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Etched in History by Amanda Marie

August 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Synopsis: Now available from Linkville Press!

Two families: one white, one black. One family escapes the oppression of 19th-century slavery; the other seeks refuge from the oppression of nature gone wrong. They meet in the wilds of Oregon, in a world far different from the places of their origins.

Hope is a strong, vivacious girl, open to friendships and willing to accept all. Joshua is the black teen who becomes her best friend, even though her family does not wish it. When Hope goes blind from scarlet fever, Joshua is instrumental in finding help for her, and Elijah and Mia pave the way for a relationship that spans the centuries.

A few years pass, and now Joshua comes to Hope’s aid again, when it seems there is a way to regain her sight. When their relationship blooms into something more serious, it turns out that the ones who are truly blind are those who let racism stand in the way of love.

Set in 1800s Oregon, Hope’s journey has her meeting historical figures such as Oregon Senator George Baldwin and Mr. William Clark (Montana’s Copper King) and is a story that will surpass the limitations of prejudice.

 

Review: Historical fiction or historical romance isn’t really my genre. However, I read this and found it to be interesting. It is written from several characters’ perspective, giving the reader insight into the minds and feelings of each character instead of just the eyes of one. It’s a historical romance, and as such must have had some research behind it, which the author clearly did and did well. This was a sweet romance touching on more than just the love, but also the racial issues of the time and the courage of the characters to look past what society of the time told them was wrong to reach happiness. It’s a very touching and well written, well researched story that paints a very accurate view, in my opinion, of the feelings of the time.

 

 

The Welter War by D. Drache Dragao

August 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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Synopsis: The boxer: The king at 147 pounds, Michael Bennett, is brash and cocky but has the ability to back up his mouth in the ring. But why won’t he defend his words in the sport he constantly runs down? Surely he isn’t afraid of men who can come in off the street and fight in uncivilized settings like a cage.

The mixed martial artist: Elijah Moore, the greatest welterweight in the history of the fastest rising sport, comes from a more humble background. His life outside of the cage is driven by the memory of his beloved. He has a secret that needs to come off of his chest and unwaveringly stares hate and intolerance in the eye to bare himself to the world.

It’s not common knowledge that there’s no love lost between Elijah and Michael, but their accolades and their personal battles set the stage for an inevitable war that will answer the question: which is the superior combat sport?

Review: This isn’t a romance story exactly. There are elements of romance in it. Elijah’s sexuality comes to play a big part, but it’s more of showing who he is than a major focal point. I like him. He’s honorable and loyal, fiercely devoted to his family. Michael is his polar opposite. He’s a boxer and looks down on MMA. He’s very brash, has a bit of a temper, and is not the most likable guy. He’s a family man, that much is obvious. He loves his son, he loves his wife. This story is a build to a clash of these two men who are at the top of their sports and the clash that comes before mutual respect. The final fight between the two is satisfying and comes to a respectable conclusion.

 

Alluring Infatuation by Skye Turner Cover Reveal

July 18, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Alluring Infatuation

Blurb

Dade Rodrigue is the levelheaded, bass guitarist for Bayou Stix, the hottest rock band in the country. He’s the oldest member which often places him in the role of protector and mentor. Women love a rock star and Dade is no exception. When events in his own life become overwhelming, he takes a much needed retreat for some quiet and down time away from his “Dade the rocker” existence.

Melonie Bird is a well-respected OB/GYN with a successful practice. She’s beautiful, smart, and career focused. She likes things neat and orderly and her life is no exception. When her perfect life derails, she takes off on an island adventure to refresh and recharge.

An exotic location, a chance encounter, and two beautiful people -who aren’t quite who they seem- will have both of their worlds spinning.

What happens when the unexpected changes your life? When the things you never thought you wanted turn out to be exactly what you need, what do you do? What happens when the one you can’t forget isn’t exactly who you thought they were?

Can a spark of lust ignite the fire of love?

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18456533-alluring-infatuation

Author Bio

Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer.

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately life intervened and she made the choice to leave her studies.

She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 children, and 5 fur babies.

When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, or catching up on her family oriented blog.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkyeTurnerAuthor?fref=ts

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Skye-Turner/e/B00F4J94SQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Blog: http://skyeturnerauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7164331.Skye_Turner

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkyeTurner_Auth

The Mystery of Mouta by G.X. Chen Spotlight and Excerpt

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

 

The Mystery of Moutai, by G.X. Chen, is a mystery novel that was published April 2014.

 

Synopsis:

 

A teenager returns home from school to find a gruesome scene: the apartment he shares with his mother, Shao Mei, in Boston’s Chinatown has been ransacked and she is dead. There is a bottle of Moutai—the most exotic and expensive Chinese liquor—left at the scene and traces of rat poison in one of the two shot glasses on the kitchen counter. This was evidently a homicide, but who could possibly be the killer?

 

Ann Lee and Fang Chen, close friends of the victim, team up with the Boston police to solve this mystifying crime: why would anyone want to murder a harmless middle-aged woman, one who worked as an unassuming mailroom clerk, with no money, no connections, and presumably, no enemies?

 

Realizing that important clues behind the motive may be buried deep in the victim’s past, they travel to Beijing, where Shao Mei spent more than fifty years of her life. While there, surrounded by the antiquities of China’s rich and complex history, they stumble unwittingly into a cobweb of mystery and danger. Fearing for their lives but determined to press on, they end up unearthing a scandal more deceptive and far-reaching than either could have imagined.

 

Disclosure: The three main characters and the victim also appeared in The Mystery of Revenge byG.X. Chen.

 

About the Author:

 

G.X. Chen is a freelancer who lives in Boston with her husband ( both of her mystery novels are based in Boston). She permanently moved from China to the US after Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. Previously published books include The Mystery of Revenge (a mystery novel) and Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East (a historic fiction/romance) and several other novels in Chinese.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gxchen1

 

Website: http://gxchen.tateauthor.com/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6978127.G_X_Chen

 

Amazon ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JOWF4Y2

 

Amazon paperback: http://www.amazon.com/The-Mystery-Moutai-G-X-Chen/dp/1496055497

 

Excerpt:

PROLOGUE

 

In the spring of 1994, John Chan, an athletic teenager, vaulted up the stairs of an old apartment building on the edge of Chinatown in the city of Boston, taking two steps at a time while carrying a hockey stick and a duffel bag full of shoulder pads, helmets, gloves, and skates. He was tired but very excited because he had just played an important hockey game at his schoolthe winner would go on to the division finalsand he could hardly wait to tell his mother that he had a winning goal in the second period and was congratulated by all of his teammates and his coach. John was starving. Looking forward to a hug; a hot shower; and a hearty, homemade meal, he was rushing toward his apartment, which was located on the third floor of the five-story brick building.

After the door swung open by a touch of the end of his hockey stick, John stopped in alarm. Even if she was expecting a guest, his mother always locked the apartment doorshe was afraid of burglars ever since their next-door neighbor had a break-in several months ago. John dropped the duffel bag, placed the hockey stick against the wall and peeked inside the apartment apprehensively. It was late in the afternoon, but the west-facing apartment was still well lit by the sun, which was sinking slowly on the horizon.

His jaw dropped when he saw what had become of his home, which was always neat and clean no matter how hectic the occupants’ lives were. The living room was in total disarray, the floor covered with bits and pieces of books and magazines, and all the drawers and cabinet doors in the kitchen were pulled open—his home had been turned upside down, ransacked.

His voice echoed as he called out, “Mom, I’m home! Where are you?”

No response; the apartment was eerily quiet. Hesitantly, John opened the door wider and entered, trying not to step on the fallen books because he knew his mother, Shao Mei, loved them. A former physics professor at Beijing University, Shao Mei kept all the books she had brought with her from China, even though most of them were getting flimsy and falling apart.

Among all the messes, a shiny object drew John’s attention almost immediately. Sitting on the coffee table in the living room was a slick and colorful porcelain bottle of Moutai, the most famous liquor in China. His mother had been working as a mailroom clerk for an insurance company in Boston and could never have afforded an authentic bottle of Moutai, which would have fetched more than a hundred dollars on the black market in her native country.

He walked over and stood in front of the battered coffee table, looking down at the exquisitely designed liquor bottle, which seemed empty. Then, he noticed something bulky stuck between the sofa and the coffee table. It was his mother, face-down on the floor. On her partially hidden, painfully distorted face, blood trickled from her nose and her mouth. His legs started trembling violently. John screamed, but no sound came from his mouth. It was seemingly a long time before he was able to control his limbs. He ran to the kitchen, picked up the phone, and dialed 911.

The rest of the day was a blur. Police officers and detectives came and went, along with a team of forensic specialists and an ambulance. Everything in the apartment and around the body was checked, including a fancy gift box in the trash can, two shot glasses on the kitchen counter, and the empty bottle of Moutai. The forensic officers used protective gloves, putting all the items, one at a time, carefully into separate evidence bags.

After the body was taken away, a tall and sturdy man in his early fifties came into the bedroom where John was sitting and placed a hand on his shoulder. “Paul Winder-man,” he said in a soft voice, “detective sergeant from the Boston Police Department. And your name please?”

“John Chan,” John murmured without looking up at the police officer.

“John,” Paul said, kneeling down to face the kid at the same level. “Do you have any relatives in town?”

“No,” John said and shook his head, looking into Paul’s deep and pale blue eyes in despair. What’ll happen to me now? He thought in panic. Where will I go? His mother was the only family he had in the US. He dropped his head and started weeping.

Paul kept his large hand on John’s shoulder. What a pity. The poor lad might have to be sent to social services, he thought sympathetically. “Do you know anyone in the cityyour mother’s friends, for example?” he asked hopefully.

John lifted his head and nodded. “My mom was friendly with Auntie Ann Lee and Uncle Fang Chen,” he told the detective between sobs. According to Chinese tradition, he addressed all of his parents’ friends as “uncles” and “aunties” even though they weren’t blood relations. As far as John knew, Auntie Lee and Uncle Chen visited his mother often when she was alivesometimes they’d take him along to have dim sum in Chinatown, an area he and his mother lived on the edge of, where the rent was cheaper than most places in downtown Boston.

Paul Winderman’s eyes lit up when he heard the names. He had dealt with both of them in a previous murder case a few years ago. He liked Ann a lot, a very capable young woman and a straight arrow, but he didn’t trust Fang Chen because the professor had played hocus-pocus with the police rather than cooperating the last time they met.

Paul processed the facts in his head for less than a minute before placing a few calls. Due to the fact that Ann didn’t own a car, he dispatched a police cruiser to pick her up. Half an hour later, a sober and red-eyed Ann Lee showed up at Shao Mei’s apartment to take John away.

“I’ll pack up everything you need and deliver to you as soon as I can,” Paul told the kid, who had rested his head on Auntie Lee’s shoulder and was crying.

Lifting his head, the kid said nothing but nodded with tears in his eyes. With Ann’s help, he stuffed a few sets of clothes into his duffel bag, picked up his backpack and the hockey stick, and left his home in the US for the last time.

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Friday, April 24

Another warm night; the breeze coming from the open windows makes me feel it’s an early summer rather than spring day.

It has been a thrill to know that I will soon meet my old friend who suffered much at the hands of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to renew our friendship. I don’t have many old friends anymore, having lost all the contacts when I moved. I particularly crave the comrade-ship we forged during the formidable years when we were both young.

It’s fascinating for me to think what this friend of mine will say or what her reaction will be when I show up at her door. I probably should call her first or send her an e-mail, but I’m not sure if she has an e-mail account, or even a computerstill a luxury item for most people. I heard she has fallen on hard times since she left China. The poor thing!

I’m sure I can cheer her up with my visit and my unique gift. It’s only fitting that I should bring her the best.

 

Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera Press Release

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

 

 

 

Visionary Fiction: Earth Sentinels sheds light on global issues with brilliant message of hope!
The newly released novel, Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera is a “no-holds-barred piece of literary realism that is destined to become a classic model of wisdom for living harmoniously on earth,” according to Mark Champion of OurHealingMatters.com, “On occasion, we all read a book that we know will mark the time of our age. Earth Sentinels’ message is every bit as telling and accurate as Animal Farm and Fahrenheit 451. It is a succulent portion of cold, hard truth played out with characters you share affinity with, understand and love.”

“The premise of Shaman Elizabeth Herrera’s novel is a timely one, as evidence is mounting that our over-reliance on fossil fuels, deforestation, genetically-engineered crops and other economically-driven, but environmentally-irresponsible, practices are posing an existential threat to the planet earth,” says Kevin Joseph, Amazon Vine Voice.

Earth Sentinels begins with the fallen angel Bechard somberly observing the world being destroyed by mankind’s greed, corruption and indifference. Realizing drastic measures are needed; Bechard begins searching the globe for people who might join his quest to save the planet.

It doesn’t take long for the fallen angel to find 17-year-old Zachary, whose family’s organic farm is being ruined by fracking; Haruto, living in Fukushima, Japan, where the nuclear meltdown is raging out of control; Mahakanta, a cotton farmer in India, who used GMO seeds with devastating results; the Amazonian tribe members, Conchita and her father, Pahtia, fighting against intruders illegally tearing down their rainforest; and the Bear Claw First Nation Tribe who are dealing with an unstoppable oil spill that is ruining their traditional hunting grounds.

Intriguing blue doors and ethereal mists beckon the characters to the spirit realm where they finally meet the mastermind Bechard to form an alliance. Excitement builds when the world’s Governments are faced with the Earth Sentinels’ demands, sent on behalf of Mother Earth who cannot speak for herself. As events unfurl and countries retaliate, the readers ride a roller coaster through the supernatural!

“Simply riveting! This book is a page turner to the end. Herrera has woven a cautionary tale with threads of history, revelation and hope. Bravo!” exclaimed reviewer Richard O’Shields, channel and media professional, Everyday Connection.

Laine Cunningham, award-winning author stated, “This is one of those books that’s going to stand alongside classics. Drawing from Native American wisdom and the beliefs of a world filled with respect for nature and its spiritual elements, Herrera has created a global book of wisdom for a global world.”

You can get your hands on a copy of Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine bookstores.
http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Sentinels-The-Storm-Creators/dp/0692225315/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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Author Shaman Elizabeth Herrera, is a shamanic healer and author who writes life-changing books. Her stories encourage people to stretch outside their comfort zones and reexamine their own beliefs.
She is also the author of Shaman Stone Soup, and Dreams of Dying.

Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators, visionary fiction, 270 pages ISBN-13: 978-0692225318
Author website: http://www.ShamanElizabethHerrera.com
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Winter’s Island by Lillian MacKenzie Rhine Cover Reveal

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Today is the cover reveal for Winter’s Island by Lillian MacKenzie Rhine. She will talk a little about the book below then reveal the beautiful cover for us. Keeping reading for a great giveaway.

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Winter’s Island is the story of Cay Winters–a young, artist whose only want in life is to not end up like her reckless mother. After being raised by an intrusive aunt, Cay finds it easier to just run free of her fears hoping that the evils of the world will never catch up to her. Well that is all wishful thinking when she arrives in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands as a mentor to her impressionable cousin.

Her first test is to get through the initial meeting with her cousin’s liaison, William Gatling. He affects her in a way that takes her senses away. Little does she know, he holds a secret that can save her life…as well as end it.

Islands, the pesky, majestic things that they are, don’t allow you to run very far before the demons or in this case…VAMPS…catch up to you, so let’s hope that Cay can make it out alive.

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WINTERS ISLAND COVER (NEW)

Title: Winter’s Island

Publisher: Hot Ink Press

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Cover Artist: Rue Volley

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BIO

Lillian MacKenzie Rhine (“Lilly Mac”) writes in several genres ranging from paranormal to historical. She believes that the possibilities of creation should not be limited to just one category, but one should allow the story and characters to dictate where the journey starts. Being a beta reader and avid reviewer for several years has allowed her to write her material with the reader in mind which gives her books a more realistic and relatable approach.

“An open mind expands all horizons, and I don’t want to miss a moment.” ~ Lilly Mac

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Blog Tour stop and interview with Kenneth G. Bennett

May 22, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Synopsis: 

Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.

Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.

 

Interview:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What kind of books do you write? When did you start? Where are

you from etc.

I began writing stories at age 6 and have made my living as an ad copywriter for the past 20 or so years. I’ve worked on campaigns for Disney, Volvo, Carl’s Jr., Starbucks, Amazon and a number of other clients. My first two novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA were YA. My new book, EXODUS 2022, is a SciFi Thriller

2. Most authors also read a lot in addition to their writing. What kind of books to you prefer to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Favorite authors include Stephen King, Carols Ruiz Zafron, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lee Child, Jorge Luis Borges, John Grisham, Justin Cronin, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Amy Tan. I read a huge variety of books but enjoy thrillers the most.

3. Tell us about your book.

EXODUS 2022 is the story of a young man who suddenly begins suffering life threatening hallucinations and learns that the “visions” destroying his mind may provide clues to a looming global calamity.

4. Do you have a favorite character in your book? Do fans gravitate towards one character more than others and why do you think that is?

Joe Stanton is the lead character in my book and the character I identify with the most. Readers seem to like Joe and his girlfriend Ella; and seem to despise the villain of the story, Sheldon Beck.

5. Do you listen to music when writing? What kind of music would best suit your novels?

The theme from Gladiator

6. If your book were made into a movie, who would play your characters in your dream cast.

Tom Hardy as Joe Stanton. Jennifer Lawrence as Ella. Michael Fassbender as Sheldon Beck.

7. If you had a chance to collaborate with any author, indie or mainstream, who would it be and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien, but that might be a little difficult.

8. What’s next on your agenda?

A book called THE HEALER, about a man who discovers later in life that he possesses a unique healing power. A power that could change the world.

 

Author Bio: 

Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds. THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”

 

Book links:

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20641630-exodus-2022

LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/work/14672242

Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/books/37400967/Exodus-2022

Excerpt: http://www.kennethgbennettbooks.com/2014/01/26/EXODUS-2022-a-new-sci-fi-thriller-coming-may-2014/

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Exodus-2022-Kenneth-G-Bennett-ebook/dp/B00IRL8O2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394549551&sr=8-1&keywords=exodus+2022

Author links:

website: http://www.kennethgbennettbooks.com

GR: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5131305.Kenneth_G_Bennett

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Exodus2022

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kennethgbennett/

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