New Releases by Ripley Proserpina

July is going to be a busy month for my book releases! Like a lot of authors, writing is one of my jobs and the summer time is when I go balls-to-the-wall Hamilton-style “why do you write like you’re running out of time?” 

So I’m really excited about these upcoming releases and wanted to share them. 

While Beauty Sleeps is a reverse harem fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty that releases July 24th! 

She shall prick her finger and fall to sleep…”

There once was a girl who was born to be cursed. By no fault of her own, she was doomed to remind her kingdom of everything ugly. No matter how many good deeds she did or how kind she was, it was her destiny to die, and take her kingdom with her. Her mother and father wept when they saw her, and the witch who cursed her celebrated gleefully as each year passed. 

Except there was hope. Her sisters, older and wiser, and with no small amount of magic of their own, countered the witch’s curse. If Kumiko could be loved, truly loved, the curse would be broken, and everyone would see what the witch had hidden. 

But all her life, Kumiko had been let down—by the parents who hid her away and by an ill-fated curse.

Until they arrived.

Four princes, full of smug confidence and pride, were determined to break the princess’s curse before her twenty-first birthday. 

All they had to do was fall in love.

I’m also releasing this July, Revolution and Rising. This is the final book in my Wishes and Curses duet, and has two of my very favorite characters who’ve ever emerged, fully-formed, from my brain. Polya, a princess born with fangs and a tiger’s tail, and Anatoliy, a brave soldier whose misspent wish turned him into a bear.

With every wish comes a curse… 

Polya survived the Hunt, but Anatoliy did not. Now the citizens of Konstantin are rising up, revolting against the king who tortured them and the royals who allowed it to happen. 

Mourning Anatoliy, Polya struggles to continue to fight. With Anatoliy’s dying breath, she finally made her wish, and still, the bear breathed his last. 

Except, the devil heard Polya, and granted her wish. 

Anatoliy lives, not as a bear, but as the soldier he was before he was cursed. Now, he has one mission—find Polya. 

As Polya makes her away across Konstantin, Anatoliy gives chase, determined to find her. Faced with the ruin King Aleksandr wrought, and the anger of the people, Anatoliy and Polya strive to find each other and survive.

But Polya’s wish had a consequence, and the devil is biding his time. Will Polya and Anatoliy be reunited? Or will the revolution rise up, and drag them all into hell? 

And finally, I’m also releasing the third and final book of my reverse harem paranormal vampire romance, Diadem of Blood and Bones.

Follow me on Facebook and my Amazon author’s page to get updates! 

 

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The Author’s Cave

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Sometimes a writer needs to get away from it all to finish that wonderful book in-progress. Why not a cave!

The challenge with caves is bringing a generator to power your laptop, and then gas for the generator. Because you’d want to be efficient with your energy source, it would make sense not to be on social media, blog, or read emails. Well, maybe emails from your family, publisher, and editor.

Some might say don’t bring electronics. An empty journal and several pens will do the trick. But think when you get home, you’ll then have to type up everything. Of course, you could edit while typing. Sooo….a journal and pens is a possible way to go.

You will want to bring nourishing but light weight food for hiking. On the upside, you might lose weight. On the downside, you might write like a maniac because you’re so hungry.

Light weight food does not include chocolate. It melts anyway. Twizzlers, however, goes on the “to bring” list.

Hydration is important, and if there is no source of clean water, it means you’re hauling water into the cave. The upside is that it’s great exercise. The downside is that if you’re not in shape already, you may be too tired from hauling water that you’ll sleep more than write.

Speaking of water, you will want to find a waterfall for bathing. Cold showers will be the norm. Everything in your life will be on the primitive side now. I hope you have a sleeping bag rated for frigid temperatures.

You will need clothing and great hiking boots. Don’t forget lots of socks. If you’re really cold, layers are important.

Let’s look at what we have on our list: writing equipment of some sort, food, Twizzlers, water, sleeping bag, and clothing. What am I forgetting?

1.Maybe some way to protect yourself from wild animals who would rather have the cave.

2. Some kind of emergency phone in case you need to call for HELP!

I’m sure I’m forgetting something important. Already I’m carrying more than I possibly can.

I now have an alternative to the Author’s Cave plan. How about a hotel? J.K. Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a hotel.

Do you have any ideas for an alternate Author’s Cave?

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 temporarily offline for a re-edit and new cover.
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Writing Advice From The Best (And Me) by Stacy Hoff

Lately, a few of my writer friends have asked me for some advice on how to get motivated writing. Considering I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately, I’m not sure I’m the best candidate to ask. Notwithstanding my questionable credibility, I always try to help my fellow writers however I can, wherever I can.

When I was in college, one of my English literature professors recommended Letters To A Young Poet by R.M. Rilke. My professor gave me great advice. Rilke’s book was one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. In short, Rilke tells a young poet to draw from deep within himself to find his inspiration.

Sadly, I’m no Rilke. But here’s my advice, nevertheless.

1) Everyone has insecurities. Yep, even me. I’m an attorney with 20 years experience, and 6 books published, with 1 more coming, and I’m STILL grossly insecure about my work. I deal with it by writing, calling it crap if it makes me feel better to vent. But I still write, no matter how crappy I think it is. (It may be crap, but it’s my crap!)

2) The authors I’ve gotten to know through my writing circles have shared similar thoughts—we are all insecure about our work, no matter how many books we have published. The good news is that writers are here to support each other!

3) It’s best to give myself permission to periodically be LESS productive. This way, when I do decide to be uber-productive, I’m less resentful being tied to my computer when my family and friends are enjoying rest and relaxation in the sunshine.

4) If I’m feeling too “eh” to write creatively, I spent my time blogging, marketing, and/or networking. This way, I get at least something done, even if not everything I wanted to get done. (Or even the most important thing to get done.)

Like I said, I’m no Rilke. So, I’ll leave you with a quote from Rilke to inspire all of you: “For the creative artist must be a world of his own and must find everything within himself and in nature, to which he has betrothed himself.”

I’d love to know what inspires you.

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Happy 4th of July

I love the 4th of July as it is a wonderful reminder of the beauty of this country. I don’t want that statement to be mistaken as my saying this country is perfect—it isn’t and I happen to be in a job where I listen to people vent each day about how these days are so “confusing.” I realize that the world itself is very different today than it was decades ago. It can be scary and it can be unsettling, but that doesn’t detract from much of the privilege many of us can experience on a daily basis.

I’m not simply talking about rich or poor here but small things like the width of our streets that in many places are not littered with pot holes. The fact that we have trash pickup or at least somewhere to throw trash away. There is even a freedom in walking down a street, through a forest, in a park, etc.

We turn on the news each day and see or hear depictions of what is going on in all over the world (Syria, Gaza, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Nicaragua—just to name a few countries in recent news). My husband is from Nicaragua and there isn’t a week that goes buy where we don’t hear about some atrocity the people there are suffering at the hands of their president, Daniel Ortega.

So my thoughts about today? Celebrate this country. Celebrate what it has been (yes it hasn’t all been pretty but if we continue to learn from our mistakes, they will serve us in our evolution), celebrate what it is and most of all, celebrate what it can continue to be as we each learn to protect it. And as always, I want to give a special thanks to all our service members of past and present—thank you for your service to our country and for protecting all we have.

Happy 4th of July!

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Romancing the Capitol Closing In by Mandy Rosko

With the convention just around the corner, I have to really pick up the pace on getting last minute supplies for my event, books to sign and sell. All invoices have been sent out for preorders, so now I just have to wait for the payments to come in before I can make the orders.

I’m almost to the finish line. There’s so much more I wish I could have done or had the time to do, but I know I won’t be able to get everything I want in time, so I’ll have to make due with what I’ve got.

I’ve got a couple of worries about it. I will be doing my game with Sharon Page, so I won’t be on my own, but any other panel I’ve been on, or event and game I’ve done with the exception of one has been with multiple people. I think the only event thing I’ve done, and this was only a talk, where there was just one person with me was my chat with Eve Langlais about self publishing.

In this case, I’ll be doing a full game.

If the game sucks or I manage it wrong, then I at least want there to be enough prizes to offset that small disaster.

Or the problem could be that I’ll run a mediocre game and won’t have enough prizes to make it all worth it 0.o

My goal is to at least put on a good show and make sure people leave happy. Even if the game is messy and kind of mixed up, since I’m not entirely sure how I’ll make a game out of designing our own covers. But maybe I can think of something funny to go along with it. A challenge for each cover they have to make and the best looking one or the funniest at each table wins a prize 🙂

Water bottles are in, I’m going to order some more prize bags, and get some Kobo gift cards, and I think that will be it. My budget will be pretty much depleted by then.

I’ll try to have more pictures by next week. Hopefully by then the T-shirts will have come in, books for the signing, and other odds and ends for people to have fun with 🙂

 

Until then, happy reading, and wish me luck. Are you going to any book conventions coming up?

 

Mandy Rosko

 

Mandyrosko.com

Patreon.com/mandyrosko

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Zombie Fireworks Paranormal-Scope

Fireworks are fun. However, should they be in the hands of zombies?

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Zombies have taken up the exercise of running… with fireworks. Oops, dropsies! As with any new exercise, check with your physician first.

Taurus:
Zombies enjoy the pretty colors of fireworks. It entrances them. Dress to impress at work this week. It’s important.

Gemini :
Some zombies prefer sky rockets to ride to soar high. It never occurs to them what will happen when the rocket explodes. Think of the effect words have on other people and consider carefully what you choose to say.

Cancer:
Zombies don’t understand sparklers and often get burned because they can’t let go. To improve your life, let go of things in your past that you just don’t need anymore.

Leo:
Zombies make a wish on spinner stars and think that when they disappear in a burst of color that their wish is granted. Make a wish from the heart this week. Then do what you can to make it come true.

Virgo:
A waterfall of lights frighten zombies as they shuffle down your street. Be aware of new people coming into your life.

Libra:
A silver dragon glistens across the sky and disappears in to the dark. Zombies are patient and wait for its return. To accomplish your goals, you will need patience, too.

Scorpio:
A zombie is running at you with a firecracker. He’s sort of lighting a fire under you to do what you’ve always dreamed to do.

Sagittarius:
Chrysanthemum fireworks fill the sky with colors. Zombies know that life can be fleeting but exciting. Treasure your life more by spending time with those you adore.

Capricorn:
One zombie with fireworks is interesting. Many zombies with fireworks means be prepared to put out fires in your life.

Aquarius:
Zombies have trouble lighting fireworks. They don’t know how to work matches. Take a class or workshop on something that interests you.

Pisces:
Fireworks spiral down to the zombies, and they saunter off. Some things are best left alone.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 temporarily offline for a re-edit and new cover.
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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A Rendezvous with Rochambeau…By Ripley Proserpina

If I had a past life, I KNOW, I just KNOW, it was during the Revolutionary War. So in honor of this unsubstantiated claim, and the 4th of July, I’m posting a list of my recommendations for historical (with romance) reads. 

PS: Some of these are on my “to be read” list, but I had to include them because they look really good!
 PPS: I’m going to include pre-revolutionary stories, as well. I mean, I know 1600 is very different from 1776, but sometimes, a girl just has to read a book about a pilgrim. 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. I read this one so long ago, the internet wasn’t even invented. But it stuck with me. I remember crushing on the pilgrim love interest so hard and then he broke my heart when he turned out to be a…a not cool guy. I still really loved this book. 

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe. You know what I’m starting to think as I write these recommendations? Maybe I was a witch in a past life, too. Anyway, I loved the way this book bounced between present day and the Salem Witch Trials. Sooo, good. 

Which reminds me…The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Classic rip your heart out. Again with the witches though… 

Enemy of the King by Beth Tissel. This is on my “to be read” pile. It takes place during the American Revolution and includes a ghost. A twin. And a rebel. Cue purr. 

OH! Melissa de la Cruz wrote a book about Alexander and Eliza Hamilton called Love and War. I’m putting this on my list, too. 

So there it is… some historical reads for your July. Happy 4th everyone! 

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