Friday, June 23, 2017

#CTST

Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Today is my last day of babysitting. I'm on vacation for the summer. It doesn't mean I won't be seeing my sweet babies more times than not. 

Besides catching up on some massive cleaning and decluttering, I hope to plant my body in a chair and write. 

I need to set a goal. 

The last time I did that, it worked. Nothing outrageous. Something simple: write for 1-2 hours every day, or a word count of 1k-2k. 

Wish me luck.

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Release: THE LAST GOD by Jean Davis



The General of the Unlata Kai has decreed that the time of her people is over. Jane’s race of god-like beings has caused enough chaos, leaving floundering hybrid races and war-ravaged planets throughout the universe. Kaldara, their home, is about to fulfill her wishes. When the planet goes, it will take her and the last of the Unlata Kai with it.

Logan Klevo sets out with the crew of the Maxim on a mission to warn the leaders of Kaldara of their imminent demise. Their announcement triggers a violent battle between gods. One of them holds knowledge that could restore the Maxim to its full strength. The possibility of a defense against the ruthless army of Matouk that destroyed Logan’s homeworld fills him with something he’s been missing, hope.

Abducting an angry and suicidal god might not be a wise choice, but if the god of war can learn to love they both might discover a future worth living for.

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Release e-book sale price is .99

Excerpt: 

Logan watched in horror as the king left the side of the queen and erupted into a towering being of light.

And then that’s all there was, heat and light. He shielded his face with his arms. Huddling against the wall, he blinked rapidly and waited for the ringing in his ears to subside while he got his bearings.

Beside him, Colonel Rice swore. “What the hell was that?”

Logan had no answers. He could only attest to witnessing the woman he’d seen when they’d entered the massive chamber cover herself in the same golden suit of armor they’d spoken with. Then she grew taller, brighter, glorious. Though his mind reeled with what he’d seen and he was only half certain this wasn’t another one of his nightmares, he hazarded a glance to where the king and queen had been.

The two beings of light exchanged blows of massive proportions. Bombs of energy exploded against their bodies. He couldn’t fathom how either remained standing.

“I’m pretty sure the queen exploded,” he said, knowing how absurd that sounded but having no other explanation.

Everyone else in the room had gone to their knees when the king had stood. The uniformed men that they had followed back here, now had their arms outstretched and their faces plastered to the floor.

While beings of light danced in his vision and bombs exploded against his eardrums, he achieved a single glimpse of clarity. Everyone who had been near the throne was blackened. Dead. Bile rose in this throat.

A thunderous clamor claimed his attention. He tore his gaze from the bodies to see the being of white light, what had been the king, sprawled among the remains of the thrones. He dimmed and then was nothing more than a battered and bloody man. His crown lay at the bottom of the stairs.

A shimmering sheet flowed from the General to hover over him and Rice. The ground beneath them rocked and the walls shook. The ceiling above began to crumble.

The colonel didn’t move. He found he couldn’t move either. He wasn’t easily scared, but he had no idea what was going on here and safety anywhere on this planet was questionable.

Without taking his eyes off the General, he said, “We’ve overstayed. The planet is going to go with us on it.”

“Maybe.” The colonel also stared at the giant golden glowing figure.

Debris thundered down on the sheet above them. A shield of some sort.

Logan prayed their ship wasn’t being crushed where they’d left it with the rest of their team inside. Then he wondered if he should hope that they’d left. He and Rice might not make it back. The shield didn’t look able to stretch that far. In fact, it didn’t even go as far as the archway.

A giant explosion struck the General. For a moment he was blinded again. Another blast of scorching air blew past them, though it seemed the shield protected them somewhat as the heat wasn’t near as intense as the first time.

“Holy shit,” muttered Rice.

The King was gone. Only a large scorch mark on the floor where his body had been. The General lay sprawled on steps, her feet just below the thrones. Her armor missing the golden glow and blackened. Blood dripped down the steps from the seam at her neck where her head was suspended over the edge of one of the stairs. She lay on her back as if she’d been blown over, unable to catch herself.

She was still moving. Slowly, but twitching enough to indicate she wasn’t as bad off as the rest.

“We’ve got to get out of here.”

“Agreed.” Yet, Rice crept forward instead of back the way they’d come.

Following behind, they checked the bodies of the others as they went. All of them had burnt to death. Pain on his own arms registered. He glanced down to find them blistered. Rice’s face and neck was red. He guessed his was too by the tightness that hit him now that the shock had worn off. His clothes were singed.

“Good thing we weren’t any closer,” Rice said, working his way toward the armored woman.

Logan rushed up the stairs. He knelt beside the General, who seemed to have returned to her original size. She weakly pushed him away but said nothing beyond a faint moan.

“Let me help you.”

She pushed at him again. He tugged on the helmet, trying to free her head so he could better assess the damage.

The voice that came from the blackened metal face was a ghost of the powerful voice that she’d used earlier, barely a whisper. “Leave me.”

He pushed her hand aside and felt up the back of the armor, searching for a lever or latch of any sort. There was nothing there but blood. He wiped his hands on his pants. “How do you get this thing off?”

 “You don’t.” Her voice grew slightly stronger. “Now go, I can’t hold the shield much longer.”

Rice crouched down beside them. “You’re coming with us.”


Jean Davis lives in West Michigan. When not ruining lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found playing in her garden, enjoying a glass of wine, or lost a good book. Her novels include The Last GodSahmara,and A Broken Race. Her short fiction has appeared in Theian JournalBards and Sages Quarterly, Acidic Fiction, Tales of The Talisman, The First Line, Allegory, Isotropic Fiction, Liquid Imagination, Brewed Awakenings II Anthology, and The 3288 Review.
Follow her writing adventures at www.jeanddavis.blogspot.com
Special offer: 
In celebration of the release of The Last God, I'm also offering my fantasy novel, Sahmara for .99 for a limited time. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Release:THE CORNER OFFICE by Katerina Baker #romance

The man she’s always hated may finally take her down

THE CORNER OFFICE

by Katerina Baker
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Issues
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Tara Johnson's sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she's one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he's willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.

Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it's her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it's the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he's still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.

But Tara's increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.

THE CORNER OFFICE EXCERPT:
My mouth dropped open at what I saw.
Colorful ink formed a tattoo of a snake that twisted around his arm. A tattoo. It started from the middle of his forearm and disappeared into the sleeve at his elbow.
Wait a minute. Tattoos were taboo, a part of a bad-boy image. Bad boys—at least not those whose badness was openly displayed in the form of body art—did not hold leadership jobs at Fortune 500 companies. I once knew a CEO and I wouldn’t mention his name, so as to not cause him any embarrassment, who flew to Bermuda to get his tattoo removed. It was a tiny image of a skull on his back and nobody would have found out that he had it, if only he weren’t planning a New Year’s Eve bash. Which, at the insistence of his girlfriend, was going to happen at a spa where all the guests would be in their bathing suits. Needless to say, the CEO had flown as far away from New York as possible to guarantee he wouldn’t run into anyone he knew and got rid of the forbidden skin art and his reputation was saved.
So, as we dug into our burritos, I kept glancing at his tattoo. Trying to imagine how high up his arm the snake ended. Would it be covering his entire bicep or end just above his elbow? Perhaps I was staring a little too openly, but the discovery was a bit too shocking. 


Katerina Baker is a lucky gal who still attempts to have it all: full-time project management job that she enjoys, crazy family of four (with the ongoing threats of getting a pet to upset the family equilibrium) and writing.
Although on some days she is much more successful at managing her life than on the others, she still claims that she doesn’t want it any other way.Katerina is represented by Sharon Belcastro from Belcastro Agency, and hasa contract with Lachesis Publishing, who will be publishing her Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs.

Get to know Katerina Baker:


 1.             What is the best thing for you about being a writer?

Like many other authors, I started writing when I couldn’t find a book I wanted to read. I was looking for a specific novel and couldn’t find anything similar, so I decided to write it myself. The best thing about being a writer is to take bits and pieces of reality and set them on a different course, bring them to a different closure. I enjoy the plotting process and coming up with a new formula for a book.

2.      What is the hardest thing for you about being a writer?

The hardest thing is finding enough time to write! I used to think that it was hard writing and working during the day and taking care of small kids. Now I realize that was a child play. What’s hard is writing while working and taking care of kids AND promoting your book. I didn’t realize how much work it is going to be to actually publish and market a book, and how challenging it will be to find time to actually write.

3.      What genre/s do you write and what genre is your latest release?

I love Romance, so all of my novels have romance in their center. My latest release is Contemporary Romance about a senior female executive who makes a lot of mistakes in her attempt to have it all in her life: career and personal life, a dilemma so many women struggle with.

4.      What essential things have you learned about writing in the last year?

I learned to not take criticism personally. Oh, who am I kidding. I still take it personally. I am human. Haha. But I am more away that I SHOULD NOT take it personally. I try not to be upset when someone doesn’t love my book, doesn’t love my writing style. Another thing that I’ve learned is that there is no right or wrong way to write. You can always find an audience for your book. I’m not saying we should release something with spelling mistakes or a plot that’s half baked, but we should not strive to make everyone happy with our writing. It is never going to happen. If I put a smile on an least one reader’s face, I am happy.

5.      What type of hero do you like? Super alpha, wounded or somewhere in between? Or even something totally different?

Like heroines, I like strong heroes with hidden vulnerability that’s not immediately obvious to readers. I attempt to write multi-faceted characters, and for me that means they are far from perfect.

6.      Tell us about your journey in writing this book.

I wrote the first draft of The Corner Office more than four years ago. I actually loved it, and I had a few early readers who loved it as well. At that time, I was set on traditionally publishing all of my novels (conviction that I no longer hold), so The Corner Office went through a very long submission process. At some point after dozens of rejections, I shelved it and focused on my other work. About a year and a half ago, I submitted the book to Lachesis Publishing, the publisher who ultimately signed up to publish my Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs, and that was a pivotal point for The Corner Office. The editor did reject it, but she followed it with a few pages of thorough and thoughtful notes, which opened my eyes on a few issues with the book I wasn’t able to see before. After I mulled over it for a bit—I wasn’t that great with handling criticism yet, you see—I came up with a revision plan.
The final straw that made me decide to publish The Corner Office this year was the renewed wave of feminism in the US. The book deals with the important feminism topics, and I felt it was the right time to release it.
I took another few months in the beginning of this year to make final revisions, final round of beta reading, final round of proofreading, final round of editing, and viola! The book is going to be released on June 23rd, which is my birthday, by the way!
I felt it was appropriate to publish my first book on my birthday. (What a great birthday present for you!!!)

7.      Tell us three quirky or interesting things about yourself.

I am good speaking in public when I am prepared but you can shoot me before I walk into a room full of people I don’t know and make small talk.

8.      What rituals do you use to help you focus or get the words down on the page e.g. music or a snack?  

I don’t have much time so all I usually need is peace and quiet.

9.      What book would you like to work on next?

I will be revising and finishing my YA Sci-Fi novel BLUE which is about a math genius girl. That’s my other passion: in my day job I work hard to help young girls pursue technical careers and jobs.

10.        What advice can you give to aspiring writers?

Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Life is a journey. Enjoy the process rather than live for that one moment when you get a book deal. Being an author is so much more: building relationships with other writers, getting better at your craft, revising your novels, and learning—every day.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Reviews: SECOND CHANCE MARQUESS #regency #romance

Welcome to my blog. How's your summer stacking up so far? Reading any great books?
This month we reviewed 
SECOND CHANCE MARQUESS by Jessica Jefferson.



A beautifully told Regency tale about second chances for love....

When Wilhelmina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation and fortune is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?

Cathrina's Review:

I should read Historical Regency more often, because I am enamored with that time period. Gallant nobles, dastardly rakes, and pomp and circumstance. Where a woman had to contend with a rigid, straight-laced decorum or lose their reputation.

Jessica Jefferson's SECOND CHANCE MARQUESS is a delightful read. I fell for wealthy and handsome George, the rake, immediately. When the couple are reconnected after ten long years, "Willie", as he calls her, tries to live up to her aunts high standards. The reader learns, the twosome were quite an item, to the point of marriage, but something broke them apart which the author astutely hides until further into the book. There was a confession of Wilhelmina coming close to death after their break-up. Subsequently poor George was shot, and was in the stages of healing when Willie marries another man, breaking his heart. However, I've read enough books to guess the reasoning for their separation. To me it was quite transparent. Yet, it hardly detracted from the romance, I wanted to read more. After they band together to search for her younger sister and his brother, the steamy thawing of hearts and bristling love is quite scintillating. I might be cheesy but I love a happily ever after. And SECOND CHANCE MARQUESS didn't disappoint!

Head on over the read Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh's review.

Friday, June 9, 2017

#CTST

Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Finally, the rainy weather is coming to an end, at least for now. Next week is supposed to be beautiful and I'm looking forward to it. 

On Saturday our two grand babies will be spending the night. Wish us luck!!
For that baby who won't eat.
This is an excellent idea...heheheee....


~Have a great weekend~