Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fascinated by Myth, Legend, and Lore? Shari Nichols Guest Post



Hello everyone – Shari Nichols, author of Witch Hunter, a paranormal erotic romance, is hanging out this weekend – sharing her thoughts on Myth, Legend, and Lore…get ready to hear all about witches, vampires, ghosts…and you name it: ) So glad to have you back, Shari…you’re up, front and center…


By Shari Nichols

Are you into the paranormal, fascinated by myth, legend, and lore? I grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were commonplace. I’ve always been fascinated with the strange and the unexplained for as long as I can remember and not just ghosts and vampires, but mermaids, UFO’s, Big Foot and witches … especially witches. 

The legend of the sexiest most alluring creatures known to man, those that have the power to ensnare the mind and bewitch the body still fascinate readers today. Over one hundred years after Bram Stoker penned the first Dracula novel, vampires are still part of our pop culture. TV shows like True Blood and the Vampire Diaries remind us of the allure of the sexy blood suckers that continue to capture our imagination and rev our libidos.



The legend of "Dracula" was based on a true Romanian Prince named Vlad Tepes, a ruthless warrior who slaughtered his enemies in cruel and heinous ways, earning him the nickname Vlad the Impale. Eventually, he was killed by the Turks, the very people he brutalized. In the end, his head was presented to the Sultan as proof of his death and his body buried in a monastery. Many years later when his tomb was opened all that was found was a pile of horse bones … hmmm Dracula indeed.




Some of my favorite legend and lore surrounds the mystical practice of witchcraft. Witches have often been depicted as evil crones possessed by the devil. Many were tortured, hanged, burned alive and in some cases stoned to death.  For hundreds of years, witches have been portrayed in many forms, from the wrinkled old woman who was possessed by the devil, to the young beautiful sorceress who could enchant a mere mortal.




When the Harry Potter books and movies came out I was hooked. I read every book four times and then reread them with my daughter. JK Rowling‘s tales of potions making, spells and enchantments has become so epic and genius that she has literally created an entire world with her novels. I’m still obsessed with witches, and even made my heroine in Book 1 of my Ravens Hollow series a witch. 



Determined MBI (Magickal Bureau of investigations)agent Alex Denopoulos will stop at nothing to catch a killer, including recruit notorious felon, Willow McCray to work for the agency. The lines between duty and passion become blurred the more time he spends with the sultry witch. In the midst of the investigation, they succumb to the dark edges of desire, placing both their lives in danger. Alex will risk more than his badge to keep her alive.




Kick-ass witch Willow must use her powers for good if she wants to stay out of Hellios, a mage prison for those who have broken the Wiccan Rede of ‘Harm ye None.’ Willow never expects to fall so hard for Alex, a mortal with a penchant for justice and a deep seated hatred of witches. Though a future together seems impossible, she doesn’t want to let him go. If only she can vanquish the evil surrounding them and give Alex what he wants, her mind and body-before she loses her heart and maybe her very soul in the process.





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Witch Hunter
The Ravens Hollow Series
Book 1
Shari Nichols

Genre: Erotic, Paranormal romance      

Determined MBI (Magickal Bureau of investigations)agent Alex Denopoulos will stop at nothing to catch a killer, including recruit notorious felon, Willow McCray to work for the agency. The lines between duty and passion become blurred the more time he spends with the sultry witch. In the midst of the investigation, they succumb to the dark edges of desire, placing both their lives in danger. Alex will risk more than his badge to keep her alive.

Kick-ass witch Willow must use her powers for good if she wants to stay out of Hellios, a mage prison for those who have broken the Wiccan Rede of ‘Harm ye None.’ Willow never expects to fall so hard for Alex, a mortal with a penchant for justice and a deep seated hatred of witches. Though a future together seems impossible, she doesn’t want to let him go.

Can she vanquish the evil surrounding them and give Alex her mind and body before she loses her heart and maybe her soul?




About Shari Nichols:

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-two years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. Shari graduated from Rider University with a degree in Business Administration. After spending several years in the grind of Corporate America, she quit to stay at home with her kids. Now she’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. 

Shari is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

J.D. Brown’s Sassy, Kick-Butt Ema Marx Novels – Giveawa



Our last day with J.D. and lots more about her Ema Marx Novel series – Urban Fantasy rousting with wild paranormal romance – along with an excellent giveaway opportunity – scroll down for details and to enter it: )

See her first post this week here:

See her second post this week here:

More J.D. interview…Yay: )




Please tell us a bit about the prequel series – An Heirloom Vampyres Series – 1st book Athena’s Oracle…Lena :)

Athena’s Oracle is a prequel novella that tells how Jalmari and Leena met and fell in love. As an origins story, it answers some questions, such as how Apollyon came to possess Jalmari, and how Jalmari came to be known as a major leader and hero in the vampyre world—which greatly contradicts how Ema views him. But mostly, Athena’s Oracle lets the readers get to know Leena in a way that wasn’t possible through Ema’s eyes.

Some fans have asked if there will be more novellas like this. The answer is yes. I currently have a second Heirloom Vampyres novella in the works. Although, whether or not there will be a third remains unknown. While I love writing these characters, the novellas are essentially “extra”. I’m happy to do it for my fans, but it is time and work taken away from other projects, so if you guys want more, you better let me know the demand is there. *wink wink*.


There’s a building apocalypse threat throughout the series – can you give any details of the importance of Ema in this matter?

In Dark Heirloom, Ema accidently awakens an ancient evil vampyre. Apollyon is a power-thirsty tyrant, and a bit of a sociopath. He’s only interested in advancing his own agenda to rule the world. He thinks vampyres should not live in secret, that they were meant to dominate the world and live like gods—and there are those who agree with him. Jesu’s premonition shows Ema fighting Apollyon, and those who oppose his rule come to see her as the savior meant to defeat him. But how much is fate, and how much is blind coincidence? Ema doesn’t want to die, but she also doesn’t want her knew vampyre family to be crushed. It’s her fault Apollyon’s walking the earth again. She feels obligated to accept the responsibility and set things right.


What was the most difficult part in the series to write?

Without giving too much away, book three, Dark Becoming, was very emotionally taxing for me. Ema and Jesu kind of reach their breaking point, and I had to step back and ask myself if I’d gone too far, if I’d pushed them to a point they couldn’t come back from. I want to give them their happy ending so bad, but they still have a lot of Hell to go through. Dark Becoming is definitely a major turning point for a lot of the characters, not just Ema. A lot of them won’t be the same after this.


What was the most fun and easy to write?

There’s a new romance thread that blossoms in Dark Becoming that I really enjoyed writing, mostly because the characters involved are pretty fun themselves. Not only did it provide some comic relief in an otherwise very tense story, but it twisted a few things for Ema, giving her one more thing to worry about. So it ended up both taking away from the tension and adding to it, and I’m just really happy with how it played out and the readers’ response to it. 


What’s coming next for you?

Hopefully, a lot! ;)  I enjoy being busy writing and selling books and chatting with fans. It’s the best kind of busy to be.

In all seriousness…I’m in the middle of writing book four in the Ema Marx series, titled Dark Ascension. And, as I mentioned before, I’m also working on the next novella, currently untitled yet. I can also tell you there will be a fifth Ema book. So yeah, I have my work cut out for me for the next year or two!
Thanks again, Kay Dee! *Hugs*




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