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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Comic Review: I, Holmes issue #1 (of 3) from Alterna Comics

I, Holmes issue #1 (of 3)
Writer: Michael Lent
Pencils, ink, colors: Dan Parsons
Graphic design, cover: Marc Rene
Lettering: Marshall Dillon
Intro: David Rambo
Peter Simeti (Publisher)

Brendan Wright (Editorial Consultant)
GENRES: Urban Crime/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Leading Ladies

Release: Aug 31, 2016 on Comixology
Publisher: Alterna

A Fresh Take and New Addition to the Sherlock Holmes Canon 123 Years After the First Sherlock Holmes Story was Published.

Everyone has a secret. Her secret can get her killed, and she doesn't even know what it is.

Fighting to survive in a world of danger and intrigue is nothing new to I Rose, but after discovering that she's the great granddaughter of world famous detective Sherlock Holmes, I realizes that life is about to become anything but elementary.

The idea of a young woman Sherlock Holmes intrigued me. Then I saw the cover, with a black unicorn head, and thought I need to give this comic a look. And it is off to a great start. 

The first issue opens on Halloween night 2009. An unknown narrator fills the reader in on our lead I. Rose's life (yeah, her first name is I, part of the mystery). We meet her court appointed university sponsor Annie Stow, your stereotypical sorority girl. I, had a rough upbringing and currently lives in a group home on the bad side of town. Then there is her a**hole parole officer. I is a product of her upbringing in the system (read: not a people person); pair this with her obvious intelligence and you have the makings of a kick ass heroine with no time for bulls**t.
At the end of issue one, we get a glimpse of an unknown person (gonna call him the evil villain of the story) and his possible evil plans.

The artwork is sharp with harsh shading, which fits the gritty tone of the story.
I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out and what I's story is.

4.5 "mysterious" Sheep


*Art for #1 by Dan Parsons (2014 Inkwell Award) STAR WARS, GAME OF THRONES, LORD OF THE RINGS (Dark Horse), EMPIRE OF THE WOLF (Alterna)
*Art for #2 and #3 by Marc Rene THE MACHINE STOPS (Alterna)
*Written by Michael Lent THE MACHINE STOPS (Alterna), BRIMSTONE (Zenescope), PREY (Marvel), ON THIN ICE (Hyperion/Disney)
*Cover #1 and Graphic Design by Marc Rene THE MACHINE STOPS
*Back Cover #1 by Dan Parsons
*Introduction by David Rambo EMPIRE (ABC), REVOLUTION (NBC), CSI (CBS)

About the Writer
Michael Lent was honored as a ‘Google Author’ in 2007. His writing and production expertise spans films, fiction and nonfiction books, biographies, graphic novels, animation, video games, and reality television. He adapted Stephen King in 2011 and EM Forster in 2014, as well as recorded 70,000+ reads on for 2016. In 2013, his graphic novels and comics were invited into the permanent collection of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at the Ohio State University.

Media Enquiries: Please contact Michael Lent at

Alterna Comics
Founded in 2006 by current president and publisher Peter Simeti, Alterna Comics titles are distributed worldwide in print and digital formats and in several languages. Alterna is home to the New York Times Best-Selling Graphic Books zombie war series "FUBAR" as well as the psychological horror thriller "THE CHAIR" which has been adapted to film for release in late 2016.  One of the leading independent publishers of creator-owned comics, Alterna currently publishes over 60 critically-acclaimed titles in the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero genres.
Alterna Comics titles are distributed to the comic market by Diamond Comics Distributors and to the book and ebook market by IPG (Independent Publishers Group).

Historical Fantasy Author Rayna Noire talks about Gardens and Faeries + giveaway + excerpt

Gardens and Faeries
Did you know that Faeries will help you with your garden? They were the first gardeners. You may consider Faeries children of Eve, or the Celtic Goddess, Danu. All the same, they are master gardeners. Here are some ways to attract them to your garden.

1. Faeries love birds. Put up birdhouses, bird feeders, and a birdbath. (Remember to change the bird bath water daily.)

2. Plant flowers. Roses are a special favorite, along with sunflowers, honeysuckle, rosemary, tulips, and pansies.

3. Streams and creeks attract the magical folks. You can build a water garden, goldfish pond, or even an outdoor fountain to create the same effect.

4. Faeries also enjoys statues of elves, fairies, and gnomes

5. They like colorful garden flags too.

6. Oak trees are sacred to the Faeries. If you have one, you’re in luck.

7. While a tidy yard is preferable, leave a small, ungroomed patch of wildflowers. The bees, butterflies, and Faeries will appreciate it.

8. Be kind to the animals that frequent your yard this includes the squirrels, rabbits, and mice.

9. Fairies love child-like energy. Don’t have children, then release your inner child by singing, laughing, whistling, playing, and even dancing in your garden.

10. Faeries love sparkly things. You can strew some crystals in your garden or shiny rocks with mica flecks.

11. Share your celebrations. A thimble full of lemonade and some crumbs from a birthday cake go a long way toward making a Faerie feel included.

12. Faeries are music lovers. They appreciate shiny wind chimes that make a harmonious sound.

13. Keep the grumpy people away. This could involve checking your attitude while weeding or commenting on a four-legged garden visitor.

14. Avoid use of toxic pesticides and herbicides.

15. Welcome them. Fairies visit those who believe.

Tales vary about the actual appearance of the sought after guests. Some believe they are tiny dots of lights. Others see them in the hummingbird and the butterfly. Fewer observe their clever faces in flowers or tree leaves. What you can see is where they’ve been from increased animal visits to blooming flowers. Don’t forget to reward the faeries. While they’re fond of teeth, most of us don’t have any to spare. Leave a tiny lid of milk or honey. Plant flower bulbs in a small circle, creating a sacred space for their celebrations. Best of all, have a sense of wonder.
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Faerie Lights: Glimmer (Faerie Lights Book One) by Rayna Noire
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Press
August 31, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-944712-99-0
Number of pages: 278 (est)
Word Count: 84,059
Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique
Historical fantasy set against the backdrop of WW1.

For seventeen years, the convent walls kept Meara Cleary from the secret of her own parentage.The sisters regard her with a cross of disdain and fear. Only among the trees by the gurgling creek does she find acceptance. A bearded stranger claims she’s his niece and promises to take her home. Before he can, a cataclysmic event thrusts her into a war-torn world.

Meara vows to journey to Ireland to find her uncle, unaware of how perilous a journey it will be. Her Druidic father guides her through dreams, explaining her magical heritage. Her dead parent can’t help her with the intricacies of village life, especially when she catches the eye of the very engaged Braeden Douglas.

A whirlwind composed of equal parts menace, romance, and revelation sweep Meara across the continent while gathering allies and enemies with equal speed. Her intent to return to her family turns into a fight to survive her own destiny.

England 1915
A snap of a tree branch signaled Meara wasn’t alone. Her breath caught in her lungs and swelled her belly as she waited. A tiny thrill danced up her skin, leaving the hairs on her arms upright. Mother Superior strictly forbade the sisters from entering the woods. She called it going into the world, and they’d renounced the world when they entered the convent walls. The rule was for the sisters, not her, an orphaned child who by chance had been born within these same walls.

A speckled fawn stepped into the sun-dappled clearing, allowing Meara’s breath to escape in a whoosh. A deer, a baby, which meant the mother wouldn’t be far behind. The doe stepped out from the brush, giving the girl leaning against the tree a speculative glance before foraging the mosses and delicate wildflowers. If she stayed still, the skittish forest inhabitants would ignore or possibly accept her. It meant a great deal that they accepted her in an offhand way.

Birdsong accompanied the play and the chuckle of the nearby creek. The area around the convent walls drew her. Here, she felt at home. It certainly felt more right than walking in straight lines with the sisters chanting somber words to an unseen male deity who demanded constant homage in the form of prayers six times a day. Her hand covered her mouth, hoping she hadn’t said such a thing aloud. Even thinking it was a sin, but speaking it would result in excommunication and horrible punishment.

Sister Thomas reminded her, anytime she’d made the mistake of complaining about the endless monotony of convent life, that her mother died a painful death in childbirth due to her sins. A few sisters whispered bastard, changeling, dark whelp within her hearing. Perhaps, they needed to point out she was different, as if she couldn’t have figured that out herself.

Outside the walls, she’d slip off her shoes feeling the cool spongy moss under her feet. It tickled, but more importantly, it lived and touched her. The lack of physical touch within the cloistered walls intensified her yearning for something to touch her, even if the touch was passive as she trod upon it.

The tiniest shift of light motes moved through the air, forming and reforming, flying or tumbling through the air. The grass beside her pushed down similar to something landing beside her. Although her eyes did not convey such information, she knew, the same as she knew her mother did not die from any great sin. Dozens of Hogstead village women died in childbirth as Sister Gabriella explained when she found Meara crying in the garden shed.

A warmness crept over a body, a comforting peace that somehow came from the unseen presence beside her. To speak of it would destroy it. Even Sister Gabriella, who was bolder than the other sisters—since she took an angel’s name as opposed to a saint’s—wouldn’t understand.

The lengthening shadows indicated the vanishing afternoon. Soon the bells would toll for the three o’clock service, and her absence would be obvious. She stood, brushing the leaves off her plain brown tunic before giving a head bob to the area where she’d been sitting.

“Good day to you.”

Even though no human words rode the air, she felt a response, one of respect and care. Her measured footsteps allowed her to move past the wildlife without sending it fleeing. Once she cleared the woods, she grabbed the hem of her tunic and ran.

About the Author:
Rayna Noire is an author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional adventures and magick happens.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Roxanne D. Howard: Things I Love to Hear My Readers Say (Chicks Dig the Accent tour) + giveaway + excerpt

Things I Love to Hear My Readers Say

Hello, my name is Roxanne D. Howard, and I write contemporary erotic romance. My newest erotic romantic comedy, Chicks Dig the Accent, has recently been released with Loose Id Publishing. Once in a while, readers will grace me with a glowing review or some well thought out feedback that knocks my socks off. Today, I’d like to share some awesome (and hilarious) things I love to hear my readers say.

1. “This touched me.” When your work hits readers on an emotional level, so much so that they connect with the character or what they’re going through, it’s so wonderful to hear about. Someone left a review for At the Heart of the Stone, my first novel, on Amazon about how she related to the heroine having a jerk of a boyfriend at first. Girl, we’ve all been there!

2. “I couldn’t put this down.” Being a book nerd myself, I love it when I can dive into a good book and not emerge for days. It’s like falling into another world. So when I hear that someone was glued to one of my books in that way, that seriously rocks my world and makes me want to high five them.

3. “I loved a certain character so much it’s scary.” As an author, you can’t please everyone, and when I create a character, they often materialize and bring their own quirks and eccentricities into the story when I least expect it. Sometimes they’re very likeable, and others (if they’re villains or antagonists) they’re not. On the Barnes and Noble website, a reviewer said that Niall, the hero in At the Heart of the Stone, is her new book boyfriend. It seems a bit weird to say I feel like I played Cupid, but it’s pretty cool.

4. One person compared the sex life of the heroine to “Freddy vs. Jason.” This cracked me up. To quote the reviewer for At the Heart of the Stone: “It’s a hot…HOT romance centered around Lark, who dreams about a strapping Irish bloke she’s never met…until she does. Which means…double the yummy sex! Ever see Freddy vs. Jason? (Yes THAT Freddy & Jason). If you’re reading a review for a romance novel, that’s likely a no. But still, there’s a line in that movie where the campy, busty soon-to-be-victim is running from one of them and spits out, “We’re not safe awake or asleep. Well folks, neither is poor Lark. That girl gets her sex on, and it starts on the very first page.” I am a horror fan, so I will cherish this review till I die! Ha ha ha!

5. “I felt like I was in the book with them.” Willie Wonka once quoted Arthur O’Shaughnessy: “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”. If I can provide any kind of escape into another world for but a second, that means the world to me.

6. “I lost sleep over this.” Okay, this one I’m not particularly proud of, since being a mom I totally get that sleep is, as Gollum would say, precious. But if readers were sucked into the story so much that they forwent sleep so they could finish it, that’s pretty doggone awesome. There’s a special sort of magic that happens between the reader and a book, I think.

What funny experiences or stories do you have about books you’ve read?

Chicks Dig the Accent
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: Contemporary erotic romance,
modern-day fairy tale, Fairy Tales Revisited
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC.
August 23, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68252-207-3
Number of pages: 105
Word Count: 33,013
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, she gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing boyfriend, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris. She's desperate to shake things up--and find that sexy foreign man.

She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance, in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her lbecome more Parisian and hip, to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English prof’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.

“Thanks, guys.” Evan’s smooth voice came over the mic while the guitar music died. “We’re gonna take a quick break, but we’ll be back in ten, so stick around.” He hopped off the low stage to scattered applause and whistles. Molly schooled the smirk on her face as he sidled past the flirting girls and made his way toward their table.

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the Wonder Twins, TWT, Inc.”

He slid into the empty space beside Molly in the booth. She exchanged an amused look with Nell. He’d christened them with the moniker upon moving in. They were never Nell and Molly, but Fischer and Ivers, TWT. Their eye color, skin, and facial features couldn’t be more different, but they were both the same height, petite-figured, and had wide, generous mouths and lots of hair.

“So, where’s the right-wing Republican boyfriend tonight?” he asked.

He stretched his arm over the back of Molly’s seat in a casual way. His forefinger grazed the edge of her earlobe, and a pleasant shiver ran through her.

“I thought you two were attached at the hip.”

Molly went silent and looked at her drink. Great, here it came.

“They broke up,” Nell chipped in.

Molly gave her a look of mock gratitude from across the table as Evan turned to her in surprise. His sexy hazel eyes searched hers. She waited for one of his classic Evan Castle comments, but the solemnity in his expression told her he wouldn’t give any.

He whistled low. “Sorry, Ivers, that sucks. You guys were together for a while.”

She hid her cringe as she took another sip of her drink. “Yeah…” Gulp, gulp, uncomfortable silence.

The drummer in Evan’s band called over to him, and Evan told him he’d be right there. He rapped his knuckles on the table and flashed them both a flirty smile.

“Well, Ivers,” he said as he slid out of the booth. “You’ll have a lot of attention to deal with, now that you’re back in the jungle with the rest of us primates. Do me a favor, eh, and don’t forget to put a bag over your head when you go out from now on, or you’ll have every guy in the room at your feet and beating down your door. Then I’ll never be able to talk to you.” He gave her a cheeky wink and walked off.

Molly turned crimson. Nell mouthed, Wow! as she put her palm over heart, and her jaw dropped open. They watched him walk off.

“What a compliment and a half! I did wonder why you two never got together. He always looks at you like he’s about to walk you against a wall and have at you.”

“What? No, he looks at all the girls like that. He’s just sweet and being a total flirt.” Molly waved it off, but her heartbeat accelerated as she remembered when he had, indeed, taken her against a wall their third time the night they’d spent together.

About the Author:
Roxanne D. Howard is an author with Loose Id. Her first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, was released in February 2016. She is an Army veteran, has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English, and enjoys reading classical literature and Stephen King. She is also an avid musical theater nut and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she's not writing. Roxanne and her family currently reside in the Midwest United States.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Bang by Avery Flynn - Exclusive Chapter Reveal Hop - Part 3

What do former RECON Marine Isaac Camancho, and beauty pageant ice queen Tamara Post have in common? Not much, but the sparks fly, along with the bullets, as they race to save a 16-year-old girl from the clutches of a cult-leader.

Read the full Chapter One Reveal with an exclusive section on each of the blogs below!
Read Love Blog (part 1)
I Smell Sheep (part 3) 
Grave Tells (part 5)

by Avery Flynn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
September 12, 2016
Length: 65k words
Format: Digital/Paperback
Digital ISBN: 978-0- 9964763-4- 8
Paperback ISBN: 978-0- 9964763-5- 5
Freelance investigator Isaac Camacho has a weakness for bitchy blondes, and no one fits the bill quite like former beauty queen and gold digger Tamara Post. She’s sexy, feisty and on the run from a cult leader. Complicated women? Oh he loves them almost as much as he loves watching Tamara act like a total ice queen when he knows she burns white hot.

Calculating opportunist Tamara Post never cared what anyone thought about her—except for her sister. But when her sister dies, it’s up to Tamara to hide her teenage niece so the girl’s dictatorial father can’t marry her off to one of his disciples. The last thing Tamara has time for is Isaac—a man who flirts as well as he fills out a pair of worn jeans and whose stubborn determination to help makes it hard to act as if she’s really as cold as she appear.

When the bad guys find her, there’s only one person Tamara can depend on to help keep her alive until her niece is safe. But once the life and death chase is on, it’s not just their lives Tamara and Isaac are risking…but their hearts.

Bang: B-Squad Book 2 by Avery Flynn
Chapter One – Reveal Three

Isaac Camacho shouldn't be noticing how good Tamara smelled.

One, it was weird. He was, after all, hustling through the club's hectic kitchen with one super-sexy, kinda bitchy blonde—his favorite kind—for parts unknown. He should be noticing her ass under that swishy green skirt, not something lame like the fact that she smelled like peach tea spiked with bourbon.

Two, they were dodging steaming pots and hot plates because ugly-as-roadkill bounty hunter Archie Wolczyk was hot on their heels. Even if his former life as a Recon Marine hadn't taught him the importance of survival, his stint in the county jail should have been more than enough to get an important lesson through even his thick skull: Being locked up in the pokey wasn't his style.

So instead of getting distracted by her perfume, he needed to get them both out of here before he ended up separated from the love of his life—women, all of them—for whatever stretch of jail time the judge decided aiding and abetting a fugitive deserved.

"Left." He pressed his palm against the small of her back, noting that his hand spanned almost the entirety of her waist, and guided her past the walk-in fridge and toward the employee break room.

She followed directions but shot him a quick glare over her shoulder.

Prickly little ice queen, wasn't she?

As they hurried through the break room, he ignored the surprised faces of the staff members swapping out street shoes for clogs, but gave a quick wink to the sous chef who'd given him the after-hours all-access kitchen tour a few weeks ago. Stephanie? Stacy? Selena? Sarah. That was it. Then almost as fast as he and Tamara had rushed into the break room, they were out the reinforced steel door and into the fenced-in part of the parking lot. It stank of cooking grease and rotting food from the nearby pair of Dumpsters that had been broiling in the Texas heat for the past few days. He peeked over the privacy fence, scanning the lot for the bounty hunter's backup. He spotted a couple getting out of a sedan, a valet sneaking a smoke, and a stray cat with one ear slinking between the cars.

Nothing of consequence stood between them and his truck, which was combat parked just outside the gate, ready as always for a quick getaway. He unlocked the doors with his key fob and opened the passenger door, then held out his hand to help Tamara up onto the running board. She was tall, but his oversized tires—perfect for off-roading—were no joke.

"No way." She took a step back, as if she could still escape.

It was cute.

"We don't have time for me to sweet-talk you, darlin', so let me put it this way. You either get that fine ass of yours in the truck or I'll expend the itty bitty amount of energy it would take for me to pick you up and flop you down in there."

The start of a snarl curled up one side of her mouth and she took another step back. "Look, I appreciate you giving me the heads up about the bounty hunter, but I don't know you and there's no way in hell I'm getting in your truck."

So, plan B it was.

About the Author:
Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Spotlight and Excerpt: Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash +giveaway

Witches Protection Program
by Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Witches, Action, Adventure
Publisher: Chelshire, INC.
May 14, 2015
ISBN: 1511411341
Number of pages: 239
Word Count: 45,518
Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he's reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program.

His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself.

Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City.

“Follow me, kid.” She led him down a gray hallway with mulberry-colored carpet, more plush than anything he’d ever seen in a governmental office. The place had to be a city block wide, with corridors branching off to other conduits. Here and there, a doorway opened. Wes saw that many were filled with groups of people sitting at polished conference tables. Some rooms were dark, with shades drawn, the light of a presentation on screens peeking through the slats of the blinds. Staff walked through the hallways, nodding to each other. Some were in pairs. All had a badge hanging on a chain or attached to a pocket. He squinted, but he couldn’t make out the impression on the shield. Forget about attempting to read it. He shrugged; while it looked official, it was unfamiliar. For a person who grew up with an entire family in law enforcement, he found it odd that he’d never seen it before.
“What is this place?” he asked.

“This is where the magic happens,” she told him cryptically.

She opened the door, whispering, “Prepare to be amazed.” Then, with a giant pop of her gum, she disappeared.

“Where…” Wes turned, looking for the woman, but couldn’t see her anywhere. “Where is…”

“Oh, she’s gone. Come in already,” a male voice ordered impatiently.

Wes spun to the speaker, his eyes settling on a small man seated at a glass desk. He was in a neat gray suit but wore a black turtleneck, which made him look like some odd, eccentric leftover from the beatnik generation. He was older than Wes’s father, Wes guessed somewhere north of sixty, with the thickening middle of a sedentary life, a tanned complexion, and silver hair. His chubby face sported a neatly trimmed goatee. Wes wondered where his beret might be. The man studied Wes with interested black eyes that glowed with merriment.

“What kind of department is this?”

“Mr. Wesley Paul Rockville. Son of Harris and Melinda, brother to Lauren and Andrew. Tough act to follow. Runt of the litter?”

Wes bristled, wondering where this pint-size dude got off calling him a runt. At six foot three, he was hardly considered small. “I fail to see what this has got to do with my reassignment,” he said icily.

The older man ignored him. “The young gun who had his free will sucked right out of him.”

“No one took my free will!” Wes shouted, his face hot.

“I think Miss Genevieve Fox did a pretty nice number on you.”

“What are you talking about?”

Alastair cocked his head, a smile playing on his lips.

“I don’t think this is funny, um…Alastair. I’m getting out of here.” Wes had had enough. He was pissed and hungry.

“Sit down, Agent Rockville. It’s time you learned about your new assignment.”

About the Author:
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning and best-selling novelist of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. He's written ten books including the best-selling “Brood X”, “Stillwell”, “The Flip”, “The After House”, “The Hanging Tree”, “Witches Protection Program”, “Pokergeist”, "Monsterland", "The History Major", and “Battle for Darracia” series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Book Review: Black-Winged Tuesday (The Tuesday Series Book 1) by A.B. Rayn

Black-Winged Tuesday (The Tuesday Series Book 1)
by A.B. Rayn
January 18, 2012

318 pagesUnlucky in life, twice as unlucky in the after-life? About ten seconds after terminally unlucky Herman Morrie arrives in the afterlife, his expectations are broadsided by the eighteen-wheeler of reality. Heaven and Hell are real, and the choice - Good, Bad, or Neutral - is up to him. And no sitting around harp-strumming, either - there's work to be done helping other poor souls back on earth.

He makes the only choice a straight-laced, regular guy could make - to become a Good guardian angel - only to find out he's got a Bad for a partner and his choice is... probationary.

In his struggle figure out what it really means to be Good in this topsy-turvy new world, he'll have to face were-beavers, old sweethearts, archangels, and even Lucifer himself. And still, death may turn out to be the best thing that's ever happened to him.

BLACK-WINGED TUESDAY is a genre-bending romp through the afterlife, complete with "laughter, evil, and blush-worthy erotic intrigue."

Fans of Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams, and Tom Robbins will love this irreverent comedy. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, pick up Black-Winged Tuesday today.

Picture're in your living room sitting on your couch and a jet engine falls from the sky and smashes you and your belongings into just a smear on the basement floor. Freaky accident huh? Well, for Herman Morrie it's just another unlucky Tuesday. You see, Tuesday's are his unlucky days and this was apparently (and hopefully) his last one!

This book reminded me of one of my favorite (but too short lived) TV series called "Dead Like Me". Anyone out there see it? Addicting! I was hooked on that show and was hooked from the first chapter in this book. Fun, snarky, well penned and engaging...many of my hallmarks for a good story.

Herman Morrie (even the name sounds unlucky), deceased, now must learn to navigate the here-after with a smart-aleck mentor and some luscious fallen angels. Assigned as a guardian angel he has about a year (?) to decide if he wants to be on the "good" side or the "bad" side. There are perks to both and apparently it is up to him to decide what color wings he will eventually end up with. You even find yourself questioning just which side you would choose if you were in his position!

Great scenes, great characters and great storyline will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. I know there are more episodes to come in this debut series and I, for one, will be highly anticipating the next installment!

Getting 4.25 sheep

Jeanie G

About the Author:
I write paranormal fiction because I like to see the ordinary in the extraordinary and vice versa. I write across several genres - from erotic romance to comedic fantasy, and my most fervent wish is that you find things in my work that surprise and delight you.

Winning the Internet this week...a dog eating a lemon and a video that defies explanation

I wanna be this guy when I grow up...

I love this dog, which picture represents you? Gotta be honest...I'm number 5

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fall 2016 TV Show Premiers - What will you watch?

There are a lot of returning and new show coming to TV this fall. Here is a list of shows I think a lot of our readers are interested in. The ones I plan on watching/trying are in is going to be a very busy fall...and don't forget to check out the mid season premiers...ERMERGERD! Midnight, Texas!

Sunday, Aug. 28
The Strain 10 p.m., FX

Wednesday, Sept. 14
American Horror Story 10 p.m., FX
Blindspot 10 p.m., NBC

Friday, Sept 16
Z-Nation 8 p.m., SyFy

Monday, Sept. 19
The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m., CBS
Gotham 8 p.m., FOX
Lucifer 9 p.m., FOX

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 8 p.m., FOX
Agents of SHIELD 10 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Blindspot 8 p.m. (time slot premiere), NBC
Lethal Weapon 8 p.m., FOX (new)

Thursday, Sept. 22
Rosewood 8 p.m., FOX

Friday, Sept. 23
MacGyver 8 p.m., CBS (new)
The Exorcist 9 p.m., FOX (new)
Van Helsing 10 p.m., SyFy (new)

Sunday, Sept. 25
Once Upon a Time 8 p.m., ABC
Son of Zorn 8:30 p.m., FOX (new)

Wednesday, Sept 27
Channel Zero 9 p.m., SyFy
Aftermath 10 p.m., SyFy

Friday, Sept. 30
Luke Cage Netflix (new)

Sunday, Oct 2
Westworld 9 p.m. HBO

Monday, Oct. 3
Scorpion 9 p.m., CBS
Timeless 10 p.m., NBC (new)
Tuesday, Oct. 4
The Flash 8 p.m., The CW

Wednesday, Oct. 5
Arrow 8 p.m., The CW
Frequency 9 p.m., CW

Monday, Oct. 10
Supergirl 8 p.m., The CW (new network)
Why?...Superman...Tyler Hoechlin

Thursday, Oct. 13
Legends of Tomorrow 8 p.m., The CW
Supernatural 9 p.m., The CW

Thursday, Oct. 20
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again 8:00 p.m., FOXFriday, Oct. 21The Vampire Diaries 8 p.m., The CW
Sunday, Oct 23
The Walking Dead 9 p.m. AMC

Thursday, Oct. 27
The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m. (time slot premiere), CBS

Sunday, Nov 20
The Librarians 8 p.m., TNT

Friday, November 25 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix

~~~Here are some mid season shows~~~

ABC : Downward Dog, Still Star-Crossed, Time After Time 
CBS: Training Day

FOX:  Sleepy Hollow

NBC: Emerald City, Midnight Texas, Powerless,

CW: The Originals, iZombie, The 100, Riverdale

Eve Langlais' Top 10 Sci-Fi Heroes (Pirate book tour) + giveaway

I will admit, I love science fiction. The idea of life out there, strange new worlds, cultures, everything, totally gets me excited. The whole 'what if' premise is one of the reasons I love writing sci-fi romance. My passion for all things sci-fi started at a young age as I avidly watched Star Trek. Then along came Star Wars, and the various Star Trek rebirths. Battlestar Galactica, Guardians of the Galaxy, Stargate, and more... If it's got an alien, or futuristic theme (especially with cyborgs or gene manipulation) then chances are I'll watch it.

Over the years, some characters have left lasting impressions and helped formed my idea of the ultimate sci-fi hero. Here's my favorites. Who's yours?

My hottest heroes from Sci-Fi movies and shows.
1. The original Han Solo, Harrison Ford
2. Riddick played by hottie Vin Diesel
3. Jean Luc Picard with commanding actor Patrick Stewart
4. Star Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy played by the adorable Chris Pratt
5. Star Trek rebooted with Chris Pine as the young Captain Kirk
6. The cyborg in Almost human, Michael Ealy
7. Number 6/Caprica from Battlestar Galactica, Tricia Helfer (She was awesome!)
8. Villain Benedict Cumberbath as Kahn in Star trek into Darkness.
9. Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex in Stargate Atlantis (I hear he’s going to be Aquaman!)
10. Channing Tatum was yummy as the guard in Jupiter Ascending.

Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles Book 1)
by Eve Langlais
August 25, 2016
280 pages
A Galactic Adventure – with a sassy ship – and aliens! Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain. And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship. Travel the galaxy with this gypsy pirate as he looks for treasure–and finds trouble instead. The universe might be out to get him, but he’s not giving in without a fight

About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance, usually with hot shifters, cyborgs or aliens. I should warn you that I possess a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I love to write, and while I don't always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after. Thanks so much for coming by and checking me out. If you'd like to know more, read some excerpts or find out what's coming next, then please visit me at


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