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New Release: From Canaan With Love

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Hi everyone.

Today’s returning guest on my blog is Melanie Dent who has just published a book written in collaboration with her Spirit Guide Canaan.

I thought it would be nice to catch up with Melanie and find out more about this book and the way in which it came together.

Hi Melanie, welcome back. I had heard a disturbing rumor that you had quit writing altogether so it’s good to know that’s not true.

MELANIE: Well it is and it isn’t. I got so sick of the Indie fiction thing, all that effort for little reward, never having the money to pay for promotion things and knowing that your books, which you spent hours researching and writing, are mired in the several million rankings on Amazon,  From Canaan with love is different; being able to work with my guide on something that renews me spiritually and is meant to be shared brings a sense of personal achievement which I imagine far surpasses being in the Amazon Top 100.

I don’t know a lot about Spiritualism or spirit guides. Can you give my readers an idea of how it works?

MELANIE:   A lot of more well-known Spirit guides, such as Silver Birch, had their teachings written down by people who were witnesses to them being spoken through a trance medium.  I’m not entirely comfortable with trance mediumship, so Canaan has used my natural ability of writing what comes into my head by delivering the messages clairaudiently. I hear them with my psychic sense of hearing (my physical hearing isn’t great although has improved since I started using hearing aids last year). Spirit work with the raw materials that you give them.

Can you give us a flavor of the book?

MELANIE: Not really, because every section is on a different subject.  I have shared some of the passages on Facebook recently and I have also had the privilege of reading some of them out at Divine Services at church.

Each message from Canaan is followed by my own writings on the same subject.  A medium gave me a message recently about putting words from Canaan and my own words side by side so that is what I have done.

I understand that you are giving some of the royalties from book sales to your church. Why is that?

MELANIE: Why not? Reading Spiritualist church is a wonderful place with lovely people and I have already gained and learned so much from being there. I want to give something back.

I understand that the paperback version of From Canaan with Love is already out. Normally authors release both on the same day or the paperback comes later?

MELANIE: That’s because I published the paperback through KDP for the first time and they don’t seem to offer a pre-order function for paperbacks. The ebook launch is scheduled for 23rd September because that’s the 9th anniversary of my boyfriend, David’s, passing to spirit and I need something to take the edge off as I still find that week difficult emotionally. I now understand that he is always with me, but I mourn his physical presence.

What do you plan to do to make the anniversary easier?

MELANIE: I will take some memory flowers to the Thursday service at church and post in the Facebook Launch event. I really hope that Canaan’s words will help bring a few people out of a dark place.

Where can my readers buy/pre-order From Canaan with Love?

MELANIE:   Here are the links where you can pre-order/buy From Canaan with Love. There are also links where your readers can learn more about Reading National Spiritualist church. 

Facebook Launch Event

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Itunes

Barnes & Noble (Nook)

Kobo

Reading National Spiritualist church – Facebook

Reading National Spiritualist church website

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New Release: Secret Places Revealed

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By Paulette Harper

Genre: Inspirational Fiction Romance

Single and content, Real Estate Developer, Aaron Blackman is determined not to be in another relationship. His ex Macy, gave him enough heartache to last a life time. The only thing that has his attention right now is his growing business, that’s until Simone Herron comes along. Fighting to keep his promise to himself, he soon learns that when it comes to love some rules are meant to be broken.

After losing her fiancé to an untimely death, Simone Herron is relocating and trying to put the past behind her. A new chapter in her life is what she is hoping for but what happens when her past and her present collide? Will she let the walls she has built come down?

Simone must learn that in order to love again, she must conquer her past fears and allow God to put all the broken pieces together.

Available August 9th! Pre-order on Amazon https://amzn.com/B01G1CP1OA

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About The Author

Paulette is a multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, who writes Christian fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. She has been writing since 2008. Paulette is also the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and as a book writing coach she enjoys assisting aspiring authors navigate through the process of publishing books, marketing and creating an online presence.

Paulette lives in Northern California.

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New Release: The Encore

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The Encore by Christine S. Feldman

When Jane married her college sweetheart and the love of her life, she never dreamed she would lose him to leukemia before either of them reached forty. A year later, she’s struggling to move on and create a new life for herself, a second act that she never expected to have to follow the first. Picking up the pieces is hard enough—it’s even harder when those closest to her don’t understand or support the way she’s trying to put them back together again.

But while the curtain may have come down on the life she originally had planned, life itself certainly isn’t finished with her yet.

And neither, as it turns out, is her heart.

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Excerpt from The Encore:

Mother Nature cut them a break: no humidity today.  Instead the air was clear and balmy, complete with a mild breeze that was enough to feel good on Jane’s skin without blowing her hair into her eyes.  She breathed it in with a sense of relief.  Strange how even a house that had no memories of Noel could somehow remind her of him, or at least remind her of the plans they’d never had the chance to bring to fruition.  Family kinds of plans in particular.

But maybe it only hit her hard today because of Bobby and Anna being there.  Maybe the silence of the house would seem peaceful again rather than empty when she got home, and things would be fine.  Soothing, even.  Comfortable.

Maybe.

She turned her attention to the sidewalk on which they ambled, and to the dog trotting obediently if disinterestedly next to her.  It was a quiet street with no traffic at the moment, so she was more than willing to let him lead her wherever his nose and his curiosity took them, but he only kept to the straight line of the cement in front of them instead of sniffing at shrubs or grass or even—surely the dog equivalent of catnip or a ball of yarn?—the lone fire hydrant that they passed.

Nothing.  His ears twitched once at the sound of a car horn that blared for a moment in the distance, but once all was quiet again, Otto’s only movements were those of his legs, keeping a slow and steady rhythm that Jane didn’t have the heart to push any faster.

Her mind was less on their path as they rounded a corner and more on what might be the least ridiculous way to ask a veterinarian about therapy for her dog when she finally realized just how far they’d already walked.  They were only a stone’s throw away from the good doctor’s driveway.  A small voice in the back of her head—the same one that often tried to get her to rein in some of her more impulsive decisions—suggested that this might be a mighty fine time to turn back.  She would have sworn that voice sounded an awful lot like Lizzie’s at the moment.

And Jane might have considered listening to it if it wasn’t for a damnable and familiar spark of curiosity that often overshadowed that cautionary voice and that flared up now at a glimpse of movement in the doctor’s driveway.  A dark grey car that was parked there—his car, presumably—had its hood up, and someone who was half-hidden by that hood was working on something beneath it.  Home on his day off, or had he perhaps been sent home by a superior after his actions the other day?

None of your business, Jane…

No, of course it wasn’t, and yet any alternative must have seemed better than facing the loudness of the silence waiting for her at home, because her feet were still headed in the doctor’s general direction as if they had a mind of their own.  And then they stopped, just as autonomously, in front of the rear bumper of the parked car.

She studied it while the clinking sound of metal against metal marked the activity of the as of yet oblivious would-be mechanic at work at the other end of the car.  Some kind of sedan.  It wasn’t exactly old or beat up, but neither was it the kind of vehicle one might expect to see a physician driving.  Maybe she was unjustly pigeonholing doctors in thinking that way, but she would have thought he’d have something more like a shiny BMW or Mercedes with a vanity plate that read something like #1 DOC or HLN HNDZ.

Well, no, maybe not this doctor, she thought, remembering the coolness of his eyes and rigidness of his posture.

And then before her mind could stray too far after the sudden thought that PP DOC would be a great license plate for a urologist, Jane cleared her throat and said, “Hi.”

The clinking of metal stopped.

Jane put her free hand up to shield her eyes from the sun and peered around at the quiet street.  “Nice day for a tune-up.  Or are you just checking its vitals, Doc?”

Nothing but silence answered her, but after a moment, the face of Dr. Cullen Douglass appeared at one side of the car’s hood to look at her.

Jane offered him a flick of a wave not unlike the one she’d offered him on Moving Day.  She got pretty much the same response this time as she had then, which was to say, none at all.  Undeterred, she countered with a blithe smile.  “I’m Jane Freeley, your new neighbor—”  She nodded her head toward the far side of his house.  “Thataway.  And unless you have an evil twin running around out there, you’re Dr. Cullen Douglas, right?  We kind of sort of didn’t meet at all at the hospital the other day.”  Refusing to let her smile falter, she waited patiently for a reaction, any reaction.  And she was prepared to wait as long as it took to get one.

Maybe he sensed that, because finally she got a curt nod that could actually have just been an involuntary twitch of some kind, but she preferred to be optimistic.

Instinct told her not to stick out her hand, because he was not likely to take it.  Snap it off maybe, but not take it.  Fair enough.  “So you work with my sister-in-law, Lizzie Berkoff.  Well—work, butt heads with… one or the other.”

Nothing.  No reaction at all.  Really?  But she found it less off-putting than intriguing.  He stood there and stared back at her as if waiting for her to come to her point.  Deliberately turning up the wattage on her smile, she waited him out again instead.

Finally, he gestured at his car’s exposed engine.  “Look, Miss Freeley…”

Mrs., she nearly corrected him out of habit, and even after a year it still felt strange somehow to swallow the word back.  “Jane,” she corrected him instead.

He continued as if she hadn’t spoken.  “I have an engine to fix, and I’m really not interested in whatever it is you’re trying to do here.  Scout out prospects somewhere else, please.”

Prospects?  She blinked.  It was a cutting remark, the kind designed both to leave the recipient with no doubts that the conversation was over and to discourage any future attempts at one.  Any normal woman would huff with indignation and perhaps hurl an insult before spinning on her heels and marching off to fume.

But no one had ever accused Jane of being normal.  Instead of taking offense, she started to laugh, and it wasn’t a laugh that was intended to put him in his place and show him just how insignificant he was to her; it was one hundred percent pure, genuine amusement.  “Scout out prospects—You think I’m hitting on you?”  And as she said the words aloud, they seemed even funnier to her.  Although maybe the good doctor did have his share of admirers, because some women really went for the whole dark and broody kind of thing, not to mention the medical degree.  Some women.  But that he had cast her in that role…  “Really?  Because I’ve gone around to introduce myself to at least half a dozen other neighbors this week, and I’ve got to say, none of them seemed to interpret it as sexual harassment—unless I’m really doing it wrong.  I only tore the clothes off the one, after all.”

His expression was guarded, but not quite guarded enough to mask his initial startle at her cheerfulness, and her teasing.

“Oh, don’t look so worried, Doc.”  Unable to help herself, Jane patted one of his grease-stained hands.  “Your virtue is safe with me, I promise.”

The look he gave her was wary, and it tempted her to be playful.  Prickly people often did.  Be good, Jane.  And she tried, she really did.  But when Otto sniffed the toe of Dr. Douglas’s shoe and gave it a quick lick, she couldn’t help but add, “Just so we’re clear, he’s not hitting on you either.  But if it would make you feel better, I’ll be sure to have a long talk with him about boundaries when we get home.  Which should probably be sooner rather than later, I suppose—”  She glanced at her watch and spoke more to herself than to him.  “—since I’ve got stacks of work waiting for me.”  Figuratively, at least.  The stacks were all in the form of computer files.  “But… A chi vuole, non mancano modi.”  —Where there is a will, there is a way—  “Come on, Otto.  Good luck with your car, Doc.  Thanks so much for the warm welcome to the neighborhood.”

Tugging a surprisingly reluctant Otto away from both the man and the car, Jane led him back the way they’d come, still fighting back mirth and with the odd thought that if anyone else would have appreciated the humor in the situation, it would have been Noel.

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Slow Burn: A Sexy Spy Thriller by Sascha Illyvich

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Tempting secrets of an angel

Seductive mysteries of the beast

Derrick, a former spy, has been asked to protect the sultry Sonja, a death metal singer whose magical voice grabs him by the balls and won’t let go. He’ll protect her, all right…with every part of his body tight against hers.

Sonja uses her voice to purge her fans of their darkness, their hate and hopelessness. But evil forces want to use her magic for their own ends. All she wants, at this point, is safety for herself and her band.

When Derrick and Sonja team up, Sonja does her best to resist the lure of safety he represents, until a radical league that wants her dead propels her into his arms. Will his help be enough? Or will she lose her heart to him, only to be killed in the process of saving the world?

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Winging It: Book Release!

Winging It

Christine S Feldman

Up until now, straitlaced Simon Kirkendale has done an admirable job of keeping his high society mother’s demands for grandbabies at bay, but lately she’s kicked things into high gear.  So he isn’t too disappointed to delay her latest matchmaking attempt when a pretty stranger hops into the backseat of his car en route to one of his mother’s dinner parties and tells him to drive.  A car-jacking?  Nope.  More like a bird on the run, but this particular bird happens to be a parrot who has slipped its cage, and Simon’s new acquaintance desperately needs to get it back before she loses sight of it altogether.

Ever the nice guy—and okay, maybe also a little intrigued by the colorful Miss Juleen Pruitt’s sudden appearance in his car—Simon hits the gas pedal and obliges only to find himself unwittingly dragged into a wild goose chase around town for a bird who seems to be determined to either get itself killed or the two people trying to catch it.  Simon’s money is on the latter.

But it turns out that a little disruption and chaos in his life might just be what Simon needs most—especially if it comes in the form of Juleen.

If he can just manage to survive meeting her…

Grab a copy on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Winging-Christine-S-Feldman-ebook/dp/B00WUWXITG/

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Winging It – Excerpt

So here he was, dressed up in his best suit and tie and driving as slowly as he could manage without actually being late to his mother’s brownstone.

What was this latest one’s name—Francine?  No, wait.  Francine had been the one from the last dinner party.  This one was named Olivia and was probably every bit as much a carbon copy as all of the others who had come before.  His mother had a type.  Polished, poised, and possessing a family pedigree that could probably be traced all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  Possibly even earlier.  And they were all nice.  They were always nice.  They just weren’t for him.

And perhaps it was time to make that fact abundantly clear to his mother.  Just as soon as he did a little fact checking with his childhood obstetrician first.

The light turned green.  Simon was just about to put his foot on the gas pedal again, when someone opened the back door of his car and dived inside.

“That way!” the newcomer barked at him, her eyes wide and frantic in his rear view mirror as she leaned forward in a mass of unkempt dark curls to point past him and through his windshield.  “Drive!”

“What?” he responded brilliantly, blinking at her reflection as a fragrance that smelled vaguely like an odd combination of strawberries and paint fumes enveloped him.

“Go, go, go!  We’re losing him!”

Well, that didn’t sound good at all, whoever the aforementioned “him” might be, so Simon hit the gas.  The car leaped forward with a squeal of its tires, something it had probably never done before in its entire existence.  Volvos weren’t the most popular cars for chases.  But since this appeared to be a genuine emergency—the first in Simon’s life, actually—it was gratifying to see his car rise to the challenge.

“Which way?” he asked, peering in vain for someone who looked like he might be fleeing the scene and feeling adrenaline begin to course through his veins at the prospect.  A purse-snatcher, maybe, or even a burglar who’d been caught mid-burgle… Simon didn’t exactly possess mad street-fighting skills, but he could probably take on one of those kinds of guys all right.  Certainly from behind the wheel of his car, anyway.  Kind of gave “defensive driving” a whole new meaning.

“Left—go left!”

He gave the steering wheel an abrupt yank, earning a few honks from other drivers.  Oops.  “Are you sure?  I don’t see—”

“Left again.  Hurry!”

“Who exactly are we chasing?”

“Frankie!” was her muffled reply, and when he looked back in the mirror again, he saw that her head and half of her torso were hanging out the window.  In fact, she wasn’t replying to him at all, he realized.  She was calling out instead.  So much for his purse-snatcher theory.

A runaway child perhaps?  Or maybe an errant boyfriend, he considered with a pang of regret and a sour taste in his mouth since she was pretty in an unusual sort of way.  It would be just his luck to have an attractive woman throw herself into his car only to ask him to drive after another man for her.  And it would be just like Simon to do it.  Chivalry had been one of the things drilled into him as a boy, too.

Ah, well, he thought with an impish sort of satisfaction.  Then his mother really would have no one but herself to blame if he showed up a few minutes late for dinner this evening, would she?  At least, that was the tack he was going to take, especially if she started pulling out sonograms or something like that when she expressed her displeasure.  “What’s this Frankie of yours look like?”

There was no reply, just another frantic calling of the name.  With her head out the window as it currently was, she probably couldn’t even hear him.

He rolled down his window to stick his own head out, and when he was sure he could do so without wrapping the car around a tree or a lamppost, he risked a quick look back and called out, “I said, what does Frankie look like?”

They must have made an interesting picture to the folks in the cars around them.  Interesting in a cautionary tale sort of way.  Kids, take a good look, because if I ever catch you doing that…

“Green—He’s green.”

“He’s wearing green?”  Yanking his head back in and veering around a slowpoke in front of them, Simon looked through the windshield in vain.  There was no one in green that he could see, not unless you counted that wizened little old lady in the green muumuu who was hobbling out of a candy store up ahead, and she really didn’t look like a Frankie.  Or like someone you’d have to chase by car.

Ah, wait.  The mysterious Frankie might be in a car himself.  Simon squinted ahead, trying to get a look at distant drivers wearing green.

“No, I said he is green.  Oh, shoot—he just zigged right!”  She smacked her hand—a very nice hand with bright blue nail polish on the tips of her fingers and what looked like a smear of plum-colored paint on one knuckle—against the doorframe in obvious frustration and wailed, “Can’t this thing go any faster?”

“He is green?” Simon repeated in surprise, zipping into the right-hand lane and rather impressed if he did say so himself by his ability to do it without clipping any of the fenders around them.  Car chases were turning out to be pretty invigorating.  Who knew?  “Who are we chasing—Kermit?”  Could she mean that he had green hair maybe?  Frankie could be a surly adolescent younger brother with a penchant for hair dyes and body piercings, and not his passenger’s boyfriend after all.  Simon perked up.  He could handle surly adolescents.  He did it every day.

“No, Frankie the parrot.”

“I’m chasing a bird?” he asked in disbelief, suddenly feeling a lot less like Steve McQueen roaring through the streets of San Francisco and a whole lot more like a certain coyote after a certain roadrunner.  Unless, of course, Frankie the Parrot was some sort of street name.  A really, really lame street name…

 

Winging It is available on Amazon and at other retailers.

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About the Author:

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them.  In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival (http://www.gsiff.com/content/staged-screenplay-reading-1), and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract.  When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project.  Please visit her at her website http://christinesfeldman.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman, or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FeldmanCS.

 

 

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Countdown to A Perfect Man

Hello, everyone! Today, Authors to Watch is proud to be part of the release event for A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic. As part of the 12 Days to Perfect countdown, I’ve invited Cecilia to hang out and answer a few questions about her book. She’s brought a very special guest, straight from the pages of her new book. ALSO… Cecilia is offering an awesome prize to one very lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment below and answer Cecilia’s question for you. There’s also a link to a Rafflecopter giveaway AND information on how you can follow the tour to win MORE cool prizes!

Let’s all give a huge round of applause to Cecilia Dominic!

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Thank you so much for having me today, Tricia!

I’m a clinical psychologist in my day job life, so I invite other authors to send me their unpublished characters who are causing them trouble or their published ones who want a little attention for a psychological interview on my blog at http://www.ceciliadominic.com. I decided to give Seth, the hero of A Perfect Man, the published character interview.

If your character were to go to a psychologist – willingly or unwillingly – what would bring them in? Yes, a court order is a valid answer.

I think Seth would go to see a therapist willingly, although he’s definitely the kind of guy who wants to figure out his problems on his own. He may agree to consult a professional to figure out how to talk to his mother without allowing her to make him feel like an insecure fifteen-year-old.

Is the presenting problem one of the main internal or external conflicts in your book? If so, how does it present itself?

With regard to external conflict, Seth has saved up some money, which has allowed him to enroll in a genre fiction Masters of Fine Arts program and get started, but he’ll soon need the inheritance he was supposed to get when he turned twenty-five. His father died when he was fifteen and left him the money, which his mother has kept in trust for him. He lost the documents in an apartment flood, and his mother has been uncooperative in getting him the information.

Seth meets with his mother to discuss the matter and notices some suspicious behavior. He wonders if she’s cheating on his stepfather, who was the pulmonologist who admitted Seth’s alcoholic biological father the night he died. Seth has always wondered how much of a role his stepfather had in his biological father’s death, although his parents were separated at the time.

The presenting problem is also part of Seth’s internal conflict because he is wary of strong women and tends to avoid them. He needs to develop confidence in himself and his writing abilities, which his mother disparages.

It’s always interesting to see how people act when they first enter the office. Do they immediately go for my chair, hesitate before sitting anywhere, flop on the couch, etc.? What would your character do?

Seth would stride to the couch and sit in a semi-closed posture with an ankle crossed over his knee.

Does your character talk to the therapist? How open/revealing will your character be?

Seth would be forthcoming about wanting to learn communication strategies, but he would be more reticent as to exactly why. I don’t think he would bring up the stuff about his father’s death until the third or fourth session, if he even came back for that many. He may not take well to a female therapist.

Your character walks into the bar down the street after his/her first therapy session. What does he/she order? What happens next?

Seth would order a craft beer and chat with the bartender or avoid dealing with people by reading a book on his phone. He might even use what he discovered during session to search for self-help books so he can address the issue himself without further outside help.

When you’re building characters, do you have any tricks you use to really get into their psyches, like a character interview or personality system (e.g., Myers-Briggs types)?

I’ll sometimes use the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator because I find it’s really helpful for defining internal conflict. I have other character interviews I’ll use as well depending on the book and where I feel like I need more information about the character.

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How far will she go to find her perfect man? How far will he go to be one?

When Karen Hardeman sets foot on the Foothills University campus, it’s her first step toward proving her abusive ex wrong. Just her luck, her first writing assignment in Intro to Romance sends her in search of the perfect hero—a quest she’s never managed to conquer.

Worse, her professor forces her to collaborate with the most overconfident, annoying guy in the class.

Seth Sayers is also at Foothills to find new direction—preferably one that takes him far away from the family drama that’s followed him since his father’s death. He didn’t mean to humiliate Karen by rewriting her manuscript from the hero’s point of view. He blames the painkillers the ER doctor gave him after stitching up a wine-induced cut on his hand.

As their collaboration progresses, Karen begins to trust Seth with her manuscript, then maybe a little piece of her heart. But Seth’s half-brother resurrects Seth’s suspicions about his father’s death. Until he finds the truth, he can’t be the hero in anyone’s life. Even his own.

Warning: Some alcohol consumption. Okay, writer amounts of alcohol consumption. There are also some adult situations, but nothing too explicit. It is a romance-writing class, after all.

For an excerpt from the first chapter, please check out http://ceciliadominic.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-perfect-man-first-chapter-and.html

A Perfect Man will be released May 12 from Samhain Publishing.

Preorder links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Man-Cecilia-Dominic-ebook/dp/B00TLIGB6E/

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-perfect-man-cecilia-dominic/1121228853?ean=9781619229464

Samhain (on sale at the time the blog post was turned in): https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5430/a-perfect-man

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In one scene in A Perfect Man, some of the female characters order a dessert rumored to be better than sex. What would your ideal dessert be? Comment below for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift certificate, which will be emailed, so please be sure to give your email along with your comment.

Want to follow me and my characters on the #12DaystoPerfect blog hop for the chance to win more cool prizes? Join the event on Facebook for daily updates and please consider liking my page while you’re there. https://www.facebook.com/events/472007642953392/

There’s also Rafflecopter giveaway for some grand prizes including a $50 Visa gift card:

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For a full description of all the grand prizes, see:  http://ceciliadominic.blogspot.com/2015/04/12-days-to-perfect-blog-hop-preview.html

About the Author:

Cecilia Dominic became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. By day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She has been published in short story and novel-length fiction and currently writes urban fantasy, new adult contemporary, and steampunk for Samhain Publishing.

You can find her at:

Web page:  http://www.ceciliadominic.com

Wine blog:  http://www.randomoenophile.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/CeciliaDominicAuthor

Twitter: @RandomOenophile

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New Release: Troubled Souls

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Troubled Souls
By: Genevieve Scholl
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Release Day Blitz: April 15th (103rd Anniversary of the sinking)

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The sinking of the Titanic was one of the most shocking tragedies in history. Rosalee has always had a strange fascination with the whole thing. She never understood why she was so curious about the ship, the passengers, and the sinking… Until she visited an artifact exhibit in Las Vegas, and started having dreams of being a passenger on the ship in 1912.

Once she finds out which passenger she is portraying in these visions, she does some research and finds out that not only is the woman buried nearby, but she also has a striking resemblance to her.

Now she has a million questions, and the only thing that can help her get the answers is the spirit of the passenger… And possibly the handsome Historian in a suit.

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Excerpt:

Bradley snapped his head back at Rosalee’s question. The doctor hadn’t said there was any possibility of amnesia, but he guessed that was why they kept people for observation. Bradley could only hope it was temporary. After pressing the nurse’s button, he gently sat on the edge of the bed and carefully grabbed Rosalee’s hand in his, making lazy circles on the top with his thumb. He didn’t want to say anything for fear of jarring her memory and causing some kind of damage.

A nurse walked in to the room and smiled when she saw that Rosalee was awake. “How are you feeling, Rosalee?” she asked sweetly.

Bradley winced at the mention of her name, and looking down at Rosalee’s creased brow.

“Who’s Rosalee?” she questioned. “My name is Emily,” she added.

The nurse—whose name was Daphne, according to her badge—looked between Rosalee and Bradley in confusion. “She seems to be suffering a little amnesia,” he told her. “Is it a cause for concern?”

Daphne’s smile reappeared, though it wasn’t as cheerful as the last time. “It’s possible with any head injury, of course; though we weren’t expecting it with such a minor bump. But that’s why we keep people in for 24-hour observation.” She moved a chair close to the bed and took a seat. “After I gather a bit of information and check her vitals, I’ll have the doctor stop by to talk to you.” Bradley nodded, and Daphne turned to Rosalee. “Are you up for a few questions?” She nodded, and Daphne pat her hand before continuing. “Now, Emily,” she paused as she smiled at Rosalee. The use of the name made Rosalee visibly relax, and Brad sighed … she really did believe her name was Emily, “do you know your last name?”

“Lancaster,” she answered immediately.

Daphne nodded, and wrote on the paper she held. “Do you know why you’re in the hospital?”

Rosalee shook her head. “The last thing I remember is standing on the ship.”

“What ship?” Bradley asked gently.

“The Titanic, of course.”

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About the Author:

I’m just a small town girl with a heart for the country life. I’m very shy and pretty much a loner, but my writing helps me be more outgoing and talk to various people that I would otherwise have a hard time approaching. I don’t write for the money or the fame, but rather to tell a story that needs to be told; whether that is my story or a character’s story. As a lot of people know, from my various interviews, I started writing to express my anger and hurt over the bullying that I experienced in High School, but eventually I just realized that I loved to tell stories. I was born in Texas, grew up and still live in Upstate New York, and want to retire in Ireland.

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Killer Music

KILLER MUSIC

A Cooper Harrington Detective Novel

By Tammy L. Grace

When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.

The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.

Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1

A heavy pounding rattled the door of the penthouse hotel suite and roused Grayson Taylor early Friday morning. His heart hammering, he jumped from the bed, disoriented, but prompted by the banging, he rushed to the door. He looked through the peephole and rubbed his eyes. Pressing his eye to the door again, he studied the man on the other side.

He tiptoed back to the bedroom and told Pamela to stay in the room and not come out. His heart rate steadied as thoughts of the past swirled in his head. Still confused, but less startled, he answered the door. “Andy, what brings you by?”

“I just came by to tell you what a rotten son of a bitch you are,” shouted the irate man in jeans, a t-shirt, and a ball cap.

Grayson peeked into the quiet hallway and opened the door wider, motioning Andy inside, leading him to the couch in front of the huge window showcasing the Nashville skyline. “What’s this all about? I haven’t seen you for years.”

Andy refused to sit, instead pacing with his fists clenched, “Yeah, that’s why I’m here. Abby would kill me if she knew I was here, but you need to know something.”

“What’s Abby got to do with this? I haven’t seen your sister since high school. And how did you know I was here?”

“Well, Gray, we regular folks have friends too and one of mine happens to work here and told me I could find you in the penthouse. No surprise, since you’re such a big shot,” yelled Andy.

“What do you want, Andy? And, keep your voice down.”

“Don’t tell me what to do,” he spat. “You’ve always thought you were better than us and I’m sick of watching Abby struggle while you live your life without a care in the world, getting richer and richer.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean Abby’s working two jobs to support your son and you don’t give a shit.”

“What in the hell are you talking about, Andy? Are you drunk or something?”

“No, I’m not drunk, you asshole. Remember when you got Abby pregnant when she was seventeen and solved it all by giving her money for an abortion? Ring a bell, Gray?”

Gray went pale, “Yes, I do remember and I’m not proud of it.”

“Well, unlike you, Abby didn’t feel right killing a baby because he was an inconvenience. So, for the last seventeen years our family has worked hard to help Abby and her son. He wants to go to college when he graduates next year, so Abby’s been working two jobs to help save money. They live in an apartment out by the airport and she has a job at a school and works at a pizza place at night. I’m sick of watching her suffer, and knowing you have no worries pisses me off.”

Gray’s knees wobbled. He sat on the couch. “Andy, you have to believe me, I had no idea. I’ve always regretted what happened with Abby and the baby, but she made it clear she didn’t want to see me ever again. So, I stayed away.”

“I’m sure she still doesn’t want to see you Gray, but I don’t think it’s fair. Taylor’s a great kid. He’s smart and responsible and a good son. He deserves more.”

“Taylor? She named him Taylor?”

“Yes, and he looks just like you,” he said with contempt. “So, maybe you can find a way to help him. She’s too proud to ask or take anything, but like I said, Taylor deserves a future. I’m sure you’ll be at the party tomorrow night out at Silverwood, won’t you?”

“Yes, I will. All the record companies will be there. It’s one of the main reasons I made the trip to Nashville. Why?”

“Well, Taylor works at Silverwood during the summer, so you’ll see him at the party. Maybe when you see him you’ll decide to step up and be a man. Call me when you do,” said Andy, as he thrust a card at Gray.

They both turned as they heard a loud knock on the door and a voice said, “Mr. Taylor, Nashville Police, please open the door.”

Andy followed Gray to the door as Gray opened it, “Officer?”

“Mr. Taylor, we’ve had a report of a domestic disturbance. Is there a problem?”

“I’m sorry, officer. We got carried away, there’s no problem. We’re fine,” he said, as he patted Andy on the back.

“Is that right, sir?” asked the officer of Andy.

“Yes, officer. Sorry to trouble you. I’ll talk to you later, Gray. I’m late for work,” said Andy, as he moved towards the hallway.

“Are you certain there’s no problem, Mr. Taylor?”

“I’m sure; again, I’m sorry to trouble you and disturb the guests.” Gray slipped a card from the table and passed it to Andy as he made his way to the door.

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About Tammy L. Grace:

Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing. When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

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Interview with Rue

Today, we’ve got Rue here to celebrate the release of her new book, My Favorite Second Chance, the second book in The Lake Effect Series. Before we begin the interview, let’s have a look at the book:

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Have you ever wished for a second chance?

The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire—just like their mother always threatened!

Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure, this is the same man who ran out on her over a decade ago, but can she turn her back on a war hero?

Rachel is on the brink of having everything she ever dreamed of, but that’s not how things work out for Hutchinson girls. Her rock-star girlfriend is leaving for a lengthy tour and something is afoot at the bakery. The righteous hand of her mother, Shirley, can orchestrate tribulations from halfway across town.

The sisters think they can run away from their troubles on a quick trip to the heart of Mexico, when an unexpected phone call shatters that illusion.

Filled with intriguing characters, plenty of steamy romance, and fun plots twists—MY FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE will have you flushed with anticipation, blinking back tears, laughing out loud and cheering for your favorite characters.

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Welcome, Rue. Congratulations on your new release. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’ll start with the name, Rue. First of all Rue is my full, legal name—not a pen name or a nickname. I don’t have a last name, just Rue, that’s it.

Oh, and it’s not like the character in Pooh’s Corner—that’s Roo. It’s not like the cajun sauce made from bacon grease and flour—that’s roux. It’s actually a medicinal herb used by Spanish gypsies to treat poisonous snake bites.

I started working when I was 12-years-old. My first job was washing dishes in the back of a totally sketchy hotel/cafe. An official resume would not be complete with out including everything from making dirt (yes, with an actual recipe) to running an independent film school.

When did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was three. Seriously. Unfortunately, being a precocious child just caused people to push me mercilessly in the opposite direction of my passions. I would sneak a moment to write a poem or a short story, here or there over the decades, and finally re-ignited the writing flame in the early 2000s. Now I am completely living my dream and writing full time.

Can you tell us about Book 2 in The Lake Effect Series?

This volume continues to follow the Hutchinson sisters on their misadventures. I am so excited to bring a couple wonderful new characters to readers: United States Marine Corps P.O.W. Steven Hays—a man from Gwenn’s past; and Elena De Leon—a woman who may ruin Gwenn’s future.

Rachel, the younger sister and co-main character, is back together with her rock-star girlfriend, Annie. Rachel’s storyline takes some real twists and it was fun to explore the continued effects of her mother’s severe disapproval of her lesbian daughter.

How did you get the idea for the book?

I’ve always wanted to delve into the depths of a strong sibling relationship, between characters, in the face of an aggressive (maybe a bit cruel) parent. This trilogy has been unfolding for several years. Finally, it’s getting out of my head.

If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?

I would always recommend the NEXT book 🙂 because I intend to keep writing fun, interesting books forEVER!

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

I think my favorite character would have to be, Todd Warner (Daniel Gregory’s assistant). I love his extreme efficiency and his blatant (but always delivered with manners) sarcasm. He is always on top of—if not one step ahead of—every situation. He doesn’t get flustered—he gets shit done. I want to BE him.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

Balancing the drama and the humor. I want the comedic relief to feel realistic and fitting—not forced.

What is your primary goal as an author?

My fiction focuses on character integration. My titles include LGBTQ characters coexisting with heterosexual characters, in their fictional world. As a writer I choose stories that push the boundaries of real-world social groups. I hope that readers will enjoy discovering new stories that may more closely reflect their personal world.

What projects are you currently working on?

Finishing Book 3 in The Lake Effect Series, a standalone YA novel and an illustrated childrens book.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Don’t listen to the haters. Write everyday. Write like it’s your suicide note (Girl Most Likely reference)—put your heart and soul on the page.

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Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

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Come the Dark Release!

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Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton’s latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle–Always Free–and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!

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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

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Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

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About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

What is a Forever Girl?

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