Monday, January 14, 2019

Flawed by Vivian Kohlman

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Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I love to write. Right now, I love the romance novel genre. My first story came to me after a conversation with a friend, during which, we discussed some stories from the past. Since that conversation, other romance stories keep entering my mind. I’ve written five romance novels now, and there are more planned.

I would LOVE to write in other genres, I just don’t…yet. I’ve a couple of ideas for non-fiction, but I’m just not motivated in those genres right now.

What research is required?

None, really. All of my books are based in Washington, DC (with locations that I’ve been to), are stories that pop in my head, and are contemporary. There’s really not much need to research. I may Google a brand name here and there, but don’t dedicate time to research at all.

That’s not to say I won’t need to do research some day, or I that I don’t consider brunch out, a vacation, or shopping “research”. Every part of daily life adds to my stories.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

The heroine in Flawed is Kara. Her story ends with book two, and by the time I’m done reading that, I realized that I could never ignore a glaring fact, just because emotion is stronger. That’s sort of what she does, in the end.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

No superstitions, but one thing I always do is throw the story on paper, then refine it on my computer, then on my iPhone, and last on paper. Each way makes me view the story different…I have no idea why.

Writing books is not my job; it’s my hobby that I greatly enjoy. So many rounds of varied editing are fun for me…and watching the story change is exciting.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

I’m definitely a pantser. With the exception of the first book, Flawed, all of the stories I write come out of a small detail—a dream about one of the scenes in the book, a song, a TV show, etc. The rest of the novel gets written off the cuff as the cause for the story is developed.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

My husband’s laptop. I’ve claimed the recliner chair as mine, and my husband’s hangout spot is the sofa. He always has his laptop open, and it’s on the coffee table in front of him. When I turn my head to the right, that’s my usual view.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Yes…I’m working on book 6 of the Young and Privileged of Washington, DC series. It’ll be a long way off—I ran into a bit of writer’s block and only write when the mood hits me.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Yes. I’d love to know what kind of romance novel draws them in? For me, it’s contemporary romance with an overly masculine guy who’s rough around the edges. Those get my attention every time.

That guy—the one that most girls would run away from—captured Kara’s attention and wouldn’t let it go. As expected, he turned out to be a player. So she cut him off.

But he wasn’t done with her yet. He waited until the memory of their start would have been forgotten—at least, softened a bit. Then he returned to her life, and captured her heart.

Finally blissfully happy, they fall in love and decide to make it official…until his past catches up with him and he destroys her again. But this is it…this is the last time she’ll fall for him.

And she keeps telling herself that until she almost believes it.

This book is for mature audiences.

Read an Excerpt:

“Let’s do a round of shots,” I suggest while sitting down. I don’t do shots, like ever, which could explain Anna’s jaw dropping to the floor. The waitress was approaching so I took it upon myself to order us a round of lemon drops and another round of drinks, even though our first was only half empty.

I did my best to have a good time, but I had this underlying feeling of stupidity. My worst fears are actually coming true. How could I have trusted this guy? After we finished the shots and well into the second drink, I checked my phone and have a text from Naheed, along with a picture of Nik and me laughing together (surely sent to him by Lauren).

Who the heck is this guy?

Of course, I couldn't resist responding.

Your replacement. I hope you and your wife find a great condo in Beirut. Say hi to her for me, as soon as she arrives.

My phone started ringing so I turned it off. I apologized to the group about texting, saying I just had to take care of something. Nik, who's sitting in a chair right next to me, touches my arm and asks if everything's OK. I pulled my arm away—pretending to re-adjust in the seat—and say everything's fine. I guess I’m just not comfortable with another guy touching me quite yet.

About the Author:
Vivian Kohlman writes romance novels based on stories of love and loss under the backdrop of Washington, DC. She grew up in Maryland just outside DC, but lived in Los Angeles on and off in her 20's before returning to the Washington, DC area to live out her adult life.

Vivian attended a private university in Washington, DC for undergraduate and graduate school, and lived a very active social life. During her teens and twenties she and her friends lived through a lot of ups and downs—these experiences have fed the stories of this series.

Currently, she loves to travel with her husband and reads or writes romance novels as often as she can. When she’s not writing, she works a fulltime job and enjoys all of the bars, restaurants, and other hot spots of the nation’s capital. Born and raised in the DC metro area, she adores the culture of the city and is passionate about highlighting the city's attributes, lifestyles, and norms—not including politics. Flawed, Book 1 of the Y&P series (Kara’s story, part 1) Found, Book 2 of the Y&P series (Kara’s story, part 2) Let Go, Book 3 of the Y&P series (Billi’s story) Girls Like Me, Book 4 of the Y&P series (Ava’s story, part 1) Guys Like You, Book 5 of the Y&P series (Ava’s story, part 2)

Note from Author:

The book, Flawed, is not erotica, but does include some steamy scenes, and contains adult situations (curse words, drinking alcohol, etc).

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Gray Horizon by CB Samet

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Welcome to It's Raining Books. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I write in several genres, but I write one theme: “She needed a hero, so she became one” (Robin Reed). I write strong female characters who overcome life’s obstacles whether that is stopping biomedical warfare (Whyte Knight), tracking a nuclear weapon (Gray Horizon), taking on a dubious private security titan (The Rider Files), or battling an ancient evil (The Avant Champion).

I’m drawn to stories where characters face daunting conflict and emerge better for it. I want action, adventure, conflict, and suspense. When all of that is done, I want a happy ending.

What research is required?

For my latest thriller, Gray Horizon, a great deal of research revolved around a nuclear theat. What key government (US and international) figures would be involved in the event of a stolen nuclear weapon? How small is the smallest nuke and what would the blast radius and damage be? How does satellite surveillance work?

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

I learned that redemption is possible, no matter how bleak the outlook.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I handwrite my books first. I’m not sure if this is a right-brain quirk, but I generate more ideas as I write hand-to-paper rather than fingers-to-keyboard.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Oh, bit-o-both. I plot but it is mostly a general outline, and then I begin filling in the scenes. I may stop to plot more in between scenes as I better visualize the story arc.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

Energy aromatherapy orange ginger hand lotion.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Book 4 of The Rider Files is in the works. Book 2 of the series won honorable mention in romantic suspense in the Readers’ Favorite Award this year. Each novel in the series is a standalone, but the four book series also has a story arc. I’m already thinking about Book 5 which will start a whole new story arc.

Do you have a question for our readers?

What are your reading New Year’s resolutions?

Sworn enemies. A stolen nuclear weapon. And the clock's ticking.

When Dr. Lillian Whyte learns a nuclear weapon is on the loose in Europe, she collides with a ruthless mercenary from her past. Isolated from her husband, a former CIA operative, Lillian tries to covertly help track the weapon. As she he joins the race to stop the bomb, she is drawn into a deadly game of chase. Despite her efforts, those intent on global catastrophe remain one step ahead of her.

As Lillian faces the fears of her past and deadliness of the present, can she secure the future of the world?

Read the Excerpt:

“Dr. Whyte,” a guttural voice greeted her.

Her blood turned frigid and her stomach lurched as her heart thudded against her ribcage. As long as she lived, she would never forget that deep German accent—the voice of one of her captors nine years ago in Kenya.

The one that got away.

She was fairly certain Ivan Kleist would have only one reason for tracking her down: revenge.

Springing from the bench seat, she lashed a leg out into his gut. She saw a brief look of surprise on his pale face before she took off in a sprint.

Why now? Nine years he had waited.

The calculating killer had waited until she was out of the United States and away from Sean to corner her. She dashed in the direction of her hotel. Would she be safe in the lobby? In her room?

She slung her purse over her shoulder. Her phone was in the outer pocket, but she would have to slow down to make a call. Not happening. She would not slow until she reached the hotel.

Could she beat him to the hotel? His legs were longer, but she was ten years younger. But he probably hadn’t already logged twenty-six thousand steps for the day, as she had.

From her peripheral vision, Lillian saw an enormous object barreling toward her like a freight train. She barely had time to brace herself before Ivan plowed into her. She felt like she had been tackled by a linebacker. His large arms encircled her as she sailed to the ground. They rolled through the grass, her body encased by his.

He was so large he could probably crush the life out of her with his arms. She gasped for air. He wasn’t crushing her, but his grip was immobilizing.

Grunting, he hauled her to her feet. “Settle down, hase. Little white rabbit.”

Lillian, still dazed and sucking wind after her sprint, hardly put up a fight as he dragged her into an alley. Looking around frantically, her eyes couldn’t focus long enough to see anyone within shouting distance. She clawed at his large hand blocking her mouth from screaming.

About the Author:
Christina is a practicing physician, mother of two boys and a terrier, and wife to a caring and supportive husband.

“I grew up reading Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and the Bourne books. I write seeking to create that level of action and intrigue but with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”

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Christmas and Cannolis by Peggy Jaeger

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10 Things I wish I knew about being an author I didn’t know before I was published

I found out my first book, Skater’s Waltz, had been contracted for publication while I was attending the 2014 RWA conference in San Antonio, TX. Shocked, thrilled, and terrified, I thought the hard part – finding someone willing to publish my novel – was over.

Yeah…not so much.

Those months after learning my book was going to be published were a severe and steep learning curve for me. I thought I knew what was entailed in being a published author. I was sososo wrong.

#1: it’s not over when you type THE END. It’s just the beginning…

After I signed on the dotted line, the real work began. I’d been published for years in literary fiction anthologies and in non-fiction magazines and periodicals. The literary magazines accepted the work as is, the non-fiction articles were sometimes reworked and refined by editors to allow for spacing considerations. My point is that it was someone else’s job to get the piece publishing-presentable.

Not anymore. Welcome to the world of book fiction.

#2: the hard work starts after you contract for publication…

My first book went through 3 rounds of edits between my editor and myself before it was sent to galleys for actual publication. And even after it went out to the copy editor, there were still some changes that needed to be made. I was ready to rip my hair out at one point. All I kept thinking as more and more edit suggestions came my way was, “Why the heck did they want this if it needs so much work??”

#3: Editors are the most underrated and undervalued people on the publishing food chain…

All editors are good at their job – they have to be. But the ones who are truly great make a good book even better. They find the little twists and turns of a phrase, or a word change, or a sentence deletion that is key to making the reader want to read more. A good Editor can make – or break – your publishing career.

My editors have been some of the great ones, and thank you, Jesus for that!

#4: you should have taken marketing classes in college…

I will admit this freely – I was unbelievably naïve when I signed that first contract. I thought the publisher was going to do all the marketing necessary to promote my book, get it on a best-seller list, and generally skyrocket me to fame.

Yeah, AGAIN, not so much!

The minute your book is contracted and the editing begins, you need to start promoting it. Often and everywhere. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, your website, blog tours, newspaper press releases, your Aunt Maimie’s bridge club. Anywhere, everywhere, and as often as you can, so that when you finally have a release date, the buzz about the book will have started, grown to fever pitch and resulted in so many pre-orders your head spins.

That’s the dream, peeps. #5: before the first book hits the shelves you’d better be working on, or done with, book #2…

As a writer you can never – NEVER – rest on your laurels. It is a true axiom of publishing: you are only as good as your next book. So while you are doing all that dreaded marketing, take time each day and write…write…write. I had book two on my editor’s desk before book one was released. Same for book 3. Keep ‘em coming.

#6: don’t think everyone is just going to love your book to bits. Here is the realest statement you will ever hear from me: reviews suck the life out of you. For every 6 people that give you a 4 or 5 rating and a great review on Amazon, 2-3 will give it a 3, 2, or the dreaded 1 and tell you all the horrible reasons why they hated your work. You can’t please everyone, so don’t try. The best advice I heard at that 2014 RWA conference was to write the book of your heart, write it for you, no one else. I still do that to this day.

#7: writing is a lonely, solitary career Writing, editing, revising, plotting are all – for the most part – done alone in the privacy of your office or wherever you plant your butt and laptop to work. Days will go by where I will not talk to anyone except my husband before he leaves for work in the morning, and then when he comes home at night. If I am under an editing deadline, I may not leave the house for days or weeks until I am done. I am a very sociable person and like being around my friends and chatting away. The only one I chat to nowadays is my Dragon speech-to-text program.

#8: you will not be an overnight success and publishing wunderkind

I’m gonna chalk this up to naivete again when I tell you that I really thought once my book was published I would have USA bestselling authors call me to “do lunch,” or that every book club in my state would be vying for me to speak at their meetings. The days following my first release I received one phone call from my daughter, asking if I could send her something from the dresser in her childhood bedroom. The TODAY show didn’t come knocking on my front door requesting an interview; the NYTimes didn’t reach out to me.

#9: you will not make $1,000.000 off your first book.

Factoring all the money I spent on book promotion, book tours, and for author copies, it took me until my sixth book was released before I started to break even with each subsequent book release. At this rate, by the time I release book 312 I will start to show a profit.

#10: you need to take time to breathe and enjoy…

Yes, I was overwhelmed, naïve, frustrated and generally anxious with the release of my first book. But I was also thrilled at having my dream – finally - come true. It was a long road for me to book publication. I was 54 years old when the first one came out, a time when most people are starting to look toward the end of their working life. Not me. Mine was just beginning and I wanted to savor every moment of how it felt to hold my first book in my hands; see my name in print on the cover of a book I’d penned; sign my first autograph on a copy someone had actually paid cash-money for! Don’t let anything ever take away or overwhelm you from that sense of wonderful, soul-soaring achievement you’ve accomplished. Take a picture – take several! Keep a diary of everything you’ve accomplished. Be proud of yourself. You deserve to be.

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company’s reputation—in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart?

Read an excerpt:

My free hand slid up his jacket, basking in the rich texture of the fabric, to skim across the column of his throat and settle against his cheek. His skin was smooth and clean-shaven, warm and velvety soft against my palm. Connor let go of my arm and slipped his hand down my back. With his fingers pressed against the dip in my spine, he pressed me in even closer. His tongue nipped and sipped at my own as his fingers fanned across my back and kneaded.

Mio Dio.

Who knew the small of your back was such an erogenous zone? He must have first-hand knowledge about a particularly sensitive nerve bundle in that region because my thighs started to tremble and a deep-seated liquid warmth, like warm butter melting over hot morning ciabatta rolls, spread throughout my system. A restlessness for more shunted through me from top to bottom, making me fidget and writhe for release. I think I moaned. Or maybe that was Connor. I wasn’t sure, but one thing I was sure of was that in all the time I’d been married, I’d never felt so turned on by a simple kiss before.

Okay, well, it really wasn’t a simple kiss. More a life-changing event.

About the Author:
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Picture Not Perfect by D.E. Haggerty

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A picture tells a story. But is it the truth?

When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. When Mel’s ex-boyfriend, Owen, discovers her plans, he pulls out all the stops to ensure she’s safe and to win her back. No matter what happens with the murder investigation, he’s not letting her go. With the police setting their sights on Mel, he may need to jeopardize his own career on the police force to protect her.

Will Mel find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?

Read an Excerpt:

Melanie opened the driver’s door and slipped into her car. She watched in the rearview mirror as Pru climbed into the back seat. The woman who was almost always wearing flowery clothes was now dressed from top to toe in black. Black tights, black long-sleeved t-shirt, and black knit cap.

“What’s with the knit cap? It’s like 60 degrees out. You’re not sick, are you?” Mel didn’t fancy sitting in a car with someone coughing the entire time.

Pru adjusted her cap to ensure her curly red locks were completely covered. “I thought we were doing a stakeout? I didn’t want my hair to give us away.” She held up the bags she’d brought. “I brought snacks and everything.”

“What kind of snacks?”

Before Pru could answer Mel’s question, Terri butted in. “We’re not doing a stakeout!”

Mel ignored Terri. Of course, they were doing a stakeout. She turned back to Pru. “Seriously, what did you bring? Anything good?”

Terri interrupted her again, “Why are we doing this?”

Mel grunted and turned around and started the car. They fell into silence as they drove the ten minutes to the address Ryder had provided.

Pru handed cups of coffee to Terri and Melanie. “Here. What do we do now?”

Mel took a sip of her coffee before answering, “We wait for something to happen.”

“Like what?”

Mel had no answer. She wasn’t exactly an expert on stakeouts. The previous and only other stakeout she’d been on ended quickly when the bad guys tried to ram their car into hers.

“How do you deal with potty breaks? I’ve got a bladder the size of a pea.”

Terri snickered next to her. “I’m sure we can find a bush for you to squat behind.”

“They never get into these details in books,” Pru grumbled before putting her coffee back into the drink tray without taking a sip.

About the Author:
I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Picture Not Perfect is my fourteenth novel.

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Gunfight at the Old Leake Canal by GB Hope

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In Liverpool, England, 18-year-old student and Freerunner, Bodie, survives an assassination attempt and flees for his life. His only thought is to secure the safety of girlfriend, Lily, and reach his journalist cousin, Anthony.

Bodie has stumbled into a diabolical plot from the world's governments to end terrorism, famine and global warming in one swift swoop. So begins a race for survival, joined by a variety of other characters, moving from one set piece to the next, as the world that everyone knows is about to change forever.

Read an Excerpt:

The weather in Liverpool was absolutely wonderful: wall to wall sunshine, and a refreshing breeze. Feeling the unwanted start of a suntan, Bodie walked onto a supermarket car-park, moving towards the entrance doors, while trying to look as nonchalant as possible. He watched shoppers coming and going with their trolleys. He saw one lady loading the boot of her Audi A3, and veered off towards her. The instant that he saw the keys in the ignition, he was in to the driver’s seat and driving the car away, leaving the woman screaming and running futilely after him. Bodie drove out of the car-park, but the tail-gate was still up and it smashed into the height restriction barrier with a massive crash and a shattering of glass.


About the Author: GB Hope is the author of 11 novels of various genres. He lives in Manchester with his Indonesian wife and their two boys.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Oasis by Bharat Krishnan

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Five Literary Influences in Oasis

1. Sand: the world Hugh Howey imagines is so desolate, and it was my original inspiration for writing Oasis. The concept of a sand diver as a job was something I loved, and I took that concept and flipped it on its head to contrast against water. I also loved the way the entire story followed one family, and that made me want to write a story that follows multiple people related to each other in some way, and eventually have their narratives blend into one.

2. The Grace of Kings: people say opposites attract, but in my experience that's not often true. Kuni and Mata's friendship was doomed from the start; they were just too different, and the same is true of Juno and Trey. Both couples tried so hard to make it work, but in each relationship you found one person willing to throw it away at the first sign of a misunderstanding and it forced their partner's hand.

3. Jade City: the fight scenes are tight, face-to-face instead of the typical epic fantasy warfare with dragons and swords. One secondary character in Oasis does wield a sword, but for the most part the characters rely on their fists and daggers to be used in close combat.

4. Frankenstein: The title character is doomed from his birth because of circumstances entirely out of his control. He was born into a society that was always going to hate him; he never got the understanding he craved. Also, his creator - Victor Frankenstein - marries his adopted sister just like Juno wants to marry Drea.

5. The Legend of Hong Gildong: Known as the “Korean robin hood,” Hong Gildong is the illegitimate child of a nobleman who uses supernatural abilities cultivated through training to attack inequities he sees in the world. Oasis has its fair share of magical training and questions of equality, but most importantly it forces questions about what makes a family since the two main characters are adopted brothers.

Once, there was a truce. Desperaux controlled the west with magic, and Desire claimed the east with steel and science.

But now magic has disappeared, and the world has changed.

The kingdom of Desire will stop at nothing to maintain the new world order. On Juno’s wedding day, their Mengery soldiers came marching through the Nine desert to rip his world apart. Now he journeys east with his adopted brother, Trey, in search of revenge after the murder of his family. Along the way, the two face bandits and the magical creatures of the Nine. When they finally reach Desire, Juno and Trey will face something even deadlier – their own fears and ambitions.

This is a tale of brotherhood, a revenge story that will remind you that everything has a cost – a cost that will be paid to Desire and to the inner demons that govern us all.

Read an excerpt:

Lee thought this seemed like a lot of effort over the stealing of some fruit. Although, he guessed the Mengery were mad he blew up the marketplace in the process. Using the special shoes Asha had given him before he left the Silo, he jumped backwards out of reach of a Mengery’s daga.

“You’ll have to catch me if you want to dance, big boy!”

He jumped away, turning his osmosis shoes on mid-leap so a spurt of water from their bottoms propelled him to the top of a building. The beams of laser shot from their guns were so hot they caused the water in his shoes to evaporate. If there was one thing the resistance needed, it was guns. And food. And water. A place to sleep. Maybe some TV.

As Mengery on the ground shot at him with pistols, another two set a wooden ladder against the building and started climbing up. Lee took a bite out of his apple before throwing it at the armored man scowling at him.

“You are one bad apple.”

The fruit landed hard against the ladder, toppling it over and sending the two guards crashing down. Propelling himself to an adjacent building, he crashed through a window as his fuel gauge read empty. His shoes needed water. The resistance could definitely use water.

About the Author:
Bharat Krishnan is a philanthropic consultant in Columbus, Ohio. After ten years in Democratic politics, he wrote a memoir about his life on the road as a political campaign manager and just released a fantasy novel called Oasis. He refers to himself as a professional storyteller and amateur cook.

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Final Notice by Van Fleisher

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The year is the very near future. A brilliant young doctor and mathematician, Vijay Patel, has invented a new health/sport watch that monitors blood chemistry so accurately, it can actually predict when someone will die – within 10, 20, or 30 days. The intention of this “Final Notice,” as it is called, is to allow people to get their affairs in order and reach out to loved ones before it’s too late. But when those notified have easy access to a gun, the result is sometimes lethal for more than just the watch-owner.

These are the stories of several people who receive their Final Notice and their very different reactions ... including a desire to get revenge with impunity. They range from an 89-year-old resident in a retirement home to a U.S. Senator...from a benevolent widow to a crass tycoon to a noted climate change scientist.

But in this fresh, fast-paced page-turner, their stories are all set against the all-too-recognizable backdrop of a guns-gone-wild America, and the relentless push by the NRA and their surrogate politicians to make guns even easier to acquire.

There is plenty of dark humor and political satire in FINAL NOTICE, as well as touching scenes and outright suspense. So expect to laugh out loud, dry some tears, and bite your nails (not necessarily in that order).

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Taking a deep breath, he charged into the small clearing and faced the two guys across the flickering fire, aiming the gun at them. The guy holding the pipe dropped it behind them. In a voice as menacing as possible, Vince demanded, “Where’s Rambo?”

About the Author:
“After 21 years with an airline, and 30 years in management consulting, I retired and found that my phone didn’t ring and the only emails I got were asking for money. So, since I was at my computer, I decided to write a novel.”

This is only half the story. (Van is notoriously modest.) The author was Director of International Marketing with TWA, and an International Management Consultant – taking him behind the closed doors of boardrooms and executive offices around the world. He knows how business works, which gives the slightly “sci-fi” premise of Final Notice a realistic feel. Moreover, his two careers led him to live abroad for much of his life. After growing up in New Jersey and Florida, where he never thought much further than the length of a football field, and going to college in New Mexico, he wound up living in England, Scotland and France, travelling frequently to the Middle East and Asia. He even spent a year living in India. And his first-hand experience with – and respect for – other cultures is apparent in this book.

“Final Notice is meant to highlight, my concerns with America’s handling of three important issues: gun control (not anti-gun), ageism and the importance of immigration. The book won’t fix these issues, but there are a number of great organizations with even greater people working on our behalf to right these wrongs. Proceeds from sales of Final Notice will help support those efforts.”

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan

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Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I enjoy thrillers because we can inhabit someone else’s world—one that is far more exciting, challenging, and threatening than anything we would want to encounter in real life.

What research is required?

If you write a novel like mine, which is based on real-world events, it is important to research and accurately convey what did transpire. I also scoured contemporaneous newspapers and magazines to understand what was happening in the world at the time of the historical incident that forms the basis for my story.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine. Forgiveness is often something that must be earned.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

No—my technique is to apply posterior to chair and go to work.

Are you a plotter or pantser? Generally, a plotter, but sometimes a twist pops up out of the blue and it is pantser time!

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

My office window with a view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Yes. I’m now revising a WWII thriller set during the final stages of the war.

Do you have a question for our readers?

What about The Company of Demons made you decide to read it?

The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished--eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim's beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father's estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.

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A deep breath helped to calm me. Oyster’s death had brought an ugly past alive. Just as I’d been assuring everyone, though, there was nothing wrong. My main task for the day was to pick Molly up after school and hope that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when she learned that we wouldn’t be visiting the skateboard park. We would head straight home for a quiet, uneventful spaghetti dinner. Cathy would have polished and set the oaken table. We would talk of things other than serial killers. She would remind me of her upcoming birthday dinner, with her sister and brother-in-law. Her parents would stare down at us from faded color photographs arranged in thin wooden frames on checkered blue-and-white wallpaper. There were photographs of my mom, too, with her tight-lipped smile.

One photo of my father, handsome in a blue uniform, hung on the wall. Whenever Cathy said grace, my eyes would wander to the particular picture, and I would recall games of catch, walleye fishing on the lake, our hikes through the Metroparks. We’d wander the trails there most Saturday mornings, just my dad and me. Afterward, he’d take me to Pete’s Hotdogs on Lorain, and we’d gorge on dogs stuffed into steamed buns and topped with local Stadium mustard and greasy fried onions. Those were the memories I’d try to focus on.

But I could never, ever block out the rest.

About the Author:
Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.

An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Presenting the Marriage of Kelli Anne & Gerri Denemer by PD Alleva

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Welcome to It's Raining Books. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I’m a multi genre writer, blending dark fiction, romance, inspiration, sci fi and psychological thrillers. I’m also a hypnotist and psychotherapist so the depths of the human mind and behavior have always been of personal interest. Fiction offers a realm of understanding to push the limits of the human psyche. Anything can happen in a book because there’s no boundary in the mind to the impossible. What we read is different than what we see; our mind makes sense out of the written word because we accept what is written compared to a movie. What we see on screen is often perceived as ridiculous compared to what we’ve read. Our mind connects the dots and we build our own picture with what we’re reading. Also, I enjoy the sensations these genres impose on the reading experience; despite what’s happening in the plot a good story becomes real to the reader.

What research or world-building is required?

Reading, reading, reading. Writer’s gain an understanding of the complexities involved in tall tales by reading what’s already out there and how other authors developed particular scenes and characters. We become better writers through reading. Also, there is a basis of realism authors bring to their stories to make the plot more pliable to the reader. Creating a distant planet or alien race requires research into 1. What’s already been done and 2. What is known in the scientific community? What information or theories exist that we can pluck apart and add to the plot? For instance, I’m currently writing a dystopian sci-fi that features a few different alien species. Besides watching a lot of Ancient Aliens I’ll research anything related to alien names and alien species that have already been theorized.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

Better communication with my wife and, no matter how grim the present seems, there’s always something better waiting around the corner. We just have to go through the darkness to capture the light.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I always need to ‘Get into Character,’ as I call it, which consists primarily with me standing outside, headphones on and music blaring as I think about and develop the next scene I’m about to delve into. Air guitar solos and exercising my powerful singing voice is always included. The neighborhood cats love it.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Both. I always have the plot in the back of my mind; however, it never goes the way I had planned. The plot is more or less a guide to begin the writing process but the characters have their own conception on where they’re going so it always changes. Usually I just hold on tight and go along for the ride.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

A framed copy of LIFE magazine that features Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, a picture of my four kids, a stack of books and notepad and my writing fedora. I purchased the magazine about twenty years ago. The Old Man and the Sea was originally published in LIFE magazine. At the time of its publication Hemingway’s career was thought by some to be on a downward spiral after his last few books did not sell well. His publisher chose to publish his classic tale in LIFE magazine to garner a large following for the story.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

I’m currently writng book four in the series, The Rose. It’s a dystopian sci-fi set at the tale end of World War III. The rose is a meditation used by alchemists. Alchemy is the ability to transform chemical structures. Also a useful tool when battling alien vampires. The Rose is a prelude to a trilogy titled The Indigo Trials which will be released next year. After The Rose, I’ll be writing book four in this series, about a 1940’s New York socialite whose sculpture comes to life after a break up with the love of her life. Think Frankenstein meets My Fair Lady. Title is Golem, a psychologial supernatural thriller. I have nine books planned in the Beyond the Chamber Door series.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Sure do. What makes for a great book? What’s the formula? What does a great book require?

The Denemers had it all: Fame, fortune, family, and the American Dream. But tough times have landed on their doorstep— Gerri's acting career is mired in controversy, financial decline is strangling the family bond, and his marriage to Kelli Anne is on the rocks. He'd rather die than face another catastrophe, something the Devil is more than eager to assist. On the night Gerri attempts to end his suffering, his plan is thwarted by a voice in his smart TV, pulling him into a dimension where past, present, and future collide, and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance. But Gerri is not alone. The Devil's minions are nipping at his heels and Kelli is right behind them, determined to save her family and put right what has gone wrong. Will they be successful? Is the bond between husband and wife strong enough to defeat evil? Will they prevent World War III or will evil's plan triumph? Presenting the Marriage of Kelli Anne and Gerri Denemer: A Horror Story, is a tour de force thriller of dark fiction, romance, and horror in an epic battle between good and evil.

Read an excerpt:

He ran to the house, struggling through the wind that sought to push him over, to deter him from entering that house.

“No, Gerri,” the chaperone hollered. “Do NOT go in there!”

But Gerri quickened his pace.

The chaperone was in front of him.

He turned to go around him.

The chaperone was in front of him.

He jerked to the left, running at max speed.

The chaperone was in front of him, pushed Gerri to the ground. Picked him up and clasped Gerri’s shoulders with an iron hand.

“It’s not allowed, Gerri.”

“What’re you talking about? I just want to go home.”

The chaperone laughed. He started pacing, circling Gerri with his hand on Gerri’s shoulder.

“What do you think, Gerri, hang yourself and you get to go back home? No, no, no, Gerri. Look around you. You’re not even close to home!”

“What? That can’t be!”

“Between worlds, Gerri! That’s where you are. What’s in that house is nothing. Nothing more than the slither of energy you left, the portal of death with the stink of fear. You’re not welcome there. Not welcome at all.” He slipped his hand off Geri’s shoulder. Stepped an arm’s length away from him.

“No, no, no, this can’t be! This can’t be.”

“Oh, yes, Gerri, it can, and it is.”

The chaperone paused.

“It’s best that you come with me Gerri.”

Gerri screamed, “Where did I go wrong?”

The chaperone stiffened.

He turned to the house and paused.

About the Author:
P.D. Alleva is an author, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, addiction and mental health. He is the author of several books, including fiction novels, Indifference and A Billion Tiny Moments In Time…, Seriously Twisted; These Gods of Darkness (Poetry), Let Your Soul Evolve (1st and 2nd ed), and Spiritual Growth Therapy: Philosophy, Practices and Mindfulness Workbook (non-fiction). He has developed behavioral protocols for addiction and mental health and teaches mindfulness, Buddhist meditations and manifestation techniques to his patients as a means and alternative to using pharmaceuticals. He is currently in private practice with his wife, Lisa. He lives with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Vengeance by Gail Z. Martin

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When undertaker brothers Corran and Rigan Valmonde became outlaw monster hunters and fled beyond the walls of Ravenwood, they thought they had defeated the source of the abominations that killed so many of their friends and loved ones. But the more successful they become at destroying the creatures, the more they realize a greater evil is at work – larger and more monstrous than they ever could imagine…

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“Did you find the ghost? Could you get rid of it?”

Rigan caught a warning glance from Corran, but his temper burned too hot for him to care. “We found the ghosts—all five of them. And the monster who killed them. Did you know the wheelwright was the creature? Did you give him the children to save your own skins?”

For an instant, shock and fear glinted in the mayor’s eyes before cold calculation took over. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Rigan’s slammed the burlap sack down on the table, and the men jumped, sliding back in their chairs. The rest of the crowd in the common room fell silent.

“I think you knew,” Rigan said, looming over the mayor until the man had to crane his neck and his multiple chins to see. “The ghosts said people in the village helped the monster. Supplied the children for it to eat. Who else could go unnoticed for so long?”

“You’re crazy. That’s… insane,” the mayor sputtered.

“You found them? The missing ones?” A man stood near the back of the pub. From his clothing and the dirt streaks on his pants, he looked like a farmer, probably stopping for a meal after bringing goods to market. His broad shoulders and muscular arms spoke of hard work, and while sun and hardship had weathered his features, Rigan guessed the man might only be a few years older than Corran.

About the Author:
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Vengeance is the second in the new Darkhurst epic fantasy series. Also new is The Dark Road, the second in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures series, and Assassin’s Honor (coming, October 2018), the first in the new Assassins of Landria series.

Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Tangled Web, and two new collections, Trifles & Folly, and Trifles & Folly 2.

Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, and the alternate history novel Iron & Blood and the Storm & Fury collection (co-authored with Larry N. Martin) She is also the co-author (with Larry) of the Mark Wojcik monster hunter series (Spells, Salt and Steel) and the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Cauldron/Secret Council series from Falstaff Books.

As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. New and upcoming books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, Badlands, and Lucky Town.


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