Flash Sales

Thanks to a glitch on Amazon, a number of titles are on sale, including digital and paperback releases, for an unknown duration.

Be sure to grab a bargain while the sales are still in effect!

Static Mayhem, by Edward Aubry. Digital editioncurrenty 99 Cents

A year after the world was thrown into magical chaos, Harrison Cody takes part in an expedition to learn the cause. What his team finds is an unfathomable enemy, who intends to finish what was started and wipe out every remaining survivor. Harrison is the key to stopping it, but doing so will come with an unbelievable sacrifice, one he might not be willing to make.

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Gears of Fate, by Wilbert Stanton. Digital editioncurrenty 99 Cents

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.

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UnHappeningsUnhappenings, by Edward Aubry. Paperback edition currently $5.23

When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice.

Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone.

And then he meets Helen.

Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings, and the role he and his future self have played all along.

Equal parts time-travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices, and Nigel’s struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.

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Interview with The SwitcH authors A.W. Hill & Nathanael Hill

Want to know more about the father-son duo behind our latest YA scifi thriller, The Switch? Well you’re in luck, as we have an interview with authors A.W. Hill & Nathanael Hill about writing a book together, the science behind parallel universes, and if there will be a The Switch 2.

Okay, so who gets credit for the idea?

A. W. Hill: That one’s easy. Nathanael does. But I’ll take credit for leading his mind down the forking path of parallel realities. It was the literalness of his concept of the switch—that it was a physical thing flipping Jacobus from universe to universe—that hooked me, because then it could become almost like another character, and it would also make the extremely weird physics easier to understand.

Nathanael Hill: I don’t want to undersell myself – I’m sure that if it weren’t for me, my dad wouldn’t have taken on this book, and certainly not in YA form – but he gets the credit for the way the idea was fleshed out into a big story. That’s something I don’t quite know how to do yet. One day, hopefully. I had a lot of input on the dialogue, and a lot to say about the way we should feel when certain things happened to the characters.

Do you think the fact that it’s a literal switch makes the book less…scientific?

AH: Only in the way that the old school phone booths in the original Matrix movie give a sort of grungy, analog realness to all the crazy metaphysical stuff. But there’s also something about the idea of a switch that feels scientifically right. A switch is either on or off, like a digital bit. And if you were actually going to flip into a parallel universe, there would have to be some kind of trigger, right? This made more sense to us than, for the time, than having the kids chant a magic word like ‘Abracadabra’ or click their heels together like Dorothy.

NH: If there’s a possibility that humans, or living things from our universe, could ever transfer into another reality, what other medium would we have than a physical object? We’re not trans-dimensional; if we could ever hope to go to another universe, the only plausible way would be to interact with something third-dimensional, since we can’t make contact with anything else. At least not yet.

Do you guys believe there really are parallel realities? A ‘multiverse’ where we all have these cosmic doppelgängers?

AH: The jury’s still out on this, and maybe always will be. I mean, how would we ever provide concrete evidence? But we have to keep two things in mind. The first is that the ‘many worlds theory’ is just a logical extension of what’s already high school science. Second, as the Youssef character says in the book, we “switch” all the time without knowing it. Every time we make a decision, we leave behind many roads not taken. These parallel worlds aren’t ‘places’ until we actually go there. They’re just probabilities. But that means there’s also a probability that someday we might become aware of them.

NH: Whether or not its existence in real life is as literal as our interpretation in the book, there’s no doubt in my mind that each opportunity you don’t take, and the things in our reality that never came to be, have to exist somewhere. I’m not sure if they exist in mirror worlds or dystopias like the ones we’ve created in The Switch, but even if they’re simply information, tucked away in some corner of the universe, it has to exist in some form. The wonderful thing is, since we know so little about the topic in general, anything could be true, even us being spot-on in the way it works in the book, as crazy as it seems.

Did you guys argue over any of the main plot points or characters? Psychology says that the relationship between a teenaged boy and his father is pretty competitive.

AH: I might’ve lost my temper a few times when he insisted on taking breaks from editing sessions to go play video games. But other than that, Nathanael was pretty much always there for me. It was like working with a really good editor, the kind who gets totally invested in the manuscript. The only times he called me out were when I’d lost the emotional thread of a character. I’m honestly much more interested in ideas than I am in people, not a great quality for commercial fiction. He kept me grounded to feelings.

NH: There were a few times when my dad introduced story elements or plot points that I disliked, and when I voiced that, he got understandably frustrated that I would shoot down something that he had spent time writing and thinking about. Normally, though, we would just talk through our differences in opinions and it would make me realize that I didn’t give his ideas enough a chance at first, or that he would agree with me after re-reading it. Sometimes we would compromise, and meet somewhere in the middle, whether that was with characters or story, which, I think, makes it even more of a collaborative effort.

Was this project a bonding experience for the two of you?

AH: I think so. I highly recommend it to dads who don’t fish, coach little league, or play Assassin’s Creed. We were kind of stranded over in a pretty dismal part of Northern Belgium after a music production deal I had went sour. Nathanael hadn’t had time yet to make close friends. I was restless, and it rained a lot. Like five days out of every week. And we didn’t have the money to jet around Europe. Doing the book meant creating an imaginary world that we could both live in when we wanted to. That’s a cool thing.

NH: I would say it was, but my dad and I were already pretty close. If I was ever thwarted by a metaphysical puzzle of some sort, I would always consult my dad first. We talk about the kind of stuff that the book is about all the time, so it was more of an exercise of putting our discussions into something real that we could hypothesize about and experiment with. Doing that sort of thing undoubtedly strengthens bonds.

Will there be a Switch 2?

AH: I hope so, but it’s in the hands of the gods, readers and Amazon now. Story-wise, I have to believe that once a group of smart, curious teenagers find a way to make their lives an adventure by pulling a switch, staying in one world will seem pretty dull.

NH:  As much as I would love to re-enter the multiverse and the life of Jacobus, the answer to that question is in the hands of our prospective audience. There’s a lot of room for more to come, and considering the number of worlds out there still left to discover, there’s surely no drought of possible misadventures for the crew.

About The Switch

IMAGINE THAT you could change your world with the flip of a switch. You might be prettier, more athletic, more popular, or even living on an exotic island, because your history—your world line—would be different. But here’s the catch: you have no way of knowing if the reality on the other side of that switch will be better…or much worse.

JACOBUS ROSE is a fifteen year-old who believes—as many fifteen year-olds do—that his life could use improvement. School is a numbing routine, and his parents’ marriage seems to be imploding before his eyes. ‘Maybe I was born into the wrong world,’ he thinks. Lured by his best friend, CONNOR, into a strange little house containing nothing but empty rooms and an oversized circuit breaker, he’ll discover that reality comes in a plural form, and that our choices create a continuous web of branching worlds, any of which is as ‘real’ as another.

A solo odyssey becomes a duo, a trio, and then a quartet, as Jacobus befriends other interdimensional travelers along the way: GORDON NIGHTSHADE, the veteran pilgrim and chief theorist; MOSES DeWITT, the alley cat with an old soul; JEMMA DOONE, a girl of many-worlds who becomes the main river home for Jacobus and his crew; and finally, his lost friend Connor, who just may have preferred an alternate universe to his own.

THE SWITCH is the story of their journey home. The question is: if they get there, will it be the same place they left behind?

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About A.W. Hill & Nathanael Hill

A.W. Hill is a classic late bloomer. He began his writing career in 1995, under the influence of California—a place that makes one believe that crazy things are possible. Until then, he was (and still is) involved professionally in one aspect or another of the music business. He was a rocker, playing the circuit until he turned 31. His last band was called TigerTiger, after the William Blake poem, which may indicate that his literary aspirations were already germinating. In 1995, when he began work on what would become his first novel, ENOCH’S PORTAL, he had just left a 9-year stint as Vice President of Music Production for Walt Disney Studios.

(PORTAL, in a textbook instance of beginner’s luck, was optioned by Paramount Pictures and slated for production as a $60mil movie, only to crash into turnaround when the producers, director and studio couldn’t agree on a script)

That was 2000. That same year, he won a Grammy Award, which ought to have made it his favorite year, except that it was also the one in which he reported the lowest adjusted gross income ever to Internal Revenue Service, consisting in part of his meager earnings as a pseudonymous writer of women’s erotica.

He wrote two more books with the same protagonist as in PORTAL—THE LAST DAYS OF MADAME REY and NOWHERE-LAND, published, respectively, by Carroll & Graf in 2004, and Counterpoint Press in 2010.

The fourth year of the new century was also the one in which he first had short works of literary erotica published under his own name, in Susie Bright’s BEST AMERICAN EROTICA and in an esoteric journal called Absinthe Literary Review, the latter of which awarded him its Eros/Thanatos Award for short fiction.

Along the way, he was introduced by his literary agent, Dorris Halsey, longtime agent to Aldous Huxley, to an Indian physicist in need of a ghostwriter.  Together, they dove deeply in quantum physics and the mysteries of the cosmos. He allows that his experience in editing two books on these subjects is perhaps the only thing that gave him the confidence to undertake THE SWITCH. Between 2012-2015, he spent four years teaching film composers in Europe, and along the way, produced an independent album, Another Country, for iTunes .

Nathanael Hill

Nathanael Hill, co-author of “The Switch”, has always been interested in the possibility of parallel worlds. Even at a young age, he and his dad would mull over things like wormholes and higher dimensions. But how, he wondered, could one ever experience these alternate realities? He went to his dad and said, “What if there were a Switch?” That was how things began.

Nathanael, born in Los, Angeles, currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his mom and dad. But these aren’t the only homes he has known. His family has also made moves to Chicago, Spain, and Belgium, which may also have influenced the main character’s world-hopping in “The Switch.” Nathanael’s hobbies include playing guitar, drums, writing, and video games. He is currently attending Nashville School of the Arts, and as of yet has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up.

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Double 99 Cents Sale

Good news, book lovers! We have two titles on offer for you for a limited period. Wilbert Stanton’s recently released steampunk take on the fey world and Greek mythology, GEARS OF FATE, is 99 cents from July 25 – 26. Edward Aubry’s post-apoclyptic fantasy, PRELUDE TO MAYHEM, is 99 cents July 25 – 27, in celebration of release of the sequel STATIC MAYHEM, which is out today!

Gears of Fate

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Prelude to Mayhem

In the ruins of his world, Harrison Cody follows a mysterious voice on the radio as he and his pixie sidekick travel on foot across a terrifyingly random landscape.

They discover Dorothy O’Neill, who has had to survive among monsters when her greatest worry used to be how to navigate high school.

Together they search for what remains of Chicago, and the hope that civilization can be rebuilt.

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

 

Author Event at Lansdowne Woods

Curiosity Quills is excited to announce that Courtney Sloan, Keith Fentonmiller, and Adriana Arrington will be at Lansdowne Woods, VA on Wednesday July 19, speaking about the inspiration for their stories, the publishing process, and forthcoming subscription box service CQ are soon to launch, followed by short readings of their novels, and questions from those attending.
There will be wine provided for after dinner by the management.

About The Authors

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating.

Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor.

She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night.
A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade.

Books by Courtney:Of Scions and Men

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Keith Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in The Stonecoast Review.

Books by Keith:Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat

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Born to an Air Force JAG father and an artist mother, Adriana Arrington learned from an early age there are at least two sides to every story, and each deserves to be told. After a nomadic upbringing, she married a southern charmer and settled down permanently in his home state of Virginia. To satisfy her enduring wanderlust, she transports herself to the sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, but always interesting worlds of beautifully crafted novels. Formerly an IT consultant to the DoD, she now writes the stories banging around in her head.

Books by Adriana:Bleed Through

About Lansdowne Woods

Retired, semi-retired, or still employed? Friends and family near or far? Ready to see the world or kick back and relax at home? For wherever you are in life, Lansdowne Woods offers spacious condominium residences, resort-style amenities, a vast array of activities and a rich social life, all in a truly beautiful setting overlooking the Potomac River and surrounded by the Golf Club at Lansdowne. Choose from what we have to offer to create the lifestyle you always wanted.

Four Aiden James Titles for 99 Cents Each

Fans of fantasy and the fantastical, we have a great deal for you this summer. Between July 17 – 18, FOUR titles by prolific writer Aiden James will be on sale for 99 cents each.

Titles in the offer include:

Reborn, written with Lisa Collicutt – 99 cents

“The Serendipitous Curse of Solomon Brandt is seriously cool, and another winner for Aiden James! This time he teams up with the talented Lisa Collicutt–and what a fantastic team it is!” ~J.R. Rain, Bestselling author of Moon River and Silent Echo

Since the Civil War, the name Solomon Brandt, has been reviled, a painful reminder to all descendants of the slaves the wicked plantation owner cruelly tortured.

When a man bearing this cursed name stumbles into the heart of Savannah and its storied history, he can’t help but attract the attention of the locals in the know.

A seemingly kindhearted amnesiac, he is drawn to an ancient and haunted plantation home that bears his name, as well as to a Hoodoo practitioner who converses with spirits, and her gorgeous green-eyed niece.

But curses run deep, and Solomon’s crippling nightmares tell him more than he cares to know – or bear. Immersed in wickedness long ago, he has been given a second chance to set things right and redeem his feared name.

Will he use the life he once took for granted to save the hearts – and lives – of the women he cherishes most? Or will the bloodthirsty Solomon of ages past reign once more, in the modern age?

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Murder in Whitechapel, written with Michelle Wright – 99 cents

Emmanuel Ortiz holds an ancient and dark secret…
His real name is Judas Iscariot.

Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, Judas’ disguise as Emmanuel does little to ease his eternal loneliness. Having recovered nine of his thirty blood coins, his focus is not yet on redemption for his treacherous role in the betrayal of Jesus Christ.

Distractions come easily for the rich entrepreneur and sometimes sleuth who presently resides in England, 1888. Fascinated by the spate of murders in London’s poverty stricken Whitechapel, Emmanuel soon realizes the killings resemble others he is familiar with, and the bloody signature of killing and taunts speaks to the unholy talents of yet another immortal…an enemy from long ago.

This knowledge fuels his determination to track and apprehend the infamous Jack the Ripper at any cost.

With the backdrop of a Victorian Society, rigid and moralistic, along with the plight of those less fortunate, Emmanuel seeks to align himself with Scotland Yard. With the help of his immortal pal, Roderick Cooley, and by pretending to be an American private investigator interested in the horrific prostitute killings, he sets out to stop the senseless bloodshed. But, has he bitten off more than he can chew, by immersing himself in the slums and disease of the Ripper’s hunting grounds?

As the mystery unfolds it becomes the ultimate test…not only of his abilities as an immortal, but also of his very soul.

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Fractured Earth, written with James Wymore – 99 cents

On a secret military base tucked in a remote desert mountain, a dangerous machine lies hidden from the American public.

Known as “The Actuator”, this machine is capable of transforming entire communities into alternate realities. In theory, these often terrifying realities are reversible. The scientists in charge of this machine employ operatives called Machine Monks, who attune their minds to manifest single ideas from the realms of fantasy and science fiction. These ideas are then superimposed upon sparsely inhabited areas for testing.

For a while, the enigmatic Actuator cooperates with the experiments, using dampeners to limit the affected area. But those in charge of the project eagerly anticipate exploring the full potential of this amazing device. Experiments progress to where they feed more than twenty different genre ideas simultaneously into the Actuator’s database. Meanwhile, an unknown saboteur dismantles the dampeners. The effect is catastrophic. The entire world is plunged into chaos, and familiar landscapes become a deadly patchwork of genre horrors. Overnight, the Actuator becomes the worst menace the earth has ever seen, claiming lives in staggering numbers.

Can a few surviving Machine Monks band together to set things right again? It all depends on whether Red McLaren and the Monks can survive their journey through the various realms that separate them from the Actuator, where ever-present orcs, aliens, pirates, and vampires seek to destroy them. They must move quickly, as time is running out to stop the Actuator and the villain who controls it and the earth’s destiny.

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The Vampires’ Last Lover, written with Patrick Burdine – 99 cents

Txema Ybarra is the most unenviable nineteen-year-old girl alive.

Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does… until the vampires show up.

Born with an unusual ‘twin teardrop’ birthmark on her neck, Txema (pronounced Chema) is one of only a handful of females in the world who bear this trait. It marks her as a vessel of eternal youth and beauty for an elite vampire society determined to protect her precious blood… But it also is the only thing standing in the way of a rogue ‘undead’ nation determined to destroy mankind and usurp the power their sexier brethren have held uncontested for centuries.

Caught in the middle of this war after all the other bearers of the birthmark are murdered, Txema must flee America and heads to France under the protection of five beautiful vampires who all have a vested interest in her survival. The race is on to save her blood, as well as her very life, to ensure the survival of Les Amantes de Vampire.

Otherwise, Txema will be the last one… the vampires’ last lover.

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Interview with Spring Farm Cares: Animal and Nature Sanctuary

CQ author Jordan Elizabeth recently came to us about donating July’s royalties from her book Cogling to local animal and nature sanctuary Spring Farm Cares, in Clinton NY. It’s where she adopted her own cat, Dora, and a recent visit lead Jordan to discovering the sanctuary is desperately under-funded. As CQ are a team of animal lovers too, we not only admired Jordan’s offer to donate July’s Cogling royalties, but we’ve offered to match it too and donate an equal amount to Spring Farm Cares. And to sweeten the deal, we’re reducing the price of Cogling to $2.99 for July. Additionally, as an added bonus, anyone who adopts an animal from Spring Farm Cares can contact us to receive a free ebook of their choice. Those who donate $300 + a month to the sanctuary can contact us, and we’ll send them a CQ paperback of their choice.

To really understand the importance of what Spring Farm Cares does, Jordan sent them a series of interview questions.

1) When did you start?
Spring Farm CARES started in 1991 by co-founders Bonnie Jones Reynolds and Dawn Hayman. We got our start primarily as a horse retirement/rehabilitation facility. Over the years, we grew into being a sanctuary for on average about 250 animals.  We also have developed a 260 acre nature sanctuary as well.
2) Where do you get your funds from?
Our funding comes totally from donations and bequests from our supporters. We do not get any government funding.
3) What kind of animals do you offer sanctuary for? and 4) Are all of your animals up for adoption? (They aren’t; they keep many there for life if they have a reason they can’t be adopted rather than put them to sleep)
We offer sanctuary for about 250 animals. These range from horses, donkeys, and ponies to cats, dogs, rabbits and some exotic birds. Every animal who comes in our care is guaranteed a place to stay for life. We do adopt out cats and rabbits. Our horses and farm animals are not available for adoption. Most of our animals are either elderly and/or have special needs. Most of the special needs animals stay with us for life. We do not euthanize animals to make room for new ones. Animals are given the space and provided whatever they need to live out their life span. We do euthanize when an animal is ready to die and needs/wants our help. But animals are not euthanized until they are ready. We provide hospice and end of life care for them for however long they need.
5) Who are your most recent rescues?
We most recently had some major rescues come in our facility. Specifically in March we took in 6 horses from two animal cruelty cases. One of the horses sadly could not pull through and died in a vet clinic. We all tried all we could to save her but she was just to emaciated and weak to recover. The other 5 are in our care at the farm and currently being rehabilitated. We hope that they will be able to live out the rest of their lives with us when their criminal court cases are settled. They have been through enough trauma and its time for them to know that they will be safe, loved, and provided for. We also took in 5 special needs cats that same month – all of whom had been dumped on the side of the road and were in desperate need of medical care. This was a huge task for us to meet all of these needs in such a short span of time. But with the help of our supporters, we were proud to be able to step up and help when asked.
6) Why do you encourage owners not to de-claw? (It was in Jordan’s contract when she adopted Dora.)
We stipulate in our adoption contracts for kittens that cats must never be declawed. Declawing a cat is a very painful process. In fact, most other countries outlaw this practice. It is not simply removing a toenail. The process actually involves the amputation of the last joint on each toe. It is incredibly painful and many cats develop horrible behavioral problems afterwards. Many declawed cats take to biting as their natural line of defense (their nails) has been taken away from them. It is not only physically hard on the cats, but also psychologically hard.  Again and again we see declawed cats with significant behavioral problems.
Spring Farm CARES is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization, located on about 275 acres, in central New York.  An Animal and Nature Sanctuary with a deep spiritual and philosophical belief that animals, like humans, have souls and thoughts and feelings that can be heard and understood.  Center for Animal Communication, home to world renowned Animal Communicator, Dawn Hayman, we also offer other programs such as: Animal Sanctuary, Animal Adoption, Nature Sanctuary, Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Assistance, and Purrfect Readers.
Visit our website for more information:
www.springfarmcares.org

 

 

 

 

About Cogling

$2.99 for July, with all royalties going to Spring Farm Cares: Animal and Nature Sanctuary and CQ matching the amount!

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

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Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair | Followed by readings at The V Social Eatery & Brew House

Curiosity Quills is excited to announce that Courtney Sloan, Keith Fentonmiller, Marianne Kirby, J.P Sloan and Adriana Arrington will be signing copies of their respective books at the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair, on Saturday April 15 at Barnes & Noble Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033, from 1-4 PM.

Afterwards, all authors will also be giving readings and selling copies of their books at The V Social Eatery & Brew House, 44630 Waxpool Rd, Ashburn, from 5 PM onwards.

We hope to see you there for what is set to be a fun-filled Easter weekend!

About The Authors

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating.

Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor.

She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night.
A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade.

Books by Courtney: Of Scions and Men


Keith Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in The Stonecoast Review.

Books by Keith: Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat


Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility: she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun.

A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.

Marianne was born in Florida and returned there because Florida Weird calls to its own. She has briefly escaped again but is already plotting her eventual winter migration.

Books by Marianne: Dust Bath Revival


J.P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author … primarily of urban fantasy, horror and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed.

A Louisiana native, Sloan relocated to the vineyards and cow pastures of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina, where he lives with his wife and son. During the day he commutes to the city of Baltimore, a setting which inspires much of his writing.

In his spare time, Sloan enjoys wine-making and homebrewing, and is a certified beer judge.

Books by J.P: The Curse Merchant, The Curse Servant, The Curse Mandate, Yea Though I Walk


Born to an Air Force JAG father and an artist mother, Adriana Arrington learned from an early age there are at least two sides to every story, and each deserves to be told. After a nomadic upbringing, she married a southern charmer and settled down permanently in his home state of Virginia. To satisfy her enduring wanderlust, she transports herself to the sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, but always interesting worlds of beautifully crafted novels. Formerly an IT consultant to the DoD, she now writes the stories banging around in her head.

Books by Adriana: Bleed Through

About Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair is an easy way to support the library! Join us on April 15 or shop online between April 15 – 20 and use our code 1209283910% (or more!) of your purchase will be donated back to the Foundation. 100% of funds raised support programs and services of Fairfax County Public Library! Purchases in the B&N café count towards the fundraiser, too, as do toys & games, gifts, music, DVDS (and everything except for NOOK-related products)!

All money raised at the Bookfair goes to the programs and services of Fairfax County Public Library that Fairfax Library Foundation supports, like Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, Changing Lives Through Literature, Presentations like the Summer Reading Program and Fall for the Book, and Scholarships. You can read all about the programs we support on our Your Gifts at Work page.

About The V Social Eatery & Brew House

In the Fall of 2012 “The V” was born to become  Virginia’s quintessential Social Eatery & Brew House. We pride ourselves in providing a diverse menu that features the freshest ingredients and many locally grown, raised, or made products. The V’s BrewHouse promotes award winning craft beer, which includes selection from our Local Virginia breweries.  Guests can choose to sit in the open dining area, at the social bar or in our outdoor patio with fire pits & cabanas. Our extensive Craft beer selction, inventive cocktails and wine list were created to complement our menu.  Both The V and our famous outdoor Live entertainment venue are vibrant, much-loved staples in the northern Virginia culinary and nightlife scene. Whether you’re joining us for cocktails, a celebratory meal, a business lunch or leisurely brunch, our team looks forward to welcoming you. The V is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.   

Keith R. Fentonmiller Readings and Appearances

To coincide with the release of his fantasy novel Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, on March 20th, author Keith R. Fentonmiller will be doing an number of readings, signings and appearances over the coming months.

Here is the current list:

Book of Life Podcast – Date to be confirmed.

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Cover Reveal: Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat

Curiosity Quills is excited to reveal the cover for KASPER MÜTZENMACHER’S CURSED HAT, by Keith R. Fentonmiller, and announce that it’s now available for pre-order, guaranteeing delivery to your device on March 20, 2017.

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: March 20, 2017

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky

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Description:

Kasper Mützenmacher keeps a divine “wishing hat”—a thought-operated teleportation device—locked in the wall safe of his Berlin hat shop. According to an old prophecy, after Kasper’s Greek ancestor stole the wishing hat from Hermes, Fate cursed his progeny to sell hats, on pain of mayhem or death. Kasper, however, doesn’t mind making hats, and he loves Berlin’s cabaret scene even more. But his carefree life of jazz and booze comes to a screeching halt when he must use the wishing hat to rescue his flapper girlfriend Isana from the shadowy Klaus, a veil-wearing Nazi who brainwashes his victims until they can’t see their own faces.

Isana and Kasper’s happiness proves fleeting. Years after her mysterious death, Kasper struggles as a lonely, single father of two until he meets Rosamund Lux, recently released from a political prison where Klaus took her face. Kasper soon suspects that Rosamund is no ordinary woman. According to the prophecy, certain Lux women descend from the water nymph Daphne, who, during Olympian times, transformed into a laurel tree to avoid Apollo’s sexual advances; they, too, suffer from an intergenerational curse connected to Hermes’ stolen hat. As Kasper falls deeper in love, Rosamund’s mental health deteriorates. She has nightmares and delusions about Klaus, and warns that he will launch a night of terror once he’s collected enough faces.

Kasper dismisses the growing Nazi threat until the government reclassifies him as a Jew in 1938. His plan to emigrate unravels when anti-Jewish riots erupt and the Nazis start loading Jews on boxcars to Dachau. Then Rosamund goes missing, and Klaus steals the wishing hat, the family’s only means of escape.

Kasper, however, will face his most difficult battle in America. He must convince his wayward son and indifferent grandson to break the curse that has trapped the family in the hat business for sixteen centuries. Their lives will depend on it.

Book One of the Life Indigo series, Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat is a fantastical family saga about tradition, faith, and identity, set during the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and the Detroit race riots of 1943. Comparable works include: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Everything Is Illuminated, and Underground Airlines.

Early Praise for Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat:

“This is an amazing debut novel–wildly imaginative, powerfully written, funny, and deeply humane. However mythic his characters–they include a Nazi interrogator with the power to make women incapable of seeing their own faces–Fentonmiller renders them fully and credibly. Equally impressive is his deft handling of a broad range of time and space–from Weimar Germany to sixties Detroit. This is a book not to be missed.”
–Terence Hawkins, author of American Neolithic (named one of the Best Indie Books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews)
“Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat is highly creative and imaginative, brimming with invention, mythology, psychology, secrets, characters, generations, cleverness and wisdom. Incredible, overwhelming, compelling.”
–Catherine Bell, author of Rush of Shadows (winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House 2014 Fiction Prize)

 

About The Author:

Keith is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His short story, Non Compos Mentis, was recently published in The Stonecoast Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Another story, Exodus, will be published in Running Wild Press’s forthcoming fiction anthology.

Find Keith Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

December Sitewide 99 Cents Sales

Christmas has come early to Curiosity Quills Press, and you’re all invited! Between December 12 and 24, almost all* our titles will be on 99 cents coutndown sale. To make things easier, we’ve broken the sale period down into seven different genre-based categories, with each genre’s books on sale for a two day period.

Click through the following genre-based categories for each of the seven sale periods:

Horror: December 11 – 12 | Contemporary: December 13 – 14

Science-Fiction: December 15 – 16 | Fantasy: December 17 – 18

Historical: December 19 – 20 | Mystery/Thriller: December 21 – 22

Romance: December 23 – 24

* Please note, some titles are ineligible for sale, as they’ve recently been on sale or a separate sale for them is scheduled for some point in December.