Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Raven's Eye by Author Adam Gowans




Ever since magic caused his mother's death, Ha-Neul, crown prince of Balhae, hates witches and the magic they wield. He has instituted harsh laws against all magic users.

Lisa is a young witch working undercover as a servant in his palace, hoping to gain freedom for her people. The last thing the two expect is to fall in love. But when Ha-Neul learns that Lisa is not only a witch, but the daughter of the Prince of Vires, land of witches, he banishes her. Distracted by heartbreak, he is caught off-guard by a military coup.

In hiding and on the run, Ha-Neul swallows his pride and travels with his siblings to Vires, planning to beg Lisa's aid, only to learn that she has mysteriously vanished.

Now his only hope in reclaiming his kingdom and reuniting with Lisa lies in the remote Northern Mountains, a country no one has ever penetrated and rumored home of a powerful magic source. There, Ha-Neul learns that a being powerful beyond comprehension has been carefully guiding his destiny. But if Ha-Neul can't let go of his hatred of all things magic, and accept the new path offered to him, it will mean the destruction of his entire world.








Adam Gowans is the youngest of five Air Force brats, out of which his siblings have voted him the weirdest. He loves anything that deals with stories, including movies, novels, television dramas, music, video games, manga/manhwa, and webtoons.

In his mid-twenties, he lived and taught English in South Korea for four years before returning to the States to live, like many LDS authors, in Utah.

His first novel is On Angelic Wings, which has a planned sequel, but the sequel will be released after two other novels that are calling for his attention.




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Character Casting:

Vasilisa “Lisa” Aleksandrsdötter            Geum Ha-Neul—Kim Jung-Hyun

—Mackenzie Foy




Geum Ha-Na—Park So-Dam                                      Geum Su—Ko Woo-Rim



































Ivan “Vanya” Aleksandrsson                                 Aleksandr Dmitrisson

—Jeremy Sumpter                                                        —Viggo Mortensen

 












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We Meet with Manners by Cheryl Esposito



Book Details:



Book Title: We Meet with Manners by Cheryl Esposito

Category: Children's Fiction, 24 pages

Genre: Friendship, Social Skills, Manners, Growing Up & Facts of Life

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: May 31, 2018

Tour dates: Sept 3 to 28, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



We meet with manners is all about being polite and respectful to people throughout the day. From people you know to strangers passing by, simple kind gestures not only lift the spirits of others but for ourselves too. The pictures demonstrate sign language to assist with the early communication and development.



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Cheryl Esposito has come from a corporate background and has since become a full-time Mom with three children under 4 and an amazing husband. I have always enjoyed writing but my children are the one’s who inspired me to write about our everyday routines and family fundamentals. My husband provides me the support to believe in myself and never lose faith in who I am. I believe, if there is something you have always thought about doing, you should always follow through. Having children has given me one more reason to follow through. Sharing everything that is good in life is a reward by itself. I am blessed to be able to do just that. So please enjoy these books and I hope it can help your life with children be just a little bit easier.



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BEHIND THE DOOR Kathy Ryan #1 by Mary SanGiovanni


BEHIND
THE DOOR

Kathy Ryan #1


by
Mary SanGiovanni

Genre: Horror

Pub
Date: 8/28/2018



Occult
specialist Kathy Ryan returns in this thrilling novel of paranorm
al
horror from Mary SanGiovanni, the author of 
Chills .
. .

Some doors should
never be opened . . .
In the rural town of
Zarepath, deep in the woods on the border of New Jersey and
Pennsylvania, stands the Door. No one knows where it came from, and
no one knows where it leads. For generations, folks have come to the
Door seeking solace or forgiveness. They deliver a handwritten letter
asking for some emotional burden to be lifted, sealed with a mixture
of wax and their own blood, and slide it beneath the Door. Three days
later, their wish is answered—for better or worse.
Kari is a single
mother, grieving over the suicide of her teenage daughter. She made a
terrible mistake, asking the powers beyond the Door to erase the
memories of her lost child. And when she opened the Door to retrieve
her letter, she unleashed every sin, secret, and spirit ever trapped
on the other side.
Now, it falls to
occultist Kathy Ryan to seal the door before Zarepath becomes hell on
earth . . .



Excerpt:

In the town of Zarephath, Pennsylvania, just past the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border and northwest of Dingmans Ferry out by the Delaware Water Gap, there is a Door.
Many stories about it form a particularly colorful subset of the local lore of the town and its surrounding woods, streams, and lakes. Most of them relate the same essential series of events, beginning with a burden of no small psychological impact, progressing to a twilight trip through the southwestern corner of the woods near Zarephath, and arriving at a door. Numerous variations detail what, exactly, must be presented at the door and how, but ultimately, these stories end with an unburdening of the soul and, more or less, happy endings. It is said “more or less” because such endings are arbitrarily more or less agreeable to the individuals involved than the situations prior to their visit to the Door of Zarephath. More times than not, the “less” wins out.
There are some old folks in town, snow- and storm cloud–haired sept and octogenarians who sip coffee and people-watch from the local diner or gather on front porches at dusk or over the counter at Ed’s Hardware to trade stories of Korea and Vietnam, and in one venerable case, World War II, and it’s said they know a thing or two about that door. The old-timers remember the desperation of postwar addictions and nightmares and what they used to call shell shock, of families they couldn’t help wearing down or beating up or tearing apart, despite their best efforts to hold things together. They remember carrying burdens, often buried but never very deeply, beneath their conscious thoughts, burdens that crawled their way up from oblivion and into nightmares and flashbacks when the darkness of booze or even just the night took over men who had once been children and who were expected to be men. They remember late-night pilgrimages through the forest on the outskirts of town, trekking miles in through rain or dark or frost-laced wind to find that door, and lay their sins and sorrows at its feet. And they remember that sometimes, forgetting proved to be worse.
The old women too remember bruises and battered faces and blackouts. They remember cheating husbands and cancers and unwanted pregnancies and miscarriages and daughters being touched where they shouldn’t by men who should have protected them. The old women remember the Door in Zarephath being a secret, almost sacred equalizer that older women imparted to younger women, a means of power passed from one group whose hands were socially and conventionally tied to another. And they remember watching strong women fall apart under the weight of that power.
  And these old folks remember trying once to burn the door down, but of course, that hadn’t worked. The Door in Zarephath won’t burn because it isn’t made of any wood of this earth, anything beholden to the voracious appetite of fire. It had an appetite of its own that night, and no one has tried to burn it down since. Rather, the old-timers have learned to stay away from it, for the most part, to relegate the knowledge of its location and its promises to the same dusty old chests in the mind that the worst of their war stories are kept. There’s an unspoken agreement that as far as the Door in Zarephath goes, the young people can fend for themselves. While the folks in Zarephath won’t stop a person from using the Door, they aren’t usually inclined to help anyone use it. Not in the open, and not just anyone who asks about it. Behind some doors are rooms hidden for good cause in places human beings were probably never meant to know about—rooms meant never to be entered—and the old folks of Zarephath understand that for reasons they may never know, they were given a skeleton key to one such room. There’s a responsibility in that, the kind whose true gravity is maybe only recognized by those with enough years and experience and mistakes left behind to really grasp it.
People often say the old-folks’ generation were stoic, used to getting by with very little and largely of a mind frame not prone to histrionic anxiety or useless worry. People say it has to do with surviving the Depression and growing up in a simpler, more rugged time. But for the old folks in Zarephath, the strength of their fiber comes from what they remember—and from what they have come to accept forgetting. It comes from what they no longer choose to lay before the Door.












Mary
SanGiovanni 
is
the author of the Bram Stoker nominated novel 
The
Hollower, 
its
sequels 
Found
You 
and The
Triumvirate, Thrall, Chaos, Savage Woods, Chills
—which
introduced occult security consultant Kathy Ryan—as well as the
novellas For 
Emmy,
Possessing Amy
,
and 
The
Fading Place
,
as well as numerous short stories. She has been writing fiction for
over a decade, has a masters in writing popular fiction from Seton
Hill University, and is a member of The Authors Guild, Penn Writers,
and International Thriller Writers. Her website
is 
marysangiovanni.com.





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From the Halls of Cuba by C E Porch


From
the Halls of Cuba
by
C E Porch

Genre:
Historical Fiction

This
is the story of an American family becoming part of the Cuban fabric
before and after the Spanish-American War 1898 with all its
exhilaration, corruption, and exploitation. It is a story with
fictional characters set in real events and the failed attempts to
regain a lost life...all leading its American characters to
participate in Indochina during WW II, the Bay of Pigs and into the
Vietnam War.





C.E.
Porch is a retired lawyer, whose father had a business in Cuba before
Fidel, and he jumped out of a lot of “perfectly good airplanes”
with his green beret stuffed inside his US Army fatigue jacket.




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Recon Red Ops #3 by David McCaleb


Recon
Red
Ops #3
by
David McCaleb
Genre:
Thriller



Pub
Date: 8/28/18

The
assault on America begins with an attack on Red Harmon’s family . .
.
Trained
to endure extreme danger and survive impossible odds, elite military
operator Red Harmon has battled our nation’s enemies for years.
While in the Rocky Mountains for R&R, his family is violently
attacked by an international squad of assassins. No ordinary
wet-team, this group is only the vanguard of a power play threatening
national security.


Danger
is everywhere . . .
Red
and his young daughter escape a brutal firefight, but are separated
from his wife. Evading though the woodlands, stripped of his unit’s
support, Red puts his survival skills to the test all the way from
Pikes Peak National Forest to Israel’s West Bank. He must defend
his country, protect his family, and identify the unthinkable forces
that are willing to slaughter anyone in their path.










Reload
Red
Ops #2

David
McCaleb has a real winner here. Red Harmon is a guy I’d want on my
side.”
 —Marc
Cameron, 
New York
Times
 bestselling
author of 
Brute
Force

To
save his family—and the free world—Red Harmon is back in the line
of fire . . .
A
sinister enemy is stalking elite military operator Red Harmon and his
loved ones. Turning the hunter into his prey, Red uncovers a plot
that spans nations and draws him into the remote snow-covered ravines
of North Korea. His objective: penetrate the darkest prisons of
this mysterious nation to restore national security—and save all he
holds dear.
Caught
in the danger . . . 
Red’s
not the only one who’s been living with secrets. His wife Lori is a
lot more than the typical suburban soccer mom she appears to be, and
she’s stumbled onto something massive. The future of world peace
depends on them—and on an enemy soldier with a powerful personal
agenda. If Red’s mission fails, the balance of superpowers may
never recover . . .

With
effusive writing and strong characters, McCaleb delivers a
decades-spanning tale brimming with excitement,
intrigue, and deception. Red Harmon is a
keeper!”
Alan
Jacobson, 
USA
Today
 bestselling
author of 
The Lost
Codex











Recall
Red
Ops #1

Amazon
Bestseller!


Meet
Red Harmon, a special ops veteran who learns he never left the call
of duty . . .

To
a trio of muggers, Red looks like just another suburban dad. But when
they demand his wallet at knifepoint, something snaps. In the blink
of an eye, two muggers are dead, the third severely injured, and Red
doesn't remember a thing. Once an elite member of the Det, a secret
forces outfit whose existence is beyond classified, Red thought his
active service was over.
But
his memory is coming back--and a lethal killing machine is returning
to duty . . .
Facing
an unthinkable nuclear threat, a volatile international power play,
and a personal attack against his family, Red has no choice. He must
rejoin his old team, infiltrate the enemy camp, and complete the
biggest mission of his life . . .

"David
McCaleb has a real winner here. Recall is a smart and well-plotted
thriller, a fantastic read that I could not put down. Red Harmon is a
guy I'd want on my side." 
-
Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of BRUTE FORCE
"If
you're looking for suspense, nonstop action, and a hero you can root
for, The Red Ops series will clean your X ring." 
-
David Poyer, USA Today bestselling author of TIPPING POINT and
ONSLAUGHT

"Strap
in tight and leave your disbelief behind.  Just my type of
action thriller.  I read it in a blur."  
-
George Easter, Editor of Deadly Pleasures magazine.










David
McCaleb
was raised on a farm on the rural Eastern Shore of
Virginia. He attended Valley Forge Military College, graduated from
the United States Air Force Academy, and served his country as a
finance officer. He also founded a bullet manufacturing operation,
patented his own invention, and established several businesses. He
returned to the Eastern Shore, where he resides with his wife and two
children. Though he enjoys drawing, painting, and any project
involving the work of hands, his chosen tool is the pen.
Recon
is the third novel in the Red Ops series that began with the
acclaimed thriller
Recall,
which was nominated for the International Thriller Writers Best First
Novel Award, and continued in
Reload




Guest Post with David McCaleb

Q:  How did you get started as an author? What inspired you?
A:  I had a first chapter written for a while, but never developed it. Red was being interviewed/interrogated by detective Carter, after Red had killed a couple muggers in self-defense. I had re-written, edited, and polished it as far as I could take it at the time. But it was just a nice, action-packed chapter. The plot had no definite direction, and I only had the faintest realization of my need to craft it into a book.
Around that time at a high school reunion, I was getting caught up with several longtime friends. One in particular, a pastor, was talking about a book he had written. I mentioned I had a first chapter down and someone asked, “What’s the first sentence?” What a loaded question. The full significance of how it related to my craft was well beyond my appreciation at that point, yet I answered and explained as best I could the first chapter’s sequence.
Those in the conversation enjoyed the tale and the pastor encouraged me to finish the work. That was encouragement enough to get me started. Finishing is a whole different story…

Q:  Where do you get your ideas for your books? How do you come up with them?
A:  Remember when you were a kid and daydreaming came as naturally as being bored? In some ways, I don’t think I ever matured much past fifteen. The world was simple. While in reality, I was simply ignorant of its complexity. Yet, a youthful perspective is great for story-building. I still imagine myself the hero, extracting merciless revenge upon terrorists, dipping below frigid Chinese waters as a search team passes overhead, saving a hostage with a skillfully-placed bullet through a captor’s forehead.
Other times, inspiration flows from every-day objects such as a picture of sail upon a dark horizon. Suddenly, I’m an awkward teenage geek that finds himself hurled back in time to discover he’s a slave, chained to a Norseman’s oar off the North American coastline, biceps and back straining to outrun a threatening storm. This is the motor from which is drawn a spark, the ignition. Then can begin the process of feeding the monster the right fuel, fleshing-out such beginnings into a novel.

Q:  How do you provide depth to your stories?
A:  Life. Creation. People. Inspiration is everywhere, indiscriminately available to all. Grasping it is the challenge for me. If I slow enough to fully process all I encounter – sights, smells, and more importantly, people – all these become more real. Effectively, I move from being an observer, sitting behind the safety filters subconsciously drawn between myself and the world, to being a participant, appreciating the world more deeply.
It is like a far-sighted reader grabbing a book and putting on glasses. Before, they’re aware of the document’s weight, even feel the pages beneath their fingertips, and make out black and white on the sheet. But once they push the glasses to the bridge of their nose, letters come into focus, sentences move, and they’re immersed in the meaning of the work. It is a whole new level of experience.
That is what I try to do with life, then work it into my writing. For example, on my morning jogs, I try to smell the freshly cut grass, feel the chill of the December air creep through the seams in my leather gloves, listen to the mockingbird perched upon the apex of a rooftop and calling to… who? Even while driving recently, I studied a most interesting tree, ribbed charcoal-gray trunk twisted like rope, then frayed out into branches like a bird’s claw, reaching sinisterly toward sky. That image is going to make it into one of my books, and is an example of the well from which I draw.

Q:  Why do you write thrillers? Why the black-ops, action-adventure genre?
A:  Writing thrillers is even better than reading them. What red-blooded male doesn’t enjoy escaping into a hold-your-breath fast-paced novel about facing insurmountable odds, saving lives, rescuing hostages, sacrificing themselves, all for the greater good?
Many times, I don’t completely know where the story is headed. I know the overall plot, but characters are people, and people are unpredictable, irrational. It all happens as I write it down, and I love seeing it from their point of view. Why this genre? I just find that pretending to be a hero is a lot more fun than not.
That said, I’ve had the plot for an absolutely amazing Young Adult thriller on paper that I am absolutely dying to write. Far from black-ops or espionage, but it’s still a thriller.

Q:  Outside of writing, who is David McCaleb? What does he enjoy?
A:  I enjoy working with my hands, building or fixing just about anything. Working on vehicles is lovely, as long as I don’t have to depend upon them for my daily transportation. Installing light fixtures, replacing the heating element when our dryer breaks, figuring why my son’s antique 1989 jet ski no longer runs and getting it back in condition. As long as a visible difference exists when the project is complete, that’s to my liking.
Family is important to me. Though all of us want to make a positive difference in this world, family is undoubtedly the means by which lessons are passed to the next generation, outliving ourselves, making a lasting difference.

Q:  Is there any specific person your protagonist, Red, is supposed to be? Did you have anyone in mind when creating him?
A:  There’s a lot of my alter ego in Red. Maybe that’s why I have such a hard time connecting with him. At times I feel I can connect with my secondary characters beautifully, but for some reason Red holds mystery. I develop him more each book, but in the process I’m learning something about myself. I don’t know me yet. I thought I did, but now I’m not so sure. And I’m OK with that.
First and foremost, Red is a family man. I wanted it that way because my readers need to relate to him. Sure, it’s easy to pretend you’re a military operator, running around killing the bad guys. However, if I give that operator a family, with real issues blended into the plot just like they are in life, suddenly the reader becomes enrolled in the character as well. And people are the most interesting part of any good book.
But make no mistake, Red is an operator. And a good one. We all want to excel at something. And we want that something to have significance, to make a contribution larger than ourselves. Red is a metaphor for what we want in life.
And he’s flawed, just like each of us. No, he isn’t an alcoholic whose wife ran out on him or any other clichĂ©. But should a violent past dictate who he is today? He’s a man with a drive and determination for excellence, trained to handle a weapon for effect. So although Red isn’t modeled after anyone in particular, he personifies our desires for significance.


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The Rodeo Cowboy's Baby by Heidi Rice




Title: The Rodeo Cowboy's Baby
Series: The 79th Cooper Mountain Rodeo #5
Author: Heidi Rice

Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 18, 2018



Blurb

What
happens at the rodeo… Doesn’t always stay at the rodeo!

A year after her marriage has crashed and burned–along with her dreams of
becoming a mother–Irish newspaper columnist, Evie Donnelly, is not
impressed with her editor’s suggestion she head down to Marietta to find some
‘new meat’ for her dating column. With her confidence as a woman at an all-time
low, surely the last thing she needs is to risk hooking up with a rodeo cowboy?

Despite a troubled past as a foster kid, calf roping champion Flynn is
a man who adores women. Maybe he doesn’t do commitment, but he does do good
times and he is only too happy to help when he discovers a smart, funny and
beautiful but undeniably fragile woman behind Evie’s tough exterior who is in
desperate need of his own personal brand of sexual healing.

But when the rodeo is over, Evie and Flynn can’t forget those three
stolen nights together in Marietta–especially when their wild, wonderful ride
turns out to have even more unforgettable consequences.









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Author Bio

USA Today
Bestselling and RITA-nominated author Heidi Rice is married with two sons
(which gives her rather too much of an insight into the male psyche). She also
works as a film journalist and was born in Notting Hill in West London (before
it became as chi-chi as it is in the film starring Hugh Grant). She now lives
in Islington in North London – a stone’s throw away from where they shot Four
Weddings and a Funeral… (She has asked Hugh to stop stalking her, but will he
listen?!)

She loves
her job because it involves sitting down at her computer each day and getting
swept up in a world of high emotions, sensual excitement, funny feisty women,
sexy tortured men and glamorous locations where laundry doesn’t exist … Not
bad, eh.

Then she
gets to turn off her computer and do chores (usually involving laundry).




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