Not Your Normal Paranormal

I promised goodies in exchange for this long hiatus, so I’m finally sharing a new FREE box set I’m a part of! There are nine books total by a diverse group of authors, all of whom specialize in stories that aren’t your “normal paranormal.” I hope this will tide people over until The Daughter of the Night comes out this summer!

Strange

Nine Complete Novels Featuring Psychics, Demons, Aliens, Angels, Gods and Goddesses, Time Travel, and More!

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Dive into nine different worlds that aren’t your normal paranormal. These aren’t your run of the mill vampire, werewolf, and witch stories. Immerse yourself in these unique, full-length novels from national bestselling authors:

Bad Vibrations ~ Christine Pope
When psychic Persephone O’Brien reaches out to famous ufologist Paul Oliver for help, they soon find themselves drawn into a far-reaching alien conspiracy that sends them on the run…and into one another’s arms.

Pisces ~ Rachel Medhurst
The bracelet around my wrist is a permanent reminder of my mission. The silver charm attached to the leather cord is stamped with my birth sign. Mission: Unite with my twin flame soulmate.

Beyond the Veil ~ Pippa DaCosta
Muse must decide whether to trust a Prince of Hell or the assassin sent to kill her. Little do they know, she’s more dangerous than both.

Bitter Ashes ~ Sara C. Roethle
She’s not their long lost fairy princess. She’s their executioner.
Thrown into a world of Norse Myth, Madeline must work her way through a web of deceit and intrigue. Maddy might just survive, but many others may die in her place.

Deception ~ Stacy Claflin
After meeting a gorgeous stranger on a blind date, Alexis feels like she’s known him her entire life. Suddenly, dark long-forgotten memories swirl in her mind. She realizes she’s powerful, stunningly beautiful, and marked for death.

The Legacy of the Key ~ S.L. Morgan
Men in Black meets Avatar! Reece Bryant is just an average young woman on Earth, or so she thought! Follow Reece as she is brought into an enchanting dimension for protection and discovers the truths of who she really is!

Nolander ~ Becca Mills
As an orphaned and perpetually single photographer in a tiny rural town, Beth Ryder Knows she’s different. Still, when strange monstrosities begin cropping up in her photos, she thinks it’s a cruel joke, until she’s plunged into a world she never knew existed.

The Girl In Between ~ Laekan Kemp
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty who spends most of her time alone in a dream world made up of her memories. Until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

Rune Gate ~ Mark E. Cooper
Alex Yorke is a top police clairvoyant on the edge of sanity. Living inside the heads of serial killers has taken its toll. Can she do it one last time?

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Re-read The Children of the Moon Chapters 51-56

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*It’s been really emotional watching Bryn transform. Every long sleep has hardened her but she’s still the girl who cares about other people; who wants to save the world, despite not having been a part of it her entire life. But sometimes it’s also hard to watch. As Bryn spoke these words, I didn’t have a clear vision for her future. I still don’t. I still can’t imagine her at the end. I don’t even know what the end looks like. But I know what she wants, and my hope for Roman is the same hope I have for her, that after all the destruction, all the nightmares and darkness, I’ll finally be able to give it to her.

CM-51-56Q2*At this point moments of hope are few and far between but despite all Roman and Bryn have been through, despite the darkness in them both, I never wanted them to forget what love can do. Their love. It’s not just a shield but a shining light and as they venture into the night it’s the only thing that can guide their way.

*I love the image of Roman, Bryn, and Felix locking hands–“a chain of love and light.” The so-called “normal” or “human” characters in this story are just as essential and just as strong as the paranormal ones, sometimes stronger. They make the same dangerous sacrifices and they love with the same intensity. And that’s what makes them powerful in their own right. Bryn’s character and her entire journey is just a metaphor for the power that we all possess and Felix’s role in Dani’s healing is a reminder of how accessible that power is to all of us. He may not be able to do what Bryn and Roman can do. He may not be indestructible. But in some ways that makes his love even greater because there’s so much at risk and yet he chooses Dani anyway.

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*One of the greatest things about love is how it gives us permission to be the best version of ourselves. Bryn’s love liberates Roman. Existing within the confines of her imagination means that Roman can be the person she believes him to be, the version of himself he’s been fighting to hold onto all along. And in this moment he realizes that being good is a choice. Anything can happen in Bryn’s dreams, even redemption, and there’s nothing Roman wants more.

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Re-read The Children of the Moon Chapters 46-50

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*This scene is just a flash but Roman’s control in this moment is such a triumph and such a sharp contrast to the way he’s been feeling and acting this entire novel. In the second book Michael is awestruck by Roman’s power to destroy and here Lathan is awestruck by Roman’s ability to tame the fire inside him. Roman’s sensed that the more he ignites, the harder it gets to control the blaze. Eventually that kind of power means nothing if you can’t control it. But what he doesn’t realize yet is that the more capable he is of controlling his power, the more capable he’ll be of controlling his rage and the destruction it leaves behind. This moment is an important one because it reveals that Roman can be more than just a destructive force. He can be a protector, a shield, a hero.

CM-46-50Q2*According to Bryn’s grandmother lies are necessary between loved ones. To some extent, I agree. I don’t like dishonesty and I think that there are certain preventative measures that can be put in place in order to avoid being dishonest, such as not making stupid mistakes, not making selfish decisions, etc. But I also believe that humans are extremely sensitive and emotional beings and sometimes lies shelter us from unnecessary pain. Unnecessary being the key word. Bryn lies to her mother because she doesn’t want to hurt her and Bryn’s mother lies to her for the same reason. Their intentions are good and in the grand scheme of things sometimes people are better off without knowing the whole god awful truth.

CM-46-50Q3*There was a point towards the end…when my mother stopped letting me go into my father’s hospice room. She didn’t want me to see him deteriorating…dying. She didn’t want my last memory of my father to be of his corpse. Even though I’d already seen so many awful things she’d saved me from something even worse and I’m grateful. When I was writing the scene where Roman finds Bryn’s grandmother the original draft shared the entire experience with the reader. We followed him into the yard, we found her body, we saw the death. But no matter how much I re-worked that scene I couldn’t get it to feel the way it actually feels to find something so awful. So I stopped trying to describe it. I stopped trying to paint this horrible picture of death. And instead I decided to have Roman extend to Bryn the same grace my mother gave me.

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*Not only is Roman’s fiery rage becoming harder to control but the more he stokes the flames, the more addictive they become. Writing the scene where he attacks Drew was like writing from the perspective of a heroine addict. He’s past the point of being driven by anger and instead is consumed by this maddening hunger, which makes him even scarier.

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*Insert another ticking time bomb. Bryn has always tried to prove to Roman that he’s changed; that he’s good. This scene is one of the most heartbreaking because she’s still fighting even though the rest of us know it’s too late. But when is it too late for Roman to be honest? How long can he hold onto this secret before it destroys them both? Because it’s really only a matter of time before Bryn realizes that the Roman from her dreams and the Roman from her nightmares aren’t all that different.

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*I love how the Rogues use a tour of the morgue as a cover story as if that makes them any less creepy.

*Bryn eats a lot of cinnamon rolls and we share in that tradition. When I took leave from school to stay home with my dad while he was sick we used to buy these giant (literally the size of your face) cinnamon rolls from the market and eat them every morning together.

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Re-read The Children of the Moon Chapters 41-45

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CM-41-45Q1*Bryn and Roman’s reunion is not fireworks or some big dramatic moment. Instead, it’s quiet and close and sad. They hardly speak and spend what feels like a lifetime just holding each other. I wanted their reunion to be emotional but I didn’t want there to be a false sense of hope or safety. Bryn can already see how their time apart has created this tangible distance between them. Her initial thoughts upon seeing his body are proof that she’s been traumatized in a way that CM-41-45Q2won’t be healed by a single kiss. And Roman has his own awful secret, one
that if revealed, would only confirm Bryn’s worst fears about him. So while finally bringing them together was a relief it was also heart breaking because I know the worst is still yet to come.

CM-41-45Q3*The First Dreamer isn’t just Bryn’s alter ego, she’s also Bryn’s sanity…or, rather, insanity. I knew what kind of difficult choices were in store for Bryn in the final book so I wanted to give her a physical manifestation of the darkness inside her just like Roman has with the shadows. The shadows haunt Bryn too but because she only sees them as such, their attacks on her aren’t as personal. In the final book I needed her to be tormented by something more personal. Something that would really scare her. Bryn’s biggest fears have less to do with her illness and more to do with the way her illness keeps her from being herself and doing the things she wants to do. She values the kind of intense freedom that one can only experience when they are wholly and truly awake and her illness was constantly threatening that, not only because it caused her to sleep but also because it made her vulnerable psychologically. In this novel the First Dreamer just seems like some kind of mad messenger but eventually Bryn begins to sense that the same power that creates the dreams can also destroy and not just her conscious mind but the world.

CM-41-46Q4*Bryn and Roman’s matching wounds were a really poignant coincidence. Their reunion in the real world is one of my favorite scenes in this novel, not only because it’s slightly more hopeful than the last time they saw each other but also because it confirms for Bryn that they were both hurt by their time a part. During the previous scene in the dream-state she made the assumption that he would never understand what she’d been through and that she’d suffered in a way he hadn’t. After seeing the jagged wound along his hand she realizes that maybe pain is relative and that maybe it doesn’t matter who was hurt more. Even though Bryn went through something traumatic, and even though in some ways she still is, the sight of Roman hurt forces her guard down just a little and reminds her that she’s not the only person Anso hurt; she’s not the only person whose been broken; she’s not the only person who needs mending.

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Update on The Daughter of the Night

It’s almost April, which was my original publication month for book 4 in the TGIB series. Earlier this spring that was pushed back to June 30th. And now…I have my fingers crossed for the end of July.

I know, I know. I can hear your groans loud and clear. I’m just as disappointed. I’ve never gone this long without being totally immersed in a project and it feels strange and sad and I wish things were different. For those who don’t know, I’m student teaching this semester and on top of that I’m also taking a graduate class online. Oh, and the “car that Bryn bought” was totaled in an accident and I’ve been dealing with the insurance company the past month trying to get a new one. I have absolutely zero free time and the only reason I’ve been diligently posting read-alongs on Thursdays is because I wrote them all over Christmas break so that my blog wouldn’t shrivel up and die during my hiatus, which was never actually meant to be a hiatus because I was totally delusional and thought I’d be able to teach, take a class, and finish an entire novel this semester. I was wrong. And for that, I’m sorry.

The good news is that I’ve got a timeline in mind and some awesome things in store that will hopefully make up for my broken promises. 1) The Girl In Between will be featured in an awesome Paranormal boxset at the end of the month. It’s focused on stories that are not your “normal paranormal.” Catchy, right? There will be a total of 9 books from various authors, most of them the first in a series, and all for FREE! 2) Inspired by the formatting used in the boxset I’m planning on updating the formatting for the entire TGIB series 3) And possibly the cover designs. To be honest the cover designs never came out exactly the way I’d hoped but I avoided changing them because readers actually seemed to like them. I’ll probably be conducting a Twitter poll and survey here on my blog to see what people think about changing the cover. 4) For The Daughter of the Night I’m going BIG. I usually plan my own blog tours but this time around I’ll be going with a paid-for service and gathering a “street team” to help with promo. I’ll be coordinating this through my newsletter and everyone who signs up will be getting some goodies come release time! 5) I’m working on creating a soundtrack for the series to be released along with TDOTN.

Lots in store so please keep checking back here for updates! I promise I’m doing everything I can to make sure that book 4 is worth the wait!

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