Saturday, 21 October 2017

Monster Mash 2017 Countdown Blitz - Day 6



Chasing Shadows by Bernadette Marie


Someone has decided to become the moral compass for the women in town, and now they're turning up dead. It will be up to Detective Lacy Pratt to find their killer before her relationship with Declan Matthews, brother to one of the victims, marks her as a target.

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Shadows darkened the path. Branches hovered above him, some with lingering leaves, others bare.
“Taking a stroll, Matthews?” Lacy’s voice cut through the quiet.
He turned to see her walking toward him, her hands in the pockets of her black jacket.
“Trying to clear my head.”
“And this is where you chose?” she asked as she came to stand next to him.
“I have more good memories here than bad ones.”
A smile formed on her lips, though it didn’t match her eyes, which were dark and tired. “I assume when you grew up here, there weren’t as many people on this path running.”
He shook his head. “Lot more trees, less traffic. It was secluded.”
Reaching her hand out to him, she touched his arm. “I remember.”
Declan slid a glance to her hand. “What a time, huh?”
She moved her hand down until it gripped his. “You might not believe it, but I think of it fondly. It was hard to settle in here, to move on from what happened to my family. You helped me settle, Matthews.”
He felt that unraveling feeling move over him again, with her hand holding his. Perhaps that’s what caused him to pull her to him, embracing her tightly as he warded off the rush of pain that attacked him.


Author Information:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.


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Human Connection by Art Coombs





Sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, a man who knew a lot about effective leadership, maintained that the most successful people were those whose actions inspired others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. These people were the ones who left the sidelines, entered the fray, and threw themselves into life. They were the ones who forged a nation and achieved the impossible. They were the ones who truly connected to life, to others, and to themselves.


Today, the world needs human connection more than ever. It needs people who strive for deeper relationships, not just surface recognition, who come at life with the enthusiasm, energy, and excitement that bind people together. These people have a powerful impact on all around them.


Leadership guru Art Coombs combines fresh perspectives, profound experience, engaging information, and unforgettable stories into a simple formula that will result in rich connections as you live, laugh, learn, love, and lead those who mean the most to you. Begin today to live the authentic, abundant life you were meant to as you build and shape the connections that change everything.

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Excerpt #1:

Gandhi taught if we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless. Justice in and of itself simply cannot fuel and sustain meaningful human connections.

Many live their entire lives clinging desperately to the anger, bitterness, and pain inflicted on them by another. Wives disparagingly vilify husbands; husbands blame wives, sisters demonize brothers, children malign parents, best friends, and partners evolve into enemies—and for what? Pride, ego, and vengeful gratification. They selfishly strive to protect their reputation while trashing another’s character.


Surrendering, dropping all pretense, and truly letting go is hard but essential. Mercy, compassion, and the humanity of forgiveness is the true energy of any relationship.



Author Information:

During the past twenty-five years, Art has worked in leadership positions with a number of global firms and their call/BPO centers worldwide. Currently president and CEO of KomBea Corporation, Art has served for more than a dozen years developing and marketing tools that blend human intelligence and automation to improve call center phone interactions.
Find out more about Art’s company, KomBea.

Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.

Art is a widely published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.

What started more than twenty years ago with a presentation in Paris has positioned Art as a charismatic, innovative, and sought-after speaker across the globe. His authentic style of delivery, solid content, and practical applications leave his audiences ready to make a difference in their own spheres of influence.
Without a doubt, Art’s heartfelt and humorous insights captivate and inspire all who hear him. Now, with his number one bestselling book Don’t Just Manage—LEAD!, everyone can experience Art’s inspiring storytelling!


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Excerpt #2:

Living a rich, fulfilling life is about the process of personal improvement and rebirth. It is about living up to your real capacity. It’s about being the best you can be. The reality is that most people live boring, uninspired lives. Very few go to work because they want to; instead, they go because they have to or think they ought to. They wake to the complacency of their making. They endure each day, hoping that someday their ship will come in. They buy lottery tickets, dreaming about winning and creating their happiness. All the while they sit on the couch, tired and exhausted from the sheer boredom they experience almost daily.

What’s happening to you? Are your batteries running low? If they are, pay attention and do what you must to reverse the situation. You don’t need to go dimmer and dimmer then eventually dark like a neglected flashlight. If you recharge or replace those batteries, you can shine brightly again. You can stay mentally active and alive until you physically submit to the cycle of life.


Never stop learning. Never stop exploring and trying on new perspectives of life. Regardless of your age, replace your batteries and learn something new. The thirties, forties, and fifties can be marvelous years for laughing and learning. Even those in their twilight years can renew and revitalize by actively seeking to expand their understanding of life.




Friday, 20 October 2017

Monster Mash 2017 Countdown Blitz - Day 5



Kate Empowered by Cindy M. Hogan


The Mafia has a stranglehold on everything Kate loves, and Kate is determined to end it. First they claimed her father, then destroyed her mother. The guy Kate cares for most is as much a prisoner as the family who raised her. And now, after all she’s lost, the Mafia wants to recruit her. But Kate has had enough. As long as the Mafia exists, she and her loved ones will live and die in fear, cowering under a dark, all-encompassing power. That leaves Kate with little choice. With the help of her Mafia-boss grandmother and a desperate wish for freedom, Kate must risk everyone she loves—and everything she is—to become the weapon that will take the Mafia down once and for all. If you like thought provoking, action-filled novels, you will love the latest action/adventure hit Kate Empowered by Cindy M. Hogan. Buy Kate Empowered to continue the addicting Code of Silence Series and enter the chilling and gripping world of the Mafia

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Her pulse thudded like tribal drums when a boy with soft eyes, beautiful olive skin, and tousled brown hair walked up to her with a notebook in hand. Her heart must’ve grown ten sizes because it thumped hard against her ribs. Duran was here! Standing not two feet in front of her. Elation filled her. Irrationally, she wondered why he didn’t say anything to her. Why he didn’t grab her up into hug. But as her stylishly cut hair fell in front of her face, she remembered he wouldn’t recognize her now. Joy burst like a punctured balloon. He was her waiter, and she was someone else. Sabrina. Not Kate. But at that moment, she felt like Kate and Kate alone. 


Author Information:

Cindy M. Hogan is a bestselling author of young adult suspense and action and adventure novels that always have a dash of clean romance. After her first series, The Watched Series, skyrocketed her to number one, she hasn’t let up and now has over 20 novels to her name.

She’s always on the move and never sits down to write, instead she walks and talks into a recorder and lets her computer transcribe her words. If she isn’t writing or editing, she’s teaching, gardening or doing crafts. You’ll always find her listening to an audiobook while working in her park-like yard, cooking or baking something delicious. She dreams to someday have a German style bakery with a cute to-go window for Gelato.

Cindy loves to create and her most prized creation is her two amazing daughters, and she secretly wishes they were teenagers again. She loves to be home, but her husband is a die-hard traveler and takes her family around the world. During her travels, she finds an endless supply of story ideas, characters and settings, walking away with either a suntan or jetlag.

Her contagious laughter is the cure to almost anything. To read a novel of hers is to see a piece of Cindy, as she puts her all into every novel she writes.

To stay up to date on all things Cindy M. Hogan, join her book group.

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The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle



Title: The Opal Blade
Author: Kristy Nicolle
Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance
Editor: Jaimie Cordall



When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated.

Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home.

Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees?





Excerpt:

The scene would shock most people.
A nun on her knees, giving head to the god of The Underworld.
Haedes’ face is contorted with anger and pleasure melded into one, and Annie’s eyes are wide and tear filled, staring up at him as he continues to thrust himself into her mouth.
At the intrusion, they both turn from where they are positioned. Her at the foot of the super king size mattress, and him towering over her, both hands grasping the black wood of the bed post with white knuckles.
I cough, clearing my throat as Annie’s gaze becomes slightly terrified. She’s bound at the wrists and ankles with black silk, unable to move, but clearly mortified. Her blonde hair falls from beneath the ceremonial wimple he always makes her wear, for a reason I can’t understand, as her jaw slackens and he turns to me, fully naked.
“Your daughter, and yes, she is your daughter – is under attack from the Demon Lords. She’s coming to stay with us. Thought you’d like to know,” I announce, keeping my chin tilted high and spinning on one heel.











Author Bio:

Kristy Nicolle is a 23 year old writer living in the historically beautiful English city of Norwich. She is a full time writer and a graduate of The University of Lincoln in English literature & language, as well as an avid collector of first editions.

Having penned her first novel length piece at age thirteen, Kristy has been writing daily ever since and is particularly drawn to Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance and Science fiction. Kristy Nicolle's Queens of Fantasy Saga is a collection of 3 trilogies, following the lives of three extraordinary women and their journeys, both personal and fantastical, into three unique but interconnected fantasy worlds. The first trilogy in the saga, 'The Tidal Kiss Trilogy', captures the fantastical underwater world of the Occulta Mirum and its scaly tailed residents as their world, which seemed stable for so long, begins to shift. The Second and Third Trilogies names- The Ashen Touch Trilogy and The Aetherial Embrace Trilogy are currently a work in progress.

Kristy is also an animal lover and has a cat, Mitsy, who she has lovingly dubbed Doctor Moo after harboring the belief that all cats are secretly Time Lords. Kristy's reading preferences are wide, spreading from William Gibson to William Golding and encapsulating multiple genres, though her favorites include Science fiction, Adventure stories and Postmodern narratives such as Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children', and numerous Angela Carter titles.




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Thursday, 19 October 2017

How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days by Megan O'Russell

An entertaining, action-packed and humorous read!

The book is written from Bryant's point of view. Bryant is the accidental hero of the book and is a well-drawn character... likeable, socially awkward and 'madly in love' with Elizabeth.

When Bryant and his best friend, Devon, find a magical cell phone in a cab their lives and the lives of those around them change dramatically. Eric wants the phone back and is willing to do anything to get it.

Caught between the 'light and dark' the four protagonists, with help from some wildly wonderful characters, fight to protect each other and stay alive.

The main characters, as well as some of the supporting cast, in this quick and easy read all have their own personalities, weaknesses and strengths.

The story is imaginative, fast-paced, well-written, and fun to read.


Synopsis:

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?

Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse. But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

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The Author:


Megan O'Russell is the author of the YA series Girl of Glass and the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet, both published with Fiery Seas Publishing. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days-due out August 15th-and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic, both with Curiosity Quills Publishing.
In addition to writing, Megan travels the country as a professional musical theatre performer alongside her husband, moving from show to show and stage to stage. She recently had the opportunity to add “lyricist” to her bag of tricks with Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical.

When not wearing tap shoes or writing new stories and songs, Megan can usually be found up a mountain. Sometimes in Alaska, sometimes Space Mountain. Either way, adventure all around.
Megan is represented by Lane Heymont at the Tobias Literary Agency.


Monster Mash 2017 Countdown Blitz - Day 4



Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello


When 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena, she doesn't count on falling for him.

Once back in Ancient Egypt, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena if not all she must do and is not as easy as she thought it would be, even though she carries part of the lost queen in her soul. She must also keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth's evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back
 home.

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A shout from behind makes me turn. Tut is running after me, but it is not his voice that ignites the terror in my heart. It is mine screaming to old on to life.

"No. No. NO!"
The force of the explosion flings me through the air like a rag doll. By the time I pick my head up a dense cloud of dust engulfs me. Too late I cover my face.

I'm choking, can't breathe, can't see! I'm dying!
Arms encircle my chest pulling me backwards. My legs scrape painfully acress the debris-covered granite floor. Another pair of arms lifts my legs. Floating. That's what it's like. Dying is like floating on air.

My body touches solid ground. Voices, whispers really, penetrate my clogged brain. I hope this is heaven.
Without warning, I start coughing and gagging. My brain screams at me. "Fight! Breathe!"


Author Information:

I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past.

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

With Love by Liz Lovelock



Title: With Love
Series: Letters in Blood #2
Author: Liz Lovelock
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Release Date: October 18, 2017


Dear Captor,

Do you find pleasure in my tortured screams?
My darkened cell is my own living nightmare.
Why do you continue to play this game? Why don’t you just kill me?
You’ve almost broken me all over again—but I’ve held firm. I’ve pushed through the pain you’ve inflicted. And now I’m seeing a side of you I never knew could exist. A side I connect with. A side I could grow to like.
Your touch on my skin . . . it ignites a fire within.
Only time will tell what will come of it.

With love,
Elenore.

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Also available in the Letters in Blood series:


Dear Captor
Book 1
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Forever Yours
Book 3
Releasing November 15, 2017
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Author Bio:

Liz is from bright and sunny Queensland, Australia. She has always been a reader. When she was little, she’d be up late reading Garfield and Asterix comic books and also Footrot Flats. When Liz hit high school, they gave her Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden, and from there her love of books continued to grow.

Liz keeps a notebook and pen beside her bed for when those late-night ideas pop into her head, plus she’s a stationery addict and loves pens, notebooks, and, well, anything stationery.