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So happy to have my agent mates: Yelena Casale and Tina Moss on my blog today to talk about why they write and read Urban Fantasy. Also make sure to check out their soon to be released book: A Touch of Darkness coming October 31, 2013.


A Touch of Darkness

Book Blurb:
Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever.

So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence.

The book releases October 31st. For now, it can be added to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392580-a-touch-of-darkness


Make sure to enter here for your chance to win a copy of A Touch of Darkness!

                                         Why do we write, and read, urban fantasy?

 Our everyday lives are full of worries, stress, anxieties and…well, everyday life. We work at our day jobs, cook, clean our houses and spend time with our families. We live full lives that are rich with hobbies, care for our pets and, occasionally, new exciting things like travel.

 But once in a while, we want to be taken away to a different world, experience events and feelings that are not the norm in our everyday lives, and know what it would be like to be someone else. Urban fantasy can provide an escape into this other life, a temporary reprieve, a vacation in a manner, that gives us a fresh new perspective into our own lives, or provides us with rest, if nothing else.

 That is what reading urban fantasy is all about. It is also why we write in this genre. Creating a fun new world, a unique twist on a certain mythology, characters that have exceptional abilities is an exciting job. The characters in urban fantasy overcome problems in ways that we would often like to overcome our own problems. They conquer their fears and fight on, no matter what needs to be done. We don’t always get to be heroic in our everyday lives, but there are always situations where we can encounter and overcome our own fears. We believe that is one of the main attractions of the genre, what many relate to within it.

 The appeal of the urban fantasy is that it is about putting magical, supernatural and unexpected into the recognizable, comfortable, commonplace world. We get to build a world that is accessible, yet not real, scary, yet fun, challenging, yet heroic.

 We hope that the readers who pick up our urban fantasy A Touch of Darkness will enjoy getting a little reprieve for their own everyday worries for a little while.

                                                                                                 Yelena Casale

 Top ten urban fantasy and paranormal romance books/series Tina and Yelena love: 

  1. Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews
  2. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
  3. The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
  4. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
  5. Dreg City series by Kelly Meding
  6. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  7. Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout
  8. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
  9. Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
  10. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Yelena and Tina

Tina’s bio: Tina Moss is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and New Adult novels. She lives in NYC with a supportive husband and alpha corgi, though both males hog the bed and refuse to share the covers. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching cheesy horror flicks, traveling, and karate. As a 5’1″ Shotokan black belt, she firmly believes that fierce things come in small packages.

Yelena’s bio: Yelena Casale is an Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author. When she is not writing, she loves to read, watch TV with her husband (and without), take long walks and cuddle with her cat Bones. She is a second degree black belt/Shotokan karate instructor, and archaeology, history & art enthusiast.

Tina’s contact info:

Website: http://www.tinamoss.com
Twitter: @Tina_Moss
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Moss/126390774082870

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tinamossauthor#
Yelena’s contact info:

Website: http://www.yelenacasale.com
Twitter: @Yelena_Casale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yelena-Casale/253292294718229?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lotus7us/

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Hey, today More Than A Review has my interview up on their blog. Stop in and say hi!!!

Hope everyone is having a great November so far. I’ll try to post later this week and let you know what’s been going on in my crazy life (grrr). LOL.

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Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?

 My book, ‘The Trouble With Charlie’ is a contemporary Romantic Suspense. 

The following is a short summation of the book:

 Love. Desire. A psycho bent on revenge. But can Charlie Reynolds recognize the most dangerous of the three?

 Since being out on her own at eighteen, Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is a street-smart “good” girl who hides her desire for love and security behind her feisty and independent personality. She just never expected a more noxious hero than wealthy, self-consumed Evan Gardner, the CEO and founder of Valley Tech., a successful software company in Los Angeles. From the moment Evan rescues her from an apparent random attack, their attraction for each other bubbles just below the surface of all-out passion.

What character(s) do you like the most and why? If someone made a movie of your book, which actors/actresses would play your characters?

My favorite character is Charlie. I created her as a pragmatic, yet vulnerable heroine. I suppose I molded her into the person I would most like to be. I love the rendition of Charlie on my book cover, but as a celebrity I chose Julianne Hough as a look-a-like.

When I was writing the book, I envisioned Evan as a character played by Viggo Mortensen in the movie 28 Days (blond, tan, chiseled good looks.)

 What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?

 I have always loved to read and growing up spent many happy hours at the library. As a teenager I liked fantasy books including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.’ Later on I liked to read romance, especially historical romance and romantic suspense. I began writing my book after I had read every Amanda Quick novel I could find at the library.

 What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?

 Sleep and chocolate!

 Reality or Fantasy?


Your favorite snack?

 Pizza and chocolate

 Who’s your literary crush?

 Only one? First would be Viggo Mortensen’s portrayal of Aragorn in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies (I believe he stayed true to Tolkien’s vision of the character.) Also, liked Gabriel Jones in Amanda’s Quick’s Arcane Series. Lastly, I am in love with my own character, Evan Gardner.

 Lastly, what’s your favorite season?

I am a summer gal.

 You can find Catherine’s books at:


 Thanks so much Cathy for dropping by today! Make sure to stop by and say hi to Cathy.



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I had the pleasure of sitting down (er…emailing) with the ever lovely Kim Bowman for an interview. Kim’s first book Wayward Soul has just released with Astraea Press and promises to be an excellent read!

And to celebrate the release of Kim’s book, I’ll give away a copy of my own book My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters to one lucky commenter! Make sure to leave your email address in the post. Now, without further adieu, here’s Kim…

1.How does it feel to be a first time author?

I keep pinching my husband to see if I’m dreaming…He assures me I’m NOT dreaming (though I think he just wants me to stop pinching him!)


2.Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I live in Indiana with my husband and 2 of our 4 kids (2 are at college). My kids are 23, 21, 19, and 2! Needless to say, the 2 year old was a BIG surprise. I work at home part time as a customer service representative, book editor, and writer (thanks to my wonderful husband who works too much so I can stay home)

Did you always want to be an author?

In a word – YES! I have books of poems, songs, stories, etc. that I have written since I was in grade school, but I never pursued it until I had my son in 2008.


3.How did you find Astraea Press? I’m in a writing critique group with one of the co-owners, Stephanie Taylor (who is awesome by the way). She posted on our group that she was starting Astraea Press and I submitted my book.


4.What can the readers expect from your work?

Oh boy! Fun and sarcasm (my hero is VERY sarcastic). Aside from that, my story is original and unique. Yes, I have one of the usual paranormal characters—a werewolf, but I added a totally different paranormal element by having my heroine be a spirit guide. I don’t think that’s been done before. It’s a twist that I think will intrigue and interest readers and, hopefully, make them want more.


5.Tell us a little bit about your book.

My heroine, Zanna Seoul, is a spirit guide. A spirit guide is an invisible force who watches over a human, called a charge, while the person lives on Earth. Zanna accidentally causes the death of a fellow spirit guide’s charge while trying to save the life of the man she loves. Because of her actions, she is stripped of her position and banished to Earth to die. With Zanna no longer guiding him and his memory of her erased, Owen Nash is left wide open as the target of the vengeful spirit guide who feels he’s been wronged. A guide who also happens to be a werewolf. Once on Earth, Zanna refuses to stand by and watch Owen die, so she intervenes again, setting off a chain of events that could mean death for all of them if she doesn’t go back and undo the mess she’s made.

6.Would you give us your links so we can find you on the web?


Sure! They can visit me at


7.We’d love to read an excerpt.

He looked at her like she was crazy, mouth agape.

She waved her hand in front of his face. “Owen, the road.”

He jerked his eyes back to the road and began to chuckle. This woman had just told him he should be dead; it was either laugh or cry. Next he started to laugh. A few hours ago, he thought his biggest problem was that he had picked up a crazy at the bar and now she knew where he lived. And yet somehow, he was willingly driving her around town, either chasing after or being chased by a werewolf.

A werewolf. He broke into loud guffaws. If what she said was true, she had been watching over him his whole life, seen everything he had ever done, and she still chose to get romantically involved with him—she was crazy. 

 “What’s so funny?”

He wiped the tears from his eyes. “Spirit guide. That’s a good one. Are we going to chant and cast spells? Maybe dance naked in the moonlight? No wonder it cost so much to call the psychic hotline. You people really are in a different area code. The spirit side.”


Tell us how your book came into existence:

:    I knew I wanted to write a paranormal romance, but I wanted it to be original and unique to me. I believe we have unseen forces that guide and protect us. Call them guardian angels, spirit guides, luck, fate…it all amounts to the same thing. I’m a huge Sylvia Browne fan and she has a very special relationship with her spirit guide, so I thought why not use a spirit guide as the basis for my story. I added my own twist and Zanna was born.


Tell us about your writing routine:

HAHA! That’s a good one. My routine revolves around my two-year-old, Cage, who has radar when it comes to mommy’s evil computer. Even if he’s in bed, he knows when I set down to write. I generally can get about an hour’s worth of writing done first thing in the morning while he’s getting his Mickey Mouse fix. After that, it’s 5 minutes here, ten minutes there.


What inspires you? Not really inspires, but I have to give my husband, Tony, and sister, Michele, their due here – they support me so much!  Now, as far as inspires – my crit group inspires me to challenge myself and make my story better. I HAVE to give a big shout-out to The Sunset Pixies: Stephanie Taylor, Bridget Lashbrook, Morgana Katz, Tedi-Lea DeBruler, Ludvica Boota, Sandra Gonzalez, Renee Silvana, Ashley Christman, Chelle Sandell, Courtney Hilton. It is so awesome to have people who understand this crazy writing world!!


How do you get through writer’s block? My imagination runs to wild I never suffer from writer’s block. My biggest issue is description and detail. I could write a whole story in a week, but then adding the detail is the killer.


Do you have any themes you write around? What if? That’s my theme. What if this happened, what if that happened…oh the possibilities.


What are you working on next? I am working on the sequel to Wayward Soul. I’m really excited about this story. It has a twist you won’t believe!! (LOL – a little quirk of mine – I know how the book is going to end before I write it) I’m also working on a story that is about ½ written which is tentatively titled Phantom Heart. It is about a heart transplant patient who…well, you’ll have to wait and see!


What character(s) do you like the most and why?

I love Owen. Initially, Owen wasn’t supposed to be my hero. He was just going to be a way to create a believable conflict between my heroine (Zanna) and my intended hero-turned villain (Jakub). But sarcastic Owen had other ideas. He’s the whole reason I decided to write a sequel.


What are your favorite books? Anything by Judith McNaught. I love them all and have read them all so much I know them by heart. Also, anything by Johanna Lindsey, David Baldacci, Dean Koonz, Jude Devareaux, Brenda Joyce, Stephanie Taylor (yes, that StephanieJ), and last but not least Stephen King.


And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer

I always wanted to write, but when I read Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game I made it my mission to write that kind of suspense and emotion. It’s a book that needs to be required in every creative writing class. He basically takes one character and builds this heartfelt story that chills you to the bone. I would LOVE to see a movie made, but I think it would be impossible for any actress to capture Jessie’s emotion on screen.


What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing? COKE!!!


Reality or Fantasy?

Not to be cheesy, but I’m trying to be honest here. My reality is a fantasy. Perfect – no. Fantasy – yes. I’m married to my best friend, I get to stay home with my son, and I get to write!! Who could ask for more (HUGE GRIN).


Your favorite snack? Reece’s white chocolate peanut butter cups.


Lastly, what’s your favorite season?

SUMMER (okay, my answer could have something to do with the fact that I’ve been snowed in for THREE days.) Seriously, I love summer. It gets my destructive, busy-body, two-year-old son outside. 
And Kim has offered another excerpt for you to enjoy:
She reached out to pull the door closed and saw a flash of brown. It happened so fast she didn’t have a chance to react. The werewolf sunk its teeth into her arm.

“Owen!” She kicked out at Jakub and tried to pull free, to go back out the driver’s door.

“Let go of her.” Owen grabbed her with one arm, trying to pull her away from the vicious beast, while he rammed his fist repeatedly into the nose and jaw of the lycan.

It was no use. The werewolf sunk its razor sharp teeth in to the bone, pinching a nerve, causing her whole body to convulse and spasm. Her arm felt like someone took a knife and cut it open from her shoulder to her wrist then poured rubbing alcohol in the wound. Stars exploded in front of her eyes. She knew she was screaming, but she could only feel uncomfortable tingling in her ears.

Someone behind her tried to jerk her free of the lycan’s hold. Owen? There was a popping noise and then the smell of burning sulfur. The werewolf yelped, but continued to shake and tug on her arm, pulling it away from her body, nearly jerking it out of the socket.

If the lycan hadn’t dragged her knife out the window she would have used it to cut off her arm to stop the torturous pain. She no longer had control over her convulsing body and just as her mind went blank, she had the fleeting thought; this must be what death feels like.

 Thanks so much Kim for dropping by! It was awesome having you! Make sure to check out Kim’s new release Wayward Soul it’s available from Astraea Press

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