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Carol McKibben
Carol McKibben Author Interview

Reign: The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar follows a powerful shifter as he defends the citizens of Florence from a satanic mob. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

I have written two vampire mystery thrillers previous to Reign: Snow Blood (a 5-book series about the original vampire) and Moon Blood (a sequel to Snow Blood) along with a Prequel entitled, Kane – The First Blood Son. Reign takes characters from those two books as well as introducing new ones (spawned from characters in the first books). Reign Book 1 was a natural progression and is soon to be followed up with Reign – The Rise of The Lich (Book 2 of the Silver Blood Knight Series.)

Honestly, I was inspired because I wanted to create something quite different from the vampire/paranormal stories I grew up with and loved.

Reign is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?

All my books are narrated by either dogs or wolves. They symbolize loyalty, persistence, a fierce protective nature, and unconditional love for all who are family and friends. I strive to have people answer this question for themselves: If they can love us in this way, why can’t we do the same for each other?

What were some themes you wanted to explore in this book?

Obviously good vs. evil. But more importantly, as stated above, I wanted to show what unconditional love means… loving a person or creature for who he or she is, and not what we want them to be. I wanted to examine what it means to be loyal and how some things aren’t what we think they are.

This is the first book in the Silver Blood Knight series. What can readers expect in book two?

Our heroes will be given another almost invincible antagonist to battle. I’ll dive deeper into the inner workings of the heroic band, and they will have to contend with numerous surprise attacks from unexpected sources in book 2. Through it all, their love for and loyalty to each other will shine.

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Supernatural hybrids. The wrath of the Devil. Can three chosen by God win the war against darkness?
Reign knows he was never supposed to exist. The impossible fusion of a vampire and a spirit wolf, the powerful shifter’s life is a divine miracle. But when the city of Florence is robbed of its memories, Reign stands between the innocent Italians and a hellish demise.
Teaming up with his bonded packmate and a young wizard, Reign storms the Tuscan capital to bring down the possessed mob leader. And with the Heavenly battle raging against Satanic gangsters, the God-chosen crossbreed must risk his own inconceivable life to annihilate the forces of evil.
Can Reign survive his ordained mission to save the world from damnation?
Reign: The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar is the extraordinary first book in the Silver Blood Knight paranormal vampire series. If you like epic conflicts, unexpected revelations, and unique twists on supernatural creatures, then you’ll love Carol McKibben’s out-of-this-world tale.
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Labyrinth or Mayhem

Efthalia
Efthalia Author Interview

Phantasia follows demigod ex-cop Carissa who is hellbent on clearing her father’s name. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

The single myth that drove this story forward was the one with Alkippe, Ares’ daughter who was raped by Poseidon’s son. Ares retaliated and killed him. Poseidon was obviously unhappy about this and Ares’ became the first god to be tried for murder on the Areopagus. The Areopagus, a hill in Ancient Athens was where judicial business took place. This myth is the over-reaching story arc that spans from book one, right through to book three, which I am writing as we speak. Book one was the kill, book two the trail and book three is the verdict.

Carissa is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

Apart from the basic ideals and psychological needs, I want her to go from ordinary to extraordinary and she still has a bit more learning to do before she hits her full potential. When I sat down to write the series, Carissa was standing in the middle of a labyrinth or mayhem, that said, you are here, and she needed to find her way out of the maze both internally and externally. There is a lot that we can take away from myths and we only need to look at our own life experiences to see how much we grow and change due to life throwing things at us.

I enjoyed the infusion of Greek mythology throughout the book. What kind of research did you undertake to keep things accurate?

I am so pleased to hear that. I loved myth when I started my first book and it seemed natural to me. I have always loved Homer’s representation of the gods because they are so vivid and intervening. I wanted my gods to exude the same presence of Homer’s and I do play a little bit on that whole anger and revenge cycle. In terms of research, I am in the middle of a degree in the Classics and Archaeology. A little late in life but why not? 😃 So, I guess I can say that I have a bit of arsenal up my sleeve. 😊

This is book two in the Phi Athanatoi series. What can readers expect from book three?

Spoiler Alert: I keep saying, and apologies for being so cliché, it’s going to be bigger than Ben-Hur. You can expect more craziness from Carissa’s family. A character may not survive. The gods are as intervening as ever, and Xen and Carissa may go through a small learning curve before they get their Big Fat Greek Wedding. 😃 Definitely some fun moments to deal with the darker elements.

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Torn apart by separate missions, can their love survive an impending apocalypse?Demigod ex-cop Carissa Alkippes is hellbent on clearing her father’s name. But when she’s sidetracked into saving Zeus’ life, she’s forced into a dangerous mission to locate missing deities. To find them, she must face a horde of bloodthirsty demons.
Xen Lyson shouldn’t dwell on Carissa when he’s supposed to be stopping demons from feasting on humanity. But the sexy vampire worries her solitary journey to Olympus will put her in grave danger. And with absent gods causing devastating natural disasters, he must trust her father, Ares, to keep her safe.
With every mortal sphere at risk, Carissa races to retrieve a magical codex believed to hold the key to defeating her enemy. And when Xen discovers the true source of the threat, saving both humans and gods will put his own immortality in jeopardy.
In between battling Titans, gods, missing keys, and baklava can Carissa and Xen summon the power to conquer the sinister foe and return to each other’s arms?
PHANTASIA – A Bad Day on Olympus is the second book in the Phi Athanatoi paranormal series. If you like strong women, adrenaline-filled action, and fun twists on Greek mythology, then you’ll love Efthalia’s passionate page-turner.

Phantasia: A Bad Day On Olympus

Phantasia: A Bad Day On Olympus (Phi Athanatoi Book 2) by [Efthalia Author]

Phantasia by Efthalia is the second installment in Efthalia’s Phi Athanatoi series. This novel follows Carissa, an ex-cop and demigod granddaughter of Zeus, as she embarks on the greatest mission of her life thus far – saving a few morally astray Greek gods from causing ruin and chaos to not only their ethereal realm in Mount Olympus, but also to the susceptible and unknowing mortal world below. Efthalia’s entertaining way of storytelling and character building, combined with a unique plot that blends romance, adventure, Greek culture, and Greek mythology, are all key aspects that make this a thrilling paranormal romance.

Even though this is the second book in her Phi Athanatoi series, Efthalia does a great job at building each character so that even if a reader picks up the book out of sequence, they have enough context about important details to still be able to follow the story line. Carissa and Xen’s romance is hot, steamy, and palpable in all the right ways, while still making apparent the couple’s devotion to one another. Even auxiliary characters, such as Carissa’s mortal family members, are given the chance to shine, reminding readers how embedded loyalty and familial ties are to Greek culture. All the characters are likable, realistic and have their own sense of morality that adds to the depth of the overall novel. Each scene is portrayed in a way that allows the reader to easily envision happenings as they unfold.

Efthalia is a brilliant writer who also uses her work as an opportunity to highlight Greek culture. Her numerous and regular Greek vocabulary and cultural references add significant depth to the reader’s experience. The Greek glossary at the end of the book, which provides definitions of all Greek vocabulary used throughout the text, is a further welcome touch. Her vivid depictions of each of the Greek gods in the story, from Zeus to Ares to Hades, reflect the well-researched nature of her storytelling.

There are definite aspects that are reminiscent of popular thrillers, such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Since there are sexual scenes, depictions of alcohol use, and some images of violence, this novel is best enjoyed by an adult audience. I would recommend Phantasia and the rest of the Phi Athanatoi series to anyone with an interest in the adventure romance genre, as well as any aficionados of Greek mythology.

Pages: 289 | ASIN: B083TBWNPH

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Crimson Dawn

Jenny isn’t like the others. She’s special, but she would never admit it. As a healer, she is able to take away the pain of her patients in the most unique way. When Royce suffers an attack and escapes with the most severe burns she has ever witnessed, it’s left to Jenny to again make him whole. The same attack that wounded Royce took her friends’ lives and has left deep emotional scars on all of them. As Jenny goes about the job of healing Royce, she must continue to live with a secret she refuses to share with anyone–refuses out of fear for her very life.

Crimson Dawn, by Georgiana Fields, is the fourth book in the Crimson series. As with its predecessors, Crimson Dawn begins with a bang and the action never ceases from cover to cover. Fields opens each of her books with the most impressive and captivating events, grabbing readers’ attention and drawing them into the characters’ dilemmas from the first paragraph. The introduction of the race called the Dhampir in book one only continues to grow more involved and more mesmerizing with each passing chapter.

Jenny is the true standout in Book Four. Her self-proclaimed defects only serve to make her more of a heroine to readers. I have always had a fascination with characters who were able to read minds and heal. Jenny is a prime example of the misunderstood character who breathes life, quite literally, into an already gripping plot. Somehow, Fields has managed to shape a character who is the perceived underdog but at the same time revered by her peers. Jenny is in a truly unique position as a guilt-ridden empath and healer.

There is a seamless connection between all of Fields’ books in the Crimson series. While I tend to be one of those readers who likes to follow a series through to its final installment, I do prefer a series where each book is strong enough to stand alone. Fields has more than accomplished that in her series. Readers could pick up any book in the Crimson series and be up to date within a chapter or two. References to the plots covered in previous books are thorough enough to be effective without interfering with the current book’s story line.

I feel that I need to say this for those who might be on the fence about Crimson Dawn. The cover, while artfully done, seems a bit misleading. I got the impression that the book would lean toward more romance, but it is its own brand of vampire fantasy. While it contains definite romantic elements, it is much more for fans of the vampire genre.

Excited for Book 5, I highly recommend any of Fields’ Crimson books to readers wanting to invest time in an engaging cast of characters with something brand new to offer the vampire fantasy genre.

Pages: 382 | ASIN: B07KT9ZXJV

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Crimson Moon

Nicole has found herself in quite the predicament. As an unwanted child left to abusive relatives herself, she doesn’t quite know what to do when she is presented with young Shelby. Shelby, missing since the night of her parents’ brutal murder, has stumbled upon Nicole. Their pairing is an odd one but at the same time destined to have occurred. Longing for her parents and her Uncle Tee, hurting, lost, and hungry, Shelby does the only thing she knows how–she eats. Her need to feed, however, is like nothing Nicole has ever experienced–Nicole herself is Shelby’s sustenance.

Crimson Moon is the third in a series by Georgiana Fields. The Dhampir are the focus of Fields’s work and provide readers with a whole new cast of characters who by far outweigh any vampire novel I have ever read. Their shapeshifting abilities and the way in which they can sense one another’s life forces makes for a truly engaging read. Shelby and her extended family are standout characters with a closeness most families would envy.

One of the most striking elements of Nicole’s character development is the way she regards Tristan’s behavior toward Shelby. Nicole is at a loss on how family could and should behave. She has never received love in any form or fashion. At the hands of what little family she has, Nicole has endured unimaginable abuse. Her attempts to start over have been thwarted, and she can’t possibly relate to the display of love she sees being shown to Shelby. After seeing her “family,” readers will deeply feel Nicole’s yearning for true affection when she observes Tristan and Shelby.

As with Fields’s first book in the series, Crimson Dreams, readers will find intense action sequences, bloodthirsty characters, and breathtaking moments. Right out of the gate, Fields grabs readers’ attention with a chaotic and heart-wrenching scene between Shelby and her parents. Readers will know what four-year-old Shelby can’t possibly understand as she makes her frantic, yet forced, escape on her own. Fields knows how to pull in readers and keep them invested from cover to cover.

Having devoured Crimson Dreams, I was eager to follow the saga and was not disappointed. Fields builds on the scene set in the first book and succeeds in keeping the momentum going. I highly recommend Fields’s books to those interested in branching out of the vampire genre. There is much to be gained by exploring the world of the Dhampir according to Georgiana Fields.

Pages: 318  | ASIN: B07KQFCX3J

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Crimson Dreams

Rose has not lived the easiest of lives and doesn’t exactly have too many people who will miss her when she’s gone. When she is presented with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to England to restore a Victorian era home, she doesn’t immediately jump at the chance due to her own plethora of misgivings and fears. Vaughn, the homeowner, is a convincing individual, indeed, and coerces Rose into making the trip. His motives, however, aren’t what Rose assumes, though his intentions may just have a far-reaching impact on Rose’s life. Once the two reach Vaughn’s home, Rose’s life is no longer her own, and the world as she thought she knew it is forever changed.

Crimson Dreams, by Georgiana Fields, is the story of one woman’s introduction to the world of the Dhampir. The time-traveling Vaughn plays an important role in Rose’s transformation from unsuspecting designer to Dhampir sidekick and part-time detective. The two make a perfect team, and the sexual tension between them is both palpable and handled tastefully by the author.

Vampire stories are among my favorites, and I am always more than critical of details and plot holes. Fields, however, is one author to be commended and followed closely. She has set up quite the scenario with Rose’s leap from modern day to the year 1900. The inclusion of Jack the Ripper and the current onslaught of killings in modern day Atlanta is timely and keeps the two dimensions flawlessly linked. Rose makes the ideal partner for Vaughn as he goes about assisting Scotland Yard in finding the killer.

Fields writes some of the most memorable and relatable secondary characters. It is easy for such characters to get lost in a plot so involved, but she has managed to involve Sara and Aileen in parallel plots that both hold readers’ interest and keep them invested in their stories. Good writers know how to do this; excellent writers actually get it done. Fields has mastered it.

One element that always seems to lack in many vampire stories is that of emotion. Fields’s book, however, is brimming with second-guessing, empathetic moments, and remorse and regret. Vaughn is unlike any other character in this genre. He is somehow more human in his emotions than most I know. Fields has blended a vast array of powerful emotions into a fictional character and succeeded in creating a story for the ages.

It is not often that I want to immediately reread a book, but Fields has grabbed my attention, focused it with laser-like accuracy on her characters, and hypnotized me with her unique and engaging plot. An absolute must-read for anyone who even thinks they enjoy a good vampire story.

Pages: 452 | ASIN: B07GQBW359

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It Had Power

Angelina Kerner Author Interview

Angelina Kerner Author Interview

The Scented Bones follows a young forensic anthropologist thrown into the middle of a feud between vampires and werewolves. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

The Godfather by Mario Puzo. When I was in college, taking an English class, most essays and books were boring until the professor chose his book. The book inspired discussions and gained attention of the students. It had power and I wanted to have similar power over my readers with my writing.

This book has been in the works for more than 5 years. It has gone through 5 drafts, including Angel being a university student and main character to be Rayne and not Gage. However, that draft seemed to read more like about street gangs and so I worked hard to make it more like mafia families.

The Scented book is the first in the series and in every book I’ll introduce more characters and families. Hopefully, my books will inspire readers to read more and even try their hand at writing.

 Angel is an intriguing character that I enjoyed following. What were some themes you wanted to capture in her character?

I didn’t want her to be perfect. I wanted her to be smart but timid. Serious but with surprising funny moments. I wanted her to tread carefully when it comes to relationships and focus on the job. But, what I wanted to show was how she looked at magic. Of how she was afraid of what she was and what she could do.

I enjoyed the backstory and mythology embedded in this world between the vampires and werewolves. What were some sources of inspiration that helped you create this world?

Most inspiration came from the characters themselves. Originally all characters were mundanes and as the book progressed into the paranormal, the characters became their other selves. When I was re writing them, I was thinking that if they weren’t paranormal born, how would they shift if bitten? How would they act if they were born?

I tried staying away from other paranormal books about vampires and werewolves to keep my characters original.

 Where will the next book in The Svabodina Case Files pick up and when will it be available? 

The next book will pick up a couple of weeks after the last scene in The Scented Bones with a new case. The new case will involve a serial killer.

At the moment, I have about 20 chapters written. I’m going back to editing these chapters before finishing the book because I have to add information to the already written ones in order to write the scenes with the actual killer. It is a lot of work and I have a chapter summary file that I go back to for each chapter. I’m tracking dates, character appearances, etc.

I’m not sure when it will be out, hopefully next year. The Scented Bones has been republished by a publisher! So, I’ll work closely with the publisher for book 2 as well. It’s super exciting! Book 2 is titled – The Puzzle of Bones.

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The Scented Bones: The Svabodina Case Files by [Kerner, Angelina]

Angel Svabodina is a rookie forensic anthropologist, enjoying the beginning of her new career. That joy comes crashing down when she figures out the skeleton she’s working on is not human and then it vanishes.

She throws herself fully into the case without thinking about the parties involved, a psychopomp associate, and paranormal mafia families made up of vampires and werewolves—or the consequences.

When she sees there’s no avoiding the inevitable, Angel has to suck it up and work with the werewolves to solve the case but can she trust them?

Werewolves and witches are in a centuries-old feud, but that doesn’t stop the shivers running down her spine from one wolf in particular. Rights and wrongs become blurred, as she is tormented by her past and accepting who she truly is while searching for the skeleton. What’s more, nothing comes for free, including information. To get what she needs from the werewolf don, Angel has to meet with the fae queen. Can she meet her without repercussions and solve the case?

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The Return of Ka-Ron the Knight – Trailer

When Dark Ships invade the skies over the “Nown” World, the invaders bring with them horrendous terrors for which no one is prepared to face. As entire villages begin to disappear, the world enters a new Dark Age. King Jatel and Queen Karen join forces once again with their friends and awaken ancient magic, giving them their only chance at freedom. Amid war, vampires, dragons, and widespread genocide, the “Nown” World welcomes the glorious return of the most valiant warrior it’s ever known!

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