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Author Showcase – G. E. Stills (Zumia – Contest Included)

 
Grady and his partner Tuyen, contract to fly a passenger, Carson, from Houston to an island off the western coast of South America. The trip is routine until they fly into a sudden storm that nearly causes them to crash. The storm passes quickly but they can’t locate the island. Frustrated, Grady flies to the mainland. He is unable to find any familiar landmarks and the seaplane is running low on fuel so they land on a river. The next day they set out on foot to search for help. When they rescue a native woman, she tells them they are in a land called Zumia and she has never heard of a place called South America or Earth. Xaria joins them and their adventure begins.
 
 
Excerpt 
It took longer than Grady calculated but at last, the continent loomed ahead. As they drew near the coast, he expected to see signs of civilization but saw none. Even when they passed over the landmass, there were still no signs. They flew over an inlet that appeared slightly familiar but still looked wrong. Gazing down a frown came to his face.

“What?” asked Tuyen.

“Something doesn’t make sense here. Right over there should be Machala , Ecuador a sizable city.” Tilting the wings slightly, he pointed to the location, “but as you can see for yourself, there’s no sign of it. In fact, there isn’t any sign of people at all. I’ve flown over Machala several times in the past and this bay looks like the right one, but it’s somehow different. I’m going to fly up north and try landing near Guayaquil an even larger city. Besides I need to get this plane on dry land and assess any damage.”

“Grady, I haven’t been able to get anyone on the radio either. There’s nothing. I’ve searched many bands and there is just nothing. No chatter at all.”

When he was unable to spot any airports, he finally landed the plane in the large river that emptied into the bay. Extending the wheels, he drove up on shore. After shutting the engines down, he got out to begin his inspection. Both Tuyen and Carson went with him. Lush dark-green jungle foliage ended a few yards from the sandy shore.

“Grady, while you check the plane I’m going to look around a little,” Mr. Naplier said.

“I wouldn’t advise going into the jungle Mr. Naplier. Especially not alone,” Grady advised.

“No, I’m just going to walk along the beach. And please, call me Carson.”

“Okay, Carson , but stay close.”

“I will.”

He didn’t find any major damage and looked up at Carson ’s shout. When they joined him, Carson pointed to the tracks on the beach. They came from the jungle, to the water, and then led back into the jungle. The tracks were the right size and shape to be made by a person.

“Well I guess there are people around here. Maybe we can follow these tracks and find a village. Then maybe they can tell us where we are. If we’re really lucky, they may have a radio,” Grady said.

“Grady, I’ll remind you that I’m hardly dressed to go hiking through the jungle. Besides it’s going to get dark soon.” Tuyen nodded toward the setting sun.

“I think we should sleep in the plane and get an early start in the morning. Does everybody agree?” He looked at Tuyen and Carson who both nodded in agreement.

They stood facing the jungle and listened to the sounds of the birds chirping. Grady wondered how far they would have to walk before they found the village. The chirping stopped and the jungle grew quiet. Almost eerily quiet. The three of them nearly jumped out of their skins when an ear-splitting roar broke the silence. Dashing back to the plane they scrambled onboard. Tuyen looked at first Grady and then Carson in fear.

“What the fuck was that?” she asked.

Carson shrugged. “I have no idea. I’ve never heard a sound like that before.”

“I don’t know either, but I don’t want to be on this damn beach when we find out.”

Hurriedly, Grady went through the startup process and soon the engines roared to life. Turning the plane, he headed out into the water. When he was several hundred yards from shore, he slowed the engines and let the plane drift. Looking around, he spotted what he was searching for. The island was large enough to have some good-sized trees but small enough, he hoped, to be uninhabited by any large creatures. He had Tuyen idle up the engines to hold the plane in place. He stripped to his boxers and waded to shore with a rope that was attached to the nose of the plane.

After tying the rope off to one of the trees, he returned. Slowly, Tuyen idled down the engines and finally shut them down when they determined the rope would hold the plane in place. With the engines silenced, it was very quiet on the water. So quiet that they could easily hear the jungle noises in the distance. In addition to the normal chirping of birds and other sounds, they could not identify, several more loud roars, split the air.

Grady climbed back onboard, nodded to Carson along the way and squished to the cockpit in his wet clothes. “The current isn’t strong but to be on the safe side, I’m going to tie off another rope,” he announced. “In the meantime, how about getting out some blankets and pillows for us?”

Tuyen made an awful face. “You’re asking me to go back in that cabin alone with Mr. hands? You know how much I dislike him.”

“You could always go wading in your mini and tie off the plane partner. This is South America though, and there are many fine aquatic creatures that may be in the water Do I need to remind you you’re wearing a mini that is open at the bottom.”

“Ick that is a disgusting thought. Point taken though.” Tuyen tightened her lips. “Just be certain you hurry back if you want to find our passenger in one piece.”

To his relief when he returned from tying off the second rope, both Tuyen and Carson were in one piece. Blankets and pillows were stacked on one pair of seats. After raiding the snack supply for a meager supper, they sat talking and listening to the jungle sounds.

 
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Review of “Sacked” – Jen Frederick

 
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What he wants he gets…

 Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

 
 
—–> REVIEW <—–
 
From the cover, to the characters, to the love scenes, this book is hot….hot…HOT!!
 
Jen delivered a combination of sexiness, sweetness, and humor that had me turning the pages at record speeds. 
 
If you like football or romantic tales, then you’ll absolutely fall head over heels in love with Sacked. 
 
Trust me, this is a book you won’t want to put down!! 
 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
 

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Author Showcase/Interview – A.B. Novak

Today, you are in for a special treat. Instead of the print version of my typical interview, A.B. had a most brilliant idea. She suggested her friend record her responses. I think you’ll love the final product. I sure did!!
 
 
 
FB Link – A.B. Novak
Twitter Link – @AB_Novak
Instagram – AB_Novak
Pinterest – @novakab
Website – www.abnovak.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Release Date: 10.20.15
Publisher: CHBB / YA / Paranormal Romance
Cover Artist: Rue Volley
 
There is a reason behind superstition.  It’s because it’s all true.  Not believing does not make it go away. 
 
Mr. Blackwell is set in the deep, bice, swampy waters of Louisiana.  Being out of her home state of Maryland and apparently out of her mind, novice journalist Vivienne Gray falls head over heels in love with a man she supposed to be interviewing.  His man of few words attitude and Vivienne’s need to know everything has set tension high as she is led by Jase into the back bayous.  As the daylight belly flops into moonlight Vivienne saves Jase’s life and they are pulled into an ancient curse that has plague the Blackwell family for years.

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Author Showcase and Interview with Ani Keating

 
Welcome, Ani Keating!!
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Ani) Hi, Kam. Thank you for having me on your blog (I love the Superman gravatar).
 
I’m a lawyer by day (please don’t stop reading, it gets better) and a writer by night. I have settled in Portland, Oregon, after trying out a few other places, and I love it here.  Rain, green forests, bookstores, and coffee shops… I had no choice but to start writing. J  It was something I had always wanted to do—since my first short story in third grade—but “real life” took its course. College, law school, job, family… It wasn’t until three years ago that I finally decided to go for it. I got this idea in my head that just wouldn’t leave me alone. Next thing I knew, I was outlining, then opening an account on fanfiction, then posting chapters online, and the rest became a roller coaster ride. I thought I’d be lucky if I had one or two readers and they’d both like it. I ended up finding quite a few more, then an agent, then a publisher.  And now here I am, with my first novel coming out on November 17, 2015.  I’m still trying to catch my breath, but I’m so glad I started.  Being a writer is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do (and I argue for a living) but it has also been one of the most beautiful and fulfilling experiences of my life.
 
(Kam) Yeah, Superman ROCKS!! 
 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Ani) Ha ha, this is going to sound really weird, but I actually take a shower.  A really hot shower.  At the first sign of it. I’m not sure if the hot water relaxes me or what—but some of my best ideas have happened in the shower.  And some of my favorite character lines, too.  Let me tell you, there were some days when I was taking three showers per day. My husband thought I’d lost my mind (he was probably right). On the upside, I smelled good, so it all worked out.
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
 
(Ani) Ah the glitz and glam…#someday.  My “free time” is a mythological creature, I’m convinced. The more I look for it, the more elusive it becomes. But when I manage to find it, I usually go to my favorite bookstore, Powell’s Books, sit with some hot chocolate in a corner, emanate leave-me-alone vibes, and read the latest releases. When I’m done with that, I will most likely make dinner (I do love cooking), and my husband and I will watch whatever is on HBO. Glamorous, right?  To step it up a notch, we are taking a mushroom hunting class this fall. I hope I survive it.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Ani) Yep, I’m a closet writer, too. My family and some of my friends know that I write, but that’s about it.  They are very supportive, and I’m really lucky in that regard. My poor husband has had to do the dishes for months on end, and occasionally be my guinea pig for whatever scene I’m writing.  And my parents are over the top. They don’t speak much English (I was born in a different country) but from what they can get through Google Translate, they are convinced my book will win the Nobel prize.  🙂 Everyone else thinks I’m a serious, suit-wearing, hose-hating, argumentative lawyer who has an unhealthy obsession with Oxford commas.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Ani) I’m glad you gave me a limit on this one, or we’d be here a while.  Okay, my all-time, favorite, desert-island authors are: Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Vladimir Nabakov, Pablo Neruda, Mark Twain, John Grisham, JK Rowling, Gillian Flynn, Bella Andre, and Alice Munro.  (I know, kind of an eclectic mix…)
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Ani) Oh boy, this is a tough one. Can I pick two? Or three? I’m picking two. 🙂  I’d love to see Thirty Nights on it because I think it would make my readers really happy.  But it would be hard to cast the main heroine because in my head, she looks like a young version of Liz Taylor.  And my alpha hero looks like no one else… but since this is fantasy question, I’ll go with David Gandy (though I know he is in very high demand).
 
 
As for another book, I would love to see the Fairest series/Lunar Chronicles on screen, by Marissa Meyer. The imagination of mixing fairy tales with cybernetics is kind of genius. I have no idea how they would do it, but I would definitely go see it.
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Ani) Right now, I’m working on the sequel for Thirty Nights, called Ninety Days.  Ninety days follows the journey of the two main characters, Elisa and Aiden. I’m also outlining a separate book based on legends and descendants of certain legendary heroes. That’s all I can say about that one. 🙂 (Mostly because I haven’t gotten far enough into it.)
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Ani) Thirty Nights will be available for preorder on October 18, 2015 and the release date is on November 17, 2015. You can find it on the following:
 
Samhain Publishing
Amazon
iTunes
Kobo
Barnes & Noble
Google Play
 
It is the first book in the American Beauty series. Its sequel, Ninety Days, is still in the drafting stage.
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Ani) I would love to! Speaking to readers is my favorite thing about writing and I think the reason I keep going.  They can find me on my website at anikeating.com.  On Twitter @AniKeating (https://twitter.com/AniKeating). And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ani.surnois or https://www.facebook.com/thirtynights
 
I am also on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/anikeating/
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Ani) I would like to thank my readers who have been there from the first chapter I posted on fanfiction and who have been patiently for the book to come out.  There are too many of them to list or name but among all of them, I received thousands of messages that kept me going.  I hope other readers who read this interview will also give Thirty Nights a chance.  And if they do, I’d love to hear from them.
 
(Kam) I’m sure readers are going to adore Thirty Nights. Speaking of which, lets learn more about the hot read I’m sure fans have been clamoring for. 
 
 
 
American Beauty, Book 1 
 Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.
 
 
After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.

She is one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one thing she cannot survive again—saying goodbye and leaving her home. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together.

After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.

Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts—and fight for their future.


Warning: Contains a blistering exploration of desire, sacrifice, and redemption…and love’s power to equalize us in ways laws cannot. 

 

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Author Showcase/Interview – Heather Boyd

Welcome, Heather Boyd!!

 

1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and
tell the readers a little about yourself?
How did you get your start in the writing business?

(Heather) Greetings. I’m a regency historical romance author, indie
published, and sole female in a testosterone fueled household. (Even the cat is
male) I love old books, old furniture and houses, and research — regency era
of course. My first story was published by a now closed publisher, but I’d
known about self-publishing for years before dipping my toe. I like to learn
new things and use the computer skills I already had so indie publishing seemed
a perfect fit for me.
 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please
tell us how you handle it.
(Heather) I don’t really understand writers block but I totally suffer
from recurring procrastination. Ten minutes of quick fact checking can easily
turn into an hour of ‘I’ll use it one day’ research material. 😀
 
3. Contrary to what
some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam.
Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not
writing, how to do you spend your time?
(Heather) I think I had more glitz and glam in my working life in
Financial Planning. Being an Australian, in Australia, writing my stories in
English settings means I spend a lot of time surfing the web, watching UK TV
shows, and absorbing everything English. Spare time is spent with my family.
 
4. I know many
writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to
you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?


(Heather) I don’t use a pen name so after years as a published author everyone
that matters knows I write as my day job. My hubby is my biggest supporter, closely
followed by my parents and father-in-law. They’re always interested and asking
for details of the next book to come out.
 
5. Will you share
with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so
give us your top ten.
(Heather) My reading list changes a lot from year to year, based on
releases and whether the author’s books are available for readers in Australia.
I also read a lot indie author’s work too … Maggie Anderson, Ava March, Jess
Michaels, Sandy Williams, Donna Cummings, Samantha Grace, Wendy Vella, Barbara
Monajem, Mary Balogh, Bronwen Evans.
 
6. If you could choose
one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you
choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Heather) I’ve never really considered my books as movies before now.
When I’m writing I don’t picture real people as characters either. The cover
art models usually come close, but they’re often found after the story is
complete. After nearly 30 stories it’s hard to pick a favorite book. I’ll happily
accept reader suggestions though for which book of mine could be a movie. 🙂
 
7. Would you care to
tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information.
If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(Heather) I’m in the middle of
planning, early writing, on a new series for publication in 2016. The new
series features a side character from An Accidental Affair and navy captains as
my heroes. The series isn’t named as yet, nor do the individual books have titles
either, but its coming together really well. 
 
8. Where can we find
your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(Heather) Visit heather-boyd.com for the full backlist of titles. To
date I have four published series — The Miss Mayhem Series (Miss Merton’s
Last Hope is the forth and final installment), Distinguished Rogues (6 novels +
1 Novella that releases in December), The Wild Randalls (a complete four novel
series), and the Hunt Club (Gay Regency romance – five books to date). I also
have six erotic regency romance novellas/short stories published too.
 
9. Would you please
share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(Heather) I love to hear from readers. They can keep in touch via my Website | Twitter | Facebook Page | Mailing list.
 
10. Before we conclude
this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The
stage is all yours.


(Heather) Thanks for so much for interviewing me. I have a question
for readers of the blog: How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
 
 
Now that you’ve met the lovely Heather Boyd, it’s time to shine the light on one of her creations, Miss Merton’s Last Hope. 
 


Book Three, Miss Mayhem Series
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Length: 40,000 words novella
Heat Rating: Sizzling
 

Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too.

Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor?

 

 

Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber.

Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty.

“It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.”

Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.”

“Oh?”

Dear God, the man wants particulars.

 

 

 

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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “Dream Walker” – Kimberly Dean

 
 
 Welcome, Kimberly Dean!!
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the
readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?  
 
(Kimberly) Hello, everyone!  I’m an author of romance and erotica and have
been published since 2004.  My start came
a bit differently from other authors’.  I
wrote a manuscript and sent it to Black Lace Books in London.  I heard nothing until one day I opened my
mail and there was a contract!  A week
later, another one showed up for a short story I’d also sent.  To me, that was so much better than a phone
call. It was on paper and real.  I
was suddenly an author.
 
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.  
 
(Kimberly) First and foremost,
I step away from the computer. If I’ve hit a block, it means my well is
dry.  I’ll go for a walk, listen to
music, or even clean the house. 
Sometimes the answer just pops into my head.  Another technique I’ve developed is making
flash cards.  I’ll write highlights for
my plot on each card and organize them. 
Knowing that I have an overall roadmap helps me focus on just getting
from Point A to Point B. 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time? 
 
(Kimberly) I’m assuming you also mean when I’m not blogging, updating my website, looking
over promo opportunities, plotting, Tweeting, or putting together a
newsletter?  🙂 There’s not much time left, but I spend a lot of time
taking care of my flower gardens.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?  
 
(Kimberly) I
am a writer in deep-cover mode.  Only a
handful of people know that I write, and none of them know what I write.  They’re
super-curious, but this is a part of my life that I’ve cordoned off for
me.  I enjoy it, and that’s enough for
me.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.  
 
(Kimberly) Tough call.  I’ll go with Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Anne
Stuart, Nalini Singh, J.R. Ward, J.K. Rowling, Stieg Larsson, S.E. Hinton, David
Baldacci, Sidney Sheldon
 
Kam: I <3 Ward, too!!!
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts? 
 
(Kimberly) With superhero movies
dominating the market, I’d have to go with my short story Blade of Moonlight.  It’s a
superhero erotic romance with Luminescence, who gets her power from the moon,
battling and falling in love with Scythe, a bad guy whose favorite weapon is a…
well, you get it.  Off the top of my
head, I see Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in the starring roles.  Yeah, they’d do nicely.
                   
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.   
 
(Kimberly) I’m in the middle of two series.  One is my Courting
series, a collection of contemporary erotic romance stories about a high-end
escort service that specializes in love. 
The other is my Dream Weavers paranormal romance series about the
Oneiroi, Greek daemons who bestow dreams upon sleeping humans.
 

 

 
 
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?  
 
(Kimberly) My
books are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and all the other major players’
sites.  I’d say readers should go to my
website and choose by genre.  I write
contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and erotica.  I also split my time pretty evenly between
full-length novels and short stories.  If
someone is new to my work, they can choose a short story to get an idea of how
I write.  That’s what I do when trying
authors who are new to me.
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?  
 
(Kimberly) Sure!  I love hearing from
fans.  Readers can follow me on my
website at http://kimberlydean.com.  I’m
also on Twitter @KDean_writer.
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours. 
 
(Kimberly) Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Kam, and thanks to
all the readers who love books.  I’ve
been running into a lot of people these days who are unhappy with their lives
or their work.  Find time for yourselves.  Keep reading. 
Do something fun.  Try something
new.  Go for your dreams!
 
 
Ladies and Gents, I
hope you enjoyed my interview with Kimberly Dean.
If you have any questions or comments for Kimberly,
by all means, leave her a message below. Thank you in advance for your
visit! 



Before you do that though, lets check out Dream Walker!! *big ass smile*
 

 

Research scientist Shea Caldwell has always had a thing for security consultant, Derek Oneiros. He’s smart, handsome, and built like a Greek god. As attracted as she is to him, though, she’s afraid to let him into her bed – because she’s dangerous when she sleeps.

Derek is known among his brothers as “The Machine,” yet his carefully cultivated control is put to the test whenever he’s around Shea. The woman is as beautiful as she is intelligent, but they’ve always kept things professional – until Derek learns why. Shea is sleepwalking again, but what she doesn’t know is that he may be the only one who can help her. For heis a Greek daemon, and he’s charged with protecting her dreams.

With Shea threatened, Derek makes things personal, and their nights together turn steamy and intimate. He’s ready to battle against the Somnambulist that’s been controlling his lover in her sleep, yet is the night creature really causing all the harm? When Shea’s groundbreaking research notes are stolen, it’s clear that other evil forces may be at work.

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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
As a person who suffers from unpleasant dreams (at times), it’s rather disturbing to think the creatures visiting me are real. That’s reason enough to pray for insomnia. 
On the other hand, it’s also rather reassuring to think of having your very own dream guardian. So…I think I will forego the caffeine and just succumb to my body’s need for slumber, restful or not. 
For my first introduction into the writing world/mind of Kimberly Dean, I have to say she impressed me. She weaved a rather engaging tale. The plot was thought out beautifully and didn’t really raise any red flags for me. Yeah, I knew who the real guilty party was in the story but the why kept me reading. Plus, the scenes between Shea and Derek were spicy!! 
Heck, I adored all the Dream Weavers. 
Brilliant read, Kimberly!! 
 
  
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2
 
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Review of “The Skeleton in the Closet” – Angie Fox

              The second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries.
 
 

A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone…even a dead someone…must have witnessed the crime.

 

Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own.

Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.

 
 
 REVIEW 
 
From the cover to the characters to the the mystery unraveling throughout the pages, this book screams….. FUN, FUN, FUN!!
 
And the award for FUNNIEST CHARACTER OF ALL goes to………Maisie. She reminds me of the Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies. (I attached the photo in case you are too young to remember the show or simply never watched it.)
 
 
See, “Granny” is packing heat just like Maisie. It makes me wonder if Angie had her in mind when she wrote the part. 
 
Folks, trust me, you’ll be entertained by this story. It has ghosts, poltergeist, murder mystery, a scandal cover-up, and one pet skunk. 🙂
 
Lets not forget, one hot cop. Oooo LALA!! 
 
 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
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Review of “Wicked White” – Michelle A. Valentine

 

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

 
 
REVIEW 
 
I realize some women are into poets and poetry, but for me, quoting Shakespeare during sex is not sexy or romantic at all. I was actually rolling my eyes as I was reading it. Now before anyone assumes I am not a fan of Shakespeare and that’s why I found the scene unappealing, let me set you straight. I actually rather enjoy Shakespeare. I was one of those students who didn’t moan and groan when we read works by him. 
 
However, for me, their first sex scene fell flat. I know Shakespeare played a vital roll into their reunion but…eh. 
 
In Chapter 17, I found myself turned off by their lovemaking there too. During the section where they are discussing going bareback, she admitted to him she had one previous lover. Him: he talked around it, explained his reasoning for his number, but never actually stated how many. In the end, they went latex-free. 

I don’t know about you but I would’ve dragged him to the nearest clinic first. 

All in all, I wasn’t a fan of either character. I didn’t feel any chemistry between the two of them. 

The only reason why I gave this a 2 instead of a 1 is because of Birdie and Adele. I liked those two supporting actresses. 

 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤
 
 
  

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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “Against The Game” – Destiny Booze

Welcome, Destiny Booze!!
 
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Destiny) Hello! I’m a romantic suspense/thriller author, and oh boy, do I love saying that!

My life is simple. I work hard, dream big, and play often. I live in Botetourt County, Virginia with my husband and son. I strive daily to be the best wife, mother, and writer that I can be.

I want happily-ever-after. I want to believe in the basic good of the world. At the end of the day, I want to be proud of myself!

That’s me. Pretty boring, right? I started writing as an outlet to horrible teenage hormones. Lol. It is, and has always been, my escape from reality.

 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Destiny) I take a break and reread what I’ve written. Usually, I get lucky and that puts me back into the story. If that doesn’t work, I read something else and come back and try again.
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Destiny) When not writing, I’m a chauffeur for my son to and from every sporting event imaginable. I clean house, wash clothes, try to exercise (ha ha), watch TV, and read. It is a rare thing to find me without a book in my hand. And, that is pretty much it. Like I said, I’m so boring! 🙂
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Destiny) Yes, everyone close to me knows I write. I am fortunate to be surrounded by very supportive family and friends. My writing career began as a community journalist, and I have been lucky to have features about my novels in the paper I used to work for. Because I live in a small town, almost everyone knows I write. I hope their thoughts are something like: That Destiny Booze is one of the most talented romantic suspense authors I have ever read. **wink, wink**
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Destiny) Oh yes, it is a long list. Some of my favorites are Tami Hoag, Dean Koontz, Allison Brennan, Dana Marton, Debra Webb, J.R. Ward, Harlan Coben, Erica Spindler, Lisa Scottoline, and Lisa Gardner.
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Destiny) I would choose my newest book, Against the Game. I would love to see Theo James play Eric, because I’m crushing hard on him with the release of the Divergent movies. For the heroine, I would cast Brittany Robertson. I think she can come across as both vulnerable and tough, which fits Lacey.
 
 
 
 
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Destiny) I am working on a romantic thriller about a deaf girl whose twin sister goes missing. I don’t have a title for this one yet. Be sure to throw any ideas my way! 🙂
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Destiny) My books are available online at most stores. I have one series available, but those stories can also be read as stand-alones. I have them all listed on my website with blurbs, excerpts, book trailers, and more for anyone interested.
 
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Destiny) Absolutely. There’s a contact page on my website, or you can email me directly adestinyboozeauthor@gmail.com.
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Destiny) Yes! I just had a book released on 9/4/15 called Against the Game. I’m excited to hear what readers think of it!
 

 

First, I want to thank Destiny for sitting down with me. It was a great pleasure learning more about you and your creations. 
 
Next, for those visiting us, I hope you enjoyed the interview and took a moment to watch the trailer for Against The Game – the story I am reviewing today. 
 
Below, Destiny and I have provided a SNEAK PEEK for the story of the hour. 
 
Enjoy and, as always, comments – questions- or simple HOWDY is welcomed and appreciated. Come on, ladies and gents, lets show Destiny some love!! 
 
 
 

Eric Teague is moments away from making history. Thanks to him, the world of gaming is about to experience technology like it has never seen before. When his new establishment, Against the Game, opens, playing video games will be a thing of the past.

At Against the Game, players experience the game as if it is real in a virtual reality. There is no TV, no console with wires and controllers. The game feels absolutely real. Kids get so much more than puppeteering cartoonish characters through a game of basketball. No matter the person’s health or physical ability, they will be the characters in a world without limits and they will experience what it is really like to compete as a pro ball player.

During test trials, kids called Against the Game “amazing,” “fantastic,” and “miraculous.” One kid declared it was the best experience of his life. Indeed, everyone knew it was going to be something big enough to alter the whole gaming industry. For Eric, it meant a long awaited dream come true.

But, all too soon, reality breaks into Eric’s moment when something goes terribly wrong. He and his best friend Lacey get trapped in the virtual reality of the supercomputer behind his establishment. It is definitely no longer just a game. The danger is real. The consequences are real. And, Eric and Lacey’s fight for survival is more than real.

To live, they must win, and to win, they must overcome the biggest challenge of all: to trust and to love.

 

There were more than a couple snakes, more than ten, upwards of even hundreds. There had to be thousands of them. The dirt of the tunnel was hardly visible beneath the reptiles. Indeed, the floor looked as if it moved.

It would be impossible to walk through them without getting bit. Would he have time to hit the button before he died in the game? He had to get out before the venom killed him. That was the only way he would survive.

He looked down at his bare feet and cringed. No matter, he had to do this! There was no other way out of there. He had to get to that red exit button so he could save Lacey and Paula. Nothing else mattered.

Why wouldn’t his damn feet move?

Taking a deep breath, he strived for courage. He pictured Lacey in his mind, reminding himself what he was doing this for. She needed him and he would not let her down.

After one more breath, he took one hesitant step forward, burrowing his foot slowly down between the snakes, feeling for the floor. He had to use his toes to ease in between them, even scoot a few out of his way. If he could manage not to hurt them, maybe he could avoid a bite. Maybe.

He had to force himself not to jerk away from the feel of the snakes sliding against his bare foot. This was absolute torture. It was hell.

Finally, he placed his foot to the floor and moved forward with the next foot. One step was down and he wasn’t bitten. He tried to move as little as possible, but he was helpless against the trembling that violently shook him.

Eric didn’t consider himself a coward. Only an idiot wouldn’t have been scared. He was smart enough to know he was probably one step closer to his death.

His foot hit the floor again, so he attempted step number three. He held his breath through the next few steps when he felt some very large snakes in the mix. It had to have been a python. At least that kind of snake wasn’t poisonous. The bite wouldn’t kill him. It would just cause a lot of pain.

Eric winced when he felt a sharp pain just above his left ankle. It was a snake bite. He tried hard not to jerk away, afraid that would cause more bites. It hurt so badly. This snake didn’t give a quick bite and recoil. No, it bit and started chewing.

Without any other choice, he ignored the pain and kept going, dragging the snake along. His next step was wobbly and he stepped down on a snake. It bit, a quick attack this time, not clinging to him like the other one. Then, he felt another bite. Maybe it was a different snake or maybe it was a second bite from the same one.

It was time to get moving. Going slow wasn’t working anymore.

He quit worrying about where his feet went and started moving faster. Leaping over the snakes and landing softly became the new strategy. He had to get to that exit sign as quickly as possible.

The snakes continued to bite him with just about every step he took. He kept close to the wall and used one hand for balance so he didn’t fall. If he went down, he wouldn’t get back up.

He started feeling nauseous. His head started swimming and he had to lean on the wall more and more as he went. Who knew what kind of snake venom he had in his blood stream by now? He knew one thing was for sure. He didn’t have much time or he was not going to make it to that button.

The distance seemed more and more impossible to him even though he was now three quarters of the way there. He didn’t think he would make it before he passed out. He hated damn snakes. He did not want to die this way!

His feet grew slick beneath him and Eric knew the moisture was blood, his blood. His hands began to tingle and he realized he had bites there as well. Were these stupid snakes jumping now?

Three more steps and he went down. He couldn’t help it. His legs just gave out. He had no choice but to start crawling.

The reptiles went into a biting frenzy, attacking him everywhere at once, and he let out a scream. Many of them stayed attached, flopping against him. The pain was everywhere now. He couldn’t distinguish one bite from the next. He hurt all over.

This was a terrifyingly for-real horror movie scene. He couldn’t think of a more horrific way to go out of this world, but he didn’t stop. He couldn’t. He had to keep moving!

It was definitely a miracle that he made it to the end of the hall, but he did. The exit button sat above his head, ready for him to push it, but he couldn’t get up. He tried. The tingling that was in his hands had spread everywhere. He was numb, whether from a side effect of venom or from a state of shock, he couldn’t be sure.

“Come on!” he growled at himself.

He tried again, digging his fingers into the wall to pull himself up. Again, he thought of Lacey. He couldn’t let her die because of his creation. That was unacceptable to him.

He shook violently, but his body did rise. He used his very last burst of energy to slam his fist into the exit button. Then, he let himself fall into unconsciousness.

 
 
 
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
 
I’ve seen virtual reality plots played out in books/movies before but Destiny took the idea and cranked it up a notch. This world would most definitely be any true gamers’ wet dream; that is after version 2.0 comes out. 

Original copy had some features that would scare most people. Ex. gigantic spiders, huge-ass ants, and pain. 

See, no fun. That’s why 2.0 is needed, if not for others reasons……….

I won’t go into too many details because I don’t want to spoil the ending but there’s more potential to Against the Game (game) that even Eric had envisioned. 

Eric is a brilliant man. This is a brilliant book and I am officially a FAN of Destiny Booze. 


Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
 
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