Book Release

Book Release!

The much-anticipated release of Just How Long is a Lifetime has arrived! You can find the book for purchase on amazon and on our website! Remember, the best gift you can give an author is your review. So, after your read this romantic, time-spanning love affair, leave a review for our debut author D.A. Sciortino!

About the book:just-how-long-is-a-lifetime

When Luisa, a young girl in nineteenth-century Sicily, falls in love with Giovanni, she is destined for heartache. Luisa’s father has plans for her – to marry the heir of the vineyard that both Luisa’s and Giovanni’s families work on. Avoiding trouble, Giovanni’s father decides to leave the vineyard after the young couple is caught together.

Following her father’s orders, Luisa marries the heir, Lorenzo, and together they build a family. But fate leads Giovanni back to the vineyard, this time working for Luisa’s husband. All too soon, Lorenzo learns of their past and jealousy sets the barn on fire.

While Giovanni perishes in the flames, Luisa remains unharmed – and extraordinarily, eternally 32. As her family ages around her, Luisa is forced to adapt to each new decade, the mystery of the fire burning in the back of her mind. Will Luisa finally find the answers to a happy ending, or is time against her even when things start to fall into place?

 

About the author: 
D. A. Sciortino works and lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and three children. Her first novel, Just How Long is a Lifetime? was inspired by her interest in science fiction. It’s always been her dream to write a story about subjects that are close to her heart, like tradition and family.

 

New Release Coming Soon!

Are you ready for romance? Are you ready for the unexplainable? D.A. Sciortino’s debut novel is almost here! Make sure to check back next week for the cover reveal of Just How Long Is A Lifetime?

About the Book: 

When Luisa, a young girl in nineteenth-century Sicily, falls in love with Giovanni, she is destined for heartache. Luisa’s father has plans for her – to marry the heir of the vineyard that both Luisa’s and Giovanni’s families work on. Avoiding trouble, Giovanni’s father decides to leave the vineyard after the young couple is caught together.

Following her father’s orders, Luisa marries the heir, Lorenzo, and together they build a family. But fate leads Giovanni back to the vineyard, this time working for Luisa’s husband. All too soon, Lorenzo learns of their past and jealousy sets the barn on fire.

While Giovanni perishes in the flames, Luisa remains unharmed – and extraordinarily, eternally 32. As her family ages around her, Luisa is forced to adapt to each new decade, the mystery of the fire burning in the back of her mind. Will Luisa finally find the answers to a happy ending, or is time against her even when things start to fall into place?

The Funeral Portrait Gets a New Cover!

If you haven’t heard yet, The Funeral Portrait by Vincent Viñas has received a facelift!

The Funeral Portrait is a fictional, literary satire packed full of humor!

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Guy doesn’t smile easily. He could be described as fundamentally glum. Tallulah doesn’t die easily. She could be described as annoyingly immortal. What if you wanted to die but were unable to? Such is the case with Guy Edwards and Tallulah Leigh, who want to end their miserable lives for different reasons. The only problem is, she’s been stricken with an unexplained (and unwelcome) case of immortality while he lacks that final, sorrowful piece of inspiration he needs to effectively do himself in. What better way to solve this dilemma than to help kill each other. However, a bigger problem has emerged–one of them is falling in love with the other. They’ll now have to decide what is a more frightening option–dying or taking one last shot at happiness? The Funeral Portrait is a very dark and comedic (but often horrific) tale about two lost souls who find each other and soon realize the only thing that may be worse than death is commitment.

Ready to read the book yet? If so, click here and get your copy today! And don’t forget, the best gift you can give a talented author is a review, so if you read Vincent’s amazing novel make sure to stop by Goodreads  and Amazon and leave a review!

 

New Look for Rising Shadows

New RIsing Shadows

 

Rising Shadows, the first book in the Rising Shadows Trilogy by Ashley Townsend just got a makeover! And, on top of that – it’s now available in print, not just ebook! It’s on Amazon and available for order.

 

Make sure to check out Ashley’s newest release, book three in the Rising Shadows Trilogy – Defying Shadows, and join Ashley’s release party on Facebook today!

Defying Shadows Release PAR-TAY!

A message from author Ashley Townsend! 

“DEFYING SHADOWS IS HERE!!! The final book in The Rising Shadows Trilogy has officially been released into the wild, waiting for every last bibliophile to nab and devour it. Rising Shadows, the older (but no less attractive) sister of Defying Shadows, has also made its first appearance in paperback—no longer in ebook format only! *gasps* *shouts of joy* *fanfare*
Join me right here on Facebook (6pm PST) for games, prizes (gift cards, swag, etc.), and book giveaways. And feel free to invite every book-lover you know, and also those who just like to show up to win stuff. ^_~”

 

Not sure if you’re ready for her Defying Shadows Release PAR-TAY? Maybe this awesome swag bag will convince you! One lucky winner will be selected in the Grand Prize drawing to win the entire Rising Shadows Trilogy (Rising Shadows, Chasing Shadows, and Defying Shadows) an exclusive tote, and plenty of swag.

Defying Shadows Swag Bag

 

Make sure to RSVP to Ashley’s Facebook event here, so you don’t miss a thing!

Grey Stone Visits B&N

 

Grey Stone

By Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy

TWO LOCAL AUTHORS COMBINE HIGH FANTASY WITH WOLF LORE TO CREATE A FRESH NEW YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

 

Before the rise of men, there were wolves…

What started off as stories local ER doctor Jacob Kennedy made up featuring his kids as main characters soon morphed into a project big enough that he asked local writer Jean Knight Pace if she’d be interested in co-authoring a book. She was excited to join up, adding to the story with her own ideas and style (and slipping her children into some of the character’s skins as well). Before they knew it, Kennedy and Pace had crafted what began as a few paragraphs of backstory into a book of high fantasy for tweens and teens. Instead of dragons, elves, and dwarves there were werewolf monarchs, talking dogs, and impoverished humans winding their way through a story that culminated in a Gladiator-style tournament—a tournament won (or lost, depending on how you look at it) by an unlikely hero and an unlikely traitor.

Join Jean and Jake as they launch/debut their new book, Grey Stone, at Barnes and Noble on August 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm, at the Evansville, IN, location. There will be giveaways, contests, a book signing, Q & A, and (naturally) candy and laughter.

Jean Knight Pace has had essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, Crucible, and other literary magazines. Jacob Kennedy is an ER doctor who dreams werewolves and tournaments in his free time. Both of them live in Evansville with amazing spouses, boodles of kids, and furry pets who (as far as anyone knows) do not speak. You can find out more at jeanknightpace.com, jacobkennedybooks.com. Purchase Grey Stone from Amazon of Barnes and Noble.

 

Barnes & Noble: 624 S Green River Rd., Evansville, IN 47715

Tasty Grey Stone-Inspired Double Chocolate Scones

Author, and blogger, Jean Knight Pace shared a tasty recipe on her food blog, The Tasty Cheapskate, recently. What is so exciting about it? Well, the Double Chocolate Scones were inspired by one of her characters from Grey Stone! Read her blog post here and make sure to visit her food blog for more tasty Zinnegael-inspired baked goods. Enjoy!!

Double Chocolate Scones

Ah my friends. In addition to this blog, I’ve spent the last few years doing a whole lot of novel writing. This month some of that work is coming to fruition and my teen/YA fantasy novel, Grey Stone, is available for purchase. The only thing better than celebrating with food is celebrating with food made by one of the characters in my new book.

(Isn’t it lovely? Click HERE to order.)

Zinnegael is a young witch with a bunch of cats, a slightly enormous vendetta against the shape-shifting king, and (naturally) a love of baking.

When she first meets one of our heroes, she brings him a tray full of goodies. Here’s a sneak peek at that scene:

“Wittendon noticed the faint smell of smoke as he and the cat entered the clearing. No one else seemed to notice or care. In front of him, the table was set for tea. Two cups rested on saucers and several cookies sat on a tray as though travelers stumbled to these haunted woods every day. Sprawled behind the table lay two large white cats. They sat up when the newcomers entered, but did not bother to look in their direction.
 
“Good afternoon, prince,” said a voice that came from a little hut to the right of a large garden. “The scones are a bit dry today; I do hope you will forgive that. Don’t worry, I’ve spread them with chocolate to make up for any lack.”
 
A girl entered the garden, stepping across the stone path as though every bump had been memorized a lifetime ago, though she couldn’t have been more than fifteen. In one hand, she held a tray that was piled so high with pastries he could not see her face; in the other she carried a vase with pale purplish-blue roses.”

Today we don’t have to worry about the scones being dry (they’re not). And we’re going to do more than spread the scones with chocolate. We’re going to make them with chocolate and then put chocolate bits inside. It’s a tiny bit like eating brownies for breakfast. Zinnegael would totally approve.

Double Chocolate Scones
adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
makes 8 scones
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Cost: $2.60
flour: .10, whole wheat flour: .10, oat flour: .05, cocoa: .20, sugar: .10, butter: .60, cream: .50, egg: .10, chocolate chips: .85

Note: To healthy this up just the slightest little bit, I couldn’t help but use some whole wheat flour and oat flour (Zinnegael would never have done such a thing, but I did). They were delicious and while the oat flour makes it a tiny bit crumblier, I think it also helps it stay moist and gives it a depth of flavor that is fantastic.

1 C all-purpose flour
1/3 C whole wheat flour
1/3 C oat flour
1/3 C cocoa
1/2 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 C (1 stick) butter (frozen or cold)
1/2 C plus 1 Tbsp heavy cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 C semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (oh, and we were short, so we threw in some white chocolate chips too)

Glaze: 

Note: This glaze adds more sweetness, but it also sort of seals the scone so that it doesn’t dry out. The original recipe recommends dipping them in this glaze, but I just drizzled it rather thoroughly over the top of the scones, and that was way easier. (Yay for laziness and stuff.)

1 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 oz water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put baking rack in middle-low position. Line it with parchment paper (seriously–this is a good idea).

In a bowl or food processor (I use a food processor and it makes things like this so fast and easy), combine flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Cut the butter into chunks with a knife and toss those in. Give the food processor several pulses (or mush them into the dry ingredients with your hands, or a pastry cutter if you must).

In a small bowl, whisk the cream, vanilla, and egg. Pour it into the food processor and process until combined. Don’t overmix it. A bit crumbly here is better than being it to death.

Dump out your mixture and press it together until it forms a bit of a ball. Knead it 10-12 times. Don’t knead the heck out of it. You just want it to come together and be combined. That’s all. Scones are sensitive little things and if you overmix or overknead them, they will be dry. So err on the side of underdoing it. You won’t regret it.

Form into a ball and roll or press it into a nice circle that is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut this into 8 triangles (like cutting a pizza).

(Sorry that this pic is a little blurry, but wanted to show you the correct thickness)

Put these on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or just until they lose their shiny look. Again, err on the side of too little. Cook too long and they dry out.

Remove and let cool slightly.

Prepare glaze by mixing all those ingredients together and drizzle thoroughly over scones (or use a pastry brush, which is easiest). You want the glaze to pretty much cover the top and sides as much as possible (you’re welcome).

Eat warm or not. They’re delicious.

Grey Stone Available for Pre-order!

Grey Stone by Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy is finally up for pre-order! While you wait for your copy, check out these amazing terms created by the authors for the YA dystopian, fantasy novel! In addition, take a peek at the map of the world focused on the Motteral Mal!

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Terms:

Veranderen (Vər-an-dər-ən). The Veranderen are the wolf-shifters. This word refers to them as a people and as the plural. Generally, they are able to shift at will and have strong magical abilities. They are the ruling class.

-Verander—Singular

-Veranderah—Feminine (singular)

Blødguard (Blewd-gard). The lowest class of wolves, starved so they will hunt humans after dark.

Königsvaren (Kəh-nigs-vah-rən). The wolf class that forms the king’s guard.

Motteral (mah-tər-ahl). The hill on which the Sourcestone was once placed. The highest point in the land.

Motteral Mal (mah-tər-al mahl). The tournament held among the Veranderen every hundred years at the summer solstice.

Shining Grey (shi-ning gray). The metal that can weaken or harm Veranderen

Verlorn (vər-lorn). A Verander without magic.

Wolken (wohl-kən). The wolvish form of the Veranderen.

Septugant (sep-tu-gahnt). Those who wish to rebel against the king and usher in a 7th Era.

Mördare (mərh-dah-ray). The half-life assassins the king uses to protect his treasure.

Rotherem (roth-ər-əm). An herb that can mask a wolf’s scent.

Pallium (pal-ee-um). A metal that can contain or deflect energy.

River Rylen (Ri-lən. ‘I’ long as in kite). Main river in land.

Zonnesteen (zohn-ə-stayn. The ‘A’ makes long ‘a’ sound as in stain). The stone of the sun.

Steenmacht (stayn-mohkt). The place where that stone can be empowered.

 

Meet Grant Elliot Smith

Grant Elliot Smith

Originally from the Midwest, Grant Elliot Smith loved to read from an early age. Saving up his allowance, he spent it all at the local bookstore buying up as much as he could from the fantasy section. Writing has always been a passion of his.

His first interest was poetry, which he wrote voraciously. Some of his early work, from as far back as the 1980s, can be found in various poetry anthologies.

Completing four university degrees, including a Masters in Sociology from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, Smith has lived and worked around the world, spending a number of years in Japan. The sights and sounds from the various cultures he has seen helps to fuel his imagination for writing.

His most recent work, Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle is a fantasy novel about Rathen, a former Captain in King Delvant’s army. Rathen has retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom’s forces were dissolved following the King’s sudden death. After being recruited to lead a band of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his lands Rathen, and his ex-gladiator best friend Bulo, begin to hear stories of magical creatures and numerous dead in the land they are tasked with cleansing. Despite these stories, they head for Ghrakus Castle, learning of its dark history on the way.

When they finally arrive, the full horror of their task becomes clear—with their chances of returning home dwindling, the threat of betrayal awaits.

Rathen Book Release!

 

Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle by Grant Elliot Smith has arrived!

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Rathen, a former Captain in King Delvant’s army, retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom’s forces were dissolved following the King’s sudden death. Trying to forget his problems by the copious use of strong ale, he is approached by the emissaries of a powerful lord to lead a team of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his
lands. Rathen quickly recruits his best friend, an ex-gladiator and landlord of the local tavern, Bulo, to assist him. The two join other members of the group and begin to hear stories of magical creatures and numerous dead in the land they are supposed to cleanse. Despite this, they head for Ghrakus Castle and on the way they learn of the Castle’s dark and mysterious history.Finally arriving at Ghrakus, where the full horror of their task becomes clear, they realize that their chances of returning home were indeed very slim and that betrayal awaits him.

To purchase, visit InkSmithPublishing.com!