Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When Time Stands Still by Sara Furlong Burr Excerpt, Teaser & Giveaway


When Time Stands Still
Sara Furlong Burr
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
It’s been nearly a decade since Elle Sloan last saw Luke Hutchins. Close to ten years since she broke up with him over a single phone call, providing him with little explanation. Since the end of their relationship, Elle has done everything she could do to move on, marrying, proceeding forward with her life, almost allowing herself to completely forget about Luke.
Almost.
Out of nowhere, Elle receives a phone call from Luke’s mother. Luke has been in a horrific car accident and, a month later, has just awoken from a coma. However, instead of celebrating, his family is stunned to learn that Luke is suffering from amnesia and only remembers his life as it was before his breakup with Elle. Not wanting to tell Luke that he and Elle aren’t together anymore for fear it may compromise his recovery, Elle is asked by Luke’s family to come to the hospital to see him. Their hope is that she will slowly be able to jog his memory and cushion the blow.
Guilt-ridden over how their relationship ended, Elle readily agrees, finding herself transported back in time with Luke to the life they once shared and the future they could have had together.
EXCERPT:
I heard voices even before I stepped inside of the room. They were soft, but one by one, I was able to discern who was speaking. The first voice struck me like a freight train, catapulting me further back in time with each word he spoke. The second one made my heart skip a beat.
As I walked farther into the room, I saw another vision of my past sitting next to the hospital bed. His attention, at first, was entirely focused on the occupant in the bed, until movement from me diverted his attention to me. He locked eyes with me, surprise on his face quickly turning to an odd combination of contradiction. Anger, excitement, and suspicion all appeared to be waging war and were enough to give me whiplash just looking at him. Peter Monroe—or just Monroe, as he preferred to be called—had been Luke’s best friend since pretty much the dawn of each other’s existence. He’d aged. His boyish good looks had hardened into a man who would have been difficult to recognize to me, save for the same square chin, overly large nose, and mischievous eyes I had remembered so fondly.


Author Bio:
Sara “Furlong” Burr was born and raised in Michigan and currently still lives there with her husband, two daughters, a high-strung Lab, and three judgmental cats. When she’s not writing, Sara enjoys reading, camping, spending time with her family, and attempting to paint while consuming more amaretto sours than she cares to admit.



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Dethroned by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY


Dethroned
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(An Inimical Prequel Novella)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
For eighteen-year-old Rouen Rivoche, being a fairy princess isn’t about fancy parties and happily ever afters.
Rouen’s people are the dark Fae whose powers of lightning, thundersnow, and all things Winter make them cold, severe, and 100% intolerant of rebellion.
Too bad being a rebel is in Rouen’s blood.
Against tradition, she’s teamed up with Syl Skye, the sleeper-princess of the fair Fae—a mortal enemy who Rouen should want to kill but only wants to kiss. Plus, to be with Syl, Rouen’s masquerading as a glam goth-rock star and human high school student. Honestly, Rouen doesn’t think things could get any more complicated.
Then, she discovers she must become Queen of the Winter Court or all her people will die. No pressure.
Now, dark forces are amassing in the Winter Court, turning Rouen’s people against her and blocking her path to the throne. Even Syl with all her powers of white flame and Summer can’t stop this new kind of evil.
Because betrayal cuts close when it’s someone you love… and now it looks like Rouen’s going to be dethroned before she ever becomes queen.
EXCERPT:
Chapter One
Rouen

There’s nowhere I belong
No home, no hearth
No sing, no song
A princess with no kingdom to rule
– “Nowhere I Belong” – Euphoria
It’s December 24, Christmas Eve in the mortal realm, and you know what that means.
Only fifty-four days to go. Fifty-four days until the Lunar New Year.
Until I take my rightful place as Queen of the dark Fae.
No more being Rouen, princess-assassin and rebel. Once Father steps down—and he said he would—I’ll take his place.


Author Bio:
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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A Taker of Morrows by Stephen Paul Sayers EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY


A Taker of Morrows
Stephen Paul Sayers
(Caretakers, #1)
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
RG Granville has his whole life in front of him…but only twenty-four hours to live it.
Beyond life’s boundaries, an enduring battle between good and evil determines the fate of earthly souls. Here, ‘caretakers’ guard and protect against the evil and vengeful ‘jumpers’ who slip back and forth between worlds to prey upon the living.
For one man, news of his impending demise sets off a deadly chain of events fueled by a jumper’s burning vengeance. Now he’s in a race against time to stop an unrelenting evil unleashed upon the earth. And if he’s to protect his family, and the world, he must breach the tenuous boundary between life and death to confront a killer—and a shocking secret from his long-buried past.

EXCERPT:
“Hello, Robert.” The stranger advanced toward him. “You’re late.”
RG steadied himself against the entryway table as his heart lurched in his chest, the air thickening like a smothering rag over his face. With gradual boldness, he slid his arm against the wall and triggered the light switch. “What the hell—?”
“I feared we’d missed each other,” the man interrupted. “That would have been a shame. You see, we have a problem to discuss.” His face hardened as he stepped forward, shoes clicking on the hardwood floor.
RG’s pulse quickened. “Who are you?”


Author Bio:
Stephen Paul Sayers grew up on the sands of Cape Cod and spent his first thirty-five years in New England before joining the University of Missouri as a research professor. When he’s not in his laboratory, he spends his time writing and devouring his favorite forms of genre fiction—horror, suspense, and thrillers. His short fiction has appeared in Unfading Daydream. A Taker of Morrows is his debut novel and the first in the planned Caretakers series.
Throughout his journey, he has accumulated five guitars, four herniated discs, three academic degrees, two dogs, and one wife, son, and daughter. He divides his time between Columbia, Missouri and Cape Cod writing and teaching.



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Tempus Raises $80 Million in Latest Funding Round


Tempus Raises $80 Million in Latest Funding Round

One key to successfully fighting cancer is the ability to track knowledge and share individual successes universally. That defines the approach taken by Tempus, the medical technology company co-founded by current CEO Eric Lefkofsky.

In March of 2018 the two-year-old Chicago-based tech firm raised $80 million in new funding to continue its work. This comes after an initial $70 million investment was raised the previous year.

The company accumulates clinical data to focus on new trends in cancer treatment around the world and to generate learnings found in the treatment of individual patients. This involves a range of advanced technology approaches. For instance, one strategy is to digitize oncologists’ notes and make them searchable and readily available universally so that individual successes can be replicated and the pool of knowledge can be organically grown.

The firm also provides state-of-the-art DNA and RNA sequencing services based on cutting edge analytics and advanced imaging recognition algorithm capabilities to improve treatment predictions and outcomes.

The end goal of all of the new and improved technologies is to enable physicians and cancer researchers to make better data-driven treatment decisions.

Partnership and shared knowledge is critical to the young company’s scientific approach. That’s why Tempus works with pharmaceutical firms, individual doctors and research and hospital systems that include the Mayo Clinic and those of the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. In short, the young company works with almost half of the academic medical centers in the United States. The company believes that this combined, cleaned up and shared knowledge is a valuable tool in the improved treatment of cancers of all kinds.

The investment round completed in March came from several respected investor sources, including funds under the direction of T. Rowe Price Associates. Other investor groups behind the recent funding round included Revolution Growth, Kinship Trust Company and New Enterprise Associates.

Crain’s Chicago Business estimates that the startup company is already valued at $1.1 billion. It has some 400 employees, and Lefkofsky says that his firm is growing at the rate of about 30 new employees every month. That employee base includes teams of physicians, scientists, engineers and IT professionals.

The company co-founder is no stranger to entrepreneurial success. Lefkofsky has founded numerous tech companies. In 2016, he and his wife, Liz, established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation to donate to a range of charitable causes.

They have deep roots in the city. Lefkofsky serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Steppenwolf Theatre and he’s a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Furthermore, he’s an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago.

Eric Lefkofsky’s fight for better cancer outcomes is personal, and his company is well positioned to be a prime player in that ongoing battle.

The Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn Excerpt, Teaser & Giveaway