Do You Have a Psychic Vampire Critique Partner?

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Several months ago, in my Enemies of the Art series, we discussed Psychic Vampires. Psychic Vampires are all around us, and likely, we will never be rid of them. PVs are most likely to show up at a number of critical junctures. They sense the energy shift, and since that energy is no longer all about them, they will fight tooth-and-nail to bring balance to The Force (of Manipulation).

While many of my posts are directed toward writers, most people have these same issues. If we don’t learn how to guard against and handle PVs, we will always be their victims. Psychic Vampires will always feel renewed and refreshed, namely because they just sucked the life out of their victims (us).

Psychic Vampires abound in the arts, and they’re also prevalent in many writing groups. They are vamps dressed in writer clothing. Often they are so self-absorbed they can’t even…

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IndieWritersReview’s Review of Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens #1) by Tina Smith

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About this author

Tina Smith is an herbalist, dog lover, Piscean and mother with a fondness for strong female protagonist’s. She lives in Adelaide Australia and works at Mega Health as a Wellness Consultant. She is a part time student of Naturopathy. A love of the fantasy genre and the deep exploration of dark and evocative subjects inspired Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The sequel Fever further unfolds the tale of the heroine femme fatale, on her journey in the underworld between the lands of myth and reality.    Tina learnt to shoot for Wolf Sirens. She enjoys yoga, soaping, reading and is obsessed with writing. Night Fall, her third novel, was released in June 2013. Wolf Sirens Dusk in Shade, the fourth book in the series will be released in December 2013.

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Blurb: When Lila unwillingly moves to the country town of Shade, she can’t imagine the life-altering events that lie in wait for her. Shade has a curfew and has always been surrounded by myths. A central feature of the town is its famous statue of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, whose spirit is said to protect the innocent.

Lila falls in with a group of intriguing teenagers with luminescent eyes and soon she is drawn into the shadowlands of fantasy and reality, where destiny collides.

A mysterious local girl, Cresida, warns her to stay away, but Lila is drawn to them like a moth to a flame.

Cresida knows their fatal secret and she is honour-bound to protect those who are endangered. But she underestimates Lila’s passion for the mysterious and charismatic clan of youths. Lila begins to feel a call she cannot ignore. Yet her heart is filled with vulnerable desires that begin to turn the underworld upside down, for both hunter and hunted, as she learns they have been waiting for her…

Inspired by the legend of the mythical femme fatale, Wolf Sirens is an intimate tale of unrequited and forbidden love in the underworld, a masterpiece of romance fantasy.


I love a good wolf story. So I became intrigued from the start with Wolf Sirens. As I began reading, I was taken in by the beautiful writing style; which was dreamlike and evoked images of fog shrouded woods and a quiet, mystical township.

The story followed Lila who moves with her newly divorced mother to Shade (I love that name) and she is instantly cast in the role of an outsider by the majority of the school’s population. There at Shade High is the required clan of “beautiful people” -the popular group which is the staple in high school society.

But what is a tad different in Wolf Sirens, the popular group WANTS her to join them; but Lila is hesitant, and she finds herself alternating between a dislike for the group and a desire that almost hints on obsession. Soon as Lila’s and the clan’s existence continue to orbit one another, Lila meets Cresida, a mysterious young woman who knows the groups secret and urges Lila to remain away.

But Lila cannot stop herself, especially as she meets the hot Sky and Reid, both for which she has feelings.

Although, soon Lila finds she has no choice in the matter and that her destiny is intertwined with the young people, due to ancient forces- myths and legends that proceeded her. She realizes that they all play a part in this present day tragedy and that whether she likes it or not, her destiny will not be denied.

As I said previously, I loved the writing style, it being as much a character within the story as the group of kids. The writing and description was very well done, drawing the reader into a world of shadow and fantasy and folding the reader into the evolving adventure. I enjoyed the author’s description and the interplay of the ancient Greek Myths and the modern day urban young adult story.

In my opinion the story moved steadily, with enough mystique to keep the reader thrown off, not giving away facts until partway through the reading. Some who read it might be off put, feeling as if the story lagged, but I viewed it as suspenseful, and entertaining.

Also, there is a very Twilight or  The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (whose story line is completely different, but has a focus also on Wolves and  a great romance). So there is a similar feel to the telling and the overall theme; forbidden love, creatures that can be viewed as monsters and inescapable destinies. This might not appeal to some who might feel the love triangle as overdone. But for me, (and of course reviews are subjective and completely opinionated) I enjoy an intense and passionate love triangle. I enjoy the push and pull if done moderately and there is a clear definition of the main character’s true feelings; meaning that yes, she is attracted to one but the other is her soul’s desire.

Again, it is completely a preference of mine.

And I feel that this author handled the love triangle which is a major theme well. I enjoyed the well developed characters, and the plot moved steadily, with sprinkles of action that was gravy to a very entertaining read.

I enjoyed Wolf Sirens, and I suggest it for those who enjoy paranormal romance and Greek mythology.

I am exciting that I have found a new series and I look forward to reading more in this series!!

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday’s spotlight band AfterMidnight!

Hello Every it’s Monday and that means music! Today I wanted to throw the spotlight on a very talented group, the band- AfterMidnight!

Check out the deets below!


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Band Bio:

Currently in studio recording for our next release – shows coming soon.
The four-piece from Tulsa known as AfterMidnight came to be a little over a year ago. Since they began playing together they have been synthesizing their sound more and more as four musicians from different backgrounds with the goal of creating one defining sound. Since the release of their self-titled EP they have taken more time to work hard and outdo what they have already created, by creating …something new, bold, and fresh – with a sound that leaves you feeling like you took a dip in cold, clean water.
Along with playing live shows locally and among neighboring states they have recently started to write and record music for their first full length album, aiming to compose something rich with celestial melodies, infectious guitar riffs, polished rhythms, thick textures and full of deep, thought provoking lyrics. With a captivating, musical current AfterMidnight will leave you with a rhythm and a sway that will pull you through the dark.See More
Band Interests

Playing music, longboarding, lighting pianos on fire, Grande Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccinos — But seriously — We love talking to our fans so hit us up and let us know what you think

Artists We Also Like

U2, Switchfoot, Coldplay, Miles Davis, Mute Math, Radiohead, OneRepublic, Ryan Edgar, Chris August, Delirious? and the list goes on..

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IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight on HerStory Anthology (Tasty Book Tours!)

Hello everyone! I just wanted to follow up very quickly and leave you with a way to follow back up with the HerStory Anthology (Pagan Writers Press) or if you are new to the Anthology, then here is your chance to find out more about this collection of fiction centered around the lives of strong women. HerStory is on tour this week and I invite you to check out the great posts!

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Blurb:In ancient times, women were regarded as sacred. They were thought to hold the mystical power of creation—responsible for the continuation of our species. With the rise of science and religion, these myths were dispelled and their plight began.

HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month is a collection of flash fiction and short stories from today’s top authors featuring female characters that exemplify strong strength of mind, body, and character. Some of these tales are based on real people while others are purely fictional. However, all are standing up for themselves and what they believe in.

Grab yourself a glass of wine or favorite hot beverage and get comfortable as you read about the lives of women who will light the fire in your soul.

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

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IndieWritersReview’s Review of Death’s Hand by S.M. Reine

perf5.000x8.000.inddHello everyone! I wanted to come back and give you a brief review of another awesome S.M. Reine reads! Recently I shared my thoughts on Ms. Reine’s newest release Sacrificed in Shadow. I had been drawn to the new release because the story brought back some of my favorite characters from Sara’s Wolf series. But within that read I was introduced to Elise Kavanagh: Demon Hunter!:O)
So I decided to go back and read the Descent series that stars Elise and Witch (Aspis) James Faulkner.

I’m Hooked ya’ll:O)

Blurb: Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it– until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn’t stand to see one more dead body.

Now they’ve been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world’s best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed.

Some enemies aren’t willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead.

The First 3 books in the Descent series is Free on Amazon!


After you have done numerous reviews, it becomes difficult to say why you truly enjoyed a book without sounding as if you said it all before.

So let me say this, Death’s Hand was incredible! It was so engrossing and full action with so many thrills— that it grabbed me at the beginning and would not let go. I loved Elise! I am always drawn to strong, capable, independent female characters and if they know how to kick butt- well that’s a plus:O)

Elise is all of these attributes combined, plus she does have a slight vulnerability about her; as if she isn’t trying to be the hero, in fact she is an anti hero:) She would like nothing more than simply to live her life quietly, run her business, have her clients(the demon run businesses of course) to pay their bills on time so she doesn’t have to kill them or vice versa. That’s all she wants. But no-o-o– someone or thing has to disturb that; in this instance a rogue necromancer who is striving to bring forth a deadly demon who is bent on taking over (or destroying the world). Now of course that does have Elise’s attention and she along with her handsome in a “professor sort of way” Aspis “powerful witch” (basically the ying to her yang:O) they set out to handle the problem.

But evil cannot leave well enough alone and actually puts James in danger. That is not acceptable and Elise has no choice but to come out of retirement.

I love the cast of characters funny Betty, handsome and noble Anthony and of course James. In the story, they(James and Elise)  are partners, almost like family. But oh, how I so wish they were together, although Anthony(Her love interest)  is sweet, but James. Love him:O)

I always picture James as a younger, fitter Giles (From Buffy The Vampire Slayer)(okay I do have a slight crush on him—sue me?:O)

But alas it is not to be in this read, but I do have hope!

Fast paced plot, action, thrills please do yourself a favor and pick this read up!

GUYS UPCOMING SOON! I do have some awesome guests and fabulous tours coming in September, so please stay tuned!

Vampires Vampires Everywhere

My daughter and I are now watching Buffy on Netflix and coming towards the end of season 2. We just finished up the episode when the soulless Angel killed the Gypsy computer teacher Miss Calender! OMG! We were heartbroken for Buffy and her pals…especially since I was a heartcore Bangle(Buffy and Angel ) from the beginning! So when seeing this great post by the fantabulous Emma Meade I had to share!:O)

Emma's Ramblings on Supernatural Fiction

Time for a fun vampire post. Love or loathe these creatures of the night, there’s no getting away from them these days.

Spike – Bloody hell, we love him. Well, at least I do. This guy’s my absolute favourite vampire ever. He roared into town and my heart in Season 2 of Buffy in one of the best episodes, “School Hard”. Bleached blond, bad boy attitude, working a punk rock star look and English accent, Spike gave Angel a run for his money as the main vampire on campus.

Angel – He said Buffy was the only woman he ever loved – and then he fell in love with Cordelia. Er – okay. I really liked Angel for the first couple of seasons, and after that – not so much.

EdwardCullen– Those of you with sparkly skin prejudices, back away, now. Ed’s my boy, and I was deeply…

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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Feature Special: Ame Academy Elite Playlist!

nightschool2Hello Everyone Happy Monday! Today I am excited because the Fabulous Author Marilyn Almodovar of The Chronicles Of The Interred is hosting my Behind The Scenes look at Ame Academy Elite! On Aug. 3rd, the test pilot webisode for Ame Academy Elite —which is inspired by the characters from my Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novellas— was shot. The webisode (test) pilot is now in post production with Courtney Vail at CV WritersDesign.

So guys go and take a look at the feature spotlight ‘The World of Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy –Journey from Vision to Reality’

at Writing On The SunnySide Of The Street later today:)

Until then check out some of the music that inspired me while creating the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy and the script for Ame Academy Elite (test) pilot webisode.

Cecile Monique’s Immortal Beloved

Jill Tracy’s Haunted By The Thought Of You

Lykke Li “Possibility”

Lana Del Ray’ Summertime Sadness

Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life

Within Temptation’s  The Howling