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Science Fiction Book Spotlight: Tumbleweeds by Louis Psaltiras


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Science Fiction/Horror


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In 1960 an alien object crashes from space to a remote rural farm in a sparsely populated town of Yarrawonga, Australia. Strange and macabre unexplained incidents begin occurring amongst the town’s population— murders, humans undergoing alien mutations, and zombie attacks are frequent, then the incidents abruptly stop!
Decades later the macabre murders and alien mutations resurface. The Pappas siblings Olivia, a forensic coroner; Daniel, a physics professor; and Addison, a law enforcement officer begin to investigate. They suspect an alien conspiracy involving innocuous looking Tumbleweeds.
Is the alien object the catalyst for all this evil? Or is this part of an invasion involving a sophisticated alien race? Who will believe Olivia, Daniel and Addison? Who will stop this evil? Government super powers are alerted around the world, to do battle against the annihilation of the human race…

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Paranormal Spotlight: Princesses of the Night by Tich Brewster and Teresa Fuentez @TichBrewster @TeresaFuentez


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New Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal / Magical Realism


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Royal Blood Book 1

Release Date: 9/19/17

Tanya is a hardworking college student but her whole world is turned upside down when she meets a mysterious man on Halloween. All that she thought was fiction is now her reality. A night life filled with fangs and blood—and an evil vampire that wants her dead.

She and her friends are the chosen ones, destined long ago, to save this world from destruction. That’s not easy when your enemy is your sire’s son.

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Excerpt:

He chuckled. “You’ve already lost.”

It was so dark, she could barely see. Remembering there was a lamp in the corner with a clap-on, clap-off setting, she clapped her hands. Nothing. Oh, right. No power. Using the flashlight app on her phone, she shined it toward them but it wasn’t enough. He pulled the woman to the other side of the room, into the shadow of a large filling cabinet.

Wrapping a muscular arm around the woman’s waist to hold her in place, he brought the knife he was holding in his other hand to the base of her throat. Dear Lord, what was going on in this store? Who was this man, and who in the world was this poor, defenseless woman?

Needing to know her identity, Tanya took a couple of steps in their direction. The woman’s short, dark-brown curls moved where her captor’s breath was blowing next to her ear. She shined her light at the frightened young woman. Big, bright-blue eyes were staring back at Tanya, pleadingly.

Taking another small step forward, Tanya gasped. “Danny, is that you?” Dannika Wile, Tanya’s cousin and best friend, was the one in danger, and there was no way Tanya could save her from this crazed maniac.

At Tanya’s advance, the intruder pressed the knife into her cousin’s throat a little more, and a droplet of blood formed beneath the blade. As if smelling the tinny odor, he smiled at Tanya in a manner that reminded her of a lunatic.

Tanya was struggling to breathe as she whispered, “Oh jeez, mister.” She wanted to advance and help her cousin, but she knew it would do more damage than good so she stayed put. “Look, just let her go. I’ll give you whatever you want, just let her go.”

The shadows concealed him well enough she couldn’t see his expression, but his laugh said it all. The fear coursing through Tanya’s body amused him.

Surely this was a nightmare and she’d awaken any moment. At a last attempt to save Dannika, she said, “Hey, I have access to the safe. I mean it, whatever you want, it’s yours.”

“You have nothing that interests me, little girl.” In one swift movement, he sliced through Dannika’s neck.

Dannika’s eyes meet Tanya’s briefly, and the terror there was enough to make Tanya scream. A split second later, Dannika’s body fell limp. “No,” Tanya screamed at the man standing before her.

“You’re next,” he growled. Cackling, he brought the knife up to his mouth and licked the blade clean.


Romantic Suspense Spotlight & Author Interview: Secret Need by Satin Russell @MsJanyaa


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Romantic Suspense


Secret Need

The Harper Sisters Book 2

Liz may be forced to entrust her life to Alex, but can she trust him with her heart?

Liz Harper is a woman in control of her life. As the owner and mechanic of the best garage in town, she is strong, confident, and in demand. It’s a far cry from her high school days spent as the social outcast. Then she runs into the boy who harassed her as a kid, only now he’s the good-looking man who is showing interest in her. Despite the attraction, she’s determined to keep her distance.

When Alex Weston returns to Bath, Maine to care for his ailing father, the place feels exactly the same. Everything except the awkward girl he used to tease. Liz Harper is all grown up and her transformation is the most intriguing thing about this place. If only he could convince her to give him the time of day.

Then fate throws them together and they discover big secrets lurk in the shadows of this small town. Caught up in a world of drugs and murder and accused of crimes they did not commit, they’re now on the run. They must learn to rely on each other if they’re going to survive.

This is a romantic suspense novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger!
Readers 18+
This is the second book in the Harper Sisters Trilogy, but each book can be read as a stand alone.

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Excerpt:

 “Please tell me there are some shoes in there.”

He dug into the sack and handed her the ugliest flip-flops she had ever seen in her entire life. Then again, anything was better than what she was currently wearing. Well, anything other than a pair of stilettos, maybe.

Eager to get moving, she sat on the rock and peeled the wet and muddy slippers off her feet. The big toe on her left foot was crusted over in dried blood from accidentally kicking a tree stump. She was also fairly certain she’d sprained the little toe on her right foot.

“Geez, Liz. Why didn’t you tell me it was this bad?”

“There was nothing either of us could have done about it.” She bent her head down to inspect her feet closer. “They weren’t so bad this morning. This happened while we were running from the cops.”

Alex reached over and touched a particularly sore spot on the sole of her foot. She sucked in her breath. “Sorry, there’s a large and gnarly splinter here. I’m going to try to get it out.”

“With what?”

After digging in the bag for a moment, he proudly brandished the first aid kit. “I thought this would come in handy. Just sit there for a minute and relax. I’ll patch up what I can.”

Despite the sorry state of her feet, this was pushing the bounds of intimacy a bit too much. She pulled back. “You don’t have to do that. I can take care of it.” It was embarrassing to think about Alex so close to her dirty feet.

A tingle of electricity raced up her inner thigh as she felt his fingers wrap around her ankle, warm and sure. He looked up. “Let me do it. I want to help.”

Liz stilled, unsure of how to respond. Alex took out a disinfectant wipe and cleaned her various scrapes and scratches with long soothing strokes. Why had she never known how sensitive the arch of her foot was before?

She fell under the spell of his slow and steady touch, loving the way he traced the bones in her ankle and pads of her toes. Gradually, the pain in her foot was eclipsed by the gentle way Alex tended to her. She’d just started to relax under his ministrations when there was a slight pause. Liz opened her eyes right as she felt a quick tug and sting. “Ouch!”

“Sorry,” he shot her a sheepish grin. “I had to get the splinter out.”

“Maybe give a little warning next time,” she grumbled.

He smiled and turned his attention to her other foot. “Yes, ma’am.”


About the Author:

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Satin Russell was a financial advisor for many years up until she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer back in April 2013.

It took her a year of saving and planning before she was able to commit to her goal full-time. Her debut novel, Secret Hunger, was published in April of 2015.

Satin lives in Massachusetts and is married to the love of her life, a man who literally flew halfway around the world for her. Other than writing, she loves reading, supporting fellow authors (especially self-published ones,) traveling, and photography. She’s also partial to a good whiskey every now and then.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

The biggest reason I wanted to become a writer is because I was such a voracious reader. As a kid, I always had my nose in a book. Classics, romance, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, you name it, I read it. In fact, there was one summer my dad grounded me from reading – that’s how much I liked to read.

Unfortunately, as I got older, I grew away from my goal of becoming a writer. I think that happens to a lot of us as we grow up. It didn’t seem like a viable career option. Instead, I did the “adult” thing; went to school, met a man, got married, started a career in finance, and worked my 9-5 office job.

Then, in the wee hours of my 36th birthday, I woke up and thought, “How the heck did I get here?” I was filled with feelings of restlessness and felt the need to CHOOSE the direction my life was headed. I wondered if, up until that point, it had all just been a series of reactions.

I realized that I wanted to make a change. Let me tell you, that alone is a hard decision to make. It takes a LOT (a lot, a lot…) of courage to decide you want to change your situation, especially if what you have isn’t wholly uncomfortable. If – actually – for the most part your life is fairly good. And yet, some part of you is still unsatisfied. Left wondering, “What if?” It’s like a little splinter that keeps catching you in your instep when you’re walking.

I’m lucky. My husband listened to what I was saying and has supported my efforts. Now, my second book came out August 2017 and I’m already working on my third. I honestly say couldn’t be happier! Even a bad day of writing is a good day for me.

How many books do you currently have published?

Two as of August 2017. I plan on finishing The Harper Sisters Trilogy, and then move on from there. Who knows? I might even shift genres a bit.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

For some reason, my second book, Secret Need, was incredibly difficult to write. I think I learned just enough from writing my first book that I realized how much I didn’t know. It gave me anxiety and it took me twice as long to complete, but I think it is a better book overall.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I am! I’m currently writing my third book in The Harper Sisters trilogy. It is about the third sister, Fiona.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love being a master of my own universe! I can change everything to fit my worldview. From mundane details such as hair color, to larger concepts about stalking, drug addiction, and bullying.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Yes, I think everybody does now and then. The only way to get over it is to go through it. Sure, go for a walk, take a long shower, do some yoga…but in the end, the only way you’re going to get through writer’s block is to sit at your computer and stare at the blank screen. Eventually, something will bubble up. It may not be good, but it’s a start.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Yes! I completely changed who my main antagonist was for Secret Need. Talk about a re-write, ugh. But, the minute I realized who the real bad guy was, it was like the entire story couldn’t wait to be written. That’s how I knew it was worth the extra work to fix it.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

I really like Liz Harper from Secret Need. She’s prickly, quick-witted, and a little standoffish. In real life I’m more of a “people pleaser” like her older sister, Olivia. It was nice to have an outlet for all those snarky retorts that I hardly ever choose to say in real life. And in writing, you always have time to think of a great response!

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

Hm, I would have to say I really liked writing the trunk scene with Olivia in Secret Hunger. There isn’t a lot of light in a car trunk and it forced me to close my eyes and open up my mind to what the other four senses would be experiencing. I did a lot of research for that scene, up to – but not including – climbing into the trunk of a car.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

Be consistent with your writing. Don’t take the weekends off without writing, even if it’s just an hour a day. The amount of momentum you lose by taking that time off isn’t worth it.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

Secret Hunger, because it’s the first introduction to the Harper sisters and their small town of Bath, ME.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

I’ve put together playlists for both of my books. They helped inspire me when I wasn’t in the mood to write and really capture the feel and pace of each book. You can find them on my Spotify page or follow these links:

Secret Hunger

Secret Need

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

Oh my gosh, so many. Lately, it seems like I mainly read writing trade books. However, when I’m relaxing, I like to read paranormal romance, post-apocalyptic YA, and science fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Susan Kaye Quinn, Hugh Howey, Elizabeth Hunter, and Ilona Andrews. More recently I’ve read wonderful books by Kayla Dawn Thomas, Jen Doyle, and Katie Li.

What about television shows? Movies?

I’m afraid this list will be embarrassingly long. I’m a big fan of Supernatural, Firefly, Orphan Black, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Dr. Who, Criminal Minds, Game of Thrones (Anya rules!), Grimm (before it ended), etc. I also love shows like So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

Again, this list could get too long, but there are a handful of books that have stuck with me from my childhood. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for Francie’s perseverance, A Wrinkle in Time for for Meg’s curiosity and brilliance, A Handmaid’s Tale for Offred’s resilience, Island of the Blue Dolphin for Karana’s resourcefulness and gut-wrenching sense of solitude and Tuck Everlasting for Winnie’s discovery of the beauty and value found in impermanence.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

Yes! I have a number of events scheduled through December. The best way to stay informed is to visit my Facebook page.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

Joyful, earnest, creative, hopeful, determined, hard-working, friendly, collaborative, supported, committed.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I think you covered everything! Thank you for the opportunity to talk about books and writing with readers and my fellow authors.

Featured Memoir: Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin @ExAmish101


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Memoirs, Biographies, Non fiction, True crime, Religious, Religion and Spirituality


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One freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. I was a frightened Amish girl with no where to go, a second grade education and no ID or social security card…… Based on the authors tragic true life story.

When I was six years old my family started to live and dress like the Amish. My sister and I were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where we were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse and extreme physical violence. My step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times and we were to terrified to try to escape.We knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew we existed and they did not know us well enough to care.

In my late teens my parents feared we would escape and took us to an Amish community where we were adopted and became baptized members.I was devastated to once again find myself in a world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse.Going to the police was forbidden. A few years later I was again sexually assaulted, I knew I had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. As a result I found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second grade education and no ID or social security card.

To all abuse survivors out there, Please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Now, ten years later I am a nursing student working towards my Masters degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story…….

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Excerpt:

I walked through the front door of the tiny police station and went over to a heavy wood counter, where a middle-aged policewoman sat at a computer. She looked up as I stood there, watching her. I saw a surprised look on her face as she stared back at me. I imagined I was very different from the people who normally walked up to her desk.I was a young Amish woman, just a little over five feet tall, wearing an almost ankle-length, plain, teal-colored dress and apron, followed by knee-length black socks and black shoes. My coat was a homemade denim coat with a high collar and hooks and eyes going down the front. On my head was a stiff white Amish kapp that covered nearly all my reddish brown hair and was tied in a small bow under my chin.I was shaking as I stood there, looking at the woman. I tried to get up enough courage to say something, I knew I was going to be shunned by the Amish church for what I was doing. I could not speak. The thought of being shunned was terrifying but I did not know what else to do. My whole body was trembling….


About the Author:
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Misty Griffin currently lives in the southwestern United States, where she is working towards her master’s degree in nursing. She lives with her husband of eight years and their dog and two cats. She left the Amish a little over nine years ago and has never regretted it.
Her interests include humanitarian work, hiking, animals, writing poetry, crafts, and embracing life with a positive attitude. She firmly believes that the impossible is more attainable than most people think, and that no one should ever agree to be silent about harm that has come to them or someone else.
“Our voice is our most powerful tool against these evil people who prey on the innocent. We should never be silent and let them continue to harm people. By being silent, we are telling them it is okay to continue. I firmly believe that if you choose to stand with those who wish to keep the victim silent, you are yourself guilty of a crime against humanity.” – Misty Griffin

Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: Snatch Girl by L. J. Kane


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Thriller/Horror


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Girl missing: What if you’re with her all the way to the end? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his own getaway driver, eighteen-year-old student Ellie realises that she’s still kidnapped. As the enigmatic Darren Broderick drives off into the night with the terrified girl beside him, the sadistic Jon Braddon is not far behind.

Thrown together, on opposing sides, Darren and Ellie must stay one step ahead of Braddon’s twisted mind, and Ellie must resist Darren’s Aussie charms to the end. Darren Broderick needs the ransom, Braddon needs a victim. And he will fight to the death to get her back.

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Excerpt:

A shapeless shadow lunged from the semi-darkness, pitching her to the floor, with its solid weight on top of her, as Ellie pushed open her front door. She squealed as her head smacked against the hall table, with the blood from her split brow spattering across her forehead, her body overpowered by his strength, and her senses overpowered by his vile stench of sweat.
Ellie screamed and writhed, face down beneath him, as he slammed the door, and forced her face against the cold, hard tiles, tearing her college bag from her shoulder, and snatching her phone from her hand, hurling them across the floor.
He pinned her arms behind her back, with her shoulder blades burning, and the ice-cold metal biting into her flesh as the handcuffs snapped shut around her wrists, trapping her stinging, bleeding skin, Ellie kicking and thrashing, her body shaking beneath his weight as he held her down.
“Let me go. For Christ’s sake, let me go, you bastard. What are you doing to me?” She curled her hands into fists, yanking her wrists apart, but the handcuffs held firm, with the rough, metal edges cutting into her skin. “Help me, somebody, help me.” The pitch in her voice rose to a scream as fear tightened her throat.
He wrenched her onto her back and straddled her, smothering her, with his thumb and finger sealing her nose, and his calloused palm crushing her lips, stifling her harrowing screams. The claustrophobic vacuum constricted her throat as she gasped in vain for air, her back arching, her heels drumming against the floor, and her lungs burning. Somebody help me. Please help me . Oh, God. What’s happening? What’s going on?
He tugged a damp, sweet-smelling cloth from his pocket, bunching it in his hand. He let go of her for a second, and in that moment of freedom, Ellie took a deep breath and held it. The cloth came over her face like a crushing mask, Ellie clawing at the shackles beneath her trembling body, with her eyes wide, and her heart palpitating. Oh God, no. No.
He pulled her up from the floor, and dragged her backwards through the hallway, with the heels of her boots scuffing the tiles as Ellie squirmed in his vice-like grip, wrenching the handcuffs clamped between her wrists. Don’t breathe, Ellie, don’t breathe.
The sweet smell of chloroform fought for supremacy over his body odour, her stomach jolting with every dry retch, and her eyes streaming, Ellie nauseated by the spinning sensation inside her head. Come home, Doug, please. I need you. What’s happening to me?
Their reflections edged into the hall mirror, Ellie lurching at the sight of her blue eyes wide open in terror, her pale blonde hair streaked with blood, with her tanned complexion, ghost-like. The bloodstained cloth obscured her face, with her cheeks pushed in by the pressure of his hand as the blood from her split brow trickled over his fingers. Gone – the flirtatious glint in her eye. Missing, the teasing grin she kept for the boys. Her captor’s dark, soulless eyes stared back at her through the mirror, and Ellie’s veins iced up as his lip curled into a snarl…


About the Author:

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L.J. Kane is the author of Snatch Girl, the shocking, fast-paced, kidnap thriller/horror released on 21st April 2017.

L.J. Kane loves people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. She is having so much fun with her novels, and it’s because she always believed in herself, that she has finally become an author after procrastinating for twenty years!

She lives with her husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between them, they have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom she can derive lots of inspiration.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
I wrote the very first draft of Snatch Girl about twenty years ago, it was untitled back then, and Darren Broderick was the only recognisable character in it. I read the first few chapters to a friend who loved it, and when I met up with her, about 5 years later, she asked me whether I’d written more, as she liked it that much. So, I guess I knew then, that I’d be an author. It just took twenty years to take the plunge and bring Snatch Girl to life. I made my debut in April 2017.

Are you currently working on a book?
I have three thrillers in the pipeline! I am currently writing the first draft of a thriller mystery set in the UK where the witness to a murder becomes the target, and the other two novels are scary psychological thrillers, exploring the dark side of human nature, which I have plotted, and can’t wait to start.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love exploring the emotions and reactions of the characters as I thrust them into each scene, seeing how they interact, and cope with the difficulties I throw at them.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I prefer to outline the novel first, and then plot each chapter, so I know where it’s heading and this helps me to avoid writer’s block. Drinking hot chocolate with a dollop of fresh cream on the top seems to help too!

Which of your characters is your personal favorite?
It has to be the star of Snatch Girl, Ellie, the kidnap victim we follow right through to the end. We have been at her side throughout her ordeal, and I really felt her emotions as I dragged her through nightmare situation after situation. I guess I have to feel sorry for her, maybe even a little guilty!

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
With Snatch Girl, I found that the scenes just flowed, and amazingly, the scariest parts were the easiest! I think it helped that I had all of the characters firmly drawn in my mind, and knew just how they would react to each scenario. The hardest scene was where Ellie faced Braddon alone, and I guess that was my favourite, because it was so emotional to write.

Do you have any tips for new writers?
Never give up. It helps to have a love for your native language, and a passion for sharing your stories with the world. With so much advice and tools out there to help you succeed, there is a lot of support for the new author. Marketing and self-promotion plays a big part in writing, and an online presence is a must.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
My favourite book has to be Misery by Stephen King. His books just hook me in, even if I don’t feel like reading. I also read his book ‘On Writing’ and it really helped me focus on my own project, but I still can’t bring myself to read the axe scene in ‘Misery’.

What about Movies?
My favourite movies of all time are, ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘Get Carter’ from 1971. Vanishing Point has a surreal edge to it; a gritty film so different from the modern day, with a nod to escapism that I love. In one particular scene, the filmmakers overlaid a violent attack with gentle music, which stressed the poignancy of the scene, and changed the mood of the film.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?
I read the Magic of Thinking Big by David. J. Schwartz a few years ago, after my friend recommended it to me, and I realised then that we can achieve so much if we remove the limiting beliefs that most of us have acquired over the years.