Thursday, December 24, 2015

Welcome to The Dantonville Legacy Series.


BLOODGIFTED, Book 1 in The Dantonville Legacy series.

Available on Amazon


Best selling author in gothic/mystery thrillers.

Voted runner-up in Bleeding Hearts Blog Readers Choice Best Paranormal Book Award for 2015

Being unable to age is only the beginning.

Laura Dantonville is shocked to learn her strange genetic mutation, is linked to a dark family secret—a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman ancestor into a vampire. Now that she has come of age, she is the key to breaking that curse. But she’s also the prey of rogue vampires who inhabit the city’s frightening and violent underworld, as her blood gives them the ability to daywalk. For her protection she’s assigned a guardian—the handsome, sexy and dangerous Alec Munro.
And he wants nothing to do with her. If not for her family, Alec Munro would never have been transformed into a vampire. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows his own fated role in breaking the curse, and the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.
To the Brethren, the ending of the curse spells disaster. Among a powerful few malice grows . . .
What readers are saying: 
Sweets Books Reviews: 5 cupcakes
"It was good even had me laughing out loud several times! Laura was easy to relate to, and she surprised me by acting like a woman in her mid 30's than being 50! O got how she was confused by everything, I mean her world was turned upside down over a period of a weekend basically! ... Alec was just a dream guy... I can't wait to see what happens in book 2! definitely recommend!"

Samantha J "Chic Lit Plus 4.5 stars 

"I was hooked from the beginning, and found myself picking up this story when I really should have been working on something else. I just couldn't get it off my mind! My only problem was it seemed pretty long, but it was a great story regardless and made me want to keep reading. I will definitely be looking forward to the next one in the series!

Storm Goddess Reviews: 4 stars
"Bloodgifted is a fast paced read filled with excellent world building that had me intrigued from the start. I loved the characters, the plot and the pace of this story, it definitely kept me turning the pages. I appreciate a good new world building's that a bit different from the others, and this one definitely had the twist.
I'm anxious for more! Great mix of paranormal, suspense, romance, and so much more in between!

Wonderland Avenue : 5 stars
"Bloodgifted has some plot points that hat tip The Mortal Instruments, and in a lesser sense Twilight. The older guy in a young man's body doesn't seem quite as odd seeing as - for once - the female refreshingly has the same affliction.
But, where it heavily improves on those series is that vampires are actually - you know - vampires. They're monsters, not glamourised. The characters have their human elements, but thrive on human blood, fry in the sunlight and actually have fangs, when occasion calls for it.
As things were wrapping up, the ending seemed like it was going to be too convenient, an unexpected clean slate. Naive, I say, because now I'm sitting here both kicking myself for thinking a writer would tie up a book like that, and wondering what the hell is going to happen now?"

Taylor Morgan, "Twilight Fantasies" : 5 stars
"What a thrilling read! I couldn't put it down and it was the kind of book that will stay with me for all eternity. I can't wait to read the next one! This book is right up there alongside Savage Redemption by Alexis Morgan and The Tempting of Neely, by Jake Malden."


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I spun around to face him, but as I was still out of breath all I could do was stand there, with my hands clenched by my side, and glare at him. He moved away from the door and came slowly toward me. I took a step back.
‘It occurred to me I don’t like the idea of becoming a single mother,’ I managed to say between breaths.
‘You should have thought of that sooner.’ He pulled his T-shirt over his head and dropped it on the floor.
I stared open mouthed at his chiselled body, the rippling muscles of his torso and the sword and serpent tattoo on his left breast. It was identical to the image on the stained glass window. On impulse, I reached out and touched it.
‘All the men have one. It marks us as belonging to Luc’s clan,’ he said.
‘Does he have one too?’
‘Yes.’ The look in his eyes intensified. ‘Keep touching me, Laura.’
My hands traced the hard planes of his chest, stomach and the delectable trail of dark hair that disappeared below the tops of his jeans.
‘You told me never to touch you again. You still feel that way?’
‘If I did, I wouldn’t be agreeing to this. It’s only sex, nothing more. A means to an end.’
‘Did I promise anything more?’
No, he didn’t. This was, as he so succinctly put it, a business arrangement.


LAURA'S LOCKET: A Dantonville Chronicle. The prequel to Bloodgifted.

A silver locket, a mysterious young man and a fated meeting.

When eighteen-year-old Laura Anne Dantonville goes on her end-of-school trip to Italy, she is accompanied by her two best friends, Beth and Angie. As soon as they arrive in Sorrento, she meets the mysterious—and devastatingly handsome—Philippe. He is gallant and charming, and Laura loses her heart. Their meetings are brief and secret, and Philippe gives her a lovely silver locket. She swears to wear it always. Until one night…

Laura's Locket takes place some years before BLOODGIFTED and reveals more of Laura and Philippe's history.
Out now on Amazon,  Smashwords 

BLOODPLEDGE, Book 2 in The Dantonville Legacy series. Out now at all online retailers.

Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren.
But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker. Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.

When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.



In Alec’s room, a single tall, metal lamp gave off a weak light. There were no windows to allow in deadly sunrays, so presumably it predated the time when he became Princeps. The four-poster, wrought iron bed and I were well acquainted, since we’d made love in it several times.
Alec wrapped his arm around my waist and held me close. With his other hand, he tucked my hair behind my ear. ‘We have a little over an hour before the Prefects start arriving.’
‘Let’s not waste it.’ Every minute with him was precious. Three nights ago, Jean-Philippe nearly murdered us both and, even though he was now dead, the danger was not entirely over—tonight’s incident a stark reminder.
He lowered his head and kissed me with a fervency that left me breathless. I wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed him back. Our tongues meshed in a delicious tangle of desire and passion.
‘What happened?’ I asked between kisses.
‘We had a disagreement ….’
I knew what he meant by that. ‘You had a fight.’
‘No avoiding it. Two of them are caged down in the cellar. Cal and Karl are keeping an eye on them till the Pledging.’
‘How many were there?’
‘Five—three men, two women.’
My stomach dropped. ‘You could have been killed!’
‘But I wasn’t.’
‘What if Luc hadn’t arrived—’
‘Shhh’, he sealed his lips over mine and, as always, I melted in his arms. A while later, he murmured against my mouth, ‘I probably could’ve handled it alone. After the Pledging tonight there should be no moreincidents.’ His lips grazed my throat.
‘Cross my heart.’ He drew the figure of a cross over his heart. ‘Luc told you about the powers of the rings. If anyone tries anything, they’re ash.’
I nodded. After a previous rebellion, centuries ago, my father forced the surviving Brethren to swear an oath on the Serpent Rings. Those who defied it were killed when the rings flashed fire and destroyed them.
I didn’t want to think about it, let alone witness something like that.
Alec could probably see the anxiety in my eyes, for he smoothed the hair from my face and said, ‘The Pledge worked in the past. No reason why it shouldn’t do so again.’ His confidence was comforting and I released the breath I’d been holding. ‘Besides,’ he said, ‘Pledge or no Pledge, I’ll kill anyone who dares try and harm you.’ A deadly edge to his voice both frightened and excited me. He lowered his head, and took complete possession of my mouth with such passion it ignited a painful throbbing in my core that only he could relieve.
His hands slid down to my waist, untied my sash. Gently he eased my robe off my shoulders. It dropped to the floor, where my camisole soon joined it. He touched the crimson vial Luc gave me, which was nestled between my breasts. It contained three drops of Marcus’s, Antonia’s and Luc’s blood, and it would render the drinker immortal. ‘Luc explained?’
I nodded.
‘Would you take it?’
‘Yes.’ I breathed.
I couldn’t tear my gaze away from his eyes. They were filled with such love, such intensity of longing I almost wished the curse wouldn’t be lifted so there’d be no chance of my blood becoming normal. Yet, our children, the future….

Monday, December 21, 2015

Surviving Tracy: TRUE ACCOUNTS FROM SURVIVORS. In 1974, destructive cyclone devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve

A must for anyone with an interest in the subject or human reactions to disasters. Review by By Retroboi on Amazon.

I have read most, if not all, books published on Cyclone Tracy. My favourites have always been ones written by, or in close consultation with, survivors of the disaster. Which is the case with this title. Nobody can tell the story of a life-changing and devastating experience quite like a person that has experienced it first hand and the stories in this book are both harrowing and heart-warming; they tell of fear of death at Christmastime, shock and dismay at the destruction of their homes and city, and the kindness of others; as well as some incidences of greed and selfishness. 

The writers have laid bare their souls and opened up like never before, some for the first time, and told of their harrowing experiences of what remains, 41 years later, Australia's worst natural disaster. This book is a must for anyone with an interest in the subject or human reactions to disasters. I devoured the Kindle edition in no time and have ordered the print edition, which includes photographs. I very much look forward to the print edition being delivered. 

In 1974, the most destructive tropical cyclone recorded in Australia’s history devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve, turning the city into a war zone. This book is a collection of survivor stories. 

When I first began putting this book together, I had no idea how gut-wrenchingly sad it would be. While working on the formatting of this book, and reading a few passages here and there, I found myself crying as the words on the page opened old wounds and memories I’d thought long healed and long forgotten. How wrong I was. It was then that I began to realise just how traumatic it must have been, too, for those retelling their stories from that terrible night so long ago. 
Some penned stories of innocent lives lost, others of how beloved family pets had been torn from their arms, then shot to prevent the spread of disease. All remembered the demonic sound of the wind as invisible hands snatched loved ones away, while the walls, ceilings and eventually the floorboards vanished from beneath their feet. Many tell of the dystopian, war-like devastation that greeted them as they crawled out from beneath the rubble as the sun rose on that fateful Christmas morning, grateful still to be alive. 
How it was that so many survived that brutal, unforgiving night will forever remain a mystery to me, and to the thousands of other souls who survived the night from hell with Tracy. 

Patti Roberts. Author/Publisher. 

Stories submitted by: 
Patti Roberts 
Andy Stump 
Beth Cats 
Jan Berry 
Ian Philip Cork
Darly & Annette Lehmann 
Sue Gullefer 
Jan Harris 
Deb Hendry 
Ian Heron 
Kathryn Holden 
Diane Hunter 
Jilly Limb 
Costa Karaolias 
Gaby Lancaster 
A Letter from Joy 
Lesley Davis 
Marg Roderick
Mark Saban 
Bill McGuinness 
Sue McGuinness 
Chris Hopkins
Jan Oakhill 
Kev Ruwoldt 
Chrissy Schubert 
Vicki Shean 
Joyce Sprunt 
Leesa Plester 
Wayne Stubbs 
Samantha Trott 
Tracey Collins 
Tim West 
Eleanor Graves 
Ramon Williams. Photographer 
Betty Watcham. Red Cross 

Connect with the survivors on FACEBOOK

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Publication date: Dec 17 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 1519790201 / 9781519790200
Page count: 392
Binding type: US Trade Paper
Trim size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related categories: Social Science / Disasters & Disaster Relief
Natural Disaster

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    Phone:(08) 8981 0066

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Author Interview - (Chris Mason) (Entrepreneur in a Box A Guide to the Best Ways to Make Money on the Internet)

Book Description from ITunes.: Are you one of the millions having trouble making ends meet. If you are slowing nodding agreement on the inside then Entrepreneur in a Box: A Guide to the Best Ways to Make Money on the Internet may just be what you’re looking for. If you have a skill or clutter that needs to find a new home than this book can help you. The book has websites where people can sell their:
Cars and car parts
Graphic arts 
Homemade fabric
Unwanted clutter
Unwanted gift cards 
Plus much more
Entrepreneur in a Box a Guide to the Best Ways to Make Money on the Internet even has a section on crowdfunding because sometimes people need a little help achieving their goals. So pick up a copy of Entrepreneur in a Box: A Guide to the Best Ways to Make Money on the Internet and put that skill or unwanted clutter to work for you today

What inspired you to start writing, and when?

 Due to the fact that all my children went to an online charter school, I had to find ways to save money and found many free resources through the internet. In fact I still think it is funny when I first asked my daughter’s teachers for resources that could help her when she first entered the world of online schooling, I only received 3 websites. I thought 3 websites from 6 teachers was a sad state of affairs, so Tutor in a Box was born. That was years ago now. My eldest daughter was in sixth grade then, now she is a sophomore in college.

My other books were born out of two things that happened at the same time. First, my family had to give up cable to save money but my kids still wanted to see the then popular That’s so Raven. Second, my mother came up with Mason Day to teach my kids that they did not need a lot of money to give someone a nice gift. Mason Day was when a person was assigned a family member and had to make them something, spending only 20 dollars. My thought was “Oh my God”. I had no artistic skills like my daughters’ and could not build things like my son, but I did have impressive research skills. So the “In the Box” series of books was born.

What is your preferred genre? I like classic science fiction and romance.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy? All the “In the Box” books are reference guides to the best free stuff in a particular area. The series currently includes:
·                 Tutor in a Box - A guide to free educational resources.
·                Book Store in a Box - A guide to free print and audio books.
·                Arcade in a Box – A guide to free video games.
·                Video store in a Box – A guide to free Television and Movies.
·                Record Store – A guide to free music
·                           Production Studio in a Box: The Guide to make DVD, CD Websites and other Media at Low or No Cost
  •      App Store in a Box: A Guide to the Best Free Applications for Mobile Devices on the Internet
·                     Entrepreneur in a Box:  A Guide to the best Free Websites to Make Money

Tell us a little about your book. Entrepreneur in a Box came about because no one will hire me and I was trying to find ways to make money because I am broke with the big B. so I put all the free ways to make money together in an eBook.

Do you have plans for a new book? Yes but not for a while my next book is going to be a survival guide for truckers kind of like the What to Expect When Your Expecting but for new truckers.

1    Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Jennifer Crusie

Was there an Author who inspired your writing?
My favorite authors are Jennifer Cruise, Janet Evanovich, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Philip José Farmer and Steve Berry and no they have not influenced my writing.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I set up an outline but make changes as needed.

Did you have an editor edit your books? No, Unfortunately.

Do you prefer eBooks, paperbacks or hardcover? At this time I prefer eBooks as they or cheaper to produce and go well with the nature of my books.

Where do you prefer to buy your books? I prefer to buy my books at actual book stores when possible.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author? Yes I am. I publish through Smashwords.

What books would you like to read again? My two favorite books are Door Into Summer and Agnes and the Hitman.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? Yes, To Kill a Mockingbird.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (eBook/paperback/hardcover)? I just finished Odds On by Michael Crichton and Indexing by Seanan Mcguire both via audiobook.

Who designed the cover of your book? All my covers for the In the Box books were designed by a man named Nat through He also does the formatting of my books to make them complaint for Smashwords.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it? No

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? This is a multipart answer.

A.        Write what you love and are passionate about, if you care about it others will because your passion will leap off the page.
B.        Don’t write about what’s popular on Amazon. Stand out and be different.
C.        Have your audience in mind as you write it helps keep you focused.
D.        Match your subject matter to your deliver system. Not every book is good for every format. For example the “In the Box” series would not be good for the audio format due to its online nature.
E.        Don’t be afraid to outsource parts of the writing process that are outside your skill set. For example I outsource my cover creation and formatting. This way I can just focus on the writing. This includes marketing as well.
F.         Lastly as corny as it sounds believe in yourself. In the immortal words of Ed Wood “just write, if it is bad it will get better and if it is good it will become great just keep writing

Do you write under a pen name? No but should I become famous maybe then.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s? It depends on the weather. I live on an 18 wheeler that goes cross country. So sometimes I just write in my birthday suit if say it is 115 in Nevada but mostly its sweatpants and T shirts.

What are your pet peeves? People who don’t answer the question asked but answer with something out of the blue or having to put up with a lack of the common sense people should have been born with.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
A question I always ask that is similar is if you could invite any six people who ever lived throughout history to a dinner party who you would invite. My answer: Leonardo De Vinci, Mark Twain, Jesus, Buddha, Ben Franklin PT Barnum.

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes? None of those but an endless supply of excellent cold coffee would be great.

Cats or dogs? Dogs
What is your favorite food and beverage? Coffee and Chicken Parmesan

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing? It depends on how bumpy the roads are, the weather, if there is internet and if I am in the mood.

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)? My wheelchair, a picture of my wife, my Access card.

Sleep in or get up early? Get up early

Laptop or desktop for writing? Laptop for writing.

Your favorite gadget? My laptop

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? I prefer coffee shops but since I live on a big rig I write when and where I can.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad – I sometimes get mad when I get nailed by a reviewer for things I can’t control like how my book appeared on their device or if the review is negative or non-sense for a bad review I gave the reviewer. The good reviews are nice but for me they don’t increase sales and besides either way everyone is entitled to their opinion. Either way a review tells me people are reading what I write.

Do you have a bucket list? Yes but I will only tell you one thing on it. To get to the Monopoly championships held in Monte Carlo.

One of your favorite quotes – A classic is a book everyone praises but no one reads. Mark Twain.

List 3 of your favorite movies? Those would be What’s Up Doc, Now You See Me and Vanishing Act.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed? I liked Terminator Genisys.

Where can your readers stalk you? My readers may contact me via email found in my books.

Is your book in Print, eBook or both? As stated before all my books are available via eBook.

Do you give free eBooks away in exchange for honest reviews? No but Record Store in the Box is always free.

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