“On her 30th birthday, Catherine Sharp has a lot to celebrate…” Uninvited by Jamie Wyman [Spotlight with Excerpt]


“Uninvited” (Book Three of the Etudes in C# Series) by Jamie Wyman

Published as… Urban Fantasy

Jamie Wyman’s Excerpt

Marius winced as he pulled himself up onto the bed. Winded, he lay there on his back, gasping to catch his breath.

I sat on the edge of the mattress and just watched him while the tug-of-war raged in my head. Marius had been a friend. He’d helped me out of a jam on more than one occasion and even saved my life a time or two. He’d also bugged out on me during a fight when things had looked dire. Though he used magic to conceal his horns and goat’s legs, it was another example of how Marius could never buck his nature. By birth, he was a satyr—a hedonistic, selfish creature—and by trade, or necessity, he was a liar and a thief. I’d known him for a very long time. Long enough to understand that what I saw could be an illusion. The other edge of that particular sword, however, was that watching him writhe in pain yanked at my heart.

Flynn didn’t know the real Marius, the one beneath the glamour. I’d seen that person once. The pitiable bastard had lived for centuries under a curse that rendered him impotent, unable to feel the slightest of pleasures. In time, what should have been a jovial soul atrophied and grew sour. I’d seen Marius’s truth—naked and pathetic—and no amount of anger could exorcise my sympathy for him. I’d been a prisoner once, too. I still wanted him to be free.

And now he was in my bed, a broken and bloody mess.

When his rattling breaths calmed, he rolled onto his side. His shirt stretched, the tears widening over four evenly spaced gashes. The wounds spread from his back and around his ribs. Similar marks could be seen on one of his calves.

I thought of the many versions of Marius I’d known over the years, the layers of masks he hid behind. When we’d met, he had been a lecherous playboy type, his suits always pressed and shoes shined. He’d also been an ally. A warrior with a gleaming saber, eyes aglow with magic. A con artist with sticky fingers. I’d seen through all of it once. I’d seen him naked, metaphorically—a tortured, withered, malnourished soul. Well, okay, I’d seen him physically naked, too, but I hadn’t exactly wanted to at the time.

But he resembled his truest self as he lay there on my bed. Holding his stomach, eyes clenched tight with pain, he once again tried to moisten his lips.

“Didn’t know. Where to go,” he said, his voice dry as sandpaper.

I sighed and said nothing. In the small bathroom attached to my bedroom, I filled a glass with water and soaked a washcloth. I had no intention of playing Florence Nightingale to the bastard, but he was visibly dehydrated. And he was getting blood on my sheets.

When I returned, he was still, breathing in a reedy but steady rhythm. My tuxedo tomcat, Linux, had come out from his den beneath the bed to curl up against Marius’s feet and administer purr therapy. The cat looked up at me with his golden stare, as if to say, I’ve got this.

I left the glass and washcloth on the bedside table where Marius would see them.

Music began to blare from the next room, an electronic bass beat that called to my blood. Outside of that door were people who gave a damn about me, people who didn’t think about how they could use me. Some of them, like Flynn and Karma, knew about the other world I navigated—a place of magic, mythical creatures and all-too-real gods. The rest of them remained blissfully ignorant.

I closed my eyes and made a promise to myself: for the next few hours, that other world would cease to exist, even if I had to drown it in a flood of whiskey and red velvet cake. For one night, I’d be normal.

About the Book

On her 30th birthday, Catherine Sharp has a lot to celebrate: a great IT job in Las Vegas, a growing mastery of technomancy, and a deity or two on speed dial. She’s barely had a chance to blow out her candles when she finds a half-dead body on her doorstep.


For centuries, the satyr has lied, cheated and swindled the upper crust of several pantheons in service to Eris, the Greek goddess of Discord. However, he has angered his mistress and found himself vulnerable. With bloodthirsty gods and monsters after him, Marius runs to the only person he hopes he can trust: Cat.

Despite his previous betrayal, Cat still harbors a soft spot for Marius. Helping her means taking on demons and deities, but telling him to fend for himself leaves Cat wrestling with feelings she’d rather not think about. The birthday girl has a choice to make, and it isn’t a simple one. She must weigh the sins of his checkered past against their strange chemistry. Matters of the heart clash with the politics of divinity and family business. Everything hinges on the answer to one question: can she trust him?

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“Wild Card” (Book One) & Unveiled (Book Two)

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About the Author

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After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie Wyman fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. (However, she can eat/spin fire, tell you a lot about auditioning to be a Blue Man, and read/write in Circular Gallifreyan.)

Jamie also works as an editor. In addition to freelance work, she works with sci-fi/fantasy publisher Dragon Moon Press.

As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. You can find novels, novellas, short stories and flash fiction by Jamie in a variety of places. Start looking here. Jamie also writes articles for Cracked.com.

When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog. Send chai.

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“We said, HELL YEAH!” Taiwan and Japan in Ten Days by Morland Matthews [Spotlight with Excerpt]

Taiwan and Japan in Ten Days: Don’t Forget the Kit Kats

“Taiwan and Japan in Ten Days: Don’t Forget the Kit Kats” by Morland Matthews

Published as… Travel Memoir

Morland Matthews’ Excerpt

Sandra interrupts my trance like state to tell me that two seats just became available across from her. I nod and tell her to take them. I pull our bags from the overhead compartment and move them to our new location. When we settle in I lower the tray of the seat in front of me to rest my iPad and continue writing.

After a few moments of chatting and writing about our trip the ticket agent, Sandra was worried about, finally walks into our train car. She smiles, bows and despite her short stature looms, to the best of her abilities, over the passengers in the first row. She seems experienced and in control as she meticulously asks everyone for their ticket. I elbow Sandra in the arm and tell her to get her ticket ready. I did not want the agent to think we were stowaways.

Sandra did not immediately respond to my gentle yet decisive blows to her arm because she had headphones on, and her eyes were closed. When she does come to she has the audacity to point up and tell me that her ticket is in her bag. I say ok and wait for her solution. She then, cunningly albeit half successfully, droops her eyelids, ears and corners of her lips in a ploy to convince me to stand up and get it for her. Just as I was about to tell her to stand up and get it herself, the second part of her long term strategy to reprogram me into being her service droid was activated. I remembered that she had washed and folded all of our clothing a week earlier. I therefore reconsidered my response and decided to perform one of my many generous deeds on this trip and got her the bag.

When the ticket agent asked for our pass, I proudly displayed my JR PASS and point to Sandra. Our rail passes are exclusively available to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing. I wanted the lady to know we were “special” JR PASS holders and should be treated accordingly. At this moment, the ticket lady leaned over me and began to speak. I assumed she was leaning over to welcome me to Japan and wish us a pleasant trip. Instead, she informed us, through extensive trial and error, that we should not be on the train, and that we need to get off at the next stop.

Specifically, she tells us, something that I misinterpreted to mean, that we need to be on the Nozomi track. After delivering the disappointing news she proceeds to check tickets down the aisle. Undeterred, I carefully read the JR PASS instructions on the back of our ticket and discover that we are not allowed to use the Nozomi track. I then walk up to her, with a huge mental smirk and attempt to educate her on JR PASS policies by showing her where it clearly states that we are NOT supposed to be on the Nozomi track. After my display of brilliance, she tells me, “You are right and guess what, you are on the Nozomi train right now.” I say, ok my bad and proceed to sit down with my mental grin askew.

This serendipitous misfortune meant that Sandra and I were illegally coasting on an express bullet train. We were in fact stowaways. She and I refused to feel guilty over the matter because this minor convenience was the least Japan could do for us after afflicting us with several bad experiences. So far, The Land of the Rising Sun has surprised us with a menagerie of unreasonable expenses, cold and rain. We were expecting Japan to be the highlight of our Asian tour but by this point Taiwan came out on top in every category. It was wonderful.

We expected the entire trip to be fascinating. Still, with so many questions, it was normal to feel heedful the night before our long awaited journey to East-Asia. Can a person pack their necessary essentials, for a ten-day trip overseas, into one book bag? In just a few hours I would know what airplane vegetarian food consists of and whether my idea that not sleeping for the sixteen plus hours of travel would help us beat jet-lag. More importantly, I would finally get the chance to evaluate common queries, myths and stereotypes about these wonderful nations: especially those related to vegetarianism, technology, health, poverty, views towards American minorities and westernization. Further clarity over these matters was just over the horizon, almost literally.

About the Book

In 2015 Will a former housemate and good friend invited my wife Sandra and me to visit him and his cousin in Taiwan and Japan. We said, HELL YEAH! These are not countries that the average Hispanic American of African descent gets to experience, especially those who grew up in a low-income household in Brooklyn, like we did. The language barrier, costs and distance make it a challenge for most people to visit. We were eager to evaluate some common questions, myths and stereotypes about these wonderful countries. Specifically, those related to vegetarianism, technology, health, poverty, views towards American minorities and westernization. This book is an account of the wonderful people, food, customs, surprises and challenges we experienced during our ten-day visit.

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“Choices can seldom be undone…” Promise Trail by Shirleen Davies [Spotlight]

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Book Description:
Promise Trail, Book
Six, Redemption Mountain Historical Western Romance Series
“The Redemption Mountain series is as good as historical romance
gets—vivid settings, memorable characters, love, and lots at stake. Shirleen
Davies knows how to bring the old west to life. You feel as if you’ve traveled,
with the characters, to the frontier. I hope there will be more to come!” Book Review
Bull Mason has
built a life far away from his service in the Union Army and the ravages of the
Civil War. He’s achieved his dreams—loyal friends, work he enjoys, a home of
his own, and a promise from the woman he loves to become his wife.
Lydia Rinehart
can’t believe how much her life has changed. Escaping captivity from a Crow
village, she finds refuge and a home at the sprawling Redemption’s Edge
ranch…and love in the arms of Bull Mason, the ranch foreman. For the first time
since her parents’ death, she feels cherished and safe.
In an instant their dreams are crushed…
Bull is resolute in his determination to track down and
rescue Lydia’s brother, kidnapped during the celebration of their friend’s
wedding. He’s made a promise—one he intends to keep. Picking the best men, they
are ready to ride, until he’s given an ultimatum.
Choices can seldom be undone…
As their journey continues, the trackers become the prey,
finding their freedom and lives threatened.
And promises broken can rarely be reclaimed…
Bull and Lydia trust each other again and find their way to back to the dreams
they once shared?
Trail is book six in the Redemption Mountain historical western romance series.
It is a full length novel with an HEA and no cliffhanger.


wanted to rage at the world, shout that Lydia was his and no other man had the
right to her. Watching her disappear into the tent with White Buffalo was too
much to bear.
When he
started to push from the ground, a hand clamped across his mouth before strong
hands pulled him away from the ledge, wrestling him back to the ground. Luke
and Travis worked to control what could be a deadly situation if Bull acted on
his emotions.
As he
struggled to gain freedom from their hold on his arms, Tat and Johnny dropped
to their knees, each grabbing one of his legs, holding him still.
“We will
get her back.” Luke stared at his close friend, his gaze unwavering as hate
poured from Bull’s face. “Going in there now will only get us all killed, and
Lydia will still be with White Buffalo.”
shook his head, his body convulsing as he tried to wrench away from their
Bull. You have to get control. Besides, we have something White Buffalo
doesn’t.” A small grin pulled up the corners of Luke’s mouth when Bull’s eyes
went wide. “Now, if you’re ready to listen, we’ll let go.”
cursed, stopping his attempts to break free. The others backed away when he
stood, not knowing what to expect from a man who’d always been slow to anger
and reticent to use his fists. He turned to Luke, a look on his face none of
them had ever seen before.
“You tell
me what we have that will change any of this.” The look in his eyes was
hostile, yet pleading. He needed to hear a solution, something that would take
away the pain seizing his heart.
nothing that will change what we just saw, but we do have a way to get her
back.” Luke watched Bull’s eyes narrow. “Unless you won’t take her back after
what you saw.”
yes, I want her back. I don’t care what he does to her. She’ll always be mine.”

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Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew
up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees
from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day
she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her
real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find
redemption through love and acceptance.
She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.
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“Cass Adams comes from a long line of crazy…” Call My Daddy by Kelly Stone Gamble [Release Blitz]

******Release Day October 6, 2016******
Kelly Stone Gamble
Cass Adams comes from a long line of crazy, and she’s no exception. Now that Cass is pregnant, she fears passing along the family burden to her unborn child. But, that’s only one of Cass’ problems: the other is the man she ran over with her truck, who has come to Deacon looking for a compatible liver donor for his alcoholic father, Freddy Adams. Thirty-five years ago, Freddy left Deacon without a trace, leaving behind his wife and two sons: Roland, Cass’ first husband, and Clay, the father of her baby.
Clay Adams is your average laid back worm farmer, but the news of Freddy’s whereabouts and the notice that he has a half-brother he’s never known, forces him to address the anger and resentment of abandonment he has kept in check for many years.

Call Me Daddy is a story of family, the secrets they keep, and to what lengths someone would go to protect them.

This sequel to They Call Me Crazy can be read as a standalone novel.
***Special Release Day price of $2.99 for e-book***
***October 6, 2016***
Kelly Stone Gamble was born and raised in a
small Midwestern town but as an adult, became a city girl. As a member of the
faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she now moves between her
homes in Henderson, Nevada and Idabel, Oklahoma allowing her to enjoy the best
of both worlds.  

“Nothing comes without a price…” Needs, Wants and Other Weaknesses by Deborah Nam-Krane [Author Interview]

Needs, Wants, and Other Weaknesses

“Needs, Wants and Other Weaknesses” (Book Six of The New Pioneers) by Deborah Nam-Krane

Published as… Thriller/Romantic Suspense

Deborah Nam-Krane’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I love puzzles…which may have something to do with why I’ve been putting more mystery into my novels.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Hmm…either Sherlock Holmes or James Bond! But a female version 🙂

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Feelin’ Alright by Joe Cocker

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: If only in my novels, the world gets to make sense to me.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Sibling): Suzy, who’s only seventeen months younger than I am, so I don’t have any conscious memories that she isn’t in.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: I don’t multi-task that well; if I hear television dialogue while I’m writing fiction, there’s a good chance some of that will end up in my WIP! By the same token, if I’m listening to music with lyrics, that can take me out of “the zone”. So it’s either instrumental music or nothing.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Early riser, for sure, which I think puts me in the minority of the world (or at least in my family).

8. Favorite Season: I live in the city of Boston, and when we get hit with a hot summer or cold winter, we get hit hard. Spring heats up too quickly, so I’m going to default to autumn. But spare me the ode to foliage already!

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No, but I’ve wanted to be a storyteller since the age of eight. I thought I’d be a playwright, but since I was always taken with family sagas, I ended up gravitating toward novels.

About the Book

Boston Police Detective Robert Teague risked his professional reputation to close the case that ruined his father. He burned a lot of people to do that, and after six years the captain who saved his job hasn’t forgotten how much Robert screwed up. A detective of his experience should have something better to do than chasing down a complaint against a paroled convict, but maybe that’s why his gut is telling him something doesn’t make sense. Why did this boyfriend pimp get such a light sentence in the first place, and why did one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms represent him? And what is it about the complaining witness that makes her less reliable every time he talks to her? (The fact that she’s using an alias isn’t helping.)

Even a hard-boiled cop would be shocked by the world Hannah Bruges has been slipping in and out of since she was a young teenager. Counterfeiting, child prostitution and slave labor in all its forms make the world a miserable place, and Hannah knows better than most how evil it can be when no one cares. When anyone can get what they want at every level of a dark market, nothing’s as cheap as a human life. Robert would be happy to close the case if Hannah didn’t keep walking into trouble and dragging him into it with her. And if he’s honest, the detective in him wants to know what she’s really after: the people the law can’t find, or the person no one bothered to look for?

There’s always someone who can give you what you want and what you need, but nothing comes without a price. How much are you willing to pay when it’s someone you love?

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About the Author

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Deborah Nam-Krane has lived in Boston-proper for a quarter of a century. When she’s not gardening or homeschooling her twins, she’s trying to keep up with the latest machinations of her characters. So far, their stories have run the gamut from Coming of Age and Romance to Mystery and Romantic Suspense. A hard core Trekkie, her next series will naturally be Science Fiction/Fantasy. (This means that readers can finally take a little break from Boston.)

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“It’s a tough assignment…” Shaman’s Drum by Ailsa Abraham [Spotlight & Giveaway]

Shaman’s Drum

“Shaman’s Drum” (Alchemy Series #2) by Ailsa Abraham

Published as… Magic Realism/Religion

Ailsa Abraham’s Excerpt

The Demon Prince, like all demons, had once been human. He’d been a Handsome man but all manner of evil thoughts and deeds had distorted his face and body. His skin was that of a rotting corpse, maggots and other larvae constantly dropping from it. His mouth hung slack, showing his sharp carnivore’s teeth. Even from this distance I could smell his breath, like a blast of hot air from an abattoir. He was a walking irony of knightly valour in armour made from the nails of his victims. His helmet was a priest’s head, the expression of horror still fixed on it and the eyes still moving. His hands were claws that grasped and pulled everything towards him, he was the embodiment of greed. Nothing that anyone else possessed was safe, especially their souls. His eyes emitted a black luminescence that darkened all around it. Within his circle it became impossible to think clearly, only to walk towards the inevitable death and enslavement he promised. What else was there in the world? What was the purpose of resisting?

In slow motion, I saw him raise his wand, fashioned from a new-born baby’s arm and point it at Iamo. Thick black sludge solidified and shot towards the monk, my partner, and in that moment I realised that it wasn’t just desire I felt for him. I loved him. I threw myself forward, knocking Iamo sideways and took the full force of the black fireball on my chest but a pale blue lightning bolt leapt between Iamo and the site of the hit, bouncing back towards the Demon Prince, who staggered and fell. The other demons stood bereft. Without their leader to command them they had no will of their own. Only the one who had crawled within touching distance of me was still unstoppable and he sank his rotting, grime-encrusted fangs into my leg.

About the Book

England in the near future.

Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again.

Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive.

Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust?

Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga’s Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths.

It’s a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

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About the Author

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Ailsa Abraham writes under two names and is the author of six novels. Alchemy is the prequel to Shaman’s Drum, published by Crooked Cat in January 2014. Both are best-sellers in their genres on Amazon.

She has lived in France since 1990, enjoys knitting and crochet and until recently was the oldest Hell’s Angel in town. Her interests include campaigning for animal rights, experimenting with different genres of writing and trips back to the UK to visit friends and family. She runs an orphanage for homeless teddy bears and contributes a lot of work to Knit for Africa. She is also addicted to dressing up, saying that she is old enough to know better but too wise to care.

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“Murder and betrayal shape the lives of Catherine and Lorcan…” Stealing the Light by Lisa Hofmann [Character Interview]

Stealing the Light

“Stealing the Light” by Lisa Hofmann

Published as… Medieval Fantasy

A Chat with…Catherine

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Catherine: “Stealing the Light” is the story of how I learned about my ancestry and my magic – and of how I came to kill a man. I’m not sorry, and I won’t get caught.

It’s also the story of the last Cine Master Sorcerer, Ortus Greenleaf. He created The Fair, which is a secret community of Unnaturals hiding in plain sight. The Fair moves from place to place with its market and its shows, protected from all harmful intent by the spells he cast. The human people who visit it do so by invitation, and they expect to see some form magic here, as they do at any fair, but they expect mere illusions, while all of what goes on at Ortus’ Fair is real. I don’t believe that the Cine are safe there, though. It’s every man, woman and child for themselves now that there is a new Inquisitor who hates Unnaturals with a passion. That man will stop at nothing, and he doesn’t care what kind of damage he leaves in his wake. There will be betrayal. There always is, and then there is no safety in numbers. Numbers will only make The Fair easier to find, if you ask me, because any magic that’s done can be undone.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Catherine: I’m the main character, and I’m a force to be reckoned with, regardless of the filthy hole I grew up in. I want to learn to use my Abilities and I want my rightful inheritance. I know that the book that has been stolen from me will help me get it, so I will find it, and I will learn its secrets. I will weather the storm the Inquisitor is about to unleash – unlike the fools hiding away at The Fair. I’m smart, and I’ll do what it takes to survive.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Catherine: She’s too sentimental toward the Master Sorcerer and his favorite student. Greenleaf is a weak, soft-hearted man, and she knows it. There’s no place for people like him in my world, because people like him are inclined to make mistakes that could cost them their lives. Yet, she writes him as though a man like that could save the world. She believes in the good in people, in trust, friendship and loyalty, and that kind of naivety makes me sick. I have no idea how the woman manages to slip into my skin. It bothers me, at times, to find her lurking there.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Catherine: Stealing the Light is a tale of light and dark, and all the shadows that thrive in between. Its fabric is woven with care, and its characters are certainly memorable. I like the thought of people telling this story for years to come.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Catherine: I’m no character. I’m very real. Read it, and I’ll see you in your dreams.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Catherine: I will be someone. I want people to bow to me, and I always get what I want, sooner or later. Perhaps I’ll be queen. Who knows?

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Catherine: I believe there are many more stories to come. I’m young, and I have… how do you say in your day? An agenda? My author has already finished the second book of the series. “Into the Dark” tells of The Fair after the Master Sorcerer is killed (by someone I know very well), and the Inquisitor’s renewed efforts to exterminate the Dwarven in the Winter Mountains. That should be interesting. It also tells of my… travels with some ladies of the world’s oldest trade… but I’d rather forget about that, and I won’t give away anything more.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Catherine: I don’t know if my author had a clear image of any particular actress when she brought me to life. I believe she might have pictured Kate Winslet for the adult Catherine, maybe. She’s very versatile, and I think she can portray fearlessness quite well. Anyone who’d want to play my part would certainly have to be fearless.

About the Book

The age of magic is over, and the hunt for the Unnaturals is on. Two young people with the Curse grow up amid the chaos of a changing world. Catherine learns to survive on theft and manipulation.

When she steals from the wrong man, she has to learn several lessons the hard way, but she will employ every last one of them to plan her revenge. On the other side of the forest, the secret community of the Cine take in a refugee boy from the Sudlands. Lorcan’s magical Abilities surpass all others, but the lad’s father brings tragedy upon the safe haven.

Murder and betrayal shape the lives of both Catherine and Lorcan as they become adults, but while one of the two sets about stealing the light, the other plunges headlong into the darkness.

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About the Author

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Lisa Hofmann was born in Siegen, Germany, in 1975. She attended schools in Germany and in Ireland. After graduating, she worked for a large international wholesale company and as an interpreter for two years before she attended the University of Siegen.

During her time at university, she translated books and other writings for her professors of Educational Didactics and Anglistics, discovering her talent for handling words. She began writing medieval fantasy fiction in her late thirties while working as a teacher.

She still lives near her birthplace today with her husband, three children and a houseful of pets. She writes predominantly in English.

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“Rita must unravel a web of lies…” Deadly Deceit by Karen Randau [Author Interview]

Deadly Deceit

“Deadly Deceit” (Rim County Mysteries) by Karen Randau

Published as… Mystery/Thriller

Karen Randau’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: Deadly Deceit takes place in the picturesque small mountain town of Rim Vista, Arizona. This town has poverty and wealth, quirky people, and a western aura.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: I’d like to be a combination of the women in the TV series Bones. I admire the way Temperance Brennan can deduce a person’s life through observation. I love Angela Montenegro’s passion for life and beauty. A splash of Camile Saroyan brings it all together with a down-to-earth attitude that got her to the top of her game.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: I like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as performed with the soothing vocals of Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole. The song refers to a promised better life somewhere else, but I want my characters to find that the “somewhere” has been right inside of them all along. I want my characters to work hard for their dreams to come true, and their troubles to eventually melt like lemon drops. Israel’s voice brings me a peaceful calm when I listen, and I think that’s what my characters want when I’m putting them through adversity.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I like being able to retreat into a different world while I’m writing. It’s one I made up, so it includes bits of myself, but I get the chance to create characters who are braver, stronger, smarter, and more beautiful. I get to put them through things I would never want to experience myself, and I get to bring them to a place in their lives where their adversity has strengthened them even more and made them a better global citizen.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Pokey. He was a Siamese cat that my sister and I got when I was in the fourth grade. He poked at things, thus the name.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: l like silence. Music and television distract me too much. I love music and try to pick out what instruments are playing, or I sing along. I totally get into the plot of television (or the news). Neither of those allow me to focus on my writing.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: I’m an early riser – usually up by 4:30 a.m. and sound asleep by 9:00 p.m.

8. Favorite Season: I love spring and fall. I live in Arizona, where summer is sweltering hot. Fall brings a welcomed relief and beautiful colors on the foliage in the mountains where I live. Spring brings relief from winter cold, along with song birds and flowers.

9. Did You Always want to be a Writer: Absolutely! I started writing as soon as I was able to print. I processed all of my major life events by writing about them. I got a degree in journalism but quickly realized that wasn’t the kind of writing I wanted to do. I’ve been a marketing and public relations writer for many years, and even dipped my toe into non-fiction book writing. I started learning to write fiction when a friend suggested that the stories I told meant I had a novel screaming to get out.

About the Book

A cocoon of naiveté shatters on Rita Warren’s thirtieth wedding anniversary, when a terrorist murders her ex-Marine husband Jared and thirteen other movie goers.

Ensnarled in a cover-up that puts her in an assassin’s crosshairs, Rita must unravel a web of lies and connections that date back to Jared’s service in the Iraq war – before a mysterious kidnapper returns Rita’s daughter Zoe one body part at a time.

This fast-paced thriller is one you won’t want to put down from beginning to end.

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About the Author

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A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen Randau has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing communications.

After a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries, witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome a generational cycle of poverty.

She loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and rollercoaster-like twists and turns.

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“Fourteen stories. Fourteen wormholes. One Universe.” Explorations through the Wormhole (Anthology) [Release Day Spotlight]

Explorations through the Wormhole

“Explorations through the Wormhole” (Sci-Fi Anthology)

Published as… Science Fiction

About the Book

Fourteen stories. Fourteen wormholes. One Universe.

It’s 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant: the wormholes continue to appear.

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About the Author

Explorations Anthology Authors
Published by Woodbridge Press. This spotlight presented by Thaddeus White.

About Thaddeus: Thaddeus White is a dedicated writer (and degenerate gambler) from Yorkshire. When not writing fiction, he relaxes by reading classical history and watching F1. As well as entries in Woodbridge Press’ horror anthology The Haunting of Lake Manor Hotel, and Explorations, he has a short story in the publisher’s forthcoming fantasy anthology (due early next year).

His own fantasy novel, Kingdom Asunder, is due for release in December of this year.

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“Halley is linked to an ancient conspiracy…” Harsh Gods by Michelle Belanger [Character Interview]

Harsh Gods

“Harsh Gods” (Novels of the Shadowside #2) by Michelle Belanger

Published as… Urban Fantasy

A Chat with…Lil

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Lil: This year, you can find me in Harsh Gods. It’s part of the Shadowside Series, named after the realm of dreams and spirits half a step off from the mortal world. Honestly, the name of the series shows a little favoritism on the author’s part. Zack Westland, who happens to be a very old friend of mine, is the guy who gets center stage. Zack has this knack for stepping bodily into that plane of reality, the better to punch cacodaimons and other nasty spirits in the face. It’s the special power of his tribe, the Anakim. Oh. Did I mention he’s an angel? Don’t worry – we’re not talking the glory hallelujah kind. Zack and his brothers have been kicking around here on earth for half a dozen millennia, easily. Not that Zack remembers any of that – which is where I come in. Someone needs to babysit the big goof, otherwise I think he’d spend weeks locked away playing videos games, rather than fighting the real monsters. Men are so easily distracted.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Lil: Three things you should know about me. I’ve known that sex is power for longer than your country has been on a map. I can kill you with any one of five items currently in my handbag. And if you ever hurt one of my sisters, I will hunt you through your next fifteen incarnations and teach you the meaning of pain.

As for where I fit? I come in whenever I damn well please. Usually, I try to time it so Zack has to thank me. He hates that, and it’s a delight to watch him choke on those words. When I’m not keeping Zack out of trouble, I do a lot of fun things. What’s the point of being immortal if you don’t enjoy what you got? There’s the Windy City Vixens, my burlesque troupe. Sometimes I help out my old flame Remiel with events at Club Heaven. I can’t stand his boss Saliriel, but when you meet the same old people life after life, eventually some of them start getting on your nerves. So you deal, because killing an immortal leads to an endless circle jerk of vengeance. No one stays dead for very long and, frankly, that gets dull.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Lil: The author really likes putting Zack through his paces. I can hear the cackling whenever something really twisted comes down the pike. So she’s a sadist. I can get behind that. I like making Zack squirm myself — although I prefer more sultry ways of getting him flustered. Who wouldn’t enjoy watching an angel blush?

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Lil: I wasn’t thrilled with the snow. When a pissed-off spirit that used to be worshipped as a storm god blows into town, it plays hell with the weather. Zack rises to the occasion, but he takes his sweet time about it. At the start, all he does is slack off. Damned fool shut himself away from the world after losing my sister. For a whole month, what does he do? Sit around playing video games. Assassin’s Creed, mostly. What’s the point? If you want to practice murder, go out and kill a few people. Hiding the bodies isn’t that hard. And if he needs tips, I’m happy to share.

To be honest, I’m still getting used to what a bleeding heart he’s become. You know what it took for him to even take notice of the disaster brewing in his city? This kid. Autistic, all kinds of other issues, and psychic as hell on top of it. Her parents named her after a comet. Mother’s Tears! In the old days, comets were always bad omens. Who saddles their kid with that? Anyway, so these boneheads name their kid after Halley’s comet, and she ends up caught in the crosshairs of a vicious battle with a bunch of Zack’s undying relatives. Who’s shocked? Anyone?

At least Zack gets it handled. Though, he’d be dead and awaiting a new incarnation several times over if not for my timely intervention. Maybe someday, he’ll learn to appreciate that.

Aside from all that, I’ve got one big complaint. When the hell did my ex Remy hook up with that police officer? Sure, we’re not married anymore, but it’s not like we got a divorce. One of us died. That’s different. And what was Remy thinking anyway? I know he’s got a thing for redheads, but I’m right here. How can a mortal possibly compare?

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Lil: It’s worth my time just to harass Zack, but seriously, I love it. The author doesn’t make me hold back – not that she could, but it’s nice to be appreciated for exactly who I am. Belanger gives me all the benefits of being a main character without any of the boring responsibilities the protagonist gets saddled with. Zack has to fret over his hero complex and whether he’s being human enough. Me, I get to say what I want, do what I want, and kill when I want without ever having to make apologies. It’s like a vacation where I paint the town red.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Lil: I plan to stick to Zack like glue. He dragged my sister Lailah into his family’s messy affairs, and she got bound in a jar for her troubles. I’m not going to let him forget that. He owes her, and by extension, he owes me. We sisters stick together.

Of course, you may not always see me, but that won’t mean I’m not there. I’ve got ways of keeping tabs on our flyboy. The Anakim aren’t the only ones with handy powers.

On my own time, I may hunt down that police officer that Remy’s seeing so we can have words. Some of those words might happen to be knives. Small and very sharp knives.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Lil: Oh, I’ll be back. Nothing keeps me away for long. Besides, I’m certain I’ll have to pull Zack’s ass out of the fire at some point. So long as he’s useful, I’ve got the big guy’s back – whether he likes it or not.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Lil: I’m a classic, sweetie. You’d need to dig up someone from the past – a real woman with attitude and genuine curves. Give me Gene Tierney or Ava Gardner or don’t even bother to call.

About the Book

The last thing Zack Westland expects on a frigid night is to be summoned to an exorcism.

Demonic possession, however, proves the least of his problems. Father Frank, a veteran turned priest, knows Zack’s deepest secrets, recognizing him as Anakim—an angel of the hidden tribe. And Halley, the girl they’ve come to save, carries a secret that could unlock a centuries-old evil. She chants an eerie rhyme, and she isn’t alone…


As Zack’s secrets spill out, far more than his life is at stake, for Halley is linked to an ancient conspiracy. Yet Zack can’t help her unless he’s willing to risk losing his immortality—and reigniting the Blood Wars.

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About the Author

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Michelle Belanger is an author, occult expert, singer, and psychic seen regularly on the television series Paranormal State. She’s been featured on programs on HBO, the History Channel, Destination America, and CNN Headline News. Michelle’s work has taken her around the globe, but she resides near Cleveland, Ohio with two cats, a few friendly spirits, and a library of more than five thousand books.

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