Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Author Spotlight - A.M. Manay

I am a huge fan of A.M. Manay and her writing. Her November Snow series was amazing, and I am thrilled to share her newest novel with my followers.  A.M. Manay writes fantasy novels, which is my favorite thing to read.  Today, we are going to focus on her newest novel, Hexborn.  I was blessed with an advance reader's copy of Hexborn, and I absolutely LOVED it! Seriously, I cannot wait for book two to come out! You can read my review here.

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Hexborn. Abomination. Unclean. Young Shiloh knows exactly what she is. She just refuses to let that stop her. Her illness might make her an outcast, but her broken body hides great magical power. And she intends to make the most of it.

Silas, the king’s ruthless fixer, seeks to use that power to preserve the uneasy peace the kingdom has enjoyed since the end of the Siblings’ War. Silas hauls Shiloh from her mountain village to the wizard academy at the king’s court, where magic and political intrigue conspire to create danger around every corner.

Can this child of war save the peace? Or will old sins rise to threaten Shiloh, Silas, and the kingdom of Bryn?

Doesn't it sound exciting! Here is a book trailer to enjoy:

Because I'm so excited about this release, I've asked the author to share a little bit from Hexborn. Enjoy! 

Character Blog: Edmun Courtborn

It isn’t too often that a pivotal character in a story starts off the book already dead.  Edmun Courtborn manages to do so in my latest fantasy novel, Hexborn.  This feat is made easier by the structure of my novel, in which each chapter (save the first) begins with a flashback belonging either to Shiloh or Silas, my two point-of-view characters.

Edmun, you see, was a teacher for a very long time.  When Silas was a boy, Edmun was the headmaster of the Royal Academy of Mages, and Silas was his favorite student.  In exile as a broken, defeated old man, Shiloh was Edmun’s sole pupil, and she stole his heart.

Born a royal bastard, Edmun grew up at court alongside his many half-siblings.  He flew high, becoming the youngest headmaster ever appointed to the Royal Academy.  His fall from grace was equally as dramatic.

Reading Hexborn, you get to know Edmun’s heart through Shiloh’s and Silas’s flashbacks.  You get to know his legacy through their present.  Let’s take a look at one of Shiloh’s flashbacks:

Little Shiloh knocked on Brother Edmun’s door, shaking like a leaf.

“Where have you been, lazy child?  You’re late.  Did the roosters all perish in the night?  Were you picking daisies?” he scolded, pulling open the door.  He grabbed her by the arm and yanked her inside.

“I’m sorry, Master,” she whispered. “I fell down . . . they were hiding and . . .”  Her voice was thick with tears, and he looked down at her in surprise.  There was something on her face.  She swayed dizzily.

“Are you bleeding?” Edmun exclaimed.  He guided her gently into the light pouring through his window and knelt down in front of her.  The irritation drained from his face when he pulled back her hood.  “Lords above,” he breathed.

Shiloh’s hair was matted with blood, which continued to seep steadily from a deep gash on the crown of her head.  Another wound in front of her left ear bled freely, crimson pouring down her neck and staining her collar.  A bruise had begun to color her forehead.  Edmun pulled out his wand and murmured an incantation.  The flow of blood slowed until, soon, it stopped altogether.
The priest felt for broken bones.  “Where else did they get you, poppet?” he asked.  “Where else does it hurt?”

“It hurts when I breathe,” she admitted.

“Ach, probably a cracked rib.  What in blazes happened?” he asked.

“They threw rocks at me,” she replied, a tear sneaking down her face. “Big ones.  They hid behind the Temple, so my Da wouldn’t see from his window.”


She shook her head.  “It’ll be worse for me if they know I told you.”

Edmun held her by the shoulders. “I know that, Shiloh.  I am not an idiot.  I worked all my life with obnoxious children.  I’ll not be revealing that you told me who they are.  We’ll get your justice on the sly; mark my words.  But first, I’ll teach you how to make charms to protect yourself from the worthless Teethtrash that inhabit this Godsforsaken village.  I should have done it already.  Now, do as I say, and tell me their names.”

“Victoh, Meggan, and Karl,” she confessed.

“Sounds about right.  Their parents are lazy dolts and mean as snakes.”  Edmun gently wiped the blood from her face and kissed her on the forehead, then pointed at her little desk. 

“Now, to work,” he ordered.  “A girl like you needs to learn to use her pain, or else she hasn’t a chance in the world.”

Here is one from Silas:

“What’s going on, Headmaster?” a teenaged Silas demanded, running across a muddy courtyard to catch up with Edmun.  He stumbled over a loose stone in the dim light.

“Go back to bed,” the headmaster ordered.  His hair was wild and his voice low.  “You’ll be safer there.”

“I wasn’t in bed.  I was studying, and I heard raised voices.  What’s wrong?  Where are you going in the dead of night?  It’s going to rain again before dawn,” the boy replied, solemn-faced and undeterred.

Edmun wheeled on him. “I’m going to serve my rightful queen,” he hissed. “Before Rischar has her locked away, along with whomever he suspects loves her more than they do him.  My father has just breathed his last.”

“King Jerroh is dead?” Silas replied, shocked.  “But how?”  He caught himself.  “I’m sorry, Headmaster.  I should be offering condolences, not asking questions.”

Edmun brushed off his student’s sympathy. “How?  Poison, I suspect.  The illness was swift and merciless.  My grief is of no consequence.  The fight for succession will begin before the body is cold.  Rischar and Mirin will not let the throne slip through their grasping fingers, regardless of our father’s stated wishes or our sister’s elder status.  Nor will Alissa simply step aside.  She knows our baby brother isn’t fit to rule, and that the throne is hers by law, female though she is.”

“You think there will be a war?” Silas asked, eyes wide.

“I think it’s already started,” Edmun replied, roughly grabbing the child by the arm.  “So, you need to either go back to bed and keep your head down and your mouth shut, my most dear boy, and hope to heaven that Prince Rischar hasn’t noticed your considerable talents.  Or you need to decide whose side you’re on and gird your loins.  I have to go.  Now.”

Silas looked up into his beloved tutor’s face.  A calm came over him.
“Your side.  I’m on your side.”

What can you conclude about Edmun? What questions do you have about him? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Curious to know more?  Grab a copy of Hexborn!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Author Spotlight - Suzanne Burke

Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I would like to share with you an incredible author, Suzanne Burke.  She is here to introduce her newest novel, The Alternative.  Suzanne, take it away...

Welcome to day 1 of my Choose "THE ALTERNATIVE" Blog TourWith my grateful thanks to my marvelous host. Thank you for joining me here.

Book Blurb

There are those that cling unreservedly to the lifeboat that believing in Karma hands them so willingly.

They work, they live, and they function in a world that allows them the option of unreservedly trusting that Karma has no deadline.

Until they are handed the spark that ignites them into becoming the instrument of Karma itself.

There are others who have had all they once held to be truths, everything they once stood for and took pride in, torn apart and ripped from them by the hand of a cruel fate.

Then, of course, there are those who believed in nothing and no one, to begin with ...

These are their stories.

The stories of people both good and bad, who made the choice to exact "The Alternative."


Join me for a brief journey into the mind of a Narcissistic Sociopath.

You will meet him in the pages of "The Alternative" under Chapter 1. Picasso.

Here is a Character Interview with a terrifying human being.

Sandy Alderman takes her seat across from her guest. Briefly reassured by the presence of an armed guard, she begins.

'May I ask why you consented to this interview?"

"Well, Sandy ... I feel that the Press may have overlooked things in their coverage of my trial. That deserves to be corrected."

"The press have depicted you as a monster. Do you see yourself as such?"

"Monster? I find that term vaguely amusing. Monsters are the sole creations of human fear. I hold to the truth that am an artist. An artist is entitled to share his art, is he not?"

"You label the torture and mutilation of sixteen young girls, as art?"

"Torture? These females would have lived out their pathetic, boringly brown existences, and they would have faded from view and memory as they aged. I caught them young and unsullied, before time had a chance to destroy that perfect blank canvass. As for mutilation ... Surely even you can see that my talented hands have ensured that they will always remain memorable. As all great works of art should be."

"Their lives have been destroyed by your actions.  Do you understand that ... on any level?"

"I am a highly intelligent man. I have the capacity to understand more of this world than people like you will ever comprehend. Therein lay the conundrum. For I am being judged by human beings who will never reach their full potential. I am an artist. My work lives on."

"You feel no remorse?"

"Remorse would indicate that I have done something I should be ashamed of. That is not the case."

"The jury has retired to consider their verdict. How do you think you'll be judged?"

"Ah ... there it is. The question of the hour. I doubt I will be judged fairly and without prejudice. Jurors are not renowned for being keenly intelligent or highly educated. They are a cross section of people with unfulfilled dreams and low aspirations. I do not expect them to appreciate genius."

The interviewer stood and without looking again at her guest she said, "Cut. I'm done here."

Her producer hurried across to her. "Sandy, honey ... are you okay?"

The veteran reporter looked up at her colleague. "Have you ever longed to just rip someone's throat out, Mike?"

"There's a long line ahead of you, honey."

"I have to wonder if he'll survive the prison system. You know?"

"I don't hold out much hope on that score, honey. I get the feeling he'll be isolated. I mean ... how else could you keep your other inmates alive?"

"I need a drink."

"I'm buying."

Well now, that was a cheerful post to begin my tour, wasn't it?  Thank you for taking the journey with me. The stories you will find within the pages of "The Alternative" deal with life from so many viewpoints.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Again my sincere thanks to my host, and to the great crew at 4 Wills Publishing for organizing my blog tour.

Author Bio:

Suzanne Burke resides with her daughter and grandson in a small country town located hundreds of miles to the west of her previous home in Sydney, Australia.

Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn’t begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties.

Suzanne has written her memoirs under the author name of Stacey Danson, both her non-fiction books have ranked in the top 100 paid in Kindle on Amazon. “Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter” continue to earn wonderful reviews.

Suzanne writes her powerful Thrillers “Acts Beyond Redemption” and “Acts of Betrayal” and her Paranormal anthology “Mind-Shaft” as S. Burke.

Connect with Suzanne:

This tour sponsored by

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Exciting News - The Audiobook is Live!

Hello, beautiful readers! I'm very excited to share with you that the audiobook for The One Discovered is finally complete and ready for purchase! :-)

My reader, Cammy Maughan, has done a wonderful job providing voices for each of my characters.  For those of you who are audiobook listeners, you are going to LOVE the way she brings my story to life!

The One Discovered is now available in three different mediums. Pick your passion!

Digital Copies are available on:

Smashwords for FREE

Kobo for FREE

Amazon for FREE

Print Copies are available on:

Amazon for $11.99

Audiobooks are available on:

Audible - link coming soon

iTunes - link coming soon

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP!  These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).  

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and, after reading it, leave a review.  There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP'S main page to follow along.  

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP'S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!

The book that I am hosting is:  



Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore. 

As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just starting. 

The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea. 

Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are only beginning. 

As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries, and an assortment of vindictive and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? The answers are just ahead. 

Remember to pick up a copy of his book and read it! :-)

This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing

Saturday, February 17, 2018

#RRBC's Buy the Book Segment

Good morning, beautiful readers! I am honored to share with you that I will be the guest author on today's episode of "Buy the Book". Below is the official invitation. I would love for you all to join me if you have the time.  For those of us living in the EST zone, it will be at 1pm. :-)

We'd like to invite you to join us today, February 17, at 12pm CT on RAVE WAVES for another edition of "BUY THE BOOK" with host, Beem Weeks. Today, Beem is being joined by Guest Author, Yvette Calleiro, Author of THE ONE DISCOVERED.
RRBC is such a close-knit community of authors and readers, and these interviews give us even more insight into the people we interact with daily on social media. You never know what you might learn or who you might meet when you tune in to one of the RAVE WAVES shows.
Here is the direct link into the studio where the show will begin promptly at 12pm CT. We ask that you join in the discussion by following along on Twitter using the hashtag #RRBCBuyTheBook and also adding the #RRBC hashtag to your tweet (if you have room), so that our entire community can join you as well. If you're not familiar with following along with a conversation on Twitter, simply enter the #RRBCBuyTheBook hashtag into the Twitter 'SEARCH' box, found in the upper right hand corner of your Twitter page. Once you get to that hashtag's location, click the 'LATEST' button to follow along with the conversation. If you'd like to comment or ask questions of the guest or host (which we hope you'll do), simply click the TWEET button, located next to your image/logo/gravatar, etc.

Today's segment of "BUY THE BOOK" is being sponsored by HOME AT LAST, authored by Jan Sikes.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Author Spotlight - Shirley Harris Slaughter

Please join me in welcoming Shirley Harris Slaughter to my blog! Shirley's book, Our Lady of Victory: The Saga of an African American Catholic Community, was chosen to be highlighted this month as part of the Rave Reviews Book Club's 2018 Causes Calendar.

Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s first book, Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African American Catholic Community is a natural progression from her evolution as a preservationist. In 1992, she spearheaded a campaign to restore the old train station (Michigan Central Depot) in downtown Detroit. That is when she learned she had a passion for saving old buildings and preserving history. She wrote a blueprint plan, galvanized her community into action, and received lots of local publicity for her efforts. She presented her preservation plan (her thesis) to the dean of Clearly University where she earned her BBA. That plan has become a permanent record there.

“Why did Harris-Slaughter write this book?

"I felt compelled because being passionate about history, it became alarming to me that my church and school had closed and there was nothing left of its history to share with the new generation. There are so many church and school closings going on in Detroit, and I thought this is a good time to educate people to a church that was doing well before its demise. The school was just torn down in October of 2008 so it was imperative to record its history."

Harris-Slaughter’s most recent position was as a business manager at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Detroit where she believes she was inspired to write her community’s story. She retired in 2005 and took up her passion full time. Slaughter was employed for 13 years at the Detroit Free Press and has served on the Oak Park School Board. She mentored freshman girls in the Winning Futures program. She is married to Langston and continues to be active in her Oak Park community.

Here is a little bit more about the book:

One act set in motion a chain of events that threatened one Catholic community's ability to thrive.

It happened between 1945 and 1946 at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Detroit in the Chancellor's office. Msgr. John C. Ryan called an emergency meeting with the cardinal...
And so the stage was set for the years of turmoil that followed and the subsequent demise of this once vibrant church. Here comes the author who gives the reader an intimate look at her church, the township she grew up in, and its historical significance to World War II, Henry Ford's auto plant, migration from the south, and the housing crisis that was unfolding.

The reader is introduced to the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community who helped shape and establish this community that shaped her. But the book takes a different turn as the research uncovers forgotten secrets...

Today (2014) this little church is in danger of closing its physical doors forever!! Stay tuned as this story continues to unfold.

I have read the book. I'm not one to read historical books because my brain tends to block out anything related to history (lol), but I can honestly say that this book held my interest from beginning to end.  If you would like to purchase a copy, here are the links:

On sale right now at or visit the following online venues at   Createspace   Barnes & Noble.

Call 248-417-7192 for information on book signings, seminars and workshops, speaking engagements, genealogical groups, or submit an e-mail to:

Would you like to know more about this amazing author? Read on!

*What books have you written?

Biography, History: Our Lady of Victory

*Where can readers connect with you?

Twitter: @sharrislaughter

*What do you love most about writing?

The power of the written word brings chills to my heart. Having the ability to influence the masses, and affect change gives you an incredible feeling.

*How did you decide to write Our Lady of Victory?

 There was this nagging voice that kept after me to write it until I could no longer ignore it. There were several signs but the final straw occurred when I got the opportunity to work at a Catholic Church. I think we are put in places for a reason because I was able to see records that set me on the path to take on this huge project. So never ignore that voice because that is God or your sixth sense telling you that you must do this.

*What was the most valuable thing you learned through the process? 
     That if you wait for someone else to do it, you will be waiting in vain. You are the chosen one. Once you get that idea into your head you will do it.

     *How hard is it to write about personal experiences and expose yourself to others?

     It was extremely hard. Secrets that I had kept for years finally were released in my story in Part 1 “A Personal Perspective.” I sat at my computer and cried because I was able to release it at last and it was so emotional for me. Writing my second book was even worse and I fear that I was unfair to my readers because I didn’t tell the whole story. I still have not come to terms with that and maybe I’ll re-write it someday.

    *What do you hope readers will take away from your books?

      My readers are walking away with more knowledge than they ever had about the subject – Black Catholics. I hate using the term but there is no other way to describe history that is in danger of being lost forever.

    I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Shirley! I've read both of her books and would recommend them. Thanks for visiting today, and feel free to share this post with your friends. After all, sharing is caring! ;-)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Author Spotlight - Susanne Leist


Please join me in welcoming Susanne Leist to my blog. Susanne is a fabulous author who is part of the Rave Reviews Book Club. She has always been an avid reader. She grew up on Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, but the supernatural called to her and enticed her. Susanne wanted to write a book with all the sarcasm and wit of the TV show, Supernatural, the mystery of a classic murder mystery, and the incredible thrills of the TV show, The Originals. So, she sat down with those goals in mind and wrote The Dead Game.

Susanne has an M.B.A. in Finance and worked as a Financial Analyst. What made her decide to give this up and pursue a writing career? A feeling deep inside.


To be or not to be a writer
has been the hardest question for me.
Should I continue my pursuit,
or step away and claim defeat?
One book dances around on Amazon and Nook.
It reaches new heights in its niche
and then slowly bows its head in silence.
The highs feel inspiring and lofty.
The lows feel depressing and sad.
Is it worth it? 
I am told that a writer must keep writing.
More books to dance around.
More highs and lows.
Should I keep doing this?
Will I keep doing this? 
Yes, for now
as I wait for the next high. 

Susanne spent eight years writing The Dead Game, and in the process, wrote a few poems. Here are three that she shared with me:


Nothing can be as fine
As the dear book of mine.
It might not be sold in a big bookstore,
But you will not find one to offer more.
It was created with much love and hope
Even though it wasn’t blessed by a Pope.
It has my blood, sweat, and tears.
Might raise many of your fears.
It has action, murder, and romance.
I can even do a little dance.
Please try it, and you’ll see
It has the best of me. 


Look through the palm trees,
Past the sanded beaches,
Beyond the swimming pools,
And you will see the truth.
Hear the raging winds,
Feel the spray of the tall waves,
Taste the salt in the air,
And you will know Oasis, Florida.
For what it is,
A town that lives on the edge,
In fear of the nights,
Of the dark shadows.


Do you love mazes?
Being lost in the dark
and searching for an exit.
Only to find more hallways.
More traps.
More illusions.
What if a house was a maze?
Guests trapped inside.
Doors leading to more horrors.
Welcome to End House
and The Dead Game.

I've just begun reading The Dead Game, and I've got to say that those characters are crazy to keep living in that town. LOL! Here is some more information on her book in Susanne's own words:

The Dead Game is the first in a series of three books. The first one resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending leads to more surprises.

I am about finished writing the second book. It has a name, but I am keeping it a secret until it is released in 2018. The Dead will find themselves at an exclusive club in Disney World. The main character, Linda, is torn between two men. Her best friend, Shana, has her heart broken and is drawn to a new man. The book will resolve the mysteries of The Dead in the United States, while the last book of the series will follow The Dead and their activities abroad.

Will Linda and Shana find happiness? Will Oasis return to being a vacation paradise? Come and join us to find out.

Here is a book trailer about The Dead Game. Check it out!

To learn more about The Dead Game, here are the links:



Thank you for joining us today. You’re invited to visit Susanne Leist's sites and blogs and to purchase her book, of course.

These are her links: