Release Party for The God Hunters: Light and Shadow

July 1, 2014

So do you have any favorite characters from the series?  Of course, I’m a fan of them all! I’ve got a few new additions to the team who are coming up in book four, which I’m currently working on. And I think you’ll be pleased with the diversity I’ve come up with.

I’ve got 2 ebooks for Light and Shadow to give away, and I’d like to keep the rules to win simple. So, if you’d like to comment or just leave a short message of any kind, that works. I’ll randomly pick a winner!

See the book here:


Release Party for The God Hunters: Light and Shadow

July 1, 2014

I actually had a big scare when I was working on Light and Shadow.  The manuscript was complete and I was planning on reviewing it, when I unexpectedly had a computer issue and lost the entire book.  I was absolutely crushed, devastated. And I remember putting off rewriting it for about a month because I was so upset. But fortunately, when I started to write it again, I felt like I was greatly improving it. The story seemed to flow more smoothly and I even added to many scenes and conversations that I remembered being a little less before. So now I back everything up on my system, and on portable drives. I’ll never let that happen again!

Ok, give away coming up soon. I promise!


Release Party for The God Hunters: Light and Shadow

July 1, 2014

What inspires me?  Well, I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy subjects. Whether it’s books or movies or videogames, I dive in and love them from start to finish.  Since I’m a visual artist, when I write I tend to see my story in a cinematic sense, and then I just have to create the book. I’m also inspired by music. A couple of my favorite musicians are Clint Mansell (from the band Pop Will Eat Itself), and Lisa Gerrard (from Dead Can Dance). Clint’s music is thrilling and at times tender, and Lisa’s voice is beautiful and hypnotic to say the least. Videogame soundtracks I love are the Mass Effect series, and Skyrim. So my head gets filled with all kinds of ideas when I sit back and enjoy some tunes.

I feel like giving away a digital print pretty soon here today, so stay tuned!

Feel free to check out my website for the book series and related artwork:

Thanks, and enjoy!


Release Party for The God Hunters: Light and Shadow

July 1, 2014

Good morning readers!  My name is Mark Reed and I’m the author of The God Hunters series of books. Light and Shadow is my third and latest in the series, and is now available for purchase at DSP as of June 30, 2014.  Here’s a link

Stay tuned throughout the day for some contests I’ll be having. We’ll be giving away a couple of ebook versions of Light and Shadow. Also, I’ll be giving away some digital prints of my artwork, which show my interpretations of my characters from the series. I’ll also be sharing my creative process and what inspires me when I’m writing.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!


Breakfall – checking in!

June 27, 2014

My phone finally let me get on this site around 11. I’m responding to your posts as my husband drives us to Virginia to see family. I love technology! Sorry to show up late, bit I’ll promise to respond to all your posts. The “big” posts were preprogrammed yesterday. I’d like to thank the capable Pd Singer for showing me how when we met in Portland! We’re listening to the biography of Nicola Tesla. Fascinating guy. Nowadays they would probably give him meds to slow down his wild intellectual leaps. Till later!

“School’s Out” Contest – Some Hints!

June 26, 2014

Are you stuck trying to figure out who’s who in our “School’s Out” contest? Worry no more, we’ve got some hints for you!  To narrow down the guessing, here is a list of possible authors you can choose from.  Now, take a good, hard look and see if you can match the name to the cute photos!

Raine O’Tierney

Alana Ankh

Rick R. Reed

Shira Anthony

Brandon Witt

Andrew Grey

Mary Calmes

Phoenix Emrys

Charlie Cochet

Lex Chase

Will Freshwater

Jacob Flores

Dawn Kimberly Johnson

Nessa Warin

Brita Addams

Sue Brown

Michael J. Bowler

Suki Fleet

Bru Baker

Damon Suede

Ariel Tachna

Rhys Ford

Shae Connor

Allison Cassatta


And remember, you have until June 30th at 11:39pm Eastern to send in your guesses to hayley [at]! 3 winners will be chosen for some great prizes!



Release party: Soul of a Merman

June 25, 2014

Alana Ankh here, and I’m taking over the blog today in celebration of my very first Dreamspinner Press release, Fairytale Endings 1. Soul of a Merman.

The cover art – courtesy of the talented Paul Richmond – has been on the coming soon page for a while now, but I’ll post it anyway.


Centuries ago, the sorrow of a spurned mermaid cursed the ocean. Now the fate of the sea rests on the shoulders of her great-nephew, Prince Caspian of Atlantis. Upon inheriting his ancestor’s magical voice, he is also entrusted with breaking her curse by finding true love with a human. But Caspian doesn’t believe love comes at the swish of the tail, at least, not until he meets oceanographer Stefan Firth.

In spite of the bond that forms between them from the beginning, Stefan’s skepticism and his heartbreak over a lost love keep him from even considering a relationship with Caspian. Caspian has no choice but to follow the path his great aunt once did and resort to the Sea Witch’s assistance. He must help Stefan love again if he is to break the curse and bring them their fairytale ending.


I’ll be posting bits and pieces of randomness today, either related to this particular story, or to my next works. Feel free to post any questions or comments.

“School’s Out!” Contest

June 24, 2014

Want to see what your favorite DSP authors looked like as cute little kids? Dreamspinner Press is celebrating the end of the school year with a “who’s who” contest!  Take a look below and see if you can figure out which DSP authors are featured in these school photos. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 people who name the most authors!

To enter, email your guesses to hayley [at]  Contest closes June 30th at 11:59pm Eastern!

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***Need some hints? Check out a list of possible authors here!

Finding Home release party: Thanks for hanging out with me!

June 23, 2014


Congrats to Antonia,  who won an ebook copy of Finding Home in the last post!

It’s been fun chatting with everyone about Ian and Luke all day, but now I’ve got to get my nose back to the grindstone and finish the last few chapters of the third book in the Dropping Anchor series. It’s tentatively titled Playing House, which may or may not stick. (I’m open to other suggestions—naming books is one of the hardest parts of writing!) It’s the story of Frank and Warner, who we see briefly in Finding Home. They’ve been married for more than ten years when Warner tells Frank that he thinks it’s time for them to look into adopting, and it completely throws Frank for a loop.

It’s kind of a growing-up story for Frank, but in a different way than Finding Home is for Ian. In Finding Home Ian just needs the right motivation to settle down. In Playing House, Frank is dealing with issues that run a lot deeper. He’s committed to spending his life with Warner, but he’s not sure he has it in him to love and raise a child. Their journey is a lot different from the stories I usually write, since they’re already in an established relationship. It was a challenge to craft an engaging story that didn’t involve the first blush of love—though in a way it does, since Frank eventually does come around to having kids and falls madly in love with his baby. That’s probably not a surprise to anyone who’s read my books—I’m a sucker for a happy ending, even if I do make the characters work something fierce to get there.

Follow me on Twitter and keep an eye out on my blog tour, since I’ll be giving away gift cards, books, and swag for the next few weeks!


I’ll be out and about talking about Finding Home for the next few weeks. Catch me on:

June 19: Why I love flawed characters, on J.P. Barnaby

June 23: Writing a series, on Charley Descoteaux

June 25: Living vicariously through my characters, on Tempeste O’Riley

June 27: Writing kids, on Jamie Lynn Miller

July 7: Character continuity, on Anne Barwell

July 28: Dropping Anchor book 3, on Kim Fielding

July 31: When Pinterest leads us astray, Cup ‘o Porn

I’ll also be guesting with Jana Denardo, Grace Duncan, and CJane Elliott as well, so keep an eye out for those.

I’m celebrating release week with a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $20 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate! You can earn an entry every day, so be sure to take advantage.

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Finding Home release party: Yoga break!

June 23, 2014


And by yoga break, I mean let’s take a break to look at some hotties doing yoga poses.

One of our mysterious Luke’s many part-time jobs is as a yoga instructor. He invites Ian to a class, and Ian finds out that yoga isn’t as easy as he assumed it would be.

I love the idea of Luke as a yoga instructor because he’s pretty much the epitome of Zen. Not much phases him, and he’s got a lean, strong build that has Ian salivating from the moment he rolls up the sleeves of his bartending uniform.

Ian gets to see all those lovely muscles on display as Luke demonstrates a variety of Hatha poses. It’s hard for Ian to keep his mind on his own mat, as my own yoga instructor often reminds us to do. If Luke was in my class, I probably wouldn’t be able to, either!

So to start us off, I want to share a picture that actually inspired this book. The entire idea from it came from seeing this picture and thinking “Hey, that’s Ian! OMG!” I’d been getting ready to write book 2 in the Dropping Anchor series, but it wasn’t this book. But the idea of Ian in a yoga class just pushed everything else out of my mind, and before I knew it I had a synopsis of an entire book.



It’s so perfectly Ian, right down to the “you want me to do bend my what where, now?” look.


To be fair, could you concentrate with awesomeness like this going on in front of you?

Or this?

Or maybe…


*cough* I’m sorry, what were we talking about again? Right. Luke, yoga instructor extraordinaire. I’ve been practicing yoga for about two years, and I’ve wanted to incorporate that into a book for a while. I actually have another one in the works that focuses more on the yoga, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to make Luke a yoga instructor. Writing his class scenes was a blast!

While there are a few guys in some of my classes, I’ve never had the fortune (or maybe misfortune…it distracts Ian terribly) of having a super hot guy going through his asanas next to me. What do you think? Would having a super hot guy in your exercise class be motivating or too distracting?

Hannah was the winner of the last giveaway, and since she already has a copy of Finding Home (THANK YOU, HANNAH!! *air kisses*), she’ll be getting a Dropping Anchor bookmark and one of the nifty book lights I bought to give away at GRL later this year. That also means that I still have a copy of Finding Home to give away. Comment on this post to enter! I’ll be back at 9 p.m. EDT to close up shop for the day and announce that winner.

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