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Book Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! The Corpse Whisperer (Allie Nighthawk Mystery #1) H.R. Boldwood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning, Readers! H.R. Boldwood is joining us today to tell us all about her new release – The Corpse Whisperer including how the concept came to be! Let’s give her a great big welcome! Enjoy & don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

The Corpse Whisperer
An Allie Nighthawk Mystery Book 1
by H.R. Boldwood
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery


Welcome to the world of Allie Nighthawk, corpse whisperer and badass zombie hunter.

 

“If you raise deadheads, you’d better be able to put ‘em down. Nobody said it was pretty. But in this day, when vampires aren’t just for breakfast anymore, and the dead are disposable pawns for necromancers, someone has to ante up. Looks like I won the lotto. Imagine my delight. You should thank me, really, because the world is batshit crazy.”

 

When the zombie population spikes and no one knows why, it’s up to Allie to solve the mystery. But there’s a hitch. She’s stuck babysitting Leo Abruzzi, a zombie-bitten gangster who’s turning state’s evidence. But the mob and a powerful necromancer will stop at nothing to take Leo and Allie down.

 

Allie Nighthawk is Anita Blake on steroids, with a fondness for leather and Jack on the rocks. She has a healthy dose of Stephanie Plum and Rachel Morgan in her, too, though she’d never admit it. 

 

The battle between good and evil just got wicked fun.

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42079081-the-corpse-whisperer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-corpse-whisperer-an-allie-nighthawk-mystery-book-1-by-h-r-boldwood

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031672

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ZTwKvAEACAAJ&dq=hr+boldwood+the+corpse+whisperer&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBoK2slMzfAhUQOK0KHYBaC0UQ6AEIKjAA

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Corpse-Whisperer-Allie-Nighthawk-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07HHFC3RS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/corpse-whisperer-hr-boldwood/1129977515?ean=9781948142243

 


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Hello, H.R.! Welcome to Stormy Vixen’s. I am so glad you decided to join us today & I can’t wait to find out where you got the idea for your fascinating new series! Let’s get started shall we?

 

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The concept of The Corpse Whisperer sprang from my love of horror, urban fantasy, and monsters — especially zombies. I envisioned an unrelenting tale of darkness, but try as I might, I couldn’t inhibit my quirky sense of humor that insisted on spilling over into the story. Finally, I gave up and let the little voice in the back of my brain have its way.
Thank heavens.


The protagonist Allie Nighthawk is a kickass female zombie hunter who loves her attitude problem. Allie is Anita Blake on steroids with healthy dose of Stephanie Plum. She also has a fondness for leather, Jack Daniel’s slushies, and two hot male law enforcement officers.


Best of all, she has a strange and awesome super power. She can raise the dead.


Zombie hunting is an ugly job, but in this day when vampires aren’t just for breakfast anymore and the dead are disposable pawns for necromancers, someone has to ante up. Allie carries a custom 9mm Nighthawk, a Baby Glock, and a Ka-Bar knife — tools of the trade as she does her best to keep the residents of Cincinnati from getting ‘corpsified.’


I had an incredible amount of fun writing this book. It’s a fast-paced mystery that alternately makes you laugh and cringe with every turn of the page. Allie Nighthawk is all the things I want to be when I grow up. The cover, designed by Christiana Miller, is over-the-top awesome and exactly what I wanted.


I can totally see The Corpse Whisperer as a movie, featuring the gorgeous and snarky Mila Kunis. I hope once you read it, you will, too. Stay tuned for the next novel in The Corpse Whisperer series, Corpse Whisperer Sworn, to be released in 2019.


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Well, I have to say H.R., this story sounds like a book readers can really sink their teeth you into! Thanks so much for sharing it with my readers!


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Enter the giveaway to win this beautiful 2019 Crystal Lake Publishing Speculative Fiction daily planner!


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-speculative-daily-planner-2019-joe-mynhardt/1129766504

 


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

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H.R. Boldwood is a writer of horror and speculative fiction. In another incarnation, Boldwood is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was awarded the 2009 Bilbo Award for creative writing by Thomas More College. Publication credits include, "Killing it Softly," "Short Story America," "Bete Noir," "Everyday Fiction," "Toys in the Attic," "Floppy Shoes Apocalypse II," "Pilcrow and Dagger," and "Sirens Call."

 

Boldwood's characters are often disreputable and not to be trusted. They are kicked to the curb at every conceivable opportunity. No responsibility is taken by this author for the dastardly and sometimes criminal acts committed by this ragtag group of miscreants.



Website - http://www.hrboldwood.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hrboldwood

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/BoldwoodH

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/H.R.-Boldwood/e/B01LWY22MD

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15625304.H_R_Boldwood

 

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! The Prospero Chronicles by Fiona J.R. Titchenell!

 

 

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Welcome Readers! I glad you could join us, so let’s give a great big welcome to Fiona J.R. Tithenell who’s here today to tell us about The Prospero Chronicles and to give us some insight into what she edited out of the newest release – Stitches! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOKS

 

 

Splinters
The Prospero Chronicles Book 1
by Fiona J.R. Titchenell & Matt Carter
Genre: YA Horror, SciFi

 

Under normal circumstances, Ben and Mina would never have had reason to speak to each other. He’s an easy-going people person with a healthy skepticism about the paranormal; she’s a dangerously obsessive monster-hunter with a crippling fear of betrayal. But the small Northern California town of Prospero, with its rich history of cryptid sightings, miracles, and mysterious disappearances, has no normal circumstances to offer.

 

When Ben’s missing childhood friend, Haley Perkins, stumbles out of Prospero’s surrounding woods and right into her own funeral, Ben and Mina are forced to work together to uncover what happened to her. Different as they are, their unlikely friendship may be the only thing that can save the town, and possibly the world, from its insidious invaders.


“A snapping, crackling, popping homage to classic horror.” —Kirkus Reviews.

“Whip-smart dialogue... genuinely terrifying Splinters, the descriptions of which will have fans of monster films utterly enthralled... A promising series opener, this will satisfy those readers who like their scary stories to be as clever as they are chilling." —KQG, the Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books.

 

“The stakes are high. The action is intense." —Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34202787-splinters

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/splinters-the-prospero-chronicles-book-1-by-fiona-j-r-titchenell-and-matt-carter

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031668

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=r5HbDgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEIKjAA

 


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Shards
The Prospero Chronicles Book 2

 

When autumn descends on Prospero, California, Ben hopes the normality of the new school year may offer a reprieve from the town’s paranormal horrors. Mina knows all too well that there are no reprieves and no normality to be had in Prospero, but even she can’t prepare for what the coming year holds.

 

On top of the vivid hallucinations that have plagued Mina since the attack on the Warehouse, and the brewing Splinter civil war that threatens all of humanity, inside the walls of Prospero High, Ben, Mina, and their expanding Network face a vicious campaign to destroy their friendship, and a mysterious assassin picking off human rebels – an assassin with powers like no Splinter they’ve fought before.

 

Ben and Mina’s one hope rests with a mysterious old man hiding in the woods outside of town; a living legend who may be able to teach them how to fight this dangerous new breed of Splinter. That is, assuming he doesn’t kill the pair of them himself.


“Titchenell and Carter hold nothing back in this solid sequel that thrills and expands on its predecessor. Aided by swift writing, relatable characters and unexpected scares, Shards is a chill-inducing delight.” —David Powers King, co-author of Woven.

 

“Maintaining the same level of popcorn-munching fun, Titchenell and Carter are taking The Prospero Chronicles in a promising direction.” —Joe Dell'Erb, Washington Independent Review of Books.


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34202828-shards

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/shards-by-fiona-j-r-titchenell-and-matt-carter

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031669

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ZZHbDgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEIMTAB

 

 

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Slivers
The Prospero Chronicles Book 3


Ben

Growing up is hard, and growing up in Prospero is even harder, but I think we manage. I mean, yeah, my friends and I spend more of our time fighting a race of shapeshifting aliens than we do hanging out, but we have our fun. We go to parties, help each other with our classes, maybe even fall in love… 

 

I’ve no illusions that we live ordinary lives, but they’re our lives, and I’m going to make sure we make the most of them whether the Splinters want us to or not.

 

Mina

The truce is temporary. We will not humor the Splinters forever. It's only until the Slivers can be stopped, until the army of Shards being planted among our classmates can be disassembled, until we get our hands on the thing I'd almost given up believing in.

 

The humanity test.

For the chance to know, once and for all, who can be trusted, some dealings with monsters must be excusable. Inevitable. Just like this feeling between Ben and me.

 

And that has to be temporary too.


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34202866-slivers

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/slivers-by-fiona-j-r-titchenell

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031670

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ipHbDgAAQBAJ&pg=PT1&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEIODAC

 


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Stitches
The Prospero Chronicles Book 4
by Fiona J.R. Titchenell

 

This is Prospero’s darkest hour. The few remaining humans trapped within the quarantine zone are all but defenseless against the multiplying forces of the Sliver Queen, Locusta. With Ben missing, Aldo among the enemy ranks, and more steel plates than bones left in her body, Mina’s passing the hours drowning in morphine and throwing heavy objects at her guards. 

 

Stripped of her weapons, her gadgets, and the Network itself, she has just one card left, hidden somewhere under her oft-sutured skin. It might be powerful enough to complete her life’s work once and for all… or to reach the one person who could make her life into more than a means to an end. But playing it will cost everything she has, or everything she believes in.

 

The final chronicle of Prospero waits in these pages.


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42648857-stitches

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031671

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=0aF2DwAAQBAJ&pg=PT2&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEISzAF

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

~Splinters~
**ebook only 99 cents!!**

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Splinters-Prospero-Chronicles-Book-1-ebook/dp/B06XS6GS3M

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/splinters/id1203794781

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/splinters-f-j-r-titchenell/1120684596

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matt_Carter_Splinters?id=r5HbDgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/splinters-16

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701694

 


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~Shards~

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTJMJPX

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shards/id1204969454

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shards-f-j-r-titchenell/1121794901

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=ZZHbDgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shards-22

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/702706

 

 

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~Slivers~

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072336BCM

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/slivers/id1204972231

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/slivers-fjr-titchenell/1125775358

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matt_Carter_Slivers?id=ipHbDgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/slivers-1

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/702709

 


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~Stitches~


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K7JRHKY

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stitches/id1441378706

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stitches-fiona-jr-titchenell/1129822462

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Fiona_J_R_Titchenell_Stitches?id=0aF2DwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/stitches-17

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/905216

 


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Welcome Fiona! I am glad you could join us today to tell readers about The Prospero Chronicles. Are you ready to share what you edited out of the final chronicle?

 

 

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What did you edit out of this book?

 

Stitches probably had the biggest transformation from inception to final draft of any project I’ve ever worked on. I mean, it was originally going to be two books with two authors, so yeah, the cutting room floor got pretty crowded.

 

Maybe I should start at the beginning. My husband-slash-coauthor and I originally plotted out The Prospero Chronicles as a five part series. We signed it with a small publisher who only offered a contract for the first three books, with an option for more at their discretion. Determined but inexperienced authors that we were at the time, we decided we’d face that hurdle when we came to it and proceeded to write the first three books exactly as we’d planned them, with a massive cliffhanger at the end of the third.

 

Well, it turned out not to matter whether the publisher would have wanted books four and five after all, because we split with them shortly before the planned release of book three. The veritable soap opera that led up to the schism could fill more than a few blog posts, full of fishy accounting, name-calling, blame-shifting, unanswered emails, and broken promises, but long story short, the series went dormant for a long time while the rights to the characters were in limbo.

We moved on to other projects. Landed other contracts. Various exciting things happened.

Eventually, our superhero of an agent won back the rights and gave us the go-ahead to republish and finish the series independently. We created our own editions of Splinters and Shards and published the already-written Slivers, but then we had to talk about the finishing part.

 

We tried. We refined our outlines. We tried again. Matt’s heart just wasn’t in it. He’d grown apart from the characters, become attached to new ones in other worlds, and the publishing battle had left a sour taste in his mouth.

 

I, on the other hand, couldn’t let it go. Not the way we’d left it.

We agreed to condense the two planned books into one goliath of a book that would still have been quicker to finish, and Matt tried once more. He tried because he knew what it meant to me, but as any writer knows, if you can’t get excited about your own story, you’ll never excite anyone else with it. All the good intentions in the world couldn’t reignite that spark.

 

So we agreed that I would do it alone. That meant another replotting, to trim the ending down further and gear it more toward my solo strengths.

Things that got pruned in the course of all that include but are not limited to:

Almost an entire book’s worth of Mina and her father globetrotting in search of the Splinters’ weakness.

 

A whole lot of a freshly traumatized Ben trying to figure out how to run a resistance in an occupied town without her.

 

Half a book with the perspective divided three ways instead of two, following a third character’s efforts to stay undercover among the villains.

 

A quest to kill a hive of weaponized parasites.

A mercenary who could turn people to stone.

Two deaths scenes for characters who ended up surviving.
An ending for a character who ended up dying instead.

 

Ultimately, I think the result was a much tighter, punchier finale than we would have had otherwise, but there were some threads that didn’t end up going quite where they were expected to. I actually got as far as approving the cover art for Stitches, found myself staring at this beautifully creepy image of what was supposed to be the big bad of the whole series, and realized that her part of the story had been almost completely sidelined.

 

That meant another round of heavy reworking, to give her more time on the scene instead of just behind it, and a closer relationship with the heroes. The trouble was, we’d already set her up to be so dangerous that it was seriously difficult to put her in a room with anyone and justify how they would walk away alive. Matt was still consulting and editing for the series, so I went to him and said, “I need a power loader scene.”

 

Because when in doubt, invoke the glory of Sigourney Weaver.

What we came up with didn’t look much like a power loader scene, but it was exactly what was needed to give the final confrontation the proper significance, and it became one of the stranger action scenes in a series full of gooey shapeshifter battles, so I’m really excited to share it.


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Wow! That is fascinating! What do you think, readers?

 

 

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$20 Amazon, An ebook copy of Some Side Effects May Occur by Fiona J.R. Titchenell


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

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F.J.R. TITCHENELL is an author of young adult, sci-fi, and horror fiction, including Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know of). She graduated from Cal State University Los Angeles with a B. A. in English in 2009 at the age of twenty. She currently lives in San Gabriel, California, with her husband, coauthor, and amazing partner in all things, Matt Carter, and their pet king snake, Mica.



Blog - https://fjrtitchenell.weebly.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FjrTitchenell

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/FJR_Titchenell

 

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/FJRTitchenell

 

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/FionaJRTitchenellAndMattCarter

 

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4384865.F_J_R_Titchenell

 

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! Thirteen Nocturnes by Oliver Sheppard!

 

 

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Good Morning, Readers! Today, Oliver Sheppard is joining with us to tell us all about his dark poetry! Enjoy the tour & don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Thirteen Nocturnes
by Oliver Sheppard
Genre: Gothic, Dark Poetry


Combining lush Gothic lyricism with postmodern experimentation, Oliver Sheppard's second collection of verse, Thirteen Nocturnes, presents a nightmare vision of a world in the grip of apocalypse and shadow--a world where "a nighttime of years never-ending" becomes "a darkness severe and unbending," and where life is relentlessly "gathered up against the towering shadow of decay." Taking cues from the dark Romanticism of Poe, the decadent Symbolism of Baudelaire, and the apocalyptic tradition of William Blake--as well as the existential doominess of 20th century cosmic horror--Oliver Sheppard's Thirteen Nocturnes presents a verse vision of collapse, announcing a cold poetics of disintegration in the new dark age of the Anthropocene. 

 

"Reading Sheppard's poetry is a little like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake during a showing of Peckinpah's Cross of Iron. Using a wide range of forms and cultural references, Sheppard illustrates the human condition in ways that take as much account of its absence as its presence... Given the chance, Sheppard will lead you down dark and unfamiliar paths, to moments of weird beauty." --from the foreword by John Foster

 

 


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40844386-thirteen-nocturnes

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031667

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=rFlluQEACAAJ&dq=oliver+sheppard+thirteen+nocturnes&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj1xOP5kMzfAhURUK0KHYa3CoMQ6AEIKjAA

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Nocturnes-Oliver-Sheppard/dp/1978331207

 


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Thanks for sharing Thirteen Nocturnes with us today, Oliver!

 

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NIGHT, MELANCHOLY, AND THIRTEEN NOCTURNES
by Oliver Sheppard


One of Edgar Allan Poe's most poignant poems is the brief (and probably unfinished) couplet that is usually reprinted under the title "Deep in Earth." It reads:

Deep in Earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone.


--And that, elegantly, is the poem's entirety.

Poe wrote "Deep in Earth" in 1847 while mourning the death of his young wife, Virginia Clemm. He scribbled the couplet in the margins of a manuscript for "Eulalie," which may have been one of Virginia's favorites of her newly widowed husband's works. Poe always insisted that poets should write with an eye to what he called "unity of effect"-- that is, that every poetic effort ought ultimately to leave a distinct and singular impression--a uniquely powerful effect--on the reader. Toward this end Poe felt that, despite what classicists might say, or despite what readers might think, longer poems were not necessarily more accomplished, more literary, or the most successful in their designs. Bigger was not always better. "Unity of effect" was usually achieved with fewer lines, with lines honed and sharpened to cut right to the reader's jugular.

 

But the emotional gut-punch of Poe's "Deep in Earth" might have less to do with the application of any high-minded literary theories than with the raw emotion that is evident behind its words. Yet the stark lines are a validation of Poe's "unity of effect" ideal nonetheless. Before I get to one of my own attempts at achieving such an effect in my new collection of verse, Thirteen Nocturnes, I'd like to offer another poem that I think achieves a forceful effect similar to that of Poe's "Deep in Earth" above. 

 

 

This poem is by Sara Teasdale, from 1915:

 

I SHALL NOT CARE
by Sara Teasdale

 

When I am dead and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Tho' you should lean above me broken-hearted,
I shall not care.
I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough,
And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now.


Eighteen years after this poem was published Sara Teasdale took an overdose of sleeping pills and ended her own life. An urban legend persists that Teasdale wrote "I Shall Not Care" as her suicide note.

 

Teasdale and Poe had issues with chronic major depression, something I and a great many other poets have also struggled with. There are a variety of influences that went into the composition of my book, Thirteen Nocturnes, and I hesitate even now to say that my struggles with depression have been an "influence" in the same way that, say, the poetry of Baudelaire or Giacomo Leopardi have been influences on me. But my own bouts of depression have added much of the color to my verse, or have provided the impetus for it, and have informed its tone, in some individual poems more than others. The original idea behind Thirteen Nocturnes was to write a slim chapbook of thirteen poems that were either meditations upon, or were odes to, or had in some way been inspired by, the night. The project snowballed and I confined the original thirteen poems to one section of a five section collection of poetry, but I decided to keep "Thirteen Nocturnes" as the title for the overall work.

 

Aiming for a kind of unity of effect described above, I took pen to paper and in one of the thirteen nocturnes I tried to describe my decades-long battle with the sort of depression that William Styron in Darkness Visible called "a storm indeed, but a storm of murk":

 

NOCTURNE No. 2
by Oliver Sheppard

 

Night was my vigil; I sat it alone,
A nighttime of years never-ending,
Years by myself where light was unknown,
The darkness severe and unbending.
I came upon means in my decades-long fight
To only but briefly relieve it,
And in certain moments I thought I'd found light
But I was a fool to believe it.


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Oh MY! I have chills going down my spice, how about you Readers?

 

 

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$50 Amazon gift card

 

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Oliver Sheppard was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and lives in Texas. Critical reviews of his poetry collections have been kind: "Like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake while watching Peckinpah's 'Cross of Iron'," reviews of his first book, Destruction: Text I, claimed. Garnering accolades from academia and punk zines alike, Sheppard's work takes cues from the cosmic fatalism of Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti, and combines that with the lush, Gothic lyricism of the Dark Romanticist tradition.

 

"Sheppard's THIRTEEN NOCTURNES is gothic in every sense of the word; from the writing style, the themes, to Oliver's own influences. Without a doubt, this bountiful collection raises the bar for contemporary gothic poetry. It's rare in this day and age to find poetry written in a manner as sophisticated and profound as this. But here, Sheppard combines a down-to-earth modernism with older styles that make for a fanciful and unique experience for the reader."--Sar Blackthorn, CVLT Nation



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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Oliver-Sheppard/e/B07F9XY8KC

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17140868.Oliver_Sheppard

 

 

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Holiday Extravaganza Blog Tour & giveaway with Guest Posts, Excerpt & 5 STAR New Release Review! Trial of a Warrior (Legends of the Fenian Warrior #3) Mary Morgan!

 

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Hello, everyone! Today we are participating in the Bewitching Book Tours Holiday Extravaganza! I have a spotlight, review and some special holiday features for you today as I shine the light on Mary Morgan’s Trial of a Warrior! Let’s get started and be sure to enter the giveaway!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK!

 

Trial of a Warrior
Legends of the Fenian Warriors
Book Three
Mary Morgan
Genre: Time-Travel Fantasy Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Date of Publication: December 12, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5092-2359-6
ASIN: B07JGMH8XS
Number of pages: 386
Word Count: 92628
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

 

Tagline: Will the burning embers of their past love spark a reunion or destroy a future?

 


Book Description:

 

"You met them in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their legends!”

 

A warrior sentenced to die.

 

On trial for breaking a supreme Fae law, Fenian Warrior, Liam MacGregor has no regrets. He is prepared to accept his sentence—even if it means his death. However, freedom comes in an unexpected manner, and brings with it certain dangers as he travels through the Veil of Ages.

 

A princess honor-bound to remain hidden.

 

Princess Abela might be a priestess and the daughter of royalty, but that doesn’t prevent her from doing the unimaginable. She sacrifices duty and honor to set free the man who captured her heart so many years ago. No matter the severity of his crimes, she cannot let Liam die.

 

A rescue that will bring about a war and divide a kingdom!

In their quest to secure a treaty to forestall Liam’s death sentence, they must fight their desires for one another, as well as the Fenian Warriors sent to capture them.


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Fantasy comes to life in this sensational fairytale romance where the characters are strong, convincing and steal the hearts of readers. Liam and Abela are characters that are easily connected to and they draw readers into their story. The romance between them is the stuff of fairytales and dreams as they both have hidden their feelings down deep due to the direction their lives have taken and readers can’t help but become completely taken with them both as they set out to change their world and forge a new path. The attraction sizzles between them but their road is fraught with danger and emotional turmoil which keeps readers in suspense throughout their adventure.

 

The plot is fast paced and full of twists and turns that adds to the intense emotions and thrilling excitement of the story which keeps readers glued to the pages. The story is further enhanced by betrayals and the ‘race against time’ factor that holds Abela and Liam’s quest in its grasp also has Abela’s life hanging in the balance. This romance captures the hearts of readers and has them fully engaged in the story both emotionally and adventurously and the author’s wonderful story telling gift ensures that readers can easily imagine each and every scene while visiting this fascinating world.

 

 

 


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Author's Book Page -
https://www.marymorganauthor.com/trial-of-a-warrior

 

 

 

 


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42385812-trial-of-a-warrior

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/trial-of-a-warrior-by-mary-morgan

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030616

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c0f61e801dbc864fb95e29b/trial-of-a-warrior-mary-morgan

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/trial-of-a-warrior-mary-morgan/book,13993712

 


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Author - https://www.marymorganauthor.com/fenian-warriors

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/237934-legends-of-the-fenian-warriors

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JLQ9YVN?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 Quest of a Warrior
2 Oath of a Warrior
3 Trial of a Warrior

 

 

Legends of the Fenian Warriors follows The Order of the Dragon Knight series

 

Goodreads - https://www.marymorganauthor.com/order-of-the-dragon-knights

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JGMH8XS/

 

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trial-of-a-warrior-mary-morgan/1129784209?ean=2940161545003

 

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trial-of-a-warrior/id1441254175?mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/trial-of-a-warrior

 

WRP - https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6349-trial-of-a-warrior.html

 


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The Holiday Feature for the day is…

 

Mary Morgan is going to going to take readers to a 13th century Scotland Midwinter Feast!

 

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Come journey with me as I whisk you away to 13th century Scotland for a Midwinter’s feast. We shall arrive at Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.

This is the home of the Clan MacKay—the Dragon Knights. Their bloodline is steeped in ancient Celtic mythology. Though they respect the new religion that has swept across their land, the Dragon Knights continue to honor the old ways. Midwinter is a celebration of light and warmth here within the walls. The doors have been left open for all to enter in peace. Once you step inside, you are drawn to the holly boughs with ivy, bay, crimson-berried yew and fragrant bunches of rosemary.

 

The torches cast a welcoming light as you proceed onward. As we enter the Great Hall, you are met with boisterous laughter and gaiety. A bard is recanting the tale between the aging Holly King (representing the darkness of the old year), and the young Oak King (symbolizing the light of the New Year). Some of the older lasses have chosen to weave a sprig of holly onto their gowns and they nod at you in passing.

 

Candles illuminate the hall in a soft glow as you make your way toward the feasting tables. The Dragon Knights and their wives are seated at a longer table near the hearth. Ale and mead are flowing, along with the tempting dishes you survey as you take your place. You are tempted by the trencher of wild boar stuffed with onions and cabbages to your right. Or maybe you would prefer the spiced apples and damson tarts.

 

 

Afterwards, the minstrels begin to play a lively tune and a few of the couples grasped hands to join in the merriment.


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Mary Morgan is also going to share the modern day version of the recipe for Damson Tarts!

 

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PLUM TARTS aka…DAMSON TARTS***

 

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds

3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into small pieces

1 egg yolk

2 pounds firm, ripe plums, pitted and quartered lengthwise

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

 

Combine the flour, almonds, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and the egg yolk. Mix by hand or with an electric mixer, until crumbly.

 

Press 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture in an even layer into the bottom of a 9 1/2-inch springform or tart pan. Arrange the plums in the pan, skin side down to form a flower pattern; begin at the outside and work your way in.

 

Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over the plums. Bake the tart for 40 to 50 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and the plum juices are bubbling.

Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer tart to flat plate.

 

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

***Damson: A small fruit with vibrant, dark blue skin and a strong sour flavor. Damsons are similar to plums. They have a large stone (pit) and are often juicy, but tend not to be eaten raw due to the tartness of their flesh.


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Add to put a cherry on top of the delicious sounding Damson Tarts – Here is an EXCERPT from Trial of a Warrior!

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A tremor of longing to be kissed filled Abela. She should flee this instant, but her feet refused to listen to her mind.


Liam reached out and tucked a stray curl behind her ear. His finger trailed down the side of her neck, and she shuddered. “You have not answered me.”


“Yes,” she replied rapidly.


The smile in his eyes contained a sensuous flame, and she was drawn to him. A soft breeze billowed around them. She ached to press her mouth against his. Just one kiss.


As if reading her thoughts, Liam cupped her chin and stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “Your mouth begs to be kissed, princess.”


She swallowed and did the unthinkable. “Then kiss me, Liam MacGregor.”


His groan echoed around them as he took possession of her mouth. The kiss sent the pit of her stomach into a wild swirl of delicious sensations. Abela’s body yearned to touch him, so she wrapped her arms around his neck. The contact of his skin against her chest ignited a burning desire for more.


Liam grasped her firmly around the waist with one arm and deepened the kiss. When his silken tongue sought entry, she opened fully to the seduction, tasting wine, apples, and his own scent. His moan resonated deep within her, and she found her body responding to a rhythm as old as the land they lived upon.


Never did Abela imagine the power behind a kiss—seductive, enchanting, shattering, and she craved more.


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1 prize package: A signed print copy of TRIAL OF A WARRIOR, Scottish jeweled bookmark, and postcards of all of Mary’s books. (US and Canada only)

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba112ffc1823/

 


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Award-winning Celtic paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

 

Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

 

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.

 

 

 

WEBSITE: http://www.marymorganauthor.com

 

BLOG: http://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog

 

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/m_morganauthor

 

FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MaryMorganAuthor/

 

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/mary.morgan.564

 

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8271002.Mary_Morgan

 

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Morgan/e/B00KPE3NWI/

 

PINTEREST: www.pinterest.com/marymorgan50/

 

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/marymorgan2/

 

BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-morgan

 


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Thanks for joining us, Mary Morgan, I really enjoyed the 13th century Midwinter Feast and I have plans to make the Damson Tarts for my holiday parties!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed our Holiday Extravaganza and I hope you found a new book to put in your stocking! Have a Magical Holiday Season & good luck on the giveaway!

 

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt! Beyond Paradise by Barbara Nolan!

 

 

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Readers, let’s give a warm welcome to Barbara Nolan as she is here to tell us about her new romantic suspense and she’s going to tell us a bit about herself! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Beyond Paradise
by Barbara Nolan
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 


Jonny Vallone, the dark, brooding owner of Manhattan nightclub, Beyond Paradise, doesn’t need any more complications in his life, or women. Then savvy con artist Cheryl Benson, barges into his office and spits out a confession that would make most men run for cover.

 

Cheryl’s fast-paced, out-of-control life is closing in, and her only hope against a ruthless crime boss is bad boy Jonny and his powerful connections. Her knight in black Brioni has a body made for sin with enough baggage to fill a 747, but when a near-fatal attack throws the two together, they implode in a night of steamy, sheet-gripping passion.

 

Jonny can’t resist the beautiful blonde with the pleading green eyes plus he has his own agenda with the underworld thug who owns a piece of his soul.

 

Their wild ride whisks them from the high-powered glitz of Manhattan to the sultry beaches of Miami in a desperate attempt to break free of their shady pasts while trying to tame their fiery passion and the dangerous deceptions swirling around them.

 

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Book Trailer – https://youtu.be/VXxknbbfPYk

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42930994-beyond-paradise

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/beyond-paradise-by-barbara-nolan

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030619

 

Romance.io https://www.romance.io/books/5c0f628f01dbc864fb95e301/beyond-paradise-barbara-nolan

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Paradise-Barbara-Nolan-ebook/dp/B07JVHWXWP

 

 

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What is something unique/quirky about you?

 

Over my lifetime I broken 11 bones, Eight fingers, playing as a child, each foot, stepping off a curb, and a rib, coughing during a bout with bronchitis. And no, I don’t consider myself clumsy just unlucky.

 

 

What are some of your pet peeves?

 

People that talk too loud on their phones.

 

 

Where were you born/grew up?

 

Born in New Jersey and still in New Jersey. Love being 25 minutes outside of Manhattan.

 

 

Who is your hero and why?

 

My Dad. He never complained, and accepted everyone with a smile no matter how unpleasant the situation. I’ve tried to live up to his good nature but fear I sometimes fall short.

 

 

What are you passionate about these days?

 

I am very passionate about my writing and giving my readers the best work I can produce.

 

 

What do you do to unwind and relax?

 

Reading and writing. I consider reading a luxury and writing a necessity.

 

 

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

 

Loyal, dependable, honest, caring and supportive. And no, I was never a girl scout, lol.

 

 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 

When I won my first award for my writing. It was such an honor to be recognized for something that I’ve enjoyed most of my adult life.

 

 

What inspired you to write this book?

 

This book and the other two in the series were inspired by our many years in the bar and restaurant business.

 

 


Do you believe in writes block?

 

Not really. Now, I don’t want to jinx myself, but the words flow for me and when they don’t it usually means that the scene is not working for the character or that I am in the wrong POV. When I do get stuck I read some of my favorite authors in my genre and it seems when I relax and enjoy reading that my words come more freely when I resume writing.

 

 

 

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

 

I could definitely see Beyond Paradise as a movie. The glamour of Manhattan’s night life, and sultry South Beach, would be wonderful backdrops for a movie. Since there will be two more books in this series, Dangerous Paradise and Forbidden Paradise, I believe they could also be a Netflix series. My characters are passionate, and flawed which would transfer nicely onto the screen.

 

 

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

 

The scenes in Beyond Paradise have been floating around in my mind for many years and it was a relief to finally get it all down on paper. Then I loved taking the supporting characters of Beyond Paradise and giving them their own story while watching them unfold and develop. Hopefully, my readers will love my characters as much as I do, and if they do then I know I have done my job.

 

 

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$10 Amazon Gift Card

 

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/beyond-paradise-book-tour-and-giveaway

 

 

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Barbara Nolan enjoyed writing most of her life and recently acquired her Certificate in Creative Writing from NYU. She also benefited from the help and influence of many talented professors and editors along the way. She is a member of RWA and the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers. Her passion for reading and words make this a journey of love.

 

She writes gritty, realistic stories filled with strong men and the women who tame them.

 

She considers reading a luxury and writing a necessity.

 

 


Website - http://www.barbaranolanauthor.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Nolan-217122502364177/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/bforlenza5

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/bnolan26

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Nolan/e/B07J6QWV3T

 

 

 

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Thanks for joining us today, Barbara! I enjoyed getting to know you and learning about Beyond Paradise!

 


Readers, I hope you found a new treasure for your shelves!

 

 

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