Wednesday, April 23, 2014

EXODUS 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett

Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.

THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”

Twitter: @kennethgbennett

Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.

Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
My son and I do a lot of backpacking and skiing together and we talk about all kinds of things on those trips. During one discussion (on a hike deep inside Olympic National Park) we were talking about animal intelligence and wondering if genius ever occurs in animals. That “wondering” led to a lot of reading and research after I returned home, and gradually a story began to take shape.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
About two years from start to finish.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I love the feeling of being “in the zone” while writing. That mental state when ideas are flowing and you know in your bones that you’re working on a cool story. It’s not always easy to find that zone, but it’s wonderful when you get there.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Honestly, I like every aspect of it, from brainstorming the initial idea to final edit and proofreading. The whole process is a blast.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Assuming it could be someone from history I’d say Teddy Roosevelt. Just read a biography about T.R. and the guy was one of the most amazing, resilient, resourceful human beings who has ever lived. He overcame enormous personal challenges through sheer willpower, determination and a positive attitude. And he was a great president. An amazing guy.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Old Rasputin Beer. One of my favorite beers.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m in the midst of research for a new novel called THE HEALER about a man who discovers later in life that he has a special gift for healing. I’m super excited about the story and hope to have the book completed in about a year. 

Thanks so much for your questions and for featuring EXODUS 2022 on your site!

Kenneth G. Bennett

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Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason

Renea Mason writes steamy romances to help even out the estrogen to testosterone imbalance caused by living in a house full of men.

When she isn’t putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and three loving but needy cats.

Her debut novel, Symphony of Light and Winter, finished second for Best New Paranormal Series of 2013 in Paranormal Cravings’ Battle of the Books and received a third place award for Best New Paranormal Romance of 2013 in The Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers Choice Awards.

Renea is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Paranormal Romance Guild and The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal subchapter of the Romance Writers of America.

She is also a founding member of Coffee Talk Writers and the Coffee Talk website–a site designed to support established writers and foster new talent.

One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.

Fundraiser Linden Hill has a knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.
But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I honestly don’t know. I had a few scenes floating around in my head and they demanded to be brought to life on paper.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The first draft took four months. The revisions took six months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
That magical feeling you get when you give life to character.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Proofreading. I’m terrible at it and miss everything anyway, so it’s wasted effort.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Andrew Lloyd Webber--Because I’d love to see what goes on inside his head.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Anything on my husband’s side of the fridge. I honor expirations dates, my husband celebrates birthdays sometimes. I never look over there so I can’t tell you an exact item.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More Symphony of Light stories. Readers will learn that Linden receives an unusual side effect from the events of book one. I plan on writing a series of short stories to supplement the main series to expound on it.

They also can could on a really mess-up contemporary m̩nage trilogy this fall, starting with Book One РCuring Doctor Vincent.

Dark Light of Day and Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer

Jill Archer writes dark, genre-bending fantasy from rural Maryland. Her novels include Dark Light of Day, Fiery Edge of Steel, and White Heart of Justice. She loves cats, coffee, books, movies, day tripping, and outdoor adventuring.

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Noon Onyx has been accepted into the prestigious St. Lucifer’s Law School where her mother hopes she’ll be trained as a Maegester. But Noon doesn’t want to control demons, set fires, or destroy things. She wants to become a Mederi so she can grow gardens and heal people.

Noon's best friend, Peter Aster, is an Angel spellcaster who thinks he has the answer to Noon's predicament - an ancient, mysterious, lost spell that can turn Noon into the Mederi she always wanted to be. Only one person stands in the way of Noon's dream - Ari Carmine, a fellow classmate who seems fascinated by Noon's fiery side.


“A spectacular debut novel.”—USA Today bestselling author Faith Hunter

“There is a fresh new voice in urban fantasy, and she has a unique take on Armageddon…With her unusual heroine, Noon Onyx, Archer has created a brilliant character who struggles against fate to find her place in the world. Set against the backdrop of university life, there is an abundance of adventure, mystery and passion!”—RT Book Reviews

“[D]elightfully dark and unique.” Bitten By Books

“Archer is now down on my ‘never miss’ author list.”–Night Owl Reviews

“[A] fascinating story line… Jill Archer has created a dark world that will grab your attention from the very start.”—The Reading Cafe

Noon Onyx is the first woman in memory to wield waning magic. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…

“Archer delves deeper into the enticing and magical world of Dark Light of Day in this original and clever urban fantasy… Excitement and action leap from the pages as Archer’s skill with description pulls readers fully into her magical world.” Publishers Weekly

“The second Noon Onyx story is an astounding adventure tale. Archer’s unique world, where Lucifer’s army triumphed at Armageddon, is filled with adherence to strict laws that keep an uneasy peace between races. This is proving to be a really fresh and fascinating series!” RT Book Reviews

“[D]arkly disturbing in the very best of ways, with complex characters, extremely detailed scenes, and a believability that sucks you in like world-bending magic.” Bitten By Books

“[A] moving and fun story about choices and consequences and love… If you like your fantasy with a twist, blended with some evil, [and] an incredible mystery… grab this series and get ready for book three.” Cabin Goddess

“[Noon] is extremely brave and outspoken. She is passionate and strong and she doesn’t falter in her core beliefs… Archer has a great ability to keep the story moving along through character’s dialogue and through her imaginative and unique world… Fiery Edge of Steel is a great follow up second book in this series.” Rabid Reads

“[T]he themes are ethereal… leaving lots of space for subjective interpretation… The story moves with lots of action and little extraneous dialogue or other word waste… If you like a mix of medieval, modern and fantasy with a kick-ass heroine, this is the series for you!” Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust

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“Lucem in tenebras ferimus. Into the darkness, we bring light.” @archer_jill #DARKLIGHTOFDAY

“When traveling into the unknown, sometimes the biggest danger is the one you bring with you…” @archer_jill #FIERYEDGEOFSTEEL

“One out of every two hunters who follow the Old Trail will not return.” @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Finally! I’m looking forward to seeing Noon embrace her fiery magic. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Ari Carmine is smokin’ hot. I wanna see if Noon can forgive him for that nasty surprise at the end of B2. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I heard a rumor that Rafe Sinclair makes a wish and I wanna know if it’s granted. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Nocturo. Tall dark handsome. Heard his scalpel’s put to good use. Is he gonna threaten Brunus w it again? @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I love the characters, but I’m really just in it for the monsters and magic. Bring on the ice demons! @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Armageddon is over. The demons won. But it’s not as dark as all that. Parts of it are romantic and sweet. @archer_jill #NOONONYXSERIES

Double Alchemy by Susan MacNicol‏

Sue Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. She has written ten novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.

Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell and lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family. Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to one day make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.


Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.


In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.

In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I live in Essex, the site where Matthew Hopkins was prevalent as the Witchfinder General. I love the village of Mistley and have spent quite a lot of time out there. It’s a beautiful part of the country. I’m also Wiccan so I have an interest in witchcraft and the occult. My bookcase is filled with all sorts of fascinating studies and occult books, including an old one by Aleister Crowley. So it wasn’t a big stretch to think about writing about a Warlock and a Water Sprite. Where the idea for the Withinner came from, I have no idea J Chalk it up to a very active imagination.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Double Alchemy took me about eight weeks to finish both books. I tend to obsess when I start and I am very focused on writing a story once I start. It was no hardship though. Every waking moment was spent on this story to the detriment of all (and everyone) else.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
That it’s mine. It’s something only I can do, these ideas and thoughts coming out of my head, and I can make my characters’ world mine just for a short time. I can get lost in their story, their lives and their anguish and joy. I can make them love, hate, fear. And at the end of it I can give them a HEA which unfortunately some people don’t always get in real life.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I used to think it was the edits, but now I enjoy them as they’ve taught me such a lot about how to be a better writer. So while I still feel that frisson of fear each time I get an email from my editor, it’s not as bad as it used to be. I think perhaps my worst thing is that an author can write these stories but getting people to read them is even more difficult. I’d love to write a wonderful book and give it to someone and it becomes a huge success but we all know that’s not the way it works. So I tend to get a bit frustrated, like any writer does, about the critical time and effort needed in building my author platform and trying to keep things fresh and entertaining for my readers.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Well, I’d choose to be a famous fictional character. I’d want to be Sherlock Holmes. He may have been real, who knows ? But I love his persona, his quirkiness, his apparent disregard for human emotions and his very own fallible nature. I’d want to solve crimes, running around Victorian London, spending time at beautiful old country manors and hob-nobbing with the cream of society while solving crimes with my unique, keen and analytical brain.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
It’s a jar of mashed chilies, probably about 3 months old but still perfectly good for cooking. There’s a bit of an obsession in Britain for the use of ‘sell by dates’ something I’ve never really understood. If it hasn’t got mould, looks okay, smells okay, tastes okay then the chances are it’s good for another week.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I begin writing a series of novellas called ‘Men in London’. It’s a set of tales about different men and professions meeting in a restaurant called Galileo’s in London. The restaurant will form the central background to each couple’s story and they’ll be introduced in each previous book. The first book in the series is called ‘Love me Senseless’ and it’s the story of Gideon Trent, owner of the restaurant and upcoming whizz kid chef, Eddy Luca. Gideon loses his sense of smell and taste in a tragic accident and it’s up to Eddy to bring Gideon back to the world and make him believe in himself again.

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Berman's Wolves by Gretchen SB

Gretchen happily lives in Seattle, Washington where she spends her time creating new characters and situations to put them in. She also enjoys cheering on her local sports teams, even though it sometimes seems they are allergic to winning.

Gretchen has spent most of her life in Washington state. She graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in History and a BA in Philosophy. Though there was a brief stint after college where she lived in Florida and worked for the mouse (Disney World). She loves that Washington provides a large range of activities, from Shakespeare in the park to rodeos.

She has had a love of reading and telling stories as far back as she, or anyone else, can remember. Currently, she loves to read the same genres she writes. She also loves exploring her home state. At the end of her adventures she unwinds by curling up on the couch, knitting while catching up TV shows via Netflix.

When a scientist runs an experiment on three separate college campuses that goes horribly wrong, several hundred students find their lives altered forever. They must learn to adapt to their new lives as Werewolves. Immediately after the incident a government program was put in place to keep track of these unwitting subjects. After a year the program falls apart as those in charge argue on how to proceed. 

Without the programmers constantly looking over their shoulders the werewolves have now started to organize themselves. Creating their own hierarchy and alliances.

Jack is the Alpha of Pacific Northwest University's pack F. He thought the government had finally taken a step back and let him and the other Alphas run their packs. Recently, however, he has been hearing rumblings about the programmers wanting to reinstate the program. He thought they were just rumors until he finds out one of his pack is being threatened by several of the lab assistants that took part in the original experiment. Now Jack must scramble to find allies and hunt down those threatening his pack. The more he goes looking the bigger the plot becomes.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I dreamt about one of the scenes in the book (the first muli-pack meeting) and wrote it down as I woke up. The scene stuck with me so I kept adding on to it. Then it became a story in its own right.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
From start to finish Berman’s Wolves took nine months to write the full draft.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love being able to create a world. I get to set all the rules and guidelines. Everything is at my creative disposal. I love sitting down to a new idea and writing it down for the first time. I get such a rush from each new creation. Now if only I could get that excited when it comes to finishing I would be set.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Having to read through and edit a story. I will find almost any excuse not to do it. It is kind of like a little kid, ‘oh what is that shiny thing over there…I should investigate.’ It is a bad habit but I always feel that once I finish writing the book is done, I know what happens and I shouldn’t have to touch it anymore. I know, totally absurd!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I do not think I would like being anyone else. I like being me, I know where all the trouble spots are. If I took over someone else’s life for a day I wouldn’t know any of the trouble spots…maybe I am over thinking this….

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
That would be some bottles of beer my boyfriend bought before we moved in. I think that makes it about nine months old. Maybe I should check the expiration date on those.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
My next book (I am looking at an August release) is about a homicide detective who catches a case that leads him to a paranormal community that he did not know existed. He struggles with this new knowledge and does not want to believe that the paranormal truly exists. But in order to catch the killing he needs to believe in the paranormal.

The book after that is the second book in me Night World Series, it will be Viking’s book.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Red the Were Hunter by Rebekah Ganiere

Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people's made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people's characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.

Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters. When she isn't spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.
Twitter: @VampWereZombie
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What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you'd been taught to believe in?

Redlynn of Volkzene, member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to find another village girl taken and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible. The King of the Weres-- But there are worse things in Wolvenglen Forest than the wolves.

Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he's never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is that last thing he wants in his life.

But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and when the mystery of the missing girls is solved, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons to find the happiness they both so desperately desire.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eyes Only by H.K. Sterlin

H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. H.K. likes to focus her writing on suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her books may even go dark. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing.

H.K. currently has a Mystery/Thriller out: A Taste For Killing; and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology, My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger has just been accepted for publication and Breathless Press also just published H.K.'s short-short titled Eyes Only. H.K.'s books are suitable for 18+.

Catch up with H.K. Sterling on the following social media:
Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @HKSterling
HK Sterling "Undercover Blog"

In the shadowy world of covert operations it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Is there even room for romance? Sometimes romance fits in only too well.

Read along with the twists and turns of "Eyes Only" where trust is a rare commodity and you'll never know which side to root for until the very end.


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