEART by TAMMY ANDRESEN

Graham Fairfield needs a miracle, not the troublesome daughter of a duke, Lady Charlotte. When she is kidnapped, Graham knows it his duty to set his own troubles aside and save her.

 

Tammy Andresen

Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics.   It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

 

 

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FAITH AND THE TEXAS LAWYER by CARRA COPELIN

Faith Daniels is transported from 2016 Galveston, Texas to 1900 Galveston, in time for the most devastating natural disaster on record.

When a strange woman shows up inside Joe Benning’s house telling fantastic stories of disaster and destruction from a hurricane, can he let her go to save her life?

 

Carra Copelin

I write contemporary and historical romances but, unlike so many other authors, I didn’t write from childhood or read long into the night beneath the covers with a flashlight. I found romance novels as an adult. After reading about a million, I discovered numerous people residing in my head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.

I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus I’m a regular contributor to the blogs, Smart Girls Read Romance and Sweethearts of the West. I’m a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

My husband and I live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where we enjoy our family and grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching, I enjoy my Bridge group, crochet, and tracking down our relatives through genealogy.

Love Across Time: Meet the Authors #1

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SCANDALOUS ENDEAVORS by AMANDA MARIEL

Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

 

Amanda Mariel

Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

 

 

 

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COUNTERFEIT COUNTESS by LYNNE CONNOLLY

John comes back to an inheritance he doesn’t want and a wife he didn’t know he had!

After Waterloo, John Dalkington-Smythe travelled overseas to Canada to find some peace and make his fortune. A frantic visit from his cousins, the Earl of Graywood and his brother brings him back home, but a tragic incident aboard ship leaves John the new heir.

In London, John meets the woman calling herself his widow. Except he isn’t dead and he’s not married. When he discovers the impostor is the woman he’s desired for years, he decides to persuade her to keep the position of Countess of Graywood.

Faith spent years trying to ignore the presence of Lieutenant-Colonel Dalkington-Smythe, her husband’s military commander. Finding herself in dire straits after Waterloo, she poses as his widow. She only ever meant it as temporary. To find that John is alive comes as a severe shock, but her feelings for him are as strong as ever. The passion John and Faith discover together is worth fighting for.

Someone is threatening to expose Faith’s deception and destroy John’s fortune and position in society. If they don’t discover the identity of their unknown enemy and thwart the schemes, John and Faith could lose everything—title, fortune and even their lives.

 

Lynne Connolly

Award winning, top selling author Lynne Connolly writes historical romance, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.

She lives in the UK with her family and her Mews, Jack. She also loves travelling, and often incorporates the places she visits into her books.

Love Across Time: New Box Set!

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Love Across Time

A Multi-Genre Romance Collection

Release Date: January 10, 2017

 

Enter the world of yesterday… Ten full-length historical and time travel romances by bestselling authors will take you from Ancient Egypt to the British Regency to the American West and more.

Sexy, stubborn heroes and beautiful, daring heroines follow their hearts to prove love does indeed transcend time. Explore another century and find your timeless happily ever after.

Take a mini-tour of this set releasing next week! I’ll be highlighting two authors and their book every day for the next five days–and will finish in just enough time for you to get your order in. I only have one question for you:

Where else can you get a box set of ten full novels for 99 cents? And guys, don’t forget Valentine’s Day is coming soon!

Thanks for reading my blog! Comments are welcome.

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Gluttony—About the Artist and Our First Illustration 1.0

We’re very proud to be working with artist Luke Spooner of Carrion and Hoodwink House. He has an innate ability to design the perfect cover with minimal direction. If you’re ever in need of artwork, check out his websites. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Luke Spooner, a.k.a. ‘Carrion House’ and ‘Hoodwink House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full-time illustrator and writer for just about any project that piques his interest. Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales, for which he has won awards for literary and artistic merit, his true love is anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures.

Luke has designed every cover for the Seven Deadly Sins series. He can be found on Facebook, and at his Carrion House and Hoodwink House websites.

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For his story, “When Your Number’s Up,” Michael Donoghue created an illustration. It’s a fascinating look at a possible future and a peek into the mind of a master storyteller. Examine the picture and then read his story in Gluttony. You won’t be disappointed. This is our very first illustration for SDS. We plan to add some more for the box set, due out Fall 2018.

 

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