Release Day: COMPLICATION by K.A. Salidas

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Complication

Chronicles of the Uprising

Part 2

K.A. Salidas

Release Date: April 14, 2014

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Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.

After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all.  Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.

For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.

To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.

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Excerpt:

The coppery tang of blood led Mira to the cave. Cloying and thick, the scent of it was so strong it actually sickened her. Too much had been spilled. Death was close. Surely, someone had to be dead. Muddy crimson streaks made a trail up the side of the mountain toward their cave. She knew it was going to be bad, but nothing could have prepared her for the grim scene she found when she arrived.

Of the eight pack members, only three remained standing; Stryker, Rob, and Terrance. Two more were half-shifted back into their human forms, bleeding and groaning on the ground. Three other wolves were very clearly dead, lying motionless in a bloody pile against a far wall.

Mira opened her mouth to speak, but no words came out. Three dead. She recognized Samuel, the young, eager-to-please wolf, among the dead. Just hours ago, they had all been alive and joking about what to do when Mira became a resident of Caldera Grove; and now, because of the humans, they were dead. Sadness and anger fought within her to be the controlling emotion. Those soldiers, those humans, deserved more than death. The wolves had done nothing to them, and here they lay slaughtered for being in the way. For being what they were.

“What happened with the tanks?” Lucian asked. His voice barely broke through her silent inner rage. She almost snarled at him, a human, but stopped herself when she caught sight of his face. Dirty and coated in blood, he’d apparently been through quite the ordeal himself, although he didn’t appear injured.

She spotted Sarah, tending to one of the injured wolves, wrapping her shawl around his broken leg. Curtis stood like a guard next to her, watching the wolf’s every motion. None of her humans were injured, of that she was thankful, but rage still bubbled inside of her. Damned Iron Gate humans and their incessant need to kill and destroy anything different from themselves!

Rob and Terrance were both tending to one injured wolf, who looked far better than the other, but still had blood matting up his creamy colored fur. Between the whimpering and yelping, Mira barely registered the man speaking to her.

“Mira, did you hear me?” Lucian asked again. “Are you okay?”

Fine. She was, but what did that matter with all the death around? Mira snarled inwardly. It took all the control she had to speak without letting the anger taint her voice. “Two tanks are disabled, but you were right, there’s a third somewhere still in the forest. My guess is it will be here soon. When I left, it was calling for a report.”

Hands fisted into tight balls, she took a few breaths. The three dead wolves were all she could focus on. Their blood called out to her, not to feed on, but to seek revenge for. Three completely unnecessary deaths.

Stryker approached slowly, cautiously holding his hands out where Mira could see them. “Are you okay? You’re trembling.”

She couldn’t tear her eyes away from the three dead wolves. “Yes, trembling with rage, and I hope to be able to exercise that feeling on the third tank, if it shows up.”

About the Author:Salidas

Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women,  I can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  I can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, I still find time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). I can do all of this and still have time to write my novels.

Sorry… I can’t even write that with a straight face.

Lies all lies.

Here’s the reality. I’m a sleep-deprived, overworked, mom who just doesn’t know the meaning of the word balance. I try so hard to do it all, (be super mom, wife, & author) and at the end of the day I fall face forward into the couch.

Yes, you read that right, I tend to sleep on the couch. It’s a point of frustration for my hubby and a thing of comedy for my daughter. Imagine waking up to your little child yelling, “Mom slept on the couch again!!!”

Because being supermom (or trying to) means a lot of time devoted to family, writing is often done when said family is peacefully snoozing away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep with my laptop, on the couch. It just happens. Then, bright and early at 7am either my hubby (on his way to work) or my daughter (getting ready for school) wakes me up.

Writing is my passion. It’s a part of me. More than just a hobby, it’s a compulsion. I have to do it. If I don’t do at least one writing related thing each day I get cranky.

Hopefully, my passion can be your entertainment!

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Review: Through His Eyes by Deborah Camp

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Review:

Deborah Camp has done it again . . . added another fascinating book to her long list of entertaining reads. THROUGH HIS EYES is a romantic suspense chock full of both . . . steamy, titillating romance and edge of your seat suspense.

I loved the paranormal twist with psychics Trudy Tucker and Levi Wolfe. Trudy has the ability to see and feel the horrific acts committed by murderers. Levi can speak to the victims, chronicling the last hours, even minutes, of their life. They team up to end the gruesome spree of a serial killer in the Florida Keys. Along the way, they realize their connection is much more than shared psychic abilities as their hearts and bodies entwine as tightly as their minds.

Some of the scenes viewed by Trudy are graphic. I typically don’t like extreme violence but these scenes are necessary to fully translate the villain’s evil intentions. While at times intense, the balance is restored with witty banter and sexy encounters between Levi and Trudy.

THROUGH HIS EYES is a well written thriller with a healthy dose of romance. It should be on the “must read” list of every romantic suspense reader but more than that, anyone who enjoys a good crime novel or action thriller will definitely want to consider this novel for their library. At 100k words, it’s lengthier than most formula books of this genre but is filled with meat, not fluff. A very good read!

Through His Eyes

Deborah Camp

ThroughHisEyes_FinalGenre: Romantic Suspense

Date of Publication:  April 4, 2014

Number of pages: 392

Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: Patricia Schmitt

 

Book Description:

Two psychics – one serial killer.

Someone is stalking women and murdering them in Key West.

Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker join forces to help identify the murderer and stop him. Levi can channel the deceased victims and Trudy can tap into the mind of the killer. As a psychic detective team, they’re formidable. As lovers, they discover that they’re insatiable.

But if Trudy can see through the killer’s eyes, can the killer see her?

Excerpt:  

Trudy drew in a breath and told herself to chill out. Levi sat in the rattan chair to her right, crossed his legs, and flicked a white thread from his black trousers. He was the picture of calmness and she felt as if her chest was full of butterflies.

“Do you two have separate rooms?” Trudy asked, trying to drive past her nervousness and get Quintara’s goat.

Levi smirked and glanced at a cackling Quintara.

“Levi’s too busy seducing all the pretty television anchor women to want to share a room with a well-rounded, older enchantress like me. Isn’t that right, Levi?”

“You’re the one who was announcing your room number to every waiter and barkeep we ran into last night.”

“And a lot of good it did me,” Quintara said, flipping her string of red beads and puckering her lips in a pout. “But let’s talk about murder.” She glanced from him to Trudy. “Have you felt anything, dear? He’s been talking to you, hasn’t he?”

Trudy fidgeted on the sofa. “Yes, a little. I don’t know . . .”

“You do know,” Quintara said, her tone scolding, scalding. “You have felt him?”

“Yes.” The word almost stuck in her throat. She glanced toward Levi and flinched when she saw that he was completely focused on her. Talk about intense! It was like she was being blasted by a laser beam. “He’s thinking of murdering a barmaid that he knows. But I’m not entirely sure—.” She caught the rapier-edged glance Levi and Quintara exchanged. “What?”

“You have the right person, dear.” Quintara nodded to a folded newspaper on the coffee table. “A barkeep was murdered last night. He mutilated her.”

“Oh, no!” Feeling as if she had been socked in the gut, Trudy reached for the newspaper and located the front page article easily. The details were sketchy. No clues. No leads. Used a serrated knife. Mutilation. Worked at the Gold Lagoon on Canal Street. A shiver ran through her and guilt brought hot tears to the back of her eyes. “I should have told you about the vision sooner.”

“And what? We would have cased out every bar in Key West and warned the potential victims?” Quintara shrugged. “We must have more to go on than that, dear. We’ll put our heads together and create a profile of this killer. We’ll get to know him so well that we can predict his movements. Eventually, we’ll be ahead of him and be able to identify him and help catch him.”

Trudy turned toward Levi to find that he was still studying her, one brow slightly arched. “What have you been getting about this guy?” she asked.

He lifted one broad shoulder. “The victims haven’t given me much to go on yet. They didn’t see him coming and were knocked out. The woman before this one – Janie Fullbright was her name – was blindfolded, gagged, and when she came to, her wrists and ankles were tied. She was a heroine addict.” He held out a hand for the newspaper. He wore a silver ring on his middle finger and the square black onyx in it glinted in the sunlight.

When he moved, Trudy caught a whiff of lemony lime. One cool customer, she thought. Everything about him was controlled, calculated almost. But there was an undercurrent of turmoil just below his polished surface. She’d always felt it and that intrigued her about him –more than his psychic abilities or his reputation as a womanizer.

About the Author:

Color PhotoAuthor of more than 50 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. Her background as a reporter for newspapers helped her to write fast and enjoy research. After she sold her first few books, she quit newspaper work to become a freelance writer and novelist.

Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of the Author’s Guild. She was the first recipient of the Janet Dailey Award.

Through His Eyes (April, 2012) is her first romantic suspense book. It has paranormal elements and is erotic. She plans at least two more books featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.

Also widely published in non-fiction, she and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She has been a guest speaker at numerous writers’ conferences, including Romance Writers of America (RWA), Writers, Inc., and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She has served as a judge in numerous writing contests throughout the United States and has judged manuscripts in RWA’s Golden Heart Awards and RITA Awards. She is currently working on her next historical romance set in the wild, wonderful west.

In 2012 her books were re-issued on Amazon for Kindle Direct and have attracted tens of thousands of new fans.

Deborah’s website www.deborah-camp.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/officialdeborahcamp

Blog www.deborahcampwritersdesk.blogspot.com

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/198990.Deborah_Camp

About the Books

Too Tough to Tame

“THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK.”

The book is funny and touching. I have read this book over 50 times already and I never get tired of it. Tess is so cute while Storm is strong and loving. They made a great couple.  — Amazon review from Snowstar

Tough Talk and Tender Kisses

“ABSOLUTE GOLD!”

This is definitely the best novel in the “Tough Man” series. The entire series is great; this one just happens to be my favorite. I absolutely adore Reno Gold (hero) and I love how he wins Adele with love and humor.– Amazon review from A. Gideon

Lover of the west and the people who tried to tame it, Deborah likes to write about strong, independent women and the men who are their equals. She grew up on a diet of TV westerns which have served her well. Living in Oklahoma has also been a godsend. Since she appreciates men with devilish twinkles in their eyes, she likes to mix laughter in with the love scenes in her books.

Cheyenne’s Shadow

“ONE OF THE BEST!”

One of the best romance novels I have ever read. There is excitement, sadness, and passion in this book. I know I have read this book at least five times since I bought it.– Amazon review by S. Ceballos

A Tough Man’s Woman

“FIVE STARS!”

I really enjoyed this book as it was one that kept you guessing most of the time.

– Amazon review from Phyl

Lonewolf’s Woman

“WONDERFUL STORY!”

Ah, fascinating to the last drop (or page). Highly recommended. Surely, a keeper!

– Amazon review from M. Hartmann

Black-eyed Susan

“FIVE STARS!”

I found it hard to put down. It made me realize how things were in those years (long before I was born). I looked for more books by the same author.

– Amazon review from C. Schmidt

Lady Legend

“I LOVED IT!”

The main characters in the book, Copper and Tucker, are great together even though they are totally different. I never read any of Deborah Camp’s books before, but after reading this one, I’m looking for more. — Amazon review from Love to Read Jan.

Books by Deborah Camp

Amazon Exclusive Release

To Seduce and Defend

Amazon Kindle Novella

The Madcap and the Miser 2012

Avon Historical Romances

Blazing Embers

Primrose

Fire Lily

Black-eyed Susan

Fallen Angel

Cheyenne’s Shadow

My Wild Rose

Lady Legend

Too Tough To Tame

Tough Talk, Tender Kisses

A Tough Man’s Woman

Harmony Hardcover

Belle Starr, Bandit Queen

Silhouette Romances

To Have, To Hold

Devil’s Bargain

This Tender Truce

Silhouette Special Edition

For Love or Money

In a Pirate’s Arms

Just Another Pretty Face

Vein of Gold

Right Behind the Rain

After Dark

Master of Moonspell

Harlequin Temptation

The Butler Did It

Wrangler’s Lady

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Love Letters

Weathering the Storm

The Second Mr. Sullivan

A Newsworthy Affair

Destiny’s Daughter

Taming the Wild Man

Oklahoma Man

Rapture Romances

Sweet Passion’s Song

A Dream to Share

Winter Flame

Midnight Eyes

Riptide

Serenade Romances

Tomorrow’s Bride

To Have and to Hold  Romances

They Said it Wouldn’t Last

Strange Bedfellows

Available for the Kindle:

Wild Hearts

Passionate Hearts

Daring Hearts

Tender Hearts

Dangerous Hearts

Love and Laughter

Love and Adventure

Love Everlasting

AUTHORS in BLOOM Blog Hop

April 7th – April 16th 2014

10 Days of Giveaways-Gardening Tips-Recipes-and more!

Plus a GRAND PRIZE you’ll be digging to win!

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Here’s the rules, but be sure to keep reading so you can learn more about MY CONTEST and collect a great recipe! Don’t forget to leave a comment before you go. It’s the only way you can enter my contest and complete the requirements for the awesome GRAND PRIZE!!!

What will be given away?

Everything from books to swag, promotional products and more! The grand prize is a Kindle or Nook (a $200 value) and a $25 gift card worth of ebooks!!! (Winner’s choice which ereader and ebook retailer gift card.) A second prize of $25 ereader gift card will also be given, available to INTL residents (VOID where prohibited by law).

Authors will note US or INTL for their giveaway eligibility. Where US or INTL is not specifically noted, US eligibility will apply. The grand prize is available for US entrants only. Winners will be submitted and announced on the landing page at http://www.acozyreaderscorner.com.

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Authors participating will post their giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both on their website, beginning April 7th and leaving their contest open through the 16th. You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!! To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop.  Some authors might offer more than one entry to win, ie. a “like” on Facebook, a “follow” on Twitter, etc. but only a “comment” is required to enter.

 

LIST FOR PARTICIPATING BLOG HOP SITES:

 

If the above link doesn’t work, you can visit these sites -  www.diannevenetta.com or www.acozyreaderscorner.com – to find the author link list at any point in time.

How do I submit my grand prize entry?

Simply leave a comment on each author’s site and you’ll be eligible to win. Grand prize entrants will be entered via a rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the landing page of this hop, A Cozy Reader’s Corner. Each author will be posting a giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both! It’s a spring celebration designed to introduce you to authors and give you a chance to win prizes. Individual authors may offer more than one chance to win their individual giveaway, so increase your odds and enter them all!

HAVE FUN! Find new authors, new blogs, new tips & recipes ~ not to mention the chance to win in one of over 100 contests.

What do I do when it’s all over?

By April 19th we will post the grand prize winner(s) on the main page. Individual authors will contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions.

DEB’S CONTEST AND BLOG

spring-flowers-and-butterfliesSpring is in the air! Thank goodness! I’m ready for some warm days, bloomin’ flowers, and a good book. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card, as well as your choice of one of my titles, Stone Cold Justice (an Amazon Best Seller romantic suspense) or An Unholy Alliance (contemporary suspense with paranormal elements). Just leave a comment with your email to enter. If you stop by all participating blog sites, you’ll also have an opportunity to enter the GRAND PRIZE contest!

Everyone knows you have to have a good munchie to go with a good book so here’s a recipe that’s sure to please. Be careful. I’ve had people tell me it’s addictive!

BUTTER RANCH PRETZELS

Ingredients:

3 pounds of small twist pretzels

1 TBSP Garlic powder (you can add more if you like garlic)

1 TBSP Dill weed

1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (powder)

1 bottle Orville Redenbacher’s Buttery Popcorn Oil/Topping

Directions:

Combine garlic powder, dill weed, ranch dressing mix and popcorn oil in bowl and mix until blended.

Place pretzels in plastic bag or container (an unscented tall kitchen trash bag works great). Pour mixture over pretzels and stir gently, coating pretzels thoroughly. Let it for three hours, continuing to mix contents every half hour.

Store in gallon ziplock bags or sealed containers. Great for parties or snacking.

That’s it! Now leave a comment as your entry and GOOD LUCK!

Author Sidney Stone: Bringing Brilliance, Fire and Sparkle to New Adult Fiction

You’re in for a real treat today as I interview the amazingly talented and witty Sidney Stone, author of Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War. We’re discussing everything from sex to wine to movies.  If his novel were romance, that order of topics might be reversed but since Jennifer Ainsley is a delectable blend of top notch New Adult Fiction and deliciously macabre horror, I think the topic list will stand. :)

Be sure to read to the end where you’ll find a contest entry link for the Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War virtual book tour. You won’t believe the wonderful prizes offered to a few lucky readers. I’m talking quality SWAG!

Now, on to the interview . . . 

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Let’s talk sex. I realize “Jennifer Ainsley” is a horror/fantasy thriller with a great deal of violence (and some seriously dark humor) but I was intrigued by your blog post about how much attention the ONE sex scene garnered from readers. Why do you suppose that is? Because six pages is a LOT of sex? Or perhaps the fact a male wrote such erotically charged content and may have totally crushed our argument that men will never know how we feel? Or . . . (fill in your own thoughts here. LOL)

Ha! Ha! Ha! Awesome! Lets start the Author interview with sex ;) Just add wine and dark chocolate and we have perfection!

And first, where does this argument come from that men cannot understand what a woman feels in bed? ;) A good lover knows what a women feels and the lover who recognized the scenario that played out in my scene as one that she participated in, I think she would agree I know what a woman feels and how to get her there ;) Hey, is it getting hot in here?

The thing with that scene is that it is actually very important in the story, more than just a titillating aspect.  It is my heroine’s first time making love and it has to illustrate the incredible connection and love these two characters feel for each other.  You have to believe their love and that they would die for each other. The first people to read my manuscript were a few trusted friends who I called my Gorgeous and Intelligent Readers. And yes, they are four beautiful and literate women who I could also count on to give me the honest truth about my book.

Regarding that scene, the beginning drafts they felt did not accurately describe how someone’s Jennifer’s age would feel about that experience or how she would act while lovemaking even if she was deeply in love with him. They felt I had to tone it down while making it a bit more playful. So that scene was edited repeatedly and sent back to my group for comments and finally, I think the version that is now in the book is as “correct” as I could make it while still serving the story in the way I needed to.

Of course other friends read it and commented that they could only visualize me acting this scene out while writing or they were impressed with my hero and his mad skills ;) Ha! Ha! Your readers can judge if I was successful :)

This is a lengthy novel by today’s standards. Did you plan it that way or did the story just evolve? How long did it take to write the completed manuscript?

I outlined the story from the start.  I could see from the number of chapters it was going to be a substantial first novel.  Looking at word counts for debut novels, Stephen King’s Carrie came in under 80,000 words, as did Harry Potter.  That was my goal and yet I busted through it with 102,000 words. One of my Gorgeous and Intelligent Readers though felt the book should have been another 50 pages longer.  Another friend gave me a similar comment as did my Kirkus reviewer.  There is just that much “stuff” and detail in this novel.  It is hugely ambitious and the second one even more so.

I did 7 drafts of this manuscript.  The first “take” was 239 pages in manuscript form and sucked tremendously ;) No one will ever read that draft.  It took 8 months to write. The second version was 260 pages and only sucked without the tremendous.  I let my Readers critique that one.  Third draft was 300 pages and my first editor helped me with the troublesome beginning. 4th draft came in at a substantial 350+ places and was submitted to my CreateSpace editor. We had graduated to mediocre at this point.  By the final draft, we were at 354 pages but that included new formatting and such and was actually pared a bit from the later versions. I hope we ended with a tale far beyond mediocre :)

I know so many books these days, and a lot of entertainment in general, are created as a disposable commodity to be forgotten.  In novels, they are written as just one of many generic and similar “series”. This book is not meant to be disposable and the readers who have given it a chance have been surprised at how much they have been drawn in to this world and these characters. 

What persuaded you to become an author after a career in creating affordable housing?

I have actually had several careers.  First in Customer Service when I worked myself through college (the first time) then in outside sales…then obtained my Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Irvine which helped transition me to the public service side.  But I’ve always enjoyed writing having written 4 screenplays in the 90’s since everyone in Southern California is either an actor, director or movie writer J This story, Jennifer’s story, grabbed me though and wouldn’t let me go. It was time to go back to writing but not a screenplay.  Jennifer’s tale, while certainly movie material, deserved to be fleshed out more as a novel.

Any future writing projects in the works? If so, would you share a little information about what we can look forward to?

My next novel is the sequel to Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War.  It will be titled: Jennifer Ainsley: This Time We Really Mean It, The Final war (Just kidding). The next book is Jennifer Ainsley: The End and the Beginning.  Even more epic and encompassing, if I can pull this off it will essentially be my The Stand. Only with more humor and emotion. And maybe more severed heads…

You had me at “deer whisperer” in your bio. Actually you had me at living in California because I’m an East coast transplant and miss my old California haunts. So three questions regarding the first line in your bio: “Sidney Stone is a hiker, deer whisperer and non-pretentious wine connoisseur.”

  1. Where is your favorite place to hike?

Such a great question!  I will start by saying, since I live in both areas, Northern California has Southern California beat on hiking (and a few other things too like wineries!)  The Redwoods, Big Sur, the wild Northern California coast; very few areas are comparable.  One that is though is the island of Kauai.  It is my favorite Hawaiian Island and a place where I “found” myself at 17. Depressed and suicidal, two weeks on Kauai changed my life forever (that plus just one encouraging sentence from my running coach Chuck Taylor. You never know when what you say will have an impact so choose your words thoughtfully). The Na Pili Coast in particular is a place where my soul is at rest. It has been too long since I’ve been back and I think another journey may be needed soon.

  1. What are your suggestions for a moderately priced red AND white wine? You tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine :)

Define moderate ;) Ha! Ha! I will go with two selections that are excellent choices right now: Meomi Pinot Noir (usually found between $17-$25) and Tangent Sauvignon Blanc (Usually found between $11.99 and $15 although I just bought a six pack for $9.49 each at a local grocery store). As a bonus pick, the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier for under $15 is my other everyday drinking white.

  1. Clarify deer whisperer and how you gained such a title.

Ha! Ha! Another awesome question!!!  Until very recently, I was a prolific reviewer on Yelp – http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=NGcH1lvIvrzgzCTPca3DEQ

Unlike most people though, I take photos of my hikes, not what I eat. Invariably, I always spot a deer (and usually wild turkeys and cows when I’m hiking on ranches). So that’s where the nickname came from (although with my cow shots I have been called the cow whisperer too). 

You mentioned being a fan of movies, Field of Dreams and An Officer And A Gentleman. I love both and give a thumbs-up to the soundtracks, as well. The genre of these films is far removed from the dark theme of Jennifer Ainsley – The Final Demon War. Do you watch horror flicks and if so, what is your favorite and why?

I enjoy a good scare but not the gore fests of slasher or horror porn (in spite of the fact my book, especially the banquet hall scene, tears hundreds of limbs apart and decapitates a few hundred heads too). I love films that imply horror more than show it like Psycho, Halloween, Alien (only the stomach scene is really graphic in that film), Carrie (which earns the blood with the psychotic coming of age section), Silence of the Lambs (um, okay I guess the Hannibal escape scene is the exception to my rule), Blair Witch Project, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining (yeah, I guess there are buckets of blood there too), 28 Days Later (perfect performance by Cillian Murphy who was also so good in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine).

From this list, I have to go with Silence of the Lambs.  I enjoyed the Thomas Harris books very much, both Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal was disappointing), and this film may have been one of the best book to movie translations ever.  Perfect performances and writing, great visuals and soundtracks plus Chris Isaak as a SWAT sniper. Just a great film (one in which I took a first date to who unsurprisingly never called me again afterwards).   

If you could visit any time period from creation to 1950, where would you go and why?

Easy…Year 0-33AD give or take a few years. When Jesus walked the Earth…I need to know what is true and false about that time period. And am I going to hell for using Matthew 10:34 the way I did in my book ;)

Thank you for highlighting and featuring my book!  This was the best author interview yet :)

Jennifer Ainsley

The Final Demon War

Sidney Stone

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Suspense/Horror/New Adult757.-Sidney-Stone_coversV5

Date of Publication: December 2013

ISBN: 1491200960

ASIN: B00HFYK99Q

Number of pages: 308

Word Count: 102,400

Cover Artist: Pencilbox Studios

Book Description:

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” – Matthew 10:34

Demons are preparing to launch the Final War to destroy humanity.

Can one young woman wielding the Sword of Jesus ensure our survival and redemption?

Will she lose both her love and her soul in the process?

Available at Amazon in Paperback and Kindle formats

 

Submitted for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest 

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword”

- Matthew 10:34

Jonathon Tait, whose demon-enhanced 170-year-old life has helped make him the richest man in the world, secretly renounces his alliance with demons in order to save his twins and redeem himself in the eyes of the two women he loved and lost. Jonathon has visions that his beautiful college-aged adopted daughter, Jennifer Ainsley, may be the key to humanity’s survival and works with an underground movement to fight back against both the demons and the human leadership that is guiding our civilization towards total annihilation.

Can Jennifer wield the Sword of Jesus to fulfill her destiny even as the planet hurtles towards its destruction? Is she mankind’s only hope and can Jennifer save everyone that she loves; including her destined soul mate Andrew Walker, or are we all doomed?

Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War is a gripping, fast-paced fantasy/horror novel grounded in the contemporary world. The characters are extremely likable and engaging, and a great deal of humor is successfully incorporated into the book, despite its often grim and macabre themes.  There are several action packed tour-de-force chapters including “Scenes from the End” and “Kasey and Tracey’s Amazing Adventure”.

The book deftly tackles issues of greed, humanity’s neglect for its weakest members, the race for power among individuals and nations, and the ability of love and courage to transcend personal weaknesses. It is a tale that combines horror and fantasy to tell a story of love, loss, sacrifice and redemption. It is the first chapter of an exciting new trilogy that deserves to find a wider audience.

EXCERPT:

Heather

Heather couldn’t believe she was going to die in front of her peacefully sleeping twins, who were oblivious to the unspeakable acts occurring in their nursery. These infants, this life, were all she had wanted, and in those lonely nights before sleep overtook her, she admitted to herself that she had been groomed for this since birth. She had been groomed to be a beautiful, nurturing wife to a wealthy and powerful man and she had been groomed to care for his children and teach them to take their rightful place in the world while she also maintained this lovely home—with a slew of maids, servants, and other staff of course. She threw the best dinner parties and had a special banquet hall included in the new Napa Valley estate just for that purpose. She knew all the right people to invite, and they raised all the right money for all the right charities.

Yet here she was in midair, swaying back and forth, seeing herself reflected in the rectangular Craftsman-style floor mirror she personally had picked out for the nursery. The demon Palvakia held Heather by her strawberry-blonde hair, a mane her husband Jonathon Tait called “gorgeously luxurious,” while her lithe and toned, almost split-in-two body, spilled her blood and guts onto the new Berber carpet (a lovely light blue she also had personally picked out for the nursery). How important Heather had thought every design detail of this room was. She had placed so much importance on the mundane materials that now meant nothing. She was escaping into the blackness now, the dark abyss whose passage she hoped ended with a consummating light. Was there light beyond death and beyond this horror?

It was insane, Heather thought, that her husband, the man she loved and admired, was watching this scene unfold with an expressionless face as Mordock, a repulsive and despised demon, stood next to him. Mordock was in human form right now, unlike the demon who had torn her in half, but Heather still felt the evil lurking underneath. She had tried to banish Mordock from their lives and had pleaded with her husband to stand up to him. Yet Jonathon had done nothing to remove him from their lives or to stop Mordock from carrying out her murder. If there was a light at the end, how could the Keeper of Light cause this to happen or not prevent it in the first place?

And what of the twins? Alexander and Sophia were so beautiful and full of life, with old-soul eyes, even as infants. My lovely babies, Heather thought with her last bit of consciousness. Who will keep you from harm? Can your father somehow be your guardian angel? Will he succeed with you where he failed with me? The darkness with the light behind it is approaching. Will I see you in heaven? How long will I have to wait? Hopefully a long, long time…

Heather took her last breaths just as Palvakia began to devour her. To her horror, though, death did not come instantaneously. A morbid trick of the demons is to keep their victims on the cusp of dying so they can witness themselves being eaten. Heather couldn’t even scream as the pain ripped through the ever-decreasing parts of her body.

When Palvakia was finished, not one ounce of the physical being that once had been Heather Tait was left in the room. Even the carpet was clean…and the twins continued to sleep peacefully.

About the Author:

IMG_2068Sidney Stone is a hiker, deer whisperer and non-pretentious wine connoisseur. An addicted reviewer on Yelp, he is also creator of affordable housing (although technically he is homeless part-time), thinks The Replacements are the best band of the Eighties and loves to boost his LinkedIn count with people he doesn’t know.

He lives in both Northern and Southern California while constantly traveling to Orange County to visit his son, who can now beat his father at ping pong and chess rather easily (and is charmingly arrogant while doing it). A graduate of UC Irvine and Pepperdine University, Sidney wishes he chose at least one university to attend that had a college football team to root for.

The first scene Sidney thought of for Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War included a rather large massacre (take that for what it is worth). However, inspired by the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker; the book’s violence is offset by dark humor and deep human emotion just like in real life where Sidney’s darkness is offset by creatively placed sarcasm and an overwrought romanticism. For example, while Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War is a Fantasy-Horror novel, Sidney also still tears up at the end of both Field of Dreams and An Officer and a Gentleman.

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Review: A Lyrical Journey – “Baltic Mist”

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REVIEW:

Jennifer Lohr has beautifully captured the Viking essence in her historically themed novella, Baltic Mist. Aside from the lyrical prose, Baltic Mist wraps readers in a cocoon of rich, earthy narrative that is deceptively addictive, blending fantasy, history and good story-telling.

Baltic Mist follows a young woman’s journey from Norse farm girl during the 11th century to transformation into a Volva, a powerful seer. The story plays out against the turbulence of Scandinavia’s conversion to Christianity but doesn’t touch on that aspect until closer to the end.

Ms. Lohr has obviously done her research into Norse history and it shows. Her meticulous descriptions are both fascinating and educational. Helga’s character development and back story from infancy to maturity is well structured and cited with specific incidents at various stages of her life to portray growth. While the story contains a lot of narrative, it is neither boring nor sluggish.

This is a delightful foray into a historical setting that should please fans of historical fiction, Viking lore and fantasy. I love the fact it is based on a manuscript heralding a real life Viking but I believe readers searching for a fictional story utilizing a realistic historical setting will truly enjoy Baltic Mist. The genre is listed as Cultural Heritage, Legends and Mythology but I’m not sure those provide an adequate description.

Baltic Mist is a novella, and the first installment in a series.

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BALTIC MIST

A Timeless Saga

Jennifer Lohr

Genre:  Cultural Heritage, Legends, MythologyCover for Print

Publisher:  An Ancient Approach

ISBN: 978-0-61593-442-6

ASIN: 0615934420

Number of pages: 113 ebook – 246 print

Word Count: 27,452

Cover Artist: Jennifer Lohr

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Baltic Mist – A Timeless Saga is Jen Lohr’s next big creation.

It all began when she came across Egil’s Saga, written in the mid11th century, chronicling the life of Egil Skallagrimsson. The history surrounding the Viking awakened within Jen an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the Norse culture. A story was soon born, seen through the eyes of a young woman named Helga, originating from a character in Egil’s Saga.

Baltic Mist begins on a farm Norway, and takes the reader through the epic adventures of Helga’s enchanting life. Beginning in Book One, her tale falls against the backdrop of Scandinavia’s conversion to Christianity.  The saga continues in Books two and three to a finale that no one, even Helga herself, could have ever imagined!

A must read!

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EXCERPT:

CHAPTER ONE -Journey home with me.

My name is Mist, and know it was your fate, decided ages ago, to hear my tale. I am a legend whose legacy you are now part of, as you join me in history. Know as you read this:  all is as it should be, for there are no accidents. Destiny has brought you and I together, our connection has finally been made. This day was once foreseen, and your time to know me has come. Although I breathed in the air centuries before as you do now, pieces of me continue on. Come, as I now wish to show you not who I was, but rather who I am….

Follow me back to my time, before the likes of all that you know now, here and today.Visit alongside me my beloved northern homeland as it once was, so very long ago.  Behold its massive forests – so lush, green, and already ancient by the time of my existence. Come to where great cascading rivers spill over rocky cliffs, where their spray can be felt, splashing on the rolling hills below.

The dawning of my life was a special time for my parents. I would be their first born maid-child.  I took my first breaths during the period after theYule Festival and before the coming of spring,when the earth gave way to a warmer sun and seeds of growth. After my birth it was told my mother, Hilde, accepted me by permitting me to nurse milk from her breast. It was then my father tearfully held me on his knee and passionately announced,”It is known, a daughter has been born:  Helga Thorfinsdotter…she belongs to me, Thorfinn Bondesson.  I choose her name in honor of my mother,who is now among the dead.” He then sprinkled drops of water over my tiny infant body.

This was the way I became a member of my family, officially, and they rejoiced in the goddesses Frigg and Freyja.  Many were grateful to the two goddesses for delivering me safely from my mother’s womb, while leaving her unscathed and in good health, for I was brought forth humbly, with the assistance of only a single helping-woman when typically two were needed. Mother bore me at our home in the region of Eida Skog, within the immense forest at the heart of Norway.

Soon after, my mother’s belly brought upon our household another blessing of a child.

This birth was that of a boy-child. He healthily suckled and grew past the age of concern where sadly, many an infant did not thrive beyond.  He was named Helgi, and grew to be a strong, fearless young man.  His bravery matched warriors twice his age, and he lived true to the laws of the land.  Helgi was a fine addition to complement the pride found in our honorable name.

My parents’ marriage was not the typical wedded arrangement of our time. Hilde’s parents hadn’t the chance to follow through in their own agreement; sadly, they succumbed to a terrible illness -one which she and her brothers thankfully survived.  After their parents were gone, the hardship of managing their sheep farm was very difficult for Hilde’s brothers; and they decided against marrying her off. They guarded her interests of any wedding negotiations, in replacement of their father.

Two men very suitable to wed had been turned down by her brothers.It became apparent to Hilde their indecision was not the reason for the refusals, but rather their reluctance to become short-handed. Legally, she was permitted to accept the third proposal from Thorfinn’s family, and she did.

After the feasting of the celebration, she joined Thorfinn in Eida Skog.  Accompanied by her rightful portion of sheep from her family’s farm, she began her new role as woman of the house.This was the way we Norse lived. Ownership of livestock, land, and other assets over-ruled love, a factor absent in the conditions of a marriage.

Hilde often statedIwould follow her lineage of women-folk, all of whom were versed in the distinctive and specialized gift of seiðr -the ability to see things that others could not, and know truths unspoken to most.  Hilde herself was acclaimed as a well-known prophetess, known to my people as a völva.

Since mother was versed in the art of seiðr, she frequently traveled to assist others with her skill. With her wand as her companion, she donned an elaborate cloak-hooded, lined with fur, and ornamented with jeweled pieces.  Its blue shade held special meaning, symbolizing death; but such reference did not indicate evil, but rather the wisdom held by these seeing women.  It was believed by my people much knowledge could be gained from those who had passed on into the realm of the dead, just as our god Odin did, when he desired to learn of his future. He rose up from death a very wise völva, so ancient she was older than the giants that once walked the earth She was present at the very beginning of creation.  She explained to him how all came to be.

“You, too, will practice as a völva one day, daughter. Know of the lineage from which you come, since my mother and her clan of mothers before are of  the goddess Frigg.This is where my power of prophecy comes from, little Helga. “She first told me when I was a small child, only three years of age, in her usual confident tone.

When will I see, mother?” My tiny voice asked her as I squinted my eyes, to better concentrate and focus.  Mother looked down at me, smiling.

About the Author:

IMG_0668Jen was first published when she was a sophomore in High School, and has been writing short stories ever since. The Baltic Mist series is her fictional novel debut. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and their four children.

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Spotlight on: Cowboys & Vampires

Let ‘er buck!

The Cowboy and the Vampire Reboot

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The phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is a lie. It’s a damn lie. People do it all the time. Art is truth.

To mark the upcoming May 2014 release of the third book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, the series was treated to a gothic western makeover, with artwork commissioned exclusively for the series.

“We wanted to give readers something special and the new covers get right to the heart of the series,” said co-author Hays. “Go on and judge the books by these covers! They bring together the paranormal and the western elements perfectly, setting a dark tone with just a hint of the humor.”

“Each time you look at the images, you see something a bit different, even more of the opposites-attract romantic theme pops, and the overtones of simmering passion,” said co-author McFall.

Get caught up on the love between Tucker and Lizzie now before the release of book three.

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The Cowboy and the Vampire

Book 1

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

“Deliciously dark.” – Booklist

Welcome to LonePine, Wyoming, where the best of the American west faces off against the rise of the undead. It’s a love story for the ages.

Worlds collide when a broke cowboy and a glamorous big city reporter fall lipstick over boot heels in love. But she carries a 2,000-year-old secret in her veins that will test their unusual romance.

Saddle up for a hilarious, existential gallop through the dying west with an army of ancient bloodsuckers in hot pursuit.
 

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Book 2

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

“Strong writing, funny characters … riveting.” – Kirkus Reviews 

Welcome back to LonePine, Wyoming. It’s like any other slowly dying town in the modern American West. Except it’s suddenly lousy with vampires.

Cultures clash as the vampire illuminati ride into town to settle ancient scores, test loyalties and thrash out a new world order. Can the fragile relationship between a cowboy and a vampire survive lust, betrayal and country music?

Grab the reins and hold on tight as Tucker and Lizzie stampede through rural America and across the vampire afterlife, desperate to protect their unlikely love.

A Tangled Publishing History

The first book of this series, A Very Unusual Romance, was published in 1999, long before the vampire craze. With comparisons to Anne Rice and Zane Grey, the book gained a devoted following with initial sales of more than 10,000 print units. Fast forward a decade, and the publisher (Llewellyn) brought out the book as a second edition in 2010, aiming to capitalize on the Twilight mega-hit. Meanwhile, the authors wrote the second book in the series — Blood and Whiskey — bringing it out under their own imprint (Pumpjack Press, 2012). In 2013, they gained the rights back for the original book, and now, with book three poised for publication in May 2014, the restored Cowboy and Vampire series has been redesigned with exclusive art and is coming out for the first time in 15 years as a complete collection. Yippi-ki-yay!

About the Authors:HaysMcfall

Between the two of them, Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to energy journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met, their writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection as a test for marriage. They passed. Clark and Kathleen now live in Portland, Oregon.

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About the Artist

When asked about his biggest artistic influences, Aaron Perkins says there are too many to name, but when pressed mentions Gustav Klimt, Modigliani and the full-on art deco and nouveau movements, abstraction expressionism and surrealism. Aaron is also a big fan of concert poster art. That heady and diverse collection of inspiration shows up in The Cowboy and Vampire Collection covers.

HIS DAKOTA BRIDE – Romance To Sigh For

HIS DAKOTA BRIDE
Dakota Hearts, Book 5

Lisa Mondello

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: March 17, 2014

Words: 22,050
Language: English

ISBN: 9781940512044

ASIN: B00IA6OF9I

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REVIEW:

Lisa Mondello has written another “pull at your heartstrings” romance with HIS DAKOTA BRIDE, Book 5 of the Dakota Hearts series. The shorter length contains all the emotional impact of a full length novel in a fast paced plot of lost love and redemption.

I think this might be my favorite book in the Dakota Heart series . . . but I’ve said that after reading each title. Sigh.

Wade McKinnon returns to his hometown of Rudolph, South Dakota to renew the love he once shared with Skylar Barnett. The only problem is Skylar thought he died in a Tsunami five years ago. Since she was pregnant with Wade’s son, she moved to Rudolph to be around his family but kept the child’s father a secret. She eventually meets and marries a good fellow by the name of Jay, who tries to make the marriage work until he realizes Skylar will never love him.

Wade has been in hiding since his secret work for the government placed his family in jeopardy all those years ago, but as soon as he learns of Skylar’s newly single status, he decides to “resurrect” himself. Skylar is not the only one hurt by his deliberate disappearance. The tight McKinnon family is wounded, as well, and everyone is having a hard time separating the joy of his return from the anger over his lies. Wade obviously has a lot of fences to mend.

I see-sawed between the characters motives, undecided about who was right and who was wrong. I understood Skylar’s pain and wanting to distance herself from Wade but I also validated Wade’s decision to remain in hiding. In the end, I just wanted them to kiss and make up and boy howdy, did they ever! It was a sweet journey to get there because those two characters are chock full of raw angst. The layers are so perfectly written that I found myself experiencing the same internal tug of war as Skylar and Wade.

Ms. Mondello weaves a brief synopsis of the coupling history from the first four books, and includes key characters in the story line. It’s because of her subtle effort that I would not have been confused if HIS DAKOTA BRIDE had been the first title I read from the series.

HIS DAKOTA BRIDE is short, sweet and full of romance – and demonstrates why Lisa Mondello a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Best Selling Author.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The story of the South Dakota McKinnon clan continues in HIS DAKOTA BRIDE, book 5 of DAKOTA HEARTS.

Her heart had always belonged to Wade McKinnon…

When single mother, Skylar Barnett, came to South Dakota, she thought her life was just beginning. Newly pregnant, she waited for the love of her life, Wade McKinnon, to join her so they could start their life near his family. But her joy quickly shattered after learning Wade was presumed killed during a tsunami that hit the small Asian island they’d both worked on in the Peace Corp. She’d spent the last four years making peace with her decision to marry a man she didn’t love so her baby would have a father. But marrying the wrong man when her heart belonged to Wade was the biggest mistake of her life.

Secrets and circumstance kept them apart…

No one in Wade McKinnon’s life knew that his work with the Peace Corp. was just a cover for his real job in a secret military agency. Not even Skylar, the woman he’d fallen hard for the moment he’d laid eyes on her. But when his mission in Asia suddenly became too dangerous and all agents in the field were ordered to disappear, using the tragic events of the tsunami on the island where they’d met seemed like the only way to keep Skylar and their unborn baby safe until the situation cooled down. As much as it killed him, Wade stepped aside when he learned Skylar had moved on with another man. But now that she’s free, he’s determined to do everything he can to win back her love and claim the life they’d dreamed of sharing.

The Dakota Hearts series includes:

HER DAKOTA MAN book 1
BADLAND BRIDE book 2
DAKOTA HEAT book 3
WILD DAKOTA HEART book 4
HIS DAKOTA BRIDE book 5
DAKOTA WEDDING book 6 (later in 2014)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She

Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You won Best First Book in the Golden Quill. Her books have finaled in the HOLT Medallion, and the Colorado Award of Excellence contests. In 2011 she re-released her award winning book All I Want for Christmas is You along with a re-issue of her romantic comedy, The Marriage Contract, with a new contemporary romance called The Knight and Maggie’s Baby.blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen.

In 2012 she reissued the first 3 books of her popular Western Romance Series TEXAS HEARTS including Her Heart for the Asking, His Heart for the Trusting and The More I See. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List.

You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at lisamondello.blogspot.com

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