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Apocalypse Wow

by Ben Mariner

 

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GENRE: Science Fiction/Humor

 

About the Book

Jack Winters is in a bit of a pickle. Things started out just fine. He had a decent job and a few friends. Then he met the woman of his dreams. They go out on a date and things go really well. That’s when things go south. The morning after turns out to be a week later and the world went ahead and ended itself while Jack was far away in dreamland. Now he’s awake in a post-apocalyptic world with no family, no job, and worst of all, no girlfriend. Along with his friends and some other random tag-alongs, Jack will journey cross country to find the woman of his dreams against zombies, heavy metal horsemen, pirates, and a power so immense and evil it will put his very soul to the test.

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Excerpt

Now that I was fully dressed, I slipped on a pair of blue and white checkered Vans and walked to the kitchen. No day can possibly start right without a hearty bowl of Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries. I’m pretty sure that’s in the Bible somewhere. I took a clean bowl out of the cabinet next to the fridge and poured a heaping pile of delicious sugary cereal for myself. My fridge was divided into three categories assigned to each of the three shelves. The top shelf was reserved for everyday use items such as milk, eggs, and butter. The middle shelf was home to a series of take-out containers that had been systematically arranged Tetris-style one night when I was drunk and jonesing for a real world Tetris experience. I never had the heart to rearrange it. The bottom shelf was for beer. Cold, delicious beer.

I grabbed the milk from the top shelf, filled the bowl with a generous amount, and put the jug back into the fridge. The clock on the microwave was telling me I had just over twenty minutes to get to work on time, if I cared to do so. Luckily, I didn’t, so I ate slowly, enjoying every last crunch berry and washing it all down with the remaining milk that now tasted fruity and wonderful. I rinsed the bowl out in the sink and left it there for later. I walked around the kitchen counter and into the main room of my apartment.

 

Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Ben Mariner, author of Apocalypse Wow, to Room With Books! Please tell us about yourself.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

My dream professions have been (in chronological order): Ghostbuster, Ninja Turtle, Power Ranger, drummer, writer, marine biologist, video game creator, writer. Since writer was the one thing that kept coming up, I figured it was time to go with it.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing on and off since I was a kid. I get my inspiration from all over, but mostly the ideas come from a voice in my head. It only speaks German though, so I have to get a translator.

That was very Seinfeldian.

Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

As much as I’d like to answer ‘no’ to this question, I do have a day job. I currently work in the IT department of a major satellite TV provider. It’s not much, but it pays the bills. As long as there aren’t too many or cost too much.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

A slacker goes on a post-apocalyptic road trip to find the love of his life.

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I’m not sure that I fully consider myself one now. I guess it depends on what the generally accepted definition of ‘writer’ is. I’m just some guy that likes to write stories and hopes people enjoy them. I think I’ll fully consider myself a writer when I can quit my job and write full time.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

Well, I self-published it so about as long as it takes to get it prepared for release. In all, it probably took about three months from the time the first draft was written to the time I first put it out for sale.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

Depends on how strong the idea is and how much time I have to write. On average, I’d say probably six-nine months. Sometimes less, but usually not more.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Apocalypse Wow is the first in a series, so there will be two more before the end. After that, I’ll be exploring different genres from literary fiction to suspense to maybe even romance. We’ll see where the wind takes me.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

Barry is probably my favorite. He’s just this guy, you know? He really only fits into the story because he’s friends with Jack. He has no stake in things, just along for the ride. That’s what makes him fun to write. There’s a complete freedom with the character.

What is your routine for writing?

Whenever I can, wherever I can. I’ve written on a tablet on a plane, at work, at home. The only thing I make sure I do is put on Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. That always gets those creative juices flowing.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

Depends on what comes to me first. I like to get the title set as early as possible. I don’t know why, it just frees some stress from my mind. It might not come first, but it’s definitely worked out by the time I save the file for the first time. I guess I feel like I have to have a title so I have a good identifier for the saved file.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

Hard no. I’m definitely not the kind of person to push lessons or impart wisdom on someone. I just want to make people laugh and hopefully I succeed. Leave the hidden messages to the people who are a little more battle hardened by life.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

Love the smell and feel of those paperbacks, but recently I’ve been more satisfied with ebooks. Having a bunch of books on a tablet gives me some freedom of choice. If I don’t like something, I can quickly change to something new even if I’m somewhere a physical copy isn’t available.

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

The top spot in my heart always belongs to Harry Potter. But for an individual book, it’s probably In the Company of Ogres by A Lee Martinez. It’s just a fantastic book full of excellent humor, entertaining characters, and a strong storyline. I’ve read it probably 4 or 5 times and it never gets old. Long live Never Dead Ned.

Do you read all the reviews of your books?

Always. Good or bad. The good reviews are always uplifting and the bad ones help me improve. Reviews are an extremely valuable tool in the indie author’s tool box. They should never be ignored.

That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?

What is your favorite food? Pizza is always #1 because it’s so versatile. Asian, mostly Chinese, is my favorite cuisine as a whole. Love my some dumplings.

Who is your favorite singer or group? Taking Back Sunday/Motion City Soundtrack. There’s always a debate in my mind over the two. Both have an amazing library of work.

What is your favorite color? Probably green. Maybe blue. Definitely not orange. Get a life orange.

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? I’ve been all over the world, so I can say that I don’t have a specific dream destination in mind. If I’m going on vacation, I just like to have fun and be able to see and do things that I’ll never forget. Wherever I can do that.

What final words would you offer to our readers?

Purple. Gizmo. Beatnik. Flapjack. Swizzle stick.

Thank you for spending time with us at Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with your book. I hope you will come back again!

 

About the Author

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_ApocalypseWowBen Mariner is the author of Apocalypse Wow as well as The Many Lives of Zane Montgomery, which definitely sold some copies to some people. He currently lives in Denver with his wife and animals. He enjoys mozzarella sticks, dunk tanks at carnivals, and solving crime with his psychic powers and best friend/sidekick.

Connect with the Author

Amazon ~~ Twitter

Facebook ~~ Blog

Giveaway

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The Alex Chronicles: What My Friends Don’t Know Book Tour @readtracyreed @GoddessFish

The Alex Chronicles:

What My Friends Don’t Know

by Tracy Reed

 

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

 

About the Book

Alexandra “Alex” Miller and her best friends are more like sisters.  They live by the code that a good girlfriend will stick by you and be honest with you not matter what.

They’ve been friends over twenty years and have seen each other through marriage, divorce, broken engagement, death and other minor crisis.  But it’s the secrets they’ve failed to trust each other with.   Each of them is holding on to a secret they believe could destroy not only their reputation, but their friendship as well.

Alex and her best friends, Chloe, Taylor, Kendell and Dionne all long for one thing, a happy ending.  As they’ve gotten older, they’ve discovered, not everyone gets the fairytale happy ending they want, but the reality life has orchestrated for them.

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Excerpt

I couldn’t move. That was the most uncomfortable experience I’ve ever had, much worse than my first pelvic exam.  In fact, right about now, those stirrups are looking pretty good, because that would distract me from all the memories that brief encounter resurrected.  It’s been over twenty years and he still makes my stomach jump.

“Who was that man?”  Bas asked.

I couldn’t dance around his question like I did last night. “Uhm…did I ever tell you how I got the money to start my business?”

“Does it have anything to do with the couple we just met?”

“It has everything to do with them.”  I took a deep breath and continued.  “My girlfriends know about Jonathan, but only a handful of people know about Terrence.”

“Come on, let’s sit down.”  He guided me back to the club chairs, we sat down and I stared out the window.

“I spent the summer before my junior year and my junior year of college working at Motif Magazine in Paris.  The short version, Terrence and I met at the Louvre.  We were both trying to see the Mona Lisa.  Unfortunately, so was everyone else.  Instead, we spent the afternoon exploring the museum and by closing time, we were in love.  He was in Paris working for his father’s company.”

“That’s your ex?”

“Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to be married and no one know?”  He looked perplexed.  “Let me answer it for you.  Yes.”

“Excuse me?”

“Towards the end of summer we were hooked at the hip.  We spent all of our free time together.  Instead of going home for the holidays, I stayed in Paris and spent them with Terrence.  Spring came and the air was filled with love.   He proposed and two weeks after Valentine’s Day we got married.  When his parents found out, they came over and yanked him out of our apartment.  The last time I saw him was that morning.”

Purchase Link

AMAZON

 

Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Room With Books!

Please tell us about yourself. Did you always want to be a writer?  Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

No I did not grow up wanting to be a writer.  I am like my reader.  I love God, fashion and cute guys.  I also, like reading romance.

When I was little, I wanted to be an actress. However, I don’t particularly, like speaking in front of large groups.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been seriously writing since 2004.  I remember the year, because that was the year I got an iMAC.

Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

Yes.  I own www.thepinkduchess.com, a lingerie site for curvy women.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

Would you sacrifice your relationship with your best friend for a chance at love with her ex?

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I considered myself a writer, after my first short story was published.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

It took me much longer than I expected to publish my first book.  Including the set backs [two crashed hard drives and a busted jump drive], I think it took me approximately three years.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

There are quite a few variables that make up that answer.  It depends on the project.  My second published book, The Good Girl, was written in approximately two weeks.  What My Friends Don’t Know, took a little longer…a few months, almost a year.  The re-write, was a couple of months.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

What can you expect from me in the future…more books.  Just kidding.  I like this no-name genre…it’s exciting.  I like reading romantic comedy, but I’m not sure I can write a good one.  I am however, considering doing a romantic suspense.  It’s another of my favorite genres.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

My favorite character is always the heroine of the book I’m currently writing.

What is your routine for writing?

I don’t really have a writing routine.  I write a rough draft, then I review it and make some minor changes, then it’s on to another project.  I need to let a little time pass before reading it for a rough edit.  After the rough edit, it’s on to another draft and a possibly hand it over to my mother.  She’s my toughest critic.  Once she finishes, I do another round of edits based on her comments and then it’s off to the beta readers.  Once they finish, I review their comments and then it’s sent to the editor.  Once she finishes it, I review her comments and then it’s off to the formatter.  While the formatter has it, I’m working on the print version.  Sometimes the editing can take longer than writing the book.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

It depends.  Sometimes the title dictates the story.  And others, the story is built around the title.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

No.  I don’t implant any secrets.  There might be some things I’m slow to reveal.  I wouldn’t say there are hidden morals.  I think I’m pretty up front with the message.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

For my reading pleasure, I like hardcover books.  I like how they look on the book shelf and feel in my hands.

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

I’m ashamed to answer this question, because I don’t have a favorite book.

Do you read all the reviews of your books?

I know I shouldn’t, but I do read the reviews.

That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?

What is your favorite food? I don’t really have a favorite food.  I’m a foodie, so I enjoy trying new foods.  If I was forced to make a decision, I’d say, pizza, mac and cheese, the perfect bacon cheese burger, brownies with nuts or chocolate chip walnut cookies.

Who is your favorite singer or group? I don’t have a favorite singer or group.  However, I recently discovered a few artists I like: Andra Day, Morgan James, Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Esperanza Spalding

What is your favorite color? My favorite color is pink.

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? What is my ideal getaway vacation?  If it’s warm weather, a beautiful resort with hot guys serving me drinks.  If it’s cold, drop m in Europe.  I love Paris.

What final words would you offer to our readers?

What final words would I like to offer your readers…buy my book.  Smile.

Thank you for spending time at Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with your book. I hope you will come back again!

 

About the Author

I am a single Christian woman who loves God, Fashion and Cute Guys. Not all women who write Christian fiction will admit to that.

The subjects I write about are considered taboo in Christian fiction. If you want to read about Christians dealing with unrequited love, apprehension to give love another chance, arranged marriages, physical attraction, divorce, annulment, controlling their urges, infidelity, abortion, dating younger men, being a single mother, slipping up and sleeping with your estranged ex, standing up for yourself, being honest about not liking your in-laws, still being attracted to your ex, battling postpartum depression, having challenges in your walk with Christ or if you aren’t too proud to admit you sometimes get angry and yell at God, then you’re in the right place.

The people that read my books have a thing for designer clothes and accessories and aren’t ashamed to admit it. To them a cute Christian guy on their arm is the finish to the perfect outfit. Sort of like lipstick, you don’t have to have it, but it sure makes you feel prettier when you do.

Connect with the Author

WEBSITE: www.readtracyreed.com

BLOG: www.readtracyreed.wordpress.com

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/readtracyreed

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/readtracyreed

 

Giveaway

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2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop Book Tour @2_BroadsAbroad @GoddessFish

2 Broads Abroad

Moms Fly the Coop

by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

 

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GENRE: Nonfiction, Motherhood, Travel Memoir

 

About the Book

When sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave the country. 2 BROADS ABROAD: MOMS FLY THE COOP is a funny, irreverent, occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.
In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower, sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much, and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.

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Excerpt

When we thought about the phases of our lives at each juncture of change: our own departure from home, our first real job, our marriages, the birth of our children, all of the big phases of change held out something new for us.  This change was shaping up very differently.  This change was loss – complete dissolution of the fundamental family structure forever and that was all.  We had to plan.  We needed to be proactive.  The alternative was to be left standing frozen in time, in a life that had moved on without us, and to become observers and visitors in our kids’ lives. Not acceptable. So, we set our imaginations loose.

We considered our location. Now that we knew we were leaving – where could we go?

“Angkor Wat,” I said.

“Wat what?” Nancy asked.

“It’s the largest temple in the world, built in 1125.”

“Where is it?”

 “Cambodia.”

“Uh, huh. Deborah, I was thinking more along the lines of a bucolic vineyard in Tuscany.  You know, stroll along the hills, sample the fruit of the vine, nectar of the gods?”

“Oh.  Okay, how would you feel about a camel trek in Morocco?”

“Probably sore, smelly, and hot.  And I understand camels are mean and they spit.  They spit, Deborah. What about a civilized boat ride down the Rhine River in Germany?  They have castles and I know how you like castles.”

“I do like castles, but don’t you think we should go more exotic?”

“This is our first trip together.  I’d like to steer clear of nations at war, places we’d need to wear a burka, or can’t speak the language, or ride on an angry animal.  Surely we can agree on somewhere.”

“I’ve always wanted to see where grandma’s family came from.”

“Me, too!”

“With a little research and a rental car we can see the entire island in a couple of weeks.”

“Perfect. Ireland it is!”

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Author Interview

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor is Vanilla Swiss Almond.  My sister doesn’t like ice cream, which seems crazy to me.

Which mythological creature are you most like?

I would love to be more like a Phoenix.  A Phoenix is the golden bird that bursts into flames at the end of its life and then is reborn. How fabulous to soar through the skies, wings stretcher, head in the wind, and how dramatic to then burst into flames. Nothing wrong with a little drama now and then. I like the resilience of the Phoenix – that appeals to me.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

The first book I remember reading was Charlotte’s Web. I was completely absorbed by the story and the characters.  I believe the book fostered within me a deep empathy for animals that has influenced my entire life. I remember hearing a few years ago that E.B. White (the author) was reading the book for an audio, books-on-tape version and when he got to the part where Charlotte died it took seventeen tries before he could read it without crying. Yeah, I’m right there with him.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

For this current book, 2 BROADS ABROAD: Moms Fly the Coop we made little note cards of different events in our kids’ lives that we thought were humorous or universally relatable for other mothers. Then we followed the course of our road trip (which gave us tons of material, much of it embarrassing and unintentional) and juxtaposed the two so that the story lay out smoothly.

Describe your writing space.

My sister and I would meet and review our progress in one of our kitchens.  When working apart, I worked in my son’s old bedroom. I have a tall wooden desk in there and it was nice to have a brand new purpose for that room. Deborah has an office space in her home off her bedroom; it has beautiful windows, light, and looks out onto a wooden area.

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About the Author

Deborah Serra has been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC, CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.

Nancy is a graduate of San Diego State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member, Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400. She also designed and managed her community website.

Social Media Links

www.2BroadsAbroad.com

 

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/2-Broads-Abroad-Moms-Fly-The-Coop-214434485258098

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/2broadsabroad_thebook/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/2_BroadsAbroad

 

Giveaway

Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Evans Trilogy Book Tour @CollinJennifer @GoddessFish

The Evans Trilogy

by Jennifer Collin

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GENRE:  Chick Lit

 

About the Books

Book 1: Set me Free

BookCover_BookOneDisastrous love life aside, Charlotte Evans is rather content with her life. Her quaint little art gallery is plodding along nicely, and her sister Emily’s artistic career is about to take off, thanks to her tireless promotion. She even gets to see her best friend every day and drink his delicious coffee in the café next door.

But when dastardly property developer Craig Carmichael comes along, threatening to demolish her gallery and take everything away, Charlotte has an unexpected fight on her hands. Not only is she battling to stop Craig’s development, she’s also struggling against the mysterious magnetic pull that has her on a collision course with Craig himself.

Craig Carmichael is fighting the Battle for Boundary Street on more than one front. The tenants of the building he wants to knock down are mounting a strong case against him and in a hot-headed moment he put his career on the line for a project that is threatening to fail. If the project doesn’t succeed he will lose everything, but for some reason he’s having trouble maintaining his focus.

As their worlds begin to unravel around them, anyone could win. It’s what they might lose that has Charlotte and Craig wondering what it is they really want.

 

Book 2: Open My Eyes

BookCover_BookTwoEverything happens for a reason, they say. And sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and make bad decisions. Sleeping with her sister’s best friend is one of the dumbest things soon-to-be divorcee Emily Evans has ever done. But she’s determined to put it behind her and move on. She’s walked away from her cheating husband, managed to make a new friend, and found herself a real job and somewhere to live so she doesn’t have to couch-surf any more. Everything should be falling into place but for one problem – there are some mistakes from which you can’t move on.

Meanwhile, Ben Cameron is getting on with his life. After all, it’s the only thing to do once your heart has been stomped on by the woman of your dreams. Expanding his business and getting cosy with the girl next door are proving welcome distractions. He’s even happy to babysit his nephew, as long as he can to hand him back when he’s done! And thankfully, Emily Evans, the woman with the heavy boots, is avoiding him like the plague.

But Emily can’t avoid him forever, and when she drops a bombshell that turns Ben’s world upside-down, suddenly, getting on with his life takes on a whole new meaning.

 

Book 3: Bring Me Back

BookCover_BookThreeAndy Evans is on the move. For six long, lonely years, he’s been running from his past, leaving his family and his life as a drug-addicted rock star far behind. His latest move takes him to the sleepy seaside town of Oamaru, New Zealand, to sell cigar-box guitars to tourists. The only running he’ll need to do will be training for the half-marathon in nearby Dunedin. But when Andy sets eyes on Steampunk HQ, Oamaru’s main tourist attraction, he realises his days of running might not be over, especially if a certain Steampunk fan from his past catches up with him.

Annie Martin is on the cusp of great success. Her career as a Steampunk academic is about to take off, as long as she can convince one disagreeable, New Zealand-based Professor to sign up to the anthology she’s putting together. Thankfully, Annie is a master at maintaining her poise and few people, no matter how nasty, can rattle her. Not any more. In fact, it’d been a good six years since anyone had gotten under her skin, after her best friend’s brother had vanished into thin air.

When Annie finds her future career on a collision course with her secret past, Andy Evans is the last person she expects to find tangled up in the mess. With a vengeful drug-dealer or two hot on his heels, and a vindictive academic determined to ruin her credibility, can Annie bring Andy back to his family before it’s too late? Annie and Andy are used to being alone, but if they don’t work together, there’ll be much more at stake than her livelihood and his sobriety.

 

Excerpt

Book 2 Open My Eyes

‘What the hell is she doing here?’

Ben Cameron froze mid-swipe of the café table in front of him. He focussed on the cloth in his hand. It had been some time since he’d heard her voice. Two long months of convincing himself she didn’t matter any more. But now, the sound of her huffing and puffing behind him brought everything back in a flash flood of frustration.

He straightened and turned towards her slowly. ‘Hello, Emily,’ he said.

Her hands were on her hips and she was glaring at Cassie behind the espresso machine. Memories best forgotten returned. He pushed them aside, wanting – needing – to see her differently.

Her long dress swirled around her slightly fuller figure. Her hair hung loose, a new fringe framing her face perfectly. Yes, outwardly different, but there was something all too familiar about the rush of his blood and the ache in his chest. He steeled himself, mustering some indignation of his own, while her sea-green eyes moved between him and Cassie.

When she didn’t return the greeting, he checked to see if her foot was tapping.

 

Author Interview

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jennifer Collin, author of the Evans Trilogy.

Hi Jennifer, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi, and thanks for having me!

I’m an Australian author, based in the sunny city of Brisbane. I grew up in the Australian outback, spent my high school years in boarding school, completed a Bachelor of Arts at university and have worked in a civil service job for most of my adult life.

Mine’s not a very exotic story, so I try to make it interesting in other ways. I like to travel the world as much as I can and I like to create characters that get up to a bit of mischief.

What were you like at school?

I was a good girl until I hit my teenage years, when I was far too easily led astray by boys. Fortunately, my nerdy tendencies meant my hormones didn’t compromise my studies. I did, and still do, love to learn.

Were you good at English?

Yes, although my teachers weren’t the most inspiring and it wasn’t my best subject. I was top of my class in economics and geography.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I have a full-time job outside of being a writer so at the moment, it’s simply to have the freedom to quit it and write full-time. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head, but no time to get them on to paper/ into the computer.

One of the ideas I’m most excited about is a children’s series. I have a nine-year old daughter with reading difficulties who hasn’t found her kind of books yet. I think I know what she needs, and I’m keen to make it happen for her.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he or she do that makes them special?

To answer this, I’ll talk about Charlotte Evans, the main character from Set Me Free and the catalyst for the whole trilogy.

Charlotte takes life a fairly seriously. Raised by an emotionally-detached single mother, from the age of about twelve, Charlotte started taking care of her younger sister and brother. She’s fiercely protective of the people she loves, which means she often gets a little bossy with her siblings.

Charlotte gave up everything to follow her sister Emily to a new city to open an art gallery so artist Emily could sell her paintings. She’s very focused on making the gallery, and Emily’s career, a success.

Naturally, when Craig Carmichael walks into the gallery one day to tell her he’s going to tear it down, she jumps straight into the figurative boxing ring and comes up swinging.

What are you working on at the minute?

My work-in-progress is a secret, but I can mention I’m working on rebuilding my blog, author page and social media presence. No one tells you when you write a book that 50% of what you do will be marketing!

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Bring Me Back is my most recent book and it features Andy Evans, Charlotte’s little brother, and Annie, who is Emily’s best friend. Andy would be played by Tom Hardy, one of my favorite actors. I loved him in Mad Max Fury Road. Like Max, Andy is haunted by his past. When I look at pictures of Tom Hardy from that movie, it’s like Andy is staring back at me. Annie would be played by Emily Blunt, whom I just adore in everything she does.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

It’s possibly more a question of when did I decide to finally finish something! My head full of ideas means there have been many, many false starts.

The catalyst for finishing Set Me Free was job insecurity. My workplace was making a number of employees redundant and we were all advised to get to work on our “Plan Bs”. I needed to channel my nervous energy somewhere, so I dug out one of those false starts and started re-working it. Once I’d finished Set Me Free, I’d found my groove and the characters helped drive me to finish the rest of the series.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

This summer (it’s summer here in Australia), I’ve started getting up at 4:30 or 5am and putting in an hour before the rest of the household wakes up and we all start getting ready for school and work. When my children were younger, they went to bed earlier and I used to write at night once they were asleep. But these days, I collapse into bed myself not long after them. Early starts have become my only option.

Where do your ideas come from?

Everywhere. Conversations I have with friends and colleagues; smells, sights and sounds that tickle my senses; watching people. Sometimes ideas come to me in dreams.

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

A combination of both. I start plotting but I’m too flip-floppy to stick rigidly to an outline and I change it as I go along. Sometimes it’s because of a better idea, sometimes my characters take me unexpected places.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I guess if I’m getting up at 4:30am to do it, it must be finding the time!

And possibly staying off the internet.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

I read loads. Mostly for research these days, rather than pure pleasure. As an example, for my secret work in progress, I’m reading lots of medieval romances. They’re driving me nuts because it’s so hard to find a hero who isn’t a complete jerk. Although Lynn Kurland knows how to create a fantastic medieval hero and she’s definitely one of my favorite authors.

Others include Jenny Crusie, Kate Perry and Penny Reid, all of whom write contemporary romance with a healthy dose of humor.

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Ebooks. Because when I finish a book in the middle of the night I can download another with one click. I was a late convert to ebooks, but now I am devout.

What books are you presently reading?

As mentioned above, a lot of awful medieval romances. But I recently gave up on one to pick up Tangled up in Tuesday by Jennie Marts. It’s the fourth book of her cozy mystery Page Turner’s series and, like the rest of that series, it’s fabulous.

Tell us about the covers and how they came about.

The original covers to the series were illustrations created by a good friend of mine. I loved those covers, especially because I’ve always preferred illustrated covers. But after doing some research, it occurred to me that my potential readers might in fact prefer photographic covers, so I decided to experiment and see where it took me.

The new photographic covers were done by Design for Writers, who are just brilliant at what they do. Given I prefer illustrated covers, I wasn’t convinced they’d produce something I’d love. But they did. Oh, how they did. I love these new covers. They’re incredible in so many ways. For example, I explained to Design for Writers how Set Me Free is light, with elements of humor, but as the series progresses the humor scales back and they get a little darker. The designers captured this perfectly.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own books?

No, not yet. But this is an idea I’ve been contemplating regularly at 5am.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

Yes, I do. Especially if you have a series and you can draw readers in with the first book. One thing I’m not sure works anymore is putting them on sale for 99¢. As Kindle lending grows, I’m beginning to suspect that giving them away for free might be the only way to catch new readers.

How do you relax?

I’m a parent – the only time I’m relaxed is when I’m asleep.

I don’t mind spending an hour or two in front of Netflix with my hubby though. As I mentioned earlier, we also travel, which is not very relaxing, but it makes me sound more interesting!

What is your favorite quote?

Some days, when I’m having a rough day at work, it’s “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”.

But most often it’s one attributed (perhaps incorrectly) to Christopher Columbus: ‘You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore‘. It reminds me that the best and most exciting things in life only happen when you’re brave and step out of your comfort zone.

What is your favorite movie?

The French film, Amelie, starring Audrey Tatou. I named my oldest daughter after her. It’s beautifully shot, with quirky characters and magical romance.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

You can visit my website at www.jennifercollin.com, and click through to my blog while you’re there.

Any final words?

Just thanks so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure.

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

Jennifer Collin writes quirky, and sometimes gritty, love stories about ordinary people dealing with what life throws at them.

She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, two noisy children and a cantankerous cat.

She used to party, but now her idea of a good time is an uninterrupted sleep. These days, her characters do her partying for her, and she doesn’t necessarily let them sleep.

Connect with the Author

http://www.jennifercollin.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7105090.Jennifer_Collin

myBook.to/setmefree  (Amazon buy links)

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferCollinAuthorPage?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/CollinJennifer

 

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From the Ashes of Ruin Series Book Tour @matthewdryan1 @GoddessFish

From the Ashes of Ruin Series

by Matthew D. Ryan

 

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GENRE: Fantasy

 

About the Series

We vampires do not make easy prey. Our weaknesses are few, our strengths many. Fear is something we do not know, and death but a distant memory. So tread softly, pray to your god, and gird yourself with silver when the moons arise and night’s dark prince awakens. We fear not the wizard, nor the warrior, neither rogue, nor priest; our strength is timeless, drawn from darkness and we know no master save the hot lust of our unending hunger. We long for blood, your blood and no blade, nor spell, nor clever artifice, can keep us long from our prize. Feel our teeth at your throat, your life ebb from you, and know as darkness comes to claim you that the price of your folly is your everlasting soul.

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“It was an accident!” Gaelan pleaded. But he knew it was useless. His father was in a particularly dark mood, a mood that wouldn’t relent until he’d beaten his son bloody. Gaelan wanted to crawl away and hide, but there was nothing he could do; both his hands were bound to the post. He could kick with his feet, but his father was bigger and stronger than he was; it would be a feeble gesture at best.

“Accident or no, it makes no difference,” his father said. “You’ve got to be better than that, son. You’re worthless and you’ll never amount to anything unless you straighten up.” He swung the strap again; it struck him across his shoulder blades garnering two new welts and a bloody line of damaged flesh. “I won’t have myself a worthless son.”

Again, the strap came down. Gaelan fell to his knees. The tears flowed freely now; he couldn’t stop them. He felt small and helpless, too weak to defend himself, a victim of pitiful circumstance. People often spoke of the gods, but where were they now? How could such injustice be permitted? Either the gods did not exist, or they did not care. Either way, thought of their so-called mercies did not help him. Mardikkar. Auraria. Neither one was there to stop the pain. He struggled to his feet.

Weak. Helpless. Weak. Helpless. The words formed a grim incantation in his mind. Something to focus on. Something to fight against.

I will not remain a victim, he thought. Not forever. He looked back over his shoulder and saw his father holding the leather strap, preparing to strike yet again. And though his knees quaked and his body bled, he felt a burning anger in his chest. Someday, father, he thought, I will hold the whip, and it will be you begging for mercy. And when that day comes, I will remember this moment and I will give you exactly what you deserve.

His father struck again.

Gaelan awoke …

 

About the Author

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Matthew D. Ryan lives in northeastern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. His writing has been featured at Aphelion.com and YesteryearFiction.com. He is the operator of the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” (http://matthewdryan.com/a-toast-to-dragons-the-blog/) a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. He is the author of the dark fantasy novels “Drasmyr,” “The Children of Lubrochius,” and “The Sceptre of Morgulan,” as well as a growing number of fantasy short stories including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”

Connect with the Author

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My Website

Twitter

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The Children of Lubrochius

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Sky Garden Book Tour @Jenny_Schwartz @GoddessFish

Sky Garden

by Jenny Schwartz

 

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

 

“Sky Garden” will be 99¢ during this tour.

 

About the Book

On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.

A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.

Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.

But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.

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Head down, he forced his feet up the endless, dizzying stairs.

Abruptly, the wall of the house ended. He swayed, blinking at the transition from shadowed darkness to light. He’d reached the roof. His jetlagged brain bounced between explanations of neon light or moonlight as the source of illumination. Tokyo roofs were seldom dark; London skies seldom cloudless in his memory.

Concentrating on his feet, he negotiated the awkward step up and over a concrete wall edge, and down onto the roof. He looked up.

A woman looked back at him.

Soundless, he watched her mouth open and the plate she held drop. Water and soapsuds fountained up.

The light came from a kitchen window.

His brain kicked into gear. “It’s all right. I’m from the solicitor’s. I have a key.” Ridiculous words, but the fear in her expression demanded reassurance.

She held a phone up, soap suds running down her bare forearm to the pushed-up sleeve of an apple-green pullover. The phone was brandished as a weapon.

“A key,” he mouthed exaggeratedly. “I have a key.”

A stand-off. He didn’t dare move. He must have frightened her when she’d felt safe and alone on this rooftop. He couldn’t understand how she and her kitchen were here at all.

 

Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Jenny Schwartz, author of Sky Garden, to Room With Books!

Please tell us about yourself.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I’ve always written stories. It seems to go naturally with being an avid reader. Certainly my high school yearbook predicted that I’d end up an author – how right they were! Although let’s hide the fact that they also said I’d end up like Jessica Fletcher, of Murder, She Wrote. Honestly, people don’t drop dead everywhere I go!

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. Mum swears that I was scribbling lines busily at a children’s desk and calling it “writing” even before I could read or write.

Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

I’m so lucky to be a full-time writer at the moment. So, so grateful.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

Sky Garden – On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone. But on the streets, danger threatens.

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I think I always did. But it took being contracted with Carina Press for me to start calling myself an author. I don’t know why I have this writer/author distinction in my mind, with writer as personal and author as published.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

Five years. But I really didn’t know what I was doing and waffled around before I rewrote it. And let me just say, all the editors who rejected it were amazingly kind and encouraging in their feedback. Editors are angels.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

It depends. Seriously. Some books take six months, some less. Some will undoubtedly take more. And then there are the re-drafts. Occasionally I take on a stretch project, something different, and then, it takes me a while to settle in and handle the new genre or style or whatever. Sky Garden was like that.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I’m currently focussed on establishing a paranormal romance series, The Collegium. Demon Hunter and Djinn Justice are out now, Dragon Knight will be out February 27, and Doctor Wolf in late April. After that, I’m free to write another thriller like Sky Garden. The tentative title for that project is “I Stole an Island” and it has such a cool plot. I mean, why and how would you steal an island?

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

Choosing one character is tough, but the heroine of Sky Garden has such courage and resilience that I have to choose Lanie. She used to perform as a medium until she was pulled into the orbit of a serial killer. She survives, but it changes her. Watching her fight to reclaim her life and hope is awesome. And she does it all with style! I love her vintage 1950s wardrobe.

What is your routine for writing?

If things all go to plan, I clear my email inbox, check social media, then write a thousand words. Take a break. Another thousand. Lunch. A final thousand. Free time! which sounds exciting but is likely to be chores or collapsing exhausted. If I’m editing, things are different. Then I just sit down and slog through. But I am trying to break things up and sneak in some exercise.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I used to write the book first, and then, struggle to come up with a title. Now, I generally have a title early in the development of the book. Sky Garden was there from the beginning, just like “I Stole an Island”.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

Sky Garden definitely has a message: you are stronger than you think, and you can survive and find love. Be brave!

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

ebook – I don’t have to dust it and I don’t have to buy another bookcase in which to store it (well, actually I do, but I’m putting it off).

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

I have so many favourite re-reads. Let me just list some of those authors – I’ve read many of their books about ten times.

Jayne Ann Krentz

Ilona Andrews

Terry Pratchett

Mercedes Lackey

Patricia Briggs

Georgette Heyer

Sophie Weston

Do you read all the reviews of your books?

Probably, but sometimes it takes me a few weeks. I get scared or distracted. I also review books over at BookLikes, so I firmly believe reviews are for readers first, not authors (although I love, love, love and appreciate all the reviews of my books – I know how much time goes into them and I learn so much from them).

That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?

Yay!

What is your favorite food? Pasta (I’m pretending I’m a grown up. Real answer – chocolate!)

Who is your favorite singer or group? I’m feeling nostalgic, today, so I’m going to name an old Australian band, Hunters and Collectors.

What is your favorite color? Blue. I love blue and it shows in my life!

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? Somewhere coastal where I can wander into town for fresh pastries, then back to sit on a veranda, drink coffee and watch the waves.

What final words would you offer to our readers?

Thank you for sharing today with me. The people I’ve met in the book community are among the best ever. Kindness, energy and enthusiasm. Books support us through the bad times, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to write my own, and pay forward the joy other authors have given me.

Thank you for spending time at Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with Sky Garden. I hope you will come back again!

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About the Author

Jenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.

Connect with the Author

Website:  http://authorjennyschwartz.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JennySchwartz.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jenny_Schwartz

 

Amazon buy-link for “Sky Garden”:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018J7YW0E/

 

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BOOK FEATURE! TO WIN HER TRUST, HEARTSONG, MY RECKLESS VALENTINE AND NICK OF TIME

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TO WIN HER TRUST, HEARTSONG,

MY RECKLESS VALENTINE AND NICK OF TIME

To Win Her Trust
Author: Mackenzie Crowne

 

Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook

Can she trust this player with her heart?

Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?

Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?

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Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too. Visit her website at mackenziecrowne.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/MacCrowne.

 

 

Heartsong
Author: Sara Walter Ellwood

Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook

Gabriel McKenna is living the dream. A rising country music star he’s no stranger to fame, money, or beautiful women. Despite his bad boy image, he’s also got a heart of gold, and when his ten-year-old brother is orphaned, he wants to take him under his wing. But the judge on the case is less than impressed by Gabe’s reputation and awards custody to the grandfather Gabe knows firsthand is abusive.

Michaela Finn is no stranger to heartache. Years ago she was engaged to Gabe McKenna, but two days before their wedding he ran off to Nashville with a female talent scout. Now Gabe is back in her life with an insane plan. Marry him, so he can get custody of his younger brother. Michaela can’t bear to think of any child being hurt, but she’s just not sure her heart can carry a happy tune when Gabe is playing lead…

 

 
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Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up.

She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name of Cera duBois.

Susan has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add authenticity to her characters.

Susan is a wife, a stepmother, and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series

 

My Reckless Valentine
Author: Olivia Dade

Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook

Temptation From A To Z

Library manager Angie Burrowes is in trouble again. Her superiors have never approved of her unconventional methods, but the latest warning is serious—another complaint from the administration or a patron, and she’s fired. With a steamy Valentine’s Day contest to conceal and her career on the line, the last thing Angie needs is a near-accident while driving home. At least, until she meets the tall, dark, and sexy stranger responsible for her very own spicy plot twist…

Straight-laced Grant Peterson has only one thing on his mind: making a good impression as the new Director of Branch Services at the Nice County Public Library. On the eve of his first day, however, a lusty encounter with Angie unleashes a desire unlike any he’s ever known. Their tryst may be one for the record books, but when he learns he’s Angie’s new boss, will Grant need to check out on love?

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While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn’t read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them. Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Did women really get kidnapped that often? 3) Where did all the throbbing come from? 4) What was a “manhood”?5) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero’s manhood?

Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers. 1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover features a shirtless man in a Stetson cradling an infant, her ovaries basically explode and her credit card emerges. I have a similar reaction to romances involving spinsters, governesses, and librarians. 2) Yes, at least in romantic suspense novels. And it’s still gloriously dramatic.3) His manhood. Also, her womanhood. 4) It’s his “hard length,” sometimes compared in terms of rigidity to iron. I prefer to use other names for it in my own writing. However, I am not picky when it comes to descriptions of iron-hard lengths. At least in romances. 5) Because explaining how an orgasm feels can prove difficult. Or maybe the couples all had sex on New Year’s Eve at Cancun.

During those thirty years, I accomplished a few things. I graduated from Wake Forest University and earned my M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked at a variety of jobs that required me to bury my bawdiness and potty mouth under a demure exterior: costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, high school teacher, and librarian. But I always, always read romances. Funny, filthy, sweet—it didn’t matter. I loved them all.

Now I’m writing my own romances with the encouragement of my husband and daughter. I found a kick-ass agent: Jessica Alvarez from Bookends, LLC. I have my own stack of books in my closet that I’d rather my daughter not read, at least not for a few years. I can swear whenever I want, except around said daughter. And I get to spend all day writing about love and iron-hard lengths.

So thank you, Mom, for perving so hard on pirates during my childhood. I owe you.

 

 

Nick of Time
Author: Allison B. Hanson

Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook

A romantic cabin in the mountains. And a man who knows how to get lost…

With a brand-new M.D. behind her name and a wonderful man by her side, Nichole Atherton thought she had her happily-ever-after all sorted out. Then her fiancé told her he was gay. Nic can fake a smile better than anyone, but she’s hanging by a thread. She just has to make it through her best friend’s wedding…and an encounter with his nightmare little brother, Tucker Matthews.

Weddings make Tucker antsy—he’s got a bad track record with “forever.” The family screw-up became a screw-up famous rock star, and bottomed out fast. Now he’s putting his life back together, and the last person he wants to see is perfect Nichole. No matter how hot the fantasies he had about her growing up, Nichole is out of his league and he knows it. It’s just too bad they have so much chemistry. Because there’s no way the two of them could ever make it last…

 

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One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head.  It wasn’t so much a dream as being forced awake by her imagination. Unable to go back to sleep, she gave in, went to the computer, and began writing.  Years later it still hasn’t stopped.

Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense.  She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, running and reading.

 

 

 

 
 
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The Wynning Way Book Tour @LiveToWynn1 @GoddessFish

The Wynning Way

by Maisha S. Wynn

 

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GENRE: Non-fiction (Inspirational)

 

About the Book

The Wynning Way: A Guide To Creating Success Your Way shows you how to develop your own winning lifestyle through exercises that inspire self-reflection and strategies for creating the mindset of a winner. Throughout the book, Wynn shares her personal journey from tragedy to triumph and offers inspirational nuggets on the power of prayer, the effect of positive thinking plus affirmations to help you live abundantly!

Get ready to transform your existence by digging deeper to unveil the power that truly lies within you! Your time for wynning is NOW!

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Excerpt

Early in my youth, I knew that I wanted to attend Spelman College, the famed African American women’s institution in Atlanta. The women I’d read about there reminded me a lot of the woman I admired all my life, my mother. They had a powerful presence about them and were extremely intelligent. Though she was a single mother, my mother made sure I was able to attend this esteemed institution. She left her entire world in Chicago (including family and friends), to start a new life with me in Atlanta. I mean, my mother was my biggest cheerleader.

In order for me to live the best, she made weighty sacrifices—no matter how major they may have been—so much so that she depleted her entire retirement plan so that I could not only go to Spelman, but graduate. Losing her in recent years was like losing the air you breathe. My once vibrant world felt dark and depleted. For months, all I could do was cry my sadness away. It was too painful to realize she was no longer just a phone call away. My mother was truly my favorite girl and best friend. People who I didn’t even know, knew who I was and my story because she was that proud of me. The unconditional love she showered upon me daily is what keeps me going to this very moment.

 

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Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Wynning Way by Maisha S. Wynn in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I can call reading The Wynning Way simply reading, this was studying and self-introspection. Going through this one time is definitely not going to be enough.

I’ve been struggling with organization and over-commitment to my blog and lack of attention to God, myself and my family. And then Ms. Wynn asks the question, “Am I completely happy with me?” I didn’t like the answer I had to give myself. The Wynning Way is helping me to learn more about myself and figure out the direction my life needs to take from here.

It doesn’t seem fair to call this a book review, The Wynning Way by Maisha S. Wynn has given me tools to take a look and review myself!

I give The Wynning Way five wynning cups of Room With Books coffee and recommend you pick up a copy and work toward a winning lifestyle yourself!

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Patricia, Room With Books

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About the Author

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheWynningWayLifestyle specialist, Maisha Wynn, gives credence to the mantra “a changed mind is a made-up mind.” She heads up Live To Wynn, a Chicago-based lifestyle agency that provides aspirational and practical guidance for women and men who desire to live their lives more abundantly. As a former size 20 who now maintains a size 4 through exercise and healthy eating, Wynn knows firsthand how difficult and rewarding it can be to transform your life. She speaks around the nation and provides uplifting editorial content to various media outlets.

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Daughter of the Drackan Book Tour @klhcreateworks @GoddessFish

Daughter of the Drackan

by Kathrin Hutson

 

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GENRE: Fantasy

 

About the Book

Keelin is the only human fledgling, weaned by the drackans of the High Hills and given their instincts, ferocious strength, and fierce hatred for humankind. But even the drackans closest to her cannot explain why she has violent blackouts from which she wakens covered in blood.

A desperate, reckless search for the source of this secret brings her face to face with the human world and memories from a locked-away past, long forgotten. Keelin becomes a terrifying legend among human assassins while she hunts for answers, and the human realm’s High King is murdered.

While a sickly steward hides within crumbling walls, commanding her every move with a magic he should not possess, Keelin’s journey to track him down threatens her loyalty to the drackans who raised her. The rogue who crosses her path hides familiar secrets, echoing her own terrifying bloodlust and forcing her to consider that there may be something human about her, after all.

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Excerpt

The breeze that blew across the water called for Keelin to come back. It swirled around her dark head, pulling it toward the lake, and her eyes fluttered open from the resting blackness. Crouching on her heels, she lifted her head and gazed at the Great Lake that mirrored the dazzle of the stars. The world remained dark to her, but no longer as the dead, helpless dark from which she awoke. A single tear slipped down her cheek, a tear of anger from the depths of her curse, the secret of her life.

Darkened by night, the lake had always been a silent, secret comfort. The wind died down as though it sensed she were herself again, and the world was calmer, sweeter now that she was no longer a weapon hidden from itself.

Keelin remembered nothing from her stolen hours. Every time, she woke at the Great Lake with the wind calling her back to life, the smell of blood always too real. She barely noticed now when she habitually dipped her hands into the icy water of the bank, rubbing them in mud until they were clean. The moon shone so brightly in its fullness; she gazed up at it with longing. In the light of the moon she could see everything. She was so tired of the dark.

Her hands were clean now, but that metallic smell still lingered. The strange deerskin tunic she’d been given still clung to her body and she clawed at it in frustration. Dark rings and damp streaks of blood splattered across it, every moment soaking further through to her skin.

 

Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Kathrin Hutson, author of Daughter of the Dracken, to Room With Books

Please tell us about yourself. Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten, which was the same year I started writing. That had always been at the top of my list; I took any Creative Writing class I could find in high school, submitted to all the competitions, and went to CU Boulder for a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing—Fiction.

My plan had been to keep going to school, all the way up to a PhD in Creative Writing so I could do nothing but teach it at the university level and keep writing. That plan didn’t pan out exactly as I’d expected, to say the least. I spent a lot of time working in both the restaurant industry and at law firms (a strange combination, I know), but I finally have gotten to where I’ve always wanted to be. I write for a living, and I like to see my career as an editor as a form of teaching, too.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

Like I said, I started writing when I was ten, so that would make it fifteen years. Some days it feels like a lot longer than that…other days it feels like I just started. But through those fifteen years, I’ve not once doubted that all I wanted to do was write.

For a few weeks before my tenth birthday, I’d had reoccurring dreams about my favorite movie at the time, which was ‘Fern Gully’ (and definitely sparked my love affair with Fantasy). I kept dreaming about the ending to that movie, over and over again, and for some reason I really hated the ending. I can’t remember why it bothered me so much, but I spent so much time and energy wishing the movie had ended differently. In my dreams, I kept trying to change it, but that never worked.

On my tenth birthday, I woke up from the same dream, super angry, and wondered why the heck it had to be set in stone. Then I went to go read the first Harry Potter book, which I was halfway through and totally loving (I’m of the generation who can say they grew up with Harry Potter year by year…he and I were always the same age). Then it occurred to me that stories were always written, thought up by someone else, and that someone else had the complete power to make the ending turn out however they wanted—with limitless possibilities.

It all clicked in my head, then, and I spent the rest of the morning laying on the floor in my bedroom and writing in a spiral notebook. Over the next two years, what started out as an attempt to rewrite the ending of ‘Fern Gully’ turned into 210 Word document pages of a completely unrelated (and subsequently dropped) partial novel about fairies. That was how I became a writer.

Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

I absolutely love the fact that my job revolves around words and writing in all forms and fashions. I’ve thought about how it would feel to only write full-time and do nothing else, but I don’t think I could give up everything else I do right now and still be as happy as I am.

Besides writing, I’m an Independent Editor through my own business, KLH CreateWorks. I offer copy and content editing services for manuscripts of all sizes and authors of all genres, and I also do a little consulting on the details of publication for Indie Authors. I love that job, and I love my clients—I make it a point to connect with them on a more personal level, which totally helps alleviate a lot of the fears around ‘the mighty editor and her fearsome red pen’ (I never use a red pen). As an author myself, I know how scary it is to give your work away to an editor, and so far I think I’m pretty un-scary.

I also work with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC) as Chief Editor. We currently have over 175 international writers who come together to create full-length fiction novels, a chapter a week, and bring them to publication in eight months. This job is wonderfully fun—being part of an organization that really stretches writers’ minds to write the next chapter in a book about which they know very little. It’s a challenge, for sure, but the finished product is so incredible. It blows my mind away every time how a novel with 15-30 different authors can read so much like it was written by only one.

Last but not least, I’m the Editing Director for Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing, Inc., a fairly new traditional publishing company with a fantastic community and creatively nurturing culture. I’ve just started an editing training program with them as well (I get ‘apprentices’), as the company is growing almost faster than we can find new editors to join the team.

I guess I have four jobs, technically, but they all revolve around books, words, reading, and writing. I really couldn’t be happier, I have to say, and it’s amazing how the encouragement and inspiration from working as an editor (not to mention how ridiculously busy I am) pushes me harder than ever in my own writing career.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

Born of humans, raised by beasts who despise the legacy of man, only Keelin can redeem—or destroy—both races. (It counts if it’s 20 words, right?)

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I first considered myself a ‘writer’ when I realized I couldn’t stop. That was when I reached the twenty-page mark when I’d typed up what I’d written of that very first story about fairies. I kept going, and felt so immediately thrilled and complete that I rarely wanted to do anything else.

All through school, I somehow managed to get away with scribbling diligently in my notebooks (I think my teachers thought I was super into taking notes), and any spare time I had was spent hunched over either said notebooks or my own laptop, typing everything into a document (I have since honed my typing skills and speed up to 110 words per minute, no joke).

How long did it take to get your first book published?

There are two answers to this question. If we’re talking about how long it took me to publish ‘Daughter of the Drackan’ after I made the decision to self-publish it and start off my Indie Career, four months. It took me four months to say, “I’m going to self-publish,” edit the thing, give it out to beta readers, review their feedback, edit it again, format it, hire a cover artist, grab a cover designer, do all the pre-release promotional work, and publish it. Whew.

If we’re talking about how long it took me to publish ‘Daughter of the Drackan’ after I wrote ‘The End’ on the first draft…eight years. Yeah, that’s a big difference.

I finished the first draft on New Year’s Eve of 2007 during my senior year of high school. Then the whole college thing got in the way, and while I wrote so much fiction in college for my classes, I let the book sit for a while. After college, I suddenly seemed to become an adult (on the outside), and had to work to support myself. I’d submitted it to a few agents and publishers, but didn’t make a huge effort at that time. I kept writing.

For two years before I made the decision to self-publish, I got back into ‘Daughter of the Drackan’s’ world and Keelin’s story, and that’s when I really queried with a vengeance. I have dozens of rejection letters, which never really discouraged me and only served to refuel my determination. Two years I spent sending query after query, revising both the manuscript, query letter, and short synopsis a billion times (even cut 11K words out of the manuscript), rinsing, and repeating. People had asked me for years if I’d considered self-publishing, and my response was, “I want to make sure I exhaust all my other options before I do that.” I wanted to see if a publisher would pick it up.

Self-publishing was a last resort, but I actually think it’s the best decision I ever made. And I never had to put this book on the back burner, waiting for the right hand to pluck it from my desk. I worked hard to make it as perfect as I could, and I’m so proud of it and the overwhelmingly positive responses it’s already received in the last few months. Plus, now I have the sequel waiting to come out in the next few months, another novel in the works, and I’ve played the ‘trial and error’ game enough to know how to do it the best way in the future.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

Normally, it takes me anywhere from eight months to a year. And that’s if life is all perfectly smooth and brilliant and nothing ever happens. Which is boring. Life does things that push back our personal deadlines, but I’m perfectly okay with it. It took me a year to write ‘Daughter of the Drackan’, a year to write ‘Mother of the Drackan’, and it’s taken nine months to write two thirds of ‘Sleepwater Beat’ (including moving twice in that time and taking a giant vacation over the holidays). I think it’s funny that I can usually pump out a pretty decent first draft of a short story in a day or two.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Well, ‘Mother of the Drackan’, the sequel, I plan to have out either February or March. It’s already written and just needs those finishing touches. I’ve toyed with writing a prequel to the series, which would be from Igetheyr’s point of view and centuries before ‘Daughter of the Drackan’. That’s just bubbling and brewing, though. Can’t serve it up quite yet.

My adult Dystopian Sci-Fi ‘Sleepwater Beat’ is in the works now. It’s a monster—heavy, dark, gritty, with lots of conspiracy, human experimentation, superpowers, sex, drugs, and violence. I’m loving this book so much, and hopefully I can get that finished and out there in March or April. If it doesn’t kill me first.

I do have about ten chapters each of two other Fantasy novels I’ve started a while ago. I plan to return to those after ‘Sleepwater Beat’ and see what I can lasso them into doing. I do just really love Fantasy, and the characters of those novels have been inviting me back over for a while, now.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

Keelin, the protagonist, is definitely my favorite. I mean, from a reader’s perspective, she’s easy to like, and probably even easier to dislike. But from her creator’s perspective, I just think she’s badass. Yes, she’s annoying sometimes, stubbornly set in her loyalties and in making her own way, dangerous to a fault, and daring. Oh, man, she’s daring—physically, in her interactions with others, in her drive to toss all the rules aside and do what nobody’s ever done before. Plus, I get to vent a little bit of my darker side through her (no, I would never kill anybody, but I have, more times than I can count, wanted to talk to people like she does. You know, be a complete jerk). I think she represents the truly wild, heathenistic, stripped-down-to-bare-bones parts that we humans cover up with society and rules and tradition and manners. She takes absolutely everything with a grain of salt, including what’s in her blood.

What is your routine for writing?

I give myself a 1,000 word daily quota for writing fiction. I write so much more than that on a daily basis, if we consider emails, articles, blog posts, journal entries, and other random pieces of communication and scribbles. But 1,000 words a day is my minimum. It keeps me going.

I love the days when there’s absolutely nothing else that needs to get done (which are rare, so I set aside one day a week for that where I pretty much ignore the rest of my life). My desk is clean, I’ve got a full water bottle and a bowl of snacks, put my music on shuffle, and get to it! And that’s really as far as routine goes… I can sit at my computer for hours on end and keep writing, but I make sure I get up every two hours at the most to stretch and move about a bit. Let the dogs out. Grab some fresh air and soak up some sunshine for more creation juice.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

Mostly, I write the book first. Ideas pop into my head without titles, and most of the time I save them under the protagonist’s name until I find the title. When it hits me, I know what to call it. Titles, of course, are super important for a book, but they’re not necessary in order to actually write the book.

I have, however, written a few short stories based off of hearing something and thinking it a great title. Then I shape the story around the title. I love to share this story—I’d watched an episode of The Colbert Report when I was in college, and Stephen Colbert had some wacky thing on about colonoscopies. The words ‘rectal dyslexia’ came out of his mouth in the middle of a sentence, and I fell in love.

Consequently, the title ‘Rectal Dyslexia’ soon had a short story following it (about a boy who just broke up with his girlfriend and goes to a college party to take his mind off of it. A girl hits on him all night…things happen…and he finds out that girl is dating his ex). I wouldn’t particularly recommend that story for the faint of heart.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

Hidden messages? Not yet, but the idea intrigues me and I may just slip one in someday.

Morals? Absolutely! They’re everywhere! I’ll leave that treasure hunt up to the reader.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

Paperback will always, always, always be my favorite. I love the smell of a book opened for the first time (and the hundredth), I love the way the paper feels between my fingers, I love the weight of it and the satisfaction that comes with seeing how many pages I’ve read in a day. I’ve been collecting paperback novels for a long time, and it currently constitutes about a fourth of our possessions between my husband and I.

However, I have to give credit to the eBook and the eBook reader (I have a Kindle Paperwhite. None of that fancy stuff for me, just reading eBooks). It took me a long time to get one, and a while after that to start using it as much as I do now. With all the work I do with other authors, reading clients’ books and supporting those I talk to and work with on a regular basis, buying the eBooks makes so much more sense for me. I see a new release that I want to read (and sometimes whose author I know), and I buy it. Then I have it on my Kindle, and sometimes I’ll read three or four books in a week. It definitely beats the shipping time for paperbacks. The closest book retailer to us is an hour drive, and the bookstores in town are all used bookstores and usually don’t have what I’m looking for from Indie Authors.

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

Yes, I’m being greedy. I don’t just have one favorite book—I have one favorite series, made of seven books! Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’. Anyone surprised?

I have yet to read a series of books that affects my life anywhere near as much as ‘The Dark Tower’ did (those of you who are fans will completely understand). It’s the most epic journey and encompasses everything I could possibly imagine—it even has the most brilliant ending, which was both mortifying, terribly frustrating, and impossible to argue all at the same time. I’ve read this series five times so far (and I plan on reading it at least that many times again in my life), and I still pop a tear somewhere around the end of the seventh book.

Do you read all the reviews of your books?

Yes! I can’t imagine not reading them. I want to hear what people think. I want to hear what they loved and what they hated, how it made them feel, where they went when the story took them with it. My goal with writing fiction has always been to illicit a response in my readers. It doesn’t matter if that response is positive or negative; if you absolutely hated the main character because she’s a jerk and unnecessarily violent, awesome! She’s supposed to be hard to love. If the graphic content made you cringe, fantastic! If you felt your heart racing through all the fight scenes and couldn’t put the book down, even better! Plus, any negative comments given by reviewers (of which I’ve had very few) help me figure out how to do things better in the future.

I’m expecting to get some “are you freakin’ kidding me?” responses from the readers with ‘Daughter of the Drackan’s’ sequel. I’m well aware of the fact that the ending of that book won’t be what people expect, and sometimes surprises upset people. And I’m okay with that, because it’s on purpose. Perhaps I’m just a tad sadistic…

That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?

What is your favorite food? Sushi all the way, baby! I’m talkin’ slab of raw fish on a tiny ball of rice. Or scratch the rice altogether. If it wasn’t so dang expensive, I’d eat nothing else.

Who is your favorite singer or group? Since 2006, it’s been Kings of Leon. Mumford & Sons and Elephant Revival come close.

What is your favorite color? Orange! Light, faded, neon, dark, burnt…any orange. I’ve painted rooms orange, have orange jackets and clothes, want to theme everything as orangely as I can.

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? Time traveling back to the 19th century Highlands of Scotland. I’m working on that on.

What final words would you offer to our readers?

I just want to say thank you so much, both to you, Room With Books, and to all your readers who have come here to join us today. I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude that I have the opportunity to do this, that I even have a book to share (and many more on the way), and that I’ve gotten so many amazing responses so far. The support and enjoyment from readers is something I can definitely feel on a daily basis, and it fuels me to keep going. I hope you guys experience the same sense of excitement and wonder when you read my work, and I’d love to hear from every one of you!

Thank you for spending your time at Room With Books. I appreciate your honesty and openness, and especially your time. I wish you all the best with Daughter of the Dracken, and the series. I hope you will visit again!

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About the Author

Kathrin Hutson has been writing fiction for fifteen years, editing for five, and plunging in and out of reality since she first became aware of the concept. Kathrin specializes in Dark Fantasy and Sci-fi, and the second novel in this series, Mother of the Drackan, will be released this February.

Kathrin runs her own independent editing company, KLH CreateWorks, for Indie Authors of all genres. She also serves as Story Coordinator and Chief Editor for Collaborative Writing Challenge, and Editing Director for Rambunctious Rambling Publications, Inc. Needless to say, she doesn’t have time to do anything she doesn’t enjoy.

You can grab your copy of Daughter of the Drackan, in print or as an ebook, on Amazon here: mybook.to/daughterdrackan

Connect with the Author

www.kathrinhutsonfiction.com

www.facebook.com/kathrinhutsonfiction

www.klhcreateworks.com

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https://twitter.com/klhcreateworks

 

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Shadow Touched and Grave Attraction Book Tour @ekellison @Lori_Sjoberg @pumpupyourbook

Shadow Touched

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Grave Attraction

Shadow Touched

by Erin Kellison

Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook

*Shadow Touched is Ellie and Cam’s complete story, previously released as Shadow Touch, Shadow Play and Shadow Hunt, ending in the thrilling conclusion, the previously unreleased Shadow Burn.

A darkness looms over humankind, lurks in mirrors, blurs boundaries—a twilight world ruled by powerful mage Houses…

It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Eleanor Russo’s problem is a very different kind of phenomenon. Her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help her.

Dr. Cam Kalamos has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and Twilight. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

As Ellie and Cam explore their deepest desires and barely escape with their lives, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game.

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Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Reveler serial, where dreaming turns dangerous. She also writes the dark fantasy romance Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series. RT calls Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.” And this year she expands her science fiction romance Sol series.

 

Grave Attraction

by Lori Sjoberg

Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook

He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first…

After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…

Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.

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 Lori was a born a coal miner’s daughter. No wait, that’s not right. Actually, she was born a carpenter’s daughter. Her mother was a housewife/homemaker/stay-at-home mom – whatever the politically correct term is these days. Basically, she made sure Lori didn’t get into too much trouble, a task easier said than done.

Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.

After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.

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