Monday, August 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Covet by Tina Traverse






Hiding in an isolated Newfoundland outport, Scarlett Winters is the living bearer of the secret of immortality. Sebastian Sinclair, vampire and stealer of souls, might be her only hope to escape a deadly power struggle. But can she trust him? Caught between sacrificing her morals and betrayal by those she trusted, Scarlett will risk everything to escape...unless she dies trying.
  


Tina Traverse fell in love with writing at the age of eight when she wrote her version of the bible story, The Good Samaritan, for a homework assignment.
This love grew into a passionate affair and has been ongoing for thirty years; and there are no signs of it waning.
Though, she admits, when she was pregnant with her son Christian, the affair cooled.
Tina’s desire to write came calling once again when she needed to find a way to cope with heartbreaking news.
Christian was diagnosed with autism in 2010.
Her method of coping was to write a story about his journey called Forever, Christian.
Tina likes to joke that a girl can only write about real life for so long without jumping back into the world of make believe.
She loves to venture into the world of the supernatural; vampires and witches are her favourite!
Tina enjoys all sorts of vampires but admits that she is fascinated with the modern romantic vampire (think Twilight and The Vampire Diaries).
She is currently working on a vampire series based on her first published book, Destiny of The Vampire and has other projects in the works.
When Tina is not at the computer creating her exciting, magical worlds, she is kept on her toes by her two sons, Christian and Brandon.


Sometimes the author manages to curl up in her favourite chair with a good book.









            






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Monday, August 24, 2015

Since you haven't heard from me in a while, I thought I'd give you a little peek into what I've been up to. With my wife and parents-in-law, we spent a week in NYC where it was hot and dusty and overall amazing. Part of the trip was inspiration and a bit of research, but mostly soaking up the energy. I'd never been drawn to New York that much, but now that I've been there, I gladly acknowledge the "I told you so"'s. We did the touristy things. We had a great time with friends we met. We went to the Stonewall Inn on our 4th wedding anniversary--and I really look forward to going back someday in the not so far future.


 
 

On the High Line, the first morning. We realized you can walk it all the way and back in a shorter time when we imagined, and there are all kinds of interesting things to discover along the way, and nice views.
And you can't help being curious about the person who has a rainbow flag and a Virgin Mary statuette on their balcony. I came back with more story ideas than I actually need, of which some have nothing to do with NYC.

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We spent the afternoon Downtown, taking in all
the sights, including the 9/11 memorial, a place that is definitely among the most chilling I've visited.

The next day, we had a visit at the UN, something else that leaves you with a lot to think about, many questions about the world in general and why we can't seem to get some things right.

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The Supreme Court which we've seen a million times on Law & Order--of course I had to take a picture. You could easily imagine Olivia Benson walking on those stairs. However, the news vans you see were there for a different reason--Donald Trump had just been there a few hours before us. Let's say we were not sad we missed this, and move on...

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We are tourists, guests in other countries, and we don't mind that or pretend to be anything else. We like to go to these iconic places, take pictures, bring home a handful of souvenirs--but sometimes it's fun to walk off the beaten tourist path, step into a store and learn that it's the oldest in NYC with its original name, from 1775, Bowne & Co. Stationary. Lucky for us, they also had an exhibition in cooperation with the museum next door, and we were able to see some really old presses.


At night, we went back to doing what everyone does, browsing the stores and experiencing the craziness of Time Square at night, in full season. And the Metropolitan Museum the next day. What are the odds of running into an actress from home, who plays the main character in a show that's practically our version of Orange is the new Black? We didn't bother her, just risked one quick glance to make sure it was really her, and then went to a different wing.

We met friends of ours on Wednesday and Thursday, which is always a great reminder of how fandom makes the world a smaller and often, so much nicer place.


We haven't had Pride in Qu├ębec yet, but going to NYC, we couldn't pass off the chance to check out the Happy Hour at the Stonewall Inn, on the day of our wedding anniversary. We've come far. There's still a long way to go.

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Friday, the last full day, we did some shopping, and I fell in love with a pair of heels at Macy's--which I didn't bring home. Sometimes it's just better to leave yourself wanting more. I can tell you though that they didn't look nearly as scary as these Louboutins that we saw in an exhibit at the Fashion Institute:
 
Like every time you visit one of those huge iconic cities, it's impossible to see and do all, but that's the great thing about travel--like with writing, you're never done. There's always more. And part of our "more" is likely to include NYC another time.



Now, however, it's time to go back to work and get ready for the fall/winter season. You'll see Jordan and Ellie again in Insinuations, and Amber Alert will be out this fall as well. The next one with Eternal Press after that will be...Summer Wine, #4 for Callie and Rebecca! Stay tuned for more, including some cover reveals and new Wednesday Women soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cover Reveal: Seasons by K. M. Hodge


I am so please to bring you the new cover for Seasons by KM Hodge. Seasons is Book#1 in the Syndicate Series. 



New! Series Logo



Book Blurb: 
Special Agent Alex Bailey is trying to put his sordid and traumatic past behind him. Looking for redemption, he takes on a new secret mission and partner, Katherine Mitchel. On the eve of their partnership, Katherine uncovers damning evidence against a crime ring working out of Richmond, Virginia known as The Syndicate.They control the Police, Congress, even the FBI and will stop at nothing to protect their interests. With her life on the line, Katherine is forced to put her faith in Alex  as she flees from Washington D.C. and is placed in the Witness Protection Program.  But you can't run from The Syndicate. In what becomes the most dangerous investigation of their careers, Alex could ultimately prove to be Katherine's last and only hope.

What Authors and Readers are saying about Seasons: 
"Domestic abuse and addiction can be pretty tough topics but K.M. Hodge delivers in a debut novel that is fast-paced and very suspenseful." By Gail Ward Olmsted Author of "Guessing at Normal" and "Jeep Tour" 

"A fantastic, fast-paced thriller. Well done to KM Hodge, a brilliant debut. I literally can't wait for the second in the series. The characters were beautifully drawn out and Katherine, Alex, and Doc were all so likable. I'm curious to know who is going to feature in the second book and if any of this book's characters will reappear. Looking forward to it!" By Kate-Beth Heywood, Author of Anti-Social Media 

"Nicely done blend of passion and suspense, it's a well-constructed first novel and a thoroughly engrossing story." 4 stars

"Could not put this book down! Exciting read from beginning to end, twists and turns made for a spell-binding story. K. M. Hodge is definitely an author I will read again. You want to read this book!" 5 stars 

"Absolutely fantastic! Move over Baldacci Prepare for competition from this new author! Spell binding - hard to put down. Had me captured from chapter one through the end! Thank you KM Hodge!" 5 stars

About the Author
KM Hodge is a stay-at-home mom of two energetic boys, who does fundraising events and grant writing on a part time basis. When she isn't busy trying to feed all the starving children of the world, she enjoys reading books by indie authors, catching up on tv shows, playing board games, and trolling the internet for X files Season 10 spoilers. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter as well as on her blog, The Land of Hodge. The second novel in her Syndicate Series, Blue Season is going to go live on Amazon September 20th. Sign up for her mailing list to get up-to-date notifications of sales and book releases. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday Women: Sara Denning and Emily Wyatt by Anne A. Wilson

This week in the Wednesday Women, Sara Denning and Emily Wyatt from Anne A. Wilson's debut novel Hover. Thank you for visiting and giving us a glimpse into the world of these compelling characters!

(Graphic provided by author)

 
Wednesday Women:  Navy Lieutenant Sara Denning

 Thank you, Barbara for hosting me on your blog, and for allowing me to introduce the main protagonist in my debut novel HOVER. Her name is Sara Denning and she’s a  helicopter pilot in the U. S. Navy. A lot of what you learn about Sara comes through her interactions with her roommate, Emily Wyatt, a fellow helicopter pilot.

Sara and Emily are on an eight-month Western Pacific deployment—members of an air detachment comprising two helicopters and thirty personnel—aboard the USS Kansas City. They are also the only two women on the ship in a crew of 500.

They are competent naval officers and pilots, yes, but these two women couldn’t be more different. I think the best way to introduce you to Sara is to give you an excerpt from HOVER, showing the back-and-forth banter between the two.

In this scene, Sara and Emily are getting ready for bed in their stateroom aboard the ship.


                I slip into my pajamas—an oversized Minnesota Vikings football jersey—and stuff my dirty laundry into the net bag that hangs at the end of our bunk.

Em changes, too. As always, it takes me a second to adjust to the sight of her in a long pink nightgown complete with lace around the collar. There’s just so much . . . pink. Except for the socks. Those are fuzzy and purple.

She unwinds the braid that keeps her long auburn hair neat and tidy while in uniform and shakes it free, then grabs a book from her personal library that she’ll fall asleep reading—one of hundreds of Harlequin romances she has brought along with her.

It doesn’t compute with me. It has never computed. In fact, I can’t reconcile it at all.

“Em, how many of those books did you bring with you this time?”

“Oh, fuck, I don’t know. Eighty? Ninety? I didn’t want to run out. But I can already see these are only going to last until midway through cruise, if I’m lucky. Why? Tempted to read one?”

“No, definitely not.”

“You know, I think this is one of your problems, Sara Denning. You can’t even chill long enough to read a romance novel.”

“How is that a problem?”

“Allowing yourself to escape to a place that connects with your inner femininity is important to your well-being. You’re gonna lose yourself otherwise.”

“What? I’m not losing myself. I don’t need to read that stuff to remind me that I’m feminine.”

“I think you do.”

“Please.”

“They all have happy endings, you know. A guaranteed, you’re-gonna-feel-good-at-the-end perk.”

“I don’t need a Harlequin romance to make me feel good.”

“You need something.”

I glare at her.

“And not just that, you need . . . well, you need to put away your systems manuals and let go of yourself.”

“I’m not having this conversation,” I say.

“Fine,” Em says, fluffing up her pillows before scooching under the covers. “I’m transporting myself to a happy place now. Goodbye.”

Climbing into my rack, I flip the switch for the tiny light above my bunk. As it flickers and yawns to life, I cross my arms behind my head, fixing my gaze on the miscellaneous ducting and wiring snaking across the overhead. The ship vibrates, hums, churns, and whines, but not loudly enough to block the sustained ringing from Emily’s comments. 

Allowing yourself to escape to a place that connects with your inner femininity is important to your well-being.

Not my well-being. I can’t succeed in this world and maintain that connection. It started the day I entered the Naval Academy, when I began a journey I had never intended, stepping onto a career path carved for someone else. To survive, the walls went up. And to get to where I am now, they stayed up. 

I shift my focus to my stack of journals. If I did need an escape, I certainly wouldn’t find it here. The pages don’t contain a lot of pleasant thoughts. But then, that’s silly. Why do I need an escape? I don’t need that.

 

As you can see, Sara is a no-nonsense person, studious, serious, and closed off. The reader doesn’t know it yet at this point in the book, but Emily is actually the more balanced of the two. At its core, HOVER is Sara’s story. It follows her journey as she opens up and becomes a more well-rounded woman, one who embraces all sides of herself.


If you’d like to learn more about HOVER, please visit my website, www.anneawilson.com.




Anne A. Wilson graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served nine years active duty as a navy helicopter pilot, which included deployment to the Persian Gulf. The Naval Helicopter Association named Anne and her crew Helicopter Aircrew of the Year, an award given for search and rescue. She lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona, with her husband and two sons. Hover is her debut novel. (Forge Books, June 2015)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday Women: Grace Halling by Adrian J. Smith


This week, we have a knew Wednesday Woman! Adrian J. Smith introduces Grace Halling from her Spirit of Grace series. Read her interview here (and thanks Adrian and Grace for joining the line-up! Great to have you here!).
 
 
 
(Graphics provided by author)
 
 
Character Interview Grace Halling by Adrian J. Smith
 
 
Me: Hi Grace!!

 
Grace: Hello.

 
Me: I’m here for to interview you a bit about you in general and also the work you’ve been doing.

 
Grace: So I’ve been told.

 
Me: Right, so Grace, you’re a Deputy with the local Sheriff’s Department. What’s your favorite part of working in law enforcement?

 
Grace: **gives a wan smile** helping people.

 
Me: Do you think you can elaborate on that?

 
Grace: Well, I like to help people. I haven’t always been that way, but I like to give people a second chance if I can. Not all of them deserve it. Some criminals are just that, criminals, and they have no desire to change. But if they do, then I like to give them that chance to change.

 
Me: That’s very heroic.

 
Grace: It’s really not. Just trying to be an upstanding citizen.

 
Me: I think you accomplish that well. Is there anything you would like to see changed or improved in the justice system?

 
Grace: That’s an interesting question?


Me: I thought it pertinent after your last statement.

 
Grace: **hums** Yes, there is a lot I would love to see changed. Unfortunately, like any system, changes take a very long time to be made. I wish we focused a bit more on rehabilitation. Perhaps then I wouldn’t re-arrest so many people. I also wish—never mind, that one is good enough. I wish we would focus more on rehabilitation in the prisons system as well as the justice system. Well, I wish some of my coworkers would treat people a bit more humanely, since they are humans.

 
Me: That’s an interesting thing to say.

 
Grace: It’s really not. What’s your next question.

 
Me: Right, okay then. Who have been some of your heroes?

 
Grace: **tears up** Daniel Mason Brady and his wife, Carol. Both of them have been very more helpful and wonderful to me than I could have ever imagined. I don’t even know where to begin with them.

 
Me: **reaches over and squeezes her hand** It’s okay. I’ll just ask the next question. Um…What would you do if you weren’t a police officer?

 
Grace: Honestly?

 
Me: Yeah.

 
Grace: I’d probably be in jail right now. But if I wasn’t, I would love to be a teacher. I could have gone to school with my best friend, Crystal. Although, we probably would have not paid attention and flunked if the two of us were in the same class together.

 
Me: She sounds like the perfect best friend.

 
Grace: She is.

 
Me: So what’s your dream vacation spot?

 
Grace: A cabin in the middle of the woods with no one around. Forget traveling internationally. Way too much danger for that, but I’d love to be able to relax with no one else around.

 
Me: No one?

 
Grace: Well, maybe **blushes** Amya could come.

 
Me: Amya?

 
Grace: Uhh…my friend.

 
Me: A special friend?

 
Grace: **barely nods**

 
Me: **grinning** What’s one thing you want to accomplish in your life?

 
Grace: I want to save just one person, just one, from their own destructive habits.

 
Me: Haven’t you done that already?

 
Grace: I’m not sure yet.

 
Me: You’re very humble.

 
Grace: **shrugs**

 
Me: So in this cabin in the middle of a forest with no one around, what would you do?

 
Grace: **grinning** Read. I love reading.

 
Me: Yeah? What do you love to read? What’s your favorite book?

 
Grace: Oh I’m not sure I can pick a favorite. I love to read romances. They’re quick, they’re easy, they don’t make me think hard. I usually sit in the tub with a glass of whiskey and read for a while.

 
Me: I’m not sure I would have pegged you for a romance reader.

 
Grace: Me either.

 
Me: Well, thank you for talking with me today. It’s been great to get to know you a little better.

 
Grace: It wasn’t too painful.

 
Me: **grin**

 

 
BUY LINKS:

 

For by Grace (Spirit of Grace #1): Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.

While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.

That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.

 

 


 

 








 

Fallen from Grace (Spirit of Grace #2): Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality.

Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.

 

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Grace through Redemption (Spirit of Grace #3): Grace through Redemption blurb

 

Learning to trust herself again wasn’t easy. Deputy Grace Halling is back patrolling, and after a few months of quiet, murders of her comrades in blue begin again. Scared and determined, Grace follows every lead she can until she finds herself face to face with the barrel of a gun, only this time her finger is on the trigger.

 

RELEASES DECEMBER 1, 2015

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS/ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, has a generous and soft heart. She loves to rescue stray cats and dogs, as well as those who just escape. Her hoard of animals currently includes two cats, two dogs and a fish, but no children as of yet. She’s passionate about LGBT et al rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.

AJ loves to read and write lesbian fiction, simply for the fact that strong women make her swoon and when two are involved her knees turn to jelly and she falls head over heels in love. AJ travels around the United States, and sometimes the world, gathering up stories for her novels. Currently, she lives in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere and is rather difficult to find except on the internet, where she spends a lot of her time.

Connect with her online:

@AdrianAJSmith
www.facebook.com/adrianjsmithbooks
adrianjsmith.wordpress.com
www.goodreads.com/adrianjsmith

 

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday Women: Katherine Mitchel by K. M. Hodge

This week in the Wednesday Women: I'm happy to present Kelly aka K. M. Hodge and her leading lady Katherine Mitchel. Learn all about the two of them in this character/author interview. Kelly & Katherine, thanks for visiting!

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Ask Us Anything: Author KM Hodge and character Katherine Mitchel

 I would first like to thank Barbara Winkes for inviting me
to do this guest post so that I can introduce you to my dear character,
Katherine.  Last week, I hosted an "ASK ANYTHIING" on Facebook
to some of my faithful readers. They asked my leading lady, Katherine, and I
some interesting things. Here are some of the questions that they posted.

 
First of all, who am I and who is Katherine
Mitchel?


My name is KM Hodge, but please call me Kelly. Eighteen
years ago I birthed Katherine Mitchel, the leading lady in my novel, “Seasons.”
Life happened (marriage, a cross-country move, work, and children), and
 for many years she sat alone on disks, CD’s, thumb drives and eventually
a storage cloud. It wasn’t until my youngest was in a mother's-day-out program
two days a week that I was able to dust off the handful of chapters and turn it
into a full-fledged novel. I finished the novel during the National Write a
Novel in a Month event this last November. I then spent December-March having
it edited for content, copy and proof. On March 20th, “Seasons” went live on
Amazon.


 Who is Katherine? Katherine is a 33-year-old old FBI agent
who uncovers damning evidence against a crime ring called The Syndicate. The
group, which controls the police, Congress, and even the FBI, will stop at
nothing to protect their interests. With her life on the line, Katherine is
forced to put her faith in her new and partner Alex, as
she flees from
Washington D.C. and is placed in the
Witness Protection Program.  But you can't run from The Syndicate. In what
becomes the most dangerous investigation of their careers, Alex could
ultimately prove to be Katherine's last and only hope.

 
KM, Is there a message in your writing you want
readers to grasp?


Women’s rights and issues are important to me. I wanted to
give a singular voice to women who have experienced domestic violence and
sexual assault. Before I had children I worked for a Crisis Center where I
heard countless heartbreaking stories of abuse.


I’ve read all the startling statistics about the number of
women who have been raped and how there are some people out there that still
think that there are times when it is okay for one person to force another one
to have sex. I have also been there for friends and family who have experienced
these issues.

 I wanted to get a conversation started because change can
only happen if we start talking instead of just pushing these issues under the
rug. Victims of these crimes shouldn’t ever be made to feel shame or guilt, or
worse yet, feel that they deserved it.

 f you have been in a domestic violence situation or have
been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault and there are people out there
that can help you!

 Domestic violence hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)

 
KM, what are you working on now?

All the things! I am working on the edits for book two of
this series, “Blue Season”, which is slated to be released September 20th. I am
also starting to outline and make notes for the third book in this series,
“Seasons Son”. Lastly, I am working on branding myself as a suspense writer,
which means getting new book covers that better match the genre as well as
getting new headshots!


 
KM, what is the hardest part of the writing
process?


Finding time! I am the mother of two very energetic little
boys. I do a lot of my “writing” in my head while I drive my kids all over
town.


 
Katherine, what was your favorite book growing
up?


As a freckled red head I was in love with Anne (with an “e”)
of Green Gables.


My favorite quote from it is: “Red hair is my life long
sorrow.” ―
L.M. Montgomery

 
Katherine, how many pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes
do you own?


Hmmm...okay so a lot. I may have a bit of a shoe addiction. I
have gone to
New York a few times to go to
the sample sales so I’ve gotten most of them at a discount. Let’s say it is
more than two and less than 30. They are the most comfortable shoes and they
look amazing.


 
Katherine, what was your relationship with your
twin brother like?


I suppose when we were very small we were close. I have seen
photographs of us playing together, but I honestly don’t remember it all that
much. He has always kept me at arm's length. When we were in school, he was
always competing against me and everyone else. Whether it was grades or track
and field, he had to be the best at everything.


 When we were in high school he was student council
president, on the debate team and was all-state in track and field. College was
no different; he got into all the top schools with full rides. I was the
complete opposite. I struggled to make good grades, was introverted and hung
out with the so called ‘bad’ kids. When I think back I may have even started to
date Charles just to make Scott angry. He always hated Charles, who was the bad
boy that got all the girls. We were too different and mostly just pushed each
other’s buttons.

 
Katherine, what are you most afraid of?

I’m afraid that one day I will slip and fall off the wagon. I
don’t know if I could get back on again.


 
Katherine, if you hadn’t worked for the FBI,
what would you have done?


I love art and have a secret passion for graphic design. It
would be fun to do the art for an ad agency.


 
Katherine, besides gardening, what hobbies do
you have?


I love to run! I run several miles a day and had even
competed in a few marathons. There is nothing like a runner's high!


 
Katherine what are five items you have in your
purse?


Wallet, keys, lipstick, gum and a swiss army knife.

 
Where can we learn more about you, both?



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