Tuesday, January 2, 2018

In the Spotlight...Sirens and Scales



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Blurb:

From the darkest skies to the deepest seas, dive into a breathtaking collision of mermaids, dragons, sirens, and more in SIRENS & SCALES, a unique Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Collection!

Your travels through these stories of dazzling ocean tides and the dizzying reaches of the heavens will leave you breathless. Join dragon shifters and mer-creatures for an experience of magnificent airborne enterprises and salty seafaring adventures where sky meets sea, love meets its match, and imagination has no end.

With 26 full-length stories of enchanting fiction, you’ll learn the secrets of Atlantis, soar to uncharted peaks, and discover creatures of wing and fin and those who love them. Ready to set sail and catch the tide before your chance for adventure is lost forever? Then order this collection of exclusive material from your favorite USA Today and award-winning authors before it’s gone for good!

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A little about our book in Sirens and Scales: 

Blurb, book cover, author website links can be found here -- http://www.nataliegowens.com/p/boxed-sets.html


Nat website: www.nataliegowens.com

Zee website: www.zeemonodee.com


Our MC inspiration: Ricky Whittle as Djibril and Nicky Kos as Kiki. (see pics attached).


How did A Clash of Fire come to be?


When the opportunity came for us to pen a dragon story, we wanted to write about a diverse world and all the beauty and challenges that entails. We have dragon opposites, seemingly incompatible at first, them being Fire and Ice. The world is not an easy place, but those with their hearts in the right place can bring positive change and fight the darkness around them. If there's one message we want people to take from this it's that differences don't make us weaker -- they make us stronger. The world is so much more interesting and fun when opposites attract.


Nat and Zee


Book Teaser:


"He’d never thought he’d witness the Cold War first-hand.

Nathan Hart, their tactical support, was a man of a few words. Actually, he hadn’t said any words at all, except grunt a greeting when Max had introduced them. But Kiki—she gave new meaning to the definition of cold with every second that passed.

Djibril stood in the middle of the crummiest, most rundown apartment he’d ever seen—and this included the makeshift huts in the poorest villages of Ethiopia. Those people, no matter how deprived, had pride. Whoever lived here, though, lacked such a sentiment with absolute clarity.

Kiki’s grimace said a lot; Nathan’s deadpan expression, not much. His torchlight beam moved around the room. The Valthreans didn’t have superb night vision like the dragons did.

Of course, the woman had come with them, no question about that. She wouldn’t be deterred. More the fool he, for thinking she’d listen to him and do as he asked. Kiki never did what anyone asked just because. Not even if that someone was their king—she’d said her piece to his father, as he recalled, expressing her ideas well. Apart from that though, once she accepted a job, she didn’t complain. She might be a tough nut to crack, but she had a formidable work ethic.

Thing was, her hard head proved more than taxing on his system. Today, for instance, she seemed to be having fun pushing all his buttons. Yet, it had to be hard to feel like damaged goods with a bullet lodged inside you, so he cut her some slack. What proved more difficult for him was holding back the worry.

 “We will go to The Dungeon.”

Nathan’s mumbled words cut through his thoughts.

They’d waited until nighttime to exit the Museum. The cover of darkness always helped in such situations. He’d half expected to find the guy at the apartment, so now there was no way they could avoid the club.

Kiki concerned him. Could she handle this?"

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Release Blitz for KJ Swann!



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**SYNOPSIS**
Ivy has done everything her father has told her to do, where to go to school and what job to get. But the only thing she isn’t bending on is who the right man is for her. She’s tired of doing what she’s told and wants a change.
Jace Tysen was never good enough for his daughter in the eyes of Michael Mercer, who dislikes the career choice that Jace had made for himself. Jace had his own demons to deal with from his past and only Ivy knows the truth behind it all.
Now the holidays are upon them and Jace refuses to go with Ivy to Shaftsbury, Vermont claiming that her father didn’t like him. But Ivy’s had enough of the excuses he gives every year, so it forces Ivy to go alone, but not before giving him an ultimatum: either show up or they’re done.
What choices will be made?
Will Ivy and Jace stay together or will Ivy once again follow her father’s orders?


**ABOUT THE AUTHOR**
KJ SWANN is a stay at home mom turned author. She first started writing during NaNoWriMo during 2014 and hasn’t looked back. She enjoys writing contemporary romance and she enjoys adding in a laugh here and there. She lives with her husband, daughter, and cat in a small rural town in North Central Iowa. When she isn’t reading or writing you can find her on the back of her husband’s Harley trike enjoying the fresh air during the summertime or cuddled up watching a good movie or TV show on the couch with her daughter during the wintertime.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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 **SYNOPSIS**



Ivy has done everything her father has told her to do, where to go to school and what job to get. But the only thing she isn’t bending on is who the right man is for her. She’s tired of doing what she’s told and wants a change.

Jace Tysen was never good enough for his daughter in the eyes of Michael Mercer, who dislikes the career choice that Jace had made for himself. Jace had his own demons to deal with from his past and only Ivy knows the truth behind it all.

Now the holidays are upon them and Jace refuses to go with Ivy to Shaftsbury, Vermont claiming that her father didn’t like him. But Ivy’s had enough of the excuses he gives every year, so it forces Ivy to go alone, but not before giving him an ultimatum: either show up or they’re done.

What choices will be made?

Will Ivy and Jace stay together or will Ivy once again follow her father’s orders?



 **ABOUT THE AUTHOR**



KJ SWANN is a stay at home mom turned author. She first started writing during NaNoWriMo during 2014 and hasn’t looked back. She enjoys writing contemporary romance and she enjoys adding in a laugh here and there. She lives with her husband, daughter, and cat in a small rural town in North Central Iowa. When she isn’t reading or writing you can find her on the back of her husband’s Harley trike enjoying the fresh air during the summertime or cuddled up watching a good movie or TV show on the couch with her daughter during the wintertime.



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NEW RELEASE FROM PAXTON SUMMERS!

Please join me in welcoming Paxton Summers and her new release, Clone-The Book of Eva!



Blurb:

When a world leader’s daughter meets a clone, a doomed love affair begins.

 In the year 2087, a great war erupts on the planet and a struggle to survive begins. One hundred-fifty years later, the continent of America is divided into two factions, Aeropia and The United Regions. There is a shortage of food and an abundance of illness, leaving most to live on the scraps of the wealthy, who wallow in excess. 

This is the world Olivia Braun inherits. Sick from birth, she wakes up from surgery with a new heart, only to discover she is the youngest president of Aeropia, an empire that has created and used clones to maintain its position of supremacy since the war. However, Olivia’s rise to power is no accident. Before her transplant, she conspired with a clone to free those enslaved, but the outcome is not what she expected. 

Now, enemies hide among the population, and even friends can no longer be trusted. Olivia must make a choice that will decide the fate of an empire. Before her tale of corruption, forbidden love and war ends, the mighty will be brought to their knees. 
By a clone. 



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In The Spotlight...Holiday Magic Pre-order and Cover Reveal

Check the end of this post for a chance to win an Amazon $50 gift card or an ebook from After Glows Publishing.

Holiday Magic
A paranormal and contemporary winter holiday romance anthology 

By: TL Reeve, Kim Carmichael, Brigitte Ann Thomas, K. Williams, A.K. Hudson, T. A. Moorman, and Lumi Daoi
  
Make this winter magical with 7 BRAND NEW Holiday romances.
This Holiday Season SEVEN amazingly talented and bestselling authors come to together in this collection of Holiday Magic with vampires, witches, shifters, and humans.
Tis the season for a paranormal and contemporary romance anthology with a touch of magic everyone will fall in love with.


A look inside…
Snowbound by TL Reeve
Eight Nights in Eden by Kim Carmichael
I Loved a Warlock from Wichita by Brigitte Ann Thomas
Tarnished Knight by K. Williams
Spark of Solstice by A.K. Hudson
Christmas with Locket by Lumi Daoi
Santa's Curse by T.A. Moorman

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Friday, July 14, 2017

In the Spotlight...Elizabeth Russell


Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Russell and her new release, Halfbreeds. Available from your favorite ebook retailer.


Blurb: In a village wrapped about with strange monsters and superstition, a new kind of child is born. Half-man half-monster, the villagers fear their own children and, turning against them, burn them at the stake. But a small band of resilient Halfbreeds escape their executioners and take up their home in the wild. In a desperate attempt to find their place in the world, these children question what it really means to be human.

Excerpt:
     When Bobakin was born, he was as normal as any other boy in the village, only rather bald. He had a loving mother and father and knew nothing of the evils of the world. Then one day, when he was four years old, he saw a child burned in the square. When he asked his father why, he told him the boy was evil, “a Schump.” And from the fear in his father’s voice and the shudder of his shoulders, Bobakin knew he never wanted to meet a Schump. As  he grew, he heard tales about the Schumps—how they looked with their eyes the color of hell’s fire, hair the rank growth of green weeds, and short, stumpy legs that caused them to waddle and hobble like a lame duck. Some of the villagers told ghost stories to the children, warning them if they weren’t good, they’d change into a Schump for their sins and be burned to death.
     When Bobakin was five years old, his hair finally began to grow in; and one day, after he’d had a bath and was combing it before the mirror, he saw to his horror that his hair was green. Only a small tinge of green in the muddy brown color, but it was there. He was transforming into a Schump for his sins and would be burned to death.
     He ran out to the garden and rubbed mud all into it to conceal his disgrace and keep alive. Miraculously, this trick worked, and Bobakin managed to keep his secret for three whole years, often forgetting his shame, and even enjoying life. He went to school to learn his numbers and letters and was a bright child— far ahead of all the others in his class, though his teachers always complained of his dirty hair.
     Then one day, and this day did not seem any different from any of the others, his mother walked by him and ruffled his hair.
     “You’re so dirty!” She laughed at him. “You always are, and no amount of bathing ever seems to get it out of you.” And on an impulse, she grabbed a jar of water and poured it over his head.
    There was a ghastly silence, and Bobakin was afraid to look at her. When he did, her face was white. “A Halfbreed,” she whispered, and it was the first time he ever heard the word. “My only son, a Halfbreed. I swore, I swore it was your father’s—I did— I swore you were. But you’re not—you’re a Halfbreed.”
     “I will be burned?” he asked with wide open eyes. She did not answer, but he saw the look on her face.
      She ought to have sounded the alarm, as they had done with so many children before, but right then she could not move. Bobakin saw she no longer looked at him as a mother looks at her child, but as a woman looks at a frightening thing: a snake or a rat that has wandered into her kitchen. This gave him the courage to do what he must, the courage to turn tail, then and there, and run away from home forever.

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About the Author:  Elizabeth is a part-time teacher and a full-time writer. She lives in a small town in Illinois where she loves to cuddle up to her computer with tea and a blanket and write. You can find her there creating an original fairy tale or adding to one of her numerous in-progress novels. She writes for The Fairy Tale Blog at TheFairyTaleBlog.com and her favorite activity is telling stories to her young siblings. If you want to leave a comment on her blog, she would love to hear from you. Let her know what you think about her first published novel, Halfbreeds!

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You can email her at Elizabeth Bernadette Russell @ gmail.com (without the spaces) or call at 630-277-0111. Check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Halfbreeds-1148200605284291/?ref=bookmarks
Follow her on Twitter through her handle @TaleBlog

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In the Spotlight...Bethany Swafford

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Please join me in welcoming Bethany Swafford and her new release, Not My Idea! 



Back Cover Blurb:
"Lucas, you must return home."

Twenty two year old Lucas Bywood abandons his Grand Tour in response to those words from his father. Everything is not well at home and he finds himself in a bit of a fix. A little warning that his father had made tentative arrangements for his marriage would have been nice but Luke really wishes it had been anyone other than the young lady chosen. After all, Phoebe Ramsey had always been an annoyance and any time they had spent together had resulted in physical injuries for one of them.

Just when Luke thinks he's escaped that particular future, he finds himself courting a young woman he doesn’t want, a furious best friend who wants a duel to satisfy honor, and the responsibility of finding who and why someone had caused an accident for his mother.

This was not his idea of what the summer was going to be like.

Quote: Every time I woke up, I was faced with more questions than answers; more irritations than enjoyment. I also had no idea how I was to get to the bottom of it all.


Excerpt #1:
“Luke, you finally came!” Philippa said, squeezing tightly. Her wispy brown hair tickled my cheek. “I thought you must have been killed in France. It was too cruel of you to stay away for so long!”
“Hello, Philly.” After a few seconds, I disentangled myself from her. “That’s enough of that. It’s good to see you, brat.”
Philippa scowled at me. “I am eighteen now, Luke. You have no right to say I’m a brat.” She smacked my arm, causing me no pain at all but the action seemed to make her feel better. “What took you so long to get here? It’s been ages since I sent you the letter telling you Mama was ill.”
I raised an eyebrow. I had not been told this. “Father said you wrote the letter after Mama and Sprite fell.” She opened her mouth, no doubt to argue the point, but I kept talking. “I did not receive your letter, and this afternoon was the first I have heard of Mama’s accident and illness. Are you certain you sent the letter at all?”
“Certainly I sent it! You cannot blame me for the lack of reliable mail delivery in foreign lands if you’re the one who chooses to go there.”
Waving my hand, I decided to let the matter pass. “I’m here now,” I said. She wrinkled her nose, surveying my appearance. “Do I pass muster, or do you find me wanting?”
“You have not washed from your travels,” she said, her tone judgmental. Her eyes widened with horror. “Please tell me you did not go into Mama smelling like a stable!”
“Our mama is not about to object to the smell of animals, sister of mine. But if I am so offensive to your nose, I will go to my room now.”
Apparently forgiving me for any offense I had given her, Philippa looped her arm around mine and walked with me down the hallway. “I am so glad you are here, Luke,” she said magnanimously. “My first Season was such a success, and you will never guess what happened!”
Even if I had not been told, what she wished to reveal would not have been difficult to discern. “Let me guess. You wore a pretty dress of fine muslin and you gossiped to all hours of the night? Or was it that you danced until dawn every night?”
“I’m not a gossip! No, Luke. I had no less than four offers, and I accepted one of them. I am to be married!”
“I am glad you accepted only one of those offers,” I told her. “Imagine what would happen if word got around you had consented to marry all of them!”
Philly scoffed at my teasing. “You are ridiculous,” she said. “His name is Mr. Bartholomew Talbot, and he is quite the nicest gentleman I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I have high hopes of him joining the party, and then you will be able to meet him.”
“Party? What party is this?” I asked, reaching the door of my room. I paused, my hand on the doorknob as I glanced back at her.
“Phoebe told me all about it. Her parents are having a grand house party in a week. They have invited several of our friends from London. Phoebe is thrilled about it.”
I chuckled. Phoebe Ramsey was a year older than Philippa and was one of the silliest girls I had the misfortune of knowing. Growing up, she and I had done nothing but fight if we were left together for longer than a few minutes. As the older one, I had been scolded for not behaving better, an injustice I had never forgotten.
“Did you even tell her you were coming?”
Startled by the question, I frowned at Philippa. “No, why would I?”
“I was going to say you must not have. Heaven knows Phoebe cannot keep a secret,” Philippa said with a laugh. “She will be pleased when you visit, though she may not appreciate the surprise. It was badly done of you, Luke.”
Blinking, I tried to make sense of her words. “I doubt Phoebe Ramsey cares about my comings and goings, Philly,” I finally said, giving up on understanding her. “Run along.”
My sister frowned at me for a moment and then shrugged in an unladylike manner. “Brothers,” she said with a huff. She spun on her heel and called over her shoulder as she walked away, “You have no idea what a lady expects from you!”
Shaking my head at her incomprehensibleness, I put the matter from my mind and entered my room.

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Author Bio: For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.

When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.

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