The one where I come out of the Swiftie closet,

By the time I was twenty-five, like Taylor Swift is at the moment, the longest relationships that I’d ever had with women were with the women in my family. My mother, my aunts, some of my female cousins.
My relationships with female friends had either fizzled out, died because of changing tastes etc., or were too new for me to assess them.
I guess it didn’t help that I moved from Puerto Rico to Tampa, then London in the space of a blink of an eye. So once I was in England, I had to start from zero again.
Being in England was a dream come true, even if it was extremely lonely. I was a newlywed, dealing with all those feelings that creep in after you get married. Will things work? Can we truly work a compromise, etc.? To add to those feelings, I got pregnant a few months after arriving in England. I felt alone, lonely, and as if my only friends were my husband and the baby I was carrying.
It took a few years for me to meet women who were nice, kind and like me, who’d always had more male friends than female ones because of the drama. I’m glad I met those lovely ladies, ladies who are still to this day, an ocean away, but I’m happy to call them my friends.
Now, before I was twenty-five, I had my share of heartache. Since I was twelve, I learned to be disappointed in my female friends. Because many times, girls would drop their friends because of petty jealousy. They would become the rival of another girl, because of a guy. They would be plain enemies of another female, because she scored higher on a test. They would envy the birthday parties, holidays, family lives of others. And then when all of those things happened, they were quickly to quash under their foot, the girl who’d been their friend.
Even though bullying is a relative new term, it’s always existed, and though not many people in their 40’s and 50’s or even older will admit it, bullying in High School was as bad as it’s nowadays. The only thing that is different is that we have Social Media to highlight it and make it the out of control problem that it is now.
We see bullying everywhere, on the news, Social media, on TV. Sometimes we get angry, other times we ignore it.
There are people who have been experiencing bullying for decades. Monica Lewinsky is a perfect example of this. Ever since the world found out that she had a relationship with Bill Clinton, she’s been the butt of jokes.  Even today, twenty or twenty-one years after the fact, people find a way to put her down for something she did when she was in her twenties. And most of the people still putting her down are women.
A few years ago the same thing happened when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got together. We couldn’t stop talking about how she was a home wrecker. She stole someone else’s husband, and sometimes, not even with all the amount of good things she does, the only word used to describe her is home wrecker.
And again, most of the people calling her that are women.
So this long winded introduction brings me to Taylor’s new video. Taylor Swift is all about girl power. A lesson we all first learned in the 90’s thanks to the Spice Girls. Girl power, strong female bonds, they’ve all been swept under the rug.
The media, and again, mostly women, can’t stop commenting about Taylor’s love life. They can’t stop pointing out how she’s friends with all these women, they also point out that she’s fake. And I often wonder, how well do you know Taylor Swift to say that? Do you have it on good authority that she’s a fake? Or do you just look at her with cynical older eyes, because you know that it’s hard to keep friendships with women as you grow older?
Bad Blood, I’m sure that everyone knows by now that this song is about Katy Perry, it’s the most talked about song this week. Countless of my fellow female authors have been talking about this on Twitter and on Facebook. Some call it passive aggressive, others think that it’s bland, and that she’s just using the rift to cash in. Others have joked that at least it’s not a song about yet another boyfriend.
And I, as I scroll down comments, on both my Facebook and Twitter feed, I wonder, are we that old that we’re missing the point?
We should be embracing our fellow women, and respecting the way that they choose to express themselves. Taylor’s song is about an epiphany. One that many of us have had in our lives. That moment when you hurt, because you’ve finally realized that said friend is not as real as you’d hoped for.  The moment you realized that the friend you thought you could count on, doesn’t have any problems ignoring you and forgetting about your friendship. It’s painful, I found it extremely hurtful to realize that people that I’d grown to love, and respect, didn’t feel that way about me. That my friendship to them had an expiration date and that I was no longer their friend.
We all use our personal experiences in our day to day life. Some of us write about them in books, others in song. A lot of male country songwriters/singers do this, do women or men get up in arms and try to ridicule them? No.

So why are we doing this to a young successful woman, who is an excellent role model for kids of every gender? Isn’t it about time, after all we’re in the 21st century, to stand together with our fellow women and try to support each other, rather than tearing each other down?

On piracy... the thing that makes me whine...

Pirated books,

This week I found out that the only book that I've released in Spanish, a story about romance and bull fighting, has been downloaded and uploaded to a site, where it's being distributed as a free book. 

The book, Corazon, Muleta y Estoque is only available on Amazon, across all their stores. The book was never distributed as a PDF or any other e-book format to reviewers. When I released said book, I did it because I loved the story, and I knew nothing about the self-publishing world. 

I thought therefore, as the book was only sold on Amazon, it would be protected from pirates. Alas no, it wasn't. Apparently it's very easy to crack ebooks and turn them into files that are easily distributed. 

 It's extremely disappointing that people feel that they can steal your work, put it up on a site and then distribute it free. They don't see anything wrong with this. I mean e-books cost peanuts. The most I've paid for an indie book has been $5.00. And I paid it happily. Probably because I know how hard it is to produce a book. 

It's unfortunate that people who are actually uploading books to free sites, aren't thinking about what this does to the author. So in the hope that this will help stop piracy, I'm going to share a few of my experiences as an author. 

Writing is a Job,

Writing is my main job. I spend my days writing, editing, contacting reviewers, organizing blog tours, contacting book cover designers, editors, etc. And so far, on this particular book, I've lost thousands of dollars, because of one person who decided that it was okay to take my work, and upload it to a free site. 

It's sad that people don't think twice, before doing things like this. You see, as an author, I spend hours poured over my manuscripts. I write the story, then I have to edit, and polish it and then give it to my Alpha Reader, who then comments and emails it back to me. After that, I work for weeks before I contact my editor. 

For this particular book I had two editors. One who did the editing for free, and another one who charged a lot of money. Money that an author can only recoup by selling the book. 

I had to pay for the licensing fee to use the picture that I'm using on the cover. As this was my first book, I added the wording myself. However, if I'd used a book cover designer like I've done for my Chronicles of the Interred series, I would have spent anywhere between $600 and $1000 depending on the cover designer.  And people still think that it's fine to take an author's book and upload it to a site for free. 

An author spends anywhere between hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars before the book reaches Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks, Barnes and Noble, etc. Book covers, editors, licensing fees for stock photographs, or in some cases the fees that are needed to be paid to a photographer and models, blog tours, prizes etc. 

Basically, every time an author puts a book out there, chances are that they're not going to make half of what was spent before the book is actually live.  It takes years for authors to build a fan base, and for that to turn into sales and cover the initial investment.

So please, don't accept pirated copies, don't download illegally distributed books. Most of all, please, please, remember that all authors put an amazing amount of time in their books, their characters. To Authors everywhere these books are their babies. And in most cases, these books are their sole income. If you know a pirate, or pirating site, please report them. 

Thank you.


Guest Post: Stories are life saving magic by Annabell Cadiz

Stories Are Life Saving Magic
When I was growing up I was CRIPPLINGLY shy.
Not just the quiet-kid-stutters-when-she-talks-but-will-eventually-open-up kind of shy.
No. I’m talking about the silent-will-talk-in-low-whispers-and-stare-at-the-ground kind of shy. The kind of shy that made people wonder if there was something wrong with you. The kind of shy that made me wonder if people were right.
So it was no surprise to anyone that I fell in love with reading. Even more so because my mother has always been a lover of stories and made sure from a young age to pass that love onto me.
I struggled from a very young age to find my voice and to find my place in a world so big and in a world that often felt so different from how I thought. I didn’t know how to describe my feelings or my identity or how to overcome the massive insecurities that seem to constantly expand and grow inside of me. I didn’t know how to understand the problems my family was facing. I didn’t know how to find solutions or answers to the why’s or how to not drown in the pain of loneliness I felt.
Books were my answer.
They gave me hope to believe in a better day. They offered me comfort in my lonely world. They taught me how to be strong while accepting that it was okay not to be perfect. They taught me it was okay to ask questions and not know the answers; that sometimes the question was the answer and that sometimes the question was enough. They taught me how to piece my identity together in small ways while I looked to God as the true defining place (hey! the Bible is a REALLY good book too *hehe*). They taught me to dream and to believe.
That’s what stories offer. That seven little word is so powerful.
I have spent the majority of my life thus far engulfed in books. Devouring their stories like food. Consuming their words like air. Embracing them like new friends then re-embracing them like an old friend who’s come to visit.
Books taught me to believe. They gave me the courage to believe.
To believe in myself. To believe in magic. To believe that I have the power to not just survive but to overcome. To believe I can be all that I dream and that my dreams can turn out ten times better than I could even imagine. 
That’s why I became a writer. It seems a natural progression, really. To go from loving books to writing them. In a way it feels like the choice was made for me so long ago while I made my mother take me to the library every weekend and run through the shelves, my hand skimming over covers, calling out the magic from inside those stories. In a way it also feels like a choice. I wanted to be apart of that world so full of life written in ink and paper. I wanted to write stories that offered me what so many of the stories I read growing up gave to me.
That power to believe.
In anything.
In everything.
There is magic in those words that are strung together to form sentences, paragraphs, pages  and pages of story.
And being apart of that magic in any small way makes me feel like it’s the best way to say thank you to all those authors, to all those stories that saved a shy kid and helped her find her voice.
No matter how much time passes or how old I get, I still walk into the library and a huge grin spreads across my face.
Wherever there are books, it still feels like home.
I write to reach back into the magic, to step back into a different home, and in the hopes that those who read my books will find a piece of that too in themselves.

Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1)

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Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?

Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom. 

Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls. 

Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.

Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.

Normal just got a deadlier definition.

Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2)

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Synopsis: Zahara Faraday looks like a normal eighteen-year-old and lives in a quiet neighborhood with her overprotective parents. She works at a bookstore and hangs out with her best friend Becca King on a daily basis. But underneath the normal lies a secret life filled with dangerous supernaturals. Zahara belongs to a world made of Light Witches, rogue Imagoes (supernatural creatures with super strength, speed, and silver skin when the moon is out), fallen angels, and Nephilim (hybrid children born half-human, half-angel). Where her father Solomon Faraday is human, her mother Mia and her Aunt Catalina are Light Witches. They help protect the human world by hunting down rogue supernaturals who commit heinous acts against humans. What they never expected was the possibility of having to hunt down the one rogue coven they had befriended and come to trust in their battle against Lucifer. Rekesh Saint-Louis is the leader of the most powerful Imago coven in Florida and now he’s the most suspected. Supernatural bodies are starting to pile up with an ancient ritual long forbade being used to murder them and the symbol, one large cross with four smaller crosses around it—which represents Rekesh’s coven— being left behind. Rekesh and the Elders of his coven set out to find who is behind the murders and clearing his name before a war between the covens begins. To make matters more difficult, Rekesh also has to deal with the return of someone he has been keeping a secret.

Meanwhile, Zahara and Becca are spending more time brushing up on their training, knowing an attack from Lucifer can come at any moment. Between patrolling neighborhoods and hanging at the boarding school created by Charles Stephens—a fallen angel who created the school to protect the children of rogue supernaturals—they are thrown into one battle after another. Zahara begins to develop a closer bond with Jason as they train and chase down clues to clear Rekesh’s name. What she doesn’t know is the very powerful secret Jason is keeping; a secret that will change the course of the fight with Lucifer.

But Rekesh’s coven being set up isn’t the only danger. A new powerful and lethal drug has emerged from the shadows of the supernatural world called Inferi. The drug has two deadly side effects: it leaves the supernatural hungering for blood—both human and supernatural—and grants them the elemental power they had once possessed.

Lucifer is on the move and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on Zahara and complete the first act of his plan. 

A battle is about to begin. 

One that may cost the Faraday family everything they hold dear.

Nephilim (Sons of Old Trilogy #3)

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Synopsis: After the loss of Dustin, Zahara throws herself into taking care of the Howling Café—the café he left to her in his will and fights to keep a rhythm of normalcy with the others. It’s the best they can do since Lucifer has gone underground and any attempts to find him have rendered no leads.

Endymion, Prince of the Angel Kingdom, isn’t exactly helping though. Thanks to his brash and arrogant attitude, Zahara finds she would rather stab him with her dagger than hang out with him for any period of time. But she has no choice. Endymion is the only who can help her learn to control the magic threatening to take over her body thanks to his connection to the soul lying dormant inside of her. Nevaeh was once the most powerful Nephilim in the Supernatural Kingdoms and engaged to the Prince himself. She also happened to be Lucifer’s daughter who was killed in the first Supernatural War. Her soul is key to Lucifer creating war again—not just with the Supernatural Kingdoms but with Heaven itself. Endymion is determined to keep that from happening, even if that means destroying the soul of the only woman he’s ever loved so Zahara can live.

Complicating things even more—as if they could get any more complicated—is the revelation of an ancient Grimoire once held by Margaret. The Grimorie contains powerful spells passed down through the generations of coven members within the Light Witch community. But Margaret hid it away before she helped take Lucifer down the first time. The Grimoire not only holds the two dark spells Lucifer needs to complete the final phase of his plan and but a secret Lucifer never knew about.

Zahara and company are in a race to find the Grimoire before Lucifer can but Margaret didn’t exactly make it easy. Seven keys have to be found in order to discover the location where the Grimoire had been hidden. Making matters worse is a new coven that has suddenly appeared in town. A coven made of a variety of supernaturals, all under Lucifer’s command.

The clock is ticking.

Battles will be waged.

Life changing secrets will be revealed.

The stage for the epic battle is set and not everyone will make it out alive.

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Born and raised in the sweltering suburbs of South Florida, Annabell Cadiz grew up fine-tuned to the cuisine of various Spanish cultures, learned to master the art of Puerto Rican cooking thanks to her parents, and learned to converse crazy thanks to her band of siblings. She is now working toward attaining a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity International University to better understand how to converse with the weirdoes and crazies of the world. (After all, she is one of them.) A self-proclaimed nerd and a book-a-holic (her room holds dozens of shelves with much evidence to prove that her claims are indeed true), she created TeamNerd Reviews along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, to showcase their EXTREME love for all things book related.

She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) will be released on May 28, 2014. And the final installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Summer 2015.

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Savor by Jennifer Snyder!

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I’m so excited to celebrate the release of book two in Jennifer Snyder’s Succubus Kiss series, SAVOR! Enjoy reading novels with paranormal elements, mystery, and a touch of romance? This series has it all!

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Succubus Kenna Blake has been infected by a wraith…

The infection is just the beginning. As the wraith slowly gains control, Kenna must fight to keep a firm hold on her succubus nature, before she disappears completely.

Following the only clue her mother has to offer, she tracks down the infamous Luke Bloom, owner of Love Potion #9, hoping for the answers she desperately needs. Unfortunately, Luke doesn’t harbor the magic that could rid her of the wraith and save Kenna’s soul…but his twin sister, Lexy does.

The problem: Lexy Bloom relinquished her magic five years ago and went into hiding.

As Kenna finds herself plagued by nightmares created by the wraith, she vows to do whatever necessary to rid herself of its darkness. Until she learns her only escape comes in the form of a rare spell requiring a shocking cost…

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About Jennifer:

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Daughters of Saraqael trilogy by Raine Thomas, Sale!!


**Optioned for movie rights by multiple-award winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions.**

This complete set includes all three books in the award-winning Daughters of Saraqael trilogy (Becoming, Central and Foretold). Follow three half-human sisters through fantastic adventures, enchanting romances and an epic battle to save their race...not the human one.

Ancient gods, avenging angels and other beings of myth and legend all have one thing in common: they exist. They’re called Estilorians. Amber Hopkins is one of them…well, half of one, anyway. If only she knew it.

Life on the Estilorian plane proves stimulating to scholar Olivia Murdoch. But then, she isn’t aware of the dark plans brewing with her at their center…

Centuries after The Great Foretelling, Skye Tomaganuk dreams of a fairytale romance. But the evil Mercesti have their own plans, and the foretold battle to come stands in the way of her happily ever after. 

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Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Tales of the Fairy Anthology, Vol 2: Steampunk Fairies

The contributors of the Tales of the Fairy Anthology: Volume 2: Steampunk Fairies are proud to present the official cover for this amazing collection of magic and machines, releasing on May 06, 2015. To join the release party for fun, games, and prizes, please click here.

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This sensational piece of art was created by world renown artist and judge of the GSNTV television show 'Skin Wars', Mr. Craig Tracy. The very talented and generous Mr. Tracy owns his own art gallery in New Orleans, The Craig Tracy Gallery. For more information about Mr. Tracy, please click here.


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Never before have magic and machines come together in such a way as brought to you by the sixteen authors, poets, and artists of this collaboration. When the world of the Fae meets Steampunk, all things are possible and there are no limits to the places you will visit, the creatures you will meet, and the technology that you will discover. Put a little magic in your gears and open up your minds and hearts as you enter the world of Steampunk Fairies.


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Lexi Ostrow


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Meant for Her by Raine Thomas, Sale!!


Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.

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He crossed his arms over his chest and stared at her. It was all she could do to keep her eyes on his face. She’d already seen the black tattoo on the inside of his left forearm that read Strength, but she hadn’t seen his others yet. Across his pecs was a longer tattoo, some sentence or phrase that she couldn’t read from where she stood. He had another one on his right bicep, high enough to be covered by a sleeve whenever he wore a shirt.

She wanted to run up to him and touch and examine every inch of his tanned skin, especially where his spectacular abs disappeared into a V where his towel cut him off. If she didn’t already look like a whacked out, creepy stalker, that would be sure to do the trick.

After a long moment, he said, “It’s not broken.”

Relief flooded through her, both because he apparently wasn’t filing charges and because Beck’s paw was only sprained. She went back down to her knees to pet him some more.

“I’m so glad to hear it. Did Dr. Paulk give you the anti-inflammatories?”

Evan made a face. “Yeah. When I tried to give one to Beck, he puked on me.”

She made a sound of sympathy and kissed the top of Beck’s head. “Poor thing. You’re not feeling well at all, are you, big guy?”

“You know, I’m the one who got puked on,” Evan grumbled.

That was way too good a segue to pass up. Getting to her feet, she slowly walked over to him. His eyebrow lifted.

“Poor, Evan,” she said, her eyes on his as she stopped in front of him. “You’ve had a rough couple of days, haven’t you, big guy?”

“You petted Beck,” he reminded her.

Smiling, she reached out and placed her palms on his chest. As she ran her hands over his hard muscles, she read his chest tattoo.

Play as if you’ll live forever.

“An oversight I’m happy to remedy,” she murmured, meeting his gaze as her right hand lowered to his abdomen. “How rough have you had it these past couple of days, Evan?”

He grabbed her hand when it reached the waistband of his towel. She hadn’t had any intention of going beneath it…this time. But it pleased her to look down and see the results of her touch on his body.

Figuring he wanted her to stop teasing him, she stepped away. He yanked her back against him and brought his mouth down on hers.

All sense of teasing was gone like a snap. Desire raged between them. The kiss was hot, open-mouthed, carnal. She buried her fingers in the hair at the base of his neck, barely aware when he reached down to lift her so that her legs wrapped around his waist. She just knew how happy she was to have even easier access to his fabulous mouth.

She met the thrust of his tongue with hers, mimicking the mating that they both clearly wanted. Soft moans and growls filled the room, none of them from the dogs. They backed against a wall. His lower body pressed hard against hers, the towel and her clothing suddenly unbearable barriers.

When she reached for the towel, he stopped her, breaking off the kiss. The sound of their ragged breathing blended with her pulse racing in her ears.

“Mother of God,” he panted, bracing himself against the wall. “I could take you right here.”