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"Crippled by Love" - excerpt

Another of my works in progress - Crippled by Love

Ian Yarrow is rich and reclusive, hiding himself away from the rest of the world. At least that's what Cynthia Marshall is told when her boss at the newspaper sends her to do an in depth article on him for the society section of the paper. What she finds surprises her, a handsome young man in a wheelchair. His self-confidence gone, he withdraws from those around him, erecting walls and roadblocks in order to protect himself. Cynthia has some hard questions for him, a few he doesn't really want to answer, but getting to the truth is the only thing that will set him free.

“Something about you girls with the fiery locks that makes a man weak,” he sighed.

“All me.” She tossed her short hair. “Well, some highlights, but the red is all me.”

He wasn't staring at her hair. She was wearing a flimsy T-shirt and no bra. He could tell by the way her breasts jiggled when she moved. He was mesmerized.

“Hello? The face is up here…

The Excursion – Ruth Davis Hays

Our last Fantastic Blog Hop stop is once more in sultry Florida where we visit the home of Ruth Davis Hays for a final time. Ms. Hays has another special guest visiting and this one makes us all a wee bit nervous. He's behaving (for now) and agreed to sit down and chat. Welcome, sir. Tell us about yourself.
I am Dharromar Weiss. Some may call me the anti-hero from The Translations from Jorthus series.
What is your biggest fear? If this is confession time, I will admit to having an intense dread of a certain underground creature known as a Rokworm.
What would you give up everything to have?  Haven’t I already given up everything? Wait, perhaps the answer to that would be - vindication. That would be a worthy last request.
What is the biggest mistake you've ever made and are you going to be able to rectify it? Betraying someone who trusted me. That remains to be seen.
What food would you never eat?  I think I already ate it. One does do strange things in order to survive.
You've dress…

And So It Goes....

April is almost over and with it, the Fantastic Blog Hop draws to a close. It was fun as well as a learning experience. We learned that we're not nearly as organized as we like to think we are. We also learned that putting together a multi-level blog hop isn't the easiest thing we've ever done.

But it was fun. With a little luck, it boosted our sales a little. Honestly, selling even one book or getting even a handful of new followers, we'll deem it worth it. I know, maybe that's setting my expectations low, but none of us had any idea if it would work or not. I guess when we get our royalty checks, we'll know for sure.

I worked with an exceptional bunch of ladies and I'm proud to say I was a part of the Fantastic Blog Hop. Who were our Hoppers?

Ladies, it was lots of fun and we will do this again! Next time, we'll know more what we're doing. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. I'm pleased and proud to call you friends and sisters of the hear…

Eternal Bond - Rachel's Vampires Don't Sparkle

Our tour bus has chugged its way back to Cleveland to get a glimpse of Rachel Reuben's upcoming book, Eternal Bond. You think vampires are glittery and sweet? You won't after you read this!

Eternal Bond Excerpt
Taking the only road out of town, Clara went as quickly as she could.  Her nervousness and glee made her heart race as she briskly walked out of town and out of Lester’s life.

There was only a small glow of light left from the sun, putting the landscape in shadows.  Soon, the only thing illuminating her path would be moonlight, and she cursed herself for not bringing a lantern.  Only ten minutes into her journey, the cobblestone road ended.

Realizing she had reached the city limits, she continued on the dirt road straight into the countryside.  This was a harrowing journey for someone who had never left Norwich in her whole life.  She remembered all the stories told to her about witches and thieves who would victimize night travelers.  Nonetheless, breaking this hex wa…

The Convergence - Ruth Davis Hays - with Special Guest, Keinigan

Today, the Fantastic Blog Hop heads back to Orlando, Florida to talk once more with Ruth Davis Hays. She has a special guest visiting her, the handsome and intriguing Keinigan. Welcome, milord! Tell us a bit about yourself.
What is your name?
Keinigan Laphae and I am the protagonist from The Translations from Jorthus series.

What is your biggest fear?
The Journeymen Council finding me. That, and pointy metal going in my skin…yes, that’d be bad, too.

What would you give up everything to have?
Everlasting love!

What is the biggest mistake you've ever made and are you going to be able to rectify it?
Stealing that figgin’ money from the Wayward Inn. Oh! I’m still paying for it, and may be doing so for the rest of my life.

What food would you never eat?
I’ll try most things, but I draw the line at eating human or fae flesh. I know that sounds strange, but it is not unheard of on some worlds.

You've dressed to impress. What are you wearing?
Oh, just something I found…pick up…er, sto…

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan

Today, the tour bus stops once more in Peterborough, Ontario. We're here to find out about Karen's book, "Dead on Arrival" and chat with Laura Hamilton, the story's heroine.

Laura Hamilton didn't know what she was expecting when she got up that Monday morning, but it sure wasn't finding a dead body in her living room. Yes, a dead man, apparently delivered sometime over the weekend, currently adorning her living room carpet.
Jeff Gibbons, the inspector called to the scene, isn't quite sure what to make of Laura, but he has a gut instinct. Even if she does know the victim, she's not guilty. A fact which is brought to light when it becomes apparent that someone's out to get her.
Gerry, the building super, is a long term friend of Laura's. Insisting on protecting her, he takes Laura into his home to keep her safe. Soon, he's sharing his space with Laura and her Siamese two cats—Sean and Seamus.
No matter what she does, Laura keeps getting dra…

Meet Bob O'Connor, Author of The Return of Catesby

Today we have a guest post from Bob O'Connor about writing historical fiction. Bob's book The Return of Catesby is currently on tour with Walker Author Tours. Enjoy, and pick up your copy of the book at

It is often said of fiction writers that we don’t have to do any research because we can make everything up. I do not operate that way.  I spend months and sometimes years gathering information from individual soldier’s military records, personal letters, regimental histories and the like to gather information I need. I find undiscovered “nuggets” in military records, diaries, etc. I build my story around that information.

When I write I actually add footnotes. That allows me to go back at any time and check figures or specific information. I delete all the footnotes on the final draft before the book is published.

In novel “The Return of Catesby” I follow Catesby’s journal.  Obvious I have added the dialogue. I u…

The Translations From Jorthus Series by Ruth Davis Hays

Today on the Fantastic Blog Tour, the bus is stopping once more in Kississimmee, Florida at the home of the fabulous Ruth Davis Hays. Ruth spoke to her characters recently and they answered a few questions for us.

Ladies first, so let's begin with Lylith Antinon, protagonist from The Translations from Jorthus series.

Today on the Fantastic Blog Tour, the bus is stopping once more in Kississimmee, Florida at the home of the fabulous Ruth Davis Hays. Ruth spoke to her characters recently and they answered a few questions for us.
Ladies first, so let's begin with;Lylith Antinon, protagonist from The Translations from Jorthus series.

What is your biggest fear?
I fear losing those I care about most.

What would you give up everything to have?
Complete knowledge of the universe, seeing worlds beyond number. That would be wondrous.

What is the biggest mistake you've ever made and are you going to be able to rectify it?
I’m not sure. At the moment, I would say that I regret becomin…

Daytona Dead - It Will Drive You to Death!

Karen Vaughan is, by her own description, a Canuck. She has an amazing imagination and a comic style that leaves you laughing even as the killer sneaks up behind you. Today, our Fantastic Blog Tour bus is stopping once again at her front door. This time, we're going to talk to Karen's character, Laura Hamilton-Fitz from Daytona Dead.

Interview with Laura Hamilton-Fitz
What is your biggest fear? I fear that one day all my amateur sleuthing is going to catch up with me. Gerry or I could get really hurt or Gerry could get sick of me playing Nancy Drew and leave.
What would you give up everything to have? Children
What is the biggest mistake you've ever made and are you going to be able to rectify it? Hmm that’s a hard one but getting to involved in the Leena situation in OVER HER DEAD BODY. I could have been Killed and it nearly ended me and Gerry. I tried to lay off but again death found is in DAYTONA DEAD.
What food would you never eat? Entrails- I don’t do liver, tripe, to…

A Brief Interview by Thornton Larson

The New London Gazette Wyverian Lord Thwarts Political Plot and Discovers Iceman!
I was recently allowed to accompany Charles Latimer, the amazingly wealthy Hotelier on his quest half way across the globe to visit with the wild men of the far north. I am not yet at liberty to express the purpose of Mr. Latimer's business there, but I can share an interview I was allowed with one of the honored Northern Lords about the mysterious whispers afoot in their country. TL: Who and what are you? IY: I'm Idris Price Yates, a Hunter and Lord of the Wyveria. TL: Can you explain what that means exactly? IY: The Wyveria are the people who live far to the north and Wyveria is also the name of our land. I come from a small village called Drysor Y Ddraig, it means Dragon's Treasure. It is the King's village and all the noble houses are in that village. I was noble born and have earned a place amongst the Hunters of our people due to my power, my ability to affect the elements, speak to wee c…

Hag, a Young Adult Novel by Rachel Reuben

Next on the Fantastic Blog Hop, we stop once more in Cleveland, Ohio. Today, we're chatting with Desmond, one of the main characters in Hag. He's chatting with Jamie Livingston. Let's see what he has to say.

Hi everybody it’s Jamie Livingston and today, I’m here with a very controversial figure, Desmond. Do not adjust your headsets, you heard me right, the ex from hell, is here to answer questions about his role in Rachel Rueben’s novel, “Hag” and I can’t wait to get started…

I’m gonna get to the point, why on earth did you date Audrey? I mean what was the point? Desmond: “I don’t know, you just can’t be real in a town like Cleveland. It’s not the most sophisticated place in the world. You saw what they did to Roddai. There was no way I was going to be the ‘here and queer poster child!’”
So you’re insecure about your sexuality? Desmond: “I ain’t insecure about a damn thing! It’s called smarts, if you wanna survive, you play by the rules. I don’t hate the player…

Epic Fantasy from the Mind of Ruth Davis Hays

Ruth Davis Hays is one of my favorite fantasy authors. Jorthus, the world of her imagination, astounds me. Her characters are well rounded, her dialogue snappy, her plots unique. I'm delighted to have her as my guest today at Writer's Sanctuary.

Where are you from?
I live in Kissimmee, Florida. Born in Jacksonville, I moved to Orlando with my husband in 1997.

What sparked your interest in writing?
Reading, really. I grew up listening to my mother read bedtime stories, and I enjoyed any creative writing assignments I was given in school. Once my teachers began encouraging me, I pursued every composition class I could find.

What components, in your opinion, makes a great story?
I think the classic elements of character development are essential. Without characters that entertain the reader, I find even good plots can fall flat.

How would you generally categorize the books/stories you write?
I would say they are fantasy adventures, with a touch of indelicate romance.

Do you set …

Karen Vaughan - Woman of Mystery!

Welcome to the next stop on our Fantastic Blog Hop Tour. The bus is pulling into Canada next and stops at the home of Karen Vaughan.

Karen Vaughan is one of my favorite authors. No doubt about it, she's got a flair! Her mystery novels not only have well paced action, they have wonderfully funny moments as well. 

Karen lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a four legged off spring named Sugar. She is the mom of a 22 year old daughter and four grown step children and a 2 1/2 year old grandson named Ike. 
DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers. She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her latest book is called OVER HER DEAD BODY is the second book to DEAD ON ARRIVAL. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series which is soon to be released.

Where are you from? I live in Peterborough Ontario Canada What sparked your interest in writing? I always liked creative writing in school and i…