Hear me roar

Take a stand and let the world hear you roar against sexual violence.
August 17-24th is the third annual Mending Mads silent auction to raise money for RAINN. The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nations largest anti-sexual violence organization. The Mending Mads silent auction came about after researching the recovery process of sexual assault survivors.  Last year $466.17 was raised and sent to RAINN. President and founder, Scott Berkowitz, wrote a lovely letter to say thank you for the donation. I’m looking for ebooks, signed paperbacks, bookmarks, swag, care packages; any goods or services you can offer as prizes for the auction.

********If you are interested in donating items or have questions, please email me at BridgetBlackwoodAuthor@gmail.com for more information.************

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Why did I choose RAINN as Mending Mads charity of choice? One of Worth magazines top 100 charities, RAINN has helped 2.2 million people since 1994. When money is donated, ninety-three cents of every dollar goes directly to helping survivors.

How Donations Help
• Allows an average of 558 survivors to receive help through RAINN’s hotlines each day
• Improves sexual assault laws and policies to ensure that survivors get the justice they deserve
• Educates more than 130 million people per year on prevention and recovery through relationships with the entertainment industry, the media, and local communities
• Expands the use of DNA to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits
Enlists the help of college administrators, Congress, and students on hundreds of campuses to hold colleges accountable for preventing and responding to sexual violence (rain.org)

If you’d like to see more in-depth financial information from RAINN (Form 990 Audited, reports), then please visit RAINN

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Hear ye, hear ye!

Hello, Kitties!

The weather is crazy in my neck of the ‘burbs. One day is warm and the next is frigid. Summer will be here before I know it. *sob* I am a winter person, but I’ll deal. Heading into a very busy season and I have so much to share with you. Strap in, because here we go!giphy

Facebook Events where you can chat with me and other authors plus WIN PRIZES! 

3/19 Chic Fest 

3/19 Feel Like a Woman

4/1 There’s No Fooling Love

4/7 Werewolves, Witches, and Vampires, OH MY!

I will be at two conventions this year. 

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August 12th & 13th 2016. Once Upon a Book is being put on by the fabulous author Stacey Rourke at the Bavarian Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The list of attending authors is loooong. You can pre-order books from some authors at the same website you can purchase tickets.

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PennedCon STL 2016 is gearing up to celebrate our 3rd year in St. Louis. Join is September 23/24th for a two-day book signing event with over 130+ authors, learn from industry leaders about how to publish, market and grow your brand, join us for our keynote speakers, join in with games hosted by authors, panels, a luau awards ceremony any more! – Rick and Amy Miles

I’ll be sharing a table with my writing partner in crime, Astrid V. Tallaksen. We are ridiculously excited to be together.

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PennedCon raises money for a charity scholarship with Action for Autism

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April 26th is the re-release of Belong to the Night with Booktrope Publishing. This copy is revised from the original copy that is currently available.  There will be a party on facebook with ebooks, signed paperbacks, and swag up for grabs. Don’t miss out, I’m especially generous with gifts on release days ;0)

While you wait, watch the trailer for Belong to the Night and add it to your Goodreads.

Need something to listen to? How about giving the Belong to the Night YouTube playlist a try. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Several birthdays, holidays, and visits from family are coming up for the Blackwoods. I’m busy working on Lost in Paradise and thinking about what I want to do with Made of Stone. So many little surprises for the following months that I can’t share yet and it is KILLING me. Secrets are not my forte. Keep an eye out for more because as soon as I see green lights I am telling the world!

The Scarlet List

In preparation for tomorrow’s re-release of A Scarlet Fury with Booktrope, I wanted to share the music. If you want a chance to win giveaways, chat with a bunch of fabulous authors, and have fun, then please drop by the Facebook event. 

Every song for A Scarlet Fury was carefully chosen. They fit the scenes in my head and the characters perfectly. I could write an essay about all of them but I think only a few people would actually enjoy that, LOL! (Feel free to hit me up in an email or message me on social media if you are one of those few. We can chat for ages *grin*)

Here are the top eight songs from the soundtrack I love with all my heart.

1. Somewhere (Featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen) by Within Temptation

The book starts with Madalaina in a tight spot. She’s in need of serious help.

Mads side

Lost in the darkness
Hoping for a sign
Instead there’s only silence
Can’t you hear my screams?

Cleary side

I’ll find you somewhere
I’ll keep on trying
Until my dying day

2. Marathon by Junkie XL

Fierceness, rage, an unwillingness to quit until death. Cleary, Varian, and Bastian are the guys you want on a rescue mission. It isn’t a job, it’s family. You don’t take from them without forfeiting your life.

3. Hell and High Water by Black Stone Cherry

There was one particular lyric that screamed Cleary to me.

I could lose the damn war all by myself if you were on the other side.

He’s a dedicated kind of guy.

4. Hurricane by Ms Mr

 

A very Madalaiana song. She doesn’t get what Cleary sees to make him want more.

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind
So dark and foul I can’t disguise
Can’t disguise
Nights like this
I become afraid
Of the darkness in my heart
Hurricane

What’s wrong with me
Why not understand and see
I never saw
What you saw in me

5. Stardust by Gemini Syndrome

A very Cleary song. He’s not blind, Mads flaws and the wounds left over from her trials are visible to him but he’s all in.

I know this place
It smells like innocence lost
We left the traces of the sins we bought

But I wouldn’t change a thing
It’s just a waking dream

Look at the wake
From the stardust pouring from your eyes
It’s no mistake
You are perfect
You are perfect in my mind
And you won’t fade away

6. Men of Honor by Two Steps from Hell & Thomas Bergerson

The scene is heartbreaking but needed to have a powerfully respectful feel to it. I wanted there to be a sense of sacrifice, love, gratitude, and sorrow.

7. I Will Stay by We Are The Fallen

For all you #CainaWinter fans

If all of the days have no more light,
And all of our dreams are lost tonight,
The stars can all fall
And everything turns to grey,
I will stay.

DRUMROLL!

The reflection of the perfect moment between Mads and Cleary.

BTSK by Ms Mr
It doesn’t make us strong
It doesn’t make us weak
Tongue tied disservice
Like shy pre-teens
I could only breathe
Live to believe
I’m alone
It didn’t come easy I’m glad it was hard
Worth the wait to give you my heart

Big teeth small kiss
I turn to wax and melt like this
Melt like this

I found you in pieces you’d been torn apart
A million one reasons to end before you start
But deep down I knew
No matter what in the end, it’d be me and you

Lavender Haze
Djarum vanilla
Turkish jade
You and me
We have it made
We have it made

Caress my knees with your tongue
Teeth on my waist I come undone
It’s those hours in the night just before a light
Run your hand down my spine
We kiss the dusk goodnight
Goodnight

Hear them all on this YouTube playlist

  1. Somewhere (Featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen) by Within Temptation
  2. Away from Me by Evanesence
  3. Marathon by Junkie XL
  4. Safe and Sound by Madilyn Bailey
  5. Hell and High Water by Black Stone Cherry
  6. Broken Pieces by Apocalyptica
  7. Edge of the World by Within Temptation
  8. Hurricane by Ms Mr
  9. Hate it When You See Me Cry by Halestorm
  10. Falling Fast by Avril Lavigne
  11. Stardust by Gemini Syndrome
  12. The Other Side by Evanesence
  13. Scarlet by In This Moment
  14. Stay (feat. Merethe Soltvedt) by Two Steps from hell & Thomas Bergerson
  15. BTSK by Ms Mr
  16. Red Sorrow by Audiomachine
  17. I will not bow by Breaking Benjamin
  18. Through the Ghost by Shinedown
  19. I Will Stay by We Are The Fallen
  20. Men of Honor by Two Steps from hell & Thomas Bergerson
  21. Counting Stars by OneRepublic
  22. All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix – Radio Edit) by John Legend

Witness the Revolution and choose where your allegiance lies.

Rising Shadows: World in Shadows, book 1 is re-releasing with added content, more editing, and the integration of Winter’s Kiss (book 1.5) from my publisher Booktrope. Watch the trailer below…

Labeled an Arcane, Rachel Ryan wonders if she’s human anymore. After she’s thrown headlong into the world of The Preternatural Rachel learns Shapeshifters, Faeries, and Vampires aren’t legends. They’ve been living hidden in plain sight among humans. In her quest to save a child she will set off a cataclysmic chain of events. Her actions will disrupt the carefully balanced political chess board, casting once powerful pieces to the floor. A werewolf protector, a lost princess, a mad vampire, and an exiled Fae named Winter will rise up to challenge the status quo. A war that has been brewing in the shadows for centuries is ready to explode. Rachel must choose where her allegiance lies, tipping the scales, but who is an enemy and who is a friend?

Amazon link http://smile.amazon.com/Rising-Shadow…

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RISING SHADOWS Cover Reveal

COVER REVEAL

TITLE: Rising Shadows

SERIES: World in Shadows (Book 1)

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

AUTHOR: Bridget Blackwood

PUBLISHER: Booktrope Publishing

Re-Release Date: October 28th, 2015

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Labeled an Arcane, Rachel Ryan wonders if she’s human anymore. After she’s thrown headlong into the world of The Preternatural Rachel learns Shapeshifters, Faeries, and Vampires aren’t legends. They’ve been living hidden in plain sight among humans. In her quest to save a child she will set off a cataclysmic chain of events. Her actions will disrupt the carefully balanced political chess board, casting once powerful pieces to the floor. A werewolf protector, a lost princess, a mad vampire, and an exiled Fae named Winter will rise up to challenge the status quo. A war that has been brewing in the shadows for centuries is ready to explode. Rachel must choose where her allegiance lies, tipping the scales, but who is an enemy and who is a friend?

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Bridget Blackwood was born April 1984 and raised in East Texas where she met and married her high school sweetheart. In 2003 they moved to Southern Illinois, just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis, Missouri. Bridget juggles writing and being the mother of three rambunctious children.

Bridget has been writing and telling stories for as long as she can remember. She loves to read romance and watch horror movies, naturally the two came together in her writing. A social butterfly, Bridget loves talking to readers through email or social media. She is on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.

WEBSITE: http://bridgetblackwoodauth.wix.com/book

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/BridgetBlackwoodAuthor

TWITTER: @author_bridget

777 Writer’s Challenge

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I didn’t have a fitting picture or gif so you get a rolling raccoon. You’re welcome :0)

“I’m sure we can all work this out once the Underwoods arrive. No need to involve the authorities for childish nonsense.”

“Are you kidding me?” I pressed my eyes closed tight and counted to ten.

One, two, June is a dumbass, three, four, no one is gonna help Nola, five, six, she needs someone to take her to the police, seven, eight, I’m about to do something stupid, nine, ten.

Screw it. I’ll help Nola.

I blew out my breath and smiled sweetly at June. “You’re the boss. I’ll follow your lead.”

Here are 7 lines, starting on page 7, at line 7 of my current Work In Progress; Forever Home. I was tagged my JC Hannigan, who tagged all writers reading her blog. I will do the same. Are you a writer? Are you reading this? Tag, you’re it.

Forever Home? What’s it about?

It’s the first book in a contemporary series about a family of four brothers in East Texas. Forever Home tells the story of Ezra and Starice who come together to help Ezra’s young daughter when his ex-wife loses custody of her.

What the heck is going on in those seven lines? 

Our heroine, Starice, is trying to get help for a little who came into the preschool where she works with bruises. Money and influence in a small town are a huge roadblock as her boss doesn’t want to anger the child’s parents over a “misunderstanding”.  So what’s a good-hearted soul to do? Drive her to the police station yourself! Technically it is kidnapping but a girl has to do what’s right.