Thursday, February 28, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Catalina, Queen of the Nightlings by J. Lee Roberts-GUEST POST

Cleopatra's Pearls
Catalina, Queen of the Nightlings Volume 1
by J. Lee Roberts
Genre: Paranormal Romance

I’m not your average monster. In the past, I have toppled, liberated, and even ruled kingdoms. Believe me, I’m over that lifestyle. My motto is, ‘Learn from the past; love in the present’.

By day, I’m Catalina Purdy, proprietor of Purdy Antiques. By night, under cover of darkness, I expose my true nature.

I enjoy; long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, easy men, and feasting off the chemicals they produce when sexually aroused.

I also love my job. I am eternally thirsty for the chance to hunt down rare, exotic pieces. However, I’m not hard to please, I’ll take any piece I can get, and I always get what I want.”

Reader Advisory: Be forewarned, the story within, contains X-rated tales of a Nightlings naughty escapades.

The Aztec Goddess
Catalina, Queen of the Nightlings Volume 2

Adventures of a sexy seductress

Witches, shifters, and shamans. Oh my... Catalina is at it again, and as always, no one is off limits. Strong, smart, and sexy, the Queen of the Nightlings is all but invincible. All except for one little weakness—twins.

Deep in the heart of the jungle an ancient power calls. As Catalina searches for its source, she discovers a lost Viking warrior washed ashore after a sudden squall. Although she is forced to abandon her prey, Catalina knows she will never get over the mysterious stud without at least one little taste. Trouble is—while the Cat was out to play, tall, blond and handsome has gotten away.

The journey is only beginning when she finds her prize has been captured by a crafty coven. Catalina may be a monster, but what the witches have in store for the warrior is downright evil.

Join Catalina, if you dare. Read along, as the sexy succubus seduces her way out of yet another steamy adventure.

The Last Seeing Stone
Catalina, Queen of the Nightlings Volume 3

Aboard a mythological vessel that can morph its size to accommodate as many warriors and weapons as its burly, blond Captain requires, hordes of delectable elves desperately yearn for the one thing that will bring them salvation. Their only hope lies with a sexy succubus who is more interested in having a good time than saving the day. As the enchanted ship sails off into the sunset, a scandalous seductress finds herself caught up in the middle of an epic quest.

Surrounded by the stuff of legends, Catalina reveals how fine of line reality and mythology really walk. Although she is torn between the man that loves her, the man that wants her, and an unquenchable appetite she cannot appease, Catalina must set her personal life aside, and use her seductive powers of persuasion to save the world.

A magical voyage awaits those with the courage to join the Queen of the Nightlings on one of her many escapades. Each complete tale is steamier than the last leaving the reader burning for more.

The Nativity
Catalina, Queen of Nightlings Volume 4

Adventures of a Sexy Seductress

On a dark and stormy autumn night back in 1969, thieves broke into a Sicilian oratory and stole Caravaggio’s masterpiece, the Nativity. To this day, authorities are still on the hunt. With a 20-million-dollar reward for its retrieval, claims to its location have flooded the FBI database. Some say the theft was commissioned by the Mafia, others report that greedy amateurs seeing a television program about the Italian treasure decided to act. Where the police have failed, one woman will succeed.

Once again Catalina is on the prowl. And neither mobsters nor monsters can stop her from seducing her way to the truth.

Join the Queen of the Nightlings on yet another steamy adventure and see whether or not you can decipher fact from fantasy.

Gold Rush
Catalina, Queen of the Nightlings Volume 5

Adventures of a Sexy Seductress

Torn between a simple life in San Francisco and her calling as a Queen, Catalina must choose her fate. There’s just one thing standing in her way — Werewolves. Will her lust for love and treasure, derail her future or will she fulfil her every desire?

Join Catalina, on another erotic adventure, if you dare.

Reader Advisory: Be forewarned, the story within contains X-rated tales of a Nightling’s naughty escapades.

J. Lee Roberts was born in Washington and raised in Idaho. A true gypsy at heart she has been moving around ever sense. The development of her seductive character Catalina Purdy has led to four books in the Catalina, Queen of the Nightlings series; Cleopatra's Pearls, The Aztec Goddess, The last Seeing Stone and The Nativity. She currently resides in California with her two dogs and supportive husband.

How it all started

From the beginning. In sixth grade ( yes that far back ) I wrote a short story about a little girl who was stranded on an island after a plane crash. The plot thickens when she discovers one of the passengers is a crazed psychopathic cannibal. To my surprise ( yet to no others ) my story was rejected due to it's "inappropriate" nature. I was so proud and so was my mother. After my mom told the teacher what she though, we spent the rest of the day knocking down the sanity of my educators and celebrating my creativity. Fast forward 20 years or so.
Apparently, I was officially an adult. I was visiting my mother and she had prepared a box of all my old school papers and awards ( the box wasn't very big ). Amongst the artwork and report cards we found my old horror story. My mother, the proudest in the land, revealed that she had always hoped I would expand on the story I had written so long ago. I took it as a challenge. A few years later I had a 534 page behemoth on my hands. After editing and reediting I had cut it down and was ready to send it off. I researched the process and kept running into the same phrase. "The best way to get published is to BE published." CRAP! I decided to write a short story. Something I could possibly publish in a magazine. While I was pondering, the "accident" happened.

It was a beautiful night. My friend was having a dinner party for his birthday, a preamble, before we all headed out to a local club to see a band. Just before we all loaded into our cars someone suggested we should take a group photo out on the deck under a blanket of stars. Nearly 20 friends huddled together poised and ready for our close ups. The flash went off and we all relaxed, that's when a call to action was heard " I want one on my phone" Even at that point we could share, FB, even email copies of photos. However our old school mentality held us in place as we waited for the elusive missing phone. Moments later we all held our smiles. "One, Two, Threee......." The ground disappeared beneath our feet. Time slowed to a crawl, and all thoughts of life before were now and forever gone. The two story deck we were perched upon crashed to the ground. When the rubble and cloud of ash from the hot BBQ grill settled, the confusion began.
Many were injured that night, me included, I shattered my Fibula and broke my Tibia. I would be healing for quite a long time. As I lay in bed with my leg propped up over my head It came to me. She came to me. CATALINA

J. Lee Roberts
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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Phoenix Rising Series by Alexandra Christian-GUEST POST

Phoenix Rising Book 1
by Alexandra Christian
Genre: SciFi Romance


Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.


Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.

Phoenix Rising Book 2


Macijah "Cage" St. John' didn't want the spy life anymore. He would have been thrilled to spend every morning lying in the field behind Phoe's home in smalltown Louisiana watching the clouds roll by. But his Miss Addison wanted to spread her wings, literally. So Cage accepted a mission that teamed him up with his lady love. If only he had trusted her.


Everything about being a spy was a million times more exciting, and scarier, than the books she'd read in her former life as a librarian. When her first mission with Cage turned into a colossal clusterf*ck because he withheld information and kept secrets, Phoebe's world narrowed into a long tunnel of betrayal. Captured by space pirates and delivered to a horrible fate, she wished the last words between them had been of love, because she was certain she would never see Cage St. John again.

In NeoGeisha, Alexandra Christian returns to the intriguing, post-apocalyptic world she created in Naked. Cage and Phoe continue to build their relationship, but not without complications. Romantic conflict and fast-paced action keep the pages turning, right down to the satisfying ending. ~ Nancy Northcott, Author of the Light Mage Wars series

NeoGeisha hit all my personal high points: wild adventure, sheet-scorching sex, killer machines, thousands-to-two odds and a vampire shape-shitfting James Bond in space. ~Vivien Jackson, Author of Wanted and Wired series

In Absinthia
Phoenix Rising Book 3


Interplanetary master spies, Macijah "Cage" St. John and Phoebe Addison are forced to take vacation time, and she wants to go to Absinthia, an off-world all inclusive interactive vacay planet set up as Victorian London, but with all the future comforts. Cage doesn't do down time, but their boss has other ideas, so begrudgingly, Cage agrees to go to Absinthia. Within a day of their arrival, they get embroiled in a Ripper copy cat series of murders complete with séances, "altered" humans, kidnapping, and affairs of the heart - their hearts, which will always belong to each other.

Out of Ashes
Phoenix Rising Book 4


Phoebe Addison and Macijah "Cage" St. John have so much going on they can barely take a breath. Interplanetary master spies who generally drive their boss crazy, they are now trying to track down the person - is a skin walker a person? - who tried to kill him at their engagement party. Yeah, they were talked into returning to Louisiana so the whole town could show up and gawk at Cage. But they have bigger problems than usual when tracking an assassin. Secrets that have been buried for too many years are about to be uncovered if Cage and Phoe can survive the people, vampires and "things" that are trying to kill them. And to top if off, Phoe has a secret she's sure will send Cage into a tailspin. But, as with everything they have lived through to be together, their love is the constant that is its own reward.

Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance, she’s committed to bringing exciting stories and sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies from Mocha Memoirs Press. A.C. will also pen several Shadow Council Archives novellas starring everyone’s favorite sidekick, Dr. John Watson, coming soon from Falstaff Books.

A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Broad Universe—an organization that supports female authors of speculative fiction. 

How Do I Get Published?
Alexandra Christian
How do I get published?
A question that doesn’t have an easy answer. With the dawn of eBooks and self-publishing, there are so many paths to publication now that everyone has a different story. The traditional route is: write a great, polished novel; query agents FOREVER and become an expert in navigating the slush pile; finally get an agent who then gives you MORE advice on editing; agent submits your book to big publishing houses and possibly sells it after months or years of submitting; you finally get the book contract and proceed to mark time for at least a year until your book FINALLY comes out (large presses are enormous machines that take ages to put out your product). That traditional model works for some people and that’s fantastic. But the truth is, big 5 publishing is floundering right now. They are trying to keep up with the market and keep it an exclusive club. Agents are not into taking gambles these days. They want sure things and they watch the market extremely closely. And who can blame them? They have to represent authors whose work they KNOW they can sell. Their livelihood depends on it. So the traditional publishing model is difficult to break into. And getting more difficult all the time.
A lot of authors are going through small, independent presses (like me) or doing the self-publishing thing. Indie presses have a smaller-scale model of the traditional path, but don’t usually require an agent and they move your book faster through the machine simply because they don’t have so many books to produce. Nor do the majority of them offer an advance. But, they often don’t have the exposure that a large press does or the capital to promote your book through really big channels (Publishers’ Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, etc.). They also have a tendency to go out of business because just like everyone thinks they can write a book, everyone thinks they can run a small press. Trust me, they can’t. So investigate your small press prospects before you sign that contract. Find a press that has a good backlog of books that fit with yours. Find out how long they’ve been in business and what their marketing plan is. These things are important to know before you hand over your baby.
Self-publishing is great because you’re in charge of every aspect. The bad thing about self-publishing is that you’re in charge of every aspect. In order to be successful at self-pubbing, you have to know about everything-- writing, editing, marketing, book covers, promotional channels, formatting, getting reviews, social media, etc. etc. etc… It’s also, if you’re going to do it right, expensive. You have to pay an editor. No, repeat after me-- you have to pay an editor. No you can’t do it yourself. No you can’t ask your cousin who’s a schoolteacher to look it over for you. No that is not what spellcheck on Word is for. You need to pay a professional editor, pay for original cover art (you can fudge it a little with pre-made covers, but they better be awesome premade covers), pay for good formatting to make the book readable on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.), and then all the promotional costs (advertising, convention appearances, print books for signings/ events, etc.). So self-publishing is great, but it is by no means cheap and easy.
Getting your book published can be a long and twisty road, but in the end it’s worth it. You’re getting your stories out there for readers to enjoy and there’s nothing more satisfying than that.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Mourner's Cradle by Tommy B. Smith-GUEST POST

The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow's Journey
by Tommy B. Smith
Genre: Horror

The tale of a widow's harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.

Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle.

A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the desperate answers she seeks...or die trying.

Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, author of The Mourner's Cradle, Poisonous, and the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, as well as works appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout the years. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats.

What did you edit out of this book?
My new book, The Mourner’s Cradle, ends on a certain note which might have gone otherwise.
To elaborate, the book originally had an additional chapter at its end. Ultimately, I found the work stronger minus this addition, and withdrawing it ended the book on a very different note.
I’ve heard it mentioned that whether a story has a happy or unhappy ending depends on where you end the story.
I’ll divulge no spoilers for those who haven’t read the book, but I will say that ending it on this note, the one you’ll see in the book, held far more of an impact to me.
That other chapter, for those who might wonder, was a chapter of aftermath. While it might have fleshed out a certain aspect of the world in The Mourner’s Cradle, by the end, I judged the story more powerful without it.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Sometimes researching for a book means looking into the past or into the imagination, whereas some projects require specific research.
The history of St. Anthony’s Fire, also known as the Holy Fire, interested me. Stories of mass poisonings, tales of people seeing dragons and demons, entire villages vanishing. These accounts inspired one of my short stories, Epitaph for Sol, which appeared in my collection Pieces of Chaos.
With a book such as The Mourner’s Cradle, research was more deliberate. I consulted outdated research materials published in the 1970s, because the book is set in 1979. The focus is on the views and developments of that time period.
Then the archaeological aspect came into effect. South American lore and relics, those we had at that time, provided only a vague outline of the ancient cultures in that region.
I spent some time in New Mexico a couple of years ago, and now my research has wandered into that territory, and I’ve begun writing a story based in the region.
Being a writer is a considerable part of life, on my end, and life and research have a tendency to overlap.

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Crystal Creek Series by Laura Haley-McNeil-GUEST POST

Imagine the Kiss
Crystal Creek Book 7
by Laura Haley-McNeil
Genre: Clean Romantic Suspense

Two people open themselves to the truth and open themselves to each other.

Her marriage in ruins, violinist Teagan Whitloch Munroe escapes into her music and the solace she finds at the Crystal Creek Ranch. Practicing in the woods helps her piece together her life, but she isn’t alone. When she hears someone hiking nearby, she demands he reveal himself, but the only revelation she gets is a soothing voice that heals the pain in her heart.

Maimed by a crushing accident, the once famous architect Phineas St. Cyr protects the world from his disfigurement by sequestering himself in the woods on the Crystal Creek Ranch. When he hears the intoxicating strains from Teagan’s violin, he can’t resist the beauty that quiets his aching soul, and he yearns to know the woman who creates such beauty.

Teagan finds sanctuary in her friendship with this connoisseur of music, but soon realizes Phin’s hiding more than his hideous scars. As they become entangled with each other, Teagan is stunned to learn they share more than a love of music. They are caught in a web of deceit by someone threatening to reveal Phin’s secrets. His exposed past endangers Teagan, and he can no longer walk away. This time he must face the enemy determined to defeat him. He’ll fight to the finish to protect the woman he can never love. No price is too high to keep buried the secret that will mark Teagan for destruction.

This is a clean romance.

Defending Her Heart
Crystal Creek Book 6

His head says no. His heart won’t let go.

JT Whitloch can’t close his eyes without seeing the body of the woman who drowned in his swimming pool two years ago. Though he doesn’t remember that night, he blames himself for her death and walks away from a life that gave him everything he ever wanted...almost everything. His move to Crystal Creek gives him the solitude he longs for, but still he can’t find peace.

Then Gretchen Moore moves to town, and she doesn’t just stir up his desire. She stirs up his past, a past with a secret so deadly it could destroy her.

Gretchen wants nothing to do with JT. Because of him, someone wants her dead. The terror from his past forces them into an alliance that soon ignites their passion. Fighting these feelings leads them to the secret of the woman floating in JT’s swimming pool, but the knowledge doesn’t ease JT’s inner turmoil. Instead, it reveals an answer that could destroy him and Gretchen. His own destruction he could accept, but he’ll defend Gretchen to his death.

Risking Her Heart
Crystal Creek Book 5

A novel of suspense, revenge and a love so deep that it can only be released through forgiveness.
Hollywood producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Actress turned producer Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t risk.

Charisse has found the film project that will prove she’s her own woman – not her father’s daughter. One person stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before, but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Her charisma has softened Hollywood’s hardest hearts, but is she a match for Trent’s heart of stone?

Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble - loving her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past – the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.

Steeling Her Heart
Crystal Creek Book 4

She agrees to enter a loveless marriage, but the man who stole her heart will do anything to stop her.

The holidays are over, and aristocrat Anna Whitloch must leave Crystal Creek and return to Eastern Europe. She made a promise, a promise that will save her mother’s estate. Someone else has other ideas. Ideas that will get Anna out of the way permanently.

Anna can take care of herself, so why was Deputy Rocco Ventali assigned to protect her? She can’t depend on him, as he proved that night ten years ago when they had planned to meet. He never showed.

The last thing Rocco needs is to be assigned to protect Anna, but it soon becomes clear no one else is qualified. So how does he protect the woman he never stopped loving from the secret that could endanger her?

And how does he remain this close to her, and not love her, when the love in his heart refuses to be reined in?

A Ring Around Her Heart
Crystal Creek Book 3

Giselle Whitloch has no time for love. As a college grad, she’s on track to land her dream Wall Street job. Her great grandmother’s ring gives her strength to pursue her goal. When she doesn’t get the job, she flees to the Crystal Creek Ranch to regain her courage to step back into her job hunting mode.

Niccolo di Saluzzo has been searching for the ring that will save his family--the ring that disappeared from his family’s possessions one hundred years ago. He will pursue the ring even if he has to follow the one woman he can never love to an isolated ranch in Crystal Creek, Colorado. Even if pursuing this woman costs him his life.

Niccolo and Giselle battle over ownership of the ring in a fight that takes them from New York City to Crystal Creek, Colorado, to the Balearic Island of Mallorca, to the pinnacle of love both must deny. But the final battle is waged when they meet the man who plans to destroy them both--all for the possession of a ring with a powerful secret.

Crystal Creek Christmas
Crystal Creek Book 2

Celebrate Christmas with the Whitlochs.

When a blinding snowstorm shuts down the Crystal Creek Ranch’s cattle operation, the Whitlochs have one mission – save the cattle. ER doc Jake Whitloch joins in the rescue, but the form he finds in a snowdrift is no cow. It’s a woman, a woman who consumes his thoughts despite that two carat diamond sitting on her ring finger.
Noelle Beaupré thanks the rugged doctor for rescuing her from freezing to death and the Whitlochs for taking her into their home, but now it’s time for her to leave the ranch. She longs to stay with the man who’s determined to protect her, but she doesn’t dare. Her deadly secret is in hot pursuit. Any delay and she’ll endanger the family who opened their home to her. 
Noelle leaving Crystal Creek Ranch? Jake can’t let her go, but how can he convince her he’ll do anything to keep her safe?
This book includes your favorite Crystal Creek characters from Book One of the Crystal Creek Series and several new characters, including Max Whitloch’s children from his previous marriages who come to the ranch for Victoria and Garrett’s wedding. All Max’s children will have their own books as they pursue their quests for love.

Guarding Her Heart
Crystal Creek Book 1

Threatened by a stalker, she turns to the only man who can help her - the man who walked out of her life ten years ago.
Artist Victoria Whitloch escapes the clutches of a stalker only to stumble into the arms of the man she never wants to see again, bad boy prosecutor Garrett Reynolds. To protect Victoria, Garrett whisks her away to an isolated lodge. Major problem for Victoria—how does she help Garrett capture the stalker while guarding her heart against the man who broke it once before? Garrett thought his heart had healed when Victoria left him ten years ago. Garrett’s bigger problem—capture the stalker determined to imprison Victoria. Keeping Victoria safe is no easy task for Garrett, but getting her to trust him is an entirely different challenge. He puts his life on the line to guard the woman who is more deserving of love than any woman he’s known. But love takes a back seat to the Whitloch-Reynolds feud. At the center is the Crystal Creek Ranch. The Whitlochs own the ranch. The Reynolds are the rightful heirs.

This is a clean, romantic suspense novel.

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Laura Haley-McNeil received degrees in Spanish and German from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She taught Spanish and then worked in the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library translating the correspondence of Bishop Joseph Machebeuf.

After moving to San Diego, she worked as the accountant for a Christian television station, then transferred to Hardin, Montana, and performed technical production for the television station there.

She returned to Denver and supervised accounting departments for a title company and a stock brokerage firm. During this time, she renovated homes, bought and managed several residential properties and obtained a real estate license. She has also worked as the property manager overseeing five business office complexes,, high-rise office buildings and producing newsletter and marketing material.

She is an accomplished ballet dancer having studied and performed in that area for more than twenty years and has studied piano for over forty years. Musical studies also include violin and organ. She has been on the board of directors of two Colorado orchestras and is a past member of the American Liszt Society.

Several of her short stories have been published in national magazines, and she has written book reviews for Book Lover's Magazine. She is the author of the Crystal Creek Series and the Beaumont Series.

What can we see from you in the future?

There are more Crystal Creek books to come. Because Max Whitlock, Sr., the patriarch of the Whitloch family, is a serial marrier and has married four times, he’s fathered children with each wife giving me plenty of characters to write about. Max’s fourth wife, Rose, owns the Crystal Creek Ranch. Each of his children has a book, and now it’s time to move on to other members of the family. Right now, I’m working on Book 8 as yet untitled, which features the nephew of Max’s fourth wife. Troy Merrick comes to the ranch after serving an overseas assignment but finds he has little in common with his friends and family. He’s ready to return overseas when he meets Ella Perez who’s not only beautiful but has a very curious interest in Troy’s Uncle Max. 
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