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Release Day Party In Deep

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We’re happy to celebrate the release day party for contemporary romance “In Deep” today. You can get your copy of the book on Amazon.

We’re also hosting a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release. Scroll down to the end of this post to participate!

About The Book

indeepfinalTitle: In Deep

Author: Kella McKinnon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

“I never thought it would go this far… that a man with such terrible secrets would steal my heart and make me want him so much, when his life of danger and lies should have made me want nothing more than to turn and run. I understood him, you see. I knew that beneath all of that money and power, and yes… violence, was a man in desperate need of love. So desperate that he took from me something I wasn’t ready to give: my future.”

Brielle Dalton thought the few months in Vegas she needed to finish her dissertation would also be a chance to have some fun before ‘real life’ took over. But she never counted on meeting Cristos Vicario, the irresistible but troubled owner of the Adagio casino. The attraction was instant and all-consuming, but in the beginning neither knew that their lives had crossed before, and the result had been nothing short of tragedy. By the time Brielle discovers who Cristos really is, and what he has done in a reckless attempt to keep her, it’s too late. She’s already in too deep.

Author Bio

Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself. Though I used to work in Boston in the biotech industry, I’m now loving life on a small farm in New England where my husband and I are raising our three children. Between taking care of chickens and goats and shuttling the kids to dance class and piano lessons, I find the time to pursue my own interest: writing. I relish creating stories and bringing my characters to life on the written page, and each book is a labor of love.

I’m passionate about the romance genre because of the emotional journey a well-written novel can take the reader on, and my goal with each of my books is to do the same for my readers. I would love to hear from you at kellamckinnon.com, or kellamckinnon@yahoo.com.

Links

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Amazon

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Giveaway

There’s a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release day party.

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

September 30, 2014 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Drowning in Fear

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Book Excerpt

Nolan gazed down into the pool of thick, black water below. The lake stretched on in front of him, a sleeping monster ready to swallow him whole the moment he dipped his foot in it.

He turned back toward the house he’d come from, a nondescript two-story wooden building, barely more than a cabin. Light burned in the upstairs bedroom, and it didn’t feel right—its glow too golden, too luminescent, as if it didn’t come from this world at all.

A black shadow appeared behind the glass.

Nolan panicked and put a step back. His foot slipped on the wet surface, and before he had time to cry out, he fell down into the lake below. Water rolled over him in black, thick waves, pulling him under.

He screamed, but no sound came out. Water burned his eyes and engulfed him, threatening to drown him. He fought against the darkness, struggled to stay afloat, but the water was sticky and thick, almost as thick as blood, and he couldn’t move at all….

***

He woke up screaming.

Sweat rained down from his forehead and he shivered all over as he took a deep breath, trying to calm down. He was safe at home, in his own bedroom, not near the lake or the house he’d never seen before—not stuck in the nightmare.

The door burst open and his mom walked in. Her blonde hair looked completely disheveled and her bathrobe dragged over the floor, as if she’d rushed to put it on before darting to his room.

The first few nights it happened, she’d run in, eyes wide, worry turning her face into a wrinkled mask. Now, although her lips curled in annoyance, she still rushed over to his room every time.

He loved her for that.

“Did you have the nightmare again?”

“Yeah.” He wrapped his arms around himself. Now that he’d stopped sweating, he realized how cold his room was, as if he’d somehow been transported to the Arctic.

Mom sat down on the edge of the bed, kissed him on the forehead, and pulled him close. “It’s okay, sweetie. It was just a dream.”

The first time he’d had the nightmare, he’d believed her. It seemed logical. Dad had just broken the news to him that he’d enrolled him for a summer camp near a lake, in this stupid town called Weirdville. Mom had been so mad she hadn’t spoken to Dad all day. Nolan was mad too, but he wasn’t good at ignoring people, and way better at throwing temper tantrums. He’d crashed through the house like a tornado, jumped up and down the stairs, screamed at the top of his lungs.

The worst part was that he understood why Dad had done it. He’d gone behind Nolan’s back—and his Mom’s—in signing him up for the summer camp.

In high school, Dad had won the national swimming competition: 100 meters. He went swimming practically every day.

Nolan, on the other hand, was terrified of water. He’d been afraid of it for as long as he could remember. He wasn’t terribly good at any sport, but he dreaded swimming the most. Every time he had to go to the swimming pool, he ended up having a panic attack, until his school’s gym teacher decided it wasn’t worth the hassle and let Nolan pass on the swimming.

After he found out about the camp enrollment, the nightmares had begun, but there was

something strange about them. In daytime, Nolan feared what he assumed would be a slew of questioning stares of his fellow campers almost as much as the water itself. People always looked at him as if he’d grown three heads whenever he mentioned being afraid of the water.

In the nightmare, that barely played any part. It was all about the lake, about the house nearby, about the thing hiding inside the house.

“I don’t want to go.” He clutched Mom’s arm, digging his fingers into her skin. “Please don’t make me.”

She sighed. “I’m sorry, sweetie, but your Dad is convinced this’ll be good for you and… to be honest, I think he may be right.” She stroked his hair. “There’s no reason to be so afraid of swimming. It’s just water.”

He clenched his fists. If he got a penny every time he heard that sentence, he’d be a millionaire. Of course he had no reason to be afraid of water, but he was. He barely kept it under control while taking a bath. No way would he survive going to a lake.

Whenever he got near water, a blind panic took hold of him. He couldn’t move, could barely breathe. Run, his body screamed. Run! Get away from the water!

Even if he ignored his body’s demands, he always ended up panicking anyway. Then people had to come drag him out of the pool, and it all got so embarrassing everyone at school made fun at him.

It hurt that Mom thought the same way about it as Dad, that he should just get over this fear of water and move on with his life—that he couldn’t be normal until he did.

Mom pulled the blankets up to his shoulders and helped him lie back down. “Try to get some sleep. The bus will be here in less than four hours.” She kissed his cheek, and then disappeared out of his room.

Four hours until he had to leave. Four hours.

He clutched the blanket so hard his knuckles turned white.

About the Book

23169001Title: Drowning in Fear

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: Horror, Lower Grade, Chapter Book

For as long as he can remember, Nolan has been afraid of drowning. The fear is so bad he can’t even go swimming with his friends.

In an attempt to help him get over his fears, his Dad signs him up for a summer camp near Lake Weird. Ever since Nolan heard the news, he’s been having nightmares about an abandoned cabin near a lake, and about him drowning in water thick as blood.

Nolan is certain his nightmares are related to his fear of drowning, but when he arrives at summer camp, and finds out there’s a cabin near Lake Weird that matches the withered cabin from his nightmares, he realizes something more sinister is going on.

Can Nolan find out the reason why he’s spent his entire life being afraid of drowning? How is it connected to the spooky cabin from his nightmares, and the lake surrounded by creepy, crawling mist?

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete PictureMajanka has a Master of Law degree, and is studying for a Master of Criminology degree at the moment.

She has written a picture book series, “Valentina’s Spooky Adventures”, of which three books have been released. She’s also working on the “Weirdville” series, a series of scary lower grade chapter books. The first three books in the series have been released, and books four to six will release in 2014.

The first three Weridville books have also been released in audiobook version.

She’s written two young adult novels. “Fractured”, the first book in the Mirrorland series was released last year and its sequel, “Reflected” will be released in 2015. The first book in YA Paranormal series, the Angel of Death Series, “The Soul Thief”, will release in November 2014.

Website: http://majankaverstraete.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4813098.Majanka_Verstraete

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Majanka-Verstraete/398570476832115

Twitter: @iheartreads

Links

Evolved Publishing: http://www.evolvedpub.com/product/drowning-in-fear/

Amazon (US): Buy on Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK): Buy on Amazon (UK)

B&N: B&N

Smashwords: Smashwords

iTunes: iTunes

Kobo: Kobo

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September 27, 2014 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from To The Stars

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“Come!” his father orders. Noah complies even though his body kicks against the action. He follows a few steps behind his father as they walk through the hallway and turn at the corner. Another hallway stretches out. It seems identical to the first hallway except for the steel door that creates a gap in the white almost immediately to the right. Far ahead, at the end of the hallway is another steel door, just after the hallway turns off to the left. They walk toward the door at the far end, passing the left turn-off that reveals another section of the Lower Level, and stop in front of the door. The High Chancellor turns to face Noah who is forced to take a step or two back to avoid looking up his father’s nose.

“Father?” Noah asks as he looks around, “Where…”

“Today I am not your father,” the High Chancellor cuts him off without hesitation, “I am purely your High Chancellor and you are an apprentice. Clear?”

Noah’s forehead pulls into a deep scowl. Why did he think that somehow their relationship has progressed?

You were never my father anyway.

“Are we clear, Mr. Edison?” the Leader reiterates with spitting clarity. “Clear as can be…my Lord.”

“Now then, instead of showing you the day to day of being the head of the Empire,” the High Chancellor says to his apprentice, “I will educate you in the actions that make a leader a leader.”

Noah stays quiet and only nods when the High Chancellor’s pause requires one. The High Chancellor turns around once again and pulls the red pinstriped sleeve of his sleek, black suit upward to expose his wrist and brings it to a glowing panel to the side of the door. The door itself has no handle and promotes the epitome of total security. The panel reacts with a voice that fills the white hallway with its cold tone.

“Code 10 restricted access zone. Blood identification requested.”

The High Chancellor moves his hand to the wall. From what previously looked like a part of the wall, a red line of light forms a square. The square comes out of the wall a few centimetres before it stops. In it, five dots of light appear in the shape of a hand, the High Chancellor places his hand on the square, his fingertips correlating with the red dots. Then he hears a quick, sharp sound, and five crimson tears run from the fingertips. They run down until they each reach another red dot underneath the previous dots. The red light flashes several times then switches to green. The High Chancellor takes his hand away from the panel and it disappears back into the wall, the blood disappearing with it as if it never ran. The cold voice speaks again.

“Blood sample accepted. Welcome High Chancellor.”

From the door comes a latching sound that echoes past Noah and disappears around the corner they came from. It swings open with a heavy groan into another pit of darkness. The High Chancellor steps inside without a second wasted and Noah, after weighing his options, follows. The darkness surrounds him like a thick piece of cloth.

About To The Stars

 ToTheStars_Cover_EbookTitle: To The Stars

Author: Tiaan Lubbe

Genre: Dystopian / YA / NA / scifi

One boy. One girl. One world about to end.

When the world finds out its inevitable end will come in sixty years, it seems like all hope is lost. Until a man steps from the darkness. He offers salvation, but demands total control. The world accepts.

Sixty years later, the old saviour’s son is leader and watches over the last proceedings of his father’s plans – Seven Ark ships called the Astrum Portas.

Noah is the next leader. He doesn’t want to be.

Zara is the girl he’s in love with. She doesn’t know it.

Three lives become complicatedly intertwined when a bomb on the Astrum Porta unexpectedly throws them into a whirlwind of secrets, forbidden love and violent clashes all while the looming apocalypse approaches rapidly.

The final adventure awaits…

Author Bio

DSC_0229Tiaan Lubbe lives in Pretoria, South Africa where he spends his time teaching little monsters, directing  plays, doing what he calls writing and dreaming up the future. Mostly all at once.

 

Links

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@Tiaan_Lubbe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tiaanlubbeauthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tiaan_lubbe

Website: www.tiaanlubbe.com

Buy the book today!

B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-the-stars-tiaan-lubbe/1120315411?ean=2940046141047

Amazon:

Print – http://www.amazon.com/To-The-Stars-Tiaan-Lubbe/dp/0620616717/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NPZMFEG

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470331

September 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Promo Post Defender of the Flame

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Defender of the Flame

DOTF 196x300Title: Defender of the Flame

Author: Sylvia Engdahl

Genre: Science Fiction

Defender of the Flame is about the first steps toward the next phase of human evolution — the development of so-called “paranormal” powers such as ESP. Starship pilot Terry Radnor’s life is transformed by the discovery that he possesses these powers, and that others are working to spread them throughout the worlds of humankind. But they face danger. Most people don’t want to know that such powers exist; they have a deep innate fear having to admit that their conception of reality is false. And some of those people will go to any lengths to suppress their emergence. Some will even resort to terrorism.

Terry vows to defend the world that is spearheading the spread of new human capabilties, a world where for the first time in his life he has found happiness. He has no idea of how far that aim will take him from everything else he cares about — his promising career as a Fleet officer, his wife and soulmate, his unborn child. Torn away against his will, he is forced into exile from all that has previously mattered to him, seeing no chance to fulfill the commitment he has made. Yet a mysterious and extraordinary destiny has been predicted for Terry, and fate leads him to an even stranger one than anybody could have imagined.

This is the first book in the Rising Flame series, to be followed soon by Herald of the Flame. It does not depend on having read the Hidden Flame series, which precedes it, since although set in the same world it is a separate story, complete in itself, that takes place 200 years later.

Author Bio

SE 2007 400x500 hiSylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels. She is best known for her six Young Adult novels, which are also enjoyed by adults; Enchantress from the Stars was a Newbery Honor book, winner of the 1990 Phoenix Award of the Children’s Literature Association, and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. The others, including the Children of the Star trilogy, are for older readers, and her most recent novels — Stewards of the Flame, Promise of the Flame, Defender of the Flame, and the forthcoming Herald of the Flame — are for adults. She has also recently published an updated and expanded edition of her nonfiction book The Planet-Girded Suns: The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds. She is a strong space advocate and has maintained a widely-read space section of her website for many years. From her home in Eugene, Oregon she works as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools.

Links

Author Website:   http://www.sylviaengdahl.com

Buy Link on Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CGCWBUW

Buy Link on Barnes and Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/defender-of-the-flame-sylvia-engdahl/1115186186?ean=2940044490710

Buy Link on iTunes:   https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/defender-of-the-flame/id641895936?mt=11

Buy Link on Kobo:   http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/defender-of-the-flame

Buy Link on Smashwords:   https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308169

Buy LInk on Google Play:   https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=569ykHM12N8C

September 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Loving is Good

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“You’re deep in thought. Anything I can help you with?” Gabe asked with his gravelly and a pinch of hot- smoldering-sexy voice.

A gasp slipped through my lips, and my body temperature jumped ten degrees.

“Didn’t mean to scare you. Your mom”—Gabe pointed to the Mi Vida food truck—“told me to come get you. She said and I quote, ‘Tell my girl to get her curvy ass over here now,’ with an emphasis on now. I guessed that’s you since I don’t see any other girls sitting here with a curvy ass quite like yours.”

His eyes traveled my terrain, a full body inventory in seconds, lingering on my backside a little too long for comfort. My temperature was close to boiling.

“Wipe that smirk off your face or I will. I grew up on the mean streets of LA,” I said sharply.

His laugh rocked me from the inside out. I crossed my arms around my chest, partly to hide my Wonder Bra but mostly to hide my flighty hand movements and fidgeting. I tightened my hold around my body and stuck out my chin. It wasn’t a flattering pose, but I was going for tough.

“You make me laugh.” His nose crinkled. It made him look all the more sexy.

“You doubt me?” I said and tightened the grip around my chest.

He retorted with an irresistibly devastating grin. “I know for a fact that you grew up in the suburbs of Santa Barbara. The only thing you know about the mean streets is what you learned watching Law and Order reruns.”

“You don’t know anything about me.” I held firm in my pose but added narrowed eyes and pressed lips. My menacing look didn’t leave him shaking in fear.

“Your cousin”—he nodded toward Diego—“and I went out for beers last week. Give him a couple of beers and he reads like an open book.” His eyes resumed their roaming.

Loving is Good

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Author: Brenda Moguez

Genre: Sweet romance / new adult

Celia Mendoza is not living La Vida Loca. She put her graduate studies on hold after her father died. Now she dishes out advice in her e-zine column, Luna Love, Loving is Good. The problem is, she hasn’t had a second date or a kiss in over a year. Then Gabe Mercer, a modern-day Adonis, shows up, daring her to take a chance. The string of broken hearts in his wake turns Celia off, but his relentless encouragement to pursue her dream of becoming a serious journalist contradicts his reputation, making it hard to fight the pull of his topaz, come-hither eyes. He’s everything Luna Love tells her readers to take a chance on, but Celia can’t decide if a chance encounter is worth the gamble. But life has a will of its own, and hers is pushing Celia to accept the uncertainty and run towards her destiny.

Author Bio

moguez_headshotBrenda Moguez lives in San Francisco. She writes fiction with quirky, strong women, with non-formulaic endings because life isn’t always perfect. She writes by the light of the moon and between conference calls. She has aspirations for a fully staffed villa in Barcelona and funding aplenty for a room of her own. When she’s not working on a story, she writes love letters to the universe, dead poets, and Mae West. You can find her at http://www.brendamoguez.com and https://www.facebook.com/BrendaMoguez, where she explores passionate pursuits in all its forms.

Links

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Loving-Good-Luna-Brenda-Moguez-ebook/dp/B00MG7JL2I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408220319&sr=8-1&keywords=brenda+moguez

Barnes and Nobel

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loving-is-good-brenda-moguez/1120060641?ean=2940149624850

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaMoguez

Twitter:  @BrendaMoguez

Email: brenda.moguez@gmail.com

My website:

http://www.brendamoguez.com

September 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

Cover Reveal Washed Hands

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We’re hosting the cover reveal party today for mystery/thriller “Washed Hands” by Jonathan Charles Bruce.

We hope you like the cover!

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About the Book

Title: Washed Hands

Author: Jonathan Charles Bruce (http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing (http://booktrope.com)

Price: $13.95 (paperback)

ISBN:             9781620154656

Synopsis:

Breaking up can be one of the hardest things a person can do, something that the dedicated team at Washed Hands, Inc. thoroughly understands. Whether one’s soon-to-be-ex is manipulative, violent, or anything else that makes a clean break difficult, the company’s rejection counselors ensure that the split is established and maintained in no uncertain terms. And in the toughest cases, no one’s better at this than Monica Deimos.

Brought in on what appeared to be a relatively straight-forward domestic nightmare, Monica

realizes all-too-late that she has been set up to take the fall for the murder of a wealthy socialite.

As the police close in, Monica needs to discover who she can trust, who wants her out of the way, and why she was framed.

She’s no fool, though. The best case scenario ends in a jail cell… the worst in a body bag.

Link:

Website: http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23212555-washed-hands

Author Bio

7862046Jonathan Bruce began writing what amounted to terrible Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction when he was four. Although the original manuscripts are lost (or perhaps destroyed), we can rest assured that his prose has improved significantly since then. After high school, he began writing and directing plays which gradually improved depending on whom you ask. He discovered his love of a good fight scene after writing a Dracula knock-off which took a 19th century classic and made it less about Victorian yearning and 300% more about stabbing things in the jugular.

And yes, this means he wrote vampire fiction before Stephanie Meyer made it cool to sparkle in the sun.

He has a Master’s Degree in History, thanks largely to his thesis focusing on MUSIC, a Milwaukee-based school desegregation campaign during the 1960’s. He also enjoys discussing/making fun of pop culture of the 20th century and reading books of a non-historical nature. In his off moments, you can catch him writing for fun or making inane movies about nothing in particular. He also occasionally provides work for Twenty Four Pages a Second, a pretty keen website you should totally check out.

Website: http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7862046.Jonathan_Charles_Bruce

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathancharlesbruce

Twitter: @jonathancbruce

September 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Release Day Party To The Stars

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Happy release day to YA/NA dystopian/scifi novel “To The Stars”!

About the Book

ToTheStars_Cover_EbookTitle: To The Stars

Author: Tiaan Lubbe

Genre: Dystopian / YA / NA / scifi

One boy. One girl. One world about to end.

When the world finds out its inevitable end will come in sixty years, it seems like all hope is lost. Until a man steps from the darkness. He offers salvation, but demands total control. The world accepts.

Sixty years later, the old saviour’s son is leader and watches over the last proceedings of his father’s plans – Seven Ark ships called the Astrum Portas.

Noah is the next leader. He doesn’t want to be.

Zara is the girl he’s in love with. She doesn’t know it.

Three lives become complicatedly intertwined when a bomb on the Astrum Porta unexpectedly throws them into a whirlwind of secrets, forbidden love and violent clashes all while the looming apocalypse approaches rapidly.

The final adventure awaits…

Author Bio

DSC_0229Tiaan Lubbe lives in Pretoria, South Africa where he spends his time teaching little monsters, directing plays, doing what he calls writing and dreaming up the future. Mostly all at once.

 

Links

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@Tiaan_Lubbe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tiaanlubbeauthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tiaan_lubbe

Website: www.tiaanlubbe.com

B&N Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-the-stars-tiaan-lubbe/1120315411?ean=2940046141047

 Amazon:

Print – http://www.amazon.com/To-The-Stars-Tiaan-Lubbe/dp/0620616717/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NPZMFEG

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470331

And many others, including Apple, Bakers and Taylor etc.

Amazon Author Site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NRQE7PI

September 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

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