Dumah’s Demons by Ami Blackwelder

Dumah’s Demons

 

 

Book Title:  Dumah’s Demons

An accompaniment novella to the AngelFire Chronicles

Author: Ami Blackwelder

Virtual Book Tour: April 14- 21

Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing

Presented by:  Bewitching Book Tours by Roxanne Rhoads

Book Summary: The story of Dumah, Kian’s sister and how she becomes a Dark Angel. The reader will better understand Dameon and Kian through this story which is told through the eyes of Dumah. Follow her story as she and Kian fight to survive on the streets of Manhattan and see how one event changes both of their lives forever, driving her towards darkness of the Dark Angels and Kian toward the AngelFire protectors.

Kian is a character from She Speaks to Angels and Dumah appears in Falling Angels and Angel Codes.

BLURB:

“Where are you Kian?” I shouted as sweat from my attacker slid down his crunched hairy knuckles and over my purpled lips. He punched me one last time before standing. Salty. I heaved, but couldn’t get enough breath to feel alive again.

His rusty smell lingered in the air, in my nostrils, on my skin. Hearing the hard clank of his boots pound away from me rang in my ears. He would always be a part of me now. He got inside of me – so deep inside of me that I could never forget his violation.

“Kian?” I shivered. Even my brother couldn’t rescue me. I lay alone in the dark, in the alley somewhere in Manhattan, as one eye which hadn’t swollen watched the gang that attacked me meander off into the distance. They disappeared in seconds as if they had never come to me – but they had.

Before I fell unconscious I caught a glimpse of Kian twisted on the alley several yards from me.

With his back against the street, his arms lay over his head entangled as if they had tried to grab something before he had been hit. His right leg curled up and over his left. He must have struggled, like me. But he could never understand what I went through, this moment of blood and violence would forever divide us.

Blackness.
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AUTHOR BIO

 

Ami Blackwelder

 

Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi author. Her stories range from Tween & YA to Adult. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and traveled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

Visit her at http://AmiBlackwelder.blogspot.com

 

OTHER AUTHOR LINKS

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OTHER BOOK LINKS

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Blog Tour: P.S.Bartlett ‘Fireflies’

Please welcome my Guest Blogger today–P.S.Bartlett, author of the lately released book ‘Fireflies’. Here she shares with us the inspiration behind writing the book and a little about herself.

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WHY I WROTE “FIREFLIES”

by P.S.Bartlett

PS BARTLETT (PHOTO BY SHERRY FORNOFF)

“Fireflies” most likely started when I was born. When I make that statement, what I’m really saying is growing up as the youngest of eleven children in a blended family of five half-sisters, two half-brothers and a sister and two brothers by your shared parents, was as much interesting and fun as it could be tragic and confusing. However, this story isn’t about my family, although my experiences of being raised in such a chaotic yet loving atmosphere certainly fed my creative process and gave me tons of material to work with.

I’ve always been fascinated with history as well as the paranormal. I’ve been especially curious about the area where my mother grew up, as a second generation American of completely Welsh heritage. My father on the other hand is a mystery, except for the fact that he was Scotch-Irish. Other than that, I know very little of his lineage. My Mother, however, was able to pass down how my Welsh ancestors, primarily my great grandparents, came over from Cardiff Wales in the late 1800’s by way of Philadelphia and settled in a little town called Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Writing “Fireflies” gave me even more opportunity to research the area and study the immigration process.

My next objective was girl power. I wanted a character that embodied those formidable women who paved the road with opportunities for women of today. She had to be a brave, insightful and smart as well as possess grace, humility and the faith to go for what she wanted and be determined not to settle for anything less than her dreams. In essence, a girl who wanted it all; a career, family and love and the ability to prove to everyone that it was possible. Teagan wasn’t really ahead of her time; she was a trailblazer for women of the future.

It was also important to me to prove that not all paranormal events are negative and that the objective of these spirits isn’t always to terrify and threaten. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy a malevolent and frightening haunting as much as the next reader and they certainly keep the pages turning. I just wanted to share a story about what could happen if we looked at these visitations from another perspective, through the eyes of a complete innocent. My hope is that we may all learn something from Ennis about seeing the unknown as we see a flower or a tree; it’s just there and how we perceive it, regardless of how others do, is our truth.

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A little about the author:

I was born on Valentine’s Day a long, long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from FortMcHenry and Federal Hill. I’m a very simple person. I love my life and am always striving to make it better for myself and my family.

I write, I draw and I work full-time as a sales and marketing office manager herding cats – I mean taking care of a lovable group of sales people all day long. I also paint beautiful watercolors with my two and a half-year old granddaughter.

I’ve been married for nearly 19 years and together we have two sons and a daughter.

I finished my début novel “Fireflies” in about six weeks, over the summer of 2012. Needless to say I don’t sleep much. After several rounds of edits, feedback and more edits, I began submitting “Fireflies” to literary agents and publishers in groups of five at a time. Through my diligent efforts, persistence and fabulous luck, I am blessed to now be a part GMTA Publishing’s fold.

I’ve been reading everything I can get my eyes on as to how this whole process works and I confess that I still don’t understand it and the social media aspect is just as perplexing. However, now I have the guidance and support of GMTA to help me succeed at doing what I love and I’ve told myself to above all, just keep writing. I’m so excited because I’m about 30,000 words into my second novel which I have already begun to map out a sequel to. I don’t even know where these thoughts came from but I’ve never looked a gift horse in the mouth that hasn’t kicked the crap out of me, so I place my hands on the keyboard and just let go.

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About ‘Fireflies’

Find it on Amazon
Find it on Amazon

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah have seven bright and expressive children. However, one of them is very unique; he’s been followed since birth by lost souls. However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible. When Ennis also reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life depends on it.

Find the book on Amazon and Smashwords. It would shortly be available on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Baker & Taylor Blio, Baker –Taylor Axis360, Page Foundry, Library Direct and in print on Barnes & Noble, and Createspace. Check out the author’s site for more details.

 

Connect with the author here:-

Blog: http://psbartlett.wordpress.com/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/PSBartlett

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/PSBartlett

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Thank you so much for joining us today. I am sure you are interested in buying the book. Click on the book image to be directed to Amazon and get your copy today.

Have a good time reading it and if it’s not much of a trouble, do write in a couple of lines about it and share it with other book lovers.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Take Care! 🙂

Revamped!

My book – Missing Mandy – celebrated its first year of publication this January. The entire journey, from the first idea to its present form has been such an awesome learning experience and I would like to thank all my ‘virtual’ friends for their support, sound advice and encouragement in making it such an exciting one.

Two years back, I had a story to tell and my mom encouraged me to write it down and share it with others. I started scribbling it in March, 2011 and had completed it by May, 2011. I realized that there were too many problems in it and I spent the rest of the year, rewriting major sections and smoothing out the sharp edges. When I published it in Jan 2012, it was in a better form than the original version. Reviews came in and I found that it was badly edited and the cover was not creating the buzz that I had wanted. There was still a lot of work to be done.  I promised myself that I would edit the book and create a better, more professional cover.

I know it’s been long overdue, but I am happy to say that I have successfully edited Missing Mandy and would like to present to you the new book cover–

Missing Mandy
Missing Mandy

 

The making of this cover was like a big project for me–getting the right images, refining the main concept and learning the technical know-how of creating a good book-cover. There are so many people out there, who have been instrumental in making this possible for me – from stock providers to those who shared tutorials on digital art. A heartfelt thanks to all of them and a big hug goes out to all the stock providers on deviantart.com for the wonderful images and textures. Without their stocks, the cover would not have been possible. Lots of love to–

Kristina – http://intergalacticstock.deviantart.com/

Struck Dumb – http://struckdumb.deviantart.com/

Cathrine Langwagen – http://castock.deviantart.com/

Tiffany Munro – http://calthyechild.deviantart.com/

Alaska Stock

Go visit their galleries! You will find some amazing stuff there.

A special thanks to our very own Mel, for her support and guidance in creating this book cover. Without her, I would have been still struggling with it.  So, thank you so much, Mel. 🙂

 

Missing Mandy has been revamped, though I must admit there are no new chapters in the book, no major changes in the events and it is still a short story. You might still find scope of changing so much in it, if you look at it without any emotional baggage (that I have). I might go back to it after a couple of years and think over it, but for now I like it the way it is and I believe that people should read it the way I had initially intended.

So go check out Missing Mandy!!! Maybe download a sample or buy the entire book. Read it. If you like it, gift it to your friends or family. And, come back and tell me about it. Would love to hear what you think.

Happy Reading, Everyone!!!!!!

xoxo 🙂

The Next Big THING Blog Hop

Happy New Year to one and all!!!!

I hope you bid 2012 goodbye with heartfelt thanks and brought in the New Year with pomp and joy.  Let’s work towards meeting our resolutions at least this year 😉 and make the best of 2013.

With my first blog post of the year, I would also like to welcome you to my first BLOG HOP. 🙂

Let me extend my thanks to Mel, I mean M. S. Fowle, for inviting me to be part of this Next Big THING Blog Hop. For those of you who do not know her — Mel is a very talented woman. She is an indie author who has many books to her credit, all available on Amazon, including Nora’s Sun, a short story, that has received great reviews.  Her latest work – The Sire, is scheduled for release this month. So watch out for more details to be posted soon.

Mel is also a fantastic digital artist and excels in creating eBook covers. So if you need one for your book, then you should go and check her site now! Connect with her through these links —

Author Site – http://msfowle.wordpress.com/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/msfowle

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ms_fowle or @ms_fowle

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007MOAU0W

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5804837.M_S_Fowle

 

Now, to answer the questions that are an essential part of this Blog Hop. Since my forthcoming work is still in a nascent stage therefore I felt that I should write about Missing Mandy instead, which will complete a year of publication this January. So hurrah for that 🙂

(1) What is the working title of your book?

Missing Mandy

(2) Where did the idea for this book come from?

It may seem a bit silly, but the idea for this book came from a dream I had–of a shack by a black lake, mesmerizing moonlight and the ghost of a young girl. I don’t know why; maybe it was an after thought of some movie that I had been watching earlier or a book I had read but the idea kind of stuck and when I decided to write my book, it seemed as right to develop on it. Of course, the final product does have some of these elements, but nowhere resembles the dream.

(3) What genre does your book come under?

Missing Mandy is a short story with elements of crime, mystery, romance and paranormal in it. Though there is no single genre under which you can categorize it, I personally feel that Paranormal Thriller defines it best.

(4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh.. this is a tough one.

As Danny, probably Abhay Deol. He has this guy-next-door look and is intense and yet charming. Very likeable. He would be ideal to portray Danny.

Photo Courtesy Google Images

 

As Mandy, Asin Thottumkal. Beautiful and very talented.

Photo Courtesy Google Images

 

(5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Haunted by apparitions, nightmares and strange noises in the basement of his house, would Danny ever be able to solve this mystery?

(6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

My book is self-published.

(7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started the book sometime in April/ May 2011. The first draft was ready within three months but I spent the rest of the year in improving it and finally published it in Jan 2012.

(8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Actually I not really sure if there is a book with a similar story in this genre (or at least I would like to think so). There are many non-fiction books  that do refer to the whole out-of-body-experience. There are equally many in the fantasy and paranormal genre that talk of the transformation of the soul through magic and teleporting, etc.,  but I don’t think that there is a work of fiction that gives the whole out-of-body-experience such a treatment. Of course, I may be entirely wrong about this as there are millions of books out there. 🙂

(9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My Mom. As she is the one who encouraged me and pushed me to complete this book and publish it.

(10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My book, Missing Mandy, is about the desire to survive against all odd. It’s about belief in God, about trust and hope and reaching out to those in trouble. It’s about being human. It is a short story and as other’s have said pretty refreshing.

 

Unfortunately, I was unable to find authors who could take part in this blog hop. So there’s no usual list of 5 authors. If you would like to be part of this then do let me know. I will post your name here and will email the other details to you.

However , not to miss out on this opportunity, I do have some suggestions for you. The below mentioned are some other promising authors whom I follow and whose blog you can check out here:

T. W. Dittmer

–  Paula Acton

Teri Harvey

Jason Alan

Have a great year ahead! 🙂 😀

 

Guest Blogger : Leanne Herrera

Mirror Bound

Today I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you, my first guest blogger – Leanne Herrera, author of “Mirror Bound”, a paranormal romance novel that was released couple of months back.

Leanne is a mother and grandmother with a BFA in ceramics sculpture. She has always loved telling stories, whether it be in the form of her art, poetry or the written word. She has a love for books and animals. Leanne has traveled the world, first with her father when he was in the military and then with her husband of twenty years who was also in the military. Right now she lives in Florida but one day hopes to own a farm with lots of rescue animals, where she can write and throw clay.

Here she shares with us about what inspires her to write.

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“CREATIVITY COMES CREEPING”  By Leanne Herrera       

Leanne Herrera

Late at night when the house is quiet, the kids are sleeping and my husband is a few feet away sawing logs, inspiration strikes and I feel the need to record it all. The story is there in a small portion of my brain and it begins to explode through my fingertips onto a blank word document. Soon I realize that I have filled the page up. Then I have to go back and correct the places where my brain has typed the story faster than my hands ever could. This obviously leaves gaps in the stories I write. Sometimes I do not find them unless I read them aloud to someone else.

If no one is awake when I feel the need to do this, I often seek my online friends to just listen for a few minutes to me stutter and stammer through a story. If my husband is awake he becomes my listener. My children however will not read or listen to anything I write, because I am old. At least that is what they tell me. I however think that, if they read it or listen to it and actually enjoy it, that they think it will make them less cool than they are, so they just avoid the stories.

What is funny about this is that I generally include something about them in each story. It could be a picture on the cover that I have taken of them for one of my art classes, or it could be that one of the background characters has their personality or look or something. They know this but still refuse to read or listen to anything I have written. I love my daughters but they are typical teenagers, nothing a parent says or does can be cool, what they do not realize is that this attitude, just fuels more late night writing and is often the inspiration behind the stories in one way or another.

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You can  connect with Leanne Herrera by checking out these links:

LEANNE’S BLOG

FACEBOOK

 

You can also get a copy of MIRROR BOUND by Leanne Herrera on Amazon.com. For a Kindle version click Here or Paperback Here!

Mirror Bound

 

Here’s a short summary of MIRROR BOUND” 

She came home to settle her great grandmothers affairs and figure out her own life. Finding out that her grandmother left her everything including magic powers she forgot to unbind before her death. Anna finds someone to love amidst the war against the woman that was supposed to love her and her twin sister. The mother goddess helps her gain her magic. Can Anna stop her mother before her mother stops her?

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Keep a watch out — my review of the “Mirror Bound” is to follow soon.

Have a Good Day!!!

🙂