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.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Leisure Zone has a new way to request a review

Our sister blog, The Leisure Zone, has just today introduced a revolutionary new way for authors to request reviews from their blog.

This new way is a facebook group, where authors may come and post, requesting a review from the blog. Here's the link for the group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/theleisurezone/

And the group is called, The Leisure Zone review request group. Join us as we talk with the blog owner, Jacqueline Driggers, about this new addition to the blog, and more.

Q - What prompted this new idea?

Well, I was on facebook, taking care of some blog related stuff; and I had this group that I had created that had never taken off. The group was for people to share book review post links in. I mean, I didn't even post to it myself.

Then this idea popped into my head to repurpose it as a group specifically for authors to request a review from our blog.

Q - Why the change, or this addition?

Ever since I started up the blog, I've wrestled with different ways to handle review requests. The most efficient that I had found to date was using a form created on google drive, which collects the responses in the form of a spreadsheet.  That's fine when it's for yourself, but managing several for a whole team can get a bit time consuming and tedious.

So this is something new that I am doing. Going into the future, this will most likely become the main way to request a review from our blog.

Q - So can authors use this to request a review from a specific reviewer?

Yes, they can. Under the files tab in the group, there is a list of our different reviewers and the genres they review, the genres they don't review, and their preferred format. So authors can read this info and then mention the reviewer that they are interested in, in their post.

Q - Do you get a lot of review requests?

Yes, we keep a good flow coming in. That's the wonderful thing about the self-publishing of today - there's lots of books to review.

Q - What are all the ways you get the books you review?

Some come through our review requests. Some come from direct contact with an author somewhere online. I've done that often myself. Then there's also the free books on the Amazon and other book selling sites. Plus, there's book review sites like Net Galley and others.

Q - Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Yes, there is. If readers would like to get a monthly newsletter with a list of the blog's most recent reviews, they can subscribe to my own writer newsletter, called The Bluegrass Crew. Each month, I include a list of the blog's most recent reviews in the newsletter. They can subscribe to the newsletter here:
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Book spotlight on Call to Arms, Nations Fall by Randy Lindsay



Joining the military had seemed like the right thing to do, but when war breaks out in Europe Robert wonders if he hasn’t made the biggest mistake of his life. The Russian juggernaut grinds its way toward Italy, the country Robert has grown to love. As one of a handful of American soldiers in the area, he must find a way to help the ragged remnants of NATO’s forces to prevent any more European nations from falling.

While back home, the rest of the Williams family struggles to protect themselves in the face of an impending civil war. The very fabric of society continues to unravel, threatening the destruction of the Constitution and the American way of life.

As Vice President, Calvin McCord continues to defy both sides of the political divide in order to find a solution to the war in Europe, the ravaging of the United States, and an espionage ring within the White House. 




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RANDY LINDSAY is a native of Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, five of his nine children, and a hyper-active imagination. His wife calls him the “Storyman” because he sees everything as material for a good story. Randy’s first novel, The Gathering: End’s Beginning, was published in 2014. He has also been published in several anthologies during 2013-2014. If you want to find out more you can check him out at RandyLindsay.net.
  






Top Ten List:

I love top ten lists. I post them on my website whenever I can find an excuse to do one. In fact, I’m thinking I should put one together on my ten favorite top ten lists. Before I do that I better finish my list of Randy’s Ten Favorite Things.

10. Favorite television show – Top Chef.

9. Favorite child – whichever one is asking me that at the time.

8. Favorite character in Call to Arms: Nations Fall – Calvin McCord.

7. Favorite fun activity – going to the movies.

6. Favorite book – Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny.

5. Favorite place to visit – Delores, Colorado.

4. Favorite non-author job – theater manager.

3. Favorite movie – It’s a Wonderful Life.

2. Favorite ice cream flavor – double salted-caramel.

1. Favorite author activity – working on lists of my ten favorite things.






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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Book spotlight on Pemberley: Pompous Schemes by Ayr Bray




Thrown from his horse, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is left to traverse the remaining fifteen miles to Pemberley on foot. Richard never imagined the first carriage to cross his path would contain the one woman he thought he would never see again.
Lady Aimée de Bourbon the only child of Prince du Sang Geoffroy de Bourbon, Marquis of Agen had captured and nearly broke Richard’s heart four years earlier. He had loved her and planned to give up his bachelor ways, but her father intended her to marry a royal, not an English Earl’s second son. Now Lady Aimée is affianced to Señor Duarte de Cortázar, a lesser Portuguese royal.
While lost in his thoughts of his prior love, the carriage is robbed, Lady Aimée’s dowry stolen, and Lord Agen is injured. Colonel Fitzwilliam directs the driver to take them to Pemberley where Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth take them in and offer refuge and a place to heal.
Ancient customs of Dom Duarte’s family forbids marriage without the dowry present at the wedding and now with the dowry stolen, Lady Aimée and her father fear the de Cortázar’s will call off the marriage. But Lady Aimée intends to have love and will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means hurting the man she once professed to love.

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"From an early age I have always been fascinated by the written word and the mood and atmosphere it creates for a reader; especially those books that affect me and transport me to some far-off place. These are the elements I strive to create in my books. My books in many ways record what most affects me: my feelings and experiences with family, friends, and those I have run into on my life's journey. My hope is that in my books you will find something that touches you, something which will resonate in your soul and remind you that you are strong and can overcome anything, especially if you have the support of loving friends and family." - Ayr Bray 

Ayr Bray is from the Pacific Northwest, but travels as much as possible so she doesn't have to deal with the cold. Ayr loves to hear from readers. 
Connect with her at her website http://www.ayrbray.com or on Facebook at http://goo.gl/kAAO3u  and Twitter: https://twitter.com/AyrBray

10 Random and Possibly Funny Facts About Ayr
1. I wrote my first novel in 2007 while on bed rest for seven months during the pregnancy of my second son.  
2. Pompous Schemes is my 13th story published under the name of Ayr Bray, but my 14thpublished story.
3. I eat a 26.5 oz jar of Nutella spoonful by spoonful for every 35,000 words I write.
4. I love to learn, but I hated high school and college. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would graduate HS early get my degree online. Unfortunately those were not options back when I graduated.  Also, I should have taken classes I enjoyed rather than those that seemed practical for an economic future. Now, I have a degree which is completely useless since I’m writing books full-time.
5. Pink is my favorite color.
6. I love to sail.
7. I hate ... no, no, no, despise to cook and eat (other than Nutella). If I could just take a vitamin to get all of the nutrients and calories I needed to survive healthily and never have to cook or eat again I would buy it in a heartbeat. I would even be willing to give up Nutella, which is what I practically live on now.
8. I get remarkably little sleep because my mind is always busy with thoughts of new stories. I have 7 novels outlined and just sitting in a file waiting for me to finish them up.
9. I have been married to my own Mr. Darcy for 16 wonderful years. My Mr. Darcy and I have two awesome sons ages 10 and 8 who sometimes drive me crazy.
10. I love to travel. I sold my home and everything I own in 2012 and now I live and travel the USA with my husband and two sons in 240 square feet. I lived in 13 houses in 11 cities in 12 years. Now, in the past 4 years I have lived in 1 house in hundreds of cities and 37 states.
BONUS: My new office is only 40 square feet, but it is 40 square feet of floor to ceiling pure awesomesauce!
Snippet from Chapter 6

The clacking of balls in the billiards room down the hall drew Aimée from her gloomy thoughts. She glided towards the sound, her steps muffled by the luxurious carpet.
When she neared the door, she paused and peered inside. There was Colonel Fitzwilliam, alone, playing billiards in his shirt-sleeves. She watched as he took a shot, the ball landing squarely in the cornerpocket. His satisfaction showed in the slightest curve at one corner of his mouth.  
Aimée thought his expression adorable—in a manly way, of course. She remembered the week they had spent together in Aberdeen. She had enjoyed his flattering attentions, though she had known they could come to nothing. He was a second son of an English Earl and she the only daughter of a French Marquis. Their countries were at war and she, as a realist, had known their love could never be no matter how their hearts were touched.  
Seeing him now, relaxed as he was, made her appreciate the time they had spent together, but it did not make her long for him. She had never been in love with him, though she had once thought otherwise. What she had felt for him had been no more than childish infatuation.


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Friday, August 14, 2015

Author interview with Ayr Bray

Welcome to our author interview with Ayr Bray --
When did you start reading, and what's your favorite book? 
My parents say I started reading very young, younger than all of my siblings though they cannot remember when exactly. Growing up the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries were among my favorite, but from about 14 on, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has held the number one place for my all-time favorite book.
When did you start writing, and what do you like to write best? 
I wrote my first short story when I was nine years old and continued to pursue writing short stories and poetry until I graduated from high school. My mother most inspired me. Although she never published her writing, she penned six novels. I always wanted to be like her.

For years I abandoned my passion for writing while I attended college, worked, got married, and started having children. I renewed my passion when I was confined to my bed for seven months during my second pregnancy. That is when I wrote my first novel. Two years later it was published and the rest is history.


I love to write historical fiction because the eras intrigue me. I love to research the politics, society, dress, and language of the era. I love to write Jane Austen adaptations because Pride and Prejudice has long been a favorite of mine, and the community of readers and writers in this genre are like a family. I love the sense of belonging to a community of readers and writers.
Where is your favorite place to write? What helps you to write? (music, no music, etc.) 
My favorite place to write is not where I get to do most of my writing. I love to sail and my favorite place to write is on the bow of our sailboat, but the past few years our sailing has been limited as my husband, two sons, and I sold our home and began traveling the USA in our rv. Now, I write wherever I can. One week I write in Florida, another week in California. My one constant is that I sit at a tiny little writing desk built into my 240 square ft mobile house (rv).


What's your favorite tv show, past or present? 
I will have to say Star Trek Voyager. In college, when my husband and I were first married, we used to watch an episode every night. I have fond memories of the series.


What's your all time favorite movie? 
The 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini series starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. A close runner up is North and South.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your writing?
My mother most inspired me. Although she never published her writing, she penned six novels when I was growing up. I always wanted to be like her. 
What are some of your favorite writer places on the internet? (groups, websites, forums, pages, blogs, etc.) 
I love Martha Alderson’s Plot Whisperer blog and YouTube writing videos. http://marthaalderson.com/

Wikipedia is another place I love to do research.


English Historical Fiction Authors is another place I hang out. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/


I am also a member of a couple Facebook reader and writing groups targeted at Regency Romance readers and writers.

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.) 
Elizabeth Bennet!
Tell us about what you're working on now, or your latest release? 
I always have four or five books in process, but my main project right now is my Pemberley collection. This is a collection of stand-alone novellas which all take place at Pemberley they first year of Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage. The fun part about this collection is that each story reads like an episode of your favorite tv show.
Cowardly Witness was book 1 in the collection. In it, Matthew Poe is the only witness in a case of murder and corruption in the lead mining industry. After an attempt is made on his life, he seeks refuge at Pemberley. When Mr. Poe’s secret is revealed with disastrous consequences, Darcy has to protect not only those he loves, but also the witness. He is forced to make some hard decisions.  
Pompous Schemes is book 2 in the collection. It picks up a few weeks after book 1 ends. Book 2 has less criminal activity and more of a love story.
Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is Mr. Darcy’s cousin. On his way to attend a fox hunt he is thrown from his horse and left to find his way to Pemberley on foot. He is offered a ride by the de Bourbon’s a family he knew years ago. When their carriage is robbed, the lady’s dowry stolen, and Lord Agen is injured, Colonel Fitzwilliam directs the driver to take them to Pemberley where the Darcy’s take them in and offer refuge and a place to heal. 
There are plots and schemes afoot though and those at Pemberley become entangled amongst them.
Presently I am working on book 3; Blinded Recluse. The book begins with Elizabeth visiting a Pemberley tenant who just had a baby. With this opening, I begin to show Elizabeth’s motherly instincts and her desire to have children. On her way home, her carriage comes upon an accident where a father is seriously injured and a little girl is stranded in the river. We learn the little girl and her father were on their way to find her estranged grandfather.
The Darcy’s take in the father and his daughter and provide him a safe place to convalesce while Mr. Darcy takes it upon himself to find the grandfather who is a recluse and wants nothing to do with people in general, even his own kin.
Book 3 in the collection tugs a little more on the heartstrings than either book 1 or 2 did.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Cover reveal of The Memory Catcher by Denise Moncrief

 Let's get to know the Author a little first.
Denise is a Southern girl. She has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and scrapbooking.
Accounting is a skill she learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote he first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she read. She’s been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.


 Let's take a look into this great book

When someone touches Naomi Fuller, she catches visions of dark memories that fill the other person’s soul with regret, fear, or shame. Living with other people’s guilt leaves little room in her psyche for her own history. She recalls seemingly unconnected events, but did those horrible incidents happen yesterday, last week, or six years ago?
Naomi believes someone is messing with her mind, so she turns to Sidney Ashe for help untangling her distorted timeline, but the more she leans on him, the more she questions his motives. Can she distance herself from Ashe when her heart is hopelessly falling for him?
As Naomi struggles to understand how her emerging memories mesh with the guilty memories of everyone around her and things become clearer, she fears there is a killer in Clallam County who would do anything to stop her from remembering.

 And now for the moment you have been waiting for...The Cover!

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