Cover Reveal and Giveaway! Enter by commenting…

Ladies and gentlemen and those in between, I present to you the cover for my upcoming release, the third and final instalment of the Talbot Trilogy:

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I’m so thrilled and pleased with this design by Caroline Andrus — it says everything about the power of the women in this book.

To celebrate, I’m offering a giveaway of the full trilogy, signed print copies of Wind and ShadowBlood and Fire, and Crystal and Wand, to be sent to the winner as soon as the print copy is available. Comment below over the next seven days, and I’ll make the draw on Saturday next week!

And if you need a reminder of what the book’s about, here are the blurb and an excerpt:

Lovers reunite, and are torn apart. Bloodthirsty fiends battle for control of an army of the undead. With the community of Talbot frozen under layers of ice and snow, the domination of the vampire coven seems certain, but in the eye of the storm, the witches and the vampire hunters search desperately for the means to bring an end to the violence that threatens to take over more than one small, sleepy town. Will Rayvin and Charlotte be able to work together, combining their skills in magick, to prevent the loss of more innocent lives?

He swiveled her stretcher around and rolled her into another room nearby, connected by a sliding door. Here, she saw a massive bed covered in white silk sheets, fur rugs and tables covered with candles. There was even a mirror on the ceiling. She recoiled, tugging feverishly and uselessly against her bonds.

Instead of taking her to the bed as she feared, he pulled again to the right, and stopped her in front of a bank of six small flatscreen TVs. The views changed every ten seconds or so, until he tapped a few keys on a small black keyboard. Then, each TV focused on the hospital lobby, where Grant and Malcolm sat glaring at each other below the hidden camera.

“I have eyes and ears all over this hospital, Rayvin,” he told her seriously. “I knew you were here the minute you showed up. I honestly kept expecting Grant to figure it out and come charging down here, but guess what? The wolf-man’s got a stuffy nose!” Jason snorted and pressed another few buttons.

The lower right flatscreen changed to a time-stamped view of the lobby, reversing its recording until Charlotte, Marcy, and Siobhan were walking backward into the room and facing the men. Here, Jason paused the video. He drew up a black leather office chair and sat in it, his arms folded.

“Where do you suppose they were going, Ray?” He mused, tilting his head back and forth. “You don’t think Malcolm de Sade, the dethroned and disillusioned, spilled a little secret to your band of allies, do you? Something about the Talbot Classic Theatre?”

Rayvin pulled so hard at one of the cuffs that she felt her skin chafing under its padding.

“I don’t know why you all think I’m so stupid. I know, Rayvin. I know about the vampire hunters from that stupidly named Society. S.H.I.P.—really? That makes no sense at all.” He got up and walked around the viewing screens. She heard a refrigerator door open, and when he came back around, he was sucking on a bag of plasma like it was a slushie.

Her stomach clamped at the sight, which made a little more of her own blood leak out and the after-pains surge once more.

“You’re really very tempting, you know. The smell of fresh blood is driving me nuts. You don’t mind if I eat in front of you, right?” He flopped back into his chair, clicking buttons again. The camera zoomed into the women’s faces, frozen on the screen. “You’re now wondering how I know about all this. Don’t worry, in a few minutes you’ll find out. I have a very reliable source.”

“So they’re walking into a trap, aren’t they?” Rayvin found her voice at last. “The Classic. You have people waiting for them there, don’t you?” It was really more of a statement than a question, but Jason nodded slowly in answer, still sucking on his snack.

She wanted to tell him something brave. She wanted to defy him, announcing that Marcy, Siobhan, and Charlotte wouldn’t fall for it, that they’d sense their enemies before the trap was sprung. Grant would sense her peril at any moment and come to her rescue. But the words dried up in her throat, and her eyes welled with tears. She turned her face away, willing herself to get back in control.

“Okay, I think that’s it.”

She heard Jason toss the empty plastic bag into a wastebasket. He turned her stretcher once more, so quickly it made her dizzy again, and pushed her back past the fish tank and his nurse shark, all the way to the hallway.

“I’m tired, Rayvin. You’ve got me up past my bedtime. I interrupted my sleep to play host for you, but I need to go back to dreamland for a bit. Thank god for the short days of winter, eh?” He chuckled, whisking her down another hallway. This one was lined with cinderblocks and unpainted wooden and steel doors. “I’ve watched enough movies to know what mistakes to avoid as the villain, but at the same time, I understand why the dastardly fiend needs to draw out the moment rather than ending it quickly. There’s so much pleasure in just relishing satisfaction, you know? So I’ve got my cameras ready, because I’m really exhausted and I can’t keep my eyes open much longer.”

He brought her to a stop next to a door marked “Boiler Room”.

And then he pulled a knife out of his pocket.

“It’s been more than ten years, Rayvin, since you paralyzed me and left me to rot in my chair.” Jason leaned over until his face was even with hers. He whipped off his patch to let her see the whole of his ruined eye. “And a couple of weeks ago, your boyfriend maimed me for the remainder of my after-life. So I’m thinking Code of Hammurabi. Remember, from Intro to Law?”

He shifted her body with one hand, reached under the blankets with his knife, and forced it deeply into her lower back. She shuddered and shrieked, the pain in her womb eclipsed by the agony of her muscles and tissue shredding. He sawed back and forth, cutting at her spine. She arched her back, trying to get away, screaming.

Something inside her gave way, snapping apart, and then for the second time in four hours, she blacked out.

Once again, comment below over the next seven days, and I’ll make the draw for a complete signed set of the Trilogy novels on Saturday next week!

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Good News Monday!

At ilovevampirenovels.com, I have a Dedicated Author Page!

Muahahaha! My media empire is spreading! (rubs hands in maniacal glee)

Okay, maybe not so much, but still, every spot I land on the Interwebs feels pretty good. It’s that whole thing about life moving pretty fast (thank you, Ferris Bueller!) — I enjoy the little things as much as the big things. And this one is more of a medium.

Have a look when you have a chance — it’s Monday! Here’s the jump:

http://www.ilovevampirenovels.com/vampires/tori-l-ridgewood/

First look at the cover for Mist and Midnight, my prequel to The Talbot Trilogy — squee!

This is mostly definitely a fuel to get my engines running! Caroline Andrus has met my expectations and more with this gorgeous rendering of the cover for the novella that sets up Wind and Shadow, and the rest of the Talbot Trilogy. What do you think, my dears?

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Talk about an incentive to work on Book Three: Crystal and Wand — I’m on tenterhooks waiting for edits on Book Two: Blood and Fire.

So, how has the end of your summer been going? I was very down for a while, watching time pass and my to-do list not shortening a great deal, but I crossed enough items off to be okay.

My garden did not do as well as expected, but neither did I put the effort into it that I was planning, and yet the roses, begonias, and a few others are thriving. I had strawberries grow, and tomatoes come up from seeds that fell out last year’s frost-kills. Ambition for next year is renewed!

I’m very pleased that I’ve managed to keep up with my lawn mowing. Last year, I think I gave up in the middle of August — mind you, it was a long, hot, dry summer, but still . . . have you ever tried picking up poopsicles among tufts of still-frozen-yet-slushy-too-long-grass in April or May? It’s not fun. I’m hoping, having kept the lawn trim, to avoid this headache in the spring.

The weather in my neck of the world has cooled considerably, but we’re still having sunshine and some lovely warm afternoons. Each weekend, we put the property further to bed. I’m hopeful that this week, our big Dumpster will arrive so we can properly dispose of old appliances, beds, and random junk that has accumulated over the last year.

The math course I’ve been given to teach is still rather scary and daunting, but I got through the first week with minimal damage to my ego. It’s manageable, but still a challenge. But I’m doing better at self-care, so I think that it will get better. Teachers need to remember to take care of themselves to have the energy and morale to tackle those tough classes.

I think, too, that having had a good summer is fuel for a good fall and winter as well. My family and I had a terrific time at FanExpo in Toronto last month. We only went for a day, but that was plenty with kids in tow — we didn’t even make it through the whole day, leaving at 2. But I got to meet Cathy Weseluck (voice of Spike on My Little Pony) and Luke Perry!

And gape at other celebrities from a distance. Plus marvel at the creativity of the cosplayers, assorted societies (did you know that there is a Ghostbusters Ontario? I didn’t!), check out the booths, play with some technology, meet Drs and Daleks and zombies . . .

I only wish I’d had made the time to make a costume for myself. Next year! Plus, it was terrific visiting old friends and relatives we hadn’t seen in years. (I was feeling a bit shy to take pics of my great-aunt and second cousins, strangely.)

Plus, on the way home, I climbed the Temagami Tower for the first time, a thrilling and scary experience. 154 steps — great for the thighs!

Plus, I’ve been making steps toward a better, healthier lifestyle. I joined Weight Watchers at the end of August, and I’ve started doing yoga regularly again. Just 15 minutes a day, but hey, it’s something! And while I cheated badly on my meals last week, I made a good re-start yesterday, buying all healthy things, lots of fruits and veggies, and avoiding the cheesecake aisle.

That’s a lot of “plus”. On to my Professional Development Day!

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Hearts in Exile by Mysti Parker — Cover Release Party!

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From the author of the fantasy-romance Tallenmere series:

Let’s get in gear for the June 3 release of Book Three in my stand-alone fantasy romance series! I’ll be revealing the cover of this book, designed by the talented Caroline Andrus AND there will be prizes, games, music, and a heck of a lot of fun. 

Loralee, Sir Robert, and the dragons of Draekoria are waiting for you!


On Friday, May 24 from 5:30-9:30 PM EST, I want to show off this beautiful cover, so please join me for a night of prizes, games, music, and merriment! Share this event AND bring a friend! 



Schedule/Prize List:


Cover Reveal, Blurb, Trivia / Weekend Spotlight OR Interview

Song & Excerpt

What’s Your Dragon Name? / Notebook & Mug

Song & Excerpt

Add Your Own Caption / 4 E-Copies of Hearts in Exile

Song & Excerpt

Share the Cover / Signed Print of Hearts in Exile

Song & Excerpt

LIKE & Share / $25 Amazon Gift Card


Join the Party HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/187835458040261/

To learn more about Hearts in Exile and the Tallenmere Series, visit Mysti’s Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4625596.Mysti_Parker<a

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Update:

Hey — If you missed it, here’s the cover… It’s completely fabulous! I can’t wait to read this one.

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