"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stranger At The Hellgate Book Blast - Free On Kindle

Stranger at the Hell Gate

Ash Krafton

Genre: urban fantasy

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: March 2013

Word Count: 20000

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Book Description:

Jagger Sintallon, a half-demon warrior, has dedicated his existence to fighting demons who enter the world through Hell gates. A loner of conflicting ideals, he offers shelter to a troubled woman but knows he is too rough, too dangerous, and too cocky for her delicate nature.

Dedicated to Divine Will, Sonya Camael, a Seraph, is determined to discover why she is drawn to Jagger's doorstep and the reason behind her mission. She needs the demon's help but fears he may get himself killed before she can figure it out and the world slips into Hell's dominion.

Sonya faces grave danger with evil stalking her every move, and Jagger shouldn't care but realizes he cares more than he'd likely admit. Sonya knows Jagger cannot win this war alone, but will her divine intervention mean his imminent end? Or will just the right combination of Heaven and Hell set the world right once again?

Short Excerpt:

Jagger hung his head, looking very much out of patience. With an exasperated huff, he turned in place, his boots clomping. Cocky stance, head back, and eyes daring her to say something. But these things she only partially registered because when he turned to face her, his entire upper body—chest, face, arms—glowed with the marks of past insult and injury. And that sickle shape burned into the skin over his heart—
She whimpered, heart-sick to see him in this way. Her mother's blood cried out at the thought of what agony he must have endured to stand here now, so marred and wounded. Covering her eyes, she dispelled the Seraph sight and fought the tears.
"Hey." He was in front of her within moments, pulling her hands down and leaning to peer at her downturned face. "Hey, what's wrong?"
"You. You've been through so much. Just look at you."
"I'd rather not. I'm not a pretty guy."
"Jagger. These scars. You have countless hurts. I can't see a part of you that isn't injured." She raised her eyes, tears brimming on her lower lashes. "Let me help you."
"What, you're a plastic surgeon?"
She swallowed and regained part of her composure. "Better."
He looked alarmed and rocked back on his heels. "You don't mean—"
"Yes, I do." She held onto his hands and kept him from backing away. This felt right, this decision.
His eyes shifted. "Ah, I don't think it's a good idea, doll. Our kinds don't mix well."

About the Author:

Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is.
She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press).

BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted "Reviewer Top Pick" by Gravetells.com. Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She's hard at work (when she isn't watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF'S BANE.

Ash Krafton's poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She's a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.

Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.)

Until then, she writes.

Find Ash at:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chatting with author, AmBear Shellea & #Giveaway - Heavy Metal Heartbeat

Welcome back to Immortality and Beyond AmBear. Now that we’re settled in, let’s chat. Shall we?

BK: How did your writing journey begin?

AS: On a dark and stormy night, :) Just kidding. It started with the idea for The Pedalstem Lillie Series. Chaos Unleashed was my first published works.

BK: Please share with us how your current release came to life...

AS: Heavy Metal Heartbeat is book 2 in the Rock n Roll Paraphantasy Series. The series came to be due to my love of music and need to write a different kind of Vampire/Paranormal Story.

BK: Do you let your characters tell the story, or do you often fight with them on the direction it will take?

AS: Well, I would love to say I stand my ground, But no! My characters have free reign as for the story. I have an idea, but by the end its usually not where I started.

BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

AS: That is a very difficult task indeed. I rely heavily on my creativity. I want not only my stories to be different but my Characters too. People will love them, they need to be as individual as you and I. Same character different name is kinda boring.
BK: Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

AS: Ozzie! He has become quite the Fan Fav too. He is sarcastic, funny and of course swoon worthy hott! He is definitely Alpha male material! As a hunter he is in control and takes no crap! Absolute Bad boy!

BK: Tell us about one scene you had the most fun writing…

AS: The scenes where Ozzie is in the 'In-Between' It is a total mind blow for him and the reader. I do ask ”Are you ready for the madness?” There is a reason for it.

BK: If you were stranded on an island, which character in your books would you most want to be stranded with and why, and what is one thing that would be a must-have?

AS: I would have to say...Sebastian. If I had to compare him to anyone, he is most like Ian Somerhalder with that winning crooked grin that is so damn sexy. The one thing that would be a must have on the island is a Magic wand, that way I could always have what I wanted, food, shelter, water, even if I had to magic it up :) In the world of magic anything is possible!

BK: Now for a little fun, tell us a bit about what your office looks like. Do you need silence to write?

AS: My office, hmm...it is quite a few places: in the living room scattered across the small coffee table, on my desk that sits in the office/spare room, again more paperwork littered about like confetti and in my purse, in the form of a notebook filled with chicken scratch that takes me hours to get through because I cant read my own handwriting.

BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

AS: You mean time to myself...What is that? :) Usually I am either Tanning, getting my hair done and getting the latest gossip at the hair salon, or running around with the hubby. We do hate to be indoors so much! Oh, and let's not forget keeping up with Game of Thrones! OMG, I love this show!

BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

AS: I'm not sure...Probably that unlike regular girls I LOVE classic muscle cars and car shows! Holy Sheep, my dream car is a 1969 Shelby GT 500 and my next drool worthy car is a 2013 black on black Dodge Challenger, yes, with a Hemi! For anyone who doesn't speak car~ Its awesome! In Heavy Metal Heartbeat, Ozzie drives one! Fav character-fav Car...coincidence? Most definitely!

BK: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever wanted to write, or have written, even if it never reached public eyes?

AS: I would have to say, a scene that would make 50 shades blush and no it has not reached public eyes! * blushes *

BK: What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

AS: Never give up on this dream. It is meant to be hard so you will appreciate all that comes with it. If it were easy, everyone would be famous!

BK: What can we expect from you in the future?

AS: Well, closer to the end of this year, Stars of Fire will be released. It is book 3 in The Pedalstem Lillie Series published by Devine Destinies. There are also many WIP saved on PC at the moment. There is a sassy YA, Social Butterflies, An adventure story, which doesn't have a title yet and a Western Romance, Boots and Boys plus the other books in my current series'. So I plan to be around a good long time bringing to life many more plots and adventures.

BK: Where can readers connect with you?

AS: All over the place~

Twitter; @AmBearShellea
LinkedIn: AmBearShellea

My Websites:

BK: Using your name as an acronym, please describe your book...


Although I have always enjoyed writing, the dream to become a writer came when I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, in the sixth grade. My early works, not published, were in the form of children’s stories I would read to my two daughters. I divide my days between the real world and the ones I’ve created. My life and my characters keep me very busy in my Mid-Western scene, where I live with my husband, and my children (both human and furry).


Heavy Metal Heartbeat is one wild ride. Its twists, turns and mind games will leave you breathless and borderline crazy.

This rockin' adventure begins with Ozzie, who has awakened from a harsh brush with death. Just as he thought he overcame all the dangers of his supernatural survival, danger strikes with a vengeance. The news of the kidnapping of a loved one ignites his rage, unlocking a family secret and changing who he is forever.

Now he's in a rush to play hero and savior. There's only problem; What happens if the savior becomes a villain?

Ozzie's friends, with the help of his father, put him to the test to see if he can indeed be the hero that saves the day or the hindrance that gets them all killed. While visiting the in-between he is given the knowledge to overcome his situation. All he must do is embrace who he is. Who is that, exactly?

Turns out when you take a human man with an ancient bloodline, add in slash marks from a Wolf, a bite from a Vampire, the pure love from the woman he loves and piss him off, you get a man no one expected!

Bad Ass Hunter or Uncontrollable Vigilante?


You have been marked, Son. By what, I do not know.”

He felt his father’s touch on his chest.

...You are, among us, are a fallen soldier. It is proof that you have been touched by the supernatural and come out the other side…but at what cost? At what cost, my son?”

His father fell back onto the couch and hung his head. Tears fell down his father's face as he wept. Ozzie's heart shattered like glass.
Father, I am right here. I am alive. I’m not a fallen solider. You felt my heart beat in my chest and blood surge through my veins. I don’t understand. Why are you crying as if I have died?”

His father’s dark brown eyes stared back at him.
Because you have, Son. This, you here, this is not my son. This is the work of supernatural witches. The tattoo is proof you are dead. It’s just a matter of time before we find out what dead you shall run with.”

For the first time in his life, his father looked at him as if he were something to pity. His chest felt as if knives made of fire and ice plunged into him to the hilt. He stumbled backward, his hand over his heart. His breath wouldn’t pass his lips and tears of anger rimmed his eyes. What used to be his heart lay in pieces somewhere on the floor. He watched his father move from the couch and head for the door.