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Shattered Frost Teaser

Note: This is a sneak peek at Shattered Frost. The story is split between Bianca and Terrance's point of view. This little bit you are about to read is from Terrance's point of view. Enjoy!




Before he knew it, his feet moved of their own volition. He followed the sound; it felt like he was the only one to hear the series of whispers and murmurs. He walked until he stopped in front of a large greenhouse.
“Hello?” Terrance said.
When he spoke, the murmurs stopped. He frowned but stepped closer to the door; it was ajar.
“Hello? Is anyone in here?” Terrance called out.
No response. He was about to give up and turn around when he heard a soft feminine voice speak.
“You must be very special if you were able to hear my voice from so far away.”
Terrance was slightly taken aback by what he heard. He didn’t like using words like ‘special’ to describe himself. He was who he was, nothing more…nothing less. He still couldn’t pinpoint the stranger’s exact location; it was as if she was everywhere at once. Who was she? Why couldn’t he see her?
Once more, his curiosity drove him to step inside the greenhouse and find the source of the hypnotic voice. He was amazed at the humidity inside, everything smelled like wet wood. There was condensation on all the glass and metal surfaces. There were terracotta pots sitting on shelves all along the wall. The white paint was peeling off the walls and the place felt abandoned and unkempt. He walked around the greenhouse until he found a hole in the ground and a set of stairs that went further underground. Against his better judgment, he went downstairs. He noticed right away that the steps were made of the bare earth. The room was dark, but thanks to the eyesight he inherited from his father, he was able to see. There were roots everywhere.
On the ceiling.
On the walls.
On the ground.
Terrance took a step back and tripped over an overgrown tree-root. Something about this place made him feel suffocated and slightly claustrophobic as though the walls would cave in and consume him. Buried alive.
“Looking for something? Or someone? ” the voice asked.
A swirl of leaves, bark and flower petals circled around Terrance. His heart hammered against his chest. Should he stay still? Should he leave? For the first time in his life, he was completely unsure of what to do.
“Do not fret…I bear you no ill will,” the voice said as her face and body slowly began to take shape. Blue-black flower petals made up her hair. Her skin was made from soft looking, dark caramel bark. Her eyes were the color of golden amber. Her feet and toes were like the roots on a tree. Her dress was made of up of light pink rose petals that reached her knees. Once her transformation was complete, Terrance admitted to himself that she was beautiful. So very different from the way Bianca looked but that was why he loved her so much. She wasn’t like anyone he had ever met before. His heart ached for his missing love.
Who is she? He wondered as he continued to study at the strange creature before him.
The woman grinned, and that made him wonder if she had heard his thoughts. It wouldn’t have surprised him, but he made a mental note to be careful what he thought while he was standing around her.
She went back to her task of talking to the roots on the ceiling and the flowers in the garden.
“Who are you?” he asked.
“Blodeuwedd. The Spring Queen,” she whispered.

© Liz DeJesus 2015

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First Frost Excerpt

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She unlocked the door of her car, sat on the driver’s seat, and started the engine. Her hand touched the clutch; she was just about to change gears when for some reason she stopped herself. She frowned before putting the car in reverse. A strange feeling spread out from the bottom of her stomach as though something were horribly and terribly wrong. She shook her head and pulled out of the driveway.
Even though she knew Rose would yell at her if she found out she was calling while driving, she pulled out her cell phone and called home. With one hand on the steering wheel and the other gripping the cell phone, she waited as the phone rang.
Something isn’t right. Rose always answered after one ring. It rarely went to voicemail, but that was exactly what happened. After impatiently listening to the automatic female operator, she left her mother a message.
“Mom? Are you okay? I’m on my way home. Call me.”
She pressed the END button and tossed the phone on the passenger seat. She wove in and out of traffic and stopped at all the stop signs and traffic lights, even though what she really wanted to do was push her little Beetle as fast as it could go. The feelings of unease continued until she parked the car in front of her house. The lights were on, but there was no visible movement coming from behind the curtain in the living room. Rose always waited by the window with a cup of green tea when Bianca was due back home.
What if there’s a robber or something inside the house?
She didn’t know whether to go inside or call the police first.
But what if someone was attacking her mother at that moment? What if she could stop something terrible from happening by simply opening the door and spooking the attacker away?
“Screw it,” she muttered.
She got out of her car and ran inside the house. She called for her mother as she searched for her upstairs in all the rooms. Nothing. She quickly ran downstairs and was ready to go down to the basement when a strange turquoise light caught her eye.
What was that?
She walked slowly toward the kitchen window; and what she saw would change her life forever. Her mother was throwing what Bianca could only describe as turquoise fireballs at a woman wearing a black hood. Rose no longer looked like her mom: sweet, kind and with a perpetual smile on her face. Rose looked like a warrior ready for battle. Bianca couldn’t see the woman’s face, but she could see her pale hands and slender fingers.
Bianca tried to make sense of it all. She kept expecting to see a special effects crew to come out from behind the trees and tell her that it was all part of an elaborate prank. But no such thing happened. All she knew was that a strange turquoise flame was coming out of her mother’s hands and that she had a ton of questions she needed to ask Rose when this was over.
She knew that her mother sometimes read old, dusty books on witchcraft, but she didn’t know she had actual powers. She thought about all the little quirks her mother had. Things that Bianca thought were essentially Rose. Her mother talked to plants and trees. She would sometimes stare off into space as though she were looking at something in another world. Something only she could see. She read tarot cards to random people and would tell them things about his or her life as though she were reading an open book. Bianca always thought she just made really lucky guesses. She chose not to believe in this other world and everything it stood for. Magic represented a life out of the norm, and Bianca desperately wanted to be normal. Just like everyone else.
Bianca pulled herself out of her thoughts. As she looked at the blue and green flashes in the backyard, she quickly realized that this was something she couldn’t escape. Normal was no longer a part of her world. Normal was no longer an option for her.


© Liz DeJesus 2015

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If you enjoyed First Frost, be sure to pick up the sequel, Glass Frost.

Twice Upon a Time ~ Bobbie Palmer

Mini Interview with Bobbie Palmer



CONTRARY to the title of this anthology, working with such a talented cast of writers is an opportunity that usually comes once in a lifetime. From best-selling to greenhorn, independent or traditionally-published, the authors in this anthology span all ranges in addition to spanning the globe—from England to Australia and all over the United States. I've had the privilege of getting to know each and every one of them, and they have become a part of my extended family. I've even caught a glimpse of a secret side of them that only another writer...editor...is privy to witness through their words.

Through this series of posts, I plan on introducing you to my new family through a mini-interview of each. You may not get a chance to see their secret side, but you'll get a sneak-peek into their minds, their passions and inspirations, and what made them the writers they are today.



..The Mini Interview..




1. At what age did you start writing?

I wrote my first story in 6th grade for a class assignment and I haven't been able to stop.

2. Which book introduced you to Speculative Fiction?

Harry Potter; it opened me up to a world I never knew existed.

3. Do you have an all-time favorite book? What about it makes it your favorite?

The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. When I first read it, I fell in love with the writing style and I felt like I connected to Mercy.

4. Which author and/or book inspired you to start writing?

Stephen King. His determination to have his work out there is inspiring.

5. What would you say is the most important lesson all writers should learn?

Writers need to rember to have fun. Its too easy to get caught up in edits and promoting. Both are important, but you need to have fun writing so you keep doing it. Don't let the pressure get to you.

6. Of the entire publishing process, which would you say is the most difficult aspect to endure?

Edits. I like getting lost in the story. When you edit you can't, you need to check grammar and spelling, make sure the story flows.

7. If applicable, did you have a favorite character (to write) from your story? If so, what sets them apart the others?

Scarlette Gunn. She's the main character in a series I've been working on for a few years. She is who I want to be, but won't become. She stands up for herself and won't let anyone beat her down.

8. On what projects are you currently working?

My latest paranormal romance, Emily's Captive, was just released on May 30, 2015.






Read Bobbie's story, Iron Strong Adalie, in your very own copy of Twice Upon A Time today!






..About the Author..


BOBBIE PALMER writes both paranormal and thriller novels. She loves reading just about anything and when she’s not writing she has her nose stuck in a book. She loves to cook and hang out with her nephews and two cats. She is very involved in the writing community, hosting a writer’s breakfast once a month and a former municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo.

..Connect with the Author..



The Hockessin Art & Book Fair celebrates Delaware's independent and self-published authors and the work of local artists.

Honorary chairs Mark Bowden, author of BLACK HAWK DOWN, and Gail Husch, author of THE BUTTON FIELD will be at this exciting event.

The Hockessin Art & Book Fair is a collaboration between the New Castle County Art Studio, Hockessin Library, and Hockessin Community Recreation Center; the Center for the Creative Arts; the Hockessin Book Shelf; The Written Remains Writers Guild; and Unexpected Spark Studios.

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Where?
Hockessin Community Recreation Center
Hockessin PAL Center
7259 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin DE

When?
June 20th 2015 from 11AM to 3PM

How do I sign up?

If you are a local author or artist then this is the event for you!

$25 for a half table or $50 for a whole table (you would have to purchase 2 half tables since that's how it's set up at the moment).

You can register online right here ----> https://apm.activecommunities.com/nccde/Activity_Search?detailskeyword=1400&IsAdvanced=False&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&DaysOfWeek=1111111&SearchFor=2&SearchLevelID=0&NumberOfItemsPerPage=20&IsSearch=true

The deadline is June 1st. So you still have time to register if you are interested in participating in this fun filled event.

Who will be there?

Besides awesomely talented authors and artists, we will have 2 Guests of Honor, Mark Bowden and Gail Husch. We will also have Paws for People, Drip Cafe and Woodside Farm Creamery.




Be sure to check out the HABF facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/hockessinartandbookfair

And this is the official hashtag for the event #HockessinABF
Originally posted by liz_dejesus at Tips for Hockessin Art & Book Fair Participants
Hi everyone!



As you all know the day for the Hockessin Art and Book Fair is quickly approaching and the day of the event will be here before you know it. Joanne Reinbold, Justynn Tyme and I thought that it would be a good idea to put together a little blog post to give you a few ideas as to how to prepare for the day and how to get your table set up nicely.

1. You will be responsible for handling your own sales so bring a cash box. Preferably one that has a lock and key, I bought a nice one at Staples so definitely check out the ones they have there.

2. If you have a PayPal account and a smartphone you can download a FREE app called PayPal Here. And they will send you a FREE credit card reader. Another great app is Square and they will also send you a FREE credit card reader for your smartphone. Personally I have both apps on my cellphone just in case because you just never know.

3. Handouts. Meaning? Bookmarks, business cards, stickers, postcards, etc. Anything that you can handout that has the cover of your book, your name, email and website. These have worked so well for me in the past so definitely invest in getting some good handouts. Check out vistaprint.com they have amazing designs, it's fast and affordable.

4. Make sure you prop up your books. You can get nice, plastic holders at Staples. If you prop up your book people will be able to see the cover from a distance and that might be incentive enough for them to approach your table and talk to you about possibly purchasing a copy of your book.

5. Decorations. Keep it simple. Bring a nice table cloth, a few decorations in the theme of your books, or some conversation starters (for example, I have a small replica of Cinderella's glass slipper and it's a fun tie-in to my books and a conversation starter).

6. Smile. You want to come across as a friendly, approachable person.

7. Practice your pitch. Meaning? If someone asks you what your book is about, you should know the answer in a heartbeat.

8. Remember to have fun. Chat with the people sitting next to you. Let your personality shine. If people see you having a great time, they will gravitate toward you and will want to talk to you.

We're all looking forward to this amazing event. I still can't believe it's all really happening.

Fairy Tale Friday ~ Snow White

It's been a while since I have posted a Fairy Tale Friday blog post! I have started to miss sharing some of my favorite fairy tales with you guys. So after much soul-searching, I decided that it was time to bring it back. This time I'm hoping it'll be a little more conducive to starting a conversation (either with me or with your friends, family and loved ones) about fairy tales, books and other whimsical things.

Anyone that knows me can tell you that Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is my all time favorite fairy tale. I think this story has everything, a beautiful princess, loss of parents, evil stepmother (which technically makes Snow White an orphan), dwarves, poisoned apple, jealousy, kiss, and then she comes back from the dead! Seriously. What else does this story need?

Well there are different versions of this story. In some the evil stepmother tries to kill her three times, with ribbons, a poisoned comb and last but not least the poisoned apple. And then the prince wakes her up but again there are different versions that explain how it happened. The most romantic one is with true loves kiss, and in another version the prince decides to take her casket with him to his castle and in the journey the casket hits a bump, making the bit of apple dislodge itself from Snow White's throat and allows her to breathe again. I'd rather go with true love's kiss...it's a lot less creepy. I mean...why would the prince want a dead body? I mean, come on!

Either way I love this story and what she represents:

Kindness
Determination
Hope.

Here are a few books I'd like to recommend if you like Snow White fairy tale retellings:


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wicked
snow





What are some of your favorite Snow White retellings? I'm always eager to read new books and discover new authors. :)

One door closes and another one opens...

Today is a very bittersweet day for me. Musa Publishing will be closing their doors today. I am eternally grateful for everything they have done for me over the past 3 1/2 years. I am the author I am today because these incredible people believed in me and my work. I cannot forget to thank Kathy Calore Teel who was the Euterpe (YA) head editor at the time I submitted First Frost to Musa Publishing. So from the bottom of my heart thank you for seeing the magic and whimsy that so many others didn't see at the time. And of course thank you to Celina Summers, Jeanne De Vita, Kerry Mand, Kelly Shorten, and Dominique Eastwick for all of their hard work and sacrifice in order to make Musa Publishing a success (because even though they are closing their doors they are doing it with grace and with their heads held high). So thank you so much for everything.

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This is how I'm feeling right about now.


While I am heartbroken about Musa Publishing, I can't help but be excited about the next chapter that's opened up right now. My dear friends at Indie Gypsy have graciously accepted the Frost Series. So worry not, Bianca Frost fans, you will get to see what trouble she gets into next. They will release First Frost, Glass Frost and (the long awaited) Shattered Frost. Release dates, covers and other exciting news will be coming soon.

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As one door closes another door opens...here's to the next chapter for everyone. Looking forward to what the future will bring. ;)

Twice Upon a Time...An Anthology

Rose Blackthorn Mini-Interview



CONTRARY to the title of this anthology, working with such a talented cast of writers is an opportunity that usually comes once in a lifetime. From best-selling to greenhorn, independent or traditionally-published, the authors in this anthology span all ranges in addition to spanning the globe—from England to Australia and all over the United States. I've had the privilege of getting to know each and every one of them, and they have become a part of my extended family. I've even caught a glimpse of a secret side of them that only another writer...editor...is privy to witness through their words.

Through this series of posts, I plan on introducing you to my new family through a mini-interview of each. You may not get a chance to see their secret side, but you'll get a sneak-peek into their minds, their passions and inspirations, and what made them the writers they are today.



..The Mini Interview..


1. At what age did you start writing?
I began "telling" myself stories at 12 or 13. When I was a few years older, maybe 16 it occurred to me that if I wrote them down, then I would be able to go back and re-read them later.

2. Which book introduced you to Speculative Fiction?
Firestarter by Stephen King

3. Do you have an all-time favorite book? What about it makes it your favorite?
I have favorites in several genres, so I don't know that I'd be able to chose just one. The one that I've probably gone back and re-read the most times is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. (And it makes me cry, every single time.)

4. Which author and/or book inspired you to start writing?
No specific author or book. I have read things that were so wonderful, they made me aspire to write something that would have that kind of impact on someone else. I have also read things that were so bad, I felt there was no reason I couldn't do better :)

5. What would you say is the most important lesson all writers should learn?
Be true to yourself. You can take classes, listen to and apply advice from others, outline every bit of your story or go from the seat of your pants - but regardless, don't lose your own voice. No one can write what you can.

6. Of the entire publishing process, which would you say is the most difficult aspect to endure?
Probably rejection. It is difficult to spend long hours writing something, putting a part of yourself in it, and sending it out to another person only to have them say they don't want it, don't like it, etc. Publishing is a business, and tastes are subjective—but it still stings to get that rejection.

7. From where did the inspiration for your submission arise?
My story is based on The Selkie Bride. I have always been fascinated by stories of shape-changers from the sea who could live among people and then return to the ocean. There is a bittersweet condition in so many of those old legends that the selkie is held in human form against their will because their seal-skin has been stolen from them. Inevitably, when the seal-skin is recovered, the selkie will return to the ocean, even if there is true love between she and her human mate.
I also have a passion for post-apocalyptic fiction, and I was curious to explore what might happen to a diminishing population of selkies after human beings have poisoned the world in some great final war.

8. If applicable, did you have a favorite character (to write) from your story? If so, what sets them apart from the others?
Naia is the main character of my story, and definitely my favorite. I enjoyed exploring what's left of the human world through her eyes, and the fact that although she has come out of the sea for a specific purpose, she could still come to love the people she meets.

9. On what projects are you currently working?
I have a novella (another post-apocalyptic piece, sort of) that I've been working on over the last few months between other projects. Also, the first of a trilogy of "epic" fantasy novels which includes shapeshifters, war against an evil that is apparently unkillable, and the unexpected relationships that can thrive between people who are so disparate. Between all that is the real life stuff, that so often takes precedence—even when I'd rather be writing :)





Read Rose's story, Before the First Day of Winter, in your very own copy of Twice Upon A Time today!







..About the Author..


ROSE BLACKTHORN lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend and two dogs, Boo and Shadow. She spends her time writing, reading, being crafty, and photographing the surrounding wilderness. An only child, she was lucky to have a mother who loved books, and has been surrounded by them her entire life. Thus instead of squabbling with siblings, she learned to be friends with her imagination and the voices in her head are still very much present.

She is a member of the HWA and has been published online and in print with Necon E-Books, Stupefying Stories, Buzzy Mag, Interstellar Fiction, SpeckLit, Jamais Vu, and the anthologies The Ghost IS the Machine, A Quick Bite of Flesh, Fear the Abyss, The Best of the Horror Society 2013, Enter at Your Own Risk: The End is the Beginning, FEAR: Of the Dark, and Equilibrium Overturned, among others.

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