Sunday 29 April 2012

Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin

From Mega Nerd to Super Stud.

Justin Case and women do not mix. Man boobs, a love of Kings and Castles, and being tight with the "nerd" crowd certainly don't win him any points either. After rescuing Katie, his crush, it turns out she might not be the girl he thought she was, while Elyssa, the school's Goth Girl, turns out to be more. Can high school get any more confusing?

Determined to improve himself, he joins a gym and meets a sexy girl that just oozes a "come hither, Justin" vibe. Until she attacks him in the parking lot, and Justin realizes she's no ordinary girl but a being with supernatural speed and strength. After a narrow escape and an excruciating migraine headache, he wakes up with supernatural abilities all his own: speed, strength, and the ability to seduce every woman he sees.

While that might sound like the perfect combo for any hormonal teen, Justin is a hopeless romantic who wants his first time to be special. Is that too much to ask for? But he doesn't know what he is or how to stop his carnal urges. One thing is clear: If he doesn't find answers there are other more sinister supernaturals who would like nothing better than to make him their eternal plaything and do far worse than kill him. 

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Reflection by Jessica Roberts

Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with? 

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Whisper Cape by Regan Walsh

A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end?

Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite.

WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father’s sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road—a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?

Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father’s death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities—a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie’s heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she’d left for dead.

Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he's also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them both in end. 

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Saturday 28 April 2012

Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy

A dark twist on Faeries.

For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.

The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are round every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. 

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Pazuzu's Girl by Rachel Coles

Morpho Wilson thought her life was difficult enough. Her father is Pazuzu, the Mesopotamian demon of plague and the Southwest wind. As a teenager Morpho struggles against her father, while trying to adjust to high school in a new neighborhood. The family is constantly moving in an attempt to elude Pazuzu’s murderous ex-wife, a demoness known for killing children.

Then something unique happens. A socially-impaired classmate becomes so intrigued by Morpho that he pursues her, despite the mystery surrounding her family and the danger that accompanies it.

But before their romance can grow the demoness tracks Morpho down, and now only needs an ancient artifact called the Tablet of Destiny to complete the destruction of the world. The tablet confers on its owner the ability to control the fate of everything and everyone on earth.

Once the tablet is discovered in the Middle East, the oldest and most powerful gods begin a battle for its possession, with the human population caught in the middle. Morpho, her family, and her new friend must decide, do they escape from the horrifying demoness or fight for their own destiny. How far will Pazuzu go to save his daughter from a hellish fate? Will his banishment from Heaven so many millennia ago end up being a curse...or a blessing?

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Water by Terra Harmony

All of the elemental powers are in the palm of her hand…and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth's survival. 

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Friday 27 April 2012

Author Interview with Jason D. Morrow

Prophecies are not always clear. That is what seventeen-year-old Silas Ainsley learns when he finds himself in a realm called Marenon. The people of Marenon are nearing the brink of war and many of them claim that Silas is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Each group wants to use him for their own purposes, and he doesn't know who is trustworthy. With the help of a lawless band of mercenaries, Silas must journey to uncover the meaning of the prophecy before Marenon falls to ruin. The only way to get to Marenon is to die, and Silas has just arrived. 

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With the war in Marenon escalating quickly, Silas Ainsley is running out of time. The relentless Stühocs are attacking villages, and an assassin is tracking his every move, making it difficult to find the one person who has all the answers: The Gatekeeper.

Meanwhile, after learning that the Dunarian Council is compromised, King Julian Hobbes scours Marenon for the truth about how deeply the Stühocs have penetrated the freedom fighters.

When Julian discovers what he must do to uncover that truth, he must decide whether the result can justify his actions. 


When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you? 
I began writing when I was a small child. I've loved it my whole life. It started with really bad drawings, but then I learned that words could tell a story. So, I made little stories, usually involving some sort of element of fantasy. As I got older, I got into authors that really knew how to write and truly make a story come alive. About the time I reached middle school, I knew I wanted to be a novelist as a profession. But, I didn't write my first novel until last year. Now, The Deliverer is out there for all to read, and it's so much fun.

Where did the ideas come from for The Deliverer? 
It started with a word. Marenon. I don't know where it came from or what it meant, but I knew I wanted to use it to create a world. I love reading fantasy, but I wanted to write something different. I didn't want a vague world on in nowhere in particular, though, I love reading those stories. Marenon is different, because people must die in order to get there. It's a world that is war-torn and looking for a deliverer. Many elements will be familiar to fantasy readers, but I think there is plenty of intrigue to get hooked.

What book are you reading now? 
Like everyone else, it seems, I have just finished reading all of the Hunger Games books. They were good, and I can see why people love them. I really like to read books with a lot of action. A book has to keep my attention with every word. If it doesn't, I get bored quickly. Somehow I'm able to write books with the short attention span I have. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It is an exciting time for me. I just finished Book Two in the Marenon Chronicles, and the third book will be available this summer. The Gatekeeper, (book 2) picks up right where The Deliverer left off.

What were your feelings when you first saw the finished product of your first book?
It was amazing. I've never felt more accomplished about a project before. The Deliverer was about 95,000 words, and that's a lot of writing to do when you've never tried a novel before. But it was totally worth it. My wife took me out to dinner, and it was just a really fun night. But then, of course, the editing process came, and it was more difficult than writing the book! But I've enjoyed it all.

In your opinion, what elements do you need to make a good story? 
First you have to have characters that people care about. Everything else will follow that. Yes, you need a strong plot, and a lot of other elements to make a good story, but first you MUST have good characters. In my books, I mainly follow two people. Silas and Julian. These two characters are very different. They are placed in similar situations where people are looking up to them, but they go down a very different path in how they work things out.

I'm excited to see what people think about The Deliverer and The Gatekeeper. I've put a lot of thought and work into both of these works, and I think people will truly enjoy it. So far, the reviews have been good. I'm crossing my fingers, hoping they stay that way.

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Tuesday 24 April 2012

The Gates by Rachal Wade

                                                The Gates on Tour!!
Book 2 of The Resistance Trilogy, a paranormal fantasy romance series. Available NOW from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

            (The Resistance Trilogy #2)

 Song: I Gave You All
  • Artist: Mumford and Sons       
  • Tour Date: 4/24/12
  • Venue: Samira’s Throne Room
  • Anthem:  

 Rip the earth in two with your mind
Seal the urge which ensues with brass wires
I never meant you any harm
But your tears feel warm as they fall on my forearm

But close my eyes for a while
Force from the world a patient smile

How can you say that your truth is better than ours?
Shoulder to shoulder, now brother, we carry no arms
The blind man sleeps in the doorway, his home
If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could have won

But I gave you all

Close my eyes for a while
Force from the world a patient smile

But I gave you all

But you rip it from my hands
And you swear it's all gone
And you rip out all I have
Just to say that you've won

Well now you've won

Getting There is Half the Battle...

Armed with more unsettling knowledge about Gavin Devereaux and her circle of friends, Camille Hart is faced with new adversities and lethal propositions when she returns to the Amaranth exile to carry out Gavin’s risky crusade.

Realizing her journey through the bayou was only the beginning of her struggle to stay with Gavin, she finds that leaving her Louisiana home is the least of her worries. New evils await her on the other side, and as she and her friends press on with their mission, they are confronted with the reality that everything doesn't always go according to plan.

As secrets unfold and alliances are formed and broken, only the strongest will survive and the power of love will be tested when a war between witches, humans, and vampires erupts into an all-out power struggle and all is on the verge of being lost.

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As you may know, I absolutely LOVED Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1). Rachael Wade has a way of pulling you into a story and making you feel like you're along for the ride.

Same thing goes for The Gates. We hop back into the story where we left off and it's non-stop from there. Camille and Gavin's romance heats up and gets tested in ways you wouldn't even think of. We find out more about the characters that we were left wondering about in Amaranth.

While reading Amaranth, Camille came off a little too much as a victim but we get to see a side of her in book 2 that is a nice change. It's not enough that it's unbelievable, she's growing and it's completely natural.

I would recommend picking this book up the second it comes out. Which, by the way, is April 25, 2012. And if you haven't read Amaranth already, what are you waiting for?

Back to patiently waiting for the third and final installment.. *sigh*

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Sunday 22 April 2012

Author Interview with Stephen Goldin

Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin has lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life.

His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky, with whom he co-wrote the first edition of the highly acclaimed nonfiction book
The Business of Being a Writer. His current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. So far they have co-authored two books in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series.

He served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for close to three years as editor of the SFWA Bulletin, and another three years as the organization’s Western Regional Director.

He has lived with cats all his adult life. Artistically, he enjoys Broadway musicals and surrealist art. Philosophically, he is an atheist.

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When did you first consider yourself an author? Do you see writing as a career?
Well, I've been making up stories since I was about 10, playing with little plastic figures of spacemen and reading science fiction books. As I grew more mature, I realized that stories had a structure and a plot, so I became more disciplined. I got a typewriter for my 13th birthday, and started committing the stories to paper. The more I read and the more I wrote, the better I became. A writer must be a reader first, because you have to realize the discipline of the writers who came before you. I considered myself a writer from age 13, I guess, though I didn't sell anything until I was 18.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I'm actually semi-retired these days--still writing, but at a more relaxed pace. I try to produce one to two pages of rough draft a day, usually in late morning or early afternoon. When I was writing fulltime I could reliably produce about 8 pages of rough draft a day, usually 3-4 in the morning and 4--5 in the afternoon. I feel very disappointed with myself that I can't keep up that pace any more, but age is just slowing me down.

What was your main source of inspiration your stories?
Most of the time I try to find a character I like, and then build a story around him/her. That's why I tend to write series; I like my character and want to see more of them, watch them in action. My characters are part my friends, part my children, and frequently I don't want to say goodbye to them.

What do you feel is the hardest part of writing?
The hardest p[art of writing is forcing yourself to commit words to paper (or, these days, to computer). Making one word follow another in definite and purposeful sequence is much harder than it seems, because there are so many temptations to do other things. Writing letters to fans, surfing the Web, reading, even taking out the trash are wonderful distractions, and they certainly feel like you're doing something useful--but if you let them take over your time, you end up accomplishing nothing. You have to put all these wonderful distractions away and concentrate on the job at hand.

Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp?
A story is all about a character overcoming a problem...and since most of my books have happy. or at least positive, endings, I have to show my characters overcoming their problems. My message is that almost any problem can be overcome if you face it squarely and deal with it with courage, diligence, honesty, and imagination. That's what my characters do, to the best of their ability, and I like to think that people can do the same thing in real life.

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your first novel?
My first published book, Herds, was written in my early 20s, when I was much more naive about life, so the book was pretty simplistic. If I were doing it over (which I definitely will not do), I'd make it more complex and nuanced.

How long does it generally take you to write a novel, from start to finish?
At the peak of my career I was writing about 3 books a year. These days, at my slower pace, I'm lucky to do a book every 1-2 years. I'd prefer to be more prolific--I have plenty of ideas--but time seems to slip away from me.

Is there a person in your life, an author, a teacher, or maybe a family member, who influenced you or encouraged your writing career?
Robert A. Heinlein, the greatest science fiction writer, was a vicarious father to me, influencing my thoughts about life and personal honor and morality. His books taught me to think and be responsible for what I do. I reached a slightly different philosophy than he did, but I thought it through, and that's the action I think he would most have approved of. Another writer, Andre Norton, influenced a lot of my writing because I learned from reading her books how to put the main character into trouble at the very beginning and not let up until the very end. I learned about plotting and pacing from her.

What book are you reading now?
I'm going through a book every week or so, mostly science fiction and mysteries. I'm just about to start rereading Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, which I read and enjoyed many years ago. I haven't quite decided what will come after that.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I'm currently about halfway through the rough draft of Jade Darcy: Run Out of West, which is a prequel to the books in my wife's and my Jade Darcy science fiction adventure series. It's set about 5 years before the first book of the series, Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor, and it explains how the main character came to the planet Cablans which is now her home, and how she met some of the unusual characters who people that world.

Where can you find Stephen Goldin?
Parsina Press, my online book site, is
My personal Web site is
My bibliography (books, at least) is at
Goldin Rules, some personal words of wisdom, is at
My Facebook fan page is!/AuthorStephenGoldin
My Twitter handle is #stevegoldin
My personal blog, The Ingesterie, is

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Author Interview with Michael Meyer

Mike Meyer recently retired after a 40-year career of teaching writing at a California community college. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, having lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He lives in Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two other cats. 

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Life is good for B.J. He has a great job and a loving wife. But all of a sudden he begins experiencing a series of lifelike nightmares, where he knows intimate details of Munich, a city in which he has never been. He can speak German in his dream, a language he does not know. Everybody thinks he is losing it. Is he going crazy? To save himself, he knows that he has but one option: he must go to Munich to uncover the truth behind his dreams.

Stan Halsey, a professor in Saudi Arabia, sends for his wife to join him, but she suddenly disappears soon after her arrival, along with every trace of her very existence. There is absolutely nothing, not one single detail in any records anywhere, to prove that she is indeed a living person and that her spouse is not crazy for thinking so. Both the American government officials and the Saudi Arabian authorities insist that she does not exist. Stan Halsey, all alone in his quest, must act fast before he is forced out of the country.

What is real, and what is not? Who is really who, and why? The mounting suspense moves from Munich, to London, to Rome, and to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is the horrifying link between these two alternating stories? Do you love mysteries? Do you love thrillers? Do you love suspense? If so, then take on COVERT DREAMS.
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James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff’s eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie’s cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.

But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.

The twists and turns are relentless, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions, but time is running out, and Cuff, his faithful Rosie at his side, knows it.
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When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Do you see writing as a career?
I became fascinated with books at a very young age. I must have read every CURIOUS GEORGE book out there. At the age of ten, I self-published my first book, a short synopsis of California history. My parents bought the only copy, but I was a published author. At that point I was hooked. I am not out for money. As a retired college professor, I have a nice pension. Rather, I want to write until I die. I love creating characters and plots. Writing to me is like reading. I never know precisely where things will lead. I am in good health, and my doctor told me that writing is a very healthy avocation for someone in my situation: a retiree. I love his advice.

Were the characters in Covert Dreams created around people in your life? How did you decide on the character names?
The characters in COVERT DREAMS all come from my imagination, but bits and pieces of people I have known have found a home in them. As a student in Germany, I got to know Munich like the back of my hand. As a professor in Saudi Arabia, I got to know the country well. The names of the characters are all my creation, but the locales in both Munich and Saudi Arabia are true to life.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I am an early morning person, so I like to get to work right after breakfast. I walk for about an hour six days a week, and on that walk, just before breakfast, while exercising my body, I am also exercising my brain by coming up with ideas for that morning’s writing session. I sometimes find myself having to hurry home just to be able to jot down a note or two before I lose the idea. I generally like to write for several hours a day, but every once in a while the skies turn dark without my even knowing it since I have been on such a roll at my computer, and the day simply got away from me.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I have always loved mysteries, so I wanted to write ones in exotic locales that I know well. I have been intrigued by the strange relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and the whole area of parapsychology has always fascinated me. That’s where COVERT DREAMS came from. DEADLY EYES came from my fascination with the Caribbean, where I lived for four years on the island of St. Croix. THE FAMOUS UNION shows the quirky side of academia, where I spent a 40-year career as an English professor. THE SURVIVAL OF MARVIN BAINES comes from my having experienced midlife firsthand.

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do to get over it?
I like to go with the flow. If I feel like writing, nothing can stop me. I can write for hours, non-stop, words rushing to get onto the page. If I don’t feel like writing, I enjoy life’s other pleasures, not feeling compelled to write that day since I want writing and reading to only bring me pleasure. My chosen career is over, and now my time is reserved for living the good life.

Is there someone in your life who inspired you to write? Was there another author or a teacher who encouraged you?
I have always loved language, the way words can be creatively strung together to create meaning. I come from a long line of teachers, my grandparents, my parents, my aunts, my uncles, my cousins, my siblings, and all of them have had a hand in inspiring me to become the writer I am today. 

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I am an avid world traveller. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I have travelled extensively, many times, throughout the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and both Western and Eastern Europe. I love being a part of different cultures, learning things that I would never have known if I had stayed only in my native California. My wife and I travel internationally at least once a year. 

What book are you reading now?
I am on the verge of completing HEMINGWAY’S BOAT, which will be a nice bridge to my next read, THE PARIS WIFE.

How would you describe Covert Dreams to someone who has never heard of it?
COVERT DREAMS is an international thriller that roars through London, Rome, Munich, and Saudi Arabia. It is a murder mystery combined with elements of parapsychology, where what is real just might not be the case.

If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
I hope that people will laugh, cry, and panic in the very places I intended them to do so. I hope they will say that they have read an author who cares deeply about both his characters and his word choices.

What were your feelings when you first saw the finished product of your first book?
I was both elated and sad, simultaneously. My baby was both born and out of the nest at the same time. I had spent so long creating him, and suddenly he had gone off to live on his own in his new Amazon home. I missed interacting with him on such an intense and nearly daily basis.

Do you have any advice for budding writers?
Write, write, and write. There are many excuses that can be made as to why you cannot write at a particular time, but ignore them. A writer is a person who writes. Period.

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Saturday 21 April 2012

Indie Giveaway Hop!

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Thanks to so many generous authors, this is a HUGE giveaway! 

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 1- Pandora's Key by Nancy Richardson Fischer
1 - Ink by Holly Hood (Mobi & ePub)


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Neophyte by Emmalee Aple

The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison

Splitting Adam by John R. Ford

Ever wonder what would happen if Frank Capra had directed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Find out in Splitting Adam!

After a soul-crushing thirtieth birthday party, Pastor Adam Tyler, the hopelessly single son of a single mom, is given a chance to see what the world would be like without him. But surprisingly, rather than just an Adam-less world, he finds instead that he has been replaced by two others, each man his ″half-self.″ One, the child of his mother, is a wealthy and successful businessman. The other, the child of the father Adam has never known, is a movie-quoting, streetwise con man. It seems the only things these two have in common are Adam’s DNA, and that both are on a collision course for Deep Trouble. With a hand from his crusty guardian angel, it’s up to Adam to rescue them. But is he up to the task? And can he find his way home again?

This hilarious journey of half-self-discovery is the lovechild of Kurt Vonnegut and Anne Lamott, and is sure to delight all who enjoy a trip into the magical land of "what if?"

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The Dark Age Survivors of the Pulse by Jeff W. Horton

Suppose you learned that an ancient prophecy about an artifact, said to be powerful enough to dramatically change the world, was true. Would you risk everything to find it?

It has been five-hundred years since the Pulse caused the Great Collapse, ending the Golden Age, and civilization on planet Earth. Humanity has waited ever since for a long-anticipated sign from God, which has finally appeared in the night sky. The time has come for Ferrell Young, the Warrior Clan, and the Church to risk everything in an effort to restore civilization, and bring hope to a world full of despair.

Alex Montgomery is an archaeologist who has spent many years looking for a mysterious book on behalf of the Holy Christian Church. The book is said to contain the location of the Great Oracle which, according to legend, can endow the one who finds it with great power and wealth. Of much greater importance to the Clan and the Church however, is the fact that it may also enable the world to emerge from five centuries of darkness and suffering.

When a powerful, intelligent, but sadistic barbarian leader named Kraken learns of the Oracle, he plans to destroy the Warrior Clan and the Church, take the Oracle for himself, and enslave the rest of humanity.

Join Ferrell and his companions as they set out on a desperate journey to find the Great Oracle, and rescue humanity from The Dark Age.

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The Storyteller and the Jann by Stephen Goldin

Parsina Saga #2

Starting on his reluctant odyssey with a small party of friends, the storyteller Jafar al-Sharif must cope with treacherous nomads, a desert djinn, a king of an underground realm and an army of animated corpses as he attempts to save the life of his beloved daughter.

This is Book 2 of the Parsina Saga, a journey through a world of djinni, flying carpets and high adventure in exotic realms -- with the fate of the world at stake.

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Rupture by Curtis Hox

Simone Wellborn is a Transhuman with an attitude. She’s been genetically engineered from birth to be super smart. The problem? All that tinkering her parents paid top dollar for provided a few unexpected results, like an annoying ability to blast telekinetic energy at the worst possible times. She also has another tricky issue: strange entities possess her and, worse, transform her into something dangerous.

Simone's mother sends her to the Sterling School for reject Transhumans. While there, she meets a few other students with similar problems. They’re all Transhumans with dirty secrets. Heartthrob Hutto Toth is a charming gladiator. He annoys Simone from day one, but he’s also a Werebear who accidentally killed a boy in a glad match, and Simone can’t stand how much she likes him. There’s two-foot tall Wally Dorsey, who’s determined to pilot a personalized mech. His best friend, Beasley Gardner, is a mountain of a young girl with enough muscle to beat up any boy at school, but she’s suffers from a rage disorder. Finally, Simone meets Kimberlee Newkirk, an unassuming Succubus who fears she’ll kill the next boy she kisses.

These defective students find themselves at the center of a deadly conflict when another student, Joss Beckwith, attracts a Rogue Artificial Intelligence, the new power brokers in a society radically changed by science and technology.

The Transhuman Warrior Series tells the story of Simone and her friends as they’re transformed into highly specialized human weapons. They must challenge the increasing power of the Rogues as these enemies push into Realspace with one goal in mind: total domination. 

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Friday 20 April 2012

Author Interview - Rachel Rossano

We had the opportunity to interview author Rachel Rossano today! 

About the Author:
I was born in the northern midwest to a missionary pastor and his wife. As the oldest of four, I learned to be mature and responsible at an early age. That, however, did not prevent me from having constant flights of fancy. In my early teens, those flights of fancy began to make it to the page. I have always loved reading and constantly had my nose in a book growing up (fuel for those fanciful flights). It seemed only natural to start putting my adventures into words to share.

Watch for all of Rachel's books in an upcoming Read It & Reap!

About the Books:
Death or an arranged marriage, Verity refuses to accept the choices.

Verity Favian's father dies unexpectedly. Her half-brother, Verdon, lays claim to all their father left behind: title, castle, and her. Verdon cannot touch the land set aside for her dowry so he offers her hand for sale to the highest bidder. Lord Silvanticus, a man renowned for his military power and close ties to the king, makes the winning bid. Despite the rumors of Silvanticus’ madness and cruelty, Verdon accepts.

Verdon locks her away in a tower. She is not sure if he seeks to prevent her from fleeing the marriage or spreading the truth only she seems willing to speak: Verdon killed their father. Either way, her time is running out.  (short story) 

Isolated on a distant planet, she is incarcerated for a crime she doesn’t recall. She has no name, no idea where she came from, or why she is injected with drugs daily to hold these vital facts from her grasp. Despite small rebellions, she wastes away, worn and losing hope of ever being whole again.

Then he arrives. Claiming to hold the answers burned daily from her brain, he offers her a way out. But at what cost? (short story)


Trained as a mercenary soldier, Darius Laris was a man of decisive action. He was also a man of compassion. Seeing a young slave woman about to become the spoils of war, he claimed her for his own. Marrying her before God and king, he made her a free and respectable soldier's wife. Brice Ashlyn was born a slave. Abused and beaten, she learned quickly to avoid being noticed and to stay away from men. When her master's walls fell to enemy forces, she ran, but not fast enough. In Darius' offer she found deliverance, but experience had taught her to fear power such as his. Could she trust in his protection, or had she traded one form of slavery for another? (novella)

A sweet romance of learning to trust, choosing to love, and facing the adversities of life together. Set in a world similar to Medieval Europe, this fantasy novella has none of the mystical elements prevalent in the genre. (novella)

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Do you see writing as a career?
When brainstorming ideas for my second novella while still in high school, I realized I was addicted. Oddly enough, I didn’t even consider it as a career until halfway through college. However, my practical side overcame my dreams and I pursued a degree in accounting instead. My first job out of school ended up a toxic situation. To cope, I wrote. While in my second job, I decided to pursue writing more methodically. I signed up to tutor high school kids in writing and pursued publishing my finished books. Then, our first child was born. My priorities shifted again.

Now I am a stay-at-home mom to three children under five years old. At this point I see writing as my sometimes-profitable hobby/part-time job. Someday, when my kids are older and I can devote more time to it, I hope it will become a career.

How do you come up with the titles for your books?
When I work on a novel or short story, I frequently refer to it by the main character’s name. The Crown of Anavrea was Eve. The Mercenary’s Marriage was Darius. When it came time for publication, I sought my husband’s input. He ended up naming both of them.

Since then, I have grown into naming my own work. Exchange refers to the pivotal point of the story. Word and Deed refers to Verity’s desire, to be loved in word and deed. Now I have begun naming the stories as they are written. Duty and Diaspora are barely started and I have them titled and their covers pretty much finished. Diaspora even has a book trailer ready.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I am a stay-at-home mother of three little ones: a four-year-old and two almost two-year-olds (twins). My work schedule follows their nap schedule. I work in the moments I can grab. My husband sometimes gives me a break in the evening. I leave for an hour or two, grab a booth at the local Friendlys, and bury myself in my latest WIP. Writing has become my therapy, the piece of my life that is adult and mine among all the chaos.

Are experiences in the book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Bits and pieces of my stories come from life. An expression here, an inflection there, emotion that grabbed my attention, the process of working through a difficult time, or just the relationships of those around me all get thrown in and mixed until nothing looks like the original. I get inspiration from history, biographies, other fiction, people discussing things, the news; basically anything can inspire an event or twist to the plot.

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do to get over it?
Usually I burn out. Too little sleep or too much stress can do it. Sometimes it is because I need to be doing something else for the story, like plotting. I am never stalled for long. Usually I am simply having a hard time finding the time to write.

When I do encounter writer’s block, I have a whole list of things I do to break through it. I read, watch movies, edit, free write, write in a different project (I usually have at least two in the works), talk about the story with a literary friend, or take a break. If the block is persistent, I try to figure out why I am stuck and seek a solution. My current problem is plot. My characters ran off with the story without telling me where we are going. I need to sit down and reassess our destination before I write more.

Is there someone in your life who inspired you to write? Was there another author or a teacher who encouraged you?
My reading inspired me to write. I grew frustrated with the ending to stories I read and started rewriting them. I think the first people who really encouraged me were two of my professors in college. My writing composition professor praised my story telling ability on my narrative paper. He read it to the whole class. Then my second composition professor selected me along with a few other students as someone who would succeed at a special self-study school for writing. I never considered the school seriously, but I did remember that he thought I had what it took to succeed as a writer.

What do you do to unwind and relax? 
I write. I read, create book covers and book trailers, watch movies, play games, and listen to music.

What book are you reading now?
Currently I am in the midst of Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliot, Life in a Medieval Village by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies, and One Mind’s Eye by Kathy Tyers. I just finished Loyalty’s Web and Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena. Both of them are excellent books.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 
Two projects currently occupy my writing time.

The first Duty is a fantasy set in a distant corner the Theodoric Saga world. Taking place in the aftermath of a civil war, it is the story of Brielle Solarius. The only child of a deceased noble, she lives out her days as a commoner in the village of her birth. Her cousin, who now oversees her father’s holdings, only comes to the village once a year to claim his share of their ever dwindling resources. 

One morning, as winter nips at their fields, a small army of men descend on the village. Rounding up the women and children (the men are off fighting for their noble overlord), the newcomers claim to be sent by the new king. They inform them the last of the village’s men died in the final battle of the war. By the king’s decree, all women of marriageable age will be married off to the soldiers. Their leader, the newly made Lord Irvaine, informs Brielle they were married by proxy. He has come to claim her as his bride.

My other project, Diaspora, is a novel prequel to my science fiction short story Exchange. Earth wants to open negotiations with Domestica after centuries of mistrust, hate, and general antagonism. Ruhan is tasked with finding out what they really want beneath the diplomatic jargon and loaded phrases. Meeting the delegation on an outlying mining outpost, he encounters a woman who defies everything he knows of their planets’ histories.

Myah studies the people of Domestica. Her knowledge of their culture, history, and customs earns her a place among the Earth delegates as a consultant. Her world changes with a single touch from the emissary from Domestica. Everything she knew to be true about herself, her family, and her planet dissipates. Suddenly exiled from her home, her only hope of survival becomes the man who caused the trouble in the first place, Ruhan. A relationship conceived with a single touch changes the course of two interplanetary empires.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
In Word and Deed? No. I don’t think I would change a thing. The advantage of working with a short story is its brevity. I weighed every word, every sentence. I might change my mind later, but right now, I wouldn’t change a thing. 

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers? 
A writer needs a computer with word processor, a dictionary, a thesaurus, a library (and/or the internet), imagination, discipline, time, and a willingness to learn.

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