Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Author: Belle Ami

Title: The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
Series: Out of Time Series Book 1
Author: Belle Ami
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Tema N Merback
Publication Date: May 31, 2018

What she knows could kill her.

In the spirit of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue, The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami unravels an unforgettable mystery.

Three destinies, one remarkable painting.

Will her visions lead her to the truth?

Art historian Angela Renatus is haunted by dreams of Leonardo da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Giuliano Medici and his mistress Fioretta Gorini. A painting that, as far as the world knows, doesn’t exist. Compelled by her visions, Angela is determined to find out the truth.

When Angela is contacted by art detective, Alex Caine, she’s shocked to learn that he too is seeking the same painting. Alex’s client, a wealthy German financier, is determined to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerard Jaeger, an art historian, who went missing in Florence, during World War II. In letters written before his disappearance, the historian describes his love affair with a beautiful young Italian woman named Sophia Caro, and the discovery of an extraordinary painting by the great master himself—a painting depicting Giuliano and Fioretta.

Alex and Angela journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Is it a lost da Vinci, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a wild goose-chase that will only lead to a dead end? But someone else is searching for the illusive painting—Alberto Scordato is a powerful man in the art world and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even murder. Scordato knows something about Angela that even she doesn’t know, something that could threaten both Angela and Alex’s lives, forcing them into the crosshairs of fate.

Author Bio:

Belle Ami writes intriguing romantic/suspense/thrillers with a teaspoon of sex. A self-confessed news junky she loves to create cutting-edge stories about politics, espionage, and redemptive love.

She is a Kathryn McBride scholar of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Writing, cooking, spinning, hiking, boxing, and skiing are her passions.

She is the author of The Only One series, The One (#1), and The One & More (#2). Her third in the series titled One More Time is Not Enough, was published July 13th, 2016. She was honored to be included in the RWA LARA Christmas Anthology Holiday Ever After featuring her short story The Christmas Encounter. Her next series entitled The Tip of the Spear begins with Escape, published January 10, 2017. The sequel to Escape, entitled Vengeance was published September 12, 2017.

The Girl Who Knew da Vinci is her latest release. It’s an intriguing romance/paranormal/thriller. She is currently working on book three of The Tip of the Spear Series, titled Ransom.

She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, a horse named Cindy Crawford, and her brilliant Chihuahua, Giorgio Armani.

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June 5 - 25, 2018

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Still Life By Isobel Hart

Title: Still Life
Author: Isobel Hart
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Dystopian
Release Date: May 28, 2018
Cover Designer: Patrick Knowles

A woman must discover the meaning behind a new virus affecting men before there are too many infected for them to be stopped.

When Samantha Davis and her boyfriend are involved in an accident, on the same day a new virus is identified, his recovery appears to be a miracle. Until he turns on her.

Determined to understand the changes in him, Sam joins with others to uncover more about the virus. But the knowledge they gather poses a threat. The infected men want to stop them. And soon.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, Sam prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself caught between two worlds; still caring for the man she once loved, as her affections grow for another, while fearing for her life and the lives of all women. As the net closes in on her, she must decide whose life is more important.

About Isobel:

Born in London, Isobel Hart's childhood was spent in the Middle East before being sent to boarding school. Suffice to say, she read a lot of books. Now based in the UK, she writes about what she knows - real English women, with flaws.

A romantic at heart, happily married for twenty years, her novels focus on relationships - good and bad - and the women at the heart of them. She is ever hopeful others will find their happy-ever-afters or Happy-For-Nows too.

To date Isobel has published four contemporary romance novels

What Goes Around Comes Around - Part 1 of Lily's Story
Full Circle - Part 2 of Lily's Story
Compromise Agreement
Cold Comfort - Part 1 of Cold Comfort

Still Life is Isobel's first foray into sci-fi / dystopian - but still with a hefty helping of romance.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik

Title: Magic Harvest
Author: Mary Karlik
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: September 18th 2018

Young fae girls are disappearing.

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.

As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.

Magic in the human world is disastrous.

Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.

Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.

The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.


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Author Bio:

Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna's home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn't find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.

You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as "100% solid storytelling," and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a "lovely story about growing up."

She digs deep into her Scottish roots - there is magic there, she just knows it - for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.

She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.

Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap

Title: The Ancient Tripod of Peace
Author: Kalen Cap
Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad’s job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers’ eerie dislike of her troubling.

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture their teachers’ attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies’ crossfire as thieves wield an instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.

The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist Kalen Cap’s Teen Thief-Catchers Series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you’ll enjoy this novel.


Lexi hadn’t met any vegan guys her age, only girls. “Want to join me and Anita later?”

“Sure. I’ll try it out,” Trevor agreed.

“We only have a day to find our code for this topic,” Gil said. “Let’s focus on the project. I don’t want to start out locked in with something weak.”

The three read the project description again. Lexi felt clueless. She asked the others how to begin.

Gil said the topic related well to his social science fair project the year before on secret codes in writing.

Lexi rolled her eyes. From the way Gil told it, the project was designed for him. Full of yourself maybe?

Trevor said he spent part of a summer in Greece the year before when his father ran workshops there. There, he’d learned about ancient Greek history. Lexi didn’t mind as much when Trevor made it sound like his experiences aligned with the project. Unlike Gil’s, Trevor’s voice soothed her.

Trevor and Gil both stared at her expectantly. She blushed, first believing they were checking her out. But she soon realized they wanted to hear her special connection to the project topic.

“My grandmother usually teaches history here, too. She gave the opening talk at assembly. Oh, and my granddad’s an actor. He used to be a professional and acted in lots of Shakespeare. They can give me pointers,” Lexi said. My grandparents? That’s my “in” on the project? I’m such a loser. She was determined to not be the weakest link in the group.

My Review:

An interesting book that joins a trio of teens who are given the task of finding a link between the world of ancient Greece and a Shakespearean play for a group project at school. Between Gil's computer skills, Trevor's knowledge of Greek history, and Lexi's grandparents, the teens find more than they bargained for.

With their lives on the line, as well as those of friends and family, the group race to untangle the mystery behind the secret societies, the codes, and the ancient artefacts.

With the different divisions within the secret society it was sometimes difficult to keep track of who was working with who.

The teens were realistically portrayed, with flaws and quirks, and the other characters involved in the story were, for the most part, fairly well fleshed out.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Author Bio:

Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, “TheAncient Tripod of Peace” is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, “Tangled Ties to a Manatee,” was published in 2012.

Kalen Cap will be awarding a $40 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Moonlight And Midtown by Christina Bauer

Title: Moonlight And Midtown
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: May 27th 2018

After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life. No more crazy aunties. Her curse is toast. And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true. Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school. Forget those sketchy tutors! To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle. It’s a blast, except for one thing:

Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan.

All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them. Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.

But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets. With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing. Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.

***An interim novella between Wolves And Roses and Shifters And Glyphs***



         “That’s why packs have Alphas,” says Knox. “You need to set her loose, and then, let her attack me.”
         Every inch of my body goes on alert. “Attack you? Why?”
         “Your wolf has been through a lot. Ritual fighting is how wolves work out their place in the pack. Your wolf needs a firm hand.”
         I stare at my palm. “Firm hand?”
         “I’m not talking about physical power here. I’m talking magic. My power is Alpha energy, but you’ve got your own magic. Once I subdue your wolf, I think you’ll get the idea.”
         My head feels woozy. “Ritual combat? Really?”
         “Yes. Release your wolf and attack me. Now.”
         I hug my elbows. “I’m not sure. If I’m patient, my inner wolf might just calm down on her own.”
         “That’s not how wolves work, even when they aren’t of the magical variety. And a werewolf? Our animals are far more intense. I’m your Alpha, and if I let this go on for one more minute, I’m putting you at risk.”
         Something in his tone sets my nerves on edge. “Meaning?”
         “Your wolf will go feral. When it happens, it’s fast and intense. Your wolf will take over and you’ll disappear.”
         I suck in a shaky breath. “She wouldn’t.”
         My wolf’s voice sounds in my head. “We will run! I demand we shift NOW!”
         That manic tone to her voice is now higher than ever before. Every inch of my body trembles with the urge to shift. I reply to my wolf in my mind.
         “Didn’t you hear what Knox said?” Normally, my wolf can’t help but listen in on most of my conversations. “Our mate thinks you’re going feral.”
         “Mate?” The manic tone to her voice hikes up an octave. “We have no mate. All we have is the need to run.”
         A chill runs up my spine. “You don’t remember our mate?”
         “No mate! Run, now!”
         My blood chills. No matter what happens, my wolf always knows her mate. In fact, my usual complaint is that she won’t shut up about him.
         This is really happening. My wolf is going feral.
         All of a sudden, it’s like I can’t pull in enough air. “You’re right. My inner wolf is losing her mind.”
         “Hey, I won’t let that happen.” Knox rests his hands on my shoulders. “Breathe, Bry.”
         It takes serious concentration, but I slow my racing pulse a little. “Okay.”
         “Now, you need to set your wolf loose and trust me. Can you do that, yeah?”
         “I can try.”
         “Good.” Knox pulls off his dress shirt over his head and tosses it aside. “Set her loose.”
         Normally, the urge to shift is a constant tug of war between me and my wolf. Most times, all it takes is for me to stop fighting the urge to shift. After that, I turn furry. So that’s what I do now—I drop my guard and let my wolf take over.

About The Series:

The Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series includes  Wolves And Roses  (Book 1), Moonlight And Midtown (Novella 1.5) and Shifters And Glyphs (Book 2, Fall 2018). Eight full novels are planned in total.

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Go To Sleep by Marion Adams

Title: Go To Sleep
Author: Marion Adams
Genre: Children's Book
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong …

The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

My Review:

A cute bedtime story about a little sheep who couldn’t get to sleep. Counting sheep takes on a new twist in this fun read.

Aimed at children 3 - 7 years old. This is a wonderful story to read to your little ones, and for the older range of the age group to read themselves.

The illustrations by Sarah-Leigh Wills are delightful.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Author Bio:

Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Don’t Cheat Me by Jackie May

Title: Don’t Cheat Me
Series: Nora Jacobs #2
Author: Jackie May
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: May 21st 2018

One month after Nora’s violent induction to the dangerous supernatural side of Detroit, she’s finally settling into her new life as the underworld’s token human. All she wants to do is mind her own business, enjoy her new friends, and stay safe. But that’s easier said than done when she’s such an enigma to everyone around her.

Thanks to her unique psychic abilities, she’s garnered a reputation for being mysterious and powerful. When the alpha of a local werewolf pack asks her to help him figure out who is stealing from him, she can’t say no, even though getting involved in pack business could have deadly repercussions.

While tangled up in a heap of werewolf troubles, Nora can’t quite shake her old vampire problem, either. Henry is practically stalking her, Parker is breaking down the walls around her heart, and Nora’s blatant fear of the blood-sucking monsters is a delicious temptation for the natural predators.

Nora’s succubus friend, Cecile, believes throwing her a “coming out” party into underworld society is the best way to solve all of her problems, but Nora disagrees. If the vampires and werewolves don’t kill her, Cecile’s party planning definitely will.

This is book 2 in the Nora Jacobs series and should be read after book 1. It is a slow burn reverse harem series.


         “Hey, sexy, how about you bring a shot of Angelfire and that pretty little ass over here.”
         I pour a shot of the fey alcohol and bring it to the tactless man with a forced smile. As I take the cash he lays out on the counter, he grabs my arm and pulls me close. “You know, I’ve never had a human before—they’re not usually worth my time—but I’d make an exception for you.”
         I yank my arm back. “Not interested, thanks.”
         I start to walk away, so he quickly downs his shot and asks for another. “What’s the matter? Think you’re too good to bed an underworlder?”
         I smirk as I fill his shot glass with another round of the light blue liquid. “Nope. Just too good for cocky assholes.”
         I don’t have time to regret running my mouth off before the man has me by the throat and is pulling me across the counter to his seething face. “I’ll show you manners, human. You’re nothing but an insect in my world. A plaything. And now you’ll be mine. I’ll have you begging for death for all eternity.”
         His thoughts are scarier than his words. He plans to follow through on his threat. He knows many fey in the winter court that keep human pets. He’s never seen the appeal, but now he wants nothing more than to humiliate me and make me suffer. And maybe he’ll eat me once he’s bored of the torture.
         His grip is so strong I can’t breathe, but before I start to see spots in my vision, Wulf and Nick rip me apart from the psychotic winter faerie. Wulf has me behind him, using his body to physically shield me, while Nick has the faerie laid out on the bar by his throat. The man is wailing in pain, and it takes me a moment to figure out it’s because Nick’s buried a dagger in the man’s shoulder, hilt deep. Judging from the screams of pain, the dagger is made of iron, which is poisonous to faeries. “What was that about begging for death for all eternity?” Nick asks. “Is that how you like to play?”
         “But she’s human,” the faerie cries, as if that justifies his actions.
         Wulf growls at this, and his whole body begins to shake. I place a hand on his shoulder in an attempt to calm him down. I’ve heard that werewolves like physical touch, and a gesture to tell him I’m all right should help with his protective instincts. I’ve never seen a werewolf shift, and I don’t really want to see one now while he’s pissed and I’m trapped behind a bar with him. I want to say something soothing, but honestly, I’m too scared to get any words out. That faerie has a dark, twisted mind.
         “She is an employee of this club and Terrance’s only clan,” Nick says.
         The fey’s eyes pop wide open. “She’s his clan?”
         “His first.” Nick nods. “And he’s especially fond of her. So I would advise you to leave her alone. In fact, I bet you’re a dead man walking once Terrance figures out you’re the asshole who put the bruises around her neck.”
         Nick’s eyes do that thing they do when he gets really pissed. The pupils turn into vertical slits. It’s freaky looking. He also emits some kind of power. I can’t really explain it. I don’t know what kind of underworlder Nick is. It’s rude to ask, and he’s never offered the information up. But it’s something totally badass that scares even the nastiest underworlders. Mr. Creepy Fey Man is squirming under his grip, looking like he’s about to piss himself. “I’m sorry,” he whines. “I didn’t know who she was. I’ll leave. Just let me up before Terrance comes.”
         “Maybe we should leave him pinned to the bar for a while,” Wulf says, making the fey’s eyes go wide again. “That’ll send the message that Nora is off limits, which might appease Terrance.”
         I can’t help the way my mouth falls open. “You’re not serious.”
         Wulf gives me a grim look. “This man disrespected Terrance’s staff. That won’t go unpunished—house rules.”
         “Terrance will kill him for touching you, unless we punish him first,” Nick adds, backing up Wulf’s claims.
         They’re not kidding. They plan to keep this guy staked to the counter the way he is. The underworld runs on a different set of rules. It’s brutal and dangerous. If I want to survive it, I need to learn to stomach the darker side of it and trust those who have my well-being at heart.
         “Okay,” I say, since both Wulf and Nick seem to be waiting for my approval. It’s not that hard to agree, considering how evil the man’s thoughts were. “Let’s leave him for a while.”
         “Put a sign on him so everyone knows,” Nick says.
         Wulf writes a note on a pad that says I touched the human girl. He puts it on the faerie’s chest. “Hold this, and don’t drop it.”
         The man grips the message and holds it against his chest where everyone who gets close can read it. But he’s squirming, swearing, sweating, and hollering about the pain. I have no doubt it hurts. Nick has no sympathy for him. “Shut your mouth,” he says, touching the dagger’s hilt and twisting it ever so slightly, causing the faerie to scream in real agony. “This is a tender mercy. Stop whining, or I’ll put this dagger through your heart to shut you up.”
         I’m not surprised when the faerie shuts his mouth and keeps his discomfort to mild whimpers from then on. If Nick had looked at me the same way he looked at that guy just now, I’d find a way to forget about the pain, too.

Author Bio:

Jackie May is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Josh and Kelly live in Phoenix, Arizona with their four children and their cat, Mr. Darcy. Jackie May is their only daughter. (And she keeps asking for her cut of the profits since we’re using her name.)

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Q&A with Josh and Kelly:

So you are a husband and wife writing duo. Why the penname Jackie May? Why not use both of your names?
Mainly because Kelly is already an established young adult writer under her name. (Kelly Oram). She was going to need a penname for this anyway, and we figured having one name for both of us was simply easier. (And it looked nicer on the cover, lol.) Jackie May is the name of our only daughter. We “borrowed” it from her, which she thinks is kind of cool, but she also keeps asking for her portion of the profits. We told her we’d negotiate when she starts paying her own living expenses.

How do you like writing together?
It’s both a blessing and a curse. We love being able to work together on something we’re both so passionate about. It’s great to be able to discuss everything together and bounce ideas off each other. And we love being able to both work from home together and have the same schedule. It can be difficult to navigate our creative differences, though, and there are plenty of those. It’s not like we can just hang up the phone or turn off the chat when we’re annoying each other. The tricky part is to work through those creative differences without it turning into a fight that affects our family.

What was your inspiration behind the Nora Jacobs series?
We’re both big fantasy geeks. When we decided write together, we knew we needed to pick a genre that we both liked. When we settled on urban fantasy, we both agreed we liked the classic “case of the week” structure. The Nora Jacobs books are inspired by some of our favorite urban fantasy series. Think the earlier books in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, and The Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.

Why did you choose to set the books in Detroit?
What better place to set a dark and dangerous underworld full of monsters than the beat-up, rundown, dangerous city of Detroit? Kelly spent her teenage years in a suburb of Detroit so she has some personal ties to it, and it definitely lives up to it’s reputation. She’s got a couple of scary stories about getting lost in Detroit and literally knows more than one person who has been shot while in the city. We found it a fitting stomping ground for our supernatural creatures.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
READ! Anything and everything you can get your hands on. The more you read, the better your writing will be. Also, WRITE! Practice makes perfect. Chances are, that first draft of that first book you write will not be publishable. That doesn’t make you a bad writer. It makes you normal. Between the two of us, we completed dozens of novels before either of us had one we felt was good enough to be published. Writing is just like anything else. It takes time, patience, hard work, and a lot of practice.

What are you working on next?
We have a novella releasing in August as part of the Realms and Rebels Anthology. (Pre-order links on our website.) It’s 26 New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors coming together to bring you 22 reverse harem novellas filled with magic, danger, mystery, adventure and romance. We were thrilled to be invited to participate in the anthology with so many amazing authors.
Then, this fall we’re releasing the first book in a companion series to the Nora Jacobs books. The Shayne Davies series is set in the same world as Nora Jacobs and has a lot of character crossover. The first book in the Shayne Davies series, The Devil to Pay, will be released before the third Nora Jacobs book because it comes next chronologically. Nora 3 will release after that. So many books! There’s lots to look forward to from us, so make sure to join our new release mailing list and our facebook group to keep updated with us.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Interview with Andréa Fehsenfeld

Earlier this month I spotlighted a debut novel, Completion, and I’m delighted that the author, award-winning TV producer and lifelong book lover, Andréa Fehsenfeld, is joining me today.

Hi Andréa, welcome to Just Books.
Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself and your background?
My main career has been TV production, which I segued to after seven years of finance. My parents are European immigrants and my father worked for Air Canada, allowing us to travel extensively as a family. I spent a lot of my childhood in Switzerland. Travel is still a big part of my world and I get antsy every quarter if I haven’t gone anywhere.

When and why did you decide to become a writer…?
I was told all my life I should be a writer and dabbled in it here and there, writing business columns and the odd story. It wasn’t until I started creating pitches for TV shows that the desire for fiction took hold. It still took several years before I sat down to start.

…and what motivates you to write?
My motivation to write has developed like any skill. Writing is a muscle to flex daily and now a day doesn’t feel quite right if no words hit the page.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?
I’ve read almost a hundred books on craft and one sentence really stood out to me: “Narratives hunt us down; haunt us until we write them.” I finished a first draft of a completely different book before COMPLETION. While giving that draft time to breathe, I wrote a short story that was the first tonal exploration of what would eventually become COMPLETION. There was something in that short story that lured me, kept dragging me back. I knew I had to dig deeper and explore. I’m glad I did. It was a cathartic story to write. Every writer should pay attention to the narratives that don’t let go.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy living through another character, bringing them to life. It’s an honour and one I don’t take lightly.

What inspired Completion?
COMPLETION was partially inspired by two events in my life – a teenage cult experience and a supernatural encounter in my thirties. But the way the events play out in the story was different than what I experienced. It was the mood and aesthetic of the events I wanted to infuse the story with. Every writer draws on personal experiences at some level while creating and some of these influences are more obvious than others. It depends on the book and the writer.

Would you tell us a bit about your time with the cult...?
The cult experience was a random encounter on the island of Oahu. My friend and I had nowhere to stay (teenage bums with zero cash) and got picked up on Waikiki Beach by the Hare Krishnas. Our time with them sparked a life long interest in cults. I was never interested in joining one but the people and structure and desire to be there intrigued me. I always knew I would write a story about a stranger coming into a cult – there’s so much natural tension in that setting.

And your supernatural encounter?
The supernatural encounter happened in New Mexico. I was hiking in the late afternoon and came up on this ridge with a huge valley sprawling in front of me. The wind started to gust, I spread my arms and there was this rush, an infusion of old energy, Native American energy. The sounds and the visuals pounded through me so violently, I almost lost my balance. What I saw and heard wasn’t entirely pleasant either. It lasted about four nerve wracking minutes where I was not in control of anything. Very powerful and a little disturbing. (For the record, no drugs or alcohol was involved in this.)

Give us an insight into your main character, Damien Hester. What makes him special?
Damien has a heart of gold and wants to believe in the goodness of people, although his past has created a socially awkward and emotionally corrupted front. He’s on the run from the law, but what he’s really looking for is something we all crave and the title - COMPLETION - refers to this journey.

Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
Before I stared writing the book I knew the title and what the cover image would be. I found the perfect font and my designer did a fantastic job of creating the image. I supplied a handful of reference pictures to him, he came up with five prototypes and from those five I cut and pasted the features I liked. Voila! The cover was born.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Image is key! In TV, it’s all about how design and font and mood and tone are all vertically integrated into creating the visual materials for the show. I’m trained to think about these elements in advance and it’s something I encourage all writers to do. What is the message? Who is the audience? Covers and titles are so important. Together they should work on a subconscious level.

Do you have any works in progress? Can you tell us a little about it/them?
My next book is about a disillusioned rock star under pressure to deliver his next hit who finds unlikely inspiration and complications from a teen runaway who forces him to face the music the way he never has. It’s a rites of passage story with hilarious and bittersweet moments. I’m a huge music fan and this is my ode to all the musicians who have colored my world.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
The advice I’d give my younger self? Life plays out the way it does and changing one thing, changes everything else, so it’s difficult to say. I was very driven in my youth, still am, so I probably would have told myself to chill out a bit!

It’s time to relax! What do you do?
To relax, I love being outdoors and travelling. Photography is a passion of mine. I also try and see as many concerts as possible. If there is a God, I will die in a mosh pit.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Hardest thing I’ve ever done? Finding courage to walk away from a long term relationship destroyed by drugs.

Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Mostly I’m an early riser although I love the calming energy at night. It’s a great time to write.

What foreign country would you most like to visit?
I’m a big fan of South America. I’ve been to several countries and plan to visit Venezuela next.

What would constitute a "perfect" day for you?
A perfect day involves sunshine, exercise, a few hours of writing, time with my man and a good meal.

Which fictional character, book or film, would you like to meet?
I would love to meet Patrick Bateman, the protagonist in AMERICAN PSYCHO. He’s erudite, complex and a music lover. He’d probably end up killing me, but it’s worth the risk.

And finally, a quick-fire round:
  • Favourite colour?
  • Favourite food?
Ripe, sweet mangos
  • Favourite song?
Impossible to answer
  • Favourite item of clothing?
Citizens of Humanity jeans
  • Favourite quote?
“ The memorable never emerged from a formula”

Thank you for spending this time with us, Andréa. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for reading! Please reach out if you have further questions.

Andréa Fehsenfeld

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay

Title: Blessing of Luna
Series: Wolf gods #1
Author: Blaise Ramsay
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: April 20th, 2018

Lonely. That's how it felt when Damien Pierce returned to Big Timber, Montana. It had been his childhood home until the day he was hit by a speeding car only to learn he wasn't badly hurt. The experience landed him the label of the town freakshow.

Following the death of his foster mom, Damien soon disconnected from the world around him. That was at least, until he met her. She looked human but something about made her appear otherworldly to him. He knew he shouldn't but he wanted her. He would do anything to get to know her. To have her.

Jillian Styles was immortal. Cursed by a dark god never to find rest. A shifter capable of taking the form of a beautiful wolf. She had searched for her lover's reincarnated soul for centuries only to find he was nowhere to be found. When she meets Damien, her world is turned upside down. She falls in love with him instantly and begins to pursue him.

However, Damien soon learns the darker part of Jill's world. He finds himself on the hit list of the same vampire Lord responsible for killing Jill's lover and reigniting the flames of an old war. His daughter desires Damien and vows to have him at any cost.

With the help of Alexander Kain, the mysterious wolf shifting soldier, Damien will learn what he thought he knew was only the tip of the paranormal iceberg. He soon finds himself in the eyes of a vindictive and rage-filled dark god.

If you like hot lycanthrope guys, overly possessive vampire chicks, vindictive gods, strong female leads and some hot sex scenes, this book is for you.



         Kain led Damien to his tent. “Forgive my intrusion on your time with Jillian. I wanted to tell you one last thing before the fight. Holt nearly mentioned it in the meeting but I stopped him because it wasn’t the time or the place.”
         “What is it?” Damien replied, curious.
         “The dark secret of the vampire noble. As it is with us, the vampire nobles and high class have the ability to change into more powerful forms. Unlike lycans however, they only have a single transformation. I have only seen it once in my many years but it is very formidable.”
         Kain pulled a box out from under a pile of old books and blankets. It was covered in dust as though Kain had been trying to bury the memory.
         Laying it down before Damien, he opened it, revealing what looked like a talon.
         “Kain, what is this?” Damien took it in his hands, carefully examining the detail.
         “It was pulled out of my father’s side. When he returned, his body was dripping blood, his side ripped open,” Kain lowered his head. “Damien, he was in his full lycan form. Whatever left this has power. I want you to be very, very careful. Lilith most likely has the power to become the monster much like the one that left this talon.”
         Damien’s breath stalled in his lungs. From what he learned about their history, Pentacost Kain was one of strongest lycan soldiers in the war.
         To hear he was torn apart so badly in full lycan form by something that Lilith could possibly become sucked any hope Damien had of having a chance against her out of him.
         “Kain, I can’t fight her. What if I’m not strong enough.” Damien raced in his chest as fear fought to take hold of him.
         Kain took the talon, placing it back in the box. “Damien, you are more than strong enough. Lilith is inexperienced and most likely whatever it was that took down my father was much more powerful. I just wanted you to be aware of her ability. I will be by your side against her. Gabriel and I have already talked about it. Holt, Yuna, Galeck and Lune agree it’s the best course of action. Just be ready.”
         Damien nodded, his words freezing in his throat.
         “Good. The moon rises. I must hunt with Gabriel and Lune. Damien, if you need to, you may stay here tonight. I know Jillian does not yet understand how strong your bond with the gods is. It may help to be in the company of someone that does. For now, though, I believe I interrupted something between the two of you. Hell hath no fury and all that.” Kain walked out chuckling.

Author Bio:

FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay worked over fifteen years in the graphic design industry, with some experience in indie gaming. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature with her debut paranormal romance series, Wolf gods. The debut title, Blessing of Luna is set to release in 2018.

She currently lives in North Texas with her two children, her husband and pets. A UTD graduate with a Bachelor's in History with an intention on teaching, Blaise decided that the world of teaching just wasn't for her. A stay at home mother of two, business owner and self-publisher, Blaise loves to meet new people and encourage others to follow their dreams through weekly posts to her instagram, twitter, facebook and blog.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Title: Bound
Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2
Authors: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Genre: Adult, Supernatural
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th, 2018

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.

Author Bio:

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.

Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable.

A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife.

She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

Guest Post by Alexandrea Weis:
The best or worst day in your life so far.

The Best Days are Book Days

The best day is the day I finish a book. The very first book I finished, To My Senses, gave me such ecstasy, the feeling has remained one of the highlights in my diary of days. Every time I conclude a book, it’s a good day. Not when it is published, the day I close any book is a great day, because at that point it is still mine. My story, my words, it has not been edited or read by anyone else. It remains my baby. Just me and my imagination having the time of my life and putting together something that no one else knows about it. Sure, I spoke to other people about it. Shared my ideas, but the rough draft is still mine. The process of going through beta readers, editing, and proofing will invariably change the book, make it different than I first envisioned, but on the day I type The End, it is still all mine.

You never know how many great days like this you will have because every book you finish you wonder, will I write another; will I have the strength for another. The entire writing process is exhausting. It takes time away from family and friends because it becomes an obsession driving you to create. Blessing or curse depends on the book. Some kill you, others leave you breathless, but every one you are grateful for having written. Being a writer is a calling like so many other professions that can weigh heavy on the soul—doctors, nurses, priests, teachers. Every book takes a piece of you and holds it within its pages. I equate each book I write to a child; some wear you out, but all lift you up.

In the end, when the writing is over, the story is down on paper, and you can breathe because the characters are finally out of your head, you are thankful for being able to do what you do. Because the best days in life are those you savor.