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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

5 Questions with Krysta Ivers, Poet.

I am pleased to introduce my cousin and talented poet, Krysta Ivers. After I completed BLOOD CURSE I still felt something was missing. I asked Krysta if she'd be able to pen me a poem for the beginning of the book. The words she chose were amazing and I will share the poem with you at the end of this post. :)

Hi Krysta! Welcome to my website and blog. 

When did you start writing poems?

I started writing poetry when I was in grade 11, which was about 8 years ago. I wasn’t very serious about my writing until my English teacher found out that I wrote and started to encourage and push me. She is a woman I will always remember!

What inspires you to write such thought provoking and emotional prose?

To be completely blunt about it, the ugliness of life. Don’t get me wrong, life can be absolutely beautiful and astounding, but there are so many dark corners and painful twists that weave their way in. I find that I am the most inspired by the sinister, and sometimes even disturbing events that happen.

One of your poems is featured in the beginning of BLOOD CURSE. How difficult was it to write when you hadn’t read the book?

It was actually very easy for me. Once I started writing, everything just flowed. After discovering what the main concepts and emotions in the book were I was able to find an angle/mood that would be appropriate for Blood Curse. I used key words and phrases that were critical to the book and built the poem around them.

What was your goal when writing this poem?

My goal when writing this poem was to get readers intrigued and ready for an adventure. Blood Curse has far too much excitement to be summed up in a poem, but it was my intention to get their curiosity peaked and help them to feel the atmosphere of the book.

Have you had any of your works published? 

Yes I have! My very first published piece was an article I wrote for the Edmonton Journal in high school. Since then I have had 4 poems published and 3 short stories.



A twisted knife into the back.
Betrayal beyond belief.
Magic that is stained so black,
No good can bring relief.

Guilt and shame torment the soul,
For grief with heartbreak in its wake.
A pain so immense it’s dug a hole,
And left nothing else but hate.

Selfishness devours the mind.
Decisions are made in vain.
One cannot turn back the time,
And erase what’s on the slate.

But love can unfreeze the coldest heart,
And right the worst of wrongs.
Even in souls turned so dark,
Filled with hatred that holds on.

                                                                   The grasp that once held tight,
                                                                   Telling one to loathe,
                                                                     Forgiveness will soon fight,
                                                                    And force it to let go.

                                                                     With emotions in excess,
                                                                    Some will rise and others fall.
                                                                      Souls are put to the test,
                                                                       But will love conquer all?

                                                                                —Krysta Ivers


Poems
“Bully” in From Wayside and Woodland, Anthology of Verse
“Good Night” in Fire and Light, Anthology of Verse
“Confession of a Sinner” in Island Wonders, Anthology of Verse
“To Those Who Suffered” in Island Treasure, Anthology of Verse
Short Stories
“Memoirs of a Grieving Mother” in Fireside Dreams
“Going Home” in Lamplight Tales
“Forgive Me, Father” in From Across the River




One day left to pre-order BLOOD CURSE for $2.99!


Cheers,
Kat 


Monday, 29 September 2014

LAKOTA HONOR book 1 in the Branded Trilogy!



"LAKOTA HONOR is wonderful blend of romance, suspense, with a touch of paranormal and a cleverly disguised lesson in history. Kat Flannery's characters are well-rounded. Her hero could well have been a villain in another story and even the villains are treated with humanity. Her heroine, who provides the paranormal element in the story, is engaging, but you can also see why she is a source of frustration to the people who love her.

The pacing of the story makes this a difficult book to put down. I suggest starting it on a weekend morning - not a weekday night as I did."
  
                                                                 ~ Alison Bruce, author of DEADLY LEGACY



Monday, 15 September 2014

The don of all bundles has finally arrived and
at a price you cannot beat!
$3.99 get's you 12 of Imajin Books bestselling novels. 


To get you more acquainted with the DEADLY DOZEN book bundle, I copied the below information from my publisher, Imajin Books website. 

  1. THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo
  2. DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce
  3. A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre
  4. CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris
  5. A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti
  6. LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery
  7. PELICAN BAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen
  8. SAFE HARBOR by Rosemary McCracken
  9. SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod
  10. INNOCENT LITTLE CRIMES by C. S. Lakin
  11. ROOM OF TEARS by Linda Merlino
  12. DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
With an individual list price total of more than $45.00 and over 640+ reviews collectively on Amazon.com, the DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle is a value-packed, rollercoaster thrill ride that takes you from amateur sleuth to detective to paranormal to ancient mysteries set in intriguing worlds and so much more.
Editorial Reviews:
"You won't catch your breath until the last page [of The Bridgeman] turns."—Lou Allin, author of She Felt No Pain
"Deadly Legacy grips your attention from the first page...a treat for the senses." —Garry Ryan, award-winning author of Malabarista
"[A Purse to Die For has a] page-turning pace, fascinating characters, sly wit, and a plot that will keep you guessing." —Janet Bolin, Agatha-nominated author of Dire Threads
"Cheat the Hangman is a refreshing and chilling paranormal mystery you won't want to miss." ―Jeff Bennington, author of Reunion
"A Human Element is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart.  Highly recommended." —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero
"Transport back to the old west with this paranormal historical [Lakota Honor], and its alpha hero, and a heroine hiding her secret talents." —Shannon Donnelly, author of the Mackenzie Solomon Urban Fantasy series
"Christiansen offers a tale sure to entrance readers—a story of love and wisdom and the mystery of a forgotten graveyard under the waters of Pelican Bay." —Man Martin, author of Paradise Dogs 
"[Safe Harbor] offers a coherent structure, an exact feel for the Toronto locales, and, in Pat, a hugely attractive sleuth figure." —Toronto Star 
"Soul and Shadow is a deep and complex tale of deceit, danger and love. Well plotted and extremely engaging...so engrossing that I couldn't put it down." —Romance Junkies 
"Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold in this fast-paced, thrilling story...[Innocent Little Crimes is] a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breath the whole way through." —Publishers Weekly
"[Room of Tears is] a beautiful and gut wrenching story...Miss Merlino weaves a flawless tale that will have you sobbing by the end of the book." —#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, author of The Bet 
"Great imagination, fabulous imagery...This chilling page-turner [Divine Intervention] is a genuine Canadian crime novel...Tardif gives her readers plenty of twists and turns before reaching a satisfying ending." —Midwest Book Review


Cheers,
Kat

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

For a limited time you can pre-order Kat's new book

BLOOD CURSE 

for 2.99 US at 50% off it's regular price!



"If you are a lover of Gypsies and all things magical this book will engage you heart and soul. I highly recommend reading Blood Curse. For if you do, you will be enthralled, entertained but never disappointed.”    ~Sandra Bischoff, author of BEYOND TIME

"Flannery deftly weaves a tight plot filled with mystery, emotional detail and heart-thumping action."  
~Kim Cresswell, award-winning author of REFLECTION


"Ms. Flannery has crafted a taut story deeply embedded with gypsy lore, along with the fanatical fear of witches that permeated the time period...surprising betrayals and revelations will keep the pages turning."   
 ~ Kristy McCaffrey, author of INTO THE LAND OF SHADOWS






Kirsten Lynn Introduces Her Latest Novel, HOME FIRES.


Cord Matthews sets his sights on the open Montana Territory when the War Between the States rips everything from him including his own heart, Olivia Bartlett. Cord builds a new dream, but a ghost from his past won’t let him forget what his heart wanted most.
Olivia Bartlett, forced to flee her Virginia home and the man who owns her heart, finds new purpose as a nurse to the wounded at Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory.  But war and separation haven’t diminished her love for Cord Matthews, or her stubborn belief he is coming for her. When tragedy steals another loved one and danger threatens her life, Olivia flees to Montana Territory, seeking refuge.
Reunited on the Montana frontier, can Cord and Olivia hold tight to their love despite the guilt each carries for a past they can’t change and defeat a danger who seeks their destruction?




First, thanks so much Kat for hosting me and my wild characters, Cord and Olivia, on your blog.  I appreciate the help in getting the word out about HOME FIRES!

It is my pleasure, Kirsten! Before we get to the excerpt can you please tell my readers what inspired you to write HOME FIRES?

The inspiration for HOME FIRES came from my love for Civil War history, western history, and a good story melted together. HOME FIRES was written four years ago, and was my first western romance. When I started thinking about the story, Cord Matthews appeared to me, a former Confederate hero whose wounds on the outside were minor compared to his wounded heart and soul.

Later Cord disclosed how he served with Colonel John S. Mosby (one of my favorite commanders during the Civil War, go figure), but lost the woman he loved to the war. Then I was introduced to Olivia Bartlett who was serving as an Army nurse at Fort Laramie in the Wyoming Territory, but headed to a new post in Montana. She explained, she had been sending letters East to the man she loved who served as a Captain of Mosby’s Rangers, she’d been sending these messages faithfully for the four years following the War of Northern Aggression.  Their story of separation and reunion kept my fingers typing, so I could find out what happened next.

How Cord and Olivia ended up in Montana was more due to my homesickness for the West than anything else. I was living near D.C. at the time, but my heart belonged back home. Initially, the Matthew’s ranch was supposed to be near Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming, but after doing the research I found that wouldn’t work with my timeline. I wanted the story to take place in 1868, and Fort Phil Kearny had been abandoned by then due to Red Cloud’s War.  Soooo, I went with my second choice and moved the ranch and family up the Bozeman trail to Montana near Fort Ellis, and the towns of Bozeman and Virginia City.  The move wasn’t too painful as I lived in Montana for a few years and it became a second home.  

The rest of the story, to quote Paul Harvey, was up to the characters. I am a panster of the first order, and so I let Cord and Olivia tell me their story from start to finish; introducing me to their families, friends and enemies as their story unfolded.  With every page, Cord and Olivia became more entrenched in my heart and their family started tugging a few heartstrings, as well; especially Cord’s cousin Nathan, who has his own story.  

Below are the back blurb and a short excerpt from the reunion scene between Cord and Livy.  I hope this story finds a place in your heart, too! Thanks for stopping by and reading a bit about how this story came to life.


 Excerpt


The rustle of skirts moved closer, but not the clip of boot heels against the polished slat board floors. Cord’s gaze remained fixed to the floor, and despite his mind dredging up her betrayal he felt his lips curve when bare feet peeked from under a navy blue skirt. “Livy.” He whispered. He lifted his gaze and it locked with eyes so blue they made the Montana sky look white.

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“Livy.” His whisper so low she couldn’t be sure if she heard it, dreamed it, or wished it, but then, his gaze latched onto hers. Her eyes slid closed against everything flashing in those cinnamon depths. Love. Desire. Hope. Anger. Hurt. Betrayal. The same emotions poisoning her own mind. Her heart held tight to love and discarded the rest. .
Driven by an invisible bond to Cord Matthews fiercer than any human emotion, Olivia stepped forward. She took inventory of the man before her. He was no longer the sweet young man of twenty, sporting a dashing gray uniform and heading off to a war his damnable honor forced him to fight. A man chiseled and hardened by acts and scenes her mind couldn’t conjure stood filling the small entrance to the Brennan home. Broad shoulders with muscles straining against a buff chambray shirt skimmed to a narrow waist. The denim pants, popular in the West, stretched over thick, strong thighs and legs. Someone cleared their throat and her gaze shot back where deep lines creased the bronzed skin around his eyes. She admired the man Cord had become. He fit this rugged land like he’d been born to it.
She dismissed Tom with a wave when he excused himself. One more step planted her in front of the ghost who haunted her dreams and nightmares. She inhaled horse, leather, sage, Cord and…home. Before she scolded herself away from her course, or he could stop her, Olivia lifted to the balls of her feet, wrapped her arms around his neck and pressed her lips to his.
His initial jolt disappointed her and she braced for rejection; but then, his arms snapped around her so strong she thought her ribs would crack. His mouth slid across hers demanding she deepen the kiss, and she parted her lips, allowing him full access. His tongue swept the inside of her mouth, and with a low feral moan Cord’s kiss turned hard and consuming. The taste of all the sweetest memories of her life with Cord caused her insides to shake. His embrace tightened on instinct calming the tremors.
Her fingers dug into the strands of silky black hair that brushed his collar as she pulled him closer. She choked back a cry from the pleasure and pain his kiss sent through her body. Her lungs burned for air but she didn’t want to breathe if breathing meant breaking the connection with Cord. Don’t be a dream. Don’t be a dream. Don’t be a dream. The drumbeat pounded from her head to her heart.
His mouth was ripped from hers. “Dammit, Livy.”
She tightened her hold around his neck and tried to pull him back to her.
“I saw your grave.”

Copyright© 2014 Kirsten Lynn, Prairie Rose Publications


Kirsten Lynn writes stories based on the people and history of the West, more specifically those who live and love in Wyoming and Montana. Using her MA in Naval History, Kirsten, weaves her love of the West and the military together in many of her stories, merging these two halves of her heart. When she's not roping, riding and rabble-rousing with the cowboys and cowgirls who reside in her endless imagination, Kirsten works as a professional historian.

Please join Kirsten on Facebook, Twitter (@KLynnAuthor), www.kirstenlynnwildwest.com and blogging once a month at prairierosepublications.blogspot.com and sweetheartsofthewest@blogspot.com




Cheers,

Kat