HUSH by Leanna Sain

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Hush by Leanna Sain

She dreams a murder before it happens.

A young woman is strangled while her killer sings the words from the lullaby “Hush, Little Baby.”

Lacey Campbell’s life is full, but not idyllic. As head chef for a chic restaurant and primary caregiver to a mother with Alzheimer’s, she doesn’t have time for the nightmare and at first she tries to deny it. But the next day, she discovers it’s a disturbing reality. When she dreams the second heinous murder she knows it’s time to tell the police.

Detective Ford Jamison is called back to the little coastal town to help with the case and soon notices an alarming trend: the killer is using the lullaby as a “blueprint” to target women who resemble Lacey. This doesn’t slow the killings and now Lacey is afraid to fall asleep at night because the next face she sees in her dream might be her own.

As a hurricane churns ever closer to the little coastal town, danger and suspicion spin out of control. Time is running out. Can they stop the killer before the last verse of the lullaby?

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About the Author

North Carolina author, Leanna Sain, earned her BA from the University of South Carolina, before moving back to mountains of  NC. Her Southern suspense or “GRIT-lit,” showcases her plot-driven method that successfully rolls elements of best-selling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Nicholas Sparks, and Jan Karon all together, making it her own. Her writing accolades include: Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year; nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the Global Ebook Award; and the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award from the NC Society of Historians for her time travel trilogy (Gate to Nowhere; Return to Nowhere; Magnolia Blossoms.) She loves leading discussion groups and book clubs. For more information or to contact her, visit:


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I had the pleasure of interviewing Leanna Sain. Please enjoy getting to know her better through this interview.

Interview with Leanna Sain

Tell the us about yourself.

I live on five of the most beautiful acres you’ll see in the mountains of western NC with my husband of 34 years. I home schooled two sons who are now successful young men and I have 1 grandson who loves coming to Grammy and Poppa’s house. I love to garden and if I had time, I’d crochet and quilt like I used to, but I used any spare time on writing. My husband and I own a furniture store and I am occasionally commissioned to paint a portrait.

How did you get started writing?

I’ve loved to write since I was a little girl, but it was always short stories and poetry. When my kids were young, I would write little books for them, complete with illustrations. It wasn’t until 2004 that I wrote my first novel and it all started with a gate. Let me explain.

That journey began with a gate. We were at a friend’s house for a Halloween party and were on our way back to the house after a hike out to a spooky cemetery. My flashlight glanced to the right and landed on an old wooden gate. Of course, a gate isn’t that unusual of a thing to see on a farm, but this one was different. There was no fence—just the gate—sitting at the edge of a big pasture.

“Why on earth do you have a gate with no fence?”

“I don’t know. It was here when we bought the farm.

“Dum, dum, DUUUUUM…the gate to nowhere.” I said in my spookiest voice.

She laughed and said, “That sounds like the name of a book. Why don’t you write it?”

“Maybe I will.”

That was the beginning of my trilogy: Gate to Nowhere, Return to Nowhere, and Magnolia Blossoms. And the stories keep coming.


What is your writing process? (Examples Write early mornings, late in evenings? )

I don’t have a specific time when I write. With things as busy as they are in my life, I write whenever I get a chance. The only time it’s “scheduled” is when I get my writing week. That’s when I head off to a little mountain cabin all by myself and write from morning until night for the whole week. I love those times. I’m usually able to churn out 20-30K words before I go home.

Are you a outliner? Pantser?

I’m definitely not an outliner. I generally know sort of where I want to start, sort of where I want to finish and a few things that need to happen along the way. Sometimes the characters take hold of the reins and go galloping down a path I never intended, one that I didn’t even know was there. I love it when that happens. I call it “magic.”

What genre do you write? What attracted you to the genre?

Romantic suspense. I write it because that’s what I like to read. Edge-of-your-seat suspense combine with happily-ever-after ending. Good stuff.

Tell us about your newest release? When and where will it be available?

My newest novel’s title is Hush. Here’s the premise in an 30-second nutshell:

           Lacey Campbell dreams murders before they happen, but when she realizes the victims all look like her, she knows she’s in trouble. Now she’s afraid to fall asleep because the next face she sees could be her own. Can she stop the killer before joining the other bodies in the morgue? 

            The release is scheduled for November 19th. It’s available on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle.

Where did the idea come from?

I’d had the idea for a story with a serial killer who used the “Hush, Little Baby” lullaby as a sort of blueprint for his murders knocking around in my head for a while, but I didn’t start writing it until my mother entered the final stages of her Alzheimer’s disease.

I guess I used the writing as a kind of therapy…a way to rid myself of some of the negative emotions. It worked. After reading the first murder scene aloud to my husband, he looked at me with the strangest expression on his face and said, “Sometimes you scare me.” Good. My goal in my writing is to make my readers feel every emotion, from laugh-out-loud to crying like their heart is breaking, and everything in between.

I decided to give my main character’s mother Alzheimer’s. I hated to do it, in a way. Even in fiction, it seemed like a mean thing to do, but it allowed me the ability to weave some of the things Mama said and did right into the story, and that was cathartic. It gave me a little control over something when the rest of my world seemed to be spinning out of control.

How long did it take to write?

About a year.

What research (if any) did you do?

I try to include accurate history of the setting into my books simply because I love history so much, so I did research on that. But most of the stuff about Alzheimer’s I learned first hand, because of my mom. I usually love the research part of writing a novel, this time, not so much.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Reads?

Sarah Addison-Allen, Mary Kay Andrews, Sue Grafton, Jan Karon, Jude Deveraux, Janet Evanovich; the list goes on and on. My favorite book is Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.

What do you do to unwind?

Sit out by the fire pit with a glass of white wine, talking with my husband.

What is some advice for those looking to write in your genre?

Some say, “Write what you know.” I say, “Write the kind of book you like to read.” And don’t give up. Tenaciously hold onto the dream of becoming an author.

How do you get the word out about your work? (Which social media is best for you?)

Facebook is the best for me. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of Twitter, probably because I don’t understand it. I guess you could call me “technologically challenged.”

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Kadupul by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

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Short term memory loss and an inability to look at herself in mirrors or old pictures; this is College Sophomore Klarissa Bloom’s life after surviving a physical assault in her freshman year. However, she’s now determined to prove to her parents that she can handle her return to school.

But recovery is not a straight path, it’s one with dips and twists. A journey, not a final destination. With the help of her friends,Ravyen, Xander and Julian, Klarissa finds strength to identify with her passion for dance, not the assault…

But will she be able to pick up the picture and see who she was before, while trying to build a life that’s new?

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Tales of the Fairy 2: Steampunk Fairies

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Tales of the Fairy

Never before have magic and machines come together in such a way as brought to you by the sixteen authors, poets, and artists of this collaboration. When the world of the Fae meets Steampunk, all things are possible and there are no limits to the places you will visit, the creatures you will meet, and the technology that you will discover. Put a little magic in your gears and open up your minds and hearts as you enter the world of Steampunk Fairies.

There will be games, prices and tons of fun! Join the party at http://https//

About the Authors


Samantha Allard: Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away, passed the farthest star in the sky and where the horizon meets for its kiss with the land, Samantha battled evil drones. The drones were six feet tall, had three sets of hands, and it was best if you didn’t mention the third eye. (They don’t like it when you bring it up.) She wields words like a sword in her hand and cuts down her foes with the skill of a ballerina wearing flip-flops and juggling chainsaws. (She knows how to multitask.)




Michelle Cornwell-Jordan: is a New Adult/Young Adult Author, who enjoys writing Paranormal, Dystopian and Dark Fiction. She is also the producer (and one of the Hosts) for the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet






Michael Cross: Michael Cross has been a writer and amateur explorer for most of his life. He began submitting his original writing in 2013 with two short stories, Tell Her She was Loved and The Promise, both accepted by Xchyler Publishing and are due to be released early 2014 in anthologies. Most recently he is a blogger and works to share his love of the past and all things steampunk (whenever he is not working as a shrink). You may learn more about him at The Hidden Library of Michael-Cross or on Twitter @TheCrossLibrary.



Nicole L Daffurn: Nicole’s love for the written word has seen her write many short stories and poems and then eventually moving on to tackle the bigger task of novel writing late in 2011. She has also completed her course in editing and is currently studying Journalism and looks forward to exploring the world of news media.







Stephen T. De Marino: is primarily a sci-fi/paranormal weirdness writer, hailing from the County of Humboldt. His previous publications were with CHBB’s Fractured Fairy Tales, and FireFly and Wisp’s 13 tales of the Paranormal. Before that he had articles published with Gridiron Strategies and American Football Monthly. When he isn’t trying to headbutt his desk, Stephen can be found tooling around Northern California selling hardware.





KC Finn:was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing. As an author for Clean Teen Publishing, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.




Audrey Gibson: This is Audrey Gibson’s first published short story.  Audrey loves all things post-apocalyptic, sciencefiction, and fantasy.  Her two sons haveinspired her to share her imaginary worlds with everyone else.  When not writing to maintain her sanity,Audrey likes to spend time outdoors. Another passion she has is for entertainment in all forms.  Whether it is art, music, acting, writing,etc. she cannot get enough.





Jeannette Joyal: Jeannette Joyal lives in North Carolina with her husband for the last 14 years. A proud mother of four daughters, one son and has also been blessed with six beautiful granddaughters who are the light of her life. She works for Hot Ink Press as Head of Strategic Marketing. She has recently tried her hand at writing and has completed a couple of poems. Both have now been published with Crushing Hearts. This has given her the encouragement to write some short stories.







Samantha Ketteman: Samantha Ketteman has resided in southern Illinois for 7 years, (though still claims to be an Alabama girl), with her husband and three crazy demon children. She started reading novels at a very young age and decided to write for herself. She is a caffeine addict, insomniac, and generally scatterbrained most of the time. When she’s not writing, she’s getting lost in her imagination. Novels are an escape from the harsh reality of a cantankerous teenage boy and two drama queen girls.




screen-shot-2014-10-16-at-6-18-58-amElizabeth Ann Lance: lives with her husband, Brandon, their two teenagers. She is the author of the Young Adult series, Soul Mates; the Regency series, Agents for the Crown, as well as several novellas, all published with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.


clCL McCollum: spends her time delving into the wonder of the world. She’s always been drawn to the “How?” and the “Why?” and the “Is this even possible?” While her debut novel is on the road to publication, C. L. has contributed to multiple anthologies, and also co-edits a charity anthology series known as “Clichés for a Cause.” Currently, C. L. is keeping it weird in Austin, TX with the love of her life and their various furry roommates.




Emma Michaels: is a cover artist, blogger, and author of the ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her love of blogging started when she created a book blog in 2009 which gave her the courage to finally submit her own novels to publishers. Emma Michaels’ publications now include Owlet and Eyrie (Tribute Books), Holiday Magick Anthology (Spencer Hill Press), and Cirque d’Obscure Anthology and Cogs in Time Anthology (Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly).




Lexi Ostrow: has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master’s in journalism she couldn’t wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper.  From paranormal romance to thriller there isn’t a genre she doesn’t love to spend her time reading or writing.


img_0532Beth Patterson:was a full-time musician for over two decades before sidestepping into the world of writing (“fleeing the circus to join the zoo”). Patterson has played in over a dozen countries across the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australia. She appears on over a hundred and twenty albums (including seven solo albums of her own) in addition to a smattering of soundtracks, videos, commercials, and voice-overs. Various artists have recorded over a hundred of her compositions and co-writes. She studied ethnomusicology at University College Cork, Ireland and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University New Orleans.




Kristin Snyder: is an author of horror and speculative fiction, but has also written stories in the romance, fantasy, and science fiction genres. A former florist and 2012 graduate of Stony Brook University, she accidentally became a full-time freelancer and hopes to have continued success in publishing. She is currently finishing work on a novel, playing through a backlog of video games, and spending quality time with her two cats, Boo and Miyu.



andreastaumauthorAndrea L. Staum: the author of Blood of the Sire Book 1 of the Dragonchild Lore series and contributed to several best selling anthologies. She’s a trained motorcycle technician with an Associates in Supervisory Management, is an amateur home renovator, and somehow manages to find time to write. She lives in south central Wisconsin with her husband, three ‘unique’ cats.




Catherine Stovall (editor): is the author of many fiction works in the horror, steampunk, paranormal, fantasy, dark fantasy, and YA genres. She is also the editor and a contributor to several anthologies produced by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, Vamptasy Publishing, and Steamworks Ink. Catherine is a fearless creature who surrounds herself with the joys of life both in and out of her fictional worlds. She lives in Southeast Missouri with her husband, three children, and pets. When not writing, she spends her time riding motorcycles, wearing elaborate hats, and genuinely enjoying the oddities in life.


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Publsih Your Own Work

Are rejection letters keeping you from being published? Why?

Old_book_bindingsWith the ease and popularity of self-publishing there is no reason you can’t put your book out there for the world to read.

In this article I will provide some helpful information to help you get your book published.

Okay you have written your book and edited your book. It is perfect; ready to publish. So now what? Now you publish. With the use of Amazon, Smashwords or any other self-publishing company you decide to use it is easier than ever to self-publish. These sites help you with formatting, cover designs, ISBNs, and even marketing. Self-publishing sites offer these services because if you sell books and make money then they make money. So take full advantage of these services. I do.

When I published my debut novel I used a printing company to print my books, I hired a cover designer, I hired a high priced editor, I purchased expensive ISBNs. All in all, my debut novel cost me around $2500 for all of these services and 100 copies. That didn’t include any type of distribution; all I had out there was that 100 copies and they were all sold locally (usually at book signings). I wrote and published a second novel for around the same price and still no real distribution. Then I got smart. I used Amazon to publish my third novel, fourth novel, two short stories and two children’s books. I was able to get these published for a fraction of the cost and available to millions of people. Through writer connections I found very good reasonably priced editors. I also discovered stock photos, which I used for professionally looking cover designs created using Amazon’s Create Space. I was able to purchase ISBNs through Create Space for a fraction of the price. I used Create Space to publish in paperback and on Kindle. And BAM!! I had a book published for around $400 for the services and 100 copies of my book plus I had my book available online through Amazon in paperback and in Kindle formats.

So my friend, if you are waiting on a publishing company to send you that golden letter; stop waiting. If you wrote that book then you are definitely smart enough to publish that book yourself.

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About the Author

Kahele is a mother of three daughters and lives life via email. She has recently been introduced to Twitter and finds it quite captivating. She enjoys long walks and a good book to cuddle up to. Writing is her addiction and believe it or not it helps her relax after a long day in the hustle and bustle of the nine to five job.

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A simple trip to the attorneys turns into a life changing moment for 22 year old Jenna Kramer, when she encounters Andrew Carington for the first time. Their desire for each other is so deep that an affair ensues quickly. But Jenna’s abusive and controlling husband Senator Benjamin Kramer will never give her up and soon Jenna finds herself plummeting into dangerous grounds.     Book Trailer   The Featured Video


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Vengeance Is Mine by Harry James Krebs

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Title: Vengeance is Mine

Author:  Harry James Krebs
Published:  January 30th, 2014
Publisher:  Peak City Publishing
Word Count:  96,000
Genre:  Mystery
Content Warning:  Profanity, Aftermath Violence
Recommended Age:  16+
Driven by a traumatic, violent event in his teenage years, Benjamin Tucker, bestselling true crime author, is obsessed with helping authorities solve savage crimes near his home turf of Holly Springs, North Carolina. When a series of decapitated female victims is found in neighboring communities, he is helplessly drawn in to the investigation to help bring the killer to justice. But in a bizarre twist of events, the psychopathic murderer becomes fascinated with Tucker and stalks him, presenting him with unimaginable, grotesque gifts. The hunt for the killer turns personal and Tucker is not sure if he’s become the killer’s idol or his next victim. Vengeance is Mine, a gripping thriller with a healthy dose of droll humor, is a tale of sadistic revenge guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Another ten minutes passed before I answered the call that would change the entire investigation–for me.
“Crime tip hotline,” I said.
“Is this Benjamin Tucker?” It was a male voice.
“Yes, it is. I need to tell you that this call is being recorded.”
“I was expecting it would be. May I call you Ben?” 
“Yes, how can I help you?” 
“I’m the man you’re looking for. I’m Jack Plum.” 
I rolled my eyes. “I’m sorry if I sound skeptical, but you’re the third person today to make that claim. Can you give me information or some detail that will confirm you are, in fact, whom you claim to be?” 
His next words made my blood run cold. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” 
I jumped out of my chair, snapped my fingers twice, and pointed to the phone. The dispatcher understood, nodded, and immediately dialed someone to begin a trace of the call.
I took a deep breath. “You have my attention,” I said.
“Is this call being traced?”

“No. All calls are anonymous unless requested otherwise.”

“You’re lying to me, Ben. But it doesn’t matter. I saw you on TV the other night, and I knew when I saw you that the two of us have a destiny.”

The dispatcher had patched into the call and was now listening. She gestured for me to keep Plum talking.

“How do you figure that?” I asked.

“You are the one to write my story. I read your book and it was … inspirational. I knew you were the one. I researched you, and now I know everything about you…and that rich wife of yours. She’s very beautiful … so is Sally Briggum.” The statement scared the hell out of me.

 “Let’s leave them out of this,” I said. “Why is it you’ve taken the lives of two women?”

“In due time, Ben. In due time.”

“Will you surrender to authorities? I can make arrangements so you’ll be safe.”
The caller laughed softly. “Please. Don’t insult my intelligence. Besides, I’m not through yet. I’ve only just begun. I can’t tell you how much I’ve been invigorated since finding you.”
“Please don’t hurt anyone else. Maybe we can meet–just the two of us. We can talk–figure things out.”
The dispatcher was violently shaking her head, as if saying, “No! Are you freaking crazy?”
“We will meet, Ben … someday.” He paused. “I have a gift for you … a very special gift. I’m looking at it right now.”
I became nauseous. “What is it?” I asked. There was no reply. The dispatcher motioned for me to keep him talking.
“Jack?” I asked. “Talk to me. Hello? Jack? Are you there?” I put the system on mute, and turned to the dispatcher.
 “I don’t think he’s there anymore,” I said.
She looked at her control console. “The line’s still connected so try and get him to talk.”
“Jack? Let me know what you want. I can get you some help. Jack? Are you there? Hello?”
The dispatcher jumped up and I muted the system again. “We have it!” she said. “237 West Bradford–about three miles from here!”
Ice ran through my veins, and I tore the headset off as I instantly recognized my former address. I collapsed in my seat with my face in my hands.
“Oh good Christ!” I cried. “Amanda Jane!”

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About the Author:
Harry James Krebs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving his BA in applied physics from Aurora University in Illinois, Harry spent thirty-seven years with United States Department of Energy Contractors as a senior mechanical engineer. He designed, built, maintained, and operated large experimental detectors for high-energy physics experiments at national laboratories such as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Superconducting Super Collider, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. Krebs always wanted to write mystery novels, but his engineering career left him little time to write until now. The author and his wife currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with their Chihuahua, Lucille.

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Danielle Lee Zwissler was born in Dover, Ohio. A small town in Northeast Ohio. Her love of romance and cowboys have helped enrich her life and love of reading. She is also big fan of William Shatner, Harry Potter, and all things Harlequin. Her first novel, “Her Last Chance”, debuted in 2010 with Firefly & Wisp Books. And then shortly after the sequel, “The Art of Seduction”. In 2011, an up and coming publisher, “Books to go Now!” published a trio of short- stories called, “Trio of Sin”. Since then, Danielle has been featured in several anthologies and 5 erotica books under her pen name, Heather Lane. Currently, Danielle is working on several fantasy as well as a few western romances. Her latest set of books are all part of a series called, “Cowboys & Cowgirls”. This series features five books, all of the western nature, with sexy lead characters and several subplots. The first in the series is “The Cowboy’s Bride” which is now available on paperback as well as ebook. Then the rest of the series will go as followed: Served, Cowgirl Up! Cowboy Up!, Dakota Falls, and then Tiegen’s Bride.

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“The Long Ride Home” is the fifth book in the Cowboys & Cowgirls Series. It is available on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords and on paperback! Blurb: Holton Dade was eight years old when Elena Rose was born, and he has watched out for her ever since. The girl with the wild, curly red hair has been on his mind on and off for years, but he has a few hang-ups–age being one of them, and death being the other. With the help of friends, Holton and Elena survive through many breakups and insecurities, but in the end there is only one place to go–home, and it is one hell of a long ride to get there.



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Milk Fever by Lissa M. Cowan

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Book Genre: Historical fiction, literary suspense
Publisher: Demeter Press
Release Date: October 18, 2013
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What if the only person you ever loved suddenly disappeared without a trace?

In 1789, Armande, a wet nurse who is known for the mystical qualities of her breast milk, goes missing from her mountain village.

Céleste, a cunning servant girl who Armande once saved from shame and starvation, sets out to find her. A snuffbox found in the snow, the unexpected arrival of a gentleman and the discovery of the wet nurse’s diary, deepen the mystery. Using Armande’s diary as a map to her secret past, Céleste fights to save her from those plotting to steal the wisdom of her milk.

Milk Fever is a rich and inspired tale set on the eve of the French Revolution–a delicious peek into this age’s history. The story explores the fight for women’s rights and the rise in clandestine literature laying bare sexuality, the nature of love and the magic of books to transform lives.

About Lissa M. Cowan

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Lissa M. Cowan is the author of Milk Fever and founder of Writing the Body. She speaks and writes about storytelling, creativity, work-life balance and creative spirituality. She is a Huffington Post blogger and writes regularly for Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers.

She is co-translator of Words that Walk in the Night by Pierre Morency, one of Québec’s most honoured poets. She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing. She has had some wonderfully talented teachers along the way such as Nino Ricci, Jane Rule and Daphne Marlatt who have helped her hone her writing craft.

Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and the world around us. She coaches her students to develop the skills to tune in—rather than wait for the muse—and to trust their intuition. She believes that true creative work begins with a loving relationship to self and spreads outwards to encompass all living beings.

When she’s not writing or teaching, you can most likely find her in a cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas. She just started work on a creative non-fiction book, though it’s too early right now to spill the beans on that one!

She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Advice to new writers

The one big thing I’ve learned about being a writer is it’s not a profession but rather it’s a lifestyle, a vocation–an I-can’t-live-without-it kind of deal like, um, chocolate or sex. I have many friends who go to their 9 to 5 jobs and then come home and put their work behind them, yet a writer could never do that. Once you commit to writing, you are in it for the long haul. That means that even when you’re not sitting at your desk churning out your next bestseller, you are daydreaming. Or at least that’s how it seems to others. Yet really you are studying your protagonist, considering how she might react in a certain situation, gathering details for your story from the world around you. Just as my heart doesn’t stop beating even when I sleep, my mind is still thinking about my book, even when I’m not writing.

So my advice to new writers is simple.

Don’t feel guilty about what you love to do and must do. Don’t worry about telling friends you can’t come out and play because you’re writing–pretty much all the time.You will have many people who don’t understand and who think you’re selfish. They will put their own fears and worries onto you because they haven’t yet scratched their own creative itch. Yes, they will get sick and tired of hearing you say the same thing over and over. Remember, hat’s their problem not yours. Your job is to write every day. Not to write on the side of your desk or in between the more important stuff. Writing is the important stuff and if you don’t get that derriere of yours in that chair–if you don’t show up–then nothing will happen. Ever. Make a promise to yourself to write as much as you can. Before work, before the kids wake up, while at the dentist’s office, on the commute to work. Many books were written by famous authors while at their place of work! You don’t need perfect conditions, you just need to commit to it and stay the course.

I believe in you. I know you can do it.




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The Messenger by Stefan Allen & Jerry Sword


Deep within the walls of a forgotten monastery in Belgrade lies a secret that has been tucked away for centuries. It is a secret men will both kill and die for.

While millions throughout the world have revered the Shroud of Turin as the authentic piece of linen that wrapped the body of Christ, one man stumbles upon as undeniable truth that will ultimately end in the final epic battle between good and evil. This masterfully written first installment of the Chronicles Of The Shroud series will keep you turning pages until the very end.

The beginning …of the end…of days.

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My Review

The Messenger is the first installment of The Chronicles of the Shroud series by Stefan Allen and Jerry Sword. It is a riveting book that explores the possibilities in which the second coming of Christ will ensue. The story surrounds the search for the Shroud of Turin by the several different characters and the lives of the characters that are searching for the Shroud.

The Messenger includes everything in it to make an excellent book. The story line is enthralling and keeps the reader on the edge of their set until the very last page, and then it leaves them wanting more.  There were so many unanswered questions and so many possibilities for the characters that were left open leaving the reader wondering what would follow in the next book.

The characters are well developed and show great depth; the reader feels as if they know these characters personally. The dialog and the relationships between the characters were amazing and dynamic. The history and the location are wonderfully accurate. This aspect makes the story more believable.

If you believe in miracles and trust in science this book was written for you.  This was a wonderful first book and I cannot wait for the next installment.

About the Authors


Stefan Allen

Stefan T. Allen is the pen name of a man who has spent almost 20 years in education (secondary and university).  He has worked on four continents and visited 54 countries.  Currently he lives on a boat in eastern NC.  He writes short stories and poetry.  He reads profusely and enjoys watching the sun set with a glass of wine and sitting on the top of his boat.


Jerry Sword

Jerry Sword is a songwriter, filmmaker, and author from Virginia. His works have been featured in motion pictures as well as independent features. He currently resides and continues writing in a small Virginia town.

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School Nightz by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

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SCHOOL NIGHTZ ©MichelleCornwellJordan


Written by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

3CM Media

Set to release March 18th




Upcoming single

Official song of School Nightz

(Inspired by the second novella in the series Kindred)

Set to release March 2014



Much gratitude!

The cover was created by the amazing (Amy Rooney-CVWriterDesigns)


Photography by the fantabulous (Tiffany McDonald- Anecdote Photography)


Big Hug and Much Gratitude to the very awesome duo


Brianna Jordan

& Adam Becerra



A New Generation Slayer

A Official School Nightz Cover February 2014 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

School Nightz compilation blurb:

Night School Vampire Hunter (Novella#1)

Fifteen year old Dasheen Bellamy’s world is turned upside down, when she is accused of killing her father and godmother. Dasheen cannot remember the events of the night her world is destroyed, but she feels inside that she is innocent; due to lack of evidence against her and with no other family; Dasheen and her younger brother Jordan, are sent to the elusive and mysterious Ame’ Academy ; a residential school where all is not what it appears. There all goes well, until Jordan, begins to become distant and behave strangely as if he is afraid of something or someone. Jordan is transferred to Ame’ Academy’s Night School track, which is usually only open to special cases. In order to discover what is happening with her brother, Dasheen is finally allowed to also transfer, attending classes in the evening while the rest of the world sleeps. Soon Dasheen’s world changes again as she discovers that things out of fairytales and horror stories exist, that she has ancient powers and is the major player in a mystical prophecy; and then she falls in love with a boy, whose mission is to see that she is destroyed before her destiny is fulfilled…

Kindred (Night School Vampire Hunter-Novella#2)

The Kindred is the second novella in The Night School Vampire Hunter trilogy.

Angel and her friends at Ame Academy, a boarding school for preternatural and humans are back, and they are preparing for battle against the dark forces that kidnapped Angel’s younger brother Jordan. Angel had recently discovered that she was a Hunter and that she alone has a special weapon against her enemies, her blood, which is discovered to be toxic to her enemies. Angel is prepared to use her training and all that is at her disposal in order to save Jordan, even if that means joining forces with the strange and mysterious Rafael, who at their first meeting, she recognized him as the boy she had dreamed about for weeks prior to his arrival at the school. Angel cannot shake the feeling that she knew Rafael before, and is hopelessly drawn to her extremely handsome fellow hunter.

Rafael frightens her, he hints of a secret; another time and another life lived.

Can love survive two lifetimes?

Events unfold that provides the answers to who Rafael really is and what they mean to one another; and along with these strange and blossoming emotions for Rafael, along with guilt and fear for her brothers safety; Angel discovers that she is more than just a Vampire Hunter, and that she plays a major role in a ancient prophecy, which she must fulfill by facing a force so evil that survival is not promised.

But she will face the Dark One, Angel will sacrifice all, if it means saving all whom she loves.

Many questions are answered, but the drama is just beginning…

Redemption (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#3

Coming Soon!

Set to release March 18th


About The Author

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Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a Young Adult/ New Adult author.

Her titles include the Teen Paranormal novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy, (Print compilation School Nightz set to release March 18th). Full length novel, Teen Fantasy/Dystopian Chrysalis, (New Adult Novelette) Gothic Romance Tourmentin and a contribution to the HerStory Anthology (Pagans Writers Press)

She is also the producer/host of the online radio segment, IndieReview Behind the Scenes, where she and her co-host Author Jamie White interview Indie authors and musicians.

Michelle has been married for seventeen years and has a fifteen-year-old daughter.

A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.

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Find out more about her on her website!

Follow her on twitter at @mcjordan37

Fan her on FaceBook at IndieWritersreview YA blog


Official Night Schoolz SONG

Much gratitude & Heartfelt thanks to artist

Cecile Monique!

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Contact Cecile Monique



Cecile Monique is a Canadian vocalist/songwriter/composer of original Gothic Rock & Symphonic Metal music.

With her powerful, yet angelic voice and unmistakable charisma, Cecile Monique is a multi-talented musical artist ready to make her mark on the international music scene. Cecile Monique is not only an accomplished vocalist; she is also a skilled writer, composer, and arranger of her own original music. Her years of formal classical vocal training provided the foundation, but her singular creativity, diverse musical influences, and her fresh, youthful style have provided the fuel to create the distinctive fusion of rich, classically-influenced vocals with modern, innovative instrumentation that exist together in perfect harmony and have become Cecile Monique’s signature, genre-bending sound.

In addition to her impressive musical talent, Cecile’s cosmopolitan personality and multicultural roots (half European and half Hispanic) also broaden her appeal to an international audience; Cecile is fluent in several languages and has recorded and performed songs in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Czech, and Latin.

In 2010, Cecile Monique was awarded the prestigious FACTOR New Talent Award in support of her self-titled EP release featuring three of her original compositions, which was recorded at Metalworks Studios, Canada’s #1 recording studio. With the launch of her new EP now available on iTunes worldwide, and a myriad of new projects on the horizon, Cecile Monique is a rising star poised to become an international phenomenon.



Teaser trailer of KINDRED ©2014 Cecile Monique

(March 2014)

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