Wednesday, December 17, 2014


by Debbie Peterson

Despite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.

Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.

Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?

The idea one could dream and take part inside another dream never once occurred to Aliyana. Nor, had it ever happened to her before. Yet, she couldn’t find any other explanation for this bizarre experience. She found herself in a strange bed, gazing at a very handsome, broad-shouldered, well-muscled man. The tall, handsome man in question had light brown, shoulder length hair, which he combed back away from his face. His short, well-trimmed beard and mustache seemed darker than his hair or at least it did in this light. He had incredible sky blue eyes, infectious laughter, and a dimpled smile that would melt the iciest heart.

The only trouble with this picture? The form-fitting black doublet he wore looked like something straight out of ‘The Three Musketeers,’ minus the ridiculous broad-brimmed, large feathered hat. And—she wouldn’t be surprised to find him onboard the ship she encountered just before her plane collided with that massive rock. If any of that really happened.

On top of all that, he just told her to call him ‘Wolf’ using a very charming Germanic accent, probably Dutch, gauging from his surname. Okay, Wolf, from which part of my scrambled brain did I conjure a man like you? She closed her eyes once again. Perhaps in so doing she could escape this whacky dream altogether and wake up somewhere else. Some place a little more normal.


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Hello Mary! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog! It's a pleasure to be here and answer some of your questions, so let's get started, shall we?

-What made you want to write?

I think it was just the desire to put the stories in my head down on paper. I should also mention that my husband gets the credit for turning that desire into a reality. Without his encouragement, my stories might still be floating around inside the imagination portion of my brain.

-What draws you to your genre of choice?

I love making the impossible, possible. As a child I often pretended I was a good witch who could perform magic. In my make believe world, dragons, fairies, unicorns, and the ever majestic pegasus were all common. I also loved the fairytales and the joy of happily ever after. No one should be surprised then, when my genre of choice is paranormal and fantasy romance.

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

In some of my mythology books, I came across the term “Witte Wieven” (which in this book is the name of Wolf’s ship) more than once. But not until I wrote the story did I learn who and what the name referred to. The Germanic “Witte Wieven” or “wise women” of legend are amazing herbalists, healers and seers. They are well respected in many cultures for their abilities, wisdom and benevolence. However, arouse their ire, and you could probably live to regret encountering them at all. Now, why would Wolf name his ship “Witte Wieven” of all things? The answer to that question is revealed in the prequel, Van Locken’s Witch. Suffice it to say, a lovely descendent of the witte wieven saves Wolf’s life and in friendship, respect and gratitude, he named his ship for her.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I can’t think of a single one I wouldn’t. All of them are fun and fascinating in their own way.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Keep writing, polish your work until it shines, and never, ever give up.

Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. In 2012, The Wild Rose Press published her first novel, “Spirit of the Rebellion.”

When she’s not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history which she also teaches, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

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I’m currently reading Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) by Brandon Sanderson and loving it.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Douglas at his usual awesome, there. I also finished Home for the Holidays by Meg Mims. That was an adorable little holiday story.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: SHIFTER'S HEART by Desiree Williams

SHIFTER’S HEART (Heart Song, #2)
by Desiree Williams

As the flames of Varkadon spread, war rips through the Shifter Territory… With the Aldonnian kingdom celebrating the news of her brother’s soul bonding, Laelynn seizes every opportunity to drive herself to the brink of exhaustion. If her body is worn, then her brain would be too tired to dream. Laelynn knew the men who’d captured her were gone from this world, but that didn’t stop the haunting images from plaguing her mind. Not even the pesky thorn-in-her-side Shifter Prince could keep the dreams at bay. Though Dustan’s commentary through their mental bond had kept a lingering smile on her lips, despite the battles that rage within her.

Yet when Dustan distances himself Laelynn questions the connection between them. Those fears rise when her own talents begin to morph and grow into the unexpected. Torn between love and faith, Laelynn strives to find the purpose behind the evolving gifts. What she discovers is far more than she ever imagined.

As tragedy befalls the Shifter Territory and brother battles against brother, Laelynn knows what must be done. Face her demons and triumph, or she’ll never claim the song of her heart.

Dustan stretched as he stood, knocking off the dirt and dried foliage that clung to his pants. The wind picked up speed around him and Dustan stiffened as the hairs on his neck rose. His eyes swept the Clan’s burial site, evaluating the shadows of the nearby woods and memorial monuments. Creaks of branches and the rustling of leaves met Dustan’s ears as the wind whistled through the trees. He breathed deeply, sniffing the air to catch any passing scents. Nothing. Balling his fist, Dustan stepped into a battle stance. Preparing.

What he hadn’t expected was a bright, blinding light to burst a few feet in front of him. Shielding his eyes with his forearm, Dustan attempted to see beyond the light for a form or bodily outline. His heart skipped a beat when a voice spoke from within it.

“Dustan, High Prince of the Shifters, mate and heart song to Laelynn, Princess of Aldonnia. The Lord of Heaven has heard your declaration. Do you also vow to love her above all others?”

The voice, powerful and slightly musical, filled Dustan’s ears and mind. He stood gaping at what was before him. He’d heard stories about Messengers from the Lord of Heaven, but he never believed any of them. The stories were always so farfetched. Too fantastical to be true.

“Warrior,” the voice sang again, “the princess of Aldonnia will face many things as darkness tries to overcome her. Do you vow to not only protect her, but to love her above all others? To be her light?” The musical voice boomed, and Dustan shook himself from his state of shock. He was Laelynn’s heart song? How? They hadn’t shared a kiss. That he would’ve remembered. Regardless, soul bonded or not, Dustan’s answer would be the same.

“Yes. I vow myself to Laelynn. I pledge to ensure that she is protected and loved above all others.” As the last words fell from Dustan’s lips the light sped forward, stabbing its way into his chest. Dustan clawed and yelled in vain. Intense pressure built as the Messenger invaded every cell of his being.

Dustan dropped to the ground. A cry tore from his mouth as searing pain radiated from his back; as though duel blades were cutting a jagged pattern down his spine. Light shone from his eyes and limbs, illuminating the burial site. His chest heaved with labored breaths and a mangled cry passed his lips as he watched his hands form into the impossible. Dustan’s feet and legs following behind them, his entire body morphed into a vision that would haunt him.

The Messenger slowly detached itself from Dustan, leaving his body to crumble to the ground. Dustan staggered to his feet, tossing his head to clear his mind. As the fog lifted he was again faced with the horrors of his new body. His mind raced to find the logic behind what his eyes were seeing, screaming that it wasn’t possible. That it wasn’t fair. The dreams of life he held just moments ago, gone in an instant.

A roar of agony ripped through the air. It was no longer a roar of a man, but of a monster.

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Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.

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Monday, December 15, 2014


AQUARIOUS RISING (In the Tears of God, #1)
by Brian Burt

On an Earth ravaged by climate change, and a disastrous attempt to reverse it, human-dolphin hybrids called Aquarians have built thriving reef colonies among the drowned cities of the coast. Now their world is under siege from an enemy above the waves whose invisible weapon leaves no survivors. Ocypode of Tillamook is an Atavism: half-human and half-Aquarian, marooned in the genetic limbo between species. Only he knows why the colonies north and south of Tillamook Reef have been destroyed, literally turned to stone. Ocypode knows that Tillamook will be targeted next, but sharing the reason might prove as deadly to Aquarius as the Medusa plague itself.

Ocypode and his Aquarian and human comrades flee into the open ocean to escape Medusa, until another Aquarian's treachery leaves them at the mercy of a killer storm. Ocypode must pass through the Electric Forest, where he faces nightmarish creatures and a legendary sea witch who becomes an ally. Finally, he must confront the cyber-ghost of the human he most despises: Peter Cydon, the Great Father who bioengineered the mutagenic virus that gave birth to the Aquarian species. These unlikely allies provide the only chance to stop the Redeemers, rogue scientists who are determined to resurrect the land by slaughtering the sea. Even these allies will not be enough, and Ocypode must decide whom to trust with a secret as lethal as any plague.

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I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me. When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

I've never thought of it that way, but that's a very apt description of what drives most writers to start the first story (and the next, and the next). In the beginning, it's more of a whisper than a shout: the idea hides in a corner of your brain and cajoles you, soft but insistent, daring you to try to catch it. Ultimately, no writer can resist that goad. You start chasing it, eager to see where it leads and hoping you capture enough of it to do it justice. If you're lucky, that voice inside your head grows strong enough to really come alive.

I write speculative fiction, so for me, the big story ideas usually emerge from a weird combination of unrelated thoughts that jumble together in unexpected ways. My debut novel, Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God, was born that way. I'd been reading (and worrying) about the science around climate change, and had also been fascinated by advances in genetic engineering. I'm a landlocked Midwesterner, but I'd always been intrigued by the oceans and how little we actually know about what goes in many parts of it. Those ideas started to intertwine. If the planet heated up and the land became more hostile to life, would the seas that cover two-thirds of our world become a refuge? Would we be tempted to tweak our genes to better cope with the changes transforming our environment? Most of our major cities lie along the coastline. As the ocean swelled and swallowed those cities, would Mother Ocean's creatures claim the ruins for their own?

The whispering in my head got louder. Part of it was the whisper of the waves, but a voice rose above that, a magical voice speaking a language I didn't recognize at first but that reminded me of whale-song. After a while, I started to understand what that voice was trying to tell me and began to visualize the speaker through the murk — a being part human and part dolphin, floating through the underwater ruins of a drowned human city reborn as a reef teeming with exotic creatures. I thought the place was beautiful, and strange, and a bit disconcerting. But I desperately wanted to explore it, so I held my breath and chased the owner of that voice as deep into his world as I could dive.

That's when the process of writing becomes a thrill. Don't get me wrong: for me, at least, there are days where it feels like I'm trying to drag coherent sentences out of a tar pit. But Aquarius became an enchanting world to visit. The more time I spent there, the more characters I met, each finding their own voice and relating a different part of the story from a distinct point of view. I bumped into a Guardian, a human sworn to help protect the Aquarians from enemies above the waves; I stumbled across a Redeemer, one of the human scientists who would do anything to restore the land to health. I encountered other hybrid species, like the Talpidians who were created as a genetic mix of human and mole, who built elaborate tunnel networks beneath the parched, sun-scarred surface of the land.

So maybe writers do need medical attention. I'm sure my wife and kids would say they know one writer in particular who at least needs to be medicated. But I think those other authors you mentioned are onto something. Everybody hears voices from other worlds in their imaginations from time to time. Writers just decide to listen and record instead of trying to drown them out. The more you practice, the better you get at deciphering what you hear, and that can guide you (and hopefully your readers) to some fantastic places!


Brian Burt works as an information security engineer in West Michigan, where some of his most bizarre flights of fancy wind up in threat assessments. He's been blessed with a wife and three boys who tolerate his twisted imagination and even encourage it. He enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, horseplay, red wine, and local micro-brews (so hopefully the virtues balance the vices, more or less). At every opportunity, he uses his sons as an excuse to act like an overgrown kid (which is why his wife enjoys rum, school days, and migraine medication).

Brian has published more than twenty short stories in various markets, including print magazines, anthologies, and electronic publications. He won the L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award in 1992 for his short story, “The Last Indian War,” which was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His story “Phantom Pain” received an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Tenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. He's a card-carrying member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His debut novel,Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God, won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction. Book 2 of the Aquarius Rising trilogy, Blood Tide, is scheduled for release from Double Dragon Publishing in 2015.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Tour: TESS IN BOOTS by Courtney Rice Gager

by Courtney Rice Gager

Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

I heard the sound of tires on the wet road, and looked up in time to see another truck slowing down to avoid crashing into the cow. The truck pulled around the cow and stopped alongside where I stood on the side of the road. The driver rolled the window down, and when I saw his face, I wanted to cry.


It was not my day.

“You all right?”

I crossed my arms. “I’m fine!”

“Guess your GPS didn’t tell you to go around the cow, did it, Heels?”

I turned away from him and pulled my phone out of my pocket.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“I’m calling for roadside assistance.”

“Good luck. Cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”

I turned around and glared at him. “What?”

“I said cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”

“I heard you. That’s insane.”

“Go ahead and try. Maybe you have some fancy magical cell phone.”

I rolled my eyes and turned away again, attempting to place a call. He was right. Nothing.

“Get in the truck, Heels.”

I didn’t budge.

“Come on, now. Get in.”

I turned around to see him hop out of the truck, walk around to the passenger side, and open the door.

There was no way I was getting in his truck.

“You gonna make me stay out in the rain all night?” he asked.

I put my hands on my hips.

“You know,” he said, “it ain’t right for a cow to stand in the road like that. You ever heard of Mad Cow Disease?”

I looked at the cow, then back at Thatcher, then back at the cow. Was he kidding? I couldn’t tell. What choice did I have anyway? I was soaking wet, freezing, and miles from the vineyard.

I balled my hands into fists and took several strides toward the truck. “Fine. But I’m only coming with you because you look like an idiot standing out here in the pouring rain.” I got in the truck, and he shut the door behind me.

“Well, so do you, Heels.”



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Fact or Fiction: How Much Real Life Makes it Into a Book?

Thanks for having me over for a guest post, Mary! Today, as I celebrate the release of my new book, Tess in Boots, I want to tell you about my brother. (Bear with me, I promise it's relevant.)

I am convinced I have the best big brother in the world. He's ten years older than me, which makes for a different dynamic than you'll find in most families. But we are each other's only siblings, and despite our age gap, we have always been very close. I attribute this to the effort he put into our relationship growing up. When we were both living at home, he would make up countless elaborate games for us to play together. He left for college when I was only nine, but he wrote me letters and mailed them to me regularly. At one point, he gave me his Mustang GT. Yeah, you read that right. He gave me his car. With no strings attached. I showed my gratitude by promptly totaling it in a fender bender. (Note: Mustangs don't fare so well in fender benders with large trucks.) He didn't even flinch. "I'm just glad you're okay," he said.

These are just a few examples of why he's the greatest brother ever. I tell you this because when those close to me heard that the main character in my new book has a twin brother, they reacted with a chorus of, "How sweet! You wrote a book about your brother!" (I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea.)

Hold the phones, I thought. My main character's brother, Jake, is nothing like my brother. Jake is lackadaisical and impulsive. My brother has his life broken down into a series of five-year plans so detailed they'd make your head spin. If anything I'm the Jake in our family. I mean, I love my brother - he's the absolute best. But I didn't write him into my book.

This isn't the first time people have assumed my fictional work is based on real life. In fact, it happens quite often. I can't speak for all writers, but my stories are pretty much just that: stories. Ever since I was a child, I've loved making up stories. I suppose many kids grow out of that phase, but I never did.

Of course, it's virtually impossible for me not to incorporate at least some of my own experiences and memories into a fictional story. For me, these real-life inspirations don't manifest themselves in the form of carbon-copy characters, but rather items or anecdotes peppered into the story. For instance, I never got to see my wedding cake because it melted in the hot sun before we arrived at our reception. So I wrote my (un-melted) wedding cake into a scene of Tess in Boots, and now the cake lives on, in a way. It really was beautiful. Or so I hear. Another real-life anecdote in the book occurs when my main character, Tess, comes dangerously close to slamming into a cow while driving on a country road. In the right area, cows stand in the middle of the road a lot more frequently than you'd think!

So there we have it, a sneak peek at some of the real-life inspirations behind Tess in Boots. The book is out now, and if you give it a try, I hope you'll enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Courtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


PURGATORY ORIGINS (Powers of Darkness)
by Darryl Olsen

When Professor Harrison Standish, a bookish young archeologist inadvertently stumbles upon an ancient burial chamber in Egypt, he is baffled to find symbolism inside that would appear to date from two different historical periods, thousands of years apart. Suspecting the tomb had been tampered with at some point in the distant past, Professor Standish soon discovers the skeletons of ten half-human/half-canine creatures lying in a far corner of the chamber and his initial bafflement now turns to shock. What kind of ancient madman would be conducting such a horrific experiment?

As Dr. Standish endeavors to explain this mystery over the ensuing days, he happens upon a news report, suggesting that these same grotesque, half-human/half-canine creatures have come to life in the remote mountains of Wyoming and he is immediately on the next flight. By the time he arrives in Wyoming, a World War II Nazi bomber has materialized out of the sky and crashed off the coast of France and a Nazi general named Schmitz has stumbled into the 21st century, leaving behind evidence of his presence in Professor Standish's ancient burial chamber back in Egypt, all of which sets the stage for a rollicking, nonstop, modern day fantasy/sci-fi adventure.

The cast of characters in Purgatory: Origins includes Rachael, a pesky, auburn haired New York magazine correspondent, who is known equally for her ability to sink her teeth into a story and her unwillingness to let it go, Jason Kendall, an escaped rapist and killer who falls hard for Rachael when they cross paths and turns out to have a past with our half human creatures, and Harper, the ex-special forces FBI agent, whose primary goal is finding Jason Kendall, getting him back behind bars and keeping him there for the rest of his life but soon finds himself sucked into this mystery woven of ancient symbolism, old Nazi war criminals and otherworldly creatures.


-What inspired you to become a writer?

It had always been something I'd wanted to try. I remember thinking to myself about an idea of walking through a bookstore and seeing a book on a shelf with my name written on the cover. Nothing was going to stop me from achieving that status, after some hard work I'm lucky enough to have a small following now, but you really have to do it for the love of the challenge. Gone are the days of massive cash advances and cash handouts, so you really can't do it just for the money. It has to be a process you enjoy and love

-What draws you to your genre of choice?

I love the idea of bringing good old military hardware to your everyday novel. Plus you should always stir a bit of horror to your story it just adds a little spice to the taste.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

I really enjoyed researching the history of Egypt, plus I also enjoyed reading about military hardware used in and around WW2. On numerous occasions a found myself asking captain Google for advice.

-Which of your characters would you go out for pizza with?

I really like the idea of sitting down with a large pizza talking to Rachael, she is so strong willed, even at the point of real horror.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Do the process for yourself, not for other people, and never for money.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Mmm I'd guess you'd never say never, probably children's books. But things change in life, so I'd say that's a real hard question.

Darryl Olsen is a writer who lives in Sydney, he was educated on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and after leaving school joined the Australian Regular Army. Darryl Olsen now writes part time, and when he is not finishing off his latest novel, you can catch Darryl at the gym lifting heavy weights, but still avoiding all forms of leg work.

Darryl Olsen is the author of the Purgatory series with the first title, Purgatory, Soldiers of Misfortune- now available. Stay tuned for the second novel titled, "Purgatory Origins" He also wrote "Children of the Gods-The Talon Project"

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I’m currently reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, and it’s a fun time had by all thus far.

I’m also reading Home for the Holidays by Meg Mims and liking it so far.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Frostborn (Thrones and Bones, #1) by Lou Anders. This book is adorably awesome. It’s fantasy that younger readers can enjoy, and the end reminded me of The Lion King in the best way possible.

I also, as predicted last week, read Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Where to start? I wanted to love it, and I didn’t. The story has so much potential and so much possibility, but it just didn’t do it for me. Legrand has written some mg, though, and I am going to give that a try at some point.

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