June 23, 2016

Special Guest Thursday with Author R. L. Weeks (@authorrlweeks)!

Today's Special Guest is Author R. L. Weeks! Enjoy & Comment!

What happens when someone decides to play a dangerous game on the world's biggest networking site? It gives everyone else a gateway to do the same. Follow the accounts of three sets of people as they all play their parts in the #yourenext hashtag with dire consequences.
#yourenext

Release date: May 27th, 2016


R. l. Weeks is a fantasy and horror author living in Exeter, UK. She grew up in Devon surrounded by local folklore which she incorporates into her writing. 

Into the Myth, published by CHBB, One Way Out and See No Evil, published by Vamptasy, are available for purchase on Amazon and Kindle. 

She wants to write novels to inspire and help young people in the same way that fantasy books helped her. Horror is a genre that she wants to bring people back to 'it's such a deep genre. It's so much more than just scaring people, it gives them a sense of empowerment. I'm obsessed with the reality of the human condition and the darker shades of humanity. I try to tell my stories from a different viewpoint.' 

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Website: www.authorrlweeks.com 

June 21, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Lucky's Break #Assassins #RomanticSuspense

BOOK 2 in the Lucky Series features Kenji's POV. I love his character. He's still one of my favorite creations so far. :-)

ENJOY!!


After almost losing her uncle Phen during the investigation of her mother's murder, Felicia "Lucky" Fascino cut all ties and ran away, hoping her family would move on and forget the promises they made. Putting the past behind her has never been easy, but Lucky knows working as an assassin is slowly destroying her already fractured psyche. Staying away, especially now that her family is in danger, is the only way to keep everyone safe. 

Kenji Zinn, determined to locate his ex-lover, tracks Lucky to a small island with her family's help, and finds her in a miserable and self-destructive condition. Their connection is strained after months apart, but his feelings haven't changed, and he attempts to persuade her to come home, to protect her family and keep her promise. But only Phen is able to convince Lucky that the way to get closure is finding an elusive man named Quimby and take him out permanently. 

While her family continues to track their target, Lucky returns to work for the network--struggling through each job, aware that pushing her family away won't bring anyone the peace they deserve. As she repairs her shattered relationships, her true feelings for Kenji are tested when she almost loses him completely. Before it's too late, Lucky realizes he's her best ally to help her finish what she started and find Quimby before he strikes again.



EXCERPT


Shoukan tracked his target halfway around the world. Her last known location had been in the south of the Balearic Islands. Knowing her helped to pinpoint where she would be. Finding her amid the winter tourist crowds, however, required patience, determination, and focus. He had plenty.

During the weekdays, he searched every bar, hotel, and restaurant open. Each weekend he went to Pacha, the only open nightclub on Ibiza. Twenty-seven days on the party island might have been paradise for many. It felt like torture for Shoukan. He was not there for pleasure. He had to find her. No matter how long it took, he would.

He eased his way through the sparsely populated Global Room, kept his eyes sharp, looking for her face in the crowds or her body swaying on the dance floor. Either would capture his attention; he needed only a second to recognize her.

The restaurant area of the club had more people, lights, and louder music. Cliques of scantily dressed and overly made-up women laughed and drank. Couples, unaware of the others around them, groped and fondled each other to the beat of the music.

Shoukan studied everyone.

His target was not among them.

After he checked the Pachachacha room, he retreated to the first section. In season, the room held more than thirty five hundred bodies. During his last three visits, the tame crowds had topped around a thousand. The winter crowd was a saving grace. He easily made out each face in the dim lights. Presently, three hundred or so people danced and bounced to house music.

He sipped an imported beer and scrutinized the dance floor from the elevated sitting area. Pungent perfume, sex, and sweat hung in the air. The same typical scene unfolded before his eyes. Only the people changed.

He cared little for dancing alone and made no effort to fit in. Nor did he attempt to conceal himself or hide in the shadows.

Knowing he’d be easy to spot, he remained in the open. His posture commanded attention. His build rivaled that of an American wrestler. Least that’s what people told him. The dark hair hiding his face, green-tinted glasses shielding his eyes, and the stern expression finished the ominous package. He was a killer and looked the part. It kept everyone away.

June 16, 2016

Special Guest Thursday with Author Kindra Sowder (@KindraKinnaman)!

Today's Special Guest is Author Kindra Sowder! Enjoy & Comment!!


There were only a few things Mila was afraid of. Most were pretty common fears including heights, the loss of family, and the loss of friends, but there is one fear that she has that is unique from so many around her. 

The fear of a secret. With one pin prick and drop of blood, her secret of a power beyond anything anyone had ever seen before was unleashed, landing her in a place away from her family where she was a prisoner; a lab rat to be poked and prodded. To be tested. And there are only a few that know what she is. 

Some are willing to save her, others want to exploit her for their own dark and sinister intentions, and it is up to her to stop them.




Kindra Sowder was born and raised in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until the age of 12, when her family moved to Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from high school in 2006 with full honors and as a member of her high school Literary Club and the Spanish Honor Society. 

In January 2014, she graduated with her second degree in Psychology, earning her an AA and BA in the field. She began to write long before this though, forming the basis for theExecutioner Trilogy (being released in January 2015) at the age of 15. She got married to her husband Edd Sowder in May 2014 and still lives in Spartanburg, SC where she is basing Burning Willow Press. She is basing the company around the idea that she would be fair to all of its authors and not just a select few.

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June 14, 2016

Teaser Tuesday Wild & Wicked Anthology (Romantic Suspense)

My first reading love was mystery and suspense books. I seem to be writing more SciFi these days, but they usually involve some type of mystery which always brings the suspense along with it! The first story in this anthology came to me in a dream! Honest! It turned into a bigger story once I started writing it. Go figure.

Blurbs and Excerpt below! Enjoy!!

Wild & Wicked
Veronica Chance’s sister has gone missing. In order to find Valerie, “Roni Starr” takes a waitressing job at Foxxes Gentlemen’s Club, the last place her sister worked, to search for clues. First day on the job, the club owner makes her give a lap dance to his VIP guest, former detective,Mason Storm.
Chance of a Storm (Book 2)
Mason Storm waited three months to hear from Veronica Chance after she walked out of his life. Instead her sister calls, begging him to come to California. After learning Veronica was kidnapped and her mother’s still missing, Mason joins the investigation while trying to figure out where he stands in Veronica’s eyes.
Trust Me, Tell Me (Book 3)
Mason Storm is set to marry Veronica Chance in seven days. When he receives a mysterious text message he immediately packs and leaves without saying a word to anyone. Veronica, however, is determined to help despite his claims of being the only one to make things right. As the situation intensifies, Mason is captured and Veronica holds the key to his release. Will she make it there in time to save him and their wedding or will everything fall apart?

Excerpt:

“I’m sorry, didn’t mean to get busted…you don’t have to do this," Mason said.

“He’s probably going to watch,” Starr replied, eyes roving to the spots Karl had surveillance. Now why would a waitress know where the cameras were? “And it’s my first day.” She stepped close, drawing his attention. Long shapely legs, covered to the knees in leather, straddled his thigh. Her hips and waist were within reach, and her full bust directly eye level.

She swayed back and forth, stunningly hypnotic.

When she moistened her lips and spun around giving him a rear view, the blood rushed from Mason’s brain. Starr bent down and pressed her ass against his thighs, his entire body flashed with heat. She grinded in a circular motion, awakening and enlarging his cock surprisingly fast. Spinning again, she dropped to his lap, put her hands on his shoulders, and stared down at him.

With her face clear, he tried to remember where he’d seen her.

She gyrated, eyes seductively peering down. He fought the strain in his jeans with each movement, though she made it impossible. She was hotter than hell during a heat wave. Starr lifted one leg, straddled a single thigh and shook her hips again. The woman bit her bottom lip. So naughty. So his type, he loved it.

Then an image of her with red hair flashed in his mind. She’d been in the club, disguised, sitting alone at the bar, drinking here yesterday. He glanced up at her, knew he was right.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RYCTE5Y

June 13, 2016

Behind the Scenes Monday - Lucky's Charm #RomanticSuspense

How about a little Behind the Scenes blogging?
Let's start with Lucky's Charm!
In my 20s and early 30s, I was obsessed with Serial Killers. No, I didn't think they were cool or anything weird like that, it was the psychology of a killer that fascinated me. I read dozens of fiction and nonfiction books, saw every episode of Criminals Minds (twice) and honestly thought about writing a book from an SK point of view but could never really get there. Instead, Lucky was born. I had been reading Barry Eisler's Rain series while trying to come up with the next idea after writing Tiva. My first "reading love" was mysteries and suspense so I wanted to write something in that vein.
Long chats with my BFF at the time helped Lucky form into a real character with motivations, goals, and a really crappy past that screamed to be told. I originally wanted to write 7 books. Lucky 7! Get it? I had one or two line summary plots for each of them.
As you may know, I'm a pantser, and what that means is that I don't have a detailed plot or an outline to follow. Basically, it was "Lucky's trying to find her mother's killer and her family is her back up"!
For Lucky's Charm, I didn't even have a clear ending in mind when I started writing. Everything was going according to plan until Kenji showed up. I vividly remember writing the scene in the Au Bon Pain, a real place I used to eat lunch at in New York City. I remember when Lucky turned her head and saw the big man with the sunglasses. I stopped after that scene and said: "Who the hell are you?" 
I had intended on Lucky finding a love interest...in like book three! No lie. But sometimes characters really do show up out of the blue. I took a day or two after Kenji showed up to figure out who he was, but I didn't want to know too much. I never do. When I picked his assassin tag, Shoukan, which means redemption, I had no idea how well it would fit into Lucky's world or how it would mold the character of Kenji going forward. It was just a cool Japanese word I wanted to use.
Somewhere, in the back of my writer brain, that word redemption became the backbone of the entire series, whereas I had always thought it would be about revenge.
After writing these books, I can honestly say my obsession with Serial Killers has faded some. I'm all about the superheroes now. 
So what did you think of Lucky? Who was your favorite character? Anything you'd like to know?

Here's my favorite quote from Book 1
Your can pick up your copy here: www.amazon.com/dp/B008RG8V4Q