Posts tagged ‘fiction’

November 13, 2020

Press Release: A Peculiar Prom Night by R.L. Merrill

New Paranormal Romance
A Peculiar Prom Night
By R.L. Merrill

Four sexually frustrated chaperones

Three hapless kids caught vaping in the bathrooms

Two heated kisses

One ghost ship on the San Francisco Bay turns this joyous celebration into one helluva creepy night…

Meet siblings Ramona and Ruben, veteran teachers at Baymont High School. They’ve been chaperoning proms for years, but tonight they’ll need all of their faculties to protect their students from beings who may or may not have evil intentions. Oh, and manage to keep their family’s secret while attempting to get closer to their respective love interests. No problem, right?

 

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited 


About the Author:

R.L. Merrill brings you stories of Hope, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring quirky and relatable characters. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues that affect us all or diving deep into the paranormal and supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. Winner of the Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Best Contemporary award for Hurricane Reese. Ro spends every spare moment improving her writing craft and striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. She writes diverse and inclusive romance, contributes paranormal hilarity to Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Universe, and works on various other writing and mentoring projects that tickle her fancy or benefit a worthy cause. You can find her connecting with readers on social media, educating America’s youth, raising two brilliant teenagers, trying desperately to get that back piece finished in the tattoo chair, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance.

www.rlmerrillauthor.com

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August 11, 2020

New reading from Emmy Z. Read Raul’s back-story!

Meant to Be…INSPIRED

**Read Free Excerpt Below**

In this new fiction sampler, you can read Raul’s back-story. A prequel to the whole Sweet Dreams Series, Raul’s first feelings for Victoria are revealed in…

“Contact High” by Emmy Z. Madrigal / New Adult

Raul’s addiction is just another symptom of the hard life he’s been dealt but when Victoria sings, his troubles fade into the background. Can her music inspire him to get clean?


Other stories in the book include:

“Tempo of Temptation” by Lela Bay / Regency
Perhaps it is best that Mr. Leon doesn’t recall Petra’s mortifying declaration of love. Could their intense attraction during an impromptu midnight concert inspire her to risk her heart again?

“Her Immortal Beloved” by M.M. Genet / Historical

Beethoven’s plan is to write the ultimate love song that transcends all time for his beloved. Will the woman of his heart let his music inspire her?

“Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse” by Naching T. Kassa / Steamy

Heart-broken musician, Rick Prince, is inspired by the beautiful single-mother, Zella. He has no idea she holds a secret from his past which may tear them apart.

“Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley” by Kate Nox / Inspirational

Grayson Greer motivates his congregation through music, but after the death of his wife, the pastime is shrouded in pain. Can Rachel’s love inspire him to move on?


**Read Free Excerpt Below**

“Contact High”

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Raul waited for daybreak and then snuck out before anyone was awake. He lit up and walked toward school. He didn’t want to go, but figured he could go to Park Lake and sleep on a bench. The fog was thicker than usual that morning. He thrashed through it, crossing the track so he didn’t have to walk as far. The fog closed him in, making him feel like he was the only one on Earth. Cars honked far off, but after a while even those sounds were locked away in some far-off land of the living.

A voice startled him and he froze, thinking someone was talking to him.

It seems we stood and talked like this before…

Raul spun around, looking for who belonged to the voice. He couldn’t see anyone. Okay, sure, he’d taken a few puffs that morning, but not enough to cause hallucinations. He threw down the joint and smashed it out with the toe of his worn Doc Martens boot. What was in that shit?

We looked at each other the same way then…” the girl’s voice sang on.

Raul closed his eyes and tried to focus on which direction the voice came from. He ran ahead a little, following her tune.

But I can’t remember where or when.

A shape formed in front of him, unmistakably Victoria’s. She bounced a little when she walked, her blonde wavy hair swinging behind her, releasing the scent of strawberry shampoo his way.

Her voice captivated him. It curled around him like the fog and touched him in a way he couldn’t describe. He walked along behind her. Not too close to be creepy, but close enough to hear her finish her song. A strange feeling filled him—an overwhelming wish to know her better. But what was he thinking? He stopped in his tracks, allowing her to disappear in front of him into the fog. What good would it be for him to know her better? He could never possess her song. He wasn’t the romantic type who sat around reading poetry and asking girls to sing to him. Fuck that.

Yet, with every fiber in his being, he wanted to speak to her.

Maybe talking to her would dispel the magic? Maybe talking to her, he’d find she was just as worthless as the other girls he fooled around with. Maybe, if he fooled around with her, the spell would be broken.

“Vic,” he called, running after her.

“Hello?” she called back, into the fog.

Once her form became clear in the fog again, he second-guessed his motive. She stood, gripping her backpack strap with one hand, looking so innocent, her eyes questioning if it was safe. She wasn’t his prey. She never would be. He went after the fast girls, the girls who didn’t challenge him, the ones who just wanted to be with him to say they had conquered Raul LaMond, when in reality he had conquered them.

“Raul?” She blinked innocently, her cheeks rosy from the fog or walk, whichever.

“Yeah.” He shrugged. Now what?

“Um, hi.” She smiled and his heart beat fast. Why? Who was she? Just some little innocent brat who sang. So what? But something in him urged him to talk to her.

“Hey.”

“You’re up early.”

“Yeah.”

“You got an A1 class?”

“Nah, just…” Change the subject, chump. “You got A1?”

“Yeah. Choir.”

He nodded and stepped in line beside her, heading to the choir room.

She walked next to him, smelling of cherry chap stick and making him want to taste it. What was he thinking? Kiss Victoria Knox? Really? Victoria was vanilla and pure and, well, Victoria. Raul was a mix of trailer trash and vato. His mother had given him up. He still didn’t know why. Besides, Victoria didn’t exude sex appeal, not to him anyway. Although, she did have a nice body. A cute, short one, with a nice rear that stuck out just enough and breasts that peeked out of shirts slightly, enticingly, not like the girls he fooled around with who showed off the whole enchilada.

“We’re here.” She smiled, nervously biting her bottom lip. See? Even she doesn’t understand why you’re here. Get out.

“Yeah, well, see ya.” He turned to go and she gave a little wave, hopping up the steps to the choir portable.

“Bye.”

Something in him didn’t want to see her go in that door. If she went in that door, he’d never have the guts later to—

“Vic?”

She turned, her blonde hair swinging around and her green eyes sparkling with friendly cheer.

“Yeah?”

“Uh, lunch. Wanna eat by the park?”

“Um…” she considered, obviously wondering why he was asking her to the park alone, without Greg, or their regular lunch crew.

“I need to talk, but if you’ve got plans…” he said.

“No, it’s alright. I could come. Meet you by the lockers?”

“Yeah.” He turned and walked away before she changed her mind and before he messed it up.

Once around the corner from her class, he paused, leaning against the wall, taking a deep breath. What the Hell was he thinking? He hated feeling like someone held his heart in their hands. It wasn’t safe to trust. It wasn’t safe to care. Everyone he’d ever cared about had left him. His anger grew and he turned, slamming his fist into a locker. It made a loud bang in the quiet quad.

“Hey! Who’s over there? What are you doing?” a teacher called.

Raul turned heel and ran. It was foggy, so there was no way he’d been seen. He’d be gone before he could be ID’d. He swung around the end of the school, off school grounds and across the street.

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Read more in Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

August 8, 2020

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.! TODAY!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us TODAY!! at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!

 

 

August 6, 2020

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us August 8th at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!

 

 

February 18, 2020

Sweet Dreams FREE on Amazon Kindle

In honor of the new cover for Sweet Dreams,
I am giving it away free for a limited time!

Sweet Dreams FREE on Amazon Kindle
February 18th – February 22nd!

If you’ve already read it, download a copy on Kindle in support!
Tell your friends!
Tell your co-workers!
Call your grandma!

Sweet Dreams FREE on Amazon Kindle
February 18th – February 22nd!

 

October 8, 2019

Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill

Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill

A rocker with a crush

An intern with a secret

A meet-cute

A band attempting to make a comeback after a tragedy occurred

A group of metalcore musicians who are all awkward and adorable and a supporting cast of bands and crew who will make you laugh, swoon, and maybe even tear up a time or two.

Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the Summer of Hush?

December 23, 2018

Emmy Z. End of Year Update!

Some good news for Sweet Dreams readers.
1.) Undecided and One More Try coming to print.
2.) A new romance podcast coming.
3.) A new spin-off series called First Love.
4.) Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe audiobook coming!
Read more at the FULL UPDATE.

December 1, 2018

Get a free Greg Love Story! And Q&A with characters.

mine2Free Book December 1-5

Love Notes 1: Meant to Be…MINE

“Sweet Dreamers, this love story is a spoiler for book #6… 2 B with U. but it’s oh so worth the read!” – Emmy

“That Feeling” by Emmy Z. Madrigal is of the unexpected type. In this modern tale, rock front man Greg Stang, falls in love at first sight (or is that first hear?) when he overhears the melancholy piano playing of the hauntingly beautiful Raven. Will she return his affections? Or is he just another guy blindly following her?

And it also includes a story from a new Regency author, Lela Bay.

“The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons” by Lela Bay is of the unplanned variety. In this Regency tale, Emmaline is taken by Mr. Aaron’s good looks and peculiar interests, but it appears like he’s after her cousin. Beautiful Catherine Connersfield is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline stand by and let her?

As a bonus, if you’re searching for stories to love, get to know the characters of some of our other Meant to Be authors in the 21 Questions section of this book.

Whether you are in love with your soulmate or still searching, we hope these stories inspire hope, imagination, and love.

Meant to Be Press

June 8, 2018

Emmy on Music Inspiring Fiction, Last Lullaby

Emmy, writing as Emerian Rich in the horror anthology, Crescendo of Darkness.

“Last Lullaby” by Emerian Rich

An opera diva is haunted by a dangerous secret which threatens to end her career and her life.

I was seventeen when I saw my first Broadway production. Our choir class sponsored a trip to Los Angeles to perform at a university-sponsored choral event and see the production of The Phantom of the Opera, my favorite musical. It was a trip of firsts. The first time riding on a luxury bus, the first time I’d performed on a real stage, and the first time I’d sat in a theatre seat.

When the lights dimmed and the music began, it was a surreal moment. My heart pounded hard in my chest, like the drumming of the enormous timpani drums. I stared through my borrowed binoculars at the stage and the costumes, candles, and fog consumed me. I was lucky enough to see the original cast with Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine. Tears collected in my eyes as the performers sang the beautiful music because I was hearing greatness—live. But also because I wanted so badly to be a part of their world. What a stunning, horrific, lovely, dramatic world where anything could happen.

In my short story “Last Lullaby,” Claire has the same yearning to be included in this magical world. She is an opera chorus girl when fate—or perhaps something more sinister—rockets her into diva-hood. For a girl such as her, who loves music with her whole being, what will happen when the gift is ripped from her? Will she survive? Or will she put her life at stake to sing one last time?

Find in this Phantom retelling, “Last Lullaby” in Crescendo of Darkness. Sometimes, it’s better to travel the hard road to gain respect than to make a deal with a demon.

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Music has the power to soothe the soul, drive people to obsession, and soundtrack evil plots. Is music the instigator of madness, or the key that unhinges the psychosis within? From guitar lessons in a graveyard and a baby allergic to music, to an infectious homicidal demo and melancholy tunes in a haunted lighthouse, Crescendo of Darkness will quench your thirst for horrifying audio fiction.

HorrorAddicts.net is proud to present fourteen tales of murderous music, demonic performers, and cursed audiophiles.

 Crescendo of Darkness

Direct link: https://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-Darkness-Jeremiah-Donaldson/dp/1987708156

Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson

Cover by Carmen Masloski

HorrorAddicts.net Press

 

Let music unlock your fear within.

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January 28, 2017

New Short Story – Greg Love Story (spoiler book #6)

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Love Notes 1: Meant to Be…MINE

 

“Sweet Dreamers, this love story is a spoiler for book #6… 2 B with U. but it’s oh so worth the read!” – Emmy

“That Feeling” by Emmy Z. Madrigal is of the unexpected type. In this modern tale, rock front man Greg Stang, falls in love at first sight (or is that first hear?) when he overhears the melancholy piano playing of the hauntingly beautiful Raven. Will she return his affections? Or is he just another guy blindly following her?

And it also includes a story from a new Regency author, Lela Bay.

“The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons” by Lela Bay is of the unplanned variety. In this Regency tale, Emmaline is taken by Mr. Aaron’s good looks and peculiar interests, but it appears like he’s after her cousin. Beautiful Catherine Connersfield is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline stand by and let her?

As a bonus, if you’re searching for stories to love, get to know the characters of some of our other Meant to Be authors in the 21 Questions section of this book.

Whether you are in love with your soulmate or still searching, we hope these stories inspire hope, imagination, and love.

Meant to Be Press