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#IndyAuthorTalk with Sheri-Lynn Marean!

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I don’t think of myself as romantic, and never thought I was very imaginative, but now I write romance and have had people tell me they can’t believe my imagination. What? LOL. My new series, my spinoff of the Dracones is a paranormal/Fantasy, a romance set in another realm, and I am having a blast with it. You don’t know what you can do until you try. I’ve been an Animal artist since I was 12, and have sold my artwork all over the world, thanks to the internet. I still have an Etsy store but don’t do a whole lot with it, and once in a while, a print sells. 😊  My mother used to say, how do you do that? Then she tried drawing and painting, and what do you know, she drew and painted some amazing stuff.

Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something! Just go do it!

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**Awesome Blog** Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake – (Review by Laura – #NerdGirlVixen)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Member of the Family

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Title: Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties

 Author: Dianne Lake

Published Date: October 24th 2017

Genre: Cult

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century’s most notorious criminals and life as one of his “girls.”

At age fourteen Dianne Lake—with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them—became one of “Charlie’s girls,” a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson’s… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Neverwhere (London Below, The World of Neverwhere) by Neil Gaiman – Review AND GIVEAWAY!!!!

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Neverwhere – PLUS  simply leave a comment on the blog for your chance to win a hardcover copy!  (Full details at end of the blog post) 

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Title: Neverwhere (London Below, The World of Neverwhere)

Author:  Neil Gaiman  – Illustrated by Chris Riddell

 Published Date: September 27th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”

Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Stephenee’s  thoughts on The Wood

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Title:  The Wood 

Author: Chelsea Bobulski 

Published Date: August 1st 2017

Genre: YA

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

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Hallowread #IndyAuthorTalk with Jean Murray!

Jean Murray – Paranormal Romance Author

Which is better romance or bro-mance?

Often my favorite story isn’t so much the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine. No, it’s the love-hate relationship between the opposition. You know the dynamic I’m talking about. The preoccupation lending to eventual obsession. It’s more than just a battle between good and evil—it’s personal.

Thor and Loki. Harry Potter and Voldemort. Superman and Lex Luther. Captain Kirk and Khan. Batman and the Joker. Care to name a few of your own? I’m sure a few dysfunctional relationships come to mind.

What makes these bro-mances between enemies so great? They have a vestige interest in making each other suffer. A level of obsession and sickness that gets stronger with each passing day the other draws life into their body. A hatred certainly, but also a mutual, I can’t quite say respect, but something equivalent to it. Otherwise they wouldn’t find each other to be a worthy opponent. Perhaps, they are more alike than they would like to admit or see those same very qualities in themselves yet one is successful and the other is not.

Core beliefs and internalized values are the very essence of a bro-mance relationship. Core values influence how the hero and enemy see the world, their wants, needs, relationships, and their health and happiness. Often the other threaten this way of life. These are the key ingredients that pull the two together but also repels them.

In my novel, Soul Awakened, two brothers are at odds. One was birthed, the other created by the blood of Asar, God of the Underworld. At odds from the beginning Bomani and Bakari have lived vastly different lives. Born into the warrior camp Bomani fought for survival day in and day out. Born into a life a luxury Bakari has darker ambitions to gain his power through treachery and deceit, until the fateful day he is captured by their enemies, entombed and tortured for five long years. A beautiful redhead draws him to the light, a path of redemption. The only thing that stand between him and Kendra is his honorable brother, Bomani who will see to his end.

The dynamic between these two was so amazing to write and probably the hardest. Their story is a true bro-mance in the most delectably evil and twisted way.

What is your favorite enemy bro-mance? Share your favorite as a comment here or on my Facebook Page and enter to win an ebook copy of Soul Awakened, book 2 in my Key to the Cursed Series!

THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD.

Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.

DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED.

Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth. But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.

Start your journey with the Gods of the Underworld today because book 1 is only 99 cents until August 31st!

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**Awesome Blog** Remembrance (The Mediator, #7) by Meg Cabot (Review by Cianna – #NerdGirlSunshine)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Cianna’s  thoughts on Remembrance

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Title:  Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)  

Author: Meg Cabot 

Published Date: February 2nd 2016

Genre: Horror

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

The highly anticipated return of Meg Cabot’s bestselling Mediator series featuring fan-favorite ghost whisperer Susannah Simon

You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

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**Awesome Blog** The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Ransom.

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Title: The Half-Drowned King

Author: Linnea Hartsuyker

Published Date: August 1st 2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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Synopsis

Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.

But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) by Kalayna Price (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Ransom.

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Title: Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) 

Author: Kalayna Price

Published Date: July 4th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating:

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Synopsis

In the thrilling fifth book in the USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series, Alex comes face to face with the walking dead.

Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.

Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can Alex get to the soul of the matter in time?

 

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**Awesome Blog** Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Visions

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Title: Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) 

Author: Kalayna Price 

Published Date: February 2nd 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating:

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Synopsis

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth installment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she’s the one fighting to keep her own secret. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae… Continue reading

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