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Promo Post Every Inferno

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EveryInferno-400x600Title: Every Inferno

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ

Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

 

 

Author Bio

johannaparkhurstJohanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.

 

Links

Amazon page: amazon.com/author/johannaparkhurst

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7370437.Johanna_Parkhurst

Website: http://www.johannaparkhurst.com

Twitter: @johannawriteson

Tumblr: http://johannawriteson.tumblr.com/

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July 29, 2014 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

Cover Reveal Rouse Me

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We’re hosting the cover reveal for contemporary romance “Rouse Me”. Take a look at the cover…

 

Rouse Me_ebookAbout the Book

Alyssa Summers is not the kind of girl who cheats. Sure, she’s prone to over-indulgence. She spent years spiraling out of control before she checked herself into an eating disorder clinic. But she’s under control now. She spends her days locked in the prison of her apartment, waiting for permission from her fiancé, Ryan, to resume her acting career.

And then she meets Ryan’s business partner, Luke Lawrence. Tall, handsome, and disarmingly direct, Luke is the perfect temptation. There’s something so appealing about him, and it’s not just his big, brown eyes or his hard body. He’s witty, confident, completely apathetic to her engagement.

Alyssa knows Luke is after more than friendship, but she can’t resist his pursuit. The more time she spends with him, the more she wants him. But Ryan has done so much for her. How could she betray him? Even if she wants Luke more than she’s ever wanted anything. Even if this is the first time, in so long, that she’s wanted anything at all?

Author Bio

Crystal Kaswell is a novelist and screenwriter who writes love stories for grown ups. When she isn’t writing, she’s drinking tea, playing board games, or riding her beach cruiser around Los Angeles.

Links

Book Page:

http://www.crystalkaswell.com/rouse-me/

Mailing List Sign Up

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Twitter

https://twitter.com/CrystalKaswell

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/crystalkaswellwriter

Giveaway

The author is giving away eBook copies of “Rouse Me”. Fill in the form below to participate!

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July 28, 2014 at 12:57 am 1 comment

Promo Post Skin Deep

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SkinDeep_500x750Title: Skin Deep

Author: DP Denman

Genre: M/M contemporary romance

Liam Newman escaped an abusive past to start a new life with Justin, the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, the old life refuses to stay buried. When a fan of his porn star persona appears, he’s forced to reinvent himself in a surprising new career. Will it give him the new start he craves or lead him deeper into the life he’s trying to leave behind?

Author Bio

DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.

In her spare time she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

Links

www.dpdenman.com
https://twitter.com/dpdenman
https://www.facebook.com/dp.denman
http://dpdenmanauthor.blogspot.com

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Giveaway

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July 27, 2014 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Thunderstone

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Cover1-ebook-3Title: The Thunderstone

Author: Pj Belanger

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Empowered by jewels with various magical qualities – wizards, gemnuns, gemmonks and sapphires – along with the Lords they serve, combine to make up the HOUSES OF STOREM, inhabited by dwarfs, icelanders, elves, catpeople and hillpeople who must unite against the evil ONYX KINGDOM.

It is an adventure that finds an odd group of travelers trying to save the life of a wounded girl who is being pursued by trolls, ogres, pirates, hurks and histians – up rivers, through magical forests and mystical wizard towers, all because she may be the key to preventing the evil one from taking over the DIAMOND KINGDOM.

Don’t miss this, the first in a series that brings Birl, Eauxsage, Hadden, Chellie, Nugs and Tem together for the first time.

Author Bio

Pj Belanger has spent a good part of her life in the scenic hills of Connecticut. She was always an avid reader. “My father collected every bit of Science Fiction he could find- we would talk for hours on the subject. The Golden Age of Science Fiction is truly a love of mine.
Great writers from Heinlein to Jose Farmer to Asimov to Bloch were my idols. They were great story tellers something that influences my own work. Of course, then came Tolkien and I was hooked on fantasy too.”

After graduating from St. Francis College (UNE) in Maine, she worked in the fast pace newpaper advertising world but always had been a writer of short stories, novel length books of fiction, romance and general interest. Her work is a mixture of a three volume book series, The Houses of Storem filled with wizards, dwarfs, merrs, elfs, heroic Kings and albino Icelanders. Her Space Dectective series is just plain good sci fi fun as is her short story book.

Pj was deeply involved in writing local NASCAR Driver Profiles and has a book on The History of Stafford Speedway. “I love racing in general, but I really love the short tracks. It was a labor of love to write the racing books and I enjoyed writing a regular racing column for a local sports newspaper.”

Pj lives in Florida with husband. She enjoys time with her two grandchildren. Her life is enhanced by a trouble making miniature beagle and a mischievous cat.

Links

Website: http://www.pjbelanger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pj.belanger.author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pj-Belanger/e/B004KC89HA

Book Excerpt

Desolation, fear and despair saturated the very fabric of the barren land. It was not a welcoming land. On the contrary, as far as the eye could see, it was listless movement accentuated by unending dry bare black buttes from old dormant lava flows, ragged and sharp in their outlines. Thick patches of crimson dust, driven by a hot, piercing wind sweeping across the peaks, caressing the cliffs, swept downward into the dark infertile valleys only to soar upwards again- reaching toward the higher, cooler air. These endlessly driving mini whirlwinds caused showers of stone pebbles to cut odd shaped circular ridges into the black surfaces of the spectered rocks, scraping away any chance for life’s normal rebirth.

The strong, intense winds were the children of the many distant active volcanoes that could be seen dotting the far horizon huge mountains of fire, spiraling out lava into the hot soot laden air. The fire mountains’ red glow and ash drenched the sky blotting out all, leaving only a foreboding auburn aura. The land knew no day or night, only the perpetual red ashen glow. Great threatening rumbles shook the ground, warnings of unstable footings, of huge demanding landslides that changed the very face of the land moment by moment.

Yet in this forsaken, seemingly lifeless land, came a piercing screech, slicing through the thick air as cleanly as a knife going through flesh. An immense winged shadow filtered down to the surface, skipping over the rocks swiftly, circling, returning, searching . . . another ear splitting screech, one of hungry frustration as the shadow continued its fervent search.

 

July 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

Book Tour: Book Excerpt You Can Love Writing

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coverTitle: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it

Author: Connie B. Dowell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

Author Bio

Author Photo  C DowellConnie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise

 

Links

Websites: conniebdowell.com, bookechoes.com, and youcanlovewriting.com

Twitter at @ConnieBDowell

Facebook at facebook.com/editorcbdowell

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC87A3U

 

Giveaway

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Book Excerpt

Excerpt: Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism

Now, I’m sure don’t need to tell you that you shouldn’t present other people’s writing or ideas as your own. That’s like stealing multiplied by cheating, and your grandma would be disappointed in you. But plagiarism can be more subtle and even accidental. One of the most common ways people accidentally plagiarize is to forget to cite their sources, so being meticulous about crediting as you go is vital, but people also accidentally plagiarize by paraphrasing incorrectly. It’s not enough to change two or three words in a sentence; you have to really and truly restate something in your own words. Sometimes this can be challenging, especially when using certain words and phrases that are have specific meanings and can’t be changed. Here are examples of good and bad paraphrasing from our penguin story above.

Original:

I saw a penguin once. It was gosh darn adorable. Penguins rock my socks. I guess I must have been near a zoo and the penguin escaped. I don’t think penguins live in Virginia, but there it was, in the middle of the road, waddling along. I forgot all about what I was doing and stared at it. It waddled up to a car. Then, it pulled wire clothes hanger out of its little backpack and picked the lock. It drove away. The penguin stole my car. But it was so cute. Have you seen their little faces? How could I be mad?

Good Paraphrasing:

Dowell (2014) explains how she was so mesmerized by a penguin’s unexpected appearance and cute nature, she didn’t notice the penguin was stealing her car. Despite the incident, she remains positive in her attitude toward penguins.

Bad Paraphrasing:

Dowell (2014) discusses seeing a penguin in Virginia. She supposes she must have been near a zoo and the penguin escaped. The penguin was in the middle of the road. Dowell simply stared at it until it waddled up to a car and picked the lock with a wire clothes hanger. It was Dowell’s car. She couldn’t be angry, however, because of the cuteness of the penguin’s little face.

In the bad example, this person has changed quite a few words, but really the structure is exactly the same and there are still a lot of the original phrases. In the good example, this person has completely restated in a different structure and different words. The writer has some exact terms that can’t change (one can’t get away from saying penguin or car, for example), but it’s still a different writing of the same idea. Also notice that the good paraphrased example is considerably shorter than either the original sentences or the poorly paraphrased example. It hits relevant points, but doesn’t include all the details (like the clothes hanger). Summarizing often means creating a different structure as well.

July 24, 2014 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Through The Door

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I’m hosting an excerpt today from science-fiction novel “Through The Door”. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

Picture an abyss of pure energy, endless in every direction, galactic sheets of crystalized exhaust fumes. There were four ultrasonic awl ports to a vessel, curling smoke sifting from each to amass with the stagnant world around them. Now picture one of these vessels here, a beautiful auburn sea ship, engulfed in waves of endless white, three shades of silver no eye could ever see at once all in swells three hulls tall. Illusions, you say! No boat of wood, no matter how grand, could ever exist in such a place as the fourth cursed plane. You are correct, illusions, such fantastic trickery; as to shield an entire space vessel from port to bow; the ship was a pseudo battlecruiser, Class 5 Stellar Siege, built in a different era, a time when a ship wasn’t ever just a ship. But the Dark Epoch has passed; now the radiant is upon us all.
Now picture a captain, cradled in the shadows of his quarters; he has a hat of course, a hat of fine leather, one adorned with strange feathers of the most extraordinary colors. He stands tall and stoic, propped against the arch of a doorframe, Broad shouldered coat adorned with gold doilies- military grade, buttoned up the front, it was too old to belong to his young face. The captain gazes out of this doorway with eyes lacking pupils- gentle lavender orbs perfectly lidded by long lashes, framed by skin the color of a cloud, white…too white. But exactly the color it’s meant to be. Then there is his ears, angled out, pointed slightly and thick with piercings- all of which lay nestled into long elegant locks of silvery hair. He is not human, a distant relative, forty-five hundred times removed perhaps- The Cloudkin Of Fomhaut Two, that’s all his species was that nightless day in hyper space.
Tis I; that lonesome captain in the feathered, tri-cornered hat. What you picture, I see. It’s amazing, the space between dimensions- long ago we settled on the false belief that it was a physical one, to be overcome by speed, a tweak to the Nuclear Lathe’s, simple, cheap. With Nuclear lathe’s being the primary warp engines of the era, Larger ships could suddenly go faster- so faster we went. Little did we know then, that the speed which was thus named “Hyper-space” was actually a place, a dimension all it’s own. “The fourth cursed plane” we call it now. To go there your vessel had to be the best, and your crew…well they had to be legendary.

About the Book

47E680C2-8713-4162-8678-69545C0625B2Title: Through the Door

Author: Malcolm Abstan

Genre: Science Fiction

A crew of devious space pirates and their equally villainous captain set out on a quest to acquire a marvelous treasure from lore; known only to lay deep within the Abyss (A section of space not yet explored). Along their journey they are sidetracked however, and by some whim of fate find they’ve been included in a far more dangerous quest to save the entire universe.

Links

http://www.throughthedoorbymalcolmabstan.com

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July 21, 2014 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Cover Reveal 5 Easy Chocolate Pieces

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We’re hosting the cover reveal today for erotic romance (gay/BDSM) “5 Easy Chocolate Pieces”.

Here is the gorgeous cover…

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About the Book

Troy Pettifer, a broken-hearted chocolate shop worker, isn’t sure what to do next when Richard Belden, a controlling but handsome sadist, walks into his life and gets him on his knees. Richard is nursing his own heart that was broken by a man who betrayed him and the entire BDSM community. Troy’s friends start fixing him up with vanilla guys, but for Troy to fulfill desires he didn’t even know he had, he’s going to have to embrace the beautiful leather man within.

Website: http://www.darkhollowspress.com/#!5easychocolatepieces/c1fln
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LTENBAW

Giveaway

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July 21, 2014 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

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