Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dena Garson shares When Ash Remains


When Ash Remains came to live largely due to a friend’s harassment. For several years, a close friend of mine bugged me about digging into my own family roots and finding a story. Seriously - every time I spoke to him he’d ask if I’d started it. Once I started writing it, he’d want to know if I’d finished it yet. “It’ll be great,” he’d tell me. By the end, I think I finished it just so he’d stop asking about it.  :D

What I could never explain to him was that I didn’t just want to spit out a story about a character who happened to be Native American. I wanted to take my time and make it realistic. I wanted to show elements from the culture in a positive and respectful light. But at the same time, because I enjoy fantasy and paranormal romance, I wanted to put my own spin on the story and the characters. Just like Greek, Roman, and Egyptian I’d read, I was fascinated by Native American myths and legends. The various origin stories are simply fascinating. When I came across the myths about skinwalkers my story fell into place.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed bringing the characters to life.



When Ash Remains
By Dena Garson
A paranormal, Native American, historical romance
Release Date:  March 2, 2017
Available for Presale:  Feb. 12, 2017

Blurb:

A warrior with a mission
There isn’t a buffalo or deer that Kajika cannot take down. So when his cousin is slaughtered he relishes the chance to track down the killer. The trail leads him to a woman with gifts he has trouble believing in. Despite their differences he cannot fight his instinct to protect her from all threats – even those he cannot see. That drive even rivals his desire to explore every inch of her body.

A woman with a destiny
Knowing the spirits will protect her, Ahyoka allows the handsome warrior to take her to be questioned by his chief about the unexplained deaths in their village. He may not believe in her abilities but he is one of the few who doesn’t treat her like something to be feared or shunned. He awakens feelings that make her yearn for things she thought she’d never have. Her biggest fear is that once he learns the full extent of her gifts he will reject her like most of her tribe did.

A killer twisted by hurt and anger
Kajika and Ahyoka must work together to find the one responsible for the string of deaths in and around their villages. Faith, trust, and even a little bit of love will be needed to defeat the killer and right the wrongs committed in the pursuit of power and revenge.

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Excerpt:
Copyright @DENA GARSON 2017

Awake Spirit Talker.
A man.
He watches.
A man.
He comes.
A man.
He hunts.
Ahyoka listened to the sounds of the spirits around her. Even without their warning, she would have sensed the presence in the shadows.

She rolled to her side and looked to where she knew he crouched. The darkness hid his features from her eyes, but his spirit radiated from the fire that burned within him. Never before had she met someone with such a potent life force.

Even her brother’s wasn’t as intense as this man’s, and her family descended from a line of powerful shamans.

Did he mean her harm? Or was he just passing through?

Without taking her eyes off the place where he hid, she groped behind her for the knife she had been using before she dozed off. The apples she ate sat heavy in her belly as she contemplated whether she should run or just face whoever it was.

The crunch of leaves from her left drew her attention. No sooner had her vision shifted than a blur from the place the man had hid raced toward her. She rolled as her father had taught her to do in order to minimize the impact of the assault. At the same time, she pulled her knife and tried to put it between her and her attacker. The man grabbed her wrist and pinned it to the ground, rendering her weapon useless.

Her heart pounded in her chest and a roar sounded in her ears. Who was this man?

She fought to free herself from his hold but found he outmatched her in size, speed, and strength. In an alarmingly short span of time, she found herself pinned beneath one of the most handsome men she had ever seen. She pushed aside her shock and renewed her efforts. “Get off of me!” Even the attractiveness of his face didn’t deter her from ramming her head into his nose.

He loosened his grip on her and covered his face as he mumbled some expletive.

She used this distraction to her advantage and bucked him to one side so she could wiggle free. Before she could get to her feet and scamper away, he grabbed her by the ankle.

“Let go!” She kicked at his hand with her other foot, trying to break his hold.

As she struggled with the warrior, two more men appeared from out of the surrounding trees. “Do you need help, Kajika?” the taller of the two men asked. The laughter in his tone suggested their struggle amused him.

Ahyoka renewed her efforts to break free of the first man’s grip. “Who are you and what do you want?”

The warrior kept his hold of her even as he climbed to his feet. “Who are you and what were you doing in our village?”

Ahyoka stopped struggling. “In your village? What village?”

“Don’t play dumb with me. We tracked you here.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” She pointed to the bank just behind them. “I’ve been following the river all day. I stopped to rest when I realized how far I’d come. Where is your village?”

Now that he had released her, she could see the rest of the man who had interrupted her peace and quiet. Her eyes traveled up the length of his legs. She skimmed over the short deer skin he wore about his waist and tried not to speculate about what might be hidden beneath. His bow hung across his broad chest, making her wonder how he managed to squeeze into such a narrow span. Every line of his chest and belly could be seen clearly. If she wanted, she could count each one even from where she sat.

Something stirred within her and made her heart skip a beat. That same something counteracted her impulse to escape.



About the Author:

Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.

She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn't writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

SUBLIME KARMA
by Peyton Garver

Genre: YA Contemporary (older YA age group)

Content Warning: profanity and violence, contemporary adolescent themes are prevalent and confronted such as bullying, suicide, cutting






When Brie's stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it's not the new beginning she would have hoped for. Brie is targeted by a group of popular girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she'd overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?


Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake's romantic histories with the girl next door and the school's queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?





The bus snaked its way through the country roads, and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured, as minions of the privileged.


Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.


The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.


Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.


Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.


“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.


Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.


His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But, as long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge. Becca looked at him from her seat across the aisle then whipped her phone out and started her eager texting. He narrowed his eyes at her, and then with a smirk, he stood.


“Really?” he bit out at her under his breath, leaning close so only she could hear. He grabbed his backpack from the seat and football bag off the wheel well and then moved his six-foot-one frame into the aisle. With a jerk of his head, he directed her to the space by the window.


She slipped by him with lithesome poise, maneuvering in the small space without so much as brushing against him. He watched her settle into the seat with perfect posture, even though her feet were raised up on the wheel well. Her vacant eyes never returned to his. So, why was his heart suddenly beating faster? Was it because of his rudeness and the fact that she ignored it? Could it be remorse? She didn’t seem to have that presumptuous, stuck-up attitude that so annoyed him. She looked almost . . . empty.








As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it's no stretch to say she's outnumbered.


When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense.


When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. "One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth's novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I've since added those dream casts to my website."


When she's not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. "Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can't put down."



Monday, February 20, 2017

SUGAR & SPICE by R.E. Hargrave

SUGAR & SPICE
by R.E. Hargrave

Genre: Romance




Lacey Harrison has been dealt an unexpected hand in life: being a single mom. With her father's help and that of the residents at Royal Hills Nursing Home, she thrives and goes on to become a successful baker. She is content with her life but knows that she and her daughter Candy are missing something. Will things change for the better when Trent Childress moves into town and adds some spice to her sugar?



Before I knew it, my kitchen had been taken over once again. Now I was standing next to a table decorated with bunnies and eggs decorated in bright colors, peddling our wares. Candy had run off, saying she wanted to find someone that, “I had to meet.” I was hoping she’d moved past the mysterious Coach C to someone closer to her own age.


“Enjoy, Steve,” I said, thanking Coach Rose’s husband for his purchase of two dozen honey carrot cookies. He stepped away, revealing my daughter, who had her hand latched onto the arm of my Valentine’s Day egg disaster: Trent.


“Lacey,” he murmured, his eyes meeting mine and igniting a tugging feeling inside of my stomach that crept lower the longer he looked at me.


“Hey, Trent,” I choked a bit on his name. “Gonna support the school again?” His spreading grin changed the tug to a full on twist and pull, and I lost my breath.


“Least I can do, seeing how they employ me and all,” he answered with a cheeky tone.


“Coach C?” I hazarded a guess, my nose scrunching up.


“Yes, ma’am. Nice to meet ya,” he extended his hand. “Your daughter is a delight to have in class,” he teased with a roll of his eyes. I laughed.


“I bet. I’m guessing you're aware of a certain crush?” I asked, leaning in so that gossipy ears could not overhear me, though our positioning itself was bound to start gossip.


He turned in toward me, his breath a warm whisper on my cheek as he replied, “Yes, I am, and I’m handling it by openly flirting with her mother.”



DAVID WHITE


I have my own recording facility just outside of Nashville, TN. I'm a videographer and editor by trade so I understand the importance of the story and proper pacing. When it comes to your project, I rely on my experience to think about how the listener can have the best possible experience. I hope to partner with authors and combine value of their work with my passion and experience.






Domestic engineer. Author. Burgeoning editor. And quite possibly certifiable. Believing every story can shine bright with a bit of tenacious tough love, R.E. Hargrave is thorough and to the point. An international bestselling author, she takes storytelling and manuscript polishing seriously, working with her authors and on her own creations to ensure they come to life, crawling from the pages and into the reader’s souls.


Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX and is married to her high school sweetheart; together they are raising three children. A native 'mutt,' she has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal, to the erotic and horrific—on location in South Carolina and Texas.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

WHAT HAPPENS IN BANGKOK- Two Hearts-One Love by Daryl Devore

WHAT HAPPENS IN BANGKOK
Two Hearts ~ One Love, book 1

by Daryl Devoré

Genre: Erotic Romance




Erika Bailey, owner/manager of a drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand has happily settled into all aspects of her new life, except for her lack of a love life. When a new diva auditions, Erika is bewildered over her instant attraction to the blond God, Apollo.

Darien Scott is on vacation after a world tour and mistakenly figures the safest place to be is at The Black Dragon with the head of a Triad. When the club is hit, Darien is the only person to get out alive. Now he's running from the police and a Triad. Mistake number 1.

Disguised as a drag queen, he's hired by Erika, but falls hard for his new boss, then struggles with not coming clean with her. Mistake number 2.

Can he fix his mistakes and find a life filled with love or is he headed straight for mistake number 3?




Erika dipped a chip into the salsa and popped it into her mouth. "I can't decide. Mexi-taco or Cali-taco."

"Huh?"

"Number twenty and twenty one."

"Simple." He placed his menu on the table and picked up a chip. "Get one of each, but make sure there's room for dessert. 'Cause I want a Churro. Or maybe the Sweet Chimichanga."

"Or both." She popped a salsa-covered chip into her mouth.

"Awesome." Darien dipped a chip and bit into it, trying not to look like he couldn't tear his gaze from her. The elegance of her moves as her fingers unfolded and reached for a chip. The curve of her wrist as she scooped some salsa. The jolt in his body when she opened her mouth and licked her lips. Watching the chip disappear past her teeth was too much for his control. His cock sprang to life. He'd never be able to look at chips and salsa the same way again.

The waitress placed the tray of monkey wings on the table. Erika squealed as they both reached for one. The happiness spread from her face to her body. Her nipples were visible, pressing against her dress. The pressure in his slacks increased. Her lips parted. He stifled a groan. She slid the piece of meat into her mouth and lightly bit into it. Her teeth grazed against the chicken meat, pulling it from the bone. A dribble of sauce escaped. She flicked her tongue across her bottom lip, closed her eyes and heaved a delighted sigh. Sweat ran down Darien's back. Yes, the wings were spicy. But the vision across from him was twenty jalapenos hotter. She picked up another wing. Darien trembled, grabbed his drink and chugged half of it. It did nothing to cool his soaring temperature, or reduce the swelling in his pants.

The visual of her lips wrapped around the chicken wing morphed into her lips around his fully aroused cock. As she pulled the next wing from her mouth, he swallowed–hard. He wiped his brow. "This is hot."


"Not too hot for you?" She placed her index finger in her mouth and slid it out, licking off the sauce.


"Not really, but I just might have to take a cold shower." He grabbed another wing. She reached for one. Darien shuddered. He never knew eating Mexican could be so erotic.




Darian, a famous Rockstar, lands in trouble the moment he arrives in Bangkok. Gunfire breaks out in a bar, and he is the only survivor, other than the shooters. (Warning: It’s a very gory chapter.) He hides out in Erika’s Drag Queen Club, the Pink Flamingo, and becomes friends with all the other guys/divas working there. He also falls in love with Erika, but he keeps that to himself.

First three-quarters of the book are full of danger, making friends with Drag Queens, and a mystery as to why Erika was drugged and her apartment trashed. Eventually, Darian’s real name (he’s been going by the name Apollo) is discovered by the Bangkok police.

The characters are well rounded, the writing is solid, and the story is interesting.  However, one major plot was not reconciled to my satisfaction.

In the last quarter, there is plenty of graphic sex scenes. 

The book was on track for a lovely HEA with two weddings of a sort, but then at the very last moment, the author throws in a huge cliff hanger. Just a few words, but it opens up a giant hole that you desperately want to jump through.

Generally speaking, I really don’t like cliff hangers. But since I had an HEA before she tossed in the few extra words, I’m going to let it slide up.
4.5 stars, rounding up to five.













Daryl Devore (@darydevore) lives in an in old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water aquarium full of fish, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road, or snow shoe across the back acres and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She's been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life's an adventure and Daryl's having fun living it.



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Worst Week Ever is having a fabulous month & so should Luck Be An Angel!





Four years ago, I wrote the funniest book I've ever written, and most people agree with that assessment. However, be warned: while 80% think WWE is laugh-out-loud hilarious, the other 20% doesn't think it's funny at all.

I thought that odd until I checked out the bestseller for comedy. Turns out that's normal. Humor is a discriminating concept and there always appears to be 20 to 30% that won't think a comedic book is funny. That's just life for a comedian. You always have a heckler or two.

Thus oddly, my most read and funniest book is also my lowest ranked book at 4.3.  and it still remains my best seller.

I decided to use it to promo my latest book: Luck be an Angel, which is a sweet romance.  The key difference is you'll like the male lead much faster in Luck Be An Angel....actually, you'll love everyone but the townspeople, and you finish the book much faster. Still, it will probably stretch your credibility, in one part, but that's because I believe that guardian angels really exists.




It's getting great reviews...all 5 stars so far...and it only costs $2.99 since it get's to the point much faster than Worst Week Ever, which goes on for five books.

Since peeps are reading all five books in the Long Road to Love, I gotta think they are addictive, but if you just want a  sweet, uplifting story that you can read in a single evening, go for Luck Be An Angel.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LUCK BE AN ANGEL --- A Valentines Sweet Romance


It’s Valentine’s Day
A Day for Love

& Sweet Romance


Luck Be An Angel
by
Liza O'Connor

Blurb
Reporter, Ethan Long, is sent into the backwoods of Arkansas to investigate a woman who claims her sixteen boys were born by Immaculate Conception. Not believing in divine intervention, Ethan plans to uncover the identity of the man who continues to impregnate Sara Smith every year, leaving her to raise her sons on nothing but luck and love. He enters their home as a tutor and eventually discovers the truth, but not before he has fallen in love with Sara and her wonderful boys. Now he must face his own crossroad in life and decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.

Excerpt
Ethan spent the evening grading their exams. Except for Mike, Tom, and Sara, the rest were all far above their age levels. Mike was significantly below, but Ethan suspected his sight problem had caused that. Tom was in line with other five-year-olds and Sara’s education level was that of a twelve-year-old. Her seven-year-old son knew far more than she did.
He sighed. What was her story? How did she become trapped in this cycle of baby making? And who the hell is the father who keeps returning to give her more?
A gentle knock on the door interrupted his angry thoughts. He opened the door and invited Sara in.
“I know you said there wasn’t no pass or fail, but I’m guessing they must tell you something.”
He nodded. She looked so worried. “They tell me you’ve got some very bright boys.”
She smiled, radiating a light of joy about her. After a moment, she grew somber again. “What about Mike?”
“Mike has a vision problem. Instead of a regular doctor, you should take him to an eye doctor. Hopefully, all he needs are glasses.”
“And that will cure him?”
“I think so.”
“Then he’ll be smart in school like the others?”
“He’ll have some catching up to do, like his mom, but I don’t see any reason why either student cannot succeed.”
She hugged him.

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February 6, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Review 1:

The idea of having sixteen children was a bit frightening, but they turned out to be fabulous boys and their mom was very close to being an angel, herself. Ethan Long, a news reporter arrives at the house she won (she’s insanely lucky) and claims to be a tutor, determined to get the real story.


Sara Smith keeps insisting she doesn’t know why she gets pregnant every year on valentine’s day, but Ethan doesn’t buy that story.



In very little time, Ethan genuinely grows to care about the subjects of his investigation and it has placed him an untenable position. Does he write the story of a lifetime or follow his heart? His personal relationships have always been a disaster in the past, but with Sara and her boys, perhaps he could find happiness…



I loved everything about this story. A Sweet and Fabulous ‘feel good’ Valentines story with love, laughter, and trouble on the side.



ByDevika Fernandoon February 6, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Review 2:

I’m a fan of Liza O’Connor’s books, and by now I’ve come to expect the unexpected from her. This book is no different in that regard, for it is unusual and unputdownable.


The story follows down-on-his-luck (pardon the pun) reporter Ethan on his somewhat reluctant quest to find out more about a single mother with no less than 16 children. As if such an astonishing number of kids were not interesting enough, mysterious circumstances surround the family. The children are all conceived and born on exactly the same day, even at the exact same time. They all look the same, as if some dastardly man forced himself on the unsuspecting mother once a year to leave her with angelic-looking offspring and nothing but luck to fend for herself. Needless to say, Ethan is in for a surprise. He not only discovers that Sara is about as far from a slut or in-over-her-head harried mother as a woman can get, but also falls in love with her well-mannered, intelligent brood.



So overall, this is a story about bonds being formed. It is a plea for fairness, a call for second chances. It asks us to be open to possibilities the rational mind might not want to consider, and to never judge someone based on assumptions, conventions or projected perceptions. It’s a story that deals with prejudice, the state of education, suspicions and jealousy, and above all, the media’s bloodhound-search for stories for the sake of stories. And in the same vein, “Luck be an Angel” is also the author’s amazing way of showing that a little kindness can go a long way, and that courage and integrity can be found in the most unexpected places. It is a love story in many regards, but nothing commonplace.



If you like books that make you think and smile, question your own and society’s behaviour, and finish it with a glowing smile and renewed belief in the power of love, then I can highly recommend O’Connor’s latest gem.


M Fullerton
Review 3:
Sara Smith might be the story of a lifetime for reporter, Ethan Long. She's a woman who birthed sixteen boys, all on the same day, at the same time. She claims not to know the father, yet something doesn't add up. Ethan goes undercover, posing as a teacher in order to gain the truth but what he finds out is miraculous.


Ms. O'Connor writes the most interesting stories. I never see the twists and turns she brings to the characters until the end. While Sara seems like a woman who has so much going against her, she really is blessed. It's the people of the town and around Sara who aren't able to see the truth and I feel sad for them.



This story will keep you up reading and make you believe in miracles. I couldn't stop when I started, I had to know how the story would end. Once again, I can blame Ms. O'Connor for my lack of sleep but I really did gain so much more!


Review 4:
This is a sweet romance with a touch of angel magic! I love the wonderful bond between mom and child (all 16!) and the way Ethan looks out for them all. Luck Be An Angel is a quick read and a lovely poignant story.