IndieReview Behind The Scenes Writing Corner w/ CP Bialois!

IndieReview Behind The Scenes

Hey Everyone! Check Out Author CP Bialois in The Writing Corner giving great tips and techniques to help you polish that manuscript.

Today he discusses the Writing Pyramid!

So check this out:)

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CP Bialois completed his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either.
As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works..
CP Bialois is also active in several South Florida writing groups, as well as the online writercommunity.

Welcome Wisteria and Myopia (Wisteria series 1and 2) by Bisi Leyton (Goddess Fish Promotions )Review Host

Hello Everyone, today I am very excited to be a host for the Goddess Fish Promotions virtual tour for Author Bisi Leyton’s  Wisteria series, book 1 (Wisteria) and book#2 (Myopia). Below are details of these great books, reviews and giveaway details….so go check them out!

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Wisteria and Myopia (Wisteria series 1&2)

by Bisi Leyton

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Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies



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Sixteen-year-old Wisteria has embraced her deep bond with eighteen-year-old Bach, a member of a supernatural race called the Family, despite the risk of his family finding out. Should Bach’s people discover his bond with a human, Wisteria will be guaranteed a painful and bloody death—but somehow, being together is more important.

Their bond is tested when empirics, an elite group of Family investigators, are sent to the Isle of Smythe under the orders of Bach’s father to find artifacts stolen by the humans. They’re to find the artifacts at any cost. Among the empirics is Bach’s old friend, the stunning Alba, who has learned about Bach and Wisteria’s secret relationship, and surprisingly accepts this. With no one else in the Family to turn to, she becomes Bach’s ally and confidant, but possibly more.

As the empirics start to take over the town, Wisteria is torn between trusting Bach and the safety of the humans on Smythe. She soon realizes that she and Bach are on opposite sides of the war between the Family and Humans, and there is no middle ground. One of them must choose a side.

EXCERPT from Wisteria

Excerpt One


Thirteen months after the first official case of Nero Disease

“Wisteria, run!” Rebecca O’Leary screamed over the radio.

Wisteria Kuti whipped around and came face-to-face with the blood-red eyes of a hungry flesh-eating biter. The biter was a man, infected by Nero Disease, who had long lost his mind. He looked more animal than human and he wanted one thing—to feed on the flesh of uninfected people. The biter growled and staggered toward Wisteria.

She fled down the deserted road to the nearest house. The front door was locked. She kicked at the door, but it didn’t open. Taking out her handgun, she smashed through the window of the door.

“Ugh,” more biters growled behind her.

She spun around, fired once, and hit one in the head. She unlocked the door by reaching in and turning the lock. Once inside, she chained and bolted the door.

Crash—a biter smashed through another window into the house.

Wisteria’s heart jumped and she darted up the stairs as fast as she could.

“Get out of the house, Wisteria!” Rebecca radioed.

I’m trying. 

A biter grabbed her ankle as she ran. Falling hard on the steps, she wailed in pain. “Ah.” No time to cry, Wisteria. She fired at the biter holding her. One bullet left.

Three more biters appeared below and started coming up the stairs. Leaping up, she sprinted to the top floor and dashed into the first open doorway that led to the master bedroom. Locking the door, she headed straight for the window.

The infected clawed at the door, tearing it apart and snarling as they entered

EXCERPTS from Myopia


Three years and three months after Nero

“You’ve got to be joking!” Sixteen-year-old Wisteria Kuti glared at about forty teenagers and a handful of preteens dancing wildly in the once deserted pub.

From the smell and heat, the partiers had been burning up the dance floor for hours. The music of the Law Abiding Citizens thumped through the restaurant, and she spotted an mp3 player hooked to large speakers propped on the bar.

Wisteria couldn’t believe they were having a party on Norton. Her stepfather, Major Elliot Coles, the head of security, would literally murder someone if he discovered that forty of the kids from the heavily fortified Isle of Smythe had snuck out onto the mainland.

“You’ve got to admit they’re having fun.” Garfield Simon, her best friend, was standing next to her while adjusting the strap of his crossbow. His long curly hair bounced as he nodded to the music. “Everyone’s okay and seems happy.”

After four years of living in fear of biters and being locked behind the walls of the Isle of Smythe, she could see why the kids wanted a night of freedom and reckless abandon. Even she wanted one, but it wasn’t safe.

With eighty percent of the world’s population crazy, flesh eating biters, being outside wasn’t just a bad idea, it was deadly. The only thing biters wanted was to feed and the only things they ate were uninfected people. And people who didn’t get eaten most likely ended up becoming infected and turning into biters themselves. As a best case scenario, even one biter walking into this pub could result in everyone becoming infected.

“They’ve been having this party how long?” she asked Amanda Weiss, the tall, slender blonde girl who had come with them.

“This is the sixth party.” Amanda’s blue eyes glittered as she tried to laugh it off. “It’s not that big a deal. We’ve always been safe.”

“Six,” Wisteria choked out. “And you knew about this and didn’t say anything?”

“We couldn’t tell you because of your mum and your stepdad,” Amanda explained. “If they found out, they’d stop the party.”

“David’s here and he’s my brother,” Wisteria pointed out, but she knew that was different. David was Amanda’s boyfriend.

“Yeah, but you’re a tracker. David’s not, so you have to tell Coles.” Amanda frowned, knitting her blonde eyebrows together. “Everyone just wanted a few nights out. We’ve been working all summer on farms for the harvest. We just need a break. I mean, I know it’s dumb, but we really thought this town was safe. David said there hasn’t been an infected reported in Norton in forever.”

David isn’t a tracker or he’d have half a clue,” Garfield remarked.

Garfield also hadn’t been invited to the party, but Wisteria suspected that had more to with him being a rat catcher. Even though most kids on the island ate rats, they were too proud to publically admit that. One way to deny it was steering clear of Garfield.

Wisteria scowled at the boy. It was no secret he hated the notion of Amanda and David being together because he was so in love with Amanda. Garfield had had a crush on her, the prettiest girl on the island, since he first saw her. Sadly for him, Amanda only wanted to be friends.

“Well, I’m glad you told me, Amanda. I know Hailey’s going to make you pay for doing it.” Wisteria was still surprised Amanda had come to her with this.

“So, what do you want to do?” Amanda asked.

“Ahh,” a boy shrieked as he ran past them.

Wisteria jumped.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.

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Wisteria is the tale of a sixteen year old girl called Wisteria, who lived in a dystopian society. The Governments failed after the Nero disease came amongst humans and infected 80 percent of the population. The infected was basically the walking dead, who eats the flesh of healthy, uninfected humans. These “biters” have overrun society, causing many pods of communities such as the Isle Of Smythe, where those not affected, gathered together behind fence, with armed guards to live.

Wisteria lived in one of these communities with her mother, and brother. Wisteria is trained as a tracker, which means her job was to go out with other trackers, and to “cure” the infected which the only cure was to terminate them.

Wisteria, is out one day, and when attempting to save members of her community who had went into the town which was overrun with infected without permission. Wisteria is separated from her group and saved by a mysterious boy who is part of the Family. The Family is a race of being who lived in a somewhat alternate universe, who are immune to the biters, and who basically keeps humans or who they call terrans, “dirt people” as Thayns, mindless servants.

The Family basically detests humans, and the mysterious boy and his companions were here on earth to watch the humans destroy themselves, but really not realizing why, Bach, one of the Family and the who also was one of the leaders sons, saves Wisteria. He brings her back to his “den” and allows her to remain until it is safe to return to her guarded community. During this time together, the two begin to share a bond, that reflects a stronger union, that supersedes bother their cultures. Many twists and turns happen and secrets are revealed involving the past and present which will affect the future for both Wisteria and Bach.

Wisteria was such a refreshing, unique read! I enjoyed this story so much, I am somewhat wistful, that I cannot experience the reading “for the first time” again. Ms. Leyton’s account has excelled at combining paranormal and science fiction, coming forth with a wonderful elixir of entertainment, seasoned with a dash of enlightenment into a different society and custom. Wisteria’s home before the downfall of society was Lagos, Nigeria which adds a unique and interesting texture to the story.

This was a well written action packed adventure, that kept me glued to my seat, and having me anxious to turn the page to see what happens next! I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting!

Oh my goodness Wisteria was a fantastic read, and I suggest you do yourself a favor and pick up the Next Big Thing!


 Myopia is continuing where Wisteria left off, with Wisteria and her family attempting to get used to the new normal, with the commander being ousted from the community, and their society under new leadership. This allows those who wish to take over the last safe haven, easy access. Through this breach, Bach’s people infiltrates, by portraying themselves as benefactors. Wisteria’s world’s goes from bad to worst, when her mother is placed in a coma state, Bach and she are divided by an old flame who although appears to be trying to aid them, actually has plans of her own that does not bode well for the couple.

Myopia is a heart thumping roller coaster of a ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. I went from being outraged and angry on Wisteria’s behalf at her treatment; then angry at Bach for his non-belief and incensed at his “friend” who is doing all she can to separate the couple. Then horrified at how the events seemed to go downward, and wondering, how it will all work out!

I loved this book, I really do not know how else to say, that I am a huge fan of this series. I believe it well-written, entertaining, a fresh, unique voice in the paranormal genre…I was not a big zombie fan, until reading these books;  but although they are the bad guys, it really made for interesting reading. I look forward to the next book in this series…yes, I’m waiting…but not very patiently:)


HerStory Anthology from Pagan Writers Press (New Book Trailer!)

cowgirlHey everyone just sharing with you that my story Musings of an African-American Cowgirl is one of the contributions in the upcoming HerStory Anthology published by Pagans Writers Press! So today I wanted to share with you our cool new book trailer created by our fantabulous publisher Angelique Mroczka!

Hope you enjoy:)

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Coming March 08th 2013 from Pagan Writers Press!

HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month is a collection of stories from twenty-seven female authors. It is a celebration of our female ancestors and inspiration for a new generation of strong women.


Alexandra Chauran, Angelique Mroczka, Dahlia DeWinters, Danielle Villano, Dianne Hartsock, Dorothy Abrams, Gina Tonnis, Mary Terrani, Jodie Baptie, Justine Dee, Laura DeLuca, Lisa A. Adams, Lisa Cerezo, Lisa J. Yarde, Lori Beth Johnson, Lorraine Nelson, Marie Antonia Parsons, Megan D. Martin, Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, Mirella Patzer, Morgan Summerfield, Becca Diane, Lacey Wolfe, Sarah Cass, Shelli Rosewarne, Tara Chevrestt, and Toni Rakestraw

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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday’s “The Author Playlist” (Theme songs of our favorite reads!)

Hello everyone, today is Monday and around here that means music! I thought I would do something a little different…awhile back I had a segment called Mindtracks…meaning what song was running through the authors mind?, or what song was playing?…or even better yet, what song best fit the story a writer had penned?…

It was a great segment and was alot of fun, so I thought, I would re-visit that feature…so today I am featuring a few songs that several authors have stated is the theme song, or the song best representive of their story!

I call it the Author’s Playlist!

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Theme song

The Verve Pipe – The Freshmen



The Prelude coming March 2013

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Alek and Erin’s Theme

I want to know what love is-Mariah Carey



Life and Times Of Noone In Particular

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The Dragon Empire by Heather McCorkle (Virtual Tour)

Hello everyone I am excited that today I am participating as one of the stops on the promotional tour of  Heather MCCorkle’s first epic fantasy novel The Dragon Empire! The adventure will begin when The Dragon Empire releases in the Spring!

So make sure you check out details below and also look for this great read coming to you soon!:)

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About this author
I am an author of fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Living green, saving endangered species, helping other writers, and supporting fabulous authors are a few of my passions. I am also a volunteer for the IS Foundation which works to make the world a greener place. When I’m not volunteering, writing, or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here, on my blog, and Monday night’s on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat.

Today we’re celebrating the release of Heather McCorkle’s fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire! For today’s stop Heather is answering the following question:

What was the hardest part about writing this novel?

Heather: The main character has been bullied his entire life and lives in constant fear of beatings that are getting so bad, they may one day kill him. At twenty years old, that’s a long time to put up with such abuse and it has severely damaged his self-esteem and confidence. Writing that was hard, and heartbreaking in many ways.

????????Here is a bit about it:On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn’t always mean civilized…There’s trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind.

While The Dragon Empire is for ages young adult and up, it does contain mild violence and some difficult subject matter.

Welcome Dirty Rice by Dorothy K Morris (Virtual BookWorm Tour!)

Hello all:) I am excited today because I am participating in a tour for the wonderful author Dorothy K Morris with her release Dirty Rice…this tour is sponsored by Virtual Bookworm Tours!

I will soon bring you a review of this title, so please look for it:)

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Author bio:

Dorothy K Morris was born in Charleston, SC, a city herforefathers from England, France, New England and Barbados helped to establish in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She grew up in the Low-Country of South Carolina, steeped in the tradition and pain still felt from the residue of slavery, the Civil War and its aftermath. Much traveled, she adopted the West as her home and has remained for many years, living in Arizona, California and currently in South Central Washington. She lives on a small ranch in Kennewick. In addition to writing novels, Dorothy is an accomplished equestrienne and competition coach for Combined Training. She also schools horses and rides dressage. Morris enjoys genealogy and obtains many of the elements of her plots from her extensive family history. She is a member of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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DIRTY RICE, a novel set in the early 18th Century in the Low-Country of the early South Carolina Colony, tells of love, passion, adventure and cruelty with totally believable characters. It is the first prequel to the four books of the Mockingbird Hill Series.

 The early 18th Century saw vast expansion into the New World from England, the European Continent and from Africa, and the establishment of rice plantations in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Set against this background DIRTY RICE sweeps us away to a bygone era of adventure, romance and brutal reality.

This is the story of African rice and African people, their knowledge, expertise and their forced labor that made the Carolina Colony the wealthiest colony in colonial America. It takes us from the plush parlors of aristocratic English absentee land owners, who set policy in the Colony to maximize profit, to the swampy shores of Carolina amid the mud and muck of rice fields, where people kidnapped from West Africa because of their knowledge and expertise in the growing of rice, were forced to work to fill the coffers of the landowners with wealth. It is a story of exploitation by some and compassion from others. In this, as in her four previousnovels, Morris’ emphasis is on the people who lived and were forced to cope with what life sent their way. These characters will continue into the next novel, TALLY’S NOOK.




I have had a chance to read Dirty Rice and found that it was a very informative, insightful read that deals with a very difficult time in history. The story flows smoothly, allowing the reader time to learn the various characters and these characters personalities and motives.  I enjoyed how the author has  taken a sensitive issue and not only gave the historically accepted version, but also went a little deeper into what the psyche of the individuals bound and placed into slavery may have been thinking and feeling, this story helped personalize and humanize those that were bound in this great American drama.

Virtual Book Tour- Daughter’s of Night:Possession by Ashley Torbeck (Bewitching Book Tours)

Hello Everyone, I am very excited because today I am participating as a host stop for the Bewitching Book virtual tour for Daughter’s of Night:Possession by Ashley Torbeck…check out the deets below!

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About the Author:

An avid reader and sarcasm specialist, Ashley’s quirky and bubbly personality stems from the vast amount of information she crammed into her head as a child. No genre was off limits, but she developed a fondness for Stephen King books early on. Of course, growing up in Eastern Kentucky, life moved a little slower, so books became her closest friends.

Fast forward a few years, and the vast insanity that surrounded Ashley became her life. In January 2009, she married the only person on Earth as insane as herself, and they now reside in Louisville, Kentucky, patiently awaiting the zombie apocalypse while she taps away at the laptop with a plethora of stories to keep you entertained.

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Daughters of Night: Possession
Daughters of Night series, Book Two
Ashley Torbeck

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Young Adult Paranormal

ISBN: 1480213195


Number of pages: 380

Word Count: 69,031

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Book Description:

Carmen’s family is being threatened by a new group of vampires, and she is forced into another battle. Only this time it’s not just her life on the line. Now she must face an evil unlike any other. One that is dangerously close to consuming her, and Carmen’s only hope of succeeding is in the hands of a girl she doesn’t know. Will the demons inside Carmen bring her down before she and Gaviyn can save the delicate life of the mystery girl, or will they all fall over the edge into a pit of death and despair?

Excerpt from Daughters of Night: Possession



            “Carmen? CARMEN?” I screamed at her limp body.

Shaking her didn’t seem to help. Nor did the screaming, but I couldn’t very well sit there and do nothing.

Just as I was leaning down to kiss her, she just fell limp. It wasn’t the first strange thing that had ever happened to us, by no stretch of the imagination, but this terrified me. I had never seen her so helpless and limp, except in her previous incarnations.

This is how she felt when she was dead.

I refused to let myself think she was gone. I mentally sent out a distress call to any vampire who could hear. With as loudly as I was screaming both mentally and out loud, I knew someone would be there quickly. It just wasn’t fast enough.

The door bust open, and Damien rushed over, followed by Kaiya and Rayne.

“Dad, what happened?” Damien asked, his voice shrill and cracking as he stared at his mother.

“I don’t know, she just fainted.”

“Vampires don’t faint,” Kaiya said, meekly.

I snapped my head up and glared at her.

“They do if they’re half witch, and you’d know that if you knew my son at all.”

“Dad, not now,” Damien said softly, putting a hand on my shoulder.

My anger toward Kaiya subsided, and I turned my attention to my son.

This isn’t the time for this, Damien thought to me. Help Mom.

Of course, he was right. As usual. He was too smart for his own good.

He turned his attention back to Carmen, and I followed suit.

“Mom, come on, wake up,” he whispered, his eyes rimming with pink.

“Gaviyn,” Rayne said. “She is still with us. She’s just unconscious.”

“Why won’t she wake up? What’s wrong with her?” I demanded, not taking my eyes off my mate.

“She will wake. And until she does, and I can examine her, I honestly don’t know what-if anything-is wrong.”

“Well of course something’s wrong!” I screamed at her.

Just then Carmen’s eyelids flitted open, as if she were waking from a dream.

“Damien!” she screamed, her eyes darting around the room, not focusing on anything.

“I’m here, I’m here, Mom,” Damien whispered, his voice full of emotion and his eyes dripping red tears down his cheek.

“Oh, Goddess, Damien, it’s you! It’s the real you, and you’re normal and…oh, Damien!”

She sat up quickly and pulled him into a hard hug, wrapping her arms around him and burying her face in his neck. Damien glanced at me worriedly, and held her back. I stroked her hair as she cried into our son’s neck.

“Carmen, honey, what happened,” I asked tenderly, still stroking her hair.

She pulled back, her face smeared with bloody tears, her chest hitching with sobs. With one arm, she reached out and grabbed me, pulling me into this weird family hug. I exchanged looks with Damien, and sent my thoughts to him.

Something’s wrong with your mom, I’m going to need some time with her to calm her down.

His thoughts came rushing back, loud and clear.

What happened? Dad, I’m scared, what can I do to help? Why is she acting like this? Has this ever happened before? I’m really freaking out here!

I tried to calm him.

I think she’s going to be fine, son. Please, just go hang out with some friends for a while so Rayne and I can make sure everything checks out. Can you and Kaiya go tell Blair I need him immediately.And Aliena. Send them both here, then I’ll call you when you should come back.

He nodded, and swallowed hard before disentangling himself from Carmen’s grip.

“Mom, I’ll be back, I have to get Kaiya back home before her mom flips out. But I promise, I’ll be back as quick as I can.”

He glanced at me on that last line, and I nodded. I knew he wanted to be here. I didn’t want him even more freaked out, though.

Carmen released her grip on us both, and, embarrassed, she nodded while she wiped at her face. Rayne handed us a box of tissues from the table.

“Carmen, Blair will be here in a minute, but I need you to tell me right now what the hell just happened.”

She sniffled, and looked up at me. She was a mess, but Goddess, she was still beautiful.

“It’s Damien. Something bad is going to happen.”


Tour wide giveaway


1 an autographed copy of each of the two published books in the Daughters of Night series, Sanctuary and Possession (open to US Shipping)


3 eBook copies of Possession.