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Book Review: Along The Watchtower by David Litwack

17798039Title: Along The Watchtower

Author: David Litwack

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Fantasy

Purchase: Amazon

A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare.  Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.  The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde.  His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.

This book was strong and powerful, and a wonderful mix of reality and fantasy. Lieutenant Freddie Williams is left a broken man after an IED explosion in Iraq, both mentally and physically. He has to come to terms with his new reality, and the fact that there may be more than one reality once he wakes up from his coma. The first is real life, where he’s in a terrible world of pain, and has to overcome mental challenges and PTSD. In the second reality he inhabits a dark fantasy world where magic and demons roam free. There he is Frederick, a mighty prince, who is the sole person who can save a kingdom from the evil Horde. With both worlds clinging to him, and challenges to face in both realms, he has a lot of fighting to do before he can ever truly be whole again.

The power of this book wasn’t just in the story it told, but also in the way it was told. David Litwack has a remarkable talent for storytelling and character development. Freddie really crawled under my skin. He’s an enigmatic character, even in his darkest of days, he portrays the kind of power only inspirational people have. He’s a fighter, but it seems like this time around he’s been dealt a particularly awful card. The writing was great, the pacing dead on. It started out slow, but the pacing grew faster steadily.

An extraordinary read, well worth your time.

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June 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

Release Day Party Confidante: The Escort

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We’re happy to celebrate the release day party for “Confidante: The Escort” today. Find out more about the book and read an excerpt below.

There’s also a giveaway for a signed print copy of the book! Scroll down to the giveaway and fill in the form to participate.

About Confidante: The Escort

Confidante escort smallerTitle: Confidante: The Escort

Author: Lilliana Anderson

Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

‘You thought I was shocked when I found out that my mother in law used to work in a brothel! Imagine my surprise when she told me that after she got out of there she decided to return to work in the sex industry.

But this time – she wanted to go where the money was, she wanted to be an Escort.

Follow Angelien, a now retired Sydney sex worker, in this true story, as she breaks boundaries when she insists of becoming an escort in her mid 30s, proving to everyone that a mature lady can be a very successful and sought after woman in an industry dominated by youth.

Story rated 18+ due to subject matter and sex scenes.’

Author Bio

2Australian born and bred, Lilliana Anderson has always loved to read and write considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Besides writing Angelien’s biographical trilogy, she also writes contemporary romance and drama all based around Aussie characters.

When she isn’t writing she is a wife, and a mother to four children. She has worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities before transferring to commerce/law at university.

She currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

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Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from ‘Bread & Butter’

Usually for Angelien, a booking would take between two to three hours, although sometimes they were very brief as her client may have had a late business meeting and just needed someone to either talk them down or bolster their spirits so they could actually sleep. On these occasions, sex wasn’t always involved – they simply wanted someone to talk to, and when it was, it was generally of the ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am’ variety.

Angelien’s regulars fell into two categories – ‘The Planners’, and ‘The Jammers’

The Planners

These men were dubbed ‘The Planners’ because most of them flew in from overseas and would book a few weeks ahead to ensure they got Angelien exactly when they wanted her.

She would arrive in their hotel suite and everything would be ready and waiting, they’d have the champagne on ice with two glasses ready to pour to moment she stepped into the room and they knew exactly how they wanted to night to go and how to make sure they had the exact experience they were looking for.

The Jammers

These were the guys that tended to be from interstate and would call the minute they had booked their airplane tickets or even the moment they had landed, hoping she was available. Their bookings ranged from a day or two in advance, to mere hours.  

Often, she would arrive in their room to see that they hadn’t even unpacked and they hadn’t made any dinner bookings or ordered anything for her arrival, everything was done ‘off the cuff’. It wasn’t so much that they were all that horny and wanted to get laid straight away, she felt it was more like a ritual especially for the men who travelled a lot. She had a sense that they were very lonely and didn’t want to do anything before they had company. So until she arrived, they simply waited. It seemed that they had their routine and they stuck to it. It was like they had a second life they lived and she was the woman in this particular ‘port’.

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June 30, 2013 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Book Review: Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough

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

Author: Tanya Karen Gough

Genre: YA Fantasy

Purchase:

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/root-bound-tanya-karen-gough/1111815412?ean=9780987850607

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/root-bound/id538875799?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/170816

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.

Root Bound was a delight to read. The story is intriguing, fun and original. When I started reading about Emma, I thought this was going to be your average run-down-the-mill fantasy story about a girl discovering magical creatures in her new house. And, up to that point, it was. Except that the creatures Emma meets are surprisingly original. The Brownies may have roots in ancient mythology, but I certainly never heard of them before, nor had I come across them in a book!

The book is obviously aimed at middle graders or older children, but as an adult I really enjoyed it as well. The main character was unique and relatable, and quite grown up for her age. The Brownies were hilarious. At first, I thought they were like…you know, brownies. The kinds you eat. Brownies come to live. Hah, but then when I read their description, I figured out they weren’t, although it was hilarious to imagine living brownies!

If you have a kid in your house, or you enjoy delightful fantasy reads, Root Bound is a must!

June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm 1 comment

Book Excerpt Faelon Book Tour

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I’m hosting an excerpt today, this one is from “Faelon”, a paranormal romance novel by writer A.J. Kelton! Enjoy the excerpt.

Read Excerpt

“I have been called many names in my life, but I don’t think ‘crazy-ass’ was one of them.” The man smiled at him.

“You still haven’t answered my question.” Jax pulled out his cell phone. “You have exactly thirty seconds to tell me who you are and why you are here, or you’ll be explaining it to the police.”

The other man pushed off from the door and sauntered toward Jax. “There is no need to get the police involved. My name is Faelon, and I live in the basement where I happen to be cataloguing all those important items and translating those dusty old books into English. It isn’t the most exciting job in the world, but, hell, it keeps me a bit busy, and at this moment I find I’m enjoying it.”

“You live in the basement?” Father Donavan mentioned that Faelon worked late at night, but he didn’t mention that the man actually lived down there. “Father Donavan didn’t mention that you lived in the basement.”

Faelon shoved his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket as he started toward the side door. “Yes, I have a small studio apartment down there. It’s why no one is allowed to enter the area without my express invitation. Ask Father Donavan tomorrow if you don’t believe me. I’m going out, grabbing a bite to eat, and maybe I’ll watch the water for a while. Tell me, is it warm out? Are the tourists here yet?”

Jax shrugged his shoulder. “It was a nice day for October and the tourists are always here, aren’t they? Especially this time of year?”

“I find that they are, yes. As to why they would come to this place when there are so many others across this nation that hold just as much mysticism at a warmer temperature is beyond me. Until tomorrow, Mr. Security Guard,” he said as he started walking again.

“Jax.”

“Jax?” Faelon turned his head in inquiry.

“My name, it’s Jax. At least that is what everyone calls me. It’s short for J-Jackson,” he stammered. He had no idea why he was rambling, other than the fact that Faelon was sexy as hell, and he wanted to speak to him just a little longer. There was something about the soft musical quality of his voice with just a trace of an accent that made Jax want to keep him talking.

Faelon gave a slight smile, and for a brief moment, Jax thought he had to be the hottest man alive. “Until tomorrow then, Jax.”

Jax watched him walk out the door. Giving himself a brief mental shake, he breathed in deeply to clear his head. He had never been so instantly attracted to someone before. When Father Donavan had told him about a researcher, but he’d never pictured a young man with skin-tight leather pants, a black biker jacket, and lips that looked like they would be right at home wrapped around a cock.

About Faelon

faelon front coverTitle: Faelon

Author: A.J. Kelton
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

Who knew that loving a Nephilim could be so dangerous.

Faelon, a 3000-year-old nephilim, fleeing a demonic master, found safety with the church. He has repaid their kindness by translating various artifacts. Father Donovan has watched as Faelon became a recluse, fearing those who would harm him.

Jax, wanting a change, moves to Salem, MA where he finds work as a churches security guard. Not believing that Faelon is a nephilim, he is forced to confront his own beliefs in the supernatural.

Can he learn to accept Faelon, and be the master he requires? Or lose the man he loves to the demons who would harm him.

Author Bio

AJ Kelton are the dynamic writing team of Angel and Jordan. The couple met online several years ago on an Alexander fan site and have been friends ever since. Angel soon found that Jordan had a flare for storytelling with several half-finished stories on her computer. Angel encouraged Jordan to finish the stories and with help in creative description she decided to send the stories off to MLR press. They were both shocked and excited when they got the news that Faelon was accepted for publication. While Jordan may have a flare for storytelling she doesn’t enjoy the smaller details in getting a story ready for publication. That is where Angel comes in; she spends countless hours getting the story ready after line edits, going over each line in proofing and formatting, making decisions such as covers and fonts, all things that Jordan just has problems focusing on. Angel is always on the lookout for her perfect mate, a cross between Ethan from Under the Australian Sky and Evan from Marco. Until Mr. Perfect appears at her door, or in front of her booth wanting an autograph she loves to read, take pictures and attend concerts of all kinds. She loves all things 80’s. Angel lives in Texas with her two dogs, Daisy a beagle who she insists is nothing like snoopy and her Chihuahua Bonita.

When not writing Jordan loves to read anything from Amish romance to the dark taboo books of fiction both M/M and Het. She is a very avid reader, except when writing because she doesn’t want to be influenced by what she is reading. Jordan loves to travel and often her latest vacation spots show up in his books. While Jordan is always looking for that perfect place to live at the moment she can be found in Kansas.

Both writers have solo projects coming out in the future, Angel with Misunderstandings under the name Angel Rothamel. Jordan with Legion under the name Rider Jacobs.

Both authors would love to hear from you. You can contact them via their web page AJKelton@AJKelton.com. You can also find them on Facebook under both AJ Kelton, Angel Rothamel and Rider Jacobs.

Links

Amazon Link: Print book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Faelon-J-Kelton/dp/1608208605/ref=la_B00B9MUDSC_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366152550&sr=1-1
Amazon Link: E-book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Faelon-ebook/dp/B00C7S9KWW/ref=la_B00B9MUDSC_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1366152550&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble Link: Print Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/faelon-kelton-aj/1115115480?ean=9781608208609

Barnes & Noble Link: E-book Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/faelon-aj-kelton/1115031698?ean=2940016776569
MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/Bookstore.php?bookid=AJKFAELN

Contact links

Website: http://ajkelton.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003130650097
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AJKelton
Blog: http://ajkeltonblog.blogspot.com
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ajkelton

June 17, 2013 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

Book Review: The Moonlight Serenade by Kate Hinderer

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Author: Kate Hinderer

Genre: YA Fantasy

Purchase: Amazon

When the opportunity of a lifetime falls into Collette’s lap, she jumps at the chance to intern at Fascination Island and sing on the stage of the Moonlight Serenade. Growing up around the theater, she’s dreamed of making it big since the first time she saw her mother grace the stage. But she first needs to conquer the overwhelming shyness that threatens her at the most inopportune time. And then there is Falcon. With his dark looks and charming personality it’s easy to fall for someone she can never have a future with, and that’s before she learns his secret.

This is the second book in the Fascination Island series. The book is a stand alone with different main characters from the other books in the series. The books do not need to be read in order. The first book is The Emerald Isle.

So, I haven’t read the first book, but the author mentioned in the synopsis it isn’t necessary, and when I started reading I found out it was indeed not necessary. This book was a delight to read. Collette has grown up around the theater, and has always dreamed of making it big. Her biggest problem though? She’s overwhelmingly shy, which isn’t a good quality for someone who wants to make it in the theater world. On top of that, she’s slowly falling for Falcon, a mysterious guy who has a charming personality but keeps so many secrets it’s hard to keep track of them all.

I loved Collette’s personality. She hasn’t got it easy, and she doesn’t give up. I loved her enthusiasm, how she tried to get over her shyness, etcetera. I’m a shy person myself, so I could easily relate to her. I liked Falcon as well, he’s dark and mysterious and quite amazing.

The book was a great, fast-paced read with plenty of magical moments and excellent writing. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

June 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Along The Watchtower

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I’m hosting an excerpt from “Along The Watchtower” today. I hope you enjoy the excerpt

Book Excerpt

“Come, Dauphin. Walk with me.”

The advisor led me up to the parapets of the castle. Despite the pre-dawn haze, I could make out the land below. I looked out past Elwynn Forest to the village of Goldshire, with its thatched-roof cottages and patchwork quilt of green pastures stitched together with stone walls. But beyond them, looming over the houses and fields, I could see the mountains of Golgoreth, high, jagged peaks where the world of the Alliance ended and the realm of the Horde began. Already, storm clouds gathered over the ridge. As I paused on the ramparts to watch, a wind gusted from the east, an unnatural gale that roared in my ears and caused ripples in my skin.

“You feel it?” Sir Gilly said. “Their power builds in the hope that you will fail. Everything is changing now, different than what you’ve come to expect.”

“How so?”

He stretched a trembling finger toward the distant mountains.

“Their evil flows like fog on a November day, seeping into everything. When your father died, the protection he gave to the countryside began to weaken. It will grow weaker still until only the walls of Stormwind provide protection. At the end of the thirty days, they too will fail.” He turned to me, his face inches from mine. “First lesson: you must not, under any circumstances, go beyond the castle walls during the days of anointment.” His brows wriggled and knotted. “And the castle itself will not be safe. The mist will enter the smallest of cracks and transform into strange beings, the source of the trials . . . .The castle you know will change. Stairways will come into being where none existed before. You’ll go down them, but when you turn back, they’ll be gone. Archways and tunnels will appear, leading to odd chambers where you’ll meet the beings I spoke of. Some will be guides—elves or priests or mage. Others will mean you harm, spectral demons, agents of the Horde. Assassins.”

“How will I know the difference?”

“Trust what’s in your heart. If that’s enough, you will save Azeroth for another generation. If not…” A sorrow came over him, weighing down his features . . .

I’d never seen him so downcast, my source of knowledge and strength. I fingered the hilt of my sword, as I had at the start of so many training sessions. My grip on the braided leather tightened.

He looked at my hand and shook his head.

“No, Dauphin. You cannot fight this enemy with a sword.”

“But to defend against assassins?”

“It’s not your body they seek to harm. These assassins can’t threaten your being.”

“Then what is their purpose?”

“To extinguish your spirit. To make you abandon the kingdom to darkness. Their purpose is despair.” He turned toward the watchtower, standing erect, every inch the advisor. “Come. It is time to begin.”

About Along The Watchtower

 17798039A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare.  Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.  The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde.  His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.

Author Bio

6439448The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

There Comes a Prophet, the first novel in this new stage of life, was published in July 2012. His second, Along the Watchtower, will be available in June 2013.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Contact Info

David Litwack

Email: dave@litwack.com

Website: www.davidlitwack.com

Facebook: David Litwack – Author

Twitter: @DavidLitwack

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439448.David_Litwack

There Comes a Prophet trailer: http://youtu.be/43girNzSFsw

Along the Watchtower trailer: http://youtu.be/f1JMK-ukaPo

June 8, 2013 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

Release Day Party Along The Watchtower

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I’m hosting a release day party today for “Along The Watchtower”. There will also be a book tour for this novel, which starts tomorrow. There will be giveaways, book reviews, interviews and excerpts during the tour, so it’ll all be good fun!

Get your copy here: http://amzn.to/16CoRQD

Along The Watchtower

17798039 A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare.  Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.  The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde.  His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.

 Author Bio

6439448The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

There Comes a Prophet, the first novel in this new stage of life, was published in July 2012. His second, Along the Watchtower, will be available in June 2013.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Email: dave@litwack.com

Website: www.davidlitwack.com

Facebook: David Litwack – Author

Twitter: @DavidLitwack

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439448.David_Litwack

There Comes a Prophet trailer: http://youtu.be/43girNzSFsw

Along the Watchtower trailer: http://youtu.be/f1JMK-ukaPo

June 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment