“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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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…

“HANDS TO TAKE AND EYES TO SEE.
A MOUTH TO SPEAK. HE COMES FOR ME.”

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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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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“A world without war?” Alchemy by Ailsa Abraham [Blitz & Giveaway]

Alchemy

“Alchemy” (Alchemy Series #1) by Ailsa Abraham

Published as… Magic Realism/Religion

Ailsa Abraham’s Excerpt

Daniel stood beside me, pointing out the “Who’s Who” of this august gathering.

“The guys in leather are the Odinists, old Norse religion. Obviously, the chap with the sickle is the Chief Druid, yes, that is a fox-head he’s wearing as a headdress. Now, that one there, the shaven-headed one in a kilt-type thing. He’s the High Priest of the Egyptians. I think they have a few sub-divisions but… oh yes, here comes the High Priestess of Isis, she’s his female counterpart.”

By this time my jaw was dropping. The lady in the wig, smothered in jewellery was like something straight out of a Cleopatra movie and eye-wateringly gorgeous. Daniel nudged me again and I thought for a moment that a Christian monk in traditional brown robes had sneaked in.

“That tall woman in white. That is Lady Solus, she will probably try to take over. She’s a bit of a tartar and that young man with her is her assistant. Bright chap by all accounts. Oops! Looks like one of the Dianics is going to make a fuss.” I had no idea what one of those was but just made sure the camera was running, kept my mouth shut and watched. A woman with a shaven-head and a bow slung across her back stood up and pointed at the painfully thin monk-like youngster.

“Abomination!” she hissed. “He leaves!”

The priestess indicated to me as Lady Solus turned very slowly and gave her a glare that would have frozen water in two seconds.

“He stays. I do not argue with stray cats.”

The young man in question had said nothing, remaining two paces behind his boss. I caught his eye and thought there was something vaguely familiar about him. Although his face remained impassive, a pair of bright blue eyes fixed me and very slowly one eyelid dropped in an almost imperceptible wink. I was too busy to think about it then but I would have to remember where I had seen him before.

About the Book

A world without war?

Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.

But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again.

How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare?

Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”.

ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman’s Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.

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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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“Is this the life she wants?” Finding Rachel by H. J. Harley [Release Blitz & Giveaway]

Finding Rachel

“Finding Rachel” (Love Lies Bleeding #3) by H. J. Harley

Published as… Contemporary Romance

H. J. Harley’s Excerpt

The driver got out to greet me.

“Miss Fallon.” He nodded his head. “I’m Decker …” he began, but I walked right past him and opened the back door to get in. He waited until I shut it, then climbed back into the driver’s seat and looked at me in the rear view mirror.

“As I was saying, I’m Decker. I’ll be your driver.”

“Great, got it, you’re Frank’s monkey boy,” I snapped at him. “Can you just take me to the hotel or wherever the hell it is I’m staying? Thanks.”

He put the truck in drive, but we remained idle. “Okay then. Is there anything you need to get before we go to wherever the hell it is you’re staying? Would you like to stop anywhere to pickup lunch?”

I wasn’t paying attention to a damn word that man was saying. I was zoned out looking at the picture of Tyler and me. It was my favorite one …

“Are you high?” Decker asked.

“What? No? Why would you ask me that? Not like it’s any of your fucking business if I was,” I shot back at him, whipping my sunglasses off my face.

“Great, now that I have your attention, how about you let me know if you need to stop anywhere before getting to your destination. I’ll keep it simple for you … a head nod or some sort of gesture will suffice,” he teased.

“I’ve got a gesture for you,” I went back at him. I flipped him off, but down low where I thought he wouldn’t see it.

“Ahh, dammit.” He gave an exaggerated frown. “Frank bet me twenty bucks you’d give me some inappropriate answer or gesture within the first three minutes of meeting. I bet him you wouldn’t. I’m a benefit of the doubt kind of guy. You almost made it. Two minutes and thirty three seconds.” He picked up this phone and showed me the stopwatch timer.

“Just drive, please.” I put my glasses on, and a small laugh escaped my lips.

“There we go. See, isn’t that better than being a cranky pants?” In the rear view, I could see a hint of playfulness in his eyes. “You’re in Miami. It’s beautiful.”

“Yes, you’re one hundred percent correct, so much better. Now go.” Again letting out a small laugh. I failed miserably at my attempt to be demanding.

“What’s the magic word?”

Holy shit, man. You’re like the worst employee of all employees on this planet. Please drive me somewhere besides crazy.” I begged.

“There we go. Another milestone. You survived being pleasant.” He began to drive off.

About the Book

Rachel Fallon is gone. With everything changing at a pace she can’t control, she isn’t sure whose life she’s living anymore. Is this the life she wants or the life everybody else wants for her? When Rachel decides to leave her fiance, Tyler, and best friend, Jordie, behind, the journey to rediscovering herself takes her places that she never expected. It also leads her to meet someone who could be everything she wants. Her choices aren’t easy ones and will bring her laughs, tears and heartbreak regardless of what she decides. All that matters is she’s finally Finding Rachel.

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“The scarred princess and the gentle giant must silence the murmurs of the past…” Murmur by Anne Conley [Cover Reveal]

Murmur

“Murmur” (Pierce Securities #5) by Anne Conley

Published as… Contemporary Romance

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Valerie Dunaway is a former socialite who has hidden from the public eye for years due to a horrific attack that left her scarred—physically and emotionally. When a strange masked man makes himself at home with her, she’s unable to run. She calls the cops, but the agoraphobic won’t go into protective custody, so Detective Hollerman calls the only people he trusts: Pierce Securities.

Quinten Pierce is a Renaissance man—artist, lawyer, fighter—but his latest assignment has him losing his ever-present control. He’s got one fight left in his career, and although he can’t wait for it to be over, his opponent seems to have ties to Valerie, thus forcing him to hold on until he finds out exactly who he’s working with.

With the help of the Pierce team, the scarred princess and the gentle giant must silence the murmurs of the past that threaten their future.

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“How long has a puppet master been pulling their strings?” The Veritas Deception by Lynne Constantine [Book Blitz]

The Veritas Deception

“The Veritas Deception” by Lynne Constantine

Published as… Thriller

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Days after he changes his vote on a bill he sponsored, US Senator Malcolm Phillips is murdered and his death disguised as an accident. He contacted one man before he died: investigative journalist, Jack Logan. He leaves Jack one clue that is supposed to help him uncover the truth and keep Phillip’s widow, Taylor, safe: search for Jeremy. But Jeremy who?

Friedrich Dunst, pardoned for war crimes and living in the States, never gave up the quest for what he believed to be relics of evil that provide untold power. Upon his death, his adopted son, Damon Crosse, took up the cause, and now helms a vast network of corrupt authority, controlling everything from social media and television programming to law enforcement and US legislation. His elite and well-known training facility recruits top students from around the world, but its legitimate programs are a front for something more insidious. Shrouded in secrecy and guided by dark forces, Crosse’s true agenda is known only to his own son who has now jeopardized it all by betraying him.

As Taylor and Logan begin to unravel the complex web of lies, they discover that the hunt for the set of ancient relics, dating back to the time of Christ, has driven Crosse and those before him to acts of atrocity and violence. But what do these relics have to do with a senator’s death? How long has a puppet master been pulling their strings—and will Logan and Taylor trust the right people long enough to win what becomes a colossal battle for souls?

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Lynne Constantine is a coffee drinking, Twitter-addicted fiction author always working on her next book. She likes to run her plots by Tucker, her golden retriever, who is always enthusiastic about her ideas. Lynne is the co-author of CIRCLE DANCE, and the author of THE VERITAS DECEPTION as well as several short stories.

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