Friday, August 8, 2014

A Funny story about Microsoft Word spell check…

Okay, so I just had quite the laugh and thought some of you out there would get a kick out of hearing about a little slice of what life in my home is like.
“Honey, can you take a look at this?” My lovely husband asks…
I take the piece of paper, assuming my husband wants me to proof read it – and I notice right off the bat, he’s misspelled something. And it’s a critical something in a lending agreement. Barrower instead of Borrower.
I turned and gave him a cross-eyed look and point it out immediately.
Of course, he isn’t too happy with me. I get the “just read it and tell me if it makes sense before you start doing your editing thing”, but for me, letting something like this go is like asking a frightened child to let go of your hand and walk into the haunted house alone.
Not. Going. To. Happen.
And being the intellectual man he is, he doesn’t believe me when I tell him it’s wrong. And his defense – “Spell check didn’t flag it. It’s a valid word.”
Well no duh, barrower is a valid word, just not the RIGHT word. And calling the borrower a ‘castrated pig’ (the funniest of the definitions, and the one that got me rolling laughing) is not going to go over well.
Well, we both laughed after I showed him the definitions and he went off and fixed it, but this serves as a funny example of something I’m sure we’ve all done.
Well, maybe not calling someone a castrated pig by mistake, but, well, you know what I mean.
It’s one of the reasons having a proof reader is so critical, or reading something aloud before you press that send button because we, as the author of the document, or email, or book, don’t necessarily pick up on our mistakes.
Especially when the spelling is valid.
Spell check is definitely a double-edged sword, a way to visually see issues (red for incorrect
spelling and green for possible grammar infractions) but it can also be a faulty crutch, like we see in this situation. While it can safely identify your spelling and grammar infractions, it doesn’t always know what you’re trying to say and if you use autocorrect, you could end up in a pickle.
Just look at the iPhone autocorrect examples that have gone viral.
Pretty funny in the confines of your living room – but pretty embarrassing once you send the message, the letter, or let a book go to print.
Thanks for hanging with me for a bit and I hope this provided you with a little chuckle!
In the meantime, check out my newest release, Saving Grace,  if you have a chance, and look for my next release in The Ryan Chronicles, Raven Heart, coming out next week!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Beast has Finally Been Claimed...

The Beast has Finally Been Claimed
It took us a lot longer than we first expected. Oh sure, we realized it was possible, but there couldn't really be that much of a story to tell about Crystal and her troubled young life when she stumbled onto the affairs of a pack of werewolves. Turns out there was a lot of story – and even more that has yet to be told. But we (Dawn Michelle and I, acting as her ever faithful advisor and scribe) wrapped it up in six parts of a paranormal serial romance. And the sixth part of the Claimed by the Beast is finally out!
The story doesn't really end there though. Or maybe it does… the problem is, I started asking her about some of the other characters and, combined with our vacation Mackinaw City in Michigan, a new story began to take form. It was something different for both us, a historical paranormal romance. It was rough at first, trying to slip fantasy into the history of the world as it really happened, but we think we've found a way.
So after a late night brain storming session I've mapped out how to break out the ideas and breathe life into them. What remains will be a single prequel book called Taken by the Beast. The elders of the pack Crystal encountered have their own tragic stories that deserve to be told, and readers deserve to know them.
So, Dawn Michelle fans, don't worry that this is the end of Claimed by the Beast, there will be more to come, hopefully as soon as September.
Until then, here's the cover and links to part 6 of Claimed by the Beast. Or if you want to start at the beginning, you can find it here: (Amazon, Amazon UK, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smaswhords – all of them free!).

(part 6 is not available anywhere else yet)
To learn more about Jason Halstead and his wife, Dawn Michelle, visit his website to read about him, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hot August Reads!

August is coming up pretty fast and its time for some great beach reads including a sale and some sizzling new releases...

Novel Concept Publishing has a couple books coming out in August as well as the much anticipated next edition of The Ryan Chronicles.  Also look for The Death Chronicles in audio format near the end of August!

Hot August Read Sale:
Crystal Illusions $0.99 for a limited time
On sale from August 1st to August 5th at the following places:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Itunes, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Novel Concept Publishing August Releases:

Long Lost: Available everywhere on August 5th.
Pre-order available at Itunes

Charlotte Hayes has waited her entire life to meet her long-lost sister. Though Jen seems to be everything Charlotte hoped for, the truth of Jen’s past shatters Charlotte’s dream. 

Dragged into the world of drugs and prostitution, she is manipulated into being an unknowing pawn for an FBI investigation. With more than just her life on the line, Charlotte fights back, even after the ropes are cut.

Alias Thomas A. Katt by Bob Stewart
Available in August

When Mallory opens the cage at the animal rescue center I trot out, right into her heart. She names me Thomas, a natural enough moniker for a male cat. I live a pampered life until I enter the surreal world of “feline noir” which twists my fondest dream into my worst nightmare when I switch bodies with my mistress’ boyfriend, Tom A. Katt. 

My fondest dream? To have human interaction with Mallory, not limited to purring and mewing. My worst nightmare? Mallory is now on the hit list of a killer. 

The horns of the dilemma: There’s always a chance we’ll switch back, leaving Mallory in deadly peril. 

And finally, the much anticipated second book in The Ryan Chronicles: 

Raven Heart - Available August 15, 2014

CJ Ryan still can’t remembered a thing about his past, but he is determined to have a future with Valerie. Despite his lack of memory, he finds himself ensnared in the cutthroat world of entertainment whether he wants it or not. The push into the spotlight shines a harsh glare on his family and brings with it a plague of horrors that drag him to the edge.

With the darkness of the past threatening, CJ turns to his brother looking for answers, but when an enemy with a psychotic history re-enters their lives, it will take more than just his memory to save them.

Until we meet again, enjoy these summer reads and be sure to leave a review! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Databyte release day!

Available June 2014 

Cat Connor 
Sixth novel in the –byte series 
Cat Connor’s Databyte, a techno-thriller cum murder mystery, hits the spot and then some. Even 
if we’d never heard of the NSA, Eric Snowden, and Julian Assange, this book would be worth the 
price of admission just to eavesdrop on the internal dialogue of Supervisory Special Agent Ellie 
–Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of The Hollow Girl 

When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe? 

Wanted for a murder she didn’t commit and on the run from the FBI 
and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with 
close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her 
Unwittingly, whilst staying off the grid, Ellie stumbles upon a 
syndicate with alarming connections to her daughter’s death – which 
abducts her team, intending to kill them, forcing Ellie into unusual 
and dangerous strategies to rescue them and preserve her own life. 

 About the Author 
Cat divides her time between her family, writing, and a retired racing 
greyhound, Romeo, who is her constant companion. Despite this, she has 
found the time to write twelve novels, including six so far in the -
Byte Series. She lives in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. 

Fiction/ thriller/ 
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm) * Black & White on White paper * 
ISBN-13: 9780615983356 
ISBN-10: 0615983359 

Available from Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo, Whitcoulls, Fishpond, Book Depository, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble and many other retailers. 

Rebel ePublishers, P.O. Box 412147, Craighall 2024, Johannesburg, South Africa Tel: +27(0)83 765 7481 Rebel ePublishers, 14344 Dacosta, Detroit, MI 48223, USA Tel: +1-505-550-2521

Friday, May 30, 2014

Blood Bewitched Cover Reveal

Author: Ashlynne Laynne
Series: The Progeny Series
Book #5
Publisher: Q-Rotic Press
Cover Art: Cora Graphics
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genres: Paranormal/Vampire/Witch/Interracial
Expected release: Fall of 2014

BLOOD BEWITCHED (The Progeny Series #5)
“Nothing in life is a coincidence.”
Forces are aligning in Shauna Rousseau’s life. A gifted Wiccan warrior and unique true half-blooded vampire, she is fate personified with an incredible destiny to fulfill. The ultimate war between good and evil is brewing, a revolution that will change our world forever.

Sides are being chosen, but Shauna has some unfinished family business. With her siblings and husband by her side, the pregnant newborn travels to Louisiana to shake her family tree. Lies are uncovered that will irrevocably damage the siblings’ lives.

Everyone has a past. It’s time for Shauna Rousseau to face hers.

Other Novels of The Progeny Series
The Progeny (Book 1)
Blood Bonds (Book 2)
Blood Promise (Book 3)
Blood Reborn (Book 4)
Yearning: A Blood Reborn Novel (Book 4.5)

About Ashlynne Laynne
Ashlynne Laynne is a songwriter, poet and author of erotic paranormal and contemporary romance, who has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. 

She loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on book six of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Alterity Series, and several novella spin offs. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon. Find and follow her online on Twitter. Check out her Manic Readers page, Blog and Website, or leave a note in her Reader Email.

She lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son.

More About Ashlynne
Zodiac: Leo
Favorite Music Genres: Alt Rock, 90’s Grunge, Pop
Favorite Musical Acts: Maroon 5, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Adele, Rob Zombie, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Drake, Justin Timberlake
Favorite Movie Genre: Horror
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice
Foods: Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Chicken Alfredo

About The Progeny Series
At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors.
This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen.

The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this vampire clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that have existed for ages.  

This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults and contains strong sexual content, adult sensuality, language and themes.

Ashlynne’s Links

The Progeny Series is available for purchase at Amazon US  Amazon UK   BN  Smashwords  i books  Kobo

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Six degrees of Ty Aris...

This month has been really busy with the release of Fallen and Saving Grace.

Yes, Saving Grace has been released early on select distributors!

And I got to thinking about how many connections and fictional lives Ty Aris has touched. 

Here is the list of what books he has appeared in chronological order of his life:
1. Fallen
2. Survival Games (Free!)

These stories span from his childhood all the way to his death, and beyond. From the innocent to the jaded, he's transformed from good to evil and redeemed himself a time or two. He has been by far the most fun character to write and now, with the new Ryan Chronicles Series we will get to really know his son, CJ.

So, let’s play the game and from the pool of answers, I’ll pick a winner and they will get a choice of an audio version of any novel except Fallen and Saving Grace, or any e-book of your choice.

Name these connections...
What were the names of Ty’s lawyers?
Who sold Ty the property in Maine?
What was the name of the Judge that married Ty and Jessica?
What's the name of the doorman at Ty's building in New York?

And an indirect, much more obscure connection...
Who managed Ty’s portfolio?

Good luck and thanks for playing...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Saving Grace Release Date Announced

Saving Grace is scheduled for release on June 15, 2015! 

Pre-orders are available on ITunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo and it will be available everywhere else on June 15th!

Here's a preview to give you a little taste...

I didn’t want to deal with that type of irritation, not with the foul mood brewing under my skin.
The minute I stepped into the house the level of noise fanned those flames and I gave a nod to everyone in the family room. My gaze lingered on my brother’s and even without the benefit of mind reading, I knew he wasn’t handling our father’s death well. I sent him a nod and escaped into the basement, to our workout area. Specifically, to the punching bag.
I stripped my jacket, tossing it into the corner and approached the bag, allowing the turmoil inside to curl my hands into fists. The first jab felt good, the scrape of the leather across my knuckles, the slight give of the bag, the rattle of the chains, all fueled me and my jabs became full punches, each one more brutal than the other.
Scenes from the past few days snapped off in my mind, each punctuated by my fists connecting with the leather. The faster the mind show, the faster my fists flew and the more my fury bloomed. My breath labored and I finally let out a warrior cry and slammed my right fist in the center of the target with everything I had. The bag flew across the basement, smashing into the far wall, disintegrating into a puff of Styrofoam.
I stared at the mess and then my gaze dropped to my hands still clenched at the ready. Blood flowed from my knuckles and I loosened my fists, wincing at the first sign of pain now that I wasn’t numb with anger.
“Ah, fuck.” I turned toward the stairs and stopped.
“Finished?” Tom signed from his position at the bottom of the stairs.
“What do you think?” I snapped, dropping my throbbing hands to my side. Warm trails of blood dribbled down my fingers, the sensation distracting and calming at the same time.
“I think you’re just gearing up,” he signed and cocked an eyebrow. “Want to tell me what happened?”
The air went out of my chest and I shook my head. I didn’t want to talk about Sandy and I sure as hell didn’t want to talk about fucking a demon.
“Are you okay?”
I let a bark of a laugh loose. Am I okay, well, that was the fifty-thousand-dollar question and I shrugged. “Are you?”
He looked beyond me at what was left of the punching bag and shook his head. When his eyes found mine, they glistened with an unshed layer of tears.
My laughter faded and I took a closer look, not just at his physical appearance, but his mind as well. The severed head of my father brought back the nightmare he endured in Georgia and I crossed, pulling him into a hug. The kid deserved better than what he had been dealt and while he had shut me out at that time of his life, I was the one who he turned to this time.
“I’m sorry I took off,” I said when the shakes started, I wasn’t sure if it was Tom or me who was trembling, but he was the one crying and holding on like I was the only thing keeping his sanity in check.
Fear radiated from him and without words, I got the litany of nightmares that plagued him these last few nights. Nightmares that he carried alone. Not even Steve had been privy to his sweat-induced terror. Past and present had blended into a carnival of blades and blood, wreaking havoc on everyone he loved.
He couldn’t articulate to Raven, not in any way that communicated the depth of the horrors he faced. It had been years since Georgia haunted him and now it was as if the killer had risen in his nightmares, taking vengeance on him for surviving.
“That’s not the first time Dad lost his head,” I said when the shakes stopped.
Tom pushed me away, his damp face cracking a smile. “You’re sick,” he signed and then mopped his face with his sleeve.
I grinned and looked at the floor. “Yeah, well, sometimes all you need is a well placed joke.”
Raven Heart - book 2 in The Ryan Chronicles will be out later this year instead of 2015!