Return to Falcon Ridge by D.L. Roan – Win Prizes!

 

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Title: Return to Falcoln Ridge

Author: D.L. Roan

Release Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: D.L. Roan
Genre: Romance
Torn between his first love…and a forbidden attraction he can no longer deny.Jonah McLendon is no stranger to polyandrous love. Having grown up in a poly family, he didn’t think twice when his high school sweetheart, Chloe, revealed her secret desire for a ménage with his best friend. There was only one problem. He didn’t expect to fall for Pryce, too.

Beaten within an inch of his life after Chloe exposes their secret, and Pryce having been shipped off to a religious boarding school a half state away, Jonah tells the biggest lie of his life and leaves Falcon Ridge with his heart in pieces. When he returns a year and a half later, the last thing he expects to find is his best friend engaged to the girl who betrayed them both.

No longer the scared, confused kid he once was, Jonah is determined to get to the bottom of Pryce’s sham of an engagement, but the truth behind Chloe’s betrayal could change all their lives forever.

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Enjoy this sizzling-hot excerpt of Jonah’s return to Falcon Ridge, book six in The McLendon Family Saga by USA Today bestselling author D.L. Roan</p>
<p> “Where’s your foreman, or the other ranch hands for that matter?” Jonah asked as he bent down and picked up a handful of bolts beside his boot and tossed them onto the workbench. “Why aren’t they out here helping you?”<br />
Pryce furrowed his brows as he doubled his efforts, moving with deliberate purpose, cleaning the dirt from the trailer parts and reorganizing them on the table. “They’re gone,” he said. “Most of them anyway. We can’t pay them, and no one’s going to work for my father for free, except me apparently.”<br />
“What about when the calving starts? You got any help coming?” Pryce couldn’t possibly think he could do everything on his own.<br />
“Our calves aren’t due for another two months, but I’ve got a skeleton crew lined up if I need them.”<br />
“If you need them?” Jonah jerked the part out of Pryce’s hand and took him by the shoulders. “You can’t do this by yourself. Forget the storm. You could lose more than your stock.” One accident and he could lose his life!<br />
“I’ve already lost more than you could possibly imagine,” Pryce said through his gritted teeth.<br />
Jonah fisted his hands into the front of Pryce’s coat and backed him against the side of the horse trailer. All the months he’d spent telling himself he was wrong, that he didn’t want Pryce, that he couldn’t want him, were nothing but wasted time. This need inside him hadn’t gone away just because he did. Every ridiculous excuse he’d meticulously crafted evaporated in a single breath. There was no other truth but the one in front of him, and he was done running from it.<br />
“You didn’t lose me,” Jonah breathed, their faces so close his hat tipped back and fell to the ground behind him.<br />
Pryce’s hot breath coated Jonah’s lips with a teasing taste of him. “But you lost me,” he said and met Jonah’s gaze.<br />
“So it’s true.” Jonah’s angry words sliced through the cold air between them. “You’re marrying Chloe.” Familiar resentment rose to the surface and he didn’t bother to fight it. He pressed his hips against Pryce’s, feeling the hard lie Pryce was about to tell for what it was. Even if he was in love with the traitorous bitch, Pryce couldn’t deny the truth any more than he could. “Did you tell her about us?”<br />
Pryce licked his lips, his body tensing in response to the seductive contact he still so obviously craved, his gaze dropping to Jonah’s mouth. “There is no us,” he breathed. “It was only one kiss.”<br />
“Wrong.” Jonah descended on his mouth, prodding with his tongue until he pushed past Pryce’s lips to claim the boy-turned-man the way he’d craved since the last time their lips touched.<br />
Pryce pushed against his chest with a protesting grunt, but his token resistance subsided when their tongues clashed in a frantic duel. Jonah pressed his weight against him, trapping him against the trailer, countering each of Pryce’s desperate strokes with his own. The long denied need for his best friend’s taste drove him to reach deeper. He gripped Pryce’s face and tipped his head back, their teeth clicking together in their haste for more. Welcomed heat flooded Jonah’s veins as he thrust his tongue alongside Pryce’s as deep as he could reach before retreating and moving in for another drugging taste. Damn, he’d needed this.<br />
Pryce threaded his fingers through his hair and pulled him closer. The vibrant sting to his scalp raced to Jonah’s groin and a growl rumbled through his chest. He ground his cock against the ample bulge in Pryce’s jeans, extracting a mirroring desperate groan from him before Pryce twisted away, gasping for air.<br />
Reluctantly, Jonah backed off, but didn’t release him. He braced his forearm against the trailer beside Pryce’s head, their feverish breaths billowing around them in a cloud of desire and lust.<br />
With a firm grip on Pryce’s chin, he gazed down at him, nowhere near satisfied. “Now there’s two kisses,” Jonah panted. “And you can bet your ass there will be more.” He punctuated his point by trailing his lips along Pryce’s jawline, the seductive feel of his five-o’clock stubble making them both release a shuddering breath.<br />
Pryce shoved him away and Jonah let him go. He hadn’t taken more than a step when Pryce cursed. “Chloe?”<br />
Jonah glanced back at him, then over to the open barn door where Chloe stood frozen, her eyes wide with shock.<br />
“Chloe, it’s not what—dammit wait!” She bolted like a spooked colt and Pryce shot out of the barn after her. “Chloe!”</p>
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Meet the Author:

 

USA Today and international bestselling author, D.L. Roan, loves combining fantasy with the real world, giving her readers more than just a romantic story, but an adventure in true love. She writes about life: the good, bad, the silly things, the hard things, and everything in between. “If I can give someone a break from all the craziness that comes with real life, make them smile, or turn a bad day into a fantastic one, then it’s all been worth it.” ~ D.L. RoanShe’s a native Floridian, a rare breed in a land of snow birds. Scuba diving and hunting for shark’s teeth on the beach are two of her favorite things. She loves rainy days, thunderstorms and is an avid dog lover. Yes, size matters. She hopes to one day add a big ol’ floppy Great Dane to her family of hounds.

For exclusive details and free stories by D.L., visit her website www.dlroan.com and subscribe to her newsletter. She loves chatting with her friends and fans on Facebook. Check out the links in the back of her books for details about her secret fan group who get first dibs on all her sexy stories!

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Cover Reveal: A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair

Dog Eared Publicity Presents A DESOLATE HOUR by Mae Clair Cover Reveal on January 16, 2017

Inside the Book:

Title: A Desolate Hour
Author: Mae Clair
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ecopy 


Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief —the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

 

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  A member of Thriller Writer’s International, she loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical.
Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery, suspense, and a hint of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.

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Cover Reveal: His Leading Lady by Maggie Dallen

Dog Eared Publicity Presents HIS LEADING LADY by Maggie Dallen Cover Reveal on January 13, 2017

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Title: His Leading Lady
Author: Maggie Dallen
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy 


Nothing less than a Hollywood romance would do . . .Alice is calm, cool, and aloof—except for the night she meets her new neighbor Dr. Nicholas Bale—aka Hot Doc. The chemistry between them might be through the roof but that doesn’t mean she’s going to let him into her life. Having been seen at her most vulnerable, she vows to have nothing to do with the sexy doctor. After all, Alice learned long ago that love only leads to hurt.

Nicholas is smitten at first sight with the gorgeous, mysterious redhead upstairs. But between her attempts to push him away and the even bigger wall around her heart, the dashing doctor is having a hard time getting close to the sensitive beauty. Then he glimpses the emotion in her eyes as she watches Fred and Ginger whirl across the screen and he’s determined to uncover just what it will take to dance his way in to her heart . . .

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MEET THE AUTHOR

MAGGIE DALLEN IS a big city girl living in Montana. She writes romantic comedies in a range of genres including contemporary, new adult, young adult, historical, and fantasy. An unapologetic addict of all things romance, she loves to connect with fellow avid readers. Subscribe to her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bFEVsL

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New Release: SEALs of Honor: Chase by Dale Mayer

Today we celebrate the release of SEALs of Honor: Chase!

This is the next installment in the SEALs of the Honor series.

Everyone has something in their history they’d like to keep buried in the past…

Chase has more than most. And his secrets are about to blow wide open as one really bad part of his past has come looking for him.
Vanessa is all about moving forward in her life and not looking back. There are enough painful memories in her history for a lifetime.
But when she gets embroiled in Chase’s problems, they become her problems too.
Both need to deal with their pasts, because if they don’t, they might no longer have a future.

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ABOUT DALE:

 

Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for her Psychic Vision Series. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in different genres.
To go with her fiction, she writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system.
She has recently published her Career Essentials Series . All her books are available in print and digital format.

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Book Feature: Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel

 

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Title: Remnants of Trust

Author: Elizabeth Bonesteel

Release Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Science Fiction/Military
Format: Ebook
In this follow-up to the acclaimed military science fiction thriller The Cold Between, a young soldier finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a deadly conspiracy in deep space.Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector.

But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead.

An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own “accidents,” it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power . . . and deep into Shaw’s past.

 

Meet the Author:

Elizabeth Bonesteel began making up stories at the age of five, in an attempt to battle insomnia. Thanks to a family connection to the space program, she has been reading science fiction since she was a child. She currently lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, her daughter, and various cats.

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Tour Schedule

 Monday, November 7 
Book featured at The Review From Here
Tuesday, November 8
Book featured at The Literary Nook
Book featured at As the Page Turns
Wednesday, November 9
Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
Book featured at All Inclusive Retort
Thursday, November 10
Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge
Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life
Friday, November 11
Book featured at Bent Over Bookwords
Book featured at CBY Book Club
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Monday, November 14
Book reviewed at Cover2Cover
Book featured at Lover of Literature
Tuesday, November 15
Book featured at Mello and June
Wednesday, November 16
Guest blogging at A Title Wave
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, November 17
Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
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Friday, November 18
Book featured at Bound 2 Escape
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Book Blast: My Travel Adventures and Secret Recipes

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Title: My Travel Adventures and Secret Recipes
Author: Chef Wolfgang Hanau
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Cooking
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Chef Wolfgang Hanau, born and educated in Eastern Europe, learned to love good cooking from an early age, so it was only natural that he’d go on to become a world-renowned chef.

What isn’t so natural, however, is his willingness to share the secret recipes he’s learned over a decades-long career at some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, luxury hotels, and resorts.

In this memoir/recipe book, he revels in dishes with a French flair, Bavarian specialties from Munich’s Oktoberfest, Switzerland’s renowned international cuisine, and dishes from the many great places he’s practiced his craft.

You’ll laugh and smile as he enjoys camelback rides in the Sahara desert, cruises on luxury ocean liners, and meets celebrities at culinary destinations that offer sun, fun, and escapes from the ordinary.

Along the way, he shares recipes that will impress your relatives and friends, including German Warm Potato Salad, the Allenstein BBQ Recipe, Bearnaise Sauce, Rainforest Acai Berry Cookies, Amstel Light Portobello Gorgonzola Burger, Golden Apple Cheddar Pancakes, Apple Jam-Filled Cookies, and Apricot-Glazed Mushrooms over Mixed Baby Greens.

There’s an exciting story and a tasty dish for everyone in this book of secret recipes and travel adventures.

Meet the Author:
Chef Wolfgang Hanau, a native of Bavaria, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute in Munich. He has worked in Switzerland, Paris, and London and has practiced his craft at many popular hotels and resorts. He lives with his wife, Diana, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

 

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Interview with Emre Gurgen, author of Don Quixote Explained

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Don Quixote Explained
Title: Don Quixote Explained
Author: Emre Gurgen
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Ebook/Paperback

 

Don Quixote Explained focuses on seven topics: how Sancho Panza refines into a good governor through a series of jokes that turn earnest; how Cervantes satirizes religious extremism in Don Quixote by taking aim at the Holy Roman Catholic Church; how Don Quixote and Sancho Panza check-and-balance one another’s excesses by having opposite identities; how Cervantes refines Spanish farm girls by transforming Aldonza Lorenzo into Dulcinea; how outlaws like Roque Guinart and Gines Pasamonte can avoid criminality and why; how Cervantes establishes inter-religional harmony by having a Christian translator, on the one hand, and a Muslim narrator, on the other; and lastly, how Cervantes replaces a medieval view of love and marriage―where a woman is a housekeeper, lust-satisfier, and child begetter―with a modern view of equalitarian marriage typified by a joining of desires and a merger of personalities.

“AN ERUDITE EXAMINATION OF THE THEMES AND IDEAS IN DON QUIXOTE. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WRITING AND EXPOSITION OF THIS WELL-REASONED CRITIQUE. BUY IT AND STUDY IT. GERALD J. DAVIS, AUTHOR OF DON QUIXOTE, THE NEW TRANSLATION BY GERALD J. DAVIS” WWW.DON-QUIXOTE-EXPLAINED.COM

Question 1- How long does it take you to write a book?

At first, when I was learning how to write a book, when I was absorbing the rules of good grammar, proper syntax, and fitting diction, when I was expanding my vocabulary of concepts—by looking up definitions and applying words to different contexts—the writing process was much slower. During my early years, when I was learning how to write, I wrote, and rewrote, sections of my book, over and over again, so it read more smoothly.  But, now that I am a practiced writer, with a large vocabulary of concepts, and an impresssive mastery of grammar, the actual process of writing is much easier.  It flows more smoothly.  Words just pour out. I do not have to rewrite as much, since my base drafts are better to begin with.  And, though, I am a much better and faster writer today because of all my writing practice, still I am not a particularly fast writer, though, I am not a slow and plodding writer either.  My pace, I would say, is average.  But the quality of my writing, at least the writing I take pride in, is exceptional, primarily because I value quality over quantity in all things, especially writing.  Whether I write a book, a short story, a novella, a piece of poetry, or just an e-mail, I try to write it as imaginatively, clearly, and concisely as I can, since effective communication, to me, is the ruling principle of my writing life.  If my readers understand what I am writing about, then I have done my job as a writer. If they do not, then I need to go back to the drawing board, until they do.

Strictly speaking, then, though writing Don Quixote Explained took me four years to complete, I have written other books that took more or less time, depending on their simplicity or complexity, their longevity or shortness.

For me, a brief, easy book can take 6 months to a year to write, while a long involved book can take multiple years to finish.  Personally, what determines how long it takes me to write a book varies, according to the subject matter of the book, the intricacy of the plot, the simplicity, or complexity, of its theme, its’ narrowness or broadness of topic, and, of course, its length. Is it 150 pages?  300 pages?  800 pages?

Also, for me, writing a book is not merely the mechanical act of actual writing, however rewarding this may be. It also entails a great deal of prewriting consisting of: outlining different plots and themes; writing about my characters beforehand; setting up my scenes.

During the prewriting stage, I detail various natural and man-made settings.  I document the goals of my heroes and villains.  I trace the conflict of my characters. I develop dialogue by tapping into my emotional subconscious.  Then, once all of this pre-thinking and pre-writing is done, I combine all this together into a book.  Then I edit, and re-edit.  And so on.  Until the book is polished and publishable.

So, for me, writing a book is no easy job.  Frequently, books take me years to write.  They take a great deal of research, brain storming, and trial and error, to think of a good story before I actually write one.  For me, writing a book is not just the actual process of fixed writing, (which, can be relatively fast once I have my ducks in a row) but it also includes the prewriting, contemplation stage, which, I find, can take as long as writing the book itself.

I am sure, with practice, I will get faster, over time, so that I can compose one book a year, as most publishers want.  But, for now, I would say that writing my books takes me two years, or longer, on average.

Question 2 – What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

As someone who proudly embraces the title writer and eccentric, I have a number of quirks that probably seem odd to the non-writing world.

I pay attention to everything:  When I see a stranger with a particular walk, or an interesting look, I take mental notes.  When I overhear a fascinating conversation, or experience something wonderful / terrible / awe-inspiring / terrifying, I hold it in my mind for use in my writing.  When I experience different climate patterns, like white-out snows, driven rain, blustery wind, or water spouts, I try to note these weather conditions, in case I need them for my books.  When I am in a bustling city, a developed town, or a sleepy village, I try to note its characteristics, in case I need to explain it later.  I do all this so I can create a plausible mini-world for my readers that corresponds to the larger real world they know.  In my everyday life, I try to focus on and retain every detail I can, no matter how minute:  Since, to me, it is supporting details, that makes a story believable.

By paying attention to everything − I pack my subconscious with a storehouse of useful information − I store of sights, sounds, smells I may use later − I summon images that I have filed away in my mental database for later use.

Because I am a daydreamer, there are few things I think about more than the worlds and characters that I am writing about.  Therefore, my primary writing quirk is to live in worlds that I create even when I am not writing about them.

Question 3 – When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Though, I did not complete my first book until I was 33, currently, I have written two books.  Now, I am conceptualizing a third.

To write my first book, then, I drew from all of my previous writing experiences (i.e. high school essays, college term papers, undergraduate and graduate theses, legal briefs, and various memoranda, as well as e-mails, missives, and notes, I wrote).

Honestly, I wish I had started writing sooner since the longer you write, consistently, on a daily basis, the better you write, explicitly, over time.  In my view, years of early writing practice would have not only enabled me to produce better fiction, right now, in the form of short-stories, novellas, and novels, but also the long established practice of writing everyday, consistently, would have cultivated stronger relationships with people in the publishing world.  In my view, the earlier you begin to write, the more polished an author you become in the long term, since writing, like any cultivated skill, takes practice. The more the better. For this reason, I wish I had started writing poetry, prose, fiction, and non-fiction, from an early age, so that now I could produce creative fiction with ease.  But, I didn’t.  So now I have to work hard to learn the craft.

Actually, what enabled me to write my book(s) was:  my systematic learning of thousands vocabulary words; my voracious reading of many different books (including books on how to write); my methodical study of grammar guides and style manuals; and, most importantly, my systematic practice of writing itself.

The good news is I am still relatively young. So I still have time to improve my writing.  I just have to work hard every day to write a novel that tells a great story, one that others will pay to read.

Question 4 – What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?

Surprisingly, I learned that some of my worst writing could produce something greater, if I ignored all those doubts in my head telling me to remove what I had written.  Instead of cutting out what I had written, entirely, sometimes I attempted to improve upon my drafts by rearranging them.

As a novice writer, one of my greatest challenges was building confidence in myself and overcoming self-doubt of writing something wrong.  In other words, writing a lot of awful prose lead me to realize that nothing is ever perfect at the outset, in the first stage.  That it is possible to transform terrible writing into something good, by changing around paragraphs and sentences, deleting unclear or redundant sections, editing a document for word choice, spelling and grammar, and incorporating outside suggestions.

Question 5 – What do you think makes a good story?

A good story, I think, consists of a timely theme, a tight plot line, believable characters, realistic place settings, and believable conversations that are highly probable.  Good writing also has a central purpose, manifest in goal directed actions that can only be accomplished after overcoming a series of hurdles, devised by a main nemesis, an antagonist that makes a protagonist’s accomplishments improbable, and, therefore, impressive.  That all elements in a plot—from character development to personal descriptions to conflict, setting, and dialogue—must be smoothly integrated in a story’s plot, not randomly placed there, haphazardly, for the heck of it.

Question 6 – What would you like readers to know?

That my book sold at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.  That Gerald G Davis, a recent translator of Don Quixote, endorsed my book. That I lectured on the Renaissance in Don Quixote at the 41 st International Symposium of Hispanic Literature. That I have an 11 page personal author website, replete with:  a book proposal; a CV; a blog; a guest book; an annotated bibliography; a u-tube video of my conference presentation; as well as links to my FB fan page, twitter page, academia.edu account, and books on Amazon.

Meet the Author:

Emre Gurgen, the author of Don Quixote Explained: The Story of an Unconventional Hero, has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he lives in Germantown, Maryland, where he is writing a follow-up Don Quixote essay collection and study guide.

Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28 – Interviewed at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, June 29 – Interviewed at  at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, June 30 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
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Monday, July 4 – Interviewed at The Review From Here
Tuesday, July 5 – Guest blogging at My Bookish Pleasure
Wednesday, July 6 – Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess
Thursday, July 7 – Guest blogging at The Literary Nook
Friday, July 8 – Guest blogging at All Inclusive Retort
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Monday, July 11 – Guest blogging at A Title Wave
Tuesday, July 12 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
Friday, July 15 – Guest blogging at As the Page Turns
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Monday, July 18 – Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind
Tuesday, July 19 –  Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight
Wednesday, July 20 – Guest blogging at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, July 21 – Interviewed  at Bent Over Bookwords
Friday, July 22 – Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
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Book Feature: Altered Starscape by Ian Douglas

 

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Title: Altered Starscape

Author: Ian Douglas

Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Galaxies collide in a thrilling new series from bestselling author Ian Douglas, as the last humans in the universe face off against a new threat 2162.
Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads theTellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St. Clair is deeply committed to his people—especially after they’re sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future.Civilizations have risen and fallen. The Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. And Earth is most certainly a distant memory. All that matters now is survival. But as the ship’s Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St. Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself.

 

Q: Please tell us about Altered Starscape, and what inspired you to write it.
 
A: Four billion years from now, the galaxy M31 in Andromeda
will be colliding with our own Milky Way galaxy, in a maelstrom of stars and
(presumably) civilizations. Altered Starscape
takes a million 22nd century humans and drops them in the middle of this
“altered starscape,” where they must explore godlike technologies,
separate the good guys from the bad guys, and make difficult decisions about
how they will govern themselves in this radically post-human future.
Q: Why do you write?
 
A: How can I not?
Q: How picky are you with language?
 
A: I’m quite picky about my words. Dialog, in particular,
shapes the characters in the minds of the readers, and characters (as people)
don’t always speak in the complete, grammatically correct sentences that
professional editors prefer.
Q: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you
were being manipulated from afar?
 
A: No, I’m wearing my tinfoil hat.
Q: What is your worst time as a writer?
 
A: When I finish writing a book.
Q: Your best?
 
A: When I finish writing a book.
Q: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?
 
A: Death. Really. I will write until I can’t write any more.
Q: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
 
A: The first time I hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Q: Is writing an obsession to you?
 
A: No, it’s more of an addiction.
Q: Are the stories you create connected with you in some
way?
 
A: I have loved science and history from very young age. In
my youth I was a Navy hospital corpsman (Marine medic) and a laboratory
technician, and I employ my Navy experience in all my military writing.
Q: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on
writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?
 
A: I prefer to stay well grounded in reality so that my
inherent insanity can show through.
Q: Where is your book available?
 
A: At any bookstore (if they don’t have it in stock, they
can order it for you), and at your local library.
Q: Do you have a website or blog where readers can find
out more about you and your work?
 
A: My website is whkeith dot com. (There’s a page there
which explains why I, William H. Keith, use pen names such as Ian Douglas.)

 

Meet the Author:

Ian Douglas is one of the pseudonyms for William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, Star Corpsman, and Star Carrier. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

 

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Book Blast: Spaces Between Notes by Kristina M. Sanchez

Inside the Book

Title: Spaces Between Notes
Author: Kristina M. Sanchez
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Nikolai Amorosa is one of those men’s men. You know the type—allergic to feelings, couldn’t have a heartfelt discussion if he tried, which he never did. Then, he lost his voice, and any chance of communication went out the window.

Unable to speak or otherwise interact with anyone, Niko’s anger was off the charts. It could’ve been worse; he could’ve been in jail. Instead, he found himself doing construction on Carys Harper’s house. Carys talked—a lot—both with her voice and her hands. She was also at the beck and call of her deaf little brother, Benny, which drove Niko nine kinds of crazy. Not that he would’ve said anything, even if he could.

Something else that drove him crazy? Carys was stubborn. She wouldn’t let him wallow. More than that, she seemed to hear all the things he couldn’t say. She understood him like she understood music. She heard what existed in the spaces between notes. She knew that sometimes silence screams the loudest.

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Meet the Author

Kristina Sanchez is a lifelong insomniac whose creative career began when she used to make up stories about Bugs Bunny in her head while the rest of the house slept. She’s a Southern California native who can frequently be found at Disneyland because it’s easier to park there than go to the beach, sadly. Although writing is her first passion and only love, she finds fulfillment working in social services with the county of Orange. Currently, Kristina is the mother of a grumpy old man-cat named Mutt and a strange flight risk named Sirus Blackcat, who is, indeed, a black cat.You can find Kristina easily enough on most social media platforms, where she will share her viewpoint on all the taboo subjects: religion, politics, and Supernatural, with the odd cat video thrown in for flavor. Prolific. Opinionated. Nerdy as all get out. Have fun, because you can bet she will.

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Book Feature: Of the Abyss by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

 

Inside the Book:

Title: Of the Abyss

Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror
Format: Ebook
 
After decades of strife, peace has finally been achieved in Kavet—but at a dark cost.  Sorcery is outlawed, and anyone convicted of consorting with the beings of the other realms—the Abyssi and the Numini—is put to death. The only people who can even discuss such topics legally are the scholars of the Order of the Napthol, who give counsel when questions regarding the supernatural planes arise.Hansa Viridian, a captain in the elite guard unit tasked with protecting Kavet from sorcery, has always led a respectable life. But when he is implicated in a sorcerer’s crimes, the only way to avoid execution is to turn to the Abyss for help—specifically, to a half-Abyssi man he’s sworn he hates, but whose physical attraction he cannot deny.Hansa is only the first victim in a plot that eventually drags him, a sorcerer named Xaz, and a Sister of the Napthol named Cadmia into the depths of the Abyss, where their only hope of escape is to complete an infernal task that might cost them their lives.

 

Meet the Author:

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the author of seventeen young adult novels and three short stories.  In addition to writing, she has a full-time job teaching high school special education English, and is the mother of a brilliant baby girl named Becks.
Yes, it is possible her daughter’s nickname came from a favorite zombie trilogy (Newsflesh, by Mira Grant).  That there probably tells you more about Amelia than anything else I have to say.
Amelia started publishing novels when she was a freshman in high school.  As she tells her students, she knows every excuse to get out of doing homework because she got away with them all.  These days she works a bit harder to balance her responsibilities, which means she is sometimes a terrible web-mistress, but she still loves to write.
The Atwater-Rhodes household also includes two cats, Chivas and Morgan, and some goldfish in an aquaponics system set up for book research and maintained for yummy indoor home-grown food.
If you want to chat with Amelia, you can reach her through Facebook or Twitter.  She maintains her social media and website herself, which means she’s currently writing in third person and isn’t that kind of odd?What can I say – I’m an odd duck.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, October 3 – Book featured at A Title Wave
Tuesday, October 4 – Book featured at Write and Take Flight

Wednesday, October 5 – Book featured at Literal Exposure

Thursday, October 6 –  Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Friday, October 7 – Book featured at The Literary Nook
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Monday, October 10 – Book featured at Don’t Judge, Read
Tuesday, October 11 – Book featured at CBY Book Club
Wednesday, October 12 – Book featured at Bound 2 Escape
Thursday, October 13 – Book featured at Perfect at Midnight

Friday, October 14 – Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge

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Monday, October 17 – Interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt

Tuesday, October 18 – Book featured at I’m Shelf-ish

Wednesday, October 19 – Book featured at The Review From Here

Thursday, October 20 – Book featured at From Paperback to Leatherbound

Friday, October 21 – Book featured at Voodoo Princess

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Monday, October 24 – Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla

Tuesday, October 25 – Book featured at As the Page Turns

Wednesday, October 26 – Book featured at Bent Over Bookwords
Thursday, October 27 – Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Friday, October 28 – Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures
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