Friday, September 23, 2016

#Excerpt: EVER TEMPTED by Odessa Gillespie Black


Straightening my tie, I walked around the corner. Smiling people held glasses, discussed life issues, and nodded amicably in my direction.

Who’s that? one woman thought.

He’s a looker, another thought.

I wish I had this girl’s money. At least she’s doing something for the community. I really shouldn’t be envious. A blonde stared toward the right corner of the patio.

Holding a wineglass and smiling, Allie stood in a circle of about twenty people, men in black suits and women in flashy dresses. As much as she had worried about fitting in, she settled nicely with her surroundings. Allie’s benefactor, the late Ava Rollins, would have run the first car out of the drive. She hated visitors.

The whispering crowd hushed, parting like the Dead Sea as I approached Allie.

She hadn’t noticed the decrescendo of voices, as she gestured and nodded.

The women’s thoughts were almost synonymous.

She’s so sweet; you can’t hate her for having it all.

We’ll be great friends. I can tell.

I can’t believe I thought she’d be snooty.

She’s gorgeous. Doesn’t even need that makeup. Pay attention to what she’s saying. Quit lusting, Bill. The guy’s thoughts were considerably more troubling, but this was something I’d have to contend with in loving a woman as strikingly beautiful as Allie was, inside and out. So tonight I wouldn’t kick anyone in the throat.

Who could blame them? Hadn’t I responded the same way?

I stood five feet behind Allie as she continued in light, happy conversation. She rarely wore her hair up. It was the fashion when we’d first met in the late 1860s, and though it was appealing, tonight, loose curls fell down her back.

Why is everyone looking behind me? Her heart rate steepened and an instant swell of pheromones thickened the air. Is he here? Allie straightened and glanced around.



BLURB:

An infinity of lives, only one eternal love . . . .

When Cole Kinsley asked Allie Knowles for her hand in marriage, he meant it. Death be damned. Nothing could keep them apart, not even a hundred years or more. Not even the vindictive spirit of Allie’s dead sister Grace. Released from her watery grave, she offers Cole a devil’s bargain. But to Cole, no price is too high when it comes to his beloved.

Allie thinks it’s almost too good to be true. A week of bliss alone with Cole. His promise kept, after all they’ve suffered at the hands of her sister. To feel the strength of his arms around her again. But when she learns of the sacrifice he made to be with her, she plunges into despair. Forever has slipped from their grasp—unless forever apart is their true destiny . . .

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Odessa Gillespie Black lives in the beautiful North Carolina foothills with her husband, four children, Chihuahuas Little Bit and Rico, and rescued Lab and Pit mix, Mo. When not chasing dogs around the backyard and tackling the daily duties of mother-and-wife-hood, she enjoys watching horror movies and reading and writing paranormal romance. 

Readers can visit Odessa’s website at odessablack.wordpress.com, and find her on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OdessaGillespieBlack

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#Excerpt: THE SURRENDERED by Case Maynard


The Surrendered
Case Maynard
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.


EXCERPT:
A sinking feeling washes over me. “We’re going to Meadowood.”
He responds without opening his eyes, “I want answers.”
I start to argue that this will be a fool’s errand, but in truth, I want the same answers he does. “Do you think the man who rescued Oliver was with the Southies?”
“I don’t know who else it could’ve been.” He sits up and stretches. “It must’ve been them, and I want to know why they changed the plan without informing us. The Master and his Regulators got to the rooftop very quickly after I fired that shot. I have to wonder if someone told them we were there.”
“You think the Southies took Oliver to get the combination and then set the Regulators on us? Why would they do that?”
He rubs his face. “It doesn’t make any sense. But something’s not adding up.”
I ponder this, thinking about my brother’s strange plea. “I know you think I’m insane, but I can’t help but feel like Oliver knew someone was going to take him; I swear it felt like he was speaking to me when he said not to interfere. But that doesn’t make any sense, either. He’s been behind the fence for years.”
Cason yawns and tries to shake off the effects of the Papaver. “I don’t think you’re crazy; his message did seem odd for someone who was about to hang for a crime he didn’t commit. I don’t know, but hopefully he’ll be at Meadowood and you can ask him yourself.”
My mood elevates as I realize I may only be hours away from a reunion with my brother. The pain in my arm forgotten, I try to concentrate only on this knowledge, confident we’ll have our answers soon enough. “I didn’t get a chance to thank you for earlier. You could’ve just turned me over to the Master and walked away, but you didn’t. I’m grateful for that.”
I feel a little embarrassed as soon as the words leave my mouth. Normally I’m not one to share my feelings, but the Papaver Flower makes me breathless and lightheaded and loosens my tongue.
He reaches for me, careful not to jostle my splinted wrist, and pulls my face to his. “I’m probably going to ruin that sentiment by telling you the Master would never have let me go anyway, but know this—” he runs the pad of his thumb along my lower lip and meets my eyes “—if everyone else in the entire world leaves you to fend for yourself, if your father, your mother, your brother disappoint you, if God himself decides you aren’t worthy . . . you’ll still be able to count on me. I’ve got your back, Vera.”



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Author Bio:
With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.









#Excerpt: SINNERS AND SAINTS: A PATRIOT'S MANIFEST by Kristina Garlick


Present Day, July 7, 1:22 pm

One of the first things I noticed when Saint and I were driving into the fort was that the PSC's flag was now waving from the fort's flag post. I know that the PSC flew their flag out of courtesy, to signify to any other groups passing by that this fort was presently occupied by their group. While the courtesy was appreciated I still did not like seeing the PSC flag flying high. It sincerely took all my control not to jump out of the truck, run to the flag pole and yank down their disgraceful flag. Oh, how I missed Old Glory waving in the majestic sky.

Saint: “The minute we get out of this vehicle, everything is going to be different.”

Zoey: “I know. Eyes are already on us.”

Saint: “Yeah, and I guarantee you it has nothing to do with the undead zombie head, in the back of our truck. I think we have their attention.”

Zoey: “You could be wrong. They could be interested in the tacky mask on Killian’s face or the fact we have a zombie, which is missing all his limbs.”

Saint: “I can’t tell if you are kidding.”

I pick up one of Saint’s water bottles and take a sip out of it as not to break my emotionless face. Years of playing poker had taught me not to give away anything. I think at this moment my poker face was aiding me quite well.

Saint: “Don’t you get it?”

Zoey: “What?”



BLURB:

My name is Zoey Major and I live in Fort Star, New Jersey. I am also a survivor in the zombie apocalypse. Seems very cut and dry but I have been hiding something- like really huge. My secret is game changing. I am not like the others... I know, what a surprise twist! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you why I am different. If you really want to know, you have to figure it out. Hey, even in these dark times, a girl needs her secrets.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kristina Garlick lives in Warren County, New Jersey. She holds a Masters in Parks & Resource Management from Slippery Rock University. While she loves the outdoors and has many hobbies such as soap making, writing has always been her passion. Kristina wrote her first full length fantasy story at ten and had her first book published when she was fourteen. She has a unique style of writing, which she calls Diary-Play format. Kristina is also available for book signings, panels, discussion groups and other special functions.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#PRE-ORDER LINK: MORAL DEFENSE by Marcia Clark


Author and lawyer Marcia Clark has been back in headlines this year due to FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson (actress Sarah Paulson was just nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Clark) and ESPN’s documentary, OJ: Made in America. The seasoned crime writer of four previous novels also launched a new series that both long-time devoted fans and new readers are relishing. Blood Defense, which introduced ambitious and hard-hitting criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, was a #1 Kindle bestseller and received wide critical praise as a “top-notch whodunit” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review), a “page-turner featuring a ballsy protagonist” (Booklist), and a “great suspense novel” (WorkingMother.com).

Now, Clark follows up with a new Samantha Brinkman legal thriller, full of surprises and complications, not to mention moral ambiguities, entitled MORAL DEFENSE (Thomas & Mercer: November 8, 2016; published simultaneously in hardcover, paperback and e-book).

Blurb:
Defense attorney Samantha Brinkman usually doesn’t give a second thought to skirting—or even breaking—the rules of law and order when it comes to winning for her clients. In MORAL DEFENSE, she’s hired to represent Cassie Sonnenberg, a teenager whose family has just been brutally murdered. Her father and brother were stabbed to death and her mother was left barely clinging to life in their own home. As Sam builds the case to protect her client, she discovers details about the girl and her family that don’t add up. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something? Sam finds herself identifying with Cassie as she uncovers startling similarities between the enigmatic teen’s upbringing and her own troubled childhood. The case has become personal, and Sam is forced to make some tough choices. How far will she have to go to win?

More and more readers are discovering the winning combination of Marcia Clark’s sharp writing, skillful plotting, and intriguing characters with her extensive courtroom knowledge and experience. Clark began her law career as a defense attorney and handles defense work currently, so she knows firsthand all the ins and outs of the defense side. And after years working as a prosecutor, she’s having a blast writing from the perspective of a character who can bend the rules to win her cases.

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BLOOD DEFENSE (Samantha Brinkman, Book 1)


Author Bio:
Marcia Clark is a bestselling author and a criminal lawyer who began her career in law as a criminal defense attorney and went on to become a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney’s Office in 1981. She spent ten years in the Special Trials Unit, where she handled a number of high profile cases, including the prosecution of stalker/murderer Robert Bardo, whose conviction for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer resulted in legislation that offered victims better protection from stalkers as well as increased punishment for the offenders. She was lead prosecutor for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.  

In May of 1997 her book on the Simpson case, Without a Doubt, was published and became a #1 bestseller on the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists. In February 2016, Clark re-released the book with a new Foreword.

Clark’s new crime fiction series centering on criminal defense attorney, Samantha Brinkman, debuted in May 2016 with the publication of Blood Defense, a #1 Amazon bestseller. The second book in the series, MORAL DEFENSE, will publish in November 2016. She is also the author of four bestselling legal thrillers featuring prosecutor Rachel Knight, which includes The Competition, Killer Ambition, Guilt by Degrees, and Guilt by Association. TNT optioned the books for a one hour drama series and shot the pilot, which starred Julia Stiles as Rachel Knight.

Marcia Clark has appeared on the Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, Ellen, Today, The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight, among others and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, People, Vulture, Vogue.com, Elle.com, and many other media outlets in the United States and around the world. She gives lectures across the country on a variety of topics, including how celebrity and media attention continue to impact criminal cases, the gender bias of the media and the workplace, and the ways in which those attitudes are changing among the millennials.



Monday, September 19, 2016

#Excerpt: SECRETS by Alice Ward


Secrets
Alice Ward

(Lords of the City, #2)
Publication date: September 14th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Who is stalking Blaire and is her new love, Cristiano, involved?
After following other people’s orders my entire life, I’ve finally struck out on my own. I realize that I don’t even know who I am. It’s time I found out who Blaire Daniels really is. I need to discover myself… reinvent myself.

And, if the breathtakingly sexy and handsome, not to mention super rich, Cristiano Leventis is a part of that equation, who am I to complain?

But, is it just coincidence that I meet him now? When I think someone is following me? Or is something more sinister going on? Please don’t let me be falling in love with the wrong man. He seems like such a perfect Mr. Right…

Although this novel is part of the Lords of the City series, it is a full-sized STANDALONE novel with an HEA and NO CLIFFHANGERS.

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Author Bio:
Alice Ward is the bestselling author of dozens of hot and steamy contemporary romances. She’s an amazingly prolific writer, releasing a new book almost every single month. Her books are widely read, especially by women and any other lovers of the romance genre. My Stepbrother, My Lover, was her first smash hit.

Alice lives in Miami with her hunky husband. The beach is her all time favorite place to relax with her laptop and write. She might or might not have a thing for Gerard Butler (it’s the accent).

To find out what Alice is up to currently, visit authoraliceward.com.








Friday, September 16, 2016

Interview with Jackie Amsden, TOKYO GIRLS



Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
When three teens are offered the chance to compete for a high-profile clothing campaign, their dreams of becoming the world’s next models of the moment seem about to come true. Of course, nothing is ever what it seems in the fashion world. Just ask all those dead girls…

The Tokyo Cover Girls is part one of a three-part series.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Yes, I queried my manuscript to about 25 agents altogether. The process was a lot of work and very slow and like most first-time authors I wasn’t getting very many responses. My husband kept suggesting that I self-publish and so naturally I ignored him. It wasn’t until I met someone who had published their book that way before I began seriously considering that option. Though I was reluctant to give up my fantasy of seeing the Penguin rep wrestle the HarperCollins guy for rights to my book (preferably in watermelon Jello), I eventually decided that I would give the self-publishing path a try. I’d like to say it was about artist empowerment and stuff like that, but I mainly just got bored of waiting. That was about a year ago and though it has been a lot more work than I anticipated I’ve also learned a lot about myself and the industry in the process.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I think the most unique part of the creation of my cover was that I produced the photos myself—well, with the help from a lot of amazing volunteers. Though I could have used stock photos, I had a very specific image in mind and was just super excited about the idea of making it a reality. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it. If you are interested in learning more, I detail the process in this blog post: https://jackieamsden.com/2015/08/11/my-self-publishing-experiment-the-cover/

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
Yes! I am deeply indebted to my critique group. Writing is very solitary and introspective work. My group helped me see my writing in fresh and insightful ways that I was too close to recognize. As well, their encouragement and excitement gave me the energy and confidence to believe in my work—something that definitely wavered at times.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, though I initially resisted the idea. After all, I know how to write—how hard could a little proofing be? After my writing group looked at me like I’d just told them I was considering starting a dog-food diet when I said I was proof reading/editing the book myself, I realized I needed help. And I’m so glad I did because the process was way more complicated than I had anticipated. My perfect manuscript was covered in red error squiggles when my editor was done with it. Once again, I was way too close to the project (and frankly ignorant of a lot of grammar rules) to see them.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
The biggest realization I’ve had is to think more specifically about my target readers—about what I have to offer them and how I can develop a relationship with them over the long term. For example, I used to post whatever I felt like on my blog but after a really great platform consultation with Kimberley Grabas (http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/author/ywp140/) I realized I need to focus on creating content that is of value to the 12 – 16 year old girls that I think would be interested in my book. All of that has forced me to really identify what my voice is within that community and how I can better be a part of it.  

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Absolutely. Being new to the area of marketing, which I really see as developing community, has meant that I’ve spent a lot of time reading blogs and reaching out to people and otherwise NOT WRITING. It’s fun at times but also frustrating Of course, having a baby in the middle of it all hasn’t helped a lot but whatever. I’m planning on becoming a vampire next month so I won’t need to sleep anymore and will have time for everything. Aside from the blood sucking part, it’s going to be awesome.     

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Start developing your community now! My one regret is that I was so focused on writing that I didn’t take the time to develop relationships with the online reader and writer world and so didn’t have a big network to help me launch my book. And don’t worry: it’s not hard and doesn’t need to take a lot of time. There are many simple things, like reviewing other people’s books, that you can do to begin building those connections.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I’m quite smitten with fashion and the fashion industry. It is beautiful and yet so dark at the same time. I suppose that’s why I like writing about it in my novels and on my blog, which explores the industry’s deadly side.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Okay, does anyone ever choose vanilla? If so, I would like to know who they are because they are obviously crazy people and I’m worried they will harm my cat.


What’s next for you?
My September 15 book launch part-ay! If you are in Vancouver (the hockey and maple syrup loving one), come on by. Details at my blog: www.jackieamsden.com


The Tokyo Cover Girls
Jackie Amsden
(The Tokyo Cover Girls , #1)
Publication date: April 28th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

New York has Jacobs, Paris has Chanel, Milan has Versace and Tokyo has . . . Hello Kitty toilet plungers? With its cute-obsessed catalogue and magazine market, anyone who is anyone knows that modeling in Japan means being at the bottom of the fashion industry. Blake, Jess, and Hailey are doing their best to survive yet another casting where pigtails and toddler-impressions are a must when they stumble upon the opportunity of a lifetime. The prestigious Satsujin company has selected them to compete for a campaign that will transform the winner from commercial nobody to haute couture superstar faster than you can say Vogue Italia.
Of course, nothing is ever what it seems in the fashion world. Just ask all those dead girls . .




Author Bio:
Jackie Amsden worked as a fashion model in China, Japan, and Taiwan before retiring at the age of eighteen after one too many agent threats, nude photo shoot requests, and self-loathing-induced Pocky binges. If you’d like to learn more about her decent into the darker side of Asia’s candy-coated modeling industry sign up for free installments of her upcoming memoir and get updates about the sequel to The Tokyo Cover Girls at www.jackieamsden.com.





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#Excerpt: SAFE IN HIS SIGHTS by Regan Black

  “Mitch will help you out, Julia,” Grant said. “He’ll be a buffer between you and the stalker until we can make an ID. He can investigate who might want to target you.”

The announcement startled Mitch. Stalkers and investigations sounded like a problem better suited to one of the cops moonlighting here at the Escape Club.

“Buffer? Is that code for bodyguard?” Julia asked. “The partners will know something’s up if he’s tagging along behind me at the office.”

“Tell them he’s your boyfriend,” Grant suggested.

“That would be worse. No offense,” she clarified, eyeing Mitch. “A new associate with a personal life is frowned upon.

Mitch shrugged a shoulder, holding his ground and taking her measure as she took his. She didn’t strike him as the type to scare easy. Not with the deep red hair and sheer defiance in her stormy sea-green eyes. He couldn’t wait to see what the stalker had done to drive her here. Not that it mattered beyond getting the guy off her. When Grant handed out assignments, it was best not to argue. “Is there a different excuse you’d rather use?”

“No,” she replied through gritted teeth.

“I won’t create any trouble for you at work,” Mitch assured her. “I’ll follow your lead and won’t even enter the building unless I’m following your stalker.” He understood the value of privacy and discretion in the workplace.
   
 
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The stalker shadowing lawyer Julia Cooper's every move is vowing to ruin her life—unless she discloses information about a major criminal case. For discreet help, she turns to the shadowy Escape Club, where investigative brainpower and brawn are for hire. Mitch Galway, a firefighter on leave, becomes Julia's round-the-clock bodyguard. All sculpted biceps, sexy bravado and conflicted past, Mitch works overtime to uncover the identity of the person hunting her. But as they track the creep getting way too close, Julia must share more of herself with the intriguing man protecting her…which puts them both high on a lunatic's hit list.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring kick-butt heroines and the sexy heroes who fall in love with them. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.






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