Thursday, July 31, 2014

Death House by Patrick Mullen

Death House by Patrick Mullen
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A mysterious crate is delivered to the home of Professor Stevens. There is no return address. Inside is an evil looking antique doll house that's incredibly detailed. Strange devices are on the sides of the house that allow you to look inside. What he sees inside begins to possess him. He must bring others to the house . It wants something, it needs something. A horrible accident happens on the other side of town. A baby is kidnapped. The towns police department has never seen anything like this, nor are they prepared for the evil that awaits them at death house.

Naughty Girls Do: A Red Hot and BOOM! Story (Inked & Kinked) by Jodi Redford Excerpt

Naughty Girls Do: A Red Hot and BOOM! Story (Inked & Kinked) by Jodi Redford
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Lexie Winters is on a mission—to lose her good girl image and tempt resident bad boy, Ash Bodry, into her bed. Tired of being treated like his kid sister, it’s past time for her to play dirty. She has her work cut out for her though when it comes to the sinfully sexy yet incredibly frustrating man.

As far as Ash is concerned, Lexie is strictly off limits. Not only are they friends, her dad just happens to be the sheriff, and years ago the man steered Ash away from a life of crime. No way is he repaying that favor by giving into his wicked fantasies of Lexie. But when the little vixen strolls into his tattoo parlor and requests a very naughty piercing, Ash’s honorable intentions are tested to their limits.

Now that Lexie’s hammered the first chink in Ash’s defenses, and he’s sweating bullets, there’s no chance in hell she’s settling for his hands off policy. Even if it means some flirty strip tease action and late night skinny dipping to convince him that this newfound naughty girl will do whatever it takes to get her man.

Break out the fireworks and get ready to kick off your summer with this HOT new collection of stories. Naughty Girls Do is part of the Red Hot and BOOM multi-author series (stands alone for reading enjoyment)

Excerpt:

A massive case of jittery nerves twisting her stomach into a knot, Lexie Winters hesitated outside the entrance to Shores Ink. Tearing her focus from the intricate black and white tribal graphic stenciled on the door, she gave her best friend and co-conspirator, Grace Jennings, a panicked look. “Why can’t I just get a tattoo?” Granted, she’d have to get it somewhere discreet. She didn’t want to completely scandalize her coworkers at the library. Of course, not much chance of that not happening if it ever leaked out what she was intending to get done at Ash Bodry’s tattoo parlor.
Grace indulged in a long-suffering sigh. “We’ve already discussed this. A tattoo won’t get Ash’s attention.”
“What if I get it on my butt? Or boob?”
Puh-lease.” Grace rolled her eyes. “Can you imagine the amount of asses and boobs Ash likely sees on a daily basis? Not gonna impress him.”
Grimacing, Lexie readjusted her tortoise frame lenses before inspecting her cleavage. “I’ve never gotten any complaints about the girls before.”
“Of course you haven’t. They’re the freaking Eighth Wonder of the World.” Grace gestured to the front of Lexie’s pink halter-top. “I wasn’t referring so much to your attributes as the tattoo in general. If you’re going to prove to Ash that you’re not a goody two shoes, you’re going to have to pull out all the stops. No relying on the miracle twins there to get the job done, Toots.”
Lexie swallowed hard. “I don’t know—”
“Yes, you do. Now pull up your big girl panties and get your ass in there, Wussarella.”
With that encouraging endearment ringing in her ears, Lexie sucked in a deep breath and ducked through the doorway. Heavy metal music drifted from the central sound system, its bass-loaded beat vibrating the floor and amping the nervous tension prickling beneath her skin. It wasn’t the first time she’d stepped inside Ash’s shop. God knows she’d invented plenty of excuses for dropping by over the years. Still, the pretense of bringing him lunch was far less stress inducing than her present plan.
Stalling, she deliberately dragged her feet, feigning a renewed interest in the photos grouped on the nearest wall. The images depicted various shots of Ash’s one of a kind custom ink designs. She leaned in for a closer scrutiny of her favorite out of the bunch—a gorgeously detailed mermaid. Each scale appeared so vividly real, she swore the mythical creature would leap to life with the tiniest flick of its jewel-toned tail. Lexie chewed her bottom lip. Maybe...
A loud rap rattled the front door, and Lexie instinctively jumped. Heart knocking in triple time, she tossed a guilty look toward the entrance. Sure enough, Grace was giving her the stink eye. Gusting a resigned exhalation, Lexie abandoned her post in front of the tattoo gallery and approached the unmanned appointment desk. Dalton—Ash’s assistant—was nowhere to be seen. Thank God for small favors. Because the less witnesses she had for this, the better.
She rounded the corner of the studio, and struggled to kill her lusty sigh as she took in her first Ash sighting of the day. A bounty of muscles flexing in his colorfully inked shoulders and upper arms, he hefted from his seat and leaned over the sketch pad propped open on his work station, his strong, masculine features set in fierce concentration. Dark eyebrows slashing low toward the bridge of his nose, he switched out his blue pen for a red one and continued free handing his creation on the paper. Taking advantage of his complete absorption with his task, Lexie drank up every ounce of his gorgeous perfection.
No, perfection wasn’t the right word when describing Ash Bodry. He was no pretty boy, by any means. His nose bore a slightly off kilter slant thanks to participating in one too many brawls back in the day, and the faint remnant of a scar still christened the spot above his biceps where he’d been stabbed in a knife fight. For some women, those lingering battle wounds of his past might have been a turn off. Then of course there were the braver, wilder girls who were drawn to Ash’s not-entirely-redeemed bad boy side. In Lexie’s case, her feelings for him ran more than skin deep.
She was one hundred percent hopelessly in love with Ash. Had been for nearly twelve years, ever since the fateful day her dad busted Ash in the act of hotwiring the mayor’s pristine ’68 Corvette Stingray. Rather than pushing to have Ash thrown in juvie, her dad had volunteered to personally oversee Ash’s probation. As the sheriff of a small lakeside community that quadrupled in residency and potential crime rate during peak summer season, taking on the role of Ash’s sponsor had been no small commitment on her dad’s part. But he’d set Ash on the—mostly—straight and narrow, and in the process inadvertently sealed Lexie’s lovelorn plight by arranging for Ash to help her that entire summer at her grandpa’s campground. Despite Ash having two years on her in age—and an infinitely higher amount of years on her when it came to street smarts—they’d formed a close bond that’d remained unshakable throughout the years.
Sending up a silent prayer that she wasn’t about to destroy that record, she steeled her spine and took a tentative step forward.

Beach Bags and Burglaries (A Haley Randolph Mystery) by Dorothy Howell Excerpt

Beach Bags and Burglaries (A Haley Randolph Mystery) by Dorothy Howell
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Part-time sleuth and full-time fashionista Haley Randolph just won an all-expenses-paid vacay at the Rowan Resort, a ridiculously exclusive island getaway that caters to the whims of millionaires, royalty, and Hollywood A-listers. With her three BFF's--Marcie, Bella, and Sandy--along for the ride, the only thing she's missing is the Sea Vixen, the season's hottest beach bag. . .

The island has everything Haley imagined: pristine beaches, posh accommodations, and possibly Brad Pitt. But trouble soon looms on the horizon when Jaslyn Gordon, a maid at the island resort, goes missing. And while practically looting the resort for a Sea Vixen beach bag, Haley of course finds the maid--on the beach. . .and clearly dead.

Everyone at the resort says Jaslyn's death was just an accident, but Haley thinks there's a lot going unsaid. . .especially when she spots hunky FBI agent Luke Warner. He claims to be on the island only for a wedding but Haley's not buying it.

Haley's faced down clever criminals before and always come out on top, but this malicious murderer might be too crafty. And though she's dying to get her hands on a Sea Vixen, she also wants to live long enough to be seen with it!

Excerpt:

For no real reason, the Sea Vixen beach bag popped into my head.
    I gazed out the window again and—oh my God, I spotted a woman carrying a Sea Vixen. That’s the second time I’d seen it on the island.
    Immediately, my senses jumped to high alert.  I had to get one.  I couldn’t be the only one here who didn’t have one.  If I caught up with her, I could ask where she got it and have Avery get me one, too.  She said to let her know if we needed anything.  That included beach bags, didn’t it?
    “I’m going for a walk,” I announced as I sprinted for the door.
    No way was I letting that woman get away from me.
    I hurried down the stairs to the lobby, then turned right figuring there had to be an exit that opened into the courtyard.  I went down a long, wide corridor, past all kinds of room, then out into the lush gardens.
    The woman with the Sea Vixen had disappeared, so I took off in the direction of the bungalows, where I’d seen her headed.  I figured she wouldn’t be walking very fast and I could catch up with her easily.
    I followed the meandering path, my head swiveling back and forth so as not to miss her.  I spotted a few women, but none of them carried the Sea Vixen.  I kept going.
    I walked past the bungalows and—yikes!—what if she’d gone inside one of them?  An all-night stakeout flashed in my mind—which I had no problem doing, of course—but I decided I’d keep moving, just in case.
    The sound of the surf grew louder as I pushed on.  Vegetation here was thicker and wilder, with lots of rocks and boulders and swaying palm trees.  Finally, the paved path gave way to a sandy beach and rolling ocean waves.  I figured that, even though I couldn’t see them, off to my left around the natural curve of the island was the helipad and the dock for the supply boats.
    I stopped and looked around.  No sign of the Sea Vixen.  In fact, there was no sign of anything.  This stretch of beach was deserted.  The waves were rough which, I guess, was the reason the swimming area was located on a different side of the island.
    Jeez, where was that woman?  Where could she have gone?
    I jogged down the beach a short ways but didn’t see her, so I jogged the other way.  Still no sign of her.   
    And why the heck would she be out here in the first place? 
    Then I thought—ugh—maybe she was out here for a hookup with a man.  Yeah, okay, no way did I want to walk in on that.
    I figured I must have missed her somehow and that I was sure to run into her—or someone else with the bag—again; I’d seen it twice already and we’d only just arrived.  Plus, I could ask Avery if she would help me locate one.
    I headed back toward the path.  A flash of color caught my eye.  I spotted a swatch of yellow fabric near a big boulder that was almost hidden amid a stand of palm trees.
    I got a weird feeling.
    I walked over.
     My weird feeling got weirder.
    I circled the boulder and spotted a young woman lying on the ground.
    It was Jazlyn Gordon.
    She wasn’t missing anymore.
    She was dead.

Both Sides Now (A True Love Story) by Shawn Inmon and Dawn Inmon

Both Sides Now (A True Love Story) by Shawn Inmon and Dawn Inmon
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Do you remember your first love?

When Dawn moved from Southern California to rainy, rural, Washington state in 1976, love took a backseat to worries about fitting in at her new school. Over time, her friendship with the boy next door grew until she realized she had found her first love without ever looking for it. Their sweet romance turned sour in 1979, and she said good-bye to that first love, apparently forever.

Twenty seven years later, a chance run-in led Dawn to question whether or not first love can really last and if she can find her own happily ever after. If you remember your first love, what it was like growing up in a small town where everyone knew your secrets, or the simpler times growing up in the seventies, you will find much to relate to in Both Sides Now.

Both Sides Now is a standalone true story that is a companion piece to the best-selling memoir Feels Like the First Time. They can be read separately or in any order.


This is her story.

The Ghost (RC Investigations Book 6) by V.R. Marks Excerpt

The Ghost (RC Investigations Book 6) by V.R. Marks
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A spy presumed dead only wants his life back... the undercover bride is a surprise.

CIA officer Andrew Garner died in an ambush he plotted, taking three soldiers down with him. Or so everyone believed. After years of living under the radar without a country or a friend, he's tracked the real culprit back to Charleston, South Carolina.

Army Counter-Intelligence officer Laura Talbot signed off on the reports of Garner's death as well as his responsibility for the tragic ambush years ago. Hearing he might be alive, she travels to Charleston to confirm the rumor with her own eyes.

But it's more than a simple case of mistaken identity as Laura and Andrew must improvise and outmaneuver a team bent on killing them both.

Don't miss any of the RC Investigations romantic suspense novels from USA Today bestseller V.R. Marks: The Thief, The Witness, The Hostage, The Informant, and The Suit.

Excerpt:

“Mr. Garner?”
He didn’t so much as twitch. He wasn’t Garner, hadn’t been for years. Today he was pretending to be one more husband desperately seeking the right purple bookends for his wife’s library.
“Mr. Garner? Sir? I believe you dropped your wallet.” Good play, but his wallet was secure behind the zipper inside his jacket. He had to make a conscious effort to stay relaxed as he felt the screws tighten. It was a mighty short list of people from his past who could have found him so quickly. A shorter list of people who’d known him by that name.
The woman speaking was gaining on his position. Same flat Midwestern inflections as the woman with the broom. Damn it. He knew better and still he’d assumed the people tailing him would’ve been mostly men. He heard the shuffle of footsteps as customers moved, felt their gazes on him.
There was a camera over the register in the center of the store. Another would be aimed at the office door. He peered over his shoulder, as the woman cut off the angle for the stairs to an upper level showroom. Her expert move, her familiar face, brought the worst possible scenario to glaring reality. Somehow Ross Carpenter had found him. Found him and contacted Army Counter-Intelligence, before Drew’s job was done.
Damn it.
There wasn’t time to worry how Ross had managed it, seeing as Charleston was hours from any of the RCI offices. No, Drew’s concern revolved around the immediate, surviving the here and now. Had Ross called in a favor or assembled a take-down team?
“Mr. Garner?”
She was directly behind him, likely holding out a wallet they both knew didn’t belong to him. If she reached out, got a hand on him at all, it was over. Anyone in her position, with her training, would be lethal in hand to hand combat, not to mention carrying a handgun. A fight meant more unwanted attention than he could afford.
“Sir?” She tapped him on the shoulder.
Hmm? Yes?” He shifted, and turning, he caught her knee with his, gaining a scant precious inch or two. Enough room to flee.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Intact: Cyborg Two by Charity Parkserson Review

Title: Intact
Series: Cyborg Two
Author: Charity Parkerson
Genre: Erotic Science Fiction
Pages: 126
Price: $3.99
Thoughts: Intense, sexy, and romantic.

Book Synopsis:

A world on edge...
The “Cyborg” team has kept one eye glued to the unrest inside the A.I. community for some time. Each member understands the ramifications of a revolt. If war is declared, they could find themselves on the opposite side of the law. One tiny detail changes Miles’ stance. Solving the case he’s worked since meeting Alexia could be the deciding factor. Left with no other choice, Miles orders his second in command to move to plan ‘B’—Dr. Kiston Beck.
A woman caught in the middle...
Kiston has stood with the Androids since her teenage years. Her inside knowledge of Cryo-Zone—an all-droid community—could mean the difference between a war lost or won. Convincing her to go against all she believes to be right is another matter.
Kiston has no idea what the Cybernetics Agency thinks she possesses. There hasn’t been a human alive who cared to hear her opinion in years. The one detail she’s absolutely sure about is that they sent the wrong team member if they hoped to seduce the information from her.
Cyborg Two is every woman’s dream. His wide shoulders, alpha ways and smoldering glances leave her breathless. Unfortunately, his biggest flaw is one too many for Kiston. He believes she’s crazy.
But is it too late?
After a botched kidnapping, a concussion and near-death experience, can Miles and his team still convince Kiston to join them, or will their brand of friendship end up destroying the world?

Review:

Okay, so I'm not a fan of science fiction novels, but throw in the word erotic and I'm there. Intact by Charity Parkerson is intense, sexy, and, yet, romantic. It's got so much going for it: great plot, interesting characters, action, and S-E-X! All and all, it was a very enjoyable read.

Master of Two by Patricia Green and Karin Ito Review

Title: Master of Two
Author: Patricia Green and Karin Ito
Genre: Erotic Romance/BDSM
Pages: 116
Price: $4.99
Thoughts: A good plot.

Book Synopsis:

Discover the world of Kevin Watson and his two lovely partners, Renee McNamara and Amiko Saito.

In this story, Kevin and his women are sundered by an evil Countess, who claims to be in love with Amiko, so kidnaps her and drags her to the continent as her slave. Kevin can't countenance the loss of one of the women he loves and he and Renee embark on a mission to retrieve their partner and bring her back home to Los Angeles.

There are tribulations and dominance challenges along the way, often complicated by their rough, hired private detective, Ross Adler. Kevin's sadism peaks and valleys along with his moods. Renee is brokenhearted that her friend and lover is missing but she is devoted to Kevin and his harsh way of showing his love. Amiko's experience is brutal and a trial to the lovely woman's fortitude.

Can Kevin and Renee vanquish the evil Countess? Will they get Amiko back, and if so, in what condition?

Review:

I was a bit skeptical about whether or not this book would be a good fit for my tastes. I'm not into girl-on-girl action and while the book did have some scenes that weren't my cup of tea, I really enjoyed the storyline and the male-female encounters. Yes, I'm on of those women that gets turned on by spankings. So sue me. Seriously though, it had a good plot. The only negative I saw with this story is it felt slightly unfinished. While the main plot was finished, I felt the subplot didn't get played out completely. Either way, it was a great book.

Discover the Paranormal Romance Mimi Bundle Curated by David H. Burton

Welcome to the Paranormal Romance mini bundle, curated by the International Bestseller David H. Burton (Broken: A Paranormal Romance) —a specially selected collection of award-winning paranormal romance books that will leave you wanting more!

Lisa Olsen and Dannika Dark were both kind enough to offer not only one book, but two! Lisa, of the best-selling Forged Bloodlines and The Fallen series brings us two phenomenal paranormal romance novels: The Company of Shadows and Moonsong – both will whet your appetite for more of her 20 works. Dannika, a USA Today Bestselling author of the famed Mageri series and The Seven series has brought us two of her delectable works: Seven Years and Sterling – both firsts in her popular works that will get you quickly hooked!

From the award winning Kristie Cook comes a story right from the incomparable Soul Savers series. For those that have already immersed themselves into this incredible world, you can’t miss Genesis. For those that have not read her works, what better way to get acquainted, and then thoroughly addicted, to a best-selling series that will leave you wanting more!

From the sultry Kiki Howell – an author with over thirty stories published between eleven different publishers – is Hidden Salem. I’ve known Kiki for a few years now and her writing is nothing short of superb. I couldn’t wait to include her in this bundle and she had exactly what I was looking for. It’s the perfect fit for this bundle!

  
This is a very exciting bundle that has been a pleasure to curate and I know that you’re going to love this line-up as much as I do!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Love's a Witch (Hart Clan Hybrids) by Roxy Mews Review

Title: Love's a Witch
Series: Heart Clan Hybrids, Book 2
Author: Roxy Mews
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 206
Price: $4.24
Thoughts: Loved It!

Book Synopsis:

You can’t outrun love, especially when it runs on four legs. 

Hart Clan Hybrids, Book 2

Since a very real set of vampire fangs sank into her arm, Mary Fields has accepted that she’s part of a magical world where all her dreams and visions finally make sense.

As she journeys to find a Wiccan mentor who’ll help her get a handle on her new powers, she clings to the one relic from her former life—a sketchpad. She also tries to ignore the red mating aura she’s beginning to see around her only companion on the trip—the hottie she used to read to at the library.
Mary’s readings were once a fun distraction from the cruel joke the supernatural world played on Craig Hart. He’s supposed to protect her from vampires out to make her their personal blood supply, yet he can’t bring himself to keep his paws off.

As Mary digs deep for the inner strength to protect herself, one stumble off her magical path sends her straight into Craig’s arms. Where love burns…but so does a truth that could turn that red mating aura into a river of blood.

Warning: This book contains outdoor sex without the benefit of bug spray, and erotic biting that could result in involuntary eruptions of fur.

Review:

This is one of those books that reminds me why I love paranormal romance so much. It's quirky, sexy, and just a fun read. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves the genre.

Love on the Edge: Nine Shades of Romantic Suspense Review

Title: Love on the Edge
Author: Lori Ryan, Wendy Ely, Amy Gamet, Marie-Nicole Ryan, Dale Mayer, Diana Layne, Margaret Taylor, Pauline Baird Jones, Kathryn Jane
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Price: $0.99
Thoughts: A must have!

Book Synopsis:

Nine shades of Romantic Suspense... Love and danger go hand-in-hand in this boxed set of nine full-length novels by nine award winning, bestselling authors. From second chances, explosive chases, and payback, to mob bosses, telepaths, and private investigators, we’ve got a story for the beach, the doctor’s office or a cozy evening at home.

Review:

Love romantic suspense? GET THIS! Where else can you get this much enjoyment for only $0.99? Jam-packed with page-turning romantic suspense, this collection is a must have.

The Glass Wall Collection: 4 Full-length Books by Carmen Caine - Prime Freebie!

The Glass Wall Collection: 4 Full-length Books by Carmen Caine
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From Award-Winning Author Carmen Caine, a Contemporary Paranormal Faerie Romance: The Complete Glass Wall Collection - Four Full-length Novels and the Prequel Short Story

The Glass Wall Series:

What if humans were more powerful than they thought? What if an alien race had a reason to keep humanity entrenched in fear? And what if ancient beings that we've met before were still trying to protect us? And just what if the fate of Earth depended upon an average 17-year-old girl with a few secrets of her own?

Would she discover that the power of love was truly the strongest of all?



"The Glass Wall" - Book One of the "Glass Wall":

- A mysterious and dangerously handsome stranger ...
- A slightly jaded 17-year-old girl ...
- A paranormal world hidden within our own ...

17-year-old Sydney's only interest in life is flying under the radar.

But destiny has other plans when the tall, handsome, and unusual Rafael Channing moves into the neighborhood. Athletic and with killer looks, he wears black eyeliner like a magician and always seems to be there when she needs him the most.

What starts out as a light-hearted investigation with her gadget-happy foster father takes a serious turn when she discovers that Rafael isn't human. Add Jareth, the country's latest rock sensation, into the mix and Sydney is swept into a mysterious world of Tulpas, the Fae, and the Brotherhood of the Snake.

Sydney doesn't know she's a Blue Thread of Fate. She doesn't know the fate of humanity depends on her choice of whom to trust--Jareth or Rafael. And she certainly doesn't know that she's taken the first step on the unexpected path of love.


"The Brotherhood of the Snake" - Book Two of the "Glass Wall":

- The first kiss ...
- A secret revealed ...
- The arrival of the Mesmers ...

After breaking the Glass Wall, Sydney finds herself on the run with Rafael. And as her feelings for him awaken, danger arrives in the form of Mesmers, agents of evil sent by the Brotherhood of the Snake.

But when Jareth struts back onto the scene, it isn't long before Sydney finds herself immersed in sinister secrets, and the subsequent whirlwind of events leaves her wondering just who is right and who is wrong?

"The Inner Circle" - Book Three of the "Glass Wall":

- A love is born that cannot be denied ...
- The Brotherhood of the Snake just might be winning ...
- A Decision of Fate is made ...

As Sydney navigates through the supernatural dangers surrounding her, she seizes control of her destiny and begins to fight back. And as she spies on the Inner Circle and the Brotherhood of the Snake, she discovers the power of human thought.

And finds out she can no longer deny the love that she feels.

But then both Rafael and Jareth's secrets are revealed and a Blue-Threaded decision of fate is made. But is it the right one?


"The Egg" - Book Four of the "Glass Wall":

- A death ...
- A beginning ...
- An egg to change the world ...

Faced with her Blue Thread of Fate, Sydney must make a choice if Rafael and Jareth are to survive. But what if it is an inner demon she's not expecting? Can she truly understand the many shades of love?


Prequel - the short story "Behind the Mirror" (Available)

Rafael Channing is a Fate Tracker, protecting his world and Earth from disaster, but what should he do when disaster appears in the form of love?

Covert Dreams: An International Thriller by Michael Meyer Excerpt

Covert Dreams: An International Thriller by Michael Meyer
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INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE - from the author who involves you in a thrilling Caribbean mystery in Book Two, DEADLY EYES 

Reviewers have compared  this book to Robert Ludlum's Bourne series, and the writing style has been compared to that of Dean Koontz.

Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.

COVERT DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from lively Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. What inspired you to write Covert Dreams

Mike. I love a good mystery. I like to be thrilled. In addition, I have always been intrigued by the relationship the United States has had with Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive societies in the world, where I have been a personal witness to the fact that life here and life there is as different as being on two separate planets. What we take here for a given is nearly always a no-no there.
          
The area of parapsychology has always intrigued me, and where better to deal with something such as this than in a very hidden-from-the-rest-of-the-world location. The mixture of live and let live as practiced in Bavarian Munich, coupled with the fervent zeal of Arabia, enhanced by American involvement--and the plot just seemed to thicken, drawing me into it as I wrote, without my ever knowing precisely where or how it would end, but loving every minute of it.

Q. What writing technique of yours are you most proud of?

Mike. My answer can be summed up by one of the many readers who have left reviews on my Amazon website: "One last point: at the end of most of the chapters the author used an unusual and effective technique that really won my respect. I felt I was in the hands of a master. Terrific book. I would recommend it to anyone." This particular review really had an effect on me since I had worked extremely hard to perfect this specific technique.

Since COVERT DREAMS has two alternating stories that are linked in a horrifying way at the end, I wanted to keep the reader in suspense the entire journey. I especially wanted to ensure that this would be a page-turner. So what I did was to link each chapter together with endings that would titillate the reader, making one want to hurry on to see what was going to happen next.

Q. Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?

Mike. The locales I write about are real. For instance, COVERT DREAMS is set primarily in Munich and in Saudi Arabia. I have lived and studied in Germany, and I know Munich as well as I know the back of my own hands. Also, I was a college professor at the University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I have traveled extensively throughout Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.



Excerpt:

The Munich all around her was bustling with activity. She could hear it from all directions. Munich was a wonderful city, a fun-loving place, the live and let live ebullience of the city emanating from its every nook and cranny. She had had a lovely stay here. All of it had been so adventurous, so new, so unlike life back home in Arizona. She could vividly recall the first time she had ventured into a Munich beer garden, where the liter mugs had been so huge that she had had to lift hers with both hands, and the giggles, from him, until he too had had to use both hands.

The fumbling noises he had been making came to an abrupt halt. He began stroking her cheek again. Gus looked so happy, so young, so full of life. It was so hard to imagine that he could be so heavily involved in all this horror.

Gus smiled at her once more. His eyes were soft, so gentle, so caring, so loving.

Maybe this was some kind of huge mistake. Maybe he wasn't going to kill her after all. Maybe everything would turn out happily ever after. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

But then suddenly she saw it clearly. It was no fairy tale. There would be no maybe. This was real, as real as the mixture of sadness and fear that now flooded her brain.

And then she died, with her eyes wide open, challenging, piercing his to the end.

July and the Single Heart: 7th in the Single Heart Series by Vi Zetterwall - FREEBIE!

July and the Single Heart: 7th in the Single Heart Series by Vi Zetterwall
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The Coin of Luck lands between a rock and a hard place.



29 year old, July Harris, has the entire fortunes of her conniving family riding on her. In order to fulfill her grandfather’s will, she must select a husband from among five strangers in less than two months. With the clock ticking, she makes a decision at the last moment that rocks her family’s world. And nothing turns out as she expected.

Excerpt:

William made a strong impression on her. At one point, they were discussing marketing for a small business like the restaurant they were at that evening. He said, “The wonderful aspect of helping a small company market itself is the process of helping them understand who they are. I mean, you should see their eyes light up when we talk with them and suddenly they begin to realize what they look like to other people. Some of them have never even thought about what their own USP is and when we help them identify it, well, it’s really something.”

July was hanging on every word. “USP? I’m sorry, I should probably know that, but what is it?”

William smiled gently. “USP is their essence. It’s who they are—their Unique Selling Proposition. Every business, and for that matter every person, has one. You just have to figure it out, and then, when you do, well, you build your ad campaign around it.”

“I’m still not sure I understand. I mean, for example, what is the USP for this restaurant?”

William answered immediately, “Well, they specialize in Ethiopian food, served just as they do in Africa. That is very unique and they should push that to the hilt. And I realize that probably sounds obvious but many businesses try too hard to appeal to a broad market and end up missing the mark altogether. Companies need to have a laser-like focus on their USP.”

“That…that is fascinating. I have to admit, I don’t say that very often, but I love to learn new things and I find that very interesting.”

William looked at her closely and smiled at her. “You know, you have a USP too. Everyone does, really. Would you like to know what I think it is?”

Slightly skeptical, July ventured, “Is this the part where you flatter me and I love it?”

William laughed. “Well, the cool part about USP’s is that they are always flattering. After all, you aren’t going to promote yourself by talking about something uncomplimentary, right?”

It was July’s turn to laugh. “True. So what is my USP?”

William looked at her and softly, with almost a conspiratorial tone, whispered, “You are inquisitive. And you take great joy in learning new things. I think that makes you unique and very attractive. Too many people have blinders on, and as they grow older, they quit seeking the new and start gravitating back toward the old. You, July, are different.”

That moment felt almost like magic to her. She moved William up to the top of the ‘no-cut’ list.

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas Haven (Dawson Ranch Series Book 1) by Kathleen Ball - FREEBIE!

Texas Haven (Dawson Ranch Series Book 1) by Kathleen Ball
FREE

Rancher Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now, Burke is determined to find an honest, country girl with no expectations of love.

Timeless Keepsakes: A Collection of Christmas Stories Review

Title: Timeless Keepsakes: A Collection of Christmas Stories
Authors: Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Nicole S. Patrick, and Julie Rowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 260
Price: $2.99
Thoughts: A great collection!

Book Synopsis:

The magic of Christmas is in the memories we hold dear and those precious treasures that remind us of the past. Join us as our Timeless Keepsakes take us on five remarkable journeys that heal old wounds, remind us of days gone by, play matchmaker, sweep us back in time and prove that love can conquer all.

Introduction ~ Sharon Sala

Mistletoe and Magick ~ Ruth A. Casie

After a year of searching, Maximilian, the druid Grand Master, finds the sacred mistletoe destined for his soul mate shriveled and dead. He must journey to the Otherworld and tell the Ancestors of his failure.
Ellyn of Brodgar is an exceptional healer. But each healing kiss depletes her energy and brings her closer to death. Ellyn needs to find her own healing power before it’s too late.
Max and Ellyn are tossed into the Otherworld and have until the third sunset to appeal to the Ancestors or be lost forever. Together they find love, and as the last rays of the third sunset slip away, both are willing to sacrifice their hopes, dreams, and lives for the other. Do they have what it takes to escape the Otherworld and begin their life together?

Christmas Spirits ~ Lita Harris

Another Christmas keeps Emily Chadwick busy in the kitchen until her granddaughter discovers an ornament that has been hidden away along with memories from her grandmother’s past. Emily opens her heart and tells her granddaughter about the grandfather she never knew. This Christmas brings something a bit more special than cookies.

Granting Her Wish ~ Emma Kaye

Danielle Thiessen has nothing when she’s tossed back in time to the 1960s, not even her memory. Nothing seems right, except how she feels in the arms of the handsome soldier who comes to her rescue.
Vietnam veteran Lee Russell is struggling to return to civilian life in a society that reviles him for serving his country. He no longer feels at home, except when holding Danielle in his arms.
She doesn’t belong in his time and he doesn’t belong back home. Could they belong to each other?

Letter From St. Nick ~ Nicole S. Patrick

Thad Sinclair is at a crossroads, but when he receives a letter informing him of an inheritance, the conditions force him to rethink his life’s course. Will this war-hardened US Marine finally find a place he can call home?
Scarlet Madison’s idea of a real Christmas can possibly come true this holiday. She just needs to prove that she can stand on her own two feet and save her gallery in the process. Can she realize anything is possible with unconditional support and love, no matter where it comes from?
An unexpected gift may lead Thad’s and Scarlet’s hearts to the same place.

Secret Santa ~ Julie Rowe

A nurse grieving the death of her twin brother receives an unusual gift at the staff Secret Santa party: the bullet that killed him and a message of hope and love.

Review:

What I loved most about this collection was that it truly was diverse. You have Mistletoe and Magic by Ruth A. Casie that's fantasy, then you have a delight, heartwarming story from Lita Harris, and even a time travel romance from Emma Kaye. Each of the five stories in the collection offers a different feel for the Christmas season. If you're looking for a book to get you in the holiday spirit, I highly recommend this one!

Saving the Rifleman (War Girls) by Julie Rowe Review

Title: Saving the Rifleman
Series: War Girls
Author: Julie Rowe
Genre: Military Romance
Pages: 122
Price: $2.51
Thoughts: Highly recommended.

Book Synopsis:

German-occupied Brussels, Belgium
Great War, 1914


British Red Cross nurse Maria Hunt lives in daily fear that the Germans will uncover her secret: she helps wounded British soldiers escape.

Lieutenant John Bennet is wounded and running out of options. Trapped behind enemy lines while collecting intelligence, he needs to get out of Belgium if he's going to escape with the information and his life.

Maria is devoted to her patients and her cause, but something else compels her to risk her life for this soldier. While a man of Lieutenant Bennet's station would barely speak to her in other circumstances, something in his kind eyes inspires a passion deep within her.

As his injuries worsen, can Maria find the courage to guide him through the war-torn countryside? And should they make it back to England, will their burgeoning desire survive the ravages of war?

Review:

I was quickly pulled into this book. Julie Rowe writes in such a way that you can't help but be transported to another time and place. As someone whose not big into war stories, I was impressed with this book. I found it quite enjoyable. The book was written in such a way that my heart picked up at the right moments and I couldn't wait to read what happened next. I highly recommend it.

The Final Arrangement (The Flower Shop Mystery Series 1) by Annie Adams Review

Title: The Final Arrangement
Series: Cozy Flower Shop Mystery Series, Book 1
Author: Annie Adams
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 306
Price: $4.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: Great characters!

Book Synopsis:

The Vulture is dead.

The body of Quincy McKay’s nemesis and biggest competitor in the floral business has just been discovered in a casket at the mortuary, complete with flowers on the lid.

Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, stole all of Quincy’s funeral business, and now she’s on a mission to get it back. But there’s a problem—Quincy is now the main suspect in The Vulture’s murder.

Armed with only her Zombie delivery van, good intentions, and the business card of a handsome cop named Alex, she must find the killer, save the flower shop, and keep from ending up in the next casket. If she can dodge burning bushes, the plague of a polygamist ex, and her mother's Mormon Mafia Spy Network, her life with Alex and her shop could become the perfect arrangement.

Review:

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. I especially loved the characters. K.C. and Danny had to be my favorites. However, the storyline was also great. I especially loved the fact that I didn't see the last hoorah at the end coming. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

WE’RE STILL TALKING LIKE SOLIDERS IN WW1

by Julie Rowe

We’re still talking like soldiers in World War One.

A large number of words entered daily use by English speaking people across the world. Words like:




  • Over the Top
  • Trench Coat
  • Ace
  • Buddy
  • Pushing up the Daisies
  • Red Tape
  • Zoom
  • Sniper
  • Washout
  • Cootie
  • Tune Up
  • In the Pink
  • Zero Hour
  • Busted
  • Guy
  • Ticked Off
  • Put a Sock in it
  • Hit the Deck
  • Washout
  • Rookie
  • Coffin nail
  • Seconds
  • Fed Up
  • Rise & Shine
  • Pipe down
  • Mess up
  • Get knocked off
  • Hike
  • Gadget
  • Kick the Bucket
  • Rank & File
  • Chow Down
  • Bull
  • Cushy
  • Scrounge
  • Shot (inoculation)
  • Humdinger
  • Missed the Bus
  • Basket Case

How many of these words or phrases to you use?

ENTICING THE SPYMASTER

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German-occupied Brussels, Belgium, April 1915

Judith Goddard is hiding in plain sight. A dual citizen with family ties to Belgian royalty and the British military, she works as a Red Cross nurse in a German hospital, learning what she can, ever fearful her true allegiance will be discovered.

British Expeditionary Force Captain Michael Lawrence is on a mission to rescue the daughter of his mentor. He doesn't expect to find a strong beautiful woman in place of the naïve girl whose love he rejected years earlier.

Jude is shocked when Michael turns up in her hospital, wounded and in German uniform. Though he broke her heart, she agrees to flee Belgium with him—she has information about an imminent attack that she must deliver to the British War Office, before it's too late.

Posing as a married couple, Jude and Michael journey to the border, in constant danger of discovery—and of giving in to their mutual passion…

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Hot Time in Texas by Ann DeFee Review

Title: A Hot Time in Texas
Author: Ann DeFee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 227
Price: $2.51
Thoughts: Loved it!

Book Synopsis:

A sexy Texas Ranger and a classy, sassy heroine…

That's all it takes for a hot time in Texas!

Etta Morrison had vowed never to get involved with another man in law enforcement, but she broke that vow when she fell for Texas Ranger Rafe Claiborne. Her reward? He left town without even a goodbye. But now Rafe's back—and he wants to pick up where they left off.

Two years after Rafe skipped out on her, Etta's over the moon with her new job as manager of the exclusive Sparkle Plenty costume jewelry store. In the world of synthetic diamonds, Sparkle Plenty is king—and this year, they're providing the crowns for the San Antonio Fiesta Coronation. Except the crowns have gone missing. Next thing you know, people start dropping dead and a couple of jerks shoot up her store.

When Rafe hears that Etta may be a target, he decides she needs a bodyguard. Him. In addition to keeping Etta safe in the middle of murders and a diamond-smuggling conspiracy, Rafe has to convince her to forgive him. Not an easy task, but Rangers are tough and Rafe is tenacious.

Review:

Loved it! Though this book has mystery and romance, I would call it awesome chick lit! I loved the characters and the storyline. This is the type of romance that I love to read. I highly recommend this one to those that love fun characters, good romance, and a bit of mystery.

Exclusive by Samantha Chase Review

Title: Exclusive
Author: Samantha Chase
Genre: Sweet Romance
Pages: 166
Price: $0.99
Thoughts: One of the author's best novels!

Book Synopsis:

When world-renown reclusive mystery author Jonathan Wade decides that he’s ready to reveal his identity to the world, he decides to do something even more mysterious than what he writes in his novels – he chooses a little-known writer at an even lesser-known magazine to write his story.

Taylor Scott is chosen specifically for this assignment and has to spend two weeks with him to write her article. The only catch? She has to come alone to his farm up in Maine. The whole world knows that Wade is a recluse, but Taylor has reservations of her own about going into this kind of an agreement. For starters, no one knows what this man looks like – or anything about him, for that matter – and no one will know exactly where she is.

Mike Greene runs all-things Jonathan Wade. He knew Taylor years ago and is instrumental to her getting this interview. When she arrives up at the farm and the two of them get reacquainted, and old friendship turns to romance. As their time together moves forward, it becomes more about the two of them and less about the story that Taylor is there to write.

Lines get blurred and communications crossed and Taylor has to decide between writing the story that will launch her career or refusing to print it and having a chance at love.

Review:

I've read several books by Samantha Chase and this one has to be my favorite. I just loved the storyline and the romance. Chase writes some of the best sweet romances I've ever read. If you're a sweet romance junkie, like me, read this!

Straight to Heaven (Lilith Straight series - Book 2) by Michelle Scott Review

Title: Straight to Heaven
Series: Lilith Straight series - Book 2
Author: Michelle Scott
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 208
Price: $5.28
Thoughts: I want more!

Book Synopsis:

Mother, teacher, wanton she-demon

Welcome to my life. I’m Lilith Straight, Hell’s newest employee. Although I’m getting pretty good at letting the succubus inside me take over, life in Hell is never easy. Miss Spry is up to her old tricks. She promised to let me save my daughter from my fate, but only if I can tempt my next client.

That’s how I end up horns-to-halo with a guardian angel determined to rescue my next victim. To make matters worse, William Benedict, the hottest demon in Hell, is trying to undermine my mission with some temptations of his own…

Nothing is ever what you expect in Hell, but really I should have known that already!

Review:

This is my kind of book! I loved the main character and loved that the book left me wanting more. Can't wait to read more of the series!

Ten Brides for Ten Heroes Review

Title: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes
Author: Theresa Ragan, Donna Fasano, Patrice Wilton, Rebecca York, Helen Scott Taylor, Rita Herron, Mona Risk, Annie Jones, Alicia Street, Mimi Barbour
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 1450
Price: $0.99
Thoughts: A must have!

Book Synopsis:

Ten Brides for Ten Heroes-- A 10-book bundle featuring novels by New York Times, USA Today, and National bestselling authors at a bargain price. Get ready to toss the bouquet and say, "I do!" as ten brides risk it all to find their happy ever after.

Review:

Where to start? First of all, you're getting almost 1500 pages of contemporary romance for only $0.99! Second, these are full-length novels and there's something for everyone. All and all, you can't go wrong with this collection. It's a must-have for those that love romance novels.

Friday, July 25, 2014

It Had to Be You (A Romantic Comedy) by Lynda Renham

It Had to Be You (A Romantic Comedy) by Lynda Renham
$3.20

When 29-year-old Binki Grayson is offered a Christmas bonus by her boss at the office party she didn't imagine he meant a quickie over his desk. Things for Binki just go from bad to worse and by Christmas Day she is not only jobless but boyfriend-less, so when she discovers her late Aunt Vera has left her something in her will she thinks things can only get better. What she doesn't realise is that her inheritance comes with a complication by the name of William Ellis.

A mishmash of misunderstandings, sex-shop escapades, high finance and a blooming romance make It Had to Be You another hilarious romantic comedy by the uproarious Lynda Renham.

Destructive Release (A Destructive Novel Book 3) by L.U. Ann

Destructive Release (A Destructive Novel Book 3) by L.U. Ann
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Destructive Release is the third and final book in A Destructive Novel Series and picks up where Destructive Choices left off.

A single grain of sand produces a beautiful pearl. How can something so precious come from something so painful?

Grief-stricken, Lacey realizes reality has caught up to her.

Her silence has kept her trapped as if she was a frightened little girl. When Lacey finally speaks up, what she unburies will forever haunt her.

The choices she makes only seem to hurt those she loves. When Lacey tries to stand up for herself, she faces a choice. A choice she will be forced to live with for the rest of her life.

If life hands you more grief than happiness, and the guilt of letting someone down consumes you, what will it take to move on?

When sorrow threatens to drown her, will Lacey triumph over her inner demons to discover her own pearl?

Dating Dr. Notorious: Book Two of the Never Too Late Series by Donna McDonald

Dating Dr. Notorious: Book Two of the Never Too Late Series by Donna McDonald
$2.99

Let the stories of Alexa, Regina, and Lauren convince you in this humorous romantic comedy series that it is "Never Too Late” to find romance and love.

Sex therapist, Dr. Regina Logan, can fix everyone's love life but her own. Her dating moves always go public, and men flee before they ever even get to her bed. Nice guy and widower, Ben Kaiser, is drawn to passionate Regina and determined to be the one man who toughs out the bad press. Unfortunately, Regina's negative publicity threatens the livelihoods of the very people Ben most cares about.

Mal's Complication by Kevin Allen - Plus Author Interview!

Mal's Complication (Second Chances Collection) by Kevin Allen
$0.99

Second Chances is about life and second chances. In this collection of shorts you’ll read about street life, corporate life, love lives, the pulpit, the mosque, and all manner of fallen given a second chance to make right what they did wrong. But will they successfully make it?

Mal’s Complication – Meet Mallary the woman with big plans. She always plans ahead, always puts things in place she will need, and never loses control. With that mentality she’s about to forge the largest merger her company has ever had, single handedly.

If only her personal life could be so easy to manipulate, or is it? Mal has a plan for Cedric, her baby’s father. She lost him with one act that forever complicated things between her and Cedric. Now she’s looking to patch things up. Everything has been in place, everything. But soon Mal will learn that life has its plots and twists and will turn her plans into something she can’t handle. Can she win back the love of her life or will she lose him forever?

Author Interview:

Q: Tell us a little about your background.

My name is Kevin Allen, Independent author. Born and raised in Jamaica, have written several titles all sold online through various retailers, which you can find on my site. I am an individual driven by some need I can’t explain to just do things outside the norm.

Q: When did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2011, finished in 2012 and rushed to publishing without fully understanding how the process worked... Needless to say I've had to do some rewrites. I spent the better part of the last year and some months learning how to write, the last six months in deep thought, and now I am ready to start writing books I want to write, along with the sequels I need to finish. Should be a lot of fun

Q: What genres do you write?

I write a few genres matter of fact. Mainly Romance and suspense, erotica, inspirational, poetry. That’s actually why I am a self-proclaimed, Metawriter, which is my twitter name. I love reading books, not a specific genre and I want to write books, not a specific genre.

Q: Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

The world. When I sit, I see millions of people sitting down with my novel in hand and I begin writing. Brings a smile to my face each time.

Q: What's your latest book about?

Two of them actually, the sequel to Mal’s complication, Visitor, a short prologue to a novel that will be introduced at the end of Visitor, and the novel itself. I am hoping to have all of them done by December.

I have also had the opportunity to write a historical fiction with author, Emma Rose Millar, called Five Guns Blazing. A historical fiction that has made some noise in the UK and hasn’t been published as yet. Emma Millar is author of Aeleon’s Harp. She invited me to help with the novel because of the slave elements within the book and I am happy I said yes.


Q: Which authors inspire you?

Langston Hughes, Poe, Shakespeare, James Patterson, Erick Jerome Dickey, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and so many indie authors I’ve had the opportunity to meet and read their novels.

Q: What's your favorite book?

Any story with the Tales of Anansi, Of Men and Monsters. As a child growing up in Jamaica, the stories of Anansi permeated my brain because almost every person on the Island knew at least one story. When I first found Of Men and Monsters, the story gripped me right away. Just the struggle that men were put through and the way it ended actually brought me to tears reading that book.

Q: Why did you choose independent publishing?

I wasn’t willing to pay a publishing company $20,000 to publish a novel they would find a way to make roughly 80% profit on. So I took to learning about self publishing and found the KDP platform at that time, then I found Createspace while trying to figure out how to get my book in print, smashwords followed, and then Nookpress. Independent publishing gave me more control of my work and less headache. Thinking about it, if you get published by a big name, you still have to market and that is what sells books. Indie publishing was definitely for me because I love having my hand in everything pertaining to my work.

Q: What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Just write and express yourself according to what you do. I have had many experiences during my short time in the literary world, which has helped me develop as a person and as a write, most of them self induced. So just do what you intend to do and use any experience to grow from it.

Q: What’s next for author Kevin allen?

A lot of marketing and writing. When I started writing again I made a few decision. Creating a personal website people can go and interact with me. Next, will be trying to do more with my work to make it better than the first, “learning curves” were.

Q: Where can readers find you on the web?

They can visit me directly http:authorkevinallen.com

@metawriter on Twitter or facebook to connect through Social Media.

Q: Any last minute messages to send to the readers?

Thank you for any support you give by way of telling people about me, purchasing and or reviewing my books, or just following along. Don’t even be shy; ask questions if they need to be asked. And thank you for giving me this interview.

Diver Creed Station by Oliver Phipps

Diver Creed Station by Oliver Phipps
$3.99 or FREE for Prime Members

Wars, disease and a massive collapse of civilization have ravaged the human race of a hundred years in the future. Finally in the late twenty- second century, mankind slowly begins to struggle back from the edge of extinction.

When a huge “virtual life” facility is restored from a hibernation type of storage and slowly brought back online, a new hope materializes.

Fragments of humanity begin to move into the remnants of Denver and the Virtua-Gauge facilities, which offer seven days of virtual leisure for seven days work in this new and growing social structure.

Most inhabitants of this new lifestyle begin to hate the real world and work for the seven day period inside the virtual pods. It’s the variety of luxury role play inside the virtual zone that supply’s the incentive needed to work hard for seven days in the real world.

In this new social structure a man can work for seven days in a food dispersal unit and earn seven days as a twenty first century software billionaire in the virtual zone. As time goes by and more of the virtual pods are brought back online life appears to be getting better.

Rizette and her husband Oray are young technicians that settle into their still new marriage as the virtual facilities expand and thrive.

Oray has recently attained the level of a Class A Diver and enjoys his job. The Divers are skilled technicians that perform critical repairs to the complex system, from inside the virtual zone.

His title of Diver originates from often working in the secure "lower levels" of the system. These lower level areas are the dividing space between the real world and the world of the virtual zone. When the facility was built, the original designers intentionally placed this buffer zone in the system to avoid threats from non-living virtual personnel.

As Oray becomes more experienced in his elite technical position as a Diver, he is approached by his virtual assistant and forced to make a difficult decision. Oray's decision triggers events that soon pull him and his wife Rizette into a deadly quest for survival.

The stage becomes a massive and complex maze of virtual world sequences as escape or entrapment hang on precious threads of information.

System ghosts from the distant past intermingle with mysterious factions that have thrown Oray and Rizette into a cyberspace trap with little hope for survival.

 

The Bravest Woman in the Town (The Traherns western novellas #9) by Nancy Radke - FREE

The Bravest Woman in the Town (The Traherns western novellas #9) by Nancy Radke
FREE Until 4PM EST on July 25th

She smuggled guns and clothes.
He wore a Yankee uniform, but acted as a spy.
What would happen if they got caught?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coffin Nails and Other Beasts: A Micro Anthology by Angela Kulig Review

Title: Coffin Nails and Other Beasts
Author: Angela Kulig
Genre: Horror
Pages: 29
Price: FREE
Thoughts: A great collection.

Book Synopsis:

One part literary fiction, one part horror, and all Angela Kulig. Darkness drips from every page, and just when you think you're having a good time, you find out someone's died, someone's been dead, and someone is about to rob your grave.

In Coffin Nails, Angela Kulig weaves the sort of tales we all hoped she didn't have in her. Frightening and often crass fantasy mingles with the paranormal and surreal in this swift anthology.

If it was any longer, we'd all have nightmares.

Review:

~shivers~ Angela Kulig saved the best for last in this awesome anthology. The Last Christmas was the best in the collection, but all the stories were good. I also really enjoyed Prick. I can't wait to read more of this author. I loved her style and the darkness of her writing. I highly recommend this collection.

Gods Gone Wild by Ashlyn Chase, Dalton Diaz, and Terry Spear Review

Title: Gods Gone Wild
Authors: Ashlyn Chase, Dalton Diaz, and Terry Spear
Genre: Erotica
Pages: 170
Price: $2.99
Thoughts: The perfect title!

Book Synopsis:

Gods Gone Wild

Ashlyn Chase
Dalton Diaz
Bonus story from USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear

Two Gods are in big trouble with Zeus. Gods will be gods and when these two taunt Pele for their own entertainment, she erupts, literally, creating a whole new Hawaiian island. But Zeus is not amused and must teach them a lesson they won't forget. Who knew their punishment would lead to finding the loves of their lives?

Great Zeus! (Dalton Diaz)

Epimetheus knows he screwed up. Well, he knows it since Zeus pointed it out with a lightning bolt or two. He’s willing to take his punishment like a Titan, but all bets are off when his beloved dead wife Pandora shows up. Pandy has no memory of him. Epimetheus has no powers, and no forethought. What could possibly go wrong?


Oh My God (Ashlyn Chase) Rewritten and expanded version of 2009 Eppie nominee, same title

The Greek God of wine, women, and party, falls off a balcony during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Now he has amnesia. All he knows is that they call him 'Big D', and he drinks too much and ought to give up alcohol for Lent.

Mandy and Brenda flashed Dionysus right before he fell. They're nice enough to take him to an AA meeting, and then back to their homes until he recovers his memory. Fortunately, they're not too nice to be naughty.

Bonus Story: Goddess in Training (Terry Spear) Previously published 2010 Indie, same title

In a game of the gods, librarian Lisandra, who has never been loved, is chosen to be the goddess of fertility. The demi-god of pleasure, Assarian is ordered by Zeus to train her in the hallowed halls of Mount Olympus to prove to his wife, Hera, goddess of marriage, mortals and immortals alike only need be physically satisfied to find fulfillment, to which Hera disagrees—all creatures must have love to be whole.

Review:

What a fun, sexy, and funny read. Gods Gone Wild is a great collection of three stories that put a unique spin on the Greek gods. Those that love Greek mythology are going to love this book. It's got some amazing authors, is well-written, and did I mention sexy?

Naked in the Winter Wind (The Fairies Saga Book 1) by Dani Haviland Review

Title: Naked in the Winter Wind
Series: The Fairies Saga, Book 1
Author: Dani Haviland
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Time Travel Romance
Pages: 552
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: A great beginning!

Book Synopsis:

***WARNING: BOOK CONTAINS LUSTY AND VIOLENT SCENES****

(This is the complete version of the previously released 3 part series of Naked in the Winter Wind (AMNESIA, ABANDONED, and ADOPTIONS)

Imagine falling right into the middle of your favorite historical romance story...and getting a thinner, rejuvenated body at the same time. That might sound ideal, but dealing with cougars, creeps, and kidnappers isn't.
Join 20th century-born Evie as she deals with the hardships of living in the backwoods or Revolutionary War era North Carolina while dealing with a severe case of AMNESIA, being ABANDONED by the man who claimed her as his wife, and ADOPTIONS, using nothing but her wit and grit, give or take a knife or two...and the smartphone that hitched a ride with her from the 21st century!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE COMPLETE EDITION OF THE THREE PREVIOUSLY RELEASED 'PARTS' OF NAKED IN THE WINTER WIND:
AMNESIA: part one
ABANDONED: part two
ADOPTIONS: part three

Review:

This is a book that will immediately capture your attention. I found it impossible to put down and a very relaxing read. I loved the characters and found that it was a great beginning to the series. I can't wait to read more!

a Touch of Revenge by L.j. Charles Review

Title: a Touch of Revenge
Series: The Everly Gray Adventures, Book 6
Author: L.j. Charles
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 232
Price: $3.99
Thoughts: A great character!

Book Synopsis:

Revenge is sweet. Or is it?

When Everly Gray learns who killed her parents, she's ready to take revenge, but has nowhere to start. Frustrated, she makes an unplanned detour to search her murdered husband's study. When she discovers a possible location for the person behind the assassination, Everly follows that lead to the English Riviera. Things go sideways, however, when she learns someone has been stalking her and collecting surreptitious photographs since she was a baby.

In a surprising role reversal, Tynan Pierce has agreed to be Everly's backup. He gives her control over the investigation and, with complete trust, over her subsequent revenge. But something isn't right with him. Complications escalate when the investigation leads them to Ireland and to Pierce's childhood home.

Everly's feelings for Tynan, a man she's had a long-standing hands-off attraction with, throw one more snag into her mission. Revenge is finally at her ESP fingertips, but at what cost to Pierce and his family? …and to her?

Review:

This was the first book I'd read from the series and I was easily able to get brought up to speed and get caught up in the book. I really liked Everly Gray and will definitely go back and read the earlier books in the series. I highly recommend this book to those that love a good mystery.

Primary Research; Experience Counts, by Patricia Green

I've written articles on historical research before, and for that an author relies on secondary research—unless she has a time-travel machine, that is. But today, I want to mention primary research, the research that takes place when an author actually does the act he wants to write about, or explores the object or process he's describing. 

So, for example, let's say Jane is writing a murder-mystery or a spy adventure. Maybe one of the characters uses a Glock gun. Jane might have picked a Glock because she owns one (safely kept in a gun safe or stored with a trigger lock, of course), or she knows someone who has one. But if she doesn't, she can also handle the weapon at a gun store or a gun show. She feels it in her hand. Perhaps she loads it to feel the difference in weight. If she can, she might shoot it at a shooting range and feel the recoil and hear the sound of the shell casings being ejected. Maybe she learns that those shell casings are hot because she picks one up within seconds of firing the weapon. In other words, she applies her own senses to test the object and action she wants to write about. I've handled guns of various sorts and mentally recorded the details. When I wrote about a hero using a gun in Spanking Her Highness and Eddie, My Love, I used those remembered sensations and movements to make the story more realistic.

Another example might be for a horror novel set in the back country of Utah. Maybe Joe is writing a story where the protagonists are camping when something scary happens. Many of us have been camping, but how many of us have engaged our senses as Joe-the-writer ought to do? The smell of the campfire with a particular kind of wood, the sound of the crackling flames, the pattern of the smoke all are great fodder for description, and Joe is right there to record those sensations for use in his novel.

Romance isn't different. Experience counts. When we're discussing erotic romance, of course, we don't expect it to be written by virgins. There are certain aspects of sex that need to be experienced first-hand before one can write about them. There are smells, touches, sounds, and even physical movements that require a certain amount of primary research. Few of us complain about this, by the way. But sweet romances don't require the same kind of sensory experience. They can be written by virgins and more experienced persons alike. The vast majority of people know the feeling of falling in love, the sound of a welcome footstep, the touch of a first kiss, or the verbal interplay of two people just getting to know each other. These can all be recorded.

Let's look at something I've become an expert with: spanking romance. Many people who write in this sub-genre go to the trouble of experiencing the sensations and studying the tools that get used for writing these novels and novellas. So maybe a writer gets spanked or instigates a spanking. Perhaps he or she watches one in person and interviews the parties. Perhaps he goes to a spanking club and has an opportunity to examine a spanking strap, paddle or other implement. I won't go into much detail here, but I did want to find out what it all felt like for use in Discipline Down Under (my most recent release) and at least a dozen more of my books.

What about places? In my lifetime, I've been to many places, lived in many cities and experienced many cultures. Using the small details I learned about when being in these places adds realism to my stories, and this would work for any writer. Imagination is great, but you can't beat primary research. If I hadn't lived in Texas for five years, I don't think I'd have been able to give my Journey family authentic-sounding drawls in that series of books. If I hadn't been to Las Vegas and rural Nevada, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to describe the surrounding desert or the local people in Strong, Silent Type or Handling Stormy. If I hadn't met Native Americans who lived there, I wouldn't have been able to convey the nuances of their culture. 

Primary research can be fun for a writer, and it's virtually always rewarding, even if it's only used for fleshing out character backstory that never gets used in the final manuscript. While it's delightful to go to the library or surf the internet looking for facts, figures and details, there is nothing so effective as doing primary research. Just don't shoot yourself in the foot to find out what it feels like, okay?

Author Bio:

Bestselling author, Patricia Green, is a full-time fiction writer specializing in erotic romance. She provides the reader with love stories that emphasize fun characters with quirky personalities. Patricia is the author of more than 20 published novels and novellas as well as an ever-growing collection of short stories.

In her personal life, Patricia is married and the mother of twins. When she’s not being the angel of domestic harmony and a semi-crazed creator of fictional friends, she loves to read, crochet, knit and watch hockey and baseball.

You can reach Patricia Green in the following ways:

Email: pig (at) patriciagreenbooks (dot) com
Twitter: @PatriciaIGreen


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