March Madness Book Event!

March Madness Multi-Author, Multi-Genre Online Book Event.

March madness is here and as a result of this, I will be participating in Platinum Events March Madness Multi-Author, Multi-Genre Online Book Event.

So what is the March Madness Multi-Author, Multi-Genre Online Book Event? Exactly what it sounds like! Over the course of three days authors across all genres will be participating in this event on Facebook. It’s readers chance to get up close and personal with their fave authors as well as giving them the opportunity to meet some awesome new authors. There will be prizes galore on offer so make sure you join up now.

Here’s the official rundown on the event:

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Over 30 authors, 100+ prizes and so much fun!

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We’re holding another great author re-release event! On Friday, March 6th through Sunday, March 8th, we’ll have new contests daily with prizes provided by many fantastic authors!
Stay tuned each day because new authors will constantly be dropping in to say hello & meet the readers & fans!


You can join me at this event by clicking here.

I will be appearing during Saturday the 7th of March at 6PM CST (around 11AM AEST on Sunday the 8th March and 7PM EST). My scheduled time is 45 minutes, but knowing me, I will get there early and hang around afterwards ;-) During the event, I will have on offer copies of my latest release, Unremembered Things (Book #1 in the Wood Nymph Chronicles). And, in celebration of this event, I will be lowering the price of Unremembered Things from $2.99 to  only 99 cents! So it you aren’t one of the lucky ones who win a copy, you can celebrate with a sale price anyway!

Unremembered Things by Rachel Tsoumbakos (Genre: Paranormal Romance)

Make sure you head on over now to join up for the event (if you don’t join, Platinum Events will not be able to tag you if you win a prize) and share the details with all your friends – can’t wait to see you all there!

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BOOK REVIEW: Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan

Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan


Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan
Published by: Permuted Press
Genres: Horror, paranormal


Sick of being bullied, seventeen-year-old Brennan Cooper packs up for San Francisco to start over. But before he can settle into his new home, Bren is drawn to the abandoned apartment downstairs. In its shabby rooms, he sees the grey and rotting ghosts of murdered girls claw each other in sick imitation of their deaths.

With his wild new friends, Brennan explores the seedy streets of the city. But the laughter and screams downstairs continue to both terrify and entrance him. After meeting Tara, his dream girl, he convinces her to explore the downstairs apartment with him. There they encounter not only the murdered victims but the raging spirit of the girls’ dead killer.

Bren and Tara’s ghost-hunt soon becomes a manhunt as they trace the history of the “San Francisco Ripper.” But retaliation for their meddling is quick and brutal. Now time is running out, not just for Brennan and his friends, but for the spirits of the girls trapped for all those years with their murderer.



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I haven’t read any old school horror for what seems like the longest time. So when I was given the opportunity to read and review Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan, I jumped at the opportunity. I must say, this novel has made me crush all over the genre again (not that I ever really stopped liking it, just got distracted by new genres).

Seriously, usually I make a whole bunch of notes on the novels I am reading to review. They can cover such things as random thoughts on the story or characters, what makes me laugh out loud, typos, etc. With this book, I barely made a note. This is a book you need to read if you love the horror genre. If Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul are the type of horror you like reading, Blood Vengeance is a must read.

There were a few flaws; there seemed to be a time frame issue between how old the main character’s mother was when she conceived her son versus her attending university. Also, there is a whole scene where the main character and his friends go to visit ‘a mate’ (read: drug dealer) and it all goes wrong. As a result of this, one of the characters ends up in hospital. While this scene helped a little with the story line later on, it probably wasn’t necessary with everything else going on at the time. It tends to break the story up somewhat and makes it a little disjointed.

All in all though, these two flaws are minor in comparison to how much I loved this book. The characters are described perfectly, their stories woven together in such a way you are not trudging through back story but enriching your reading experience. The horror is described in all its gore and detail which is exactly how you want it in this genre. The suspense killed me (which is a good thing) and the humour woven through the novel was added just at the right moments.

Overall, I am giving Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan 5 out of 5 stars.




Author Michael Schutz-RyanMichael Schutz was born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. He attended the UW-Stevens Point and graduated with an English degree from the Madison campus. A lifelong diet of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King whet his appetite for the macabre. A lover of all things horror, he likes to plumb the depths of Netflix in search of scary movies. He lives in San Jose with his husband and the enduring spirit of their cat, Catie.



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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 12: Remember


Rick's gang enter the Alexandria Safe Zone in Episode 12 (entitled Remember) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Welcome to the fifth annual Hunger Games Walking Dead Games! Yep, Episode 12 (entitled Remember) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead totally felt like an awesome new post-apocalyptic games show.

In this episode Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group enters Woodbury the Alexandria Safe Zone and is met by the Governor Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh). Where the Governor (David Morrissey) was not really an elected member of congress, it turns out Deanna actually is! Which means she could really be trying to save the world, or she could just be deluded…

Deanna video interviews Rick’s gang, which is completely fascinating because each of the group have their very own agendas and thoughts on what they would like to get out of Alexandria. While some are honest yet reserved, others are completely stark-faced lying.

And the Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire award goes to….. *drum roll*….. Carol (Melissa McBride)! Yep, while many others play down their attributes, Carol blatantly lies about how kick arse she is. Telling Deanna how much she loved her husband Ed (Adam Minarovich) and how she was so lucky to have Rick’s gang let her hang around on account of the fact she has no skills other than being a den mother. *high five* Totally called their bluff Carol! Totally not cool with the granny clothes though:

Carol (Melissa McBride) gets her granny on in Episode 12 (entitled Remember) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Carol trades kick-arsery for Super Gran get up…

While Rick is fairly honest, Michonne (Danai Gurira) tends to keep quiet on just how lethal she is. Yet Deanna sees right through her and by the end of the episode both Rick and Michonne are on police duties.

Carl (Chandler Riggs) is concerned (along with Carol) that even if Alexandria isn’t a death trap waiting to happen, the group will become soft by being behind safe walls. As a result of this, it isn’t long before Carl is jumping the walls and roaming the great outdoors. He manages to bump into his dad while outside and even though Rick discovers someone has pinched his gun stash, they end up having some great father-son walker-killing bonding time together. Carl is also finding it hard to fit back in with the kids his age. Except for that broody-just walked-in-off-the-street chick who sneaks out of Alexandria all the time…

The award for Most Honest Yet Most Unwashed goes to….. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). Daryl seems to have reverted back to caveman status in this episode and all we get is a series of antisocial grunts. And, yeah, he STILL hasn’t showered and all I kept thinking about in this episode was this meme:

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reddus) STILL hasn't washed in Episode 12 (entitled Remember) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Speaking of hygiene, everyone else has a shower and neatens themselves up. Rick shaves off his beard and suddenly he’s not smoking hot any more :-( Thanks AMC for changing my opinion on man beards and then totally whipping the best one right out from underneath me!

Glenn (Steven Yeun) is called up to do a supplies run along with Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Noah (Tyler James Williams). Yeah, Glenn is still the go to guy when you need someone to do dangerous shit. Out on the run they all end up breaking the supply run rules set out by some arse wipe who is probably important and will certainly end up holding a grudge now that Tara stabbed his walker toy and Glenn ended up knocking him to his arse in front of mummy dearest.

Glenn (Steven Yeun) is awesome in Episode 12 (entitled Remember) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

All in all, this episode was one of my all time faves. We got to see just how much the group has grown into a family unit and just how tainted their world view really is. I loved seeing the way each and everyone of them struggled with both the distrust that a new group of people brings as well as their need to (perhaps) curb their wild and somewhat now feral ways. This is bought abruptly into the light right at the end of the episode when Rick says to Carol that they will basically stay in Alexandria for as long as it’s safe. If it then becomes unsafe, they will just take it over.

Also, just on a side note, I really do think Alexandria will be a safe haven for Rick’s group. HOWEVER, I do believe they are hiding something. My theory is that whoever attacked Shirewilt is the secret Alexandria are keeping. I think they need an army like Rick’s group in order to protect them from that big bad.

What were your thoughts on Episode 12 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know in the comments below!

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire by Julie Wetzel


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Title:   Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire by Julie Wetzel
Series: The Ancient Fire Series #4
Published: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Urban, Paranormal, Romance

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Night. A time of quiet, of peace, of rest, and now, a time of terror.

With an uncontrolled vampire plaguing the city, the Vampire Council of Brenton once again calls on Darien Ritter for help.

Overwhelmed with the issues of a new menagerie and plans for his wedding, Darien still manages to step up and answer the call. The only problem is, he suddenly finds himself a little too… human.


“We are at your call, Master.” A male voice rang out across the room, drawing everyone’s attention.
Darien turned in his chair to see Josh coming through the doorway. His brother was only a step behind.
“I don’t have full control over my powers at the moment.” Darien stood up as he addressed the new vampires. “What I ask of you could be dangerous.”
“We know,” Josh answered as he leaned his hip against the railing that divided the room. “We were wondering when you were going to bring this problem to us.”
“Yes.” Jakob continued down the steps towards Darien. “A few of us have felt the subtle shift in power.” He stopped to look Darien over. “How much of your power do you have left?”
Darien tensed at the question. “Practically none,” he admitted. If he wanted help, he was going to have to be up front and honest with these people.
An evil glint flickered in Jakob’s eyes as he stepped around the end of the couch.
Darien turned to face him.
“So, I could bleed you out, and there’d be nothing you could do about it?” A hint of fangs slipped past Jakob’s lip as he spoke. The cocky smile vanished from his face as Elliot’s hand closed around his neck.
Vicky blinked in surprise. She hadn’t even seen him move.
Darien smiled at him. “Yes,” he admitted. “You could bleed me dry right now, and there would be nothing I could do about it.” He looked pointedly at Elliot’s hand, pressed into Jakob’s throat. “If you managed to survive the night, my death would leave you tied to this inexperienced rogue. And, if he isn’t stopped, the Council will hunt him. They now know he has my powers, and Clara will stop at nothing to destroy him, leaving this kiss masterless.” Reaching out, Darien drew Elliot’s hand away from the stunned vampire. “Who do you think will take you in, then?”
Understanding flickered in Jakob’s eyes. Hurting Darien would be a death sentence for all of them. “Forgive me, My Master.” Jakob dropped to a knee in front of Darien. He raised his hand to his heart and bowed his head.
Darien reached out and touched him on the shoulder. “Remember this.”
Jakob looked up as Darien spoke.
“Just because someone is down, doesn’t mean they don’t have unseen strength.”


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Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
Julie Wetzel is the author of her debut novel Kindling Flames. Kindling Flames was released through Crimson Tree Publishing in 2014.


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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 2: The Wanderer


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Episode 2 (entitled The Wanderer) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings picks up where the last episode finished – the conclusion of the battle between Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia’s (Amy Bailey) Uncle Brihtwulf (Ian Beattie). It seems the princess is pretty happy to see her uncle dead – and with good reason too! Once she explains the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the man, Ragnar is happy to bring her the head of her uncle. Watching her knife the bastard repeatedly seems to increase Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgard) opinion of the English woman.

Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) discuss the age old problem that occurs between the sexes: just how far should a man protect his woman. Even though Þórunn teases him , he still proposes to her in his bid to control her via any means possible. Þórunn – you would think – will spit the proposal back in his face but says yes and my opinion of her drops as a result – I don’t watch this show for weddings and shit.

Rollo (Clive Standen) gets a tad bit high thanks to the mushrooms he’s feeding the injured Torstein (Jefferson Hall). As a result of this he hacks off the leg of a captive and then kills the poor bastard just because of the ‘angle of his leg’. Yeah, not making me like you in the slightest Rollo… Then you go and grope the good princess Kwenthrith after her rape story and I totally hate your guts. Note to Þórunn – that’s how a viking should treat her man – and Kwenthrith isn’t even of your ilk!

So Kwenthrith’s brother’s army does a dump and run when Ragnar’s boats show up decorated with the heads of all those killed in the battle at the end of Episode 1 (entitled Mercenary). Kwenthrith convinces her brother to stay though with the promise of safety. Even so, he runs along with the rest of his army.

Thanks to some pretty standard torture methods, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) manages to locate Kwenthrith’s missing brother before they can fully amass another army.

Poor Torstein the injured, decides he needs his arm cut off and Floki agrees to do it. Yeah, this scene – although brief – reminds me of the blood eagle. I am pretty sure Torstein will not last long beyond Episode 3 with a title like Warrior’s Fate.


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Dirt, what viking women want on Valentine’s Day

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is nutting out her new free land, trying to find any possible loopholes that King Ecbert (Linus Roach) might have forgotten to mention. All the king wants to know is if Lagertha is single.

In the midst of him trying to wine and dine her, it seems Athelstan (George Blagden) might turn out to have more of a role than simply ‘interpreter’ this season when Lady Judith (Jennie Jacques) – who is a good married woman – continues in her attempts to woo him. In this scene, Athelstan comes very close to calling the Christians on their theft of their religion from the earlier pagan religions. And, holy heck, afterwards, don’t we just get the greatest scene involving religious guilt and sexual tension that I think I have ever seen when Judith goes to confession?


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Helga (Maude Hirst) is discussing her prophetic dream with Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig). Turns out all three have had the same dream. At first they feel no fear from their joint vision, but then they dream of the Seer (John Kavanagh) bound and bloody and they start to worry in earnest. And is it just me, or is anyone else getting a ‘Witches of Eastwick‘ vibe off this whole story line? Needless to say, we finally get to meet the mysterious Wanderer (Kevin Durand) – even if it does take the whole episode to get there.



It seems Kalf (Ben Robson) is stirring up shit by saying Lagertha has left her people for England, to the point he gets himself appointed as the new earl! Even though Kalf seems happy with his new role, something doesn’t sit right with him as he is dreaming of Ragnar eating his liver.


This episode finishes up with a bloody arm, an injured hand and the return of Athelstan’s stigmata. Considering, Norse lore considers the Wanderer as an euphemism for Odin himself, I was left feeling this episode was entirely about religion and not at all about the game of kings and their battle for supremacy as first suspected.

What were your thoughts on Episode 2 of History Channel’s Vikings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT: Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
Release Date: January 28th, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Designer: Mae I Design


It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.


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The light began to fade from his eyes as I crawled across the floor in an effort to reach my father. My nails were raw and bloody as I struggled to carry myself closer to him, digging into the rough wooden floors with each drag of my body.

“I’m coming,” I panted in between breaths. “Just hang on, Papa, I’m coming.”

I woke gasping for breath, drenched in a cold sweat, clutching the hilt of my dagger as if my life depended on it. I frantically looked around the room in search of our attacker while also taking stock of any injuries. I was perfectly whole.

“It was just a nightmare,” I told myself, though that did little to ease the ache in my chest over the remembered pain. I miss you so much.

Rubbing my hands over my face, I pushed back the wet, loose tendrils of hair that had escaped my braid during my fitful rest and returned my dagger to its resting place beneath my pillow. Taking another deep breath I registered a hint of smoke.


My eyes roamed over the room, frantically looking for the source of fire.

“You have got to be kidding me!”

I untangled my body from the sheets, tripping and falling into a heap on the floor before I was able to crawl out of my covers and retrieve an old shirt. I frenziedly swatted at the bedroom curtains with the old t-shirt but the flames continued to rise. Deciding there was no other choice, I ripped the curtains from the window and rushed to the kitchen.

Throwing the curtains into the sink and turning the faucet on all the way, I watched as the flames were snuffed and steam began to rise. The curtains ruined.

Turning the water off, I allowed my body to slide down the smooth wooden cabinets until my bottom met the cool tile floor. I folded my arms across my knees and rested my forehead against them. Closing my eyes I took several deep breaths, my heart still racing from the effects of the recurring nightmare. This was getting out of hand. I had thought the nightmares were fading, but something was bringing the memories back with a screaming vengeance and this was the third time this week they’d plagued me. I missed my parents but it’d been over six years now. They weren’t coming back and I needed to let it go. My subconscious needed to let it go and I needed to let Daniel’s death go. Not the case, no, I wouldn’t let that go. But his death was affecting me in ways I couldn’t allow to continue.

I breathed deeply in an effort to calm my nerves. Small tremors racked my body, the nightmare had shaken me more that I’d like to admit. My skin was covered in a fine sheen of sweat. A physical reminder that I needed to relax before I accidentally caught something else on fire.


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Author Dannielle AnnettDanielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.

Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.



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BOOK BLITZ: The Memory’s Wake Trilogy by Selina Fenech


Memory' s Wake by Selina Fenech

The Memory’s Wake Trilogy by Selina Fenech
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.

Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.

Memory’s Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.

Hope's Reign by Selina Fenech


Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.

Providence Unveiled by Selina Fenech


A wicked plot dating back to the very beginning of Avall is coming to its end, and Memory is a vital part. In order to save her friends, Memory will break all the rules. With all worlds put at risk by her actions, she will have to step up and make the greatest sacrifice to repair Avall and make the world something better than before.






Author Selina FenechBorn in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, her baby girl, an unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever.

During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as an artist, eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her, and now enjoys writing novels.





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