Thursday, March 28, 2013

Katie M. John

‘The Venus Club’ and ‘Song of The Moth’ (2 Fairy Tales of horror) are available FREE on Amazon over the Easter weekend FRIDAY - MONDAY

Also Available on all International Amazon platforms.

Winner of the indie horror spring 2011 award, ‘The Venus Club’ is a dark little tale about revenge. When Eleanor flees the horrors of her upbringing in a violent and brutal abattoir based in the London The Rookeries, she is saved by a mysterious woman, Kate, who offers her riches beyond her wildest dreams; all Kate’s establishment caters to almost every possible taste, including the bizarre and the weird, but nothing tastes quite as sweet as revenge.

‘The Song of the Moth’, set in Edwardian London is a twisted tale of obsession and desire. A traditional style fairy tale is given the high gothic treatment. With Nemo’s mother incarcerated in London’s infamous ‘Bethlam Hospital’, the strange young boy is raised amongst the squalor of the poorhouse until he ‘accidently’ bumps into the wealthy gentleman Edward Smithe-Williams. Edward offers Nemo a new life in return for one small favor. Little does Nemo know that Edward’s kindness is a thin veneer that hides his true nature as Prince of a realm that only exists in the imaginations of the insane.

As an extra bonus, the first four chapters of Katie’s novel ‘Beautiful Freaks’ are also included. The short story ‘The Venus Club’ was the genesis for ‘Beautiful Freaks’ after several readers wrote to Katie to ask her to turn the darkly, decadent world of Victorian London into a full length novel. ‘Beautiful Freaks’ explores the dark and destructive relationship between Evangeline Valentine (Owner of No.7, a Gentleman’s club and home to The Palace of Beautiful Freaks’) and Kaspian Blackthorne, an impressionable and doomed young man. Their love affair is set against the backdrop of the violent underworld of Soho and The Haymarket at the time of a series of terrible, paranormal murders. Weaving classic feminist fairy tales into a classic Holmes style detective story, ‘Beautiful Freaks’ is a delicious mash-up of genre, style and stories.


Katie lives in the London suburbs.  Her time is divided between writing, teaching English to teenagers and being mummy to two daughters. She started writing seriously after the birth of her first daughter five years ago. She has gone on to have four of her YA novels published and numerous short horror and fantasy stories published by several press houses, including Nexus Press and Winter Goose.

Her series ‘The Knight Trilogy’ is an Amazon.UK number one best selling Fairy Tale series and has been consistently in the top 100 of several categories.

In October 2012 she released her fourth novel, ‘Beautiful Freaks’,  a gothic paranormal detective novel set in Victorian London.

She is currently working on a seven book series called the ‘Meadowsweet Chronicles’, a series about witchcraft in a sleeping English village. Book One is due for publication in the summer of 2013. All of her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and WHSmith.

Follow Kate on Twitter @KnightTrilogy

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Michaela Rhua

May I just start by saying thank you for letting me visit your blog.
I am really excited and nervous with this release. It is my first solo book with Breathless Press.  It is called Guardian Awakening and I am delighted to say it is a bestseller on All Romance Ebooks! Yay!

Guardian Awakening by Michaela Rhua


When a runaway meets a Guardian out for revenge, two worlds collide. Can love conquer all, or is their relationship doomed before it even started?

Essen is out for revenge, and exotic dancer Romy is his target. After the struggle for control of the Gateway between the human world and the supernatural world brings tragedy, this Guardian Demon will stop at nothing to get what he wants: retribution! From the moment they first meet, sparks fly between them, and they cannot deny the connection they have, even if she seems to be hiding her true identity. But how is this possible when they are from two different worlds? Can their love overcome the tormented history that divides them? When Romy is kidnapped, Essen must face his true feelings before it's too late.


The corridor was dimly lit. The lamp on the wall flickered on and off, casting erratic shadows on the walls. Maybe he was right, and she was frigid. Or maybe it was one of her own kind she needed, instead of a full human. But she had fought  to be  far away from her tribe. Now she lived by her own rules, not confined to what had been expected of her. But still something was missing. She had never been able to connect with a full human. Maybe she never would.. That idea horrified her. Lost in her thoughts, she rounded the corner and stepped into a wall. Well, not a brick wall, but a tall, hard frame that didn't move as she bounced off him.
That brief contact sent sparks throughout her body. Excitement filled her in a way that her brief encounter with "Mr. Stud" in the room had not. What is happening?
"Sorry," she said, staring up into intense blue eyes that held her captive. For a moment she thought she saw his eyes flicker and change in color. That was impossible, right? She gulped hard. Deep inside her she knew many things were possible if you fully understood the world around you.
Then, as if released, Romy stepped back and took a deep shaky breath. She flicked a hand to her hair again and pulled her coat tighter, walking around him quickly and out into the  night.
The wind whipped around her, but she didn't mind the cold or the dark night. The dark was her home, as it had been for her tribe for many years. Even though she had fought hard to forget her past, somehow it was always there, welcoming her back. After hailing a taxi that drove by, she got in and gave her address and sat back. Romy closed her eyes to shut out memories of the evil life she had left. She was looking forward to getting back to her apartment.
He stood in the shadows, watching her get into the taxi. His body was tense from the brief contact he had had with her. He had not expected his body to react like that to his sworn enemy. The demon inside him bayed for her blood. As soon as the taxi sped off into the night, he knew he had lost the opportunity. She was on her way home, safely away from him.

Buy Links:

Breathless Press
All Romance eBooks


Two Lips Reviews: Gives Guardian Awakening 4 lips!

Author Bio:

Michaela Rhua always dreamed of writing but this never happened until she met the lovely group of ladies known as UCW. Their passion for writing and encouragement inspired her to see if she could do it too. Now she loves writing!
She has teenage children and a husband, who also keep her busy. However, it is whilst travelling into work that she has time to create her characters and imagine other places in which they exist as her world skims by the window. Conversations overheard often lead to the birth of new ideas that she scribbles down in her trusty notebook.
Michaela is a multi-published author with Breathless Press, Evernight Publishing and a self-published anthology with authors from The Nuthouse Scribblers.

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