Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fledge by JA Huss



BLURB:
Fledge – Book Two
Junco Coot can’t even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body.  But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close. Tier is on trial for disobeying his commander’s kill order and only Junco seems to care.
In most places the avian coming-of-age Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has no choice; either fight to the death to prove her worth or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.
Her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit artificial intelligence, the avian president wants her dead, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.
On a foreign habitat, in a foreign culture, and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process.
BIO:
J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.

She went on to write science curriculum for homeschoolers and now runs a successful home business that creates and offers online science unit studies. When she’s not writing science curriculum or fiction, she works as a farm inspector, traveling the Eastern Plains of Colorado in variety of environmentally friendly vehicles that never have four-wheel drive, so when she gets stuck in the mud in said vehicles, she has to beg for assistance from anyone who will help her. She is not bitter about that at all.

She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Guest Blog by Aneesa Price!



Falling In Lust With Editing
Indie Thoughts by Aneesa Price

To edit or not? That’s a question many indie writers ponder as they near the completion of a book. After I wrote my first two novels, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading blogs and books on whether or not to edit. Some authors felt that it wasn’t necessary and that beta readers served the same purpose as a freelance editor. Most, however, extolled the virtues of editing, not only recommending it but citing it as a necessary requirement to produce a high quality novel. This high quality novel would of course have further benefits of creating a reader base and providing additional sales that would not be as attainable with unedited work. In the end I decided to not edit my work, not because I didn’t believe that my work required editing but because of the cost involved. 

I often wonder how on earth editors think that they can charge indie writers the amounts that they do as many writers do not even earn that back in sales for months. I’ve heard shocking stories of writers paying nearly $2000.00 US to have their work edited. This is beyond what I can afford. Like many indie writers my day job pays my bills, not my book sales as the prices that my books sell for are low, royalties lower and that is before I’m taxed. As much as I was open to editing my work, I just couldn’t afford it. 

I also admit that I had a certain level of arrogance about having my work edited. This was not due to the usual indie thoughts around ‘no one touches my work’. No, I believed that because I majored in English at university that I would produce stellar writing that was free of both spelling and grammatical errors. After all, I never used spell check in my day to day writing. In fact, I often find that spell check makes mistakes. I thus opted to obtain the assistance of beta readers instead. But I was in for a nasty surprise that would result in a scathing review as well as many hours re-editing my work. I, who never makes grammatical or spelling mistakes, made many. After that experience I vowed to illicit the services of an editor should I be able to afford it - after all, I still have bills to pay. 

I recently completed an erotic novella and as it has a word count of around 15,000 I decided to give editing a try. The lower the word count, the lower the cost of editing. I still couldn’t afford the top end editors who are often spoken of. I then reached out to a friend who had begun Mary-Nancy’s Eagle-Eye Editing. I knew her and trusted her. I’d also been secretly visited her editing business’s site many times to look at her services and pricing. Although as a South African, I had to convert the price to my local currency (this meant multiplying the US dollar price by eight), she was more affordable than other editors and I decided to bite the bullet. She offered me a discount and also agreed, as part of her service offering, to review the book and post it on the Amazon site, her blog and Barnes & Noble. 

I nodded, transferred the money via paypal and then waited anxiously. Now indie writers embarking on this path should note that it is a nerve-wrecking experience to wait for someone to provide you with feedback on your work, particularly if their sole purpose is to identify what’s wrong with it. What helped was that this process was prompt, efficient and utterly professional despite our relationship. I had edited the novella many times and had employed the voluntary services of beta readers. However, she still picked up spelling errors and the odd grammatical error. Furthermore, because she’s American and I write primarily for an American audience, she assisted me in correcting the odd UK English word that slipped in unobtrusively. What I appreciated most about the experience though, was that it mitigated for the torturous process of continuous re-editing. Despite the week long period to get the novella edited, it was an experience I much prefer to not having it done. I could, with satisfied comfort, publish the work knowing that it is in the best shape it can possibly be. 

The realization that I made was that a quality book equates to detailed editing and that writing is an art. I much prefer being an artist. Have I joined the mass of indie writers who advocate hiring the services of an editor? Oh yes! I’ve fallen in lust with editing - it gave me the freedom and security to focus on doing what I love, which is write and not - thank goodness - edit! 








Sunday, November 25, 2012

Black Friday Deals!!!

 
We all know what Black Friday and Cyber Monday is about, right? Shopping! With the holidays right around the corner consumers are looking for deals. A group of Young Adult fiction authors are offering their ebooks at a discounted price for this special weekend of shopping! Beginning Black Friday morning and ending on Cyber Monday night you will have a chance of crossing some of the gifts off your holiday shopping list! Books make wonderful presents to deliver to your friends, family, and coworkers. And because we offer them on Amazon, you can buy them now and choose the delivery day, so they are scheduled to be received later. How cool is that!?? When you shop at Amazon, simply click on “Give as a Gift,” then choose your delivery date!

So why not stock up for the upcoming holidays? These prices won’t last past Monday, so don’t delay!

Forged By Greed, By Angela Orlowski Peart. $1.99! TO PURCHASE AT AMAZON - CLICK HERE. 
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Friday, November 23, 2012

THE NEXT BIG THING


 Tonya Kappes, Amazon Mover and Shaker and author of the Cozy Mystery Bead of Doubt, tapped me for the blogspot THE NEXT BIG THING. I mean...whoa, what an honor!!! Especially since Tonya is an INDY Queen :) Please, check her books out on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She has several series and is a best seller in all of them.




I am supposed to carry on the "blog love" but since a) I do not have a blog and b) that probably qualifies me as a moron...my good friend, Mary-Nancy Smith allowed me to guest blog since she is just the coolest person ever!


Thank you Mary-Nancy...and here is my Q&A session about my NEXT BIG THING due in the spring of 2013!



 What is the title of your book?

My next big thing is ”No Brainer,” the second installment in the Darcy Walker Series and follow up to “Grade A Stupid.” It will be released in the spring of 2013. At least that’s the plan unless a solar flare incinerates me between now and then.



How did you come by the idea?


Honest to God, I was eating a bag of Doritos…I get very creative when I eat Doritos. Book one was written and I needed a title for book two…came to me in one munch…along with about 150 calories of saturated fats.


What genre does your book fall under?


The Darcy Walker Series is Young Adult Fiction…mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a whole lot of will-he-kiss-me-or-not. Darcy does age in the series, though, and eventually gets a job. Thankfully, she hasn’t been pigeonholed as “just for teens” because I’ve had some awesome feedback from adult readers. And God knows, Darcy experiences a lot of things that make adults lock their doors.


Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it were a movie?


Ugh, this is HAAAAAAARRRRRDDDDD. I’ve been searching for the perfect person, and so far I like Sara Paxton and Alex McKenna as Darcy, but they’re about a decade too old. Prerequisites, though, are a prominent dimpled chin and green, mischief-packed eyes. Everyone I’m finding is too sweet….LOL! There’s got to be some bad-girl in there. Darcy’s best friend Dylan Taylor is even harder. A friend sent a picture of Robbie Amell, and he’s real close. All I know is he has to have Reggie Bush’s killer abs….




What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?


More of the same…ON STEROIDS. Sorry, I just realized that’s a sentence fragment. If you thought Darcy stirs up trouble in “Grade A Stupid,” “No Brainer” is going to have you popping antacids and throwing your books, kindles, and NOOKS up against the wall. Don’t send me the bill…please.


Will your book be self-published or traditional?


It will be self-published like “Grade A Stupid.” Fingers crossed it will be even more spectacular, and “Grade A Stupid” broke into the Top 100 in Teen Literature and Fiction within 24 hours in the kindle store. I can’t take credit for that and wouldn’t even try. Being INDY published, my FB friends helped me with a massive “share” campaign, and the bloggers at Promotional Book Tours put Darcy’s name in the twitter-verse and on the goodreads map. I’ve just sat around dumbfounded, thinking Dear, God, I’m living my dream. Well, I did fall facedown and beg God a couple of times…I can’t leave that out.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?


“No Brainer” was written in less than six months, compliments of 180 cans of Coke.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?


I hope I give readers the fun of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series while giving them a little bit of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games and James Patterson as a side dish. I want readers to feel every emotion possible when reading my books. So, if someone laughs, cries, hides, or wants to become a card-carrying member of the NRA then I’ve done my jobJ.


Who or What inspired you to write this book?


Darcy Walker came to me Friday, the 13th, 2008. That was a particularly crappy day—like in the crappiest of crap league—and I picked up my laptop and just started typing. Darcy “walked” right onto the page. She came to me flawed, she came to me troubled, she came to me hilarious, but mostly, she came to me “real.” To me, the best stories are the ones where the characters have flaws…like major flaws. Think Jekyll and Hyde, Hamlet, Macbeth, Achilles and his “heel.” King David, Anakin Skywalker, Rocky Balboa, the list goes on… Personally, I’m flawed. If I read of a character that isn’t…I can’t relate. Darcy and I have had a relationship for almost five years. She’s “very, very loud” in my brain, and I don’t censor her. In fact, if I try to censor her she wakes me up at night, and I reluctantly give in. In fact, she woke me up in “Grade A Stupid” and convinced me to change the ending of the story…only days before the official release. We did fight about that one…as usual, she won. It killed my formatter and me, though.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I have a passion for people that are put together a little bit differently than everyone else—whose square-peg mind doesn’t fit through society’s round hole. Darcy is the benchmark. She’s been blessed with this super high IQ but carries some baggage that makes life a little harder for her than most. What she has going for her though is an exorbitant amount of moxie, enthusiasm, and a competitive spirit that never quits. My hope is that readers embrace their dreams, own their flaws, and take a big bite out of life’s apple pie regardless of what people may say or how they may try to remold you. I think we’re put together the way God wants us to be, and by goodness, you need to flaunt that dysfunction!












I'm attaching the Next Big Thing Torch to two amazing authors, Julie Cassar and Aneesa Price! I hope you check them out!





A graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art, specializing in Graphic Design, Julie has worked as a production artist, graphic designer, painter and photographer. Her pieces have been featured in both public and private art shows in Michigan and original paintings, prints and photography are available for purchase on this website. A published author, Julie writes a monthly blog, has completed three novels, has been published in Fitness Magazine, "Outdoor Athlete," and most recently published the first and second installments to her young adult fantasy series and is available in both e-book and paperback formats. In her not-so-much-free time, (after enjoying some deliciously yummy coffee concoction) you might see her running in the neighborhood, training at the gym, racing in a 5K or dancing at a local pub enjoying her most-favorite local band. Follow her Adventures of a Nobody Blog and catch up with her daily adventures and her training as she prepares to run her second half-marathon!







 
Aneesa Price writes romance and lives it with her university sweetheart and husband. After having surmounted the challenges of being in a bi-racial marriage in the newly democratic South Africa, she now attributes her marital bliss to purposefully added spice and passionately resolved differences. After living in a variety of cities in South Africa, the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg is the playground that she enjoys with her husband and two daughters.

Aneesa completed her internship in counseling psychology and went on to work first as a therapist and then in Corporate Finance in on projects and in organizational change. This diversity in experience, coupled with her understanding of the human psyche, is translated into her writing through the creation of believable, flawed characters with the innate ability to overcome adversity.

She writes to give her readers the gift of experiencing the new and fascinating, something she strives for herself when she explores new places, reads, cooks with her kids or goes picking for antiques with her husband.
 She welcomes new connections so feel free to 'friend' her on facebook or follow her on twitter.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Indie Thoughts by Aneesa Price

 

Beyond the Book Cover
Indie Thoughts by Aneesa Price

There are very few people who would dispute that a book cover is what a book is first judged by. A book cover is supposed to give a pictorial view of the wonderful delights contained within the book. Its sole purpose is to entice readers to want to know more about it. 

After I completed my manuscripts, I began researching what the best approach is to creating a book cover. I read books on the topic by other indie authors, spent hours on Google and many more looking at others’ book covers. As an indie writer you have two options - do it yourself or pay someone to do it for you. Given the importance of the book cover, many writers opt to have someone design one for them. 

I had to do my book covers myself as I could not afford to pay cover designers. And to be frank, I thought, if Hp Mallory did her own book covers (and I read in her book on self-publishing that she initially did), then surely I could too. I mean, she’s creative, isn’t she? And therein lay my first incorrect assumption. 

Hp Mallory had some technological skills with regards to photoshop and she has a marketing background. I don’t have either. I don’t even have photoshop loaded onto my laptop and can’t afford to purchase it anyway. To eventually finish creating my own covers took me ages to accomplish but I did do it nonetheless. It just wasn’t as easy as it sounded when I read Hp’s book. 

Many of the books you read on self-publishing suggest that there are many free images available on the intranet. And they are correct. However, unless you have some serious technical or graphic manipulation skills, you’ll hit a brick wall like I did. The reality is that many of the images you ‘Google’ are copyrighted and you cannot legally claim them as your own. After finding that every image that ‘spoke’ to me was not a legally feasible option, I began a general Google search for image suppliers and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that there were many sites that offer free images. Unfortunately, the images I liked were not the free ones and this meant that I could add the purchase of a stock image as one of my unforeseen expenses.  So, make sure you budget to either purchase a cover from a designer or to purchase an image. 

I made some mistakes though that cost me money. Firstly, I purchased a vector image. Vector images are lovely, colorful and often quirky. Unfortunately, their format is not compatible with many self-publishing websites, rendering them useless as book covers. Secondly, I bought an image that was absolutely perfect for a future installment in The Coffin Girls Series. Regrettably, I’ve since seen the same picture on another indie author’s book cover and as she’s quite a prominent author and no one wants their book to look like a duplicate of another, that was yet another waste of money. 

So, now I had the manuscript, the picture for the cover and I needed to put the cover together. This is where I bow down to the many indie authors who are technologically savvy. I found a free photo manipulation software program called paintnet courtesy of the mention in the smashwords style guide. Paintnet is purported to be a free replacement for photoshop and having never used photoshop before, I’d have to take their word for it. I am most grateful, however, that it is free. Looking at my covers, you’d think that it took me a couple of minutes to finalize them. Well, no, it took me a good few hours per cover. And even then, once I received feedback on font colors and sizes, word placement and so forth, I had to go back and play around some more before I was happy with the changes. As na├»ve as it seems, I did not expect that it would be that tricky or time-consuming and if I had the money, I certainly would pay someone to do it for me instead. 

Creating a cover, I found was a journey unto itself, however, once created, it becomes a powerful promotional weapon in your arsenal so my advice - like it, lump it and do the time because it’s worth it. I now have book covers that I’m exceptionally proud of and that look oh so stunning on my books’ swag.
Yours in romance and reading,
Aneesa Price
(Author of Coffin Girls and Finding Promise)

 

About the Author

Aneesa Price writes romance and lives it with her university sweetheart and husband. After having surmounted the challenges of being in a bi-racial marriage in the newly democratic South Africa, she now attributes her marital bliss to purposefully added spice and passionately resolved differences. After living in a variety of cities in South Africa, the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg is the playground that she enjoys with her husband and two daughters. She writes to give her readers the gift of experiencing the new and fascinating, something she strives for herself when she explores new places, reads, cooks with her kids or goes picking for antiques with her husband. She welcomes new connections so feel free to 'friend' her on facebook or follow her on twitter. 



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http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Promise-Series-Romance-ebook/dp/B008N25Y80/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1353076800&sr=8-2&keywords=coffin+girls 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Grade A Stupid by A.J. Lape

 



Grade A Stupid (The Darcy Walker Series)
Price: $2.99


 Fifteen years ago, Darcy Walker's parents thought it was a good idea to give her a unique name: Darcy, meaning "dark walker." Whether that was a stroke of genius or stroke of stupid, they definitely nailed the irony. She lacks direction, her grades stink despite a high IQ, she's boringly average--although flirting admirers claim otherwise--and God help her, she's infatuated with a bad-boy.

A bad-boy that her hottie best friend, Dylan, wishes would get acquainted with his fist.

And, oh yeah, there's that tattoo that was a royally stupid idea.

With her life spiraling out of control, everything changes when she skips class and finds a dead body...in fact, it gets worse. It jump starts Darcy's inner-verb, and her brain hardwired for action gets caught up in a situation she can’t let go.

Set in the fictional Cincinnati town of Valley, Ohio, Darcy falls into a world of threats, violence, and gangland exploits chasing down every clue to finger the murderer. When a fellow misfit is fingered for the crime, Darcy goes from zero-to-sixty trying to clear his name--constructing aliases, breaking the law, everything that makes perfect sense to her but reeks of Grade A Stupid to everyone else.

Trouble is...will she live to see 16?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mayhem, All the Things A Teenager Looks For! Right?!, November 10, 2012
What do you do when you find a dead body in the garbage container?

Do you: A) Call the police; B) Run Far Away; or C) Make sure nothing is touched and wait for help?

Those would be the reasonable things to do right?

Well, what if you have a curious nature?

What if you consider yourself a verb, someone that has to be in action, and cannot stand to be stagnant?

What if you know that no matter what you do you will always be in some kind of trouble?

What do you do?
If you are like Darcy, you do not let anything stop you from figuring out the truth, even if that means breaking the law and dragging others through the mud with you.

Darcy Walker is your typical teenage girl. She has an IQ that is beyond normal and yet, is barely scraping by in her schoolwork. Everyone tells Darcy that she is beautiful but she just assumes they are joking. Then there is her best friend in the whole wide world, Dylan. Dylan Taylor is your typical teenage boy. He is cocky, smart, athletic, and gorgeous.

While Dylan and his family are vacationing in Hawaii for Spring Break, Darcy finds herself entrapped in a web of lies and deceit. Will Dylan find his best friend still alive when he returns or will he find her laid out on the front porch like Darcy's little sister's pet squirrel?

AJ Lape will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page until the last. She is a master storyteller and knows how to reel you in and keep you coming back for more. Grade A Stupid is a book that is right up there with the Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene and the Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon! Excellent from start to finish, I know you won't be disappointed!



Biography

A. J. lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two feministic daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola. She studied English, Journalism, and Political Science at Morehead State University and left the business world when her daughters were born. Her love for suspense and a good story was born from watching Mystery Science Theater with her sister during childhood. That and any B-movie with comedic undertones they could get their hands on.

From a small town in rural Kentucky, her sister and she lived in their imaginations on a regular basis, and A.J.'s love for the bizarre and paranormal still holds true to this day. She loves roller coasters, scary movies, and haunted houses and the weird sense of accomplishment it gives her when she can make it through without keeling over.

From her parents she learned the value of hard work and determination. While her father held down two jobs, he still somehow got his Doctorate Degree in Theology. Conversations in her home revolved around Heaven and Hell, angels and demons, & aliens and the mythological on a regular basis. She was very influenced by the spirit world and the need people have to understand the unexplainable...and the grossly unfair.

If Life has taught her anything, it's the need to acquire a wicked sense of humor, come up swinging, and to never, ever give up...no matter what obstacle is in front of you.

In her spare time, she likes to read, watch too much cable TV, or cheer like a banshee at her daughter's sporting events. She's a huge hometown sports fan and bleeds all things Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals. When she's not riding that razor-thin line between creativity and insanity, she's waiting for her mothership to pick her up, but that's on the down-low, of course...big wink.

She's currently hard at work on the first installment of her urban fantasy series, The Curse of Jude Nichols.

Their Journey Begins by K. Meador



 
Their Journey Begins (Journey to Freedom)
 
 
 Their Journey Before is an anthology of short stories incorporating the characters from "Journey to Freedom" and introducing them in this book, before Greggory, Robert, Marrissa, Daniel and Charles and Carmen meet.

There are no spoilers in this book; therefore, it can be read before or after "Journey to Freedom."
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Life, Struggles, and Overcoming Adversity, November 10, 2012
By 
M-NSmith "Mary-Nancy Smith" (Otterville, MO) -


This review is from: Their Journey Begins (Journey to Freedom) (Kindle Edition)
We have all heard stories of slaves and Indians during or before the Civil War era but have you ever read something that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters?

Have you ever read a story that keeps you looking over your shoulder because you are afraid that someone might find out you are sneaking around?

Have you ever experienced the emotions of someone on the run whether from their past, someone evil, or just trying to make a better life for themselves?

If you haven't and you would like to experience it for yourself then this is the anthology for you.

These short stories allow you a glimpse into the lives of five very different people that are all struggling to make it.

They are sad, scary, heartwarming, uplifting, and thought provoking all rolled into one.

K. Meador is an awesome author that takes you to the heart of the story and lets you see and live her characters through their eyes.

I totally recommend this book. I know you will not be disappointed!


Journey to Freedom

An unlikely meeting...
Marrissa is running away, as fast as her feet can carry her. After enduring the abuse at the hands of her employer for years, she has finally found the strength to strike out on her own, and now she has been unceremoniously thrust into an adventure with a man she doesn't know. But things become more serious when she and her companion are taken in by the Cherokee. After enduring attempts on her life at the hands of a jealous wife, Marrissa must once again leave people behind and make her own way. But this time she might be leaving true love behind.

An undying devotion...
Greggory longs to be a free man. Facing the violent prejudices against him as a half breed, and running from the high price set on his head by the owner of the plantation he used to belong to, he never expected to find peace and happiness with the young woman at his side. But the more time he spends with Marrissa, the more he realizes she is the one for him, and when evidence points to her untimely demise, he vows to gain his freedom and love no one else. But fate might not be done with him yet, and Greggory may have a second chance at the life he first glimpsed in Marrissa's eyes.

A timeless love...
Set amid the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War, Journey to Freedom,
chronicles the harrowing misadventures of two star-crossed lovers through nineteenth century America, battling violence, prejudice, and the inherent struggles of their time. Join author K-Trina Meador for a touching saga of love, faith, and survival.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Bridge to Treachery by Larry Crane


BLURB:
Former Colonel Lou Christopher is an ex-Army Ranger retired from the military and contentedly working as a New York investment broker. After being assigned a number of lucrative accounts and becoming accustomed to living the good life, he discovers there is a pay back. His former military skills are requested under a threat of losing everything he has.

Handed a group of misfits to assemble into a military strike team, he is coerced into leading the team on a mission of domestic terrorism. At the center of a bridge outside of Manhattan, his strike team is caught in the act and unexpectedly becomes engaged in a deadly firefight. It's then that he learns the mission was a political maneuver from the highest levels of the U.S. Government-and ultimately realizes he has been betrayed by his superiors. Learning his team was considered nothing more than collateral damage and intended to be killed and left as scapegoats, he uses his unique military expertise and engages in a fight for his life.

As the strike team is decimated, he and a female teammate elude the opposition forces to survive and escape, turning the tables on his superiors. Using his distinctive set of military skills, he now becomes the hunter and vows to extract his revenge and bring them all down. 
BIO:
Transplanted to Maine mid-westerner Larry Crane brings an Illinois sensibility to his writing. Larry graduated from West Point and served in the Army before starting 
a business career on Wall Street. His writing includes articles for outdoor magazines, plays, short fiction, and his most recent thriller novel, A Bridge to Treachery. In his spare time, Crane is a hobbyist videographer for his local 
Public Access Television Station and is a volunteer at his local historical society. Larry and wife Jan live in splendid isolation on the coast of Maine. 
ONLINE LINKS:
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Excerpts - A Bridge to Treachery
From Chapter 23 A Bridge to Treachery - Larry Crane
Lou got to his knees and scrambled under the trailer toward Frawley’s body. He reached across
him, for his carbine. Immediately, the police threw another fusillade of fire. Lou was caught in
the middle of the searchlight beam. He scrambled back to safety behind the tire as bullets
screeched around him, careening off the concrete in a shower of sparks, miraculously failing to
ignite the gasoline. By the weight of it, he judged the magazine of the carbine to be almost full.
Back toward the center of the bridge, the police cars were creeping forward. Lou crouched
behind the front tire of Mack West, gathering his strength for a sprint. He got to his feet and
plunged out into the darkness adjacent to the bridge railing. He pumped his legs with all of his
strength. He saw the dark form of his drenched jacket in the roadway ahead.
The headlights of the approaching squad cars created angular shafts of light through the wheels,
undercarriage, and stanchions of Mack East and the three-quarter ton full of napalm drums. He
dove for his jacket, grasping the machine beneath it in both hands. He whirled the handle once;
nothing. Then again, harder. Again. On the third twist, the center of the bridge seemed to heave
up in a ball of yellow and crimson flame. A thunderous roar enveloped the bridge and sent
shocks through the girders and the concrete surface, throwing Lou to his back.
Globs of thickened aviation gasoline arched through the night--clearing the overhead
cables—and then plunged to the inky river below. The massive ball of flame slowly rose off the
surface of the roadway and engulfed the cables and lights above.
Lou got to his feet and turned back toward the western end of the bridge, racing back toward
Mack West. For nearly a full minute, the center of the bridge was aglow with intense seething
light; yet no one fired at him. He went right to the truck, hugging the side of the roadway and the
railing. The air in his lungs seemed to swell in his chest until he couldn’t catch his breath. And
still no one fired.
Back in the shelter of Mack West, Lou sank to his knees behind the front tire. The entire bridge
and the mountains on either side of the Hudson were lit by flaming napalm that now stuck to the
overhead cables and slowly dripped in globs of orange flame to the roadway. He’d stopped them.
He became aware of the pulsing, rug-beating throb of helicopter blades. He looked out to the
north of the bridge and saw a military HU-1B hovering at the level of the roadway, its landing
lights gleaming. Red lights flashed on the tail boom. He was receiving no fire. The cops must
have been holding off to keep from accidently hitting the chopper or firing into their comrades
closing in from the east side.
Slowly the craft moved forward, dipping its nose and gaining altitude. It ascended above the
bridge, swinging back to the eastern side. Thirty seconds later, Lou heard throbbing directly
overhead. The chopper hovered out in front of him, by the traffic circle, and descended to the
ground. There was no firing. It was the perfect time to go.
He reached the end of the railing. Instinctively, he veered to the right, across the narrow strip of
grass. He dove headlong into the underbrush, still holding the carbine. He crawled on all fours
over roots and rocks and under bushes and low hanging branches that grabbed at his weapon and
held him back. He reached the cut.
It was steeper than he thought. He started down the embankment on his rump, warding off
boulders and stumps on his way down with his feet, but soon he began tumbling and sliding in a
cascade of rocks and water. The pool at the bottom was not deep and it was no colder than the
rain.
At first, it was absolutely black in the cut. Gradually his eyes adjusted, but there was no moon
and no reflective surfaces to magnify what little light existed. He was shielded from the open
ground a hundred and forty feet above him at the level of the bridge. He heard no sound except
the splashing of water at his feet and his own deep breathing. The rain still came down steadily,
unrelenting. For that he was thankful. It would mask all of his movements.
There wasn’t much time. He didn’t know if they’d seen him dart off under the cover and
confusion of the helicopter landing. The only thing to do was to strike out west, shielded from
view until he was far from this place.
“Hello...” he heard from the other side of the stream. It was a half
whisper. “Is it you?”
“Come over here,” he said softly. “Over here. I’m holding out my hand.”
He heard her stumble into the water and stifle a screech. Then his hand was holding hers; pulling
her across. She rushed to him, clutched at his shirt, and wrapped her arms around him.
“You don’t look dead,” she said.

 

Warrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue




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WARRIOR REBORN

Former special ops agent CHASE NOBLE has been searching his whole life for the place where he belongs.  As a descendant of Fae, he senses fate has more in store for him, and he will not rest until he discovers what his true purpose is. When he travels back in time to medieval Scotland, he discovers his mission is to save a beautiful woman—the same woman he is destined to be with.
CHRISTIANA MACDOWYLT possesses the gift of foresight. Prisoner of her evil half-brother, Christiana’s visions show her that only one warrior can rescue her—a man she is mysteriously drawn to.  The only problem is,  he’s in the future.  Now she must rely on the magic of a Faerie to transport him to the past. And when Christiana finally meets Chase, the sparks between them set off a smoldering desire.  But will the magic that brought them together also tear them apart?












BIO:  Melissa Mayhue is the award-winning author of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband, Highland Guardian, Soul of a Highlander, A Highlander of Her Own, A Highlander's Destiny, A Highlander's Homecoming, Healing the Highlander , A Highlander's Curse and Warrior’s Redemption. She and her family live in Colorado in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with two insanely spoiled dogs, one domineering cat, a turtle with an attitude, and way too many fish in their aquarium. Visit her website at MelissaMayhue.com.

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 ***** The Future Comes Back to the Past!
 Do you know how it feels to be lost? Have you ever felt like you were just out of place, like you didn't belong in this time or place? Have you ever tried so many different things just to feel like you have to fit in somewhere? That is how Chase feels! He has tried everything but nothing seems to fit. He feels like he is a fish out of water and doesn't know which way to turn. How will he ever find what he is looking for?

Having the "sight" or sixth sense isn't always what it is cracked up to be. What good is knowing who  you are supposed to be with when you know that they are years in the future and pretty much unattainable? How are you supposed to survive on hopes and dreams when all you want is for someone to rescue you from your life "prison" that has been forced upon you? You know there is someone out there just for you but you have to rely on the Fae to help you and everyone knows how fickle they can be.

Will love conquer all? Even time and place? Or will it become a burden that can never be lifted? Melissa Mayhue is a master storyteller! She draws you in from page one and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last word is read! If you love a good story with heart, soul, and a little bit of challenge built into the plot then this is the book for you. It is a wonderful book and I know you won't be disappointed!









Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Forward Passes by Jami Davenport


Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.
With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. But everyone’s looking to take him down. There’s a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It’s more alive than he’s felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring

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JAMI DAVENPORT
“…is an author not to be missed!”
USA Today Bestselling Author Lucy Monroe
BIO:
There are two things I've always wanted to do since I was a young child: to write books and to ride horses. The riding I've been doing for years. Until recently, I only dabbled in writing.
I completed my first story at the age of five. I titled it "Wildfire" (about a horse, of course) and illustrated it myself. I still have the book stowed away in the attic somewhere.
I've written stories all of my life. They were my secret garden, my escape from the realities of the world. I never shared them with anyone. I'd hide them away and bring them out when the mood struck me.
I frequented several fan fiction sites on the Internet. As I was reading those stories, I thought I can do that. Four years ago, I posted my first two chapters on a fan fiction site. My hands shook. My stomach lurched. NEVER had I let anyone read my stories before. What if my writing was garbage? What if everyone hated it? It was a soul-baring moment. Fortunately, they loved it. It became quite popular. Several people who'd befriended me on that fan fic site encouraged me to pursue my writing on a more professional level.
Being a devoted reader of romance and an advocate of happy endings, it was only natural to choose romance as my focus. I joined the Romance Writers of America, and the Olympia RWA chapter.
Six months and 105,000 words later, I finished my first manuscript, The Dance. Named after Garth Brooks' popular song, the original ending wasn't happily ever after, but I quickly changed that small detail. I started my second single title on Thanksgiving Day and pushed myself to see how long it would take me to finish it. I finished it the middle of February and was very proud of myself for being so fast.
To date, I've published four novels and two short stories in an anthology.
A few years ago, I married a wonderful man. You can bet my Green Beret turned Plumber will be an inspiration for a future book. In my spare time, I show the above-mentioned Hanoverian mare, in dressage. I'm also a rabid Seattle Seahawks and Mariners fan through thick and thin. Lately, I've developed an interest in gardening.
An avid boater, I've spent countless hours in Washington State's San Juan Islands, the most beautiful place on earth, and the setting for "Who's" and "The Dance." You'll see more books in the future set on these islands. My banner and several other pictures on this site were taken in that area.
Currently, I'm a PAN member of RWA and three RWA chapters: Peninsula, Greater Seattle, and Olympia. I'm co-president of the Olympia chapter with fellow writer Anthea Lawson. I spearhead the annual Elizabeth Kistler Memorial Retreat in Port Townsend at Manresa Castle for the Olympia chapter.
  
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***** Love, Life, and Heartache!
What do you do when things get out of your control? 
Where do you hide so that no one knows your name?
When you are on top of the world how does it feel to be thrown to the bottom of the heap?

Some girls are attracted to the "bad" boys because they are in it for the thrill and some just do not know any other type.
So what do you do when you find yourself attracted to the "bad" boy for all the wrong reasons?
Is he really that bad or is it just an act or has he just been given a bad rap?
Do you let yourself find out by following your heart or do you listen to your head and stay well away?

Jami Davenport creates wonderful characters that are full of life and yet are real enough to let you imagine being friends with them. Forward Passes is an awesome story with wonderful characters and page turning twists. If you need a really good book to get involved in then check out Forward Passes! You will not be disappointed.