Cover Reveal/Blog Tour: Black Rose by Kris Thompson

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Black Rose

by Kris Thompson

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Release Date: November 13 , 2014

“It’s better to die on your feet than beg on your knees.”
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Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her.

Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends.

When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.

 

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Kris Thompson is a veteran of the US Navy and single mother of three. When she’s not knitting scarves, chasing her children around or baking, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or writing down notes for her own upcoming stories. Writing has been a passion for Kris for many years, and seeing those stories printed on paper is a dream come true.

 

 

 

 

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Character Interview: Justin from Lissa Bryan’s Land of the Shadow

 

The Land Of The Shadow

 

The End Of All Things II
By 
Lissa Bryan


Release Date: 21st August 2014
Genre: Dystopian
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-264-8
 
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

Summary:
After surviving the Infection and a perilous journey through the wasteland that was once the United States, Carly and Justin have found a safe home in the isolated town of Colby.
 
Even so, balancing the duties of survival and a growing family isn’t easy. As they emerge as leaders, they face difficult questions about justice in a lawless land, basic human rights, and freedom in a world where strength defines worth. More than ever, they have to rely on one another for strength and support during the darkest of times.
 
The Crisis is far from over. Their fences won’t keep the world out forever, and a new threat is emerging—a gang of predators who see the town as easy pickings. When danger looms over Colby, Carly must decide how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. 

It’s a journey down the long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.

 

Character Interview:

 

Jess: Hello, Justin. It’s good to see you again. Things have changed a lot since last we spoke. How are you?

Oh, it’s you again. You’re that author who said she had a crush on me last time, aren’t you?

 

Jess: I have a soft spot for you, but I don’t hit on married men. You’ve settled down and I’m glad to hear it. How’s the family?

Well, the family’s bigger, as you might have noticed. We have a son now: Kaden. Seems strange to say I have two kids. I never thought I’d make much of a father, and here I now have a toddler and a teenage boy. Sometimes, I’m not sure which one of them is the greater challenge.

 

Jess: Oh, yeah, tell me about it! Each has its own set of unique challenges. I suspect your definition of family has changed since last year.

I think most of our definitions have had to go through a change. “Family” is the people you love, plain and simple. We’ve had all sorts of families here in Colby, and they make it work, as long as they have that love to hold them together.

I guess you could say I’ve gone through some changes myself to be saying something like that. I never really thought family and love were all that important before Carly came into my life, but she’s helped me to see that it’s the thing that holds all of human society together.

 

Jess: You lead a community now, with Carly. Tell us about Colby.

We’re growing. We’ve got almost thirty people in our town now. Carly and I tell people that we’re co-leaders, but really, it’s more like I’m vice president. What’s amazed me the most is watching how Carly has grown into the role of leader. I always knew she had talents and smarts, but it’s like she was born to do it. She’s had to make some very hard choices, as I think you know, and there’s been a price she’s had to pay for it. But she’s strong. Stronger than she knows.

 

Jess: Yes, she is. How does your community function?

By the skin of our teeth, honestly. It’s been hard. Our farming hasn’t been as successful as I’d hoped, and so we don’t have a lot of food. Trade’s been bad, too, because people are starting to avoid this area on account of the rumors there are some bad guys in the area, preying on travelers.

Still, we’re getting by. We’re going to make it. We just figured out how to get a tractor going using a wood gasifier for fuel, and that will help. And despite small squabbles here and there, we’ve got good people in this town. They’re hard workers and they care about making this community work.

Carly has faith that we wouldn’t have been brought this far just to fail. She’s certain our destiny is to lay the groundwork for the future, like we’re the founding mothers and fathers of the next chapter of human history. You ought to hear her. She gets all poetic when she talks about it.

In any case, I’m glad she’s so confident. I don’t want her worrying about this stuff. She has enough on her mind with running the town.

 

Jess: People must lead very different lives now than they did before the Infection. What’s normal now that would have been thought extraordinary then?

I mentioned that family groups have changed. We’ve got families comprised of several adults instead of just a pairing… gay, straight, bi, different ethnic groups… no one blinks an eye any more. The kids all seem happy and healthy, and that’s all that matters.

I know one thing that bothers Carly is that kids aren’t getting to go to school. We’ve got them working alongside the adults these days. Maybe one day we’ll have the luxury of leisure time for formal education, but right now, we just don’t have the ability. Carly tries to encourage reading as much as she can. She was tickled pink to see Kaden reading Beowulf the other day.

 

Jess: As a leader, what is of most concern to you?

My first priority has to be security. Here’s the thing… You build a nice community with walls to protect it and start storing up food, and someone’s gonna want to take it from you. That’s just the way it is now. We have to defend what’s ours. But I can’t just hand someone a gun and say, “Here, go guard the Wall.” They have to know what they’re doing, or they’re going to get themselves killed. I’m trying to train them as best I can, but with the struggle of daily living, finding time for training is hard.

Food is my second worry. We’re just not getting enough calories out of the farming right now in comparison to the labor we put into it. I’ve done the math. Maybe the tractor will help with that. It’s a constant, nagging worry in the back of my mind, but we can’t concentrate on farming if we’re not safe and secure here.

 

Jess: What values and skills do you want to pass on to the next generation?

Right now, the focus has to be on giving them the skills they’ll need to survive. It’s a harsh and cold reality, but a lot of that social stuff and academic stuff has to take a background role. Carly’s doing what she can to fill the gaps, but I know she worries about what kind of future we’re building. She wants to do this right, you know?

 

Jess: It’s important to get it right. Mistakes are so costly. I’m going to ask you this again, because I’m wondering if your answer has changed: Will humanity survive?

If Carly has anything to do with it, yes. That woman has more determination than any human being I’ve ever seen.

 

Jess: I’m glad to see that you and Carly have made so much progress. I’m rooting for you!

Thanks. If Carly were here, she’d tell you we’re going to learn from our mistakes as a society and build something even better for the future. And I’m actually starting to believe it myself.

 



Author Bio: 
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
 
She is the author of three other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, and Under These Restless Skies.


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Praise for The Land of The Shadow:
 

“What a ride! Carly and Justin are people that I’d like on my side, and on the side of my community. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a story that will keep you glued to your reader or flipping pages in a paperback just as quickly as you can.”Kathie Spitz 

If you haven’t already, check out-
The End Of Things Book I
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Cover Reveal: Eight Days a Week by Amber L. Johnson

 

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Eight Days a Week

by Amber Johnson

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Release Date: November 6 , 2014

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Andrew Lyons has been running from responsibility his entire life. Returning home after a couple of years abroad, he finds himself jobless and living in close quarters with a sister he can barely tolerate. At her request, he searches for a job on Craigslist, but finds a room for rent instead. Or so he thinks.

Gwen Stone is in a lurch. With a new promotion at work and two young children at home, she’s in dire need of a caretaker. When Andrew shows up on her doorstep, she thinks he may be exactly what she’s looking for. When she offers him the job, he’s more than interested and she’s confident she’s made the right choice.

It shouldn’t be awkward at all.

But Andrew isn’t exactly forthcoming about his intentions, and Gwen has some secrets she’s unwilling to share. When the mom and the “manny” don’t have a clue what they’re doing, things are bound to get messy.

What do you get with two kids who don’t know how to be kids, a man who never grew up, Beatles Rock Band, and hundreds of hours of kids’ TV? A very interesting job, indeed. But when emotions get in the way, there’s more at stake than just an occupation.

Because life doesn’t have clock-out button. And neither does love.

 

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Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel.

If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

 

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Crossing the Line by Sherri Hayes

Crossing The Line (Daniels Brothers #3)
A Daniels Brothers Romance
Available September 4, 2014

 

Detective Paul Daniels has spent four and a half years mourning the loss of his wife.
He’s been doing his best to raise their daughter, Chloe, with the help of his
in-laws. When they inform him right before Thanksgiving that they’re going to
be moving over two hours away, Paul finds himself without anyone to watch
Chloe—especially when he’s called out to a crime scene in the middle of the
night. Little does he know that meeting his baby brother’s girlfriend and her
sister, Megan, will change everything.
Megan Carson has taken a few wrong turns in her life, but
she’s doing her best to get back on track. When she meets Chloe, the little
girl swiftly worms her way into Megan’s heart. The opportunity to help Paul out
and watch his daughter appears to be a blessing in disguise. She quickly
volunteers to be Chloe’s live-in nanny.
Everything is working well until the three of them head
back to Ohio for Chris and Elizabeth’s wedding. Paul has a little too much to
drink during the reception, and he and Megan end up sharing a heated kiss. When
he wakes up the next day, he has a pounding headache but remembers nothing.
Megan, however, isn’t willing to forget. Over the past
few months since she’s been playing nanny, her feelings for Paul have changed.
He is everything she never knew she wanted, and now that she knows there might
be something there, she’s going after what she wants—Paul.
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Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English
class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit
into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar
rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined
becoming an author.
At the age of thirty, all of that
changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was
taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an
alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time
the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her
readers were encouraging her to write more.
Six years later, Sherri is the
author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a
creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions,
while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can
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Twelve

by T.M. Franklin

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Release Date: October 9, 2014

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Twelve-3D-BookstackAva Michaels is gifted, powerful, and—whether she likes it or not—part of a plot to take over the world.

It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.

Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.

Ava, however, doesn’t like being told what to do.

All she wants is to start a new life with Caleb Foster, the Protector who once put his own life at risk to save hers. Before they can even think about that, however, they need to figure out exactly what the Twelve and their power-hungry leader are up to—and find a way to stop them.

Along the way, they’ll have to forge alliances with former enemies, seek out powerful new friends, and infiltrate the heavily fortified enemy stronghold in an attempt to get some answers. In the end, Ava must decide if her destiny lies in her DNA or in her conscience. If she can turn her back on what she was born to do and do what is right. If she will save the ones she loves or save the world.

Or if her ties to the Twelve mean she has no choice at all.

She sat up suddenly and grabbed Caleb’s hand. “Do you feel that?”

“What?” He instinctively checked the mirrors, but there was nobody behind them.

“Someone . . .” Ava’s eyes glazed over. “Someone’s coming. Fast.”

Caleb stepped on the gas, searching the horizon. “Who? Anyone familiar?”

“What’s happening?” Sophie asked.

Ava shook her head. “I can’t tell. Not yet anyway. You think it’s Protectors?”

Caleb’s jaw tightened. “Or Rogues.”

“You think they know?” Ava glanced at Sophie.

“We don’t know. Not for sure.”

“Would somebody please tell me what’s going on?” Sophie shouted from the backseat.

The temperature in the car dipped as frost formed along the edges of the windows.

“You’ve got to calm her down,” Caleb muttered, taking a turn too fast and swerving to correct.

“Now.”

Ava didn’t argue, instead scrambling over the seat to take the girl’s hand. “Sophie, listen to me. You need to stay calm, okay? Try to breathe with me.”

“But—”

“I’ll explain everything, but first you need to calm down. You see what’s happening?”

Through the mirror, Caleb saw her glance up at the roof of the car as snowflakes began to drift through the interior.

“I . . . I don’t understand,” Sophie murmured. “What’s—why is it snowing?”

“It’s you,” Ava said quietly. “You’re upset, and your gift is reacting.”

“I don’t understand what’s happening to me.” Sophie choked on a sob, and Caleb felt the telltale prickle of another Race signature along the edges of his consciousness.

“I feel them now,” he said, sitting taller in the seat and leaning forward as if willing the car to go faster.

Ava didn’t respond but remained focused on Sophie.

Caleb felt Ava’s gift and knew she was letting it flow into the girl a little, helping calm her.

“We’ll help you.” Ava sounded so calm and soothing. “We’ll help you learn to control it, but for right now, you need to calm down. Breathe with me, okay?”

Sophie nodded and swallowed tears as she tried to match Ava’s inhale and exhale.

The snow stopped.

“That’s good.” Ava nodded encouragingly. “Keep breathing. I need you to stay calm. Someone’s coming, and I’m guessing they’re after you.”

Sophie’s breath caught, and the ice gathering on the dashboard cracked.

“It’s okay,” Ava hurried to say. “Keep breathing. Stay calm. We’re going to keep you safe.”

Sophie gripped Ava’s hand, but she kept breathing slowly in and out. “How?”

Ava smiled. “You asked what I could do? Well, I’m about to show you.”

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a BA in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

 

In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her new YA romance How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.

 

 


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