Blurb/Synopsis: A gathering storm of violence is on the horizon. Whispered threats of the Acta Sanctorum’s return have the supernatural world abuzz. Only recently aware of the other world hidden behind our own, Kitara Vanders has barely scratched the surface of what being supernatural truly means. A special woman in her own right, she possesses unique telepathic abilities, gifts that have recently come under the scrutiny of the Acta Sanctorum, a fanatical organization whose mission is to cleanse the world of anything supernatural. Targeted, and marked for death, Kitara’s only hope lies with the lethally seductive yet emotionally scarred warrior, Nicholas. Knowing full well the atrocities the Acta Sanctorum is capable of, Nicholas is all too eager for the battle to begin. Fueled by pain and rage from the loss of his mate, he’s itching for a fight, but one thing stands in his way, Kitara: a beautiful dark-haired woman with unique psychic abilities and an unusual link to the Saints. Despite his resolve to remain focused on his mission, a purely physical relationship binds them together in a way neither of them expected. And when her life hangs in the balance, Nicholas finds his own is teetering on the edge too.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
As dystopian novels begin to take a larger piece of the fiction puzzle, lots of readers (and writers!) find themselves confused at the new genre. Dystopia and science fiction--they’re two peas in a pod, they go hand in hand, but there is a distinct difference between them. Think of a rectangle and a square. A square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not necessarily a square. The same is true for science fiction and dystopian fiction.
While all dystopian fiction is considered science fiction, most science fiction is not dystopian in nature. Dystopian fiction is the square.
The best definition of dystopian fiction I’ve found is by the writer over at Stacked. (http://www.stackedbooks.org)
“The hallmark of a dystopia is the presence of a repressive or controlling society, usually presented initially as utopian. I also posit that this must necessarily be done on a large scale. Failing that, it must seem to be large-scale. (Teenage readers, just because your parents repress your ability to party on Friday nights does not mean your home is a dystopia.)”
This makes Direct Contact a dystopia. The people of Terrecina live charmed lives, so long as they don’t step out of line. They do what the Emperor decrees, and they don’t ask questions. In return, they get to stay in their little bubble above Earth. Sure, they know that below the plagues are raging and poverty and despair rule, but they don’t care. Out of sight, out of mind. Terrecina, it would appear, is a utopia.
Until Malcolm and Julie start ripping away at the image. As they uncover power-hungry plots, and find out that it’s not only the Level People (the people of Earth) who need to worry about the Emperor’s greed and lack of ethics, they see that the dystopian environment spans much farther than the Earth below, that they in Terrecina are actually living it as well.
As far as the romance is concerned, any time you have a male and female lead who fall in love or at least in lust, you’ve got your romantic element. Not all romances must have sex, although Direct Contact does. There is a difference between romance and erotica. While both genres can be excellent, a romance trends toward emotional development and strife, whereas erotica uses more physical description and hectic action to bring about a quick romantic/erotic fire for the reader’s pleasure.
Put them together.
The dystopian romance combines protagonists breaking free of the disastrous, oppressive world in which they live, striving for a better existence, not only for themselves but for all. In the process, they perhaps fall in love, or struggle with human emotions in a triangle or competition-esque subplot. They work tirelessly against the conditions presented to them and their hearts work tirelessly to bungle things up, muddy the waters, and maybe eventually save them as they are saving others.
Julie Gladwell has a secret. Acting as chief attendant for the New Government’s procreation program, she rears girls to carry the emperor’s heir. Only a few are chosen for the program, called “The Special Ones,” and they are given no names, only numbers. They see no one but authorized personnel until their twenty-first birthday. Which is usually when they die. Direct contact is forbidden. As she cares for these girls, no one ever suspects who she actually is.
Scientist Malcolm Odin hated his job and hated himself. Put in charge of the entire human engineering program, the experiments and suffering he witnessed made him sick. Still, it paid the bills and kept him living comfortably in Terrecina. He knew of far too many who’d fallen through the cracks, living on the earth below. The Level People, they were called.
When he confides his unease to Julie, she lets him in on her secret and into her heart. What starts as fancy ends in revolution, but how will they choose between their fellow man and each other?
It’s available at the publisher’s website: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8/566-978-1-60735-646-2--direct-contact-new-reality-series-book-two-by-ninette-swann.html
It's up on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Direct-Contact-Reality-Series-ebook/dp/B00C2BXXKO
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-directcontact-1148943-143.html
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/direct-contact-ninette-swann/1114938157?ean=2940016277257
You can find it on Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17697673-direct-contact
Ninette Swann is a journalist turned novelist who writes her books from sunny Florida in between parenting, freelancing, editing and going to grad school. She writes all genre of romance, including contemporary, thriller, suspense, and dystopian. Her books include Hit and Stay, Body Combat, Finding Home, Just the Messenger and Direct Combat. You can reach her through her pages at: http://ninetteswann.com, http://www.facebook.com/NinetteSwann, and @ninetteswann
Monday, May 27, 2013
Samael is a fallen angel doomed to repeat his life and love for Lilianna Jackson over and over again. That is until she finally remembers who she is and the reason for the curse that has befallen them both. For you see, Lilianna was once Lilith the first wife of Adam and the lover of Samael. Are they doomed to keep repeating the past? Or will there be a new future for the reincarnated lovers?
Sunday, May 26, 2013
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With a high powered job and a privileged but scandalous background, Jenna had always struggled to fit int. Fear of being judged has kept her from exploring her fantasies and indulging her desires. But an invitation to "The Circle", the most exclusive sex club in the city, gives Jenna the opportunity to explore her most secret desires with the promise of anonymity.
Liberty Jones and Gavin McBray met once before, sharing a passionate encounter until doubt sent Libby running for cover. Now, as the newest and lowliest employee at McBray Enterprises, Libby is stunned and horrified to realize that the man she made out with is none other than her new boss.Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Curves-for-Casanova-ebook/dp/B00CR0YPZC/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1369549317&sr=8-7&keywords=seraphina+donavan
While Libby might be horrified, Gavin is relieved to have finally located the dream woman who got away. But when they get stuck in an elevator together, the perfect opportunity to confront her turns into something dark and dangerous. Someone is out to kill Gavin, and now Libby is caught in the crosshairs. Can he keep her safe and convince her that he's ready to give up his Casanova ways?
Patrick Murphy had been harboring secret feelings for his best friend's baby sister for longer than he even cared to think about.Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Bound-Enemies-ebook/dp/B00AVWGKJ2/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1369549317&sr=8-13&keywords=seraphina+donavan
He'd kept his promise to his friend and kept his distance from Kayleigh by pretending to dislike her. Now, trapped together in an isolated cabin, snowed in together, there aren't enough barbs or snarky comments in the world to keep the heat that flares between them at bay.
Grace Marcum is quiet, shy, reserved...and painfully in love and lust with her boss. Rather than tell him, she's recorded every hot, sexy fantasy she's had about him in a journal. But one day, when he calls her into his office, Grace is horrified to see that book in his hands.
Anthony Callahan has been lusting over his secretary from day one. But sexual harassment suits are both ugly and expensive. Rather than risk it, he just took matters into his own hands, literally. But with her diary in his possession, he knows the truth, and nothing will stop him from having the woman he desires and in showing her all the pleasure to be had from indulging her many naughty fantasies.
Anthony Callahan has been enjoying all the sensual delights his lovely secretary has to offer, but it's so much more than that. He wants Grace Marcum to be his, but she insists on secrecy, and he wants her enough to agree.Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Boss-Secret-Callahans-Secretary-ebook/dp/B00AYGBSKG/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1369549317&sr=8-10&keywords=seraphina+donavan
Grace knows what Anthony refuses to see. She's not part of his world, and trying to break the status quo could destroy the fragile bond between them.
But when someone else discovers their secret, and threatens the happiness they've found together, will it all fall apart? Or will Grace and Anthony realize that sometimes you have to risk it all to win it all?
Anthony Callahan is used to getting what he wants, and he wants his secretary, Grace Marcum, not just as his lover, but as his partner in every way. Grace is enjoying their secret affair, but the idea of going public, of facing that scrutiny, terrifies her.Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Surrender-Romance-Callahans-Secretary-ebook/dp/B00B35YA7K/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1369549317&sr=8-9&keywords=seraphina+donavan
Hoping to change the tone of their relationship, Anthony takes Grace away for a romantic weekend, but they aren't alone. Someone is following them, observing them in their most intimate moments. What will happen when the choice of secrecy is no longer Grace's to make?
Grace and Anthony have returned from their romantic weekend under the black cloud of the threat of blackmail. Terrified of taking their relationship public, the decision is taken out of Grace's hands. Can their tenuous relationship survive the threat of Grace's body image issues? And how far will Anthony's enemies go to destroy their chance at happiness?Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Boss-Proposal-Callahans-Secretary-ebook/dp/B00BB62QQ8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1369549317&sr=8-3&keywords=seraphina+donavan
They've professed their love for one another, but will love be enough?
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Lilly Montague has spent her life caring for others. Free of her responsibilities, she moves to New Orleans and takes the only job she can get—waiting tables in a sex club. Hopelessly attracted to both Phillipe, the doorman, and to Remy, the club’s very dangerous owner, she can’t hide her disappointment in realizing they are a couple.B and N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragons-lair-seraphina-donavan/1111887100?ean=2940014677042
But one night changes everything, and Lilly is confronted with her deepest, darkest desire—to have them both. Remy and Phillipe are far from mere mortal men; however, and indulging her desire garners Lilly more than she bargained for.
As dragon shifters, Remy and Philippe had spent their lives searching for their perfect mate, and in Lilly Montague, they found her. But enemies from their past are threatening their happiness. Dragon law dictates that they must meet the issued challenge and face their enemies in battle. But when Lilly sees them in Dragon form, will she be able to accept them?B and N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-summoning-dragons-lair-2-seraphina-donavan/1114003633?ean=2940016111254
Friday, May 24, 2013
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Heat Rating: 2
Publisher: Breathless Press
Formats Available In: Print
Word Count: 93,868
Blurb: A psychic who's afraid of ghosts and a millionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power find that only love can catch a spirit. With love, all things are possible—especially if you need to catch a Spirit.
Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she's never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire's true emotions to slip through Allison's shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn't willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn't work with spirits anymore.
But the ghost is the least of Logan's problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it's about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.
Sex and money. That's all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he's plagued with recurring visions of his future wife's death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He's given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She's everything he's ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.
If she'll even have him. Allison's lost too much already — her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can't help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment...and ghosts...or face spending the rest of her life alone.
She sensed them as they drew closer to her—many different spirits, their energy buzzing on varying frequencies.
"One at a time, guys. Please." she said. But they didn't listen. These were the spirits of the mentally ill, after all. Taking turns wasn't their concern, and they all rushed her. She felt their presence closing in on her like an avalanche, and she was consumed. Every mental illness imaginable was thrown into her psyche as she tightened her grip on Gage's hand and slumped down in her chair.
"Allison! Allison, are you okay?" Gage's voice was a distant echo as she fought to hold on to herself. She was slipping. Sliding into the depths of despair and the spirits were pulling her down.
"It's... No... There's a light... You need to... You need to go to it." She tried to help the spirits cross over, but they wouldn't listen. There were too many. Twenty at least, and they were so consumed by their own illnesses they thought of nothing else. Paranoia, depression, anxiety. Allison felt it all, and it was going to kill her. The pressure. So hard to breath. Her hands cradled her head as the migraine overtook her. Sharp, pounding pain had her crumpled on the floor as she drew her knees into her chest and rocked back and forth.
"Make it stop. Please, just make it stop." She was paralyzed. Frozen by the anguish of the tortured souls that forced themselves upon her. Hot tears streamed down her face and blood trickled from her nose. She gasped for air as she heard a faint voice call, "Get her out of here!"
About The Author:
Carrie Pulkinen has always been fascinated with the paranormal. Of course, when you grow up next door to a cemetery, the dead (and the undead) are hard to ignore. Pair that with her passion for writing and her father's insatiable love for monster movies, and you've got the perfect recipe for an exciting storyteller.
When she's not writing stories of amazing sex with devilishly handsome men, Carrie likes to read, take pictures, and play with her kids. She also enjoys hearing from her readers, who can write to her at email@example.com.
If you enjoyed this story, Sweet Release, her first published work is also available from Breathless Press.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Triad: Book Three
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Price: $6.99 eBook $14.99 Print
Release Date: May 6, 2013
Blood runs soul-deep. Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more. Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. While Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.
About the author
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.
You can find out more about Poppy’s books on her website http://www.poppydennison.com/
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Title: Hook's Pan
Author: Marie Hall
Series: Kingdom Series, Book 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Trishelle Page has known pain in her life, but instead of it making her weak, she's stronger. Confident. That is until the day a fairy kidnaps her during her starring role in Peter Pan's play and tells her not only do fairy tales exist, but that she's the soulmate of the pirate they call Hook, making her question everything she ever thought she knew.
Captain James Hook is a man at the end of his rope. He's not the villainous bastard tales have made him out to be. So when the curvaceous blonde drops literally at his feet, he aims to prove it to her. If only to get her into his bed.
What neither one knows is that fate and magic are conspiring and they can deny the attraction all they want but their happily ever after is already written, it's just a matter of getting there.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.
On top of that she’s a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She’s a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun’s gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!
Connect with Marie:
Marie Hall's HOOK'S PAN Book Blast Schedule
May 20 - June 1
5/20- Urban Girl Reader
5/21- Literal Hotties Naught Book Reviews
5/21- United by Books
5/22- Close Encounters with the Night Kind
5/23- Book Monster Reviews
5/24- Bitten by Paranormal Romance
5/25- Riverina Romantics
5/25- Wicked Readings by Tawania
5/26- Sassy Book Lovers
5/26- Mad Hatter Reads
5/27- Curse of the Bibliophile
5/28- You Gotta Reads Reviews
5/28 - Brynna Curry's In Shadows
5/30- Because Reading Is Better
5/31- Darker Passions
6/01- Book Lovin' Mamas
6/01- Confessions of the Paranormal
Marie is giving away the following prizes on her tour:
One (1) $50.00 dollar gift card to Amazon
One (1) Tote bag with keychain, bookmarks, and a journal
One (1) eBook of THE WITCHING HOUR
Title: Severed Ties
Author: Angie Skelhorn
Publisher: Damnation Books
Release Date: Dec 1 2012
Edition/Formats Available In: E~Book & Print
By the use of divination and magic, some ties can never be severed.
In the beginning, by the light of the Full Moon, Frankie connects with Candice's energy through dream time and witnesses her involvement in a terrifying act of violence. After receiving information from Sandra that their childhood friend is missing, they pack their bags and head to the inner city to find her.
Frankie, afraid for her own safety, has a chance encounter with a local named Calvin who is plugged into what's happening. Using his workable ideas—as well as Frankie and Sandra consulting tarot, ordinary playing cards, astrology, and spell-casting—they set forth to free Candice from the dangerous situation she is in.
My name is Angie Skelhorn and I live in Canada. My interest include tarot, and other forms of divination, astrology, spirituality, mythology and harness racing. I gear my writing toward Witchcraft and Spiritualism. I've been published in Circle Sanctuary Magazine and online at Witchvox, WitchesandPagans.com and GlobalGoddess.org.
I authored No Reins and Till Death and Beyond - Publisher, Club Lighthouse Publishing. My newest release is Severed Ties - Publisher, Damnation Books- book launch December 1, 2012.
Sandra leaned against the door frame, reached into her low-rider jeans’ back pocket and produced an envelope. She passed the folded paper to her. Frankie stared at the picture, reading the words: Child Find, Missing; young female seventeen, eyes hazel, brown hair, height 5’7”, weight 120.
“How could you keep this from me?” she asked, tightening her grip on the envelope.
“I didn’t. Yesterday, my mom received her Visa bill. She gave me the envelope when she saw Candice’s picture. I phoned her parents. They are in the middle of a divorce. Her mom said when they first split, she began to stay out late. Then one day she just never came home.”
“We have to find her. The police haven’t been able to,” Frankie said, waving the envelope.
“We will do what we must do to track her. Did you bring your cards?”
“Yes.”“Come with me,” she said, grabbing her hand. She dragged her into the dish room stopping to retrieve her Tarot deck from the pocket of her jean jacket.
On the surface, Lynsey Reznor seems to have it all. She is beautiful, brilliant, and a successful true-crime writer who has been living the past decade in Miami. But what Lynsey lacks is what she needs the most—a family.
After the death of her mother, and yet another failed relationship, Lynsey makes an impulsive decision to return to her hometown of Unity. But Unity will present its own bittersweet memories, most notably, her first love, Nick Lincoln.
Twenty years ago, Nick broke teenager Lynsey’s heart when he decided to marry another. He had his own private reasons—reasons he never explained to Lynsey. Now she is back, along with a chance to reclaim her love. But Lynsey wants answers from him that he may never be able to give out of duty and guilt. Available at Amazon: Single Title | Collection (Additional Bonus Stories: Remember the Stars and Antique Charming)
About the Author:
Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
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Natalie Nicole-Bates' BACK TO YOU Book Blast Schedule
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United by Books
Sassy Book Lovers
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Natalie is giving away a $20.00 gift card on the tour.