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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

 

 

Add to your shelves –

 

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

 

 


READ AN EXCERPT HERE:
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Dark Karma is on sale now for $.99 cents!!!

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H6KWZZL

 

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**Get the other standalone books for only .99 cents each!!**

 

 

Tough Karma: A Race Against Time

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33838847-tough-karma

 

 

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

 

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Little Bits of Karma

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25917173-little-bits-of-karma

 

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

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010P27HZS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-bits-of-karma-laura-simmons/1122181646?ean=2940151051811

 

 

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

 

$25 Amazon

 

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/dark-karma-book-tour-and-giveaway

 

 


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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Book Tour & Giveaway! Murder By Perfection (Thorny Rose Mystery #3) Lauren Carr!

 

 

Book Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: May 31, 2018
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF) & Audible download
Willing to send print books to: USA and Canada
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

 


Book Description:

 

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

 

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

 

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

 

 

Author's Book Page - http://www.mysterylady.net/murder-by-perfection2.html

 

Book Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ2WoYPd5_c&authuser=0

 

 

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Murder By Perfection is the 3rd book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/173339-thorny-rose-mysteries

 

Author - http://www.mysterylady.net/thorny-rose-mysteries.html

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CTTZXFN?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

Includes -

 

1 Kill and Run
2 A Fine Year for Murder
2.5 Twofer Murder
3 Murder By Perfection

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Perfection-Thorny-Rose-Mystery/dp/1718620233/

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-by-perfection-lauren-carr/1128848628?ean=9781718620230

 

 

 

Put a Little Love in Your Murder and Mayhem
By Lauren Carr

 

 

How is it that love and murder seem to go hand in hand when it comes to murder mysteries?


Think about it. We pick up a mystery because we want to read about murder and mayhem. Yet, somewhere, someplace, whether it be in the forefront of the plot or in the background, there’s an interweaving of romance.


Nancy Drew had Ned hanging around.


Perry Mason had Della Street at his beck and call—at least I think so. You could never really tell. That was one of the things that kept readers coming back. Are they or aren’t they?


Mystery fans fell in love with Elizabeth George’s Inspector Thomas Lynley and his late wife Helen. When George killed Helen off, I was as mad at Elizabeth George as if she pulled the trigger. (Actually, as the writer, didn’t she pull the trigger?)


Romance is not only found in murder mysteries. On the other side of the bookshelf, in the romance genre, mystery often plays a big role in romance

novels. I remember not being able to put down Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, one of literature’s greatest romance novels, which is filled with mystery surrounding the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter.


Even mysteries with unattached detectives, some who want nothing to do with love, or who are never successful at it, usually seem to have a couple of characters who have been struck with cupid’s arrow somewhere in the plot. It is not uncommon for the protagonist to be dragged into the mystery to save the couple’s union. Does anybody know how often the hard-boiled detective has been hired by the wife of a murder suspect to clear her husband or boyfriend’s name?


“Love is for suckers and fools,” the detective will grumble before going off to solve the case, only because he wants to bring a smile to the poor lady’s pretty face.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. I’m all for love and romance, especially when it means a big box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.


Love has a big part in murder mysteries. Mystery writers, including myself, seem to always write it in and readers love to scoop it up. From the first installment of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, readers were anxious for Mac and his lady love Archie to get together.


Readers and reviewers were thrilled when I matched Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica up with Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy for the Thorny Rose mysteries. The honeymoon is over in Murder By Perfection, but that doesn’t mean the bloom is off the rose by any means as they struggle to find that perfect balance between their careers and marriage.


Why does love play such a big role in murder mysteries?


Well, the answer can be found in the definition of the two emotions.


Love: The definition of Love as defined by Google is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”


Murder: Also according to Google: “The unlawful, premeditated killing of another human being.” While Google doesn’t go on to say it, it can go without saying that this act is brought about by an intense feeling, but not of affection, the feeling that is opposite of love: hatred.


In my opinion the mixture of these two emotions, so extreme from each other, is akin to a literary sweet and sour mix. In one chapter, we have the plot surrounding the intense act of murder, only be complemented by the sweet love scenes.


When planning the storyline for the third Thorny Rose Mystery, Murder by Perfection, I could not resist adding a little tension to Murphy and Jessica’s young marriage. What marriage doesn’t hit a rough patch, especially when both members of the couple are struggling to succeed in their respective careers.


In this excerpt, they struggle to discuss the murder of a mobster while keeping their personal feelings in check:

 


With a sensuous grin at her reflection in the mirror, Jessica applied an extra dab of cologne behind her ears—all the better for Murphy to nibble on. She rose from her seat and stepped back to study her reflection.


Her new silk hand-painted robe. Naked underneath. Wait!


She snatched the scissors from the dressing table and clipped off the price tag.

After tossing it into the waste basket under the vanity, she resumed the inspection.


High heels? All the better to show off long legs. Spray on tan? No missed spots? Check. Hair? Not one strand out of place. At least until Murphy runs his fingers through it. Champagne chilling for me. Organic grape juice for Murphy. Raw oysters and Caesar salad in the fridge. Spa ready to go. Strawberries dipped in chocolate for afterwards. Everything is ready for date night. What could possibly go wrong?


Her cell phone erupted into song to signal a call from one of her medical school friends. She checked the caller ID. It read Brett. With a sigh, she connected the call.


“Hey, Jessica. What cha doin’?”


“Cooking dinner and waiting for my husband to come home.” She made a point of referring to Murphy’s imminent arrival. Ever since his relationship with his live-in girlfriend had ended, Brett seemed to be too close to her for comfort. She wasn’t sure if it was her imagination or not. In either case, she decided to insert a reminder of her marital status whenever possible.


“Playing the happy homemaker, huh?”


“That’s right. What’s up, Brett?”


“Well, a group of us are going to blow off steam by going to that new Marvel movie that’s releasing tonight. Wanna come?”


“Thanks, but I intend to blow off some steam myself with my husband.” She let out a wicked laugh. “If you know what I mean.”


Brett responded with his own chuckle. “Aw, sounds like you’re going to have a more exciting evening than I am.”


“I’m sure I will.”


“I don’t suppose you would care to take any pictures to show me what I’m missing?”


Jessica was struck speechless. When she found her voice, she said, “Excuse me?”


“You heard me.”


“Murphy has arrived,” Nigel’s voice came through the speaker.


“Who was that?” Brett asked.


“Our butler. Goodbye, Brett.” She disconnected the call. Her heartbeat quickening with anger at Brett, Jessica ran the brush through her hair one last time.


Determined not to allow him to ruin date night, she shoved his inappropriate comment out of her mind and focused on Murphy before hurrying down the stairs.

She landed in the middle of the two-story foyer as he stepped through the door.


“Welcome home, darling!” She dropped her robe to the floor.


Murphy’s eyes grew wide. His mouth dropped open.


“It’s date night.” She winked at him.


In her fantasy, she expected him to grab her up into his arms and ravage her—hopefully right there on the floor in the foyer. At the very least, she expected him to give her a hug and a kiss.


Instead, he stood before her with his hat in his hand— looking horribly guilty.
“Your CO called you,” she said. “You have to go on a mission.”


“Not exactly,” he said while looking her up and down. “Kind of. Sort of.”


Her hands landed on her bare hips. “What do you mean ‘kind of, sort of ’?”


He picked up the robe from the floor. “I’m not going out of town.”


“Great.” She grasped his belt and pulled him to her.


He wrapped the robe around her shoulders. “The good news is that we’re going to have our date night.”


She gazed up into his eyes. “And the bad news?” she asked in a breathy voice.
He looked her naked body up and down. “We’re going to have to spend it fully dressed.”


Her bottom lip stuck out in a pout.


“But we can still do ‘what not’ afterwards.” He set his hat on the foyer table. “As a matter of fact, to make it up to you,” he proceeded to unbutton his shirt “—I’d be willing to squeeze some ‘what not’ in beforehand if that’s what it takes to put a smile to your face.”

 

 

The taste of a good romance in a mystery can take the edge off the gruesomeness of a killer plot, which is a good thing. I have found that books with no romance or tender emotion between characters to be depressing and leave a feeling of hopelessness—which is another genre.


Personally, I prefer a little love mixed in with my murder and mayhem.

 

 

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally to wherever Amazon delivers / 1 winner)

 

giveaway - https://goo.gl/c78dum

 

Ends November 10, 2018!

 


Meet the Author:

 

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

 

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

 

​Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

 

 

Website - http://mysterylady.net/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheMysteryLadie

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lauren.carr.984991

 

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Blog Tour with Excerpt! The Water is Wide (The Blue Bells of Scotland #3) Laura Vosika!

 

 

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Laura Vosika’s THE WATER IS WIDE (Book 3 of The Blue Bells Chronicles) Virtual Book Tour October 1 – December 14 2018!

 

Title: THE WATER IS WIDE
Author: Laura Vosika
Publisher: Gabriel’s Horn Press
Pages: 451
Genre: Time Travel/Historical Fiction

 

 

BOOK BLURB:

 

 

After his failure to escape back to his own time, Shawn is sent with Niall on the Bruce’s business. They criss-cross Scotland and northern England, working for the Bruce and James Douglas, as they seek ways to get Shawn home to Amy and his own time.

 

Returning from the Bruce’s business, to Glenmirril, Shawn finally meets the mysterious Christina. Despite his vow to finally be faithful to Amy, his feelings for Christina grow.

 

In modern Scotland, having already told Angus she’s pregnant, Amy must now tell him Shawn is alive and well—in medieval Scotland. Together, they seek a way to bring him back across time.

 

They are pursued by Simon Beaumont, esteemed knight in the service of King Edward, has also passed between times. Having learned that Amy’s son will kill him—he seeks to kill the infant James first.

 

The book concludes with MacDougall’s attack on Glenmirril, Amy and Angus’s race to be there and Shawn’s attempt to reach the mysterious tower through the battling armies.

 

 

Author's Book Page -

 

http://www.bluebellstrilogy.com/Books.php#TheWaterisWide

 

 

Watch the Trailer:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1z7mHo-OxQ&list=PL1M7umb_F_hIUIeqM5z8oeaX4mGrj1afB&index=3

 

 

 

 

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The Water is Wide is the 3rd book in The Blue Bells of Scotland Trilogy -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/93431-blue-bells-trilogy

 

Author - http://www.bluebellstrilogy.com/Books.php

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BL4LW67?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

Includes -


1 Blue Bells of Scotland
2 The Minstral Boy
3 The Water is Wide
4 Westering Home
5 The Battle is O'er

 

 

 

The Water is Wide is avialable in print or ebook -

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2ujdj3Z

 

 

 

 

As the shadows lengthened, Shawn cleared his throat. “Any thoughts on where to spend the night? Is there a Holiday Inn around here?”

 

“There’s no inn of any sort.”

 

“Yeah, and that’s a problem,” Shawn said, “because last time I slept in the great outdoors, a wolf climbed into bed with me, and it didn’t really end well for either of us.” He rubbed his thigh, where a long scar would forever remind him of the night.

“You did well.” Niall cocked a grin at him. “It almost makes me glad to have you at my side, despite your infernal complaining.” The sky over the leafy canopy grew grayer as they climbed another hill.

 

“I haven’t complained for half an hour, and considering I’m stuck with you, that’s pretty impressive.” An owl hooted, low and mournful. “I’m pretty sure that knocks a couple months off any Purgatory time I’d racked up.” The river crackled, cold water splashing against thin ice on the edges, beside them.

 

“Any time?” Niall chortled, a candle against the darkening wood. “You’ll be fortunate to get as high as Purgatory, and if you do, you’ve racked up so much time there, they’ll have to kick the rest of them straight into Heaven to make room for all the Purgatory you need!”

 

“I don’t think it works like....” Shawn stopped at the top of the hill, staring at the sight before them. “Holy ruins, Batman. What is that?”

 

Niall and his pony halted by his side. The animal tossed its head, and nuzzled Niall’s arm. Before them stretched a wide expanse of broken stone walls, stone buildings with mouths and eyes gaping wide in the twilight, on either side of a long road. One vast length of wall held numerous niches. Thirty yards away, crumbling walls enclosed rows of short, stout, stone posts. Beyond it, a stairway led down into a dark maw. Bushes sprang from cracks. Trees grew in and among the abandoned structures. Shadows stretched everywhere, as the sun sank, sending fiery orange and pink rays down the center road, lighting the mist that swirled along it.

 

“That,” said Niall with a smile, “is our inn. God provides.” He touched his heels to his pony, starting down the gentle slope.

 

Shawn coughed loudly. “Uh, yeah, He sure does. The question is what has He provided? What is this place?”

 

“A Roman fort.” Niall led his pony down the center path, the remains rising on either side. A bird called somewhere in the trees.

 

“The Roamin’ in.” Shawn used English for the last two words. “God has a sense of humor.”

 

Niall smiled, pointing to the stairs leading down. “There. ’Tis indoors.”

 

“It’s a pun,” Shawn clarified. “It’s a whole lot funnier if you see it spelled out.”

 

“No doubt,” Niall agreed. “Shall we gather firewood? Keep any more wolves from climbing in bed with you?”

 

“Yes, let’s. And what keeps away the ghosts of the Roman legionnaires? Or their victims?”

 

“One sight of your face ought to scare any spirits back to the underworld.”

 

“If that doesn’t work,” said Shawn, “your pathetic attempts at music will.”

 

“Perhaps you could brag of your exploits with women.” Niall grinned. “Even Hades is better than having to listen to that.”

 

Shawn laughed. “You’re jealous.”

 

They picked their way over the darkening path strewn with stones. In the trees above, an owl hooted.

 

“What happens tomorrow?” Shawn nodded at the limping pony.

 

Niall’s mouth was taut. “We hope he’s better. If not, we let him rest, and spend the time learning to play the lute. We’ve shelter, walls and a roof, which is more than we expected.”

 

They stopped before their intended room. Shawn sighed. It would do no good to stay in the open, but the stone structure, with its empty eyes and stone stairs descending into darkness, was hardly welcoming.

 

“We’ll need wood,” Niall said. They tethered the ponies to a tree springing up near the ruin, left the lute beside them, and set out to gather branches.

 

The sky was now deep blue, the ruins cloaked in shadow. A wolf howled in the distance. The air grew chillier as they worked, till a night among ghosts looked inviting, even homey, as long as it was warm. They piled the kindling on the lowest step outside their chosen abode, where it would warm the room, but send its smoke up into the sky. Niall scraped flint, and soon, they had flickering light by which to eat their hard bread and berries. Shawn settled back, content with his stomach less than empty, and pulled out the lute. He adjusted a couple tuning pegs, tried a few chords, and began one of the songs he’d played on guitar. Niall relaxed against another wall, watching his fingers, humming along. “Let me try,” he said at last. Shawn handed it over, giving instruction as Niall leaned over the strings, working his fingers into unfamiliar positions for chords, and picking out melodies.

 

Outside, a pony whickered. Niall and Shawn froze, looking to the doorway, where they could see only black night beyond the glowing fire. Niall laid the lute down gently. “We've been careless,” he said softly. They reached for their knives.

 

“I’m kind of hoping it’s only a ghost,” Shawn whispered back. The familiar tingle of adrenaline began, a tremoring of the nerves in his arms. His muscles tightened. “Do we wait for whoever it is to come in?”

 

Niall shook his head. “And wait for a whole army to come in on us? If I’m to die tonight, ’twill be fighting for my life.” He rose, back against the wall, and inched around till he stood pressed by the doorway, where the fire crackled. On the other side, Shawn did the same, his heart pounding hard. Niall pointed to his chest, then to Shawn, and held up fingers in a silent count: One. Two. Three.

 

He sprang over the small flames, into the night. Shawn leapt behind him, knife ready, heart beating triple time, nerves screaming! The fire threw shadows across the pony, who balked against his tether. Shawn saw nothing. But he heard the crack of a twig just beyond the light. He and Niall lunged. The single crack grew into a panicked flurry of rustling leaves, cracking twigs, branches snapping back in their faces as they gave chase. Shawn ducked and swerved, saw Niall ahead, veered, and suddenly, there was a pile of arms, legs. He dropped his knife.

 

“Get down!” Niall roared. Shawn threw himself to the ground, hands over his head.

 

All became silent for a heartbeat...two.

 

Then the forest erupted with sound!

 

“I didn’t mean you!” Niall said indignantly.

 

“I’ve done naught, Milord! Don’t kill me!”

 

Then Niall was laughing, great gusty roars of merriment. “Shawn, get up! You’re hiding from a boy!”

 

“Don’t kill me! I can help you! I can help your hobin, Milord!”

 

Shawn inched his hand from over his eyes to see the dark shape of Niall sitting astride a boy who managed to flounder, fight, and cower, all at once, while protesting. He climbed irritably to his feet. “You said get down!”

 

“I meant him.”

 

“You staged this because your lute-playing sucks!” Shawn threw back into the night. “You needed a distraction.”

 

“Thank goodness at least you can play a lute, because the way you fight, a mouse would have gotten the better of us!”

 

The boy looked back and forth between them. He stopped struggling. “Milord?”

 

Shawn realized both their faces were showing. He recoiled into shadow. Niall climbed to his feet, his knife at the ready. “Get up.”

 

“He’s just a boy,” Shawn sighed. “Put your knife away.”

 

“Aren’t we sending boys to war?” Niall asked. “What makes you think a boy can’t kill?”

 

Shawn had no answer. He could think only of the boys to whom he’d taught trombone, so many years ago in the future—boys in sports jerseys, with trimmed hair, worrying about who to ask to prom. This boy stood before them in tatters. He wrapped his arms around his skinny body. His hair hung past his shoulders. Clarence. His father’s killer, as he’d last seen him, flashed through Shawn’s mind. Yes, boys could kill. He didn’t want to believe this one would. He just didn’t want any more ugliness in his world.

 

“What’s your name?” Niall demanded.

 

“I have none,” the boy said.

 

“No name? How can you have no name?”

 

The boy shrugged. “My parents died long ago, my mother in childbirth, and my father in battle. A farrier found me and took me in. He didn’t know my name.”

 

“Surely he called you something?”

 

“Red.” The boy’s shivering increased.

 

“Niall,” Shawn said.

 

Niall pressed the boy, ignoring Shawn. “And why are you not with him now?”

“He was....” Red’s teeth clacked together. He clenched them tight, rubbing his hands up and down his arms, and tried again. “He was killed when the soldiers came through. I ran into the forest and hid. They were afraid to follow me into the ruins.”

 

“Niall, he’s cold.”

 

Niall’s knife remained pointed at the boy. “Which soldiers?”

 

“They were English, Milord. Meaning no offense, Milord.” His teeth clattered again. “If you’re English.”

 

“Niall!” Shawn stepped forward, his anger growing. “He’s just a kid! He’s about to....”

 

Before he finished, the boy collapsed. Shawn was under him, catching his sagging body before it hit the ground.

 

 

Laura Vosika is a writer, poet, and musician. Her time travel series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, set in modern and medieval Scotland, has garnered praise and comparisons to writers as diverse as Diana Gabaldon and Dostoevsky. Her poetry has been published in The Moccasin and The Martin Lake Journal 2017.

 

She has been featured in newspapers, on radio, and TV, has spoken for regional book events, and hosted the radio program Books and Brews. She currently teaches writing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

 

As a musician, Laura has performed as on trombone, flute, and harp, in orchestras, and big bands. She lives in Brooklyn park with 5 of her 9 children, 3 cats, and an Irish Wolfhound.

 

Her latest book is the time travel/historical fiction, The Water is Wide.

 

 

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

 

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Blog Tour with Excerpt & Giveaway! Hidden Hearts (Lines in the Sand #.5) Lindsay Detwiler!

 

 

Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Title: Hidden Hearts
Series: Lines in the Sand, prequel
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2018
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith


 Available now! 
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2O697xc
All other links: books2read.com/hidden-hearts

 

 

Not all secrets can stay hidden when it comes to love.

 

“All along, Reed Wilder’s been this crazy rebel just waiting for me to let my guard down. And so, here we are, standing at the bar waiting to get the party started.”

Sexy entrepreneur Lysander Wyatt has always believed in happily-ever-after thanks to his picture-perfect family. Now orphaned, he’s made a family of his own at his popular beach bar, Midsummer Nights. There’s just one thing missing—the forever kind of love he’s been looking for.

 

Reed Wilder, a guarded corporate man from Philadelphia, is looking for himself when he moves to Ocean City, Maryland. However, a rocky childhood makes him afraid of commitment. When he walks into Midsummer Nights and meets the attractive bartender who owns it, he’ll have to decide if love might actually be worth the risk. Will Lysander and Reed get on the same page about commitment, or will they continue hiding the true desires and fears of their hearts?

 

This sweet m/m standalone 35,000-word novella is also a prequel to the popular Lines in the Sand series.

 

 

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Hidden Hearts is the .5 book in the Lines in the Sand series -

 

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Includes -
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.5 Hidden Hearts
1 Inked Hearts
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2 Wild Hearts
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3 Texan Hearts
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EXCERPT!

 

If he says what I think he’s going to say, the line that has crawled out of so many of my dates’ mouths over the years, I’m going to vomit. Or hurl this drink at him. Maybe even both. Because God knows, I can’t survive another Joe or Sven or Oliver situation. I’m through. I’m done. Goodbye.


Somehow I manage to maintain a friendly smile as Tony continues babbling on animatedly across the table from me. We’re at the Marooned Pirate, my favorite bar—other than mine, of course—where we’ve chatted about everything from Tony’s job as a pizza delivery guy to his great-aunt’s struggles with foot fungus. I’ve managed to keep it together by wildly tossing back at least three margaritas and by internally taking notes on every single odd statement from this man, knowing Jodie will get a real kick out of the conversation.


“But anyway, like I was saying, after the whole relationship with Brad, I just realized that…”


Here it comes. The line I’ve heard too many times to count. At this point, I can see it coming from a mile away.


“I’m really not looking for anything serious, you know? Just some fun, some good sex, and all that. I mean, what are the twenties and thirties for, anyway?”


I take another swig of my fourth margarita, deciding vomiting or tossing my drink at him would be both childish and a waste of my pride.


In truth, it’s not like Tony’s my type anyway. It’s not like I got that pang in my chest telling me that this very tanned, very talkative man is the one I’m looking for. There haven’t been any sappy montages playing in my head of white-picket fences, golden retrievers, and two children running in the front yard, all to sappy music.


Then again, after all these years of dating only to have about a dozen disastrous relationships under my belt, I’m pretty sure the pang in my chest is no longer functioning. Every bone in my body has just about given up, and the only montage in my head looks sort of like a lonely horror film. I feel a bit like that scorned woman in Great Expectations, sadly watching a clock in a dusty old room.


Ocean City, Maryland, isn’t the easiest place to live if you’re looking for love. Correction. Ocean City, Maryland, isn’t the easiest place to live if you’re looking for the kind of love that’s not the one-night-stand or “just wild fun” variety.


The tourists are here simply looking for some one-night-stand fun. The rest of the regulars are either workaholics—and, arguably, I could probably fit into that category—or the ones who have sworn off serious relationships. After all, with all these new possibilities floating in every summer, who wants to settle down? Isn’t monogamy overrated?


Maybe they’re right. Maybe it’s me who has the problem. Or maybe I should blame my parents for setting the bar so high and for showing me that marriage is a beautiful idea, that settling down with one person can be fulfilling.


Or maybe it’s just all the margaritas are making it hard to think.
“Oh, hey, that’s my coworker over there. Do you mind if I go talk for a minute?” Tony asks, and I practically leap with joy. I’ve been trying to come up with an escape plan now for about a half hour.


“Not at all,” I reply, flashing him a grin to reassure him.


As soon as he’s across the room and a safe distance away, distracted, I’m out of my seat and crossing the dance floor of the Marooned Pirate, beelining for the exit as I pluck my cell phone from my pocket.


I dial her number.


“Lysander, don’t tell me you’ve quit the date already,” Jodie whines as she answers the phone.


“Hello to you, too,” I reply. “And yeah, I’m starting to worry that maybe we’re not actually as good friends as I thought. I mean, really? Tony?”


“He’s cute, right?”


“He’s cute. But the overly tanned jock type isn’t exactly my type.”


“Yeah, but your type is either boring or assholish. I thought maybe you needed to mix it up.”


“Well, we just spent a half hour talking about pizza toppings and toe fungus, in that order. Oh, and about how he’s not looking for anything serious.”

 


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ABOUT LINDSAY DETWILER:

 

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An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay's the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay's goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she's done her job.

Lindsay's hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

 

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New Release Review! Not Quite Christmas by Sharon Kleve!

 

 

After years of being away during the holidays, all Adair Hutton wants is to spend Christmas with her family. As a travel nurse, she’s been all over the country and enjoyed every minute of it, but it’s time to come home for good.

 

It becomes more difficult than Adair has anticipated when she has to rely on a handsome stranger, a taxi, Greyhound bus, an Uber, and an airplane to make the journey home. Because the road home isn’t always as easy as planned.

 

Easton is a cartoon artist and can work from anywhere and isn’t in any hurry to reach Seattle. There’s no family waiting for him. When a beautiful stranger needs his assistance to get home for the holidays, he jumps in with both feet and maybe his heart too.

 

 

This holiday romance is delightfully sweet and puts cheer in the hearts of readers and scrooges. Adair and Easton are wonderfully strong, compelling characters that draws readers into their difficult journey home for Christmas story. The fast paced plot keeps readers holding their breath in anticipation of what will happen on this couple’s as they encounter each obstacle on their Christmas journey. Although the story is short, the romance is sweet and the chemistry sizzles with abandon while it puts smiles on reader’s faces and spreads Christmas cheer throughout.

 

 

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Not Quite Christmas was originally published in the


Coming Home for Christmas anthology, which released on October 11, 2018

 

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Not Quite Christmas is available in ebook at -

 

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Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband and two cats. When not writing, and working full-time, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book or in the kitchen making cheese or baking sourdough bread or bagels.

 

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance with over twenty stories published in eBook, paperback, on audio and translated into six different foreign languages. She has written New Adult and Romantic Suspense, but what brings her the most joy is writing Romantic Comedies.

 

She loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few laughs and maybe a few bumps and bruises along the way.

 

I’m asked on a regular basis why I have some sort of animal in every one of my books. It is simple…I love animals and I love writing about them. It doesn’t matter what kind, shape, or size. I love them all!

 

Throughout my life I’ve had dogs, birds, frogs, lizards, rabbits and of course precious cats. My husband and I have a dozen bird feeders, two water fountains and multiple yard-art fixtures that we put food and water in for the critters.

 

Several years ago our cat of fifteen years passed away and we were going to wait awhile before getting another one but as the days went on we missed having a cat. It was during the winter so there weren’t any kittens available. I searched all the shelters and saw pictures of an eight-month-old female, shorthair cat.

 

When we picked up Ardy from the Bremerton, WA PAWS, they said we'd never be able to pick her up or touch her. She'd been abused. My husband played with her and instantly fell in love. We took her home and after many months of special care, she loves to be held. We laugh because she likes it so much she won't let you put her down.

 

All animals deserve a little time, patience and a good loving home.

 

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