Saturday, February 27, 2021

Healed with a Kiss by Sharon Buchbinder - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Healed with a Kiss
Cat's Paw Cove Book 20
by Sharon Buchbinder
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Brendan Redbird is a man of science and a medical professional. When this very uptight, predictable guy is adopted by a naughty talking cat (Tom) and his two brothers (Dick and Harry), Brendan's life makes an unpredictable turn.

Tom smacks a girl on the butt and lets Brendan take the blame. The only problem is the girl Tom smacked is a water nymph, Myrotessa, or Tessa for short. She isn't about to let Brendan off with that ridiculous excuse. Tessa has healing waters and the gift of prophecy—but she did not see that coming.

When the magical felines of Cat's Paw Cove begin succumbing to a mysterious malady, Tessa and Brendan are forced to work together to find a cure. Along the way to helping others, they fix the cracks in their hearts—and are healed with a kiss.



 

Tessa Crinos sat on the ledge of the fountain in Calico Court at sunrise and ran her fingers through the water. She asked the Potomoi, the gods of rivers and streams, to help her keep the waters of the fountain pure and to safeguard all the waters of Cat’s Paw Cove. When she finished her prayers and blessings, she rose and headed to Feline Fine Retirement Home, or FFRH. Today was a big delivery day, and as beverage manager, it was her job to make sure everything was in order. Goddess forbid that Agnes find something missing or that the wrong bottled waters had been delivered. The diminutive FFRH administrator would have Tessa’s head if anything was wrong. Who knew brownies could be so bossy? The Potomoi Assembly could have at least warned her before they assigned her to Cat’s Paw Cove and FFRH. She entered the spacious kitchen, said good morning to Malik, the executive chef, donned a jacket bearing her name—and stopped.

“Malik, where is that loud music coming from? It’s five in the morning.”

“I think it’s coming from the dining room. I arrived a few seconds before you.”

Tessa grimaced. “Wait until Agnes hears it!”

As if conjured by her name, a tiny woman dressed in a matching brown skirt and top with her name—Agnes—sewn on the blouse pocket, flung the dining room door open. Her bun was quivering; never a good sign. With a British accent that could either soothe or slice, she pointed at Tessa and said, “I need to speak with the two of you immediately.”

Turning, the diminutive administrator motioned for Tessa and Malik to follow her.

Later, the dining room would be filled with Supernaturals clustered at their preferred tables and talking and laughing. Right at the moment, rock and roll music drowned out any chance of a normal conversation.

Agnes led Tessa to a long table beneath a large window. The table bore an assortment of Valentine’s Day decorations in miniature, along with a doll’s house. The house, a made to scale model of the Victorian style retirement home, had been decked out for a party—complete with tiny heart-shaped balloons, red and pink lights that blinked on and off, and a tiny jukebox.

Tessa yelled to be heard over the foot-tapping song. “How do we turn this thing off?”

Agnes shook her head. “We can’t until we agree to hold a Valentine’s Day party. The Decorators insist. Normally, we have special food and a festive dinner, but this year they want to go big with a rock and roll party from the fifties.”

“That only gives us two weeks to prepare,” Malik yelled. “I may be a jinni, but even some things are beyond my abilities.”

Tessa recalled an Under the Sea Ball she’d worked on with her cousins, the Oceanids. “Unless—”

“Go on,” Agnes exclaimed. “We’re waiting.”

“Years ago, I planned a huge party for Oceanus, but I didn’t do it alone. We had a small group that organized the event and energized everyone to participate. I bet if we ask Madame Jinniyah and Tatesta Redbird to co-chair a committee, they’d be happy to do it.”

Malik nodded. “Ever since Ynez moved to Orlando with Dexter, Madame Jinniyah has been at loose ends. She’d love a new project.”

Agnes frowned. “Tatesta would want to invite her grandchildren.”

Tessa clapped her hands and shouted, “The bigger the better!”

Malik stroked his chin. “That’s all well and good for the Supernaturals and their families, but what about the cats? They have lots of opinions—on everything.”

“No one should be left out. We’ll ask them to serve on the committee.”

“This is going to be huge.” Agnes rubbed her hands and smiled. “Harold and I will have such fun cleaning up after, we’ll be up all night.”

Tessa laughed. “It’s a win-win. How do we let the Decorators know we’ve agreed to hold the biggest Valentine’s Day bash FFRH has ever seen?”

The music stopped.

“Blessed silence,” Agnes breathed. “Their house heard us.”

Tessa leaned down near the jukebox. “My favorite artists from that era are Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. I’d love it if you could play their songs.”

The tiny jukebox flashed its lights and played the first few notes of Johnny B. Goode.

Tessa smiled. “This is going to be so much fun. I can’t wait to get started.”





Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. She is the author of the Hotel LaBelle Series, the Jinni Hunter Series, and the Obsession Series. When not attempting to make students and colleagues laugh or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, herding cats, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.





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Dead & Gone by Annie Anderson - Book Blitz + Giveaway

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Dead and Gone
Annie Anderson
(Grave Talker #2)
Publication date: February 23rd 2021
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

There are few things worse than being on the Arcane Bureau of Investigation’s naughty list.

To keep myself out of hot water, I’ve made a deal with the devil—using my skills as a grave talker to help the ABI solve some very cold cases.

But there is something mighty amiss in this task—especially when quite a few of these cases lead me right back to my home town of Haunted Peak and the secrets buried there.

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“Out less than a minute and already talking to spirits and punching ghosts. Way to go, Adler.”

That smooth voice did not belong to my best friend, J. Oh, no. I wasn’t that lucky. The big hunk of man-meat Siobhan had been talking about was not my partner, but the death mage ABI agent who’d simultaneously saved my bacon and torched it.

I swung my head to face Bishop La Roux, straightening my shoulders like I was going to have to punch him, too.

Dressed in a criminally hot pair of jeans and a T-shirt that should be illegal in at least five states, Bishop held out a bag with a very familiar logo on it like he was warding off a lion. Ignoring his messy hair and scruffy beard, I met his coal-dark eyes with suspicion. But instead of punching him like I had Hildy, I snatched the Si SeƱor bag from his hands, opened it, and dug in. The prison fare was a step above cat food, in my opinion, and just the thought of that yummy bit of heaven made my mouth water.

“Good to see tacos still work,” he said, chuckling. “You need a ride home?”

The last time he’d needed to bribe me, he’d done it with these tacos. Good god in heaven, I was a pushover. I ignored the ridiculously hot man in favor of unwrapping a taco one-handed and shoving an end in my mouth. My teeth crunched into the blissfully crispy half-steak, half-pork taco, and my eyes rolled back in my head.

“Maybe,” I said around a mouthful of food. If he were any other man, I might have felt weird about my rudeness, but just like Hildy, Bishop was on thin ice. Though, tacos were an excellent way to strengthen his footing.

That taco was gone in another two bites, and I swallowed the yumminess before continuing, “How’d you hear about me getting out? Even I didn’t know until today.”

Bishop gave me a sly smile. “A little birdy told me.”

“I suppose you could give me a ride if you don’t have anything better to do,” I conceded, my tone only mildly petulant.

“No, Adler,” Bishop said, his voice a hell of a lot closer than it had been a few seconds ago. I whipped my head back to find him solidly in my space. “I don’t have anywhere else I want to be.”

Well, okay then.


Author Bio:

Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she'll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life... interesting.

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Death at Rainbow Cottage by Jo Allen - Book Tour

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Death at Rainbow Cottage

At the end of the rainbow, a man lies dead.

The apparently motiveless murder of a man outside the home of controversial equalities activist Claud Blackwell and his neurotic wife, Natalie, is shocking enough for a peaceful local community. When it’s followed by another apparently random killing immediately outside Claud’s office, DCI Jude Satterthwaite has his work cut out. Is Claud the killer, or the intended victim?

To add to Jude’s problems, the arrival of a hostile new boss causes complications at work, and when a threatening note arrives at the police headquarters, he has real cause to fear for the safety of his friends and colleagues…

A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.

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Author Bio – Jo Allen is the author of the successful DCI Satterthwaite series of detective novels set in and around the English Lake District, where she lives. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read – crime. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she's a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

 

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A Chance Encounter by Rae Shaw - Cover Reveal

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A Chance Encounter

Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, that is until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?

Mark works for Haynes’s vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers.

His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend whom she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret.

For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?

Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives in danger.

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Publication Date: 24th March

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Author Bio – 

Rae Shaw is a pen name for the author Rachel Walkley.

 

Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.

As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets.

 

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Stolen by Marlena Frank - Audio Book Tour

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Author: Marlena Frank

Narrator: Caoilainn O'Horen

Length: 11 hours 32 minutes

Series: The Stolen Series, Book 1

Publisher: The Parliament House

Released: Dec. 16, 2020

Genre: Fantasy; YA


It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted. In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy.
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 Marlena Frank is the author of books and novellas that span genres from young adult fantasy to horror. Her debut novel, Stolen Book 1 of the Stolen series, has hit the Amazon bestseller charts twice. She has two books coming out in 2021: Chosen, the final book in the Stolen trilogy, and The Impostor and Other Dark Tales, a collection of dark fantasy and horror short stories. Marlena has also written several fantasy and horror short stories, which have been included in notable anthologies such as Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Not Your Average Monster Volume 2, and The Sirens Call issue #29. Although she was born in Tennessee, Marlena has spent most of her life in Georgia. She lives with her sister and three spoiled cats. She serves as the Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and is an avid member of the Atlanta cosplay community. She is also a Hufflepuff, an INFJ, a tea drinker, and a wildlife enthusiast.
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 Caoilainn is a narrator hailing from Los Angeles, they work from their professional home recording studio. Having grown up in the generation inspired by the Disney renaissance, they fell in love with animation and the voices behind the characters. Having been an avid reader, Caoilainn was originally going to school for animation and game design but switched their career path when they learned about audio books and how one person could bring so many characters to life. They started their Voice Over career in early 2017 and it has been their primary focus since then.
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  1. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? 

The Stolen series is based on my fascination with ancient Irish and Gaelic mythology. I found the use of magic in these old tales fascinating. Mogh Roith and his flying chariot with oxen is just one of many incredible examples. My Faeries are loosely based on portrayals of The Sidhe, especially in their historical relationship with people.


  1. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?

I like to write in a variety of genres, from YA fantasy to dark fantasy and even horror. I find it difficult to lock myself in on one side or the other. The benefit is that I can switch from more lighthearted writing to more frightening work, so I don’t get burned out on either end. I am forced to look at my work differently as I write different tones. I think it helps!


  1. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? 

I’m an avid audiobook listener and I find that although I love reading a physical book and my ebooks, there’s something about audiobooks that really engrosses me. When I’m driving and dealing with terrible traffic, if I have an audiobook going, I don’t get nearly as upset because I’m so focused on the book. It’s wonderful for a work commute because it helps me disconnect from the stress I’m dealing with at work. It’s also a great way to experience a book without straining my eyes since I’m already on the computer so often.

  1. If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go? 

I know most people would like to travel into the past, but I would rather travel into the future. I know that something as optimistic as a Star Trek: The Next Generation type of future is far-fetched, but that would be amazing to see that level of equality and curiosity mixed together. As a computer scientist, I would also love to see how far our technology goes. We are still in the early stages of the field so there’s a lot of opportunity down the road.

 

  1. What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?

I honestly think that’s ridiculous. For some, it’s the only way they can experience a book, so it completely ignores people who rely on it for accessibility reasons. On top of that, I think listening to the audiobook breathes new life into a book. It’s like you’re hearing someone across from you tell you a story, much like campfire tales for example. It really adds to the storyteller experience which I think is fantastic. I am a huge fan of audiobooks and podcasts for that reason.


  1. What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump? 

When I’m in a writing slump, the only way to get out of it for me is to start writing. It doesn’t matter what I write, whether it’s a short story for something completely different, a scene way ahead of where I currently am, or just fleshing out some character backgrounds. Most of the time I work on writing the scene I’m stuck on anyway and even if it’s terrible when I’m done, I’ll go back and strengthen it during edits. I’ve found after doing this for several books that these scenes I’m stuck on at first end up being some of the strongest and most emotional scenes in the book because I’ve spent so much time tweaking them.


When I’m in a reading slump, that’s much harder for me to get out of unfortunately. I’ve found that changing reading choices helps, such as going for short stories instead of novels for a while, or even picking up a comic book or graphic novel. I read a lot of books at once so I also have a tendency of swapping between books whenever I get stuck on one book. Usually that means I have a bunch of books in my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads!


  1. In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series? 

There are pros and cons to both a standalone and a series beyond just the audience and the genre of the book. I think you get a lot of room to experiment in a standalone. You can do whatever you want with the characters and the world without having to worry about consistency or dealing with it five books later. A standalone book lends itself to more unique storytelling.


However, nothing really beats the amount of world-building and character development that you can do in a series. From redemption arcs to dramatic spirals, it’s so much fun to see how an epic tale fleshes out and evolves. In a standalone you just don’t get the space to do that. In that regard it’s like comparing a movie to a TV series, the more space you have the more you can flesh out everything.


  1. Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?

Absolutely, in fact I’ve written books based on my dreams before. The Seeking, a YA Horror novel that came out in 2020, was inspired by a vivid dream that I woke from and had to scribble down really quick before I lost it. I find the act of writing about stories and characters helps to get the worlds and characters out of my head and my dreams and onto the page. It’s a great way to expel them so others can enjoy them.


  1. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Becoming an author is difficult. Most of it comes down to motivating yourself even when you receive a bunch of rejections or feel like your work just isn’t good enough. That’s okay, every author has felt that and you’re not alone. Believe in yourself and your work. Even if you aren’t where you want to be right now, you will get there if you keep working at it. Keep writing, keep improving, and keep learning about how to become an author. There are so many channels available today, it’s really just deciding what you want to do and how you want to get there.


  1. What’s next for you?

The final book in the Stolen trilogy, Chosen, comes out March 23rd, 2021 – so very soon! I’m so excited to finish my first series and I can’t wait to see what people think of the exciting conclusion. I’ve heard so many people who have fallen in love with this series, who have reached out to let me know it’s gotten them through some tough times. I’m so glad Shaleigh and her story have helped so many.


After that I have a short story anthology that will be released in October, The Impostor and Other Dark Tales. This is a compilation of previously published stories and originals, including some short fiction that helped to inspire the Stolen series.


After that, I’m working on a YA dark fantasy werewolf/steampunk series. I’ll be re-releasing my novella that spawned the series, The She-Wolf of Kanta, and then releasing the other books shortly after. I’m not yet sure how many books it will span, but I’m looking to start releasing them in 2022. Follow my mailing list to keep up to date with all my future releases and get a free exclusive fantasy short story as well!


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The A'vean Chronicles by G.R. Thomas - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Awaken
The A'vean Chronicles Book 1
by G.R. Thomas
Genre: Urban Fantasy



SOME PEOPLE AREN'T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?


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Surrender
The A'vean Chronicles Book 2


Sophia Woodville's life is anything but ordinary. You can't be ordinary when you've discovered you're an Earth-born Angel. Alone and suddenly powerless in the stinking heat of the Daimon realm, Sophia has been betrayed by the one person she trusted most. She must find a way to escape and continue her quest to unravel the clues left for her eyes only, fighting the Zombie-like Rogues to preserve the prophecies of Enoch. Only then can the Fallen Angels return to their homeland and humanity be released from the grip of Yeqon and his evil horde.




Allegiance
The A'vean Chronicles Book 3


Paranormal urban fantasy that gets darker with every turn of the page.

The safer you feel, the more danger you’re in…”
Sophia Woodville has survived Yeqon’s clutches to return to the safety of Kaymakli. Despite loss and the kidnapping of her best friend, she gains strength, knowledge and a healthy appetite for revenge in a world overrun by Daimon. Whilst focused on Enoch’s clues for the portal, she doesn’t notice that there is another danger rising, a new enemy with a different agender. At a time when she’s pulled between loyalty and obligation, between those she loves and the strange prisoner called Ben, Sophia has to find a way to bring everyone together, to know friend from foe, and to end the bloodshed, to save humanity from destruction.




 
Redemption
The A'vean Chronicles Book 4


A'maggedon is coming.

Vengeance...a comforting echo…a warm hug that tantalised the darkest of thoughts.”
Despair has left Sophia prey to the same evil she is trying to overcome. It’s only those she’s brought together that help her face the evil sisters, Anjou’elle and Neph’reus who have elevated themselves as the new darkness… or are they? Unusual and brazen vampire attacks across the world are terrifying humanity to the brink of war and sending the fallen angels of A’vean to ground for their own survival. The weight of Sophia’s destiny is heavier than ever. With more than one enemy, with a world in chaos, will a devil be her saviour, will an angel be her downfall?







I grew up in Melbourne, Australia in the 1970's when entertainment came in the form of sport or a good book. I chose both. An avid love affair with my pinto horse ensued as well as a healthy diet of any book I could get my hands on. English and history were always my favourite subjects so logically I studied to become a Critical Care Nurse! Books, particularly historical fantasy, have remained my number one go to for a healthy retreat from the craziness of the real world. After having a beautiful family and bringing a wonderful nursing career to a close, I finally took the time to write down one of the many stories that have been swirling around in my dreams for years. My dreamscape is rich with fantasy that both inspires and frightens me at the same time. I am pulling out those threads and spinning them into the type of stories I love to read. I'm finally letting out all my angels and demons.





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