August 1 2015

12 Days of Back to School Books – Day 6

 

“Two souls Separated by three millennium One with a gift that is more like a curse One on an almost impossible quest Destinies entwined; one seeks to find herself while the other seeks his lost queen. To succeed, the pair must right the injustices 3,000 years in the past. Only together can they fulfill The Prophecy, but in the process they must defeat the Pharaoh Horemheb. Dishonor and death are the fate of the defeated. “

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 I am 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 to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

 

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Time for a Snippet!

 

I don’t see dead people. I hear them. I talk to them. Boy, you should try that. Talk about people looking at you like you’ve got two heads. That will do it. I used to look in the mirror after talking to them to see what others saw. All I saw was me, Rosa, an ordinary fifteen-year-old girl. Well, not so ordinary. I do have my father’s emerald eyes, but no glowing auras, no ghosts on my shoulders, only my sun-streaked blond hair usually in need of a trim.

It would be one thing if I talked to famous dead people. You know, like that Elvis Presley guy my mother still drools over? I mean, really? The guy would be, like, ancient today! Anyway, if I talked to him, I could give my mom a personal message like, “Sorry we never got to hook up.” That would be worth a few extra bucks for allowance, don’t you think?

No, the dead people who talk to me are just dead nobodies. Nothing exciting to say. Nothing going down. They’re just hanging out, waiting for—I don’t know—to be more dead, I guess. Or to see how much trouble they can get me in.

 

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August 1 2015

Forte Book Tour

 

 

 Johannah Davies (JD) Spero was born near a pristine lake in the Adirondacks and has lived in various cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Indianapolis, Dallas, and Boston. She has pursued her love of narrative through degrees in English, Russian, and teaching—and has worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, a web design entrepreneur, freelance writer, and a high school English teacher. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three young sons.

Drawing on her experience as a high school teacher—this time with a social concern, Spero infuses the rites of passage for the teenager—cliques, first kisses, peer pressure, and bullying—with magic. This stresses how tenuous and critical this time is for young people in a new, fascinating way. Written from Sami’s point of view, Spero’s narrative puts the reader into the mind of a fifteen-year-old who must navigate the tumultuous waters of being the new girl—the underdog who starts to win and is intoxicated by it. Truly a page-turner, this action-packed story will have readers of all ages eager to see what happens next. 

Spero’s debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper, was chosen as a Finalist in the 2014 Indie Excellence Book Awards contest and also made the top 5% out of 10,000 entries in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

 

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Author Top Ten Favorite Things

– Quote

My favorite quote is also my protagonist’s.

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou

 

– TV show

Seinfeld for making me laugh.

Friday Night Lights for making me cry.

 

– Comic book character

Wonder Woman

 

– Movie

Billy Elliot

 

– Candy bar

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

 

– Junk food

Doritos! (original nacho cheese, of course)

 

– Place you visited

Our honeymoon destination was the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Can’t beat that. Ever.

 

– Restaurant

One of my old favorite stand-bys when I lived downtown: The Parrish Café on Boylston Street in Boston

 

– Island

My parents have a cozy, rustic cabin on Elizabeth Island on Lake George, New York. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet.

 

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August 1 2015

Love, Me Cover Reveal

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Title: Love, Me

Author: Lorraine Britt

Series: The Soldier Series, #3

**Although part of a series, each novel may be read as a standalone**

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Audience: 18+

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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Juliet Collins has always been a bit of a loner, but the last few years have been particularly shrouded in isolation and silence. Apart from her daily work at the local diner, her life is spent inside the walls of her tiny apartment, just trying to survive…until the one day that U.S. Army Private Tim Collins walks into the diner and takes a seat at one of her tables. By the time the day is over her life has been changed forever.

Private Collins is just a few hours away from being deployed for the first time, to a particularly violent conflict. To say he’s nervous would be an understatement. In his last day stateside all he wants is a little bit of normal. What he finds is the kind heart and sweet spirit of Juliet Collins. She is by his side until the last possible moment, the moment when he asks her to write him while he’s away, promising to do the same in return.

Though Juliet is afraid to believe his promises, he holds true to them. Letter after letter after letter passes between the two of them…until one day the letters from Tim stop completely, leaving Juliet broken and grieving for the love she had found but would never truly have.

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Juliet called out to Tim just as he reached the first step of the porch. “Tim!” she said, pushing the door open a little further and stepping onto the landing.

Tim stopped, turning back towards her, looking at her curiously. “Yes, angel?”

“Just remember, I’ll be here, waiting for your letters and waiting for you when you return,” she said, drawing a small, but playful smile from him, brightening his blue eyes.

He turned back fully towards her, crossing the porch in one step, wrapping his powerful arms around her once more, holding her close. His lips pressed to hers in one last kiss, full of hope and promise, full of need and passion, full of all that was to come. Finally when their lips parted, he murmured softly against her lips. “I won’t forget, angel. Just remember to wait for me.”

And with that he was gone, down the steps, through the gate, disappearing further down the street. Juliet watched for as long as she could see him, but he never turned back to see her. By the time she stepped back inside her door her eyes were full of tears, but her heart was full of something she wasn’t sure she’d ever had before…hope.


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Photograph of author Lorraine BrittLorraine Britt is a fourth generation Native Texan who is also immensely proud of her Louisiana heritage and solid Southern roots. As an enthusiastic lover of the written word, inspiration struck Lorraine and she began to bubble over with her own ideas. Grasping hold of her lifelong dreams, it wasn’t long before she was putting pen to paper and letting her fingers fly over a keyboard to bring her own characters to life. When she isn’t busy scribbling notes for her next idea, you might find her whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen or putting miles on her car on road trip adventures. Lorraine is equally passionate about music, movies and sports. You’ll no doubt find these familiar themes woven throughout her books. Lorraine and her family currently make their home in northeast Texas.

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Passions-coverArmy Special Forces Master Sergeant Eli Stevens is married to his childhood sweetheart, Katherine. She is his princess, his world. He is her first and only love, her best friend, her everything. They finally have what they’ve always dreamed of…a baby on the way.

But this happy news comes on the eve of Eli and his best friend Sergeant William Bradshaw’s deployment for a special mission… A mission that Eli knows in his heart will be his last.

Before Eli’s premonition comes true he tells William to watch over his family, to be a father to his child, to love Katherine. William reluctantly agrees, moving into the Stevens home to take care of Katherine. The longer he is there the more she depends on him. But she holds William emotionally at a distance, scared of the feelings he stirs inside her. And despite fighting against it he falls in love with Katherine and the child, even though feels he is betraying his friend.

Can they find their way through the nightmares to give in to what is between them? Or will the past come back to haunt William in more ways than one?

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Landry Phillips and Madeline Ponder were lifelong best friends. They had seen each other through every day of their young lives, until Landry joined the Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan. Madeline waited, and worried, until the one late night phone call she had prayed she would never receive. In that one instant their lives changed forever. Could Madeline help Landry find his way through the darkness that threatened to swallow him whole? Or would he be lost to her before he realized she had truly been his from the very beginning?

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August 1 2015

The Ascension of Laney Cover Reveal

 

Author: Kris Hack

Cover Design: Regina Wamba, Mae I Design

Release Date:  August 20, 2015

 

 

SYNOPSIS

I loved him at fifteen. I thought we’d stand the test of time. He was my forever but maybe I fell too fast or loved him too much. Maybe I came on too strong or maybe I did something wrong. He still left. Turned his back on me without a word. I never thought I’d see him again and to be honest, I didn’t want to. I began to hate him even though he would never know it. But then, I did see him again and with him came the secrets that would forever change all of our lives.

She was only a recurring dream in my foggy subconscious. A voice. A face. We weren’t supposed to dream. We weren’t supposed to remember. They said it was impossible and the before would never come into the now. None of the others remember, at least not that I know of. What I do know is that she was my everything, my every waking breath. Now that I’ve found her I will not be losing her a second time. She will be mine again, no matter what the cost. 

 

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Kris Hack lives in Texas with her husband and their two furbabies. As an adult she became an avid reader and always seemed to have her own story to tell.  Finally, she took the leap and wrote, and wrote, and wrote, until she laid her heart and soul into writing and told her story. The Ascension of Laney will be her first published work and she plans to publish many more in the future. 

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July 31 2015

Greek Gods Bearing Gifts Book Tour

Greek Gods Bearing Gifts

by Cheryl Harper

 

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Liberty Smith is certain putting two thieves in charge of a pawn shop is a terrible idea, even in Olympic View, tourist attraction and home to some people with unusual skills. Fresh out of prison, Liberty’s ready to go straight, all the way to Omaha if necessary, and take her baby brother Frank with her. Organizing the junk passing for inventory at Titan Pawn and the employees who aren’t all what they seem was never part of the plan.

Justin Barrett is a fine cop, just like his father before him. His only weak spot? The girl he put in prison who now has blood on her hands. Literally. To save pain-in-the-neck Frank and free Liberty to leave Olympic View, Justin joins a very strange mission. To 1983. With an odd watch and Liberty in the shortest red dress it’s been his pleasure to see.

Greek Gods Bearing Gifts is reunion-story, sexy paranormal romance (75,000 words) featuring the charming god of thieves, two people who never stopped loving, and the underworld’s all-you-can-eat rib buffet.

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Excerpt

“What are you doing here? It’s…” He watched her try to figure out what time it was. “Late. It’s too late for visitors.”

Visitors? So she thought this was some sort of social call?

“It’s too late for you to be doing business, too. At least, not the legal kind.” He tried to see over her head again. “All the lights are on. That’s not normal. With you, not normal is nothing but trouble. So tell me what sort of trouble you’re in.”

“Yeah, it’s too late for one of your lectures, too. You were in the neighborhood? Spying on me? Go away. I’m fine.” She glanced over her shoulder and gasped.

Did she have company? Like, friendly company? He braced one foot on the door, determined to make sure she was telling the truth before he stormed off in a jealous huff that she’d moved on while he was struggling to forget her.

“There’s a simple way to settle this. Prove it. Let me in to take a look around.” He waited for one loud second, his eyes locked on hers, as the tension stretched between them. This battle between wanting to believe what she said and knowing how often she’d bent the rules was familiar. He desperately wanted her to be telling the truth. His careful study of her face, her pale cheeks and the tightness to her lips, convinced him. He pushed the door slowly, nudging her back an inch at a time.

“Is that blood? Are you in danger?” He reached for the gun he never left home without and listened hard for any signs of movement. His own harsh breathing made that difficult. The burst of fear and adrenaline that shot through him had him through the door before he even knew he was moving. His instincts, already on high alert, went into overdrive. His vision was sharp enough to evaluate the room’s shadows for threats, and he was prepared to defend them both, his muscles tight and one finger on the trigger.

“No, I’m not. Frank’s here and…” She held up both bloody hands and then stared at them. Her knee was skinned. He couldn’t see any other wounds, but he wrapped his hands gently around her shoulders and felt the fine tremor that shook her. Liberty was athletic and graceful but not invincible. He should have acted faster instead of telling himself it wasn’t his job to protect her, especially from herself. When he was certain he could get out complete words, he yanked out his cell, ready to call for help.

Liberty knocked it from his hands and they both watched it bounce on the floor, the loud crunch of the screen impossible to miss.

“No police. We can’t have any police.” She knotted her shaking hands together. “I’m sorry about your phone. Everything’s fine here. You should just…go.”

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Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Greek Gods Bearing Gifts from author Cheryl Harper in exchange for an honest review.

I should know better than to look at a title and fall in love with a book, but I did, and I’m not sorry. Greek Gods Bearing Gifts by Cheryl Harper is going to be a book I go back to time and again as I reread it in anticipation of the next offering in the Titan Pawn realm of books. My only disappointment is not having another novel ready and waiting when I finished reading this one!

I have enjoyed Greek mythology since my junior high school days. I love a good romance novel, I love time travel and I can’t keep myself from enjoying light humorous writing at times. Imagine my enjoyment at finding them bundled into one great novel by Cheryl Harper!

Greek Gods Bearing Gifts fascinated me from the beginning with Liberty fighting herself as she leave prison. Take a chance on what she wants or follow her brother, Frank, down that same old road again. I love the spunk she finds and shows as she muddles through those first few encounters with people on the outside.

Frank, on the other hand, is nothing but trouble dressed in men’s clothing! Seems like he has been all their lives and he certainly doesn’t disappoint by guilting Liberty into helping out with Titan Pawn.

Leave it to the gods to keep things exciting throughout!

Ms. Harper’s characters are full of themselves, full of trouble, and full of fun. I enjoyed reading Greek Gods Bearing Gifts and I’m looking forward to her next novel!

I highly recommend Greek Gods Bearing Gifts by Cheryl Harper and I give it four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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About the Author

Whether she’s writing, reading, or checking the items off of her daily to-do list, small-town girl Cheryl Harper loves her romance mixed with a little laughter. When she’s not working, you will find her ignoring housework, cursing yard work, and spending way too much time with a television remote in her hand.

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July 31 2015

Another Sunset Blog Tour @GUNDERSTONE

Another Sunset

by Jason Zandri

 

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David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.

 

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“The author has a nice way of weaving together a touching story that definitely tugged at those heartstrings”
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“Endearing characters, well-paced dialogue, and valuable lessons…all the components of fantastic book”
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“Instead of the fast pace of stories that tell too much, too soon, Another Sunset moved its pace along with detail that helped really form its characters. It gave plenty of time to delve into the story and not be able to fully discern where the story was going (which I like – I don’t like to be able to script out what’s going to happen! Surprise me!)”
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Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)

Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)

I Hero: The Beginning

I Hero: Nathan Returns

As Life Goes: Elementary
  

  

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I am now working on two other book series – “As Life Goes” and “I, Hero.” In them, as I had to do in “Another Sunset”, I needed to come up with imaginary people, make them seem real, and make you like them or hate them, depending on their role in the story.

Creating characters from scratch is never an easy thing. You have to creating a “living being” from nothingness.

Often there are pieces of me in my characters, as well as pieces of other people I know. There’s an old saying that goes something like “there are no original ideas left in the world” and to a large extent the same is true of character creation.

Take any movie or book and you will often find traits of different people, melded together, because no matter how many slivers you break a personality down to and intermix them, you are still dealing with a finite amount.

When I am taking a personality trait of my own, or an actual situation I went through, and putting it into a character, there are times I will “adjust” it. Maybe I’ll use a situation from my own history and change the response I actually used to another one for the sake of the story. I might change it to something I would have tried if I had a cooler head at the time or more time to think it through more. Alternatively, I might want to walk the whole scenario out a different way than it really unfolded for me. Perhaps I write it so that it plays out with better results, or maybe even slightly worse, and then allow “history” to take another path.

In realm of quantum realities, it is suggested that where one reality occurs, there is another reality where untried events “here” actually did occur or were tired “elsewhere.” So in a given situation where you made a right hand turn, your reality continues forward from there. Quantum reality theory suggests that in another realm or reality, you turned left and that continuity unfolded differently.

That is the magic of storytelling. You can take the “road not travelled” and imagine how it might go.

For “Another Sunset”, I needed to create “David.” I wanted to take the best parts of myself, even the parts that exceed my own abilities and capabilities, and mix them with the humble makings of others; their strengths and some of their failings as well. I wanted to create a character that I wanted to be like “someday when I grow up,” as the saying goes. Then I wanted to create the conditions, his life prior to reaching Westville, to define who he was, as much as who he was becoming. I also wanted him to have every reason to be the total opposite of how he turned out. I wanted to show that in the worst adversity, you still have the ability to choose, to fight the easy or expected course, and to boldly go down the high road that is less travelled and exceed your own expectations and abilities, by merely striving to do for others.

On his journey David has learned you’re not striving to reach a destination – retirement, completion, fulfillment, happiness, and so on. He learned that how you move along in life, how you live it, for yourself, and how you touch others, is more important than anything else.

If the fictional story of “Another Sunset” allows that message to be received to even just one person that never before considered that, then I will feel more rewarded for writing it than any sum of money in totality that I receive for the work of creating the story in the first place.

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

 

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ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

JASON CROPJason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

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July 31 2015

Silk & Scars Book Tour

Silk & Scars

by Cassandra Dean

 

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For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more, a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more…

When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen – despite his scars.

Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. Arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen’s safety is threatened.

Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart – but can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?

 

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“Why did you write me?”

The quiet words gave him a degree of control. “I beg your pardon?”

Her tongue darted out to wet the plump flesh of her lower lip. “Why did you write me? Why did you write those letters?”

Stifling a groan, he cursed himself. Control yourself, man. “You were the one who made the error.”

“Yes,” she said. “But you didn’t need to write back.”

No, he hadn’t. Her letter had clearly been an error, addressed to her friend and full of the easy conversation of long acquaintance. He never should have read it, but he couldn’t help himself. It had been so full of life, so happy and joyous, and he’d wanted to experience that. “Because I liked them. Your letters.”

“What did you like of them?” A smile lit her face, a soft thing that seemed directed more at herself than him. “It was Etta, correct? She and her antics?”

A smile tugged at his own mouth, and he allowed it some expression but not enough to pull his scar. “No, I liked you. That is, I like you.” Heat rose along his neck.

“Oh.” A similar blush stained her skin. “Well. I like you, too.”

He couldn’t stop his smile then.

She drew in her breath.

Immediately, he wiped the expression from his face. He knew how he appeared when he forgot himself.

“Why did you stop smiling?” Confusion filled her voice.

Staring at the floor, he said, “I apologize. I know it’s grotesque.”

“What is grotesque?”

He dug his hands into the chair. “When I smile.”

“No. Edward, no—”

“Of course it is,” he said, and not even her calling him by his Christian name again lightened him. “I am scarred, Gwen. You cannot claim not to have noticed.”

“No, I have, I only—You smiled and I thought….You are so handsome, and when you smile, you are even more—” She cut herself off. A furious blush lit her cheeks.

She thought him handsome? A low boil started within him, and he could not tear his gaze from her lips.

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Author Interview

Today I’m very fortunate to be interviewing Cassandra Dean, author of SILK & SCARS.

Hi Cassandra, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please, would you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi, I’m very happy to be here! I’m Cassandra Dean and I write historical romance ranging from sweet to steamy. I also play about in the eras, roaming from Ancient Rome to Victorian to the Old West and beyond. My books take readers on an emotional rollercoaster, from the lowest of lows to the joyous of highs. And, of course, my characters fall into the forever kind of love.

I’m here today to talk about SILK & SCARS, the third in my Silk Series. Through an error, Gwen and the Duke of Sowrith start a correspondence, forming a friendship they both treasure. When the duke orchestrates Gwen’s presence at his Dartmoor manor, will they find love?

Give us an insight into your main characters. What do they do that is so special?

It took me a long time to discover who Gwen and the duke, Edward, were, but I’m so glad I did! I really like them as people. Gwen is strong, capable and really sweet. Through her determination and refusal to accept the limitations of her era, she’s found employment in the industry she loves, becoming a scribe in a chamber of law.

To the outsider, Edward appears cold and aloof but his demeanour hides a shy, sensitive man, who enjoys Gothic novels and wandering the moors. His scars make it so he doesn’t venture far from his home, and so he welcomes the correspondence from Gwen.

Where do your ideas come from?

Everywhere and anywhere! I’ll hear a song on the radio, or read a book, or watch a movie, and suddenly I’ll have an idea. The idea for SILK & SCARS came from Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast and the UK TV show Silk. All three percolated in my head to produce Gwen and Edward’s story.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A little of both! I’ll start out with an outline, but if I meander away from it, I’m more than happy to see where it takes me!

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The actual writing. Gosh, it’s difficult. I see the story so clearly in my head, but getting it down on the page is a real struggle!

How do you relax?

I’ll pour myself a cup of tea, turn on the TV and settle in for some quality watching.

Which writers inspire you?

My biggest writing inspiration is Joss Whedon. When I’m stuck, I often ask myself, what would Joss do? More often than not, that’ll fix the problem.

My other big inspiration is my critique partner, Lucy Clark. She’s been instrumental in my writing career and I couldn’t have done it without her generosity and friendship.

What is your favorite quote?

“Never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

What is your favorite movie?

Aliens. I can quote so many lines from that movie.

What are you working on currently?

The fourth in the Silk series, SILK & SCHOLAR, featuring Gwen’s friend Etta and the irritating Christopher Hiddleson.

Any final words?

I hope you all enjoy SILK & SCARS and the Silk series. I welcome comments from my readers, so feel free to email me at cassandra@cassandradean.com or leave a comment on my blog. Thank you for hosting me!

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

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About the Author

Cassandra Dean is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical and fantasy romance. Her latest novel, SLUMBER, is part of Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales and features Cassandra’s take on Sleeping Beauty. Her next novel, SILK & SCARS, is part of her popular Silk Series, featuring Victorian Era lawyers and their happily ever after.

Cassandra is proud to call South Australia her home, where she regularly cheers on her AFL football team and creates her next tale.

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July 31 2015

12 Days of Back to School Books – Day 5

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Nona Moss grew up in Cheyenne Wyoming. She writes young adult fiction, and has published a book of poetry. She currently lives in St Joseph Missouri with her teenage son Zayne and the love of her life and best friend Travis.


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March 25,

It has been ten days since that horrible night. Ten days since my world crumbled, and my heart shattered into a million pieces. It has been ten days since my life ended.

I have been unfaithful to you, Dear Journal, because I could not bear to think. And I knew if I opened you, it would be to spill the rest of my broken heart.

It was so awful. I will never forget it as long as I live. It is fresh in my mind every waking hour. The memories invade my dreams whenever I close my eyes.


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10 things I love…
1. I love to read anything I can get my hands on.
2. I carry paper everywhere I go incase I have time to write.
3. I love to listen to music, it inspires me to write.
4. I love to be outdoors, especially when I am writing.
5. I love spending time with my grandkids.
6. I love reading Dr Seuss out loud to kids.
7 I love spending time with my puppy.
8 I love telling people I am a writer (they always suggest I write their story)!
9. I love driving with the windows down singing as loud as I can! (I can’t sing)
10. I love to make people laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

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July 31 2015

Triangulating Bliss Cover Reveal

TRIANGULATING BLISS

by Janelle Jalbert

 

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About the Book

A struggling veteran reads about the mysterious death of a local athlete and wants to learn more. He meets the owner of the business linked to the crime and discovers others have “disappeared”.

All stories include a man with dark hair, blue eyes, and a strong jaw.

Then, it’s his turn.

The mysterious forces at Bliss change everything. What brought them all to Bliss is not as it appears and their lives are powerfully interconnected across space and time.

 

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Excerpt

September 20, 2013

Greg’s mind didn’t follow his body into the coffee house. His mind was still on the fact that with a few strokes of a pen, he had undone everything that he worked towards. The exhilaration of that definitive step was quickly replaced by a growing sense of unease. It wasn’t his style to pull the trigger, figuratively or literally, without having a game plan. Then again, he didn’t need a game plan, he needed a life plan. One step at a time. He chastised himself as he joined the line of caffeine-craving citizens.

The newspapers near the door caught his attention. All of the headlines contained some variation of the same – Local Sports Legend Found Dead at 27.

Ha, Legend at 27? Greg thought. I’m 29, and no one’s calling me a legend. Survived a bomb in Afghanistan…haunted by the nightmares…soon to be an Ellison family disappointment when everyone learns what I did, and a guy who played basketball is considered a legend…at 27? He looked around the coffee house. Half of the people in line were double that age. At best – maybe – they were a legend in their own minds. Greg’s self-loathing got ahead of his caffeine fix. He distracted himself with one of the newspapers.

MIKEL THOMAS DEAD AT 27

Greg studied the series of pictures of the same man, as a teen in a high school basketball uniform, in a college uniform, and in a professional one. The line for coffee at 8:30 in the morning was nearly out the door, so it gave Greg time to flip through the story.

Mikel Thomas, 27, was found in his West Los Angeles home Thursday night. His wife, Nisha, found Thomas bleeding from an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound when she returned home from a taping of her talk show. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Greg caught up with the line’s progress and continued to read.

Thomas, a professional basketball player, had a troubled career in Philadelphia, Miami, and Sacramento. He attended Pasadena High School where an injury forced him to give up a promising football career. Thomas began playing basketball as a junior and became a top college recruit. He attended college in Los Angeles before being drafted to Philadelphia.

Shoulda played sports. Greg thought.

Thomas was involved in a shooting incident that left one dead after he was traded to Miami. His repeated altercations on and off the court led to a suspension. After a trade to Sacramento, Thomas missed part of the season for an undisclosed medical condition following a mental evaluation in a Pasadena hospital last Christmas. Thomas had a history of drug and alcohol incidents, but detectives declined to comment on that being a possible cause. The investigation continues.

Pretty standard celeb drama. Greg barely registered the comments from the player’s wife and a teammate about the shock of it all. He caught up with the coffee line and skimmed further.

Mary Thomas, Mikel’s mother, called into a sports radio show late Thursday. When asked if there was any indication that Thomas was in trouble, she responded. “He kept saying that his disappearance from that Bliss bar changed him forever. It was that crazy bar that killed him. I know it.”

 

 

About the Author

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Janelle Jalbert has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books on topics ranging from productivity, money management, marketing, cooking, and relationships. She also worked as a copywriter for some of the biggest online names and worked as a motorsports reporter covering NASCAR. Jalbert enjoys bringing stories to life that celebrate the magic in everyday living. To learn more about her current and upcoming releases and promotions visit www.janellejalbert.com. Jalbert currently lives in Southern California, though she regularly returns to her second home in North Carolina when her pack of pups grants her a vacation.

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/justjjwriting

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janellejalbert.author

Author Website: www.janellejalbert.com

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July 31 2015

Widows Rule Book Tour

I have one of those brains that won’t turn off at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure. It wasn’t long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.
I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children, I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born. The HJ characters are like a family to me. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.
My love for Science Fiction gave birth to the Treborel Series. It’s a paranormal Sci-Fi romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple layer
of hero’s fighting to survive the chaos.
I write about how friendship and love can carry you through situations that you might not otherwise survive. You will find my stories exciting and steamy, but I am not an erotic writer. My stories fade to dark when the steam begins to rise, but take it from me, the steam does rise and emotions do soar.
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Seven months pregnant with three small children and a new job was difficult for most women even with a spouse at their side. Whitney was alone, but she was strong. She would not be broken. When her boys ask to take karate lessons like their friends, Whitney shifts her budget to accommodate them. It sounded like a good outlet for their emotions and energy. The one thing she didn’t plan on was her attraction to the soft spoken, muscular karate instructor. Whitney wasn
’t looking for love, romance or a lover, especially someone so masculine, so outgoing, so handsome, so sexy as Heath Dixon.
Instead, Whitney concentrates on work and her children. A new client, Veronica Nelson, an elderly woman with a sweet smile hires Whitney as her corporate attorney. Whitney discovers Veronica has an intellectual property rights claim against a lucrative corporation that owes her millions of dollars. Veronica client refuses to go to the police. Instead, she asks Whitney to rewrite her Will.
Shortly thereafter Veronica dies mysteriously. Thus begins a chain of events that spiral quickly out of control. Whitney discovers there are some things she cannot face alone and finds herself turning to the only man who can protect her.

Alaina Stanford’s Top Ten

A good exciting scifi/fantasy book

The Hobbit movies

A dozen roses on a special occasion

Drive-in theater- why or why are they disappearing!

Anything pink

Kind people

Sitting on a beach with a good book

The mountains

My dog Jack- when he’s not barking

My family

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Josh glanced at Whitney, who was pulling a file from her briefcase. She removed a packet from the file and handed it to Josh. He lifted a large folded piece of paper from the file and spread it out on the table explaining, “Mrs. Stevenson, the economy has taken a hard hit the last few years. During that time, my team has concentrated on building luxury homes. My clients use these as vacation homes for the summer and ski season. But I believe the most urgent need right now is for smaller, affordable homes for new and growing families. I’m not talking about low-income homes. My goal is to build a subdivision with three basic floor plans and modest amenities for three-bedroom homes. I’ll offer a full unfinished basement and a two-car garage, something that a lower middle-class family can afford. I’m targeting families that want to get out of the condominium complexes and into a house. I want to offer these families a chance for a home with a backyard where their children can play, instead of in the street or a playground on the other side of the complex.”

Veronica’s dark eyes studied the plan then turned to gaze at Josh, and then Whitney. She asked, “This property is not close to the ski resorts, so a residential platform seems appropriate. Mrs. Lawson, do you and your husband ski? I imagine that living surrounded by mountains affords you the opportunity to indulge in that sport.”

Whitney’s face went pale. She opened her mouth to speak, but no words came. Josh placed his hand on Whitney’s shoulder and said, “Whitney’s husband passed away this past winter. You may have heard about the shooting in a warehouse in Ogden. Whitney’s husband Mason sacrificed his life to save two teenagers, one of which was my son.”

“Oh dear,” Veronica said quietly. “Yes, I do recall something about a tragedy in Ogden.” She looked past Josh to Whitney and said, “I’m sorry dear. I didn’t realize…”

Whitney forced a smile and managed, “There’s no need to apologize.”

Warren cleared his throat and said, “Now that the warm and fuzzies are over, mother, please sign the document.”

Josh shot Warren an angry glare. Warren leaned back in his chair and fell silent. Veronica ignored him and added, “Please be my guests this evening for dinner. I usually dine alone, so your company would be a nice change, and I’m sure my chef can whip up something perfectly suited for a mother-to-be.”

Josh gave Whitney a curious glance and she nodded. “We’d be delighted, Mrs. Stevenson,” he answered with a smile.

“Very well then,” she signed the papers, then slid them back toward the attorneys and added, “and now that the deal is done, you must call me Veronica.”

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