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Book Showcase: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

Book Showcase: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

Title: Clowders
Author:  Vanessa Morgan
Genre: Horror, Suspense

About the book: 

Book Showcase: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan
Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” - to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.

When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they've arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants' adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real.

Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?

Their move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.

About the Author

Book Showcase: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan
Vanessa Morgan is known as the “female version of Stephen King.” Three of her works (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her, A Good Man) have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (


Excerpt: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan

Excerpt: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan

Title: Five Fathers 
Author: Kate Morgan 
Publication date: March 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Excerpt: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan
About the book:

Sin or piety.

Those are the two things I’m choosing between when I walk up those stone steps and into the church. Heaven or hell. Pain or pleasure. But sometimes, pleasure brings more hurt than pain.
I’ve learned my lesson the hard way and that’s why I’m doing this, giving up everything I know and love for a whole new life. A life dedicated to something, someone, other than myself.
The thing is, sometimes fate has other ideas.
Out of all the churches in town, I picked this one. This building with its vaulted ceilings and stained glass and all its secrets.
This building that houses them.
My five worst sins.
My five most awesome pleasures.

Warning this excerpt contains strong language


"Mrs. Carroll," Hawke says, setting me down suddenly and grabbing the edges of my shirt.  He jerks it back into place and covers up all my bits.
         "Father Dell used to ... set a box outside this door to collect donations for the homeless," the woman said, staring, not at the giant man in the body armor and guns, but at me.  Me!
         I try to move, but Hawke tightens his grip, the muscles in his arm bulging and tensing like steel.  I can hardly even breathe.  But having that big, solid form behind me is... exhilarating.  Hawke smells like leather and musk and man.
         "Yes, well, that's an excellent idea," he grumbles as I stand there like the typical mob-daughter that I am.  Here is a person, unconnected to all of this shit, and I'm not screaming or calling out for help.  Because back home, all that would do is get the old woman killed.
         At least, that's what my father would do.
         "We'll ... look into that," he continues, reaching past me with a big hand, and slamming the door closed in the old woman's face.
         "Your cover is fucked," I breathe, but Hawke just grunts and lets go of me before putting his hands on my shoulders and turning me around to face him.  His eyes bore into mine as I swallow past the lump in my throat.  I look up, up, up at him and wonder if this is the moment where it all ends.  "So, are you going to kill me now?"
         "Kill you?" Hawke asks with a long exhale.  "Not exactly."
         He steps back and gives me a look, propping his hands on his hips.
         "Not ... exactly?" I choke out as our gazes meet and a hot thrill takes over my body.
         "You have two choices here, Natalia: let us take you to the nunnery ... or stay here."
         "And if you do go to the nunnery," Arsen says, grinning maniacally, "you best be careful.  We have agents there, too.  And they'll be watching."
         "Agents?" I ask as Hawke looks me straight in the face.
         "If you stay here, you also have two choices," Hawke continues.  "Wait us out until we finish what we came here to do ... or let me teach you."
         "Teach ... me?" I ask as Hawke sucks in a breath.
         "Dude, are you serious?" Colt asks, storming over to us and looking between me and Hawke like he's crazy.  "Just let her go, man!"
         "I can't let her go!' Hawke roars, and my skin erupts in goose bumps.  "I can't let her go now."
         "She doesn't know anything," Colt says, sounding exasperated.  "Let her walk, man."
         "She knows enough," Hawke responds with a sigh.  "And she's his daughter.  I ... can't let her go."  He stares at me, and I imagine that in a different scenario, hearing those words--I can't let her go--would be a breathtaking experience.
         "So ... my choices are go to the nunnery or ... you really are going to kill me?"
         "You can stay here until we're finished with our mission.  And then we'll let you go.  But, if you stay, consider signing on with us. After that life you've led, you'd be a perfect candidate."
         "This is ridiculous!" Colt shouts, throwing up his hands and pacing a short, wild rut in the floor.  "You can't hire her."
         "She's perfect," Arsen says, slinking up behind Hawke and taking a seat on the edge of the table.  "With all the shit she must know."
         "I'm willing to hire you to be a part of my team," Hawke says, "but you'll have to be willing to work."
         "Work for ... what?" I ask and he gives me a tight smile.
         "If you joined our team, your life would change forever.  I'll give you a rundown, and if you think you're up for it ... we'd love to have you."
         "Hear that?" Arsen smirks.  "We'd love to have you."
         Blinking at the group of men in front of me, I have a bad, bad feeling about this.

About the author:

Kate Morgan is a sassy girl from the coast who likes sun, surf, and reverse harem romance with a naughty twist. If you like a little steam, a little taboo, but always a happy ending with your RH reads, you've found the right woman to get you there.

Kate's books are hot, sassy, and sexy. Plus, this isn't her first rodeo, so you're in good hands. ;) This is a pen name for another popular RH author, but can you guess who?

Excerpt: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan


Tips For Being An Organised Author

Tips For Being An Organised Author, guest post by Rachel de la Fuente

I've tried many way to keep my notes organized. I currently have 6 novels planned for the Exalted Bloodlines series. I'm considering doing a few side stories as well.

Tips For Being An Organised Author, guest post by Rachel de la Fuente
As I'm sure you can imagine, that means a lot of notes. When you consider all the notes I have from research to weave my mythology into the history of the world and from developing a culture, well, let's just say organization is important.

It's taken me a lot of experimentation to figure out a system that works for me. I started with just writing things down. Very quickly, however, I had notes everywhere.

So, I did the logical thing and collected all of my notes into one notebook. However, I quickly encountered several problems.

1.      Changing ideas meant crossing things out. I'm anal retentive about "final notes" and couldn't stand that
2.      Later additions would be pages away from their relevant notes. Nothing too terrible at first thought, but a pain in the butt when you're referencing things later.
3.      You have to keep the notebook with you. If you leave the notebook behind and you have a sudden idea, you can't double check your notes, or add to/adjust them.
4.      There's only 1 copy. I was lucky I never lost my notes. But if I had, they'd be gone forever.

So I knew I had to use another system. Already an avid user of Google Drive for my ancestry research, I decided to give that platform a go for my series notes.

I'm not going to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't do, but I highly suggest trying Google Drive. Allow me to give you a run down of my favorite features.

1.      It's everywhere. I have access to my files anywhere I go. As long as I have my phone, I have all my notes. And if I'm concerned I won't have decent signal, I can make the files available offline so  so it doesn't matter.
2.      Unlimited Storage. Google files, whether they be docs, spreadsheets, or presentations, are "free" to store. So you can have an unlimited number of files.
3.      Sharing. If I want to share a section of a WIP or the whole manuscript, I can just share it via email. The other person can view, comment, or edit, depending on the settings I choose.
4.      Version History. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had a "brilliant idea" only to come back a few weeks later and determine that I was an idiot. Google maintains a version history documenting every change from the time the document was created, and they can be restored as necessary.
5.      Downloads. Downloading is super simple for back-ups, and you can download individual files in a wide variety of formats. Need to work in Word? No problem. Want an ePub to read through things on your phone? No problem.
6.      Organization. Last, but not least, I've made it back to the main topic, organization. You can sort your files however you want, and you can have as many folders as you want, so whatever organizational structure you prefer, you should be able to maintain it.

I know there are pitfalls to storing things "in the cloud", but there are problems with all of the organizational/storage methods I've tried.

Google has worked best, so far. I keep notes in folders for each book, as well as a separate folder for series notes in general, with individual files for each topic point.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter how you organize things, as long as it works for you. If you have a favorite organizational/storage structure, let me know in the comments, or shoot me a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Tips For Being An Organised Author, guest post by Rachel de la Fuente
Rachel de la Fuente (meaning of the fountain) lives in Maryland with the love of her life and two furry children that meow. The Most Special Chosen is her first novel, but it's hardly her first story. She's been writing since elementary school, and telling stories since she could speak. She is an avid fountain pen enthusiast with a bit of an ink problem, and often writes book notes and sections of stories by hand.

Rachel was born and raised in southern California, but spent many summers with family in Mexico. Her parents loved traveling, so she also spent many vacations in various locations, soaking up foreign cultures and sights. She still loves to travel, and is committed to crossing all of the locations off her bucket list.

Rachel is a proud Slytherin, and when not writing, spends much of her free time reading, cross stitching, and watching documentaries.

You can find and contact Rachel de la Fuente here:

Tips For Being An Organised Author, guest post by Rachel de la Fuente

What Authors Need To Know About Blogging Schedules

What Authors Need To Know About Blogging Schedules

This website is all about helping writers and authors, be it from helping them promote their work, or by offering them information and tips to help improve their careers. Blogging has become an important element in marketing and publicity for authors over the years but a lot of authors don't understand how it works.

Given what a powerful platform blogging can be, I thought it would be a good idea to do a series of posts to explain some important points that all authors should be aware of. In today's post we're going to discuss blogging schedules as a lot of authors don't realise what happens, and why, on the other side.

Blogging schedules

Whilst there are lots of blogs out there that will post content without using a blogging schedule, most of the bigger, professional blogs will have an editorial calendar for their posts.


1) Organisation. It makes it easier to plan posts for the site, and keep track of who you're hosting and when. It also helps keep track of the posts you've set up in advance (everything goes much more smoothly when posts can be set up in advance as it means content goes out at the same time each day- readers appreciate this consistency- and it means that should something come up - bloggers have lives too - that the post won't get missed).

2) Algorithms. Professional bloggers pay attention of algorithms and research factors that will help get better results for the content they post to their sites. As an author you might be wondering "what differences does it make if they post an interview or a guest post?" Well, it can make a big difference. 

Different content works best on different days of the week. The type of content that works best on which day will differ from blog to blog as each has their own unique readership, so there are no fixed days that apply to all. It is an important factor in blog traffic though so make sure that if a blogger requests a guest post, you send them a guest post. 

The type of content posted also pays a role in SEO for the site on search engines like Google. 

3) Readership. In order for a blog to grow it needs to appeal to readers. By creating a balance between consistency, and variety of content, a blog will attract a stronger following. 

Consistency comes from posting at specific times/days, posting specific types of content on specific days, and, of course, in the branding of the site. 

By posting a variety of content the blogger can keep things interesting for their readers. e.g. posting a guest post on a certain day of the week, every week, but with each one covering a different topic. 

Most book bloggers will post their posting schedule to their submission guidelines and/or review policy page of their blog. Make sure you read them carefully when contacting the blogger and make a note of their lead times. 

What Authors Need To Know About Blogging Schedules

Got a question or topic you'd like to see covered here on the blog? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Interview with Thommy Hutson

Interview with Thommy Hutson

What genre do you write and why?

I write in a variety of genres, though in most of my work at the core is some sort of coming-of-age aspect. I am a huge fan of 80s/90s horror and teen movies, so that type of milieu is always present in my work, I think.

I’ve also written non-fiction on the making and legacy of the iconic horror film, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” I’ll always enjoy doing that kind of work.

As a screenwriter, I’ve written animation, horror, drama and adventure. For me, no matter the genre or story, things are rooted in interesting, fun characters with a point of view.
Tell us about your latest book.
“Jinxed” is a horror/thriller about a group of high school seniors at a posh, secluded performing arts high school who are being killed one by one. One of the students realizes the connection is not just childhood superstitions, but something far more secretive. It’s up to them to figure out who the killer is, why it’s happening and, for some people, realizing they are closer to the madness than they could have ever expected.
It’s a book that plays with the ideas of teen horror, angst, drama and wanting to be the star. Everyone could have a motive and it doesn’t take long for suspicions to arise and fingers to start pointing.
It’s a fun, scary, thrilling story and one that I hope readers, especially lovers of 80s/90s horror, will get a kick out of.
What formats is the book available in?
The book is available as a paperback as well as for Kindle.
Who are your favourite authors?
Too many to name in one place! I’m a fan of horror, thrillers and coming-of-age stories. Stephen King (especially his early works), Wes Craven, Shirley Jackson, Agatha Christie, S.E. Hinton, Mark Twain, Jack London, John Green, David Levithan, Ray Bradbury, Harper Lee, Shakespeare … and so many others!
What advice do you have for other writers?
Write every day. Read every day. Make words one of the biggest parts of your life. Stories are one of the biggest, and most important, parts of the human experience. Be a part of that in whatever way you can.
Also, be yourself as a writer. You’re the only one who can write just like you. That’s an incredible advantage.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

--Robert Frost

Where can people find out more about you and your writing? has information about me, the work I’ve done and what I am up to. I also love engaging with people on social media. Follow me on Twitter: @ThommyHutson
Who designed the cover?

It was created by Sam Shearon. He is a phenomenal artist and he and I spoke about the things I wanted to see and what I wanted to convey. I was very vague and general, though I knew I wanted to see the school and the mask. Sam was able to put something together that was simply stunning. It was creepy, evocative and intriguing. I am so thrilled with the work he did to give the book its “face.”

Where can a reader purchase your book?

“Jinxed” releases March 13 and is available at Amazon and wherever books are sold.

I’m also doing a pre-release signing at Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank, CA. That event is Saturday, March 10th at 4pm. People can pre-order their copy and I’ll sign it. Those not in the area can still get their signed copy as the store will ship it to them. The link to order is here:

What are you currently reading?
I’m actually re-reading “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” I’m also reading “The Coalwood Way” by Homer Hickam and “A Killer Life” by Christine Vachon.

Interview with Thommy Hutson


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Writing is about listening

Writing is about listening, guest post by Tracee de Hahn

Listen to your inner voice to decide what type of book you want to write. Start with the kind of book you like to read. That is where your experience, ear, and passion lies. For example, you may want to write about a relative’s experience fighting in a World War or how your grandmother helped the family through the depression, or how a friend (or you) overcame cancer and found true love. Stop and think.

Writing is about listening, guest post by Tracee de Hahn
Are you writing the story to document it for your family? Great, go ahead. They will thank you for preserving this memory. If you aim for publication don’t limit yourself to an account of the event. Perhaps you take the main themes or central action and turn them into a romance novel or a mystery novel or historical fiction. Is memoir or history what you know best? Maybe it is non-fiction. The kind of books you read may guide you. This is your well of experience.

Listen to people around you speak. Hear their cadence and word choice. Dialogue isn’t real speech, writers trim the false starts and filler words. What a writer does do is give an impression of a person through their language. My mother would never speak staccato style. When my father speaks you hear his childhood in how he still says dinner and supper for very specific meals. Trust me, it’s a regionalism that stands out. Take notes when you hear a great turn of phrase. Pay attention with your ears.

Writing is about listening once you have words on the page. We need friends and family to encourage us when we begin. We need them at the conclusion. However, we also must have objective Beta readers. These are people who read widely in the genre you are writing, and who don’t have to go home to dinner with you after criticizing your plot. When a book goes into the wider world these are the people who will judge it. Let them inform your process early and you will finish with a better book.

Listening to the advice of others doesn’t mean agreeing with everything they suggest. However, you don’t get to choose only the positive feedback. When someone offers critical feedback about storyline, character, word choice, you listen. That’s it. Listen. No defending yourself. If your words on the page don’t speak for themselves then you need to re-evaluate. When offered criticism, take notes and be grateful for the reader’s time. Take a few hours or days before reading them again. Strip away ego, memories of the hard work you’ve put into the pages, and be objective.

Listen to your inner voice. If a critic thinks your main character should be a woman instead of a man understand why they suggested this. Don’t object because the change will be too hard. Don’t object because you love your character. What will be accomplished through the change? Maybe what they meant was use a female character to explore more family life in the story. Maybe you do need more of the character’s family life and you revise the manuscript to accomplish the goal through the male character. Try to understand the underlying problem because you will ultimately own the solution.

I did this with my first novel, Swiss Vendetta. My editor suggested trimming parts involving a specific character to re-balance the novel and give my protagonist more ‘screen time’. My editor said it was an easy fix, and I could literally trim each of the scenes involving him. “Just cut some words.”

Honestly, this did sound easy. Every writer has cut words to fit the page or the word count and can do that without changing the meaning. However, before starting, I took a hard look at the scenes. A long hard look, marking up what was essential to the plot so I wouldn’t accidently trim those words, and trying to understand what was important. I realized that I could cut a minor character (difficult since he was one of the first characters I created and I felt he was minor but essential) and in his place insert my main character. This definitely would give her more ‘screen time’.

End result, I took a simple line edit solution and decided on my own angle to achieve the larger goal. I gave myself much more work since my solution meant re-writing the scenes to include my protagonist. In the end, by taking the underlying problem my editor noted and finding my own solution I had a better book.

Writing is hard but it’s not entirely about telling the story. Remember to listen along the way.

Writing is about listening, guest post by Tracee de Hahn
Tracee de Hahn is author of the Agnes L├╝thi mysteries, which were inspired by her years living in Switzerland. Prior to writing full time she practiced architecture and was head of university alumni relations at a major west coast university. Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Tracee lived most of her life in Kentucky. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. Currently she and her husband live in southwest Virginia with their Jack Russell Terriers.

Catch Up With Our Author On traceedehahn.comGoodreads: Tracee de HahnTwitter: @LuthiMysteries, & Facebook: TraceedeHahnWriter!


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