Monday, March 30, 2015

Shadowed Horizons by Shyla Wolff Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway


Shadowed Horizons
Anath 
Book 1
Shyla Wolff

Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Extasy Books
Date of Publication: 12-15-14

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0162-7
ASIN:  B00RC7QOIQ

Number of pages: 275
Word Count: 72,000

Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters

Book Description:

Love should never be a choice between family and the man who’s claimed your heart.  

A warrior’s life is the only one Kiera’s known since her psychic brethren adopted her from the streets as a child. Though she possesses equal preternatural ability and fighting skills, they will always see her as their youngest and in need of protection.

According to their leader’s psychic vision, her twofold destiny includes saving a computer prodigy’s life and a mate who pulls her from death’s clutches. Carlin, an electronics genius, develops software/hardware which could destroy any government. Without malicious intent, he seeks to prove possibilities beyond his current reality. Bored with the aspects of his social life, he yearns for a family.

When Kiera saves Carlin from the clutches of a psychic terrorist who stalks him for his program and skills, neither is prepared for the immediate connection formed. From the first skirmish, both their lives are caught up in a maelstrom of danger and desire. Kiera struggles to keep Carlin and his work from the terrorist who wants to destroy the U.S. while resisting the extraordinary attraction between them.

Can Carlin convince her they were meant for each other and survive her warrior brethren? 


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Excerpt:
Carlin strode beside his bodyguard through the dimly lit parking garage fidgeting with his keys. “Adam, this does not make it to my top five favorite places to visit.”
A rat skittered across the floor in the shadows, and he imagined it turning a gimlet-eyed stare on its intruders. Filth, gas, and pizza from a nearby restaurant thickened the air, reminiscent of the alley apartment he occupied during college. Small pools of dingy light challenged macabre shadows for dominance—and lost. Clashing of the bleak rays and murky silhouettes added an ominous, prophetic feeling he couldn’t shake. Water stains mingled with the shadows to create fleeting two dimensional monsters. Carlin was not a fan of Rorschach. Crap, I haven’t been spooked like this in years.
Adam shrugged. “Sir, as your bodyguard, I admit this isn’t my idea of a secure location either, but it is the closest enclosed parking available to meet with your client. The open street leaves you too vulnerable. As much as you cherish your privacy, I’m surprised you agreed to help at all.”
“He’s a college buddy, needed help with a simple, high-tech security task. Seems twenty-first century technology left him in the dust.”
“Next time, why don’t you at least suggest meeting during the daytime?” Adam’s narrowed eyes and tilted head as if listening to a far-off sound—usually spelled trouble.
“Next time, remind me a proctologist’s exam would be more enjoyable, okay?” Sweat beaded his forehead despite the cool December breeze drifting over the graffiti-covered knee wall.

About the Author:

Life teaches us many lessons. One of the most important ones Shyla’s learned is to take the time to enjoy family and friends. Our circumstances change on a daily basis. However small the differences may seem, they add up over time. Through a lifetime of various trials and tribulations, she’s discovered the enjoyment of sharing her stories with those that would relish participating in the journey of extraordinary people through their everyday lives.

Interview

Where are you from?
Though born in Seattle, I grew up and have made my home on the East Coast.

Tell us your latest news?
Shadowed Passaage, third in the Anath series, is set for release on 5/15/15. Kiera and Kyley meet and help another sibling face a terrorist threat while staying one step ahead of a stalker.

When and why did you begin writing?
When I was in the fourth grade, I read an Easter book about a rabbit. Though I don’t remember the name of it now, it sparked a love of reading. 
In high school, my creative writing class was the spur for telling stories. After my kids grew up and my retirement, I’ve found the time to pursue my dream.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
With my second contract. (My other have convinced me the first might have been a fluke.)

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m a romantic at heart. My life’s work in the medical field, law enforcement, and private investigations, has provided so many experiences. Some have been heartwarming, some gut wrenching, all reveal the human condition and our capacity for great compassion and incredible evil. Hence, my first book stemmed from a combination of experiences and imagination.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Unfortunately, I think it varies depending on what subgenre I’m in not to mention what’s going on in my life at the time. We’re all affected  not only by our own choices but those of the people closest to us.

How did you come up with the title?
In thinking about the manuscript, I realized, like my characters, we all endure trials and tribulations in our life. Though we may be focused on obtaining a particular goal, I don’t believe we see things as clearly as we’d like. Circumstances change, influencing short and long-term goals.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Though my main goal in writing is to entertain—yes.  I believe that if we persevere, we will triumph. Not giving up is sometimes the most difficult thing we do, but if we can keep going – eventually we’ll reach our goal.

How much of the book is realistic?
Unfortunately, some of the darker scenes are variations of things I’ve seen in my work experiences.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
As above, some scenes were inspired from things I’ve seen through various work experiences. It saddens me that people can be so incredible cruel.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Most anything written by Dean Koontz. I like that he makes me think.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Dean Koontz, Brian Lumley. 

What book are you reading now?
The latest Odd Thomas.

What are your current projects?
Shadowed Passage, the third in this series is currently undergoing edits for release 5/15/15.

What would you like my readers to know?

As long as what you’re doing doesn’t cause harm, whatever your pursuit, don’t give up. Realize there are those that will tear you down or try and impede your progress – for whatever their reasons.  But keep your eyes open so you’ll recognize the folks that will encourage and help, they’re out there, too.








  
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KAYLEN'S RISING by Yves Robichaud Giveaway & Excerpt


KAYLEN'S RISING
by Yves Robichaud

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Kaylen has been in the dark for fourteen years – in every sense. His people are hunted, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community despises his family, taunting him constantly. His parents keep him housebound, forbidding him from wielding sword or wand.

When he is finally allowed to attend school, the harsh truth reveals he has much to learn – including a unique magical ability. Kaylen can summon and control skeletons!

With surface-dwellers threatening war, he will need every friend he can make, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come.
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Chapter 3: Kaylen summons his first skeleton

As Kaylen repeated the words, the strangest thing happened. The earth in Kaylen’s hand started moving. At first it was very slow but then much quicker, in a circular motion like a tiny tornado. The small twister then hopped off of Kaylen’s hand and headed straight for the ground. Once it hit the ground, it disappeared into the floor.

As this was the first sign that Kaylen had any magical powers, he was smiling brightly when he asked the professor what was going on.

“Wait,” said the professor, not looking up at the boy. His eyes were still trained on the floor.

Suddenly, the ground started shaking. In the middle of the floor where the dirt had disappeared, a skeleton hand popped out from the ground. Then a second skeleton hand popped out. The hands seemed to brace themselves on the floor to pull up the rest of the body as the head, torso, and, eventually, the legs magically appeared from below. The full skeleton stood up in the middle of the room. It was at least six feet tall, with sparkling white bones, and… strangely enough… it had Kaylen's bright green eyes.

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Yves Robichaud is originally from the small Acadian community of Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick, Canada. He has studied Business Administration and Information Technology, currently works for the federal government, and is the proud father of one son: Jeremy. Inspired by a love of fantastical, magical tales, Kaylen's Rising is Yves' first attempt to share this literary passion with his son and the rest of the world.

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Author Website: www.yvesrobichaud.com
Twitter: @yvesr72


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

April Snow by A.L. Goulden Trailer & Giveaway


April Snow by A.L. Goulden
(August Fog #3)
Publication date: March 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:

Quinn has a secret, Jack has a stalking problem, and Alex has a plan that doesn’t include signing divorce papers. In the last nine months Monica has embraced the spectacular devastation of an unpredictable lust and unexpected love. She’s made one terrible decision after another in the wake of meeting Quinn Matthews and spiraled into someone she doesn’t even recognize. But the fog is lifting, and she’s becoming the only one able to see things clearly. Monica finally knows what she wants, where she’s heading, and in who’s arms she’ll be in when she gets there.
Through a provocative affair and devastating separation Monica Waters has tried to grasp her desire and love for two men. This spring, her love will be tested once more in the finale of this emotionally charged and sexually explosive series.



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A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.

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Revolutionary Hearts by Pema Donyo Excerpt, Playlist & Giveaway

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Parineeta Singh has always known her purpose in life: to help exact revenge on the invading British and free India. She becomes a maid for General Carton in order to supply information to her brother’s Indian revolutionary group. But when her employer is exposed as an American spy, she agrees to help him escape the British Raj.
She did not agree to lose her heart. To complete his mission, Carton – aka undercover operative Warren Khan – must hide both his true objective and his part-Indian heritage. But once he meets the captivating Parineeta, who holds the key to both his freedom and capturing her brother, a suspected anarchist, he finds the subterfuge more difficult than anticipated. Navigating between the lavish social circles of the British elite and the dense jungles of 1920s India on the brink of the country’s revolution, the two must find a way to protect both their lives and their love.
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“How do you know so much about the jungle, anyway?” He leaned against one side of the cave, and she watched his face slip into the shadows. “I thought your entire family worked for the previous general who lived in that house before me. Surely he didn’t send you out for tasks in the trees.” The unbidden memories sent a fresh wave of pain straight to her heart. “When I was younger, I worked as a maid in the house. But the previous general was… He would instruct me to scrub the floors from dawn until sundown, when I would finally receive a break to eat a meal. All his servants were treated in such a manner.” “Why?” “I do not believe he saw us as people. We could be worked like dogs. I would often escape into the jungle, and eventually I no longer worked in the house at all.” “I see.” Warren reached out to envelope both of her hands into his smooth ones. She flinched. Yet as her skin grew accustomed to the touch, she relaxed her hands in his. It alarmed her how much more at ease she was becoming around him. It was almost as if he provided a source of comfort, something she couldn’t quite name and didn’t care to. “I do not understand why anyone would be cruel to you, though.” He rubbed his thumb in a circular motion over her hand. Shockwaves from his touch jolted up her arm. Danger.

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Pema Donyo is the author of historical romance and young adult fiction. She is also a coffee-fueled college student by day and a creative writer by night. She currently lives in sunny Southern California, where any temperature less than 70 degrees is freezing and flip-flops never go out of season. As a sophomore at Claremont McKenna, she’s still working on mastering that delicate balance between finishing homework, meeting publisher deadlines, and… college. Learn more about Pema on her website at https://pemadonyo.wordpress.com or you can find her on Twitter (@PemaDonyo).
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   If a painting in the home of your perfect man reflects your dreams of doom, do you run, or do you dare to embrace love? 

 While Lizetta lives a life of compassion, childhood bullying over a few extra pounds have caused this sparky woman to lose sight of the beauty of her soul. Jensen’s recent past is filled with substance abuse, shady morals, and loose women. A brutal wake up call forced him to find his way back to the gentle soul he once was; however, there are some whose futures depend on the return of the demon.
Souls can heal, but how long can they fight the forces that seek to destroy them? If one of those forces is the person who shattered your self-image, and she is determined to take down the one you love, could you still believe that everyone deserves a second chance?


 
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Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane's 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun's crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n' roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
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