Thursday, February 28, 2013

Featured Author Zoey Sweete Day 4

From the Coming Soon Blood Wrath:

Renee Draven the witch/vampire hybrid sent to save the mortal realm has failed. She has been beaten, bruised, and left for dead. Half of her soul has been torn away with losing her true one and loyal mate William Angelo. Now, she must look inside herself and find the strength to avenge his death, while unleashing her wrath against Demon Queen, Demya; the one who tore him away from her loving arms. But Demya is only one of many demons coming to surface Renee will face. Old Ones will rise, and the King himself will lead them to chaos. Between battling the darkness that is slowly eating away what is left of her sanity, she must somehow survive the greatest battle she has ever faced. Will our heroine rise above the demons that are lurking after her, or will she finally meet her demise? 

Renee looked up and shot Dante backwards through the entrance as she shielded the others. She would not have them die. Renee knew there would be only one way, but was she willingly to take that chance of never returning. She looked at her friends, her family, they would die another day. Renee stood, closing her eyes, heard Tristan scream no but she wouldn’t listen. She tapped into the dark energy every bit she could find, and there it was. That spark. Suddenly, her eyes were yellow, clear membrane wings sprouted from her back, and horns grew from her head, and a scream escaped her lips, Evyn turned and hit her knees, “Dear Lakai, oh my witch, you do have tricks.”
          Renee pulled Evyn towards her wrapping her in the wings as the razor blades went through Renee’s mid-section. She didn’t even recognize the pain, or acknowledge the blood seeping from her gut. The wings seemed to engulf Evyn and desinigrate her. Dargon stood running up ripping the wings from Renee’s back, she screamed as he lifted up and the horns broke from her head with his grip. Renee’s eyes burned yellow and hypnotized him. A triangle formed closing them in, and in a trance like state Dargon hit his knees crumbling under her gaze.
          The loss of blood must have begun affecting her because Renee started losing power and as she did the darkness disappeared and the triangle as well as the Old Ones were gone. Tristan ran to her sliding across on his knees, “Renee, stay, stay with me.” His hands trying to keep her from bleeding.
          Renee put her hand to his cheek, feeling for the first time the burn inside of Tristan, “I love you. Don’t ever forget that.”
          Renee’s body began to glow red and as it did she was lifted into the air and vanished.
          Tristan felt the pain surge through him as the tears fell from his eyes. She was gone. Dante walked over to him, but before he could speak Tristan stood, “We have to get her back.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Featured Author Zoey Sweete Day 3

Blood Destiny


Before Renee Draven, there was another, the one who began it all. Before demons and mortals separated into their own dimensions, there was a girl sought out to begin the Draven Dynasty. She alone would stand with her Druid King and fight the forces of darkness to ensure the prophecy was fulfilled. 
Elena Draven, torn from her home, taken to a foreign land of Magick and creatures that she had only seen in her dreams walking around right before her eyes. With the gift of a magical ferrum, her power comes alive and her destiny lies before her.
Kilian, her savior, the Druid King who wishes to make Elena his bride and continue the Draven lineage which will destroy the Winged One, and ensure the Chosen One’s path. Will she learn to trust him and accept his love? Or will their time run out before fate takes their lives?
Every story starts somewhere….take the journey into a part of the Draven witches that has never been told and how their Blood Destiny began…..

 I can’t remember how it all started, somewhere I got lost. Somewhere between then and now, I lost myself to the darkness. It fueled my desires, and all I could see was your face burning in my mind as I lit each candle and prayed to the dark goddess below that somehow I would find the answers I so desperately needed to know. All I ever wanted was love, and everyone turned away from me.
          I will say one thing before I continue with my story, and listen closely. There is always a price to pay for the power you invoke. I know she is coming for me. She will want answers one day, Renee Draven. How much would you pay for the power to make the one you love, love you in return? How much would you pay to have one moment of bliss before your soul is ripped from your body? I will tell you this. If I had to do it all over again, I would, a thousand times over. I would have knelt down in front of that alter, athame in hand, and cut my hand to allow the blood to drip slowly inside the forbidden circle, all for you. You were worth every test, every surge of pain you put me through. I only wanted to save my family. I only wanted to ensure their safety, but instead I was given something quite different.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Tour Spot

The Graphic Designer
In 2011, for NaNoWriMo, Marcy Rachel didn't finish what she was writing. Instead, she decided to make MOCK covers for other authors that were writing to inspire them to finish. After that, people loved what she was doing and they told her that she should sell her covers. Marcy took up on their word and now has her page Marcy Rachel Designs. Every November is a reminder of why she started doing this -- indie authors. Marcy keeps her prices very low by keeping Indies in mind. Not only does she make book covers, but also design other things.

Marcy takes pride in her work and will work with you until you are satisfied with the art.  It's always been said "Don't judge a book by its cover" and, although this is very true, a nice book cover can catch the eye of more readers.  Marcy will always use her skills to her highest to provide you with the best cover she can possibly give you so you can be satisfied. Along with being a freelance designer, working for anyone who needs a great cover, Marcy Rachel is also the official graphics designer of AltWit Press.

About Marcy, From Marcy-
“Since my teenage years, I always liked to look at paintings and sculptures. I loved visiting museums. When I went to college, I enrolled as Chemistry major due to lack of knowledge about degrees and programs offered. I failed Chemistry and moved to Business Administration, where I finished my degree as an Administrative Assistant. While in college, I found out that I could’ve pursue a degree in arts but it was already too late. When I was doing my internship, I discovered a TV show that I loved. I met other fans and learned about fan fiction and graphic design. This was my first encounter with graphic design and video editing and I loved it. I started doing it and taught myself some Photoshop and Movie Maker and I’ve been doing it ever since. Supporting the amazing indie community, whether it be a book cover design, a banner, a logo or even a bookmark is my constant ambition. They are the reason that I now I have my “indie business”, Marcy Rachel Designs.

So this is me, Marcy Rachel, providing just a little insight into how I was inspired and why I design.”

Marcy Rachel Designs obtains most of her resources from stock photo web sites.  She first looks on websites that have been researched and that have images that are completely free.  Unfortunately, most of these websites do not offer good quality pictures worthy of being in a book cover or any design.  This is when she turns to paid images, though royalty free, trying always to find a website where the cost of the graphics is low compared to others.  The cost of these images depends on which, and how many images she ultimately uses in the creation of your cover and/or design.  The cost of the images is paid by the client and it's not included in the labor of creating the cover.  You will always have the option of choosing a less expensive (or more expensive) image. Marcy must have your approval on all the images before finalizing the cover.

E-Book covers start at $50! For a full list of services and prices, please visit her website!

Most cover designers only allow a few revisions.  Marcy Rachel Designs has been allowing unlimited revisions, but this takes a lot of time and it's not fair to other people she am working with simultaneously; it slows down her turn-around time for everyone.  SO, now she is offering 10 free revisions.  Additional revisions will incur in a $5.00 fee per revision.

She will be sending you drafts of the cover as you guys go along and make changes; feel free to suggest any changes you think might make the design better and she will try them!!

Most authors send a synopsis of their book and/or the first two chapters so that Marcy can get an idea of the concept to portray.  Sometimes an author will send her the whole book and allow her to scan it for exciting scenes to get her imagination going. That’s totally up to you! Some pitch in some ideas they already have so she can work with those as well.

*A note about content: Marcy does not read pornographic material in preparation for designing a cover.  (Romance novels are ok, even if it has sex scenes, but not actual pornography.) She can use images that depict artistic nudity, but none that portray hate or cruelty towards animals or people.

Marcy Rachel works as quickly as possible, often working nights and weekends to complete a commission.  If you have a deadline coming up and need a cover as soon as possible, let Marcy help you out!

Marcy Rachel Designs will supply you with two cover files for the web; one for Amazon Kindle's with the new size requirement (2500px on the long side) and a smaller size to use as thumbnail.  If you need a custom size, please let her know before work begins. She will include this file size on your package at NO cost.  When the design is final, Marcy Rachel Designs owns the rights of the final design and will use it to promote her work.  If you want full ownership of the rights, it will require an additional fee.

If you have any questions or comments for Marcy, don’t hesitate to contact her at any of the links below or e-mail her at

Twitter: @MarcyRDesigns