Book Tours: Guest Post Knight of Rapture Tour

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I’m hosting an interview today for the “Knight of Rapture” tour, and I’m interviewing Ruth A. Casie, the author of the book.

Author Interview

Ruth, I am so excited to have you as my featured guest today. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

Thank you so much Majanka for inviting me onto your blog.

Ruth, how long have you been writing romance? Would you say it has always been your calling?

I’ve been writing romance since 2010. I was an avid reader and hadn’t planned to write a book. A friend was writing a romance and I asked to help her. One thing led to another and we decided we would each write a story and create a series. She was busy with college hunting with her daughter and training for the NY marathon so writing went on the back burner for her. I embraced it and continued. The book was published in 2011.

Has writing always been my calling? Not writing but storytelling. When I told my older sister that I had written and published a book she said she wasn’t surprised. I always had a story. She’s fifteen years older than me. One time I got her to wear a cowboy hat and boots while I played Dale Evans (I know, I’m really dating myself here) and charged around on my tricycle.

Your Druid Knight series seems like something any historical romance and paranormal romance lover will enjoy. Can you tell us about it?

There are several underlying themes in the stories: trust, family and acceptance. The first two stories are about Rebeka and Arik.

In Knight or Runes: Rebeka Tyler never thought herself a warrior, renown authority on medieval and renaissance studies, yes, a martial arts amateur, absolutely, a warrior, definitely not. Tossed into the 17th century, she’s plunged into the midst of a struggle between two druid masters. While she tries to decode the ancient runes and unearth a family secret in order to return she physically fights for her life against the dark druid, Bran, and struggles emotionally with the druid knight, Lord Arik, and the truth about their past. Neither Rebeka nor Arik can succeed by themselves they must partner in order to win. But it will cost her dearly, her heart.

In Knight of Rapture Rebeka is tricked to return to the 21st century: For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is the easiest part of his quest.

Bran, the dark druid, follows Arik across the centuries, tireless in his quest for revenge. He’ll force Arik to make a choice, return to save his beloved family and home or stay in the 21st century and save Rebeka. He can’t save them both.

Rebeka Tyler has no recollection of where she’s been the past five months. On top of that, ownership of her home, Fayne Manor, is called into question. When accidents begin to happen it looks more and more like she is the target. Further complicating things is the strange man who conveniently appears wherever trouble brews—watching her, perhaps even….protecting her? Or is he a deliberate attempt to distract her? Rebeka can only be sure of one thing—her family name and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall… in any century.

As an added treat, I wrote, The Druid Knights Tale – a Short Story. Here you’ll find out about Rebeka and Arik’s parents as well as some insight into Arik and Bran going off to druid school.

Do you have a day job outside of writing romance? If so, can you tell us about it?

I worked for almost thirty years at JPMorgan in a variety of areas for their global treasury products (checks and money transfers): product management, project management, marketing and communication. I retired two years ago. I was looking forward to writing full time and I haven’t been disappointed.

I spend the day writing, editing, researching, and/or promoting my books.

You’ve just won a free all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world; where would you go and why?

I’ve been very fortunate. I travelled around the world for the bank and have been in many wonderful places. My dream is to follow my family roots back to ‘the old country,’ Russia and find out more about both my mother’s and father’s families.

In your Druid Knight books, time travel plays an important part in the plot. If you could time travel to any-when or anywhere, when/where would you go? Why?

I’m in love with medieval England and Scotland. I’ve researched and read about the period and the places. My stories are set in Avebury and the England-Scotland border. Today’s courting rituals are rooted in medieval chivalry. This is the era where romance saw its rise in literature and the stage.

Do you have any advice for romance authors just starting out in the industry?

I think the best advice I can give any author is the best way to promote your book is to write the next one.

About The Book

Please join Ruth A. Casie as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Knight of Rapture, from March 30-April 10, and enter to win an eBook & $25 Amazon Gift Card!

02_Kinght of Rapture_CoverPublication Date: March 30, 2015
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Series: Druid Knight Series, Book Two
Genre: Historical Romance

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He crossed the centuries to find her…

For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed to take away all they hold dear—forever…

Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.

But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.

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More Titles by Ruth A. Casie

Knight of Runes (Druid Knight Series, Book One)
The Guardian’s Witch

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Ruth A Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances. No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation. Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical time travel romance novels.

When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross stitch. Together with her husband Paul, they enjoy ballroom dancing and, with New York City close by, going to the theater. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren. They all thrive on spending time together. It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world.

Ruth is a Trustee and on the Executive Board of Shelter Our Sister (SOS) in New Jersey. SOS is Bergen County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence. She frequently speaks at various functions around Bergen County on behalf of the Shelter.

For more information visit Ruth A. Casie’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Knight of Rapture Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 30
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, March 31
Review at Book Nerd
Guest Post at Mythical Books

Thursday, April 2
Spotlight & Excerpt at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Friday, April 3
Guest Post at I Heart Reading

Monday, April 6
Spotlight at Genre Queen

Friday, April 10
Review at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

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Guest Post The Legend of Waterhole Branch

I’m hosting a guest post today by Lucas Wright, author of “The Legend of Waterhole Branch”.

MY INSPIRATION FOR WRITING A NOVEL

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My inspiration for writing a book was simple. Primitive even. It was to impress women and make money. That is essentially the basis for all my decisions in life: women and money. Hell, if it wasn’t for the desire of women and money, I would be probably be a high school baseball coach catching fly balls on a sunny afternoon, living in a shoebox apartment, making twenty-five grand a year with a three month paid summer vacation. Alas, the desire of massive fortunes and beautiful women compelled me to forego my stress free future for the long hours and tireless work required in high finance. And writing books.

As you might imagine, the release of my novel, The Legend of Waterhole Branch, yielded no money and no women. Shocking, I know. Luckily, I had some other inspirations that were a little more grounded in reality.

The truth is that I always wanted to write stories. I enjoyed reading as a child, my mother did a lot of writing, and I enjoyed certain aspects of writing throughout my life. There was a particular story that I had developed in my head, and I tried to get my mother to write it for years. Earlier this year, she conceded that health issues wouldn’t allow her to put forth the necessary hours to write a novel, so I decided that I should give it a shot. I mean, how hard could it be?

Turns out writing, a novel isn’t very hard. Writing a good novel is the issue. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot despite lacking formal writing training or any sort of developed writing skills. All I had was a story. The characters, the conflict, and the scenes – they had been building in my mind for years. I knew every anecdote that I wanted to tell and how they all came together before I put a single word on paper. So all I had to do was put them on paper? Seems simple enough.

My day job requires an immense amount of time as I help people buy and sell companies. Being an M&A consultant is a cool gig. I get to leverage my analytical brain to help with valuation, strategy, and myriad of other issues that are involved in a financial transaction. What is not readily available from the aforementioned lifestyle is time. Specifically, time to pound out a 90,000-word novel. This was the largest hurdle to overcome once I developed the inspiration to write. But the time became available in the strangest way. It unfolded just like you would expect for a 32 year old that just admitted his life is heavily influenced by women and money.

One upon a time, I had just returned from a two-week winter vacation retreat to the Caribbean with a girl I was seeing. There wasn’t much seeing thereafter, but that is beside the point. I spent an insane amount of money on the luxurious vacation sparing no expense, and it turns out she wasn’t the one. Work is slow during the winter months, so I wasn’t working my usual weekends, but I was newly single and I figured that time would be best spent replacing what’s-her-name. I was actually looking forward to getting out on the town and getting back into the game. Everyone loves the chase. Well, a cursory glance at my bank account quickly revealed that I was not going to be gallivanting out on the town. Or anywhere. I did want any broke bachelor would do and I stocked up on peanut butter, jelly, and bread. I figured this would keep me alive while I replenished the funds. It was during this time of poverty and boredom that I decided to write my story.

I sat down at my computer on a Saturday morning and starting banging out narrative describing each of the characters, their background, their interests, their conflicts, and how they might conquer all the challenges they faced. This particular weekend included a holiday on Monday, and by the end of the third day of writing, I had 25,000 words on papers. And probably twice that many spelling and grammatical errors. The following weekend, I decided that I didn’t like the fact that I had started the book in first person, and spent both Saturday and Sunday converting all the “I’s” to “he’s”. That was miserable. The next weekend, I went to New York for work and was able to take a girl out on a long distance blind date. I thought the date went well, but she effectively told me to get lost. I still had two full days in New York courtesy of my company and no money to spend, so I sat in a hotel room plowed through more plot. Within five weekends, during the course of the entire March Madness basketball tournament, I had completed the rough draft 90,000 word manuscript. I had more fun writing this book than I ever did going out to the bars chasing women. It was a great experience.

The moral of the story – don’t spend two weeks in the Caribbean with a woman unless you have a novel you want to write when you return and like peanut butter and jelly.

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More information on Lucas’s book, please visit him online:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10812102.Lucas_R_Wright

Official Website: http://www.lucasrwright.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucasrwright

Twitter @LucasRWright – https://twitter.com/lucasrwright

Amazon – http://amzn.com/149694299X

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Book Tours: Guest Post for Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1)

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I’m hosting a guest post today by AJ Aalto, the talented tour for urban fantasy / paranormal “Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1)”. Enjoy the post! I’ll leave the word to the author now.

Living After the Dead Rise

So, I watch the Walking Dead, and as a fan of zombies and horror, I quite enjoy it. I’d lost faith in it lately, (let’s face it, 80% of the farm season was so damn boring) but finally, FINALLY, they’ve reached Stage C: Cannibalism. Really? It took them 5 seasons to start eating humans?  I’d have been chowing down on people the first damn week. The military would show up at my house and be like, “Hey, lady! It’s not even the apocalypse, for fuck’s sake! Put the butcher knife down!” And I’d be all, “*mur-mumble-frgggh!*” with my mouth full of man flesh.

I recently became a vegetarian. Granted, I’m the worst vegetarian ever. I keep forgetting that meat isn’t a vegetable. At a craft festival, I ordered a hot dog meal from a chip truck by habit, and I was half way through the wiener before I remembered that I don’t eat that anymore. I literally had half a pork tube hanging out of my mouth and a stricken look on my face when my cousin pointed at me and accused, “hey, you’re eating meat!”

Being a vegetarian is going to make most post-apocalyptic scenarios difficult for me. To eat fruits, grains, and vegetables, you really have to stay in one place long enough to grow them, and you can’t have an ice age or nuclear waste getting in your way, either.  My ideal apocalyptic scenarios have been whittled down now: it’s got to be a pandemic plague, or floods that recede, or aliens who eat everyone and then leave me behind, or stay but don’t mind me gardening. Let’s face it, though; a zombie apocalypse is going to put meat back on the dinner table pretty quick for me.

Why are apocalypse scenarios such rich and fertile grounds for the imagination? There’s the what-would-I-do factor? That’s very human, to prepare for disasters that one can dream up. Oh, you better believe our ancestors prepared for catastrophes, although theirs looked much different than ours do.  There’s also the how-bad-could-it-get factor that’s fodder for the muse. What are people capable of when they’re desperate? What am I capable of?

In the second book of the Marnie Baranuik Files, a plague threatens to explode and Marnie has to face the possibilities of zombies. I did not get to explore a worldwide apocalyptic scenario, but I’m sure Marnie wouldn’t be chowing down on human flesh. It might be one of the few ways we’re different.

If you were faced with a doomsday scenario or post-apocalyptic world, how do you think you’d fare?

About The Book

12733205Title: Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1)

Author: AJ Aalto

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense–which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects–Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.

Author Bio

AJ Aalto is the author of the paranormal mystery series The Marnie Baranuik Files. Aalto is an unrepentant liar and a writer of  blathering nonsense offset by factual gore. When not working on her novels, you can find her singing Monty Python songs in the shower, eavesdropping on perfect strangers, stalking her eye doctor, or failing at one of her fruitless hobbies. Generally a fan of anyone with a passion for the ridiculous, she has a weak spot for smug pseudo-intellectuals and narcissistic jerks; readers will find her work littered with flawed monsters and oodles of snark.

AJ cannot say no to a Snickers bar and has been known to swallow her gum.

Links

Website: http://www.ajaalto.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12733205-touched?from_search=true

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aj.aalto.5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajaalto

Buy the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Touched-Marnie-Baranuik-Files-Aalto-ebook/dp/B009NIE5S8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414888730&sr=8-1&keywords=touched+aj+aalto

Book Tours: Guest Post for Washed Hands

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Today I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for mystery / thriller “Washed Hands”. I’m glad to host the author on my blog, and I’ll leave the word to Jonathan Charles Bruce now.

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            In the waning months of 2013, I started a project that I thought was going to be a fun little diversion. About every week, I would write and post a new chapter of a thriller/detective story titled Washed Hands, itself a continuation/alternate presentation of a short subject I had written earlier that year. I never really intended it to be a long work—something in the neighborhood of about seven chapters or so. There were certain story beats that I had plotted out, but the means of getting there were left almost entirely uncharted.

            Of course, by a couple chapters in, the framework I had was now under constant revision and expansion. I had moments of panic when I realized that I had to start making sure things connect and logically flow into one another. And then there would be last minute decisions to throw something out for being unworkable or wholly inappropriate for the story being told. Sometimes I still have mild bursts of panic—did what I write actually make sense? Or did I happen to just create a long, unreadable tract of pretention and silliness?

            Note to self: Possible biography title—Long,Unreadable Tract of Pretention and Silliness.

            Where was I? Oh, right.

            One of the major set pieces I had cooked up in the earliest drafts would have involved Monica attempting to break into Washed Hands’s corporate headquarters. While a version of this moment still exists in the published version, the original intention was to have a much more bombastic escape sequence, with explosions and rappelling down the side of the building only to break through a window a couple floors down and run out the rest of the way on foot.

            As awesome as it could have been, it didn’t fit the tone of the story. I did establish that while Monica is a scrappy and ever-capable protagonist, a sudden skill with improvised explosives would be very left-fieldy. Something expected from, say, a burned secret agent or a cop with nothing to lose, but a rejection counselor?

            Not without ending up on a government watch list, I’m sure.

            One of the biggest challenges as a writer is learning when to tell yourself no. I’m sure that, at least once per title, I’ve had the ominous tones of self-censorship mutter in my brain: Well, this is actually heavier on the ‘crazy’ end of the ‘crazy-awesome’ spectrum. It may be easy to think that an editor can catch these things, but by that point in the process, it might involve more than a simple rewrite to correct it.

            Being self-aware of your process and the logic you’ve set up for your world can save you a lot of heart- and headache. If I were to make a really awkward analogy, then I would compare it to oral hygiene. Brushing, that is the actual writing, is all well and good. But without flossing, which would represent selectivity of sensationalism, you’ll end up needing more work when you go to the dentist. Er, editor. And if you’ve really neglected your duty, then you’re going to have to go in for some major surgery to get at the heart of issue.

            I am so bad at metaphors. Just the worst.

About the Book

WASHED_HANDS_ebookTitle: Washed Hands

Author: Jonathan Charles Bruce (http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing (http://booktrope.com)

Price: $13.95 (paperback)

ISBN:              9781620154656

Synopsis: 

Breaking up can be one of the hardest things a person can do, something that the dedicated team at Washed Hands, Inc. thoroughly understands. Whether one’s soon-to-be-ex is manipulative, violent, or anything else that makes a clean break difficult, the company’s rejection counselors ensure that the split is established and maintained in no uncertain terms. And in the toughest cases, no one’s better at this than Monica Deimos.

Brought in on what appeared to be a relatively straight-forward domestic nightmare, Monica

realizes all-too-late that she has been set up to take the fall for the murder of a wealthy socialite.

As the police close in, Monica needs to discover who she can trust, who wants her out of the way, and why she was framed.

She’s no fool, though. The best case scenario ends in a jail cell… the worst in a body bag.

Links:

Website: http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23212555-washed-hands

Author Bio

7862046Jonathan Bruce began writing what amounted to terrible Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction when he was four. Although the original manuscripts are lost (or perhaps destroyed), we can rest assured that his prose has improved significantly since then. After high school, he began writing and directing plays which gradually improved depending on whom you ask. He discovered his love of a good fight scene after writing a Dracula knock-off which took a 19th century classic and made it less about Victorian yearning and 300% more about stabbing things in the jugular.

And yes, this means he wrote vampire fiction before Stephanie Meyer made it cool to sparkle in the sun.

He has a Master’s Degree in History, thanks largely to his thesis focusing on MUSIC, a Milwaukee-based school desegregation campaign during the 1960′s. He also enjoys discussing/making fun of pop culture of the 20th century and reading books of a non-historical nature. In his off moments, you can catch him writing for fun or making inane movies about nothing in particular. He also occasionally provides work for Twenty Four Pages a Second, a pretty keen website you should totally check out.

Website: http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7862046.Jonathan_Charles_Bruce

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathancharlesbruce

Twitter: @jonathancbruce

Book Tours: Guest Post The Witch’s Salvation

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I’m hosting a guest post today by Francesca Pelaccia, author of  paranormal / historical fiction “The Witch’s Salvation”. Enjoy the guest post!

What Do Characters Want?

Before authors begin to write their stories they need to know three very important facts about their characters. What they want, why they want it, and what stops them from getting it. To learn these, authors sometimes interview their characters. The following are the abbreviated versions of the interviews I had with the three main characters of The Witch Salvation.

Can You Tell Me Who You Are?

Sure. I’m Anasztasia Mushati Seneslau the female protagonist of The Witch’s Salvation. But the name’s too big for me. Call me, Annie. Only my family calls me Anasztasia.

How old are you, Annie, and where were you born and raised?

I’m 18. I was born in New York City and raised there. I’m a true big city girl and I love it.

What do you want?

I want to become immortal.

Why?

Unfortunately, I am a disgrace to my immortal family. My mortality is a secret from absolutely everyone except my immediate family. Should my mortality be revealed, my family will lose everything—their historical throne, their titles, their power, their reputation, everything. I can’t disgrace them. I can’t bring them down.

How can you become immortal?

A witch who lives in the Carpathian Mountains, very far from Manhattan, is the only person who can make me immortal. But my family turned her into a witch over 550 years ago, so I really don’t think she is going to be very accommodating. Also, and don’t tell my family, I’m not sure if I want to really become immortal. They want me to. I don’t even want to be a princess. I don’t want to sound trite, but I just want to be free.

Can You Tell Me Who You Are?

Must I?

Yes, it’s the only way I’m going to get to know you and write truthfully about you.

Then if I must, I’m Matthias Bogdan Craiovescu the male protagonist of your novel and the bloody heir to some archaic historical throne.

How old are you and where were you born and raised?

I’m 18 years old. I was born in Targoviste, Romania but went to school in England.

What do you want, Matthias?

To find my father.

Why?

Because I bloody hell need him, that’s why. I need him to stand between me and my overbearing, honor-obsessed grandfather, the prince of a throne that exists only in history except in the minds and lives of his immortal followers and the rest of my obnoxious family.

What happened to your father?

He was sent back to1457 by that ancient witch to find some golden cup and return it to her. She promised my father that she would make me immortal like the rest of my family if he did that. That witch is the only help one who can help me. But I can’t trust the old hag. Look what she did to my father.

Can you tell me who you are?

My name is Strigoaic. I am the antagonist of your novel.

Can I ask you how old you are and where you were born and raised?

I am over 550 years old. I was born and raised in the Carpathian Mountains. They are still my home.

What do you want?

What do I want? I want my humanity, mortal. I want to be a girl again.

Why?

I am trapped. I am not a witch. I want my real name back.

You’re a witch. Why can’t you just make yourself become a girl again?

It does not work that way. Only the two mortals born of immortals can reverse my fate. This can only be accomplished by them going back in time to 1457 and returning with the Golden Cup. But the day they must return to is the most dangerous in my history and the history of their families. Yet, should they do my bidding, I shall make them immortal like their families and break the curse that keeps one family imprisoned in the old boundaries of Wallachia and the other exiled from it.

These brief interviews with the major characters of The Witch’s Salvation told me who they were, what they wanted, and why. They also told me in their voices, which was an added bonus. If you’re an author, give the interviews a try. You’d be surprised what you will learn about your characters.

About the Author

Francesca PelacciaThe Witch’s Salvation is Francesca Pelaccia’s debut novel and the first book of The Witch’s Trilogy. A teacher and now at long last an author, Francesca has written in other genres but enjoys creating and writing time-travel fantasies. Francesca blogs on the craft of writing especially as it relates to genre and reviews books.  Currently she is working on the second book of The Witch’s Trilogy entitled The Witch’s Monastery. Visit Francesca at www.francescapelaccia.com.

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About the Book

The Witch's Salvation 7A witch who demands humanity.

The immortal families who denied her of it.

Two mortals commanded to right the wrong.

That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it.

But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families’ past, Easter Sunday, 1457. This is the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred nobles.

How can Anasztasia and Matthias reverse the past when their families won’t speak of their sins? How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives?

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Book Tours: Guest Post The Landfill

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I’m hosting a guest post today for “The Landfill”, a YA dark fiction / horror novel by author Kevin Hopson. I’ll leave the word to Kevin now.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About “The Landfill”

1. The main character, Billy, is named after a friend of mine who is battling cancer. I dedicated my prior book, Broken Family, to him.

2. Billy’s friend, Connor, is the name of my nephew.

3. I won’t give away the details, but the idea for The Landfill was inspired by an episode of Haunted Collector.

4. The setting is based on an area close to where I live. The river, landfill, etc., are things I see on a regular basis. It’s the reason I named this story The Landfill.

5. Billy is very much like me in the sense we’re both adventurous and the two of us have experienced significant losses in our lives.

6. I initially struggled with the ending. I couldn’t decide between a happy resolution or a tragic finale. I guess you’ll have to see what happens.

7. The Landfill is my seventh book with MuseItUp Publishing, but it is the first time I have written a story aimed at young adults (though I believe anyone who likes dark fiction can get into it).

8. The Landfill is also the first time I’ve worked with a new line/copy editor. I worked with Penny Ehrenkranz, who recently retired, for the first six books, but I have to say that Shawn Arntson did a bang-up job with this one.

9. I always associate the song “Shelf in the Room” by Days of the New with this book. I happened to hear it one day when I was writing, and I even drew some inspiration from the boy in the video.

10. Even though they’re in high school, I pictured Billy and Connor walking down the hallway of my old middle school in the opening scene.

About the Author

PKevin Hopsonrior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, Kevin Hopson was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. His debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. Kevin has released several other books through MuseItUp since then, and he has also been published in various magazines and anthology books. Kevin’s writing covers many genres, including dark fiction and horror, science fiction, and crime fiction.

His latest book is The Landfill.

You can visit Kevin’s blog at www.kevin-hopson.blogspot.com.

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About the Book:

The Landfill 7Billy, a high school senior, has lost a lot in the past year, including his younger sister, Sara. Billy lacks excitement and purpose in life until his curiosity takes him and his best friend, Connor, to an old, abandoned landfill along the river. Connor would rather forget the experience, but Billy can’t help but feel invigorated by their findings. Taking it upon himself to uncover the mystery, Billy finds his life coming full circle – but is that a good or bad thing?

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Guest Post John Holt Book Tour

guestpostI’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for author John Holt. The guest post talks about marketing. Without further ado, I’ll leave the word to John Holt.

MARKETING

So after months, if not years, of toil and trouble, your epic is at long last completed, and is ready to be released on the world. You have had the good fortune to find a publisher prepared to bring it into print for you, or you have gone down the Self Published route. Either way it is there, for sale. Pretty soon you will realise that writing the book was perhaps the easiest part of the process. Even getting published wasn’t that difficult, especially if you do it yourself. With Lulu.com; Createspace; Kindle Direct Publishing; and several other outlets on the Internet, publishing is easy, and at no cost.

Now comes the difficult part, selling your book. Nobody is going to buy it because they’ve never heard of it. So you have now got to publicise, promote, and publicise, and promote and …… until you make a nuisance of yourself. And then you have to publicise and promote some more.

I can’t remember the exact figures but I was once told that every month 20000 new books hit the shelves (virtual or otherwise). That is some competition.

OK so what do you do to publicise your opus, especially if funds are tight and you can’t really afford a half page spread in the Times. Well there are some things you can do. Firstly let your local library know, give them a copy. The might be prepared to arrange an event in the library. I had one a year or so ago. It wasn’t the event of the century, but I sold about twenty books, and handed out some leaflets, and book markers. Tell your local newspaper, they might be prepared to publish something about you. I mentioned earlier about leaflets and book markers. Well apart from them I have business cards relating to my books, I have sticky labels that I place on every letter that I send out. This is all effective advertising that costs nothing. And one other thing, if you have more than one book. Make sure that details of all of your books are included in the last few pages of ALL of your books.

Available Books

The Marinski Affair

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The Marinski Affair began as a dull mundane case involving a missing husband. Okay, so he was a rich missing husband, but he was nonetheless, still only a missing husband. The case soon developed into one involving robbery, kidnapping, blackmail and murder. But was there really a kidnapping? And exactly who is blackmailing who? Who actually carried out the robbery? Who committed the murders? Who can you trust? Who can you believe? Is anyone actually telling the truth? What have they got to hide? And what connection was there with a jewel theft that occurred four years previously? All is not as it seems. Tom Kendall, private detective, had the task of solving the mystery. He was usually pretty good at solving puzzles, but this one was different, somehow. It wasn’t that he didn’t have any of the pieces. Oh no, he wasn’t short of clues. It was just that none of the pieces seemed to fit together.

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 A Killing in the City

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‘To make a killing in the City’ is a phrase often used within the financial world, to indicate making a large profit on investments, or through dealings on the stock market – the bigger the profit, the bigger the killing. However, Tom Kendall, a private detective, on holiday in London, has a different kind of killing in mind when he hears about the death of one of his fellow passengers who travelled with him on the plane from Miami. It was suicide apparently, a simple overdose of prescribed tablets. Kendall immediately offers his help to Scotland Yard. He is shocked when he is told his services will not be required. They can manage perfectly well without him, thank you.

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The Kammersee Affair

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The lake was flat and calm, with barely a ripple. Its dark waters glistening, reflecting the moonlight, as though it were a mirror. Fritz Marschall knew that neither he, nor his friend, should really have been there. They, like many others before them, had been attracted to the lake by the many rumors that had been circulating. He thought of the endless stories there had been, of treasures sunken in, or buried around the lake. He recalled the stories of the lake being used to develop torpedoes and rockets during the war. Looking out across the dark water, he wondered what secrets were hidden beneath the surface.

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Epidemic

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Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective, is asked to investigate the death of a young newspaper reporter. The evidence shows quite clearly that it was an accident: a simple, dreadful accident. That is the finding of the coroner and the local police. Furthermore, there were two witnesses. They saw the whole thing. But was it an accident, or was it something more sinister? Against a backdrop of a viral epidemic slowly spreading from Central America, a simple case soon places Kendall up against one of the largest drug companies in the country.

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 The Thackery Journal

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On the night of April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was attending a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington. A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head. He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without recovering consciousness. Was Booth a lone assassin? Or was he part of a wider conspiracy? What if Booth had merely been a willing party to a plot to replace Lincoln with General Ulysees S. Grant. Let us suppose that Booth had been set up by a group of men, a group of Lincoln’s own Army Generals; Generals who had wanted Ulysees S Grant for their President, and not Lincoln. And let us also suppose that the funding for the assassination had come from gold stolen by the Confederate Army.

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The Mackenzie Dossier

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Kendall could just see the television screen. There was a photograph of Governor Frank Reynolds. Across the bottom of the screen the ticker tape announced in large black letters ‘Governor Reynolds Murdered’. The voice over was filling in whatever detail was available. Apparently his body had been discovered earlier that morning. He had been found lying in his garage. He had been shot twice. One shot to the upper chest, the other hitting his shoulder. ‘Police believe that the weapon used was a 38 mm caliber revolver,’ the reporter said. Kendall froze. Anthony Shaw had also been killed by a 38 mm bullet. Kendall was not quite sure of what it all meant. What connection was there between Anthony Shaw, and the State Governor, and the business mogul, Ian Duncan? And what about Senator Mackenzie? Where did he fit in? And who or what was Latimer? Only a short while ago Kendall was a small time private detective, a Private Eye, investigating an insignificant little murder with no clues, no witnesses, and no motive. In fact, no nothing. Now he had so many pieces of a puzzle he didn’t know how they fitted together. He didn’t even know if they all came from the same puzzle.

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Author Bio

150I was born in 1943 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. I currently live in Essex with my wife, Margaret, and my daughter Elizabeth. And not forgetting Missy, the cat who adopted us, and considered that we were worthy enough to live with her. For many years I was a Chartered Surveyor in local government. I was a Senior Project Manager with the Greater London Council from 1971 until it was closed down in 1986. I then set up my own surveying practice, retiring in 2008.

I suppose like many others I had always thought how good it would be to write a novel, but I could never think of a good enough plot. My first novel, “The Kammersee Affair”, published in 2006, was inspired by a holiday in the Austrian lake district. We were staying in Grundlsee. The next lake, Toplitzsee, was used by the German Navy during the war to test rockets, and torpedoes. As the war came to an end many items were hidden in the lake – millions of UK pounds, and US dollars, in counterfeit currency; jewellery stolen from the holocaust victims; and weapons. There were also rumours of gold bullion being hidden in that lake. Despite extensive searches the gold was never found. In my book, however, it is found, only in the next lake, Kammersee.

The books that followed, The Mackenzie File, The Marinski Affair, and Epidemic, all feature Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective, and were originally published by Raider Publishing in New York. My fifth book, A Killing In The City, another featuring Tom Kendall, was originally published by Night Publishing. In August 2012 I decided to go down the self published route, and formed my own publishing brand PHOENIX. All five novels have now been published on PHOENIX. A sixth novel “The Thackery Journal” was published on 8 August 2013.

I am currently working on two other novels featuring Tom Kendall, and I have made a tentative start on an Adventure novel.

Guest Post for The Rebel Princess Tour by Anne M. Strick

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Today I’m putting a step back, to let author Anne M. Strick be a guest blogger on I Heart Reading. Anne M. Strick is the author of The Rebel Princess, a contemporary romance novel, but as the pictures below will show you, there’s more to her than that!

Guest Post: What Shall I Write About?

Sometimes writers worry about what their next subject might be.  And sometimes that subject is right under their noses.  Once in a while, it hasn’t even been written about before.

That is what happened to me.  That is where two of my recent books come from:  THE REBEL PRINCESS and ALL THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD AND HOW TO OPEN THENM.   The first is  a steamy insider’s  skinny about a film company on location in Mexico – and how movies are really made.  The second is a series of interviews with those behind-the-screen wizards   who make movie magic actually happen. They  tell  us what they do, how they do it, how they got their first jobs, some adventures they’ve had, and  what they love about their work.

The  two books derive from my twenty-plus years in the movie industry, working for Universal, Paramount,  Warners and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones,  Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others.

The accompanying   photos – of me  with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wilt Chamberlain –  were in fact taken on the set of the movie CONAN THE DESTROYER,  at Churubusco Studios in Mexico.  The photographer and I, Time Magazine’s renowned Dirck Alstead,

Halstead, had become buddies  on the movie GREYSTOKRE, in Africa – where  I’d helped lug his equipment through the mud of Cameroon’s rain forest.  And it often amused him, at the end of a day’s shoot, to set up gag shots with me and the principals.  (The  shot of me  with Sting  and  his fellow    villains – in  which I look as silly as I felt  -was made on the set of DUNE .)

It finally occurred to me that I’d experienced the film business from the inside.   I had seen, on a daily basis, the nuts-and-bolts of movie-making; and the riveting and often hilarious dramas of the participants.  And that very few people, if any, had written about this curtained world before.

I began to write.  I got two books out of it – and perhaps more to come.

So look around you.   Look with a fresh eye.  Look at your workplace, your volunteer activities, your political or church groups, if any.  Look at your parent’s lives, your children’s, your neighbor’s.  Look at your doctor’s waiting room and your children’s school.  There are ideas, and people interacting in unique environments, everywhere.   Indeed, every human relationship is a unique environment.  And read your newspaper every day. Be aware of the stories that catch your attention; that stay in your mind and touch your heart. Let them germinate.

And then write.   I did!

About The Rebel Princess

9418699Title: The Rebel Princess
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.
Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes.

About the Author

Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

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Book Tour: Guest Post by Law Reigns

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I’m hosting a guest post by Law Reigns, the author of Superheroes Wear Faded Denim, a new adult fantasy romance novel today. Law is going on tour with her book. You can find the full tour schedule here.

Guest Post: Interview with Don Shimada

Hello wonderful readers of I Heart Reading.  I am Audrey. Law hired me to conduct all her celebrity interviews, and today I am interviewing Don Shimada. Starring as Blissany’s hot crush and partner in crime to world salvation in the fantasy romance novel Superheroes Wear Faded Denim, I have been told he is a walking, talking love potion. Warning ladies, reading this might cause you to fall in love instantly.

Just to give you a brief introduction. Don is 6’4 with a runner’s physique. He has short black hair, dreamy brown eyes, and a face made for the cover of teen romances. A senior studying pre-law, his life-long pursuit is saving damsels in distress.

Now I took this interview in my living room. Bookshelves line every inch of my wall. Thick Victorian styled couches stuffed with pillows encircle a coffee table where two cups of hot chocolate sit. While sitting in such an intimate setting, I boldly asked Don:

In what way, or area, do you think women are superior to men:

They have bigger boobs. Anything with boobs is superior.

Not funny? Don’t hit me. Okay, I’ll be serious. Their bodies. No, I’m being serious. The fact their bodies can you know, create. Then they nurture. Men don’t nurture, not like women. If they did, there’d be less war.

How does it feel being caught in a love triangle between two equally gorgeous women:

The dangers of being handsome, let me tell you. Kidding. It’s stressful. My life is on the line here. Trying to balance a war on evil and a social life is hard enough as it is. Then when I’m not fighting, I have to deal with women.

Demi is sexy. Just thinking about it is making me warm. She’s smart, witty, and dangerous. If you asked me a year ago if I’d date her, my answer would be, are you crazy? Then there’s Blissany. She’s so sweet, pure, shy, awkward. My god, she is awkward. Thing is when you’re around her, you get this feeling you can be you.

Oh, and why not throw Cassandra in the mix? Just for fun. I’m not dating her, but from the way she tries to control my love life you’d think I put a ring on her finger.

To Fifty Shades Of Grey or not to Fifty Shades of Grey:

I don’t even know what the hell that is.

Given 24 hours all by yourself and money is no object, what would you do:

Train. Run. You don’t need money to run. Have you heard of barefoot running? Don’t cringe. That’s why women have pedicures. When running, a forefoot or midfoot strike is better than a heel strike. It causes less stress on your joints, enabling you to run easier on hard surfaces. You’re more likely to run with a forefoot strike if you run barefoot.

I know we don’t have time for this, but read up on the Tarahumara’s and other tribes who run barefoot.

What are 3 qualities you look for in a friend:

  1. Trust
  2. Goals
  3. Kindness

What is one lesson a past relationship taught you:                  

Cassandra taught me nothing. I taught her everything. I’m joking. Although I did teach her how to cook, and now she thinks I’m her personal chef. Never give a key to your ex. Don’t ever give them your phone number. The day you break up with them, change it.

Your mother is Vietnamese and your father Japanese. What is that like:

Both my mother and father have huge pride in their cultures. Thing is Vietnamese and Japanese cultures are very different. Some of it goes deeper than just the languages and the types of food we bring to the dinner table. You have to accept culture shapes how we view the world. Our different viewpoints provide opportunities for disagreement.

There we go. That’s the one thing dating Cassandra taught me. You have to be open. The person you’re dating is not always going to see the world as you do. That’s something you both have to overcome.

What is the best compliment you have ever received:

I receive so many on a daily basis, where do I start? This might sound cheesy, but I do volunteer a lot. People tell me all the time I have such a kind heart. What does that mean? I don’t know, but I like the sound of it.

About Superheroes Wear Faded Denim

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Author: Law Reigns
Genre: New Adult fantasy romance

Blissany Cherry is tired of sleeping around. Her neurologists’ sleep solutions have failed her. Now that her bizarre sleeping habits have begun to include week long dreams she has resorted to her own methods for a cure.

METHOD ONE: CONTROL DREAMS. All attempts to morph dreams about a gorgeous warrior into romantic fantasies are thwarted. He keeps on insisting she is destined to marry a great king and lead their armies into war. At the end of every dream he asks her: will you fight the war and save mankind?

She laughs in his face.

METHOD TWO: RESIST! Blissany has plans for her life. None include fighting an intergalactic war. When her dreams begin spilling over into reality, she is forced to make a decision that will forever redefine her life. Standing between destiny and desire, she is left with only one option.

METHOD THREE: SURVIVE.

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Author Bio

Law Reigns has an odd obsession with romance. At the advice of her friends, she gave up the plight of playing cupid in their lives. Developing her own characters to manipulate proved to be more rewarding. After having studied creative writing at the University of Florida, she decided to write Superheroes Wear Faded Denim. A proud Gator alumni, she based her novel where blood runs orange and blue. She personally invites all adventure druggies and love fanatics to dive into the pages of Faded Denim, a story that transforms a swampy, southern town into a battlefield for life and love.

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Forever Man Book Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

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Today I’m happy to host author January Bain on my blog with a guest post and giveaway. January will talk about the value of a penname – I must say that I personally don’t use one, but I do understand why some people prefer pennames rather than their actual name.

The giveaway is for an eBook copy of Forever Man. You can participate by filling in the Rafflecopter widget below this post.

Anyway, I’ll hide in the shadows, and give the stage to January!

The Value of a Penname

Hi, old friends and new! Hope you’re having a good day. This has been such a lovely summer break for me. Years of slaving away (albeit happily) on my computer are coming to the first round of completion. The first novel in the Forever series has been released by Champagne Books: FOREVER MAN.

And what a journey it has been! I cannot thank everyone enough for all the good they have done for my heart with their embracing of my book and my heroine, Ellie. My first novel is a tender love story that gives me a warm feeling still when I think of all the good Ellie can do in this harsh world. Sure, I know that my writing has matured since I wrote it in the first person (I normally write in the third now) and that my editor, Judy Griffith Gill, has taught me much about how to become a better writer, but still it speaks to my heart as she was such a wonderful person to share time with.

Though my first book has just come out I am actually writing my ninth book and find my perspective on my writing style and technique is quickly evolving. The journey is becoming steadily more complex with writing beginning to take over my life. I live to write these days and know I will ride this imaginary train for many years to come if I am so blessed as to get to continue. Human beings are fragile, that I have learned, though very resilient which is what I am counting on.

I’ve just recently realized that some parts of me are not writing as full out as they would do if I had a pen name. So I’m getting one. I’m choosing one of the characters from the Forever Series. Winter Kennedy, a personal favorite, the heroine of my second book, FOREVER WOMAN being released October 1st from Champagne Books. I love her for her intelligence, spunk, belief in true love and her concern for humanity. Writing as Winter will free me up to write stories to the ninth, not having to worry about my day job as a teacher. It’s already working as my writing takes on a new found depth of sexuality I have not allowed myself before this. What a journey this is proving to be. I can only hope to take many of you with me on it!

What does a penname mean to you?

Fondest regards,
January Bain
Storyteller

About Forever Man

15740322Title: Forever Man
Author: January Blain
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books

What if you had been given the gift of healing and could save those you loved? And furthermore, discovered you could save the one you love from a vampire’s kiss. There is a catch; of course, the cost of such a healing could mean your own death…
Ellie Hightower is discovering such gifts in the novel, Forever Man by January Bain. She is telepathic, young and bright and has been running from these new found gifts all the way to Nome, Alaska where she encounters the man of her dreams, Mike Stone and an ancient evil force out to take him away from her. Will having goodness and light on her side be enough to save them from Katrianna, a newly resurrected vampire that looks to enslave Mike in her nefarious web?

To find out the truth you will need to read, Forever Man, the first in the FOREVER SERIES by January Bain.

Author Bio

January Bain hails from Ashern, Manitoba, Canada. Married to the love of her life, her husband Don, she has combined her love of romance with her interest in the paranormal and vampires to produce the FOREVER SERIES of books. She teaches English and Computer courses during the day, and writes at night and in very spare moment she has. She hopes to touch your heart with this first book in the series, Forever Man and would very much enjoy hearing from her readers.
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