Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Podcast: Catching Up On the Podcast Episodes 53, 54 & 55

Focus on Fantasy Romance Podccast


Podcast hosts:
AR DeClerck
Elle Clouse
Electra Gajdos
Ishabelle Torry
Paulina Woods

Please watch, like, comment and share the podcast to keep us on the air! We discuss books, genre and our geeky lives each week, bringing you the best of fantasy romance!

Episode 53: Interview with JM Butler





Episode 54: Interview with Melisse Aires




Episode 55: Binge Reads and Faves






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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Radish Application Platform: HELLO RADISH!


AR DeClerck Loses Publisher; Goes Wide; Joins Radish


A lot has happened for me in the last few weeks and I wanted to share it with you all now that things have calmed down a bit. As many of you might already know (especially if you follow me on social) I have gained a rights reversion for all my backlist from my publisher Nevermore/Raven's Seduction Press. There was no big drama surrounding the request, simply that I'm ready to take the reigns on my own publishing career and it was time. I remain friends with everyone at the publishing house and wish all their authors the best of luck. It was definitely a great way for me to learn the ropes and begin building my platform without all the stress of doing everything myself. 

Now that I've regained the rights to the books, I've decided to pull out of KU with all the titles. There are many reasons for this decision, and I'm sorry for anyone who enjoyed reading my books in KU. Basically, it's a good time for me to spread my wings as an author and to allow readers on all platforms to find me and read my books if they'd like to do so. All of my backlisted titles are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Tolino and many are available for your local library to order if you'd prefer to do that. 

Another super exciting thing I'm doing right now is putting my books up on a reading app called RADISH. Radish is an app for iPhone and Android that allows readers to read chapters of work, and pay coins to unlock the next chapters. It's ideal for readers with limited time to read, and those who love serialized work. I've started with Desolation and Redshift up on the platform right now, and the others will follow soon. If Radish sounds interesting to you, you can access it HERE.


I've updated all the buy links on my BOOK LINKS PAGE and you can find all the books by clicking the link under the description. It will take you to the Books2Read page where you can choose whatever retailer interests you the most. I am hoping that at some point I can also launch on Google Play for readers who prefer to read on Google Books. I have an account there, myself, and love it when authors are able to release there. 

As always, I am planning to keep writing great books for everyone to read. Radish will feature an EXCLUSIVE DecoPunk Murder Mystery series, The Franny Calico Mysteries. If you like murder mysteries set in 1930s-40s then you'll love Franny and all her hijinx. I'd recommend downloading the Radish app if you'd like to read the first Franny mystery for free. Murder and Mistletoe will release on Radish on December 8, 2017!

So, that's all my news. WHEW! A lot has changed for me in the last month. I am forever grateful to my publisher for all their support as we part ways. My readers; you are keeping me going! Remember, reviews are like coffee for authors. We NEED fresh infusions regularly! As always, the Focus on Fantasy Romance podcast continues. I've been a bit lax posting the podcasts on the blog but I'll catch up, I promise! 

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and through my newsletter anytime. You can get new release emails via Amazon or through Books2Read

Please join me on any of the above platforms and find out what's coming next!

~AR

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Podcast Episode 52: Nano Et Al


                                                                                                                                                                           


Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast 

Episode 52

NanoWrimo & Other Junk

In which the ladies of the podcast discuss NaNoWriMo, and a whole lot of other off-topic stuff. As we do!
Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Libby Sinclair Presents: Hunted (Vampires in Space!)



Libby Sinclair Presents: HUNTED

Enemies by nature. Allies by necessity. Lovers by fate.

Bound for an off-world job, Morgan Sandoval had a fling with a sexy stranger during her final night on Earth. But it’s the last thing on her mind when her deep space transport arrives at its destination, and the crew and passengers are forced to abandon ship. She, and a small group, crash land in an escape pod, and are stranded miles away from civilization, with no way to communicate with the other survivors. Undeterred, she scavenges for supplies, and the group marches to the closest settlement only to discover it’s abandoned. Worse, people begin disappearing in the night then all hell breaks loose. As if in a nightmare, vampires attack, and her one-night stand is one of them. When he swears he wants to help her, can she trust him? Or is she just prey for the hunters?


EXCERPT

The bartender set her drink before her and looked at him expectantly. He waived his credit pass over the counter to buy them both a drink. “Vodka.”

“Uh oh, looks like he had some friends.” She sipped her drink and glanced behind him.

Of course, the drunk had found his friends. Turin wouldn’t have a problem putting down a couple thugs but he’d rather get to know the woman beside him. And he had orders to keep out of trouble.  A bar brawl didn’t really sound wise.  “Let’s make them jealous then, shall we?”

He took her hand and led her to the dance floor. Her eyes lit up, she tossed back her drink, depositing the empty glass on a passing server’s tray. His vodka sat on the bar, forgotten.  Didn’t matter. She smelled like she’d had enough for both of them.

They walked to the middle of the dance floor, the music thudding around them.  She pressed herself against him, every curvy, delectable inch of her. Her arms wrapped around his neck, her sly smile revealing dimples.

She pulled him down until her lips met his ear. “Morgan.”

Her name seared itself into his memory.

“Turin.”

Her scent invaded his senses until nothing else mattered. Roses, sugar, and alcohol. “I’ve never seen you here. From out of town?”

“Yeah. Here on business, headed back home tomorrow.”  The urge to get to know her was at war with the notion he couldn’t have attachments.  Not on earth, or any planet he lived.  It was forbidden.  Damn contract.

She smiled, swaying in the circle of his arms.  Morgan danced like flowing water down a stream, part of the reason she grabbed his attention.  She had a grace of movement rare among her kind.  Each move looked effortless and in perfect time with the music.  Her lithe body wriggled against him to the beat, distracting him.

He ran his hands down her back and rested his palm on her rounded bottom.  She squeaked.

“Is this ok?”  He felt like a teenager for asking, but he didn’t want to push her into something she didn’t want.  And he hadn’t been with a woman in…  He couldn’t remember.

“Yeah,” she laughed.  “Just fine.”

He hadn’t wanted a woman in ages. Turin desired more than to grab her ass.  She was going to be his undoing if he didn’t return her to her friends.  He couldn’t bring himself to let her go.

“I think it’s safe now.”  The song transitioned to another, a perfect excuse to part ways.  A quick glance at the bar confirmed the drunk had moved on.   

“Oh, but I like this song.”  She turned, leaning into him, her round bottom pressing against him.  “Just a little longer?”

He groaned.  She was bound to notice the bulge in his pants. And then what?  He’d be leaving in the morning and gone for weeks.  Months.  Her warmth was so enticing.

She spun again and faced him, her hands resting on his chest.  “I’m leaving tomorrow.  To start a new job.”

“Well, then don’t waste your time with me, your friends are right over there.” 

Before he could step away, she pressed her lips to his and heat shot through his body. Soft and supple, her kiss awakened a desire he’d worked hard to crush over the years. Her greedy tongue coaxed his mouth open until they met passion for passion.  Her soft moans drove him wild, the dance floor forgotten.

“Morgan.” He broke the kiss, his body screaming for her.

“My friends can’t offer the particular sort of fun I’m looking for,” she breathed, her bosom heaving against him. She nibbled her bottom lip. “I want to make the night memorable.”

“We’ve just met.” He ran his hands up her arms and pulled her grip from his neck. He held her hands to his chest, meeting her eyes. It was best they stop, before things got out of hand. “If you keep kissing me like that, I might not be able to stop myself.”


Apparently, that was the wrong thing to say to discourage her.



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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Podcast: Episodes 50 & 51: Interviews Simone Anderson and Michelle Rabe


Author Interviews: Simone Anderson

The ladies of the podcast interview author Simone Anderson. There may be expletives and diversive commentary! Enjoy!




   


Author Interview: Michelle Rabe

The ladies of the podcast discuss writing, process, hardcovers and whatever else we can come up with. Enjoy!



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Your hosts:
Elle Clouse
AR DeClerck
Paulina Woods
Ishabelle Torry
Electra Gajdos


Monday, October 23, 2017

MARKED BY FATE: A Mega Release of YA Fantasy


Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Marked by Fate is now enhanced with Augmented Reality! Read, Watch, Listen. The new ultimate reading experience!
Step into adventure with Marked By Fate; the ultimate reading experience. Be immersed in twenty-six fantasy & science fiction worlds with state of the art Augmented Reality technology. Read, listen, and watch bonus content inside to bring the characters and story to life around you.
Enjoy the added features of this special edition, which allow you to enjoy bonus content right from your reading device. See character artwork. Listen to your story’s soundtrack. Watch book trailers and bonus videos. Experience behind the scenes like never before, thanks to Augmented Reality technology. Immersive Fantasy™; bringing fantasy worlds to life.
25 COMPLETE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY NOVELS BY 26 BESTSELLING AUTHORS. PLUS, A SPECIAL BONUS NOVELLA.
Embark on fantastic journeys through magical realms, dystopian lands, and faraway galaxies in this exciting collection of fantasy & science fiction novels brought to you by some of today’s hottest authors. Encounter werewolves, robots, angels, time travelers, shifters, and more in this action-packed box set that will leave you breathless.
Authors:
Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Rhonda Sermon
Kelly St. Clare
Raye Wagner
Ednah Walters
Erin Hayes
Siobhan Davis
Jamie Thornton
Debra Kristi
Sarah K. L. Wilson
Hilary Thompson
Ingrid Seymour
Jeanne Bannon
Melle Amade
Lena Mae Hill
C.J. Anaya
Jackson Dean Chase
D. L. Armillei
Emily Martha Sorensen
Amalie Jahn
Dionne Lister
J.L. Weil
Alisha Klapheke
Angela Fristoe
Meg Cowley
Brandon Barr
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Welcome to Marked By Fate:
An interactive Immersive Fantasy™reading experience!

The authors of Marked By Fate are thrilled to share this ground-breaking novel with you!
Think Harry Potter and Kindle in Motion. Moving, singing books,and all the excitement of a truly enriched reading experience.
We call it Immersive Fantasy™, because that’s what it does. It draws you into our stories and brings our worlds to life!
The titles in Marked By Fate use this revolutionary technology to bring you the best reading experience of your life.
How does Immersive Fantasy™ work?
Immersive Fantasy™ utilizes what’s known as Augmented Reality (AR). Using a smart phone/device, you can scan secret cues in the stories, and extra AR content will pop up on your device, streamed direct from the cloud (internet connection required).
See amazing, exclusive character artwork. Watch video content.Listen to the soundtrack whilst you read. Discover behind the scenes with the authors in bonus content.
Would you like to try it?
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Immersive Fantasy™ Instructions
Getting set up
These three steps are crucial to ensure you can access the AR content.
1.On your smart phone or tablet, download the Aurasma app from your app store.
2.Login to the app, and register your account.
3.Search for the user ‘MarkedByFate’, and click follow.
Accessing the Immersive Fantasy™ Augmented Reality content
Follow these steps carefully to access the AR content. Additional help can be found on the Aurasma help desk.
1.Read and enjoy the story, and watch for clues to the AR content. These will appear in the form of images with a symbol next to them, denoting the type of AR content. Content viewable includes images (camera icon), videos (movie clip icon), or music (music icon).
2.You will need one device/format to read on, and a smart device to access the AR content.
3.When you spot an Immersive Fantasy™ clue, open the Aurasma app on your smart device.(Navigate to the viewfinder screen if the app does not automatically do this.)
4.Centre your viewfinder on the trigger image. Make sure to include all of the trigger image in the screen. You can view the content vertically/in portrait or horizontally/in landscape.
5.The app will display the AR content in the form of an image overlay, video overlay,or music overlay, as denoted by the symbol next to the image.
6.Enjoy!You can zoom in and out and tilt your camera to fully explore each piece of content. Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can listen to the video and audio content! You will have to continue focusing on the content to keep listening to music/watching videos/viewing images.
7.It might take a little practice – don’t worry if you struggle on your first try.
Troubleshooting
What to try if it won’t work.
1.No AR content is popping up: have you registered an Aurasma account,and followed ‘MarkedByFate’? You must do this to access the content.
2.No AR content is popping up: have you made sure all of the trigger image is in your viewfinder?
3.No AR content is popping up on my kindle/e-ink device: please adjust your device screen brightness. If the screen is too bright or too dim, the image cannot be recognised by the app.
4.I can’t hear any sound: check the icon. Only video/music AR content has sound.
5.I can’t hear any sound, and it should be playing some: please ensure your volume is not muted,and turned up.
6.The content keeps disappearing: ensure you keep the viewfinder focused on the trigger image so that the AR content will remain overlaid on your screen.If you move too far away from the trigger image, the AR content will disappear.Activate it again by re-scanning the trigger image.
7.Can I access the eBook and the AR content on the same device? No. Aurasma uses your device camera, so you will have to read the book on a difference device to the device you are using Aurasma with.
8.It’s just not working – I’ve tried everything: Please refer to the Aurasma help files,and contact their help desk if you are still having issues. Whilst extensive testing has been performed to ensure maximum device compatibility, regrettably not all devices may be compatible. Best compatibility will be found on pixel based screens with good brightness levels.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

London Calling



London Calling
Three Scintillating Victorian Steampunk Tales
By Sorcha Mowbray, TL Reeve & Michelle Ryan, and Dena Garson
Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Release Date: October 17, 2017


Take a journey to Victorian London where an assassin meets her match, zombies invade, and top scientists go missing.

Four talented authors come together to bring you three BRAND NEW, full length Victorian steampunk novels of seduction, adventure, and mystery.

A look inside…

Seducing the Assassin (The Ladies League) by Sorcha Mowbray
Josephine Stanton, Madame and assassin, has another assignment to eliminate an enemy of the Queen. Too bad John Griffin, The Earl of Melton, has no intention of dying. Neither of the pair expects the heat that steams them up between the sheets and ultimately sets New Victorian London on its ear.

Darkness Rises by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
A zombie horde has invaded London, England. Jonah McRae and his band of ghoulish Dreadfuls are London’s only hope. However, when Annabelle Craig threatens his mission he doesn’t know whether to kill her or claim her as his. Can the hunter and the huntee team together to take down the horde? Or will London be lost forever?

Her Clockwork Heart by Dena Garson
During her search for her missing brother, Trixie is reunited with Nathaniel, the man she never stopped loving. Sensing that Trixie might be in danger, Nathaniel lends his skills as an investigator to her efforts. Their love is rekindled as they race across the country looking for clues to more than one mystery.

Buy Links:
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Teaser Book Trailer Video -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiU23CI5ZcM


Author Bios:

Sorcha Mowbray
Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
For more information about Sorcha, please visit her website, “Like” Sorcha on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Join Sorcha’s newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming releases. She’s loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at sorcha@sorchamowbray.com.

Website: http://sorchamowbray.com
Facebook: https://Facebook.com/sorchamowbray
Twitter: https://Twitter.com/sorchamowbray
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sorchamowbray
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5151174.Sorcha_Mowbray
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/ytV65

TL Reeve
TL Reeve, a best selling, multi-published author with Cobblestone Press, Decadent Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Loose-Id, was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in Alabama, TL misses Los Angeles, and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie

Website: http://www.tlreeves.com/
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/tl.reeve2014
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/authorreeve.tl2
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tl_reeve
Newsletter: http://tlreeves.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=4f3a7697d7bfef81e9bc094bd&id=609c77b892

Michele Ryan
Michele Ryan is an author with Decadent and After Glows Publishing. She embraced her creative passion and co-authored several books with fellow author TL Reeve. Michele has also published two solo novellas. Michele is a lifelong resident of the state of New Jersey, along with her husband and three children, whom she refers to as her hobbits. When Michele is not plotting or writing, she can be found either volunteering at her children’s school or reading.

Blog: http://authormicheleryan.blogspot.com/
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/michele.ryan.522
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/micheleryan2016/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MRyan_Author

Dena Garson
Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.
She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn't writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

Website: http://www.denagarson.com/
Blog: http://www.denagarson.net/
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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDenaGarson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DenaGarson
Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/denagarson7
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/dgarson
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