Sunday, June 30, 2019

Zed by MV Ellis

Title: Zed
Author: MV Ellis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Rough Ink, book 1
Release Date: June 29, 2019
Cover Designer: PopKitty Design
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Secrets from his past have scarred his heart. Can he trust her enough to learn to love again?  

In the eyes of the law, I’d atoned for the secrets of my past, but in my heart, I knew the debt I owed was too big to ever be repaid. I didn’t ask for forgiveness, because I knew I wasn’t worthy of it. Guilt weighed me down and scarred my heart.

If it wasn’t for my art, I’d probably be dead. The truth was, I had nothing else to live for. Or so I thought until Octavia Douglas came breezing unexpectedly into the picture. 

Sexy, stubborn, and smart enough to know better than to throw her future away on a guy like me, Vivi made me question everything I thought I already knew. I suddenly craved the happy ever after I’d never dared dream of, and knew I didn’t deserve.

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MV ELLIS knows what it’s like to fall head over heels in love with a badass musician. She followed her heart halfway around the world to be with one. She moved from London to Sydney after a steamy holiday romance with a sexy bass player in sultry Brazil.

Twelve years, two children and a dog later, and she’s still smitten. All this with a guy she sat next to on a bus for 36 hours! She has toured internationally as a “WAG,” and her experiences inspire her writing.
Ellis’s love of romance began when she was 11 years old, after a summer spent secretly reading her auntie’s books. She’s been a sucker for an alpha hero and strong heroine ever since.

An avid reader, Ellis always knew she’d write a book of her own one day. She was right about that. Following a career spanning advertising, marketing, and social media, she finally wrote Catching London in 2017.

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The Sisterhood Series by Chelsi Arnold

Sisterhood Series Book 1
Chelsi Arnold

New Adult 

women dared to defy the rules...

Greer Connally believes life is about choices and consequences. When
she is drafted with the first group of women in U.S. history, she is
constantly challenged by those that neither want nor respect the
women draftees.

quickly learns teamwork is the only way to endure the mental and
physical abuse of training. She and her teammates must find a way to
overcome their differences and learn how to work with one another in
order to survive BUD/S.

the country divided, tensions mount as protests and terrorist attacks
break-out across the world. Willing to sacrifice anything for their
country, Greer and her teammates embark on a top-secret mission. But
when the mission becomes compromised, Greer’s loyalties are quickly

to choose between the lives of her teammates or defying a direct
order, Greer must decide which consequence she is willing to live
with before time runs out for everyone.

today to read this story about sisterhood, bravery, and sacrifice.

Sisterhood Series Book 2

matter the odds, and no matter the risk, they will defend their

To the death.

and her Navy SEAL sisters are willing to do whatever it takes to save
what’s left of their country. After losing one of their team
members during a mission, the pain and anger they feel fuels their
need to avenge their best friend’s death.

an unwelcome and untimely suspension has put their plan for
retribution on hold, forcing them to stand back and watch the country
they love fall apart.

not for long.

today to read this story about sisterhood, bravery, and sacrifice.

 Arnold was born and raised in Texas, (And yes, like most Texans
she  tends to be a little biased to the fact that everything is
bigger and  better in Texas) – but hey, it ain’t bragging if
it’s true ;) Chelsi  grew up in a single-stop-light town where
she spent most of her time  playing sports and going to rodeos.
Throughout Chelsi's life, her goals  and dreams have changed,
but having a close relationship with her  friends and family,
and her love for creativity has always remained.  Chelsi is a
firm believer that anything is possible, as long as you work  hard
and have determination; there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

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The Letter Left by Angela Ford

Letter Left
Healing Hearts Ranch Book 1
Angela Ford
YA Sweet Romance 

story of remembrance, a gift, and a love rediscovered through healing
Ford takes a different direction this time to bring you a new adult
series. A story centered around family, horses, true love, and
finding your way from the wise words left to you.
Willows was a great man. He always put others first. He’d taught
his granddaughter to do the same. Raine Willows left her
grandfather’s farm at eighteen to find her way in life. Seven years
later, his death brings her back to the farm and her first love–the
boy next door.
empowering story of healing through horses. A farm that introduced
her to the boy next door–Luke Daniels. The one she could never
forget, no matter how many years and miles came between them. Grief
reunites them, horses help heal their hearts, and gives them an idea
to help others. An idea that had been her grandfather’s dream for
her. The letter he left, changed the direction of her life and her

resides in Nova Scotia - Canada's Ocean Playground. Inspired by
sunsets, the ocean, her family, and books! She is never without a
book, whether she's reading or writing. Angela is a bestselling and
award-winning author who has been in the Amazon top fifty, Readers'
Choice Awards and ScreenCraft. She has over 50 published works in
paperback, eBook, audiobook, and foreign translation. An Award of
Distinction sparked the idea for her first book 'Closure' that hit
Bestselling Action & Adventure, Women's fiction. In between
mysteries, Angela writes short contemporary romance. She loves to
connect with her readers!

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee

Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court
Kim Iverson Headlee

SciFi Time Travel Fantasy

sick are you of US politics? How doomed is the world because of who
has claimed the Oval Office throne—er, chair?

your spirit by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written
about today’s political falderal.

entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly

2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction &

le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not
killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s
Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to
take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can
travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300
miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079,
replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings,
virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological

is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild
her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for
the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as
owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball

as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in
Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson
Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society,
popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.

Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in
1879—the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn
in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and
features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would
become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard.
These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful have
been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as
an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel
story in all literature.

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Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family,
cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife.
People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old
house ruins--the latter having been occupied as recently as the
mid-twentieth century--seem to be sticking around for a while

Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 with the
first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and
has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

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As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.
Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.
While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers?

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Series Feminine Pursuits
Genre Adult
Historical Romance
LGBTQ Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date June 25, 2019
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About Olivia Waite

OLIVIA WAITE writes historical romance, fantasy, science fiction, and essays. Every first Thursday of the month she reviews romance old and new in the Kissing Books column for the Seattle Review of Books. When the birds are propitious, she sends out the Oliviary: a newsletter full of links, recommended books, and great pieces from all over the great wide internet.
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Haven Divided The Dragon’s Brood Cycle book 2 by Josh de Lioncourt

New Audio Series Blog Tour: The Dragon’s Brood Cycle by Josh de Lioncourt

Author: Josh de Lioncourt

Narrator: Reay Kaplan

Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

Series: The Dragon's Brood Cycle, Volume 2

Released: Feb. 19, 2019

Publisher: Draconis Entertainment

Genre: Fantasy

Emily Haven and her friends have been given the seemingly impossible task of uniting the worlds - a mission they failed once before, in another lifetime. But Emily made a promise, and she intends to keep it. A small boy risked his life to save hers, and while Michael sets out to rejoin the Dragon’s Brood, she heads east with Celine and Corbbmacc to rescue Daniel from a band of desert slavers.

Time does not stand still, however, and the dark legends are true. They deal in blue fire; they deal in death; and they travel through the long nights on autumn winds. Samhain has come, and this year, the harvest will be in blood, gold, and souls.

Josh de Lioncourt, a proud Ravenclaw, enjoys creative projects in a variety of fields, including fiction, music, software development, blogging, and more. He has written on Apple accessibility for Macworld and Maccessibility, hosts or participates regularly on several podcasts, and writes and records music with Molly, his wife. Josh enjoys the works of Stephen King, the music of George Michael, Masters of the Universe, and Los Angeles Kings hockey. He also happens to be blind.
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Music Playlist
  • Hurricane — Lisa Loeb
This song has a spooky, creepy vibe to it that has always made me think of Marianne, the primary antagonist of Haven Lost. Oh yes, she's a hurricane.
  • Harmony — Elton John
"Harmony and me
"We're pretty good company
"Looking for an island
"In our boat upon the sea"

This song played incessantly in my brain while writing Harmony's Song, the prequel novella to The Dragon's Brood Cycle (also available from Audible.) Apart from always being one of my favorite Elton John tunes, it inspired the title character's name in a round about way.

When I first sat down to write Harmony's Song, the character who would become Harmony was named Shanna in early drafts. One day, I took a break from writing to listen to NPR's Ask Me Another (a geeky puzzle and trivia gameshow.) One of the contestants that day was named Harmony, after the Elton John song, and inspiration struck like lightning out of a clear blue sky. Harmony was the perfect name for the character, and I immediately set out making the changes throughout the story. Sometimes, life just hands you a gift.
  • Seasons — Heart
This is actually another Elton John song, but as performed by Heart. In many ways, the song captures the relationship between Daniel and Harmony in Harmony's Song. It was also used in one of my favorite TV series of all time, The Wonder Years, in much the same way as it feels appropriate to the novella. I can't hear the song, performed either by Elton John or Heart, without thinking of Kevin and Winnie, or now—Daniel and Harmony.
  • Hunter — Dido
This is just a great song which puts me in mind of the start of the next leg of Emily's journey in Haven Divided, the second volume of the series.
  • Heal the Pain — George Michael
George Michael has been my favorite music artist for over thirty years, and his music is always the backdrop to everything I do and every significant moment of my life. Heal the Pain feels somewhat appropriate to Casey and Jeff's relationship in volume 2.
  • Shape of My Heart — Sting
This song was very much in my head while writing a pivotal scene between the sinister Jack and Casey in Haven Divided. "Spades are the swords of a soldier…"
  • Be Still — Celtic Woman
The Dragon's Brood Cycle draws heavily from many themes in British, Irish, and Scottish mythologies, among others, and what better way to represent that than some love for the Celts!

Top 10 List
Josh de Lioncourt's Top Ten Fantasy Series
Choosing my top ten fantasy novels is challenging. First, I've probably read thousands of them throughout my life. Second, many of my favorites are series, which means you could rapidly fill up a top ten list with a series or two. Third, what exactly constitutes "fantasy"? Everyone seems to have a different definition. Some people include only Sword and Sorcery novels, ignoring all of fantasy's many sub-genres.

For the purposes of this list, therefore, I have followed these rules:
  • Series are lumped together as a single entry.
  • My definition of "fantasy" encompasses all its many permutations.
  • This list comprises my top ten as of the day I'm writing it and can change at any time based on my mood, memory, or whim.
So, without further delay, here are my personal top ten favorite fantasy novels (mostly series).

10 -- Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin

9 -- Halfmoon Hollow (series) by Molly Harper

8 -- Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde

7 -- The Legend of Eli Monpress (series) by Rachel Aaron

6 -- Heartstrikers (series) by Rachel Aaron

5 -- Lives of the Mayfair Witches (series) by Anne Rice

4 -- Super Powereds (series) by Drew Hayes

3 -- Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling

2 -- The Vampire Chronicles (series) by Anne Rice

1 -- The Dark Tower (series) by Stephen King

P.S. Yes, I cheated a bit with my number one. The Dark Tower series effectively encompasses virtually everything Stephen King has ever written. I'm okay with that!

Guest Post
Literary Inspirations: Midnight Royalty
I read a lot, and while inspiration in my fiction comes from far more sources than just literature, it is worth examining who has shaped my writing the most. There are two authors who have influenced my style of writing more than any others.

First and foremost is Stephen King, the master storyteller himself. King is best known for his horror, at least in the public consciousness, but horror constitutes only a small portion of his catalog. As a fantasy fan, his The Dark Tower saga has been a massive influence on my writing. Stylistically, I've taken much of his advice in his memoir On Writing to heart, and that book has served as a kind of literary handbook for me.

More than any other author, there is a realism to King's work that transcends the (generally) supernatural situations, environments, and characters he dreams up, and I consider that realism to be crucial in my own work. I've been reading his books since I was around twelve-years-old, and it is safe to say that without his body of work, I would not be writing today.

Second only to Stephen King is Anne Rice, whose magical worlds of witches and vampires are so richly described that you feel like you're standing on the streets of nineteenth century New Orleans, eighteenth century France, or seventeenth century Scotland. She can place you at the heart of the Roman empire or Edwardian England, and by the time you come up for air, you feel like you've lived through that era.

When I write, I want to envelope the reader in the world I'm creating. I don't want them to just see it as I do; I want them to feel the wind blow through their hair, hear the crunch of autumn leaves beneath their boots, smell the smoke of a raging blaze, or taste the fragment of sweet cake scavenged by a street urchin. It was Rice who taught me how to do these things, and much more.

There are so many other authors who have contributed odds and ends to my writing arsenal—J.K. Rowling, Rachel Aaron, Harry Harrison, Terry Brooks, and a thousand others. But none have had a greater impact than the king and queen of darkness.

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