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She isn’t known by a name,

only by the number she was branded with at birth.

Nine is now eighteen and as an Unfortunate, she’ll be forced to serve under The

Fortunates for as long as she lives.

All her life, she’s been force fed rules and regulations on how to

serve those above her, but nothing prepares her for Master Kade…the Fortunate

she is assigned to.

His dark and protective

nature compels her, creating thoughts in her mind that she’d be murdered for

having if anyone ever found out.

Her option? To fight. Fight

hard against her forbidden thoughts and desires. It’s the only way for her to survive

in a world that doesn’t want her.


Skyla Madi was born in the small town of Port Maquarie, New

South Wales in 1993. She spent half her life growing up in Wauchope, a thriving

rural town at the heart of the Hastings River Valley before making the leap to the

busy city of Brisbane.

Whenever this young Australian writer isn’t changing

diapers, watching cartoons, cooking for her husband or doing other

motherly-wife things she is actively working on her writing and improving her

writing skills.

Skyla loves to read just as much as she loves to write and

since discovering that YA/paranormal romance/urban fantasy/ are her favourite

genres, she has embarked on her own writing journey and is currently working on

a YA series titled ‘Your Guardian Angel’.


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Unbroken by Paula morris

The second book in the ruined series see Rebecca return to New Orleans but all does not go according to plans when frank ask for her help to retrieve a necklace that was lost the day he was killed.  But Frank isn’t the only ghost that is watching Rebecca and in a town full of ghost from the past she has to watch her back from both the living and the dead.

The location for this story is beautiful and at times you truly feel that you are there. New Orleans is a magical, fascinating city with so much history and this story also touches on the real people who call New Orleans home and their struggles with outsiders coming in and taking over with changes and destruction of historical sites. Just like these well rounded ghosts have their story, so do the buildings in this action packed city that is so mysterious and fascinating to so many visitors.

Rebecca character grows a lot and I really enjoyed seeing her learn more about herself and this world where ghosts actually do exist.

I also really liked getting to know more about Anton. He is a hard character to get to understand.  But through unbroken you get to learn more about I him and his character.

I loved ruined and found unbroken just as enjoyable. For another ghostly adventure filled with intrigue and mystery check out Unbroken by Paula Morris!

Welcome back to New Orleans.
Where the streets swirl with jazz and beauty.
Where the houses breathe with ghosts.

A year ago, Rebecca Brown escaped death in a New Orleans cemetery. Now she has returned to this haunting city. She is looking forward to seeing Anton Grey, the boy who may or may not have her heart.

But she also meets a ghost: a troubled boy who insists only she can help him. Soon Rebecca finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery from more than a century ago. But as she tries to right wrongs, she finds more questions than answers: Is she putting her friends, and herself, in danger? Can she trust this new ghost? And has she stumbled into something much bigger and more serious than she understands? 

Look at Dj Shaw novel’s


Angela was just a well-mannered woman, trying to get on with life. Then she met Rafe and things began to change. He introduced her to another side of life, one that she didn’t find very appealing. After she breaks free of him, she is introduced to the supernatural world, only to find out that she has some ties to that as well.

Enter Daryl, the yummy demon who has arrived to help her exact her revenge. Will she survive learning who she really is?


Phegru found the perfect human. All she needed was to remain undetected until she could gain complete control. On the verge of her success, a meddling human priest interfered. Phegru is left clinging to everything she has set into motion, knowing the day when she has complete control is nigh. And when that dark day comes…even God won’t be able to save that meddling priest.



From the time Rissa was six or seven years old, she knew that there were things trying to gain access into our world. She wasn’t old enough, at that age, to grasp the concept of what these things were or what the difference between their world and ours truly was. She grew up with this knowledge and no one to share it with. Until she got married and she shared her deepest, darkest secret with the love of her life. Tired of being teased over her childhood fear, she decides to confront it head on and that is when things get really interesting.


Wiccan Lies Blurb


MacKenzie just realized the bogeyman is real and he lives right next door. The only problem is she doesn’t know if she’s a part of his life, or he’s a part of hers. After the death of her father, MacKenzie discovered a letter that changed her life forever. Now with the knowledge she is Wiccan, she embarks on a journey to discover her true self. On that path she meets Damion, a man she is drawn to on a primal level. Since their chance encounter she has strange life-like dreams and tries to keep him at arm’s length. Not trusting her reaction to him, she relies on her instinct to lead her through their time together.


One on One with Author DJ Shaw

This week I am luck enough to have the opportunity to interview Author DJ Shaw . ( Pause for cheers and applause)

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve been writing since I was like ten years old. I’ve always enjoyed writing in all the genres (except science fiction, reading science fiction makes my head hurt I can only imagine what it would be like to try to write it lol). But the inspiration for “Wiccan Lies” was the need to get the knowledge of what Wicca really is out there

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m not sure how to answer this question. I suppose it depends on what you consider a writing style. J

How did you come up with the title?

My foster sister came up with the title actually. It has never been easy for me to come up with titles lol

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Just that Wicca is NOT Devil Worship nor is it “magic” per say. Wicca is mostly a natural type of religion.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading many books right now lol

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I wrote a poem for my dad when I was ten years old. He told me that I should stick to it and see where it lead me. Then when I was in 6th grade a couple years later, I was given an English assignment to write a child’s story. A few years after that I was in Creative Writing and my teacher encouraged me to continue with my writing. Though he did express some worry as to the darkness that was my mind lol (I’d written a short horror story for an assignment and he found it to be a bit disturbing)

Can you share a little of your current projects with us?

Sure! I’m in the process of writing a novella , as well as the second book in my MacKenzie Spayde Chronicles. The novella is also part of the MacKenzie Spayde Chronicles but it is in a different characters POV. I can’t share with you which character it is because you haven’t met them yet. You don’t really meet them until “Pagan Truths”, book 2.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have quite a few favorites actually. I just like to read.

Who designed the covers?

Megan J Parker, owner of EmCat Designs, designs my covers J

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Keep on reading! Read outside of your comfort zone from time to time

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

The most challenging aspects of any of my writing, I’ve found, is making sure that what is in my head makes it to paper in a way that is readable to others. I tend to forget a few words or spell something wrong. I’ve even combined a few pieces together because they were jumbled in my head lol.

What does your writing process look like?

I start with research on a few aspects of things that I don’t understand. Then I make up a working outline (Working because I hardly ever go by it lol), mostly I jot down ideas and work from them. From there it’s a matter of letting my characters talk to me and putting it down on paper (or in the comp lol)

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I listen to music when I write so I tend to chair dance lol

What book do you wish you could have written?

There aren’t any books that I wish I’d written. Only because I’m writing them now J

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I haven’t really thought about it. But I can see the woman who plays Fiona on Burn Notice playing MacKenzie and maybe Ian Somerhalder playing Damion. Ethan and Rapzodie are still pretty fuzzy

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Names are important in more things than just books. They help you get inside the characters heads as well as get to know them, so I’d say names are REALLY important to me. When it came to “Wiccan Lies” the characters came to me with their own names already in place. I would suggest as a source to find names if one is stuck J

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Honestly? My five mobsters are my best accomplishment J After them would be the fact that I got over my fear of rejection and submitted my stories for publication

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I do read my reviews. No I don’t respond to them, either good or bad. My advice is to let the bad slide. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and your work isn’t going to be for everyone. J

What is your best marketing tip?

Don’t over-promote. I’ve learned this from experience. If you over-do it then nobody is going to pay attention anymore

What is your least favourite part of the publishing / writing process?

OMG! The blurb and query letter hands down!

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I don’t like to put limits on myself. Though science fiction would be a stretch for me

Do you have a favourite conference to attend? What is it?

I haven’t attended any conferences yet but as soon as I do I’ll let you know J

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action?

The beginning of every story or book is a bit difficult for me without the ideas I’ve written down

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of.  How do you decide you are going to handle these situations?

Usually my characters decide on their own what they are going to do. I tell my friends and family often that it’s their story to tell, I’m just the conduit

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Here lies DJ Shaw

She shall live on in her stories

What literary character is most like you?

MacKenzie Spayde is the character who is most like me

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

I wouldn’t mind making the NY Times or USA Today Bestseller lists before I die 😉

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

Irish hands down! J Oh and maybe an English one as well

This firday we will be taking a look at Dj Shaws Novels and covers. But if you can not wait until then then check out  the following links for more information

Angela’s Siren Awakening:



Barnes and Noble

Phegru’s Revenge:



Things in the Mirror:



Wiccan Lies: