23 Feb 2017

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Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Fairytale, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Threesome

Seven Sensuous Romance including BDSM, Contemporary, Fairytale, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, and Threesome by bestselling authors

By day, Belle Scarlett is a mild-mannered story consultant, film producer, and award-winning screenwriter in Lost Angeles. By night, she assumes her super-secret identity as Belle Scarlett, author of futuristic and paranormal romances with a high sizzle factor. Belle is also a proud member of The Naughty Literati - romance authors who publish boxed sets of their hot stories several time a year.
Aiding Belle in her quest for kick-ass, magical romance and out-of-this-world, passionate-ever-afters are her trusty sidekicks, Tall-Alpha-Blue-Eyed Boyfriend, upon whom her heroes are based, and Evil Feral Cat, upon whom her villains are based.
Colorado: The new frontier. This is the voyage of Nicole Austin. It’s been a lifelong mission. To explore awe-inspiring vistas. To get out of the rut, seek new experiences. To boldly go where she’s dreamed of being.
And she’s not taking this crazy journey alone. With some arm-twisting, kicking and screaming, she stuffed her best friend and co-author in the trunk of her muscle car, traded tropical beaches for snowcapped mountains and headed off into the great unknown.
A passion for erotic romance, along with the voices in her head that refuse to be silenced, have led to the creation of provocative stories that push boundaries and release inhibitions, resulting in extreme reader satisfaction. Scandalous!
Now she lives in an incredible world where fantasy comes to life in bold, vivid detail. Well, until real life intrudes, but Nicole fights a valiant battle to keep reality moments at a minimum and hold on to the dream.
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Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
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Berengaria Brown is an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author of erotic romance with over one hundred published digital, print and audio books. She writes contemporary, paranormal (magic, ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic, medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: MMF, MFM, FMMM, FFM, MM, FF, and MF. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.
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Katherine Kingston is the author of a dozen or so novels and novellas, most of which are currently out of print but re-edited and re-released now. Currently the first three of her Suburban Dominants series are available at most ebook retailers. She’s also a member of The Naughty Literati and has had a story in all of their anthologies so far. Kate writes in a number of genres including contemporary BDSM, historical, paranormal, and fantasy.
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Kathy Kulig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist of erotic contemporary and paranormal romance. She’s a science geek by day and escapes into her writer’s world at night. Known for writing dark and edgy stories, Kathy’s books are passionate, emotionally-charged and always have a happy ending. She began her writing career in journalism, publishing articles in magazines and newspapers. Now she lives in a fantasy world making up sexy stories to entice her readers.
When she's not writing, she loves to work out, travel, read stacks of books, watch movies and have dinners out with her darling husband. She lives in Pennsylvania in a 100 year-old Victorian house with a garage built out of reject tombstones.

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22 Feb 2017

Interview with Snowbirds author Crissa-Jean Chappell

Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
Every winter, the buses roll into the sleepy neighborhood of Pinecraft, Florida, bringing families of “snowbirds,” Old Order Amish who winter in the south, then return home to their farms when the ice melts. Lucy’s best friend, Alice, is a snowbird in the middle of Rumspringa, a time when Amish teens “try out” forbidden temptations.

What inspired you to write it?
I drove up to Pinecraft, Florida and discovered the Amish snowbirds on the beaches of Sarasota. I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of old and new—the girls in their long dresses and bonnets digging for shells on the beach.

Is it part of a series?

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?

Chloe Grace Moretz as Lucy Zimmer. Elle Fanning as Alice Yoder.

What made you want to become an author?
When I was little, my dad read to me every night. We loved Frog and Toad, as well as the Serendipity series of magical creatures. I stapled my own “books” out of notepaper and doodled the illustrations with Mr. Sketch Markers. My earliest stories revolved around identical twins who lived in a tree house.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?

Old-school book covers are beautiful in their simplicity. Tolkien’s cover art for The Hobbit—a wispy ribbon of a dragon—is my childhood favorite.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
Kevin Brooks’ new novel, The Bunker Diary is such a powerful read. All his stories take the shape of philosophical questions. As young adults, we start to wonder: Who am I? Why am I here? What happens when we die? That’s why I love writing stories for teens.

Who, or what, inspires you?
I’m inspired by my students, their unique perspective of the world, and most of all, the bravery of their voices.

Where is your favourite place to write?
I often write at a neighborhood café, a few steps from Prospect Park. The best part is the smell of woodsmoke from the fireplace.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
The Studio Ghibli adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle is gorgeously animated. It remains true to the original spirit of the book, yet introduces new themes, such as Miyazaki’s concern for the natural world.

Who is your favourite author and why?
I have so many favorites! It’s difficult to pick just one. I really admire the strong female protagonists in the novels of Courtney Summers.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?Oscar Wilde, of course! “People are either charming or tedious,” he said. No doubt, he was one of the most charming.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I’m allergic to mangoes (just like Aaron in my second YA novel, Narc).

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
In Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, you’ll find Victorian mansions, wild parrots, and the occasional ghost.

Crissa-Jean Chappell was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, NARC (Flux Books) is currently optioned for film. MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH (Flux Books) is a Florida Book Awards medalist, which Kirkus calls, "compelling and emotionally nuanced." Chappell's newest YA novel is SNOWBIRDS (Merit Press, F+W Media, winter 2017). She holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami and has taught creative writing and cinema studies for over ten years. When she misses South Florida, she talks to the parrots in Prospect Park.

21 Feb 2017

The Survival Pact by Christy Sloat

Title: The Survival Pact
Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: NA Dystopian/Paranormal
Publisher: CHBB
Editor: Cheree Castellanos
Cover Designer: Rue Volley
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Three friends. One promise. One goal. Survive.
Kami thought she'd seen it all as a small time reporter for a New York Paper, but after hearing reports of the dead crawling from graves and attacking humans, she realized the world she once knew would never be the same again. Forced to flee the city, she heads south where her two best friends, Emma and Lou, reside in search of answers.
As a drunken joke ten years earlier, the three friends made a vow that if the world went to hell they’d survive it together, no matter what. With the pact now a reality, they are forced to face a never ending tidal wave of the dead, tornadoes, earthquakes, and massive storms with hundreds of miles to go. Along with their new dog, Snack, the girls get closer to their destination but no closer to the answers as to why their world is filled with such evil. Will their plan of survival keep them alive or will they drown in the sea of the dead?

Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the Best Selling author of ten novels including, The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and Slumber.

20 Feb 2017

Cover Reveal: Through the Ashes (The Division: Book Two) by Connie L. Smith

Through the Ashes (The Division: Book Two)
By Connie L. Smith
ISBN: 978-1-945910-09-8
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The war has begun. The battle’s unfolding. And victory feels so distant…
The Essenced had prepared and trained, but never imagined the true horror of watching demons tearing through the Division to invade the realm. Every claw is horrific—every snarl disgusting—and the responsibility of keeping that vile terror from expanding beyond the battlefield’s borders rests in the teenagers’ hands. They thought they were ready for that challenge…
But then their confidence is shaken when a deadly new weapon emerges from the enemy’s arsenal, and well-kept secrets from the Essenced’s angelic superiors begin to surface.
In the midst of the carnage, can the teens find the strength within themselves, and among themselves, to grasp victory in blood-tainted hands?"

Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.
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16 Feb 2017

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 8th December 2016-12-08
She was willing to sacrifice everything for her country. He was willing to sacrifice everything for her.
‘Make a difference in the world,’ are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.
‘Don’t go getting distracted, now,’ is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.
A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Their families are going hungry. Daniel and Maggie do what they can. Soon, however, Maggie realises that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.
The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?



Maggie woke coughing. It was dark but there was something other than darkness in the air, something that climbed into her mouth, scratched at her throat and stole her breath. It made her eyes sting and tear. And it made her heart stall. Flames burst through the doorway like dragon breath. Maggie tried to scream but more coughs came, one after the other, after the other. She backed up in the bed, eyes wide, as the blaze began to engulf the room. She thought of her family, asleep in their beds. She had to waken them – with something other than her voice.
She hurried from her bed, peering through flame-lit smoke in search of her jug and washbasin. Reaching them, she flung water in the direction of the fire and began to slam enamel against enamel, fast and loud. She had to back away as flames lapped and roared and licked at her. But she kept on slamming.
Her arms grew tired. Her breath began to fail her. And she felt the heavy pull of sleep. She might have given in had she been alone in the house. But there was her father. There was her mother. There was Tom. And there was David. She could not give up.
Then like a miracle of black shadow, her father burst through the flames, his head tossing and turning. His frenzied gaze met hers.
She began to cry with relief but relief changed to guilt as she realised that she had only drawn him further into the fire.
‘No! You were meant to take the stairs. You were meant to-’
‘It’s all right, Maggie Mae. It’s all right,’ he said, hurrying to her. He scooped her up and held her tight as he carried her away from a heat that burned without touching.
She felt cool air on her back as he opened the window. Wind rushed in, blowing the drapes aside. The flames roared louder, rose higher. But her father only looked out at the night sky. And down.
‘Missus O’Neill! I’m dropping Maggie down to you!’ he called. ‘Catch her now, mind. Catch my little girl.’ Then he looked deep into Maggie’s eyes. ‘Missus O’Neill is down below with her arms out for you. I’m going to drop you down to her.’
‘Will she catch you too?’
But he just smiled and kissed her forehead. ‘Make a difference in the world, Maggie.’
The sadness in his eyes filled her with a new terror. ‘But you’re coming too?’
He smiled once more. ‘I am, as soon as I get the others out. Now keep your eyes on mine, Maggie Mae. Keep your eyes on mine all the way down.’
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About Denise Deegan

Denise Deegan is author of several best-selling novels for adults and teens. She has been a nurse, a china restorer, a pharmaceutical sales rep, a public relations officer, an entrepreneur and a college lecturer. Her most difficult job was checkout girl, though ultimately this ‘experience’ did inspire a short story…
Denise’s writing for Young Adults includes The Butterfly Novels: And By The Way, And For Your Information and And Actually.
Denise writes women’s fiction as Aimee Alexander including Pause to Rewind, The Accidental Life of Greg Millar and All We Have Lost.
Most recently, Denise has written an historical novel of love and revolution, Through the Barricades.
Denise is represented by the East West Literary Agency and Barry Krost Management. She is a member of the SCBWI.
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15 Feb 2017

336 Hours by Rachel Cathan

Genre: ‘Based on the author’s true life experiences, 336 Hours is a humorous and poignant diary about one woman’s quest to be a mother.’
Release Date: 13th February 2017
Publisher: SilverWood Books
The next 336 hours will be tough. No, the next 336 hours will be really tough…
I feel like an Olympian, waiting to see whether the years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication are finally going to pay off, or whether my body is about to fail me at the last hurdle and make me wonder why I ever hoped I could win.
My best friend is pregnant, my single friends are planning their pregnancies and, after five long years of tests and investigations, I’m coming to the end of my third – and supposedly final – IVF treatment. There are 336 hours to survive before I’ll know if I get to join the motherhood club. That’s 224 waking hours of pure psychological torture. 112 sleeping hours to stare at the ceiling and wonder, what the hell am I going to do with my life if it turns out I can’t have kids?
Based on the author’s true life experiences, 336 Hours is a humorous and poignant diary about one woman’s quest to be a mother.

I can’t pretend to have a clue what she means, of course. I don’t know what it’s like to have little people shouting, ‘Mummy! Mummy! MUUMMEEE!’ all day long, to never be able to go for a wee on your own, to make spaghetti bolognese and then watch your dinner dates tip it straight over their heads, to stay up all night comforting a teething toddler, to spend hours coercing and pleading with very small people to put shoes and coats on so you can at last leave the fucking house.
But I want to know this life. Because that stuff gives you stories, first-hand experiences, and the right to exchange knowing smiles of solidarity with other frazzled parents as you all manoeuvre your wayward shopping trolleys around the aisles of Tesco.
And it comes with other stuff, too: the good stuff.
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About Rachel Cathan
Rachel Cathan is a writer from Bedfordshire. In 2001, a mutual friend introduced her to a part-time pub DJ in Southend-on-Sea. A month later, they had moved in together, around seven years later they tied the knot, and a little while after that – just like so many couples before them – they made the exciting and terrifying decision to start a family. And then, like a growing number of couples today, well...not a lot happened.
Throughout the subsequent years of fertility investigations and failed treatments, Rachel kept a diary of her experiences, and it’s from these first- hand encounters in the world of infertility and IVF that her first book, 336 Hours has been adapted.

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6 Feb 2017

Author Interview with Liza Ketchum

Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
It's 1913 and vaudeville is America's most popular form of entertainment. Thousands of theaters across the country host vaudeville troupes. In Brattleboro, Vermont, fifteen-year-old Teresa LeClair—who has a "voice like a nightingale”—remembers the thrill of singing onstage as a child. But her parents have given up life on the road, and her father has decided that Teresa, blessed with perfect pitch, should drop out of school and work in the tuning rooms of the organ factory.
Determined to escape the life her father plans for her, Teresa wins an amateur singing contest in Brattleboro's opera house and steals away on the night train to New York. She hopes to become a star on Broadway's "Great White Way," but has no idea of the challenges that lie ahead. There she runs into Pietro Jones and his father, talented African American dancers. Teresa and Pietro become competitors as well as unlikely friends.
At a time when young black men could be lynched for simply looking at a white girl, Pietro understands, better than Teresa, the danger of their relationship. Teresa's quest to find her voice onstage and in her life, far from the support of her family, takes place against a complex racial backdrop of American history.
And thanks to VOYA for this recent review: “The Life Fantastic provides a fascinating window into the 1900s New York vaudeville scene, while examining the complexities of family support and expectations, as well as burgeoning black activism. It sounds like a lot to juggle, but Ketchum fits it together seamlessly and entertainingly. Her love of vaudeville shines through Teresa and her descriptions of 1913 Broadway, but she does not ignore the built-in limitations placed on people of color, who ironically had to perform in cork (blackface) to satisfy a touchy cultural sense of appropriateness. Such expectations will never allow a romantic relationship between Teresa and Pietro; while his father is reluctantly willing to toe the line to get by, Pietro, fueled by reading [W.E. B.] Du Bois, envisions a better future.”—Lisa Martincik
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What inspired you to write it?Vaudeville has fascinated me since I was little and my father told me the romantic story about my great-grandparents, who eloped and ran away to join a traveling theatre troupe. My great-grandmother was a singer and pianist, and her husband played the fiddle. The couple’s elopement—and their divorce later on—caused a scandal in the small town of Shreve, Ohio, where my great-grandmother grew up. Sadly, my grandmother was ashamed of her history, so she refused to answer questions about her parents and their stage careers. For my grandfather, vaudeville was the only entertainment he could afford as a young man. He told stories about sitting in the cheapest, rowdy seats, high above the vaudeville stage—and he taught me many vaudeville tunes. As an adult, I visited the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado, a restored and spectacular vaudeville theatre. As I walked down the silent aisle between rows of plush seats, I decided it was time to invent a story about what was once America’s most popular form of entertainment.

Is it part of a series?
I wrote it as a stand-alone novel, but a number of readers have been pestering me to write a sequel. I’ll see what happens!

What made you want to become an author?
I have been inventing stories since I was a little girl, when my father drew pictures to illustrate the stories my brother and I made up about our stuffed animals. I created my own palm-sized books out of construction paper when I was in second grade. I was lucky to grow up in an artistic family: my mother danced with the famous contemporary dancer Martha Graham, and my father wrote and edited books about American history. Books and story telling were always a part of our family life. My 8th grade English teacher, Norman Wilson, encouraged me to become a writer, and I was fortunate to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College. In a creative non-fiction class, Harvey Swados sent us out on wild field trips all over New York City for inspiration. Grace Paley was my advisor in Sarah Lawrence’s Senior Writing Seminar. Her ear for dialogue and voice had a lasting influence on my work. I’ve been a teacher all my life, so when a friend encouraged me to use my writing skills to write books for young readers, it seemed like a natural fit.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?

A hard choice! I’ve always loved the simplicity of Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse’s award-winning novel about the dust bowl during the Great Depression. The haunting Walker Evans photograph is the perfect image for Billie Joe’s stark, moving story.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
What an impossible question! I’m going to be disobedient and name three: First, I will never forget reading Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs. Dalloway for the first time. I was blown away by the structure, the beauty and rhythm of her sentences, the way she used stream of consciousness to enter into her characters. I admired the way she revealed the events of two dramatically different lives during the course of a single day. It’s a book I reread every few years. Another novel that had a profound effect on me was One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Marcía Márquez. The moment I read that dramatic opening sentence, I shivered—and I was hooked. It was my first exposure to magical realism. And I was profoundly moved by Toni Morrison’s Beloved. When I reached the last sentence I wondered: “How did she do that?” I went right back to the beginning to read it all over again.

Who, or what, inspires you?
I am inspired by young people who dare to be “upstanders:” those who speak up when they see someone being bullied or treated unfairly. Every year in the Boston area, sixth grade students write an essay about the meaning of courage. Their stories are collected and published in an anthology. Last year, Urbanity—Boston’s contemporary dance company—dramatized their stories, bringing them to life through music and dance. Hearing those stories gave me hope and motivated me to follow their example in these difficult times.

Where is your favourite place to write?
I write first drafts by hand, on lined pads. My favourite place to do that is on a comfy love seat in our bedroom alcove. It looks out towards my flower garden. I plant with pollinators in mind, so in the summer months, I’m distracted by butterflies, bees, and other insects, as well as the birds that swoop over the yard.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?

“The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” based on Milan Kundera’s novel of the same name.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?

My favorite authors change from year to year, but the following have been mainstays throughout my career as a writer: Grace Paley, E.B. White, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Jim Harrison, James Baldwin, Colum McCann, Ellen Levine, M.T. Anderson, and Gary Snyder.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I’d love to listen to the stories and witness the inspirational sparks that would fly if Virginia Woolf, Rachel Carson, Toni Morrison, and Grace Paley—four strong, opinionated, brilliant women—shared a meal at our dinner table. And the evening would be even more exciting if my dear departed friend and rabble-rousing fellow writer, Ellen Levine, could join us.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I’m a climate activist and an environmentalist. For years, I got up once a month at 5 AM, to test the water quality in the Charles River. I’m now a member of our town’s Bee Committee (we work to protect endangered pollinators). I also write letters to the editor of newspapers on issues related to climate change and our need to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.

Our Massachusetts neighborhood is very diverse, and our town is 30% Armenian. This means we have wonderful local markets with delicious food from the Middle East. Sometimes I’m the only person speaking English in a market where others have lively conversations in Armenian, Arabic, Turkish, or Greek. For the first few years we lived here, the Jewish community broke their Yom Kippur fast at a local Palestinian restaurant. Friends from Iran run the dry cleaner’s a few blocks away, and an Armenian family owns our favorite coffee shop. As recent posters and signs have stated: “This is what community looks like.” We’re lucky!
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