Friday, November 29, 2013

Double Cover Reveal from Kristie Cook, author of the best selling series The Soul Savers


It's a double-cover reveal (and a sale!) for author Kristie Cook's The Book of Phoenix series! The cover of The Space Between (Book 1) has been made-over, and we're sharing for the first-time ever, the title and cover for Book 2 (see below).

THE SPACE BETWEEN

New Adult Paranormal Romance

First installment of the Book of Phoenix series.

When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can't make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway--the few times she's tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters--inked, pierced and a hit-'em-and-quit-'em type. He's one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn't do girlfriends. Unless they're someone else's. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn't need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can't shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.


THE SPACE BEYOND 

(Working Description)

In this second installment of The Book of Phoenix series, Leni and Jeric are (re)learning their roles as the Phoenix Guardians and becoming the leaders they once were while taking on their first mission - guiding a Separated soul to the Gate. But that soul has her own issues, including supporting her sister and their deathly ill parent while dealing with an ex who doesn't want to be an ex anymore and a budding romance with a guy who could be her saving grace...or her fatal end. The last thing she needs right now is a couple of psychos trying to convince her that she'll never find her soul's other half except through them. What does that even mean, anyway? And why on Earth should she trust them when they don't even trust each other?

Coming March 2014


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About Kristie Cook:
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power and Wrath available now. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 300,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
The Space Between kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com
The Book of Phoenix Website: http://www.TheBookofPhoenix.com
Soul Savers Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Featured Author A.L. Jambor

Author of But the Children Survived and the Pello Island Series. A.L. Jambor lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, Hans.

 Amy Jambor was born in New Jersey. When she was young, she moved to Pennsylvania and in Connecticut, but in1965 she returned to New Jersey. When she was a teenager, she worked in her parents' Carvel Ice Cream store in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. On those hot summer nights, Amy and her friends fell in love with the music of Bruce Springsteen and would go to the Stone Pony to hear The Boss and the E Street Band play. To this day, her fondest memories are of taking her children to the same places she went to, such as the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, where her parents met in 1938.

All her life, her imagination was working overtime. She started writing while she was in high school, but when she had children, she didn’t write at all. She spent those years collecting life experiences that she has used to infuse her characters with real emotions and situations. During those years, she satisfied her creative urges by cross-stitching intricate patterns or sewing dresses for Barbie and her pals. She never stopped dreaming, though, and one day, while she imagined her granddaughter running down the hallway of her mobile home carrying her little dog, Trixie, But the Children Survived was born.

With the encouragement of a good friend, she finished But the Children Survived and published it under the name A.L. Jambor on Amazon.com. It got good reviews. That experience gave her the courage to do write another book, Pello Island Cassia, the first book in a series. Now her muse won’t let a day go by without inspiring her to bring her characters to life.

Margaret's Choice, Book One of the Tresterian Chronicles is the first book she has written under the name Amy Jambor.

Amy lives in Florida now with her husband, Trixie, and a cat named Sammy.
She loves to hear from her readers. Please take some time to write to her at woofiepublication@gmail.com, or visit her on Facebook and Twitter. She also had a website featuring all the books she's written.

A.L. Jambor Web Page                                                      A.L. Jambor Amazon page 

News of the next story from the author of Gabriel's Redemption, Sylvain Reynard's The Raven!!!

Dear Everyone,
Back in September, I wrote a post in which I mentioned my next novel. I'm pleased to be able to give you more information now.
My next novel is the first in a new series, and it will be entitled The Raven.  With this novel, I'm asking you to pack your bags and travel with me to the city of Florence. The Gabriel Series showed you the city during the day.  This time, I'll show you Florence's underworld, which is ruled by creatures of the night …

Here's the formal announcement:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art.  But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley.  Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams.  Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her …

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed.  She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week.  With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance.   Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets …

As I mentioned in my September post, readers of Gabriel's Redemption will be able to read an excerpt from The Raven at the end of both the paperback and e-book editions.

But what I didn't mention was that one of the characters of The Raven appears in Gabriel's Redemption.  Can you identify him or her? I welcome your guesses in the comments below and on social media.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there's a connection between The Gabriel Series and my new series - a connection that is more than simply me, or the city of Florence, or the Uffizi Gallery. If you've read the cover copy above carefully, probably you're beginning to guess the answer. But I'll be explicit and state that we won't be saying goodbye to the Professor and Julianne at the end of Gabriel's Redemption. Look for them to have cameo appearances in The Raven as well ...

While I don't have a release date for The Raven yet, I hope to have one soon. This novel marks my transition from a contemporary love story to a paranormal one. I hope you'll join me on this journey and that if you have friends and family who enjoy paranormal novels, you'll help me share the news with them.

As we approach the December 3rd release date of Gabriel's Redemption in North America, my American publisher has listed a giveaway of the novel on Goodreads.  US entrants can enter the contest  here.

And if you'd like to read a new excerpt from Gabriel's Redemption and enter another contest, you can do so here at Romance Times.

Finally, I want to wish everyone who is celebrating Thanksgiving this week a very happy holiday. I have much to be thankful for and in particular, I'm thankful for you, my readers.

All the best and thank you for your continued support,
SR

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to write a review

In recent months I have noticed several authors being given terrible reviews by less than professional people who either don't like the author or just want to hurt for the sake of hurting. Why would anyone be such an obvious bully to someone they don't even know? I just don't get the attitude of today. They need to leave authors alone! They work hard to create a book and we need to give them a professional review not a personal opinion. Reviewers also need to stop with the spoilers as well. Just because you didn't like the book doesn't mean everyone else will feel the same way and giving away the main plot of the story is UNACCEPTABLE! Following is a link to an article that can show those giving reviews what NOT to put in them! Please take the time to read and learn.

Things You Should Never Do To An Author


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Coven............Mary Youngblood Author

  • Chapter One


    Arabella exited the plane, caressing her face. She walked to the luggage area to pick hers up and took notice of the differences between here and New York. She felt very much like a fish out of water. Having no family to contact, she decided to rent a car and go straight to the address she had.


    As she got in her car, thanked God for air and GPS. Turning up the air, and keying in the address, she left the parking lot. Following the directions she quickly comes up on a house, looking at it the word house did not begin to describe it. Mansion would be a better word for it, she thought to herself. As she sat in her car she thought, what have I gotten into? Why couldn't I stay with the familiar

    Lost in thought, she didn't see the man walking toward her. Suddenly there was a forceful tap on her window effectively jerking her from her thoughts. She lifted her violet eyes to his, and her mouth dropped when she sees him. It's like she had met him before as her mind  tried to figure out when and how, he opened the door for her. As he reached in to help her, his fingers wrapped around her wrist. His touch was like a jolt of electricity so strong that she fainted.  When she awakens she found herself lying on a bed in a strange room. Jumping up, she panics until she hears his smooth as whiskey voice....

    "Cheré I wouldn't get up to quickly if I were you, don't need you passing out again." Turning to the sound of his voice, she gets another look at him, still getting that sense of familiarity with him.


    "Who are you? And why do I feel like I know you?" Watching him closely, she tried to read his face but he was like a poker player, no emotions showed on his chiseled features.

    Elric tried his best not to show what he was thinking, but with those violet eyes staring him down, it was damn near impossible. "Well, Cheré I couldn't say, maybe we have met." Grinning as he sees sparks flicker in her eyes.


    Anger shoots straight thru her, her fists clenched at her side. Gritting her teeth in an attempt to control herself she said, "What the hell does that mean? I've never been here before, have you been to New York? Because that's where I'm from."

    Barking out a laugh. "No, darlin I've never been there. So I guess we are at a stand still."

    She glared at him as she folded her arms over her chest. "Then perhaps you can explain why I passed out when you touched me?" Just once she wished he would show some emotion, give some indication of how he was feeling. "Well if you can't tell me anything like how we know each other, maybe you can explain how this letter along with this address ended up in the safe deposit boxy of my adoptive parents?"  

    Elric took the letter, looking at her closely. "Safe deposit box you say, hmmm looks like the handwriting of my stepmother." Looking up he locks eyes with her. "You must be the daughter she gave away at a young age."

    If Arabella hadn't been sitting down, she would have fell to the floor. How could her birth mother give her up and marry someone with a child? "Did she raise you?" A feeling of being unwanted and unloved washes over her, tears begin to prick the back of her eyelids. Not wanting him to see her cry, she looked at her feet, vowing she would not ever treat her children like this.

    Feeling the hurt and pain wash over her, she watched as Elric took a step closer to her. "No I was older when she and my father married. I know you probably won't believe this, but she loved you deeply."


    "You're right I don't believe you, she gave me away! The people who adopted me, never loved me. They always criticized me because of my looks and weight!" She couldn't believe he was taking sides with a woman who gave up her own flesh and blood. "If she loved me so damn much, why did she basically throw me away?" The tears she was so desperately trying to keep at bay, begin to fall in earnest.

    Elric tried his best not to touch her, but when the waterworks started he couldn't let her go thru the pain alone. Enfolding her in his arms, the pain she felt was like a knife in his heart. With his empath abilities, he felt what the person he is closest to,  worse when he touches them.

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     Chapter Two Excerpt

    Arabella allowed Elric to hold her until she got her emotions under control. While she stood there in Elric's arms she heard the door open. Looking over his shoulder, Arabella could see a woman bearing a strong resemblance to herself in the doorway. Pulling away from him, Arabella immediately stiffened her spine and a look of anger came over her face. She knew this had to be the mother who gave her away. Esmeralda took a tentative step into the room. She could not find the words to say anything to her new found daughter. 

    Arabella looked at her and said, "You must be the mother who gave me away. I hope you are happy as the people who adopted me didn't want me anymore than you did." 

    Arabella then ran from the room as her mother watched with a devastated look on her face. Esmeralda watched as Arabella ran from the room, understanding the anger and hurt she was feeling. She had come home while Elric was holding Arabella in his arms. Seeing the scene before her, Esmeralda knew this must be the daughter she had given up for adoption many years ago. Sniffing she turned to Elric... 

    "She will never accept me, you know this as well as I. She should have never even known about me, it just makes it harder for her." 

    Elric shook his head, two of the most stubborn women on the planet had been in this room. 

    "Essie, if you hadn't left that letter for her, she would have been left to her own devices, you know how powerful she is going to be. What if the Others got to her first? They would have drained her of her powers, then killed her... And that's if she was lucky." 

    "I know, if not for your father saving me when he did they would have gotten to me. God rest his soul, I still love and miss him greatly." 

    "I know you do Essie, so do I. But I'm the head of The Coven now, and Arabella needs to know why you gave her away. I'm going to bring her back, and the three of us are going to sit down and talk this out." 

    Essie waved him on, letting him know where she would be. Watching her step son walk out the same door her daughter did, made her think of how proud Armand would be of his son. Stepping in and taking over The Coven, making sure all was safe and taken car of. 

    What Elric and Arabella did not know was that they were promised to each other. They would marry on Arabella's twenty fifth birthday.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jennifer Sage

                                                                                                                                                                              

      



Jennifer's Amazon Page



Isabel has had some very unusual experiences when it comes to men. In fact, they typically tend to steer completely clear of her. One lousy tornado and a few storms and she is dubbed ‘lighting girl’ by all. However, on the eve of her 22nd birthday things change literally, overnight.

When Isabel wakes up in a dream with a man not fit for human consumption she can’t believe it. And upon waking things go even more haywire. Never could she have imagined the world that she sees once the ‘blinders’ are off. Abandoned by the very person who sent these gifts to her to see the world for what it is, she is naturally skeptical of it all.

Her men problems before were laughable. Enter two of the most gorgeous creatures she had ever laid eyes upon. Add a curse and a requirement to pick one in the next 9 days. Make that nights, since she can only reach them in her dreams.

Oh, and it just so happens if she picks the wrong one then the veil between all the magical realms could be destroyed and create ultimate chaos and death. Both men want to seduce her and make her his, but only one will lead to restoring the realms, and her heart.

So heavy the burden, so great the stakes. Will she even survive the war that has already begun to rage between the worlds before her choice is made? There are the waking hours too, that are contending for her fate. And very little help is on her side....
                                               


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   Amele must fulfill her binding to the Elemental God Nikolai, as was her promise. Is the warrior Queen ready for all that he will demand of her however? Icy hearts and stubborn ways make for a wild adventure on just what it means to keep your word in the Immortal Realms. She may have been able to handle half the of the dragon realm without even working up a sweat but could she have met her match in a God?

Will Amele survive her binding to the attractive God she's lusted over for centuries but could never call out of vanity and fear? Will Nikolai even want her around that long? Everyone knows that the Gods lose interest in their playthings after a time. Even the offerings of days long past never stayed for a fraction of her requirement. Queen Amele is one of the fiercest warriors of her race, but she may not be ready for this promise she has made.    

Immortal Bound ( Volume 2; Immortal Dreams) Amazon Link     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------                                        
Keltor is a Guardian of the light even though he exists nearly in Shadow, haunted by his past. His world, the world of the Guardians, is a dark reality that coexists in modern day with ours. Behind the warm veils of our lives a war rages against the Shadow Demons and the Guardians protect as much of humanity as they can, still believing in us as a race. There is one person alive, a Keeper, who has within her the power to tilt the scales one way or another in this war. With the ability to damn the Light or the Dark and no knowledge of how to she is supposed to do either, Liz is nearly a helpless pawn. A pawn that is about to find herself completely powerless against a force greater than she has ever known. A Guardian who lost his heart centuries ago. A female who has never really known her own. Laws that prevent them from ever finding solace in the other. Far different laws that prevent them from turning away. A choice must be made and it’s one that could bring the most vile of Demons back from the seven hells. The Guardians are among us...and this one is forbidden fruit.   

                                                     

The Chauffeur; A.P. Hallmark Author