Monday, October 17, 2016


Welcome back to Black Words-White Pages. The Author Spotlight for October is Nely Cab. I am so excited to have this author back. Just a bit of trivia....Creatura was the first Indie Book that I read and reviewed and it was the very first review on this blog when I first started it. So, I have been with this author for many years now and I will keep following this author for many more years. 

Today, Nely has stopped by to answer a few questions that I have...So, let's get started!!



Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made you decide to go that route?

In the beginning I decided to self-publish because I thought it was easier. Boy was I wrong! Self-publishing is so much work. But then my publisher extended a contract for my series, and I feel they’ve helped me lower the stress of all that encompasses the publishing of a book by helping me promote, edit, and supporting me through my career. My publisher also gives me a lot of say on book cover options, pricing, etc.

And by the way Nely's publisher is Clean Teen Publishing.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I knew that writing a book was hard work, but I didn’t know exactly how hard it was. It’s not just about writing; it’s about advertising, networking, making time to balance your home and professional life. When you work from home, there are those who assume you don’t do much. But I for one feel like I’m always working, from 6:30 am when I rise to tend to my mom duties, through the writing between finished loads of laundry, and until I feel my body can’t take anymore. So what surprises me is that I’m still sane.

Which of your characters are you most like? Least like?

I think there’s a little bit of me in every character I write. But if I have to choose, I think I connect more to the two mother figures in The Creatura Series—Nyx and Claire—because I’m a mother too. I believe I’m least like Eros because most of the time he’s a real jerk, and that’s not something I never want to be.

Do you have a particular writing habit?

I like being alone when I write. Silence is golden for me. I don’t mind background noise.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I admire so many authors on so many different levels, from the way they promote their books, to the way they write, that it’s impossible to choose just one. But if I had to name a “mentor”, I would say my mentor is the person who taught me how to better my writing and showed me how to make it work… And that person is my editor, Elisabeth Kauffman of Writing Refinery.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I don’t know if some of these are new authors, but they are new-to-me authors: CJ Redwine, Katie John, Kendra L. Saunders, Heather McKenzie... and those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.

What is the hardest part of your writing?


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Better your craft by reading and no matter how much it hurts, hire a good editor and learn from their tricks of the trade.

Describe yourself in three words.

Dreamer, Determined, Diverse

I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books?

Galilea because she doesn’t care what the world thinks and she’s funny. Eros because you just love to hate him.

Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of your writing?

My playlist and my mood changes with every book, so with The Creatura Series the songs that stuck to me the most were: Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day, Amazing by Kanye West, and toward the end of the series, Love Is Your Name by Steven Tyler.

Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?

I’m mostly a punster ( I write by the seat of my pants), but sometimes stories do require a little bit of plotting, so I brainstorm and write ideas down to gear me through. A lot of the time, though, those characters have a mind of their own and end up doing whatever they please, sending the story in a totally different route.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?

This is a two-part answer. First, I started writing because I was influenced and motivated by Stephanie Meyer. She showed a lot of women that they didn’t just have to be stay-at-home moms. I think I gathered strength from knowing she wrote her first book in her kitchen. Second, in style, I admire the style of Aimee Carter, Tahere Mafi, Jane Austen… The list of my influencers grows the more I read.

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

My current project is top secret, but I will share a snippet:

A handwritten sign is taped to the bathroom door, reading, Out of Order. To the right of it is the family restroom. I walk into it, and quickly, I turn to lock the door.
“No!” I hear a voice behind me, and I jump.
“I’m so sorry,” I say, blood rushing to my face. I don’t dare turn to see who the voice belongs to. “I didn’t know it was busy.” I unlock the door and push, but it won’t open. “I’ll be right out.” I huff and puff, putting more pressure on the door. “I’m really sorry.” No matter how hard I push, the door won’t give. “I think…I think it’s jammed.”
Ya think?” A male voice mutters.
I turn around and look at him. He’s glaring at me with angry blue eyes that rest below a set of thick brown eyebrows. And aside from the glare, something about him is reminiscent of a ferocious creature.

Thank you, Nely, for stopping by and allowing me to pick your brain. I always enjoy our time together.


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Blue Moon by Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers

Blue Moon (A Scarlet Night Novel)
Author: Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers
Series: Scarlet Night
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy




Cursed rage beasts? A sassy vampire in emotional turmoil? Joining an assault against an apocalyptic army of death? No problem; piece of cake; no biggie!

Zoey has never needed to use her vampiric mind-reading or telekinetic gifts to be the voice of reason, but there’s one person whose problems she’s never been able to get a handle on…


So when she and her therion lover, Isaac, accept a new mission to take out a demented, inhuman threat with a taste for torture, Zoey’s eager to keep things strictly business. Unfortunately, with this new danger threatening to tear their world apart, the vampire-werewolf lovers find themselves in the company of a not-so-friendly pack of Isaac’s kin, and a fresh batch of problems arise.

With chaos igniting at every turn and a constantly dwindling hope, Zoey and Isaac find themselves in a struggle for survival that’ll put everything they have to the test.

Between Zoey’s sinking confidence and soaring doubts, it may be impossible to find a middle ground in time to stop the impending carnage.



 Born in Massachusetts in 1986, Nathan Squiers (The Literary Dark Emperor) grew up in Andover, where his affinity for story-telling flourished due to a love of books and movies as well as an overactive imagination. At the age of 13, Nathan and his mother moved to Upstate New York to be closer to their family.

After surviving public school, where he spent most of his days locked away in the AV room watching old 80s movies on Laserdisc and planning out his next video project, Nathan began a shaky college career. A love of weaving tales and telling stories was motivation enough to pursue an education in English, and, as luck would have it, a series of phenomenal professors were available to get him pointed in the right direction. It was in his first years of college that Nathan began to actively pursue a writing career, starting his first literary journey with a piece that would later become "Noir", the first book of the Crimson Shadow series.

Like any good story, a chaotic turn of events brought Nathan from the very brink of insanity and loneliness to the warm, comforting embrace of Megan, his best friend, lover, kindred spirit, and--more often than not--personal handler. It was with Megan at his side that Nathan was able to continue his writing (sometimes solely motivated by the young lady's threats of dismemberment if he tried to stop). With Megan's help, Nathan was able to see Death Metal, his fourth manuscript, through the publication process.

Nearly ten years later, The Literary Dark Emperor (now a multi-award winning author and co-owner/manager of Tiger Dynasty Publishing) continues to invent stories and put them into a literary sequence that he hopes will be somehow decipherable by other readers. As a lover of all things creative, he works in both novels, novellas, short stories, as well as comic book scripts (just don't ask him to draw something if you don't like stick figures and poorly-executed shapes).

If he's not submerged in the realm of fiction or burning out his retinas with horror movie marathons, Nathan is planning/getting a new piercing/tattoo or enjoying life with his lovely wife and fellow author, Megan J. Parker. 

Megan J. Parker lives in upstate New York in a small town that no one can spell or pronounce. She is normally found either hanging in her home with her fiancée, Nathan, and two evil cats that believe they are the kings of the house, or on campus at the local college sitting in the art rooms with her face plastered to the Mac-lab computers.

On her down time, she likes reading and designing new logos and videos. Her passion for telling stories is portrayed in all her work and when there's a story to tell, you can be sure she'll tell it to its full extent. She aspires to own her own design company and work in a studio where she can edit and write to her heart's content.

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