Monday, September 1, 2014

Beat The Heat Blog Hop

Do you need something to keep you cool while resting at the beach?

Or have you found a nice shade tree and now can't stop reading?

GOOD! That's exactly the problems I had this summer.

It is hard being an assistant to Ashley and Stacy but it is rewarding too. Lots of great stories going back and forth and of course the exciting adventures of new releases coming out every few months.

It is hard to get all of your to-do lists done over just a few months. Summer was much easier when we were kids. The weeks were endless and the days lasted forever. But as an adult the time is finite and we know this isn't going to last forever. Sometimes 'beating the heat' is as simple as doing our daily tasks or taking a weekend off to relax with family.

Family - man they can make you 'hot' too!

I wanted to give all of our readers something special ending this summer vacation so I am going to sneak everyone who posts on this blog and joins my site one of the TEMPTATION TUESDAY stories.

Because even though its hot outside that doesn't mean it can't be hot inside! HeHe. It's good to be naughty every now and then.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Release: Ashley Nemer: Blood White, Book 4 of the Blood Serie

The Art of Safkhet Presents – ASHLEY NEMER
BLOOD WHITE, July 14th, 2014

Blood White contains a novella, Blood Gold and deleted scenes, interviews and other extra tidbits from the blood series that could not make it into the other three print novels.
This is an Insiders Guide to the Blood World.

Do you wonder how the Algula race came to be? Or how Earth and everything we know have been manipulated over time and the world we think we know isn't even close to what reality is.

Take a step back in time with Blood Gold, the short story inside this book to discover the truth about our existence and how we really came to be called humans.

Also inside this book discover what makes the main characters tick as you take a journey into their thoughts with interviews with King Zayn, Princess Nikole, Princess Leigh and Princess Haydar. As an added bonus enjoy deleted scenes from the Blood Series Trilogy.

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Author Bio
Ashley, also known as Niki Becker, is married and lives in Houston with her husband Tony. They have two dogs, Toto and Doogie. They have been together for over 9 years and he brings her more joy than she could ever imagine as a child. She loves to read and has been hooked on the romance genre ever since her lifelong best friend gave her "Ashes to Ashes' by Tami Hoag to read when they were younger.
Ashley finds her strength through her family, especially her parents. They always support her in life; they push her to strive for greatness. There once was a motto that Ashley heard in her youth through her Taekwondo life 'Reach for the Stars' and that is what Ashley has always done. It was through her upbringing that the values Ashley has and displays come from. With her parents always cheering her on in life she was able to grow up having faith in herself and her ability to conquer the world.
Ashley enjoys writing many different genre’s of fiction. Her areas range from science fiction/ paranormal, mystery, romance, poetry and erotica (using pen name Niki Becker.)


The beginning of the earth’s creation …
Fire and lightning flared around the mountaintops of Har ha-Elohim. The air whipped back and forth while the four Gods paced up and down the valleys. There was a storm brewing in the air. The taste of salty rain touched the four tongues of the deities who were invading this new realm.
“Isaf, it is time to make this land flourish,” Hubal commanded. He raised his arms out past his sides, over his shoulders, and then above his head. The rain began to beat down on them, growing stronger with each inch his arms moved up his body.
“Hubal, what do you want me to use as a starting point?” Isaf moved over to stand next to his leader. Each step that he took made the ground beneath him rumble.
“Take this land with you; we will make a new home on this plane called Earth. We will be Gods greater than all others. Our pantheon will not only have our realm, it will have a planet to claim as well.”
Tornadoes and water spouts started to form along the land and lakes. Na’ila came behind Isaf and stood next her bonded mate. Hubal watched her take Isaf’s hand, and then he motioned for Manad to join them in the valley.
“Sun, moon, ground, air, water, all of us joined together, we will create the greatest place in all of eternity. We will create Earth.”
The four deities held hands in a circle and began to chant low. Their voices carried over the plains and through the valley. Isaf’s ground started to move under them, and within a few hours, their reality changed. They began to watch as trees, rivers, grass, shrubbery, and sunlight became their surroundings. When they let go of their hands, a loud, cracking thunderbolt went off in the sky. They looked off to the east and knew that their enemy, Zeus, was casting them out.
He’d cast them out of the realm of other Gods, the place they had known as their own for their lifetimes. He had cut them off from their families, mates, and children alike. It was up to these four beings to bring life to this new planet, make it flourish. Hubal knew that once this was a success, they would be able to go out and claim other parts of the galaxy, and eventually the other Gods would seek out their creation as a new place for escape, peace, and freedom.
“We did it,” Manad said. He broke free of the circle and ventured off into the west. He moved across the grass, the sun following him along his journey.
“Look how the blades of grass follow the light. They move in an east to west pattern,” Na’ila noticed.
“Manad doesn’t know how powerful he is going to be here on this new planet. Everything will rise by his command and set by his slumber.” Hubal could see into the future. He could feel and taste what their paths held for them all.
“And what about you?” Isaf said. “What happens to you when your friend is off walking away?”
“I’ll follow him. Every day, when his sun sets, my moon will be there to catch him and follow the same course he took that day, cleaning up any mess that might have been left in his wake.”
“And this is the life you want for yourself?” Na’ila’s disapproving gaze wasn’t missed by the two other Gods standing there.
“No, it is my duty to protect us all. I brought is here; I will see that we all thrive.”
“Then let us begin the creation of this new realm.” Isaf kneeled on the ground. He placed his hands palm down on the fresh blades of grass. His magik was different. He balanced himself out. When in one section he created earthquakes, in another he created mountains. He brought land and water together before he was done, and a solid continent was formed, a vast and glorious creation.
Author Links

Ashley’s published works under
Ashley Nemer & Niki Becker


Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer March 25th, 2013

Maverick Touch: The Highway by Ashley Nemer March 24th, 2014

Blood Purple by Ashley Nemer September 24th, 2012

Blood Yellow by Ashley Nemer July 3rd, 2013

Blood Green by Ashley Nemer April 28th, 2014

Blood White by Ashley Nemer July 14th, 2014

Special Assignment by Niki Becker December 17th, 2013

Short Stories

Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer November 17th, 2012

Bud’s Christmas Miracle by Ashley Nemer November 24th, 2013

The Café (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker May 7th, 2013

Fantasy Cruise (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker July 2nd, 2013

The Backyard (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker August 6th, 2013

Sekhmet’s Revenge Volume One through Four by Ashley Nemer & Stacy A. Moran September 28, 2013

Soul Mates by Ashley Nemer and L.S. Broomfield October 2nd, 2013 (Through Secret Cravings Publishing)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Art of Safkhet Pride & Elite

 The Art of Safkhet is looking for readers to help! Here is what we need:

  1. Safkhet's Pride - Our Street Team ( Open to twenty (20) members )

    1. Here, readers will interact with the authors and have behind the scene chats to get the word out there about our book releases. We will have contests and special swag that is offered ONLY to our Street Team.
    2. Requirements: 
      1. At least once a month post about one of the books released from The Art of Safkhet.
      2. At least once a month share one status by an author.
      3. When a new release comes out, recommend it to at least five friends on Goodreads.
    3. What's in it for you:
      1. All new releases the month they come out will be sold at a discount price. E-books will be 50% off and print books will be 30% off.
      2. When SWAG arrives all members will get first grabs at the items
      3. Special contests for print books or Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift cards held just for members of the Street Team.
  2. Safkhet's Elite - Our Beta Readers ( Open to fifty (50) readers only )

    1. Here, readers will get advanced readers copy (in e-book format) 
      1. Readers will tell us which genre's they want to read and we will email them their ARC.
        1. Genres are:
          1. Paranormal
          2. Contemporary Romance
          3. Erotica
          4. Science Fiction
          5. Mystery
          6. Mythology
          7. Poetry
    2. Requirements:
      1. Upon receiving an advanced copy of our new release, you will need to post your honest review with in fifteen days of it's release and place a link to that review on the appropriate authors Facebook page.
      2. If you cannot read the ARC in a timely fashion please email Grace ( so she can make note. Missing more than two e-book distributions in a row without reason will have you removed from Safkhet's Elite.
      3. Your review must be honest. We are not looking for all 5-Star reviews but honest opinions and thoughts about our work.
      4. By joining this program you agree to not share, distribute or sell the Advanced Readers Copy of our work.
Some of you will want to be both, a Pride member and an Elite member. At this time we are asking that you pick one or the other. This may change in the future but for right now we ask that you just pick one. If you are interested in either of these please let us know.

You can join Safkhet's Pride by clicking the link HERE. This will take you to our Facebook group where we will post the different information.

You can apply for Safkhet's Elite by commenting on this post with your name, email address and genre's you want to read and stating which of Ashley, Stacy, Anabella, Niki or Nasira's books you liked most or by sending Grace an email at with all of the information.

Thank you for taking the time out to inquire about our new Readers Groups and we hope to see 70 new people in the near future!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Join us at the Houston Indie Book Festival

Gulf Coast Journal

Houston Indie Book Fest is Here!
Join us this Saturday, April 20th, for the Houston Indie Book Festival and Menil Community Arts Festival, hosted on the Menil Campus through a collaboration between Gulf Coast, Da Camera of Houston, Inprint, Houston Center for Photography, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), the Rothko Chapel, Writers in the Schools, and The Menil Collection, and sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Siccardi Gallery, New Leaf Real Estate, and Texas Tea.

To help celebrate the start of the festival, we hope you'll also join us at Boheme, tonight at 5 p.m. for a Cultured Cocktails event. A portion of the bar proceeds during happy hour (5 p.m. until 7 p.m.) go to benefit the festival. You can RSVP to tonight's event here.

The 2013 festival will be on Saturday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Menil Park. The event is completely free and open to the public, and features readings, panels on writing and publishing, music, yoga, film, and visual art, as well as nationally-distributed literary journals alongside new and used booksellers, publishers, small presses, literary organizations, and writers. RSVP to the event here and sign up to learn more about the festival by joining HIBF on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, April 20th: Events Calendar

Readings on the Menil Bookstore deck:

12PM – Blooms, part of Houston Young Writers Reading Series
Presented by Writers in the Schools, participants in their Houston Young Writers Reading Series will read original poems, stories and essays inspired by nature, community, family, history, and art.

1PM - Indie Editors Take the Mic
Founding editor of Owl Eye Review Austin Tremblay joins independent author and poetry editor of Gigantic Sequins Sophie Klahr and co-editor of The Cupboard Adam Peterson as they read their original works.

2PM – Mat Johnson, presented by Inprint
Author of Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem as well as the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain, Mat Johnson is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, and is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. In addition, he teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

3PM – Derrick Brown and Jason Bayani, presented by Write Bloody Books
Derrick Brown is a noted slam poet and original member of the group The Poetry Revival, and Jason Bayani is author of the poetry collection Amulet and is a member of the Asian-American slam poetry trio, The Proletariat Bronze.

4PM – Bootown Theater
The non-profit theater company Bootown, creator of the popular series Grown-Up Storytime, will be performing a family friendly show that's sure to get the audience laughing.

Readings on the east end of the Menil building:
11AM – 7 Steps to Bring Your Book into a Publisher's Hands
Luci Smoker, author of Distortion and Retribution will teach writers the perfect strategy for getting their work noticed.

12:15PM – Children's Storytime: The Deep Blue Forest
Geraldo Olivo, author of The Deep Blue Forest and The Adventures of Papa Roo and Little Roo will perform a puppet show and an interactive dance session.

1:30PM – Small Press, Big Rewards: Publishing Beyond the Mainstream
A panel session featuring independent publishing houses will discuss the advantages of working with an independent vs. mainstream publishing house.

3:00PM – Glass Mountain presents: A Reading with Aaron Reynolds
University of Houston creative writing professor Aaron Reynolds will give a reading along with his editors from the nationally-distributed undergraduate journal Glass Mountain.

4:30PM – Publishing in Literary Magazines: From Slush Pile to Superstar
A panel session featuring current and former Gulf Coast editorial staff members, will discuss publishing in literary magazines.


Yoga at the Rothko Chapel
• 11AM – Hatha yoga with Mary Oppermann
• 1PM – Kids yoga with Laura Calcaterro
• 2:30PM – Acro Jam yoga and partner-based acrobatic yoga with Jeff Newton

Writing Tours of the Menil with Writers in the Schools
• 1PM and 1:30PM – Writers in the Schools will host 30-minute creative writing tours at the Menil Collection designed for the whole family. WITS writers will lead participants on a tour of Menil galleries and use specific works of art as inspiration for fun creative writing exercises.


11AM – Thomas Hulten Hot Viking Dixieland Band
Presented by Da Camera of Houston, Thomas Hulten is principal trombone with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet, and affiliate artist at Moores School of Music and the University of Houston. Hulten has performed with some of music’s most influential modern artists including Ray Charles, The Temptations, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow.

4:30PM – line upon line percussion performs Hughes Dufourt’s Erewhon
Presented by The Menil Collection, line upon line is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary music. Based out of Austin, they have been called “the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South” by Austinist and have been featured at SXSW, Fast Forward Austin and the International Festival-Institute at Round Rock. Adam Bedell, Tim Briones, Cullen Faulk, Andrew Fuhrman, Eric Peterson, Matthew Teodori will be performing Hughes Dufourt’s massive percussion sextet Erewhon.


SWAMP will be screening selections from the 35th season of THE TERRITORY, their short film showcase series broadcast on Houston PBS, Channel 8, in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel (4011 Yupon St) at 1:30PM and 3:30PM. THE TERRITORY is the longest running public television showcase of independent film/video in the country. The half-hour 13-part Texas PBS series showcases new directions in film, video, and digital media.


Food trucks will be serving up a variety of gourmet delicacies in the Menil parking lot on West Alabama all day.

All Day:

Houston Center for Photography
19 students from 13 Houston-area schools are represented in the annual exhibition, Collaborations X Print Sale, the final project of a semester-long “Collaborations” course taught by HCP instructors. Each student’s prints are for sale, with nothing over $100.

Menil Bookstore and Information Booth
Start your day here to pick up a map and a schedule, as well as a beverage courtesy of Texas Tea. Then wander through the Menil Bookstore and browse their tremendous selection of books and gifts.

Menil Collection
Enjoy the contemplative and tranquil art museum that is at the heart of the festival. Featuring exhibitions Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible, and Untitled (Structures): Leslie Hewitt in Collaboration with Bradford Young, as well as the permanent collection. In addition to the exhibits, the Menil will present, Voices of the Menil, a cellphone audio-walk that will provide listeners a chance to tour the campus and hear stories from John and Dominique de Menil, among others, who were instrumental in the creation and development of the museum neighborhood.

Rothko Chapel
Founded by John and Dominique de Menil, the Rothko Chapel is a modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.