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New Reading and a Raffle!

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Meant to Be Press announces the release of Meant to Be…KISSED (Love Notes Book 2). This is the second collection of sweet of stories from Meant to Be Press authors. This heartwarming collection is themed around winter kisses. The two primary stories are historical romances, with a bonus contemporary flash fiction piece from Meant to Be Press’s newest author, M. M. Genet.

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Meant to Be Press is celebrating the release with sales and raffles!

November 22-25th: For five days only, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay and Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal will be on sale for $0.99 each!

November 19-30th enter to win free Meant to Be Press ebooks. Prizes include the Meant to Be…MINEanthology, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal, and The Harpist by M. M. Genet and Michele Roger.

Enter the raffle!

About Meant to Be…KISSED

Love sweet romance? Meant to Be…KISSED is a collection of short stories to sample Meant to Be Press romance authors.

“The Grand Gesture” by Lela Bay, takes a public humiliation and turns it into an act of heroism. Rosamund Windham, daughter to the duke, literally drops herself into a pool of filth to save an innocent and in the process befriends the girl’s brother. His sister quotes him as saying, “You can’t just throw two people together and expect sparks. It takes the right sorts, like flint and steel. They may not look like they go together until they hit up against each other. Then, sparks.”

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Finally, as a bonus, check out the contemporary romance flash fiction from Meant to Be Press’s newest author M. M. Genet, “A Year and a Day.” Behold of the promise of the future.

Like the seasons, love has many variations, so let these stories inspire you to discard what holds you back and welcome new opportunities.

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Read it for free through Kindle Unlimited, and remember to enter the raffle for other Meant to Be Press romances!

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My Favorite Things: Button Obsession

These are a few of my favorite things…

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Emz’ buttons waiting to be included in craft projects.

Fiction writers are an eclectic group of weirdos. I’m saying it outright. If you’ve ever been to an author convention, you know I speak the truth. We are. I’m proud to be a member, but it just has to be said. We’re weird.

Part of our weirdness comes from sitting alone for large parts of the day, writing fantastical tales for readers to enjoy. We spend more time with fictional characters than human beings. Are we trapped in our own fantasy? At times. Do we chat with our characters on a regular basis? Most definitely. Do we know the difference between our fictional worlds and the real world? Well, sometimes.

Being a part of this world is odd and fun at the same time. Writers tend to look at the world differently and therefore tend to collect things. We have stacks of books. We put scrap collages on the wall. We collect items that remind us of our books or characters.

I’ve found that the writer gene often comes with another side effect. The obsession gene. You see, when we’re going to write a book, we obsess about the details. We study the subject matter, the time period, the clothing, the weapons, everything. In fact, by the end of research we can usually tell you just as much (sometimes more) than someone who’s lived the era. Collecting research leads to interest in many topics and therefore leads to collections.

This blog series will explore some of your favorite authors and what they collect or obsess about, because let’s face it, if we told you all the minute details of what we’ve researched, collected, or obsessed about, in our books, you’d fall asleep. Many of us have several obsessions, but don’t worry, we’ll stick to one per post. We don’t want you to go and get sensory overload or anything.

Name: Emerian Rich
Current obsession: Buttons

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Photo by Heidi Kaden

When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a big tin with buttons in it. I used to be able to play with them a little bit, but she always put them away quickly so I didn’t lose them. I didn’t really understand the fascination with buttons. Being a dorky little minister’s kid what I normally did was divide them into colors and then play church. The biggest roundest one was the minister, the pretty sparkly ones the choir, silver and gold were the band, and the plain old white, black, gray, and brown ones were the congregation. To play church I didn’t need buttons at all. I could use M&M’s or rocks or beads. Buttons were a cool thing that people collected and I was not allowed to touch. Not much more.

buttons2Until a few months ago when a friend of mine showed me a crochet button pattern and stated simply, “I bet you could make these.”

The fever took hold.

I’m not the kind of person to go halfway. If I obsess about something, I have to have every kind, every color, every size, and every shape. At first I started making only flower buttons, but now I’ve moved on to bracelets, necklaces, ID tags, glasses holders, earrings, flowers, the list goes on.

As you can see by the pictures shown, I have hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds and I don’t see the trend ending anytime soon. I’m sure in a month or a year it’ll be something else.

0630152055It’s important to geek out with your friends online or in person to find people that are interested in your favorite things. Socializing in this manner not only builds stronger personal connections, but also gives you an outlet for your geeky obsession gene. For many of us writers, our obsessions are things we hide in closets or craft rooms, but now I’m asking a few of my friends to share their collections, hobbies, and obsessions with you.

Don’t miss the next installment of this
favorite things series when my writer friend
Chantal Boudreau
will talk about her obsession.

Do you have something you collect or obsess about and would like to share with my readers? Feel free to comment below or if you’d like to do a post on your obsession, email me at emzbox13@gmail.com

 

Pen-o-graphy, Or… God I love my pens!

I have to thank fellow author, Chantal Noordeloos, for reminding me how much I love my pens!

mineFor many authors, their writing implement is a very serious matter. I am no different.

I am a pen snob, I’ll admit it right here and now. I take a pen with me everywhere I go and whether it be signing a credit card receipt, or an autograph, my pen must be one of the few “approved” pens in my possession. Can I sign with the store pen covered in germs and smelling of the under part of someone’s dog? Sure, I can, but it’s not comfortable, and besides…it leaves my hand smelling of…well, you know…the under part of someone’s dog. Ewe.

Pen favorites are not a new thing in the writing world. I didn’t invent this craze. It’s been going on for centuries. In fact, you can even learn the ink recipe that one of my favorite writers, Jane Austen, wrote with. See: The Writing Tools of 20 famous Authors.

But for all you non-writers, just think of what you love, the thing you spend most of your day with. Be it a cat, a favorite shirt, a lover…think if someone tried to replace that thing with a crappy, half used, partly torn, replication. Would you not be upset? Well, to some writers, their pen is their friend. I’ve gone to exotic places with mine, even when I haven’t left my house. We’ve done amazing things, traveled through time, mourned lost friends, even spent some time in bed doing naughty things. No, I don’t have pictures doing these things, read my books you pervs. Now my pen is offended you would think of her in such a way!

Moving on. The point I’m trying to make, and my pen wishes I would get on with it so we can go back to writing that love scene with Mr. Darcy, is that my pens mean a lot to me. In this picture I share with you my favorite pens of the moment. I especially like the ghosty ones because I can keep the little ghosts after they run out. As far as favorites go, the actual pen changes sometimes, but the main attribute is that it be a gel pen that does not skip and has a point as sharp and fine as a needle. I also do not like pens with handles or pocket latches. When my pens run out, they go straight into the garbage the moment they start skipping unless I am lucky enough to be liking a pen that affords refills.

Here are some of my author friend’s pens and why they love them so.

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I write with pens like this, because I’m 5 at heart

 

Steve Mix

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Field notes ballpoint pens go great with their notebooks. Micron Pigmas bleeeeeeeeed ink. When I have to doodle, microns are the best. Two senso brush styli and an Adonis disc stylus for my iPad doodling.

Sarah Stegall

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They are ecologically sound: when they run out of ink, I don’t throw them away, I refill them. They provide a different, subtle and resonant feedback from hand to brain when writing down my thoughts. And finally, they link me to every poet, author and essayist who has ever written, before the advent of the computer.

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Now, for those of you who like looking at pen-o-graphy, you might be interested also in desk-o-graphy posts I did in the series The Desk of a Writer.

The Desk of a Writer
Featuring my desk with special guest, Dani Kollin.

The Desk of a Writer 2
Featuring guests Laurel Anne Hill and Heather Roulo.

The Desk of a Writer 3
Featuring my whole office with more pics of pens and guest Crystal Connor.

Take care and whatever you do, treat your pens with kindness and respect.

The Great Vampire Dispute ~ Dan Shaurette’s Vamps

Next up on our Great Vampire Dispute expedition is Dan Shaurette, author of Lilith’s Love. I read Dan’s book several years ago when we first met. I loved the way he combined his wiccan/magick world with Lilith, who is a vampire anyone could love. This is a double love story told from a male’s point of view. The vampire lore is well-thought out and there is a great respect for magick and faith in this tome.

Now, here are Dan’s Vamps, according to the vamp man himself…

Dan’s Vamps

DanTreeAuthor name: Dan Shaurette

What is the title of your series?
Lilith’s Kiss Series

How many books are available?
1 in print and available at Podiobooks.com.

How many total in the series to date? Plans for 3 in this series, but there are spinoff series planned

What is your series about? Donovan, lonely and getting over the recent death of his parents, asks his friend Christian to move in with him when he relocates back home again to Phoenix from Los Angeles. After the Vampire Hunters find Lilith in New Orleans, she and her Wiccan friend Anna decide to go where they think no one would expect to find vampires — The Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ. Christian, who is also a Wiccan, meets Anna at a Samhain event. The chemistry between them is immediate, and when they introduce their roommates to each other, Don realizes Lilith is not only the woman of his dreams — but that she is the woman in his dreams at night. Two romances are sparked, and now that both couples have found each other, they must fight the vengeful plans of Lilith’s Master.

Where can readers get your vampire series?
http://www.Liliths-Love.com

The Vampire Matrix

Garlic Irritant, but nothing more Stake Only immobilizes
Sunlight/ UV Burns rapidly to 2nd degree Holy water/crosses Disturbing with faith/intention
Running water Painful to cross Drowning Can’t drown
Silver Stings, can be toxic Fire Kills
Coffin sleep a must? No coffin. Daytime slumber, yes, for most. Homeland dirt a must? Peaceful slumber on dirt, but unnecessary
Decapitation Kills Do they need to be invited in? No
Do they sparkle? No Do they cast a shadow? Yes
Do they show up on film or video? Yes Do they have a reflection? Yes, by willpower, else no.
Eye color change with hunger? No Blood tears? Yes
Die if not fed? No, they would just hibernate/torpor When killed, what is left? Ash if burned. If decapitated, there’s still a corpse. (Which you should burn.)
Eat solid food? Yes, but passes through them, painfully. Create offspring by blood? Yes
Have sex? Yes, and enjoy it. Fertile? Yes, both male & female.
Immortal? Yes Enhanced strength? Yes
Enhanced senses? Yes Enhanced speed? Yes
Enhanced healing? Yes Flight? Yes, most
Shapeshifting? Yes, some Psychic? Yes, some
Mind control? Yes, some Does their blood heal mortals? Yes
What are their fangs like? Top canines extend down
Skin color when after rebirth: My vamps do not have to be exsanguinated, so they will be paler, but not like pallor mortis or anything.
Attractiveness after rebirth: No more attractive than before.
How do they feed? Bite anywhere, then usually hypnotize them to forget.
What does the mortal experience when fed on? Hurts initially, but there are pheromones released such that it quickly becomes ecstasy.
What do they feed on? Human only? Evil souls only? Humans preferred, or if they must, an animal. Blood bags only in emergency. (Blood bags are like drinking water; it’ll keep you alive, but you’ll still be starving.)
Do they kill? Or only drink? Do they have a conscious? They all have a conscious, though, just like humans, there are psychopaths. Most do not kill, but some lose control and will kill.
Are there clans or a hierarchy? No clans/bloodlines (like V:TM), but there is royalty. Large international hierarchy with geographical domains.

LL2010SWcoverHow is a vamp created in your world? Vamp blood has to be drunk and digested and then the progeny has to die. (No sip & kill. The more blood the better.)

What happens when they are changed? After they are dead, the blood in the progeny’s system will trigger the change. If there’s enough vampire blood, their heart and brain will kickstart and the progeny will wake up. After that, any wounds or ailments will heal slowly. (Everything from poor vision to cancer to gaping wounds.)

Is religion involved in you vamp world and what kind? Most vampires question their faith, if they had a religion in life.

Is war or fighting a big theme in your books? Not in the first book, but various factions are introduced in the remaining books. There’s no constant war of humans vs vamps vs werewolves or anything so grand, just turf wars, basically.

How did vampires “start” in your world? I don’t want to spoil this one. I will say, there’s no “head vampire” to kill and they aren’t demons.

Who is your top vampire character? Lilith was turned in 1693 near Salem, MA. Donovan was turned in 1993 by Lilith in Phoenix, AZ. Malcolm is the regent of the Central Arizona domain and was turned around 1400.

Who is your favorite vampire writer? If I had to pick one, then Anne Rice. But she is closely followed by P. N. Elrod.

What music goes best with your series? The best music to listen to while reading is 90’s alternative/goth, like Shakespeare’s Sister, The Crüxshadows, or anything from The Lost Boys or The Crow soundtracks. The music I tend to listen to when writing is the Interview With The Vampire Soundtrack for its perfect moody instrumentals.

Anything else to say to prospective readers about your series? The beauty of the vampire their ability to fit in any niche. Horror, romance, sci-fi, and yes, young adult. From monster to metrosexual, they do it all. Do not shy away from a story just because you aren’t a fan of or familiar with a genre. It’s time to come out of the coffin and drain a new book dry.

For more on Dan’s book, check out our interview from 2012.

Thank you Dan for sharing your vamps!

The blood is the life, the life is forever,
and next time we’ll be talking to a
classic vampire lover, A. D. Vick.
I’ve no shortage of vampire authors to tease you,
so be sure and subscribe for more biter goodness! 🙂

Give your LOVE the gift of BOOKS!

Looking for a way to show your LOVE through BOOKS?

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Not much time left to get that special someone, something special to read. When you aren’t around, their Kindle or smartphone can be a way to fight loneliness. Have your love reading a gift from you!

On Amazon, you can gift your loved ones an eBook, just in time for Valentines. How?

  1. Go to the book you wish to gift.
  2. Click on the “Give as a Gift” button.

Here are some suggestions for that special someone in your life.

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Sexy Love

Rich and Roulo, Volume 1: DESIRE pushes the boundaries between burlesque and grotesque, featuring a pair of twisted obsession stories and one very naughty poem.

A faded tome wrapped with a red velvet ribbon falls into your possession.
A note attached reads, “To my love.”
As you open it, the spine creaks. Spiders scramble out and skitter across your leg. Startled, you rise and the book thuds to the floor in a puff of perfume-scented dust. Picking it up, you find the velvet ribbon crumbling. It breaks. Where the ribbon had formed a cross holding the novel shut, the cover is still dark and gold leafing inscribed in whirls outlines sensual bare flesh but the rest has faded away, leaving only a hint of naked lovers once sprawled across the luxurious leather.

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True Love

Leslie Marietta is the last known heiress of a palatial estate just south of Los Angeles. When she takes possession of her birthright, sudden creative inspiration allows her to paint alive anything she imagines. Enchantment and wonder transform her life into a fairytale, but as with all fairytales, there is a dark presence. Phantom servants sneak through the house, horrifying shadow creatures threaten to destroy her, and a band of Edwardian house guests are trapped in the walls.

Lord Ashton Northing is a man of property and situation, with a duty to his people that could tear him from his new love, Leslie. Can Ashton convince Leslie she is worthy of her legacy in time to save them from the evil that dwells in her house?

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Vampire Love

Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality. Read the passionate love between newly made vampire Severina and her master Sandro. Or perhaps the student-teacher love of Julien and Severina. Or maybe you’re more interested in the all-consuming love between Jespa and Julien.

Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death. Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover. Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate. Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?

SweetDreamsNewSweet Love

In this love story, Rob introduces Victoria to a high society world where she meets the rich and famous. For the first time she dares to believe her dream of becoming a singing star is possible through Rob’s industry connections. However, Rob is different from anyone she has ever met and she fears she won’t fit into his world. Her mother adds fuel to Victoria’s misgivings by questioning Rob’s intentions. Though sincere, Rob may have trouble convincing his country club parents that Victoria is a proper match. Join Rob and Victoria as they battle social class lines, parental disapproval and ghosts from their pasts to prove to others and themselves that their love is meant to last.

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Anime Love

Abby Tanaka is the creator of the fastest selling manga series on the market, Shuttle 5. One day she’s an out of work art college graduate, scribbling like mad in her sketchbook, and the next, she has five mangas on the shelves. She always heard things happened overnight, but didn’t believe it, until it happened to her. The problem? She needs help! Her colorist just quit, deadlines are stacking up, and her convention schedule barely leaves time to sleep.

Chase Everett, a talent manager with Malloy Inc, promises to take away Abby’s stress. “Don’t worry. We’ll take care of you,” never sounded sweeter. Chase is just a voice over the phone, but Abby starts to have feelings for him. Only thing is, she has no idea what he looks like or if he’s interested in her. Abby’s talent is to create true love out of pen and ink, but can she do the same in her own life?

Whether you gift a book to your love or to yourself, have a very happy Valentine’s day!

~Emz

Sweet Dreams #4, Undecided Chapters 1 and 2

Undecided #4 by Emmy Z. Madrigal – Without a Book Cover?

The first two chapters in Undecided, the 4th novel in the Sweet Dreams Series, is now available for download. Why no cover? Well, that’s a long story and might take a bit to explain, starting with the fact that it was an unplanned sequel and ending with the fact that I just can’t find a picture right for the job. Kinda funny when you think of it. Undecided, without a cover decided? Considering some of my listeners are without sight and some never look at anything but the title as they scroll through their iPod or phone, I decided to let it go. They’ve been waiting an awful long time for this baby.

In Undecided, Cynthia Porter is dealing with much more than any high school girl should be asked to withstand. She’s at odds with her current love interest, famous boy bander Derek Montgomery. Her mother is verbally abusive and violent, pushing Cynthia out of the house. Her best friend can’t even console her, since she’s recovering from a bad weekend injury. Living out of a gym bag, Cynthia stays with any friends who will take her in, but things don’t make her life any easier when she starts hooking up with random guys.

Victoria Knox, recovering from her kidnapping injury, finds her boyfriend can’t stop blaming himself for letting her get hurt. She just wants to put the whole mess behind her and get on with her singing career.

There’s only six more months to the freedom of graduation. Can the girls make it without losing their way?

More information at: http://www.sweetdreamsnovel.com

Chapter 1

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In chapter one, Cynthia decides to skip school and Victoria stays home from school to recover from injuries gained over the weekend.

Voices by: Emerian Rich, Kirk Warrington, Camellia Rains, Kate Wade, J. Malcom Stewart

Theme song, “Single Girls” written by Laura Jansen, preformed by Marinda Wijnen.

Chapter 2

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In chapter two, Cynthia spends the day at Greg’s house. She sees a news report where Derek says he’s single. Jumping to conclusions, she gets herself in trouble with Greg’s new drummer.

Victoria is at home with Rob recuperating.

Voices by: H. E. Roulo, Emerian Rich, Kirk Warrington, Camellia Rains, Kate Wade, J. Malcom Stewart

Theme song, “Single Girls” written by Laura Jansen, preformed by Marinda Wijnen.

**Special song this week**
Anime Girl by Pleasure Trip

Anime Girl Now Live!

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Anime Girl

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

(Emerian Rich)

Now available for download at
Amazon.com

Just 99 cents. If you are an Amazon Prime user, you can borrow this title for free!

Abby Tanaka is the creator of the fastest selling manga series on the market, Shuttle 5. One day she’s an out of work art college graduate, scribbling like mad in her sketchbook, and the next, she has five mangas on the shelves. She always heard things happened overnight, but didn’t believe it, until it happened to her. The problem? She needs help! Her colorist just quit, deadlines are stacking up, and her convention schedule barely leaves time to sleep.

Chase Everett, a talent manager with Malloy Inc., promises to take away Abby’s stress. “Don’t worry. We’ll take care of you,” never sounded sweeter. Chase is just a voice over the phone, but Abby starts to have feelings for him. Only thing is, she has no idea what he looks like or if he’s interested in her. Abby’s talent is to create true love out of pen and ink, but can she do the same in her own life?

Find out what happens when they finally meet in… Anime Girl, A Sweet Dreams Novelette*.
*This is a text book, not a manga.

The cover artist for Anime Girl is Alyssa Loveless, a talented young manga artist. Alyssa was really able to get the feeling and look I wanted for this cover. Abby is so cute in her goth-lotita gear! Alyssa’s other work can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/PixelGhostCreations

Anime Girl Cover!

AnimeGirlCoverFinal copyI can’t tell you how excited I am to show you the cover of my new project, Anime Girl. Anime Girl is a Sweet Dreams Novelette, which means it takes place in the Sweet Dreams world, but has entirely new characters.

The Sweet Dreams Series is based in a world where talent management and musicians meet, reach for their dreams together, and fall in love.

In Anime Girl, I took Rob Malloy’s company Malloy Inc in a whole new direction. Instead of tunes and gigs, we’re talking art and publishing.

Chase Everett is a talent manager living in San Francisco, who works for Malloy Inc. Abby Tanaka, is a manga artist and author whose sales have hit the roof overnight and she needs someone to help her get organized. Little does she know that a knight in shining executive armor is coming to not only help her career, but steal her heart.

The cover artist for Anime Girl is Alyssa Loveless, a talented young manga artist. Alyssa was really able to get the feeling and look I wanted for this cover. Abby is so cute in her goth-lotita gear! Alyssa’s other work can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/PixelGhostCreations

I’m excited to release this to Kindle soon! Be on the lookout for Abby and Chase coming soon.

Artistic License Free Extra Pack!

BUY ARTISTIC LICENSE NOW
and get… a Free Extras Pack!

Like Freebies?
Buy the book and enjoy this special offer package!

This special collector’s edition extras package can be delivered to you or a friend. The picture below of the extras pack is addressed to one of the first buyers, Dan.

This collector’s edition extras pack includes:
*A personalized letter from Henry, the butler.
*A key to Northing Castle. (key styles vary)
*A personalized bookplate signed by the author to peel off and stick in your book.
*And bookmark. (bookmark styles vary)

Getting this prize pack is easy and FREE!

All you have to do is take your picture with the book and email it to:
emzbox13@gmail.com

Along with:

*Who the package should be made out to.
*Your snail mail address.
*A picture of you or a friend with the book.

So, after you receive your Artistic License book from Amazon.com, don’t forget to snap some pics and send them to Emerian Rich!

Artistic License by Emerian Rich

Available now from Emerian Rich…

Leslie Marietta is the last known heiress of a palatial estate just south of Los Angeles. When she takes possession of her birthright, sudden creative inspiration allows her to paint alive anything she imagines.

Enchantment and wonder transform her life into a fairytale, but as with all fairytales, there is a dark presence. Phantom servants sneak through the house, horrifying shadow creatures threaten to destroy her, and a band of Edwardian house guests are trapped in the walls.

Lord Ashton Northing is a man of property and situation, with a duty to his people that could tear him from his new love, Leslie. Can Ashton convince Leslie she is worthy of her legacy in time to save them from the evil that dwells in her house?

Buy it now on Amazon.com