Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cover Reveal - Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury





Allerleirauh
Chantal Gadoury

Genre: Historical Fantasy /
Fairy Tale Retelling

Publisher: Parliament House
Publishing

Pending Release Date: August 22, 2017

ISBN: 978-1542850889

Cover Artist:  Parliament House

Book Description:

Long ago in the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife to remarry only a woman who possesses her same golden hair. With time, the wicked king finds his attentions are captured by his maturing daughter. With her father’s dastardly intentions at her door post, Princess Aurelia wards off his advances by requesting impossible gifts…. Dresses created by the sun, moon and stars and a coat made of a thousand furs.

By the hands of horrible magic, the king is successful and the dresses are delivered and Aurelia decides to sacrifice her privileged life. She escapes her kingdom, the only home she’s ever known, disguised with a cloak and a new name, “Allerleirauh.”

Aurelia enters the safe haven of the kingdom of Saarland der Licht, where she is taken under the care of the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus. Hoping to not be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Aurelia tries to remain hidden under her new false identity. Unexpected love is challenged between Aurelia and Prince Klaus with an approaching arranged marriage between the heir of Saarland der Licht and the neighboring ruler’s daughter. With danger and heartache hanging in the air, Aurelia must face the troubles of her past and her fears for the future in her journey of self-discovery.

Based on the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale “Allerleirauh.”



Excerpt: 

“Have you forgotten your mother’s last wish? I promised her I would marry someone as beautiful as she. You're the only one who has the same golden hair, the same smile, the same beautiful eyes. You are the only one who will do, who I can love. The only one worthy of my love, my power, my body. You will be my bride,” he declared as he ran a finger through my hair.
My teeth clenched at his touch. The only thing keeping me in the room was the new plan wheeling through my mind. Perhaps it would be clever enough to save me from this fate. I could not live this life with him. I would rather die.
            “If I am to marry you,” I began softly, letting out a deep breath. “I have four simple requests.”
            My father grinned and nodded, “Go on…anything.”
            It was clear he underestimated me by way of his confident sneer. The way he stared down his nose at me, he anticipated my requests to be silly and pedantic. I unclenched my white fingers and licked my bottom lip.
“For our marriage to be arranged, I will require new gowns. I request three. The first, made and spun from the rays of sunbeams.  The second, silver and made from the full moon’s light. And the third, woven from the star dust that falls from the heavens.”
My father’s face contorted with question and he puffed himself up, but continued to listen.
            “My last request,” I continued, “A fur coat made from all the kingdom’s wild animals, so when the harsh winters come, I can keep sickness and death at bay.”
I could feel my hands tremble from my trepidation. I couldn't believe I had actually made such ambitious demands—things truly impossible. What would the people think once they heard of the kind, my father, going to these magnificent lengths to marry me? Would they think I was a harlot? Would they think I encouraged my father’s behavior? My stomach knotted.
             “And this is all you request from me?" he asked with his eyebrows lifted.
I could see the amusement light up his face. As my throat constricted, I slowly nodded to him.
Maybe this would actually work. Perhaps he would not see through my deceptiveness and agree. If he did, this would grant me more time to collect my chattels, arrange an escape from the palace, and move forward with my plans. I would never again be Princess Aurelia, but I would avoid a future most grim and contemptible.





About the Author:

Chantal is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published three novels: “Seven Seeds of Summer” in March of 2014 with Waldorf Publishing, “The Songs in Our Hearts,” to be released in the Summer of 2017 with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh,” which is to be re-released in a new edition by Parliament House Publishing, August 2017.

Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true!
When she’s not writing a book, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Carmel Mocha Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.








Cover Reveal Kinglet by Donna Migliaccio





Kinglet
The Gemeta Stone
Book One
Donna Migliaccio

August 1, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Book Description:

Kristan Gemeta has lost everything:  his crown, his kingdom, his courage – even his name.

In the vast wilderness of the Exilwald, he's known to the other outcasts as Kinglet.  As long as Kristan stays hidden, he can elude the bounty hunters, brutal soldiers and terrifying spells of Daazna, the Wichelord who killed his father and destroyed his life.

But when a new band of pursuers comes looking for him, Kristan's wariness gives way to intrigue. For bounty hunters they're oddly inept, and a young woman in their company is leaving enigmatic drawings wherever they go.  As they plunge deeper into the Exilwald, Kristan follows. He discovers the drawings symbolize the Gemeta Stone, an ancient family talisman seized by Daazna but now in the little band's possession.

With the Stone's protection, Kristan might stand a chance against Daazna.  He could regain his birthright and his honor.  But to obtain the Stone, he must reveal his true identity and risk the one thing he has left...his life.



About the Author:

Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres.  She is based in the Washington, DC Metro area, where she co-founded Tony award-winning Signature Theatre and is in demand as an entertainer, teacher and public speaker.  Her award-winning short story, "Yaa and The Coffins," was featured in Thinkerbeat's 2015 anthology The Art of Losing. 








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Interview - Hard Act by Glover Wright



1 - Does writing energize or exhaust you?

A: Both, and often simultaneously

2 - What are common traps for aspiring writers?

A: With fiction – being too autobiographical.

3 - Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

A: Once, with a non-thriller work which lies unpublished on my bookshelves.

4 - Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A: Original always. You have to believe in yourself enough to feel your readers will accept what you give them.

5 - What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

A: Jack Higgins – who read the first draft of my debut novel THE TORCH, believed in my writing and gave me the greatest gift any established writer can give to a novice and that is brutal editing with no care whatsoever for hurt-feelings. In his case, carried out with a thick green-ink pen, striking through great screeds of my overwritten, thus redundant, prose until what was left was a taut manuscript bought by the first publisher who read it – G.P. Putnam USA and subsequently, Hutchinson, UK, followed by a number of translations worldwide.

6 - Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

A: Stand-alone works for me as I do not usually follow a theme book-to-book. That is not to say I would or could not write a sequel to one of my works if the demand was there and, most importantly, that the sequel could turn out as well or better than its predecessor.

7 - How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

A: Publishing, per se, did not.  Technology certainly did. The physical ability to change what was on the page instantaneously was like having shackles unlocked from your imagination. A sentence or even a complete scene could be rewritten swiftly in an alternative way which could change the outcome of a plot or a character’s fate within it.



Hard Act
Glover Wright

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Book Description:

Only the CIA knows the truth, and all it would take for the president’s legacy to be tarnished forever is for one agent involved to turn rogue and reveal everything . . .

In 2011, American Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden in an ultra-secret CIA operation hailed as the outgoing US president’s crowning achievement. Pakistan's chief investigator into US Operation Neptune Spear concluded Bin Laden was betrayed by Al Qaeda itself, fooling the CIA and gaining the US president’s bounty on their ailing leader’s head: $25,000,000, which may have given birth to deadly ISIS.

Loner, Agent Ben Markstein, betrayed and primed for retribution by his obsession with the Pakistani beauty at the dark heart of HARD ACT, an unsanctioned covert black operation planned by former US Senator Wendell Strachan to save the president and regain the $25,000,000 held in a Liechtenstein bank account by Saudi Prince Faisal bin Sharif, CEO of a billion-dollar Islamic charity trust and secret terrorist money-launderer.

Markstein learns that Serena Lashari, the beautiful, clever, successful Geneva-based fund-manager is Prince Faisal’s lover and has the account codes. He acts ruthlessly, manipulating Wendell Strachan and the black operation to win Serena and the money for himself.

Against a background of political conspiracy and escalating violence across Europe, culminating in potential catastrophe at a nuclear-armed U.S.A.F air-base in England, Ben Markstein plays HARD ACT’s ruthless game to win – even at the cost of the lives of all who stand in his way.



 

About the Author:

Glover Wright has a background in entertainment. He was lead-guitarist in the 1960’s for American Rock Legends Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent on their British tours, recorded as Buddy Britten & the Regents, was with the Beatles in their early Hamburg days and, through his friendship with John Lennon, became composer and producer with The Beatles Apple Music. After the Beatles split, he signed with Mercury records USA, had success as Simon Raverne and toured widely entertaining US troops, an experience he remembers with  pride.

With writing in mind, he broke from music in the 1970’s and spent time with contract soldiers and British SAS units in Oman, resulting in his debut novel The Torch, which was accepted immediately by Putnam USA and published worldwide including many translations. During his extended period in the Middle East he met many figures later to shape world events, including Libya’s Moammar al-Gaddafi and in Beirut’s celebrity-haunt nightclub Le Cave de Roy was invited ­– after being recognized and asked to perform a song on stage – to join the table hosted by a wealthy young Saudi Arab named Osama Bin Laden.

Glover Wright has had eight novels published to date and lives now in Jersey, British Channel Islands. He still performs musically at charity fund-raisers for servicemen and women wounded in action and is proud to do so.

HARD ACT is his most hard-hitting and timely thriller to date. World best-selling writer Jack Higgins describes it as: “The most ingenious thriller I have read this year.”


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Release Day Blitz Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill



Only a Duke Will Do
To Marry a Rogue Series
Book Two
Tamara Gill

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Publisher: Entangled - Select Historical

Date of Publication: February 20, 2017

Number of pages: 300+

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill

Book Description:

Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.

Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore loathes the pitiful existence he hides from the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.

But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper Lord and Lady play by the rules.

Excerpt:

“I’ve lost him. And I love him still.” Her voice broke at the realization.
Her mother shushed her, pulling her into an embrace. “I know, darling. I know you do. But there is nothing for it now. You will have to return with us to Dunsleigh.”
Isolde thought of all she had lost, not just Merrick, but her future, their plans. Their trip away to the Continent, Paris, Rome, and all the delightful places in between that they were going to visit, crumbled in her chest like her heart. “He’s really going to marry her, isn’t he?” Even saying such a thing sounded absurd, and yet it was the truth. The truth as she would know it from tonight onward.
“Yes, he is.” Her mother’s face was a mask of concern and pain. “I’m so sorry, darling. You did not deserve this.”
Isolde strove to calm down before her sobs woke her sisters and they started with their meddling questions. Her body hiccupped for breath; her eyes, so swollen and sore, hurt when she blinked.
“Come, you must sleep.” Her mother helped her stand, and Isolde didn’t fight her decree. Tiredness would succeed over her mind and, for a sweet moment, she’d forget what had transpired this night. It was enough to make her lie down and try.
She settled under the blankets. The maid knocked on the door and her mother ushered her into the room, taking possession of the glass of whisky and a cold compress. Isolde downed the drink in one gulp, grateful for the burning amber liquid and the cooling cloth against her eyes.
The tears started afresh when the comforting embrace of her mother wrapped around her, pulling her close and holding her as if to never let her go. Not since she was a child had her mother acted in such a way, and some of the despair left her, knowing she had the support of her family.
She would need them in the months to come.
She took a shuddering breath. How could a night once filled with so much excitement and anticipation twist into such despair and horror? Rolling onto her side, the ring Merrick had given her pressed into her cheek.
She held out her hand and looked at the cluster of five round diamonds, each of them encased in a bed of silver and sitting on a band of gold that was etched into a leaflike pattern. The ring had been Merrick’s grandmother’s, and it had been the most beautiful gift Isolde had ever received.
But no longer. Now it represented a fractured circle of trust, pulled apart and unfixable.
She yanked it off, unable to throw it no matter how much she longed to. She reached over and placed it on the cabinet beside her bed, looking at it as it twinkled prettily under the candlelight. The ring and its beauty were as fickle as its owner.




About the Author:

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another. A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and time travel.

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Release Day Blitz Seraphina’s Initiation by Sheena Hutchinson






Seraphina’s Initiation
Seraphina Series
Book Two
Sheena Hutchinson

Publication Date: 2/20/2017

Publisher: Sheena Hutchinson LLC

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page count: 298

ASIN: B01N1ON9GY


Book Description:

Seraphina Cross is unexpectedly thrown into this crazy, spiritual world of Angels versus Demons.Never did she expect to meet Nate who was just a figment of her imagination. Now she finds herself moving in with him because of her innate responsibility to protect her loved ones from harm.

Finally beginning to feel at home in her new house and with her new relationship. Nate begins training Sera in all that she can do, surprising even himself at times. Just when she is starting to feel safe and powerful, Lucifer finds a new way to attack her at her most vulnerable.

When her dreams are no longer a gift, can Sera control the powers needed to defeat what's coming before Lucifer fulfills his promise to her?

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About the Author:

Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can't seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing. 
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.

While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Lipstick Obession #NYXCOSMETICS

I have always loved lipstick. 

My two got-to-have cosmetic products have always been eyeliner and lipstick. 

I love them because they enhance my best features.

Lately I've been obsessed with Nyx Lipsticks.

Here's what I played with this week.













My absolute favorite is the Velvet Matte Soft Femme, it is a nice neutral color for every day wear. Looks great on me. This soft mauve color is a must have for me. Long lasting and feels great on my lips.

The Lip Lingerie Exotic is another good every day wear. A little more dramatic but not too much. Still looks good with just about anything. A warm reddish brown base makes this a good color for me. This lasted all day with no touch ups even after eating.

The Liquid Suede Kitten Heals is very dramatic. Very bright.  A cherry red with an orange base, it is a lot brighter than the reds I usually wear. It looks darker in the tube. I prefer darker blood reds with more of a brown base. This is just too much for every day wear. But I still like it, feels great.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blitz- Poison My Pretty by Amity Allen



Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre? 

I’m a psychologist turned author. My favorite books to read are filled with mystery and suspense so I decided to try my hand at writing my own cozy mystery series.

What inspired you to write this book? 

I watch this show “Toddlers & Tiaras” and the people on it entertain me so I thought I’d write a book about some pageant people and throw a murder in there.

Please tell us about your latest release. 

When a beauty pageant director face plants into her potato salad, former TV witch detective Poppy Parker vows to hunt down her killer.

What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes? 

Last year I attended the Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin. I learned so much and discovered cheese curds while I was there! My favorite talk was by the medical examiner who said the first thing she did was introduce herself to her patients.

Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series? How does this world differ from our normal world? 

Poppy is just beginning to learn about the paranormal world she’s a part of. She finds she’s able to communicate with the world of witchcraft through a special “Northern Lights” browser on her computer. One of the best parts for her is that it allows her to connect with her mother who died giving birth to her. That’s a connection that helps fill a hole that’s always been in her heart.

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they? 

I’m probably most like Poppy’s friend Skylar. She’s a sassy girly girl who likes to have fun.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it? 

Not really. I usually have several works in progress so if I run out of ideas for one I just work on another. There’s always something I can write, and before I know it I get “unstuck” on the original manuscript and go back to it.

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals? 

I watch nature videos while I write. I’m very visual and it inspires me to look up and see a gorgeous sunset on my screen or a windswept desert. The beautiful scenes help put me in a creative frame of mind, and Netflix has several of them in the Moving Arts series. My author friends who live where it gets cold tease me because I watch fireplace videos, but I love those in the winter. It makes me feel cozy and I can pretend it’s cold outside.

Do you write in different genres? 

Yes. I was a nonfiction blogger for years and I’ve written over twenty romance books. I also have a medical thriller and a police procedural in the works under the pen name N.D. Hill.

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres? 

No, it’s actually nice to change it up. I think it helps prevent me from getting burned out.

What are your guilty pleasures in life? 

Reality TV and pasta. I love the Housewives and macaroni & cheese!

Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life? 

We are a big basketball family. My son plays and we travel a lot for his games. I love it to pieces! 

What was the last amazing book you read? 

You by Caroline Kepnes

Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot? 

My bed. When I can get away with it I love staying in my pajamas and reading all day.

What can readers expect next from you? 

The next Poppy Parker book is coming this Spring. It’s called Gunshots My Girl.

Where can readers find you on the web? 

www.amityallen.com or http://www.facebook.com/AmityAllen/ 

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Sure. In this scene, Poppy has been pulled over by a handsome police officer and she’d love to be able to use her newfound magic powers to get out of a speeding ticket, but she’s not sure how.

Officer Goodnight appeared at my window again, and when he said, "I'm going to have to write you a ticket," he didn't look nearly as handsome.

"Yes, sir," I groaned. 

It was times like these when I really wanted to know if I could harness my supposedly magical powers so I could control his mind. Convince him he just needed to let me off with a warning, but so far I didn't know enough about how to influence other people that way. 

Hopefully, that would change if I experimented more. That is, if my aunt could give me some guidance.

Out of nowhere, a splitting pain drove through my head like a spike. 

Squinting my eyes, I tried to plant the thought "let her off with a warning" into his brain.

He just looked at me funny. "Ma'am, are you okay?"

"Peachy." I squinted again.

"Okay, so when does this pageant start?"

"In a couple of hours, but we’re supposed to be there early. About ten minutes ago." 

He scribbled on a piece of paper then handed it to me. "I'm sure it will still be there when you arrive. Slow it down, all right?"

I gave him a salute before taking the piece of paper. 

As the paper passed from his hand to mine, I closed my eyes, concentrated real hard, and gave it one more try.







Poison My Pretty
Amity Allen

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Date of Publication: February 15, 2017

ASIN: B01MYNTAE8

Word Count: 50,000

Cover Artist: Rachel Olson at No Sweat Graphics

Book Description:

As soon as Poppy Parker turns 21, the star of a popular TV show about witch detectives discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. When the show is canceled, she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her.

Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees.

But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested,
the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find…
the business of beauty can be deadly.

Excerpt:

Skylar’s twin sister Mads called while I was driving to the convention center. “Are you really going over there? I can’t believe they’re going to continue this pageant.”
“So you heard about the murder?”
“Yeah. Skylar told me last night when she got home. It’s awful.”
“Yes, but you know how it is. The show must go on! Surely you can’t be that surprised.” I was only beginning to understand the importance of these competitions to their participants, and I could picture pageant moms dragging their glitzed-up toddlers over the dead bodies of fallen competitors. The way zombies climbed over each other to get to the top of the pile in movies—only prettier.
“Are they sure it was a murder? She didn’t just have a heart attack or something?” I could hear the anxiety creeping into Mads’ voice, and I didn’t blame her. Our little town was supposed to be safe. Murders didn’t happen here. That was the sort of thing that happened in the city across the bridge, not in our sleepy little bedroom community.

“That’s what they said, Mads, but I don’t think you need to worry. If it was a murder, you can bet it was personal. Certainly not the doin’s of a mad man or a serial killer. If Heather Morgan was murdered, it was by somebody who knew her and had something to gain from her death. This was no a random act of violence.”

About the Author:

Amity grew up reading every mystery she could get her hands on, burning through everything by Agatha Christie in record time and wanting to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. After writing books in other genres for the past few years, she's finally come home to her true love - cozy mysteries.

Amity and her husband live in L.A. (lower Alabama) with a houseful of teenagers and a half dozen pets. Besides books, Amity's favorite things are football, needlepoint, fried shrimp, and sweet tea.




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