Author Interview with Nicole Zoltack

Happy Friday everyone! To start of the weekend right we decided to sit down with Epic Fantasy author Nicole Zoltack. Check it out below and her books too.

Author Interview

Please introduce yourself.
Hi! I’m Nicole Zoltack, a USA Today Bestselling author. I adore mixing romances with the fantastical and am a *little* prolific.

What genre do you write?
Epic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, fairy tale retellings…

Tell us a fun fact about your life.
I’m a brown belt in karate.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Reading, watching TV and movies with hubby, spending time with my kids (three boys, one girl, and another one on the way!)

What do you like to do in your free time?
See 3 and 4. lol

What gets your creativity going?
Anything and everything! Reading and watching shows and movies can inspire me. I’ve had dreams that have been so vivid that have sparked ideas, and I love to play the “what if” game.

Are you a pantser or plotter?
Plotter. I used to be a pantser to the point that if I figured out the climax before I was ready to write it (I’ve always had to write chronologically) then I would abandon the story. I have several Nano projects that are stuck at 50K that I’ve basically abandoned. Now, I’m a plotter, and I write much faster with an outline.

Do you write with a notebook and pen or go straight for the computer?
Straight for the computer, but I’ve found that if I’m stuck, pen and paper always helps to get me unstuck.

Tell us about your latest book?
My latest book is called Age of Dragons. It’s set in an epic fantasy world divided into six kingdoms, and five other authors are writing in the world with me. The overall series is called Stones of Amaria. Each week, there will be a new release. In total, each author will have a four-book series in the world.

My kingdom features dragon riders because, seriously, who doesn’t love dragons?

Tell us about the villain of your book?
Ah! He’s only vaguely mentioned in my first book so I can’t give too many details about him yet, but he’s evil. He has a silver tongue, and he wants power and revenge.

Who is the main character? Tell us about them.
The heroine is Nicai Bright. Like all dragon riders, she’s a warrior, and her life changes when she spies a dragon fall out of the sky. Something terribly wrong is happening, and she’s bound and determined to figure out the source.

What should we watch for in the coming months?
The Stones of Amaria series! Later on this month, I’ll be releasing the last book in my Magical Hunters Academy series, which I have so enjoyed writing. After the academy, I’ll be writing a different trilogy, this one about a supernatural bounty hunter.

I also have an epic fantasy series under N. M. Zoltack that is somewhat GRRM-esque. The first three books of seven are already published. If all goes well, the last four will be published before the new year.

What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you for trusting me to transport you to another world, and I hope you enjoy my writing! I write for you.


Nicole Zoltack

NZ author pic oldNicole Zoltack is a USA Today bestselling author who loves to write romances. She did marry her first kiss, after all!
From fairy tale retellings to epic fantasy, urban fantasy to paranormal romances, Nicole loves combining romance with the fantastical. When she puts down her computer, she spends time with her loving husband, three energetic boys and one precious little girl with another baby (hopefully another girl!) on the way. Nicole is a brown belt in karate and will read anything and everything. Her current favorite TV show is Stranger Things, and she actually loved how Game of Thrones ended.

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Age of Dragons

Age-of-Dragons-KindleDragons aren’t supposed to fall right out of the sky.

For years, the people of the Burning Havens have ridden their dragons and raised their magical staves, and all has been right in their world.

Until now.

Several dragons have fallen ill, and some are even dying.

Eager to find a cure, Nicai Bright along with the infuriating but strikingly handsome Koll Hawk and their dragons set out for the Smoldering Slopes on a daring and desperate venture. An ancient prophecy speaks of hope there… as well as darkness.

Age of Dragons is the first book in a four-book series in the joint world of Stones of Amaria.

One-click now to be transported to a world filled with dragon riders!

Book 2 – Releases October 17
Book 3 – Releases November 28
Book 4 – Releases January 9

The Beast Within-Sneak Peek

It’s another Hump Day! And, boy do I got a treat for you. Today I am doing a Book Spotlight on The Beast Within by LaVerne Thompson. She was gracious enough to provide a sneak peek for your enjoyment. So, sit back and enjoy the read…if you love it why don’t you go buy a copy :).

Sneak Peek

PRELUDE

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“Where is she?” the woman wailed.

The man clasped her to his chest. His arms wrapped tightly around her, restraining her while tears streamed down his face.

She tugged at his muscular arms.

“She coming, Taabia, dey bringing her. Prepare yourself,” he warned.

The musk of his fear enveloped her. Taabia’s gaze snapped to his. “She dead?”

He hesitated then shook his head slightly.

Taabia understood what he did not say. Her daughter, her youngest child, was dying. “Let me see her, I want to see her.”

Normally at this hour, the quarters would be filled with the sounds of softly spoken conversations, even a few snores. Instead, it was as though the world stood silent vigil with Taabia and held its collective breath. A noise broke the stillness of the night and two men walked out from around the cabins.

By the light of the full moon, Taabia could see they carried a body between them.

The clothing hung off the young girl’s slender form in tatters, like it had been ripped from her. Her blood watered the dry ground with each step the men made with their burden.

Taabia’s nostrils flared, her will alone drove her fear inward, her screams were internal now. She didn’t wait for them to come to her. With the strength born of a mother needing to get to her child, she shoved away from the man restraining her and rushed to the others. She stopped the men carrying her child and gathered her into her arms. The man, her lover, the father of this girl who’d come to warn her, took the child’s legs, helping to carry some of the weight.

Taabia kissed her daughter’s bruised and bloodied face. She barely recognized her beloved features. Her tears mingling with the blood. “I got ya, I got ya,” Taabia crooned.

“Mama?” Her voice was weak and weary, sounding much like a small child, even though she’d seen fourteen summers.

“Yes, chil, I’s here.”

“I’m sorry, Mama, sorry. I shoulda listen.”28469-26

“Shh…none o’ dis your fault.”

They carried her back to the cabin and laid her on the threadbare cot in the corner. Everyone crowded in the doorway, wanting to help in any way they could.

Taabia shooed all the men out of the room. This was for the eyes of women only. Two of the women skilled in healing on the plantation came running when they’d heard about the attack. It would not be the first or the last of such an act. Even though they knew none were as skilled in Vodou or natural and unnatural arts as Taabia, a priestess of Damballah. One look at the child’s torn clothes and wounds, and they knew it was not enough.

Taabia cleansed her daughter’s body, but it had been damaged beyond even her repair. Sometimes when a soul is badly damaged, it no longer has the strength to live in the body. But it takes the body with it before it departs. This was her daughter. Taabia could see her life essence flickering and dimming where once it had been vibrant and full of enough light to brighten up a room. She shut her eyes from the painful world and never opened them again.

Her baby died in her arms that night. Instead of crying and wailing, Taabia made a blood vow. “They will pay,” she whispered, as she laid her daughter upon the funeral pyre and set the branches to flame. She stood silent watch, surrounded by her lover and the other slaves on the plantation, as the fire consumed her child’s body. She slit her palm open with a knife and dripped the blood within the flames. It sizzled as the fire consumed it. Gift given, gift received.

Taabia remained on the cot where her daughter died. She meditated for the rest of the night and the day, gathering her strength, calling upon the older gods of her motherland, the ones who hated man, the light and dark powers that be.

At midnight when the storm she’d called broke, and Jakuta the Lightning God and the others of storms ruled the skies, she left her hovel. Now the first sounds of thunder rumbled in the sky and the tears of the clouds began to fall. Taabia walked out into the night, making no effort to shield herself from the elements. In fact, she was calling them to her, their powers fueling hers. She embraced the night, letting the water soak deeply into her skin, accepting the blessings. At first, heavy clouds hid the full moon from sight, but still she called upon Arawa, Goddess of the Moon for vengeance. A sliver of its lunar light broke through, bathing her in its rays.

She stood in front of the manor house as she raised her arms and face to the sky. Lightning flashed above the house, the storm battered at her hair and clothing but she stood firm in her need. When she spoke, the wind amplified her words for all within the walls of the house to hear.

“I curse you, Clyde deNuit, and you brothers. I curse you and all you beget. Each generation one son be born. One son only. At the turn from child to man, he be ruled by the call of the full moon. You act like selfish beasts; then let you be beasts. On all fours shall you crawl the earth until the pull passes. Every cycle from moonrise to moonset, your beast will rule. Until the day you can control the beast and one of mine deem you selfish no more.”

Thunder rumbled overhead bearing her words to the heavens. The oldest of the deNuits stood at the window and watched the crazy slave woman. His brothers were passed out in their rooms down the hall, but the thunder had awoken him. He sneered at his slave daring to threaten him. He thought he’d have the overseer whip her for her bull in the morning. Meanwhile, he turned away to go back to bed with his wife, wishing he had that young slave girl again. He and his brothers had shared her between them a couple of nights ago. Thinking of the way she’d fought them made him hard all over again. Too bad she died. Well, there were more where she came from. He’d just closed his eyes when the house seemed to shake like it had been hit by lightning.

* * *

When the moon next traveled around the earth and sat in full illumination like the sun, the deNuit men dropped to all fours, growing fangs and fur, turning from men to beasts. The next morning when the sun sat high in the sky as the men woke up naked and in the fields covered in blood, they had reason to fear the witch woman’s words. But it was too late for them all. She’d taken her secrets to the grave where the overseer had put her—almost a month to the day after the master had her whipped to death.


The Beast Within

TheBeastWithinFinal-FJM_Draft2Digital_1600x2400From moonrise to moonset, the beast will rule.

Caleb’s family had a secret. One they’d held for over 300 years. One he’d reveal to save one woman’s life. Because she was the other half of his soul, even though it was her kind who condemned him to be the beast he was.

Lissette knew her family had secrets. What family in New Orleans as old as hers didn’t have family legends, most she disregarded as nonsense. Until she came across something leaving her no choice but to believe. Especially, when it meant her life… or his.

Because of the subject matter and content must be 18+
This was previously part of the Creole Nights Anthology but has been updated.

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The Author

Me2 (1)LaVerne Thompson is a USA Today Bestselling, award winning, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She loves creating worlds within and without our world. She also writes romantic suspense and new adult romance under the pen name Ursula Sinclair also a USA Today Bestselling Author.
She is a certified chocoholic and is currently working on several projects. Some might even involve chocolate. But writing helps maintain her sanity.

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#PNR & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER REVEAL: Demon Magic

Our PNR and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Demon Magic is finally here! This is one of our basic covers that just includes the ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
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#PNR & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER PREVIEW: Demon Magic

Later this afternoon our Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Demon Magic will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview as a sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this PNR & Dark Fantasy cover preview.

Below you will find a screen shot featuring a portion of the finished cover, Demon Magic.

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#PARANORMALROMANCE & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER REVEAL: Marius

Our Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Marius is finally here. This is one of our basic covers that just includes the ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
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To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Marius.

#PARANORMALROMANCE & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER PREVIEW: Marius

Later this morning our Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Marius will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview as a sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

Below you will find a screen shot featuring a portion of the finished Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy cover, Marius.

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Expect this cover to go live around 11:30am CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
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#DARK #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Zastrid the Destroyer

Later today our dark fantasy pre-made cover, Zastrid the Destroyer will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview and sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

Below you will find a screen shot featuring a portion of the finished dark fantasy cover, Zastrid the Destroyer.

 

Expect this cover to go live around 3:45pm CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
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#DARK #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Black Forest

Later today our dark fantasy pre-made cover, Black Forest will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview and sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

These are the images used in our dark fantasy cover, Black Forest.

 

and here is a sneak peek image of the cover itself. Expect this cover to go live around 7pm CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner. Basic Price: $80
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#URBAN #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Natasha

Later today our urban fantasy pre-made cover, Natasha will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview and sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this urban fantasy cover preview.

These are the images used in our urban fantasy cover, Natasha.

 

and here is a sneak peek image of the cover itself. Expect this cover to go live around 5pm CST. It will be a deluxe cover which includes: ebook & paperback cover, 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner. Price: $200

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#PREMADE COVER UPDATE: Multiple Covers

As I stated in my prior post things have been hectic this last month. We were pushing out pre-made covers and working on Allison D. Reid’s illustrated cover series, The Wind Rider Chronicles. Keeping the blog up to date fell between the cracks I’m afraid.

Below you find our latest covers added to our pre-made cover gallery. I will break them down by type. If you want to stay in the now with our covers in case we get behind on our blog updates, join our Facebook Group. This is where we share the covers first and members get special pricing along with other awesome benefits.

If you see a cover below you wish to purchase, you can contact us by our email at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com or our contact page, provide the covers title in your message. We will create your invoice and sent it to the email you provide. We process all payments through PayPal.

Basic Covers – These covers you can purchase the basic option which is the ebook cover only with the basic changes of title, color, text changes and font switch out. Upgrade to Premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
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Deluxe Covers – These covers come these items: ebook & paperback cover, 3 hard revisions (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Deluxe Price: $200

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