April 17, 2015

Special Guest Shawna Romkey!

Speak of the Devil

By Shawna Romkey

 Book one in the Speak of the Devil series

After dying with her two best friends in a tragic car accident, Lily comes back to life only to wind up in the middle of a war between good and evil at a time when God has disappeared.

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the crash and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and learns they are falling too.

Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, figure out a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

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About Shawna Romkey: Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, one rescue dog and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.

She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

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April 13, 2015

Special Guest: Author Gordon Davidescu!

Today's Special Guest is Author Gordon Davidescu showcasing his novel Kate! Enjoy & Comment

While Jean-Michel Pinot attempts to find some semblance of love in New York, Felix Twickson just wants to go back to living a human life complete with feeling that there's a reason to get up every morning. Sandy, one of Felix's best friends who is finally getting over it, finds herself entangled in a relationship she isn't even sure she can handle.

EXCERPT:

As Jean-Michel Pinot’s eyes glanced towards the heavens, his mind wandered away from the busy intersection where he was standing, awaiting the bright white walk signal. He thought of the cotton clouds hanging in the sky, like a baby’s mobile only without the delicate melody that would lull the infants off to sleep in their cribs. That kind of pacifying effect was most needed in a city like this one, so tense and aggravated at times. What kind of melody might be playing, Jean-Michel pondered, for the enormous mobile that peacefully drifted above the island of Manhattan? Perhaps a delightful little piano rendition of Gershwin’s Embraceable You? It would be antithetical to all of the cacophony that went on down below. Were he not used to it, it would also be quite difficult to think at all. Yet it wasn’t quite that hard to get a good thought going – namely because he was used to the noise, and it had become a sort of a white noise, a background for his life. When he found himself in more suburban areas, the sudden noise of a police car racing by or an ambulance would give him a start – but here, it was just another note on the 88 keys of a Manhattan keyboard. The harsh brushing of another man’s shoulder brought Jean-Michel back to the earth, where an individual of medium height had fired off a less than pleasant hand gesture to a taxi cab which had nearly hit him after running the light. What was the hurry, anyhow? Perhaps the people involved had no concept or grasp of their own mortality, and how saving a minute or two wouldn’t matter in the end since one would die either way. Where was he going that was so important that it merited the giving of the finger gesture? Unless it was to the clinic to get some dialysis work done, Jean-Michel thought, it probably wasn’t all that gravely important. Perhaps if he were going to the surgeon to get outfitted with a new heart, or if he had some sort of neurological disorder which caused such poor memory that he didn’t even remember that he had gone off to the deli to buy a sandwich for his post-delivery wife… more likely, however, the man just wanted to get home to watch the Knicks. Which wasn’t, he thought, all that bad in terms of reasons to rush somewhere… but certainly not middle-finger worthy. Where was the cab going that it was in such a rush that it nearly hit someone? If it had hit someone en route, would it have been worth it? Probably not. A court case would surely follow, multiple lawyers would be involved, and thousands of dollars would be thrown in every direction trying to figure out if the driver was liable for damages, if some prison time was necessary… and all in the name of getting from where one was to where one needed to be as quickly as humanly possible. Would the cab company have to pay for the fees, or would it be the cab driver? What if the person that got hit ended up losing the case – would he have to pay for the company’s legal fees?

http://www.amazon.com/Kate-York-Living-Gordon-Davidescu-ebook/dp/B001RB1OMO
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AUTHOR BIO:
Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on July 30, 1977, Gordon Davidescu has long been a fan of the written word. He wrote a trilogy of books centered around a fantasy world that was lost -- alas, it was only backed up on floppy disc formatted for the Apple II GS. He aims to top Honore de Balzac's record of novels written in a series. He currently lives in Kew Gardens, New York, with his wife, baby, preschooler, and two teddy bears.

March 23, 2015

Cover Reveal with @RueVolley!

The Devil's Gate
Cover artist: Rue Volley
Coming April 12th

Blurb:
Curiosity can be a dangerous thing. In Abigail Watson's case, it nearly ended her life.
Jack's tastes are very defined, and his ability to seduce with ease draws Abigail into his dark world.
After a brush with death, Abigail is reminded of just how short life can be...then she meets Jack Landon, the mysterious heir to the Landon fortune and her savior from a certain death. One taste of him on her lips and she is consumed with a desire, a willingness to submit and let him take the gift that she has protected for so long.

Rue Volley resides on Earth with her husband, Von Erik, and their two pug sons, Momo and Oshi. She is an award winning author, graphic artist, and screenwriter. She is also the Creative/Marketing Director for Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, and co-owner of Lovebites Production Company, which specializes in Dark Fantasy Films.
Rue released her first film, Hellhound, in November of 2014. She is currently working on two more films, 'The Devil's Gate' and 'Into the Never'.

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March 10, 2015

Teaser Tuesday from Tiva Boon: Heir of Abennelp

Today's Teaser Tuesday is from me! 

I don't think I've shared anything from the second book yet, so, here you go:

“You call this stuff intoxicating? Where are the real drinks?” Tiva heard the complaint as she walked in the mess hall. The aroma inside made her stomach rumble, chastising her for skipping a meal. She sighed and moved to the counter. Vinni served a large mug to Adam Cooper; who was laughing at the bartender. He shook his head. “I’m joking, Vin. Well, not really, but don’t worry... I’m not mad. Just hook me up with one of those citrus drinks.”

Tiva took a seat, and placed her order with the young lady standing behind Vinni. She was tired of  he protein shakes; a sandwich and juice would be a nice change of pace.

The mess was unusually quiet. Several people chatted silently with their friends or crew mates. Cracking her fingers as she waited, Tiva watched as Cooper gulped down his drink, and tapped on the bar.

“And how about a glass of water and a washcloth for my lady friend?” He gestured to the blade hanging at his hip.

Tiva gawked. A sword wielder?Most of the aliens she had come across thus far preferred advanced technical weapons. Not many used metal and steel among the stars. Vinni fulfilled his request then placed her order on the counter.

“Here ya go.”

She broke her stare.“Yes, thank you.” Tiva gathered the tray and hopped off the chair. Her usual table in the corner was unoccupied and she made her way over.

Tiva sipped her juice and glanced out the porthole window. The stars were less dense than they had been the week before. Granted, it was a different part of space, but she wondered if that meant anything as she bit into her food.

“Nifty little toy you’ve got there.”

She glanced up and raised an eyebrow. Cooper stood before her, smiling. “Pardon?”

He gestured toward her side, the one without her plasma gun. “That thing, your claw.”

Her hand protectively went to the weapon and she dropped her sandwich. “Thank you. I brought it from home.”

“Of course you did,” he said with a chortle and ran his hand through shaggy brown hair. “It’s not like you can get a decent weapon here. Nope, nothing but new-age lasery stuff.”

“I fashioned the weapon myself. I have found few items that can compare, yet.”

“Now that takes a bit of skill. I’ve never been one to make weapons. Mine was a gift from an
old friend.”

She peered at his side. “The craftsmanship is amazing, I have never seen anything like it...”
She paused narrowing her gaze for a moment. There was something odd about him, and the
weapon. “…before.”

He pulled the blade out, allowing her a better look. The golden eyes engraved in the hilt seemed to stare at her. “She’s one of a kind...Well, one of a pair. The other is lost.”

Her gaze slid over the blade, exquisite was the only word she could think, but she kept that to herself. “Very nice, indeed...Mr...”

“Sir,” he calmly corrected, sheathed his weapon and sat down across from her without invitation. “Sir Adam Cooper. And you?”

She blinked.Sir Adam Cooper? Only the protectors on Abennelp held the title of Sir, was he a protector from his world as well? “Roya...Tiva Boon.”

“Roya? I never heard of a name like that before. Then again, there are a lot of names I haven’t heard.” He laughed. “Nice to meet you, Roya Boon.”

“Tiva Boon. I was about to say Royal Guardian, but I no longer hold the honor.”

He shrugged. “And I haven’t been a knight in ages. But that doesn’t mean I don’t go by Sir. Wait a second...” He paused.“Royal Guardian?”

She bit into the last of her sandwich, acting as if his intrusion was no issue, and consented. “You mean like a castle guard or more like a knight?”

“I was an elite protector to the king and queen of my planet,” she answered, giving no other information. Turning slightly upon hearing the doors to the mess open, she spotted Raife.

Cooper chuckled. “It’s been a long time since I met an actual Dame.”

“I am no longer a guardian, my duties lie here now.” She rose from her seat taking her tray in hand. The conversation made her uncomfortable. Crossing the mess hall, she gave Vinni her dishes and ordered another juice.

A gust of wind rushed past and Cooper’s voice boomed from behind, startling her. “Try the orange stuff. It’s great.”

She jumped back, her hand nearing the claw automatically. She met his eyes and raised a brow, then looked back toward the table. The movement on his back was not a cloak or a cape, but large black feathered wings smoothed along his shoulders. That information was not in his record. She forced herself to show no emotion, and was thankful for the interruption when Raife neared.

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March 9, 2015

Jenn's 2015 TV Recap #1

It's been a very interesting 2014-15 season in TV. We had several new shows with shortened seasons for various reasons. Some were between hiatus filler shows and some were shorter for actorly reasons and a few seem to be testing out the shorter season in general. Whatever the reason, we've had several season finales already, so why not get a jump on the TV Recaps. You agree? Awesome! Let's see what we've got.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

As long as Icabod is hilarious and Abbie is fierce, I'll continue to watch this show. I didn't hate on Katrina as much as some other people did early this season and just when I was really starting to like her they went and made her character do a compelte 180. I'm kinda done with her now, but it'll be nice for her to be the villain for a while.

Agent Carter (ABC)

I enjoyed this limited run series. I hope it does come back. The chemistry between Carter and Jarvis was fantastic. When they added in Stark to the mix it was even better. That is where the heart and soul of this show is and should be the main focus for #2 if they get one. Peggy is a sassy character, perfectly capable of taking care of herself. Which I love. Especially for the 40s when we know it really wasn't that easy. And here I thought the Mad Men 60s were harsh. Damn.

Suits (USA)

I still enjoy this show but I would like to see them do more actual cases. You know, in a courtroom. Louis almost lost me this time, but thankfully they pulled him back and kept him in the mix. He's a good bad guy, but he's better when he's the office antagonist. I'm really not sure what the hell Donna is thinking, but I guess people want her and Harvey shipped. I don't. Meh.

Covert Affairs (USA)

I'm really pissed this show got canceled. Maybe Netflix will pick it up? Maybe Eyal will get his own spinoff.  :-(

Galavant (ABC)

The song lyrics were hilarious. The rest of the dialogue was ok at best. The actors were great, though, especially Timothy Omundson, it was weird to see him back as Cain on Supernatural afterwards. LOL

The Taste (NBC?)

I'll watch anything with Anthony Bourdain in it. That is all.

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)

This show started with a bang and ended with an even bigger one. It may be a tough format to keep up with, but the characters are well fleshed out and the stakes are "real" within that universe so it makes for some very tense situations. Annalise is crazy and I love it.


There are a few more coming up this week and next, I think, so maybe I'll do another soon. Did you watch any of the above? What did you like? What did you hate?