Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ooh! A Cover Reveal!

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Dear Readers, Writers and Precious Patrons,

Cheers and welcome to this Cover Reveal Celebration of Multigenre Author Y. Correa’s next installment to the Earth 8-8-2 Saga.

The first book, “Earth 8-8-2: The Genesis Project” marked the commencement of a Sci-Fi Mashup of epic proportion.

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Could Science Serve as Salvation?

One-fourth Human.
One-fourth God.
One-fourth Superhuman.
One-fourth Vampire.

For Dr. Scott, the combined strengths of each life form represent the answer to the onslaught of malice and tyranny plaguing his Earth. When his creation—Genesis—begins developing, the lines between scientist and father become blurred. Soon the time approaches where Genesis is expected to fulfill her purpose. Does she go along willingly, or will her rapid evolution obliterate everyone’s best laid plans?

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7idU4c_F7I

 

In the newest installment, “Earth 8-8-2: Genesis’ Rebellion” Author Y. Correa endeavors to start where the last one ended and continue the adventure that is the Earth 8-8-2 Saga.

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What happens when Science’s Instrument of Salvation blazes her own path?

 

In the second installment of the Earth 8-8-2 saga, Genesis is heartbroken, disillusioned, but most of all … angry: angry that she has no say-so in the narrative of her own purpose.  In the absence of choice, the only response that makes sense is rebellion.

 

As Genesis elicits the intensity of her powers, General Townsen must act quickly to develop a counterbalance to this previous experiment gone askew. Will the General’s army rise effectively against this unlikely nemesis, or will all see the literal overtures of what occurs when powers that be attempt to regulate true evolution?

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Now, without further ado, we are pleased to present you with the cover of “Earth 8-8-2: Genesis’ Rebellion”.

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The Spotlight Shines On Rebecca Reilly

Greetings, wonderful readers! One of the great perks of being a member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is the amazing opportunity to meet many talented indie authors. Today, I am honored to share my blog with one such talent. Introducing this month’s RRBC Spotlight Author Rebecca Reilly!

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Rebecca Reilly is a retired pastor, a massage therapist, and the author of Christian Sex and Marriage—It’s Complicated.

 

 

Too Emotionally and/or Physically Tired to Make Love

I look at my to-do list, and I want to crawl back in bed and cry.  By the end of the day, I want to fall into bed and sleep.

 

Marielle’s Story

I start my day taking care of my aging parents, then it’s get the kids to school, go to work, pick up kids, pick up dinner, and collapse on the sofa.  I don’t have the energy to brush my teeth, much less have sex before I fall into bed.

 

Zena’s Story

I imagined a near-every-night scenario for sex.  But life kind of takes over.  Everything is good, but by the end of the day, neither of us want to do anything under the covers but sleep.

 

Kate’s Story

I hate to admit it, but I’m older now.  I thought we’d have more sex once the kids left the house.  But in reality, I start nodding off as soon as the dishes are done.

 

I’m too tired for sex is the number one reason people give for climbing into bed and going straight to sleep.  True or not, those words take a huge emotional toll on marriage.  In sexual speak, when one partner says, “I’m too tired,” the other partner hears, “I’m not interested in you.”  Contrary to what many wives believe, men hear and feel the emotional rejection as deeply as women.[i]

Life, no matter how good it is, tends to wear us out and push the yearning for sex into the background.  Age, health, busyness, stress, and emotional upheaval negatively affect sexual hormones and literally dry up our drive.  Ironically, sexual stimulation and satisfaction can create an energy burst that fuels us both physically and emotionally long after the act.

Too tired to make love with your mate?  The cure is to make love with your mate.

Sounds easy, but it’s not.  If you are consistently too tired for passion, you must dedicate extra energy throughout the day to build passion and prepare yourself for your spouse.  A sexy thought, a moment to remember the love of your mate creates anticipation and readies you to make love.  Your mind energizes your body.  Make intercourse with your spouse a focal point of your thoughts—twenty seconds at a time, every hour of your day.

Here is some advice from couples who take proactive steps to conquer sleepiness and prepare for passion:

  • Fantasize about your mate. As you drive to work, clean the house, and eat your lunch, bring to mind how his chest feels to your hand as you run your fingers across him.  Think about how she looks in your favorite lingerie.  Remember a past erotic event you shared.    Imagine what you’d like to feel tonight.  Your mind is powerful.  Your body responds to your thoughts and prepares itself.  Ten seconds here, thirty seconds there, not much time is needed to groom your mind and body to be awake later that night.  Limit your fantasies to your spouse. Fantasy lives that are out of control, or inappropriate, tear apart marriages instead of unifying them.  If you struggle in this area, this option is not one for you to explore.
  • Whisper in her ear as you kiss her goodbye in the morning. Tell her you want her, you’ll be thinking about making love with her all day, and tell her how you want to make her feel that night.  Wives, men love this too!  By speaking your passion, your desire grows.  Hearing your spouse’s yearnings spurs your own.
  • Getting your blood flowing raises your endorphins (feel good hormones).  Exercise raises self-esteem and helps men and women feel sexier.  Jogging or lifting weights provides time to fantasize about your spouse, too.
  • Bathe, shave, and use essential oils to help increase your personal sense of sexuality. Wear lingerie under your work clothes.
  • Believe you are desirable to your spouse. Take steps to increase his or her desire.
  • Sip some coffee before bed. Drink just enough for a quick pick-me-up if you feel your energy lagging.  Be careful not to overdose and keep yourself up all night.
  • Women, flex your inner thighs throughout the day. Kegal exercises tighten you up, but they also stimulate your sex glands.
  • Shake up your evening routine. Skip television.  Feed each other dessert.  Give each other massages.  Try different activities that help you focus on each other.
  • Write erotica. Just like fantasizing, your erotica focuses on your mate and your marriage.  Write down your sexiest memory of your spouse.  Write it in great detail.  Better yet, write erotica together.  Text him the first line of your story.  He sends back the second line.  Read your masterpiece together that night, and then add more to the story.
  • And finally, make love. Do not wait until you’re in the mood to have sex. We’ve been taught that our sexual cycle moves from desire to arousal to orgasm to resolution. Research suggests, however, that for women in long-term relationships, desire often comes after arousal.  If you allow yourself to be receptive to your spouse’s seduction, you will become aroused, and then desire blooms.

 

[i] Shaunti Feldhahn, For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men (Multnomah, 2004),

 

 

On Your Own

Evaluate yourself:

  • How would you rate your sex drive? Is it lower, higher, or combatable with your mate’s?
  • What do you do to communicate your sexual needs to your spouse? Do you find him or her responsive?  Are you responsive to their needs?
  • If your sex drive is lower than your spouse’s, can you pinpoint something in your life or beliefs that might be contributing to that? Is there something you can change to bring your sexual desire to a more even level?
  • If your sex drive is higher than your spouse’s, what are you doing to bring your desire levels to a more even level?

Sometime this week, say these things to your spouse:

  • I desire you.
  • You satisfy me.
  • Thank you for loving me.
  • You are worthy to be loved.
  • I am worthy to be loved.
  • I love you. I’m glad I married you.  I’d marry you again tomorrow.

Open Communication

Conversation Starters

  • Do we make love as often as you need or want?
  • What can I do to meet your sexual needs?
  • Do you think our sex drive is compatible? Do you see our sexual drive levels as evenly matched?  If not, what can we do to meet each other’s needs?
  • What can I do for you at this moment to show my love for you?

 

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Purchase Rebecca Reilly’s

Christian Sex and Marriage—It’s Complicated

Amazon Paperback: http://bit.ly/SexMarriagePB

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Follow Rebecca Reilly:

Twitter: @RebeccaReillyL

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Email: Rebeccareilly.author@gmail.com

 

 

A New Release From S. Rose

I would like to share a brand new book release from indie author S. Rose. Sparrow In The Wind is now available through Amazon and other book retailer sites.

I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Rose’s work since first discovering her debut novel, Bridge Ices Before Road, a few years ago. I can honestly say this is truly one of my favorite novels–indie or traditionally published. If you’re a fan of complex characters, strong plot, and skillful writing, I invite you to become acquainted with the works of S. Rose.

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Funny how memories work, the things you remember, the things forgotten, the things that change you. Back in the summer of 1962, ten year-old Cassandra Parsons has her life all figured out. She lives with her father and mother in the upstairs flat of a well-appointed two family house in a pleasant neighborhood of Racine, Wisconsin. Her maternal aunt and grandfather live right downstairs and her best friend Kitty has always lived two doors down.

Cassandra’s well-ordered world comes undone when her father decides to move his nuclear family to the backwoods of Northern Wisconsin, to renovate and manage his father’s hunting lodge. Isolated and friendless, she is suddenly left to her own devices as her parents plunge themselves into their new business endeavor. Loneliness and self-pity gradually give way to growth as Cassandra learns to appreciate the beauty of nature and the peace of quietude. Soon she meets a half-Ojibwa girl named Sparrow. The girls become fast friends and have a final fling with childhood, spending their last carefree days fishing in the river and roaming the woods, pretending to be ancient Ojibwa. But their sweet Indian summer comes to an abrupt end as tragedy strikes both girls’ families. Cassandra and Sparrow’s friendship is tested as they try to forge a mature, enduring relationship that hopefully will see them through even these darkest of times.

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Buy:    Bridge Ices Before Road

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The year is 1970. In a blue-collar suburb of Boston, two eleven year-old Catholic girls struggle to come of age in a culture still very much dominated by men. They watch in dismay as their fathers and priests determine the lives of the women around them. Loyalty to family and church is paramount; women and children suffer in silence rather than expose the men who do them harm.

Frances Orillio is an adopted, only child; she is self-critical, anxious, and vulnerable. Maddy Malone is one of six children, and grew up in a rough housing project scrapping with the boys. Although they are strikingly different in temperament, they forge an enduring friendship on the path to becoming strong, independent women. Together they battle the tangled jungle of ignorance, racism, and homophobia that goes hand in hand with the culturally entrenched discrimination against women. Like the treacherous roads in a New England winter, the way is fraught with hidden dangers. Family secrets and lies are like the invisible black ice on a bridge: if you don’t watch out for the signs, it can be deadly.

A New Release From Andrew Boyd

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Andrew Boyd is a student of poetry, blogging, and story telling. Andrew became a self-published author on February 27, 2013. He is one who is honest to where he made people mad, yet they respect and respected what he had, have, and has to say.

A two-time kidney transplant recipient, Andrew is one who looks at the world in a way that gives and gave him perspective as to how his life would be shaped due to his medical experiences, as well as helping others by exuding inspiration and compassion to those around him.

He is a graduate of the Class of 1996 from Germantown-Lankenau Motivational Program Annex, where his writing prowess was born in the 10th Grade, and continued on while attending Arcadia University in 1996. After a writing hiatus in 1997, a trip to New York City in March 2010 reignited his passion for writing. While posting several of his writings on social media outlets, he also performs and performed spoken word poetry in the Philadelphia and New York areas. He is currently performing on Black Poetry Cafe’s (BPC) internet radio show “FEVER FRIDAYS”.

 

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When the world needs your light, the supply is unlimited. When you need the world’s light, the service is disconnected. Shrouded in darkness, with not even a candle’s flicker to show the way, how does one heal?

Andrew Boyd’s result is to conduct his own Therapy Session. This fifth book in the WORDPLAY poetry series is a chronicle of crepuscules that Andrew has faced throughout his life, some unbeknownst to those who believed knew him best. What he hopes to accomplish through this psychoanalysis is the prescription to understanding, development and sustainable peace.

 

 

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Hate

Sitting on the floor in front of a crowd,
My legs are crossed Indian Style,
Elbows on the knees.
Head bowed down and temperament apparent,
My microphone will melt with what I will say.

Hate is a strong word: never to be taken lightly.
There are many who do not use the word when
Expressing the feelings they have for others.

I Hate the fact that there is suffering,
I Hate the fact that there are immoral people.
I Hate that those who do the most harm are
The ones worshipping under the steeple.

I Hate how they lie to innocent parties.
I Hate that they rage on another.
I Hate how they do not hold themselves accountable
As they break the heart of their mother.

I Hate how people turned their backs to me.
I Hate that they feel they are seen as priority one.
I Hate that patience to them is a waste of time
Yet they look to me to jump the gun.

I Hate how people say that they are by my side,
Yet their actions speak louder than their words.
I Hate the fact that they lied to me that way
To the point where I show them my flock of birds.

I Hate that I trust some people early:
I Hate that part about myself.
There should be many people walking with shirts
That read “Trusting me is bad for your health.”

I Hate this life that I live:
I can only blame myself.
I Hate that I placed myself in these situations:
I Hate that I cannot see my worth and wealth.

To acknowledge that I Hate myself
Tells me personally that I see more than I care to see.
I need to stop hating the reflection in my mirror,
If I am to change things around and about me.

 

 

Thank you

*Special Thanks to Monica F. Brown and Yasmin Correa for helping me with all things “WORDPLAY: Therapy Session”, from the inside of the covers to the cover itself*

Meet RRBC Spotlight Author Sherilyn Powers

Greetings, wonderful readers. It is my pleasure to share with you Rave Reviews Book Club’s April Spotlight Author Sherilyn Powers. Support this talented author where you can.

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Sure I Have Celiac Disease, But A Small Bit Of Gluten Doesn’t Hurt…

By Sherilyn Powers

 

Oh the times I’ve heard that. And the times I have even thought it, thought myself paranoid because I was so diligent. And the times others have thought me overly cautious, including my own family.

I was lucky when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease.  I had a doctor who really understood the disease and helped me to understand how serious it actually was.

Because of his advice, I carefully checked out labels, learned about the dangers of maltodextrin and MSG being from sources containing gluten, checked for BHT in everything I went to put in my mouth, and learned that caramel could and usually did contain malt, and was almost relieved when something contained only chemicals! At least I could eat chemicals.

As my doctor was far away, I didn’t get to see him after my diagnosis, but I thought I knew what I was doing. I did the best I could to avoid eating gluten and even cross-contamination but after a while, if a bit happened I wasn’t too concerned. I didn’t feel sick, so it was probably ok.

I did find out that many types of prescriptions and supplements contained gluten. Medicines I took daily were contributing to my malaise instead of helping me to get better. Then there were things like toothpaste and mouthwash, cough syrup and cold medication, and even going to the dentist could be a problem. Anything and everything I put in my mouth purposefully or accidentally could, and in most cases would, harm me.

One day someone asked me if I had Celiac disease, why I was still using a certain shampoo. It has wheat germ in it, I was told. But I don’t drink shampoo, I countered. You never get any in your mouth huh, came the response.

Okay, enough is enough. Seriously, should I really pay that strict attention to every single item, even if I don’t feel sick? What if it only says “may contain” or “processed in a facility with wheat products”?

Well, after years of being what I thought was diligent, the doctors found my body was still being exposed to gluten somehow and my anti-bodies were always elevated. Then I realized maybe it was because I was too lax.  But if I wasn’t feeling stomach pain and the other symptoms then should I really worry about it?

As more and more people are being diagnosed with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, studies are being done to find out exactly how seriously gluten affects people. And the findings aren’t good.

Having Celiac disease isn’t like having a food sensitivity or even mild allergy. With a mild allergy, you might feel gross for a day or break out in a rash or sneeze uncontrollably for a bit. But once that substance is out of your system, you are back to normal again. (I personally believe there are some other long-term effects that people aren’t necessarily attributing to allergies but that’s for another day)

With Celiac disease, those effects are long term and can be life threatening – even if you don’t feel any symptoms from having a small bit of gluten. Eating gluten when you have this disease damages your intestines. Not eating lots of gluten… ingesting any at all. Even if it is the last item on the ingredients list.

As identified by the Mayo Clinic, that intestinal damage can cause “malnutrition… loss of calcium and bone density… infertility and miscarriage … lactose intolerance… cancer, including intestinal lymphoma and small bowel cancer.”

So maybe my being overly cautious isn’t such a bad idea after all. A bit of gluten may not hurt in the short-term, but long-term it could be disastrous.

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Sherilyn Powers is the author of, I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic! You can purchase it at any of the links below:

FriesenPress: http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000009092106

Amazon: (in most Amazon locations): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011WGZT10/?tag=friesenpressc-20

B&N: 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-not-crazy-im-allergic-sherilyn-powers/1122329150?ean=2940151145718

Kobo:https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/i-m-not-crazy-i-m-allergic-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/im-not-crazy…-im-allergic/id1022088586?mt=11

 

 

Resource:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/basics/complications/con-20030410 Diseases and Conditions, Celiac disease, Complications by Mayo Clinic Staff

 

Sherilyn Powers’ contact information:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/imnotcrazyimallergic

Twitter: @SPowersINCIA

Website:  http://imnotcrazyimallergic.com

 

Lilith’s Dominion

There’s always an excitement in announcing a new book release. Be sure to get your copy of Lilith’s Dominion by the talented Y. Correa! 

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When Lilith fails to comply with the plans of Man and The Creator, she is punished to an existence that costs her the fruits of humanity. Every moment becomes a never ending spin cycle of memories mirroring profound loss, recalcitrant rage, and immeasurable suffering.

During a Halloween party at the Arcadia Chateau, the blue-green eyed brunette Jet leaves an impression which shatters the equilibrium of Lilith’s cloud of darkness. Is this a temporary aggravation or the start of a much needed resurrection—the fire of love in a heart iced with hurt?

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It is believed that before the Genesis of the human age, Adam had a wife … a first wife; Lilith.

Created from the same ground from which Adam was molded, Lilith proved to be a bit more than his subordinate.

She was his equal.

Legend has it that Lilith was strong willed, independent and unyielding. All of the things that Adam did not want in a wife.

Red hair, sensual curves and red-brown eyes, Lilith was voluptuousness in the form of a woman. Passion, ardent and burning vitality. Lilith considered herself Adam’s compeer in every way—second to none and nothing.

What Adam hated to admit was that Lilith was his weakness, his burning desire, and his fierce, iniquitous poison. As much as he wanted her, he also hated her. It was her authority that continually dominated him, and her lasciviousness that seduced him. He was less of a man when he was around her, yet he also could not feel more empowered.

Adam realized that his obsession with Lilith was a lecherous enthrallment and nothing more, for he could not love her. Neither could he be her master. This was the problem. Adam’s job was to be in control, to be the head. The leader of Lilith and all of their descendants. For this, the Creator had made him.

Yet, around her—Lilith—he was nothing more than a groveling, dribbling, insecure excuse for a man. She had him wrapped around her little finger, and this suited her just fine.

Adam, not so much.

This was not what the Creator had mandated. Not what he intended when making them both. He needed Adam—level headed and trustworthy—to be in charge. However, with the ever present seduction of Lilith, this wouldn’t be possible.

 

Something must be done.

 

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The sound of a single long nail clicking against a hardwood table was all that could be heard in the room. Why? Because all of the noise and commotion was in her head.

Voices, memories, flashing thoughts. Chaos! Nothing more and nothing less.

The upsurge of rampant thoughts caused her mouth to slap with thirst—suck her teeth in upheaval. Lilith’s thirst was soon to be quenched, she was certain. She’d already made the preparations. Yet, the riot that was Lilith’s unending trail of assaulting musings would probably never be quelled.

 

The light of night poked through the monumental stained glass windows. One ray in particular beamed across the room, perpendicular to its point of origin, then ricocheted from a mirror to shine a slender bright stream of yellow-orange light on the table. The thin beacon glowed not too far from where her hand tapped an agitated finger.

The room was enormous and regal, yet devoid of any exuberance. Filled with scarce furnishings—the mammoth hardwood table and the innumerable chairs that surrounded it. Old, decrepit paintings adorned the walls.

The air was stifling, consumed by the scent of mothballs, molded and aged wood.

 

How did I get here? Lilith’s thought, although in her mind, seemed to echo through the stretch of the empty room.

 

“Madam, your supper is ready,” squealed Lilith’s faithful attendant, though indubitably pitiful as he was, whilst walking in. The aged, wooden double doors screeched upon his opening them. Then, he closed them, without as much as a glimpse back. His skin had not seen the light of day in so long that it had lost its color. A peculiar shade of tan-gray, wrinkled and rough, was all that remained.

Throughout the years, Demetrius had become an old, dilapidated, fragile corpse of a man—feeble and haggard, yet faithful. Lilith considered that while his situation was different than hers, at least they shared the apathetic hue of their skin color, albeit not her extraordinary good looks.

“Bring it in, Demetrius. Leave it,” replied Lilith as she waved a hand in the air, with little to no regard whatsoever. Completely detached from human emotion and void of fascination. She couldn’t help herself. All her vitality had been lost eons ago.

“Yes, Madam,” responded Demetrius, then nodded his head and bowed out of the room. Seconds later he pulled in a frightened brunette, who was so dismayed that she’d lost all fight and merely shivered and sobbed uncontrollably. Demetrius, grabbed a handful of the girl’s hair and tossed her on the ground in front of Lilith. “Your supper my lady.” he said subserviently, then bowed out of the room once more.

Lilith wasted no time whatsoever and with the blink of an eye had the girl trapped, her fangs sunk into the girl’s main artery. The one located between the thighs—Lilith had long since grown tired of the neck. It was too convenient and she craved a bit of excitement, rare as it was.

Moments later, the girl’s life blood had been drained and all that remained was a naked, pale carcass.

Lilith stood to her feet uneventfully, sighed deeply, dusted her hands and then took a seat once again in her favorite chair.

With that, her mind whirled into its turbulent incongruity yet again.

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Author Bio: 

Y. Correa is a literary seductress, luring one in with her talent of Romancing the Words, keeping one hypnotized with dynamic characters, and stimulating one with engaging narrative voices, strong plots, and epic conflicts. Her writes are as complex and as distinct as her person; a delightful combination of eclectic and antiquated. Therefore, the mere mention of fitting into one set genre is laughable. The multi-genre decadence is where she showcases her magnificence.

Some of Y. Correa’s works include Historical Fiction “MarcoAntonio & Amaryllis”, Sci-Fi Mashup “Earth 8-8-2: The Genesis Project”, Sci-Fi Fiction series “A.L.O.M” and short stories such as “Ryan”, “Loving … them!” and “The G. Particle”.

Ms. Correa has also been in several short story anthologies and is the Founder/Creator of All Authors Publications and Promotions whose subsidiaries are:

  • All Authors Magazine
  • All Authors Graphic Design
  • All Authors Publishing House
    and
  • All Authors Certificate of Excellence

Links:

Pre-Order Lilith’s Dominionhttp://www.amazon.com/Liliths-Dominion-Novelette-Y-Correa-ebook/dp/B01D0I845G/

“Lilith’s Dominion” on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5129204.Y_Correa

Author Website: http://ycorrea.net

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsXZQbWzFcY