What Casts the Shadow? by Seth Mullins – Spotlight and Giveaway

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A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from thewilderness…

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing – one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss – begins.

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Saul’s office was arranged much like others I’d seen: A dark cherry desk, glossy clean; plaques, proclaiming his education and other achievements, hanging on the wall behind. All the prominent names in the field of psychology cluttered his bookcase. Most of the titles that Tommy had found for me at the library made an appearance there. Saul invited me to sit in a brown leather recliner. I didn’t want to tilt it back; but I kept feeling like I was about to fall out of that chair when it was in the upright position.

Saul leaned forward and smiled like he harbored a secret. “I’d like to start, Brandon, by assuring you that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. You have no ‘problems’ per se. You aren’t evil, because there is no such thing. And if you’re ignorant, then you are no more so than every other human to ever walk the Earth. Now, is any of that reassuring?”

It almost sounded like he was trying to provoke an argument. Yet his manner and tone implied that he meant every word he said in the most literal sense.

“Of course,” he went on, “that’s all true only from a perspective that you may have to work hard to arrive at. When you’re suffering, it definitely feels like something is wrong with you; and the seeming causes of that suffering are problems. They are the embodiment of evil. And every smiling person you see must be privy to answers that have totally eluded you.”

About the Author:

Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He’s inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.

“Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one’s self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us.”

Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

http://www.humanityswayforward.com (Humanity’s Way Forward – website)

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Mystery Writer Recommendations by Russ Hall – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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11_20 Russ HallIf you like mysteries, check out these authors recommended by Russ Hall, author of TO HELL AND GONE IN TEXAS.

Ten mystery writers worth rereading

James Burdett
Robert Campbell
Raymond Chandler
Colin Cotterill
Dashiell Hammett
Stuart Kaminsky
Elmore Leonard
Ed McBain
Ross Thomas
Rex Stout

Five Innovative mystery writers worth checking out

Colin Cotterill – introduced 72-year-old Dr. Siri, the reluctant coroner of 1975 Laos. This is a master series in the category of “geezer fiction,” which is sure to delight baby boomers and anyone who is cool with the detective not being cut and under thirty.

Janet Evanovich – who dares open her High Five book in the Stephanie Plum series with: “When I was a little girl I used to dress Barbie up without underpants . . .and being a bail enforcement agent is sort of like being bare-bottom Barbie. It’s all about having a secret.” Page-turning fun.

Carl Hiaasen – who took mystery writing all the way out to the edge of wackadooble, but entertains and delights all the same.

Alexander McCall Smith – who is often shelved under M since his last name is “McCall Smith” and not just Smith. He sweeps the reader off to Botswana to meet Mma “Precious” Ramotswe, who founded the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. Delightful and relaxing reading in a faraway place.

Spencer Quinn (actually Peter Abrahams writing under a penname) – brought us a mystery series told entirely from the point of view of a dog, Chet the Jet, who works with his P.I. sidekick Bernie Little. It is a daring task, and the author pulls it off and entertains!


11_20 To-Hell-and-Gone-in-Texas-800 Cover reveal and PromotionalTrouble big as all hell.
Retired sheriff’s detective Al Quinn hasn’t spoken to his brother, Maury, in twenty years. When Maury lands in the hospital under suspicious circumstances, though, Al reluctantly abandons his quiet country seclusion to look into the matter. A second attempt to take Maury out drives the brothers back to Al’s lakeside home, where Al knows the territory, but they’re not alone for long. ICE agents demand that Maury rat on his silent partner, city cop Fergie Jergens comes investigating the murders of Maury’s lady friends, and someone takes a match to Al’s house.

Al soon learns his problems are only getting started—his brother’s in trouble on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Caught in a ruthless power struggle between the ICE and Los Zetas, a vicious Mexican mafia bent on ascendancy, Al learns the hard way who he can trust—and who’s willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

With everything he loves on the line, Al will learn just how far he’ll go to protect his own.

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Red and her Big Bad Dom by Sydney St. Claire – Spotlight and Giveaway

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perf5.000x8.000.inddWealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.

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Lucy stared at him. “I’ve never had a partner as good as you.”

He lowered his head and kissed her. “We fit.” Sex. Dance. And even their work, though she didn’t know that. So many things in common, like hiking in the woods, searching for and finding birds and other wildlife, not to mention some spontaneous sex. Hug a tree took on a new meaning. His heart ached for him to tell her the truth and claim her openly.

The music faded, and he leaned back. “Lucy—”

The sound of loud clapping broke the spell. He swung them around and saw the Queen Domme standing at the open doorway. “You two are magnificent.” She glided into the room.

He bowed. “Thank you, Glorie.”

Lucy leaned into her wolf, unconsciously seeking his comforting embrace. She smiled awkwardly and fully admitted she was still embarrassed that the woman had joined them for a threesome. Every time she saw the woman, she’d remember how good the Domme was at giving pleasure and how her Wolf had known her well enough, cared enough, to make her fantasies come true.

“Tomorrow night, you’ll dance for us?”

Lucy inclined her head. “We’d love that.”

Minutes later, tired but satisfied, Lucy’s wolf her back through the garden and down one of several paths that led into the woods. Each couple had specific routes and play areas so as not to disturb anyone else with their weekend.

About the Author: 11_20 susan picSydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.

Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…

When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…

While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

Email: Sydney@sydneystclaire.com

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A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle – Spotlight and Giveaway

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The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.

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Frustration roiled inside Sophia. “If it’s any consolation, I don’t like the idea of working together any more than you do.”

“I highly doubt it,” Robert said.

“It’s true,” she insisted.

“You appear quite eager to go along with Wendover’s plans.”

“I’m eager only to seek justice for my father’s murder.”

He hesitated, and his gaze roved and lazily appraised her. “You do realize we’ll attend the house party next week as an engaged couple.”

She felt her face grow warm, and she looked up at him with an effort. “In name only.”

“It makes no difference. We’ll have to socialize. Act as a loving couple. Sit beside each other during the evening meal and stare longingly into each other’s eyes. It’s not too late to change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

He flashed a smile, his teeth white against the bronzed perfection of his face. “Perhaps we should practice to be certain we can pull it off.”

He took a step closer and cupped her face with his hand. His palm was calloused, not as smooth as she would have expected of a lord’s hands. But then again, he wasn’t solely an earl.

He leaned close until she could see the specks of blue in his brilliant eyes. A strange fluttering began in the pit of her stomach as he lowered his head inch by inch until his breath fanned her lips.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. After multi-publishing for a prestigious law journal, she fulfilled her dream of writing fiction. A Spy Unmasked is the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service series. The second book in the series, At The Spy’s Pleasure, is coming in April 2015 from Entangled Publishing. She is also the author of adventurous Regency historical romances, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books.

Publisher’s Weekly calls her Regency Barrister’s series, “Well-matched lovers…witty comradely repartee.” Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

Website: www.tinagabrielle.com
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Ash’s Advice for Writers by Ash Krafton – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ash’s Advice for Writers

When I first began my journey toward publication, I read piles of articles directed toward the working writer—on craft, on submissions, on handling rejection. I read blogs, amassed a writer’s library, and took online workshops and classes. But it wasn’t just knowledge or technique I was looking for.

It was encouragement.

I wanted to write. I didn’t lack inspiration—I saw a story in nearly everything. What I lacked was any sense of ownership of the name “author”.

After all, I had been a lifelong reader. I ate, slept, breathed books and my favorite authors were my heroes. I wanted to write…but I had a hard time envisioning myself within their ranks. I wasn’t sure how I’d make that big step from hobby writer to published author because it seemed like a really huge step. And I worried that, while taking that step, I’d stumble.

So, instead of obsessing about a failure that hadn’t yet happened, I did what made me happy. I wrote. And I wrote a lot. While I worked on my first novel, I wrote shorter things, too—poems and short stories, all sorts of things, which I submitted to editors of magazine and journals. I dreamed of being a novelist, but in the meantime, I was becoming a working writer, improving my craft and familiarizing myself with the business side of it all.

My husband worried I was distracting myself by spending so much time on what he called “the small stuff”. While it was smaller, in a sense, it was no less important than my novel project, and the experience I gained was priceless.

I learned how to submit and query. I improved my professional demeanor. I learned how to handle rejection. I got to put into practice so much of what I’d read about way back in the beginning. Most importantly, I learned the biggest lesson of all, the one thing I’d been seeking when digging through web pages and ordering stacks of writing books. I found the encouragement I’d needed all along—and I found it within myself.


Writing a novel is a huge thing. It’s one thing to sit in the comfort of my home, tapping away to capture the images and the stories in my head. Sending it out into the world, however, is a totally different game. The whole time I wrote and revised and edited, I worried about the moment I would send that book out—and the rejections that would come. I worried I wouldn’t be able to handle it, and that I would retreat at the first sign of adversity.

But, see…writing and submitting and publishing the small stuff kept me writing, kept me working. Yes, there were rejections with those things, but there were a lot of acceptances, too. I began building a tidy little bio, even earning a Pushcart Prize nomination—and with the YESs and the NOs and the HOORAYs came a sense of endurance, of experience, of accomplishment…and perseverance kept me moving forward.

So, if there are any writers out there listening—if I can tell you the single most empowering word, the one thing that will serve you well throughout your writing career, it’s this:

Persevere. Just keep going. A rejection is a stepping stone that gets you closer to what you want. And remember, no piece of writing is insignificant. Even if a novel is your primary goal, don’t discard the opportunity to write other things, like poetry and blog posts and writing articles. It all counts.

But the bottom line is keep writing, and persevere. It’s the only way to get there.

MEDIA KIT WordsThatBind_w9084_750Social worker Tam Kerish can’t keep her cool professionalism when steamy client Mr. Burns kindles a desire for more than a client-therapist relationship—so she drops him. However, they discover she’s the talisman to which Burns, an immortal djinn, has been bound since the days of King Solomon…and that makes it difficult.

Ethical guidelines are unequivocal when it comes to personal relationships with clients. However, the djinn has a thawing effect on the usually non-emotive Tam, who begins to feel true emotion whenever he is near. Tam has to make a difficult choice: to stay on the outside, forever looking in…or to turn her back on her entire world, just for the chance to finally experience what it means to fall in love.

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“So. You’ve destroyed a stereotype for me. A genie who lives in a library. Different.”

“When in Rome, no?” He stirred his cup before setting down the spoon with a light clink against the saucer. “Or, I suppose it is more accurate to say when in human form. When I am Burns, I prefer here.”

“Human form.” It didn’t sound right. Who said things like that, and meant it? “Can you change into anything you want? Any shape at all?”

He stretched out his legs and cocked his head, sliding his gaze up and away. “I suppose I could. I’m getting old and set in my ways. There’s this…” He swept his hands down the line of his body.

Her eyes were unable to keep from following, not even when he lingered over his midsection. Even lounging, his shirt was tightly tucked into his beltline. No belly fat there.

He tilted his head and gave her an upper-teeth smile, nibbling gently at his lower lip. “And apparently this form is pleasing to the eye, so I wear it often. But there are others. Tiger, a favorite. Savage and regal and the colors of flames in the night. Fearsome to behold, but very useful when dealing with physical conditions in which a human form may be outmatched. Plus, I can lash my tail.”

His voice took a teasing, conspirator’s tone. “I love my tail. You’d love it too, if you saw it.”

She trained her eyes firmly upon his. No way would she give him the pleasure of checking out his tail.

About the Author: MEDIA KIT Author Photo retro smallerAsh Krafton is a speculative fiction author from northeastern Pennsylvania. Krafton’s first novel, Bleeding Hearts was published in 2012 as part of an urban fantasy trilogy The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). An urban fantasy novella, Strangers at the Hell Gate, was published by Wild Rose Press in 2013. Her newest release, Words That Bind, won first place in the HeRA RWA “Show Me the Spark” 2013 competition as well as a Zebulon award in 2014.

Krafton also writes New Adult speculative fiction novels under the pen name AJ Krafton. Upcoming titles include The Heartbeat Thief, Face of the Enemy, and the award-winning Takin’ It Back. She is part of a YA/NA collective known as the Infinite Ink Authors.

In addition to novel-length fiction, Krafton enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of which earned distinctions in various writing competitions. One of her poems was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She’s a proud member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, and Pikes Peak Writers. Krafton also writes for the Query Tracker Blog and the Prose and Cons blog.

She resides with her family in northeast Pennsylvania.

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Shimmy For Me by Deanna Cameron – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Cover_Shimmy For MeJuggling two jobs to keep her belly dance studio afloat keeps Abby Anderson’s mind off her shattered love life—until a reawakened pain sends her into the arms of an anonymous stranger she plucks from the audience of her tribal belly dance show. No names, no strings, no romance. She tells herself it’s a harmless hookup.

Until he turns up at her day job . . .

Derek Collier, the sexy heir to the Collier media dynasty, just landed everything he’s always wanted: the publisher’s seat at the Orange County Herald. Except his first order of business is to sell the newspaper. Reeling from his family’s betrayal, his only comfort is the memory of that mysterious belly dancer and the perfect night they spent together.

He won’t rest until he finds her again.

She’ll lose everything if he does.

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By the time Abby took her place on the small stage, the lights were low, and a slow, snaky melody had filled the restaurant’s main room. She was only a silhouette to the roomful of diners, holding her pose like a living statue. She usually closed her eyes during this prelude and focused on the energy of the music and the audience.

Not tonight.

In the darkness, her gaze roamed. She wanted a good view before the stage lights came up to brighten her, and blind her.

Nearly every seat was filled. A good draw for a Thursday night. Mostly couples, some groups. But it was the single men she searched for. The ones who sat on the fringe to watch.

Would it be the college jock tipping back beer in a bottle? The shy guy in the Oxford shirt fidgeting with his soda straw? Maybe the older . . .

A Suit at the bar caught her eye. One hand wrapped around a highball glass, the other tugging at his tie. Calm. Confident. And sexy as hell. The way his gaze locked on her made her tingle in all the right places.

He was the one.

Derek Collier sipped his Macallan 18 and watched the restaurant’s belly dancer come alive to the hypnotic rhythm pulsing through the dining room. When he’d seen the words “belly dancing” glowing in blue neon beneath the Sultan’s Tent sign, he’d expected the kind of flashy beads and sequins dancer he’d seen a hundred times before.

He didn’t expect this.

The poster at the front called her Zenina, a tribal fusion belly dancer. Whatever that was. From his vantage point at the bar, she looked like nothing he’d ever seen—part bohemian waif, part harem fantasy, part . . . Damn, the way she swayed and writhed up there was making it impossible to think.

About the Author:

DeAnna Cameron writes novels featuring feisty heroines transformed by true love and belly dance—the oldest and most exciting dance form in the world. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews and called “most entertaining” by the Historical Novel Review. Before turning to fiction, DeAnna worked as a journalist, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as its Orange County chapter. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she can usually be found at her jeweler’s bench, creating new wire-wrap, bead, and multimedia designs. She lives in Orange County, Calif., with her family.





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The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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What would I tell a new author?
When I decided to write a book, I had no idea how to start. Believe me, I was clueless. First, I stared at the blank page like a deer in headlights–frozen. However, I was also a research scientist, so I did research into books that sell. My results, and a natural proclivity for all things English, led me to choose a Regency-era romance for my first book. So here I go!

Right, how do you write a book?

Easy peasy, I bought a “how to write a novel” type of book. The chapter headings were concepts like: characterization, plotting, dialog, emotion, grammar, narration, and hooks. Eeeck! There’s a ton to learn about this whole writing business.

“Dammit, Jim, I’m a scientist not a novel writer.”

Obviously I needed professional help. So one February, I found myself sitting at my local Romance Writers of America (RWA) chapter meeting. I was scared silly (well, I’m always silly, so ignore that comment). Back-story was the subject of the talk that day. I had a sneaking suspicion that back-story was not the story in the back of the book, but I was not totally sure. Instead, I learned even more about what writers call “craft.” And boy, is craft a complicated subject.

How do I learn?

First, I decided plotting was the hardest concept for me to grasp. First books usually do not sell, so I’ll use the first one to learn craft. Therefore, I picked the Pride and Prejudice plot to hang my story on and started typing away. Next, I needed a professional tutor to help me learn. Now there are many ways to get your fledgling manuscript reviewed. Many use critique partner or groups. Some writers take general classes or specific classes on craft. The method I used was RWA chapter contests. For a fee, at least three people would give detailed comments on my writing and how to improve it. It worked like a charm. Yes, there were some snarky, incorrect comments, but overall it was a wonderful experience. Almost all of the ladies were generous with their time and knowledge. I’d try something on paper like “I know, I’ll use the horse’s POV.” Whatever crazy idea I had, I received many good tips on what to do and not to do. So the first thing I would tell a new author is to take advantage of well-known contests. Not all of them will work out, but if you stick too it, you can become a better writer. And in my opinion, other than hiring a personal tutor, a better writer faster than any of the other methods. Happy typing.

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11_19 sally orr book coverThe definitive guide to seduction…

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.

Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?


Author Bio

11_19 Sally Orr Author PhotoSally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.





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No Light by Devi Mara – Spotlight and Giveaway


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The Dems have been held captive since before the world was made. They are the darkness only spoken of in whispers. As much as they are hated and feared, those who guard them are even more so. The pariahs of society, they live apart from the rest of the world in a settlement called Ameritat. That is where The Dems Trilogy begins. An unlikely and dangerous love between a human guard and the most feared of all the Dems. It will be the beginning or the ending of everything.

Sarah Mackenzie was never meant to be a guard, never meant to descend into the bowels of the earth, but The Corridor is where she is sent. With little information and even less training, she is thrust into her position as a Dem handler. She walks a thin line between life and death, as she tries to uphold her family honor and unlock the mystery of the Dem’s captivity. The pursuit of truth will drag her deep into a world of corruption, hatred, and greed and she will have to decide where her loyalties lie. With the humans who have mistreated her or the Dem who could destroy them all.

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The staircase twisted down into what felt like the very bowels of the Earth. Wrought iron and spindly, it creaked with each movement. Every irregular step nearly pulsed with hesitation. Some held back by fear, others pressing forward toward something new and terrifying. The bodies swayed in and out of the sparse light, like spirits jumping at the stone walls.

Her gaze dropped momentarily, away from her thoughts, to look toward their destination. The diamond weave of the steps allowed a caged view of what lie beneath. Sarah’s hand gripped the railing tightly, jerking her eyes to the back in front of her. Not allowing them to stray to the lonely darkness beneath her feet.

The steady creak and pound of the footsteps seemed to go on forever, as the class followed the trainer. After ten minutes, the hollow sound of the stairwell seemed to swell in volume. Shuffling coats, heavy breathing, and something else. Sarah tipped her head, peering over the railing into the darkness. There was a wailing just under the creaking of the iron and the thuds of the heavy work boots.

“What is that?” she heard one of her classmates whisper.

She narrowed her eyes at the blackness beneath her feet. So far down, the cold of the stone stairwell made her hands nearly freeze to the railing. She did not dare let go.

“Do you hear that?” Another voice whispered.

The noise increased in volume. It sounded like glass ground between two stones. It set her teeth on edge. It was only the settling of the stairs. Nothing to be afraid of, but that did not stop her hand from shaking in her pocket. She stared at the back in front of her, stepping down over and over.

About the Author:

Writer of cross genre romance, Devi Mara, grew up in rural Missouri. An avid reader and writer, she found inspiration in the people and places around her. The result, a fluid concept of the romance subgenres.

Her debut novel, No Light, was released in January of 2014 and is the first book in the Dems Trilogy. It was followed by her first stand-alone novel, Kingdom Come, in May. The second novel of the Dems Trilogy, Darkness Blooming, was released in August of 2014.

Devi is a lover of coffee and chocolate and partakes in both daily. She lives in Missouri with her family. Including two dogs too human for their own good.

She loves hearing from readers and encourages them to message her on Facebook or contact her on Twitter. She is always open to questions and comments.

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An Interview and Giveaway with Petie McCarty

A special welcome to Petie McCarty who is joining us today. Petie will be awarding a Kindle Copy of Angel to the Rescue to a randomly drawn commenter.

Petie has written eight complete novels, two additional romances are over half-finished — one a Highland romance and the other a regency time travel. Four are published with Desert Breeze and one more scheduled for an April release.

“The first two books I wrote are tucked away in a drawer — and on a computer thumb drive — where they won’t see the light of day without a major re-write,” she told me.

Petie is currently on deadline for her third Mystery Angel Romance scheduled for release in April 2015. Each love story has an angel hidden in the plot, and the angel’s identity is not revealed until the finale unless the reader figures it out first. I asked her to tell us a little about it.

“In this as yet untitled MAR, a Black Ops Navy SEAL suspects his partner of sending stolen classified information to his sister in the states for safekeeping right before the partner was murdered by Syrian terrorists. The SEAL must get to the sister before the terrorists do. I’m leaning toward The SEAL’s Angel for a title, but if anyone has any great suggestions, send me an email at petiemccarty@aol.com. I’d love to hear them.”

When Petie first started writing, she thought her stories needed a “shtick” — a gimmick to make them unique and stand out. She’d always loved the television series, Touched by an Angel, and thought it would be fun to hide the angel’s identity in the story. Thus, the Mystery Angel Romances were born.

“I’m writing my third MAR at present, and the reader comments I’ve received regarding my previously released MARs — No Going Back and Angel to the Rescue — indicate I’ve done well fooling my readers with the hidden angel,” she said. “That adds even more fun to the writing. I get to leave red herrings throughout the plot to divert the reader from the identity of the real angel in the story.”\

With her first two published novels, Everglades and Catch of the Day Petie went for a unique venue. She spent two years of her career conducting aquatic plant surveys in lakes, rivers, and wetland marshes all over Florida aboard every type of floatable craft and usually aboard airboats.

“Everything that happens to Kayli Heddon on the airboat safari in my novel, Everglades, happened to me at some time in my career: the midge storm, swimming with a gator, the leeches, the heart-stopping airboat maneuvers. Everything, that is, except getting stranded overnight with a sexy airboat guide,” she said.

However, her experiences did lead to the scariest moment of her life.

“Back when I surveyed lakes for the state, our department held an annual training course for the regional biologists at a lake in north Florida. We spent the week on airboats being tested on plant ID and mapping techniques. We had no TV or entertainment at the church camp where our training session was held, so one evening, two biologists and yours truly decided to go for an airboat ride after dark. I wasn’t afraid to go since I hadn’t seen a gator on the lake all week. Well, the buggers had evidently been hiding.

“The airboat we chose was a small one, a one-seater for the driver; two of us stood next to the driver’s seat and held on. I had to aim the single lantern-type flashlight we brought to use as a headlight as we drove out across the lake, which left the area around us darker than the inside of a cow. And full of dozens upon dozens of shiny red eyes. Devil eyes.

“We stopped about half-way across the lake, having decided our excursion might not have been the brightest of ideas. The gleaming red eyes were everywhere. That was when the other biologist standing next to the driver’s seat said, “Why are my feet getting wet?” The boat was taking on water in the pitch-black dark, and the dozens of red eyes were closing in.

“Holy Cow! That was the scariest moment of my life.”

Her favorite character is Skye Landers, the hero in Everglades.

“He agrees to take the airboat safari into the famed River of Grass as a favor to his cousin Jimmy who got called out of town and couldn’t take the gig. Skye grew up with Jimmy in the Everglades, so he knows what he’s doing, but the heroine thinks she’s in charge of the expedition, and that’s when the sensual sparks start to fly. Alpha male and spunky female — what a match!

“Running through Florida waterways by airboat has to be one of the most exciting and dangerous modes of transportation ever created. I mean, there you have a sixty-inch propeller going around three feet behind your head and only a chain link fence in place to protect you if the propeller ever broke free. Perfect place for a take-charge alpha hero.

“When I did my years of aquatic survey work, I never once got to have a hunky airboat driver, so in Everglades, I created my own. And I did a mighty fine job if I do say so myself. I hope you check him out and fall in love with him — just like I did,” she said with a grin.

While her experiences on that job helped her in writing, she didn’t consider that the weirdest thing she had done in the name of research. That came about when she was writing Angel to the Rescue. She realized she need to know what type of gun her police negotiator would carry as his standard police-issue sidearm. After doing a little research, she found that varies from state to state as well as between large cities and small towns.

“So, I stopped a deputy in Chili’s at lunch one day — stuck my arm out in the aisle to stop him, actually — and asked what the standard-issue sidearm was for our Sheriff’s department. That got me the Sheriff’s version of a ‘stink-eye’ once-over until I explained that I wrote novels and was asking the question for research. Of course, I got a different look altogether when I said, ‘Whip yours out and let me have a look.’ Poor choice of words, no doubt.”

Petie told me she never realized just how important titles were to a book until she read a RWA article about it.

“I was surprised to learn editors have made offers for books in the past just because they fell in love with the title. Not often, but it’s happened. Titles should separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The words should snatch the imagination and push the reader to immediately open the front cover and see what’s inside,” she told me. “An editor quoted in the article said she’d like to have a dollar for every submittal she’d received with the title, Second Chance. I was horrified! My WIP at that moment in time was titled — Yikes! — Second Chance. Thank goodness, my publisher allowed me to change the title of my WIP to No Going Back as soon as I finished reading the article.”

“What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?” I asked.

“I write a large portion of each rough draft in shorthand — yes, the ancient Gregg shorthand — and I can type as fast from reading shorthand as from reading typed print. The shorthand is built on phonetics and has its own shortcuts and abbreviations to speed writing along. My mother forced me to take typing and shorthand in high school. Though at the time, I hated the classes, I haven’t stopped thanking her since. I use the shorthand every day and for just about everything, even grocery shopping lists.”

Because of this, she can write just about anywhere and never goes anywhere without her steno pad. She’s written in the doctor’s office, shopping mall bench, restaurant, ferry, airplane.

“When I get far enough ahead — or if I reach a scene that requires extra conniving to get my characters up to scratch — then I type scenes for a day or two,” she explained. “Every writer has their own process. This peculiar one works for me.”

“What is your strangest habit?” I wondered.

“Oh, how embarrassing! Well, here goes… I smell books. There — I admitted it. I love the smell of books, especially paperbacks, and yes, I stick my nose right in the crease to take a big whiff. I forget sometimes, when I’m reading in a public venue like an airport or a doctor’s office, and I have to catch myself before I bury my nose in the pages and people think I’m a whack job. The fetish may be genetic. My sister caught my nephew sniffing his books. When she called to tell me, I couldn’t stop laughing, so I had to confess.”

Finally, I asked, “What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”

“My best advice is to fight the overwhelming urge to submit your first novel to a publisher as soon as you finish editing the story. Every novel needs at least two complex edits, preferably four or five, and all edits require a minimum of a week or more in between to percolate. You’d be surprised how much your critique will change if you walk away from your story for a short period of time. Believe it or not, every published author could go through each of their published novels and find editing they would like to do. You’d also be surprised how much rejection you can ward off by waiting until the manuscript is the best it can be.

“Lastly, develop a thick skin before you make your first submittal, and never take rejection or bad reviews personally. Even NY Times bestselling authors get less than stellar reviews from time to time. Remember… you can please some of your readers all of the time, and all of your readers some of the time, but you’ll never please all of your readers all of the time.”

11_18 AngelToTheRescueCoverArt72dpiChild psychologist Rachel Kelly isn’t quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client — a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.

Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make — stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.

Unless Rachel’s little angel-spying client is telling the truth…

About the Author: 11_18 Petie Bio picPetie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job in order to write her stories full-time.

Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America, and she shares homes in Tennessee and Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com, her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Heart of Steel by Elizabeth Einspanier – Spotlight and Giveaway

Welcome to the cover reveal of HEART OF STEEL by Elizabeth Einspanier, a Science Fiction Romance available February 17, 2015. Elizabeth is giving away a $20 gift certificate to Steampunk Emporium. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When reclusive cyborg Alistair Mechanus meets his captive, ER doctor Julia Parker, it is love at first sight–for him. While he eagerly drops his plans for World Conquest to woo her, ten years of solitude have left his social skills badly rusted. When his misguided act of kindness spirals out of control, however, Julia is forced to trust the mad genius with her life, and she discovers the vulnerable side under his armored plating. She has the skills he needs to unlock his forgotten past, but learning who he used to be may come at the cost of his remaining sanity.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“I need you to keep talking,” he said quietly, and was surprised by the tremor he heard in his own voice. He cleared his throat. “I’m not used to being alone in my own head. It’s…” he shook his head. “It’s too quiet, without Arthur.”

She touched his shoulder, just below the ragged fabric where his sleeve had once been. Her fingers were warm and soothing against his bare skin.

“How’s your arm feeling?” she asked.

“I don’t expect it will fall off,” he said. “It still hurts, but I can manage.”

She was quiet for another interval, though two or three times he heard her inhale as if to speak.

“I… look,” she said, sounding uncertain. “You’ve… done a lot for me. You saved my life… you led me to safety… you even put your life on the line for me—and this is just today. I don’t… I don’t think I really thanked you for all that. I was hung up on the parts you didn’t do, or did wrong, and that isn’t right.”

“You tended to my injuries,” he pointed out. “Was that not gratitude?”

“That was me being a doctor,” she said. “That’s different.”

He wasn’t sure where she was going with this, and had no idea how to request that she get to the point already without sounding peevish. That absolutely wouldn’t do.

However, the silence between them stretched, a yawning void that he could not bear to leave empty. He turned his head to look at her again, and that was when she kissed him on the mouth.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Einspanier is the self-published author of the Weird Western novella Sheep’s Clothing and the upcoming sci-fi romance novel Heart of Steel. Her short stories have been published in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and an associate member of the Horror Writers of America. She lives in St. Louis, but frequently spends extended periods in worlds of her own creation.

Website: http://elizabetheinspanier.com
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