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Fantasy Book Spotlight: Fallen Tiers by Cheryl Matthynssens @balanceguide


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Fantasy, Magical Realism, Sword and Sorcery


fall tiers Cheryl Matthynssens

The Blue Dragon’s Geas Book 5

Release Date: 5/12/2017

Premiering on May 12, Fallen Tiers is the final book in the Blue Dragon’s Geas.

From the appearance of a mysterious egg to the onslaught of a vicious storm, Alador must now decide when to move against his Uncle. How will he protect Rena’s egg? Can he save people from a storm of his own making, from the winter before? Can he really eliminate the well entrenched High Minister, who also happens to be his uncle. This last task must be done.. or he will fail his Geas given by the Blue Dragon. Failure of a major geas only ends in death. Alador is fairly certain attempting to remove his uncle will also end in death. Which death will our young hero choose or will he surprise them all and complete the Geas, releasing him from a predestined path he would have never chosen.

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Excerpt:

Luthian indicated a chair by the fire.  “I am pleased you could attend me so quickly.  My nephew has informed me that we are in for quite the storm.  As the leader of the stone mages, I need you to send people down to seal our storehouses.”  He waited until she sat down to continue.

“Of course, I am fully aware that our staples are stored beneath the city.” She frowned, her placid face worsened with the grimace.  “We have had storms before. The water has never breached the storehouses, High Minister.”

“Please, we are alone… call me Luthian.”  He smiled, but it was more because the calculated familiarity had its desired effect. The lady smile demurely and dropped her gaze, her cheeks taking on the rosy coloring again.

“Alador has warned me that there will be a wave of an unusual height.  I also know that it will land when the tide is at its highest.” He sighed with a bit of forced distress. “I would rather be safe for our people than regret a lack of action. We have little time.”

Caterine rose immediately.  “Then I had best be off to see the task done.” She turned to head for the door.

Luthian caught her arm.  “One moment, I think we might have an opportunity that would profit us both.” He paused until she turned back to look at him, her face full of her confusion.  “Do you still have ill will toward our Trench Lord?”

Caterine’s face-hardened at the mention of Sordith’s title.  With Luthian’s order to assist in the covering of the trench, she had been insulted to find herself working under the Trench Lord’s direction.

“He is not in my favor,” she admitted, her voice hoarse with distaste.

“And those in the trench? Your thoughts on them?” Luthian pressed.

“It is filthy and contains a forsaken lot who are barely more than animals.” Her fingers brushed across her robe as though the mere thought of the trench and its inhabitants made her feel dirty.

Luthian nodded gravely as she played into his hands.  “I feel much the same.  May I suggest a little foul play?” He dipped his head in acknowledgement as a conniving look flashed in her eyes. He had chosen his mage correctly.

“What did you have in mind?” she cooed.

“Send your troublesome mages, those you have concerns over into the trench to seal them against the weather.  This does need done.  Once they are fully occupied, you seal the trench from the first tier.”

“I fail to see what good this will do either of us?”  She eyed him a bit warily.

“I have been told the wave will fully engulf the trench.  The falling rain…” he indicated the window, “needs an outlet as it drains down the tiers, so sealing it against this wave is not an option.”

“You plan to drown them?”  She considered the idea.

“It is such a fine opportunity, don’t you agree? I can assure you that no mages will interfere.  General Levielle is even now giving the order that there is to be no movement between the tiers.” Luthian’s voice was soft and suggestive.

Luthian could tell that her calculating mind was already lining up as she realized what would occur.  “I merely point out an opportunity for us both to rid ourselves of… What did you call them… a filthy and forsaken lot of animals?  The level of crime moving up the tiers is increasing.  It is time we cleansed ourselves of those that do not have enough skill to be of use to the upper tiers.”  He waved his hands in dismissal, as though changing his mind. He lightened his tone.  “What am I thinking? No… We should not.  Why people might hold you accountable for such an act.” He shook his head. “I fear I fell into a bit of whimsical fantasy.  It is hardly a proper plan.”  He sighed with exasperation.  “I just don’t know when another chance might present itself…”

“I can seal them without detection,” Lady Caterine offered.

“Could you?”   He looked a bit amazed, but inwardly he felt like the angler setting his hook.  “I don’t know…  It would have to be our secret.” He tapped his lip thoughtfully.

She moved to him, a bit of hopeful familiarity emerged as she laid a hand upon his robe.  “I can keep secrets, Luthian,” she murmured.

She gazed up at him for a long hopeful minute.  Luthian sighed inwardly. Some sacrifices had to be made when one was attempting to keep his hands clean.   He bent his head to let his lips hover just above hers.

“Then let me send you on your way,” his soft words for her ears alone.  He laid his lips against hers – revolted at the cold fish like kiss she attempted to return.  “I will see you as soon as you have finished.  We can… share other secrets,” he promised.

She nodded happily and turned, hurrying from the room to order her least favorite mages sent to seal the storehouse.

Luthian wiped his mouth on the back of his hand as soon as the door shut.  Thankfully, he would not be keeping that promise.  The woman kissed worse than a virgin.

He turned back toward his desk, seeing Severent step from the side door.  “Is the plan still as we discussed, milord?”  He was dressed in drab grays and browns.  Luthian knew that if he walked the lower tiers, he would likely never notice the man. Here in his office filled with rich tones, he stood out.

“Yes, all is in place as we discussed.  The occupants of the trench will have only one way out.  Through panic or storm, we should see the population diminish greatly.”  Luthian chuckled.  “And the current level of dedication in our Trench Lord means I will likely lose him as well.  Pity… the man had a head for business.”

Severent nodded and glanced at the door, then back at Luthian.  “And the woman?”

Luthian did not hesitate.  “As soon as the last wall is in place… kill her.”


 About the Author:

Cheryl Matt

Cheryl Matthynssens was born in Upland, California, holds a teaching degree and is a licensed addictions counselor. This has allowed her to interview hundreds of personalities over her career.
She loves that everyone is unique and this appreciation and interest has informed and inspired her writing.

Matthynssens enjoys the universe of fantasy for the way it connects to the mind’s creativity and imagination as a colorful escape to distant lands of mystical beasts and fantastic quests where the hero really does save the day. As she’s matured artistically, Matthynssens has found writing to be a comforting counterbalance to a world where beloved characters don’t always get back up after they fall down.

Matthynssens currently lives in Wenatchee, Washington, and has four beautiful children and four wonderful grandchildren.

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Paranormal Romance Spotlight: Dark Experiments by Lana Campbell @foreverandanigh


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Paranormal Romance


dark experiments

Release Date: 5/21/17

Christian is the exception to Tiffany’s rule that all males are louses. For years Tiffany has lusted after Christian and of late she can’t help but wonder what it might be like to have a brief fling with him. The opportunity to explore her secret fantasy appears when Christian offers her a job as the IT person for his practice, the V clinic. She knows if he gives her the green light, she’s going to have a romp with her sexy vampire. When the night finally arrives and she and Christian have sex, the experience is so overwhelmingly powerful, Tiffany backpedals and tries to turn down the heat between them. She’s human. He’s a vampire. She can’t afford to fall in love with him.
Christian has other ideas. During their sexual encounter, he discovers Tiffany is his life mate and he vows to change her thinking. His intentions are put on hold when he gets caught up in an angel of death’s vicious plan to chemically terminate V clinic patients’ pregnancies. Tiffany herself falls victim to a lethal dose of arsenic and Christian can only save her by turning her into a vampire. She’s furious when she wakes from her turning and discovers what Christian has done. She wants nothing to do with him ever again, but when she’s kidnapped by this angel of death and used as a guinea pig for deadly experiments she only has Christian to turn to save her life.

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About the Author:

Lana Campbell

Hi. I’m Lana Campbell author of Forever and a Night, a paranormal, vampire romance. I love writing and reading paranormal books. I live in Avoca, AR with a husband and a cat. Love cats too! Forever and a Night is the first book in a vampire series I’m writing. Forever and a Night Dark Experiments coming soon!

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Paranormal Romance Spotlight: Forever and a Night by Lana Campbell @foreverandanigh


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Paranormal Romance


forever and a night

Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She made him her fledging, a slave for her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years she released him, and Nathan reluctantly learned to accept the cursed life she’d foisted upon him.
Over time he amassed a great fortune, which today has made him famous worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either.
In an effort to evade her until he can figure out how to stop her, he hides at a safe house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have dinner in the city. He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night will change his life forever. The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server, but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious blood scent he’s ever encountered.
The moment Mia Peebles arrives at his table with his plate, tasting her becomes an obsession. Mia wants nothing to do with him because of Nathan’s reputation as a playboy. So Nathan enchants her, feeds from her, but his lusts for her blood and body play havoc with his thinking.
Nathan finds a way to bring her into his life as his personal chef and quickly falls in love with her. The trouble is Mia has no idea he’s a vampire because during the enchanting episodes, Nathan blocked her memories of those sensual encounters. How will Nathan tell her the truth without losing her and keep Isabella from finding him? Or worst yet, will Isabella discover how much Mia has come to mean to him?

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About the Author:

Lana Campbell

Hi. I’m Lana Campbell author of Forever and a Night, a paranormal, vampire romance. I love writing and reading paranormal books. I live in Avoca, AR with a husband and a cat. Love cats too! Forever and a Night is the first book in a vampire series I’m writing. Forever and a Night Dark Experiments coming soon!

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Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Mage Catalyst by Christopher George @CGNovels


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Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal


mage catalyst

Devon had always just assumed that he was normal, just like everyone else. It wasn’t until he met Renee that he realized that he was something different – something dangerous. He is a Mage.

Led into a world of corruption and temptation Devon soon learns that there is always a price for power.

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Excerpt:

I’m not sure when I became the villain of my story. But I’m now quite certain that this is exactly what I’ve become. It is no more clear to me as I stand atop a destroyed car park looking over my home. The smoke from still smouldering buildings billow off into the distance, almost writing my name into the skyline, but I do not care. It is no more than a grim signature of the suffering that I’ve caused to those around me. My name is Devon Wills and I am a mage.


About the Author:

christopher george

As an avid science fiction and fantasy reader Christopher George has been immersing himself in books from a young age. In 2004 Christopher completed his Bachelor of Multimedia at Monash University and has been working as an IT professional ever since. He currently lives in Melbourne with his partner, her daughter and three cats.
Mage Catalyst is his first completed novel and was written in a variety of hotel rooms and airports across Australia. Catalyst is his first non-technical piece and he finds it much easier to write fiction than software documentation.
It’s also very recently come to light that he is simply awful at talking about himself in the third person.

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Other Books In This Series:

mage accession

Mage Accession is the much awaited sequel to the best seller Mage Catalyst.

Devon, sick with guilt, has fled from his home and into the Victorian high country, afraid that his actions would bring harm to those he cares for. Hurt and betrayed by Renee’s disappearance, Devon has made a vow to never use the magic again. It’s not that simple – It’s never that simple. Powerful enemies are seeking him out and Devon must determine who he wants to be. Can he have a life of peace that he desires? Or must he forsake his vow and turn to the magic once again. As he comes to terms with his power he realizes that he still has much to lose.

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mage-dissolution

Third in the series that Started with Mage Catalyst and then followed by Mage Accession.

Lost in rage and haunted by the death of his father, Devon vowed to avenge himself against his former Master and rescue Allie from his manipulations before he can corrupt her.

With his power increasing every day Devon has become a very real threat to those in power. Lost in obsession, Devon
doesn’t care who gets caught up in his wake as he takes his vengeance on those who wronged him.

As powerful forces begin to move against him, Devon is forced to recognize that while he is indeed powerful. He is not a Master yet.

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Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: Club Thrive: Compulsion by Alison Mello @alisonmelloauth


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Contemporary Romance


club thrive compulsion

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

*Note: Previously Titled Chasing Dreams*

Skyler…

I’ve always dreamed of being a singer, and it’s time to make that dream come true.

Life is short, and I know my parents—may they rest in peace—would have wanted me to follow my heart. So I pack my bags and head to Los Angeles.

Then my world turns sideways…

Logan…

I run the hottest club in L.A., where gorgeous women flock to show skin on the dance floor. But as soon as I spot her, I know she’s different. We have a connection, something more powerful than I’ve ever felt.

But I’m not the only one who notices her. She’s getting a lot of attention on the club circuit, and the way other men look at her when she’s on stage drives me crazy.

I want her for my own, but she’s not about to let me control her. And then my past returns…

This could turn into a deadly situation.

Formally Chasing Dreams By Alison Mello

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About the Author:

allison mello

Alison Mello is a wife and stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. She lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts. She loves playing soccer, basketball and football with her son.

After having her son, Alison started reading again and fell in love with Contemporary Romance. Reading made her happy and gave her something to do when she had downtime. As she started to read more, she started to noticed things she really enjoyed in a book and things she didn’t. She began to have ideas for writing one of her own. One day she literally woke up and started writing. She realized that if there was ever a time for her to write, it was now. She had a part time job to give her something to do. The hours at work were slow and she was bored with what she was doing, so while her son was off enjoying his friends over summer vacation she got started.

Alison finished the first book in two weeks and decided that she really enjoyed writing, so she kept going. She already had ideas in mind for books two and three, so she kept writing. That is how the Learning to Love Series was born. Somewhere along the line, one of my Beta readers convinced me that Michael, a character from Finding Love, needed his own story. That is when Alison added the fourth and final book. Alison hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.

She’s so glad she started this writing journey and hopes you will stay with her for the ride. Chasing Dreams is scheduled to release in April and the first two books of the Love Conquers Life series will be out this summer!

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Interview:

When did you start to have a love for books? After reading Fifty Shades of Grey, The Crossfire Series and The Hacker Series

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager? As a child it was the Babysitter’s club as a teen I didn’t really like to read.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer? When I decided I needed something to do and was tired of reading different series that didn’t give me what I wanted.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Everyday life, I’m often in the middle of something and an idea will hit me. I quickly get it down on something and then tuck it away for when I’m ready to use it. A photo on Facebook was my inspiration for Love Conquers Life Series. It was supposed to be a stand alone but my characters took over and turned it into a series.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? This is so hard to answer because I totally love Logan and Skyler but I have to say I think I’ve really enjoyed writing the Love Conquers Life series. It’s fun, emotional and the two main woman are strong and go after what they want no matter what gets in their way.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? So far my greatest moment was the day I found out Chasing Dreams was accepted by Limitless Publishing and was going to be available in paperback. I am really proud of the Learning To Love series. It was the first series I wrote so it will always be special to me, but I wanted more and so I went for it and got it with Chasing Dreams.

What can readers expect from you next? You definitely want to get on my newsletter because you’re going to start seeing sneak peeks at my latest series, Love Conquers Life. I’ve gone back to writing Military Romance which is what I enjoy. I loved writing Chasing Dreams but Military men are really my thing.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most? Wow, my books have jumped a bit. Anyone who enjoys a good love story that entails life’s struggles. Let’s be real I know we all want the easy love life that we read in some stories but it’s not real. I try to make my book boyfriends hot and steamy but have real life scenarios  playing out so you can truly connect with them and understand them.  For example. Abbey is burned by her ex husband and afraid to love again. She raises her son by herself and when he’s finally a teenager she gets that second chance at love.
Tracey has seen more broken marriages in her line of work and doesn’t want to be another one so she closes her heart off to the world until she meets Sean.
Theresa a single mom who has never been married fears for both her and her daughter. She has a hard time believing Chase is for real until he steps up to the plate when she needs him the most.
Sylvia is a spitfire, family court lawyer who is a little different from the other woman in the Learning To Love series. She is as strong woman who needs a man that’s willing to take control, but doesn’t think love exists until she meets Michael.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies? Favorite book is definitely Fifty Shades of Grey, Favorite TV show is Law and Order and NCIS. Yes I love cop shows. I don’t really have a favorite movie and to be honest that includes FSOG. The movie was okay for me but not a favorite.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about? E.L James, because I would thank her for getting me back into reading. If it weren’t for the hype of FSOG I may not have started reading again and I wouldn’t be writing today.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under? Crazy; on the go constantly with my boy and husband.

What is your favorite place to visit? Florida – Love the warm weather and I get to see my mum.

What words do you live by? Go big or go home! I never do anything small I go at all my goals with all I’ve got!

Thanks for the awesome interview, Alison!