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Release Blitz: Place to Belong by Claire Boston

About the Book

place-to-belong-largeTitle: Place to Belong

Author: Claire Boston

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sean Flanagan has spent a lifetime alone and rejected, constantly hiding who he really is.

With a father who deserted him and a mother who despised him, Sean didn’t think things could get much worse … until he was kicked out of home for being gay. Now he’s discovered he has three half-sisters on the other side of the world. This might be his last chance to find people who will love and accept him. But he’s terrified that if they find out who he really is then they’ll reject him like the rest of his family.

Sean arrives in Houston and is stunned by the warm welcome he receives from his sisters. He begins to hope that maybe this time things will be different. That’s when he meets Hayden Johnson. To follow his heart means risking everything with his newfound family.

Hayden is tired of endless dating. He’s looking for a man to love, someone to spend the rest of his life with. His boss’s new brother ticks all the boxes on the attraction scale, but there’s just one problem – he’s not gay.

Will Sean let his fears rule him, or will he let in the chance of love and find a place where he belongs?

Author Bio

headshotClaire Boston is the best-selling author of The Texan Quartet. In 2014 she was nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Award as Favourite New Romance Author.

Her debut contemporary romance novel, What Goes on Tour caught the attention of Momentum’s Joel Naoum when her first scene was read aloud at the Romance Writers’ of Australia (RWA) conference in 2013. This led to a four book contract for The Texan Quartet series.

Claire is proactive in organising social gatherings and educational opportunities for local authors. She is an active volunteer for RWA, as a mentor for aspiring authors and the reader judge coordinator.

When Claire’s not writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her grubby, but adorable Australian bulldog.

Contact

Please email Claire with any questions claire@claireboston.com

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Book Release: A Honeyed Light by Freddie Milano

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About the Book

ahoneyedlightTitle: A Honeyed Light

Author: Freddie Milano

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Kunal, relative newcomer to the strange town of Harmony, has his hands full preparing for Diwali. That should be enough to keep anyone’s mind preoccupied, but Kunal can’t really ignore that he’s nearly thirty, single, and still buried in the closet.

Out of town at a gay club one night, he bumps into Oscar, proprietor of Harmony’s only sex shop, and figures his secret is now officially out. What he doesn’t expect is a slow seduction, or to have to decide what it is he really wants in life.

Author Bio

freddie-author-photoFreddie Milano lives with her partner-in-crime, two adorable and devilish cats, and far more ideas than she really has time to set down on (electronic) paper. She’s been writing since she could hold a pen, though most of the embarrassing stories thankfully never made in onto the internet, and can stay safely buried.

She loves wine, Korean pop music, tea, chocolate, coffee, mythology, and both video and tabletop gaming. An ESFJ surrounded by introverts, Freddie has learned the art of socialization in moderation. Besides, staying in just leaves her more time to write.

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Book Spotlight: Crimson Fire by Mirren Hogan

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Genre: Fantasy

Description:
crimsonfireMagic was the last thing on Tabia’s mind – until she discovered she could use it. When her father hands her over to the princess of a neighbouring country to pay his debts, she may have the chance to learn how to control her new abilities.

But her new mistress’ enemies have plans of their own. Caught up in a web of divided loyalties, coercion and betrayal, Tabia can trust no one.

Can Tabia find a way to regain her freedom and return home – or will the struggle cost her the ultimate price?

Excerpt:

The rain poured down in torrents, slanting at a steep angle and driving into the deck, sounding like a thousand hammers. Above the ship, lightning flashed across the black sky, accompanied by roll after deafening roll of thunder.

Tabia had read enough by then to know that some sorcerers had the ability to control the weather, or at least influence it, but every time she’d started to broach the subject with her mistress, her stomach had rebelled, sending her back to the railing. She considered attempting it on her own and though she didn’t relish the idea, she couldn’t help but try.

She hung on tightly to the railing, looked up at the sky, blinking through a bolt of lightning and began to stare. As with the chakleti, nothing happened for a long while. She’d decided it wasn’t going to when the sky started to glow like a sunset against the thunderheads.

The crew began to shout. Tabia didn’t need to look at them to know they were pointing at the clouds as they shifted, breaching overhead. A patch of blue sky visible in the centre.

She was doing it.

Tabia began to grin as the ship settled. The wind slowed to a stiff breeze. The temperature rose swiftly as the cloud split to reveal the sun. She followed them with her eyes, pushing them a mile from their anchorage.

The crew let out a resounding cheer and Tabia turned, triumphant, to face them. Until she heard a resounding crack echo across the ocean.

Whipping her head back, she watched the clouds disintegrate. The water within them gushed from the sky, hundreds of gallons raining a tumult on perhaps a quarter mile of sea in a circle around the ship.

The waves rose, slowly at first, before the force of the rain pushed them higher and faster, smashing them against the hull. The ship started to list dangerously to one side. Everything not nailed down slid down the deck to the opposite railing, including Tabia, who slammed painfully into the mast, bounced and slid the rest of the way as the waves threatened to engulf the ship.

Author Bio

Mirren Hogan lives in NSW Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cat, rabbits and countless birds. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English/ history), a Graduate Diploma of Arts (writing) and a couple of degrees in education. She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal fiction.She has several books due for release with The Dragon’s Rocketship publishing within the next year, including a trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa. She’s also had several short stories published and has co-edited two charity anthologies; for breast cancer research and Plan Australia.

Twitter: @MirrenHogan

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Fire-Magic-Isskasala-Book-ebook/dp/B01M003LLV/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1475454992&sr=8-4&keywords=Crimson+Fire

 

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Book Spotlight: Girl Within Girl by S.P. Aruna

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Genre: Erotic Thriller

Description

girl-cover-finalKatrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.

Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind control and torture.

Author Interview

Deborah: What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?

S.P.: Inspiration came from my husband (also an undiscovered author), but the idea came from the true story of Candy Jones, a popular pinup girl of the 1940’s, who, a decade later, ended up as a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA. I read a book, The CIA’s Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain, and I thought this would make a good novel. Candy went on missions under an alter-ego called Arlene Grant, but Candy was unaware of what Arlene did. In other words she was a real-life Manchurian Candidate.

Deborah: Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?

S.P.: Actually, a series of scenes which occur in Chapter 20 were the most fun to write. This is the part where the personality known as Anisa escapes the mental asylum and attempts to rendezvous with the handsome Dr. Paisley, who is trying to cure her. Fleeing her military controllers, she exhibits all the strength and resourcefulness of a female James Bond, as she eludes and ultimately outwits them.

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

S.P.: Cherry Cummins, because she is carefree and footloose, uninhibited, free of guilt, and can not only tolerate pain, but actually relishes it. She gets to travel all around the world and have sex with fascinating men and get paid a lot of money for doing it.

Deborah: Any challenges in writing this book?

S.P.: The truth about mind control and trauma-induced multiple personalities is an ugly one, yet the Girl Within Girl series is meant to be entertaining. I have to balance the entertainment portion with the message that these things did (and probably still do) exist and that the victims of those experiments have had their lives ruined. I hope to bring this out more in the second book.

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

S.P.: My husband and I live on a large piece of land, and tending to our trees and flowers is very relaxing. We also have a swimming pool and I’m in it several times during the day. Swimming helps me get ideas for my stories.

Deborah: How do you go about choosing the names for your characters?

S.P.: Now that’s an intriguing question. I really don’t know, they just pop into my head as I write. But I would love to hear how other authors go about it. I often wonder when I’m reading a novel how they came up with their character names.

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

S.P.: Yes, quite a few, Roman Noir (especially James M. Cain), suspense-thrillers, mysteries, and the occasional non-fiction book.

Deborah: Print or e-books–do you have a preference?

S.P.: his is sort of a six of one, half-dozen of the other situation. I enjoy the look and feel of print books, but digital books offer lots of advantages. You can store hundreds, even thousands of them on your device, they are easy to bookmark and highlight your favorite parts, but difficult to lend out if they have Digital Rights Management. My book has no DRM, so it can be freely copied. (I’m not concerned with getting paid for every single copy, only that it’s popular)

Deborah: Favorite time of day & why?

S.P.: I love the mornings. I’m an early riser, rising with the sun. As the start of a new day, morning carries a fragrance of possibilities.

Author bio

ml-roberts-2Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I’m a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.

I live in the countryside of southern Cambodia with my author husband. I used to own a beauty salon, but I sold it when I got married. After editing my husband’s novels, I decided to try my hand at writing my own.

 

Buy link

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Within-Erotic-Thriller-Unraveling-ebook/dp/B01LW4BWEL/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Social media websites:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15756633.S_P_Aruna

FaceBook:   https://www.facebook.com/s.p.aruna.author/

 

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Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Twilight Over Moldavia by Stephanie Burkhart

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*Stephanie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.*

Description:

mediakit_bookcover_twilightovermoldaviaRomanian unification is on the horizon and the spirited Crown Princess of Carpathia, Caroline, would prefer to ride horses and archery to embroidery and dancing. Complicating her life is her recent discovery that she’s a witch.

Prince Stefan Sigmaringen travels to Carpathia to meet Caroline. He discovers he has much in common with her. He also learns that a strange man, Timon, has an unnatural interest in him.

Upon Stefan’s engagement, he overhears his mother confessing to a horrible secret – she cursed him in order to conceive him and Stefan will become a werewolf when he turns eighteen. There is a condition to overcome the curse, but it will require Stefan to draw on all his inner strength and Caroline, her courage. Can they break the foul enchantment and secure their future or will Stefan give himself over to the lupine curse that haunts his family?

Excerpt

Stefan went down on one knee. “Caroline, will you marry me?”

“Yes, I will.”

Loud applause broke out.

Stefan reached into his pocket and withdrew a ring. Caroline gasped. A diamond surrounded by aquamarines. “It’s beautiful.”

He smiled and slid it onto her finger. Caroline sensed conflicting emotions within him. Happiness clashed with apprehension, and she shared those emotions. Their night of happiness had been tempered by danger.

Father Nicholai, the Orthodox priest, stepped forward and placed Caroline’s hand in Stefan’s. Then he made the sign of the Orthodox cross over them.

“May God bless you and watch over you as you begin your life together. You have the church’s blessing to marry. Love is patient. It is kind, gentle, and all-knowing. Nurture such feelings in your hearts, and your marriage will be satisfying and fruitful. In the Lord’s name, I bless you. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Stefan and Caroline made the sign of the Orthodox cross, and the guests did the same. Everyone raised their voices and said, “Amen.”

“Wine for all!” Mihai said. “I have a toast!”

Waiters passed red wine to everyone and gave Stefan and Caroline a set of gold goblets. Mihai raised his glass. “A toast — norco — to the engaged couple. May you find true happiness like Theresa and I have found, and as Mircea and Aurora have found as well.”

Everyone raised their glasses. Stefan clinked Caroline’s glass and took a long sip. Caroline barely had her lips to the goblet when she detected a foul smell coming from it. Her stomach clenched. He gagged, the wine splashed a little on his jacket, and he collapsed on the ground, choking.

“Stefan!” Caroline fell to her knees next to him, and placed her glass next to her. Mihai raced to Stefan’s side, wrapped his arms around Stefan, and raised him up. Michael joined them. Gasps of concern filled the room. Caroline glanced at Stefan’s mother. Her hands covered her mouth, and terror filled her eyes. Caroline’s father rushed to her side.

Stefan’s eyes snapped open. They were yellow. His cheeks narrowed, and his teeth, sharp and pointed, hung over his lower lip. Then he relaxed and slumped in his father’s arms.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

mediakit_authorphoto_twilightovermoldaviaStephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons.

She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee.  She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children’s books published with 4RV Publishing.

FIND ME ON THE WEB AT:

WEBSITE:

http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

TWITTER:

http://twitter.com/StephBurkhart

FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/StephanieBurkhartAuthor

GOOD READS:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4031660.Stephanie_Burkhart

YOU TUBE CHANNEL:

http://www.youtube.com/user/botrina?feature=mhee

PINTEREST:

http://pinterest.com/sgburkhart/

BUY LINK:

Desert Breeze Publishing:  http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/moldavian-moon-book-two-twilight-over-moldavia-epub/

AMAZON:

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BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moldavian-moon-book-two-stephanie-burkhart/1113645168?ean=2940013822177

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Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Fallen Star by Allison Morse

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*Allison Morse will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.*

 

GENRE:  Psychological Mystery with Strong Gothic Elements

Description:

Fallen StarWho killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.

In this coming of age gothic tale, avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star, Gloria Reardon, may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery.

Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process, becomes the killer’s new target.

Excerpt:

Kate returned to the sealed box and ripped off the tape and flipped the lid open. Light bounced off a container with a shiny handle on top. The premonition of what it might be now solidified into something more than fantasy. Trying to remain calm, she told herself that it couldn’t possibly be what she hoped it was. It had been lost…destroyed…right?

Her heart pounded as she used both hands to lift the metal container. She undid the latches. Inside were two round 35 mm motion picture canisters.

“Lillian!” she shouted.

As she pried off the top of the first canister, she was assaulted by the pungent smell of vinegar. The film appeared brittle. She was afraid to touch it in case it turned to dust in her hands. But she had to know. With the tips of her fingers and holding her breath, she unwound a small piece of film and looked at it. There, captured in the frame, was Gloria––the costume, the set behind her…there was no mistaking it. These reels were from Emperor Smythe. It was the infamous missing footage from the day Gloria was murdered on that film set.

“Lillian! Quick, Lillian!” Kate returned the footage to the canister and closed it up.

Her great-aunt hurried back to her. “What? What is it?” Her eyes widened as she gazed at the canisters. “Is that what I think it is?” Lillian asked.

“The footage. The missing footage.”

Deborah’s Review

4 Stars

Entertaining and suspenseful mystery with echoes of Old Hollywood woven into the Hollywood scene of the 1970’s. Filmmaker Kate Bloom is out to solve the mystery of her movie star grandmother’s murder, and she encounters many twists and turns on the way to her final discovery. The behind-the-scenes look at movie making is as interesting as the mystery itself. A fast-moving book that kept my attention and didn’t let up until the satisfying ending. (Received a review copy.)

-Deborah

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Allison MorseAllison is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. She lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.

For book club resources and to learn more about Allison and her new fiction, please visit her Website at http://www.allisonmorseauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allison.morse.16

Twitter ID:  @AllisonMorseLA

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Book Spotlight: The Blue Witch by Joni Parker

The Blue Witch by Joni Parker

Genre: Fantasy

*The Blue Witch and Spell Breaker (book 1) are free for Kindle today*

Description

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?

 

Excerpt

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.

Links

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IIGMVWW/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_DLOIxbPY2HQV9#nav-subnav

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

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191836.Joni_Parker

Google Plus:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoniParker/posts

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ParkerJoni

Website/blog:  http://www.theblackelf.com

Book Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teYsqOs0yjI&feature=autoplay&list=HL1343068571&playnext=3

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Alchemiya by Katey Hawthorne

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Genre: F/F erotic romance / fantasy

*Giveaway is for 3 $10 All-Romance eBooks or Amazon gift cards.*

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.

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“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?”

“Dearly.”

“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.
Links

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Alchemiya Site: http://www.kateyhawthorne.com/p/alchemiya.html
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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
Twitter https://twitter.com/mjohnstonwriter
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mjohnstonwriter/
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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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Dalir’s Salvation by Nina Crespo

Dalir's Salvation by Nina Crespo

Nina will be awarding a digital copy of Dalir’s Salvation to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

Description

To be with the man of her dreams, she’ll have to face her worst nightmares…

Ari is looking to live a normal life. But after she hits her head, normal is no longer an option. A mysterious, rugged man appears, whom only she can see… each night he fulfills her fantasies and leaves her begging for more. She’s sure he’s a figment of her imagination-until she finds out the hard way that he’s all too real. Now, to truly be with him, Ari will have to embrace the parts of herself she’s been desperately keeping at bay.

Dalir’s been burned by love before, yet he can’t resist Ari’s beauty and charm. And all it takes is one kiss to spark nights of passion. But there’s danger on the horizon that only Dalir and his friends in the band Thane’s Redemption can deal with. And the longer he stays with Ari, the greater the peril to them both. Will the two of them be strong enough to fight for their newfound love-and their lives?

Excerpt

Dalir's Salvation by Nina CrespoColby jogged up the stairs wearing tennis shoes, shorts, and a sweatstained T-shirt. His damp blond hair clung to his forehead. “Wouldn’t go down there if I were you. They’re moving furniture out of the sunroom.”

“For what?”

“They’re changing the back wall into a built-in bookcase.” Why couldn’t they just read the damn books instead of turning everything fucking upside down? “Where’s Thane and Reid?”

“They made themselves scarce early this morning along with Mace and West.”

Of course they had. Thane and Reid had led the team to stop rebellions, disasters, even a super virus from destroying humankind, but they couldn’t control their fiancées. The flush spreading over him and supernatural energy expanded in equal proportions.

A buzz emitted from the light switch.

“Whoa. Chill.” Colby raised his hands. “You’ll fry the circuits again. No electricity will only prolong the agony. Just do like the rest of us and leave.”

“You’re still here.”

“Not for long. I’m on recon duty.”

At least someone was getting some real work done. “Do you have a lead on Kell?”

“Possibly. The police in New Jersey are looking for a slasher. The victims’ wounds may have been caused by a sword.”

Knots tightened in Dalir’s gut. Since his escape, Kell had killed a woman scientist, kidnapped Lauren, and tortured Reid. Those were the incidents they knew about. Was he responsible for these murders, too?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, kick boxing, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after. Current must haves include cupcakes with frosting and lots of sprinkles, and red wine chocolate blends.

http://ninacrespo.com/
https://twitter.com/NinaCrespo21

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Amazonkindle: http://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=9781601835444
Apple: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781601835444
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Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781601835444

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