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From our house to yours



The party this weekend was wonderful.
We hope you got to spend some time with us.
If not, never fear…our gift to you is good for the rest of the year.



As we begin our third year, we want to say THANK YOU to the readers.
All e-book titles currently published by Eclectic Bard Books are on sale now through the end of the year for $3.00 or less.

Books make great gifts…for yourself and others.
Happy Reading! -From our house to yours.

Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball by Savannah Verte

Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams by Jolanthe Aleksander

Red Wine and Roses by Ellie Mack

The Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes
**Through the Oracle’s Mist – book I, is currently listed with another publisher and is not part of the anniversary promotion but you can find it here to begin the journey: http://www.amazon.com/Through-Oracl…/…/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2…
Warrior’s Watchtower: http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Watc…/…/ref=sr_1_2_twi_kin_1…

The Fantasies, Fetishes & Flesh Series by Abyrne Mostyn
Swingers: http://www.amazon.com/Swingers-Fant…/…/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2…
The Dom’s Diary: http://www.amazon.com/Doms-Diary-Fa…/…/ref=sr_1_2_twi_kin_2…
The Red Queen: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Queen-Fan…/…/ref=sr_1_3_twi_kin_1…

The Soul Series by Miranda Shanklin
Miranda is re-releasing this series with Eclectic Bard Books – These are the original versions of the series.
Soul Journey: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Journey-…/…/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2…
Soul Redemption: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Redempti…/…/ref=sr_1_2_twi_kin_2…
Soul Knowledge: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Knowledge-Book-Mir…/…/ref=sr_1_3…
Soul Freedom: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Freedom-…/…/ref=sr_1_5_twi_kin_2…
Soul Discovery: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Discovery-Book-Mir…/…/ref=sr_1_4…


My self-aggrandizing post

Just a quick Friday post since the boss is off to a signing. Have you read any of the nominees for the BTS Magazine 2015 book awards? Eclectic Bard Books has FOUR authors nominated!


ME ME ME…for Best Book – The Red Queen

Aedan Byrnes…for rising star – latest release Warrior’s Watchtower

Savannah Verte…for Debut author – Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball

Miranda Shanklin…for Best Cover – Soul Journey


Check one out today!




The world, she’s a changing.

This world anyway. 🙂

As one of the three original Bards at Eclectic Bard, 2015 has been an intriguing year. We have grown to seven and three of the additions have debuted as new authors. A fourth will debut as a new author in April. With the addition of Miranda Shanklin, four of us are nominees for awards from BTS magazine, amusingly in different categories.

I am up for best book with Maggie’s story -The Red Queen. Aedan is up for Rising Star after his second book Warrior’s Watchtower released within the nomination period. Savannah is up for Debut Author, and newly ‘Barded’ Miranda is in the running for Best Cover for her first book Soul Journey. I don’t know how the voting goes, but I know I and my peers here would appreciate the shouts and nods everywhere you can make them. It’s exciting to be nominated, I’d love to see us win some!

I’d say things are looking amazing for Eclectic Bard and I’m newly proud to call this house home. It’s exciting to see the recognition, but it is also exciting to see new authors get to publication and their maelstrom of emotions as their release days approach. Me, I’m just glad to reach the finish line. The new kids on the block, I am sitting back to watch the frenzy; excitement, nervousness, nausea, glee, and I hope everytime…great joy.

Whatever you’re doing and wherever you are on the path – Keep going. The journey is worth it! Until next time, read something great. Blessed Be to those who recently celebrated Mabon. Let your light shine through the dark days.


Magic days and other amazing moments

So a month or so ago we found out that Abyrne’s The Red Queen was nominated for 2015 Best Book, and Aedan’s Warrior’s Watchtower put him in the mix for Rising Star Author at BTS magazine for the awards being given in Atlanta at TNEE. Friday night we learned that Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball has made ME a nominee for Debut Author. I’ve been above the clouds all weekend long…forget that cloud #9, I passed it moments after the announcements on a squeal that was total ‘girl’ moment. It was and continues to be an amazing moment in time.
Other things of amazing wonder included seeing my daughter, who turned 18 yesterday, for the incredible young woman she has become. Shopping Saturday complete with financial reasoning behind decisions instead of rouge spending, calm retorts when speaking with her sister (which I have never seen before), and a willingness to make the trek to relatives homes who could not come to her but wanted to see her for her birthday… I know some of these things have been coming, but it was like this past weekend they all coalesced and came together at the same time. I had to pause and pick up my slackened jaw from the ground. She has blown me away.
A different kind of magic appeared yesterday. While out shopping and such I picked up a couple of the mega bags of Halloween candies for my table at the next couple of signings I have…


bring that much candy into a house full of teenagers.

I figured everyone was busy, so I set out to mix the bags together so the variety would be better – treats are important. All of a sudden, there were hands everywhere. I hadn’t seen a soul when I was unloading the car, nor putting away groceries…but by damn as soon as those bags were opened everyone appeared…and you’d think they hadn’t eaten in decades never mind mere hours before. Like the title indicates…MAGIC MOMENT. Candy conjures teenagers just the same as it does primary schoolers.
I hope y’all are having your own magic moments. I will maybe get back to social media posts next week…but another pounding of amazing things might just have to detour me again. I didn’t write a darn thing all weekend, BUT for what I got in return, I think it’s okay this once.
Have a great week!

Diluted? Three years later, still not yet.

Two days ago there was an announcement made that The Red Queen was nominated for Best Book for 2015 with the BTS magazine book awards. More than once I’ve caught myself staring at the wall in disbelief. I want to take a moment first off to say thank you to everyone who read it, everyone who posted a review, everyone who gave it to a friend, and everyone who appreciated the point of it.


I am filled with mixed thought right now. Three years ago today, Margaret passed beyond this world away from us. I find a great joy in the idea that perhaps she had a hand in the voting that brought her tale to the next round of nominations for the award. I find a great sadness in the thought that she isn’t here to see it come to pass. This series would likely be very different without her. The Red Queen certainly would have a different track, if in fact she got one at all.


I hope that somewhere beyond this place we recognize that she has seen the tale unfold and decreed it worthy. I plan to spend a good deal of time with her in the forefront of my mind later this year when the cold winds are blowing to write the second part of her story and final book of the series, Lock & Key.  That event too holds mixed emotion.

Part of me looks forward to the telling. Another part of me considers it as it sits on my desk with great trepidation because there is the inevitable final line and I will fight not to write ‘The end’. We’ve already had to say goodbye once, I’m not inclined to do so again.

So, with that in mind I will say to my (our) sweet friend Margaret, on this anniversary day and every other one between;

Until we meet again one day my friend…we miss you.



Yehp. Friday came and went and I was none the wiser. So, it is F3 Saturday.

I’ve spent some recent time thinking about Some Might Call it Magick, the next book in the series. As you were made aware last week, I’ve also wondered if this genre has past its peak. I cannot say that I know the answer to either. With SMCiM I have a collection of shorts about people you’ve met so far in the series who will not get their own book but do have a story to tell. It’s a liberation of sorts as there are no boundaries for them.

Short stories are classified as under 7,500 words and these are easily that. In some ways it is bringing the series full circle before the last installation as Swingers was technically novelette length, The Dom’s Diary was Novella length and Maggie’s tale, The Red Queen was well past the threshold for novel length. How fitting that there should now be a short story group in the mix?

Last up will be Lock & Key. I know that story better than I know any of the shorts coming out next. That story also marks the end of the F3 series. It is with mixed emotion that I put it off until next year (which is where it was slated anyway) as I do not know that I have a book goal beyond it.

I have been given great opportunities to help other authors recently and I’m honestly enjoying it more than the pen just now. There is a decision on the horizon. Perhaps I’ll know the answer to that question when then sun sets on F3.

Then again, perhaps I won’t.


Flesh peddling

It’s Friday, which for those who don’t know, means it is my day (Abyrne Mostyn) to post the blog. My pound of flesh peddling to the masses if you will.  Today I find myself at a cross-road.

For many months now I was certain I knew the tenure track of the series…down to the last line of the last book even. I haven’t so much as worked up a sweat about it because it had become wrote in my thoughts. So what has changed? What has changed is the sales of the first three books through different venues has me questioning what I thought I knew.

I was working under the distinct impression that the erotica wave was ebbing. I have seen so many authors try to break into the genre and it appeared that things were fizzling. Imagine my surprise to find that I outsold two of my brand mates at a recent event??! Am I confused? Misinformed? Is erotica more level than I perceive it to be?

I don’t know that it will change anything for me. I also don’t know what it means for the last two books in the F3 series that are yet to come out. I am insanely curious though…what do you perceive the trend to be when it comes to erotica tales? Has the wave crested? Or are we resurging??

F3 Friday – Go!

Margaret’s tale (the first part anyway) has been out for nearly 60 days now…Have you read it? Let’s make this glorious friday an interactive one so I can go enjoy Beltane eh?
Wherever you see this post, on the blog or one of the reprint posts…please share what your favorite part of The Red Queen was, or if you haven’t consumed it yet, what you are hoping for in the tale.


F3 friday fracas

abyrneWith the hub-bub over Hawthorne DuFoe in Maggie’s book ((The Red Queen)) I thought I’d take a moment to mention that his book was book II in the F3 series (The Dom’s Diary). While we have not seen the last of Thorne, there is more out there about the Dom that got away.

In other news, I’m futzing some. I have Some Might Call it Magic due out later this year and it is a collection of short stories from the series for those who I do not see a book for in the future. The problem is that as I muck with the shorts, some of the stories are bigger than I think they would be, others I’m wondering if I have story to tell for at all. The bigger ones make me wonder if I should try for a novella for them, the shorters make me cringe and wonder if there is enough to tell to warrant calling it a short at all…

So, here’s where you come in. Of the known characters from books 1 – 3…who’s story do you want? YES, Carolyn’s story is coming, but other than that? I had decided early that the F3 series would be 5 books…now I’m just not sure.

Help please…and check out Thorne’s story:

TDD cover - front

Some days ya gotta crow…

The Red Queen launched finally late last week. After several long months of struggle to get Margaret to wrap it up so I could take it to print, she sat back and said “That’s all you get…for now.” Yes, there is more to come from our friend Mags but she will have to wait to finish her tale as others are getting their 15 minutes next.

Some Might Call it Magick is slotted to come out at the end of 2015 accomplishing two things; One, getting the release dates back on track, and Two, putting a second F3 series book in your hand this year. I would be a big fat liar if I said this was anything short of daunting! With this in mind…tell me who you want to hear about. Yes, we’ll hear from Thorne, can’t leave him hanging. We’ll may hear from Aaron & Sharilyn, Jade, Remy & Grant, Drew, and perhaps even our latest favorite resident bad boy Bart…I have lots of options and no hard decisions right now. The only one I know for certain is Carolyn who has been patiently waiting to tell her story after Colb left her at the quarterly party.

For the moment though, I want to crow. TRQ is out and Maggie did herself proud. Here’s what readers are saying…

amazon reviewer: I have read Swingers several times and could hardly wait to read The Red Queen. I wanted to get to know who the Red Queen truly was, her upbringing, thoughts and what molded her to become the woman she is today.
This is a must read by a brilliant author. I will be waiting on pins and needles for more in the series.

amazon reviewer: A journey of growth and becoming who we want to be. This is Maggie’s story. Full of emotional highs and lows, Abyrne Mostyn eloquently takes the reader through Maggie’s story, from her childhood, the tragedies, and items in a certain laundry bag that pulled back the curtain giving her a glimpse of what she wanted and helped form who and what she wants to become. Though the Fantasies, Fetishes, & Flesh series is in part, erotica in nature, these stories, especially The Red Queen, are so much more than sex scene after sex scene. So, if you enjoy a story with some HAWT sex scenes intermixed but not the sole focus, then this story is for you!!


amazon reviewer: I’ve read “Swingers” and The Dom’s Diary. Enjoyed both and looked forward to “Red Queen” continuing the story. The Red Queen was not what I expected. It was so much MORE! The book has my sensory perceptions on overload. If you are new to this world, you will gain an understanding that does not cheapen the lifestyle. And if you are already familiar with this world, I think you will enjoy Maggie and her tale.


Thank you to everyone who has read or is reading and sharing Maggie’s tale. I look forward to telling her and Chris’ story in Lock & Key, but again, that will be after SMCIM. Thanks for letting me take my moment!  have a great one.