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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Clock is Ticking Down...



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Friday, February 10, 2017

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cover Reveal! Mercenary Moon by Lola Taylor



Mercenary Moon
Blackbriar Creek Wolves
Book One
Lola Taylor

Genre: Werewolf Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Indigo Dreamer Press

Date of Publication: May 2017

Number of pages: novel-length

Cover Artist: Roz Marshall of Alba Covers

Book Description


He’s bad to the bone… but then again, so is she.

Werewolf Nyx Dawson has blood on his paws—a lot of it. But he’s done with the brutal life of a mercenary. Doesn’t mean he ever thought he’d end up in his small, Southern hometown of Blackbriar Creek, Tennessee. Back with his mother and baby sister, and the rowdy bunch of werewolves he’d sworn a pack oath to as a pup. For a while, life seems peaceful and he thinks he can put his dark past behind him—until one of the most vicious, powerful alphas this side of the Smokies shows up and threatens to kill his family if he doesn’t comply with his demands…

Evangeline “Eva” Carlyle has spent her life wearing a mask. Being the perfect, obedient daughter. Being the stoic alpha-elect of her father’s pack. Being the face of her father’s paranormal pharmaceutical company, Carlyle Enterprises. Only, she doesn’t want her sizable inheritance or his paltry love—she wants his head. A life for a life, the collection of a blood debt that has been long overdue. The Golden Wolf is going to answer for his many covered up crimes against the paranormal world, and she’s determined to be the harbinger of justice.

But her father’s nobody’s fool. He knows someone is out to get him, and so blackmails one of the deadliest mercenaries into hunting down his would-be killer and taking them out first. Legend or not, Eva doesn’t think the arrogant and hotter-than-hell Nyx will be a problem. And Nyx certainly would never allow himself to fall for a werewolf aristocrat, no matter how much his inner wolf yearns to mate with her.

As the two of them tiptoe around each other, sparks begin to fly and passion mounts. Secrets—and blood—will be spilled. The closer Nyx grows to Eva, the more he’s convinced she’s his mate. And in the end, he’ll have to make the ultimate decision—kill the woman he loves to save his family, or defy his greatest enemy and risk losing everyone he holds dear.


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About the Author



“Lola Taylor” is a pen name created for the romances I can’t show my grandma without blushing. My favorite genre to write is romantic suspense, usually involving hot werewolves, warlocks, or any other type of paranormal creature. Keep the action hot and the romance hotter—that’s my motto! I’m a horror film junkie, I still love Halloween as an adult (seriously, I think I get more excited for it than some kids do), and what precious spare time I have is spent with my family, reading (everything from sci fi to middle grade), playing the flute, painting pretty pictures, or screwing around on Pinterest or Etsy. Hailing from the South, I currently live in the Midwest with five fur babies and my hubby.

I’m pretty easy-going. If you want to get to know me or just say “hi,” you can find me on Facebook, Google + , Pinterest,and Goodreads.


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Betrayals, Secrets, Torture, and Passion. Angelic Anarchy by J.P. Epperson.



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over J.P. Epperson, author of Angelic Anarchy, Book One in the Heaven on Earth Series.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Wicked Peach Publishing, LLC

Editor: KT Editing Services

Date of Publication: September 6, 2016

ISBN: 069276898X
ASIN: B01KY5HAW6

Number of pages: 256
Word Count: 75,000-80,000

Cover Artist: PhatPuppy Art Studios
Cover Typography: Font Diva

Book Description


Where there is goodness, evil is sure to follow. Where there is light, darkness is never far behind.

Belleeza isn’t the angel your parents told you about as a child. She’s a weapon. A warrior. But even warriors have their weaknesses—and even warriors can have their hearts broken. Betrayed by the only man she’s ever loved, Belleeza throws herself into an unusual mission to find a missing teenage boy. But the treacherous path she finds herself on could lead her closer towards the darkness than she had ever imagined—perhaps even into the depths of Hell itself. And what about Colton, the beautiful angel turned demon who trampled all over her heart?

Betrayals, secrets, torture, and passion. Be careful what you wish for—Heaven on Earth might just be more than you bargained for.

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Let’s Interview…


How did you come up with the title?

The title was easy. The story revolves around an Angel and Anarchy came up a few times in the storyline. Angelic Anarchy came to mind and I loved the way it rolled off the tongue. It summed up the story nicely. It also gave me an idea for all the future title in the series. I already had the outline for the 2nd book when I came up with Angelic Anarchy. So, I knew Book 2 would have a major betrayal. That’s when it occurred to me to keep with the pattern—AA, BB, CC…and so on. So, Book 2 was titled Beautiful Betrayal before I even wrote it.

Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story?

Love my covers—both were done by the talented Claudia of Phatpuppy Art Studios. The cover shows a woman wielding a sword of fire. Belleeza has many abilities as an angel warrior—one of them being to call light and fire to the palms of her hands.

What sort of personality does your heroine have?

Belleeza is a complicated creature. She suffered from many major losses. As such, she trained herself to clip her emotions. She views emotions as weakness and to avoid any further pain—she became cold and disconnected. She buried all the heartache deep down and the more she struggles to maintain composure the more she seems to implode with rage and resentment. She has a warrior’s mentality—brave, strong-willed, and honorable. However, she’s also angry, confused, and heartbroken.

Did you enjoy writing one scene above all the rest? If so, share.

Yes, there are several scenes that I enjoyed writing. I especially like the final scenes. However, there is a scene when the heroin, Belleeza, is forced to remember some very dark points in her relationship with Colton. Colton was Belleeza’s soul mate and partner—he was also warrior angel until he lost his wings and became a demon. In this scene, Belleeza relieves one horrible fight after another with Colton. It was very raw and realistic. All couples have those moments or dark periods at some point so it kind of hits close to home.

How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?

I started writing in 2012. Angelic Anarchy is my debut novel—I’ve only been published since September 2016.

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I have some ideas for contemporary and psychological romance that I may pursue in the future.

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

Yes, Angelic Anarchy is Book 1 of the Heaven on Earth Series. Book 2, Beautiful Betrayal, is scheduled for release on April 4, 2017. Also, in the works is Book 1 of a new series with all new characters and creatures. I hope to release that one late summer.

If you could make changes to a story you’ve already written, which would it be and why?

Yes, absolutely. I received a lot of great constructive criticism on Angelic Anarchy from reviewers and beta readers. With it being my first book I wasn’t aware of my weaknesses as a writer. I was overly detailed and the pace wasn’t quite right. I was told a few times that it had too much action. I was also told several times that it starts a bit slow until midpoint and then it takes off and finishes strong. I applied everything I learned from Book 1 to Book 2 and it seems to flow at a much more natural pace. I hope to continue to improve with all future works. At some point, I’d like to go back and revise Angelic Anarchy. 

Excerpt


CHAPTER 1

Scalding hot water traced the scars along my back as I placed my hands against the stone shower wall. As a warrior angel, I have survived several years of battle, but not unscathed. I have many battle wounds—most of which reside on my back and arms. Wounds from human weapons we tend to heal without a problem; wounds by the weapons of angels and demons are not so forgiving.

After weeks of searching for him, last night I finally caught up with the demon I had been hunting. He put up a ferocious fight and my muscles were still aching despite the heat of the shower but I would be getting briefed on my next case soon so reluctantly I reached out and turned off the faucet.

Just before I stepped out of the shower, I froze. The air changed, and I knew that I was no longer alone. Don’t ask me how I knew because I couldn’t tell you. Not really. There was no pop, or bells; no flash of light, breezes, or anything like that. It was as if there was just the slightest shift in the air. I braced for attack, reached my right hand behind my back, and unsheathed a sword that wasn’t there a moment before. My heavenly relics—my weapons—are always there when I need them and never when I don’t. Where they go when I am unarmed, I have no idea. All that matters to me is that they are there when I reach for them.

With my left foot, I kicked open the glass door and stepped out into the empty bathroom, dripping wet. Utterly naked but for my sword. I peeked around the door and slowly entered my bedroom.

“What do you want?” I said to the empty room, making my voice as calm as possible.

“Relax, Beauty, I’m completely unarmed,” said a humored voice without a face. “You’re looking just as scrumptious as the last time we faced each other.”

A dark-haired figure walked in, full of ease, and leaned against my bedroom door, crossing his feet. He had an apple from my dining-room table in his hand. I spun my sword, placing the tip of it into his throat the moment he walked through the door. He brought the apple to his mouth, rubbed it against his shirt, and took a big bite, looking as though he didn’t have a care in the world.

It was Colton. My heart leapt in my chest. It had been a few years since I’d last seen him. 

Just as beautiful as he was the day he walked away . . . Except that now he was a demon, of course.

About the Author




JP Epperson lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a lover of all things fantasy and paranormal. When not writing new adult fiction or sitting with her head in a book she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. JP is a lover of the outdoors and her second home is a tent in the woods curled up with a book next to a campfire.





Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cover Reveal! Incoherent Gods by Gabriele Russo.



Cover reveal!! Check out author Gabriele Russo’s gorgeous new cover for Incoherent Gods, Gods Inc. Series, Book Three

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Release Date: December 2017


Hercules, guardian of the Lemuria Zoo, has a big problem: the Zoo’s divine animals have been going crazy. To make things worse, Queen Louhi, the CEO of Gods Incorporated, has just arrived for her yearly visit… with a new fiancĂ© in tow (along with his yenta-minded grandfather Jupiter). Of course, the fact that Hercules is desperately in love with her doesn’t help his plight in any way whatsoever.

His attempt to cover up the situation quickly blows up in his face and they finally realize the animals’ madness is caused by artificial means. Cue in the bodiless god Mimir, who reveals that the real target of the mind-altering poison is Yggdrasil, the World Tree.  

About the Author



Gabriele Russo, AKA Lucie-Gabrielle Jolicoeur-Rousseau, was born in Quebec City amidst a family of book lovers – her father had dreamed of being a writer and both of her brothers are published authors.

Since she earned her Bachelor’s in History, it was no surprise (except to her) that she ended up working in restaurants, eventually owning two, which almost drove her mad. She sold them and was nursed back to pseudo-sanity by Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

That’s when she answered the family calling and decided to write. Armed with her ideas for the Gods Inc. series she went back to the University and got her Master’s in Creative Writing. 

She now lives with her husband in Culpeper, Virginia, where she divides her time between painting, ripping apart and reconstructing her recently bought historical home, playing tennis and, of course, writing more books.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Born to be Guardians. Destined to be Mates. Ancient Ties by Marie Johnston. #paranormalromance



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Marie Johnston, author of Ancient Ties, Book two in the Pale Moonlight series.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: 1/27/17

ISBN: 9781370775347
ASIN: B01MFEATE2

Number of pages: 220
Word Count: 59000

Cover Artist: P and N Graphics

Book Description


Born to be Guardians…

Chayton Eagle comes from a strong line of wolf shifters, his father an ancient in their pack. Chayton proudly acts as a Guardian, defending the colonies from danger—both from outsiders and from threats inside the pack. The one thing he doesn’t need is a human-raised female on his team—especially not one who passes out each time she shifts! Never mind that she was trained by elite Guardians, Chayton doesn’t need the distraction of a tall, sexy-as-hell redhead when he’s working. He has to focus. And he has to remember he’s scheduled to take the blood oath with a female, a long-ago pairing arranged by her parents. It doesn’t matter he and Kaitlyn are fated mates.

She can’t be his. Not now. Not ever.

Destined to be Mates.

Kaitlyn Savoy knows Chayton is supposed to be her mate. Too bad he’s such an ass about her human upbringing making her weak. Too bad she’s been assigned as his partner to take down the feral shifters threatening one of the colonies. Too bad she’s so damn attracted to him. As the mission continues, Chayton is captured by the ferals, and Kaitlyn proves her worth as a Guardian. During the rescue, she uncovers the secrets of her past, secrets that will affect her future. Despite his best efforts, Chayton’s opinion of her begins to change, his respect growing—along with feelings he can’t deny. She’s become part of his life, part of his heart. A fact his soon-to-be inlaws notice—and they intend to put an end to the temptation Kaitlyn poses to Chayton.

No matter what.

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Let’s Interview!


How did you come up with the title?

Easiest title ever. Sometimes, the books name themselves and that’s what happened. When it came time to think of a title, I thought I’d try to use ancient since ancients are pivotal in the story and boom! Ancient Ties popped to mind. Love it when that happens.

Tell us a little bit about the conflict in your story.

They’re both shifters, but they were raised completely different. Chayton was raised with a father who’s an ancient, the oldest and purest of their kind. His colony was isolated and full of shifters who took immense pride in the strength of their bloodlines. Then there’s Kaitlyn, who was raised human and didn’t know she was a shifter until her twenties. Not only that, she has the misfortune of passing out after every shift. Chayton uses it all as a reason to keep his distance from her because while she’s his destined mate, he’s already sworn to someone else. But! The bonding hasn’t taken place yet, so there might still be time for Chayton and Kaitlyn to work it out. 

Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.

I’m having so much fun with Bishop! It’s the third in my vampire spin-off, set in the same world as Ancient Ties. Bishop was tricked into bonding with a mischievous fire demon, but it backfired on her and she’s on the run from him and the rest of the underworld. Only, it’s too easy to track her because has trouble controlling her fire when she gets emotional. I think the beginning of this book was the most fun I had writing any of my books. 

Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.

Since my main job is still a stay-at-home mom, I’ve written anywhere and everywhere, and at all times of the day. So I love, love, love preschool days when I can drop my youngest off and head to the coffee shop. Only it’s not your normal coffee shop. It has the atmosphere of a bar and grill: dim, loud music, and (my favorite) booths. I order a mocha, or go wild and try a seasonal special, and I do nothing but write for two solid hours. The only downside is that it makes it harder to park in a corner of the house and write amidst all of the chaos and noise like I used to.

How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?

It’s about the same time frame for each and I’ll be the first to admit I shouldn’t have done that. I had a bad case of “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.” I had wanted to write for forever, but had only done scientific and technical writing and talked about writing a book one day. The day I decided to self-publish, I started writing. The only thing is…writing well takes years. Telling stories well can take years. For some, it all comes naturally. For me, I needed to learn and I hadn’t realized it. But honestly, I’m confident there’ll always be something to learn no matter how long I write.

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

Two reasons why I like writing romance: One, weaving in chemistry is a fun challenge. Not too much, not too little, and don’t forget halfway through the story. Two, happily-ever-afters are what it’s all about. I want all my characters to have one and I want my stories to have one.

Paranormal romance is a riot. There are few limits and so many choices. But the more I write contemporary, the more I’m getting into it. I’m happy in these two sub-genres for a while.

Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?

I write very short stories each quarter for my newsletter subscribers. They hover between two and three thousand words and it’s so nice to jump in and get ’er done. I love writing novels, but the word count can be intimidating where it’s not as much of a concern with novellas. The more experience I have telling stories, the more comfortable I become spending time with my characters and not rushing them through the process. But how writers can crank out a hundred thousand word books amazes me. I have word count envy.

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

I can’t write a onefer. I just run into so many characters with interesting backstories and promising futures. All of my paranormal books are in the same world. The first series, The Sigma Menace, resolves its main conflict and opens up a new path for the paranormal creatures. But I didn’t know how to blend them. I wanted to write vampires, but I’d committed to more shifters. So, I did two spin-offs and I’m really happy with the decision. The shifter series, Pale Moonlight, can be read as standalone stories. But the vampire series, New Vampire Disorder, has an overall series storyline.

I also dabbled in the contemporary world with my Fleet Week romance series. It’s a series of standalone novellas about sailors meeting their love during Fleet Week, then trying to keep the fire going during the long separations that are experienced in Navy life.

Soon, I’m rolling out the first in my Fanboys series, Unmistaken Identity. It combines the sleek lifestyle of the rich and powerful with geek subculture. Instead of the starry eyed young girl being introduced into the high class world, I take the rich guy down to the realm of dollar stores and bar and grills.      
  

Excerpt


Chayton stormed to his cabin.

A four hour drive. With Kaitlyn.

Spending the night. With Kaitlyn.

Roaming the woods. With Kaitlyn.

His heart pounded, his nostrils flared, and he huffed like a bear after a marathon. Slamming his front door open, he charged through and kicked it shut behind him.

Only then did he double over, hands on his knees, sagging to catch his breath.

Kaitlyn Savoy.

The sexiest thing he’d ever laid eyes on.

The shifter he was never supposed to meet. His mate.

And she was oblivious to it.

He stomped through his cabin. Her lack of mating insight was for the best. If he had his pick of shifters, she’d be the last on the list. Besides, he was promised to another. Kaitlyn was young yet, and based on her blasĂ© to distasteful reaction to him, she’d have no trouble moving on. Or not. Her sanity may last longer than most who don’t anchor their souls with a mate. But if she needed to bond, she wouldn’t have a problem finding someone. Like that bartender at Pale Moonlight.

His fangs bared and a growl escaped before he stopped himself. He’d never caught her with him, but stories had it the bartender helped her assuage the physical needs shifters of their caliber experienced. She hadn’t been with the guy since Chayton had been around. That decision had increased the bartender’s life expectancy considerably.

No. No. It shouldn’t matter. She needed to move on and he had no say with who. Chayton straightened and wiped his brow, which had dotted with sweat. It was always an effort to contain his reaction around that female.

Why her?

Ancient blood—pure, undiluted shifter blood—ran through his veins, thanks to his father. His Sioux mother would roll over in her grave. Chayton’s bloodlines were rich with history and honor.

The female he’d sworn himself to, Tika, would make a lovely mate instead. Soft brown eyes, feminine curves, and ancestry as strong as his. In fact, she was coming of age soon. For him, that was twenty-five. Her parents had pushed for their union when she turned eighteen, but that had seemed too pervy for him. At two-hundred and twenty-nine, he wasn’t about to jump a girl the second she was legal. If it was up to him, he’d wait even longer, but even Tika had pushed for their binding.

His stomach rumbled, alerting him that he’d missed dinner. Not that he’d eat at the main lodge anyway; it was a tactic he used to avoid Kaitlyn.
  

About the Author



Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.