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Monday, November 30, 2015

Author Interview: Regeneration Chronicles By Ellison Blackburn.

Lets start out learning a bit about these two fabulous books in this Chronicles

Regeneration X

Regeneration X is a story about having choices and dealing with the consequences; creating new memories and letting others fade; and making sacrifices in pursuit of happiness.
At one time or another, you’ve probably said or thought, “In hindsight, …” So, what happens when To have been, becomes something that can be changed?
In the not too distance future, Charley faces a hard choice: whether or not to follow her long since abandoned dreams. Journey with her on a quest, and you’ll be asking, “If I could change the past, would I?” Delve into this simple question, because one day soon, you too, may have that chance. Our world is flying forward—fast; would you glide, or take the risk and soar? 

To be or to have been ... THAT is the question.

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Nineteen-year-old, Emery Kidd is one of two historians for her community. As a Chronicler, she is aware of the minute details of a society dramatically changed in the course of the two hundred years since cellular regression began. However, it is only now, after one of her lifetimes has passed, Emery discovers an important fact about her own heritage. She is the daughter of the most famous of regeneratives to have ever lived.
Consequently, Emery is also quietly learning just what it means to be the daughter of a martyred woman. Undoubtedly, she bears a strong resemblance to her mother, but more than auburn hair and expressive facial features, Emery would like to believe she’s inherited the same strength of character as well. And yet, believing and knowing are entirely separate matters.
Since everything changes with time—in varying degrees—and destiny often unfolds a plan unforeseen, Emery may just find the opportunity to test her belief. In fact, the entire human population will come face to face with their true inheritance.
The question is how this legacy will be received. For the future is inevitable, this much is certain. Lest we forget, the mere passage of time does not come with it the entitlement to life. To live and prosper is a path that is earned, but mankind has seemingly forgotten this. Can Emery remind the world that survival requires conscious effort? Will Emery and her friends, Cassidy, a fellow chronicler, Liam, a brilliant engineer, and Aiden, a reserved mediator be enough to save the oblivious many?

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Ellison Blackburn is a full-time designer/web developer of fifteen years. Ironically, she often waxes nostalgic over simpler days. Her passions include writing fiction and poetry, painting, and collecting vintage thingamabobs.

Raised in Chicago, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she currently lives with her husband and three beastly, furry children.

She is a writer of fiction and poetry and the internationally published author of Regeneration X.

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·         What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you'd like to share about writing?

There are wonderful, supportive and honestly helpful groups on Goodreads. Become part of the writing community online. I have found Support Indie Authors to be a welcoming, very helpful, friendly bunch.

For advice: have at least one person, a non-friend or family member who doesn’t already know the story, read your work. This is important since fresh eyes won’t skip over something that catches him/her up, whereas a familiar reader will “know” what you were trying to say. A gloss-over of something that could be unclear to an unfamiliar reader will not help you later.

·         What writers inspired you to become an author?
Although I do not write in young adult or historical fiction, among many others, I admire JK Rowlings and Diana Gabaldon. I consider their works inspirational now, however, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I started working on Regeneration X, so no one author inspired me to become one.

·         Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

The latest notable event has been the release of Progeny, this month in e-book and paperback version. I believe my philosophical bunch of characters is attending your Christmas shopping cart. They’re just waiting on the invitations.

·         If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

Fifteenth through 19th century England or Scotland, admittedly I am a closet Britophile.

·         If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?

Dr. Baum would be among my top picks for guests. We would have wine with a side of dinner.

·         If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

If fantasy worlds count than I would travel to Rivendell. If am limited by reality then, I would one day like to visit Middle Earth in New Zealand.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cover Reveal: Tamin the Whirlwind By L.M. Heidle

About me? Hmm . . . I hate this part. It kind of makes me feel like I’m answering questions for a dating service, but here you go. . .
          I’ve spent most of my life in one part or another of Missouri. The last four years, through my husband’s career, I’ve gotten to live in Texas and Georgia.
          My husband and I have been married for ten years. We have two beautiful boys, who will most likely drive me to insanity before they’re ten. We have three disgusting snakes (Can you tell it wasn’t my idea?). Now we’ve added a Rat terrier puppy to the crazy mix, who is beyond spoiled, but at least I get to dress someone in pink.
          I’d never planned on being a writer, never even crossed my mind. It started as a way to escape during a difficult time in my life and then I realized how much I loved it. I’d finished my first book and couldn’t wait to start the next one. Now I’m on book four and already have ideas for number five running through my head.
          I never thought writing would be more than a hobby, but when I was given the opportunity to publish, I decided to take it. Who knows where the future will lead, maybe I’ll sell one book or a thousand, but at least I fought my fear of the unknown and tried.
          I have a ton of people to thank. My husband and children for putting up with me. My sister for giving me the idea by getting me addicted to my Kindle. If there was a Kindle’s Anonymous, I’d probably need to be a member. My parents for always believing in anything I do. Julie of Amazing Things Press for giving me a shot. Last, but definitely not least my fans (when I get some) for taking a chance on an unknown writer.

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Liz is slowly accomplishing her goals:

1.      Get out of her small town- CHECK
2.      Graduate College- CHECK
3.      Move to New York- CHECK
4.      Get a job- working on it
5.      Find drama- WAIT! NO! 

Finding drama was NOT on her to-do list, but apparently life didn’t get the memo, because it threw her one heck of a curveball. What curveball you ask? It’s not a what, but a who and that who would be Mr. Kade Ian Parker. The tattooed, short-tempered, sexier than should be allowed businessman, has turned her world more than upside down. He obliterated it. Her life has turned into something that even a soap opera writer couldn’t come up with.
            Kade never wanted to find love. He saw how his family crumbled after his mom left; there was no way he was going to be crushed by another woman. No one had come close to making him want more, until her. No matter how hard he fought his attraction and oh did he try. Hell, he basically pushed her into another man’s arms, nothing changed.  He. Still. Wanted. Her.  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review: Tangled up in You By A.L. Vincent

Tangled up in You:

Emily Breaux’s abusive, alcoholic husband keeps drinking away her dreams…

When he cleans out their bank account once too often, Emily packs her meager belongings and returns to her hometown of Bon Chance, Louisiana. Surrounded by the love and support of a group of old friends—collectively known as The Boonies—she’s determined to change her life and open her own catering company.

Contractor Noah Devereaux wants to help Emily rebuild more than just her family home…

Noah is an Iraq war veteran and fighting his own battle with PTSD, and he feels he has little to offer anyone. His nightmares and panic attacks leave him exhausted and on edge, yet he can’t help but find solace in Emily’s quiet presence.

Everyone has dreams, but it takes more than a wish to make them come true…

Emily struggles night and day to scrape together the money to start her business, but this doesn’t stop her friendship with Noah from blooming into something much more. He’s always there to cheer her on, and she’s his bit of tranquility for untangling his troubled mind.

It turns out starting over isn’t easy. Was coming back to Bon Chance a horrible mistake, a sign of failing to make it in the larger world?

But all her friends have returned as well, so maybe—just maybe—having the courage to go back to the beginning will prove the ingredients for a life of love and happiness have been waiting here all along…


Who said you can't go home again? Emily Breaux seemed to prove that statement wrong. After being fed up with her no good, jobless, can't pay the bills, drunken husband, Emily decides it's time to go home to be with her friends at the one year anniversary of her friend Benjamin's death.

The characters were well developed, letting their personalities shine through the words to bring a vivid picture to mind. The plot was intriguing, but a little predictable. It was a little slow in the beginning, but found a nice steady pace later which helped to capture my attention. I enjoyed the book, but found there was a need for some touching up.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Character Casting: Zenobia, Challenging a Legend By Russ Wallace

"Sequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.
The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world.
As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice."

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Russ Wallace is life-long student of history, religion, politics, and social issues. As an instructor, he came to value the critical thinking so necessary to navigate the minefields of propaganda while searching for truths. As a world traveler, Russ learned the opposing views and prejudices underlying many of the problems in human society, ancient and modern.

He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived. He is working on future books in the Zenobia book series.

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Alim Hasshel was rich and used to getting what he wanted, but his ambition had recently been thwarted. The person responsible had thus become his enemy. After considering the matter, he reached a decision – he would take his revenge in a special way. He smiled to himself and felt devilishly satisfied. But he had made a critical mistake, though one common to the arrogant –he had underestimated his target. It was an easy error in judgment because his opponent was only a girl, a pretty girl. How could he, or anyone for that matter, foresee that she was destined to grow into the deadliest woman on the planet? Or that he himself would provide one of the triggers to awaken her latent abilities?

Character Casting –

Zenobia- Born in the Syrian Desert; Educated in Alexandria, Egypt. History describes her eyes as captivating, almost like they sparkled. She’s strikingly beautiful with black long hair to the middle of her back, soft brown skin that appears flawless.  Zenobia has a strong love of justice. She’s a critical thinker, calculating, and deadly.

Zelina is Zenobia’s mother. She’s pretty with dark features and very intelligent. She’s married to Sheik Zabbai, the leader of the Syrian tribe. Zelina likes the finer things in life but she isn’t too worldly.

Cam is a Syrian warrior and the Sheik’s right hand man. He’s powerful and wise and a deadly archer. He’s seen many battles. He mentors Zenobia.

Longinus is a professor in Alexandria, Egypt. Most days you will find him philosophizing in his white toga and sandals. He’s known as a walking encyclopedia. Zenobia is the most extraordinary woman he’s ever met.

Salim is a Syrian warrior. Zenobia and Salim became friends while training as warriors.

Tyrianna is kidnapped into a sex slave trade. She is trying to escape and return to her family in Nubia.

Patricia is kidnapped into a slave trade. She becomes friends with Tyrianna.

Shanzar is a Syrian warrior and Salim’s friend. He’s a great cook.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: Cannon (Cutlass Trilogy Book 3) by Ashley Nixon

We are so excited to be bringing you the cover of Cannon! This is the third book in the Cutlass Trilogy by Ashley Nixon. 

If you haven't read the first two you absolutely should because they are amazing.

Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. When she's not writing (haha, like that EVER happens!), she's probably working out or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

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The King is dead…
The Network is destroyed, and Barren Reed has been exiled by the Elders of Silver Crest. To make matters worse, the black spot -a curse of dark magic- continues to devour him. Its true purpose is still unknown, but one this is certain: It will corrupt Barren in the worst way.
With her greatest secret revealed, Larkin Lee flees Maris. Accused of slaying the king, there is only one place to go –Silver Crest. But Barren isn’t happy to see her, and their reunion leaves more questions unanswered, including whether they have a future together.
As Datherious rises in power, Barren and Larkin must work together to find the fifth Relic to complete the King’s Gold and prevent Datherious from obtaining control over dark magic, but the black spot has other ideas. The closer they get to finding the final Relic, the more corrupt Barren becomes. Larkin finds herself in a head to head battle with the only man she’s ever loved and the reality is harsh –only one can walk away alive.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: Bank Notes by Caroline Giammanco

 Caroline Giammanco grew up on a farm in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri. After high school, she attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She later completed the post-baccalaureate education program at the University of Arizona.  She has taught English in public schools for over twenty years in Arizona, New Mexico, and now Missouri.  She is the English Department Chairperson at her current high school.  She is the mother of two sons, Rick and Kevin, and is active in the lives of Keith's children, Marissa and Elise.  Caroline and Keith plan on living on a small farm in rural Missouri upon his release.

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 "St. Louis, Missouri is gripped by a series of 12 bank robberies that leave local and federal authorities baffled.  Dubbed the "Boonie Hat Bandit", this criminal methodically robs banks in broad daylight, leaving no clues and causing everyone to wonder: Who is this man?

Law enforcement is scrambling and the robberies make national news.

In September 2008, the suspect is apprehended and the stunned world finds out his shocking identity: Donald Keith Giammanco, a quiet middle-class, single father of twin daughters. The big mystery remains: How and why would he enter a life of crime? In spite of repeated requests to tell his story, Keith Giammanco refuses to give his insights into his motivations for years...until now.

Written by the woman he falls in love with while in prison, Bank Notes delves into the thoughts and motivations of a notorious bank robber who is anything but they typical criminal, and the disastrous results of his robbery spree."

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