Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wild Child Publishing's Newest Releases

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating some exciting new September releases for Wild Child Publishing and Freya's Bower! There's Action, Interracial, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance and a Children's Book - truly something for everyone!

Wild Child Publishing has been on the web since August 1999. It began when two roommates with a love for the English language surfed the web and realized there were few, if any at the time, good online magazines. Discussions about the dearth of quality creative writing on the web led to the idea to create one. But not just a magazine, a place where readers and writers could come together, meet, talk, complain, laugh, and commiserate.

For more than six years, Wild Child has accomplished that original goal. Along the way, they've expanded by adding five editors and undergone a number of web design transformations. Each change has been with the intent of improving the experience for our readers and continuing to move into the future.

Freya's Bower publishes erotica and erotic romance. New writers as well as cross-genre experimental styles and short story collections are available in both ebook and print.

THE KONA DOG by Ruth G Zavitsanos

Akela, THE KONA DOG, brings a smile to everyone she meets. She is sweet and caring to all those working and visiting the coffee plantation and pineapple grove.

To please her master, Akela makes her rounds on the plantation, assuring safety and offering encouragement with her gentle ways. When the plantation is threatened with closure by the banker man, Akela and her master's older son, Keoki, join forces to enlist the banker's daughter, Penny. Akela knows something makes the girl sad. If they get her to laugh and smile, perhaps they can save the plantation. But Penny isn't talking, and the plight of Akela's home doesn't look good either.

Faced with defeat and the loss of her home, Akela must use all of her bravery and instinctive abilities to bring everyone together. Can she soften their hearts in time to stop the banker man?


MOMENTS IN LIFE:A Collection of Short Stories by Shanbreen

Moments in Life is a multi-cultural collection of 15 stories about human lives that coaxes, teases, explores, and entices our emotions to examine the inner-self and scrutinize the lives of those who live around us.

The book flirts with mystery and crosses ethnic boundaries. It touches on women’s issues and confronts abject poverty in India. It focuses on the absorption of American values and the stumbling blocks faced by a segment of the immigrant population. It also relates to everyday life in America and stretches our imagination toward the nature of mankind.

 From social issues to coming out of the closet of a gay heterosexual couple to horror and supernatural to the power of love, this collection challenges and entertains the reader.



Sean has known nothing but betrayal in his heart for many years. He's lost the leadership of his pack and with that, his wife. His daughters barely speak to him. Now he wants peace, and the only place to search for it is in the darkness of the forest. But the scent of a human female in peril drags him from the recesses of his pain, crushing what little balance remains.

Caden was once the popular cheerleader dressed to the nines. But when her ex-husband comes in search of blood, she realizes her past is nothing compared to the future she desires. Just as she's about to breathe her last, a voice tells her everything will be okay. But Caden knows different.

Beneath the light of the Blood Moon Festival beats the heart of the ultimate betrayal. Murder strikes so close to the heart, shattering Sean's soul, and destroying Caden's hopes of the future.


WIN - Leave any of the authors or the publisher a question today at their Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for your choice from their September releases! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Good morning and welcome to AuthorIsland!

    Super congrats to Ruth, Shanbreen and Teresa on your wonderful new releases!

    Please stop in and tell us all about your new books as well as your other works and how we readers can learn more about you!

    And if Marci with Wild Child and Freya's Bower stops by, please tell us about your special Oct deal!

    Have fun today as we celebrate your new releases and best of luck with your new books!

  2. Oh all these books sound great. But my quesiton is for the short story collection. Are the stories related? Sounds like some really thought provoking stories what genres are they?

    Best of luck to all the authors with new books this month.

  3. Thanks, DeNita.

    Hi Katie,

    I'll get Shanbreen over to talk about his collection as I am not sure if they are all interrelated. The genres range from mystery to horror to mainstream to coming out. :)

    Great question!

    Congrats to all of the Ruth, Shanbreen and Teresa!

    Marci Baun

  4. Hello. So glad I had some computer time to myself today!

    I've never heard of these publishing companies or if I had, I've forgotten, which is probably the case. LOL

    Anyway, I'm heading over to check out what all you have available for future reference and what is the special deal going on in Oct? Is it on your sites?

  5. Hello Sharon so glad you could party with us today too!

    We'll get Marci over here to talk about the October special, but I know it is a special for members of her newsletter - so head over there to sign up - here's the link!

  6. Hi Sharon,

    Yes, it is. If you sign up for our newsletter, you get a code for 40% off all purchases of two or more eBooks. The code is good for the entire month of October with no limit on the number of times you use it. :) It's good for both sites. :)

    Wild Child Newsletter:
    Freya's Bower Newsletter:

    Marci Baun

  7. Wow, the cover of Blood Moon Betrayed is lovely.

  8. Hi Teresa -
    Thanks for Tweeting about the launch.
    What's the next book in the series?


  9. Posh did a beautiful job with it, don't you think?

  10. I have a question about the Kona Dog. Is this a YA book, or a Children's book?

  11. Looks like a lot of great books coming out and I see some I'm adding to my wish list.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  12. Thanks everyone! It's exciting to have a new release. Victoria, thanks for stopping in - I'm working on one that's tentatively called "Savage Mate", which takes our shifters into another state and introduces more than just the wolves. :) I can't wait till I get it finished!

  13. Hi Katie.

    Yes, you are right: these are stories that do not follow the conventional, one genre theme. I, perhaps unfortunately, have varied interests that covers a whole range of genres including, current affairs, cultural differences, love, women and minority rights, horror, paranormal, sci-fi – you name it and I get fascinated by it.

    Yes, it was hard to combine these stories under a single label. I was thinking of having them published separately or in groups but then came upon the idea of “Moments in Life” as a label. These are, after all, stories about human beings, and it is their “moments”, which may not be a part of everyone, but they could be if not in actuality at least in the readers’ imagination. Of course, some of these stories, although fictions are based on current happenings and situations, and as such, they touch a part of humanity, irrespective of who they are or where they reside.

    Katie, I hope you enjoy the stories, if not all of them, at least some of them. Do communicate with me if you have any questions. By the way, the Prologue, pretty much explains what each of the stories are about, in case you do not feel like reading everything.=)

    Thanks Katie.


  14. Hi Jaime,
    Thanks for asking about THE KONA DOG. This book is a chapter book with some beautiful illustrations for children, ages 8+. The story is told through the dog's voice and is very engaging for young and old alike. The idea came to me after spending 10 days in beautiful Maui with my family. We were horseback riding and the trail went through a pineapple grove.

    My other books, THE VILLA DOG and THE OLD FORTRESS DOG also are told through the dog's point of view and take place in Tuscany and Corfu (Greek Island). All my books are enjoyed by children dog lovers, and travel enthusiasts.
    Ruth G. Zavitsanos

  15. The Kona Dog sound very interesting to me. Would love to know more about it.


  16. BLOOD MOON BETRAYED sounds like a lot of fun. Question for Teresa D'Amario: How do you handle the pack dynamic with your werewolves?

    annarkie12 @ Gmail dot com

  17. Congratulations on the new releases. Just looking at the covers would make me pick them up!

  18. Virginia,
    Visit my website for more information about THE KONA DOG and my other books. In the meantime, Akela, The Kona Dog, protects and serves those working on the Coffee plantation. When the banker man threatens to close it for good, Akela's instincts are set in motion as she recruits the banker's daughter and her master's son to help save the plant from going under. This story is highlited with the tropical setting and a fun loving bond between Akela and her best friend, Dolly the dolphin.
    Happy Reading,

  19. Theresa your new book looks marvelous!

  20. Hi the books featured look great. How does you path go when it led you to Wild Child?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  21. Brooklynn Ann, that's a very good question. Mostly my pack dynamics is very similar to the true Canine pack dynamics. I've worked with predominately dogs, and wolf mixes for years and years, and studied wolves as well, and when you watch them closely, you see the true pack dynamics. However, as with any shifter - there are some human characteristics that reach inside and make things more complicated than could ever be in a true wolf pack. Blending the two can be a challenge, but also helps develop the conflict in the story. In some cases it is the TRUE source of the conflict. It's that challenge that I love so much in my books.

    I remember Sherrilyn Kenyon has 2 types of shifters, one with more human characteristics, and one with more animal. In my world, it's more individualistic as opposed to the "type" of shifter they are.

    And thanks everyone for the awesome comments. And yes, I do love these covers. I don't know where we'd be if we didn't have such great cover artists at Freya's Bower and Wild Child Publishing!

  22. Wonderful selection. Moments in Life sounds really great, I like that it's not just a romance or a mystery, but more a look into many different lives with many different problems.

    Sounds like the stories are rather dark and deep, not the normal happily ever after, am I right?

  23. Hi everyone.

    Thanks a lot for referring to my book, Moments in Life.I am also intrigued by the Shape Shifters, Vampires (True Blood on TV being one of my favorites). I hope to catch up on my reading when I take some time off at the end of this year.

    CJ, you are right. However, not all of them are dark but many of them have a meesage with respect to other parts of the world and even in America. Here is a brief synopsis taken from the Porologue:

    These are stories about human lives. Because of my birth in Bahrain, my East Indian origin, and having lived abroad, I have in many instances, used characters from India or Arabia, even if the story characters are located in the U.S., and the story does not pertain to any ethnic group.

    Sarah’s Story, for example, did not need to have Mahesh, an Indian American, as Sarah’s ex-lover, but America now has more non-European immigrants than it has ever had, and a mix of relationships between the East and the West is a natural outcome of such a melting pot.

    This amalgamation theory is questioned in Homeless, a current-affairs story of an immigrant after 9/11 while The Pawning of Erica Aniston’s Children flirts with murder in a not-so-typical who-done-it story that includes an Indian man living in the U.S.
    With United, the book touches on one aspect of current affairs in the U.S. —the relationship of a couple who has a desire for the alternative lifestyle.

    Then there are stories that unfold the human drama in a different country. Through the Eyes of Innocence is one such story that deals with arranged marriages in rural India. A Blind Man’s Justice (this one is definitely dark) is another that deals with human relationships in modern India, while Nursery Land Blues (this too is dark. It was written way before Slum Dog Millionaire -- published in an anthology -- but does not have the Dog's happy ending) touches on the subject of poverty and social injustice in that country.

    The book also has stories that relate across country and cultural barriers. A Marriage of Convenience, Samantha of my Dreams, and An Affair can be classified as love stories with a twist, while ...And the Old Man Cried and In Search of an Identity are stories that reflect on the hardships faced by the eastern immigrant population in coping with western culture.

    The Emancipation of Anjali is about an Indian woman who lives in the U.S. The story is grounded in the atrocities practiced by some men from rural India, but sings, in a small manner, to the triumph of women everywhere in the world.
    Till Death Do Us Together personifies the power of love via paranormal activity, while horror and supernatural overtones are depicted in The Silence of the Living Dead and I Have Come to Get You, respectively. All of these stories are in collection, a part of our earthly “happenings” whether it is we, or someone else, who lives it or can live it.