Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy new year

Hello everyone, I hope you have a great new year and achieve some wonderful things. I hope your experiences are happy ones.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gift card giveaway contest with author Van Fleisher

Hello, Van, congratulations on your book release, Final Notice. :) 



Giveaway: 
This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Van Fleisher will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The year is the very near future.  A brilliant young doctor and mathematician, Vijay Patel, has invented a new health/sport watch that monitors blood chemistry so accurately, it can actually predict when someone will die – within 10, 20, or 30 days. The intention of this “Final Notice,” as it is called, is to allow people to get their affairs in order and reach out to loved ones before it’s too late.  But when those notified have easy access to a gun, the result is sometimes lethal for more than just the watch-owner.


These are the stories of several people who receive their Final Notice and their very different reactions ... including a desire to get revenge with impunity.  They range from an 89-year-old resident in a retirement home to a U.S. Senator...from a benevolent widow to a crass tycoon to a noted climate change scientist.


But in this fresh, fast-paced page-turner, their stories are all set against the all-too-recognizable backdrop of a guns-gone-wild America, and the relentless push by the NRA and their surrogate politicians to make guns even easier to acquire.


There is plenty of dark humor and political satire in FINAL NOTICE, as well as touching scenes and outright suspense.  So expect to laugh out loud, dry some tears, and bite your nails (not necessarily in that order).


Read an Excerpt:



“But in the case of the elderly, aren’t you concerned about an increase of accidental shootings? You know, forgetting to use the safety mechanism or not seeing clearly?”


“We get some of that, even with younger people,” LaPlant replied with a laugh. “Our studies have shown that with adequate training, almost anyone can be a responsible gun owner. That’s why we introduced the NRA Armed Seniors Discount Program. If more old-timers packed heat, it might make thugs think twice before bullying them.”

About the Author:
“After 21 years with an airline, and 30 years in management consulting, I retired and found that my phone didn’t ring and the only emails I got were asking for money. So, since I was at my computer, I decided to write a novel.”


This is only half the story. (Van is notoriously modest.) The author was Director of International Marketing with TWA, and an International Management Consultant – taking him behind the closed doors of boardrooms and executive offices around the world. He knows how business works, which gives the slightly “sci-fi” premise of Final Notice a realistic feel. Moreover, his two careers led him to live abroad for much of his life. After growing up in New Jersey and Florida, where he never thought much further than the length of a football field, and going to college in New Mexico, he wound up living in England, Scotland and France, travelling frequently to the Middle East and Asia. He even spent a year living in India. And his first-hand experience with – and respect for – other cultures is apparent in this book.


“Final Notice is meant to highlight, my concerns with America’s handling of three important issues: gun control (not anti-gun), ageism and the importance of immigration. The book won’t fix these issues, but there are a number of great organizations with even greater people working on our behalf to right these wrongs. Proceeds from sales of Final Notice will help support those efforts.”









Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Books around the World: Iceland

Iceland, 1842: The Prose or Younger Edda, commonly ascribed to Snorri Sturluson, translated from the old Norse


This is a tale of the old gods and how the world was created. It talks about the relationships between the gods, how they interact with people, and what human things are named for them. The story explains why the gods have several names. Sometimes these gods do such mundane, human things, but at other times, they wield such power over the heavens and the earth.

It is told in a form of Early Modern English. The discussion of the creation of humanity ties into this story, with gods creating humans and heaven, the physical and the spiritual.

From trees and animals to why some men have good lives and others not, questions are answered through the lens of this old mythology. The hot and cold seasons are explained by the moods of the gods and their temperaments. Even love is discussed. We learn about “Valhall,” and one can almost picture Vikings fresh from battle celebrating with their gods. There is much discussion and description of eating and drinking games as well as fighting. And how do the gods of this mythology create earthquakes? These stories answer a lot of questions about existence for this culture. The words are very old and often hard to read, but one who is interested in Scandinavian history might like it, if not for its accuracy or science, then for insights into a past culture—their values.

Near the end there’s a section of Christianity. Then Roman gods come into play. Greeks other people and gods are discussed. These gods of different backgrounds and cultures are interlinked here.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Welcome to author Gail Z. Martin

Hello, Gail, congratulations on your new book release, The Dark Road. :)

Contest:

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Gail Z. Martin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Please follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances at winning.


Jonmarc Vahanian fled from the raiders and monsters that killed his family, but when danger dogs his steps once again, he leaves the traveling caravan that gave him shelter to become a mercenary in nearby Principality. His fighting skills help him rise through the ranks, and draw the attention of a Nargi general—and the general’s undead mage. An old, unsettled score turns deadly, trapping Jonmarc in dangerous intrigue. He can save himself—and betray everything he holds dear—or die a hero as the raider’s curse holds true.

This collection is the second set of short stories and novellas that reveal another phase of Jonmarc’s growth from a blacksmith’s son to becoming one of the greatest warriors in the history of the Winter Kingdoms.

Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior. Brigand Lord. You may have encountered Jonmarc Vahanian in the Chronicles of the Necromancer but you don’t really know him until you walk in his footsteps.


Excerpt:

Bad Blood 

Sure enough, Peters insisted that the small caravan camp for the night on a field just inside the border of Lord Nemic’s lands.

“It’s still early,” Harrtuck argued. “We could travel another hour, be that much closer to the manor, and arrive before noon.”

“It will do no good for us to arrive exhausted,” Peters sniffed. “We are performers. We must be sufficiently rested. Lord Eston’s orders were clear. We are to provide an excellent performance for Lord Nemic, as befits a gift of this magnitude. We will not drag in like peddlers, half-asleep and unable to give our best showing.”

“We were hired to defend you,” Harrtuck snapped. “And as your guards, I need to warn you that this position is once again too close to the trees and difficult to defend.”

“Deal with it,” Peters replied, eyes narrowing. “We are camping here.”

This time, Harrtuck did not attempt to hide his muttered curses as he stalked away. “Either that man is incredibly stupid, or he wants to be attacked,” he mumbled to Jonmarc when he had returned to where the rest of the War Dogs waited with their horses.

Jonmarc raised an eyebrow. “I’m not questioning his stupidity, but maybe he does want to be attacked—there’s something about this whole thing we don’t know, a piece we’re missing.”

Harrtuck nodded. “Aye. But I can’t figure out what it is.”


About the Author:
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing
and Darkwind Press. Vengeance is the second in the new Darkhurst epic fantasy series. Also new is The Dark Road, the second in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures series, and Assassin’s Honor (coming, October 2018), the first in the new Assassins of Landria series.

Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Tangled Web, and two new collections, Trifles & Folly, and Trifles & Folly 2.

Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, and the alternate history novel Iron & Blood and the Storm & Fury collection (co-authored with Larry N. Martin) She is also the co-author (with Larry) of the Mark Wojcik monster hunter series (Spells, Salt and Steel) and the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Cauldron/Secret Council series from Falstaff Books.

As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. New and upcoming books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, Badlands, and Lucky Town.

She is also the organizer of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign: http://www.HoldOnToTheLight.com.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Welcome to author Hope Waters

Hello, Hope, congratulations on your new book release!



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Hope Waters will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Please follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.


Blurb: Zoey Blake is having a perfect holiday season. Finals are over and it's time to head home for Christmas, but when she wins the Hartbreakers True Love contest to join them of their tour, she has a chance to follow her favorite band for twelve days -- and twelve steamy nights.

Mackenzie Hart has been a player since and joining Hartbreakers has only edged up his game, that is until he meets Zoey. She's turned his world upside down and only she can make it right. Now all he has to do is convince her to stay with him forever. For a guy like Mack, that shouldn't be too hard but it's gonna take all he has and twelve days to win her true love.









Excerpt:

So this is your room?”
I nodded, hiking my backpack higher on my shoulder. I leaned up against the doorjamb, watching all the people running up and down the corridor as they settled into the hotel for the night.
Mack leaned against the wall, glanced at his phone and tried to stifle a sigh. “Tired?” I asked.
“Incredibly,” he said sheepishly.
“Why didn’t you take a nap this afternoon?” I asked.
“Because…I wanted to talk to you.”
I smiled. Mack wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a straight shooter and I admired that about him. You couldn’t dislike him either. “That’s sweet,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said and looked into my eyes. I met his gaze, not wanting to break the magic of this moment. “Um, was…would you like to, you know, see more of each other while you are on tour with us?”
A pit started in my stomach. I wasn’t sure what I was most scared of. I was scared that Mack would hurt me emotionally. I was scared of leaving him behind after the tour was done. Or him using me and leaving me behind.
But most of all I was scared of falling for him. Scratch that. I had already fallen hard.
“Yeah, I’d like that,” I said.
He leaned into me and I met him halfway.
God, he was a good kisser.

About the Author: Straight out of fandom, Hope Waters has been writing for over thirty years. From a young age, she was crafting stories to entertain others of all ages and continues to do so to this day. Hope uses she/they for pronouns and enjoys a good book with a cup of coffee and snuggles from her cats.


NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Welcome to author LJ Greene

Hello, LJ, congratulations on your book release, a contemporary romance called After Effects.
 BLURB:

What could be more terrifying than falling in love with the person who is your good place? Maybe realizing just a smidge too late that there can be dire consequences to becoming your best friend’s lover.
The lives of Keir Stevens and Selene Georgiou serendipitously collide midspan on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, one jarring step ahead of fate. He’s a temporary transplant from Seattle; she’s facing the biggest career opportunity of her life. They have no notion of the common thread that connects them. 
As they come to discover they share a similar adversity, their relationship evolves from a fun and frivolous infatuation with nowhere to go into a true friendship with sincerity, humor, and respect at its heart. 
It’s awfully hard not to fall in love with that—even if you’re pretty darn certain you shouldn’t.
But when love and friendship suffer their own devastating collision—their interests brutally conflicting—the consequences of blurring the lines between the two suddenly become real. In the end, which one will be the stronger? And more importantly, can either survive?
AFTEREFFECTS is a standalone dual POV adult contemporary romance about the things we choose in life out of all the things that are beyond our choosing—a tale of love and friendship, of time and how we spend it, and of the inner wars that ultimately show us what really matters.

Excerpt:

Selene lifted her left hand and touched my face with her palm. It was definitely a new kind of closeness for us, at least sober—one to which I gave no resistance. Her skin felt warm and smooth as she stroked my cheek gently. And I couldn’t take my eyes off her face. My God, she was stunning. This close, I absorbed the perfection of her features, of her delicate earlobes. A tiny piece of dark hair curled around the back of one.

The air between us seemed to crackle quietly, and I sat frozen in my seat in case any movement might cause her to draw away.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you clean-shaven,” she said softly.

I could feel her breath, too, warm against my face. My fingers itched to reach up and touch her mouth, to feel whether it was as soft as I remembered. My heartbeat picked up not only faster but harder, like it was punching me from the inside.

Had a goal been scored just then I wouldn’t have noticed. Nothing could have pulled me from that trance. I didn’t hear anything going on around us. Not the crowd, not the announcer, not the buzzer.

Only her.

Only her voice and her eyes and her breath. The memory of her mouth.

“Do you have a preference?” I asked roughly. I had no idea what possessed me to ask her that.

No, that’s a lie. That other side of me wanted to be everything she wanted and would have shaved every single day if that’s what she asked of me.

“No.” Her beautiful lips curved slightly upward. “How could I choose between James Bond and Indiana Jones?”

Her palm came to rest on my jawline, and I took a deep breath. When had my wanting her turned into this painful kind of ache?

Under the sanctity of her expression, I had a sudden and startling thought that maybe we could write a different ending for the two of us. One I hadn’t yet considered. Maybe there was a different story we could tell in which the things we had to offer would be enough.

There was obviously more to our relationship than just friendship, and perhaps we could figure out how to have something more than what we’d allowed ourselves. After all, there was care and respect at the heart of everything we did together. That had to mean something.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

LJ Greene is a self-professed obsessive multi-tasker who writes really boring stuff by day and lets her inner romantic fly by night.  This California native is married to the most amazing man and has two beautiful children, not old enough to read her books.   (They probably wouldn’t want to anyway on account of the “Ew, gross” factor.) She’s an avid reader of all genres with an embarrassingly large ebook collection, and a weird penchant for reading the acknowledgements at the end of a novel.  She's also a music lover with no apparent musical talent, a travel enthusiast, and a cheese connoisseur. 
San Francisco: One Great City, Three Unique Literary Devices

When I set out to write Aftereffects, I had two lines of text in my head: “Heaven felt very close to San Francisco,” and “Heaven, it seemed, was too close to San Francisco.” I knew little else of the path that Aftereffects would take, but I knew that my main character’s story arc would rise and fall between those two lines, eventually twenty-four chapters apart. 

I have a special affinity for San Francisco. The Bay Area is my home, and all of my books have taken place here. After all, it lacks for nothing you’d want in a book’s setting: stunning landscapes, a rich tradition of innovation and creativity, cultural diversity, and social vibrancy.

But location in a novel is more than just a setting; it can and should be used as an important component in the storytelling itself. That’s why selecting and finding interesting ways to leverage your location is so important. Its underlying characteristics provide tension, humor, and interest.

In Aftereffects, the city of San Francisco plays the role of antagonist. The city my heroine loves seems to turn on her suddenly, creating a barrier in her life that feels insurmountable. But is it? I’ve long been interested in exploring the idea that as humans we create certain obstacles in our head in order to protect ourselves from having to deal with those larger, underlying fears that are the true culprits. To give an example, I often hear writers lament about all the roadblocks to being published. There’s certainly truth in that, but the real fear isn’t wasting our time, it’s rejection, right? Still, we focus on the difficulty of the task, so that we can avoid the possibility that someone else may say out loud the words we whisper to ourselves in those solitary moments of doubt. It’s an interesting and all-too-human trait that I loved examining in Aftereffects. And San Francisco was my willing accomplice.

Sound Effects took a different tack. Jamie, my hero (an Irish-born, up-and-coming musician), is the absolute embodiment of San Francisco. He’s vibrant, creative, entrepreneurial, and, yes, an immigrant. Exploring the city with him allowed me as a writer to explore his character in a fascinating and unique way. Sound Effects is no rockstar romance. It’s about living life passionately. It’s told from the perspective of someone who grew up never really believing she had a passion and feeling kind of bad about that. (Anyone??) It’s also an intimate look at what it was like to be a musician on the cusp of success at one of the most pivotal times in music history. And on that note, if you’re a music lover, I highly recommend visiting all the San Francisco landmarks mentioned in Sound Effects, especially The Fillmore. As Jamie would say, it’s magic.

The San Francisco you meet in Ripple Effects is mySan Francisco. I spend the majority of my time as a consultant in the Silicon Valley, and it’s impossible to drive around the Valley without being affected by it. With its frenetic pace of life, one can’t help but feel like people here are always inventing, always trying to solve problems in an out-of-the-box, disruptive kind of way. And it’s true that many of the companies founded here have literally changed the world—Fairchild Semiconductor, Cisco Systems, Genentech, Google, Facebook. The Silicon Valley is rich with lore of seemingly crazy ideas that took shape in a garage, and went on to become Apple or Hewlett-Packard. As a result, the collective wealth in the Bay Area is absolutely staggering.

So it’s no surprise that my heroine, Sarah, might feel like a bit of an outlier. Her childhood home is only miles from the Stanford campus, but it’s a great distance in terms of economics. And that contrast sets the tone for the highly relatable conflict that unfolds in Ripple Effects.

There are an infinite number of interesting locations to choose for a novel. Our job as writers is to take our paintbrush and blend the many colors of that setting with the many colors of our characters. After all, nothing lays to waste a great location like simply shoving it in the background.

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Author Website and Info:


Twitter: @authorljgreene
Facebook: LJ Greene

GIVEAWAY:

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Welcome to author Nan Reinhardt

Hello, Nan, and congratulations on your book release, Christmas with You. Giveaway contest:  This post is part of a virtual book t...