Friday, February 5, 2016

Interview with E. Mellyberry, I WON'T BREAK

 
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
I Won’t Break is a part of A Broken Love Story series. My Lea, its prequel, was published last 2014. The story follows two overseas students, Andrew and Lea, who came to America to study. One mistake changed everything between these two, and it haunted them from the moment it happened to the moment they were separated and met again five years later. The series, as opposed to a regular romantic fairy tale, starts with this heart-shattering incident. Andrew and Lea’s journey to overcome their fear and hatred is hard and full of self-doubt. But out of this bitterness comes hope and love. In a nutshell, I Won’t Break is a rollercoaster read about second chances, forgiveness, and self-acceptance.

Do you have a favorite character?
I love writing Andrew because he’s such a complex individual. He’s a hero, but not exactly a Prince Charming. He’s a villain, but not a heartless demon. He’s loveable; he’s scary. Andrew is a flawed man; he is real. It’s amazing to watch his character grows. I, too, grow along with him. The experience of writing him is surreal and I cherish every moment of it.

If you used a graphic designer, how involved were you during the creative process of your cover?
I was quite involved in designing the cover, especially during the brainstorming process. I explained my vision and preferences, then my designer gave me feedback on what was doable and what was not. Open communication is the key here. Once we agreed on the concept, I trust my designer to visualize it. 

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
When I write, I prefer silence. I’m easily distracted, so I always turn off my phones and internet when I’m down at my writing cave.

Do you outline your story or just go where the muse takes you?
Well, I’m kinda both. Story ideas usually come to me in the form of scenes. I capture those scenes first, then develop them into a plot. Not all scenes are useable in my rough plot though. I take the ones I want and sorta ‘glue’ them together. I’m not sure if that’s the correct way of outlining, but it works for me J

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes and Yes! I always do. As matter of fact, I work with more than just one editor. I work with a content editor, a copy editor, and a proofreader. I cannot stress hard enough how important it is to have qualified editors in your team. Writers write for themselves, a saying says, but editors work for the readers. No writer should edit their own work. We need fresh minds to review our draft before it goes to publishing.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
I learn everything. I learn that writing is a lonely job, but publishing a book is a team effort. Everyone I meet in the book industry is my teacher. There’s no self-publishing school in the real world, but working with each of the players (editors, designers, formatters, marketers, bloggers, other authors) is the same thing. It’s like going to a school specialized for writing and publishing.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Yes. Book Depository and other ebook retailers such as Kobo, iBook, Scribd, Page Fondry, Oyster, and Barnes & Noble.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Travelling! Every time I visit a new place, it automatically becomes a potential setting for my next book.

What’s next for you?
I can’t imagine myself without writing, so what’s next for me always involves writing. Currently I’m writing two novels, FLY (a YA Contemporary) and LOVE, THE SECOND TIME (a New Adult Contemporary). I’m planning to release them sometimes in 2017 J. Wish me luck!

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Book & Author Details:
I Won’t Break by E. Mellyberry
(A Broken Love Story, #2)
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
Lea and Andrew’s story continues in this sequel to My Lea. From the city of San Francisco, the tale journeys on to the other part of the world: Jakarta, Bali, and Tokyo.
It’s been five years since Andrew walked out of his apartment and left Lea in America. Five long years without any single contact. Andrew is now a twenty-eight-year-old man who just inherited his father’s business empire and is about to marry the granddaughter of the wealthiest man in Singapore.

At twenty-four, Lea is in the early process of sorting out her life and career back in her home country.
When Andrew’s father passed away, they are reunited again for the first time since America.
Like it or not, they are forced to revisit their past and deal with their unfinished business. For most people, love is the answer to everything. But Lea and Andrew’s love is far from ordinary. Theirs is tainted by sin and guilt. And anger. Lots of anger.

What happened five years ago that made Andrew leave?
What happened after Twin Peaks?
What happened to their baby?

Told in both past and present events, I Won’t Break tests the limit of love when faced with grief and heartbreak, discovers the true power of forgiveness, and explores the meaning of second chances.
I Won’t Break is the sequel to My Lea (A Broken Love Story series) and cannot be read as a standalone.
Due to mature theme and content, this book is not suitable for readers under 18.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Melly is a full-time mom, wife, and fangirl. She used to work in a school and she’s very passionate about education. She has been writing children’s books since 2011 under the name mellyberry. She loves reading all kinds of books in her spare time, mostly MG, YA, NA, contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. She avoids horror and sci-fi as much as she can.

Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talks to people, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.

Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s the Nusa Dua beach, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time that she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area. According to her, San Francisco is no doubt the most romantic city in the world.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

#Review: IN THE KINGDOMS NAME by Amy



  5 of 5 stars


What would you do if you had a chance to change history? This is what Eva MacKay must decide when she time-travels back to 1297 Scotland in the time of William Wallace. Wallace was a heroic figure who fought with every breath in his body to drive the English from Scottish soil, but when backstabbing nobles turn on him at a crucial battle, William is left running and fighting for his life.

Ms. Jarecki does a magnificent job of bringing the characters and the setting in medieval times to life. The passion and undying love of Eva and William could inspire even the most hardened reader to believe in love conquering all. Unfortunately, history has already been written and Wallace's fate was sealed 700 years ago, but that does stop Eva from trying to save the man she so desperately loves. I could hardly put this book down even though I knew what had to happen. The author pulls the reader along to an inevitable end and it will make you cry NOOOOOOOOO as you watch history unfold. A definite read for those who love historical fiction and especially Scottish history. Highly Recommended.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#Review: THE HUNTER by Kerrigan Byrne




  5 of 5 stars

The Hunter is a dark and gritty historical romance and one of the best I've ever read. Christopher Argent is a broken and haunted man. He suffered unspeakable atrocities as a child while in prison and it has shaped him into a lethal killer for hire. Ms. Byrne has totally captured the tortured soul of Argent and we understand his icy exterior--feel nothing is his constant mantra. Feel nothing and get the job done. He's the best at what he does. That is, until he meets actress Millie LeCour. Holding the contract to kill her, Argent moves in for the kill, except, the unthinkable happens.

This book will keep you riveted until the final pages, the suspense and angst suffered by both Argent and Millie is spellbinding. These characters come alive on the pages and the reader gets to peak inside their minds throughout the story. Ms. Byrne is an exceptional talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her books. Highly Recommended.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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#Excerpt: MARKED by Amy Saunders


Marked
Amy Saunders
(The Birthright, #2)
Publication date: January 31st 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Starting over for Rosamund Brandt is more complicated than it sounds. Especially when the past keeps coming back to haunt her. As she and her mom and brother try to pick up the pieces in a new home, the universe seems determined to tear them apart even more as secrets multiply, and distrust grows.

While new threats and unknowns emerge, Rosamund struggles with her own inner battle. Her new powers are growing whether she wants them or not, and their origins and nature are sketchy at best. The more that’s revealed to her, the more uncertain she feels.

Choosing allies and facing new and old enemies alike may not be their biggest problems. Not if Rosamund’s worst fears come true. Could she be the one they should fear the most?

Sequel to:
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EXCERPT:
Xavier turned his back to me, disappearing among the students walking in all directions. I gulped down the lump in my throat, and headed toward my locker on autopilot. I walked straight down the middle of the hallway, students veering around me one way or the other. Each step was like the last, until gravel crunched beneath my boot.


I stopped walking and glanced down. Instead of tile, I saw charred black gravel. When I looked back up, I was standing in a virtual field of the stuff. There was nothing else around me except some hills the same color. The sky was gray and wind blew strands of my hair across my face. When I brushed the hair away, I saw something glint among the rocks near my feet.


I bent down, brushing the blackened dirt away, revealing something silver. I grazed the edge of it with my fingertips, then plunged my fingers into the gravel, pulling out the object. I stood again, my hand wrapped around it. When I glanced up, I was back in the hallway, students parting around me.


Another memory. Each one seemed to get more vivid and real.


But then I felt something cold in my hand.


I slowly unwrapped my fingers, and charcoaled dirt sifted between them onto the floor, leaving behind a 3-D silver serpentine object the size of my palm. My hand shook. That wasn’t just a memory. I’d physically done something. Or, more to the point, I’d gone somewhere. And I was pretty sure it wasn’t on Earth.


I covered the object in my hand again. I took a step forward, totally ready to skip class to go have a meltdown in the bathroom, when someone grabbed my arm, dragging me across the hall into an empty classroom. I wrenched away, facing the guy from detention–who didn’t exist in school records.


“What are you doing?” he hissed. “Didn’t you grow up like this? I thought you’d know better.”





Author Bio:
Amy is a sci-fi/mystery addict with a soft spot for humor and romance. She lives in Massachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies. Learn more about Amy and her books at http://amysaundersauthor.com.












New #FANTASY release: ASH WITCH by Thea Atkinson



Blurb:
The final instalment of Aislin's story in a sweeping novella that will leave you wanting more. 

As Aislin recovers from the trauma suffered beneath Conn's rule, she discovers there are worse things than being chattel--like the Enyalia


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Witches of Etlantium ~ Book 1


Enter an ancient world filled with magic, romance, sorcery, and danger--a place where legends are born, wars fought, and love is denied . . .

All power has a high price, and no one knows that better than Alaysha, a formidable and beautiful water witch living in the realm of Sarum. As daughter of the most powerful man in the city, she should be free to do as she pleases, but Alaysha lives as an outcast among her people and she’s forced to use her unique abilities as a weapon. Now if she could just learn to control her gifts.
After her tyrannical father forces Alaysha to slaughter an entire village of innocents with her vast elemental power, she starts to question his authority. . .and her blind obedience. Especially, when the charismatic and handsome Yenic somehow manages to escape her deadly ability and reveals that she’s not alone. 
If Alaysha hopes to gain her freedom, manage her power, and protect those she loves, she will have to find the courage to defy the nefarious men trying to control her. Yet she soon realizes that there’s much more to her power than Alaysha ever dreamed, and loyalty means far more than just sharing blood.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#Review: THE GOD'S EYE VIEW by Barry Eisler





5 of 5 stars

 In the post-Snowden era, the NSA survived the revealing of several sensitive programs, but the fact that their spying applications were made public, has meant they needed to do things different. Director Anders believes the best way to stop terrorist attacks is to know EVERYTHING. That's what the God's Eye program does. No one is untouchable and all is revealed, but what happens when one man believes any cost is worth protecting his precious program. This is the crux of "The God's Eye View." NSA analyst Evie Gallagher had designed a new camera network and facial recognition program and she does her job well, that is, until the day she sees something she's not supposed. Thus begins the game of cat and mouse, but which one is Evie?

"The God's Eye View" is a fast-paced thriller with lots of twists and turns throughout the story. The main characters, Anders, Gallagher and Manus were nicely fleshed out. The author let us in on their inner thinking and their flaws. Before Snowden had exposed the NSA, I would have thought this book was a bit far-fetched, but now, I think this fictional scenario could very well contain seeds of truth and is entirely plausible. That's what makes the book so good. I was riveted to it until the very last page. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Blurb:
In this intricately plotted thriller from bestseller Eisler (Graveyard of Memories), NSA analyst Evelyn Gallagher warns Theodore Anders, the NSA director, that her worldwide spy system has tagged a senior NSA official meeting in Istanbul with an investigative reporter—an indicator that a major security breach may be happening. But she unwisely expresses her suspicion to the Anders that the NSA seems to be proactive in the permanent removal of such persons, making herself a threat to his highly illegal God’s Eye program. Gallagher, a single mother supporting her deaf young son, Dash, now becomes the target of the director’s wet-work specialists, the sadistic Thomas Delgado and Marvin Manus, a deaf brute with a deadly skill set. But Manus finds himself bonding with Dash and then becomes attracted to Gallagher. When the two fall into a romantic entanglement, all hell breaks loose.

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Author Bio:
Barry Eisler is the New York Times bestselling author of ten thrillers, including the #1 bestseller The Detachment. His two series, the first featuring anti-hero John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American freelance assassin specializing in “natural causes,” and the second featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven, have received rave reviews, won numerous literary awards, hit various “Best of” lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages to date. The Matrix star Keanu Reeves is set to produce and star in Rain, a globe-trotting television series based on Eisler’s books and being developed by Cinemax.

Even as a child, Eisler was intrigued by what he describes as “forbidden knowledge—things the government doesn’t want the general public to know.” He earned a law degree from Cornell University in 1989 and worked in a covert position with the CIA for three years afterward, leaving to join the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He then spent a year in Tokyo, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center, following which he moved to Osaka to work on technology licensing matters at the headquarters of Panasonic. After returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, he left private legal practice to join a technology startup, and became a full-time writer in 2002.

Eisler’s latest book, THE GOD’S EYE VIEW, a stand-alone thriller about a government surveillance conspiracy ripped from today’s headlines—and tomorrow’s—will be published by Thomas & Mercer on February 2, 2016.

When Eisler’s not writing novels, he works with Human Rights First against torture, including lobbying on Capitol Hill. He also writes for publications like Freedom of the Press Foundation and Techdirt about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information, visit his website www.barryeisler.com. Follow him on Twitter: @barryeisler and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barryeisler.

New #ROMANCE release: VALENTINE PETS & KISSES by various authors


Excerpt: The Vet’s Valentine Gift by J.L. Campbell

I sat there thinking Dane had a nerve. From what I understood, he'd been a constant source of disappointment to Jade since his separation and divorce from Toni. Considering that, I didn't know why Toni would defend him.

When she came back to the living room, Jade was with her.

One look at her told me she was still unhappy. Her little mouth drooped at the corners and she kept her gaze lowered. She climbed onto the sofa to sit beside me and after a moment I slipped my arm around her shoulder.

Toni sat on her other side and fixed her eyes on the television where the business segment of the news was on air.

Jade poked me in the leg. "Doc, I didn't ask you before, but you got any children?"

"Do you have any children," Toni said.

Jade nodded to acknowledge her and then turned back to me. "Do you have any?"

"I shook my head. I have nieces and nephews though. Does that count?"

"Nah, but if you had a little girl like me, you'd want to see her all the time, right?"

A deep breath was in order, because I was heading into a minefield and had to choose my words so as not to rile Toni any further.

Gently, I plucked Jade's nose. "Of course, if she was as cute as you are."

Jade turned to Toni. "See, I told you he'd make a good daddy."

Toni shot fire at me with her eyes, and my only response was a shrug. I wasn't about to make Jade feel any worse after her argument with her father.

Jade didn't say anything for a bit, but frowned hard at the television. It wasn't long before she poked me in the leg again. "Doc, can I ask you something?"

"You can ask me anything."

Toni sat forward, as if sensing Jade was going to ask a question she wouldn't like, but she stayed quiet. When Jade looked at her, Toni pressed her plump lips together and put on the same expression my mother used years ago to let me know we'd have words later if I did any

foolishness.

Shuffling sideways, Jade angled her body toward me. She narrowed her eyes as if to gauge whether or not she should ask what she wanted to know. I guess she was satisfied with whatever she saw because she sat up straighter and looked me square in the face. "Doc, since you don't have a little girl yet, would you like to be my daddy?" 



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Each story features a sweet romance, tender kisses and hugs, and precocious pets—all brought to you by USA Today bestselling, national/international bestselling, and award winning authors who have crafted heartwarming heroes and heroines that will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and sigh.

Candy and canines. Flowers and felines. Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your sweethearts of the human and fuzzy varieties!

Nothing is more heart-warming than kisses from the pet who adores you and the man who loves you, so snuggle up with VALENTINE PETS & KISSES and strike the perfect mood for moonlit walks and candlelight dinners with your pet and sweetheart.

Valentine Hound Dog  - Rachelle Ayala
Fashion icon Jenna Hart, along with her basset hound puppy, tries to convince a burned former fireman that beauty is never skin deep and love's arrow strikes not only the beautiful, but the bold.

The Crazy Girl’s Handbook - DelSheree Gladden
Spending the weekend babysitting her two nephews and a puppy was supposed to be fun. Sweating to death at a baseball game while getting gum in her hair, soda down her shirt, and an ice cream pedicure wasn't part of the deal. Neither was finding out the best guy she'd ever missed a blind date with had witnessed it all. Longest. Weekend. Ever. 
                    
The Vet's Valentine Gift - J.L. Campbell
Matthias Laing has snagged the woman of his dreams, but his job as a vet keeps getting him into trouble. The situation is past complicated because of the growing assortment of animals in Toni's house and to top it all, the conflict between Matthias and her ex-husband. Can Matthias and Toni's budding romance survive their challenges and if it doesn't, will Jade, her precocious five-year-old find a way to play Cupid and fix things by Valentine's Day?

Her Perfect Catch - K.L. Brady
Nerdy, struggling sports writer Melanie Vincent needs a miracle when her dream of running a nationally recognized blog hits a snag due to low readership. After Mel is gifted a pair of Super Bowl tickets for years of faithful dog sitting, she has a chance encounter with her favorite football player that leads to the inside scoop on the biggest story of her career...and maybe the love of a lifetime.

Inflamed - Jade Kerrion
Debra Martinez doesn’t believe in happy endings, until Sean Orr, Havre de Grace’s newest firefighter, shows her and her son, Aidan, a new and beautiful kind of “normal.” But the happiness can’t last—not for Sean who is on the run from his own past.

Remember When - Hope Welsh
Laura and Brent really tried to make their marriage work, but in the end, it just wasn't meant to be. Or was it? When they meet to discuss joint custody of their Akita, they discover they have much more to talk about other than the dog.

Your Biggest Fan? - Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
 Noah Patrick, NFL bad boy, has sworn off women, who only seem to want him for his fame and his money. Callie James is such a big Noah Patrick fan, she named her energetic Chihuahua after the man of her dreams. When they find themselves hiding out in the same Brooklyn Brownstone, a crazy blizzard, a never-ending supply of spaghetti, and a dog with identity issues bring them together even though they both have secrets that would tear them apart.

The Feline Fix - Caroline Bell Foster
Meeting Police Constable Callum Forde on the worse day of her life, makes cat lover and scientist Wendy Wilde question all that she values, her cat’s loyalty and the role science plays in love.

Trembling Hearts - Suzette Riddick
Recluse Jason Carr is living in rural Virginia after an accident leaves him physically scarred. While taking a stroll and minding his business, the spunky Lezlie Sharpe literally crashes into his life, stealing the heart of his beloved pooch, Trooper. Now, forced to share living quarters, will Lezlie capture Jason’s heart too?

Valentino, Be Mine - Tina D.C. Hayes
Kaylee Rose is thrilled when a neighbor moving out of the country asks if she'll consider taking in her teacup Yorkie, Valentino, but there are a few strings attached. When she finds out a man she can't stand is the other caretaker, she's forced to deal with the arrogant jerk until they decide who gets the pampered pooch permanently . . . or risk losing the dog to a heartbreaking fate.

Lost and Found - Jeanne Bannon
Lexie is so distraught after long-time boyfriend, Josh, dumps her, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job. Josh leaves behind the puppy he bought for her just before things fell apart even though she’s not a dog person. Lexie contemplates giving it away but decides keep the little mischief-maker and get her some training. 

While at puppy obedience school, Lexie meets Tommy, the happy-go-lucky type she could give her heart to if only she was ready. But Lexie gives Tommy the brush off and they lose touch. However, a series of events, some unfortunate, bring them together again.

Surviving San Francisco - Susan Oloier
When 23-year-old Leah Newland accepts a job in San Francisco and runs away from her small-town Illinois life, she expects things to change for the better. What she doesn’t expect is to lose her job, adopt a cat she hit with her car, and fall for a sexy and seemingly unavailable veterinarian. Suddenly, going back to the Midwest seems better than surviving San Francisco.                                                  

19 Ivy Lane - Aubrey Wynne
Eloise Kolby steps off the bus and greets Hollywood with high expectations and a smile. Two months later, she’s broke, hungry and rethinking her dream. An offer to house sit provides her with too much time alone, an adopted family of kittens and a sexy postman waiting at her gate.

Victor Burnham can’t stop thinking of the beautiful, mysterious woman who just moved into his hometown. She meets him each day at the mailbox, waiting for a letter. 
When the envelope finally arrives, they both must face decisions that could make their dreams come true or jeopardize their relationship forever.  

Three Plus Three - Cindy Flores Martinez
A year after losing her husband, a grieving widow, Violet, and their beloved bichon frise visit their favorite place the day before Valentine's Day. While they are there, Violet meets a handsome widower who makes her feel alive again.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Rachelle Ayala From romantic suspense to sweet contemporaries, I write from my heart and love to include children and pets in my stories. 
Twitter: @AyalaRachelle
  
DelSheree Gladden is a USA Today bestselling young adult and romance author, whose writing includes everything from dystopian and Native American mythology to sweet and funny romances.
Twitter:  @DelSheree

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning author who writes sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels.

K.L. Brady is a multi-award-winning author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies, young adult romance, and a spy thriller series based on her career in U.S. intelligence.

Jade Kerrion writes frequently award-winning, occasionally best-selling science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance novels.
Website: http://jadekerrion.com/
 
Sydney Aaliyah MIchelle is a contemporary romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas. 

Caroline Bell Foster writes contemporary women’s fiction with themes of substance that defy convention.

Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing romance novels with a touch of reality. 


Tina D.C. Hayes writes romantic suspense and cozy mysteries while her pampered pooches and parrots stand guard against writer's block.

Jeanne Bannon is an international best-selling author of paranormal and romance fiction with twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry.
  
Susan Oloier is a mother and educator who writes memoir, as well as adult and young adult contemporary fiction.
Twitter: @narrawriter

Aubrey Wynne is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night.


Cindy Flores Martinez writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance in both English and Spanish.

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