Banished for a foolish mistake, sixteen-year-old Grit of Berth and Stone scorns the loss of her home, her honor, and her only ally. Only the weak worry about such things.
But war is brewing all across Chasmaria, and as a group of rebels pull Grit into their ranks, she begins to question what strength, courage, and honor really look like. When faced with a horrible truth about herself, Grit must either fight her way back to Thresh or live with the blood of the innocent on her hands.
bright, moonlit night, dreams of a golden-haired sireling disturbed
slumber. He was chasing her to the sea. She dove into the water, but
it was warm, not cold.
woke in a sweat. Throwing aside her blanket, she walked into the
clear air outside the cave. She sat on a log before the fire, stoking
the flames till they rose and crackled in the quiet night. As she
watched the dancing flames, Grit forced her mind to empty of all her
past experiences. She willed her memories into the middle of the fire
and imagined the flames consuming them, one by one, until every last
memory of Thresh wafted away in the fire’s
smoke. There went Turf and his taunting sneer, Dame Dara with her
unjustified disdain, Sage Brakken, Sires Pierce and Swot. Sire Stone
struggled to remain in her memory, circling her with an approving eye
during her last training session. Slate, Seal, Oath, Talon... All of
them into the fire and gone. Grit clenched her teeth and drew her
was Dame Berth, easing her dagger from its sheath and placing it in
hands after her Twelfth Branding. “Use
it honorably. This weapon wasn’t
meant for spineless babes.”
twirled the dagger between her fingers and aimed for the fire. Her
arm swung to rid herself of Dame Berth, but at the last moment, her
hand wrapped tightly around the dagger. It’s
my dagger, not hers. I won’t
throw away what’s
rightfully mine. She
sheathed her dagger and willed Dame Berth into the fire.
there were some memories that refused her attempts to cast them into
the flames, and no amount of screaming, “To Grit!” would compel
them into the fire. Coil would not abdicate his place in her memory,
and all Grit’s
efforts to dethrone him served only to reinforce his position.
waited in the meetinghouse, among the throng gathered for her Sixth
Branding. He scowled over Dame Berth’s
fence, telling Grit she’d
planted the potatoes all wrong. He laughed on the training field,
raising a sword too large for his thirteen-year-old frame and daring
her to nick him with the dagger she’d
just inherited. He lingered in every corner of Thresh, challenging
her to race him to the Western Sea. And he was in the Western Sea,
his jubilant face turned toward the sun, his arms stretched out, his
Grit! To Grit! To Grit!” Her throat burned from the refrain, but
still Coil was in her tree, his hands inches from her feet.
a rage, Grit threw her stick against a tree, dumped the contents of
her pack, and ran to the creek that passed near her cave. Her
knuckles scraped against the rocky creek bed as she pulled the pack
through the water.
Grit, to Grit, to Grit...” she muttered as she doused her fire.
fingers bleeding, she crammed her blanket into the still dripping bag
and stomped into the moonlit night.
About the Author As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own story ideas during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband, four children, and an ever-changing assortment of pets. Local librarians habitually thank her for their job security.
Tragedy strikes the Roseburg
family and leaves Mike struggling to help his wife, Mia. After losing their
only child in an accident, Mia is far from emotionally distraught…instead, she
continues on like their son is still alive.
Four months passed since the
Mike begins to work with a
psychiatrist to help his wife with her delusions when a darkness begins to
haunt them. As this dark presence becomes violent, making itself known, Mike
wonders if the illusion of their child that his wife is seeing is something far
With the dark force looming over
them, Mike is left questioning his own sanity as he tries to unravel what is
real and what is not.
Soon he realizes…
Something is dreadfully wrong.
Growing up on an old dirty road
in the middle of nowhere, as a child Candis used her love for books as a way to
escape reality (and her brother constantly trying to kill her—literally). She
blames her love of all things Horror on being born on Friday the 13th and will
always find joy in scaring her friends.
You will find a little piece of
her in every book she writes. She loves a good happy ending, but most of the
time she prefers one she never saw coming.
When she’s not writing or
reading, she can usually be found chasing her children around. She currently
lives in Rome, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. And her fat
Breanne Sullivan never expected to find love again. Allowing herself to move on wasn’t easy, and now it may be too late. Determined to give herself a second chance, she will go to any lengths to prove her love to Drew. If only she could find him.
Desperate to numb his heartache in the wake of Breanne’s rejection, with something other than women and booze, Drew Scott packs his bags for the West Coast. Distance and a fresh start are just what he needs to heal the wounds caused by the only woman to ever captivate his heart.
But when the past and present collide in an unexpected way, Breanne and Drew quickly learn that things aren’t always what they seem. Caught between solving the mysteries that haunt them and getting the happily ever after they deserve, the two once again find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that could destroy them both.
Answers come at a dangerous price. Sacrifices must be made in order to protect the ones they love. Can Breanne prove her love to Drew before its too late? Or will opposing forces interfere and destroy any chance of them having a future together?
Meet the Author
Teresa Michaels lives in the New England area with her husband and children. Curveball is her debut novel.
Welcome to the release day event for Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. Slayed on the Slopes released March 31st by Kensington Publishing.
About the Book:
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .
She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers—Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!
Praise For Scene Of The Climb
“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” –Library Journal
Welcome to the top of the world. Okay, well maybe not quite. Welcome to the top of Oregon. In the second installment of the PNW Mystery Series Meg Reed is on the slopes of Oregon’s highest peak—Mt. Hood. She’s on assignment for Northwest Extreme to cover an intensive training weekend with the Ridge Rangers, a group of mountain guides who are dedicated to helping novice climbers trek to the summit.
Meg has high hopes for her weekend at high altitude. She plans to cozy up in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate. She’s thrilled to be spending the weekend at the historic Timberline Lodge, one of Oregon’s most famed hotels and a national monument.
The iconic lodge sits at 6,000 feet in elevation and is a testament to American craftsmanship and resolve. It was constructed in just fifteen months as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Unemployed workers from all over the country traveled to Mt. Hood to learn a new trade. They carted timber from the surrounding forest to carve out the lodge’s magnificent staircases and wood-beamed ceilings.
Today the lodge houses guests from all over the globe, making it one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions. In partnership with the National Forest Service, Timberline maintains the same high-quality craftsmanship as it did back in the 1930s. All the brightly colored Pendleton blankets in each quest room are woven by hand. The lodge is like stepping back in time. Down each cheery hallway you’ll discover Native American artwork, vintage ski photos, wood carvings, and stunning views of the summit and the entire Cascade Mountain Range.
After a long day on the slopes, you can gather in front of the giant basalt fireplace with steaming mugs of hot cocoa to warm your hands, or head to the Blue Ox Bar or Ram’s Head for a pint of Ice Axe Ale. You can soak your toes in Timberline’s outdoor hot tub or take a refreshing swim in its year-round heated outdoor pool. There’s nothing more magical than swimming as snowflakes fall and skiers fly past you.
When Meg arrives at the lodge she learns that the Ridge Rangers are actually meeting at the Silcox Hut, which is located a thousand vertical feet above Timberline and accessible only by snowcat or the chairlift. Meg’s not a fan of heights, so she opts for a bumpy ride up to the remote hut in the snowcat. The SilcoxHut is equally charming and fashioned after the lodge. Maybe she’ll be able to have her relaxing weekend after all… or maybe she’s going to be in way over her head.
Don't miss out on the first book, Scene of the Climb, available now!
Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first
book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.
Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.
Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.
Winter warmer package- signed copy of Slayed on the Slopes, Signed copy of Scene of the Climb, Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix, Oregon Chai Tea, 1 Pound of Coffee and Collectable Mt. Hood art coaster (US)
Ends April 21, 2015
by a true story, The Soul Retrieval is a suspenseful tale of love,
loss and healing which follows traumatized southern beauty Henrietta
Clayborn as she moves between her home in a small South Carolina town
and the New Mexico Native American reservation whose spontaneous
healings keep drawing her physician husband back. Tortured by her
awful secrets, Henrietta struggles to thrive in either locale, but it
is her unlikely friendship with Joe Loco––an eccentric Native
American mystic with an Elvis fetish and a gift for healing––that
shows her the way to be whole again.
the late 1950s, The Soul Retrieval is richly woven with spiritual
insights but also deadly secrets, forbidden healings, a murder
mystery, stunning scenery and an unforgettable cast of characters.
of transcendent and inspiring power that is both entertaining and
enlightening, readers will be cheering for the uptight woman from
South Carolina to push through her fears of the forbidden as she
searches for truth and healing, faces great obstacles on the frontier
of self and ultimately becomes more than she ever thought possible.
finishing the second nocturne, he looked up at her. “You know that
I’ve been researching the high incidence of spontaneous healings
here, right?” Jeff was both a lead physician and medical researcher
at the Medichero Indian Hospital. He reached for a pack of cigarettes
from the pocket of his short-sleeved white shirt.
Henrietta said. She barely heard what he said. How am I going to get
into it? How am I going to tell him? She had asked herself these
questions at least a million times. She picked up a pen and notebook
from the coffee table, trying to keep her hands busy.
smoked in silence a moment before continuing. “There’s more to it
than even I imagined.”
to what?” she asked. She absently doodled on the page without
looking up. How am I going to tell him?
blew smoke. “The spontaneous healings that I’m so interested in
... the medicine men here seem to be doing something real to affect
had her attention. “They are?” She looked at him. “Like what?”
of answering, Jeff got up and turned toward the bay windows that
cradled the piano in a small alcove off the living room of the
doctor’s cottage. His silhouette against the bright morning light
was a man-shaped eclipse, his muscled edges luminous and blurred by
the smoldering tobacco. It gave him an unworldly appearance, and
Henrietta was reminded about how often she felt like an outsider
here, and even back home.
Bio and Links:
Jarvie has a B.A. in journalism and more than twenty-five years’
experience as an award-winning writer in advertising and public
relations agencies, both in South Carolina and Chicago. She now lives
near Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends part of her time as a
freelance copywriter and the rest writing fiction.
Retrieval was inspired by Jarvie’s maternal grandmother’s
fascinating life on Indian reservations, where she lived with her
physician husband until his mysterious and untimely death.
violets, buttercream…but he craves her kiss most of
as a boy, Ewan Hales is proud to make his living as secretary to the
manager at Redcake’s Tea Shop. But the startling news that he’s
heir to the Earl of Fitzwalter changes everything. While tendering
his resignation to lovely Matilda Redcake, however, Ewan is struck by
her spirit, the luscious bow of her lips—and a realization. Matilda
might not marry a working man—but will she wed a future nobleman?
unruly hair and roguish kisses are tempting, but Matilda has far too
many problems to consider romance. With sabotage at a cake factory
threatening the family empire, she must focus her considerable
willpower on keeping Redcake’s from ruin—until she learns that
her young son has been kidnapped. Together, she and Ewan must uncover
the truth before they can savor the sweet freedom of love…
Taste of Scandal is
a delicious, multi-layered Victorian treat.” –Gina
Robinson, author of The
Last Honest Seamstress and
the Agent Ex series
Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before
she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as
home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story
at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the
University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery
short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of
romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in
the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the
rapid changes of the nineteenth century.
The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a
bestseller at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and
son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of
her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the
living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.
Single mom with two teens,grandma of a beautiful baby that I adore,christian,SPED and Elementary Ed. certified,substitute teacher,love to read and watch movies,like hanging out with friends and going to the park. Passionate about fighting Human Trafficking,Abuse,Mental Illness,Cancer,and Bullying.I review mostly YA. Due to content I only will review some NA and rarely Adult books. I will soon be hosting Blog Tour services. If you would like to request a review, spotlight, giveaway, or Blog Tour info,etc. You may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
didn’t want to die, but he just couldn’t take it anymore.
Dwight’s pills seemed to promise escape… and escape is exactly
what he gets. He ends up in a world reminiscent of his childhood
Wonderland, but nothing is as it was in Alice’s day. The Outerlands
are a twisted version of his favorite story, with strange characters
and unnatural dangers. Before he can get used to his new home, it’s
threatened by an outside force. Will Alex ever find a place where he
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Jared R. Lopatin:
from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jared fell in love with stories at a
very young age. This love led him to major in English and Theatre, a
decision that brought him many adventures, such as performing in
Footloose, Cats, and West Side Story.
first full novel, Rising
was started backstage during a production of South Pacific in
Indiana. Five years later, his debut novel was complete and he headed
back to school for his Masters in Special Education. By the time he
graduated, he had written the following two books in the trilogy,
He used his school experiences as a base for his standalone novel,
Play It By Ear.
His newest novels, The
are slated for release in 2015.
currently lives in New York City with his cats, Benedick and
Beatrice. He works during the day as a high school English teacher
and theatre director at a Deaf school.
If a painting in the home of your perfect man reflects your dreams of doom, do you run, or do you dare to embrace love?
While Lizetta lives a life of compassion, childhood bullying over a few extra pounds have caused this sparky woman to lose sight of the beauty of her soul. Jensen’s recent past is filled with substance abuse, shady morals, and loose women. A brutal wake up call forced him to find his way back to the gentle soul he once was; however, there are some whose futures depend on the return of the demon.
Souls can heal, but how long can they fight the forces that seek to destroy them? If one of those forces is the person who shattered your self-image, and she is determined to take down the one you love, could you still believe that everyone deserves a second chance?
About the Author
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane's 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun's crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n' roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.