Inspiration and the Creative Pen by J.M. Shorney So much inspires my writing. A small column in a Sunday newspaper inspired an entire book; the wife of a Greek restaurant owner had an affair. The woman’s husband was so infuriated by this that he ordered someone to throw acid into the man’s face. Although he had had several operations, he remained disfigured. Naturally I created new characters and a story that saw a young musician hired to play in a seedy nightclub, owned by a gangster. When the young man falls for the gangster’s girlfriend, the gangster hires someone to throw acid in the musician’s face. Watching a documentary on street gangs recently was the inspiration for my latest novel Promise Her Anything in which a street gang kidnaps an MP’s wife. The whole street gang culture holds quite a fascination for me as a writer. My fascination also encapsulates Highgate Cemetery. There is something infinitely vampiric surrounding this old Victorian cemetery, which I’ve featured it in two of my novels All Of them Vampires! and Night Of All Evil. In Night Of All Evil, a coven of witches gather there in order to resurrect their dead leader on All […]
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Shelf Love Challenge 2017. IT’S BACK FOR YEAR 3! Goal: To grow your TBR pile responsibly and read the books you already own. You have ‘em, now read ‘em! Your Hosts: This year’s hosts are the lovely gals over at ChapterBreak.net and myself. Guidelines for the Shelf Love Challenge 2017 Read books that are in your personal library that were obtained before January 1, 2017. Responsibly obtain books for your personal library. You may wish to abstain from purchasing books or set a book budget for yourself. You decide the best way to get control of your TBR pile and read the books you already own. Library books (and textbooks) do not count for the challenge. You may use your library to obtain different formats of books you already own and count those towards your goal. Now Select Your Goal for the Shelf Love Challenge 2017! 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug 31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff 51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady Building the […]
Today we’re excited to introduce you to Firebird Alex by Orren Merton. Firebird Alex is a YA/NA urban fantasy that is available now at all online retailers. Read Chapter 1Buy on Amazon.comBuy on BN.comFirebird Alex by Orren Merton216 pagesAlex knows she’s different; other girls don’t burst into flames when they get angry. After she nearly burned the house down when she was twelve, her mother confessed that her father was a demon. Now eighteen and mourning the death of her mother, Alex sinks inside herself until she discovers a dagger that can open a portal into her father’s realm. Although she yearns to meet her father, nothing terrifies her more. When an unknown threat from across the portal menaces her friends and her loved ones, Alex knows she must act. Alex will do anything to save her friends—even risk appealing to her father in his strange universe of bizarre creatures, unfamiliar alliances, and unimagined power. She knows that to face a tormentor from across the portal, she’ll need to learn to fight fire with fire. Introducing the main charactersRead Chapter 1The protagonist of Firebird Alex is—wait for it—Alex. But she’s got a cast of characters around her which contribute to […]
Author P.G. Van shares how the bonds of love inspire her writing. Drop by to learn more & read an excerpt from her December 2016 release, Hold Me Captive…Forever.