Friday, January 11, 2019

Giveaway - Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux and a Freebie!

Soul Born is back! Newly edited and reworked and now published by Azure Spider Publications.

Soul Born is book one in a four book epic fantasy series. The next books will follow one each year. AND, amazingly, has already won an award from Literary Titan.




SOUL BORN 
Kevin James Breaux

Opal has killed for what she believes are all the right reasons. On a quest of self discovery, the young mage is faced with what to become; sinner or saint. Through death of soul, her world is born.

Book Description:

All Opal wanted was to be respected as a wielder of magic, but her teachers passed her over time and time again. When a mysterious warlord embarks on a conquest to destroy the lands of Illyia, Opal seizes the opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her rightful place among them.

Tala, an alluring young elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and nearly killed by the beasts of the deep forests, but more than anything else she is a survivor. Joining forces with an ancient elemental power, Tala finds herself in the center of an unrelenting human war.

Flesh like leather and bone as strong as steel, Karn, a veteran from the first kingdom to fall, is fueled by vengeance. While pushing headlong into battle Karn begins recalling memories of another life: ghosts that haunt his dreams.

Through death of soul, their new world is born.




"Kevin Breaux has a unique style: bold, funny, aggressive and dynamic. SOUL BORN is a rollicking high fantasy adventure!" --NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of The King of Plagues and Rot & Ruin.




About the Author:

Kevin James Breaux has written nine books and devoted the past twelve years of his life to crafting short stories and novels. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and Paranormal Romance Guild.

Breaux is always enthusiastic about the challenge writing presents. He lives by the motto “Write Makes Might!”© and sees each new page as an opportunity to improve and advance.

http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

http://soulborn-kevinjamesbreaux.blogspot.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/713646.Kevin_James_Breaux

https://twitter.com/kevinbreaux

https://www.facebook.com/KevinJamesBreauxAuthor

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Interview - Passion and Deceit: Innocent by Sea Hardt



What inspired you to become an author?

I have always loved expressing myself. Whether it be through my art, my singing in the shower much to my families horror or simply having a good chin wag at any given chance that I am given. To add to the equation is that I have a very fertile mind when it comes to creativity and I am always conjuring all kinds of scenarios in my mind about a number of topics. The process of writing was yet another way of expressing thoughts where colors and brush strokes are replaced with words accompanied by the careful construction of a good story. For me, writing is the culmination of all that I love; expression of my thoughts and feelings, creativity, logistics and lots of chocolate to fuel me on.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

We are in many ways driven by our desires and passions. This is what makes me get out of bed in the morning, that yet intangible promise of something that is within reach but I have to work for. For most of us anyway, it is either a wish or a passion. As for the ‘Deceit’ word I believe this is what we do on a daily basis, this is the game we all play, hiding and revealing our emotions all the time. The title, Passion and Deceit is what defines most of our relationships to each other and more so with the sexual encounters in our life’s that are turned up a few more notches.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

Like my not conforming spirit, I like my expression to sometimes not have a particular aim. I love the unknown and hence I have an affinity for doing thinks on the spur of the moment. I loosely think of a title sometimes but what gives me story direction is how I generally feel and adventures I would love to embark on. Whether it be a casual hook-up or getting lost in the dramas of every day life. No, I have no rule that says I must first think of the title then the story or even vice versa. I just let my heart push the pen across the page.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I love to write from a holistic approach. Cutting straight to the point is that we are all interlinked and ones pain is everyone else’s. If someone I know is having problems, then I too will be affected even if I ignore it, inevitability I too will suffer from her pain. Yes I believe in Karma, so I do good at every chance that fate gives me. But for me it is much more then doing good so that I reap a reward. It is simply all about love. Love for yourself is to love others. Love for others is to love yourself. Whether someone feels the same towards you should simply be of no concern to you directly. To conclude my garage philosophies, although I write about all kinds of erotica, at the end of the day, you simply need to love and respect everything in life. In the case of the story, ‘Passion and Deceit’, one needs to wait for the end of the book to understand the repercussions of a superficial lifestyle.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

I cannot imagine not relating to my own life and that of other people to compose such a story. The book is a construction of a myriad of events of that of my own and other peoples past experiences. One cannot write about something that they have not lived or somehow experienced themselves. However to answer the burning question whether if a certain character has any parallels to my own character; I can only say that it perhaps reflects who I used to be and no longer am.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I used Mario Madureira, a very good designer that immediately understood and expressed what I was trying to get across. I needed something with aggression and did not mince the words of the title. I wanted it carnal in its intensity hence the probing hands all over the amazing body. The red coming from the bottom is part of my brand and speaks of our burning passion that we occasionally come across in our life that we cannot resist but reach out to. The title made big and strong were aimed to be memorable. Loved the font and its intensity. The splash of electric blue is the streak of color that to me breaks through like lightning in the sky on a dark cold rainy night.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

While writing I always have background music. Good deep blues with artists such as BB King and John Lee Hooker are common visitors to my playlist. It is such heartfelt forms of expression that it resonates most times with me. Otherwise, if I have to think of a soundtrack to my writing, Sade and Beth Hart are my first choices hands down. These artists life and experiences come through so strongly in their music and for me, it is easy to adapt their style and essence into my books.

Just for fun, if you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

So often I wonder what life is like through other people. What they see and experience. The good and the bad of their life’s. Their interactions with their partners and how they see the world. I am forever curious about what makes people tick. I guess if I was a character like Casper the ghost or perhaps having the ability to metamorphose myself into different shapes like their dog or maybe their husband or wife would be amazing abilities to have. I know it super intrusive but what fun would that be?

Passion and Deceit: Innocent
Sea Hardt

Genre: Romantic Erotica

Date of Publication: October 20, 2018

ASIN: B07JKY44DY

Number of pages: 58
Word Count: 19951

Cover Artist: Mario Madureira

Tagline: Pushing the boundaries of erotica

Book Description:

During Pamela’s journey of passionate self-discovery she meets two gorgeous men, Paulo and Guy.

In the midst of sensual adventures she is torn between her two lovers, but before she has the chance to make a choice they both slip away.

Eventually their paths cross again but now Pamela’s passion has turned to bitterness and she’s hell-bent on revenge.

Will she fulfill her vendetta or choose passion and love?


Teaser Excerpt:


“His kiss was hard and long as he took my head in both his powerful hands and devoured my mouth. His lips felt soft and I felt like I was eating a succulent strawberry as I returned his kiss. It was an out of this world long kiss and it was all about that moment in time. All my values and lifelong objectives were left on the wayside. Any will to resist was long gone as I gave myself up to these two hungry wolves. I forgot about all my good girl values and was instead overpowered by something higher and bigger than that. I gave into absolute carnal desire as my body started to pulse and convulse as they took full control.”

About the Author:


Sea Hardt lives in a cottage on the stunning island of Cyprus surrounded by the Mediterranean waters. The gods have been kind to Sea and have graced her with a happy marriage complete with two boys. She has a plethora of interests including foraging second-hand bookshops for poetry and any other books she can curl up on the couch with a glass of chardonnay. With the support of her husband, she finds great fulfillment in writing steamy romance novels.


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Sunday, January 06, 2019

***** New Release The Shikari 2: The Evil Headmaster by Dora Blume *****



The Shikari 2: The Evil Headmaster
The Shikari
Book Two
Dora Blume

Students are missing.

Shikari hunters are dispatched to investigate.

Demons are possessing them en masse.

Sloane and Erik fly immediately to Colorado to find out what’s going on at the most prominent Shikari training school in the United States. Demons are threatening the next generation of demon hunters. The headmaster is possessed and is recruiting new students for demonic possession. Erik, Sloane and the gang must find a way to stop him before he cripples the next generation of fighters.

When one of their own is threatened, they will move heaven and hell to save them. Will they make it in time, or will one of their own be possessed by demons?  Will they be able to save the students before it’s too late?

Read the gripping second installment of The Shikari series. Strap in and enjoy the ride.


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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse and The Coven by MD Fryson




Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse and The Coven
Meridian Chronicles 
Book Two
MD Fryson

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Publisher: AMF Publishing



Date of Publication: Sept. 29th, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-12117-7
ASIN:  B07FDB677Q

Number of pages: 408
Word Count: 91,410

Cover Artist: Todd Engle

Tagline: Dark Paranormal Fantasy

Book Description: 

Exiled from her realm, living with the Black Widow Curse, Spirit Guide is at the whims of the dark one and a dark witch.  Fairy Nymphs may help and a high demon has grown tired of the politics. 

Will she break her curse with her twin soul?

  

Excerpt:

In the empty space above the center of the table a heat emerged and with it a face that appeared through the smoke and flames that engulfed the space above the table.  The demon did not make a total appearance but almost appeared as though he was checking a part of himself through from his own realm.  “Oh, dark sister, you call upon me. What do you wish to know from the dark places I only know?”  the demon asked.
“Oh, dark one, hear my plea. I beg of you to unveil the workings of the curse on Meridian!” Raina shouted out.
The demon answered Raina, with ease. “The curse bestowed on the once-spirit guide is The Black Widow curse, and one that only a dark one can cast.  A dark one born of a demon with powers for only the dark with a heart of black.”
“Dark one, I am in your debt. We understand, on the surface, who has cast this curse on Meridian.  We now need to understand how we may find a way to break this curse,” Raina spoke to the demon.
The demon gave his answer in riddle form.
The being whose work is dark can only be stopped with the twin soul.
 The being you seek is hard to hold.
 Spirit guides who engage with a mortal are not pure of heart in that act, but in the face of true love all remains intact.  
Meridian does not trust herself in her choice.
She will not listen to her inner voice.
So many can enter her mind, her greatest challenge in the true find.
The demon disappeared and was gone from sight.



About the Author:

MD Fryson is a wife and mom to three boys.  When not writing, she likes to read, hike, jog, garden and she loves to travel.  Favorite place aside from the U.S.A. is London England where she has some family. 

One of her favorite authors is Cassandra Clare.  She also likes to read inspirational and anything on astrology.  Lover of all music, she is an equal-genre-tunity.
Apart from her family she can’t live without, is the ocean and beach vacations,  chocolate, coffee and tons of creamer where her husband asks if she would like some coffee to go with her creamer. 

An animal lover of all sorts, horses hold a special place in her heart from when she used to ride, train and show.  




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Monday, December 31, 2018

To See You Again by Ariel MacArran



To See You Again
A Daring Duchess Novel
Ariel MacArran


Book Genre: Regency Romance



ASIN: B07K37BVH4


Print Length: 302 pages

Publisher: Here Be Dragons Publishing

Publication Date: November 1, 2018

Book Description:

Facing ruinous debt, Juliana Seabright's father leaves her at the Duke of Hereford’s door with one order—secure the marriage proposal she once turned down flat. But Juliana's shy seduction of the "Corsair Duke" is shattered when news of her family’s scandal breaks, and Connell Beaumont is not a man to toy with. . .

Connell may have cast her out of his life, but when circumstances land Juliana at his country estate, the duke discovers this bookish beauty is not so easily banished from his heart. A chasm separates a peer from the daughter of a pariah, but love will drive a man to risk everything. . .

To See You Again

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About the Author:

Ariel MacArran has had a lifelong love of books, stories and writing. Nothing makes her happier than the opportunity to give back some of the magic of being swept up into a story that other writers have given her.

Ariel has always loved Jane Austen and is thrilled to offer her 10th Romance and first Regency.




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Thursday, December 27, 2018

After Christmas .99 Sale - Insatiable Darkness by LM Preston




***** After Christmas Sale .99 *****

Will EmVee survive long enough to find out who is threatening her family?


Insatiable Darkness
The Vigilant
Book 1
LM Preston 

Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

Publication Date: February 18, 2018

ASIN: B0785DY4RT

Genre: YA Fantasy

EmVee didn’t know what to think about this new town her father’s passion for boxing lured them. It was an unlikely location for her to pursue her dream of going semi-pro. Just when she started getting used to the school with gorgeous jocks and strange cheerleaders, the depth of the danger her father’s choices dangled them in front of became clear.

EmVee hoped Silas and Kayson will be able to help her uncover the mystery identity of the person who is threatening her family.

The question is, will she survive to expose the mystery.


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The Young Adult Writer’s Journey by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds and Janet Schrader-Post




The Young Adult Writer’s Journey
Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds and Janet Schrader-Post

Genre: Nonfiction Reference

Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group

Date of Publication: November 23, 3018

ISBN:  978-1-944056-98-8
ASIN: B07K3VZ2ZK,

Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 60,000

Tagline: An Encyclopedia for YA Writers

Book Description:

Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author.

From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer’s resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application.


  

Praise:

"The Young Adult Writer's Journey is a 'Must Have' at your fingertip reference for anyone who writes (or wants to write) for or about kids. Engaging text with topical and thought-provoking insights leading from idea to submission . . . and beyond to populate a story with believable characters young readers can relate to."—Nancy Gideon, Award-Winning author of the By Moonlight series

“The trouble with “how to” books on creativity is that they usurp creativity. Not so with this very insightful guide for YA writing. If it doesn’t become a standard or even a classic among reference books, it will be an oversight. Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds have all the marinated smarts and credentialed experience to pull this off, and they do! No dictated wisdom from on high here, no grafted creativity, THE YOUNG ADULT WRITER’S JOURNEY is accessible, motivational and a clear map that leaves plenty of room to discover for anyone wanting to explore their creative side.”-Thomas Sullivan, Pulitzer-nominated author of THE PHASES OF HARRY MOON


Excerpt:

When you talk about world-building, many writers think you’re talking about fantasy lands like Narnia, Westeros, Panam or Middle Earth. For most teens, school is their world. What kind of home life they have is their world and these worlds need to be just as complicated as Narnia. Well-developed teen worlds like Hogwarts, North Shore High School, home of the Mean Girls, Rydell High School of Grease, and Panem of Hunger Games are so well-developed they seem real, and you remember them as though they were a place you visited.

To create a real world for teens in our times, you really need to know them: what they do every day, what they like, what motivates them, the environment in high schools and many other details. Home life for kids is very different from twenty or even ten years ago. It takes two incomes now to support a growing family or to succeed, so both parents most likely work. This leaves kids as young as nine or ten at home alone for long periods of time (or even younger, unfortunately). The enemy of these parents is the school holiday, and it seem like there’s more than ever. These parents have no idea what to do with their children. Many can’t afford childcare, so the kids are home alone. It’s a thing you must think about when writing for them.

Children come from all levels of society. Poor kids will view the world through different eyes than kids who have well-off parents. Kids living with a single parent might have a different view of the world as well as different social structures. The kids with single parents or working parents might have to go hungry on weekends, on school holidays and especially during the summer. It’s hard to think about, but true. There are teenagers out there who eat breakfast and lunch at school and their families provide dinner. Sometimes all they get is their school meals some days. When school is out, they scavenge and fend for themselves or they don’t eat.



About the Authors:

Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds knows kids well. She spent decades teaching teens and adults to write and improve their reading skills. As a literacy expert and certified coach, she helped both teachers from elementary to secondary and preservice graduate students learn to improve reading and writing instruction. She has taught at both the secondary and graduate level, everything from rhetoric, essays, and thesis statements, to poetry, short stories, and how to write a novel. She has learned to use both sides of her brain simultaneously, but enjoys the creative side the most, learning to play piano, draw and paint, and find time for her own writing since retiring from her “day” jobs. 

A “true believer” in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, mythic structures, she uses that lens when considering manuscripts for Tell-Tale Publishing Group, a company she founded with some friends from her critique group a decade ago.

Daughter of a Colonel, Janet lived the military life until she got out of high school. She lived in Hawaii and worked as a polo groom for fifteen years, then moved to Florida where she became a reporter. For ten years she covered kids in high school and middle school. Kids as athletes, kids doing amazing things no matter how hard their circumstances. It impressed her, and it awed her. “How wonderful teens are. They have spirit and courage in the face of the roughest time of their lives. High school is a war zone. Between dodging bullies, school work and after school activities, teens nowadays have a lot on their plate. I wrote stories about them and I photographed them. My goal was to see every kid in their local newspaper before they graduated.”

Janet love kids and horses, and she paints and writes. Now she lives in the swampland of Florida with too many dogs and her fifteen-year-old granddaughter. She started to write young adult fiction with the help of her son, Gabe Thompson, who teaches middle school. Together they have written a number of award-winning YA novels in both science fiction and fantasy.










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Saturday, December 22, 2018

SUGAR PLUM'D By Leon Mauvais

Looking for a naughty holiday read? 

Check out this dark fantasy.

SUGAR PLUM'D

By Leon Mauvais

GENRE: Gay Fantasy, BDSM, Erotic M/M Romance 

LENGTH: 21,068 words

Book Description:

As a young weredeer, all Pembroke has ever dreamed of is being harnessed to Santa’s sleigh. Yet his world comes crashing down when Santa’s slain.

A war erupts in the Arctic Circle-pitting elf against reindeer.

Pembroke is sent on a perilous mission. If he fails, his herd will be lost. When the mission goes awry, the stag-shifter must put his trust in an unlikely ally.

Where does one turn in a land of ice and blood?

What happens when the enemy infiltrates your heart? What begins as a wavering alliance, takes both stag and elf farther than they both could ever imagine.

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EXCERPT:
             “I hear,” Kassel’s whispers filled the empty stalls of the barn, “the Toy-Maker can be quite demanding.”
            Pembroke didn’t care.
            He would prove himself.
            He arched his back as if he was getting ready to be harnessed to the sleigh. His shoulders back, Pembroke held his head high. His flanks rising in the air, as if supporting an uplifted tail.
            As if he was still in stag form.
            “No.” Kassel said, “Like I’m really Him.”
            Pembroke felt the rough sole of Kassel’s foot against the broadest part of his back. Pembroke was caught off guard by the pressure. His face forced down, Pembroke felt his haunches rise till his ass, like a halved plumb, split open for the Toy-Maker’s inspection.
            Pembroke flinched as he felt the weight of a large buckle fall between his shoulder blades. Kassel dragged the cool metal down Pembroke’s spine, resting it on the small of his trembling back.
            Kassel paused only for a second, before dragging the metal even further,
splitting his friend’s cheeks, teasing the soft pink skin of Pembroke’s puckered hole.
            Without thinking, Pembroke let his shoulders take the weight of his prostrate body as his fingers lifted to spread his cheeks further apart.
            He felt Kassel’s hot breath blowing across.
            “Now how many days till you guide my sleigh?” Kassel asked.
            Thwack.
            A sting blossomed against Pembroke’s hole. It leapt away as fast as it came.                A bolt of lightning zapping through his body.  The pain surprised him so much that he hadn’t heard the question.
            Thwack!
            There it was again.

                
About the Author:

"Sugar Plum'd" is Leon Mauvais' debut! He's a beret-wearing sprite who fell asleep in the cornfields of Pennsylvania. He dreams in the husks, hoping his tales taste like taffy, but help build crystallized armor. Once, he lingered in the corners of the last used bookstores searching for forbidden adventures on exotic worlds.  

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