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New Adult Urban Fantasy Feature: Stricken by A.K. Morgen @akmorgen


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New Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance


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It took only four months to bring the angels to their knees…

With a virus ravaging the fallen angels on earth, mankind’s symbol of love and hope is at risk of extinction.

Centuries ago, a group of angelic warriors known as The Fallen risked everything to save themselves and carve a future for their kind. Hope slips away as The Fallen and their kin are cut down by an ancient menace, LaMorte Nera—and no one saw it coming.

Only one immortal can save them, and only one mortal can stand in his way…

When Nephilim warrior Killian St. James sets out on a quest to find a cure, he and his blade-brothers discover nineteen-year-old Aubrey Carter—a human with a past as dark as it is mysterious—cowering in an abandoned house in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee.

The corrupted races are chasing her, and Killian is determined to find out why…

But neither he nor Aubrey are prepared for their attraction to one another, or for the frightening truths lurking in the shadows. The painful childhood memories Aubrey has buried hold precious answers. Answers that threaten to tear Killian’s world apart.

With her life hanging in the balance, Killian must choose between the future of The Fallen, and the human girl he’s pledged to protect.

Demons are rising, and this time they plan to win the war for dominion once and for all.

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Killian stepped forward, forcing her to tilt her head back to look up at him. He still seemed so big to her. He still overwhelmed her. But he didn’t frighten her anymore.

You look tired.” She fought the urge to lift her hand to touch his gorgeous face.

I am,” he said, the corner of his lips turning up in a half smile.

Oh.”

He stared down at her, his half smile slipping. A dizzying parade of emotions swirled through his eyes. She couldn’t read them all, but she understood enough. He felt as torn as she did.

Will I remember you three years from now?” she whispered, her heart aching with the fear that she would forget him as she had so much else…and with fear that she would remember him. That she would survive this nightmare and he would haunt her for the rest of her days like so much else did.

Do you want to remember me?” He took another step in her direction.

I don’t know.” She frowned, confused. “You make me feel like maybe the world isn’t so bad. Like maybe I’m safe with you. I don’t think I want to forget that.”

Killian tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and cupped her cheek gently in one big hand. “You are safe with me. I won’t let anyone hurt you, Aubrey.”

She stared at him for a long, silent moment. He’d promised before that he wouldn’t hurt her, but even then an unspoken fear had stood between them like a wall. A little voice whispered that if she got too close, he would hurt her as badly as the things in her past hurt. That voice had stopped whispering when he’d kissed her today, and wasn’t that odd?

You hurt me today.”

He bowed his head, letting his hand fall away from her face. “I’m sorry.”

Her heart ached a little at the agonized way he said it. As if it shamed him to know he’d hurt her. As if, maybe, he cared more than he should too.

Why did you?” she asked, not accusing, but curious. She wanted to understand him. No, she needed to understand him on some level she couldn’t even explain to herself. “You wanted me, didn’t you?”

His gaze sought hers, honesty shining from his angel-bright eyes. “More than you know.”

Aubrey took a deep breath, letting her lungs fill with air even as her heart filled with his confession. And just as quickly, the buoyant feeling vanished. “It doesn’t change anything, though, does it?” she whispered.

Do you want it to?”

She hesitated for a long moment, unsure. And then her shoulders slumped, the breath she’d taken expelling in a long sigh. “I’m sorry.”

Killian gave her a sad smile and reached for her again. He swept a finger beneath her eye, collecting the teardrop she hadn’t even realized had fallen. “No apologies,” he whispered, bringing his finger to his mouth. He stuck out the tip of his tongue and lapped that single bead of moisture from his fingertip. “You owe me nothing.”

If that was true, why did she feel like crying?


About the Author:

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A.K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of twelve years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services and CJ field. 


Ayden also writes New Adult and contemporary romance under the penname Ayden K. Morgen.


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Contemporary Romance Feature: Choices by Michelle Lynn @AuthorMichelleL


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Contemporary Romance


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Everyone makes lots of little decisions from the moment they wake up until they sink back into sleep at night. Decisions that have no consequences or expectations. But, what about the rare choices that could change everything? How do you know what is right for you?
Happiness is something you have to choose again and again, each day.
Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want. She thinks she has to leave her old life behind to discover a new one. This throws every choice she has made into question. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that she learns that sometimes there is no choice at all. Sometimes you can have it all.
Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. It’s a struggle for him to keep the past at bay while he tries to move forward. He is no longer the unwanted foster kid. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore. At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?
Yes. Yes, you do.

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“You have to understand something about where I come from,” she went on. “My family is kind of a big deal in Connecticut. My dad’s a lawyer, but it’s more than that. My mother’s family is very old money, and there are expectations that come with that. Ethan’s family is just like mine. I would’ve been expected to stay at home, have kids, plan parties, and go to charity events. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.”

“Then why’d you date him for so long if that isn’t what you wanted?” Jason asked carefully.

“I loved him,” she shrugged. “I probably always will. I thought I’d have time to make my own life before we got engaged. But then he proposed to me in front of everyone we knew. Let’s just say, he wasn’t happy. Chris ended up punching him.”

Jason started to laugh uncontrollably. “I’ve never even seen Chris get angry,” he said when he caught his breath.

Michaela started laughing too when she pictured it. “Ethan deserved it.”

“What is it about you that makes nonviolent people throw punches?”

“I don’t know,” she leaned back into the couch. “Now that I’ve bared my soul to you, can I ask you a question?”

“Shoot.”

“Chris told me you never date.”

“Is there a question in there?” he asked, a hint of amusement in his voice.

“He also said there are a lot of girls who’d be happy to change that. I don’t understand. I mean, you’re good looking and nice. Why don’t you go out more?” There, she asked. It was out. The question that had been bugging her since Chris told her all of that.

Jason didn’t answer as he considered her words.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to pry,” Michaela said after a while.

“It’s okay,” Jason responded thoughtfully. “I have an ex too. It took me a long time to pick up the pieces of my life when she left. The bar was just getting off the ground so I threw myself into that, and I guess I haven’t really come up for air.” He stopped and looked at her for a long moment, considering his next words. “It’s more than that, though. I don’t even know why I’m telling you this.” He scratched the back of his head and looked away.

“Like you said,” Michaela said softly. “You can talk to me.”

“I guess I just believe that when you first talk to someone, you know right then if there could be a future. You just know. And I don’t see a point in dating people without that knowledge. I haven’t met many women like that.”

“Like love at first sight?” she asked.

“No. It’s not about sight or really even love. You can’t love someone without truly knowing them. It’s more about the possibility that you could fall for them one day. You meet someone and think ‘hey, this is someone I could love.'”

“That’s beautiful,” Michaela breathed. “You’re a romantic.” She couldn’t take her eyes away from him as the blush crept up his cheeks.


About the Author:

michelle lynn

Michelle Lynn fell in love with reading when she was a kid. Every kind of book gripped her imagination. As she got a little older, she got into series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Currently, her favorite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Michelle is an escapist. She believes that a book can take you anywhere and get you away from what’s going on in your own life. You can disappear inside the pages and become a different person. Growing up, this became more and more important for her as her life changed dramatically due to an illness. It started when she was young and got worse over the years. Reading is what helped her get through it. She’s still getting through it but it isn’t as hard, mentally, as it once was. Like reading, writing provided her a needed escape. Her dream is for her books to be able to do that for someone else. Life is hard but this just makes it a little bit easier.

Reading and writing aren’t Michelle’s only vices as she deals with the illness that has now become disabling. She’s also an avid hockey fan. She lives in Florida but never misses a Columbus Blue Jackets game on TV.

Michelle also spends a lot of time with her family – parents, two sisters, brother in-law, and niece. She’s also constantly surrounded by animals – dog, 2 cats, a bird- that provide much needed comfort and inspiration.

She has a college degree in business, economics, and accounting but has to decide how to tie that to writing because that’s where he passion lies now.

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Historical Fiction Feature and Interview: Full Circle by Ronnie L. Richards @ronnielrichards


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Fiction, Romance, Historical, Fictional Biography


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Mae Miller, suffering an aneurysm-induced coma, lies in a hospital bed. Clarence, her husband of fifty-four years, is at her side. For Mae, this is only one of many times she has had to battle death, beginning with the loss of her mother and infant brother to a tornado that tore their small tenant farmhouse apart. The tornado ripped seven-year-old Mae’s infant brother from her arms and ripped a hole in her heart. Years later, drought devastates the family farm and drives a wedge between a teenage Mae and her dad. Mae moves west to live with her grown sister.

Clarence, a sharecropper’s son, is driven to not be a hard, cruel man like his dad. Again and again, life throws obstacles his way that test his resolve. Clarence, faced with the choice of moving back to the hated family farm and his cruel father or finding work elsewhere, migrates west to work under the desert sun.

Mae and Clarence meet in the cotton fields of Arizona in 1938 and marry soon after. Together they raise a family while tackling life’s obstacles head-on.

Full Circle has all the pathos and sorrow of a John Steinbeck novel surrounded by the full fury of an Oklahoma tornado. Out of the conflagration, the Miller family finds their way through more than fifty years of dust and dirt and an uncertain future.

 


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“Kingfisher, Oklahoma, May 1944

Mae paced the living room floor. She had had a feeling of dread all morning and she could not shake it. She walked out onto the front porch and looked up at the sky. Far off to the west near the horizon, thunder heads were beginning to build.

Must be a storm coming up, she thought, that’s why I am so jumpy.
She had feared storms all her life. Having narrowly escaped the storm that led to the death of her little brother and indirectly her mother, Mae just knew that someday a bad storm would once again try to do what it had failed to do so many years ago. And she lived through each storm season day by day, fearing that day had come.

Mae took one last look at the far off clouds, decided that the storm would not be a real threat anytime soon, and went back into the house. She tried to sit on the couch and relax, but the feeling of impending doom would not ease up. After a few stressful minutes, she got up and decided to feed her goldfish. As she was bending over to get the fish food from the shelf below the fish bowl, a knock at the door scared Mae and she shrieked.

“I’m sorry Mrs. Miller,” the mailman said, looking through the screen door. “I didn’t mean to startle you. I have a letter here you need to sign for please.”

Mae set the fish food down next to the fish bowl and signed the mailman’s clipboard before taking the letter from him. She walked back into the living room and looked at the registered letter. There was no return address only an official looking government seal in the upper left hand corner of the envelope. She shook the contents down to one end then tore off the other end of the envelope. She pulled out the single page that was inside and began to read. Mae’s face froze, her jaw started to tremble, the letter dropped to the floor. Tears formed as she walked over to her goldfish. They both swam to the front of the fishbowl when they saw her approach. Her hand shook involuntarily as she sprinkled food on top of the water in the fishbowl, causing the eager fish to receive much more than she normally fed them….”


About the Author:

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Ronnie L. Richards was raised in rural Oklahoma. During his brief 60 years on this planet he has worked as a farm/ranch hand, at a full service gas station, as a convenience store clerk, as an electrician, as a construction laborer, as a crane operator, as a fireman and EMT, spent 22 years in Oil & Gas operations starting as a roughneck and working his way up the ladder, worked as a bouncer in the largest Gentleman’s club in Oklahoma, drove an 18 wheeler, and currently works in Information Technology. He received his BSB from Oklahoma City University in 1993 – graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Richards resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and daughter. He can’t wait to see what the next 60 years or so of life will bring him as he adds author to his resume.

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Interview with Ronnie L. Richards:

When did you start to have a love for books?

When I was young (about 8 or 9), I started going with dad to work every Saturday morning. I’d help him with his electrical and plumbing work until noon. While he and his coworkers hung out for a while after work, I would walk down the alley to the library on the same block. I would check out as many books as they would allow then read them during the week, repeating the process every Saturday for several years.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?

My Senior year in college, I took a Creative Writing class and fell in love with writing.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?

My grandmother’s death in 1993, the same time I was taking the Creative Writing class in college, got me to thinking about all of the stories I grew up with, as told my her and my grandpa. The memories fostered the idea of a book based on events in their lives. Other inspirations have come from everywhere – a newspaper article about a “John Doe” who was tragically ran over by a train when he laid down on the tracks in front of the oncoming train inspired a short story, my current book project was inspired by witnessing a childhood friend trying to survive an alcoholic, physically abusive dad. Life is full of writing triggers.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?

The Miller brothers in my book Full Circle: A Life Story are two of my favorite characters and the most fun to write about. My readers seem to love them as well. I am planning another novel featuring them.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?

Getting to tell my grandpa, two weeks before he passed away, I had completed the novel about him and granny. His pleasure in knowing it was done was so important to me.

What can readers expect from you next?

A very emotional book about a young man trying to survive his alcoholic and physically abusive dad during possibly the toughest summer of his young life. Readers will laugh, cry, and cringe.

I am also working on a murder mystery set in the late seventies in my small hometown. And, a follow novel about the Miller brothers from my first novel Full Circle: A Life Story.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?

Fiction, Historical, Literary, Biographical, Romance

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?

Blessed to have had such a diverse past.

What is your favorite place to visit?
The mountains of Colorado. A place where peace, solitude, and rejuvenation can be found.

What words do you live by?

If it is worth doing; it is worth doing right.

Thanks for the awesome interview, Ronnie!

Rockstar Romance Feature and Interview: Guitar Face Series Box Set by Sasha Marshall @sashamarshall13


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Erotic, Rockstar, Rockstar Romance, Erotic Romance, Bad Boy, Strong Female Lead, Female Rock Star, Gritty Romance, Angst, Comedy


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This box set includes the first four books of The Guitar Face Series.
Guitar Face (Book One):
My story is not one for the faint of hearts. It’s beautifully gritty, and heartbreakingly tragic. I was born into the world of rock-n-roll, a mere girl who only wanted to have her very own guitar face. Somewhere in between all the amps, cords, and guitars I found my place. I was born to make music and bring the masses to their knees… until, I wasn’t anymore. Until the thought of doing all of this without him made me sick to my stomach.
I thought I could escape rock-n-roll, but I can’t. My brother is a rock star and all the friends we have are connected to this business one way or another. I have a feeling I’ll get sucked back in, but I’m scared I won’t survive it. Perhaps I have a better chance at surviving rock-n-roll than I do Jagger Carlyle. Jag is my brother’s best friend, and fellow vocalist and guitarist for their band Broken Access. I’ve loved him since I was a girl, but this industry and my own fear of rejection kept me from acting on it all these years. When the sparks start to ignite and the world attempts to keep us apart, I wonder if love is enough.
My story will bring you to tears from both sadness… and Kip. Kip is an idiot, plain and simple, but he’s my best friend. He has a habit of waking me up with trashy Euro porn, and always knows the most inappropriate things to say. He’s a drummer by night, and my partner-in-crime by day. I should’ve fallen in love with him, but he never shuts up. He’s always my rock, and when Jagger rips me in two, Kip is the one at my side.
There’s No Crying in Rock-n-Roll (Book Two):
Henley Hendrix, Queen of Rock-n-Roll, finds her world shattered again. She attempts to pick up the pieces of her life, but finds it difficult to claim her title in the world of rock when her personal life is turned upside down. Life begins to spin out of control, and so does her behavior. The Guitar Goddess loses her footing on reality when she feels betrayal from everyone she thought loved her. As the turmoil seems to proliferate, so does her attitude and conduct. Will she find herself amid all the chaos, or will the bright lights consume her?
Walking Back to Georgia (Book Three):
I died, and when I woke up in a Los Angeles hospital my best friend walked away from me. It wasn’t quite the welcoming back to the world of the living I thought I’d receive, but it rattled me. My dead best friend led me back to Georgia to get my life together, and while I’m working on it trouble follows me. I try to keep my distance from Jagger and company while I chase after sobriety, but a friend pops back into my life and a private moment is leaked to the world. One of the people I never thought would walk away from me did exactly that. I deal with rejection the best way I can, but before I can clear my head Cory and I are looking down the wrong end of a barrel and I’m forced to fight for my life. We complete our new studio album which means Broken Access and Abandoned Shadow will travel on a promotional tour to tell everyone we’re playing a world tour. While on the promotional tour, I run into jungle peepers, a riot of fans chasing me, a 1% motorcycle club and a one-eyed teddy bear, and two men fighting over me. I keep my head high through the drama, but then I’m asked to be in a steamy video for Broken Access which can only mean more trouble for me. Just when I figured out how to be the best version of me I can be and how to stay healthy, my eyes are open to something I never thought was possible. I must understand the difference between love and lust, and accept that I need a healthy relationship where I’m free to be me.
River of Deceit (Book Four):
Kip Paxton may be the perfect man. He’s a sexy, tattooed, foul-mouthed, drummer god for Broken Access, and if that wasn’t enough he snagged the Guitar Goddess herself. Where one door opens in life, another closes, and sometimes other doors burst wide open.

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“Mamaaaaaaaa!”
“Just killed a maaaaannnn!”
What the fuck is that sound?
“Put a gun against his head! Sho’ as fuck did!”
“Mamaaaaaaaa!”
“It’s not time for mama yet, Hen!”
Jesus Christ.
I hear doors opening and what could never be mistaken for drunken laughter fills the hotel hallway.
“Memphissssssssssssssss! Hahahaha I sound like ssssnake,” Henley slurs obnoxiously loud.
“You drunk, Hen?” Memphis asks.
“Reesy cup! Where ya been?” she yells.
“Hey Hen! How ya feeling?” Rhys asks.
“Grrrrrreat! Haha now I sound like Tony the Tiger. You were wrong Kip, I’m a fucking shape shifter! The jungle peepers ain’t got shit on me,” she garbles. 
I get up and open my door to see what in the hell she’s gotten herself into now. Her and Kip and a fucking huge ass teddy bear are sitting on a bellhop cart, with the bellboy behind them.
“Ma’am would you like me to push you to your room?” the amused bellboy asks.
“Yesssssssssss!” she laughs. “Snakey Henley!”
“Henley I was fucking singing!” Kip adds.
The bellboy slowly pushes them down the long hallway from the elevator. As loud as they were I was sure they would’ve been closer to my room. Who in the hell let Kip and Henley get drunk together? I mean listen to the following phrase, “Henley and Kip got drunk together in New York City… with no supervision.” Does that sound like a good idea to you?
“What the fuck?” Jagger says as he comes from the room beside mine.
“Gonna be a long night,” Camden adds with a smile on his face.
“Put a gun against his head!” Kip sings.
“You already sang that line dip shit,” Henley advises.
“Uh… fuck… Pulled my gun, now he’s dead!” Kip sings the correct line.
The bellboy is having a difficult time pushing these two and the bear without spilling them out, so with sluggishness he finally reaches us. The sober people in the hallway burst into laughter. They’re both wearing trucker hats, mustaches, and leather vests. Jesus Christ, looking down at these two reminds me of a time when we were fifteen years old. The only thing missing from this bellhop cart is Caleb.
Before I step into their space I can smell the tequila drifting in the air. Henley plus Kip plus a big ass teddy bear that appears to have one eye missing plus copious amounts of tequila plus NYC is a combination for disaster.
Cory emerges from his room and Joe follows behind from his own room.
Cory leans down to Henley, “You’re in big trouble missy.”
“Nuh-uh,” she argues.
“How much did you drink?” Joe asks.
Kip and Henley both count their fingers and somewhere around seven she drops her hands and sticks out her bottom lip and says, “Just a little.”
“I don’t believe you,” I say.
“Okay! Fine! I drank a little more than a little,” she nods as if that’s her story and she’s sticking to it.
Seeing my sister like this is oddly refreshing. She looks so fucking happy and sunny. She’s been a little different since she’s been back from Columbia and she’s handled shit like the old Henley would. I know we each grow from the tragedies and mistakes in our lives and we can never go back after some of the things we endure, and she’ll never be the young twenty-two year old girl she was the night Caleb died. I get that, but damn it’s good to see part of her is still in there.
“How much is a little more than a little?” Joe asks.
“A whole lot?” she smiles and bats her eyes at him.
Joe smiles down at her, “Yeah? It’s gonna hurt like a bitch tomorrow, girl.”
“Nuh-uh. I’m a shape shifter so I can shape shift out of a hangover now,” she says serious as can be.
“Is that right?” Rhys asks.
“Mama, life had just begun! But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away!” Kip sings at the tops of his lung.
“Bruh, my ear drums!” Cam says.
“Yeah, well I was in this hallway with Henley and Godzilla Bear first. We had the hallway all to ourselves and then all you assholes show up and ruin all the fun. So, if you don’t mind I shall continue singing the song of my people,” Kip slurs.
“What kind of disguise are you two wearing?” Rhys asks.
“I told people Henley was a she-man, and she stopped taking her hormones so her facial hair grew back but the tits stayed. Thank fuck for that, right?” Kip answers Rhys.
“Fucking A,” Rhys answers.
“What happened to the bear’s eye?” I ask.
“He needed more character. He just looked like a regular teddy bear and that just wouldn’t do. There was a guy at the bar who had some crazy motorcycle vest on and something about Angels… anyhow,” Kip begins.
“The Hell’s Angels?” Cam clarifies.
“Uh, yeah, maybe, anyways his name was… oh yeah, I remember it was Sticker. So Sticker was quite amused by our disguises and our enormous bear. We got to talking and thought if he was gonna be a biker bear he should have more character. Henley decided Sticker should cut his eye out. Makes him look rugged and tough like a biker. He can’t be no pansy ass bear with biker parents like us,” Kip answers.
 “You aren’t bikers,” Cory says.
“Shut up Cory. You’re ruining the dream man. Hen’s a shapeshifter now, so she’s  a biker when she wants to be and Sticker said I have enough tats to join up,” Kip explains.
“So you let a Hell’s Angel by the name of Sticker cut out the teddy bear’s eye?” I ask.
“Yup. We were living the life tonight boys. Ain’t that right, Hen?”
“Sticker was the shit,” she answers.
“Sticker figured out who Henley really was. She had to remove the disguise momentarily and shift back into rock star mode so she could take pics with him and his friends. It was epic,” Kip continues.
“Did his friends have on leather vests too and names like Blade, Tank, Renegade, Killer, or Skinny?” Joe asks.
“Actually one was named Blade,” Kip says.
“Their vests were so cool. I even got to take a picture with Sticker’s friend’s vest on,” Henley adds.
“So let me get this straight, you went to a bar in New York City, got trashed, hung out with the Hell’s Angels, took pictures with them out of disguise, and put one of their vests on?” Cam asks her.
“Yeah I put on Veep’s vest and don’t forget Sticker cut out Godzilla Bear’s eye.
We gotta get him a patch,” she answers.
“Wait what? You put on the Veep’s vest?” Cory asks.
“Yup, he was quite smitten with her. Can we get back to singing Bohemian Rhapsody now?” Kip asks.
“You put a Hell’s Angel’s Vice President’s vest on?” Cory asks.
“No, I put on Veep’s vest,” Hen corrects.
“Jesus Christ,” I say.
“Hen, the Hells Angel’s are a 1% motorcycle club,” Cory explains.
“What’s that?” she asks
“They kill people. Did you see anyone with a 1% patch?” Cory asks.
“Yup. Veep had one. I told them I killed someone so it would scare them, though,” she answers.
“You did what?” I ask.
“Yup. Told them what that ass fuck stalker did to me and how I kicked his ass, Cash chewed him up, I hit the fucker in the balls with the end of my shotgun, and then emptied 10 forty cals into his ass. Veep was impressed. I should get a 1% patch,” she winks.
“They kill people?” Kip asks.
“Yes. They kill other outlaw bikers and sometimes civilians who get mixed up with them,” Cory advises.
“That’s so fucking cool,” Kips says.
“Way cooler than jungle peepers. At least they have cool tattoos and vests. The jungle peepers eat people,” Henley adds.
“DO NOT start the jungle peeper shit again! I’ll end up with fucking malaria or Ebola!” Joe yells.
Then we all burst into laughter. I mean we laugh so hard and so long we end up on the floor. My ribs hurt so badly, but I can’t stop because Kip and Henley got trashed in a bar where they told people she was a she-man. They hung out with the Hells Angels who cut out the teddy bear’s eye, and now they want an eye patch for him. My sister posed as herself with 1% bikers and they were fucking smitten with her. Smitten! I told you this would be disastrous.
“You’re hurting Godzilla Bear’s feelings. We really need to get him a patch tomorrow, Kip,” Henley says with furrowed brows.
“Hey bellboy,” Kips says as he leans in the cart and then falls out of it.
That only causes our laughter to grow into hysterics.
“Hey bellboy!” he yells.
“Sir,” the bellboy responds.
“I need an eye patch for our teddy bear, can you ask concierge to make that happen before I wake up in the…. Well this afternoon?” he asks.
The bellboy really tries to hold it together, but he fails.
He snorts out a laugh, “Yes sir, I’ll relay the message.”

Also by Sasha Marshall:

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My story is not one for the faint of hearts. It’s beautifully gritty, and heartbreakingly tragic. I was born into the world of rock-n-roll, a mere girl who only wanted to have her very own guitar face. Somewhere in between all the amps, cords, and guitars I found my place. I was born to make music and bring the masses to their knees… until, I wasn’t anymore. Until the thought of doing all of this without him made me sick to my stomach.

I thought I could escape rock-n-roll, but I can’t. My brother is a rock star and all the friends we have are connected to this business one way or another. I have a feeling I’ll get sucked back in, but I’m scared I won’t survive it. Perhaps I have a better chance at surviving rock-n-roll than I do Jagger Carlyle. Jag is my brother’s best friend, and fellow vocalist and guitarist for their band Broken Access. I’ve loved him since I was a girl, but this industry and my own fear of rejection kept me from acting on it all these years. When the sparks start to ignite and the world attempts to keep us apart, I wonder if love is enough.

My story will bring you to tears from both sadness… and Kip. Kip is an idiot, plain and simple, but he’s my best friend. He has a habit of waking me up with trashy Euro porn, and always knows the most inappropriate things to say. He’s a drummer by night, and my partner-in-crime by day. I should’ve fallen in love with him, but he never shuts his f**cking mouth. He’s always my rock, and when Jagger rips me in two, Kip is the one at my side.

This is a rock star romance series with a strong female lead, bad boys, and rock romance. This is not your typical rock star romance novel, this book will take you on a different adventure from anything you’ve ever experienced.
If you are looking for a story of redemption with comic relief and a heavy sexual mind, you’ve found it. If you are offended by hot, tattooed rock stars who are vulgar then this is not the book for you. Please be warned, this book is not for anyone below the age of 18. The book contains sex, death, violence, and harsh language.
This is the first book in the series and can be read as a standalone novel.

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About the Author:

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Sasha is an indie author who loves to write romance novels with an edge. She appreciates bad boys with tattoos and lickable bodies. I mean, what woman doesn’t? She has a degree in history and thought about joining the U.S. Marshal Service when she graduated, but she chose to work with troubled youth instead. Shooting people wasn’t really appealing, there’s a lot of paperwork to fill out. She loves animals and secretly prefers them to most humans… or not so secretly because it’s on the website now so it’s out there. She traveled with well-known rock acts as a photographer during her undergraduate work and wants to clarify that she was not a groupie. Groupies wait in the wings hoping to get a night with one of the guys, she was a rock princess. She traveled right along with the guys hopping from tour bus, to plane, to hotel, to venue. 
Sasha settled down and married Dane, who’s her favorite idiot in the world. He is a true partner-in-crime, and sometimes their dialogue appears in her books. They both have a lot of Kip in them. Dane is a musician and Sasha loves to fan girl on him, so I guess she’s now his groupie. And, yes ladies he’s covered in tattoos. She known to gauge a man’s attractiveness by the amount of tattoos he’s sporting. She’s currently attempting to talk Dane into recording some of the songs she wrote in the books, but her persuasion techniques are seriously lacking. You should drop Dane a line to encourage him. Cleavage shots work well with him, and she’s giving you permission to fan girl him if it gets the job done. 
She reads a lot and has lots of favorite authors, but tends to stick to indie books. She’s a nocturnal ninja, and frequently throat chops Dane when he snores. What? She’s a light sleeper and his snoring messes with her beauty sleep. This is entirely his fault, her martial art skills in a king sized bed are obviously a reaction to his action. 
Sasha has three dogs who think she is their own personal human. She spoils them a little. Her American Bulldog is deaf and marches to the beat of his own drum. He’s part goat and part monster, eating inedible items such as bricks and destroying things when Sasha ignores him. He is particularly fascinated with her socks and shoes. She frequently addresses him as “asshole” when he does these things. She also has a Miniature Schnauzer who has amazing old man eyebrows and a magnificent beard. He recently began fantasizing about being a troll as he likes to hide under the house from the American Bulldog who aggravates the ever living shit out of him. Last but not least is the Black Lab who lounges on the front porch snoring as she writes, brings her his tennis ball when it is time to fulfill her humanly duties, and flirts with the cows that live on the farm. He’s a real ladies man and has a tendency to be attracted to heifers. 
She’s currently finishing book five in the Guitar Face series, Make It Rain
Sasha & Dane live in Georgia on a cattle farm and love the peace and quiet. There’s usually music playing in the background of their home. Their musical tastes are quite eclectic but Sasha prefers rock, blues, and New Orleans jazz. Bands that you’ll hear in the Marshall household are Theory of a Deadman, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, Tool, Muddy Waters, Etta James, BB King, Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Walker, and Johnny Cash. You’ll often find them hanging out with friends (beer in hand), many of who are in the books. Yes, these people really exist in their lives. They enjoy watching television from time-to-time with their tastes ranging from Shameless to The Walking Dead to Scandal to Sons of Anarchy(tattoos, bad boys, and Harley’s make Sasha hot).  They also enjoy shooting their many weapons, which they have collected in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. Sasha is a better shot than Dane, this fact must be stated. 
Sasha’s dreams are to be a full-time author because working for the metaphorical man blows. Her dreams also involve getting Kurt Sutter to read her books and making a kick ass television show about them. Who else is there? Once the television show pays her major loot, she’ll retire from her day job and write from home. Well, she’ll probably stalk the hot actors that play her characters, too, but that’s to be expected. Fo’ sho.
She loves to hear from her readers, it makes her all giddy and shit. Making Sasha giddy makes her feel like a literary goddess and helps her write better, so by all means shoot her a mother fucking email by either using the contact page or emailing her directly at sashamarshallauthor@yahoo.com

 

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Interview:

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
“Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keys and anything by Shakespeare

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?
Music inspires pretty much everything in my life. Music has soothed me since I was a child. I also find people and the interactions I have with them fascinating. These interactions can inspire scenes in my books.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
“Walking Back to Georgia” was probably my favorite book to write. The humor in that book makes it my favorite.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?
Several readers have emailed me and said, “You’re my favorite author.” I get giddy and shit. “Who me?” It’s so cool to hear that. When being an indie author gets hard, and it often does, those emails remind me why I keep writing.

What can readers expect from you next?
I have several books in the works. I just have to be in the right frame of mind and mood to finish writing them. I really have to live through it with the characters to write effectively. My writing is so emotional and I have to be prepared to take that journey.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
I’m a huge fan of the rock star romance genre, obviously, so anyone who enjoys a good rock star book will love the Guitar Face Series. I look for themes when I read, and I read a lot. If readers enjoy angst, redemption, and crude humor they’ll definitely like these books.

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?
I love anything by Quentin Tarantino or Kurt Sutter. I’m a huge fan of their talent. I watch Scandal and The Originals religiously.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?
Misunderstood. Redemption. Laughter. Love. Peace-seeking. Creative. Adventurous. Stifling (at times). Survivor.

What is your favorite place to visit?
My favorite place in the world is New Orleans. I fell in love with the city and the French Quarter years ago and have since advised my husband we’re moving there soon. The city is so open-minded and filled with so much culture. The music is beautiful and the food is amazing. Out of all the places I’ve visited it has to be the most inviting and have the richest cultures.

What words do you live by?
I have this entire poem tattooed on my body:
Invictus
BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

I also live by this quote:
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. ”  -Albert Einstein

Thanks for the awesome interview, Sasha!


Cozy Mystery Feature: Peril In Paradise by Deb Graham


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“My necklace is gone! I left it right here, I know I did!” Jerria’s heart pounded. Not another theft.
Depressed over her youngest son leaving two years early for college– across the country no less!– Jerria takes up her husband Will’s offer of a relaxing Hawaiian cruise. But, a series of ominous events onboard the Ocean Haven squashes any idea of a calm tropical vacation. Soon Jerria’s very life is in danger, and she can’t blame the mythical Pele for this one.
Warm characters and rich descriptions of beautiful Hawaii bring this this cozy mystery to life. If you’ve ever dreamed of the enchantment of a cruise ship vacation, Peril In Paradise is for you!

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About the Author:

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I’m a self-published author of eleven non-fiction books, including two cruise travel guide books laced with stories about her innocent husband (so he says), a book on how to write one’s personal story, how to complain, and several cookbooks, science, and craft books for her six beloved grandchildren. My background in stand-up comedy spills into my writings.
Leery of writing fiction for many years, I’ve just finished my first novel, a cozy mystery set on (where else?) a cruise ship. I’t been delightful to learn how much I enjoy fiction. I already have a sequel in process! It seems that many cozy mystery flyleafs tell that the author lives with a spouse and assorted cats. I love my husband, but sadly, have no cats.
My superpowers include: being able to spell-check and grammar-check with my brain (thanks to abusive English teachers over the years); heading up the making of 1006 quilts for Project Linus; a quick mind that enables me to improvise on a dime; and my talent as a skilled bargain hunter, including being able to find name brand items with store tags still on them in second hand stores with laser focus.

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Fantasy Feature and Interview: Pseudo-Dragon by Cheryl Matthynssens @balanceguide


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Pseudo-Dragon is Book #4 in the Groundbreaking series THE BLUE DRAGON’S GEAS, which began with OUTCAST (Book #1).

So much planning and preparation has gone into assaulting the bloodmine. Before this can be accomplished, Alador will need to become a true Pseudo-Dragon. Added to this major endeavor are the complications of minimizing his uncle’s plans, convincing his half-brother to help him, and passing the tier test. Delve into the world of Vesta, where magic dragons fly and the bitter history between races holds the isle apart. Can Alador harness the his power as a pseudo-dragon to help him in the tasks that lay before him…

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Sordith nodded. He had discussed the beast only briefly with his brother. He was still concerned about the path that Henrick and this possessed stone had put Alador upon. “If we defeat him, it will be by Alador’s unifying of these very elements. Would you crown the reckless boy a king?” Sordith asked carefully.

“Who else would you suggest? It cannot be won without mage powers, or the Lerdenians will never kneel.” Henrick sighed wearily as if the weight of the world were upon him.

“What of you?” Sordith asked curiously. “You work so hard behind the scenes lining everything up when you could walk in and best Luthian now. You could seize the title of High Minister without a war, then you and Alador could unite the isle.”

Henrick opened his lips to say something then snapped them shut. He slowly closed his eyes again. Sordith could read on his face that the man had considered this, the waging emotions were not hidden. “I cannot assume the mantle of High Minister now or ever.” He opened his eyes; and when they met Sordith’s, they were determined. “It is not meant to be my place… my place will be elsewhere when all is revealed.”

“So you mean to see Alador as High Minister or as a King?” Sordith did not know if he wanted to be under his impetuous and highly temperamental half-brother.

Henrick put out one hand with his palm up. “He will rule as the first King of the Grand Isle. He will bring about a new age for the island as a whole.” Henrick prophesied. “Dark times come for the isle, and if it is not united before the tides of change flow then magic as we know it, dragons as we know them, all will cease to exist.” As if to emphasize his point, his hand snapped shut.

“I have not told Alador of what is to come. He flees at each level of responsibility. Alador still sees himself as that outcast small village boy. The mage in him does not see the power that he wields within his veins as a Guldalian and from the stone that he harvested. Until he can make decisions as a king, I will not reference this.”

“What if he never can, Henrick?” Sordith asked gently. “What if this task you speak of is beyond him?”

“Then the race of dragons will slowly die away, hunted out of fear, superstition, and for their treasures in blood, bone, and cave.” Henrick stated softly. “Magic will be lost to the world of men as we know it. A dark time will come upon the world, and when it ends, all… All I have ever known will be lost in the pages of time.”

Sordith sat for a long moment taking this in. He got up and moved to his liquor cabinet, rummaging through it. Finding what he sought, he poured them both a stiff drink. He moved back to Henrick handing it over solemnly. He toasted the mage then firmly stated. “Then we don’t just rebel against a tyrant.” He looked Henrick solemnly in the eyes. “We train a king.”


 

About the Author:

Cheryl Matt

I am Cheryl and go by Cheri. I am a.. never mind my age… older woman with grand-kids. However, my heart is forever young and I hope I never grow up. I was born in Upland, CA. I have four wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren. I started adult life as a mother. I went back to school and got my teaching degree. Between teaching positions, I ended up working in a prison on the coast of Washington State. This led to gaining credentials and a license to be an addictions counselor. This unique combination has allowed me to interview hundreds of personalities over my career. I love the uniqueness of human beings and have worked hard to make sure I build this into my characters. I want each major character to have a form and manner that makes them unique from the rest.

I love the fantasy world because it taps into the creative mind. I have always been one who could visualize what I read and so fantasy became a colorful escape to lands of mystical beasts, fantastic quests and where the hero does really save the day. Since becoming a more mature reader and writer, I have found writing can be an avenue to learn and teach while still enjoying that creative mind-scape. I have worked in a world where the hero doesn’t always win and sometimes beloved characters fall and don’t get back up.

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Interview with Cheryl Matthynssens:

When did you start to have a love for books? 
I have loved books as long as I can remember.  Once I could read, I passed that love onto my brother as I would read to him as often as he would sit still for it.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?

My favorite book as a child was green eggs and ham.   I even remember getting green eggs and ham for breakfast one day.  It is a favored memory.

My favorite book as a teenager was Clan of the Cave Bear and it remains one of my favorites today.  I loved the way the series built a believable prehistoric environment and the struggle for life.  I loved the mysticism that was incorporated.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?

I have always loved role playing which in a way is a form of writing.  You don’t get to edit and it is on the fly, but you are still creating a character with motives and desires.  I had been told repeatedly that I was very good at it and should consider writing.

I didn’t share that I had been encouraged to write from an early age.  My first play was performed in the 4th grade.  In High School, I had private lessons arranged by my English teacher with a published author.  However, when I graduated the fear of rejection settled in.

Having read of the option to self-publish, I decided to give it a chance. Much to my surprise, the first book of the series took off in the UK and later in the USA.  I have been writing ever since.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?

My biggest inspiration has been nature.  I will stop or drive by an area and immediately imagine what could have happened there.  Also, old buildings fascinate me.  I always imagine what their stories could be.  What happened in those walls that no one else knows.

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

My favorite book was actually a children’s book.  It is called Not an Egg!  When I wrote it, my daughter-in-law was pregnant with a second child.  My grandson had made it very clear that if it was a girl that someone else was taking it and mommy would just have to try again for a baby brother. He gave that baby (if it was a girl) to four different people.  I wrote that book for him.  It is a good thing too for he has a baby sister.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?

I have two favorites from my series.  The first is Sordith, a rogue who has risen up to become the head of the criminal underworld of Silverport.  I love his humor and his tenacious spirit.

The second is a death mage called Jon.  Jon is a very straight faced, mono-toned character that seems without emotion or goal.  We learn in this book that there are depths to this character that even our Hero is missing.

I think readers would connect most easily with Alador.  He is not the perfect hero.  In the beginning, he is immature and whines a lot. Life throws him a few curve balls that requires him to grow up quickly.  You see that struggle in the character.  He was bullied as a child and an outcast as a teen. He is thrust into adult life suddenly with no time to adjust.  He makes huge mistakes.

I think that readers can identify with this.  You leave high school which can be a cruel cold place for many of our youth, and you are thrust into the working world – if you are not lucky enough to go to college. You suddenly are responsible for bills, rent, maturity and so much more.  Many readers can identify with the feeling of not being ready for it all.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?

I would have to say the week that I got reviews that praised my work and they were people I did not know. Your friends and family are wonderful supports, but you always wonder if they are telling you what you want to here.  When I started getting asked for a sequel from strangers was an exciting moment in my career.

What can readers expect from you next?

I plan to finish the series in the next book.  Between now and then, I will be publishing a series of short stories that originally appear as live writes on my blog. I have a “challenge this writer”  where readers can give me four elements and I have to create a fantasy story for them.  I am struggling right now with one where there is a lost werewolf with a pine cone.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?

On the surface, I would say epic fantasy narrowed down to sword and sorcery.  However, readers looking for a quick hack and slash where the hero saves the day tend to not like my work.  My work is character driven and the hero doesn’t always win the day.  The best reviews come from readers who like that in depth character growth and view.

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?

Wow, I have so many that narrowing it down would be difficult.  Right now I am really into the Sword of Truth series.  I absolutely loved the Inheritance Series.

Television shows:  I tend to lean towards shows like Criminal Minds and NCIS.  I like the analysis parts of the show.  In criminal minds, I love getting to know what drives the current killer.  The writer in me has to know.  The bad side of watching movies or tv for me is that I don’t miss foreshadowing.  I am rarely surprised by turn of events.  When that happens though, I absolutely love it.

Movies:  I love Independence Day.  It has my favorite actors.  There are some lines I absolutely love.  I also am a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan.  I have been asked why, with this love, I do not write Sci-Fi.  There are some intricacies to Sci-Fi fiction I am not comfortable with yet, note that I said yet.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?

Terry Goodkind and I would want to talk about building cultures.  He is amazing at building character and cultures.  This fascinates me. What codes a set of people live by, what drives them, their belief systems.  He excels at this and I would want to harvest it all.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?

Living life fully even in the face of advesity

What is your favorite place to visit?

I love Yellowstone Park.  The variety of natural settings in such a small area fascinates me.  I love the wildlife, the wild danger of moving around inside an active caldera, and the sheer beauty of it all.

What words do you live by?

It is what it is,
It was what it was,
It is not today!

Anything else you’d like to share with readers?

If you can fill in this blank, I have always wanted to: (___________), then go out and figure out how to do it.  Life is to short to put off those deep seeded desires.  There is something about that which is tied to your life’s purpose.  Don’t discount it.

Thanks for letting us interview you, Cheri!