Showing posts from August, 2013

Spotlight: A Pride of Lions by Mark Iles

Today on Out of Control Characters, we welcome fellow Solstice Publishing author, Mark Iles. He's talking about his latest release, A Pride of Lions, and how you can get it free.

Mark works for Southampton University, and also as a freelance writer. His short stories have been published in Back Brain Recluse, DreamNew Moon, Auguries, HauntsKalkion,Screaming Dreams, and the anthologies Right To Fight, Escape Velocity and Monk Punk. With an 8th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo he’s also written non-fiction for Combat, Taekwondo & Korean Martial Arts, Fighters, Junk, Martial Arts Illustrated, and

His first full length work was ‘Kwak’s Competition Taekwondo’, and he also has a short story collection entitled ‘Distant Shores’. ‘A Pride of Lions’ is the first in ‘The Darkening Stars’ series. Having written features and fiction for over 30 years Mark applied to do an MA in Professional Writing. ‘Pride’ had been bouncing around in his head for some…

D.T. Dyllin Birthday Blast!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Dragonfairy Store |Goodreads Book one of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
New Adult Paranormal Romance
299 pages
byD.T. Dyllin
For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience. To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes. As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart. Amazon | Dragonfairy Store |Goodreads Book two of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy New Adult Paranormal Romance 241 pages byD.T. Dyllin P.J. Ston…

Cover Reveal - Piercing the Fold by Venessa Kimball

Good Friday morning. Today on Out of Control Characters we're featuring author Venessa Kimball's new cover for the first book in her PtF series, Piercing the Fold! As always, we're going to get to know a little about Venessa first.

In 2010, Venessa Kimball was struck by an idea, a story, that needed telling. Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a mature young adult/ adult crossover, paranormal, science fiction series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013. In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series will be re-published with them beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 will be re-published on September 24. 2013 and Ascending the Vei…

Review - Rachel's Legacy by Lizzy Stevens

Good Monday morning, a rainy one for some of us. Today, we have Lizzy Stevens onboard with her novel, Rachel's Legacy. This is a bittersweet romance, but very real to life. First, let's get to know a bit more about Lizzy!

Lizzy Stevens is an Amazon International Best Selling Author. She writes paranormal/ romance and woman's fiction. She's a wife & mother of 2 boys.Lizzy has been writing most of her life but got her first official contract in 2008. 2013 has been an exciting year for her. She became an International Best Selling author this year and two of her books were optioned for film.

Here's where you can find Lizzy on the web:

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Rachel's Legacy is the first book in The Rachel Conners Saga. I found it to be a bittersweet book and very enjoyable. Here's my review:

Rachel Conners returns home, but she's haunted by medical problems and the past. Once there, her life takes a tur…

Children's Blog Hop - What Am I Up To?

What are you working on right now?

A trilogy, Paradox Lost. This is a story about triplets destined to change the world of Travelers, people who move throughout history to ensure things are as they should be. The prediction of an ancestor sets three teens on differing paths, and questioning the way they're acting toward each other.

The guys, Matt and DJ, treat their little sister as if she doesn't belong. Elisa rebels against their constant harassment. They're smart, talented, and ready to take on the world, or so they think … until they're faced with the ultimate paradox, and then the two who survive an attack have to learn to deal with what the fates have spun out for them … or risk losing even more.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

This is a quest type story, similar to The Wheel of Time, but also far different. It's not a reboot of the tale of King Author, but rather a futuristic time travel adventure with elements of magical skills. Twins have oft…

Son of Corse by KateMarie Collins

Today we host KateMarie Collins, one of my fellow authors at Solstice Publishing. KateMarie writes delightful fantasy that lures you in and captures your heart. I've had the pleasure of reading her work before, and look forward to this adventure with a great deal of anticipation.

First, we're going to get to know a little about KateMarie Collins:

Born in the late 60's, KateMarie has lived most of her life in the Pacific NW. While she's always been creative, she didn't turn towards writing until 2008. She found a love for the craft. With the encouragement of her husband and two daughters, she started submitting her work to publishers. When she's not taking care of her family, KateMarie enjoys attending events for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA has allowed her to combine both a creative nature and love of history. She currently resides with her family and three cats in what she likes to refer to as "Seattle Suburbia". Here's where you…

Lori Verni-Fogarsi Hop & Win Book Blast!

Welcome to the Hop & Win Book Blast! This is all part of a fun event hosted by author Lori Verni-Fogarsi (LoriTheAuthor) during a special promotion of her novel, "Momnesia."
Loss of the memory of who you used to be. Caused by pregnancy, play dates, and trying to keep the house cleaner than the Joneses. "Momnesia," which has been recognized in two awards, is the story of an average suburban mom who, feeling invisible under all the responsibilities of caring for her family, sets about finding balance between her "momminess" and her "sexiness." She does find some adventure pursuing her own interests, but it isn't until she tosses the Invisible Rule Book altogether that she discovers life---and love---have more to offer than she ever imagined! During this special promotion, there are all sort of fun things going on. (EVENT DATES ARE 8/12 THROUGH 8/19/13) Hope you'll enjoy them all! "Momnesia" is on sale for only $1.99 in Kindle …

Guest Post - Angela Burke

Today, on Out of Control Characters we're hosting fellow Solstice Publishing author, Angela Burke. She'll talk to us about a love story paradox. Definitely interesting.

The Love Story Paradox

As I finished writing my debut novel, Lucidity, I had difficulty determining what genre the story fit into.I was stuck.It certainly didn’t meet the criteria for the traditional romance genre, nor was it an exact fit for the realm of paranormal.Eventually I was given a bit of advice and it was determined that Lucidity would be categorized as mainstream fiction containing a love story.Ah…a love story.Of course.And what exactly is that?
I suppose a love story could be considered a new term for the old tragedy. True to its name, a love story must contain, well, yes, love.But it is the element of misfortune that sets apart this unique sub-genre from most romantic stories.A love story doesn’t guarantee a happy ending and yet, it is the critical component of tragedy that makes it unforgettable.

Guest Blog: Kiss Me in Paris by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov


Welcome. Today we're having a guest post by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov, authors of the new adult romance, Kiss Me in Paris. Let's get to know a little bit more about our guests and their fabulous book first.

Dmytry and Kimberly are the husband and wife writing team behind the KISS ME Series,Eye of Newt, Sunrise and Nightfall, Wanderlust, and The Fallen Series.
Kimberly is the award-winning, bestselling author of the New Adult paranormal romance series TheSeduced Saga, the YA paranormal thriller/romance The Forbidden Trilogyand children's fantasy series The Three Lost Kids.
Dmytry writes fantasy—be it urban, dark or epic—is a musical composer, pianist, and designs books covers (exclusively for his wife's and their co-authored books).
They live with three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic. This is whe…