Tuesday, March 26, 2013

RBTL Presents - Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom Giveaway & Guest Post

Title: Allusive Aftershock
Author: Susan Griscom
Publisher: Amberglow Books
Release Date:  December 18, 2012
Genre: YA
What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!
Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because...well, he is weird. he communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can't quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.
But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doens't-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.
When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a "megathrust" earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.
But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.
The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again.
Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.
My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.
I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.
I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.

There are a few songs that stick with me during every book’s creation and Allusive Aftershock had its fair share. Although many inspire the actual story, sometimes it’s the ones that come out during the editing process that mean the most. For me the first draft is getting the story down and the plot to flow, it’s usually during the edits that I add in a lot more emotion to the characters and their surroundings. 

Pink's wonderful song Try came out after I wrote Allusive Aftershock, but it was around during the editing stages and every time I heard it play, I thought of Courtland and Adela. The words played over and over in my head as they struggled to survive in the cellar and especially as they trekked through the rain and the forest fire. I love this song so much it is carrying over in my head while I write the third book in the Whisper Cape series, A Secret Fate, due out Fall of 2013. Although for that one there is another video that I think would be more appropriate.  But this particular video reminds me so much of Adela’s and Court’s struggle. I hope you enjoy it.

Try by Pink

I love Fun and I could listen to them all day long. Both these songs by Fun ran through my head during the editing of Courtland’s school scene and journey home after the earthquake. The song spoke to the silent war raging in his mind over the anguish over his mother’s death and also all the bullying from his classmates he had to endure while growing up. These two major events in his life are what molded him into the character and young man he became in my mind.
Carry On by Fun:
Some Nights by Fun:

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

RBTL Presents: Wombstone

Title: Wombstone
Author: Jessica Roscoe
Series: A Vampireland Novel
Genre: Paranormal  (Warning Mature Readers) (Authors Note)
Publisher: Indiana Ink Publishing
Release Date: Mar 1 2013
Edition/Formats it will be available in: Ebook and Print

Mia Blake wasn’t the first girl that was taken by the vampires.
She had heard all about the girls who were missing, and even though they were only “missing”, she knew in her heart that those girls were dead.
She felt sad for them, sure. But more than that, she felt glad that they had been strangers – not someone she knew, and certainly not her. Things like that didn’t happen to girls like her.
They always happened to someone else, and that’s why she barely blinked as she made her way across an empty football field, through a deserted parking lot, to meet a fate she had arrogantly assumed was reserved for other people.
She was a stupid girl.
She paid for it.
Wake up.
Those were the first words I ever heard.
I opened my eyes. Naked save for a bloodied white sheet, my tender skin covered in sticky red blood. My broken body somehow – impossibly – repairing itself.
I tried to turn my head to the side, to see where I was, and groaned in pain. Staying still felt better. I was sticky and bruised. My body was fighting hard to mend all the deep gashes and crushed bones. I lifted an arm and gently felt my eye where I had taken the impact of the unforgiving ground. It was excruciatingly painful to the touch – but it wasn't shattered anymore. It was in one unbroken piece, as if my fall had been a terrible dream. The oddly comforting metallic taste in my mouth told me otherwise, though.
I reached out with my hands, touching stiff sheets. I was hot, but I was shivering, goosebumps lining my arms.
It was so hard to keep my eyes open, but I fought to stay awake. I wasn't dead. I still had something left inside of me. I couldn't give up yet.
A face appeared above me. Something warm and coppery touched my lips.
I did.
Time passed – how much, I have no idea – and I stayed in the same spot, and I slept off death. 

Jessica Roscoe is the author of Wombstone, a Young Adult paranormal novel. From a young age, she delighted in the written word and would often scare her poor parents with outlandish stories filled with the supernatural and macabre.Jessica studied film and screenwriting at university before deciding that novels were her calling. The setting for Wombstone was inspired by a six-month stint in the U.S. where she worked as a lifeguard at a summer camp in Mt Freedom, New Jersey. She is currently working on the next book in the Vampireland series. Her other loves in life include good quality tea, delicious wine, reading and hanging out with her husband and baby girl.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

RBTL Presents: Eternal Lovers

Title: Eternal Lovers
Author: V.S. Nelson
Series: Sekhmet’s Series Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 5, 2013
Formats: Paperback/Large Print Paperback/E~Books

Ancient Legends - New Worlds Humans weren't the only ones to migrate to America... When two hidden worlds collide near modern day Lake Michigan, Jennifer, a young Native American, is confronted with the reality not everything is as it seems and things do go bump in the night. The questions she has long since asked are answered in this epic tale of self discovery when she meets Gabriel; the director of Guardians Incorporated. Born in New Tuat, Netchkhet, now known as Gabriel, came to Earth some five thousand years ago to protect the human race, Disillusioned because of an unfulfilled prophecy, he has become cold and distant - even from those of his kind. Secretly, he waits for his enemy to take his head so he may leave this world for good. Can a tiny Selkie melt his hardened heart and restore his faith in a power far greater than himself? When history repeats itself, can he save her from death's embrace or will they be robbed of a future again?
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V.S. Nelson has always enjoyed reading stories with strong relationships and happy endings so it’s not surprising she found herself writing across the romance genre. Even her commercial fiction, Sins of a Man, the memoirs of a Mafia Hit man, is layered with romantic elements.

Landing in Arizona, after an exciting teaching career, which took her to the Middle East for several years, she lives in Arizona where she spend most of my time making love to her computer while writing, editing or researching, seven to ten hours a day. The days she’s not writing, you will find her with my critique partners at Starbucks, attending or presenting a workshop or at a RWA meeting. 

Being a Native American woman and a Scorpio, she’s always had a fondness for history, mythology, the occult, and the unexplained events which have occurred on this world we call home. It was no wonder she found herself writing a paranormal series. 

She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com
I am delighted to welcome author V.S.Nelson to The Many Muses of MaryLynn today. Virginia, thank you for being here today. I’d like to start off asking you, why do you write under your initials rather than your first and last name? Is it to hide your sexuality?

V: Not at all. When I first switched from writing non-fiction to fiction I felt a change was necessary. I, like most authors also googled my name. I was not surprised to find my name was being used by another author. What surprised me was she also writes paranormal romance often on the erotic side. We have since become facebook friends and joke freely about our common name. Virginia Nelson is my maiden name where it is her married name. Making a long story short I felt it best to use my initials for my fictional stories. There was never any intention on my part to hide my gender. 

MaryLynn: My readers would like to learn more about you as a person. Can you tell us at least five things most readers don’t know about you?

V: Well I’m not too sure what your readers know or don’t know about me so I’ll start off by stating some of the things that is mentioned on my website then share a few secrets with you. I’m Native American, a Scorpio and a grandmother who refuses to admit that I am as old as I truly am since I am still very young at heart. I wrote non-fiction and text books for years while I taught school in New Mexico and the Middle East. I’m retired now and spend my days writing fiction in sunny Arizona where I live with the light of my life who was also my high school sweetheart. (More on this personal story below.) I have a fondness for the occult, ancient cultures and religions which l believe led me to write paranormal and urban fantasies. 

Now on to some of the things your readers may not know about me.
(1) I was diagnosed with MS in 1990 and was confined to a wheel chair for over two years. Thing got so bad with my health I feared I would spend my remaining days in a rest home. I made the decision to try several alternative healing methods, including acupuncture, to which I am forever grateful for. It is a long haul but I eventually regained the use of my legs and arms.  

(2) As a young teenager, in 1964, I ran away with my high school boyfriend after my parents moved from Central California to Northern California. I hated my new school and was so lonely without him we choose to runaway to Reno to get married. Sadly, I chickened out once we pulled up to a wedding chapel.  He returned home as did I and we broke up. A year later my family moved back to central California and the two of us picked up where we left off. A few months later, fate deemed we would not end up together. He married someone else as did I. I hadn’t seen or heard from Tom in years until ten years ago when I received an email from classmates dot com that he was trying to find me. We emailed back and forth for sometime before the phone calls started. We decided to meet up in person and felt Las Vegas would be a central and safe meeting place. Our weekend adventure turned into a week. Two months later, Tom made the move to Arizona and we have been together ever since. We have been content with our relationship and both feel we are committed enough in that relationship that a formal ceremony was not necessary. – That was until Thanksgiving Day when we were discussing which conferences I would attend in 2013. A decision to take part in the http:/www.romancenovelconvention.com in Las Vegas was quickly made. While making arrangements for the conference on line, Tom suggested that since we would both be in Vegas we might as well go ahead and tie the knot officially. As it turns out the model, Jimmy Thomas, who is hosting the event will be officiating the ceremony during the conference’s costume ball. What better place to formally say our vows than at a romance convention?

(3) Another unknown fact about me is, after I retired from teaching college in New Mexico I ended up teaching for anther twelve years in the Middle East and Egypt. It was perhaps the most rewarding experience I have had the pleasure in my life. I lived in Qatar, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Egypt in addition to a few other places and wouldn’t change a thing about my life there. The people of those counties are rich in culture and I feel blessed to have known them. 

(4) Much like the heroine, Jennifer, in Eternal Lovers – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book One, I was raised by my grandparents until forth grade at which time I moved in with my mother and step-father. 

MaryLynn: Wow, you sure have led an amazing life. Do you draw on your personal experiences when writing your stories?

V: I think every writer no matter how their story comes to them will draw on their experiences and past emotions when developing their story lines and character profiles. As I mentioned, Jennifer and I share similar childhoods.  

MaryLynn: So where do your stories come from? Do you plot them out?

V: I’m very much a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. I write what I see or feel. Each story comes from a different place inside me. Cupid’s story developed with a mere thought while Sekhmet’s Guardians was revealed to me through dreams. Gabriel the leader of Sekhmet’s Guardians came to me years ago when I was in Egypt. Too busy to give him the attention he demanded I placed him in the folds of my sub-conscious until he demanded I pay attention to him. That was three years ago. He still visits me nightly sharing the Guardian’s amazing tales and I continue to write them out. 

MaryLynn: Virginia, I’d like to thank you for being our special guest today. I hope you will consider coming back in the near future and sharing more of your exciting life with us.

V: Thank you. I loved being here and will check back later to see if any of your readers have questions for me.

MaryLynn: If you would like to know more about author V.S.Nelson or her books, please visit her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BTS Presents: Blood on the Cards

Title: Blood on the Cards
Author: David Huffstetler
Series: A Jack Harden Mystery
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Release Date: October 1 2012
Rating:   A brotherhood of powerful men, a self-proclaimed prophet, and an ancient goddess hover over a series of murders that start with a game of Texas Hold-em. Are they to blame, or is it the embittered Comanche outcast set on revenge against Jack Harden for the death of his niece? Elsie and Jack try to salvage what’s left of their relationship, as a canvas of death unfurls around them. Can they stop it.

Educated in Dallas, North Carolina, David Huffstetler holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in the area of human relations and spent fourteen years weaving through the maze that is politics, including participating in a Federal Law suit with a sitting governor. David has served on Boards of Directors for numerous professional organizations and has advised governors and legislators on matters of public policy and legislation.
David’s work as a senior manager with a major industrial concern took him to international venues and exposures that helped feed his urge to write Disposable People, a dramatic expose of the working conditions and politics that engulf undocumented workers. Disposable People is a top-ten “Suggested Book” at Tufts University in Boston, MA.
He turned the frustrations and rejection that plagues thousands of yet-to-be-published authors into the heralded mystery/thriller Blood on the Pen, with a serial killer disposing of literary agents. David’s passion for history led him to write Dead in Utah, the story of Joe Hill, the controversial musician and union organizer accused of a double murder in 1914. Blood on the Cards follows his tradition of thrillers, and it stands on its own merit as a novel with a hint of the paranormal.
His books receive praise from mystery readers across the globe.
“David W. Huffstetler crafts gripping crime thrillers that can only be described as a riveting roller coaster ride from its ‘okay, you’ve got my attention’, beginning, to the suspenseful ‘I’ve now chewed my nails to the quick’, conclusion.”
 -Book Lovers, Inc. As an editor, public speaker, and seasoned professional, David has appeared on television and radio, and has lectured on the East Coast, California, Canada and Mexico. David currently lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife, Trudy.
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This is the first book I have read from this author. Blood on the cards was very well written and easy to read. Being from Texas I enjoyed hearing about my home state in the story and knowing the area made it so much easier for me to visualize the story. The story has lots of plot twists and turns which kept it unpredictable and interesting. The end of the story was brilliant and I cannot wait to read more stories from this author. 

Elsie dressed in a haze of morning sunlight. She buttoned a red blouse over gray pants and left just a hint of cleavage. She saw him in the mirror, stretched out flat on the bed. Others might criticize his looks, but she found him ruggedly handsome. His broad, genuine smile warmed her every time she saw him. “You know I’ve got to go,” she said. “I don’t want to leave you, but I’m still a reporter, and I have to go to work. I need to see what they found out at the river. And, if I were you, I’d get moving. Neither of us wants Jack Harden to come home and find you in is bed.”

She sat on the edge of the bed, ran her fingers down his bare chest, and pressed her cheek against his. She wanted to crawl back in beside him, but she couldn’t. She bounded to her feet. She walked to the door, paused, and looked back into those deep, brown eyes. He slipped his tongue out the side of his mouth, wagged his tail, and fell back to sleep.

FMB Presents: Hereafter

Title: Hereafter
Series: Hauntings at Inner Harbor #1
Author: Joya Fields
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Decadent
Format: Ebook
Length: 132 pages
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  When by-the-numbers accountant Rob Morrison, a skeptic of all things paranormal, moves into a new apartment and discovers it is haunted by the corporeal ghost of a beautiful woman, he must hastily reconsider his beliefs and revisit his painful past.
With no memory of her time on earth, Angie Barsotti doesn’t understand why she’s compelled to visit the same apartment every night as a ghost caught between two worlds. If she’s to have a chance to move on, she needs to find the missing pieces of her life and death through the man who lives there…if only he’d believe in her.
Together they struggle to find the truth about her death and stumble upon a very pleasurable way to time travel, hopeful they can prevent her death. But someone doesn’t want them to discover the truth. And if she’s human again, will she have any memories of her time as a ghost…and more importantly, will she remember the man who helped her find her way?

About the Author: Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, a romantic suspense, is a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and is nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award. Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter: @JoyaFields

Decadent Publishing

For more information about Decadent Publishing authors, books, and their submissions guidelines, visit www.decadentpublishing.com. Decadent Publishing is current accepting submissions in all sub-genres of romance, including their ongoing series'.

A beautifully written ghost story with a real plot is hard to come by, yet the author was able to pull it off in Hereafter. I could not put this down and wanted to see how the romance was going to take place between Rob who is living and Angie who is the ghost who keeps returning to the apartment. I loved this haunting tale and highly recommend this to anyone who loves paranormal romances. 

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Angel’s body tingled. Her skin rippled with electricity, and she recognized the signs that she’d be transported soon. 
Yes. Finally
She closed her eyes, wishing she could rush the transition from her world to his. Cool air prickled her skin and she stood in the man’s dark apartment. With moonlight shining through the sheers, she could make out his form on the sofa. 
He jumped up and faced her.
She wanted to speak, but she couldn’t. 
“The electricity went off again,” he said. 
She frowned. 
He stepped closer. “Ghosts don’t exist.” 
No. He couldn’t banish her again. She needed something in this world. The lights flickered, sizzled, and then went off again. 
Please don’t tell me to go away; it makes me go away. She might not have a voice in this world, but she could at least think it. She would not go, not when potential answers waited in this place. 
The man stepped closer. “What are you doing? Angie, why do you keep coming here?”
Don’t tell me to leave…don’t tell me to leave. Pictures flew into her mind. People smiling and laughing. A tree in the corner with white lights and boxes under it…. 
He’d called her Angie. 
“You know me?” Her words came out a whisper, but at least they finally came out. Tears tracked down her cheeks. The electricity flickered on, and then, stayed off. The air stopped sizzling. She blinked to adjust her eyes to the darkness again. 
“Christ, this can’t be happening.” He moved his fingers over something in his hand and then pocketed it. 
She closed the distance between them and grasped his upper arms, pleading him with her eyes because her voice had left her again. 
“Yes, I know you.” He glanced away and looked out the window, let out a huff of breath, and then gazed at her. “Your name is Angie Barsotti and you used to live here.” 
No wonder the place felt so familiar. Her spirits lifted. He could help her find out who she was, help her find out what was going on. 
“And,” he dragged a hand through his hair. “You died and I don’t believe in ghosts.” 
Cold air, cold as ice tore through her, ripping her from the apartment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

FMB Presents: Carressed By The Crimson Moon

Title: Caressed by a Crimson Moon

Series: Rulers of Darkness #3
Author: Amanda J. Greene
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Ebook
Length: Approx. 104,000 
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 Book Description: Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years. To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire. Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?

Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can found playing the role of a full time university student who works part time. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their sweet cocker spaniel. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
An uneasy treaty has last for centuries between the Vampires and Shapeshifters.  Although she is not a full breed, Eva is sent to the King of Vampires to keep the peace. Hadrian does his best to avoid her, but he finds himself attracted to her and can't seem to stay away.
On the verge of being an erotica, the author did a wonderful job building sexual tension between the two main characters. The plot was very interesting and has some great secondary characters I'm interested in finding out more about.
This is the first book I have read from this author and look forward to more of her stories.