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Vengeance of the Werewolf – sample

Enjoy this sample of Vengeance of the Werewolf:

 

When the beast reached the door it stood on its hind legs and grabbed the door handle and pulled. The bright light of the bathroom hurt its eyes until they adjusted. It ducked down and walked into the bathroom aiming for the handicapped stall at the other end. She was in there, it could smell her and the stupid dog. When the beast was about two stalls away from Harley, it heard her whispering to the dog and the rustle of clothing.

 

Skipper looked over his shoulder at Harley and she knew they were in very serious danger. The claws were close, so close the musky scent overwhelmed her. “Skip, I need you to scare the hell out of whoever that is. No biting, just bark and run. We have to get to the car.” She pulled her keys out of her pocket and reached for the door latch.

 

When the latch released the beast smashed the flat of its paw against the outside of the door. It ripped from its hinges revealing the girl. The beast almost smiled, forgetting about the dog.

 

Skipper lunged yanking the leash from Harley’s hand. Neither girl nor dog had ever seen anything like what stood in the open doorway. The thing facing them had to be over six feet tall and it was standing on its back legs. But it wasn’t a bear. It had the face of a wolf, but with more teeth.

Harley screamed when Skipper pulled away. Because of the slick floor, Skipper’s jump didn’t come as close to the neck as he would have liked. But no matter, his instinct was to attack and protect so he latched onto the first part of the monster he hit.

Harley watched in horror while Skipper clamped down on the monster’s groin. It screamed in rage and pain as Skipper shook his head from side to side.

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Meet Author Tory Allyn

Good day lovelies! I’m back and chatting with author Tory Allyn.

Tory Allyn currently resides in Upstate New York. Although born in Syracuse, he was raised in the quaint town of Baldwinsville with his brother and two sisters, who drove him into becoming the zany person he is today. As a child, he made up many a tale. Some funny; others dark and brooding, but all started him on the path to writing. Today, his nephew, lovingly referred to as ‘The Monster Child’, is his partner in crime. Most days, you will see them playing ball at a nearby park, going for a dip in the backyard pool or snowboarding down a popular mountainside.

Book blurb: ALTER EGO is a mystery fiction — Informed by his Captain to retrieve the remnants of a disfigured body, Special Agent Jack Stanwick exited FBI headquarters and raced toward Rockfort, Virginia. As sirens echoed in the distance, he approached the old gravel road that led to Granite’s Mill. Jack knew what he was about to see, and with most of ‘the brotherhood’ dispatched away, outside help was needed. So the experts at the Davenport Detective Agency had to be hired. Bren Williams, Derek O’Rourke and Russ 10610737_677020069085943_6286597385469012079_nMunroe are detectives under the guiding eye of former police chief, Raymond Davenport. All four were ex-cops who turned over state’s evidence on corruption in their respective precincts, only to be ostracized by the remaining brass. As the detectives delve deep into the case, they discover a ritualistic elixir that was once used by the Mayapo natives of the Amazon rainforest has now been reformulated for a more heinous purpose. With its release, the detectives must immerse themselves fully into the ALTER EGO.

When did you decide to become a writer?  Seven years ago my father passed away. It made me prioritize my life. Things that I thought were of importance, didn’t feel so ideal to me. My writing was now bumped up to first place, for it was a release mechanism for my grief.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  My mornings are set aside for marketing purposes and the afternoons are when I write. It’s a great way to release the stress and anxiety.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  Within two years, I’ve written a four-book series entitled, THE DAVENPORT DECRESS. ALTER EGO was published on April 15, 2016. My second novel, ALTER BOYS, will be out in August 2016. The third novel, ALTERED STATES, and the last of the series, ALTER BOUND, will both be out next year.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  No…I like it to be quiet and serene for my thoughts to come out.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I mostly work with an outline of my characters. Names, physical features, where they’re from, how do they relate to my story…things of that nature. But as far as my writing, I allow everything else (antagonist, protagonist, plot twists, etc.) to leak out of my brain with full abandonment.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  If you truly want to be a writer/author, you have to make room for it in your busy schedule. Sneak away for a half hour or more to put your thoughts into words then commit them onto paper/computer. Don’t worry about editing it. That will come in time. For now, pour your heart out and feel the exhilaration of being a writer.

Where do your ideas come from?  They just pop into my head and I go wherever it takes me.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  For me, it was getting my writing into a specific order (the beginning, its middle and then the end), all the while I had to leave a cliffhanger on each novel.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  The Wizard of Oz for my movie and Law & Order: SVU on the television. MF: I love Law & Order SVU, watch it everyday.

What is your next project? I’m polishing up ALTER BOYS for an August release.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? Marilyn Monroe – so I could’ve saved her soul from the sharks/wolves who used her beautiful face and body to satisfy their own greedy/filthy needs!

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? Nerve-racking – I turned each page with hesitation; worried that I’d find a heap of mistakes.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?  To always keep a piece of paper and pen with you because photoone never knows when inspiration will strike. I bought a mini-tape recorder and kept it in the car just in case I had an epiphany.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  Speaking for myself, I feel that traditional and independent publishing is a waste of a writer’s/author’s time. With traditional publishing (the Big Six) an author makes anywhere from 12-15% of net sales and will never be seen unless a literary agent touts you to them. They also get a cut. People think that having their book on a store shelf is going to make them rich and famous–but that’s a pipedream. If your first few books don’t sell within 30 days, the bookseller will send them back to your publisher and you’ll have to do your own marketing. Indie publishing gives you anywhere from 25-45% net sales and you’ll be doing all your own marketing for the most part. Self-publishing you have to do all the marketing but you get to keep your cover, and everything else you’d like. Traditional or independent publisher will take total control away from you and do what they want. That’s how I see it! MF: So…both options suck 🙂

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  Yes, there’s a stigma with self-publishing. There are those who still don’t use an editor to perfect their manuscript so out comes a book with grammatical errors, punctuality issues, plotlines all askew, etc.  Nowadays, it’s gaining a better reputation. With self-published authors’ climbing up the Bestseller’s List, it gives other books a chance. If I were to read a book, I’d check out the reviews on Amazon before I’d purchase it.

What do your fans mean to you?  They are the reason I enjoy writing. To know that fourteen fans gave me 5 star reviews elicits the biggest smile and the warmest humility. I thank my fans!

Many thanks Tory for sharing! For more about Tory and his books and/or to buy a book, follow the links below:

 

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Meet Author Melissa Belle

Howdy my lovelies! Today author Melissa Belle has stopped by for some Q&A.

Before she started writing contemporary love stories, Melissa belle spent her days working in psychology research labs and inpatient wards. She’s married to her best friend (and first reader of all her books) and travels to as many new places as possible with him. Her first novel was written while riding through Europe on the train.

Book blurb:  Finding Joy Street, #1 in The Tarot Series, is a new adult contemporary romance novel. No one’s come close to uncovering California Blue’s darkest secrets. But she’s about to meet the man who’s up for the challenge…New college grad California has always been known as “Happy Helpful Cali.” Her sunny disposition and enthusiastic tarot readings cover up her darker side—until gorgeous player London Shaw moves into her Boston apartment building and seems to see right through her.  With his perma-frown and expensive suits, London’s the most irritating, arrogantfindingjoystreetcover-high-res man California’s ever met. And despite their instant undeniable chemistry, she’s the exact opposite of London’s type. He doesn’t want to pick her up, and she has no interest in helping him out. But as the tarot cards would have it, California and London are destined for a torrid encounter. When a crisis forces California to let London inside her world, the seismic fire between them ignites into one passionate “no strings attached” night together. But can California’s dark past let her have a future with London? And can the persistent Bostonian do what no man ever has—get California Blue to lay down her defenses and bare her soul?

Why do you write? Because I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, to the point of annoying family and friends! And I’ve always loved putting those stories into writing. It started with a diary when I was young, then became thick journals when I was in college, and eventually I decided to try fiction.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? The first draft takes a couple of months to get it all out of my head and download it onto the computer. Then the editing process varies a lot – it can be a month, sometimes a few months, depending on how rough the original draft was. I like to take time off in between finishing the first draft and looking at it again, because I’ve found I’m a better editor when I have fresh eyes.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I work to a plot. I never outline, even though people always encourage me to 🙂

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? I loved Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s really the only book I read about how to write!

What is your next project? I’m working on a new adult contemporary romance series now, and I’m also working on the sequel to The Tarot Series.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, because she said no in a time when that wasn’t allowed.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? Two adorable rescue kitties – they’re brothers and so bonded to each other.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? Not when I’m writing them, no. melissabellephotoWhen I think about my mother reading them—yes!

Tell us something unique about you. I’m in a belly dance troupe and I hula hoop. I’m also a singer-songwriter and I perform at Open Mics.

Thank you for inviting me to visit your website! Thrilled to meet you as well.

For more about Melissa and her books and/or to buy a book follow the links below:

 

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