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Friday, September 17, 2010

LaVerne Thompson-- Living On The Edge

Check out this fantastic new trailer for LIVING ON THE EDGE a new paranormal shifter story coming Sept. 30th by LaVerne Thompson. Be sure to click on the link and listen to the music  by friend and fellow author and singer  Chaeya.

Do you trust your instincts?

Here's a blurb for the story.

As one of the few female bounty hunters in the country and with a nickname like Edge, she enjoyed living on the edge and always got her man. One way or another.  As an executioner for her shifter clan she was relentless, but finding a mate was not something on her radar, having to hunt him down and execute him even less so.
But could she trust her instincts? 
Ethan Graves was a hunted man, not quite a man but a Leo of his kind.  When he found out he was hunted by a sexy bounty hunter, he let himself be caught.  He just had to convince her of his innocence before she killed him, then confess to wanting her as his mate. 
But could he trust his instincts?  




Monday, September 06, 2010

Pamela Turner--- blogs on, The Many Faces Of The Angels of Death

The Many Faces of the Angels of Death

by Pamela Turner

Although the concept of an angel of death has existed since Biblical times, such a being was not specifically named or described. According to Angels A to Z, “Only in postbiblical literature does the idea of an angel of death as such emerge. This ‘angel’ gradually developed into a demonic figure acting on his own initiative. According to the Talmud, the angel of death was identified with Satan, and the notion of the angel of death as evil was reflected in many folktales...”

Despite this association with the devil, angels of death are also among the holy echelons. The Talmud Baba Metzia mentions the angel isn’t necessarily evil and remains an agent of God. Christian belief cites Michael as a psychopomp who, according to A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels, “leads souls into the eternal light.”
Michael is also one of the memitim, a certain angel who, along with Gabriel, Samael, Sariel, and Malak Almawt (an Islamic angel of death), brings “about the destruction of those whom the guardian angels no longer protected.” (

Rabbinic writings list fourteen angels of death: Adriel, Apollyon-Abaddon, Azrael, Gabriel, Hemah, Kafziel, Kezef, Leviathan, Malach ha-Mavet, Mashhit, Metatron, Samael (Satan), Yehudiah (Yehudiam), and Yetzer-hara. The Pirke Rabbenu ha-Kadosh lists six angels of death: Gabriel (young people), Kafziel (kings), Meshabber (animals), Mashhit (children), Af (men), and Hemah (domestic animals).

There is also, according to Eisenmenger (Traditions of the Jews), a hierarchy among the angels of death. Metatron is the supreme angel of death and his subordinates are Gabriel and Samael.   

Metatron, Gabriel, Samael, and Azrael, along with Xariel (Sariel), are angels of death in my short novel, Death Sword. While Metatron oversees the angels of death, somewhat like a CEO, Gabriel and Samael are his seconds-in-command.

Azrael is the highest-ranking angel of death in Death Sword. In the story, he’s exiled himself on an island of apple orchards. A legend has Azrael holding an apple from the Tree of Life to the nose of the dying person in order to entice the soul from the body. In Death Sword, the fallen apples represent souls to be collected. Azrael delivers the names of these people to Metatron, who passes them on to Gabriel and Samael, and so on.

The supreme angel of death, however, is not without his challengers. Samael, an angel of death relegated to desk duty, resolves to overtake Azrael’s position. His plan is thwarted by the arrival of Karla Black, a half-human angel and daughter of the Grigori leader, Azazel.

Samael determines to destroy Karla before she can realize her destiny. His weapon is a venomous rapier that can kill with one drop of poison. Samael, whose name means “poison angel” is also considered to be the chief of satans. He’s described by the Talmud Abodah Zarah, 20, as “altogether full of eyes.” When he reaches berserker stage in Death Sword, these eyes are revealed. In legend, he is said to have had, before the Fall, twelve wings and a rank above the  Seraphim. If this is true, then he could be equated with Lucifer. Like many angels, Samael is considered good or evil, depending on the source.

Xariel (Sariel) is one of the angels of death who takes his orders from Samael. Sariel (Suriel) is called the angel of death in the Falasha Anthology and was said to have fetched the soul of Moses. Among Xariel’s other duties are to act as a sort of angelic officer, being “responsible for the lot of angels that violate God’s sacred ordinances” (Angels A to Z).

Like Samael, Xariel is both holy and fallen. As one of the Grigori, he taught men the lunar cycle, formerly deemed forbidden knowledge. In Death Sword, this action results in him being cursed by the Seraphim. No sex on the new or full moons and he loses his angelic powers.   

Although Xariel is under Samael’s command, he formerly worked for Gabriel until a misunderstanding caused them to part ways. Along with Michael, Gabriel is the only angel mentioned by name in the Bible, not counting the Apocryphal writings. While he is best known as the angel of the Annunciation, he is also an angel of death who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The Talmud Sanhedrin 95b describes him as someone who “smote Sennacherib’s hosts ‘with a sharpened scythe which had been ready since Creation.’”

In Death Sword, Gabriel wields a large scythe and doesn’t hesitate to summon it, even against Karla or Xariel. A warrior angel, he approaches situations with the mindset of a soldier. Although Karla irritates him, he admires her determination to stop Samael, even at risk of her life. Gabriel’s passion is chess and he despairs of ever teaching Xariel the finer points of the game. He’d also like for Xariel to quit drinking.  

The angels in Death Sword operate under free will, controlled only by the machinations of three Seraphic angels. It’s a world where love is considered a weakness and the Seraphim rule with intolerance and fear. One of my goals is to challenge peoples’ preconceived views of angels as well as notions of good and evil. Whether or not I’ll succeed remains to be seen.   

Pamela Turner is the author of the upcoming short novel, Death Sword (Lyrical Press, Spring 2011). A former Wisconsinite, she lives in Kentucky where the bugs are bigger and allergies aren’t an option but the law. She spends way too much time in cemeteries and catering to her  cat’s every whim. You can find out more at her website and blog. She’s currently working on the second book in her Angels of Death series. 

Friday, August 06, 2010

As promised I've been asking some great authors to post on my blog. Why you might ask. Well, for one thing it gives yo a chance to learn about an author you might not be familiar with. For another, even I get tired of hearing myself talk. And the most important reason of all. I love love love hearing what other writers have to say. So without further ado I give you the talented and delightful Carly Carson

                                                        The Art of Flirting – D is for Dancing

Dancing comes in as many forms as there are cultures on the planet. But, in every form, dancing  expresses emotion. Whether it's the joy of warriors after a successful hunt, the dramatic beauty of ballet, or the sexual display of couples attracted to each other, dance covers a wide range.
But I want to focus on dance as one of the best ways to flirt. It's romantic, intimate and fun.
The flirting starts before you're even on the dance floor. If you're the brave sort, you can always ask the guy to dance (just don't forget how much they like the chase). But if you want him to approach, you can't just sit there daydreaming. You need to establish eye contact (3-5 seconds; no staring) and give him a smile. Studies have shown that most men only approach women who've already initiated contact through subtle invitations like this. Even though the guys don't realize that's why they've decided to approach you. Yes, it's odd, I know. They think they are the brave ones.
Okay, you're dancing. I hope you have some sense of rhythm, even if he doesn't. Start your moves (and read my post on C is for Confidence if you're lacking in that department). It's here.
And here's a key element in cementing your partner's interest. Be sure you make periodic eye contact with the guy whose attention you're seeking. Don't let your eyes dart all over the room as if the place is on fire and you need the exit. If you look like you're scoping out some more appealing target, he may decide to do the same. You don't have to be brazen, but don't be shy, either. Let this guy know that these moves are for him.
Second, even though most dancing today is non-contact dancing, you can still use your dance moves to sneak in some flirtatious touching. Rest your hand lightly on his forearm to get his attention when you want to speak or point something out to him. Accidentally brush his elbow or shoulder when the opportunity arises. (No grabbing; no groping.) Touching him is flirting, even if it appears to be done accidentally. He will get the subliminal message. People touch people they like.
Now of course if you have the opportunity for some "slow" dancing, touching is taken to a new level. Now you get to experience that sublime sensation of his arms around you, his body close to yours. (Those prim Europeans who banned the waltz knew what they were doing.)
You get to decide how intimate your touching will be, and you can send all the messages you want. Obviously, the closer you allow your bodies to get, the greater the interest you are showing. But if you want to flirt, don't plaster yourself all over him. Give him a chance to smell your perfume, to feel your hand in his. Give him the thrill of the chase by not letting him pull you quite as close as he wants to. Engage his brain by making him strategize how he can succeed with you.
Most of all, have fun!!! Remember guys are visual. Dancing is a very visual way to attract him.
This month I'm celebrating the release of my new story, a futuristic romance called The Star Necklace. You can check it out here. My heroine lives on a planet with too many women, so she has to use all her moves to capture the heart of a reluctant warrior who wins her virginity.
My best flirter is Scarlet, who features in Scarlet and the Sheriff, which you can find here. I did a lot of this research to teach her how to bring the Sheriff to his knees and it was great fun.
Thanks for joining me on Dyanne's wonderful blog.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

YA author Kathi Wallace, guest blogging

Help me welcome Kathi Wallace.  She's our guest blogger.  My future aim is to entice authors of all genres to share their love of writing with you. Kathi writes for young adults, one of the hottest markets going. Please visit Kathi's website and check out her books.



Teaching Children to Write Starts with Teaching Them Story-Telling

I really like kids. I enjoy the sound of their voices when they are playing. I love to hear their giggles and whispers but watching them discover something for the first time is just sheer joy. Turning my joy in children into a profession was a natural evolution and I spent twenty years of my working life as an early childhood educator.

One of the things I have always tried to share with children was my love of books, having been introduced to books at an early age myself. I can still remember the patience of my grandmother as she would agree to read me 'Just one more, please, Mamo!'.

When I learned to read myself, I devoured everything I could get my hands on and at times, my desires outstripped my abilities; I read Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight when I was seven and not surprisingly, didn't like it at all. It wasn't until ten years had passed and my father gave me an omnibus of McCaffrey’s work that I realized - Wow! Needless to say, after that I gobbled everything of hers I could get my hands on.

It only seemed right to share this passion for reading with kids, not only my own, but the ones I dealt with on a day-to-day basis in my daycare center. Reading and telling stories were one of the day's highlights, not only for the kids but for myself and the staff as well.

As an educator, mother and writer, I feel very strongly about encouraging children to share their creativity and a great way to do this is through story-telling.

Children get validation when they are listened to; being listened to increases their sense of self and their importance in the scheme of things. There is no better way to get kids talking and others listening than to have them tell or write stories. Telling stories increases vocabulary and expands a child's ability to imagine and there is no better gift to give a developing mind.

When is a child ready to make up their own stories? When they can listen to a story, then repeat back some of the main points of that story, they are ready. I've had kids as young as three do this, but bear in mind that not all kids develop at the same rate and not all children listen in the same manner. Some kids process while they move, so that tapping or rolling around they're doing doesn't necessarily mean they aren't hearing the story, which is why they need to be asked what they've just heard.

One good way to get your child started telling their own stories is to first tell a few yourself. Sometimes kids don't really understand what telling stories is all about – and I totally get that. Understanding that a story is something created out of nothing can be a logical leap and one way I have helped children cross that first mental hurdle was to ask them to give me a prompt, modeling always being the best way to teach a skill.

"What would you like to hear about today?" I would ask. "Help me decide what to tell a story about." This lets the child know that you aren't just repeating something you've read or heard about, you are actually creating something. After a few times of this - the child giving you a topic and you making up a crazy little story from that topic - the light bulb turns on and the child is ready to try for themselves.

Don't expect too much at first – very young story tellers usually have very short stories, sometimes only a sentence or two. Just nod and repeat back to them what you've heard and if another child is present, include them as well. "Did you like that story as much as I did?" Eventually, the stories these children tell will become longer.

After a child is comfortable telling stories, they are ready to take the next step, which is seeing their words on paper. If a child is not yet writing themselves, then just write down their stories for them, making sure to do it as they tell the story. This lets kids get the connection between words that are spoken and the fact that they can have a one-to-one correlation to a written word. Because of this, it's important to write down the story exactly as it is told.

Then read the child's story back to them and watch their pride and excitement in realizing what they've accomplished. Don’t be surprised if your own feelings of joy seem to be even greater than theirs.

Kathi Wallace is the author of Assiniboin Girl, a Young Adult book released by Drollerie Press ( and available from Amazon. She has two more books that will be released shortly. Kathi can found most days on her blog or on Twitter as Kathi430.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Interview with Sharon Pickrel

Hey everyone,

I hope you and yours had a nice holiday and that you remained safe.  As usual I am constantly in contact with super talented people, granted most of them are writers. But hey writers count big time and I love them.  Here’s something you might not know about writers.  They’re shy. Yes, I said it.  They’re very shy and most times don’t want to talk about themselves. Writer Sharon Pickrel,  proves my point. Just read her interview and see for yourself.  She has a wicked sense of humor.

Dyanne:  Sharon, can you tell the readers about yourself, family, job pets, hobby?

Sharon:   The basics, huh?  OK.  I'm divorced, no kids or pets but lots of house
plants I find way too easy to kill.  I have a degree in chemistry and
in a former life worked in environmental consulting.  Now I work in
addiction research monitoring clinical trials so I spend a lot of time
on the road.  I have a sister on the west coast and a brother on the
east coast.

(OK - so I send this off to Dyanne with a huge sigh of relief and that warm and fuzzy feeling I get when an uncomfortable task is done.  Then, this morning - wicked, evil woman that she is - there's an email in my inbox wondering in the nicest, friendliest way if I want to add more to my answers.  This includes a trick I use- namely sharing the information that I don't pay for blog space by the word so there's no length limit and closes with the rhetorical question "Now, was this painful?" - and I know, KNOW I'm screwed.

Hell yes, it's painful.

But see - I so hate to talk about myself.  I mean really - I'm the boring-est person I know.  I work, write and do dishes.  Sometimes I do laundry (though as little of that as possible.  I even bought extra bras to lengthen the time between laundry emergencies) and I read.  I don't watch TV except to rent movies or stare at the local weather radar when there's even the smallest possibility of a getting snow day from work.  (My rapt, undivided attention is a powerful motivator for the storm front to do an Emeril and kick it up a notch.)

So seriously - what's in there that makes for scintillating reading? 

Dyanne:  ROFL.  Now tell me you don’t think Sharon is funny. And this is the thing about writers they are naturally clever and you can’t help but enjoy it when they’re ahh…on the hot seat so to speak.  
So, Sharon, despite your protests to the contrary that you’re not a writer, I know there is a writer hiding inside of every reader tell me, have you found yours yet?

Sharon:  Cripes - I doubt she was ever lost.  I've always made up stories.  It
just took a long time before I wrote any of them down.

(I used to walk to and from school (20 miles, early-blooming boobs clearing the snow out of my path)  and I would write 'em in my head. I asked to go to the bathroom once in elementary school and was so engrossed in my latest story I lost track of time and the teacher sent out a search party.  I got detention and more time to plot in peace.  So see - there's an upside to everything.)

Dyanne: That 20 miles….is that for real or is that a Bill Cosby 20 miles? (smile) I’m playing arm chair psychologist here.  I’ll bet you’re feeling that way. What is your worst fear about letting family, friends, church know you're a

Sharon:  That they'd want to read my writing.  Plus, once they know they have a
habit of asking about how it's going.

(Can we be honest here?  Really?  Good!

'Cause there's always this sneaky little part of me that knows NO fear whatsoever and pipes up with "Yeah, going good - wanna read it."  Lord!  How dare she?  And how come I can't find her address to kill her dead?  She's always doing stuff like that.)

Dyanne: LOL.  I know the feeling.  But guess what, it’s not gong to be your family friends or church who will keep wanting to read your work.  It’s going to be strangers.  Now think about that one. (smile)

Have you carved out a writing schedule for yourself?

Sharon:  Nope, but I should.  I do NaNo every year and that structure always
jump starts the writing because it's a sort of all my free time is my
writing schedule.  It does away with the wondering when....

(Right now?  Writing sucks.  I can't plot to save my life.  I've got dozens of ideas for worlds, characters, new life forms, decadent chocolate desserts - and guess what? They're all sitting there staring at me and snickering.  When it gets really bad, they even do the neener, neener, neerer dance.  I mean really!  How rude can your imagination get?)

Dyanne:  I hope your writng include some of your natural humor because you ARE FUNNY!! Flash…Story.  Idea.  A writer whose characters mock her.  I think you’re the writer for that story.  Now I want to share a not so secret secret.

 I am very powerful and have the power to grant you your fondest wish.  There
 is just one catch, it has to be a wish for you and you alone.  I t has to be
selfish even.  What wish would you like for me to grant?

Sharon:  Hmmm.  I have lots of selfish wishes, from quitting smoking to losing
weight.  Or being published just once before I die.

Dyanne:  I’m going to grant two of your wishes.  YOU will be published.  You’ll have to guess on which of the remaining two I granted. Believe it or not there is a reason for the next question I’m asking you, crazy isn’t it.

 Earth can no longer hold all of it's citizens so many are being resettled on
 a planet of their choice, and yes you can make up a new planet. Tell me what
you planet looks like and what you're going to find when you get there.

Sharon:  It has a beach in the front yard and a fresh water lake out back of
the magically, mysteriously naturally occurring house.  And beyond the
lake are the mountains.  High, snow capped and ending in the clouds.
The climate is never hotter than 75 degrees or colder than 50 degrees.

Dyanne:  You have just proven my point.  The creative mind of a writer can take anything thrown at them, make a story out of it and throw it back. Well done. I like your world.

Now since I know all writers are avid readers I'm gong to ask you some
reader related questions.   What genres do you in general prefer to read and why?

Sharon:  Paranormal and sci fi with strong world building and characters I can
follow for the long haul.  Why?  Because of the magic inherent in
imagining other possibilities.

Dyanne     What is your take on e-books and e-readers?

Sharon:  I love them.  I travel a LOT and take my e-reader with me.  So much easier than packing books.

Dyanne:  Who are some of your go to authors, what is about their books/style
of writing that puts them in your auto buy category?

Sharon:   Lately?  Patricia Briggs, Robert Crais and Phil Rickman.  And it's
because they aren't trite - either in the plot layers or the character

Dyanne:   Have you recently discovered any new authors?

Sharon:  Val McDermot - I started reading her after watching Wire in the Blood
on netflix.
Dyanne:  Without naming names has a book ever left you feeling disappointed with
                the  story, characters, or ending?

Sharon:    Oh yeah.  I've thrown books across the room.  I've tossed 'em in the
                 trash and sworn at them. 

(I'm so BAD!  I always read the end first.  And if I don't like it, I don't read the book and they'd sit in my bookcases taking up space and expanding the cubic area that required dusting. Then I found this great site... now I release books I don't want into the wild.  Book Crossing is sort of a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Books.  They're very cool.)

Dyanne:  I love that society. I’m going to check them out. But wait…does that mean that all the books they have are the rejects?  Hmm. Sharon, how active are you in online author’s groups, social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, tweeter, Good Reads, etc)?

Sharon:  I'm active in a volunteering sort of way with a couple of RWA online
chapters.  I don't use social networking - just not my style.  I do
write collaborative fiction with some friends on Quillings, a Yahoo!
group.  I tell people I have no life and live in a cave - and it seems
to be true.

Dyanne:  What do you think of on-line reviews? Do they influence the books
you buy?

Sharon: Nope.  I never read them, actually. 

Dyanne:  My kind of  Writer.    Are most of your books purchased from the Internet or from the
bricks and mortar bookstores?

Sharon: Online - I adore

Dyanne: I haven’t bought an e-reader but with Amazon and the Kindle for pc I know have a huge assortment of books.      With the rise of E-Books, would you say you spend less on the purchase of  printed books now than you have in the past? Also do you think one day
printed books will be obsolete?

Sharon:  Yep, I spend less but I've also been known to buy the ebook and then
decide I want the hard copy too.  I don't know if they'll be obsolete.
My suspicion is yes, unfortunately.  I wrote a story once where
owning paper books was a sign of wealth and the books were treasures.

Dyanne:  That makes me wonder if you might be a little bit psychic.  I’ll have to check into that and see.  Is there anything that I didn't ask you that you would like to say?

Sharon: Nope, not really.

Dyanne:  Do you have any advice for authors?  How about readers?

Sharon: For writers - quit caring if you're good enough.  Care about if you're
getting better at it.

For readers?  Demand the best in story telling - not the available.

Dyanne:  Seriously, I love your advice. Writers are always questioning themselves. You’d think with the being so sensitive trait writers would seek a new career.  But then they wouldn’t be writers right? LOL.  Sharon, can you give me links to where you hang out so your soon to be fans can reach you?

Sharon:  I hang out at Savvy Authors ( and on Quillings
( and I post my never edited
collaborative fiction at

 Dyanne:  Thanks Sharon.  This was fun.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Another great contest.

RITA Nominees Giveaway by Forever Romance

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I've got 3 sets to give away, many thanks to Anna at Forever Romance (Hachette Books) for this fantastic giveaway!!

So This Is What You Have To Do To Get An Entry!
1. Leave a Comment +1
2. Follow Me +1 already a follower +2
3. Post this contest on your blog (can be on your sidebar or a post) +3

PLEASE put your email in your comments or no entry (no exceptions).
This is for the USA and Canada only please and no Po Boxes (publishers rule)!
Winners will be announced on July 28th 2010!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Romancebooksrus Christmas in July

Yahoo! Groups

No one wants to wait for Christmas to celebrate the holidays so we're having a Christmas in July Event! Great Prizes, to include a new Sony Touch eReader, hats, totes, tee-shirts, gift cards, and more!

To enter our BIG contest:
1. Join our yahoo group - and you already have!

2. Become a Follower at our blog: Check the right sidebar and click on FOLLOW and follow directions. If you have a problem with this, contact (aprilATaprilashDOTnet).

3. Click on each of the 20 RBRU Bloggers' Websites/Blogs listed on the right sidebar at the blog (under FOLLOWERS). Send a list of 20 authors' names and one book title for each one to: ( If an author has two pen names, you only need to click on one. You'll need a total of 20 author names and 20 book titles.

Contest runs from 1 July - 31 July midnight ET. Sorry: we only ship prizes to US and Canadian residents. Others may receive an emailed gift card/certificate. Winners will be announced on our Yahoo group and blog during the first week in August.

Please note: If you join just to enter the contest and then leave the group, you won't be permitted to rejoin when we do another BIG contest. Like Santa, I'm "making a list and checking it twice" so will keep track of those who join and leave. ALSO: going NO MAIL happens to everyone, but please don't make this permanent. We want you to be a part of our group, hear all our news, and join in! I also check this "list".

AUTHORS SPONSORING ADDITIONAL CONTESTS: (This list of Authors and contest links will be in FILES. Each author will run their own extra contest so click on their link. Others may be added so check Files frequently for updates.

Marianne Stephens
April Ash
Tina Donahue and
Jean Hart Stewart
Dyanne Davis or
Elaine Hopper
Ashley Ladd
Cindy Spencer Pape
Gina Ardito
Paris Brandon
Renee Vincent or
Nicole Morgan

Don't miss out on this contest.   You've figured out I'm a part of this right? LOL.  I'm giving away two copies of  In The Beginning.   This one is so easy.  For me you have to go to and sign the guestbook.  It's that easy. The winners will be drawn on July 31. Looking forward to seeing you at romancebooksrus.






Last time. Sign guestbook.
Go to   Join the group.

mention Dyanne sent you.  That's it. Easy as pie right?  Winners will be drawn July 31st 2010

Best of luck to all of you.



Monday, June 21, 2010

Talking with Raven Kelly from VampireBooks.Ca

 Good morning everyone,

Please join me in welcoming Raven Kelly from VampireBooks.Ca

Hello Raven and welcome. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from, what is your background?

Raven: My name is Raven Kelly and I'm the webmistress for three websites.,, and I'm from Canada, and live in the beautiful province of British Columbia. I read and review paranormal and vampire books as a hobby, and I absolutely love it. My husband and I have our own Internet company together. He truly is my soul mate, my best friend and the other half of me. I'm also the mother to four loving fur babies named Blacks, Bouncer, Priscilla Presley and Tili.

Dyanne: I love that part about being the mother of fur babies. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?

Raven: I wanted to be a psychologist and help children and adults with their problems. I met my husband and we decided to start our own Internet company, and I have never looked back.

Dyanne: Why did you decide to start your first website

Raven: I have always been interested in Vampires, and Witches from a young age. I started reading Twilight (yes I know what you are thinking), and that ignited my interest in vampires again. I read a few books in the genre, and soon after decided that I wanted to give other Vampire fans like myself a heads up on good Vampire books to read.

Dyanne: We definitely have something in common. I loved Anne Rice and later L.A. Banks. So it wasn't long before my own vampire, Adam Omega came into being. Good for us. Raven, can you tell us your favorite season? Why?

Raven: I absolutely love the Fall Season. I'm a Fall baby, so I guess that is a part of the reason. I love the colorful leaves, cooler weather, all things "Halloween," and also I'm a Atheist witch so it goes all seems to go along. Dyanne: Who is your favorite Author(s)? Raven: WOW, that is hard question to answer. I don't want to be biased, but some that instantly come to mind are Lyndsay Sands, Katie Mac Alister, Lisa J Smith, Gerry Bartlett, Christine Freehan, Jenika Snow and Rae Lori are a few authors that I really enjoy.

Dyanne: Who is your hero? Someone you admire and look up to?

Raven: I have two people that I admire and look up to. The first person is my husband, I admire is drive, and patience. He is such a driven person in life and someone who works hard to achieve his goals.  The second person I admire is Alex Jones, a lot of you may not have heard of him. He is someone who is passionate about liberty, which I am too. Our world right now is in trouble and we are going into some really hard times. Alex is so focused, and up on his radio show every day trying to get word out about what our governments (and the the people who control our governments) are doing to us. If you are interested in learning more about Alex Jones please check out his website As Alex will tell you, "Don't take my word for it, research it for yourself!" ..if you do a little investigating on the net you will be VERY surprised at what you find!

Dyanne: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

Raven: I would live where I am now, in Canada, in the most beautiful province there is. My dream would be to one day live in big log cabin on some land with my 4 cats and husband. I would have chickens, cows, goats, and a few horses on my land. I would also have a massive organic garden with every vegetable known to man, and lots of fruit trees. I would also build my house by a nice stream so I can hear the water outside my bedroom window at night. I love nature and everything about it. I love the piece and quiet and, the smell of the clean air in the mountains. That would be heaven for me.

Dyanne: Tell is something interesting about yourself?

Raven: I was born on my mothers birthday and I am exactly half her age. I was also born on a full moon.

Dyanne: Raven, that is so cool. What interests you and what do you like to do for fun?

Raven: I love watching hockey I'm a huge Edmonton Oilers Fan. I love reading and spending time on my websites. I like aromatherapy, and nice hot bubble baths. I also like to workout and eat healthy.

Dyanne: Can you describe yourself in one word?

Raven: I can't describe myself in one word, but people always tell me that "I'm a nerd trapped in a beautiful body." LOL

Dyanne: How nice and what a great compliment. So tell me, Raven, what is your favorite food?

Raven: CHOCOLATE, I love chocolate. Anything that has chocolate on it, I'm eating. My husband has to hide chocolate from me because I would eat it all day long. I hope everyone enjoyed learning a little about me, I enjoyed sharing myself with you all. You can check out my websites here by visiting these URL's below.

Thanks Raven, I can't wait to check out your books.



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