Archive | September 2015

#Jerk by Kat T Masen

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He was that boy in the playground.
The one that pulled your pigtails.
The one that lifted your dress in front of the entire school.
Now he’s that guy in the office.
The one that steals your lunch from the fridge.
The one that gets away with everything.
I’m sure you know him. Everyone knows that guy.
He’s a #JERK.

Presley Malone knew her relationship with her fiancé, Jason, had run its course.
The second that ring came off her finger, she didn’t expect to be the pawn in an immature game played by the office jerk.

His name is Haden Cooper, and he is six years younger than her. Immature and irresponsible, getting drunk and stoned every weekend like he never left college. He rode a motorcycle, carrying a different girl each week. He was everything a jerk should be—insensitive, unreliable, and most importantly, a heartbreaker.

Haden enjoyed playing games, and when it came to Presley Malone, it was all too easy. Miss Know-it-all with her over-the-top OCD was soon going to get a taste of what it was like to live on the edge.

But what starts off as an innocent prank soon becomes an unhealthy obsession.

He is wrong for her and she is wrong for him. It’s a battle of the sexes ready to go to war. But in this battle there are no winners, and it takes only one fateful night and six tequilas for their lives to take an unexpected turn that changes them both forever.

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Kat

Born and bred in Sydney Australia, Kat T. Masen is a mother to three crazy boys and wife to one sane husband. Growing up in a generation where social media and fancy gadgets didn’t exist, she enjoyed reading from an early age and found herself immersed in these stories. After meeting friends on twitter who loved to read as much as she did, her passion to write began and the friendships continued on despite the distance. “I’m known to be crazy and humorous. Show me the most random picture of a dog in a wig and I’ll be laughing for days.”

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Cover Reveal for Infatuation by Phoenyx Slaughter!

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Expected Publication: October 12, 2015

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Infatuation makes you do things you’ll regret later.

Step-siblings at thirteen. Lovers at sixteen.

Ella and Flynn have a lot of shared history.

Their worlds were flipped upside down when their parents discovered their secret.

Love makes you regret nothing.

Now they’re adults and nothing can tear them apart again.

Except for the one dark secret Ella’s keeping that could destroy everything.

Love begins where infatuation ends…

Infatuation is a 20,000 word novella. It does not end with a cliffhanger.

*Infatuation is not related to Phoenyx’s Iron Bulls MC series.

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About the author

Phoenyx “Nyx” Slaughter has many roles, including writer, reader, and roughneck wrangler. She loves to read and write taboo stories–the filthier the better.
She loves to travel and meet new people with similar interests. Feel free to visit her on facebook or send her an email: NyxSlaughter@gmail.com

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Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin

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My life was full of nevers.

It was never supposed to go this way. I was never supposed to lose Mom so soon. I was never supposed to worry about making ends meet, to worry about losing the farm. I never thought I’d be working a job I hate, with a boss who was more interested in what was under my shirt than in my head. Saving neglected and abused horses had been my whole life. It was my reprieve, my sanity, my last saving grace in a cruel world. I never thought I’d grow to resent it, but I guess there is a first for everything.

Then I met him.

The Hollywood playboy. The entitled, cocky asshole that I can’t get out of my head. I never thought there could be more to him than sex appeal and an infamous reputation of loving and leaving. I never thought I’d fall for him, put my heart on the line, and risk letting him completely destroy me.

But you know what they tell you…never say never.

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About the author

Emily

Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn’t writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.

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Metamorph Publishing Announces New Release by Best-selling Author Markie Madden

Metamorph Publishing is proud to announce the release of a new book by Amazon best-selling author Markie Madden. Fang and Claw is book 1 of her new series titled The Undead Unit Series, and is a fast-paced crime/paranormal novel set in future Dallas, Texas. In a time when supernatural beings such as Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies are known, though not always accepted, by the humans around them, crime is still a problem. The Dallas Police Department forms an elite new squad dedicated to solving crimes among the Immortals. Lieutenant Lacey Anderson, a Vampire, heads up the Undead Unit, along with Detective Colton Scarber, a Werewolf with anger management issues. Can these two polar opposites learn to work together, and trust one another? Find out in Fang and Claw.

The paperback is now available at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, eBay, the Square Store, and Createspace. The e-book is available for pre-order now, for the special introductory price of $2.99. It will become available on October 4, 2015, at which time the price will go up. You can find it for Kindle, Nook, Google Books, Google Play, iTunes, Kobo, and many more.

One beta reader said of author Markie Madden: “You’re going to be the next J.D. Robb.” after reading Fang and Claw. Find out what all the fuss is about, and pre-order your copy today. You won’t be sorry!
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An Interview With Jen Winters.

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Today I am lucky enough to have the talented author, Jen Winters, with me. She is a hard working stay-at-home mom, homeschooling two great kids. She spends her days with the kids and her nights with her book boyfriends. She is grateful to her hubby for all his support and love, and can’t imagine this life without him.12025294_1501438913499754_124657260_n

As well as being a parent and a wife, she reads, writes, promotes other authors and is co-admin for Author Promo Co-Op – a group of dedicated authors whose mission is to discuss ways to further the indie industry.

Hi Jen, thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule for this interview.
You write Paranormal Romance. What drives a Paranormal Romance for you?

I love PNR and have for nearly a decade now. What makes it special is the escape into a different, but possible and believable reality. I love the tension of the secret versus the known. The secrets can be so intense, like a brooding vampire broods because he used to be a mass murderer, or the sexy man with the abs made of steel is jealous because the wolf inside him knows she is his mate. It’s the mix of the supernatural with the normal that makes it fun for me. My immortal Guardian watches the sci-fi channel, lol. Normal + supernatural.

When did you start writing for publication?

About 6 years ago, a little more than. I wanted to see if I could write something that readers would want to read. So far so good. If only I could get it into more hands, haha.

What made you decide to put your work out there to be read by others?

I’ve never in my adult life been the embarrassed type. Putting my work out there wasn’t so much an issue for me as putting it out there where my family could read it. The first time my mother read my book, I was nervous as hell, but I don’t really get that way about the readers in the internet ether.

What do you think you bring to your books that makes you unique?

I have a degree in biblical text and I have created a world that revolves around a monotheistic supernatural world. Certainly, Artemis shows up, but she isn’t a god so much as the daughter of a fallen angel. I interpret old manuscripts liberally, including ancient accounts of demons and battles, gods and heroes. Someone with a firm grasp of ancient near eastern literature would pick up on it; others don’t have to because I spell out everything they need to know there. I did a lot of research on my characters, having taken many of them from history.

How has self-publishing changed the way you read?

I committed this year to only reading indies and I must say that I am impressed with the quality of writers out there. The ones that take the industry seriously and are out there to give indies a great rep are fantastic writers and authors. I have read books that would give Kim Harrison and William Faulkner both a run for their money.

That’s also the tragedy of self-publishing. There are so many good ones out there and the market is just saturated. Getting your book in front of readers is a challenge I don’t think any indie has fully mastered, even the ones on the top 100 list. To get paid, we have to sell, but to sell we have to put out the money that traditional publishing companies already have. It’s a monetary challenge and a bit tragic, because there is such good quality out there.

Who or what has helped you become a better writer over time?

My first editor, Jessica Augustsson helped me weave a better story and gave me great feedback on what makes a PNR good. My mother has alpha read for me and helped me get those little technical buggers I didn’t see the 5th time through the manuscript. Veronica Del Rosa has helped me see what I am missing in my male MCs. And then, just writing—a lot. Every day.

What is that one moment you have had as a writer that made you realize you were actually a real author?

Probably my first unsolicited review. It was a good one and it mean the world to me that someone I didn’t know read my book and liked it enough to review it.

How have your aspirations as a writer changed over time?

I thought I would write pnr forever, but I am seriously considering YA right now. I would really, honestly, like to see one of my books made into a movie (or TV show) and then complain about how they’re ruining it 😀

Tell us about your favorite memory related to reading or writing?

So, when I was in high school, my BFF and I wrote together—like all the time. We were on a school field trip and in the bus, just writing away. All of our friends and classmates and teachers expected this from us. We were good students, but in our downtime, we passed a notebook. So, there we are, stuck on a small part because we need a useful weapon that will main but nor kill, and suddenly we both look up at the same time and say “nailgun” at the same time. We hadn’t spoken a word to each other before that, we were just writing the story, but we came up with the same idea at the same time. Our teacher and fellow classmates all looked at us like we were both amazing and nuts because they had zero context for both of us shouting “nailgun” at the same time. It was hilarious for us and we never did explain it to them.

When you consider your future, what would you like to make happen for you?

I would like to build a following of fans who keep up with my goings on and are excited about my new releases. Time and determination are my friends there.

What do you like to see from your fans, followers, readers, and supporters on your social media sites?

I love it when someone reads my books and then contacts me about it. That’s how I met some of my closest friends. They read my book and just sent me a PM about how much they loved it. It embarrasses the life out of me, but I appreciate it none the less. I like to see what my readers are all about and get to know them. I appreciate the reviews like you can’t even imagine unless you are a writer. I love to see my stuff being shared with friends.

If you read my stuff and like it, feel free to message me. I will talk to you. I’m not an out-of-reach author. I love my fans and some of them have become my best friends.

Tell us a bit about your current work(s)-in-progress.

I am working on the final installment of the first Guardian novels trilogy, Raising Hell. This one is about Yuruch’s redemption and will surprise you how much you feel sorry for his wicked ass.

I am working on a novella for an anthology due out in April. This is an introduction to my Dragonswan series the next PNR trilogy I will be working on before I go back to the Guardians. The anthology will be a charitable work with proceeds going to an autism awareness foundation.

I am also working on a YAF that I am keeping a bit secret because I don’t want to put it out there until it’s ready. I have some alpha readers who are reading along with me as I write it, but other than that, I am not releasing the title and description until the whole series (4books) is complete. It’s a long-term project.

Tell us a little about your previous works and how we can get our hands on them.

Kissing Demons is the first book of the Guardian novels.
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I’ve been a Guardian for 800 years, and sometimes, even us immortals need a vacation. So when my big sister calls and tells me I’m off for two weeks, I take the opportunity to visit my favorite place: The Hunter’s Moon, a bar for supernaturals only. There’s a few things I want to accomplish while I’m not working: get a grimoire, find a little temporary fun, and make a friend. I did not want to find my soul mate, nearly die, watch a sister give up this life, and see my city in the throes of mass destruction.

What am I supposed to do now? My vacations over, my soul mate’s been kidnapped by a demon I’m not powerful enough to defeat, and Fort Worth, one of the cities I love, is in pieces. If I help the city, I will lose my soul mate; if I help my Alex, I will lose the city. What kind of Guardian would I be if I didn’t do everything in my power to defeat Yuruch? Am I even sure I want to be a Guardian anymore?

Kissing the Rain is a free novelette that introduces Alex and Geneva. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUXIDAM

I was happy, living the good life in France. I taught Math and Computer Science, I mentored a group of great kids, and I had my dates—the lovers I visited regularly. Then My father decides it’s time to call me home. If I could, I would ignore him, but I’m a halfling and a demon bound to my father’s voice. When he calls his children, we all have to answer.
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I want to be better than I am and I don’t want to help whatever foul plan he’s come up with. I can keep him off my back for a little while with the psychic static of the supernatural club, The Hunter’s Moon, but eventually the club with close and I would rather die than go to him.

My only hope is a petite, fiery Guardian, Geneva Archer. I’ve heard of her before—she’s famous among supernaturals for her dedication to her work—but can she really help me? I’m a halfling and she’s a Guardian, two of the world’s most infamous enemies.

When Yuruch calls for his children to join him in Ft. Worth, it takes every ounce will will-power Alex has to stay away. He may have to go to Texas, but he would rather die than become his father’s puppet. This novelette follows Alex in the days leading up to meeting Geneva. If you haven’t already read Kissing Demons, this is your chance to meet the MCs from Alex’s POV.

Falling Angels is the second novel of the Guardian series, and is on sale right now for 99 cents on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZPVX1SC/

What’s worse than losing your job? How about losing your life, your home, and everything familiar? I just wanted to work. What did I get in return? A long fucking fall with a sudden stop.
Stranded on earth with little hope for survival and an eternity of banishment ahead of me, I did the only thing I knew—I worked the jobs I could. Until I realized I’d been replaced. Then I got mad. Eleven thousand years of fighting for my destiny had me broken, bitter, and ready to just give up. And then my best friend blew up Fort Worth and screwed the entire universe in the process. Now I have to save his ass from everyone including the Guardians.
I hate Guardians—those intrusive vixens replaced me, took over my job, and left me utterly useless. But this one, Lavinia, she’s almost as old as I am and she is starting to get under my skin. I can’t concentrate when she’s around—everything about her mystifies me and why the hell do I remember her from before? She shouldn’t even exist! And certainly not in my memory.

Where can we find you to tell you how amazing we think you are?

Friend request me on facebook and send me a message: https://www.facebook.com/WintersJen
Or follow me on facebook: https://facebook.com/jenwintersne
Join my street team (benefits for members): https://www.facebook.com/groups/859499660796902/
Email me at jenwintersne@yahoo.com
Find me on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/Jen_Winters
Follow me on Twitter: @jenwintersne
Follow my blog: https://jenwintersne.wordpress.com
Or join the groups I moderate or admin:
APC: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1605983442956270/
Trail Mix Readers: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/153603-trail-mix-readers

and finally… If you ever got stranded on a deserted island which three books would you bring?

Oh my!
1. The bible…it’s part of my daily life and I can’t live without it.
2. The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix—best epic fantasy I’ve ever read.
3. Shakespeare Anthology—because it contains anything I need: tragedy, comedy, drama, poetry, love…

Thank you for joining me, Jen. I’m looking forward to reading Raising Hell and I wish you every success in your career. 😀


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Defining Calvin by Zoey Derrick

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69 Bottles – Part 3 – Book 1

Loving someone completely means giving them your heart, soul, body and mind. What happens when your heart and soul love someone, but your mind and body refuse to follow?

For Calvin Caldwell, being the lead guitarist of America’s hottest rock band 69 Bottles has its perks. Performing night after night with his closest friends, he finds peace with a guitar in his hands. Playing music wipes away his unimaginable past, albeit temporarily. He struggles not only with who he is as a person, but with who he wants to become and what he is hiding.

Being in love with someone certainly isn’t the problem. He’s been in love for a long time, but what defines him is what keeps him from the person he loves.

Seeing something you so desperately want, but can’t have…

Eric Richardson knows exactly what he wants out of life.
He wants to play bass with his friends because performing gives him a high better than any drug he’s ever used. Being on stage is where he feels most comfortable.

But what happens when being on stage is no longer enough to satisfy him? What happens when the person he loves, doesn’t love him in return?

You fight for it.

You define it.

You prove it.

A rock band, A tour bus, One wild ride…

***CONTENT WARNING ***

This book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18 due to the following content and more: M/M sexual content where nothing is off limits, so If two men turn you on or give you a reading rush other books cant, then this books is meant for you.

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About the author

It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.

Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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Mum And Baby Owl – Plushie & Card

There was a new addition to my family this month, my 4th grandson (my eldest daughter’s third son) was born.
My daughter loves birds and volunteers at Greenmount Wild bird Hospital, so I decided to make my newest grandson a Mum owl plushie, complete with her own baby owl and an owl congratulations card for the proud family.

I have also added the instructions for the plushie to Cut Out and Keep.

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To make the mum owl:

Using the pattern cut out all the felt pieces for the mummy owl.
Cut a length of elastic equal to the width of the owls body.
Cut a length of ribbon equal to the width of the pocket.
Sew the elastic to the top edge of the pocket on the back – you will need to stretch the elastic slightly to fit.
Sew the ribbon to the top edge of the pocket on the front.
Sew the inner eye to the centre of the outer eye then sew the eyelid on top of them both.
Stitch the two beak pieces together along two edges and stuff.
Sew the eyes, beak and pocket onto the front body.
With right sides facing, sew two wing pieces together then turn the right way out and oversew the opening.
Repeat with the other two wing pieces.
With right sides facing, sew two foot pieces together then turn the right way out, stuff lightly and oversew the opening.
Repeat with the other two foot pieces.
With right sides facing, sew the back and front body pieces together then turn the right way out, stuff and oversew the opening.
Attach the feet to the bottom of the body and the wings to either side just above the pocket

To make the baby owl:

Using the pattern cut out all the felt pieces for the baby owl.
Sew the inner eye to the bottom-centre of the outer eye then stitch into place on the front body.
Sew the beak onto the front body between the eyes.
Sew the two body pieces together along one edge.
Sew a line of stitches along top and bottom of the body.
Sew the two body pieces together along the other edge.
Pull the thread along the top edge to gather up and secure.

Either stuff then gather up and secure the bottom edge….

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Fill a plastic container (the inner from a kinder egg is ideal) with rice, beads, barley or other small bits to make the rattle. Ensure that the container is securely sealed.
Wrap the container with toy stuffing, insert into the body then gather up and secure the bottom edge.

Sew the feet to the bottom of the owl and stitch the wings to each side of the body.
And you’re done!

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To make the mum owl:

Using the pattern cut out all the pieces from card for the mummy owl.
1 each head, face, body and beak, and two each of eyes, wings and feet.
With embroidery thread sew the V shapes on the body.
Stick the face on the head then the eyes and beak on the face.
Stick the feet behind the body, the wings on the body and then the head on the body
Add two black stick-on pearls for the centre of the eyes, and some black lines for the eyelashes

To make the baby owl:

Reduce the size of the pattern, then repeat all the steps above (apart from the eyelashes for a baby boy).

The doily was cut from white card using a cardowlWe R Memory Keepers Mini 8 raindrop Punch, which was stuck onto a piece of card from the  First Edition Neroli Paper Pad.

The scroll was cut from the same card as the owls head and stuck across the doily, the owls were stuck on next, overlapping the scroll slightly. Peel-off letters were used for the congratulations and the whole thing was stuck onto a piece of folded white card.