Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cover Reveal! Beautifully Destroyed by Sandra Love




Beautifully Destroyed

By: Sandra Love

Cover Reveal February 25th

Release Day: Late April/Early May




Synopsis:
One Mistake.



One Pill.



Equals a lifetime of being destroyed.



Toria Jacob’s had it all; rich parents, a little
sister that looked up to her and also she was the most popular girl in school.
A cheerleader. A quarterback boyfriend. Great friends. She was a role model,
until the day she decided to destroy everything. It started with a harmless
party, and then she was offered a pill. She became hooked. 




Now years have passed, she was now a high school
dropout, and homeless. She is also addicted to that pill that destroyed her
life. Until the day she met Jeb Turner, owner of Turner Hotels. He was
determined to save this beautiful girl. But is Toria beyond destroyed to be
saved? Will Toria destroy Jeb?



About the Author:

Sandra Love is a new to the author world,
publishing her first book in 2013. She currently lives in Michigan, with her
son and partner. Sandra is very lucky to have a sister Amanda, who has been
there with her through everything, including helping her BETA reading her books.
She is also very lucky to have her editor Genevieve Scholl. Sandra has four
cats, Stubby, Odin, Thor and Freya. She loves to spend hours reading her favorite
authors and writing. Her favorite genres are Paranormal, supernatural and
romance. Sandra's first series of books (Broken Wings) is a Supernatural
romance. She currently has 5 books out, Broken, Broken Hearts: Kaleigh’s
Revenge, Broken Prophecy and To Love Again. She also writes under a pen name
Diamond Davenport. The book is called Summer in Dallas. She just finished
writing Beautifully Destroyed which is due out late April or early May. She
looks up to ALL authors, and loves reading their books. Look forward to many
more books by her.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Feature! Granted Wishes by Tanya Vought

Granted Wishes
By Tanya Vought
Publisher: Booktrope
Published: February 23, 2015

Genre: Romance
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A decision that will change her life forever.
After the loss of her husband, Gracelynn Calhoun has struggled with her life and career. Forced to take a four week vacation or be fired from her job, she surprises everyone including herself and agrees to the vacation.
The owner of Antonetti Suites, Giovanni works hard and doesn’t have time for relationships or love. That is until he literally crashes into Gracelynn. She brings back all the feelings he thought he would never feel again.
With the odds stacked against them in every way possible, will they forge ahead together or will this be the end of the road for their newfound love? Will the whispers from above bring them together or will misunderstandings ruin what could be an amazing second chance at love?

Author Bio

tanyavoughtTanya Vought is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading, writing, singing and doing crafts with her children. What started as a lifelong dream became reality. She’s overjoyed that readers will get to read her debut, Granted Wishes. She loves her characters sexy and sassy. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two amazing and imaginative children.

Book Excerpt

“Wow. You’re a vision, you know that?” He practically drools all over. She wears a pair of blue jeans and a low cut green sweater with a white scarf wrapped around her neck. Her hair is up, and she wears light make up.
She chuckles. “Like what you see?” She smirks at him, daunting him. The little vixen can come out and play when she wants and he is enjoying this side of the sexy Gracelynn.
He decides to play dirty himself. “Want to see how happy I am to see you?” He smirks back at her. “Let’s make a wager, shall we?” he asks competitively.
She grins at him. She intently twirls a strand of her hair that she left down by her face between her fingers, licks her lips and stares at him. She looks him up and down, making him even more drawn to her.
He gulps. The damn vixen knows how to play dirty.
“Well, what is the wager? Because if it is staring at each other all night, I could do that and then some.”

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: Katie In Love by Chloe Thurlow





Chloe Thurlow has a unique writing style that I find refreshing. While reading Katie in Love, I was pleasantly surprised at the under layer of psychological wit only born from those who observe and contemplate human behavior. Chloe is one of them. She’s not only an author who can spin descriptions in a prism of colors all her own, but she’s also insightful and uninhibited in the way of the human experience through the eyes of Katie Boyd.

Katie Boyd is a writer who meets Tom Bridge at a New Year’s Eve party. He’s a kind-hearted doctor who is selfless outside and in bed. Katie quickly discovers those qualities about Tom when she brings him to her flat. What follows is a journey of philosophical, self-discovery for Katie. She looks back on parts of her life from the way she grew up, to her first sexual experience, to now, in an attempt to extrapolate parts of her experiences that has made her who she is today. She's lost and struggles to find a foothold in life. You can’t help but look back on your own life, alongside Katie and contemplate with her. It’s brilliant really, how Chloe was able to create a story without prejudice or stick it in a slot to a certain cast, meaning the messages within the tale applies to all of us. Just like death, there is no escaping it. What Katie Boyd struggles with, we all have and still are. It’s part of being human.

I recommend this book to anyone who is searching for an intelligent, sexy read that is also meaningful and comical at times.






Friday, February 20, 2015

#Sale Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver is only .99 cents for a limited time!!

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Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper) by Ruth Silver

Published: November 25, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope





Forget everything you know about grim reapers.


Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.


Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.







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Excerpt



“Listen, kid, I don’t care what you believe in. It’s not for me to say what’s true and untrue, real or unreal. My assignment was you. You get to be one of us, if you want it. Otherwise, you move on, life is over, kaput.”


Ophelia backed away from the stranger. For the first time, she realized she didn’t feel cold and wasn’t shivering. Is this what being dead was like? “One of you?”

“A grim reaper.” He held out his hand to properly introduce himself. “Edon Montgomery, head reaper and old soul.”







Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)



 Author Interview:


Do you have any plans to write a spin-off for Aberrant?



Yes! I am currently working on an untitled project that is a prequel, spin-off. I haven't spoken much about it, but I will say there is plenty of action and a world to explore that we've barely touched in the Aberrant trilogy.



What are you currently working on?



I've got several writing projects underway. Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2) is in edits right now with an expected Spring 2015 release. I'm also writing steamy adult fiction under the name Ravyn Rayne, which will be available this year as well. You can find those projects on Ravyn Rayne Reads.



Do you have a full-time job?



Writing and marketing my own novels is my full-time job. It involves far more than 40 hours a week, but I love it, so I don't mind.





About the Author


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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series: Royal Reaper and Orenda. Her interests also include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her book blog Write Away Bliss.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Blog Tour! Treasure Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth & #Giveaway!

Beware a Treasure Darkly…

(The stunning cover art is thanks to Amalia Chitulescu)

Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.

And he is not alone. His new found sister, Amethyst, thinks that's rather dashing, until Horan kidnaps her, and all she gets is a bullet through her heart. When Clark brings her back to life, she realizes he's more than just street-smart - and he's not really a Treasure. Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.




TREASURE DARKLY, book 1 of the Treasure Chronicles

The young adult novel is a dark mix of steampunk, the paranormal and romance in a “Wild West” setting.

Below is an excerpt from TREASURE DARKLY. You can read more on the Curiosity Quills Press website.

“Looks like he did drink it up.” The general client spoke from the right. “Must’ve interacted with all that bloody hertum. Look at ‘im, he’s bleeding already.”
“What’s it gonna do to him?” the guard from the morning asked.
“Lots of stuff.” The general laughed. “When he touches the dead, he’ll be able to bring them back, and exchange that life for another. Perfect soldier, huh? We only have one vial ready and I was going to give it to a lucky fellow. Guess it will be this boy.”
“Whatcha gonna do with him?” The guard snickered.
“Have to be a test subject,” the general said. “Sure thought it was that Judy who stole my bottle. Pity I killed her. She sure knew how to make my pecker sing.”
Judy.
Clark’s mother.
Clark bolted off the ground and ran. He could hide in the hole under the shed behind the brothel. Mable never found him under there. He might be cursed with raising the dead—he’d already done that to the poor mine worker—but it didn’t mean he’d let them take him for tests.

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You can read more about Amethyst Treasure in GEARS OF BRASS, a steampunk anthology from Curiosity Quills Press available now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, is the author of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, available from Curiosity Quills Press. Check out Jordan’s website, JordanElizabethMierek.com, for contests and book signing locales. Jordan is represented by Belcastro Agency and she is president of the Utica Writers Club.















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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cover Reveal! The Seer by Cynthia Witherspoon






Blurb of The Seer by Cynthia D. Witherspoon

       The past will foretell the future.

       Eva McRayne has seen a lot during her short time as the Sibyl. She's spoken to the dead. Fought against the Erinyes. But when she is faced by an entity no one dares to speak of , Eva must strike back or lose the only thing she had ever known. 

Herself

       
Excerpt of The Seer by Cynthia D. Witherspoon –
Available March 1, 2015



I ran as if my life depended on it. Somehow, even in this twisted nightmare of mine, I knew that it did. 
Branches snapped back against my skin as I pushed through them. Leaves were crushed beneath my boots. The silence was the most unnerving part. I could feel. I could see. But there was no sound whatsoever. 
Gone were the usual whispers which haunted my dreams. Gone were the voices of those long dead who clamored for my attention. 
I was more alone than ever. Abandoned and discarded by the gods and dead alike. 
I pressed against a tree in an attempt to hide long enough to catch my breath. My lungs were on fire. My legs ached from my run. Yet the moment I stopped, all hell broke loose. The silence was shattered as my hearing returned. 
Dogs howled as they closed the narrow gap I had managed to make. Men shouted words I couldn’t understand as they gave chase. Hooves pounded against the forest floor and I knew they were coming for me. 
This was it. The end. 
And it was all for nothing. 
I was convinced my heart was going to burst out of my chest as I resumed my flight. But to stop now would be my downfall. To slow down would be my demise.  
Even as I ran, I understood my enemies’ fear. I was an unnatural. A monster made by a vengeful god. And I had done something horrible. Unspeakable. I knew this. I could feel my victim’s blood stiffening my clothes as each minute passed. 
I just couldn’t remember what I had done. Had I struck out against Cyrus? Elliot? Joey? 
Impossible. I wouldn’t hurt them. Hell, I wouldn’t hurt anyone without justification to do so. 
Would I? 
Flashes of memory flickered behind my eyes in a blur that matched the trees I was passing. Cyrus’ golden sword slashing downward. Hazel eyes widening with surprise. The sword coming down once more before the life in those eyes diminished. 
I stumbled as a loud explosion knocked me forward. I slammed against the ground with a plea for mercy as dogs circled around me. The first rider slid his horse to a stop just short of where I had landed. 
“You will murder no one else in this land, Skinwalker.” 
Skinwalker?  I felt relief despite the fear gripping my heart. They were after someone else. Of course I wasn’t a murderer. I could be freed from this if the man would listen to me. 
“No, please.” I managed as the man pressed the muzzle of his gun against my temple. “You’ve got to believe me. You’re wrong. I am not a Skinwalker. I don’t even know what that is. I am the Sibyl.” 
“Either way, I will see you dead for what you have done.” 
The resounding shot was deafening until the silence returned and with it, an eternal darkness my soul was all too familiar with. 

*** 

I woke up screaming. Grabbing for anything steady enough to make the shaking of my body stop. Before I could collapse into the tears threatening to overwhelm me, Cyrus pulled me into his embrace. 
“Hush, Little One. It was only a dream. You are safe.” 
I buried my face into his chest as I willed myself to calm down. He was right. There was no gunman here. No one was chasing me. I was secure in my condo on the outskirts of Los Angeles in the arms of a man who would go to Hades before any harm came to me. 
I knew this. I relished in the sweet security Cyrus provided. But now, it did nothing to stop the pounding of my heart or my head. I was still in the grip of my nightmare and it did not want to let me go. 
I had to get ahold of myself. I breathed in Cyrus’ scent of old liquor and counted to five. It didn’t help. All I could see was the man on horseback with his gun. 
“Here.” Cyrus pulled away just enough to press a glass between us. “Drink this. It should do wonders to calm your nerves, Eva.” 
“One, I am not awake enough for whiskey. And two,” I pushed the cup away. “I’m fine. Just a little rattled.” 
“Rattled, is it?” Cyrus put the glass down on my bedside table. “You’ve woken up screaming for the past three nights. Each time I end up having to change shirts because your tears have soaked them through.  That is not what I call fine.” 
I shuddered as he reached out to brush my hair away from my face. After a moment, Cyrus broke the silence between us.  
“The Erinyes?” 
“No. Worse.”  
I thanked Apollo that the nightmares of little girls with demon eyes had not made an appearance tonight. I could still hear them giggling over the fight I had been forced into over Elliot’s soul. I shook my head to get rid of the memory as I switched on the lamp beside my bed with a glance over to my alarm clock. It was just after six in the morning. 
 “Look, you know I’m no good at talking about things I don’t want to. Don’t push me, Cyrus.” 
“Will coffee help?” Cyrus gave me a crooked smile as he offered me his hand. “I bought a new bag yesterday for you.” 
“Coffee always helps.”  
I took his hand and let him lead me into the kitchen. Once Cyrus had deposited me at the table, he busied himself with my coffeemaker while I tried to forget the images trying to return to my head. 
Running through a forest. Chased down by men on horseback. The sound of the final gunshot. 
My nightmare was always the same. There had been no fluctuations to it over the past three nights. No break in the action. Cyrus had tried to calm me before by saying the bad dreams were nothing more than a workplace hazard. Images born out of the horrible stories of death I had to tell on my television show. But I knew better. What I was seeing wasn’t just the product of haunted houses. They were either memories or premonitions. 
And I didn’t believe in premonitions. 
“One mug with enough sugar to put you in a coma,” Cyrus sat my favorite yellow coffee mug in front of me. “And just enough coffee to give it taste.” 
“Bless you, Cyrus.” I cradled it in my hands. The warmth was soothing. The smell alone was enough to chase away the rest of my lingering fears. “You are the best keeper ever.” 
“I know.” He grinned. “I’m also your only keeper, so you better take advantage of it.” 
Cyrus switched from playful to serious in two seconds flat. He tapped his fingers against the tabletop as he spoke. “Come on, Little One. Talk to me. Perhaps we can find a way to put a stop to this dream of yours.” 
“It’s not just any dream.” I shrugged as I swallowed my drink. “Besides, can you even stop such a thing? I’m sorry, Stick, but I don’t think you can protect me from this one.” 
Cyrus awarded me with another crooked smile at the use of my nickname for him. But what I had said was true. As my keeper, Cyrus was bound to protect me from any spirit who wished to do me harm that I came in contact with as the Sibyl. That was his duty to Apollo just as mine was in using spirit communication to bring him followers. But dreams were different than ghosts.  
No. This was a battle I would have to fight on my own. 
“During my time, it was believed that there were two types of dreams.” Cyrus leaned forward to rest his elbows on the table. “The insomnium, which could be interpreted, and the somnium which foretold the future. Do you believe this is a dream of prophecy?”  
“No.” I snapped before I could stop myself. I took a breath, muttered an apology, and started over. “At least, I hope to the gods it’s not.” 
“Why?” 
“Because it is horrible.” I muttered again as I stared into the remains of my coffee as if it had the answers. “I die, Cyrus. Shot in the head.” 
My keeper didn’t argue with me. He didn’t need to remind me that I had no need to fear death. As the Sibyl, I was an immortal until I chose to relinquish my role. But since I’d broken the ancient mirror used to pass the powers of my position from one girl to another, I knew there was no way I could ever be replaced.  
No, instead of arguing, Cyrus did the most annoying thing. He went silent. It was up to me to fill in the gaps as he waited for an explanation. I didn’t know why I couldn’t talk about what I’d seen. And I couldn’t explain my reaction to it. After all, it was just a stupid dream. So I gave in to his silent treatment and started talking. 
I told Cyrus everything; from the forest to the murder to the gunshot which never failed to wake me up. When I was finished, I glanced over to see that his expression had gone dark.  
“Well, oh wise one?” I took the final gulp of my now cold coffee. “What do you think? Is this some vengeful spirit looking to find the men who killed him? Is it indeed a prophecy and I am killed somehow? Or have I finally gone completely insane thanks to this whole talking-to-the-dead business?” 
“Alright, Eva.” Cyrus held up his hand to shush me. “I get your point. Yet despite your sarcasm, you may just be correct.” 
“That I’m insane?” 
“No, silly girl.” Cyrus clasped his hand over mine. “Remember, if you will, that even in your sleep the spirits can still contact you. It is when you are the most vulnerable. I do not believe that this is a nightmare at all. I think it is a memory.” 
“So do I. But who does it belong to? And why do I tell the shooter that he has the wrong person? That I’m the Sibyl?” 
“I do not know.” Cyrus shook his head. “I think we are asking the wrong questions though. I am curious as to what this monster is. What was it called again?” 
“A skinwalker.” 
“I will see what I can find out while you are in your meeting this morning. What time do you have to be there?” 
“Eight-thirty.” I stood and rinsed out my coffee mug. “Since we are finished with the contract negotiations for season two, Connor wants all the paperwork signed by the time Joseph gets into the office.” 
I was drying off the mug when Cyrus came up behind me. He took the dishrag away from me before putting his hands on my shoulders. My keeper turned me to face him before he wrapped his arms around me. I closed my eyes as my heart flipped at his touch. Say what you will about Cyrus, but he was good to me. And he had the most amazing ability to raise my blood pressure. I felt myself blushing as he brushed a single kiss of my ear before he whispered. 
“I will keep you safe, Little One. Monsters or no, you will have nothing to fear in this life.” 


*** End of Excerpt ***


Author Bio:

Cynthia D. Witherspoon is an award winning writer of Southern Gothic, Paranormal Romance, and Urban Fantasy. She has been published in numerous anthologies since 2009. Her work has appeared in several award winning collections including Dark Tales of Ancient  Civilizations (2012) and PellucidLunacy (2010).

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review on Time’s Edge (The Chronos Files Book 2) by Rysa Walker

Do you like time traveling stories?

Time’s Edge is the second book in Rysa Walker’s Chronos Files series. I read book one (Timebound), when it was first published and called Time’s Twisted Arrow, and fell in love with Rysa’s brilliant imagination on the whole time traveling concept, so when this one came out, I was anxious to read it.

Time’s Edge did not disappoint. It’s a great follow-up to the first book. I love history, and Rysa did her homework, but then again, she taught history before she became a full-time writer. 

You didn’t know that, did you?

Anyway, Rysa took her knowledge, her wits, imagination, and creativity and invented an interesting story about time traveling historians working for CHRONOS (Chrono-Historical Research Organization and Natural Observation Society). Long story short, the main character Kate, who is a teenager, has to jump back through history and find a way to get the Chronos keys—a round medallion that people who have inherited the designer DNA from the time traveling historians, can operate and blink to different time periods—away from the historians who have it. If she fails, her grandfather Saul, who is a few M&Ms short of a full bag, will rule the world. He had created a bogus religion called Cyrist, which he leads and fashions himself as a Messiah. The Chronos Key gives him a huge advantage in performing false miracles and predictions.

In Time’s Edge, not only does Kate have a huge responsibility on her hands, but she’s trying to balance a normal life in between everything. Her boyfriend Trey knows her secret, and he’s a sweet, wholesome apple pie type of guy. Then there’s Kiernan, who lives in a different timeline. He's Kate's ally and in love with her. He’s hot, btw, and has a sexy British or Irish accent. I thought it was British, but then it was mentioned in this second book, that he had a slight Irish accent. I don’t know, but either one is sexy.

The only thing in this story that was kind of confusing was the “other” Kate. Kiernan had a love affair with the “other” Kate, but then she disappeared. She’s supposed to be the main character in another timeline. So when this present Kate works with Kiernan on her missions through time, it becomes awkward because this Kate is in love with Trey, not Kiernan. However, she does have feelings for him that she’s not willing to admit.

So my only hang up with the story is . . .

Where's the “other” Kate?

If Kiernan is so in love with her, why won’t he search for her?

Why is there another Kate?

I have to tell you, though, Time's Edge gets really good in the middle, and the ending is frickin’ awesome. I think it’s one of the best endings I’ve ever read. It’s like OMG, Rysa-totally-rocks good.

I’m looking forward to the next installment, and I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves time traveling books and history.




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Release Day Blitz & #Giveaway! The Ex File by Alexis D. Craig

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The Ex File

by Alexis D. Craig

February 7th 2015 by Hot Ink Press

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Second Chances Can Be Lethal.



Narcotics Officer, Sean O’Leary is bitter after a messy divorce that has reinforced his solitary nature, leaving him only with his dog and a sword collection. He could never imagine that his former best friend may be the only woman to bring happiness into his lonely life.



Ellie Gardner knows loss; especially after she was banished from her best friend/crush's life by his jealous wife. Although the regret of walking away from the love of her life still stung, a chance encounter with Sean may change everything.



When Ellie and Sean reconnect, they could never expect it'd be in such an explosive way, leaving them both to gain the fulfillment of their 'what if's.



Finding love is hard enough without the past breathing down their necks, especially when said past has no intention of letting go. When Sean's ex, Pia Mastriani returns, Ellie must face her nemesis' relentless tactics to get Sean back, including eliminating Ellie if necessary.



Sean and Ellie’s relationship is put to the test but will they fare well while they go rummaging through The Ex File?



Tags-Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Police Procedural




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WLK excerpt

Retirement parties and funerals have several things in common, the largest of which is they both resemble family reunions, only with infinitely more baggage. Ellie Gardner didn’t particularly enjoy heading to either, but did so out of duty and respect. It was the least she could do.



The party at the police union hall was in full swing by the time she snuck in the back door. Her plan was simple, drop her gift, hug her friends, pay her respects, and bolt. Thirty minutes, tops, at least in her mind. These kinds of things depressed her, even with the cash bar she was leaning against currently.



She’d changed out of her front desk aide clothes as soon as her shift had ended and was now comfortably ensconced in her ‘off-duty’ attire of a Clash t-shirt and jeans, both holdovers from her college days, and a new pair of black Chuck Taylors. If she was going to be emotionally uncomfortable, at least she didn’t have to worry about her appearance.



“Sweet tea vodka, two shots.” She smiled at the bartender and pushed a ten across the counter. She figured fortification was going to get her through the night, though not too much lest the pendulum swing wildly in the opposite direction. It wasn’t often that one of her former lovers was retiring, and was there with his new wife. Though they’d remained friends, the level of impending awkward had surpassed ‘thermonuclear’ the moment she’d opened the car door.



“Make that four,” a gruff and familiar voice behind her told the bartender as he laid a hand on her shoulder. “Hey stranger.”



Fuck. Make that one ex-lover and one unrequited crush. “Hey, Sean.” She smiled over her shoulder and found herself immediately ensnared in the topaz blue eyes that still showed up in her dreams occasionally. Sean O’Leary was six feet, one inch of Irish devilry, in addition to the badge and gun. Black hair that he’d let grow down to his broad shoulders and a smile that inspired in her a desire to fling her panties at him. The old Jack Daniel’s t-shirt and the well-worn jeans were doing nothing to disabuse her of that notion, either. His hand trailed fire from her shoulder and down her arm before he sidled up to the bar on the stool next to her. Being his friend was hard, and being his best friend, for the short while she had been, had been damn near impossible.



He lightly tangled his fingers in her raven curls, sending an involuntary shiver down her spine. Anyone else would have gotten cut for that level of familiarity. “I almost didn’t recognize you with your hair long.”



‘Long’ was a relative term. She’d let her hair grow a couple inches beyond her normal pixie cut for the hell of it, and was still getting reacquainted with the ringlets. “Just trying something different.” Though the last time he’d seen it, she’d been damn near a dead ringer for Halle Berry. This time he just touched one curl, rubbing it between his fingers. “Well I like it, it suits you.”



Ellie was grateful for the darkness of the bar as she felt her cheeks heat in pleasure at the compliment. God, she was pathetic… and damn, how long did it take to fill a shot glass? “Thanks. I’m liking the longer look on you, too.”



His laugh couldn’t be heard over the music as he ran his fingers through his hair. “Yeah, it’s been for work, and I just haven’t felt like getting it cut.” He surveyed the room, filled with uniforms and casual clothes pretty evenly, before turning back to her with a curious look. “I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me, but I didn’t expect to see you here tonight.” It had only been three years since she and Sean had last spoken; since he’d been married and his wife was… not fond of Ellie was the politest way to say it. He slid twenty to the bartender and handed her back her ten.



Ellie gave her ten back to the bartender, “A donation,” she said with a small grin. She then took both her shots in quick succession before turning to face Sean fully. “Of course I’m here. Sarge is one of my favorite people on the planet, and besides,” she patted the expertly wrapped gift on the stool next to her, “his wife commissioned a piece from me.”



In her spare time, Ellie sometimes made shadow boxes for people, because she believed in keeping memories special, even if she wasn’t particularly prepared to revisit them herself. Sean toasted her before tossing back his first shot, “And I’m sure it’s beautiful.”



She blushed again and nodded her thanks as another friend came over. Sean met her eyes with his in silent goodbye before pushing off the bar to evaporate into the crowd. Not that she followed his perfectly jeans-clad ass as he departed or anything.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

#Ameerah's cover. Check It Out!


Are you ready for the cover reveal for Ameerah? It’s a little premature being that her story won’t be published until probably towards the end of the year; however, I had to share it with y’all.

Why you ask?

Because you’re awesome, and I appreciate all of you.

Here it is.



Stephanie Flint is the cover artist, and she rocks.

I don’t have the blurb written for Ameerah’s story yet, and I’m still working on her tale, I mean, she has a lot to say. I have to be honest . . . it’s cool.

Anyway, here’s something I whipped up to give you an idea of what her story is about. It’s not edited, though, so keep that in mind.

Ameerah Arrowood is eighteen-years-old when she tragically dies in an insane asylum in 1926. She finds herself in a dreary realm that happens to be a recruiting station. With animosity in her heart towards humanity, she becomes a dark spirit. For 89 years, Ameerah dwells in soulless humans, living a hedonistic, mischievous and sometimes vengeful existence. But now she’s seeking salvation so she can crossover. She enlists the help of her British, snarky friend Derek, who is straddling the line between heaven and hell. She tells him how it all began—weaving between historical timelines to now, hoping to gain understanding and forgiveness. But in the end, the unexpected unfolds, throwing Ameerah for a loop, which changes her forever.