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{Blog Tour} Guest Post by Tied author Laney McMann

Published September 25, 2013 by LS Murphy

I’m going to chop this list in two. 5 reasons why I write fantasy/paranormal and 5 reasons why I read it.

Why I read Fantasy and Paranormal:

5. Seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. It’s always interesting to have a different perspective—to try to understand how someone else thinks. Fantasy and paranormal stories allow readers to see into other’s imagination.

4. Making friends (or not). For me, the character’s in great stories can become friends—family, even. I know these character’s. I want to live in their worlds. Who didn’t want to fight alongside Harry Potter against Voldemort, or help Bilbo Baggins climb that mountain? Who didn’t want to scream with Katniss Everdeen? We readers love our character’s.

3. Exploring other worlds. This to me is a double reading/writing reason. How awesome is it to wander around in a world someone created from sheer imagination? Too cool.

2. Getting a glimpse into the workings of other writer’s heads. That one sounds a little weird probably. But it’s fascinating to see how other author’s imaginations work. Especially if I love their books. As a reader and writer, I believe we have a few geniuses in the writing community, and it’s an honor to be among them.

1. Most important reason: transportation. Good stories have the ability to take me off the couch, out of the car, away from my surroundings, and sit me in the middle of someone else’s world—someone else’s problems. Their life. Nothing is better than that. 😉

Why I write Fantasy and Paranormal:

  1. Flow, speed, movement. Although I sometimes try to slow it down, my writing style seems to have a quickness to it. A rapidity. I like to read stories that move. And for me, young adult fantasy and paranormal stories want that speed. It’s a natural fit.

4. Creative expression, of course. Writing is an outlet. A way of seeing the crazy images and dreams rattling around inside my head on paper and then sharing them.

3. Exploring other worlds. Like number 3 above, except on the writing end. I get to create my own worlds to wander through. Amazing.

  1. The ability to let my ideas and imagination go uncontained. I can’t think of another genre that allows so much creative freedom. (Well, maybe sci-fi. 😉 Maybe.)
  2. Because it’s in me. Other writer’s hear this all the time, and I’ve given this answer several times, too. Why do I write fantasy? Why paranormal? Why YA? The answer is always the same: Because it’s in me. It’s what comes out when I sit down at my laptop to write. And I’m really thankful for that.


Thank you, Linda, for hosting me. 😉

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you check out Tied everyone. It’s sure to rock your boat. 🙂

About TIED:

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough … away.


About Laney: 

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.


You can find my occasional ramblings on Twitter.

Book updates on my author page at goodreads.

My Facebook Profile for inspiration and randomness.

Updates on The Fire Born Novels at my Facebook Author Page

My interests on Pinterest.

And I’m now on Tumblr ,too.

You can also contact me by email at: laneymcmannyaauthor(at)gmail(dot)com


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{Blog Tour} – Interview with J.A. Belfield

Published April 7, 2013 by LS Murphy

Guys, I’m thrilled to have the always wonderful, always witty J.A. Belfield on my blog today. If you haven’t read any of the Holloway Pack books, I highly recommend you stop everything and go do so now…. It’s okay…. We can wait…. *crickets* Okay? Everybody back? Good. 🙂

About J.A. Belfield: One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy

Now onto the INTERVIEW!

What made you decide to become a writer?

I’m a writer? Dude, that’s awesome. 😉

Nah, just kidding. It pretty much boils down to the fact that I daydreamed and nightdreamed aaaaaaaaaallllllll the while (what can I say, I was a bored housewife), and one particular daydream just would not leave me alone. A few days later, it was still bugging me, and that’s when I began entertaining the idea of writing it down and making it into a story. It became my first novel.

What inspired you to write about werewolves?

My dreams. I have real funky and off-the-wall dreams. Sometimes they involve werewolves, and I found them fascinating whilst terrifying yet appealable and sexy all at the same time. So my head was—is—happy to venture deeper into what might make them tick and how they’d deal with being members of the ‘real world’.

If tomorrow you woke up and found out that you were turned into werewolf, what would your reaction be?

First reaction: OMG! This is freaking awesome!

Second reaction: F***! This is really gonna hurt.

Which character from the Holloway Pack do you relate to the most? Why?

The pack member who’s spent the most time inside my head is Sean, so I know him on a whole other level than I do the other pack members. However, due to gender and *getting* the female psych a lot more than I do the male, I’d have to say Jem. Because I can be as irritating and tough and as foolishly rash as she’s known to be. But I also value my friends and know how to love.

Okay, fess up. Which Holloway Pack werewolf is most like Mr. B.?

Dayam, what kind of a question is THIS?! I don’t know if I can compare, seeing as one’s 100% real and the others are 100% made up, but if you’re gonna force me to choose, I’d have to say Sean. A lot of how Sean feels toward Jem, as well as the decisions he makes because he believes they’re the best even though they drive her nuts, remind me a lot of what I ‘feel’ from Mr B. That a good enough answer?


Alrighty then. Make sure ya’ll check out Belfield’s latest Holloway Pack tail (get it?) Resonance!

Guilt is a heavy burden for the one carrying it.

Jem Stonehouse is no exception to this rule.

What if she’d acted sooner? What if she’d fully recognised the threat? What if she hadn’t allowed the male pack members to head into the witches’ ambush?

For one, youngest pack member Josh Larsen wouldn’t be trapped in the sleep of the dead.

Now, Jem is convinced it’s her job to bring him back to life no matter what it takes— learning more about her heritage, risking pack exposure, or travelling to places she couldn’t have imagined possible.

Even if the journey endangers her soul.


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{Blog Tour} Guest Post by Rhiannon Paille

Published December 19, 2012 by LS Murphy

Surrender Tour Button 300 x 225The song behind SURRENDER.

It’s true that the original working title for SURRENDER was not . . . SURRENDER. Way back in my book’s baby stages, it was called Tears of Istalindir. I know, it’s a horrible title right? Well, after going through a lot of different title choices, I heard a song on the radio by Billy Talent called Surrender.

I don’t know why I felt connected to that song, but I did, and I felt compelled to look up the lyrics, which is when I was blown away.

Surrender by Billy Talent, with Lyrics


It’s not the whole song, but the line “I think I found a flower in a field of weeds (x2), searching until my hands bleed, this flower doesn’t belong to me (x2), why can’t she belong to me?”

That’s what did it and made me name this book Surrender.

Here’s hoping you enjoy the book and the song.




The Ferryman and The Flame Book 1
Rhiannon Paille

ISBN: 978-1480029859

Cover Artist: Marc Wolfe

Review copies available on Netgalley

 Book Description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is– a Flame– one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.




5 Questions with YA author Lenore Appelhans

Published December 18, 2012 by LS Murphy

Lenore Appelhans moved frequently growing up due to her dad’s US Air Force career. To date, she’s lived in six countries and visited nearly sixty. She currently resides in Frankfurt, Germany, with her illustrator husband Daniel Jennewein. Level 2 is her first novel. Visit her at, where she has been blogging about YA lit since 2008.

Website     Blog     Twitter

Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1. What was the spark of inspiration for Level 2?

There were two sparks, really. Years apart.  The first came from a discussion I had with my grandmother who didn’t approve of the way I spent all my money on travel.  It made me imagine an afterlife where memories are like currency and memories of travel were especially sought after. The second grew out of all the reading and reviewing of dystopian novels on my book blog, Presenting Lenore. I was in Pompeii with my critique partner and the spark hit me in the shower: “What would an afterlife dystopia look like?” I combined those two sparks and brainstormed out the major character arcs and plot points that evening over tuna and onion pizza.

2. Which character(s) most resemble you?

There are bits and pieces of me in many of the characters, I’m sure. Like Felicia, I grew up moving around a lot. Like Autumn, I tried to get my friends to write books and plays with me.  Like Neil, church youth group was a big part of my life in high school.

3. If you could travel anywhere at any time, where and when would you go?

Are you taking about a teleporter/time machine?  That would be the greatest invention the world has ever seen!  It would also complicate things so much – it makes my head hurt just thinking about it.

My current travel wishlist includes Bhutan, Petra in Jordan, the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, St. Petersburg in Russia and so many more. And it would be so awesome to travel instantly via the teleporter than undertake long plane journeys.

4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Read as many books as you can, especially in the genre you want to write in.  Also, develop patience.  Remember that it takes time to learn the craft of writing and foster your voice. Don’t submit work before its ready.  And once you do get a contract, you’ll need patience to get through the glacial pace of publishing.

5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?

How about a funny story? When I was kid, I was a huge fan of the Nickelodeon revival of The Monkees TV show.  Encouraged by my love of 60s music, my dad introduced me to The Beatles.  And I actually told him: “They’re okay, but they’re a pale imitation of The Monkees.”  Sacrilege!

About Level 2 

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

Read an excerpt of the first 50 pages of LEVEL 2.


5 Questions with Clarissa Johal

Published December 11, 2012 by LS Murphy

Clarissa Johal has done everything from working as a veterinary assistant and vegetarian chef to volunteering as a zoo-keeper aide and swimming with six foot sturgeons. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day she fully expects a wayward troll to wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

 Author Website     Facebook     Blog     Twitter     Photography Portfolio

 Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1. What was the spark of inspiration for Between?
I was working on the second installment of my YA fantasy series when I was hit with two characters that didn’t belong in a YA novel. I kept setting them aside, but they kept returning, stronger than ever. So, I started writing Between. The first complete draft was finished within a couple of months and a year later, it was ready to submit.

2. If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be?

A succubus. I won’t elaborate on that.

3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write every day, even if it’s “bad” writing. Develop a thick skin and don’t take rejections or criticisms personally. Everyone had their own style and taste. Find a writing support group, online or in person. To be successful, your writing has to be the best it can be, but networking is pretty crucial too.

4. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I would travel to the 1920’s. I love the clothes, the music and the lifestyle. Flappers, you know.

5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek. I was always a sucker for Spock’s ears.

About Between:

Since Lucinda was a young girl, she’s been able to see spirits, a gift that didn’t come without its problems. Now, a dedicated, young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that everything can be saved. When Lucinda is involved in a car accident that kills her fiancé, she is devastated and moves to a small town to live a life of self-imposed exile. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. However, there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire. The spiritual activity around her intensifies as Lucinda is increasingly haunted by memories of the accident. As she is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she surprisingly finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life…but a battle for their salvation.

Buy it at Musa Publishing

5 Questions with author Sara Daniel

Published December 10, 2012 by LS Murphy

Sara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, captivating small-town drama, and quirky characters. She writes to entertain and to give people hope and a belief that everything can and will turn out happily ever after. On the personal side, she’s a frazzled maid, chef, chauffeur, tutor, and personal assistant. She was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She’s crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. And she has her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband.

 Website     Blog     Facebook     Twitter     Goodreads

Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1. What was the spark of inspiration for Zane’s Art?

I saw a submissions call for a series called Finally Ever After from Musa Publishing. The stories were to be short, happily-ever-after romances about lovers who had loved each other and lost. I love characters with a past history, especially in a short word count. They have instant attraction and long-standing unresolved conflict—the perfect elements for a fast-paced, emotion-packed read. Zane’s Art had all these things coupled with a strong present conflict. The story flowed out of me so fast I knew it was meant to be!

2. Which character most resembles you in your story?

The hero Zane is probably most like me because he’s an artist, and he makes his living off his art. When heroine Julianne threatens his art brand, he tracks her down to stop her from destroying his reputation and his business. As an author, creativity is as essential for me as it is for any artist. Like Zane, I’m also running my own business and have to concern myself with the business of writing and the brand that my readers expect from each book I write.

3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write, write, write. Before you can have a best-selling novel, you have to finish writing it. And don’t forget to keep reading.

4. If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

My great-grandmother came to the United States on a boat through Ellis Island when she was nine. I would love to go back in time to that house with a dirt floor in Hungary to really understand what her life was like in the Old Country, so I could more fully appreciate my roots and all the basic things I take for granted every day.

5. Finally, Vampire or Werewolf?

Werewolf. He’s a compelling alpha male without the blood-sucking ick factor.

Zane’s Art (contemporary romance from Musa Publishing)

High school art teacher Julianne Truman’s last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.


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5 Questions with Jennifer Silverwood

Published December 4, 2012 by LS Murphy

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and travels, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. Her first novel is “Qeya: Heaven’s Edge.”

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 Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

 1. What was the spark of inspiration for Qeya?

The spark of inspiration came when I was nine years old and we had bought our first computer. I had grown up on Star Wars movies and was a sci-fi kid through and through. I loved the stories where kids were forced to survive without adults. And that’s where my first short stories began. Then, a few months back, I was trying to come up with a short story idea for a science fiction article. It thought of my old stories and thought it appropriate to use them as my first stab at publishing.

2. What was the most difficult aspect of building another world?

Building another world is easy. Maybe it’s a side effect of being raised like an only child. I can see it all in my head and the story just fleshes itself out. But the hardest part of world building for me is trying to translate that for my readers. It’s easy for an author to write something that makes sense to them. But one thing my editor challenged me with was going deeper, describing more. That’s when the story got a lot better, of course. When it wasn’t just all in my head.

 3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

To all aspiring authors out there, my advice is to not just dream about it, do it. The only thing holding you back is you and once you get past that, the dream will come true. Also, persistence and determination are biggies. You have to really want this, otherwise it’s not happening. And devote your time to writing your books. There are all sorts of things out there designed to help authors promote themselves, etc. But the best thing you can do is get as many books out there as possible. That’s what I’m attempting to do right now.

4. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

If I could go back in time it would most certainly be the Victorian Age. With any time in the past you’re obviously giving up some modern conveniences. But I love the fashion, the society and the last golden age for many monarchies. My favorite novel is Gone With the Wind, so I’d love to live in the old south or west as well. (A romanticized version of course)

5.  Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Choosing between Star Trek and Star Wars may be easy for some people. But I was raised on both. As a kid I was a hard core Star Wars fan. But now I lean more to the Trekkie side of thinking. Then again, it’s hard to choose between two great things.

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