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Book Tour with Excerpt, Author Interview& Giveaway! The Crossroads of Logan Michaels by James M. Roberts!

 

 

The Crossroads of Logan Michaels
by James M. Roberts
Genre: Coming of Age

 

“Thumbs-up for this debut!”—James Frey, best-selling author of A Million Little Pieces

 

 

After growing up heartbroken with an endless series of struggles, Maria Michaels creates a picture-perfect family of her own. But life changes too quickly, and she loses her grip on herself and her two troubled sons. In spite of her desire to give them a better life, they spiral downward on the paths they choose. They must fight through sadness, mistakes and tragedy to find redemption and the love that only a mother can give. Told from a dual perspective of mother and son, we follow the family’s battles with divorce, drugs and depression. You will laugh and cry, and probably want to call your mom to tell her you love her.

 

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

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EXCERPT 2:


Basketball season was starting and, after my first practice, I was selected to start on our team. I loved the attention. I was the only kid on the team who wanted his parents to show up for the games. The reason was simple: my mom was beautiful and young, and my dad was tough-looking and muscular and looked like a kid. I wanted to show them off.


The season was great, and I was one of the best players in the league. The kids at school would talk to me about the games and about how good I was; it felt amazing to have people counting on me each game. The girls noticed me even though I was barely ten years old but I was very shy when it came to the opposite sex.


Katrina was her name—my first crush. She had beautiful, long, straight blonde hair and a killer smile. In class, I would stare at her out of the corner of my eye. Once I noticed her, I promised myself that I would talk with her someday. I just had to work up the courage. Guess again! Third grade and fourth grade passed and still not a single word!


Was it possible that the girl of my dreams would get away?


I couldn’t believe that two years had gone by, and I still hadn’t even spoken to Katrina.


How was it that my basketball team won the championship two years in a row, I started as the pitcher for the Little League’s National League Rockies, got straight A’s in school, and had tons of friends, but still could not talk to a girl? Hard to believe that even with so much success, I still couldn’t do it. I will work the courage up one day, I thought. After all, I was only eleven.

 



Why do you write?

 

Writing to me allows me to represent my inner most thoughts when I struggle to explain them in person. Some thoughts can’t be explained as Clearly without writing down exactly how you feel. It’s more therapeutic than anything. Writing allows me to write down how I am feeling at the exact moment and hopefully people can relate to it.

 

 

What inspired you to write?

 

Depression

 

 

What is your favorite book of all time?

 

I think having a favorite book all depends on your mood/feelings, and I’m a rollercoaster.

 

 

What is something your readers would be surprised to know about you?

 

I always wanted to be an actor but I have stage fright.

 

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

 

So many things… and still do. Some days I want to be a world famous writer. Other days a country singer, famous actor, athlete, really depends what mood I’m in that day.

 

 

What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?

 

One day at a time

 

 

What advice would you give today’s youth?

 

Take your time to become who you are. It’s not a race, just enjoy the ride, your time will come.

 

Where is your favorite place to write?

 

In the library, by a window

 

 

What was your writing process?

 

Put my fingers on the keyboard and let my mind be free.

 

 

What have you found most surprising about the publishing process?

 

Honestly? It can be a pain in the ass! The work’s never done and the writing is only the beginning.

 

 

Which character in your book was most challenging to write about?

 

My father… I tried to capture how he felt but not sure how good of a job I did.

 

 

What is your favorite scene in The Crossroads of Logan Michaels?

 

My favorite scene is in chapter 9 I believe. When Logan wakes up miserably hung over and finds the note his mother wrote him. It brings me to tears almost every time.

 

 

What have you learned about yourself through writing this novel?

 

I’m a complicated yet simple man.

 

 

What is next for you?
Are you working on another book?

 

Yes. The second volume of The Crossroads of Logan Michaels, where we see Logan work his way through the recovery process and rebuilding a life.

 

 

How would you like to be remembered?

 

Alive and when I truly smiled, if you ever captured that moment…

 

 

 

$20 Amazon, Six print copies of The Crossroads of Logan Michaels

 

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ABOUT JAMES M. ROBERTS


James M. Roberts wanted to prove that you don't need to be a college scholar or a perfect writer to put your heart on paper even when it is hurting the most. James's experiences have inspired him to tell his story in order to reach young readers suffering from insecurity, sadness, and addiction. Not only did James drop out of high school, but he also stumbled into deep depression early in his adolescent life. Although he had been an all-star athlete, he was far from happy. He ended up making regrettable choices in order to feel a sense of belonging and worth, especially following his parents' separation. Through it all, James knew that one day he was going to share his "misery" with the world. He struggled through life's lessons and finally put himself through college to earn a business degree and currently has a successful career in sales. James finished his first rough draft at twenty-five while in college. Five years later he erased all 200,000 words and started from scratch. He currently resides in Woburn, Massachusetts, where he continues to thrive and develop his writing.

 

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt & Author Interview! It Happened To Me by T.A. Beasley!

 

 

It Happened To Me
by T. A. Beasley
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Mystery

 

 


In one weekend, seventeen- year-old Delilah Murphy loses the one person she could count on. She tries to deal with the loss but the one she blames makes it hard. Delilah leans on her best friend for comfort but only for a short period of time. She must face her enemy and try to adjust to not having a support system. 

 

Delilah’s behavior and attitude are out of control as is her non-existing relationship with whom she believes is the cause of her pain. Will Delilah finally come to her senses and learn to forgive? Or will her childish antics lead her down a path she may not be ready to travel?

 

**Trigger warning: of sexual assault, alcoholism, domestic violence **

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42289724-it-happened-to-me

 

 

 


AVAILABLE in print or ebook –

 

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EXCERPT ONE

 

~1~

 

Delilah Murphy slides a Mountain Dew from the refrigerator, taking a quick sip before making her way up the stairs. She hears yelling coming from her parents’ bedroom. She ignores it, entering her bedroom to check her bag and make sure all the items for a weekend with her best friend, Tiffany, are accounted for. She walks over to the full-length mirror on the back of her bedroom door. She smiles at her reflection, running both hands down her custom-made shirt from CJ Marley. She makes sure everything is in place.

 

“I’m too sexy for myself,” Delilah sings, before blowing a kiss to herself. She looks at her watch, realizing her ride will be there any moment. She drops her bag by the door and takes a quick glance out the window. The Johnsons must be running a little late.

 

Delilah hears yelling again. It is getting louder, and she doesn’t know if she should interrupt or not. So, she places her ear to the door to eavesdrop, groaning, “Not this crap again.” Her parents’ arguing has been going on for the last couple of months.

 

She leans closer to the door. “What could possibly be wrong this time?”


“I am sick and tired of you always questioning me, Desmond.” Denise’s voice rises in volume, filling the room.

 

“I have to question you, Denise, because you’re never home.” Desmond’s face squinches in anguish as he clenches hands at his sides. “For the last five years, you have been completely absent in this household, and I’m tired of it.”

 

“I do not have to answer to you, and I’m not going to feel guilty for working hard to provide for my family.”

 

Desmond cannot believe Denise’s attitude and defensive behavior.
“I will be damned before I give up my business to pacify your feelings and ego!”

Denise finishes her statement and heads toward the door.

 

Desmond grabs his wife’s arm forcefully, swinging her around to face him. “Damn it, Denise, don’t walk away from me!”

 

Looking alarmed, Denise pushes her husband, trying to get him to release her arm.

 

Delilah continues to listen at the door while sipping her drink. She can tell this argument is worse than the ones in the past. She starts to walk back to her room when she hears a change in her father’s voice. She returns to her parents’ bedroom door, slightly turning the knob before stopping.

 

“No, I am not getting in the middle of this again.” Delilah remembers the last time she tried to intervene in one of her parent’s arguments.

 

Delilah had walked into her living room to catch her favorite television show, Law and Order: SVU. She had just placed her drink and chips on the table when she noticed her mother heading towards the front door with her father right on her heels.


“Desmond, I am going to Tennessee. This trip is essential for releasing my clothing line.”

 

Delilah’s father grabbed his wife by the shoulders, slightly shaking her. “I don’t care. For the last two weeks, you have not spent any time with me or Delilah. We come before that damn boutique.”

 

When he released her, Denise slapped her husband. “Don’t you ever manhandle me like that again!”

 

Delilah came out of the living room, running over to stop the situation. “Mom, what are you doing?”

 

Desmond reacted by swinging to hit Denise, but the open-handed slap sent his daughter reeling backward to the floor instead.

 

Denise ran over to Delilah to help her. “Damn you, Desmond! Look what you have done!”

 

Desmond froze, realizing he was out of control. He attempted to comfort her. “Baby girl, I am so sorry.”

 

Delilah backed away from him. “I’m so tired of you two arguing. I can’t take it!” She ran to her bedroom, slamming the door.

 

Denise waved her hand, stopping Desmond from touching her. She walked out the door.

 

Now, the pressure Desmond applies to her arm makes Denise wince. “So help me, God, if you don’t let me go, you’re going to regret it.”

 

Desmond knows she isn’t playing. Denise’s piercing eyes burn into his soul, causing him to release her and plead his case. “I miss you at home. It seems like Delilah and I don’t fit into your world anymore.”

 

Denise’s jacket starts to vibrate. She pulls out her cell phone, glances at it, and silences it. “Don’t bring Delilah into this.”

 

Desmond rubs the top of his head and exclaims, “What else do you want me to do?! She is seventeen years old, and I haven’t seen you spend any time with her.”
Denise rolls her eyes.

 

“I’m serious, Denise. When was the last time you two went shopping? Or had a mother-and-daughter day?”

 

Denise can’t answer, because she knows deep down that her husband is right. She has been paying more attention to her business than her family, but she won’t let Desmond know it. She can’t acknowledge that she has missed Delilah’s last four birthdays, their wedding anniversaries, and the holidays because of business conferences, workshops, and fashion shows. She is tired of him always bringing up past issues in every argument. Heck, she’s also tired of the arguing itself.
Her cell phone rings again, displaying her assistant’s number, and this time, she answers it. “Hello, Cherie, how can I help you?” She turns away from her husband for some privacy.

 

“Mrs. Murphy, your car will pick you up at four o’clock this evening. You will arrive in Evansville at seven. I have arranged for a late check-in at the hotel. The conference is a few miles away.”

 

“Thank you. Will you be joining me tomorrow before the presentation?” Denise asks.

 

“Yes. I will be there before lunch, and I will have your presentation materials set up before you go on at one o’clock.”

 

“Sounds great,” she replies, looking at her husband’s disapproving facial expression. She shrugs and hangs up the phone.

Desmond holds his palms up and out, hoping his wife can feel his defeat. “What the hell?”

 

“I’m done discussing this with you. My driver will be here to pick me up in two hours, and I don’t want us to say or do anything we will regret.” Denise walks around him, trying to get to the bedroom door.

 

“Fine, go ahead and run from our marriage and our daughter. I want you to remember one thing, Denise: I’m not always going to be waiting for you when you come back.” Desmond storms out of the room and right into his daughter.

 

“I’m sorry, Dad,” Delilah apologizes, then looks at her mother, who has appeared in the doorway with her suitcases. Delilah tries to read her father’s expression as he speaks.

 

“Hey, baby girl, you all ready for your big weekend with Tiffany?”


Delilah stands with one hand on her hip. “I’m not stupid, Dad. What’s going on now? I heard both of you arguing!”

 

He tries to distract her by pulling her into a hug.

 

“Dad, don’t ignore me. I know you and Mom were arguing,” she says, pointing at her mother, ready to take her father’s side in the disagreement.

 

Delilah believes her father can do no wrong. This is mainly because he is there to listen to her and spends time with her. She takes his side in everything.

 

She can still remember the first time Mother Nature arrived and her mother was not available to take her to the store. Her father, as brave as he could be, made his way to the feminine aisle and helped her pick out supplies. She wasn’t mortified, because her father had a way of making embarrassing moments seem small when he was around.

 

She smiles, remembering her first encounter with the tooth fairy, whom she believed was her dad. She did not believe the fairy would be able to lift her head to place any money under her pillow. So, her father showed her an alternative with the drawer in the kitchen. They placed her first tooth there, so the fairy could find it. The next morning, her father led her to the drawer, where the fairy had left a dollar.

 

The drawer became their way of sending each other secret messages. He leaves her notes with cash if he is not going to be home. She always checks the drawer when arriving home.

 

Desmond sighs. “Your mother and I did have a little disagreement.”


She gives her father a look that says: Here we go again. Delilah has little interaction with her mother, especially after hearing the way she speaks to her father. Delilah realizes it’s happening again, and this is not good. “For reals? You guys have been arguing a lot lately.”

 

Denise gives her daughter a look that says: No, you didn’t. “Don’t question your father; a child should know their place.”

 

Delilah glares at her mother, rolling her eyes while showing her the palm of her hand. “Whatever!” She walks away, heading toward her bedroom and slamming the door.

 

Then, she looks at her bedroom door and whispers, “I wish you would leave for good.”

 

She picks up a book to browse through on her bed while waiting for her ride. She straightens the black, grey, and teal bedding before sitting down. The black canopy bed sits in the middle of her room, contrasted by the teal walls that surround it. The grey and teal bathroom suite is large enough for Delilah to host her many clothes, shoes, and tote bags. She loves only a few things besides her father: Shopping, books, and spending her parents’ money.

 

She recently received a couple of books by one of her favorite authors, S.E. Green, a young adult suspense thriller writer who incorporates psychological twists into her stories.

 

Back in the hallway, Denise turns to her husband, expecting him to correct their daughter. “Are you just going to stand there and let her talk to me like that?”

 

Desmond smirks. “You brought that on yourself.” He turns away from his wife with no desire to correct Delilah. The way she behaved toward her mother was somewhat his fault. Once, she’d heard him on the phone when Denise left for a business meeting without telling them. She’d heard him yell at her mother that she was being a bitch.

 

He shakes his head at his wife. He just wants to keep Delilah on his side, in case their marriage comes to an end. He looks at her one more time before descending their cherrywood staircase and walking out the door.

 

As soon as Desmond shuts the front door, a horn blows and startles Denise. Delilah looks out her window, grabs her bag, and heads toward the door. She stops to take a deep breath before having to deal with her mother since she’d already seen her father get into his car.

 

“She’d better not say anything to me,” she mumbles to herself while opening her door. Delilah breezes by her mother, looking forward and bumping her mother’s shoulder as if she wasn’t there. She doesn’t give her mother time to say anything before heading down the stairs with her overnight bag in tow. When she reaches the door, Delilah finally hears her mother calling her.

 

“Delilah, did you not see me standing here?”

 

She answers without turning around. “I saw you.”

 

And with that, she walks out of the house, leaving her mother at the top of the stairs.

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH T.A. BEASLEY:

 

 

How long have you been writing?


I’ve been writing since middle school from journal entries to short stories and now books.

 

 


Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?


I normally create the main character and then the supporting characters come to right before I start plotting my novel.

 

 


What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?


I interview people. I go to locations that I may describe. I also search on google and go to the library for materials. I believe the best research is interview people in the profession you are writing about and people who have been through what your character is going through.

 

 

 

Do you see writing as a career?


I most definitely see writing as a career. This has been a dream of mines since high school and now that my first book is coming out, it has pushed me to pursue this full time. I believe it can be done without being signed to a traditional publisher especially if I put the work in.

 

 

 

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?


I am an avid reader. I don’t leave home without a review book or leisure reading book or a self-help book in my tote bag. I basically live and breathe all things bookish.

 

My favorite genres are mysteries and thrillers. I also read paranormal, fantasy, contemporary fiction and women fiction. I mainly like books that have a mysterious and or suspenseful element to it.

 

 

 

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?


I prefer to write while listening to a business or personal development podcast. It helps me stay focused on what I am trying to achieve and makes me think of what I am doing to improve myself.

 

 


Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?


At this point since book one is completed, I have started writing on book two along. I am also outlining and researching a middle grade book and a young adult fantasy book. I do this on separate days.

 

 

 

Pen or type writer or computer?


I outline with pencil and paper and then move to my computer. I mainly plot and outline with pencil and paper then I type it on the computer. After my outline is clear then I work on writing the book on the computer.

 

 

 


Tell us about a favorite character from a book.


Two of my favorite character is Lane from the Killer Instinct by S. E. Green. She is a teenager who is obsessed with serial killers because she wants to be one. Lane’s character is intelligent, creative, and a bad ass. I also love that she is sneaky and can hide in plain sight.

 

My second is Mary from Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson. Mary is a character you should fear on any given day. She is very calculating, manipulative and knows when to appear innocent, so you stay on her side. You don’t figure out her dark side until it’s too late. I love her so much.

 

 

 


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ABOUT T.A. BEASLEY –


T.A. Beasley has been a lover of books, reading and writing since she was ten years old, when she encountered the teen department librarian at Central Library in her hometown of Evansville, In. She became a book reviewer and blogger in 2010 as well as a tour host, helping authors, publishers and publicists share books with readers through her blog, Authors & Readers Book Corner. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband. It Happened To Me is her debut novel and she is working on her next title.


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Blog Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt & Author Interview! Secrets in Oak Creek by B.K. Stubblefield!

 

 

Secrets in Oak Creek
by B.K. Stubblefield
Genre: Mystery, Romance

 

 

A small town with a dark secret. A new arrival in grave danger. Can she solve the mystery before she ends up the next victim?


The best part of Emily's childhood may have been the time she spent with her quirky aunt. So when her favorite relative passes away, she drops everything to attend the funeral in the small town of Oak Creek. But she never expected to inherit her aunt's entire estate, including her massive black dog Bentley. Just as she starts to get the hang of small-town life, an unknown driver runs her off the road and sends her to the hospital.


As doctors tend to her and she makes a connection with a charming Oak Creek resident named Ryan, Emily racks her brain to figure out who would want her dead. When sparks start to fly between her and the Good Samaritan that sat by her bedside, they team up to solve the mystery. Digging into the crime starts to reveal a dark side to Oak Creek and long-held secrets nobody wants revealed. Emily and Ryan must uncover the truth before her assailant comes back to finish the job.

 


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ebook - **Only .99 cents!!**

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Excerpt Two:

 

On impulse, she turns the car around and follows the now familiar lane, curious to take another look.

 

As she slows down, Emily surveys the farmlands on either side of the small country road. She deeply inhales the smell of corn bouncing weightlessly on the warm breeze. A childhood memory floats into awareness, taking her back to when she loved running through endless rows of corn. She remembers when she would stop running and then stand quietly between the rows—not moving, just listening.

On some days, the warm wind would whisper her name, beckoning her mind to float to enchanted places in far-away, mystical lands.

 

She recalls the tingling of her spine when the wind rustles the stalks around her, telling a different story. With her heart hammering fast, she can barely catch her breath. Her feet are rooted to the ground, imagining the rows parting for a faceless shadow that is coming for her. When the spell finally breaks, and fear releases its icy grip, she runs, pumping her legs until she emerges unscathed from the field of corn, feeling safe once again.

 

Emily smiles at the memory of her childish games as her gaze sweeps the seemingly endless stretching cornfield that is adjoining the property she sees.

 

She slowly pulls her car to the shoulder and stops where she can view the home between the massive trees in front. Turning off the engine, she sits and watches the home for a few minutes.

 

You would have been a beauty once, she thinks along with a twinge of nostalgia.

 

Today, she can clearly see how it may have looked before, her gloomy feelings from just a few days ago replaced with visions of happier times. Windows now boarded up would have gleamed in the early afternoon sun, white wicker furniture on the front porch inviting visitors to sit a while. Lush green Boston ferns in ornate urns would flank the solid oak front door while children played a game of chase with a cute black and white dog. Yes, definitely a dog, she decides.

 

As if pulled by unseen strings, Emily opens her door and steps out onto the road. Just a quick look, a little bit closer. She hesitantly walks toward the overgrown gravel drive.


She tentatively steps on the drive, and the house comes into view from its side angle. A couple of steps lead up to what appears to be a service entrance. She heads to the front yard where the front porch is badly sagging, barely held up by the once stately Doric columns. A whiff of musty, stale air assaults her nostrils.

 

Disgusted, she turns away from the crumbling facade. Abandoned, apparently a long time ago—what a pity!


As she turns away, Emily is keenly aware of the eerie stillness around her. Just as the wind in the cornfield softly sighed such a long time ago, the old house seems to reach out, whispering an invitation to explore its long-forgotten interior.

 

Emily hesitantly steps up two concrete steps, halting on the small landing of the side entrance.

 

“Hello!” she calls out as she knocks on the door, cocking her head, listening closely. She doesn’t expect anyone to answer, but still. “Hello? Is anyone here?” she repeats. Ignoring her gut’s warnings that she has no business being here, she knocks a second time—and almost jumps as the door opens a small way, rusty hinges shrieking loudly, interrupting the quiet.

 

Her pulse races as she pushes her hand lightly against the door. She leans forward, glancing around the interior and is immediately assaulted by the same musty smell she had noticed earlier, only stronger.

 

 

 

INTERVIEW with B.K. Stubblefield –


What inspired you to write this book?


After I adopted my rescue mutt Harper –he’s a beautiful Great Pyrenees/Yellow Lab mix – I began to assist our local none—profit animal shelter with the endless task of fundraising. I regularly visited the facility where I met the animals and an army of the most kindhearted and hardworking volunteers. I captured their stories in a monthly newsletter, and when I heard about the nasty business of dogfighting hidden within the county, naturally I wanted to know more. Although the accused never stood trial, I knew I wanted to tell a story of small-town secrets.

 


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Secrets in Oak Creek?


Emily's a bit of an introvert, yet independent and, well, stubborn. Her childhood may have been the time she spent with her quirky aunt. So when her favorite relative passes away, Emily drops everything to attend the funeral in the small town of Oak Creek. But she never expected to inherit her aunt's entire estate, including her massive black dog Bentley. As she makes the decision to move back to Oak Creek, an unknown driver runs her off the road and sends her to the hospital.

 

Ryan is outgoing, charming, and a confirmed bachelor. He is a celebrity photographer, and on his way home after a week-long photo shoot. All he wants is to go home, chill, and shoot the breeze with a few friends. Fate has other plans. As he witnesses Emily’s car crash he’s convinced this was no accident and reports it as an assault. Naturally, sparks fly between Emily and her Good Samaritan, they team up to solve the mystery.

 


Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?


I just had this conversation with another author who is only one chapter away from finishing her story. The character stands in the way of letting the story be told as intended, and I think that is unfortunate. I have not yet run into a situation like it. Typically, my characters have a voice in how the story develops, and sometimes they want to go into a direction I hadn’t intended. At that point, I have to make a decision if I want to follow their lead, or if I need to pull them back. Yeah, of course, they want to do their own thing, but they’re not allowed to hijack my story. My book, my rules.

 


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ABOUT B.K. STUBBLEFIELD

 

B.K. Stubblefield is a new writer with a passion for animal rescue. After adopting her new dog Harper, she was quickly overwhelmed with the challenges of raising a "puppy on steroids". Together with her close friend, Debra Wagner, she published 'Rescued: A Tale of Two Dogs', two nonfiction tales of love, patience and commitment.

 

In an effort to help bring awareness to animal neglect and abuse in our own neighborhoods, B.K. Stubblefield shares several short stories of animals brought out of the shadows and into the light of love in her second book "Rescued: Out of The Shadows."

 

Fictional short stories and memory books/journals continue to carry the theme of dog rescue.

 

B.K. Stubblefield is also a contributing author to "Be Their Voice: An Anthology for Rescue, Volume I & II


Her debut novel, 'Secrets in Oak Creek', a mystery/romance, was published n November 2017.

 

Born and raised in Germany, the author has spent many years supporting her husband's military career. Moving between Europe and the United States, she now makes her home in the small rural town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky where she enjoys the slower pace of small town living. Early morning weekend walks with her dog Harper are among her favorite activities.

 


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Release Day! Blog Tour with Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway! Deadly Rising (Booke of the Hidden #2) Jeri Westerson!

 

 

Deadly Rising
A Booke of the Hidden Novel #2
by Jeri Westerson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pub Date: 10/23/18

 

 

Things were quiet in Strange Herbs & Teas. For about a week.
Our crossbow slinging hero and her ragtag gang of Wiccans tuned in to the paranormal have earned some rest. But when Kylie learns that the Booke may have released not one, but two creatures of horror out into the world, it’s up to her to save Moody Bog. Again.


Calling upon the devilishly handsome demon Erasmus once more for help, Kylie’s determined to handle the mischief of the Booke and go back to a normal life. But when digging through Moody Bog’s history leads her to the ghost of her grandfather, the past she once knew is turned upside down.


Can Kylie save the town and her grandfather, or will the horrors of the Booke be too much to handle?

 

 

Book Trailer - https://youtu.be/3LPfNQAIasc

 

 

 

Add to your shelves –

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40229621-deadly-rising

 

 

 


Booke of the Hidden
A Booke of the Hidden Novel #1


“Westerson creates an utterly believable history of witches, demons, and magic for her claustrophobic New England village including a heroine with enough spark, smarts, and stubbornness to keep both the bad guys and the deliciously dangerous love-interest on their toes.” —Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker series

 

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden, bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of Moody Bog’s biggest secret.


While puzzling over the tome’s oddly blank pages, Kylie gets an unexpected visitor—Erasmus Dark, an inscrutable stranger who claims to be a demon, knows she has the book, and warns her that she has opened a portal to the netherworld. Kylie brushes off this nonsense, until a series of bizarre murders put her, the newcomer, at the center. With the help of the demon and a coven of witches she befriends while dodging the handsome but sharp-eyed sheriff, Kylie hunts for a killer—that might not be human.

 

 

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BOOKE of the HIDDEN series –


Series - http://bookeofthehidden.com/


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BookeoftheHidden/


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/219366-booke-of-the-hidden

 

 


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Deadly Rising –

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Booke of the Hidden –


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EXCERPT

 

A scene between the demon Erasmus Dark, and the heroine, Kylie Strange discussing the Booke of the Hidden.


“Mortals,” he muttered with a sneer. “I—who have been intimately intertwined with the book, captured by its covers for thousands of years—I don’t even know what it does or why. Do you think for one moment I like this? That I like being yanked about from century to century, to listen to the mewling of each Chosen Host as she does her job. Do you think I truly enjoy taking my—”

 

He stopped, shutting his lips as if locking a door on them.

“Taking your what?”

 

“Never mind,” he growled. “This is my lot in life. I was created for this. And I shall be part of it until the end of time.”

 

“I don’t think so.”

 

“What do you mean you ‘don’t think so’?”

 

“I’m stopping this Booke. This is the last generation of crap from it. Its days of taking a Chosen Host are over. My family…” I laughed, thinking about it. It’s our curse. Did we bring it over to the New World? How long had my ancient ancestors been entrusted with this thing? Cursed by it? “When I close the covers of this Booke, it isn’t opening again for anyone else.”

 

He folded his arms. “Oh, how the arrogance of the human race astounds me. Go on. Tell me. Explain exactly how you are going to do that?”

 

I shrugged. “I don’t know. But I’ve got my Wiccans. We’ll figure something out. I’m not alone, you know.”

 

His expression faded and his arms fell away from his chest. “I see. You…you think to succeed where others have failed. Well…the others were alone. Perhaps…

perhaps there may be something to what you say.”

 

That gave me hope. No, I wasn’t alone. If those other Chosen Hosts had struck out on their own without any back-up, then of course they had little chance. Ha! I had my little army. There was a chance. But then…

 

“What happens to you?”

 

He looked toward the floor, his long hair hanging over his face and hiding his eyes. “Then I…cease.”

 

“Cease. What do you mean ‘cease’?”

When he lifted his face there was no expression either on his face or in his usually expressive eyes. “I fail to exist. Or in your parlance, I die.”

 

“What? No. That…can’t be right.”

 

“My sole existence is to serve the one who opens the book. There is no other reason for my creation. When the book dies, so, too, do I.”

 

“We’ll find a way. We’ll find a way to…um…unbind you.”

 

“And why, by Beelze’s tail, would you want to do that?”

 

I breathed. There should have been a lot swirling around in my mind but there wasn’t. Only the aspect of this stupid demon’s non-existence. I couldn’t fathom it. I didn’t want to. Striding forward I took his face in my hands and kissed him.

There were suddenly arms around me holding me close. His mouth opened and his lips—so hot, so wet—kissed me urgently, as if it was his last day on earth. I tried not to think about that and just surrendered myself to simply feeling.

 

He nipped my bottom lip and grazed my chin with his teeth. His mouth was on my neck and I arched toward him. I could feel his hardness through our clothing and I had a flash of about a week ago of my bed, the quilt, the body of a god, and the wildness as we let ourselves go. I began vaguely wondering about the kitchen floor when he suddenly drew back. I nearly fell backward when he released me and turned away.

 

Stumbling, I adjusted my stance and wiped the wet from my mouth.

His back was to me, and his shoulders were heaving with great gusting breaths. “Damn you,” he murmured.


“We…can’t.”

 

“We did once.”

 

“That was my arrogance. And my folly.”

 

I breathed, trying to control the tremors in my body. How he could get me into such a lather I’ll never know. Even harking back to my evening with Ed, it had been good with him…but it was never like this.

 

“Okay. All right. Let’s focus on what’s important. My grandfather’s notebook.”

 

 

 

INTERVIEW:

 

1. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

 

Because you're bringing in magic and fantasy and danger and romance. It's almost a whole shelf of books rolled into one genre. I like that you can spin a tale in any time period, with any creature, and make it your own by tweaking this or that and giving it your own history and backstory. Fantasy and sci fi have always played a big role in what I have loved to read, and now that I've given myself permission to write in this genre, the sky is the limit.

 


2. How important is research to you when writing a book?

 

It's always important. I started out writing medieval mysteries, and if there was any one thing a reader expects, it is that the author gets the history right. In that genre, you never changed the history to suit the plot, and that is very good training for writing anything. In other words, be true to the world you've built. When something is set in our era, it's still vitally important to get the facts right--the town, the police force, the names being used, and a myriad of other things--because once the foundation is established, you can build whatever fantasy world on top of it you like. The reader needs that foundation so they can relate to those inhabiting that world. It becomes a jumping off point for the reader to fly with you on whatever whirlwind you take them.

 


3. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?/What inspires you to write?

 

I've been a writer since I could pick up a crayon, illustrating stories I wanted to tell. But I never pursued it as a career choice until much later in life. I always wrote in the background just for fun, even though no one else knew I was still doing it. I wanted to go into acting, but doing auditions in the real world convinced me I didn't want to participate in that process the rest of my life. So I turned another hobby into a career; art. I was a graphic artist in Los Angeles working in-studio as well as freelancing for some fifteen years. When I paused my career to have a baby and then tried to get back into it when he was a toddler, I found that the whole industry had turned to computers, and I knew nothing about them. I wanted to do something where I could stay at home and raise my kid, so I decided to buckle down and become a novelist. How hard could it be? Plenty hard, I discovered, but after a decade of writing many different books and after several agents, I finally landed a contract with a big New York publisher for my medieval mystery. Though I'm still writing and finishing up a long time series in that genre, I've turned to writing paranormals. It's a LOT of fun.

 


4. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? - Plotter or pantser?

 

I started off as a pantser, then got down to business and had to be a plotter for two reasons. One, I was writing several books a year on deadline and had to know what I was writing every day, and two, I was getting to the point where I was forgetting what I had wanted to write in each story. But after years of that, I suddenly couldn't outline anymore. And so I've become a pantser again, and it feels great. I always know how the book begins and how it ends, and I keep copious notes and research as well as scenes and bits of dialog in a spiral bound notebook for each book, but it's pretty much a new thing each day.

 


5. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

 

I read a LOT. Anyone who wants to write should read piles of books in all sorts of genres, including non-fiction. It helps you build a vocabulary and opens you up to new styles of writing and new adventures. I've loved older mysteries from Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammet, as well as classics like Dickens and Shakespeare (I'm a bit of a Shakespeare groupie, actually), and lots of contemporary authors like Larry Niven, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkein, Alan Moore, Charlaine Harris, as well as lots of mangas. My advice to young writers is to read the classics and be open to any and all literature. A lot of contemporary authors reach back to the classics to get their plots and themes. Steal from the best, I always say.

 

 

 

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ABOUT JERI WESTERSON


Los Angeles native and award-winning author Jeri Westerson writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Mysteries, historical novels, paranormal novels, and LGBT mysteries. To date, her medieval mysteries have garnered twelve industry award nominations, from the Agatha to the Shamus. Kirkus Review said of her latest Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery A MAIDEN WEEPING, “Once again Guest’s past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence.” Jeri is former president of the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America and frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums. She lives in southern California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent tortoise, and 40,000 bees.

 


Website - http://www.jeriwesterson.com/


Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/jeriwesterson


Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/jeriwesterson


InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/jeriwestersonauthor


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Blog Tour with Giveaway & Author Interview! Dark Karma by Laura Simmons!

 

 

Dark Karma
by Laura Simmons


Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

 

 

A remarkable tale of vengeance, time travel, and dark magic . . .

 

What would you do if you woke up one morning and your life was inexplicably changed in the worst way imaginable?

 

Banished by his enemy into a hellish alternate dimension, Luke Decker fights to understand why his world has suddenly changed, and why is he on trial for the murder of his beloved Nina?  What he doesn’t know is she’s not dead.  Nina watches him vanish into thin air and is completely bereft, struggling to find out how and why he disappeared.  Using all of her psychic talents and traversing the astral realm, she frantically searches for him to no avail.  She owns a secret item which holds the key to his salvation, but will she figure it out before he’s condemned to live the rest of his life in a realm of darkness?

 

 


**Can easily be read as a standalone!**

 

Book Trailer - https://youtu.be/_JmI1LR9fB4

 

 

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Goodreads –
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41741984-dark-karma

 

 


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Dark Karma is on sale now for $.99 cents!!!

 

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Tough Karma: A Race Against Time

 

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**On sale for .99 cents!!**

 

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Little Bits of Karma

 

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**On sale for .99 cents!!**

 

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INTERVIEW WITH LAURA SIMMONS –

 

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

 

Yes, I read a lot and my favorite genre is Romance. I’m particularly fond of medieval romance and any kind of romance with time travel.

 

 


Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

 

Background noise doesn’t bother me unless it’s really loud, then I can’t concentrate. My husband likes TV and he watches it while I write on my laptop. Most of the time I’m able to go into my own little world and focus to the point where I don’t hear the TV. I don’t have a preference, I use whatever time I can get and write when the characters are coming through. I’ve written to music before and found it amazing for writing love scenes.

 

Speaking of noise and writing, there are three songs which make me think of different scenes in Dark Karma. Whenever I hear the songs, Dreams or Love Walks In by Van Halen, I immediately think about Luke and Nina’s struggles and a particular incident toward the end of the story.

 


Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?


One at a time but that could change because I have some new characters pushing me to write their stories.

 

 

Giveaway

 

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ABOUT LAURA SIMMONS


I enjoy reading books on psychic phenomena and all things metaphysical. Most of my life I've been fascinated with astral travel, dreams, the ability to see the future, and reincarnation. 

 

I've wanted to write a book since I was a child, it was the first thing I can ever remember saying I wanted to do when I grow up. I love creating worlds in my mind and writing about them. My best days are when my characters decide to have lively conversations. They have developed a habit of giving me their best ideas and plot twists while I'm driving and can't write them down! All of my books can be read as stand alone stories. The characters carry over into the following stories with the major ones becoming a supporting cast and the previous supporting cast taking front and center to tell their particular story. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to look at my books.

 

Website - http://www.littlebitsofkarma.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thekarmaseries

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/LauraSimmons37

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Simmons/e/B013EDGPT4

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8514176.Laura_Simmons

 

 

 

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