Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Daddy Defender by Janie Crouch

Daddy Defender
Omega Sector: Under Siege- Book 1
by Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

He was a man on a mission, one that included a beautiful woman and a little girl he'd die defending…

What a serious case of mistaken identity. Ashton Fitzgerald is no unassuming handyman but a highly trained sharpshooter intent on protecting Summer Worrall and her baby daughter. The Omega SWAT member has a debt to pay and he isn't about to let Summer out of his sights. 

For someone else has set their own sights on the lovely widow. Her unexpected relationship with Ashton has put Summer and her child straight into a madman's line of fire. Suddenly a mission to make amends becomes Ashton's quest to defend this little family with his very life. 

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: romantic suspense, heavy on the romance.

Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband's job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she's not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and movies of all kinds. 

Her favorite quote: "Life is a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller. 

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Irish War Cry (D.I.T. book three) by Victoria Danann

D.I.T., book three
by Victoria Danann

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Prince of Fools (House of Terriot, book 3) by Nancy Gideon

House of Terriot, book 3
by Nancy Gideon

Spirits in the Water Book Tour & Giveaway

Spirits in the Water

Elements of Untethered Realms Book 4

Genre: Fantasy Anthology
Catherine Stine, Gwen Gardner, Jeff Chapman, M. Pax, Angela Brown, River Fairchild, Simon Kewin, Christine Rains, Meradeth Houston, M. Gerrick, Cherie Reich

A haunted journey on a riverboat, water sprites borne of pennies, preternatural creatures, ancient serpents, and the Lady of the Lake lurk in dark waters. Raging storms and magical rainbow fountains. Water is spectacularly beautiful but also treacherous.
Spirits in the Water is an anthology of eleven magical tales by Untethered Realms, masters of fantasy & sci-fi. Take a haunted journey on a riverboat, meet water sprites borne of pennies, preternatural creatures, ancient serpents, and the Lady of the Lake who lurks in dark waters. Experience raging storms and magical rainbow fountains. Water is spectacularly beautiful but also treacherous. This is the last in the Elements series. Get them all!

Gwen Gardner gives us Shake, Rattle and Row.
Harlow Grayson has the chance to rid herself of a pesky ghost but she must first brave a haunted riverboat and recover a family heirloom. What she finds might be more than she can handle.

Jeff Chapman offers The Water Wight.
When a drowned girl changes her mind about suicide, Merliss and her associates face a fearsome, preternatural creature.

M. Pax presents The Wallows.
Evernee Weems wants to escape this world in the worst way. Her daughter needs everything, the rent is being raised, Evernee's job barely pays minimum wage, and she has little hope for better. Inside a puddle is a different reality. She jumps in, happy to trade her problems for a life in which worries don't exist. Or do they?

Angela Brown gives us Extraordinary.
Puberty hits Angelique like a gut punch and brings about a change, forcing an unexpected revelation about her past. All seems well until a vicious storm tears through her Texas community, and Angelique learns there are worse things than a little change.

River Fairchild presents You Can't Go Home Again.
A young woman, filled with regret about the past, goes on a journey and discovers more than she bargained for.

Simon Kewin offers us The Waters, Dividing the Land.
Hyrn the horned god of the woodlands is learning the meaning of fear. Death magic blights the land, threatening everyone and everything. To save what he can from spreading corruption, he turns to the ancient river serpents, but they've grown old and distant and may not hear his call at all.

Christine Rains gives us Frozen.
A necromancer is on the frozen moon of Saturn where the dead do scream.

Meradeth Houston presents The Flood.
Sometimes a flooded kitchen isn't the unluckiest thing to happen to you.

Catherine Stine offers Maizy of Bellagio.
April still searches for her mother who vanished nineteen years ago from the fountain at Hotel Bellagio in Vegas. Can Maizy, a water sprite who works the fountain's pink colors, begin to help the three generations of eccentric women tortured by this tragedy?

M. Gerrick gives us The One Who Would Wield the Sword.
Nikka is supposed to be nothing more than dragon bait so a real dragon hunter can do his job, but the Lady in the Lake has other plans for her.

Cherie Reich presents The Folding Point.
Aimee's fight against those who banned paper magics has begun.

From USA Today, Amazon bestselling, and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Spirits in the Water, a supernatural anthology of eleven thrilling tales. Spirits in the Water is the fourth, long-awaited Elements story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.

Elements of Untethered Realms series

Twisted Earths - October 2014
Mayhem in the Air - October 2015
Ghosts of Fire - October 2016
Spirits in the Water - October 2017

Untethered Realms is celebrating the release of Spirits in the Water, book 4 and the last in their Elements series! As part of this celebration, book 1, Twisted Earths goes FREE!

Angela Brown is a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered deliciousness. Steampunk, fantasy, and paranormal to contemporary fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Angela’s favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Find out more at publishness.blogspot.com.

Jeff Chapman writes software by day and speculative fiction when he should be sleeping. Many cups of dark hot chocolate power his nighttime imagination. His tales range from fantasy to horror, and they don’t all end badly. He lives with his wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space. Learn more at www.jeffchapmanbooks.com.

River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, and is owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.

Gwen Gardner writes clean, cozy and quirky mysteries and don’t be surprised if you meet a few ghosties along the way.
Since ghosts feature prominently in her books, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face—but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate, not necessarily in that order. For more about her books go to www.gwengardner.com.

M. Gerrick is the author of The War of Six Crowns and a variety of other stories (as Misha Gerrick). She was born and raised in South Africa, and currently lives on an apple farm with a small menagerie of animals. You can find her at www.youtube.com/channel/UCFRZK0eX_vgzbF7jM91N8DA.

Meradeth Houston likes to write about the real world, just with a big twist—maybe people can time travel or fly or aliens are real. It makes things a little more interesting. She is an anthropology professor by day, spending hours in a lab studying dead people’s DNA. Currently, she resides in Montana, where she wishes a beach were just a little closer. You can find more about her recent adventures here: meradethhouston.com.

Simon Kewin was born and raised on the misty Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea, but he now lives in the English countryside with his wife and their daughters. He is the author of over a hundred published short stories, and his works have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, and many more. His cyberpunk novel The Genehunter and his Cloven Land fantasy trilogy were published not so long ago, and his clockpunky novel Engn is to be published by Curiosity Quills Press in 2018. Find him at simonkewin.co.uk.

M. Pax is author of the space opera adventure series, The Backworlds, and the urban fantasy series, The Rifters. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her. She blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide and enjoys exploring the quirky corners of Oregon with her husband. Find out more at mpaxauthor.com.

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees, which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s playing games with friends or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. Find out more at christinerains.net.

Cherie Reich owns more books than she can ever read and thinks up more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn’t stop this bookworm from trying to complete her goals, even if it means curbing her TV addiction. A library assistant living in Virginia, she writes speculative fiction. Her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare, the fantasy short story collection People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors, and the fantasy series The Fate Challenges. For more information about her books, visit smarturl.it/CReichWebsite.

Catherine Stine is a USA Today bestselling author, whose novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. She thinks of writing as painting with words and as conjuring magic from the ether. Catherine hails from Philadelphia and lives in NYC. Find out more at www.catherinestine.com.

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The Audition & Torn Avenger by Lea Bronsen

2 separate books
by Lea Bronsen

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Life Without You by S.P. West

by S.P. West

Petals by Laurisa White Reyes Book Tour & Giveaway

by Laurisa White Reyes
Genre: YA Contemporary

On Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.

That’s where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before. But when? Where?

In Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.

The author is running this tour alongside her fundraiser for Casa de Sion, an orphanage/charity in Guatemala, which is where the book is set. She is donating $1.00 for every book sold and also $1.00 for every review of Petals posted on Amazon or Goodreads throughout the month of November to Casa de Sion. Her goal is to raise $200. More specific details can be found here: 

What can $200 do?

...feed a mother and child for six months

...buy shoes for 15+ children

 ...educate a child for 1/2 a year 
 ...and more!

Laurisa White Reyes The Storytellers, as well as The Celestine Chronicles and The Crystal Keeper series. She lives in Southern California where she teaches English at College of the Canyons.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tour Stop of Deliverance by Kristy Centeno

By Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult

He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?

Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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A Decade of Visions Book Tour & Giveaway

A Decade of Visions
by Cameron Ramses
Genre: Historical LGBT Romance

Born to a single mother in Dust Bowl-era Nebraska, Roy Manger learns to deny his true self from an early age. The rural Midwest is no place for a boy who wears girls’ clothes for fun—let alone for one who suffers gruesome hallucinations. It is only when he leaves home that he can embrace his true identity, spending his days as Roy and his nights as Raina, working as an escort in a ritzy Chicago bordello. But after a run-in with the law, Roy is torn between extremes: to live as a man or as a woman; to ignore his grief or struggle to accept it; to suppress his visions or seek to understand them. With the support of Woodrow, a convict with a murky past, Roy will have to come to terms with the fact that, in life, all of the greatest joys must come from within—and the greatest dangers, too.

A Decade of Visions contains adult content suitable for mature readers only. There are also instances of graphic gore and period typical homophobia.


What is something unique/quirky about you?
I just started an Instagram where I write pastry reviews! Since I moved to France, I’ve been trying to eat a different pastry every day. I figured, why not share my passion for sweets with the world? (The insta is brioche_boy, btw!)

What are some of your pet peeves?
When people order the same thing as me at restaurants! First of all, I love to eat alone. Sitting with someone else, having to make conversation with your mouth full, having to wait for them to finish… it’s all too much. The only silver lining is that I’ll have the chance to taste a dish other than mine. But if you order the same things as me, it's ruined. Just go an eat by yourself!

What inspired you to write this book?
Spite. A Decade of Visions started as a short story, which had all the same themes but with some minor changes: the protagonist was a girl living with her father instead of a boy with his mother, and the road trip in the second part of the story was about her and her boyfriend absconding together after eloping. I was happy with the short story, and didn’t touch it for a year. It wasn’t until I met a girl who had published a novel that I felt the urge to write one myself, intending, I guess, to show her up. I figured that DoV was fertile enough to sprout a whole novel. So, yeah. I guess it was spite that made me want to write it.

What can we expect from you in the future?
More books! I’m working on a piece right now that’s in its early stages. Ideally I would like to link all these novels into a larger cycle, but that’s an endeavor for another day.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Yes—Darren Deer, the lens of the second section, is not instrumental to the plot, but you find out a lot more about him than is normal for a secondary character. Have you ever find yourself thinking a lot about someone you don’t like, trying to get into their head and understand why they are the way they are? That’s how I feel about Darren. I go off on a whole tangent because I wanted to understand the brain of someone who could do the things Darren ends up doing. This was an awesome exercise in thinking outside of my comfort zone—though I do think I may have spent a little too much time mulling over him!

Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of D.C. about which the less said the better.

Who is your hero and why?
Cleopatra, for using her sexuality to fight for something she cares about, and for eating a pearl.

What book do you think everyone should read?
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. Not only is this queer required reading, but it changed the way I think about my body and sexuality, and how I approach happiness. It’s super short and very approachable— not to mention the tightness and beauty of the prose. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I haven’t seen many characters written with as much attention to the anxious turnings of the mind as Elio from Call Me By Your Name, which, if you haven’t read it, is absolutely queer required reading. It was a visceral experience, and felt like nothing so much as going back to high school and reliving those first earth-shattering feelings about another boy… the magic of Call Me By Your Name, though, is that instead of that first love being unrequited (a near universal experience among LGBT youth), the author imagines a different future. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

Describe your writing style.
Honestly? It’s a mess. Since I am a recent graduate, my mind is still clacking around with the million influences of four years’ worth of English readings. I try so hard to emulate the glimmering, pool-clear writing of Woolf that I sometimes fall into the deep end; other times I want nothing so much as to possess William Carlos William’s gift of making an image with a mere suggestion of words. The more I write, the more I realize I don’t have to try so hard to sound like anything. I find my most natural writing is speech: not dialogue per se, but the ups and downs of one person’s voice, especially those who speak emphatically.

What makes a good story?
Lasers, and lots of them.

What are you passionate about these days?
I’ve been thinking a lot about gender presentation. This past year I’ve started dressing more and more feminine. I’ve taken to wearing skirts in public, and my hair is so long now that, from behind, I am often mistaken for a woman. And I don’t know why it feels so good to dress feminine— but people always ask me why I do it, I have a few set answers. The easiest one is that it feels good just because. But as you may remember from your youth, “just because” is maybe the worst thing you can say when someone asks you a question. I sometimes phrase it in terms of subversion—that, as a boy, my wearing of a skirt is a political statement. This is true to a degree, but if I kept the potential for subversion in my mind at all times, I wouldn’t have the energy to even put on a skirt, let alone parade around town. Really, the best answer I have is this: that wearing a skirt makes me feel closer to my vision of my ideal myself, a vision that is by no means clear. I hate to conclude by saying it is, at the end of the day, more a question of intuition than anything else. But, as the French say, ├ža y est.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Reading, of course! And sometimes, just lying on my back on the floor. It’s restful to be a cadaver every once in a while!

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I’m not sure I am an author yet, really. I feel like the difference between an author and a hobby writer is about how much of your life you’ve given over to writing. As of yet, my concerns are to finish school and get my life set up. All the writing done in the next few years is preparation for the years I will, in fact, be an author. And whether or not it’s a the “right” decision will depend on whether I can find a way to make a living off of it, or if I will continue eating buttered noodles and water for the rest of my life.

What are they currently reading?
Les Mots by Jean-Paul Sartre. It’s been strongly recommended to me a few times, and I feel obligated to explore the French masters while I’m living here. I’m still trying to understand why people read biographies—am I hoping some of his greatness is imparted unto me? Am I trying to verify whether my tastes and life experience are matching up with where his were, when he was my age?

How long have you been writing?
My first creative project was in middle school, but I don’t think I sat down with the intention of writing a real story until college. It didn’t cross my mind to try to publish anything for a few more years after that. 

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? 
For me, the greatest thrill is arriving at the end of a paragraph, staring at the page, and thinking: “What next?” This “what next” is what keeps me on my toes. I’ve noticed that, when I know what I have planned for the characters, my writing gets sloppy, since I know I’m writing towards something. It feels more like fill-in the blank. I let chapters and sections flow organically.
Now that I think about it, though, I feel like this lack of structure is what causes the rushed feeling at the end of all my works, where I notice that the plot hasn’t even started yet and it’s 200 pages in. Maybe I’ll give the structured approach another shot!

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Decade of Visions?
Certainly! The protagonist is Roy, a boy living in the extremity of rural poverty during a time in America when the earth itself seemed sick of us. Roy learns early on that he can see the shades of things that have died. He also learns that he does not feel about other boys the way other boys feel about other boys. Things get dicey for Roy, and, in the section I omitted, circumstance effects a transformation. In the second section, we learn that Roy has been living as a woman, Raina. Antics ensue.
Woodrow is the love interest, an African-American man with the shadow of racist violence hanging over his head. He is on the lam for a crime he did not commit, and joins Raina in her journey.
There’s Inez, Roy’s mother, the paragon of the all-suffering mother.
Adrian is the trigger for the plot, or at least his body is.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
I only had a vision for Roy and Inez at the beginning—Woodrow didn’t appear until later. I knew I needed someone to occupy the space of an Adrian trope, though I didn’t prefigure how he would end up returning to the story toward the end.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Not enough! Writing historical fiction is incredibly difficult because every object the characters touch—to say nothing of landscapes and vocabulary—is suspect. The writer must ask herself on a constant loop: “Did this exist in the 1940s? Did this word mean then what it means today?” If I ever read historical fiction again, I will take better care to make sure the concrete reality around the characters is accurate. For anyone writing in a similar period: read Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. It contains literally hundreds of pages cataloging literally every object in the houses of four impoverished sharecroppers in the 1930s. It is a treasure trove!

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Wow! Yikes! Oof. Too bad.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I put more of myself in Roy than I knew at the time, and I think there was something prescient in the way I had him transition genders—I am living through a similar (though not exact) transformation today. The other characters are re-workings of tropes that are readily available to any writer, save perhaps Woodrow, a character who seems like an imperfect mirror of the tastes and speech of Roy.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
 Definitely describing The Pineapple. I am a huge advocate for the legalization of sex work, and having the chance to imagine such a haven before the huge crack-downs on female-owned bordellos in the 1930s that forced sex workers onto the street, where male pimps started to take advantage of them in the way that continues today. Imagining a place before puritanical laws robbed these women of their dignity, not to mention their right to their own labor, was a treat. Not to mention, I could describe opulent rooms for days!

Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Stephen King once said everyone has one thousand pages of bad writing in them that need to be gone through before quality can be achieved. Now that I’m closer to two thousand, I wonder if he maybe meant ten thousand after all.

Cameron Ramses is an American writer living in France. Most days he can be found sitting upright and feeling appalled. In addition to writing, he also runs a French pastry Instagram. Follow him: brioche_boy

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