Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

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Hunger Moon
Series: The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5
Author: Alexandra Sokoloff
Publication date: October 24th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Revenge has no limits.

HMSpecial Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted…

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The sandstone spires reach like alien fingers from the depths of the canyon.
         The gorge cuts through the Arizona tablelands, a vast, prehistoric gash. Inside lies a 230-million-year-old natural wonder: a cathedral of wind-carved sandstone walls in every possible hue of red, gold, and white, adorned with the gleaming black curtain-like sweeps known as canyon varnish. Ancient ruins of cliff villages nestle in natural caves at impossible heights. Sedimentary deposits lie in distinctive round piles, like stacked pancakes.
         And the famous double sandstone spires rise 750 feet from the canyon floor, at the exact junction of de Chelly and Monument Canyons.
         Navajo legend says the taller spire is the home of Spider Grandmother, the goddess who created the world. She stole the sun and brought fire to the Anasazi. At the beginning of time, monsters roamed the land, and she gave her children, Monster Slayer and Child-Born-of-Water, power to kill the monsters and protect the First People.
         Her stories are only told in the winter months.
         And only to those who will listen.

A bleak sky, streaked with white, stretches over the desolate South Rim of the canyon. There will be snow tonight.
         The grinding of a pickup truck grates through the silence.
         A four-door Tundra. Tonneau cover over the bed. Two men dressed in camouflage inside. Fast-food and jerky wrappers litter the wells at their feet. In the back seat, a cooler packed full of beer.
         And three rifles, three-inch twelve-gauge magnums, strapped to the padded back-seat gun rest.
         Hunters, driving the rim.
         The front-seat passenger sets his sights on something moving ahead of them, leans forward greedily. “There we go, there we go.”
         The driver follows his gaze, fixes on what he is tracking. Not a deer, but a young girl, shining black hair underneath the hood of her parka. Schoolgirl’s backpack on her shoulder.
         On the men’s faces, something crude and capering.
         “That’s some tasty-looking pussy.”
         “Oh, yeah, that’ll do.”
         “Let’s go.”
         “Get her.”
         The driver swerves the truck over to the side of the road, squealing brakes.
         The girl hears the sound, stiffens, is starting to run before she even completes the glance back.
         The truck skids to a stop in the snow. The doors fly open; the men are out of the car, grabbing for their rifles.
         The girl runs for the rocks, but her pursuers are bigger, faster. Two of them, grown men, against a teenage girl.
         They move forward into the strong wind, a military-style formation, heavy boots crunching in the sandy snow.
         They pause at the rock outcropping, looking out over the boulders. The girl seems to have disappeared. Then a scrabble on the rocks betrays her. Hearing it, the men grin at each other.
         The driver rounds the rock first, his mouth watering. He is already hard in anticipation . . .
         The tire iron bashes him across the face, breaking his jaw. He staggers back, howling inarticulate pain.
         The girl kicks him viciously in the knee, crumpling him, then swivels as the second hunter rounds the edge of the rock. She slams the tire iron against the side of his head.
         Now both men are collapsed on the ground, moaning and cursing.
         She steps forward, no longer feigning that youthful, hesitant gait.
         She lifts her arm and uses the tire iron on their skulls. Two, three, four blows, and there is no more moaning. Thick crimson drops spatter the snow. Her breath is harsh. Her face is ice.
         There is only the wind, swallowing the sound of her breathing.

Cara stands at the edge of the canyon, looking out at the spires of Spider Rock, the vast open gorge.
         Below her is an icy crevasse. The canyon has any number of them, deep splits in the rock wall where whole sheets of the cliff have broken away. Behind her is the hunters’ pickup truck.
         Their bodies lie at her feet.
         She drags one, then the other, to shove them over the cliff’s edge, stepping back to watch each body hurtle down into the crevasse, tumbling into oblivion.
         The snowfall tonight will cover all trace of them. Later, birds and animals will pick the bones clean.
         Another offering to the canyon, and the gods and ghosts that haunt it.

 

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AlexAlexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon, Hunger Moon – now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural Haunted thrillers (The Harrowing, The Price, The Unseen, Book of Shadows, The Shifters, The Space Between). The New York Times Book Review called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley,” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors,  Stealing Hollywood, and Writing Love, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham’s all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it’s under control.

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Wicked Dance by Olivia Boothe

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Title: Wicked Dance
Author: Olivia Boothe
Series: Chronicles of a Dancing Heart Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2017

She never imagined her heart could ever dance again

perf5.000x8.000.inddFormer dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an ungratifying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart—and her body—into hyperdrive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything.

He’d stopped believing in love …

Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous. He lives the life of the perfect bachelor—partying hard and dating the most beautiful women in Manhattan. But he has one golden rule–no commitments. Ever. Then he meets sexy Sara Hart, and something about her makes him want to throw the damn rule book out the window. Every time she’s near, the blood in his veins pulses with a raging fire he can’t contain. But Tom’s shadowed history is resurfacing, unearthing ghosts he’d rather remain buried.

Will this wicked dance be their last?

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      Seemed all I knew was how to screw things up.

       I looked down at my crossed arms for a brief second then gazed up at him, trying to find the courage I needed, the strength he’d always been able to give me. All I saw reflected in his eyes was anger bathed in sadness and soaked in disappointment. My heart fractured. His anger I could bear—I deserved every ounce of it—but to see him slowly blink away the moisture in his eyes made my universe crumble. I’d broken our trust, the one thing he’d lost in women and only recently been able to restore. I felt his pain and was no longer able to hold back the tears beginning to trickle down my face. “Baby, I can explain—”

       “Explain what?” He dropped his arms and placed his hands on his hips, his face taut with frustration. “There’s nothing that can justify why you’ve been lying to me or why I found you here. Alone. With Alexei.”

       My spine tightened. This wasn’t how I’d wanted to tell him about my past, and certainly not how I rehearsed it. I needed to salvage the situation, but his harsh attitude and the disapproval in his eyes unraveled me. “Tom, I was going to tell you when you got back.”

       He paced. “That’s not the point, Sara. You should have never lied in the first place. Baby, there was never a need for you to lie to me about this. It doesn’t make sense.” He paused, confusion dimming the glow that always sparkled in his eyes. He looked away as if trying to conceal his thoughts. “Unless…”

       “Unless what?” I demanded, not sure where he was going with the statement, but tasting the sourness of his words.

       He was silent for a long moment before he replied, weariness enveloping his voice. “Unless you didn’t want me to know about Alexei,” he uttered as he looked back at me, his poignant stare cutting through my core.

       I shook my head in disbelief. This is where he was taking this? He couldn’t have been farther from the truth, and the insinuation I could stoop so low made the ice in my blood evaporate before it turned to liquid. “How dare you accuse me of such a thing? Maybe if you’d called me to tell me you were coming home we might have been able to have this conversation earlier and none of this would have happened.”

       “I did call!” he yelled, his tone nearing fury. “Perhaps if you bothered to answer the phone, you might have known I was actually worried about you. But, you were too busy prancing around twirled up in Alexei’s arms.”

       My eyes bulged as steam blew out of my ears. “You’re gonna pull the jealous boyfriend on me?”

       He stopped pacing and stared at me hard. “Jealous boyfriend? You keep trying to make this about me instead of calling it for what it really is.”

       I walked up to him and stood inches from his chest, my gaze sharp as razor blades. “Oh yeah, and what exactly is that?”

       He sucked in a deep breath as his nostrils flared, pressing his lips into a tight line. “I’m ending this conversation before either one of us says anything else we’ll regret.” He turned to leave, but I grabbed his arm.

       “You don’t get to say when this conversation is over. You can’t leave,” I ordered.

       “Watch me.” He yanked his arm back.

       “Not until you tell me why you came here.”

       He stalked back toward me and pinned me with an unflinching stare. “I came to make sure you were okay. You’re alive and kicking. I can go.”

       “Why wouldn’t I be okay?”

       “Listen to your messages.”

       “Tom, please. You have to let me explain.”

       He looked back, his eyes liquid fire. “Where’s the girl I had in my arms a few days ago? Because it sure as hell isn’t the person standing in front of me now. I…I can’t believe I was so wrong.” He shook his head in disbelief as he continued to walk toward the back door.

       “What are you talking about, Tom?”

       He stopped for a second, his back still to me. “Sara, it’s obvious you didn’t want me to know about this.” He opened his arms wide, showing me he meant the studio. “After everything we’ve talked about and shared, I don’t know why you would lie to me about it. Finding you so intimately close with Alexei…I mean, all the stuff you’ve said about him. I don’t get it. And to tell you the truth, I no longer care.” He kept walking.

       “Where are you going?” I ran toward him, fear crawling up my skin. As I caught up to him, he stopped to look at me one last time.

       “Sara, I don’t want to do this. I don’t have time for nonsense in my life. I know I told you I’d wait until you were ready, but finding out like this…”

       “You weren’t supposed to find out like this. Just give me a chance to explain. Please.”

       “Sara, stop,” his voice quavered as he held back the pain he was clearly trying to cover up with anger. “I’m done. It’s over. It’s not even that you lied, it’s all this other stuff. Plus, accusing me of being the jealous boyfriend when I was simply worried about you? It’s what you think of me I can’t handle.”

       Something inside me cracked. It was like watching your most precious porcelain treasure slip from your hands and fall to the ground, shattering into a million pieces. There’s this moment of awe, disbelief. Then this feeling of helplessness settles in when you know there’s no way of putting it back together, and even if there was a way, the porcelain would be full of nicks and craters. Never perfect. Never whole.

       What have I done?

       “Tom…”

       “Save it. Don’t bother calling.” He walked out.

       I could have followed after him, but I had no right. My body was numb. A meteor had collided with my world, obliterating me from existence.

       I’d been exposed for what I was.

       A hypocrite.

       A shameful liar.

       I was a foolish girl standing alone in the place where I had sought redemption, but where all that now remained was humiliation and self-reproach.

       And too many regrets.

 

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olivia-bootheAuthor of deep and sexy contemporary romance, Olivia Boothe enjoys crafting novels about complex characters and compelling storylines. Her romances encompass a blend of heartfelt emotion and steamy passion.

Coffee addict and red wine lover, when she’s not busy conjuring up a new story, Olivia likes to binge read across genres. You’ll typically find her with one book on her e-reader, a second on her phone, and a print book in her oversized handbag.

Olivia resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband, their three boys, and a miniature dachshund.

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Deliverance by Kristy Centeno

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Title: Deliverance
Author: Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult

Deliverance.Ebook_400x600He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?

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I pull open the driver’s-side door, only to have it brusquely shut by a rather large, pale hand. Startled by the suddenness of the man’s appearance, I shift to my left and come eye to eye with a bulky-looking individual with dark brown eyes, and a scar that traces a fine line from his upper lip all the way down to his chin.

“Don’t attract attention, missy.” He sneers at me.


I glance down at the feel of something hard poking my ribcage and find, much to my horror, that he’s leveled a gun at my stomach. Most of the weapon is concealed by a khaki trench coat he wears.


“Keep your pretty little mouth shut and all will sail smoothly,” he warns, standing rigidly beside me. He glances briefly over the roof of the truck. “Tiger. Hello there, my dear old friend. Didn’t take you long to make friends, huh?”


I grow stiff. So these are the psychos that are after Tiger.

 

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kristyKristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I truly saw myself as a writer when my first book was published. I felt a sense of completion and pride that really fueled the fire for more. I haven’t stopped writing since.

 
Do you see writing as a career?

Yes and no. I used to write more as a hobby, back when I first started. I take it more seriously now just because of how important it is to me. Writing is my happy place. No matter how stressful a day is, I can always turn to writing and fully engross myself in the story and kind of unwind.

I do have a career, but I don’t give up on writing or set it aside. It’s equally as important to me and I always work on learning as much as I can and applying what I learned.

 
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

Secrets of the Moon is a long, complex story of werewolf families. Because of the association with wolves and werewolves with the moon and the abundance of secrets between the families I fells as if the title was befitting.

 
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I had a real power struggle with my last book because I felt as if I might deliver something to readers that they might not like as much as they did the first one. I wanted to keep the theme of the first book going and although I succeeded in some ways, I wasn’t happy with the finished product.

When I first started writing I promised myself I’d put books out there that I would want to read, so when I hit this dilemma, I was confused. Do I put a book out that readers might like but I hate? Or do I release a book I’m happy with but readers might not like as much? Do I take the risk? This plagued me for months. So much that I had to stop writing and step away from the book for weeks, unable to move forward at all.

I had a deep, hearty conversation with my significant other about this. With his advice, I could finally sit down and kind of determine what my next move should be.

It wasn’t an easy decision and not one I took lightly by any means. But I finally concluded that I had to take the risk. If I wasn’t happy with the book then why write at all? Why put something out there that I hated or wasn’t happy with? So I went back and started over. I don’t regret it. And although it might put me in hot waters with fans of the first book, I hope they enjoy it nonetheless.

I learned that sometimes you just have to go with your instincts and let your imagination lead you. If it doesn’t work out, at least you know you tried. It’s better than sitting there wondering.

 
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

Kristina will do anything to protect her loved ones and, scared or not, she’ll go against whoever gets in her way of doing so. She only has her brother and grandmother so she’s very protective of them.

Tiger, he’s a bit more complicated. Due to his upbringing, he doesn’t understand or know how to really sort through emotions so when he’s presented with a dilemma he can go either way. Mostly, he’s upset by injustice and the need to do something about it gets him going.

 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not in my latest book, no. I would like to change some things from the first books I ever published only because I feel I’ve come a long way since then and could do a lot more for the story and character development.

 
Who designed your book covers?

All the covers for every book published by my publisher were done by the very talented Najla Qamber.

 
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie…?

Gosh. I don’t know. I guess I see Deliverance being made into a movie and maybe even Enchanter. It would certainly be interesting to see the characters come to life in the big screen.

 
…and if your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I honestly don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.

 
Do you have a favorite movie?

My favorite movie is 50 First Dates. I know. Adam Sandler? Why? But what I like about the movie is the concept behind it. A man that goes out of his way every day to make you fall in love with him. What’s not to like?

 

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Wolfmoon Series by Nikki Broadwell

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Series: Wolfmoon
Author: Nikki Broadwell
Genre: Fantasy Romance

 

Moonstone

Book 1
Nikkicover1_375x600Is magic gone from the world? Was it ever here? Read Moonstone and you might just believe in magic again! Fans of Juliet Marillier’s ‘Daughter of the Forest’ series will find themselves right at home.

Finna is pregnant and proud of herself for being strong enough to kick out the father of her child. But when her absent mother shows up and tells her that her baby needs to be blessed by the moon goddess to keep her safe, Finna’s newfound confidence disappears. The Otherworld her mother describes sounds tantalizing. And by the time Finna discovers the truth it is too late. Her only hope is to make it out alive.

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willowbook2_375x600Maeve’s dreams are waking her in the middle of the night. And consulting a psychic does little to help. But when a shipment of paintings arrives in the gallery where she works her mind really begins to unravel. What she sees in one of those paintings has to be an hallucination. How could she be seeing herself running with wolves in the background of a landscape simply hanging on the wall? Little does she know what lies ahead.

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      The psychic’s eyes turned glassy and unfocused as she picked up Maeve’s hands. Maeve heard the words, ‘lifeline,’ ‘love affair,’ ‘trip,’ but her eyelids refused to stay open. The last conscious thought she had was how hot Gertrude’s hands were–from that moment on it was as if she was in a trance or asleep. As she dozed she heard the slap of cards being placed on the table, Gertrude’s indrawn breath. Something happened, a sound or a clap that brought her back to consciousness. Gertrude’s eyes were wide and frightened but a split second later she smiled.
      “Thank you,” she said, rising from the chair to usher Maeve out.
      “But wait—what happened?”
      “There is darkness in your future.”
      “Darkness? What does that mean?”
      “I told you everything during our session. You will remember.”
      “But I don’t remember anything!”

 

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Maeve is oblivious of all of it as she travels to Scotland. All she can think about is her boyfriend, Harold who she left behind. But what lies ahead includes him too, and will take both Maeve and Harold into a dangerous world they could never have imagined.

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      When the soft breeze touched her cheek, Maeve breathed deeply, savoring the sweet scent riding the air.
      The druid touched her arm, pulling her attention away from the pastoral scene. “You have been summoned here to restore the balance.”
      “Me? What do you mean?”
      “You are part of an ancient prophecy, Maeve—I witnessed the ceremony to name you. Not name you in the way you imagine, more like naming the force you would become—a blessing bestowed by the moon goddess.”
      “This is a dream—I mean it has to be, doesn’t it?”

 

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author-nikki-broadwellI graduated with a BA in art and English from Sonoma State University in California. I’ve been an avid reader since I first learned how and a writer from my early teenage years on. I’ve had several art related businesses, including greeting cards and more recently a silk painting business. When I began to write in earnest I put aside the art, concentrating only on the writing.

I’ve traveled a lot over the years, finding inspiration wherever I go. Scotland holds a special place in my heart, hence the setting for “The Moonstone”. I had to make a 4th trip there to do research as I was putting the book together!

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What can we expect from you in the future?

I am keeping up with several series—the 5th in my Summer McCloud ghost mystery series is in progress, I’m considering a 3rd coyote book, (shape shifters) and my time-traveling witch series is just taking off—2 is nearly completed and it leads into a third.

Do you have any side stories about the characters?

I have interviews with the characters from Moonstone. Will be sharing on my blog, www.nikkibroadwellauthor.com –click on blog at top of page.

Describe your writing style.

I write from the seat of my pants—no outlines. This has worked for me through 17 books, the one I’m working on now the first exception. I usually begin with a sentence that comes to me—like: ‘beware of darkness’. Kind of like a writing prompt. The characters usually take over sometime around page thirty.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I like to drink wine, I walk with my dog, I do yoga—I also enjoy watching sci-fi and fantasy series on TV and, of course, I love to read!

What kind of world ruler would you be?

Diplomacy first, good education with low costs, and healthcare for everyone. Jails would still exist but there would be less people in them because of services provided for rehabilitation and education—EPA and environment would be top priorities. Those in the highest income bracket would pay higher taxes to pay for these services for less wealthy individuals.

 

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Wicked Soul by Nora Ash

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Title: Wicked Soul
Series: Ancient Blood, #1
Author: Nora Ash
Publication date: February 10th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

 

He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his.

My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected.

Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead.

Except he didn’t kill me.

Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light.

Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil.

We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond…

Or die.

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Nora Ash writes the sort of books that have your toes curling and your blood pulsing. Her stories are often dark and always thrilling, with lots of sexy bad boys and the women who spur their desires. When not typing away at a story, Nora paints, eats chocolate or go for hikes around the English countryside with her very own bad boy.

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Stranger to Blackwood by Sharon Lipman

 

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Stranger to Blackwood

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Stranger to Blackwood coverWould you doom yourself to darkness if it meant saving the one you love?

Ryver is the only telepath in living memory. Whether he wants to or not, he can hear the thoughts of everyone around him–their desires, their fears, and their darkest secrets. As a Vampire and Guardian of the Order, his skill is an asset. As a man, it’s a burden he wishes he didn’t have to carry. That is until he meets Ria. She’s beautiful, shy…and human. More than that, she hears him.

A chance meeting brings them together, but the truth could rip them apart. Ria isn’t what she seems. As her heritage is revealed, can they find the light? If they do, it will enrage an old enemy and threaten everything they hold dear. If they don’t, one of them will be lost forever.

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Bound to Blackwood

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Bound to Blackwood coverWould you surrender your soul for the love of the King?

Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what’s saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain. With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature’s call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don’t, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls.

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About the Author:

A huge fan of the paranormal romance genre, Sharon Lipman started writing in her teens. It wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she found a story she was desperate to share and House Blackwood was born. Her debut novel, Bound to Blackwood was published in 2015.
She was born in west London and grew up in leafy Surrey in south-east England. A lover of all things British, except the weather, she now lives in a tiny mountain village in Almeria, southern Spain with her husband and an ever-growing collection of dogs.

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Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens

silent-meridian-promo-blitz-tour-graphicTitle: Silent Meridian
Author: Elizabeth Crowens
Series: The Time Traveler Professor Book 1
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Gaslight Fantasy, Alternative History
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2016

A 19th century “X” Files meets H.G. Wells’s “Time Machine”
featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner

 
silent-meridianSir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.

Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.

SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of a new kind of Doctor Watson, John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones; book two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.

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      Edinburgh, 1898

      Scotland was just barely crawling its way out of the nineteenth century. I was a naïve, but ambitious student studying music at the University of Edinburgh hurrying over to meet Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who would change my life forever.

      “John Patrick Scott, sir,” I said as I approached Mr. Doyle, who was already seated at a back corner table where he hoped he wouldn’t be recognized. He had picked the Deacon Brodie, the pub that inspired the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

      I extended my hand to greet him and removed my rain-soaked hat, while my overcoat slipped out of my hands and fell on the floor by accident. It was still hard to believe that good fortune had finally brought us together, but we were both nervous.

      “The pleasure is all mine.” Doyle responded like a father to his son.

      “Mr. Conan Doyle, or should I call you Doctor Doyle?” I said unsure how to address him.

      Doyle scrutinized me from top to bottom as he signaled the waiter. “John, call me Arthur,” he said casually, ignoring the tension I couldn’t control.

      “Sir, I’m so honored that you agreed to discuss this matter. Perhaps you can enlighten me in a way that I’ve failed to comprehend.”

      I wanted to ask him about my unusual turn of events straight away but he caught me off guard and was dead set on pulling me into the swift current of an unexpected conversation.

      “Can I assume you believe in the transmigration of souls?” he asked.

      “Until now, I haven’t given it a lot of thought,” I said, unsure as to which direction he was leading.

      “Did you ever read those books about that Swiss doctor who felt his body and soul had been taken over by a Benedictine monk? That presented a curious case. He claims that he was approached by the spirit of an elderly monk before he died, and that the monk needed to rent his body to continue his spiritual mission.”

      “Rent?” I choked in disbelief.

      “We truly don’t take anything with us when we pass on, do we? This monk knew that he was dying, and therefore had to replace his physical body with something more youthful and vital.”

      “That’s incredible. It debunks the theory that you have to die and be reborn as an infant to carry on your spirit,” I said.

      Mr. Doyle had the tinge of excitement in his voice.

      “John, here’s another instance. I’ve had my suspicions about a famous musician who had an obsession about a notorious and controversial mystic. You’d surmise by his overwhelming attraction to that person that he might’ve been him in a previous lifetime, but facts were clear that he was born three years before the mystic died. My understanding is that the mystic knew he didn’t have long in his present incarnation. Therefore he made plans for some sort of partial soul transference while he was still alive to imprint his essence upon the child. That would’ve allowed him to carry on and accomplish unfinished business that couldn’t have been executed otherwise. Essentially he had the ability of being two places at once.”

      “Sounds more like Spiritualism,” I replied.

      “Honestly, John, I don’t think there are any steadfast rules when it comes to this matter. That’s what makes it so intriguing.”

      I sensed he had a secret agenda.

      Doyle reloaded his churchwarden pipe with fresh tobacco and continued, “This is not at all like anything you’ve ever read from H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. We’re poking holes in every treatise written on the subject— the idea of being able to reincarnate a part of yourself while you are still alive into another soul.”

      Our conversation was quickly becoming like a speeding train ready to jump the tracks. Realizing this, Doyle slowed down the pace and took a deep breath. He carefully composed his next statement.

      “Fiction it may seem to be but it’s not hocus pocus. Don’t you also find it strange that you somehow found yourself initiated into a mystical order on a commuter train bound from London to Edinburgh when the instigators kept on mistaking you for me? There are no accidents.”

 

 

Author Bio:

elizabeth-crowensElizabeth Crowens is the pen name author of SILENT MERIDIAN, an alternate history/ 19th century “X Files” alternate history novel published by MX Publishing in London. Recently she won First Prize in Chanticleer Review’s Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction, is on the short list of finalists for Chanticleer’s 2016 Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction, Paranormal and the Ozma Award for Fantasy Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s fiction short story contest for Emerging Writers. She has also published a variety of non-fiction articles and is currently writing a column called The Poison Apple in the World Fantasy and Alfie Award-winning publication, BlackGate.com.

Recently, she participated on panels at The World Fantasy Convention, MidAmericon II/Worldcon, Lunacon, Heliosphere, the Writer’s Digest Conference, Queens Book Festival, Philcon and was also interviewed for the radio show, Hour of the Wolf. A Pocketful of Lodestones, the sequel to Silent Meridian is awaiting a publication date. Current work-in-progress is Dear Mr. Hitchcock, a psychological/domestic suspense novel/series.

A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, she’s also an alumnus of Algonkian workshops and the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. An active Sherlockian, she’s lectured on Arthur Conan Doyle, belongs to several Sherlockian scions, and is an independent scholar on Eastern and Western mysticism and Jungian psychology. A blackbelt in martial arts, she’s lived in Japan. Currently, she lives in New York City.

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