A PRESCRIPTION FOR DELIRIUM by Noree Cosper

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A PRESCRIPTION FOR DELIRIUM
Noree Cosper

Cover Copy: Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil’s plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

A Prescription for Delirium is released on December 1st, 2012.

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About the Author: Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.

She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse.

 

THE CYLINDER by Luke O’Boyle

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THE CYLINDER
Luke O’Boyle

Cover Copy: Humanity gathers on the edge of a vast continent. Past the remants of the Broken Wall lies an unexplored wilderness, where beasts rule the land. Gathered in the land of Echo, mankind is ravaged by infertility, and readies itself for the coming of the meteor Nior. One assassin has glimpsed beyond the fraying fabric of his world, but how can he find hope for mankind when he has lost his humanity?

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The book can be found at the following links:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/245106
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Cylinder-Ezraeil-ebook/dp/B009QN3OEG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350747273&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.com/The-Cylinder-Ezraeil-ebook/dp/B009QN3OEG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350747332&sr=1-1&keywords=the+cylinder

About the Author: I developed a passion for fantasy novels from a young age. I loved falling into a world where anything was possible, and where I could discover new cities, new cultures and new characters.

I particularly loved epic fantasy. Books which would carry me along for weeks or months, and where I felt excitement and awe at the turn of a page. Eventually I began to grow disappointed at the plethora of fantasy books set in the same time periods (medieval fantasy), and decided I would look at doing something different.

Only when finishing my book did I discover that urban fantasy was a thing… Nevermind! This has just opened the opportunity for me to find more books which I can immerse myself into.

About me. I’ve grown up living in the South of England, and currently live in London. I went to Oxford University, where I studied history due to the fact it was just, basically, studying stories. Now I work for a fantastic company in London, and am very lucky with how life has played out so far.

http://thecylinderbook.wordpress.com/

THE DARK PROPOSAL by Megan Cashman

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THE DARK PROPOSAL
Megan Cashman

Cover Copy: If your boyfriend suddenly reveals he’s a vampire, and also wants to make you one or else…what would you do?

That is the dilemma college graduate Claire McCormick faces. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Daniel Bertrand reveals he is a vampire who wants her to be his companion forever. But when Claire hesitates at his proposal, her life spirals down into a nightmare. She learns the true, sinister reason why Daniel wants her to become a vampire and has to choose between becoming an bloodthirsty monster or having her and her loved ones suffer.

WARNING: contains graphic content and strong language

The Dark Proposal will be the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and Daniel, as well as the rest of the vampires.

Get the Book: Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009AL4RKE

About the Author: Former freelance journalist Megan Cashman is the author of the newly released urban fantasy eBook, The Dark Proposal.

She has worked for cable news stations, both local and national, and has a master’s degree in journalism under her belt.

Born and raised on Staten Island, New York’s forgotten borough, Megan always had a love of reading and writing. Her favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Anne Rice, Khaled Hosseini, and Sarah Dunant. She enjoys books that take her to a different world and/or see her world differently. She hopes to do the same for her future readers.

http://megancashmanbooks.wordpress.com/

YESTERDAY’S HEROES by Heather Long

YESTERDAY’S HEROES
Heather Long
paranormal romance
novella: 89 pages

Cover Copy:

Aurora “Rory” Graystone
Codename: Halo
Abilities: superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes—if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter
Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: expert tracker and sniper
Mission: kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time travelers are trying to prevent?

My Thoughts: YESTERDAY’S HEROES is a fun, quick read and a great mashup of genres– a superhero, time-travel romance.

The story opens with Rory aware she’s being followed. Then a sniper’s arrow misses hitting her. She changes into her superhero and goes after the sniper. Intense, inexplicable attraction occurs and just when they should kill each other, they don’t. Michael Hunter, the sniper, gets the upper hand and takes Rory back to his headquarters, where she is held prisoner. Hunter must explain to the rest of his team why he didn’t follow through with their mission and kill Rory, why he now protects her.

I loved this concept: fated superheros holding the future of the universe in their hands. The romance was hot. The worldbuilding was great. But I wanted more. I could easily have read another 200 pages.

At this time, there’s no mention of a series, but I do hope for more.

Rating: A
Series:
Publisher: Carina Press, 2012
Acquired: publisher via NetGalley

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[Guest Post] Choose Your Ending by Brian Jay Jones

Please welcome Washington Irving biographer, Brian Jay Jones. Brian’s is discussing the various endings to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and I can’t think of a better way to end this month of Sleepy Hollow Celebration!

CHOOSE YOUR ENDING
Brian Jay Jones

When Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” appeared in bookstalls in London and the United States in 1820, there was nothing anywhere quite like it.  “It is a random thing,” Irving modestly said of it — but the thirty-six-year-old Irving had actually carefully blended together nuggets of the Dutch customs, stories, and characters with a bit of German folklore and a few dashes of American locations and attitudes to create something new and entirely different. Here was a ghost story taking place distinctly in America, and written by an American—but in a language so elegant that British readers were convinced Irving had to be a fellow Englishman.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was only one of more than thirty short stories and essays written by Washington Irving as part of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, which he self-published in seven installments in 1819 and 1820. When “Sleepy Hollow” appeared in March 1820 — tucked among two other stories as part of The Sketch Book’s sixth installment — it was an immediate sensation both in Britain and the United States. Its success propelled Irving from a mere man of letters into an international superstar.

The legend itself has become so integrated into our American DNA that most of us think we know what the story is about, even if we’ve never read it. It’s true that Irving’s tale is more about mood than plot— most of it is actually set-up for the climactic chase most of us remember from the Walt Disney cartoon, with its memorable image of the Headless Horseman hurling a flaming pumpkin at gawky schoolteacher Ichabod Crane. But what else do we remember?

Irving spends much of his tale, in fact, introducing his characters and setting up the rivalry between Crane and the brash, practical-joke loving Brom Bones as they vie for the hand of the winsome (and wealthy) Katrina Van Tassel. Irving eventually brings the three together at a dinner party — where Crane hears the Dutch elders telling tales of the Headless Horseman — then sends the skittish Crane riding home on horseback through the dark spooky woods of Sleepy Hollow. From there it’s off and away into the woods and Crane’s breakneck pursuit by the Headless Horseman.

The pursuit of Ichabod Crane by the Horseman — and that thrown pumpkin that tumbles the schoolteacher from his horse — is the moment we remember. But when I talk about Irving before audiences, I always ask if anyone can tell me how the story actually ends –- and faces almost always go blank. But that’s okay—because what most of us don’t remember is that Irving gives us not just one ending to his tale, but three – a clever conceit that allows you, as the reader, to decide which one you prefer.

The first ending provided by Irving is the creepier, Hammer horror film ending:

The next morning (writes Irving) . . . [i]n one part of the road leading to the church was found [Crane’s] saddle trampled in the dirt; the tracks of horses’ hoofs deeply dented in the road, and evidently at furious speed, were traced to the bridge, beyond which, on the bank of a broad part of the brook, where the water ran deep and black, was found the hat of the unfortunate Ichabod, and close beside it a shattered pumpkin.

The brook was searched, but the body of the schoolmaster was not to be discovered . . .

Don’t like that one? Here’s the second:

It is true, an old farmer, who had been down to New York on a visit several years after, and from whom this account of the ghostly adventure was received, brought home the intelligence that Ichabod Crane was still alive; that he had left the neighborhood partly through fear of the goblin and … that he had changed his quarters to a distant part of the country; had kept school and studied law at the same time; had been admitted to the bar; turned politician; electioneered; written for the newspapers; and finally had been made a justice of the Ten Pound Court.

Did Ichabod Crane really survive his midnight ride through Sleepy Hollow, then? If so, was there really a Headless Horseman? And what became of Brom Bones and Katrina Van Tassel? Irving answers our questions in the story’s true payoff:

Brom Bones, too, who, shortly after his rival’s disappearance conducted the blooming Katrina in triumph to the altar, was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh at the mention of the pumpkin; which led some to suspect that he knew more about the matter than he chose to tell.

Despite the punchline, Irving can’t resist wrapping up his story with a creepy flourish, swirling his cloak about him as he ends his tale and disappears into the fog:

The old country wives, however, who are the best judges of these matters, maintain to this day that Ichabod was spirited away by supernatural means; and it is a favorite story often told about the neighborhood round the winter evening fire. The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe; and that may be the reason why the road has been altered of late years, so as to approach the church by the border of the millpond. The schoolhouse being deserted soon fell to decay, and was reported to be haunted by the ghost of the unfortunate pedagogue and the plowboy, loitering homeward of a still summer evening, has often fancied his voice at a distance, chanting a melancholy psalm tune among the tranquil solitudes of Sleepy Hollow.

Choose your ending—but whichever you prefer, savor for a moment the fact that you’ve just read the first great American ghost story, told by our first great American author and international bestseller.

About the Author: Award-winning biographer Brian Jay Jones spent two decades as a writer, speechwriter, and public policy analyst, serving elected officials at three levels of government, including nearly ten years in the United States Senate. Despite this background, he writes nonfiction.

Brian’s first book, Washington Irving: An American Original, was hailed as the definitive biography of American literature’s first popular author and pop culture icon. The Associated Press praised the book as “authoritative,” the Washington Post’s Michael Dirda called it, “engaging, clearly written, and well researched,” while the New York Times summed it up simply as “charming.”

In 2010, Brian was awarded the St. Nicholas Society of New York’s Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, joining David McCullough, Ron Chernow, Christopher Buckley, and William Zinsser on the list of medal recipients.

When he’s not writing, he loves listening to classic jazz and blues, admires the films of Charlie Chaplin, reads anything having to do with Batman or the Beatles, and generally succeeds in trying the patience of his wife.

He is presently at work on the first grown-up biography of Jim Henson.

WASHINGTON IRVING: An American OriginalAmazon CA | Amazon US | Goodreads

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[Indie Sunday] OATH OF SERVITUDE by C.E. Wilson

Welcome to “Indie Sunday”! Each week Urban Fantasy Land features independent or small press published authors.

OATH OF SERVITUDE
C.E. Wilson

Cover Copy: For nearly twenty years, Teague had it all. Money. Looks. Intelligence. Popularity. He never questioned why. It wasn’t until he lost it all that he realized what he had. Now it’s gone. He’s trapped in the darkness.
Cailin is a pixi from a clan that wants nothing more than to control her. What she says, how she acts, even what she wears. When she rebels, the consequences are severe as well as surprising. A year living with a human family. Suddenly she is forced to coexist with Teague and his cryptic father. But why? Why would her clan allow this?
In a world he couldn’t see.
In a world she didn’t trust.
Teague and Cailin will have to learn to trust each other.
But at what cost?

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Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Oath-Servitude-Punishment-Sequence-ebook/dp/B0098U8OZ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350525536&sr=8-1&keywords=oath+of+servitude
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236352

About the Author: C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her two dogs and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. She grew up in Lancaster, PA and graduated from Millersville University in 2008 with a degree in English Education.
C.E. has been writing stories since she could hold a pen, and she often finds her inspirations for story ideas in images. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her DeviantArt page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and nothing helps her to write more than Coca-Cola and glazed doughnut holes.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading shoujo manga and young adult fantasy and watching trashy TV shows.

Website: http://www.goodreads.com/CEWilson
Twitter: CEWilson1
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