Friday, September 30, 2016

Cover reveal -- A Different Christmas by KM Lowe

***COVER REVEAL***

A Different Christmas by KM Lowe



Book info
Author - KM Lowe
Editor - Karen Sanders
Photographer - Eric Battershell Photography
Model - Burton Hughes
Designer - Kellie Dennis @ Book cover by design

Synopsis
A Different Christmas

Two people. Two upbringings. One Christmas.

Sam was brought up to her happy family gathering at Christmas. Filled with many traditions that as an adult she thought were normal for everyone.

Getting ready to finish work for the holidays to go home to her family in Scotland, was her idea of fun and relaxation. Well, that was until her boss, Luke, told her he was dragging her to New York for work.

Much to Sam’s irritation, she has to go along and attend New York before flying home on Christmas Eve.

Luke grew up with parents that had a multimillionaire company and wanted for nothing. Apart from a family to celebrate Christmas with.

Luke grew up thinking he had what everyone had at Christmas, until he grew up and realized that Christmas is a family occasion.

Two characters that clash at the slightest thing is a recipe for disaster. Throw Sam and Luke into New York and it is either a make or break for their working relationship.

Would Christmas be different after this year?



Author Info



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spotlight - The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

Now available on preorder!

The Renegade Wife (Children of Empire Book 1) by Caroline Warfield


Blurb for the book:
Betrayed by his cousin and the woman he loved, Rand Wheatly fled England, his dreams of a loving family shattered. He clings to his solitude in an isolated cabin in Upper Canada. Returning from a business trip to find a widow and two children squatting in his house, he flies into a rage. He wants her gone, but her children are sick and injured, and his heart is not as hard as he likes to pretend.

Meggy Blair harbors a secret, and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her children safe. She’d hopes to hide with her Ojibwa grandmother, if she can find the woman and her people. She doesn't expect to find shelter with a quiet, solitary man, a man who lowers his defensive walls enough to let Meggy and her children in.

Their idyllic interlude is shattered when Meggy’s brutal husband appears to claim his children. She isn’t a widow, but a wife, a woman who betrayed the man she was supposed to love, just as Rand’s sweetheart betrayed him. He soon discovers why Meggy is on the run, but time is running out. To save them all, Rand must return and face his demons. 

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More about the book:
Randolph Baldwin Wheatly grew up on a small farm on the edge of his grandfather's estate. He loved the land, the animals, and rural life. Family estrangement at play, he was ten before he realized his grandfather was the Duke of Murnane. Even then he was more interested to discover that the then current duke, his cousin Charles, was exactly his age. (Events that occur in my novella, A Dangerous Nativity) When his sister marries an earl, he's thrust into society, but never really likes it. The boys become fast friends and remain close through horrific experiences in public school. During their university years they carouse and carry on as young men do along with Rand's brother Fred, a junior officer. All three court the same woman with disastrous results. When she chooses Charles's title over Rand's likely inheritance of the farm, they become estranged. When Rand realizes she was a few months pregnant before the marriage (and he knows he respected her too much to have tried...) the breach becomes final. He flees to Upper Canada to avoid the two of them, hide his humiliation, and forget the nightmares of school. He would make his fortune in timber. He chooses solitude to soothe his soul and defends it fiercely. Any wonder he becomes enraged when he returns home to find a woman has invaded his house while he was gone? His heart isn't as hard as he likes to pretend. When her vile husband hauls her and the children to England, Rand has to return and face his demons—and his cousin.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Shadow Stalker - New episodes!

Shadow Stalker – Part 3
Episodes 13 – 18
By
Renee Scattergood
Coming November 23rd
Pre-Order Your Copy Today!
About Shadow Stalker – Part 3
Things go from bad to worse when the Galvadi Empire develops a new technology to use against the shadow stalkers. Now Kado and Makari are more determined than ever to keep Auren away from their enemies, but Auren decides enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. She turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow they have to get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.
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About Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 3):
The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)
A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
The Delohi-Saqu's Fate (Episode 2)
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Shadows' Betrayal (Episode 3)
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Forbidden Love (Episode 4)
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)
Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?
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Episode 7: Bound by Fate
Auren's best friend was captured during the Galvadi invasion, and her rescue attempt goes awry. Now Auren finds herself in the hands of an enemy who knows her true identity…one who has the power to be either her destroyer or her salvation.
Episode 8: Broken
Auren doesn't succumb to Makari's torture, so he decides his father was right about her being the delohi-saqu. Now he resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information, which could doom the Coalition if Auren fails to resist.
Episode 9: Turning Tides
Now that Makari knows the truth about Auren, he has sworn to protect her and help her escape. But when the other guides become suspicious, Makari's loyalty is tested, and he is forced to do something he swore he'd never do again.
Episode 10: Separate Paths
Auren finally meets Shai, Kado's daughter, but she is too weak from her months of torture to escape the reconciliation center. Makari takes over Shai's cleansing sessions, but that means Auren will face daily torture again. To make things worse, Makari disappears and Auren is given a task that means taking the life of someone she loves.
Episode 11: Escape Part 1
Auren and Shai begin their escape, but it doesn't go as planned, and they are forced to adjust their plans. They are pushed to their limits, and Auren has to put her untried abilities to use or risk being recaptured.
Episode 12: Escape Part 2
Makari has decided to stay with the Galvadi for Auren's protection. Auren and Shai are on their own, and nature seems to be against them. After being seriously injured, Auren falls ill and it starts to look like they will never reach their meeting spot with Kado on the southern shore.
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Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn't start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God's Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spotlight on Asante's Gullah Journey by S. A. Gibson

Book spotlight of --
Asante's Gullah Journey by S. A. Gibson
Nefarious land grabbers threaten family farms in the Gullah Lowcounty. It falls to Beneda to bring her people through this chaos. She appeals to the Libraries, those with power in this technology free world. Joined by Librarian-swordsman Asante, Beneda pulls her community together as her grandmother did generations ago. Within this tale of swords and soul, doing what's right leads to threats unimaginable.

Asante's Gullah Journey is a young adult adventure novel that will appeal to lovers of action, futuristic fiction, post-apocalyptic tales, sword & soul, and archery conflict.

African Asante sword and Gullah Beneda bow are joined in this post-apocalyptic setting, for family, birthright, and oh so much more.

About the author --
Published author of academic articles and book chapters and post-apocalyptic “woodpunk” fiction, S.A. Gibson turns his passions for learning and science into accessible worlds of wonder and fascination. He lives with his beautiful wife and their beloved Dachshund-Chihuahua in Southern California

-- Excerpt from the book  
Savoring the pie, Lakisha looks up at noises from the front room.
Zenobia backs into the dining room. Her hands held up, her robe swirling around her legs. “You can’t come in. We are closed—”
An older voice rings out, “I don’t care about that. We have to see the Librarian. Now!”
An old lady holding her white shawl tight to her chest has pushed past Zenobia. And a younger woman, in pants and a blue blouse, follows. At Asante’s wave, Zenobia retreats, backing out in a hurry. Lookin’ for the Librarian.
Gripping her shawl tightly, the grey haired one marches on Asante. He puts down his fork, folding his hands, yet calmly, he stays sitting. He a big man. yet he respectful, like with mama. Don’t wanta ruffle this ol hen’s feathers.
“You have de librarian’s vest on.”
Shaking his head. “I am a library scout.” His calm steady eyes settle on her and her follower. “From Africa.”

- Links for the book
author website – http://bookae.org/
publisher website – http://bookae.org/


** Author Interview **

When did you start reading, and what's your favorite book?
Thanks for having me visit. I got an early start. My mother started me when I was three or four. Ironically, she didn't want me reading science fiction, but I was hooked early. Sneaking science fiction at the school libraries got be loving Heinlein and Herbert. I devoured space operas like Dune.

When did you start writing, and what do you like to write best?
My first book as an adult was two years ago. All my stories are adventures with late teens or twenty-somethings who are in the future Earth without modern technology. It's science fiction, without high tech.

Where is your favorite place to write? What helps you to write?
I write at my desk at home. Folk, jazz music is playing and my dog, Cantinflas is on his bed beside me.

What's your favorite tv show, past or present?
Firefly, of course. It is space opera like I like. And, it has low-tech elements like horses, cattle ranching, and train jobs.

What's your all time favorite movie?
Smilla's Sense of Snow from 1997 has all the elements I like in a movie. A female hero who is flawed. Smilla was raised by Inuits so she knows all she needs to about snow. She is an ordinary character who has to become a super sleuth to try to help a child. She doesn't know who to trust, and must win people over with her brains and tenacity. The perfect story.

Who or what has had the greatest influence on your writing?
Strangely, I think my academic work has a great impact on my fiction writing. I am interested in imparting information about the world to readers. I want to research and convey interesting tidbits about the world of our present and past. I use Google and academic databases to research story elements that I use in my books.

How do you get your ideas for what you write?
Based on research, I think about how characters would live their lives in difficult situations. I want to test characters, to challenge them, to rise above themselves, or break. My ideas come from situations in real life, or from history.

What are some of your favorite writer places on the internet?  -groups, websites, forums, pages, blogs, etc.
I visit The Dragon's Rocketship Facebook group every day. I have found the writers and artists there to be a supportive family that full of interesting ideas and suggestions. I spend a lot of time on Goodreads, connecting to readers, other authors and groups of interest to me.

Just for fun - if you could be any fictional character, who would you want to be? - either from movies, tv shows, books, comics, cartoons, etc. –
The DC comic world had a character Oracle. This was the secret identity of Barbara Gordon, who appeared in Batman and other comics and in a TV show Birds of Prey. She is confined to a wheelchair and has no superpowers, but uses her intellect and Ph.D in library science to solve crime and foil bad guys. That is the idea hero in my opinion.

Tell us about what you're working on now, or your latest release?
Thank you for having me, and giving me an opportunity to mention my book. My current book in release is Asante's Gullah Journey. Nefarious land grabbers threaten family farms in Carolina’s Gullah Lowcountry. It falls to Beneda and Librarian Asante to fight to bring her people through this chaos.  The ebook is available at Amazon and other online stores. For a chance to win the ebook, enter the Amazon giveaway at: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e7b66066726192a8

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sale on books by Danyelle Leafty

Hello there! You love sales don't you? I know I do. And I have some sale info for you.

Two books by author Danyelle Leafty are on sale, now through April 12th, so grab them while you can.

The first one is:
on sale for $0.99 cents
When Aneira awakens to find she has been sprited away into the night by none other than the dread witch Baba Yaga, she is faced with a choice: help Baba Yaga find her sisters' magical skins and Aneira can go home to her family or refuse to help and lose her mother and sisters forever.

The task is simple. She just has to steal the Lord of Winter’s heart by lulling him to sleep with the Harp of the Seven Winds. Once she has it, all Aneira has to do is lock it in a magic jar Baba Yaga gives her. After that, she’s free to go home.

The only way to obtain the harp, however, is to succeed at the three tasks set forth by the winds themselves—winds that are bent on protecting the harp from mortal hands at all costs.

But stealing the Lord of Winter’s heart turns out to be more complicated than Aneira realized, and she must decide whether returning to her family is worth the price of the world losing Winter forever.

And the second book is:
on sale for $1.99
Aneira thought she had accepted her fate, but the longing for home grows strong enough that she sneaks into the Babas’ cottage to see if she can find a way to spell herself home.

Instead, she stumbles in upon a theft in progress. To make matters worse, the Babas had simply been waiting to spring their trap. They need both Aneira and the thief’s help, and they aren’t above threatening life and limb to get it.

As before, the Babas offer a choice: retrieve a firebird egg and the maiden they wish to apprentice, and the baby firebird in their possession will be free to find a more hospitable home. Refuse, and the selfsame firebird may well end up plucked and lightly seasoned.

The tasks are far from simple—especially when their journey takes them to the heart of Summer’s country. (An unpleasant proposition when your heart is made entirely of frost.)

Time grows short, and Aneira must decide if her heart—and the hope of returning home—is worth more than the fate of a baby firebird and a maiden she has never met.

The choice she makes will set her on a course that will either save who she is or destroy who she has the potential to become. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The author's guide to contacting reviewers, part 1

This is a topic, a series of articles, that I have been thinking about writing for a while now. A recent unpleasant episode has prompted me to go ahead and put up the post and start the series.

The focus of this series will be to enlighten authors about contacting book review bloggers for reviews. There's all kinds of articles on everything else, but I've never run across one like I plan to write. So, let's get started, shall we.

First of all, be nice, be polite.
When dealing with book review bloggers, rudeness will get you nowhere. These folks, for the most part, do a whole lot of work for no pay except for the free books that they get. They spend time working on their blog, their review format, keeping up with books they've agreed to review, contacting authors, promoting their blog, etc. They deserve your consideration and respect for all the hard work they put in that mostly benefits you. And they mostly do it because of their love of books and reading.

If someone wants to charge you for a review, run, don't walk away.
You should never pay for a review. It's a taboo thing in the reviewing arena, and severely frowned upon. Yes, there are places like Kirkus that charges for reviews; and you can find others elsewhere that charge for reviews, but they are all in the minority. Similarly, do not offer a reviewer payment in exchange for a review.

All you should offer a reviewer is a free copy of your book.
Do not offer a reviewer money to review your book. All you should give them is a free copy of your book in the format of their choice.

Be prepared to give them a copy of your book in the reviewer's preferred format
Do not expect the reviewer to just take whatever format you feel like giving them. Every reviewer has a preferred format that they like to read in, and you as an author should be prepared to be able to send the reviewer your book in their chosen format. Now keeping your book on hand in these three formats shouldn't be that hard; the 3 formats are:

  • pdf
  • mobi, or kindle version
  • epub, or nook version
All reviewers will use one of these 3 formats. Do not expect them to take what you send! Instead, send the format they prefer.

If you aren't prepared for a frank, honest review of your book --
DON'T  REQUEST  A  REVIEW!
Book review bloggers aren't there to pimp your book, and they aren't there to flatter you or your book. They're there to do honest reviews of the books, telling their honest opinion of that book. Their reviews may range from, 'It's great!', to, 'That really sucked!'. If you as an author aren't prepared to accept what you get, do the blogs a favor and don't request a review. Once again, let me repeat, they aren't there to flatter you! So before you go and request a review, be prepared to accept whatever they may say.

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Well, this makes a good start on the subject, and is, I think, a good place to stop in this first post. Future posts will talk about how to find bloggers, more on what to expect from the review process, and what to say to reviewers.

If you have any suggestions or requests or questions that you would like to be covered in this series, be sure and let me know by filling out my contact form. You can find it under the 'Contact me' tab in the menu bar above.

So till next time, be nice to the reviewers.

-- jd --

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cover reveal - The Coming Darkness by Eric Swett

Welcome to the cover reveal of author Eric Swett,
and, without further adieu, here's the cover:

About the book:
Justin is a fallen Angel. He just happens to be one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Grim Reaper himself, Death. A year has passed since he remembered who he was and what he is. He is regaining some of the abilities and memories he lost when he chose to fall to earth and live amongst humans, but he has a long way to go before he can fully reclaim his title. When Justin comes across a young girl being chased by a monster, he does what he can to save her, but he soon discovers this is no normal girl, and failing to save her will change the world forever.

Excerpt from the book:
“Something tells me this is the place,” said Samantha.
“I think you’re right.” Justin felt the Power emanating from the place; the origin or intent of the magic cast upon the little building remained elusive.
Justin opened the door and Samantha strode inside. Her sharp business attire and well-manicured look terribly out of place in the shop filled with countless shelves filled with books and dark little trinkets and charms that hung from hooks throughout the room. She sniffed and wrinkled her nose. “It smells like a tomb in here,” she said as she picked up the desiccated corpse of a chameleon from a nearby shelf.
“I’ve smelled worse,” Justin said as he entered the room and shut the door behind him. He stopped when he stood behind her and whispered, “Human magic often requires these sort of physical components, at least until the wizard is powerful enough to eschew such trappings.”
“How…uncivilized,” Samantha said as she placed the dead lizard back on its shelf.
“So true.”
The Angels turned to see a man entering the shop through a doorway behind a broad wooden counter. He was tall for a human, though he fell well short of Justin’s six and a half feet. He wore a dark purple button down shirt that nearly concealed the tattoos that covered his biceps and upper chest. Thick black and grey stuble covered his shaved head. His eyes caught Justin’s attention. He saw that sort of dark fire burning within the eyes of men before. Monuments carved in their likeness and tomes filled with tails of heroism and infamy contained their names.
“Welcome to The Curious Cat. My name is Mathew Finitz, and this is my shop.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eric Swett is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary, Connor, and Kaitlyn, and could not be prouder of his family. He lives in Statesville, North Carolina, spends his daylight hours working in IT and has done so for the past six years. Being a fan of all things geek, he has spent most of his life reading science fiction and fantasy. He started writing in high school, but it wasn’t until he moved to North Carolina that writing became anything more than a hobby.

You can find Eric online at Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and My Writer’s Cramp.