Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Wednesday's Featured Author is Billy Wong Author of The Red Rider



Action-packed fantasy adventure loosely inspired by the Red Riding Hood legend, featuring one tough female warrior. 

After killing the werewolf that took her grandmother's life, a young girl is outcast from her village over the perceived taint from contact with the lycanthrope. A decade later she is the famous Red Rider, slayer of hundreds of werewolves. When she learns of a new breed of more intelligent lupines, her skills are put to the ultimate test, and even the help of other warriors such as overweight knight Herbert and cage fighting champion Evie may not be enough to overcome the rising threat.

About the Author:

Billy Wong is an avid fan of heroic fantasy, with a special love for strong female warriors. He draws inspiration from the epic legends of old, and is on a quest to bring over the top deeds and larger than life heroes back to prominence in today's literary world.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Spotlight for Author Casey Keen ~ I'll Be Damned and Saved by the Spell


 Book #1, I'll Be Damned
A sister kidnapped.

An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner. 

A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is. 

The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her. 

Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions. 

As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld. 

Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.


Saved by the Spell, Front Cover
Book #2, Saved by the Spell

Two worlds in danger. 

A Grand Witch behind bars. 

A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections. 

You think you have it bad? Grand Witch Anna Wolfe awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger. The human world is threatened as well. Now, it’s up to Anna to escape from Micah's clutches so she can locate The Scholars and an ancient book before both fall into the wrong hands. 

With a fiercely loyal Werewolf and immensely powerful Warlock by her side, what can go wrong? 

A lot apparently. 

If fighting off the Prince of Darkness wasn’t enough, Anna’s emotions are a whirlwind, as she battles between what fate demands and what she actually wants.


About the Author:
I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”

I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Book Tour ~ Price of Vengeance ~ Spotlight and Interview with a giveaway

Price of Vengeance

Price of Vengeance

"Liam! What have you done?" Marcus demanded. "You know our teachings on revenge."

Suddenly, irrationally angry, Liam straightened. "How can you defend him after what he did? To you, to Mom, to my birth parents, to everyone we cared about?"

With a howl of despair and emotional agony, Liam dashed forward, through the shade of his father, blindly running into the sewers.

What is the Price of Vengeance? One could understand why Liam is angry. Orphaned at the age of two by a group of giant carnivorous insects called the chitin, he was adopted by High Councilor Marcus and his wife, Lidia, and raised with their older son, Randolf, in New Olympia, the last remaining city on the planet Etrusci.

As an adult, Liam becomes a soldier. After being cut off from the city, he finds that there is an alien intelligence behind the chitin. To defeat it, he must discover who he is and how to use his powers. When Liam discovers that a traitor responsible for his birth parents' deaths has also murdered his beloved foster parents, he might find that the price he has to pay in his quest for vengeance will prove to be an even more unbeatable foe.

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About the Author:

Kurt D. Springs is presently an adjunct professor of anthropology and archaeology in New Hampshire. He holds a PhD. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a Master of Literature in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Master of Liberal Arts in anthropology and archaeology from the Harvard University Extension School. His main area of interest is megalithic landscapes in prehistoric Ireland.
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    Tell me a bit about yourself.

I am my forties and have a PhD in Anthropology (archaeology focus). I received my PhD from the University at Buffalo (or SUNY at Buffalo). I also have a Master of Literature in archaeology from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and a Master of Liberal Arts in anthropology and archaeology from the Harvard University Extension School. I received my BA from Saint Anselm College in Mathematics. I am currently teaching Introduction to Anthropology and Introduction to Archaeology at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire.

I also do book reviews for Invincible Love of Reading under Kurt’s Frontier. I deal mostly with science fiction and fantasy.

   When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I had my first hints of wanting to be a writer when I was in grade school. I was always complemented on my stories. I tried to write science fiction in high school, and tried to go professional in the 1990s with Queen of Thieves, a fantasy novel that I submitted to several publishers, though it was never published. That was when I first learned the importance of plotting a novel.

   What inspired you to write your book?

I originally got the idea for Price of Vengeance as I was walking home from school when I was doing my Master of Literature in Ireland. I had this idea of a young warrior, who did not belong to the culture he was defending being betrayed and trapped outside the city by people who didn’t like him because of his background.

When the economy tanked just as I was finishing up my PhD, I was a bit depressed. Finding a job I was trained to do had gotten exponentially harder. I found myself getting very angry. I decided to start writing as an outlet. It was a way to explore my inner demons.

     If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would say, without reservation, the late Andre Norton was one of the biggest influences on my writing. Of her science fiction novels, my favourites were her Forerunner series which blended technology with ESP powers as did many of her sci fi novels. I was also a big fan of her Witch World fantasy novels.

    What book are you reading now?

I tend to read several books at a time, especially now that I am officially a reviewer. Currently I am reading Vampire Origins—Project Ichorous by Riley Banks and Desperate Pursuit in Venice by Karynne Summars. I was told long ago that I shouldn’t limit myself to reading only in my own genre. I’ve actually found some remarkably good books in popular fiction, and even romance. I had steered clear of romance novels most of my life. I was once a Page in our local city library. Old ladies checking out large shopping bags full of romance novels does tend to leave one scarred.

   What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Reading mostly. I also like to play one of the Halo games on my XBox 360. I also like to cook.

What time of day do you write?

There isn’t any particular time. I usually joke that my most productive times are when I should be doing something else. I write a bit between classes on Tuesdays. I also find going to a coffee shop provides a welcome change.

  Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Ideas can come from anywhere. The most powerful tool in any author’s creative arsenal is the question “what if…?” I’ve gotten several ideas from The Universe series on the Science Channel. 

   If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

I would probably be putting more effort to getting an assistant professorship and getting grants to do my own excavations in Ireland.

  What is your favorite tv show?

Mythbusters at the moment.

.  Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Price of Vengeance takes place one thousand years in the future. It is set against the backdrop of an interstellar civil war, referred to as the Rebellion. The planet Etrusci is cut off from the rest of the galaxy by a mysterious force field. The inhabitants have been pushed into one last refuge, the city of New Olympia, by giant, carnivorous insects called chitin. The majority of the story takes place when Liam is a young adult. He has joined the city’s military and does his part to hold back the chitin. By training, he is a sniper. When he is cut off outside the city, he discovers that there is an intelligence behind the chitin. After getting back into the city, he finds that a traitor has murdered his beloved foster parents. He is understandably upset by this and chooses to hunt down the traitor and tortures him to death. However, his actions go against everything he was ever taught. He has to deal with his guilt while at the same time trying to stop Azurius, the alien intelligence that controls the chitin. Through it all, he must learn how to use his abilities of stepping out of time and dreamwalking.

.  Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Structure, structure, structure. Regardless of writing style, a good author needs to keep control over what he’s doing. I tend to favour writing a tightly plotted novel, but even an episodic novel should have a good structure. Don’t be afraid to experiment and don’t be afraid to fail.

.How do you cope with writer’s block?

What is writers’s block but authors letting life interfere with what they love. When I find it happens to me, I will work on test scenes for future stories. I will reread a little to see if I can get the passion back. If all else fails, take a laptop or tablet and go somewhere else. You’ll be amazed what a change of scenery can do.

.What was the hardest thing to cut from your manuscript?

I really didn’t have to cut anything that was too painful in the first book.

It was actually in Promise of Mercy (my next book) where I found my hardest cuts to date. I had to change scenes that I spent a lot of time on. It involved Deirdre (Liam’s daughter) using the threat of castration to get information from a pivotal character who was working with the enemy. My mother thought it was too intense for a younger audience. I tried to rationalise it away. Finally, my brother gave a manuscript to my twelve year old niece. When she got to that part, she was like “should I be reading this?” I finally gave in and reworked that part.

Where can we buy your books or visit your website?

This is my website:
You can buy these books in a number of places, but to save time here are the main ones:
iTunes: I haven’t seen it here yet, but they did send it to Apple.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wednesday's Featured Author is J.Woods Author of Savage Seduction

SAVAGE SEDUCTION is the first Savage family novel in a new fun and steamy contemporary romance series. 

Since starting Savage Security with his brothers, Logan Savage has been chasing mission after mission, running away from the memories of his past. With no fear and no one waiting for him at his isolated cabin in the woods, Logan is determined to keep everyone at arm’s length including his concerned family. And the irresistible woman who dares to blur the lines between his defenses and desire. 

Known for her independence, successful CEO Zoe Alcott makes no apologies when she finally takes a stand against her placid love life. Until the day she finds a love note from a deranged stalker and her safety is placed in the palm of Savage Security and the mysterious Logan Savage. Not her usual type, Zoe wonders if the instant passion between them is enough to convince Logan to break his only rule - never get involved with a client. 

When Zoe’s stalker becomes increasingly more insistent, Logan continues to fight against his growing possession and wild desire for the too courageous troublemaker determined to drive him crazy. But when the mission takes a turn for the worse, Logan wonders if the battle is worth losing the only woman that he can’t stop thinking about.
About the Author:
J. Woods is a Toronto based writer, mother, and non-conformist. She lives between the space of her green tea and humming laptop when she isn’t chasing after her free spirited daughter. She has studied too many things to count including radio broadcasting and entrepreneurship. Grasping at sanity, she realized writing stories about her insane thoughts was easier than explaining them to a doctor. Not to mention cheaper.
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Monday, 21 April 2014

Monday's Review ~ (Mis)fortune By Author Melissa Haag

Our world is being judged and even they remain unaware.

Michelle, another young woman with an unexplainable gift, finds herself surrounded by the previously undiscovered werewolf society. Kept prisoner for the predictions that torment her, she meekly follows orders waiting for her opportunity to run. When her stepfather dies, she takes a chance and escapes.

After witnessing Blake, her captor, grow canines, she knows he will do anything to find her. She needs a place to hide and someone to listen to her predictions so her head doesn’t explode, but knows there’s nowhere she can hide forever, and no one who can protect her… unless she can find someone just like him.

Part of the fur wearing faction wants to use her, another part strives to keep her safe. The second book of the Judgement of the Six series will raise more questions about the purpose of these gifted few and Michelle will need to fight for answers. Will what she discovers be enough to help her keep those she loves safe from an emerging evil?(
Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book three of a separate five book series. To learn more about her upcoming projects, visit her at:
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Review of (Mis)fortune

Rating: 5 stars

(Mis)fortune is all based around a young women called Michelle who has been kept as a prisoner by Blake, a were-wolf (Well kind of). To keep her a prisoner he threatens her with her two younger brothers Aden and Liam, they are only four and five.
Blake makes Michelle sit through a meal once a month, where he brings his friends. Michelle keeps her head down but being annoyed by a guy across from her she kicks him, getting the unwanted attention of Blake. His anger shows his true nature and Michelle watches as Blake’s teeth lengthen and sharpen, Michelle’s fear and confusion is very believable.  Shortly after Michelle’s step dad is murdered and she escapes the clutches of Blake taking her to brothers with her.
So Michelle fleas and soon meets Emmitt, a man willing not only to protect her from Blake’s men, but to help her and her brothers. Emmitt takes Michelle to his own home where we meet Jim and Nana Wini. Michelle keeps the truth about why Blake is after her and her gift hidden. But Emmitt has his own secrets also.

In (Mis)fortune,  so much of the plot comes together. The first book was about Gabby I just loved it, but this book which is the second instalment gives us a few more answers as to try and understand who these women are. We get more answers when Emmitt takes Michelle to the compound and we meet his mother, who seems to have gift of her own.

Michelle’s fear through the story never lets go and I couldn’t help but feel so sorry for her, as she suffered at the hands of Blake for four years her love for her two brothers was her Achilles heel in Blake’s eyes. The relationship that blossoms between the boys and Jim and Emmitt was lovely. Jim was a real character I just loved him and his ability to piss Emmitt off was priceless.

The love story between Michelle and Emmitt is very slow paced but yet it always held my interest. But no-one can beat Clay from book one, he was something else.

Anyway I would highly recommend this book to all romance, paranormal and fantasy readers.
I’m off to read Part three (Un)wise.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday's Featured Author is Neely Powell Author of True Nature

Attorney Hunter MacRae and Private Investigator Zoe Buchanan uncover lies and secrets for the clients of their law firm. He's a shape shifter who can morph from man to cat and back on a whim. She's a psychic who is reluctant to explore her full abilities. Somehow, they make business and friendship work. 

When Hunter's father and family patriarch is found murdered, a long-kept dark secret is revealed and their easy lives change forever. Hunter must abandon his carefree lifestyle to lead a battle with a rival monstrous enemy. 

Among the wealthy and powerful on both sides of New York's Hudson River, Hunter and Zoe face their own true natures in a fight for survival. The question is will they survive the Chimera bent on destroying the next leader of the MacRae family--Hunter.


About the Author:
Neely Powell is the pseudonym for co-writers Leigh Neely and Jan Hamilton Powell. The best friends met when they both worked at a rock 'n roll radio station in Chattanooga. It turned out their husbands were long-lost high school buddies, and Jan and Leigh were both writing romantic fiction in their spare time. A partnership was born. 

They tried writing fiction together for several years, but life and other adventures got in the way. Their friendship endured as they went on to individual careers. Writing as Celeste Hamilton, Jan published 24 romance novels for Silhouette and Avon Books. Her books appeared on the B. Dalton, Waldenbooks Romance, and USA Today bestseller lists before she left fiction for a career in corporate communications. 

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