Monday, January 09, 2012


This week I'm going to introduce you to the authors featured in XOXO Publishing's recently released paranormal collection LOST TO THE NIGHT. A couple of the authors will be new to many of you, and I am delighted to have helped you to meet them. First up is our "virgin" author, Sara Gonzales. This is her first pro publication, and I think she's given us a really intriguing and unusual story with her One Dark Mission. I asked Sara to chat with you today, and we did a brief interview. So, settle in and meet this talented lady.

1. How long have you been writing? For a few years.

2. How does it feel to be a professionally published author for the first time? How has your family reacted? It still as not sunk in that it is real and my family is very supportive and encouraging me to continue on writing.

3. What titles do you have available? One Dark Mission

4. Is dark fantasy/paranormal your favorite genre? If so, what makes it so appealing to you? I like the challenge of making the characters all very different and finding the new appeal.

5. Do you have any plans to continue writing now that you've won your first contract? Yes I would like to continue on and try more and different.

6. What is your favorite genre to read and why? Romance/Paranormal is my favorite and I just like the differences…

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process? To challenge myself to create something that would make me want to read it. I am my own worst critic.

8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why? My Best friend whom I am writing with and Denysé Bridger as she has been a guiding light for me.

9. Where can readers find you on the web? Amazon, Facebook, plus other websites where this book is listed.

At the end of the week, I will be giving away several copies of LOST TO THE NIGHT. All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on any of the posts this week. I'll announce winners on Friday - and now, have a look at ONE DARK MISSION:

She laid on the rough ground in her fatigues. The night was pitch black and not a star in the sky above. Only crickets could be heard and even in this, the sound was faint. Her focus on her target, nothing would penetrate what she had to do. Her job as a female sniper was a rare one. Only men ever made it to this. She was good at what she did however. More than that to her, as she had been told many a times, She was the best in her classes and topped everything she did. This sight she held before her was a mark. She would not fail her orders given by her commanding officers.

The weapon she held was an M-95. The smooth sleek metal under her touch was like silk to her. She had been raised by a family that would eat military if at all possible. As she laid in wait for the mark she did her best to not let thoughts of home distract her. Leaving a good man behind that had promised her an insurmountable life. Friends whom loved to live life to the fullest and she felt this life holding a weapon was more her than any of that.

The night drifted to day and day again back to night. She rationed her MRE’s and the water was becoming scares in her canteen. She was becoming weary that the information to her superiors was a farce. She had been awake for more than seventy two hours. Her eyes felt as if they were filled with sand. She had never walked away however felt that in this situation she may have too. Reaching in to her bag and grabbing the com line, a direct link to her Commander. She held it in her palm as her fingers wrapped around it one by one. Refusing to look at the heavy link to what would seem another world and lose any chance on her mark. She held firm hoping to all that is Holy she would see her target and go home.

The area she continued to keep in her scope was becoming a blur. Fatigue was setting in and she now knew this was over for now. Looking back to the com link she hesitated as her life of who she is passed before her eyes.

She is Sergeant Belinda Beckett United States Marine Corps., as the Government knew her. In reality she was known as many code names or aliases. She in her training had gone to work for a very underground group. She is black ops., it paid her way through a education she never thought she could even get with a G.I. Bill. Her life is not her own they owned her. She signed on the dotted line crossing all the “T” and dotting all the “I”. Code name Hawk was her favored in this team of crazy and in some cases psychotic rejects in some cases.

They were good at their jobs and was why in most cases they all had been handpicked to be in a black ops’ unit. This particular unit dealt in things not supposed to exist. Legends and lore and all things that go bump in the night. There have been others out there sure. None in any way that have proven these facts.

A collection of five short novellas that celebrate the magic that is the night!

There are more mysteries walking beside us in this world than we will ever suspect or know. For some, the greatest fears are also the sweetest thrills. Death walks among us, the unknown feeds our imaginations and fuels our dreams and our nightmares. In this collection of stories from a group of exceptional and talented authors, we'll look into the shadows, and shiver with fright and passion, until we are Lost To The Night… and all its magic…



  1. Oh no, do you realize how long my must read list is getting?? Now I have to add another. But it is all good. Please enter me. The teaser is great


  2. Thank You Liz

    Read on my friend and I would love to make that list even longer...


  3. Great excerpt. I would love to win and read this book. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Love anthologies, because you get to try out new authors. Love Denyse's books, but all the rest are new to me authors.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. My TBR list is also getting very big lol. Please enter me in contest.


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