Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hot Damn Book Tours

Tears of Crimson is excited to announce their partnership with Hot Damn Book Tours.  We've always loved having the chance to support authors, and this was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.  Virtual Book Blog Tours have always been a marketing tool that we've used at Tears of Crimson for new releases, so we know first hand just what a positive experience this can be for authors.

Hot Damn Book Tours is just getting off the ground, and attempting to set up reputable book bloggers who are willing to share posts.  Now is the time to get in on this new adventure, so if you own a blog that talks about books, we encourage you to visit their site and get on board.  Book bloggers get ARC's of releases prior to book release, and there's nothing more exciting than being the first to read the next bestseller prior to anyone else.

We encourage all the Friends of Crimson to help build up this new company by sharing it with readers, authors and of course Book Bloggers.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Goodreads Bought out by Amazon

So the news that Amazon bought out Goodreads, seems to be the biggest story out there for readers and authors at the moment!  The implications of this could be huge, and as a long time supporter of both sites, I have to admit being in a quandary.  As an author and reviewer, my biggest concern is that my reviews will no longer be allowed on Goodreads.  I think it's safe to say that most authors are also readers, and while one can't deny that there are some petty authors out there that attempt to sabotage books by false reviews, I don't think that's the norm.

So how will Amazon handle it's newest toy, Goodreads?  With over 16 million subscribers, this is definitely a big boon to the powerhouse and the potential if done correctly could be wonderful.  It could also end up destroying the legacy of Goodreads, as noted from reading all the comments of upset members on the site.  Since I've always been a glass half full type of person, I am going to say this will be a positive change.  If I'm wrong, it certainly won't be the first time, you can call me out on it later.

Let's look at the possible positives of the situation.  Reviews from Goodreads, at least for me personally, have always been higher.  Having those reviews cross over to Amazon could help readers decide if they want to purchase my book.  This gives authors the potential to reach many more people!  The community at Goodreads has easy to find labels for the type of books a reader is searching for.  If this is continued, readers will be able to easily find books with recommendations much easier than the boards Amazon currently utilizes.

Let me know what you think about the merger.  If nothing else, this will be an interesting situation to watch unfold!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Original Manuscript of 10 Nights Release

Official Announcement from Michelle Hughes

After an overwhelming amount of emails, facebook comments, and reader demands, I have decided to release the original draft of 10 Nights to the public.  It was with a heavy heart that I deleted all authorized versions of the manuscript when agreements couldn't be reached, and I honestly had planned on just saying goodbye to this book.  After speaking with the right sources, and going through copyright laws, it was decided that I had the right to release this original version since there were no other parties involved with this edition.

This is the original book penned exclusively by me before turning it over for enhancement.  This story filled my dreams and came to be after combining my experience in the world of submission with my love of writing fiction. The original nights are still intact and the dynamics of the relationship are, in my opinion, much more raw and emotional.  

I made a conscious decision to change the book from Forbidden Desires, to the Forbidden Book of Desires, since it was almost banned after the problems.  You'll notice a change in the cover.  While the license for the original photo could still be used, I made the decision to add my favorite model, Jimmy Thomas, into the mix, and give readers a better idea from a glance at what this book was about.

Since I am introducing this in both paperback and e-book formats, I would love to have the support of book bloggers to help spread the word.  If you don't mind a little controversy, and would like to be a part of reveal, please contact me using the email link you'll find on this site.  Thank you to all the wonderful people that wrote and voiced their support.  I can't even begin to explain how much it means to me, knowing that the friends of Crimson always stand by my side!

With Love,
Michelle Hughes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Opals Song Cover Reveal - SJ Byrne



Opal's Song

Coming 2013 - Release date to be announced

A horrific accident on a rain slicked mountainside and permanent paralysis from the waist down.

25 year old Lily Wade has to relearn simple, everyday activities just to live a seemingly normal life.

Opal—a precocious child in her rehabilitation group—teaches Lily about living joyfully after
 surviving an immense tragedy and how to find peace within the pain.

To keep a promise made, Lily must dust off her once beloved cello and connect with the music she’s kept locked inside a velvet lined case for nearly a decade.



A Teaser

The headlights of Darren’s extended cab Chevy swung from left to right as he took the switch back curves much faster than normal. Lines of tension formed beside his mouth, and his usually relaxed hands clutched the black leather steering wheel in a white knuckle death grip. Something about the way he pumped the brakes wasn’t quite right, and the momentum of the truck was picking up instead of slowing down. 

Lily wanted to ask if everything was okay, but didn’t dare distract him from what was quickly becoming a dangerous situation. Deep ingrained reflex made her tug on the strap of her seat belt to ensure it would hold if the worst case scenario played itself out.

She’d ventured East with her boyfriend to explore and get away from the stifling rules of her parents. They had come into Western North Carolina via the Blue Ridge Mountains and immediately fallen in love with the place. Eclectic Asheville stole her heart with its combination of forward movement and backwards thinking. Only in that particular valley, surrounded by some of the oldest mountains in the world, could one community find the wherewithal to support so many varied lifestyle modalities. From the redneck–hillbilly descendants of the original Scottish settlers, to the new agers, dirty hippies, and flamboyant gays—Asheville catered to them all.

Lily wanted to share the exuberance of the area with her family, but suddenly feared the chance to do so would come at the cost of a glossy wooden box. Tears filled her eyes as she swallowed past a lump forming in her throat. She didn’t want to die.

“Aww, FUCK!”

Darren’s barely whispered expletive caught Lily’s attention as the tail end of the truck swung around. Suddenly they were facing the way they’d come. On any other day Darren would’ve calmly turned the wheel until the truck righted itself. For some reason the beast didn’t respond to his handling. The vehicle continued to spin until something in the front end snapped, and Lily stared in horror. One of the tires flew away from the truck, and in that instant she realized what people said was true—in the moments before death time slows down as the brain processes everything in minute detail. 

Bright headlamps illuminated the surrounding forest as the front end of the truck crashed down onto the road. Heavy metal screeching on asphalt filled Lily’s ears only to be replaced with the sound of trees snapping beneath the force of a full sized pick-up rolling down the side of a mountain.

Up became down, and Lily’s insides threatened to come out as she was jerked about behind the increasingly tighter band of her protective belt. If she’d been sitting next to Darren her head would’ve been spared the repetitive abuse of being tossed against the passenger window. Lily didn’t want to scream out her fear, but found she had no control over her vocal cords—her screeches of distress echoed in the confined space until the imploding windshield drowned her out. Shards from the window flew towards them, cutting her neck and face as they tumbled around inside the cab.

Everything stopped all at once. The crashing roll of the truck, the cutting of the glass shards, even Lily’s screams. The Chevy landed on its side with her hanging by her seat belt, staring down at the unconscious form of her boyfriend. The smell of gasoline filled the air and Lily felt the spike of adrenaline wash through her nervous system.

“Darren! Darren, wake up!” She yelled as loud as her constricted lungs would allow behind the crushing force of the nylon strap. “Darren, we have to get out of this truck!”

Darren remained unconscious, and Lily refused to give into the blind panic threatening to take over. Breathing deep she quickly surveyed her position and the quickest escape route. The windshield had completely shattered, making that the only way out of the wreckage as the door above her wouldn’t budge when she tried pushing it open. Grabbing hold of the oh-shit handle, she pulled the weight of her body off the belt and pushed the release button. Blinding heat zipped through her body as she crashed face first against Darren's side and was knocked out cold by the force of their skulls connecting.

****

Something wet trickled down the side of her face just before an excruciating pain exploded behind her eyes, and Lily knew she was about to have the mother of all migraines. She thought to press the heels of both hands against her throbbing eye sockets, but found her body remained motionless against the command. A soft moan beneath her was worrying, though she couldn’t think why. The muscle of her shoulder flexed involuntarily and a jolt of pain flashed down her spine, stopping abruptly in her hips. A deep breath meant to calm her frantic thoughts brought more pain and then the blessed blackness.

****

“Hang in there little lady. We’ve almost got you out.”

Lily whimpered as a sudden shock of agony rippled through her arms and torso, but the sound of someone talking eased her anxiety. She wasn’t alone—thank god. The voice became a life line she clung to with her mind until sweet oblivion pulled her back into its warm embrace.

****

“They rolled down the side of Mount Pisgah. From what I can gather she was pinned in place by her seat belt, until she managed to undo it and then fell against his side.”

The conversation felt a million miles away. Surely they weren’t talking about her. Before she could give it another thought, the air was filled with excited chatter and frantic movements. She wanted to open her eyes and see what was going on, but her lids were too heavy to lift. Moving the muscles of her body required a strength she didn’t possess and fear flooded her thoughts as she cried out in frustration. The air she pulled through her nose tasted strange on the back of her tongue. Oblivion stretched out its arms and Lily went into them without a fight.


Find out more about Opal's Song and it's release 

by visiting SJ Byrne or Opal's Song on Facebook


A portion of all proceeds from Opal's Song will be donated 
to help children with disabilities...more information forthcoming.






To Celebrate the cover reveal for Opal's Song, SJ has cut the price of her bestseller My Butterfly to only .99!!! 



***Warning***

This book contains intense scenes of physical and mental abuse. It also explores sexual themes of a taboo nature.
Please do NOT purchase if you find such content disturbing or offensive.

Where do you turn when love becomes twisted enough to kill and desire is darker than death?

Where do you go when those you consider family blame you for the volatile episodes in your relationship? Far Far Away!

Grateful for her aunt's generosity, Katherine Daniels leaves her failed marriage behind and heads to Scotland. Reconnecting with an artistic talent she'd abandoned under the tyranny of her ex-husband, Katherine begins a journey of healing and self-transformation.

Finding love wasn't on her agenda, but what do you do when it finds you? Though she embraces the man who quickly steals her heart, she's harboring a secret that just may shatter her fragile new existence. Witness one woman's emergence from the dark night of her soul in My Butterfly.


About the Author




Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina SJ Byrne is just trying to make her way through the insanity that comes with creativity. Writing is her passion - life is her muse. Keep an eye out for new books due later this year.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Bullying and Charlie Sheen's Twitter Tirade

Bullying is something we absolutely abhor at Tears of Crimson, but not sure we'd take our revenge as far as the call out Charlie Sheen gave March 14th.  According to TwitLonger Sheen, encouraged his twitter fans to use dog poop, rotten eggs, and toilet paper on the school where his daughter was supposedly bullied.  Even us hot tempered folks in the South, might try some less abrasive ways before resulting to those ideas. 

We support Sheen's right to be angry if he feels his daughter is being bullied, and even understand the rage that could make someone angry enough to put out request like that, but obviously we can't condone the behavior.  Several people we've talked to have similar issues with their own children and can probably admit to wanting to do something as drastic as a "call to doggy poop arms", but the truth of the matter is, violence doesn't stop the problem, even if it's just messy, stinky, violence.

Schools need better plans on dealing with the issue of bullying.  Support groups for the kids suffering it, and stronger laws against parents who can't control their children from these harmful acts.  We at Tears of Crimson believe there should be anti-bullying groups at every school and encouragement to all the students to participate in classes that show the long-term effects to this form of harassment.  So while we understand Sheen's frustration, we also see a chance for something positive to come from having a celebrities child put in the same circumstances that children suffer through everyday at local schools.  Our heart is with his daughter of course.

JAMA Psychiatry released this report February 20, 2013 that studied the long term effects of bullies and those bullied as they moved into adult hood.  "Victims and bullies/victims had elevated rates of young adult psychiatric disorders, but also elevated rates of childhood psychiatric disorders and family hardships."  So it's obvious that bullying is a situation that has long term consequences.  This is not something new, most of our readers probably know someone or have suffered from this harassment at some point in their lives and until people are willing to come up with stronger laws, and better programs to deal with the problem, nothing will ever change.

So while we don't actually agree with Sheen's methods of handling the situation, we can definitely understand the frustration that led to the comments.  You can follow Sheen on Twitter @CharlieSheen and we'll be keeping our ears open to see if anything else develops out of his call to doggie poop arms in the future.  For now, we hope you have a beautiful Monday, and that the world where you live is filled with love.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Defamation of Character Response

Official Statement From Michelle Hughes
Owner of Tears of Crimson

Response to the Defamation of Character post






I consider myself a reasonable person that attempts to treat everyone fairly, but when you challenge my honor you can be certain I will respond and unfortunately this response requires that I go back on my word about speaking concerning the Forbidden Desires Series which included 10 Nights and Beyond 10 Nights.  Certain statements were publicly put out on a blog recently from Karl Jones that needed to be addressed and to not address those comments would offend my honor.  So I ask in advance your forgiveness for bringing up this nasty subject again, and hope that all future attempts to discredit my name will he halted by this refusal to stand by and allow this person to slander my reputation.

I would refer you to the link for the blog post, but I have no doubt after this reply words will be changed there since they basically credit me as the original writer of both books in Jones's own words.  Let me state for the record the only reason this isn't being pursued in a court of law is that the fees I would incur to go forward would not be worth the potential settlement I would win from Jones.  My husband and my attorney discussed in great detail the amounts involved in both situations  and pulling the books from the shelves was what we chose to be more financially conservative.  So with all that being said, I would like to answer the lies that Mr. Jones placed on his blog post, and I have saved screen shots of the post because as I said I'm sure he will change it.

Italics and quotations will be from Jones's post.  

"As many of you know, Michelle Hughes and I collaborated on 10 Nights, which was initially written by Michelle before I rewrote and edited her first draft, and following its success I came up with a storyline for the sequel; Beyond 10 Nights. As with the first book, Michelle wrote the first draft and then I took over to rewrite and edit the books. I have also done significant promotion on the titles, and was instrumental in 10 Nights reaching #1 bestselling status and Beyond 10 Nights reaching bestselling status."

Pay very close attention to the initially written by Michelle.  This first draft that he speaks of was a complete manuscript to which he edited (and I think we might mention here the reviews that spoke about needing better editing), and as far as rewrote, this to him obviously consists of adding filler because none of the original scenes from 10 Nights were changed from what I originally wrote.  Again with Beyond 10 Nights Jones states I wrote the first draft, again a book that  could have been sold with just editing, the entire story was written and he added filler taking nothing away from the scenes or changing any of the scenes context that was already written.  

As far as coming up with the story line for Beyond 10 Nights? A complete fabrication.  How can you come up with a story line when you admit  that I wrote the first draft?  Ideas are not coming up with a story, and since only one idea was actually used which had nothing to do with the romance aspect of the story and was about Rhett flying off to Mexico, I hardly think that constitutes Jones coming up with the idea for Beyond 10 Nights.  The fans of the series wanted more, and they gave tons of ideas, that is why the second book was born, not because of Mr. Jones encouragement.  At Tears of Crimson we've always tried to answer our fans when they make requests, it's not a new thing around here.

At the beginning of March I came up with the idea of combining both books into a double book, available at a slight discount from buying the two books separately.
When I was finally able to get in touch with Michelle she was surprised, but pleased, by the combined book, especially with regards to its sales. It reached #10 on the Drama charts within the first week.
Having been so instrumental in the success of the books, and with a change in my circumstances (I recently got engaged) I made a polite request to Michelle for a discussion regarding the share of royalties I received from the books.

My first reaction to having this book released without my permission and not having any decision over the cover or having even seen the inside formatting of the book was shock, which Jones states above as surprised.  After the release of this book Jones came to me and asked for 50% royalties instead of the 25% he was currently being paid.  When I told him I didn't feel that was fair (I did  write both of these books before he ever began his edits, and felt that as such our 25% to him and 75% to me was fair) he pulled the file of the deluxe edition down from Amazon replaced the cover with a sand stone or something to that effect and basically left an empty book for customers to buy which is evidenced by the 1 star review from a customer.  He was blocked from my Amazon account after his actions because I couldn't risk that he would attempt to delete other interior files of my published work.

So I redid the two book series since Jones had already put it out there and redid the cover and released it with both of our names on the cover.  Jones contacts Amazon and claims copyright infringement, and the book is put on hold, then attempts to release the book again under his account on Amazon.  I contacted Amazon and told them that the book he had published was copyright infringement and it was pulled.  It was at that moment that I realized Jones and I would not come to a resolution over the series and all negotiations were stopped.

Amazon for those of you that don't know, claims to not get involved in legal disputes.  So they encouraged me to contact an attorney for legal matters.  So that leads back to the entire reason for this series being trashed.  Yes I could pursue legal action concerning my copyright for this book but at the end of the day I know the truth, and apparently even though Mr. Jones doesn't understand that the work he did was that of an editor, he's admitted it to the public by his own words.

Just for the record by Jones's own words he "edited" these books and you can refer to any reputable editing service to find these terms:


Copy editing

This service focuses on the accuracy and eloquence of your manuscript, specifically spelling, punctuation, structure, flow, and logic. I provide in-text edits so you can quickly identify and correct problem areas. These are technical edits, and this service targets clients who want to ensure their manuscript utilizes proper English. General feedback is included.


Content Editing

This service analyzes the broader elements of your manuscript. These can include plot or character development (for fiction), chapter arrangement and cohesion, and the coherence of your over-arching themes. This editing service ultimately targets the excitement and marketability of your manuscript, and I provide a few pages of feedback per chapter. In my professional opinion, content editing is the most vital editing service and the one most overlooked by writers. General feedback is included.

I truly hope this is the last time this subject is brought up again.  As you can see from reading this post I feel that Jones has overstepped many boundaries and ruined what was a great series.  Yes I could finish this series easily, but it's not worth losing my Amazon account over.   The story was one I came up with and the ending was just as dynamic as the rest, but there will be other stories!

Truly,
Michelle Hughes



Saturday, March 16, 2013

10 Nights is Pulled From the Shelves

Official News

From Michelle Hughes

Owner of Tears of Crimson







Dear Friends of Crimson, sorry to get this information to you late, but I already had scheduled posts that I didn't want to interfere with and this is the first chance I've had to go public about my decision.  I've pulled all the 10 Nights books, including 10 Nights and Beyond 10 Nights and the edition that was not authorized and there will not be a third book in this installment unless it's a copyright infringement from another source.  There are times when a person must make a business decision and this is one of those times.  Tears of Crimson, including the site and the LLC will still be operational as well as Tears of Crimson Publishing.  All books previously published under my name alone will remain, and there will not be a partnership formed in the future for any books published under my llc.

My only regret in this situation is for the fans that were looking forward to a third book, and to you alone I apologize.  It is not worth my integrity as an author or risking animosities dealing with Amazon to continue the series that shall never be again named on this site.  We all make bad decisions, or bad business choices, and I will chalk this entire event up to that and move forward.  A lesson that could and should be learned for every indie author out there is to make sure a contract is in place with anyone before allowing them to work on your material.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to cover your assets.

I will not get into the reasons that the series that shall not be named has been pulled, but will say that I personally have no regrets about the work I put into the books or the compensation I've received because of it.  Since Romance is what I do, I have no doubt that there will be other titles released through Tears of Crimson that have the same amount or greater success in the future, and look forward to putting this entire incident in the past.  With the decision to trash the other series, I've begun a new book for my erotica fans that is destined to steam up your nights and there is a possibility that this will become a series.  Due to copyright infringement possibilities I am keeping the lid on this book until it's been officially registered with the US copyright Office.

In the end friends, it's all business even when the business is pleasure.  I love entertaining and choose to do so with my writing, but it's still a business.  I hope all my author friends out there are paying close attention to this post today, and remember to protect themselves.  I just can't stress enough how important that is.  Enjoy a beautiful Saturday and hey Karma is always your best friend!

Love Always,
Michelle Hughes






Friday, March 15, 2013

Angela's Salvation - Free on Kindle Today!

Yes you heard it here first, Angela's Salvation is free on Kindle today and tomorrow only.  Why in the world would we post this new book free?  Because we feel Angela's Salvation is a book that needs to be shared.  This is a book that is very close to my heart because it revolves around a woman who has suffered greatly and finally has the opportunity to rise above the pain and shine.  Unlike my other titles this book is a romance that deals more with emotions than the sexy factor.

Angela Wilkerson left home when she was seventeen years old to escape an abusive stepfather and lived on the streets of New York until Rachel found her and brought her into her home.  Struggling to make her way in the world she takes a job at the local fast food place and manages to get her GED.  After  years of just trying to get her life back together, she finds out about auditions for the nationally televised showcase, Overnight Sensations.

The story talks about her journey into the world of music, and her meeting with Record Producer, Nolan Fitzgerald.  Nolan has his own history of pain and when these two people meet it's a heartwarming salvation with a road lined in heartache.  I'd love to know what you think, so please pick this one up on Amazon today or tomorrow and leave an honest review.  To read Angela's Salvation visit Amazon Here.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sworn to Secrecy - Book Debut



BOOK LAUNCH

Tammie Clarke Gibbs is the author of the #1 Kindle Best Selling Gothic/Time Travel Romance Island of Secrets which has been consistently on three of the Amazon Best Seller Lists for over eighteen consecutive months. She is the author of three novels and multiple non-fiction titles. Tammie resides with her husband, son, and a very spoiled Maltese in South Georgia. She loves to hear from her fans and can be reached at her website and via email  


An unlikely alliance...a love born from the ashes of adversity....
Dak Bartholomew is a US Secret Service agent. When he wakes up locked in a dark room it's just another day until he realizes that he's not alone.
Elizabeth Porter would like nothing more than to plunge her knife through the stranger's heart for all the trouble he's caused.
Together they'll take an unexpected journey to a time and place they could never have imagined and discover a secret they'll be sworn to protect


 During the launch, you can grab a copy for just .99. After March 20th, the price goes to its list price of $3.99.




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ISLAND OF SECRETS: GOTHIC TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE
KEEPING SECRETS: HISTORICAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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Author Michelle Hughes - Live on March 14, 2013
 Author Brian Bigelow - Live on March 15, 2013
Author Sheila Deeth - Live on March 16, 2013
Author Regan Black - Live on March 16, 2013
Author Pamela Foreman - Live on March 17, 2013
Author Olivia Martinez -Live on March 18, 2013 
 Wordlovers by Melissa Bowersock - Live on March 19, 2013
Author Andrea Buginsky - Live on March 19, 2013
Confessions of a Reader -Live on March 19, 2013
Author Gemma Wilford - Live on April 7, 2013

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Excerpt of Sworn to Secrecy Copyright Tammie Clarke Gibbs


  Dak Bartholomew felt a trickle of blood run a cold wet trail down the side of his face from the open gash at his temple.
  He struggled to open his eyes, and after several moments succeeded. Focusing on his surroundings took several more, but eventually, he could see the small, dank-smelling room in more clarity than he even desired.
  The only light came from a single window, its pane’s blackened all but for one small section.
  He pulled himself off the filthy mattress and felt his way toward the light. The window had been painted from the inside, and it appeared that someone had literally scratched at it until a small stream of light was allowed in from the outside. Instinctively, he reached into his pocket for his knife, but it wasn’t there. Nothing was there.
  There was a faint cry from the corner of the room. Startled, Dak stepped back into the darkness.
  He felt his way along the bed until he came to what he thought was a wall.
  The darkness was deep and black, and the light cut only a sliver through it, leaving the rest of the room engulfed in an ebony sea.
  He was weak from having been drugged or loss of blood. He wasn’t sure which. Either would have given him an excuse to forget he wasn’t alone and cower, but the pitiful whimpers stoked within him a steely determination.
  “You there,” he called and waited for an answer.
  The room was quiet in response. No whimpering. No breathing.
  “Are you hurt?” Dak asked this time, and his voice was softer. Still there was no answer.
  He took several short steps, feeling his way along the wall in the direction he’d heard the sounds coming from.
  “I won’t hurt you,” he said, this time louder. “I…”
  Dak felt a dirty hand on his mouth and something sharp at his side.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Debut of Angela's Salvation

We are so excited to bring you the debut of Angela's Salvation.  It is a book very close to our hearts, and we hope it soon becomes close to yours as well!  This is a contemporary romance novel with a heartbreaking drama background.  With the Overnight Sensation book release (you'll understand this after reading the book or blurb), we have steered away from the erotic to give you a contemporary romance that we hope will tug at your heartstrings.


In Angela's Salvation we follow Angela Wilkerson as she auditions for the well known televised talent showcase, Overnight Sensation.  It's a show that creates stars and after a lifetime of abuse, Angela gets the opportunity to finally work toward her dream of becoming a successful singer/songwriter.

Nolan Fitzgerald is the owner of the most recognized recording company in the United States and the producer for Overnight Sensation.  He's immediately drawn to Angela's talent, and knows with his help she'll be an overnight sensation. But he has a secret of his own that may just push Angela past her fragile limits of trust.

Can  two shattered hearts find love in the explosive music industry, and will it be enough to overcome the past insecurities of pain and deception?  


A Note To Our Readers:

Angela's Salvation contains strong imagery of past abuse, and this may be disturbing to some readers.   This is a contemporary romance novel and also a drama, so have your tissues ready, it's not going to be a ride without bumps along the way. 

I would like to offer my thanks to all the people I've worked with in the music industry in the past, including some of the talent shows, because it gave me an insider's viewpoint on what the music industry was truly about.  While this is a work of fiction, several of the experiences included within are things I've witnessed first- hand.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Nome, Alaska - UFO Abductions?

What if the Northern Lights of Alaska really signify more than just a beautiful gift of nature?  What's really going on in Nome, Alaska and is there a story worth investigating concerning Alien abductions?  At Tears of Crimson we love fiction, but there are times when reality is much more intriguing, and that's how we feel about the stories coming from Nome.

We know readers of this blog expect the paranormal, and would assume some of you at least have watched the X-Files.  There was a particular story that came to our minds when this story first came up as a blog post.  The one from the X-Files where the government was actually doing secret testing on subjects and were able to play it off by convincing the civilians that they saw UFO'S or aliens therefore rendering their stories as fluff.  At Tears of Crimson, we actually believe things like this do happen, and behind every event that you believe is too far-fetched to believe, there is a real story.  Now we're not saying the FBI investigations in Nome are all some part of a cover up, but we're also not saying that it's not a possibility.  Confused yet?

Let's see  if we can unravel the mystery a little.  The re-release of the movie the Fourth Kind  in 2009 was said to be based on real events that happened when a Dr. hypnotized several patients and they all claimed to be hiding a subconscious secret of alien abduction.  In all the cases, the patients saw a large white owl and when they tried to move past the image of the owl, things would happen to either drive them insane or cripple their bodies.  Pretty interesting from a movie standpoint, but what about the supposed real cases that led to the creation of the movie?  That's what we were interested in.

In 2005, according to the Anchorage Daily News, the FBI was called in to investigate a chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths.  The case files go back to the 1960's and there have been 10 (as of 2005) of these same cases, leading them to believe it was a serial killer.  Now Universal has been said to have created some of these fake news stories leaking out, which again makes us question the real story.  So the question really is, did any of these events ever happen or was this a conspiracy by the media to sell a movie, or a cover-up by the government for something even more sinister?  Definitely a strange story that we thought deserved a mention and we'd love to know what you think.

While the story of Nome may actually be a hoax, there was something else that caught some of our researchers eyes.  The fact that things of a very advanced time frame showing up in biblical texts that these people should have no clue about.  It's not the first time the idea has been brought up, but with the Alien abduction theory being thrown about, it definitely has  renewed our interests. One thing that can't be doubted is that people have been discussing the possibility of alien life forms for longer than any of us reading this have been alive.  From Roswell  (to which our owner has a vested interest in uncovering more about since her grandfather often mentioned mysterious things happening when he worked in the Cor in that area) to eleven million people undergoing hypnosis and recalling abductions, there is some sliver of truth that we just haven't uncovered yet.

From biblical times people have reported strange lights in the skies or foreign objects that didn't belong in that time or place.  The truth is sometimes much more interesting than fiction, but we'll let you be the judge of which is real and what is utter nonsense.  Until next time, thanks from Tears of Crimson for listening to our rants!


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