Mocha Memoirs Press and new author, Maya Preisler, releases the perfect love story, The Laws of Entanglement: A True Love Story. This first novel by Preisler has generated positive reviews.
“Non-linear storytelling done excellently!”- 5 Stars from Anglea Blackwell
“A wonderful addition to the Paranormal Romance genre!”-5 Stars from Greg A.
In The Laws of Entanglement: A True Love Story,Preisler asks, “What if your thoughts really do determine your reality and true love is stronger than death?” What follows is an adventure into the truth of love, unconditional and true.
The story is of Kara Riordan. Who when she’s fifteen, she meets her soulmate. Unfortunately, he was already dead. Convinced their relationship was a product of her imagination, she moved on. Twenty years later, she is still haunted by the memories of a love she cannot forget. Determined to find peace of mind and uncover the reason a dead man was her destiny, Kara embarks on a journey which will require her to confront her past, her inner demons, and the gods themselves.
Maya Preisler has been creating art and writing stories since she could hold a pencil and scribble. You can discover her works at www.mayarenee.com and www.mayapreisler.com. Mocha Memoirs Press continues to produce bold, fearless fiction.
people could write, they spoke; when they spoke, they told stories. At first,
stories helped us record our histories and to pass down learning from one
generation to another. Those stories explained who we are and where we come
from; they unravelled the mysteries of the universe. We are but a collection of
a writer, I grew up with stories read by my mom and other stories told by my
grandmamma, who only had a sixth grade education. They’re embroidered on my
personality, on who I am and how I carry myself in the world. This is also true
of my fictional private inspector, Cybil Lewis.
Recently, my short story collection, titled Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection, was released by Mocha Memoirs Press. These four stories are prequels of sorts. They occur before the first book (in my already three book series) Silenced: ACybil Lewis SF Mystery. The purpose is to show readers who Cybil is prior to her first appearance in Silenced. As I said earlier, we are but a collection of stories, and these tales highlight how Cybil — a new PI — crafts her personality, her ethics, and her approach to regulation violations in the three core novels of the series.
these stories provided me an opportunity to look back at Cybil’s growth as a character
and where she needs to go. It is funny how a character can become so much a
part of you that their existence, albeit in your head, is very much tangible
and in your face. A great deal of who Cybil is spun up from these stories. She
makes mistakes, she missteps, she errs, and in some instances, is almost
invite you to explore Cybil’s stories for yourself. I also suggest you share
your own collection of stories with those in your life. Those tales may
influence others to do more, to feel included, or to feel empowered. Or, they
may just bring you closer together.
2019-Rock Hill, SC-Rock Hill, SC- In celebration of Black Speculative Fiction
Month, Mocha Memoirs Press has released Blood,
Sweat, and Blaster Bolts:Adrenaline
Charged Tales of Speculative Fiction, a collection of high octane science
fiction short stories written by Ronald T. Jones. Renowned for his thrilling,
military science fiction novels, Jones’ new collection promises more blood,
sweat, and blaster bolts! This is
Jones’s third release from Mocha Memoirs Press.
explore the outer reaches of the universe. Charge up your adrenaline and strap
on your courage for action adventure among the stars!
Outpost: An embittered solitary commander of
an isolated space station faces the grave threat of an invading enemy armada
along the ruinous frontier of a fallen galactic empire.
Freebooter: A smuggler crash lands on an
uncharted planet. Her only way off-world is to ally with the planet’s
inhabitants in their struggle against a malignant horde of blood sucking
Safeguard: Earth is a wasteland, except for a
domed utopia populated by a segment of humanity that has managed to remain at
peace for centuries. But that peace is threatened by starfarring zealots bent
on spreading a harshly rigid ideology through force if necessary.
Mission on Gined: An officer, transferred to an
embattled planet, must tackle the mystery of human deaths that may or may not
have been the result of enemy action. All he has to do is survive the war zone
long enough to get the answer he needs.
Approaching a Day of Reckoning: In the far future, humanity
languishes at the bottom of a hierarchy of advanced races. It falls on the
shoulders of one man to over turn the status quo…no matter what it takes to
achieve that end.
Tyler’s Goddess: A Special Forces operator suddenly
finds himself in a strange realm that is most certainly not Earth. Now, he must
use his deadly skill set to save a dwindling human population from extinction
at the hands of bloodthirsty non-human savages.
Mist Lord: A newly posted ambassador to a
lesser world riven by violence and corruption strikes up a relationship with
the ruthless leader of a powerful criminal organization. But all is not as it
appears. The criminal’s actions and the ambassador’s dealings will have galaxy
The Formula: In an alternate, steam driven world,
two agents serving a once great West African state are sent on a mission to
obtain a secret that could radically impact the international order. But this
is no easy venture. Other nations are after this prize. The agents must face an
onslaught of ruthless enemies with enhanced capabilities in a battle for the
Nicole Givens Kurtz states, “Blood,
Sweat, and Blaster Bolts:Adrenaline
Charged Tales of Speculative Fiction is an thrilling and diverse science
fiction collection. This is Afrofuturism, military science fiction at its
You can get
a copy of Blood, Sweat, and Blaster
Bolts:Adrenaline Charged Tales of
Speculative Fiction at the Mocha Memoirs Press website, Amazon, and other
fine online retailers. You can also order the paperback from brick and mortar
Rock Hill, SC- Newly relocated small press publisher, Mocha Memoirs Press, has released a horror romance that will keep the heat burning well into the fall. Canadian author, Ren Thompson’s latest novel, DEAD HEAT offers the terror of a zombie apocalypse and the fire of a LGBTQ romance.
Blurb: The heart just knows…The city of Toronto is now a thriving hotbed of undead activity, and Dana Layton, brash zombie hunter with a temper as fiery as her hair, believes in only one thing: taking care of business. As a member of an elite zombie hunting organization, Dana can hang with the best of them, but the wall around her heart is as high as the one erected around her fortified home.Kelly Forrester thought she had what she wanted most of all—a career that made a difference. Blindsided by a crash course in reality, Kelly is left with a life-altering choice: Should she play it safe or follow her heart?In an already dark world, a new kind of terror emerges, one that threatens to tear apart Toronto’s fragile peace.
Dana’s back is against the wall, and time is running out for both her beloved city, and the woman who’s stolen her heart.
All books require a relationship between reader and text. The reader is searching for the book that’s right for them, but how can they be sure? A good cover image and blurb, goes a long way, but that’s the bare minimum for even a Tinder match. For that extra touch, a searchable book trailer communicates a lot. After all, a picture is worth… well, you know.
With the release of the newest book in my series, I wanted
to get the word out. I’d never done video for my books, and my publisher, HorrorAddicts.net
Press, requested I put something together. I wanted it to be quick and give the
mood of the book.
First, I wrote up a few bullet points as if set in the Plague Master Universe. What I got wasn’t so much a book trailer as a three-episode miniseries. Whoops! It was fun and engaging, but not the professional book trailer I’d intended to post on Amazon and Goodreads.
I started over at square one.
I was fortunate to know of a site with rights-free images.
After pouring through them, I found a dozen that I thought represented parts of
my book. By organizing them logically, I got enough of a storyline to think of
a sentence for each. I wrote up a quick script for a narrator and remembered to
include a sentence about going to my web site for more information.
Although I could have recorded the lines myself, I knew
someone with a cinematic voice. He recorded the lines. A quick search gave me
rights-free music to run under the video and narrator.
In searching for images, I’d found enough that related to
each book that it was simpler to divide and organize them all at the same time.
With a day’s effort, I had not one but two book trailers.
It’s become a fact of life that fear follows you as a woman. Fear of safety, fear of getting
something wrong, fear of misinterpretation, fear of being labeled, fear of failure (because it can follow, because it could feasibly affect everything else you do forever), just plain fear.
I grew up well aware of my place in the world as a child, as a girl, then as a teen, and a woman, that at any given point something could happen that could upset the apple cart forever. Horror movies and stories only amplified it.
And yet they still intrigued me. There was something about monsters, about dark urban legends, about the horror genre that felt subversive. At some point, instead of focusing on being perpetually afraid, I started focusing on the things causing the fear. I favor paranormal, because that usually serves up some amazing metaphors, and I like the distance provided between it and everyday life. I love exploring why characters might do the things they do, love terrorizing them with some well-placed machinations. I also love that nothing is easy – a lot of the time, the things that set off the moments that my characters consider life-ruining very well happen in part because of them. It’s a great avenue to explore characters and creepy creatures alike, as well as take a look at some really complex situations without the burden of trying to figure them out.
And if I manage to scare the hell out of some people in the meantime? So much the better.
About the Author: Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. Everything she does feeds the idea machine and she often finds a story in the strangest of places. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but will give any genre a chance if the idea is good enough. Her work has appeared in the winter 2012 issue of The MacGuffin, issue three and five of The Realm Beyond, and the back to school issue of Stories for Children Magazine. She has also contributed to multiple anthologies including The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, the upcoming Thunder on the Battlefield, and the upcoming Bedtime Stories for Girls. She has multiple e-books with Mocha Memoirs Press, including Holly and Ivy and The Other Man. Olde School, the first book in The Kingdom City Chronicles will be out later this year with Seventh Star Press. Catch up with Selah in the following places:Blog – www.selahjanel.wordpress.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/authorSJTwitter – www.twitter.com/SelahJanelGoodreads – www.goodreads.com/selahjanel
The first of the new year brings us the beginning of something great. Mocha Memoirs Press and horror author, Sumiko Saulson, have come together to celebrate African American women’s contribution to horror as well as Women in Horror Month.
We’re looking for 20 short horror stories between 3,500 and 5,500 words in length, by black women who write horror. This anthology is in association with 60 Black Women in Horror’s upcoming update, 100 Black Women in Horror, so if you aren’t already part of the Black Women in Horror project, please include a 50 word bio and a photo to be added to it, along with your submission. Continue reading “Open Call: Black Magic Women Anthology”→