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New Release from Michelle Dare: The Azure Kingdom

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Skeleton Key Series
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2016
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ABOUT THE BOOK
One key, one door, one man, one leap.

Alison Wescot inherited the antique store the day her mother died. It was nothing she wanted, but she couldn’t part with it. The antiques inside were all she had left of her mother. She thought she knew every piece in the store, until one day she discovered a box with a key inside, along with a letter from her mother. A key to a door she never knew existed.

Lucas Azure is the leader of the kingdom’s elite guard, a group of men whose sole purpose was to protect their territory and people. The youngest of the king’s four children, he was also the deadliest. The men in his group followed him faithfully, never questioning his orders. When Alison appeared, he knew he had to protect her at all costs.

The day Alison walked through the door, her recurring dream became a reality. The man who always remained a mystery was standing before her. There were dragons flying overhead and a castle in the distance. She was now in the Azure Kingdom.

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COMING SOON- NEW PARANORMAL ROMANCE & GIVEAWAY: Between Worlds (The Pendant Series #3) by Cynthia Austin

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Between Worlds
by Cynthia Austin
The Pendant Series #3
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis: Just when her romantic life was finally starting to settle in, Sidney Sinclair is buried in an emotional meltdown…

Sidney tried to dismiss the mysterious Adrian McAllister once and for all, but instead found herself falling in love with him, despite her relationship with Ray Ryker.

Now, to complicate things even further, her rock star boyfriend has suddenly gone missing.

On the search to find her boyfriend Sidney begins to rely on Adrian even more. Causing her heart to bounce back and forth between the two men leaving her confused and emotionally exhausted.

But there is one question that trumps them all “Which world is real?”

Is it the world of reality where she has comfortably known and understood Ray for years? Or is it the world of the subconscious where she struggles to understand the eerie presence of Adrian’s passion for her?

When the murderer of her beloved friend is finally revealed, Ray is found to be the next on the fatal list causing Sidney to choose between the two men.

In a life or death struggle with the two men who mean the most to her, she’s left having to choose between Ray’s life, or the addictive Adrian who will do anything to possess her forever…

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Between Loves
by Cynthia Austin
The Pendant Series #2
Publication Date: July 7, 2015

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Synopsis: Sidney Sinclair’s life has gone from dreamlike escapades to the reality of two men who both want her…

Her unfaithful rock star boyfriend, Ray Ryker, may have some competition in a handsome young stranger, Adrian McAllister, who she first only imagined in her dreams.

The thing is, he’s no longer a fantasy. He’s now not only involved in her thoughts but her everyday life as well.

Sidney finds herself in a romantic overload as she tries to choose between the boy she’s known since high school, or the exotic presence with shining green eyes who takes her breath away.

Until, she is attacked in her backyard, and someone’s murdered…

While trying to uncover the identity of the mysterious killer she can’t help but wonder if the handsome stranger may have had something to do with it.

It doesn’t take long for Sidney to realize she doesn’t trust either of the men in her life, not Ray, her adulterous boyfriend, or Adrian, the green-eyed charmer.

Now she finds herself having to weave her way through the web of lies confronting her at every turn.

Or she could be the next to die…

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Between Dreams
by Cynthia Austin
The Pendant Series #1
Publication Date: July 7, 2015

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Synopsis: Sidney Sinclair was living the dream of any eighteen year-old girl…

A handsome rock star boyfriend, a closet full of designer clothes, a limousine service at her beck and call, and a mansion in the hills of Los Angeles.

Even with all that glamour and excitement at her fingertips, she still feels as if she’s been missing something in her life so she decides to leave.

While trying her best to put her dysfunctional romantic relationship aside and tend to her beloved Granny, Sidney unexpectedly stumbles upon an intriguing emerald pendant boxed away in her grandmother’s closet.

Soon she learns it once belonged to her long-lost mother who committed suicide when she was just a baby. Suddenly feeling emotionally connected to the woman who had birthed her, Sidney begins to wear the necklace.

This sends her on a whirlwind journey that alternates between fantasy and reality… 

Almost immediately, she starts having dreams linked to the mysterious pendant. As danger begins to seep into her life, Sidney refuses to remove the necklace and instead documents each dream to help her further understand them. However, she soon begins to wonder if they are dreams meant to bond her to a mother whom she never knew?

Or a subconscious warning that threatens her very life?

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About Cynthia Austin

Cynthia Austin

Cynthia Austin lives in Northern California with her
husband, two boys, and Olde English Bulldogge named Count Dogula. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams Family.”

She is an avid reader who may be slightly obsessed with music. She hears music in a way that she believes the artist intended it to be heard: visually, with a storyline that follows. Listening to the songs by her favorite artists, she was inspired to write her first series titled “The Pendant.”

Cynthia has been published twice in The Writer’s Monthly Magazine as well as the online news site, Yahoo! Voices. She currently attends Diablo Valley College, in Pleasant Hill, California, where she is working to achieve her degree in English.

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Release Day Blitz ~ DESTINY’S WINGS (A Land of Destiny Novel) by DS Schmeckpeper

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Celeste is tired. She just wants to be left alone.

For centuries, the half-blooded elf has hidden herself away from the world and lived in isolation. Things have been peaceful, quiet. But some have a greater calling, a destiny. When the humans unwittingly set about a plan to release the source of all evil back into the world, Celeste is called upon by an old ally to stop them, and to keep all of Altierra safe.

Now she must face her past as she and her allies travel across the continent to save a world she has been apart from for eons. Will even her angelic birthright and druidic powers be enough to stop the rise of the last god?

She never asked to be a hero.

Destiny can be funny that way.

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“You Can’t Kill The Moon.”

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Celeste moved her arms up and around Tarnelius’ neck, while his dropped to her waist. They deepened the kiss, their tongues exploring each other’s mouth and twisting together in an erotic tango. Tarnelius moaned into her mouth in pure rapture. She trembled from the sheer emotion of it all. She knew that if elves died when they had nothing more to live for, she and Tarnelius would live for an eternity because they had each other. This was truly their happily ever after.

He broke off the kiss and inched back, trying to catch his breath and running his hands up and down her body in a delicious caress. “Don’t stop,” she spoke inside his head. “Don’t ever stop.”

“Celeste, my angel. Don’t ask me that now. I will never be able to refuse you. Come on, I’m sure the others are spying on us out here, and I want our first time to be in private, not out here in the open where anyone could interrupt us.”

She leaned forward, offering her lips to him, pressing her body completely flush against his. He gave in and tried to give her only a brief kiss, but she reached up and tangled her hands into his golden hair, holding him against her. She moaned as she felt him straining against her and shivered as he caressed her wings.

He felt his control slipping as he kissed her with all the desperation of a starving man. They needed to get themselves under control or he would take her right there. When he felt her shiver he pulled back once more, running his hands again over her wings. She licked her lips and closed her eyes, breathing heavily. “Does that feel good, Angel?”

“Mmm,” she answered.

He gave her a devilish grin as he stroked her feathery wings. “I had no idea your wings were so sensitive. Come on, we need to get inside. We’ll have an eternity to get to know each other intimately, starting tonight. I promise I will always be exactly what you need, Celeste.”

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“A good book makes you want to live in the story; a great book leaves no choice.” – A quote that fully applies here!

I am immediately sucked into this story, wanting to know more about the characters and their world.

What I love about this particular novel is the way the descriptive is worked into the goings on and conversations of the book, rather than separate. It makes for easier reading, easier following and is less time consuming. A refreshing writing style!

Another thing that impresses me, being submerged in a work of fantasy is the author’s objective view of humans. Since the POV is largely given from elven folk, we are treated to a look at what we truly are: selfish, loud, and destructive. I even felt relieved to see the relationship between good and evil explained; without spoiling anything I will simply state that the author has a rare and valuable sense of understanding of the things that most humans do not. In reading this book with your mind open even just a little you may see what I mean and come away enlightened. Worst-case scenario: you enjoy a fun escape from reality as you become submerged into the story.

The story is immensely exciting from start to finish but also manages to keep the human aspect alive with each character and their relationships with others. Action, drama, just the right amount of love combined with a classic good versus bad element make this an impossible-to-put-down read. Busy as I am, I still read in one session as I just couldn’t stop. I’m now waiting for the next one – very impatiently.

– Lacia Carabas

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D.S. Schmeckpeper (a.k.a. Dottie and Steve Schmeckpeper) live in Florida, USA. They are a husband and wife team who work together to create the Land of Destiny series. Both have loved the Fantasy genre for many years and have wasted way too much time playing fantasy-based games. Dottie was a vocal performance major in college, before she decided a liberal arts major was not for her. Ironic, huh? They have two wonderful twin boys, who are three at the time of this publication. They are the light or their parents’ lives. Steve does the artwork and comes up with many of the story concepts.

Dottie brings the ideas to life. When not working, writing or drawing, the pair love to take their children to Florida’s many amusement parks, and can often be found there.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: DUST by Sarah Daltry ~ Available for Pre-Order

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Release Date: Friday November 7th 2014

Publisher: Little Bird Publishing

 

 

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“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.”

In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.

When the princess, Alondra falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.

But her parents have other plans; they have a Kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?

As lies, illusions and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but of everything she has known and loved.

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY.

Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us.

As a former English teacher and YA librarian, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.

Sarah’s passion in life is writing; weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips too, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hi @SarahDaltry.

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

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Cover Reveal: THE DESCENDENT by Ellie Hart

Title: The Descendant
Author: Ellie Hart
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Caitlyn Marie Beale (Cat) is an average teenage girl with everyday problems. She tends to shy away from guys and one of the mean girls, Jenna Swanson, makes her high school life miserable. Her twin brother, Jason (Jay), on the other hand, loves being in the social life. Yet, her dating life has changed, Thanks to one of her best friends, Anna O’Hearn. The popular boy at school, Daniel Christie (Danny), asked her out, only one problem, Anna’s brother, Joseph—who’s completely overprotective of Cat and doesn’t want Danny near her. Not to mention, a stubborn black cat named midnight, keeps showing up at unusual times. That should be the only problem right? Wrong. Cat’s psychic gifts come to life, when her parents and oldest brother, Garry, are killed in a car accident. Also, her close friend Reece becomes missing. How? By magic.

Every tree takes to life and haunts Caitlyn, starting with the weeping willow tree that destroyed her parents. What’s worse? The horrible image of Reece being kidnapped. What would a teenage girl like Cat do, when people she loves turn up missing or killed? Find out who did it and stop them from killing others— without getting in over her head and not having to explain everything to her guardian, her sister Jessie, and Detective Tristan Garrison (who has been keeping an eagle eye on her and her twin). Finding her father’s article, Cat figure’s out that the accident is connected to the Pine Barron Woods. She makes a pack with Joseph and Jason to help her find closure. With the help of her twin, Joe and Anna, Cat discovers more about her parent’s death, Cat then becomes so obsessive about solving her parents’ death and to help her friend, that she’s shut everyone out, including Danny. Well everyone except Joe— who’s a pain in her butt most of the time, not letting her out of his sight. Feelings begin to rise between Cat and Joseph. Their journey begins at the Pine Barron Wood, where Cat finds an old burial ground that had some sort of markings in the Huge Rune stones. Her and her friends then search for information in regards to her parents’ death and Reece’s disappearance. They come across the legend of the Fairy Queen, Aine of Knockaine—who seeks revenge on King Math of Mathowny (father of magic) and the Guardians of Draco (started by Math’s children), by creating Changelings (those who are possessed by fairies) in order to avenge her lover Gilfaethwy. Therefore, she put a curse on Math’s kingdom and his children. Darkness will come to Math’s kingdom and his children will be destroyed by the darkness with in, in her lifetime or the next.

Starting with Meredith, the kings youngest child—who has been blessed with Merlin’s gifts. The changeling must complete a ritual which will bring her back from the spirit world. The only way to succeed, is to take the blood of a powerful sorcer’s bloodline, like the Morrigan’s (the only one who could ever destroy the fairy queen).How do you stop a changeling from doing harm to others and harm to themselves? Cat insists on finding out who he or she is, before they complete the ritual. Garry’s spirit visits to guide Cat. She comes across two possible people that might be changeling—Jenna Swanson and Daniel Christie. To her dismay, Jay and Joe don’t agree with her about Jenna Swanson. To top it all, Jessie has come down on her and Detective Garrison’s getting to close to Cat’s older sister. How can you find a mythological character and stop her? Find the most powerful stone, Morginite stone, and destroy it with the White Knight’s sword. Merlin created the sword the White Knight’s sword for the Morrigan to control the balance of nature. Its power can cut through any mystical stone and destroy the stone’s power. Cat and her friends take on a wild adventure, from séances, and old book stores and libraries, to a mud creature (with sharp fangs and a boar’s cry). Let’s not forget the iced over ocean that Cat almost drowns in when she finds the sword.

On a plus note, Joe and her finally kiss. YAY! So close, yet so far away. As soon as Cat comes closer to the changeling, Jay, Joseph and Anna are taken. Feeling hopeless, she finds her notebook with Jason’s writing on it. Jason knew it was the burial site. Now she’s ready to fight. Cat calls Danny in order to help her. With the sword in her hand, they head off the Pine Barron Woods, hoping to stop the ritual. Voices of Anna screaming clouds Cat’s thoughts. She circles around the meadow in the woods, but the sound disappears. What’s worse, Danny went missing. The trees closes in on her and all she’s left with are memories of her parents and the sadness of the loss of her friends. Until, she hears Joe’s voice. A light from the path, pushes away the trees. Cat escapes, however the trees shower her with branches, cutting into her only shield, her arms. Once she reaches the burial ground and finds Joe unconscious. She rushes to Joe and tries to help him. Daniel leans over her and gives her an ice cold kiss on the cheek. Come to find out Daniel is Gilfaethwy. Danny tortures Cat be telling her that she’ll watch the Guardians of Draco die starting with her brother Jay. For Jay is the reincarnation of Meredith. Jay’s to week to defend himself. His body becomes overtaken by the Fairy Queen. She appears. Bolts of Electricity comes out of the staff that she carries. The electricity heads towards Jay. Cat blocks it with the White Knight’s sword. Aine is furious and attacks Cat. Once she has Cat pinned to the ground with her foot. She laughs. Victory is sweet. Aine tells her that Cat is a descendant of Math’s children. Aine instructs Danny to finish off Jay.

Cat breaks free of the Fairy Queen and rushes to save Jay. Before Daniel could kill Jay with his sword, Cat stops him. A sword fight breaks out between Cat and Daniel. Joseph tries to stop him but the Fairy Queen throws him against one of the Pine Trees and slowly watches him die. Cat sees what’s happening. Daniel punches her and she lands next to the Morginite Stone. She hears Garry’s voice telling her to destroy it. Cat destroys the stone, the stone sends shards breaking the Fairy Queen’s staff in half. The fairy queen starts to become vapor, while Daniel slams into one of the huge stones. After, a pebble hits Cat on the side of her forehead. Cat loses awareness. Aine has Jay where she wants him. She gently reaches into Jay’s chest to rip out his heart. The White Knight sword jabs at the Queens stomach. Cat stands strong.

The Queen couldn’t believe that the Morrigan had reincarnated into Cat. Before Cat destroys her, Aine did warn Cat, killing her means that the creatures of darkness will avenge her. Cat told the Fairy queen that she will give back every soul that belongs to the heavens starting with the Fairy Queen. After Cat made the mark of a raven and thrust the sword into Aine’s heart. What happens next? Jay and the others come to. There is no sign of Joseph anywhere expect for a poem he left for Cat. Daniel charges towards Cat with his sword. Shots rang out. Daniel disintegrates. Detective Garrison saves Cat’s life. He walk towards the stones. Cat and Jay follow. Detective Garrison tells them when he was ordered from the Guardians of Draco to protect the descendant of Meredith, but he didn’t realize that the Morrigan and Math of Mathowny was reincarnated into her younger siblings.

Both Cat and Jay just stare at the Guardian…

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~About the Author~

Your real name and pen name. Ariel H Stagg: Penn Name Ellie Hart

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood. The Best memory I could share was my almost first Kiss…it’s actually how the descendant first started. As I remember in my younger years I was the geeky tomboy with the poodle perm hair. Who didn’t care for the school age boys-Truth be told, I secretly wanted to be married to Harrison Ford. During that time, one of our neighbor’s son, who was witty and cute — always looked after me and we had fun hanging out with each other. He was always kind and helpful (no matter what idiotic thing I did) I still don’t know if it was because I was his sister’s friend or the girl next door. And for this reason, my heart went out to him. I didn’t realize it until the day a group of us were in his room watching a movie. (And I do recall it was one of the Indiana Jones Movies). I don’t know if he would ever remember, but he tried to kiss me. Shy and geeky I didn’t know what to do expect laugh and I either thought it or asked, “What you were trying to do?”  What he didn’t know was that at the time I never been kissed and I had butterflies swimming all around me. I was scared. Scared of what would happen if we did kiss. So I called this moment my almost kiss. Years later, I write stories of young love and the first amazing kiss. A kiss that many girls will never forget. I laugh because I couldn’t remember my first kiss expect that it was horrible, but I remember the boy who I gave my heart to not realizing it. As I said in my dedication, he’s the boy next door who will always have a special place in my heart.

Tell us about your education were you always a writer? No. I went to school for CNA and theatre arts and communications. I wanted to be an actress but in many eyes I wasn’t actress material, so fait had another course for me. I landed a job at Southeastern Surgical Associates and ended up with dealing with insurance companies.

What languages can you speak and write? I would love to learn a different language, but I only speak and write in English.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life? My kids and my faith. Also, squishing my feet in soft green grass. It sounds crazy, but I get the best ideas when I’m outside.

What hurts you most in this world? Negative people who can’t see out of their own way and at the possibilities the world as to offer. It’s seems that we created a society that is all about what can I get, instead of what can I do. Also, how cruel people can be to others who are different, whether they have a different race, religion, culture or special need.

What is your favorite genre and why? I don’t really have one. If I enjoy the story or book, I’m hooked.

When did you start writing? When I was young I used to create poems and short stories of love and adventure—my writing came to life when my son was diagnosed with Autism. I wrote social stories and poems to help him communicate whether it was in church or at school, while doing so, I had ideas pop into my head about folk lore legends—mostly when I was working with him at Sunday school.

What is the purpose of your writing? Simple, to tell my story which has the power of friendship, family and most importantly love.

Which of your works have been published so far? The Descendant—A Caitlyn Beale Memoir. Also, short stories and poems that are on my FB page and blog.

Any works in progress? LoL, quite a few. One’s that are at the close to the editing stages are The Siren a Jason Beale Memoir and New Dawn. What happens with me is that I would have a final product, then gut it, it seems like I start from scratch, it would be the same story, but more excitement.

What are your future plans? This may sound geeky but to help others through my own success (there are charities and programs that are near and dear to my heart). To have my son actually be heard and to give my kids an excellent life (traveling, understanding differences).  Also, secretly wishing to see my book on a newsstand or a Bookstore.

What top four things do you consider while writing a book? Bonding with my characters, they may have supernatural powers, but they are normal teens or adults. The adults do make mistakes and the teens do have curfews. There has to be a need for an adventure with supernatural experiences. I do start writing about a normal day to day life and my imagination goes wild. I keep telling myself, we need an immortal or a wolf in this part. PLOT and a TWIST (my opinion, a book can never be cut and dry.) Easy to read and Grabs the reader to the point that they don’t want to put the book down—it’s like they’re part of the story.

What is your dream destination on Earth? Europe—Disney style.

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. Born in the U.S. As a country bumpkin, I haven’t really traveled expect for Montreal Canada.

What did you like best about these countries around the globe? I’m fascinated by other countries folklore stories. Also, their culture.

Your favorite time of day. Midmorning, early afternoon, I’m awake enough to focus on day to day activities.

Your favorite color and why? Ocean blue, it’s silly but it gives sweet serenity.

Your favorite book and why? I have a few. My all-time favorite book is Emma, from Jane Austin. I love the fact that it’s about two good friends who fell in love with each other.

Your favorite celebrity and why? Audrey Hepburn, the woman had true beauty inside and out

Your favorite food? Anything I can eat

Some quickies:

Sun or Moon: Depends on the day.

Laughter or Smile: Laughter

Morning or Evening: Morning before the children wake up.

Coffee or Tea: Coffee!!! J

Mountain or Sea: Both

Silence or Conversation. Silence

Water or Fire: Both

Air or Earth: Earth.

Mars or Jupiter: neither

Tulip or Rose: Neither, I prefer daisies

Left or Right: right

Glance or Stare: ???

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote: Tears and Laughter are two of my favorite emotions.

The last line of your autobiography would be… She lived happily ever after

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PROMO TOUR: Glimpse of Darkness by Nichole DelaCroix

Glimpse of Darkness

Volume #1: Chronicles of the Cursed

Nicole DelaCroix

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Charlene (Charlie) Bennett is a simple waitress in the wilds of Hyder, Alaska whose father has just gone missing. Isolated and alone, her fathers’ disappearance is nothing new to her, but this time things are a little different.

For starters, there is a handsome stranger, Daniel that has come to town and while Charlie has never taken more than a passing interest in strangers, she has an immediate and intense attraction to this one. Secondly, she’s soon to find out that this stranger isn’t what he appears. He’s about to throw Charlie’s entire world into a major upheaval.

Now Charlie has to decide if she believes this strangers’ incredible story and follow Daniel or if she wants to stay in the only home she’s ever known for an uncertain future and an absentee father. As she comes to terms with what Daniel shows her, she realizes that he’s the only true thing in her life and leaves everything she knows behind to follow the handsome stranger.

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She was standing in the middle of the poorly lit living room surrounded by chaos holding a baseball bat looking more like a scared child than the woman she was.  “Charlie, please open the door.” The voice sounded so familiar to her, but what on Earth would he be doing here, and how did he know where she lived. She moved towards the door. “Daniel?”  “Yes. Charlie, please trust me, we don’t have very much time, please open the door and let me help you.”

She was very confused but she moved slowly to the door.  She knew that Daniel couldn’t have possibly done this mess, unless he had done it when she was working.  But why would he do something like this and then spend the evening with her. “Charlie, please hurry, we don’t have much time and I need you to trust me. I had nothing to do with what’s happened in your home, believe me. I’m here only to help you.”

She reached for the locks on the door and slowly turned them to open the door.  Before she could even turn the knob, Daniel had turned the door and pushed his way in. He quickly moved through the door and closed it again and locked it pushing furniture in front of the door and windows. Charlie was standing there staring at him with the baseball bat still in a defense mode. “You can put that down; it won’t do you any good anyway.”

Charlie was disoriented and didn’t understand what was going on.  “What are you doing here?  And how do you even know where I live?”  Daniel hadn’t stopped moving around the room moving furniture into defensive positions around the doors and windows.  “I followed you Charlie.”  “What?!  How did you follow me?  I drove off and you were still standing in the parking lot when I left.”  “No Charlie.  I wasn’t.  You saw me following you; you just don’t want to admit that you knew it was me.  But we don’t have time for this right now. Please get whatever you need to leave this place forever and get to the back door as quickly as you can.”

She was just standing there looking at him in bewilderment.  What the hell did he mean he followed her?  She had no idea what he was talking about, and leave this place forever, why on Earth would she do that?  “Charlie. MOVE.”  His voice was filled with urgency and terror and Charlie snapped to her senses.

“I don’t understand. What’s going on?”  Charlie was near tears, she didn’t deal well with pressure to make snap decisions and was feeling overwhelmed by what was happening.  “Charlie.  I don’t have time to explain everything to you, so please you will have to take some of this on faith until we can discuss this in a way that I can explain.  Please. You know I would never hurt you; in fact I’m doing my best to prevent just that.  But you are in serious danger right now, and I need you to focus and do as I say.  Can you do that for me?”

Charlie was blinking back the tears but nodded her head.  She didn’t know why she trusted this man, but he’d not given her any reason not to and right now he was thinking straight and she wasn’t. “Go into your room, grab as much clothes as you can put into a backpack. Nothing more than a backpack. Say you understand me.”  “I understand.”  “Good.  Take only what you can carry in this one backpack, nothing more, and only take what you need. I know it’s hard to let go of some things, but they are only possessions, so decide if they are worth your life.  If they are, take them, if not, leave it.  Say you understand me.”  “I understand, but…” “We don’t have time, Charlie.  NOW.”

 

Ten Fun Facts about Nicole DelaCroix

1)      My childhood dream is to live in London, England.  I love everything British and even drink imported English tea like a closeted Brit.  (Shhh, don’t tell anyone)

2)      I’m fluent in many languages – Sarcasm, Profanity and Double Entendres, just to name a few. (Bet you thought I was serious)

3)      I’m incredibly clumsy and have tripped over my own two feet more times than I can count.  Mostly it happens when I’m wearing flat shoes and on even pavement.  I’ve never taken a fall wearing high heels.

4)      Speaking of shoes, I spend more money on shoes (preferably platform boots please) than I do on fixing my car, groceries or anything else.  I have multiple pairs that are far too high for me to wear that I still have in boxes.  I refuse to get rid of them, eventually I will wear them.

5)      I subscribe to a theory of radical honesty, meaning that I do everything in my power to not tell a lie.  I do however, refuse to tell anyone my correct age, and I never will.

6)      I believe in ghosts, so much so that I’m convinced that there was a ghost of a nurse in my childhood bedroom.  I’m still scared to sleep alone in that room.

7)      I refuse to eat any food that has feet or face still attached to it.  So peel and eat shrimp, crab legs, lobster, fish, etc., I won’t even eat if it’s on the table.  It just freaks me out.

8)      I’m scared of most all bugs, snakes and general creepy crawly things, except spiders.  Spiders are cool and don’t scare me at all.

9)      I have the biggest sweet tooth ever!  I keep jars of candy and sweets all over my home, work and car.  I always have something, even if it’s only gum.

10)   I hate having my picture taken, and my mother insists that there is more footage of Bigfoot than there is of me. (She’s probably right too)

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Excerpt #2

Daniel finally turned to her and acknowledged that she was there. “You’ve guessed right. We are just ahead of the cannery and yes we are going to catch a cannery truck. There is a shipment leaving in about 15 minutes that will come this way.  When they come this way the pack will delay the driver so we can sneak onto the back of the truck. What I need you to do is wait until I give the signal to go and then run to the back of the truck quickly and quietly without drawing any attention. It’s imperative that the driver does not know we’re on the truck.  He can never see us if he does this whole thing will fall apart.  Do you understand?” Charlie nodded, she didn’t like the plan, but she would do what Daniel asked of her.

“We will stay in the back of the truck until they get to Washington state and then we can make our way from there. But it’s very important that until we make it out of town and on the highway that you don’t say or think anything. Focus on your music, keep your eyes closed and try not to listen. If you hear something make sure it doesn’t break your concentration Charlie, it’s very important. I can’t block you and both our lives depend on you keeping quiet. I know you’re tired and upset and I haven’t been very forthcoming, but we’re almost out of here. You’ve had your life in my hands up to now and the only way I can return the trust is to tell you that my life is in your hands until we make it out of town. All you have to do is focus on the music in your head; can you do that for me?”

Charlie felt the gravity of his words and hoped that she could come through for him.  She would definitely try her very best to do exactly what he wanted her to do.  She had managed to grab her ear buds when they were leaving the cabin, she figured she could dig those out and put them in. They weren’t completely noise canceling but when she had them in she found it easier to focus.  Besides she could put her MP3 player on and the music could just play helping her focus even more.

Daniel started to look a little relieved that she was taking his words to heart and coming up with the best solutions to keep them both safe. He relaxed his grip on her hand a little letting her know that he understood what she was thinking and was on board with her plan.

They hadn’t been sitting very long when they heard the unmistakable rumble of the oversized cannery truck in the distance. She figured they had about 5 minutes before the truck made it to where they were hiding. Her adrenaline was pumping and her tiredness eased up and she was on pins and needles waiting for the truck to make it around the curve.

It seemed like forever before the truck lights showed on the horizon meaning that the truck was about 3 minutes away.  Daniel looked focused on what was going on and the pack was on edge as well. It was clear a plan was in play but Charlie was clueless as to what exactly it was. All she knew was her part in it, pay attention get to the back of the truck without being seen.

It wasn’t long before the noisy truck was making its way around the curve and picking up speed.  Charlie started to let her doubts creep in, how were they going to be able to jump on a moving vehicle. When without warning the answer to her unspoken question showed itself. The missing pack members were corralling a wild black bear on the other side of the road. It was clear by their behavior that they were going to push the bear into the road in front of the truck about 30 feet ahead of where Charlie and Daniel were hiding.

Charlie started to worry that the bear would make it across the road before the truck could make it, when the rest of the pack moved into action. They ran up to intercept the bear and block it onto the road, there was no escape as the truck barreled down on the bear. Since the curve in the road had hid the bear, the truck slammed into the poor animal. As soon as they heard the tires squeal, Daniel pulled Charlie up and they both ran to the back of the truck. Daniel quickly cut the seal on the truck as the wolves started howling loudly.  Sound cover to pull up the door so they could jump in, the pack had thought of everything.

Only Charlie worried that the bear may have damaged the truck too much for it to continue its journey, but she didn’t have to wait long as she heard the bear growl and the pack disperse and the unmistakable sound of the cab door closing. Soon enough her fear was squashed as the truck lurched into movement. Charlie dug out her MP3 player and ear buds and started listening to music.  She had her classical mix playing David Garrett so she was instantly lost in the music.

About the Author

Nicole Delacroix is the author of the fantasy paranormal novel Glimpse of Darkness, born in Frankfurt Germany to a German mother and American Military father.  Her parents instilled in her a deep love of the written word and a profound respect for literature in all forms. So it’s little wonder that from the moment she could first write she knew that writing would always be a part of who she is. From short stories to dabbling in scriptwriting she passes her time with her day job as an IT professional but feverishly writes well into the night. Her passion for literature encompasses many different genres but her heart beats true with fantasy and science fiction. She’s fiercely loyal to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting the day when she can move to London England, her childhood dream.  You can visit her at www.nicole-delacroix.com

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: Cupid’s Desire by Phoenix Rayne

CUPID’S DESIRE
Author: PHOENIX RAYNE
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: G Street Chronicles
SYNOPSIS:
Alareik is a Cupid, and get that image of a diapered baby with a bow and arrow right out of your head. Cupids are all six foot Gods of love, invisible to the mortal’s eyes, who are sent down to Earth with their daily assignments…to help mortals fall in love.
Alareik is the most popular Cupid out there, and not only is he the hottest Cupid but he’s the most compassionate. Alareik stumbles across a mortal who has a third eye. Sapphire, a waitress no one would take a second glance at, can see the invisible Cupids. Alareik has never met a mortal who could do this. He’s put on a special assignment to figure her out.
Alareik willingly accepts this task and finds himself falling for the plain and peculiar girl. Sapphire’s love for life changes this Cupid’s heart forever.
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This story was different.  I enjoyed the concept and the fact that it was solely in the male lead’s POV as with most books the female’s POV dominates in the romance genre.  I had a tendency to lose my understanding of the plot.  Everything was happening so fast I had to re-read pages sometimes to try and get back on track.  There were a couple of times that I just didn’t understand what had just happened. I enjoyed Alareik’s character.  He was a gentle soul and I got a kick out of his constant reference to “the beast” in his pants…that was a first for me in all my reading.
I liked how the story started out giving the reader a glimpse of Alareik’s daily Cupid duties.  It was insightful.  The storyline itself was cute but it needed more.  The plot could have been “slowed down” a bit and been given more details as to what was happening. Characters were introduced so quickly (almost rushed) as the story progressed that you don’t really have the opportunity to connect with them.
The story’s ending did give me the impression that there may possibly be a follow up so I’d be interested to see where the story goes, if that’s the case.
This Naughty Mom gives Cupid’s Desire 3.5 stars 3-half-star-hotel2
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Phoenix Rayne
 
 

Phoenix Rayne was born in Federal Way Washington in a small community. Currently she resides in Nashville Tennessee where she is a student as well as a full time author… Phoenix is a published author that has several novels under her belt that she has penned with G-Street Chronicles. When not writing you can find her in a shoe store shopping or catching a good movie.
 
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