Posts tagged ‘emmy z. madrigal’

April 8, 2018

Come meet Emz and hear a live reading! April 21st.

Come Meet Emz!

Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s

80th Anniversary Local Authors Event!

FOPAL invites the community to meet published authors of
different genres as they take the microphone &
read selections from their work!

Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Mitchell Park Community Center – Adobe Room

3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

Award Winning Podcaster – Emmy Z. Madrigal aka Emerian Rich will be reading from her Regency Novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe.

Other featured Authors:

Legendary Hip-Hop Artist, Entrepreneur, MA – Suga-T
Poet Laureate of the City of East Palo Alto – Poetess Kalamu Chaché
Award Winning Journalist – Minu Dave
FOPAL Event Organizer – Tina Gibson
Prized Poet, Actress, Author and Educator – Venus Jones
President of the California Writers Club, SF Peninsula Branch – Lisa Meltzer Penn
Award Winning Writer – Patty Somlo
Award Winning ‘Hall of Fame’ Journalist – Doug Sovern
Audio Fiction Prize Winner – Dave M. Strom

All ages welcome! Refreshments will be served!

For more info on the Palo Alto Library, got to: https://www.fopal.org

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March 24, 2016

YA Podcast Interview with Emmy Z. Madrigal

SweetDreamsCoverHiya all you Sweet Dreamers! I recently had the pleasure of chatting with fellow YA author, Philip Carroll on his podcast YA Books Podcast.

Click below to hear the interview where we talk about books, podcasting, and all that lovey dovey stuff!

To listen to more YA authors talk about their work, go to: http://yabookspodcast.libsyn.com

November 3, 2014

Romance Writer, Emmy Z. Madrigal, Has Done it Again by Sumiko Saulson

Romance Writer, Emmy Z. Madrigal, Has Done it Again

by Sumiko Saulson

tlsmallRomance writer Emmy Z. Madrigal has done it again, with True Love? A Musical Romance, the third book in the Sweet Dreams Series. In addition to writing romance novels, Emmy is a long time author of horror and the hostess of HorrorAddicts.net. In my exclusive interview with her for True Love? A Musical Romance, she revealed that switching between the genres gives her the ability to access a nearly endless supply of material from within the vast stores of her mind. She glides from one genre to the other rather than being plagued as some authors are, by writer’s block.

The romance genre is associated with pleasure reading, and many of us, this writer included, enjoy an engrossing romantic storyline. Romance is a part of our psyche, it is a part of what motivates us and what we dream of. Romance is a way to escape, to take a vacation from our everyday lives. We can imagine we are the leading lady or man, as the case may be, in these fantasies. The best love stories also contain depictions of difficult subjects the readers may be faced with in their lives. These elements make the stories relatable and accessible to the reader.

Some romances that have gone down in history and maintained their relevance in the canons of literature have included contemporary difficulties and challenges to be faced and overcome by their heroines. The Bronte Sisters gave us two such stories, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. The first dealt with subjects such as the loss of parents, orphanages, and the death of a close friend. The second dealt extensively with the subjects of emotional abuse and domestic violence.

Emmy Z. Madrigal was in good company when she made bold choices for her characters, such as including the subject of rape. One in five American women experience rape, and by including it in her storyline, she has made it so that a number of young women who read the books do not feel alone. Like them, Victoria is a rape survivor. In this, the latest chapter in her story, she confronts her rapist and finally gets some closure.

If you or anyone you know has experienced rape, you are not alone. The National Sexual Assault Hotline can help women who are dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault. You can contact them at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Sumiko Saulson’s Interview with Emmy Z. Madrigal

SS: Mistress of Horror by night, champion of True Love by day… how do the two alter egos work together? Is it like Clark Kent and Superman, completely separate incarnations of the same being, or do the twain ever meet?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEM: I love how you put that! Yes, I am a Gemini, so I have my dark side and my light. My dark side likes to write about vampires and ghosts and demons taking over your soul, while my light side likes to write about love and music and enjoying life. It’s helpful on a day-to-day writing schedule basis. If I am feeling moody and melodramatic, I tend to write horror, and when I am feeling fun and full of life, I write romance. It makes the question new writers ask me, “How do you cope with writer’s block?” a non-issue. If I get blocked or overwhelmed by the heavy subject matter in my vampire novels, I switch to Sweet Dreams and enjoy Victoria’s fun attitude. These two parts of me met in my horror romance novel, Artistic License.

SS: Do you think it is possible to show a strong female character in a romance situation?

EM: Absolutely. Just because women open themselves up to love and believe the possibility is there for someone to love them, doesn’t mean their lives are all sunshine and rainbows. Often, it takes more strength to open yourself up to love and trust someone than to stay closed off to others. Victoria opens her heart for everyone to see and has been hurt before, but still has the courage to try again. She understands that to find true love, she has to risk being hurt. Cynthia, the girl who appears to be stronger in this series, has a hard time opening up and often misses out on love by not risking it.

SS: Do you think it’s important to show young ladies who read romances that the heroines have a rounded life and not just love? How do you show that?

EM: First, I think a romance novel should be about more than just love. Without an interesting plot and characters that have goals, the story will fall apart pretty fast. Second, I think the young girls of today need to know love is still out there no matter what kind of drama they’ve dealt with in their lives. I try to empower them by showing women who have adversity in their lives, but still survive and even conquer their demons. I tend to think of novels in a broader sense than just their genre. I write what I want to read, stories about real girls, living their dreams, messing up sometimes, getting hurt, but ultimately staying true to themselves and conquering their demons. I enjoy happy endings, so I tend to finish their battles in upbeats, but it doesn’t change the journey they go through to get to that point. Because of Victoria’s rape, I’ve had so many emails from girls who have been hurt by men in the past. They’ve told me that reading Victoria’s battle with this has helped them work through their own issues. Those emails are close to my heart because my favorite books have been the ones that have helped me battle my own demons.

SS: Do you think it’s important to address real life situations that young people may face today?

EM: I think it’s silly to think teens aren’t having sex, aren’t getting into trouble with drugs, and aren’t finding themselves having to deal with all the things parents wish they could shelter them from. Just because earlier generations never talked about it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening then too. Without these real issues that teens deal with, the tales lack realism. I think the reason Sweet Dreams resonates so much with younger girls is because I wrote these books starting when I was seventeen. Even though the books have been updated, I’ve tried to keep that teenage feeling and not strip the realism from the books.

SS: What are the more controversial decisions you’ve made about your teen characters, and why did you make them?

EM: The biggest thing I get asked by adults is why I allow teens in my books to have sex. The answer is simple. Sex, love, and relationships are part of the human experience. If you cannot see the sexual experience, how two people connect in the bedroom, you may never understand their motives or their reasons for reacting the way they do. One thing I do show with Victoria and Rob’s relations is fidelity, monogamy. Not everyone believes in those values, but I think rather than telling teens they can’t do what they are already doing (and what we did or dreamed of doing when we were young) it’s better to show them good, healthy relationships that practice safe sex.

SS: Recently, one of my favorite romantic adventures, Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale, was made into a movie, and I was very excited. They even cast that handsome Colin Farrell. If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to see cast?

EM: Fun question! Actually, there is a site called StoryCasting.com, where readers can cast their votes on who they think should play the leads. When I created these characters, twenty plus years ago, I of course had other people in mind, but at the time of this interview, I would love to see Skyler Samuels (from The Gates and The Nine Lives of Chole King) as Victoria. For Rob, Austin Butler (from The Carrie Diaries) is best and for Cynthia, Shailene Woodley (Divergent). The fans have been fighting about who should play Derek, so I won’t get in the middle of that. For Greg, I’d love to see Nick Roux (Jane by Design) and for Raul, Blair Reford (Switched at Birth). Even as I speak their names, they are becoming too old for these roles, so Hollywood better hurry up! Oh, and by the way, if I am ever honored to attend a Red Carpet event, I’ve been told by my bff’s mother, that she will be my date before anyone else. So you see, I really have no choice in the matter.

SS: What are some of your favorite romantic movies and romances by other authors?

EM: The best book-to-movie adaptations I have seen come from BBC. 1995’s Pride and Prejudice, 2007’s Northanger Abbey, and 2002’s Daniel Deronda are three of my absolute favorites. Notice, they are also books with strong plots—it’s not all about the romance. I think it’s really hard for American directors to stay true to the book and also please the studios. The best American book-to-movie adaptation I’ve seen is Practical Magic, which is a great read by American novelist, Alice Hoffman. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great American romance films that aren’t directly connected to a book like Kate & Leopold, While You Were Sleeping, and Pretty in Pink.

Sumiko Saulson’s Interview with Cover-Model Heidi Kaden

SS: As a cover model, you represent Victoria to the world. What was your process?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHK: I thought what it was like to be a young adult. I tried to emulate her fears, worries, and hopes. I mimicked the innocence and naivety that comes with being young but also the heart-stopping courage to go all out and not hold back. Victoria has that type of energy.

SS: Do you get into character like an actor before the photo shoot?

HK: For the majority of photo shoots, yes, you do get into character to fit the role you’re portraying. Of course, with photography you can always tweak or alter the photo and character so it fits into the perfect mold.

SS: Victoria is something like a rockstar. What kind of things bring out your inner rockstar?

HK: When I get dressed up for different theme parties or fun costumed events. Choosing the perfect outfit or costume and applying killer makeup to go with it, is totally exhilarating as well as transforming. Creativity brings out my inner glowing rock star.

Sumiko Saulson’s Interview with Musician Brad Wait

SS: How did you get involved with the Sweet Dreams Series?

IMG_1859BW: I first started working with Emmy on Star Struck. As I recall, Emmy was searching the internet for songs that might fit the storyline and what the band Never Open might play. She found my songs “Anime Girl” and “Don’t You See” and contacted me about using them. It was later, that she asked about other songs that the Sweet Dreams Series needed. There was a need for a Boy Band song that RHE would perform. So, I wrote “Where You Got Me”. She also needed a Jazz song for Rob to give to Victoria to record on her first CD. Jazz is a very broad genre, so I decided to try a Smooth Jazz feel and wrote the song “Rain”. Emmy also used “Rain” as the theme song for True Love?

SS: How do you feel about creating music for a podcast, and specifically, one that has Victoria, a musical artist, as its protagonist?

BW: I enjoyed the process of writing and recording new songs for these podcasts. I found it to be similar to composing for Film/TV. It was fun to write things with a specific objective and goal. When composing for Film/TV, you sometimes only have a theme or mood to convey musically. Maybe a scene is weak and needs music to make it interesting, or the music needs to convey tension, romance, or something else the scene is missing. In this case, the story speaks for itself, but the music can enhance it, or at least I hope it does. It is challenging and enjoyable to do this kind of work because you have boundaries or constraints to work within. And oddly, that is a somewhat freeing experience.

SS: Do you feel that Victoria’s recording studio experiences are like recording in real life? How are they the same? How are they different?

BW: As I understand it, Victoria is a natural musician. She started in the studio with little experience as a singer. But, after a couple of false starts, she did really well. In most cases, singers and other musicians don’t get the opportunity to record in a professional studio until they have lots of performing experience. There are exceptions of course, and some, like Victoria, are discovered to have natural talent and given the chance to show it. My own experience is like most other artists—lots of practice and performing until you feel you are ready to record. When you are ready, your main focus is creating the best recording in the least expensive way. The expression “time is money” is so true for recording. The better prepared you are, the better the performance and the less expensive it is to record and mix. These days, most people start out using a home studio or other low-budget studio. Sometimes, you can book a pro studio, but with a junior engineer from midnight to eight in the morning. These are tough hours to put in, but sometimes the only option for new musicians. Victoria, however, got the proverbial ‘break’ in the music business, and given her talent, was able to make the most of it.

SS: Do you feel the music illustrates the characters? If so, how?

BW: I wrote several songs specifically for the story and characters and did the best I could to represent them. Instead of writing something from my personal view, I instead assume the persona of the characters as I write. I don’t know the characters like Emmy and her fans do, but Emmy gave me enough background to work with. In addition to the genre, Emmy described the purpose of the song, who sings it and to whom, and the general sentiment and mood to convey. I used this information and my personal experiences to come up with the lyrics and music. I was never certain that what I was writing would actually be what Emmy wanted or if it would indeed fit the story. But, thankfully they worked out. For the song “I Will Follow Her”, Emmy and I co-wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music. This is the song that Derek sings to Cynthia. Emmy sent me some key lyrics that were important to the story and a general idea of how the song would be ‘performed’ by Derek. I used all of this to develop the rest of the song.

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To find out more about Sumiko Saulson, go to: sumikosaulson.com

September 26, 2014

Guest Blog: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen by Carrie Sessarego

20140525-Scanned-352Carrie Sessarego is friend and the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn. She has such a great literary voice and agreed to swap blogs with me on the subject of Jane Austen. Earlier this week, my post 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Compare the Modern Man to Mr. Darcy posted on her blog and now she brings you wisdom about Jane Austen.

Jane Austen has inspired many modern flix such as: Clueless, Bridget Jones Diary, and From Prada to Nada. She continues to inspire authors and filmmakers alike. But Carrie is here to tell us…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen

There’s a popular image of Jane Austen as an isolated individual. She’s often pictured as a person who was confined to a small, claustrophobic sphere in social and geographic terms. Jane is seen as the ultimate spinster, secluded in her village home and ekeing out a provincial existence. Actually, Jane was quite up-to-date concerning politics and world affairs, and she was no stranger to a dirty joke. She traveled all over England, loved the theater, and loved to dance. Here’s ten things you might not have known about Jane Austen:

1. She had six brothers and her father ran a small boarding school for boys. Cassandra was her only sister.

Jane was a tomboy as a child and loved to play sports with her brothers. She was very close to Cassandra. They spent almost every day under the same roof, and they wrote to each other daily when separated. Sadly, most of the letters have been lost or destroyed.

 2. “Infirmities” ran in the family.

Jane’s brother, George, suffered from “fits”. He was eventually placed with another family who were paid to take care of him. He might also have been deaf. Some comments Jane made in her letters suggest that she talked to him in sign language. Jane had several relatives on her mother’s side that had similar “fits” and seemed to have mental and physical impairments. Jane joked in letters about the “madness” in her family.

 3. Jane loved the ocean.

She did not want to move to Bath, but was promised a seaside holiday every summer, which she very much enjoyed. She liked being “dipped” in the ocean and stayed in a number of seaside resorts in England and Wales. She bought a cabinet from Mary Anning’s father and complained that he overcharged her. Mary Anning was a paleontologist who is finally getting recognition for her work – it’s one of those fun moments in which famous people collide before they are famous.

4. Her Aunt Phila (short for “Philadelphia”) travelled to India to find a husband as part of “The Fishing Fleet”.

A young woman in England with no prospects could take a chance on finding a husband in India, where lonely British men vastly outnumbered women. Women who travelled to India for this purpose were known as “the fishing fleet”. The gamble paid off for Phila, who sent exotic letters to Jane for years.

5. Phila’s daughter, Eliza, married a French Aristocrat. She stayed with the Austen’s when she fled France during the French Revolution.

Eliza told Jane terrifying stories and Jane was quite adamantly anti-French for life, even more so than most English during a time when England was often at war with France and yet totally fascinated by the country. Eliza’s husband was sent to the guillotine. The widowed Eliza married Jane’s brother, Henry. Jane and Eliza were always very close and Eliza is thought to have been an inspiration behind the character of Mary Crawford, in Mansfield Park.

6. Jane was an abolitionist.

Jane’s extended family had many ties to slavery in the West Indies and Jamaica, but her immediate family opposed slavery as a political stance. Her brothers in the Navy opposed slavery on more practical levels, as one of their jobs was to intercept slavers and enforce the abolition of the slave trade. Her brother Frank wrote candidly about his Navy experiences.

7. She hated the Prince Regent but she had to dedicate a book to him anyway.

The Prince Regent was a fan of Mansfield Park. Even though the book was published anonymously, a lot of people knew who the author was. Jane was not a fan of the Prince Regent, but it turns out that if the Prince’s secretary hints that you should think about dedicating a book to the Prince Regent, you better do it. She dedicated a special edition of Emma to him after much soul-searching.

8. Jane enjoyed city life.

Jane is often pictured as never leaving her quiet village. Actually, she spent five years in Bath, a sizeable tourist town, and went to London often to visit her brother, Henry. She loved dancing, going to the theater, and shopping.

9. Jane had a stalker.

A Miss Shirreff was such a fan of Jane’s books that she used to take her carriage past Jane’s home and she said that she always wished the carriage would break down in front of Jane’s house so that they would meet.

10. The first publisher who was presented with Pride and Prejudice turned it down and the other bought it but didn’t release it.

The first publisher who was offered Pride and Prejudice was offered an early version. This version was titled First Impressions. The publisher never even read it. The letter of inquiry was returned marked “Decline by Return of Post”. Jane rewrote it twice and fifteen years later sold it to a different publisher. You could buy a copy for 18 shillings.

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Carrie Sessarego is the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: Tv and Film Adaptations of Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre. She’s also the ‘geek reviewer’ for smartbitchestrashybooks.com, and the creator and writer of geekgirlinlove.com. When not reading and writing, you can find Carrie volunteering for the Sacramento Public Library, and getting into trouble with her mad scientist husband, amazing daughter, suitably mysterious cats, and highly neurotic dog. Carrie’s zombie apocalypse kit contains copies of Jane Eyre, Lord of the Rings, and many, many Oreos.

August 27, 2014

Free Books!

The Sweet Dreams Series is having an awesome sale!

SweetDreamsCoverThe first Sweet Dreams eBook is now free at Smashwords. Use coupon code: KM82A to get your free copy until September 26th, 2014. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/33613

 

 

 

 

starstruckThe second eBook, Star Struck is now free at Amazon.com until August 31st, 2014.

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Struck-Musical-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00JZANUB2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-6&qid=1409084617

 

 

 

tlsmallYou can own the third eBook, True Love from Amazon for only $2.99*.

http://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Sweet-Dreams-Book-ebook/dp/B00M3K6JPK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1409084908

*Note, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can own this title for free as well. Or, if you’ve bought the paperback version, you can get it for free from Kindle Matchbook.

 

August 18, 2014

Meet My Character: Rob Malloy from Sweet Dreams

IRCLive Awards NomineeWelcome to the Meet My Character blog tour! I decided to participate in this fun activity because I thought you Sweet Dreamers would really dig finding out more information about Rob Malloy from the Sweet Dreams Series. Rob Malloy happens to be up for an indie award for Best Book Boyfriend. He’s in third place right now and the next phase of voting starts Sept. 1st, 2014! To vote for him, or read the write up, go to this link: http://indiereconlive.com/?contestants=rob-malloy-from-star-struck

Beth Barany invited me to this blog tour and she is a dynamo, so I figured why not? Beth has been writing, speaking, and coaching writers for a long time. She’s a great person to know and I encourage you to check out her work at: www.BethBarany.com.

Now for the info you all want to know about Rob. Plus, I added in a couple more questions from you Sweet Dreams readers.

Robert (Rob) Malloy

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  • Is he/she fictional or a historic person? Fictional.
  • When and where is the story set? It’s a modern tale about a girl and guy who fall in love after crashing into one another in the airport on Christmas Day.
  • What should we know about him/her? Rob is an advertising/management consultant who does his job very well. The one thing missing in his life is a girl he can be himself with and enjoy his very little off time with.
  • What is the main conflict? In the first two books, Rob seems a man of control who knows everyone in the entertainment business and is hard to shake. Novel one’s conflict is that Victoria is from a poor family, while he is a country club, society guy. Novel two follows Victoria and Rob while they get her singing career off the ground. In the third novel, you really get to see Rob’s demeanor under pressure as someone kidnaps Victoria and almost kills her. When he is thrown into a situation where he does not have control, Mr. Perfect must struggle with the fact that he may not know how to handle every situation thrown at him. The thought of losing Victoria scares him into admitting he has more to learn about life.
  • SweetDreamsCoverWhat messes up his/her life? The conflict in the third book really throws Rob a curve ball. He thinks he has everything figured out and although he is perceived as the man with the plan in every situation, he finds he doesn’t have all the answers.
  • What is the personal goal of the character? Rob is an overachiever with two objectives: To win every deal and to spend the rest of his life making his love, Victoria, happy.
  • Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? The Sweet Dreams Musical Romance Series is available now at SweetDreamsNovel.com.
  • When can we expect the book to be published? 1-3 are available in print and 4 is available in audio. 5 and more are coming soon! 🙂

Reader questions:

  • (Sandra) What kind of underwear does Rob wear? He’s a black boxer brief kinda guy.
  • (Kelley) Rob seems totally straight-laced. I can’t imagine him going to parties with “Kegger”. What did he do there? Make business contacts? Hehehe… yes, it does seem rather odd to picture him there. First, Rob was not always as responsible as he is now. He had his share of routy teenager fun. He counts his blessings that he never got caught or injured in the process. He is rather tame, though. His kind of mischief was drinking and loud parties. (Unlike Raul who might be smoking pot before trying to roll a liquor store with his homies.) However, even though Rob did participate in those sorts of things, he never really enjoyed partying like most people his age. He felt it was a waste of time and only indulged when the pressure from his father got to be too much.
  • tlsmall(LeslieAnne) I can’t believe he bought the whole golddigger thing. I was so mad at him when he bought Steve’s story. How come he didn’t stick up for Vic? Even though Rob is smart about a lot of things, he is still innocent to the evil ways of the world. I think that’s what makes Victoria and Rob so perfect for one another. They both still believe in the goodness of people. Unless proven wrong, they still assume everyone is telling the truth and no underhanded tricks are going on. Kegger (aka Steve) was a mastermind at conning people into believe things. Rob had known Steve for much longer and didn’t have any reason to think his friend was playing him. The fact that Victoria didn’t stick up for herself, when she always let her opinions be known to him, contributed to him thinking she was just embarrassed about the event. I know he’s sorry he didn’t read more into it.
  • (Heather) How does Rob maintain friendships when his life is so different from most people’s? Even relating to Derek must be hard. It’s tough. Victoria kinda bridges the gap for him a lot of times, but before her, he really didn’t spend a lot of time with people his own age. Derek is a business contact and he served more of an “adult at the party” kind of capacity when he went out with the band. Rob has always been taught to take care of people, and that is what he does. It will be interesting to see how his social capacity grows as his relationship with Victoria goes further. Will she bring out the inner child in him so that he can let go and enjoy himself?

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Thank you for meeting Rob Malloy! If you’d like to meet more characters, check out the following blogs for more Meet My Character blogs starting on August 25th, 2014.

MEET MY CHARACTER AUTHORS

Sumiko Saulson is the author of three sci-fi/horror novels, “Solitude,” “Warmth”, and “The Moon Cried Blood, and short story anthology “Things That Go Bump In My Head.” Born to African-American and Russian-Jewish parents, she is a native Californian, and has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area. http://www.SumikoSaulson.com

Lucy Blue is best known as the author of the Bound in Darkness series, a trilogy of dark vampire romances, and the Falconskeep series, gothic faery tales of a witching dynasty in the castle culture of medieval England. Her books have sold thousands of copies in paperback and e-book worldwide and have been translated into German and Italian. Her first book, a collaboration with another author under the name Anne Hathaway-Nayne, was These Our Revels, a tie-in novel to the cult TV show Forever Knight. Her most recent, Strange as Angels, is a contemporary horror romance published by Purple Sword Publications in October 2013.  She lives in Chester, South Carolina, with her husband, Justin Glanville, an artist and aspiring RPG designer, and their shockingly bad but brilliant Jack Russell terrier, Luke. http://lucybluecastle.wordpress.com/

Tracy McGinty Ford is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in archaeology and medieval history. She is the author of the book, Goddesses of Lilith, published through May December Publications. It is currently available through Amazon as a paperback or an e-book. She is currently working on her next book, a sequel to the first, Sons of Cain. You can also find Tracy playing the bass guitar with the band, Lady E & The Blacklight in Nashville, TN. http://tracylford138.wordpress.com/

 C. A.Milson is an award winning horror author of 4 books (and counting); Founder of ASJ Publishing, and seldom film producer. He resides in Melbourne, Australia and likes to spend his time in his backyard hobbyfarm of 13 chooks, and draws inspiration from the horrors that lay in wait in the darkness. C.A.Milson can be found at: www.asjpublishing.com

Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. A member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her stories published in a variety of horror anthologies, online journals and magazines. Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications, followed by its sequels, Elevation, Transcendence and Providence. Magic University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, made its appearance in September 2011 followed by Casualties of War in 2012 and Prisoners of Fate, in 2013. Find out more at: http://chantellyb.wordpress.com

Cinsearae S. is the Editor/Publisher of award-winning Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine and a graphic designer for Damnation Books and independent authors. Author of The ABRAXAS Series, Diary of a Vampire Stripper (Top 10 Finisher, P&E Readers Poll, 2012), and In The Beginning (published through Black Bed Sheet Books), Cinsearae is an avid lover of all things gothic and horrific, and is a huge Vincent Price fan. Her Etsy shop, Mistress Rae’s Decadent Designs specializes in one-of-a-kind creepy dolls, Steampunk/Victorian/Halloween inspired jewelry, accessories, and more, receiving Fright Times’ 2012 Award for Best Horror Collectible. She also has her own anthology imprint, BLOODY KISSES PRESS under well-renowned Horrified Press. She lives with her husband and two rat terriers, aptly named Hades and Chaos. Visit her at http://BloodTouch.webs.com

Laurel Anne Hill’s award-winning novel Heroes Arise was released by KOMENAR Publishing in 2007. Over 25 of her short stories have been published, most recently in the anthologies How Beer Saved the World, Fault Zone, Tales of Fortannis: A Bard in the Hand and Shanghai Steam. Shanghai Steam, nominated for one of Canada’s prestigious Aurora Awards in 2013, is now recommended by Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction. Laurel writes science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror. She serves as Literary Stage Manager for the San Mateo County Fair in California, and is working on her next novel. More at www.laurelannehill.com.

Linda Ciletti grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she discovered her love for classic fairytales through her many childhood visits to the Hazelwood public library. She now resides in a quaint bungalow in the beautiful Western Pennsylvanian  suburbs. She is the mother of three lovely daughters, one handsome son, and three extremely crazy cats. She is a member of the Greensburg Writers Group, Ligonier Valley Writers, and a former member of Romance Writers of America. An eclectic writer, Linda writes in the genres of medieval historical, time travel paranormal, contemporary, and fantasy, all with romantic subplots that exhibits her love of fairytales and happily ever afters. Her medieval historical, Draegon’s Lair, won an Epic Award for best historical romance. Other published novels include KnightStalker and Dream of the Archer. Her poems and photos have been featured in literary magazines and her sole foray into horror, “The Hunger” has been both podcasted and published in the anthology The Wickeds. When not serving the writing muse, Linda immerses herself in illustration and graphics, doing photography, virtual world content creation, and book cover design. Her favorite childhood fairytale?  Beauty and the Beast. http://linda-ciletti.livejournal.com/

Donna Emerich was born and raised in Hancock, NY. She has three children. She loves horror and has several degrees in various fields. She loves to write and draw. Find out more at: http://donnaemerich.wordpress.com/

 

 

August 8, 2014

Rob Malloy Nominated in the Indie Awards!

starstruckVote for Rob Malloy as the “Best Book Boyfriend”.

Thanks Sumiko for the nomination.

Now Sweet Dreams fans can make Rob the winner!

Vote for Rob now by clicking this link and click VOTE!

http://indiereconlive.com/?contestants=rob-malloy-from-star-struck

July 20, 2014

True Love? Now Available!

Now Available in Print

True Love?

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

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Victoria Knox has an awesome boyfriend, great friends, and her singing career is on its way. Are the nightmares she’s been having a warning, or just her subconscious second-guessing the happiness she’s feeling for the first time in her life? When her boyfriend, Rob, whisks her off on a weekend trip planned completely in her honor, someone from her past has another agenda designed to ruin her. Will Rob be able to save her from the devious plans of a demented stalker?

Boy band star, Derek Montgomery, is falling for Cynthia Porter in a big way, but she’s not sure she wants anything to do with him. Competing with the memories of Derek’s ex and tabloid rumors, Cynthia would rather let go of him than deal with all the drama. Can Derek prove to her that he’s serious and that she’s not just the rebound girl? Join these musically inspired friends as they find out if they’ve found true love.

Enjoy your favorite Sweet Dreams characters, read about upcoming books, and check out the extras (including floor plans, authors sketches, and interactive maps) at SweetDreamsNovel.com

May 8, 2014

SD4 Undecided, Chapter 13 – end

undecidedIn Chapter 13, Rob is woken early Saturday morning with good news. Cynthia goes home and has a heart-to-heart with her dad.

This is the last chapter of Undecided. Go to the blog and subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next podnovel in this series. Subscribe at: http://www.sweetdreamsnovel.com

Voices by: Emmy Z. Madrigal.

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

May 6, 2014

Listen to all your favorite Sweet Dreams chapters from the site!

As promised to Sweet Dreamer Shay, you can now listen to all the Sweet Dreams podcast episodes at one place…

SweetDreamsNovel.com

At the top of the page, each book is listed. Just click on the book you wish to hear and you will see each chapter listed below along with a short description of what happens. (See graphic below for an example.)

A few of you have asked for a book timeline and I am working on it. For now, you have each chapter description, which should help. Soon you will be able to see a Sweet Dreams calendar, outlining what happens on each day along with your favorite character’s birthdays and special events!

Thank you for all the emails and notes about the Sweet Dreams Interactive San Francisco map  (located under the “Extras” tab) where you can see where your favorite character’s had that first kiss, took that romantic walk, or went sight-seeing. This was something I’ve been working on for awhile and I am happy you’ve enjoyed it. Please keep the locations coming. Have I missed a spot? Let me know.

Keep the great ideas coming Sweet Dreamers! I want to make the series as interactive as you’d like it!

Sweet Dreams,

~Emmy Z.

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