Friday, February 05, 2016

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

BOOKS

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

ARTICLES


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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at Goodreads.



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Thursday, January 07, 2016

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

ARTICLES


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

BOOKS

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

BOOKS

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 fiancĂ© 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

BOOKS


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.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

SOUR CANDY

AUTHOR: Kealan Patrick Burke

DESCRIPTION: At first glance, Phil Pendelton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to eat candy whenever he wants and set his own bedtimes. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.

CHARACTERS:
Rami Malek as PHIL PENDLETON
Phil is an average guy, average looks, average job, and he's perfectly fine with the status quo. An unwillingness to be a father cost him his first marriage. His refusal to accept the strange child who appears from nowhere claiming to be his son might cost him everything else.

Noah Wiseman as ADAM PENDLETON
Although Phil sees this "cuckoo child" as an invasive force in his life, there is little that's outwardly sinister about the young boy. He simply wants to be treated like any other child, even if behind it all, he isn't one.

Jimmy Smits as DETECTIVE CORTEZ
Cortez is a good cop with a lousy homelife and it has given him a harder edge when dealing with people than is necessary, though sometimes the light breaks through and he feels empathy, especially when dealing with a man who claims his son is an imposter. Cortez's instincts are so fine-tuned that he knows all is not what it appears to be.

Carla Gugino as DETECTIVE MARSH
If her partner Cortez is hard-edged, then Detective Marsh is a guillotine and one can only hazard a guess at the life she has endured that has made her so outwardly hostile to pretty much everyone. There exists in her a certain emotional cavity that makes her open to influence, and not of the good kind.

Alex Essoe as LORI
Lori is everything to Phil that his ex-wife wasn't, the typical adventurous free spirit lonely men seek out after a turbulent divorce. She is young, successful, ambitious, playful...which makes it all the more tragic when their lives together are altered by inexplicable forces.

Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and editor of four acclaimed anthologies.

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few.

In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox 360, PS4, and PC), and road-trip enthusiast.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.

Monday, November 09, 2015

INTERVIEW: Tomahawk Talk Where Are They Now: Heidi Ruby MIller

INTERVIEWS


I am the featured alum for Uniontown Area High School's newspaper in the Where Are They Now column. It's a nice look back at who I was then and who I am in 2015. Much thanks to The Tomahawk Talk and Christina Hebda!

Here's a sneak peek:

TT: How would you describe yourself in five words or less?

HRM: “Living well on my terms”

TT: Do you have any advice for seniors here at UHS, or any of the underclassman?
HRM: “I believe that an optimistic person is a magnet for pleasurable experiences. So work on developing a positive attitude now to save you from bitterness later.”




Thursday, November 05, 2015

BOOK: Firefly (Ice Born: Book One) by P. M. Pevato

BOOKS

FIREFLY (Ice Born: Book One)

Most residents of the quiet alpine town of Snow Valley would scoff at the idea of witches in their midst, yet a deadly war rages beneath the surface as witch hunters stalk the local coven.

The hunted—a coven of teen witches just emerging into their full talents. The hunters—a family of immortal witch hunters assigned to assimilate, infiltrate, and eliminate the coven.

Teenage witch Emeranne Goode, or Ems, has a recurring dream in which she follows her beloved fireflies as they shimmer and dance toward the forest. She finds a boy, lying on the ground but sees only his gray eyes glowing a silvery sheen at night.

Witch hunter Bennett Bassett remembers nothing of his mortal life. Torn between his human values, buried deep within, and his heartless duties as a witch hunter, Bennett and his family hold the fate of the Snow Valley Coven in their hands.

Ems and Bennett’s growing affection for one another is doomed from the start: she is the hunted and he is the hunter. Can they survive impossible odds and opposing forces, forces determined to keep them apart?

In the tiny alpine Village of Snow Valley, the dark forest holds many secrets, secrets of unsolved murders and shocking betrayals.

The first book in an exciting series, Secrets of Snow Valley, Firefly peels away the layers of secrets hidden within the sleepy little alpine valley to reveal the dark histories and solve the even darker mysteries that lie beneath the surface and pit the coven and their protectors against the witch hunters.

~~

A flâneur at heart, P. M. Pevato constantly seeks new experiences whilst strolling down the boulevards of life. Along this journey, the author earned degrees from Dalhousie Law School and the London School of Economics.


Wednesday, November 04, 2015

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Finish Him (The Games of Love) by Deanna Dee

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

FINISH HIM (The Games of Love)

AUTHOR: DEANNA DEE

DESCRIPTION:Round One, FLIRT

Sonya Black never expected a petty sibling quarrel could lead to her sister being drugged. Overcome with guilt, Sonya vows to bring the jerk to justice. When she dives into her own investigation, she lands belly up in the company of Jaxon Nyles, the security guard who may have all the answers.

But being a detective isn’t as easy as Sonya thinks. On top of that, Jaxon always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Is he a suspect, or is he falling for her? More important, is she falling for him?

The round has begun. Who will flirt? Who will win? Will hearts break in the process?

CHARACTERS:
Holland Roden as SONYA BLACK
Sonya is the leading lady of Finish Him. She doesn’t trust easily and starts out making snap judgments. She gets better, though, and if you ever wanted someone in your corner, Sonya’s your girl.

Dave Franco as JAXON NYLES
Jaxon is the leading man. He’s strong (both physically and otherwise), dependable, and kind. He’s got a thing for helping people, and he’s cute, too. Where Sonya’s all sharp edges, Jaxon’s more pliable. It works for them.

Emma Stone as BETHANY BLACK
Bethany is Sonya’s party-happy older sister who has three kids and more skimpy clothes than anyone could ever need. She’s actually not very nice to Sonya at all, but read on. Things may not be as they seem, after all.

Logan Lerman as PARKER PETERSON
Parker is Sonya’s closest male friend. He’s the oddball among oddballs. He’s the geek the geeks are a little embarrassed of. But they keep him around because, under all the weird, there’s a heart of gold and a guy who’d do anything for his friends. He’s kind of Sonya’s partner in anti-crime in Finish Him, and the two make a great team in a completely platonic manner.

Kat Dennings (if she dyed a chunk of her hair purple and went goth) as DAWN DELTA-RAY
Dawn is the combat boot-wearing, motorcycle-riding, black belt-wearing girl. She’s the one you send in when you need an ass kicked. Despite her tough exterior, Dawn, like Parker, has a bit of a mushy center (though, don’t tell her I said that).

~~

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.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Linda Ciletti

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


LINDA CILETTI

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I love all my characters, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Draegon in “Draegon’s Lair”. His external struggle is life-threatening. His internal struggle is palpable. Throughout the story, his lady ward teaches him to see himself as he truly is and not what he thinks he is. My heart actually hurt for him, but I knew it would all turn out okay. (smiles)


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Especially in colder weather. I love to sit down with a good book, a cup of hot tea, and a piece of fudge, lady lock, or cookie (none of which I need.) and read. I do recommend not holding your teacup in bed while reading. After nodding off and dumping an entire cup of tea on my white down comforter, I have since learned to sip, then sit the cup on the nightstand before turning the page.


4. What else can you do besides write?
So many things and so little. I was an educational program coordinator for many years until budget cuts did away with my position. I used to oil paint, sketch, and play guitar. I like to sing, though not professionally, and will do so for a small audience on very rare occasions. I’m happy when I’m being creative. Writing is one creative outlet for me. Another is being a merchant in a virtual world. My store is called Chez Fayre (my avatar is named Fayre), and through her I create virtual clothing for medi-fantasy role players (Victorian, medieval, gypsy, elven, fairy, hobbit, and some beach wear). I also create peasant and highborn medieval furnishings, beach house furnishings, Victorian furnishing, fantasy dwellings, and the occasional avatar. It’s fun, it’s time consuming, and it’s very addictive.


5. Who are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished reading “For My Lady’s Heart” by Laura Kinsale. This is an older book of hers that I’m re-reading because I love the characters, the torn hero, and the strong medieval prose and dialog. Writing and reading is all about the characters for me.


6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Sex scenes are the scenes I struggle with most because I want them to fall naturally in the story, I want them real and not mechanical, and I want them full of emotion, which is more important to me than the actual coupling. How much is too much? How much is too little? I know I can’t please everyone, so I write them to please myself and hope I’ve found just the right balance. I absolutely will not insert one just to up the sex scene count. The characters tell me when it’s time.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. The inspiration for two of my books came from music. “Dream of the Archer” was inspired by a song of the same name by Abba. Funny how one can take a minute and a half song and turn it into a full length novel. My current WIP was inspired by the music of Cast in Bronze. He plays the carillon (a medieval bell instrument) at Renaissance Faires, as well as other places. One year I was enjoying faire food for lunch (my favorite soup in a bread bowl) and listening to him play. Suddenly I was struck. I quickly pulled a small note pad from my purse and frantically began jotting down tiny indecipherable notes. I found (and still find) his music fantastical, and so “Faerie Dust” was born. I hope to have it out soon. The first of a faerie fantasy series.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
The biggest influence on my work has been my own heart and all the romantic fairytales I’d read as a child. I’m still a knight in shining armor and damsel in distress kind of person, though sometimes the damsel saves the knight.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Linda Ciletti grew up in the wonderful city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where weekly visits to the public library taught her the value of the written word and filled her with a love of fiction and fairytales. Linda now lives in a quaint cottage in the beautiful Western Pennsylvania suburbs. She writes in the genres of romantic historical (medieval), contemporary, time travel, and fantasy. Her medieval, Draegon’s Lair, won an Epic Award for best historical romance. Other novels by Linda include Knight Stalker (contemporary time travel) and Dream of the Archer (historical time travel). Her poems and photographs have been featured in The Loyalhanna Review literary magazine and her sole foray into horror, “The Hunger”, has been both podcasted and published in the anthology, The Wickeds. All books are available on Amazon. When not serving the writing muse, Linda immerses herself in illustration, creation of virtual world content, and book cover design. You can visit Linda at lindaciletti.net.

Alys de Monceux, betrothed to a cruel and ruthless lord, runs to save herself from further abuse and to protect the secret that she carries. But when she finds herself wounded and without memory in the keep of a man who dares not show his face, will she find the peace and love her heart desires? Or will this strange and foreboding lord return her to the man she fears?

Draegon of Greystone stays hid beneath hood and helm, concealing a face he is sure others will fear. Content to live in a world of shadows, his secure existence is suddenly threatened when he rescues and hides Alys from her pursuer, the evil Knighthawk, Bastion of Worthingshire. But can Draegon save Alys without endangering his people when Bastion’s powerful army tracks her to the small demesne of Greystone? And can a love he never dreamt possible give Draegon the strength to fight against a foe determined to destroy them both?

Rachael’s son, Timmy, wakes from nightmares about a killer knight--dark dreams made all too real when a knight appears in a flash of light and finds his way to Rachael’s doorstep.

Michel of Banesford loses all that he knows when he stalks a ruthless killer into the future, but its not until he meets Rachael and her young son that he understands the true potential for loss.

Damian’s loyalty to King Richard and Robyn Hode marks him an outlaw. A label he cares naught about. All he wants is the return of his lands and revenge on the brother of Nottingham’s Sheriff for the horrific death of his betrothed. He will not risk another such loss. Damian has vowed to love none but the angel in his dreams. She, he can love. She was not real.

Cast back in time to 1192 Sherwood Forest, Lenore wants only to find her friend, Jack, and get back home to the future where she can ponder how to raise enough money to pay the taxes on the ranch she’d inherited from her grandfather.

However, when Damian's dream becomes reality, even the best laid plans can fall asunder. Both know a union between them will only lead to heartache and death. But the attraction is too great to resist.

Some things are worth dying for.