Monday, August 8, 2022

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Sounds Like Love

 


Sounds Like Love

by Laura Ford

Genre: YA Fiction, Coming Of Age 

Wendy is a bright spark who wants to find love and travel the world, but she questions how her dreams can become a reality as her world changes around her.

When Wendy arrives at her beloved grandmother’s house to collect a box of keepsakes, she picks up more than she bargained for - a green-eyed tabby cat with amazing qualities. This is just the start of a high-speed adventure, leading Wendy towards bright new horizons... if only she’ll give the cat a chance...


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A wonderful story . . .  Author Laura Ford does a fantastic job of creating a story that flows well and keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end.’ 

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 ‘A tender, engaging narrative intended to inspire positivity in the face of adversity.’

-KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

Sounds Like Love offers readers an engaging story of a cat that holds unexpectedly special abilities, a grandchild learning to care for a pet while missing a significant person in her life, and an emotional roller coaster of love, empathy, and revised connections that stem from their relationship.’

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Laura Ford writes novels, short stories and poems across a wide range of human and animal experience. As Laura is an avid cat lover, a number of special felines tend to find their way into Laura's stories as well. 

Laura graduated with an honours degree in British law while also writing fiction in parallel. Now based in California with her husband and two beguiling Siamese cats, Laura most enjoys using her imagination and memories to paint vivid stories. An avid traveler and seeker, Laura is always exploring new concepts for more stories to come.


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Friday, August 5, 2022

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex

 


Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex

by Carole P. Roman

Genre: YA Teen Superhero Fantasy Adventure

Templeton Academy- the superhero high school is finally open!
The prestigious academy is recruiting the best of the best to enroll in its student body.
The school is as mysterious as it is exclusive.
Grady Whill thinks there is nothing special about him to make the grade.
However, his best friend, Aarush Patel has been selected and thinks Grady has the right stuff.
Even school bully, Elwood Bledsoe is attending.
If Grady is fortunate enough to be picked, his guardian has forbidden him to attend.
Will a family secret prevent Grady from becoming the superhero he was destined to be?


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Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.

Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.

She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.

Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.

Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.

She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.

Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the 'mother of reinvention.' She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.


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Thursday, August 4, 2022

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Witch Brothers Saga-GUEST POST

 


Emerald Earth

The Witch Brothers Saga Book 1

by Adam J. Ridley

Genre: LGBTQ M/M Romantic Urban Fantasy 

Cursed to never find love, Crea is shocked when he finds the perfect man. Choosing to fight the curse could cost him everything, including his life.

After his father cursed him, Crea has faced decades of dead end relationships. Just as he’s almost given up hope he finds a handsome stranger broken on the side of a desolate road. Once he drops the stranger off at the hospital, he figures all is done. Nothing could be further from the truth. The stranger becomes so much more as he pursues Crea, threatening the curse. Crea learns quickly falling in love is easy, but surviving a nasty cantation that’s determined to destroy you, isn’t as much.

Eli isn’t what you’d call a social person. His love for isolation in his beloved forest fully defines him. After breaking his leg in a mishap, Eli’s life is turned upside down as his life is filled with things he didn’t even dream of having before.

Unfortunately, those dreams turn to nightmares as he and Crea, the man he’s become bonded to, battle a curse that should’ve never been cast.

Crea and Eli’s bonding must be strong enough to overcome the curse, or they could both be lost, forever.


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Diamond Air

The Witch Brothers Saga Book 2

Could this man be his first real chance at love, or will his curse stop it from happening? More important, could pursuing this man put both of their lives at risk?

Lance loved his grandmother, but, even though he knew it was real, he tried hard not to buy into all her witch stuff. Real enough that his homophobic father cursed him and his brothers to never find love.

Regardless of what he believed or wanted to believe, his late grandmother’s young friend and former roommate was causing him to feel things he didn’t want and didn’t trust. After all, love had only ever left him in pain.

Drew is a pragmatist. His skills with magic only heighted under the mentorship of his late friend Gwen. When Gwen’s much too sexy and arrogant grandson shows up to collect his grandmother’s things, Drew is immediately dragged into a decades long drama filled with curses and malicious hatred embodied in Lance’s father’s cantation.

The curse Lance’s father cast on him and his brothers continues to plague him. Because of their attraction, their love/hate relationship embolden’s the curse and puts both men’s lives at risk.

Will the two men learn to trust one another, or will their animosity be what the curse needs to destroy them both once and for all?


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Adam J. Ridley is the pen name used by Blake Allwood for his urban fantasy and fantasy novels. I travel full time with my husband and two dogs in a forty-foot motor home, constantly looking for inspiration in the towns we find ourselves in.

I’ve loved fantasy all my life, and after several years of writing romance, finally took the time to try my hand at a romantic urban fantasy.

The Witch Brothers Saga is my debut series. Next year, I’ll release a Selkie series and possible my first science fiction, superhero novel as well.

Thanks for joining me on this journey and I look forward to reading your reviews on the Witch Brothers Saga.


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What inspired you to write this series?

A couple things. One, I have always loved fantasy. There’s something deep inside me that just forced me

to try writing it. So, the Witch Brothers is my first go at writing urban fantasy.

Second, I have had several older men ask if I could write something more their age, and as I pondered it, I

kept coming back to three brothers who’d been cursed by a homophobic dad and had spent their lives

searching for love as a result. Learning to overcome that curse seemed to be the perfect way to

incorporate older gay men, learning to love another man for the first time.

What can we expect from you in the future?

There are several books in the works. Next year, I plan to release a Selkie series based on a long lost

relative of the Witch Brother.

I’m also working on a young adult fantasy series about a sorcerer’s son, and playing with the idea of a

urban fantasy horror with all sorts of delightful yet rather nasty monsters.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

I guess there are always side stories for me and my writing. In the first book, Emerald Earth, for example,

I may have a bit of a crush on Eli, the lumberjack. LOL

I love contrasting characters, so I really enjoyed writing all three books since there’s a bit of an opposites

attract in each of the stories, and those are always fun to play with.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Emerald Earth?

Sure, Eli is everything you’d think an independent, introverted, lumberjack male witch would be. Tall,

dark, handsome, intimidating, with a soft underbelly. Crea is much more of an open book emotionally,

and although he’s desperate for love, he’s quick to let outside influences keep him from looking Eli’s way.

There are a lot of side characters in this story as well, and I let those side characters do most of the world

building for me. You’ll meet Gwen, who frankly, even though she’s dead, and a ghost, she’s a nutty,

wonderful, character.

You’ll also get to know Jenny, Crea’s niece, Donna, a nosy hippie who is definitely one of my favorite

character in the story, and some powerful forest dwellers who help both MCs overcome the dark that

stalks them.

You also meet the side characters again in the other two books, along with additional characters who live

in the unique little town governed by modern day witches.


What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Urban fantasy and fantasy in general seemed to let my imagination go wild. Unintentionally, I wrote book

one with much more of a romantic twist to it, than the other two books. I think that’s because I was used

to writing romance. However, as books two then three came to be, I felt myself letting go more and more.

By the time you get to book three you’ll see it’s much more of an urban fiction book, and the romantic

elements slip further and further to the side.

Again, I love reading fantasy and urban fantasy, so it was a lot of fun to write stories, so different from

what I’ve written in the past.


Who designed your book covers?

A couple of years ago, a young writer by the name of Samrat contacted me via Facebook asking if I

would be willing to read his writing. Of course, always a sucker for a young person learning to write, I

quickly agreed.

Since then, Samrat has become my personal assistant and an exceptionally good one at that. About a year

ago, Samrat disclosed that he is both an artist and graphic designer. So, after seeing some of his amazing

artwork, I challenged him to attempt a cover. The end result is that I fell in love with his work.

The Witch Brothers Saga is the series I’ve let him take full creative license with and I couldn’t be happier

with the results. I truly love these covers.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book(s)?

I mean yes and no. This is my first attempt at an urban fantasy series. I’ve learned so much by my

experience writing them. I believe any author would tell you their writing improves with every book they

put out. I’m certainly the first to admit, I grow as a writer each time I take on a new project.

So, would I do anything different? Sure, if I were to start this series all over again, it’d probably be an

entirely different series, but I’m extremely proud of the witch boys, exactly as they are...


If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Oh honey, I have an intense crush on Ewan McGregor. How does he get better looking with age? I need

his secrets! Anyway, I digress... Ewan McGregor for Crea, and maybe Chris Hemsworth, Henry Cavill,

or Jason Momoa for Eli... you didn’t say we couldn’t reach for the stars... (pun intended.)

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Ride the wave. I did intentionally make the book slower in the beginning and built the suspense, so it has

a pretty climatic ending. All three books follow that some formula. Just remember, these three guys have

been living under a curse that’s kept love just out of reach. There are several hurtles to cross before they

can let themselves trust again.


What is your favorite part of these books and why?

I think I love that these books are about letting go of the past. I mean, there are a lot of us who’ve had

some level of trauma about coming out of the closet? I’d say, even though this is fantasy, many of us have

dealt with our own curses from family, friends, and society in general.

I believe, the game is won by overcoming that crap. I don’t mean to say this book is some deep

philosophical attempt at making a point because it really isn’t. Mostly I wrote it just for fun, but there are

elements I think play true to a lot of LGBTQ+ folks experiences. Especially those who’ve had to fight to

be who they are.

Helping show that there is life after trauma is kinda my thing, so of course, that’s my favorite part about

writing these books.

If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do

during that day?

Eli, and it’s um, probably not appropriate to say why in this interview. LOL


Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Nope, they are all imaginary. Although I’ve known people who remind me of the characters, not one

person influenced them more than anyone else.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

My characters hijack the story every single time, then take it where they want it to go. LOL

For the most part, I’m what they call a pantser, or someone who writes by the seat of their pants. That’s

virtually impossible to do when you are writing a series where each book builds upon the next, but, I will

say, I wrote an outline for Emerald Earth and the characters destroyed it. Then I rewrote an outline for the

Diamond Air, which those characters destroyed... well you’re getting my point.


Have you written any other books that are not published?

Yep, I have over a dozen books working their way through the pipeline. There’s a superhero novel which

will probably show up next year, there’s a young adult fiction series about a deceased sorcerer’s son, and

many others that are still being drafted.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?


Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

Terry Brooks is one of my favorite fantasy novelists. I would LOVE to pick his brain... more than that I’d

love to cowrite a book/series with him.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing

process of the book.

1. I’m prefer pansting over outlining... but writing fantasy requires me to be organized, Ugh!

2. I write romance under Blake Allwood.

3. I live full time in a 40 foot RV with my dogs and husband. We’ve been full time for 5 years. Time

really flies when you’re having fun.

4. I have a Jack (jerk) Russell Terrier (terrorist) named Buddy who just turned 17 years old. During

our last vet visit the vet was shocked and she called him a miracle dog. I say he’s alive cause he

loves to torment me. We also have a lug of a Siberian Husky mix named Denver who truly

believes he’s a lap dog. Both of these nutty creatures keep me well entertained and my heart full.

5. My husband and I have been married for over 27 years. Our anniversary is on Valentine’s Day.

6. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college in Iowa, but lived most of my life in Kansas City.

7. I taught kindergarten for five years, became a foster parent and did that for 12 years before we

sold everything and ran away from home. My favorite saying is if the kids can’t find you, they

can’t move back in. I joke, we adore all our youngons.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Honor of An Heir

 


The Honor of an Heir

The Heirs of Aristocracy Book 7

by Linda Rae Sande

Genre: Historical Regency Romance 

They swore never to marry. But will the right suitors melt their hearts?

Fiercely independent and daughters of a wealthy countess, twins Dahlia and Diana have no desire to husband-hunt, despite their mother’s pleas. But when the ghost of their late father makes an appearance, he takes it upon himself to guide the girls into marriage – even if his presence will scare off potential suitors.

Caught cheating in one of their university courses, twin brothers Anthony and Andrew’s dreams of a Grand Tour are shattered when their father pulls the plug on their allowances. They had hoped to put marriage off as long as possible – but with their father withholding their allowances until they are wed, they have no choice but to face the daunting task of a lifelong commitment. There’s only one problem – although one of the brothers wants to marry, the other feels as if he‘s being forced to wed for money.

Brought crashing together by fate and aided by the girls’ late father, both pairs of twins must learn to see through their differences and get along. But marriage is no easy decision, and it will take more than a miracle to convince these sisters to tie the knot.

Are the twins a match made in Heaven? Or will the girls’ independence and the brothers’ lack of a fortune serve to drive them apart?

Artfully blending a beautiful 19th-century backdrop with all the classic charm of British aristocratic life, this scintillating historical romance novel by bestselling author Linda Rae Sande is a delightful read that’s perfect for anyone looking for their next emotional fix. Scroll up and grab your copy now...


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A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical
writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). Getting lost in the rabbit holes of research has resulted in historical romances set in the Regency-era as well as Ancient Greece. A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the San Jose Sharks. She is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and makes her home in Cody, Wyoming.


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*Book Blitz & Giveaway* Vicious Love

 


Vicious Love

A Fated Mates RH PNR

by Romy Lockhart

Genre: Reverse Harem Academy Paranormal Romance


Cheryl is stunned when she finds out she has to go to a shifter academy. A witch with severe limitations to her magic, she's horrified to learn her fate is to be enslaved as a witch to a pack of wolves.

She sets about finding a way out of this fate, determined to escape it. When she starts to feel something for the wolves who are insistent that she's their true mate, her destiny suddenly doesn't seem quite so awful.

Can a witch really find love in the arms of her biggest enemies? Or are the wolves just playing with her heart?


Vicious Love is a standalone new adult shifter academy reverse harem romance with college-aged characters, serious steam and an HEA.


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Romy Lockhart writes paranormal reverse harem and M/F contemporary romance. All of her books contain steamy scenes between consenting adults. All of her reverse harems have harem ever afters, and all of her romance novels have happy endings.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Parasite

 


Parasite

by Ridley Harker

Genre: Horror, LGBTQ Romance 


Some teenagers are a little more monstrous than others.

Seventeen-year-old Jack Ives is used to being unlucky. His only friend has just moved away to college, his parents are alcoholics, and he’s relentlessly bullied by the town psychopath. All that begins to change with the arrival of a handsome but quirky new student, Lucien, who wants to be more than friends.

Their newfound happiness doesn’t last, however, as a strange new illness strikes the island. Fishermen go missing, and the villagers left behind aren’t themselves anymore. When Lucien is suspected to be the cause of the outbreak, can Jack overcome his teenage hormones and save Eldrick Isle? Will he even want to?


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Ridley Harker is an up-and-coming horror author who delights in all things gay and spooky. Influenced by Billy Martin (Poppy Z. Brite), Clive Barker, and Gemma Files, his favorite books are those with enemies to lovers, great villains, and queer main characters. Horror-romance is his favorite genre. He lives in the Middle of Nowhere with his two dogs, a grumpy old snake, and a host of pet tarantulas. Ridley is currently working on his MFA.


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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Awaken

 


Awaken

by Vanessa MacLellan

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror 


Balin stands between two great Powers. One will shatter his mind; the other will destroy his soul. Only one of them can save his people.

Fort Resonbirg, a Norse stronghold in the New World, is besieged by the evil sorcerer Ursulard the Dreamspinner. Though their fields are scorched and homes destroyed, the residents and refugees do not worry, because Fort Resonbirg is Awakened with the power to provide, protect, and grow. But not all is as it seems when a wall of impenetrable mist surrounds the fort, and within the mist hunts the dragon, Nidhogg. Nidhogg hungers for more than flesh and bone. It instills nightmares on its prey, feeding on fear and pain, inevitably taking lives.

Balin Tremore, a commoner bound for the militia but hoping to stay by his noble love's side, never expected to amount to grand things. When the great power of Cradleweaving is awakened within him, Balin unknowingly becomes the one person with the power to pierce the wall of mist and banish the deadly beast within before it destroys them all—if he can master the new power in time. But to master the power, he must sacrifice much. The question is, will it be his position, his Lady, or his very soul?

The Mist meets Nightmare on Elm Street in this classic tale of personal sacrifice. 



Vanessa MacLellan  is a fantasy author born and raised in the farmlands of eastern Washington, works as an environmental engineer, and is an avid birder, naturalist and hiker living in Portland, Oregon. Her first novel, Three Great Lies, an Egyptian fantasy published by Hadley Rille Books.  She loves mythology and tries to slip it into every book she writes.  Her website is vanmaclellan.com.


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