Author Spotlight – Jeri Lynn Stone

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Author Spotlight

It’s time for another edition of Author Spotlight! This week I’d like to introduce you to author Jeri Lynn Stone.

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Award-winning author Jeri Lynn Stone lives in a small Arkansas town with her husband. They love to camp and they live between four beautiful lakes and each are within twenty-five miles from their home.
She’s been writing for about twelve years and is currently working on her fourth novel in the Detective Crime Mystery ‘Tara’ series. Taunting Tara, Teaching Tara and Tangle with Tara is available on Kindle and paperback. Texas Authors Association recently honored Tangle With Tara with a First Place award.

 

Here’s more about the “Tara” Detective Crime Mystery series.

Taunting Tara

tauntingWhen two prominent business men are murdered and mutilated within hours of each other, New York Detectives Tara Woods and Matt Dobbs race to find the killer. As they investigate the men’s pasts, they discover similar unsolved murders spread across the states linked to their current cases. And, then the deadly taunts begin. The killer lures Tara to an abandoned building where the ugly truth from Tara’s past and a burning rage erupts into violence and heartbreak.

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Teaching Tara

teachingWhen a New York Senator’s parents are murdered, Detective Tara Woods and her partner begins an investigation that leads them from murder to missing runaway teens to white slavery.

Tara learns from a man who calls himself “Teach” the secrets that link the dangerous, gritty streets to the New York elite.

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Tangle With Tara is the 3rd stand alone book in the Tara series

Honored as 2018 Best Detective Crime Mystery by the Texas Authors Association

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Relentless New York Detective Tara Woods and her partner are about to face the worst nightmare of their careers. A horrifying murder of young, beautiful girls directs the detectives to a case of missing teens. Six teenage girls are kidnapped and held hostage in a bizarre circumstance. When a case of teenage girls being kidnapped and held captive hits too close to home, Detective Tara Woods and her partner investigates and links the victims of the murder and kidnapped cases together. One by one, innocent girls living within a five mile radius of Tara’s apartment come up missing. Then, the creep snatched her friend’s teenage daughter who lived next door. Game on. He tangled with the wrong person.

You can purchase Tangle with Tara as an Ebook or Paperback

 

Connect with Jeri through FacebookTwitter, or through her blog   

Author Spotlight – Kalen Cap

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Author Spotlight

 Welcome back! Today’s author spotlight shines on Kalen Cap. Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, The Ancient Tripod of Peace is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, Tangled Ties to a Manatee, was published in 2012.

TripodofPeaceLet’s take a look at his book, The Ancient Tripod of Peace

Risking their lives, teens confront thieves in authority.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make friends in high school. But she finds her new teachers’ obvious dislike of her troubling. After relics are stolen from her dad’s museum, her priorities change.

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes for a clean slate as a freshman. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

As the official burglary investigation veers off track, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture the attention of the thieves who wield the Tripod of Peace, a relic of astounding power, sought by rival secret societies. Caught in the crossfire, Gil and Lexi encounter danger.”

You can purchase The Ancient Tripod of Peace in e-book or paperback through Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

To connect with Kalen, visit his website, author’s facebook page, or Amazon author page.

Author Spotlight – Sarah Zama

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Author Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on Sarah Zama.

ZaraSarah Zama was born in Isola della scala (Verona – Italy) where she still lives. She started writing at nine – blame it on her teacher’s effort to turn her students into readers – and in the 1990s she contributed steadily to magazines and independent publishers on both sides of the Atlantic.

After a pause, in early 2010s she went back to writing with a new mindset. The internet allowed her to get in touch with fellow authors around the globe, hone her writing techniques in online workshops, and finally find her home in the dieselpunk community.

Since 2010, she’s been working at a trilogy set in Chicago in 1926, historically as accurate as possible but also (as all her stories are) definitely fantasy. She’s currently seeking representation for the first book in the Ghost Trilogy, Ghostly Smell Around. In 2016, her first book came out, Give in to the Feeling.

She’s worked for QuiEdit, publisher and bookseller in Verona, for the last ten years. She also maintains a blog, The Old Shelter, where she regularly blogs about the Roaring Twenties and anything dieselpunk.

Let’s take a look at her book, Give in to the Feeling

Even in sparkling Jazz Age Chicago, spirits can trick you into believing they’re mengive in

When Susie comes to Jazz Age America, she knows her life will change. Back in China, spirits mingle in the mists of the rice fields and trick humans into believing they’re men so to steal their soul, and the expectations of a daughter are unimportant and ignore. Here in Chicago, Simon gives her the carefree life of the New American Woman, the freedom to dress daringly and do things once only reserved for men–drinking, smoking and dancing with strangers. It’s an exciting life and she considers the loyalty Simon demands of her a small price to pay.

Until she meets Blood.

Blood lets Susie speak her mind and listen to her heart. He commits himself to her and asks nothing in return. Through his eyes, Susie begins to see her loyalty to Simon as the bars around her “freedom”. But she knows Simon will never let her go.

Here in Chicago spirits can mingle in the smoke and jazz of speakeasies and trick humans into believing they’re men. They can still steal their soul. And if Susie doesn’t see the spirit behind the mask of the men fighting for her, she might lose much more than her freedom.

Here’s an excerpt:

Susie left Simon’s table and crossed the speakeasy toward the bandstand.

The club was dusky, smoky, chock full with people. She knew most of these people, at least by sight. The smoke and the soft light had become so familiar to her that they now wrapped around her like a warm protection.

She squeezed in between two men standing beside a table with cocktails in hand. One of them winked at her. She smiled back but didn’t stop. The show would start momentarily. Susie found a chair waiting for her by the bandstand and sat, watching the crowd ease off the dance floor as the band finished their number. As always, before the show, her heart beat faster. She liked that sensation. The music embracing her, taking control of her body — it lit a flame inside her every single time.

She watched her fellow dancers take their positions on a line of chairs on the other side of the dance floor, all dressed in yellow and showing off their legs and shoulders. All sporting black bobs adorned with white feathers.

Susie dropped her gaze to her hands as she fanned her fingers. Even her nails were polished red. Red like her lips and her dress. It took her a while, but she had become accustomed to her new look. She actually liked it, now. Her fingers were steady, didn’t tremble like the first time she danced right here in this club. Was it only two years ago?

She looked across the floor for Simon. He sat in the dusk of the far corner, his face lit by the golden glow of the stained-glass lamp on the table, a finger tapping his cocktail glass at the rhythm of the fading music.

He smiled at her when their gazes met. A small smile curled the corners of Susie’s mouth.

She raised her chin and straightened her back. The song died out and the murmur of customers took over.

A brush on her shoulder, and she thought a feather might have fallen from her headband. Its gentle touch breathed down her back, causing her a shiver that wasn’t unpleasant, but when she turned, she saw no stray feathers. Her gaze then raised to the entrance by its own accord.

That’s when she saw him.

A stranger.

Only people familiar to the doorman would enter, or people introduced by a customer, and she had never seen this man before. Lithe and willowy and dressed in a grey suit with a matching fedora, a grey coat draped on his shoulders. A black man with black curly hair reaching past his shoulders — and she was staring at him.

She tore her gaze away and saw his companion, taller, bigger and watchful. He wore a black suit, black fedora, black long coat and when he stopped beside his friend and leaned to speak to him, Susie saw he wore his dark hair in a long braid on his back.

So unusual.

Back in China, all men wore their hair in braids even longer than that, but she had never seen it here in Chicago. Simon didn’t wear it like that.
And this man was not Chinese.

Her gaze moved back to the black stranger in the grey suit. She couldn’t look away. Was he really a stranger? Hadn’t she seen him before?

Don’t stare, that’s so rude.

The music burst alive. Susie started and jumped up, joining the dance a second later.

Here’s what people are saying about Give in to the Feeling

As Sarah had described it as romance, I was worried Give in to the Feeling might not fit into the rest of the blog, so I asked her for an ARC, which she kindly provided.
I received it around 10 pm. My intention was to flick through it to make sure it was appropriate to my blog, then head to bed – which I estimated I’d do some 10 minutes later. Instead, I was sucked into the world of Susie and the 20s Chicago.
What started out as a love triangle between Susie, a Chinese dancer at a speakeasy; Simon, the owner of the joint; and a haunting stranger called Blood, soon took a sinister, paranormal turn. And I kept turning the pages, not turning in until after midnight…Nicholas C. Rossis Blog
I really thought Susie is a tough heroine. She is a woman who is determined to live comfortably. She is very loyal and dutiful to her lover, but when she meets Blood, she realizes that there is more to life than just to live comfortably. She begins to question her life and desires, and realizes that if she wants to be happy, she must make hard choices. –Lauralee Jacks, History from a woman’s Perspective, A Book Blog

Grab your copy of Give in to the Feeling from Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, iBooksInktera, OverDrive, and Scribd 

The book is not currently on Amazon but is available for Kindle via Smashwords

For more information or to connect with Sarah, visit her blog or website, or connect with her on TwitterGoodreadsInstagram, Google+Pinterest, or Facebook

Author Spotlight – P.J. Mann

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Author Spotlight

This week’s Author Spotlight shines on P.J. Mann

PJP.J. Mann is first of all a traveler who cannot live without having a flight ticket to the next destination. Her wanderings brought her to meet new people, cultures, and places from where she gets the inspiration for her novels. She doesn’t like to restrict her stories to a particular genre, although she prefers crime stories to which she adds her personal twists of introspection, proposing an alternative point of view to the many issues of life.

Her Latest Release – The Ghosts of Morgan Street

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In the city of New York, the homeless problem has reached breaking point – but the Governor’s new enrichment program promises to change everything…
When he took shelter in the abandoned house of Morgan Street, Jake entered a close-knit community of the downtrodden and dispossessed, surviving only by selling himself on the street.

Yet now, as winter approaches, the swearing of a new state governor sparks hope, and soon the house’s residents find themselves leaving, one by one, for better lives. As Jake moves into a new home, his friend Patrick, an addict, enters rehab at one of the Governor’s new rehab centers.
But all is not well within the facility walls.

Unexplained disappearances and a terrified message from his friend force Jake and his erstwhile ‘customer’, Chief Detective Ayden of the NYPD, to peer beneath the surface of the Governor’s plans for the homeless people in the rehab facility. It’s only when they find a strange list of crossed-off names that the former residents of Morgan Streets realize they might have been safer out on the streets.

Let’s take a look inside:

He walked for some time alone trying to get some order in the chaos he had in his mind. He looked around and called a taxi.

“Where do I have to bring you, Sir?” The taxi driver asked.

“I know I should go back home, but I am not sure I am ready for that,” he replied amused.

“Troubles with your lady?” The driver dared to ask, glancing at Darren from the rear-view mirror.

Darren smiled, “No, trouble with my own thoughts.”

“Are you worried about the interview you will have tomorrow, Sir?” he asked, recognizing him.

“Somehow, yes. I tell you what, give me a tour of the places where the people who will benefit the most from my campaign are,” Darren said.

“I know a place where you can have a good idea of what you will have to deal with, and it won’t be pleasant,” he warned, whilst he started to drive.

“I know what you are talking about. This afternoon, I went to one of these centers, where people volunteer to offer a safe place for drug addicts to get their fix. They are doing a great job, in my opinion, but they will need more funds to be able to help more people. They do not have any way to treat them; those are not rehab hospitals. However, they offer an invaluable tool to avoid at least that they will get infected with life-threatening diseases, by sharing the syringes.”

“You saw just the clean part of the problem. People living in poverty, who cannot afford a house, a decent health care or even collect three meals a day, are too many. Their lifestyle is something nobody dares even to think about or figure out,” he replied.

Darren nodded, “it seems like you know a lot about it,” he noticed.

“I was once like them, but I am just an exception to the rule. I was lucky to be found by a far relative of mine, who helped me; many of those people do not have the same luck. Most of the people on the streets do not have a family or friends or anyone who cares about them,” he explained.

“It seems like I will have to deal with ghosts,” Darren considered almost within himself.

“The ghosts of the society’s dirty consciousness; It is easy for the government to forget about them, virtually they do not exist. They are not paying taxes or contribute in any way to the economy of the country. Therefore, if they suddenly disappear, no one will ever notice it. There won’t be anyone to miss them, besides the people who share the same situation,” he said. “You can already start to look now; these are the ghosts you are promising to bring back to life. They are drug addicts, alcoholics, indigent people, prostitutes; people of almost all ages and walks of life. The largest homeless community is living here, on Morgan St.”

The Ghosts of Morgan Street is available through Amazon

A Tale of a Rough Diamond

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Not all that glitters is diamond; sometimes it is only glass. But even its sharp edges will never hurt you like family.

Stephan is living a life every teenager would envy. Son of a wealthy businessman, he lives carefree and carelessly. However, nothing is as it seems, and his perfect life is doomed; it has been since before he was even born. Days thrill-seeking, nights lock-picking; it’s all just about to fall apart.

His older brother has uncovered a secret. For all their years together, Roger has envied Stephan’s life, his success, the attention he has from their father, but now Roger can wait no longer; this is the moment, the moment he can hurt Stephan the most, when he can turn Stephan’s choices against him, tear apart everything he cherishes, and steal away his future.

With secrecy and the resources of the Russian Mafia on his side, the older Mills brother effortlessly brings Stephan’s world down around him, a single tip-off to the police burying him under the ruins of his former life.

After a year behind bars, Stephan seems to have no hope, no future. Cut off even from the rest of his family, can he reclaim his life and freedom, or will he sink still lower? Will his years of petty crime damn him, or will they be enough to help him fight back?

And will he have to do it alone?

Here’s an excerpt:

Roger looked at his hands. They were shaking – that nervous shake he’d learned to recognize and deal with a long time ago. His head felt as if it were going to explode, so strong was the pain he felt.

He reached for the cabinet, where he kept the first-aid kit and took a couple of analgesic pills. He knew they wouldn’t really help, but he took them anyway.

He was expecting two guests, both very important. The first one didn’t worry him at all, as he knew he could easily be dealt with.

The second one, however, was on a totally different level. The success or failure of all he had built so far was at stake – his firm, his career, his wealth, and his own life. That was the reason for the restless state of his mind, that made his hands shake and his head ache.

He looked anxiously at the clock. There was still time, but it seemed as his heart had a different perception of time, and it started to race in his chest. He took a couple of deep breaths and went to sit in the armchair behind his desk.

He made himself comfortable, sinking into the soft leather, and closed his eyes to regain some calm. He thought about what the deal of the game was, and how the success of both the meetings was to be achieved. Success was not an option.

As soon as he felt his heart calm down, he opened his eyes. The internal phone rang.

“Yes,” he answered calmly.

“Mr. Mills, there is a certain Mr. Raven here,” replied Stacey, his secretary, in her crystalline voice. “He has asked to talk to you. He said he had an appointment, but his name isn’t in the diary.”

“Let him in,” said Roger. “I called him today. I’m sorry I hadn’t told you about him.”

The heavy door opened, and a strange-looking person walked in, carefully closing the door behind him. Roger examined him from head to foot, trying to decipher what kind of person he would have to deal with, and smiled. Far too easy, he thought.

The young man was a miserable punk, the kind you’d expect to see ending up in jail, but not for serious crimes. No, this one would never have had the guts or be smart enough to plan anything more elaborate than robbing apartments.

“Thanks for coming, Mr. Raven,” said Roger. “I’m sorry for inviting you here at such short notice, without explaining my reasons.” He stood up from his chair.

The man looked suspiciously at Roger. He had no idea why he had been asked to see him.

“Please take a seat,” continued Roger charmingly. “Make yourself comfortable.”

Raven sat, his face expressionless. “Thank you,” he said in a low tone of voice.

Deadly Deception -Book I

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Ethan is a liar.

He can’t help it, he doesn’t even realize he’s doing it, but he lies to everyone he meets, and he doesn’t know how to stop.

Cut off from those around him, Ethan finds himself at the door of Dr. Wright, agreeing to a radical treatment. Ethan will leave his home of Boston behind to tour the world, and, given a plane ticket and a course of experimental medication, change his life forever.

But when, mid-treatment and a thousand miles from home, Ethan is accused of murder, how can he, or the embassy, or even his closest friends defend him? After all, Ethan can’t remember where he was the night the murder happened – all he knows for sure is he was with the woman just before she died.

With his freedom and sanity at stake, the truth seems to be further from Ethan’s grasp than ever. But then, if he wants to keep his freedom, perhaps lies are all he can depend on.

Here’s a sample:

From the moment that I was forced to take a break from Karen, the time seemed to fly away.

The day after, I left South Africa and I arrived in the evening at the Livingstone airport. That was a small one, as I noticed from the beginning as we could walk from our airplane to the arrival gate.

I looked around, and the gate itself looked quite small. In fact, it was just a small hall at the end of which was the passport control.

Quite minimalist, I thought, but at least not disperse, and hopefully quite efficient.

I positioned myself in a queue together with the other passengers of the flight and waited for my turn to get my entry visa. I was making a fast visual tour of the surroundings when I spotted something interesting. It was an information poster where it was stated that now it was possible to get the visa for both Zambia and Zimbabwe straight away from the Livingstone airport, and it cost fifty U.S. dollars.

That’s a bargain, I thought, and immediately decided for that option, rather than paying the same amount for having the visa only for one country.

Somewhere, I read that the Victoria Falls were more beautiful and spectacular from the Zimbabwe side, and I didn’t want to miss that occasion.

I waited and waited. The queue wasn’t long, but the border officers were a bit slow in issuing the visas, and I wondered whether I was supposed to spend the night in that hall.

Eventually, after a long wait, I got the double visa, and then I rushed to the baggage claim, hoping that, at least there, the wait wasn’t too long.

Luckily, due maybe to the fact that there weren’t many passengers with me on the plane, and that the air traffic was reduced, I got my luggage in a matter of seconds. Thankful for that good news, I walked to the exit, hoping to find a taxi.

“Do you need a taxi, sir?” a man asked promptly as he saw me coming out.

“I guess so. I need to go to this hotel,” I said, showing the reservation.

“Sure. No problem,” he said, handing the reservation back to me.

“How much that would be?” I asked routinely.

He thought about it for a while, “It is going to be ten dollars,” he replied as we walked to the parking lot.

I didn’t know whether this was a fair price or not. I didn’t ask to make a bargain; I wanted to be sure that the price was settled beforehand so that there wouldn’t be any bad surprises as I arrived at the hotel.

The price seemed to me quite fair as we drove a long distance to reach the city. Though, when the taxi driver took a secondary and unpaved road, I started to be a little afraid that he didn’t understand at all the place where I needed to be.

It was already dark, and I didn’t have any idea of where we were, or where he was driving me. Moreover, I didn’t have the courage to ask anything.

The Ghosts of Morgan StreetA Tale of a Rough Diamond and Deadly Deception can all be purchased through Amazon.

Connect with P.J. through her Amazon Author pageauthor websiteBlogFacebookTwitter, and Google+

Review of The Guardian

I am thrilled with this 5 Star review from Reader’s Favorite. 😁

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Guardian by L.M. Nelson is an inspiring tale about courage, perseverance, and love. A tragic car accident changes Camryn and Toby’s lives forever when they are magically transported to Gelnoff, a place that desperately needs their help to free it from the clutches of the firebeast, and restore balance to the elements. With the title of the guardian, and help from various druids and other mythical creatures, Toby and Camryn must journey across this strange place where they have found themselves and gather elemental stones in their quest to defeat the firebeast. They must survive and surpass all of the challenges that lie ahead of them, including pesky trolls and harpies doing the firebeast’s bidding. Will Camryn and Toby be able to succeed in their quest and return home? Or will they be stuck in this mysterious land forever?

In a thrilling tale, The Guardian by L.M. Nelson feels like a cross between Bridge to Terabithia, The Spiderwick Chronicles and a little like Lord of the Rings. It has wonderful themes of determination, adapting to new situations and friendship. These are all relatable themes that a younger age group going through their own coming of age struggles will relate to. It will also help them to find the will to discover a new perspective on seemingly unpleasant situations in their own lives. The characters develop really nicely along with the plot, perfectly written for young adults. I admire all of the creatures that come to Toby and Camryn’s aid and how beautifully it is presented as well as having riddles to contend with. The riddles I feel fit in perfectly with the magical and mysterious vibe of the world Camryn and Toby are in. It adds to the overall enjoyable factor of the book. I enjoyed the tale and the plot twist.”