Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Study in Shifters, by Author Majanka Verstraete

A Study In Shifters
Majanka Verstraete
(The Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #1)
Publication date: June 26th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart

After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder—and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?

Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.

It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.





About the Author


Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.

When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

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Lantern: The Complete Collection, by Author Chess Desalls - Guest Post - Giveaway


Lantern: The Complete Collection
by Chess Desalls
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Pages: 230
Release Date: September 26th 2017


The story of every lantern is unique, just like yours and mine.

This collection includes all three novellas, Lantern, Beacon, and Torch.

Tori discovers a lantern that shines for her and nobody else. Is it a ghost or a living being that must be set free?

Serah unseals a globe made of Celestial Glass. Does success bring her happiness or create more trouble than it's worth?

Evelyn meets Graham after attending a party where a lantern burns out. Who lights the way to pull the other through?

Experience three different stories, all with a connection to a mysterious lamp maker.





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What does the lantern signify?
By Author Chess Sesalls


I love this question, almost as much as I dread answering it. I have a particular interpretation in mind, but one of my favorite bits of feedback was from a reader who said Lantern could be interpreted many ways. Depending on the reader’s background, experiences, spirituality, and imagination, the lanterns could represent many things. So could Machin.

Therefore, I’m hesitant to tell you what the lanterns are and what they mean to me. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t read the collection, and I don’t want to influence readers’ own special interpretations. However, I’m very open to individual feedback through email and Facebook messages. If you and your followers would like to discuss your thoughts in the comments below, I’m certainly happy to read them.

 

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Chess Desalls is the author of award-winning young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has been included in academic and industry publications, with a focus on law and technology. She's also a contributing editor for WritersTalk, South Bay Writers' monthly newsletter. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Riding with James Dean by Author, David-Matthew Barnes


Riding with James Dean
David-Matthew Barnes
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Blue Dasher Press
Date of Publication: November 7, 2017
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Word Count: 12,500
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When seventeen-year-old Johnny moves to a sleepy new town and meets the enigmatic Marco, the glamorous Mary, and the punk princess Jemma, his summer nights are soon filled with friendship and love.

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From a distance, I could’ve sworn I saw the ghost of Marilyn Monroe.

There was a beautiful woman standing next to Marco in the parking lot of the 50’s hamburger palace. They were leaning up against the side of his vintage car, waiting and doused in the shadows of slow pulsing neon lights. His arm was draped around her shoulders. It appeared she was propping him up. She laughed when she steadied him and the sound was sweet and melodic. She was a platinum blonde, dressed in a black pencil skirt and a low-cut white angora sweater. There was a red chiffon scarf tied around her neck. She exuded power in her black stiletto heels. She was a movie star in the making, a glamorous goddess just waiting for someone to discover her and catapult her to fame. If anyone had been born for a life on the silver screen, it was her.

She pried herself away from Marco and stepped in my direction. “You must be Johnny,” she said. I nodded in reply, mesmerized by the seductive green color of her eyes and the tenderness of her voice. She leaned in, kissed my cheek, and then spent the next few seconds trying to wipe her lipstick off my skin. Her touch was soft and comforting.

“Are you Marilyn Monroe?” I asked. My words fell into her cleavage.

“You’re close,” she said. “I’m Mary.”

“Yes,” I said. “Marco mentioned you.”

“He’s like a brother to me,” she whispered. “Be gentle with his heart.”

Marco moved to us, wrapping an arm around us, connecting and cementing us as a trio. “I’m a lucky guy,” he said. “I get to spend the night with my two favorite people.”

“Marco doesn’t have many favorites,” Mary explained. She was clearly his interpreter. “So, I guess that makes us the lucky ones.”

Marco gently guided us in the direction of his parked car. “I wish we could go to Vegas,” he announced.

“Why don’t we?” I challenged.

He shook his head. “We wouldn’t make it there until dawn.”

“Dawn’s a lovely time to arrive in Vegas,” Mary said. “You can sleep all day and then be ready for the night.”

“Are we vampires?” I asked, with a small laugh.

“In another life, yes,” explained Mary. “In this one…”

Marco glanced up to the dark, starlit sky and said, “We’re the ones everybody else wants to be.”

Mary shook a finger at him, reprimanding. “Careful, Marco,” she said. “You almost sound smug.”

“Do you think they know?” he asked. “About how much we’ve been through?”

They looked into each other’s eyes when Mary spoke. “If they did,” she said, “they wouldn’t care. But our sorrow would ruin the façade.”

“Façade,” he repeated. “I like that word.”

Mary insisted on sitting in the backseat, but not before pulling me aside. “You belong up front now,” she explained, in a hushed tone. “Next to Marco. He needs you by his side.”

“But you were here first,” I reminded her.

“I appreciate your chivalry,” she said. “But you’re new.”

I slid across the bucket seat and into the shelter of Marco’s arms. He pulled me closer to him. “There,” he said. “That’s better.”


About the Author:

David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of several novels and collections of stage plays and poetry. His acclaimed screenplays have earned many accolades including a 2017 Los Angeles Film Award. David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He has been an educator for more than a decade.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Prescience: New Release by Lorilyn Roberts - Interview



Seventh Dimension - The Prescience (Seventh Dimension #5)
by Lorilyn Roberts
Genre: YA Christian Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Release Date: November 24th 2017


When bombs fall on Jerusalem, Shale and Daniel rescue an orphan and return to the first century, hoping to uncover the truth concerning Daniel’s father and the goal of the New World Order. Amid supernatural tribulations, God reveals once again time is an illusion as Daniel races toward Armageddon.



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An Interview with Author Lorilyn Roberts


Welcome Ms Roberts. Thank you for being with us today.

Tell us about your writing career. How long have you been writing?

Seventh Dimension – The Prescience is my tenth book. My first book was published in 2005.

How did you choose your genre?

I actually write in multiple genres—children’s picture books, YA, cookbooks, memoir, fiction, and nonfiction. It just depends on what God puts on my heart.

Tell us a little about the books you’ve published. Series or stand-alone?

The Seventh Dimension Series is my latest writing project. The first book Seventh Dimension – The Door was written as my thesis book for my Masters in Creative Writing. I had a lot of good feedback from readers and decided to make it into a series. The Door – which is free on Kindle and Nook, was written as a stand-alone. The rest of the books build on each other although it is possible to read them out of order and still follow the story. I fill readers in on what they missed if they haven’t read earlier books.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what He gives me to write. I remember many years ago when I was just starting out writing, I was at a writer’s conference, and the speaker said, “Don’t ever say when you submit your work to a publisher, ‘God told me to write this.’”

Well, that never sat well with me. I learned later that I am an Indy author at heart because I tend to “break” many of the rules. I unabashedly give my Lord and Savior all the glory and all the credit for everything I write. That sets the bar very high because I am writing for an audience of one. My books must be the absolute best I can make them—best story, best cover, best editing, no sex, no foul language, no drugs, minimal violence, and every word, concept, and idea must line up with Biblical principles.

I write what I wish I could have read when I was young. I write words of truth about strong characters that battle evil, powers of darkness, fallen angels, and demons;  and emotions that drive us crazy—sinful desires like worry, fear, selfishness, hate, lust, greed, and depression, just to name a few. My desire is to reach readers’ hearts and give them nuggets of truth, stirring them to question, “What do I believe?”

I am saddened by the mediocre books teens read. They deserve better. They deserve to be challenged. They deserve to be enlightened. They deserve to be given the highest quality of books that will inspire them to read more, drink in God’s love, and reach their God-given potential. I was truly blessed as a child and teen by all the wonderful books I read. I only wish I had known there were also books by Christian authors.

Who are your favorite authors and what is it that draws you to them?

Your last question is a great segue into this one. JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Randy Alcorn, Hannah Hurnard, and John Bunyan would be some of my favorite Christian fantasy authors. Sadly, I read nothing by them until I was an adult. But I was introduced to Christian fantasy by Madeleine L’Engle in A Wrinkle in Time. It was Randy Alcorn who showed me protagonists can struggle with their faith, and controversial subjects like abortion and Down’s syndrome need not be shunned. I also discovered that overtly Christian themes could bring realism to fantasy in a way no other genres could. Later I read This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti, and my understanding of spiritual warfare was never the same.

In my opinion, these authors and others like them possess an artistic genius that can’t be fully appreciated here. God gave these writers insights beyond human understanding. Whether recognized or not, authors have tremendous ability to influence and inspire change. If only more authors would speak eternal truths, we could make this world a better place










About the Author
Lorilyn Roberts graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 1993 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities/Social Sciences. She won an award for "Outstanding Senior Project" upon graduation for her coursework that was done at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. Ms. Roberts received her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature.



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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Unearth Book Blitz: Paranormal - YA - Giveaway


Unearth
Tricia Barr
(The Bound Ones, #3)
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Our heroes erased themselves from the Four Corners’ histories and thought they were finally free…until Lily burst their bubble and told them they have to get involved with the cult one last time to stop them from unleashing a great evil buried thousands of years ago. But they fail, and the fifth Bound One is released, fulfilling his vengeful dreams formed over his long imprisonment. Phoenyx and her friends band together for one last fight, and one of them will pay the ultimate price.

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Unable to tolerate his intrusion on her personal space any longer, she grabbed his wrist and pushed her will into him.

“Where is Ayanna?” she demanded with all the authority she could instill.

Joran closed his eyes and moaned. “Oh, now doesn’t that feel amazing! I am going to have so much fun with you.”

In one swift motion, he twisted his arm out of her grasp and grabbed both her wrists, holding them against the wall on either side of her head. And then something happened. Lust unlike anything she’d ever experienced seeped into her forearms and spread like venom through her veins, burning her to her core with desire.

“Kiss me,” Joran whispered.

A small voice in the back of her mind was screaming at her to fight, but every other part of her, body and mind, wanted nothing more than to obey him. She did as he asked, pressing her lips against his. When he pushed his hot tongue into her mouth, she opened it to welcome him, allowing him full access to whatever he wanted. Joran, she swooned inwardly.

His hands roamed across her body, pressing and grabbing. Her body responded heatedly to his touch, but something in her mind told her this was so very wrong. Shut up, voice, she said internally, swatting away those pesky thoughts that tried to keep her from enjoying this.

Joran broke the kiss and smiled down at her triumphantly. “Oh yes, we will have so much fun. I love having access to your powers. Ayanna might be my queen, but you will be a delightful toy.”

“Yes, I’m your toy,” she said mindlessly, desperate to please him.

“What the hell!” another familiar voice shouted from the doorway.

Irritated at the interruption, Phoenyx rolled her lusty eyes in that direction. When she saw Sebastian standing there, fuming with territorial rage, the spell she’d been under lifted. The pleasure she had taken in Joran’s large body pressed against hers now turned into disgust and violation, and she used all the physical strength she could muster to shove him away from her.

Joran seemed unphased by her rejection, smiling smugly at Sebastian.

“Ah, Water, welcome to the party,” Joran said. “I was just about to enjoy your mate. Would you like to join us?”

“Don’t you dare touch her,” Sebastian threatened in a dangerously low voice.

“Or what? You’ll splash some water at me?” Joran taunted.

Scared for Sebastian’s safety, Phoenyx pushed off from the wall and darted for him. When she reached him, the two of them fought to put themselves protectively in front of the other as they stared at Joran.

“Aww, isn’t that sweet,” Joran said. “But pointless. I have not come here to hurt you, my Bound Ones. I have merely come to extend an invitation. I am hosting a coronation ball tonight at Bodiam Castle to celebrate my return to the world, and I would like the four of you to attend. I know you are not yet ready to swear fealty to me, but I trust that in time, you will come to your senses. Consider this ball a temporary cease-fire.”

“Why should we come?” Sebastian snarled, wrapping Pheonyx in a possessive embrace.

“Because you want to see Ayanna,” Joran replied.

“What have you done with her?” Phoenyx barked, hating the taste of him that filled her mouth.

“If you want to know what has become of your friend, you will just have to come and see for yourselves,” Joran shrugged. “I don’t think you’ll recognize her, or is it that she won’t recognize you?”

He laughed sadistically and walked toward the door.

“I’ll see you tonight,” he said, slapping a hand on Sebastian’s shoulder fraternally as he passed and went out the door.

The two of them watched him as he went around the corner and the sound of his footsteps disappeared from earshot down the stairs. Now they were alone, and they were still hugging each other for dear life.

Phoenyx met Sebastian’s gaze, his blue eyes a storm of turmoil and conflict.

“I’m so sorry, Sebastian,” she pleaded, all the strength she had seconds again melting under Sebastian’s eyes. “He used my own compulsion against me. I had no choice—”

“I know,” he said, his expression stony, his jaw clenched. “I know.” He cupped her face in his hands and kissed her in a way that attempted to mark her as his. Then he rested his forehead on hers. “I hate him. He can take you away from me any time he wants.”

“No, he can’t,” she said, shaking her head fervently. “He can take my soul, and he can control my mind and body, but he can never take my heart, because you already have it. I will always be yours.”

“I love you,” he said.

Now it was her turn to mark him as hers. She kissed him just as hard, no tongue, no passion, just pure possession.




About the Author

Tricia Barr is a Professional Engineer and award-winning author. Her novel WYNDE earned a Gold Medal in the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards for Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror e-Book. She co-authored DK Publishing’s ULTIMATE STAR WARS (2015), which compiled all canon material moving forward prior to the release of “The Force Awakens.,” followed by the new STAR WARS: THE VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (2017), which includes content from “Rogue One.” An expert on storytelling, Barr pens a regular series on the Hero’s Journey for the print publication Star Wars Insider magazine. She founded the respected website FANgirl Blog, and her writing can be found on a variety of websites, including Lucasfilm’s StarWars.com, and PopSugar, and Random House’s SUVUDU. She provided editorial services on Del Rey’s STAR WARS: THE ESSENTIAL READER’S COMPANION (2012).

Tricia Barr is an accomplished podcaster, co-hosting the popular Star Wars podcasts Fangirls Going Rogue and Hyperspace Theories. In her spare time, she competes as an amateur equestrian, earning top ten spots three times in national finals.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Dove Release Blitz, by Author Shanna Hatfield - Excerpt - Teasers - Giveaway



Title: The Dove: The Second Day (The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides)
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Holiday Romance
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Bewitched, beguiled, and in over his head…

Culver Daniels spent years cultivating a peaceful, orderly existence with his blacksmith shop and livery business. Then the pastor of Noelle lands upon a crazy scheme to save the town by sending for a bunch of mail-order brides. Despite his determination to remain single, Culver finds himself among those agreeing to wed. The moment he meets the beautiful gypsy woman he’s promised to marry, he realizes life will never be the same.

Widow Kezia Mirga has no desire to marry again. Yet, for the sake of her most cherished treasure, she decides to wed a man in a remote Colorado mining town. She arrives to find nothing as she expected, the town in a state of turmoil, and her intended far more handsome and charming than she imagined. Dare she dream of a future with the burly blacksmith, or should she escape back to Denver before she loses her heart?

Will true love triumph over secrets and surprises in this sweet holiday romance?






Excerpt

His gaze travelled from Mrs. Boonesbury to the woman behind her. “And your name, Miss?”

A slight blush dusted the woman’s cheeks with pink as she lifted chocolate-colored eyes to his. Culver had always been quite partial to chocolate. He could quickly grow accustomed to staring into eyes that held such mesmerizing flecks of amber light among their glossy depths.

When she didn’t respond, he took a step closer, but Mrs. Boonesbury subtly shifted to block him from the stunning woman.

Culver moved to the right and so did the gypsy’s self-appointed guard. He shifted to the left, as did Mrs. Boonesbury. A few more steps back and forth and Culver decided the old woman was not only a fair dancer, but also the most irritating person he’d encountered in a long while. He couldn’t fathom a single reason why she’d prevent him from getting any closer to the gypsy woman, but she undoubtedly planned to do so.

Defeated, at least temporarily, Culver looked again to the dark-haired woman. “Miss? What’s your name? Who are you to marry?”

“You, Mr. Daniels,” she said in a soft, alluring voice that melted Culver’s insides and turned his brain to mush. “I’m Kezia Mirga, but my friends call me Zee.”

“You’re even more beautiful than I dreamed, Miss Mirga,” Culver said, shocked to discover his tongue joined the rebellion his heart and feet staged against his good sense.




About the Author


USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.


Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.



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Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Review of A Wild & Unremarkable Thing, by Author, Jen Castleberry



A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
by Jen Castleberry
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 2018
Parliament House Press


Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village.  Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay.  Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.

With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!



My Review

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A Wild & Unremarkable Thing is a crazy ride. The prose is slightly poetic in style, reminiscent of Terry Pratchett I'd say, but while that style tends to be good for some people, it isn't really for everyone. I say that while biting my lip, because one of my closest friends LOVES Pratchett and his style of writing. Having said that, the prose rambles on about unimportant things at times, but I found that forgivable about twenty percent into the story, where the male main character enters the picture, and the story takes off.

While this book is YA, there is some foul language and sex. While the sex isn't in your face, there were some moments some might deem inappropriate for teens.

I loved Ms. Castleberry's characters, Xerxes God of Death, Cody, a young woman raised to be a man, her sisters, and the kingdom's Prince, as well as others. I found each of them unique and fun. Cody is smart and strong, and she and her sisters deal with abuse, and unfair situations at times. Life is like that. I would have liked to see more of the sisters, considering our heroine's sacrifices for them. I would also like to have seen the ending in more detail. The set-up for the next book is a little invasive, since the goal of announcing another book is obvious, but I'm glad the story will continue on. 

The storyline is tight, but a little bit predictable at times. I still loved it, and the bit of anguish before the ending. 



About the Author
Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!