Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from Tears of Crimson!


What better way to kick off Halloween Day than by exploring a strange phenomena happening all over the world.  We at Tears of Crimson had our own experience in Alabama a few years back.  Granted ours was more of a large Boom that was heard over a 100 mile radius and rattled glasses in homes.  The personal experience from our home office in Alabama was s topic of conversation for an entire little league baseball. While some of the noises and booms have been proven to be a hoax, several more like our employees experienced have no explanation.

Make your own decision as you comb through some of the more reliable videos we've found.  Happy Halloween from Tears of Crimson!







Monday, October 28, 2013

Stop Drinking the Kool Aid


Rock on Russell Brand.  Let's hope there isn't an Illuminati because if there is here's their next target.   The comedian (that I'll admit I fell in love with thanks to the Rock of Ages movie) had plenty to say about his political views.  Brand admits he doesn't vote and calls for a Revolution.  With the way things have looked in Washington recently, I'd say his words might resonate with the people.  Obviously our current political system isn't working for "We the People." 

We can't get an honest answer from the media because their pockets have been lined by the respective parties.  "The truth" is  a Hollywood script in the press lately.  Benghazi, Obamacare, and the inability of our leaders to act like adults has most of the people I've talked with sick of politicians and the games they play. Perhaps it is time for a Revolution.  Main stream media can't give unbiased opinions so maybe it's time that bloggers fulfill their rolls.

No matter what side of the fence you choose, it's hard not to notice that things aren't working for the American People.  That leaves two options.  Stick your head in the sand and continue drinking the Kool Aid, or wake up and start taking an interest in fixing the problems.  I'm all for a good fiction book but the reality is this country has serious problems that need to be addressed and our leaders seem more interested in lining their pockets than coming up with real solutions.

I don't have the answers but what I do have is a love for this great country and watching it being destroyed breaks my heart.  So is a Revolution the right way to go?  When you look at the path we're walking down I don't see any other alternative.  I'm sure there are smarter people than me reading this blog, so give your opinions.  Perhaps the greatest Revolution is the average citizen just waking up enough to realize that something is very wrong in this country and taking a stand?


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Brandy Dorsch - All Hallows Eve Tour

EVERLASTING HUNGER

Brandy Dorsch



We at Tears of Crimson fell in love with Brandy Dorsch’s new series Everlasting Hunger!  When the opportunity came around to be a part of the All Hallows Eve Tour, we knew exactly who we wanted to sponsor!  You can visit this link for our debut of this phenomenal new vampire series.  We were so pleased that Brandy agreed to an interview, and can’t express how excited we are to share more about this incredible Author!






Tears of Crimson Interview with Brandy Dorsch

TOC:  Welcome back to Tears Brandy!  Everlasting Hunger really blew us away.  So tell us, when will the second book in this series come to life?


Brandy:  Thanks for having me back to TOC!  I have seriously missed you guys!  I am currently working hard on book two of the series which I have tentatively named, Wicked Desire.  You guys get to learn that first!  I am hoping to have it out around the first of the year but sooner if the Muse moves me.  I will have a short story in an anthology called The Stroke of Midnight, come out on December 26th.  It will involve the characters from Everlasting Hunger.

TOC:  Halloween is a great time to discuss all our favorite immortal creatures.  Why do you think vampires have become the hottest trend of them all?

Brandy:  Honestly because they are sexy as hell and live forever!  Vampires draw on the things that we fear the most such as growing old, disease or fading looks and make them vanish.  The vampires have become such a hot trend because they are beautiful creatures with desire, wealth, danger and a sexual energy that draws people to them.  I think most people see past the call of blood to the desire for immortality.

TOC:  I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the book, but where did you come up with the idea of humans being drinks? 


Brandy:  I wrote EH during National Novel Writing Month last year.  I spent the first week of November writing utter garbage.  It made no sense at all.  My youngest son, Xander, asked me what I was doing and I told him that I was writing a book but I didn’t know what to write about.  He told me to write about what I enjoy reading.  He was right.  I started writing what came to mind and but couldn’t figure out how to make my characters different.  Xander asked me if I wanted a drink, a light bulb went off and my Drinks were born.

TOC:  Over the years we’ve seen a transformation in vampires from horrifying monsters into sexy desirous creatures that everyone wants to find.  Which do you think in the real world would be closer to the truth?


Brandy:  I think that if they were horrifying monsters they would have been found out a long time ago.  It seems to me that they would have to be able to blend in with us in order to survive for as long as they have.  We have seen over the centuries that some people don’t like those that are different so they would have found ways to intertwine their lives and culture with ours.

TOC:  Tell us a little more about your book, Everlasting Hunger.  Was it based on legends or just your own personal desire of what the vampire community could be like?


Brandy:  This book was all for me.  When I wrote it I never had any intention of publishing it.  Some amazingly talented folks read it and encouraged me to put it out there.  We all have to start somewhere.

TOC:  When you were writing Everlasting Hunger was there one thing that seemed to drive your creativity more?


Brandy:  Music.  Music seems to decide what and how I write.  I actually had chapters that flowed with whatever I was listening to.  

TOC:  Tell us a little more about your main characters in the book and how you feel they work within the story.


Brandy:  First of all, my characters answer to themselves and they make no apologies for it.  Ian Lochlan is CEO of Lochlan Medical and happens to be the oldest vampire in the Mid-west region.  He runs things and is co-owner of the vampire bar, Everlasting Hunger.  Vampires have come out in my society but there are always people who don’t like change.  Jasper is Ian’s right hand man and the general manager at the bar.  Ian turned Jasper and the guys have been together for over four hundred years.  Ellie Dawson is the HR manager at Lochlan Medical and has had a crush on Ian.  These three make up the core of the first book but there are more characters that add to the action.  Ian believes that Ellie is his Hunger Mate which is the term used to describe the person who can quench the never-ending thirst that vampires face.  A human can satisfy them temporarily but it is not the same satisfaction received from someone that is bonded to them.  Hunger Mates can speak to each other telepathically, sense emotions and the sex is off the charts!

TOC:  If you had to choose one character out of your book that could make you give up your immortal soul, which would it be and why?


Brandy:  Jasper.  When I started writing the book, I had no intention of his character going in the direction it went but he wanted to be a bigger part of the story and I rolled with it.  He was willing to risk everything and there is just something about that that makes my toes quiver.  His passion, heart and sexiness is enough for me to give up my soul for. J

TOC:  How about the ultimate question.  Do you think vampires exist and would you take the bite of immortality if offered?


Brandy:  Who am I to say they don’t exist?  There is so much in this world we still haven’t discovered yet.  I would like to believe that they are.  If I was given the choice of immortality I would take it.  There is so much that I want to see and do in this world and one lifetime is not enough.

TOC:  As always, we love having you at Tears, Brandy.  Is there anything else you want to let us know about your work before we set you free?


Brandy:  If you have read Everlasting Hunger, please feel free to leave a review.  The thoughts and advice from readers helps us figure out what we need to work on or where to take the next story.  Thank you so much for having me and I can’t wait to visit again!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shows that Tears of Crimson Loves

It's been a while since we've shared the shows that have tempted our viewing pleasures and way past time to update.  Here's what we at Tears of Crimson are watching.


 This one is a no brainer, pun intended.  Walking Dead had us from the first zombie and is still one of the greatest shows on television.  We got so caught up in the characters that the Zombies actually became an afterthought.


The troubles intrigued us and how could we not fall in love with a town that was plagued by the supernatural.  Great characters and a plot that never slows down makes Haven a must watch show.  


We went in with some pre-conceived notions about Warehouse 13 and came out with our expectations exceeded.  This show pulled us in fast and hard and kept us watching because the storyline is just incredible.  For our vampire lovers out there, Spike and Giles from Buffy make appearances in the last few episodes (just a little teaser for incentive).  The show centers around artifacts with mystical powers but it's so much more than that!  

We're Waiting For Release


How can you add the word Dracula to a title and not expect everyone at Tears of Crimson to be anticipating?  We're hoping that the directors pull this new born Dracula on the right track and promise to give our opinion after the air date.


When it comes to great television, the offerings just keep getting better.  For our Netflix watchers a show has caught our eye titled Revenge.  We just ran across this one so have only gotten four episodes in on the first season and it's in season 3 now but from what we're seeing so far, it's rocking our world.  Take a young girl, screw over her father and give her years to plot her revenge and you get one lady that's hell bent on making people pay.  



Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Banning - Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo

This hit me rather late Monday, which for me means after two in the afternoon.  I'm still trying to get all the facts together but from what I've put together this book banning ordeal started with an article run last week titled:  How Amazon cashes in on Kindle Filth.  The article slammed Amazon for making money off books with titles that depicit incest and forced rape scenarios.

The rumors circulating around the self-publishing world is that they aren't just deleting porno titles but all erotic books or any book that goes against what society deems as 'polite'.  So what exactly is going on?  We still don't know.  What we do know is that WH Smith said their site won't be available again until all Self-Published books are pulled.

Do you really want my opinion on that bully tactic by WH Smith?  Probably not but I'll give it to you anyway. First let me say I don't live in the UK and could really care less whether they close down their site or not.  In other words I don't have a dog in the hunt.  But for any company to use those types of tactics to get a company to stop selling a product is pretty ridiculous.  So WH Smith wouldn't be a place I'd shop in I lived in the UK nor would I shop online for anything that they offer with them using strong arm tactics like that.

Personally I'd say keep your moral bias to yourself and if you're going to remove titles that are offensive why don't you start with Fifty Shades of Grey, like that's going to happen because we all know what a moneymaker that book is.  Nope instead it will be the small people who self-publish that get taken for a ride. Of course if they start removing titles from the Kindles, and Nooks then they better start thinking about the millions in revenue they need to pay to the public and have no hope of getting back from the author since the product was bought and sold and those companies are responsible for biting the monetary bullet.

Is it a witch hunt?  In my opinion yes!  But you know what will happen?  All those readers that have come to love us and our work will be able to buy them on our site and eventually Amazon and BN will find themselves losing the buyers.  Tears is working now to put every single book up for sale on this site.  Maybe it's time we started taking control of sales, and stop giving away so much profit to these idiots that obviously don't appreciate our craft!

I know I've gotten way off topic, but that's a Southern Woman for you!  You can take my self-published books out of my cold dead Kindle, because if you continue to ban books I like to read,  the Kindle is as worthless as a tin can.  It might serve these companies well to note that the majority of authors are readers and we are a force you don't want to screw with!  Self-Published by choice and Author for Life!

Michelle Hughes

Illuminati - The True Call of Souls

"You're just letting your work stress you out."  That's what I was told by a few family members when I expressed the strange occurrence that happened to me last week.  It made sense.  I'd been putting in hours of research into the occult for the book that I just released, Call of Souls.  Believe me when I say it was much easier to accept that train of thought (I was stressed over work) than that I was being warned to not continue going down this path.  About a year ago I  started working on a book for celebrity blood oaths.  That book never saw the light of day because I started having horrific nightmares about things that would happen in my life if I pursued the topic.

I consider myself a reasonable person.  I know that might sound a little strange considering that I write about paranormal romance and I spend a lot of  time writing fiction.  All that being said, I'm a mother of five and a wife, so reality knocks on my door twenty four hours a day to keep me grounded.  What happened last week felt like a wake up call.  As in, hey you can keep sticking your head in the sand but that's not going to change what's going on around you.  If something can break through my well-ordered life and make that big of an impression on me, how can I ignore it?

Even now writing this post, I'm trying to talk myself out of going forward with this revelation.  I've seen how people turn their noses up at things they don't understand.  Deep in my gut though, I know this is something I can't run away from.  The dreams won't stop and that little voice of reason keeps telling me that I can make a difference.  What's a little fear compared with the possibility that someone might wake up and see the truth?  I know there are those that won't believe what I'm about to share, and maybe some that will say it really is just the stress of doing so much research, but I think it's something bigger.

So what happened last week to completely change my mind?  I was cleaning my house (I know that in itself is a job so horrendous it could have inspired the reaction) when I felt drawn to my living room.  When I say drawn I mean physically pulled there by energy, forces, or whatever you would like to label it.  I really don't have a clue what compelled me to follow those instincts.  So I find myself standing in the center of the room, making a triangle formation with my hands and then almost in military formation turning to face the four corners one at a time.  

When this formation was complete I was overwhelmed with a huge surge of energy that moved throughout my entire body.  Obviously it terrified me and I stood there dumbfounded for a few minutes as I tried to understand what the hell I was doing.  When I got over the strangeness of the situation, I sat down on my couch and attempted to reason out why I felt the need to do something like that.  I couldn't come up with an explanation so I started researching on google what the symbol signified.  When it finally occurred to me that I'd seen that symbol in the research I'd done last year for the book I never released, it floored me.

I didn't tell anyone about the experience for a few days.  To be honest I didn't want to to think that my stress level was so high I was losing it.  When I called my mom, she had the same opinion I did, I was just working to hard and all my research was overwhelming me.  That made sense at the time.  I published Call of Souls on the 11th and I assumed that would end the strange thoughts going through my mind about the incident. The problem is, it hasn't.  

Instead of things getting better, they are getting worse.  My mind has been inundated with these images of the Illuminati and celebrity blood oath sacrifices.  Don't even get me started on the dreams.  If these are indeed visions of things to come, let me just say that the idea terrifies me.  For example the US being under Marshall Law because of rioting in the streets, people fleeing their homes due to fear of being rounded up and placed in containment camps for being patriots, the Republicans and Democrats starting a new civil war, and all of the celebrities choosing sides to further the rebellion being used as puppets by the government.

A psychiatrist would probably say that I'm letting all these media things pile on top of the stress of being a mom, wife and author and who knows, maybe they're right.  All I know is that the things I'm visualizing in my mind terrify me and since that incident in my living room those thoughts won't shut off.  The one thing that continues to speak through all the thoughts is the Illuminati.  My husbands grandmother was a true believer of this (not sure what you label them) group.  My own grandmother believed that something other-worldly was coming before her death.  Who's to say they didn't see more than we do?

On my Call of Souls site I've added many Illuminati videos that you can watch and make your own assesment about the truth.  The one that resonated with me the most, is below.




Friday, October 11, 2013

Release Day: Call of Souls - Kiera's Song

Call of Souls Debut - Kiera’s Song


Hell isn’t coming to earth, it’s already here!  Available today on Kindle, Nook, and in paperback!



Tears of Crimson returns to Paranormal Romance with the debut of the Call of Souls Series.  Titled, Kiera's Song, this first book introduces us to Kiera Burke and follows her journey into damnation with Rock God, Caleb Love.  Hughes creates a world of Supernatural's on the fringe of erotic and takes you on your own Highway to Hell!  The premise behind the new series is that demons are already walking among us, just waiting to devour our souls.  It's one sexy ride on the path to damnation!


Blurb:  My name is Kiera Burke and I didn't wake up one morning and decide I wanted to hold the fate of the mortal world in my hands.  I spent most of my life running from the desires that most women long for, earning me some not so pleasant names from the men on campus.  There were even running bets on who could crack the ice princess first.  What they didn't understand was I longed for a lover.  It wasn't my fault that anytime a man initiated sexual contact I felt violently sick.

That all changed the night my best friend and I decided to attend Caleb Love's concert.  From the moment his haunting melody began my body was on fire and I ached to surrender to his lyrical seduction. It wasn't just the song he sang, but the way his perfect body seemed to resonate a Siren's Call to any female in close proximity.  There was only one problem.  While the rest of the world knew him as Caleb the Rock God, I discovered what he truly was.  A Nephilim Succubus who would accept nothing less than my soul for the pleasure he offered.

Thrust into a world of immortals, having my free will ripped away, and being told that I was the mate of demonic angel that lived off sexual pleasure was enough to drive any human to the brink of insanity.  Discovering that binding myself to Caleb was the only way to save the world as we knew it ... well let's just say some souls are called to face things that no sane mortal could handle.


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About the Author


Michelle Hughes lives in Rockford Alabama with her husband and four children.  She began her writing career with A Night at Tears of Crimson then left the paranormal romance genre to create Contemporary Romance.  Hughes has written several best sellers including:  Sin, 10 Nights, and Romance Book Club. Formely a singer/songwriter, Hughes was a nationally televised showcase host for a satellite syndicated talent show.  After years on the road performing she returned home to start a career in publishing.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Sneak Peek into Call of Souls

My name is Kiera Burke and I didn't wake up one morning and decide I wanted to hold the fate of the mortal world in my hands.  I spent most of my life running from the desires that most women long for, earning me some not so pleasant names from the men on campus.  There were even running bets on who could crack the ice princess first.  What they didn't understand was I longed for a lover.  It wasn't my fault that anytime a man initiated sexual contact I felt violently sick.

That all changed the night my best friend and I decided to attend Caleb Love's concert.  From the moment his haunting melody began my body was on fire and I ached to surrender to his lyrical seduction. It wasn't just the song he sang, but the way his perfect body seemed to resonate a Siren's Call to any female in close proximity.  There was only one problem.  While the rest of the world knew him as Caleb the Rock God, I discovered what he truly was.  A Nephilim Succubus who would accept nothing less than my soul for the pleasure he offered.

Thrust into a world of immortals, having my free will ripped away, and being told that I was the mate of demonic angel that lived off sexual pleasure was enough to drive any human to the brink of insanity.  Discovering that binding myself to Caleb was the only way to save the world as we knew it ... well let's just say some souls are called to face things that no sane mortal could handle.


Friday, October 4, 2013

What the Hell?


Hell on earth isn’t coming!  It’s already here!

Forget everything you thought you knew.  Demons walk among us and they screw with our minds hiding the truth.  They only have one goal and that is to damn our souls! We, in our ignorance, were looking for scary ass monsters instead of the reality of what makes it almost impossible for us to resist them, hidden desires. 

They know what we long for most and will use these earthly pleasures to tempt us, consequences be damned!  For some it’s lust, for others money or power.  Whatever your human mind craves, they know it and will use that greed for worldly things to pull you in.  How do I know? 

My name is Kiera Burke and I didn't wake up one morning and decide I wanted to hold the fate of the mortal world in my hands.  I spent most of my life running from the desires that most women long for, earning me some not so pleasant names from the men on campus.  There were even running bets on who could crack the ice princess first.  What they didn't understand was I longed for a lover.  It wasn't my fault that anytime a man initiated sexual contact I felt violently sick.

That all changed the night my best friend and I decided to attend Caleb Love's concert.  From the moment his haunting melody began my body was on fire and I ached to surrender to his lyrical seduction. It wasn't just the song he sang, but the way his perfect body seemed to resonate a Siren's Call to any female in close proximity.  There was only one problem.  While the rest of the world knew him as Caleb the Rock God, I discovered what he truly was.  A Nephilim Succubus who would accept nothing less than my soul for the pleasure he offered.

Thrust into a world of immortals, having my free will ripped away, and being told that I was the mate of a demonic angel that lived off sexual pleasure was enough to drive any human to the brink of insanity.  Discovering that binding myself to Caleb was the only way to save the world as we knew it ... well let's just say some souls are called to face things that no sane mortal could handle.



They think they’ve already won, but the one thing they didn’t count on was me!

I didn't choose this path, but knowing the truth, I refuse to let them steal that choice from another living soul.    I was given a curse but to the human race I'm all that stands between them and non-existence. 


 Call of Souls Debut:   October 11, 2013



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