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Time Trapped Book Blast and Giveaway!

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Time Trapped

The high-octane sequel to Time Snatchers.

Caleb thought he’d escaped Uncle’s clutches and could have a normal life in 1968, but no such luck. After being forcibly returned to Timeless Treasures and his old job of stealing valuable objects from the past, he learns that things have gotten even more sinister. Training the new kidnapped recruits doesn’t seem very important to Frank, Uncle’s evil lackey, even though a few of these kids have amazing thieving skills and genius for new technology. But then Caleb figures out it’s because Frank doesn’t plan on keeping them around very long – or keeping them alive.

Stakes are high for all of the time snatchers. If only Caleb can convince the new ones to stop having fun with the technology and use it to save their own lives.

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Praise for Time Trapped
“Ungar’s follow-up to Time Snatchers (2012) offers more exceptionally good world building and character development—along with heaps of suspense…” – Booklist Online

“In the exciting follow-up to Time Snatchers (Putnam, 2012), Caleb has been pulled back into Uncle’s band of time-travelling thieves—snatchers, as they call themselves. …Readers of the first volume will certainly be interested in the continuing saga. Captivating characters, including a computer with human DNA convinced she is not a computer, and technological prodigies enhance the plot.” – VOYA Magazine

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Author Richard Ungar

I was born in Montreal, Quebec. When I was young I wanted to be either an artist or a lawyer when I grew up. Now that I am almost grown up I still can’t decide between the two. So I do both.

I also like to write and began writing stories to have something to go with my pictures. But now I just write…even without pictures.

Three of my four picture books (the “Rachel” series) take place in the mythic village of Chelm. Once you have visited Chelm, it is very hard to leave. You see, the people there are very silly. And, when you spend half your day being a serious lawyer, silliness is welcome.

I’m very excited about my latest project. It’s a middle grade science fiction/time travel adventure series, published by G.P Putnam’s Sons. The first novel in the series, published in 2012, is called Time Snatchers and the sequel, published on September 26, 2013, is called Time Trapped.

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of time travel and I wanted to write about it. In its earliest stages, Time Snatchers started as a writing exercise in one of Peter Carver’s writing classes. The exercise was to write a story based on one of the images in Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book, “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”. I chose the picture called “Another Place, Another Time” showing children riding a sail-propelled handcar along a railway track that seemed to go on forever. For whatever reason, that picture screamed “Time Travel” to me.

I did quite a bit of historical research for both my middle grade books which was a lot of fun. In researching Time Snatchers I learned a lot about ancient China, including how to fire porcelain in a kiln. For Time Trapped, a trip to Scotland in 2012, taught me much about Scottish history, people and customs that I wove into my novel.

I’ve been asked which I like better – painting or writing. That is a tough question to answer. They are both important to me and I derive different but equal amounts of satisfaction from both. I have many ideas in my head for future picture books as well as novels.

The other thing I love to do is present my books to children, including doing storytellings. I’ve made author visits to most of the major cities in Canada and have also done readings in New York City, Tucson, Arizona and Shanghai, China. Connecting with my readers is one of the things I love most most about being a children’s author.

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Published Works

Time Trapped, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013)

Time Snatchers, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012

Even Higher, Tundra Books, 2007

Rachel’s Library, Tundra Books, 2004

Rachel’s Gift, Tundra Books, 2003

Rachel Captures the Moon, Tundra Books, 2001

Honours and Awards


• 2013 One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, New York for Time Snatchers
• 2012 Year’s Best, Resource Links Magazine for Time Snatchers
• 2012 Booklist, Starred Review for Time Snatchers

• 2009 Storytellers World Resource Award for Even Higher
• 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Even Higher
• 2007 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection for Even Higher
• 2004 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection for Rachel’s Library
• 2003 Notable Book for Younger Readers (Association of Jewish Libraries) for Rachel’s Gift
• 2003 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection for Rachel’s Gift
• 2002 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection for Rachel Captures the Moon
• 2001 Notable Book for Younger Readers (Association of Jewish Libraries) for Rachel Captures the Moon
• 2001 One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, New York for Rachel Captures the Moon

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EXCERPT – TIME TRAPPED

“Wait! What’s your name?” I call after her.

She’s going to disappear into the crowd. The beautiful girl with no name. And I’ll be left wondering . . . Or worse, she’ll say her name and I won’t hear it. Because the noise level in the hall is increasing and a hundred inane conversations are going on around me and despite strict orders from my brain, my ears are picking up random words like belch and freight train, and pumpkin, and I’m afraid that when she finally says her name, I’m going to hear mustard instead and then what will I do—

“It’s Abbie!” she calls out.

Abbie. I’ve got it. Abbie. Abbie. Abbie. Three times should do it. Just in case, I whip open my memory book to jot it down. A scrap of paper flutters out.

I pick it up and gaze at the big loopy letters. She gave me a note! I can’t believe it. I unfold the paper.

Meet me in the park at 4:00 P.M. We need to talk in private.

We do? A beautiful girl needs to talk to me. And not only does she want to talk to me, but in private too. My dreams are coming true. This is incredible. It can take years to get a note like this from a girl, and I’ve done it in just over thirty minutes. A school record. Heck, maybe even a state record. My picture is going to be in Sports Illustrated. Right next to the girl who shot three holes in one during her sophomore year.

I look up to see if I can spot her. But Abbie is gone.


Enter to win: Dystopian Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Dystopian Giveaway Hop!!!

Thanks to:  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

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Congrats to hop winner Mary Preston!!!!

Up for grabs: one ebook copy of  … 

Perry Road

Revolution Series by Emi Gayle Release

Date: September 3, 2013

Target Reader: New Adult/Young Adult Keywords: Dystopian Paperback, EPUB, Kindle

Description:

In 2132, “We the people …” means nothing, and it hasn’t for a hundred years.

Like all the citizens of the American Union, eighteen-year-old Erianna Keating is not to ask questions. She is not to believe anything except what the A.U. tells her. More importantly, she’s not supposed to know what she doesn’t know, nor that she’s a pawn.

Like everyone else, though, she is, and like everyone else, she is a hundred percent oblivious to what’s going on.

Or is she? Are they?

Erianna thinks going to Perry Road and joining the national registration program is her next step toward adulthood; the 2132 candidates for adult-classification, though, are in for a big surprise. Especially Erianna.

Thanks to Zane Warren, an awkward but hot guy who won’t shut up about a history that doesn’t—or shouldn’t—matter anymore, Erianna will know. Will learn. That includes finding out what actually happens after registration and doing something, anything, about it.

Fixing what went wrong, what caused the U.S.A. to split into two countries, though, is not on Erianna’s bucket list, but as she faces her future, she must decide whether to fall in line with the American Union’s plan for her, or to consider that Zane might not be wrong, and the time for revolution begins now.

Reviews!

What are people already saying about Perry Road?

“This one, by far, is Emi’s best.” — Julie Reece, author, Crux

“I really hope [this] stirs up controversy and changes some youngsters thinking. God knows we could use that today in this society!” — Terri Rochenski, author, Eye of the Soul

“… this was a total pleasure to read.” — Kelly Said, author, Tidal Whispers & Make Believe

“… [this] will inspire an extreme diversity of opinion. It kept me involved and interested throughout, and I love novels that make me question my current understanding/viewpoint on life.” — Amaleen Ison, author, Remember Me

About The Author

Emi Gayle

I had a really great bio in my head around midnight one night …. right before I fell asleep and it disappeared into the nothingness of unconsciousness. Bummer. So here’s something less well thought out.

I want to be young again, so I’m kinda sorta living it again. At least on paper. You see, I write paranormal romance. Now, that stuff can get really hot, and really gritty and well … mine does. But! My characters are teenagers, 18 and under. Like I was once … and want to be again.

Why would I want to be a teenager again? Geez. Because! If you met the man of your dreams at 14 was engaged to him at 19 and married him at 20, wouldn’t YOU want to do all that over again? Especially if you were still in love with him? I mean, c’mon! It’s love! That’s why I write, too.

You see… just because you pass a certain age doesn’t mean you forget what it was like to be 14, 15, etc. Actually, because I kinda grew up with my husband, we both still feel like the 14 and 17 year old kids we once were. So that’s where I’m coming from. You might think it’s totally lame, but you know what? That’s ok! Maybe you’ll like my other me instead. ;)

Excerpt!

“Well?” Cam asks.

For some reason, I don’t want her to know. I want to find out by myself if I’m going to get a real life, or if I’m destined to wear hand-me-downs from twenty years ago until I’m ninety. I want to prepare, to plan, to cry if we don’t get to go together, or if I’m not like her.

I’m not, of course—in any way like her. Who am I kidding?

After what seems like hours, but is only seconds, I say, “Nothing.”

“Damn.” She throws her arms up in the air. “Figures. And it’s almost five. So, you know, I gotta go. Mom’s sure I’m going to be chosen to pop out babies, like she is, so she wants to make sure I know how to cook before the fake chefs get ahold of me to ‘teach’ me.” Cam gives me a dramatic eye roll and places a hand to her forehead. “Like, oh, my Oz, Eri, you know? We have people to cook for us for a reason. Duh! If I learn to cook, what job am I going to give someone like your mom, you know? And why would I get picked to be fat and ugly when I look like this?” She bats at her blonde curls.

Wanting to change the subject—to anything but the woes of Cam’s perfect life—I walk to her, give her a hug and a quick pat on the back. “I’ll … call you when I get it, ‘kay?”

“You better. We only have two days to shop for the perfect outfit. Why couldn’t your birthday be October twenty-ninth instead of December?” She snatches up her coat—preparation for the winter blast that will tear into uncovered skin. “And … you’re not a fluke. You will get in the white house, and when January first comes, we’ll be official!” She boogies her way out, hips wiggling. For someone who’s not happy about the prospect of becoming a baby factory, she’s awfully chipper.

I know it’s because she’s waiting to hear my fate. To prove I’m not a fluke. To validate my relevance as her friend—the one girl Cam can give backhanded compliments, and, for that matter, insults all day long, and still walk back in with a smile as if nothing happened.

Cam walks through the hallway and says goodbye to my mom who’s probably still working at her makeshift office in our miniature kitchen—trying, I assume, to avoid the whole days’ events. As much as Cam wants me to not be a fluke, my mom wants me to be one. If I’m like her, nothing will change. Like Cam, I’ll be the same old Erianna, just one day older and as useless as all the other flukes in the world.

The front door opens and closes, and I move to the window. Once Cam disappears from view, and only then, I turn over my P-Comm and touch the one message that sits inside.

The one that says: “Invitation for Erianna Price Keating.”

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Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway!

Deadline to enter is Halloween – October 31, 2013

Hosted by urban fantasy author Ash Krafton’s Demimonde.

This year, over FIFTY AUTHORS of fantasy and paranormal books are giving away books and swag!

Giveaway runs until October 31st…plenty of time to get all your entries in…but don’t delay, Halloween and the deadline will be here before you know it.

To see all the fabulous book covers … click here (Sorry guys, Word Press won’t support the script, but the link takes you to the covers and I listed the books in the giveaway below …)

Nicole Zo: Woman of Honor (Kingdom of Arnhem, Book 1) , Sharon Saracino: Death Benefits, Debbie Christiana: Solstice, Jami Gray: Shadow’s Edge — The Kyn Kronicles — Book 1, Mina Khan: Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys & Dragons, Marsha A. Moore: Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One (Enchanted Bookstore Legends), Alison Beightol: Blood Betrayal, Tricia Schneider: The Witch And The Vampire, Shah Wharton: Finding Esta (The Supes Series), Prudence MacLeod: Novan Witch, Revised (Nova Series), Jane Leback: The Wrong Enemy, Stacy Claflin:  Deception (The Transformed #1), Sascha Illyvich: Torn to Pieces, Shannon McRoberts: Verses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles, Nicole Zoltack:  Woman of Honor (Kingdom of Arnhem, Book 1), Rhonda Parrish: Aphanasian Stories, Ash Krafton: Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde, Liv Rancourt: A Vampire’s Deadly Delight, Fabio Bueno: Wicked Sense (The Singularity Series, #1)

Cathrina Constantine: Wickedly They Come Julia Crane: Coexist (Keegan`s Chronicles #1) Nana Prah: Love Through Time Mimi Sebastian: The Necromancer`s Seduction John Hundley: The Dragon of Doughton Park: A Red Wolf Novel (Volume 2) James Garcia Jr.: Seeing Ghosts Stacy Claflin: Fallen (The Transformed Prequel) Kristine Croto: The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy M. Pax: The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear Carmen DeSousa: Creatus (Creatus Series) Etta Jean: Chronicle of Destiny Ash Krafton: Blood Rush Marian Allen: The Fall of Onagros (sage) (Volume 1) Andrea R. Cooper: The Garnet Dagger Sharon Buchbinder: Obsession Georgia Lyn Hunter: Absolute Surrender Lisa Kessler: Moonlight (The Moon Series) (Entangled Edge) Robin Lythgoe: As the Crow Flies Kim Smith: An Unexpected Performance Angela Myron: Ennara and the Fallen Druid (Volume 1)

Sheryl Nantus: Blood of the Pride Terri Rochenski: Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls) (Volume 1) Thomas Winship: Vaempires: Zombie Rising: The Evolutionary War Thomas Winship: Vaempires: Revolution: The Evolutionary War Elle J. Rossi: The Soother: Book Two of the Brennan Coven Trilogy Rosalie Skinner: Exiled: Autumn`s Peril-Book One (The Chronicles of Caleath) Jonathan D Allen: Room 3 Angela Brown: They All Fall Down (Shadow Jumpers) Kevin O. McLaughlin: By Darkness Revealed (Blackwell Magic) John Hundley: The Draculata Nest: A Red Wolf Novel Julie Flanders: Polar Night Gregory S Close: In Siege of Daylight: BOOK ONE IN THE COMPENDIUM OF LIGHT, DARK & SHADOW Jocelyn Adams: Stone Chameleon (Ironhill Jinn Series) Cesya MaRae Cuono: Elemental Reality Lyndi Alexander: The Elf Queen (Clan Elves of the Bitterroot) Thomas Winship: Vaempires: White Christmas: A Prelude to The Evolutionary War Red Tash: Troll Or Derby Julie Reece: Crux

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From Gods Book Blast and Giveaway!

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From Gods by Mary Ting

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It’s not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus’s descendants.
Skylar Rome is supposed to be having the best summer ever before she heads off to college. Little did she know, her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. Nearly drowning at the beach due to unknown forces, one of the Grand brothers she’d just met, Mason, saves her life. Cool, collected, mysterious, and dangerously good-looking, Skylar is drawn to him from the start. Though she knows he is the type of guy good girls stayed away from, it seems he is always saving her life, and the attraction was inevitable.
Upon meeting the brothers, strange things begin to happen. When she accidentally kills one of the brothers, it throws her life into turmoil, as they search to find the answers. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world of the decedents of ancient gods, all who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, evil beings are after her. Running out of time and running for her life, she must unravel a mystery. What do they want from her? Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will she find the answers, or will she die trying?

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“Mason, Mason, Mason,” Skylar panicked.

“I know. Skylar, hold on tight. I’m going to brake.”

“But…but there are cars behind us.”

“We have no choice. Don’t worry. I got this.” Pushing down on the brake pedal forcefully, the car hydroplaned to the right. “Hold on,” Mason yelled. Skylar gripped the first thing she could place her hand on tightly. The water from the road jetted up into the air like a water show, but the car kept gliding sideways, until finally it spun a full circle and stopped. With no time to waste, Mason turned the car toward the right and accelerated, hoping to dodge what was coming toward them.

Out of nowhere, a long piece of ice, taking the form of a spear-like shape, darted through the trucks’ tires and punctured some of them. More ice spears came soaring out of the rain, but this time, ten or more sphere like ice balls followed, denting the sides of the trucks, and one went through a windshield. With flat tires, the trucks now glided as if on ice, maneuvering from side to side.

“Did you do that?” Skylar asked excitedly.

“No…must be Poseidon’s kids. Where the hell are they?” Mason spread his right arm in front of Skylar, as if to protect her. “Bend down, Sky.”

One of the trucks hit another and swirled, hitting the other adjacent to it. The crash caused the trucks to flip and tumble, heading straight for Mason’s car. With a look of shock, Skylar held her breath. With no time to move, think, or get out of the car, she closed her eyes and prepared for the crash.

Just seconds before the impact, Mason’s car flew up into the air, over the trucks. Somehow, magically, the water created a liquid bridge, guiding the car safely over, and then it thumped hard on the ground on the other side. Without looking back, Mason sped away as the sound of screeching brakes and metal impacting on metal blasted behind them.

Praise for From Gods:

“A fast paced adventure full of mystery, action, magic and romance! Readers won’t be able to put this book down!” ~InD’tale Magazine

“From Gods takes mythology to a whole new level of imagination with its incredible plot and amazing characters. It’s full of hotness that you never want to end!” ~Michele, Insane About Books

“From Gods by the AMAZING AUTHOR Mary Ting is OMGods good!! If you even LIKE Greek Mythology, set aside some time because you will DEVOUR Mary Ting’s Demi Gods and Vultures!!!” ~Mindy, Books Complete Me

“This book is “electric” as it blends paranormal romance, mythology (which I love), action and suspense together for an amazing read. Mary Ting, you’ve done it again! This book exceeded my expectations and I was literally blown away as if I were struck by lightning!” ~Vanessa, Fairiechick’s Fantasy Book Reader

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Author Mary Ting

Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Jonathan Lister Crossroads Cover Reveal!

       Monday, April 22, 2013

Crossroads

A Demos City Novel by Jonathan Lister

Release Date: November 4, 2013

Target Reader: Adult, Thriller/SuspenseWerewolf

Back of the Book

Werewolf. Bar bouncer. Dad. Standard traits for any self-respecting, reformed criminal, living under the radar in Demos City. For Leon Gray, normal is what he wants—for himself and his not-yet-changed teenage daughter.

Playing bodyguard to crusading reporter David Hastings would totally ruin Leon’s peace, especially since Hastings has hired killers on his trail, pros who know how he takes his espresso in the morning, and where Leon lives.

The payoff, though, would fill up Shauna’s empty college fund, and in a battle between opportunity and ordinary, money wins. He just has to keep Hastings alive long enough to cash the check.

If only he didn’t have to save his daughter, too.

As a budding wolf, she’s piqued the interest of a local pack Alpha—one Leon knows will steal Shauna right out from under him the first chance he gets.

Leon isn’t about to give up on his daughter or Hastings, and will fight for both longer than it took Demos City to see werewolves as equals to humans.

He can only hope it doesn’t take a thousand years.

Jonathan Lister

Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Crossroads is Jonathan’s first book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.

Links:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17250695-crossroads

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/35

http://ijonathanlister.wordpress.com/

I can’t wait to check out this book! What about you?

*NOTE: This is an adult novel.


Blog Tour for Silent Echoes, book 2 in the Games of Zeus series

Silent Echoes

Silent Echoes (Games of Zeus, #2)

I love this cover. It’s sort of mysterious and creepy!

Games of Zeus

by Aimee Laine

Release Date: March 11, 2013

Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Description

For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed.
Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.
As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.
Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.
Something else tells her to run away.
Fast.
As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul.
Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.

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Excerpt

The sledge hammer circled through the air, whipping around Taylor Marsh’s head. Wood splintered. Fragmented pieces shot off like shrapnel.
With another heave, she drew the tool over her shoulder, and with one step, swung with every bit of force she could muster.
Decades-old siding crumpled under her attack of the shed.
A deep breath and a growl preceded the stretch of her arms and the twist of her body as she propelled herself forward again.
The weighted head hit first, yanking the tool from her sweaty palms and throwing Taylor sideways. On an ‘oomph’, her chest, arms and cheek kissed the red clay of southern North Carolina soil.
Taylor pushed up to her elbows, twisted toward the old shed she’d vowed to tear down and sighed. She sat, ran a hand through her failing hair, where blonde streaks had turned brown, and resecured the tail at the nape of her neck as sweat dripped from her brow.
Despite its age, several of the shed’s planks remained standing—a testament to construction of years gone by.
“One old building to go, and it wants to stay upright longer than the Titanic.”
Beyond the mess, her home stood—a white, clapboard bungalow she’d renovated herself.
“Okay. One more time.” With the sun high in the sky and bearing down upon her with the force of the coming summer, she stood. “It’s no bigger than a kid’s play house. This shouldn’t be so hard.”
Taylor positioned her feet at the front corner, spreading them to give herself a wide base. “Right. One hit to the figurative solar plexus.” She nodded as if the pile would respond. The crunch of a car’s wheels on gravel made her turn. She faced the Jaguar as it rolled to a stop.
Two very recognizable men stepped from within the vehicle. Their long strides spoke of power and confidence, the smiles suggested warmth, and the punch one gave the other—playfulness.
Taylor brushed off grime from her jeans, tapped her boots against the ground and wiped a hand across her brow. “Like that’s going to help.” Giving up on her attire, she headed toward them, leaving her pile of work for later. “Hey, Tripp.” She took his extended hand, gazing again at the tattoo on his neck she’d found so intriguing the first time they met. “Ian.” Taylor switched her hand-held welcome toward the man who did more to her libido than anyone she’d ever met.
He held up his hands, palms out, bejeweled right ring finger glinting in the sun.
“Afraid of a little dirt?” She let her true southern come out, even added a bit to the tone as she spun the only ring she owned around her fourth finger—nothing like the ostentatious, gaudy, show-offy thing Ian wore.
“No. But you’re a … more … I got a flight to New York in an hour,” Ian said.
Tripp chuckled. “Why don’t you have a crew come knock that thing down?”
Taylor glanced back at the small shed. “What fun would that be?”

***

Comments

“With the turn of every page Mrs. Laine captures your attention. She has entwined a beautiful romance within the mystery and intrigue. ” — Katherine Skye (Reader)

“This was a fun story that kept me entertained and had just enough romance, paranormal and mystery to balance it all out.” — My Guilty Obsession

“This is the type of book you simply can’t get out of your mind.” — Known to Read

“… a pretty fast paced and enjoyable read.” — Gizmo’s Reviews

“Reincarnation, lost love, deceit, jealousy, murder, hot steamy – this book has it all. ” — Terri Rochenski, Author Pool of Souls Series

“With a well crafted plot, very well done characters, and plenty of mystery to keep things on the edge, Silent Echoes is one of those stories that weaves the reader in and keeps a tight hold.” — Long and Short Reviews

About the Author:

Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.

With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.

*Note: This is an adult paranormal romance.

Sounds like a great read, doesn’t it? I love all things mythological!!!

Here are some links to learn more:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15789207-silent-echoes?ac=1

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/26

http://www.aimeelaine.com/?author_name=Aimee

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937744213?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1937744213&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Leave a comment, and let me know what you think …


Author interview with J.C. Martin

Oracle

by J.C. Martin

Release Date: July 30, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Thriller/Suspense, Law Enforcement

Description

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.
Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.
Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victim
One of whom could be his own daughter.
Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

J.C. Martin

http://jc-martin.com/

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.
After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.
Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.
Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

JC Martin will now take your questions:

Q. 1. When did you start writing?

A. My first memories of writing was when I used to staple together sheets of paper to form a book, and drew and wrote comics about my grandfather’s two dogs. I called them The Adventures of Buffy & Misty & Friends. In high school, I wrote my first novel longhand in a notebook, and was one of those geeky kids who wrote a 3,000 word fantasy epic when asked to write about My Holiday. So I was bitten by the writing bug pretty early on. 🙂

Q. 2. Whose writing did you most enjoy as a teen?

A. I devoured R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, and I also loved Christopher Pike, especially his Last Vampire series.

Q. 3. What is your favorite genre? What is it that draws you in?

A. Definitely crime and mystery. I read plenty of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in my tweens, and loved trying to solve the puzzle before the protagonists do. When I was older and started reading my Mom’s hand-me-down books, they were predominantly crime: James Patterson, John Sandford, etc. I was then old enough to appreciate the deeper, darker exploration of the killer’s psyche, and of the human condition in general.

Q. 4. Oracle is a fascinating story, and so unique. What was your inspiration for writing the book?

A. A year or so after London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, the local newspapers were all reporting the many problems the organising committee encountered: budget issues, transport and congestion, being behind schedule with constructing the Olympic Park … I thought to myself, wouldn’t the organisers have a fit if they had a public relations nightmare to handle on top of all that, a serial killer stalking the host city, and right before the Games began? This “what if”, followed by research into the history of the Olympics, eventually materialised into Oracle.

Q. 5. What’s a typical day of writing like for you? Can you walk us through your day?

A. I wake up between 7 and 8, and have breakfast in my jim-jams while sitting at the computer. Breakfast time is when I sort through my e-mails, and all my social media stuff. Then, after a shower, I work on writing, be it blog posts, short stories, research, or my current project. Depending on priority, I switch tasks when my mind starts to wander, so I don’t end up staring at a blank screen for too long. On work days, this lasts till around 1pm, when I have to go to work, but on days off, I’m at my computer till it’s time to cook dinner.

Q. 6. How did you and your husband meet? Was it love at first sight? Did you make him chase you, or did you put the smack down on him? See … we’ve heard about your mad martial arts skills … and we’re a little afraid!

A. Oh, don’t worry! I don’t use my kung fu unless I have to. 😉 I actually met the Hubster at my martial arts school. I used to teach him! Apparently he had a major crush on me from day one, but I was with someone else at the time. Not long after my previous relationship finished, a group of us from the school went out for dinner together. He offered to drive me home after, and well, the rest is history!

Speaking of smack downs, he likes to think he’s better than me at kung fu, but I remain a grade above him. 😉

Q. 7. What project(s) are you working on right now?

A. My main project is a second book featuring Detective Lancer from Oracle, and I’m also toying with the idea of starting a thriller series with a kung fu fighting protagonist who made a cameo appearance in Oracle.

Q. 8. J.C. your bio states you have three dogs. Would you be willing to share with us about each of them, and what they bring to your life?

A. I LOVE talking about my doggies … now you’ve done it!

Alfie is my first first dog; unlike the ones I had growing up, who were technically my parents’ dogs, I got him while living on my own. He’s a long-haired Chihuahua, and despite being the oldest at 4-and-a-half years, he’s the baby of the lot. He loves cuddles, toys, and sleeping. His disposition is unusual, as Chis are usually one-owner dogs, and are wary of strangers. Alfie does tend to favour me to the Hubster (win!), but he adores attention from everyone!

We got Bubbles a few months after Alfie, because we both used to work long days, and thought Alfie needed a puppy companion. She’s a Pomeranian, and is the dopiest of the lot. Whilst the other two learned tricks easily, so far we’ve only managed to teach Bubbles “sit”, “down” and “off/out” (when we want her off the couch or out a room). She’s the kind of dog who’d run into a glass door, but she’s the most loving and loyal, happy to just sit at our feet all day. When I go to work, she would take my fluffy house slippers and ‘guard’ them by laying on them till I get home.

Finally, we have little Boo! (yes, with the exclamation mark), who is just 2 years old. Alfie and Bubbles erm, got it on, and had three litters before we finally neutered daddy. We found homes for all the pups, but just could not part with this one puppy from the first ever litter: a sweet little girl with white ‘socks’ on her front paws. As a cross-breed (Pom-Chi? Chi-Pom?), she’s really intelligent and healthy. She loves her exercise, and when let off leash in a field would happily zip around chasing pigeons all day long. Despite being handbag sized, she’s a proper dog: she’s the only one who would go swimming in the pond. Strangely, despite our efforts to socialise her in the same way we brought up the other two, Boo! is very wary of strangers. When the Hubster’s brother moved in with us, it took 18 months before she finally warmed to him!

All three doggies have such different personalities, it’s almost like having three little people around! We cannot imagine parting with any one of them. With them around, there’s never a dull day!

Thanks for appearing on our blog today, JC, it was awesome having you!!!

Learn more about J.C. here:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/11

https://twitter.com/JCMartin_author

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5253905.J_C_Martin

http://jc-martin.com/fighterwriter/

 

*Note:  Oracle is an adult thriller

 

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