Writer Wednesday: Upcoming Events, Giveaways, and a Pre-Order! Oh my! @Bellatrix_Press @Parthalan @MaggieLePageNZ @CatNicolaou #WriterWednesday #Giveaway

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Author April L Wood

writerwednesdaybanner1019Image result for bing comic con 2016This Saturday, I will assisting fellow Bellatrix Press author and best friend, Jennifer Allis Provost at Bing Comic Con, in Springfield, MA! Comic Con is a convention that celebrates fantasy, film, and comics. There will be 50+ tables of artists, a Cosplay contest, music by DJ Vertigo, and refreshments and lunch. I’m greatly looking forward to this event! If you are interested in attending, it’s only $5 at the door and will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church, on Sumner Avenue between the hours of 11 am – 5 pm.

Next up, I have a 30 minute slot during Author S.E. Eaton’s cover reveal party on Facebook, Friday November 4th at 6pm Eastern time, where I will be discussing Winter’s Curse! There will be games and prizes as well as the cover reveal of Author S.E. Eaton’s heartwarming novelette, The Christmas Beagle! I hope to see you…

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AWRW Book Review: When Time Comes by Author Cat Nicolaou with Bonus Short Story, Sealed By A Kiss #Romance #BookGiveaway #Giveaway #Novella @CatNicolaou


Two heart-warming contemporary romances for those who still believe in love.

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Athena can’t avert her eyes. Alex Dane is back in Greece. Her mind wanders in time, six years ago, to the island of Rhodes. Three lustful days with him and a precious gift he left her with. All she needs is a leap of faith, but will he fly? Dare they dream again “When Time Comes”?


After a bad marriage, Jenny thinks she will never find happiness again. A strange coincidence changes her whole life and her new future is sealed by a long-awaited passionate kiss.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday (Vacation)

Second Edition, Published by Createspace March 18, 2015

E-Copy: 168 Pages


Amazon, USA

Rating: 4/5 Stars

First, I would like to thank the author for the complimentary copy of When Times Comes with bonus short story, Sealed By A Kiss!

Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of this novella from the author!

Author Cat Nicolauo will fuel your love for love with these syrupy sweet stories about a second-chance romance (time has passed and now they have a second chance) and a second-love (because the first time around, it didn’t work out).

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Let’s discuss When Time Comes, my favorite of the two short stories.

When Times Comes by Cat Nicolauo is a fun second-chance romance novella with a happily-ever-after about a Rock Star (Alex Dane) and his “number one fan” (Athena). They meet on a ferry ride during his summer tour and spend an intense three days together.

Fast forward to six years later when Alex Dane is back touring and Athena attends his concert. She wonders if he will he remember her and if they can have their second chance at romance.

I really liked this sweet romance and was happy to see Athena and Alex get their happily-ever-after. This novella is sure to delight romantics-at-heart with its insta-romance.

Next, the author included her short story, Sealed by a Kiss as a bonus read.

Divorcee Jenny has been eyeing Nick at the local coffee shoppe for some time before she gets the courage to approach him. She is startled by how forward he is, but enjoys speaking to him over coffee. What she doesn’t know, is that this man is already peripherally involved in her life and he surprises her in a big way.

I liked this “second love” story but found it a tad incredible at times. However, it was syrupy sweet and the kind of story that makes you say, “awww” at the end. I liked the clever way that the author wrapped up the story.

Overall, these romances are the perfect afternoon read for fans of happily-ever-afters and insta-love romances. Both When Time Comes and Sealed With A Kiss will entertain hopeless romantics who believe in the magic of love.❤ Recommended!


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To win an e-copy of this novella, please say hello and comment with your email address below! I will pick the winner through Random.Org, on 10/31! Please note, the author is responsible for the prize.

About the Author

Cat Nicolaou lives with her family and many pets on a small island in Greece.  She grew up surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and beautiful beaches. Living in such a peaceful area, she enjoys the idyllic setting around her.It is therefore not surprising that she likes to write romantic stories.Strolling by the seaside is where she gets all her inspiration. As an ever-romantic herself, she likes writing and reading stories with a happy ending, though she does torment her characters before they find a happy resolution.



AWRW Book Review: Deadly Ever After, Black Angel Book 2, by Author Hope Irving @HI_Author #BookReview #PNR


deadlyeverafterI used to be numb, until I discovered what it was to feel again, thanks to Virgil. He pulled me out of the darkness and bewitched me, somehow.

He messed up my mind.
Overwhelmed my heart.
For once, I was willing to welcome some of those irrational emotions. Why did he hold back? I wanted him and he pushed me away.
Wounded by Virgil’s indecisions, I foolishly believed in the fairytale my summer fling offered. Who am I kidding? I’m no princess and this man is definitely not my Prince Charming. That is made apparent by Virgil’s re-appearance, but can I trust him to pull me in and not push me away again?
I wasn’t expecting the dark fairytale that Virgil weaves of the Irish star-crossed lovers. A witch and a monk forever entwined and destined to be together.
Could Virgil and I actually be soulmates, brought back together by an ancient spell, bound to embrace this unorthodox fairytale and a happy ending? Or will this become our deadly ever after?

Ebook: 417 Pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mythological Romance, Folklore/Myths/Legends, Romance


Amazon, USA

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to Author Hope Irving for the e-copy of Deadly Ever After! 

Have you read my book review of Book I of the Black Angel Series, Twice Upon A Time? If not, please check it out, here! This series is intended to be read in order.

First, let’s talk about the new cover! I absolutely love the new design! It’s sexy and gothic and suits the mood of this novel, perfectly. You can read more about the new design for her series, here!

In this installment, Virgil fesses up and Rose learns the truth. Only, she isn’t certain she can believe Virgil’s far-out tale and quite frankly, the more she learns, the more she is frightened/upset. Rose doesn’t believe in fate nor destiny. Even so, she can’t deny the feelings she has for him.


Meanwhile, she has run off with her boyfriend Bruce to NYC. Seemingly everything is perfect. Only, her heart pines to be with Virgil… even if he is a “freak”.

In Deadly Ever After, we learn more about Bruce and his intentions. I was really surprised with this plot twist because I didn’t see him as anything more than a boy-toy. It was great to see the story through his point-of-view. It completely changed things.

Sexy and darkly romantic, Author Hope Irving has spun an unorthodox fairy tale sure to delight lovers of mythological romance!

About the Author

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Hope Irving is the proud mother of a lovely and witty young lady, and the lucky wife of a loving and supportive husband. She’s a debut indie author who lived in Paris, France, most of her life and also in the US, where she graduated with a master degree.
She loves Nutella and Camembert cheese (not together), carrot cake and cinnamon Altoids.
Her favorite fictional characters are Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris) and Sean Bateman (The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis).
The Black Angel Book is her debut series, a NA paranormal love story: Twice Upon A Time (Book 1), Deadly Ever After (Book 2) & Once Upon A Dream (Book 3) and Madly Ever After (Book 4), soon to be released later in 2016/early 2017. –Goodreads Author Bio

AWRW Book Review and #Giveaway: The Trouble with Dying, by Author Maggie Le Page @MaggieLePageNZ #EnterToWin #Free #Paranormal #ChickLit #Mystery #BookReview #BookGiveaway


23906984When Faith Carson wakes up on a hospital ceiling looking down on her body in a coma, it’s a bad start to the week. A very bad start. She has no idea who she is or how she got there or why, and the biggest mystery of all is why she married the schmuck who wants her ventilator switched off.

As if that’s not enough Faith has a dead gran haunting her, a young daughter missing her, and one devilishly delicious man making her wish she could have a second chance at life. And maybe she can, if she finds a way back into her body and wakes up by Friday. But if she doesn’t, this will be her last bad week–ever.

Nate Sutherland decided long ago he’d settle for friendship if he couldn’t have Faith’s heart. But now, as she nears death, he’s going to have to listen to his feelings in a whole new way–and act. Because if he doesn’t, this week will be the worst damn week of his life. He’ll lose everything he’s ever loved.


Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit

Kindle Edition: 330 Pages

Published: December 9, 2014

Rating: 5 Stars

📖 Enter to win a copy (below) 📖

Purchase on Amazon, USA 

I purchased this book as an impulse buy based on the cover and title alone. I’m happy to say, this book didn’t disappoint! Keep reading to win your own e-copy, provided kindly by the author!


The Trouble With Dying, by Author Maggie Le Page, pulled me in right away. I loved how the story was told from the POV of a patient in a coma, who was having an out-of-body experience and was able to float in and out of hospital rooms as her family and friends came to visit her in her comatose state. This made for a rather unique plot!

What I wasn’t expecting was the whodunit type mystery that unfolded. Comatose Faith wasn’t aware of how she got to be there in that hospital, fighting for her life. The clues gradually present themselves and just when you think you have it all figured out, WHAM, the author hits you with another curve ball!

The conclusion was very satisfying on it’s own, but the author threw in an epilogue which gave this story a happily-ever-after ending. I absolutely enjoyed this story and would recommend it to fans of humorous chick lit awash in the paranormal. 5 Stars.

To win a copy of this paranormal chick lit with lots of humor and mystery, please say hello and comment below with your email address.🙂 I will use Random.Org to pick a winner! This contest is open until Halloween, 10/31/16. Thank you and good luck to the participants!

About the Author

new bio picMaggie lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her life leans toward chaotic, with writing time often losing out to kidstuff, home stuff and part-time work. Being a ditz comes naturally to Maggie, so she has no trouble writing her characters into embarrassing situations. No surprise, then, that she writes chick lit—albeit with serious undertones.


Writer Wednesday: Fantasy Fiction Tropes @Bellatrix_Press #WriterWednesday #Fantasy #Tropes #FictionTropes

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Author April L Wood

Call me crazy but I love literary tropes. Most tropes are the common building blocks for certain genres in fiction, and in general, they work as trusty old standbys. A lot has been discussed about romance tropes and young-adult tropes, but what about fantasy?


Fantasy is a genre of seemingly limitless possibilities. I enjoy writing fantasy fiction because it allows me to stray outside of the box. Just recently, I attempted to pull off a young-adult romance — A Diamond In The Rough — which turned into a dark fantasy before my very eyes.

Fantasy, for me, is more enjoyable to write. I also enjoy reading fantasy both to familiarize myself with the genre I write and because I enjoy escaping into fantasy worlds. Having read so many fantasy novels for pleasure and review, I’ve picked up on a few cliches/tropes.

So what about those tropes?

The most common tropes…

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Cover Reveal: Whitechapel Paranormal Society – Eeper Weeper and One for Sorrow by @EJStevensAuthor #coverlove #new

Reblog: The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky #winner! Check out Author Jennifer Allis Provost’s post and enter to win! #Giveaway #CoverReveal

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October is the perfect time to unveil the debut covers from the upcoming Whitechapel Paranormal Society series.  Keep reading for a chance to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card.

New Victorian Gothic Horror Series Set in London’s East End.

The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is coming in 2017.  Until then, we have these gorgeous covers from Phatpuppy Art Studios and Sacred Oaks Press.

Eeper Weeper Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Horror by E.J. Stevens

Eeper Weeper (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens

The great and
prestigious man of science, Doctor Jameson Foster Hadley had
somehow made a mistake. I wasn’t good and I wasn’t normal. His
experiment had failed.

The tedium and terrors of Josephine “Jo” Hadley’s existence within
the stone walls of London’s Bethnal Asylum are interrupted by a
strange visitor, Cora Drummond, a woman who demands to interview
one of the asylum’s most insane residents. The patient’s rantings
include tales of ghosts and demons, but it is the…

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AWRW Book Review: A Snake In Paradise, (The Lei Crime Series), by Author Eden Baylee and Author Interview of @EdenBaylee #PsychologicalSuspense #BookReview #AmReading #Crime #AuthorInterview


asnakeinparadisenewcoverLainey Lee has always dreamed of going to Hawaii. It should have been her honeymoon trip, only it never happened. Now, in a poetic twist of fate, she is making the journey twenty-seven years later—following a messy divorce.

Once on the Big Island, Lainey discovers paradise, but white sand beaches and blue skies are not all Hawaii has to offer. She soon meets Julian, a mysterious stranger ten years her junior. They share an instant connection.

Lainey is eager to shed the fears that trapped her in a loveless marriage, but is Julian a tempting distraction, a new beginning, or a snake in paradise?

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Genre: Psychological Suspense, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Novella, 67 pages

The Lei Crime Series

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After Lainey’s husband blindsides her by filing for divorce after 27 years of marriage, Lainey decides she’s finally going to take that trip to Hawaii – the one she wanted to take on her honeymoon.

At almost fifty, she has to learn how to be comfortable on her own again. She sheds her skin with her marriage and gets a tattoo that represents herself and her new journey: a coral snake.

News of sexual crimes and murder reminds her to keep her wits about her and stay safe. This wasn’t the Hawaii she read about in brochures! Still, she’s determined to enjoy herself on this vacation.

But then, a creep bothers her at a resort bar and a charming man named Julian swoops in to her rescue. This vacation is starting to look up… or is it?

First, I’d like to say “mahalo” to the author for the complimentary copy of A Snake in Paradise.🙂 I spent an enjoyable afternoon reading it!

This empowering novella pulled me in right away and had me at the edge of my seat throughout. It was also great that the themes of this novella are self-discovery, self-growth, and triumph from evil. A Snake in Paradise also has a satisfying conclusion.

I loved Lainey and all of her astute observations. She was super intelligent and the wrong “little lady” to mess with!

I loved the rich setting of this story and enjoyed reading about the turquoise waters and the different terrains of the island. What I love about reading is living vicariously through the characters so I really appreciated the setting! I felt like I was in Hawaii.🙂

I would recommend this short read to fans of crime fiction and psychological suspense aimed at empowering women. A quick, yet satisfying read!

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Purchase A Snake in Paradise, Part of the Lei Crime Series, on Amazon USA

About the Author

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Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual and literary.
She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.
On June 30, 2014, she released her first novel–a psychological mystery/thriller set in Jamaica called STRANGER AT SUNSET.
Eden loves hearing from readers, so connect to her via her website at www.edenbayleebooks.com and all her social networks.


In March of 2015, I interviewed Author Eden Baylee on my (inactive) blog after reading her psychological suspense, A Stranger at Sunset. The following is taken from that interview: (questions in bold are mine).

Hi Eden, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog. Please tell me a little about yourself and your background.

EB: Hi April, thank you so much for the opportunity to be on your excellent blog. It’s great to be here.

I’m Canadian and was a banker for twenty years before I turned to writing full time five years ago. It was a difficult decision to leave a secure, full-time job to chase a dream, but I am very happy I made the leap. Writing is a tremendously rewarding profession, even though I work harder at it than anything else I have ever done before.

That is incredible. I’m glad everything worked out for you! What have you written?

EB: I’ve written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction—Spring into Summer, Fall into Winter, and Hot Flash,along with contributing to the anthologies: Allegories of the Tarot, Indie Authors Naked, and Triptychs.



All of the novellas in my first two collections are also sold individually as the eroticism and sexual content vary from story to story. Some lean to romance, and others more toward the erotic.

In 2014, I released a mystery/thriller and suspense novel called Stranger at Sunset, the first of a trilogy with my protagonist, psychiatrist, Dr. Kate Hampton.

 I recently read and enjoyed your psychological thriller, Stranger At Sunset. inspired by your trip to Jamaica. Please tell me a little more about that.

EB: Yes, thank you so much, April for reading and reviewing. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. You’re right that I formulated the idea for the book in January 2013 after a trip to Jamaica. There, I stayed at a small resort next to where author Ian Fleming of James Bond fame once owned a property. A place where such a prolific writer lived and wrote obviously inspired me. I’m a James Bond fan and spent a lot of time gazing in the direction where Fleming lived! Being in the sun and sand helped cultivate my ideas as well. I’m a sun worshipper!

In my book, the story takes place over a week’s time at a holiday resort not unlike where I stayed. Twelve guests, including the owners of the small hotel and their staff make up the characters of the book. What happens during the week is an intricate play of events, mind games, and of course—murder.

In Stranger At Sunset, after a scathing review, the resort owners invite the reviewer back, hoping for a more favorable review. Have you ever received a negative book review? If so, how do you deal with it? eden

EB: Oh yes, I’m sure most authors get them eventually. There are two ways I look at them.

One – if it’s a critical review that touches on any aspect of my book, and I think I can learn from it, then I’m very grateful for it. As a writer, there is a certain amount of detachment required. I cannot take criticism personally, otherwise it would cripple me and I’d never get any work done. I view these types of reviews as an opportunity to improve as a writer.

Two – if it’s a review that is critical but does not offer anything I can learn from, then I simply ignore it. I don’t dwell on the negative. I’ve had one-star reviews because my book was too short, even though it was advertised as a short story. There is not much I can do about this.

I’ve heard authors complain about the reasons they get negative reviews, and I understand that sometimes the motives may seem questionable and/or irrational, but … there really is no point getting upset over it. We need to grow thick skins and realize that readers have diverse tastes and not everyone is going to like what we write. Readers can leave negative reviews for any reason. We cannot stop them.

What are you working on at the moment? Care to share?

EB: Yes! I just completed a novella called A Snake in Paradise as part of a new Kindle Worlds offering, which will launch April 7th.

I’m also writing the second and third books in Kate Hampton’s journey. Book two is called A Fragile Truce, and book three is nameless for now. I really want to get them out this year.

Great! I look forward to Kate Hampton’s next book! I’m glad her journey continues!

How can readers discover more about you, and your work?

EB: I’m very accessible via all my networks, and I’ve included them here (below). One of the great pleasures for me is talking to readers, so always feel free to connect to me. Sign up to my mailing list and blog to receive information firsthand or email me.

My laptop is practically attached to my hip!

Many thanks again April for the interview. I’m so thrilled we are connected! –eden

Thank you, Eden!

AWRW Book Review: Twice Upon A Time, (The Black Angel Book Series 1), by Author Hope Irving #BookReview #AmReading #Mythology #Romance @HI_Author


twiceupon1Once upon a time, I was Morgann, a 9th century Irish calligrapher-monk.
Deirdre was my assignment, my forbidden love, a witch with whom I wrote a coveted book.
Unfortunately, our story didn’t get a chance to become a fairy tale, it turned out as a famous urban legend referred as The Black Angel Book.
In order to protect the book from getting in to the wrong hands, Deirdre cast a spell. One where I remember and she forgets. Under her spell, our souls travel from body to body until we find each other again. Eventually.
My quest is to find Deirdre, in whatever body her soul inhabits and trigger her memory. Only, the woman I find 1200 years later is not what I was expecting.
Rose is not my type but my soul yearns for her. Every sign tells me that she is my Deirdre. How do I convince this broken, quiet and unbelieving woman that she is my twice upon a time?

Genre: New Adult, Mythology Romance

349 Pages



Once upon a time, centuries ago, a monk named Morgann and a witch named Deidre crafted the Black Angel Book — a book so powerful, others would kill for it. Before they died, Deidre cast a spell to ensure they would find one another once again… in another lifetime.

Twice upon a time, their souls are in the bodies of Virgil, a calligrapher, and Rose, who on summer vacation, takes his calligraphy class. Rose is depressed from a break-up and ready for a summer fling.

Virgil is well aware of who he is and believes Rose may be his Deidre. He is dying to tell her but he has to be patient — like he is with calligraphy — in order to not scare her away. He also has to endure Rose’s games and her attempts to make him jealous. But how can he convince her when she doesn’t believe in fate? And what if he’s wrong? Maybe Rose isn’t his Deidre, after all…

I absolutely love how this novel is based on an urban legend that the author created herself! (I think; I couldn’t find an urban legend about a monk and a witch and a coveted book anywhere online.) I was intrigued by the star-crossed lovers theme and was eager to turn the pages to see how this story would play out.

This novel was more of a new adult, mythology romance than a paranormal romance or urban fantasy. I say this because Rose isn’t aware of her past nor her destiny and the setting is in Massachusetts which is otherwise ordinary. There are no roaming supernatural creatures, etc., and with the exception of the chapters told through Virgil’s POV, this story reads as a contemporary romance. Of course, the reader knows otherwise because of Virgil.🙂

I do wish their life before was elaborated on more because I really found the legend fascinating. Since this is a series, I’m hoping that just maybe there will be a book about Morgann and Deidre in there somewhere — even if it’s just a novella.

Also, the new covers are beautiful. I know there have been a few changes and they just get better and better!🙂

I would recommend this story to fans of romance, myths, and legends!

I would like to thank the author for a copy of her book in exchange for an honest and fair book review.

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About the Author

Hope Irving is the proud mother of a lovely and witty young lady, and the lucky wife of a loving and supportive husband. She’s a debut indie author who lived in Paris, France, most of her life and also in the US, where she graduated with a master degree.
She loves Nutella and Camembert cheese (not together), carrot cake and cinnamon Altoids.
Her favorite fictional characters are Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris) and Sean Bateman (The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis).
The Black Angel Book is her debut series, a NA paranormal love story: Twice Upon A Time (Book 1), Deadly Ever After (Book 2) & Once Upon A Dream (Book 3) and Madly Ever After (Book 4), soon to be released later in 2016/early 2017.

Author Interview of @MarigoldDicer and AWRW Book Review: The Black Swan Inheritance, by Marigold Deidre Dicer #UrbanFantasy #BookReview #BB #Fantasy #Witches #Vampires #Magic #Werewolves


The Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to ordered farmland, beautiful bush to battered beach.
Yet, she always shies away from humanity.
The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo.

blackswaninheritance1Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a dark awakening. Turns out Anita’s over-active libido isn’t just hormonal – it’s magical.

The Black Swan is a powerful legacy that brings both temptation and danger. Having now inherited the title and all that comes with it, Anita finds herself beset upon by ancient abominations that won’t take no for an answer. No wonder the Black Swan had been driven to seclusion and banishment in the past. But Anita is determined not to run away – she is here to help, whether the medieval dragon-wolf or the undead cultists want it or not.

She will be no one’s pawn. She will rise to the challenge.

If she can just manage to deal with her own flaws first. Anxiety, panic-attacks, and bouts of bitchiness does not a diplomat make.

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Published January 26th 2015 (first published November 2014)

I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of Black Swan Inheritance in exchange for a fair and honest book review.

Anita, a sex-addict with a non-existent love life, has aspirations to be a doctor. Trying to be a “good girl” she knows it’s a mistake to go out with her college friend to a club, because of her promiscuous past. Regret comes the next morning when she wakes next to a strange man in a hotel room, but something is else is very different: her body is toned and her skin is clear.

He returns the next day and she’s shocked to learn that the man is a werewolf who uses sexual magic.

Image result for black swan featherIn her sleep, she has vivid sex dreams as well as dreams of being a beautiful black swan. She learns in her waking hours that she is a Black Swan Witch. Before she knows it, werewolves and vampires are fighting over her.

And she thought getting a medical degree was hard?

Supernatural sex, werewolves, witches, and vampires await you in this tale of The Black Swan Inheritance.

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“Why did I have to fall for the vampire? That was so stupidly cliched of me. Hell, there was no shortage of bad-boy types up here. But did I really have to fall for the worst one?”

I was under the impression that this was a paranormal romance, and perhaps a love triangle story between a witch, vampire, and werewolf, but realized half-way through that this was definitely an urban fantasy story that featured a lot of supernatural sex.  I’m glad the novel didn’t go in the direction that I thought it would, (love triangle).

I haven’t heard before of the Black Swan legacy, (maybe it’s an Australian thing?), but I Image result for black swan featherloved the idea of a Black Swan Witch! I’m a huge fan of witches featured in novels and the Black Swan legacy was an unusual but interesting myth/legend.

I really loved the cat, Ginger, and the Black Swan tome that opened to random — yet relevant — pages on it’s own. There’s something magical about ancient books. I want a Black Swan tome!🙂

My favorite scene was toward the end when she walks into the chapel of vampires, taking special care to walk around their soil-covered bodies. Her shadow led her instead of following her. This was a really great scene.

I did find it unusual that the vampires were Christians, considering many Christians would balk at the idea of vamps roaming the earth, so that gave me some pause. Other than that, I loved the vampire ritual with her step-mother — that was awesome! And “Vampire Night” was a great addition to the story, too!

Overall, if you enjoy paranormal urban fantasy featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, as well as epic battle scenes between them, you should check out The Black Swan Inheritance, by Marigold Deidre Dicer! Please check out my interview of this author, below!

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In March of 2015, I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of The Black Swan Inheritance on my (inactive) original blog. The following is from my interview:


Marigold Deidre Dicer has been reading since she fell in love with Enid Blyton’s mysteries at the tender age of eight years old. She began writing full length stories at fifteen years old, and the novelty hasn’t worn off.🙂 Please welcome paranormal urban fantasy author, Marigold Deidre Dicer, to A Well Read Woman blog! In this interview, her comments are in bold print. I encourage everyone to leave her  a supportive comment!

Hi Marigold. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog! Please, tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Well, I’ve gone back to uni to become a high school teacher, since my career in geology didn’t… ugh… let’s just say working in a literal hole wasn’t the dream job I hoped it would be. I’ve always loved reading, way, way back to the hungry, hungry caterpillar days, though Enid Blyton was the first author whose books I just ate up.

When I finally came to terms with the knowledge that “globe-trotting adventuring archaeologist” was not a real job, I decided to write a book about an adventuring crime-solving archaeologist. Best fun I ever had, but the book will never see the light of day. It was just good silly fun.

Ha ha! That’s funny, Marigold! What else have you written?🙂

I’ve published my debut novel The Black Swan Inheritance, which can be found at all major retailers:

Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo

I’ve also written a lot of flash fiction and short stories on my blog which you can find here. And poetry (mostly haikus) which you can find, here.

Please tell me about your novel, The Black Swan Inheritance.

What if something extraordinary happens to you, but you’re still messed up from the ordinary?

I drew on my own experiences with anxiety and panic attacks for Anita’s story, along with some of the self-discovery themes. There the parallels end. Anita’s life and personality are very different from mine.

Anita has inherited the magic of Black Swan, transforming her into a witch who draws on dark powers. Powers that can only be found through carnal needs…

But Anita isn’t a bad person, and she’s determined to use her ill-gotten gains to benefit others. Just as soon as she’s gotten a handle on them, and as soon as the undead cults leave her alone.

Emma Wakeling designed the cover, and she draws some awesomely trippy stuff! Check out her deviantart page, here.

I love that you wove your own experiences with anxiety and panic attacks into your story. I too suffer from those, dreadful panic attacks, and I think I can relate a lot to Anita myself, (in that way… at least undead cults aren’t bothering me!)😉

Please give us some insight into the lead character of The Black Swan Inheritance, Anita. What actress could you see playing her, if your novel was adapted for film?

Anita Bhatnagar is an only child. Her mum died before she can remember, and she was raised by her single working dad (until he remarried a year ago, but she’s on good terms with her stepmum and you’ll find out why when you read the book).

Anita has difficultly socializing and took solace in her studies, until the pressures she put on herself became too much. Her self-designed isolation got to her, and that led to some bad decisions in high school. I remember when I was in high school and I had this idea of who I had to be, which clashed terribly with who I actually was. It took me a long time to sort through the difference and embrace and accept myself. Anita’s currently going through the same process in this book – she has a lot of regrets, and she deals with it by pushing it from her mind as much as possible. But we can’t deny who we are and what we’ve done. We need to learn to accept ourselves, and work out who we want to be.

Who could play Anita? She’s only eighteen so that’s very young, but I definitely think Pallavi Sharda could play a grown-up and mature version of Anita.

Great choice!

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

I like anything with magic or monsters, so I mostly write paranormal/urban fantasy, but I’ve also dabbled in steampunk, and I’ve got a few ideas of horror and sci-fi that I want to get down. I’ll be writing until I’m dead to get everything outta my head!

I like mystical things. I like to explore theoretical scenarios, so the people need to be real for that to work. I’m an idealistic realist.

Do you have a trailer for your book? What are your thoughts on book trailers? 

No, I don’t have a trailer for my book! I’ve seen a couple, and to be honest, I’m not sure about them. While I am guilty of clicking on something because it’s got an interesting cover, I’ll always have a quick read of it first to work out if I might like it. I’m just not sure if book trailers provide enough information in the advertisement. If a book trailer incorporated quotes from reviews, then yes, I think that would work.

I noticed in a review of The Black Swan Inheritance, that a reviewer mentioned the story is told in first person. Do you feel this helps the reader connect more with the main character?

I decided on first person because it was a very personal story. A lot depended on Anita’s innermost thoughts, fears, and motivations to drive the story. Anita’s very rough around the edges – she can be very isolating so I needed that first person perspective to get that close connection to her.

I use third person when those inner-most thoughts are not so crucial, and I want to place more emphasis on a character’s actions, for instance, when I have a character who’s very physical. Third person for extrovert, first person for introvert. That’s my rough rule of thumb.

Is there anything else that I haven’t asked that you would like your readers and fans to know?

I am so close to finishing the first draft for the sequel but I haven’t been able to work on it as much now I’m back at uni. So disappointing to be so close and yet so far! I delve into witchcraft mythology a lot more in the second book, dissecting the potential of the maiden, mother and the crone version of witches. Real medieval stuff in a modern setting. I’m loving it!

That is great! Glad to hear The Black Swan Inheritance is part of a series!

How can your readers and fans discover more about you and your work?

Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads Author Page, Google +

And finally, are you interested in blogger reviews for The Black Swan Inheritance? How can bloggers get in touch with you?

Absolutely! Anyone who wants to provide an honest review of my book can email me at nogaku89@gmail.com for a free copy. I can offer epub, mobi, or pdf. Or if you would like a smashwords coupon, I can do that too!

Great! Thanks, Marigold!


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What Happens When You Don’t Make Your Goals? You Keep Going, Of Course #WriterWednesday #amwriting #goals

Author Jennifer Allis Provost discusses #WritingGoals!

Author Jennifer Allis Provost

About a week ago I started prepping my blog posts for 2017, including my yearly writing goals… And that got me to thinking about my 2016 goals, and one goal in particular that I am not going to achieve. I’d planned to release five novels this year, but that just won’t be happening.

I started off strong, and released Changing Scenes on January 5. The Virgin Queen released on April 5, and Copper Veins FINALLY came out on July 27. And then…crickets.

The other two titles I’d intended to release this year were Changing Fate, the third installment in my contemporary romance series, Changes, and Rise of the Deva’shi, the third Chronicle of Parthalan. After I was done being mad at myself for not making these goals, I took a step back and tried to figure out what happened.

In the case of Changing Fate, there were a few things…

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