Wednesday, 18 March 2015

ALWAYS GET H-A-L-F


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About The Book

Title: H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath
Author: Natalie Wright
Genre: YA Science Fiction
HALFTheDeepBeneath_cover_finalH.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers, hidden from humans and sedated. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement gives way to shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll escape the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?
The two may need to forget their rules and training if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.

Author Bio

Natalie Head Shot CroppedNatalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, andThe Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.
Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. Natalie supports the rights of both humans and non-humans to live a life free of suffering caused by people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.

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Book Excerpts

Excerpt from Prologue, H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath:


Lucia’s eyes fluttered open. There was no way to know how long she’d been out or where she was, but her pain was gone. She blinked, but at first saw nothing but a very bright, white light overhead. She blinked again and through the slits of her still-heavy eyelids, she saw that doctors surrounded her. They wore the same paper hats and masks that the paramedics had worn. The steady beeping of a medical machine droned over the murmur of the doctors.
How many docs does it take to deliver one baby? Though her vision was blurry, she counted at least five. She didn’t know much about having babies, but she was pretty sure it didn’t usually take five doctors to deliver one. Panic seized her at the thought that perhaps her life was in danger. Maybe the little monster had finally ripped the hole through her belly that it had been working on for so many months.
Though only their eyes were visible, Lucia tried to focus to see if Dr. Randall was among them. He had seemed so kind. Surely he wouldn’t let anything bad happen to her. But she didn’t see Dr. Randall. She did, though, recognize one of the doctors. It was Dr. Sturgis with the steely blue eyes that Lucia had met all those months ago. Dr. Sturgis looked right at Lucia while the rest of the doctors had their eyes on her abdomen. Lucia wanted to see what they saw, but there was a drape stretched across her body, hiding her stomach from her view. Lucia wanted to ask if it was going okay and was the little monster healthy and would it be all right and go to a good home. But her mouth was as dry as a cotton ball. When she tried to speak, all that came out was a croak.
“She’s awake. Push more Brevital, stat,” said Dr. Sturgis.
Within seconds, Lucia felt herself being pulled down as if a hand of darkness had hold of her. She was helpless with drowsiness at a time when she wanted to be awake and alert to what was happening to her. The room was filled with the bloodcurdling screech of the infant the doctors had pulled from her womb.
They didn’t lift it over the drape to show it to her like they would have done if it had been a normal pregnancy with a normal birth of a normal child. Lucia didn’t need to see the thing to know it wasn’t normal.
Ordinary babies didn’t sound like that. Before Lucia fell wholly into the drug-induced darkness, she had time to form one last thought. I’m glad that little monster is out of me.

WITCHES, VOIDS AND SANITY SUCKERS!

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About the Book
Title: Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers
Author: Kara Thorpe
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Witches, Voids, and Other Sanity Suckers2Alpha of the only Shifter pack in Houston, Rick Haskell has his hands full.  When the Mage of New Orleans calls for a favor – a favor that pays $400,000 – Rick can’t refuse.  Even if that favor means adopting the Mage’s daughter into his ragtag pack.  Az Vardan is beautiful, smart, and takes frequent vacations from sanity.  Before Rick can learn how to handle the blonde kiss-and-run firecracker, wolfsbane appears in the local coven’s garden, witches mysteriously die in police custody, and a rash of centaur murders rocks Houston’s Paranormal Community.  Az’s knowledge of magic may be all that saves Rick’s pack when a new, powerful threat moves in to take over his city.
First person, present tense
Warning: language, violence, and irreverence (and Oxford commas)

Author Bio

Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs). Born and raised under the South Texas sun, she spends her days navigating Houston traffic and the exciting world of production planning. Nights are for creating character-driven romances and wrangling a stubborn Siamese. Look for Chai’s cameo in each story.

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Book Excerpts


Excerpt #1
"Rick."
It takes an embarrassing amount of time to realize she's talking to me. It's the first time she's used my name - the one I answer to, at least - and she sounds almost reasonable. Normal.
"Yeah, Princess?"
"Can we keep this a secret?"
Seeing as this could refer to anything her cracked brain could come up with, I'm not keen on just blindly agreeing. "Keep what a secret?"
She waves a hand at herself. "Me."
"Unless you have an invisibility cloak stashed away somewhere, sweetheart, that's pretty damn unlikely."
"Are you always this dense? You should come with a foghorn."
Okay. Forget tossing her in the bed of the truck. I'm going to lock her in the toolbox. "You're going to have to be more specific. I'm not fluent in crazy."
"Coulda fooled me." She crosses her arms over her chest and turns her head to stare out the passenger window. Thanks to several layers of Greta's makeup, Astraea no longer looks like a human punching bag. I remember where every dark mark is hidden.
She falls silent again. I would rejoice, but there's a tension in the truck that makes my skin itch. "Out with it."
"Voids are rare. Usually they're a karmic bitch slap to someone trying to mess with the rules of magic. People - witches - don't usually react kindly when faced with a void." She scowls at her reflection. "Act as if all we do is suck up magic and turn them into bitter hags. Like I want all that nasty magic boiling inside me. Oh, puh-lease. I don’t even like being able to see the future. It makes my eyeballs hurt."
"Won't they be able to sense you? Anders could."
"Matthias isn't a witch," she says, as if that explains everything.
It explains exactly nothing. I don't have time to wrestle answers out of her, either. We're at the coven headquarters, and Sally Caplinger is waiting for us on the front porch. Princess unbuckles her seatbelt with a quiet click. I want to grab her before she can bolt out of the truck, but this is the calmest she's been since the previous night. I don't want to add any magic to her already overloaded system.
"Keep your mouth shut in there. Stick to me like glue. Don't touch anything. In fact, keep your hands in your pockets."
"I'm not three."
"Coulda fooled me."
The glare she sends my way makes me fear becoming a human torch. Fortunately, the stench of burnt hair doesn't fill the truck. Maybe sane-Princess has a little self-control after all.


Excerpt# 2
"Grab the shovel, Princess."
"You get the shovel. I need the salt."
Contradicting my orders while still on probation is not a good move. She’s new, though, so I don’t snarl.  Much. "Grab. The. Damn. Shovel."
Fortunately, for her, I can't make out what she mutters under her breath. She grabs the shovel as well as the salt and scurries back like a good little pack member. The gate leading to the rear of the house is wooden. Not very secure. I'm just pissed enough at Sally to want to kick it in.
"I wouldn't do that if I were you," Az says seconds before the sole of my boot makes contact with Sally's crappy gate.
"Why not?"
She drops to her knees next to me and dips her right hand into the Ziploc bag of salt. "Because your foot'll fall off." She stares up at me with an expression that clearly indicates she thinks I'm an idiot. "Sally's a witch. Perimeter boundaries are warded."
Does she think this is my first run-in with witches? "I can handle wards."
"You can handle puny wards put up by amateurs with an all-purpose spell and a bit of sage. This is a professional warding. Around the Coven's garden. Trust me, it'll turn your manly hairy calf into ash."
It grates, but she's the magic expert. Time for her to start proving she's worth all the trouble. "Fine, but if you burn your hand off, don't come crying to me."
I catch a quick eye roll as she turns back to the gate. Oh, sweetheart, tomorrow morning is going to be so painful for you. I was going to have her jog with Ike and Hank, but it looks like she'll be joining Greta's morning run.
Az presses a salt-coated palm against the gate. "Don't try this on your own. The salt just protects my skin. I have to drain the magic out of the ward."
Aw hell. Just when I got the non-psycho version, too. "How far back is this going to set you?"
"Shouldn't set me back at all, Rick. My defenses are the best. When they're up, that is." She shrugs and closes her eyes. The gate glows a bright orange for a moment before returning to normal. "Plus, I have pretty deep reserves. This is nothing."
She rises and shakes the salt off her hand. There are a few blisters on the tips of her fingers, but she doesn't complain. Good. You have to be tough to keep up with the pack. She steps back and bows dramatically. "You may proceed with the destruction of private property."

Excerpt #3

I’m not alone in the room. Every muscle in my body tenses, ready for action, while my brain rushes to catch up with my instincts. There is no one on the bed. There is something large on the normally bare nightstand on the other side of the bed. The faint aroma of magnolias fills my lungs with every breath.
“Az,” I groan, rolling over onto my side.
The lamp on that side of the room clicks on. Az is cross-legged on the square nightstand. It’s a damn good thing I don’t buy rickety furniture or else her scrawny ass would be on the floor.
“What are you doing here?”
She tosses the heavy book on the bed and stretches her arms up over her head. When she speaks, her tone is frosty.  “Jose sleep licks.”
“Yeah, he does.” Now that I can see her properly, I note that her hair has that distinct just-groomed-by-a-cat look to it.
Her eyes narrow. “Someone could have warned me.”
“Yeah, someone probably could have. Why are you in here, Az?”
She averts her gaze. Color spreads across her cheeks. “You’re peaceful. You spend so much time protecting other people, that maybe I think you need someone to watch over you.” She chuckles softly, twists her fingers together. “I like you.”
“You shouldn’t.”
Her head snaps up. Irritation flashes across her face. “Why not?”
“I’m a Shifter.” Most normal people don’t like Shifters. Witches, warlocks, Mages and other magic users downright hate us. We’re a little too close to wild animals for anyone’s peace of mind. She shouldn’t be comfortable around me.
“You’re a good person. You care for your pack. You help people.” Az rakes her fingers through her hair. “You took in someone you had every right to walk away from. Especially since, to you, I’m like a witch.”

BAKE WITH THE MONSTER CHEF




Title: Monster Chef
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
 Release Date: March 18, 2015


Synopsis


Holly Walker had everything she’d ever dreamed about – a happy marriage and being mum to beautiful brown-eyed Emma - until an accident nineteen months ago tore her world apart. Now she's a widow and single mother to a boisterous little 7-year-old girl, looking for a new start. Ready to take the next step, Holly has found herself a job as a maĆ®tre d’ at Table One, a once-acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Sydney. But one extremely arrogant Frenchman isn't going to be easy to work with...

Twenty years ago, Pierre LeRoux came to Australia, following the stunning Aussie girl he'd fallen in love with. He and his wife put their personal lives on hold, determined for Pierre to take Sydney's culinary society by storm. Just as his bright star was on the upswing, tragedy claimed the woman he was hopelessly in love with. He had been known as a Master Chef, but since his wife’s death he has become known as Monster Chef. 

Can two broken people rebuild their lives and find happiness once more?










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Author Bio

**Bound by custom or unique by choice.**

There's something about the written word that's pure magic.


Possibly it's the fact that there are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and they can create something so beautiful or so empowering that they're able to change our lives.

How important is it that we break suit and stretch our minds?

I like to think of myself as 'unique'. My stories aren't for everyone, and sometimes I may push what you believe to be 'normal'.

Normal is subjective.

I prefer to be known as a person who's never been 'bound by custom' but is 'unique by choice'.

Until next time

Mxx




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AW! WHO IS A WITTLE BIG BAD WOLFE?




Title: Big Bad Wolfe
Author: Elle Doolittle
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Cover Design: Swoon Romance
 Release Date: April 2015


Synopsis

Sarah Maxwell had spent years trying to forget the one man who broke her heart. She'd buried herself in her family's business never expecting to lay eyes on him again...until Falon Wolfe walked into the conference room, bringing a plan to turn the agency around along with all those unrequited feelings.

Falon was the one thing in her life she could never forget. And she’d tried. For nine years she tried forgetting the scent of his skin and the way his body felt against hers. She had never planned on seeing him again after that one night of pure bliss. A night he obviously didn’t remember. He’s cold, detached and she has the sudden urge to reignite the fires of the past.

He can't get her out of his head...

Falon Wolfe was a man hardened by a life on the wrong side of town and the personal drive that made him the success he was. A self-made financial success story, Falon traveled around the world turning failing companies around—by any means necessary.

At the request of his estranged grandfather Falon finds himself at Maxwell, Williams and Blake, a failing talent agency in the heart of the city he vowed never to return to. When he agreed he thought that it would be a simple job. He had never been more wrong. The first time he laid eyes on the feisty Sarah Maxwell she stirred something in him he hadn’t felt in a very long time, and he wanted nothing to do with it. What he did want was Sarah, as many ways as possible, while he was in Chicago. When the job was done so was she, that’s the way it worked, always had always will. But when Falon starts dreaming of the luscious redhead he wonders why his subconscious is connecting her with his past and why he can’t shake the feeling that she is so familiar.


When feelings change from cold agendas to blazing passion Sarah and Falon must come clean about their motives or risk losing everything. Sarah must move past her insecurities and Falon's frigid walls if she truly wants to tame the Big Bad Wolfe.





Author Bio


I always knew I wanted to do something creative. After going through the standard childhood career changes of ballerina, doctor, and a rather embarrassing period of boy band charged rockstar dreams I found writing (which was equally embarrassing). Never really believing I could actually make something of my stories, I left for college, got married to my best friend and had a couple of kids before taking up the proverbial pen again.

After several false starts, I finally finished a full manuscript, then another and another. I loved each one like my own children and wanted to keep them safe from the world, but I knew my stories would never reach anyone hidden away on my computer hard drive so I began cautiously sending them out and one landed a home with Entranced Publishing.

I live in Ohio with my husband and two young boys. No pets, despite the kids' constant begging and various versions of 'big ol' puppy dog eyes'.



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THIS IS HOW TO GET LUCKY!


How to Get Lucky
by Erin McCarthy
Series: Sexy in NYC, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: EJR Digital Art
Release Date: June 4, 2015



Sometimes there is more than one way to get lucky…

Allison Parker knows winning the New York state lottery is impossible for a retail slave and fashion designer wanna-be who doesn't, uh, play the lottery.  But after a particularly bad day at work and a random prediction from a quirky psychic, she does just that, and wins.  Money.  Lots of it.

So what does any sane woman do?  She tells off her boss, quits her job, breaks the lease on her apartment, buys a round at the bar, and takes the dare to make out with the hottest guy in the room.  

Marco Lucky is exhausted and over his bandmates and their diva antics.  The drugs, the tantrums, are all so juvenile and self-destructive he finds himself looking for an escape.  Yet finding a quiet spot in New York City is damn near impossible and he’s already tired of the women hitting on him strictly because he’s famous.  But then the crazy brunette with the winning lottery ticket kisses him and he finds himself impulsively taking her home.

It’s been years since he felt chemistry that intense and her snarky wit makes him laugh.  When morning rolls around he knows it can’t be anything more than one night given that he’s headed out on tour soon, but when Allison realizes her winning ticket is gone he’s pretty damn sure it’s his fault.

Allison figures it’s only fitting that she be the first woman in the history of ever to hit the lottery and score a smoking hot rock star all in one night, only to wake up with her entire life destroyed a mere eighteen hours later.  Marco’s offer of help makes her feel like the biggest lame ass loser, and she can’t get away from him fast enough.

But when the Worst Day Ever comes to an end, will Marco and Allison be ready to put the issue of money to bed?  Because being lucky in love just might be hitting the jackpot after all…


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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Florida with her husband, a grumpy cat and a socially awkward dog.

You can find Erin on Facebook, Twitter, or on Goodreads. Also don’t forget to visit her website at www.erinmccarthy.com.


  
   





DOUBLE YOUR FIRSTS

TWO Authors! TWO Firsts!

Like  your Mystery Thrillers on the dark side?
Your Romance hot?  Your Suspense steamy?
Then don’t miss...

THE FIRSTS
Danger  Deception Passion

USA Today Best Selling authors
Lorhainne Eckhart and Taylor Lee 
are offering the FIRST books in their best-selling series at a phenomenal introductory price.


Each Collection 99 cents for a limited time only!




Danger and Passion - A Volatile Mix:
THE FIRSTS
by Taylor Lee

From Taylor Lee, the #1 Bestselling author in Mystery Thrillers, Romantic Suspense and Military Romance comes The FIRSTS— a collection of the First Books in each of Lee’s six blockbuster series.  Each book is a best-selling phenomenon in its own right. Gathered together, this Collection gives readers a chance to see Taylor Lee spin her volatile mix of Danger and Passion across more than 2500 pages of riveting reads!

The FIRSTS includes six full length award winning novels: Playing with Fire, The Courage to Dare, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Red Rock Rises, The Moscow Affair, and Struck by Thunder.

Praise for The FIRSTS…
Taylor Lee never disappoints! These books are sizzling hot and keep you guessing at every turn. For discriminating readers who insist on great characters and a spellbinding story that also includes HOT romance!” Sarah Reviews 
These books have everything you expect from Taylor Lee. Memorable characters, high octane action, and Lee’s special brand of hot sexy romance. A hugely successful entry from an author who is raising the bar for Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense.” Only the Best 
The sexiest, most outrageous hero I’ve read in a long time. Snappy, laugh out loud dialogue, and a Sizzling HOT romance makes these wildly exciting murder mysteries true page-turners.J. John 
 “Spellbinding police mystery thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. Pulse pounding action and steamy romance. A cast of unforgettable characters that will capture your heart.” Action Junkie

Included in the The Firsts:

Playing With Fire”…Book 1 - The All Fired Up Series: A bad assed cop falls for the beautiful firefighter only to discover that she is his number 1 suspect in a double homicide.

The Courage to Dare”…Book 1 - The Man in the Arena Series: A shy foreign ‘geek at heart’ Dr. Avajli Patel is accustomed to controlling her life to the enth degree.  The arrogant Sheriff and wounded special ops survivor teaches her a new meaning of control. It’s hot!

Big Girls Don’t Cry”…Book 1 - The Blonde Barracuda Collection: They call her the Blonde Barracuda. The press loves her, the politicians fear her and the mob is out to kill her.

Red Rock Rises”…Book 1 - The Red Rock Series: Major Jesse O’Donnell is as tough as she is beautiful. Fiercely independent, she is the Rock. No one messes with Red Rock until she meets the handsome Police Chief.

The Moscow Affair”…Book 1 - The Dangerous Affairs Series: A dangerously elegant man, a beautiful feisty young woman, take on the evils of the international sex trade while exploring a passionate world of their own.

Struck By Thunder…Book 1 - The Grandmaster’s Legacy: Think Shades of Gray was hot? It has nothing on the Grandmasters! Historical Erotic Suspense at its best!







Danger Deception Devotion:
THE FIRSTS
by Lorhainne Eckhart

This very special box set edition contains all of the first books from each of my series: The Outsiders, The Friessens, The Wilde Brothers, Walk the Right Road and The Saved Series.

Praise for The FIRSTS…
"No matter how much I enjoy a book, I rarely read it a second time. This was one of those rare times. This is one of those rare books." - Reviewer on "The Forgotten Child" 
"Lorhainne Eckhart always astonishes me with her very real, very fallible characters."
Included in the The Firsts:

"The One" ...Book 1 - The Wilde Brothers:  You never know when you’ll suddenly meet the one.

"The Forgotten Child: ...Book 1 - The Outsiders:  How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

"The Deadline" ...Book 1 - The Friessens: Andy Friessen has packed up everything and moved his family two states away to Montana to protect his wife, Laura, his newborn babies, and his stepson, Gabriel, from the threats of his mother.  What Andy doesn't know is that they'll soon face a new threat, one he never saw coming.

"Saved" ...Book 1 - The Saved Series:  Growing up I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start a family.  Then one night I was taken.  But I survived, I escaped and I was saved.  Eric didn't see me as damaged.  He didn't see my baby as a monster.  He protected me, he kept me safe...he saved me.

"The Choice" ...Book 1 - Walk the Right Road:  One woman.  Two men.  And a choice that will kill her.








Lorhainne Eckhart

USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart’s books have been described as Longmire meets old-school Dallas, and she recently received the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over thirty titles under her belt, she is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, such as romance, westerns, and mystery/suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved, and her most recent addition, The Friessens: A New Beginning.

Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family, where she is working on her next novel.


   
  
  


Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the less than four years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than thirty books.  Her six, soon to be seven, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?”


  
 
  


Lorhainne Eckhart's Giveaway:
(1) The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection (readers choice of ebook format)
(1) Audiobook - Lost And Found
(1) Audiobook - The Price to Love
Taylor Lee's Giveaway:
(1) eCopy - The Man In The Arena Collection: Sexy Romantic Suspense
(1) $25 Amazon e-gift card
(1) $25 iTunes e-gift card