Hello everyone. Happy Sunday! It’s been a hot weekend here, and so this morning, I’m just chilling out inside with some coffee. :) I wanted to pop in, though, and pass along some news. Passion’s Sacred Dance is now in paperback with a pretty front and back cover!*drum roll please* Continue reading
Our friend, paranormal author Clarissa Johal has returned with a spooky new novel, VOICES. Read on for a little about the book. It looks intriguing, so do read on. Oh, and there’s a giveaway at the end of this post so don’t miss that. Without further ado, Clarissa, take it away.
Follow the tour (link to schedule is below) to read exclusive excerpts, guest posts, and spotlights.
“Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.” Continue reading
Coming July 2015!
From the book description: Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.
HOPE by Jessica Jayne-Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?
LIVE by Lea Bronsen-After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.
FAITH by Cait Jarrod-Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?
PERSISTENCE by DC Stone-Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.
Special Introduction by Julie Ann Walker
All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors.
GIRL CODE TRAILER:
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From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with a great group of women—the WWC, and loves a good glass of wine.
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DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military and a private investigator. Currently, she works as an internal affairs investigator by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisper.” Commonly called upon to act as an expert witness, she also trains with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict.
When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, Rom Vets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her at www.authordcstone.com.
“My writing interests very much like my reading interests. Though I mainly write romance type novels with a spicy twist, I have lived what some might call a suspenseful life. As a survivor of stalking and sexual assault, I learned the ins and outs of the legal system pretty quickly. It helped to precipitate my interest in getting my law degree… that and the fact that I grew up around attorneys. So adding suspense to my writing is no big surprise to me or anyone that knows me.”
I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head!
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Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.
As promised, here is my review of QUEEN OF THE HILL by Genevieve Jack.
QUEEN OF THE HILL
by Genevieve Jack
*Review copy given to me by Ms. Jack and Bewitching Book Tours.
In Genevieve Jack’s, QUEEN OF THE HILL, Grateful Knight has finally earned a little downtime, since her last battle with the vampire queen Bathory. Her own knight, Caretaker, Rick, has proposed and Grateful is gleefully (or not) planning her wedding. You’d think that would be enough stress for any gal, but then she and Rick receive a call about a murder at their friend’s business. And he’s gone missing. There’s evidence of another in his room, but the cops can’t pinpoint the third party. Nor does Grateful feel she can trust his second in command…. Continue reading
Monday again, well, for today I have a little guest post of my own to tout. You may remember, about a month ago, a lovely blogger named Bodicia reviewed my latest piece, SING A MOURNFUL MELODY. Today, she has a guest post by yours truly concerning the story. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about it, and why I decided to write a truly Gothic story, you can read the post here.
Enjoy–and thank you again, Bodicia! :) It’s been a pleasure, my friend!
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a new author who I’ve met. Jessica Kong is a paranormal author specializing in Science fiction settings. Her latest book, A SEACAT’S LOVE was recently released and is already pulling in praise. I asked Jessica to come speak with my readers today and she graciously took time out of her crazy-busy holiday schedule to do so.
For readers who’ve never met you can you tell us a little about yourself, so my readers can get to know you?
Jessica Kong: My name is Jessica Kong. My writing career began with the publication of the first two books in the Sea-anan Saga, A Lost Kitten and A Forgotten Kitten. The themes and story lines of my books are based on my real-life experience in an interracial marriage. I also incorporate experiences my triplets went through growing up, like being treated as outsiders by kids who weren’t minorities or multiracial, or, now that they’re older, being labeled or avoided. My books have a message about not judging others before you get to know them. Also, by making the differences between races more exaggerated, I emphasize how, when you look past the tiny factor of race, we all share the same basic needs, desires, and cultures.
Care to tell us a little about your novel A Seacat’s Love?
Jessica: A Seacat’s Love is a science-fiction action-romance about a grieving government spy and a humanoid feline scientist who meet in the corridors of a secret laboratory during an attempted escape. The first book in the Oceanan Trilogy, it’s an exciting action-adventure with themes of friendship, honor, and trust as well as doing what’s right, not being too quick to judge—and intergalactic love.
Rick McCall is a spy who can’t forgive himself for making the bad choice that led to the death of his wife and unborn daughter. Leonora is a brilliant scientist and high-ranking Seacat Warrior from the planet Oceana who is captured by the human army, imprisoned, and secretly subjected to experiments by government agents. All it takes is one look into her pale blue eyes, when Leonora collides with him during her attempt at freedom, for Rick’s heart to stir and his life to change its course.
When he discovers that Leonora’s claims about the government experimentation are true, Rick sees that he must help her and her colleague, Tigif, escape the planet, at great risk to his life and career. As they try to retrieve the aliens’ ship while avoiding a massive government dragnet, Tigif’s treachery turns out to be more than an obstacle to the growing relationship between these two people of different worlds, and his advances on Leonora become more and more forceful.
Combining the imagination of science fiction, the steamy passion of a romance, the thrills of an action-adventure, and the all-too-human conflict of a drama, A Seacat’s Love will appeal to a wide audience of readers. And fans of the Sea-anan Saga will be thrilled to find out how the parents of the multiracial protagonists they’ve met in books one and two come together.
What inspired the story of A Seacat’s Love?
Jessica: Shortly after my triplets were born, I sat in front of my computer hoping to escape into a world that I had complete control of. As I played my video game, I thought of a scene from a black and white romance movie that I once saw. It was a couple laying on the beach in an intimate embrace as the incoming waves washed over them. While I continued to play, I also recalled my favorite books and movies. Even though the stories were great, there was always something I wished the characters had done differently. This led me to ask the ‘what if’ question. What if the man on the beach was a secret agent and the woman he held in his arms was an alien from another world that he was protecting from his government? What if this alien humanoid evolved from felines? My mind began showing me a storyline heading in a different direction than the movie’s. I found it interesting and fun, so I turned off my computer game and opened up a word document and started typing. My new ‘escape from a chaotic world’ was created.
As I wrote about this blossoming romance, the couple became more real to me. Their story continued to unravel in my head. It began to include family members, best friends, traveling into space, even a timeline. As my triplets grew, I wrote storyline after storyline from that one beach scene, eventually writing my first book ever, “A Seacat’s Love”, a science fiction romance of how that human spy and alien feline met.
You’ve self-published several titles, what made you jump into self-publishing and have you been pleased with the results? Does it live up to your expectation?
Jessica: In the beginning, my plan was to go the traditional route. However, I read how more and more authors were leaving the publishing houses and going solo. The higher royalties and total control over book content was definitely a plus for me, and the reason I decided to go at it alone. For the most part, being self-published is great. The only downside for me is the time I have to spend self-promoting. Time spent on promoting is time away from writing. Then again, if you don’t promote, you don’t sell.
I hear that! Is there anything you haven’t yet achieved in your career—or any specific thing you haven’t written about yet—that you dream of doing some day?
Jessica: I have yet to reach the top bestseller list, have yet to receive 100 reviews, have yet to win any awards. :) I say I have a lot of growing, learning, and improving to do.
What’s on tap next for you? Any new manuscripts in the works, currently?
Jessica: At the present, I am working on the third installment to the Sea-anan Saga called, “A Kitten’s Tale”. :) This is the story about Mathew McCall, Areo’s twin brother. I will show how he is reunited with his childhood friend and relative, Sev, the king of the purebloods. I will also show how he meets Serena, the woman that stirs up deeply suppressed feelings of hatred and betrayal in Mathew towards the race that had tossed his family to the curb like garbage. Their relationship has its ups and downs during their trip to the Sea-anan Empire on board a White Star. I plan to publish this book before next year’s end.
Sounds like you are going to be busy in 2015. Where can people find out more about you and your works?
Jessica: All my books are on sale at the following locations.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/jessica-a-kong
In the first book of the Sea-anan Saga, A Lost Kitten, readers meet John McCall. The second book, A Forgotten Kitten, features Areo McCall. Both of these intriguing protagonists are children of an intergalactic marriage. Now, fans of the saga will be thrilled to learn the story of how their parents get together.
A Seacat’s Love takes readers back in time to planet Earth, where Rick McCall is committed to living the lonely life of a government spy after losing his wife and unborn daughter due to his own arrogance and poor decisions.
Leonora, one of the top scientists on the planet of Oceana and a high-ranking Seacat Warrior, is a humanoid feline who has come to Earth to study human evolution and find similarities between earthlings and oceanans. But her expedition’s camp is stormed by the human army.
Rick and Leonora first encounter each other at a secret military lab during the cat woman’s attempt to escape her captors. When she collides with Rick in a corridor, Leonora begs for his help, claiming that the government has been experimenting on her, and one look into the frightened feline’s pale-blue eyes is enough to stir the hardened spy’s heart. For Leonora, the spark ignites in her chest after Rick dares to defy his government and his own commanding officer to aid her and her colleague Tigif. She recognizes the nobility in this selfless act of helping strangers—aliens from another world, no less!
Now committed to helping Leonora and Tigif remain safely out of the clutches of a wrongful government and find a way back to their home planet, Rick faces many difficult choices—but he doesn’t want to repeat the past and make another devastatingly wrong decision. His relationship with Leonora grows in fits and starts, constantly undermined by Tigif’s devious plots, and Leonora is threatened by Tigif’s increasingly forceful advances. As they avoid a massive government dragnet, fight off dangerous feline fevers, and try to retrieve the aliens’ ship, heated emotions of jealousy, distrust, and resentment that arise in the confusion put their very lives in jeopardy.
Author Jessica Kong seamlessly blends multiple themes into her Sea-anan Saga and Oceanan Trilogy books, including loyalty, racism, family, and love. In A Seacat’s Love, the theme of multiracial relationships is particularly prominent, where the difference in race between the two protagonists is exaggerated to galactic proportions. As in all of the volumes in the series, this book shows how fundamentally similar we all really are when it comes to our basic needs, desires, and even cultures.
But readers don’t have to be fans of the saga to enjoy A Seacat’s Love. The novel stands on its own as an exciting and exotic science-fiction action-romance. Though it is an adult-content book, it is written in simple language that is easy to read—and even easier to get caught up in. Its cross appeal to science-fiction enthusiasts, romance lovers, action-adventure fans, and anyone who enjoys exploring human nature through the lens of creative imagination makes it attractive to a wide audience.
Thank you for being with us, Jessica! And best wishes on your series, and for your forthcoming books. We will be looking forward to them! Folks, if you’d like to learn more about Jessica Kong, see her website at:
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/AreoMc
And you can find all her works at the above links. We hope you enjoyed this conversation, have a lovely day, and as ever, keep reading!