Introducing author Rianne Burnett who shares an excerpt of vampire romance erotica book ‘Dating in the Shadows’.
The restaurant’s cosy atmosphere wasn’t enough to quell the alarm bells going off in Vynette’s head. There was something creepy about this guy. Even his hazel eyes seemed cold. “Is everything okay?” Timothy asked the question but not an ounce of concern creased his seamless dark skin. Vynette forced a smile and nodded. “Sure. I just need to use the little girl’s room.” She was out of her seat before he could budge. Her strides were slow but steady. The restroom had never felt so far away. Once she was inside a stall, she grabbed her cell phone from her handbag. Debbie answered on the first ring. “He’s a serial killer, isn’t he? I told you not to meet up with him.” Vynette didn’t want to humour her friend’s paranoia but Timothy was a hard sell. “He just might be. I need an out.” “As in an excuse or do I need to come and get you?” She folded her bottom lip between her teeth as she thought. Timothy was good on paper but Vynette knew better than to ignore her gut. “Come get me, now.” Taking a deep breath, she examined her reflection in the mirror. It was hard to miss the unease shining in her eyes. She sighed. An ex had once told her that she carried all her emotions in her eyes. It was one of the few truths he’d ever told. She fluffed her shoulder-length curls and dragged a few strands over her face. Chuckling, she flipped them back in place. Timothy might be weird but even he would have questions if she dumped her hair over her face. “Maybe I should give him something else to look at.” Vynette pulled down the zipper on her blouse a bit. Her cleavage wasn’t one of her standout qualities but they got the job done. Reaching into her blouse, she adjusted her pert breasts in the push-up bra. When the rounded flesh became more visible, she appraised the results in the mirror. “It’s worth a shot.” Timothy looked up when she approached and his eyes brightened. “Everything all right? I was just about to come looking for you.” Somehow, she believed him. Vynette gave him a tight smile, slid into her seat, and placed her cell phone face down on the table. She bought time by taking a sip of her drink. “Uhm…I think I’m coming down with something.” He frowned and for a brief moment, his mask slipped. She looked away and stretched her shoulders in an exaggerated movement. It wasn’t her proudest moment but she wanted to keep him calm. There were only a few other patrons in the restaurant and she doubted anyone would come to her rescue if things became physical. Her distraction didn’t work. He still stared at her with an intensity that could bore through metal. “Do you want me to take you home?” he asked while leaning forward. “No!” Her response was more abrupt than she’d planned. Timothy raised an eyebrow. Vynette swallowed and tried to smile. “I already called my friend. She should be here at any moment.” He slumped back in his chair. The smile was gone. She clutched the handbag in her lap. With the flap open, all she had to do was reach in and grab her pepper spray. As her hand inched toward the bag, her cell phone rang. Vynette grabbed it from the table. The sight of Debbie’s name was an instant balm. “Deb, I’m on my way.” To Timothy, she said, “Sorry, she’s here. Thank you for dinner.” She fled before he could answer.
Debbie pushed the passenger side door open and Vynette jumped in, slamming it behind her. She didn’t breathe properly until the car had pulled away. As her friend took different side roads as a precaution, Vynette kept quiet. For once, Debbie’s paranoia was appreciated. Thank God she had met Timothy at the restaurant and he didn’t have her phone number. “So that’s a ‘no’ on a second date?” Debbie quipped. Vynette sucked her teeth and searched for the dating app on her phone. It had several notifications but she wasn’t interested. Clearly, her match wasn’t in this database. She quickly deleted her profile and uninstalled the app. “It’s a ‘no’ to the entire damn app.” “Wow. Wasn’t that the last one?” Vynette groaned and scrunched her eyes closed. “Yeah, I’ve officially run out of dating app options.” “Well, not entirely.” Looking across at Debbie, Vynette tilted her head to the side. “What did you do?” “Remember that exclusive dating app I told you about?” “Yeah. Night-something? Didn’t it need a password or code?” Debbie nodded. “Nightgrind. There’s a code. Which I hacked. For you. You’re welcome.” Vynette’s jaw dropped. Pulling into their assigned parking spot, Debbie hopped out of the car. She stood at the bonnet and beckoned Vynette out. Sighing, Vynette complied. “Wasn’t it hard to get into?” Debbie skipped up the steps effortlessly. Her waist-length braids swayed. “Nah. The protections were pretty basic. It was like they didn’t think anyone would want to hack it.” When they were in the safety of their apartment, Vynette plopped down on the couch and handed her phone to Debbie. She was wary after her near-miss with Timothy, but her dry spell wasn’t going to break itself. “Fine, I’ll check it out in the morning. I guess one more dating app couldn’t hurt.” Debbie grinned and got to work. Her dark brown eyes shone with glee.
This is an excerpt of ‘Dating in the Shadows’ by Rianne Burnett which is available now.
May 2021 is shaping up to be the ultimate culmination of 8 years work. 8 years that began with a leap of faith into the unknown world of authoring and blogging. I’ve always had a weird relationship with luck along with always somehow being in the right time/right place. Things seem to just weirdly align although I will say that carrying on through everything in those 8 years is finally paying off. And those who do carry on no matter what have my greatest respect.
In art and creativity, we can only get better by showing up day by day and making progress step by step. Progress can be measured by time and what we do with it. Recently I’ve never been busier as social media and the writing demand more and more attention. Its started to carve a rather trailblazing path paved by those looking to me for advice and wisdom; a somewhat foreign but ultimately humbling feeling. People trust what I have to say and I have always believed that my own words are honest and good. Perhaps honesty is all that matters.
This journey has become a responsibility, a responsibility to do authoring and blogging justice by telling the world that our own induvial words, our books and our content matters. We can forge a following from zero, we can build from scratch and our words can stand on their own two feet upright and shoulder to shoulder with every generation before us. I am determined to prove that and so much more.
With my eyes firmly set on a month that is going to define my entire journey as an independently published author and blogger I have never been so ready because for the first time in all of this, I have momentum.
A unique and thought provoking collection of emotion-resonating poetry…
Hearts and Spears is a unique and thought provoking collection of emotion-resonating poetry that covers a multitude of subjects. From deep emotion all the way to politics and even nature Somto Jefferson Uwazie has left no stone unturned while constructing this journey that readers will enjoy every word of. There’s a certain balance of rhythm within these words that stretches across all of the poems – something that resonated with me because many poetry collections feel like they are mashed together but in this book they feel like they are supposed to be there side by side to convey a wide array of emotion.
There are some real moments where our kind poet has shared some life experiences such as losing a beloved pets and even his love for food. So many inputs represent the social element of life from the value of teachers to the wonderful but endangered species of Africa. We see pictures and illustrations throughout that heighten the senses and add value to the journey. Every poem is them crowned with a quote to remember from a famous figure and even some from our host. For anyone looking to take a journey of variety through some wonderfully crafted poetry then this is the one for you!
Hello good followers, today I would like to share this wonderful review of ‘The Ghost Beside Me’ from awesome fellow wordsmith Ellen Khodakivska. To have such praise for a book that pulled me out a bad spot a few years back is humbling and I’m so proud that it meant something to another author. Be sure to check out Ellen’s blog.
If you are an introvert, if you believe in ghosts and that one encounter can turn a life upside down, you’ll enjoy reading this glorious novella.
Genre: paranormal/mystery novella
Release date: 2019
The Plot: Edward Neville is an introvert. His only passion, as well as a profession, is numbers. He lives his lonely life as an accountant who prefers Robinson Crusoe’s lifestyle. Being not communicative, he usually brushes people off and prefers staying on his own. But one day, Edward meets someone who used to be like him. This someone is a ghost who tries to help the lonely accountant to glance at the world outside from a different perspective. But the problem is that Edward doesn’t believe in ghosts. Whether beautiful ghost Molly can persuade Edward and save his…
A twisted, haunting and enjoyable read that dives deep into the shadowy depths of one man’s mind…
‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ is a literal, metaphorical and symbolic title for a unique story that takes readers down the rabbit hole of conscience and repercussion. ‘Alan Burris’ sets his sights on what appears to be a rather easy robbery opportunity which doesn’t go to plan and becomes an encounter that ultimately takes him on a path of torment. On this path we learn of his dark past which he cannot escape while very recent events weigh upon everything he does in the few days after. It seems everywhere he turns this encounter follows and no matter how he tries to bury or hide it there it is beside him. The voice in his head cannot be silenced seemingly and it gets louder and louder.
What’s real and what isn’t blends into one throughout as author Dave Williams delivers these atmospheric visuals with a writing style that keeps you reading. Are we supposed to sympathise with ‘Alan’? Or are his actions condemnable? Questions and the conflict presented like this heightens the already heavily psychological element that’s at play here. With some cool references and even some inspiration from an art exhibition the author once visited this book makes for a twisted, haunting and enjoyable read that dives deep into the shadowy depths of one man’s mind. Will he come out unscathed? You’ll have to read it to find out.
5 Stars – A very enjoyable read that clings to the darker side of things. Reviews via Amazon and Goodreads.
“A dark, comical acid trip with death as your guide.”An outstanding job on mixing everyday life with the unknown. An enjoyable read filled with humor and emotion. You will surely enjoy the trip. -My review of Death Dresses Poorly
Another outstanding author that has done me the gracious pleasure of answering my random questions about writing. Here is Marc Watson.
Why do you write?
The short, sexy writer answer is that I write to get the stories in my head into your hands so that we can go on this journey together. The more realistic answer is that I get bored easily and need to fill the time. The truth is somewhere in between.
What do you get out of it?
There is a certain satisfaction to having my written creation be something that someone else wants to willingly consume, which is a fantastic feeling.
The past week has been an intense deep-dive into the editing of a book which is a month away from release. It represents the journey of everything I’ve learned and its intention I hope is to serve as the grandest gesture I can pay to the writing community and my readers – many of which are authors. After all, you folks made me, and you folks decided that my works were going to be a success.
I’ve become one with the journey which has now evolved into a quest. A mission to prove that not only I can find results in indie authoring and blogging but that everyone else can too, no matter where you start. Our words can stand on their own two feet and shoulder to shoulder with the rest of literature. A bold and possibly over ambitious goal but everything else I’ve achieved was and is just that. Not for glory, not for money but for the better of writing; that’s the dream I am now facing because as I said the journey has become part of me.
My numbers across the board have continued to rise and galvanise everything I’ve put into this book with hopes others can take some information and perhaps even leapfrog what I’ve done. That would be the true dream in all of this. Just how are my numbers rising daily? The support from you guys and just by being myself because good people are drawn to honesty. What you see with me, is what you get. No Twitter gimmicks, no controversy grabs, just plain honesty and a drive to help others. Honesty and being genuine always wins the day.
Okay, here goes the blurb reveal for Book 7 which is a self help guide book for authors and bloggers. Pre-order now for a discounted price!
Best-selling indie author and blogger Lee Hall shares his journey of experience in this part-memoir part-guidebook that aims to inspire and inform budding wordsmiths at any level. From the basics of blogging and authoring all the way to advanced social media methods and marketing; this book is filled with good practical advice, top tips and effective strategies. You’ll even find some never before shared resources to help navigate your way to authoring and blogging success in the social media age. Subjects include:
Basic and advanced blogging;
Basic authoring and a publishing overview;
Social media for authors and bloggers;
Book marketing and the art of indirect selling;
Book promotion strategies. Including worked examples;
Building your own turning point and identifying when that ‘wave of success’ is coming;
Plus, a whole host of resources with links to the various guides and tutorials Lee has published via his highly successful Hall of Information blog.
After selling hundreds of books and getting thousands of blog views, you’ll discover how Lee Hall published six books in five years through a detailed road map and how he put together the building blocks of success to sell books and gain social media traction. This easy-to-read guide will inspire the modern-day author and blogger to achieve the same by carving their own path and all you need is Consistent Creative Content.
‘You can do this, quite simply because I did and you might even leapfrog anything I’ve achieved…”
Introducing author K.R.R. Lockhaven who shares an exclusive excerpt of ‘The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex: The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse.’
The sun couldn’t have possibly cared less that its light was scattered into wondrous brushstrokes of oranges and violets across the heavens. It didn’t give a flaming shit if a deep, fiery crimson along the horizon made chests swell at its splendor. Indifferent to the majesty of its radiant brilliance, which spoke of a vast infinity of possibilities, it continued to carelessly produce heat and light through nuclear fusion. It didn’t give a floating fuck whether or not the glory of its rising made anyone come to believe that magic was real, or that life was, in fact, beautiful and worth living. Harris Reed, unmindful of the sun’s apathy, was thoroughly impressed by the lovely sunrise as he headed to his first day at his new job. Harris knew for a fact that magic was real. He was headed to the Site. The gravel road he had been instructed to take meandered through a still forest and up a gentle incline. He drove his barely running car with a song in his heart and a whistle on his lips, bursting with excitement at the prospect of finally arriving…
This title is available now in audio, ebook and paperback formats and can be found here. You can find K.R.R Lockhaven on the Tweet Machine.
Over the past weekend we crossed eight thousand tweet machine followers! Although things are moving real quick at the moment its a pinnacle milestone because this time last year it only stood at half that. I suppose that’s the wonder of social media and being plugged in to it, things can jump quickly sometimes, especially if you put in the time.
This humble blogging effort is also in the milestone territory of 800 follows which I must applaud all of you for. The support you have shown is incredible and good things are coming, I promise. Right now I’m taking a short break to write this entry, a break from being in the intense thunder dome of editing my next release which is less than a month away hopefully.
‘Consistent Creative Content’ has become a mission of mine to get right but I’ve been incredibly lucky to learn so much over the years and then even more fortunate to receive professional level feedback from my BETA readers. Seriously, these folks have gone above and beyond any realm that I expected – knowing good people has become something I’m incredibly lucky at seemingly. If you get yourself out there and connect with others, eventually you’ll find the same. Just got to keep going…