Sunday, 24 May 2015

Break away. Historic sites and inspiration.

Last weekend I went up to Northumberland. There were seven of us, me and my other half, my mum and dad, and my sister, Craig and my little niece, Faith. It was a nice relaxing break away. Friday to Monday. 

As some people know, I have a love of history. I especially enjoy visiting historic places. It’s a passion, and I also get to do some of my photography. While I was away, I was able to put my English Heritage pass to use, and visited Lindisfarne Priory and Etal Castle. Both places were beautiful and very inspirational. There is just something about these ruins that fascinates me. When I walk around them my imagination goes into overdrive. I can almost imagine myself walking through them hundreds of years ago. I can picture the people walking past me and going about their lives. I often think that if the walls could talk, they would share some amazing stories and secrets. To me, it’s magical.

I wish I could feature all of these places in my books, and who knows, if I continue to write for the rest of my life (which is what I dream of) maybe I will be able to. 

I thought I would share some of the photos on here. One, in case they can provide inspiration for others, and two, because they are simply beautiful. 

Please note. You do NOT have permission to take these photos. They are copyrighted to me. This is embedded in the photos metadata. I'm sorry for the copyright symbols that have blocked some of the detail on the photos. But I do NOT want people taking these and using them as they wish.

Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. It is still a place of pilgrimage today, the dramatic approach across the causeway adding to the fascination of the site.
 
St Aidan founded the monastery in AD 635, but St Cuthbert, prior of Lindisfarne, is the most celebrated of the priory's holy men. Buried in the priory, his remains were transferred to a pilgrim shrine there after 11 years, and found still undecayed - a sure sign of sanctity.


























Etal Castle

Etal Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the village of Etal, Northumberland, England. It was built around 1341 by Robert Manners, and comprised a residential tower, a gatehouse and a corner tower, protected by a curtain wall.













I'm now looking forward to going away again. I just have no idea where we're going yet. For now, it's back to writing and my art. 



Friday, 15 May 2015

Royal Partnerships - Book 4 in ROAD TO HELL series - COVER REVEAL.






Are you ready for the ride?

Can you handle the ride?




(must be read in order as the books build upon one another)




Royal Partnerships

Road to Hell series #4

by Gracen Miller




(Cover Art designed by Andrea Kozari)
Genre:
Paranormal Romance

(aka Horroromance because it's a little horror mixed with romance)

Releasing - June 11, 2015





It’s good
to be the Queen…

Having ascended the throne
of Hell, Madison Wescott is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. Though
she has embraced her demonic nature, she has ensured the safety of everyone she
loves. With both Micah and Nix at her side, she wields more power than she
could have ever imagined.

But
not even the throne is safe when you rule in Hell.

In the wake of a failed
assassination attempt, Madison learns about a realm of the damned older than
Hell itself. A fierce and powerful incubus vows to escape his imprisonment
there
and his efforts are weakening the bonds that hold him and countless
other monsters at bay. With no plan and nowhere else to turn, Madison contacts
an unlikely source for help. But whose side is he really on? Will he help
preserve her reign, or bring about Hell’s downfall?

Choose
your partnerships carefully…



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“Collecting and torturing a soul is dangerous business, my sister,” Zen said.
“So was becoming Queen of Hell. What’s problematic about going with the flow?”
More of the same unblinking stare from him. “If you go rogue, Madison…”
Madison slammed against the window-wall behind her. Despite the pane’s solidness, she felt it shimmy when it received the brunt of her weight. Recognizing Zen’s new demonstration of power, she elevated her eyebrows at him. With a smirk, she rubbed her back against the glass. She palmed her dragon blade as she flung a ninja star. He leaned to the side, dodging the star with ease. Of course she missed.
“You can’t kill me.”
Only his creator could take him down.
Madison palmed her other dagger and eased away from the window. “Is this you coming for me, Zen?”
His one-shoulder shrug sufficed as an answer. The pounding on the door, followed by Nix and Micah’s yelling further answered her question. Zen had magically locked them out. That’d been why she saw his power flare for a brief second during their conversation.
She went for him. He blocked each jab and slash. Every kick and punch. She eyed him as they circled one another.
He toys with us, her demon remarked.
Of course he does, that was Zen’s way when they sparred.
“Have I not taught you anything?” He smacked her across the cheek in a whip-like move she hadn’t seen coming. It wasn’t hard enough to hurt, but the blow stung all the same. “You tire yourself knowing I’m the superior fighter. It’s like you sacrifice yourself to me. Too easy.”
They went at it again. She tripped over a rug, stumbled backward, and came up dead-footed with her spine against the windowpanes. He moved into her space. Eye-to-eye they stared at one another, her panting the only racket in the room.
“So this is how it all ends?” she asked as he elevated a hand and braced it against the glass next to her head.
“Maybe...”
The door practically throbbed from all the kicking, pounding, and magic thrown at it. “You’re scaring my men.”
“They should be terrified.”
Madison settled her hand on his arm. “I trust you.”
She chugged his magic harder than she ever had anyone’s, and screamed as pain slashed through her head. Zen’s eyes widened, silver bright, and he jerked away as his magic held strong, barring her husbands from the room.
Zen stumbled, his footing off, and he swayed a moment before going to a knee. Wincing as the pain receded, Madison circled him and secured her blade in its leather holster.

She threaded her fingers in his hair and pulled his head back. His shallow breathing surprised her, “Concede defeat?”







Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/lacrosse/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football, and coffee...addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes is multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, and contemporary romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at www.gracen-miller.com.



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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Pre-made Covers.

I've not been in the right frame of mind to write for the last few days. Those who are friends with me on Facebook will know all about what happened over weekend, with my mum and dad being in a motorbike accident.
I really needed to do something that kept my mind ticking over, but which would also chill me out. So I turned to Photoshop and created a few more pre-made covers. I'm completely in love with the top one lol.






Tuesday, 7 April 2015

To steal from another author... shocking.

I haven’t written a post in quite a long time. I’ve severely neglected this blog and my website. I’ve had so much going on, and I’m trying to write five books right now. So things have been a little crazy.
Unfortunately, my first post is not good news, but I feel I need to put this out there, one, because I’m livid about it all, and two, because other authors need to be aware that this is happening right now.

A little while ago I made a post on Facebook. The post was the full cover wrap, complete with blurb, of a book I was about to start writing. The title is A.T.O.N. and the blurb is…

Almost from birth, she has been trained to kill. To feel nothing. To be a ghost. 

He is a detective. Ex-military. In charge of keeping peace on the streets of Chrysler. 

Together with his team, Declan vows to take down the family known as The Toledo’s. One of the largest and most notorious crime families in the world... and the same people he believes are responsible for his parents’ deaths. His team will stop at nothing, leave no stone unturned, and if needed, break every rule in the book to see that justice is served. 

When The Toledo’s send their best people to take down Declan and his team, only one person can ensure their survival. She, alone, has the skills they will need to secure victory. Hiding in the shadows, she watches - protecting Declan and fulfilling a promise. Leaving him clueless as to who his guardian angel may be. After an almost fatal attack on the team, she reveals her identity. 

Declan will learn what connects them and why she has been watching him. Secrets will be exposed, blood will be spilled, passions will rise… and Declan will unlock a side of her she never knew existed.

This is the cover as posted on Facebook.



The book received a good response and I was thrilled. Especially since the characters and ideas for the book had haunted me since about October last year.
Whenever I know I’m going to write a book. I create the cover, sometimes the blurb, and put it into my WiP file on Facebook, both on my personal profile and my author page. It’s something I have always done, and there are people who like to know what I’m working on. I love that, I love that people enjoy my books and look forward to my next release. It really helps to boost my confidence.
However, not 48 hours later, I receive a message from a very dear friend. She informs me that another author has taken my idea for my story, AND my title idea, claiming it for their own. I was absolutely shocked beyond belief. Said author has a rather big following and has done well for herself over the last couple of years… yet she has now stolen from another author. After the shock wore off, I was both devastated and absolutely enraged. Since finding out about this, not a single day has passed that I haven’t thought about it.
For a short time, make that VERY short time, I actually debated tossing the idea. People would think I copied this author. She is more known than me and is rushing to get the book out before me. Then I remembered something. THIS WAS MY BOOK! MY IDEA! There was no way in hell I was going to scrap it. I instantly removed my WiP file from my personal profile on Facebook, but left it on my author page. It also appears on my graphics page. I had other books in there with the blurbs clearly visible, and the last thing I wanted was this woman taking more of my story ideas.
This woman was supposed to be a friend. She was supposed to be a reputable author. However, it seems all she is in fact, is a thief. Maybe she has no ideas left for books of her own, so she takes from others.

After speaking to some author friends who I would trust with my life, I learned that this ISN’T the first time this author has pulled such a stunt. I’m not the only one this woman had stolen from.

I don’t understand how this woman has the nerve to steal other people’s work and then claim it as her own. I sincerely wish to God book titles and ideas were copyrighted. It’s so unfair to those of us trying to bring our stories to life… only to have them snatched away. BUT, I am going to continue with MY story. I will make sure this book is written to the very best of my ability. One day soon, the truth will surface and this author will be knocked down off her pedestal. She will be exposed for the thief she really is.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Latest work (graphics)

Hey hey!

So thought I would post some of my latest graphics work. Hope people like them :D




New author logo











Sunday, 26 October 2014

COVER WARS COMPETITION

Hey everyone!!

My book Leticia is currently in a cover wars competition. If you have time, could you please vote for me! I would be so so grateful!!

Vote by clicking HERE