Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Shaw Case Files + Aster by Freya LeCrow - Book Blitz


 The Shaw Case Files:
Book 1: The Rembrandt Ripper
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Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. Violence. MF with M̩nage scene РMFM. Continuation story line.

In book one of the Shaw Case Files: New York Detective Kissney Shaw is placed on a case that will make a career or kill one when bodies start appearing around New York. With no clues and little evidence it looks like the killer will get away with murder, but Kissney refuses to give up.

Levi is Kissney partner on the force and in her bed. Both partnerships could come to an end when the man who holds Kissney heart shows back up in her life.

After a letter appears at the papers declaring the man "The Rembrandt Ripper", Kissney has to fight through the troubles in her life to stop a killer that seems to know more about her than she does of him.

The city that never sleeps has seen many serial killers, but this one will haunt them for years to come.

 
 
The Shaw Case Files:
Book 2: Duplicating Da Vinci
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Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF.

In book two of the Shaw Case Files: Kissney and Levi have spent years chasing one serial killer that left them wondering if they would ever find the suspect. Now with a new one running loose in New York City, they find themselves in the same predicament—only this time it involves hot wax. Can they catch the culprit of these unique murders? And how many will die before they do?

Levi comes to terms that the love he feels for Kissney won’t be returned but finds that ties to the woman aren’t easily cut.

Kane accepts an assignment and deploys with the military, promising to return. What he couldn’t promise was in what condition.

Kissney struggles with the stress from her job along with that in her personal life, leaving her questioning whether she should walk away from one or both.
 
 
 

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF.

The unthinkable happened to the human race—earth broke apart and blew up. The remaining survivors loaded on a ship in search of a new home. They finally found a planet that would sustain life. What they didn’t count on that it already did for creatures who had previously only lived in stories.

When the new world welcomed the humans, the humans soon found not all was what it had been—at least not for a choice few. The strange new world had prepared for their return long before the day the ship landed.

Will the planet they called Aster serve as a new home? Or will it turn into a nightmare for the chosen few?
 
 

Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney - Book Tour + Giveaway


Once a Rebel
by Mary Jo Putney
Genre:
Historical Romance

“Putney’s endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight.”
 —Sabrina Jeffries

A Rogue Redeemed

As Washington burns, Callista Brooke is trapped in the battle between her native England
and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything,
including her life, when a handsome Englishman cuts through the
violent crowd to claim that she is his. Callie falls into her
protector's arms, recognizing that he is no stranger, but the boy
she'd once loved, a lifetime ago.

Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callie’s best friend, and it was to Gordon she
turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. But the
repercussions of his gallant attempt to rescue her sent Callie
packing to Jamaica, and Gordon on a one way trip to the penal colony
of Australia.

Against all odds, Gordon survived. Finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished
soul, and once again he vows to do whatever is necessary to protect
her and those she loves. But the innocent friendship they shared as
children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them
when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both….



London, summer, 1814

Gordon was bored. Months had passed since anyone had tried to kill him. Luckily, this tedious spell of safety should end soon. Lord Kirkland had summoned him, and Kirkland was an excellent source of missions that required Gordon’s varied and nefarious skills.

Gordon was bemused by the fact that he and Kirk-land had become friends of a sort. They’d known each other since their school days at the Westerfield Academy, a small, elite school for boys of “good birth and bad behavior.”

Gordon had hated all the schools his father had sent him to, of which the Westerfield Academy was the last. He actually enjoyed learning, but he picked up new material very quickly, and then was physically in-capable of sitting still. When he was a boy at Kingston Court, he and his brothers had been tutored by a young curate who had allowed his most restless student to prowl around while his brothers struggled to master Latin or maths or the globes.

The marquess had never understood, so when Gordon reached an age to be sent off to school, he was placed in one of the most brutal academies in Britain so the masters would force him to sit still and behave properly. Despite the school’s best efforts to beat him into submission, Gordon had become ever more difficult. At the end of the year, he was asked not to return. The same thing happened at the next school. And the next. Gordon was rather proud of that fact.

By the time he reached Westerfield, he was so angry and rebellious that even calm, caring Lady Agnes Westerfield, founder and headmistress of the school, had been unable to reach him. He’d hated the school, hated his classmates, and rejected all friendly overtures. He skipped classes whenever possible, and when he showed up, he acted conspicuously bored and uninterested. To amuse himself, he’d perform brilliantly on exams just to madden his teachers.

Gordon had particularly hated Kirkland. Despite his youth, Kirkland had a cool, ferociously intelligent composure that was damned unnerving. Gordon felt disapproval whenever the other boy looked his way.

His hatred had been sealed during one of the school’s Kalarippayattu sessions. The ancient fighting technique had been introduced to the school by the half Hindu young Duke of Ashton, and learning it had become a school tradition. Gordon had enjoyed the fighting, which helped him work off his restlessness.

Despite his general anger with the forced captivity of school, he seldom truly lost his temper. But one day in a fighting session he succumbed to fury when matched against a sharp-tongued classmate. He might have killed the boy in a rage if Kirkland hadn’t intervened, yanking Gordon out of the fight, slamming him to the ground, and pinning him there. “Control yourself!” he’d ordered with razor-edged menace.

Later, Gordon was grateful he’d been prevented from committing murder even though he despised the little bastard who’d provoked him. But the public humiliation made him hate Kirkland even more.

Yet here he was, whistling as he climbed the steps of Kirkland’s handsome townhouse in Berkeley Square. He stopped whistling before wielding the knocker. It would be bad for his reputation to appear too cheerful.

Soames, the butler who admitted him, said, “His lord-ship is expecting you, Captain Gordon. He told me to send you to him immediately. He’s in the music room.” Soames gestured to the stairs.

“No need to take me up,” Gordon said as he handed over his hat. As he climbed the steps, he heard piano music. Lady Kirkland, he presumed. She was said to play superbly.

The door to the music room was closed. As he quietly opened it, the full power of the performance swept over him. Gordon wasn’t particularly knowledgeable about music, but he recognized skill when he heard it. He paused, drinking in the vibrant harmonies. No won-der young ladies were taught to create music. Though few would be this good.

He stepped into the room and saw that Kirkland and his lady were seated side by side on the piano bench and playing together. Their flying fingers perfectly coordinated as they produced that powerful, mesmerizing flood of sound.

Gordon caught his breath in surprise, and Kirkland looked up, startled. “Sorry, I lost track of time.” He swiveled on the piano bench and rose to take Gordon’s hand. “Thank you for coming on such short notice.”

“My pleasure, Kirkland,” Gordon replied. “I never know what interesting project you might have for me.”

“I hope what he has for you isn’t too lethal.” Lady Kirkland also stood to greet him. She wasn’t a classical beauty, but her deep warmth was a perfect complement to her husband’s cool composure. “It’s lovely to see you, Captain Gordon.”

“I greatly enjoyed your playing,” he said honestly. “I’ve heard of your talent, but it was still a surprise and a pleasure. Even more so in your case, Kirkland. Beautiful ladies are supposed to be musical. Such skills are less expected in spymasters.”

Both Kirklands laughed. “Would you like to come to one of our informal musical evenings?” Lady Kirk-land said. “Every month or so we invite a few friends over to make music.”

“And talk. And eat,” Kirkland said. “Several of life’s greatest pleasures.” His fond glance at his wife suggested what the greatest pleasure was.

“That’s sounds enjoyable, but I have no musical ability whatsoever,” Gordon said. “I know nothing of instruments and have an alarmingly bad singing voice.”

Lady Kirkland smiled. “You don’t have to perform. It’s enough to enjoy. We performers need an audience, after all. I’ll send you an invitation the next time we have such a gathering.”

He inclined his head. “I will be pleased to attend if I can, Lady Kirkland.”

“Call me Laurel. I owe you too much for formality.” She brushed a kiss on his cheek and glided from the room.

Gordon touched his cheek as he gazed after her. “You’re a lucky man, Kirkland.”

“A fact of which I am very aware.” Kirkland gestured toward a pair of chairs set by a front window. “We might as well talk here. I’ll ring for coffee.”

After he’d done so, they settled in the chairs and Kirkland said, “I believe you’ve lived among our young cousins in the United States?”

Gordon frowned. “You know that I have. I’ll tell you now that I won’t do any spying against the Americans even though our countries are at war. I like them.”

“I don’t want you to spy against them. This particular war has been a damned fool waste of blood and re-sources and should never have happened,” Kirkland said forcefully. “There are reasons why our countries came to blows, but Britain should have stayed focused on France. Now that Napoleon has abdicated, Welling-ton’s Peninsular army has been freed to turn else-where, which means the war in our former colonies will become much fiercer.”

“All sadly true,” Gordon agreed. “What has that to do with me?”

“I’m hoping to enlist you in a rescue mission,” Kirk-land replied. “No politics involved. There is an English-born widow who lives in the American capital, Washington. That whole area has become a war zone, with the Royal Navy rampaging up and down the Chesapeake Bay, burning towns and farms and bombarding American forts. Anything might happen. Her family is concerned about the dangers and would like her to be brought back to safety in England.”

Gordon frowned. “Mounting a rescue across the Atlantic will take time and money. Anything could happen between now and when I’d reach America. Doesn’t this woman have the sense to get out of the way of an invading army if one appears?”

“There’s family estrangement, so they aren’t sure of the woman’s financial situation, but she’s likely in reduced circumstances.”

“Being poor always complicates life,” Gordon agreed. “But what if she doesn’t want to return to England?”

“Exercise your powers of persuasion,” Kirkland said dryly.

“I have done many reprehensible things,” Gordon said with equal dryness, “but I’m not in the business of kidnapping reluctant women.”

“Nor am I. I told the government official who asked me to arrange this that I wouldn’t countenance forcing a woman against her will.” Kirkland smiled a little. “Which would be not only wrong, but difficult since females tend to have minds of their own. If she doesn’t wish to return to the bosom of her estranged family, you’re authorized to escort her to a safer place, at least until the fighting is over. If she is impoverished, pro-vide her with what funds she needs. At the very least, discover her situation so her family will know how she is faring.”

Family matters were the very devil. Warily Gordon asked, “Why is the widow estranged?”

“I don’t know. The official who asked me, Sir Andrew Harding, wasn’t forthcoming, but I believe the woman is a relation of Harding’s wife.”

Gordon had heard of Harding. He was extremely wealthy and had a great deal of political influence. A man who expected results.

He shook his head. “I don’t think I should accept this commission. If the widow has been out of touch with her family, the address might be wrong. Even if I can find her quickly, she might not want to return to England if she’s estranged. Sir Andrew should save his money. He and his wife are unlikely to achieve what they want.”

“Quite possibly not,” Kirkland said quietly. “But sometimes, people need to do something because it’s unbearable to do nothing.”
 

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author who has written over 50 novels and novellas. A ten-time
finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the
honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She
has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four
NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for
historical romance. Though most of her books have been historical
romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical
fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. 

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, 
Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise
known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a
combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the
RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT
Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New
York Times
 and USA Today bestseller lists.




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Cats and Dogs Part 1 by Jess Molly Brown - Cover Reveal




   Title: Cats & Dogs - Part 1

By: Jess Molly Brown

Publication Date: October 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Young veterinarian Nathan Brooks spent every childhood summer with his neighbor’s granddaughter Julia Hart. As a small boy, he’d been impressed by her attack on him with a plastic bat after his border collie attempted to eat her kitten. He knew he’d marry her someday. Childish spats evolved into something sweeter until suddenly, cats and dogs didn’t seem so incompatible.

But Nathan’s mother succumbed to cancer and his father and brother took solace in addiction. For Nathan, golden days grew few, and far between. Cast out of his home, Nathan had to make his own way in the world. For the first year, he managed to keep everything together. The year after that, his life fell apart and he left behind the only girl who ever mattered.

Three years after Nathan left her, Julia Hart is living in her grandmother’s house next door. Nathan has returned home to open his own practice.

They have a lot of unfinished business.

Evidently, neither has been able to move on. But what can he offer her? They haven’t spoken since the day he walked out with no explanation, and Julia’s not about to let bygones be bygones. Not after she’s spent three years shoring up the walls around her broken heart. Besides, he’s not exactly convinced he’s the best bet.

But fate has a way of knocking down walls when it gets good and ready. Even if Julia and Nathan are not.

This is the first of two novellas containing animal antics and a second chance romance. Partial proceeds will be donated by the author to children’s cancer charities.





Don’t be fooled by the seeming tranquility, Jess is scheming. There are a lot of characters in her head and all of them want out.


A best-selling author, she edits for professional authors and is always tutoring somebody. She got her start ten years ago, in Twilight fan fiction, and is proud of it.


Four great kids, one husband *coughbiggestkidofallcough* and two dogs ensure that the house is always messy. The garden’s overflowing with blooms, but weedy. The grass always needs cutting, provided it’s not buried beneath snow. She lives in Canada, eh? The dogs are walked, the kids get fed, the hubbs hasn’t killed anybody yet, the books Jess reads she reviews, and somehow, the people in her head manage to make it into stories. Occasionally, she embarrasses her kids by doing Zumba in front of their friends. It’s just how she rolls.


Come join her quest for world domination at http://www.jessmollybrownauthor.com


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Running with Wolves by Summer Lane - Book Blitz + Giveaway

Running with Wolves
Summer Lane
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Adventure, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Alaska, 1898
“They always come back,” she whispers. “Always.”



He spilled their blood. Now, she’s out for revenge.



Jenna Renee is a woman wronged. When her adoptive parents are brutally murdered by an outlaw named Conroy Parker and his gang of thugs, they take everything from her: her family, her happiness, and her money.



Determined to bring Conroy and his boys to justice, she hires a gruff but dangerous gun-slinging trapper and guide, Jeremiah Black, to help her hunt Conroy down.

But there is more to Alaska than meets the eye.
The cold touch of the arctic winter is dangerous, and the corruption of Conroy Parker and his comrades runs deep. The tundra is unforgiving, and so are the wolves. Nothing is as at seems.



If the wilderness doesn’t kill Jenna, the pack will. Revenge comes with a price, and so does love. There will be no mercy….only the hunt.



A romantic adventure from #1 bestselling author Summer Lane, set amidst the gritty and awe-inspiring setting of Alaska during the last great Gold Rush.

Interview with Bestselling Author Summer Lane

(Courtesy of Writing Belle Publishing)
This is your first historical fiction. How different was the writing process, as opposed to the past 17 novels you’ve written – which have all been post-apocalyptic?

A historical novel is more strictly attached to the time period in which it takes place. The way people talk, dress, act, and even eat are different than how we do all of those things modernly. I had to do a lot of research, of course. I have been slowly working on this book for roughly 2 years, when the idea originally occurred to me. I have read so many books about Alaska…toward the end of the writing process, I was devouring whole college textbooks and double fact-checking everything I had until I was entirely sure my eyes were going to fall out of my head.

With my apocalyptic books, the research is tactically-oriented, if that makes sense. With Wolves, I had to make sure the slang and vernacular was correct and that the history was right on target. I took a few artistic liberties with the story, as all writers do, but everything is based in fact. Everything.
Where did the idea for Running with Wolves come from?

I have always loved animals. I have always loved dogs. I first was enraptured by the idea of setting a story in Alaska when I was a little girl, after watching the animated film Balto for the first time. The concept for this particular novel sprung up about 2 years ago. It took me a long time to cultivate the plot to a point where I liked it enough to go ahead and write the book. I have always wanted to write a western-style novel, and that’s what Wolves is. A western novel set in the snow, with adventure and romance.
Where does the story actually take place?

I have constructed a fictional tale within the boundaries of the boomtowns and mining camps that existed in 1898. The main character, Jenna Renee, lives outside of a town called Dyea. I used prominent and famous historical hotspots, such as the Chilkoot Pass and Dawson City, in the book, too.
Can we look forward to some romance, in addition to adventure?

Yes! One of the central themes of the novel is the romance story between Jenna Renee and the rather callous but handsome United States Marshal Jeremiah Black. I love Jeremiah’s character – he’s got a lot of surprises up his sleeve, and I think readers will love him as much as Jenna does.
What are your upcoming projects?

Well, I have a non-fiction novel coming up in the next several months: Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel. I’m also releasing the first installment of the anticipated Resurrection Series in January 2018. Resurrection will continue the adventures, fights, and romances of Commander Cassidy Hart from the hit Collapse Series.

Author Bio:
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 18 novels, including the smash-hit Collapse Series. She owns Writing Belle Publishing. Lane is also an experienced journalist and creative writing teacher. Writing Belle is her online magazine, where she has interviewed and featured hundreds of writers from around the globe.
Look for her upcoming books, Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel, and Resurrection: Shadows of Omega, the hotly anticipated continuation of Cassidy Hart’s post-apocalyptic adventures.
Summer lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, Scott, and their German Shepherd, Kona.

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A Good Year by Tara Fox Hall - Book Tour + Giveaway

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a thrilling paranormal romance novel
by Tara Fox Hall
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A GOOD YEAR
Tara Fox Hall
Series: Unhallowed Love Series
Genre: Paranormal Suspense with Romantic Elements
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
A Good Year
There's No Heaven....Like Hell
Faced with losing Pandora Productions as well as her best friend Rebecca to the smarmy Paul, savvy film executive Debbie makes a pact with the demon Shaker, agreeing to bind herself to him as his human master in return for killing Paul. When the intended coup goes amiss, resulting in the deaths of both Rebecca and Paul, Debbie finds herself alone at Pandora’s helm, facing a rising tide of corporate enemies led by Paul’s duplicitous son Dante and the behemoth Titan Pictures. Shaker’s backing smoothes the way, solving some problems supernaturally, others through brutal bloodshed, even as he calls into play various preternatural and human allies to assist Debbie.
As the months pass, Debbie’s strong resolve begins to crumble under the weight of her actions, even as she guiltily concedes the pleasure she finds in Shaker’s arms is becoming something more than just affection. Is there hope for a happy ending built on so much evil? Or is Debbie doomed to lose her heart as well as her soul to a demon who has only been waiting for the chance to claim both?
It takes talent on the part of an author to get me rooting for someone who's decidedly not a 'good person'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend to anyone who likes something a little different in the way of paranormal romance and would enjoy a more mature heroine. Five Stars.
- Caitlyn Lynch, Goodreads Reviewer
Tara Fox Hall is a writer of consummate skill. I have been following her for years and have never been disappointed.
- Jenny Twist, Goodreads Reviewer

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Behind the Songs: A Good Year Playlist

            Even when life, movies, books, or everyday life can’t help me muster up the next plot twist, music never ceases to inspire. There are only a few songs referenced in my novel A Good Year, so I thought I’d share some links for readers who might never have heard them before, and also my reasonings behind using them in my book.



1.      Primal Rhythm

At the celebration of demons that Debbie attends with Shaker, they dance to drumming by more demons. While the song itself is not listed, this is the one I had in mind when I penned the scene for its lusty beat.



2.      Bone Music

On Christmas  Debbie and Shaker gather with their friends Sheila, Harp and Song, and are serenaded by Harp. These are the 2 music recordings I was thinking of when I wrote the passage.

Scene: As the party wound down to the wee hours, Harp serenaded them on his harp of bones, playing hauntingly beautiful music. While he and his instrument were at odds with the decorations, Debbie enjoyed his moving music immensely. It had all the longing inside her, all her angst, and all her joy in this night contained in its unearthly
melody. I’m so happy...






3.      Sympathy for the Devil by Guns and Roses

            This song comes on as Debbie arrives at the Pandora New Year’s Eve party.

Scene: The large conference room was decked with black and red ribbons and elaborate banners with silhouettes of demons in red foil on a black border. Scattered braziers burned, sweet incense filling the air. Life-size cardboard statues of various Pandora heroes and villains stood here and there. The nearest one was Jett Black, as Storm of Smoke and Ashes. Debbie looked at him with delight, imagining his skin pressed against hers. Later on, it will be...
            “It does look beautiful,” Sheila said. “Who is the band?”
            “Some local talent,” Song said nervously. “But they play covers. I picked songs with demon references.”
            As if on cue, the band began playing, the lively tones of “Sympathy for the Devil” filling the room.



4.      Original Sin by Elton John

This song comes on at Pandora’s New Year’s Eve party where Debbie and Shaker are celebrating their year of success, and is the signature song of the book. Shaker and Debbie are playing a dangerous game, as the song states. I also really liked the references to film in the song, such as “In the balcony, all the Romeos are bleeding for your hand, blowing theater kisses, reciting lines they don’t understand.”



Scene: “...still I hunger for you when you look at me...”
            Debbie had a mental flash suddenly of herself, surrounded by guests. She looked up to see Shaker watching her from across the room. He had let her see through his eyes.
            “...that face, those eyes, all the sinful pleasures deep inside...”
            His blue eyes suddenly flashed red, then faded back to blue as he gave her a sensual smile. Debbie smirked at him. He grinned back happily.
            I didn’t know the bond worked both ways, Debbie thought to Shaker. That I could see through your eyes.
            I wanted you to see you as I see you, Mistress. You look very beautiful tonight.
            Giorgio patted Debbie on the shoulder, breaking her concentration. “This is a great party, Debbie.”
            “I had a great team,” Debbie said graciously. “Enjoy yourself tonight.”
            As Giorgio walked off, Debbie turned towards the music, trying to make out the words.
            “Tell me how you know now
            the ways and means of getting in
            underneath my skin
            Oh, you were always my original sin.”
            You were, you know, Debbie thought to Shaker. I never sinned so much in one year...or had so much fun, either. I know there were some bad times, but we really made a great team, even when times were bad. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it was all real and not a dream.
            The year’s not over yet, Mistress, he replied. Meet me in your office at five of midnight.


 

About Tara Fox Hall

Tara Fox Hall
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children’s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children’s stories to date are free reads on http://www.childrens-stories.net.
Official website: http://www.tarafoxhall.com
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