Wednesday, September 21, 2016

THE 12 NIGHTS OF JEREMY SUNSON by MH Snowy

THE 12 NIGHTS OF JEREMY SUNSON
by MH Snowy

Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero…

Jeremy Sunson is surrounded by crazy. Mrs. Abercrombie, upstairs, is widowed because her husband glued feathers to his arms, jumped off the building and tried to fly. His neighbour, Stuart, has gone mad since his wife died in a freak car accident— his only thread to reality the doomsday machine he’s building and his daughter… and, of course, there’s spacemen in Jeremy’s living room.

Every night, in glorious Technicolor, there’s a battle royal between two high tech assassins who continually blast Jeremy’s apartment to shreds. Each man has one mission: Red wants to kill Jeremy, Blue wants to save him!

Though his therapist insists he’s just having bad dreams—Jeremy knows better. It’s time to fight. He’s sick and tired of being sick, scared and tired! Armed with rare confidence and a baseball bat, this night, Jeremy fights like the crazy man he isn’t!

But how can he ever imagine when he’s won the battle, the war is only just beginning… over and over and over again?

The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson – ride a wave of laughter, fun and sci-fi fantasy all the way to Armageddon!

EXCERPT
"Dear me." Dr Smith snapped up his ever-ready notepad, pen poised to take dictation. "Another dream? That is terrible," he said with the grin of a Cheshire cat. "You must tell me all about it."

But Jeremy didn't have the energy to worry about Dr Smith's behaviour. In mournful tones he related the story, unable to understand the way Dr Smith's pen flew across the page, devouring every word that passed his lips. Jeremy shrugged—at least someone was getting a boost from his misery; though what that could be, he hadn't the foggiest.

"Incredible ... I mean, how terrible for you," Dr Smith said, pen not pausing for a moment. "And they didn't interact with you at all?"

"No," Jeremy replied. "Though I'm pretty sure Fin scrunched his mouth at me."

"He did what?"

Jeremy's head snapped up. Dr Smith's expression made Jeremy gulp. "Ah, he ... he scrunched his mouth at me. I think. Raised it a bit on one side."

Dr Smith jumped up and paced.

Jeremy followed the muttering figure with his gaze. "Does it ... does it mean anything?"

Dr Smith stopped in his tracks. "Mean anything?" he said with a cry. "Why, it means everything!" He paced anew and then stopped. "Contempt, Mr Sunson. It means contempt."

Fantastic, Jeremy reflected, now even my dreams think I'm a loser.

But Dr Smith continued. "It means you are not acting as Fin expects you to. He—your dream saviour, the alpha part of your personality if you will—showed that you are not assisting him with your behaviour. He is trying to save you and you are not helping yourself. Battle, Mr Sunson! Your dreams are instructing you to battle."

~Buy THE 12 NIGHTS OF JEREMY SUNSON on Amazon.

AN INTERVIEW WITH MH
-What inspired you to become a writer?

My partner prodded me towards this salvation. My blog on www.MHSnowy.com contains numerous anecdotes around the difficulty I have finding stories I like. So I wrote some myself. And surprise, surprise! But thinking of a story does not, in of itself, a writer make. I found a pursuit I relished, but soon discovered the enormous gulf between the what and the how. The how is the craft of writing, and, given my secret-identity, has taken years of hard but enjoyable work sans weekends. I continue to learn and improve, but reader's feedback recount that my craft is ready for the world.

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

My stories combine many genres. The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson combines science fiction, action, a bit of coming of age drama, tragedy and thriller elements. Being a short story, We Three Laws of Robotics Are, mixes only science fiction (well, it is about robots) and detection. My first novella In Harm's Way, described as epic fantasy meets the Truman Show, amalgamates fantasy, myth, action, and a few other genres that I can't mention until I release more episodes. Phew, so many! But I avoid the grittiness of life and can't be serious to help myself. So pure drama is out. I also would find crime stories difficult, just due to the nature of the subject: a heist story I could do (and probably will), but anything more realistic would be too much.

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

The universe is not as we know it. I learnt a lot about Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Did you know that the universe is just plain wrong? There's not enough (as well as) too much matter in the universe. Does that sound like a contradiction to you?

And editing. I intended to release Jeremy's story a while ago. Then I had the story appraised. The feedback explained the difference between copy editing and line editing. Copy editing ensures the writing has no grammatical errors. Tick. I'd already done that. But line editing is another aspect of the how, one to which I could focus further.

Words can be written may ways, and mine, while interesting, could have more immediacy and punch: the story could be so much better if... So I swallowed my hurt and focused on the positives: Jeremy's story had value, but would look much better polished in a different way! Several books of instruction and frustrating months later I'd honed my craft in a new way. And the outcome? The extracts and the previews on Amazon and Goodreads will give you an idea, but I'm quite pleased.

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

Jeremy - why? He's so innocent. And tries to do the right thing, though he usually doesn't know what that is. No doubt he'd end up dropping the pizza on the floor because he thought he'd best eat, and the cheese burnt his fingers.

And he's so clueless. Just like me.

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

I struggle to find new stories that I like, so I often re-read my favourites. I've written about this on my blog. I avoid the grittiness of life with a ten foot pole; not to mention offensive characters or subversive themes. But above all, stories must be fun!

Like the stories I write, those I read need to be full of laughter. Yes, the hero will suffer and struggle to survive, but I get the most out of predicaments that make me giggle or even scream out loud.

I read books that remind me why I want to write: to bring joy to a reader. And the first reader is always me.

Because of this, while I may not write for myself, I always write what I enjoy. Jeremy, in The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson, the most unlikely hero, struggles with life itself, not to mention assassins and Armageddon. Montague the magician-trickster might be a tad sarcastic, but can't help having fun in his search for the truth that is In Harm's Way.

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

Everyday, Jeremy Sunson has to prevent Armageddon. All while stalked by an assassin from the future. And the assassin's ... they have a habit of resetting time; erasing events from reality. Which can have interesting side effects. Ever wondered what you would do if you knew it will never have happened? As long as I knew time would reset, I'd ...

Go to the best restaurant, order the entire menu, and stuff myself silly.

Of course, I would no doubt mistake the timing and be left suffering massive indigestion. Not to mention the bill:)

ABOUT MH

Melindra Hattfield Snowy, a part-time writer and full-time dreamer, who of course prefers to be known as MH. She is the author of In Harm's Way, the first novella in Harm's story published by Pygaso Productions, described as epic fantasy meets The Truman Show.

MH has also penned several short stories including We Three Laws of Robotics Are and The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii which explains how road rage is result the result of an alien invasion.

You can find MH at her website, on Goodreads, and you can follow @MHSnowy_Dreamer on Twitter.

When not writing or occupied with her dual-identity, MH walks through the mountains with her partner or tries to unravel the secrets of her great-grandmother, an adventuress who disembarked from the French steamer Laos in 1931 seeking to uncover rumours of Mayan temples deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and disappeared, never to be heard of again.

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GIVEAWAY

MH Snowy will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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THE JOINED REALM by Robert Vane

THE JOINED REALM
by Robert Vane

"Control the water, control the world"

From inside the lush expanse of the Inner Realm, the Ghosbane family and their fellow waterlords rule the Joined Realm through their mastery of the ancient aqueducts that feed the vast Drylands beyond their domain. After being accused of a terrible crime, Arlon Ghosbane, the inheritor of a secret legacy of the vanquished overlords of the Joined Realm, is forced to flee from his family and the only life he has ever known. Guided by a renegade howler intent on freeing his race, Arlon discovers that a world far different than one he had been taught about lies beyond his water-rich homeland. The fate of humanity will be determined by the decisions of a young fugitive and a former slave as they fight for the future of the Joined Realm.

EXCERPT
Tattered banners displaying the sunflower sigil of this dusty frontier holding hung behind the lord and his men, all of them pressed together like a clutch of hens. The chamber’s walls looked like they could crumble at any moment, but at least they kept Raz’s pounding light at bay. Sand infested the rough-cut limestone of the floor, but Bellamy supposed that was inevitable in such a water-starved place. He busied himself trying to dislodge the bits of filth ensconced beneath his fingernails as Lord Lowen droned on. When Bellamy finished his manicure and looked up, he noted with annoyance that Lowen and his meager retainers did not have sand strewn in their hair or stuck in the crevasses of their fingernails.

“That’s quite enough, Lowen,” Bellamy declared, his tone as dismissive as that of a disappointed tutor. “Scribble your excuses on some parchment to send to our Lord Idris. I’ve heard enough of them. You are responsible for every drop of water that flows out from this portion of the aqueduct. That is your oath. You retain your holdings, and your life, only so long as you uphold that oath. You have failed.”

~Buy THE JOINED REALM on Amazon. Only 99c during the tour.

ABOUT ROBERT
Robert Vane has been writing stories since he was eight. It’s been his full time job for two decades – but not the stories he wanted to write. Inspired by a lifetime of reading, beginning with “classics” like Privateers, the Amtrak Wars, Darkover, and the Belgariad to name a few (yeah, he’s old), Rob has been pecking away in his spare time. The Joined Realm isn’t the first full length novel Rob has written, but it’s the first that he felt ready to share. Big thanks to Amazon! Keep reading and writing.

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GIVEAWAY

Robert Vane will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Release Blitz: WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS by Marion Crook

Self-Counsel Press presents

WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS by Marion Crook

which releases today!

About the Book:
In addition to the expert advice author Marion Crook shared in earlier editions of Writing for Children and Young Adults, in this vibrant new edition, Crook explains some of the nuances and choices about the writing world online. As well, she revisits the fundamentals of writing: establishing character, creating lively dialogue and developing plot with updated worksheets and examples. This edition shows the writer how to begin a story, plan plot, develop and hone the work for an agent or publisher, and how to make the crucial submission for a book that agents want to represent and publishers want to buy! Writing for Children and Young Adults helps you create the manuscript that sells!

About the Author: Marion Crook has written many books for young adult and middle-grade readers. Here, she offers advice on writing, publishing, and marketing. Crook’s background in child development education as a nurse and her Ph.D. in education give her solid knowledge, but she maintains that a keen observation of people, places, and events can be the author’s most useful tool. An experienced teacher and writer, she gives her readers clear and practical tips, with humor and obvious understanding of what it’s like to write and publish.

Connect with Marion:
-website
-Twitter
-Goodreads
-Facebook
-Amazon

Find the book on Goodreads

Writing for Children and Young Adults is available as an ebook on Septmber 20, 2016, and it'll available in paperback in October 2016:

-Amazon
-B&N
-Chapters Indigo

Find Your Writing Voice with Marion Crook!

Monday, September 19, 2016

THE KEEPER'S VOW by Francina Simone

THE KEEPER’S VOW
by Francina Simone

All Katie Watts wants is to pass her junior-year, at Hamilton Private, with as little effort as possible—devoting time to knitting hats, breeding gerbils, becoming a movie critic, or even just sleeping. No wonder she isn’t ready for a world with vampires, werewolves, and nightmares.

Her life is shattered to pieces when Tristan gets stabbed in her front yard. She has no idea where he came from and worse, he hears her thoughts—and when she can’t take anymore, she starts to hear his. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and when she searches for the truth, she ends up homeless.

As the truth claws its way to the surface, Katie and Tristan grow closer together and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But is honesty worth more than the peace blissful, ignorance brings? Especially if it sparks a chain of events that will end the lives of millions? Can she live with the truth that begins with her dead mother and ends with The Keeper’s Vow?

EXCERPT
Could he really read her mind, or was it just a coincidence?

His eyes flashed in her direction.

Not a coincidence.

“Do Will and Lucy know you can read their minds?” she said as he slowed down enough for her to drink and walk at the same time.

“I can’t read their minds,” he said.

“But you can read mine?”

“Yeah,” he said.

“Anyone else’s?”

“Nope,” he said.

“How is that possible? Why is that possible?” she said.

His face was still expressionless. “Gift from your mom.” He stared straight ahead.

Katie knew that wasn’t possible. Her mom died giving birth to her. Not exactly enough time to send gifts—let alone some jacked up ability to read her only daughter’s mind.

“You still believe everything your dad told you? Nothing about yesterday made you question a few things?” he said, making an abrupt left turn.

“What’s that supposed to mean? What do you know about my mom?” It was strange saying that word. Mom. It was something she didn’t have but had always wanted—like a cat, E-Z Bake Oven, a sixty-piece oil pastel set. Something she’d grown out of and would never have. A mom.

Tristan held her gaze for a few steps, then stared ahead for a whole block before making another left turn. He didn’t say anything else.

~Buy THE KEEPER’S VOW on Amazon.

AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANCINA
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I think I’ve always had the story telling bug…but what really grew it was reading books and watching anime. I think Anime has some of the BEST storytellers. Hayo Miyazaki anyone? I don’t know how many times I’ve cried watching Naruto.

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

Well I would definitely visit on a day in Book two and go to the Festival of Lights. I think that would be an amazingly beautiful experience, and it’s during a time before all of the racial tensions and—well it was a good time before everything else happens. Also I’d tell Katie that things will get better. One day.

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

I learned that my city actually has an Underground city—at least it is rumored to have one. I choose to believe it’s down there and full of the paranormal now that history has forgotten it.

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

I’d totally go to Gray City and have a really sugary cocktail with Mercedes. She’s so badass and I feel like I never get enough time with her. But I want to know everything about her. I mean you don’t get where she is without have a story worth writing.

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

I LOVE YA I’m pretty biased about Fantasy and everything under the fantasy umbrella (anything not contemporary really) Though I love some contemporary romance once in a while. I’m also a big fan of middle grade lit. I’m always on the search for quality stories and just a story that makes me contemplate another perspective.

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

Horror. There is a scene in my third book that falls under the horror category and I ended up writing it at night and was totally creeped out for days. Ugh. Sometimes there are things your characters do that you have no control over and Zuri is one of those characters, I just wish Katie and I didn’t have to get wrapped up in it sometimes. That genre is 100% creepy and I just—I just can do it more than I have to.

ABOUT FRANCINA
Francina Simone is a writer of Epic Urban Fantasies brimming with Magic and Moral Ambiguity.

From the time Francina Simone entered kindergarten, she loved to read and share words with her friends. When she was in the fifth-grade, she was scared to read aloud and so the teacher concluded she wasn’t very good at reading—Francina read anyway.

Francina left her middle school book club behind for the daunting and exciting life as a high school freshmen. She was quickly told Young Adult books were childish and she should concern herself with finer literature—Francina read them anyway.

Francina waved good-bye to her high school life and strutted into University with her YA books and graphic paper to take notes. She witnessed the birth of a YA trend where publishers flocked to sell their stories to teens…stories that were underdeveloped and glaring with structural issues. The message she heard as a consumer was simple—common belief is YA readers aren’t good enough readers to discern quality stories or they are too childish to tell the difference.

Francina dropped her degree in chemistry and decided enough was enough—and set out to write the quality* stories her fellow readers deserved.

After her formative years she moved to Japan, with her best-friend and husband, land of some of the worlds best story-tellers and creators of unique manga. There she worked on her stories and the quest to understand what authenticity* in story means.

Now she lives in Boise with her husband, son, cat, and Catahoula. She spends most of her time battling the terrible-twos and puppy-dom. But when things are quiet—you can hear frantically typing away; her mind far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in a world brimming with magic and moral ambiguity.

Find her online:

-website
-Twitter
-Youtube
-Facebook
-mailing list

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GIVEAWAY

Francina will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

THE DARK EVE: A NEW RECRUIT by TK Thompson

THE DARK EVE: A NEW RECRUIT
by TK Thompson

Young Audim Basile hates life dominated by his cold, controlling father. But his dreams of fortune and adventure are turned upside down when he runs off to weigh anchor with the toughest, most barbaric band of pirates the criminal underworld has ever known.

Together with their dark, mysterious female captain, Acantha – who’ll run her sword through anyone who looks at her the wrong way – Basile and his fellow swashbuckling bandits sail the globe, fighting hordes of terrifying supernatural creatures that would make even the hardiest buccaneer quake with fear.

Together with his newfound crew mates, Basile must help with finding Acantha’s sister – who’s been missing for over a year – while being consumed with trying to solve the mystery of Acantha’s illusive past – before the evil Wraith King sends all of them to a premature watery grave.

Will Basile survive the fiercest test of his young life? Will Acantha sacrifice her own ship and crew (including young Basile) just to save her sister? Will young Basile come to terms with the price of the high-seas way of life and fortune?

In her stunning debut novel, T.K. Thompson launches readers on the most exhilarating ocean journey since Pirates of the Caribbean. Only time will tell if Acantha, Basile, and their hardy shipmates will live to tell this heart-stopping tale and fight another day.

EXCERPT
Cornelius leaned over the bar, his voice wispy and deep. “They say she was born with the mark of darkness, killing her first man at two.”

The bartender’s voice grew louder. “A vixen and horror of the seas, she is. She’d be the rarest beauty ever to fall upon any man’s eyes, but dare you gaze upon her, and your eyeballs would be plucked from your skull with her twin blades at her side. Her only love is the darkest parts of the sea where sharks follow her like babies to a mother. The Dark Eve, her ship, be stained red with blood, and sirens sing at the helm, estranging men from their souls. And treasures,” Cornelius paused, his voice straining, “mountains of gold, cursed by her blood, hidden.”

Hurly lifted an eyebrow in response as Cornelius continued.

“I tell you, be careful!” he warned, his voice rising. “She’s not to be messed with. Her heart is black!” he stressed, spitting out the words. The air of the tavern had grown thick with the influence of the old man’s speech.

~Buy THE DARK EVE: A NEW RECRUIT on Amazon Only 99c during the tour.

AN INTERVIEW WITH TK
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I think that it naturally fell upon me. I have always been creative, but lacked the right inspiration. Including self-confidence. I didn’t pursue writing in my education, because I didn’t think that it was a legitimate claim for me. I guess I didn’t know what was locked up inside my mind until it presented itself.

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

I would go on a picnic with Dagan. His character is introduced in the first book and continues in the second. He is one of my most endearing characters and I would like nothing but to spend the day by the pond watching his jester moves and talking.

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

I did a lot of research about ships and sailing. One I thought was interesting is they didn’t have regular mirrors just a reflective metal like mirror.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with? Vaster, he is full of over embellished stories and tales that most characters don’t understand are full of truth.

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

I actually don’t read very much it takes me a while to get into books. I am very much into fantasy and epic adventures. Last ones I read were The Mortal Instruments series.

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

I don’t think I would be good at writing factual historical books. I want to put more intense conflicts than what history provides.

ABOUT TK

I was born in Provo, UT and raised in copper mining towns in-between Arizona and New Mexico. I can be compared to a lizard. The warm weather makes a great home, but I have always had a love for the rain and overcast skies, extremely contradictory from my given habitat. That’s how I see myself sometimes, a lover of opposites. I would consider my childhood to be groundless when it came to my imagination. I was trapped inside my own mind and I believe I learned the world in small harsh but necessary truths, like a slow awakening. My little stories had their encompassing place along with underdeveloped drawing skills. But rationality whispered in my ears through my upbringing. I sought out what I felt to be important, the events of graduating high school, Silver City, NM 1999. I went to a safe community college in Thatcher, AZ. They say that college is a large defining time in a young person’s life. It’s where they start to wonder about who they are, what they know as truth, and far away from those that defined it for them. I was of course set with innate knowledge and experience and given power with irrational brain resources. My heart had plenty of stitches and I gave many to others. But I could not find peace in a single person. My ideas of life, love, and the world that I wanted to exist in felt unattainable. Having the whole picture felt like an impossible task. I went on a mission for my church in Washington, where I happily got my rain and clouds. Spending eighteen months dedicated to serving others and not yourself is a mind-opening task. It set me up to find the true roots within and be ready to insult my future husband Dustin Thompson when he walked through the door. I am as plain as I want to be. I have three crazy children to help fuel my life and since have received my Bachelors Degree in business management, UOP. But most of all I have tapped back into my imagination, pushed aside all rationality, and finished one of my best thoughts so far. Every day I continue to face my vulnerabilities.

Find TK online:

-website
-Newsletter
-Facebook
-YouTube
-Fat Lemon Media
-Goodreads
-Twitter
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GIVEAWAY

TK Thompson will be awarding $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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PLACES IN MY HEART by Sheryl Lister

Please join author Sheryl Lister as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Places In My Heart, Pre Order Blitz and Contest on September 15, 2016.
CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
In celebration of Sheryl’s upcoming release, Places In My Heart, she’s giving away (5) five prizes: (4) four mini-swag packs and (1) one Grand Prize of a Reader Lovers Basket, including a Kindle Fire and $25 Amazon gift card. 
Pre-order your copy: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OSFA3h
Once you've ordered, enter the contest here: http://sheryllister.com/contest
This contest is open to US only through September 30, 2016. 
Publication Date:  Oct 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN-10: 0373864701
ISBN-13: 978-0373864706
About The Book
Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her...
Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her he has to show her the man he can be away from the field and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.
About The Author
Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She been nominated for an Emma Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and named BRAB’s 2015 Best New Author. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two very special little boys.
Excerpt
Omar knew he had taken a risk showing up at Morgan’s office, but he was desperate. It had taken a lot to persuade Malcolm to share his sister’s information, especially since Omar had declined to say what had happened between them. He toyed with calling first, but changed his mind because he didn’t want to chance her refusing to see him. The woman seated outside Morgan’s office, whom he assumed was the assistant, greeted him with a wide smile and an exaggerated sway of her hips as she led him to the office. Omar ignored the not-so-subtle brush of her breasts against his arm when she turned to leave. In his peripheral vision, he noticed the slight rise in Morgan’s eyebrow and knew she’d seen it, too. He waited until the woman closed the door before turning to face Morgan.
Morgan folded her arms. “What are you doing here?”
“Hello to you, too,” he said.
An embarrassed expression crossed her face. “Sorry. Have a seat.”
Omar took the chair opposite her desk. “I apologize for stopping by without calling, but I figured you wouldn’t see me otherwise.”
“You were probably right. How do you know I won’t call security to throw you out now?”
“I don’t, but I’m counting on your love of football to work in my favor.” They engaged in a stare-down for several seconds until she looked away first.
“How did you know where I worked?”
“Malcolm.” She frowned and he added, “If it’s any consolation, he adamantly refused to divulge your home address.”
“Well, maybe I won’t kill him, after all.”
He chuckled.
“Since you went through all this trouble, I guess I can spare you five minutes.”
Omar knew the mention of football would rouse her curiosity. “I’d like to talk to you about a business proposition.”
“What does that have to do with football?”
“My contract is up for renewal in six weeks and—”
“Don’t you have an agent? If memory serves me correctly, you have one of the best agents around.”
“Things aren’t always as they seem.”
She sat up straight. “What are you saying?”
“I’m saying it’s time for a change, and I’d like you to negotiate my upcoming contract. You’re an attorney and, according to your brother, you know football like you’ve played it all your life.”
Her eyes lit up and her mouth fell open. “Are you serious? Wait a minute.” She sat back again and angled her head. “What about your current agent? Did he dump you or something?”
Omar sighed. “No.” There was more to it, but he would only tell her if she agreed to represent him.
Morgan narrowed her eyes. “There are dozens of sports agents out there, and I’m certain any one of them would be happy to take you on, especially with your numbers from last year. Yet you’re in my office.”
He smiled. “You checked my stats? So, you’re admitting I’ve got game?”
A rush of color darkened her face. “Why me?” she asked, ignoring his questions.
“You want to be an agent, and I need one.” He leaned forward and whispered, “And I know you passed the sport’s agent certification test. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”
“On second thought, I am going to kill Malcolm,” she muttered.
“I need your help, Morgan. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.”
“I have to think about this.” She turned slightly in her chair and stared out the window, and then back at him. “You realize I already have a job. And I’m working on a case.”
Omar nodded. “I understand, and I have no problems working around your schedule.”
“Even on weekends or late evenings.”
“Anytime.”
“I see.” She went back to staring out the window.
He could almost hear the wheels turning in her head. She bit down on her lip, drawing his attention and reminding him how much he enjoyed kissing her.
Finally she angled her head his direction. “I’ll agree on one condition.”
“What’s that?”
“You keep your hands and lips to yourself. No more kisses.”
Omar groaned inwardly. There was no way he could go without kissing her. In fact, it had been the first thing on his mind from the moment he saw her today. “Morgan—”
“No. More. Kisses,” she repeated.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

THE DREAM WALKER by Michelle Murray

THE DREAM WALKER
by Michelle Murray

Miranda is plagued by vivid dreams of a another world. A world of castles, forests, Ice Caves, and dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see why she is having these visions, and learns she is a Dream Walker. Miranda heeds the call of need, and travels to Mystica. For years, the wizards have been trapped in stone. Now, one curious boy has released Midnight. Midnight gathers an army, and prepares for war. Miranda needs to find the white wizard Lightning and free from his stone prison. Can Miranda free Lighting and save Mystica?

EXCERPT
Mortimer was a very curious boy. His mother worked in the kitchen of the castle. He didn’t know who his father was. Stranger than this, no one else seemed to know either. Gossip spread quickly among the servants. Maya, Mortimer’s mother, was one of the most liked servants. Everyone talked to her, and she always had something to say, except about Mortimer’s father. On this subject, she was very silent. When anyone brought the subject up, she would either change the subject or stay silent altogether.

While Maya was busy in the kitchen, Mortimer spent his days sneaking around the castle. He always found interesting things in the hallways, closets, and sometimes even the rooms. Among the things he found were colored feathers, gold coins, clothes, and odd assortment of chess pieces, various buttons and ribbons, and some string. There was also an assortment of odd items that Mortimer didn’t know what they were or even used for. He didn’t care. He liked the hunt. The castle was always full of people coming and going. He found he could find things in rooms that were being emptied and readied for guests and meeting with the King. Finding different objects to find was his goal. He did not like to keep finding the same old boring stuff. Hiding in the hallways in the shadows, or closets behind the clothes is where he found most of his keep. He kept all his treasures in a box hidden under his bed covered with straw and dirt.

Soon, however, Mortimer tired of seeking his treasure in the castle. He could find nothing that he didn’t already have in his hidden box. His curiosity overtook him and he started looking for treasure outside.

He hunted and searched everywhere little boys could go without getting caught. Of course, he couldn’t go too far. It was said it wasn’t safe outside of the castle perimeters. Evil creatures, wild animals, and bandits and thieves stalked the boundary of the castle grounds waiting for easy prey.

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ABOUT MICHELLE
Michelle is a married working mother of two fine young men (her children). She lives in Wisconsin. When not writing, she enjoys reading especially science fiction/fantasy and classics.
Her favorite authors include Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Margaret Weiss, and Colleen Houck. 
She also enjoys doing painting and crafts, and spending time with her family. She enjoys going for walks, and swimming. She has been known to jump in Lake Michigan with no life jacket!

She has been writing since high school. Michelle took a break from writing to concentrate on raising her children. She has an app on her IPad that gives her a word of the day and poem of the day.

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