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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Spider and the Stone

Welcome Glen Craney,
author of 
The Spider and the Stone

by Glen Craney

ISBN-10: 0981648401
ISBN-13: 978-0981648408
Genre: Historical fiction
As the 14th century dawns, Scotland’s survival hangs by a spider’s thread. While the clans scrap over their empty throne, the brutal Edward Longshanks of England invades the weakened northern kingdom.

But one frail, dark-skinned lad stands in the Plantagenet monarch’s path.

The beleaguered Scots cherish James Douglas as their Good Sir James. Below the Borders, his slashing raids deep into England wreak such havoc that he is branded the Black Douglas with a reward placed on his head.

As a boy, James falls in love with the ravishing Isabelle MacDuff, whose clan for centuries has inaugurated Scottish monarchs on the hallowed Stone of Destiny. James's world is upturned when he befriends Robert Bruce, a bitter enemy of the MacDuffs. Forced to choose between love and clan loyalty, James and Isabelle make fateful decisions that will draw the opposing armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn.

Here is the story of Scotland’s War of Independence and the remarkable events that followed the execution of Wallace, whose legend was portrayed in the movie Braveheart. The Spider and the Stone is the thrilling saga of the star-crossed love and heroic sacrifice that saved Scotland during its time of greatest peril.

Praise for the book
  • Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist.
  • "[Craney] has woven a well-crafted, interesting tale." Historical Novel Society
  • "The best book I've read this year." John Graham, seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism
  • "It was a marvelous book and I was moved to tears." —Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages

“But one runt of a lad, inspired by a headstrong maiden from Fife, would not sit prey for an easy clawing.” Isabella stabbed the crackling log as if gutting a combatant, forcing the two Scots to shield their eyes from the flying embers. Her shuddering voice, taut with the emotion of memory, fell to a near whisper. “Nay, the stars had destined Jamie Douglas to stalk the stalker.”

--from The Spider and the Stone

About the Author

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Glen Craney is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer. He holds graduate degrees from Indiana University and Columbia University School of Journalism. An Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Fellowship winner, he is also a three-time finalist for Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award. His historical fiction has taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. He lives in southern California.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Spotlight: Discernment & Touched

Welcome Lacy Sereduk,
author of 
Discernment and Touched

by Lacy Sereduk

ISBN:  978-0692229699
Genre: Thriller

Lying in bed at the end of a long day, eyes closed and relaxed, and you hear the voice of a small child, hurriedly whisper, "It's coming!"  Your eyes fly open and you survey the dark room because, the problem is, there shouldn't be any small children in your bedroom.

Have you ever turned down a darkened hall and thought you saw someone at the end of it?  Ever been awakened by something, in the middle of the night, and felt the hair raise up on your arms but there was nothing there?  Would you be able to stay in bed if you felt someone crawl up, onto the end of your bed, and slowly begin to pull the blankets from your shoulders?

Johanna Parks knows these feelings all too well.  Ever since she was a child, she's suffered from a disorder called night terrors.  Now just over 30, Jo struggle to hang on to 'real' life - her job, her relationship, her sanity- as the terror episodes become more and more vivid and everything, from visitors in the darkness to accidental injuries, tries to keep her up at night.

Discernment is a new thriller series in Kindle and paperback by Lacy Sereduk.  Discernment II: Touched is also now available with a third novel slated for release at the end of August.  If you've been looking for a book that can send chills down your spine and make you want a night-light, here it is.

"It is, simply, an expected part of life – Some days, it will rain and some days you’ll scream – Some days will be warm and some days you’ll see dead people – Some days you’ll buy milk and some days you’ll dive, head first, out a window." 

About the Author

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Lacy Sereduk is an Idaho native and enjoys long walks on the beach, reading, coffee, and video games. But seriously, I have suffered from night terrors since I was a child. I was always told that they would go away and, if they hadn't by the time I reached adulthood, they were probably there to stay. Another unfortunate piece of information that I received was that a lot of people who continue to suffer into adulthood, also develop full-blown schizophrenia by 35. I'm a little over 30. I fully believe that would happen to people like me because the world just starts to dissolve around you after so many years of exhausting torture.

My hope for my book, Discernment, was, originally, cathartic. As a way to 'get out' some of the demons that have haunted me from childhood. After starting and sharing to get others thoughts, it became clear that other people thought it was worth publishing. Now, my hope for this book, when published, will be to help other sufferers know that they are not wholly alone in their fight toward the light. As well as to help parents of children afflicted to understand just what their kids might be going through and how to potentially help them. Spouses or partners of adult sufferers might gain a better understanding of the dark half or our lives. Many who have night terrors can't remember what was so terrifying or are too afraid or embarrassed to talk about it. My sharing may help shed a little light on what they could be going through when the light is turned off.

Another aspect I hope to attain is that my own children will have a better understanding of who I am and how I became the woman I am today. And, hopefully, they'll cut me some slack for not making breakfast in the morning, when they start to understand just what my nights could entail.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Girl He Knows

The Girl He Needs by Kristi RoseHappy Book Birthday to Kristi Rose's THE GIRL HE KNOWS! Check out the book's details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose Lyrical Press

Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life. Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of. When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less...


 Excerpt from THE GIRL HE KNOWS

He pulls me toward him and burns me to my center with a kiss, one with such intense heat I’m surprised it doesn’t disintegrate my clothes. I reach for the button on his pants. “No.” He grabs my hands and looks at me. “Yes,” I say. “No.” He stands and pushes me off his lap. “Come on. I’ll take you home.” He grabs my hand and pulls me toward his truck. “Hank,” I cry with frustration and tug my hand back. He turns to face me and throws his hands in the air. “What do you want from me? Sex? We can’t even go on a simple date. Jeez, I can’t believe I’m saying this.” He runs his hand through his hair before stuffing it in his pocket. “Maybe we could try another date,” I suggest. My heart flutters with the anticipation of a second date. The weight of time hangs between us as I wait for him to decide if he wants to be with me again. “You know, I’ve heard of worse ideas,” he answers. He links his fingers with mine and walks me to his truck.

Kristi RoseAbout the Author

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Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a mountain, and was married in Arkansas by a J.O.P in flip flops named Earl. Today, as a proud military wife and mother of two, she’s been lucky enough to travel the world. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering what’s their story? That’s what Kristi likes to write about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA. You can follow Kristi at www.kristirose.net, like her Facebook page: Kristi Rose, or send her a tweet @krosewrites. The Girl He Knows is her debut novel.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Release Day Spotlight: WASTELAND

Wasteland (Wasted #2.5)
C. Elizabeth Vescio

“All young people need guidance. I find it strange that you are so young and sure of your life path. You do not seem to be a typical killer.”

Happy WASTELAND Release Day to C. Elizabeth Vescio. WASTELAND (Wasted #2.5) is a collection of short stories that take place in the world of her Wasted Series! Check out the book and excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below!

Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

About the Book:

Inside the halls of Osiris, the men and women who make the contract killing agency tick polish their weapons and hone their skills. But how did they start working for Nero and Lex in the first place, and when did they find out they were destined to kill people for a living? Before Frankie Fairholm let you into her crazy, dysfunctional world of murder for hire, the lives of these men and women were already in danger. Their training was put to the test alongside their morals. A troubled Catholic school girl with a penchant for murder, a naive con-woman in over her head, a driven socialite with a bad day that keeps getting worse, an assassin second-guessing his sworn oath... being a contract killer doesn’t mean you aren’t human, it just means your humanity is hard to find, and probably a bit tarnished.

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About the Author: 

C. Elizabeth Vescio

Author C. Elizabeth Vescio likes to play in the dark world of cynicism and death. Her Wasted series touches on the demented and humorous side of a delightfully dysfunctional family. Vescio is an award-winning photographer and avid font snob. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three dogs.


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Spotlight: Spring Fever

 Spring Fever 
Barbara Winkes

ISBN: 9781629291352
Genre: LGBT Romance

“Don’t look so shocked. 
We’re all grown-ups here.”

--from Spring Fever

About the book:

What does not kill love makes it stronger.

Callie has a hard decision to make when her ex, Nicole tries to blackmail her with an old secret. The timing could not be worse as Maggie still suffers from nightmares related to previous traumatic events. Andy, a new resident, is eager to make friends and promote the prejudice Callie and Rebecca have grown tired of. They have learned that trust is the most important thing in a relationship, and when you have it, hate cannot touch you.

Read more about Callie and Rebecca in:

Autumn Leaves by Barbara Winkes
ISBN 9781615727964
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With one revelation, her world will shift forever.

Rebecca has everything she ever dreamed of in life: a family, a beautiful home and good friends. When Callie moves into the house across the street, Rebecca is quick to welcome the young writer into the tightly-knit community of Autumn Leaves. She has no idea that Callie will confront her with a truth about herself she might not be ready to face.

All Callie wanted was to flee the big city and finish her latest book in peace, but life in the small town comes with unexpected temptation and danger.

Winter Storm by Barbara Winkes
ISBN 9781615728749
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For Callie and Rebecca, finding each other was the easy part.

In the follow-up to Autumn Leaves, Rebecca and Callie have made a commitment to their relationship. New challenges arise as Rebecca continues to find her identity. Callie is confronted with an ex she would have preferred to avoid. Nicole wants to be back together with her, and she uses all her manipulative skills to achieve that goal.

With a new minister in town and an unexpected threat, Rebecca and Callie will face even bigger trials. How much can their new-found love take?

About the author: 

Barbara Winkes is a psychologist/trauma counselor by training and a writer by choice who moved from a small town in Germany to Qu├ębec City where she lives with her wife.

She writes romance with the focus on the ‘L’ in GBLT, sometimes crossing over into mystery.

Find out more on her blog “Word Affair” at http://barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Spotlight: Quintal's Quandary

Quintal's Quandary 
Nadine Christian

ISBN: 9781629291314
Genre: Contemporary Romance

“I promise you won’t regret this decision.”

--from Quintal's Quandary

About the book:

Is a disaster looming on the horizon?

Unflappable, Jen Quintal will divert it. She’s a fixer. Confident and fearless, nothing fazes her and no issue is unsolvable. Until now.

When her best friend Felix drops a bombshell and issues her a shocking ultimatum, Jen is rocked to the core. With secrets unveiled and heartbreak on the cards, Jen must strive to put into perspective what is precious and real in her life.

When all you do is solve everybody else’s problems, what happens when you find your own life turned upside down and inside out? What if making the wrong decision means losing your best friend forever? The third book in the Bounty's Retreat series.

About the author: 

Nadine Christian lives on Pitcairn Island, a small isle in the middle of the South Pacific, with her husband, five children, four goats, two cats and thirty chickens. With its rich maritime history, Pitcairn’s romantic past comes alive in her novels, capturing the taste of life on an isolated tropical island, miles from the rush and bustle of normal city life.

Visit www.nadinechristian.com to learn more about the author and Pitcairn Island.

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Deep Green, 
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