Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cover Reveal Dreams of a Fierce Heart by Danube Adele #CoverReveal


Dreams of a Fierce Heart
Dreamwalkers
Book Four
Danube Adele
            
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary/Sci-fi Romance

Publisher: Danube Adele Publishing

Date of Publication: 9/9/2019

ISBN: 9781733191609

Number of pages: 470
Word Count: 132, 843
         
Cover Artist: Evernightdesign – Elle Rossi

Tagline: She’ll do anything to redeem her honor, including putting herself in enemy hands; he’ll do anything to stop her

Book Description:

Fearless.

Some have called me impulsive, and maybe I was, much to my own detriment … at seventeen.

A social pariah in my own nation after being found in a fatally compromising position, I tucked tail and ran to Earth for study, work, and to heal my wounded heart. It took seven years for the opportunity at redemption, to earn my way back home, but it means infiltrating dangerous enemy territory. If the Brausa catch me, I might wish for a quick death.

My goals? I have two of them. Save my childhood friend, our Sunan leader’s last surviving daughter, and, get away from Nick Dylant. His deathbed promise to my older brother has him bulldozing into my life, making demands regarding my safety. He’s even found a way to force a marriage using some obscure, arcane law of old in order to protect me, but if he thinks he can force his will on me, he can think again. There is no way he’s going to control who I am or what I do in this world. 

I don’t need his or anyone’s permission to steal away in the middle of the night with a disguise, a rough map, and an even rougher plan of action, because one thing is for certain: I refuse to join with anyone who sees me as a duty, not when I’ve loved Nick since I was a child. Not when I dream about his kisses and crave his touch.

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About the Author:

Danube Adele wrote her first romance at the age of seven when she penned the story of her dogs falling in love and having puppies. She’s been dreaming up romantic tales ever since. A lifetime resident of southern California, she spends time playing at the beach, camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and hiking Mammoth Mountain. Always a lover of adventure, she and her husband took their sons on a cross country road trip to Florida and back in an old VW Westfalia, that had no A/C, in the month of July, and still, it continues to be the best trip they ever took. Extensive travel and trying new things has kept the creative spark alive. Danube lives with her biggest fans, her loving husband, amazing and wonderful identical twin sons, and a teddy bear of a Rottweiler.

You can find other books in the Dreamwalker series, Quicksilver Dreams #1, Dark Summer Dreams #2, Dreams of a Wild Heart #3, at www.danubeadele.com

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Interview- Riding Hard by J.L. Sheppard #BikerRomance #authorinterview


What inspired your story? 

I got the idea of Riding Hard as I wrote the first in the Hell Ryders Series; however, I wrote two other books in the series before I decided to write Dodge’s story.   

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? 

I always wanted to be a writer, but as a kid, I figured I could teach and write. I’ve never taught though. In college, I studied journalism and went on to work at WTVJ, NBC Miami for a few years afterward.

How long did it take to get your first book published? 

A year. 

What genres do you normally write in? 

Paranormal Romance and Erotic Romance.

What was the first book you ever published? 

Demon King’s Desire, which is the first in the Elemental Sisters Series, is the first book I published. I went on to write the second, third, and fourth of that series: Burdened by Desire, Heavenly Desire, and Blooded Desire. The fourth hasn’t been published yet. I then wrote two others and published those, part of a spin-off to the Elemental Sisters Series, the Fated Immortals Series: Awaiting Fate and Fate Forgotten. In 2014, I began writing and publishing my erotic romance series, Hell Ryders MC: Running Wild, Running Hot, Riding Blind. The fourth, Riding Hard, is releasing August 19th, 2019.


Riding Hard

Hell Ryders MC

Book Four

J.L. Sheppard


Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance Biker Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: August 19, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5092-2575-0 Paperback
978-1-5092-2576-7 Digital
ASIN: B07TZJZ6TF

Number of pages: 380
Word Count: 93073

Cover Artist: Diana Carlile

Tagline: What's luck got to do with it?

Book Description:

Biker Dave "Dodge" Roth has never cared about his bad luck with women. He has other things to worry about—paying off debt his ex accumulated and most importantly, raising his three-year-old son, Cullen. When a new neighbor moves in, his boy makes it impossible to ignore her. Hard to miss, she's beautiful, smart, sexy, perfect.

After her last failed relationship, kindergarten teacher Alexa "Lex" Millen has decided to do without men. She's bought her first home in a small town in California and remodeled it to her liking. Naturally, she's managed to move across the street from the world's biggest jerk. His son's adorable, but he won't mind his own business. If only her engines didn't rev every time he came around.

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Excerpt 3

He pulled up to her house, parked, and unbuckled his seat belt. “What’re you doing?”
He turned to her. “Walking you to your door.”
She lifted a brow. “You’re walking me to my door?”
“Yeah. A man drops a woman off, he walks her to  her door, makes sure she gets in, and locks the door behind her.” 
For some fucked reason, he was rewarded then, the kind of rewards that proved God remembered your name. To him, it happened a lot. Having Cullen was a reward every day.
She laughed, loud, and he got to watch—her strawberry hair around her smiling face, sounding flawless, looking gorgeous. A beautiful laugh, another thing perfect about her.
Even having no idea what she found amusing, he couldn’t help but chuckle.
“You’re funny.”
He wanted to ask what made her laugh.
He wanted to tell her he liked he’d made her laugh.
He didn’t share any of that.
Instead, he climbed out of his SUV, walked her to her door, made sure she locked it, and headed back to work.

About the Author:


J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in South Florida where she still lives with her husband and sons.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal, and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.

It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was first published in January 2013.

Website: https://www.jlsheppard.com       








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Thursday, August 15, 2019

SK Gregory's Top 10 Favorite Urban Fantasy Series #UrbanFantasy


SK Gregory's Top 10 Favorite Urban Fantasy Series 

1. Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong. This was the series which started my love for urban fantasy. I read the first book when I was 16 or 17 and have bought every book since.

2. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. I haven’t completed the series yet, but I love Mercy, she is a great character.

3. Shifters by Rachel Vincent. I am a big fan of shifters and really enjoyed this series.

4. Weather Warden by Rachel Caine. The main character can control the weather, such a cool power to have, plus I love stories with djinn in them.

5. Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I actually watched the movie first which I enjoyed but the books are so much better.

6. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot.  I love Meg Cabot’s books, she is always so witty and she writes such a wide range of stories. 

7. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – that counts right? Huge fan of the books and the films. I am definitely a Gryffindor. 

8. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine. Very enjoyable and I love this authors writing style.

9. Tempest Knox series by Kat Gracey. Funny, entertaining and full of surprises.

10. Midnight Texas by Charlaine Harris. Loved the series and loving the books.

Bloodlines
The Dark Fae Chronicles
Book One
S. K. Gregory
                       
Genre: YA Dystopian/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: SKGregory

Date of Publication: August 15, 2019

ASIN: B07SVBTKGC

Number of pages: 193
Word Count: 35,000

Cover Artist: Taurus Colosseum

Tagline: When the Fae take over the world, only one girl can bring them down.

Book Description:

When the Fae take over the world, only one girl can bring them down.

Nova and her mother take a trip to England, where Nova accidentally awakens an ancient Fae Queen. Now a prisoner to her ‘Uncle’ Phillip, Nova discovers the truth about herself – she is Fae too.

A new world order…

The Fae Queen unleashes her creatres on the world, seeking revenge on the humans and her brother, who imprisoned her. She will bring them to their knees, no matter the cost.

Nova is mankind’s last hope…

Nova escapes from her prison and finds that the world is no longer recognizable. Humans are struggling to survive, driven underground, they scavenge food where they can. Nova stumbles across some of the survivors who take her in, not knowing what she is. It’s time for Nova to make a choice. Side with the humans who raised her, or her true family – the Fae. As the only one who can overthrow the Queen, Nova may be the last hope of humankind.
                                      
Which side will she choose?


Excerpt:

Asteria was asleep and dreaming of the war when the first drop of blood touched the Earth. Her eyes opened for the first time in a millennia, as she felt the vibrations through the soil.
Oberon’s blood. It has been shed.
Her kin started to awaken too. They lay below her, her subjects, the ones who followed her in her bid to become Queen. Even Oberon’s loyal followers were entombed with her. He showed them no loyalty to them, choosing instead to seal them all away until only he remained.
Selfish of you, brother, Asteria thought. She remembered that day on the battlefield, when she lay waste to all around her, smiting and cursing the humans because he preferred them to his own kind.
She was majestic, riding forth on her winged horse, her red hair, the color of blood, flowing behind her as she rode. She was well named. She held the power of the sun within her and was determined to scorch the Earth, rid the world of the human vermin and make it fit for the Fae once more.
She should have succeeded, but Oberon fought dirty. He knew he could never defeat her head on, so he used blood magic to open a sinkhole in the Earth. One by one, her brethren were sucked inside.
As she stared her brother in the eyes, she asked him – why? She didn’t expect to see pain in them, but it was there all the same.
She fought hard but the magic was too strong. She was sucked down into the ground, her body trapped by the layers of dirt. But Fae cannot be killed by being buried alive, no, they remained conscious, forever subdued, while the world above them carried on.
But Asteria could still dream and she dreamed of the day she would escape and finish what she started. While she did not share her brother’s ability to see the future, she was able to see glimpses of the world above her. The humans grew in number at an alarming rate. They laid waste to the Earth, murdering each other over petty squabbles. At times she wondered if they would do her job for her, but no, they continued to flourish and breed.
Oberon decided to mark the spot where they fell, placing huge stones above them, as grave markers. The stupid humans would flock to the site to marvel at the structure.
If only they knew what lay beneath their feet.
She wanted to reach out and grab them, to strip their flesh from their bones and swallow it whole.
Today was one of the days they congregated here – the Solstice. Surprising that the fickle creatures remembered such sacred days. The Solstice was a rare time when she could feel the sun’s energy replenishing her.
She longed to bask in its glow. It was so cold down here, so dark. That was when she felt it. Some primal part of her reaching out to something familiar in the world above. What was that?
For a moment, a brief moment, she was connected to it. Oberon? He has returned. The connection broke as quickly as it came.
Oberon never came here. Even with her ability to reach out into the world, she never once felt him. Saw him. Perhaps he changed his mind? Could he have decided that she was right all along?
Then the blood dropped. Fresh, warm, it struck the dirt like the first drop of rain after a long drought.
He is here. He is releasing us. No doubt he had seen what this world had become and decided to join her against the humans.
All around her, the others were reacting to the blood too, eager to be free.
Patience, my pets, she thought. It would take time for the blood to reach them, but when that first drop touched her, this Earth would face a reckoning. There would be no more mistakes, no more truces with the humans. They would be wiped out quickly, without warning. Most would be consumed and the rest? Well, she’d had plenty of time to think of suitable ways to torture them. This world would be hers. If Oberon wanted to join her, so be it. She could work with her brother despite all that he had done. They could slay the humans together, help restore the Earth to the way it once was, so it could heal and the magic could flow freely once more.
And when it’s over, I’ll cut off his head and place him in a tomb of his own. Somewhere dark, cold, where he will be completely alone. When a Fae dies naturally, they enter the Summerlands, but she would ensure he never reached it. He didn’t deserve peace. She would trap his essence in a body that could not be used, for all eternity.
The blood began to work its way down towards her.
Come. Yes, free us, brother. It will be the last thing you do.


About the Author:

S. K. Gregory is the author of several urban fantasy, paranormal romance and young adult novels. She runs a blog that supports indie authors by offering book reviews and promotions.

She is an editor and proofreader with JEA Press. With a background in journalism and film making, she recently worked on an arts based radio show called Lisburn Reads, with a focus on local writers.




https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6574558.S_K_Gregory



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Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Bewitching Book Fair #bookfair #BewitchingBookFair


The August Bewitching Book Fair is live with books by Laura Bickle, S. L. Dearing, Lisa Medley, S. Peters-Davis, and Celia Breslin


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Signs up currently open for September - December 2019.

Add your book to one of our fairs now for the intro price of just $25

This gets you a one month listing in the book fair and ongoing promotion throughout the month on all of our social media outlets, in our newsletter, and on the Bewitching blog.

This is a great way to promote a sale or freebie and to get extra promotion during targeted seasons. October will be heavily promoted for Halloween and December for the holidays. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Interview with Link Argos, The Main Character of The Gauntlet by Ashley Pagano #YAFantasy





Hello there.  Welcome and thank you for this interview.  

Ahem . . . Hi and you’re most welcome. (He wildly glances around, perhaps assessing where all the exits are).

Shall we begin? (I awkwardly laugh and shimmy to the front of my chair).  

(He raises an eyebrow) Of course, go ahead.

I’ll just fire away, then. (I nervously fiddle with my crinkled-up paper, filled with scratchy interview questions).  So, can you tell us what species you are? Because, we both know you aren’t human.  

Well if you've read the book, you already know all about my magic. (He crosses his arms tightly against his chest and taps his foot). 

(Giving me nothing) Moving on.  I think it's safe to say that you show some pretty strong favoritism towards Ommily.  What's that all about? (I discretely hop my chair forward).

I'm very fond of Ommily.  She’s my girlfriend . . . and my soulmate.  We’re the only two left of our kind. (He tries to disguise his love-stricken smile).

So, you're actually in love with her? (I try to hide my girlish giddiness).

Absolutely.  Falling for her, was the closest thing to love-at-first-sight that I’ve ever experienced.    

(Well that was easier than expected) What can you tell me about The Soppranaturale?  Some say it isn’t just an old hotel.  Some say that it’s a front for something else.  Something big.  

(He cocks his head to the side) Well you’ll have to book a night to find out. 

And what about the Gantlet?  The Gauntlet? (I mispronounce it the first time).  

Ha ha. (He giggles, amused).  I don’t know where you humans get these stories. (He abruptly leans forward, with only his eyes scrutinizing me).  If there were such a thing as The Gauntlet, it probably isn’t wise for someone like you to talk about it.        

(I uncomfortably loosen my collar around my neck).  Changing the subject, can you tell me what other species are living at The Soppranaturale?

I’ll tell you this.  If you’ve dreamt about it, if you’ve read a fairytale about it, or if you’ve heard it go bump in the night, then it’s probably been through The Soppranaturale, at one time or another.  

(I gulp loudly). So, it’s best for someone like me to steer clear of it, huh? 

(He doesn’t answer, he just gives me a chilly once-over). 

Ommily has quite a fan base too.  Do you ever get jealous of that attention?   

(The muscles in his neck and jaw tighten and he clenches his hands into fists) Ommily is mine.  No number of doting fans will ever change that.     

(I’m not so convinced) Okay.  On to the more relaxed questions.  What is your biggest pet peeve?  

Ha. Ha.  It's too long a list for this interview. (He wilts over, relieved, with his elbows on his knees).  

Name an item that you like to carry around at all times?

You can’t exactly see it, but it’s with me.  And it protects me . . .  from everything except these questions.  

Oh, ha.  What is your job at The Soppranaturale? (I’ve completely deviated from my paper) 
  
I help manage it.  I run the front desk, operations, and concierge.  The owner is, ‘like a father’ to me so he trusts me to look after things.  

If you had to switch jobs with anyone there, who would it be?

I don't trust anyone else to do my job. (He huffs) But if I had to, I guess I’d switch with Phoenix.  

He’s my best friend.  Although, he would probably run the hotel into the ground.  But I can certainly tend bar and run the restaurant, like he does.  

What is the most beautiful thing about The Soppranaturale?

Its extensive gardens and its mysterious art gallery.  You should check it out some time.  It may answer some of your questions, all on its own.  (He sends me a lopsided grin).

If you could tell your fans one thing what would it be?

(He slits his eyes at me) Things are never what they seem.  

Okay, quick before Ashley Pagano catches on.  Is it true that Ommily actually saves your life in the book? (I rub my hands together in anticipation)  

If we're keeping tally, I think we’ve both saved each other’s lives, more times than I can count.  (He holds up a few fingers)    

Well it looks like our time is up.  Thank you, Link.  This has been a very intriguing interview. 

The Gauntlet
The Soppranaturale Series
Book One
Ashley Pagano

Genre: YA Fiction, YA Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy

Publisher: Inskpell Publishing

Date of Publication: June 20th, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-949931-15-0
ISBN: 978-1-949931-16-7

Number of pages: 171
Word Count: 40,109

Cover Artist: Najla Qamber

Tagline: Vampires exist. Werewolves exist. Witches exist. Shape Shifters exist. And now . . . Faeries exist. 

Book Description:

Hidden in plain sight, is a mysterious hotel that doubles as a supernatural refugee: The Soppronaturale. 

Each supernatural inhabitant has a specific purpose, job, and destiny. 

All to keep the hotel running and its secrets safe.

Vampires exist. Werewolves exist. Witches exist. Shape Shifters exist. And now Faeries exist. 

The last two Faeries, once unified, could be the most powerful forces on Earth. 

Ommily, newcomer to the Soppronaturale, offensively controls and manipulates the four elements; Fire, Earth, Wind and Water. While Link defensively uses their energy to shield Ommily and himself from even the darkest magic. 

They could protect all others. But first, they have to defeat the Gauntlet.     

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Excerpt:

When she walks into the hotel lobby, my world stands still. As if the earth suddenly stops rotating for a brief, suffocating second. Not just for me, but other men and women seem to pause just to stare at her, too. Huddled businessmen stumble over their words as they cut off their conversations in order to gawk at her. Their gazes follow her curves, from her forehead down to her heels. Their mouths hang open with no regard to impending drool. Wide-eyed women follow her path also, turning their heads just enough to hide their judgmental expressions. Even the teenage bellboy nearly trips over his luggage cart as he catches sight of her. For me, I have to grip the counter to stop myself from swaying and my knees from buckling, fighting the breath that’s caught in my windpipe.
Her hair, like fire, consumes her shoulders in perfect, flowing ringlets. Her eyes are like protuberant green emeralds that capture your soul, if ever your gaze aligns with hers. Her skin is as if it were painted on her face, pulling in the bronze summer highlights from outside. Her smile is one luminous hue of ivory, matching the sagging tissues directly in front of me. Her body is thin yet slightly muscular, bulging or pinching inward in all the right places. Her clothes even look as though they were made specifically for her, hugging her body seamlessly.


About the Author:

Ashley Pagano has always dreamed of being an artist both figuratively and literally. Her love of art was instilled by her mother who always inspired her to be creative either with a paintbrush or with a pen and paper. As far back as she can remember her life was always centered around introspection, storytelling, and imagination.

Because she is so artistic, she took to the idea of creative writing very passionately. Her ability to describe a scene, person, or place, she compares to painting a picture, where she can describe every detail vividly in order to make the reader feel like they’re truly living in the story. Her works of writing usually center around a powerhouse female protagonist (which reflect her own personality), who progresses through many wild and extreme obstacles. Ashley loves to write stories that end with a cliffhanger, that have the reader begging for more and questioning what happens next.

Her most recent novel sets the stage for the paranormal romance of the century and includes ghosts, poltergeists, and demons who just love to get in the way of true love. Ashley has won awards for her design, art, and writing.

Ashley doesn’t believe in down time whatsoever and actually loves having a full “To-Do”list. Ashley is a wife to her wonderful husband, Eric and a mother to a beautiful baby girl named Dakota. She is also a Graphic Designer and a health and fitness coach. Her husband and daughter inspire her to be the best person she can be and encourage her to pursue any of her dreams (no matter how extravagant they may be).




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