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Saturday, April 25, 2015

PROMO Blitz: For the Love of a Gypsy by @AuthorMaddyHill #giveaway #excerpt



Historical Romance
Date Published: April 17, 2015


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Can she betray the Gypsy clan who saved her for the love of a stranger?

Martine Petrulengo is stifled by the traditions of her adopted Gypsy clan. They gave her new life when she was left all alone. And now she is expected to marry in order to forge clan allegiances. When she nurses handsome and charming Lord Declan Forrester back to health, she is lured by the seductive idea of life outside of the clan—and the prospect of love with the Irishman.

Can he prove his innocence in order to claim his Gypsy?
Lord Declan Forrester trades prison bars for a loveless marriage in order to save his soul. And now he’s trying to prove his innocence not only as a traitor, but that of his wife’s murder.  When the lovely and beguiling Martine saves him, he falls in love for the first time. Yet, the obstacles of his past seem insurmountable.

Martine and Declan must fight tradition, prejudice and the haunting ghosts of their past in order to fight for their love and ensure their future.


EXCERPT

A rider urged his horse forward. He wore a leather doublet of a quality she’d never seen. The black hide was pierced with metal and thick stitching formed elaborate Celtic designs. Regal and rich. His breeches hugged his thighs so closely ’twas indecent, but that didn’t stop her gaze from venturing along the hard expanse of his legs. Heat crept up her neck and flushed her face like a flame.

He tipped his head in her brother’s direction. Martine gasped.

The stranger from the glen.

“We’ve business,” was all he said.

Rafe nodded, but didn’t twitch a muscle. Martine wanted to run from the confrontation, hide in her grandmother’s berth safe from the bewitching blue eyes of the intruder. But her feet stayed rooted to the ground.

Och, this man was handsome. Strong jaw, brilliant eyes, and a broad mouth composed a man so striking. His face was a composite of hard planes of granite that matched the intense glare of his eyes.

The man sighed and his comrades inched closer to his side. They dressed as he did, except their clothing lacked the obvious quality she could see stitched in the leather of his.

“The villagers are concerned with your presence, Gypsy.”

She could feel the tension in the tight line of her brother’s shoulders, taste the anger in the air that hummed about him and the stranger. His jaw clenched and he remained silent.

“I’ve come to ask you to leave. Gypsies bring foul memories to Riverton.” His voice was rough, husky, as he commanded her brother.

Rafe stepped forward. She knew he wished to throttle the tactless man. “We’re Tinkers. Men and women with skills and trade.”

“And itchy fingers if Lady Bannon’s sheep have say of it,” the man behind the stranger spouted. The other men chortled and slapped the man on the back.

The stranger held up his hand and was rewarded with instant silence.

Her brother shrugged, a harmless action unless you were Rafe Petrulengo. “My clan has no need of other people’s sheep.”

Martine took a step forward.

The stranger’s head snapped in her direction.

He leaned forward in his saddle. “You’ll leave my land, or pay the consequences.” His tone brooked no room for argument.

“We’re people of the land, trainers of dogs, and masters of horses.”

Her brother’s words seemed to befuddle the stranger’s friends. They looked to one another, smirks creasing their faces. If only they knew her brother’s genius.

“I’m Lord Declan Forrester, Earl of Riverton,” the stranger pompously said. “This is my land—and you are to leave.”

Rafe bowed deep at the waist, his extended arm almost grazing the dirt before him. “As you wish.”

“Be gone by morning. ’Tis all the time I’ll give you.”

A shiver ran up her spine at the cold gruffness of his voice. He clucked his horse forward, a magnificent animal, well-muscled with a gleaming coat of black.

Martine was so aware of the lord’s presence, her skin tingled. And she knew without looking up that trouble was about to ensue. He stopped the horse before her and just sat. When her gaze met his, the lord nodded his head and gave a mocking salute.

She sighed, not knowing why she was reacting so unlike herself, why she was enthralled with the stranger.

With a nudge to his horse’s side, he was off without a backward glance at her or her brother.

One look at Rafe and she knew he’d witnessed what had transpired. Rage boiled in his dark eyes and tension pulsed his jaw. He tapped a pointy leather boot against the packed earth. The women of the clan weren’t to be appraised by Gajos. Especially a Gajo who’d ordered the Kapo to leave.

No matter, she thought with a smile of satisfaction. Lord Forrester had acknowledged her, and the realization swept through her with unparalleled warmth.



About the Author

Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she'd sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a "closet" writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn't be happier! A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, watching their children's sporting events, and of course reading!

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3 ebook copies


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PROMO Blitz: The Schwarzchild Radius by @gflorentin6 #giveaway #excerpt




Crime Thriller
Date Published: September 2014

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Columbia student Rachel Wallen descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who’s taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.



Recent Praise for The Schwarzschild Radius:

“A fierce thriller that doesn’t offer many chances to catch a breath.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“A top-rate thriller.” –San Francisco Book Review

“One of the Top-Ten Fiction Books of 2014″ –Thelatinoauthor.com

“The next GONE GIRL”–Bestthrillers.com

‘Vivid, sinister, unsettling – Florentin delves into the darkest recesses of humanity in this fast-

paced thriller’ – Crime Thriller Hound

The Schwarzschild Radius is available in both print and ebook formats.





About the Author

Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. He spent a decade in the defense industry then, after the fall of the Soviet Union, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel.

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$5 Amazon Gift Card



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Tour Kick Off: The Benighted by @amdunnewin




Dark Fantasy / Romance
Date Published: November 25, 2013

The King was dead. 

His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to inherit the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she has been imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder. 

Confined to darkness, Skylar's captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a kingdom that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It's when she refuses that the prison uses its other means of persuasion, and although unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can't suppress the memories of her family's downfall. Pulled between her subconscious and reality, Skylar already knows who the true enemy is, because even the darkness can't hide the deceptive hands that have destroyed them all. 

With two kingdoms on the brink of war, Skylar's only hope is in the person who has gone missing—Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. The memory of him surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, and when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. While the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison's walls, Skylar doesn't realize that she will soon see why he's one of the Benighted. 

The mystery was never how Harlin escaped. It's how he'll return.







#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

            I do, though sometimes it’s treated more like an obsessive hobby. Whether I write full-time or in my spare time, I’ll always be writing. I’ll always be chasing after that next story idea.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

            For The Benighted, the hardest part was writing the brutal scenes, which included the whipping and electrocution that the main character had to endure. I was writing Benighted in such haste that when I came to those really gritty scenes, I didn’t give myself a chance to really question why I was writing them. Usually I sit back and debate on if I’m crossing a line or not, but with this story I literally took a leap of faith and let the story dictate the outcome. Those scenes ended up adding good points to the overall plot, but it really does show the darkest parts of humanity that can be unnerving.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

            I’ve been blessed with a very strong support system, and there are numerous people who have helped encourage my writing along the way. The main person, however, who physically helped would be my dearest friend and writing companion Gina Engman. She not only helps with editing and critiquing my work, but also brainstorming, encouraging, and letting me know when to keep ideas and when to let them go. I’m beyond grateful for all the help she has given me, and could never thank her enough.


#4 – What is next for your writing?

            I’m currently finishing my next novel “Under A Melting Sun” which is a historical fiction set in the Amazon rain forest. It will be coming out Summer 2015. Pre-ordering will be available within the next couple months, in which I will be donating 100% of my share of the proceeds to the non-profit organizations Amazon Watch and Cool Earth in order to help protect not only the Amazon rain forest but the Congo as well.


#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

            Oh very much so. I’m currently finishing “Light at the Edge of the World” by Wade Davis, “The Blue Amaryllis” by Sonia De Leon and Jennifer Clark Sell, and “Gabriel’s Inferno” by Sylvain Reynard.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: 
           
            The Benighted is a dark fantasy that twists gritty realism with colorful imagery, forcing strong characters into an unparalleled story line.


This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
            iPod.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
            Chocolate.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
            Mashed Potatoes.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
            Depends on my mood, but mostly comedy.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
            Danielle Steel.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
            Fantasy.

#7 – Call or Text?
            Text. Unless you’re Henry Cavill or Gerard Butler, in which you can have my phone number, address, soul, etc.

#8 – Public School or Home School?
            Public School.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
            Both.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
            Both, though paperbacks will always be my #1 choice.




A. M. Dunnewin inherited her love for mysteries and thrillers from her family, which motivated her to pursue a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Although her stories cover a wide range of genres, she primarily writes historical fiction and thrillers. An avid reader at heart, she's also a passionate collector of both antique books and graphic novels, and has been known to search for stories in the most random places. She lives in Sacramento, California.




Tour Kick Off: Occult .45 by @carcanobooks




Horror
Date Published: June 1, 2014

Preston Cobb is always looking to make a quick buck selling any kind of gun he can get his hands on, but when the denizens of the weird west get in the way, Preston's his own best customer. Now collected in one omnibus, join Preston as he faces an ancient evil in the snowy Sierra Nevadas in ABOMINABLE, finds romance and bloody mystery in Nevada mining country in SILVER MOON, and squares off with the undead south of the border in DEAD TO RITES. Finally, Cobb finds retirement more exciting than he'd like in an exclusive bonus short story: GUNRUNNER TO THE STARS.



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#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I’ve definitely been bitten by the writing bug, so I’m sure I’ll be writing whether money follows or not.  Writing’s a tough industry, but I feel like if I build it, the readers will come.  (Eventually.)

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Revising.  I tell people that if I’d known how hard revising the first draft of my first novel was, I might not have written it.  Not only are you confronted with crappy writing, you have to fix it while not destroying the thing you built.  It’s like trying to replace parts in a plane while in midair.  You’re hoping you don’t break it and you know you can’t stay up in the air forever.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My girlfriend actually.  She’s always been a big cheerleader of my work, but one of the biggest ways she helped was by having to grade homework.  She’s a 7th grade teacher, so on weekends she usually goes to a coffee shop to grade and plan lessons.  So I go with her and write.  My first and second novels wouldn’t exist without that help.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’m working on a series of short series for an anthology that are horror/sci-fi set during World War 2.  My first full-length novel, Boom: A Wild West Heist, comes out this fall, with a second novel coming next year. 

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I do!  Ever since I took the plunge and bought a Kindle, I’ve plowed through more books than ever.  I just worked my way through Myke Cole’s Control Point series, which is like Black Hawk Down with magic and goblins, and I’m in the middle of Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
Wild west gun runner keeps running into monsters, is his own best customer.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
iPod.  Not a day goes by I’m not listening to headphones while walking to work or at the gym.
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla.  It’s too bad that vanilla has come to mean “plain”.  Really well done vanilla is a complex and rich flavor.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
French fries.  Preferably with chili.  Mmmm chili fries.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy for sure.  I particularly love good, smart stand-up.  Patton Oswalt, Wyatt Cenac, W. Kamau Bell.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Danielle Steel, hands down.  I read one of her books in high school and it’s clear why she’s ruled the romance world.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Fantasy with a realistic twist.  That’s cheating, I know.

#7 – Call or Text?
Text.  I’m so glad technology has totally accommodated my dislike for phone calls.

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Public school. 

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate.  Never got coffee.  I’m a Diet Coke man.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

eBook.  I do miss turning pages every once in a while, but the ability to carry a whole library and download more books at any time is amazing.


Nick Carcano spent his childhood pulling cactus out of his feet and listening to coyotes howl in the California high desert. He speaks rusty Mandarin and Spanish. When he's not writing his day job involves literally saving the world, which sometimes involves shooting zombies, but usually involves a lot of e-mail.  If you like dim sum, RPGs, sci-fi, or corgis, you should be his friend.  He’s currently working on The Big Weird One a series of sci-fi/horror short stories set during WWII and will release his first novel, Boom: A Wild West Heist, in fall 2015. 




April 24 - The Indie Express
April 30 - Steamy Side
May 1 - Jazzy's Book Reviews with Guest Post
May 4 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Tour Kick Off: Lady of the Manor by @aqheflin




Drama / Suspense
Date Published - June 2013

Lady of the Manor is an epic tale of misery for Richard Creek. It is the story of how his mother, Rosemary, makes life miserable for him, his family, and many citizens of Savannah. The novel takes places during the summer of 1958 in a beautiful mansion. Secrets begin to unravel for the Creek family as they continue a summer filled with rape, murder, and indiscretions. Someone must prohibit the Lady of the Manor from her continuous oppression.  But, does anyone have the courage to try?

The one woman who was supposed to love him was the one person who tried to destroy him. Richard Creek finally took a stand against his abusive mother, Rosemary, in the fall of 1929, leading to nearly three decades of her merciless tyranny. He has to decide how to protect his children from the omnipotent hand of the Lady of the Manor while they dwell beneath the same roof. Tensions overflow in this atypical home in Savannah, Georgia during the blazing summer of 1958.

71-year old Rosemary (Rosey) Isabella Creek is the cruel and ruthless matriarch of Creek Manor who carries out her malevolent deeds with the help of her loyal butler, Rayford Caruthers, whom she continually degrades for being an albino black man with atrocious English. Her only friend is Pop Barnes, who along with Rosemary’s brother, are the only ones who seem to remember a softer, lovelier ‘Rosey’. She lords over her only son, Richard, a 43-year old banker; his wife, 42-year old Helen; and their five children: the twins; Hilary and Taylor, along with Kimberly, Reginald, and Brock.

The patience of everyone is tested with each of Rosemary’s taunts as they try to understand the nature and reason of her cruelty. As more details of her past are revealed, it only further complicates their comprehension. Will she ever transform into a woman that they can love?



Adrian Heflin is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with an accounting degree. He is a former banker and security guard. He began his writing career with short stories, eventually evolving to novels. Adrian has published four books and is in the planning stage of several others. Lady of the Manor (ISBN: 978-1490416434) a family saga and Devil Town (ISBN: 978-1490523392) an urban fiction novel was published in 2013. E.M.A. Chronicles (ISBN: 978-1491078341) a collection of short stories and The Untrackables: Zhang Rule (ISBN: 978-1491077863) a political thriller were both published in 2014.





April 20 - Daily Mayo - Review/Interview
April 21 - Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass - Excerpt
April 22 - Perfectly Unperfect - Review
April 23 - The Toi Box Of Words - Interview
April 24 - Satin's Bookish Corner - Excerpt
April 25 - What You Talking About Willis - Excerpt
April 26 - Mythical Books - Excerpt
April 27 -  Carrie L Wells - Review
April 28 - Andi's Book Reviews - Excerpt
April 29 - Just Reviews - Review
April 30 - Indie Writers Review - Review
May 1 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Tour Kick Off: Borrowing the Doctor by @victoriapinder #giveaway




Contemporary Romance (Light Suspense)
Date Published: January 14, 2015


Party girl. Art thief. All around bad girl. It’s what all the newspapers call socialite and heiress Kate Sparrow. It’s all untrue. Kate’s been set up and she’s following the orders of the FBI to get the real criminal, her father. She’ll have to put up with her sister, the wedding fiasco, and her own fears that someone is after her, trying to stop her to get what she needs to prove her innocence. 
Doctor Daniel Collins joins his brothers on a cruise to the wedding of his young cousin. His cousin begs him to keep a close watch on the bride’s sister, Kate. He's to keep her from ruining the wedding. 
Kate doesn’t trust Daniel's help in her life, but the man’s interference is blocking a few problems. She lets him. After all, he spent a few years in the military and having a friend like Daniel is nice. But when her fears become true, someone is after her, pretending to be in a relationship with the sexy doctor has its benefits. What she hadn’t planned was opening her heart to trusting him. But if she doesn’t open up, she’s going to lose out on far more than her life, she’d lose out on love. 





Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston then moved to Miami. Eventually, found that writing is her passion.
She always wrote stories to entertain herself. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what she enjoyed doing, writing became obvious.
The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love, Mything the Throne and Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published in 2014.
Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency.
Also she’s the Vice President for the Florida Romance Writers. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com.



April 20 - Obsessed By Books
April 22 - bujoijoi22
April 23 - Books and Pearls
April 24 - Innerworkings of the Female Mind with Interview
April 25 - Book Stop Corner with Interview
April 30 - Obsessed With My Shelf 
April 30 - Readsalot
May 1 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up