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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Rare Vintage by Delancey Stewart Giveaway


Blurb:

Isabella DaSilva, a fiery grad student from Cornell's wine program is eager to leave her past behind her and forge a future in the vineyards of the West as an apprentice at Chateau Sauvage, a winery seeking to produce wine like no other California wineries had so far -- Rhone varietals.
She arrives at Chateau Sauvage to find that wine might not be her only interest. The winemaker, Jonathan Sauvage, is tall, dark, and handsome, and clearly in need of help. Together, they work to make a pioneering wine in an effort to keep the struggling winery afloat. Each struggles with their demons -- hers in the form of a painful and mysterious past; his created by memories of what once might have been. In the process, they find that the pain of their shattered pasts fit together perfectly, making their union as perfect as the wine it produces.
A Rare Vintage features an intense and commanding hero who isn’t afraid to ask for help, and a woman who knows that while she might technically be the apprentice, she has plenty to teach Jonathan Sauvage.
This book is the first in the Wine Country Romance series.

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Bio:
Delancey Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wine seller. Despite lots of other interests, she has always been a writer in some way shape or form.
A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home in Southern Maryland.
Delancey Stewart is the author of Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001 and A Rare Vintage, the first in her Wine Country Romance Series.
She is also working on the Girlfriends of Gotham Series for Swoon Romance. The first book, Men and Martinis, will be released in Fall 2013.

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Excerpt 

At dinner, Jonathan could feel Isabella's eyes on him as he spooned stew into his mouth. His sister's cooking was the one thing he had to look forward to each day, but he was too distracted to enjoy it; plagued by the lingering questions that had been hanging in the kitchen when he entered. He knew that Vicki was worried about him, but he was surprised that she'd divulge so much to a perfect stranger her first night at their dinner table.
"So you told our guest all about Charlotte, I guess?" Jonathan said, gazing into his bowl.
Isabella gave him a direct look then.
"Nope, I didn't even mention her." Vicki said, pulling the salad toward her plate. "But now it seems you have to."
"No," Isabella interjected. "I mean," she looked up at Jonathan, her pale skin flushed. "I don't want to intrude. I'm not really a guest, or a visitor…I'm here to work. I'm touched that you'd include me in your family meal like this, but I didn’t expect it. I certainly don’t expect anything more."
"Don't be silly, Isabella," Vicki said.
"No, really. I'm not used to anything more," Isabella said.
Jonathan let himself look up at her then. Something about the way she said that, staring into her bowl, made her seem so vulnerable. What was beneath the smooth porcelain surface? It seemed that this astute wine student—so confident when telling him how to manage his vineyard—might have secrets of her own.
"Charlotte used to live here with Jonathan," Vicki said. "And now she's gone, that's all."
Jonathan shot a fierce look at his sister, who returned the look with defiant bright eyes.
"Charlotte was my fiancé," Jonathan said. "We had a…a disagreement." He finished. He stalled, playing Charlotte's departure over in his mind for the millionth time. His heart tore all over again as he recalled her sharing the news that he had thought would be a perfect beginning for them. She hadn't agreed. To her, the beginning of life stirring within her was no more welcome than the new life he'd wanted to build between them. Jonathan clenched his fists as he watched her leave all over again, vowing to end what they had begun. He hated how powerless the memory made him feel, how helpless he'd been to stop her from ending everything.
"I see," was all Isabella said.
He looked up to find her watching him with those hazel eyes. There was a depth there that he didn't want to see, but couldn't help to be drawn to. Something about her gaze made him want to get nearer to her, ask her to wrap those long thin pale arms around him. He held her gaze a moment too long, his nerves firing almost as if she were touching him. He flushed and looked down the table at his sister.
She was watching them; her spoon paused in front of her mouth and a faint smile on her lips.

He shot her a dark look to let her know that he didn't appreciate being exposed to a stranger. 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Winged Series by L.M. Pruitt




Winged                                      


LM Pruitt



I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.



I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.



I chose the demons--and the angels.



I chose the Winged.










Uprising

Winged Book Two

L.M. Pruitt



In the last year, Joanne Watson has died, fallen in love, fought demons and earned her Wings.



None of that compares to what's coming next....



Life as a member of the Winged isn't perfect--or easy. There's always some new camp drama. There's always a demon ready for a fight. There's always death.



And now there's the Resistance.



Joanne must choose again, this time between her fellow Winged and their burning desire for change or the archangels and the eternal vow she made.



Even in the afterlife, one truth remains--everything ends

 




Lost

Winged Book 3

L.M. Pruitt



June 2013



In the last year, Joanne has survived repeated attempts on her life, wholesale slaughter, and the dissolution on the cornerstone of her new existence.



And the hard times are only beginning.



As the line between right and wrong, friend and foe, and good and evil continue to blur, Joanne is forced to face one irrefutable fact.



The hardest demons to fight are the ones you can't see.







HUNT

The Winged Series

Book 4



The last six months have seen more death and destruction than any could have predicted.



And the war is only beginning.



With the fight taking Joanne and her friends from city streets to abandoned farms to the center of the earth, only one thing is certain.



The hunters are now the hunted.



This book contains scenes of graphic sex and violence. Reader discretion is advised.

About the Author:



L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she's not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She's also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she'll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats--one of them smart, the other not so much.



Connect with her at:



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Twitter: lmpruitt

Website: www.lmpruitt.org
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Book Blitz Life After the Undead & Death To The Undead by Pembroke Sinclair


           Life After the Undead  & Death To The Undead by Pembroke Sinclair






Death to the Undead

Book 2
                                                                                      
Pembroke Sinclair



Genre: YA horror

Publisher: eTreasures Publishing



ISBN-10: 1937809226

ISBN-13: 978-1937809225



Number of pages: 286



Cover Artist: Jerrod Brown






Book Description:



The battle that began in Life After the Undead continues.



Zombies changed her life completely...



Tough teenager Krista escaped to the safety of Florida after her parents were killed by the zombie horde. She united with General Liet, a distant cousin, and moved with him to North Platte to help build a wall to keep the zombies in the West. Krista fell in love with Quinn, a survivor and fighter from the zombie-infested wildlands of the West, and together they freed the garrison at North Platte from the power-hungry Liet.



But zombies aren’t the only enemy they have to face...



Now, North Platte is free, but Liet was not the only one using the zombie apocalypse to control their people. Florida is ruled by five ruthless Families, who use intimidation and the threat of the zombie horde to coerce their populace. Krista and Quinn hatch a desperate plan to run guns into the state and help the people revolt. Krista and Quinn, labeled as rebels run for their lives when the Families attack North Platte. The Families want them captured, the zombies want to eat them, and other survivors want them dead. Caught in between powerful forces, they must survive long enough to devise a new plan and put it into action, all while trying to solidify their new relationship and trying not to self-destruct in the meantime.







Life After the Undead
                                                                        
Book One
Pembroke Sinclair



Genre: YA Horror

Publisher: eTreasures Publishing



ISBN: ISBN-10: 1937809013

ISBN-13: 978-1937809010



Number of pages: 356



Cover Artist: Jerrod Brown









Book Description:



The world has come to an end. It doesn’t go out with a bang, or even a whimper. It goes out in an orgy of blood and the dead rising from their graves to feast on living flesh. As democracy crumples and the world melts into anarchy, five families in the U.S. rise to protect the survivors.



The undead hate a humid environment, so they are migrating westward to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors are constructing a wall in North Platte to keep the zombie threat to the west, while tyranny rules among the humans to the east.



Capable but naïve Krista is 15 when the first attacks occur, and she loses her family and barely escapes with her life. She makes her way to the wall and begins a new life. But, as the undead threat grows and dictators brainwash those she cares about, Krista must fight not only to survive but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately those she loves.

About the Author:



I write fiction under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, and I have had several short stories published. My story, “Sohei,” was named one of the Best Stories of 2008 by The Cynic Online Magazine. I have novellas and a short story collection forthcoming from Musa Publishing and eTreasures Publishing. I have two novels, Coming from Nowhere (adult, sci fi) and Life After the Undead (YA, horror), that are available from eTreasures Publishing, as well as Death to the Undead (YA, sequel to Life After the Undead), which is forthcoming. Life After the Undead was a Top Ten Finisher in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll in the YA category and the cover art category.



Under my real name, from March 2008 to January 2011, I wrote scientific articles for Western Farmer-Stockman. I have a nonfiction book, Life Lessons from Slasher Films, scheduled for release in July 2012 from Scarecrow Publishing (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield).



I have my Master’s in English, and I am a freelance content editor for Musa Publishing, as well as a former content and line editor for eTreasures Publishing.











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Monday, July 29, 2013

Trial by Fire by Margarita Gakis Spotlight









Trial by Fire

Covencraft Book One

Margarita Gakis



Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Fable Press



Date of Publication:  6/25/2013

ISBN: 978-1-939897-03-9

ASIN: B00CX779MK



Number of pages: 325

Word Count:  84,000



Cover Artist: Steven Novak






Book Description:



Jade leads a structured life:



Routine job.



Caffeine addiction.



No serious relationships.



And now, she can spontaneously set things on fire with her mind.



Well... perhaps “normal” was never in the cards for her. As she questions her own sanity and spirals out of control, a man appears on her doorstep and tells her that, like him, she’s a witch.



Pulled in all directions, her unbridled magic draws dangerous attention and Jade wonders if she’s made the worst mistake of her life by joining a coven, or if she’ll even live long enough to regret it.

 











 






Twitter:  @margaritagakis









 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author:



Margarita loves the art, creativity and romanticism of storytelling. Sometimes, however, the act of putting pen to paper proves challenging, elusive. She develops genuine, relatable characters which grow in the hearts of her readers. From that foundation, the stories flourish into a warm friend.



She enjoys pursuits which blur the lines between the analytical and creative sides of her brain. This includes her day job in electronic data management, where she uses her creativity to solve logical problems, and also her lessons learning to play the cello, where she finds beauty in the structure of music and the instrument. She believes there is a place for both logic and imagination to work together. When they do, the results are magical.



Margarita has a special spot in her heart for dogs and lives with three of them. It can be a little overwhelming but the quality snuggle time makes up for it.



Margarita lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family.






Twitter:  @margaritagakis



Facebook:  www.facebook.com/CovencraftSeries   


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Knight Blindness by Chris Karlsen Book Blitz !!

                                             Knight Blindness

 

 

About the Book


KnightBlindness HighResTitle: Knight Blindness
Author: Chris Karlsen
Series:
Format: Ebook and Print
Publication Date: July 2013 Publisher: Chris Karlsen
ISBN
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Time Travel)
Blurb:
Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy’s cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013. Grievously wounded, he’s taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he’s from another time, only to find they think him mad.
Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. Unfortunately, she too thinks him adorable, but mad. He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn’t come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013. French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn’t question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman’s helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time. Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.


About the Author

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse. http://www.chriskarlsen.com/index.html  a Rafflecopter giveaway



The Purple Heart by Christie A.C. Gucker Spotlight and Giveaway


                                                         




The Purple Heart

By: Christie A.C. Gucker



Blurb

When does hiding the truth become an outright lie?

As an Army psychologist, Sydney Porter has heard her share of horror stories. The battle-scarred, down-trodden, and guilt-ridden have come to her office, seeking her help. When a highly decorated soldier is referred to her, she feels confident she can help heal his wounds. The chemistry between herself and Sergeant Aiden Thane is instantaneous. Sparks ignite and against her friend’s advice, she opens both her home and her heart.

Torn between a voice of reason and her undeniable feelings, Sydney begins to question just what is hiding behind her lover’s decorated uniform. What secrets are hidden behind his Purple Heart?

And does she really want to know?















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About Christie A.C. Gucker


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Christie A.C. Gucker lives in NJ with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets. Being a mother is one of the greatest joys of her life. She has worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years as a degreed artist, but also works in the fine arts, especially sculpting out of stone or snapping photographs. Christie is also a singer and musician, and can be found singing on a few CDs.

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Author Info

Christie A.C. Gucker lives in NJ with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets. Being a mother is one of the greatest joys of her life. She has worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years as a degreed artist, but also works in the fine arts, especially sculpting out of stone or snapping photographs. Christie is also a singer and musician, and can be found singing on a few CDs.

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