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Friday, November 17, 2017

Excerpt: Last Resort by Amber Malloy #Romance #suspense


Last Resort
Amber Malloy

Genres: Interracial/BWWM
Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Book Description:

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

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

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Excerpt:

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





About the Author:

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

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


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Interview with C.E. Clayton, author of The Monster Of Selkirk #YA


Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

My name is actually Chelscey, (like Chelsea, but spelt funny) which is why I go by my pen name. Much easier to find me this way, trust me! I am a big nerd; I collect Uncanny X-Men comic books, and fangirl over Doctor Who, Supernatural, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I am also a pet parent with three rescued fur babies: two big fluffy cats, and one little dog who thinks he is a cat. I was born and raised in Southern California, but I recently transplanted to New Orleans for my husband’s job. I am also a fan of tattoos and dying my hair fun colors.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you! As cliché as it may be, I just want to profusely thank my readers for picking up my stories and finding Tallis and her friends worth following. It’s incredibly humbling, and I am so honored to have you!

Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

I tend to be more of a pantser. I write down where the story needs to end, what needs to be accomplished, and the big character traits, and write a brief couple of sentence outline for the next three chapters. After that, I just sit down and let the characters lead me to their destination and then repeat the process until the end. Editing and revising is where I make sure everything actually flows and makes sense. But if I outline too much, I tend to get bored of my writing before I’ve actually begun.

Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do? 

I would pull some serious Archer levels of snark and banter as I bumble through a truly epic rescue. The captors will be so confused by my misplaced confidence, that I will momentarily have the upper hand. With bullets flying and bouncing off walls to hit their intended target but miss the captives, I turn out the lights for added confusion, and lead the captives out.  Shrugging off the bullet that somehow managed to hit my foot, I unceremoniously toss the now freed captives off the boat, before falling suit as the explosion from the ship tosses me overboard, making me look like the truly epic super-hero spy that is far too cool to look at the explosions behind them.

I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?

Take your time. Don’t just start submitting your book to agents or publishers the moment YOU think your book is done. Sit on it for like a month or two, then go back and read it. Then give it to people who aren’t your best friends, who are avid readers in your genre, and see what they think before editing or revising your book once again. Research exactly who you think (agent or publisher) is the best fit for your book, don’t just submit your work to everyone, you’ll just get that many more rejections. And don’t discount small or indie presses as an option, given the big publishing houses still only care for books that will be commercial successes because they are just a retelling of The Hunger Games, you may be shooting yourself in the foot by not considering smaller publishing houses as a viable option for publication.

Can we expect more novels from you in 2017/2018?

Absolutely! Book two in “The Monster of Selkirk” series just came out a few weeks ago, and book three is in the final stages of editing, so I’m hoping to get that out early in 2018, if not sooner.

Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Definitely. I am currently half way through writing a general fiction novel that focuses on forgiveness, family, and mental illness/health. While my fantasy novels include characters dealing with similar issues, the book is never really about those struggles. This new work of fiction will focus solely on those themes, without any fantastic creatures to get in the way.

Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just cannot?

Hard science fiction and historical fiction. I love when authors do a ton of research in these subjects so the science feels real, and the historical fiction feels like you could conceivably use it to study for a history exam. But the amount of research required, which probably amounts to multiple college degrees, plus being comfortable with writing something that is just a step or two away from being non-fiction, is just something I cannot reconcile in my mind. I research for all my fantasy novels as well, but I just don’t have the drive to do the kind of research needed before even starting to write books like that like some some of these authors. I applaud them for what they can do, and wish I could follow in their footsteps, but ultimately, I just can’t.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been!” – John Greenleaf Whittier. I’ve loved this quote since high school and its reminder to live your life to its fullest so that you don’t look back and wonder what could have been if you did this or that. It’s a strong reminder to be happy with the choices you’ve made and the person you’ve become without lamenting the “what ifs” in life.

Can you tell us about your main character?

Tallis is a strong, female lead who struggles to feel accepted both in her home town, and within her own skin. She strives to see the good in everyone, sometimes to a fault as certain people constantly betray that, and yet she still yearns for their love. She doesn’t want to be a hero, she just wants to live a life of her choosing, but she doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing, sometimes at great personal cost. She also acts before she thinks sometimes, and is pretty ignorant when it comes to love. She knows all about lust, but she had no good example for romantic love, so she often can’t see what’s right in front of her. Tallis is one of those people who brings people together, which include people who may otherwise never be friends. She’s wonderful, and flawed, and sometimes needs help. Despite the fantasy world she lives in, she is meant to feel like a very real person, maybe even a person you know, or want to be more like. She may be the heroine that feels typical in this genre, but I strove to make her well-rounded. She stumbles and falls, but never in a way that feels trite. She is a girl on the long road to self-discovery, a road that gets blocked when feral elves decide to burn everything she knows.


Random Quickies!

Please answer 3-5

Pepsi or coke?

Coke

Favorite kind of chocolate?

Reese’s

Cats or dogs?

Dogs!


Do you own a laptop or desktop computer?

Both!


What book are you reading today?

The Time Traveler’s Wife



The Monster Of Selkirk
The Duality of Nature  
Book 1
C.E. Clayton

Genre: YA Fantasy

Print Length: 329 pages

Publisher: DevilDog Press

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

ASIN: B06XSXB14F

Book Description:

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn't like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends.

But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis's name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

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About the Author:

C. E. Clayton was born and raised in Southern California where she worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts that ranged from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). This was before she packed up her life, husband, two displeased cats, and one very confused dog and moved to New Orleans. Now, she is a full time writer (mainly in the fantasy genre), her cats are no longer as displeased, and her dog no longer confused.

More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website: http://www.ceclayton.com






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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Spotlight: No One But You by Tessa Levy





No One But You
Tessa Levy

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Filament Publishing

ISBN: 978-1912256051

Book Description:

The book is a fictional account of a young girl's story based on the true life of Tessa Levy, the author, who co-wrote the book with her youngest daughter Shelley Cassidy. From the post-war East End of London, to the high life of America and back again. It portrays a young girl's yearning for adventure and opportunity and ultimately love, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tessa, the main character, was the youngest child of a large family and had the responsibility of caring for her beloved dying mother. When her father secretly marries another woman, who moves into their home with her three children, Tessa's world is shattered. She seeks solace from distant cousins whom she has never met in America, with whom she secretly commences correspondence. She reveals her situation and she is invited to stay with her cousins.

At the tender age of 17, she sets off on the adventure of a lifetime. A year and a half later, she returns to England as a glamorous young women, having fallen in love for the first time. However, she crosses the cultural divide and struggles to resettle, despite her family's best efforts to reintegrate her into their Jewish community in London. Eventually meeting the man she will marry, she suffers another painful premature family death.

She embarks on motherhood and a career, which she loves and excels at. However, life continues to challenge her happiness and she finds herself torn between the two loves of her life: the handsome, poetic and artistic Gus in America, and the charismatic, successful, but disloyal David in England, both so very different.

Once again, the Atlantic splits her heart. Her romantic adventure, back and forth between the two countries, ultimately answer the underlying theme of the book; whether it is possible to love two men in one life.

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About the Author:

Tessa Levy was born in the in the East End of London, as the youngest of six children in a Jewish family; Russian immigrants to England before the Second World War. The author, like her brothers in the fashion business and her husband in the nightclub trade of Soho, made a success of her antique business – a truly entrepreneurial woman in an era when business was dominated by men - specialising in Imari porcelain and creating an established presence in the Kensington Pavilion.

Now in her 80s, Tessa resides in West London, opposite Hyde Park, and maintains one foot on either side of the pond. No One But You is Tessa Levy’s first book, based on real events, which brings to light a topical immigrant family story of displacement, hardship, disease and death, but also of inclusion, friendship, love and success. It crosses the divide not only between two cultural differences, but also two faiths and families.



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Guest Blog & #Giveaway: Witch for Hire by Shyla Colt @ShylaColt

Spotlight HTML Witch for Hire


The things I learn when Writing: Reading Tea leaves

One of my favorite things about writing is how much I learn during the creative process. For Witch for Hire, I delved into magic as I tried to perfect the magical system used in my world. During that process, I learned how to read tea leaves. Pretty neat, right? It’s a fairly simple process.
Step 1: Gather the items you’ll need: A saucer and teacup (white on the inside, so you can read the leaves.) ½ teaspoon off loose leaf tea, and hot water to step the tea.
Step 2: Pour the tea into the saucer and let it sit for 3 minutes.
Step 3: Explore the surface of your tea for your first reading. (you may or may not find anything.)
Step 4:  Next is the not so great part. Once you have the question in your mind, you have to drink the tea down until only about two teaspoons of liquid is left. Move the cup in a circle three times, and slowly tip the tea over onto the saucer.
Step 5: Let the water drain for a minute, turn it over, and you’re ready to begin your reading.
There are many symbols, and tips and tricks for discovering how to read the cups. I highly recommend Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners by Caroline Dow 

Witch for Hire
Shyla Colt

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Vamptasy
Date of Publication:  11-27-1017
ASIN: B075GN5Q68
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: Dreams 2 Media

Against the approaching darkness, I am the light.

Book Description:


Young, terrified, and bound to a vampire, Louella Eschete fled the bayou and swore off magic. Years later, she’s returned to the tiny town of Cypress, Louisiana to take her rightful place as head of her magical family, whether she likes it or not.

In order to keep the tentative peace formed between the various races of powerful beings who rule side by side, she must face her own demons. Mainly one, Cristobal Cortez.

Now a master vampire, and lord of the seven cities surrounding New Orleans, her former lover has moved up in the world. Their relationship gets way more complicated when his court is framed for a rash of murders they didn’t commit.

Forced to play her role as his bond mate, and launch an investigation into the darkness threatening to overturn truces, she may be in over her head.
  

Excerpt:
I spot his form on the outskirts. Though, I’m loathe to admit it, my night vision is better than a human’s. Energy crackles on my fingertips. Bright green sparks break the inky blackness of night. My stomach sours. Being in the same space works as an amplifier for us. I’m manifesting new powers. He’s turned me into something foreign. Physical manifestation of magic is rare and left to the most powerful.
I curl my hands into fists. He foresaw this all those years ago in that graveyard. He recognized the potential of the two of us could create together. My chest aches. Some wounds cut too deep to ever fully heal. Angers pools in my belly. I wanted love. I got lies and manipulation instead. A pulsing ball of energy forms in front of me. I’m hypnotized by the technic-color glow. How could this come from me?
I shake under the strain of maintaining it. What was created in anger is burning off my reserves.
“Let. It. Go.”
The command given in a dulcet tone snaps my hold on the newly discovered power. The ball hurtles toward him. I resend the magic, knowing the back lash of the abrupt interruption of signal flow is going to be a bitch. Lifted off my feet by a form of magical feedback, I’m pitched back violently. My stomach drops, and then I’m caught in a strong pair of arms. The gravity of seeing him in person so close up presses down on me as I drown in his chocolate colored gaze. My tongue sticks to the rough of my mouth. All thought flees as my barriers buckle like the compromised hull of a ship. The high, well-sculpted cheek bones lead down to a strong, diamond shaped jaw rounded out by a dimpled chin. His button nose gives an eternal boyish quality to his rugged good lucks. He swallows and my gaze is drawn to his throat as my mind his worked over by years of memories.
We’re exchanging information like two computers updating. He cups my face. “Louella.” I twitch as I ride the wave of power being exchanged between us.


About the Author:

Shyla Colt is the sassy international bestseller of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. This genre-hoppers stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you’re a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.

As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.

She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.

You can interact with Shyla Colt online via her website




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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Guest Blog: A Rumored Affair by Viki Lyn


What Does Viki Lyn’s Writing Space Look Like?


I am a voyeur at heart. I love art studio and home tours. There’s something intriguing about catching a glimpse into a person’s creative space. What does that person choose for inspiration? What knickknacks and personal items on the desk? What does the space tell about that person?

When I moved back to California last year, my husband and I purchased a California-style 1940’s Spanish home. We loved the house, but it had a very different floor plan from the house we had in Arizona. The challenge was choosing my writing space (my art studio won out for the extra bedroom).

One of the rooms has an odd floor plan, but works perfectly for a dual office. Off the living room, the room is long and narrow, with large windows overlooking the backyard garden. Perfect! There is a lot of light from the windows and French door. My husband set up his desk on one end, and I took the other end, with a fireplace in-between. Yeah, we have to share, but he’s way across the room, and a quiet kind of guy.

What I keep on my desk, besides my computer and printer, is personal stuff. I have three framed pictures, two with my husband and one with me and my three sisters on the beach at Santa Cruz. Draped over the frames are prayer beads (a gift from Vina) and a blessed Buddha amulet from Japan. My latest purchase was a Dr. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy coffee cup (couldn’t resist!). I use it for a pencil and penholder.

Since I’m a neatnik, I keep my files in a file cabinet. Near me, on my desk, I keep my Inspiration Tags, created for a workshop I taught online. On the wall next to my desk, I hung a giant bulletin board. I can put up articles or images related to my stories, but usually it’s a catchall for stuff that I don’t know where to file, but need to have on hand.

I’d be interested to know about your personal creative space and what you choose to keep near you for inspiration!


M/M Contemporary Romance
Date Published: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Loose ID

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Vacationing at a gay resort is risky business for Winter Media’s CEO, Graham Winters. In negotiations for the purchase of an anti-LGBTQ publication, if found out he preferred men, the deal would collapse, along with Winter Media’s bottom line. But take a risk, Graham does. He can’t pass up two weeks where he can be himself.

But when Graham arrives at Secretus, there is no record of his reservation. Never one to take no for an answer, he coerces the owner of Secretus, Chris Katsaros, to let him stay in Chris’s home.

Winter Media owns one of the worst gossip rags in the country, so Chris has no choice but to agree to Graham’s terms. Chris keeps a low profile when it comes to Secretus, securing a safe environment where high profile gays can relax without media hounding their every move. An introvert by nature, Chris has a difficult time letting anyone into his life. As a foster kid, he had never experienced love until adopted by Pete and Bob.

Forced to entertain Graham, Chris finds they have more in common than he ever thought. The attraction between them is real, and Chris’s guarded heart begins to thaw.


About the Author

Multi-published and award winner, Viki Lyn is a successful writer of gay paranormal and contemporary romance. After reading and collecting whatever she could get her hands on, she wrote her first male/male romance. And that was ‘it’ for her. She never looked back. Viki travels the world in search of inspiration. She considers herself blessed to have traveled to many of the mystical sites she had dreamed about as a child. Her travel experiences have been influential in creating her paranormal worlds. When she needs to relax, she calls a friend to meet at their favorite coffee house. When the chattering in her head goes off the charts, she plays one of her favorite RPGs on her PS4 and immerses herself in the world of dragons and magic.

You can email Viki at viki.lyn.romance@gmail.com.


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