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Guest Post: Madeline Claire Franklin’s The Poppet and the Lune

Today’s guest post was sent to me by Madeline Claire Franklin. If you’re looking for something different and unique, it sounds like this one just might fit the bill.

The witch who made the patchwork girl died before she could give her creation a name. Stitched together from the remains of the villagers’ dead children—whose memories still live in her flesh—and held together by a ring made of moonbeams, the patchwork girl is a spell as yet unfinished. She can never be what her parents wanted her to be: a replacement for the children they’ve lost. So when the poppet grows up, and grows tired of being a disappointment, she decides to embark upon a journey through the Everwood Forest in search of her real name.

In the forest she meets the recently-made wereman Faolin, trapped in the form of a wolf except during the full moon, and running from the beasts who killed his father. Together they face the dangers of the forest, forming an unlikely bond as their paths wind together: Faolin running from his destiny—the patchwork girl in search of her own—both of them bound by moonlight.

But Faolin, afraid of the beast he has become, has known all along what he must do in order to lift the curse and return to his former life. In fact, it is the very reason he sought out the patchwork girl to begin with—and now the only reason he is willing to leave her side: to save her from himself.


The Poppet and the Lune is a novel somewhere along the lines of Grimm’s Fairy Tales-meets-The Labyrinth: a darkly magical feast for the reader who craves stories with a rich heart, and even richer guts. But it’s not all dark–packed with adventure, magic, and romance, this is a fairy tale meant to enchant and entertain, and maybe even help us face our own monsters and mysteries.

If you’ve ever struggled to love the skin your in, this book was written for you.


The Poppet and the Lune is available from the following online bookstores:

If you’re interested in reading an excerpt or reviews of The Poppet and the Lune, check out its Goodreads page. Or, if you’d like to connect with (me!) the author, hit me up on twitter (@madelineclaire_), visit my website, or check out my tumblr blog.

Madeline Claire Franklin has been writing, making movies, telling lies, and otherwise creating stories for as long as she can remember. She holds a BA in Media Studies/Production with a minor in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, where she further expanded her storytelling capacity.

In addition to her love of telling stories and researching dead people, Madeline is an avid traveler and lover of foreign cultures. She has contracted salmonella in Costa Rica, was bitten by a goat in the Sahara Desert, and her pants once caught on fire while she was walking down a street in Spain. None of this deters her.

She currently resides in Buffalo, NY, with her husband and their three cats: Luke, Leto, and Lando. The Poppet and the Lune is her first novel.


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Guest Post: Alex Laybourne on Halloween A Horror Writers Worst Nightmare

Halloween: a night where being scared is fun, where horror stories are eagerly told to children who are excited to listen.  It’s not a dictionary definition, but I feel it sums it up.

As horror writer, I doubt that there is any one holiday that is better suited to a genre than October 31st. Yet at the same time, I do not think that there is a holiday that a writer dreads with such completeness.

I do not mean this in terms of our stories, but rather in terms of who we are. Our friends know what we write, our family members, neighbors and colleagues will all at least have an idea of the stuff we write. Why? Because at the end of the day we are proud of what we write, and want to share it with the world; why would we do it otherwise? It sure isn’t for the guaranteed self-esteem boost a critical review gives us.

Armed with this knowledge, who is the first person these above mention folks turn to once the day of horror worship looms on the horizon.

“Can you tell my children a story?”

“Can I introduce you to a few people?”

“Will you come to my party?”

Ordinarily these are regular questions and ones we will be all too happy to help with, yet on this one day of the year the expectation levels placed on our shoulders change. Suddenly we are expected to be able to summon up horrific images and demented personalities at the drop of a hat.

Again, ok, we are writers; I can sit down and run off scenarios and characters for you, but are they believable? No, there is no life or depth to them.

Writing good horror is about more than just a mad man running around strangling married women in the park, or an evil spirit making people commit suicide just for kicks. It takes hard work just like any other piece of fiction.

A reputation is slowly built, but quickly torn down, and a bad performance at a party full of expectant faces eager for a frightening experience on the day when we are all attuned to being scared is exactly the sort of thing that will make people then look twice when your books floats by. Let’s be honest about things here, in the beginning, the main sales we make will be to friends and acquaintances.

A horror writer I may be, and scary are the dreams I have and the thoughts that cross my mind while cooking dinner, but come Halloween I will curled up in my flat, a good book in one hand and a horror movie on TV.

Author Bio:

Horror writer Alex Laybourne was born in the UK but relocated to The Netherlands to be with his wife. Together they have three wonderful children who despite their young age are showing all the signs of following in their father’s creative footsteps.

Alex’s debut novel Highway to Hell is a 96.000 word horror novel and the first in a trilogy that will take readers on a journey not just into hell, but through it.

Highway to Hell can be found on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.de, and for all non-kindle readers via Smashwords.com for just $2.99. You can also download a free sample of the novel at all of the above sites.

Alex is always interested in making new friends both readers and writers alike. You can find him at most hours of the waking day on Twitter under the name @vanplank or on his blog www.alexlaybourne.com

Book Blurb

Heaven and Hell, Angel and Demons, these things were once considered opposites, but now you will see that they are neighbors, allies…. friends.

Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy and Graham. All complete strangers, different ages, backgrounds and even countries, but they all have one major thing in common…They all must DIE.

Sentenced to offer their penance in the many chambers of Hell, their lives are nothing but a torturous experience. They are brought face to face with their past, their mistakes and the implications that had for others. Until one by one they are rescued and thrown together. Waking in a dying world, they are introduced to their rescuers who do anything but conform to their angelic stereotype.

Together, bonded by an unknown destiny the group is set on their quest; to find one individual buried deep within the many Hell worlds. Not only does the fate of their world rest on their shoulders, but that of existence itself.


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Call for Guest Bloggers: Pimp your book

I missed yesterday’s mashup post. Honestly, I’ve been so busy catching up on this and that I haven’t read many blogs this week–or spent much time on Twitter getting sucked into them, for that matter. I spent the whole day trying to fix my site after changing themes. You know what that’s like, right? In addition to the new theme, new buttons for everything, etc, I also have a picture of me (you may have already noticed my great avatar swap all over social media town) on my About page along with an extended bio. (Actually, there are two pics of me. One is…vintage.)

I sort of have some writing stuff to talk about, but in my head it’s very complaining and a bit ranty and I think I’m going to sit on it until it starts to sound a bit less antagonistic.

Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking (uh-oh) and thought I would use my writerly posting day to invite some writers to my blog.

If you don’t know, my books are YA Paranormal Romance about teens with supernatural abilities–mainly psychic in some way. I see my audience as primarily–but by no means entirely–female, and between the ages of 15 and 55 (you know, give or take). I write for fans of super powers and superhero fiction who are also romance readers and want some happy endings (, dammit!). I write for those who enjoy superhero types in TV and movies, but want to be able to read such stories in novel form, not just comics. I think my work appeals to people who enjoy shows like Buffy, Smallville, the X-Men and other Saturday morning cartoons.

Your book doesn’t have to fit this exactly. It would be some coincidence if it did. But if our target audience overlaps, if you think my readers would enjoy your book, I think I’m going to try having some authors over to review their own books. Because lookit, you know I’m uncomfortable reviewing my peers’ work and I WISH I had time to get more reading done but I don’t.

So here’s what I propose: If you have a book or series–indie or trad–that seems to fit and is currently available for purchase or free download in its entirety, send me a guest post. The body of your post should be about 500 words, describing your book and/or series, enticing me to go and find out more. You should also include:

  • URLs where any pictures you want used are hosted- I will link directly to these
  • A BRIEF bio
  • A link to your info hub (your website, blog, facebook page…the primary place–not all of them–where people are going to go to find out more about you and your books, get all your social media info, etc.)
  • Direct links to points of sale.


  • If you have links in the body of your review, they should be the pretty kind where the http://part is hidden behind the underlined words. I’m sure there’s a word for that; my brain is at fire bad tree pretty stage right now.
  • If the formatting of your post, such as image placement, is important to you, consider sending it in HTML as a text file*. Note that my blog is now a bit narrow and I think it only accommodates images up to 400 pixels wide.
  • If you only have links for your information at the end and you’re not making them pretty, at least shorten them using something like tinyURL.com or bit.ly.com.
  • A list of tags for the post wouldn’t be a bad idea either, if you want

Assuming anyone takes me up on it, I’m thinking I’ll schedule these, probably on Fridays, in the order they’re received. I’m going to reserve the right to amend the schedule as I see fit, to pass on material I don’t think is a good fit for my site, and to call an end to submissions at any time. Once I have your post scheduled, I’ll email you the date I expect to post it and its link-to-be.

That’s it. If you’re interested, email your post to me.

*If conversational HTML is not your second language, you would simply create a blog post in your blog’s editing thingy. When you’re done, go to the view that will let you see the HTML. Select everything. Open something like Notepad and paste everything in. Save it as a text file. Attach it to your email. I will then copy everything from your attachment, go to the HTML view of my blog’s editing thingy, and paste it in. And it should come out all pretty.



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Guest Post: Protagonist Arizona Darley, and Quantum

When my dear friend Imogen Rose, author of the Portal Chronicles, asked me if I could help with Quantum‘s launch by hosting her and her character Arizona  on launch day, I was delighted to say yes. Let’s hear from Arizona…

A note from Arizona Darley

Once upon a time–well, a year ago now!–I suddenly woke up as Arizona Darley, a blonde California cheerleader, which, of course, I’m not. I am actually Arizona Stevens, a varsity ice hockey player from New Jersey. It was confusing to the say the least–I mean really? A blonde Barbie doll… sheesh, not! It turns out that my mom’s time travel  portal was somehow responsible. Anyhow… it’s now a year later and the portal is now active again, which means that I can go home to my real dad….


Book Description

Quantum Cover ArtA whole year has passed. It’s October again… or is it?

As California teen, Arizona Darley, contemplates traveling back through the portal to seek out her dad, her life is plunged into a whirlwind ride through the unknown.

But this time, she doesn’t disappear through the portal.

Has Arizona been kidnapped–again? Is Raj Sen to blame? Could Dillard have taken her?

As Kellan, David and her parents launch a frantic search with the help of the Wanderers, it becomes apparent that things are much more complex than they seem – for all of them. While investigating her daughter’s latest disappearance, Olivia faces shocking revelations about the Wanderers and her life with Rupert.

In the meantime, what’s happening in New Jersey? Are both of Arizona’s worlds about to collide?

Quantum is the third book in the Portal Chronicles. Catch the start of Arizona’s adventures in Portal and Equilibrium.

Quantum can be purchased today on Amazon.com.

Book Trailer!

For more information on the author, Imogen Rose, or to read more about the earlier books in the series, visit her website: http://imogenrose.com.

…Please visit again tomorrow when I’ll have some information for you about Heroes ‘Til Curfew, the sequel to Hush Money, including the first reveal of the cover art.


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As promised, this morning I’m visiting Reena Jacobs’  with a post that continues ideas from the Increasing Kindle Rank series. This one focuses on your listing, things under your control, particularly Samples and Blurbs.

Please don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to learn fun facts about Invictus author, and loud-mouth indie, Chris Kelly.

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