Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Zoysana’s Choice by Gordon A. Long



Title: Zoysana’s Choice
Author: Gordon A. Long
Genre: Fantasy




Discovered as a child living alone in the forest and growing up an orphan of mixed parentage, but under the protection of the king’s youngest son, Zoe is appreciated for her own merit by everyone, from the royal family to the lowest kitchen wench. But her secure nest is shattered by conflict in the king’s family, and soon she will have to decide where her loyalties lie.

She flees to her former home in the mountains, where she finds many answers, but not to the questions she is asking.

Then she is offered the chance to visit Kyabra, the home of her grandfather, to learn about that ancient culture.

But all of these travels come to naught when she hears of war at home, and she returns to Petrella to be faced with a decision that could stop a war and change the lives of thousands, but only at the greatest personal cost.
This is the first published work of a 7-book saga of standalone novels tied together by characters and setting. Books 4 to 7 are sequential, and Books 1 to 3 happen 400 years earlier.

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The Author:

Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing fantasy and social commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur.

Gordon lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with his wife, Linda, and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Josh. When he is not writing and publishing, he works on projects with the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table, and is a staff writer for indiesunlimited.com

Monday, 30 January 2017

Rogue by Steve Soderquist and Laura Ranger




Chris and Lexi Denton led what they considered a normal life.

Lexi worked as a dance instructor at a local studio, and Chris was a successful broker at a firm in downtown Miami, Florida.

When Chris gets entangled with a crime boss who utilizes his talent for numbers to cover up deadly secrets, the pair soon discover much more than just Carlos Mandini’s dark secrets, they discover their own.

Chris and Lexi Denton are not who they believed.

As they run for their lives from Mandini and his organization, who they are and what they are capable of, begins to surface. Their pasts are remembered, memories the government thought they had wiped out; the very government that created them.

Now locked in a struggle for their right to even exist, they soon find themselves combating others like them—enhanced government projects created since birth to supplement and aid other military projects. In a run for their lives they discover what they’re capable of, incredible feats of mental and physical strength and skill.

Those in charge neglected to factor in the most important lesson Chris and Lexi learned on their own...

Love supersedes science.

Culminating in an explosive ending that will leave the reader breathless, the two make it their mission to do what they know must be done—assure the Lz Project is not only destroyed, but can never be reactivated...

Even if it means they sacrifice themselves.







Steve Soderquist was quite a successful musician twenty-odd years ago and spent many years on the road. He was with numerous bands before finally settling down to a more regular life. However, the writing bug kept biting at him. Steve had started a book called, 'Mind’s Eye' when he was seventeen and it never left him. Even though the writing muscle had certainly atrophied, he was getting that tickle like you get in the back of your throat when a cold is coming on.

Publishing his first novella 'One for the Road' motivated him to propel. When 'Farm House' was complete and those blessed two words were put down, 'THE END' he knew he found his calling.

Following up with the science fiction thriller, 'Seeds' then co-writing the romance thriller 'Rogue' with author Laura Ranger, Steve finished the short children's story 'The Littlest Princess' and is currently working on two more titles.








Laura Ranger is a natural storyteller. She has been turning all of life into stories since she was very young. This mother of one, grandmother of three began actually writing her fictitious stories down to the delight of her friends and family. She’s been writing her tales for over twenty years. She became a published author when she put one of her short stories in a Christmas anthology in support of feeding children around the world, entitled Eight ‘Til Christmas. Once she saw one of her stories in print, she will tell you she can’t stop.

In addition to co-authoring Rogue, she has a novel called Lessons, which is almost complete. She envisions parents reading with their children. Laura discovered while writing the book, the lessons throughout the story speak to both children and adults. Additionally, she has contracted her novel Deception with Mélange Books, LLC to be released next year. She is currently writing a novel on good versus evil called Royalty, and new stories coming to her all the time.

Laura will tell you, “God blessed me with a natural gift of storytelling; it is up to me to use that gift to the best of my ability.”







Sunday, 29 January 2017

Regina by D M Singh



Regina: The Monster Inside

Wow, what an amazing world I have been in, while reading this book.
Witches, elves, vampires (not the twinkly type) and more, they're all there, along with an adorable plant, called Gerald... I want a plant that snores, purrs and eats biscuit crumbs!!

D.M. Singh had me hooked from the start, wove a magical tale.....
then slammed a cliff-hanger at me and left me needing book 2 now!!

I hope I don't have long to wait.









What if what you were could destroy everything and everyone you loved?

Regina thought she was an average teenager. When strange things start to happen, she discovers she belongs to a hidden world of supernatural beings and she is the most dangerous of them all.
Her existence is a death sentence to her, her survival could be a death sentence for us all.
Will those who fear her destroy her and those she loves, or is she destined to become the monster within?
Join the fight for survival.



Regina: The Darkness

Book 2 picked up where the first book left off and The Darkness was as well-written, and just as hard to put down as The Monster Inside.

Regina and her friends were back. The witches, elves, and vampires were back. The quest to save Jay from the Darkness began.

I journeyed with Regina, (and enjoyed every minute of it,) as she struggled with her inner demons and those who wanted to either destroy her or use her for their own ends.

The unexpected twist at the end, once again, leaves me wanting to read the next book now!






The world is on the edge of a secret war!

A battle rages between those who fight on the side of right and those who crave the darkness. Without their saviour (Regina), the resistance is in tatters. Regina has no idea if she can save Jay from the Darkness, but she has to try. Now she must battle the unknown demons of this place as well as the ones within. The future is uncertain, but Regina knows she must stop Helena before she destroys more lives. She will pay for what she has done!
She has crossed a line for the ones that she loves and this time there may be no way back.




The Author:

Dawn Singh always found comfort in books as a child and from a young age and could be found reading or writing. Her first attempt at fiction was at 10 years old and was entitled Hippo In The House. Dawn wrote and illustrated the book about a little girl, who returns from home to find a Hippo in her bath tub and the trouble they get into trying to return the Hippo to the zoo .

This was a turning point as Dawn decided that from that moment on the only thing she wanted to do was write, she also decided that she would never be an illustrator as her drawing skills were somewhat lacking to say the least.

Fast forward a few years after school and Dawn married, had three children and completed a degree in counselling and psychology. She returned to writing in 2005 when she had an overwhelming flood of ideas for several stories and began writing immediately at every opportunity.

Dawn’s first book is the first of a trilogy she is currently still completing, as well as other books she is currently working on. Dawn is heavily influenced by YA novels, Sci-fi and fantasy, being a huge fan of the genres.

Dawn currently resides with her husband, two daughters, son and cat Mario in Bradford, west Yorkshire in the UK.




Friday, 27 January 2017

Children of Stone by Mary R. Woldering



Voices in Crystal

"We are children made of stone
Tiny voices are as grains of sand
Come to us, Marai
Man of Ai
Man of the sand"

When Marai. a shepherd living at the foot of Mt. Sinai in the third Millennium BC sings to his goddess one night, he sees a falling star. Tracking it, he discovers a strange vessel containing crystalline entities resembling earthly stones and gems: the Children of Stone. The Children delight in this simple shepherd and his songs of love. They ask him to host their intelligence; to bring them to the sages and priests who have spent their lives seeking the wisdom of the stars. when he agrees, he is transformed into a godlike being. Still a passionate shepherd at heart, Marai gathers others, like lambs to his fold. His journey to the wise men of Kemet won't be easy. Things hidden, that wait in darkness, are always there.

Book 1 begins the journey.





Going Forth by Day

Shu lifts me up,
the Souls of On set up a stairway for me in order to reach the Above
and Nut puts her hand on me
just as she did for Asar on the day when he died
...Pyramid Texts, inscribed on the walls pf King Unas tomb 5th dynasty c. 2345 BC

Marai, a former shepherd who discovered a fallen 'star' and was gifted with amazing abilities by the unearthly Children of Stone, has been separated from the women he loves. Kept apart by forces seeking to control all of them, the women must independently grow to understand their own powers while continuing their journey to wisdom. But what of Marai? Will the women be reunited with him? Will those who care for him survive without his guidance and love? Will he rise up and Go Forth By Day?

Book 2 Going Forth By Day is the story of Marai's companions, Ariennu, Deka and Naibe-Ellit. Through their involvement in the lives of the royalty of ancient Kemet, new Alliances form, loyalties shift, and the comfortable lives of some are shaken to the core.





Opener of the Sky

I had grown fierce and hard
Thrilled by death, torture, blood
the madness of it when I tasted its warm saltiness
A warrior god.
... from the poem Howl by Mary R. Woldering - as told by Raemkai 2012

Marai, a former shepherd who discovered a fallen 'star' and was gifted with amazing abilities by the unearthly Children of Stone, has been separated from those he loves. He begins a desperate mission to find them, but the spectre of wickedness and corruption is never far behind and his journey to wisdom becomes even more uncertain.

While Opener Of The Sky, the third book in the Children of Stone series, is the story of Marai's magical search for his companions, it is also the story of Maatkare Raemkai, a sadistic, shape-changing warrior-prince whose twisted relationships once propelled him into power and then nearly destroyed him. Through sorcerous manipulation of the women Marai loves, he has planned his own revenge. The shepherd turned sojourner is just in the way. Will Marai be too late to save those he loves or will he have his victory?





The Author:

Mary R. Woldering is an author, a devoted wife to Dr. Jackie F. Woldering, an artisan, an art historian, mother of two grown children, and grandmother of three. She lives in Euclid, Ohio



Thursday, 26 January 2017

Fool Me Twice by Philippa Jane Keyworth



Title: Fool Me Twice
Author: Philippa Jane Keyworth
Genre: Historical Romance


In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.

Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!



Excerpt #1:

      Now came the tricky part—the buttons. Thankfully, the Lord had blessed Angelica with a particularly long set of fingers and, despite the tiniest of buttons and the difficult positioning on the inside of her petticoat, she soon had the compartment undone. She folded the notes and laid them flat in the pocket so that they would lie unseen against her body for the journey home.
      She was just fastening the last button when she heard the door open. Her raven-haired head shot up, and her large eyes darted in the direction of the intruder. No one had ever entered when she had been in here alone before. What was Mr. Russell thinking? He always left her in peace until she left of her own accord.
      So shocked was she, she failed to remove her foot from its perch on the bookshelf and cover herself before a gentleman entered—a gentleman that was not Mr. Russell. At least, that is if you could call the man who entered a gentleman at all. The man in question practically fell into the room, sloshing the tankard of ale in his hand and taking more than a few seconds to find his footing.
      Angelica watched with horrified fascination as the tousled hair escaping the pathetic ribbon at the back of his neck flicked up and down while he gained his balance. For a moment she wondered if he would merely stumble back out again, quite unaware of her presence. But fortune would not smile upon Angelica a second time tonight.
      In spite of his graceless entrance and obvious inebriation, the man’s eyes were exceedingly quick. As he righted himself, they made contact with a heeled shoe, a pleasingly long leg beneath the flimsiest of materials, and a gathering of skirts. His eyes continued their journey upwards, over her bodice, her neck, and then they stilled at those indefinable blue eyes.
      In the odd pause that followed, a cat-like smile slowly unfurled across the young man’s face. Angelica threw down her skirts and stepped back.
      “I say…” was all the gentleman offered. He half-raised the tankard as if in salute, and Angelica could only be thankful that he had knocked the door shut during his imbalance. Or was she thankful? She took another step back, hitting the paneling of the wall.
      She did not recognize the man, but he was undeniably handsome. Aware that she was looking him over, his boyish face gained a mischievousness. His green eyes twinkled merrily at her, lingering—to her utter infuriation—on her lips. He stumbled towards a book-lined wall and rested an unsteady elbow upon one of the shelves, leaning jauntily on one leg and most clearly making himself at home.
      “I say…” he repeated himself, but he did not move towards her as Angelica had feared.
      Her wits finally returning, she put some ice into her stare. “You say what, sir?”



The Author:

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow's Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel, Fool Me Twice (Madison Street Publishing, 2016), is a Georgian romance that has just been released.

So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience Britain in the 18th century and Regency like never before.


Excerpt #2:

      “I wish to watch you play,” Felton said, leaning closer. “I hear you are quite the gamester. You fleeced my friend Mr. Leeden of two thousand pounds just three weeks ago.”
      “Did I? How clever of me.” She laughed softly and played another card.
      “You know I met your sister.”
      This cavalier statement brought her up short. She tried not to react, but Felton saw her hand stop toying with her stomacher to grip her cards more tightly. Distracting the players was no longer a priority—distracting herself was the new objective.
      “Did you?” This was how she could maintain control. Asking questions, remaining calm and disconnected.
      “You are very different from your sister, you know.” A little smile tugged at his lips. “Such exquisite raven hair—like an Italian beauty.”
      “Half-sister.”
      “I say! Come on, Miss Worth, you are hardly in this game.” Lord Avers reproached her while laying the winning card upon the table.
      Roused from paralysis, Angelica saw that she had just lost five hundred pounds. Exhaling sharply, she discarded the rest of her cards onto the table in a series of flutters.
      She could feel Felton watching her. She hoped that he had missed that initial expression of fear. Five hundred pounds! Still, all could be well if she could regain her garments of self-possession.
      “Unfortunate.” Mr. Felton clicked his tongue against his teeth. What was wrong with this man? If she believed in bad luck, she would say that he was it, lingering like the smell of the Thames on an unpromising morning. She held back a huff of irritation.
      “I am not a bird in a cage—stop staring,” she commanded. There were times she was thankful not to be the proper Caro Worth, and this was one of them. Let her emotions be seen if he was so intent on looking.
      “So another commanded me.” A lilting grin appeared on his lips. “And I would call it a gilded cage,” he added provokingly.
      “What?” Her eyes darted towards him in anger. “I am no kept woman.” Her words snapped like twigs cracking under foot.
      “That was not what I meant, but thank you for clarifying.”
      She looked away, ignoring the embarrassment. This man was infuriating. He led her into one ill-spoken, impassioned speech after another, whichever of her two roles she was playing.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Dani's Return by Ariel Marie



Author: Ariel Marie
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 1/25/17

Cover by Frina Art with Self Pub Book Covers


Ace Levatino was the new alpha wolf in town. He returned to his hometown to challenge for his rightful place as alpha and to finally claim his mate. There has only ever been one woman for him and her disappearance 10 years ago still haunts his every thought. His wolf demands that he find her.

Daniella Harper was tired of running. Ten years ago she left everything that she held dear to get away from her betrothed. She refused to mate with one of the most vicious alphas in the Midwest. With a heavy heart, she ran far away and started a new life but devastating news would send her running back home.

Coming home has Daniella realizing how much she had missed her family and with the new alpha’s attention she’s no longer sure she wants to leave again.




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Excerpt:


It took two people to bring out their order. Ace’s stomach growled as the smell reached his nostrils. He could practically feel his wolf lick his chops as he looked down at his two triple cheeseburgers, extra-large loaded fries, and an order of wings.

The bell rung over the door to the diner, but Ace and Brett were too busy digging into their food to notice the newcomer that had entered the establishment. All conversation about going after his mate stalled. He was in food heaven as he dug into his loaded fries.

A light scent of lavender and vanilla floated around Ace, gaining his wolf’s attention. He sniffed the air. Ace would know the scent from anywhere. It had been twelve years since he had last smelled it. He inhaled deeper, taking the scent in.

It can’t be!

He put his burger down and wiped his hands on his napkin before letting his eyes wander around the diner in search of the newcomer. Humans and shifters both filled the diner, but there was one particular figure at the take-out counter that caught his attention.

She was here.

His heart felt as if it wanted to jump out of his chest as his eyes took in the flawless caramel complexion of the sexiest woman he had ever laid eyes on. It had been twelve long years since he had last seen her, but he would know her from anywhere.


© 2016 Ariel Marie
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher.



Releasing January 25, 2017


The Author

Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She love a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children. Want to know more about her and her books? Visit her website www.thearielmarie.com.






Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick



When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn't think twice about taking it. This is the break he's been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.

The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?

"We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere."



Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick's Reachers series.





Excerpt:


John had bolted the door from his side. Charlie knocked and as he expected got no answer. He pressed his hand again the door handle, feeling the vibrations of the object running through his fingers. He found the lock and with a flick of his hands twisted it open. Using his powers was getting easier and easier.

The lights were off, the curtains closed, but he could just about make out his brother sitting on the side of the bed. He was toying with his favourite handgun, a Beretta 92 – cocking it, checking the sight and then dry firing.

Carefully, Charlie closed the door behind him.

John loaded a clip into his pistol, cocked it, and checked the sight. He was angry and this was his way of calming down – it scared the crap out of Charlie. He hesitated at the foot of the bed, waiting for John to unload the gun a second time before seizing the opportunity. When it came, he sat beside his brother. Anyone else wouldn't get close. He wasn't even sure Rachel would make it this far.

"Jay's on board."

There was no response.

"I want Roxy in too and I'm not arguing with you about it," he told him. They'd had this chat before and they would have it again and again. "We've got to work quickly and he can do this in his sleep."

"We can't trust him."

"We don't need to. We've got Rachel now. She's going to see through any scam he tries to pull on us. And we need him."

"We don't need him."

Charlie licked his lips and glanced at the door. "We need him to distract Rachel. To distract her from what we're going to pull without her."



Start with Book One, The Running Game

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher... one of their own kind.

With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?




Giveaway:

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of The Running Game, or one of three ebook copies of The Running Game





The Author:

L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.

L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.




When Blood Reigns by Barbara Custer


Title: When Blood Reigns
Author: Barbara Custer
Genre: Horror / Science Fiction


Marked for death, Alexis accompanies her lover, Yeron, and four survivors of a zombie invasion on a search for the renegades who created a chemical that induces a zombie-like state. On the way, ravenous flesh-eaters attack Alexis’s team; one survivor turns on her. She realizes too late that the renegades have been tracking her every move. When officials capture her, she becomes deathly ill. Can DNA splicing save her? Will Yeron’s attempts at rescue jeopardize all their lives?





Excerpt #1:


      In the gloom, her light cut jagged circles around three skeletal figures weaving through the door. Their bloated, pus-stained faces drooled blood and saliva, two of them bald, and the third with a hollowed-out skull. Two more figures lurched through, followed by others. All of them worked swollen, blistered jaws, their groans sounding like pebbles rattling in their windpipes.
      Alexis screamed.
      She couldn’t kill them all, not with one hand carrying a flashlight. This was worse than the invasion at Jackson Hospital. Back there, she had daylight and the men with her. Now she only had her Maglite. She could pick them off with her thoughts, one by one, and maybe take out three, but the rest would be on her. Maybe she could sedate them with the blue ray. Then she’d step over them and run.
      More walkers crowded the doorway. Alexis backed away from the door, step-by-step, stall after stall, firing the blue ray. The figures kept coming, their cadaverous faces relentless and hungry. Oh, God, the sedative’s not working! She ducked inside a stall and climbed onto the toilet seat, bracing herself against the partition panels. On the panel, her light revealed a double toilet paper holder with a shelf; above, the head rail, and then a thick pipe running along the ceiling. Her right foot went onto the toilet paper shelf. She grabbed the edge of the panel, screaming from the pain flashing through her hands, and then hooked her left elbow around the head rail. The right elbow followed, both feet on the shelf, the figures closing in on her.

The Author:

Barbara lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she works full time as a respiratory therapist. When she’s not working with her patients, she’s enjoying a fright flick or working on horror and science fiction tales. She’s published Night to Dawn magazine since 2004.

Other books by Barbara include Twilight Healer, City of Brotherly Death, Infinite Sight, and Steel Rose; also novellas Close Liaisons and Life Raft: Earth. She enjoys bringing her medical background to the printed page, and then blending it with supernatural horror. She maintains a presence on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and The Writers Coffeehouse forum. Look for the photos with the Mylar balloons, and you’ll find her.




Excerpt #2
:

      Teodon pointed toward Laurel and held a finger to his lip.
      “Do not speak out loud. I will understand the answers you think.”
      Okay, Yeron’s badly hurt and so am I. I can’t move him without making his injuries worse.
      “All right, then I will levitate him. I know how and I will not see him die. Go ahead of us and lead me to Quyeba’s laboratory. You must forget your injuries and pain. It may seem impossible, but Yeron needs your help. I cannot carry two injured people safely, and if you stay, Laurel will come after you again.”
      I understand. Alexis struggled onto her hands and knees.
      Harsh chewing and slurping sounds issued from Laurel. Despite the pain wracking her body, Alexis crawled toward the door.
      She had to find her way back to the lab. Yeron was moaning, and his cries were growing weaker. Teodon lifted him. He depended on her to lead the way. Any second, Laurel would tire of Woehar and come after her.
      Never mind the pain. Find help.
      Gritting her teeth, Alexis began her Bataan Death Crawl. Her incisions telegraphed bolts of stabbing pain with each movement. It doesn’t matter; Yeron’s life is on the line. She mind-opened the panel and led Yeron and Teodon through the exit.
      Once in the hallway, Teodon hesitated.
      “Left or right?”
      Woehar had made a sharp right to enter the killing field, Alexis remembered. Left.
      She edged along the long stretch of hall. The throbbing from her incision and back brought to mind the pain she’d felt from the rheumatoid arthritis during her job as a respiratory therapist. Her chest tightened at the prospect of navigating that long corridor the way it used to when she faced a heavy shift. No painkillers were forthcoming. She kept going.
      It was simple. Woehar had guided right from the laboratory, and then a long stretch of hallway, past two sets of doors, before making her right into the death camp. So Alexis retraced Woehar’s steps and looked for steel doors on her left leading to the lab. Adrenaline would carry her. She’d once read a tale about a mother whose adrenaline rush allowed her to lift a car off her child’s injured body.
      Agony bled into her incision with every shift of her knees. The pain was worse in her lower back, where Laurel had kicked her. Sweat rolled down her forehead, dripping on the grid floor. She was leaving bloody handprints and a ribbon of blood. None of that mattered. She strained her ears, listening for familiar voices.
      Seconds later, she did hear Quyeba and Zoltar. A few paces further, ungodly spasms tore through her back. The black dots returned. She called for help. She last saw Teodon kneel over Yeron, placing something on his wounded shoulder. Behind them, Laurel emerged from the corridor, growling, her mouth opened wide. The dots swelled and the screams died in Alexis’s throat as the darkness took her.

Monday, 23 January 2017

After The Fall by Carissa Lusk


Title: After The Fall
Author: Carissa Lusk
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Amity cries out into the darkness that surrounds her, hoping for a solitary voice to provide direction; she hears two.

She has an epic love for Alexander, yet the loneliness brought on by the miles that separate them can only be curbed by the cryptic affection of Marcus Riley. Amity can’t understand the strange familiarity she finds in the wild blue of Marcus’s eyes, but she will soon learn his secret.

Plagued with dreams and memories of lives beyond her own, a tragic fate will emerge from the ashes of a love scorned. Eventually, she will discover the dark truth that will leave her running for her life, and she will learn who sacrificed everything to save it.





Excerpt:

His arms appeared on either side of mine before he spoke. He leaned down, put his face into my hair, and inhaled the scent of my shampoo. “No one else is home,” he purred into my ear, sending a shiver all the way down to my toes.
I whirled around to see a pleased grin on Alex’s face. “For how long?” I asked. At Concord we took for granted the time we had to spend alone, but those occasions now seemed too few and far between.
“A couple of hours, at least.”
My heart started to sprint. Alex pushed the basket two feet to my left, still grinning. He bent down, brushed his lips lightly against mine, and then lifted me up to sit on the countertop. His grin faded just before he covered my mouth with his again. His kiss was hard. I wound my arms and legs around him, refusing to end it.
His fingers tightened around my waist, and he hoisted me from the counter. I clung to him with my mouth grazing against his earlobe and then moving along the line of his jaw. He navigated through the house and lowered me onto the couch. Electricity radiated through every cell of my being, and I pulled Alex close until there was no space between us. He melted into the moment and pressed his lips to mine again.
Months of loneliness surged into my affections, making each touch a plea. I could’ve kissed Alex forever. He pushed my hands over my head and laced his fingers with mine, holding me there under him like he knew I’d shatter the second we stopped. Time became only an archaic notion. Had we been on the couch for only minutes or had hours passed already?
“Amity,” Alex breathed between kisses. “I...love...you.” His breath tasted sweet in my mouth.
I tilted my head back. “I love you,” I sighed while he blazed a trail of kisses down the front of my neck.
Alex’s body went taut when he reached my collar. He let out a groan and forced himself up. He sucked in a deep breath while he settled into the cushion at the end of the couch with his arms crossed over his chest. I squeezed my eyes closed for a moment, letting the frustration bleed out.
“Sorry,” he eventually murmured. This was Alex’s nature, and I’d come to accept it. He had such strong morals that I couldn’t even begin to understand his self-control, but by now I’d stopped trying to understand and simply enjoyed every ounce of affection he’d give to me.



The Author:

Carissa Lusk grew up in a small town in West Virginia and never moved far from home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Concord College. She credits her love of reading and writing to Kate Chopin, Emily Bronte, and her mom. After the Fall is Carissa's debut novel.



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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Child of the Night Guild by Andy Peloquin



An edge of your seat, fast-moving and unforgettable read from Andy Peloquin.

I was drawn in the moment I started reading and my attention was held right up to the last word!

I spent ten years with Ilanna, shared her hopes and fears, and her triumphs and failures. I felt the aches and pains, the cuts and broken bones, and sat with her friends as she healed. I watched her grow from a scared, lonely little girl, called Viola, through months of torture, as Seven, and years of training, as Ilanna the apprentice, into a strong and determined journeyman.

The details and descriptions of Praamis, and the believable characters, each with their own personalities and troubles, made this book come to life. I didn't just read a story... I lived it!

Andy Peloquin is an amazing writer and story-teller!

I loved the book and am eager to read the next book in the series.



Synopsis:

"They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken."

Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.

The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.

What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?

Fans of Sarah J. Maas, Scott Lynch, and Brent Weeks will love Queen of Thieves…




The Author:

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist--words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I'm also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle--it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Stenibelle by Ren Garcia


THE 3rd TURN OF THE SHADOW TECH GODDESS


The quest of Paymaster Stenstrom spans the planes, taking a bizarre turn in the 3rd universe, as there he is not an affluent man but a woman in desperate circumstances. Lady Stenibelle is imprisoned for her role in the Seeker Affair, is penniless, and her House of Belmont-South Tyrol is on the verge of extinction. Her spirit broken, Stenibelle is resigned to perform her sentence without fuss, do as she is told, and fade away in obscurity. However, fate is not yet finished with her. Stenibelle is in the gaze of hidden benefactors with ulterior motives. People claiming to be her dear friends come forward, yet she does not know them. The Quests of the Shadow tech Goddess proceed, and she must discover the hero that lies within or face total oblivion. The disgraced 30th daughter of the House of Belmont will either be the final stake driven into its dying heart, or the ray of light that comes to save it and all else that follows.

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The Author:

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing



Top Ten List

  1. Ren is the only member of his extended family with blue eyes--everybody else has brown. Ren once made his mother cry by announcing she couldn't possibly be his mother due to the color of her eyes.
  2. Ren was a JetMech (Aero-Propulsion Specialist) in the Ohio Air national Guard.
  3. Ren was once severely injured in the groin while playing ice hockey without an athletic protector.
  4. Ren is extremely allergic to cats.
  5. In his boyhood, Ren was diagnosed as being severely Mentally Impaired, with a functional IQ of 40-60. It was later determined that Ren was not Mentally Impaired, he simply required prescription eyeglasses.
  6. Ren often spent his summer afternoons at a movie theater where his older sister worked. After watching the film "Coma" about fifty times, he developed a life-long fear of hospitals.
  7. The works of Michael Moorcock and Fritz Leiber have heavily influenced Ren's books.
  8. Ren once heavily stuttered.
  9. Ren secretly loves the film Moulin Rouge!. He named the planet Bazz after its director, Baz Luhrman.
  10. A little girl dressed in a red robe with her face hidden behind a black sash on Halloween gave Ren the inspiration for his Black Hats.  


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Friday, 20 January 2017

Chameleon Assassin by B.R. Kingsolver



Book Title: Chameleon Assassin
Author: B.R. Kingsolver
Genre: Urban Fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic dystopian
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours


Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl.

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized.

There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets. The corporate elite live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.



The Author:

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

As to my other interests, I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Lineage, JJ Morris #1 by J.N. Sheats


Lineage, JJ Morris #1
J.N. Sheats
YA Paranormal Mystery/Thriller


"Cameron, why do you call me dove," I asked, ready for disappointment.
"Because, you bring my soul peace."

Joey Morris has spent her young life moving around the country with her constantly absent mother until finally ending up in the small college town of Portstown, Pennsylvania. Here history is thick in the air and Joey discovers that her family has long reaching roots in the town, dating back to the very first settlement. Because of her heritage she is welcomed into the group of the other founding families, and quickly becomes one of the popular girls in school.

After over a year of the good life and Homecoming just days away, Joey is thrown into a terrifying new reality. Happening across a violent black dog with glowing red eyes, and a handsome stranger that puts his life on the line to save her only to stick a gun in her chest moments later.

Now people are dying in Portstown, people close to Joey and she doesn't understand why. Will Joey have anyone left after she discovers the truth about her past?

Cameron Davis is a man from another life, for years he has been focused on his mission. The drive that keeps his soul locked inside a physical body, staving off the reaper. That all changes when he is given the task of protecting Joey and stopping the attacks.

This girl makes him weak and brings up memories of a past he left behind nearly a century ago. What secrets lie beyond his contract with the elusive Warner family, and why does this girl need protecting?

Lineage is a young adult novel but is recommended for readers 16+ due to violence.






Casting for Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon




Chase Freeman, the Air champion.

Chase is a free spirit. This picture of Leonardo DiCaprio does a great job of capturing Chase’s look.







Jordan Rathburn, the Water champion.

Alexis Bledell at the Teen Choice Awards has the look and the ponytail to be Chase’s best friend, Jordan.












Harlan Pendernack, the Earth champion. 


Although not as annoying as Urkel, Harlan is a nerd and this picture captures that image nicely.











Luke Rathburn, the Sun champion.


Luke is younger than the rest of the cast. Mason Gamble, when he played Dennis the Menace, would’ve been perfect for the role.








Brendan Hastings, the Fire champion. 


Brendan is slightly older than the other children. Take a few years away from Thomas F. Wilson, when he played Biff in the first Back to the Future movie, and give him red hair and you have Brendan.





Lena Colebert, the Moon champion. 

Lena tends to be cold and distant to the rest of the champions. Winona Ryder, when she played Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice, is a close match for how Lena should look.







The Author:

J.N. Sheats is an artist turned author. Living in Maryland with six wild cats, and her husband, J.N. spends her days designing covers and teasers for other authors. At night she is at the mercy of her demanding characters, and their wild fantasies.

Dark Paranormal Fantasy is her preferred genre of writing, but anything is game. Maybe even a lovely romance novel or two in the near future.

When not writing, designing, or drawing, J.N. spends her time doing a host of other activities. Including: gardening, jewelry making, cooking, and watching far too much television.


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