The Dissonance Excerpts

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I can’t believe the progress I’ve made. While the book will never truly be finished in my eyes, I’m polishing–and have just published the second excerpt from Dissonance, titled A Cure for Broken Song. (Thanks to Samantha Lowman for the beautiful illustration!) Click to read it.

She held out a purple glass bottle that shimmered like a diamond. It was beautiful enough to distract Allie from her confusion. “What is it?”
“Medicinal berries from an ancient garden. We can’t get there on our own, but Reagan had enough to last you a couple of weeks.”
For Dissonance had been printed on the cork in black ink. Allie plucked it out, inhaling a familiar bittersweet scent. “It’s just like the tea!”
Enna looked puzzled. “What tea?”
“Mrs. Grant made tea that smelled like this. She wouldn’t tell me what was in it.”
“Two nights ago!” [READ MORE]

To read the first excerpt, The Wandering Artist, click here.

I’m a terrible blogger. Every week I decide to devote an hour to blogging business, and it just…doesn’t happen. None of my ideas sound decent when I sit down to write them. I only publish posts on time when I draft them for weeks (this one isn’t drafted, making it an exception.) So here I will ramble about…the weather.

It snowed this month, meaning the city;s become sleepy. Winter is here–I think she came early. The stores have put out a mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, making Halloween a thing of the past. It makes me realize how fast the year crept by! My birthday is coming up on December 14, which just feels wrong. Me, 21 years old? No…


Yesterday, one of my mom’s friends gave me twenty novels in Spanish. (I personally wouldn’t be able to give books away, but I’ll take care of them!) Recently I’d decided to improve my skills at reading in Spanish, making this a happy coincidence (NOT.) I’m so excited to expand my vocabulary. You have no idea. I’ll keep you updated.

How has the winter been treating you? I hope you enjoy the excerpt!

Fall Into Fantasy: The Darkworld Series by Emma L. Adams

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Week 13: The Darkworld Series

Prequel Novella: Fear’s Touch

Book One: Darkness Watching

Book Two: Walking Shadow

By Emma L. Adams

This is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come into play later in the series).

Freakish powers and staring demon eyes aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy organisation which hunt them down.

Claudia’s never had to worry about making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.

But in a world where everyone seems to have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

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Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.
In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…


“Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets. Could you ask for a better supernatural suspense set-up? The plot is original, and completely gripping. From the first page, this book had me hooked.” – Rose at Desert Rose Reviews

“A suspenseful first part to an intriguing new fantasy series.” - Sharon Stevenson, supernatural author
“The story is extremely well-written with effortless, flowing prose, and the original magic-user mythology and Darkworld creatures are very entertaining. The author took what might have been over-done premise and twisted it into something very fresh and exciting.” – Lexa Cain, author of Soul Cutter
“Emma is an amazing writer. She has become one of my favorites. I couldn’t put Darkness Watching down.” – Diane at A Creative Mind

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When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are suspicious of any sorcerer who doesn’t know their origins.
The trouble is, what Ash does know might just get her killed.
Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…
Coming December 1st, 2014 from Curiosity Quills

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Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy novels for children and young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in October 2013, and four more novels and a novella will follow. She chats about writing and other book-related things at her blog, From the Writer’s Nest, and looks forward to sharing more tales from the bizarre depths of her imagination.

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The Plight of an Insomniac


This work of flash fiction may or may not be based on what I put up with all too often…

She crawled into bed, hoping to be lost in a half-dream where she’d hear the rain pound on the roof. Where her thoughts would slow but not stop. Where peace would creep through her body and she could just be, like raindrops sliding down the glass.

But apparently rest was too much to ask for. Her mind buzzed over mistakes from years ago. The cotton pillow heated up and her covers were too scratchy; every minute passed in the blink of an eye.






She sat up, flinging her pillow at the wall.



How she hated being awake to greet the new hour! Tonight rest wouldn’t come; the sandman forgot to slip through her window. He left her awake to think of reality, staring at the clock.



She turned on the lamp and covered the clock face to hide what time it was. I already know, she thought bitterly. I already know.

Fall Into Fantasy: The Dark Intent Series by Lisa Swallow

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Week 12: The Dark Intent Series

Book One: Between

By Lisa Swallow

What do you do when you are attracted to two men and both have the power to kill you with a touch or a kiss? Can Rose trust either of them – or anyone in her new life?

Ghosts? Demons? Angels? Or something more? The supernatural you find living and working in this English city are a little different to those you usually find in the genre…
Rose survived the accident that killed her friend. The problem is the life she returns to scares her more than the night she almost died.
When Alek and Finn enter her world, Rose discovers the after-effects of the accident are worse than she thought. The slow recovery and fogged nightmares aren’t the only changes she needs to cope with.
Rose has an immediate and intense attraction to arrogant housemate Alek. This confuses her as much as the chilling effect of her enigmatic work colleague Finn. As Rose struggles to cope with her new life, she learns that her connection to the two men threatens all their futures
Alek has lived years closed off from people. He didn’t expect someone like Rose to come into his life and challenge the reality he grips onto.
If Finn doesn’t fix the mistake he made, his life is in danger. His desire to help and protect Rose makes his task difficult, especially when she’s the mistake he needs to fix.
When Alek’s past catches up, Rose disappears. Trapped between the living and the dead, on the edge of Hell, Rose is unable to find her way back. Alek and Finn could help her – but are they prepared to risk the consequences?

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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The Wandering Artist: An Excerpt & Thanks

Allie could not pin an age on him—he didn’t look thirty or forty, but certainly not sixty—like snow falling from the heavens, he simply was. Could he be some kind of faery? The child in her couldn’t help but wonder. She read so many books of magic and superhuman beings; agelessness was a sign of something greater. Read More!

Did I mention I’m having fun? Even editing is enjoyable with amazing friends to help me out (especially Heather, Jeannette, Rachel, Kelly–none of the typos will survive with you watching! :) )

Not long ago I introduced my friend Sammi who offered to illustrate a few of my scenes. They were going to help with the promoting (I didn’t want some graphic with celebrity look-alikes and Comic Sans) but every writer is also curious and anxious to know how her story is seen through the eyes of someone else.

To read my excerpt from Chapter 1, The Wandering Artist, click here. Please share this piece if you enjoyed it! It would help me so much to get the word out.

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The Wandering Artist by Samantha Lowman

When the character sketches came in, that was one of the happiest days of the year…because it was like seeing proof that the people I write about do exist, and can take form in a medium other than writing. It was like running into a long-lost friend. “I haven’t seen him in ages, I can’t believe he looks like this now!” But there he is, and it’s absolutely perfect.

There will be a few more illustrations soon, with excerpts attached for context. Pinterest is supposed to be really good for book promotion; that’s one thing I have to look into, but the picture is up there, too. I will throw this picture everywhere because it’s so wonderful.

This whole project has been great so far. And it’s only just begun. I can’t wait to see what Syd comes up with for the book cover…if I can stop proofreading enough to share it! That rewriting instinct is really hard to ignore…

It’s like I’ve got a team of lovely people helping me out every step of the way. And I just want to thank you all. This would be a lot scarier on my own.

“when it began”

She was a sallow-eyed, pale-skinned nightmarish ghoul…a terror for Jack’s eyes to behold, because her ugliness almost warranted pity, an unnerving paradox. He struggled with the instinct to run and the urge to apologize for staring, because it wasn’t her fault she was so terrifying…right?

Maybe it was.

“Uh,” he said, looking at the torn-up receipt where he’d written the address. “Are you a Fate, by chance?”

He took her silence to be a yes.

“Well,” said Jack, “as you can see, ma’am, I am…quite dead. The faery told me to come here…”

You cannot, said an eerie voice in his head, undo death.

“Not even for an impossible deed?” he cried.

What deed can you, a poor spirit, do for me? There is no way to undo death. Unless, she added, you pledge your heartbeat to do my bidding, but that’s not living, is it? No, my boy, you’re better off as a spirit.

“But I don’t want to be a spirit! Name your price.”

Pardon? she said incredulously.

“Name your price, so I can live.”

And that’s when it began.

The Shadow Series by Anna Hub

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Week 11: The Shadow Series

Book One: Beyond the Shadows

By Anna Hub

“A violent shudder travelled up my spine, each vertebrae snapping together like a zip lock, all my muscles tensed but I couldn’t tear myself away from the image …”

If your shadow was trying to consume you, how would you run from it?

What if you were afraid of something you could never escape?

Selena Parker’s journey into the unknown begins in her dreams, but the consequences are carried back into her conscious life and she soon realises paranormal forces are at work. Her shadow has become more than just an image, it is a gateway to a sinister new world where mysterious creatures roam and she is confronted by danger that challenges her will to survive. She finds the man whose fate is linked inexplicably to her own but she knows nothing of him and doubts his true nature. Her only option is to place her life in his hands while they search for a way to stop the shadows claiming them forever.

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When I was a child I wanted to be an author, it seemed like a perfectly attainable dream to me then, but of course I grew up and realised that writing was not the best way to make a future for myself. So I discarded the idea and decided to do something normal.

When I studied nursing I thought I’d found a place for myself, but within six months of working in that field I knew I needed more. So in July 2007 I bought myself a lap top and started writing in my spare time. It took me two years to complete my first book and by the time it was finished I felt as though I’d learnt enough to pursue the dream.

My love for writing has grown rapidly since then and now I know that it’s something I can’t live without. It’s a place where there is no limit, no exact destination and my mind is free to exist in many worlds.

It’s a beautiful sanctuary.

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The Scariest Thing of All

Assuming I don’t push the date back a week or two, I have 7 weeks to go until Dissonance is supposedly out. I went out for Halloween candy yesterday because I need it to cheer me up. This is a very unnerving, exciting step to take. I’m that kid who spent so much time rewriting…the one people kept warning about it…and of course every moment was worth it, because the book is so much better, but now it’s going where others can read it!


That’s the candy. I’m going to make it last. Whatever helps, right?

Except my printer has no ink so I’m starting on the computer. I have made an editing schedule based on the amount of words in this book. I’ve added in the schedule to take breaks, doodle, breathe. And also, write other stories. I’m not so much an editor as I am a writer, and it often feels I forget how to write something new.

Outside, the rain is pouring. It’s a good, relaxing sound. Leaves have settled on the ground to make a blanket of orange. And I’m off to edit.

Happy Saturday!

Halloween thoughts on writing…

A few thoughts on writing:

- Get messy. (But make sure you can find things when you need to.)

- Use different ink colors. Write a story where the ocean is purple. Let it change who you are.

- Make friends. Art cannot be totally solitary, or it is destructive.

- Know when to stop editing. Don’t kill your story.

- Invest time and energy on useful things that make you grow as a creator. Be humbled by the greats, but not discouraged. Don’t compare yourself to them.

I love this blog. It’s my own little corner of the web, and I can do what I want with it. I can sample my writing or post Instagram photos. And my domain name was renewed last week, so I don’t have to worry about that for another year. But for some reason I’m just not good at writing first drafts on the computer. I get lost in the frightening abyss of a white, blank document. I need to start on paper for my writing to be any good. So I looked through my writing journals, because I want to have quality blog posts.

I learned a lot this year while editing. Sometimes you need pressure for a lesson to sink in. Sometimes you need long nights of hard work, racing the clock, to realize things need to be refined–but not burned. I have a habit of over-editing, and need to know when to stop before I rewrite more than necessary. Now I’m almost to the proof-reading stage, and I’m outlining a sequel, but you’re never really done with a story, are you?

My thoughts on writing came during nights of hopeless insomnia (which, thankfully, don’t come as often.) One of the things about writing is, you have to say the truth as you feel it. Writing isn’t 100% solitary, but it’s reflective; good writing has to be you.

Have you had any exciting realizations while working on a story? Do you agree or disagree with my sleepless musings? I would love to hear from you!

Good luck to those doing NaNoWriMo, and I hope you have a great Halloween!