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Author’s Blog Hop!!!!!



I am so glad you’re here, we have a ton of amazing authors on this hop, with even more amazing giveaways!! So start here and make sure to visit everyone!!!


What am I giving away??




1 signed Paper Back of Long Road Full Speed Ahead


2 E-books of Long Road Full Speed Ahead


1 Five Dollar Gift Certificate to Amazon


 1 Scrabble Tile Ring with Letter of Your Choice

1 Crocheted Skull Bracelet


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Blurb – A young girl struggles with abuse, addiction, and abortion all while trying to go to school. Somehow she hits rock bottom and finds an unlikely love story.

Synopsis- Grace finds herself with a toxic friend and a brand new hobby when she discovers meth. She had a promising future before Grayson came into the picture. A wolf in sheep’s clothing he soon shows his true colors and they are painted with black and blue.

The drugs cause more problems than they fix, but lost in the intoxicating world of numbness she must find herself through abuse, addiction, and abortion. Will she let the drugs take her out of the world, and be forever numb, or will an unlikely love pull her out and make her feel again?

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Author Bio:

Emily Walker loves creating worlds and stumbling around in them. She is constantly losing her chap-stick, and has an obsession with the color pink. Currently a resident of the mountains and loving the view she writes mostly paranormal fiction, and horror. Her small family consists of her red bearded other half, a rat terrier named Rebel, and a cat called Mr. Creepy.


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Now go forth and HOP!!

Helpful Sites for Authors

I have recently been trying to add more forums, and groups to my daily activities in order to make connections and reach new visitors for the blogs. These are a couple I have come across just recently.

This site allows you to list your information as an author and add the links you want people to visit.

“There are very few places where authors are able to add their information, one time, including promoting links to buy their books on all bookseller platforms. A place where authors continue to write while expert SEO people can assist in Social Media Marketing for free.  Authors need an unbiased place to shout out about their creative works without ‘big brother’s’ controlwithout fear of loosing to unknown algorithms.” -Angel Investor-”

These Angel Investors allow you to list your information and connect with readers for free!


This is a site I just discovered that you can create a book bubble for your book for interested readers to find. I plan on trying this one soon!!

The Author’s Den

This is another place that brings together readers and writers. The free version allows you to list your bio information and list your work which is awesome. You can also post short stories and information for people.

Other sites that you can use!! - submit your book for promotion

submit your book for promotion

Book Grow

Lists of Places to Promote

Alpha Male Blog Hop

Welcome to the Alpha Male Blog Hop! This is going to be an exciting four days of sexy leading men and tons of giveaways.

Each blog that is participation is doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. You can enter over 200 times!

 1st Grand Prize A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

The Mighty Alpha Male

Alpha males are often the glue that holds a tale together. They lead you to safety, sweep you off your feet, and think with their um.. heads, most of the time.

For this hop Jeane Sashi got a little intimate with the Alpha Males in her books and found out what made them tick.

Be mindful there is some 18+ content below and enjoy!

There are some amazing prizes in this blog hop, make sure you comment on every blog about alpha males and make sure to include your email address! All the prizes except for swag is international.

Interview Questions & Answers for

Reggie Lowe of

Intimate Moments

By Jeané Sashi – Author

1Q. How long were you and Tonju married before the divorce?

1A. Well, let’s see, Tonju and I married right out of college, she was…hmmm.  We were married for five years.

2Q. Why did you and Tonju divorce?

2A. Tonju and I divorced because of my long hours at work and the majority of the time I was not at work alone…if you know what I mean.

3Q. You’re a good looking man, do you expect women to do what you say and fall at your feet?

3A. Thank you for that compliment.  I wouldn’t say that I expect women to fall at my feet but it wouldn’t hurt if they stumbled a bit and agreed with 90% of the things I say.  It would be for their own good.

4Q. Were you disappointed that Tonju didn’t go home with you the day you stopped her on the freeway?

4A. That day on the freeway.  Yeah, I was disappointed, I always thought that Tonju would never say no to me but that day she left me with a big hard on and my jaw on the pavement of the freeway.

5Q. Did you expect Tonju to wait on you until you finished with the other women?

5A. Yeah, I always thought Tonju would be there.  That she would never leave.  I took her for granted.  She’s a strong independent woman.

6Q. What’s more important to you, money, possessions, or family?

6A. At one time money and possessions were the most important thing to me.  Losing Tonju made me see that family is more important to me.  It takes losing a good woman to slap a man into reality.

7Q. In the work you do, you come in contact with a lot of women, how many of them have you had sex with?

7A. Now, that’s a loaded question.  You make me sound like a male whore.  I just like sex.  But, to be honest, I hadn’t bedded down every woman I came in contact with, I do have my standards…and my limits.  Every woman is not my cut of tea.

8Q. Did you cheat on Tonju while you were married to her?

8A. Damn, you want it all out there.  Did I cheat?  I came close a few times.  I didn’t have sex with them, it that’s what you mean.  Did I let them suck my dick?  Yeah, I did.  Did I eat their pussy?  No, I didn’t.  I did and do have some morals.

9Q. What do you see in the future for you and Tonju?  If at all anything?

9A. My future with Tonju is bright now.  It looks damn good.

10Q. Had you ever met Tonju’s high school ex, Marcus Anderson?  If so, what did you think of him?

10A. Her high school ex?  No, I never met him.  Why?  Is there something I should know?  Then again, that’s in the past, I have her now…his loss.

11Q. Have you met Tony Greer, Tonju’s law colleague?  Your first thoughts of him where what?

11A. I met Tony Greer, he was cool for a moment, then he opened his mouth.  He almost got my fist in it.  But it’s all good.

12Q. Have your really changed and why should Tonju give you a second chance?

12A. I’ve changed a great deal.  As I stated before, it took me losing Tonju to realize what I had.  To realize that money and possessions are not the most important things in the world.  I and Tonju getting back together would allow her to see that I can be the man that she wants.  I can be the man that she fell in love with in college.  We’ve both have changed and have grown up a great deal.

13Q. Can you put your philandering and workaholic ways in the trash and put Tonju first?

13A. That’s a fighting word, philandering.  I don’t work as hard as I used to.  I’ve come to hire a better staff of people and delegate a lot.  As for the philandering, it’s good to have the attention from women but it’s only one woman that I want; only one woman’s legs I want to be between; and only woman’s clit I want to suck.  I hope I answered your question.

14Q. How often is sex on your mind?

14A. Sex is on my mind twenty out of twenty-four hours in a day.

15Q. Are you always ready to get freaky anywhere?

15A. Aren’t you?  It doesn’t matter where you are, if the feeling hits me and my lady is with me, I’m going to take the shot.  If a man has a lady like I do; looks like my lady; and has the sexiness that spills from her pores, you’d want to freak her any and everywhere.

16Q. Instead of finding you another female, why did you seek Tonju out?

16A. I dated quite of few ladies after the divorce between Tonju and myself, however, I kept comparing each woman to her.  You see, Tonju is a Lady.  There is a difference between being a lady, a woman, and a female.  One is born into being a female, then transforms into a woman, and later learns to be a lady.  Most females miss the mark and remain in woman transformation.  They call themselves a lady, which the term is used loosely nowadays, but they are by far no lady.

17Q. Where does your creative, freaky side come from?

17A. Do you watch porn movies?  If not, you should.  By watching those, you can learn a lot.  Add your own imagination and put a twist to it, then master your techniques.

18Q. I know you realize you have sexy bedroom eyes, do they get you in trouble?

18A. My eyes used to get me in trouble.  I used to speak with my eyes, that’s when the women would fall at my feet.  Now, I speak using my mouth.

19Q. Where is the freakiest place you’ve had sex?  And who was it with?

19A. The freakiest place I’ve had sex…it had to be in my car.  Now, I know you’re thinking, ‘In your car?  Most people have sex in their car, that’s nothing new.’  Well, it can be new if I’m driving while she’s sitting on my lap with my dick inside of her, riding me while I’m driving.  And I didn’t have an accident.  I won’t tell who I was with.  Let’s just say, it’s memorable.

20Q. With you being sexually active, do you have a bunch a babies everywhere?

20A. Oh hell no.  I don’t have any children.  I’ve made sure of that.  I’m not snipped or anything, but I did use protection.  I mean, I doubled up.  Choked that chicken and made sure the condom left with me.

21Q. If you had your way, would have taken (had sex with) Tonju right on the freeway when you stopped her?

21A. Shit.  I wanted Tonju right then and there.  She was looking good!  When she pressed her breast against my chest, shit.  She knew what she was doing.  Left me with that damn hard on righ on the side of the freeway.

22Q. If a female were to stand in front of you right now and offer herself to you would you take her up on her offer?

22A. Oh no.  She can stand butt ass naked if she wants to and my dick could rise to full attention, I won’t touch her. And I won’t let her touch me.  Now, Lord knows I would want to but there is no way I’m going to jeopardize what I have now for a piece of ass.

23Q. Do you prefer a female to come to you wanting you or do you prefer to go to the female wanting her?

23A. That plays both ways.  We can go to each other.  But, it’s nice to come home and see my lady sprawled out across the bed naked with her legs spread open, pussy wet, nipples hard and ready.  All I have to do is dive in, face first…shit!

24Q. Do you feel a female is to always be sexually ready for her male?

24A. I feel females should never say no or deprive her man of sex.  It doesn’t matter how she feels, the word no regarding sex should never come out of her mouth.  And that works both ways.

25Q. What does sex mean to you?  What does love mean to you?

25A. Sex to me means, to have it when I want it.  Love to me means the giving of myself to the one person in my life that I don’t want to be without.


Questions & Answers for

Kevin Stokes of

The J Spot

By Jeané Sashi

1Q. How long have you been a bartender?

1A. I haven’t been a bartender very long.  This job just landed in my lap when I was looking for a job.

2Q. Did you know that being a bartender comes with duties that you perform?

2A. Duties?  What duties?  I just mix drinks, make sure the patrons are fulfilled and oversee the employees.

3Q. You seem to go above and beyond for your patrons, why is that?

3A. Going above and beyond is good customer service.  Keep the patrons coming back for more.

4Q. What attracted you to Melanie?

4A. Ahh, Melanie.  She was uninhibited when I first met her.  But, I think that was due to the fact that she had a bit of alcohol in her.

5Q. Why did you play the game and seduce Melanie in the bar the first night you met her?

5A. I wanted to see how far she would go with her flirting.  To see if the alcohol really had a hold on her or if what she was doing was all her own doing.

6Q. Females leave you their panties as a calling card, have you called any of them?  If so, what was the outcome?

6A. Since I’ve been here, I’ve received business cards with home phone numbers on the back of them, and panties with phone numbers written in them.  I hadn’t called any of them.  If it was that easy for them to give those things up to me, then it would be that easy for them to give it up to someone else.  I don’t want it if it’s going to that easy.

7Q. The female on the same flight as you to New Orleans, did you ever see her again?

7A. Ha! No, I didn’t see her after we disboarded the flight.  She dared me and I took her up on it.  I believe I surprised her.

8Q. What happened between you and the female that you were living with when you arrived in New Orleans?

8A. That female.  Well, I needed a place to stay and she provided one.  Being with her was just temporary, I didn’t see it as being long term and I told her that.  But, for some reason she wanted to hear differently.

9Q. Do you usually deal with married women?

9A. I’ve dealt with all women.  It just so happened that the last woman I dealt with was married; a lonely married woman.

10Q.When you and Melanie were on the evening cruise, why did you not have sex with her on the boat?

10A. I wanted to take Melanie on the lounge of that boat but I also wanted her to see a different side of me.  I wanted her to see that I’m not a dog and just out for one thing.

 11Q. Are you a sexually active male?

 11A. Sexually active, no.  Like and enjoy sex, yes.  What man wouldn’t?

  12Q. How many females have you had sex with in the bar?

  12A. Do you men have sex in the bar, or the number of females that come in the bar?  Either way, I’m declining to answer.

13Q. If you could have your way, where is the freakiest place you would want to have sex with Melanie?

13A. I’d want to have sex with Melanie on the beach, right smack in the middle.  No blankets or anything to cover us up with.

14Q. Where do you see you and Melanie in the long run?

14A. Me and Melanie on the lounge of that boat but I also wanted her to see a different side of me.  I wanted her to see that I’m not a dog and just out for one thing.

15Q. If Melanie had chosen not to go to California with you, would you have gone alone?

15A. Yeah, I would have gone without her.  I received an opportunity and I wasn’t going to pass it up.  I’m glad she didn’t back down and decided coming with me was the best place for her.

16Q. Is sex a very big part of your life?  If so, why?

16A. Sex plays a big part in any relationship.  In my relationship, yes it does.  I like sex, I want sex, and there’s a need for sex.  Not having it could be a deal breaker.

17Q. Do you consider yourself an affectionate male?

17A. I’m very affectionate…with the right woman, and I now have the right woman.

18Q. What is it that makes you stand out from the rest of the bartenders in the city of New Orleans?

18A. I wouldn’t say that I stand out any differently from any other bartender but I would say that I’m not just a bartender, I’m also manage the place.  The J Spot is an upscale place and has quality people.  Those other places are trash.

19Q. What was your last relationship like?  Why did it end?

19A. My last relationship was with a married woman.  It ended with me cracking her husband’s skull before going out of the window.   I spent a little time in jail for that.

20Q. Looking at you and the bulge in your pants from here, it appears you’re well endowed, is it safe to say that’s correct?

20A. Damn, I see you’re admiring what’s in my pants.  I take it you want to get in there maybe even taste it.  My endowment is not too shabby.  Women smile.

21Q. If I asked you to show me your endowment, would you?  Why or why not?

21A. I thought y wanted to see my dick.  Well, sorry to say, that’s not going to happen.  This here dick belongs to only one lady now.  It’s all hers.

22Q. Are you always aggressive and have to have things your way?

22A. I’ve always been aggressive, it’s in my nature.  It turns me on to see a woman doing what I want her to do.

23Q. If a female does not do what you want her to do, do you leave her alone?

23A.  Naw.  I’m not going to make anyone do what they don’t want to do but that would show me that she’s not the one I want.  So, I would keep looking.

24Q. Your lips look sweet and kissable, are they?

24A. You want to kiss me and suck on my lips don’t you?  Better yet, you want my lips to suck on your lips…both sets, don’t you?  That’s not going to happen.  These lips only go down on one clit.

25Q. Why didn’t you give the other female that wanted you a chance?  The one that almost had the run in with Melanie?

So what is this blog giving away?? Glad you asked! Make sure you come back tomorrow for Day 2 where Janiera Eldridge will be interviewing her hot Alpha Males. Just make sure you comment on this post only to be entered into the contest. As for what this blog is giving away. 

This – Your very own copy of The Siren’s Song by Jewels Moss featuring the Alpha Male William!

To win you just have to enter the raffle copter below. Get to know Jewels Moss and her books. She is an author with Midnight Fire Erotic Publishing. After you enter the raffle copter, comment and you will be well on your way to the next hop which you can access from the link below the post.

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On to the next Blog in the HOP!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Under the Desert Moon Cover Reveal



Blurb: 17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever. Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?


About Emma Meade Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She has a BA in English and History from University College Cork and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway.When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found at the cinema checking out the latest movie releases or sipping rosé or drinking Barry’s tea in her backyard with family and friends. Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on. Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon reruns of Buffy are some of her favorite ways of escaping reality.
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Publisher: Soul Fire Press

Cover Reveal – Reaping Me Softly!!

Reaping Me Softly Cover Reveal

Kate Evangelista


Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?


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Romancing the Hop – Giveaway and Romantic Tidbits!

Romancing the Hop

Welcome to our fantastic hop and thanks for stopping by!!


There are great prizes up for grabs…but you must visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Here are some of the items up for grabs:


 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet


2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card


3rd Grand Prize: A Large Swag Pack

 Check out all that swag!! You could win it, just hop to all the posts and comment on them with your email!

Two fantastic Romance authors answered questions for this amazing hop, with so many amazing authors, and bloggers.

Cat Miller and Teresa Mummert –  Thanks for being here…

Let’s get right to the nitty gritty ladies.

What are the sexiest scenes to write?

Cat Miller – I think the sexiest scenes are between longtime lovers. There is nothing like being with someone that knows exactly where your buttons are and in which order to push them.

Teresa Mummert – I love the first kiss. The anticipation of finally touching for the first time. Very hot. 

Who is the sexiest male character in any book, and who is the sexiest female in any book?

Cat Miller – I think the sexiest male character in a book is Lucan Thorne from the Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian. He is a leader protecting the world from a hellish fate in need of a woman who is strong enough to protect him from himself.

I love strong female characters. Merit from The Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill is a very sexy female character. Her life as she knows is destroyed and she is been repeatedly kicked while she’s down. Does Merit wallow in self-pity and cry over her misfortune? No. Merit gets up, brushes herself off and flips the world the middle finger before she kicks its butt. Very, very sexy.

Teresa Mummert – That’s a tough one to answer. I don’t really have a favorite. I love any male who is strong and dominant. The female tends to fall in love easily and willing to risk it all for the man she loves. Let’s be honest. We all just copy and paste our faces to the heroine.  


Your idea of the perfect romantic date.

Cat Miller – My idea of the perfect romantic date involves carry-out, candles, no distractions from phones or TVs, a quiet house, and my man willing to do whatever it takes to talk me into the bedroom.

Teresa Mummert – The beach.


Do you have a favorite romantic quote?

Cat Miller – My favorite love quote, believe it or not, is by Bruce Lee.

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”

Emily – Smart man!

Teresa Mummert – I love you. (What more do you need?)


Did you steal your mom’s romance novels when you were old enough to try?

Cat Miller –  Sadly for me my mother was never a big reader. I didn’t have access to romance novels until I was much older.

Teresa Mummert – Absolutely! 

Emily – I did, and I was horrified at my mother’s choice of literature!

Did you skip to the sex parts, be honest…

Cat Miller – If I had been able to get my hands on any romance novels I would not have skipped the sexy parts. I likely would have copied them down so I could revisit them later. You know, for educational purposes.

Teresa Mummert – What fun would that be?


Your favorite romance author?

Cat Miller – My favorite romance author is Lisa Kleypas. Lisa writes captivating historical romances as well as contemporary love stories that I have read over and over.

Teresa Mummert – I can’t pick just one!

Emily – That’s cheating Teresa!

Your favorite love story; it can be a book, poem, true story, or movie…

Cat Miller – My favorite love story happens in the second part of the novel Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Acheron is a man/god who devotes his 10,000 year life to protect and providing for others. Acheron is mentally, physically, and emotionally abused in his youth (Which is explored in the first part of the book) but instead of making him hard and hateful he takes on the role of a protector. He holds himself apart from everyone and anyone that could expose his secrets. It’s a very lonely life. It takes a mousy archeologist out to defend her family name and find proof of the things he has spent his life hiding to crack his shell.

 Teresa Mummert – The Notebook is one of the best love stories of all time.

Emily – I cry thinking about it..



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For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Author Liz DeJesus has stopped by with a teaser for the First Frost Blog Tour

It was several hours before either of them realized what time it was. They had missed dinner and were getting more and more frustrated as time crawled by. Bianca took a quick break and stretched her back. It was beginning to cramp from all the time she had spent hunched over the boxes on the floor. She wiped the sweat off her forehead when she noticed a loose brick on the wall. Bianca squinted as she tried to figure out what it was.

Ming noticed her squinting and gently chided her, “Put your glasses on, Bianca.”

“I don’t like them,” Bianca complained. She had been nearsighted her whole life. It wasn’t until she was eight years old that her mother had realized she couldn’t see things very well. The doctor had called it “low congenital myopia;” Bianca, however, liked to call it “a pain in the butt.”

“Then wear contacts,” Ming argued.

“Yeah, not gonna happen. Can’t see the point of poking myself in the eye…on purpose…with glass.” Bianca shuddered as she thought of wearing contact lenses. She made a point to leave her glasses at home whenever she could. She hated wearing them; she thought it made her look nerdy. Of course, Rose always carried a spare pair of glasses with her in case Bianca “forgot” them.

“You’re hopeless.” Ming rolled her eyes.

“Enough about me, come here and take a look at this.” Bianca pointed at the brick on the wall.

The brick was the exact same color as the others. The only difference was that it was slightly loose. She could tell that it was separated from the others because there was no cement around the edges.

She pulled on the brick until it came out and found a letter resting in the empty space.

Dearest Bianca:

I’m afraid if you’ve found this letter, then the worst has happened. I wish we had more time together and more time to prepare you for what’s to come. If you find my journals, they may offer you some advice and further insight to what you may face in the future. They are in the small trunk under my bed.

As for the spell book…you can’t let Lenore have it, no matter what she says or threats she throws at you. She’s a vicious woman and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

I can’t tell you exactly where it is in case this letter falls into the wrong hands, but I will leave you with a clue so that you know where it is for future generations to come. This is all I can give you right now. Remember that I love you. You are and always will be the greatest joy of my life.



The letter shook in her hands. Her vision blurred as tears pooled in her eyes. A single teardrop splashed onto the letter. The black ink swam inside the little tear as Bianca reread the letter a few more times.

She carefully folded the letter and put it in her back pocket. She wasn’t going to show it to Ming. It was something that was too private to share with anyone…even if she was her best friend.

On a separate piece of paper, there was this sentence.

“Black veins are hidden under the First Frost,” Bianca whispered.

© Liz DeJesus 2012


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Zoe Harrington – Guest Post – A Fork in the Road

A Fork in the Road

Zoe Harrington

Anyone who takes writing seriously has spared a thought about publishing options. Most serious writers want to get their stories out there. So, naturally, they research different options.

There are two clear routes down the road to publishing. One is Traditional and the other is Indie (self-publishing.) Often, writers spend a lot of their time – months even – weighing the pros and cons of both. It’s like coming to that proverbial fork in the road; only nowadays there isn’t path less traveled by.

What if it wasn’t all so black and white?

What if you could hike through the forest between the roads?

You can.

Say you want to go Traditional, but you’re not ready yet. You want to do other things as well as writing; you don’t want those massive deadlines to loom over your head. You could go Indie. The deadlines, should you choose to set any, would be your own. If you miss one, there’s no one there making you feel bad. But at some point in the future, you want to try a major publisher. Guess what? If your Indie sales are poor, you’ve ruined your chances of a publishing contract. What are you going to do? Are you going to risk your dream for a shot at self-pub?

There is a third option, a grey area so to speak. Have you ever heard of wattpad? Maybe Authonomy? If you haven’t, allow me to sum them up.

These sites hold thousands of free books – all online for you to read. If you sign up, you can comment, vote and add your favourites to a bookshelf/reading list. You know what else you can do? You can upload your own writing. Get it out there, where potentially thousands of readers are waiting. You can set your copyright preferences (on wattpad) and because of the sites nature, copy & paste is disabled, so you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your work.

Many of you may be thinking, ‘But isn’t this something on amateurs do?’

I’m not going to lie; there are amateurs on both sites. But if you look at half of the books self published yearly, aren’t they amateur as well? It isn’t any different. In fact, I know talented published authors – Traditional and Indie – that also put their books on wattpad.

You’d be surprised how good the talent is on these things.

I plan on hiking through the forest that is wattpad. When the time is right, I’ll hitch a lift down the Traditional route. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the flexibility of it, and the exposure.

I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but what do you think?

A/N: If you have any questions about these sites, you can email me at zoe-harrington(@)live(.)co(.)uk 

New Book and Excerpt from Lindsay Downs!

A Collie Rescue

Former Army Sergeant Sandi Charleston, diagnosed with PTSD and homeless barely survives day to day. By a miracle of fate she meets Taz, a uniquely special collie, who helps turn her life around.

Only through him does she find the courage to go head to head with her worst enemy-terrorist bent on mass destruction.

Bound by a special love to help and protect each other, side by side these two unlikely partners willingly march forward into battle. A fight to the death neither is sure can be won but fighting as one they will try to.

Kidnapped and forced to reveal what she knows Sandi realizes there is only one individual who can save her from certain death. It’s not the government but her new best buddy.

Together they defeat the enemy proving once again that battle buddies come in all shapes and breeds.

Rescued, Sandi finally realizes that there is a new and better life for her as long as Taz is part of it.

Excerpt from A Collie Rescue

Frozen in fear that strangers were actually talking to her, Sandi didn’t know what to do. Her fight or flight instincts kicked in. Fight was out of the question since there were two against her so flight was the only option, but when she tried to move her feet felt like they were glued to the sidewalk. When the collie glanced up at her with soft, friendly, brown eyes Sandi relaxed slightly.

“Ah, ah. I’m not sure. I’ve already got a collie friend and wouldn’t want to make her jealous. Thanks for the offer anyway.”

Sandi began to turn around when a soft hand stopped her. “Don’t worry, Roxy won’t mind. Trust me. This girl raised her to share.”

“What? That means you know…”

“Yes, we know Jenna,” Richard said. “She’s our friend and she sent us to make sure you were safe.”

“I don’t understand,” Sandi replied.

For some reason, Sandi didn’t fight when Alison took her by the arm and, with the collie in tow, headed in the direction of the wagon where tables and chairs were set out. “Richard, why don’t you get us girls some coffee and water for the mom while we get a seat. You know how I take mine.” A questioning glance to Sandi got her answer. “My guess, black.”

“Oh and make them large, and while you’re at it, see if they have any fresh pastries to go with the coffee.”

As Richard headed for the vendor, he called back over his shoulder, “Honey, call Jenna and Thaddeus. Tell them Zero-hour has been move up to now. Give them our location and tell them we’ll need the ride for three.”

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Emily Dahill, CID Part 1

Final Mission-After being seriously wounded in a copter crash in Iraq Sgt. Emily Dahill meets her new partner as she embarks on her new Army career as a CID agent. Who could this new partner be?

A Body in the Snow- Emily and her partner, Dakota, cross bullets with their most determined foe. Who will survive?

Right Place, Wrong Day-On leave to hang with friends Emily gets the surprise of her life.

Dog on Fishing-When it comes to knowing how to fish, and catch the big ones, never underestimate your partner. He might surprise you.


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A Dog Gone Christmas

When a call for paws goes out, five friends bring their collies without question to a friend’s house. They learn the collies are needed to help seven children with the grief of losing a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now, with seven friends, four collie yearlings and their mother, they set out to help the children

Not far away a mother hopefully leads her seven puppies to safety from a man intent on selling them for illicit purposes.

By a miracle of fate the two mother collies find each other right before the man sells the puppies.

That Christmas morning will be one the children will remember all their lives and they are united with the puppies.

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A Body in the Attic

A missing soldier. A break in. A former, now soldier, model tells of an aborted assault. A passageway hiding more than years of dust and cobwebs. Rooms where there are none. The reappearance of the mysterious ‘brown-haired man’. What, if anything, ties these random facts together.

With precision and dedication Emily and Dakota start to unravel some of the questions. Only when an FBI agent steps up do the facts start to merge into what appears to be a terrorist conspiracy.

A body found halfway across the country is the final clue in answering all of the question, but one.

Will Emily be able to save a life before it’s too late?


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Emily Dahill, CID Part 2

Tears- Bullied at school, Mary Todd is just about to give up when Dakota and Emily come to her rescue.

Friends and Family- Dakota helps a she-wolf and her cubs while he continues to cause mischief with hilarious results

Guardian- Against all odds Dakota works to protect Emily, from her boyfriend and herself

The Loser- Emily and Dakota step into intrigue when a soldier can’t hit the target with any degree of consistency.

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A Special English Rose


The aerial WWI dogfights over France paled in comparison to the fight Flight Lieutenant James Norton was up against to win the hand of a duke’s daughter.









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