Book Spotlight: Bound to Fate by Kiru Taye

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Bound to Fate

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A relationship between Ike and Lara is forbidden but love like theirs cannot be denied. Catastrophe lies in wait and one night changes their lives forever.

Bound to Fate is a story about surviving tragedy, forgiveness, and the overwhelming love that pulls through against the odds.

 

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Dream Waters Series by Erin A. Jensen

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Dream Waters (Book One of The Dream Waters Series)

Dream World (Book Two of The Dream Waters Series)

Dream Sight (Book Three of The Dream Waters Series)

GENRE:  Contemporary Fantasy

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DREAM WORLD

Book Two of The Dream Waters Series Description

 

Recently released from a psychiatric facility after discovering that he is a dragon and his Dream Sight is not a delusion but a gift, Charlie Oliver sets off to accept the invitation extended by a powerful dragon and potential mentor to join his ‘family’ of Sighted individuals.  As his demon guides begin to instruct him, Charlie quickly discovers just how little he actually knows about the Dream World and the creatures who inhabit it.

 

While Charlie stumbles through his lessons and struggles to bring out his inner dragon, Emma Talbot has her own struggles to deal with now that she’s been taken from the facility and placed under house arrest.  Imprisoned within the same walls as the husband she suspects of being an adulterer and a murderer, Emma grows weaker while her world continues to crumble around her.

 

As Charlie begins to tap into his dragon instincts, he learns more about Emma’s past and becomes increasingly convinced that he needs to save her.  But what if the very prison that binds her is the only thing protecting her from what lurks beyond?

 

Dream World (Book 2) Excerpt

 

It was exactly the sort of evening that I relished slipping into. No moon, no stars, just the pitch black of the eternal night sky and the air that sweltered thick and hot enough to rob the breath from your lungs. I sat down on a boulder beside the seemingly bottomless pool of Water and watched the Water cascade into it from the rock high above. Dark and powerful, the Water fell without a sound. In fact, not a single sound emanated from the forest. Nothing dared make a sound in my presence. I sank into the darkness, merged with it, became it. Then I looked to the top of the canyon a short distance from the Waterfall and knowing black eyes blinked in the darkness, vowing to take my place as soon as I stepped away.

 

I turned as a creature noiselessly emerged from the forest. Dressed in a heavy black cloak, beads and potion flasks and the teeth of various beasts strung around his neck and waist, he walked upright like a man. But beneath his cloak, the creature sauntered toward me with the bestial grace of a predator. His skull and facial bones were the bones of a man, but no flesh covered them, just pure white bone gleaming in the darkness. A wiry tuft of black hair grew from the top of his skull and eyes darker than the starless sky searched for me through fleshless sockets.

 

Though he couldn’t see me, he stopped just inches from my feet. “How are you, my old friend?”

 

I stood and let the darkness slip away from me. “That depends on whether you can help us.”

 

The corners of his mouth lifted into a disconcerting smile. “Still the same ray of sunshine, I see. I’m well, too. And my journey was uneventful. Thank you for asking.”

 

I took a step toward him, and he instinctually took two steps back. “I’d lose that smile if I were you. And save the cleverness for your potions. No one here is in the mood for jokes.”

 

He shook his bony head. “I’ve missed you too, Darkness. You always were the life of the party.”

 

Guest Post by Author Erin Jenson

A day in the life of a fantasy author/pharmacist

 

Step behind the curtain, and I’ll give you a glimpse into the not-so-glamorous life of a fantasy author/pharmacist/mom.

 

My weekdays begin at 5:45am.  Since I’m not a morning person by choice, I have an alarm on my phone that would wake the dead.  I wake to the heart-thumping sound of a wailing siren that can only be silenced by shuffling into the bathroom and scanning the barcode on a bottle of lotion.  It’s an evil alarm, but it gives me the jolt I need to hop out of bed and start my day on time.  After taking a few minutes to wash up and attempt to make myself look like I didn’t just roll out of bed, I wake up my fourteen-year-old and tell him it’s his turn to use the bathroom.  While he’s getting ready, I throw on some exercise clothes (which may or may not motivate me to actually exercise after taking my son to school, but it’s um…the thought that counts).  Then I sort a few loads of laundry and head downstairs to let the dog out, start the coffee and throw in the first load of laundry.  We eat breakfast, then I either do whatever dishes or laundry was left over from the day before, or if I’m lucky, sit down with a cup of coffee and check my email until it’s time to drive my son to school.

 

After dropping him off, I come home and let the dog out again because in his doggie-mind it’s been ages since he’s seen the sun.  I switch over my laundry loads and then do some yoga (if I’m being productive).  If I’m leaning toward procrastination, I’ll hop onto social media “for a few minutes.”  That’s never the start to a productive day, so I try to resist the temptation until after I’ve done some work.  What can I say?  I’m weak and it doesn’t always shake out that way.  After doing yoga or procrastinating online for an hour or so, I switch the laundry yet again, fold and put away the first load and sit down at my computer with a cup of coffee.

 

On a productive day, I’ll write for at least two hours.  On a super-productive day, I’ll write until I barely have enough time to hop in the shower and get ready before it’s time to pick my son up from school.  On a wasted day, procrastination gets the best of me and I’ll do something super productive, like surfing the internet until I need to get ready.

 

After I shower and get ready, I hop in the car and drive to my son’s school.  If I get there fifteen minutes early, I spend some quality me-time losing myself in whatever book I’m currently reading.

 

When we get home, I’ll usually eat lunch while my son eats a snack.  I’ll drink some more coffee and if I’m feeling less than motivated or desperately need to know what happens next in the book I’m reading, I’ll read a bit more or hop onto social media for a while.  If I’m feeling driven, I’ll jump back on my computer and get in some more writing time, several hours more on a good day.  If I’m working that evening, I’ll skip the after school snack, jump on the computer right after getting dressed for work and lose myself in my writing for a solid hour before sitting down to eat with my son.  Then I head off to work at the pharmacy.  On a good day, I get to see my husband for two seconds in passing.

 

If I completed a chapter at the end of my writing time, I’ll head to work with a grin on my face and a spring in my step.  If I had no choice but to leave my characters high and dry in the middle of an epic battle or a passionate love scene, I’ll be as miserable as the imaginary friends I’ve just ditched.  On a great night, I won’t be pulled in five different directions with phone calls, flu shots, questions and prescriptions.  On a fabulous night, someone will come up to the counter and buy one of my books (which my store is amazing enough to sell and prominently display) and they’ll ask me to sign it.  That never fails to put a smile on my face, especially when the customer tells me how much they love my books.  I worked a closing shift on Valentine’s Day last year, and a young man came up to the counter with a big grin on his face and asked if I’d sign the book he bought to surprise his girlfriend because she’d been dying to read it.  That made my night, if not my entire week.  Thinking about it still makes me smile.

 

After closing the pharmacy at nine o’clock, I go home to eat a late dinner in front of the television while watching Supernatural with my husband and son (it’s our latest binge-worthy Netflix addiction).  After getting ready for bed and taking care of whatever still needs taking care of that night, my husband and I plop down on the couch around eleven o’clock and fall asleep to whatever show we’re currently hooked on—Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Sense8 are some of my favorites.  Shortly before midnight, we collapse into bed and I set my obnoxiously loud alarm to get up and do it all over again.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds.  She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.  In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.

 

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Dream Waters: Book One of The Dream Waters Series (The first book is on sale for $0.99)

by Erin A. Jensen

 

Book 1:

 

 

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Dream World: Book Two of The Dream Waters Series

by Erin A. Jensen

 

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Book Release: Ex-Ray A Novel by Cheryl Robinson

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About the Book

Marriage isn’t always forever—but what about love?

In this journey into second-chance love, author Cheryl Robinson invites us to ponder whether we would rekindle a romance with someone who had broken a promise to forsake all others.

Meet Ray and Sarita Saint. In 1987, they pledged to love, honor, and cherish each other until death. When Ray goes missing a year later, Sarita wonders whether he’s dead or alive. While she was dreaming of their happily ever after, Ray was exploring greener pastures, a new relationship. Sarita—a virgin until marriage—took her vows seriously and believed Ray did, too. Instead, he left their marriage and their life in Detroit to reinvent himself. Sarita always held out hope that he would return one day. And he does. It’s twenty-seven years later, and Ray is determined to find his one true love. What he discovers has him question everything he thought he knew about Sarita, as well as himself.

Author Bio

Cheryl Robinson has the Until Ray trilogy set in her beloved hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Cheryl currently resides in Central Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. This is her eleventh book. To learn more, please visit cherylrobinson.com, untilraytrilogy.com, or Facebook.com/untilraytrilogy.

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Book Spotlight: Feathered: Swan Maiden Book 1 by Rachel Wollaston

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Genre: Fantasy

 

About the Book

The light and the dark were never meant to be separated.

 

When her bargain with a malevolent wizard goes terribly wrong, Marion DuVal finds herself trapped between two forms: a beautiful but darker parallel of herself, and a swan. Somehow, she must adhere to the wizard’s wishes, but it’s hard to perform epic magic when your feet are flippers and your neck’s the length of a small fishing pole. Caught up in a lie of royal proportions, her task is to get close to the queen, and such a thing is difficult when a certain handsome prince keeps getting in the way.

 

One girl; two identities. Marion must stop the darkness inside her before it’s too late.

 

Based on the classic tale of Swan Lake.

 

Book Excerpt

Feathered book coverThe sound of a blaring trumpet splitting the air rouses me from my wallowing. I lift my absurdly long neck and stare out across the bank. Though I can’t see much, I become aware of the jovial shouts of a group of young men. Before I have time to think, my newfound animal instincts kick in, and I half waddle, half trip over to the reeds fringing the moat. I conceal myself as best I can behind the towering plants, hoping the men won’t spot me. I know enough about my home kingdom to know what the sounds mean: this is a group of hunters, out looking for their next kill.

 

And I’m fresh poultry.

 

I peer through the reeds as the troupe rounds the corner. Four young men come into view. A cheerful, dark-haired man is at the head, laughing at a joke as he loads the crossbow in his hands. I try not to fixate on the weapon. Behind him saunter the three other men, all similarly dressed in green tunics and foolish hats. Tall and beefy, they don’t look like the kind of people you’d want to meet in the dark. The man in front looks puny in comparison to them, and I have to wonder how he ranks above them.

 

A fifth member enters my line of sight. He is much younger than the others and straggles along behind the rest of the entourage, distracted by a purple flower blooming along the waterside. He smiles to himself as he takes a sniff. While the older men boast crossbows and quivers, the boy holds in his hands a rough slingshot crafted from a Y-shaped twig and twine.

 

One of the strapping men notices the boy’s distraction. He walks over and kneels down beside him. With a grin, he removes his pointed hat and places it on the head of the little boy, who beams back as the brim slips over his eyes.

 

“Come on, Reggie!” shouts the leader to the man who stopped. “These ducks aren’t going to hunt themselves!”

 

I shrink a little closer into the reeds as the hunters approach. From the cut and colour of their clothes, these people are clearly of noble families, and their state-of-the-art weaponry tells me hunting is more than a passing interest for them.

 

For me and the people of my village, it’s a necessity. With aristocrats killing our precious game for nothing but the fun of it, it’s no surprise so many of our people die from starvation. And when all you can ever think about is where your next meal is coming from, nobody stops to think about the humanity of killing another living animal. Now that I’m on the other end of the chain, however, I’m seeing things in an oh-so-different light.

 

 

About Author Rachel Wollaston

Rachel Wollaston pictureBorn and bred in Gloucestershire, UK, Rachel Wollaston is a huge lover of all things fantasy. From an early age, her dream was to be a fairy, but the pay was no good, so she decided to become a writer instead. A Creative Writing student, Rachel is the author of young-adult fantasy and loves to build worlds that she wishes she could be a part of.

 

Besides writing, Rachel also enjoys a range of other artistic hobbies, including dancing, drawing, and an unhealthy amount of arts and crafts. You will almost always find her with a cup of tea and a cat watching old ‘70s comedies.

 

 

 

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New Year’s Sci-Fi Romance Giveway

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Daughter of Aithne by Karin Rita Gastreich

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GENRE:   Fantasy

 

Karin Rita Gastreich will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

Book Description

 

Betrayed by her own prodigy, Eolyn stands accused of treason. As power-hungry nobles dismantle her life’s work and honor, the desperate queen forges a risky alliance with the ruthless and cunning Mage Corey. Determined to defend her son’s claim to the throne of the Mage King, Eolyn prepares for her last and greatest battle, this time against her own sisters in magic.

Across the Furma River, Taesara of Roenfyn is drawn out of seclusion and into an ever-more vicious game of intrigue and war. Subject to the schemes of a shrewd uncle and the mysterious ambitions of the wizards of Galia, Taesara struggles to assert her own destiny, even as she takes up arms to defend her daughter’s inheritance.

In the climactic finale to The Silver Web trilogy, threads of love, honor, betrayal, and vengeance culminate in a violent conflict between powerful women, opposed to each other yet destined to shatter a thousand-year cycle of war.

“An enticing and elegant series finale, filled with magic and turmoil.” -KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

 

Book Excerpt

MediaKit_BookCover_DaughterOfAithne“Speak plainly, my Lord King,” Eolyn said. “I will not be subject to this cat-and-mouse game. If you do not trust me, if you do not believe me, then say so.”

 

“I trust your heart, Eolyn,” Akmael replied, “but your heart has led you to ill-advised decisions in the past. For this reason, I am not always inclined to trust your judgment.”

 

“For the love of the Gods! I am not the confused and frightened girl I was when my brother took up arms against you.”

 

“No, but you must understand the dilemma you have put me in.”

 

“The dilemma I have put you in?”

 

“If you knew of Ghemena’s plan and did not inform me, you were party to treason. If you did not know, then your authority over the magas is uncertain. Either way, the magas must remain bound and imprisoned until this conflict is resolved.”

 

Eolyn blinked and stepped away. “The magas have lived in peace in Moisehén for more than a decade. You cannot let the action of one woman—”

 

“Three women. The blatantly treasonous act of three women, all devoted students of yours. They have brought war upon us, Eolyn. Who knows how many others among your followers support them?”

 

“The magas who remain in my service have done nothing to merit suspicion.”

 

“All magas merit suspicion.” Akmael hesitated at her stricken look. He let go a slow breath and softened his tone. “There is a history here that we have not yet overcome, Eolyn. You, of all people, must understand that. Too many of our subjects still remember the war against my father.”

 

“And the purges that followed?” she shot back.

 

“The violence that tore this kingdom apart,” he conceded. “Right or wrong, the magas were left with the blame. We must manage this situation carefully, to protect you and your daughters. To see that justice is done.”

 

 Interview with Author Karin Rita Gastreich

 

author photoWhat inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?

I wanted to write a novel in the tradition of epic fantasy, but I wanted all the major players to be women.

 

Is there a character you’d trade places with? If so, why? 

I’d like to trade places with Taesara. She has had a difficult life, but her love interest, Prince Savegre, is sexy and charming and very charismatic. I’d love to spend a day (and maybe even a night!) with him.

 

How would you describe a perfect hero?

The perfect hero is flawed. This is true of all romantic leads in The Silver Web series (even Prince Savegre!). Each of them has a demon they are battling with (sometimes literally!), and/or some aspect of their personality that undermines their full potential as a partner in love. King Akmael is a perfect example of this. His love for Eolyn is sincere, but he is a product of – and loyal to – the patriarchal system that keeps him in power. As such, his worldview is destined to undercut Eolyn’s freedom as a woman of magic. This haunts their relationship from the beginning to the end of the trilogy. In Daughter of Aithne, the conflict between Akmael’s duty as king and Eolyn’s destiny as a maga reaches its breaking point.

 

How would you describe a perfect heroine?

Perfect heroines are intelligent, complex, and like perfect heroes, capable of making mistakes. Because they maintain a deep commitment to their personal truth, they rarely please everyone around them. Sometimes they upset not only other characters, but my readers as well!

By the third book of The Silver Web, for example, Eolyn has enjoyed her share of triumphs, but she has also suffered many losses. Most importantly, she looks back on certain choices with true regret. This does not weaken her character, but rather strengthens her resolve to overcome new and ever greater challenges, even to the point of defying her life-long love and taking up arms against former allies.

 

When you’re not writing, what are you up to?

Writing is something I squeeze in around the rest of my life. I’m an ecologist by trade, and I work full time as a biology professor. In my free time, I love doing anything that gets me outdoors – camping, hiking, cycling. I also enjoy dance, and have studied flamenco for many years.

 

What do you love most about writing?

Writing is a great escape. It’s just like reading, except that as a reader, we are always an outside observer, someone on the periphery of the character’s world. Writing allows me jump inside a novel and become an active part of my character’s lives.

 

Any tips to share with someone who wants to be published? 

Don’t do it!

I’m serious. Writing and sharing your stories can be a lot of fun, but publishing is a pain. It’s important to remember always that you do not need to publish in order to write and share your stories.

 

If you are hopelessly compelled to complicate your life by publishing, I can offer these tips:

First, never trust your critique partners if they say your novel is ready to publish. Critique groups are essential for any writer, but the job of a critique group is to help you hone the craft and to encourage you to keep writing. This is not the same thing as vetting a novel for the publishing market. Unless your writers group is made up of professional editors who work with legitimate publishing houses (and no, self-made free-lance editors who hire out to indie authors do not count), don’t listen to them if they say you should publish your novel. They have no idea what they are talking about.

 

Related to this first point, do not self-publish, especially if you are a first-time novelist. If you want to build a solid career, find a legitimate small press (or large press, if you can) that can pair you with a professional editor who is willing to invest the time you deserve in perfecting your work and placing it properly in the market. Let someone else assume the risk and investment while you figure out whether the hassle of publishing is worth your sacred time.

 

Third, reign in your expectations. In other words, keep the day job. Oodles of money are not going to fall into your lab the moment your book is on the market. In fact, oodles of money will probably never fall into your lap, no matter how much you publish. Yes, you may be the exception to this rule with that extra-special novel that just happens to catch fire, but chances are, your opus magnum will go relatively unnoticed in an already saturated market.

 

It’s important to remember that publishing is not the endgame in a writer’s journey. Writing carries many important rewards that have nothing to do with publishing. Learn to prioritize and appreciate these other awards before you jump into publishing.

 

Do you have a favorite genre you like to read (other than the ones you write in)?

My favorite genres to read are history and historical fiction. I’m especially drawn to stories of women in Medieval and Renaissance times, and to stories of the great naturalists of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

 

What other books have you written? 

In addition to Daughter of Aithne, the first two books of The Silver Web trilogy, Eolyn and Sword of Shadows are available in Kindle and paperback. The series follows the inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking story of Eolyn. Sole heiress to a forbidden tradition of magic, Eolyn faces many battles and overcomes many obstacles in a life-long effort to restore women’s magic to her people.

 

Do you have a favorite book (out of the ones you’ve written)?

I love them all for different reasons. Eolyn, which begins with the story of Eolyn’s childhood, is filled with the innocence of magic and the hope of first love. Sword of Shadows takes a much darker turn, immersing a now-adult Eolyn in the complications of court intrigue and worse, the horror of war. Daughter of Aithne represents the ultimate triumph of women’s magic, putting the reins of power in the hands of multiple women, who together determine the fate of four kingdoms.

 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands all her life. Her pastimes include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

 

Website: http://krgastreich.com

Twitter: @EolynChronicles

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Purchase link for EOLYN, Book One of THE SILVER WEB: http://www.amazon.com/Eolyn-Silver-Web-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01B8F4G50/

 

Purchase link for SWORD OF SHADOWS, Book Two of THE SILVER WEB: https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Shadows-Silver-Web-Book-ebook/dp/B01G5L1GEG/

 

Purchase link for DAUGHTER OF AITHNE, Book Three of THE SILVER WEB: https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Aithne-Silver-Web-Book-ebook/dp/B06WCZYRNW/

 

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Book Spotlight: A Deceptive Match By Kelli A. Wilkins

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A Deceptive Match book coverBy Kelli A. Wilkins

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Hi everyone,

 

Today I’m sharing an inside look at the making of my sizzling contemporary romance, A Deceptive Match.

 

A Deceptive Match is a full length novel set in the world of professional wrestling. Wrestling has always been a part of my life, so it was only natural that one day I’d write a book with wrestling as the backdrop. But this book is different from all of my other books because the entire story came to me in a rather unusual way—in a dream.

 

One morning I woke up and said “Uh-oh!” and grabbed the pen and paper next to the bed. (I keep it there in case of inspiration.) I knew that if I didn’t immediately start writing down everything in my head, it would be lost forever. So I sat there, furiously scribbling the outline. At this point, it was just the bare bones of the plot and the characters, but I knew I was onto something.

 

Over the course of the day, more bits and pieces came through. Now I had a subplot, secondary characters, and knew more about what was happening in this wrestling romance that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I was fortunate enough to actually “see” the book in my head like a movie—some scenes were missing, but I had a clear picture to work from.

 

People who have read the book and know about my love of wrestling always ask me the same questions: Which wrestlers are the characters based on? How do you know all this stuff? How much of it is real?

 

It’s easier to answer the second question first. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to be on friendly terms with a bunch of wrestlers. My husband and I would go to matches and hang out with the guys after the shows. (No, I wasn’t a ring rat.) I picked up a lot of terms and got a real feel for what they did and how they experienced life on the road.

 

At the time, the thought of being a writer never even crossed my mind, so I had no idea that one day I’d use what I learned in a book. When I got the idea for A Deceptive Match, I was able to incorporate much of what I knew into the plot through Danni’s point of view.

 

The male characters in the book (Vinnie, Ev, Thorn, and Nick) aren’t based on any one wrestler or any real person. I specifically made sure that Vinnie and the others aren’t linked to real wrestlers, because it would take away from the story. Like characters in any book, I invented whatever quirks, flaws, and backstory I needed to help move the plot along.

 

And how much of it is real? Well, anyone who knows anything about wrestling can tell you that it’s technically termed “sports entertainment” for a reason. But that doesn’t discredit all the training, hard work, and other sacrifices the wrestlers go through every day. A Deceptive Match touches on the subject of what’s “real” and what goes on behind the scenes that most fans are unaware of.

 

Here’s the book summary and a steamy excerpt:

 

A Deceptive Match

 

Falling for the wrestler she had been assigned to interview wasn’t part of Danni’s plan, until Vinnie Valentine pinned her heart in a flash.

Disgruntled with her job as the office assistant for a national sports magazine, Danni Stone impersonates a reporter to prove herself to her boss. Her assignment? Spend thirty days on the road with Vinnie Valentine, a sexy professional wrestler.

Life isn’t going well for the Heavyweight Champ. Vinnie is struggling with a manipulative boss, prepping for the most important match of his career, and feuding with his arch-enemy, Thorn. The last thing he needs is a nosy reporter following him around—even if she is hot.

Thrown together in close quarters, Danni can’t help falling for Vinnie, and she unwittingly becomes a key player in his title match. Their mutual attraction grows, and late one night, they give in to the lustful feelings they’ve been fighting.

 

As their relationship deepens, Danni considers telling Vinnie her secret. But before she can confess the truth, Vinnie discovers she isn’t the reporter she claims to be. Her lie threatens to ruin everything between them. Will their relationship be destroyed by her deception or will their love win out?

 

An Excerpt:

 

Danni hurried down the hall to the locker room. She hadn’t meant to be late picking up Vin tonight, but the moron lot attendant wouldn’t let her back into the parking area. She pushed open the locker room door and rushed inside. “Vin, I’m sorry I—”

 

Her tote bag slipped through her fingers and dropped to the floor. Vin stood less than three feet away, soaking wet. A white towel barely covered his waist.

 

“Oh, my God!” Her entire body flushed as a tingling sensation built deep in her belly. Vin was practically naked and dripping wet from the shower.

 

“I…um…you’re…I…oh God,” she muttered and whirled around. Why wasn’t he saying anything?

 

Vin’s warm hand settled on her shoulder. He gently turned her to face him. Beads of water dripped down his chest, and she longed to lick them away. “Um…you…you’re wet.” She glanced at the towel and prayed it would fall off his waist.

 

“And you’re not?”

 

She squealed as Vin drew her to his chest. His mouth covered hers, and she lost all sense of reason.

 

A wet heat built between her legs as Vin’s tongue entered her mouth. She clutched him tight and dug her fingers into the solid flesh of his back and ribs. He smelled like soap and water and yet there was a hint of something manly, musky about him.

 

Vin moaned and cupped her buttocks through her sundress, melding her body against his. A high-pitched mewing sound escaped her throat as a long-denied lust flared within her. Was this really happening? She’d had this fantasy for so many nights, would she wake up and discover it was only another erotic dream?

 

She slid her hands down Vin’s flat stomach to the edge of the towel. For a second, she hesitated, unsure. Did she dare do what every instinct commanded? Vin’s tongue plunged deeper into her mouth, wordlessly urging her on…

 

***

 

I enjoyed creating the characters in this wrestling universe, and as I was writing, I fell in love with Everett, Vinnie’s best friend. I knew I had to tell Ev’s story and give him his own book, so I wrote A Secret Match. That book is all about Everett, but Danni and Vinnie play supporting roles in the storyline. Although the books are connected, they each stand alone as individual reads.

 

I hope romance fans and wrestling fans alike will check out A Deceptive Match and A Secret Match. They’re a good blend of action, drama, romance, humor, and spicy love scenes.

 

Happy Reading!

Kelli

 

Order your copy of A Deceptive Match here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F18X3XQ

 

Don’t miss the follow-up book (of sorts) A Secret Match: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FERW65A

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

Her third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, was released in June 2017. Kelli’s trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was published in spring 2017.

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli’s third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

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/.

Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: One Too by Sherrie Cronin

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GENRE: Sci-fi/Fantasy

 

Sherrie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

Book Description:

 

Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as most of the members of the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a completely different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.

 

Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person with whom she is close has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to keep this other group from succeeding with their plan to eradicate x0.

 

One Too Excerpt

One Too book coverGabriel contacted Warren late Sunday night to let him know that the teacher Maurice had been found. Warren could not have been more pleased. He became less so when he was informed that the teacher, too, was surrounded by a wall of fuzzy but impermeable energy.

 

“This group is larger and stronger than I feared,” he fretted.

 

“Maybe not,” Gabriel consoled him. “The wall around the woman has weakened now, which means that they’ve had to move their resources to protect the elder.”

 

“Well then, get more info from her,” Warren barked.

 

“It’s still a strong wall,” Gabriel countered. “And we’re not sure she has all that much else to offer us. We are encouraged that they can only do so much at once.”

 

“Yes, of course, that much is good news. You do fine work, Gabriel—I don’t mean to imply otherwise. I just think you’re being hindered by the careful way we are going at this. How much more effective would you be if you had that old man sitting in a chair right in front of you?”

 

There was a second of silence. Warren supposed that Gabriel was trying to read his mind.

 

“I don’t think kidnapping anyone is a good idea at this point,” he said.

 

“Bullshit. It doesn’t have to be kidnapping. I can find a way to finesse it. We need information. Would having him in a room with you help you get it?”

 

“Of course it would. A lot.”

 

“I thought so,” Warren said. “Then this nonsense has gone on long enough. I’m sending a car to your place. It will be there at 6 a.m. sharp. Most of the Entelechy is still here in New York, so take two of your best, most trusted monads with you. Pack bags, you’ll be flying out tomorrow on my private jet, probably to San Antonio. A driver will meet your plane, he’ll take you to where you’ll find this Maurice. There is nothing else you need to know.”

 

Warren didn’t pause long enough for Gabriel to object.

 

“There will be some muscle there already, totally at your disposal. It shouldn’t be hard to break him, Gabriel—he’s an old man. I want to know everything about this organization. Use every tool possible and do whatever you need to do.”

 

Author Bio and Links

Sherrie Cronin Sherrie grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

 

She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came,  it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

 

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and  explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying  The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

 

Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin  turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. “It’s about time,” were his exact words.

 

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie’s head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She’s been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

 

Author Social Media Links

Twitter: @cinnabar01

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Amazon: www.amazon.com/Sherrie-Cronin/e/B007FRMO9Q

Blog: 46ascending.org/

 

During the tour the book will be available for pre-order for $2.99 at the links below:

 

 

Sherrie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Romance & Fantasy Giveaway

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Over 60 Fantasy Romance novels & previews available for download. Check out the selection and download free books here: https://www.instafreebie.com/gg/4k0RdVskJTe2vApq0Rvi