Author Carly Jordynn is Back

Did you love Slayer, the first book in Jordynn’s Sasha Bishop Vampire Slayer series? Like so many others I did too and like those same fans, I’m thrilled to announce the second book is available now, Sasha Bishop: Shifter.

Read more about it and the author who created this fun series below.


Sasha Bishop is the Slayer. With her Halfling and Vampire allies by her side, she had fought and won a vampire war. Now some of her classmates are missing. When they resurface as vampires; they accuse Sasha as being their Sire.

Trouble brews for Sasha and her vampire boyfriend, Hutch when he sides with the newborns. It takes the war to a whole new level. It’s become personal. Angry and hurt, Sasha finds comfort with handsome vampire, Rhydian McDavid, who has an alarming connection to her Slayer past. Now, she must pair up with some unlikely allies to stop a vampire massacre at the Prom, all while being crowned the Prom Queen.

The battle doesn’t stop there. The Vamps of Craig’s Creek are back with a vengeance and plan on making Graduation a buffet. A storm, tornado, and some surprising revelations, guarantee Sasha’s life will never be the same.

Get your copy here.

carlyCarly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.

Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.

Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.





Cover Reveal Time

As promised there’s a new book on the horizon just in time for your summer vacation. I’m thrilled to finally get to share a few details for my latest book with everyone. I hope you’ll follow me from the small town of Warm Springs into the heart of Atlanta where you’ll meet sexy, rocker Oliver and hardworking Lexie as their worlds are turned upside down.


Alexis Hightower considers trust a four letter word, and she has no intention of getting serious with anyone. After all, her day job as a nurse is plenty serious enough. On one of her nights off, she attends a concert for her favorite band and ends up on stage. She never expected to meet the legendary singer in person or that he would be the one to make her question her way of life. But how do you learn to trust again when the one you want is desired by thousands?

Oliver Honeycutt has it all, success, fame, admirers, but when his family is faced with the unthinkable, none of it matters. Stranded in Atlanta, he meets Alexis who’s unlike any woman he’s known before. As his attraction grows, plans for the future change which leaves someone desperate to keep them apart. But Oliver won’t be easily discouraged. To have a future with Alexis he’ll do whatever it takes to make her see the man behind the image.

Mark your calendars for July 20th and have a wonderful summer.

My Top 10 Literary Villains

With Halloween lurking around the next corner, I thought now would be a great time to list my top ten literary villains. Who doesn’t like a top ten list, am I right? As my readers well know, I love a good villain and not just any old antagonist will do. To make the top ten they have to be truly sinister. The kind who keep you up at night and make you wish for their demise. Generally, the more painful, the better. So, here goes my top 10 literary baddies in no particular order.

  1. Nils Bjurman – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – This guy was a piece of work, but boy did he get it in the end. He becomes the overseer of Lisbeth’s finances in the first book after her previous caregiver has a stroke. Unlike the sweet man who cared about her, Bjurman forces her to partake in sexual acts to get access to her money. Horrible, horrible man. Don’t worry, if there’s one girl you don’t want to mess with, it’s Lisbeth Salander.
  2. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Abusive, sadistic, truly evil. I’d say that about covers it. Next time you have a nurse caring for you, just be glad it isn’t old Ratched.
  3. Mrs. Coulter from “His Dark Materials Trilogy” – She was beautiful, smart, and also the main little girl’s mother, but that didn’t stop her from destroying children by separating them from their souls or ‘daemons’.
  4. President Snow – “The Hunger Games” – This guy set up games where children kill other children to keep from having any sort of uprising. He lived like king while others starved. He wiped out an entire district and he did it all with a smile on his face and a white rose pinned to his lapel.
  5. Annie Wilkes – Misery – If you’re ever stranded on the side of the road and are found by your ‘number one fan’, might I suggest you stay on the side of the road? When the author in the story is taken in and nursed back to health by his fan, he has no idea how unstable she is, but he sure does find out. Let’s just say you will never look at a sledgehammer the same way again.
  6. Randall Flagg – “The Dark Tower” – Shows up in nine Stephen King novels including The Dark Tower series where I was first introduced to him and The Stand. You know you have an evil character when the King, no pun intended, himself uses the same character in that many horror novels.
  7. Mrs. Danvers – “Rebecca” – This is one creepy housekeeper. She manipulates a man’s new bride until she is a nervous wreck on the brink of killing herself. Why does this woman hate the new lady of the house so much? Because Mrs. Danvers is attached to the previous mistress and the house in a way that isn’t healthy. Don’t worry, this one is going down with the ship.
  8. Pennywise – “IT” – A being who was around before humankind who becomes whaITt you truly fear. Oh, and did I mention he kills kids? If the pointy teeth, clown costume, and murderous nature aren’t enough to freak you out, wait until you hear the character brought to life by Tim Curry in the film. This character will haunt me FOREVER.
  9. Professor Umbridge – “Harry Potter Series” – Okay sure, Lord Voldemort is the big baddie from the Harry Potter series, but can you honestly say Umbridge didn’t upstage him just a little? She got under my skin in a way that made me grind my teeth. When she had Harry write that sentence over and over again as it simultaneously carved into the back of his hand, I saw red. Luckily, ol’ J.K. gave her a proper end. Good riddance lady we weren’t sad to see you go and that’s no lie.
  10. Jack Randall – “Outlander Series” – For those of you familiar with this series you know who I’m talking about and you probably just got fired up reading his name. Captain Jack Randall will stop at nothing to break our hero Jamie Fraser. And by nothing I mean, rape, murder, torture, you name it, it happens. This guy is one of the worst I’ve ever come across.

Didn’t see a villain on the list who tops yours? Please share your picks below in the comment section.

Author Spotlight on Tara Fox Hall

Everyone please help me in welcoming author Tara Fox Hall. Today she’s stopping by to talk about one of our favorite topics, bad boys. Be sure to leave a comment below so you will be entered to win a magnetic clip.


Everyone who writes fiction is aware of the compelling nature of the “bad boy” the dark horse who emerges from the shadows to steal the heroine’s heart by most any means he can. Often misunderstood with a blackened past to match his dark good looks, this male tends to take all the attention from other men in the work with his lusty bold actions and secretive, suspicious ways. ‘Damaged goods’ is he, a tragic figure whose wounded heart most every woman reader knows she could heal, if only she were allowed the chance. Redemption is always possible through forgiveness, repentance, and love, even for the worst offender.

But is that last statement true, really? In old romances of decades past, the worst that a bad boy could do was compromise the reputation of his love interest or kiss her out of turn, ala Rhett Butler.  That was stepped up in following decades, when we saw women loving men that had stolen from them, slapped them around, cheated on them, or treated them as playthings. Now, in recent fiction, we’ve pushed the envelope a bit further, to have women getting their HEA with partners who once tried to kill them, had assaulted them, or worse. Forgiveness is a blessing, but at what point is there too much to forgive? If there such a line in our emotional sand, some act too terrible to gloss over, or not?

I’m guilty here too, I admit; I’ve got bad boys in my stories, chief among them vampire Devlin Dalcon, who golden good looks and charming ways have not stopped him from putting heroine Sarelle’s heart through the wringer several times in the first 10 books of my Promise Me Series. Although Sarelle has given Devlin back just as much angst with her actions and harsh words, she has forgiven him a hell of a lot in their transitioning relationship from mortal enemies to snuggle buddies.  Yes, Devlin¾unlike most real life bad boys¾has reformed a great deal from the pure villain he was at the start of the series. He deserves a second chance at happiness, doesn’t he?

Take into consideration that for most of those 400 years previous to Sarelle and his recent attitude overhaul, Devlin was a despicable, inhuman monster, keeping order over his kingdom with a taloned fist. Should all those he murdered or hurt just be swept into the pages of history, and locked away? I’d argue yes, forgiveness is possible providing Devlin really has changed. But I’m not sure if the past can be so easily discarded. Even if forgiveness is granted, shouldn’t there still be a punishment for past deliberately evil actions, especially ones of great magnitude?

There are many tools a writer can use to influence a reader into feeling empathy for a character whose actions have been less than pristine. I have used a great many of them to transform Devlin from a scoundrel to a sort of hero, while still keeping a few of his darker tendencies intact. My argument is that the attraction of a bad bod is that he’s edgy and sometimes unpredictable; his passion stems from wild desire that doesn’t always follow the rules. A total conversion from bad boy to stalwart reliable hero may not sit well with readers who enjoyed the anti-hero’s tribulations and trials. Does total reformation make a previous bad boy boring, or not?

Tar ain Gold

Bio: Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children’s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children’s stories to date are free reads on

Be sure to check out her latest release. Find an excerpt below.

tempest of vengenace coverBlurb for Tempest of Vengeance, Promisce Me Series Book #11:

A chain of tragic events culminating in the shattering of the magical “dream bond” between Theo and Sar turns the lovers against one another, as Ulysses attacks from all fronts, hoping to destroy Devlin for good. The return of Lash reignites the fire between he and Sar, even as he saves her daughter Elle from certain death. Finally joined under Oath, Lash, Devlin, and Sar face the storm of Ulysses’s wrath, knowing it will take their combined strength and courage to save all they love from his tempest of vengeance.

Excerpt: It was now or never. I said a quick prayer as I slid my hand to my belt, flipping open the blade as I yanked it free. I kneed Theo as hard as I could. He let out a cry, struggling to hold me. I stuck the knife Lash had given me into his arm, and he snarled in pain, flinching back from me, but he still had me with one hand. I bit his wrist as hard as I could, then jerked free. Theo was almost fully shifted into cougar form, but he was not only injured, he was tangled in his clothes. I ran out of the room as soon as I’d unlocked the door, and upstairs to the study, the knife still in my hand.

Before I reached the top step I heard a throaty purr, and heard clawed feet scrabbling on the stairs as they bounded up them after me. I got into the study just in time to slam the door and lock it, hoping to God Danial hadn’t moved the gun he had kept here since the attacks by Manir more than a year ago. Because I was running to a dead end with no way out, if what Theo had told me about teleporting was true. But I’d never have made it out the front door before he was on me. I tried to teleport immediately, and nothing happened. I tried the phone to call Terian, and got only static. An extension had to be off the hook somewhere.


The office door shuddered under Theo’s assault. He roared, and hit it again. Danial, however, had put this door on after the assault by Manir. The reinforced steel and oak creaked, but it held.

I wiped the knife off on my pants and folded it up, clipping it back to my belt loop, thanking God I’d put it on tonight. Unlocked the hidden safe in the wall, I retrieved a gun and bullets from inside, swearing because it was a regular silenced gun, not an explosive bullets gun. At least the rounds were jacketed hollow points. I had just gotten the first bullet into the chamber when I heard a key in the lock.

The door opened, and Theo stood there, nude, his blue eyes determined, a key in his hand. His arm where I cut him was still bleeding. “I’m not healing, Sarelle. You have werepoison on your blade,” he growled, advancing slowly. “That’s Lash’s knife clipped to your belt! I recognize it!”

I trained the gun on him, holding it with both hands so it didn’t shake too much.

“That’s a regular .38. You shoot me, you’d better hit my heart,” Theo growled. “Because you miss, and I’ll be on you in a second. This little chase you’ve led me on is over! Terian isn’t here to save you! Danial and Lash aren’t here to save you! And Devlin will be too late!”

“You have one chance to leave,” I said in a hard voice. “Or I will shoot you, Theo.”

Theo looked at me for a few moments, and then he lunged for me with a roar.


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