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Book of the Week: GHOSTS OF GLORY by Morgan Chalfant #amreading #mondaymotivation #paranormal

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Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is the urban fantasy/paranormal Ghosts of Glory by Morgan Chalfant
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What It’s About:

Jersey “The Brawler” Romero is dying. Slowly. Tediously. Not the way he thought he would go out on the savage streets of Glory, the Twilight City. But all of that is about to change when Jersey is granted his youth again by a messenger of the Twilight Goddess, the Spirit of Glory. He’s also given a mission: save Glory from the dark forces that are bent on destroying her.

Jersey’s been a fighter his whole life, whether it was on the streets where he struggled to survive, or in prison where he fought to stay alive. Glory never gave him anything without a battle, and that’s what he’s always loved about his beloved city. But nothing has prepared him for the war that’s coming. Monster-like creatures masked as humans are bent on exterminating him. Their leader is a mysterious man named Templar. He’s been amassing an underground army called The Black Crux. Templar wants to make Glory his, by laying waste to everyone who stands in his way. Possessing an almost otherworldly vision, Templar knows everything about Jersey, including an explosive secret that will blast away everything Jersey has ever believed.

But Jersey isn’t called “The Brawler” for nothing. He’s determined to fight Templar with everything he’s got. Because he’s not just fighting for his life, he’s fighting for Glory’s very soul.

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

amazon: http://amzn.to/2ensFfp

kobo: https://goo.gl/hCBYS3

barnes and noble: https://goo.gl/njVQhn

iBooks: https://goo.gl/eHDpdG

READ AN EXCERPT:

We’re standing on the roof of Skript and Abigail hasn’t said a word in five minutes. She dragged me up here with such urgency, I figured the show would have started by now.

Sitting down in a damp lawn chair, I wait. Patience and I have nothing to say to each other, but Abigail has me intrigued so I let her have all the time she needs. It’s not easy opening up doors that have been locked for so long, especially to strangers. If that’s what we still were. Maybe strange acquaintance is a better term.

The view from the rooftop is actually quite beautiful. Rarely can the word beauty describe Glory. What little good happens to someone here, happens at the expense of someone else’s pain. Surprisingly, the night is peaceful. It’s never peaceful in Glory, so there’s obviously something off, but I don’t have the time nor the inclination to worry about it at the moment. It’s just the cone of silence. The calm before the storm. Strangely, I’m the calm. Abigail is the surging storm.

My eyes fall from the billions of firefly buildings to a sight more pleasing. Abigail stands looking up at the moon. It’s a waxing half-moon, but there’s still enough light for decent visibility. I watch her take off her leather jacket and pull off the gloves and drop them at her feet. Before my eyes, strange symbols begin to appear on her forearms and hands. The spaghetti strap top she’s wearing leaves much of her neck visible where more symbols begin to shimmer. Spiral patterns. They resemble some sort of tribal ink, but they begin to glow like lanterns in the dark. It’s an eerie, beautiful blue light. Cerulean, turquoise, and sapphire.

I stand up and move closer as Abigail turns around. I can see her face now. The incandescent markings have spiraled up her cheeks, climbing like staircases up to her eyes. Both her eyes shimmer inhumanly, one golden amber, the other a pool of twinkling emerald. Her breathing is erratic, she shakes, like she’s frightened I’m going to run away or grimace at the sight of her.

“Th-this . . . is me.” She stutters. “What . . . what I was talking about.”

Before I know it, she’s reaching for her jacket to cover herself. I spring forward and stop her, grasping her firmly by the shoulders. She looks up at me like she’s a monster that should be cowering in darkness. She won’t look at me. I can’t help but wonder who ever looked at her and cringed. Who made her feel so malformed? It’s perfectly clear to me she’s not the abomination she considers herself to be. She’s the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen. It’s not every day a street devil like me gets to behold a shimmering angel.

I move my hands to her cheeks, rubbing my thumbs over the glittering markings. There’s no textural difference. Her skin is as soft as cashmere. Her radiance is overwhelming. Her glow envelops me.

“My God,” I whisper. “You’re beautiful.”

Like what you’ve read? You can purchase GHOSTS OF GLORY by Morgan Chalfant at  Lachesis Publishing.

You can also purchase it at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

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BOOK OF THE WEEK: When a down-and-out boxer becomes immortal he sets out to save his town from the undead GHOSTS OF GLORY by Morgan Chalfant #amreading #urbanfantasy #paranormal

Ghosts-of-Glory-453x680Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is the urban fantasy/paranormal Ghosts of Glory by Morgan Chalfant.

What It’s About:

Jersey “The Brawler” Romero is dying. Slowly. Tediously. Not the way he thought he would go out on the savage streets of Glory, the Twilight City. But all of that is about to change when Jersey is granted his youth again by a messenger of the Twilight Goddess, the Spirit of Glory. He’s also given a mission: save Glory from the dark forces that are bent on destroying her.

Jersey’s been a fighter his whole life, whether it was on the streets where he struggled to survive, or in prison where he fought to stay alive. Glory never gave him anything without a battle, and that’s what he’s always loved about his beloved city. But nothing has prepared him for the war that’s coming. Monster-like creatures masked as humans are bent on exterminating him. Their leader is a mysterious man named Templar. He’s been amassing an underground army called The Black Crux. Templar wants to make Glory his, by laying waste to everyone who stands in his way. Possessing an almost otherworldly vision, Templar knows everything about Jersey, including an explosive secret that will blast away everything Jersey has ever believed.

But Jersey isn’t called “The Brawler” for nothing. He’s determined to fight Templar with everything he’s got. Because he’s not just fighting for his life, he’s fighting for Glory’s very soul.

WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

amazon: http://amzn.to/2ensFfp

kobo: https://goo.gl/hCBYS3

barnes and noble: https://goo.gl/njVQhn

iBooks: https://goo.gl/eHDpdG

READ AN EXCERPT:

We’re standing on the roof of Skript and Abigail hasn’t said a word in five minutes. She dragged me up here with such urgency, I figured the show would have started by now.

Sitting down in a damp lawn chair, I wait. Patience and I have nothing to say to each other, but Abigail has me intrigued so I let her have all the time she needs. It’s not easy opening up doors that have been locked for so long, especially to strangers. If that’s what we still were. Maybe strange acquaintance is a better term.

The view from the rooftop is actually quite beautiful. Rarely can the word beauty describe Glory. What little good happens to someone here, happens at the expense of someone else’s pain. Surprisingly, the night is peaceful. It’s never peaceful in Glory, so there’s obviously something off, but I don’t have the time nor the inclination to worry about it at the moment. It’s just the cone of silence. The calm before the storm. Strangely, I’m the calm. Abigail is the surging storm.

My eyes fall from the billions of firefly buildings to a sight more pleasing. Abigail stands looking up at the moon. It’s a waxing half-moon, but there’s still enough light for decent visibility. I watch her take off her leather jacket and pull off the gloves and drop them at her feet. Before my eyes, strange symbols begin to appear on her forearms and hands. The spaghetti strap top she’s wearing leaves much of her neck visible where more symbols begin to shimmer. Spiral patterns. They resemble some sort of tribal ink, but they begin to glow like lanterns in the dark. It’s an eerie, beautiful blue light. Cerulean, turquoise, and sapphire.

I stand up and move closer as Abigail turns around. I can see her face now. The incandescent markings have spiraled up her cheeks, climbing like staircases up to her eyes. Both her eyes shimmer inhumanly, one golden amber, the other a pool of twinkling emerald. Her breathing is erratic, she shakes, like she’s frightened I’m going to run away or grimace at the sight of her.

“Th-this . . . is me.” She stutters. “What . . . what I was talking about.”

Before I know it, she’s reaching for her jacket to cover herself. I spring forward and stop her, grasping her firmly by the shoulders. She looks up at me like she’s a monster that should be cowering in darkness. She won’t look at me. I can’t help but wonder who ever looked at her and cringed. Who made her feel so malformed? It’s perfectly clear to me she’s not the abomination she considers herself to be. She’s the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen. It’s not every day a street devil like me gets to behold a shimmering angel.

I move my hands to her cheeks, rubbing my thumbs over the glittering markings. There’s no textural difference. Her skin is as soft as cashmere. Her radiance is overwhelming. Her glow envelops me.

“My God,” I whisper. “You’re beautiful.”

Like what you’ve read? You can purchase GHOSTS OF GLORY by Morgan Chalfant at  Lachesis Publishing.

You can also purchase it at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

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FROM ROMANCE JUNKIE TO FULL TIME AUTHOR: Q and A with Catrina Burgess #amreading #romance #blogger #reviewer

Catrina Burgess author (aka Cat Brown)
Catrina Burgess author (aka Cat Brown)

Catrina Burgess (aka Cat Brown) is an author and blogger based in Arizona. When she’s not writing, she loves to bake and spend time with her husband and three rescue dogs  Coco, Trouble, and Ashy and their cat Shitty Kitty.

Welcome Cat!

When did you launch Romance Junkies and what made you decide it was time to step back from running it?

I started Romance Junkies back in 2002. At that time I was a freelance web designer and aspiring romance writer. I’ve always been a big reader and in between working a day job and writing I was doing a lot of reading. I thought it would be fun to start doing book reviews with some of my friends. And since I was a web designer I decided to whip up a little website where we could post the reviews. I thought the site was going to be a small weekend project, but the first week we were open, I got a very nasty email from one of the big romance review sites. The letter had a very threatening tone and was telling us we couldn’t feature certain authors that were apparently “their authors.” I remember reading the email to my husband and afterward saying in an astonished tone, “Who knew there was a romance mafia.” I’m pretty laid back, but I don’t like bullies. I decided that day to spend all my free time working on the Romance Junkies. My goal was to try to make it as big as possible, for no other reason than to annoy the “Romance Mafia.”

After 13 years of running the site, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to spend more time working on my writing, and I wanted to try some new projects. Some new challenges.

Are you still involved in the Romance Junkies site?

Marie Harte, who writes contemporary romance for Sourcebooks publishing, is the current owner/operator. She is a good friend, and I know she is going to do a fabulous job with the site. I have stepped down from all Romance Junkies management, site decisions, and actual work, but I’ve stayed on with the site as a reviewer. I plan to do a few reviews here and there.

When you founded Romance Junkies back in 2002 what was the online world like for romance authors/novels and how has it changed since then in your opinion?

Big review sites and big blogs filled Romanceland. I remember I would hit my favorite sites and blogs each week to get news and gossip about what was going on. Over the years, social media has expanded with things like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Now I get a lot of my Romanceland news via Twitter and Facebook. Rather than blogs run by a big group of people you see a lot more small, individually run blogs. A lot of young book reviewers are doing their reviews on YouTube.

You’re also an author – when did you start writing and why?

awakeningI started writing back in 2001. When I turned 36 years old, my husband lovingly told me, “You need to start working on that writing dream you’ve had since you were a kid, because let’s face it time is running out.”  I told him I had no idea how to write a book, and he gave me one of his no-nonsense stares and told me, “Stop whining and go figure it out.” Now in his defense, he does tend to be very straightforward in the things he says. He will tell you the honest truth, whether or not you want to hear it. He is also the most supportive husband—he is one of my main critique partners and has really helped me over the years become a better writer.

I started working on that first book in 2001. It took me eight months to write that first book and five months to edit it. While writing that book, I realized how much I loved the whole writing process. Yes, it’s crazy hard, impossible some days, but so much fun. There’s nothing better than battling through and writing a book and getting to those sweet words—THE END. Nothing cooler than seeing the characters you have in your head become walking and talking entities.

What genre do you write in and why?

I started out writing romance. I have four stories that were published with one of the big epublishing houses. I’m not going to name them since my career with them ended when the house blew up with a bunch of crazy drama.  Around that that time I got very sick. So sick I had to give up my day job—I was teaching computer classes and doing freelance web design. My husband, who had always helped me run Romance Junkies, took over the bulk of the work on the site. He also had to take on an extra job since I was no longer able to work. The poor boy had a sick wife at home, was working two day jobs, and was putting up features on Romance Junkies during the wee hours. I told you he’s a very supportive husband. Every year I got a little better and after two years I was able to get back to working on Romance Junkies. Though sadly I was still too sick to go back to working a regular day job.

possessionWhen I was really sick, every six months I would try to write. The first two years the fatigue was so overwhelming I just couldn’t write. I didn’t have the mental clarity to get words down on paper. And then after year three of being sick I saw that author Candace Haven was offering a fast draft class. I decided to give it a try, even though I knew there was a very good chance I wouldn’t be well enough to participate. To my surprise suddenly I could get the words out. The tips I learned about fast drafting in that class really changed the way I wrote. Instead of editing as I worked, I started just banging out a fast, rough first draft. It was so freeing to allow myself to be creative and to turn off the editor in my head. Of course with no editor on duty, that meant my rough drafts were incredibly rough, and it would take me as much time to polish and edit a manuscript as it did to write it.

Before I was sick, I wrote romance, but now the stories coming out of me were much darker. Even more surprising—they were YA. Working on that first young adult book Awakening was a life saver. When your life is full of fatigue, your world becomes very small. You mourn the high energy person you used to be. You have so many limitations on the things you can do you get depressed. I took all that depression, all those dark thoughts and I poured them into my story. I spent the next two years writing the four books in the Dark Ritual series under the pen name Catrina Burgess. Those characters in the book, the Scooby gang as I call them, kept me entertained and I truly believed helped me get better. I’m still sick, and I still have a lot of limitations on the things I can do, but on a good day I can think clearly. I’m mentally 70% there, which is a huge improvement. More importantly, I’m well enough to write. I never realized how much I loved writing until I couldn’t do it anymore.

fff-logo-clear copy10014760_659073720820922_1636794537_o1-e1415204780483You’re published by Full Fathom Five – the publishing company launched by James Frey – who shot to fame years ago with his bestseller A Million Little Pieces – how did that come about and how is it going so far?

I’m with the infamous James Frey publishing through the Full Fathom Five Digital house. I wrote the first three books in my Dark Ritual series and posted them on Wattpad. Wattpad is a teen writing community. I honestly didn’t think anyone would be interested in reading my YA books. I was writing them to entertain myself and my teenage nieces. I was shocked when the series started to get a lot of traction on Wattpad. Before I knew it, the first three books had over 3 million reads. I was getting fan email from teens from all over the world. I decided to enter Awakening, the first book in the series into a Wattpad writing contest. To my amazement, out of 3,000 entries, Awakening was picked as one of ten winners of the Wattpad 2014 Prize. Awakening was named best suspense book. After winning the contest, I was contacted by Full Fathom Five.

I spent a good deal of time researching the new house and their management. It’s always a risk to go with a new house, but I decided to take the risk. It took six months to negotiate a contract we could both live with. Once I was on board with the house, I got to know the staff as I worked with them. And I really enjoyed working with them.

The toughest part of the whole process was the eight months of publisher edits. Since I signed in January and the first three books all came out the month of October, I was under very tough deadlines. But somehow I survived them, though I don’t remember much about last summer, it seemed to have whizzed by in a blur of edits.

Revenant2-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700-683x1024I love how the series turned out. I adore the covers. And I would have happily continued working with FFF, but unfortunately the digital house this year decided to downsize. They are not taking on any new submissions. I plan to write a half-dozen books set in the same world as the Dark Rituals series, but now I’m free to do whatever I want with those books. It’s a bit scary having an orphaned series. It’s very unlikely another house will pick up the rest of the series. At the moment the plan is to self-publish the rest of the books. Nowadays when you self-publish you have to consider covers and edits. Those expenses come out of your own pocket. You cross your fingers and hope that the book sells enough to repay the money you paid out of pocket. There is no guarantee it will. There is a risk, but there is also quite a bit of freedom having full control over your book. It allows you to take more risks with the story and the characters.

Given your background at Romance Junkies – what do you think are some key things that every author should do to promote their books?

If you asked me this question three years ago, I would have had a pat answer for you. There seemed to be a roadmap that authors could follow to find success and sales. But in the last three years the publishing industry has been in a free fall. Suddenly authors who had been making a great living writing are having a hard time surviving.

I’ve given a lot of thought to why there has been such a drastic change in Romanceland in the last three years. Is it because Amazon changed its algorithms?  The fact that so many indie authors are now publishing romance? Has the avalanche of free books turned readers off from buying books? Could it be that the middle class is shrinking, and people seem to be working more which leaves them less time to read and less money to spend on books? I think it’s a combination of all of the above.

Legion3-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700-683x1024So what can an Author do that will ensure she/he sells a zillion books? If I could answer that question, I would be the most popular person in Romanceland. I think it’s still important to try and get your name out. It helps to be active on social media. Book blog tours, Facebook ads, reviews—I think these things still help with book sales. But when it comes to the big sales I think it’s lightening striking—the combination of timing and luck. If you are lucky enough to have a project that hits big with Amazon rankings and somehow gets found by the readers and those readers spread the word about the book to all their friends–you get this grass roots buzz happening. The rankings and readers interest gets the blogs all talking about the book, and the big sales seem to follow. I don’t know that anyone has found a guaranteed way to make all of those things happen. If they did, I’m sure the whole of Romanceland would be talking about it.

Personally, I’m going to try a few non-writing projects see if I can raise my Author visibility. In the fall I’m going to start doing YouTube videos about paranormal topics. Hopefully, I can make the videos informative yet zany enough to entertain my teen readers.

Let’s say your book has been out there for six months, and the shine is off the apple – what are some key things that an author should do to keep their name out there?

Another good question. The answer seems to be write more books. It’s a tough time in publishing—authors are expected to write multiple books a year and, at the same time, do a ton of social media and marketing. You see many authors struggling to find time to write with all the marketing they are doing. Some authors seem to be able to juggle the two seamlessly. I’ve seen authors who are somehow on Twitter all day long interacting with their readers and yet they still find time to write. I wonder when they sleep.

What do you love reading and who are three of your favorite authors?

spiders-bite517UL7sjo-LI love Jennifer Estep’s spider series. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is on my “auto-buy” list. I just discovered Calia Read, and I love the books in her new series–Unravel and Unhinge.

You have chronic fatigue syndrome – how does it affect your writing and daily routine? What are some things you do to help keep yourself balanced?

Chronic fatigue is a dreadful thing to have. Most people don’t realize how debilitating fatigue can be. There are days when I feel like I have a house sitting on my shoulders and getting up and putting a load of dishes in the dishwasher seems like an impossible task. I’ve always been a type A personality, but no amount of mental strength or willpower can fight through that much fatigue.

I found what works for me, is if I set a weekly page count. I try to write every day, but that’s not always possible. I find with the weekly page count it helps me push myself to get pages done on those days when I feel well enough to write. But there are many days during the week when I’m too sick even to sit at the laptop. Especially if I overdo it.

imgres-1Last Olympics the women’s volleyball team had a mantra they used—breath, battle, believe. It’s a mantra I’ve adopted to help me get a book done. I breathe and take it easy on days I can’t work. I battle and work on the book on days I feel good. And I believe that if I keep working away the book will eventually get done.

Bonus: What are you really good at and why? (can be something silly) J

I can crochet afghans. It disturbs and amuses my friends that I can crochet. I’m someone who lives in graphic t-shirts, jeans, and vans, and I guess crocheting is something that people always think of grandmothers as doing.  I’m good at it thanks to my very own grandmother who taught me how to crochet.

Thank you!!!!!

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Ten comic books that inspired my writing by Morgan Chalfant #amreading #fantasyauthor

1025685I have always been a fan of comic books and graphic novels, not only as “novels,” but the art form itself and all the great storytelling that comes with them, storytelling that would not necessarily be dampened without the imagery provided within, but is enhanced through these images.

So many people see these graphic novels as “comic books,” which I’m sad to say to this day still carries with it a stigma of being pure drivel despite the wonderful titles out there and the millions of people who love and appreciate them. Unfortunately, the words “comic book” and “graphic novel” still do not get the respect they deserve.

V_for_vendettaxFortunately, the art of the graphic novel is beginning to be appreciated in society and academics with the aid of pioneers like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman (The Sandman), James O’Barr, Michael Turner (RIP), Grant Morrison, Brad Meltzer, and hundreds of others. So, in an effort to spread this awareness that graphic novels are just that, “novels with images,” I give you a list of ten of the greatest graphic novels ever printed. Go read them. Let them inspire you. Let them inspire your writing or your art. I know they have inspired mine.

thecrowThe Crow by James O’Barr– In many ways, the ultimate love story, as well as being the ultimate revenge tale too. Pick up the special edition of this one which has added content (including a dedication to the late Brandon Lee) by O’Barr that is not in the original and one of my favorite sequences ever, “An August Noel.”

Kingdom Come – Alex Ross’s realism artwork and beautiful storytelling make this story of DC’s iconic superheroes, aged and battered, making one last comeback.

The Dark Knight ReturnsFrank Miller’s pivotal tale of an aged Batman/Bruce Wayne forced out of retirement. Though I don’t particularly like Miller’s take on Superman, this graphic novel belongs on this list for the story it tells of the time worn caped crusader.

darkknightreturnsThe Death of Superman– “The Best Selling Graphic Novel of All-Time” pretty much says it (though I think it no longer holds that title). Superman versus Doomsday in a battle to the death that shattered the worlds of a million readers (and childhoods). Pictured is my CGC graded copy I just obtained this year of one of the six issues in the Death of Superman comic run. This was my favorite issue when I was a kid.

Watchmen– Alan Moore’s iconic deconstructionist tale of flawed superheroes belongs on this list. There’s a reason it made “Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time.”

Final Crisis This marks the death of Batman and single-handedly changed the DC Comics universe sparking the Battle for Batman’s cowl. Pivotal in its relevancy to the DC universe.

watchman1Batman: Hush– A dark tale with wonderful artwork by Jim Lee and a story that takes Batman on a hunt through Gotham in an attempt to discover the identity of the villain named Hush.

Wolverine: Old Man LoganThis sordid little tale of Wolverine in a post-apocalyptic America where the villains have triumphed and too few heroes remain to end their tyranny is tragic, beautiful and well-written.

Superman: Godfall The beautiful art by Michael Turner (R.I.P.) really drives this story of an amnesiac Superman stuck in Kandor without powers and with a new lover, Lyla. The story’s themes of fascism, alien prejudice, misplaced deification, and terrorism give it a depth that makes Godfall much more than a simple superhero story.

Identity Crisis– One of DC’s best-selling series that handles many dark themes (sexual violence and brutal murder) and really redefined the mood/underlying themes of the DC universe. The mini-series run was selected as one of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2007.

Ghosts-of-Glory-453x680Morgan Chalfant is a native of Hill City, Kansas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in writing and his Master’s degree in literature from Fort Hays State University, where he now teaches writing.

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: GHOSTS OF GLORY by Morgan Chalfant #amreading #urbanfantasy #99cent #awesomebook

Ghosts of Glory 453x680This week’s DEAL OF THE WEEK is the urban fantasy/paranormal Ghosts of Glory by Morgan Chalfant.

GET IT AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING FOR ONLY .99 CENTS! THIS WEEK ONLY.

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What It’s About:

Jersey “The Brawler” Romero is dying. Slowly. Tediously. Not the way he thought he would go out on the savage streets of Glory, the Twilight City. But all of that is about to change when Jersey is granted his youth again by a messenger of the Twilight Goddess, the Spirit of Glory. He’s also given a mission: save Glory from the dark forces that are bent on destroying her.

Jersey’s been a fighter his whole life, whether it was on the streets where he struggled to survive, or in prison where he fought to stay alive. Glory never gave him anything without a battle, and that’s what he’s always loved about his beloved city. But nothing has prepared him for the war that’s coming. Monster-like creatures masked as humans are bent on exterminating him. Their leader is a mysterious man named Templar. He’s been amassing an underground army called The Black Crux. Templar wants to make Glory his, by laying waste to everyone who stands in his way. Possessing an almost otherworldly vision, Templar knows everything about Jersey, including an explosive secret that will blast away everything Jersey has ever believed.

But Jersey isn’t called “The Brawler” for nothing. He’s determined to fight Templar with everything he’s got. Because he’s not just fighting for his life, he’s fighting for Glory’s very soul.

READ AN EXCERPT:

We’re standing on the roof of Skript and Abigail hasn’t said a word in five minutes. She dragged me up here with such urgency, I figured the show would have started by now.

Sitting down in a damp lawn chair, I wait. Patience and I have nothing to say to each other, but Abigail has me intrigued so I let her have all the time she needs. It’s not easy opening up doors that have been locked for so long, especially to strangers. If that’s what we still were. Maybe strange acquaintance is a better term.

The view from the rooftop is actually quite beautiful. Rarely can the word beauty describe Glory. What little good happens to someone here, happens at the expense of someone else’s pain. Surprisingly, the night is peaceful. It’s never peaceful in Glory, so there’s obviously something off, but I don’t have the time nor the inclination to worry about it at the moment. It’s just the cone of silence. The calm before the storm. Strangely, I’m the calm. Abigail is the surging storm.

My eyes fall from the billions of firefly buildings to a sight more pleasing. Abigail stands looking up at the moon. It’s a waxing half-moon, but there’s still enough light for decent visibility. I watch her take off her leather jacket and pull off the gloves and drop them at her feet. Before my eyes, strange symbols begin to appear on her forearms and hands. The spaghetti strap top she’s wearing leaves much of her neck visible where more symbols begin to shimmer. Spiral patterns. They resemble some sort of tribal ink, but they begin to glow like lanterns in the dark. It’s an eerie, beautiful blue light. Cerulean, turquoise, and sapphire.

I stand up and move closer as Abigail turns around. I can see her face now. The incandescent markings have spiraled up her cheeks, climbing like staircases up to her eyes. Both her eyes shimmer inhumanly, one golden amber, the other a pool of twinkling emerald. Her breathing is erratic, she shakes, like she’s frightened I’m going to run away or grimace at the sight of her.

“Th-this . . . is me.” She stutters. “What . . . what I was talking about.”

Before I know it, she’s reaching for her jacket to cover herself. I spring forward and stop her, grasping her firmly by the shoulders. She looks up at me like she’s a monster that should be cowering in darkness. She won’t look at me. I can’t help but wonder who ever looked at her and cringed. Who made her feel so malformed? It’s perfectly clear to me she’s not the abomination she considers herself to be. She’s the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen. It’s not every day a street devil like me gets to behold a shimmering angel.

I move my hands to her cheeks, rubbing my thumbs over the glittering markings. There’s no textural difference. Her skin is as soft as cashmere. Her radiance is overwhelming. Her glow envelops me.

“My God,” I whisper. “You’re beautiful.”

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What It’s About:

Jersey “The Brawler” Romero is dying. Slowly. Tediously. Not the way he thought he would go out on the savage streets of Glory, the Twilight City. But all of that is about to change when Jersey is granted his youth again by a messenger of the Twilight Goddess, the Spirit of Glory. He’s also given a mission: save Glory from the dark forces that are bent on destroying her.

Jersey’s been a fighter his whole life, whether it was on the streets where he struggled to survive, or in prison where he fought to stay alive. Glory never gave him anything without a battle, and that’s what he’s always loved about his beloved city. But nothing has prepared him for the war that’s coming. Monster-like creatures masked as humans are bent on exterminating him. Their leader is a mysterious man named Templar. He’s been amassing an underground army called The Black Crux. Templar wants to make Glory his, by laying waste to everyone who stands in his way. Possessing an almost otherworldly vision, Templar knows everything about Jersey, including an explosive secret that will blast away everything Jersey has ever believed.

But Jersey isn’t called “The Brawler” for nothing. He’s determined to fight Templar with everything he’s got. Because he’s not just fighting for his life, he’s fighting for Glory’s very soul.

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We’re standing on the roof of Skript and Abigail hasn’t said a word in five minutes. She dragged me up here with such urgency, I figured the show would have started by now.

Sitting down in a damp lawn chair, I wait. Patience and I have nothing to say to each other, but Abigail has me intrigued so I let her have all the time she needs. It’s not easy opening up doors that have been locked for so long, especially to strangers. If that’s what we still were. Maybe strange acquaintance is a better term.

The view from the rooftop is actually quite beautiful. Rarely can the word beauty describe Glory. What little good happens to someone here, happens at the expense of someone else’s pain. Surprisingly, the night is peaceful. It’s never peaceful in Glory, so there’s obviously something off, but I don’t have the time nor the inclination to worry about it at the moment. It’s just the cone of silence. The calm before the storm. Strangely, I’m the calm. Abigail is the surging storm.

My eyes fall from the billions of firefly buildings to a sight more pleasing. Abigail stands looking up at the moon. It’s a waxing half-moon, but there’s still enough light for decent visibility. I watch her take off her leather jacket and pull off the gloves and drop them at her feet. Before my eyes, strange symbols begin to appear on her forearms and hands. The spaghetti strap top she’s wearing leaves much of her neck visible where more symbols begin to shimmer. Spiral patterns. They resemble some sort of tribal ink, but they begin to glow like lanterns in the dark. It’s an eerie, beautiful blue light. Cerulean, turquoise, and sapphire.

I stand up and move closer as Abigail turns around. I can see her face now. The incandescent markings have spiraled up her cheeks, climbing like staircases up to her eyes. Both her eyes shimmer inhumanly, one golden amber, the other a pool of twinkling emerald. Her breathing is erratic, she shakes, like she’s frightened I’m going to run away or grimace at the sight of her.

“Th-this . . . is me.” She stutters. “What . . . what I was talking about.”

Before I know it, she’s reaching for her jacket to cover herself. I spring forward and stop her, grasping her firmly by the shoulders. She looks up at me like she’s a monster that should be cowering in darkness. She won’t look at me. I can’t help but wonder who ever looked at her and cringed. Who made her feel so malformed? It’s perfectly clear to me she’s not the abomination she considers herself to be. She’s the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen. It’s not every day a street devil like me gets to behold a shimmering angel.

I move my hands to her cheeks, rubbing my thumbs over the glittering markings. There’s no textural difference. Her skin is as soft as cashmere. Her radiance is overwhelming. Her glow envelops me.

“My God,” I whisper. “You’re beautiful.”

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Dream Cast for “Ghosts of Glory” by Morgan Chalfant (urban fantasy paranormal author)

Ghosts of Glory 453x680There isn’t an author out there who hasn’t thought about who their “dream cast” would be if their book was ever turned into a movie. Heck many of them have pinterest boards to prove it! Here’s Lachesis Publishing author Morgan Chalfant’s “Dream Team Cast” for his urban fantasy “Ghosts of Glory.” The story is about an old guy with a fairy godmother of sorts, who’s given the fountain of youth in order to clean up the mean streets of Glory, his hometown.

Scott Glenn
Scott Glenn

Old Jersey: Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn carries the perfect blend of hard-edge and sage-like wisdom to portray Old Jersey on screen. Basically, he’s one of the best supporting character actors still working today. He’s rugged, rough and also speaks with a powerful voice that combines to create the perfect representation of an aged Jersey the Brawler who has seen and done it all.

Scott Eastwood
Scott Eastwood

Young Jersey/Jakael: Scott Eastwood

I can see Scott Eastwood as Jersey for two reasons: he’s good looking, but can play characters with a brooding edge to them and he’s affordable/plausible if a studio was conscious of budget in casting. He’s also a talented young actor who has the physicality to pull off the demanding fight scenes in Ghosts of Glory. Side note: Clint Eastwood definitely comes to the theater to watch his son in action. Oh, and don’t think I missed the accidental irony in two actors with the same first name playing the old and young versions of Jersey.

Rutger Hauer
Rutger Hauer

Thomas Templar: Rutger Hauer

This is the fantasy portion of my dream casting. Sadly, Mr. Hauer is much too old to play this role now, but what a joy it would be to see him as a younger man portray Jersey’s nemesis, Thomas Templar. Not only is he one of the all-time great villain actors, but  as a younger man he could physically intimidate without just by standing still (his stare alone could turn fire to ice), let alone when he’s leaping buildings and beating the tar out of Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. Hauer speaks eloquently, he’s intelligent and his physical prowess is undeniable, all things Thomas Templar needs to have on screen. The role was meant for him.

Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer

Abigail: Natalie Dormer

Abigail is feisty, quick-witted and strong, something Natalie Dormer is used to portraying on screen. Ms. Dormer also has a mystique to her that is perfect to bring into the role of Abigail. She’s also proven she can handle physically demanding roles in movies like The Hunger Games.

Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell

Garwin Goodspeed/Mercury: Bruce Campbell

“The Chin” himself. The boomstick-toting, chainsaw-revving, Evil Dead fighting Bruce Campbell is the perfect casting for a plucky, witty mentor like Garwin Goodspeed. He also has the charisma and comedic chops to pull of Goodspeed’s one-liners as well. It makes this author wish he had written in Goodspeed saying, “Groovy.”

Adrienne Palicki
Adrienne Palicki

Samaire: Adrianne Palicki

Adrienne Palicki is one of the women I pictured from the start when I was creating Samaire. She’s tall, beautiful, skilled in on-screen fight scenes, and has a dominance about her that many actresses just do not have. She has the physicality, acting ability and demeanor to portray the enigmatic Grace. She is used to playing very strong female characters from her role on Marvel’s Agents of Shield to playing Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation to her amazing villainess portrayal in John Wick.

Angie Harmon
Angie Harmon

Athena: Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon already looks like a Greek goddess so why can’t she play Athena? She’s a seasoned actress, committed to the roles she plays and the spitting image of my description of Athena in Ghosts of Glory (completely by accident). All she needs is an expensive pant-suit, some librarian glasses and an owl pin and Athena jumps off the page onto the screen.

Morgan Chalfant is a native of Hill City, Kansas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in writing and his Master’s degree in literature from Fort Hays State University, where he now teaches writing.

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Q and A Tuesday: Round 4 with Kim Baccellia (YA paranormal author)

Grandma Allered - Kim Baccellia's grandmother.
Grandma Allered – Kim Baccellia’s grandmother.
Grandma Allered's painting
Grandma Allered’s painting

Today’s Q and A is with YA paranormal author Kim Baccellia (Crossed Out) published by Lachesis Publishing.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what other kind of artistic medium would you like to attempt and why?

A painter. My grandmother was a very talented artist and people bought her paintings. She loved to paint angels and cherubs. As a child, she’d write me and doodle these on the cards and letters. This painting is my favorite! Loved Grandma Allred. People tell me that we look and sound alike. She even shared a love of the same soft drink—Dr. Pepper.

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Meeting authors is cool, even if you're an author too. (left) Kim Baccellia, (right) Ellen Hopkins
Meeting authors is cool, even if you’re an author too. (left) Kim Baccellia, (right) Ellen Hopkins

Tell us about one book that you’ve read that had an impact on you?

BURNED by Ellen Hopkins. At first I put off reading this contemporary YA about a Mormon girl who was abused, as I worried it might in fact be anti-Mormon but once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The tears started flowing along with the overwhelming desire I had to write this author and thank her for being courageous to write this story. It hit a cord with me as I had was abused, but was told that I should ‘just get over it’ and only write uplifting work. I did meet Ellen at a book signing. This book to this day is one of my favorites. Raw, courageous, and gripping.

What do you love about writing? And what do you hate about it?

I love when I’m able to express the feelings/emotions I have within and see them on the page. That has to be the most liberating emotion! I also love when I get emails from my readers, telling me how much they love my stories.

I have to say, I hate when I come up against a block in my writing or when the writing process feels like it’s being stifled.

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Image: Starz.com

If you could meet any character from a book – who would it be and why?

Claire from OUTLANDER with Jaime a quick second. I’d love to know her thoughts and feelings especially what drove her to leave Jaime to go back home even when they were soul mates. **I know if she stayed she would have died, but still! I’d love to ask Jaime if he ever contemplated coming to the twentieth century. Plus, I’d just love to be up close to him. I totally fell for him as a reader. I just wonder if I would recognize him in a crowd. Or would I be disappointed. **Uh, highly doubt anyone, including me, would be disappointed in this highlander!

Happy endings or cliff-hangers? Why?

I’m not “anti-happy-endings” but let’s just say I never liked Disney movies as a child as I felt they deceived you. My own childhood was dysfunctional and I learned right off the bat, no prince on a white horse (or car) would come in to ‘save’ me. I had to do that myself. I love cliff-hangers unless of course if the series is cancelled and then those drive me NUTS!

What is the best/coolest/funniest/sweetest thing a reader/fan ever said/wrote to you or did for you?

Hands down it had to be this teen during a Skype school visit, who got up to and went all shy-like with twisting her skirt and then out of the blue said, “I love your book so much! When will the next one come out?” She was totally adorable and it’s always so fun to hear from your readers!

The SelectionWhich book or series by another author do you think would make a great movie or TV series? Why?

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. Think The Bachelor meets a dystopian world. Loved this series something fierce. It has romance, suspense, tension, and did I mention, romance? I can’t help but feel it would be a fab movie. In a world of very dark dystopias? This one was a pleasant surprise!

How do you try to boost sales of your books?

I’m all over social media sites like Twitter, Face Book, and Tumblr. I’m a staff reviewer at YA Books Central. I also supported the #weneeddiversebooks when it first came out as I’m a believer of getting more diversity out there. **Fact, originally I was going to have a Latina in CROSSED OUT with a more Latino flare with the supernatural. Huh, I might still write that. I attend my local OCRWA and pass out business cards with my book info on them. **One of the

Kim Baccellia gives out business cards that feature her books.
Kim Baccellia gives out business cards that feature her books.

books, GODDESSES CAN WAIT, is a mock cover and not the finished one. I think the biggest thing is to not be afraid to speak out about your books and seize opportunities that come your way! I’m scheduled to speak in November at my local OCRWA chapter and there’s some other possibilities in the future.

When you’re stressed out on a deadline – what is your favorite comfort food and why?

Chocolate. Dark chocolate. The world looks a lot better whenever I take a bite or two or three of this food of the Gods.

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Image: billboard.com

What do you love to sing in the shower?

Depends. Right now it’s BELIEVE by Mumford and Sons as it reflects what my character in a current project is feeling with her doubts of her religious upbringing and the reality of what’s really happening outside of her community.

CROSSED-OUT-COVERKim Baccellia is the author of the YA paranormal Crossed Out.

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How to write a kick ass fight scene by Morgan Chalfant (urban fantasy author)

Author Morgan Chalfant after a training session.
Author Morgan Chalfant after a training session.

Everybody has a different picture of what a kick ass fight scene should entail in a story. Some writers prefer the battle-of-wits with dialogue and action, others prefer the quick fights where the characters just get down to business, some dig the tension more than the result of the fight itself and other writers love the brutal knockdown, drag out brawls (my personal favorite) where the fighters speak with their fists. These can all be kickass in their own way. How a character reacts when they bleed is at least as important as how they react in a conversation.

Here are a few tips that I follow when writing my own fight scenes:

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Example of an “inside crescent kick” http://www.taichiaustralia.com/

Know Your Character – In my opinion, this is the most important thing to have a good handle on before you put a character into a fight scene. Know who your character is and what they have in their internal arsenal. Is your character formally trained? Is he or she a boxer or martial artist or are they an untrained file clerk? Are they a pacifist? What fears do they have? Certain people will have limitations (if you’re wanting a believable reaction). If your character has a fear of drowning, fighting in the water is going to bring about a whole new tier of challenges for them to overcome. A file clerk with no formal fight training isn’t going to know how to execute a flying arm bar or how to perform a proper inside crescent kick, they’re going to grab for any weapon in reach and swing it until they win or lose. Your character’s personality is something to really pay attention to because it will dictate HOW they fight. In my urban fantasy novel, Ghosts of Glory, my main character, Jersey Romero, is someone who has a grim outlook on the human condition and people in general. He’s killed and has almost been killed. That changes you. He’s seen the worst humanity has to offer and is ready to meet it with the worst he has to offer. He grew up on the streets and in prison and that colored his no mercy fighting style. Know who your character is beneath the skin.   

George Foreman would be proud of your grilling and fighting skills.
George Foreman would be proud of your grilling and fighting skills.

Environment – Where the fight is taking place is just as important as why the fight is taking place. The place in which these characters are battling may have major significance to the story or maybe it’s just a dynamic location for two people to kick the tar out of one another. Either one is okay! Setting can be its own character. Also, two people duking it out in an empty room is all well and good, they have their bodies as weapons—but what if said room was a kitchen? There are lots of potential weapons to grab in a kitchen. There is something poetic about using a George Foreman grill to pummel your enemy, don’t you think? Better yet, what if your characters are fighting in an office supply warehouse or a weight room? Again, LOTS of fun and deadly items to be utilized as weapons. Two people pummeling each other with fists is one thing, but when one picks up an aluminum book end and the other grabs a croquet mallet, now you’ve got yourself a kickass donnybrook.

Who would win - Anthrax or Enya?
Who would win – Anthrax or Enya?

Musical Mayhem – For me, this is a must when I’m writing a fight scene. Put on something that caters to the violence that is about to ensue. My go to music is heavy metal or hard rock (but I suppose there could be something entertaining about people brawling to the harmonious sounds of Enya). As we all know, music feeds emotion. There are rampant emotions circling your characters before, during and after a fight. Decide what those emotions are. Does your character have pure hatred for their enemy or are they overwhelmed by melancholy at having to battle said opponent? I find that choosing songs that mirror what you’re trying to convey will help the writing flow. Mood music for the mayhem! You want something that is going to reinforce the emotions in the scene. Basically, if the music kicks ass, it should help translate to the fight scene.

Dialogue – Don’t skip the dialogue. You can add a whole other level of sinister and kickass to a fight with a few simple words from your protagonist or antagonist’s mouth. Friends talk.

Beware of robot lizards and  fighting mimes.
Beware of robot lizards and fighting mimes.

Enemies trash-talk. Especially friends and enemies who have a history. Even if it’s just to call each other names or to mock one another, don’t skip the banter. Now I’m not saying throw curse words out randomly, but pick your insults. If your main character’s sister was murdered by the person he/she are about to fight, the ‘bad guy’ is probably going to quip about it to throw the hero/heroine off balance. The important thing to remember is that unless your main character is just beating up goons, they’re probably fighting someone they have a connection with in the story. Whether it is a mortal enemy, a former friend, an evil sibling, or God forbid, a maniacal robot lizard, they’re going to say something to one another—unless one of your characters is a mime, which in that case, I can’t help you. They’re probably silent, but deadly.    

Morgan Chalfant is a native of Hill City, Kansas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in writing and his Master’s degree in literature from Fort Hays State University, where he now teaches writing. Ghosts of Glory 453x680

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Q and A Tuesday: Round 1 with Morgan Chalfant (urban fantasy author)

Today’s Q and A is with Lachesis author Morgan Chalfant. Morgan is an urban fantasy / paranormal author whose first book with Lachesis Publishing is called Ghosts of Glory.

41GYfDkNSQL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

I always loved writing stories, but in junior high I told my English teacher (Hi, Mrs. Pratt!) that I was going to write a book and get it published. She would let me use the computer if I got my homework done in class where I wrote a 58 page sequel to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (it was a little shorter than the original).

Morgan Chalfant's view from his pickup truck.
Morgan Chalfant’s view from his pickup truck.

Describe your favourite place to write.

Lately, it’s been sitting in the cab of my pickup out at the old baseball field on the edge of town. Hardly anyone is out there anymore. It’s just me and the trees and the wind and my imagination—so I sit with the windows rolled down, my music playing and scribble long hand in my notebook.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

chthuluAt the moment I’m writing this, there is a tin of Cthulhu Mints (I think Lovecraft would approve), a Magic 8 Ball that perpetually gives me bad advice, an Eric Hosmer Bobblehead I got at a Kansas City Royals baseball game, and a quote from writer Terry Goodkind taped to my computer that reads: “Be not afraid of greatness.”

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

I’ve never drank coffee (I even worked in a coffee shop once). My go to beverage is probably an energy drink or water.

sandmanWhat do you love to read?

I love Robert E. Howard’s Conan series and his poetry. I’ve been a fan of his writing since a professor of mine introduced me to his work freshman year of college (Thanks, Dr. Will). Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series currently has me hooked. I fully maintain Stephen King’s The Long Walk is one of the best horror/suspense novels of all time. Clive Barker is a go-to author for me. Barker’s The Thief of Always is something I find myself constantly coming back to. I’m big into graphic novels like James O’Barr’s The Crow and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, as well as the comic book world too. I’m all over the place in regards to genres.

What is some good advice you can give to an unpublished writer?

WRITE. Write your story, then go looking for the right place to publish it. Don’t do it the other way around. If it’s a good story, someone will listen. It might take a while, but someone will eventually listen.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?

Honestly, I don’t know that I have a set routine after finishing a book other than one big sigh of satisfaction. It’s my soul saying, “Even if this is terrible, at least it is finished.”

Ghosts of Glory 453x680You write urban fantasy – what attracted you to this genre?

I think it’s the concept that really nothing is off limits if you can figure out an effective way to do it. Mythology, demonology and supernatural lore have always been hobbies of mine so it seemed like the urban fantasy genre and I were destined to clash eventually. Jersey “The Brawler” Romero, one of my favorite characters I’ve written, seemed like the perfect candidate to be thrust into a world where creatures of imagination aren’t so imaginary—because he has a better than average chance of surviving. My city, Glory, is a dark and twisted place, which is exciting to explore in and of itself, but even more so when you add a fantasy element—you begin to realize dark and twisted doesn’t repel some people, it attracts them.

Your debut book with Lachesis Publishing is Ghosts of Glory. Tell us about it?

It’s about a man seeking redemption in a city that he is intimately linked with, a city that begins to become decidedly unfamiliar when he starts seeing all of the ugly-nasties lurking just behind the veil of human perception.

The author at one of his favourite places to write - a local football field in his town of Hill City, Kansas.
The author at one of his favourite places to write – a local football field in his town of Hill City, Kansas.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a sequel to Ghosts of Glory and I have another side project I’m working on as well that is a little more post-apocalyptic. I’ve also come back to writing more poetry after a bit of a break.

Morgan Chalfant is a native of Hill City, Kansas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in writing and his Master’s degree in literature from Fort Hays State University, where he now teaches writing. 

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