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Friday, November 30, 2012

Blogger On Blogger Interview: Cardigans, Coffee & Bookmarks + Giveaway



I interview a lot of authors, we all do.  And it is really a lot of fun, right?  But who is it behind those interviews?  You!!!  So now I want to interview you! This post will run every Thursday (give or take a day due to scheduling) as long as I have people who want to be interviewed!  Check out the tab up there in my tab index for this feature.  That's where you can check out past interviews, upcoming bloggers, and sign up for your own interview! :)

This week I have an interview with Randi and Becky from Cardigans, Coffee, & Bookmarks. Yes, I'm a day late - which is completely my fault. It appears my memory is a bit faulty!

Anyhow, thank you for joining back on another week of Blogger Interviews. I also have an awesome trading card and book mark swag prize, international of course!

So let's get on with the interview!
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Cardigans Coffee and Bookmarks


Hey Randi & Becky!  Thanks for being here today!  

Hi, Liz! Thanks for having us! :)   I second that thanks!

First, can you tell us something about Cardigans, Coffee & Bookmarks?

Well it kind of started on a whim. I mentioned to Becky that we should start a book blog since we actually met as English majors in college; now Becky is pursuing a Master’s degree in library science and I’m in graduate school to become a secondary English/language arts teacher. Though I was excited about it, I couldn’t possibly have guessed how excited Becky would be...We were chatting via Skype and all the sudden she was in the midst of building our little corner on the internet!  Hee hee.  Web design is so interesting.  I can’t wait for my class in it next year!  I’m so glad Randi thought of this blog, because it has been great practice.

Now your website is run by both of you, how does the division of responsibilities go?

Becky handles about 99.9% of the design and html responsibilities.  Thanks, Becky!  I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I try. Randi does most of the socializing and hunting up cool blogs/memes. Other than that, things are pretty evenly split. We do a joint review on Thursdays and we each try to do two other individual reviews per week. We alternate on our other memes, usually by the week.   Except I do the Sunday Post and Randi does Stacking the shelves.  It’s very even.  I leave most of the fan-girling to Randi, too lol. Haha, it’s one of my specialties!
Do you ever participate in memes (ok, you covered that a bit, but lets get more in depth!), and what can you tell us about Twice Baked Thursday?
Becky does wonderful Sunday Post wrap-ups of what’s been going on throughout the week & what to expect next, and I throw in the occasional Stacking the Shelves post when we have book purchases to share! Twice Baked Thursday is Becky’s brainchild! It’s an original feature where 
Becky and I go head-to-head joint reviewing a book that we’ve selected. We usually plan pretty far in advance to give us both a chance to get our hands on copies. We would love to see other joint reviews around the blogosphere, so feel free to borrow our Twice Baked Thursday button & link up your posts!  It was originally meant to be a meme, but we don’t really have time to advertise it or do the extra work that goes with that.  It is my favorite blogging activity every week, though.  More co-bloggers should try it!  I got the idea of it from Zombies Vs. Unicorns which has a similar format at the beginning of each short stories between two authors.


What do you do when you aren’t blogging?

Lots and lots and lots of homework. Piles of it.  This is turning out to be quite a busy semester for both of us! I’m gearing up for student teaching in the spring (yay!), so I’m trying to fit in lots of for-fun reading now. Other than homework and reading, I try to spend lots of time with my friends and husband. I must admit that I live a pretty unexciting life! ;)

I love to write horror, most of which I do on a cool site called writing.com.  I also paint, walk my adorable cocker spaniel, and watch movies with my friends.  We are all librarians, so of course we talk a lot about books.

Since there are two of you, lets play a game.   Randi, which book would you put Becky in to live for the next year?  And Becky, which book would you put Randi in?
I would put Becky in The Thirteenth Tale because I know how much we both adored that book, so I’d really look forward to hearing her tales when she got back!
I would put Randi in (gag) Hush Hush so she could have a brief romance with her fictional boyfriend Patch.  Sorry Randi’s husband, lol.

What is your favorite part about blogging?

I really love co-blogging because it gives me someone to compare books with, especially when we do our Twice Baked posts. Blogging overall, I love meeting new people and finding new fun blogs to read, though I haven’t had nearly enough time recently to keep up on the blogs I follow!  I love how many new books I get exposed to, and the way I can kind of judge the fan-girl temperature of a series through blog trending.  Professionally, book blogs are very useful.  I also love making top ten lists, fiddling with the coding of our blog, and comparing books with Randi.

What do you do when you read a book you really don’t like?

It depends on how much time I’ve already invested; if I’m more than halfway through the book and realize I’m really not liking it, I usually finish it just for the sake of finishing. Some books I can’t force myself through, though and so I’ll put them down. I just convinced myself this year though that it’s okay to do that.

I usually throw the book against the wall or across the room.  I’m a woman of strong feelings.  I try to restrain myself if it is from the library.  Quite honestly, I’m a picky reader, so most books I read I don’t really like.  Randi can attest to it.  I do my best to soldier through them so I can suggest them to library patrons.

Favorites:
Movie White Christmas  Waitress
Book! Jane Eyre & Little Women! The Scorpio Races
Food Sushi or basically any kind of shellfish. Mashed potatoes  (Ew Randi) Bahaha, the whole seafood jag is totally because I married a New Englander! We went to a hibachi grill on our wedding night & I had calamari steak. ;)
Vacation  New Hampshire/New England - we go every year to visit my in-laws. :) Non-US locations, definitely Northern Ireland. New Orleans!  Gosh I love the atmosphere.
Place to Read Curled up in bed or on my couch. On my 3 person beanbag chair with my dog snoozing beside me!

What kind of things can we expect from Cardigans, Coffee & Bookmarks in the future?

I love this question! We haven’t started advertising this yet, but we’re going to start doing bi-monthly themes on the blog starting in February of next year!  We got a little taste for it by doing an all horror month in October. With so many books to read, it is nice to plan ahead. So for February, we will be featuring all fantasy reviews! In April we’ll be featuring non-fiction, and mystery in June. There will be a really great mix of books from these genres in each of those months, so stop on by cuz we’re really excited about it! We’ll be posting more updates on that as it gets closer. :) We’re also both really excited to be participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, so keep an eye out for reviews of debut books in 2013!  

Who are your favorite authors, and which books of theirs are your favorites?

I have favorite books more than authors, but I think Louisa May Alcott is the flippin’ bomb. My favorite of hers is of course Little Women. I find that a lot of my favorite authors only have a book or two so far, so from those I’d say Huntley Fitzpatrick (My Life Next Door) and Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus). Oh and John Green of course, though I have yet to read all of his and my fave is The Fault in Our Stars.

Hmm, I don’t really get attached to authors so much as single books.  Recently I have loved The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater, and  Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin.  Needless to say, I also love John Green and I have only one more of his books before I’ve read them all!

There are so many social media outlets available nowadays.  Which ones do you use?


Well we have a twitter account for the blog, but we haven’t really utilized it, unfortunately. And we both use Goodreads like CRAZY - feel free to add us!  I adore Goodreads.  If all the social Networking sites were in danger and I could only save one then it is first on the list.  We should really tweet more, but I just never think to do it.

And lastly, can you each give us a little teaser from a book you are reading now?

Here’s a teaser from Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This is a classic situation in which you try to engage people as little as possible, because if you look like you’re part of one group, the other group will take notice and ostracise you.  I mean, being ostracised by sophomore church kids would not be the worst thing in the world, but my one goal in life was not to be ostracized by anyone.  Were there times when this goal seemed like the goal of a moron?  Yes.  But honestly, name one life goal that does not occasionally seem like the goal of  a total moron.

Here’s a little teaser from The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.
“Oooh,” said Perry when Cam came in the door. Perry wore a tight Hello Kitty T-shirt, short-shorts, and pink Uggs as she walked through the house texting someone on her hot pink phone. Two low, looped ponytails at the nape of her neck made her look like a Swiss Miss. “How was your date? Did you get any lip-lock or what?” she said, without looking up from her phone.
“What do you know about lip-lock?”
“More than you do, probably.”
“I hope not, you little tramp.”
“Mom! Cam called me a tramp.”
“If the shoe fits, honey,” sang Alicia, sweeping in, winking, and giving Cam a hug. She was in a good mood for some reason.
“Mom!” screamed Perry.
“Stop boo-hooing, Perry. You know she was joking. Go hug one of your unicorns.”
Perry was elevent and still had unicorn posters plastered all over her room, glass unicorns, porcelain unicorns, unicorn stuffed animals. Cam hated that stage in girls’ bedrooms when posters of rock bands coexisted with piles of stuffed animals. But who was Cam to judge? She’d just gone on a date with freaking Tigger.

I hope that’s not too long for a teaser! I’m not too good at these. ;)



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Blogger On Blogger Interview: Cardigans, Coffee & Bookmarks + Giveaway



I interview a lot of authors, we all do.  And it is really a lot of fun, right?  But who is it behind those interviews?  You!!!  So now I want to interview you! This post will run every Thursday (give or take a day due to scheduling) as long as I have people who want to be interviewed!  Check out the tab up there in my tab index for this feature.  That's where you can check out past interviews, upcoming bloggers, and sign up for your own interview! :)

This week I have an interview with Randi and Becky from Cardigans, Coffee, & Bookmarks. Yes, I'm a day late - which is completely my fault. It appears my memory is a bit faulty!

Anyhow, thank you for joining back on another week of Blogger Interviews. I also have an awesome trading card and book mark swag prize, international of course!

So let's get on with the interview!
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Cardigans Coffee and Bookmarks


Hey Randi & Becky!  Thanks for being here today!  

Hi, Liz! Thanks for having us! :)   I second that thanks!

First, can you tell us something about Cardigans, Coffee & Bookmarks?

Well it kind of started on a whim. I mentioned to Becky that we should start a book blog since we actually met as English majors in college; now Becky is pursuing a Master’s degree in library science and I’m in graduate school to become a secondary English/language arts teacher. Though I was excited about it, I couldn’t possibly have guessed how excited Becky would be...We were chatting via Skype and all the sudden she was in the midst of building our little corner on the internet!  Hee hee.  Web design is so interesting.  I can’t wait for my class in it next year!  I’m so glad Randi thought of this blog, because it has been great practice.

Now your website is run by both of you, how does the division of responsibilities go?

Becky handles about 99.9% of the design and html responsibilities.  Thanks, Becky!  I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I try. Randi does most of the socializing and hunting up cool blogs/memes. Other than that, things are pretty evenly split. We do a joint review on Thursdays and we each try to do two other individual reviews per week. We alternate on our other memes, usually by the week.   Except I do the Sunday Post and Randi does Stacking the shelves.  It’s very even.  I leave most of the fan-girling to Randi, too lol. Haha, it’s one of my specialties!
Do you ever participate in memes (ok, you covered that a bit, but lets get more in depth!), and what can you tell us about Twice Baked Thursday?
Becky does wonderful Sunday Post wrap-ups of what’s been going on throughout the week & what to expect next, and I throw in the occasional Stacking the Shelves post when we have book purchases to share! Twice Baked Thursday is Becky’s brainchild! It’s an original feature where 
Becky and I go head-to-head joint reviewing a book that we’ve selected. We usually plan pretty far in advance to give us both a chance to get our hands on copies. We would love to see other joint reviews around the blogosphere, so feel free to borrow our Twice Baked Thursday button & link up your posts!  It was originally meant to be a meme, but we don’t really have time to advertise it or do the extra work that goes with that.  It is my favorite blogging activity every week, though.  More co-bloggers should try it!  I got the idea of it from Zombies Vs. Unicorns which has a similar format at the beginning of each short stories between two authors.


What do you do when you aren’t blogging?

Lots and lots and lots of homework. Piles of it.  This is turning out to be quite a busy semester for both of us! I’m gearing up for student teaching in the spring (yay!), so I’m trying to fit in lots of for-fun reading now. Other than homework and reading, I try to spend lots of time with my friends and husband. I must admit that I live a pretty unexciting life! ;)

I love to write horror, most of which I do on a cool site called writing.com.  I also paint, walk my adorable cocker spaniel, and watch movies with my friends.  We are all librarians, so of course we talk a lot about books.

Since there are two of you, lets play a game.   Randi, which book would you put Becky in to live for the next year?  And Becky, which book would you put Randi in?
I would put Becky in The Thirteenth Tale because I know how much we both adored that book, so I’d really look forward to hearing her tales when she got back!
I would put Randi in (gag) Hush Hush so she could have a brief romance with her fictional boyfriend Patch.  Sorry Randi’s husband, lol.

What is your favorite part about blogging?

I really love co-blogging because it gives me someone to compare books with, especially when we do our Twice Baked posts. Blogging overall, I love meeting new people and finding new fun blogs to read, though I haven’t had nearly enough time recently to keep up on the blogs I follow!  I love how many new books I get exposed to, and the way I can kind of judge the fan-girl temperature of a series through blog trending.  Professionally, book blogs are very useful.  I also love making top ten lists, fiddling with the coding of our blog, and comparing books with Randi.

What do you do when you read a book you really don’t like?

It depends on how much time I’ve already invested; if I’m more than halfway through the book and realize I’m really not liking it, I usually finish it just for the sake of finishing. Some books I can’t force myself through, though and so I’ll put them down. I just convinced myself this year though that it’s okay to do that.

I usually throw the book against the wall or across the room.  I’m a woman of strong feelings.  I try to restrain myself if it is from the library.  Quite honestly, I’m a picky reader, so most books I read I don’t really like.  Randi can attest to it.  I do my best to soldier through them so I can suggest them to library patrons.

Favorites:
Movie White Christmas  Waitress
Book! Jane Eyre & Little Women! The Scorpio Races
Food Sushi or basically any kind of shellfish. Mashed potatoes  (Ew Randi) Bahaha, the whole seafood jag is totally because I married a New Englander! We went to a hibachi grill on our wedding night & I had calamari steak. ;)
Vacation  New Hampshire/New England - we go every year to visit my in-laws. :) Non-US locations, definitely Northern Ireland. New Orleans!  Gosh I love the atmosphere.
Place to Read Curled up in bed or on my couch. On my 3 person beanbag chair with my dog snoozing beside me!

What kind of things can we expect from Cardigans, Coffee & Bookmarks in the future?

I love this question! We haven’t started advertising this yet, but we’re going to start doing bi-monthly themes on the blog starting in February of next year!  We got a little taste for it by doing an all horror month in October. With so many books to read, it is nice to plan ahead. So for February, we will be featuring all fantasy reviews! In April we’ll be featuring non-fiction, and mystery in June. There will be a really great mix of books from these genres in each of those months, so stop on by cuz we’re really excited about it! We’ll be posting more updates on that as it gets closer. :) We’re also both really excited to be participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, so keep an eye out for reviews of debut books in 2013!  

Who are your favorite authors, and which books of theirs are your favorites?

I have favorite books more than authors, but I think Louisa May Alcott is the flippin’ bomb. My favorite of hers is of course Little Women. I find that a lot of my favorite authors only have a book or two so far, so from those I’d say Huntley Fitzpatrick (My Life Next Door) and Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus). Oh and John Green of course, though I have yet to read all of his and my fave is The Fault in Our Stars.

Hmm, I don’t really get attached to authors so much as single books.  Recently I have loved The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater, and  Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin.  Needless to say, I also love John Green and I have only one more of his books before I’ve read them all!

There are so many social media outlets available nowadays.  Which ones do you use?


Well we have a twitter account for the blog, but we haven’t really utilized it, unfortunately. And we both use Goodreads like CRAZY - feel free to add us!  I adore Goodreads.  If all the social Networking sites were in danger and I could only save one then it is first on the list.  We should really tweet more, but I just never think to do it.

And lastly, can you each give us a little teaser from a book you are reading now?

Here’s a teaser from Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This is a classic situation in which you try to engage people as little as possible, because if you look like you’re part of one group, the other group will take notice and ostracise you.  I mean, being ostracised by sophomore church kids would not be the worst thing in the world, but my one goal in life was not to be ostracized by anyone.  Were there times when this goal seemed like the goal of a moron?  Yes.  But honestly, name one life goal that does not occasionally seem like the goal of  a total moron.

Here’s a little teaser from The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.
“Oooh,” said Perry when Cam came in the door. Perry wore a tight Hello Kitty T-shirt, short-shorts, and pink Uggs as she walked through the house texting someone on her hot pink phone. Two low, looped ponytails at the nape of her neck made her look like a Swiss Miss. “How was your date? Did you get any lip-lock or what?” she said, without looking up from her phone.
“What do you know about lip-lock?”
“More than you do, probably.”
“I hope not, you little tramp.”
“Mom! Cam called me a tramp.”
“If the shoe fits, honey,” sang Alicia, sweeping in, winking, and giving Cam a hug. She was in a good mood for some reason.
“Mom!” screamed Perry.
“Stop boo-hooing, Perry. You know she was joking. Go hug one of your unicorns.”
Perry was elevent and still had unicorn posters plastered all over her room, glass unicorns, porcelain unicorns, unicorn stuffed animals. Cam hated that stage in girls’ bedrooms when posters of rock bands coexisted with piles of stuffed animals. But who was Cam to judge? She’d just gone on a date with freaking Tigger.

I hope that’s not too long for a teaser! I’m not too good at these. ;)



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Review: Mr. Buff by April Angel


Title: Mr. Buff
Series: No, but it should be!
Author: April Angel
Published: October 2012, Etopia
Tour: Yes, Bewitching Book Tours
Format: Ebook provided for review

Every morning, Alexandra drinks in the sexy vision of Mr. Buff through his office window across the street. He takes his workouts seriously, and Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view just as much as she does and can't take his eyes off the woman who makes his blood roar.

But when Alexandra bumps into Mr. Buff at a club, things go from visual to physical. And much to her delight, she learns that Mr. Buff is really Mr. Dominant. She loves spending time with him and getting to know him the way nature intended, but she's looking for more than a fling. How's she supposed to make Mr. Buff realize he's Mr. Right?

Alexandra has the best job ever. What does she do? I don’t know, it was some sort of accounting type job. That’s not why it’s the best. Her office location makes it the best. Because right across the way she can see right into the office of one Mr. Buff. And Mr. Buff likes to take a shower every day and walk around with his shirt off sometimes. And lately, Mr. Buff has noticed Alexandra staring, and they’ve begun waving.

And Mr Buff notices Alexandra, too.

This story started off innocently enough. I laughed at the author’s choice of names, like Mr Buff and Jerk-Off Jack. There are several points in the story that really made me laugh out loud. Ok, one in particular made me snort right through my nose! You can tell the author has a great sense of humor, it really comes through her writing well.

“His wicked grin turned the man from handsome to outright gorgeous when he waved back. Balling and holding papers in a death grip, she dropped her gaze. All she needed was for the man to think she had some kind of sick fetish for watching him.” 

This story has a bit of a voyeurism aspect, obviously. It was really a fun way to introduce the two characters to each other. I found Alexandra to be funny and a bit smart ass, which I loved. But of course, the big draw of the story for me was Mr Buff, a man we will soon come to know as Andrew.

“Bitchy models and needy daddy’s girls exhausted him. A woman who knew her own mind, that’s what he wanted.”

Ok, let me just say it. Andrew is hot, obviously. But a little treat I wasn’t expecting was that Andrew was also oh so very dominant. He plays the dominant, aggressive male card to a T and it works perfectly.  He's is definitely getting added to my list of favorite book boyfriends!

“Wolfish and dark, his scrutiny caressed her flesh, marking a trail of heat. “

There were so many things in this book I could quote, it was one fabulous line after another. But lets face facts: when the action started I put my pen down and I didn’t pick it up again until the story was over. The heat in the story would have set my notepad on fire, I have no doubt about that. Holy heck! When these two get it on, they get it ON. Their chemistry was white hot fire, and I loved every minute of it. The characters were fun and engaging while the non-sex scenes were packed full of fun and drama, depending on the situation. The author’s writing has a really nice flow to it, and I am definitely an instant fan. If you are looking for a hot erotic romance, I think that you should definitely start with Mr. Buff!

Buy it now!

Amazon.com      ARe         B&N

April Angel (also writes as Milly Taiden) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden and Dianne Duvall among others.


You can visit her at: 



Review: Mr. Buff by April Angel


Title: Mr. Buff
Series: No, but it should be!
Author: April Angel
Published: October 2012, Etopia
Tour: Yes, Bewitching Book Tours
Format: Ebook provided for review

Every morning, Alexandra drinks in the sexy vision of Mr. Buff through his office window across the street. He takes his workouts seriously, and Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view just as much as she does and can't take his eyes off the woman who makes his blood roar.

But when Alexandra bumps into Mr. Buff at a club, things go from visual to physical. And much to her delight, she learns that Mr. Buff is really Mr. Dominant. She loves spending time with him and getting to know him the way nature intended, but she's looking for more than a fling. How's she supposed to make Mr. Buff realize he's Mr. Right?

Alexandra has the best job ever. What does she do? I don’t know, it was some sort of accounting type job. That’s not why it’s the best. Her office location makes it the best. Because right across the way she can see right into the office of one Mr. Buff. And Mr. Buff likes to take a shower every day and walk around with his shirt off sometimes. And lately, Mr. Buff has noticed Alexandra staring, and they’ve begun waving.

And Mr Buff notices Alexandra, too.

This story started off innocently enough. I laughed at the author’s choice of names, like Mr Buff and Jerk-Off Jack. There are several points in the story that really made me laugh out loud. Ok, one in particular made me snort right through my nose! You can tell the author has a great sense of humor, it really comes through her writing well.

“His wicked grin turned the man from handsome to outright gorgeous when he waved back. Balling and holding papers in a death grip, she dropped her gaze. All she needed was for the man to think she had some kind of sick fetish for watching him.” 

This story has a bit of a voyeurism aspect, obviously. It was really a fun way to introduce the two characters to each other. I found Alexandra to be funny and a bit smart ass, which I loved. But of course, the big draw of the story for me was Mr Buff, a man we will soon come to know as Andrew.

“Bitchy models and needy daddy’s girls exhausted him. A woman who knew her own mind, that’s what he wanted.”

Ok, let me just say it. Andrew is hot, obviously. But a little treat I wasn’t expecting was that Andrew was also oh so very dominant. He plays the dominant, aggressive male card to a T and it works perfectly.  He's is definitely getting added to my list of favorite book boyfriends!

“Wolfish and dark, his scrutiny caressed her flesh, marking a trail of heat. “

There were so many things in this book I could quote, it was one fabulous line after another. But lets face facts: when the action started I put my pen down and I didn’t pick it up again until the story was over. The heat in the story would have set my notepad on fire, I have no doubt about that. Holy heck! When these two get it on, they get it ON. Their chemistry was white hot fire, and I loved every minute of it. The characters were fun and engaging while the non-sex scenes were packed full of fun and drama, depending on the situation. The author’s writing has a really nice flow to it, and I am definitely an instant fan. If you are looking for a hot erotic romance, I think that you should definitely start with Mr. Buff!

Buy it now!

Amazon.com      ARe         B&N

April Angel (also writes as Milly Taiden) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden and Dianne Duvall among others.


You can visit her at: 



Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway: Vigilante of Shadows by Miranda Stork


Vigilante Of Shadows
A Scarlet Rain Novel
Miranda Stork

Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…


Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

All images and writing related to Vigilante of Shadows is copyright and property of Moon Rose Publishing, and may not be copied, reproduced, or used in any form, digital or print, without the express written permission of Moon Rose Publishing


Today is the official release of Vigilante of Shadows! The beginning of a new series from Miranda Stork, the action begins fast and hard with a murder, an immortal murderer, and a bright young police officer caught in the action. Oh, and shadowpeople and a demon. Did I not mention those? Vigilante of Shadows sets the series off on a path that will be humourous, horrifying, and just a little bit steamy. A path where this time…the whole of humanity hangs in the balance.


Excerpt


He paced along speedily, hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans. The sounds of the night surrounded him--distant cat song, the steady hum of far-off cars, the soft sound of wind whistling underneath people’s windows. He loved being out at night, not because it was a time when his ‘kind’ were more active, but simply because it was so much quieter than the day. The sounds of people rushing around disappeared, and left a peaceful calm with the soothing darkness.

Of course, there were the voices in his head, but that was another story.

He shrugged his shoulders up, cutting off the wind whistling around his neck. He wasn’t particularly cold, but the noise was annoying when your ears were so sensitive that a pin dropping could sound like a two-ton weight.

Aodhan’s mind went back to the girl from the bar. He hadn’t meant to be so brisk with her, but it was really best that no-one got that close. He…didn’t do well with people any more. They always brought back memories of simpler times, of her. And besides that…he killed people. People who wouldn’t die if they hadn’t found out about them…

Aodhan was a demon.

A rare demon, as well, a shadow demon. He had been born to a Scottish clan just over eight-hundred years ago, to humans. Contrary to what he saw people believed in the media and books, demons were actually born to humans. There was no line of them, like vampires or werewolves. They were simply…random.
When he had been born, there were no noticeable signs of what he was. He just looked like any of the other babies born to them, strong and healthy, but definitely human.

As he grew older, he had shown great proficiency with all weapons, learning faster than any of the other boys in the clan. Even some of the boys older than him had a hard time keeping up. He was never big-headed about it though, simply trying to fit in with everyone else. However, the clan talked about how the strange-eyed boy was so much quicker and stronger than others twice his age, and whispered about ancient gods coming back to the earth. His looks weren’t too odd for his clan, everyone having black, brown, or auburn hair. But his eyes were odd. All others in his clan had mostly blue eyes; some of them had brown eyes. But he had startling clear green ones, more like a cat than a human.

When he was thirteen, he suddenly began developing strange growths near his temples. After going to see the clan’s wise woman about it, she simply cackled, and whispered, “Those who are given the gift of darkness, should not fear the unknown.” He had shaken off the wise woman’s words, telling himself that she had finally gone crazy.

The growths had developed further, until they started to look like small dark horns, about the length of his thumb. They curled close to the curve of his head, smooth with small ridges forming at each stage of their growth. Luckily, Aodhan’s hair grew wild and long, allowing him to cover them up as much as he could.

By the time his twentieth year was reached, he was a well-loved member of his clan. He was kind and helpful to all, and helped to fight off their enemies more times than he could count on both hands. But he was holding a dreadful secret from his clan. Since his horns had grown, he had also noticed many other things.

He had begun to...see things. Shadows.

When he was out hunting in the forest near to their home, he would think that he had seen someone moving in the trees behind him. But when he swung around to face them…nothing. Then he would hear a soft chuckle, his name being called on the wind. At night, in his bed as he tried to sleep, he would see black figures running around the walls.

He had tried to tell the wise woman of the village again, thinking them to be spirits sent to drive him mad, or something worse. She simply shook her head at him, and chuckled, rocking herself to and fro. He had got used to the shadows by now, drawing the blanket up over his head so that he couldn’t hear their taunting murmurs....

Aodhan suddenly stopped walking, snapping out of his daydream. He was sure he had seen one of...them. Looking all around, he scanned the buildings with his vivid eyes. The problem with them was that they could hide anywhere they chose--walls, buildings, floors, anywhere--especially at night.

The red brick buildings around him looked empty, the few alleyways just leading alongside the backs of houses, a small number of bins scattered about. No-one else was walking near him on the pavement, no sound anywhere.

Just as he was about to turn around and carry on walking, pulling his jacket up again, he heard something behind him. Something whispery and cold.

“Aodhan...”

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I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice. 
My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother's Grimm's tales...Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone! 




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Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway: Vigilante of Shadows by Miranda Stork


Vigilante Of Shadows
A Scarlet Rain Novel
Miranda Stork

Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…


Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

All images and writing related to Vigilante of Shadows is copyright and property of Moon Rose Publishing, and may not be copied, reproduced, or used in any form, digital or print, without the express written permission of Moon Rose Publishing


Today is the official release of Vigilante of Shadows! The beginning of a new series from Miranda Stork, the action begins fast and hard with a murder, an immortal murderer, and a bright young police officer caught in the action. Oh, and shadowpeople and a demon. Did I not mention those? Vigilante of Shadows sets the series off on a path that will be humourous, horrifying, and just a little bit steamy. A path where this time…the whole of humanity hangs in the balance.


Excerpt


He paced along speedily, hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans. The sounds of the night surrounded him--distant cat song, the steady hum of far-off cars, the soft sound of wind whistling underneath people’s windows. He loved being out at night, not because it was a time when his ‘kind’ were more active, but simply because it was so much quieter than the day. The sounds of people rushing around disappeared, and left a peaceful calm with the soothing darkness.

Of course, there were the voices in his head, but that was another story.

He shrugged his shoulders up, cutting off the wind whistling around his neck. He wasn’t particularly cold, but the noise was annoying when your ears were so sensitive that a pin dropping could sound like a two-ton weight.

Aodhan’s mind went back to the girl from the bar. He hadn’t meant to be so brisk with her, but it was really best that no-one got that close. He…didn’t do well with people any more. They always brought back memories of simpler times, of her. And besides that…he killed people. People who wouldn’t die if they hadn’t found out about them…

Aodhan was a demon.

A rare demon, as well, a shadow demon. He had been born to a Scottish clan just over eight-hundred years ago, to humans. Contrary to what he saw people believed in the media and books, demons were actually born to humans. There was no line of them, like vampires or werewolves. They were simply…random.
When he had been born, there were no noticeable signs of what he was. He just looked like any of the other babies born to them, strong and healthy, but definitely human.

As he grew older, he had shown great proficiency with all weapons, learning faster than any of the other boys in the clan. Even some of the boys older than him had a hard time keeping up. He was never big-headed about it though, simply trying to fit in with everyone else. However, the clan talked about how the strange-eyed boy was so much quicker and stronger than others twice his age, and whispered about ancient gods coming back to the earth. His looks weren’t too odd for his clan, everyone having black, brown, or auburn hair. But his eyes were odd. All others in his clan had mostly blue eyes; some of them had brown eyes. But he had startling clear green ones, more like a cat than a human.

When he was thirteen, he suddenly began developing strange growths near his temples. After going to see the clan’s wise woman about it, she simply cackled, and whispered, “Those who are given the gift of darkness, should not fear the unknown.” He had shaken off the wise woman’s words, telling himself that she had finally gone crazy.

The growths had developed further, until they started to look like small dark horns, about the length of his thumb. They curled close to the curve of his head, smooth with small ridges forming at each stage of their growth. Luckily, Aodhan’s hair grew wild and long, allowing him to cover them up as much as he could.

By the time his twentieth year was reached, he was a well-loved member of his clan. He was kind and helpful to all, and helped to fight off their enemies more times than he could count on both hands. But he was holding a dreadful secret from his clan. Since his horns had grown, he had also noticed many other things.

He had begun to...see things. Shadows.

When he was out hunting in the forest near to their home, he would think that he had seen someone moving in the trees behind him. But when he swung around to face them…nothing. Then he would hear a soft chuckle, his name being called on the wind. At night, in his bed as he tried to sleep, he would see black figures running around the walls.

He had tried to tell the wise woman of the village again, thinking them to be spirits sent to drive him mad, or something worse. She simply shook her head at him, and chuckled, rocking herself to and fro. He had got used to the shadows by now, drawing the blanket up over his head so that he couldn’t hear their taunting murmurs....

Aodhan suddenly stopped walking, snapping out of his daydream. He was sure he had seen one of...them. Looking all around, he scanned the buildings with his vivid eyes. The problem with them was that they could hide anywhere they chose--walls, buildings, floors, anywhere--especially at night.

The red brick buildings around him looked empty, the few alleyways just leading alongside the backs of houses, a small number of bins scattered about. No-one else was walking near him on the pavement, no sound anywhere.

Just as he was about to turn around and carry on walking, pulling his jacket up again, he heard something behind him. Something whispery and cold.

“Aodhan...”

Amazon US 
Amazon UK
Moon Rose Publishing 



I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice. 
My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother's Grimm's tales...Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone! 




Vigilante of Shadows Release Day Giveaway