Saturday, 16 October 2010

Kristen Battestella

Ixnay the Glittery Vamps! Another letter of protest from beloved daughter of The Vampire Family, Victoria.

Every Autumn we go through this. This year my August hibernation was even ruined by the early commercialization of Halloween. Pushing out your Fourth of July clearance, really? Come on now. Now that our chronicler Professor James is hell bent on making his millions with Fate and Fangs, a collection of our journals and diaries (he already had the plastic surgery and gastric bypass so he has to pay for all that somehow!) the grating of vampire pop has returned. I can't go out to eat in the alley after having some merlot in a fine restaurant without pedestrians gawking and pointing, "Oooo like Twlight!". These little girls that they keep recasting are imitating me thankyouverymuch! In fact, here's the Professor's own words introducing Fate and Fangs as proof:

Forward by Professor A. James
In 1975 I acquired a collection of antique, but damaged manuscripts after a mysterious fire beguiled the dim British authorities for four years. Somewhere along the frontier between England and Wales, in a crumbled vault beneath a burned mansion; dozens of leather bound journals, diaries, and books were rescued. Their contents were fantastical: histories, ages of vampiric accounts, coven wars, and abstract chronicles. The police, of course, uneducated in such matters of the occult or the unexplained, found the material rubbish against their modern case in need of evidence and forensics.
Fortunately, in my subsequent studies and adventures, I have found that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. You must forgive me the cliché, but my analysis and preservation of these personal antiquities has brought me to new heights of bizarrity, both on the page and in the flesh. I thought I was a wise, aware professor knowing beyond the day-to-day world before I came to read of this twisted Vampire Family. My pride was in err.
After several lengthy years of study and a very slow restoration process on the oldest documents, I succumbed to an offer of assistance from a student named Theodore Plunkett. A scholar of ancient languages, Theodore’s detailed list of degrees and credentials were too numerous for his youthful appearance. His intelligence was vast; yet he was a personal master at comprehending and restoring the fantastic tales of Antonio Welshire and his mad family’s descent into the dark world of vampirism. From patriarch Antonio’s brutal human days to the coven’s near destruction by the rival Lilithan vampires and the ambiguous Mestiphles’ meddling appearances and disappearances; this Vampire Family’s history is very well documented through some centuries and bare and bleak in others. Some journals are utterly disturbing in their tales of blood and mayhem while other diaries are strangely heartfelt, bittersweet, and uncomfortably endearing.
The fire that brought these texts into my possession was education blessing enough-the lifetime epitome of Tut and Troy to most scholars. Some library men would be content to sit behind their musky parchments and read the decades away. I, however, have had the unique privilege of authenticating these documents as truth. Of course, that wasn’t until many years later; when Theodore arrived at my office door looking as young as the day we first met. On the plane to Philadelphia, I never suspected I would arrive at the doorstep of sisters Samantha and Victoria Welshire. I had read over five hundred years of their tall tales; yet here the startling beauties were, living and breathing before me fangs and all. Only then did I begin to realize the full extent of this familial coven.
The academic community may disagree with my claims; but this dark, sensational and unbelievable underground lifestyle has afforded me considerable gains. Today I live a quiet life among the Welshires, and their vast knowledge of history and the world has blessed me intellectually as well as financially. In this simple, ignorant time obsessed with youthfulness and beauty, I’ve seen immortal creatures age, know love, feel pain-even die and regain their humanity. I myself have been able to change; embracing surgeries and procedures I would not have considered before coming to know the Welshires. With no evil or nefarious means, this vampire knowledge and power has made me a new man inside out. It’s something I could never have fathomed before these burned books first came my way.....


So there! If you want pop horror and scary comedy, join the Horrofest happening on The Vampire Family Facebook page. Our webmistress Kristin keeps up with the times. I of course, do not- so stop texting me. Do, however, sext me, as I like the vamp BDSM pictures. Remember there's no blood necessary for the participation in any virtual Vampire Family events. Yet.

Thank you,

Friday, 15 October 2010

Kari Thomas

Today we have Kari Thomas with us. She has popped in to tell us about herself, her writing and her achievements. The books look good, Kari. We wish you well with them and much future sucess.

Writing keeps me sane! Honest! When people ask me why I spend so much time lost in my writing world I tell them that. Of course, they always want a better explanation (as they carefully back away from me! LOL!). The truth is, my imagination has no limits. I'm constantly thinking of new story ideas, etc. I started creating stories when I was old enough to write. My mom encouraged me --probably to keep me from driving her crazy too! By the time I was 13 I had finished a 300 page YA Mystery and sent it out into the publishing world. Of course, it was rejected. And my "future fame" as an author was nearly crushed. Still, after the initial shock of repeating the mantra: "WHAT! They didnt want my Best Seller book? What's wrong with them?", I finally went back to writing and creating more stories. Life intruded, as life does, and I found myself writing little spurts here and there. But it wasn't until years later that I finally finished another full manuscript (this time a Romance) and decided to submit it....while I held my breath and prayed a lot!

YAY! It was accepted. I was on cloud nine. And even though it's a much used cliche, "The rest is History" really does say it all for me. Now, eight published Books, and two Shorts later, I'm still writing and still managing to stay sane. If you knew me, you'd know that's a big accomplishment! LOL!

Along the way I've also managed to become a Freelance Editor for an Arizona Publisher, and a Book Reviewer for the major Romance Publishing Houses. I do the Reviews on my website, , under "Kari's Korner Reviews" page.

As for personal, I spend my time being my elderly dad's 24/7 Caregiver. I'm a professed "Book-a-Holic" with over 3,000 books in my personal Library (and counting!). I love to paint and I love working on my doll house miniatures ---both hobbies when ever I get the chance.

My latest Release is SPELL-KISSED, with and like most of my books it's a Paranormal Romance. My last Release, UNDER A SHIFTER'S MOON won three Awards right after it was published.

Please do visit my site, and take a look at my List. I hope you find something that will catch your attention. I would love to hear any opinions:


Thanks for sharing your time with us today Kari. Your books sound fascinating and your experiences of rejection and then acceptance may encourage young authors to do the same.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Vanessa A. Johnson

Hi Vanessa. Tell us a little about yourself and your books please.

Thanks Linda, Here goes:

About the Author

Vanessa A. Johnson, a life-long Louisianan began writing in 1994 after the untimely deaths of her mother and son. Her first book is titled, When Death Comes a Knockin’ a self-help, inspirational book about loss and grief. (Lulu Press, March 2005, ISBN 1-4116-2470-X)

Johnson is included in numerous fiction, non-fiction and poetry anthologies: Help, I’ve Turned Into My Mother, Strebor Books, 2005; The Purple Pen Anthology of Short Stories, AuthorHouse, 2005; BlackExpressions’ Songs of Hope Poetry Anthology, 2005; Living by Faith, Obadiah Press, 2004; Down the Cereal Aisle, Daniel’s House Publications, 2003; and the Celebrations Anthologies, Notes To My Mother, Notes to My Grandmother, Notes to My Father, Adassa Prendergast Publishers, 2006; with inclusion in three more books in the 35-book series. Johnson will also be included in the Second Chance Anthology of Short Stores and Gumbo for the Soul Anthology: the Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community.

Johnson first novel, Sacrifices In The Name of Love was published 06032010 by Red Rose Publishing in eBook format (ISBN: 978-1-60435-712-7). She is doing rewrites on book number three, Tempted By Love and has begun book number four titled, Black Sheep of The Family. She is available through her web site:, Email: and on Facebook and Myspace.

Sacrifices In 'The Name of Love Blurb:

What sacrifices could you make under the guise of love?

Trey Martin, a Black teenager and Tessa Phillips, a white teenager are about to find out in Sacrifices In The Name of Love. They are neighbors in a small Louisiana town where race mixing is still taboo in the 21st century. Despite the objections and beliefs of their parents, the two give in to the desires for each other. Tessa becomes pregnant and creates a web of lies to conceal the baby’s paternity because she fears the wrath of her self-professed racist father.

No longer able to hide the truth, Tessa will make some tough and painful sacrifices, all under the guise of love. Will she be able to live with those sacrifices? Journey with Tessa and Trey as they face challenges that include sex, death, lies, family secrets and forgiveness. Despite those challenges, Tessa is determined to right her wrongs.

Will those challenges make or break her as she faces her demons and those of her love ones, too?

Vanessa Johnson
Author, Sacrifices In the Name of Love
Ebook Available: &

Thanks for stopping by Vanessa. it was good to meet you

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Cornelia Amirir

Hi Cornelia

Welcome to the blog. Please tell us about yourself and your books.

I’m romance author, Cornelia Amiri, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about my Celtic/Romance books. I love history, my favorite time periods and people are the Dark Age and Ancient Celts. It’s a time period few people have accurate knowledge of, so I have to make a world previously unknown to the reader, real to them, just like fantasy and sci-fi authors do. I use fantasy to bring the readers into the belief system of the characters. I want to make the druid teachings of the times come alive to the readers. So in my books, people can shapeshift, there are selkies, dead ancestors cross over to speak with you and help you out, gods fall in love with humans, and, from time to time, dragons visit from their alternate dimension. Drawing on my love of history and fifteen years of research on the ancient Celts, I write these tales of long swords, hot heroes, and warrior women. My nine Celtic/Paranormal/Romance books are:

Druid Bride --- The fate of Caledonia rests in the hands of the Warrior and the Druidess. Will they put their differences aside to fulfill their destiny?
Druid Quest - Relive the magic, myth, and adventure of ancient Britannia as two druids fight for their lives, their faith, and their love
Queen of Kings - As wild, strong, and beautiful as the land she rules, all men lust for her, warriors and kings bow to her might and magic, but one champion comes forth with a white bull and true love.

A Fine Cauldron of Fish - It's summer on the Isle of Man and Andrew’s looking for hot girls and good times when he meets Margaid. She lives in a cave under the sea, is invisible, and thinks that only Andrew's blood can save her from turning into a kelpie! But hey, whoever said love was perfect!?

The Fox Prince – Tryffin a Celtic prince searches for and finds his true love, Aelfrida, a Saxon slave. But Aelfrida is not sure about the match and must decide between vengeance or love.

One Heart One Way - An ancient god, a magic sword, and a hot prince, named Blaise.
Danger Is Sweet - From ancient druid lore, springs the tale of a mysterious, dark warrior, a fiery Pict Princess, and the shadowy secret standing between them.
The Vixen Princess - A ghost is called forth from the grave to bring a sword-wielding widow together with a dark, muscular warrior, and open their locked hearts with the magic of love.

Timeless Voyage - Love isn’t bound by the limits of time
My tenth book will be released 12/07/10, The Wolf and the Druidess - A god leaves the Otherworld and even risks his life … for love.

Druid Bride's publisher is Eternal Press - also for The Wolf and the Druidess, and Queen of Kings and A Fine Caludron of Fish.

Druid Quest, Fox Prince, Vixen Princess, One Heart One Way, and Danger Is Sweet, are published by Awe Struck Ebooks.

Timeless Voyage is published by All Romance E-books for the American Heart Association and all proceeds for that book go to the American Heart Association.

For more information please visit my web site at

It was nice having you here Conelia. Your books sound great and I wish you lots of luck with them. It is great that you have given your royalties on one of your books to the American Heart Association. Well done you!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Jessica Chambers

Hi Jessica. Thanks for stopping by today. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.

Almost at the back door, Karenza considered him. “Is that an offer? Now, there’s an interesting idea.”

Marcus relaxed. There was no mistaking the challenge beneath the mockery, nor the invitation in her eyes. He moved towards her until they stood a foot apart. With measured slowness, he reached out to place his hands on her shoulders, experiencing a surge of exultation when she did not flinch.

“You, Miss Jackson,” he said, “are an extremely attractive woman, you know that?”

“I may have been told so once or twice,” Karenza replied, her gaze appraising him. “And you, Mr. Armitage, as you are well aware, are an extremely attractive man.”

They remained motionless, eyes fastened on one another’s, desire pulsating between them. Marcus ached to kiss her, but intuition held him back. If he was to bring the unmanageable Karenza under his control, he would have to leave her hanging.
Before he could master himself and step away, however, Karenza stood on tiptoe and brushed his lips with her own. Momentary indignation shot through Marcus at being deprived of the initiative, but it fled as his body responded with a ferocity that took him by surprise. He made to pull Karenza closer, but she drew back with a throaty laugh, teasing him.

“Christ,” Marcus croaked, “what are you trying to do to me, you witch?”

Karenza flashed him a provocative smile before kissing him again.

Buy Voices On The Waves now from Red Rose Publishing

Thanks again, Linda, for giving me this opportunity, and for all of you for stopping by. Anyone kind enough to leave a comment here, or at any point during my blog tour, will automatically be entered into the draw to win a $15 gift voucher for either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, so don’t forget to provide an email address in case I need to contact you. I’ll be announcing the five winners at the end of my tour on October 31st over at my blog
so good luck!

Tomorrow, for my final stop on the Voices On The Waves Blog Tour, I’m being interviewed at the home of Clare Dargin. Hope to see you there!

It was nice having a fellow Brit on today Jessica. As usual the book sounds good but you are with a good publisher.
Good luck with your books.