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A man puts his beloved pets to the knife; a family prepares for the Rapture; a woman in a department store slips a necklace into her purse. Whatever the situation, the characters in This Jealous Earth find themselves faced with moments of decision that will forever alter the course of their lives. Always moving and often touched with humor, Carpenter’s stories examine the tension between the everyday and the transcendent—our struggle to grasp what lies beyond our reach. Whether hawking body parts in a Midwestern city, orbiting through the galleries of a Paris museum or plotting sibling tortures in an Arizona desert, his characters lead us through a series of dilemmas of universal appeal.
Scott Dominic Carpenter was born in Minneapolis but grew up on the move. After proving himself ill-suited to mining, factory work, and other forms of hard labor, he took refuge in libraries and classrooms, many of them in Madison, Wisconsin. He teaches French literature and critical theory at Carleton College (MN), but in addition to his scholarly work, he commits fiction, examples of which have appeared in venues like Chamber Four, Ducts, Midwestern Gothic, The MacGuffin, Prime Number and Spilling Ink. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a semi-finalist for the MVP Competition from New Rivers Press, he will soon release a debut novel (Theory of Remainders, Winter Goose Publishing).
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A native Bulgarian, J.V.K. spent her youth studying foreign languages. Education has always been, and still is, a big part of her life. She achieved her first bachelor degree when she was seventeen while still at school. Now, she is a college student in her second year with a future ambition as an economist.
She spends her free time writing, reading, drawing or watching amines. Music is also a huge part of her life. She loves technologies and graphic programs.
‘Black Lace’ is her first book to be published, a fascinating dark paranormal fantasy, which is the gripping first part in her ‘Paths of the spirit’ series. Since her release of Black Lace, she has additionally published a collection of short stories, novellas and poetry.
J.V.K has a steady following of loyal fans who have been swept away by her creativity and original style. Her writing has been described as spellbinding and new and refreshing.
If you like her writing, she would love for you share your thoughts with her.
“The Pride will separate the Death, and the Vow will bring the wrath of the Rei.” Red Moon, Path’s of the Spirit series #2
(Paths of the Spirit #1)
Vivian Donovan Rei.
At eighteen years old, she’s a girl whose biggest problem is which gun to take when she goes out at night. Particularly small and apathetic, and heir to a wealthy family, she was promised in marriage to one of the last pure-blooded vampires. Beholden, she must comply with the laws of the Council, headed by her future father-in-law.
Rei keeps her secrets fiercely and doesn’t allow anyone near her easily. She is the ‘watchdog’ of the order of Raven, Town Utopia, for creatures who broke off from the known evolution and who seek asylum.
In the Raven, she is the law: judge, jury and executioner.
‘Black Lace’ is a breathtaking story about ‘free’ choice, love and a young woman’s struggle to find her place in a fierce world. This is an exciting and extraordinary story of love and betrayal, one that will leave you captivated and desperately seeking more.
Red Moon, Paths of the Spirit series #2 will be available in 2013.
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Everyone assumes that Joelie Baudelaire lives a charmed life. She has a generous benefactor in Warren Jardine, and a glamorous lifestyle in the exciting city of Las Vegas. Everyone is wrong.
When Warren is arrested, Joelie has the ability to escape the emotional jail he’s held her captive in for two years. Her father’s house should be her refuge, but it’s another kind of prison altogether. All Joelie wants is a normal, peaceful life. Discovering that she is one of The World Elite, a
genetically superior race, puts a whole new set of shackles on her life.
Her destiny is planned, and her future marriage is pre-arranged. While Joelie still remembers her childhood crush on the Elite, Sender Stelle, it isn’t easy to accept a betrothal to a man she barely knows beyond his photograph.
Warren doesn’t want to release his control over her. The World Elite would force her to fulfill her destined duty, and Sender has gone from resigned acceptance to benign co-operation with the powers that be.
Freedom is just out of reach. All Joelie must do is defy some of the most powerful people in the world, and survive.
Coey Cain is a dedicated author who began writing novels as a means of entertainment at the tender age of eight. Never intending to publish or pursue a career in the field, she chased other opportunities and gained knowledge in a plethora of interests. She spent most of her adult life out West, living a fast-paced lifestyle and appreciating every minute of it. With a great love for fast cars, and with sixteen years’ experience in racing and precision driving, she dreams of rally racing cross-country one day.
Coey is an adventurist at heart who’s unafraid of new endeavors. She believes that danger and risks are what make for the best experiences, and ultimately better stories. Currently, she’s maintaining a quiet lifestyle while focusing on her writing career. Her passion for writing and storytelling has stood the test of time and she feels obligated to herself to make her dreams come true in every aspect of life.
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Excerpt #1 from Chapter Two
“In the past four months, from Portland, Oregon all the way up to Canada, over thirty people have vanished. The last one disappeared two days ago in Everett. From the southernmost point of the state to Canada’s border, we’ve got thirteen missing people and eight dead. It’s not usual.
“In Grays Harbor County alone, we have five missing people and four deaths. Some of them look like they’ve been attacked by an animal. Some have bled to death. There’s been drowning, car accidents, literally all kinds of things, but none of us have ever seen this kind of tragedy around here before. We’ve more than tripled hunting efforts trying to find the animals that are responsible for the mauling’s, but we’ve never seen anything like it. I’d say everyone should be cautious and worried. Over twenty-five percent of it has happened in this county.”
Joelie swallowed hard. “Jesus!”
“Don’t worry, though. You’re covered. We’re all packin’,” he stated, and patted the gun at his hip, concealed by a black jacket. “Maybe we’ll get one of these animals on camera when I get everything installed. I know it sucks but, in the meantime, you’re going to have to stay indoors as much as you can, and absolutely don’t go walking around by yourself.”
“Don’t worry. I’m not the type to go wandering off into the forest alone. Maybe when I was little, but I’ve grown out of my tomboy phase. Now that I’m grown up, I’m not fond of getting dirty.”
“So, how do you plan on entertaining yourself out here? There isn’t much nightlife around, except for a few bars.”
“I haven’t figured that out yet. Maybe I’ll find a job somewhere. Then I’ll be too busy to get bored.” She was amused by the idea. She hadn’t worked in years, but had always enjoyed having a job and a place to go every day. “Plus, I’d meet people and make friends.”
“I don’t know many companies that would understand us hanging around for your safety, though.”
“Why would you be around if I was at work?”
“Why wouldn’t we be? The risks are high right now. I know you’re probably not thrilled about having a bunch of strange dudes coming and going at all hours, but there is some reason in it. All of us agree on that. We’ve all looked through Warren’s file. The dude’s been arrested seven times in the past three years. He’s what we call a ‘habitual offender.’ It’s pretty clear he has a drinking problem and control issues.”
“He’s an alcoholic and a control freak. I’m just shocked he’s gotten away with the real crimes he’s involved in.”
“He won’t forever. I really hope he comes out here on my watch, or Diesel’s. Either way, Old Dude is going to get played.”
Mayhem laughed mischievously. His laugh was similar to the sort of laugh you would hear from a group of teenage boys watching an old man stomping out a flaming bag of manure left on his doorstep by said teenagers. It was loud, overly boisterous, yet charismatic. He was an energetic character, and he amused himself.
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“Voices of the Soul” by Rene Folsom
The Contessa’s Last Dance tells the story of Julie MacFarlane, who goes to stay in the country house of the ageing Contessa when she begins a history of art course at university as a mature student after the breakdown of her relationship. The novel also features a dashing American academic and a princess, the Contessa’s companion who lives in a crumbling castle (really a hunting lodge) in Austria. It explores the sense of loss the Contessa’s generation feels as the ‘electronic age takes over fair play, aspiration and good manners’.
An endearing historical romance, the contessa is crafted on Dame Barbara Cartland, a friend of Irene Panter’s. Striving for the highest good , she sets out to make Cupid do his duty by two of her paying guests; Julie and the American, as she searches for an English gentleman whilst remaining loyal to her lifelong friend, the princess, despite being hampered by her as a result of her excessive jealousy.
Set against the backdrop of Austria and England, only her amorous paying guests don t give her future bequests a thought. But who will become heir to the bluebells and country house in England? After all, those from her past all seem to have designs on her fortune. But are any of them actually genuine in giving of their friendship? Will it be the solicitor, her friend, the accountant, those in her employ, her stepson … or none of these? And what becomes of the true English gent the contessa has been searching for, despite the fact he is American?
London author Irene Panter based the protagonist of her novel,The Contessa’s Last Dance, on none other than the late Dame Barbara Cartland, after having tea with her.
Ten years ago, Irene ghost-wrote a biography of a London businessman, “He’d been the director of a building firm in Mayfair and knew all these society people, Mountbatten and all those, and I met Dame Barbara through him and she invited me for tea. I was in touch with her quite a lot while I was writing that book,” relates Irene.
For the novel, Irene also drew on the history of art degree that she studied for at Birkbeck University in Bloomsbury under Nikolaus Pevsner, a course which Julie enrols on in the novel.“She represents the older generation that has seen England slip away into the computer age,“ says Irene. “It’s not going to stop, is it, but I think it’s terribly difficult for a lot of older people. The book is really a lament for England, Robert Browning’s ‘Oh to be in England’ sort of thing. That’s what Dame Barbara was in mourning for, she was a traditionalist.“
Irene first had a novel published 50 years ago by Hodder and Stoughton, called Must I Remember, but decided to concentrate on a career in personnel management and teaching instead. But, now she has The Contessa’s Last Dance under her belt, she already has an idea for another fictional outing.
“I think I could write a fictional account of my grandmother who lived in Hampstead,“ muses Irene. “She had a very traumatic life, having been foolish enough to fall in love with Lord Mansfield of Kenwood House’s boot boy, even though she was married to his gardener.“