Monday, August 20, 2018

Book Spotlight~Drifting Sands by C.J. Batty




 Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Available for the first time in Kindle Unlimited


Length: 211 Pages

Blurb

As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family's hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn't been a part of his life for a very long time.

Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter's much older brother. Five years later he's back, and this time he hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother's friend.

Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.

Author Bio

C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who don't mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

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Welcome to Once Upon a Rebel Fairytale


Title: Once Upon a Rebel Fairytale
Author: Multi Authors
Genre: Paranormal Fairytale
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


Blurb:
Cinderella has a dark secret. The Little Mermaid loses more than her voice. And Little Red Riding Hood isn't so little anymore.

Join our heroes and heroines as they travel through the underworld to Mars, rescue damsels in distress, and battle deadly foes in ONCE UPON A REBEL FAIRYTALE, a limited edition collection of beloved stories from today's bestselling authors.

Inside these pages, you'll find 22 action-packed fairytale retellings that rebel against tradition, from dark and gritty paranormal romances to sexy and thrilling supernatural fantasies.

The princesses, queens, kings, and villains of your childhood return in these adrenaline-spiking spins on your favorite bedtime tales.
But reader beware: these fairytales are not for the faint of heart.



Come party with us here: 
Participating Authors:

New York Times bestselling author, Jamie Campbell

Tate James writing with C.M. Stunich
G. Bailey writing with Cece Rose
USA Today bestselling author Ivy Quinn writing with Megan Hussey
USA Today bestselling author Carysa Locke writing with Lucy Smoke
USA Today bestselling author, Isra Sravenheart
RITA Award Winner Sharon Ashwood
Liz Gavin
Mary E. Twomey
Russell Nohelty
Adrienne Woods
Erin West
Helen Scott
Stephanie Morris
Madeline Freeman
Sadie Carter
India Kells
Cailin Briste
Elle Middaugh
Tigris Eden writing with Misha Elliott
Caroline A. Gill
Siera London
Grace White

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Welcome Guest Author Kelli A. Wilkins



Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover – A Late Summer Love Story
By Kelli A. Wilkins
Hi romance lovers,
Although I write in several romance genres (contemporary, gay, historical, fantasy), I also like to write horror stories. Many people think that’s an odd combination, but I like to say that one half of my brain writes the horror, and the other half writes the romance. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before I combined the two and started writing paranormal romances.
My contemporary paranormal, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, is a different type of romance. For starters, the novella is told in the first person from the hero’s point of view. The story also makes use of a setting where you don’t normally find vampires—the beach! 
I got the idea for the story while sitting on a nearly deserted beach at the end of the summer season. (I’m not a beach person, but I was there with my husband, a surfer.) As I sat there watching the few people milling around, I wondered: “What if a vampire went to the beach? And what if she fell in love with a surfer?”
I liked the idea of contrasting typical sun worshipping beachgoers and surfers with a darkness-loving elusive vampire. Besides, what could be more mismatched than a die-hard surfer falling in love with a nocturnal blood-drinker?
I started toying with ideas and knew that although the book is about a vampire, I wanted to keep the central focus on Brian and Anya’s relationship and not on the ‘bloodier’ aspects of vampirism (show her feeding, etc.) There’s a fine line when blending horror and romance into paranormal romance. Too much gore or a “too terrifying” creature can snap the readers (and the characters) out of the romance and into a full-on horror story. 
When I wrote the book I made sure that the love scenes were highly sensual and almost surreal. Aside from being a vampire, Anya is a woman with needs, and she makes sure Brian satisfies them. I don’t remember how I was inspired to have the story told by Brian, but it worked. Readers and reviewers like the first-person aspect—it pulls you into a story that would seem unbelievable.
Several people have asked me if it’s hard to write horror and romance. Not really. I enjoy it. Writing horror allows me to change up my writing style, use different settings, and create characters you wouldn’t find in a romance. My horror stories are more psychological/spooky/creepy than gory, and I like to explore darker plots and not always give the characters a happy ending (as I do in my romances).
Here’s the summary and a tame excerpt from Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover:
Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover

The moment Brian spotted Anya sitting on the moonlit beach, he was hooked. Beautiful, smart, and sexy, Anya was the girl of his dreams. She didn’t mind that he spent the hot summer days riding the ocean waves, because once the sun set, he belonged to her—all night long!

Everything is perfect between them—until Brian discovers Anya’s shocking secret. Can Brian give up the sun, sand, and surf to be with the woman he loves?

Read Brian’s first-hand account of their unusual love story in… Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover.

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I first saw her on the beach. I came up over the top of a dune and spotted her right away. She was sitting on the sand, about ten feet from the water. It was almost midnight and the beach was deserted, except for us. The moon beamed down on her, and she seemed to glow with a strange luminescence.

I stood still, listening to the roar of the crashing waves. Seeing the girl had stopped me in my tracks. I felt drawn to her, like I had known her before. But that was impossible, wasn’t it?

Who are you? I wondered.

A gentle wind ruffled the blonde hair cascading around her shoulders, allowing me to see her more clearly. Her head was bent down and she was staring at something she held in her hands.

I inched a little closer and watched her for a few minutes. She looked close to my age, somewhere near thirty. I longed to ask her some inane question to break the ice, but I froze. What could I say to her? Lone figures on the beach at night were probably not interested in making conversation.

I’d never had much luck with women. They thought history teachers were boring and considered surfing nothing more than a juvenile waste of time. Most of the women I had dated wanted successful, professional men like lawyers and doctors who drove fast cars and had money to burn. What kind of woman would fall in love with an unemployed thirty-year-old teacher who drove a beat-up car littered with sand and surf wax?

I turned and gazed out over the ocean. The sets were breaking just offshore. The surf would be good tomorrow morning if the wind didn’t shift.

A minute later, I glanced back toward the girl. She was gone. Not just gone from that spot— but gone, vanished. I looked up and down the beach, but I didn’t see her anywhere. Had I scared her away? Where did she go? I knew she hadn’t passed me, and there were no footprints leading off into the distance.

I wandered to where she’d been sitting and found a paperback book half buried in the sand. I picked it up and squinted at the cover in the dim light. A couple dressed in Victorian clothing was locked in a passionate embrace. Had she been reading this out here?

I heard a whisper behind me, and I whirled around. Nobody was there. The darkness and the roaring waves were playing tricks on me. At least, that’s what I thought.

I headed home. I couldn’t stop thinking about the girl as I gathered my surf gear together.
Who was she? Why was she alone on the beach at midnight? I wasn’t sure why I was so entranced by her. Maybe she—like me—was hoping to find some solace in the eternal ocean waves. 


Order Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover here:

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Happy Reading,
Kelli A. Wilkins


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books.
Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.
In August 2018, Kelli released her first online course through Teachable. Fiction Writing for Beginners is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit the course page: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.
Kelli’s historical romance, Redemption from a Dark Past, was published in June of 2018. This full-length Gothic novel is set in the kingdom of Hungary in 1723 and blends a sensual romance with mystery and suspense.
If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North.
Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.
Visit her website www.KelliWilkins.com and blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ to learn more about all of her writings.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Get Ready for Chloe Neil's Newest Book, Wild HUnger & a Giveaway


Get ready to return to Chicagoland vampires as Chloe Neil returns to her beloved paranormal series with a spin-off featuring Elisa Sullivan, the only vampire child ever born.


As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.
When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

Buy the book:
Audible link coming soon
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Wild Hunger Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs August 6 through August 17 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
  • A Wild Hunger tote bag and bookmark
  • A Stuffed “Connor Keene” Wolf Keychain
  • A gorgeous box of LadurĂ©e French Macarons (You’ll find out why in WILD HUNGER!)
  • Amazon Kindle
  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • Bookmarks and swag
Plus you can win one of the swag packs as well just by commenting on this blog post.

The packet will include:
  • A Wild Hunger tote bag and bookmark
  • A Stuffed “Connor Keene” Wolf Keychain
  • A signed Chloe Neill book
  • Assorted Chicagoland and Devil’s Isle bookmarks and swag
Contest for the swag pack end on August 20th and its open internationally.

Wild Hunger Blog Tour Schedule

Week One
Monday, August 6 – The Consummate Reader
Tuesday, August 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous | Books of My Heart
Wednesday, August 8 – Book Dragons 24/7
Thursday, August 9 – MeliH
Friday, August 10 – A Book Fanatic Obsession | Silence is Read

Week Two
Monday, August 13 – Loves Great Reads
Tuesday, August 14 (Release Day) – Snoopydoo’s Book Review
Wednesday, August 15 – A Great Read | Book Nook Nuts
Friday, August 17 – Dawn’s Reading Nook | Besties & Books




Thursday, August 16, 2018

WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD ~ Review: DOOLIE GOGH by Steven Ure





FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
AND
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH



Greetings,

“You are where?” Wrye spoke into his cell phone, having just donned his vintage tux, including top hat, white scarf, boutonniere, and silver tipped cane. 

“A few states away.”

“But we are supposed to announce the Tattle and Wrye Book Review Award.”

“That’s in December.”

“Noooo.  It’s this month.”

“Ut oh…I’m bad.”  Tattle looked sheepish.  “I thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift, and…well…errrrr…I messed up.  But I do have a perfect article for this month.  Our review of DOOLIE GOGH by Steven Ure, a humorous sci-fi adventure from CBG’s BURST!”

“Well, I must agree, that was a fun read and deserving of being brought forth without further ado.”

“You’re wearing that old tux again, aren’t you?”

Noticed a moth ball aroma and wrinkled up his nose.  “Let’s just get on with the review.”

Tattle leaned back and rocked comfortably on her rubberized sparkly gown.  “Doolie Gogh is an old world super hero, the type who makes women drool and men envy.  His heroics are super-duper cause he has super speed, super healing, super speed, and super flying ability.”  Her hands flay about as if dramatizing his assets.  “Of course, he is also muscular perfection and handsome oozes from him like honey from a hive.  Even his alter facade, mustached Ryan Lott, is spectacular.  He is super wealthy, super classy and super unidentifiable.  Yup, sometimes he even wears glasses.”

At his end of the cell phone, Wrye shed his hat, bow tie and top coat.  “You forgot the super ego part and rat-destroying fetish.”

“Was getting to that….”

“He’s really an alien,” Wrye interrupted.  “He initially worked for the Galactic Police Bureau and was sent to Yoiq Prime, where elephant sized rats were….”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, but he never got there and ended up reborn on this planet with a super need to help those in distress….”  Tattle sighed softly.  “I have to admit, the helping part is secondary to the obsessive attention getting part.  He even enlists the help of Tiffany Turner, a little known but ambitious newspaper reporter, to promote him in a positive light.  After all, fighting supervillains often got messy when tossing villains and their outrageous equipment about.”

“You’d think?”

“Anywho, Doolie and Tiffany had a short-lived romance, but a long-term alliance.  For a couple of years, he got his shinny image and she became a TV reporter media star.  Meanwhile, he kept attempting to overcome that little disability that caused him to rip apart or squash, depending on his mood, any rat that crossed his path.”

“He soaked up the accolades but soon discovered, as time went on, that people weren’t quite as adoring.  Then,” Wrye lowered his voice to a deep baritone level.  “Da da da daaaaa, after Doolie destroyed one bank too many, Senator White declared Doolie and all copy cats of his sort a menace.  Under threat of incarceration, he declared them all banned from all and any super-heroic deeds.  Doolie became a defunct hero.”

“What is a superhero to do?”

“In Doolie’s case become a supervillain!”  Wrye twirls his cane as if a band leader.

“Pre-ban, however, he had saved Eva Byers, a gorgeous, non-famous actress, from a fatal accident.  Her encouragement to follow his heart takes him on a complicated journey that could lead to his annilation.  Poor Doolie… um… I think.”

“This book is a hoot,” Wrye stated.  “It has a sharp comic wit wrapped in a layer of satire.  Despite Doolie’s super-extreme ego and misguided attempt to redeem his character for the sake of that very outrageous self-image, he is somehow likeable.  You want him to win the day, win the girl, and be the ta-da superhero.  Though Doolie is shallow, somehow the author has managed to intertwine enough good to make him a winner and earn the reader’s interest.”

Tattle attempted to sit up, but rolled and did a full-circle somersault, yet kept talking.  “The author has a clean writing style and the story keeps you charmed, laughing and enthralled.  You never know what will happen next.  The characters are all flawed yet, somehow, that makes them strangely complicated and compelling.  Even the final supervillain is so pathetic and round-the-bend nuttier than an attic full of hoarding squirrels, you feel a twinge of pity.  Plus, underlying humor can be found in both prose and dialogue.  At the same time, there is a fundamental truism about the over-all nature of mob mentality and political manipulation that gives depth and mesmerizing appeal.”


“We would both highly recommend this book to not just sci-fi readers but those who simply wish to be entertained.  It is a great fiction experience!”

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Book Spotlight: Bitten by Her



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 43,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Regent's Park Pack Series

Book #1 - Bitten By Mistake - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Bitten By Design - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Bitten By Desire - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Bitten By The Alpha - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Brought together by fate, torn apart by family.

Rachel Tregarrak, Penwith pack beta and daughter of the alpha, has always called the rugged Cornish coast her home. With its beautiful landscapes, bracing sea air, and vast spaces to run, she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

After years of living with her mother in her grandfather’s pack, Sara Gallen returns to Penzance to be with her alpha father and her brothers. She wants to build their relationships, get to know the rest of her family better than occasional visits allow.

When their paths cross on the full moon, the attraction is immediate and instinctive. But Sara’s father refuses to allow such a union and forbids any further contact. Sara finds solace with her grandmother in her alpha council residence, and Rachel is sent to a London pack to keep her out of trouble. Both women feel the desperate ache of an uncompleted bond, but unless they find a way to be together, it’ll fade to nothing and their connection will be lost.


Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction
Website – www.annabellejacobs.com
Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ajacobsfiction 


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Book Spotlight~Drifting Sands by C.J. Batty

  Amazon US | Amazon UK   Available for the first time in Kindle Unlimited Length: 211 Pages Blurb As he approaches ...