"Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories" by Scarlette D’Noire and others

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Vampires Romance to Rippers
an Anthology of Tasty Stories
by Scarlette D’Noire and others
Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories is on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today with a spotlight on three of the sixteen authors involved in this project. Be sure to visit all of the other tour stops as well.
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Description
Vampires! Sixteen authors give you a glimpse into the dark worlds of lost love, murderous rage, and undeniable sex appeal where deadly quests and blood lust spanning centuries of time reign supreme. Explore some of the most unique vampires to exist on this side of the grave.
Essays, excerpts, and short stories from award winning authors Karen Dales, Kurt Kamm, Bertena Varney, and more. They will entertain you, thrill you, and bewilder you as they reveal the dark secrets of the most beloved creatures of the night, including eleven times bestselling author Terri Reid, creator of the Mary O’Reilly Series.
So, which will it be: the romantic vampire, the revenant vampire, the elemental, the fanged vampire, or the mythological female vampire?  Begin reading and find out!
Review
A delightful collection of stories that lets you sample the sweet, the conflicted and the menacing varieties of fanged night creatures. It is highly successful as an anthology. You’re sure to find some new and exciting writers as well as some favorites. The variety offered is sure to please, like all good Buffets, it offers something for everyone’s taste. After nibbling on these creative little offerings, you are sure to find some sweet surprises and some new favorites. An easy read that leaves you craving more.
Excerpt from “A Different Kind of Vampire” by Sherri Jordan-Asble

We descended into the darkness of the cave and came to the dead end, and an empty wall. A small fissure ran from floor to ceiling, and if you turned sideways, you could squeeze into the wall. The doors that had been there before no longer existed. Delaney looked at me with doubt. “I thought you said there were doors?”
“Uh-huh, there were.”
“Not now?”
I looked at her and shrugged, and then shined the light into the fissure. The saloon-like doors had disappeared, but there was a large hollow big enough to have held a saloon. “Come on,” I said as we slipped in. “Do you think you’ll be able to find this to get out by yourself?” I asked her.
“I’ll have to.”
I shined the light around. No balcony, no stairs, no piano, no bar, no broken glass on the floor. “This isn’t at all like you said, Summer.” I could feel her doubt, palpable on my skin.
“This thing inside me is a vampire. Don’t tempt it with emotion.” I swallowed back my own fear.
Delaney took a deep breath. “Okay. I’m just saying.”
“I know.” I did know. I didn’t understand it all myself.
I walked over to where the bar had been. My hiking boots crunched, but when I shined my light on the ground, it was pebbles I stepped on, not glass. I followed the wall around to where the door to the storage room should have been, and breathed a sigh of relief. “Delaney,” I called out, beckoning to her with my free arm. I pointed the flashlight on the door. It stood open and the bar unlatched. “This is it.”
“Thank God,” she whispered, then caught herself.
“No, you’re right.” I nodded. “I’m going in. Make sure I’m in and bar the door. Then, get the hell out of here and don’t look back.”
Delaney nodded. Her fear slowly started to rise and I could taste it like cotton candy on my tongue. I swallowed hard and ignored it. I knew I had to get in before the Thing could take over, but I couldn’t move. I felt It sliding uncomfortably around under my skin.
“Go, Summer. Do it.” Delaney said forcefully.
I felt the Thing trying to come up and out, and I screamed. A horrible screeching sound ripped out of my throat. “No! Run, Delaney! Get out!”
Interview With Author BellaDonna Drakul

What was your favorite experience working on the Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories? There were so many wonderful experiences I had while working on this anthology. I loved creating new vampire characters that my readers have never heard of. It’s been several months since I’ve written about vampires and bringing new ones to life was the breath of fresh air I needed. Oddly enough, the word limit was a real challenge but something I enjoyed as well.  But most of all, working with such great authors on  a brilliant anthology series was the best overall and I truly feel honored for being included on this project.
Why did you choose the excerpt for the anthology? In An Anthology of Tasty Stories, I chose my excerpt from my story, “Forgotten Immortal”, because it is the scene where my protagonist, Benedikt Emory, truly loses his mind and exposes the identity of the vampire who haunts him. It reflects different emotions from the character and shows the readers what true insanity is like. And believe me, there is nothing more enjoyable to read than when a character goes crazy! Also in An Anthology of Risqué Stories, I chose my excerpt from my story, “A Stroke of Death”, based on the scene where my protagonist, Monsieur Drago Xiomar, becomes truly depraved and designs his most vile painting. It is quite nauseating to read especially for those with vivid imaginations. The story itself is an excerpt from one of my future books so if the story sickens you now just wait until I write it in full.
Who is your most popular character and from which book? I’m not sure if he is my “most popular character”, but my personal favorite character would have to be the overly sadistic vampire child, Synto Mythonias, from my second, third, and fifth books. Each of my books are comprised of collections of first-person-based vampire short stories and novellas (except for my fifth book) and to tie them all together, I take certain characters and place them into the next book that eventually resulted in the concept for the fifth book. In my second book, The Immortal Memoirs, I first introduce Synto as a disturbed vampire youth at a Catholic school where he enjoys torturing a particular nun he sees as “unholy” and also wreaks havoc on anyone who stands in his way. In my third book, The Kindred Confessions, Synto comes back in another tale where I will not describe here, nor his reprise in my fifth book, Chronicles of the Ancients. I would love to describe the dastardly deeds of Synto, but I cannot. Not only does it give the stories’ details away, but you need to read about this devilish child first in order to understand how he jumped from a simple idea to someone who literally haunted my dreams for months telling me to finish his story. He is truly a horrid little boy and I love him to death!
Can you share your current work with us and links to purchase? I am currently working on two novels called A Stroke of Death (the story from An Anthology of Risqué Stories) and The Sanctuary which is based off of my own paranormal experiences inside of an actual haunted horror attraction. My five novels, dubbed The Drakul Diaries, can be purchased anywhere online, such as Barnes & Noble, or directly from my publisher. You can purchase them all separately or together but if you choose to pick a particular one, here are the titles: The Vampire Collection: Short Stories for the Vampire Enthusiast, The Immortal Memoirs, The Kindred Confessions, The Undead Journals, and Chronicles of the Ancients.
Where can we find you on the web? You can pretty much find me anywhere online (type my name into any search engine) including my profile on Amazon and I’m on Facebook.
About Author Scarlette D’Noire

Originally from Chicago, Scarlette D’Noire is an American author currently residing in Florida with her husband and two furry children.
A lover of all things vampire, Scarlette has published two books, Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories, and Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Risqué Stories with several outstanding authors. She is currently writing two books in the Vampire Historia a Series of Revelations collection: Nicolai’s Fate and Delano’s Undoing. Scarlette D’Noire is a nom de plume used to protect the true identity of the author so she may bring Vampire Historia a Series of Revelations to light without consequences.
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"Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology" published by The Masquerade Crew

BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT
Forbidden Future:
A Time Travel Anthology
Published by The Masquerade Crew
Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology is on tour with Masquerade Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a spotlight and giveaway. Please be sure to visit all of the other tour stops as well.
Description
“Jump” by Jon Bradbury
Jesse Kendall’s fiancee is missing, ever since she answered a strange ad. His only lead is a deserted warehouse downtown. In that warehouse he will find so much more than he bargained for.
“Road Trip” by Matt Mitrovich
Four friends drive to a college party and take an unexpected detour into the future.
“Society” by Terra Harmony
Take a ride on the ‘Energy of the Future’, where society gets a fresh, clean start – no matter who they have to leave behind.
“Forbidden Future” by James Wymore
A time machine technician has given his whole life to the pure scientific pursuit of the study of time travel. When his personal life falls apart, he decides to risk it all and take a trip into the future. First, he must remove a failsafe blocking the machine from traveling to the future. What could be so bad that they tried to stop anybody from seeing it?
“The Mountains Haven’t” by Kade Anderson
The people of the town of Dignity go about their daily lives, trying to scrape out a meager existence from the dirt and the dust of their land, never taking notice of the mountains that loom in the distance. To the others, the mountains are benign, as harmless as the grass their cows graze upon. To the town’s Watcher, Julia, the mountains hold the key to a far greater mystery.
About the Authors
Jon Bradbury is the writer of 11 erotic romance ebooks including Sugar Daddy and Worst Kept Secret. He lives and works in Reno, Nevada. He is a full time writer thanks to the never ending Great Recession. He is currently and probably permanently single.
Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a blogger on Amazing Stories. His new short story “Road Trip” can be found in Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.


Terra Harmony is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, Water, Air, Fire, and Earth, as well as ThePainted Maidens Trilogy. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business. Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 14 years and three children.
On a lifelong search for fantastic worlds hiding just out of sight, James Wymore writes to explore. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he continues to push the boundaries of imagination.


Kade Anderson is a writer from Atlanta, Georgia specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and occasionally finance. “The Mountains Haven’t” is her first published short story, but she has also written two novels and co-written several screenplays, including the upcoming web series Life Online. You can read the less interesting bits of Kade’s writing on her blog  or follow her on Twitter. Both feature frequent references to her habit of buying more books than she can read, and pictures of her pet rabbit, Epinephrine.
Jeri Walker-Bickett, editor, writes short stories, creative nonfiction, and psychological suspense. The rough Idaho mining town she grew up in populates her literary landscape. She also works as a freelance editor.

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"Selected Short Stories Featuring Analog Memory" by Nicolas Wilson

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Selected Short Stories
Featuring Analog Memory
by Nicolas Wilson
Description
Selected Short Stories Featuring Analog Memory collects sixteen of Nicolas Wilson’s earlier short stories. These stories are dark, brooding, and entirely too intimate.
Uncanny Valley: A man forced to be a luddite in a robotic world, by medical necessity, ponders whether his new fling is human.
Censlus: A census worker is murdered while doing his job.
Seed: An old woman meets a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting.
Faith Emmanuel: After a carjacking, a student finds himself financially at the mercy of a corrupt medical system.
Family Business: A marital fight ensues after a husband involves his kids in a life of crime.
Brickmouth: A buried vampire awakens.
Laborious Love: A robotic engineer builds the perfect girlfriend, and the perfect relationship.
Jesus Loves Me (Just Not That Way): A man wrestles with his sexuality.
Unlucky At Math: An intellectual ruminates on his relationship.
Fighting Mad: A soldier considers the toll that the military takes on Muslim soldiers.
Cowgirl Up: A memorial for a stubborn woman’s fight with cancer, and love of smoking.
The Courage of Our Convictions: An old soldier examines the leavings of genocide.
Medicine: A friend falls back into addiction.
The Cost of Being Me: Some ruminations on the possibility of heaven, while dying.
Randomly Accessed Memory: A head injury causes a man to lose his memory, throwing his life into chaos as he regresses to his last known lifestyles.
Analog Memory: A former CIA operative has his memory reset in an unorthodox way, and deals with the glitches of the new technology.
Review
Here is the perfect analogy for this book: take a hundred or so thimbles, and fill them with something mysterious, alluring, and seductive to the senses. Then, quaff each thimble greedily until you finish them all. Then, realize that the thimbles were not enough, and rage in your unfulfilled angst.
Nicolas Wilson is an alchemist of short stories, turning the lead of a base idea into something much more precious – a vision. In this case, many visions. He possesses a dry wit that one finds in an accomplished satirist, and many of his stories dip into samplings of high hyperbolae that only men such as Vonnegut tap into to exploit the absurd and surreal. I was particularly tickled by his imagery in Laborious Love as he described Hitler having a sex doll by way of Japanese robotics made up to look like Hirohito, and the consequent image of him having sex with it while it made its crying face after Pearl Harbor. That is the only spoiler I will reveal, for the rest is just too good not to pick up and devour for oneself.
My only complaint stems from my desire for more, or rather, a wish to see these visions magnified within the volume. I would have wanted more of the stories developed to a more satisfying outcome; Wilson is wickedly good at setting the table, but I want to eat the dishes he’s prepared rather than have them whisked away before I could enjoy them completely. To conclude, I would say that you will most likely enjoy this volume immensely, but want to read more afterward.
Please sir, may I have some more?
About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for ereader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic’s website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
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"Selected Short Stories featuring Cinderella Shoes" by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories
featuring Cinderella Shoes
by Nicolas Wilson
Description
Cinderella Shoes contains 15 short stories, including the titular story.
Stiletto: An exotic dancer struggles to make a living after encountering a murder-in-progress on the job.
Cast: The world is increasingly run by robots, which grow increasingly human.
Analog: An ex-Air Force pilot subsists after a weapon disables all modern technology.
Weakness: Sergeant Ruocco hanged himself.
My Beloved’s Eyes: We leave pieces of ourselves with our loved ones- sometimes literally.
Reformatory: A juvenile delinquent and her roommate mature in the aftermath of a devastating assault.
Capricorn: A man wrecks his life and chases fairy tales, while dealing with his young daughter’s impending illness.
Behav: Future terrorists recruit a past terrorist.
Death Echoes: A detective communes with the dead to close their unsolved cases.
Traveled Time: A man examines his life and choices, with the advent of time travel.
Genetic Memory: A dog confronts his owner after gaining the ability to speak and reason.
Darling, Wendy, M.A.: A girl saves her brothers from their abusive father by masquerading as a gang leader. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Eponine: Following her near-death in the streets of Paris, a young woman witnesses the birth of feminism and the industrialization of Europe. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Dorothy: Her fantasy was undoubtedly much happier than the reality of her injuries. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Cinderella Shoes: A man discovers a new side of himself after acquiring women’s clothing.
Review
It’s strange to think that once upon a time not that many years ago, I didn’t care very much for short fiction. I always felt like the ride was over just before it got to start whenever I read a short story. Intervening years have shown me the error of my ways and that in my short-sightedness (no pun intended), I was missing out of some of the best literature by avoiding this format.
Enter Nic Wilson and his Selected Short Stories featuring Cinderella Shoes (try saying that three times fast!). All jokes aside, this collection of short stories from Wilson’s literary vault shows just how talented a writer he is. His ability to enthrall readers with compelling tales ranging from a stripper’s brush with a sadistic killer with a shoe fetish to a talking dog who could lecture the Surgeon General on genetics is quite remarkable. Each story in this collection makes you think, feel, laugh, or even cry. Tales such as the very emotional “Capricorn” makes this collection a cut above similar works.
I have no idea if the stories in this book were republished elsewhere. But it’s great to see such terrific fiction available for the masses. If you’re a fan of short stories or just plain good storytelling, then I highly recommend you check out this collection. You won’t be disappointed.
About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for eReader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic’s website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
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"Selected Short Stories featuring New Corpse Smell" by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories
featuring New Corpse Smell
by Nicolas Wilson
Description
This collection contains fifteen short stories, in a variety of genres including crime, science fiction, and military fiction.
Shades of Cray: The story of the first transracial individual.
Leaving Lost Atlantis: A man writes his ex-wife, after discovering what happened to Atlantis.
An Iraqi Christmas Carol: A small group of soldiers and an Iraqi policeman mount a rescue for a kidnapped boy.
Quarter: A military team designed for assassinations loses control over one of its members in the middle of a mission.
Werehouse: A man trying to help his homeless cousin runs afoul of a society of murderers.
Atlas Dug Up: Two philosophical equals have a love affair that continues after death.
Blood Falls: An expedition to the Antarctic goes south, after a rock wall collapses.
Murder Your Darlings: A writer finds himself convinced one of his characters is trying to kill him, after his loved ones start getting hurt.
Mine: A doctor exacts revenge on a former-General.
Failure Cascade: A ride on a space elevator goes horribly wrong.
Euthanasia: A surgeon gets caught between his oath and his vengeful calling.
Shrink: An executive ponders the consequences of modern business.
Indian Gift: An ex-outlaw is drafted into convincing an Indian to sell his land.
Parallel: A professor familiar with inter-dimensional travel tries convincing one of his students to kill another.
New Corpse Smell: Observing decomposition.
Review
Nicolas Wilson has penned a collection of creative and disturbing stories, all of which are thought-provoking and surprising. Each story is wildly different from the last, but each of them is gripping and chilling in its own right. It’s a collection impossible to read quickly and you will not be ready to move on to the next story until you’ve pondered the one before.
I found it extremely hard to pick just one favourite, I have at least three. ‘Shades of Cray’, about the first transracial procedure is gruesome in parts, and asks some very deep questions about race and identity. ‘Blood Falls’ contains some wonderful imagery and descriptions, eg: ‘We have a unique experience to not just look at the piss seeping out of this lake’s urethra, but we can stick our fingers in its guts and see what squirms out of the primordial ooze.’ Careful what you wish for…
‘Mine’ is another brilliantly dark tale. Imagine you’re a heart surgeon. Your country has been decimated by war. Your family has been torn apart. One of the perpetrators of the atrocities is on your table. What do you do? I’m willing to bet it isn’t half as macabre and fitting as Nicolas Wilson dreamed up.
Fans of Stephen King will love this collection, and my only complaint is that these are short stories and not novels. I’ve gone straight to amazon to find more books by Nicolas Wilson – I have plenty of time to read now that I daren’t switch off the bedside light…
About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for eReader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic’s website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
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"Stones of My Heart: One Woman’s Life Journey" by Kerry Taylor

Stones of My Heart:
One Woman’s Life Journey
by Kerry Taylor
Description
In this poetry collection, follow author Kerry Taylor’s journey as she survives depression, abuse, stalkers, and bad hair days.
From the author: “Recently, I self-published my first book of poetry called Stones of My Heart: One Woman’s Life Journey. It details all the different stages in my life from childhood, to teenager, to motherhood, to a wife and finally to a single mother. What makes it different from most? Everything, I am an average woman, fighting to survive in the world, and I have had too many kickbacks and keep trying to survive. That counts for a lot in my eyes and others’.
Excerpt
Beauty
I wrote this after the birth of my second son. It was a new experience to actually “plan” a child, and I was overwhelmed, by the decision to have him and even more, when he actually arrived I was even more overwhelmed.
The pain
The agony
The push
The pull
The screams
The cries
And then he came
Beauty
In my arms
In my life
At last we meet face to face
At last you are by my side
Those feet that used to push
Those arms that used to punch
That body that used to turn
That back that used to hurt
Right inside of me
No longer inside
Now on the outside
Rubbing my hands against you
Stroking my fingers along you
Poking you
Are you real?
Prodding you
Are you real?
Touching you
Beauty
At last you are here
Here with me
Frightened
After a car accident, I left my job in Crawley to further my education, and return to study my MBA at the University in Birmingham, where I had the awful experience of being stalked, which led to the poems “Frightened” and “In The Night”. He used to break into my flat, take my personal belongings, and electrical goods. It took a long time to realise that this issue was not self-inflicted. I felt that I had encouraged him. It took a long time to trust and believe that I could befriend others and not fall victim of my friendliness.
Frightened of life
Frightened of time
Frightened of tomorrow
Frightened of yesterday
Where should we go?
Where did I go?
Too frightened to answer
Too frightened to know
To know what is before us
To know what is behind us
What does it mean?
To know the truth.
What could it mean?
To find out what lies beneath.
Ignorance could be bliss
But it never brings about peace
The peace that conquers
The things that make us frightened.
Review
Kerry Taylor’s poetry tells stories with words, and paints an organic metaphor for what it is to be human. Where others paint pictures on canvas she digs deep, into the makeup of what lies underneath our humanness, expressed brilliantly in the raw poetry as she writes in “Decision”. Some poetry is nice and flowery, other poetry lovely and sparks emotion, but great poetry does it all and infuses into your cells to haunt you, because you know it has been lived by a life that felt it. Taylor has the gift to relay it on the written page. This beautiful author’s poetry is a must read.
About the Author
Kerry Taylor is a single mother of three children, currently living in Madrid. She has been through a lot in her life – from being stalked and abused, to being separated from her estranged husband – all while expressing her life through writing in different forms.

She have released a series of autobiographies in the form of short stories and poetry in the books Stones of My HeartLife’s PebblesEmotional Rollercoaster of a Single Mom, and Gravel of Moments.

Kerry has recently written a series of romantic comedies: Blind Dating and Fly, Pray, Love, Money Can’t Buy Me Love: Money Can Buy Me Love, and She Said, He Said. She is currently working on the four-part series, Nearly Natal.

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Their Journey Begins and Journey to Freedom by K. Meador

K. Meador’s latest book, Their Journey Begins, is an anthology of short stories incorporating the characters from her first novel, Journey to Freedom. Read more about both of these books below.
Their Journey Begins
by K. Meador
Description

Their Journey Begins is a prequel to Journey to Freedom, featuring individual short story vignettes of Greggory, Robert, Marissa, and Daniel before their lives converge in Journey to Freedom.

Greggory is a half-breed; a mix of Indian and black blood, and struggles both emotionally and physically with hatred and prejudice.

Robert is a slave on a Florida plantation who takes in the starving, angry young Greggory, under his wing and helps him grow into a man of honor.

Marrissa is a young girl who watches her mother waste away working as a maid in the saloon. Dodging the advances of the owner and his threats to put her in service, Marrissa dreams of having a better life and strikes out on her own after her mother’s death.

Daniel is an introvert who finds safe haven away from civilization and his past. His business of trapping is successful and he finds contentment in the simple life he leads until he has two visitors.

There are no spoilers in this book so it can be read before or after Journey to Freedom.

Review
We have all heard stories of slaves and Indians during or before the Civil War era but have you ever read something that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters?
Have you ever read a story that keeps you looking over your shoulder because you are afraid that someone might find out you are sneaking around?
Have you ever experienced the emotions of someone on the run whether from their past, someone evil, or just trying to make a better life for themselves?
If you haven’t and you would like to experience it for yourself then this is the anthology for you.
These short stories allow you a glimpse into the lives of five very different people that are all struggling to make it.
They are sad, scary, heart-warming, uplifting, and thought provoking all rolled into one.
K. Meador is an awesome author that takes you to the heart of the story and lets you see and live her characters through their eyes.
I totally recommend this book. I know you will not be disappointed!
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Journey to Freedom
by K. Meador
Description
An unlikely meeting …
Marrissa is running away, as fast as her feet can carry her. After enduring the abuse at the hands of her employer for years, she has finally found the strength to strike out on her own, and now she has been unceremoniously thrust into an adventure with a man she doesn’t know. But things become more serious when she and her companion are taken in by the Cherokee. After enduring attempts on her life at the hands of a jealous wife, Marrissa must once again leave people behind and make her own way. But this time she might be leaving true love behind.
An undying devotion …
Greggory longs to be a free man. Facing the violent prejudices against him as a half breed, and running from the high price set on his head by the owner of the plantation he used to belong to, he never expected to find peace and happiness with the young woman at his side. But the more time he spends with Marrissa, the more he realizes she is the one for him, and when evidence points to her untimely demise, he vows to gain his freedom and love no one else. But fate might not be done with him yet, and Greggory may have a second chance at the life he first glimpsed in Marrissa’s eyes.
A timeless love …
Set amid the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War, Journey to Freedom, chronicles the harrowing misadventures of two star-crossed lovers through nineteenth century America, battling violence, prejudice, and the inherent struggles of their time. Join author K. Meador for a touching saga of love, faith, and survival.
Review
Journey to Freedom made me feel as if I were right in the era of racism and prejudice with Marissa and Greggory. The author makes the characters feel just as real as your own family. The story of their struggles, abuse, and courage captivated me and left me wanting more. The graphic detail provided the imagery to help me understand the nation as it was around the Civil War time period, when people distrusted and feared each other’s differences.
Although Journey to Freedom is filled with interesting characters, Carmen and Charles are one of the reasons I love this book. The atmosphere at their home is portrayed to be a safe haven, and their presence offers unconditional love and hope to all. When one of the younger characters was caught in a situation, I was quietly chanting in my mind for Carmen or Charles to come to the rescue, because the author did a fantastic job of creating a trust between the reader and these characters.
I highly recommend, but be prepared for an emotional ride when you read this one!
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About the Author
Born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Texas since age four, K. Meador is the youngest of five children. Growing up in Cross Plains, Texas and being raised on a seventy-acre farm gave her an appreciation for country life and the small town community. She currently works full time as an aircraft mechanic/avionics technician. She has two sons who are actively pursuing their busy lives as adults.
Becoming a successful author is a dream that she has held close to her heart for many years. Taking her first novel, Journey to Freedom, from computer to ink has been that long road of struggle that so many authors are familiar with. Now that the novel is in print, she is humbled by the many responses from those who have already read Journey to Freedom. Their Journey Begins, an anthology of short stories incorporating the characters for Journey to Freedom, was published in November 2012.
K. Meador’s message to you, the very important person who is reading this right now: “Whatever is the dream in your heart, giving up is not an option.”
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