Friday, May 22, 2015

Dark Summoner by D. D. Miers Excerpt & Giveaway

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"Looking at him made me desirous for things I never thought I would want."

Abby Davenport has spent the last ten years forgetting her past until a fateful night reveals her false reality. Thrust into a new world of dark sorcery and ancient magic, she's shocked to discover her destiny lies as the keeper of a powerful relic. Now everyone wants to control, own, or destroy her. No longer able to discern truth from lie, she’s torn between a charming guardian and a mysterious summoner. Abby finds herself strangely drawn to each man—one sworn to protect and one who calls to her soul. Can she survive the strange and dangerous labyrinth of the first realm, where every move, emotion, and reaction must be a calculated one?



EXCERPT:
A thunderous boom clattered overhead. The powder-blue blanket of sky had been replaced with ominous black clouds barreling over town. Unnerved by the sudden change, I picked up my pace, but I barely had a moment to move when an enormous downpour plunged from the clouds and drenched me in seconds. The odor of rot blew in my direction, and I panicked. I took off into a sprint, running for the first open door I could find, which happened to be the next shop over. The bell jingled violently as I swung the door open at full force before slamming it shut behind me. I was surprised I didn’t break the glass.

I searched for the figure that had followed me. Fear crept up my spine as the minutes ticked on. A thunderous roar broke from the sky and within seconds lightning flashed. The lights in the small shop flickered before completely going out.

“Can I help…?” The words came from the saleswoman at the register, but I didn’t respond or even bother turning around. Her voice trailed off from behind me. No doubt she was alarmed by my behavior, but it couldn’t be helped.

Whether it was paranoia or reality, I didn’t care anymore. I kept my hand tight on the brass doorknob as I pressed forward against the wooden frame. The door creaked under the pressure, but I held my stance. I needed to keep whatever was outside, out. My heavy breathing fogged the glass, making it difficult to see through. I squinted and pulled the arm of my jacket up, trying to rub away the moisture, but all it did was create foggy smears. When the lightning flashed again, two black soulless eyes stared directly into mine from outside. The gray skin of his lips sagged over his smile. I screamed in terror and jumped away from the door. I stumbled backward, lost my footing, and tripped over the plastic bags that I’d scattered along the wood floor behind me.

I didn’t even have a chance to brace myself as I hit the edge of a table with a hard smack. The back of my head made direct contact with the wood and then everything went black.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With her debut novel Dark Summoner, D.D. Miers begins the Relic Keeper Series, a fast-paced romantic saga filled with danger, destiny, and magic, set in her favorite genre, Paranormal and Fantasy Romance.

Born with a wildly overactive imagination, she’s told stories of enchanted worlds, treacherous villains, and epic love for as long as she can remember. She keeps a watchful eye for the paranormal hiding around every corner and constantly checks the window or rearview mirror for a vampire or fairy.

Although she has a fondness for all things fantasy, she's an epic romance fan at heart and in everything she asks, “What would Jane Austen do?” The journey to becoming a published author has been a long but exciting one. A fervent desire for taking readers from the ordinary to the extraordinary keeps her motivated, and she believes that everything is better with a good helping of romance thrown in.

D.D. is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Sub-Genre of RWA (FF&P). She continues to attend conferences and writers’ workshops in order to help inspire, share, and promote her love for romance.

During her downtime, she loves to spend time with her family, share her obsession of all things romance with other fans, and catch up on her never-ending TBR list. She resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, an adorable toddler, two kitties, and the many different characters living in her head.

Website: www.ddmiers.com


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Elysium by Thea Landen Excerpt & Giveaway


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Two years have passed since April Patterson’s husband was shot and killed in the line of duty, and she’s trapped in a haze of grief and uncertainty. Having grown frustrated by all other efforts to engage her in activities where she could meet new people, her cousin pays for a date via 1Night Stand. Not thrilled with the idea, April nevertheless contacts Madame Eve and requests the impossible: a date with her deceased husband.

Brilliant software engineer Drew Monroe created his company, Elysium, to help give closure to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, through the use of virtual reality. Though passionate about his work, being constantly surrounded by heartache and death has taken a toll on his mental health. When he accepts the case of a young widow referred to him by Madame Eve, her tragic tale depresses him further, but he commits himself to programming April the romantic date she desires.

April arrives at Elysium and prepares to enter Drew’s virtual realm. Will she find the solace she seeks within? Or will she discover she doesn’t need a fantasy world to discover happiness again?

EXCERPT:
We sat in silence. It was the first time a client had asked me so many personal questions. On one hand, I worried about coming across as unprofessional, but on the other, it felt good to verbalize those thoughts for a change. Putting that aside, April hadn’t come to play psychiatrist with me. I had a job to do.

“Anything else before we get started?” I pushed off the edge of the desk and straightened.

She didn’t get up. “Do you ever go into your own virtual realities?”

“Actually, I don’t.” I ran a finger along the top of one of the screens. “First of all, it needs to be monitored from the outside. I can’t do both at the same time.”

“Got it.” She nodded. “What else?”

A clammy feeling crawled over me. “Nothing.”

“You said ‘first of all.’ That means there must be a second.”

She’d paid attention, I’d give her that. I tried to backtrack. “Forget it.”

Sliding her arm off the chair, she leaned forward, ginger hair spilling over her shoulders. “I want to know what I’m getting into. Tell me.” Face upturned, she stared at me and I struggled to breathe in a normal rhythm. “Please?”

Don’t say it, don’t admit to it, she doesn’t need to know…. Talking to her eased a little of the tension that had been twisting tighter and tighter over time. I ignored the voices telling me not to make a confession, but the words spilled out faster than I’d intended.

“With all the misery and heartache I see in the world, the temptation exists to disappear into a painless fantasy.” The chill spreading through me intensified. “I’m afraid I’d lose myself and never want to come out.”

April blinked her long lashes and straightened in the chair. “That’s one of the reasons I’m anxious about going in there.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and a variety of houseplants. A former educator, she strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.

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Welcome to Temptation by Charlotte Hughes Excerpt & Giveaway


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With a hurricane closing in on Temptation, Louisiana, Michelle Thurston fails to convince her stubborn grandmother to leave her home on the bayou. Sheriff Gator Landry arrives by boat, hell-bent on forcing the elderly recluse to evacuate. He is stunned to find Michelle, who was just 16 years old when he courted her one steamy summer.

Now, at 32, Michelle comes face-to-face with the man whose kisses tempted her to lose control, only this time there is no place to run. Although Gator is not about to leave the two women defenseless, Michelle can’t help but wonder if he is more dangerous to her than anything the storm can do.




EXCERPT:
“We need to get out of these wet things,” Michelle said, crossing her arms in front of her in an attempt to hide herself. She shivered as Gator continued to stare. He still had the power to make her body go berserk when he looked at her that way. Those glittering black eyes didn’t miss a thing. It was as though he were capable of seeing past flesh and bone to her inner workings, all of which shook at the moment as violently as the tree limbs outside the window. She was certain he knew what that look did to her. He had it down to an art. And if it had had a powerful effect on her at sixteen, it was doubly so now at thirty-two.

“That’s the best idea I've heard all day," Gator said, shrugging out of his shirt. He mopped his brow and chest with it and ran it across the back of his neck.

Michelle wondered if he had any idea how sensual that simple act was. He was all rippling muscles and taut flesh. Goose pimples stood out on his shoulders and his nipples puckered from the chill in the room. His arms were lean and as brown as the rest of him. The room seemed to shrink to the size of a shoe box. Michelle had seen enough male bodies in her job to know that the one before her was one of the best she’d ever laid eyes on.

Gator would have had to be blind not to notice her perusal. The grin he shot her was brazen. “Like what you see, Mic?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Charlotte Hughes published her first category romance in 1987, a Bantam Books’ Loveswept, titled Too Many Husbands, which immediately shot to #1 on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. She went on to write almost thirty books before the line closed in 1998.
 
Although Charlotte is widely known for her laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, she went on to pen three Maggie-Award winning thrillers for Avon Books in the late nineties, before resuming her first love, funny stories about people falling in love. She thrilled readers with her hilarious books, A New Attitude and Hot Shot, the latter of which won the Waldenbooks Greatest Sales Growth Achievement in 2003.

Her books received so many accolades that she was invited to co-author the very popular Full House series with mega-star author Janet Evanovich.

With that series behind her, Charlotte began her own, starring psychologist Kate Holly; What Looks Like Crazy, Nutcase, and High Anxiety, creating a list of somewhat kooky but always loveable and funny ensemble characters.


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You can also visit her website at http://readcharlottehughes.com and follow her on Twitter  @charlottehughes. Her Facebook page is at https://facebook.com/authorcharlottehughes

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Soul to Keep by Moira Keith Interview & Giveaway


BLURB:
In the realm of the Fallen, there’s a little saint and sinner in us all…

One moment can impact the future.

Love never served Jayde Cross well and owing a debt to a demon is the proof. Reaping is a lonely existence and with her thirtieth birthday approaching, she's got enough to worry about without adding romance to the mix. It's why her friendship with the man living next door works so well. They both live lives filled with secrets and ignoring their self-imposed rules isn’t an option. Too bad her heart disagrees.

The past is about to come back and haunt one of Heaven’s Fallen.

Caleb Thorne always found living among mortals difficult, until he met the intriguing woman down the hall. She demands nothing of him and is completely safe. When an enemy from his past catches up with him, Caleb soon discovers the rules of the Fallen exist for a reason and loving a mortal may prove to be the bigger danger.

In a world where their love is forbidden, Jayde and Caleb may just discover that sometimes breaking rules is the only thing that can set you free.

INTERVIEW:
Q: Tell us a little about the series and how you came up with the idea for it?

A: Well, the series is titled the Saints and Sinners. I imagined a world where the fallen walk among us, battling to claim our souls for their respective sides. But what if they were all looking for some form of redemption? Whether it was in the eyes of a lover, or within themselves? And the idea grew from there. Caleb and Jayde’s story came first. The next will be Azrael and Syn who you meet in the first book, and the rest of the lineup, the characters aren’t revealing yet…not even to me. There is a quote by Oscar Wilde that always comes to mind when I think of this series~ The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. It seems quite fitting.

Q: Caleb Thorne and Jayde Cross are the two main characters in A Soul to Keep. How did their development come about? Are they based on anyone you know?

A: They aren’t specifically based on a single person in my life. They are a mash-up of characteristics, traits, and mannerisms from many people I interact with on a daily basis. Slowly the bits and pieces culminate into a character that I can hopefully be proud of and the reader can identify or fall in love with. If I’ve developed them well enough, the creative process kicks in, then they will talk to me, tell me their flaws, their struggles, likes, and dislikes. So, yes, and no, is my short answer.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve dabbled in writing on and off for years, but I didn’t write my full complete story until about seven years ago. It was a story I wrote for my mom as a birthday present, which I had no intention of submitting for publication, but did at the promptings of some wonderful authors I met early on in this journey. I've been writing ever since.

Q: What tools are must-haves for you when you sit down to write (besides the obvious things)?

A: Cherry Coke or energy drink (which I know are not the healthiest choices), paper and pen. (Oh, those are the obvious things), the writer’s bible—a.k.a. the Chicago Manual of Style, research books, and I hate silence when writing so I often have music playing in the background and create playlists for every book.

Q: What books do you read when you have the chance? Any must have authors or series?
A: I’m currently reading The Fault in Our Stars, and have a few other young adult novels I’ve picked up from the library. My go to authors though aren’t young adult and I’m dying for the new Vicki Pettersson book to come out. It’s a slight break from her usual gritty urban fantasies I love, but it’s mystery which is another favorite genre

Q: Have you had dreams realized as a result of your writing? Any special memories that you would like to share...please, oh, please?

It took me a minute or two to come down out of the clouds enough to see the small accomplished moments because with my first novel I went a little crazy fantasizing about how much my life was about to change. I just knew I would be the next Nora Roberts, or Sherrilyn Kenyon, or lunching with my idol Vicki Pettersson, dishing publishing stories. Alas, those things never happened, though I did have the honor of meeting my idol at a book signing and getting a completely fab bunny ear picture with her (she was totally the giver of bunny ears in the photo). While I'm still waiting for the big moment to actualize, I work a day job, live paycheck to paycheck, but fully enjoy the ups—a new book cover in my inbox, interacting with readers—and push through the downs by reminding myself that every step is a part of making the dream a reality.

EXCERPT:
While he was preoccupied, I glanced around at the other patrons. They all appeared focused on their meals, or their dates. I reached over, flipped open the ring, and let the liquid pour into the glass of scotch sitting on the table. With a flick of my finger, the ring snapped shut and I pulled away from the man at my side.

“How about a toast?”

“What should we toast to? Your beauty?” He winked at me. “Getting lucky.”

Not in a million years.

“Survival.” I raised my glass.

“Odd thing to toast to.”

“Why is it odd?” I studied him for a moment and when he didn’t respond, I continued. “I learned a long time ago the will to survive drives people. It’s what drives you.”

“And you,” he said as he took a healthy swig of his scotch. “It’s one of the things that draws me to you.”

“Then I’m sure you will understand.” I watched over the rim of my glass as I took another sip and his face quickly began to turn shades of red and purple.

“What have you done?” He managed to choke out the words.

“What was necessary to survive.” I leaned in close and whispered against his ear. “Azrael's expecting you.”

Marco's eyes widened and he gasped for air. Before anyone noticed their beloved boss was choking, I grabbed my purse and slid out from the seat. I walked away, but not fast enough to avoid hearing Marco struggling to catch his breath and the commotion behind me as people rushed to his aid. There would be no saving him.

Once a name landed in the hands of a reaper, there were only three things that could stop the order from being carried out—a mortal willing to make a deal on their behalf, the demon in charge of the assignment, or the reaper themselves.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Moira Keith is a lover of shoes, a connoisseur of Guinness, baker of cocktail themed cupcakes, and an overall complete mess! She is also a proud Texan by birth (and true Southern girl at heart).

Moira lives in the city of neon with her twin zombie sons, a fish, three parakeets, and a turtle.



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Love Target by Heidi Loeb Hegerich Interview & Giveaway

BLURB:
Teenager Ingrid Liebschreiber is devastated when her parents move the family from their native Munich to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Homesick, she accepts a neighbor's offer to get her a job as a showgirl in Las Vegas.

Intent on earning enough money to return to Germany, she must grow up quickly in the neon jungle - where she is pursued by high rollers and headliners, including a vacationing Elvis.

Life's twists and turns land Ingrid in New York in the Swinging 1960s - where she is romanced by Armand: a strong, quiet, handsome businessman in "construction." Most girls dream of Mr. Right, and Ingrid's hard-won independence is challenged when she falls in love.

Will she find true romance - a man who can love her as much as she loves him? Or is "happily ever after" just a crazy fairytale?


INTERVIEW:
1) Where did you get the idea for the novel?
The novel is a memoir novel. It’s a fictionalized version of my own experiences in the first half of my life. Since the novel is a romance — a love story — I shaped the events from my life to track my quest for true love.

2) Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
The message is that you should never settle and you should never give up when it comes to pursuing your true love target: a partner with whom you can live happily ever after. You must seize destiny instead of succumbing to fate.

3) Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
My novel naturally fell into the genre of chick lit or romance (as well as historical novel). What I like about the genre of romance is that it deals with universal powerful emotions that we all have — (excluding unfortunates who lack a pulse). In a good romance novel that is genuine — as opposed to one geared to fantasy — raw emotions roller coaster like mad — just as in real life. The reader will naturally root for a happy ending, a blissful conclusion. And so, interest is maintained through to the end.

4) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Positive response from readers is the most exciting thing to happen to me. When people commit their precious time to reading your novel — and then take additional time to tell you how much they enjoyed it — it’s life boosting! It is validation that you’ve done something valuable for people.

5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I read a lot, and my interests are varied. The most recent book I’ve finished is The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant, in which the author talks about how we’ve gotten away from our natural habitats — and this is affecting our health as a species.

7) At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I usually get the person’s first name and address the note to that person — “Dear so-and-so” — then write a very brief note relating to whatever comment the person made to me about the book. I sign off with, “Love, Ingrid.” Ingrid is the name of the protagonist/narrator of LOVE TARGET, as well as my legal first name. My full name is actually Ingrid Heidi Loeb Hegerich, but I often initialize “Ingrid” to an “I.”

8) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I train at a gym where mixed martial artists train! I don’t spar them, however! It’s been enough of a workout punching and kicking pads held by my personal trainer.

9) How do you react to a bad review?
I erase it from my mind! What’s the point of dwelling on the negative? There have been so many positive reviews, negative reviews are to be expected. No book under the sign is for everyone. We each have our own tastes. Also, some critics are rather spiteful; some people are simply trolls. You can’t please everyone — nor should you try to. In the end, the opinions of only two kinds of people matter: 1) those who buy the book; 2) those who praise the book. These people are your true audience. As an analogy: Every YouTube video — no matter how magnificent — always has its share of thumb’s-down clicks. Should a beloved superstar such as Adele — who has more than 450 MILLION views on her video for her amazing ballad, “Someone Like You” — fret over 53,000 thumb’s downs? Or should she revel in the 1.7 million thumb’s ups?

10) How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
By “sale of your first book,” I assume you mean the first copy of LOVE TARGET. I celebrated by smiling broadly! It was at my first book signing, at an art museum in my hometown of Reno, Nevada. I smiled a lot that day.


EXCERPT:
The witch stared past me, lost in thought. Then she shook her head.

“I don’t know,” she began, haltingly. “There will be a man, a husband. Somebody that you’ve known. Somebody” — her voice rose — “with dark hair! And . . . eyes that are lighter. Maybe blue.”

“I don’t know who this man could be,” I said to the witch.

“Trust me,” she said confidently. “Do you have any photographs in your wallet of who this man could be?”

I didn’t have a photo of David. But it didn’t matter, since he was married.

I fished out a photograph of Armand.

The witch held it up in her crooked fingers in front of her hooked nose. She twisted her neck, turning her head this way and that, peering curiously at the photo from different angles.

She handed it back.

“You should have never been with this man!”

I shrugged. “I wish I knew who this mystery man could be.”

“It is not important,” the witch said. “You will know in good time. You can bring him into your life. And I want you to do something.”

She rummaged on a shelf and removed several objects.

“Take these two candles. Write an affirmation on a slip of paper saying that you will be with this man with dark hair that you’ve known. Then put the paper between the candles, and melt the candles together. Light each one, and when they’re soft, mold them together.”

I took the candles. Well, it couldn’t hurt to try. Might even be fun.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Heidi Loeb Hegerich has lived in places as varied as Munich, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New York, Los Angeles, Squaw Valley and Reno. She has worked variously as a showgirl, business executive, entrepreneur, interior designer and real estate developer. She has traveled to six of the seven continents, and vacationed in spots as different as the French Riviera, the Andes and Afghanistan. She counts among her hobbies weight training, shooting assault rifles, and racing sand rails; she found skydiving entertaining but not as much of a rush as other pursuits.
A philanthropist for the arts, among other causes, Hegerich is now embarking on her own artistic quest as an author. The novel Love Target is her first book.

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