Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Calling all Authors: Winter Romance Anthology



 World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced that they will begin accepting submissions of novella length work for their upcoming romance anthology A Winter’s Enchantment on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The call for submissions will remain open through December 31, 2012 in anticipation of a Winter 2013 publication date. Guidelines and instructions for submission are available at

World Weaver Press is looking for winter romances with a speculative element — supernatural beings, magic, doors to other worlds, inexplicable serendipity, etc. — at the novella length for publication as part of a 3-6 novella anthology (paperback and ebook editions) and additionally as individual titles.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Release Announcement: Opal, a novella

Kristina Wojtaszek
New York, NY (November 20, 2012)  World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced Opal, a novella by Kristina Wojtaszek, will be released in ebook and trade paperback on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

Wiedbrauk commented, “Opal is a gorgeous and lyrical retwisting of a fairy tale that instantly put me in mind of Patricia McKillip's beautiful fantasy novels. This novella is a soulful and poetic addition to the World Weaver Press catalog.”
White as snow, stained with blood, her talons black as ebony… In this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who’s come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she’s never known. She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother — a mother whose past she must unravel if men and Fae are to live peacefully together.
Opal will be available in print and ebook via, and other online retailers. You can also findOpal on Goodreads.

Kristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management as an excuse to spend her days lost in the woods with a book in hand. She currently resides in the high desert country of Wyoming with her husband and two small children. She is fascinated by fairy tales and fantasy and her favorite haunts are libraries and cemeteries. Follow her @KristinaWojtasz  or on her blog, Twice Upon a Time.

World Weaver Press is a publisher of fantasy, science fiction, and nonfiction, dedicated to producing quality novels, novellas, collections, and anthologies. As a small press, World Weaver seeks to produce books that engage the mind and ensnare the story-loving soul.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Recent Release: Delta Project: Hide

The book Delta Project: Hide by Jessica Jaster was just been released!

D005 has been a part of a secret government program known as the Delta Project her entire life. She has been genetically modified to be stronger, faster, smarter and to heal faster. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and battle tactics, she has been worked to physical and mental exhaustion every day of her life. Raised without love or care of any kind, she has no idea what it means to be happy – to be free. And now she has run away. But then she wakes up on the rocky shore of the Missouri River with no memory of how she got there, or why there are bullet wounds, scratches and bruises riddling her body. Her entire past has become a blank sheet except for a recurring nightmare of her running through the woods with dogs chasing her and voices shouting at her that she can never hide. As she struggles to understand the kind of life she has never had, emotions she has never felt before, and the mystery of her past, she is helped by Brianna Hartman and Reid Phelps – the two teenagers who discover her. When she goes to live with Brianna at the Hartman Ranch, she must also learn to deal with Bri’s brother, the gruff Cormac Hartman, who is running from his own past. He seems to hate her from the word go, but when she discovers his crude attitude is just his way of dealing with the hurt he is feeling, she decides to make it her mission to draw him back into life. Then a mysterious stranger comes to the ranch and her new world comes crashing down around her as her past comes back to haunt her.

You can go to her Facebook Page to find out excerpts and more information!

Author Interview: Margi Evans

Today I would like to welcome Margi Evans, author of the Mist Trilogy to the blog.

When did you first know you wanted to write?
I was born with two things: Manure in my blood and ink in my veins! As far back as I can remember, I have loved horses and writing. How lucky am I to get to combine those two passions!
As a child, I played with my Breyer horses or wrote stories about horses. As I grew older, my interest in writing became less fun as I applied it to writing curriculum for the school district.
A move to Colorado in 1995 enabled me to get horse property and return to my riding. My desire to find trails to ride led to my non-fiction books: Riding Colorado (2005,) Riding Colorado II (2007) and Riding Colorado III (in the works.)
Meanwhile, I was raising five wonderful children and focused most of my creativity on them…from planning fun activities to coaching Odyssey of the Mind (Om) and Destination Imagination (DI) teams. When I was down to just one teenager left in the house, I finally had time to begin writing the fantasy that had been floating around in my brain: The Mist Trilogy. The first of the trilogy, Behind the Mist, was released in 2011 and the second, Mists of Darkness is being released in early January but will be available for early purchase in December on the website:

Which authors inspire you the most?
Fantasy is my favorite genre and of those fantasy books that I love, J.K Rowling is my favorite. She is amazing. Not only is she creative, she is funny! Also, my Mist Trilogy has a lot of spiritual symbolism in it so you can probably guess that I love C.S. Lewis as well. One reviewer actually said that I was this generation’s C.S. Lewis. I was thrilled! He couldn’t have given me a greater compliment.

How did you get the inspiration for your novel?
Horses are my inspiration. I think everyone can relate to that, even if they are a bit afraid of horses. (I have never felt fear when I was around horses but I realize that some people do.) Horses are so beautiful, magnificent really, that they are the subject of many art forms from literature to painting to movies.

What is your favorite part about being an author?
I love creativity, hence the reason I so enjoyed coaching OM and DI teams for 17 years. That is a creative problem solving competition for teams of 5 to 7 kids for those of you who don’t know about those organizations. I grew up in a creative household where the arts were encouraged. My mother taught ballet and my grandmother and aunts were artists. While I enjoyed dancing and art, it was writing that drew me in. I love playing with words to try to describe what I am imagining.

What is your least favorite part about being an author?
It can be a bit lonely working away all by yourself at your computer for hours on end. You also have to be very thick-skinned as it hurts when agents or publishers turn down your work or reviewers criticize it.

Could you write a bit about what your publication process was like?
The Riding Colorado books have all been self-published and have been easy to market because I know who the audience is…horsemen and women in the Denver area. I know where that market has to go all the time…tack and feed stores. So, all I had to do was pick a printer that did quality work then get the books to the stores. Easy!
Jazz (The Star of the Book)
The Mist Trilogy is a different story. The target audience for those books is the middle-grade reader who enjoys either fantasy or horse stories. The geographic area is nationwide. Obviously, I needed to turn that over to professionals to distribute. I was fortunate to have an investor who loved the story and got it published. However, regardless of how big the publishing house is, they all expect the author to do a lot of marketing themselves. Many authors hate this but I think it is fun. I love talking to people about my books. I love doing book signings and author visits to schools.
With the advent of e-books, the publishing world is clearly changing. My publisher wants me to get the book in as many formats as possible. So, Behind the Mist and Mists of Darkness are both available as e-books. Behind the Mist is also being put into an audio book by a Colorado recording studio. I am so excited about that because audio books can reach a younger audience.  And it sounds so-o-o-o-o-o-o cool.

Do you have any upcoming projects?
I am currently working on Riding Colorado III and this one will include over-night trips around the state. I am also preparing the final book of the Mist Trilogy: The Rising Mist, and I just finished the manuscript for a juvenile fantasy about trolls and leprechauns that I am excited about. So, yes, I have a lot of things that I am having fun with.

Describe in three or less sentences what makes your book unique and why a reader should buy it.
The Mist Trilogy is an original look at the role of unicorns and animals in the after-life. It combines the classic fantasy struggle of good versus evil using unique characters while teaching good values to the middle-grade reader and adults love it, too!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Blog Tour: GPS With Benefits


Thank you for having me on your blog today. I'm truly honored to be here with all of you!

How many people do you know that make jokes about their GPS device or even talk to it?

Nearly everyone, right?

GPS devices know where you are and how fast you are driving. Who says that, in the near future, they won't be able to know you look at and what you say.

These thoughts form the basis of my new release, GPS WITH BENEFITS, in which a womanizer purchases a new GPS device, not knowing that it has a mind of 'her' own.

"The inspiration for GPS WITH BENEFITS came to me when I was in the car with a friend," Vanessa says. "We made jokes about the GPS device and imagined what it would be like if the GPS was actually aware of what the driver was thinking. I immediately knew that these ideas could be turned into a hilarious story." 

I won't reveal more, but GPS WITH BENEFITS has some twists and turns that you won't see coming and that will have you laughing out loud.

Your turn... What's the weirdest or funniest thing a GPS has ever done to you?

By the way, if you leave a comment on this post, you'll automatically be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card of $25.

About the author

Vanessa Morgan is known as the 'female version of Stephen King'. Her screenplays, A GOOD MAN and GPS WITH BENEFITS, are currently being turned into movies. She is also the author of the books DROWNED SORROW and THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. If she's not working on her latest supernatural thriller, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, blogging, digging through flea markets or indulging in her unhealthy obsession to her cat. She writes in English, Dutch and French.

About her latest release, GPS WITH BENEFITS

In GPS WITH BENEFTIS, a womanizer purchases a new GPS device, not knowing it's one with a mind of 'her' own.

Places you can cyberstalk Vanessa Morgan

Friday, November 16, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: Morrigan - Giveaway and Excerpt

Giveaway is at the bottom

Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn't know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind,  and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.
Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír Na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.

Morrigan took out a white candle and a stick of dragon blood incense, and set them up in the corner of the room. She sat cross-legged, and leaned forward to light them. No matches were necessary. No lighter either. She simply touched her finger to the end of the wick, and with an iridescent spark, the candle flickered to life. It shone at first with a bright blue flame that gradually settled into a more normal orange. It was the same with the incense—another reason why she preferred not to have an audience.
She stared into the candle for a moment, and took a few deep breaths to clear her mind of all thoughts but those of the magic she intended to perform. Danu and Dagda sat on either side of her, instantly falling into silence, as though they knew she needed her complete concentration. Their energy beside her only seemed to add to the growing sense of power that charged the room.
Morrigan closed her eyes and began to shuffle the cards. As she did, she allowed her breathing to become more even. A silence filled the room as the rest of the mortal world fell away. Soon the only sound she heard was the light thump of her own heartbeat, echoed by the quicker, fast paced beat of the cats’ hearts. She wasn’t sure how much time passed as the cards slipped through her fingers. It might have been minutes. It might have been hours. When she allowed herself to fall into a trance, time became insubstantial, irrelevant.
The tarot cards were so old; the designs on the back were almost completely worn away. She had to shuffle gently to keep them from crumbling to pieces in her hands. Yet they held a power that she knew no newer cards could offer her. As she shuffled them, she focused her energy into them, silently requesting to be given the answers she was seeking.  She allowed the image of her mother to fill her mind. When she finally felt the cards had fallen into the order they were meant to be in, she placed the deck face down on the floor, and cut them with her right hand. Then, taking one last, calming breath, she lifted the top card from the pile. With a trembling hand, she laid it down and read it.
 “Wheel of Fortune,” she said aloud.

In the center of card was a wheel. As she stared at the picture, that wheel seemed to turn clockwise. The movements made her feel slightly dizzy. The bedroom around her became more and more surreal.  The scene on the card became her reality. The figure of the sphinx that sat on top of the turning wheel looked so very real. It might have turned its head to look at her. Its lips may or may not have moved. Morrigan swore she heard a deep, resonating voice whispering the meaning of the card into her ear. Destiny approaching. An unexpected and sudden change was coming—change that could lead to good fortune.
It was the card of fate and karma returned. It meant that she needed to be prepared—to expect the unexpected. Morrigan knew the cards were telling her something was going to happen—and soon. Her destiny, whatever it was, was about to be realized. Even if it did bring fortune, it still scared her to death. She considered packing up the cards right then and there. Her rational mind had every intention of doing just that. Her hands didn’t get the message her brain was sending. Before she knew what she was doing, she had already flipped over the second card.
“The Empress,” she whispered. She exhaled deeply. “My mother.”
It was the only interpretation imaginable. Even as she said it, the pregnant woman, crowned with stars and adorned in a gown decorated with pomegranates, turned to her and smiled. She was no longer a vague featureless stranger, but the same woman Morrigan had sketched earlier that day—a face that mirrored her own. It was an older version of herself, which she saw in the reflection in the nearby full length mirror, had turned chalk white.
The Empress was a symbol of maternal power—of strong feminine influence. But could it mean that her mother was returning? She had never allowed herself to consider such a possibility. To dwell on something so unlikely would have been too painful. But now, with just the flip of a card, she found herself daring to dream. There was only one way to find out for sure. She had to keep going with the reading.
 “Six of Cups.”
The third card in the spread represented her past, and even her immediate present. The six of cups specifically symbolized childhood, and she was, technically, still a child. But she had a feeling that her childhood was about to end quite abruptly. The cups in the picture were lined up across a high stone wall, each cup holding the memories of her past.
Her past. It was nothing but a childhood filled with longing—longings which were perhaps about to be fulfilled. She visualized herself taking each cup down from the wall, and pouring the troubling memories away. It was time to start fresh. A new world was about to open up for her. She had known it as soon as she had seen the image of her mother’s face. But what would that world be like? What was waiting for her in the future?
Morrigan turned over the fourth card.
“The Knight of Wands.”
The man on the horse carrying the staff had her baffled. Not because she didn’t know its normal meaning, but because as she stared at the card, it began to take on the physical attributes of the knight in her drawings. He had the same long dreadlocks, the same bewitching stare, even the same cocky smile. The familiarity did not cancel out the meaning of the card. The knight of wands was representative of a dark man filled with a kind of honey-tongued charm. He was also fiery and arrogant, a man with a definite possibility of a dark side. If the knight of wands was coming into her life, she knew she needed to proceed with caution.
She thought she was done with the fourth card, and was preparing to move on to the next, when once again, she found she had lost control of her body. This time, her hands refused to move, while her eyes forced their way back to the knight in the card. She watched as the long haired stranger began to move forward—wandering over various landscapes, some high mountains, some meadows and fields ripe for the harvest. He kept looking back over his shoulder, as though he were speaking to someone. He was on a journey, and he wasn’t alone. Morrigan didn’t need to see his companion to know who it must be.
So, her journey would soon begin, and she wouldn’t be traveling alone. She would have a guide. Whether or not that would be a good thing was another question best left to the cards to answer. The next card told her nothing she didn’t already know.
“The Moon,” she said. “Caution.”
It was a scary card. It warned of tricks and illusions. The two howling wolves that stood under the moon looked back at her menacingly, growling, showing their pointed fangs in a snarl. For the first time since she began the reading, Danu and Dagda made their presence known by lifting their heads and hissing threateningly in the direction of the beasts.
Even the cats sensed it. The journey she was about to embark on wouldn’t be all fun and family reunions. There would be obstacles and deceit, most likely from people she thought could be trusted. The moon was a sign that danger was certainly awaiting her. In was an ominous omen.
She hushed the hissing cats, and gave them each a gentle stroke to try to settle them down, though she was far from settled herself. Again she felt the urge to stop the spread. Her instincts were telling her that no good was going to come out of this reading. She was only going to scare herself. She should never have done it in the first place. When would she learn that sometimes it was best to let life play out without interference or prophetic warnings? Then again, she knew that to be forewarned might be her only advantage. So with more bravery than she felt, Morrigan flipped over the final card.
 “No . . . .” she gasped when she looked down at the terrible, skeletal face. “Oh no.”
She should have known. She thought a part of her did know even before she glanced down at the gruesome scene—a skeleton with a scythe in a field of body parts. With the divination going in the direction it was, what else could be the final outcome?
“Death,” she whispered. “Death.”
She knew that in most cases, the death card was a symbol of personal transformation rather than literal death. But a deeper sense of understanding told her that this time the card was meant to be taken literally. She saw only glimpses and shadows in her mind. Brief flashes of faces, some familiar, like her mother and the knight—some still strangers, like a beautiful, almost angelic blonde woman in a flowing white gown. But around them all, including herself, she saw the shadows of death.
Morrigan felt decidedly shaky as she gathered up her tarot cards. She placed them securely in the bottom of her bag just as she heard the door downstairs slam shut. The reading hadn’t made everything as crystal clear as she had hoped, but one thing was certain. Her whole life was about to change.

Guest Post:

Every writer dreams of seeing their books become a movie. I would love to see any of my novels made into a film, but I think Morrigan would be the most fun on the big screen. This is my first fantasy novel and I would love to see the costumes, castles, special effects, and of course, the cast come to life.  Usually when it's time to pick out my cast, my kids are the ones I turn to for guidance for who is hot on the teen scene. However, while Morrigan is still a YA novel, most of the characters are adults. Morrigan and her love interest, Filtiarn, are really the only two under thirty. So this time around, I asked a few of my beta readers to help me out. Tiff, Steph, and Jackie from The Sisters Elemental etsy shop spent hours chatting with me on facebook until we had just the right cast assembled. Whether you  have read Morrigan yet or not, you will have to admit that this all star cast would definitely make for a film worth watching. 
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Kat Dennings
Morrigan- Kat Dennings
Choosing Morrigan was one of the hardest casting decisions I've made. She can't be some weak little damsel. Morrigan is a strong woman, and I wanted an actress who could portray that well. I think Kat would be the perfect choice. She is uniquely beautiful, but strong. I can see her doing some serious Lucy Lawless worthy butt kicking. She doesn't look exactly the way I envision Morrigan. I would like her hair a little darker and curlier, and darker eyes, but I'm sure Hollywood can handle that.

Emile Hirsh

Filtiarn- Emile Hirsh
You'll have to visualize the dreadlocks for now, but I can definitely see this guy in a animal skin tunic. I picked him because he was the star of Into the Wild which is about the same type of escapades my husband, Timmie, experienced while hitchhiking cross country. Since Tiarn's looks and personality were based on Timmie, Emile seemed liked the perfect choice to play him.

Melanie Lynskey
Ceridwyn-Melanie Lynskey
Ceridwyn is Morrigan's mother. Melanie definitely has the regal look needed to play the queen of Tír na NÓg.

Hecate-Angelica Hopkins
Angelica Hopkins
Hecate is Morrigan's grandmother. I describe her as being ancient, and of course, Angelica is still beautiful and is only in her late fifties. I still think with a little make up to make her look older, she would be the perfect choice for Hecate. She already has experience with magic since she was the priestess in the Mists of Avalon which is one of my all-time favorite books/movies.

Brit Marling

Arianrhod-Brit Marling
Despite being the rival for the throne, I always visualized Arianrhod as being almost angelically beautiful. Recently I got a movie to review called The Sound of My Voice and Brit was the star. As soon as I saw her, I knew I had found my Arianrhod.  Can't you visualize her in a renaissance gown?

Condon/Dunham-Murray Melvin
Murray Melvin
This is a duel role.  Condom and Dunham are the identical twins who man the Gateway between our world and Tír na NÓg. Each one has a very different personality, and I think Murray would be able to play both parts perfectly.

Anthony Hopkins

Alden-Anthony Hopkins
I love Anthony Hopkins and I'm so glad to have found the perfect role for him in one of my movies. Alden is a blind old man that Morrigan meets in her travels. He has a very special connection with her.

Brigid-Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
Who else can you pick to play the village elder?  Even when I was writing the story, I saw Kathy's face on this character, though she'll have to dye her hair red for the part.

Jason Momo

Caedmon-Jason Momoa
Originally, Tiff had suggested Jason for the role of Tiarn. He was a little too old for that part, but he was just too darn hot to leave out, so I gave cast him as the captain of the guard.

Deirdre-Amy Adams
Amy Adams
Ariarnhod's red-haired lady in waiting and daughter of Brigid. Amy was the only choice for this role.

Willow-Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union
Willow is a faery. Morrigan's interactions with her are pretty magical, but you'll have to read the story to learn more.
Well, that pretty much wraps up the cast of Morrigan. These are all the main roles, and even a few of the smaller parts. As always, if you've read the book and can think of someone who would fits better, I would love to hear about them.

About The Author:
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.  She loves writing young adult novels, because it keeps her young at heart. She is the author of three published works including Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, and Phantom, and has several more projects in the works.

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