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Monday, April 24, 2017

Guest Post & Giveaway by Amanda Jones, Author of Dark Angel





Good Vs. Evil and rooting for the underdog…

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered what makes the bad guy bad.  I’m also interested in cause and effect, how our actions ripple out and change the world we live in.  So, when I decided to write Dark Angel I wanted to fall in love with an anti-hero.  Angels are generally portrayed as perfect beacons of goodness and hope – so why not tell a story about the ultimate angel of darkness – Lucifer Morningstar.  

When you look at why Luc fell his reasoning is pretty relatable (in my version at any rate!) – jealousy, hubris, and immaturity…I think we’ve all been there at some point…minus the world changing apocalyptic effects!  Given the right motivation and circumstance, can he grab what’s left of the light inside him and make the right choice? 

I love flawed characters – where you can really see two sides of the same coin.  Lucifer was an easy choice for me – his dual nature is even present in his name – Morningstar.  Here we have the darkest fallen angel paired with the brightest of stars in the sky (well, brightest planet I guess J).  Darkness and light existing in the same space.  At the end of the day I wanted to find out if it was possible to hate the things Luc had done without hating the man.

Throughout the course of this series we will definitely see some traditionally pure angels, and some avenging angels, but they all have a story to tell.  Love is a powerful force that has the ability to both motivate and destroy.  This little crew of fallen angels have gone through the ringer (Bataryal’s story is up next in Broken Angel) and everyone will have to face their past and come to terms with who and what they’re becoming.


In everyone’s life change is inevitable, and there are always opportunities to make different choices.  In the end is there really pure goodness or pure evil, or are we all just operating in shades of gray? 

Read on below for a short excerpt and a giveaway!


Dark Angel
The Fallen Chronicles
Book 1
Amanda Jones
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
Date of Publication: March 29, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-60394-970-5
Number of pages: 141
Word Count: 81,321
Cover Artist: Jenny Dixon

 With this fallen angel it never felt so good to be bad!


Book Description:

Katia may be a celebrated musician, but she'd always felt a little like an outsider looking in. Who knew that being abducted by a handsome stranger would set her on a crash course with her destiny...

Luc has spent an eternity keeping everyone and everything at a distance as an unstoppable darkness consumes his soul. Will his beautiful captive be his salvation, or will they both be consumed by the ultimate evil...

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As Katia stepped into the room, Luc moved to shut the door with a click behind her.  Room thirteen — it figured they’d be in room thirteen.  Not only were they now stuck in the crappiest motel known to man, Amir had dropped them in room thirteen — his idea of a sick joke.  Luc hoped it wasn’t some kind of omen or predictor of the rest of their mission.  As Katia walked around inspecting the room, Luc walked over and tossed the room key with the gaudy orange plastic tag onto the dresser.  The Red Roof Inn was most certainly not five-star accommodations.  The décor was nineteen-seventies chic, faded and scratched with the passage of time.  Water stains decorated the ceiling like a large-scale Rorschach test.  As he looked around, Luc made a mental note to slap Amir later for dropping them here. 



About the Author:

Amanda Jones lives in Toronto with her exceptionally spoiled pets.  Aside from sharing her crazy imagination with others through her books Amanda enjoys travelling and frequent Netflix binges.  Amanda has worked in several fields including sports, music, film, corporate human resources, and is a graduate of York University and Sheridan College.



Twitter: @AmandaLJ1981


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Reviews


As a voracious reader, I find it astounding that I can still come across something original. Yes, I’m familiar with the characters names and previously read interpretations of the good and evil they have done. Dark Angel gives us a new take on how good become evil and evil doesn’t have to be forever.  Dark Angel is the first book in this series and I’m definitely a fan  ~ Stacey is Sassy

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fallen angels novel, and I now remember why I loved them so much!  This is my first book from this author and I’ve added her to my favorite author’s list.  Love can change everything. Even the darkest soul can shine again when they find a reason…I can’t wait to read the rest of their stories. ~ The Secret World of Book Lovers Carla Maggiolo




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Title: The Fallen Chronicles: Broken Angel (book 2)
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing

Book Description: 

Dancing with the Devil...

Mara is a beautiful and talented surgeon with everything going for her…at least on the surface.  She has a dark secret she has kept buried for centuries. 
Bataryal is a fallen angel broken beyond repair…or so it seems.
Will the beautiful surgeon who saved his life also be able to redeem him, or will Bataryal’s damaged soul lead them both into the depths of Hell…


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Release Day & Giveaway: Fight for Me by Kaithlin Shepherd

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Book CoverLove is always worth fighting for.
FIGHT FOR ME
Kaithlin Shepherd
Series: Callaway Series, Book 3
Genre: Western Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication Date: April 22, 2017
The responsible brother, John Callaway, spends most of his days locked away in his office, crunching numbers and placing orders. When a mysterious brunette rolls into town, he is immediately drawn to her. For a year, John has worked hard at earning her trust, hoping one day she’ll lower her walls enough to let him in.
Finally finding a home in Montana, Abby Johnson is the happiest she’s ever been working at the diner and spending time with the one person who’s shown her that good men exist. When her past catches up with her, Abby will have to trust the man she’s grown to care for to keep her safe, or she’ll risk losing everything.
Will her secret push John away or will Abby realize that love is always worth fighting for?
Another awesome book in this fabulous series. I love these Callaway(sic) boys. Brilliant characters and a really good plot.
- Andrea, Goodreads Reviewer

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Kaithlin Shepherd is the author of The Callaway Series, The Brass Series and The Saints and Sinners series.
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Born and raised in Canada by a working single mom and a loving grandmother, Kaithlin surrounded herself with novels by Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts provided by her grandmother. Kaithlin quickly fell in love with reading. It was in high school, thanks to an English teacher, that Kaithlin wrote her first story (although if you ask for it, she will deny ever writing it) about a popular boy band. Inspired by constructive criticism, Kaithlin spent some time developing her love affair with words through more reading than someone would think possible.
After pursuing a higher education, Kaithlin, sat down with a pen and paper and decided to give writing a shot. With no false hope in mind, her first novel, Make Me Whole, slowly came to life. Putting fear and doubt aside, Kaithlin has published five books to date, and has eleven more set to be published in the next two years.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Full Moon Bites Facebook #Giveaway

Don't miss our Facebook giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Over the Moon (signed by author Marie Harte) going on now!
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Ends April 23rd 2017

Over the Moon, An Anthology

Books inside: 

Enemy Red by Marie Harte 
Bound to Her by Sascha Illyvich
Trapped by Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason
Stripped Bare by Aurora Rose Lynn
Moon Shy by Victoria Blisse
Dreams by Jambrea Jo Jones

Enemy Red by Marie Harte

Book one in the Mark of Lycos Series

The magic of love lies in the arms of his fiery enemy.


No one likes an arranged marriage, and Fenris, a golden wolf in the Silver Clan, plans to avoid it as long as he can. But the Wolf in the Forest has heard the prayers of another and grants the female her wish. Unfortunately for Fenris, his destined mate is an alpha in her own right, and an enemy who plans on taking the Silver Clan, and Fenris, apart one bite at a time. Until Fenris bites back.

Reader Advisory: This story features scenes of sex whilst in shifted form.

Trapped by Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason

When his wife and were-mate becomes the victim of poachers, can Gareth save her before their secret is discovered, or, will they both be trapped?

Gareth and Sienna are a normal, crazy-in-love married couple, who just happen to become werewolves with the full moon. When a trio of poachers captures Sienna, Gareth does everything in his power to free her. But he knows rescuing her is not enough. If the poachers are not brought down, the very existence of the were species could be in jeopardy. He hatches a plan in which the hunters become the hunted. Will they take the bait? And who will be trapped?

Stripped Bare by Aurora Rose Lynn

Kidnapped by the Lord of Istanis for his sexual pleasure, and the Festival of the Night Lord is fast approaching...

The night before the Festival of the Night Lord on Istanis, Josie Hawkings has been assigned to discover the torrid, behind-the-scenes happenings. Covertly watching a bevy of beautiful, naked women, she's kidnapped for sex by the Night Lord himself, and risks endangering her life if he finds out the stinging truth about her.

Lucien de Alvarez, Lord of Istanis, won't allow his heart and body to be captured by any woman. Yet, when he sets eyes on Josie, he changes his mind and opens up the path to a dark, haunting secret that might destroy them both. Sometimes, the reward is greater than the risk ...


Moon Shy by Victoria Blisse

Lowell is a werewolf. Desdemona is a werewolf. That is where the similarities end.

Desdemona takes great joy in the full moon. She maims and kills with enthusiasm and wishes she could be a werewolf every day. Lowell hates what he is. He wishes that the full moon would only come around once in a million years.

Jenny is a sweet girl who often acts before she thinks, especially when a man is involved. She finds herself between these two werewolves. She loves Lowell, he was her school crush way back when. Desdemona is her superior and makes her working life a misery.

But which werewolf will have Jenny in the end? Will Desdemona succeed in killing her during the full moon, or will Lowell be able to keep her safe and in the dark about his horrific secret? It comes down to a fight between two werewolves, one Moon lover and one Moon Shy. Who will win?

Reader Advisory: This story contains scenes of graphic violence.

Dreams by Jambrea Jo Jones

Book one in the Seeds of Dawn Series

Anabella's dreams bring her to David, but is he the salvation she's looking for?

Anabella Pouge is plagued with powers she can't control, making her life far from normal when all she wants is ordinary. Change is coming her way when she must flee with a man straight out of her dreams.

David Sanders is sent to find Anabella. Without her, the future of his wolf pack is in danger. Forced to travel to the middle of nowhere, David finds Anabella might mean more than just his pack's survival.

Will the two make it back to the pack in time? Can Anabella and David accept each other and the coming changes to their lives?

Bound to Her by Sascha Illyvich

Can Luka convince Michele that she is his mate, or will his being single cause the regional packs to turn against him?

Luka has finally united the local and regional packs of Northern California, but Lajon the Eldest says Luka needs a mate to balance him out.

Michele hates the fact that she's Lupine and wants nothing to do with her heritage since the accidental killing of her parents. Yet the necklace Luka wears intrigues her despite her disposition towards wolves. Can the two lovers share passion and learn to be together from the heart or will the work Luka's put into building an alliance go to waste?



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Guest Post & Giveaway by JC Braswell, author of The Ghosts of My Lai





Vietnam was a tragedy written without a pen or pencil. My Lai happens to be one of the most sordid chapters, one imagined with innocent blood. We’re several decades removed from the conflict—the dark memories fading with each successive generation—but the horror still remains with those who reluctantly carried the rifle. 

I’ve met several Vietnam veterans throughout my years. One in particular, a man who I hold in the highest of esteem, opened himself up about his experiences. I’ll never forget the void in his eyes. Never.

I wrote The Ghosts of My Lai to tell a different tale, one focused more on the soldiers than the conflict itself.  It’s not a traditional war book. There are several paranormal elements haunting the men in the tale. Some are simply specters of their past actions. Others you will have to decide for yourself. But it is war that broke some of these men 

With that in mind, I decided to put together a short list of books/film that may provide the reader with the setting for this tale.

1.)   The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
2.)   Platoon - Movie
3.)   Four Hours in My Lai – Bilton/Sim
4.)   Full Metal Jacket
5.)   Heaven & Earth
6.)   Cover - Ketchum

Read on below for an excerpt and giveaway!



The Ghosts of My Lai
JC Braswell
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Publisher: Magothy Publishing
Date of Publication: April 20, 2017
ISBN: 0-9979909-3-5 (Paperback)
ISBN: 0-9979909-2-9 (eBook)
ASIN: B06XNVPB2P
Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 89,700
Cover Artist: Marcy Arnold

Book Description:

Lieutenant Chris Williams and his platoon flee My Lai—the site of an unfathomable massacre during the Vietnam War—only to have their helicopter shot down over unchartered jungle. Disoriented and separated from the outside world, Williams faces the unenviable task of navigating the waylaid band of survivors to safety. But Vietnam has other plans…

Fear begins to trump logic. Specters of the assault call for them during the jungle nights. The escape mission descends in to mutiny as they discover an unknown threat unlike the Viet Cong hunts them from within the primitive environment.

Williams soon realizes that survival is not possible without first confronting the ghosts of My Lai…and the sins of their past.



“So what’s the plan now, LT?” Simmons moved his arms in a repetitive semicircle manner like he was making a snow angel in the leaves. “We just going to sit here and wait for the jungle to take us? Or do you think we’ll just die from boredom and exhaustion?”
“Quiet, Simmons,” Garcia said.
“We keep going.” He didn’t want to let them know that they might be stalked by a tiger, which would only cause more panic in the group.
“I guess there’s only one answer right now,” Donovan said, resting back on his elbows.
“What’s that?” Harris asked.
“We’re screwed.” Donovan could summon a smile even in the direst of situations, thrusting his hips in the air. “We’re completely and totally screwed. No chance at all.”
“Please don’t say that,” Harris’s voice cracked.
“Donovan, seriously? Why do you have to go on and say something stupid like that?” Jackson nudged Donovan’s thigh. “You’re gonna scare the kid.”
“’Cause it’s true. He’s right.” McEvoy smacked the back of his neck, smashing some insect guts into his skin. “Look at us. Nobody wants to say it, but we’re lost. No map. A useless compass. Not much food. Lost. And don’t get me started on these bugs.” McEvoy slapped the back of his head again, this time catching the bug and causing it to pop like a balloon. McEvoy gagged as he looked at his palm before wiping it across his thigh.
“They sure seem to like you,” Simmons said. “Must have some of that sweet boy blood.”
“Why do you have to start when I’m worrying over here? And I don’t have any sweet boy blood.”
“Enough. No more talk of death,” Williams said, tossing one of the river pebbles he kept in his pocket at McEvoy. “No more talk of anything. We take a short sleep and get going.”
“If you say so, boss.” McEvoy squirmed as the rock plunked him on the shoulder.
“What I wouldn’t give to listen to a little Doors right now. Just fade away with it all.” Donovan looked up at the stars. “Seems appropriate to die while listening to some good music
“How’s the injury?” Garcia dropped to one knee and went to untie Williams’s makeshift compression bandage. “I’m not sure how many we of these left. Maybe one.”
“Shouldn’t I ask how your shoulder is doing?”
“No need to worry about something small like that,” Garcia responded. “I’m not the one with a rotting leg.”
“Since you put it so gently.”
“You said it yourself. Might as well be honest. We’re just a sideshow.”
“Touché.” Williams knew there was reason to be concerned. He could smell the infection from three feet away: rotting eggs. Based on Garcia’s tempered reaction, it could only be getting worse.
“Hey, what about the radio? We’re on higher ground. Might be worth giving it another shot.” Harris, with his naïve youthfulness, held on to a simple hope.
“Go for it. Not like it’s going to hurt,” Williams answered, drifting back to the memories in his mind. Seagulls cawed from around Annapolis harbor, the zip of a fishing line pulled as a fish splashed on the surface. It was only a pipedream.
“It ain’t even turning on,” McEvoy said. He clicked the switch a few times, relying on a miracle that would not happen.
“Oh, come on,” Harris whined. He slapped the radio a few times—the old magic trick never quite worked out for anyone with experience in electronics.
“Relax, guys. That things as useless as both of you.” Donovan said, drumming his fingers along the ground to the beat of whatever Doors song played in his head.
“Wait. Think I got something.” McEvoy’s words called their attention. The radio whined as McEvoy adjusted the knob until a muffled song broke through the static.
“What’s that?” Jackson asked, leaning in as if he could listen better.
“I don’t…I don’t know.” McEvoy honed in on the signal until a distinct muffled chant emerged. The small troupe stared at each other, a mixture of confusion and disbelief as the unknown words captivated them.
“It can’t be,” Donovan said.
“Maybe some local station?” Harris asked.
The chanting grew more distinct with little melody to the deliberate words.
“A local station…out here? No damned way.” Williams said, noticing the VC perking his head up with a glaze covering his face. It was as if the chanting signaled the VC to wake.
“These people have some weird tastes,” Jackson said.
The troupe gathered closer, exchanging glances between each other and the radio. The lights flickered with the strength of the foreign words, the dials shifting back and forth.
“You recognize any of this?” Williams looked at McEvoy.
“I…no. It’s…too old. An older dialect.” McEvoy shrugged.
The chanting intensified, the chorus of foreign words almost shouting. The treetops around them rustled as a stiff breeze suddenly rolled across their makeshift camp. Williams looked back at their VC prisoner, who remained silent, transfixed by the radio’s signal.
“This ain’t right. None of this is right.” Harris withdrew from the contraption.
“Hold on to yourself,” Donovan said. “Nothing we can do.”
Louder. Faster. The radio shuddered with the strength of the signal.
“Turn if off. Turn it off,” Garcia demanded.
The VC’s lips started to move, almost in unison with the chanting, but he did not make a sound.
“I’m trying.” McEvoy twisted the dials, but the radio refused to obey.
Its housing crackled then sparked, causing McEvoy’s arm to snap back. The sharp smell of burnt rubber and metal poured out of the case. Then, with a pop and brilliant flash, the radio went silent, its light fading to black. The VC then dropped his head in concert with the chanting as it came to an abrupt halt.
“Jesus,” McEvoy said, blowing on his finger.


“El Diablo,” Garcia muttered in a voice low enough for only Williams to hear.



A fan of Lewis, Hemingway and Tolkien, author JC Braswell writes in a few different genres including Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Young Adult.

In addition to writing JC is a practicing attorney specializing in estate planning and corporate law, he is the recipient of the American Health Lawyers Association award for his legal writing.

JC makes his home along the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two children.

You can visit his website at www.jcbraswell.com  and check out his podcasts at www.freestateradio.com

Author website: http://www.jcbraswell.com


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lisa Renee Jones newest novel, Provocative (White Lies #1)


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Provocative (White Lies Book One) by Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date:  April 18th
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Book one in the sexy and intense new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones!

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

Hi everyone!
I’m so excited that PROVOCATIVE is available now! Just a few notes: if you order PROVOCATIVE this week only you will get $1 off and it will only be $2.99 - I will be increasing this price at the end of the week! You’ll also receive the FREE novella Rebecca’s Forgotten Journals (these are NEW journal entries) in the back of your copy!

PS - if you missed your chance to receive any of my bonus scenes from Amy & Liam, Chris & Sara, or Ella & Kayden, this is your last chance to get them! Register your order of PROVOCATIVE here - http://bit.ly/2pkQ49b and you’ll receive them early next week!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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