Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti - Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the tour for my series A Separate Heaven. I’m Alex Disanti and it’s my pleasure to be here at Its Raining Books. Alex is my pen name and people call me by that name at events relating to the books so half the time I’m Alex, the other half Ellan, but I have become quite adept at answering to both. Use of pen names has intrigued me since I was a child. The idea of having another name – one that I chose! – and I could be that person! And, maybe just maybe, I wouldn’t be shy. I wouldn’t be uncomfortable in large groups of people. Well, of course acquiring a pseudonym didn’t change anything except my name, but I do enjoy seeing “Alex Disanti” on my book covers. In the end, I didn’t actually choose the name Alex. Due to a typo (my own) on the copyright form I am Alex as opposed to Alexandra, something for which I am grateful. Alexandra Disanti is a bit much!

As with most writers, I have always loved words. During a conversation with a friend years ago, I mentioned to her that words and their meaning had always held a fascination for me. Even before I was old enough to attend school I would copy words onto a piece of paper, whatever was available, and I would look up their meaning in a large dictionary that belonged to my father. My friend, who is an accountant, understood. But numbers were her thing. As a child she had walked her neighborhood and copied down the address from each house. So perhaps each of us has an inborn calling. If so, then I believe whether we answer that call or not is strictly up to us. I do not believe answering it guarantees our success, but I do believe each of us is graced with a special talent that we should recognize and pursue to the best of our ability. That in itself is rewarding and holds its own measure of success.

Even though books and writing are lifelong loves, I have worked in other venues to earn a living. For one, I worked in the lab at a hospital as a histologist doing tissues and slides. Primarily though, I was employed by an engineering and construction firm in West Texas that designed and built gas plants. We specialized in cryogenic processes. I wrote specifications and procedures and also worked for them as a welding inspector. Anyone who has ever worked in quality assurance will tell you that some days it is the equivalent to walking around with a sign on your forehead that says “Hate me!” No one enjoys being critiqued. That part I understand, but some take it better than others. It was a great job but being a female welding inspector can, at times, come with a few perils.

I don’t know if I have a full blown fear of heights because I enjoy hiking, driving through the mountains etc. But standing on a ladder or rooftop, looking down from a tall building, even watching some scenes in movies definitely makes me cringe and causes a weird sensation in my hands and feet…seriously. There was a situation on a jobsite though that let me know I could rise to the occasion and do what was required despite my fear. Our company was building a huge CO2 recovery plant and we had several inspectors working in the field. One day our client’s inspectors came to my office and wanted to check the trays in an ERC column. All you need to know about this is that the ERC’s were 217 feet in height. I couldn’t locate the other inspectors so I had to go. These were nice guys but they were grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat and I know they didn’t think I would climb that tower. I will say that climbing up that column was a lot easier than coming down, but here I am.

I can’t say that my past occupations have had a part in writing A Separate Heaven; however, there are already some characters and scenes being played out in my mind for a future book and the setting is the West Texas oil patch. But in the meantime, please step into a world of drama and follow the lives of some fascinating characters in A Separate Heaven.

Thank you so much for joining me today at Its Raining Books. I am always happy to answer questions and I appreciate your comments. Wishing you a wonderful week!


Step into a world of riveting drama. Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships. A novel by Alex Disanti. From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.


Enjoy an excerpt:

Around 1:00 A.M. Paige found she couldn’t sleep. As quietly as possible she eased herself from the bed and walked out onto the balcony. The weather was still nice. The breeze from the water was cool and she could see the waves crashing against the sandy beaches. Below her, the pool looked inviting. His soft snoring assured her Dominic was sleeping soundly. Hesitating only a moment, she tiptoed into the bathroom, wrapped herself in a big towel, and made her way down the stairs and outside to the pool.

She dropped the towel and slipped into the warm water that felt like silk on her naked body. Leisurely, she swam back and forth, again and again. This was heaven. It was all heaven. She lay on her back, floating, her eyes closed, replaying in her mind the wedding and all that had happened since.

Finally, she began to tire and, feeling she could sleep again, made one last lap underwater, crawling along the bottom of the pool. As she entered the shallow end, her hands reached for the tiled rim as she emerged, breaking the surface of the water.

Suddenly, something like a steel vise gripped her wrists, jerking her upward, and she was momentarily airborne. Her feet slammed against the concrete, jarring her from head to toe. Now Dominic had her by her shoulders and was shaking her. She knew he was saying something, but she could hear only the roaring in her head. Not six feet from them stood two men with guns. Behind them on the massive walls that surrounded the villa were several more.

About the Author:Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country. While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel. Early works were mainly poetry and short stories. As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript. Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.” These readers vary in age, occupation and background. It simply grew from there. Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kiss of a Stranger by Lily Danes and Eve Kincaid - Spotlight and Giveaway


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Maddie Palmer lost everything when her ex-husband betrayed her. Years later, she’s rebuilt her life. It’s safe and stable—everything she thought she wanted. Until a dangerously sexy ex-con appears in Lost Coast Harbor...

Gabriel Reyes just did six years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s returned, determined to expose the men who set him up. His best chance at redemption is seducing the straight-laced woman working for the enemy…until he realizes he’s the one being seduced.

As passion ignites, Gabe and Maddie find themselves drawn deeper into the corruption behind the town’s richest family… even while facing the greatest danger of all—losing their hearts.

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“I had a lovely night, not that it’s any of your business.” The lie rolled off her tongue.

Gabe didn’t move. “I’m sure he was everything a date could be. Polite. Clever. Though it’s hard to take a man seriously when he orders the butternut squash ravioli at a restaurant that serves steak.”

“He’s a vegetarian,” she said absently, before the full meaning of his words settled on her. “Wait a second. You watched me? You spied on my date?” Her voice rose with every word, and only her desire not to wake the neighbors kept her from shouting.

Gabe shook his head. It was a rueful motion, directed more at himself than her. “I started to. Then I remembered that was creepy as hell and went to the diner. Where I ordered steak and eggs, by the way.”

“Still, the fact that you thought that was okay, even for a second…”

He stood, the movement fluid and hypnotic, and she couldn’t take her eyes off him as he prowled toward her. “Don’t fool yourself, Maddie. I’m not okay. I forgot how to be okay long ago. That’s what you’ll get with me, but I’ll do my best to make it worth your time, if you feel like taking a risk.”

About the Author:

Like so many good ideas, Lost Coast Harbor was inspired by a few rounds of margaritas. One sunny afternoon, Lily Danes and Eve Kincaid went to a Mexican restaurant for snacks and tequila and left with the idea for a new series. Inspired by their love of noir movies and 1940s crime novels, they imagined a gritty small town full of crime and corruption, where intrigue and mystery can lead to love and passion.

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Divine Touch by Kristy Denice Bock - Spotlight and Giveaway

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Finding a naked man where Werewolf bones once were should have let Kate know she was in for an unusual day! Nothing could have prepared her for the discovery that her mother is a Goddess, and that nothing in her life would ever be the same. Zane DeSeville spent five centuries trapped in a prison of his own body only to be awakened by the image of the woman who caused his entrapment. After Kate discovers that she’s the daughter of a Goddess, another bombshell is dropped in her lap. She has to pass three Trials of Humanity, or she’ll be imprisoned as Zane had been, and Zane would be her judge and jury!

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Kate found her way to the Kitchen. She found Holland walking around the room with a cell phone in her hand, extended as she moved about trying to find signal.

“Can you hear me now?” Kate asked.

“Kate! I was ready to call in the military.” Holland launched herself at Kate, hugging her tight.

“Holls, you are choking me,” Kate said, her ribs still sore from their earlier abuse.

“Don't care. Save it. What the fuck is going on?” Kate hid a smile, Holland's language always left something to be desired.

“I missed you. I was promised chocolate ice cream, a sappy movie and you. Never let it be said the Goddess doesn't answer prayers.” Kate took a step away from Holland and picked up the Ice cream she spied on the table next to them.

“Who is the walking magnet?” Holland asked.

“His name is Cole,” Kate answered.

“What's his deal?”

“I don't know, why?”

“He's got a nice ass.”

“He's like twelve years old!”

“He's 28.”

“No way, how do you know?”

“Because I asked him right after I told him he had a nice ass.”

“You told him that?”

“What good is thinking something if it's not shared?”

“Does he really have a nice behind?”

“How did I get here?”

“The Goddess brought you for me. I have so much to tell you. Ice cream first, find bowls.”

Kate walked around the kitchen and opened one at a time until she found decorative wooden bowls which would do quite nicely for their frozen treat. She placed them on the counter and searched again for a scoop and two spoons. After the dessert found its way into the bowls Kate hopped up on the countertop and motioned for Holland to do the same. The two ate in silence for a few moments before Kate spoke. Kate relayed the story starting with how she picked up the shipment meant for her ex-husband.

“He called me by the way,” Holland said.

“Kevin?” asked Kate.

“What a vile toad. The sex must have been phenomenal because his personality leaves so much to be desired.”

“He is, it wasn't, it does... And what did he say?”

“Blah blah blah, random threat, blah blah blah, knows what you really are, mayhem, devastation, destruction.”

“I doubt he knows what I just found out today. At best he'd seem like a lunatic raving how his ex-wife is a witch.”

“Want me to run him over? I have full coverage.”

“I have enough to deal with at the moment. Kevin is the least of my concerns. I have a vengeful witch who tried to blow me up, three trials that could end in possible annihilation if I fail, and a werewolf that I can't quite figure out what to do with. Not to mention, my mother’s a Goddess. A Goddess. Talk about a readymade complex.”

“So many things to be shocked over, so little time.” Holland stated.

“I guess it would be hard to take in. In one sitting I've told you of werewolves, Goddesses, and witches.” Kate replied.

“No, I meant why you would not call me the minute you found a naked man on the table. At the very least you could have sent me a few picture texts,” Holland said.

“I'm sorry for not thinking clearly at that moment.”

“I forgive you, but only if you forgive me for the confession I'm about to make.” Holland said.

“What confession?” Kate asked.

“I plan on seducing the walking magnet, pissing off the blond bombshell, and finding out the intentions of one really old werewolf.”

“He's too young for you.”

“I'm one year older than you.”

“He's too young for me too.”

“You take all the fun out of my life, what's five years?”

“The difference between diapers and big boy pants.”

“You are a sick, sick woman, Kate.”

“I know”


About the Author: Kristy Denice Bock is an avid reader who fell in love with creating characters at a young age. She lives in Coastal Carolina and is quite the fan of the Crystal Coast. She is the mother of four unique humans who constantly keep her on her toes. She’s the proud grandmother of two, and the world’s greatest Aunt to ten pretty spectacular humans. Her parents bought her a typewriter at 14, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Read Kristy Denice Bock’s Smashwords Interview.

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Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting - Cover Reveal and Giveaway


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Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Time rewound with each footfall as I began to climb the grand outer staircase at Morningside Plantation. The limestone steps, burdened with the history of five generations, heaved their way toward heaven.

At the top lay a wide-plank verandah supported by columns painted pure white, like the clouds. By the time I took a third step, the digital camera in my right hand began to dissolve into the sterling silver handle of a ladies parasol. The visitors’ guide in my left hand magically transformed into a ballroom dance card bound by a satin cord.

Another step and the Mississippi River came into view as it flowed to the Gulf, languid as a waltz and the color of sweet tea. Could that be a whistle from a steamboat ferrying passengers past the plantation? If so, a turn and a wave wouldn’t be out of the question once I reached the top of the stairs, and good manners would dictate it.

I was about to do that when I realized the whistle was only my friend’s cell and not a Mississippi riverboat. “Ambrose! Turn that thing off. Honestly.”

“Sorry.” He shrugged. “I always forget you were Scarlett O’Hara in a past life.”

The mood was broken, though, and the sterling silver in my hand returned to plastic while the linen dance card hardened to a glossy brochure.

About the Author:
Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract to the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.

Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.sandrabretting.com and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

I'd Rather Wear Pajamas by Chelsea Flagg - Interview and Giveaway


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What group did you hang out with in high school?

I was never in the “A group” at school. Shoot, I was never even in the “B group.” I was a “C+” at best. I was (and still am) a bit of a renaissance girl. Not in a way where I’m really good at a lot of different things, but in a way where I get bored really quickly and move on to try something new every couple of months. Maybe ADD is the better word? Anyway, I hung out with the band kids for awhile, the drama kids, the yearbook crew, the environmental club (yes, it existed and yes, I started it (nerd alert)), student council... I ran the gamut of cliques. Except for the “A group.” I was never cool enough for them.

What are you passionate about these days?

Again, my passions change by the minute. My latest trysts are hoop-dancing, baking bread, pretending to be a good housewife, and fire-breathing.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

That’s a tricky question. On one hand, I would have spent a lot more time (or any time at all) creating an online presence for myself, so my book could have exploded into the world instead of shyly shuffling in. But, on the other hand, I would have lost some seriously precious writing time if I was focusing on marketing, so I’m glad I spent the time I did writing. It’s a conundrum really. I do wish I wouldn’t have consumed so many lattes while writing. I have a bit of an eye twitch leftover.

Ebook or print? And why?

For sure print. The feel, the smell, the beautiful cover (thanks Kelly Angelovic for the masterpiece that is my cover), the flipping of the pages. Print books are awesome. Of course, ask me the last time I actually read a print book... Ebooks are just so easy and light. My heart is in the past in my love for print books, but my brain usually wins out with the ease of ebooks. I didn’t answer the question at all, did I? You’re welcome.

What is your favorite scene in this book?

Oh man, there are so many gems. I love asking my readers the same question because it’s rare to find two people with the same favorite part. I think I’ve got to stick with the part where me and my sister get ourselves stuck in a tin-can train while hugely pregnant. I mean legitimately stuck, with a crowd forming around us watching our husbands trying to hoist us out of there. It was awesomely horrifying. I still laugh about it anytime I think of it.

Everybody has the awesome opportunity to find their own strength and path through life. Some come about their self-discoveries through studying and working hard. Others (Chelsea) spend their time nearly burning down kitchens and driving around the country with a car full of hangers.

Chelsea grew up wanting to be “strong.” She thought arguing her way through childhood and becoming a world-class attorney would get her there. But, through a series of humorous, and only slightly embarrassing events, Chelsea comes to realize that maybe her strength is meant to shine in different ways.

Enjoy an excerpt:

I tried to contain my excitement when my second grade teacher announced that our school’s Professional Day was coming up and we were all encouraged to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. Now, just try to picture what your local veterinarian looks like and what they might wear on a daily basis to stand out from other occupations. You can’t, right?

Some parents had it easy; I mean how hard is it to make your child look like a firefighter or a member of middle management? My poor mom had a bigger task at hand. That’s why my costume ended up including a white bathrobe which I think was supposed to be a labcoat and an old pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses (lenses removed). In one hand I carried one of my million stuffed animals and in the other, a clipboard. I’m not entirely sure how a clipboard was going to prove that I was a veterinarian, but I was confident that if the clipboard didn’t give it away, the broken sunglasses definitely would. In a low childhood moment for me, not a single person - student or teacher - could guess what I was.

Even with the setback, I still knew I’d be the world’s best vet. My favorite animals by far were cats. To give you an idea of how in love with cats I was, imagine the person or thing that you love more than life itself, and then times that love by 100. I think it’s fair to use the word obsessed.


About the Author:
Chelsea was once obsessed with cats, longed to live in a big city, didn't think she would ever have children, and aspired to be an attorney. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado as a stay-at-home mom and comedic writer with her husband and three daughters. She has no current plans to own a cat.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Intimate Betrayal by Houston Havens - Spotlight and Giveaway

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Kindise Wyatt escapes her Star Rider captor and returns to Earth. With the help of a sexy Old World Mole and his mysterious friend, she's determined to uncover the whereabouts of her lover. Instead, she finds nothing but betrayal and her captor in pursuit.

On the lam after betraying his evil ruler, ex-Dirt Dweller and drifter Jaden Valenti confirms his name is on a hit list. Finding what he believes will be safety amongst the Airbornes, he recreates himself and hides his past until trouble walks back into his life in the name of Kindise Wyatt, the woman he was ordered to assassinate and didn't.

MediaKit_BookCover_IntimateBetrayalDue to the obsessions of a Fae woman Sori gave up his hardearned royal title and left his homeland of Elfame. Love is the furthest thing from his mind until he is sent in Jaden's place to pick-up some cargo...human cargo in the form Kindise Wyatt. He feels the Fae magnetism of his soulmate in her. Problem is; she's in love with someone else.

Will Jaden fulfill his orders to kill Kindise and get his name removed from the list, or will his secret be exposed and betray the friendship he has with Sori? Does Sori help Kindise find her lover, or will a love between them have a chance to flourish before a fatal attraction and a determined captor rip their love asunder? Will Kindise find true love or will betrayals at every turn crush the fight out of her? Can she find her inner strengths to keep fighting and lead The Freedom Fighters to defeat the Dirt Dweller elites, once and for all?

Enjoy an excerpt:

She found him to be more tempting than the fruit but she wasn't about to let that little secret out. A part of her felt guilty for thinking the way she was. After all, she was in love with Lytell, wasn't she? Of course she was! She wouldn't have come all this way at the risk of her safety if she wasn't. She didn't care what Tessla said on the flight down here about her longing to find Lytell only because he gave her things she never had and doused her with male attention. "Oh, is it real?"

"From Sori's own hydro-garden. Want a bite?"

"Yes." When she was close enough to reach for it, he teasingly pulled it back. She looked up into his twinkling eyes and her stomach fluttered. Damn it. I didn't have this kind of reaction with Talut. Well…he never teased. But still…I love Lytell, so why all the unsettling emotions with Jaden?

"I'll give you a taste if you tell me one thing."

"What's that?"

He stepped into her personal space holding out the berry. Her breaths quickened as she reached for it again, but instead of getting the sweet fruit, she inadvertently grabbed his fingers. Every cell in her body ignited at the connection, forcing her to back up several steps. She should have retreated because of the invasion of her space, but she hadn't, she did it out of fear of the unexpected attraction she was experiencing.

His deep voice was nearly a whisper and dripped with seductiveness. "Tell me what the draw was to Lytell?"

She held her hand up like a shield to stop any future advancement on her space, though he hadn't made another move toward her.

"Not was, Jaden. Is." She tilted her chin up feeling that timeworn need to defend her lover--again.

"He's highly intelligent, interesting, and confident."


MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_IntimateBetrayalAbout the Author: Erotic romance author Houston Havens, a former successful model enjoying an adventurous jet-set lifestyle, intrigues her readers with a mix of the past, present, and future, and sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and western romance, always with love everlasting. A tenacious Irish lass filled with passion and mystery hopes her sultry stories will entertain and fascinate those who dare to take the journey. She’s also a social media junkie with an award winning blog. http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mated with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol - Interview and Giveaway


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Thanks for stopping by to chat with us. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I’ve written all my life. I have a degree in journalism, and I’ve worked as newspaper reporter and PR manager. But writing fiction is fun. I love making stuff up! Sci-fi (and paranormal and fantasy) allow the most elbow room for creativity. With historical fiction, you’re limited by facts, and in contemporary fiction you’re bound by culture and commonly accepted truths. That said, in sci-fi, there are still rules. You can’t defy the laws of physics and other accepted scientific facts and not get a negative reaction. I find that sci-fi allows me freedom to express ideas that would not be accepted in a contemporary novel. It challenges me to think outside box.

What world-building is required?

First, one needs to recognize how broad the world really is. In sci-fi, you need to account for popular culture, language, clothing, weaponry, government, religion, geography, transportation, and interpersonal relations. Even if you don’t expressly mention those things, they still permeate the world. Take cursing for instance. Our curse words are either religious or sexually based. So what do aliens yell when they’re angry, surprised or excited? It’s probably not g-damnit or f-k.

I’m continually googling for research and fact-checking. With the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series I’ve had to research bombs (explosions in outer space), space shuttle sizes and runways, gravity, types of espionage, what actually makes a cyborg a cyborg, government titles, national monuments, even what someone three hundred years in the future might carry in his pockets.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

Don’t accept group think. Challenge what you’ve been taught. Question even your core beliefs, because they may not be true.

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

I write erotic sci-fi romance. I cannot write the sex scenes if someone is in the room with me—and that includes my husband. We used to share an office until I started writing erotic romance, and then I realized, hey, this isn’t going to work. So now I have my own office. The first Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance, Stranded with the Cyborg, was released in audiobook recently. I was alone in my office, but I can’t tell you how uncomfortable it was to listen to the narrator read my sex scenes. OMG!

Are you a plotter or pantser?

I’m a pantser. Until I get into the story and get to know the characters, how can I know what’s going to happen? Often my characters take charge and direct the action. That said, I generally plot my shorter works, but I believe that the ideas that come to me at 3 a.m. are better than the ones that I would hard plot. I guess that’s another writerly quirk.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

The L of my desk with my reference books, and over it, my white board. I have important dates written on the board, things I don’t want to miss.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 3) will be released in March. Dale Homme, a secondary character in Mated with the Cyborg, is the hero of that one. Carter Aymes, the director of Cy-Ops, a secondary character in all three books, will probably be the star of book 4. I also have a BDSM Valentine’s Day story, “Stepping it Up” in the anthology, Bound, Spanked & Loved, available for pre-order now. It will be released February 8.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Yes! I would like to know what readers find most interesting about cyborgs. Do they like the part-man part computer aspect? The “alphaness”? Also, what is their favorite type of sci-fi setting—Terra of the future, alien planets, space stations, spaceships?

Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out.

Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death.

His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.

Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Her father pushed back his chair and patted Janai’s head before rounding on Mariska.

She dropped her gaze to the floor. Her stomach was already there. Show no fear. Show no fear.

“Stand up,” Obido ordered.

She attempted to rise, but her feet tangled in her skirt. R981’s arm shot out as if to keep her from stumbling.

“What are you doing?” Obido glared at the android.

“I am performing my duty and assisting her,” he replied.

“Your duty is to report to me.” Her father confirmed what she’d suspected.

“She was about to fall.”

It sounded like R981 was arguing. The general must have thought, too, because his eyes narrowed on the android, but then he jerked his attention back to her. “Remove your scarf.”

No one had seen her face since she was a child teased to tears by her siblings. It had been a relief to be ordered to wear the veil to spare the sensibilities of others and escape their horrified looks. While bathing, she avoided the reflection glass and its taunting reminder of her ugliness. Stomach clenching into a hard knot, she released the opaque fabric from one side of her headdress.

Her father grimaced, and Janai, who’d never seen her naked face, gasped.

Mariska held her head high and stared straight ahead.

HOLY HELL! KAI Andros almost fell over. This was what Lamis-Odg considered deformed, ugly? Fortunately, his black contact lenses concealed most of his shock. Intel intercepted by Cyber Operations had reported the fifth daughter of one of the most infamous terrorists had a “significant facial defect.” Her eight sisters had been married—mated was the term these people used—but no one wanted her, fearing she would produce hideous offspring.

He hadn’t seen her face until now.

In the genetic game of chance, Mariska had been dealt a royal flush. She was fucking gorgeous.

Don’t gawk! A real android wouldn’t react, but as a cyborg, a red-blooded heterosexual man working undercover as a robot, how could he not?


About the Author: Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 23 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal erotic romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene - Spotlight and Giveaway


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Thanks for stopping by to chat today. We just have a few questions...

What are four things you can’t live without?

Camera, Computer, books and French fries.

What is your favorite television show?

I enjoy The Bachelor. I’m a romantic at heart so I like the love-at-first-sight element, but the drama is hysterical. I’m not certain the producers realize they’re making a comedy, but really how can you not laugh?

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Probably Elizabeth Bennett because who wouldn’t want to spend their life as the mistress of a manor house in the British countryside with the dramatic and passionate Mr. Darcy?

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

Today you can pick up 2 BROADS ABROAD: Moms Fly the Coop on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. I know you’ll laugh and maybe get a little misty-eyed, and you’ll get a feeling for our different personalities, which will set you up for our next book. We are considering where we should go and we’re taking suggestions on our Facebook page – chime in!

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I do like Nora Ephron, David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling.

When sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave the country. 2 BROADS ABROAD: MOMS FLY THE COOP is a funny, irreverent, occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.

In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower, sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much, and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.

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“Your youngest is leaving for college? Aw, empty nest?” Then, sappy eyes followed by a plaintive grin and, “What will you do?”

Before my sister and I decided to run away from home we were bothered by that question. There was something minimizing about it, minimizing and not completely untrue. Motherhood had been so deceptive, the greatest paradox in life: every single bleary-eyed day felt a month long, and the years went by in an instant. They flashed by like lightning and left a desiccated scorch mark wearing my clothes. It was disagreeable to imagine what life would be like childless: there would be the family tree, and there would be the mom who’s the center of the family tree, standing leafless, bare (and it has been a while since I looked good bare). There was some solace as I glanced around me to see my younger sister, Nancy, would be standing there bare as well. We were embarking on this progeny-shedding calamity simultaneously as both of our youngest daughters, Nicole and Olivia, were leaving for college the same week.

I knew that Nancy hadn’t really focused on it yet. And then, we met at Fashion Island in Newport Beach near her home to get a birthday gift for our mom. We ran into two of Nancy’s neighbors, Vicki and Susan.

“Nancy,” Vicki asked, “doesn’t Nicole graduate from Corona Del Mar High School this June?”

“Yes,” Nancy said. “She’s going to the University of Washington.”

“Oh,” Susan lifted her eyebrows, “you must be devastated.”

“What?” Nancy looked confused. “No, actually I was happy for her. She worked really hard. It was her first choice school.”

“But so far away!” Susan added in that annoying singsong tone.

Nancy shifted her feet, a move I knew well as her sister. It was something she always did when she was being told something she did not like to hear.

“It’s not that far.” Nancy said.

“It’s a plane ride. You need an airplane to see your daughter.” Susan said loudly.

“Yeah.” Nancy turned to me in an effort to change the subject. “You remember my sister, Deborah?”

“Of course.” Vicki smiled. And we exchanged hellos. Vicki seemed normal, but I had an inkling that I might have to slap Susan.

Susan continued on with her one thought. “With your son gone already, and soon Nicole, well, Nancy, I guess you’re all alone now.”

Nancy shifted her feet again. “I’m still married, Susan.”

“Sure. Sure. Right. So that’s better than nothing, huh?”

Nancy and I both froze. Did she just say that?

“You know,” Vicki tried to cut off Susan, “when Terrie’s youngest left she bought a Chihuahua puppy. Cutest thing you’ve ever seen. And the Walkers gave a room to an exchange student from Sweden,” she explained happily.

Nancy nodded. “That sounds like a good plan.”

Susan opened her mouth to speak again and I wasn’t sure whether I should just smack her now and be done with it, or let her continue. I made the wrong choice.

“Remember Pam Winthrop?” Susan leaned in. “When her son left she started eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every day until she put on 60 pounds. Sad, really, tragic. Even her kneecaps were fat.” Then Susan turned to me, “So, Deborah, isn’t your youngest graduating, too?”

“I’m leaving the country,” I said.

Susan cocked her head. “What?”

“I’m leaving the country,” I repeated matter-of-factly.

“So am I,” Nancy said. I looked at her. I saw the decision in her eyes. “I’m going with Deborah. We’re taking a long trip together – a sisters trip.”

“You are?” Susan sounded a little thwarted, which Nancy found gratifying.

“Yup, in the planning stages.” Nancy smiled at Susan who was clearly disappointed that we were not miserable as anticipated. “Nice to see you though, Susan, Vicki. Got to go. In the middle of booking flights and stuff. So much to do!”

We turned away and strode with purpose toward the door.

I whispered, “Susan’s a real gem.”

“She did me a favor.”

“Yeah?”

“I’ve been so busy I just wasn’t thinking about it.”

“And I haven’t been able to think about anything else,” I said. “When I’m awake in the middle of the night it runs over and over in my mind.”

Nancy said, “When I heard that crap Susan was dealing, all of a sudden I realized, there’s no way am I plodding into that sunset with fat kneecaps carrying a Chihuahua.”


About the Authors:
Deborah Serra has been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC, CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.

Nancy is a graduate of San Diego State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member, Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400. She also designed and managed her community website.

Website: http://www.2BroadsAbroad.com
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine Pets and Kisses by Various Authors - Spotlight and Giveaway


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Something for Everyone!

Each story features a sweet romance, tender kisses and hugs, and precocious pets—all brought to you by USA Today bestselling, national/international bestselling, and award winning authors who have crafted heartwarming heroes and heroines that will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and sigh.

Candy and canines. Flowers and felines. Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your sweethearts of the human and fuzzy varieties!

Nothing is more heart-warming than kisses from the pet who adores you and the man who loves you, so snuggle up with VALENTINE PETS & KISSES and strike the perfect mood for moonlit walks and candlelight dinners with your pet and sweetheart.

Valentine Hound Dog - Rachelle Ayala

Fashion icon Jenna Hart, along with her basset hound puppy, tries to convince a burned former fireman that beauty is never skin deep and love's arrow strikes not only the beautiful, but the bold.

The Crazy Girl’s Handbook - DelSheree Gladden

Spending the weekend babysitting her two nephews and a puppy was supposed to be fun. Sweating to death at a baseball game while getting gum in her hair, soda down her shirt, and an ice cream pedicure wasn't part of the deal. Neither was finding out the best guy she'd ever missed a blind date with had witnessed it all. Longest. Weekend. Ever.

The Vet's Valentine Gift - J.L. Campbell

Matthias Laing has snagged the woman of his dreams, but his job as a vet keeps getting him into trouble. The situation is past complicated because of the growing assortment of animals in Toni's house and to top it all, the conflict between Matthias and her ex-husband. Can Matthias and Toni's budding romance survive their challenges and if it doesn't, will Jade, her precocious five-year-old find a way to play Cupid and fix things by Valentine's Day?

Her Perfect Catch - K.L. Brady

Nerdy, struggling sports writer Melanie Vincent needs a miracle when her dream of running a nationally recognized blog hits a snag due to low readership. After Mel is gifted a pair of Super Bowl tickets for years of faithful dog sitting, she has a chance encounter with her favorite football player that leads to the inside scoop on the biggest story of her career...and maybe the love of a lifetime.

Inflamed - Jade Kerrion

Debra Martinez doesn’t believe in happy endings, until Sean Orr, Havre de Grace’s newest firefighter, shows her and her son, Aidan, a new and beautiful kind of “normal.” But the happiness can’t last—not for Sean who is on the run from his own past.

Remember When - Hope Welsh

Laura and Brent really tried to make their marriage work, but in the end, it just wasn't meant to be. Or was it? When they meet to discuss joint custody of their Akita, they discover they have much more to talk about other than the dog.

Your Biggest Fan? - Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Noah Patrick, NFL bad boy, has sworn off women, who only seem to want him for his fame and his money. Callie James is such a big Noah Patrick fan, she named her energetic Chihuahua after the man of her dreams. When they find themselves hiding out in the same Brooklyn Brownstone, a crazy blizzard, a never-ending supply of spaghetti, and a dog with identity issues bring them together even though they both have secrets that would tear them apart.

The Feline Fix - Caroline Bell Foster

Meeting Police Constable Callum Forde on the worse day of her life, makes cat lover and scientist Wendy Wilde question all that she values, her cat’s loyalty and the role science plays in love.

Trembling Hearts - Suzette Riddick

Recluse Jason Carr is living in rural Virginia after an accident leaves him physically scarred. While taking a stroll and minding his business, the spunky Lezlie Sharpe literally crashes into his life, stealing the heart of his beloved pooch, Trooper. Now, forced to share living quarters, will Lezlie capture Jason’s heart too?

Valentino, Be Mine - Tina D.C. Hayes

Kaylee Rose is thrilled when a neighbor moving out of the country asks if she'll consider taking in her teacup Yorkie, Valentino, but there are a few strings attached. When she finds out a man she can't stand is the other caretaker, she's forced to deal with the arrogant jerk until they decide who gets the pampered pooch permanently . . . or risk losing the dog to a heartbreaking fate.

Lost and Found - Jeanne Bannon

Lexie is so distraught after long-time boyfriend, Josh, dumps her, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job. Josh leaves behind the puppy he bought for her just before things fell apart even though she’s not a dog person. Lexie contemplates giving it away but decides keep the little mischief-maker and get her some training.

While at puppy obedience school, Lexie meets Tommy, the happy-go-lucky type she could give her heart to if only she was ready. But Lexie gives Tommy the brush off and they lose touch. However, a series of events, some unfortunate, bring them together again.

Surviving San Francisco - Susan Oloier

When 23-year-old Leah Newland accepts a job in San Francisco and runs away from her small-town Illinois life, she expects things to change for the better. What she doesn’t expect is to lose her job, adopt a cat she hit with her car, and fall for a sexy and seemingly unavailable veterinarian. Suddenly, going back to the Midwest seems better than surviving San Francisco.

19 Ivy Lane - Aubrey Wynne

Eloise Kolby steps off the bus and greets Hollywood with high expectations and a smile. Two months later, she’s broke, hungry and rethinking her dream. An offer to house sit provides her with too much time alone, an adopted family of kittens and a sexy postman waiting at her gate.

Victor Burnham can’t stop thinking of the beautiful, mysterious woman who just moved into his hometown. She meets him each day at the mailbox, waiting for a letter.

When the envelope finally arrives, they both must face decisions that could make their dreams come true or jeopardize their relationship forever.

Three Plus Three - Cindy Flores Martinez

A year after losing her husband, a grieving widow, Violet, and their beloved bichon frise visit their favorite place the day before Valentine's Day. While they are there, Violet meets a handsome widower who makes her feel alive again.

Enjoy an excerpt:

The Vet’s Valentine Gift by J.L. Campbell

I sat there thinking Dane had a nerve. From what I understood, he'd been a constant source of disappointment to Jade since his separation and divorce from Toni. Considering that, I didn't know why Toni would defend him.

When she came back to the living room, Jade was with her.

One look at her told me she was still unhappy. Her little mouth drooped at the corners and she kept her gaze lowered. She climbed onto the sofa to sit beside me and after a moment I slipped my arm around her shoulder.

Toni sat on her other side and fixed her eyes on the television where the business segment of the news was on air.

Jade poked me in the leg. "Doc, I didn't ask you before, but you got any children?"

"Do you have any children," Toni said.

Jade nodded to acknowledge her and then turned back to me. "Do you have any?"

"I shook my head. I have nieces and nephews though. Does that count?"

"Nah, but if you had a little girl like me, you'd want to see her all the time, right?"

A deep breath was in order, because I was heading into a minefield and had to choose my words so as not to rile Toni any further.

Gently, I plucked Jade's nose. "Of course, if she was as cute as you are."

Jade turned to Toni. "See, I told you he'd make a good daddy."

Toni shot fire at me with her eyes, and my only response was a shrug. I wasn't about to make Jade feel any worse after her argument with her father.

Jade didn't say anything for a bit, but frowned hard at the television. It wasn't long before she poked me in the leg again. "Doc, can I ask you something?"

"You can ask me anything."

Toni sat forward, as if sensing Jade was going to ask a question she wouldn't like, but she stayed quiet. When Jade looked at her, Toni pressed her plump lips together and put on the same expression my mother used years ago to let me know we'd have words later if I did any foolishness.

Shuffling sideways, Jade angled her body toward me. She narrowed her eyes as if to gauge whether or not she should ask what she wanted to know. I guess she was satisfied with whatever she saw because she sat up straighter and looked me square in the face. "Doc, since you don't have a little girl yet, would you like to be my daddy?" 


About the Authors:

Rachelle Ayala From romantic suspense to sweet contemporaries, I write from my heart and love to include children and pets in my stories.

Website: http://www.rachelleayala.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AyalaRachelle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clare.chu

DelSheree Gladden is a USA Today bestselling young adult and romance author, whose writing includes everything from dystopian and Native American mythology to sweet and funny romances.

Website: http://delshereegladden.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DelSheree
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDelShereeGladden

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning author who writes sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels.

Website: http://www.joylcampbell.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JL_Campbell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jlcampbellwrites

K.L. Brady is a multi-award-winning author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies, young adult romance, and a spy thriller series based on her career in U.S. intelligence.

Website: http://klbradyauthor.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KARLAB27

Jade Kerrion writes frequently award-winning, occasionally best-selling science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance novels.

Website: http://jadekerrion.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jadekerrion
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JadeKerrion

Sydney Aaliyah MIchelle is a contemporary romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.

Website: http://sydneyaaliyah.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sydliyah
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SydneyAaliyahMichelle

Caroline Bell Foster writes contemporary women’s fiction with themes of substance that defy convention.

Website: http://www.carolinebellfoster.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbellfoster
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinebellfoster

Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing romance novels with a touch of reality.

Website: http://suzetteriddick.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/suzette267
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/suzetteriddickromanceroom

Tina D.C. Hayes writes romantic suspense and cozy mysteries while her pampered pooches and parrots stand guard against writer's block.

Website: https://tinadchayes.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tina_DC_Hayes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TinaDCHayesAuthor

Jeanne Bannon is an international best-selling author of paranormal and romance fiction with twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry.

Website: http://www.jeannebannon.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeannebannon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeanne-Bannon/182120961844916?fref=ts

Susan Oloier is a mother and educator who writes memoir, as well as adult and young adult contemporary fiction.

Website: http://www.susanoloier.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/narrawriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusanOloier/

Aubrey Wynne is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night.

Website: http://aubreywynneauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magnificentvalor

Cindy Flores Martinez writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance in both English and Spanish.

Website: http://www.cindyfloresmartinez.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCindy
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cindy.floresmartinez

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Cubeball by Micael Leon - Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_CubeballA naturally gifted ex-national champion and a savant with a computer-like mind compete against the world's best in the 22nd century's most popular sport - CUBEBALL - the chess-like, technology-enhanced, snooker of the future where the world stage is dominated by gambling, drugs and massive audiences.


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Jules’ gaze emboldened Mickey to reveal his special gift to her. He strode confidently to the cue-ball and lined up one of the most difficult shots in cubeball. Then with little thought, he cracked the cue-ball with a force that matched the passion he was feeling. The curve on the first line was more pronounced than the programmed line set by the computer.

Mickey had struck the perfect shot. Sam and Riley sat staring at the console, mesmerised by what they had just seen and eager to re-capture its perfection on replay. Only champions could play this way and it was clear to all that Mickey was developing into one.

“Fucking incredible,” said Johnnie. His eyes were wide. Filled with awe for Mickey’s skills and expectation with how much he could earn from it.

Mickey didn’t hear his appreciative manager. He didn’t see the small tear that had formed in his kid sister’s admiring eye. His gaze remained on Jules. She brushed her hair back on to her shoulders before resting her slender hands on her hips. Her mouth was wide open, breathing in her excitement for what she had just seen. Then her eyes revealed that there was more to her feelings than that of an adoring fan. Her gaze began to fill with a stirring hunger. Fate was beginning to move into Mickey’s life like an evening moon tide.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_CubeballI worked with national and international organisations as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. I authored many business books analysing the foodservice and food retail industry in Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as agribusiness global trends. I also ran a consultancy business that assisted Australian enterprises to develop new markets in Australia and overseas.

I commenced writing science fiction novels full time in 2009. It was a life-long interest of mine. I have written five novels - all exploring contemporary social issues in future speculative worlds. They are: Shadow Dance; Extinction; Cubeball; Titan Sages and Alive. My novels blend speculative science, new age and poetry. Readers of novels such as Carl Sagan’s Contact would enjoy my novels.

Blog: http://odyssey2k1.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5369984.Michael_Leon
Website: http://www.michaelleon.com.au

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