Author Matthew W Harrill

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Dogfight – Put to The Acid Test

When someone asked me if I wanted to review some dogging I nearly missed a step, spat out my coffee, choked AND fell over. It’s not normally the case that you get to see such public displays of … how shall we call it… ‘affection’. Yet we are an interesting folk here in the West of England… it’s not all that surprising they might be selling tickets. However, my fears were allayed when it was pointed out that in fact it was a musical, and it was called Dogfight.

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Dogfight – When and where.

We had the pleasure of seeing Dogfight in the Rondo Theatre in Bath. While not down in the centre of the city, this theatre still gives the fan of Amateur Dramatics plenty of opportunity to get lost in small, winding roads, looking for parking spaces in the oddest of places. It’s a small place, seating not more than a couple of hundred people (if that). The atmosphere is cosy and you are right in amongst the action when the play gets going. Seating is nice enough. I’m well over 6 feet tall and I had plenty of space (tip: go for Row E).

The theatre was also decorated with raised radiators……

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However, a word of caution if you get the munchies and feel like going for a ‘Billy Burger’ over the road. It’s not what one might call the most sanitary of places. Judging by the state of my stomach after a Hawaiian Kangaroo Burger, I would stick to beef. If I was reviewing that joint for The Acid Test it would be an ENTIRELY different review….

Dogfight – What is it?

Boy – do the webpages like going into great and elaborate detail regarding the plot. In essence it’s a romance centered around a game played by US Marines, the aim of which is to go dancing with the ugliest girl, and win the competition after all have been judged.

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In the case of this particular dogfight, the protagonist Eddie Birdlace starts to realise the effects of this game on the women involved and regret his part in the game, falling in love with his ‘date’ . That is very high level. For more information, have a look here.

Dogfight – The Cast

Eddie Birdlace – Matthew Graham
Rose Fenny – Hannah Long
Bernstein – Sam Cochrane
Boland – James Sellick
Marcy – Rachel Bosomworth
Fector – Matthew Knowles
Stevens – Pip Knowles
Gibbs / Lounge Singer – Mark Sellick
Peggy – Jane Morgan
Mama – Jessica Withers
Pete  – Jason Lemoir

Directed by Alison McCausland with music directed by Lauren Davies

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Dogfight – Did it pass the test?

You know, I am continually amazed by the creative way small spaces are utilised by drama productions in order to entice the suspension of disbelief in the audience. It was colourful, and the stage was well-used by the cast A few cleverly-placed props were all that was needed to turn a dance floor to stairs to a bedroom. In so close an atmosphere it is very easy to forget you are looking at the portrayal of characters by people, some of whom you may already know from elsewhere.

This cast, in my opinion, did an awesome job of bringing Dogfight to life.  I laughed, I got caught up in the story, I enjoyed the songs. Where the occasional word was missed from the dialogue, I was a lot more forgiving because of this. Going in to Dogfight with reservations (I thought the premise for the story was quite frankly, mean), it was lovely to see that I was able to find so many positives to dispel those reservations. In essence I came out of the play feeling a lot better about life.

The main characters were played very well by Matthew Graham and Hannah Long, the growing relationship between Eddie and Rose very believable. I very much enjoyed the relationship between ‘The three bees’ – Birdlace, Bernstein and Boland. James Sellick was a formidable presence as Boland, bossing most of the scenes until he met his match in hooker ‘Marcy’, played with needle-sharp comic timing by Rachel Bosomworth.

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I also very much enjoyed the relentless enthusiasm and blissful innocence of Sam Cochrane’s Buddy Holly-esque (and VERY shiny-teethed) Bernstein, as well as the very straight-faced waiter played by Jason Lemoir. I could go on about every single member of the cast as well. It was a very well put-together production that had me entranced from start to finish, believing in the characters. Well done all. Your Dogfight was great. Acid Test passed.

Dogfight – Any Other Business…

I have two points to pick up on that really have nothing to do with the production that merit note.

  1. Pokemon Go! The cast were ADDICTED. The audience were RIVETED when they weren’t lapping up the visual feast in front of them. pickings are very good if you are after electric/metal types such as voltorb or electobuzz.
  2. I witnessed a conversation during half time between two drama students (one a future mega-hipster) where the hipster-in-waiting was bestowing his great knowledge and experience (he was maybe 18 or 19 at the most) about how you only need to work hard enough to scrape in to university on the grades you need, NOT work hard to get the most out of your schooling. What utter bilge. The conviction with which the greatest of future bohemians was delivering his worldly view was really dismaying. Work hard, kids. Work your asses off. Never settle for ‘just’.

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Indie Pride Day is here! Being an indie author has changed my life. I’m proud to be a part of this hardworking, passionate, giving community of authors and friends. In celebration, all three books in The Crown of Stones Trilogy will be on Kindle Countdown. FOR ONE DAY ONLY, each book will be only .99! Journey into a dark world of magic, addiction, obsession, war, deception, love, and loss—nearly 1500 pages of adult epic fantasy—for less than a cup of coffee!

All 3 books will be .99 each on 7/1 (and part of 7/2) for Amazon US & UK.

Book 1 will remain at .99 until 7/6

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From a land long-divided by prejudice and fear, comes the story of Ian Troy, a magic-user bred for war. Reviled for their deadly addiction to magic, Ian’s people suffer in slavery. Drugs suppress their wills and their magic. Their once great empire lies buried, lost beneath the sand and a thousand years of secrets—until Ian unearths the Crown of Stones. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian wields the circlet’s power and brings peace to the realms, but at a terrible price.

A decade later, scarred and guilt-ridden, Ian has rejected his heritage and his magic. Old enemies have resurfaced and new ones have risen to seize the Crown of Stones. Unwittingly drawn into the conflict, Ian’s addiction reawakened.

Caught in a web of obsession and lies, Ian returns to the past to save the future in a time-spanning journey fraught with loss, betrayal, torture, friendship and love. His beliefs and convictions, his knowledge of magic and history are challenged as Ian unlocks the mysteries of The Crown of Stones. Despite devastating personal consequences, he clings to a hope for peace. But how much is he willing to sacrifice? How much burden can he carry? And how far can a man fall before he can’t rise again?

To purchase The Crown of Stones books in either paperback or Kindle, visit C. L. Schneider’s Amazon Author page http://bit.ly/CLAmazonPg  or www.clschneiderauthor.com

Catch up with C. L. Schneider on social media:

Twitter https://twitter.com/cl_schneider FB https://www.facebook.com/CLS.Author

Google+ https://www.google.com/+CLSchneider

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomCLSchneider

Find a little video from the author here: http://bit.ly/COSTrailer

 

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Helldat is different. It is bigger. It is sometimes a whole day long. No longer 15 questions about what someone makes of MY work  along with the usual favorites, now we have taken it up a notch. The Helldat takeover event focuses on one main author, each of the other takeover guests pointing the attendees via games or just plain url links to information, web sites, twitter etc, regarding the main author. The aim is to increase awareness of one particular person and in dong so, make the event co-operative.

Helldat – what you can do.

Go here to see the next Helldat, an event featuring the adult fantasy novelist Jennifer Sage, and here if you fancy joining an event, as we have spaces open on April 10th, as an event that’s part of the Brain to Books cyber convention.

If you want a Helldat done for you, just get in touch with me, on facebook would be the best place. I’m easy enough to find. Sometimes, if my son isn’t too busy, we will even knock up a promo video for you!

Matt

 

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Schneider reveals all….

The Crown of Stones by C.L. Schneider: Magic-Borne Cover Reveal

He’s paid for his addiction. He’s been scarred by his spells. He’s borne magic’s weight, its pleasure, and its guilt. But will he surrender to it when the realm needs him most?

Magic-Borne, the final installment of my epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones, is almost here! The Crown of Stones follows the trials of Ian Troy; a man struggling with an inborn addiction to magic in a world where magic is reviled, not revered.

The cover of Magic-Borne was designed by artist Alan Dingman.

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Synopsis:

In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.

Scarred by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.

Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?

 

 

Haven’t read book 1yet? There’s still time to dive into the adventure before book 3 is released!

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To celebrate the cover reveal, Magic-Price and Magic-Scars are both on Kindle Countdown from 1/28 to 2/4. Download Magic-Price (book 1) for only .99 & Magic-Scars (book 2) for $1.99!

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Book 2  

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Visit my Website for excerpts, teasers, reviews, and more!

Bio:

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C.L. Schneider is a self-published author of adult epic and urban fantasy. The first two books in her Crown of Stones trilogy, Magic-Price and Magic-Scars, are available on Amazon. The third installment will be released in February 2016. She is currently working on Nite Fire, an urban fantasy featuring a shape-shifting dragon hybrid named Dahlia Nite. C. L. Schneider lives in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York with her husband and two sons. She spends her days torturing characters, overdosing on coffee, and daydreaming about the zombie apocalypse.

 

 

Catch up with C. L. Schneider on social media

Website http://www.clschneiderauthor.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/cl_schneider

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CLS.Author

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomCLSchneider

Amazon Author Page   http://bit.ly/CLAmazonPg

Google +http://www.google.com/+CLSchneider

Find C.L.Schneider celebrating on Facebook today! Search on Schneider Helldat

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The Eye of Mares Blog Tour

To celebrate the release of the second installment in the Rise of the Elohim chronicles, the Eye of Mares is going to blog hopping like a headlining rock star, multiple showings for over the course of two weeks, with a new page shared with each appearance, continuing from where the last one went off and today I get to host the latest page:

 

The Eye of Mares – Part 14

 

…master, as they were both the student. They continuously learned from each other in every sparring session, and each lesson brought them closer as friends.

“How about we skip the warm-up and get right into it?” Zach questioned, wanting to up the ante.

“As you wish,” Jasmine answered.

With a quick wave of the hand, she conjured up a tornado of considerable size and fury.

“You’re on!” he shouted, accepting the challenge as the tornado advanced upon him.

 

 

****Here concludes todays Page****

 

 

Be sure to check out the continuing blogs to watch the story continue, or pick up a copy direct from Amazon: The Eye of Mares – Out now!

You could even let the adventure continue and check out its prequel, where the story began and the series was created: The Spirit of Iris – Out now!

 

****Book specifics****

Author: Rocky Rochford

Illustrator: Ashleigh Longman

Title: The Eye of Mares

Series: Book 2 of the Rise of the Elohim Chronicles

Genre: Illustrated YA fantasy adventure

Book Content Rating: Suitable for ages 12 and up

Tag-line: “Darkness has many forms and Mares is its playground.”

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Blurb:

Nearly four years have passed since Zach drew blade against the Shanzi Shimay and now the time has come for him to draw his sword once more. The Realm of Mares has fallen victim to invasion as three terrifying beasts of darkness, seek to destroy the world around them, as they await the inevitable arrival of their King.

With dark times ahead, the numbers of the Watchers on Iris has grown, as Zach is joined by seven fellow students, all too eager to prove their worth. It’s not long before the students are put to the test facing off against the Nein Navy and uncover a dark secret.

The stage is set and the Battle for Mares is under-way. 

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Rocky Rochford Biography

Rocky Rochford is your standard guy, if your standard guy scuba dives, partakes in underwater photographer and is a wake-boarding, adventure seeking, sword collecting, marine conservation supporter. After living life on the road and the places between, he finally settled down but not without benefiting from all the lessons life had to teach him.

Self-professed “Student of Everything, and Master of Nothing,” Rochford does not choose what he writes, but writes what chooses him, be it fantasy, crime, poetry, philosophy or even adventure. Life is a journey we all get to experience, just like a good book.

Every read into another of his typed works is another trip into the imagination of his mixed up, crazed and deranged mind and this year along those works include the likes of full novels and novellas such as:

London Calling

London Calling – a Deep Water Novel (Spy Thriller)

Don’t Even Blink – Part of the Don’t Turn Around Trilogy (Horror)

Wait and Bleed – The Don’t Turn Around Collection (Horror collection of the entire Don’t Trilogy)

And now The Eye of Mares – Book 2 of the Rise of the Elohim Chronicles (Illustrated YA fantasy adventure)

 

 

Other works released by him, are a number of short stories pertaining to horror, paranormal and romance, as well as other works released as part of an anthology:

The Devil You Know (Paranormal short)

Salt in the Wound – Part of the Entwined Saga (Paranormal short)

The Food of Love (featuring Him & Her) – An Anthology by Solstice Publishing (Romance filled Anthology)

Him & Her (Romance Standalone release)

Don’t Say A Word (Horror)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Volume II (featuring The Devil Before) – An Anthology by the Solstice Shadows (Paranormal themed Anthology)

Awethology Dark (featuring Ghosts) – An Anthology by the #Awethors (Adult stories pertaining to a darker theme)

The December Awethology Dark Volume (featuring Seven Years Bad Luck) – An Anthology by the #Awethors (Adult stories pertaining to a darker theme, set around December)

 

****Welcome to the World of Rochford****

 

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Social Media Links:

Rocky Rochford’s website: rockyrochford.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IamRockyRochford/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RockyRochford

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7310280.Rocky_Rochford

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Rochford/e/B00O3AA3KU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1449272442&sr=8-1

 

Rochford writes a little something for everyone, so if Mares isn’t your cup of tea, you can guarantee one of his many other works certainly is!

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The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain

 

The brand new edition of dystopian, psychological thriller The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain will be re-released on December 11th. Originally published in May 2014, this new Booktrope edition has had a complete editing overhaul plus a stunning new cover design.

 

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The book will be available to buy from a wide range of digital and paperback distributors, including Amazon:

US: www.amazon.com/D.M.-Cain/e/B00LTTX3PA/

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/D.M.-Cain/e/B00LTTX3PA/

 

Author: D.M. Cain

Title: The Phoenix Project

Genre: Psychological thriller/Dark thriller/Dystopian

Book Content: Occasional adult language, graphic violence, and mild sexual content.

Original Cover Design from the first edition: 

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Synopsis:

 

How can you fight to the death, when you’ve given up on life?

 

A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

 

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting re-released novel, The Phoenix Project.

 

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

 

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

 

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

 

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.

 

An interesting fact about The Phoenix Project: The horrifying ‘dark room’ in The Phoenix Project (a pitch-black sensory deprivation cell) was inspired by D.M. Cain’s visit to the Terror Haza in Budapest—a museum dedicated to the fascistic and communistic regimes that operated from the building. In the cellar of the Terror Haza are the old cells used to imprison and torture inmates. D.M. crawled inside a very low cell and shut the door, casting herself into total darkness. It was terrifying and claustrophobic, and she only lasted five minutes in there!

 

D.M. Cain Biography

 

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

 

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

 

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

 

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Links:

Website: www.dmcain84.com

Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/XevZH

Amazon: www.amazon.com/D.M.-Cain/e/B00LTTX3PA/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMCainauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMCain84

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DMCain/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7888430.D_M_Cain

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzt_E8st1pyfkoTiA4E5jNg

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Beauty and the Beast – Loves Bet Productions

beastie! Scared the kids, but it's just Ben!

beastie! Scared the kids, but it’s just Ben!

As busy as I am, I haven’t had much time for blogging lately other than to promote my fellow authors and their magnificent works. This was a blog I have been looking forward to writing since this time last year.

I reviewed an amateur dramatic production of The Wizard of Oz by the theatre group Loves Bet, and boy did I enjoy that. This year we had a pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast, or ‘Bella and the Beastie’ for copyright purposes, and it was eagerly anticipated by myself, my seven year old daughter and most of all by my wife who has been listening to me go on about how good Oz was all year. She was NOT going to miss this one.

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Now intended or not, Beauty and the Beast was fully interactive, since due to EVERYBODY now having phones with access to the internet, we were having Pantomime banter with the cast before the show started.

Ohhhh no we weren’t….

Ohhhhh yes we were!

So here’s a shout out to the entire cast:

narrator 1: Katie Sharp

narrator 2: Linda Bowden

evil enchantress: Rachel Bosomworth

crew member/chorus: Shirley Mundy

rose: John O’Mahony

baston: Mark Sellick

bella: Sophie Gideon

la footh: Charlotte Hendy

dame fanny haddock: Olly Brooks

hogsworth: Natalie Smith

candle: Tina Stewart

cup: Kirk Clifford (Excellent Head acting)

mrs trots: Isabella Cosh

beastie: Ben Lea

Kirk shows how to get a'head' in life...

Kirk shows how to get a’head’ in life…

Loved it.

Directly to the cast of Beauty and the Beast: Guys you were excellent. Sophie as the aforementioned beauty has a beautiful voice, Rachel has great comic timing (when Mark isn’t going cross eyed trying to make her laugh), Ben was menacing as Beastie, Olly somehow funny and creepy at the same time as Dame Fanny Haddock [that’s a complement Olly!]. Last year’s cowardly lion (Natalie) was a giant clock (Hogsworth) and was just as awesome – you are such a funny bunch it makes me never want to go see a big production at Bristol Hippodrome ever again!

This was written and directed by the grand puppeteer herself, Rachel Bosomworth (fresh from her appearance as ‘Fake pregnant bridesmaid’ on last week’s episode of ‘Casualty’). We had the pleasure of seeing the dress rehearsal, and let me tell you that’s where the chaos really happens! Be it wig malfunctions, lines going missing, or even misbehaving plastic apples, I maintain you want to see the cast have at it before it’s all finally nailed in place.

And then there was John O’Mahony.

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A man dressed as a giant rose, whose job was to sit at the side of the stage, eat crisps and drink cider, and judging by the reaction of some of my noisier neighbors in the audience, hopefully get his kit off…one word. Antics. We could have just watched him all night, in fact I think some people did. We laughed like drains.

Not only at the rose, but at everything. Be it the intentional wrong music, or the slightly late special effects, references to other fairy tales (the wolf and red riding hood made a cameo), a level of innuendo that the little kids there would never understand, the insane level of punnage (I LOVE a good pun), Baston on a hobby horse, the narrators sat in every scene getting involved in the ‘banter’ with the characters. There’s just so much going on!

The songs were awesome, and even if some of them were losing their voices (*cough* Ben) they still belted out tune after tune. This dress rehearsal took three hours yet the time just flew by. Where else are you going to find ‘The Hills are alive’ followed immediately by ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ and then Lionel Richies classic ‘Hello’ in quick succession? Only in the mind of someone warped enough to jam those three songs in next to each other, that’s where.

Breaking news: Evil Enchantress is really Elsa!

Breaking news: Evil Enchantress is really Elsa!

Wig makes it back on.

Wig makes it back on.

I said this on Facebook, but it needs repeating. As an author, it really does leave me in awe how someone can make up a script, provide accurate direction and turn a bunch of people in to such a production. I direct my cast in text so they do exactly what I want them to do. This is a much more profound talent. I doff my hat to you, writer and director, and to you the cast for giving us three hours of hilarity. With such rich performances as this, I don’t see why I would ever need to take the kids to a big production with ‘Celebrities’ – you are all celebrities to us.

To sum up, we loved Beauty and the Beast. We laughed our arses off,  and to paraphrase one of the very naughty lines used in the pantomime…..we came last year, we came this year, and if this rich tradition continues, we are coming next year as well!

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Awethors are #Awesome

There comes a time when you have belong to this writing group that you understand two things:

  1. That you begin to use ‘awe’ instead of ‘au’ in everyday circumstances
  2. That you get enthused by the constant creativity you see around you
  3. That you WANT to get involved.

So when I had the opportunity to join in an anthology, a Christmas themed anthology, I was given the opportunity to submit a 1500 word tale of either a light or dark theme. Awethors come in two colours. We are like the Jedi and the Sith…. and I wasn’t ready to be a Jedi.

My Story

My initial thought – ‘what do I write now I have said I would?’ – was very quickly replaced by one word. Krampus. Being an awethor… sorry, AUthor of the darker side of the art, I am fairly well versed in the nasties out there, and their geographical diversity [that means they are different in different countries >: )  ]. Krampus is Austrian in nature, and something  between a scallywag and some sort of dark lord. The story… well you will just have to read it. I consider it if not my best work to date, then definitely my favourite. It originally started off entitled ‘A very Merry Krampus’, but that was too obvious a title. It became ‘The Lament of Vienna’.

Now if you have never plotted out a 1500 word story before, you are in for some fun. I was plotting down to the individual sentence in some cases! I shall not be doing that for a 90k book.

The awethors have responded en masse and with enough stories, the group was able to split the stories into light and dark. As it should be. You, the reader has the choice. Do you go light and enjoy your fireside tales with a nice glass of mulled wine? Or do you go dark, spice it up and set it on fire?

#awethors

You can find all existing #Awethologies here. The December Awethology comes out December 4th.

Remember, the chemical formula for gold is ‘#Awe’ – and I belong to one team and one team only…

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Helly Christmas to you all..

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Karen Mossman is a fellow AWEthor. Check out her book below!

 

 

 

 

 

Genre: Romance/Suspense

Book Description

A secret is a secret for good reason.

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.

Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together? 

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.

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Excerpt

 

He laughed and it was infectious. Even grubby, my Tommy looked gorgeous.

“What are you doing?”

“Just tinkering, making sure everything is a good as it can be. I’m finishing up now.”

“Don’t finish on my account,” I said, perching myself on a wall. “I’m happy to sit and watch you.”

“You would, too,” he said with a smile. He wiped his hands on the rag that was hanging out of his pocket. Then he kick started the bike, got off again and leaned over to rev it up. I watched the way his long body stretched over the machine and the way a flick of his wrist produced such a powerful noise.

I went to put the kettle on as Tommy cleaned himself up at the sink. I was now left-handed.

“Would you like some tea?” I asked Iris and Tom who were in the back room chatting.

“Yes, thanks,” she said, speaking for them both as I went back and busied myself.

“What wrong with your arm?” Tommy asked.

“Nothing, why?” I said, feeling self conscious as I reached for another couple of cups.

“You’re holding it funny.”

“I cracked it on the banister last night,” I admitted, refusing to meet his eyes as I opened the fridge for the milk.

“What do you mean, you cracked it on the banister?”

I wasn’t even going to say that, but an element of truth wouldn’t harm – maybe.

“After the adrenaline of last night, I ran up the stairs and stumbled just as I turned to go on the landing. I went to grab the rail and missed.” He just stared at me. “I wasn’t going to tell you because I knew what you’d think.”

“What do I think?”

“That he did it.”

“And did he?”

 

About the Author

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Karen J Mossman married the boy next door in 1980 and they went on to have 2 children, both of which were born on the same day, 2 years, 2 pounds and 2 hours apart. All of which was when they lived at house number 22.

At present she lives in Manchester in the UK, but hopes to be a resident of Wales in 2016.

Other books by Karen

 

Star Struck

The Missing

Behind the Music

Heroes

 

Find Karen on Social Media

 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Google+

Goodreads.com BlogSpot

 

Buy link:  http://amzn.to/1QxnlUx

 

 

Teasers

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Blurb:


Evan O’Conner isn’t a normal child. His father’s alcoholism and mother’s abuse drives him to concoct a plan to rid his life of them permanently. The night is fraught with a horrendous storm, thunder and lightning as the beast inside him is born. Even in her death his mother won’t leave. She haunts his subconscious as he attempts over and over to kill her.


Evan meets his match when Officer Burkhalder enters the picture. One of her closest friends and his family fall victim to violent deaths during the worst hurricane Billows Hollow has ever seen. With only a sketch she learns the identity of the perpetrator and digs into his life, pries into his past – hunting him. Will she stop him? Or will somebody else?


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Evan entered a wooden shed filled with yard equipment, tools and deck furniture the owners wanted locked away when the winds kicked and howled. He edged against the wall, sliding his body through a narrow gap between folded lawn chairs and cushions.

Evan leaned his bulky torso against the slats, turned sideways and peered through the dirt caked window with binoculars at the surrounding neighborhood. A Ford Explorer parked several paces up the road caught his attention, someone sat inside it. He adjusted the binoculars and the driver’s auburn mane flooded his vision. When she reached towards something in the back seat he recognized her oval face and slender nose. “Carrot Top Cop,” he whispered. His first thought, she’d traded in her Billows Hollow badge for Fradenton but her casual T-shirt said otherwise. For the next couple hours he observed and waited. His mind curious, why is she here?


When she crept out of the vehicle he used the opportunity to sneak towards it, pulling a black baseball cap over his head. The passenger side door unlocked, he opened it, studying the contents laying across the seat. A map, the street marked with a red X, and his family’s address scribbled next to the X. Beneath the map lay a sketch and a red pen. Without picking up the sketch he stared into the familiar face, his face. His mind zoomed backwards in time, attempting to piece together what evidence she might have. He shaved his body, used a condom, and kept hold of his knife. He left the girl alive. Did she talk? Impossible. She was too young. Then he remembered the girl from the bar. He left her alive too. He cringed at his immature mistakes. Impressed with Carrot Top Cop’s skills, he needed a good adversary.


Burkhalder’s open soda filled the space of the driver’s seat cup holder. Evan dipped his hand into his front pocket, pulling out a small bottle. He squeezed three drops from the bottle into her drink. The crunching of footsteps walking towards the car startled him out of his thoughts. He eased the door closed and slid downward

against the side of the SUV as Burkhalder hopped back into the driver’s seat. Then he edged his way around the vehicle, stopping by the passenger side back tire. His blade nestled between the waistband of his pants and his back. Evan needed to be sure she couldn’t follow him, his sleeping serum wouldn’t work fast enough. He jammed the tip of his blade into her tire and twisted. His heart threatening to jump out of his chest. Sweat beaded on his forehead as anger roiled inside him. He crouch-walked towards the closest bushes and used the oleanders for cover. Parting the pink flowers, he peered towards her vehicle, and regained control of his anger. His plans for the family ruined. He ran through the ungated yards until he came upon his nondescript silver CRV.


He pulled his hat off and tossed it into the back seat as he drove, glimpsing a flash of red in his rear-view. Evan sniggered, knowing the more energy she exerted the faster her heart pumped forcing the drugs to circulate through her body at a quicker rate.

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The bushes behind her SUV rustled, catching her attention. She grabbed her soda, gulping it down, her eyes fixated on the bush. Something glistened behind it, then a burst of black cloth. She readied her gun. Whoever it was ran through the yard. She cocked the door open, pushed her back against the vehicle, holding her gun with both hands towards the sky and slid alongside it. Her eyes darting from side to side. She jumped around the bush – empty. The cranking of an engine resonated inside her eardrums.


A squall passed overhead, blowing tree branches and leaves, obscuring her vision. A small silver car pulled away from the road. At the sight, her legs pounded the earth, trying to get the plate number. Blinking through the heavy downpour, she attempted to read the license plate CL or CI, her vision blurred before she could read it. She bent forward, rested her hands on her knees, attempting to catch her breath. She lifted her head, still panting, her head dizzy. The trees and houses swirled through her mind and she collapsed to the ground. Rain pounding her body, small tree limbs whipping through the air.


Author Bio:
Elle Klass is the author of mystery, suspense, and contemporary

fiction. Her works include As Snow Falls, Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy, and the Baby Girl series. Her work Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy is a Reader’s Favorite Fiction-Paranormal Finalist in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite Awards. She is a night-owl where her imagination feeds off shadows, and creaks in the attic. Visit her website at https://elleklass.weebly.com.

Excerpt: This chapter written with Whobeda A.K.A. Marcha Fox. Many thanks to her astrological advice.


Read Elle’s interview with Whobeda, who has a guest spot in the novel when she does Evan’s Natal Chart. 


A short lady with a bob strolled out of Ms. Renard’s room. Eilida looked at Sage, smiles plastered across their faces. “Our turn!” voiced a giddy Sage.


Eilida took Sage’s hand and they marched into the room like two schoolgirls. No crystal balls or tarot cards, instead a full figured Patrice, her fiery hair curled just above her shoulders. But they weren’t there to see a gypsy and have their palms read.
“Ms. Renard. It’s so wonderful to meet you. I follow your stuff.” As the words dropped from her mouth she felt stupid. Follow, she’s going to think I’m a stalker.


Eilida and Sage talked with Patrice a few minutes. Her round figure reminded Eilida of her mother, warm red hair and confidence further eased Eilida’s nervous stomach. Once she had their dates, times and places of birth, she typed everything in and the computer generated their charts. Eilida’s flew off the printer first. Ms. Renard looked from it to Eilida then slid it to the side as she studied Sage’s. She laid it in front of them and explained the position of the planets and their meanings. Sage’s horoscope was filled with happiness, longevity, and success.


When it came time for Eilida’s, she laid the natal chart on the table facing Eilida and sucked in her breath. Eilida’s eyes went directly to the blue triangle in the center.


“We call this blue triangle a yod or the finger of god.”

“What does it mean?”


“A fated life, but let’s get through all of it before you decide what that means. This blue line ties Pluto in the 3rd house to the Sun in the eighth house. This implies that you crave powerful experiences and are attracted to the unfathomable. You commonly hide your interests, except from your closest friends and family. Uranus and Neptune in the fourth house indicate your home life, growing up may have been unstable in some way. You may be searching for an ideal home. The darkness in your eyes reveals the truth in these words.”


“I love my family but I’ve always felt like an outsider except with my grandmother, umm… until she passed. Sage feels more like family than my parents sometimes.”


Patrice’s bubbling personality spilled over. “At your age, most of us feel that way.”


Eilida’s anxiety eased again as Patrice continued.


“Mercury in Taurus and in the 8th house show you tend to be very methodical and have an interest in investigating the supernatural.” 
Eilida’s lips curled into a smile. Her interest in Astrology centered on her interest in the “otherworldly”
“Pluto in Scorpio, the twelve year group you’re both part of, loves mystery and the macabre.”


Both girls chuckled, they lived off zombie and suspense flicks.


Patrice smiled, then her face grew stoic. “There is something in your past, maybe a natural disaster that changed the course of your life. It might be related in some way to the death of your grandmother.”


Zombie-like, Eilida lifted her chart from the table and stood to leave. The dragonflies morphed into dragons breathing fire into her innards, aching to get free. As Eilida exited the door the chatter and

noise in the convention center quieted as her mind focused on something in your past. What could possibly be in her past? Her parents were the most “normal” people she’d ever met and she had a picture perfect childhood, no siblings, everything she needed and most of what she wanted. Her parents and grandmother spoiled her. Yet a feeling she didn’t quite belong always lingered in the back of her mind, followed by a sinking feeling of dread in her belly.
She turned and took a step back into the room, asking another question. “Is all the bad stuff in my past? Does my future look better?”


“Here’s my card, feel free to call.” Eilida noted her solemn expression. 

Eilida lay in bed tossing and turning all night. Her mind a flutter of curiosity and fear, replaying Patrice’s words over and over, ‘a fated life… there is something in your past’. Her fascination of mystery drove her imagination. The man in her nightmares flashed in static against her fleshy brain. Light glittered from her pile of clothes on the floor. Her pendant! She reached down and clutched the pendant, cradling it in her hand. Peace bathed her body and she fell into a restful sleep.


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