Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Dark Proposal by Megan Cashman


Welcome to the character interview featuring vampire couple Hilde and Michel. In “The Dark Proposal” they are both Daniel Bertrand’s makers, and go along with tormenting Claire McCormick. But there’s a softer side to these two, especially Hilde… 

Here they are:

MC: Good day, Hilde and Michel. Thanks for doing this interview at this time. I know vampires can move around in daylight, depending on age, but I didn’t think you would want to hide your vampire ways for this exclusive interview.

M: :shrugs: We always hide ourselves from humans, so this is no big deal.

H: I think it gives a nice effect. Creatures of the night giving an interview while the sun is still up.

MC: Good point. So, let’s begin. Does living as a vampire have the same appeal as prior to being turned (if you’re that type of vampire)? If you had to do it over, would you?

H: Of course. I love the power and freedom that I have. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If I didn’t agree to be turned, I would be nothing but dust, long forgotten as though I never existed.

M:  Same here. Besides, Hilde was worth joining. She was both enticing and a challenge, or both together.

H: We would have missed out on so much. Who would want to die? Luckily, we are the few to receive this gift.

MC: Where do you come from?

H:  I am Germanic, and came from a small village in Bavaria in the mid-11th century. :grins: I’ll be a millennium old soon!

M: I was born a century and half after her, in what history calls the Duchy of Burgundy.

MC: From what you’ve witnessed yourself, do the history books have it right?

H: No

M: Depends on what school or country, or which author. Some are more accurate than others

MC: Are there other vampires, and if so what role does gender play in vampire society?

M: It is male-dominated because the leaders are five Brothers. But plenty of women have succeeded in being leaders, or Defenders of the Blood as they are known. Hilde was one of them. In fact, one of the Brothers made her because he thought she was thrived as a vampire than as a human.

H: It can get somewhat catty between the women here. But we’ve had more freedom through the centuries than human women. The latter has some catching up to do!

MC: Do you miss food, the sun, or your heartbeat more?

M: Once I was old enough to be out in the sun, I had to admit I missed the light.

H: Probably food. There is little or no taste, although blood never fails to bore us. None of us really need food and it just goes right through our system with little impact.

MC: Vampire physiology must be very different from human physiology – how is human blood digested and processed in the blood system?

H: Like all other nutrients, it goes where it needs to go. So the nutrition from human blood goes to our strong muscles, heightened senses, and parts of our brain which allow us to read thoughts and clear minds.

MC: According to folklore, vampires can’t cross moving water. Does this present problems for you?

M: No, because its not true.

MC: Can you have sex the ‘traditional’ way? Do you have any desire for sex?

(the two look amused and glance at each other)

H: We wouldn’t be here now if sex wasn’t part of the deal.

MC: OK then. What do you think of the recent fashion for vampire books and films? Has it made your life harder or easier?

H: Easier. There are so many wannabes out there willing to let someone drink from them. (sighs) Gullible, foolish humans. I adore them so much.

MC: What was your first feed/kill like?

H: I relished in it! I had my chance at revenge!

M: I was bothered at first, but Hilde helped me accept it as it is.

MC: Should humans tolerate the existence of vampires?

(both hesitate before answering)

H: They should. I mean, we’re not going anywhere.

M: We could probably work something out.

MC: Can you explain more? What do you mean ‘work something out’?

M: Its not really relevant (waves hand). We’re not going anywhere, as Hilde said.

MC: OK then. Well, that concludes our interview. Have a good one, and thank you.

(Hilde and Michel nod and leave office)

Well, there you have it. Hilde and Michel, quite a couple, though their last answer was a bit bizarre. But they’re an interesting twosome.

The Dark Proposal
The End of Eternity
Book One
Megan Cashman

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: September 14, 2012

ASIN: B00D6WJFUU

Number of pages: 211
Word Count: 79,050

Cover Artist: Karri Kwaliter

Book Description:

A young woman copes with being forced to become a vampire as the man she loves reveals he is more evil than she can comprehend.

Claire McCormick has graduated from college and is eager for her childhood dreams to come true. She thought it would happen when she began dating Daniel Bertrand, who was everything she wanted in a boyfriend. But just as her dreams are about to happen, Claire’s life is turned upside down when Daniel reveals to be a bloodthirsty vampire, with the intent on making her his eternal companion. Frightened, Claire desperately tries to rid herself of him, but Daniel is too evil to defeat. She has to come to terms with reality, as she faces a vampire world fighting to survive in modern times, with many of them unaware of how devious Daniel can be.

The Dark Proposal is the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires.

WARNING: contains thematic elements, graphic content and some strong language


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Excerpt:

There was a pregnant pause with both waiting for the other to speak or make the first move. For a second, she wondered if this was going to be the moment he would make her like him or kill her instead.
“No, Claire,” he spoke suddenly. She jumped, startled. “It’s up to you to say yes. And remember I did tell you I can read your thoughts.”
“Then please stop, because you’re freaking me out,” she said.
He arched one eyebrow, and for a moment, she feared he would attack her. But instead, he crossed one arm across his chest and put the opposite hand under his chin, as though contemplating something.
“I see you’ve accepted somewhat of what I revealed to you,” he finally said.
“A little.” She felt like she was preparing for war.
“What?” He sounded curious. “Is there something else you can’t comprehend?”
“Yeah,” she said in a shaky voice. Her eyes were downcast, and when she was ready, she lifted them to look right at him. “I did some research while in New Jersey. There’s a lot of websites about real vampires.”
“Yes?” Daniel raised his eyebrows.
Taking a deep breath, she said, “I think you killed Colin Willis.”
His face expressionless, he lowered his arms and closed his eyes, shaking his head. He ran one hand over his face as Claire continued.
“I read a blog about his murder. There are rumors going around that he had two holes on the side of his neck. There was no blood in his body.” She swallowed and asked, almost pleading, “Did you really do it? Honestly, Dan?”
Removing his hand, he looked right at her and said, “I think you know the answer to that question.”
She did, and whatever hope she had that he did not murder Willis quickly dissolved. She began to pant in horror at first, but then in anger. “I mean, you knew as everyone else that there was no evidence of foul play,” he was saying, nonchalantly watching her. “Plus, there were no suspects -”
Claire suddenly pounced on Daniel, arms flailing as she hit him in the face and chest. She was screaming about him being a murderer and how evil he was.
It didn’t last long because he soon caught her flying fists and held a tight grip on her wrists, holding them away from him. His grip was beyond solid, like a steel machine, and his eyes were hollow with rage. For a moment, she thought he was going to attack her again. No, he was going to kill her. She dared to hit him, dared to defy him and now she would pay the price.

He held her in his harsh eyes for a moment, and then shoved her hands away, practically pushing her away from him. “Honestly, who else would’ve done it?”


About the Author:

Born and raised on Staten Island, NY, Megan Cashman currently lives in Brooklyn, where she can be seen checking out the borough’s numerous coffee shops to work on her writing projects. She has a Masters’ degree in journalism, and has worked for cable news, both local and national, as well as a major New York newspaper. She is currently a freelance journalist and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York (CUNY). When she’s not writing or teaching, Megan can be seen taking nature photos with her iPhone, crocheting, doing yoga and Pilates, and trying out new dinner recipes.



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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Problems With Having A Ghost For A Boyfriend - The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins by Aletta Thorne



Top Ten Problems With Having A Ghost For A Boyfriend

1. A ghost can’t exactly take you out for a night on the town.

2. He doesn’t eat, so dinner dates at home are kind of a no-go, too.

3. All his friends except for you are dead—awkward!

4. He thinks the duel in which he was killed two hundred years ago is hilarious!

5. However, he really doesn’t like to talk about the fact that he is dead.

6. He’s a really great kisser—but a gal could catch pneumonia.  Icy!

7. There are much easier ways to deal with the birth control issue. Seriously.

8. He can also easily blow all the electrical systems in your house!

9. He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake…

10. He’s really, really, really not going to like it if you try to ghost him!



The Chef and the Ghost of
Bartholomew Addison Jenkins
Aletta Thorne

Genre: paranormal romance,
mainstream romance, holiday

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Date of Publication: October 26, 2017

ASIN: B076WJK63L

Number of pages: 158
Word Count: 51,000

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Tagline: What happens if you have a one-nighter—with a ghost?

Book Description:

Autumn, 1982. MTV is new, poodle perms are the rage, and life just might be getting better for Alma Kobel.  Her ugly divorce is final at last. Her new job as chef at Bright Day School’s gorgeous old estate is actually fun.  But the place is haunted—and so is Alma’s apartment. Bartholomew Addison Jenkins’ ghost has been invisibly watching her for months. 

When he materializes one night, Alma discovers Bart—as he likes to be called—has talents she couldn’t have imagined…and a horrifying past. What happens if you have a one-nighter with a ghost?  And what happens if one night is all you want—and you end up ghosting him?  

Some spirits don’t like taking “no” for an answer.

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Excerpt 2:

When she opened the door to her apartment, her stomach sank. A dim square of light flickered in the hall outside her bedroom door. Yikes! Was I actually dumb enough to have left candles burning? Alma was scolding herself for having been dangerously spacey when she realized that the light from her room did not come from any sort of flame.
It came from Bart. He was standing beside her bed in his high-collared, loose-fitting shirt and his knee britches. And that was … not really strange at all. Just the friendly, resident ghost. No danger of burning down the house. A relief—and Alma had to be honest with herself—a pleasant surprise.
“Good evening, m’lady,” he said.
Alma opened her mouth to say hello back—and burped, instead. A Garbage Pie burp was an impressive burp. “Oh, wow. Excuse me.”
Bart chuckled as she dropped her purse in the chair next to her dresser.
“Rich dinner?”
“A Garbage Pie,” she said. “It sounds awful, but it’s—you know what pizza pie is, right?”
“The previous residents of this apartment ate little else. I know well what Garbage Pies are,” he said. “I do not fear them.”
Then he stepped in front of Alma and slipped his arms around her, something else that should have been shocking but wasn’t. Just the resident ghost, after all. The resident ghost who can really kiss. Bart’s touch tingled with cold fire.
“Well, hello,” Alma said.

“I missed you,” said Bart, then he put his mouth over hers and kissed her. She felt something feathery—his chest touching hers--and she nearly dissolved into it. His tongue was cool in her mouth, and full of sparks. He tasted almost sweet.


About the Author:

Aletta Thorne believes in ghosts.  In her non-writing life, she is a choral singer, a poet, a sometimes DJ, and a writer about things non-supernatural.  But she’s happiest in front of a glowing screen, giving voice to whoever it is that got her two cats all riled up at three AM.  Yes, her house is the oldest one on her street.  And of course, it’s quite seriously haunted (scared the ghost investigator who came to check it out).  She is named after a little girl in her family who died in the late nineteenth century, at the age of two. The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins is her first romance.



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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Release Day Blitz Storm Crossed by Dani Harper



Storm Crossed
Grim Series
Book 4
Dani Harper

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance

ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945

Book Description:

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?



About the Author:

Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com



Twitter - https://twitter.com/Dani_Harper  or @Dani_Harper



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Monday, January 08, 2018

Secret: At HL Woods by DK Davis


Secret: At HL Woods
The Secret Series
Book 2
DK Davis

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: BWL Publishing, Inc.

Date of Publication: December 15, 2017 

ISBN: 978-1-77362-990-2
ISBN: 978-1-77362-989-6
ISBN: 978-1-77362-988-9 print
ASIN: B077ZT2H5V

Number of pages: print book - 199
Word Count: 60,200 words

Cover Artist: Michelle Lee

Tagline: A high school ghost-seer, an all-star jock, and a bully, cross paths, sparks spew, and lives change…

Series Tagline: A series of secrets, invisible yet glaring, and most include a supernatural spin, like an unwelcomed sensation sparking every nerve ending.

Book Description:

Bri, a seventeen-year-old ghost-seer, keeps her ability under wraps at the new school until a murdered couple from the 60’s asks for help.

Kyle, a high school jock, realizes the new girl lives next door; she’s crazy cute, goth-odd, and too convenient to ignore.

Max, Kyle’s best friend, only sees Bri as a wicked threat.

Luke, Bri’s gay best friend, moves in for the summer, escaping his abusive father.
Paths cross, sparks spew…will anyone remain the same after?

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3rd Excerpt – Ghosts interrupt an accidental meeting between Bri and Kyle – 471 w/c (from unedited ARC copy)
“Is this a good time?” Kyle leaned against the corner of the garage.
“Why? Is it your turn to take the picture and share it with the world? You and Max got a dare going on? Or is your shadow hiding around the corner?” I didn’t trust Max but thought Kyle was different, in a good way, but his defending Max threw me. Perhaps it was all about standing up for their bro-ship. I would do the same for Luke. Living as a gay boy in a straight family that defied it was harsh, and kids at school were sometimes rough about it also. Luke had no one but me, and no one understood me but him.
“It’s not like that.” He let out a big sigh. “Honestly, if you would have tried a little harder to be social…friendly, you’d have a few friends.” He shook his head and the urge to slap him overwhelmed me. “Yea, you started a new school in March, so what. You’ve been here for over three months and haven’t joined any sports or clubs. Now school’s out for the summer, so you’ll be starting your senior year like you ended this one, with no friends, nothing in common with anyone.”
“Are you lecturing me?” I sprang out of the chair and stepped to the front of him, toe to toe, his back to the brick wall. “Because it almost sounds like you’re telling me that it’s my fault Max is treating me like crap.” My whole body trembled as I fisted both hands. What in the heck was that all about? Was I planning a beat-down on him?
His eyes sparked then narrowed. He just stood there staring at me with those half-closed stormy-blues. Saying nothing.
“You gonna kiss him or what?” Gloria and Martin stood beside us. How and the heck did they manage to follow me? “Go on, get it done.”
“We both know you want to and I can safely say he wants to,” Martin added. “He’s practically licking his lips with anticipation.” He and Gloria giggled.
Kyle’s arms slid around my waist as if he acknowledged Martin’s directives. His body meshed into mine.
Oh gods, what the heck was happening? I shoved my fists against his chest so he pressed into the bricks, and then I jolted out from the solid web of his arms. My brain fogged and my smoky crystal vibrated against my sternum…again. “What are you doing?” My words came out more like a pant than a yell. How was that working for me? Not.
Kyle smiled, a slow stretch of his full lips, and his silence pierced my ears. Maybe this look was his smolder.

I could see how it would work to melt frozen hearts. Mine was doing a good job of hyper-drum-beating against my ribcage.

About the Author:

DK Davis writes YA sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy with a good dollop of all the relationships woven in between. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she’s hiking, RV’ing, fishing, spending time with grandchildren or her favorite muse (her husband) in Southwest Michigan.

She also writes mainstream supernatural, suspense-thriller romance as S. Peters-Davis.


    

BWL Publishing Inc. Author Page: http://bookswelove.net/authors/davis-dk/



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Friday, December 29, 2017

Flawed Characters in the Last Resort- Guest Blog by Amber Malloy


The Last Resort should have been named The Flawed. All of my characters have some type of imperfection that makes them human. Without defects, they would appear unrealistic. The shortcomings of the couple in Last Resort are front and center throughout the entire story. What makes Cayden Young and Levi Scott’s journey different is that they’ve known each other so long this isn’t an obstacle in their relationship. Of course, other issues take center stage. The couple met as teens and have been in love ever since. Unfortunately, stubbornness and miscommunication drive a wedge in their decade long romance. 

Goosebay Lake Resort is owned by Levi and his family, but is in bad shape when Cayden arrives. Infatuated from the moment Levi lays eyes on her, a thread of doubt that he will never be good enough begins in high school and grows from there. Many things get in the way of this couple’s happily ever after … including murder, jealousy, and money. Most of the issues could be tackled head on, which would be understandable for an adult couple, but for some odd reason these two can’t get over the past. 

The fun thing about this couple is that they’re so perfectly in synch at times but couldn’t be further apart at others. Last Resort is a suspense romance that takes the reader on a whodunnit journey from Levi and Cayden’s youth. Good girl and bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks is given a unique spin. Usually the parents tend to get in the way of these type of relationships, but with Levi and Cayden they have no one to blame for their failed romance but themselves.  Find out how these two flawed, beautiful, and brilliant people find their way back to each other in Last Resort. 

Last Resort
Amber Malloy

Genres: Interracial/BWWM
Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Book Description:

African American socialite and bestselling crime writer Cayden Young returns to her high school stomping grounds to solve a cold case. Unfortunately, her hot business partner is in her way. In love since high school, they couldn’t work out their rich-girl, poor-boy differences. While she attempts to put the past to rest, she ends up unearthing a more than a decade-old secret that could get her killed.

Former Marine Levi Scott is ready to take over his family’s resort fulltime. The only problem is he needs to buy out his partner, who he happens to be in love with. Always on unsure footing with the wealthy beauty, he is determined to get her out of his life for once and all, and decides the best way to do so is offering to help her solve a thirteen-year-old cold case. Soon, they figure out the murderer may still reside in their posh resort town … and Cayden could be next on their list.

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Excerpt:

Since the third step always creaked under foot, he counted to ten before he flipped on the lamp and loosened his tie.
“Holy shit, Levi! What the hell?” She jumped while he bit back a chuckle.
“Isn’t that my line?” Beads of water from her shower gathered on her skin. She wore a pair of barely-there yoga shorts, and Levi could see straight through her tank top. Round, full breasts were easy to make out beneath her stretched-too-thin material.
“There’s no way that event ended this early,” she scolded him.
“Forgive me for ruining your heist … should I leave and come back to let you finish?” Everything about the woman turned him on, starting with her messy bun and black-framed glasses.
No rich-girl representative or spoiled brat came to steal time in his shower spa. Instead, the real girl next door stood in front of him. “My shower was one thing, Ms. Young, but my last bottle of wine?”
She held onto a bottle of Riesling, shipped from the Italian vineyard that wanted the resort to use them exclusively. “Do you not remember telling me to stop taking wine from the resort?”
“There’s this thing called inventory, and if a bottle is missing,” he spoke slowly as if talking with a child, “it is considered stolen. Much like what you’re doing right now.” He pointed to the contraband in her hand.
“I beg to differ. You don’t even like Riesling, Mr. Scott.” She smiled innocently. “So what happened? Did you forget something?”
“Now that you mention it…” Taking off his tux jacket, he threw it off to the side. “What do you think about this couch?”
Cayden shook her head, probably not following his line of questioning. “Heirloom? It doesn’t really go with the d├ęcor.”
“Exactly! I worked my ass off to make this place look … what’s the word?”
“Modern,” she offered.
“Manly. But we’ll go with your term. Look at this craftsmanship … dark, hardwood floors, straight lines, and that kitchen is a work of art. I made that farmhouse table by hand,” he bragged, glad she didn’t interrupt. “Then there’s this monstrosity … a red velvet Victorian. And let’s not forget the piano. No one plays that shit. Why the hell do we even have it? My mother claims it’s too valuable to put in storage, so she leaves this crap here.”
“I’m guessing you want to get rid of it?”
“Of course, but you know Lydia’s weapon of choice is guilt,” he complained while rolling up his sleeves. “I was thinking if I changed or altered it in some way, then maybe I could tolerate it.”
“Hmmm.” She tilted her head to the side while she relaxed her stance. “What do you have in mind?”
“For starters, I’m going to put you on top of it, and eat your pussy until your head explodes. After that, we can wing it.” Levi didn’t know if she would accept his proposition, but he didn’t anticipate the smile that slowly graced her pretty lips.





About the Author:

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

Amber loves to talk to her readers and can be found at www.ambermalloy.com