Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In the Spotlight...Krysten Lindsay Hager

Can Dreams Come True? (Book One of the Cecily Taylor Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Contemporary YA fiction

Blurb:
Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

Excerpt 1:
I started to feel anxious after lunch. After all, I had been an Andrew fan for a long time, and even though I had seen him in person, this was a huge deal to get to meet him. What if he wasn’t what I had imagined? I didn’t expect him to fawn over me or anything, but what if he was rude or ignored me? It would kill my fantasy of him as being this sweet, quiet, sensitive songwriter who wore his heart on his sleeve while also being kind of a loner/rebel with just a touch of bad boy in him. Oh man, I would be crushed if he didn’t notice me or worse—if he ended up flirting with Harlow.
In all his magazine interviews Andrew always said looks weren’t important to him, and what he noticed in a girl was if she was true to herself. He said he went for “bright girls who were sweet and easy to be with.” Now that I thought about it, that was the kind of fake crap magazines put out about all the teen celebrities. It was like when I saw Lawrence Claibourne, my favorite actor who claimed to be Mr. I’m-just-looking-for-a-sweet-girl-to-read-poetry-to on a red carpet with a model whose boobs were falling out of her dress and had overdone the lip fillers—I mean, you just knew he wasn’t into her for her personality. But Andrew wasn’t like Lawrence. Andrew seemed so sincere and deep. Lawrence had a smirk and you could tell he was a player, but Andrew seemed like he had been hurt and needed to find the right girl who he could open up to and learn to trust again. . .or at least that’s what he said in his last interview.
The final bell rang and my heart shot up to my throat. This was it. I was on my way to meet my crush. From now on, any dreams of him would be marred by the reality I was about to face.
Was it better to keep wondering what if and keep the fantasy alive or to go and actually meet him?

Excerpt 2:
Okay, if I wanted to do a good job in this music video then I had to become this character and show how she and Andrew were soulmates who would recognize each other just by walking by.
Andrew got into position and the director yelled, “Action.”
Andrew and I began to walk toward one another. He glanced away from me and then right as we got closer, he gave me an intense, longing stare which almost took my breath away. I lost all focus and forgot what I was supposed to do. It was like time was standing still and we were the only two people in the world.
“Cut!” Dimitri said. “Perfection. You absolutely nailed the look, Cecily. Let’s try it again, but this time the focus will be on Andrew’s angle.”
My face felt warm as I walked back on my mark to go again. How did I get my look so perfect when I hadn’t done anything intentional? Andrew’s gaze had been so overwhelming I had forgotten everything I was meant to do. Then it hit me—my look hadn’t been an act. Whatever I did in the scene was how I actually felt in the moment and if Dimitri said it was the perfect look then it meant I must have been showing my true feelings for Andrew. How embarrassing! Did people think I was acting or was my stupid kiddie crush apparent to everyone now? Andrew would probably take the security guys aside and tell them there was a stalker present and to quietly escort me off the premises without making a scene. The whole crew would laugh over how the dumb star struck kid got caught up in her obsession with the pop star. I never should have done this. At least before I had the fantasy, now Andrew was aware of my existence and instead of remembering the connection we had earlier, he’d see me as just another fan.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True? True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist.
Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton.

WEBSITE: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/
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AMAZON BIO: https://www.amazon.com/Krysten-Lindsay-Hager/e/B00L2JC9P2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1518310668&sr=8-1

Buy links:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079S3KJSH
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079S3KJSH
Amazon IN: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B079S3KJSH
Amazon Germany: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B079S3KJSH
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079S3KJSH
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/Dreams-Come-True-Cecily-Taylor-ebook/dp/B079S3KJSH
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/can-dreams-come-true-krysten-lindsay-hager/1128104849?ean=9781621357469

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

Cover Reveal for KJ Swann's On Frozen Hills


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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!

Find her at:

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