Blog Tour & Giveaway: Peace Out by Sandra Hurst

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Peace Out
A Peace Series Novella
by Sandra Hurst
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Brent Harrington is gone and Cyn Redman really couldn’t give a rat’s
ass. While the whole town celebrates or mourns the end of the
Harrington dynasty, Cyn’s life is falling apart. Her mother has
recently been diagnosed with cancer, throwing Cyn’s heart, as well
as her future plans into turmoil.

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The last thing Cyn is looking for is Jericho, the quiet, soft-spoken
ranch hand from the McBride place. Between the clinic closing, her
mom’s health, and Cyn’s long-delayed college plans, there are
already too many uncertainties. Could Jericho be the anchor she needs
so desperately as her world falls apart? Or is he just another excuse
not to let go of Peace and move on.
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Complaining to herself, Cyn slumped off the sidewalk and headed across the
street toward the grocery store. They usually had soup or something on sale. It
was better than an empty stomach on a cold day. She didn’t even see the dirty
brown pickup truck until it veered away from her and slammed into one of the
garbage cans that were cemented to the sidewalk up and down main street. A tall
man unfolded himself from the cab, cursing quietly. “Miss? Ya’ll okay? I didn’t
see you there.”
Cyn shook her head and kept walking away until a hand grasped her
shoulder.
“Are you okay? Answer me, please!” The deep voice with its hint of a
southern accent was quiet but firm, and the hand that gently shook her shoulder
knocked Cyn out of her daze and somehow centred her thoughts.
“You…” Cyn’s voice was shakier than she thought it would be. She
swallowed thickly and tried again, “You almost killed me.”
“You need to watch it when you step out into the street, ma’am. Peace may
be small, but we do have cars here.”
“Who are you to talk to me about Peace,” Cyn said, her dark eyes flashing.
“I’ve lived in this litterbox since junior high school.”
“My name is Jericho Matthews.” Jericho let go of his grip on Cyn’s shoulder
and stepped back slightly, politely ignoring the fact that the shaking hadn’t gone
away yet. “I work up at the McBride ranch. Don’t come into town much, so I
guess we haven’t met.”
Cyn looked up at the cowboy. She couldn’t believe just how far up she had to
look to meet his dark-brown eyes. She tilted her head back so that she could look
at his face rather than his chest, nice though it was. Cyn scowled, trying to get a
sense of the man from his features. She wished her mom was here—Mom could
see through people like they were made of glass. “Let me go, please, Mr.
Matthews. I need to get back to work.” Cyn tried to keep her voice steady, but it
still sounded shaky and much younger than the twenty-six year-old she really
was. “I’m sorry that I didn’t watch what I was doing. I hope your truck isn’t
knocked up too bad.”
Damn, Cyn thought, that’s all I needed—truck repairs are just one more
thing I can’t afford to pay for and I will not worry Mom about this kind of stuff.
“Not to worry, Miss…?” He made the polite statement a question and Cyn
sighed ruefully. She hadn’t told him her name. She was kind of hoping not to.
Cyn had decided months ago that she didn’t have room in her mind for anything
other than her mom and their future. Everything else, everyone else, was
unimportant.
“Redman,” she finally admitted, when it looked like Jericho was going to
stand there until she gave him a name. “I’m Cynthia Redman. I work at the
counselling centre across the road.”
Jericho took her hand and held it gently. His skin looks so dark against mine,
she thought. Cyn had never had her mom’s beautiful copper skin.
“Let me walk you back, Miss Redman,” Jericho said, giving her a guiding
push back down the street toward the clinic. “You still look really pale, and I’d
feel better if you were inside somewhere warm.” As Jericho steered her down
the slushy sidewalk and back toward the doors of the counselling centre, Cyn
couldn’t help stealing glances. He was an anomaly in a town full of bellowing
ranchers and chirping old ladies. He didn’t talk much, didn’t ask questions, just
walked quietly beside her with his hand once more resting on her shoulder.

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A mythmaker at heart, Sandra Hurst has been writing poetry, fantasy and
science fiction since her school days in England. Hurst moved to
Canada in 1980 and was deeply influenced by the wild lands and the
indigenous cultures that surrounded her. Y’keta, her first
full-length novel, is set in a mythical land, untouched by science or
technology, a
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where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars.
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A member of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, the Canadian
Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and The Mythopoeic Society,
Hurst works to build fantasy worlds that allow her readers to join
her in exploring the depths of human interaction in a mythical game
of ‘what if.’
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Her first novel, Y’keta, is long-listed for the prestigious Aurora
Award, for best Canadian fantasy novel (Young Adult) and the
American-based RONE award for break out fantasy novel.
She now lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son, both of whom
she loves dearly, and has put up for sale on e-bay when their
behaviour demanded it.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Serial Muderess by C.F. Rabbiosi

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The Darkness in Faith
Serial Murderess Volume 1
by C. F. Rabbiosi
Genre: Erotic Horror
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My name is Faith: Tortured sex slave turned brutal murderer. Men have
abused my body for inhuman pleasures, hurt me and made me feel
helpless. But now…
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They fear me. I wish I could say that it is all for the good of the world
that I kill them slowly and give them a taste of what they have made
others feel, but that would be a lie. Turns out, I have a lust for
blood and get off on making THEM my slave. They may be way past being
offended at that point, but I sure enjoy my living dead boys.
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Just one small problem. I am falling for my newest conquest and don’t know
anymore if I want to tie him up and kill him slowly. He supposedly
sexually assaulted a woman horribly ten years ago and is currently on
parole for the crime, but something about those genuine sea green
eyes and that beguiling mouth makes me weak. I still want to tie him
up but what I want to do to him- will make us both scream.
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Something about his darkness and pain calls to my own, and he knows I could
kill him at any time, but still fights to possess me in every
dripping, consuming and tantalizing way.
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Come inside if you dare where real sex slave stories are my inspiration
and I’ll tell you the story of a serial murderess and the life
altering events that made her a Lover of the Dead.
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“Rabbiosi’s books are beautifully written, twisted and sadistic, and will consume
you from the first page until the very end and you will want more.”
-Under the Night Sky book review.
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“After the first chapter, I looked at the clock and sighed because I knew
exactly what I was going to be doing all night. 6 am alarm be
damned.” -Nicole Horn, author of Sapphire Crystal Rose series.
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“Gripping, dark and exciting, I can’t wait to get the next in the series.”
-Desiree Ferreira
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“These books are sexy and twisted, with true sex slave tales inspiring the
backstory of the main character. There’s a lot of darkness with a
touch of crazy, and I was truly entertained.” -Amazon User

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Darkly Dreaming Faith
Serial Murderess Volume 2
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How can I admit to myself that I have fallen for the one thing I fear the
most? I should kill him, as I have visited bloody death on many
others just like him but…
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Instead I have let him inside me. Deeply, painfully and with all-consuming
psychotic passion. My body hums when he hurts it, as he’s brought out
a hidden side of me that thrives off his rough touch. I have never
felt so alive.
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Here he is by my side as we travel the country, staying in the finest
hotels and savagely getting revenge on those who have sexually
tortured me. What a ride. Kill, rough sex. Try to kill each other,
more rough sex… And repeat.
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But something changes my dark lover with each kill and I fear I will lose
him forever. The blood thirsty beast he struggles to keep locked up
within thrashes against its cage, and I don’t know how much time we
have left together. Oh, but I WILL make the most of it.
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Vicious Faith
Serial Murderess Volume 3
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My enemy becomes my lover…
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Please let me go,” I say.
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He takes a deep breath. “I can’t. Why don’t you see that you are
meant for me? You’re a killer, you’re a sexual predator, and my
dark soul demands I take yours. I need to **** your body mercilessly
and make you scream from beneath me. I have no choice because I’ve
never wanted anything so bad.”
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His lips move to ear. “Say you want me, Faith.” He sucks my neck into
his mouth and the ache feels good. He leaves bruises. “I will do
anything.”
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I cringe and stare into nothingness. This is my way out. If he has
become obsessed with me because I escaped him years ago, because his
best friend wants me, and because I challenge him, then I can use it
to escape. I refocus and allow my demoness to take hold. “I
shouldn’t want you James.”

He moves inside me, lifting me up and forcing me back down over his
thickness and I cry out. “But you do,” he breathes.

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I won’t make it that easy. “You excite me. You make my body sing
and scream at the same time.” …I want
you,” I say breathlessly. He feels so good because this is so bad
and my sanity is being pushed to the limit. I run my fingers across
the shaved sides of his head and rip his blond hair backward. I ride
him hard. “You’re beautiful,” I say, trying to breathe.
“Because you tear me to pieces.”

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He grasps my hips, the killer who has never gotten off without hurting a
woman first, and digs his fingers into my flesh. With a desperate
kiss, his eyes roll back and his body tenses in anticipation…
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Charity used to be a Registered Nurse in California, and though she doesn’t
use her two degrees in the field anymore, they have helped her with
her real passion- writing. She happily writes the day away using her
in depth Anatomy, Physiology and Psych background to make her death
scenes more real and her killers more… colorful. But it’s not all
about the blood, because more than anything she loves hot romance.
Her heroine is kick-ass and her men are all the dangerous and
gorgeous beasts you love to hate.
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Her style is beautifully gruesome and inspired by Interview With The
Vampire, Buffy, and True Blood. She lives in the beautiful university
city of Columbia, MO with her incredible husband and three girls, and
loves yoga almost as much as living and writing in her own fantasy world.
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Spotlight: An American Cage by Ted Galdi

Three inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in Texas, one of them Danny Marsh, a suburban kid in his twenties who landed in jail because of a crime he never intended to commit. An American Cage follows Danny and his two escape partners over a twenty-four-hour period as they struggle to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico. On this dangerous journey, Danny has to evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even worse, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn’t who he seems. 
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First chapter preview: http://www.tedgaldi.com/announcements/teds-new-book-an-american-cage

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About the Author

Ted Galdi entered the world of novel writing in 2014 with the publication of bestselling Elixir, winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

His second novel, An American Cage, was released in October 2017 to glowing reviews from Kirkus and other distinguished organizations.

He is currently giving out free copies of his third book, Lion on Fire.

Ted has two available short stories as well, A Road to Nowhere andHazel Is Missing.

He is a graduate of Duke University, a major in Political Science with a Certificate of Achievement in Film, Video, and Digital Media Studies. He’s been featured by ABC and FOX television, iHeart Radio, and many other media outlets. Check out his interviews if you’d like. 

​If you want to schedule an interview with Ted, or talk to him about anything at all, email him. He loves receiving messages from readers and responds to everyone who contacts him.

Ted’s website. 

 

Spotlight: AndroDigm Park 2067 by JMJ Williamson

A gritty noir, sci-fi thriller, set in the near future, where the large global corporations that dominate the cyber-tech, media, and entertainment industries hold the levers of political power. It’s a hedonistic, secular world struggling to deal with the introduction of a new generation of android workers, which threaten the livelihoods of their human counterparts.

Just weeks before the opening of AndroDigm Park, the CEO of AndroDigm, the world’s largest android manufacturer, is brutally murdered at an Action Against Androids demonstration.

Now Marshal Shelby, a modern-day bounty hunter, sponsored by the CEO’s daughter, must track down her assassins and find out who was behind the attack. His investigation takes him into the world of the super rich, where using cybernetics, cloning and human augmentation makes almost anything possible.

At the centre of the investigation is AndroDigm Park, a fantasy park, where the super rich can indulge their wildest fantasies in a world populated with android characters and fantasy creatures. They can travel back in time to Camelot, ride a dragon, defeat monsters, fight pirates, or simply indulge in any kind of debauchery they desire. It is a fantasy park where dreams become reality.

Available on Amazon

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About John Williamson

I have always loved sci-fi movies and have a passion to write. As producing a sci-fi movie was out of the question, the next best thing was to write sci-fi novels. In 2011, I retired from my job as an accountant in the City of London, with one of the world’ largest accountancy practices, and decided to follow my dream.

Since then I have written three sci-fi novels. The first novel, Collision,  was published in 2012. It’s about the after effects of a collision between a UFO and spy plane on those caught up in the investigation.

The second,  ‘Alien Hothouse’,  was published in 2015. It’s about a group of aliens stranded on Earth and living in a small community in a North Yorkshire village and the consequences of their rescue.

The third, ‘AndroDigm Park 2067, was published recently. It’s a gritty noir Sci-Fi based thriller, about the investigation into the murder of the CEO of the world’s larger cyber-tech company, who was killed during an Action Against Androids demonstration.

I like to write realistic speculative fiction based in the current day or near future. Some might categorise these stories as part of the Sci-Fi genre, others might describe them as Techno-Thrillers. I don’t mind which label is used. My books are available on Amazon in both print and kindle format. For more details, see the relevant pages of my site.

As any newbie author will attest to, writing a novel is no easy task. For those of you who might have read my novels, I hope you enjoyed the experience. For those of you that haven’t had the opportunity, but might be interested, I’ve included some extracts and details about of my books on this site.

For those potential newbie authors that might wish to follow their dreams, take a look at my blog. There I share my thoughts on learning to become a story-teller. I’ve always been a writer, but becoming a story-teller was a totally new experience.  In my blog I offer my support and encouragement to any potential new novelist. It’s hard work, but if you really want to do it, you can.

Find me and my books at Amazon Central, Goodreads, and my website.

 

 

Book Blitz: The Goddess’s Choice by Jamie Marchant

 

Epic Fantasy

Date Published: April 2017

Book One of The Kronicles of Korthlundia

Publisher: Bewitching Fables Press

 

In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.

Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane–or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farm boy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.

Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter. Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.

Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

 

Other Books in The Kronicles of Korthlundia Series:

The Soul Stone

The Kronicles of Korthlundia: Book II

Publisher: Bewitching Fables Press

 

A match made by the goddess is threatened by an Ancient Evil.

As Samantha and Robrek prepare for their marriage and coronation, they are met with opposition on all sides. Not all believe that the peasant sorcerer is worthy to be king, and the young couple must perform delicate political maneuvers to prevent the joined kingdoms from breaking apart.

As the church splits over opposition to their union, an unseen force is poised to release an ancient evil that was last defeated a thousand years ago. When the Soul Stone is broken free of its bonds, all life in its path succumbs to its power. How much will the new royal couple have to sacrifice to free the joined kingdoms of its evil?

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The Ghost in Exile

The Kronicles of Korthlundia, Book 3

Publisher: Bewitching Fables Press

 

The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.

His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to questions why he really ran from his daughter.

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About the Author

Jamie Marchant began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went in the trash, and she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice, which was published in April 2012. She claims she writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.

Contact Information

 Website: http://jamie-marchant.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieMarchantSF

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamieofkorthlundia/

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/epic-fantasy-the-goddesss-choice/

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New Release: Broken Destiny by Samantha Lee

 
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Broken Destiny
by Samantha Lee

 

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 Genre: Fantasy Romance / Paranormal Romance
 
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I DIDN’T DIE. I THRIVED.
 
Priscilla’s caught by her enemy, abandoned by her family, and betrayed by her dragon lover. But she refuses to stay down. Driven by her need for revenge all who’d forsaken her, Priscilla struggles to escape her captors.
 
But will her heart betray her?
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About the Author
 
Samantha lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is often found reading or listening to a book. She writes to entertain both herself and her readers. When she is not writing she is spending time with her twins, who keep her thoroughly entertained.
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Blog Tour: Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy

 

Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.

Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore.
“Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished.”

– Tom Vater, journalist, co-founder of Crime Wave Press

Universal Purchase Linkhttp://bookgoodies.com/a/B07C4WDY2H

Amazon –  https://amzn.to/2IxJJNJ

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Chris Roy was raised in South Mississippi, in the midst of ugly Gulf Coast beaches and spectacular muddy bayous.

Chris lived comfortably with the criminal ventures of his youth until a fistfight in 1999 ended tragically. Since January, 2000, he’s been serving a life sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Nowadays he lives his life  crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading, drawing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.

 

Books:

Shocking Circumstances
Book I: Last Shine
Book 2: Resurrection

Sharp as a Razor
Book I: A Dying Wish

You can find Chris Twitter @AuthorChrisRoy and on his Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Roy/e/B00MF6LCHM

 

For more info on the author, visit: www.unjustelement.com

Book Blitz: Hotline to Hell by Emily Cyr

Title: Hotline to Hell
Author: Emily Cyr
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Lori Grundy with Cover Reveal Designs
Editor: Kristina Circelli
Publisher: Cyr House Publishing
Publication Date: June 14, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
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 Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it.
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That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears it all.
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Lathan only wants one thing: a seat on the vampire council. He’s worked his entire unnatural life for this moment, only to have it fall apart when his biggest supporter ends up dead. Now, Lathan has to find and work with the only witness. And she happens to be a phone sex operator.
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Thrust into a world she never knew existed, Kayel must help Lathan find the murderer and stop the impending war, all while fighting her attraction for the undead man she loves to hate. If she can’t learn their ways and figure out who killed Marco, then she may lose more than just her life … She may spark a war that would would spell disaster for vampires and humans alike.
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Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. She holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in English and social science. She has always had a love of all things paranormal and fantasy, but it wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not?” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily. It seemed to open a creative door that had been locked.
Emily has always been an avid reader. Through reading came her love of writing. The more she read, the more she knew she wanted to create her own world. Many of her first works were fan fiction.
Emily and her family currently reside in San Antonio, Texas. She has an incredibly supportive husband, who is also an officer in the United States Air Force. They have three sons, ages 6, 5, and 2. Somehow, even with the demands of being a parent to three little boys, she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down.
Currently, Emily has two urban fantasy series out, but stay tuned via her web-site, www.EmilyCyr.com, for more!
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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Sinister Silhouette by Alex Grayson

Title: The Sinister Silhouette
Author: Alex Grayson
Genre: Romance
Cover Designer: Cover Me, Darling
Photographer: JW Photography
Model: Amanda Renee
Publication Date: May 25th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
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“Luca…”
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She whispers my name at night, filling my dreams with her haunting beauty.
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Her tormented amber eyes beg me for something I don’t understand, and her agonizing pain becomes my own.
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For years, she’s come to me, calling my name.
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For years, I’ve never known who she was.
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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.
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Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!
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New Release: Pusher by Denise Jaden

Title: Pusher
Author: Denise Jaden
Genre: YA Contemporary (with romantic suspense elements)
Publication Date: May 18th, 2018
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Kass returns from touring with Eli’s band willing to do whatever it takes to repay the band for her mistakes, even if it means playing with the lines of legality. Soon enough it will all be over. Kass can repay the band and move back home, where she’ll stay at Eli’s side and finally push herself to open up to someone.
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Pusher features dangerous secrets, complicated romance, and unforgettable characters.  Perfect for fans of Kasie West and Jordan Ford. You’ll love the latest installment in Denise Jaden’s Living Out Loud Series.
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Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith, was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007 and she loves talking with writers and students alike about her Just-Get-To-The-End fast-drafting process.
Jaden’s other young adult novels include Never Enough, Foreign Exchange, A Christmas Kerril,  and Avalanche. Her non-fiction books for writers include, Writing with a Heavy Heart, Fast Fiction, and Story Sparks.
In her spare time, she homeschools her son, acts with the Vancouver film industry, and dances with a Polynesian dance troupe. Find out more at denisejaden.com.

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I try to hold myself steady from the rumbling and bouncing of the van. My phone is officially dead, but I keep clicking on it, hoping for a little light to see where I am, and if anyone’s locked up in this cargo box with me. I don’t hear anyone, nothing besides the rumble of the engine, the bumps of the pavement underneath us.
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Us. Who are we, exactly? The buzzed-head blond from my apartment, is he up front? What about Hope? And what about Buzzed-head’s boss—Konner? Is he one of the dudes who shoved me into this van, or did I lose sight of my sister and get kidnapped for some unrelated reason?
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Not that it matters who they are at this point. All that really matters is that they obviously think that locking me up in the back of a cargo van is going to quell me into submission. They obviously don’t know Kass Bateman.
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And strangely enough, I’m not as scared as I maybe should be. I’m irritably comforted knowing there are people up front. Even if they may want to rape or kill me. So what if I don’t even know Buzzed-head’s name or if the thugs are with him? They’re all probably harmless. And at least I’m not alone.
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Konner. That’s the one name I do know. From what I could surmise, Hope seemed pretty scared of the guy, whoever he is.
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It smells musty and damp, and I keep telling myself it must be from past rainwater leaking in, and not from any kind of wet fur or moist breath. The van makes a hard left and I’m thrown sideways from my place between the wheel wells. It’s hard to retain my equilibrium without a shred of light, but at least the other side of the van I’ve just been thrown to seems equally empty, no dead bodies or rabid animals waiting for me.
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I focus on how to deal with this Konner dude, if he’s the one who is at the end of this van ride of doom. I’ll pretend that, yeah, I know a thing or two about selling drugs. And, yeah, at this point I’ll do what it takes to earn some quick cash.
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And then they’ll drive me home.
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Maybe.
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Except that doesn’t seem quite right, because why lock me in the back of a van to bring me somewhere that’s feeling like many miles away, only for a conversation?
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