Friday, July 19, 2024

*Cover Reveal & Giveaway*Armored Hours

 


Cable Girls meets Peaky Blinders meets Titanic...

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Armored Hours

Reincarnated Souls Book 1

by Stephanie Hansen

Genre: Historical Fantasy Mystery Romance 



Cable Girls meets Peaky Blinders meets Titanic


The girls had forged a bond together like iron that could not be broken. Claudia, Kiersten, Lina, and Florian were on the brink of making history with their powerful feminist movement, but then they suddenly disappeared without a trace.

Alexander was a desperate bootlegger who was willing to risk it all to search for them. Not only were they in cahoots with him to help smuggle feminist contraband and forbidden booze, but Claudia had also unknowingly captivated his heart. He vowed to find them at any cost, but little did he know that their disappearance was part of a much bigger and sinister plot from the upper echelons of society.


Set in 1920s Paris of the Plains, Armored Hours is a thrilling tale of love and mystery interwoven with hints of magical realism.


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Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft and Global Book Award Winning Author as well as an Imadjinn finalist. Her debut novella series, Altered Helix, released in 2020 (YA Urban Fantasy w/ thriller vibes). It hit the #1 New Release, #1 Best Seller, and other top 100 lists on Amazon. It is now being adapted to an animated story for Tales. Her debut novel, Replaced Parts, released in 2021 through Fire & Ice YA and Tantor Audio (YA Sci-Fi with thriller vibes). It has been in a Forbes article, hit Amazon bestseller lists, and made the Apple young adult coming soon bestsellers list. The second book in the Transformed Nexus series, Omitted Pieces, released in 2022. Her most recent novella, Ghostly Howls, released 2023 (Spicy Paranormal Romance with mystery vibes). She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community, so she tries to incorporate that into her fiction.


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Thursday, July 18, 2024

*Series Blitz & Giveaway* Little Dog Diner

 


 Murder wasn't on the menu at the Little Dog Diner but that's exactly what we got served anyways!


Mixing Up Murder

Little Dog Diner Book 1

by Emmie Lyn

Genre: Cozy Mystery




Murder wasn’t supposed to be on the menu at the Little Dog Diner, but that’s exactly what we got served anyway.

Hi, I’m Dani Mackenzie and I’m the unfortunate soul who owns said diner. Looks like business is going to be slow for a little while as the whole town scrambles to find whodunnit.

At first I just needed something to keep me busy while on my forced vacation, but now as the clues stack up, I’m caught in the middle of this crazy mixed-up murder. And I’ll do anything to get to the bottom of what really happened and why it happened in my kitchen.

Too bad the only known witness to the crime is the victim’s terrier, Pip, and no one believes she bludgeoned her owner to death. But if not her... then who? And, perhaps more importantly, who’s next?


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Serving Up Suspects

Little Dog Diner Book 2  




As it turns out quilting is the deadly new fad people are just dying to try... And here I thought the annual quilt auction would be a boring way to spend an evening!

One big murder in my tiny hometown was more than I ever wanted to see, but now the death toll has risen to two. Eek!

Hey, at least I’ve got my favorite ten-pound bundle of mischief at my side for good. My Jack Russell buddy, Pip, and I are experienced amateur detectives now and we’re more than ready to put another tough case to bed.

The problem is that the murder victim had no known enemies, which begs the question: Who would actually want her dead? For this tricky catering gig, it looks like we’ll be serving up suspects instead of dessert. Can we catch the killer in time to save the fundraiser... and maybe even some lives along the way?


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Dishing Up Deceit

Little Dog Diner Book 3



I always thought weddings were supposed to be about joining lives... Not ending them.

But when an unexpected guest shows up dead on the beach and the groom seems to be hiding more than just cold feet, I need to take my chef’s hat off and don my deerstalker once again.

Who was this mysterious stranger that came to town claiming to be a long lost relative, and why is she now dead? Who is the groom really, and are his intentions for my friend pure?

Deceit—like revenge—may be a dish best served cold, but I’m not quite sure any of us have the stomach for it. Wedding bells are ringing, but might they also be the death knell? And is the killer really going to be satisfied with just one victim when two could be twice as nice?

Oh, dear. Pip and I certainly have our work cut out for us this time...



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Cooking Up Chaos

Little Dog Diner Book 4  




 Autumn on the Maine coast is stunning, which brings the tourists out in droves. My restaurant, the Little Dog Diner, is teeming with them, thanks to the locally famous fall festival.

Usually that’s a great thing... this year, however, the discovery of a dead body puts a damper on business awfully fast.

Add to that, the fact that the victim had a vendetta against almost every small business owner in town, and now I’ve landed right in the middle of the very long and tedious suspect list.

Looks like it’s time to toss my apron aside and don the detective hat once more. Thankfully, Pip is more than ready to assist in this one, because if I didn’t get to the bottom of this chaos quickly, it could be me getting cooked!



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Crumbling Up Crooks

Little Dog Diner Book 5

  


Don’t get married on Christmas Eve, they said.

The holiday will overshadow your special day, they insisted.

Little did they know that a shockingly festive murder would put everything else on hold.

When all signs point to my sometimes friend, sometimes rival, Detective Crenshaw, I’ll need to work fast so that he’s not forced to spend his holiday in the slammer. But in throwing myself feet first into the real crook’s crummy conspiracy, I could be risking so much more than a spoiled day... The future of my forthcoming marriage could very well be on the line too.

Oh, boy... Can Pip and I solve this one in record time so that my fiance's and my perfect day can go off without another major hitch?



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Dicing Up Disaster

Little Dog Diner Book 6

  


Another day, another murder. At least that’s what it’s beginning to feel like in the small coastal town of Misty Harbor.

Who’d have ever guessed that owning the Little Dog Diner would put me right in the middle of deadly plot after deadly plot? No sooner had I put the last big mystery to bed, then another shows up at the diner’s doorstep—literally.

Soaking wet and shaking with fright, this peculiar stranger tells me she and her enormous Newfoundland companion leapt overboard to escape a killer. Helping her stay safe will put me directly in the line of fire, but it’s also the right thing to do. Can my Jack Russell terrier, Pip, and I save our two newest visitors from the already rolling wheels of fate and manage to keep the diner afloat?

We’ve never failed before, but then again we’ve never quite faced a case like this...



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Scooping Up Scandal

Little Dog Diner Book 7

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Emmie Lyn grew up in a small town in New England, much like the towns where her female characters live—scenic, quaint and filled with colorful characters. She loves to create mysteries with twists and unexpected turns that draw readers in and capture their imagination.

Emmie lives in rural Massachusetts with her husband, a rescue terrier, and a black cat with a bad attitude. She shares twelve acres with a wide variety of wildlife including deer, bunnies, turkeys, and many songbirds. When she’s not busy thinking of ways to kill off a character (for a book, of course!) she enjoys a cup of tea and chocolate in her flower garden, hiking, or spending time near the ocean.



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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Daughter of the Lost

 


Daughter of the Lost is a roller-coaster journey of self-exploration and finding family-even among your mortal enemies.


Daughter of the Lost

The Porn Star’s Daughter Book 2

by Kay Stephens

Genre: New Adult College Romance 

When the freshman party ends, the sophomore hangover hits.


Trinity Tachel has no use for society's rules. Not after the New Orleans police failed to investigate the murder of her sex-worker mother. Not after she was abandoned to the Louisiana foster care system as a child. And certainly not after fighting through freshman year to prove herself worthy of a spot at the prestigious Filton University.

Trinity is overjoyed when she's invited to spend the summer in the Los Angeles mansion of retired porn star Missy Mariola. Escape the daily struggle to survive as a New Orleans college student? Yes please. Shock proper society by openly embracing an adult film star? Even better.

But when Trinity returns to New Orleans for her sophomore year, she's an unrecognizable version of herself.

Missy Mariola has taken over Trinity's life. Missy doesn't want Trinity to work, makes all the rules-and even chooses Trinity's housemates. Trinity finds herself living with people she despises, including a hot New Orleans cop who has a frustrating habit of showing up during her worst moments.

Trinity has to decide if she wants to remain the abandoned child of her past or embrace a future with people who love her.

Daughter of the Lost is a roller-coaster journey of self-exploration and finding family-even among your mortal enemies.


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KAY STEPHENS is a lawyer turned romance novelist, divorcée turned member of the illustrious third-wives club, and party girl turned . . . uncomfortably old party lady. Kay spent her early days living throughout the world, from Boston to Barcelona to New Orleans, before finally settling down in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has the extraordinary privilege to write every day due only to the loving support of her wild-ass husband and four crazy teenagers. She has written for Your Tango and been featured in Bustle and Female First among others.

Kay’s debut novel, The Porn Star’s Daughter, is a steamy, laugh-out-loud story about self-acceptance and sexual empowerment. Kay writes for the people who like to shame the slut shamers, who wear their too-tight skirts with pride, and who laugh at society’s ever-conflicting expectations of them.


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*Book Tour & Giveaway* An Affair with Murder


 A Romance writer tries to solve a murder. 

Suspects? The three investigators!  


An Affair With Murder

by Robert Sells

Genre: Mystery Romance


 Devastated by the murder of her best friend after the prom, Rebecca has a nervous breakdown and flees her hometown. Twelve years later, now a successful author, she struggles with agoraphobia. Her therapist insists she return home for closure. But when she arrives, she's horrified to find there’s been another grisly murder identical to the first one.


The three officers of the law handling the investigation are former friends of Rebecca and, coincidentally, love interests in high school. Knowing she is writing a murder-mystery, the three men agree to share their findings with her. Rebecca stumbles upon a note from the original homicide suggesting that the killer has be one of the three investigators. But which one? Not knowing who to trust, Rebecca decides to solve the case on her own. As she gets closer to uncovering the truth, it looks like she will be the next victim.


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I attended college at Ohio Wesleyan where I struggled with physics. Having made so many mistakes in college with physics, there weren’t too many left to make and I did quite well at graduate school at Purdue.

I worked for twenty years at Choate Rosemary Hall, an exclusive boarding school in the heart of Connecticut. More often than not, students arrived in limousines. There was a wooded area by the upper athletic fields where I would take my children for a walk. There, under a large oak tree, stories about the elves would be weaved into the surrounding forest.

Returning to my home town to help with a father struggling with Alzheimer’s, the only job open was at a prison. I taught an entirely different clientele whose only interaction with limousines was stealing them. A year later Alfred State College hired me to teach physics. I happily taught there for over ten years.

My wife’s boss, the superintendent of a rural school in western New York, begged me to teach physics and earth science. Helping young high school students was particularly appealing to me at this point in my career and the salary was more than reasonable, so I find myself happily teaching at Mt Morris Central School.

Five years ago, my wife pestered me about putting to “pen” some of the stories which I had created for the children and other relatives. I started thinking about a young boy and a white deer, connected, yet apart. Ideas were shuffled together, characters created and the result was the Return of the White Deer. This book was published by the Martin Sisters.

Years ago I gave a lecture on evolution. What, I wondered, would be the next step? Right away I realized that silicon ‘life’ had considerable advantages over mortal man. Later this idea emerged as the exciting and disturbing story called Reap the Whirlwind.

Two years ago I stumbled upon an old article in the local paper about a Brinks’ robbery in 1992. Apparently over ten million dollars were stolen and most of it was never recovered. Although the mafia was peripherally involved in the heist, it was unlikely they took the missing millions. This was the seed which has now grown into the young adult novel, The Runner and the Robber.

I have many other stories inside my mind, fermenting... waiting patiently for the pen. Perhaps someday I will even write about those elves which still inhabit the woods in the heart of Connecticut.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

*Cover Reveal* The Daughter of Danray


Title: The Daught of Danray

Author: Natalia Hernandez

Genre: Latin Fantasy

Cover Designer: EbookLaunch

Publication Date: Oct. 17, 2024

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Blurb: 

The Name-Bearer has never wavered from her mission.

Find the Unnamed Prince.

Deliver him to the Flowers of Prophecy.

Bring peace to the kingdom.

For years she trained in the safety of the Danrayan Temple until she was ready to face her destiny. Then, with the help of her friends, she scoured the continent and found the prince that was promised. And yet, despite finally having the key to her people’s fate in her grasp, the Name-Bearer’s journey is far from over.

The capital is overrun with monstros. Her greatest champion is out of her reach. And every ally she thought she could rely on is losing faith in her and her mission. If Tierramadri is going to be saved, the Name Bearer will have to face her most impossible task yet: proving to everyone that the Flower’s Prophecy is not only true - but worth risking everything for.

 





Natalia Hernandez is an Indigenous, Latinx, and queer book nerd who was lucky enough to have grown up all over the world. As a Third Culture Kid she has lived in Turkey, Romania, Poland, Guatemala, England, and now resides in Los Angeles with her cheagle Mija. As an avid reader and passionate writer, she wants to create queer fantasy novels that feature strong women of color in sweeping Latin American-inspired settings.





*Book Tour & Giveaway* Rumi and the Retribution-GUEST POST

 


The Da Vinci Code meets Rumi in a global thriller/mystery 


Rumi and the Retribution

Gabriel McKnight Book 1

by Pooneh Sadeghi

Genre: Global Thriller, Mystery



You Are What You Seek.

Gabriel McKnight, a decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL and bestselling author, sees his perfect life come unraveled when he’s named the prime suspect in a murder case after his twin brother vanishes without a trace. Now on the run from the law, Gabriel embarks on a desperate worldwide quest to clear his name and uncover his brother’s fate.

His only ally is Noor Rahman, the scion of a once-powerful Iranian dynasty whose past intertwines with a mysterious book of Rumi’s poems left behind by her deceased parents. Together, Gabriel and Noor decipher cryptic passages suggesting a link between the historic murders of Noor’s family and his brother’s disappearance. From the back alleys of Washington, D.C., to the bustling streets of Paris, and the vibrant vistas of Tehran, they navigate a labyrinth of danger and deception leading them inexorably to Rumi’s mystical resting place in Turkey.

But discovery comes with a perilous cost. With every revelation, Gabriel and Noor inch that much closer to unlocking the sinister truth behind their parallel destinies. Can they outwit their unseen foes and decode the final mysteries before they themselves become the final casualties in this deadly game?


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I was born to a diplomat and housewife in Tehran-Iran then whisked across the globe to whatever country my parents had been assigned to. Raised to appreciate various cultures, landscapes, languages, and viewpoints, my life was one grand adventure until a revolution took place in my country and turned our lives upside down. Between then and the age of eighteen I had experienced both the joy, freedom, and magic our world offers as well as wars, deprivation, and oppression. My undergraduate studies were in the Middle East and my post graduate studies were at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

So, when did I become a writer? Books had always been my greatest friends, teachers, refuge, and the inspiration to forge my own future. In college I realized I wanted to write engaging mysteries and thrillers. At the same time, I wanted to give readers more than a story. I wanted to share the rich beauty of Persian literature as well as that of other cultures. For that I embarked on a twenty-two-year journey, traveling to various countries, and experiencing life while establishing a successful career. Gabriel McKnight and his first story had been on my mind for several years yet it wasn’t until my mid-forties that I picked up the proverbial pen. The time had come to share my stories.

The next step was making my dream come true. I queried several agents and one glorious day in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic my wonderful literary agent reached out to me with an offer for representation. She took my story to publishers and before I knew it, we had a publishing contract –and here we are.

Today, I live in Oklahoma City, USA with my family and two dogs. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s the power of words. Words can heal, teach, entertain, inspire, and evoke change. I hope you enjoy Gabriel’s adventures as much as I enjoyed writing them.


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GUEST POST

Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became

an author? Like many authors I am a voracious reader. I learned the alphabet at age 4, started reading

at age 5 and picked up my first Agatha Christie Mystery in 3 rd grade—I knew I’d be an author since

childhood. I was always thinking up of stories and writing them down in my diary.

What is something unique/quirky about you? Prior to starting a book, I live with my characters for

several weeks. We talk and I get to know them to the point I’d know how they’d dress, what food

they would order in a restaurant or how they would react in a situation. I also have many interesting

plot discussions with my two dogs (golden doodles). They’re great listeners.

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! I don’t know if it’s interesting but it was

life changing. I was 9 years old when a revolution took place in my country. I’ve lived in total

oppression and then experienced the freedom of first world countries, added to that I’ve lived in war

and all that—well, it changes one’s perspective. You tend to really value what others take for granted

and not pay attention to topics that many media sites focus on.

What are some of your pet peeves? People who use books for decoration but never read them!

People who mistreat books (really not acceptable!),

Where were you born/grew up at? Born in Tehran, Iran, Raised in many countries across Europe and

in the USA. This was due to my father’s job.

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

1-I’d cook a delicious meal for my family and prior to eating it I’d take a lot of food to a shelter and

we’d dance and laugh and play games.

Who is your hero and why? Gosh there are many but for me Rumi, Ghandi, Anyone who tries to be

kind to others

What kind of world ruler would you be? One who ensures every human being is treated fairly and that

all humans have the same rights—I’d also have a wicked sense of humor, maybe play tricks on my

government/cabinet members….

What are you passionate about these days? Writing, writing, writing, reading but also trying to do one

good thing a day to help make the world a better place.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Walk, swim, and read! And in no particular order

How to find time to write as a parent? I make time to write a 1,000 words a day

Describe yourself in 5 words or less! Mom-booklover-Author-Tree hugger

When did you first consider yourself a writer? For as long as I can remember I knew I wanted to write

Do you have a favorite movie? Ohhh several: “oh goodness too many—I always find myself watching

the BBC Agatha Christie series with David Suchet…..so much fun and Midnight in Paris!


Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? Really all of them because they are visual

as I write them. RUMI & THE RETRIBUTION could definitely be a movie or mini-series

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? A dog! They are loyal, fun

and loving.


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