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From New York Times bestselling author Angela Snyder…

Avery Mason had it all: the nice house, the fancy clothes, the expensive cars and the perfect husband. On the outside looking in, her life appears to be perfect. But inside, Avery knows her life is far from perfection as her husband’s carefully constructed façade slowly starts to crumble.

Forced to fake a happy marriage while enduring physical and mental abuse from the man who had once been her whole world is taking its toll. And ever so slowly, Avery finds herself slipping into an existence where she is gradually becoming a shell of her former self.

When Dr. Max Harrison transfers from Chicago to North Carolina, his world is flipped upside down the moment he sees Avery. With one glimpse into her blue-gray eyes, he can see the pain she is so desperately hiding from the rest of the world. As Avery attempts to push him away, he becomes convinced that there is more to her than meets the eye. And when he finally uncovers her darkest secret, the pieces of the puzzle slowly start to click into place.

Max and Avery want to be together, but nothing in life is ever that simple. It’s not going to be easy to get her away from the powerful Mason family, but Max will risk everything to protect her. His only concern is Saving Avery.

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Eve Ryder has made mistakes in life; mistakes which have led her down a path of self-destruction.
With no home, no job, no family and no future, Eve feels ready to end it all. Little does she know that someone else has been watching her – someone who’s placed the value of Eve’s life much higher than she has.
When Eve wakes in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by strange people, she thinks she’s been tossed into a mental facility. But Eve could never dream that the truth will be even harder to believe, and that her whole world is about to be turned on its head.

Welcome to The Gray Institute.

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A completed #1 Bestselling Series!

Joss has escaped the Colonies but her troubles have only just begun. She’s wounded, exposed, and vulnerable but worst of all, she needs help. And there’s only one place she can go to get it. Only one place she can stand to be.

With Ryan.

Together they’ll have to delve into the seedy underworld of post-apocalyptic Seattle. A world of gambling, fighting, secrets, and lies. A world governed by The Hive.

But the deeper they sink, the more they’ll find that The Hive isn’t everything it seems. That even the mighty have someone to fear. Is the enemy of their enemy their friend? Or is there another threat, one greater than the Risen or the Colonies, looming in the distance?

*Due to violence and language, this book is not recommended for readers under 16.

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Frank Bowen is a man who wishes to get through the days of his life as easily as possible, blocking out distractions from family, friends and work colleagues. Some would say he was on the road to a recluse. He would say he just wants a simple life.
However, things become far from simple when one day, due to an accident, Frank finds himself trapped in the dying town of Broken Fawn. A town of few people and even fewer clues, but more worryingly for Frank, are the masked figures, hunting him down at every corner.

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Hidden pasts. Secrets untold. Legends half-remembered. Fifteen fantasy writers gather to bring fifteen tales to life, each one a unique glimpse into a wholly original world.

On the Emerald Road, a dead Sage triggers a brutal trial beneath the forest floor. There, a young man must fight—and kill—both friends and enemies to become the next wielder of the fabled Emerald Blade.

In Midgard, a priestess of humble birth forges a strange bond with an ancient being as she searches for justice in a land that often rewards cruelty, betrayal, and bloodshed.

And in the Yarnsworld, the Magpie King teaches two brothers a dangerous lesson about the power of stories. Sticks and stones may indeed break bones . . . but they cannot hurt the Bramble Man.

In worlds ravaged by flood, fire, and frost, mere mortals strive to make their own legends amidst demons and deities alike. And in lands racked with human strife—where evil endures and no one is ever safe—scarred heroes fight forces even darker than their own personal demons.

Why do they fight?

Some seek to better the world, or themselves. Others are out to right old wrongs. But whatever their goal – reward, redemption, or just respite – the truth will out eventually. For no story is ever truly lost so long as there exists one to tell it.

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Letitia Shriver, a.k.a., “Tia,” is a seer, but doesn’t know it yet. Neither does she know her best friend, Erelah Inara, is an angel sent by God to help her overcome difficulties, and break strongholds in her life for a higher purpose. She won’t be able to discern Erelah’s origin until she admits that God is, and submits to His perfect will.

Damaged in every way imaginable and haunted by her past, Tia has more than a few character flaws. She suppresses her emotions to avoid the pain that’s so invasively attached to them, and to keep from dealing with any issues involved in confronting them. Tia has successfully evaded them all—except one; she can’t elude anger, and it consumes her.

Childhood friend, Adrian Grant has been in love with Tia since the very first moment he laid eyes on her, but because of her emotional detachment, she struggles to love him back. Despite that, he hopes to marry her someday, but it’s going to take a man with a significant amount of patience to wait on Tia to change. Unfortunately, sometimes even the unusually patient ones eventually grow impatient, and she could be at risk of losing him forever.

Tia has reached her breaking point and desperately wants change. When she discovers through an encounter with God, that the change she so desperately needs is righteousness, and only He can provide it, Tia begins a pursuit through eloquent writings. The Lord commends, and through a series of dreams and visions He begins to transform Tia’s entire life from the inside out. She will no longer be able to suppress her emotions as God reveals the truth about her past, how it has affected her in the present, and how it threatens to ruin her future.

Confronting the underlying issues behind her anger and exposing the root of her pain, may be too much for Tia to endure, but the more she resists, the more the Lord will insist. If she can find the strength to withstand, trust God’s leading, and believe Him, she will find the righteousness she is so fervently pursuing, because it will be accounted to her.

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Lies and deception set sail on the high seas in this highly anticipated return to the Realm of Virtues.

Duchess Jacqueline Arienta Xavier is looking forward to the maiden voyage of the Rose of the Sea, a grand luxury ship commissioned by Isla DeLacqua, an island duchy and ally of Saphire. What is meant to be a reunion of old friends quickly takes an eerie turn when mysterious disappearances begin happening aboard the new ship. Can the Duchess uncover the treacherous source before irreparable damage is done?

Find out in A Voyage of Vengeance, a Ducal Detective mystery.

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Secrets gather beneath the snow in the fourth Ducal Detective Mystery novel.

As winter settles across the land, Jacqueline Arienta Xavier travels north to Lysandeir to discuss the future of the infamous wilds of Cetachi. When a young woman unexpectedly dies the night the Saphire delegation arrives at the summit, the Duchess senses a darkness looming over the gathering. While others dismiss the woman’s death as accidental, Jax knows something more sinister is afoot. She and her friends must scour the halls of the stone fortress in search of the perpetrator before the realm is cast into civil war.

Return to the Realm of Virtues with the Duchess’s latest adventure, “A Summit in Shadow.”

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Grateful to be leaving the deathbed of his estranged father behind, Andy Morzov wants nothing more than to return to Amphion University to submit his thesis to his mentor Professor Nick Holloran. Instead, he discovers the professor missing – possibly dead – while on a secret mission for the Illisian government.
If Andy hopes to find Nick, he must join the renowned Captain Salisbury in retracing Nick’s steps on a quest to the Frozen Isles for the fabled site of Shaifalway, the Well of Youth. With Salisbury advising Andy not to go, he starts to question the government’s motives. Andy soon discovers that there’s something wrong in the archaeological papers the professor left behind. And for good reason, for the translation speaks of a darkness, an evil within the hearts of man, and the Well is only a small part of what is to come.
As he boards the ice-breaking behemoth, the Juggernaut, on her quest north, Andy realises that his life is now in danger. He must tread carefully, lest his motives to save Nick – if he is still alive – come into question. In the midst of his growing doubts, arises the question as to the Well’s authenticity. After all, what lengths would the leaders of Illisia go for immortality?

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Gargoyles, Angels, and Vampires. Deadly enemies. An Angel Prince looking for his fated mate to break his curse. A Vampire King with a heart of stone.

Aria loses her humanity after being saved by a monster she believed only to exist in horror stories. But everything isn’t what it seems when her savior becomes a handsome angel prince who awakened her ancient and deadly powers. Powers that can destroy the world, or save it.
Only true love can break the prince’s curse and stop him from turning into stone for all eternity. Despite the overwhelming chemistry between Aria and the prince, they only have thirty days to fall in love before their bond is put to the test.
Peril strikes in the form of an addictive drug that can kill vampires and angels are to blame. Conflict is blooming and the peace treaty between the Angel Prince and the Vampire King is threatened.
Aria is caught in a love triangle when the Vampire King discovers that the girl he had refused to take as his is now the prince’s new mate. Tormented by the rash decision that almost killed her, the king now believes that he’s saving Aria from the clutches of the manipulative prince.
Finding out that supernatural creatures exist becomes less terrifying for Aria than discovering what she’s destined to become if she lets her Archangel’s abilities take over and change her.
Aria is much more than the average, eighteen-year-old girl who wanted to find the cure for cancer. She’s now a deadly Archangel warrior and the future queen of the angels and gargoyles if only she can manage to break her lover’s curse and keep the Vampire King at bay.
What would you give up for true love? Find out in Archangel’s Kiss.

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Ten years ago Veronica Langdon thought relinquishing her infant son was the toughest choice she would ever have to make….. turns out she was wrong.

Her child is dying and to save his life she has to re-visit her painful past, the child she gave away…. and the man she’s never stopped loving.

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Edward Phillips is just like you. He has fears, dreams, anxiety, depression, a weak bladder, an irritable bowel… alright, maybe not you specifically, but the point is that we all have issues — whether they’re big, small, physical or mental. Edward can be found lost inside of his head trying to find himself. I’m not sure exactly how long he’s been there, but he hasn’t left his flat for over a year, and you can smell the ammonia from down the street.

It isn’t until Edward has a surprise visit from a longtime self-proclaimed friend, Hugo Prescott, that his life finally gets back on the move. It may be moving in the wrong direction and heading towards a devastating destination, but at least it’s moving. With Prescott’s obstructive assistance, Edward is confident that if anything gets in his way, he can quickly turn and run for his life. The only problem is that his panic-inducing thoughts keep catching up to him.

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During Gran’s funeral, Megan is informed that her grandmothers’ death might not have been an accident. Are there ghosts moving things in the house? Her Gran thought maybe or it could be just old age. Do ghosts kill people?
In her grandmother’s will, Megan receives a valuable Irish Claddagh ring and her grandmother’s house. Megan starts to have visions of past events. Did she live in another time?
Rescued by a stranger from a speeding car, Megan feels a timeless connection to her rescuer she can’t explain. Together, they try to solve the mysteries that surround her Gran’s death. Gran’s friend, Clarissa, is also murdered. Did she have answers someone didn’t want Megan to find out? Who can she trust?
Working with curious riddles left by Megan’s ancestors over one hundred and fifty years before, they follow clues leading to the discovery of a lost family treasure and a future they never dreamed of.

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Paranormal Romance Spotlight and Interview: Devastated: Book 1 (Slaughtered Souls) by London Michelle @londonmichelle0


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Paranormal Romance/Supernatural Erotica


devastated by london michelle

Release Date: 1/17/18

Forced to care for her grieving father, Annabelle Davis makes her first mistake. She gives up what little control she does have. She’s taken from her childhood home, her friends, and her horse, Miracle. Her only hope is for her long-time boyfriend to follow her to Miami.

The cruelty of her peers drives her to a darkness that she can’t escape. Meeting Marco, Annabelle begins to play with other possibilities. Exhausted from trying to be everything she should be, she makes a life altering decision that she can’t take back. With no control and no way out, her life hangs in the balance as she scrambles to set things right.

Giving in to her demons is looking better and better each day.

Devastated is a Supernatural Erotic story following a young woman torn between taking care of her widower father and being with the man she thinks she loves. Darkness and mystery surround Annabelle as she fights for control over her own soul! The power of good is stronger than evil, right?

DISCLAIMER: This book is meant for people 18 years and older. The characters in this story are purely from my imagination. Any names, businesses, or towns do not represent any real entity. This book contains content that is not for the easily offended. Some situations may be too intense for some. Foul language and descriptions within this book are intended as entertainment for mature adults.

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Excerpt:

I try to change my face, opting for more of a dead-eye look, one that I see in most of the other patients on this floor. His stare is burning through me. He sees more than I want him too. I know now that his role in this hospital is much more than just the attending doctor for this floor.

“No need, I can take over for you.” He moves toward my bed.

“I’m finished. She’s all calm now.”

“No, this little busybody needs some time to think.”

His sneer, peeling off his normally soft disposition, his true sinister self peeks through behind his yellow eyes. I reach for Yolanda’s scrubs. She pulls away and shakes her head in a soft side to side motion. Her warning is heard loud and clear. She stands to face Him. She says nothing of his change, but I know she knows.

Yolanda stands at the door, her lips moving at a feverish pace with no sound. Dr. Antosh stands over me pointing for me to lay back. He pulls a set of restraints from his jacket pocket, attaching them to the link on the underside of my cot. He pulls the padded cuffs up around the sides of my bed, placing each of my wrists and ankles inside. Yolanda’s hands are clenched in fists at her side, her lips still moving. He pulls a small syringe from his pocket, flips it needle up and thumps it. He slides the waistband of my pants below my hip and injects the serum into me.  Her silence at the door, an ominous pretense, as He stands and walks toward the door. It shuts and locks.

Yolanda’s face is in the window. She mouthes the words be strong before she disappears from view.

There’s still enough light in my room from the high windows on the wall above me. With the entire floor on lock down, there’s no noise from the halls. I see the occasional random nurse’s face in my window. But, I’m left shackled to my bed with no human contact. My eyes are becoming heavy. My vision blurs.

I count the cinder blocks of the walls. I hum Mom’s lullaby. Anything to keep my consciousness, focusing on anything at all. I recount my last interaction with Marco. I wish I would’ve kissed him on the beach that day.  I feel the medicine setting in as the room grows darker. I try to think of the happy things as I lose the light. I think about Marco’s eyes. About his lips that night on the pier. The words he said to me, to kiss you is like seeing stars. I see him in an ethereal form, floating above me. The medicine is winning the fight.


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About the Author:

london michelle

London Michelle is a housewife and mother of four. She spends her days looking after her family. But after dark, with the curtains pulled and the lights down low, she writes stories that will ignite your fantasies and pull you into new worlds.

She currently has a series published and has several WIPs. She writes Erotica and some sub-genres in that category such as Taboo, BDSM, and Supernatural/Paranormal.

London also enjoys Live Write Events and connecting with fellow authors. She’s an avid reader and likes to give back to the Author Community by Beta-Reading for close friends.

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Author Interview:

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

I’d love too. Well, I started just trying to pass the time, when my oldest children were infants. There was a lot of down time in the evenings. So, I wrote. Overtime, I began more confident in my abilities, letting family and friends read my stories. Fast-forward about 10 years and here we are!

How many books do you currently have published?

I have a total of 5 books published. Four of them are in my Wine Tasting Series: Sweet Summer Wine, Simply Bittersweet, Early Harvest, and Liquid Cashmere. It’s a fast-paced, fast read Erotica series. And now Devastated.

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

Definitely Devastated. I have lived and breathed this story for nearly two years. I have a compulsive editing tick. :) So, while the story did not take that long to write, but my constant second guessing and editing did! hahahaha

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

Devastated, Book 1 of the Slaughtered Souls Series releases on January 17th, 2018. My current works  in progress are The Journal of Emory Tate and Desolated, Book 2 of the Slaughtered Souls Series.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

The escape! Just the same as reading, I emerge myself in the world that I’m writing! I meet new people, travel to new places… It’s like a mini vacation in my mind!

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

I absolutely get writer’s block! That’s actually how my Wine Tasting Series was born. I was working on Devastated and got stuck. I put it down and opened a brand new document. After a couple weeks, I had Sweet Summer Wine, Book 1.

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

That’s the fun part! In the beginning, I let my OCD run things. I was meticulous. I planned every step the characters would make. Let me tell you, this led to flat characters and a boring story line. So I quit. I don’t plan and I don’t outline. I let the characters tell me when they want to go.

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

My favorite is Violetta! She’s a purple-haired, French vixen. You’ll get to meet her in The Journal of Emory Tate. She’s sexy! She’s subtly powerful! And can take a man to his knees with a simple look!

Least favorite? Hmmm, I guess that would have to have been Amber, the stepmother, in the Wine Tasting Series… she took on the traits of someone I would never want to personally know.

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

Oooooooo… that’s a good one! Definitely the elevator scene in Devastated. I actually creeped myself out in that one.

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

Do not expect your first book to be amazing! I wrote multiple stories before I ever began publishing and I still have a lot to learn. As for tips, find yourself another author (published or Indie) that you love. Read their work, follow them on social media. You’d be surprised at how many authors will take time out of their schedules to mentor you! I have one that mentors me!

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

Devastated, hands down! This is by far, my favorite story I’ve ever written.

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?

How about a tiny blurb of The Journal of Emory Tate? It will belong to the Atrocious Enterprise series I have planned! Are you up for a little dominant delicious-ness? Emory Tate is arrogant, cocky, and dominant. He knows what he wants, and he’ll do what he needs to get it. His fetishes control him, landing him in the company of a Therapist. While he follows her directions for him to keep a journal, this isn’t exactly what she had in mind. Join Emory through his musings as he transforms himself and the lives around him, not always for the better.

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

My guilty pleasure are Vampires and Werewolves…although I have not written them, yet! Maybe in the future… who knows?

What about television shows? Movies?

I rarely watch television, but when I do, it’s reality television. I love the Little Women shows, Dance Moms, Bring It…

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

The Hobbit and Trainspotting! I hated reading when I was younger. My English teacher would assign book report after book report. I would barely skate by with mediocre understandings of the books. Finally, me teacher pointed me in the direction of both of those books! They changed the way I looked at reading forever.


Thriller Book Spotlight and Author Interview: Going Gone by Abraham Lopez @AbeLopezAuthor


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Anthology, Thriller, Alternate History


going gone

Release Date: 1/16/18

What is a single life worth? In our modern world, where wars are on the cusp of igniting at a moment’s notice, new diseases ravage entire populations, and hidden atrocities erase the lives of thousands, what can the death of a single person mean?

It can mean the tenuous line between peace and destruction.

Kurt Ramis knows this, as he watches the aftermath of an assassination on his television set. His years in the CIA have prepared him for such a dreadful day.

“Rasul” knows this, as he follows his young guide down the streets of New York City, with a gift for his adopted country.

The soldiers and sentries of Camelot’s Corridor, deep under the sands of Texas know this, as they prepare the secret bunker for the President’s arrival.

Mike Keogh knows this, as he remembers fallen friends, betrayals, and mention of a secretive monster named the Tangerine Demon.

Jessie Rosen will know it soon enough, as she descends the steps to Kubrá, to meet her deliverer. Her new family descends those steps as well, calling for their Lord to hear their prayers.

Phil Barr begrudgingly knows this, as he cowers in his palatial Hollywood Hills mansion, murderers and thugs auditioning on live TV, sirens ringing in his ears. This wasn’t how his charmed life was supposed to turn out.

And DaRWIn knows this best of all, as it predicted the assassination, and the calamitous after-effects some time ago.

On a certain day, on a certain street in the Middle East, the taking of a single life will mean everything, and it will shake the foundation of humanity. It will be the pulling of a loose strand in mankind’s tapestry, undoing the progress of a thousand years, ripping apart at the seams countless lives, countless societies.

Intertwining lives and stories, some saved and some ended, some Going, some Gone…

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Excerpt:

In order to allow for new growth, the old must often be felled, burned away to the ashes. This is as true of forests as it is the constructs of men.

And as a single thunderous current can engulf an ancient forest in flame, a solitary strike of violence can erase the oldest of men’s foundations.

On this day, such a strike of violence unfolded almost perfectly.

Almost.

It began with a group of vehicles methodically making its way from the outskirts of the capital, through the dust-covered streets, and emerging into the open space of the ancient city square.  This motorcade moved in precise unison, seeming like a scarab beetle crossing a desert hardpan.

The lead pair of motorcycles, traveling side-by-side, came to a stop just past the main entrance to the embassy.  Following closely behind was an out-of-place black limousine, somewhat dusted over, yet shining brilliantly in the midday sun, which was itself followed by a pair of aging military transport trucks.  The head and abdomen of this insectile formation were bristling with weapons; the ‘cycles had RPGs mounted across the handlebars for easy access to the driver, and rear-facing second riders, conspicuously armed with AK-47s; the trucks, each carrying a dozen armed men in their canvas-covered beds.

After a moment’s pause, the doors to the elongated thorax opened almost simultaneously.  Several brutish men, whose demeanor and air could only be those of guardians, emerged into the hot Arabian day.  Seconds later a small man of indistinct features was helped out of the rear of the limousine.  He then began a slow but purposeful walk up the stairs toward the entrance.

The motorcade had already begun moving away, into the crowded street, when the first flashbang went off to the right of the embassy’s entrance.  This non-lethal grenade, usually used in close quarters to confuse an opponent and render them momentarily vulnerable, nonetheless produced the desired effect out in the open.  The trained guardians were instantly put on the defensive, and surrounded the Prime Minister.  They began moving him away from the embassy and toward street in an attempt to regroup with the motorcade.

The motorcade itself had already made its way halfway down the block when it too reacted to the explosion.  The driver of the Minister’s limousine stopped and attempted to reverse course, but the sudden onslaught of frightened citizens enveloped the vehicle, rendering it temporarily immobile.  The men and women attempting to flee the explosion likewise impeded the men in the back of the truck and the motorcycle drivers.

One of those fleeing men, dressed in a flowing but crudely made thawb, made his way behind an abandoned food cart, and calmly observed the security detail’s next move from this hidden vantage point.


About the Author:

abraham lopez

Abraham spent his formative years in rural Colorado, where he was born in 1979. He has also lived in Northern Nevada, Virginia, and Northwest Arkansas. These disparate environments and local cultures have had a great impact on Abraham’s view of America and his writing styles. Though educated as a computer programmer, Abraham hopes to be a full-time writer in the near future.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? I was a voracious reader as a kid, mostly because of my step-father’s influence, and I think that because English is my second language, reading helped me to learn structure and vocabulary early on.  That said, although I always dreamt of someday being a writer, I didn’t seriously consider publishing anything publicly until a few years ago.  I had a few ideas for some short stories, and after publishing a couple of them on their own, the bigger idea of publishing an anthology of short stories got me going on my present path.

How many books do you currently have published?  Aside from two short stories that I published in 2013, this upcoming anthology, “Going Gone”, is my first big work to be published.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?  “Going Gone” is definitely my favorite because of the diversity of story-telling involved and the way the stories intertwine around a central theme.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?  I have two novels in mind as future projects, though the success of this anthology will determine how quickly they get written and published.  I’m currently working full-time as a computer programmer, and the anthology I wrote on my spare time, on and off, for about three years.  If I can manage to write full-time I should be able to knock at least one of the novels out in about a year’s time.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The creative process.  Specifically inventing a character or situation that didn’t previously exist, and then finding a way for your characters to progress beyond that situation.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?  I don’t think I’ve written for a substantial enough time to get writer’s block.  I only say that because the ideas for everything I’ve written so far have come to me fairly easily, it’s just the actual writing (and the time to do it) that have been the most difficult part.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes, probably every significant character in my anthology have turned out different than I originally intended them to.  There is one protagonist that I began writing as a man, then realized that that was wrong, and that she needed to be a woman.  Coincidently, hers is one of my favorite stories in the anthology.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?  I’d have to say my favorite is Jessie Rosen (alluded to above), the investigative journalist in my short story “Jessie and the LARGOnauts” because she finds herself in a dangerous situation and her strength and inner resolve really shows throughout the narrative.  My least favorite, but funnest to write, is Symon Stephenson.  He’s a rock star, and a walking ego, and doesn’t really care about anyone but himself, and it was fun to have him interact with people who couldn’t stand him but needed to work with him.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I’ve learned to not give up, to keep writing even when you don’t feel like it.  Some days you’re tired and your brain is fried, but it’s a privilege to be able to write your thoughts down so that you can go back and mold them into something better later.  You can’t take that for granted, and I learned that I love the editing process because it allows me the freedom to overwrite ideas that I thought were done and (hopefully) make them more complete through the edit.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?  “The Man” which is a short story I wrote a few years ago.  It’s free, for one, and it encapsulates, I think, my writing style and technique.  If it intrigues you, buy my anthology, why not?  If not, at least it didn’t cost you anything!

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?  “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, “The Road”, “No Country for Old Men”, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”  These are the books that impacted me most, and made me want to become a writer.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? It’s still a work in progress!

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Yes, I hope you enjoy my work and don’t be afraid to leave me a review or recommend my book to friend!  Thanks a million!


Young Adult Romance Spotlight and Interview: Worst Case by Beck Anderson @BeckAndersonID


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YA Realistic Fiction/YA Romance


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Release Date: 1/16/2018

Will she risk the fall and take a leap of faith?

Vivi Lewis just wants to stay in one place for more than a minute. It’s April of her senior year, for crying out loud, and here she is again, packed into a beat-up white Toyota with her anxiety-ridden single mom, fleeing the Washington coast. She hopes that this move—the one that’s taken them inland to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—will finally be their true fresh start.

There’s little to indicate this time will be much different from all the others…until Vivi meets Win Kemper at the city bus stop before her first day of school. Win and Vivi are a perfect match—both self-defined weirdos. Vivi trusts Win, and their time together is a whirlwind of cliff-jumping and paddleboarding, a life immersed in nature that would have given her, and especially her mom, a panic attack in the past. Their instant spark becomes a rock-solid friendship, and might be even more, if Vivi can stick around long enough to experience it.

But having a reason to stay also raises the stakes. Running from their fears has never made Vivi and her mom safe enough before, and now everything she has to lose appears in sharp relief. Can she find the strength to separate herself from her mother? Will the burgeoning bond she and Win share be enough to get them beyond the last twenty-six days of senior year—even when the worst-case scenario comes to pass?

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Win looks at me. “Did something bad happen to you all when you were in Washington?”

Win hasn’t really pried or pushed for more on my long story. It’s fair that he’s asking, I think.

I consider it, but I can feel the heat already spreading up my neck, just thinking about telling him more. “Code word palindrome, but I will say this: my mom’s running from something.”

Win looks out at the lake, and when he speaks his voice is low and resolute. “I wish you’d been safe from whatever it was.”

I consider this. “But if we’d been safe there, I wouldn’t be here. So…” I leave the sentence in the air.

He smiles and touches the inside of my palm. “And whose names would we be graffiti-ing all over the place? Our careers as defacers of property—”

“And persons,” I remind him, since I’ve traced his name in Sharpie on the palm of my hand, after all.

“Yeah, our careers would be cut short, underdeveloped by serendipity or whatever.” He stands there for a moment, then touches my hand again. “That kiss…”

I worry. It fit perfect out there in the water. Maybe talking about it here, maybe it doesn’t fit. Is that what he’s going to say? “Yeah?”

He looks down at the ground for a second and then up at me through a fringe of bangs. His face is tan, his mouth soft, his dark eyes wide and earnest. “I liked it. I don’t want to rush you, but we fit. We know that, and I want more of that.”

All the air goes out of my lungs. “We’re going to have to get to know each other in condensed form. We don’t have much time.”

“We can spend every waking moment together as soon as school’s out.”

“Until you go away to college,” I say, and I can hear a tiny tremble in the sentence.

He shakes a finger at me. “Don’t get to the end before we even have our beginning.” He comes closer and weaves his fingers in between mine. “You can’t live life like that.”

My phone vibrates again, and I remember my real life, which will be lying in wait when I make it back to my house.


About the Author:

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Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase “mistakes are for learning” and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.

For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two boys, loving her husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.

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Author Interview:

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

I started writing seriously in 2009 after procrastinating for most of my life. My first novel, Fix You, was a Romance Writers of America Rita © finalist for Best First Book and Best Contemporary Romance. It got picked up from Omnific Publishing and re-released by Simon and Schuster. That encouraged me to keep writing. So far my journey has been a lot of persistence and hard work (and avoidance of hard work — still a terrible procrastinator) punctuated by a series of surprises.

How many books do you currently have published?

Worst Case is my 5th novel.

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

Each one has its own personality, like siblings. Use Somebody was a lot of fun, but was really hard to start. The Jeweler was my first novel I wrote, but not the first I published. Fix You was the one that scared me the most because it was the first time I put myself out there.

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

I didn’t expect to like Jeremy and Macy, the main characters in Use Somebody, as much as I did, because they’ve made big mistakes in the past. They grew on me. And Jack McCann in Worst Case is a terrible scene hog, but he is a blast to write. Every hero in my books, and Win in Worst Case is no exception, is a person I wish I could meet in real life, but each of them is real enough that I think you could meet someone like him in real life.

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

Not everyone will like your story. There is a wonderful Dita Von Teese quote– “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” That is really great advice to remember, especially if you are used to pleasing lots of people. Writers can’t please everyone.

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

I loved Big Little Lies and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? . I am reading and loving A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic.

What about television shows? Movies?

I loved Kingsman and Guardians of the Galaxy but didn’t love either sequel as much. I kind of love Madam Secretary but if you get a chance to watch the West Wing on Netflix it’s the real deal. Also I love Doctor Who and the Great British Bake Off more than one person should.

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

All of the books I read from the ages of around ten to seventeen made huge impacts on me. I can remember crying my eyes out over Watership Down and being obsessed with The Dark is Rising series.

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

Thank you for supporting writers! I hope that reading brings you as much happiness as writing makes me miserable (mostly kidding). But seriously, passionate readers are lifeblood for writers — you keep us going when the going is very, very tough. :)


Paranormal Romance Book Spotlight: My Wolf Fighter by Rose Wynters @author_rose


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Series: Wolf Town Guardians #4

Amanda Wyatt is having a bad month. Her job as a bartender at the Red Ruby is on the line, her cheating boyfriend has thrown her out, and she’s dying. Now homeless and without any hope, she’s resigned to living in her car in the woods… until a naked man walks out of the darkness to change her mind.

Ryker is a werewolf with a major chip on his shoulder. He’s pissed at the world. But one look at Amanda’s curvy body is enough to make his mouth run dry. Ryker knows exactly what she needs… and he’s just the werewolf to give it to her.

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Excerpt:

“I’m sorry, but our tests are clear. You have pancreatic cancer.”
Tears streamed down Amanda’s face as she sat in her car, replaying the doctor’s words over and over again. He’d said quite a bit in that brief time, but her mind wasn’t capable of moving past the diagnosis. She blinked hard, her throat and nose clogged with tears. She was only twenty-nine, but she had cancer. A very deadly form of cancer, if the doctor’s tests could be believed.


About the Author:

I have a huge fascination with the paranormal and the unexplained, and this isn’t just limited to vampires and werewolves. I think there are so many things in this world that are just simply mysterious, and I’m intrigued by this. I’m secretly relieved that science can’t explain all… the romantic in me believes that the world needs a few things that simply defy explanation.

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Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink @DakotaWillink


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Contemporary Romance


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The Stone Series Book 1

Bound by need. Entwined in secrets.

Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore the possibilities she could never before have imagined.

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn.

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets in their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.

Heart of Stone is a full-length novel, over 380 pages, and the first of three books in The Stone Series.

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Excerpt:

After unwrapping the cellophane from the platter, I moved over to the minibar to choose a bottle of white from the wine cooler. I perused the selections, trying to decide what would pair best with the cheeses.
Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Both will go nicely, but which would she prefer?
I glanced over at Krystina, intending to ask her if she had a particular wine preference. However, she had a look about her that made me pause, and I didn’t want to interrupt the picture that she painted before me.
She was running one delicate hand over the wooden top of my dining room table. She wore a soft smile on her lips, appreciating the craftsmanship of the design. She looked beautiful sitting there, feet up on the chair, seeming completely at ease. And in that moment, I realized that she had never before looked quite like that in my presence. She had never appeared so completely relaxed.
So unguarded.
I stood there studying every beautiful line of her captivating face. Seeing her that way, it was almost hard to believe she was capable of so many smart remarks and witty comebacks. Perhaps her sharp tongue and contentious behavior was a defense mechanism, one that she relied on when she was uncomfortable. If that were truly the case, then I would need to take corrective actions to remedy that problem. I had to calm her, or else I’d never get through the weeks ahead.
Weeks?
Since when do I think long term about these things?
The idea was novel for me and I was stunned to discover that I liked the idea of her being here more regularly. In my space. With me. It was a distressing sort of feeling.
This can all go to shit at a moments notice. Take it one step at a time.
A change of tactics was needed, for Krystina’s sake as well as my own. My normal methods of operation would have to be thrown out the window. Attempting to take control by laying down the law would only backfire, so I began to construct a new plan – one that would make Krystina feel more at ease. Once she was relaxed, I would begin to work on her trust by giving her what she’s been asking for.
Full disclosure.
Krystina would have no doubts about what I wanted from her after tonight. She would know exactly who and what I was. She would either run, or she would stay. If she stayed, then that’s when the true test would come into play – tonight I would discover if Krystina could put away that independent mind of hers long enough to pass her first lesson in submission.
Finally feeling like I had somewhat of a solution to Krystina’s argumentative nature, I turned my attention back to the wine selection. Smiling to myself, I settled on a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling.
Sweet. Like her.
I grabbed two crystal wine goblets and went back to the dining room, focused on the mission ahead. I could only hope that Krystina would keep herself open to what I had in mind.


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About the Author:

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Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a two time Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category. In September of 2017, Readers’ Favorite announced Stepping Stone as the Gold Medal winner in the Contemporary Romance category.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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