IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight! Runaway (Camryn Cruise #1) by Brina Courtney RELEASE DAY BLITZ!


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Runaway (Camryn Cruise #1) by Brina Courtney

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Camryn Cruise is not human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.

The world is falling apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she frequently stayed as a child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and swimming, they were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from the outside world.

Now she must return to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and she’ll discover the secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.

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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Website: http://www.brinacourtney.com/

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight! Folk/IndiePop Band: The Ultimate BearHug!


Happy Monday All! Well guys it’s Monday so that means music! Today I’m throwing the spotlight on the Folk/Indie Pop Band The Ultimate BearHug! This talented duo’s music has been featured on ABC’s Private Practice, MTV’s The Real World and the CW’s Supernatural and Life Unexpected  and recently on one of my favorite show’s Nextflix’s Original Hemlock Grove!

 

Please check it out below! All info taken from BMI Indie Spotlight

 

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Chances are you’ve heard the music of Doll Knight and Barrett Johnson (collectively known as The Ultimate Bearhug); their songs have been featured on shows including ABC’s Private Practice, MTV’s The Real World and the CW’s Supernatural andLife Unexpected. Drawing comparisons to Billie Holiday and Madeleine Peyroux, The Ultimate Bearhug was born after a chance encounter between the two singer-songwriters at a Southern California loft party in late 2010. Johnson remembers: “That same night we almost completed a full song and knew we couldn’t stop there.” With encouragement from local songwriters, the duo spent most of 2011 patiently writing and gigging consistently at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. The result is their debut full-length album, Just South of Los Angeles , a work that bridges the gap between timeless folk and indie pop. And if you’re wondering about the band’s name, it’s simply a reference to Knight and Johnson’s hope that their music “will hug you.”

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IndieWritersReview: Brand New Episode of Writer’s Life: Writer’s Block Blues!


Brand New Episode: Writer’s Life (Writer’s Block Blues)

Michelle decides to break the nasty Writer’s Block Blues!

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IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight of Naliya by Shauna Kelley (Excerpt and Giveaway!) Paranormal Craving Virtual Tour


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Naliyah by Shauna Kelley

Publication: Create Space
Genres: Paranormal YA

Lenora Scheid can tell you much of human nature. After more than a century of traveling from warzone to warzone, she has experienced more than she can handle of mankind’s thirst for blood and power…she cannot, however, tell you what she is.

Not exactly human, but not precisely vampire either, Lenora’s whole life has been spent under the watchful eye of her father. With only her dreams of a mysterious blue‐eyed man as company, she has little choice but to follow her father across the world despite his refusal to help her understand her true nature.

As Lenora reaches the end of her tolerance with their life of travel and death, she comes face to face with her blue‐eyed man and everything changes. Can this man save her from a life of brutality? Or will the secrets kept from her for so long destroy them both?

“Highly imaginative, captivating, and rich in characters and story… a must read.”
–Tia Bach, author of The Tala Prophecies

EXCERPT

What does it mean for mankind that, in the one hundred years of wandering that followed our time in Africa, I was never hungry again? From the Ivory Coast, we sailed north, moving through Egypt on foot or horse.

“You should see Cairo,” my father had said, “and Giza, where our people helped to design the great pyramids.”

“We’ve been around that long?” I asked.

“Longer,” he said.

Having just fed, we were able to walk the dessert in the daylight, and marvel at the wonders of man long dead. However, after just a few days of the beating sun, I began to understand father’s warning that this would make us hungry faster. I began to eye our guides, kind honest men, longingly. At the end of each day, my skin took on a purplish tint and I could hear each and every beat of each and every heart around me.

From Egypt, it was onto another ship, through the Red Sea and the Arabian. We reached India and found no shortage of the dying in Bombay, where poverty plagued the city as brutally as any war could. The plague had ravaged the population, leaving it with a broken and defeated feeling. In darker corners, bodies still lined the street.

“Just be careful,” father warned as we moved through alleys full of moaning and desperate people. “The blood of the dead becomes poisonous to us the instant they die.”

“But the plague in their blood will not hurt us?” I asked.

“No,” he said. “It might make us feel a bit sluggish, but still better than not feeding at all.”

During the days in Bombay, we slept in downy beds in a hotel that was inexplicably cool amidst the sweltering heat. We awoke at dusk, often travelling to some temple or other architectural wonder that my father wanted me to see.

I found both the trip and the city dissonant and confusing. There were amazing and beautiful things to see if only I could not see the poverty and desperation that surrounded them. Whereas Baltimore had been loud but with sounds of those happy and thriving, Bombay was a cacophony of struggle. I tried to talk to my father about these observations, but he waved them off as though I was simply a silly girl thinking silly thoughts.

“Let us go to the market,” he declared one day.

I followed obediently, my eyes fixed to the ground. Soon however, we arrived at a bright and happy bizarre that lifted my spirits instantly. I wandered through a myriad of stalls of beaded shoes, spices that smelled so strong they made my head ache, and beautiful cloths.

“Pretty lady,” one older gentleman called to me perfect English through a mouth that contained almost no teeth, “come here and see my pretty things.”

I glanced around for my father, who was a few stalls back speaking intently to an older man. Deciding he wouldn’t even notice my absence, I moved towards the toothless man.

His stall was full of fabrics of all colors. He had silks of deep turquoise, stunning purple, and vivid orange that seemed to beg for my touch. They are all richly embroidered and stunningly beautiful.

“A pretty lady needs pretty things,” the toothless man declared, picking up a bright yellow shawl and wrapping it around my shoulders. It was covered in a pattern of sunbursts, and made me feel instantly cheerful.

“It’s beautiful,” I said, feeling a bit of wonder at being called a lady. Only a few months prior, I had been just a girl. My father’s predictions about my aging had proven correct, and I had already advanced to looking like a young teenager.

“You should buy it, pretty lady,” the man said.

Suddenly, my father appeared behind me. “She should have one,” he agreed, “but not that one.” He reached beyond the man and picked out a deep blue shawl, covered with stars. “This one,” he declared, handing the man an exorbitant sum of money.

“Yes, sir,” the man declared, wide-eyed over the money in his palm. “Thank you sir.”

I wrapped myself in my shawl, saddened by the loss of the sunny yellow one, and followed my father out of the stall.

“You gave him so much money,” I said.

“Yes,” he agreed.

“How do we always have so much money?” I asked.

“From various places,” he said. “When you’ve been alive as long as I have, you can wait for investments to pay off.”

“But what investments?” I persisted.

“Lenora, you shouldn’t ask me about money, just know that we have it and leave it at that.”

I fell silent, following him out of the market. A growing unease was settling across me, though I could not quite name its source.

“We are leaving soon,” my father said after a moment, leading me down a darkened street that was far from our hotel.

“Have we fed enough for another sea journey?” I asked.

“We’re about to,” he said.

I glanced around, but found no bodies on the ground in this part of the city. However, a murmuring behind me filled me with dread. Father and I both turned and found a group of perhaps eight men waiting for us at the mouth of the street. They instantly began shouting at my father in Hindi.

“What are they saying?” I asked.

“They are demanding I give them my money,” he said. The men advanced on us.

“Are you going to?” I asked.

“No,” he said, instead giving me a knife.

As the men attacked, we stabbed and slashed until they were on the ground. My beautiful blue shawl was torn and covered with blood by the time we began to feed.

Once full, we moved back towards the hotel.

“You showed off your money in the market because you knew they would follow,” I said.

“Yes,” he said.

“But why them? You’ve said we eat the dying and they were alive,” I said.

“There are many forms of dying,” he said. “Had we not killed them today, most of those men would have starved to death or died of malaria within the next year. This city has more people than it can support, and men like them add violence to the mix.”

“But how can we be sure?” I said. “Perhaps one of them would have left this place and become a doctor and done good in the world.”

“The chances of that are very small,” he said. “And you have just learned a lesson.”

“And what lesson is that?”

“That a healthy man can be a dying man, too.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shauna Kelley lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and beloved mutts. Dedicated aunt, adventurous baker, and action movie fanatic, she spends her days writing, teaching, and crocheting.

Kelley’s first novel, Max and Menna, was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award finalist for Young Adult Fiction in 2010. Naliyah is her third novel. Kelley delights in the opportunity to interact with readers. Find her online at www.mmshaunakelley.blogspot.com.


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Runes by Ednah Walters
Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
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IndieWritersReview Welcome Interviewed By God by Beth Banning (The Virtual Book Cafe)


Guys I am so excited that today I am participating as a host for The Virtual Book Cafe. Please check out Interviewed by God – A Journey to Freedom by Beth Banning!

 

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Title: Interviewed by God – A Journey to Freedom

Author Name: Beth Banning

Author Bio:

Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She was born in New York City and from a very young age could sense the feelings of people around her, felt kundalini energy running through her body, and experienced other unusual events that she didn’t understand. The well-meaning adults in her life told her she was depressed and that these experiences were just her imagination. Growing up in this cloud of ignorance and disbelief, these gifts were buried and unable to flourish and so she was left confused and lonely.

As a young adult she recognized the same sense of confusion and loneliness in others and became passionate about helping people better understand themselves and those around them. Later in life she took this passion into her work with her husband Neill and co-founded Focused Attention, Inc. She has written numerous books, co-created the Pathway to Personal Freedom, and the Art of Conscious Connection Seminar Series.

After many years of integrating this consciousness shifting work into her own life and teaching it to others, she experienced a profound reconnection with God that turned her life upside down. This radically changed the way she perceives the world and functions in it. Beth now lives her life guided by her inner source of divine wisdom. She is committed to helping others discover this for themselves and fully experience the essence of who they truly are.

 

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Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Linkedin | Goodreads | Amazon

 

Website: www.BethBanning.com

Blog: http://bethbanning.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BethBanning

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BethBanning

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Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/BethBanning

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Book Genre: Spirituality

Publisher: PuddleDancer Press

Release Date: September 1, 2014

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Book Description: 

Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen. She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to herself and the world and reality as we know it. Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding.

 

Excerpt One Interviewed by God

Chapter 2, What is REALLY Real?

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God: Are you ready to get going?

Beth: I’m not sure why I’m writing about any of this. Who’s going to care?

God: There are many people who are having experiences similar to yours and they’re embarrassed or think it’s all their imagination and are not allowing these experiences to blossom. There are others who are right at the precipice of these extraordinary, life-changing experiences, but they are pushing them away. These people need to know they’re not alone and what they’re experiencing is actually more real than what they thought was true.

Beth: They need to know that there is more to life than they are told about, is that it? They need to know that the world is much richer and more wonderful than they ever imagined.

God: Yes, it’s time for people to know just how much more there is to life. You’ve already begun the process of transformation, and your experiences can help to guide them. I’ve heard you say you have had many unusual experiences. What do you mean by this?

Beth: Over the last four years, many things have happened to me that are outside the realm of ordinary human life. They come in different forms. I may feel them, hear them, or see them, but they are nothing like my previous day-to-day existence. Research has showed me that these types of experiences are not completely uncommon.  On one hand, knowing that others have had similar experiences helped me at times when I thought I was going crazy. On the other hand, I mostly found that saints, eccentric geniuses or gurus in India were the ones having these experiences. There were only a few stories involving ordinary people like me.

God: So what has changed in your life over the last few years?

Beth: In short, I have gone from wanting to know everything, understand everything and control everything in my life, to a place of peacefulness and acceptance to a degree that I’ve never known. I don’t mind now when plans change, or someone else thinks they have a better idea about how to do things. And I don’t have to agree with or understand exactly what someone is talking about in order to hear what they’re saying and be able to empathize with them. My whole being has shifted. As I continue to have these unique experiences, they change me and how I perceive the world in incredible ways. I’ve gone from an almost compulsive need to “know” everything to an acceptance of just what’s going on in the moment, and a sense of calm trusting about the future.

 

 

 

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight! Gothic Rock Artist Cecile Monique’s New Kindred Video!


Happy Monday All! If it’s Monday then that means music! Today I am SO excited because I have the OFFICIAL video of Gothic Rock Artist Cecile Monique‘s Kindred!

I’m a HUGE fan of Cecile Monique and always loved her videos! But what makes this extra exciting is that the song Kindred was inspired and based on my novella Kindred of the School Nightz compilation! Woot! So I am very excited to share this wonderfully talented musician and song with you!

 

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Cecile Monique is an up-and coming independent Gothic/Symphonic metal artist from Canada. A young, rising star who brings a modern voice to an established genre in the European rock scene, Cecile Monique represents a new generation of female metal artists, breathing new life into the style and attracting a new generation of listeners in North America and beyond. Continuing in the legacy of seasoned female-fronted acts such as Delain, Tarja, Within Temptation and Nightwish, Cecile Monique’s contemporary edge and distinctly North American sensibility provides an excellent representation of the Gothic/Symphonic style in Canada. A classically-trained vocalist, composer and arranger, Cecile Monique’s singular creativity, diverse musical influences, and her fresh, youthful style have provided the fuel to create the distinctive fusion of rich vocals with modern, innovative instrumentation that exist together in perfect harmony and have become her 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 songs recorded at Metalworks Studios, Canada’s #1 recording studio. In 2013, Cecile was selected for the national Wacken Metal Battle competition and was one of only a select few female-fronted acts in contention to represent Canada at Wacken. Together with her band, Cecile Monique’s powerful, distinctive musical style and charismatic stage presence firmly cement this up-and-coming artist in the international ‘watch list’ for the new generation of Gothic Rock/Symphonic Metal artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL NIGHTZ

A Official School Nightz Cover February 2014 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

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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, she and her younger brother Jordan, are sent to the mysterious Ame’ Academy, a residential school where all is not what it appears. Soon Dasheen’s world changes again when she meets a group of misfits, who she befriends, a handsome but secretive boy, and learns that she has ancient powers. When Jordan begins to behave strangely and appears frightened, Dasheen realizes that dark forces are after her brother’s soul; and she then uses her new found power to prepare for a fight against the ancient evil.

************** Kindred (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy)

KINDRED Novella#2 Dasheen Bellamy…a.k.a. “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. Instantly drawn to him at their first meeting; Rafael frightens her, he hints at the secret of having known Angel in a previous lifetime? Can love survive two lifetimes? Angel discovers that she is more than just a Vampire Hunter, and that she plays a major role in an ancient prophecy, which she must fulfill by facing a force so evil that survival is not promised.

**************** Redemption (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy)

Novella#3 Darkness has fallen over Ame’ Academy after Angel plummeted into the gaping twilight of the abyss. Ismet, Bella Donna, Elin and Rafael were now left to pick up the pieces. But those that loved Angel refused to believe she is gone, and so the search for her and the truth begins. Plus the clock is counting down and the Beast has escaped its pit. The group of friends, with the help of unlikely allies must confront an ancient evil, and once again face the heartache of losing someone they love, to save the world from destruction once and for all. The highly anticipated and surprising finale to the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy!

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