Excerpt & Giveaway: The After War by Brendon Zenner

The after war

GENRE: Dystopian, post apocalyptic

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the after warTwo years have passed since mankind faced extinction.

Brain Rhodes and his cousin, Steven, are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth.

On the other side of the North American continent, young Simon Kalispell is leaving the safety and seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston.

For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few.

Simon Kalispell and Brian Rhodes are not yet aware, but the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined.


Brian looked down the entry chute to Steven at the bottom. He knew that five minutes ago, the only thought going through Steven’s mind had been the complete and utter fear of facing whatever unknown nature of humanity might remain outside that bunker door. Now his cousin looked panicked as the filtered light reflected the sheen of sweat on his forehead, his body tensed, as if the all-encompassing blackness in that room was squeezing him toward the exit. Steven’s eyes darted over his shoulder in the direction of the one piece of equipment they had not shut down entirely—the walk-in freezer. The red, glowing light from the switch illuminated the far wall. Steven seemed frozen, transfixed.

Not the time to be thinking about what’s in there, Brian thought.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

brendan zennerBrandon Zenner is an American fiction writer and an Amazon best selling author. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon’s best seller list many times. His second novel, WHISKEY DEVILS, was released in early 2016. THE AFTER WAR, a dystopian thriller, is available now as a pre-order, at 80% off the final sale price. You can follow the author on his Amazon page, or through his email list on his website. All email subscribers will receive his futuristic short story, HELIX ILLUMINATED, for free as a thank you. His genres of choice are thrillers, crime, dystopian, and science fiction.





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Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Fractal by Rachel J Mannino

Fractal by Rachel Marino


Title: Fractal

Author: Rachel J. Mannino

Genre: Science Fiction / Romance


Fractal by Rachel ManninoAnna keeps to herself in rural North Carolina, raising her younger brother and never dreaming she might not be human. A ship descends from the sky and the handsome alien, Varick, proclaims that she is the long-lost ruler of his planet, forced to flee from their world by an experiment gone wrong. Determined to discover her heritage, she journeys with Varick to their abandoned planet.

Along the way, Varick strengthens her belief in herself as she struggles to be the leader her people need. Anna discovers that as soon as they return, the Council will force her to marry a man she’s never met, even while her heart is drawn towards Varick. A romance between the Vadana and her Protector is forbidden above all, and can only end in Varick’s death. A prophet warns Anna and Varick that they can heal their solar system, but they can’t let anything stand in their way. Their growing love for each other will either save their world, or bring about destruction.

Book Excerpt

“This is amazing.” She gestured to the room. “I’m… Wow, just…wow.”

His smile brightened. He seemed thoroughly pleased with her reaction. “I’m glad you like it. It’s my favorite place on the ship.”

“I can see why. Are we still inside the ship? It feels like we’re just floating.”

“No, we’re still inside. The ceiling above you is metal, but it’s a metal that becomes transparent when heated. It’s called cromin. That blue star behind you is giving off enough heat to make the metal disappear. That’s why the councilman confiscated this space for growing plants, since it’s often engulfed in light. On most ships this would just be dead space.”

Anna nodded as she wandered over to a bank of plants with waxy, green leaves the size of her arm. The bright-orange flowers puckered like clamshells, but they rippled beneath the petals as if something were inside. She reached out to touch it, but Varick was at her elbow. He closed his hand over hers and drew her away.

“I wouldn’t, Your Majesty. Their petals are poisonous to the touch. It would kill you within hours. We wouldn’t even grow them onboard, but boiling down their roots makes a powerful antibiotic.”

“Really? Poisonous petals?”

He imparted a gentle squeeze and let her go. “Probably best not to touch any of the plants. I don’t even know half of them myself.”

“I would like to learn about them. Do you think Councilman Meroca would teach me?” She strolled down an aisle of the labyrinth. Varick followed, watching her as she bent down for a closer look at a flower growing near the floor.

“I’m sure he would love to show you. He’s spent years trying to interest at least one person onboard, but he hasn’t had anyone take him up on his offer.”

“I will. Plants have always fascinated me. Each one is so different, but they all need sunlight, water, soil. If you happen to find the right amount, they take on a whole new life of their own.”

He guided her down another aisle. His hand was gentle, but firm. After the frenetic morning on the bridge, the atrium made for a quiet haven

“Your family has always had a way with plants.”

“My family?”

“Your mother’s house. They started the royal greenhouses centuries ago. Your ancestors are some of the most knowledgeable plant experts in history.”

She paused for a minute, staring at the spiny, brown octagonal plant on the floor in front of her. “I didn’t know that. My mother taught me about plants. There is so much about my parents I don’t even know.”

“They had to protect you. You were a refugee from a different planet. It wasn’t even legal for them to land there in the first place, let alone live there. What would the Earth-dwellers have done if you or your brother had told someone?”

She smoothed down her dress. Sparta. The mountains. The frosty townspeople. All the dirty looks and fearful glances. “We probably would’ve been taken by the government, or lynched, or worse. The rest of the people in town already disliked us because they don’t really like anyone from out of town. No, I know you’re right. I just feel like I don’t know anything about them now. How can I know nothing about my own parents?”

She peered out over the plants into the black expanse of space. Her past was just as blank. She used to know who she was and where she came from. Now she wasn’t so sure. Varick took a step closer, the warmth of his presence a comfort to her

“We’ll teach you. The councilman and I. We’ll teach you everything they couldn’t. I promise.” She took a deep breath. “Thank you. Thank you for being so kind to me.”

“Of course. I would do anything for you.”

Anna fixed her eyes on Varick’s, but there was nothing she could say in reply. No man had ever

said that to her. She trembled. Her lips parted, and her vision narrowed in on him as he leaned in closer to her. Her pulse jangled in her veins.

He withdrew a step, his green eyes wide. Letting out a breath of air in a low hiss, she flushed and spun away, trying to pretend she was lost in thought. She needed to calm her racing heart. She groped for the handrail that ran around the top of the atrium, separating the ship’s occupants from the transparent metal just beyond. Anna searched for a topic, a safe topic, anything to get her mind off the delicious moment that just passed and the terrible realization about her parents.

About the Author

Author Rachel ManninoRachel Mannino is a passionate writer who creates characters and settings that allow readers to explore power dynamics in relationships, the empowerment of women, and the ethical and moral dilemmas love can create in our lives. Rachel also uses her writing skills to raise thousands of dollars for entities that enrich our lives and create community change around the world.  She has worked for the Peace Corps; the Humanities Council of Washington, DC; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events in Boston, MA. Her first novel, Love or Justice, was published by Limitless Press in November 2015. Her second novel, Fractal, will be published by eTreasures publishing in September of 2016. Rachel has a BA in theatre studies and writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College, and she has used it every day since graduation.  She lives with her husband, author Christopher Mannino (http://www.christophermannino.com/); their son, Gavin; and their adorable dog and cat in College Park, Maryland.



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New Release: A Kindred Reflection by Stacy Hall


About the Book

kr_promoTitle: A Kindred Reflection

Author: Stacy Hall

Genre: Fantasy

In book two of the Sanctioned Realm Series, Van’s quest to discover what is expected of her new station sets her on a dangerous road studded with hidden enemies. Using her Evergreen ability to control plants, she gains an unfriendly ally and unearths a secret about her past that will change her future. When that secret drives her friends apart, an unexpected enemy forces Van to decide how much she’s willing to give to save her family.

Death is not the end. The Forces awaken.

Destruction nears. The key exists, but can the Fist find it in time to save the Sanctioned Realm?

Author Bio

bio_picStacy Hall is the author of the Sanctioned Realm series. The first two fantasy novels of the series are A Dangerous Green and A Kindred Reflection. She has also had flash fiction published at Flash Fiction

Magazine and 101 Words. In her free time she enjoys sewing and all things crafty.


Website: www.sanctionedrealm.com

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New Release: Oak and Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauley



About the Book

Oak & MistletoeTitle: Oak & Mistletoe

Author: J.Z.N. McCauley

Genre: NA Fantasy

A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…

Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.

Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.

Author Bio

Author JZN McCauley June 2016J.Z.N. McCauley resides in lovely New England, where she loves wearing jackets and boots in the unpredictable weather there. She is a wife and mother who enjoys life to the fullest. Also, being a nerd across many genres is something she expresses openly.

McCauley spends most of her spare time writing, drawing, or reading. She loves archeology, mythology, history, music and many other forms of art as well. Always having a variety of interests and talents, she could never pick just one. When the chance pops up to travel to any of her favorite places, she takes way too many pictures. Otherwise she is exploring a mystical land in a daydream. Which all provides fuel to her immense joy of writing.

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Book Spotlight: The Blue Witch by Joni Parker

The Blue Witch by Joni Parker

Genre: Fantasy

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Under the rule of King Arthur, Alex finds the mortal world far from what she’d imagined, and the mortals are less than hospitable.  Accused of being the “Blue Witch,” Alex is sentenced to die for treason and has been implicated in the mysterious death of one of Arthur’s noblemen by seemingly magical means.

With help from unexpected sources, she escapes and returns to Eledon, where civil unrest and the threat of war looms.  Alex resumes her responsibilities as Keeper of the Keys for the Council of Elders, but must execute a series of quests to prove her abilities to handle the magical Keys of Eledon.  But are her efforts enough to save the Elves from Civil War? And can she commute her own death sentence by finding the Holy Grail?



Alex lit a candle off a red ember in the fireplace and ran upstairs to the loft.  “Beren!  Beren, wake up!”  She shook him awake.  “You have to warn Lord Ellsworth about a traitor.  Someone set me up and it had to be an islander.  They were the only ones who knew I had blue hair in my ears.  I’ve been keeping them covered.”

“How did you get here?”

“I escaped with the Blue People and they took me to Rosella, the Sea Sprite of Avalon, where I found Tap, Lord Root’s nephew.  Lord Reginald came after us, but Rosella stopped him.”

“Tap who?  Rosella?”

“She’s a mermaid.  I didn’t think they existed, but she does.  Anyway, she killed him—Lord Reginald, that is, she turned him to stone, and then Tap told me I had to go back to Eledon—my grandmother’s sick, really sick—she’s dying.  We ran away before the soldiers found us.  Tell Lord Ellsworth I’m going to bring back the Holy Grail for him.  I think it’s somewhere in Eledon.  Oh, and by the way, thanks for coming to my defense.”  She ran down the stairs.

“Wait a minute!”  Beren held out his hand as she disappeared.  “What happened?”  He ran his hand through his hair and got out of bed, putting on his robe, cursing under his breath.

In her bedroom, Alex opened the wardrobe door and changed into her brown britches and a white muslin shirt.  Instantly, her disposition improved, but she took note that her old clothes were now much too big on her.  Around her right thigh, she strapped on her Elfin Blade and nodded.  But she took two additional notches on the belt than she used to, and it seemed heavier.

She opened a drawer and pulled out her knives.  One knife slid into each boot, and each wrist cuff held an assassin’s blade.  Then, she slipped on her brown leather vest and reached into the pocket where she found the gold knot she’d forgotten about.

The knot was the size of her hand with a hole in the middle, but made of pure gold.  Lord Governor Tyrone, her benefactor on Seaward Isle, gave it to her as a parting gift.  Engraved on the front was the Elf symbol for gold with a unicorn underneath it.  Maybe it could help Beren and Lila.

From the top of the wardrobe, she grabbed her sword, Challenger and strapped it on.  She pulled the blade out and stared at it for a second—it’d been months since she had done that, and it seemed like a stranger in her hand.  She sighed and returned it to its scabbard.  Strapping the sword belt around her waist, she tightened it as far as she could, but it was still loose.  Then she tied her cloak around her neck and picked up the gold knot.

Author Bio

The Blue Witch authorBorn in Chicago, Illinois, Joni’s a city-girl, raised in the heart of the city. So, when her first grade class took a field trip to the Museum of Science and Technology, she was fascinated by the chicken farm where there were live chickens and chicks hatching from eggs under a light.

Like the other students in class, she wrote a report, but hers was selected to be in the school newspaper. Her first published article!

Joni’s writing continued with short stories until the eighth grade in Phoenix, Arizona when she won second prize in a short story contest and an honorable mention for a poem. After that, she developed a writer’s block and couldn’t write another short story or poem for the next 45 years. Talk about a writer’s block! Now, it seems she can’t stop writing and has retired from work to write. “The Blue Witch” is her fifth published novel and the second book in “The Chronicles of Eledon” series.


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When Love Meets Monsters — Paranormal Romance!

Confessions of a Vampire's Lover by Kelli A Wilkinsby Kelli A. WIlkins

Hi Everyone,

To celebrate my favorite month, I’m writing about what happens when horror meets romance—paranormal romance!

Although I create hot and spicy romances, I actually started out writing horror stories. For some, that might seem like an odd combination, but it works for me. One half of my brain writes the horror, and the other half writes the romance. (In fact, I released two horror stories last fall. You can read more about them on my site or my Amazon author page.)

I like writing horror fiction because I get to explore different settings, plots, and characters that I couldn’t develop in romance. Sometimes after working on several romances, I’ll switch moods and write a horror story to give my brain and writing muscles a change of pace.

My horror short stories are more psychological/spooky/creepy than gory, and it’s fun to add something scary (or strange!) into a romance. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a paranormal romance within bounds—you have to blend just enough horror elements into the love story without grossing out (or turning off) the heroine or hero… or readers!

Other times, the challenge to writing a good paranormal romance is creating a believable plot or finding a way to make a “monster” attractive/romantic/sexy. If one of your characters is a monster (of the non-human variety) you must believe your creature is real, whether he’s a vampire, a werewolf, or something else entirely.

Killer in Wolf's ClothingIf you don’t write the creature believably, readers won’t buy into it, and there certainly won’t be any sparks flying in your romance. As a writer, you need to make your monster as real as any other human character and flesh him out completely with a backstory, goals, motivation, and conflicts. (What kind of monster is he? How did he get that way? What is life like for him?)

My contemporary paranormal, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover started out with the premise “What if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love with a surfer?” The book is extra “unique” in that it’s told in first person from the male character’s point of view.

I made Anya (the vampire) sympathetic and sexy, and not overtly terrifyingyet she still flexed her vampire muscles when she wanted to. This story could have easily gone down the horror road and become a full-fledged vampire story, but I wanted to show a softer, kinder side to the Anya and embrace her once-human side.

My gay paranormal, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is not your usual werewolf love story. Readers should know that Deke, the “werewolf” character, doesn’t actually turn into a “wolf-man”—he’s more of a shapeshifter who transforms into a super-aggressive Alpha male during the full moon. As I say in the book, “It’s more Incredible Hulk than American Werewolf in London.”

I almost had a problem writing Killer in Wolf’s Clothing because I’m “old-school” when it comes to creatures of the night. I expect my werewolves to be violent and vicious, and anything but cuddly. In my opinion, if a person is going to turn into a werewolf/wolf-man, he should look like the werewolves in Dog Soldiers. (A horror movie I highly recommend.)

As I wrote the book, I contrasted Deke’s harsh and demanding personality with that of his gentle alter-ego Greg. Greg understands his condition and does everything he can to keep Deke suppressed. But Deke is a badass with a serious need for revenge, and the antagonist, Blayne, is just about as violent and vicious as you can get (without fangs and claws). I enjoyed writing this story, and although it’s dark in places, Larry (Greg’s boyfriend) lightens the mood with his offbeat sense of humor.

The Viking’s Witch is a historical romance with paranormal elements set in Scotland in 803 A.D. The heroine, Odaria, is what they called a witch back then—nowadays we’d call her a psychic and a healer. Odaria’s “magic” is the catalyst that sets the story in motion. When the book opens, Odaria is about to be burned alive for being a witch. She calls down a spell and curses the villagers while unknowingly invoking a Viking raid. Or so it seems…

The Viking's WitchOdaria uses her “powers” for self-preservation and to get revenge on the people who hurt her. Rothgar (the hero) doesn’t believe in her “magic” and thinks she’s merely pretending to be a witch to frighten people. But after a highly-charged interaction with Brennan (the villain), Rothgar gets a taste of what Odaria could really do if she set her mind to it.

I loved showing readers (and Rothgar) Odaria’s powers of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and psychometry. The scenes that included the “magic” elements were a lot of fun to write. I’ve always been interested in psychic phenomena and other New Age/paranormal subjects, so it was easy for me to incorporate what I know into Odaria’s character.

Vampires, shapeshifters, witches… no matter what subgenre of paranormal romance you write, readers need to be swept into the story and buy into the premise that you’ve created. Your job as a writer is to make the reader believe in the paranormal element (whether it’s a werewolf, zombie, vampire, or ghost) and take the reader on a journey with the main characters as they fall in love. The situations in the story need to be plausible and told in a way that grips the reader, even if the premise seems a bit far-fetched (at first).

When writing paranormal romance, don’t be afraid to break patterns, make your characters different, or have them go against stereotype. Give readers something unexpected, turn a cliché on its ear, or use a different point of view—it’ll make your work stand out. Why not set your werewolf story in Hawaii? Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover takes place at the beach—and that’s not a place you expect to find a vampire.

Order Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover here:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at paranormal romances. I like hearing from readers, so feel free to drop me a line with questions or comments. You can catch up on all of my writings and follow me on social media here:

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Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 95 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

In 2016 Kelli began re-releasing her romances previously published by Amber Quill Press. Visit her website and blog for a full title list, book summaries, and other information. Her Medallion Press historical western romance, Lies, Love & Redemption, was published in September 2016.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative non-fiction guide based on her 15 years of experience as a writer. It’s filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

If you like to be scared, check out Kelli’s horror ebooks: Dead Til Dawn and Kropsy’s Curse.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor. She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.

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New Release: I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) by Evee Lamb

I won't say it's love


Genre: Contemporary Romance / Erotica

Book description

I won't say I'm in loveAfter being stuck in a dead end relationship with her abusive ex-boyfriend, Zelda wants to say goodbye to relationships and say hello to no-strings sex. Preferably with a man who owns a lingerie collection larger than her own.

So when Pytor Valentine pings into her inbox after Zelda decides to navigate the world of online dating, Zelda thinks she’s found the perfect man. He’s everything should could as for: handsome, well-read, owns an extensive collection of lingerie, and is looking for unattached sex.

But after seeing Pytor wrapped up in silk, all of his hard muscles and sharp curves trimmed with lace, Zelda isn’t sure one night of white hot passion is enough. But with Derek muscling his way back into her life and Pytor not looking for a relationship, Zelda doesn’t know if she’ll ever get more than sex.

If Zelda wants to survive with her heart in tack, she can’t fall in love. Too bad she’s pretty sure she already is.

Author Bio

Evee Lamb lives in Columbus, Ohio with her two cats Mo and Cheedo. She publishes male x male romance under the penname Evelyn Shepherd. Between writing and working as a graphic designer, she spends her free time expanding her library and traveling.




Guest Post & Giveaway: Alchemiya by Katey Hawthorne


Genre: F/F erotic romance / fantasy

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Guest Post by Katey Hawthorne

Katey HawthorneHello, and thank you so much for having me at Bright Street Books, Deborah.

I’m here to talk about my latest release, a historical fantasy/paranormal romance called ALCHEMIYA. The hero is a young woman named Eugenia Ratna who’s frustrated daily by the Regency-esque social mores of her time and country, and her love interest is Olivia Plumtree—who’s been masquerading as “Lord Oliver Plumtree” for most of her life.

In their country of Chrysopoeia, nobility doesn’t come from your land-ownership, your money, or your name. The Ratna family emigrated to Chrysopoeia generations ago when a Call went out, inviting alchemists from all over the world to settle in Chrysopoeia and create a new society where those with alchemical knowledge would be the leaders and protectors of society—the noble class.

So from a writer’s point of view, why alchemy? Of all the forms of power it’s possible to build a fresh, new world around—magic, money, telepathy—why that one?

Partly, it’s just because I like it. Alchemy has this cloak of mystery around it that I’ve been curious about since I was a kid reading encyclopedia entries about everything new and interesting I could find. Plus, alchemy has roots in so many different traditions in our world, from China to Portugal to Mexico and everything in between, it made sense when looking to write a fantasy with a diverse cast of characters.

But I think the clinching argument came with the dual nature of alchemy in most texts. It wasn’t just about transfiguring base metals into gold or even creating healing potions, though those were and are certainly still important in alchemical practice. It’s also about transfiguring the soul, about reaching a higher plane of understanding, and that’s a recurring theme throughout the scholarship. Some people doubt it was ever really about turning lead into gold, and that it’s all just a big metaphor people took too literally.

There’s a lot to run with in that, as a writer, and I can’t wait to expand on it more as the Alchemiya stories progress. I mean, I’m also there for the hot romance, but that’s its own kind of alchemy, after all.

Book Description

Eugenia was born to privilege in the Ratna clan, nobility famed for their alchemical jewel production. Eugenia’s a talented alchemist herself-but the patriarchy insists her less able brother is the heir to the family secrets and property. As if that weren’t insult enough, an accidentally public tryst with another woman means Genie is shunned by polite society altogether.

Enter the gorgeous Lord Oliver Plumtree, scion of one of the oldest alchemical families in Chrysopoeia and master of the foreboding Waldgrave Abbey. But Lord Oliver is actually Olivia, and on the lookout for a wife-one who requires an escape from the same crushing social mores that have forced Olivia to masquerade as her own long-dead brother to keep her family’s estate intact.

Genie and Liv seem a perfect match from the get-go, and things heat up quickly between them. But before they can carry off their marriage of convenience, Waldgrave Abbey reveals more secrets. Jealous Plumtree relatives and Liv’s association with the Secret Society of Alchemiya, rumored to be a dark and sinister arm of the patriarchy, might just ruin Genie and Liv’s chance at their unlikely happily ever after.


“Lady Ratna, I think?” a mellow voice asked just over Eugenia’s shoulder.

She turned slowly, amazed that anyone in this crowd, all of whom had heretofore ignored her presence completely, would deign to speak to her. She was even more amazed that the delicate, rather prettily handsome, fresh-faced young man who addressed her was not already of her acquaintance.

Speaking to a lady without an introduction? Eugenia wondered if she’d like him or hate him. She’d lay odds on the latter, but tonight had been…surprising.

“Yes?” she asked, careful to show no interest.

He made a casual, almost flippant bow. “Oliver Plumtree, your servant. Forgive me for introducing myself, my lady, but I admit I was hoping to find you here.”

“You amaze me,” she said, since she kept thinking it over and over. She took a sip to compose herself, concentrating on the play of the bubbles and the tartness of the wine on her tongue. When she felt sufficiently herself again, she added, “I was so looking forward to an evening of being invisible, too.”

“In that dress?” Oliver Plumtree’s eyebrows, thin, pale, and finely arched, rose. “Hardly.”

“Ah, so you hoped to find me here so you could flatter me. How original.” Eugenia was almost sorry the moment it was out of her mouth; damn Delaney for putting her in a sour mood. She took another, longer drink.

Plumtree only laughed, though. “Partly, I think. I apologize for interrupting your evening of invisibility, though. And they say infamy has nothing to recommend it.”

She blinked to hear someone-someone so obviously genteel-openly comment on her reputation. It was…odd but refreshing. “Would you like to be invisible too, Mr. Plumtree?”


“In that jacket?”

Author bio

Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered and paranormal romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family, two cats, and one very large puppy. In her spare time she enjoys travel, comic books, B-movies, loud music, video games, Epiphones, and Bushmills.

Website: http://www.kateyhawthorne.com/
Alchemiya Site: http://www.kateyhawthorne.com/p/alchemiya.html


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Book Blast & Giveaway: The Ever Fiend by Randy Ellefson

Book Blast The Ever Fiend


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Book Description

Only a fool steals from a wizard.

Talon Stormbringer thought he knew the risk of stealing from Viland Shadowbreaker – until he got caught. The wizard will spare him if Talon performs a service – fetch the deadly silver elixir from the Everway, a supernatural land that Talon assumed wasn’t real. Only children believe the stories about what lies within – lost souls, corrupted magic items, and mysterious destinations that most people never escape. Ruling over it all is the Ever Fiend, a bogeyman that people use to scare unruly youngsters into behaving.

Talon agrees to go, if only to stop Viland from doing something unholy with the potent elixir once retrieved. Joining him are a band of people he can’t trust. Their leader, a sorelia with nefarious plans of his own. The sorelia’s battle-trained mynx, a large cat who obeys only its master. An alluring swordswoman who wants to enchant her blades with the elixir. A cocky guard whose bravado might prove more liability than asset. A warrior kryll whose curiosity about the elixir might cost him more than his life. And a tortured Knight of Coiryn who seeks redemption in a place where most are damned. Of all the things they might discover on their journey, one is the most obvious and yet the hardest to learn…

Only a fool steals from the Ever Fiend.


The Ever Fiend


Suddenly freed, Talon squeezed his sword, flexed his limbs, and weighed some options. Quick as he was, no sword could fly faster than words. And while the taller shadow was likely the wizard, he had no idea to whom or what the other shadow belonged, and had to know before launching an attack. Besides, he could hardly assess his foes with his back to them. He slowly turned around, a scowl on his face.

A black-robed, balding man stood beside the empty pedestal, a reassuring smile on his swarthy face. Perhaps he was a Marulan from across the Antaran Sea. But Marulans were thought to be mostly savages, their skins as black as their deeds, and not wizards with an air of sophistication and opulence. The man did not have an accent that Talon could hear. The long face, nose, and limbs matched what Talon had heard from stories. The dark eyes of Viland Shadowbreaker observed him coolly.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Randy Ellefson has written fantasy fiction since his teens and is an avid world builder, having spent three decades creating Llurien, which has its own website. He has a Bachelor’s of Music in classical guitar but has always been more of a rocker, having released several albums and earned endorsements from music companies. He’s a professional software developer and runs a consulting firm in the Washington D.C. suburbs. He’s married and loves spending time with his son and daughter when not writing, making music, or playing golf.

FREE eBook: http://fiction.randyellefson.com/freebook/
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New Release: Rourke by Marie Johnston

Rourke by Marie Johnston

Giveaway:  Win a print copy of the first book in the series.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rourke by Marie JohnstonLeft an orphan, Grace Otto was a vampire child adopted by humans and raised in a secluded but loving environment.

When she stumbles across their murders, she comes face to face with Rourke, the male who’s haunted her nightmares…because she remembers him from her birth family’s killings years ago.

It’s not long before she realizes the mysterious male is not the one responsible for her parents’ demise, but their pasts are irrevocably linked, and she’ll need to leave the human world behind to find out how.

Around Grace, Rourke dares to think of a better future, one that can overwrite his traumatic history. Until she commits an act of betrayal that threatens him and their entire species.

To save Grace, Rourke will need to hunt down the demons of their past.

Author bio

Marie JohnstonMarie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat.

Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years.

An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.

Website http://www.mariejohnstonwriter.com/
Blog http://www.mariejohnstonwriter.com/blog
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11248716.Marie_Johnston?from_search=true
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Johnston/e/B00R6SC79Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1472785586&sr=8-1

Buy links

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Rourke-New-Vampire-Disorder-Book-ebook/dp/B01JF2I49M/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472785147&sr=1-1&keywords=rourke+marie+johnston#nav-subnav

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