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My first Scribbler unboxing!

Hey everybody! This is my first Scribbler box unboxing. If you are a writer, you definitely need to check out this video.

The Scribbler boxes are filled to the brim with items a writer will use. I EVEN GOT A BOOK!!!!

Author Xio Axelrod’s latest book arrived in the box. Her Facebook site is: www.facebook.com/xio.axelrod.3

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Melodie Romeo

Interview with Melodie Romeo, author of Tribute in Blood

Melodie Romeo is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in History from the University of West Florida. Ms. Romeo is a retired schoolteacher who currently travels the country as an over the road truck driver. Melodie writes historical fiction/romances and historical horror/thrillers. She has gained success under the pen name Edale Lane for historical lesbian romances such as Heart of Sherwood and the Night Flyer Trilogy.

In addition to driving and writing, Melodie is also a musician who plays the French horn, composes, and has spent many years as a choral and instrumental director. She aspires to be a successful enough author to quit driving and devote herself to writing fulltime. Melodie resides in Utica, MS with her longtime partner, Johanna.

Melodie Romeo
Melodie Romeo

INTERVIEW

Share about yourself

I am an active mother and grandmother, retired history teacher, former farmer, former music director, karate student, lifelong musician, who enjoys gardening, loves animals, and will never learn enough to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. I like to play fantasy role-playing computer games and lie back with a bowl of popcorn for a good movie. I’ve lived in a number of different places and experienced a diverse and exciting life, much of it shared with my fantastic partner. The best part is that I’ve got forty more years to go!

Share about your work

Currently, I am an author of historical fiction novels who also runs my own personal trucking business as an over-the-road truck driver. However, I hope to soon be earning enough from book sales that I can transition to being a full-time author. I write under two names: Melodie Romeo for darker historical fiction and horror that usually features a MF romance, and Edale Lane for female protagonist driven tales of alternative historical fiction with a FF romance.

Tell us about your writing style

I try to employ a balanced writing style, with description, dialogue, action, suspense, romance, and a positive theme all blended into the pages. I engage in extensive research for my work to make it as realistic as possible. And while some of my horror works are disturbing or have less than satisfactory endings, I mostly gravitate toward that “happily ever after” conclusion. When I finish reading a book, I want to feel good, so I try to give that to my readers.

What do you find challenging about the writing life?

First is finding time to write with a 70 hour a week day job. Next was the publishing challenge. Major publishers won’t take authors without an established following, and small presses have an unfortunate penchant for going out of business. I eventually cleared that hurdle by starting Past and Prologue Press.

If you could write from any place on earth, where would you choose to write from?

If I could, I would sit in a comfy chair in a castle in Scotland overlooking the sea, rolling meadows out the opposite window, with my laptop open typing away.  

When asked to set goals, what do you see for yourself or current WIP in five years with your writing?

With the third book of my Night Flyer Trilogy about to be released in December, I am gearing up for a number of new story ideas to explore. This year I was fortunate enough to complete 3 novels and renovate and re-release my first published work. In five years I hope to be an established writer earning enough from book sales to quit my “day job” as an over-the-road truck driver.

What are you reading right now?

“The Eye of Heaven” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake

Who is your favorite author?

One? Surely you jest! As a youth, it was John Steinbeck and Edgar Allan Poe. Now I add Amanda Quick, J.D. Robb, Brandon Sanderson, and Bernard Cornwell to a list that must include J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling. Can I just say that C. S. Lewis is my favorite? 

Give a bit of advice for an aspiring author.

Two things – edit, edit, edit, hire an editor if necessary. And don’t give up. You write what’s in your heart, and that is something an author is compelled to do. Take classes, online courses, get a mentor, whatever you need to hone your skills, but don’t give up because you get a bad review or someone criticizes your work. Maybe you’ll never be able to give up your day job, but you have a message and you have a voice. That story needs to be told because somewhere out there is a person who needs to hear it. Do what it takes to build your confidence and then let your light shine.

Landscape with old castle at night

ABOUT THE BOOK

Tribute in Blood, a Tale of Vlad the Impaler, by Melodie Romeo

ISBN: 9798668904129

Blurb:

The most terrifying horrors are revealed in the pages of history.

After killing over 100,000 people during his first reign as Prince of Walachia, Vlad has returned, ready to inflict tortuous death on anyone he chooses. Only Nicolae and Maria, drawn together through mutual tragedies both inflicted by the ruthless Prince Dracula, dare try to stop him. Can Nicolae fulfill his plan of justice and revenge while winning the heart of the lovely Maria, or will he become the Impaler’s next victim?

With heart-stopping danger at every turn, detailed historical accuracy combined with fictional characters, and a myriad of surprises, Tribute in Blood is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Order this historical thriller romance today!

Ebook:     https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DK9MKRH

Paperback  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DC5YFTL

Amazon Author pages:

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Website     https://pastandprologuepress.lpages.co/tribute-in-blood/

EXCERPT FROM TRIBUTE IN BLOOD

Vapor rose from the black water as Nicolae Anton floated down the Arges River toward the Danube. He came ashore when he thought he was far enough south and headed east through some farming country. Spying a darkened barn, he crept in and wrapped himself in a horse’s blanket to dry. Afraid of being caught there, Nicolae grabbed a handful of the oats which looked mighty good to him by then, crammed them into his pocket, and was on his way. After crossing the Dimbovita River, he found the road to Tirgoviste and followed its path from a safe distance amid the trees and bushes. By mid-afternoon, when he could see the buildings of the city ahead, the exhausted youth took refuge in an old abandoned corn crib and slept.

            In the very early morning, before anyone was out, Nicolae traipsed up the highway leading to the city, his gut churning with nerves. He had been this way several times before when traveling to and from Cozia, but this time something seemed different. A meadow was supposed to lie on that hill to his left, yet tall, grim figures pointed skyward, trailing their tree-like black shadows. Nicolae’s stomach tightened as he veered off the roadway and walked toward the recent growth of forest. Then, as the morning fog rose and shifted, terror seized Nicolae’s heart, and he stopped dead still in his tracks. They were not trees at all, but the corpses of the boyars hanging on high impaling spikes. A new ray of light hit the mist as it lofted up through the skeletal remains, creating a grisly, ghostly aura.

            Nicolae’s hands and knees began to shake as he took in the scope of the scene. Men, women, servants… perhaps four hundred in all… a forest of the impaled… the death of the entire boyar class of Walachia. He wondered about those back at Poenari; was this their fate as well? He gazed on the spectacle before him as though it were an unreal thing, a hellish nightmare, or ghoulish vision. But reality hit when a crow landed on the body nearest him and proceeded to peck at the carrion. “No!” he shouted in horrific despair and disgust. “This did not happen!”

            Nicolae’s heart rate accelerated, his stomach knotted tighter, and his head began to spin. He was forced to drop to the ground and lower his head between his knees lest he pass out. He tried to calm the erratic, shaky breaths, but it was as if all the boyar specters were staring at him, expecting him to free them.

            The youth held his head in his hands until the spinning sensation began to dissipate. Then a burning, driving need overtook his being–he must find his parents. He was compelled to discover if they were here among the impaled. With relentless determination, his searing cobalt eyes set out to find his mother and father. He rose to step, then trot, then run through the ranks of ghastly victims. The sight was repulsive and the odor sickening, but Nicolae removed himself from the horrible surroundings, consumed with singleness of purpose.

            It was not a simple undertaking. The eyes had been pecked out and much of the facial flesh eaten or weathered away. Hair remained a sign on most heads along with the distinctiveness of their dress. Nicolae arrested his memory and demanded that it recall what his parents had been wearing. He closed his eyes and saw them dancing together once again. Yes, of course, he thought as he desperately scanned the scores of bodies. For most, the pikes had been inserted through the buttocks and exited through the back, chest, or mouth, making for a slow and tortuous death that could last hours or days. Others were spiked through the gut or upside-down. One pike had even entered through the victim’s mouth as his bones hung inverted with limps dangling in an unnatural parody. But Nicolae had to shut out these nightmarish horrors to accomplish the task at hand.

            Recognizing clothing would not be easy either. Blacks had become sun bleached and whites turned brownish-gray. The once-bright colors had faded, and strips had been torn from the cloth by wind, rain, and wild animals. The most identifying items would be his mother’s exquisite marama, his father’s light reddish-blond hair, and their jewelry. Most Walachians were Romanian–dark-complected from Mediterranean stock–but his father’s family contained Saxon blood. Nicolae had gotten the light sandy-brown hair color and his sister the red.

            As the sun began to rise higher, Nicolae’s search became more frantic, for he knew he would have to hide soon. As he passed row after row of corpses, he began to have hope that they were not among the dead. All at once he halted in front of a stake. He swallowed hard as his eyes became transfixed with abhorrence, and his ashen face a mask of desperation. His knees quaked as his heart palpitations thundered within his chest. “Mama,” he lamented.

            Nicolae dared to move his eyes to the figure beside her. “Tata,” he uttered in broken-hearted despair. Tears streamed down his face as he sensed his body becoming violently ill. The horror-stricken youth fell to his knees and bent toward the ground emitting dry heaves, for there was no food or drink in his stomach to come up. Their bodies were wasted, picked apart by scavengers, but he knew it was them. Bones protruded through in some places with pale, swollen tissue in others. Ants and flies crawled without and within their rotting forms. It was more than a son could bear to look upon.

            “Oh, God!” he wailed, his face buried in his hands. “Why?” The orphaned youth began to sob uncontrollably, speaking whenever he could form the words. “Didn’t you tell him? You didn’t do it!” Then he felt like his father was right there, staring down at him in a convicting manner. “I tried to save her, Father… I tried,” he moaned between gut-wrenching sobs. “I carried her as long as I could, but I wasn’t strong enough. Oh, God, I tried, but I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t strong enough!” Then the boy broke down completely and fell upon the ground, recoiling in pain, consumed by agony.

            As time passed, his weeping began to subside, and Nicolae wiped his face. Life returned to him in the form of a newness of purpose. He remembered his father’s last words to him and raised his head to reply. “I survived, Father; I did what you said, and I survived. It is for a reason–I know that–and I will continue to survive. I must leave now, Father, but one day I will return. Then Dracula, that son of the devil, will discover that the plan he devised has failed. He will know that Lord Nicolae of Cozia escaped his purge and I will punish him for what he has done here.” Exhibiting wrought-iron courage, young Nicolae stood on tip-toe and reached up to pull the signet ring from his father’s bony finger. No grave robbers had visited this haunted forest; they knew that the penalty for any crime under Vlad’s reign, even robbing the dead, was punishable by burning, boiling, disemboweling, or impalement. Any tortuous death would do for the cruel, sadistic despot who found amusement in watching his helpless victims die.

            Nicolae tried the ring on, but it was much too large for his emaciated finger. The workers had been fed enough to live, but no more, and the already lanky youth had grown even thinner. So, he thrust the ring deep into his pocket and let out a mournful sigh.             In that instant, Nicolae heard a rustling in the grass behind him. He spun around wide-eyed, clenching his hands into fists. There, among the stakes, he spotted two dogs tugging on either end of a human leg bone. It was a repulsive sight that twisted his stomach and filled the youth with an even stronger loathing of Prince Vlad Dracula, the Impaler. He swallowed hard and with nerves on end uttered through clenched teeth these last words. “If he enjoys death so much, then I will give it to him!” The mist was rapidly dissipating under the warmth of the morning sun when Nicolae Anton turned and fled the forest of the impaled.

About Melodie’s BOOK TOUR!

Melodie Romeo

You can visit her during her tour at these other locations on the web:

Tour Schedule and Activities

11/25  Afshan Hashmi           https://afshanhashmi.com/ Guest Post

11/25  Armed with a Book    http://www.armedwithabook.com Top Ten List

11/25  The Literary Underworld       http://www.literaryunderworld.com          Guest Post

11/26  Writergroupie.net     http://writergroupie.net      Author Interview

11/27  Jazzy Book Reviews    https://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com/      Author Interview

11/27  Saphhyria’s Books     https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

11/28  Horror Tree    https://www.horrortree.com/         Guest Post

11/29  Sheila Deeth   http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com     Guest Post

11/30  The Seventh Star Blog           http://www.theseventhstarblog.com         Guest  Post

12/1    The Book Lover’s Boudoir     https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpress.com/     Review

12/2    The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy          https://bookwyrmsgalaxy.wordpress.com Top Ten List

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Interview with Cecilia Aragon, co-author of Writers in the Secret Garden

Recently, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Ms. Aragon about her co-authoring experience with Katie Davis on a book about how fanfiction has helped shape young lives. See the PODCAST LINK at the bottom of this page.

Fanfiction, Youth, and New Forms of Mentoring

Cecelia has co-authored with Katie Davis, a book said to be ” An in-depth exploration of the unexpected ways young people learn from writing fanfiction online. “

About the Book

writers in the secret garden

Over the past twenty years, amateur fanfiction writers have published an astonishing amount of fiction in online repositories. More than 1.5 million enthusiastic fanfiction writers–primarily young people in their teens and twenties–have contributed nearly seven million stories and more than 176 million reviews to a single online site, Fanfiction.net. In this book, Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis offer a detailed examination of fanfiction writers and fanfiction repositories, finding that these sites are not shallow agglomerations and regurgitation of pop culture but rather online spaces for sophisticated and informal learning. Through their participation in online fanfiction communities, young people find ways to support and learn from one another.

Cecilia Aragon, author of Writers in the Secret Garden

About the Author

Cecilia Aragon is Professor in the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, where she is also a Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute.

You can find more about the book and Cecilia at her website http://www.ceciliaaragonauthor.com

Buy Writers in the Secret Garden

https://amzn.to/2NAD4qP

When Faith Lights the Way by Stephen H. Vincent

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Stephen H. Vincent, author of When Faith Lights the Way-The Quest to Restore Electricity to a War-Ravaged African Hospital.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Ganta Hospital in Liberia was struggling to rebuild while serving 24,000 patients a year. Intense thunderstorms forced surgeons to finish operations with flashlights in their mouths. When Faith Lights the Way chronicles a rare altruistic quest to design and construct a vital, highly-technical, life-giving electric system for a remote African hospital destroyed by fourteen years of war

BUY IT HERE

https://amzn.to/2N5rSSV

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When Faith Lights the Way
Stephen H. Vincent, author of When Faith Lights the Way

Steve is a successful businessman who’s first career spanned thirty-four years in the electric utility industry. In his second career, his efforts have been redirected to provide state of the art electric systems to improve the health and education to the neediest people in the world. Steve’s extensive experience in logistics while working with U.S. electric power systems has made this unique contribution to mankind possible. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University.

GET YOURS HERE BY CLICKING THE COVER

LINKS

When Faith Lights the Way, is now published as an e-book, paperback, and audio-book. You can find out more about this book and the author at these sites:

POWER FROM THE SON

When Faith Lights the Way dot com

YouTube interview video with Stephen H. Vincent

See the audio podcast down below

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Hey, everyone, welcome back to Writer Groupie. We are chatting with Janie Franz, author of the paranormal fantasy series starting with Ruins, this time, Ruins Legacy .

Ruins Legacy by Janie Franz

We interviewed Janie a while back, at this link for episode 73 : Janie Franz, Acquisitions Editor

I hope you will listen to both of these great chats. They are linked (the two videos) in this one at YouTube. I am trying to create playlists there of dual/multiple interviews. If you like playlists, have a look on our Youtube channel and see what it looks like.

This time Janie and I have a good chat about the latest goings-on at Muse It Up Publishing, who is currently closed to subs, but you can bookmark the site anyway by going here: MuseItUpPublishing

And we also talk about her latest book, Ruins Legacy, which just came out in March.

Also, the audio in this chat is not as good as it needs to be…we were Skyping during a thunderstorm of epic proportions. Sorry about that!!!

You guys should try to glean all you can from our chat though, as Janie is very experienced at editing and writing, and she shares a lot of good info. Writers like me can learn a lot from her.

Hope you enjoy this one!

Eps 84 – R Weir-Mann in the Crossfire

Mann in the Crossfire

This is my second interview with Randy Weir, author of Mann in the Crossfire, his latest novel. If you want to see the first interview go here : https://youtu.be/JrB_la9bjNU

…or just read the blog here http://www.writergroupie.net/wgp-eps-80-r-weir-author-of-the-front-range-butcher/

Randy has just gotten back from a conference and he tells us all about what happened there, and if it was a good one for you to plan on attending.

We also discussed the latest book Mann in the Crossfire and how Randy hopes it is well received as it may be the last in the series. We talk about how to know when a series has reached its natural end, and what may be coming in the future.

There is a lot of good discussion about writing and the writing life in this video and I hope you will enjoy it.

You can get R Weir’s previous work, Front Range Butcher here at Amazon – this IS an affiliate link.

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Front Range Butcher by R. Weir

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Bound to Morocco by Leslie Hachtel

Bound to Morocco – New Release! 

Bound to Morocco

by Leslie Hachtel

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

What if your family sold you to a Sultan’s Harem?

Drugged and kidnapped, Shera finds herself on a ship to Morocco to serve the Sultan. Abandoned and alone, Shera must find a way to escape and confront the people who betrayed her. She gets help from an unlikely source: the man who kidnapped her. But, he has his own secrets. And, when their partnership turns to love, the two must face constant danger to endure. But will they ever be free?

 

Purchase now on Amazon for Kindle and in PRINT!
Click on cover to go to AMAZON now!Also available at these retailers:

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-to-morocco-leslie-hachtel/1128923180?ean=9781720802112

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-to-morocco

for other retailers not listed contact the author at her website:

http://www.lesliehachtel.com 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense. Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.
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Once Upon a Tablecloth by Leslie Hachtel

Recently, I had the privilege to sit down and discuss writing and books with the fabulous Leslie Hachtel. Leslie is the author of multiple books and she is a real-go-getter. When she told me she had a promotion coming up for one of them, I asked to please promote it on my site.

Here in all its glory is your intro to the world of Hachtel:

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life.  Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense.  Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.

 

Inside the Book

Title: ONCE UPON A TABLECLOTH
Author: Leslie HachtelPublisher: Independent
Pages: 334
Genre: Romantic Suspense

BOOK BLURB:
Nick Jordan acquires failing restaurants, then makes them prosperous. But when Lily Mercer calls him for help, he didn’t count on falling in love.

Or that someone wants to kill her.

And with so many obstacles and threats, can she survive? Can their love?

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To be featured on Book Gorilla 6/24
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Regular price is 2.99
Deal price .99 (from 6/21-7/5)
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