Friday, April 28, 2017

Rachel’s Dream by Lisa Jones Baker Excerpt & Giveaway


Rachel’s Dream
by Lisa Jones Baker

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance  (Amish)

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Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman seem to have nothing in common.  She's the outgoing youngest of a large, close-knit Amish clan, while Jarred is a young veterinarian who trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people.  However, when Rachel's horse falls ill, Jarred's struggles to save him show Rachel he's a man who cares deeply.  And the respect he feels for her gentle warmhearted ways soon becomes an irresistible bond. When Rachel tries to help Jarred reunite with his parents, it's an unexpected blessing..with one complication.  If he takes this chance to put his past to rest, it could separate him and Rachel for good.  Now, with prayer, love...and her hope chest's small miracles, Jarred and Rachel must find the courage to reconcile their wishes into a joyous life together.


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After finishing her chores, Rachel bounded through the open doors and shouted, “Old Sam!”

He looked up from his workbench and smiled.  “Rachel, I was wondering how you were.  I haven’t seen you for awhile.”

She plopped herself down into the chair opposite him and caught her breath, pushing some loose hairs back under her kapp.

“What’s on your mind?”

She launched into an explanation of her dilemma.  As she did so, Buddy whined for her attention, making himself comfortable on her shoes.  Automatically, she stroked the canine’s head.

As she related the brief contents of Jarred’s letter, her heart pumped faster to keep up with her desperate words, which started to run together.  When she’d finished, she said, “Old Sam, you’ve got to help me.  I don’t know what to do.”




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books.  Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review.  A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover.  She enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.    











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Slither by Melody Steiner Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway





Slither
Melody Steiner

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Dragon Moon Press

Date of Publication: April 24, 2017

ISBN:  978-1-988256-59-7 
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Number of pages: 310

Cover Artist: Gwen Gades

Tagline: Her revenge is better served cold-blooded

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Elanor of Onyx, enslaved by the dragons who scorched her kin and country, is determined to escape her island prison.

When the changeling dragon, Adom, demands that Elanor come with him to the mainland on a secret mission, she sees this the opportunity she’s been waiting for—a chance to exact her revenge. But when his actions take a surprising twist, Elanor begins to suspect that maybe things are not as they seem.

With a plot brewing against the mainland king, alliances are tested and Elanor discovers a secret that will forever change the way she views the slithering dragons—and herself.

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“Forgive me,” he says. “But when I say the word, you really should scream.”
That’s all the warning I need. If Adom wants me to scream, he wants the others to think he’s hurting me. He wants to send fear shuddering down their monstrous, twisted spines, to dry their mouths and shrivel the pits of their cavernous stomachs. He wants to show them that he is the king, the master of this mountain, the master of me.
Adom averts his gaze. “Scream.”
In the seconds it takes him to morph from human to dragon, his chest expanding, scales popping out of his skin like boils, I’m already at the door. I scream, just as he asks me to.

The full blast of flame doesn’t hit me, but it’s enough heat to sting my lower back. Good thing I tied my hair this morning—he misses singeing it off by a few inches. The monstrous roar he releases bursts a decanter on the table. The mirror cracks. But the fire inside me has nothing to do with Adom’s monster, and everything to do with my own. Only mine burns for revenge.

About the Author

Melody Steiner is a novelist, librarian, warrior woman, and a mother. She grew up in a home where science fiction and fantasy were staples of the imagination. Her earliest novels were written in elementary school and involved rocket ships to the moon, alien life, and gumdrop kingdoms at war with other invading candy nations. Over the years, she found herself drawn to fantasy stories that empower female characters and particularly women of color. Currently, she’s based near Columbus, Ohio, along with her husband and the wild things they call “children.”

Her recent work, Slither, is a traditional fantasy about a young woman who is enslaved by a herd of dragons.



Interview

Where are you from?
I’ve lived all around—East Coast, West Coast, Midwest. My longest stint was in Seattle, WA, but nearly a year ago we relocated near Columbus Ohio. I have fond memories of Ohio from the last time I lived here—happy to be back!

Tell us your latest news?
I’m currently working on something very exciting that I hope will see the light of day soon. If you like The Legend of Korraor Xena: Warrior Princess, this new work in progress may be the one for you.

When and why did you begin writing?
It’s cliché, but I began writing stories as a child because I loved reading. Recently, I found a stack of old report cards from elementary school days that one of my parents kept and brought over when I was an adult. The report card stated that my reading skills were exceptional, but that I often had problems focusing in class because I was “in my own world.” Adult me felt very sad for child me when I read this, because many of the stories I’ve created came from the worldbuilding I was doing back then. It’s more for grownups now, but Slither’s world sprang from my imagination during those years. So yes, perhaps I was technicallyin my own world. But I choose not to see that as a bad thing, and there were plenty of teachers and professors who came a lot later who saw it that way, too.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first teacher I remember affirming me as a writer was in High School, junior year. She encouraged me to write an extracurricular essay for the White Rose Essay Contest. I didn’t win the contest, but placed as a finalist. You always hear that if you can give up writing, you aren’t really a writer. I don’t really believe that—I think there are lots of reasons you’d need to give it up. Have a baby or two and then tell me how easy it is to keep writing. Suffer serious financial devastation or physical setbacks, then tell me. Do some research on all the famous writers who only ever wrote one book, then tell me.
But here’s what I believe: if writing fulfills you, if your days are lighter when you put “pen to paper,” if you find yourself tremendously fulfilled by creating something that inspires you, then write. Don’t worry about the label “writer.” Don’t worry about making money from writing, or how people will perceive you, or whether your story is brilliant or not. Just do it for you.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I really don’t remember. The first book I ever wrote was in the Slither-verse, and that was long, long ago.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. The year I discovered first person present POV, I found my calling.

How did you come up with the title?
I wanted something to relay the creep factor of dragons. I weighed a ton of titles, but Snort and Snarl didn’t quite cut it. Also, I wanted something that would allude to the (attempted) sneakiness of my main character.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That’s a tough question! There are certainly themes, and things that I may have intentionally or unintentionally touched on, but mostly I wanted to tell a fun story with an unpredictable ending. Slither isn’t my first book, but there are very specific reasons why I wanted to try with this one first.

How much of the book is realistic?
It’s not realistic. If it was, I’d be writing a totally different way. If I learned something through the writing and the rewrites, it’s that the main real issue (slavery) is such a horrific thing that it could never be a perfect Happily Ever After ending. So, I guess I opted for some realism there.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
If it is, I am really missing out on a lot of adventures.

What books have most influenced your life most?
I went to school for English Lit, so a lot of my favorites are classics. I’m a particular fan of Ivanhoe and The Scarlet Pimpernel. I love all the Austen stuff. As a child, I read Susan Cooper, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My dream mentor would have been Octavia Butler.

What book are you reading now?
Currently reading: Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m interested in works by N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, NnediOkorafor, Nalo Hopkinson, and K Tempest Bradford. Not all “new” authors, but new to me.

What are your current projects?
I referenced one above, the warrior one (not a princess though). I’ve also got a sequel to that one that I’m currently working on.

What would you like my readers to know?

I so hope you enjoy Slither. It’s a work from my heart, but it’s also setting the stage for some awesome things ahead. If you read it and like it, please recommend it, leave reviews, share your thoughts. For new authors, fan support is crucial. And thank you. If you buy and read, you’ve taken time out of your busy schedule and pocketbook to give my words a try. That is so meaningful.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Serenity by Janet Nissenson Teaser

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Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility he endures daily as the CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation. Through the yoga classes that she teaches, and her successful massage practice, Sasha Fonseca spends her days helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and also learning to combat stress. She leads a simple but serene life, content with the little she has, but shies away from any sort of long term commitments or serious relationships. Her unconventional upbringing has also made her fiercely independent, and she won’t let anyone try to mold her into something she’s not ever again. Sasha is enlisted to help Matthew in a professional capacity, but it isn’t long before she finds herself drawn to him on an emotional and physical level as well. With a woman like Sasha in his life, Matthew finally believes he’s found the happiness that’s eluded him all these years. But will his scheming, soon-to-be ex find a way to destroy him once again, or will he get the happy ending that he deserves?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Love for Romance Anthology Teaser

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Do you have a love for romance stories? Included in this anthology are stories that will have you intrigued; make you swoon; all the while warming your heart.

Fifteen SBR Media authors present to you: A Love for Romance.

♡A preview of Trading Yesterday by USA Today Bestselling Author Kahlen Aymes

♡ The Break (Breaking Free, Part 1) by USA Today Bestselling Author Debra Presley

♡ Always Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer

♡ Until the Stars Forget to Shine by Amber Garza

♡ The Only Chance by Magan Vernon

♡ Awakened: A Leila Marx World Novella by Amber Garr

♡ Do You Mind? by Freya Barker

♡ Cock-Blocked by W. Ferraro

♡ What Happens on Spring Break by R.C. Stephens

♡ Always There by Elizabeth Hayes

♡ Falling for Lindy by Ashlee Taylor

♡ Burning the Midnight Oil by Elison Grace

♡ Babysitting for the Biker by Sammi Starlight

♡ Chasing Love by Misha Elliott

♡ Spellbound by Ashlee Sinn
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Title of Book: Trading Yesterday

Author Name: Kahlen Aymes

Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Contemporary
About the Book:

"Professional soccer superstar, Chase (Ace) Forrester, receives a test message from the one woman who broke his heart. His life is on a fast track now, and after years of trying to forget Teagan Tesler, he can finally breathe without wanting to rip his heart from his chest.
  
Faced with a dilemma that threatens to screw up everything he's worked for, Chase must decide if seeing Teagan will give him the closure he needs, or crack him open all over again.  His head tells him to shut off his phone and ignore the six words screaming from the screen, but his heart tells him to get on a plane, no questions asked.

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Title of Book:  The Break (Breaking Free, Part 1)

Author Name: Debra Presley

Genre: Thriller/Suspense
About the Book:

"Like a best friend, you'll root for Rachelle until the end."-- New York Times Bestselling Author Avery Aster

Rachelle wants nothing more than to be free of her husband, Dr. Trey Wellington III.

After one terrible night, she decides it’s time to break free from his abusive, controlling ways. However, her plan goes astray and she finds herself in the fight of her life.

Will Rachelle be able to break away? Or will Trey keep her captive in the hell she’s been living?

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Title of Book: Always Too Late

Author Name: Micalea Smeltzer

Genre: Young Adult Mature
About the Book:
Mathias Wade may be the lead singer of Willow Creek, but he didn’t start out that way.

Once upon a time, he was simply a boy that loved a girl, but their story ended in tragedy.

This is the beginning.
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Title of Book: Until Stars Forget To Shine

Author Name: Amber Garza

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
About the Book:

Sequel to UNTIL THE SUN BURNS OUT.

Mina was only a teenager when her first love Austin died tragically. Now she’s an adult back in Inland Cove. And she’s just met the incredibly sexy man who now lives in Austin’s beach house.
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Title of Book: The Only Chance

Author Name: Magan Vernon

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Fairytale
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Nobody meets their spouse when they're four-years-old unless they're living a fairytale.

Veronica "Roni"Chapman and Patrick "Trigg"Chapman thought they were living the ultimate fairytale, then life happened.

With divorce papers served, they thought their relationship was over. But a tragedy brings them back together.

The only chance they may have to get back together may just happen once upon a dream.
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Title of Book: Awakened: A Leila Marx World Novella

Author Name:  Amber Garr

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
About the Book:

The backstory highlighting the unusual romance between a medium (Elise) and a vampire (Gallus) who are key characters in TOUCHING EVIL.
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Title of Book: Do You Mind?

Author Name: Freya Barker

Genre: Erotic Romance
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A chance meeting during a routine airport layover holds a hint of excitement.

A casual lunch hints at the promise of unexplored fantasies.

A leap into the unknown has life changing consequences.
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Title of Book: Cock-Blocked

Author Name: W. Ferraro

Genre: New Adult
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“She’s gorgeous.” 

“She’s perfect.” 

“She’s so damn sexy.” 

She’s my best friend’s little sister.
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Title of Book: What Happens on Spring Break

Author Name: R.C. Stephens

Genre: New Adult

About the Book: 
Prequel to upcoming release

Uptight Princeton student Sasha Landstone doesn’t mean to fall in love with the laid-back bartender Chris while vacationing in Florida on Spring Break. He’s completely not her type. He’s covered in tattoos, piercings, a man bun, and has an arrogant, condescending personality.  But once they kiss it’s electric and all reason escapes them like the waves crashing along the Floridian shore. Too bad she’s his future stepsister... connect with the author
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Title of Book: Always There

Author Name: Elizabeth Hayes

Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Taylor and Gabe were best friends. When Taylor and her fiance get into a fight it’s Gabe who she calls. Gabe is tired of seeing Taylor hurt, he decides that it’s time to tell her how he really feels. But will Taylor feel the same way or will she run back to her fiance.
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Title of Book: Falling for Lindy

Author Name: Ashlee Taylor

Genre: Y/A - high school
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Bad boy Clinton Delaney falls for a girl he’s never noticed before, Rosalind Flannery’s newfound attention from the hottest guy in school leaves a lot to be desired. Although it feels good to have the popular jock making a fool of himself for her attention, is it worth the hassle dealing with the girls who think she’ll never be good enough for him.
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Title of Book: Burning the Midnight Oil

Author Name: Elison Grace

Genre: Contemporary Romance
About the Book:

The first four chapter in Burning the Midnight Oil follow me on Wattpad for the rest of the story.
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Title of Book: Babysitting for the Biker

Author Name: Sammi Starlight

Genre: Erotic Romance
About the Book:

Willow thought this was just another babysitting job. She gets a big surprise when she finds out it’s for one of the most notorious and sexy bikers in town.
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Title of Book: Chasing Love

Author Name: Misha Elliott

Genre: New Adult
About the Book:
Dylan Hevel felt that love was only something that tied and bound you to another person. After the disaster of his parent’s marriage he vowed to never make the same mistake.

After losing everything that mattered most Abigail Love picked up and started life over in the middle of nowhere Alabama vowing to never let her heart be hurt again. 

When Dylan needed help for his grandmother he enlists the help of Abigail. As the two spend time together they are forced to face the undeniable spark between them. 

As Dylan’s feelings for Abigail come to light, he realizes he has to let go of his skewed view of love in order to take a chance on this woman.

Will Dylan continue to believe that love isn’t in the cards for him-or will he take the leap and chase after love?
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Title of Book: Spellbound

Author Name: Ashlee Sinn

Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Bo Callaghan has finally met his mate in Kenzie. As a witch in a clan of grizzlies, she can certainly hold her own. But when a particular problem requires her special skills, she quickly realizes just how much they all need each other.
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