Thursday, December 31, 2015

WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD ~ Resolutions and Nostalgia



Many bring in the New Year with hope, enthusiasm, and a bit of nostalgia, and do it all as they party hardy.  As we get older the parties grow less and the nostalgia oft overpowers all. 

We remember not just the last year but the last several decades.  We miss family and friends who have passed, we yearn for things that could have been, we smile at the victories and mourn the defeats.  Mostly, though, we reflect on those moments when joy held court and life was good.  We want to find those good times again, hence New Year's resolutions!

A:  (Looks at what Zi typed)  You sound like a wise old man.

Z:  The gray gives it away, eh?  

A:  And the nostalgia.  By the way, I still party on New Year's Eve.  (Points to her sparkly new dress and cardboard dazzled tiara)

Z:  (He points to her Tasmanian furry slippers)  You are zzzzzzing by midnight. 

A:  Maaaaybeeee, but I party first.

Z:  With grape juice and fruit loops?

A:  Ok, so you caught me, I party with my grandkids, and have more fun than I used to watching the Apple drop in Times Square.  (Sticks out her tongue for emphasizes)

Z:  You were never in Times Square on NYE!  

A:  I watched it on TV.  Now, stop being evasive, what are your resolutions?

Z:  You first.

A:  I resolve not to make any resolutions except to never give up, never surrender.

Z:  Watched Galaxy Quest again, huh?

A:  Gotta love that movie.  Now, you.

Z:  Since we are being nostalgic, I will to review the last couple years of resolve.

Zi's Dieting - New Year Resolutions

2010: I will get my weight down below 180 pounds... I can do this!  (Remembers doing three jumping jacks after typing that out)
2011: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200 pounds... I shall eliminate gummy bears and gummy bear related products  (Had managed two... two jumping jacks)
2012: I will develop a realistic attitude about my weight... I am the master of my own fork  (Couldn't get off the ground)
2013: I will work out 3 days a week... Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays... I have joined a gym and have signed a three year commitment... I am resolved (Tied his shoe and called it touching his toes)
2014: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week... and stop if I'm dressed for it.  (Does mental gymnastics... one Mississippi... two Mississippi... three miss my cupcakes... I'll be back)
2015: I will use the word gym in a sentence once a week while doing twelve ounce curls, ie, lifting a diet soda can.  (Eventually, decides to use six ounce cans)
2016: I will blame my parents on my imperfect genetic code... they are the reason I am portly... no cake for them this year... more for me.  (Plans on a triple layer Italian cream cake with a side of cheesecake... and two forks... why... he is the master of his own forks) 
A:  Good for you.  Can  I have a piece, too?



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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Virtual Book Blast Tour & Giveaway for Whiskey Devils by Brandon Zenner


Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a great prize. Brandon will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner. The book blast tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions and you can find all the tour stops HERE

Now let's check out Brandon Zenner's Whiskey Devils....


GENRE: Crime Thriller

Evan Powers has become the new manager in Nick Grady’s well-established marijuana growing operation. Led by his roommate and best friend, little has changed in Nick’s secretive business since the late ‘60s, which is just the way the aging hippie would for like it to remain. However, Nick’s complex past comes full circle, thrusting Evan in a scramble to decipher the truth behind the enigmatic lives of the people he holds dear. Deep in the woods, demons will be unleashed.

Excerpt:

We walked directly across the hall, to a second door leading to a second warehouse. It was like those Russian Matryoshka dolls that get pulled apart to reveal smaller dolls nesting inside. A warehouse within a warehouse.

Nick took me to the door and knocked.

My previous work took place down the long hall to the left, in a room around the corner in the rear of the building, and I looked over my shoulder to where I normally worked with Becka. She was nowhere to be seen. Whatever Nick was about to show me was entirely new, but I had a very good idea of exactly what was behind that thick door.

A sliding viewing port opened, and a set of eyes looked out. The viewing port closed, and the sound of a heavy lock clacked from the hollows of the metal door. A moment later it opened and we stepped inside, shielding our eyes from the glaring light.

“Holy hell,” I muttered, stepping into the room. The temperature was hot in there, muggy, and my eyes were practically blinded from the succession of thousand-watt high pressure sodium light bulbs lining the ceiling. A sea of tall marijuana plants filled the room, all set in carefully arranged rows, some attached to an elaborate hydroponic system. The smell of fresh marijuana was as thick as soup. A silver tray holding orange slices and a knife sat on a table by the door.

“So.” I turned to Nick. “What exactly do you need me to do?”

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Author bio and links:


Brandon Zenner is an American fiction writer. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was just 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon's top-ten charts within its genre many times. His categories of choice are thrillers, dystopian, crime, and science fiction.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Book Spotlight & Giveaway~ Commander Henry Gallant


Check out this great science fiction story and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. H. Peter Alesso will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host. The tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions and you can find all the tour stops HERE

Now let's check out H. Peter Alesso's Commander Henry Gallant...


GENRE:  Sci-fi

He thought Alaina loved him, but now she’s found someone else. A tidal wave of loss and grief swept over Henry Gallant, leaving him undecided about what to do next, or how to move forward.

Despite his sorrow, he goes on a dangerous mission to an invading aliens’ home world in the Gliese-581 star system. There he uses a neural interface to penetrate their communication network and steal a high ranking alien’s identity. Through this artifice he learns about their history and society, and discovers a way to hinder and possibly defeat them.

A side-effect of linking into the alien network—which was created for autistic savants—is that Gallant’s mind was stimulated and enhanced to the point where he begins to experience superintelligence abilities.

Upon returning from his mission, there is concern that Gallant might pose an even more serious threat than the aliens. While he struggles to fend off those who doubt his loyalty, he fights to win back Alaina.

This is the fourth book of The Henry Gallant Saga, but it can be read as a standalone story.

Amazon link for the Henry Gallant Saga: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011M9O9RC/ref=series_rw_dp_sw


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.

You can visit his Web site at: http://www.hpeteralesso.com/Default.aspx
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Book Tour and Giveaway~ Lovers, Players & the Seducers


Discover the world of author J.A. Jackson and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. The tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions. Full tour stops are HERE

Now let's check out J.A. Jackson's Lovers, Players & the Seducers....


GENRE: Romantic Suspense

Nicholas La Cour loves money. In the game of betrayer and betrayed he thinks his sister Lacey is the prefect target for his manipulative schemes to keep his financial ruin a secret.

Gorgeous Lacey La Cour lost her hopeful and playful spirit after being dumped by her childhood sweetheart. Now an adult, she is strong and independent.

Determined to find the answer to his money problems, Nicholas discovers his best friend Kienan Egan is strangely attracted to his sister Lacey.

Does his sister’s love life hold the answers to all of his problems?

Does Nicholas have the prefect plan?

A vengeful seduction is swept into play as tragic forces are unleashed in a dangerous game of deception and greed unlocking doors to the past.

Will Lacey discover her brother’s deception before it’s too late?

When it’s all said and done it’s all about the well-heed things in life, family, friendships, affairs, revenge, and romance.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Quinn grew quiet and studied her face to see how serious she was. He looked back at her and said. “Just give it to me.”

She could tell that Quinn was annoyed. She quickly held out a small clear vile up to the light. “Here Quinn, what do you call it again?”

“I call it the elixir of the Wizard of Love,” Quinn grinned wide.  His eyes bulged as he tried to snatch it from her hand.

The woman was as fast as lightning. She pulled her hand back and the vile disappeared.

He grinned wide staring back at her.

“Have patience my friend.” She wickedly smiled. She slowly lowered her hand and unzipped his pants. She placed a small drop of liquid on his penis. Gently she slowly stroked him.

Quinn breathed out slowly and closed his eyes.  All the while he felt her fingers stroking his penis to an erection.

“Mmmm now it’s the right size,” Madame Rosa told him, as she placed a condom over his penis.

 Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCEGUQA

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lovers-players-and-the-seducer-j-a-jackson/1119687464?ean=9780988450899

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J.A. Jackson is the pseudonym for an author, who loves to write deliciously sultry adult romantic, suspenseful, entertaining novels with a unique twist. She lives in an enchanted little house she calls home in the Northern California foothills.

She spent over ten years working in the non-profit sector where she wrote grants, press releases and contributed many stories to their newsletter. She was their Newsletter editor for over ten years. She loves growing roses, a good pot of hot tea, chocolate, magical stories, suspense stories, ghost stories, and reading Jane Austen again and again in her past time.

https://www.amazon.com/author/jajackson

http://jerreeceannjackson.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Jerreece-Ann-Jackson/204377496289139?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/jerreece

Books by J. A. Jackson & Links

A Geek an Angel Series

The Deceiver
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009Q6ICH2

The Proposition
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BE6EQT0

The Grand Hotel
Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLF7JU6

Lovers, Players, & The Seducer
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCEGUQA


Stand A Lone Books:
                       
The Mistress of Desire & The Orchid Lover


When A Taker Dreams

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Lovers, Players, & The Seducer
Part II
Revenge!
Coming December 2015



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Monday, December 28, 2015

Welcome Chris Karlsen and Win a great Prize!


Don't forget t o enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a great prize from the author. Chris will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. The book blast tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions and you can find all the tour stops HERE

Now let's check out In Time for You by Chris Karlsen...


GENRE: Historical Romance

While horseback riding in the English countryside, sisters, Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.

There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily will likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France, was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves.

Excerpt:

They walked at a fast pace for fifteen minutes. They came to where a service road built during World War II intersected with the Old Roman Road. Instead mature oaks and alder dotted what should've been the single-lane service road. Gone too was the old sign indicating the direction of the wartime airfield abandoned in 1946. 

"I'm afraid, El. Nothing is what or where it should be. Things are the same but different."

"I'm afraid too. I don't understand any of this. Like you said, it's all the same in the main, but the details are all wrong. It's as though we're part of an artist's rendition of this place, but he erased Roger and the horses, and the picnic part. Instead he drew in foliage and kept us."

Emily tried her cell phone again with no luck. "Maybe we should wait here. I'm certain Roger will come for us. He's probably already headed this way. Don't you think?"

Electra didn't want to tell her what she feared. She had no idea what was happening to them or what they needed to do, but in her heart, she feared if he was coming, he'd be there by now. 

"No, I don't think he's on the way," Electra said, truthfully. Emily would figure it out soon enough. "I don't see how staying in one place is better than keeping on toward the house."

"And if your imaginary artist erased the house?"

"Then we'll work out our next move."

They continued on to where Esme and Stephen's house stood or should've stood. Their cottage dated back to Tudor times as did the stable and other outbuildings. They'd survived hellacious storms, German bombs, and natural decay for 500 years.  

The sisters froze at the sight. None of the buildings were there, only short stone fences sectioning off various sheep pastures that occupied the land.


Author bio and links:

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs. 

Links:

http://chriskarlsen.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4822048.Chris_Karlsen
https://twitter.com/AuthorCKarlsen
https://www.facebook.com/chriskarlsenwriter
https://plus.google.com/117369224297604815922/posts

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Book Spotlight~ Magic & Alphas

Paranormal Romance blazes hot in Magic & Alphas. And it became even sexier… More dangerous… Scandalous.  These 8 full-length,...