Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ella by Virginia Taylor Cover Reveal!




Title: Ella 
Author: Virginia Taylor 
Publisher: Lyrical Press 

 Ella Beaufort knew better than to rely on a sexy stranger. But with two sisters to support on the modest earnings of the family sheep station, she accepts shearer Cal Lynton’s help—along with his intoxicating kiss. The most Ella can hope for is an affair. Something a woman in her situation wouldn’t dare—or would she? 

 Heir to his family fortune, Charlton Alfred Landon Lynton abandoned his privileged life to prove his independence. He doesn’t have time for a woman, but once he woos the lovely Ella into his bed, he is ready to make her his wife…until she shocks him with her refusal, claiming she can only marry a rich man! Angry and brokenhearted, the heir in disguise leaves the beautiful golddigger behind… 

 But amid the breathtaking landscape of South Australian, Ella and Cal are destined to meet again. Will their heated reunion lead to cruel confrontation—or the kind of passion that lasts a lifetime?

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Ella  is available for pre-order at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play  


Virginia Taylor is an Australian writer of contemporary romantic comedy, romantic suspense, historical romance, short stories, and children’s stories.


After a stint at the South Australian School of Art, I worked for an advertising agency,  re-trained as a nurse/midwife, and then married the man of my dreams. Two children later, I began writing romance. While awaiting publication, I painted and designed various theatre sets with a fellow School of Art graduate.In 2013 I sold my first novel-length story.

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Interview with Mae Clair, author of Myth and Magic

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Myth and Magic Title: Myth and Magic
Author: Mae Clair
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Format: Kindle 

  AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…

 Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

  THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.  

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

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What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I’ve got a wonderful husband, a great marriage, a successful (day) career, and now I’m writing professionally at long last. All of these things make me proud.
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How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I come from an extremely close-knit family and had a wonderful relationship with both of my parents (both have since passed away). Because of those bonds, every novel I’ve written has a strong secondary plot revolving around family dynamics. Most involve conflict, but there is always healing and redemption at the end.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started in grade school. I think the gene for writing can be hereditary. My father was an artist, but he dabbled in writing for a good portion of his life.  I simply can’t remember a time when I wasn’t dreaming up stories and writing them down.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My parents were avid readers and took me on weekly trips to the library. My father and I used to sit outside on summer nights, look up at the stars, and invent stories. He was a great believer in “what ifs” and passed that on to me.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
Honestly, I don’t remember ever not wanting to be a writer!
What inspires you to write and why?
Writing is a drug for most authors. It’s something we have to do or suffer withdrawal. I can last about a week without writing before experiencing the pangs of addiction. Simply put…I write because I have to. Don’t get me wrong—I want to write—I crave it insatiably. There is always some character or story percolating in my head, but I write because I can’t imagine not writing.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I started out writing paranormal romance (which I still do on occasion) but I am most comfortable writing romantic suspense laced with mystery. Myth and Magic is a combination of mystery, romance, and suspense—my favored blend. I guess I fit best in the romantic suspense genre. Myth and Magic definitely falls into that category. 
What inspired you to write your first book?
Werewolves! Didn’t I mention it was a paranormal? Weathering Rock is also a time travel novel, bringing a Civil War colonel into modern day. And yes, it involved werewolves!

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My earliest inspiration came from Ray Bradbury and the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes. Bradbury was a master at magical realism, and I spent a lot of years writing MR shorts and one full-length novel (all languishing in a drawer somewhere).  I’m still motivated by myth in most everything I write.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Finding the time! I’m sure you will hear every writer lament the lack of time, but it’s painfully hard squeezing hours from a day that is already filled with family, a full-time job, housework, grocery shopping, exercise, appointments, pets, etc. I’m sure you get the idea!
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
That I can write a novel with a Halloween setting during the summer, LOL. Seriously, that might sound silly, but it’s hard to channel pumpkins, Halloween parties, and autumn settings when it’s 90 degrees outside. Myth and Magic is set in October with a strong Halloween theme, but I actually wrote the bulk of it last summer.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I would love to, but as of yet, it doesn’t pay the bills. Hopefully, one day.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Yes, I believe so. Others tell me they can recognize my voice and style.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
I’ve always had a knack for writing description and immersing a reader in the scene. Reviewers and readers frequently comment on it. Interesting because I actually prefer writing dialogue.
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What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Empathy. I can always see the flip side of the coin and put myself in the other person’s shoes.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Empathy. When you’re extremely empathic, you have a tendency to hurt for everyone around you. Sometimes, I actually have to close that side of myself off.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~ Les Brown.
It reminds me of my father.

Mae Clair     Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars. Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi Book Review




Title: Little Girls
Author: Ronald Malfi
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 384
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Audible




From Bram Stoker Award nominee Ronald Malfi comes a brilliantly chilling novel of childhood revisited, memories resurrected, and fears reborn…

When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods… At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, Abigail, she can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening to those sweet little girls?

My Review

Sadie Russ - a girl who has haunted Laurie as long as she can remember. Sadie died, a tragic accident when Sadie and Laurie were little girls. But truth be told, Laurie was happy to see Sadie die. They were good friends but as the years went by Sadie became cruel and began to bully and torment Laurie to the point where she felt their was no escape. So imagine Laurie's surprise when she goes to her father's house after a freak accident causing his death, and meets Abigail, a dead ringer for Sadie.

Abigail and Susan, Laurie's young daughter, strike up a friendship, a friendship that causes Laurie to be concerned and uneasy. Add that to the fact that her father was terrified in his own home and made sure all the windows were nailed shut, the 'belevedere', or room at the top of the stairs that she was forbidden to go in, and caused his ultimate demise, is padlocked shut at his insistence, and both caretakers were scared of him and the house, and you have the makings of a great ghost story.

What really caused Laurie's fathers death? Was it the vengeance as he kept telling those who cared for him? Or was it something more sinister?

This was a well told tale, one that kept me going until the last page. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Watching how Laurie, her husband and their young daughter change as a result of staying in the house is interesting. There has been some distance between her and her husband, but it becomes more clear that she is being isolated and their bond is strong. The haunting feelings that Laurie feels as soon as she steps into the house, and how it escalates the more time she spends there was what really kept me going. Was Abigail truly Sadie? Their encounters (Laurie and Abigail) seem to suggest that she is indeed the girl from Laurie's past. And when the true past of her father is uncovered, you see why Abigail/Sadie is back, and exactly why she is after Laurie.

The only complaint I have is how the book ended. I know what happened, but it just seemed way to abrupt. Other than that I would recommend this for someone looking for a steady decent into madness, madness caused by secrets from the past that won't stay buried.

3 1/2 stars

Friday, June 26, 2015

Interview with T. Frohock, author of In Midnight's Silence

In Midnight's Silence

In Midnight's SilenceTitle: In Midnight's Silence: Los Nefilim: Part One
Author: T. Frohock
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Kindle 

 The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

 Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can't get to him directly, they do the one thing he's always feared.
They go after Miquel.

 Now, in order to save his lover's life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world's next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

 A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock's In Midnight's Silence shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he'll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.

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What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Surviving for half a century is quite the accomplishment, especially considering how I abused my body when I was young. I also still have use of most of my mental faculties, which assists me with functions such as balancing my checkbook and writing. 
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My parents were teachers and encouraged me to read and think for myself.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been telling stories since I was old enough to talk. I’m a very good liar.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was in college, I took a creative writing course in college, and enjoyed writing.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
When I was in college and enjoyed writing.
What inspires you to write and why?
People. I love watching people work through problems.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Historical fantasy and dark fantasy.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Mostly the epic fantasies I was reading at the time.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Tanith Lee, Stephen King.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
It’s like a giant word puzzle, or a 70K essay. I love working through the themes to make a story resonate with the readers.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
I learned a lot about the political intricacies of the Spanish Civil War.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Most people refer to my style as lyrical, and I think that fits very nicely.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
My ability to dig into the emotional depth of characters.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
My sense of humor.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
When my sense of humor turns rancid and becomes sarcasm.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
It changes daily depending on my mood. Today it is: “My weaknesses have always been food and men—in that order.” –Dolly Parton


T. Frohock has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She currently lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying.

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Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson Book Review




Title: Never Die Alone
Author: Lisa Jackson
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 480
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback




Never Drop Your Guard

It should be the best day of their lives. Too bad they never get to see it. On the cusp of their twenty-first birthday, he strikes. His victims are always twins, their ritualistic murders planned in exquisite detail, down to the moment when they breathe their last together…

Never Close Your Eyes

A possibly innocent man is in prison, and Brianna Hayward needs to convince the New Orleans police. Not just to free her cousin, but to save others who will suffer until the true culprit is found. Reporter Jase Bridges is intrigued. It’s a story that could make his career—as long as Brianna never guesses the secret in Jase’s past…

…Or You’ll Never See Him Coming

Detective Rick Bentz had doubts about the “21” conviction when he worked the case in L.A. Now the real murderer may be loose in Bentz’s backyard. Twin sisters from All Saints College have vanished on the eve of their twenty-first birthday. And as Bentz and his partner, Reuben Montoya, desperately follow the trail, a killer prepares to unite his next victims in death forever…

My Review

I have been a huge fan of Lisa Jackson's for quite some time so when I saw her latest novel available on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to read it. And I wasn't disappointed.

This book centers around two killers - the 21 killer, who abducts twins right before their 21st birthday and kills them, and Father John, a killer who dons the attire of a priest and murders his victims with a specialized rosary.

Brianna Hayward is a twin...a twin who lost her sister to a drowning years before. She runs a group, The Twinless Twins Group, for twins who suffer the same loss. Her cousin has been convicted as the 21 Killer but she believes he is innocent, not that he doesn't have issues that would lead people to believe he might have done it, including the intense dislike he had for his twin sisters who were killed. But, when her friend and fellow twinless twin Selma's twin girls go missing the night of their 21st birthday, Brianna knows that her suspicions are right, and 21 has struck again.

Jase Bridges is a distraction she isn't sure she is ready for. Her high school crush turned crime reporter, she knows that working together to find the girls and prove that her cousin is innocent might be her best chance. Now if she can only squash the feeling that seem to be surfacing, she'll be just fine. But Jase has a dark secret of his own, a secret involving Brianna's twin from years ago, one that is threatening to come out unless he can keep his drunken father at bay.

This book kept me turning pages until the very end. I didn't guess all of the twists, only a few. The only thing that was a slight disappointment is that one of the killers isn't found...on to the next book I'll go.

4 stars


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Defining Intelligence by Dr. Pat Keogh Book Feature!


Title: Defining Intelligence
Author: Dr. Pat Keogh
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 168
Genre: Education
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover
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 It may be unethical for a person to conduct an intelligence assessment on another human being. Human intelligence is unquantifiable. Observing or analysing behaviour, appearance, personality, beliefs or acquired knowledge cannot produce a quantifiable measure of a person’s intelligence. The brain can perform millions of billions of calculations per second. This gives the person enormous power and incalculable potential. Yet, saying ‘I use my brain to think’ awards the ‘I’ (the mind) a priority over the brain. We are thinking beings. We are compelled and condemned to think. Thinking is process. We cannot analyse thinking but we can analyse thoughts and ideas, the products of thinking. The mind can reflect on the past, live in the present and plan for the future. Intelligence involves abstract, purposeful, logical thinking and the ability to create and execute ideas. It also includes unconscious thinking. The mind functions best when the body is at rests. The mind never sleeps. The ‘Bru na Boinne’ megalithic burial tombs in County Meath, particularly New Grange testify to the brilliance in observation, the thoughtful archectual planning and the masterful engineering execution of ideas and plans by our Neolithic ancestors of five thousand years ago. Modern day communication technology air and spacecraft are contemporary testimonials to human genius. Primary education should allow time in the curriculum for students to daydream purposefully. In early schooling greater emphasis should be placed on creativity, music composition, innovation and artistic pursuits.

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Pat Keogh is principal teacher in a large Dublin suburban primary school. He is a staunch advocate of child-centred education. He has had numerous articles published in the Irish Primary Teacher’s journal ‘In Touch’, The Irish Times newspaper and in 'Leadership', an Irish Primary Principal’s magazine. Pat has a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in education. His doctoral thesis is entitled: ‘THINKING CRITICALLY’. He is keenly interested in the incredible calculating ability of the human brain and the illusiveness and ingenuity of the mind. He believes that the creative mind operates best when the body is at rest.  


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Poetically Baring My Soul by Jerald Brown Book Blast!

Poetically Baring Your Soul

Poetically Baring My SoulTitle: Poetically Baring My Soul
Author: Jerald Brown
Publisher: Jerald Brown
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback

 Poetically Baring My Soul is a poetry book that offers a honest inscription of trials, feelings, thoughts, and revelations. It creates a visual image from personal accounts within the expressions of the writings. Poetically Baring My Soul invites all those who have an acceptance of faith, a honesty and even accountability of self, and a vivid appreciation of metaphors and wordplay, to embrace the poems inside.

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  I was born and raised in Danville, Il, a small town about 2 hours outside of Chicago. My parents, J.W. and Dizer Brown instilled values and principles of life in me at an early age. I enlisted into the Army 10 days after graduating high school and the discipline I received added to my upbringing, shaping me into the man I am today. My love for poetry began through hip hop. I had aspired to become the greatest rapper of all time! Alongside the music, I would write little poems about anything from my surroundings, to my feelings, to my experiences. Eventually, those "little poems" turned into pieces of my life. Poetically Baring My Soul is my very first book. It provides a testimony to the trials and tribulations I've faced, my growth into manhood, and expressions of my spirit, soul, and body. I wrote this book to honor God with this gift, glorify Him, and to connect with others who may share in my walk through life. I am a man of faith. I am confident that my poems will explain my purpose, provide insight, and give readers a honest look into my heart.

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