Friday, November 30, 2018

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Powderfinger & Wyndwrayth by Keller Yeats - GUEST POST

Nick Swann Investigates Book 1
by Keller Yeats
Genre: Horror

"Powderfinger" is a present-day scary horror story set mainly on the decrepit, abandoned but soon to be redeveloped, bank of an old canal between two towns. It centres on an old tar works known as Raven's Gate. Nick Swann is a world weary mid-forties widower and Assistant Probation Warden at St Joseph's Hostel for young male criminals, situated overlooking the canal and Raven's Gate. A woman is brutally killed on the bank opposite the Hostel on a night when Nick is on duty. Nick believes his lads had nothing to do with it, though consequently Nick is suspended for issuing too many late passes at once. Then another woman is killed and Nick becomes drawn into discovering the culprit. He works with DCI Findlay and DS Deacon as the murder toll rises. Together with help from his old friends Alan and Hugo, Nick's research uncovers a long series of similar murders in the same area, stretching back through the centuries. "Powderfinger" as the killer is dubbed, appears to be some kind of ancient mellifluous, malevolent, murderous being that attacks anyone it considers to be disturbing its peace and quiet. Eventually, as the story climaxes, Findlay, Deacon, Nick and Alan set a trap to lure "Powderfinger" to his doom and rid the area of this beast once and for all. Yet, traps can swing both ways.

Nick Swann Investigates Book 2

This is the second horror novel in the Nick Swann series. This scary story finds Nick now living in an old stone farmhouse on the lonely and mysterious shores of Llyn Isaf, in Wales. He becomes intrigued by its mist-covered lake island, Ynys Y Niwl and its dark, ancient and long deserted mansion, Wyndwrayth.

Its moldering edifice holds many secrets and treasures, some of which draw Nick and his old friend Alan, into dangerous realms. Death stalks the island and as the dangerous spectral figures of The Millar of Souls, The Paladin and Gideon reveal themselves, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern between reality and dreams. 
As the death toll rises, Nick finds himself, along with his new partner, Wendy and her Wolf, Mir embroiled in a struggle not just to maintain sanity but to stay alive.

Keller Yeats is a writer with a love of history and music. He has written several published articles about rock music and several unpublished short stories. He drew upon his years of experience working as a Probation Warden, for his first published novel, "Powderfinger." A horror story with a supernatural twist. "Wyndwrayth" is his second novel in this Nick Swann researches and investigates series, with more to come. In addition, he is a published graphic artist and a qualified, though no longer practicing, jewellery maker and designer. He now lives together with his wife, a Siberian Husky, a Welsh Collie and three cats, in a cottage by the sea in Anglesey.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

Going to die tomorrow? Then you need, the all new 24 hour planner from, Die-tel. This revolutionary, brand spanking new App, allows totally unmitigated Hedonism on your part for a period of 24 hours, with no repercussions ever being levelled against you.”

Waiter, bring me some of your finest Braising Steak, a few pints of Draught Guinness and a large portion of Jersey Royal New Potatoes. I fancy a real blowout for my last day and while you’re at it, I’ll have four scoops of vanilla ice cream, served in a chilled, glass, ice cream sundae dish with chocolate sprinkles…Belgian chocolate.”
Did somebody mention music? Well considering the limited time span, that we’re dealing with here, I’d go for something both poignant, beautiful and highly melodic, like The Cowboy Junkies playlist that I put together some years ago. This band got me through the loss of my 17 year old Border Collie and his chum, who passed on 5 years later at the age of 16.
If this music, could get me through a traumatic set of circumstances like that, it will hopefully allow me a peaceful, pain free passage, through my own end game. Of course, a few Morphine tablets and a gun would be a useful back up, just in case some God botherer, tries to interfere in my chosen method of demise.

What is something unique/quirky about you?
I like to wear pants with beautiful patterns on them.

What are some of your pet peeves?
People who extend their vowels needlessly; people who drop litter, particularly guys who leave male spoor (empty cans of beer) in the countryside; money worshippers; people who continuously use their mobile phone in company and leave it switched on in a restaurant, library or cinema.

Where were you born/grew up at?
Born Planet Earth. No one grows up until a second before death – that’s why the world is such a mess!

Who is your hero and why?
My wife for putting up with me and my editor for making sense of my work!

What kind of world ruler would you be?
Benevolent Dictator.

What are you passionate about these days?
Ecology, the environment and animal welfare.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Listen to Music, watch Rugby League, Cycling or American Football.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Alternative; Bohemian.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Aged 12, when my English tutor, Miss Wilkinson, whilst praising an essay I’d written, commented that she was looking forward to reading my first novel – and she meant it! Amazing! Miss Wilkinson was one of those tutors you remember all your life because they inspired confidence and belief that you can succeed.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
When I write, I automatically see my words in the form of a movie in my mind. So, both “Powderfinger” and Wyndwrayth would be perfect for cinema.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A Wolf!  
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*Book Tour & Giveaway* This Time by Azaaa Davis - GUEST POST

This Time
Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter Book 1
by Azaaa Davis
Genre: Urban Fantasy

When demon hunting is outlawed, it's time to resurrect a legend.

Not even death can stop her.

Fearsome demon hunter Nadira has been torn from her next life and resurrected in present-day New York. The demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Or, so they claim. But brawls between demons and humans are becoming more frequent, and human leaders are disappearing.

Tasked by the shadowy organization that trained her, she must battle her own personal trauma and once again fight for the souls of mankind. Will Nadira remain a beacon of light to those fighting for humankind? Or will she lose her humanity to the darkness within?

Don't miss This Time―the first novel in the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series―by author Azaaa Davis!

Azaaa Davis is a writer of urban fantasy novels.

She fell in love with reading as a high school freshman and continues to read, write, and draw today. Her background in social work helps her portray realistic characters in fantastic--and sometimes terrifying--situations. A New York native, Azaaa currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter.

She debuts with This Time, A Nadira Holden Novel, about demon hunters, family ties and the magic of love.

Azaaa is working diligently to finish writing more fantasy novels while raising her daughter. Her next book is expected to be released in early 2019. Thank you for showing an interest in her stories!

How to find time to write as a parent?

How to find time to write as a parent? As a new mom and a new writer, this was one of my most pressing concerns. I loved being a mom and enjoyed watching my daughter grow and learn each day. At the same time, I wanted to start a new work-from-home career that would be both fulfilling and profitable. I’ve loved reading and writing since my high school days when my creativity knew no end. While pregnant, I was able to slow down enough to make my health a priority. The reduction in stress and  the increase in free time allowed me to dream big again and my imagination soared. I decided to finally pursue a writing career. I wrote so much while pregnant because I was no longer working full-time.

After an amazing unmedicated water birth, I began breastfeeding my baby girl. I didn’t realize then that my daughter would prefer my company and comfort even when others were able to care for her. I attempted to start writing again when she was two-months-old. But, I was so sleep deprived from caring for her all throughout the night that I often needed to sleep when she napped during the day. When she was three-months-old, my husband started watching her while I went back to work part-time. My baby girl was not thrilled that mommy wasn’t around for four hours at a time and therefore my husband had a hard time. During this time, I wrote a night when my family was asleep and no one else needed me. I wrote for about two hours and then I would go to bed around midnight.

It wasn’t until my baby girl was about six-months-old that my baby, husband and I were all happily on the same page. My daughter had a pattern to her day and we could predict when she needed to eat, play or be changed. She was sitting up, happily playing and engaging with the world around her. My husband was able to play with and comfort our baby easily. Only then was I able to successfully start writing again. I developed a schedule that my family was happy with where I left the house to write two nights a week for about four hours, usually from 7pm to 11pm.

To this day, a little over one year into parenthood, I mainly write at home with a hot cup of coffee, a thick robe, classical music and soft lamp light. I try to start writing at 7p but it’s usually after 9pm when I’m free. I plan to stop writing at 11p but it’s usually 2am when I slow down due to a heavy head, blurry eyes, long blinks and loud yawns. Writing outside the house is stress-reducing but not alway more productive. So, to answer the popular question, “when do you find time to write?” My answer is, “when no one else needs me to be a mom or wife” which means “when I should be sleeping!”

While my situation isn’t unique, there are several factors that might make scheduling your writing time a little easier than it was for me. If you have trusted friends or family members close by willing to babysit, if you are a morning person and can get up close to 5am to write, and if you are able to write in small bundles (5 minutes here, 20 minutes there) that can add up to one or two hours by the end of the day, then consider taking advantage of these opportunities to write more.

I hope sharing my experience as a stay-at-home-writer-mom helped you gain some insight.

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* No Cowboys, No Angels by Petie McCarty

No Cowboys No Angels
The Mystery Angel Romances Book 1
by Petie McCarty
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Kellen Brand's inheritance turns out to be a whopper—one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel!

Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family's secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.

Unfortunately, Kellen can't seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It's her only hope of staying alive.

Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel . .

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-a-dash-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

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*Release Blitz* The Somber Call by Michelle Dare

Title: The Somber Call
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Publication Date: November 30th, 2018
A tragic loss. A broken pack. A lone wolf.
The pack war was drawing closer, and Ariane found herself at a crossroad amid the chaos that was her life.
Which road should she follow? One gave her a chance at normalcy, while the other threw her deeper into turmoil.
She had new powers, a shifter for a boyfriend, and blood on her hands. There was also the lone wolf who had been cast out and sought solace with Ari as he fought to return home.
This wasn’t how she thought her life would play out. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made. And in the middle of it was Orion, wondering which road Ari would follow.
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Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.
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*Release Blitz* Boughs of Holly by Shanna Hatfield

Title: Boughs of Holly
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publication Date: November 30th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: He’d never met a more annoying woman. . .
She’d never met a more intriguing man
Seth Stafford loves every square inch of the ranch where his grandfather raised him. He’s built a good life there, even if it does get lonely. But he doesn’t have time for such nonsense as dating. If the crazy redheaded woman who terrorizes him when he drives into Portland for supplies is any indication of the available females, he’ll stick with tending his cattle. When his grandfather sustains an injury and requires extended care, Seth is forced to open his home to the woman. He just has to decide if he despises or loves her.
Nurse Holly Jones has never had a real home or stayed in one place for more than a year. She never wanted to, until she took a job in Portland working with the elderly. Surprisingly, she finds herself living on a remote ranch outside the small town of Faraday. There, among the cattle, horses, and cowboys, she considers all she’s been missing with her nomadic lifestyle. What would happen if she gave up her wandering ways and allowed her soul to set down roots or her heart to fall in love?
Can a cow named Ivy and a meddling grandfather nudge a reluctant couple together?
Find out in this heartwarming, sweet holiday romance, brimming with laughs and all the joy of the season.
˃˃˃ Read all four sweet romances in The Friendly Beasts of Faraday series!
* Scent of Cedar (Book 1) - A woman in need of a new beginning finds herself tormented by a camel and captivated by the town's bad boy. Can she overcome her fears to embrace a sweet holiday romance?
* Tidings of Joy (Book 2)- Only one woman can draw a shy mail carrier out of his shell, but it will take the help of her donkey and puppy to make it happen.
* Boughs of Holly (Book 3)- A free-spirited nurse winds up on a ranch with a stubborn cowboy and his matchmaking grandpa. Will love triumph over her need to roam?
* Wings of an Angel (Book 4) - Will a fun-loving teacher convince a woman sworn off romance to give love a second chance? He'll need a hand from her son and his furry, feathered friends.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.
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*Pre-order Blitz* Tribe of Daughters by Kate L Mary

Title: Tribe of Daughters
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
For the past seventy years, deep in the mountains and totally secluded from civilization, a matriarchal society has thrived. In this small village there are no brothers, no fathers, no sons. In this village men exist only to serve the women, and boys have no mothers. In this village men do as they are told and defiance is severely punished.
This is the only Life Wilderness has ever known, but when Jameson is brought in from the outside to be her husband, everything she thought she knew about strength and love is tested. As they struggle to find their place in the village, they suddenly find themselves face to face with outsiders who threaten to destroy everything they love, and it doesn’t take long to realize that they will have to work together, men and women alike, if they want to survive.
Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children's Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.
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*Release Blitz* Saving Thomas by Cameo Renae

Title: Saving Thomas
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Stefanie Saw
Publication Date: November 30th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

When Thomas is sent on an assignment and goes missing, his friends start to worry. Then, things take a terrifying turn when a package arrives on Alaine’s front porch. Inside, is a piece of a severed, bloody wing, along with a note. The Fallen want Eden—a newly transformed Nephilim with a powerful gift—in exchange for Thomas. They have three days to hand her over or next time, they’ll receive something much worse.
Now, it’s a race against time to find out where they are keeping Thomas, and figure out a way to keep Eden safe.
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USA Today Bestselling author, Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Alaska.
She's a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.
One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!
Happy Reading! Xoxo
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