Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guest Blog with Grace Elliot



Blurb:

A Dead Man's Debt - a story of blackmail, duty and an unexpected love.

After publically humiliating a suitor, Miss Celeste Armitage is sent from the Ton in disgrace and resolves never to marry. But when she finds a sketch book of nude studies and discovers the artist is her hostess's eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing, she finds herself dangerously attracted to exactly the sort of rogue she is sworn to avoid.
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf's life is a facade and he is being blackmailed over his late brother's debts. But just as the darkly restless Ranulf unexpectedly learns to love, the vengeful fury of his nemesis unleashed. In order to protect Celeste, Lord Ranulf faces a stark choice between duty and true love...
However Ranulf has underestimated Miss Armitage's stubborn resolve to clear his name, and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger....

20th Century Witchcraft.
Witchcraft has always had an aura about it; the fear of the unknown perhaps… and in the past an excuse for persecution. I write historical romance and it’s fascinating to look at how attitudes to the occult have changed over time, and to learn witchcraft laws still existed into the mid 20th century!
The peek of witch hunt fervor was 1480 – 1700 when many innocent women, many of whom were traditional healers or wise women and invaluable to the community, were persecuted and killed in a form a religious mania. During this period between 40,000 and 100,000 people were executed, for such flimsy reasons as living alone and keeping a cat for company!
Fortunately some long overdue common sense was asserted and the last executions for witchcraft took place in England in the 18th century. The law was changed such that witchcraft was no longer something to be feared and denied, but to be belittled and made fun of. King George II instituted the ‘Witchcraft Act of 1735’ where witchcraft ceased to be a capitol offence, and those that claimed to consort with spirits were prosecuted as ‘vagrants’ or ‘con-men’, with a punishment of fines or imprisonment rather than death.
Amazingly George II’s law still existed into the mid 20th century and was sited in 1944, during World War 2, to legally imprison a medium by the name of Helen Duncraft. Helen claimed to be able to summon spirits and was duly arrested, somewhat dramatically during a séance. Later, rumors spread through wartime Britain that she had to be silenced because superstitious military leaders feared her claims to speak with the dead were true and she might have revealed secret plans for D-day! Helen spent 9 months in jail and was released after D-day.
It took until 1951 for the 1735 Act to be replaced by the ‘Fraudulent Mediums Act of 1951.’ It was suggested at the time that astrologers should be prosecuted under the Act. But from the 1930’s onwards horoscopes have been widely published in magazines and newspapers and so far there have been no prosecutions…food for thought though!
About the author:
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day, and author of sensuous historical romance by night. She believes that intelligent people need to read romance as an antidote to the modern world! Her debut novel, ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ is now available.
To find out more visit:
www.graceelliot.webs.com
or
www.solsticepublishing.com

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Welcome Guest blogger Daniel Springer





Why I Wrote A Novel

My name is Daniel Springer and I am the author of The WILCO Project, a newly released mystery/thriller available in both eBook and print from Solstice Publishing. When people find out that I wrote a published novel I am usually asked, "How did come up with the idea for the story?" My answer is that I can't honestly remember exactly how the idea came to me, but I am sure it had something to do with my background in computers and telecommunications and me looking to the future of cell phones and the types of games that would be possible on those devices. I wrote the first draft of the manuscript in 2004 when much of technology in my book was in its infancy and, as it turned out, I happened to get pretty close on what is happening in that area of technology. But, I can not actually pinpoint how I came up with the story idea.
The less often asked question and the one that I think may be more interesting is, "Why did you decide to write a novel?" That is a more complex question that certainly has a longer answer. The most basic answer is that I can remember wanting to write the great American novel as far back as high school. I am forty-six now, which would make that thirty years ago--so I guess you could say that for all of my adult life I have had the urge to write a book!
In the summer between my junior and senior year of high school I can vividly remember scratching out about ten pages of, what I thought at the time, was the first in my string of bestsellers on notebook paper with a black Bic ballpoint pen. I vaguely recall that the story had something to do with a young Air Force pilot that was part of an elite squadron being trained to fly a secret fleet of space ships designed to protect the earth from alien invasion. I never finished chapter three.
In college I had another idea that I got serious enough to jot notes about and tear magazine articles out with facts that would come in handy when I wrote the book--this would have been in the mid-eighties. I did not start writing anything down until almost ten years later. I had a pretty good excuse as I had to graduate from college, get married, relocate from Tampa to Tallahassee with my new bride, then move back to Tampa a year later, build a house, and grow my career. But finally I did start a manuscript, this time typed on my first PC. This was a "sophisticated" story of a small market profession baseball team that defied the odds and made a run at the World Series. The antagonist was a young TV executive who would loose his career over the terrible ratings if the team won the pennant and on the World Series--he would have to make sure the team failed. The hero was to be a rookie pitcher who would bravely ignore the mob threats to throw the game, thus, risking his life. What a fantastic story! I never finished chapter five.
In 1997 my son was born and my daughter came along two years later. We built a larger house to accommodate our growing family. For a year and a half I commuted from Tampa to Dallas for my job--life was crazy busy! Then, one morning in 2001, while out getting some exercise, a car hit me while I was riding my bicycle. Fortunately my helmet saved my life and I received relatively minor injuries and made a full recovery. The hit-and-run driver's car impacted me at such a high rate of speed that I was launched into the air as the car sped under me and I landed some thirty feet in front of my bike! I could have easily been killed,
Needless to say, my appreciation for life changed as a result of that accident. So when the idea for The WILCO Project came to me, in July of 2004, I once again sat down in front of the computer to write the story. On this attempt, however, for six days a week I woke up a four in the morning and wrote for three hours. By late November I had completed the first draft, I had finally finished writing my novel. I guess I would conclude that I wrote my novel because I love to write and it was always a goal of mine--but, it also took a change in my outlook on life to give me the mindset to finish.

The WILCO Project won Honorable Mention in the 2005 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards. It was a Semifinalist in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Publishers Weekly review says, ""THE WILCO PROJECT combines murder mystery with elements of a technological thriller, blending the genres in a deftly written manuscript...the author delivers a well-executed thriller." Please check out my website: http://DanielSpringer.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Check out my cool Snow Hollow Merchandise!!!!!


Hello Everyone,
Check out my cool Snow Hollow Merchandise.
http://www.cafepress.com/SolsticePublishingMerchandise

Also I have converted the Series into a Young Adult version too Called "Secrets Of Snow Hollow" it's the book minus anything not appropriate for teens :)

If you have a teenage they will love this book. :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jamie’s Story by Lizzy Stevens






Jamie’s Story - The Witches of Snow Hollow Book Two by Lizzy Stevens
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Jamie Addison returns to Snow Hollow to ask her sister, Jenna, for her blessing to marry the man she loves, Danny. When she gets there she finds out that she has been under a love spell the entire time and that Danny has also put a bind on her powers. Danny has been after the Addison house all along and plans to kill the sisters.

Jenna and her husband ,Jacob, vow to protect her. Jacob calls his cousin, Drake, over to protect her while the four of them plan their attack on Danny. The only way for Jamie to get her powers back is for them to kill the demon that put the spell on her.

Drake never leaves Jamie's side while it's his job to protect her. In the process of protecting her he falls in love with her. Jamie is torn between if her feelings for him are true of if it is a side effect of the spell that has been put on her.

Will Jamie's family be able to protect her or will the demon win?

Jamie’s in love with a demon. This second Addison sister has to fight for her inheritance and for Snow Hollow.

Ms. Stevens has done it again with this second book in the Witches of Snow Hollow series. Once more a strong heroine has to fight for what she believes in - not only to save herself, but also to save Snow Hollow.

Jamie must gain her eldest sister’s permission to marry a demon or she and her love will be banished to the darkest part of the underworld. It’s only when she meets with her sister that Jamie realizes she’s under a love spell.

I read the first in this series a few weeks ago. Once again I marvel at how Ms. Stevens can place so much in her story without making the book hundreds of pages long. Magic plays a strong part of Jamie’s Story, but romance and intrigue also have their place. These elements blend together to make a delightful tale of witches, demons and magic.

Jamie is a very likable young woman. She admits her mistakes and faces up to the consequences. There’s no denial of the facts presented to her, no moaning she’s been tricked. Instead she sets out to make things right. This is the main reason I liked this book, it has a strong heroine who accepts what life throws at her - plus of course I’m a sucker for magic themes.

Although the book did lag slightly at times, it immediately perked up again to keep me interested. A nice book which captured my imagination and took me into the realms of magic. Thank you Lizzy Stevens. I look forward to the third sister’s story.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

5 Star review From Gemstone Reviews!!!!










Title: The Witches Of Snow Hollow Books 1-3

Author: Lizzy Stevens

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Blurb:

The Witches Of Snow Hollow Series. All three books in one.



The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book One: Jenna's Story

Jenna is six when her parents die in a tragic car crash leaving her and her two sisters orphans. With no one to care for them they move in with their grandmother in the town of Snow Hollow where more than just a normal life awaits them. Jenna soon discovers that she is not like other girls, a fact she's felt since birth. When her grandmother finally reveals her secret Jenna is blown away by not only the fact that she's a witch, but that she is THE witch. The Ultimate One who controls the powers of the coven.


After her grandmother's death when she turned 26 Jenna finds out another secret. She is the only one left to protect her home from the evil demons wanting to steal her world away from her.

When Jenna meets Jacob, her sexy warlock protector, the sparks fly from day one. She is determined to protect her family her way, but will it be enough? She will need Jacob, but will their passion for one another be enough to save their world as they know it and keep her sisters safe?

The Witches of Snow Hollow Book Two: Jamie's Story

The Story of the Addison witches continue in "The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book Two Jamie's Story"



Jamie Addison returns to Snow Hollow to ask her sister, Jenna, for her blessing to marry the man she loves, Danny. When she gets there she finds out that she has been under a love spell the entire time and that Danny has also put a bind on her powers. Danny has been after the Addison house all along and plans to kill the sisters.




Jenna and her husband ,Jacob, vow to protect her. Jacob calls his cousin, Drake, over to protect her while the four of them plan their attack on Danny. The only way for Jamie to get her powers back is for them to kill the demon that put the spell on her.




Drake never leaves Jamie's side while it's his job to protect her. In the process of protecting her he falls in love with her. Jamie is torn between if her feelings for him are true of if it is a side effect of the spell that has been put on her.




Will Jamie's family be able to protect her or will the demon win?



The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book Three: Jackie's Story

The story of the Addison witches continues with Jackie Addison. Jackie falls in love with a vampire named Ricky and plans to take him to Snow Hollow to help fight the long awaited lunar eclipse battle. She knows that she has to get the blessing of her sister Jenna before the relationship can blossom. This is going to be a very difficult task to compete since her sister Jamie fell in love with a demon who tried to kill her. How was Jackie going to convince Jenna that Ricky was different. She knew he loved her for real and would never hurt her.

Ricky may be a vampire but he is different. He fights demons night after night side by side with Jackie. He fights demons with her but can he help protect the Addison house during the most important battle of their year? Can he win Jenna's trust so that he can be with Jackie? Will the Addison witches win this fight?



Review: This book was a great Read. This is a series that has been put all into one book. I loved this series and would recommned it to everyone. It has all the elements of a great book. It is full of love, suspense. Then you throw in a sexy warlock protector and witches, demons and spell books.

I give this book a 5 diamonds.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coming Soon: My Vampire Savior

Coming soon:
My Vampire Savior.

More info to come!!!!!

Watch for it at Solstice Publishing.
www.solsticepublishing.com

Monday, September 6, 2010

Great 5 Star Review from a customer.



















I'm so excited about my review that I had to share it with you all. :)


5 Stars Great Book!, July 20, 2010
By J. Thomas "The Long and the Short Of It Reviews" (USA) - See all my reviews


This review is from: The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book One Jenna's Story (Paperback)
Originally posted at: [...]

Jenna knew something was wrong. She was only six years old but she could read the signs and knew something terrible was about to happen.

Jenna and her sisters grow up in their grandma's house in Snow Hollow. She gradually learns to use her powers and learns her grandma's family have been the protectors of the town for many centuries. Darkness and evil lurk out of sight and when her grandma dies, Jenna must become the protector. But is she ready?

Jacob turns up after her Grandma's death and Jenna is instantly attracted to him. The evil comes closer and Jenna is forced to accept Jacob's help, but does she really trust him? He supports her as she tries to learn the full extent of her powers and to stop the darkness taking over her home and life.

The book starts in a mild manner, but soon picks up pace. Grandma and Jenna are very similar in personality, and although reserved, Jenna has the usual interests of a teenage girl. She acknowledges her powers but at times wishes she was normal. Jacob and Jenna seem to be made for each other, but Jenna is uncertain about Jacob's real nature, her own future and whether she wants the future mapped out for her.

Jenna's Story is definitely worth reading and I note it is the first of a series. I'd love to read the next installment as it looks like it's going to be one of those series where you eagerly await the next one, wondering what the author has in store for you.




Get the entire series at Solstice Publishing.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Guest Blog with Michelle L. Crocker


Hello Everyone,


I am pleased to have Michelle L. Crocker here today to tell us about her new book.


Title: Nightside

Author: Michelle L. Crocker

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found out that you were a vampire? Jayde was an ordinary woman leading a boring life until one night she found herself walking around in the dark bleeding. What had happened? Her whole world was turned upside down. That's what had happened.
Don't miss out on this great read. Get yours today!!!!!!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

If You haven't Read my Snow Hollow series yet, You can get them all in one book.
"The Witches Of Snow Hollow Books 1-3" is now available at www.Solsticepublishing.com Stop by and get yours today.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Book Three is here!!!!!


It's finally here.
The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book Three Jackie's Story

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Witches of Snow Hollow book One Jenna's Story recieved an awesome review!!

I just received a 4.5 out of 5 Book review from Long and Short Reviews.

They loved the book. I'm so excited.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book TWO: Jamie's Story


BOOK TWO IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE:

The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book TWO: Jamie's Story


Read it on your kindle today:


Book Two is here. Continue the story of the Addison Witches with Book Two. Stop by Solstice Publishing and get yours today.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Solstice Publishing

My Publisher Solsice Publishing is accepting submissions. If you have written a book and don't know where to go you should try them.


www.solsticepublishing.com

video

Enjoy the book trailer to:

The Witches Of Snow Hollow

Book One

Jenna's Story

Book available at: www.solsticepublishing.com


I'm excited to say that Solstice Publishing has just released my book "Haunted By Her Past"

Stop by and check it out.
Stephanie Watson is in the run for her life. She is leaving her abusive boyfriend,Anthony, who is tied to the mob. She knows that he will be able to find her with little effort. She runs anyway hoping that with a good head start she will out smart him.During her journey, she finds a bed and breakfast on a ranch in Montana. Her plan is to stay only a couple of days before making her way to Canada. Those plans change when she meets Wade Jenson. His mother owns the bed and breakfast. After weeks of being there, Stephanie falls in love with Wade. He is the man of her dreams and treats her with the love and caring that she never got from Anthony. She knows deep down that it can't last and she's right. Anthony finds them and plans to kill Wade. Can Stephanie stop it before it can happen? Will she ever be safe from Anthony? Will she ever find happiness?
Get yours today for $2.99 at www.solsticepublishing.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Book two is coming soon

Hi Everyone,

The Witches of Snow Hollow

Book Two

Jamie's Story



Is coming soon!!! If you haven't read book on "Jenna's Story" get it today.



The series is about 3 sisters who are witches. Book one give you Jenna's story

Book Two is titled:
The Witches Of Snow Hollow
Book Two
Jamie's Story


I am accepting guest bloggers on my site as well. If anyone is interested in guest blogging about your latest book email me at witchesofsnowhollow@gmail.com and I'll schedule you a day.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book One Jenna's Story



It's finally here:


The Witches Of Snow Hollow


Book One


Jenna's Story
























Available at Solstice Publishing

www.solsticepublishing.com

http://solsticepublishing.com/the-witches-of-snow-hollow-book-one-jennas-story-p-43.html



Jenna is six when her parents die in a tragic car crash leaving her and her two sisters orphans. With no one to care for them they move in with their grandmother in the town of Snow Hollow where more than just a normal life awaits them. Jenna soon discovers that she is not like other girls, a fact she's felt since birth. When her grandmother finally reveals her secret Jenna is blown away by not only the fact that she's a witch, but that she is THE witch. The Ultimate One who controls the powers of the coven.

After her grandmother's death when she turned 26 Jenna finds out another secret. She is the only one left to protect her home from the evil demons wanting to steal her world away from her.

When Jenna meets Jacob, her sexy warlock protector, the sparks fly from day one. She is determined to protect her family her way, but will it be enough? She will need Jacob, but will their passion for one another be enough to save their world as they know it and keep her sisters safe?