June 30, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

Are you ready for an epic summer with Maya's Musings? Check out a special Summer Series called 'My Character's Favorite Quote' featuring several Tirgearr authors. The fun starts on July 3 and continues all summer long.




June 26, 2020

Book Spotlight - New Release - Fall by A.K. Morgen

Songs of Destruction:  FALL's Playlist by A.K. Morgen

 

Music is such a big source of inspiration for me. I wrote FALL (The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two) over the course of a year way back in 2012-2013. When prepping it to republish this year, I considered coming up with a whole new playlist as I worked my way through edits. But I quickly found that the original playlist I created way back then was already exactly what I needed for this story. 

 

In FALL, we see this struggle unfolding between Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews (our apocalypse stopping heroine and hero) where they both have their own ideas on what's best for everyone. They end up clashing over those differences of opinion and reacting to this added element of angst in their relationship in some pretty intense ways at times. As a result, this created a sort of dark, melancholy tone for FALL in places.

 

I'm not exactly a dark and melancholy kind of person, so it was critical that I found music that captured that feeling while writing or it simply wouldn't have worked. Luckily, there was an endless supply of music out there that really captures the more angsty parts of FALL, so I had a lot of good choices.

 

Revisiting them again while editing was, surprisingly, a lot of fun. I hadn't heard some of these in a few years, so it was really nice to queue them up and remember why it fit so well.

 

Here are some of my favorite angst-ridden songs from FALL's playlists.




  • Letters From The Sky - The Civil Wars - This song so perfectly captures Ari and Dace's relationship, and the whole hopeful yet melancholy apocalypse theme of the series, I added it to the list the first time I heard it.
  • Closer - Burn Season - This song reminds me so much of Dace at times. He's so screwed up, and yet so amazingly good at the same time, I always feel a little sad for him.
  • Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics – I can't think of any other song that says so much with so little. It's sad, it's hopeful, and just all around powerful. 
  • All Falls Down – Adelita's Way - This song was an early favorite. I love it for Ronan, who we see a lot more of in FALL, and really start getting to know. It also perfectly captures some of the darkest points of the entire Ragnarök series.  
  • Radioactive - Imagination Dragons – This song has such a great feel to it. There's that apocalyptic vibe, and then that self-loathing vibe, and then underneath all of that is the story of an awakening or desire to change. We see a little of each in FALL. 
  • Always – Saliva – This is one of my all-time favorite pissed off songs. It's so spot on when it comes to that "breaking point" of relationship angst. I rocked it a time or five. 
  • One More Night - Maroon 5 – This is another great dysfunctional relationship song. Plus, I don't know anyone who can make dysfunction sound as hot as Adam Levine does.
  • Hold it Against Me – Sam Tsui – Speaking of hot, I love, love, love Sam Tsui's cover of this song. It's so raw and lovely at the same time. There's a specific scene in FALL where this song fit perfectly. 
  • Tears of an Angel – Ryandan – If I had to pick a single song to listen to while writing the entire Ragnarök Prophesies series, this song would be it. It's haunting, beautiful, sad, hopeful, and just all around amazing.


About FALL (The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two):

How do you save someone who doesn't want to be saved?

Those called to stand guard against the end are broken, and Sköll and Hati run free. Now Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews face a threat unlike any before. Ragnarök is coming and they aren't strong enough to stop it. 

Arionna thought she understood sacrifice, but she never counted on her destiny tearing Dace apart. Ever since she nearly died, he has been consumed with guilt. Now it threatens to turn him into the monster he always feared. 

It's up to Arionna to stop him before it's too late, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions, and Dace is hurtling toward self-destruction. This time, Arionna isn't sure she can save him from himself. 

Can she convince him to let the past go, or is her true destiny to sacrifice her heart in exchange for the lives of the people she loves?

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About the Author:

A.K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of sixteen years and their furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army.

She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. 

She puts her education to use as a 911 Dispatch Supervisor, where she's responsible for leading a team of dispatchers as they watch over police, EMS, and firefighters for her county.

Ayden also writes steamy romantic suspense under the penname Ayden K. Morgen. You can visit her online at http://akmorgen.com or at the links below.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/akmorgen1

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Tirgearr Publishing: http://www.tirpub.com/akmorgen

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June 23, 2020

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June 16, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

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June 2, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

Praise for A Vampire's Tale


"A great read with some good characters." -- Susan, Amazon

"Highly recommend this book" -- Virginia, Amazon

"I found myself glued to the pages in this fantasy read and can’t wait to read the next book!" -- Debbie, Amazon


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April 28, 2020

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"This is an amazing contemporary paranormal romance with danger and suspense woven into it to make it even more enjoyable. The characters are well crafted and full of personality, so much so, that they seem to pop off the page. Within the first two chapters, I was hooked and wanted more." -- Suzanne, Amazon

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April 21, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

Another week of #socialdistancing means further opportunity to catch up (or add to) your TBR list. Consider a paranormal romance from The Magicals Series.


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April 14, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

Read my latest author interview with AllAuthor for #TirgearrTuesday. Interested in me and my books? Want to find out more? You can visit my website www.mayatylerauthor.com for the latest updates and sign up for my quarterly newsletter (sign-up form on website).


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A Vampire's Tale

Sparks fly when a paranormal skeptic author meets a character from her book who happens to be a real vampire.

Praise for A Vampire's Tale

"An unusual story, a must read for vampire lovers everywhere!" -- Belinda, Amazon

"The storyline weaves together, danger, magic, action, suspense and of course romance, into an emotional rollercoaster full of surprising twists and unexpected turns that keep going right to the end." -- Suzanne, Amazon

"I found myself glued to the pages in this fantasy read and can’t wait to read the next book!" -- Debbie, Amazon


A Wizard's Choice

A wizard's apprentice faces an impossible choice. Will he choose love or duty?

Praise for A Wizard's Choice

"I sat on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I loved reading it." -- Scarolet, Amazon

"I enjoyed this book from beginning to end." -- Elvira, Amazon

"Every chapter deepens the plot of the story and helps you stay hooked until the end." -- Ash, Amazon



April 12, 2020

A Lost Faith

I haven't attended church since last Easter.

Although I'm certain that's not unusual for many people my age—no judgement—I was a Preacher's Kid (PK) and went to church even when I didn't have to go. I believed in the institution. I was married in church, we baptized our two sons in church, and I attended nearly every Sunday until my illness peaked in 2014. Our family could have dropped off the face of the earth... not really, but I stopped going to the church, a traditional Christian denomination, we'd attended for eight years, and no one called me for several months. A few months later, I formally "broke up" with our church. I sent a very detailed email to our minister explaining my various reasons so that he might learn from our experience. After our departure, at least one other young family left.

A year later, we were invited to a less-traditional Christian church by a friend. I thought we'd found a new home. Due to my health, I could only attend sporadically, but I always left feeling uplifted. Other than attendance, we didn't become involved in our new church. We attended some non-Sunday events, but never joined study groups or inquired about (re) baptism. I was fine with just having a place to go when we felt well enough to go. The last Sunday we attended, the minister seemed to direct his sermon at our family, focusing on the process (the bureaucracy of the church institution) rather than the 'helping others and making the world a better place' we'd come to appreciate. It started to resemble the 'repeat after me' blind rhetoric we had left behind. I felt less motivated to spend the little able time I had in a day persuading my family to attend church. Even after four years, we hadn't established any close relationships with other parishioners. The pastoral staff had never visited our house. After I received my charitable donation receipt for 2019, I sent an email to the church office informing them of our leave of absence. I didn't cut off the ties as I had done with our old church. Maybe I'll go back. Maybe I won't. But I left the option open.

I still believe in God. Our family says grace before every meal. We say bedtime prayers with the kids. But I carry guilt over the lack of religious instruction we've provided the kids. I never wanted to force religion on them. My overall parenting strategy is provide all the options, live by example, and let them make their own choices.

I have not lost my faith in God. I have lost my faith in humanity.


In general, Christians do not live the way Jesus endorsed. And it goes beyond our natural tendency to sin. I have come to the realization that I can't help everyone. But I believe if everyone does something to help others, then the world will be a better place. This pandemic has clearly emphasized the deficiencies in our communities. I feel like we are steps away from 'every person for themselves' chaos. In this uncertain and volatile world, I have to look very hard to find the good news.


April 7, 2020

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If you haven't read it yet, A Wizard's Choice is Book 2 in The Magicals Series. A reluctant wizard apprentice must choose between duty and his heart's desire.

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April 3, 2020

Just Another Day in the Life

It’s the topic on everyone’s mind and social media feed.

Covid-19 or the Coronavirus has been the source of much anxiety, and even panic, these last few months. I’ve seen more jokes and memes and re-purposed songs. Humour is a great coping device. It distracts us from the very sobering reality that is our world now. We are at war. The enemy is a virus. We are all fighting for our lives. For a piece of normalcy. Armed with hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes (or your “weapon” of choice).

Slowly, bit by bit, pieces of our normal lives have been eroded away. March break was extended by two weeks. Now, we are told school will be closed until at least May 3. Public gatherings are now restricted to five. Only essential businesses are open. Our local forest trails are closed.

How have you been coping? At the beginning of March break, I optimistically started in on my huge list of outstanding projects. But, only a few days in, I became too anxious to do anything. I have the time, but not the right mindset. This pandemic is exasperating my pre-existing mental health issues. I want to write. I’d love to finish my two work-in-progresses. But it’s not happening right now. Not today anyway.

I’m still looking for the positive. The good things about sheltering-in-place... I’ve spent more time with my kids. I’ve caught up on a decade’s worth of Disney movies on Disney Plus. I’ve been reading a lot (an essential hobby for writers). Thank goodness for eBooks. Zero wait time for delivery.

Today is another day.


March 23, 2020

Anxious? Me too.

I haven't blogged in a while...

Since I missed my NaNoWriMo goal in November, I've been focusing my time and efforts on finishing Book 3 of The Magicals Series. If you receive my spring newsletter, I gave a pretty good update on where I am on Book 3. Sum-up: I'll finish it this year. <<fingers crossed>>

My husband has been keeping me informed of the COVID-19 pandemic. I don't read/watch the news because it's usually bad news. I prefer my reading time to be spent immersed in fiction...preferably the happily-ever-after kind. But this health crisis has infiltrated my bubble to the point where I can no longer ignore the personal impact. I'm scared. I'm not heartless—I've been concerned about the world for months now. But now I am faced with the reality that if my immunocompromised husband gets sick, then he could die.

I felt this same fear twice before. Once, before he was diagnosed, when he took an ambulance to the hospital. It was the middle of the night and we had a two-month old baby. Once when he travelled from our home in Ontario, Canada to New York state for elective angioplasty for the hypothesized cause of multiple sclerosis (MS)chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI). My dad accompanied him to New York because our kids were so little at the time. Our oldest son had just turned three, and our youngest was sixteen-months old. The procedure had shown such miraculous results for other MS patients that we had to try. Even though I worried he might die and I'd never see him again. My husband did not recover from his initial, incapacitating MS attacks, however he has not relapsed since the CCSVI treatment.

We hadn't planned on travelling for March break this year. Instead, we planned a fun "staycation" with sleepovers in the clubhouse, Mario Kart tournaments, and pizza delivery. Then we heard that our school would be closed for the two weeks following March break. Then I started receiving a flurry of emails from stores and businesses about closures and service interruptions (fifty-six emails as of this writing). We altered our plans. We picked up some extra groceries and we haven't ordered any takeout. These are scary times. Significant enough that this event could change the world as we know it. Forever.

I started March break with a very positive attitude. We wrangled the boys into some early spring cleaning. I started a digital photo organization project that's been on my to-do list for at least five years. We watched movies, played games, and hiked in the forest. Then we landed in the middle of the week. I couldn't concentrate on anything. (Exasperating an already existing mental health condition.) I know that I know nothing. But I'm afraid that in light of this virus' newness we all face a lack of information. I'm terrified that people aren't taking this seriously enough and nothing will stop the spread. I think we've truly encountered a worst case scenario.

I'm sure you have been as bombarded by anxious people and (possibly) your own anxiety, but writing helps me to process my thoughts in this tumultuous time. Maybe, sometime in the future, we'll look back on this as an overreaction of a non serious issue. Right now, my perception of threat is very real. It's difficult to believe that I am safe because I have no idea if I am or not.


March 13, 2020

Book Spotlight - Kill for You by Ayden K. Morgen

20 to 40 million people currently live as slaves. Over 60% are women and children like Faith Donovan in Ayden K. Morgen's new release, Kill for You. To help end human trafficking and slavery, Ayden is donating 100% of release day (March 17th) proceeds from the book to Operation Underground Railroad (@OURRescue), a global nonprofit that rescues child victims of human trafficking and then works to prosecute and convict perpetrators.

Grab the book from your favorite retailer (release day March 17th) to help support this incredible cause!
(10% of proceeds after release day will also go to Operation Underground Railroad). 

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About Kill for You

The last thing Detective Octavio Hernandez expects to find at the scene of a mass gang-related shooting is a brown-eyed angel standing bravely in the midst of the chaos. One look at Faith Donovan and the homicide detective knows there's more to her than meets the eye. She's keeping secrets that just might help bring down Los Zetas, one of the biggest drug cartels in Los Angeles.

He just has to convince her that trusting him is worth the risk.

Forced upon a mother who didn't want her and enslaved by a gang that refuses to let her go without a fight, Faith's life has never been her own. She thought she'd made peace with her fate…until Octavio sweeps in and carries her out of her blood-soaked cage.

Faith trusts no one, but the hardened detective makes it difficult to remember why. The way he cares for her makes her ache for what she never thought she'd find: love and a family of her own. But trusting him when she knows he has an ulterior motive is one of the most difficult things she'll ever do.

He swore to give her the freedom she craves, but when the secrets she holds paint a target on her back, keeping that promise will prove no easy feat.

To secure her freedom and win her heart, this detective will move mountains. And take down anyone standing in his way. 

Kill for You is the second book in a series of interconnected full-length novels featuring law enforcement officers willing to do whatever it takes to protect the women who need them most. Each book can be read as a standalone, has no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.



March 3, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

A Wizard's Choice, The Magicals Series Book 2, is about Kurtis Warde. Kurtis was introduced in Book 1 as a wizard apprentice. In Book 2, Kurtis must decide whether to follow his heart and pursue a love interest OR do his duty to the guild by becoming a full-fledged wizard and saving the world. Life is full of hard choices. Kurtis faces choices that are harder than most.

"Readers will be thrilled to escape into the magical world Maya Tyler has created." -- InD'tale Magazine

"...Not your ordinary vampire, wizard and faire pulp this book dares to explore some modern ideas of the self and age old struggles with do the sins of the past dictate your future..." -- Megan, Goodreads

"...I read this book in one sitting because the story was so engrossing..." -- Suzanne, Amazon

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February 25, 2020

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Five stars for A Vampire's Tale

“A Vampire’s Story” is not about the typical Hollywood vampire with which everyone is familiar. Corgan Halton sets the reader straight in telling his life’s story. Corgan is a well-written, full-bodied character who is brilliantly described in this tale. He has a lot of depth and grows even more as the story progresses. Marisa Clements is artistic and a wordsmith, the perfect biographer for Corgan. She can be hard-headed and tangled up with folk-tales about vampires, but she is loyal to Corgan. It is interesting to see how the “magicals” all interact in order to achieve a common goal when the wizards help to protect Marisa at Corgan’s bidding. The world building is excellent as we get to know Corgan’s lair, Marisa’s home, and Waldor’s abode. Another vampire, Dee, adds darkness as well as humor to this enlightening story of good and evil. An unusual story, a must read for vampire lovers everywhere!
Belinda, Amazon 


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February 18, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

Latest four-star review...

"If you love reading about vampires, then you will fall in love with this story... This was a wonderful twist of vampires and mystery... Highly recommend this book." -- Virginia, Amazon


A Vampire's Tale is now perma-priced at $2.99...


February 11, 2020

#TirgearrTuesday

Valentine's Day giveaways and book sales, oh my!



Enter to win The Kindle Book Review $400 Valentine's Day giveaway.
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February 4, 2020

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Love is in the air!

One lucky reader is going to win a $400 Amazon eCard from The No. 1 Site for #Reader #Giveaways~~The Kindle Book Review.

Just click on the link and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway form. It's easy & fun. If you love reading, enter now; giveaway ends Feb 13th at 11:59 pm EST.

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I’ve teamed up with Night Owl Romance and other authors to bring you the chance to win a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, Reader Inspired Prize Bag & Amazon cards.

During this event I'm going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check out my novel A Vampire's Tale along the way.

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