Saturday, October 25, 2014

Series TOUR (Sekhmet's Guardians by V.S. Nelson)


With a love for history, Native American author V.S. Nelson, instructed elementary, high school and college in the U.S. and abroad before launching her second writing career.

V has been a story-teller all her life, always creating stories about people discovering the courage to make a difference. This drove her into writing her paranormal series centering on strong relationships and led her to coin the term: Ancient Legends, New Worlds.

She is well known for her “time management and sprint style writing,” producing well over five thousand words daily - consecutively. Ms. Nelson is available for speaking engagements, appearances and is more than willing to share her methodology with others in a variety of workshops.

A member of three RWA chapters she sits on several committees and judges writing contests across the states. She is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Desert Rose (Phoenix) RWA Chapter.

She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com

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Nearly six thousand years ago a group of Sekhmet's personal guards stepped through a portal from Tuat (where the Egyptian Gods reside) to Earth after their king was killed. Their assignment was simple enough; find the leader and followers of Set's Legions who committed such a horrible atrocity and destroy them.

Sekhmet in her wisdom offered her blood to her elite force, which granted them immortality. Are they vamps? In a sense, but not in the traditional sense. They do require blood to survive and to keep them bound to Earth, but they can also walk in daylight, eat and drink normal food, go for long periods of time without digesting it, mate and have children. They can also die by being beheaded. Anyway, their purpose remain today what it was in the beginning. Living near Lake Michigan Sekhmet's guards run a world-wide protection agency, named Guardians Incorporated, more commonly called GI, where they protect the rich, the famous and the less fortunate from the Legion or ills of our modern day world.



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When two hidden worlds collide near modern day Lake Michigan, Jennifer, a young Native American, is confronted with the reality not everything is as it seems and things do go bump in the night. The questions she has long since asked are answered in this epic tale of self discovery when she meets Gabriel; the director of Guardians Incorporated.
Born in New Tuat, Netchkhet, now known as Gabriel, came to Earth some five thousand years ago to protect the human race, Disillusioned because of an unfulfilled prophecy, he has become cold and distant - even from those of his kind. Secretly, he waits for his enemy to take his head so he may leave this world for good.
Can a tiny Selkie melt his hardened heart and restore his faith in a power far greater than himself? When history repeats itself, can he save her from death's embrace or will they be robbed of a future again?



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SNIPPET: ETERNAL LOVERS

“SIT!” the black haired one, demanded.

He sat down in the chair directly next to Bill. He started to speak, but before he uttered a single word, he was silenced by the Ancient’s unspoken command.

“Do you know who I am?” The largest of them asked.

“Sire, I can only assume you are one of the seven Ancients, one of the makers of our race.”

“I am Gabriel, once know as Netchkhet. I am the leader of the Guardians.”

“Sire, it is an honor.”

“Silence. Do not speak unless you are spoken to. Your fate and the fate of that…” Gabriel said as he sneered at Bill, “…is undetermined. Do not try to please me with your whimpering pledges of admiration.” 

It dawned on David that Gabriel’s mouth was not moving as he spoke. He was interjecting his thoughts directly into his mind.

“The decision has been made. I was content to keep your little secret quiet for Jennifer’s sake. I even thought about giving her husband the opportunity to make a choice, Jennifer or you. Not anymore.”

He turned his attention to Bill and spoke aloud. “You will release all holds on Jennifer. You will never see her again. Everything you own is now hers. Your house, your money, and your cars… Do you understand?”

Bill’s head nodded as he was still unable to speak.

Gabriel looked back at him and once again interjected his question directly into his mind.

“Does this mortal mean anything to you? Or is he here simply for your amusement? Speak your answer aloud so all can hear.”

David wasn’t sure if the Ancients would understand his feelings towards Bill but he had nothing to lose by telling them the truth. They would know if he was lying.

“I love him more than my own life. If he would have me, I would have him as my lifemate.”

 “That woman has stood in the way of my happiness...”

Gabriel growled then slapped him right out of his chair and sent him flying across the room.

“DO NOT USE THAT TONE WITH ME EVER AGAIN! That woman as you called her has a name, and you are not worthy to speak it. Now get your ass back in the chair. I’m not finished with you.”

He crawled back across the floor and into the chair without ever standing.

Gabriel pulled out a cell phone and pushed a button to call someone.

“Are you watching this? Good, tell me what this son of a bitch’s holdings are.”

“Okay, thanks,” the Ancient said before flipped the cell phone closed.

“You’re lucky I don’t kill the two of you right here. Knowing what is in your veins gives me that right.”

He knew exactly what Gabriel was referring to. All immortals knew their own ancestry. He swallowed hard, hating the fact he was a descendent of Unab.

“In spite of everything you have done; the pain you have inflicted on a mere innocent, I will allow you both to live. I do not want to dirty my hands with your blood, for if I were to kill you, I would be unworthy of her presence. But I can not let you off scot free. You will make restitution on behalf of your new lifemate to Jennifer. Do you agree to my demands?”

David didn’t know what or how much it was going to cost him but he was willing to pay anything to have a life with Bill. He placed his right hand over his heart and bowed his head.

“Sire, on the blood of my father, I do so agree.” 

The oath was given.

“Good.  I have been informed that you have considerable holdings. You will deposit twenty five million dollars into a Swiss bank account we set up for her. In addition, you will deposit five hundred thousand into her personal bank account. For every year the two of you live, you will continue to make an additional deposit of the sum of five hundred thousand into her Swiss account. My associates will send you the information you will need within 24 hours. She will never know this money comes from you. Neither of you will see her again. Jennifer will remain under the care and protection of the Guardians for her entire life… Do you understand me?

David bowed his head. “Yes Sire.”



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With each passing day Jessica’s consciousness grew stronger. For twenty years she was content to remain as she was—trapped inside another. The life she led came to an abrupt end the moment she laid eyes on Raphael. At first she suspected they were destined to be together--his gentle touch confirmed it. Although he didn’t know it, he ignited waves of a fiery passion that burned deep into her soul. It became brighter every day, giving her the strength she needed. Somehow she would find a way to free herself from her grandmother’s powerful magic.
Since her birth she learned vicariously from observing others of her kind and until now she was satisfied with the life she led. She had everything one would need to live a meaningful life without the stress the human world inflicts on its inhabitants. With each passing day her obsession to be more than she was, intensified. Jessica knew she was gifted with her race's abilities to communicate with others but until now she had never used them. They say practice makes perfect and she was at a point now where she could make her presence known—at least to him.




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Tshering Snow never meant to fall hopelessly in love with her savior, the Ancient, known as Lance, but she did. He seems to care deeply for her, spending every available hour with her, but will he be able to give up his past and settle down with one woman? After all, he has the reputation of a playboy.
Lance hates the personification he has created around himself. Afraid the others might not understand why; he has held back the truth from Gabriel and the other Guardians, he has waited for the right woman, the one Sekhmet prophesized so long ago. And now he has found her. When he is accused of fathering a child by both Gabriel and Tshering, how can he make them believe the child is not his, even if the boy is a spitting imagine of him?
After the women are attacked by Set’s Legions while relaxing on Jennifer’s new yacht, they come to the unanimous decision; they will train and join the Guardian forces. But that’s not as easy as it was meant to be. Old fashioned and hard headed, Gabriel is determined he will not having women fighting in their war.
When Tshering, Jennifer and Jessica are taken hostage by Set’s Legions all hell breaks loose on the Guardian’s compound. Lost without their mates, brother fights brother while they try save their women and put an end to the Legion’s terror. Will Sekhmet, the goddess they serve, step in and reveal the truth or will she leave them to find their own solutions to a never ending war as she has in the past?


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Unlike the other three novels in Sekhmet’s Guardians, this first person, stand-alone historical takes the reader back in time 6,000 years, back to the land of New Tuat and to ancient Egypt. The question, how could two identical twin brothers turn out so differently are answered by Bagsu in this epic tale of family, growth, loss, betrayal and brotherhood.
Bagsu, his name alone strikes fear in the Guardian Nation.
What can cause one twin, destined to take his father’s place as a priest turn evil and lead a crusade to dominate the human race while the other fights to save mankind?
Finally, secrets are revealed when Bagsu leads us back in time to the land of New Tuat. Experience first hand what really happened to Bagsu and Gabriel long before they became immortal, when twin brothers were the best of friends.






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Friday, October 24, 2014

GGMMMU ~ Representing hoodoo practitioners with an interview is Jennifer Snyder


Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven’t seen the end of me yet…

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Jennifer is representing magical beings with a hoodoo conjurer in the following interview. Thank you Jennifer :-)



Is there a technical term for Hoodoo practitioners? They are called Conjurers.

What is the difference between voodoo and hoodoo? Voodoo is an actual religion, while Hoodoo is a group of magical practices…

What do you envision their greatest ability to be? Hexes…they can hex someone like nobody’s business! My favorite is the Hotfoot spell. It can make anyone you don’t want around anymore leave town in the snap of a finger.

Would you consider your “monster” to be good or bad? A Conjurer can be both, because just like in nature, both good and evil can be found within their workings. Not every spell or form of root magick is targeted toward someone for death or destruction, Conjurers can use their powers for healing and helping as well. It’s solely up to them and the situation.

What is their greatest enemy? Themselves, depending on how they chose to live their magickal life. What they do is all about balance, and if they screw with that balance, they’d better watch out.

Choose three of the following and tell us what your creature would do with them, make out of them, use them for or what reaction they would have to them: an apple, an gemstone, a silver chain, a fish, a rat, a deer, a toad, a piece of pizza heavily dosed with garlic, a flower, treasure belonging to someone else, fire, a spider, a worm, a ball of string, a microphone and speakers, a wooden club, a mirror, a book, a cemetery, a boat, a moonlight bonfire, a sunny afternoon, a walk through the forest on an overcast day, a wooden stick, a Popsicle, a broom, a tree, a lost person, a baby, a body of water, a cross, a cage, wolfs bane, a rock, a rubber band, a chicken, a rabbit, a cave, rope, or a piece of candy. This is interesting! I would love to see what Theo, my main Conjurer in The Tethered series, could do with a gemstone, a spider, and a fire! My thoughts are that he would probably create some Hoodoo spell that would grant him the stealth of a spider. I imagine him placing this essence of a spider inside the gemstone so he could carry it with him, after he rolled all three in the fire and said a few incantations, of course.  ;)

What scares you? Loads of things scare me, I’m not going to lie and say nothing, but keeping with the theme of Halloween I have to say clowns. IT by Steven King ruined me! Seriously creepy! That scene in with the little girl staring down the sink drain still holds the power to make me cover my eyes and shout at the TV “Get out of there! Don’t look down the drain!”

What is your monster most afraid of? Honestly sometimes, and in certain situations, people. When ruled by greed or revenge, people can be monstrous in the Conjuring business.

What type of candy would you be apt to grab? Give out for Halloween? I’m a candy corn lover! I think it gets a bad rep at Halloween for some reason.

What is your favorite type of monster to write about? Read about? I’m a sucker (pun intended) for anything vampire. While I haven’t written about vampires, yet, I have read a ton about them over the years. All the Anne Rice books are my favorite! Of course I have mad love for Spike from Buffy, Damon from Vampire Diaries, and Elijah from The Originals can bite me any day! I haven't discovered The Originals yet. I'll have to check it out!


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Representing beings with unique talents is W. J. May, author the Chronicles of Kerrigan series and many other great books



Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and a sister -- taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.

But you're not interested in her athletic career - unless of course you're curious to know she stands 1.70m (5'7") and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occassion. She's represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition. From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the travelling around the world and the opportunity to read - her favourite past time.

Wanita and her husband now run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables - particularly jewelry and porcelain.


After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

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And now her representation of Rae from her Chronicles Of Kerrigan series:

How would you describe her powers or type of being? Definitely unique/special abilities. Rae’s a completely normal human being, just happens to have this kick-ass tattoo that gives her supernatural powers. :-)
Her tattoo is a bit like a copy-cat ability. If someone else has a tattoo (they are referred to as tatu’s in the series), Rae is able to mimic it. Most tatu’s give you one ability, where Rae can copy them all! Pretty awesome supernatural talent if you ask me. LOL! I'd say that you were biased but I've read a couple of books from The Chronicles of Kerrigan and I think that Rae is pretty awesome too!

What do you envision her greatest characteristic, ability or power to be? Rae’s natural instinct. She doesn’t even realize it yet, but her brain processes stuff faster than she sees it and then her body reacts instantly. It’s a fantastic protective mechanism. Her worst? Her worst would be her inability to trust anyone. She’s been lied to most her life without knowing and now has a hard time knowing who to trust and what to believe as true. It is tough to be her but that is part of why I am drawn to her character. She is so strong despite what she has too endure!

What makes your character different from a witch or wizard, or other supernatural being? She can’t do spells, but she can shape shift (has to mimic someone with a tatu of an animal). She’s like a modern day 007 secret agent!  Her father’s tatu was a warlock… I wonder if she’s going to be able to harness into that ability somehow? We’ll just have to wait and see!

What two creatures would you love to see go toe to toe in a battle? You will be judged for creativity. ;-) Feel free to describe the battle. Grollics, which are a very unique type of werewolf in my Hidden Secrets Saga, and a natural werewolf. The monster of the beast versus its predecessor. Survival of the fittest… or the smartest? Oooh Good choices! I have to say that I've read the first Hidden Secrets book and it was great too. :-)
Choose three of the following and tell us what your creature would do with them, make out of them, use them for or what reaction they would have to them: an apple, an gemstone, a silver chain, a fish, a rat, a deer, a toad, a piece of pizza heavily dosed with garlic, a flower, treasure belonging to someone else, a fire, a spider, a worm, a ball of string, a microphone and speakers, a wooden club, a mirror, a book, a cemetery, a boat, a moonlight bonfire, a sunny afternoon, a walk through the forest on an overcast day, a wooden stick, a Popsicle, a broom, a tree, a lost person, a baby, a body of water, a cross, a cage, wolfs bane, a rock, a rubber band, a chicken, a rabbit, a cave, rope, or a piece of candy. Rae finds out in book three, House of Cards, that she has an ability with fire. So she’s probably chose the moonlit bonfire with the fires to test her ability out. Being the smart cookie that she is, she’s also be close to the body of water in case things got out of hand. :0)
Which type of monster do you think would make the best love interest for your monster and why? The worst? The best and the worst are the same. Lol. According to tatu law, someone with a tatu is not allowed to date another tatued person. However, Rae would love to be with Devon, a boy with a Fennec fox tatu. Their love might feel right, but the repercussions could be deadly
What scares Rae? Her father. She always feels he’s reaching out of the grave to get her.

What scares me, the author?  Spider webs… I’ve learned to become quite the ninja person because of them lol. Eeeew! I feel your fear. I hate them too especially if you are out at night and wander into one. You have no idea if the spider is there or not. *shivers* 

What is Rae most afraid of? Rae’s terrified of being caught by the other side. Or turning to the dark side… like Darth Vader!!! Sorry that I kind of repeated that one. Great job working around it. :-D 

What type of candy would you be apt to grab? Give out for Halloween? Chocolate bars and bags of mini chips … they make the best goodies! And lots. I hate when kids come to a house and they only get one piece of candy. Give ‘em a break and fill the bag! lol I bet you are popular. No corn or toilet paper for your house on Halloween! :D 

What is a least known trait about Rae and those like her? Their tattoos are not ink art. They keep their abilities secret from the real world! 

What is your favorite type of monster to write about? Read about? I’m old school – vampires and werewolves :-)

Thank you Wanita for taking the time to answer my goofy questions and for sponsoring a giveaway as well. :-) You are an amazing author and a wonderful, fun, and friendly person.

FYI, folks the first book in The Chronicles of Kerrigan series, Rae Of Hope, is FREE! You have a chance to win the second book, Dark Nebula in the Unique Abilities giveaway! You can read my review of the first two books in the series here.

The first part of her Radium Halos series is free as well! If you want some good reading, pick them up. :-)
 
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