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Hot new release…What?

So, in case you didn’t know, I released a new book last Thursday! Yay! I am so excited about this one! Beautiful Sacrifice is the second book in my Pride and Honor Series! I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out on the top 100 Hot New Release list for Literary Romance with the Fabulous Annie Arcane!

HNR with Miss Ember

Isn’t that amazing! I just had to share this awesome accomplishment. Annie writes wounded heroes and if you haven’t read The Cale and Mickey Series yet then I just have to ask. What are you waiting for?!?!?! Well you can’t say you don’t know where to find them cuz… Bam! Here they are!

Aaaaand! If you want to connect with Annie and tell her how awesome her books are, well then I have a few more links for ya! You’re welcome!
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Posted in Dystopian Reviews

Coffee With Characters with Derrick Porter from Wolf’s Challenge

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?
1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
Hey all. My name is Derrick Porter. I’m a business lawyer, recovering workaholic, and most importantly, a shifter wolf. I live in Great Oaks, Virginia. My story began when I fell for a fiery, red-headed artist named Sydney who wanted to keep me in the friend zone. She didn’t know I was a wolf shifter, didn’t really know me at all, but she was convinced I was a player. My main goal in Christina Lynn Lambert’s debut novel Wolf’s Challenge was to convince Sydney she would be the only woman for me. It was a challenge for me to be patient and not ask Sydney for everything I wanted too soon. 

Wolf’s Challenge is the first in the Stranger Creatures series. There’s a lot of weird creatures out there in the world, and crazy things can happen when people discover their world isn’t as plain vanilla as they thought, but don’t worry, each book in the Stranger Creatures series can be read as a standalone. Christina hates cliffhangers but she loves sexy alpha men. I’m a wolf shifter so I’m strong and powerful in both wolf and human form, but I’m not a caveman about it. I’m pretty clever too and I use that to my advantage whenever and wherever I can. 

2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
In wolf form, I’m larger than the average wolf. My wolf’s teeth are razor sharp and my senses are off the charts, except my sense of smell which is still above average. As a man, I don’t guess my features are that notable. I’m about 6 feet tall and muscular (but not steroid gym rat huge). My hair is black and my eyes are grayish blue but they get darker depending on my mood.
3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
No birthmarks or tattoos. My left ankle bears a faded brand of the letter e just below the faint scars from an injury that never fully healed. The brand and the scars are the result of the anti-shifter group called the Equalizers finding me at the weakest, most vulnerable moment of my life. 
4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
Yes, I think I’d enjoy hanging out with Christina. We could watch X-Files together or maybe hit a comic book convention and score a bag full of new books, or we could go for a hike in one of Virginia’s beautiful parks. 
5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?
The ability to teleport would be great. Long drives and plane rides annoy the wolf side of me. 
6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?
I hate liars and I especially hate traitors. People who betray their shifter brethren get dealt with –torture, shifter jail, or death. My vote is for a fair amount of the first two before sending a traitor to the bottom of the ocean in tiny little pieces.
7. What would I love the most about you?
I’m a pretty decent guy, or try to be anyway. I screw up from time to time but I would give my life to protect the people I love, whether they’re shifters or regular humans. I’m not perfect but I’m loyal.  
8. What would I hate the most about you?
Some humans hate shifters just because we’re different. They think we’ll try to use our strength and abilities to take over the world or something, but I hope you’ll understand that most shifters just want to be left alone to be what they are in peace. Shifters don’t want to take over the world, we just want to keep it from being destroyed.
9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Christina really got inside my head, a little too much for my liking to be honest, when she wrote about me. My strengths, my weaknesses, my fears, and doubts, yeah, she put all that stuff down on paper for everyone to see. 
10. What is your idea of a perfect day?
A whole day in bed with Sydney where we have nowhere to be, no distractions, and no disruptions. 

11. What is your greatest fear?
Losing the people I love. Rabbit shifters are a close second, though. 

12. Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?
Sydney’s the only woman I want. Nobody else has a chance in hell with me. 

13. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A football player or a helicopter pilot. 
14. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
I’d make sure I spent the day with Sydney and Angel along with my best friend Jack and his wife Carly, who is actually Sydney’s best friend. It wouldn’t matter where we were or what we did, just as long as we were together and I got to say goodbye. I can’t think about this anymore though. I’ve lost too many people and I can’t imagine being separated from Sydney and sweet little Angel. 
15. What is the one food you can’t live without?
Nachos with chili, cheese, and jalapeños. 
16. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?
Maybe Karl Urban or Dave Franco. They look a little like me, I think. Here’s a picture below if you want an idea of what I look like.

Christina says to tell you that if you want a peek at the story or if you want to learn more about her you can check out her blog site at http://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com and her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/christinalynnlambert 
Thanks for having me on your blog site Ms Winters!  

Awww!! So polite! Thanks for joining us today!!!!

Posted in Coffee With Characters

Coffee With Characters Eddie from Written in Blood

Nathan

Thank you so much for joining us today!  Please introduce yourself!

Hey, Ember.  And thank you for finally giving me my due.  It’s not often that the real reason people read books get some attention.  Yeah, sure, the author has the job of putting our words down, but we all know that it’s us characters that truly run the show.  Am I right?

 

Tell us who you are and what you do!

I’ve always been called Eddie, and nothing else.  Well, that’s not completely true, I suppose.  My dad always had some rather choice names for me whenever I messed up.  Or if he was high or drunk; or both on some occasions.  But I don’t really want to go into that right now.  I’ll save that for another time.   And as for what I do?  I kill people.  Not for a living, mind you.  It’s more of a therapeutic thing for me.  It kinda helps push the monsters back into the shadows, for a time, anyway.

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

Well, as much as it pains me to say it, I share the lead with my nemesis, Detective Collins.  Although I think Nathan gave way too many chapters to Ken.  He should have focused a little more on me.  After all, if it weren’t for me, there really wouldn’t be much of a story.  I mean, it IS a crime novel.  If I didn’t do my part, there’d be no need for Ken.

How old are you?

That isn’t discussed in the book.  Just one more of my points about Nathan not focusing enough on me.  But that’s neither here nor there.  I’m somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty years old.  Can’t be completely certain, as I haven’t seen a bio on me anywhere in Nathan’s notes.  Not like he has for Ken, that’s for sure.  I drive the story, but does he try, even a little, to focus on me?  Hardly.

Sorry, when it comes to Ken, I just can’t seem to let go of my anger.  I’ll try to stay focused.

Tell us about your story.  What is it about and what role do you play?

As I mentioned before, it’s a crime novel.  Ken, excuse me, Detective Collins, is just finishing up his rookie year in the Homicide Division of the Foley Police Department, when his world comes crashing down on him.  Not only has his dad’s illness returned, but Ken begins having some physical and emotional issues.  And thanks to his meddling Christian partner, Senior Detective John Filcher, he starts thinking about his eternal security.

As for me, I’ve been locked away for years, watching and waiting for a chance to escape and exact some revenge.  Ken is the main reason I’ve been out of the limelight for so long, and I’ve grown tired of seeing him get to be free and live whatever kind of life he’s wanted.  Needless to say, I’ve planned for a long time to get back at him.  I’ve wanted nothing more than to knock him off his feet and see how well he adapts to having his world turned upside down and inside out.  And that’s just what I do.  After I get free from my imprisonment, I set my plan in motion, and I start killing prostitutes.  That goes back to the therapeutic thing I was talking about earlier.

Anyway, Ken and John must catch me if they want the killings to end.  I certainly won’t stop on my own.  Along the way, I eliminate some undercover cops, and an operative of the Governor’s ‘Special Crimes Division’.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

That would probably be my eyes.  There’s nothing really distinguishable about them, per se, other than the coldness locked inside them.  You aren’t likely to get a caring glance or see love in them.  You certainly wouldn’t find them too pleasant if you were on the receiving end of my cold glare.  Not unless you want to feel a chill run down your spine.  John can tell you about that, if you ever interview him.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

No.  I have considered getting a tattoo, but I’m too afraid of needles.

Would you ever want to hang out with your author?  If so, what would you do together?

I wouldn’t have a problem hanging out with Nathan, but I can’t say the same thing for him.  I don’t think he’d enjoy any of the fun I could show him.  He’s too much of a goody two-shoes.  At least he is since he found God.

If you could have a super power, what would it be, and why?

Hmm.  Most definitely invisibility.  Imagine what I could get away with if no one could see me!

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

People!  Do you really want to go there?  Ok.  A lot of people don’t show the real them.  They wear a mask to hide their true identity.  They act one way to your face, but become someone totally different when the chance arises.  At least I let my victims know up front what kind of person I am.  I’m a straight shooter, figuratively, and literally, as you’ll see when you read the book.

What would I love the most about you?

Probably nothing.  I’m a cold and calloused individual, for the most part.  Comes from the upbringing, I would say.  I don’t know how anybody could be different than I am, if they had to grow up as me.

What would I hate most about you?

Pretty much everything.  See the previous answer for clarification.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

No.  I think he took a little too much artistic license in portraying me and my emotions.  Maybe if he spent a day alone with me, and he managed to survive, then he might be able to better articulate the depth of my anger and cold-heartedness.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Perfect day?  Is there such a thing?  Not where I come from.  But just for the sake of an interesting interview, I’ll say that the perfect day would be being able to do whatever I wanted, without the fear of consequences.  Who wouldn’t want that kind of freedom?  I bet if you took a poll right now, most of your fans would agree with me.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

…See?  What’d I tell you?  Never underestimate the depravity of the average person.  That’s what I always say.

What is your greatest fear?

                That’s an easy one.  Getting locked away again, for good.  The first time was bad enough, but I don’t think even I could deal with another extended stay in solitary confinement.  In there, I have no way to release those sadistic little monsters running around in my head.  They’re enough to drive a guy crazy.  Or do you think I’m already there?  You can be honest with me.  I can take it.

                May I ask you a question, Ember?  If you’re crazy, do you think you know you are, or does someone need to tell you?  And if they told you, would it even matter?  You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.  Just thought I’d ask.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Samantha Adamson.  That would be absolutely perfect.  It would go so far into helping mess Ken’s life up.  He’s so smitten with her, I think it would actually destroy him.  Of course, I’ve thought more than once about doing away with her, just to see Ken’s reaction.  Did I?  Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Normal.  My life was too much of a wreck to even think about dreaming of growing up.  Now Ken, he had plenty of time to think about having a normal life and dream about what he would be when he grew up.  I’ve had plenty of envy over him where that is concerned.  I guess maybe I did dream of having a life like his.  He’s always been pretty much carefree and happy-go-lucky; even considering some of the hard times he did have early on in life.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

                As much as I could get away with before getting caught!  Oh, you want something specific?  Well, I’ve thought about taking out someone famous.  Who wouldn’t matter, as long as they were high profile.  Even now, just thinking about it, I can imagine my knife blade sliding into their skin; the blood pooling around the handle.  Can you smell their fear?  Feel their quivering skin beneath your touch?  Can you see their soul leaving their body?  Stick with me and I can show you so much more.

What is the one food you can’t live without?

                I haven’t been in control of much of my life, so I’ve never really thought about it before.

If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

                Who would be cast?  Probably some two-bit character actor not worth the industry minimum.  Who should be cast?  Pacino, De Niro or Hopkins would be my choice.  Unfortunately, they’re all too old.  Apart from that, it wouldn’t really matter.  I’m probably dead, or they wouldn’t be making a movie.  Would they?

 

                You’ve had enough?  Okay, well, thanks for your time.  And thanks again for talking with the only one deserving the honor.  I’ll be watching…I mean, I’ll see you around.

Posted in Coffee With Characters

Coffee With Characters… Err This should be interesting! The characters (All of Them) of Judge by the Cover

 

1. Hi—okay, sorry before I start this interview, I really must ask. Why are there three of you?

Oh, hi. My name is Tracy. I’m just here to be the buffer between those two. *points at a boy and a girl glaring at each other with crossed arms*

2. But why do they need—
Trust me. They need a buffer.

3. Oh. Okay then. Well, thank you so much for joining us today. Please intro-duce yourself!

The Girl: I’ll start. I’m Haruna Mitsukai. I’m 17 years old and I’m the main char-acter of the story. I’m a student in my final year at Shady Glenn Private Acade-my. I’m Head Girl (which is kind of like student president at regular schools) and I’m aiming to be valedictorian. One of my main goals is getting into the Universi-ty of—
The Boy: She just asked who you are, not for your life story.
Haruna: Shut up! Why are you even here?
Tracy: Stop it, you guys. *gives a deep sigh* This guy over here is Ryu Debiru. He’s the story antagonist.
Ryu: Antagonist? I’m the main character in this story too!
Haruna: But why? That’s what I’d like to know.
Tracy: Yeesh. I’ll take over from here. *looks over with a smile* I’m Tracy Hasan and I’m one of Haruna’s best friends. I also go to the Academy. Ryu does too.

4. Let’s step back for a moment. What is your story about?

Tracy: So the book is called Judge by the Cover which is part of the Hafu Sans Halo series. It’s a YA/New Adult series.
Haruna: And the first book is about this assignment we have to work on for our English class. And it’s a major assignment—like super important. But naturally, it’s impossible to get anything done with this guy.
Ryu: I’d gouge my own eye out with this icepick before spending five minutes with her to be honest.
Tracy: Ahem. Just to be clear, no eyes were lost in the making of this book.
Haruna: Am I the only one wondering why he randomly carries around an icepick?

judge

5. Wait, I’m curious about something else. What does “Hafu Sans Halo” mean?

Ryu: Well, “hafu” is a word meaning “half.” We’re both half Japanese so I’m guessing that has something to do with it.
Haruna: You’d have to read the book and come to your own conclusions.

6. Wow. I guess being half Japanese means you have some things in common?
Haruna: No way!
Ryu: Not. At. All.

7. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Haruna: I’ll go first. I’m an honour student. I have advanced levels in piano and violin. I play the clarinet in the school band. I tutor. At my church I’m a Youth Minister—
Tracy: Haruna, she means physical features. *turns to smile* Like for example, if you look closely Haruna’s got freckles on her nose—
Ryu: Also her eyes are like this weird blue-green colour like that gross algae that kills people.
Haruna: Excuse me? What do you mean “weird?” You’re weird! When’s the last time you combed your hair? It’s a mess. *looks back* It’s always a mess.
Tracy: *drags palm across face*

8. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

Tracy: Oh I don’t have any tattoos. I’d like to get one but I definitely can’t. My parents wouldn’t like it and it’s against my religion, actually. But I’ve done henna once.
Haruna: Yeah, I’m not allowed to get them either. I don’t want one anyway. On-ly try-hards get tattoos. Piercings too.
Ryu: So you’re calling me a try-hard now?
Haruna: He has, like, a zillion ear piercings.
Tracy: Hey Ryu, do you have tattoos?
Ryu: None of your business what I’ve got.
Haruna: See! He’s rude, isn’t he?

9. Er, how about I change the topic? Oh here’s a fun one! Would you ev-er want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do to-gether?

Tracy: No. She’s way older than us.
Haruna: Maybe she can give us advice for university though?
Ryu: Everything with you is school.
10. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

Tracy: I’d like to be able to fly. That would be pretty sweet!
Haruna: Hmm…I think invisibility would be great sometimes.
Ryu: She’s lying. She loves attention.
Haruna: He’s just jealous because he’s already invisible.
Tracy: Haruna!
Haruna: Okay, fine. I’ll stop.
Ryu: *ignoring her* Anyway. I’m pretty much able to read minds. It’s not a super power, just intuition I guess. And I have a 4th degree black belt so…yeah, I’m good. But I think it would be cool to be able to teleport.

11. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

Tracy: I don’t have any.
Haruna: Some people are just really dumb. I can’t stand idiots.
Ryu: Me neither. I also dislike posers, and that’s pretty much everyone around here. Plus, people can never seem to say my name right.
Haruna: Heaven forbid you mispronounce this guy’s name. Geez.
12. What would I love the most about you?

Haruna: I’m passionate about anything I set my mind to. I never give up!
Ryu: I tell it like it is.
Tracy: I bring the comic relief, but I tell it like it is too.
13. What would I hate the most about you?

Haruna: Hm, I’ll admit I stress out over small things sometimes.
Ryu: She’s somehow both a drama queen and a teacher’s pet.
Haruna: We’re answering for ourselves, idiot!
Ryu: See? Exclamation marks for everything.
Haruna: Get me out of here. Please.
Tracy: I’m just going to go on a limb here and say everyone loves me. Even the haters.
14. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Haruna: I think so.
Ryu: Mostly.
Tracy: I feel like she made me look more boy crazy than I really am.
Haruna: You are pretty boy crazy though.
Tracy: But who isn’t though? We’re teenagers!
Ryu: Stereotype.
15. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Ryu: A day when everyone just leaves me the hell alone.
Haruna: A day spent with my friends and my boyfriend. After all my homework and chores are done, of course.
Tracy: Same answer. Minus the boyfriend part. Ugh. Forever alone….
16. What is your greatest fear?

Haruna: Getting assigned to work on something with this guy.
Ryu: Whatever.
Tracy: That’s a good question. I think I’d be embarrassed to say.
Ryu: Yeah, I’m obviously not answering this question either.
17. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Tracy: Oh my gosh—please let it be Samuel Hope! Hottest guy ever!
Haruna: He’s too old for you.*looks back* He graduated when we were juniors.
Ryu: Some girls secretly like me apparently, but I couldn’t care less. It would be a waste of my time and theirs.
Haruna: Gross. Why would anyone like you?
Tracy: *leans in to whisper* Pretty sure these two are secretly in love with each other.
Haruna: TRACY! EW—NO!
Ryu: Not a chance.

18. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Tracy: An actress. I want to star in something cool and edgy like Vampire Dia-ries.
Haruna: Do you mean when I was really little or now? When I was little I don’t think I ever thought about it.
Ryu: I’ve always wanted to be like my dad. Now I’m not so sure.
Haruna: What’s that supposed to mean?
Ryu: It means exactly what you think it does.
Haruna & Tracy: …
19. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do to-day?

Tracy: Wow, this is deep.
Haruna: Yeah I agree. I don’t really know? Go shopping?
Tracy: But what if you can’t use all the stuff? I think I’d rather throw a huge par-ty.
Ryu: I’d probably do the same thing I usually do. Since the day I die could be any day.
Tracy: Well… that was rather cryptic, Ryu.
Ryu: Good. It should be.

20. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Haruna: Waffles!
Tracy: I’m a sucker for junk food. Also my mom’s naan is delish.
Ryu: I like the food from Long’s Restaurant, but I can’t afford to be too picky. I live with six other guys.
21. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

Tracy: I’d play myself! But I really like Yasmine Al-Bustami. I think she could rock my short hair too.
Ryu: For me, maybe Kato Keisuke? He’s a Japanese actor.
Tracy: But don’t you need someone who speaks fluent English?
Ryu: I don’t care who plays me. As long as it’s not Keanu Reeves. Although… I’m pretty sure Emma Stone could play Haruna.
Haruna: Oh aren’t you just the comedian today?
Tracy: Who do you think would play you, Haruna?
Haruna: Katie Chang or Reina Triendl I think.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MTPVI0U?
Book Website:
http://www.hafusanshalo.com
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeCYHtVlM30
Author Page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abielleamiel
Twitter: @abielleamiel
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15820401.Melissa_Abigail

Posted in Original Short Stories

Flash Fiction One kiss, as soft as a sigh.

Hey all of my amazing readers. I am so sorry this Flash fiction is so late this week! My brain has been mush with trying to finish book 3 and promote books 1&2. But, here you go! This weeks flash fiction!

She squeezed her eyes shut tight when the loud bang of the gunshot rent the air. The worst part was the eerie silence that followed. It shouldn’t have been that quiet. There should have been…something, right? She carefully opened her eyes and was shocked when she saw nothing. Mason and Luke were gone and in their places were the two biggest wolves she had ever see in her life. She knew the white one was Luke she had him as her pet for the last two weeks but she had never seen the slightly smaller tawny looking wolf, that was snarling and growling at a bleeding Luke, before that moment.

Luke lunged and the two began snapping and clawing at each other. She had no idea what she was doing. She found herself looking around on the floor for the gun without conscious thought. Luke grabbed Mason by the scruff of his neck with his massive jaws and threw him into the solid oak dresser across the room. Aurora saw that as her one chance and moved for the gun that had been dropped next to her bedroom door. Luke was staring at her with his back to Mason, no doubt wondering who she was going to point the gun at.

“Luke, watch out,” she screamed as Mason jumped on his back and bit into Luke’s shoulder with his enormous fangs.

Finally, she reached the gun and took aim. She was starting to panic and that wouldn’t do well for her aim. She attempted, but couldn’t get a clear shot. Luke had shaken him off but was seriously injured and she had no idea what to do. Luke hit the ground and rolled just as Mason took a flying leap at him. There was no stopping it he was headed straight for her. Out of reflex she pulled the trigger and screamed. The large wolf barreled into her and she hit her head on the door frame, hard.

She had no idea how long she had been unconscious, but she felt one kiss as soft as a sigh over each eyelid and opened them sleepily. Luke looked relieved to see her eyes open and she shot him a tentative smile and tried to sit up.

“Don’t move,” Luke growled and lifted her from the floor. She laid her head on his shoulder with a contented sigh and drifted off to sleep.