Monday, May 15, 2017

Away from May 15-26

Hey all,

Kit ‘N Kabookle and I will be on break from May 15 to May 26. I won’t be responding to emails during those two weeks, and there won’t be any new content on the blog. But come on back at the very end of the month for more awesome books!

Happy reading,
Mary

Friday, May 12, 2017

TERRENCE AND THE MAGICAL SWORD OF COURAGE by C.R. Langille

TERRENCE AND THE MAGICAL SWORD OF COURAGE
by C.R. Langille

Terrence is a magical teddy bear charged with protecting kids from all the things that go bump in the night. The only problem is, Terrence is scared of just about everything. Things go from bad to worse when Grubble of the Toms shows up with his turkey-riding goblins in tow.

The clock is ticking and Terrence joins up with an unlikely ally to quest for the Magical Sword of Courage, a mythical weapon said to give the owner unlimited bravery. Follow Terrence as he travels to UnderBed and Closetville in search of the sword, running into crazy characters like the Bird Brothers, hobgoblins, and even the King of the Boogeymen.

Terrence and the Magical Sword of Courage is the first book in the Teddy Bear Saga. Readers both young and old will enjoy this heartwarming tale of adventure, friendship, and finding the strength to face one's fears.

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ABOUT C.R.

C.R. Langille spent many a Saturday afternoon watching monster movies with his mother. It wasn't long before he started crafting nightmares to share with his readers. An avid hunter and amateur survivalist, C.R. Langille incorporates the Utah outdoors in many of his tales. He is an affiliate member of the Horror Writer's Association (organizer for the Utah Chapter), a member of the League of Utah Writers, and received his MFA: Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ASCENDED by Maggie Mae Gallagher

ASCENDED
by Maggie Mae Gallagher

War. It’s here. The last war of mankind. The winner takes Earth as its prize.

My name is Alana Devereaux. I am an elite Cantati Forces Lieutenant from Earth’s desolate future. I was sent back through time to save your world. My mission to stop the Mutari faltered. Demons infiltrated our world when the walls between Earth and Infernus fell. Millions died in the first volleys.

The Mutari changed me on an elemental level and my new powers scare the bloody daylights out of me. Formorian Hunters are closing in on my trail with a singular goal, to enact the death warrant placed on my head by their Queen. Now I am running for my life, on a quest to discover a way to kill an immortal on a power trip, stuck between mortal enemies, and everyone else wants me dead.

EXCERPT
Choices had consequences. Mine had.

What the hell was I? Human? Cantati? Demon?

I didn’t know. Not anymore. The game board of my life had been upended, and I was still trying to make sense of the scattered pieces.

Until yesterday, I believed I was the last of my kind. A Cantati warrior from the Earth’s desolate future sent eightythree years into the past to stop the Mutari. The Mutari happened every few thousand years. When it did, Earth aligned with six planets in our solar system, creating a seventy-twohour eclipse on Earth. It was also when the walls between the dimensions were at their most vulnerable and could be fully breached. While portals could be opened from time to time, they were marginal in size and couldn’t remain open for extended periods. At least, not long enough to allow an army to march through.

Drystan, lord of the dimension Infernus, had used a tiny amount of my blood. And by tiny, I mean drops that Gaelen’s bastard of a brother, Maddock, had stolen from me. Drystan used it to sever the walls between our worlds and give his armies free rein to invade our planet.

We were lucky. He didn’t have massive amounts of my blood. Which was why the human world’s existence limped on. Otherwise, we’d be hip-deep in Drystan’s demon soldiers. And I’d be dead, so it would be a moot point, for me at least.

Thousands still made it through the breeches before the energy of my lifeblood was exhausted. Which meant I failed my mission. When my father, general and commander of the Cantati Forces worldwide, sent me back through time, using a Moldevian orb and incantation devised by our Coven, my objective was to stop Drystan and keep the human race from fading into extinction.

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ABOUT MAGGIE MAE

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History. Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

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This delightful fantasy romance anthology features eight magical stories inspired by the awakenings and renewal of springtime. If you love gods and goddesses, fairies, djinn, druids, mermaids, witches, sirens, and magic of all varieties, this is the anthology for you!

Authors: Traci Douglass, Sheri Queen, A.E. Hayes, M.T. DeSantis, Cara McKinnon, L.J. Longo, Mary Rogers, and Elsa Carruthers.

Traci Douglass - "When Hermes Met Eos"
One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection survive beyond sunrise?

Sheri Queen - "The Girl with a Broken Wing"
A story of courage and sacrifice--and finding love where you never thought to look.

Cara McKinnon - "Love at Dawn"
Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in love…

M.T. DeSantis - "A Hunt for Love"
Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and maybe even find true love?

L.J. Longo - "Seaweed and Silk"

A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh, right. A flippin’ sea monster.

Mary Rogers - "Spring Fling"
A druid's bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover Carrie--at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?

Elsa Carruthers - "Welded"
Welding Witch, Rena, is on the run. She's not looking for love, but all the magic in the world couldn't keep the sparks from flying when her rivals, Nate and Duke, find her.

A.E. Hayes - "A Siren's Song of Spring"
She is sworn to sing men to their deaths. Until one sails into her heart.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

THE ISLAND DECEPTION by Dan Koboldt

THE ISLAND DECEPTION
by Dan Koboldt

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well…

For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic.

He misses it.

Luckily—or not—CASE Global is not done with him, and they want him to go back. The first time, he was tasked with finding a missing researcher. Now, though, he has another task:

Help take Richard Holt down.

It’s impossible to be in Vegas and not be a gambler. And while Quinn might not like his odds—a wyvern nearly ate him the last time he was in Alissia—if he plays his cards right, he might be able to aid his friends.

He also might learn how to use real magic himself.

EXCERPT
Quinn Bradley had finally arrived.

For twenty-six years, he'd dreamed of seeing his name in the neon lights of the Las Vegas strip. Of taking the stage at a major casino there, and joining the ranks of magic's elite. Sigfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Penn and Teller. He'd worked his ass off to get here. Designing his own tricks, performing seven nights a week, building his profile online and on stage.

Even so, as he waited in the shadowy alcove backstage, he fingered the stone pendant on a necklace under his shirt and wished he were more excited about it. Quick fingers and cleverness had taken him a long way, but he couldn't help but wonder if he'd ever have made it happen without help from CASE Global Enterprises. Kiara had made good on her promise, and suddenly Rudy Fortelli was calling--nearly panting with excitement--to tell him that a major casino had a slot open. Just a one-night engagement, but still a big deal. Quinn hadn't even asked what they were offering to pay--he'd just cashed one hell of a big check anyway.

It was the Bellagio, of course. The most iconic casino of them all, the home of Cirque du Soleil and countless other top-notch acts. He should have known. CASE Global never went in for anything but the best.

And now that includes me, I guess.

"Quinn?" a woman asked.

Her voice was quiet, but he'd know the accent anywhere. "Veena! I'll be damned."

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ABOUT DAN

Dan Koboldt is a genetics researcher and fantasy/science fiction author from the Midwest. He works for the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of pediatric diseases. He has co-authored more than 70 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals.

Dan is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Every fall, he disappears into the woods to pursue whitetail deer and turkey with bow and arrow. He lives with his wife and three children in Ohio, where the deer take their revenge by eating all of the plants in his backyard.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HANGMAN'S ARMY by L.S. O'dea

LAKE OF SINS: HANGMAN’S ARMY
by L.S. O’dea

A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution.

After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke.

To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon.

Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh.

That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.

EXCERPT
Trinity didn’t reply, but her back was straighter than before. He was getting on her nerves. Good because she sure got on his. She was nothing but trouble, an attractive know-it-all who refused to listen to anyone. His hand met the end of the rope. It was still a long way to the ground.

Jackson waited alongside the building with Tim. They were both flat against the wall, trying not to be seen.

“Drop. You’ll be fine.” Her voice was soft, no longer acidic and mocking.

He couldn’t deal with her being kind to him. They’d done so well bickering. The trip had been fast and he hadn’t thought much about the danger. “I’m an Almighty. My kind doesn’t always land on their feet.”

“Let go,” she said, a hint of anger in her voice.

“I will.” His hands tightened on the rope. A fall like this could break something.

“Now,” she snapped. “Or I’ll kick you in the face and say a prayer that you land on your head.”

Her foot waved above his head. He wouldn’t put it past her to do what she threatened. She’d probably enjoy it. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, pushed back with his feet and let go. He was free. It was glorious. No chains. No cell. Just the air and the sky and…the ground. He hit hard, his legs taking the brunt of the fall. He rolled onto his back as Jackson’s hand grabbed his and pulled him to his feet. He touched his face, the impact of his landing still rattled through his teeth. Trinity dropped gracefully next to him. He hated House Servants, every last one of them.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH L.S.
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to write since I can remember. Of course, I can’t remember too much of my childhood – just bits and pieces, snapshots. I was sick when I was in third grade and spent months lying on the couch. I was only allowed to get up to walk to the bathroom and bedroom. This was a long time ago, way before computers, video games, and cartoon network. There were cartoons on for a few hours in the afternoon and then it was all soap operas, so my TV time was done. I spent a lot of time reading. A LOT.

I think that’s probably when the first seeds of my future were planted. I don’t remember being inspired to write but I loved stories and books – still do.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Hide. I’m not kidding. The world of the Lake of Sins is not friendly and I’d be basically helpless – I’m too much like an Almighty. Now, if I had an escort (Trinity) then I’d love to meet Gaar and Mirra and Christian the River-Man. If I could go – like on a safari – I’d love to tour the forest and see all the “monsters” in their natural habitat. I’d probably also give Trinity a hug. I think she needs one and Hugh too. And Jethro, well, I think it’d break my heart to meet him.

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

I did a lot of research on various animals for this series. I wanted to know about sight, scent and hearing abilities of cats, both house and wild, dogs, wolves, reptiles and even cattle and deer. It was all interesting – animals are absolutely amazing – but the weirdest thing I came across was the data about cats and falling.

They did studies (don’t recall who but here’s a link that I found that talks about the same study I looked up: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/11/domestic-cats-can-fall-from-any-height-with-a-remarkable-survival-rate/ ) and determined that cats can survive falls from great heights and the number of injuries decrease the higher the fall (above seven stories). It’s assumed that cats, after a certain distance, go into a spread eagle (flying squirrel) position which helps them survive the fall.

It’s really strange – but please don’t toss your cat or any cat from a building. They do still get hurt and many die.

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

I think I’d like to hang out with Jackson and Indy the most. They are both Guards (which are kind of dog/human creatures) and I’m definitely a dog person. They are both loyal and Indy seems like he’d be a lot of fun. They both have wicked senses of humor and love to tease which is like my family.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Probably die. I think I’d first offer to buy him a drink and try to settle our differences without violence. It’s not because I’m not a violent person (once you read my books you’ll see I wander toward the dark), but because I have no skill in fighting and I don’t want to die or get beat up.

If the dwarf refuses to settle our issues non-violently, then my action would depend on the duel. Is it just a slap down? I might stay and take my beating. Is this a duel to the death? I run. I’m not a coward, but I don’t want to die.

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

I don’t think so. There are plenty of genres that don’t appeal to me as a writer – westerns are the first to come to mind – but if I had to, I think I could write a good one because for me, all books are about people and their desires, fears and secrets.

ABOUT L.S.

L. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself). Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters. Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue. She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother. She stood tall and recited the letters of her name: L-E-M-O-N H-E-A-D. She’s pretty sure she has her siblings to thank for the demons that lurk in her mind, whispering dark and demented stories.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

FIERY 10-16 by Lea Bronsen

Hi, and thank you for hosting my new dark romantic suspense!

Fiery 10-16 is a scorching firefighter story of desire, abuse, and bravery.

 

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  Runo Wiggins is a scarred man, the wounds etched into his psyche deeper than those on his skin. But he loves his job: fighting fires helps reenact his survival of a house fire as a teen, one that killed his mother and brutal stepfather.

Dawn Caravello is married to a psychotic drunk. She can take his beatings as long as he doesn't touch their children, and she'll do anything to put food on the table, even if it means stealing from the town hero.

When Runo meets the fiery Dawn, sparks fly. But he suspects she is victim of the same abuse as his mother was. As day turns to night, the past and the present blend in an exhausting, nerve-wrecking chase to prevent another death.  

Excerpt:

Dawn's eyes shimmered with a mix of stubborn pride and extreme sadness. They seemed to be made of molten brown stone. Runo had never seen eyes like these. So vibrant, saying so many things. They revealed her life, her endurance, her dreams, her combats, her despair. And she was still so young.

While he stared, she leaned forward and kissed him, an act a whole lot more intimate than he was comfortable with. A short, hard peck, a statement. Not the tender gesture a kiss was supposed to be, but one telling him her gratitude as well as her dignity. She thanked him, but was going to go back to her life and continue fighting.

He stood shocked, his whole body rigid, didn’t know what to do. She, such a small woman thing a whole head shorter, shook him, a giant of muscle and stupid testosterones inside a hard shell.

He would definitely take care of Dawn and her kids. Any way possible. Alert the authorities and make sure they got the protection they desperately needed.

She stepped backward, her features softening, and turned on her heel.

Not so fast.

He cleared his throat and called, lifting a weak hand. “Hey, wait!” His heart hammered in his chest, blood pulsed in his ears.

She turned. “What?”

“Promise to be good. Promise it’s the last time you do it.”

“Do what?” Her eyes gleamed with humor. “Kiss you?” In the midst of this emotional turmoil, she found the strength to tease.

“Steal.”

And lie.

She pursed her lips, looking like a disappointed little girl. Maybe she still was a child inside. A child taking care of children. A child beaten savagely.

He swallowed. “Promise.”

After several long seconds, she nodded. But her gaze told a different truth.

Liar.  

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About Lea Bronsen:

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I like my reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strive to give my own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with my debut novel Wild Hearted, I divide my writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic dark/contemporary romance.

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