Monthly Archives: August 2014

Promo The Blue Effect

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frontcoverTitle: The Blue Effect

Author: Rose Shababy

Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.

Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

Author Bio

author photoRose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.

Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.

If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.

Links

Website: http://roseshababy.com

https://www.facebook.com/rose.shababy

twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseShababy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6063741-rose-shababy

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Book Excerpt from Saving Jamie

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Saving Jamie 3-DTitle: Saving Jamie

Author: Carol Braswell

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Her secret can get her killed!

The only thing standing between Jamie and the Cartel is FBI agent Rex Garret, but he can’t protect her when she disobeys orders. When a dead body turns up and evidence places Jamie at the scene she becomes the number one suspect. Will he have to arrest the woman he’s come to care about or will he find her dead?

Can he save her this time?

Jamie Kenner barely escapes abduction alive, but at what cost? A traumatic head injury leaves what little memory she has left almost useless. An unlikely friendship with a reclusive, but kind rancher eases her pain and frustration. Yet something isn’t right. Fear haunted her. A secret is locked inside her head, dancing just out of reach…a secret someone is willing to kill for.

Author Bio

IMG_3588Carol Braswell has been writing since 1994. She took it seriously three years ago when a newspaper story caught her eye and Finding Amy was born. But Amy had an identical twin and her story had to be told as well. Saving Jamie dictated her story, Carol listened and Jamie’s adventure came to life.

“Several beta readers told me they didn’t like Jamie in the first book. That’s exactly how I wanted her to come across. But I had to redeem her in Saving Jamie. My editor said I had.”

Mrs. Braswell says she writes what she loves to read. That is a lot of suspense and a little romance thrown in to keep the emotions flowing. Her page turners keep you on the edge wondering just what will happen next. And you never have to wait long for a hunt and capture or a steamy roll in the sheets. Her books are loaded with both.

At present Mrs. Braswell is working on three books and plans to release two more after re-writes. “It is a daunting task, to say the least, but will be well worth the effort.”

She lives in east Texas with her hero husband who can fix anything and three very spoiled Maltese. She says her home was built for comfort and tranquility. Hubby built her a pergola where she escapes to writes.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/#!/carolbraswellauthor
https://twitter.com/AuthorCarolB
www.carolbraswell.com
https://www.amazon.com/author/carolbraswell
http://cbraswell2.bravejournal.com/

Book Excerpt

Taking several deep breaths, she shut her eyes and wiped her wet hands on her dripping wet designer jeans. Bending over, she scratched the wet ground for the special black rock she buried a couple of years ago. “Damn.” She dug her fingers into the mud until the rock appeared and another nail cracked. It wasn’t anything that couldn’t be fixed but it ticked her off. She shouldn’t have to do this but she didn’t trust anyone else.

Her fingers gripped the key and she stood to unlock the gate. Her finger’s shook as she tried to fit the key in the small hole. She sensed someone behind her just before a hairy arm snaked around her neck. A gruff voice whispered in her ear,    “If you scream, I’ll slit your throat.”

The sharp knife pierced the skin on her neck again and another man stepped in front of her and grinned, flashing two gold teeth. He placed duct tape over her mouth, snuffing out the scream that rose in her throat. Her arms were forced back, fastened with zip ties, and the keys to the house and gate were ripped from her hand. Jamie’s heart drummed heavily in her ears. She wanted to run but her legs had turned to rubber. She heard the gate click closed and the two men drug her around the pool to the back door of her old home.

“Oh, crap,” she thought. What the hell was going on? Who were they?

Promo Post The Thunderstone

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Cover1-ebook-3Title: The Thunderstone

Author: Pj Belanger

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Empowered by jewels with various magical qualities – wizards, gemnuns, gemmonks and sapphires – along with the Lords they serve, combine to make up the HOUSES OF STOREM, inhabited by dwarfs, icelanders, elves, catpeople and hillpeople who must unite against the evil ONYX KINGDOM.

It is an adventure that finds an odd group of travelers trying to save the life of a wounded girl who is being pursued by trolls, ogres, pirates, hurks and histians – up rivers, through magical forests and mystical wizard towers, all because she may be the key to preventing the evil one from taking over the DIAMOND KINGDOM.

Don’t miss this, the first in a series that brings Birl, Eauxsage, Hadden, Chellie, Nugs and Tem together for the first time.

Author Bio

pjbfacePj Belanger has spent a good part of her life in the scenic hills of Connecticut. She was always an avid reader. “My father collected every bit of Science Fiction he could find- we would talk for hours on the subject. The Golden Age of Science Fiction is truly a love of mine.
Great writers from Heinlein to Jose Farmer to Asimov to Bloch were my idols. They were great story tellers something that influences my own work. Of course, then came Tolkien and I was hooked on fantasy too.”

After graduating from St. Francis College (UNE) in Maine, she worked in the fast pace newpaper advertising world but always had been a writer of short stories, novel length books of fiction, romance and general interest. Her work is a mixture of a three volume book series, The Houses of Storem filled with wizards, dwarfs, merrs, elfs, heroic Kings and albino Icelanders. Her Space Dectective series is just plain good sci fi fun as is her short story book.

Pj was deeply involved in writing local NASCAR Driver Profiles and has a book on The History of Stafford Speedway. “I love racing in general, but I really love the short tracks. It was a labor of love to write the racing books and I enjoyed writing a regular racing column for a local sports newspaper.”

Pj lives in Florida with husband. She enjoys time with her two grandchildren. Her life is enhanced by a trouble making miniature beagle and a mischievous cat.

Links

Website: http://www.pjbelanger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pj.belanger.author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pj-Belanger/e/B004KC89HA

Book Excerpt for Hostile Takeover

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Book Excerpt

The flyer rushed toward a great rend in the ground. A mechanical recording warned of the approaching surface.

They plunged a quarter mile into the canyon before Lev pulled out of the dive. The flyer shuddered while they dropped another five hundred feet. The fans screamed as the control system trimmed the craft just above a dry riverbed. Rafe let out a breath he didn’t realize he’d been holding.

The channel twisted through the limestone and shale canyon. The tan and gray layers of the walls rushed past Rafe’s window.

“There’s the starting line. Clock us,” Lev said.

“I’m not here to play games.”

Lev chuckled and started the dash-mounted timer. They raced between faded red stripes painted up the walls. The manager flashed down the dangerous route, the fans screaming as he bounced the craft within inches of the encroaching walls on every turn.

“Your dampers can’t handle the resonance oscillation,” Rafe warned.

“Keep talking. I’m still gonna break your record,” Lev replied.

They roared into the next curve. With a bump and a screech, the back left nacelle brushed the wall, slewing them sideways until the control unit compensated. The near miss didn’t slow Lev.

Sweat broke out on Rafe’s face despite the cool air blowing from the vents.

“Pull out or slow down. She isn’t ready. Another brush like that and they’ll be picking us up with a sponge.”

The first of the stone bridges stretched across the canyon, providing a comfortable space beneath it for the flyer. Rafe glanced back at the flyer’s high tail fins and wondered whether the craft had enough clearance for the later arches.

Lev hurled the flyer under the bridge without easing up on the throttle. Turbulence rattled the cockpit.

“Guess I should have brought a case of wine and a couple of broads. Then it would be like old times out here. Me chasing skirt, and you drunk on your ass.”

“Take us back now,” Rafe ordered.

“Can’t. Haven’t finished the test run. Two seconds under your time already by my reckoning.”

The flyer shimmied through an S-curve into a short straightaway. Lev opened the throttle, his rugged face a study in grim concentration, his eyes shining like an addict’s after a hit.

Ahead, another crumbling stone arch spanned the canyon. The flyer tore under it and aimed for a landslide beyond. Lev yanked the stick back and applied braking, but the craft responded slowly. A puff of smoke erupted from the front left nacelle.

The flyer pitched up over the slide with a rattling that shook Rafe’s teeth. For one long moment, he thought the manager might try to run under the next bridge despite the loss of the braking fan.

In desperation, Rafe reached across and gave the stick a vicious pull. The nose rose, but not fast enough.

 

Hostile Takeover

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Author: K.S. Ferguson

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Sci-Fi

Rafe McTavish, security expert and new CEO at interplanetary mega-corp EcoMech, and his undercover ally Kama Bhatia, hacker and corporate spy, continue their pursuit of a ruthless blackmailer in the sequel to Calculated Risk.

When Rafe’s arrival on EcoMech’s frontier colony world ruins their adversary’s plan for supremacy, events take a deadly turn. As tensions amongst the workers rise and unrest turns to violence, Rafe and Kama must race to unmask a killer before Rafe and his family fall victims to a murderous hostile takeover.

Author Bio

K S Ferguson has published three novels, Calculated Risk, Hostile Takeover, and Touching Madness, and one critically-acclaimed novella, Puncher’s Chance (co-written with James Grayson,) which appeared in the June 2006 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, America’s longest-running science fiction magazine. She enjoys writing suspense and murder mysteries in futuristic and fantasy settings, and also writes fiction in the guise of technical manuals for unfinished software—otherwise known as help documentation.

Links

K S Ferguson website: http://www.ksferguson.net

Hostile Takeover at Smashword link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/455719

Hostile Takeover at Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LLP9LTY

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Book Excerpt from Rocket Ship

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RS_FrontCover_8_5_v3_AZTitle: Rocket Ship

Author: C.O.B.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Lincoln and Gary are best friends planning a simple trip to the night rock in the sky. However, they quickly find out that “easier said than done” is far more than just an outdated adage; it is a reality, for the dreamers face obstacle after obstacle in trying to gather the materials they need to build their ship. Not only that, but when their plan is discovered, their two-man field trip becomes much more than that. Now, the captain and the general will have to lead a rescue mission, one of far greater importance than they ever imagined. What would you do? Save only yourself or risk it all to save the lives of others as well as your own?

Rocket Ship is the miraculous, thrilling story of two friends, a tale of two hopefuls, two dreamers, two rescuers and the extremes they go through to save one another and others like them, before the world they live in destroys them all.

Author Bio

Rocket Ship is C.O.B.’s first young adult novel, but his third book overall. His first book, Hope(less), was a literary fiction about the journey a young couple endures for love. C.O.B.’s second book was a collection of works that included poems, short stories, and even a heartwarming tale told via screenplay.

Links

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http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Ship-C-O-B/dp/0983002835/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1404868286&sr=8-1

Promo videos about the book:
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Website and contact:
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Book Excerpt

Gary continues to stare at his friend, expecting him to wake, but Lincoln does not. A bit remorseful, Gary loses his grin. He does not understand why Lincoln is so tired in the mornings sometimes. They often go to bed at the same time, yet Lincoln is always more tired in the mornings than he is. Finding it even funnier that Lincoln is so used to the pothole that he can now sleep through it, Gary lets out a puff of a laugh and shakes his head before returning to his rhino to give it a dirt-orange color.

A few moments later, the bus comes to a stop in front of their school. Gary prepares to nudge Lincoln, but before he can do so, Lincoln opens his eyes and lifts his head.

Again, Gary lets out a puff of a laugh and shakes his head. The two boys then gather their things and exit the bus.

English is first period, in their homeroom. The door to the classroom is open, and seventh graders drag their feet inside. As students take their seats, the English teacher writes on the chalkboard. Lincoln and Gary sit in the third row, next to one another. Lincoln has his arms and head down on the desk, on top of his notebook, with his eyes closed.

Gary, with orange colored pencil in hand, puts the finishing shades on his drawing. It’s done! He looks over at Lincoln and pokes his arm.

Lincoln lifts his head without alarm, as if he was only resting. He looks forward, sees the teacher still writing, then glances over at his friend with a questioning look.

Gary hands over his drawing.

Lincoln takes the sheet of paper and looks down at the expertly crafted rhino. What he sees is majestic, nothing but talent on the paper, and he appreciates it with a smile on his face. The rhinoceros looks like an armored, monstrous beast; however, its stance and humble color compels the feelings of a docile, peaceful creature. “This is awesome,” Lincoln says as he hands the drawing back to his friend.

As Gary lays his drawing flat on his desk, with a huge, satisfied smile on his face, Jacob Miller, the biggest kid in the classroom, walks down the aisle between them. He sees the drawing, picks it up, looks at it for quick second, then rips it in two, four, then eight. The huge boy drops the pieces of paper, the rhino crumbs, back on Gary’s desk and smiles smugly, as if to commend himself for a job well done. He then continues toward his desk, four rows behind Gary’s.

The two friends are aghast. They can’t believe what just happened, why it happened, and why it happened to them. With broken faces, they look up from the scattered pieces of paper and at one another. Lincoln sees it in his friend’s eyes: defeat and humiliation mingled with rage.

Gary’s eyes begin to look shiny, shimmering with potential tears. He looks away, then down at his artwork that is no more. His body shivers from disgust, from pain, from sorrow. He begins flipping over the pieces of paper, trying to put them in the right order, like a jigsaw puzzle.

“Don’t,” Lincoln says, touching Gary’s shoulder. Gary eyes Lincoln, fighting back tears, a battle he

wins. Not one salty, bitter droplet rolls down his face; he won’t give Jacob that satisfaction.

Lincoln reaches down and grabs the pieces of paper off his friend’s desk and crumples them all up into a ball. He then rips a clean sheet of paper out of his own notebook and places it on Gary’s desk. “He hasn’t taken anything from you,” Lincoln consoles, looking over at a mortified face. “This one will be better.”