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Embraced by Raechel Lynn

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Author, Raechel Lynn continues Magnus and Eleanor’s story in Enthralled

 
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Eleanor and Magnus are exploring each other, sexually and emotionally pushing the boundaries of their relationship. Magnus wants nothing more than to keep her safe, Eleanor wants nothing more than to keep him happy.

Meanwhile, the Faction is hunting Eleanor and Magnus, attacking their friends and hunting Magnus every time he tries to feed. It’s only a matter of time until their trap snaps shut, can they make it out alive?

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frisco1oRaechel Lynn is an almost 30-year-old erotica author living in the pacific northwest. Her biggest passion outside of writing is competing with her two American Quarter Horses, Cinder and Frisco. She is an adoption advocate, and her 70-lb Pitbull Remington is a lap dog. Her full-time job is lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim team coach.

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Enthralled by Raechel Lynn

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Author, Raechel Lynn brings you Enthralled, a continuation of Magnus and Eleanor’s story. Set two months down the road, Magnus has finally reached his breaking point and decides to seek out Eleanor. But at what price?

 
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The life Magnus knew is in shambles. There is only one woman on his mind, and he will do whatever he can to have her. He is a wanted man, the bounty on his head growing every day, but he is more of a threat each day that he is away from her. The Faction is closing its noose around Magnus’ neck, and the monster inside him demands her in his bed. Will he be able to keep her safe?

Eleanor is walking a razor’s edge. Her family is dangerous, and so is the man she craves. She’s searching for her true happiness, and learning to stand on her own; but will falling for Magnus be the most dangerous choice she’s made yet?

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Warning! Minor spoiler alert if you haven’t read Enticed yet!

      “Hey beautiful, do you come here often?” The urge to pull her into his arms was savage.
      “Magnus, I’ve been here every weekend looking for you. Why did you leave?” Eleanor shoved her thumbs in her belt, fighting the primal urge to touch him.
      Magnus felt his jaw drop. “How do you remember?”
      She searched his face, registered the shock and confusion, as well as the desire. “Look, I know what you are Magnus. How I know this is a long story that, in time, I’ll tell you. But for right now, all you need to know is that you can’t compel me. Why did you leave me that night?”
      He reached a shaking hand out to brush a stray lock of hair behind her ear. “I was trying to protect you. I have enemies in this city, and if they find out there is someone important to me, they will use them to hurt me. You’re too good of a woman to be snuffed out because you’re hanging around a low-life like me.”
      Warmth flooded Eleanor. “All I need to protect me is you. I know the risks Magnus. I want what you offered me. Even if it is just for a few more nights.”
      “I don’t want you hurt Eleanor.” Hope sliced through him, sharp and dangerous.
      “Magnus, I’m a big girl. I can make my own decisions. I’m asking you to take me, as I am, for however long you want me.” Eleanor reached out her hand, willing him to her.
      “You still don’t know what you’re asking of me. My world is much darker, and much deeper, than the small piece that you saw. I’ll ask many things of you, things that will be beyond your current comfort level, I’ll ask you to share yourself, as well as myself, with others. Our safe words will always apply, but you’ll be my slave.” Magnus wanted her to say yes, he wanted her to come fully into his world, but she had to make the decision for herself.

 
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I hope that you enjoy Enthralled as much as I do. It was a blast to write, and I look forward to bringing more of Eleanor and Magnus’ story.
~Raechel

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frisco1oRaechel Lynn is an almost 30-year-old erotica author living in the pacific northwest. Her biggest passion outside of writing is competing with her two American Quarter Horses, Cinder and Frisco. She is an adoption advocate, and her 70-lb Pitbull Remington is a lap dog. Her full-time job is lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim team coach.

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Raechel Lynn has agreed to be interviewed and will be visiting Rainne’s Ramblings next week.

Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, here are Raechel’s Favorite Authors

  1. Ken Follett
  2. Gena Showalter
  3. Sherrilyn Kenyon
  4. Kresley Cole
  5. Karen Marie Moning
  6. Anne McCaffery
  7. J.K. Rowling
  8. Piers Anthony
  9. China Mieville
  10. Stephen King

 

 

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Christmas in Atlantis by Alyssa Day

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Title: Christmas in Atlantis
Series: Poseidon’s Warriors
Author: Alyssa Day
Publication date: December 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

The Gift of the Magi…in Atlantis

 
Christmas-Atlantis-FINAL-750A tortured warrior…

Warrior-turned-pirate Dare is the black sheep of all Atlantis. He enraged Poseidon, the sea god, so much that Dare had to forfeit his ship and the water spirit who inhabits it. For Dare, being denied the ocean is worse than death…until he comes home to a woman who drowns him in waves of hunger more powerful than the sea. But black sheep and scoundrels can never deserve love, even during the magic of the first Christmas in Atlantis.

An artist who sees the world through song…

After the accident that killed her parents and blinded her, Lyric discovered she had a special gift—that of song sight. She now sees the world in her own unique way, and her paintings are full of light and magic. When the Atlantean warrior she’s fallen in love with takes her to his home in Atlantis, she finds a rare magical artifact that could change her world forever. Or it could deliver to Dare the thing he most desires.

Atlantis’s first Christmas is coming…

It’s the season of miracles in Atlantis. A chance to make wishes come true. And when Lyric tells her new Atlantean friends O Henry’s story The Gift of the Magi, the world—and Lyric and Dare—may never be the same.

*Warning: This book contains magic, song sight, Atlantis, Poseidon, the gift of the magi, pirates, a king and queen, sibling rivalry, a black sheep, bad boys, warriors, paranormal romance, fantasy, Christmas decorations, holiday spiked eggnog, smugglers, ancient artifacts, romance, kisses, and a happily ever after. Read at your own risk!

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“Time to close up shop.” Lyric turned toward the door, but before she even took a first step, it crashed open.

“I think I need your help,”

It was Dare; she knew him instantly. She could smell the sharp sent of wind and sky and saltwater that was uniquely his; she could pick his voice out of a thousand others.

“Dare?” She started toward him. “Are you–“

“I think I need –”

A heavy thud was the only conclusion to his sentence. He’d collapsed. She rushed over and knelt down beside him. She reached for his pulse, her fingers finding their way to the spot. His pulse was there; strong and reassuring. He was soaking wet, though; his skin was icy cold and he was shivering violently.

“Dare? Dare? What happened?”

He didn’t answer. Maybe he couldn’t answer. And of course she couldn’t see him, so she couldn’t even guess how badly he was hurt.

She pulled her phone out of her pocket and told it to call Dr. Miller.

No. She pressed END CALL.

“Call 911.”

No pirates were going to die on her watch.

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Praise for the Poseidon’s Warriors Series:

“Alyssa Day creates an amazing and astonishing world…you’ll want to visit again and again…romantic, sexy and utterly compelling. I loved it!”
—New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan

“There’s nothing more evocative than the world of Atlantis. Alyssa Day has penned a white-hot winner!”
—Gena Showalter, author of The Nymph King

“An amazing new world you don’t want to miss, and you won’t want to leave! Alyssa Day delivers chills, thrills, and your fill of sexy Poseidon Warriors!”
—USA Today bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks

 

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AlyssaAlyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels filled with kissing, laughter, mystery and magic. Alyssa’s paranormal series include the Poseidon’s Warriors and Cardinal Witches paranormal romances and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries paranormal mysteries.

Her many awards include Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award for outstanding romance fiction, and the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance novel of 2012. Her books have been translated into a zillion languages, but she’s still holding out for Klingon.

You can hang out with her on Facebook and Twitter where she talks about her rescue dogs and her future pug ranch, and her blog, where she talks openly about her struggles with depression and hosts Mental Health Check In Fridays ().

She currently lives somewhere near an ocean with her Navy Guy husband, two kids, and any number of rescue dogs.

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Smothered by M.C. Hall

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Title: Smothered
Author: M.C. Hall
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery

SmotheredFifteen years ago, Kitty Holbrooke was set to be the greatest child star since Shirley Temple. Days after completing her debut film, the young girl was kidnapped from her home in the middle of the night. The next day, a rambling ransom note appeared in the family’s mailbox, but as the family scrambled to gather the money, police discovered Kitty’s body. Due to the media circus surrounding the case, changing testimony from key witnesses, and police missteps, lead detective Andrea Bennett was never able to bring Kitty’s killer to justice, and the case that rocked a nation went cold.

Today, an online tabloid has uncovered Kitty Holbrooke’s shocking case files including never-before-seen police interviews, confidential emails, secret text messages, and sealed grand jury transcripts. The Internet explodes as fans devour and comment on each piece of new evidence, desperately hoping that they, too, can help solve the mystery.

Loosely inspired by the Jon Benet Ramsey case, this unique, thrilling mystery is told through police transcripts and documents, and will keep readers guessing until the very end.

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Interview: Katherine Holbrooke, January 26, 2002

Katherine Holbrooke: Did you need a picture? The other detective said you needed a recent photo. I hope these are acceptable. I also have two headshots, but in those, she has stage makeup on, and since she still has her baby fat, the headshots have been Photoshopped to make her look a bit thinner. This one is from a week ago. I printed it out for you. She looks so precious, doesn’t she? I hope we find her soon. [Cries]

Lieutenant Andrea Bennett: For the record, this is Lieutenant Andrea Bennett. I’m here talking to Katherine Holbrook. It is 11:28 in the morning on January 26th. Katherine’s nine-year-old daughter Katherine Holbrooke Jr., also known as Kitty, was discovered missing just over an hour ago.

Thank you, Mrs. Holbrooke. I’m sure these pictures will help. We’re doing a search of the neighborhood now, but we’ve put out an Amber Alert and the media will be on top of the story soon enough. They’ll want the description and the photos.

Katherine Holbrooke: The media. [Blows her nose] Do you think that’s really necessary? Ryan thinks she just wandered away somewhere. He said the other officer told him that’s probably what happened.

Lieutenant Bennett: The other officer said that? Son of a [Inaudible] I don’t know. She might have gone somewhere without letting you know. Lord knows, my own kids have done that enough times to drive me crazy. But we don’t want to jump to any conclusions. Her disappearance could be something else. Does she have a history of running away, or “wandering off,” as you put it?

Katherine Holbrooke: No. She’s never done this before. She’s such an intelligent little girl. I don’t know that she would… [Pauses]

What should I wear? Should I change now or wait?

Lieutenant Bennett: Excuse me?

Katherine Holbrooke: You said the media would be called in. I know how these things go, especially in California. They care more about appearances than they do about people. They wouldn’t give a damn about Kitty if we looked like you…

Lieutenant Bennett: If you looked like me? You mean if you were black? What exactly are you trying to say, Mrs. Holbrooke?

Katherine Holbrooke: No! Goodness no. That’s not what I meant at all. It’s just that you’re in uniform and you are sort of… Well, you have quite a natural look don’t you, and those shoes…

Lieutenant Bennett: These shoes are police issued, ma’am, and trust me, if I have to run after a suspect in this case, you’ll be glad I’m wearing them.

Katherine Holbrooke: [Sighs] Now I’m afraid I’ve offended you. All I’m trying to say is we don’t want to look like ragamuffins on TV. If Kitty’s really missing and the press are called in, I should try to look my best, shouldn’t I? Appearances matter. Thank goodness, she is… [Trails off]

Lieutenant Bennett: Thank goodness, she’s what?

Katherine Holbrooke: Nothing. Well, I only mean to say that she’s a very attractive girl. She’s famous, or she will be soon, anyhow. That should help, shouldn’t it?

Lieutenant Bennett: I see.

Katherine Holbrooke: I didn’t mean anything by it, Lieutenant. Only if she is missing, well, you know what people in Hollywood are like. God, listen to me. I don’t know what I’m saying or what I’m talking about. I must be in complete shock. God. My God! Who took my baby? Where is she? Why isn’t she in her bed? [Cries]

Lieutenant Bennett: You didn’t offend me, Mrs. Holbrooke. It’s understandable. You want to do whatever you can to find your child. You’re not wrong about the media, either. I might not care as much, but I would probably want to look my best too, if it were me.

Please stop crying, ma’am. I know this is upsetting, but it would help if you could try to calm down. Can you give me a description of the events leading up to the moment you realized your daughter Katherine had disappeared? Where were you yesterday?

Katherine Holbrooke: Yesterday? Yesterday, I woke the girls at around 7:00, their usual wake-up time. Then, we dropped off Ally at the middle school. Kitty and I went to her school. We got there around 8:00. I waited there while she completed her lessons for the day, and then at 12:30, I took her to the salon. She had an audition later that afternoon, and they wanted her to have a tan. Skin cancer causes wrinkles, especially if you start tanning when you’re young. So, we went to Sally’s over on fifth for the works—spray tan, leg waxing, eye lash extensions, and eyebrow plucking.

Lieutenant Bennett: Let me break in, just to get this straight. She was only in school from 8 in the morning to just after noon?

Katherine Holbrooke: Yes. [Sniffles] That’s correct. Don’t judge me, Lieutenant. I care hear the doubt in your voice.

I’m a good mother. Kitty was a child star. She has classes half days only. She misses a lot of school because of filming, not to mention auditions, and classes for acting, singing, and dance. Oh, and she has gymnastics. She goes to a highly recognized private school and she has a tutor on set when she’s filming. Her education is a top priority.

 

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MCHall_Megan Cassidy Hall writes books for adults under the name MC Hall, and writes books for children and young adults under the name Megan E. Cassidy. In addition to writing, Megan works as an English professor teaching a variety of courses including Creative Writing and Children and Young Adult Literature. Megan’s novels include Always, Jessie, The Misadventures of Marvin Miller, and Smothered. Her poetry and short stories have been featured in numerous publications including Bete Noire, Pilcrow & Dagger, and Centum Press’s 100 Voices.

All of her short work can be found on her website.

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In 2016, Megan co-founded 50/50 Press with her husband Stephen Hall. You can visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

 

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Inspired By vs. Based On

 
When I was doing research for my novel Smothered, I came across an article by Lauren Bradford entitled “My Family was Traumatized First by a Murder and then by the TV Serialization.” In the article, Bradford describes her experiences with the media after her mother was murdered by her father and his mistress. In addition to living through the trauma of her mother’s death and her father’s imprisonment, Bradford also had to endure the publication of a book written about the case and a TV drama based on the book.
 
Both the book and television depiction were filled with errors. Bradford writes, “In the midst of trying to come to terms with the imminent release of the drama, our family endured the PR and social media build-up with sleepless nights and tearful days, while those responsible were being congratulated for a ‘brilliant’ production.”
 
It was articles like these that made me carefully consider how I wrote my novel. The murder case in my book involves a young girl who goes missing. A ransom note is sent to police, but a few days later, her body is found hidden in a shed on the corner of her family’s property. Because the book is set fifteen years after the murder, all of these details are given in the first five pages of the book.
 
Because of the premise of my novel, I’ve had several people ask me, “Is the book based on the JonBenét Ramsey case?” My answer is always, “No. Absolutely not.” I will admit that parts of the book were inspired by that case, particularly the detail of the ransom note I mentioned above. But other pieces of the novel were inspired by different cases throughout history, including the trials of Lizzie Borden, the Menendez brothers, OJ Simpson, and Casey Anthony.
 
As the victim in Smothered was a young actor, I also was also inspired by stories of various child stars such as Shirley Temple, Jackie Coogan, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, and Lindsay Lohan.
 
But taking inspiration from real life is incredibly different than basing a novel on one person’s story. Books and movies “based on” true stories are often only thinly-veiled fictionalizations, sometimes changing only the names and a few small details, while keeping the rest of the case intact.
 
In contrast, in novels of films that are “inspired by”, the writer may take an idea from an actual event, but the rest is fiction. Nothing in the book or movie happened, and the writer does not claim, “this is what could have happened.”
 
In this way, the murder mystery I wrote isn’t that much different from my other novels. My first book, Always Jessie was inspired by my own struggle recovering from eating disorders. I wanted to depict a girl going through a recovery process that was similar to mine, but Jessie is nothing like I was at sixteen, and her story was not based on my own. My second book, a middle grade novel called The Misadventures of Marvin Miller was inspired by some of the humorous stories my father told me about his childhood. Again, Marvin is his own person and things like my father’s “fireworks story” took on a life of its own.
 
Similarly, in Smothered, I started with an idea, and then created wholly fictional characters and a plot that didn’t follow any actual events. I didn’t want Kitty Holbrooke to be just like Jon JonBenét Ramsey, Charles Lindbergh Jr., or Caylee Anthony. I wanted to start with an idea, ask “what if,” and let the characters dictate where the story went from there. I hope that’s what I accomplished, and I hope people enjoy the book as a fictional story that has just a few hints of real life.

 

Rescuing Prince Charming by Edward Hoornaert

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Series: Alien Contact for Idiots #4
Author:  Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 4 December, 2017

 

Rescuing Prince CharmingDusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism to saboteurs trying to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. She wants to return to anonymity, but her moment of courage propels her ever deeper into danger that tears the scabs off her dark past—and thrusts her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she may be his only ally against Earth’s darkest enemies.

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      Somehow she climbed the steep ramp to the landing and gazed out over three-hundred faces, avoiding one in particular: Reese’s. At the moment she was only half sure she wanted to see him again, but completely certain she didn’t want an audience for the reunion.
      “Quiet down,” Insook said. No one paid attention—but when Reese thrust both arms in the air and yelled, “Silence!” the crowd quieted.
      Insook wrapped a burly arm around Dusty’s shoulders and squeezed hard. “Desdemona has our undying gratitude. Our thanks will, I’m sure, find a tangible form. For now, we shall settle for a celebration tomorrow afternoon in honor of Ms. Johnson and our new project leader.”
      Shocked that the duke hadn’t mentioned Reese’s role, Dusty turned to him. He said nothing, and his face gave no clue how he felt about the slight. Maybe anger kept his face blank. Insook was a duke, and Reese might not feel a commoner could correct him.
      But giving him no credit was just plain wrong.
      “Wait a minute,” she cried. Her voice had none of the Kwadrans’ carrying power, yet the crowd quieted, eager to hear her. She extricated herself from Insook’s arm to point at Reese. “I wasn’t the first person to find that bomb, and I certainly couldn’t have disposed of it alone. This brave man did as much as I. More. Tell them, Reese.”
      “I assisted.”
      “No, no. He’s more of a hero than I am. I’d be dead without Reese…” Pausing, she turned toward him. “What’s your last name?”
      He dipped his chin as though apologizing. “Eaglesbrood,” he whispered to her alone.
      “Eaglesbrood,” she repeated for the crowd to hear. For a nanosecond, the name meant nothing.
      Then it meant everything. All of it bad.
      “Oh, my God,” she whispered.

 

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About the Author:

Ed HoornaertWhat kind of guy writes romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still lives the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.

Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction romance. He’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson.

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Marrying an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L. Saunders

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Title: Marrying an Alien Pop Star
Series: Alien Pop Star #3
Author: Kendra L. Saunders
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: November 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction

 
AlienPopStarDaisy and her alien fiancé Griffin are planning a big wedding, but not just any big wedding – the biggest wedding the universe has ever seen. Daisy has been settling into life on Griffin’s home world of Kalesstria, running her own intergalactic music shop and planning for the big day. But things hit a road bump when there’s a problem with Griffin’s father – and it’s a little more complicated than the usual disapproving dad drama. Looks like “save the date” is going to have to take a backseat to saving the universe…

Marrying an Alien Pop Star is the perfect laugh-out-loud romantic finale to the beloved Alien Pop Star series.

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      “Daisy, are you alright?” Griffin shouts, pulling me to him. He peers at me with narrowed eyes, studying my face. “What’s wrong?”

      I shake my head, not sure I want to tell him. After all, it’s Griffin who has traditionally gotten panicky in crowds, thanks to a couple of traumatic events in his past. The worst, an attempt by a crowd of dissenting, angry Kalesstrians to drag Griffin into their midst and harm or kill him, is still especially prevalent in his memories. Bringing that up right now might trigger him in a big way, and the last thing I need is a panicked alien among a bunch of people with cell phones in hand.

      “It’s nothing!” I shout back to him. I look around for Kammie and spot her already grinding with Dev, lost to the joy of unapologetic, fun pop music.

      Griffin knows better, pursing his lips and pulling me closer. “Just look at me,” he says, without moving his lips. I shiver at the warm echo of his voice in my mind. It’s been a long time since we’ve communicated this way, using our special connection, and it feels just as strange now as it did the first time he spoke to me silently. “Just me, Wanda. And listen to the music, let it move you like it wants to.”

      I suck in a short breath and force my eyes to stop bouncing around from face to face behind Griffin. The actual beat of the music floods my ears, a catchy, simple pop beat that could have been one of any million pop songs in the last decade. And it feels great. It feels like home, it feels like dancing in your bedroom to a new song on the radio. It feels like getting up the nerve to dance with a stranger. It feels like dancing with someone you love, or dancing with your best friend, or just dancing by yourself and forgetting everything else around you.

      Relief floods my tense body, so I flick my gaze back to Griffin. I focus on the glow of his eyes, noting that even the contacts he’s wearing can’t do much to hide his origins. In fact, the glow’s only amplified by the myriad of light crashing around us in glittering beams from the dancing disco balls

 

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KendraKendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing). She’s the author of the Alien Pop Star series, The Unlove Spell, magic realism novel Inanimate Objects, the dark comedy Death and Mr. Right, and the poetry collection Geminis and Past Lives.

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Guest Post by Kendra L. Saunders:

Promoted by an Alien Pop Star

Pretty much anyone who knows me knows that I love music. And even more specifically, I really love the band Muse. Their music has inspired me for almost a decade, brought some of my best friends into my life, and sent me on crazy amazing adventures across America. Their Panic Station music video was also the inspiration starting point for what would become the Alien Pop Star series. The colors, wacky costumes, bonkers vibe, and fun settings of the video made me ask myself, “What if a beloved rock star like David Bowie really was an alien?” This started me off on the Alien Pop Star series, and introduced me to some of my favorite characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing.

In summer of this year (2017), my Muse friends and I gathered outside the famous Ed Sullivan Theater where Colbert’s show is taped, hoping to have a moment with our favorite band. Coincidentally, Jason Bateman was also appearing on Colbert’s show that day, and arrived before Muse. This was amusing for me, as he’d inspired a character in one of my earlier books.

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When Muse finally arrived, Matt Bellamy and his lovely girlfriend Elle Evans spent quite a while chatting with us, signing things (and people!), and taking pictures. When it was my turn to talk to Matt, I handed him a copy of Engaged to an Alien Pop Star (the second book in the series), and asked if he had managed to get a copy of the first book yet. He hadn’t, despite several attempts of wonderful friends of mine to get it to him. I mentioned that the series had been inspired by Panic Station, and he was so excited! We took pictures together with the book, and after Matt and Elle spent a bit more time with us, they headed away to get to their taping.

At this point, I was beaming in a manner that was probably visible from space. I turned around to try to remember how to breathe, and then felt my friend tugging on my arm. When I turned around, Matt was waving my book around to the paparazzi and telling them that I wrote the book! I definitely yelled, “Yesss! That’s my book! I wrote that!” As if all of that wasn’t amazing enough, I found out a few minutes later that the band’s best friend/media manager had been filming Matt looking through my book on Instagram live. And then, when I was trying to recover from that incredible news, my friend showed me that Muse had Snapchatted a picture of my book, along with the earrings I made Elle, and mentioned that it was inspired by Panic Station. Ahhhh!

I truly can’t thank Muse and Elle enough for their kindness. It really says something about people on that level of fame who will actually help out smaller, newer artists. It has been an amazing rollercoaster since that day, with BookBub picking up Dating an Alien Pop Star for a feature, the book being nominated for a RONE award, the book appearing on the Daily Mail’s website, and countless Musers contacting me from all around the world to tell me how much they loved the series so far.

I only can hope that someday I can help and inspire a new artist even half as much as Muse has helped and inspired me.

 

Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

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Title:
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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Excerpt:

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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Author Bio:

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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