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Featured Romantic Suspense Book and Author Interview: A Taste of Revenge by Mercy Jane Porquez Ballesteros @MercyJane0210


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Romantic Suspense


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I was sure it was mine, it was nearly perfect. Twenty-nine-year-old, Maria Mercedes Castrillon has the world on the palm of her hand. A successful business, a man she loves she thought she had everything a woman could ever had. Just like the speed of the light, without any notice she lost it all by a snake that poisons its prey. A mere jealousy, a heart full of envy will cause her betrayal. Thus begins, a story of a woman who will take vengeance and makes sure to have them experience the taste of her revenge.

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Excerpt:

I saw him with the one who betrayed me. She held his arms tightly with that same look of a snake revealing her true colors before me. He didn’t push her away, and right at that moment, I regretted my decision. She was nothing but a traitor, and now she had most of the things that I didn’t. She had him, the one I loved.

I would always be the first to admit that she came into my life, touched it with her gentle hands, and I knew I had finally found my destiny. I swore never to let her go, that she and I would be together, no matter what it takes.

I had sworn to support her in every endeavor she would take, I wished for her happiness, but at that moment, I took those words back. I wondered, was I really that evil? How could I wish for my best friend misery?

I admit, I was a player – If a woman cried over me, I was never moved by their tears. It wasn’t real anyway. They loved my money, not me. They wept because they wouldn’t have the chance to be my mistress.


About the Author:

Mercy Jane 2017

Mercy Jane Porquez Ballesteros was born in Bacolod City, Philippines on February 10,1997. She graduated from Sagay National High School Open High School Program in her hometown Sagay City. Presently, she is pursuing Business Administration Marketing Management at La Consolacion College Bacolod.
In 2013, Mercy at sixteen started writing her book “Poems of Love & Short Stories” which was a compilation of eleven poems and four short stories that was published last 2016. The first few lines of “A Taste of Revenge” her newly published novel, was written in her sophomore year back in High School. She currently released “Love in Between” another collection of poems and short stories.
In February 2015, she became a stock market trader and foreign exchange trader the following year. Mercy have a business plan prepared for “SLIQUE” her future company.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
I have been writing from the moment I learned to hold a pen. From then on, it became the love of my life. I wrote a collection of poems and short stories when I was 16 and published it at 19 while A Taste of Revenge was written during my sophomore year back in high school but due to my illness, I published it six years later.

How many books do you currently have published?
I have published three books on AMZN.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
A Taste of Revenge is my favourite book as it narrates an enthralling story of a business woman and how she avenged what she has lost. I had been betrayed by people who I thought were my well-wishers. Despite that I learned to forgive for forgiveness is a gift I give myself.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
Yes. I am currently working on my autobiography. It is my journey as a bullied and depressed child and how I overcame my illnesses which occurred during my teenage years. It as well tells a story of hope and faith in God.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Through writing I can convey emotions that at times I tend to conceal. I also write things I am powerless to execute.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
Yes. It is unavoidable. I retain my optimism and divert my thoughts from thinking any negativity. Whenever I feel like breaking down, I then bear in mind the reason why I started.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
Yes. Some of the characters I write at times surprises me with its distinctiveness.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?
The protagonist in A Taste of Revenge, it reveals a lot about me. I have no least favourite because every character has its own uniqueness.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
The last part of A Taste of Revenge. Sofia, the main character has finally succeeded in avenging all that she had lost. At last, everything was returned to her, the rightful owner.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?
I have learned that Through the books I’ve written, I can inspire the readers by stories that would captivate their hearts. With every word perceived, the reader and I, somehow, we have and through those pages, met.
Every successful person will advise every dreamer to never give up, never give in and never let go. I may not be successful yet, but If I were to rede someone I would utter the same words as I believe that success begins with a fellow’s will. Perseverance and determination will make a dreamer succeed.

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

It depends because every reader differs from one another, but if I were to recommend a book, it would A Taste of Revenge. It has unexpected twists that will thrill the readers to keep on wanting more.

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?
It is an autobiography so I’m afraid there is none.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
Alexandre Dumas – Count of Monte Cristo
Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
The Lover – Marguerite Duras

What about television shows? Movies?
Count of Monte Cristo, Jane Eyre

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?
Count of Monte Cristo. It touched me to the core and up to this moment never fails to capture my heart.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?
Unfortunately, not yet.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?
I am the one holding the pen of my own fate.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?
I think I have shared enough details to the readers.


M/M Gay Romance Spotlight: Guarding His Desires by Jaylen Florian @JaylenFlorian


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Gay Romance, LGBT, Gay Action/Adventure


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Passionate Security Book 2

Release Date: 3/8/18

A cleverly disguised stranger ambushes Zachary during a one-night stand.

To ever be safe again, Zachary must evade capture, discover who is hunting him, and determine who betrayed him.

Are his ruthless pursuers after revenge or ransom? Or are they seeking to destroy his soaring mixed martial arts fighting career?

Zachary is on the run with two thoughtful young men — Aleksey, his savvy bodyguard, and Gustavo, a reflective and talented artist with a collapsing career.

By inadvertently interrupting a clandestine criminal encounter, Gustavo appears to have acquired “the clairvoyant cobra” — the fabled and long lost bejeweled wand from Hollywood’s legendary Silent Era. Burdened with priceless treasure, Gustavo must decide where the riches belong and act before the jewels are re-captured by malevolent hands.

During their shocking missions each man grapples with life decisions about his career, home, and, most importantly, his personal fulfillment.

Zachary is adamant about forsaking romance until he concludes his sports career. He tries to resist the earnest charm of the young man falling in love with him.

“Guarding His Desires” contains passionate and romantic themes intended for mature audiences. It is a stand-alone novel featuring recurring characters in Jaylen Florian’s “Passionate Security Series.” (You can begin the series with this book. The books do not need to be read in a specific order.)

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About the Author:

Jaylen’s action & adventure, romance, and erotica books feature characters struggling for fulfillment. Some of the stories relate to sports — Jaylen is a former athlete — and contain humor and bawdy hijinks.

“Passionate Security” is the name of Jaylen’s new series. The first two novels are “Guarding His Jewels” and “Guarding His Desires.”

Please click the “Follow” button and/or join Jaylen’s mailing list for notifications on new books. Thank you.

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Reference Book Spotlight: Hack Your Writing: Seven Search Function Fixes That Instantly Elevate Your Manuscript by May Dawney @MayDawney


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Reference / Self-Help


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Get Ready To Publish Book 1

Release Date: 2/18/18

Writing is a skill that requires constant fostering in order to improve. Especially when you are just starting out, it’s easy to teach yourself practices that will hinder your progress later on.

This guide aims to improve your skills as a writer, as well as help you elevate any manuscripts you have already written by teaching you how to hack away vain poet violations, hungry narrators, frankensteinian body parts, as well as four other issues a search function query can fix.

Hack Your Writing was written by author, editor, and publisher May Dawney. It’s based upon her experiences gathered while working with developing authors across the globe. This guide is a must-have for every budding author eager to make the next step in their writing career and get their manuscript ready for publication.

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 Excerpt:

It is my firm belief that our goal as writers, editors, and publishers is to make the experience of reading our books as enjoyable as possible. What this guide offers you are tips and tricks—hacks—that will massively improve the flow of your story.
“Flow” is an intangible quality of writing and every reader recognizes it when they are presented with it. It’s that magical quality that sucks you in and only lets go when your bladder is about to explode and you’re dizzy with hunger and lack of sleep. It takes a lot of effort to get a story to flow smoothly. In order to improve your manuscript, we’ll look at three “pillars” of flow-killing practices: redundancy, Point of View Violations, and showing versus telling.
When you discovered this guide, I’m sure you read the subtitle: “Seven Search Function Fixes That Instantly Elevate Your Manuscript,” and you may have wondered about the practicalities of this claim. At the end of every chapter, there is a practical section on how to hack that chapter’s issues out of your manuscript. Most of these hacks make use of the basic search function word processing software have built into them.
This guide aims to improving the flow of your story. There is a good chance that you won’t agree with everything I’m teaching (or preaching, I suppose). That’s all right. Read it, take the parts you find useful and apply those. What I am offering you is the voice of experience. If you are in need of it, soak it up for all it’s worth.


About the Author:

May Dawney

When May was a child, her father read Asimov and Zelazny to her. As a teenager, she gravitated toward science fiction, (future) fantasy, dystopian, and occult stories, even though there was never a character she, as a queer woman, could fully identify with. May’s motivation to write comes from the desire to create stories where women turn to women once they stop the apocalypse—be it a global or a personal one. She wants to write the stories she wishes her father could have read to her as a child: riveting tales with a heroine who kicks ass and just so happens to be gay.

Her dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel “Survival Instincts” comes out in March 2018 under Ylva Publishing. Her YA urban fantasy novel, “The Kincaid Chronicles: Origins,” comes out August 2018 under Eos Publishing. She also has a line of writing advice guides scheduled for 2018 and 2019.

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Women’s Fiction Spotlight: A Dress the Color of the Sky by Jennifer Irwin @jenirwinauthor


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Contemporary Fiction, Biographical Fiction, Women’s Fiction


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For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab center.

Prudence blames herself for her irresponsible behavior and is filled with self-loathing. She’s convinced she is completely at fault for Nick’s manipulative attitude and believes with therapy, she can return their relationship to its idyllic beginnings. However, her therapist and the other members of her rehab group see the person behind the pain. As Prudence learns more about herself and the reasons for her behavior, including startling revelations about her childhood, she begins to understand the basis for her lack of sexual self-respect. She also learns she is not entirely to blame for the failure of her marriage. With the positive reinforcement of everyone at Serenity Hills, Prudence learns not to define herself by her past. But moving forward would mean letting go of Nick for good, and Prudence isn’t sure she can.

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Extra News:

  • Jennifer Irwin recently won three Feathered Quill Book Awards, Gold/Women’s Fiction, Silver/Debut Author, Bronze/General Fiction.
  • The book is being made into a movie. The author sold the film rights prior to publication.

Excerpt:

Dr. Sheryl O’Brien, PhD, was one of those women whose sexual orientation you couldn’t guess. No telling if she leaned bi, gay, or if she was into men. Sex consumed me—I pictured people doing it. To imagine Sheryl’s face contorting in orgasm proved impossible, and that bothered me.

No other option than to slump on the shrink sofa, wedge a throw pillow behind my back, and hunker down. The hem of my jeans hiked up. I tugged them and wished for one brand in size twenty-six, long enough for my legs while pretending too short was très chic. One more thing I was pretending.

“How are things going with Nick?” A dramatic press back in her chair. “Last time we spoke, you were considering a trial separation.”

“He moved to a swanky apartment. No idea where he’s coming up with the money.” A ringlet dangled over my eye. I studied its vibrant copper tone. “Not sure where I fall in the lineup between me and the other woman. I obsess over everything about them.” The neutral shade of my pedicure brought me momentary pleasure. I rubbed my earlobe and pondered the unfamiliar calm deep inside me since he left.

“Elaborate.”

“How she orgasms, moves, her preferred positions, the list never ends. He might be happier without me.” I yanked a tissue from the box and wound it around my fingers. “I want him back and need to get my shit together.”


About the Author:

jennifer irwin

A native New Yorker and captivating storyteller with a flair for embellishment, Jennifer Irwin currently resides in Los Angeles with two cats, a dog, and her boyfriend. After earning her BA in Cinema from Denison University, she worked in advertising and marketing raised three boys, and ultimately became a certified Pilates instructor. While she has written screenplays and short stories since her college days, A Dress the Color of the Sky is her first novel.

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Murder Mystery Book Spotlight: Gallows Field by Brendan Gerad O’Brien @obgowan


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Murder/Mystery


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A Murder Mystery set in Ireland during World War Two.
War is raging in Europe. Ireland is struggling with the consequences – the blockade of vital resources, the rationing of food and fuel, the influx of refugees, the shortage of jobs are causing unrest.
Eamon Foley is in a crowded pub. The music is loud. The singing is louder. His brother-in-law Joe McCarthy is shot dead.
In the chaos Foley sees a big man rushing through the door. A face from his past?
Is this a message? Have they caught up with him at last?
Or is it as the local Gardaí suspect – Joe was killed by a jealous husband, given his reputation as a notorious womaniser?
They dismiss Foley’s concerns. With dreadful results.
The next day Foley’s sister Mary is found dead in the town park.
And his son is taken away by a nun in a car.

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Excerpt:

Foley would have to pass right by him if he wanted to go out that way but he hoped Joe would be too drunk to notice. So he moved as quickly as the crowd would let him and he kept his head down.

‘Eamon!’ A hand grabbed his jacket.

Foley tried to pull away but the hand held its grip.

‘Eamon, have a drink…’

‘No thank you, Joe.’

‘Ah, go on. I’ll buy you…’

‘Joe, let go of me!’ Foley gave a violent shrug and Joe lost his grip.

‘Well, feck you so …’

The rest was lost in a tremendous cheer as Kath Flaherty reached the climax of her dance. The music screeched and the noise exploded around them.

Something hit Foley on the shoulder and spun him around. And Joe McCarthy flew past him and slammed his head into the face of a young woman who was coming in the door.

At the same time the light bulb above the fireplace popped and showered everyone with a spray of broken glass. The music stopped dead. But only for a moment. Kath Flaherty looked up at the broken bulb swinging on a piece of flex. ‘Now that’s what I call hitting a high note.’

She gave an exaggerated bow and was engulfed by another wave of roaring and cheering and prolonged wolf-whistles. Mike Hurley bowed too and wiped his face with a grubby handkerchief.

Joe McCarthy lay still on the floor.

Foley dropped to his knees beside him. Paddy Quinn knelt down too and started loosening Joe’s tie, and he pressed his hand against Joe’s forehead. Blood was flowing from above his hairline and pouring down into his eyes.

The cheering was fading and the crowd was turning towards the bar. Someone shuffled the young girl onto a chair and the handkerchief they were holding to her nose was saturated with blood.

‘What the hell happened, Eamon?’

‘I don’t know, Paddy. I think he was trying to throw a punch at me or something. Anyway, he missed. He must have lost his balance and banged into that young girl.’

‘She’s one of the Sullivans.’ Paddy glanced over at them. ‘I saw them collide. There was a hell of a wallop. I think her nose is broken.’

‘Joe!’ Foley patted his face. ‘Wake up, you big eejit. C’mon, I’ll take you home before someone tears you to pieces.’

Joe didn’t move.

John Joe Delaney was out from behind the bar and was fussing around the young girl. ‘Who has a car? We have to take her to the hospital. We need someone with a car to take her to the hospital.’

‘Joe McCarthy.’ Delaney’s wife Patsy stooped down beside Joe and shouted in his ear. ‘I warned you about this. I’m telling you now, I don’t want you coming in here again until you learn how to behave yourself.’

She put her hand behind his head and tried to lift him up. Then she turned to Foley with a stunned look on her face. When she took her hand away it was covered in blood.

‘Oh my God. I think he’s dead.’

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About the Author:

brandan gerald obrien

I was born in Tralee, Ireland and now live in Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom. As a child I spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry where my uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop. It was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters, and it was there that my love of storytelling was kindled by the likes of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered in for a chat and bit of jovial banter. The numerous short stories I’ve written based on those characters have been published in various anthologies and eMags over the years. I have self-published twenty of them in a collection called Dreamin’ Dreams and also as stand-alone stories with Amazon.com. My first novel, a thriller set in Wales during WW2, is called

Dark September and is published by Tirgearr Publishing.

Gallows Field is my second thriller and is also set in WW2, only this time in Ireland.

A Pale Moon Was Rising is a follow up thriller involving Eamon Foley again.

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M/M Romance Book Spotlight: Going Sasquatch by Jess Whitecroft @JessWhitecroft


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M/M Romance/Romantic Comedy


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Finnegan & Morrow Book 1

Lovestruck lapdogs, lazy Instagrammers and calcium deposits in the pool – Hollywood personal trainer Sean ‘Finn’ Finnegan is having one hell of a week, not helped when the much-feared agent Angie Lorde calls to demand if he knows why her hottest property – winsome superhero star Chase Morrow – has suddenly ‘gone sasquatch’ and apparently disappeared off the face of the earth.

Out of concern (and maybe a little unrequited love, let’s be honest) Finn goes searching for Chase, but this leads to a day so bad that when he does catch up with his crush, they both agree that the best solution to their very Hollywood problems would be to take off, head up into the Bigfoot country of Northern California and – like America’s favorite cryptid – pretend not to exist for a while.

When Finn and Chase discover that their long held attraction is entirely mutual, they also discover that going off the grid is not that easy in the 21st century. Especially if you’re an A-lister.

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“Okay,” I said. “We need some rules.”
“Rules?”
“Yes, rules. If this is supposed to be a mental health trip–”
“–which it is. Totally.”
“Thank you. I’m glad you agree. We’re trying to get away from the things that make us insane, and that includes all things Hollywood, okay?”
Chase nodded. “Okay.”
“Good. So. No celebrities, no premieres, no gofers, no agents, no pluggers, no goodie bag swag, nobody trying to cram their tongue up your ass, no D-Listed, no E!, no junkets, no pimping and definitely, definitely no TMZ. Yeah?”
“Yeah.”
“Yeah?” He still looked worried. “Come on, Chase. Look convinced. Isn’t faking emotion sort of what you do for a living?”
He bared his perfect teeth in a rictus grin. “Okay,” he said. “It’s all good. I’m happy. This is my happy face. See?”
“That’s a lot of teeth.”
He broke into a more natural smile. “Thank you. I get them from my mother. She’s from Montana, you know.”
“I didn’t know Montana was famous for its teeth.”
“It is. You can hardly walk five feet without coming across a T-Rex tooth.”
I laughed, trying to follow his train of thought. “And your mother is part T-Rex or something? Is her vision based on movement?”
He shook his head. “Misdemeanors. If you’re doing something you shouldn’t be, you’d better believe she sees you.” He drew his elbows into his chest and mimed a T-Rex trying to play a piano. “Also she can’t play the piano for shit. Tiny arms. Great teeth, though. Never had a cavity in her life.”
God, he was cute. A small, sensible part of me wanted to turn the car around and tell him straight that we could never, ever be friends, because I would never be able to stop wanting him.
But it was a very small part, and like most voices of reason, it got drowned out.
“Next time we stop,” he said. “I want to pick up some peroxide or something.”
“We’re still on the hair thing, huh?”
“It’s no big. I’m just trying out a character is all.”
I caught his eyes in the mirror. “Really, Chase? Don’t go all method on me. We’re supposed to be going sasquatch, not Marlon Brando.”
He laughed. It crinkled his nose. “Going sasquatch?”
“Something Angie said to me. Said you’d gone to ground. Gone sasquatch. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going up to Bigfoot country and pretending we don’t exist for a while.”
Chase appeared to consider this. “Wait,” he said. “So you think Bigfoot is pretending not to exist?” He raised an eyebrow. “Oh my God. So you think there is a sasquatch?”
“When did I say that? Or even imply it? Besides, you just claimed to be part dinosaur…”
“Dinosaurs existed,” he said. “I’m serious, Finn. Do you believe in Bigfoot?”
“No,” I said, laughing. “Of course not.”
Chase sat back, took a beat. “I do,” he said.
Actors. Absolutely nuts.