Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Blast: In the flame of Battle: Dragons, Vikings, and War (Dragonriders of Skala Book 1) by Pauline Creeden


In the flame of battle, even the innocent get burned… 
Dyrfinna is a born commander. She bests her peers in dragon riding, sword fighting, and battle strategy. So when the Queen calls the people of Skala to battle to revenge her murdered daughter, Dyrfinna outfits a ship and brings a crew. Once in the field, Dyrfinna leads her troops to victory in a series of hard-fought battles against overwhelming odds. Yet a commander is raised over her, and because of his clumsy leadership, a great disaster results in the massacre of a quarter of the Queen’s army. Then the commander unfairly blames a second disaster on Dyrfinna. The wrong stroke of her sword could undo everything she’s ever worked for, earn her the fury of her friends ... and exile to certain death. But you can't keep a true warrior down. When things are darkest, a flame rises out of the desolation. Free in Kindle Unlimited or buy on Amazon Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.


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Guest Post : Incognolio by Micheal Sussman

INCOGNOLIO by Michael Sussman Bewildered but lovable author, Muldoon, is trapped in the dreamlike narrative of his own surrealistic novel. Beginning with just a title—Incognolio—he enters a bizarre fictional realm that plunges him into an identity crisis of anguishing proportions. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing the novel? Guided only by the whims and dictates of his subconscious mind, Muldoon must unravel the mystery of Incognolio and write his way to freedom or succumb to madness.  

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Abandoned by a cackle of laughing hyenas, Michael Sussman endured the drudgery and hardships of a Moldavian orphanage until fleeing with a traveling circus at the age of twelve. A promising career as a trapeze artist was cut short by a concussion that rendered him lame and mute. Sussman wandered the world, getting by on such odd jobs as pet-food tester, cheese sculptor, human scarecrow, and professional mourner while teaching himself the art of fiction. He now lives in Tahiti with Gauguin, an African Grey parrot.
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Michael Sussman’s Incognolio: The Novel That Wrote Itself Eight years ago, the word incognolio popped into my mind. For four years, without success, I tried to start a story to go with this title. Then one day I decided to just write with no idea what the story was about, other than a protagonist/author who starts a novel with only a title in mind, giving his subconscious mind free rein.   I wrote the first draft as stream-of-consciousness, each chapter a single sentence, without paragraph breaks, censoring nothing. Over time, the novel’s structure emerged, but entirely without forethought. After two decades of writing fiction, culminating with Incognolio, I’ve come to realize that the key to creating compelling stories is to let your subconscious mind lead the way. This is not to denigrate the conscious mind. It’s a critical component of the writing process, especially once you’ve completed a first draft and begun reworking and polishing your manuscript. But I have found that when it comes to generating that first draft, it pays to let your conscious mind take a backseat and grant the subterranean realms of your mind full sway. Rather than write what you know, as beginning writers are so often advised, by tapping into your subconscious mind you can write what you need to know. So how did I access the subconscious realms of my psyche? For some, this comes naturally. Others, like me, must coax the muse out of hiding. This is best done, in my experience, by entering the twilight state between waking and dreaming, also called the hypnogogic state, which can act as a bridge to the unconscious. I like to write first thing in the morning, before I’m fully awake. Or late at night, when my defenses are down and sleep beckons. Walking, jogging, communing with Nature, taking a hot bath, dimming the lights, daydreaming, visualization of scenes as if watching a movie, self-hypnosis, and writing down dreams are all techniques that I’ve used. Many writers prefer to work from an outline that includes the ending, but I find that structure too constricting. I like to let my imagination take flight, trusting that a good story will emerge. I often start a new chapter with little or no idea where the story is heading next. This approach keeps me on the edge of my seat, as if I were the reader! Some writers fear this apparent loss of control over the writing process, and worry that they will get lost and never complete a draft. In my experience, if you take the leap of faith and trust your creative imagination, it will deliver the goods. In the words of E.L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Free ebook Promo April 16 - 20. Mocha, Moonlight, Murder by Maryann Kempher


A Romantic Comedy/Mystery!

They say the best foundation for a relationship is friendship. If that’s true, then Scott Mitchell and Katherine O’Brian are destined to fall madly in love and live happily ever after. But first, someone needs to tell them. Finding themselves firmly entrenched in the “friend zone” has them both secretly asking the age old questions, “Can a friendship survive sex? Can a man and woman really be friends and lovers?”

And if those questions aren’t drama enough, why not add murder to the mix…Shortly after meeting Scott, Katherine stumbled upon a killer as he disposed of his victim. She quickly became a woman with a target on her back. And while she may have gotten away from the killer that night, he’s determined to find her, and not just because of what she saw—but because of what she found. Something priceless is hidden in the blue jeans that now grace her closet floor and the killer is determined to get it back, at any cost.

A perfect blend of romance, humor, and mystery—Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder will warm your heart, test your crime-solving skills, and tickle your funny bone.

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Biography

Best-selling author MaryAnn Kempher has created mysteries that will test your crime solving skills AND tickle your funny bone; with quirky characters and witty dialogue, her books will keep you guessing and giggling until the very end. There are five books, so far, in the Under the Moonlight collection. They can be read out of order and still enjoyed, but she recommends you start with her first: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder which is a romance/mystery, and introduces the characters you'll see in the other books, including Detective Jack Harney. Book two, Forever Doomed, sees Detective Jack Harney aboard a cruise ship, trying to solve multiple murders before the ship returns to port. Book three, Sweet Mystery, has Jack Harney returning to Reno to solve the murder of an ex-girlfriend. Book four, Play Dead, has Jack Harney and his new partner, Curt Noble, trying to solve not one but two grisly murders. And Book five, Dead Last--Every year Reno hosts a huge bicycle race, hundreds enter. When Max Holland, the man everyone is betting on to win the ten thousand dollar purse, is shot dead in Jack’s office, there’s concern that racers are being targeted. Jack is discreetly hired to find the killer. Book six, another Jack Harney murder mystery will be released in Summer 2018.
These books will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Promo: All the Wrong Reasons by Olivia Hardin


The next book in Olivia Hardin's Rawley Family Romances is finally here!

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Can one broken soul save another?
ALL THE WRONG REASONS by Olivia Hardin   Available NOW: https://www.books2read.com/ATWR   BLURB:   Geneva Rawley is broken. All of her hopes and dreams for a future ended the night the only man who ever loved her was killed in a tragic car accident. And it was completely her fault. The guilt of what happened is a burden that is slowly suffocating her, and finding relief in a bottle seems her only solution... until she meets Rhys.   Rhys Connor knows addiction, and he knows brokenness. He’s been down that road, and he knows that it’s nothing short of a miracle that he found his way back from it. That’s why he’s spent the last several years helping to rescue others from that precipice. When an AA buddy asks him to talk to his struggling cousin, he feels more than up to the task. But the moment Rhys lays eyes on Geneva, he knows she's the one he's been waiting his whole life to find.   Can one broken soul save another from destroying herself, or will they both go down in flames?

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Plus, Olivia has a BIG surprise!  The next Rawley Romance just arrived today too!

You can grab it individually, or if you need to catch up on the ENTIRE second half of the Rawley stories, get Volume II of the Rawley Family Romances today too!

A bridesmaid caught up in dream.  A stranger looking to fulfill all her fantasies.

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About the Author

olivia hardin pic b&w.jpg   When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.   Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.   A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.   Get a free gift just for signing up for Olivia's Newsletter!   Follow Olivia:   Newsletter/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Website   Amazon/BookBub
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Guest post: Edger by David Beem



A Superhero, a Spy…and an Evil Cow. All in a Day’s Dork. By David Beem.




Edger (pronounced Ed-jer) is a superhero romantic comedy. It’s an offbeat affair with a little something for everyone: the sexy spy, the cookie thief of destiny, mouth-breathers, the world’s greatest butt, juvenile acronyms, the A-Team, and, naturally, a compelling scene where two people drink tea in the kitchen for a heart-to-heart. Now. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this sounds so, so great. Sign me up. And you know what? I thought the same thing. It’s why I wrote the book. But, if you’re a human with a pulse, you may also be wondering: who or what is an Edger? And: is there a plot in all this kook? Fortunately, yes, there is a plot. Edger is a normal 26-year-old guy who does tech support at Über Dork in San Diego. Less than he’d hoped to do with his life, but it pays the bills for him and his gran. The monotony of his job lifts only on those rare occasions he spots a recurrent stranger—a certain pretty blonde—shopping in the mall outside his store. That is, until the day his hopeless crush comes inside and summons him to the boss’ boss’ boss’ boss’ office. The CEO and founder of InstaTron, Über Dork’s holding company, wants to see him. Spoiler alert: this summons sparks the chain of events leading our Dork of Destiny to become the world’s first superhero! Edger’s superpower? The ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages…and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson, including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt. But, like every psychic superpower to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has only three days before his brain turns to pudding. To make things trickier, an artificially intelligent cow (with a penchant for exceedingly dirty martinis) has shut down all power to the Eastern seaboard. Also, an old college rival resurfaces with secrets that may prove invaluable to Edger’s survival. Finally, that pretty blonde might be working her own angle in all this too. Whether Edger tracks down his booster in time to survive his three-day superhero stint is the two dollar and ninety-nine-cent question of the day. Which, coincidentally, happens to be the price of my e-book. HTML- Edger by David Beem Meet Edger (Ed-jer), a twenty-six-year-old gadget retail dork destined to become the world’s first superhero! His superpower: the ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages...and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson—including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt. But there's a catch... Like every psychic superpower to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has three days before his brain turns to pudding. Join our Dork of Destiny as he overcomes the world’s greatest butt, two rival Cluck-n-Pray gangs, an evil cow, a Green Bay Defensive Tackle, rifle-toting assassins—and a pair of stoners who inadvertently create the world’s first supervillain after a wild night on Twitter!

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David Beem enjoys superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. Help actualize David’s inner confidence. Visit his website today, and buy all the stuff. www.davidbeem.com / Facebook / Twitter
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Book Blast and Tour: Edger by David Beem






Edger by David Beem Meet Edger (Ed-jer), a twenty-six-year-old gadget retail dork destined to become the world’s first superhero! His superpower: the ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages...and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson—including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt. But there's a catch... Like every psychic superpower to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has three days before his brain turns to pudding. Join our Dork of Destiny as he overcomes the world’s greatest butt, two rival Cluck-n-Pray gangs, an evil cow, a Green Bay Defensive Tackle, rifle-toting assassins—and a pair of stoners who inadvertently create the world’s first supervillain after a wild night on Twitter!

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David Beem enjoys superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. Help actualize David’s inner confidence. Visit his website today, and buy all the stuff. www.davidbeem.com / Facebook / Twitter

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Book Blast - Murder on Saint Patrick’s Day (A Ridgeway Rescue Mystery Book 3) by P. Creeden


Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end! It's St. Patrick's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright is working hard at training five-month-old Molly, her foster puppy, to become a therapy dog. But her training coach and neighbor gets an emergency call, cutting the lesson short, and Emma volunteers to pick up her daughter at a St. Patrick's Day concert in town. When Emma arrives, the concert has just finished up, and the teenage girls are visiting with the band. Then the lead singer stumbles and falls to the ground, dead. Emma becomes the only level head in the crowd and calls for help. When the Sheriff and Colby arrive, they investigate it as a potential accident. But Emma finds subtle clues that something more sinister is going on. Did the leader of the band die in an accident, or was it murder? Get it on Amazon (also in Kindle Unlimited) 

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Pauline Creeden

P. Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.   
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