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Darker Places – a chilling anthology of horror, dark fantasy, and dark fiction from the Indie Collaboration.

A selection of chilling stories from some of the best Indie authors on the market. We dare you to venture into these pages of spine chilling tales and stories of dark shadows & darker tidings, shifters, ancient warriors, zombies, & demons… See the world through the Ripper’s eyes, and so much more. So many dark, foul things wait for you between these pages. Freely donated by the authors themselves, these dark passages are a great example of their various, unique styles and imaginations.

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Thunderclap – One User’s Experience

After my recent post about Thunderclap, the crowd-speaking platform, I decided to interview author David Toft about his experiences.

Hi David, and thanks for joining us. How did you first discover Thunderclap?

The more I think about this question, the less sure I am about the answer. I think a writer friend contacted me asking for support for their campaign, but I honestly can’t remember.


Can you tell us about your promotions?

I’ve run three promotions. The first to generate interest in my current trilogy and linked to Amazon’s listing of book one.

I decided to visit my back catalogue for the second and chose Ishtal, a fantasy published by Wings ePress a couple of years ago. Again I linked to the book’s Amazon listing.

Back to the Kyklos Trilogy for campaign number three, and again linking to Amazon’s listing of book one, The Cycles Turn. It’s reached 140% support and is due to go ‘live’ in a couple of days. If it’s not too late you can add your support at


What is involved? How much leg work did you have to do?

Thunderclap campaigns are amazingly easy to set up. If I can do it, anyone can. Getting those one hundred supporters is where the work comes in. It doesn’t sound a lot, but believe me it isn’t easy. I was on my own for all but the last few days of my first campaign and spent an awful lot of time that should have been writing time begging for support from facebook groups, on twitter and on Google+. If you’re thinking of setting up a campaign, join a mutual support group such as Thunderclap Campaigns, or Stormbuilders, on Facebook


Tell us about your successes? How have you benefited?

I think there’s a danger that running a successful campaign becomes an end in itself. All my campaigns have been successful in that they’ve all achieved the required support and gone live. My aim when I started was to boost book sales, and the first two campaigns failed to do that to any noticeable extent. Here’s hoping that number three is different.It’s all about exposure, people tell me, and yes Thunderclap campaigns have increased my exposure, particularly on Twitter, increasing my follower numbers and generating retweets and favourites.


Did you discover any pitfalls?

None, really, but remember that if you’re in a mutual support group, every Thunderclap campaign that you support will appear on your Facebook timeline. If you don’t want that timeline plastered with erotica, be selective.


Would you recommend Thunderclap?

I would, as a means of increasing your exposure, and it’s free which appeals to me as a Yorkshireman.


What promotional advice do you have for others looking to use such crowd-sharing features?

Join a mutual support group, but be a little selective, if you want to keep your Facebook timeline free of certain posts, support via Twitter only, you’ll get your support returned and keep your timeline clean.

If you choose Thunderclap, when you support another campaign click on the ‘tweet’ option. Doing this doubled my number of Twitter followers and gained me more retweets and favourited tweets than I’ve ever seen before.

Enjoy! It can be fun and you’ll make more friends.

Hunters Book Tour – Spotlight Aoife Marie Sheridan


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The Demon Series #1

By Aoife Marie Sheridan

 Abigail is nineteen. Her job, she hunts demons.

Her life so far has been tough. Having witnessed her family’s death and her mother’s suicide, she’s been taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says that she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.

But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she has on her emotions soon starts to loosen. Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Reote, and she finds out a lot more than she was willing to learn.

Knowledge is power, but for Abigail, it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel.


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About the Author:

Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

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Please show your support for The Cycles Turn – book one of The Kyklos Trilogy” by David Toft on Thunderclap


A fantasy Thunderclap Campaign

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The Cycles Turn – book one of The Kyklos Trilogy” by David Toft

A must read for anyone who loves a good story.

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Thunderclap Campaigns – the basics

Thunderclap seems to be one of the new mass social media sensations. So what DOES it do?

From the Thunderclap Page.
‘What is Thunderclap?

Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together.’

‘How does it work?

If you reach your supporter goal, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr post from all your supporters, creating a wave of attention.’

So basically you set up your Thunderclap, be it for your book promotion, charity event or something else and for the ‘spark’ package it is free. This need 100 supporters within the designated time – after which it shares the promotion on the Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr sites of supporters.

It is, of course, up to the Thunderclapper him or herself to gain the support, and one thing I found with my first attempt – people are quite willing to share on twitter but don’t actually manage to click the Thunderclap link and follow the instructions. Although sharing the link IS useful it isn’t as useful as actually supporting! I’d say too pick a reasonable time period in which to promote.  Not all campaigns are successful, and not all will get the desired result. However it does appear to be a good way to reach new followers, especially via Twitter.

Supporters need to click on the  RED ‘Support with’ buttons – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and these will go grey when supported.  In the left hand image below the Facebook and Twitter buttons are grey, as I have supported using these but the Tumblr button remains unused.  There are also ‘Spread the Word’ icons – which can be clicked multiple times.

You’ll get an update via email every day and people can choose or not to receive emails on forthcoming campaigns.

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The wider reach and fancier promotions cost money but as a basic starting package free cannot be knocked;)

Here is the link to my current Thunderclap Campaign.

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Sunday Surprise


Here’s my latest author spotlight – hurrah!

Originally posted on creative barbwire (or the many lives of a creator):

d40388e226a77c7ce70c8ceee77644540f223979_resizeDid you support her Thunderclap? Yes? No? Well, she’s back anyway. She was already in Wyrd Worlds, but she’s also in Wyrd Worlds 2. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back A.L. Butcher!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in Bristol, in the South West of the UK. It’s an historic city, John Cabot sailed from Bristol to America, Isambard Kingdom Brunel built bridges and railways here, and there has been a settlement in these parts since the Stone Age.  

When did you start writing?

At school, same as everyone else…. Seriously though I assume you mean storytelling? I was always an imaginative child, I was the one writing the poem/short story for the school display or off somewhere in my own head. I’ve written poetry for as long as I can remember and stories almost as long. OK, a fair few were best not…

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Character Interview Number Thirty One – Paul – Thriller/Dark Fiction

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Tell Us About Yourself

Name: *clears throat and glares*

Paul and I’m not telling you my last name so don’t ask.


Do you have a moral code? If so what is it?

Morality? With the things I’ve done, sweetheart, there aren’t enough hours in the day to answer that question.
Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions?

No. Humans are hard enough to be around.

Do you have a family? Tell us about them.

*frowns and looks at the floor*

….I used to. They…They’re not…look, forget it, all right? Next question.
Do you have any phobias?

Yeah. Being killed. That’s a huge phobia of mine.
Tell Us About Your World


Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.

It’s dark, it’s mean and if you’re lucky, you won’t get shot.
Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?

Wherever my list takes me, which is pretty much anywhere in the US. Nothing outside the country—makes it harder to get around.
Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world?

Magic? Does coming back from the dead count?
What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.)

Dictatorship, through and through. There’s no such thing as thinking for yourself—that’s one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Does your world have any supernatural/mystical beings? Please tell us about some.

*fidgets and looks over his shoulder*

*sweat pops up over his forehead*

I used to think there was no such thing…but I was wrong.



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Book in which this character appears plus links:


Lights Out

Even when the lights are out, he can still see you…

Paul Holten’s profession doesn’t leave much room for doubt or conscience but he’s reaching his breaking point. The nightmares are getting worse, the jobs are getting harder to finish and the volatile relationship with his boss, Aaron, is falling apart. Now faced with the possibility of an impending death sentence, Paul makes the fatal decision to run. Drawn into one hellish situation after another, he’s forced to confront his dark past—and wonder if perhaps dying isn’t the better option.








Author name

Melissa Groeling
Melissa Groeling graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in English. She lives, reads and writes in the Philadelphia region and wherever else life happens to send her. She is a hardcore New York Giants fan and loves chocolate. Lights Out is her second novel to date.


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Cover Designer Interview Number Seven – Mia Darien

Hi and welcome to the Library of Erana, please tell us a little about yourself. I’m Mia Darien. I am a Jill of Many Trades…although mostly in the worlds of words.

You are a cover designer, what made you decide to get into this line of work? Honestly? Because it’s fun. I like messing around with Photoshop and graphic images. I started making my own book covers, and decided I wanted to do it for others.

Can you tell us about some of the covers you’ve designed and authors you’ve worked with? (Name of books, authors you’ve worked with etc.) I’ve been happy to do covers for BR Kingsolver, author of the Telepathic Clans Saga, as well as Delancey Stewart, Jessica Nicholls, Crystal G. Smith, and Diana L. Wicker, the Tales from Feyron series. Kingsolver’s was particularly fun because I got to make a woman cast lightning from her hands.

Can you tell us what is involved? (I have no clue so you can be as elaborate as you like!) It starts with the author and their images for the cover. Usually, I get images from them, but if not, I’ll scour stock photo sites for stuff. Send them download previews, make concept drafts, which look awful but give the idea. Then when we strike on a concept we like, I take the images and make the prettier version. I send each iteration to the author, who may suggest changes, and once the author is happy, they get their cover art.

Software used – where you source your images, how long a cover takes etc. I use Adobe Photoshop, get the images from the author or from The time a cover takes varies on how hard it is, how complex, etc., can be anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours.

Where does your inspiration come from? Do you read the book first, then come up with a design, or can you produce something from an author’s description? I can’t possibly always read the book before working on a cover. I just don’t always have the time, so I work entirely from the author’s ideas and description, bouncing them between us and then the draft images until we settle on something the author is happy with. If I have read the book, however, I’ll offer what suggestions and input I can.

What are your thoughts on ‘generic’ covers – such as a sword or throne and skulls for fantasy, or interchangeable torsos for romance? I don’t like them as much, but I can understand why they’re used.

When you buy a book do you look at the cover first? What else attracts you? What turns you off? The cover is always the first draw. You can’t JUDGE a book by its cover, but it is your first impression of it. I like covers that evoke an emotion, or curiosity. That are well put together. I tend to like people on covers, but it’s not a requirement. Honestly, I’ve become a bit of a cover snob. Books with covers that obviously didn’t have much thought or time put into them, or seemingly care of any kind, will turn me away.

What advice would you give to anyone starting out in this line of work or who might want to design a cover? Learn the software past the basics. You don’t need to be an expert, but learn what you’re doing. Otherwise, just start playing. Start that way and you learn how things work, then you get it.

What are your thoughts on sites like Fiverr where people can buy covers cheaply? Do you think they encourage substandard or very generic images? I’m not familiar with the site, actually. I don’t know that it does encourage those things. It may, but I try not to judge. As long as the cover can at least look put together, a less expensive or “generic” cover isn’t always bad.

Do you have a genre you prefer? Not really. I’m happy to do any kind of cover.

Please tell us about your favourite image and the favourite cover you have worked on?One of my favorite covers was actually one of my own, for “Welcome to Adelheid,” namely because the woman in the stock photo didn’t have a shirt under the jacket which was partially open down the front. Since the books aren’t romance, I didn’t want to mislead readers. So I created a shirt and almost no one (that’s told me, at least) was able to tell.  I’ve always been proud of that.

 Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? When I have a patch of free time, I like to play World of Warcraft. I tend to shout things at my characters, other people’s characters, animals in the area…

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Clare, after battling with an evil red-eyed spirit, solves her husbands murder and a 1300 year old mystery.

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Please support “The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles” by A.L. Butcher on Thunderclap


Here’s the link to my Thunderclap.

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“The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles”  by Alexandra Butcher- magic and mayhem in a dark fantasy world. Feel the storm rage!

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