Monday, October 23, 2017

#Blog Tour: HAVEN by Mary Lindsey

Mary Lindsey
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: November 7th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Author Bio:
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Interview with Alexandrea Weis, DAMNED

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Damned is book 1 in The Magnus Blackwell Series. It is the journey of a ghost and his road to redemption after living a less than honorable life. Magnus Blackwell haunts his abandoned mansion, Altmover manor. One day the house is bought by an architect and his fiancé, Lexie Arden. A woman with an ability to see the dead, she and Magnus begin a strange relationship that takes them across the country from Maine to New Orleans. They unravel secrets, and become part of the voodoo culture in New Orleans, ultimately uncovering a new destiny for both of them.

Do you have a favorite character?
I adore Magnus Blackwell. He is aristocratic, elegant, diabolical, and in the end, a compelling character who is as much fun to write as he is to read.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes, I have had several characters begin as a line in a book and grow into a novel. I like to intertwine characters throughout novels I the same way people pop up in different avenues of life. I believe it keeps characters interesting and real.   

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
In the beginning, yes, and I soon turned to Indie publishing. After so many Indie books, I found an agent and a publisher. Experience has become something agents and publishers appreciate in Indie authors. I find more and more they are turning to the Indie market to find new talent. 

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I go where my muse takes me. I find it so much more entertaining than sticking to an outline. I consider it more channeling than writing. Somebody has to be putting those thoughts in my head.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
Too much to put into a few sentences, but suffice it to say I have learned every aspect of what it takes to put a book out there. From the writing and editing process to publishing, to marketing. It is a never-ending cycle, and there is always more to discover.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
This is difficult because as a writer I just want to write. There are authors who are better at marketing and spend a great deal of time with promotion. But as you write more books and get bigger, you need help. It gets to be too much, and PA’s are a godsend at times.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Don’t write what everyone else is writing. Don’t; copy trends, don’t go after the big sales. Just write. In the end, people stay with a writer whose words and stories they love. Those are the readers who will put you on their one-click list and follow your stories no matter what you write. You can’t write a story your heart isn’t in. It shows in your words. Follow your heart, and you will succeed. And don’t go into this thinking you will make money, you won’t. We do this because we love to write. 

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Animals. I am a wildlife rehabber and work with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife. I often sit and write with a baby squirrel, raccoon, or rabbit in my lap When I am not writing, I am up to my elbows in fur.

What’s next for you?
I will be jumping into editing my next release, The Chimera Effect. A new fantasy/thriller series. The first book will be out spring of 2018. It is a fast-paced journey into the development of Keenan Blythe’s extraordinary abilities set off by a strange abnormality in his DNA. He must hunt for the murderer of his wife and kidnapper of his young daughter while coming to terms with the changes awakening within him.     

Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.
Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

Author Bio:
Alexandrea Weis, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. ~Winner of the gold medal from Reader's Favorite Book Awards for Romantic Suspense, the Silver Medal from the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year awards for Romance, the gold medal from the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Romance, and an InD’Tale Magazine RONE winner for Paranormal Romance. Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Interview with Anne Marie Andrus, MONSTERS AND ANGELS

Thank you to Two Ends of The Pen for hosting the Monsters & Angels blog tour!

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book?
Monsters & Angels is the story of fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden’s journey into the unknown. Only days after graduating from nursing school in New York City, Sorcha suffers a tragic personal loss. The drive to honor her family’s heritage takes her on a railroad adventure across America, a voyage over the Pacific Ocean and a trek through the brutal jungles of Nepal.

Sorcha stumbles into the brilliance of young love one night and the path of a deranged killer soon after. Set against the backdrop of 1930’s New Orleans, her unplanned future is graced with friends, family and the counsel of a charismatic mentor. She’ll need every one of them to survive the cutthroat, mystical underworld of the Crescent City.

Do you have a favorite character?
Dr. Raimond Banitierre was always planned as one of my leading men. He is a former French soldier and Sorcha’s charming mentor. Dr. Banitierre has managed to balance his human and vampire sides well enough to remain the medical director of a major hospital. His role grew and changed so much during the writing of Monsters & Angels that I’ve nearly finished a novella, The Vampire Raimond, based on his compelling backstory.

I firmly believe that setting can play a leading role in any story. I’ve been intrigued, mesmerized and enchanted by New Orleans for many years. She may be my ultimate, favorite character.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Steven Banitierre started out as an unplanned, minor character. Initially I wrote him as one of Sorcha’s flashy, funny friends. By the time Monsters & Angels was finished, he became the center of several plotlines. Steven struggles with his sexuality, childhood demons and severe asthma that mysteriously didn’t disappear when he became vampire. Steven has the potential to become a New Orleans power-player.

If you used a graphic designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I teamed up with cover designer and graphic artist Magali Frechette of Storm Owl Art . I discovered Magali’s page through a Facebook author group. As soon as I saw her work I knew I wanted that look for my cover! The concept and vision was sparked by a picture of me (taken by my husband Scott), looking down night-time Royal Street from a lace-iron balcony.

I was very involved with the cover from start to finish. Magali is a pleasure to work with and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result!

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I had several critique partners and beta readers for Monsters & Angels. Without the input of my critique partner, Raquel, this novel would still be a messy manuscript jammed in a drawer.
Going forward with the sequel and my standalone novel, I’ve been invited to participate in a more formal critique group, but Racquel is still getting the first look!

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I would never have been able to complete Monsters without the help of editor Jordan Rosenfeld . I met Jordan through an on-line, creative writing workshop. She edited my manuscript twice. The first was a developmental edit, when she suggested I change from first person POV, to third person. That advice allowed me to incorporate my large cast and multiple POVs. She also did my final copy-edit. I believe having extra eyes on your manuscript is absolutely essential.

What kinds of marketing are you involved with for promoting your book?
I’m currently promoting my book through Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, WattPad, GoodReads, my WordPress blog and Xpresso Book Tours.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
My passions outside of writing include, music, sports (mostly baseball and football), and spending time on our boat Glory Days at the New Jersey shore.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer –
1.      Dogs or Cats?  I love all pets, but we have 2 beautiful cats, Duncan and Tempe.
2.      Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate. Vanilla is a waste of calories.
3.      Coffee or Tea?  If I had to choose one beverage to drink for the rest of my life, it would be coffee. Strong, New Orleans coffee.
4.      Talk or Text?  Text. Who talks anymore?
5.      Day or Night?  Night. There’s a calm power in the dead of night that is nowhere to be found during the day.

What’s next for you?
The ending of Monsters & Angels—Sorcha’s final word—is the perfect set-up for a sequel. I’m hard at work on that sequel, with a working name of Blood & Diamonds.

I’m also a contributing author in Dan Alatorre’s scary story anthology, The Box Under The Bed !

Monsters & Angels
Anne Marie Andrus
Publication date: October 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.
Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.
Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.
Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.
In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

Author Bio:
Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables--which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.
The inspiration for Anne Marie's debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn't writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.

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#Review: DUKE OF DESIRE by Elizabeth Hoyt

3 of 5 stars

I found this book very dark and gritty as it tackled horrific childhood trauma in the hero, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore. The abuse has scarred Raphael to the point that he avoids any type of physical and intimate relationships with women. When Lady Iris Jordan is kidnapped by the Lord of Chaos, Raphael  rescues her in a daring plot and to keep her safe, he quickly marries her. Thinking their marriage will be in name only, Raphael must learn to deal with Iris as she wants a true marriage with him.

With the dark elements explored in this book, I couldn't really get into the romance of Iris and Raphael. There's nothing romantic about their relationship as they both deal with the circumstances of their hasty marriage. Ms. Hoyt is a talented author and tackles the serious subjects well, but for me this book focussed too much on the abuse although I understand that was central to Raphael's character. Iris's character wasn't fleshed out much--focusing more of how she was dealing with Raphael's obsession to destroy the Lords of Chaos.

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

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#Review: WITH THIS CHRISTMAS RING by Manda Collins

  4 of 5 stars
What a delightful Christmas story. Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, has never recovered from his betrothed Miss Merry Parks leaving him suddenly five years ago. When she shows up on his doorstep carrying an infant, he is outraged at first thinking she's trying to pass the baby off at his, but soon calming down once he learns the baby belongs to his cousin, William. Merry is fulfilling a dying wish of her dear friend to find baby Lottie's father and the only way she knows how to do that is to confront Alex and ask for his help.

Ms. Collins weaves a powerful story about loss, grief and trying to move forward with one's life without the love they've left behind. I found myself connecting with both Merry and Alex and how they handled being ripped apart by Alex's grandmother before finding the courage to try again at their broken relationship. Dowager Wrotham is a complicated character and it takes the full story to learn her reasons for tearing Alex and Merry apart. If you looking for a heartwarming story at Christmas time, this book will certainly fit the bill.

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

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#Excerpt: HIDE AND SEEK by Desiree Holt

“And we’re working on the backgrounds of the Cole International execs. Do you have everything there you need?”

Logan had his own personal weapons with him—a Glock 19, a Ruger LCP and his Kabar knife—but on the remote chance of an invasion he wanted to be covered on all fronts.

“More firepower. I’ll text you the list as soon as I hang up. How are you coming with the phone?”

“We’ve just gotten started with it. First of all, it’s not an ordinary cell phone. It’s made by a company like the one that makes ours.”

“So it’s ten times as hard to crack.”

“That’s right. We got past the factory restore and there’s data on it, but it also seems to have multiple passwords.”

Logan snorted. “Can you say paranoid? Now I’m sure there’s shit on it we need.”

“I’ve got Del on it. He’s got it hooked up to a bunch of different programs at the same time. If anyone can break it, that would be him.”

“Okay. Keep me in the loop on that.”

“Ginger’s been digging into Graham Cole with an electronic shovel. I want to know everything from the past ten years, personal and corporate. There’s a clue somewhere and I mean for us to find it. I’ll bet we find a lot of unpleasant crap there.

“I hope we find something soon,” he told her. “I don’t think they’re near done with her.”

“And that’s why you’re there, Mr. Marine.”

“Ooh rah.”


Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.

She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

Twitter @desireeholt

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