Saturday, October 22, 2016

Episode 008: Author Mixer Discussing the "Death of an Author"

The Ladies of the Podcast discuss one author's decision to stop publishing. Hear what they think about the idea, and how the article (linked below) made them feel. As always, the podcast airs weekly and includes author mixers like this one, interviews and book reviews. Feel free to subscribe to the channel on YouTube, or look us up on iTunes.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Liza O'Connor's New Release REVEALED!!!

LIZA O'Connor Has A New Release!
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger.  While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her.  But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: The Artificial Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value. 
But…the SkyRyders remain a male dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?


The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1

Scavenger’s Mission

About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Book Two of the Prophecy Series

A blessing and a curse…

Seven years ago, a single moment changed the course of Nicholaus Bock’s life forever—the moment his preternatural Gift to heal awakened in him.

A gift that made him an invaluable commodity to the known galaxy..
Now his mentor’s intriguing and secretive new student goes out of her way to challenge his loyalty to everything he values. A dark secret… After facing death and destruction during the Anferthian invasion, Sakura Yamata revels in her new-found Gift to heal. Helping Earth’s survivors keeps her mind off the loss of her family, and the memory of the terrible choices she made. Nick could penetrate her defenses and discover what she’s hiding. She must not let the handsome healer close enough for that to happen.

A race facing annihilation…

When a mysterious disease strikes the hidden sanctuary of the Anferthian dissenters, Nick and Sakura are called in to help. But someone is going to great lengths to ensure the dissenters don’t survive. Nick and Sakura must set aside their differences and work together to save them before the fragile peace between three worlds is shattered.

Coming October 18, 2016 Available for pre-order now
Pre-order Links:
Amazon Universal Link:
Kobo: link coming soon!

Author Bio:
Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction romances. Her fascination with science fiction began at six years old when her dad introduced her to the original Star Trek TV series. She fell in love with the show, and was even known to run through her parents’ house wearing the tunic top of her red knit pantsuit and her white go-go boots pretending to be Lieutenant Uhura.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Exciting News to Share!

Fall Into Magic
Dearest Readers,
I have amazing news! I have been invited to include a brand new novel in the Fall into Magic box set, which is set to release on November 1st, 2016! This box set will feature 20 amazing authors, each offering you the chance to read a full-length Paranormal or Urban Fantasy novel. The best part? The preorder price for this GIANT set is only 99 cents!
I wanted to give you a quick peek at the novel I'll be including in the set. Judge & Jury is a Paranormal Romance Adventure. In this all-new story I'll introduce you to the 72 demons detailed in the ancient text The Key of Solomon, and I'll tell you where they came from. I'll take you on a journey with our main couple through ancient ruins, Paris, and a dark, mysterious black-magic club called The Deep. The answer to all their questions lie at the end of a harrowing adventure, and an undeniable attraction.

Stay tuned to the blog and my Facebook page for more exclusive snippets, and even a few giveaways leading up to the release of this amazing collaboration project!

Prepare to be swept away by 20 paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales from today's bestselling authors! In this limited edition collection, you will find everything from witches to mages, shifters to vampires, demons, faeries, and much more!...
Check out this epic line up and secure your copy today!
Rebecca Hamilton & Connor Kressley
Lia Davis
JC Andrijeski
Rainy Kaye
Laxmi Hariharan
Joanne Wadsworth
J.E. Taylor
Steffanie Holmes
April Aasheim
K. de Long
L.B. Gilbert
Susan Stec
Noree Cosper
Angela Fristoe
AR DeClerck
Gina Kincade & Kiki Howell
LJ Swallow
Calinda B
Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Angel Lawson

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Focus on Fantasy Romance Author Mixer Episode 001

I want to welcome everyone to the reveal of the very FIRST Focus on Fantasy Podcast, with your hosts Author Elle Clouse, Author Paulina Woods, and me (Author AR DeClerck- the one with the southern accent, lol!)
We are super excited to start this episodic dive into the minds of romance authors. We named the podcast Focus on Fantasy, but in truth we will be discussing all forms of speculative romance fiction.
In episode 001 we've put together an author mixer, where we have a roundtable discussion about a topic that interested us this week. I posted a very interesting article about overused romance tropes to our Fantasy Romance Authors page on Facebook, and that article sparked the discussion you'll hear on the podcast. What are tropes? What is the definition of romance? Which tropes do we love, and which ones need to burn in red hot flames? Tune in to see what we say about romance tropes in EPISODE 001 of FOCUS ON FANTASY ROMANCE!
Podcast 002 will be a book review, Podcast 003 will be an author interview and then we'll repeat. If you're an author and you're interested in any of these opportunities, please contact one of us as directed on the podcast!
Join us weekly at the Focus on Fantasy Romance page for more news and topics.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Bit of Drabble

I Swear to You!

(a bit of drabble for your enjoyment)

“I swear to you, Caitlyn, there was a dog driving that car!”

Gum snapped, eyes rolled.

“Don’t look at me like that, girl. I might be old but I’m not blind.”

“Your glasses came from 1972 and you have a cataract on your left eye, Mr. Wassenbaum.”

The old man hitched up his tweed pants by a belt loop and sniffed, turning his back on his teenage neighbor. “The car went right past me at the mailbox, doing at least sixty. I look up to give the guy a piece of my mind, and it’s a honest to goodness dog behind the wheel.”

“Have you been mixing your meds again, Mr. W?”

“You kids nowadays think you’re so funny. Look at the car, wrapped around that ninety year old oak tree in Bob Temple’s yard.”

“There’s not a dog in the driver’s seat, Mr. W. We looked, remember? The driver jumped out and ran off.”

“Did we look for paw prints, then, missy?” He turned his glare on the girl with her blonder-than-blonde bob and her fourteen year old freckles. “Because I can promise you that there are no bootprints around that car!’

“Would it make you happy if we look for dog prints, Mr. W?” Caitlyn eyed the end of the cul de sac, and Old Wassenbaum knew the red and blues would come screeching around the bend in a matter of minutes. “My mom will be home soon and it’s getting dark.”

The two walked side by side toward the smoking heap of metal that had once been a pretty nice sedan. Now a ninety year old oak grew from the hood, leaking sap all over the cherry red paint.

“Do you see any footprints, Miss Caitlyn Sassy Pants?” Wassenbaum demanded, hunched over the ground at the base of the tree. “I sure as heck don’t.”

“No,” the young girl agreed reluctantly. “No footprints, Mr. W.”

“I told you I wasn’t crazy. Now, look a little harder. Any paw prints?”

The two hunted the mud for a few minutes without speaking, and it was the old man who gave up first. “Damn it. No paw prints either.”

“Language, Mr. W. If my mom hears you swearing she won’t let me hang out anymore.”

The old man waved a hand. “I just don’t get it. I know what I saw.”

“You’re old,” the young girl said unforgivingly. “Sometimes old folks see stuff. Hallucinations.”

“My mind is as sharp as an axe, Caitlyn Sassy Britches. Let’s look in the car some more.”

“We might get in trouble if the cops come.”

“I’ll take the blame,” the old man assured the girl. He pulled opened the warped driver’s door a bit more, wincing at the scream of the metal. He stuck his head in and peered about for a bit. “Looks like a car,” he said at last.

“So no dog. We both agreed that you didn’t see a dog driving the car, right Mr. W?” Caitlyn had the good grace to look a bit worried for the old man. “They might think you’re senile and try to send you away if you tell the cops that story.”

“I might be ninety one, but I’m not a doofus. There was a dog driving that car.”

Caitlyn came to the old man and took his arm, nudging him back toward his house. The sound of police sirens could be heard in the distance; they were growing closer by the second.

“I just don’t get it,” the old man muttered. “My brain pan is solid as ever.”

They froze when a massive golden retriever strolled from the alley between their homes.

“Caitlyn girl, I see a big damned dog right there. Do you see it, too?” Wassenbaum asked under his breath. Neither one of them moved.

“Yeah, Mr. W. I see a really big shaggy red dog.”

“And you see what he’s got in his teeth, right?”

“Yeah, I see it.” The girl’s mouth was open a little. “I just don’t believe it.”

“Well believe it, Missy. I told you that dog was driving that car.”

The retriever shook its head, the ring of car keys in its mouth jangling with the movement. Wassenbaum watched the big dog raise its head at the sound of the police sirens headed in their direction.

“Better get a move on,” the old man told the dog. “I’m fairly certain you’ll end up in the pound if they catch you.”

The dog appeared to have a grin on his face as he turned and ran off through the bushes. Wassenbaum looked down at his young neighbor, her mouth still open wide.

“A fly’ll get in, Sassy pants,” he teased. He put his arm around the girl and nudged her in the direction of her house. “Lets go get some of your mom’s pecan pie before she gets home.”

“Mr W?”


“There really was a dog driving that car, wasn’t there?”

“One thing I learned in all my 90 years is that you can’t doubt yourself, even if everybody else does.”