Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Book Tour + #Giveaway - Murder in the Painted Lady - by M.L. Hamilton @EmeraldAuthor #mystery

Murder in the Painted Lady
A Peyton Brooks' Mystery Novella Prequel
by M.L. Hamilton
Genre: Mystery

Please note: This is a novella, not a full length work.

Peyton and Marco have solved more cases than many senior members of the San Francisco PD, but this case (the death of a high end real estate agent) is proving more difficult than the others.

With no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Peyton fears they won't get a break in the case before the killer strikes again.

In the multi-million dollar San Francisco real estate market, realtors are literally dying for a sale.

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ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 25 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel. 

That dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the Peyton Brooks' series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks, FBI launched in 2014. In 2016, she ventured into the cozy mystery craze with her cozy mystery series, Zion Sawyer Cozy Mysteries.

Between teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden Retrievers and reading.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Book Tour + #Giveaway - Halloween Nightmare [Dead Oaks Terrors 1] by Rena Marin & Skylar McKinzie #thriller #suspense

Halloween Nightmare

Dead Oaks Terrors Book 1
by Rena Marin & Skylar McKinzie
Genre:Thriller, Suspense 

Welcome to Dead Oaks.

The New Home of Fear!

Something strange is happening in the sleepy, little, town of Dead Oaks, N.C. Tales of disappearances, strange deaths, murder, and mayhem have been passed down through the town’s history and are now used as scary tales to keep local children behind locked doors at night. Still, it all continues. Whatever sinister force that has its claws into Dead Oaks is still there, and it wants nothing more than to claim the town as its own. 

Six Years Ago

Hikers, campers, and even locals had been disappearing around Dead Oaks Lake. Some claimed the ghost of a local man who went missing years before was the reason. During a neighborly camping get together, Tiffany Sellers vanished in the middle of the night. Mia Evans was the only witness. What she saw that night sent her family far from Dead Oaks in hopes of escaping the evil surrounding the town. 

Present Day

Mia, and her twin sister Tia have come back to their family’s cabin by the lake. Their hopes? To finally put the past behind them and reconnect with old friends for a Halloween bash to remember. As an unexpected snow storm strands the twins and their friends, they find themselves fighting to survive not only the storm but whatever is haunting the lake. Soon they realize, in Dead Oaks, sometimes the past should just stay buried.

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Rena Marin is a fantasy/paranormal/horror author as well as reviewer. In 2017, she and her co-author S.C. Storm introduced the world to The Tempest Isle Series, with "The Guardians," which was published by Zombie Cupcake Press. At the end of 2017, she and her co-author also penned the short, "My Sister's Keeper," which was featured in the Zombie Cupcake Press Anthology, Madame Scarlet's Carnival. 

A writer of fantasy/paranormal/horror, Rena finds herself a lover of the written word and hoping to branch out to multiple genres.

Rena is happily married to her soul mate, Daniel. The two of them reside in the beautiful mountain town of Newport, Tn. with their two children Cody and Amber.

Skylar McKinzie lives in the small town of Screven, Ga. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her family. She also loves long walks and sitting by the bonfire in October, which is her favorite month of the year.

She writes horror and paranormal romance. She is working on her next novel due to be released by the end of the year.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Book Tour + #Giveaway - Fate’s Vultures Series - by Jami Gray @JamiGrayAuthor Post-Apocalyptic Romantic Suspense

Lying in Ruins 
Fate’s Vultures #1
by Jami Gray
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Romantic Suspense

In a world gone to hell, it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad...

The world didn't end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.

Charity uses lethal survival skills learned too early in her work as a 'Hound, sniffing out pivotal secrets for one of the most powerful people on the west coast. Her work is deceptive, deadly, and best performed solo, which means when she has a run-in with a member of the notorious Fate's Vultures, she has no intention of joining forces in some mockery of teamwork. The man might be sexy as hell, but she travels alone. She will accomplish her mission and she will settle a score - hopefully with the edge of her blade. But fate has other plans.

As one of Fate’s Vultures, a nomadic band of arbitrators known for their ruthless verdicts, Ruin witnesses the carnage of corruption and greed battering the remnants of humanity, and he bears the scars to prove it. Now he has a damn 'Hound showing up in suspicious circumstances, leaving every cell of his body sceptical - and painfully aroused. The woman is trouble, and Ruin has every intention of steering clear. But when they realise they have a common enemy, Charity and Ruin will have to set aside their distrust if they want to achieve their mutual goal - justice and revenge.

Sometimes, when the world's gone to hell, it's better to stick with the devil you know...

Beg For Mercy

Fate's Vultures #2

Choosing a side has never been so dangerous…

The world didn’t end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remains of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
An assassin by trade, a loner by nature, Mercy is sent to infiltrate the Cartels and unmask the identity of their new silent partner. Instead, she discovers a darker plan threatening to crumble the entire Southwest and ends up with a hefty bounty on her head. Still, she’s determined to stop the impending attack at any cost, even if it means partnering up with a member of the notorious Fate’s Vultures.
After enduring a brutal, blood-soaked lesson on the savagery of civilisation’s scavengers, Havoc is well acquainted with the consequences of battling predators. But as a member of the nomadic band of arbitrators known as Fate’s Vultures, he’s determined to cement the necessary alliances to oust the biggest threat looming on the horizon. When an enigmatic woman crosses his path, her secrets and troubling loyalty light the fuse on an unexpected craving and his insatiable curiosity.
In order to trap a common foe and derail an impending threat, Havoc and Mercy must turn the tables to hunt a predator. Can an assassin and a mercenary find their balance on the thin line of loyalty, or will it snap under the weight of their wary hearts?

Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Guest Post: Historical Research for Contemporary Novels - Mist Na Mara Novels by Paula Martin @PaulaRomances

Historical Research for Contemporary Novels
Paula Martin

I was a history teacher for over twenty-five years, and so I am used to people asking me why I don’t write historical novels. My answer is that I am too aware of all the research necessary to ensure the story is accurate – not only the facts, but also the ethos, manners, and customs of the period. I could also add that I’m not really interested in spending hours researching fashion and furnishings!

Having said that, I usually find that history, in some form, tends to creep into my contemporary novels, and actually plays quite a large part in some of them.

In IRISH INHERITANCE, the hero and heroine inherit a large Victorian house in the west of Ireland. It was built in the 1890s and refurbished in the 1930s, so I did need to research some details of furnishings, ranging from late Victorian to Art Deco, as well as Victorian fashions. My characters also have to investigate their own family histories, and fortunately my own family history research helped with this, because I know what resources are available online. Other historical questions cropped up, such as: when was the railway opened between Clifden and Galway, when was the post-World War One Spanish influenza epidemic at its height, and when was Dalkey Castle built?

History played a much larger role in IRISH SECRETS, when the heroine is trying to find her mother’s Irish birth mother. For this, I had to do a lot of research into the scandal of baby adoptions in Ireland, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. Movies like ‘Philomena’ and ‘The Magdalene Sisters’ helped, and I read several biographies and other accounts by the mothers who were forced to give up their babies for adoption, and by the now grown-up babies who have searched for their parent(s). For so many of them, there has been no closure, but at least I was able to give my story a happy resolution, as well as hopefully showing that not all the nuns were as cruel as they are sometimes depicted.

Nursery at Sean Ross Abbey
My fifth novel, IRISH SHADOWS (which hopefully will be published later this year) also required a lot of background research, this time into the Irish Civil War in the 1920s. Again, movies proved useful e.g. ‘Michael Collins’ (with a superb portrayal of Collins by Liam Neeson) and ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’, but I also read a large number of factual accounts. The heroine in my story discovers the part her great-grandfather played in the Civil War, and I probably used only 1% of the information I had researched, but of course, the other 99% was necessary to ensure I got that 1% accurate.

Excerpt from IRISH SECRETS:

‘What happened when they took Aileen away?’ Kara asked. ‘If you want to tell me, of course, because the memory must be painful for you.’

Margaret nodded. ‘It is, but you need to know, and your mother, too. When Aileen was ten months old, I was summoned to Reverend Mother’s office, and she said I had to sign some papers. I knew what they were, because the other girls told me, and I refused. She said, You must sign, and I begged and begged her to let Aileen stay with me. By this time, I was down on my knees, crying, but she pulled me up by my hair, pushed the pen into my hand, and said, Sign it, girl.’

Kara winced. ‘She must have been completely heartless.’

‘Indeed she was. She went on about me having to be punished for the sin I had committed, but, of course, that was drummed into us from the minute we set foot in the home. We were moral degenerates who could not be allowed to keep our children. Then came the ultimate emotional blackmail, about how selfish I would be to condemn my child to a life of poverty and deprivation, instead of letting her go to a family who would give her far more than I could.’ Margaret shook her head. ‘I couldn’t argue against that, because it was true. I had no job and nowhere to live, and so I signed the papers.’

‘And was that the day when Aileen was taken away?’

Margaret’s face creased. ‘It was. I ran up the two flights of stairs to the nursery, although I could hardly see through my tears, and as I got to the door, Sister Ursula came out carrying Aileen. While I was in Reverend Mother’s room, they’d dressed her in a lovely pale blue coat and bonnet, with white socks and little blue shoes – things I’d never seen before, and she held out her arms to me and smiled and said Mama. Sister Ursula let me hold her for a minute, and I was crying as I hugged her and kissed her. I kept whispering, I love you, I love you, please remember I love you.’

Margaret stopped and swallowed a few times, and Kara wiped the tears from her cheeks. ‘They only gave you a minute to say goodbye to her?’ she asked.

Margaret nodded. ‘Another nun came to the door, and she held me from behind, pinned me by both my arms, while Sister Ursula took Aileen from me and set off down the stairs. I struggled, even elbowed the nun’s bosom and managed to break free, but by that time they’d reached the bottom of the stairs, and the last I saw of Aileen was a wee glimpse before they turned into the corridor. Then I fell on the floor in a heap and broke my heart.’

While working at Mist Na Mara Arts Centre, Kara Stewart embarks on a search for her mother’s birth parents; she’d been adopted in the 1960s by an American couple. Kara soon realises the task is not as simple as she’d anticipated when she’s met with a wall of secrecy surrounding Irish baby adoptions.

Ryan Brady is hiding the secret of his real identity, but when he offers to help Kara trace her Irish family, his attraction to her is undeniable.

As the mystery unravels, secrets drive a wedge, not only between Kara and her mother, but also between Kara and Ryan.

Can they find a way to heal the rifts created by all these secrets and find love?

Links to all four of my Mist Na Mara novels are shown on my Amazon author page: Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ELbXqo

and on my Tirgearr Publishing author page:

Paula Martin lives near Manchester in North West England and has two daughters and two grandsons.

She had some early publishing success with four romance novels and several short stories, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching, and is thrilled to have found publishing success again with her contemporary romances.

Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places. She has travelled extensively in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. Her other interests include musical theatre and tracing her family history.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Book Tour + #Giveaway - A Choice of Crowns - by Barb Hendee @BarbHendeeOrg #historical #fantasy

A Dark Glass Novel Book #2
by Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.

Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .

If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.

If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.

If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy.

A Dark Glass Novel Book 1

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:

Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?

Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?

Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .

Barb Hendee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland, Oregon.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Release Blitz - Tell Me Now - by S.Moose @S_Moose060912 #NewAdult #RomanticSuspense

Title: Tell Me Now
Author: S. Moose
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Editor: Jenny Sims and Glenna Maynard
Cover Designer: Sommer Stein with Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Models: Daria and Josh
Publication Date: Mar. 9th, 2018


Bryce Hunter is rich, confident, powerful, and dominant. Men like him take what they want from any woman they want. Without thinking twice, they use you, break you, and then leave the pieces behind.

Past experience tells me to keep my distance, but there’s only one problem—the attraction between us is undeniable. I’m failing to control the desire he ignites in me, yet I know what will happen if I give in. I’ll be the broken pieces left behind.

With no boundaries, it’s not long before his cocky attitude and persistence wear me down. The attention and adoration he showers me with make me see him in a different light, and all too soon, I’m falling for his charms. Falling in love.

Love isn’t kind.

Love isn’t worth it.

Secrets come to light, and I find out I should always trust my instincts.

I’m the pawn in his game.

And I lose.

S. Moose is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of new adult romance. She writes emotional and romantic stories that will make you swoon, cry, yell, laugh, and love.

She is living her own happily ever after with a man who loves her with his whole heart. She is a proud mother to their beautiful son, and adorable puppy.

When she is not writing you can find her hanging out with her family, and friends, getting lost in romantic books, and indulging on Starbuck lattes.

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