Thursday, May 05, 2016

ARTICLE: The Dubai Betrayal by Jeremy Burns at The Big Thrill by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Jeremy Burns travels…constantly, but right now he’s settling into his new office and celebrating the release of THE DUBAI BETRAYAL, a geopolitical spy thriller featuring Wayne Wilkins, a fan favorite from Burns’s acclaimed first novel, From the Ashes. As if providing the soundtrack to this fierce new book—in which Wilkins leads an elite group of black ops soldiers into Dubai to rescue the U.S. Ambassador to Israel—the adrenaline-pumping Celldweller comes up on Burns’s playlist while he sifts through photos and other mementos of his travels...

Read the entire interview in The Big Thrill Magazine.





And, check out more about Jeremy Burns and his books.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

BOOK: Sehmah's Truth (Beneath the Willow Book 1) by A.J. Culey

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SEHMAH'S TRUTH

She created his world and made him the hero of her story. Now she's living that story with him.

Samantha and her twin brother spent their childhood creating an imaginary world beneath the willow tree in their backyard. In the aftermath of his death, Samantha writes one final story destroying their creation. Two years later, she is unexpectedly transported to their fantasy world, where she is immediately targeted by assassins. On the run, with danger at every turn, she meets characters she once created and recognizes storylines she herself wrote. However, this story is darker than she remembers, and no longer follows the path she originally penned.

Desperate to make amends for certain storylines and to prevent others, Samantha joins forces with Takeem, the hero of every story she’s ever written. As they travel through his world, they learn truths about his past and the loss of his world’s ancestral magicks. As these truths are revealed, Samantha and Takeem are faced with difficult choices that will impact their world forever.

A.J. Culey is a teacher, world traveler and writer whose imagination is often out of control. When driving around town, standing in lines at the grocery store or doing chores around the house, her brain is frequently filled with images of cats in flight, antlers on a rampage and rabbits wrestling with tigers. She regularly gets caught giggling at nothing and when asked for an explanation simply says, “I crack myself up.”

An avid animal lover, A.J. volunteers for local rescue organizations and participates in Trap-Neuter-Release programs for feral cats. If wrangling cats and bunnies were a sporting event, she’d be an Olympic gold medalist.

A.J. recently completed her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her thesis project was the YA fantasy, SEHMAH’S TRUTH, and perhaps the only thing she’s ever written that was completely serious in nature.

To learn more about A.J.’s books, visit her website at www.ajculey.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ajculey.author or follow Rex on Twitter @Tyrabbisaurus (Disclaimer: A.J. takes no responsibility for the rabbit’s ridiculous tweets.)


Thursday, April 07, 2016

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Notes of Temptation by Rebecca Halsey

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

NOTES OF TEMPTATION: HOLLYWOOD JAZZ BOOK 1

AUTHOR: REBECCA HALSEY

PUBLISHER: SAMHAIN PUBLISHING, LTD

DESCRIPTION: Together they take the stage. Together they must defend it to the death.

When Carrie Cooper leaves her small gold-mining town to seek her fortune, it’s not until she arrives in L.A. that she learns her college certificate is a fraud. The only work available is in a less-than-respectable speakeasy.

The job comes with the opportunity to take the stage with Oz Dean, the club’s captivating bandleader. But rivals out for her blood along with her place in the spotlight lurk behind the curtain.

Oz Dean has the rare ability to “see” music as brilliant colors, but nothing has ever dazzled him like Carrie’s pure, choirgirl voice. With a mob debt hanging over his head like a guillotine, he organizes a revue that will launch them all to stardom. Unfortunately, his bold move attracts exactly the kind of criminal attention he’d like to avoid.

Mired in Hollywood’s underbelly, caught off-guard by their growing attraction, Carrie and Oz are forced to consider the cost of success. Or their one chance to make beautiful music together could be their last.

CHARACTERS:
Louise Brooks as CARRIE COOPER
Carrie is a small-town girl who moves to the big city to get a respectable job. Instead, she finds herself in the behind-the-scene scandals of the West Edge, one of Hollywood’s most notorious nightclubs. Although she looks like the epitome of an ingénue, Carrie has the grit of a girl raised in a rough-and-tumble Western town.

A young Clark Gable as OZ DEAN
Oz is the dynamic bandleader for the West Edge band. Determined to launch his orchestra to fame and fortune, he finds renewed inspiration in Carrie’s pure choir girl voice, but first he must escape a mob debt.

Mae West as MINNIE MITFORD
The Marvelous Minnie Mitford has headlined the West Edge stage for the last year. She is not about to let new girl Carrie Cooper take away her spotlight.

Todd Duncan as ELLISON Wade
Following Uncle Jim, their de facto father figure and musical mentor, Ellison and Oz grew up as brothers. Whether on stage or in the streets, Ellison has Oz’s back.

Carmel Myers as RUBY THOMSON
Ruby is the first friend Carrie makes in Los Angeles. She may be a party girl, but she has a heart of gold.

Errol Flynn as DORSEY O’TANNER
Dorsey O’Tanner has a deep baritone and good looks. On the outside he appears to be your typical Hollywood heartthrob, but Oz suspects he has plans to take his place at the West Edge.

~~

Rebecca Halsey is the author of historic and contemporary romance. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia. When not writing, she works as a cybersecurity researcher and reporter. She enjoys running, cooking, travel, and painting portraits. She resides in Maryland with her husband and three children, all of whom tolerate her immersion into jazz music and black-and-white movies. Notes of Temptation is her debut novel. Interact with her on Facebook: writer Rebecca Halsey and Twitter: @rae_becky.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

BOOK: Look Before You Jump (Bartender Babe Chronicles Book 1) by D.A. Bale

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LOOK BEFORE YOU JUMP

When scandal comes calling and Vicki leaps into the fray, you know it’s gonna be big. This here’s Texas after all.

Meet Victoria Bohanan, a twenty-six year-old Dallas debutante turned bartender babe who rejected her father’s saintly sinner ways and struck out on her own – well, sort of. Her mom’s credit card comes to the rescue on occasion, but Vicki is still her own woman, with less than lusty – er, lofty – aspirations and a mind constantly limping from the gutter.

But Texas moms don’t raise fools. Vicki will earn that twenty dollar tip by guessing the mistress’ name and your favorite drink faster than you can belly up to the bar. That sharp wit has gotten her out of more than one disastrous situation – until the mouth sinks her right into another.

When an old high school flame returns to town with a pregnant wife in tow and a pastorate position lodged under his belt, life quickly becomes tangled. This time we’re not talking between the sheets. Sooner than Vicki can down a shot of Jack, her former boy-toy is embroiled in scandal that threatens to implode the megachurch his parents built – and send the gossiping gaggle into a tailspin faster than a quarterback sack on Sunday.

Join the fun in book one of the Bartender Babe Chronicles. Light on mystery and long on – well, you know.


Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining...even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.

Visit her blog - leave a comment or send a personal message at http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com.

Monday, March 28, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Starrie (From the World of Ambasadora) by Heidi Ruby Miller (Goodreads)

GIVEAWAYS

You can win a signed paperback of my novel Starrie (From the World of Ambasadora) at Goodreads. This is an international giveaway that ends on April 30, 2016.



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller

Starrie

by Heidi Ruby Miller


Giveaway ends April 30, 2016.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

BOOK: Trinity Church Tales to Remember by Meg Thompson

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Trinity Church Tales to Remember

A collection of historical stories, legends, myths and more from the Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The semi-gothic church building near the center of downtown has been a wonder to visitors and locals alike for over a century. When was it built? What are its secrets? The tales in this volume span the life of the church in its entirety. Photographs that were not seen for many decades scatter the pages. Meet the people who lived, loved and worshiped within the walls, to include "Coal Baron" J.V. Thompson and other notable characters. Delve into the captivating mysteries that surround the magnificent meeting house, such as the case of the famous Tiffany windows. As you learn about the structure from its tower tops to its acclaimed interior along the way, decide for yourself what you believe about the riveting accounts of bygone days and the stories that have been handed down through the generations.

Photographs by Max Grimm


Megan Thompson is the secretary of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown. Her love for old church buildings and ecclesiastical history inspired this her first book. A Uniontown native, she enjoys taking walks in the beauty of the laurel highlands and learning about local lore. She also has a passion for fairytales, her dog, studying Biblical history and serving Jesus Christ.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Basil Sands at The Big Thrill

INTERVIEWS


EXCERPT:
Due to some business travel to Fairbanks Alaska I had the chance to read STARRIE by Heidi Ruby Miller in two sittings on the same day. And let me just say, I’m glad I had that opportunity. STARRIE is one ripping fast book and a well told story. I loved it! It was a perfect diversion as I looked out the airplane window across the billowing clouds and Alaskan mountains.

BASIL: As I read the story I was impressed by the tightness of the writing. How do you recommend new writers achieve good clean prose?

HEIDI: Like I tell my writing students at Seton Hill, know your intent for each scene—ideally, you will be showing characterization while moving the plot forward. A few words can be more powerful than an entire page, so make them count by eliminating redundancies, unnecessary gestures and facial expressions, and constant internal questioning by the POV character. Chapter outlines or summaries are a surefire way to keep each scene on task for me.

Read the entire interview in The Big Thrill magazine.



Thursday, March 03, 2016

REVIEW: Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller at Publisher's Weekly

REVIEWS


Nice review from Publisher's Weekly for Starrie (From the World of Ambasadora)! Though it is a standalone novel, this book takes place chronologically right after Greenshift and runs concurrent with Marked by Light.


"Miller’s short third novel in the space-faring, caste-bound, hierarchically polyamorous, and socially striated Ambasadora universe (after 2013’s Greenshift) manages to balance the exoticized presentation of the setting with relatable human interaction...the romance between Ben and Naela highlights the emotional side of reaching out to those who are different from you, even in a world where those differences are stylized and codified."

Read the whole review here.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

BOOK: Dirt by Teffanie Thompson

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DIRT

Washington would rather be playing basketball in the tournament instead of traveling to East Texas for a family reunion. He hates to read, but takes off on his own with a book to satisfy his parents.

Washington travels back to the past where he encounters his ancestor Square and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave who is found reading.

When Washington steps out of the protecting circle of dirt, Washington fears he may never be able to return to the present or see his family again.

"Once while listening to public radio, I heard first person accounts of the slave narratives, Remembering Slavery. I realized that every single ancestral win was also a win for me. This is a thought that resonated with me, and I wanted to share that with young Americans. Reading, in its own way, is a beautiful legacy," Thompson said.

"The book, Dirt, gives a reader a fast read on a tough subject. Living in the times that we do, I think it’s a very appropriate image of the past we may have forgotten. The main character, Washington, takes on a journey throughout the all too recent times of slavery in the Deep South. There the young encounters problems from the brutality of slavery, to finding and leaving his first love interest. In a small East Texas town, young Square finds his roots, his courage, and a new admiration for the written word. An entertaining and important read for any age, Dirt from Teffanie Thompson illustrates, inspires, and motivates young readers to be conscious in the new age." - Imhotep White

Teffanie Thompson grew up in Killeen, Texas where she spent many years playing with words on Gaynor Drive in Sugar Loaf.

Today she lives in Midland, Texas, without her angelic oldest daughter and creative genius son. Teffanie does reside with her farmer husband, Ginger puppy and brilliant youngest daughter, working in education.

A Master's graduate of Seton Hill University's esteemed Writing Popular Fiction program Teffanie has written several pictureless stories for children, teens, and ballerinas. When not writing, she enjoys working, hula hooping, road tripping, attending concerts and, yes, watching marathon reality television.

She can be contacted at p i c t u r e l e s s books, teffanie@gmail.com, or @teffanie on Twitter.

Friday, February 05, 2016

BOOK: Starrie (From the World of Ambasadora) by Heidi Ruby Miller

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STARRIE IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER FROM DOG STAR BOOKS!!


In this caste-ruled society, where multiple partners are the norm, celebrity, beauty, and power mean everything. Love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. But sometimes people just fall in love...and that can be deadly.

Ben Anlow and his team embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about her people when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

COVER ART by Bradley Sharp

FOREWORD by Jason Jack Miller

Find out more about this new novel on the STARRIE page.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

ARTICLE: Point of Control by L. J. Sellers at The Big Thrill by Heidi Ruby Miller

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L.J. Sellers may have had a rough and busy year in 2015, not the least of which included a broken leg, but she took time to chat with me about stand-up comedy, writing screenplays, and exploring the world of a sociopath in her new thriller POINT OF CONTROL.

Read the entire interview in The Big Thrill Magazine.

And, check out more about L.J. Sellers and her books.

Monday, February 01, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) by Heidi Ruby Miller (Goodreads)

GIVEAWAYS

You can win a signed paperback of my novel Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) at Goodreads. This is an international giveaway that ends on February 29, 2016.



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller

Greenshift

by Heidi Ruby Miller


Giveaway ends February 29, 2016.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller (Goodreads)

GIVEAWAYS

You can win a signed paperback of my first novel Marked by Light at Goodreads. This is an international giveaway that ends on February 11, 2016.



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller

Marked by Light

by Heidi Ruby Miller


Giveaway ends February 11, 2016.

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

ARTICLE: Heidi Ruby Miller's Uncanny Interview with Michael A. Arnzen at SIGMA

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I've known Mike Arnzen for a long time and always suspected there was something a little different about him, something a little...uncanny. After his presentation at the December 2015 Parsec meeting and this interview, I'm convinced it's totally true. Read the entire interview at gorelets.com or in the SIGMA newsletter, edited by David Brody.

His non-fiction book The Popular Uncanny is due out with Guide Dog Books in 2016.

Here's a video where Mike goes into a bit more detail about the uncanny.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

CHALLENGE: The 12 Month Book Scavenger Hunt at Girls, Guns, and Grimoires on Goodreads

CHALLENGES


I'm participating in The 12 Month Book Scavenger Hunt at Girls, Guns, and Grimoires on Goodreads. I'll update my progress all this year. Below are the categories.

Again, is it cheating if I use one of my books coming out next year to clear some lines? ;)

Progress: 14/100

MAIN CHARACTER
1. Vampire
2. Witch
3. Skin Walker
4. LGBT
5. Werewolf
6. Demon
7. Psychic
8. Magician
9. Morgue Worker
10. High School Student - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)

CHARACTERS (not main)
1. Angel
2. Werewolf
3. Private Investigator
4. Beta Male
5. Shifter
6. Native American
7. Demon
8. Assassin
9. Faerie
10. God / Goddess

ANIMALS
1. Dog
2. Horse - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
3. Otter
4. Penguin
5. Rat
6. Wolf
7. Cat
8. Bat
9. Snake
10. Fox

PLACES
1. Hawaii
2. Oklahoma
3. Vermont
4. Scotland
5. New Zealand
6. Paris
7. South Africa
8. Mexico
9. Brazil
10. Japan

CLOTHING
1. Baseball Cap
2. Overcoat
3. Wedding Dress
4. Cowboy Hat - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
5. Jeans - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
6. Leather Jacket
7. Sensible Shoes - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
8. Scarf
9. Bustier
10. Bikini - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)

SMALL THINGS
1. Coffee Mug - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
2. Book - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
3. Diary
4. Pistol
5. Engagement Ring - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
6. Compass
7. Grimoire
8. Cell Phone - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)
9. Scissors
10. Safe

LARGE THINGS
1. Suitcase
2. Armoire
3. Ladder
4. Book Shelves - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
5. Grave Stone
6. Bicycle
7. Grandfather Clock
8. Desk
9. Fire Extinguisher
10. Cash machine / ATM

FOOD
1. Drive-Thru
2. Pizza - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
3. Soup
4. Vegetarian food
5. Steak
6. Grilled Cheese
7. Banana
8. Clams
9. Biscuits
10. Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris (wine)

TRANSPORT
1. Bus
2. Horse-Drawn Carriage - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
3. Train
4. UFO
5. Ship
6. Teleportation
7. Helicopter
8. Hearse
9. Vintage Motorcycle
10. Taxi

BONUS ROUND
1. A Heroine in a Fantasy / Paranormal novel who is completely normal.
2. A Mention of a real TV Show.
3. Product Placement
4. SMS / Text Message - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)
5. answering machine
6. an iPhone
7. a vibrator
8. a pull out bed
9. shampoo
10. Irish Whiskey

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

BOOK: Codename: Night Witch (The Girls from Alcyone) by Cary Caffrey

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CODENAME: NIGHT WITCH

Night Witch continues the story of an incredible heroine, Sigrid Novak, a five-foot one (and one half inch, thank you) powerhouse of a character.

The story begins with Sigrid waking to find herself a prisoner in an abandoned research facility. She doesn't know where she is, or how she got there. She doesn't even know if her lover - who she last saw bleeding to death on the field of battle - is even alive. What Sigrid soon discovers is that many, many years have passed since the events of Bellatrix (book two). The world she awakens to is not the place she left. This is a world embroiled in war. Tens of thousands of the Federation's ruling elite are dead, major military facilities destroyed. With every corporate enclave that falls, the legend grows. They call her the Night Witch. A champion to some, a nightmare for others. Wherever she goes, death is soon to follow.

No one knows who this Night Witch is, though Sigrid is starting to suspect.

Lost and alone, and with only the voices in her head for company, Sigrid sets out to learn the truth, and to settle a deadly score once and for all.

Cary Caffrey is the author of the best selling Girls from Alcyone trilogy. When not staring at blank pages and blinking cursors, Cary can always be found devouring all things pop culture. Current obsessions include Jessica Jones, Lara Croft and, for better or for worse, Star Wars. Has JJ ever made a good movie? We're about to find out.


Monday, January 04, 2016

BOOK: Dark Reservations by John Fortunato

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DARK RESERVATIONS

Winner of the Tony Hillerman Award

Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Joe Evers faces an early retirement because of a botched investigation, but when the vehicle belonging to a congressman who went missing twenty years ago is found on the Navajo Reservation, Joe might just get a chance at redemption—if those behind the disappearance don’t kill him first.

"It isn’t often a first novel comes along that is as sure-handed as John Fortunato’s Dark Reservations. The prose is lean and sinewy, yet not so spare that an occasional startling image or a wonderfully distinctive metaphor doesn’t shine through."
—Randall Silvis, author of On Night’s Shore and The Boy Who Shoots Crows

"Fortunato hooks the reader from the very first page with this twisty tale of murder and redemption. Reminiscent of Tony Hillerman, he uses the Southwest setting to maximum effect. I couldn’t put it down!"
—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Murray Hill




John Fortunato was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, who served at the Pentagon during the early part of the Global War on Terrorism. He is now a Special Agent with the FBI and has earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A native of Philadelphia, he currently lives in Michigan with his wife and three daughters. Visit him at johnfortunatoauthor.com.

Friday, January 01, 2016

BOOKS: Goodreads 2015 List

BOOKS


How many books did you read this year, and what were your favorites?

Did we read any of the same ones?

What do you suggest I put on my TBR list for 2015? Include your own books if you're an author!


In 2011 I read 34 books--you can see them all here.

In 2012 I read 40 books--you can see them all here.

In 2013 I read 20 books--you can see them all here.

In 2014 I read 33 books--you can see them all here.

But 2015 was an incredible reading year with an end tally of 53 books! That's a tad more than a book per week. Now, let's be honest--some of these were quite short, others were buddy reads with Jason Jack Miller at breakfast each day, and The Tao of Pooh was counted twice as both a single book and as part of the Pooh/Piglet duology, but all in all, not too bad for a slow reader like myself. I attribute it mainly to having a mild class schedule at Seton Hill this past term. And, since next term is already looking to be much busier with even more students and classes, I'm not holding my breath for such a stellar repeat performance. The books I read in 2015 and some statistics are below.

(NOTE: I took screen captures of all the books from the Goodreads Challenge page. You can check it out directly for more information.)














INTERESTING STATISTICS ABOUT MY 2015 BOOKS:
31 - female authors
26 - books from 22 different series
24 - books by Seton Hill Writers
23 - print books (10 signed)
23 - books by authors I have read previously
13 - non-fiction books
12 - books from Big 5 publishers
11 - mystery/crime/thriller books
11 - science fiction books
10 - fantasy books
7 - books by Pennwriters
6 - books by ITW Members
5 - children's books
4 - historical books
4 - poetry books
4 - books from RDSP/DSB
3 - books with which I am associated
3 - anthologies
2 - contemporary romance books
2 - horror books
2 - books from Meteor House
1 - book with which Jason Jack Miller is associated
1 - holiday book
1 - book from Headline Books, Inc.

LIST OF AUTHORS:
Lyndi Alexander
Michael A. Arnzen
Lana Hechtman Ayers
Matt Betts
Jen Brooks
Cary Caffrey
Christopher Paul Carey
JC Cassels
Grumpy Cat
Liz Coley (3)
Deanna Dee (2)
Hannah Dennison
Pat DiCesare
Win Scott Eckert
Jordan Elizabeth (2)
John Fortunato
Alan Furst
Eckhard Gerdes
J. Gunnar Grey
J.L. Gribble
Paul R. Hewlett
Benjamin Hoff (2)
Samantha Holloway
D.E. Ireland
Sherry Knowlton (2)
Rhonda Mason
Daniel McTaggart (2 / 1 ed))
Zita Nitkiewicz (2)
P.M. Pevato
Adrea L. Peters (4)
Mike Resnick (ed)
Fred Rogers
Steven Saus (ed)
Ron Shannon
Randall Silvis
Jay Smith
Patrick Stutzman
Laini Taylor
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Teffanie T. White (4)
Kenya Wright
Stephanie Wytovich

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Dragon's Honor by Michaela Kendrick

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

DRAGON'S HONOR

AUTHOR: Michaela Kendrick

DESCRIPTION:

The Warlord...

From high society banquets in the ice covered skyscrapers of New Arizona, to the most far-flung outposts at the edge of human-occupied space, everyone has heard of Ymir. The Alliance's reach is wide, and its soldiers are well trained, but there are always despots powerful enough to assert themselves, and Ymir has been one of the most notable failures of human history: a whole planet given over to a man known only as the Warlord.

The soldier…

Cade Williams was once a Dragon—the most elite fighting unit in known space. Precise, brutal, and unstoppable, they were a last resort in the lawless wastes of space colonization. But there was a price: in one horrific mission, Cade’s unit took down not only a slave trader, but an entire intergalactic carrier. Cade left and never looked back. Haunted by his past, he’s vowed never again to kill, never again to fight, and, filling jobs from dock worker to bartender, he’s managed to keep that vow. But Cade’s life is about to be turned upside down. Because when at last he runs out of options, his old friend Talon Rift appears out of nowhere. Talon, the man who ordered him to take down the carrier. Talon, who wants him to get back in the game. And when Cade won’t, Talon has a job opportunity he seems to know Cade can’t afford to pass up. Protect a woman. An innocent. Remarkably little chance of anything going wrong. And a man needs to eat.

And the trophy wife…

There are two problems: first, that Cade hates Aryn the moment he lays eyes on her; second, that he wants her like he’s never wanted anyone before in his life. Or make that three problems: Aryn’s fiancé is a weapons trafficker with a well-deserved reputation for being ruthless, and Aryn is about to get caught up in one of his schemes - one that will bring her back to the place she only just escaped...the mines of Ymir.

CHARACTERS:
Henry Cavill as CADE WILLIAMS

A former Dragon who has sworn never to take up arms again.

Astrid Berges-Frisbey as ARYN BERANEK
A former resistance fighter on Ymir, now married to Ellian Pallas

Julian McMahon as ELLIAN PALLAS
An arms trafficker supplying the Warlord of Ymir

Analeigh Tipton as SAMARA
A resistance fighter on Ymir, and Aryn's best friend

Tyler Hoechlin as TALON RIFT
A Dragon, and Cade's former commanding officer

Alice Braga as NYX
A Dragon




Raised on the Dragon Riders of Pern, Star Wars, Star Trek, and a whole bunch of historical romances, Michaela Kendrick grew up adoring the adventure of Science Fiction and the passion of a good love story. Filled with double crossing, grand romantic gestures, sarcasm, and plenty of heat, Michaela's books are just the sort of thing she wants to read herself!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CHALLENGE: Book Bingo 2016 at Girls, Guns, and Grimoires on Goodreads

CHALLENGES


I'm participating in Book Bingo 2016 at Girls, Guns, and Grimoires on Goodreads. I'll update my progress all this year. Below are the categories.

By the way, is it cheating if I use one of my books coming out next year to clear a square? ;)

Read: 3/16

1. With more than 500 pages
2. That has been on your TBR list for more than two years
3. With red on the cover - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
4. That has been recommended to you
5. You have borrowed
6. A genre that you have never read
7. A book with a lion, a witch or a wardrobe
8. A GG&G must read
9. That is not set on earth
10. Set in the past - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
11. With an animal on the cover
12. With less than 100 pages
13. Male POV
14. That scares you
15. That is romantic - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)
16. Set in the future

Thursday, December 17, 2015

BOOK: The First for Noelle: A Games of Love Expansion Pack (The Games of Love) by Deanna Dee

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THE FIRST FOR NOELLE (The Games of Love)

In her sixteenth year on Christmas, Noelle wants a true love.

Noelle Peterson is sixteen and never been kissed. She has her eye on Trey Sang, but she can barely talk to him, never mind anything else. With a little help from her best friend and her goofy cousin, can she work up the nerve to approach Trey? Will this Christmas bring the first (kiss for) Noelle?


Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena. She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life. The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that. She writes The Games of Love series, which includes her debut novel, Critical Hit-On, One Fling to Rule Them All, and Finish Him. The First for Noelle is part of A Games of Love Expansion Pack.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Codename: Night Witch (The Girls from Alcyone) by Cary Caffrey

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

"Here's my edition of CAST YOUR CHARACTERS. Benedict Cumberbatch? Carice van Houten? Michelle Yeoh? Come on! This one's a slam dunk." - Cary Caffrey

CODENAME: NIGHT WITCH (The Girls from Alcyone)

AUTHOR: Cary Caffrey

DESCRIPTION: I like to think of Codename: Night Witch as a love story. A love story with guns. And stabbing weapons.

Night Witch continues the story of an incredible heroine, Sigrid Novak, a five-foot one (and one half inch, thank you) powerhouse of a character.

The story begins with Sigrid waking to find herself a prisoner in an abandoned research facility. She doesn't know where she is, or how she got there. She doesn't even know if her lover - who she last saw bleeding to death on the field of battle - is even alive. What Sigrid soon discovers is that many, many years have passed since the events of Bellatrix (book two). The world she awakens to is not the place she left. This is a world embroiled in war. Tens of thousands of the Federation's ruling elite are dead, major military facilities destroyed. With every corporate enclave that falls, the legend grows. They call her the Night Witch. A champion to some, a nightmare for others. Wherever she goes, death is soon to follow.

No one knows who this Night Witch is, though Sigrid is starting to suspect.

Lost and alone, and with only the voices in her head for company, Sigrid sets out to learn the truth, and to settle a deadly score once and for all.

CHARACTERS:
Elle Fanning as (teenage) SIGRID NOVAK
Adelaide Clemens as (adult) SIGRID NOVAK

Sigrid: The love child of Lt. Commander Worf and Buffy Summers.

Rila Fukushima as SUKO TANSHO
Every hero needs her champion. Suko will always have Sigrid's back.

Michelle Yeoh as LADY HITOMI KIMURA
Is there anyone else who could play the brilliant matriarch of Alcyone? Hell no!

Benedict Cumberbatch as HARRY JONES
The ultimate puppet master, and the only person crazy enough (or capable enough) to try to capture Sigrid, and to control her and use her for his own purposes. I'm already loving Benedict in this role.

Orla Brady as EMILY GILLINGS-JONES
We never really knew what was driving Harry to do the things he did. At least, not until we met Emily. Villainess, or the real hero of the story? You decide.

Carice van Houten as LADY GODELIEVE VAN DE BERG
The "Red Woman" as the magistrate? Slam dunk casting choice! Bloodthirsty, cold and calculating, the magistrate of the Consortium is the ultimate bureaucrat. Who better to play her than the awesome Carice.

Michael Cudlitz as JAFFER
Not the simple transport driver he might seem.

BONUS CASTING:
Peter Cushing as BERNAT WEREME (aka Smith/Harry Jones)
Lets' face it. Peter Cushing, circa 1965, would have killed it as Harry Jones.

Cary Caffrey is the author of the best selling Girls from Alcyone trilogy. When not staring at blank pages and blinking cursors, Cary can always be found devouring all things pop culture. Current obsessions include Jessica Jones, Lara Croft and, for better or for worse, Star Wars. Has JJ ever made a good movie? We're about to find out.