Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Experiencers by Val Tobin


Book Description from Amazon:  The Experiencers

A black ops assassin atones for his brutal past by trying to help an alien abductee escape her fate.

Agency black ops assassin, Michael Valiant, deals death without question. He knows it’s all in the name of duty and the fight against terror, particularly at a time when the earth is as close as it’s ever been to self-destructing. But when his orders include silencing members of a UFO group who look less like terrorists and more like housewives and UFO buffs, he decides to do some digging.

His curiosity arouses the ire of Jim Cornell, his boss, and Gerry Muniz, his partner, who warn Michael that his actions are putting him in danger. When Michael’s wife dies in what appears to be a traffic accident, Michael, with Gerry’s help and support, pushes aside his doubts and immerses himself in the jobs he needs to complete.

Psychic medium, Carolyn Fairchild, is happy and contented, living in a nice home in Newmarket, Ontario, with her husband and daughter. All Carolyn wants is to live in peaceful obscurity. Unbeknownst to her, the UFO group she belongs to has made it onto the Agency’s hit list. When, one by one, the members in their group die or disappear, Carolyn grows desperate.

Ordered to kidnap Carolyn and turn her over to the Agency, Michael confronts Carolyn in her home, ready to complete his assignment. But when Carolyn connects to Michael's dead wife and reveals to him the truth behind her death, Carolyn forces him to choose between saving himself and doing what's right.

Unaware that they are repeating a pattern enacted over many lifetimes, Michael and Carolyn must find a way to break the cycle, or continue playing it out in lifetimes to come.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I’ve wanted to write fiction for as long as I can remember. I have written stories, but not shared them. In 2012, I finally decided to get serious with my fiction. Before that, I’d focused on non-fiction. Reading has always inspired me to write.


What is your preferred genre?
I have an affinity for fantasy, new age science fiction (a blend of Science Fiction and paranormal), horror, and romance.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?
I’m working on my fourth novel. The Experiencers is book one of a two-part series. The sequel, A Ring of Truth, completes Michael and Carolyn’s story. I also have a short horror story, Storm Lake, available on Smashwords and Amazon. Injury, a romance, was recently released on Amazon.

Tell us a little about your book.
The Experiencers is new age science fiction with elements of suspense, but is really a love story in disguise. Michael and Carolyn have been together across multiple lifetimes, but are unaware of it at the start of the novel.

Michael, in this lifetime, is a cold-blooded killer. Carolyn is a pacifist, and her moral standards clash with everything Michael stands for. Their evolution through the two novels will either continue or break the pattern established in previous lifetimes. They’re not just fighting for their lives, but for their future lives.

Do you have plans for a new book?
I’ve just completed Injury, a romance novel, about a young actress at the height of her career who has her personal life turned upside down when a horrifying family secret makes front-page news. My fourth novel, Gillian’s Island, is another romance: A headstrong divorcee forced to sell her island home clashes with the handsome and arrogant new owner.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Mark Twain.

Was there an Author who inspired your writing?

Stephen King.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I use a combination. The Experiencers was pantsed, but A Ring of Truth had some planning, and Injury had both as well.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
I had a developmental editor and a copy editor.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks or hardcover?
I prefer paperbacks.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
I buy traditionally published books at the bookstore, but go to Smashwords or Amazon for e-books.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?
Yes.

What books would you like to read again?
The Lord of the Rings.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The Bourne movies were better than the books.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Michael Connelly’s Lost Light. Also Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story in paperback and Michael Crichton’s The Terminal Man in paperback. And Alan Annand’s Antenna Syndrome in e-book.

I have books stashed everywhere and read every chance I get.

Who designed the cover of your book?
Patti Roberts of Paradox did the new cover for The Experiencers and the covers for A Ring of Truth and Injury. Bruce Greenaway of Splinter Media Group did the original cover for The Experiencers.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it? 
The cover will grab my attention, but the summary and the first few pages will sell me. The cover alone will not do it for me, but it’s what draws me to look closer at the book.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Make sure you have a competent editor and a professional cover design. Get trusted beta readers.

Do you write under a pen name?
Not at the moment.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Frequently.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
Jesus. He can turn water into wine, he walks on water, so we wouldn’t exactly be stranded, and the conversation would be stimulating.

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes?

Chocolate.

Cats or dogs?
Cats.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
Six to ten.

Sleep in or get up early?
Get up early.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
At my desk in my home office.

List 3 of your favorite movies?
Gone with the Wind
The Lord of the Rings movies
The Bourne Identity

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
The Fall on Netflix with Gillian Anderson

Where can your readers stalk you?

Is your book in Print, e-book or both?
Both

Do you give free e-books away in exchange for honest reviews?
Sometimes

Book links:

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better. 

Book 2


Injury





Monday, May 18, 2015

MURDER WITH FRIENDS by Fred Lichtenberg

Hello Friends,

My latest collection of mystery short stories under the title MURDER WITH FRIENDS (Stalking With Friends, I lost My Wife! Twisted Games, Hooked, and The Psychic Detective), are based on popular word games, and released today on Amazon.

Before you buy the e-book, check my website www.fredlichtenberg.com

Click on SYNOPSIS AND SCROLL down and click STALKING WITH
FRIENDS.

OR YOU CAN READ THE STORY BELOW

READ IT FOR FREE. If you enjoy the story—you will, I promise—spread the word and then ONE click will bring you to Amazon. MURDER WITH FRIENDS is only $1.99. A very good deal and lots of fun reading!

Pass the freebee to your friends.
Thanks.
Fred

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Wisps of Beltane: Wheel of the Year Anthology Volume 1

These are not your children's fairytales. 

Within these pages lies your personal invitation to the mystical, enchanting -- and deliciously dangerous -- realm of Faerie. 

Prepare to enter a world of magic and wonder, power and deceit, as you explore the myriad facets of the mercurial Fae Realms and a few of its denizens: a dedicated slave, a mermaid in love, an enthralled daydreamer, and an entranced farm boy. 
Filled with intrigue, passion, lust, and loss, these spell-binding stories branch from romance, horror, drama, and erotic fantasy to bring you Wisps of Beltane...." 

Beltane, originally one of the four great fire festivals, is also a holiday of union. The flames of Beltane celebrate virility, sexuality, and fertility. For each pagan holiday, there will be a corresponding volume in the Wheel of the Year Anthology. 

Stories Included- 

Slave in Shadows 
Castle by the Sea 
In a Field of Flowers 
Engraved with Honeysuckle (re-released and re-edited) 


By Cherron Riser(Author),Taylor Lexus Brown (Author), Ashley Nicole Davis (Author)





Charming Billy by Gerald Lane Summers

General William, “Billy” Brand, retired from the RAF and the USAF suffers from PTSD.  

On the verge of suicide at age 57, he is advised by his psychologist to return to Europe to re-establish his relationship with Countess Moira Sinclair-Lewis, face his fears and air battles during the Battle of Britain and find a way to deal with the horrors that have been haunting him for so long.    

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald Lane Summers, J.D. is a retired lawyer and juvenile court referee with thirty years of service within the Justice system of California. 


He has served in every branch of the system, from police officer, probation officer, and as a Grand Jury Foreman. As a hobby, he studies military history at great length, especially the Battle of Britain as featured in this novel. He has also been a private pilot and understands the nature of aviation. 

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK 




Saturday, April 4, 2015

I appreciate everything you've ever done for me. Amelia Marie Whalen

I appreciate everything you've ever done for me.
After our trip to Boston, I was torn between wanting to make every remaining day of Dave’s life an adventure and wanting to give up. Caring for him seemed overwhelming and unmanageable. He was like a man sized two-year-old. Despite the difficulty, I felt a responsibility to myself and to Dave to keep living and experiencing the world around us.
I remembered it was summer. I remembered summer could be fun, and there were adventures to be had, so I accepted Sugar Shack Mike’s invitation to meet for rock climbing and camping on the south end of Lake George in the Adirondacks. I loaded Dave, a cooler, climbing gear, and camping gear into the car and headed north. We met Mike and Matt at the camp site.
The spot was beautiful and the weather was perfect. I dragged towels and cushions and snacks over the short trail through the woods. Even with my arms loaded with cumbersome stuff, Dave had a hard time keeping up with me. He deliberately stepped over rocks and roots. He would stop to brush leaves or twigs from the trail.
Despite his snail’s pace, Dave seemed eager to be in the wilderness. He looked up at the sky and around at the trees. Whenever I looked back to check his progress, he smiled at me.
The trail ended at the lake, where Matt and Mike were reclined on a large flat platform rock. I set a cushion for Dave on the rock and he heaved a big sigh as he settled onto it. The short walk had worn him out.
I chatted with my friends about the rock routes we had planned to climb that day. The sun was still rising and casting vibrant light through the clear blue sky and onto the lake. The lake was undisturbed. Small, even ripples reflected the sun in sparkly glints. Dave was mesmerized, watching the lake through squinted eyes. I was mesmerized watching him.
Dave sat still for the first time I’d seen in months. His body and face were slack; the Adirondacks had melted his tension.
I felt a great relief sitting with David. It was one of the first relaxing moments we’d shared since the whirlwind of his illness brought us to the psych ward. At home, David paced and fidgeted; he would wander off in the blink of an eye. At the lake, he was content to sit by the water.
After sitting for an hour or so at the meeting place, it went without saying we weren’t going to climb. The walk to the cliff was uphill, rougher and longer than the short approach to the lake that had worn Dave out.
Although David still referred to me as his wife and seemed most content at my side, it was unclear how much memory he retained or how much understanding he had about what was happening to him and around him. He would wander off if left unattended, didn’t speak unless spoken to, and didn’t seem able to form complete sentences.
I asked Dave if he wanted to take a walk. He answered with a nod and I led us along the lake’s edge. The path was flat and easy, and openings in the trees gave us gorgeous views. David moved slowly and took in the scenery. This was one of the few times during that early summer that I felt as though things were OK. We were in a safe place, and both content. I was in one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people. Walking in the woods was difficult for Dave, but he pressed on. It seemed that he, too, was happy to be out adventuring.
We walked along the lake side by side for a few minutes. I was matching Dave’s pace, expecting him to need to stop for a rest at any time. When he did stop, he reached out and turned me to face him. On that perfect June day, on the shore of a calm Lake George, we looked into each other’s eyes and stood close.
Dave looked peaceful, yet determined, and cleared his throat.
“I appreciate everything you’ve ever done for me,” he said.

This was the first unprovoked statement David had made in months. It floored me to hear his voice form a complete sentence and it melted my heart to know he was aware.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Midnight, by Kahla Kiker

“Midnight is the time of day where the past meets the future —where one day ends and the new day begins. Midnight is the exact time of day where you get to start over.” Roger Laken stood on the beach, as the words spilled from the mouth of a beautiful woman he thought too young to understand their meaning. 

The famous Roger Laken —the very writer that has taken the world by storm with his popular series Night Watch, had everything he ever wanted. The house, the career, the beautiful wife...everything, until the day he walked into his bedroom and caught his wife making love to another man.

A broken heart filled with anger, Roger faces a nasty divorce and the knowledge that his cheating wife will reap half the proceeds of the entire series. His ability, motivation and even desire to write fail him and he is left struggling to finish the third and final book of his series. Pushing not one, but two release dates, Roger’s publisher is as frustrated as he is and demands the last book. In an effort to find himself, Roger takes the advice of his editor and escapes the city, paparazzi hounding his every step and the bitter memories his wife has left behind. Cape Cod beckons and the private cottage, secluded from the rest of the vacationers in the area for the summer, will hopefully provide him with the inspiration to write.

Roger moves in to his temporary home, and a week later finds himself on the beach at midnight staring into the flame lit eyes of Tessa Merlin. He’s captured by her beauty, inspired by her words and over the summer, his attraction to her strong wit and overly flirtatious nature transports Roger out of his depression and the words finally begin to flow.

But is Tessa really who she says she is? Will she be the one to push Roger Laken to the peak of genius with the third and final book in his world famous series, or is she hiding a secret that will destroy his heart forever?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kahla Kiker, pen name 'K', is a writer who writes to elicit usage of imagination and feelings experienced by all mankind worldwide. K writes for the adventurer, the romantic, and the secret curiosity hidden in all of us. No genre left behind... When she's not writing or working in her career in finance, she enjoys traveling, shooting competitive sporting clays with her husband and cheering on her three very active children.

Available now on Amazon and other online stores.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Release by Solease M Barner - book 5 in the Draglen Brothers 18+


New Release by Solease Barner - 18+

Gemi Draglen has been searching for the woman that is destined to become his Wella for hundreds of years. One eventful night while visiting the city of New Orleans, he unexpectedly sees the woman he wants to be his forever. Unfortunately, he has two very serious problems. First, the woman to become his Wella is a witch, an age old enemy to all dragons. Second and most importantly, she has no idea who Gemi truly is and he must convince her they belong together, forever.


Shalisi Narmon is no ordinary young lady. Shalisi is a witch from generations of witches and has known since birth that she is to have the most important role of all her sister witches. She has always accepted her destiny of becoming the Passer. At least that's what she has always believed until Gemi Draglen suddenly enters her life. She has never experienced love and could never love a dragon, an enemy to witches. It seems Gemi is not so easily deterred and is determined to win her affection and show her the joy that true love can give. Will Shalisi choose her sisters or the love of her life?

Author Amazon page - HERE