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Book Excerpt from Misunderstandings


I’m hosting an excerpt from M/M contemporary romance “Misunderstandings” today. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

Tristan truly believed that was one of the reasons why they all got along so well. All of the men in the team came from at least white collar families, and while they may not have had to work a day in their lives, they chose to enter the military’s most elite team and fight for their country.

Yeah, there were one or two of the men who had the ‘money mentality’, but they were good men, honorable men who worked hard and did whatever they had to do to keep the team safe. He wouldn’t wish for any other members to be in his team.

“Where would we go? It would take a long time to find a town like that,” Michael said, bringing Tristan’s attention back to the conversation at hand and making him realize that he missed something.

“Plus, I don’t know of a town that would allow sixteen gay SEALs to descend and move in, let alone welcome them with open arms.” Linc said with a chuckle.

“There has to be somewhere,” Raf said. “I don’t want to lose my family.”

“Cedar, Colorado,” Lucian said quickly.

Tristan looked at him. “What?”

“Why Cedar, Colorado? What’s so special about that town?”

“Other than that’s where Tristan is from?” Lucian said. “We’ve all been there from time to time over the years. They know each of us as much as we know them. Tristan is well loved as we have all seen throughout our visits. They’ve all seen us descend on the town before and didn’t have a problem with it. It’s quaint, out of the way. And they don’t give a shit if a person is gay or straight. As long as you don’t cause trouble you’ll be welcomed with open arms.”

Tristan stared at Lucian for a long moment. What was he saying? While on one hand he didn’t know how the citizens of Cedar would feel about a whole SEAL team moving in, he did know that the townspeople liked his friends. He had actually been thinking of where he and Lucian would move to once they retired. Never had he ever thought that Lucian would want to move to his small home town.

Meeting Lucian’s eyes, he was held captivated by what Lucian was saying. “I’m tired of not being able to be with you. When I’m out, I’m moving to Cedar to be with you. I love you Tris.”

Tristan melted, right then and there on the spot. The big SEAL melted. It took everything in him not to reach over and kiss the man.

“So, that’s the plan? Move to Cedar, Colorado?” Thomas asked. “It shouldn’t be too hard for me to find a job as a doctor, or at least a physician’s assistant.”

The men looked at each other for a few moments, then they all nodded almost at once.

They spent the rest of the night talking and finalizing plans to start the moving process. Lucian and Tristan’s tours were up first and they would return to Cedar and scope out things like housing and business and such, with the rest of the men in the team following as soon as their tours were up within the following months.

About Misunderstandings

Misunderstandings by Angel RothamelTitle: Misunderstandings

Author: Angel Rothamel

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

What would you do if you got a call informing you that the family as you knew it, was a lie.

Dan Brock, retired SEAL turned mechanic in small town Cedar, Colorado, gets a call that changes his life. Dealing with the family he never knew about, Dan takes his frustrations out on the man, that because of his good looks, Dan refuses to have anything to do with.

Dallas Bainbridge’s primary job is flying Dan’s former CO from place to place. Getting a request to fly Dan to his father’s funeral, Dallas tries to keep to himself, not knowing why Dan doesn’t like him. Can the two men get past their differences, or will a simple misunderstanding keep them apart?


Author Bio

Growing up in Washington State then moving to Texas then Missouri, before going on a life changing move to Perth, Australia, Angel has used experiences in her life to encourage her writings. She began writing when she was in 6th grade and always loved to tell tales of drama and intrigue. She insists on a happily ever after, at least for now, but she also says that ‘the more drama they have to overcome the better. I like real stories, stories that take you on the gambit of emotions.’  She loves hearing that her readers laughed, cried, and even went so far as to want to smack the characters and ask… WTF!

She currently lives in Southeast Texas with her two dogs, a beagle Daisy and Chihuahua Bonita, along with her good friend Chris.

You can usually find her in front of her computer, typing away on her latest book, or on the phone with her best friend plotting out what will happen in one of their joint projects.

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May 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Kingdom of Heroes


I’m hosting a book excerpt from superhero novel “Kingdom of Heroes”. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

“Where the fuck is he?” The Ice Queen yelled as she rode to the top of the parking garage on a giant slide made of ice, her body coated in a thick sheath of frozen crystal, her “superhero” form. She sparkled like a diamond.

The Detective stood up, placing his hat back on his head. “He’s gone. He got away.”

“Where the hell did he go?” she cried out as she rode her ice slide to the concrete ground, coming to rest next to him. “What the hell did he do, just fucking disappear?.”

“He just fucking disappeared,” The Detective said, staring at the ice that covered her from head to toe and wanting to ask if he could touch it. “How did you find me anyways?”

“You two disappeared in a flash of electricity, and then I saw another flash that came from this spot. I iced up and got here as fast as I could.” She threw her hands up in the air. “Apparently, I wasn’t fast enough. Now, how the hell did you end up here?”

“When I shot inside the armor, it did something to it,” he answered. “We teleported here, and then he teleported away.”

“Why didn’t he kill you?”

“I don’t think I’m on his target list,” he said, absentmindedly rubbing his right arm. “He left here without firing another shot.”

She pointed at him. “Then what’s that?”

He looked to his right. Blood poured from a hole in his shoulder, running down his arm and dripping off the back of his hand. He sat back down. “So apparently I didn’t dodge that barrage of gunfire as well as I thought I had.”

She walked over to him and peeled his coat off of his arm. “Take your shirt off.”

“I don’t think we have time for that, do we?” he asked as she pulled the bloody shirt down past the wound.

“Not now, you idiot.”

She touched his bare skin. He felt like he was being rubbed by a beautiful popsicle.

About Kingdom of Heroes

Kingdom_of_Heroes_Cover_for_KindleTitle: Kingdom of Heroes

Author: Jay Philips

Genre: Fantasy / Superhero / Mystery

Years ago, a gene virus ran rampant across the planet, leaving a small percentage of people gifted/ cursed with extraordinary abilities and humanity itself forever changed. Suddenly, there were people with super strength and speed, people who could read minds, people who could teleport themselves from place to place with but a single thought.

Several of these people joined together to form The Seven, the most powerful group of supers the world had ever known. Led by the enigmatic Agent America, The Seven kept the country safe from threats both foreign and internal. That is until the United States government decided the threat of the supers outweighed any protection they could offer.

After a war between the super powered and the normals (as non-powered humans are now referred), The Seven have placed themselves as the nation’s rulers, controlling the country through fear and intimidation. But now, someone or something is murdering The Seven one-by-one, single handedly attempting to make them pay for all of the sins they have committed.

To stop a killer, The Seven turn to a man who hates them as much as anyone. An imprisoned man known only as The Detective finds himself in the unenviable position of helping the people he despises in exchange for his freedom.

Author Bio

JayPhillipsJay Phillips lives in Tennessee with his wife, his two children, and a golden retriever named Shippo. A lifelong lover of comic books, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and everything else from the nerd culture, he prides himself on writing fiction that crosses boundaries.



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May 24, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Root Bound


I’m hosting an excerpt from young adult fantasy novel “Root Bound” today. “Root Bound” is going on tour from May 20th to June 20th. It sounds like an amazing book. Hope you enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

The steps grew louder, until they were right outside the door. The brownies clung to Emma, shivering in fear.

“What do I do?” Emma whispered, the words sticking in her throat. The brownies looked around. Truss tugged at her shirt frantically and pointed.

“There!” she gasped. Emma followed her arm, which pointed toward the wall.

“There’s nothing there. Just a wall.”

“Not the wall. The vent,” Piers cried out, clutching her collar. “Down there, along the baseboards.”

“But I can’t fit in there,” Emma whispered urgently. “I’m too big!” Just then the doorknob rattled.

“GO!” the brownies screamed in unison as the knob turned and the door began to creak open.

Emma didn’t know what else to do, so she scooted out from under the bed and ran toward the air vent. The brownies clung to her, grabbing her ears, her nose and even the edges of the book, hanging on for dear life.

“Jump!” Mat screamed in her ear.

“I can’t.”

“There’s no time! Jump! Jump NOW!”

She was so afraid, she couldn’t even think straight.

“Jump NOW!” Piers shouted.

“Slip through! You can do it!” a voice echoed in her ears. She did not know if it was one of them shouting or herself.

“Slip through!”



Emma took a deep breath and looked once more toward the bedroom door. It rattled and shook, and the doorknob started to turn. She turned back to the wall and looked at the tiny vent near the floorboards. Then she did something she never thought she would do.

She jumped.

About Root Bound

emma root bound coverTitle: Root Bound (Emma and The Elementals #1)

Author: Tanya Karen Gough

Genre: YA Fantasy

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies – basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

Author Bio

Tanya Karen Gough owned and published The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue from 1997-2007, earning a strong international customer base of world class academics and high school educators. Tanya was also a contributing editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria (BC), audio advisor for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare textbook series, and theatre reviewer for Tanya grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.








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May 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Aphanasian Stories


I’m hosting an excerpt from fantasy novella collection “Aphanasian Stories” today. The excerpt is from the first story, called “A Love Story”. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

“Z’thandra,” he intoned solemnly. “This council has no choice but to find you guilty of recklessly endangering one of the village and causing him to fall into a pit and break his arm. It is our judgment you receive five stones. May Phrake have mercy on you and prompt your heart to sincere repentance for your deeds.”

Z’thandra heard Ulda and Eerna both gasp at the severity of her punishment, but the sounds came as to her as though from a long way away. Her knees went weak and her entire body began to tremble. She reached out blindly for something to hold herself up with and sagged thankfully against Ulda as the woman thrust herself under Z’thandra’s arm.

“You can’t be serious?” Ulda exclaimed pointing a scaly green finger at the councilors. “Five stones? Criminals, real criminals, get less than that.”

Five stones. Z’thandra didn’t hear the council’s response, or Ulda’s if she made one. She was lost in her thoughts. Five stones. She’d seen it done before, once. After that one time, the punishment was so brutal she’d made whatever excuse she could to never attend a stoning again.

Five stones.

At dusk, right before the magic moment when the last ray of the day’s sunlight slipped into memory she would be brought, her hands bound behind her, to the sacred clearing. There she would be made to kneel, in the center of a circle comprised of all the members of the village who were able-bodied enough to make the short downhill trek. All those who wanted to be included in the draw to be tossers would throw their mark into the high councilor’s hat and he would draw out the allotted number – in her case, five. The tossers would have a few short moments to pick their stones from those scattered around the clearing and then, in the instant the sun slipped below the horizon, pulling its last tendrils of light down with it, they would throw them.

People, reptar, were occasionally stoned to death, but with a sentence of five stones the tossers would not chose rocks they thought would cause that – they would aim to hurt, not to kill. Those people who’d been stoned in the past were easy to recognize around the village, they were invariably scarred, disfigured and broken. Their hearts, their spirits and their bodies.

Five stones.

About Aphanasian Stories

AphanasianStories-coverTitle: Aphanasian Stories

Author: Rhonda Parrish

Genre: Fantasy Short Story Collection

Three of Rhonda Parrish’s beloved Aphanasian stories brought together in one collection for the first time!

A Love Story: Z’thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.

Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman’s experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby’s brother before it’s too late.

Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.

Author Bio

cestmoiWhen she isn’t procrastinating or gaming Rhonda writes fantasy, YA and horror. She also maintains a blog at and loves sushi.



May 22, 2013 at 12:40 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Prequels


I’m hosting an excerpt today from dark fiction / horror collection ‘Prequels’. The excerpt is from the story “Beauty and The Beast”. I hope you enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

Isaac blinked. He then looked on in horror as he saw the eyes from before staring at him from deeper inside the trees. Then they seemed to move forwards a little, closer to the pair of them. “Do you know what does sound like fun?”
Edith shook her head.

“Run!” Isaac shouted, grabbing Edith by the hand. He caught sight of the eyes suddenly bound forwards with terrifying speed as he and Edith turned back towards the coach and ran as fast as they could through the trees without tripping over.
SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! Branches seemed to be breaking and twisting just inches behind them – the whole forest was shaking!

“Come on!” Isaac cried, willing his legs to move quicker.

Edith screamed. “This is like Jurassic Park!” she yelled excitedly.

Then there was an enormous roar – it was deep and savage, unlike anything Isaac had ever heard. He didn’t let it stop him running, they were almost out of the trees now – the coach was visible again! Just a few more feet!


Then they were free, out onto the wide grass verge before the road.

“All aboard!” Isaac yelled as they ran, gesturing wildly for the boy and woman who were still in the doorway to back up and get in properly.

“What’s that racket?” the woman screeched.

“Something very big and angry that possibly wants to eat us!” Edith yelled with inappropriate glee.

The woman looked like she might pass out. “Is she for real?” she asked Isaac as they boarded the coach again in a hurry, shutting the door behind them.

“Worryingly I think she is.” Isaac said, exchanging a quick smile with Edith before turning and looking at what had chased them out of the trees. “Woah! Crumbs that’s, that’s different!”

About Prequels

PrequelsCoverTitle: Prequels (The Chronicles of Darkness)

Author: Matthew Head

Genre: Supernatural, Horror

Prepare for a supernatural smorgasbord of literature! This trilogy of spooky short stories will thrill you, chill you and break your heart – sometimes all at once! More than that though, they serve as a tantalising prequel series to the epic “The Chronicles of Darkness” series of novels which launches this July!

The Darkness at Down Street: When Isaac gets on the London underground he’s expecting to go from A to B like everybody else. But when the train stops he starts to wonder if something strange might be going on. Surely not, surely it’s all fine. But then the voice begins. Turn out the lights!

The Destiny of Melissa Smith: Everybody hopes they’ll have a great life, and Melissa Smith appears to have and amazing one. Then she visits a village fete. Then she meets an impossible man, a mysterious boy and an unimaginable monster. Then the true meaning of greatness is put to the test.

Beauty and the Beast: Have you ever peered into a dark forest from the safety of a car or a coach and wondered if there might be something nasty in the trees watching you? The coach from London to Monks-Lantern has taken a very unfortunate detour, leaving the passengers at the mercy of the terrifying monster in the woods. There’s screaming, running – and at the end of it all there’s a realisation: Monsters come in all different shapes and sizes.




Author Bio

AuthorPhotoMy name is Matthew Head and I’m a writer from Surrey. Well, I say from Surrey – I was born in Kent, moved to London for a bit and then moved out to Surrey to live with my partner Andrew. I was born in the eighties, raised in the nineties and then I was inspired in the noughties during my time at university where I studied Theology.

             Theology is quite possibly the most fascinating subject in the world. Sounds boring I know, sounds like church and everyone knows that church is boring. But it’s not like that at all. It’s packed full of myths and monsters, gods and goddesses – mad, bad, sad ones alive in stories which rival many blockbuster movies in terms of how epic they are. It doesn’t matter whether it’s all real or not – it’s the story that counts. Stories are beautiful because absolutely anything is possible within them. That’s why I love writing because I love the idea of contributing to that and creating stories. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, make you scared. Because I think there is some magic in writing – that simple words have the power to make us feel and react so strongly to them.

             When I’m not writing or doing my day job then I really enjoy going out and exploring new places. I love going somewhere I’ve never been before, especially if there’s some history linked to the place. Old places are the best – the older the better. You just get this sense that so much has happened there, so many different people have come and gone and yet the place remains.

             A few more random facts about me – my favourite pet is the humble goldfish, my favourite dinner is macaroni cheese, I love banana flavoured things but I strongly dislike bananas and the only real phobia I have is a phobia of frogs. Yeuch.


May 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Book Review Born of Greed

couple heterosexual topless with jeans detail studio shotTitle: Born of Greed

Author: J.T. Baroni

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Purchase: Amazon

                Jack Trotter and Amber Fontana enjoy a platonic relationship; that is until one fateful evening when they dine at Jimmie’s Crab Shack, a tiny bistro lying in seclusion off the coastal highway outside of Santa Monica. An out of the way place, Jimmie’s legendary seafood is as notorious as the movie stars and gangsters who have wined and dined here since the Roaring Twenties. It is here, in the aura of secrecy where clandestine meetings amongst lovers; deceitful schemes; and revenge riddled plots, have abounded for decades, where Amber reveals her intimacy problem, and Trotter finds courage to reveal his own disturbing dilemma.

Together, Jack and Amber overcome their sexual inhibitions and learn how to love. Then the two lovers mastermind a plan to take what they feel is rightfully Amber’s…forty million dollars from her greedy twin sister who became a sensational singing diva due mainly to Amber’s writing her twin’s hit songs, for little pay and no recognition.

Born of Greed is a fascinating epic fictional biography where greed, love, and revenge collide with sex, drugs and rock and roll.

I was in the mood for some contemporary romance, so I agreed to review this one. Jack Trotter is a definite alpha male. He’s confident, thinks he’s extremely good-looking and can be a bit of a douchebag. At the start, I didn’t find him charming at all, but I warmed up to him as the story progressed. Amber was an immediate “like” though. She’s very different from Jack, more on the quiet side, less confident, struggling with intimacy problems. The two meet each other and start coming up with a scheme to get money from Amber’s rich twin sister, who got rich by singing songs Amber wrote without giving her a dime.

Along the way, Jack and Amber fall for each other, but they have a lot of issues to get past if they truly want to be together. I liked the revenge plot behind hte romance – shows there’s a lot more substance to this story than just a romance novel.

The writing was great. My only problem was that Jack was, initially, very unlikeable. I almost wanted to stop reading because of that. It gets significantly better after he falls for Amber, but still, to make him slightly more likeable would’ve probably been a good idea.

May 19, 2013 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

Release Day Party There Goes The Groom


We’re celebrating the release day for contemporary romance comedy “There Goes The Groom” by Jana Richards. The author is giving away an Amazon Gift Certificate to one lucky winner! Scroll down to find out how to participate.

About There Goes The Groom

theregoe_epubEight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar. He was sure she didn’t really want to marry him. Now he’s back, and they’re forced to work together.

Coming home isn’t easy for Tony, because his father wanted him to work at a trade instead of going off to college. Their relationship is still unsteady. Even before Tony’s return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe and reliable. Yet the last thing she wants is a loveless, faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.

When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her as he did before?

If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.

Author Bio

Jana Richards pictureJana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy.  She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side.  She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.

Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou. You can reach her through her website at

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Liv kicked off her shoes and followed him into the kitchen, weaving a bit as she did so. She climbed awkwardly onto one of stools next to the island. “Don’t tell anybody, but I think I drank too much.” She brought her finger to her lips and made a shh sound.

Tony grinned. “Don’t worry. It’ll be our secret.”

“That’s good. Stuart wouldn’t like that I got drunk. He’s pretty strait-laced, you know.”

The mention of her fiancé’s name had his jaw clenching again. This time he couldn’t keep quiet. “Do you love him, Liv? Do you really want to marry him?”

She just smiled. “I want to get married.”

“How do you know he’s the right one for you? He didn’t even remember your birthday. What’s he going to forget next, your name?”

“That’s funny.” Her laugh was a little trembly. She slid sideways on her stool and nearly fell off before grabbing onto the counter and managing to right herself. “Maybe he will forget my name.” Her smile suddenly disappeared and she sat staring at him, looking completely vulnerable.

“That was a stupid thing for me to say, Liv. Of course he won’t forget your name. I’m sorry.”

She waved off his apology. “S’okay,” she slurred. “Perfectly understandable. You forgot me, so why shouldn’t Stuart? I guess I’m not the kind of woman men want to remember.”

He felt like a stake had been driven through his heart. “Liv–“

“S’okay. I understand. There’s just something about me that’s unlovable, I guess.” She folded her arms on the counter and laid down her head.

Her words hit him hard in the gut. He’d known eight years ago that he’d hurt her, but until this moment he hadn’t understood the depth of her pain. He wanted to explain how he’d felt eight years ago, why he hadn’t gone through with the wedding. But Liv was in no condition for explanations right now.

A powerful emotion welled in his chest, making his voice choke in his throat and his heart pound in his chest. He laid his hand on her dark, silky hair and gently stroked. “You’re wrong, Liv,” he said softly. “You’re the most lovable person I know.”

With those words a door opened in his heart, and for the first time in eight years he dared to look inside.


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