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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Excerpt Spotlight: Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem

Handbook for Mortals 
by Lani Sarem
Aug 15, 2017 
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: GeekNation Press
ISBN: 9781545612392
Number of pages: 448
Word Count: approx. 107,000
Cover Artist: Ryan Kincaid
Tagline: A young woman goes to Las Vegas to join a magic show only to learn that falling in love is more dangerous than magic.

Zade Holder has always been a free-spirited young woman, from a long dynasty of tarot-card readers, fortunetellers, and practitioners of magick. Growing up in a small town and never quite fitting in, Zade is determined to forge her own path. She leaves her home in Tennessee to break free from her overprotective mother Dela, the local resident spellcaster and fortuneteller.

Zade travels to Las Vegas and uses supernatural powers to become part of a premiere magic show led by the infamous magician Charles Spellman. Zade fits right in with his troupe of artists and misfits. After all, when everyone is slightly eccentric, appearing ''normal'' is much less important.

Behind the scenes of this multimillion-dollar production, Zade finds herself caught in a love triangle with Mac, the show's good-looking but rough-around-the-edges technical director and Jackson, the tall, dark, handsome and charming bandleader.

Zade's secrets and the struggle to choose between Mac or Jackson creates reckless tension during the grand finale of the show. Using Chaos magick, which is known for being unpredictable, she tests her abilities as a spellcaster farther than she's ever tried and finds herselfat death's door. Her fate is left in the hands of a mortal who does not believe in a world of real magick, a fortuneteller who knew one day Zade would put herself in danger and a dagger with mystical powers...

Handbook for Mortals is the first book in the series of this urban fantasy, paranormal romance series by author Lani Sarem.

Following Zade through the trials--and romance--of finding her own place in the world, readers will identify with their own struggles to fit in, reflected in the fantastic, yet mundane world of Zade's life.

Handbook for Mortals is in development as a motion picture set to debut in 2018.

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Excerpt:
“Hopefully I wasn’t interrupting something important,” Mac said, with no attempt at feigning actual sincerity. I could tell he didn’t care that he had interrupted, or that he had been rude.

“Just kindness.” I responded. I don’t think he expected my answer to be truthful, and he looked taken aback. He had probably expected me to say “Oh, no worries! Nothing important.” He made no comment, but backed off a little. When he continued talking, he had a bit less snap in his voice.

“I’d like to schedule a crew call for you once your contract has been signed. You, me, and all of our techs, so we can go over your trick and map out how it will be safely implemented into the show.” He knew that calling what I had done a “trick” instead of an illusion I would take as a slight. It’s sort of like telling someone who had just won an Olympic gold medal and was proudly wearing it around their neck, that their necklace was cute. Mac kept incessantly tapping his Sharpie on the side of his clipboard and shifting his weight between his feet.

I stood up slowly and calculated, looking him square in the eye, which probably surprised him a bit, since he was at least six feet tall. I’ve always enjoyed the luxury of being a tall girl. I’m five foot nine inches and so while I don’t usually tower above any guys I know, I can definitely look them directly in the eye. Most girls who at five feet five inches (which, I believe, is an average height for a woman) have to look up. My height was an advantage that I never took for granted and here, again, I was happy that I didn’t have to look up to him—figuratively or literally. In heels I could even be as tall or taller than him and I’ve always loved that part about being the height I am. I half smiled and slowly spoke, “Maybe you misunderstood. I don’t show anyone how it’s done. That wasn’t just for the audition. I handle this illusion on my own.”

Mac held still for a moment, and then glanced up from his clipboard, looking irritated. He pursed his lips and flared his nostrils. The tapping stopped. He dropped the clipboard from his stomach and held it in his hand while pointing his finger directly in my face. “Listen, lady, I don’t know who else you worked for, but we don’t do that Lone Ranger stuff around here. I’m the technical director and in charge of everyone’s safety, no matter how stupid you want to be. You do what I say, and I keep your pretty self from getting hurt. Got it?” I’m fairly certain he growled at me as he spoke.

Myriad thoughts ran through my head and I’m pretty sure several seconds passed in silence as we stared each other down. I could feel my hands tightening into fists. I really did want to punch him. I could see it happening. I’m not strong by any means but I’m also not a wimp. I wouldn’t have broken anything, but he would have been bruised and sore. I quickly ran through the possible outcomes of punching the technical director on my first day of work. It didn’t really seem to be the best idea.

I leaned into him so closely that it might have looked like to an outsider that I was about to kiss him. I huffed a little and my words were slow and deliberate. “I understand this is your job and all, but I don’t think you’re listening to me,” I hissed. I tapped his chest with my finger and he jolted a bit at my touch. He looked at me like I was speaking some kind of foreign language.

“I’m not listening? Lady, you need your ears cleaned,” he snarled back. He turned around to walk away, as if that was the end of our conversation. If he was trying to piss me off more, it was working.

I grabbed him by the shoulder, stopping him in his tracks and swinging him around to face me. My face had flushed and I’d raised my voice to a full yell. “And you need to get some manners. I’m not showing you how it’s done, okay? If we have a problem I can go to another show where the technical director doesn’t have a God complex. I’m not a girl who needs a knight in shining armor.” I was practically snarling at him.

Mac gritted his teeth and looked like he might hit me, but I knew that wasn’t really an option for him. Guys like him didn’t hit women, no matter how mad we made them. He laughed loudly. “Ha! Good luck finding a Technical Director who will treat you like the princess you clearly think you are. If I found you locked in a tower, I promise I’d leave you there.” Mac whipped around again and this time saw Riley, who had been standing just a few feet away from us the whole time. Riley was pretending not to be paying too much attention, but you could tell that was all he had been doing. I couldn’t blame him. Mac glowered at Riley and barked, “Where’s C.S.? Riley, go find Charles. Now!”

“On the move,” Riley replied with a nervous, almost panicked look on his face as he ran off to the side and disappeared.

About the Author:
Lani Sarem always wanted to work in the entertainment industry. She began acting at age 3 and continued to act and perform through her early years. Lani started writing scripts when she was 11 and over the years has done everything from writing, acting, band managing and helping start and work festivals. She's managed bands like the Plain White T's and Blues Traveler and toured with everyone from Ryan Adams to Gnarls Barkley. Lani has appeared in films like Mall Cop 2 and Jason Bourne. Make sure to catch her in her latest film Trailer Park Shark on the Syfy channel this July as Roxy. 
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Author Sherri Jordan-Asble: The care and feeding of Vampires... + giveaway

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLOOD

The care and feeding of Vampires....

I write paranormal or supernatural adventure and romance and I adore vampires. I love throwing them in my stories in one form or another. There is even one twisted short story in Brink, my collection of speculative fiction short.

Once you have your coveted vampire, you need to know how to take care of it, so...

#1. Blood. Yes. Vampires require a lot of blood.
Make a deal with your local butcher or a hunter and see if they’ll save their drippings for you. Blood banks don’t really like you dropping in for random withdrawals.

#2. Dark. Vampires need somewhere to hide out.
If you don’t have a coffin, a basement or attic will do. Or in a pinch, under your bed or in your closet (as long as you don’t have any other monsters lurking there.)

#3. Hide the mirrors.
It’s very disconcerting not seeing yourself all the time. Have some compassion. And you may want to ditch the garlic too.

#4. Keep a large net handy.
If they turn into a bat, you’ll want to be quick at catching them.

...and finally #5. More blood.
Yes, they need a lot of blood, so I’m repeating it. Even the hottest book-boyfriend vamp will get hungry, so unless YOU want to get drained, maybe stock that freezer up with tons of steak – in case of emergency.




by Sherri Jordan-Asble
August 11, 2013
269 pages
Two desolate vampires searching for something more than their monstrous existence find hope in a strangely attractive human. When their makers step in, chaos ensues...Paranormal romance meets dark urban fantasy in this emotional adventure.


Brink
by Sherri Jordan-Asble
Aug 12, 2017
149 pages
Fantasy, horror, and sci-fi stories blur in these dark speculative tales of fiction on the brink of our dimension.

Eleven short stories, plus two bonus stories in this collection.







About the Author:
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Sherri Jordan-Asble lives with her family in Tampa, Florida. They enjoy kayaking, great movies, and drinking coffee. Sherri has a Master's degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as an MBA and a Master's in Human Resources. She loves reading and writing about vampires, werewolves, and every other twisted little bump in the night. 



The Desolate Incubus series should be read in order or you will lose context, events, and will have confusion around character and character development. This includes Blood Pact. Even though it is primarily a prequel, there are events that take place between Fire Blood and Molten Blood. It's vital that you read in order as follows:

Summer Blood #1
Fire Blood #2
Blood Pact #3
Molten Blood #4


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Book Review: The Brightest Fell (October Daye Book 11) by Seanan McGuire + giveaway

The Brightest Fell (October Daye Book 11)
by Seanan McGuire
September 5, 2017
Publisher: DAW
368 pages
ASN: B01N4DEYSC
ISBN: 9780756413316
Contains an original bonus novella, Of Things Unknown!

Things are slow, and October “Toby” Daye couldn’t be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn’t have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family.

Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last.

When Toby’s mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do…until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now Toby doesn’t have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt’s lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she’s never met, one who’s been missing for over a hundred years?

Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine’s oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906.

This is one missing person case Toby can’t afford to get wrong.


October is planning for her wedding to the King of the Cats, Tybalt, and being with her family. But her mother, appears demanding she find her first daughter, a pureblood sister that October never knew about who was fathered by Simon. T
o get her lover and family member back, October has Sylvester awaken his brother, Simon. Together they go to the sea witch to get the means to find August. So, begins a quest; a hero’s journey to find and bring home October’s half-sister before her mother does harm to October’s family. Plus, along the way, she learns that Simon may not be the nasty villain she'd always believed him to be.

Seanan McGuire has never failed to keep me reading, riveted to the pages until the end. The characters are interesting with many layers. The October Daye series is comfort food for the fantasy/urban fantasy fan; with that added spice. The 11th book just confirms it.

I give The Brightest Fell (October Daye Book 11) 5 sheep.





Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about any place capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren't). Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Spotlight: Epic by Adrienne Wilder + 2 giveaways

Epic
by Adrienne Wilder
June 15, 2017
319 pages
Andrew Atler has learned the hard way, fiction is far better than real life. In his romance novels the world is safe, predictable, and there is always a happy ending. Best of all, he can safely fall in love and the person will never know. There he can weave a tale of perfect passion plus pay the bills.

Matt Grim flies the colors of Hell’s Legion. When he’s not riding his chopper, he’s working as a bouncer for the Six. Matt’s life consists of drinking, playing in a band, and burning the midnight oil in the dungeon. He lives hard, plays hard, and rides even harder.

Two people who would never be a part of the same EPIC love story.

But sometimes those fairy tale clichés have a way of working magic.

And sometimes…sometimes those happy endings do come true.

Next book coming from Adrienne Wilder...

Wild
by Adrienne
Releasing in Sept 2017

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No sane man would choose to live in the Alaskan bush unless he had something to hide. And Keegan Brooks has secrets darker than night, more dangerous than wolves, more brutal than an Alaskan winter. Every day for him was survival until he found August Vallory the sole survivor in a downed plane. 
It’s no longer just Keegan’s life teetering on the edge of survival.

Now it’s his heart.


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Aug 14-25
Aug 14 Boy Meets Boys Reviews – guest post
Aug 15 Making it Happen - review
            Vampy and Racey – review/guest post
Aug 16 The Novel Approach Reviews – guest post
Aug 17 Joyfully Jay – guest post
Aug 18 Jeep Diva – guest post
Aug 21 I Smell Sheep – spotlight
Aug 22 Love Unchained - review
            Pearls Cast Before a McPig - spotlight
Aug 23 Love Bytes – guest post
Aug 25 Jessie G Books – spotlight

Each blog may run their own giveaway for an ecopy of any Adrienne Wilder book.

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Book Review: Through Her Eyes (#4 Mind’s Eye Series) by Deborah Camp

Through Her Eyes (#4 Mind’s Eye Series)
by Deborah Camp
July 24th 2017

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: July 24, 2017
ASIN: B071KC41NB
Number of pages: 415
Word Count: 92418
Cover Artist: Patricia Schmitt
Tagline: She can see evil and evil can see her

Evil roams the streets of New Orleans... 
Surrounded by the romance and mystery of the French Quarter, psychics Trudy Tucker and Levi Wolfe search for a taker of lives. Combining their unique skills, they zero in on a serial killer who has been murdering for more than a decade. Their suspect is in a wheelchair, partially paralyzed in an accident a few years ago, but the latest victim was murdered after his paralysis. Are they on the wrong track or has the murderer found a protégé to continue his reign of horrors? 

Trudy Tucker has the unique ability to view events in real time as experienced by others. She can jump into the mind’s eye of another and experience what they experience, for better or for worse. And, in Trudy’s case, it’s typically for the worse. Trudy reluctantly jumps into the minds of killers. But instead of justifiably cowering in a corner, overwhelmed by the atrocity of it all, Trudy uses her abilities to track and trap the most villainous in society. Trudy is assisted by her fiancée and partner Levi Wolfe, an esteemed psychic and businessman. Wolfe is smart, sexy, virile, rich; the whole package and an absolute pleasure to read. The pair’s latest case takes them to New Orleans in search of a serial killer. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but now, thanks to Camp, I feel I have.

Through Her Eyes is a intelligent, sexy thriller. Trudy and Levi are well-developed characters who, while in possession of extraordinary abilities, struggle with the same insecurities and day to day struggles as us ordinary people. Camp is a well-researched master of description, a quality I personally enjoy and respect in an author. My only criticism would be that while Camp works hard to give her story contemporary flair, there are occasional dated phrases and references used throughout. But this is minor. Like, almost not worth mentioning minor.

While crucial, the paranormal aspects of the book are rooted in realism. Camp avoids overly fantastic explanations in favour of the more plausible. Camp works diligently to establish her plot, characters, and relationships lending to a rich reading experience.

Intrigued by the book’s synopsis, I signed on for the review not realizing it was a book four in a series. As an abject completionist, I almost always read series from start to finish. But, a commitment is a commitment and, ultimately, I was thrilled to have found a new series. Through Her Eyes was an excellent read from start to finish and while I would’ve preferred to start at the beginning of the series, the read felt complete and fulfilling without having read previous installments. I feel after reading only one book that I’m intimately acquainted with the world of Tucker and Wolfe.

I look forward to subsequent installments of Mind’s Eye. I will definitely investigate this author and earlier books in this series.

Five Mindful Sheep





Bianca Greenwood


Excerpt: 

“So, tell me about your experience,” Trudy said, sitting next to Levi.
“It was strange. Very strange. I was contacted – during a business meeting, mind you – by the dead son of the new contractor I was speaking with in my office. This kid – a salvage yard murder victim – popped into my head and started yelling at me. I tried to shut him out, but I couldn’t. I had to actually stop the damned meeting and tell the man that his deceased son was demanding an audience. Gonzo thought I’d lost my noodle.”
“Good Lord!” She covered her parted lips with her hand. “I’d say that was a heck of a coincidence, but . . .it seems to be so much more than that.”
“Yeah, right.” He sat back and drummed his fingers on the table for a few seconds. “Anyway, the kid – Clayton Nelson – was hitchhiking in New Orleans when a guy in a pickup stopped for him. He couldn’t see much of the man’s face because he wore a ball cap and sunglasses. He had a mustache that looked fake to me. He used the ploy of something being wrong with his truck to get the kid to look under the hood and then he knocked him out with a blow to the head. Clay came to in a basement, his wrists and ankles bound with plastic ties and chains.” He shuttered his gaze from her. “That’s where he was murdered.” A few seconds ticked by before his lashes lifted to reveal his dark blue eyes that never missed much. “You’ve been in contact with the murderer already, haven’t you?”
Her heart jolted. He was uncanny. “I was in contact with someone who’s warped. I don’t know if it was the salvage yard killer.”
“Was he murdering someone?”
“Something. A cat.”
Levi’s upper lip lifted in disgust. “Jesus.”
“Yeah. He was practicing, I think.” She shuddered and blocked out the memory.
“The kid in my head showed me a compass and pointed to the N on it.”
She gasped at the reference. “Your true north?”
“Bingo. His way of telling me that you were already part of this.”
She reached for her glass of juice. They must be destined to examine this case. How else could she explain what happened to Levi and what she’d already experienced?

About the Author:
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Deborah Camp is the author of more than 50 romances, both contemporary and historical. She received the first Janet Dailey Award (given to a romance novel that best addressed a social problem). "My Wild Rose" dealt with battered women and children.

A bestselling author, Deborah's books have been praised by reviewers, bloggers, and readers who love complex characters and clever plotting. She always mixes in a bit of humor, even in her romantic suspense novels.

Communicating with readers and other writers is something she enjoys, so don't be shy about visiting her online. If you post a review of her books, you'll probably receive a personal "thanks" even if the review isn't entirely favorable!

Deborah lives in Tulsa, OK where she is continually inspired by real cowboys, real Indians, and real heroes and heroines.

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