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Author Majanka Verstraete Discusses the Making of “Valentina’s Spooky Adventures”

This 3rd book in the series just launched this week!

3D-ValentinaMaskedMummyThis children’s picture book is ideal for kids 3-8 years old.

When noises shake Valentina’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and her resident ghost, Jerry, hides under her bed, the little vampire girl tumbles into yet another adventure.

Eager to investigate the source of the uproar, she bumps into her brother Vlad in the hallway. He’s as clueless as she is, but at least he’s not as terrified of the noises as Jerry.

The trio follows the noise to the museum room, where they find an opened sarcophagus, and a mummy wearing a mask….

Valentina and the Masked Mummy is the third in this fun and exciting new series for kids. Be sure to check out Book 1, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, and Book 2, Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch, both of which are now available.
 
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Bio_Pic-Majanka_Verstraete_760x790Author Majanka Verstraete has dropped by to talk a little bit about her writing of Valentina and the Masked Mummy. This is the third children’s picture book in the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series by Majanka, featuring colorful illustrations by Noelle Giffin. Anyway, we’ll let Majanka tell you how this entertaining series came to be.
 
 
 
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Turning a Little Vampire Girl into a Kids’ Favorite

I came up with the idea for the Valentina series in the middle of university exams. I’d been studying for hours on end, and wanted to relax for a while. I saw some people on the AbsoluteWrite forums talking about picture books, and I thought, heck, why not give it a shot. I’d never written anything of the sort, but I’m always up for a challenge.

So I started brainstorming, trying to imagine something different, fresh—the kind of book I would’ve loved to read as a kid. I liked reading about monsters as a young girl, but I didn’t want to make the book too scary, so I thought…. How about a monster playing the main role? How about a monster that kids could relate to and empathize with, and even think of as a friend?

That’s how I came up with the idea of a little vampire girl playing the main part. Sure, she’s a vampire, but she’s still a little girl who gets scared by things just like regular little girls do.

After Valentina was born, the other characters quickly took shape. I wanted her to have a best friend, but I didn’t want him to be a vampire. Enter Jerry the ghost, Valentina’s best friend. In the second book, a whacky, slightly out-of-sorts witch made an appearance. In the newest series installment, Valentina finds a mummy wandering around her house.

So there’s a large cast of characters to entertain the young readers, and each of them is not only unique but, I hope, a character the kids can really sink their hearts and minds into. Are these adventures of a little vampire girl spooky? Sure, but in a fun way, not a scary way, so the kids will have a great time with them.

Zombies Are Taking Over the Wild West

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Author Angela Scott’s Zombie West series is thrilling thousands of readers.

We woke up early this morning to some exciting news, as Ms. Scott’s series set in the Old West has caught fire with readers. Just check out these Amazon rankings:

WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42 **FREE** in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns > Horror
#2 in Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult

SURVIVOR ROUNDUP
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,424 Paid in Kindle Store
#77 in Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Contemporary

DEAD PLAINS
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,805 Paid in Kindle Store
#43 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror

How long will those rankings last? Will they climb higher? Who can say? We only know that this terrific series, which has won multiple awards, is hitting home with readers.

Why are readers swallowing up this series? Well, surely it helps that we’ve given you the opportunity to sample the series FOR FREE! Yep, the eBook for Wanted: Dead or Undead, the first book in the series, is now free most everywhere it’s sold. So really, what do you have to lose? We did this because, frankly, we’re confident you’re going to love it, and that you’ll want to immediately rush back and grab Survivor Roundup and Dead Plains, books 2 and 3 in the series. Or perhaps you’ll want to jump right to The Zombie West Trilogy, a special omnibus edition that includes all 3 books plus some bonus material.

These stories are rich with characters you’ll come to love, a fun setting in the Old West, drama and suspense to keep you turning page after page after page, and of course, zombies. Great stuff.

So take the leap today, but be careful! Those zombies can smell you from miles away.

For more information about Wanted: Dead or Undead, including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Survivor Roundup, including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Dead Plains, including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

For more information about The Zombie West Trilogy (Special Omnibus Edition), including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

“Raven Reviews” Interviews Lane Diamond – Managing Publisher/Editor, Author

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Lane Diamond answers questions about the publishing industry and more.

Lane recently had the opportunity to sit and answer some questions about the industry with Michele Biring-Pani, purveyor of Raven Reviews. He covers a wide range of subjects, and offers some practical advice without pulling too many punches.

Whether you’re an established author, an aspiring author, an avid reader, or someone with an interest in this industry, you may find something useful there.

Please stop by at the link below:
Interview with Evolved Publishing’s Managing Publisher/Editor Lane Diamond

Author Amelia James Explains “What Ménage Romance is Really About”

Amelia James, author of The Twisted Mosaic erotica series, says there’s more to ménage romance than you might think.

Before you pop over to Amelia’s blog to get her take on ménage, be sure to check out her full erotica series below. (Or perhaps come back after you’re done.) We’re so sure you’re going to love it, we’re now offering the first eBook in the series for JUST 99 CENTS, giving you a low-risk opportunity to discover this… uh… steamy story.

For Amelia’s blog post, please click on this link:
What Ménage Romance is Really About

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Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless. She craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe. She needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man? Will has everything under control, and watching his girlfriend flirt with his best friend fuels his lust for her. He loves Talia, and he trusts Alex. It’s all good… as long as he makes the rules. Alex doesn’t give a damn about rules. He knows how to play with fire without getting burned. It’s just sex with Talia. No emotions means no attachments—that’s one rule he won’t break. Sometimes dirty little secrets are more dirty than secret.
 
 
Their_Twisted_Love_v2_300dpi_200x300Their Twisted Love
Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one. Will should’ve learned something from his disastrous past, but he’s distanced himself from everyone who loved him, keeping the pain in protective custody. He has no use for entanglements. Talia has a new man, safe and secure—and boring as hell. She won’t sleep with him until she knows she wants only him. But she can’t forget, or forgive, the men who indulged her wildest fantasies and violated her trust. They’re happy apart… until Alex’s case forces them back together, and Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?
 
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Will loves Talia, and he’s willing to give up everything to be with her. Their future hinges on her answer to one simple question. But when he leaves his life behind to pursue her, he’s confronted with choices he didn’t expect. Alex loves Talia, but he needs proof he can trust her. Words mean nothing to him without action. But his actions lead him to believe that love has no limits, and the choices he faces may not, either. Talia loves Alex… and Will. One man pushes her sexual boundaries and indulges her fantasies, while the other understands her twisted desires and keeps her secure in his heart. How can she possibly choose between them? No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option? Sometimes, love takes an unexpected twist.
 
The_Twisted_Mosaic_Omnibus_300dpi_200x300The Twisted Mosaic – Special Omnibus Edition
All three Twisted Mosaic books (Her Twisted Pleasures, Their Twisted Love, and His Twisted Choice) in one volume, plus a deleted scene, and three exclusive bonus stories!

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