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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gemini Rising by Louann Carroll

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Pages: 348

From the Cover:

Over 5,000 years ago, Sumerian cuneiform tablets warned future civilizations of the planet Nibiru. Every six thousand years the tenth planet crosses Earth's solar system spreading death and destruction. During its latest crossing Kate and Ryan Kelly learn to survive a post-apocalyptic Earth.

Sent to help sustain Earth, Noah, a member of the intergalactic counsel, joins with Kate, the chosen recorder of the end of days. One woman, and one offworlder collide with the ambiguous Light becoming humanities salvation. Out of tragedy is born a love that forever changes mankind.

What would you do when faced with a global apocalypse? Kate, Ryan and Jason begin a journey together, and as the world as they know it comes to a close, will any of them survive?

Kate is forced to move from her beloved San Francisco by the demands of her husband's career. The desert becomes her home with its unbreathably arid environment, where even cactus struggle for existence. How are people meant to survive? Her son Ryan doesn't share her disillusionment, but he struggles in his own way for acceptance. Jason appears unfeeling to his family's unbalanced needs, he continues with his life, angered, but unable to figure out why.

When a catastrophic event occurs, their family is pulled apart by need, refusal to believe and predestined design. It becomes a question of survival, acceptance and desire. Only time will tell who has the will to endure. Noah, an unaging alien, provides what Earthlings and humanity needs to make living possible, but barely. He becomes entrapped by Kate, but is it her destiny to bring new life to a planet that has ceased to be a welcoming home?

Gemini Rising by Louann Carroll tell the story of entwining lives, all is not as it seems and the benevolent creatures may not be as forgiving and caring as they claim to be. It is a a fantastical journey full of mysticism, science fiction and fact. This is the first book in a lasting trek through time, space and reality. Five out of five fairy kisses for this fantasy lover.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cover Reveal!! MJ Schiller's The Heart Teaches Best (Real Romance Collection)

I am really excited to be here today to reveal the cover for my new romantic suspense, THE HEART TEACHES BEST! Thank you for hosting me! I am blessed with a wonderful cover artist and I think this is my favorite cover so far.

From the Cover:

Cooper Sullivan is the cop in charge of investigating a murder outside of a Los Angeles night club. The famous romance author, Sydney Essex, has been found strangled in the parking lot. When the young officer returns to the scene of the crime the night after the murder, he gets involved in a fight in order to protect a woman, who he realizes afterward, is the victim’s sister. Soon he finds himself torn by his attraction to the irresistible blond teacher, and his need to maintain a professional distance.

Laney Essex is distraught over her sister’s death, so the high school English teacher returns to the bar where the crime occurred to find answers. To her dismay, she is only left with more questions, many centered on her developing relationship with Cooper Sullivan. Is the pull she’s feeling towards him reciprocated, or is the handsome detective only showing her professional courtesy, or, perhaps, even pity?

When Laney receives a threatening phone call from Sydney’s murderer, it quickly becomes evident that the man who killed her sister is after her, too! Can Cooper figure out who the killer is before it’s too late? And if he does solve the case, will it just be another file stamped “CLOSED” in red and locked away in a drawer, or will the sparks that have been flying between the two finally ignite?

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Author Spotlight: Hildie McQueen, Shades of Blue Series

Good Morning Blogosphere friends!

Today on the blog, I'd like to spotlight Hildie McQueen's Series, Shades of Blue. It a historical western romantic series. I've now completed the series, and I can tell you, it's definitely on my recommend list for 2014!!

Here are the book covers and descriptions:

From the Cover:

When Nora Banks hides in a hayloft to find a moment of peace, she doesn't expect the man she's loved from afar for years to climb up and join her, or that both their fathers find them in such a compromising situation.

The last thing Grayson Cole wants is to be attached to the only woman that's affected him since his late wife. Now that everyone expects him to marry her, can he risk that kind of pain again?

Neither Nora nor Grayson plan to go through with the marriage, not when their pasts are obstacles too great to overcome. But when the tides turn and those that demanded the wedding now try pull them apart, they decide to fight it.

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From the Cover:

Ashley Cole's life changed the day he failed to save a friend's life. When his cavalry captain comes to town bringing the secrets from his past, he is forced to face his demons.

Not just her father, the town sheriff, but every instinct warns Grace Dawson to stay away from the darkest of the Cole brothers. But fate has other plans for them and the attraction between them grows with each passing day.

The same secrets that forge the connection between Ashley and Grace can also ruin any chance of happiness.

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From the Cover:

When Olivia Dougherty is trapped with a badly injured Bronson, she doesn't expect to fall in love with the handsome man who fights her every step of the way.

Bronson Cole knows better than to allow the beautiful physician near his heart, especially since she's set to marry another.

But when they are imprisoned in a cabin during a heavy snowstorm, the strength of resolve melts faster than the snow.

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Hildie McQueen provides her readers with an excellent series, highly recommended for romance lovers!! 

Ms. McQueen is also have a giveaway! She is giving away a charm dangle and an ebook copy of Big Sky Blue, plus two additional copies of Big Sky Blue. Head over to her author website, to check out all of her great books!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Releases!

Hi to all my blogosphere friends!

I just wanted to let everyone know I have a couple of new releases coming out in 2014! (and yes, it still excites me, lol!)

Vlad Tepes, Vigilante Vampire releases from Crimson Frost Books in January (1-24-14)

This is a dark vampire romance that is almost too hot to handle, it sizzles my friends!

And my next release is....

SoulFire releases from Midnight Frost Books in February (I don't have an exact date yet, but I'll add it to the post as soon as it's available)

(This is a paranormal romance, YA book recommended for all ages!)

I've almost posted the first three chapters of a NA called "Classified: Love Found" on Wattpad that I'm getting ready to send out to publishers. I also have a couple other books that are nearly completed, so, I hope to have more good news in 2014!!!

Thanks to all my lovely friends for all the support you've given, in the past and hopefully future, to help make my dreams of writing come true!! I could not have done all this without you. :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Maer Wilson, Author Interview

Today on the blog, I'd like to welcome author, Maer Wilson!

Her new release, Portals Book 2 of the Thulukan Chronicles, is available now.

From the Cover: 
For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.

But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.

And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.

With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.
Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles.

 From the Cover:
Most of Thulu and La Fi's clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon should be simple.

The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground - Earth.

Stunning humanity with their existence, portals to other worlds begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth.

When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi's search becomes personal. The couple will need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that's what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.

When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they're nothing like your mother's fairy tales.

Thanks for visiting with us today!!

Thank you for having me here, Dottie!

Why don't you start by telling my readers a little bit about yourself?

I write, play MMOs (Star Wars and Guild Wars 2). I also teach college when I’m doing my impression of being an adult. I have two dogs and try to hike when I can, but that’s not nearly as often as I’d like.

What drew you to the craft of writing? 

Creating things has been something I’ve done all my life. From acting professionally to all sorts of crafting to teaching, I’ve always got some creative outlet going. Writing has been part of the acting process for me in creating my characters’ backstories. But the official novel was just something I decided to try when the characters sprang to life for me.

Do you write for the story burning to be told or do you write for a character that won't leave you alone?

Although my characters are my inspiration, I’d have to say that I’m split with both characters and their stories. It might begin with the characters, but I don’t start writing until I have a vague idea where I’m going with them.

Are you a pantser or plotter?

Panster. Totally. I know where my story is going to end up (usually), but I have no idea how I’m going to get there. I let the characters surprise me and I enjoy the journey.

When do you like to write? Mornings, Afternoons, Middle of the Night, or somewhere in between (like when the kids sleep)?

Well, my only kids are the dogs and they are good about not interrupting when I’m at the computer. I write whenever the mood strikes me. If I’m on a self-imposed deadline, then I usually write off and on all day.

Do you have some favorite music that inspires your writing? A movie? What inspires you?

I listen to a lot of film and gaming soundtracks when I write. Depending on what I’m working on determines which ones. My playlist is pretty long…as in days long. And it’s very eclectic, with lots of epic music, but also atmospheric pieces as well. However, it’s 99% instrumental. I find words to be distracting so I don’t listen to songs with words I can understand.

When you're not writing, do you have a favorite author or genre you enjoy?

I read what I write more often than not – fantasy and sc fi. But I also love mysteries, thrillers, historical. I have eclectic tastes. I adore George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the Harry Potter series.

What advice would you give to others in the journey to becoming published?

If it’s what you really want then stay with it. It can be a frustrating industry at times and if you truly love it, you will weather the storms. Don’t rush the process. Be through with your manuscript and make it the best you can before you put it out there.

Did you have a long line of submissions before you “got the call”? For those readers would wonder, how long did the submission process take for you?

I did the submission process twice. I had to stop the query process and rewrite Relics as a stand-alone, so the second half of the book got tossed. From the very beginning to contract, it was two years total. But from rewrite to contract, it was about six, seven months. Most of that was going the traditional route trying to get an agent. From the time I subbed directly to publishers it was about one month before I signed a contract.

Is there any other advice/recommendations you'd like to share?

Find a good solid group of experienced writers who are willing to share their expertise. Having that support system makes a big difference. I couldn’t have done what I have without my author friends. Their advice has been invaluable. And get good beta readers who will be honest.

If your book was going to be made into a movie, who would play your heroine? Hero? Bad guy?

Jennifer Lawrence for La Fi and Chris Hemsworth for Thulu. The bad guy actually has little screen time and a lot of CGI, so I’m going to go with our other bad boy, the daemon Tyler Jones. Shemar Moore would be perfect for him.

Where can we find you and your books?

You can find my work through my author page at Amazon Maer on Amazon -

Share with us something about your current book.

That night Parker had popped in to wake us at two in the morning to tell us our best friend, Reo, had been shot. The young ghost was distraught and panicked.

“They're on the back porch! You have to go help.”

“Where is he?” I asked groggily, as I jumped out of bed.

Thulu was instantly awake beside me, although he didn’t seem any more alert than I did.

“Back porch.” Parker enunciated each word in slight exasperation. “Go, please!”

Thulu looked at me, and I told him what Parker had said. Thulu can read lips, but even with a night light the room was too dark. 

Thulu threw off the sheet and we both ran from the room. I was briefly glad we’d been wearing PJs.
Heart pounding, I took a few precious seconds to check on our three year old son, Carter. His night light showed him blissfully unaware of anything. Whatever happy dreams he was having made him smile slightly in his sleep. I sighed in relief that he wasn’t having another of his nightmares.

Downstairs, Thulu had turned on the kitchen and porch lights. In spite of the panic moments before, none of the three people on the porch seemed frantic when I joined them. 

Thulu looked relieved, Reo was on the floor, but seemed stoic, and Sloane knelt beside him, brow furrowed only slightly in concentration as he dealt with the wound. 

My heart rate slowed down and my own fear started to slowly dissipate. My heart gradually dropped from my throat back to its accustomed place in my chest. Still my hands were shaking, and I felt the slight chill from outside. The porch was screened in, and the late August day had been hot, but the night brought a cool breeze that made its way along my arms. 

The scent of flowers from the backyard didn’t quite mask the smell of the blood that pooled on the porch floor around Reo. Sloane, his partner and an elf, had already removed Reo’s jacket and shirt. A bullet lay on the floor, and I could see the shoulder wound was already healing and closing up. In a few moments, only the blood would remain as evidence that he’d been shot. 

Reo's face was white. The strain showed around his brown eyes and his handsome face had the sheen of sweat on it. His short brown hair that was usually spiked, lay damp and flat against his head, but he gave me a shaky smile.

“Bastard ruined my favorite jacket.”

What are your future plans for your series? Are you cooking up a new one?

I’m currently working on Book 3 and no idea if this will tie up the series. I suspect not, though. I am going to be working on a new series in 2014. A sci fi series.

Some fun stuff:

Coffee, Tea, or Something Harder? 

Something harder.

If you were a rock star, what instrument would you play? 


If you were stranded on a desert island... would you hope that Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, or Gerard Butler was stranded with you (if hubby/boyfriend decided to stay home while you cruised, for me, not likely, lol, but I'd have a hard time choosing...)? 

Hugh Jackman – stage and film actor, sings, dances, acts. No contest.

Cake or Ice Cream (or both, what flavor)? 

Ice cream! Caramel.

Favorite all-time read? Movie? Favorite banned book? (Mine's To Kill A Mockingbird)

I have to go with a series, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Movie - I don’t have a favorite out of the series. There are too many choices. Banned - I actually had to look this up because I had no idea what was or wasn’t banned. I guess the most recent one would be The Hunger Games. I found it interesting that was even on the list.

Favorite paranormal creature? (vamp's, always vamps, lol) 

This would be so much easier if it were magical. Lol. Paranormal…hmmm…maybe shape-shifter. The obvious answer is vampire…but not if it’s the old kind. I much prefer the newer versions. So yeah, shape-shifter for me.

If you were going to pick a book/movie character to become...who would it be?

I’m actually quite happy being me, so this is always a tough question for me. If it was temporary, I’d choose Ramoth, the gold dragon from the Dragonriders of Pern series. You know that meme? “Always be yourself, unless you can be a dragon. Then always be a dragon.” Yeah, I could handle dragon for a bit.

Secret desires?

LOL, then they wouldn’t be secret. Okay, okay. Here’s an open secret. I’d like my books to do well.

Thanks so much, for letting me stop by, Dottie! It was a fun interview!

Thanks for stopping by today, Maer!! 

Where you can find Maer..:

Maer’s Website:
“Ghost Memory” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #1) -
“Unwanted Ghost” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #2) -

Praise for Portals
"Juggling angels, psychics, and a myriad of other magical folk (and their problems), Thulu and La Fi return in Portals to find a kidnapping victim, and maybe just save the universe as a side job. Maer Wilson does a beautiful job of painting their world, weaving a mystery, and sprinkling on a touch of humor in her sophomore fantasy. Such a fun escape!" —LynDee Walker, bestselling author of the Headlines in High Heels Mysteries.

Has part of Maer's blog tour, she's having a giveaway! Check out the information below!

Giveaway - Rafflecopter
A chance to win one of these prizes:
1 - $10 Amazon Gift Card
1 - $5 Amazon Gift Card
3 – eBook Bundles of “Ghost Memory” and “Unwanted Ghost”

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