Book Excerpt from Cross Roads

19 Nov

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Today no interview, but a snippet instead! This time from a YA urban fantasy / action adventure book called “Cross Roads”. Enjoy!!

Book Excerpt

The next morning, Decker sat in his black sedan hidden by its tinted windows. The information he had received from the tablet led him to the Garden Way Hotel. The hotel was new in the city on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Decker held a camera in his hands like a photojournalist on assignment. He had taken pictures of everyone who had entered the hotel but only construction workers had entered.

Decker had been in place across from the hotel since dawn. Earlier that morning he had managed to place security cameras near the other entrances that fed directly into his computer. His laptop sat next to him in the passenger seat. Decker had views of the docking and loading area as well as the other entrances of the hotel. It was past eleven o’clock when Decker finally saw activity that interested him. A silver sedan pulled up in from of the hotel. The driver hurried out and opened the rear passenger door. The man who emerged from the backseat was tall, thin and had blonde hair that had been neatly combed back. He wore an expensive suit and a gray long coat. He looked to be in his late thirties and wore dark shades. Decker immediately recognized him and lowered the camera away from his face. His mouth gaped slightly.

“Linus.” he said aloud to himself as if to confirm what his eyes had just witnessed. He quickly raised the camera and rapidly took pictures. The driver led Linus inside. Decker made sure to get a picture of the car and

the plates as well. Decker was certain that whatever was going to happen would take place in this hotel and soon. He quickly turned his attention to his laptop and saw guards taking position at the entrances and securing the perimeter of the hotel.

Decker reached into his pocket and retrieved his cellphone. He hit a speed dial number and the phone picked up on the second ring. No one spoke on the other end. They didn’t have to.

“Confirmed. It’s Linus alright. The Garden Way Hotel.”

“Roger that. Over and out.” replied the deep male voice on the opposite end.

Decker disconnected the call. Now, like a predator hunting its prey, Decker would play the waiting game with his target until it was time to strike.

About The Book

Picture2014 325Title: Cross Roads

Author: Donald Wilson II

Genre: Young Adult Action Adventure / Urban Fantasy

Published August 2014

260 pages

Print and e-book

Blurb:

Shawna is not a typical teenager.  Not only is she homeless and surviving in New York City on her wits and talents, but she is also the target of the Doma, a demonic race who appear human.  She believes that there is nothing remarkable about her, so why are they trying to kill her?

After barely escaping with her life, Shawna must ally herself with the only group capable of stopping them and keeping her alive.

Under the tutelage of Decker, and his personal assistant Gibbs, Shawna begins her intense training to become a member of this covert group.  They relocate to a small, rural town and Shawna manages to find friendship while gaining the attention of a charming and handsome young man.

Shawna’s new life is interrupted when her enemies discover her location and she is forced to put her training to the test.  Shawna comes to a deadly crossroads that will alter her life forever … if she can survive.

Buy Link: http://www.donaldwilsonauthor.com

Also available at Amazon & BN.com

 

Author Bio

HeadshotDonald Wilson II has been writing from a young age and has been published in numerous publications.  When he is not hammering at his computer and creating new stories or catching up on sports news, he can be found traveling across globe.  He lives in Westchester County, NY with his family and is currently working on book two of the CROSSROADS series.

Links

http://amazon.com/author/dwils2

http://www.crossroadsbookseries.com

http://www.twitter.com/dwils2

http://www.donaldwilsonauthor.com

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Author Interview Kristin’s Ghost Tour

18 Nov

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Today I’m hosting an interview for the tour for MG paranormal adventure “Kristin’s Ghost” by Wayne A.D. Kerr. Welcome to the author, and thanks for taking the time to reply to my questions.

1.) First, tell us about yourself- where you live, your family and those sorts of details.

I was born in Canada, the oldest of six children.  I married my high school sweetheart, Marlene, and we have one daughter, Jackie.  Our family moved to Minneapolis eighteen years ago.  Then twelve years later my wife and I moved to Green Valley, Arizona where we still reside.

2.) When did you start writing?

I wrote scripts for local and regional commercials, as well as, spec screen plays when I was in my twenties.  Then I began writing again twenty five years later.  I’ve been writing seriously for two and half years.

3.)Do you have a favorite place to write?

I get up very early and settle into my favorite easy chair with my laptop.  I write for three to four hours and then have some breakfast, before going for a run, a bike ride or to play tennis.

4.)Why did you decide to write the X+Y Files, in particular Kristin’s Ghost?

I was inspired to write a science fiction/paranormal style series for kids by my nephews.  Everyone likes a ghost story.

5.)Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone else to do that for you?

I make a lot of mistakes while writing, so I do a preliminary proof of everything before I send it to an editor.  My wife and brother also check my work.

6.)Tell us what you’re working on at the moment.

I’m currently working on an adult novel, and planning the next ‘X + Y Files’ adventure.

About The Book

Kristins-ghost-1600x2400Title: Kristin’s Ghost (The X+Y Files #2)

Author: Wayne A.D. Kerr

Genre: MG Paranormal Adventure

Night after night a strange apparition appears at Kristin’s bedside. Is it dangerous? Is the dancing spirit trying to send her a message?

When Xander and Yzzie discover that their friend is being haunted, the seventh graders make it their number one priority to solve the mystery of Kristin’s Ghost.

The truth will surprise them all!.

 

Author Bio

Wayne A D Kerr was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the United States for the past twenty years.  When not writing or reading adventure novels, he is most likely hiking, biking or playing tennis.

 

Links

http://www.waynekerrnovels.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kristins-Ghost-Files-Wayne-Kerr-ebook/dp/B00MSUD72S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415866108&sr=8-1&keywords=kristin%27s+ghost

Character Interview I Am Ella. Buy Me. Tour

17 Nov

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I’m hosting a character interview today for the book tour for chicklit / humor / romance novel “I am Ella. Buy Me.” I’m interviewing Peter Richards, one of the characters in the book.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello there. You’d like me to tell you all about me? My pleasure! My name is Peter Richards. I am Creative Director extraordinaire of CBA advertising agency in London’s Soho, where I am responsible for some of the best commercials this side of Madison Avenue. I’m sure you’re familiar with my work for a well-known brand of kettle descaler? If not I’d be happy to enlighten you. It may be the 80s. Britain may be in recession but I still drive a Porsche. If you fancy a spin, climb aboard. Let me check my Filofax – ah you’re in luck – I have a window tomorrow night. I guarantee it’ll be the ride of your life.

What is your role in the story?

Strictly entre-nous, Ella wanted me be to her love interest, and who can blame her, but frankly she’s not my type. The flat-chest and fat thighs don’t do it for me. Tom and Adam are welcome to her. She thinks I don’t know about her and Adam Hart. (He’s an ex-employee of mine. I had to fire him. He thought he was bigger than me. Big mistake.) I’ve seen the pair of them, canoodling over cake in Patisserie Valerie. Back to me and my role in the story. I provide the suave good looks and wit in the story. Handsome and hilarious, a rare combination. Think Mad Men. I am Don Draper to Ella’s Peggy.

 

What is your favorite hobby?

I’ll let you into a little secret. I have a wonderful singing voice. (I know, is there no end to my talents?) A producer for a big label was desperate to sign me but I said, ‘No, my calling is TV commercials.’ Music biz’s loss was Adland’s gain.

What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?

I am at the top of my game. I AM the challenge. And, every Monday morning, I have a long queue of leggy lovelies outside my office desperate to take me on.

 

If you could make one wish, what would it be?

That I never lose my essence. That special something that makes me, me. I don’t question it. I just accept that whatever it is keeps the hotties hot to trot.

 Oh and I wish that Little-Shit-Steve-Winter would drown in a pool of his own effluent. Did I just say that? Don’t print that. No, actually do print it! Serves him right for trying to steal business from under my nose.

Oh is that it? No more questions about me? But I’ve got so much more to say. Look, here’s my card. Call me. I’d be delighted to chat some more over a bottle of Chablis. Caio for now.

About The Book

cover-4-1Title: I am Ella. Buy me.

Author: Joan Ellis

Genre: Humor / Chick lit / Romance

I AM ELLA. BUY ME

‘I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.’

Ella David is Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men.

Working in Soho’s mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella is a rare beast – a woman in a man’s world, dodging her sleazy boss, Peter.

Based on Joan’s experiences in Soho’s mad, bad Adland, this fast-paced, funny tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals
and lust is a must. Thankfully, Ella knows love is more powerful but can two unlikely friendships help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?

Author Bio

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Award-winning advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.

A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.

As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his talents on a wider stage.

Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’s
great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!
She was a lecturer in PR and Advertising at Bournemouth University.

She penned a regular column about her daughter for parenting glossy, Junior. Sophie is now eighteen and refuses to read a word her mother writes.

Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to her beloved Isle of Wight where she writes and eats cream teas with her long-suffering husband, daughter and cat.

She recently launched her books at The Ventnor Fringe and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

Links

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N7S1MSG
www.amazon.com/dp/B00N7S1MSG
http://www.joan-ellis.com
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23059201

Character Interview One Last Hold Tour

16 Nov

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I’m interviewing Caitlyn Daniels today, one of the characters of romance / suspense novel “One Last Hold”. Welcome, Caitlyn!

Character Interview

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, I’m Caitlyn Daniels. I’m a journalist for an entertainment magazine, and I live in Austin, Texas.

What is your role in the story?

My role in the story is to get an interview on Wesley Webb. He’s a racecar driver who absolutely hates to be interviewed or to talk about himself.
What is your favorite hobby?

I love to write, and I’m blessed to have a job where I can.


What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?

I hope this assignment to spend this time and get a story on Wesley will be my closing, and I can purge him from my system. The challenge is that it’s not working. I’m only falling in love with him even more. And we have such a history together. Some bad, some good.


If you could make one wish, what would it be?

Oh gosh. There’s some things in my past I wish I could change. But then, I’m not sure what the present would be if those things changed and I might really muck things up.

About The Book

OnLastHold_CVR_MEDTitle: One Last Hold

Author: Angela Smith

Genre: Romantic Suspense

He has a shaded past…

Wesley Webb is at the pinnacle of his auto racing career when his main rival is murdered hours after their confrontation. That, along with evidence found at the scene, shades him as prime suspect. Now he’s under intense press scrutiny, particularly from Caitlyn Daniels, an ex-girlfriend who knows all about his secret past.

And she’s the one woman who could expose him…

Caitlyn thought to never see Wesley again. Now, his life could be in her hands. Ten years ago, a tragedy tore apart everything she held dear, including their relationship. When she’s assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?

Author Bio

Angela(2)During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been my dream ever since her mother read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it before being able to read. Before venturing into writing, she fell into the perfect job in criminal justice and later became a certified paralegal. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she loves to craft, read, go off-roading, and dream of all the places she’ll visit one day.

Links

Amazon

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

Promo Post A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love

15 Nov

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About The Book

Self-Healing, Cancer and Love - Cover JPEGTitle:  A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love

Author: Regina Chouza

Available on Amazon

Kindle Freebie Dates: 19-20 October 2014

It is human nature to ask ‘Why did this happen to me?’ Though there may be medical explanations for illnesses, a scientific answer will not help us make sense of the pain and suffering that comes with these experiences.”

This book provides a fresh perspective on the challenges faced when we or someone we love is diagnosed with cancer. We often start by asking why it happened and what it means. Inevitably our biology, lifestyle habits and emotional wellbeing all play a part. For true healing to occur, we need to make changes on many levels. The author goes on to explore Energy Healing as a friendly booster for tired souls, equipping the reader with simple tools that can be used daily to facilitate their personal healing journey. The pages turn quickly, infused with love, courage and optimism.

Author Bio

It all started in 2009, when Regina discovered the College of Psychic Studies in London. Could anyone learn to channel healing and shift his or her life in a new direction? Of course! Since then Regina has left a successful career in marketing to become a qualified Healer, Reiki Master and talk radio host. Her first book, “A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer and Love”, is available on Amazon worldwide.

Visit her blog at www.diaryofapsychichealer.com

Links

Release Day Party Godwin’s Law

15 Nov

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Today we’re celebrating the release day for “Godwin’s Law”, a thriller by author Bernard Maestas.

About The Book

godwin_coverTitle: Godwin’s Law

Author: Bernard Maestas

Genre: Thriller

Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.

Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?

Will Alex and Ted get paid?”

Author Bio

Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, and not distracted by video games or the internet, he is usually hard at work on his next book.

Links

www.bernardmaestas.wix.com/bernardmaestas

www.facebook.com/BernardMaestasOfficial

www.twitter.com/bernardmaestas

Amazon (Kindle): Amazon (Kindle)

Amazon (paperback): Amazon (PB)

Barnes & Noble: B&N

Smashwords: Smashwords

Direct from publisher: http://rebelepublishers.com/our-books/thrillers/godwins-law/

Book Excerpt from The Leopard Stratagem

13 Nov

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I hosted an excerpt from historical fantasy “The Leopard Vanguard” a few days ago, and now I’m back with an excerpt from the sequel, “The Leopard Stratagem”. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

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A fierce gust of wind stung Tullus’ face while Celestra fought to keep up with him.

The cold had announced itself hours ago, imposing its arrival like an unwanted guest on the  two dauntless travelers. Tullus’ Leopard-print breeches had frozen to his legs and he wondered how much more of this cold he could endure.

Thin, powder-white mist surrounded Tullus and Celestra. Around them a frozen wasteland devoid of life. Celestra growled her disdain: no doubt the Leopardess hadn’t encountered weather this cold during her lifetime.

“I think we’re lost, Girl,” Tullus said. He pulled Vulcan’s map from his backpack and eyed it confusedly. Tullus squinted at the map’s handwriting, but could make nothing from it. The frozen haze made the map almost illegible. He summoned the Lucis spell and glanced at the map under the illumination of the yellow Lucis orb. After reading it for a few moments, he looked up and cursed; Celestra had disappeared. Now he could add her absence to his list of grievances.

He called out to the Incantra but she did not respond. Tullus drew his cloak tighter across his chest. His boots were stiff and his feet were so cold he could barely move his toes, while his body felt like a stiff slab of meat that had been left out in the cold overnight. Celestra appeared in front of him, her spotted coat emerging from beneath the invisibility cloak of the Furtim spell. She growled.

“What is it, Girl?”

Celestra pointed her right front paw towards a dim outline of a cylindrical object in the distance. Tullus cast the Oculus spell and noticed it was a tower of some sort. It looked old, but still intact. He smiled for the first time in days–finally, a stroke of good luck had come their way. “Lead on, Girl.”

They trudged on towards the tower as the fierce wind fought to claim them in its frozen grip.

As the tower grew closer, Tullus eyed its oblong shape that twisted upwards toward the glacial sky, its exterior webbed in ice. They found a wooden door crusted in ice. Tullus tried opening the door but it was frozen. He summoned what Vigor he had left and threw his shoulder into it. After two attempts, and with Celestra’s added might, the door slammed open.

Inside was dark. Tullus again cast the Lucis spell, and the glowing orb reappeared above his head, offering much needed light in addition to warmth. Tullus pulled the door back in and the howling winds deceased. It was still chilly inside; but for now they were safe from frozen death.

A stone staircase spiraled upwards to a second level. Tullus and Celestra followed it. It ended in a stone landing which opened up into a large, shuttered, stone room containing a long, dusty table surrounded by wooden chairs. Tullus removed his backpack and slumped down in one of the chairs. Despite its careworn condition it supported his weight.

Tullus surveyed the room. A pantry stood against one of the walls; next to it was an alcove where an old wooden sign was posted. The following words inscribed on it in gold Latin print:

Outpost III: Home of the 14th Air Wing known as The Star falcons

Commanded by Metux the Younger

The Leopard Stratagem

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Author: T.A. Uner

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Camus Scorpio, the vicious criminal overlord, who for years tormented the good merchants of Rome, is dead. His ruthless army of thugs and bloodthirsty killers wiped out by the avenging force of Tullus the Leopard King, the Leopardess Celestra, and their Troupe.

But the victory is a costly one. Anna, Tullus’ lover, is dead, and her departure serves as an open wound to all her friends in the Troupe. Needing time to collect himself and continue developing his magical abilities, Tullus decides to seek out the wisdom of a reclusive wizard named Hradack, also known as the Leopard Master and a product of the Age of Paladins.

In Rome Eliana becomes involved in political intrigue and finds herself caught up in a conspiracy involving a persecuted race called the Dryads.

Decimus, now a prominent Centurion in the Praetorian Guard, is assigned to a new Roman Legion in Switzerland, where he faces the biggest challenge of his military career.

As Tullus’ power in Elemence grows, he foresees a hideous plot by an unknown enemy called Serpentus, who has kidnapped his Troupe friends and is holding them hostage on the island of Capri.

Unbeknownst to Tullus, Serpentus seeks revenge against the Leopard King and Celestra, and has armed himself with arcane powers. Under the tutelage of a fanatical cleric, Serpentus harbors plans of destroying the Leopard King and Celestra before embarking on a destructive path of conquest.

Author Bio

AuthorPicT.A.UnerT.A. Uner is a former Management Professional who spent over 15 years working for various fortune 50 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

An accomplished public speaker and event promoter, he is also a graduate of George Mason University, and holds a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and History.

A finalist in The 2010 Moonlight Mesa short fiction contest, his first short story, “The Banker’s Wife,” was published internationally in an anthology titled, Award Winning Tales. Mr. Uner lives in Virginia. He is the author of the Leopard King Saga and other works.

He looks forward to more readers discovering the life-like characters that inhabit his stories.

Links

http://www.leopardkingsaga.com/

http://www.amazon.com/T.A.-Uner/e/B00EOSNR9K/