Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Monarch by James Soren, Promo




 


Title:  The Monarch:  A Thriller

Author:  Jack Soren
Genre:  Thriller 18+
Publication Date:  December 2, 2014
Publisher:  WitnessImpulse, an imprint of HarperCollins

~ Synopsis ~

When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from crime, from life as The Monarch, from an early grave. But when The Monarch’s signature symbol resurfaces carved into the mutilated bodies of New York’s elite, Jonathan realizes his retirement might’ve been short-lived. Someone is framing The Monarch for horrific slayings. But Jonathan and his former partner Lew know this isn’t just murder—it’s a message. Now caught in a deadly game against a fanatic madman whose reach penetrates the darkest corners of the globe, Jonathan and Lew have no choice but to play along. But when Jonathan’s daughter becomes a pawn, all bets are off. To win this game, Jonathan and Lew will have to accept one final task as The Monarch—a job that could change the course of history forever.

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12 Things I learned writing THE MONARCH
 
12 - You need to write through the tough days
Some days the words come like feeding a bowling ball through a urethra -- you just want it over. Those days, when 500 words seems like a dream, it's really easy to think about closing the laptop and walking away. Maybe forever. But you have to power through. Because a few days later when you're racking up three and four thousand words, it's easy to forget that if you hadn't powered through those tough days you never would have gotten to the salad days. Or the meat days. Or whatever.
11 - Plans are for cowards
This one doesn't apply to everyone, but hell yeah it applies to me and was the case while writing THE MONARCH. When it's all planned out and you know where you're headed a month down the line, the spark is gone for me. Half of writing for me is discovery, letting your characters and your story lead you. Sure, sometimes you end up in an alley wearing a pair of assless chaps beside a guy named Bubba, but I think it's worth it.
Joss Whedon, writer and director extraordinaire, said something in the Director's Commentary for his movie Serenity. It's early in the movie, when the Operative is interrogating the boob who let Simon and River get away. As the Operative pulls out a sword, Joss Whedon says "I didn't even know he had a sword until he pulled it out." That one sentence changed a lot of writing for me.
10 - Software doesn't matter
Everyone -- and I mean everyone -- has their favorite way of writing. A type of pen, a kind of chair or the software program they use. And for the latter, writers seem bound and determined to convert the masses to their secret revelation. "If you're books sucks you just need to user Evernote or Scrivener or Notepad." But here's the little secret I learned: none of it matters.
When you're in the zone and not really looking at the screen, but through it, watching the book/movie in your head unfold, you don't even know what you're using to get it all down. Now, by all means, use whatever works for you. But leave everyone else alone. Use your magical program and get the work done.
9 - Life will ALWAYS get in the way
"I'd love to write a book, but I've got this thing next Wednesday.  But after that..."  That was me. I spent years waiting for that magical block of time when I had absolutely nothing else to do. Thing is, you're ALWAYS going to have something to do. The old adage "you don't find time to write, you make it" is about the best advice ever uttered. (Insert cow joke.)
I was working a full time job while I wrote THE MONARCH, not to mention raising an 11-year-old daughter by myself. I made the time. Every morning after taking my daughter to school I'd slam my butt into my Lazyboy, open my Thinkpad and crank out at least 1,000 words before I'd go to work.  The fear of getting in trouble at work actually made me write faster some mornings.  Pretty soon I was finding time at night to write as well. "I'm always tired anyways, I might as well be a tired guy with a book under his belt."
8 - Your worst enemy are the people you care about
The first thing friends and family would say to me when I'd tell them that I'd been writing every day for over a month was "That's amazing!". The second thing was "You deserve a break! Let's go golfing!"  Newsflash, while you're writing the world keeps turning.  They mean well, but you have to let them know what you're doing isn't a burden.  To be honest, I'd rather be writing than just about anything. Especially the way I golf.
7 - Book is boss
When THE MONARCH really took off for me was when I realized it was in charge. This is related to not planning too much, or at least not viewing your plan as gospel. Sometimes your book wants to go in a direction you didn't even think of -- that character who simply won't leave a room usually is trying to tell you he still needs to do something before he leaves. Ease up on the controls, lean back and say "Show me".
6 - Timezones were created to make writers crazy
THE MONARCH crosses about every time zone there is. With all the concurrent threads I was wrangling it made keeping track of what day it was and if it was day or night a, well, nightmare. I finally ended up creating a spreadsheet to help me keep things in check. But even that got hairy from time to time. Add in trying to figure out if daylight savings time was in effect for the time of year I was in and you have a recipe for hair yanking.  The sequel DEAD LIGHTS isn't much better, but I'm a little more prepared for the insanity this time -- all my hair is already gone.
5 - Nobody cares about the vegetation
You know all that research you did on the flora and fauna of your locales? Yeah, throw that away. What this all boils down to is that those pesky readers have imaginations. If you're trying to describe every footstep and glance/look/gaze of your characters you're taking the opportunity away from your readers to use their wonderful imaginations. It's the reason that when your favorite book is made into a movie it never turns out the way you want. What you're seeing is the Director's vision -- one person.
I learned after some feedback that you just had to sketch the picture edges for your readers.  They'll bring the paint and markers. This is actually liberating once you embrace it.
4 - One foot in front of the other, bruddah
A novel is a MASSIVE thing, a huge undertaking. Thinking about it as a whole all the time will make you crazy -- thousands of words, hundreds of scenes, scores of characters. Thinking about the entire book at once makes you wonder how anyone ever finished a novel. THE MONARCH was no different. The first draft was 160,000 words. If I'd thought about it all at once I would have spent most of the time whimpering in the corner and throwing cheese doodles at my laptop.
There are definitely times when you need to think about the whole thing, but most of the time you should just think about the scene you're writing. Maybe even just the sentence you're writing.  It makes it digestible. Anybody can write one scene, right?  There, one scene done.
Now do it again.
3 - You won't die before you finish
This is apparently something that many writers suffer from at some point. For me, it was when I was about 3/4's done. I could see the end and I was sure I'd die before I got there. Sometimes it was a heart attack. Sometimes it was a car crash. One time it was a sudden plague of raining great white sharks.  But I survived. And so will you.
2 - Everyone knows how THEY wrote a novel
When you run into trouble or start to have doubts, it's common to seek out help. For a novelist, that means talking to other writers, reading books on writing and blogs. Something I learned pretty quickly was that everyone knows how THEY wrote their book and what works for THEM. Thing is, everybody's different.  Unique -- or in the case of writers, uniquely bent. What worked for one writer has a very low chance that it will work for you. And most writers, it seems, have no idea how they do what they do. And they don't want to know. They're superstitious that if they look at it too closely, the magic will go away.
There are some principles and approaches you can try, or philosophies you can adopt, but for the most part you need to roll your own. Books that did help me while writing THE MONARCH were:
On Writing by Stephen King
Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction by Patricia Highsmith
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
Blogs and Websites that helped me were:
Chuck Wendig's blog  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/
Kill Zone, the joint blog by 11 thriller writers  http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.ca/
Alexandra Sokoloff's blog  http://www.screenwritingtricks.com/

1 - Finishing the book is just the start
I'll never forget the day I typed THE END for THE MONARCH. It was elating. I immediately printed the book out, took a picture and posted it on facebook. (Yes, my book has a selfie.) But I was so far from where I am today it wouldn’t recognize itself.  The next step was revision. A LOT of revision. Then agent submissions. And rejections. And more editing. And query letter writing. And agent blog reading. And more editing. But, until you type THE END, you won't have anything to edit, or mail, or whine about. Get it done and embrace the next phase. While you start writing another book.
Cause there's always more tales.
 
 

~ About the Author ~

JACK SOREN was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Before becoming a thriller novelist, Soren wrote software manuals, waited tables, drove a cab and spent six months as a really terrible private investigator. He lives in the Toronto area.  

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Shadow Box Book Event by Travis Luedke, Rob Cornell, Sean T. Poindexter, M. Joseph Murphy, Andrew Butcher, Shane KP O'Neill, Simon Okill, Steven Ramirez, Craig Schaefer, Kristopher Norris

Explore The Dark Side of Urban FantasyParanormal Suspense

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  Ride the cutting edge of dark fantasy in this unique collection of fast-paced, gritty, suspenseful thrillers. Filled with black magic, vampire trailer trash, werewolves, sorcerers, assassins, clairvoyants, zombie draggers, and old-school gothic horror, a sure bet for fans of paranormal suspense.  

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 Travis Luedke , Rob CornellSean T. PoindexterM. Joseph MurphyAndrew ButcherShane KP O'NeillSimon OkillSteven RamirezCraig SchaeferKristopher Norris

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    Darker Things
DARKER THINGS by Rob Cornell
Release Date: 2011

 Fifteen years have passed since Craig Lockman worked for a shadowy agency fighting monsters most think exist only in nightmares. A mysterious teen girl arrives at his door with his fiercest enemy on her tail. Now he must protect the daughter he never knew from the dark world he thought he left behind.
~Synopsis~
Craig Lockman—no one had called him that in fifteen years.
 
Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.
 
Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she's his daughter.
 
Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he's attacked by a black-ops team of assassins. But these aren't ordinary killers—they're heavily armed vampires sent by his most hated enemy.
 
Forced on the run, Lockman protects his daughter from an onslaught of horrors while searching for who betrayed him and why. The investigation leads him to Detroit, where he unwittingly sets a plan into motion that could trigger a paranormal apocalypse and cost him his soul.

About the Author

Rob Cornell   Rob Cornell is the author of eight novels and several short stories. He is best known for the urban fantasy series, The Lockman Chronicles, featuring ex-government agent turned paranormal vigilante, Craig Lockman. He has also penned three mystery novels about private-eye and karaoke bar owner, Ridley Brone, as well as a stand-alone thriller, Red Run. Rob's latest release is Saving Sasha Brown, a Ridley Brone mystery. The fifth book in The Lockman Chronicles is due out soon.

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MOTH by Sean Poindexter
Release Date: August 3, 2014

Social worker Max Hollingsworth is no stranger to monsters. Supernatural or human, he's faced all kinds. But when he's called upon to investigate a missing child, he may have met his match.  

~Synopsis~
Social worker Max Hollingsworth is no stranger to monsters. Supernatural or human, he's faced all kinds. But when he's called upon to investigate a missing child, he may have met his match.

Children are vanishing, not just from the streets, but from their parents' memories. Max's investigation leads him to a gang of neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. There, he comes face to face with the deadliest enemy he's ever met, their charismatic and powerful leader Boone.

Running low on hope and options to find the missing children, Max turns to his friends for help. But even they aren't enough. Forced to face the darkness of his own past, Max forges an alliance with the least likely ally of all.An enemy whose cruelty was almost his end, and haunts him s till.
For mature readers, 18+.

About the Author

Sean Poindexter Author picThough born in Mesa,Arizona, Sean has spent most of his life in Missouri. After college, Sean went into social and investigative work, primarily with disabled adults and seniors. Sean’s background in sociology, criminology, and philosophy and his experience as an investigator for the State of Missouri, are heavy influences in his writing. While Sean has been writing most of his life, he did not consider doing so professionally until he was inspired by a terrible vampire movie. During the film, Sean amused himself by imagining the vampires being attacked by a dragon. His imagination resulted in his series, The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles, featuring dragons and vampires. Sean enjoys watching and reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers. His hobbies include playing Xbox, fantasy role playing games and collecting firearms. Moth is Book 1 of The Max Hollingsworth Paranormal Mysteries. Sean’s other books include The Shadow of Tiamat and The Will of the Darkest One, both from The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles.

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THE SHEPHERD by Travis Luedke
Release Date: September 27, 2013

After saving a mysterious girl from a hit and run, 16 yr. old Mike Evans soon finds his life spiraling out of control. Facing clairvoyant visions of grisly death, Mike struggles to avert disaster and make his way through the chaos.

~Synopsis ~
Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation...
THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.
For me, Mike Evans, a skate punk living in a white-trash trailer park, high school blows.
My dad's an out-of-work drunk. My ex-girlfriend avoids me like the plague. My best friend, Anita, won't keep her hands off me...then there's Moses Lake's champion wrestler. The a-hole is waiting for an excuse to beat my face into the skate park concrete.
Worse, my visions of grisly death are back again, and if I tell anyone what I've seen I might actually cause these terrible events to happen.
I'm in way over my head, and Natasha? The girl I rescued from a hit-and-run? The girl who's stalking me nightly and climbing through my window? There's something seriously wrong with that girl.
Sharp, witty, dark and gritty, The Shepherd is a paranormal thriller for all ages. Get your copy now!

About the Author

Travis LuedkeTravis Luedke is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, best known for his violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES. Travis can be found catching a third degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, while arm-wrestling a bottle of red wine. Though often defeated by merlot and shiraz, he never gives up the fight.

 As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: T he Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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        Council of Peacocks - Smaller
COUNCIL OF PEACOCKS by M. Joseph Murphy
Release Date: June 2013

 A band of misfit, half-demon teenagers join the ruthless, immortal Wisdom, to stop The Council of Peacocks. The Council, a secret society of sorcerers, has plotted for centuries, and now the time has come for Activation – a hostile takeover of Earth.

~ Synopsis ~
There is a dark world, hidden in plain sight, filled with vengeful djinn and shadowy demons. The Council of Peacocks, a secret society of sorcerers, has plotted for centuries. And now the time has come for Activation - a hostile takeover of Earth.
A band of misfit, half-demon teenagers with extraordinary powers join Wisdom, an immortal wizard, to stop The Council. They are trained to stop the Council and their army of reptilians. But there’s something that Wisdom doesn’t know. The Council is no longer working alone. If Wisdom and his students cannot stop The Council, the world as they know it will cease to exist.
This is the first installment of M Joseph Murphy's exciting paranormal thriller series.

About the Author

  M Joseph MurphyJoseph Murphy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his geekdom at an early age. He read X-Men comics from at the age of 8 and it only went downhill from there.

As a teenager, he wrote short stories and wanted to be the next Stephen King. Instead of horror, however, he kept writing fantasy stories.After surviving high school as a goth with a purple mohawk, he studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

When not writing, Joseph works as Lead Accounting instructor at a local college. He lives in Windsor, ON (right across the stream from Detroit, Michigan) with his husband, two cats, and shy-but-friendly ghost.

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      A Death Displaced
A DEATH DISPLACED by Andrew Butcher
Release Date: June 14, 2014

When Nicolas Crystan unexpectedly sees the future, he acts fast to save Juliet Maystone from a fatal accident, unintentionally "displacing" her–giving her the power to see ghosts. Together, they must use their newfound abilities to unravel a mystery more connected to Nicolas than he ever imagined ...

~Synopsis~
A woman fated to die. A vis ion that could s ave her ...
Nicolas Crystan, struggling to cope with his traumatic past, shuffles through life keeping mostly to himself ... until he has a disturbing daydream of a woman's death. At first he tries to forget it, but when real life mimics the daydream, he realises it was no ordinary fantasy--it was a vision of the future. To save a life, he must act fast.
When Juliet Maystone escapes death, defying fate, she becomes 'displaced' in this world.All she wants is to return to her bustling day-to-day routine, successfully running her own business, but as hard as she tries, she can't ignore that things have changed for her. She has to face up to the fact that being 'displaced' comes with an unexpected ability.
On Lansin Island, a quaint place with a dark history of its own, Nicolas and Juliet must learn to use their newfound abilities and work together to unravel a mystery more connected to Nicolas than he could ever have imagined ...

 About the Author

Andrew ButcherAndrew Butcher lives in England with his family and partner. When he's not writing he loves to watch TV series and read paranormal and fantasy books. Writing is what he wants to do as a career, and it makes him happy to know that other people are enjoying his books.

 The genres he writes in are paranormal suspense, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal mystery, and paranormal romance.

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        Bound By Blood cover
BOUND BY BLOOD by Shane KP O’Neill
Release Date: Dec. 1, 2012

Vlad Dracula: ruler, tyrant, warlord, and champion of the Catholic faith, is seized by Lucifer in his moment of death and becomes a monster, born of Darkness. Vlad is charged with destroying the institution of the Catholic Church, to help turn man against God so that Lucifer may finally return to Heaven and end all of mankind.  
~Synopsis~
As his moment of death looms, Dracula suffers the ultimate betrayal. The champion of the Catholic faith in Eastern Europe realises there is no place in Heaven for him. It is Lucifer who comes to claim him, though he does not want Dracula's soul.
Instead, he bites into Dracula’s neck and then offers his own blood to drink. Dracula suffers his mortal death, but he re- awakens and suffers a startling metamorphosis, becoming a monster born of Darkness. Immortalised with Lucifer's blood coursing through his veins, the two are bound by blood for eternity. Lucifer has groomed him for this day, and lays out the task before him.
Dracula is to destroy the institution of that which he has championed. By bringing down the Catholic Church, he can undo the Crucifixion and turn man against God once more. If he succeeds, then Lucifer will ascend again to Heaven and signal the end for all mankind.

About the Author

Shane ONeilShane KP O'Neill is the writer of The Dracula Chronicles, a new and exciting series adding a fresh dimension to the Dracula legend, which combines the real historical Vlad Dracula with a new and different version of Dracula the vampire. He has released the series in two arcs, one that follows Dracula the man and the other following Dracula the vampire.
The author developed a fascination with Dracula from an early age. Like many others he was enthralled by Christopher Lee's portrayal of him on the big screen. It was in his late teens that he discovered Dracula the man and the love affair began from there. An avid lover of history, he studied the period in which the real historical Vlad Dracula lived, 15th Century Balkan, for many years. It followed from there then that with his love of writing he would always choose Dracula as his subject. He built a concept and premise where he could accommodate both Dracula the vampire and Dracula the man.
Away from writing, the author has a wide range of interests. He reads a lot of books from a wide variety of authors, hough his main interest lies in the horror genre. His love of books is matched only by his love of the countryside and of course, his family. As an added note, he has lived and travelled all over the world. He has a love for all things historical, with a particular fascination for medieval Europe. Anywhere he travels, he likes to search out locations with an historical interest and will always hunt for the ruins of an old castle before heading to the beach.

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      Luna_Sanguis_Cover_Full_Resolution
LUNA SANGUIS by Simon Okill
Release Date: July 11th 2013

 A mysterious woman awakes in an asylum in France, 1925, with amnesia. As her memory is restored she reveals her true vampiric nature and unleashes a bloody nightmare that might destroy all humanity.
~Synopsis~
Paris 1925. A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state. But she is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created who needs her pure blood to stay alive. She escapes but he follows her scent and massacres all who dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.
She awakens in a tiny room, trapped and defenceless with amnesia. Something buried deep yearns to be set free by the next full moon – her Eternal Birthday. Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison.
Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a handsome young doctor treating her. But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.

About the Author

Simon OkillParanormal author Simon Okill lives in a South Wales coastal town with his wife where he is currently writing about the crazy adventures of Phantom Bigfoot and his tribe of Bigfoot Babes. Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again is book one of a YA adventure Phantom Bigfoot Series, followed by Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes From Venus and book 3 is Phantom Bigfoot & The Haunted House. Simon has also written two other books, all available on Amazon - Luna Sanguis and Luna Aeturnus, dark Gothic romance set in France 1925. Due out Dec 6th is Murder Most Deadly a serial killer horror set in Cornwall and Wales and with its tongue firmly set in its cheek.

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TELL ME WHEN I’M DEAD by Steven Ramirez
Release Date: August 26, 2013

 When a contagion decimates the town of Tres Marias, recovering alcoholic Dave Pulaski, his wife, Holly, and a group of armed soldiers and civilians must find a way to survive.  

~Synopis~
Thanks to a beautiful, strong-willed woman named Holly, recovering alcoholic Dave Pulaski is getting his life back. Then a contagion decimates the town of Tres Marias, turning the victims into shrieking flesh-eaters. Now Dave, Holly and a group of armed soldiers and civilians must find a way to survive. But Dave is THIS CLOSE to drinking again. A woman he cheated with is after him—even though she’s no longer human. T he hordes of undead are growing and security forces are outnumbered. Hell has arrived in Tres Marias.
“Tell Me When I’m Dead” is the story of an antihero who must come to terms with all of the mistakes he has ever made. Faced with the most terrifying situation imaginable, he must decide whether to die drunk or stay alive and fight for those he cares about most. And he must learn that strength alone is never enough—you also need Faith.

 

About the Author

Steven - Friendly (Pressi)Steven Ramirez is the author of Books One and Two of THE DEAD SERIES, “Tell Me When I’m Dead” and “Dead Is All You Get.” He has also published a number of short stories, as well as a children’s book, and he wrote the screenplay for the horror-thriller film ‘Killers.’ To hear about new releases, visit stevenramirez.com. Steven lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.      

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THE LONG WAY DOWN by Craig Schaefer
 Release Date: 2014

 The death of a porn star leads sorcerer Daniel Faust down a rabbit hole of conspiracy and madness. For the first time, black magic and bullets might not be enough to save him from the brink of damnation.  
~Synopsis ~
Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control.
Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human. T hen there's Caitlin: brilliant, beautiful, and the lethal right hand of a demon prince.
A man named Faust should know what happens when you rub shoulders with demons. Still Daniel can't resist being drawn to Caitlin's flame as they race to unlock the secret of the Etruscan Box, a relic that people all over town are dying -- and killing -- to get their hands on. As the bodies drop and the double-crosses pile up, Daniel will need every shred of his wits, courage and sheer ruthlessness just to survive.
Daniel Faust knew he was standing with one foot over the brink of hell. He's about to find out just how far he can fall.
 

About the Author

  Schaefer+BioBy the time he was four years old, Craig Schaefer knew he wanted to be a writer. He also wanted to be an astronaut, a private eye, and a fire truck, so nobody paid much attention. Other passions came and went with age, but the love of writing remained. He cut his teeth on the crime thrillers of Elmore Leonard and Richard Stark, which may explain a thing or two about the person he is today.
Exploring other genres he soon latched onto horror and weird fiction, falling hard for the worlds of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft. The books of the Daniel Faust series are written in honor of all the writers who shaped him, blending gangsters, guns and black magic in a manner not unlike, he hopes, chocolate and peanut butter.
Research for the Faust novels has led Craig down some curious alleys -- sometimes literally -- and to conversations with interesting and occasionally frightening people. His reference bookshelf, stocked with tomes covering the spectrum from criminology to demonology, has been variously described as "disturbing," "a bit eccentric," and "the reason I'm not dating that guy anymore."
While he considers Las Vegas his second home and visits every chance he gets, Craig presently lives in Joliet, Illinois, the home of the Blues Brothers. He dwells in what was once a turn of the century convent, though he has never seen the alleged (and obligatory) ghostly nuns. The pipes do rattle in the night, though, and if you're standing in just the right spot, they sound like the pitter-patter of children's feet rushing by on the floor just above you.
When he's not behind the keyboard, he can be found visiting Chicago's historic museums, haunting libraries for inspiration, and spending too much time gaming while he should be writing. He also dabbles in sleight of hand, though unlike Daniel Faust, he's not very good at it.

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        Blackjack
BLACKJACK by Kristopher Norris
Release Date: July 27, 2013

When Vincent Black, a gun for hire, is told vampires are all too real, he thinks it’s a joke. But soon he learns that he is not the most dangerous brand of hunter out there...  

~ Synopsis ~
 Vampires are all too real, he thinks it’s a joke. But soon he learns that he is not the most dangerous brand of hunter out there... Vincent is recruited by a secret society, known simply as The Guild, and is rushed off to England. Soon after landing their convoy is attacked and William, Vincent’s recruiter, is taken hostage. Forced to find allies in some of the most unlikely of places, Vincent and his fellow hunters, aren’t stopping until William is returned. Fangs, fur, and bullets are going to fly while Vincent fights to find his place in the world of the paranormal.      

About the Author

K.NorrisKristopher Norris was raised in a military family and now has a daughter of his own. They live outside Omaha, Ne.  

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Spotlight: The Deadliest Secret by Lauren Peyton






The Deadliest Secret by Lauren Peyton



Blurb





In Washington State there is an island dedicated to housing the most violent offenders the system ever sentenced. Gwen, the prison psychologist deals with many on a daily basis and puts herself in constant danger. Her duty to her job is tested when one inmate crosses the line.
Kody cannot stop himself, he is obsessed, he needs her, he wants her, and vows that he will have her. The body count rises around them, but when the secret she's held for so long comes to the surface will she be able to save those she loves? Will she even be able to save herself? The Deadliest Secret always has been hers, but will she survive it?
 



 Excerpt



“Bring me more news, Warden?” Gwen tried to joke with the warden. He seemed to loosen a bit around her, and his smile was slow spreading, yet genuine.

“More deviants, the world has gone to shit but at least we can make a few bucks off these poor saps.” He chuckled, a low and throaty sound. “Gwen, I wish you wouldn’t insist on seeing these bastards when they’re riled from transport.”

She shook her head. “Scott, I’ll be fine. I take self-defense classes and the guards are posted right at the door. Nothing will happen, trust in me and in my history.”

“Still don’t like it. But here, we got some real winners coming this week,” he said, his disgust at the new tenants obvious.

“Oh, interesting ones?” She felt some excitement at the thought of new faces and new problems to help with.

“We have sick fucks coming in. One guy works for some mob or gang or something. He’s a murderer, rapist, all around five star piece of shit.” He caught himself and turned a light flush when he realized she was a lady and was just looking at him. “I ah shi...shoot, Gwen, forgive the language. They are some real messed up men, very violent offenders.”

Gwen had to laugh a little at how her boss was suddenly red faced and scrambling to correct his foul language.

“Don’t worry, Scott, I forgive the language,” she said softly, while reaching for the files he was handing over.

“They aren’t the full files on that McQueen guy, you don’t need to have nightmares from the pictures. I want extra guards posted at your door. I will order that tonight.”

“Don’t, please. I don’t want any of them to get the satisfaction of thinking they scare me.” Gwen hated the idea of the men she worked with trying to always watch out for her more than they did each other just because she had breasts and a vagina.

Scott just looked at Gwen. He was going to have extra guards put at her door regardless of how much she objected to them. The guys coming in were dangerous no matter how much she wanted to ignore it or pretend they weren’t. They were killers and the newest batch were possibly some of the worst. He wondered where the world was heading to. This was not a good sign for the future.

“Gwen, I don’t like this,” Scott said to the young blonde woman he had come to respect the hell out of because she was tenacious and the only one who had balls enough to call him on his shit as well as take on the bastards in the prison.

“Then don’t think about it. This is my job, now go do yours so I can do mine.” She winked at her boss, making the situation just a bit lighter with a joke. She kept her gaze level and he shook his head before heading back to the door he came through.

“Just be careful, Gwen, you know you’re the heart of this place for a lot of us old fogies.” He looked back over his shoulder, then left.
 
 
 
 

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spotlight: Uncomplicated by Dawn Robertson and J.M. Walker


 
 



***Blurb***
Three days a week I work your everyday nine-to-five. The paperwork is never-ending. The pay is mediocre, and the office drama is simply intolerable. But the other four days a week, I am my own boss.
My name is Jennifer Sunshine and I am a Vegas Call Girl.
My clients range from frat boys on spring break to multimillionaire business men with stuffy wives and less than ideal equipment.
I don’t have a daddy-complex or some kind of sob story.
I don’t need the money, but it certainly is nice.
The only thing I crave is the exhilarating feeling I get from being in control of something. Anything.
My life is uncomplicated, simple even.
That was until he bulldozed his way into my life, and everything changed.
Overnight he made me realize how much I truly need him.
**** This book contains strong language and adult situations. 18+ ****



***Excerpt***

 The sound of laughter echoed through my apartment as Jennifer strolled into the vast living room. “Well, I’m glad...no...really, Nora. I am happy for

you.” I smiled, knowing she was talking about Nora and Dean. The guy had finally settled down. Not sure for how long, but whatever.

“No, I don’t think you’re crazy.” Jennifer stopped when she came into the dining room and saw me sitting at the table. She grinned and walked up to me before placing herself in my lap. I kissed her shoulder and wrapped my arms around her middle, breathing in the sweet scent of lavender.

She placed a peck on my mouth and frowned. “Nora, I’ll call you back.” She hung up the phone and threw it on the table. “What’s wrong?”

I didn’t know why I was surprised, but shock tore through me that she could tell something was off. “How do you know something’s wrong?”

She tapped lightly on my glasses. “I noticed that you only wear them before bed or when you have a headache. Clearly it’s too early for you to be getting ready for bed, so something has to be wrong.”

“Perceptive,” I mumbled.

“Talk to me. Please,” she pleaded, entwining our fingers.

I looked down at our joined hands in her lap. “I had a business meeting today.”

She nodded in encouragement.
“My brother was there.”
Jennifer gasped. “What? How the hell did that happen?”

I chuckled and sighed. “He’s a business associate of the guy that’s trying to buy my clubs from me, Antonio Conti.”

“He wants your clubs?”

I nodded. “They’re all over North America in prime locations. At first, I thought he wanted to work with me, but soon found out I was wrong.”

“Okay, but I sense something else is going on,” she said, running her other hand through the hair at my nape.

The touch, although small, eased the tension that had built in my body since seeing Yan that afternoon. “They threatened to go to you regarding my past if I didn’t sign over my clubs,” I said in one breath.

Jennifer frowned. “Your past?”

I looked away and nodded. “My clubs are legal. One hundred percent, but I have underground dealings with anything and everyone. You name it? I have my hand in it. But...” I looked up and met her blue gaze, and breathed a sigh of relief.

No judgment. No yelling and screaming on how much of a loser I was. She listened attentively to every word that left my mouth, and I think I fell in love with her even more at that moment.

“I want to change. You make me want to change. Call me crazy. Call me fucking delusional, but you make me want to be a better man.”


 



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******Bio*******

Dawn Robertson is a twenty-something indie erotic romance, and mother. She lives in sunny senior citizen packed Florida, where she wrangles her kids, and Pitbull puppy.

Dawn can normally be found swearing like a sailor, making late night drive-thru appearances, arguing with her kids (or being run over by their power wheels), reading a steamy romance while hiding in her bathroom, writing her little heart out on her laptop (or dragging her Macbook to the Genius bar praying they can save her latest work in progress), or sipping on a smoothie. She loves to hear from her fans, readers, and authors alike. Feel free to drop her a message.

Dawn rarely takes life seriously, so be sure to expect heavy sarcasm from her. She is also the life of the party, so be sure to meet up with her at one of the many author events she will be attending in the next couple months. Buy her a shot of whiskey, and she will love you for life.

 
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J.M. Walker

***Bio***

 When J.M. isn't working her Monday-Friday 9-5 job, she's spending her time reading, writing and with the love of her life.

She's an all around Canadian girl. Born and raised in a small city.

If you don't see J.M. writing, you'll find her with her nose in a book. Whether it's her words or someone else's, she's drawn to it.

J.M. loves stories with Alpha broken males and that need to be ripped apart and put back together again. Men that fall to their knees over a wink or a giggle from their females.

Two things you will never find J.M. without; her cell phone and lip gloss. If she has both of those items, you have a happy girl.

Since starting her writing adventure in 2013, J.M. has met many people, real life, online, in her head and she loves every single one of them. Without the support from others, none of this would be possible and she's grateful for all that has been given to her.

 
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews Release Day & Giveaway

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It's release day for Nazarea Andrews' Forever Found!!
I am so excited for this novella, a sequel to Girl Lost.
For the first time, Nazarea is telling Peter Pan's story from Peter's eyes.
Be sure to read all the way down for the excerpt she's sharing, as well as her fantastic giveaway!


Exclusive Excerpt:

“You ran away.” She gives an unladylike snort. “You decided you were a delusion of my past, and then you expected me to sit there and listen to your insane ramblings.

Thanks, but no. I can’t do that. I’ve had enough crazy for one life.” She bites her lip, and then blurts, “You stole my file, didn’t you? That’s how you know about the Boy.”

“Do you remember the firefly meadow?” She goes still, and I smile, gently. “You do.” “That wasn’t real,” she whispers, and I feel the shudder.

“We’d hide there, from the lost boys. And you’d fall asleep telling me your happy thoughts, and wake up to a galaxy of fireflies, and we’d chase them until you made yourself sick, laughing. And then I’d hold you and we’d stare at the stars, and you always said they were different. It smelled like jasmine and honey-“

“And wild woods and freedom,” she whispers, her blue eyes impossibly wide in her pretty face. I take a tentative step toward her, and touch her fingers. Why are your stars different? “It wasn’t a delusion, Gwendy. You know it wasn’t. Trust yourself.” She shudders. “Can’t. My mind lies.

It wasn’t—“ “Gwendy,” I say, desperately. Her eyes are filling with tears and I can feel the disbelief, the way it will tear apart the world I’ve known, and the girl I’ve loved, and I can’t. I move without thinking, catch her head and bring her lips to mine.


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Forever Found Synopsis








Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to survive. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love her. But finding her was never about that.
And now that I have found her–now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn’t just destroy me–its killing Neverland.
I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.
Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left–but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.  

 




Girl Lost Synopsis





 

Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn't know about my parents death or the island no one heard of.
But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me. He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into.
He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense. When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. I
t’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable. Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close.
And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares.
As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.

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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She is the author of the University of Branton series, Neverland Found series, and Edge of the Falls. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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