Thursday, March 30, 2017

Digging in the Stars by Katherine Blakeney blitz

Digging in the Stars
Katherine Blakeney
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

A lost ancient civilization and the tomb of a legendary king lie buried beneath centuries of ash on the volcanic planet Thror, but that’s not the only reason sixteen-year-old Carter has tricked her Archaeology of Outer Space class into coming here. Her best friend Conrad has just disappeared on a trip to Thror, leaving behind little more than a broken vintage camera. The strange and disturbing photographs she manages to extract make her suspect Conrad’s disappearance is somehow connected to the hidden tomb of the last king of Thror.

Unfortunately, the ludicrously over-friendly ‘Furry Giants’ who have taken over the planet’s barren surface would rather offer her cheap souvenirs than answers, and the local officials insist they have no record of Conrad’s existence. Inspired by fear for Conrad’s life and the chance to make the greatest archaeological discovery of the century, Carter and her friends follow Conrad’s footsteps deep into the mountains of Thror’s forbidden Black Zone and launch an illicit excavation.

Coded messages, stunning ancient ruins, and clues left by Conrad himself begin to surface as the young archaeologists fall victim to an alarming series of accidents staged by the increasingly hostile Furry Giants. Piecing together a history of dictatorship, terrorism and disguise, Carter glimpses the horrors beyond Thror’s flamboyant fa├žade and startling revelations about the friend she thought she knew. The masks of Thror hide devastating secrets, and the golden tomb buried deep in the frozen core may claim the lives of everyone she loves.

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“Please remain seated as we begin our descent into Thror. Welcome, and enjoy your stay.”

The time for action was at hand, and she still didn’t feel ready. The flight felt much shorter than she’d expected.

The girls exchanged bewildered looks across the aisles. Stunned silence. They couldn’t have missed that final announcement. Avoiding Professor P’s gaze, Carter still felt the look of shock the professor shot across the cabin. Once, Carter had seen herself arriving on Thror as a great explorer. Instead, she would be remembered as a half-baked deceiver and kidnapper. The Throrians would have called her a scent-changer.

* * *

Carter had been so close to her goal. She saw that crack with her own eyes, a portal into a lost ancient world, chambers filed with carvings, images that had never been recorded or reproduced. The greatest discovery of this or any other century, waiting less than twenty feet away. Waiting for her. And Conrad had been there first. The moment she thought it, she felt guilty. She was allowing herself to get carried away by archaeological fervor, mentally competing with Conrad, when he might have paid a terrible price for his discovery.

Author Bio:

I am an author and independent filmmaker/stop motion animator with a BFA in Stop Motion Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). My thesis focuses on silent film adaptations of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Gothic novels, with a special emphasis on psychological and aesthetic representations of the Monster figure. My debut novel, a YA Sci-Fi adventure called Digging in the Stars, is forthcoming with Blaze Publishing on March 28, 2017.

Raised by an Egyptologist mother, I grew up among museums and excavation sites, where I developed an unhealthy fascination with ancient art and mythology. I divide my time between bringing 12”-tall people to life in my studio in Edinburgh, excavating ancient tombs in the Egyptian desert, and researching Gothic literary monsters in silent film. I have worked for more than 10 years as photographer and videographer for the South Asasif Conservation Project, an archaeological expedition in Egypt and I have published numerous articles on film and archaeology.

I write, direct, design, and animate short films and commissioned projects in my studio in Edinburgh, Scotland and have been employed as an animator, screenwriter, modelmaker and art director for studios in Edinburgh, South Korea and Qatar. I have produced commissioned projects for IdeasTap in London, the Arts Trust Scotland and the British Library. My shorts have won competitions and screened at various international festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2015, my short film The Burglar With the Yellow Hand was nominated for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Research in Film Award.

You can find out more about all aspects of my work on my website,

My new blog is all about Digging in the Stars and my references and inspirations as a writer.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

VBT: Visible Through Darkness by Auden Johnson

Visible Through Darkness
by Auden Johnson


GENRE:   Fantasy Romance



Jade Greer is an outcast. Her only light is memories of her dead family. An unusual call leads her to Serin, a prisoner trapped in darkness for twenty years. Saving him leads Jade to a world for people with powers. A world her parents were once a part of. Jura, the once vibrant world, is dying. The magic is leaving the land. Jade and Serin have no homes to go back to, but they move forward with hope because they're no longer alone.


Excerpt One:

Jade lunged at him. He fell backwards. She straddled his chest and beat her fist and her frustrations into his face. No one would care what she did to him. He made her relive everything this world represented and everything she couldn’t have. Her fists burned. No one would care. People were supposed to care. He wore a wedding ring. He had a wife and maybe children. This world didn’t raise people to honor such commitments. 

What Mom and Dad had was beautiful. She once wished for something like that. People like him turned that dream to ash. 

She punched and punched. He stopped moving. Why was she born into such an ugly world? Why couldn’t she be selfish like everyone else?

His face caved under her blows. Finally, something bent to her will. Her fist drilled though his skull. Jade’s blood sang. His head became bloody ground beef flecked with small hard pieces. She punched concrete. She needed to stop. Her body wouldn’t listen. Sharp pain slid up her arms. Stop. Gore splashed into her face. Stop. Her body froze.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

An artist at heart, Auden loves photography, graphic design and writing beautifully dark and diverse stories. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Library and Information Science, a M.S. in Publishing. She’s an Author/Social Media Marketing Consultant for Aubey LLC, a small press publisher and offers writing, design and marketing advice on her blog. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY starting her own business as a photographer, designer and author. Find info on her dark fantasy stories on Book 3 of The Merging Worlds series, The Lost Sciell, is coming soon.
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Interview with Auden Johnson

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Mostly anime. I like to give my characters bright hair color and unusual eyes, characteristics often found in anime. When I’m creating a dystopian world, I think of shows like No.6. Currently, I’m working on a paranormal investigation story so I pulled some inspirations from a show called Ghost Hunt. Anime has some of the most imaginative magic systems and creatures I’ve ever seen. In Visible Through Darkness, Jade befriends an animal called a Twilight Hunter. That little beastly wouldn’t feel out of place in an anime.

How did you do research for your book?
I searched Google, Pinterest and DeviantArt to find fantasy artwork. They help me piece together the world, Jura. I look at images to give more detailed descriptions of my settings. I little creating unusual animals. Searching for images helps me create these creatures.

Do you have another profession besides writing?
I’m trying to get my business off the ground. It’s been a ride. I offer cover design and social media marketing help to authors. I’m also a photographer. Right now, I’m selling my photographs as stock images. I dream of getting paid to take photos of places around the world.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I’ve thought about this a lot. I think I’m too nerdy to mess with time travel. That never goes well. Even with people who only time travel in short bursts, like going back 10 minutes, something always goes horribly wrong. I don’t know if I’d time travel if given the chance.  

What is your next project?
I try to release 2-3 stories a year. Book 4 of this series, The Jura series, will come out sometime this year. I’d also like to publish a photo book. Right now, I’m trying to pin down a theme. Next month, I’ll be releasing a paranormal fantasy story called The Unburned Island. This one has some haunts, magic and little romance.



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NBTM: Taming the Texas Beauty by Jody Vitek

Taming the Texas Beauty
by Jody Vitek


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Two years ago, Ryan Rogers was attracted to Stephanie Lockhart, but as the detective who brought down her criminal brother, getting close to her was out of the question. Now, ready to restart the relationship, he discovers her salon is connected to a series of high-end robberies.

In spite of losing her brother because of Detective Rogers, Stephanie hasn’t forgotten their attraction. It could be happily ever after when they meet once again…until she and her salon are implicated in crime, sending her world spiraling out of control.


Excerpt Two:

“Ohh, that’s who was on the booty call.” Vergas wore a broad smile. He couldn’t keep from her who called.

“Don’t call it that, okay? I met her Saturday night. We talked about how her brother affected us at the time and where we’re at with our lives. We’re going out Wednesday night. On a date.” He relished another bite of the perfect burger, juicy with no pink to be seen.

“I’m glad you two finally connected. And speaking of the salon, talk, Rogers.”

“Keep an open mind.” He informed her about the conversations at the salon. “This has bothered me since. They say to go with your instinct. Today I acted when I asked the question.”

“You know it’s natural for people to talk to their hairdressers. They fill the position of a therapist for some customers.”

“A therapist?”

“They hear a lot of shit. Much like a bartender hears the woes of their patrons. You know, I thought your question was odd at first, but I can understand why. I’m glad I asked my follow-up question without checking with you first to see where you were headed with your probe.”

“I am too. I want to go back and ask the other victims where they go and who they see for their beauty care.” He savored the last bite of his lunch.

“I agree. And we should inquire with the men as well.”

“Yep. When we get back to the office, I’ll compile a list of the victims.” A large gulp quenched his thirst.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jody Vitek is a multi-published author with Satin Romance, an imprint of Melange Books, LLC. She has been a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Midwest Fiction Writers (MFW) since 2001 and is a Provisional PAN member of RWA.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Jody remains close to home living with her husband of twenty-five plus years, three children and a cat named Holly. Growing up, she enjoyed reading V.C. Andrews’ the Dollanganger series, starting with Flowers in the Attic, S.E. Hinton, and Stephen King to name a few. Today her tastes run across the board in fiction and non-fiction, in all genres.

She has traveled throughout the United States, to the Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico. Between watching her youngest son playing soccer, maintaining one of the many scrapbook albums, gardening and being the COO of the Vitek household, she writes contemporary romances.

Contacts and Links

Twitter: @JodyVitek

Interview with Jody Vitek

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The unplanned pregnancy, in Taming the Texas Beauty, would be my favorite part. It wasn’t plotted to happen in the story. I didn’t want to write another pregnancy in one of my books, but Stephanie brought it about. Yes, my character’s do talk to me. They do things that surprise me. Much of Stephanie’s reaction is like my own when I found out I was pregnant with my third child. He is a four-year post-vasectomy child. Surprise! You’re not happy, yet you plan what you need to take care of. You cry out of uncertainty and happiness. The emotions run rampant at the thought of telling your friends who are struggling to get pregnant. Reactions to a pregnancy are different from one woman to the next. They can also vary from one pregnancy to the next.
2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
As a woman, I’ve seen enough of a beauty salon, spa, etc. to not care to spend time with Stephanie Lockhart. I’m married to a law enforcement officer who’s worked various positions within the Sheriff’s Office. He’s never held the position of detective. I think it could be interesting to spend time with Ryan Rogers. As much as TV shows can glamorize a detective’s job, I’m certain there’s a lot of desk and footwork. I couldn’t decide how the work day happens, but after work, it would be fun to talk over a couple beers.
3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
I got the book Night Whispers by Judith McNaught passed to me from a friend. The romantic suspense storyline stuck with me. I had dreams about the characters and story for a week. I’ve never had another book affect me in the same way. Years later, Judith held a book signing at the local Barnes and Noble. My friend, who gave me the book, was going to the signing and took my copy. I’m happy to have a signed copy of Night Whispers by Judith on my keeper shelf.
4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
All of my characters come from my imagination. It’s their quirks, habits, etc. that I pull from real life. It can be a part of me, family, friends, or a stranger that spark the inspiration for the character’s actions, oddities, and so forth. As a writer, you have to be very careful if you write a story with an actual character, as there can be legal issues.
5. What made you want to become a writer?

I didn’t want to be a writer. I had a “nine-to-five” job while raising my first child. I didn’t want to be a stay at home mom. Three years later I had my second child, went back to work, but had to quit after six months of being back. Our daycare costs increased above and beyond what I was being paid. It devastated me at the time. I was miserable. I napped while my children napped. A story played over and over in my head. I grew tired of being lazy after a year. I was going crazy with these people living in my head, and put their story on paper. I knew nothing about writing a romance. I was just telling the story of these characters so they’d leave me alone. Eventually, I shared what I was doing with a friend and she read what I had written. She inspired me to pursue publication. It would take me twelve years before selling my first book, Florida Heat. Florida Heat is the first book in the trilogy, that leads us to the third and final book, Taming the Texas Beauty. The book my friend read would become my fourth release, renamed as Up Close and Personal. My writing was so bad, I kept the premise and rewrote the story.

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Stiff Drink by Blair Babylon blitz

Stiff Drink
Blair Babylon
(Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #1)
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Genevieve is a lawyer, not a babysitter, and certainly not a dog trainer. She is just about to become a full barrister, a British litigating attorney, when her law mentor dies unexpectedly. She is shuffled off to another barrister, one who’s nothing at all like her kind and decent former mentor, and then she is assigned the office’s worst case: Arthur Finch-Hatten, six-feet and four-inches of ripped, loaded, hot English nobleman who is wasting his life and his inherited estate so audaciously that his younger brother is suing him for control of their family’s earldom. There is a darn good chance that Arthur will lose everything, even his crazed, badly behaved puppy.

Unless he shapes up.

Her new boss hasn’t been able to convince Arthur to mend his ways. His uncle’s lectures haven’t had any effect on his depraved debauchery and lavish lifestyle.

The only way for Genevieve to make partner is to win Arthur’s case, and the only way to win his case and save his earldom is to keep him from spending his days hungover in bed and his nights pouring Cristal on naked, drunk women before flying off in his private jumbo jet to the next party.

Arthur was enough to make any woman need a stiff drink.

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When he strolled in, Lord Arthur Finch-Hatton, the Earl of Severn, was still staring straight ahead at the window that overlooked the crowded streets of central London, so Gen’s first look at him was his profile.

Morning sunlight streaming in the window clung to his golden skin. His cheekbones were hard slashes, and his jaw was a sharp right angle above the crisp, white collar of the dress shirt and black business suit he wore. His lush lips curved in a smile, as if looking over London from such a prestigious advantage suited him. The subtle lift of his chin and roll of his broad shoulders suggested that, had history been different, he might have ruled the land that spread beneath the window.

He turned to survey the rest of the room and caught Gen sitting at the table, gaping at him.

Oh, God. She was staring.

He always caught her staring.

She was staring at the black curls of his dark hair that stroked his ears and the back of his neck, and she was staring at the way his very precisely tailored suit skimmed his strong shoulders and the rounded biceps of his arms and then narrowed at his waist and hips, and she was staring at his extravagant height and his long legs and the way his head tilted with amusement as he caught her staring at him again.

Gen’s brain turned to goo.

Damn, Lord Severn was one gorgeous man.

The goo in her mind grew fuzzy tendrils, and cotton candy filled her skull and stopped up her ears.

Her thoughts slowed as she met his eyes.

My God. His eyes.

His eyes weren’t blue or gray or any color that she had ever seen on a real human being before.

His eyes shimmered with an unexpected delight and intelligence.

They narrowed when he smiled that good-natured, natural smile that beckoned to her.

And most of all, his eyes sparkled silver and were bounded by a dark blue ring.

They changed color depending on the light, from baby blue to silvery-gray and all the shades in-between. Gen saw all the variations as he turned his face from the sunlight toward her.

They were beguiling, magical, unearthly.

That was not damn fair.

Gen had heard about peoples’ knees weakening, but she was already sitting down. Still, her bones turned to soft clay, and she grabbed the sides of her chair because she was in danger of slithering out of it and onto the carpeting under the conference room table.

Lord Severn walked toward her.

It was customary for barristers to stand when greeting a client.

She should stand up. You really should stand up.

Stand up, dammit.

Gen gripped the sides of her chair and pushed with her arms to lift herself to her feet.

Even though too-tall Gen was wearing blunt, two-inch heels, Lord Severn was still inches taller than she was. At least four inches. Which meant he was at least six-four.

Blathering. Her brain was blathering.

His tie was the same azure-silver as his eyes but glimmering silk.

Dizziness spun her head, and she gasped for air because she had forgotten how to breathe.

At her stupid sucking sound, Lord Severn smiled, though it was a sad smile like he regretted that his mere presence was overwhelming her so.

He pulled out a chair on the other side of the table. “I was terribly sorry to hear about Horace Lindsey’s untimely death. He was an excellent barrister and a family friend.”

Even though it was only eleven-thirty in the morning, Lord Severn’s breath carried a faint whiff of whiskey under the mint, like he had just come from a gentleman’s brunch.

Gen’s mind searched for words.

Any words.

Wut arrre werdz.

She gathered her brain together and squeezed something out.

“Yes, it was a great loss to us all,” she managed.

Author Bio:

Blair Babylon often releases ebooks at a special release-day price of 99c.

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Blair Babylon is the nom de plume of an award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance, plus wild, suspenseful thrillers, science fiction, and urban fantasy using the super-secret pen name Blair C. Babylon.

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Altercation by Mignon Mykel blitz

Mignon Mykel
(Playmaker Duet #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

Sometimes it’s the fight that proves your worth.

Porter Prescott spent years fighting to be his own person.

His goal of playing for a hockey club not associated with the Prescott name finally comes true.

But just as he’s leaving for the next chapter in his life, he meets her.

Asher Spence spent a lifetime learning she was worthless and unwanted.

She learned that sometimes the only person you can count on is youself, and even then, you can fail.

What starts out as picture perfect can only come crumbling down.

No one listened to her pleas before,

Why should they listen to them now that she’s found a place to finally call home?

But sometimes, it’s the fight that takes you out of the game.

Note: This is book 1 of 2 in the Porter and Asher story. This does end with a cliffhanger that will be resolved in book 2, Holding.

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I moved to stand where she’d be able to see me, not really caring if I was blocking the view for some other person waiting. I widened my stance and with my arms crossed over my chest, I kept my eyes trained as far back as I could see. My gaze shifted over the different travelers coming in; the only person I wanted to see was a brunette with crazy colored eyes.

And then I saw her.

The feeling that overtook me was like a drowning man getting his first breath of air. A starving man getting a fucking full-course meal.

She didn’t see me yet, but she would in time. There were maybe eighty people between us and she was nearing.

Her hair was braided over her shoulder, wisps of hair falling out and framing her face. She was wearing leggings and those damned boots of hers, but I was surprised to see her shirt was the girly type, long with cuts up the sides, nearly to her waist, and lacy sleeves that played peek-a-boo with the colors adorning her arm. She didn’t carry a bag, just her phone in one hand.

I licked my bottom lip before biting it gently, trying to stop the smile from spreading on my face. Didn’t want to look like a complete moron.

Forty feet.

Her gaze was down at the floor, no doubt watching where she was walking. It didn’t surprise me she was careful like that.

Thirty feet.

Look up, Asher…Look up.

Twenty feet.

Her face lifted and, like a magnet, her eyes locked on mine instantly.

And the smile on her face?

God damn.

There was no sense stopping my full-ass smile now, not with the one she just shot my way.

If you would have told me, four months ago, I would be the most celibate man in the history of earth, all for the glimpses of smiles from that girl there with more secrets behind her eyes than I could ever hope to uncover, I probably would have laughed in your face.

Four months ago, I was gearing up for my rookie season in South Carolina.

Four months ago, I was a kid with a big name, going to a team that had nothing to do with said big name.

Four months ago, it was rumored I would be the new hot shot in town. Nico certainly didn’t fail to show me the gossip sites, seemingly run by a bunch of puck bunnies.

But four months ago, I walked into Starbucks for a goodbye coffee with my sister, and met the girl with secrets.

And four months ago, I became addicted without so much as a taste.

Now that I’ve had that taste? Shit, I couldn’t wait for more.

Author Bio:

Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O'Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.

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The Orphan of Mecca Blitz

Literary Fiction
Date Published: 9/17/2014
Publisher: America Star Books

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America Star Books Presents The Orphan of Mecca, Book One by Harvey Havel

Frederick, MD October 16, 2014 – America Star Books is proud to present The Orphan of Mecca, Book One by Harvey Havel from Albany, NY.

A brief synopsis of the book: "Amina prepares for college on what is expected to be an exciting first day of higher learning. When she steps onto the university campus for the first time, however, she bumps into Raja Gupta, a young, persuasive, and hot-headed university intellectual who lures her into joining a student group whose cause is the liberation of East Pakistan from West Pakistan. What follows is a stormy and passionate romance detailing the lives of both Raja Gupta and Amina Mitra as they both attempt to survive from one of the worst genocides of historical record—a genocide that ultimately leads to the birth of the poor and crippled nation known today as Bangladesh. This novel is written with historical accuracy and is Book One of a trilogy that charts the rise and fall of these two characters, as well as the son that is orphaned after Amina Mitra is forced to abandon him in the Great Mosque of Mecca."

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About the Author

Harvey Havel is a short-story writer and novelist. His first novel, Noble McCloud, A Novel, was published in November of 1999. His second novel, The Imam, A Novel, was published in 2000. 

In 2006, Havel published his third novel, Freedom of Association.  He has published his eighth novel, Charlie Zero’s Last-Ditch Attempt, and his ninth, The Orphan of Mecca, Book One, which was released last year.  His new novel, The Thruway Killers is his latest work.  The Orphan of Mecca, Books Two and Three, will be released next year as well as a book, An Adjunct Down, which he just completed.  His work in progress is called In the Trenches, about a Black American football player.

He is formerly a writing instructor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.  He also taught writing and literature at the College of St. Rose in Albany as well as SUNY Albany.

Copies of his books and short stories, both new and used, may be purchased at,, and by special order at other fine bookstores. 

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Me Tall, You Small by Lilli L'Arronge

This is a very simple book. it does not per say have a story to it. It basically shows the difference  in the lifestyle roles between Adult and child using mouse like critters in day to day life.  My favorite page is the page where the adult is laying down with a haggard look on its face and the small one is doing flips. The page simply says: Me: tired You: wired. Got a love it.

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