Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BOOK BLITZ for The Witch, the Wolf, and The Vampire by A.K. Michaels

Title: The Witch, The Wolf , & The Vampire #2
Author: A.K. Michaels
Series: WWV (#2)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 16 2014
Editions/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
Peri has finally stopped running and found safety with Gabe and Josef ... her Wolf and her Vampire. Now she is getting strong, physically and magically, and she is ecstatic with her two mates. She is not about to let anyone take that away and she surprises even herself with her power.
However, a psycho sect has been hunting her for over six years, and they are closing in. Her own father is the leader of this sect, but she is more than willing to do whatever she can to take him down. Destroy him for everything he is, everything he does, before he does to others what he did to her.
With an ancient Vampire and a powerful Wolf by her side she just can't fail ... can she?


This Book Contains Adult Content!!!!


A K Michaels was born in Scotland quite a number of years ago! She was married at a young age and is a mother to three much loved children. After the birth of her last child she went back to higher education and studied for a year before gaining employment in the banking industry. She worked in that role for a number of years before leaving, both the job and the country.
She lived abroad for a few years before returning to Scotland and finally taking up her dream - writing. 
She is the author of the Defender's Blood series of books and two other series, The Witch, The Wolf and the Vampire and also Sabrina's Vampire, together with a Wolf Erotica Novella, Lori's Wolf. Her books fall into the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy genre and she loves writing those particular kinds of stories where she can let her imagination run wild!
She now spends her time reading - everything from Sci Fi to Crime, Erotica to Fantasy, Thrillers to Paranormal Romance. She loves spending time with her family and, of course, writing!
She has Twitter, Facebook Page and a Website.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH TABITHA QUINTANA



Have you ever wondered how some of those covers on your favorite books get those amazing couple entwined or that delicious food placed just ever so right.  Tabitha is an amazing photographer, but I wanted to know how she got started and how photography became her passion.  So sit back and maybe you can get a glimpse into what it takes to get those amazing book covers done.





Q:  How did you get involved photographing book covers?
Tabitha:  The majority of my photography is portraiture.  I actually owned my own portrait studio for a few years.  Rhonda and I have been friends for about 10 years, and I have photographed her family over that time.  When she told me she was writing her own cookbook, I didn't wait for her to ask me to photograph the food; I told her I was going to do it.  I had taken a food photography class while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, so I grab my old textbooks and did a little research on the internet and together Rhonda and I set out to make her dreams come true.

Q:  When did you first realize that your photography had moved from a love to a career?
Tabitha: In high school I decided to go to Brooks Institute of Photography and I have never looked back

Q:  Where else do you think your photography can lead you and what additional goals have you set?
Tabitha:  Right now I am just letting my photo career take me where it wants to go. 

Q:   What type of special effects equipment do you use?
Tabitha: I use only Nikon equipment and lenses.  No special lens, but everything I shoot does get processed through Photoshop.

Q:  You didn't photograph the cover for Erotic Treats by Rhonda Plumhoff but you designed it.   How did your love of photography help you with design ideas?
Tabitha:  Design and photography go hand in hand.  Even though I had never designed a book-cover before Erotic Treats, I have done countless custom Birth Announcements, Christmas Cards and Graduation Announcements. I am very proud to say that I never used pre-designed; cookie cutter style cards in my business.  Each person and situation is unique and they deserve a card that is designed specifically for them.

Q:  Do you have any plans to expand your book cover photography?
Tabitha:  I have been hired to photograph eight different covers for another artist and I’m looking forward to seeing where that may lead me.

Q:   How long does it take to shoot a book cover? What does it consist of?
Tabitha:  Each of Rhonda’s covers took about three to four hours of shooting.   It’s not just serving up the food and putting it in front of the camera.  Some of the food had to be prepared a couple times to get everything just right.  One unique tidbit of the covers, all the food is edible.   Quite often in food photography, some things are faked to make it look absolutely perfect.  Rhonda actually cooked all the food for the covers and I was lucky enough to get to eat it afterwards.

Q:   If you had your choice of photographing people in the past or present what era would you go back to and who would you choose?
Tabitha:  I would love to go to the 50’s – I love the Pin-up style.

Q:   One any given day how do you enjoy spending your free time?
Tabitha:  That’s an easy one – running.  I am a half-marathoner.  My time spent running gives me the chance to shut down my mind and just let go of everything.  Often ideas for photo shoots come to me during my runs.

Q:   Who has been your biggest influence, cheerleader throughout your life?
Tabitha:  That is constantly changing.  In high school my dad was always there for me, he bought me my first camera.  In college, my boyfriend, now husband, put up with a lot of overnight shoots.  Dealt with me taking over our living room and turning it into a studio and even dressed up like a clown for me once.  He was also by my side with my studio, doing whatever it took to keep it running. 
For the last 10 years Rhonda has been my other half.  Whether we were doing Girl Scouts together, or I was running a marathon she has always been there for me. (no she doesn’t run with me, but she has always been at the finish line at the Vegas Marathon)  She was one of the biggest promoters of my studio and now with the book covers.  She has introduced me to so many opportunities that I can never truly say Thank You enough.  She has seen me at my worst and best, and no matter what I know she will always be there for me.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

BLOG TOUR for Soul of a Warrior by Denna Holm



Title: Soul of a Warrior
Author: Denna Holm
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Release Date: Nov 20 2013
Edition/ Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
An act of vengeance leaves three friends and their tabby cat abandoned on a hostile alien world.
Kimi Wicker learns the hard way what it means to have the rug jerked out from under her.  It takes on a whole new meaning when the rug being jerked is Earth and she’s no longer standing on it.
Soul of a Warrior is a science fiction romance that sends Kimi, her two closest friends and a beloved cat on an incredible journey to the planet of Lavina.  Kidnapped by a stranger, they must endure the agony of having their bodies stripped down to pure energy, attached to a beam of light and whisked across the cosmos. Abandoned on this beautiful but treacherous world with no weapons and little information, they face the daunting task of trying to find a way back home again.

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  A retired FEI competitor in dressage, she earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver Medals.  At the age of thirty she took a chance and stepped out of her comfort zone, entering the exciting new world of dressage. It’s not a move she ever regretted. In the end she believes much of her western training helped her build a closer working relationship with her dressage partner, a thoroughbred racetrack reject named Oregon Sunshine.
After Denna retired from training and showing horses, she turned her full attention to her second passion, writing novels in paranormal and science fiction romance. She was able to use the unique personalities of her many wonderful students to help bring life to her characters. Denna and her husband Lee make their home in the beautiful State of Oregon with their two loyal German shepherds and three spoiled cats. Animals are given a special part in her novels, their offer of unconditional love a lifeline in this oftentimes difficult world.

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Excerpt

Kimi hissed as she lowered her body into the mountain of bubbles. She leaned back, closed her eyes and covered them with a damp cloth. Her body relaxed and she cut loose with a contented sigh and thanked God for deep baths, warm water and lots of bubbles.
Almost instantly the blond guy came into focus, clearer than he’d been earlier in the bar. For a few seconds she saw a relatively normal- looking face behind her closed lids. Okay, maybe not normal. An extremely handsome face, confident, powerful. She squirmed, her groin doing that odd clinching again. She had to fight not to touch herself.
But then his green eyes began to glow, small sparks shooting across them, out of them. His face thinned; his generous mouth pulled into a tight smile. The sparks began to build, finger-like tendrils reaching out for her. Her eyes started to pulse. Against her will, Kimi’s throbbed and tried to match the flickering light. She sucked in a breath and tried to turn away.
“Stop!” She sat up, the washcloth slipping from her eyes. “Christ, I can’t do this!” Her body jerked hard when she started to sob. “Why is this happening? What the hell’s wrong with me?”
“Nothing a little time won’t take care of.”
Kimi froze, afraid to take a breath, her thoughts as quiet as her apartment while she waited to see if he said anything else. She tipped her head, the silence deafening. After a few seconds, she started to relax, sure it had to be another hallucination. And that's when he started to talk—calmly, like initiating conversation with a naked stranger in her bathroom was an everyday occurrence.
“Neyvarre acted the fool tonight when he walked away from you, not at all usual for him, I assure you. But since he did, I’m afraid there is little you or I can do for the moment. To force his hand, I mean. I think it will be best for all concerned if you come with me now. We can work together to form a plan to try to change his mind.”
Kimi wasn’t paying attention to what he said. Her mind raced, trying to come up with a plan of escape. First she needed to build her courage, turn around and make sure he was alone. Part of her still hoped he might not be real at all.
“You might as well face me, Kimberly. I assure you, I’m very real, though I can well imagine you would prefer otherwise. I have no intention of leaving without you tonight, but if it makes it easier to face, I’m no more pleased about any of this than you are.”
He ended with a small chuckle, though there was nothing pleasant about the sound, nothing to ease Kimi’s terror. The tremors running through her body grew
stronger. If she wanted to try to escape this mess, she couldn’t just sit there. She needed to do something now, move before she was completely useless.
She took one deep breath and turned. Sure enough, it was the scary red-haired stranger, casually leaning against the doorframe of her bathroom. He had traded the jeans and western-cut shirt and hat for the tight black leather she’d imagined him in earlier. She huffed. “Figures.” But the leather wasn’t the thick, shiny material a biker would wear. His clothes looked soft, like some kind of rich suede.
The stranger laughed and Kimi turned away, her face growing warm.
Every muscle was visible beneath the skintight material, and there were plenty of them to see. When he crossed his arms, they rippled under his shirt. It did nothing to help reassure her that everything would be okay. She began to pant, close to hyperventilating as she forced her eyes to meet his.
The dark shades no longer covered his eyes, though she wished they did. It was easy enough to see from only a few feet away that they weren’t normal. They were yellow, more like an animal’s. He held her in place with those eerie yellow eyes. When he smiled, she screamed.
The high-pitched sound helped to break Kimi free of her paralysis. It must have surprised her unwanted guest as well because his freaky eyes widened as she flew over the side of the tub. She hit the floor with a grunt as her feet slid out from under her, reaching without thought for the fluffy green towel by the tub. Her gaze locked on the small bathroom window she’d cracked before she got undressed. Kimi knew it was her only hope of escape. She probably couldn’t get it open enough to crawl through, but she could scream. Wake people up. They lived on the upper floor of a fairly large apartment building. Somebody would hear and hopefully call the police.
Kimi slid again just as she reached the window and knocked her chin against the sill. She tasted blood, but ignored the pain as she slipped her fingers through the crack and lifted. A large hand closed over her mouth before she could draw in enough air to scream. Another hand clamped like a vice around her waist and jerked her back. The hand left her mouth only long enough to slam the window shut. Instead of returning to her mouth, he reached up to cover her eyes. It made her feel claustrophobic.
She began to kick, scratch or bite at any part of him she could reach. She arched her back and tried to throw her head against his chin or nose, but both her feet slipped out from under her. His feet must have slid in the water when she arched back because they both went down, hard enough to rattle Kimi’s teeth. He jerked her head against his rock-hard chest, his arm still wrapped around her waist; now that his legs were free, he reached around to hook them through hers. But Kimi wasn’t ready to admit defeat.
“Fucking bastard! Let me go!” He laughed, a deep rumbling sound, and all the fire inside Kimi evaporated. Her puny struggles were nothing but a joke to this man. She’d never had a chance.
“Be still,” he whispered against her ear. “You will only hurt yourself.” She tried once more to break his powerful hold, but they both knew the game was over. If he hadn’t been pressing his hand so tightly against her eyes, Kimi would have burst into tears.
“Please let me go,” she whispered. “Don’t hurt me.” She went limp in his arms, but he didn’t relax his hold. “What do you want? I don’t have anything!”
“I admire your strength, Kimberly, and I regret that you must be introduced to your new life in this way. Neyvarre should not have been capable of walking away from you tonight, but since he did, it has forced a change of plans on my part. Believe me, child, no matter how it may appear to you; I don’t enjoy this anymore than you do. Cooperate with me and we should be able to end this relatively fast. Do not and I’m afraid your life for the next couple of days will not be pleasant. Do I make myself clear?”
Days? She’d never survive days with this monster!


My Thoughts


Soul of a Warrior, by Denna Holm was a refreshing read.  Kimi, thrown onto a new planet, must come to terms with who she is. A new twist on what we have been reading lately, and I give kudos to the author for accomplishing that. The author throws  a mix of different emotions, love, fear, sex, fear  at us, and we take it open handed.  I was on a whirlwind ride as I continued to flip the pages, wondering what Kimi would have to deal with next.  Intrigued with the tale, I look forward to what this author will write for us next.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BLOG TOUR of ENOCH the TRAVELER by Lady Soliloque


Title: Tempestas Viator

Author: Lady Soliloque
Series: Enoch The Traveler
Genre: Science Fiction/Christian
Publisher: World Castle
Release Date: Jan 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: Audio/eBook/Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
Tempestas Viator
“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:29
Enoch, The great Enoch, born into a world as a stranger, taken out of time to the Caelestis Concilium where he learned all the secrets of creation: the parallel dimensions, parallel worlds, and multitude of universes which make up the multiverse along with all of the races and beings that exist within them. An immortal existence surrounded by the Angelus and a millennia of knowledge, all that ever was and all that ever could be, distanced him from the humanity he was born with and he traveled through creation without purpose or empathy. Ultimately, his loss of humanity and inability to empathize caused a disastrous string of events in various universes and forced the Angelus to put him on trial for his involvement and imprison him.

Tempestas Viator is the story of Enoch the Traveler, and of how he finds Violette, who changes the Caelestis Concilium’s ruling and leads him on a journey through the worlds and dimensions of the Multiverse to rediscover that which he has lost.

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Lady S is a genuine and bonifide Southern Lady. She is an author who also excels in video editing, audio production, public speaking, and hosting terrific themed convention dances. She adores guesting at and participating in SciFi conventions and she will be the first to tell you that above everything else she is a Geek and a Fan and all Geekie Fans need to have fun!
The international release of her new Science Fiction series, Enoch the Traveler, was celebrated in 3 countries with a live streamed international release party on January 11th and followed up with a smashingly successful Barnes & Noble’s signing event the following weekend. The audio dramatization of Tempestas Viator, the first book in the series, is set to premiere February 22nd and includes an international cast along with well-loved BBC Doctor Who/Torchwood actor Gareth David Lloyd as the narrator.
The excitement surrounding Lady Soliloque’s new series is palpable as it comes with a full line of exclusive costuming and merchandise from AbbyShot Clothiers, gadgets and reproductions from Warfire Forge, a full original composed score and theme, a licensed RPG to be released this summer, and a full promotional tour.
As an author Lady Soliloque has years of published credentials including short stories and the popular original novels, The Oubliette 1 & 2 and Immortalis Venatio, but her fan base exploded when she wrote the four book Doctor Who novel set, Tempus Temporis. The Doctor Who novels were so successful that she turned them into an audio drama in the style of Big Finish, complete with a worldwide cast and full 3D sound effects. Two seasons, 13 episodes, behind the scenes tidbits, and over a million downloads later, Tempus Temporis was nominated and received several awards, most recently an honorable mention from the Geekie Awards.
In her spare time, Lady S creates and edits Fan Videos which she posts on her YouTube channel and shares with several fan pages and websites. Her award winning videos have also increased her fan base immensely, clocking over a million channel views.
Lady Soliloque is currently scheduling the Enoch promotional tour along with Gareth David Lloyd, who is co-guesting with her, and her amazing team of cast and crew.


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