Friday, 24 July 2015

A Thin Slice of Heaven by p.m.terrell.‏




It's Friday!!!
Whoot! Whoot!

Let's get this summer weekend started with A Thin Slice of Heaven, a juicy paranormal-romance from author p.m. terrell.

You know it's not very often I have such established authors visit my blog, but when I'm lucky enough to have them, I love to find out their thoughts about the publishing industry. 

Sooo, I call p.m. terrell to center stage.
Take it away. 

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What would I tell a new author?

My first book was published in 1984, eight years before smart phones, sixteen years before the iPad and fourteen years before Google launched. Most people didn’t have email addresses, queries were done the old-fashioned way with self-addressed-stamped-envelopes for the return of printed manuscripts, and editing was done with red pens. I’ve seen more changes in the publishing industry than I ever could have imagined, and one of the most profound changes has come through the rise of Indie authors and pop-up publishers.

So what would I tell a new author who is just getting started in this industry?

    1) Don’t quit your day job. It was true then and it’s still true today. You might believe your manuscript is the best thing to hit the world since fires and wheels, but trust me: it isn’t. Unless your publisher specifically tells you that they’re investing tens of thousands of dollars in your promotion and marketing campaign, you are not going to have people lined up around the block just for a glimpse of you. You won’t reach the New York Times bestseller list without somebody’s deep pockets, and your income probably won’t fund that yacht you’ve had your eyes on.
    
    2) Get your ego off your shoulder. There really is no room for big egos in the publishing industry. Publishers and literary agents will recognize an inflated ego from miles away and the doors will slam in your face. You are not special just because you wrote a book; you’re only special if you wrote a great one. And you won’t be the judge of that; the public will.
    
    3) Never write to stroke your image. If the reason you are writing that manuscript is for people to praise you, then stop writing now. If you ask someone for an opinion, be prepared for an honest one—and whatever you do, don’t shoot the messenger.
    
    4) Write because it makes you feel good. Every successful author knows what its like to be “in the zone” –as if the words, scenes and characters were being handed to you by some unseen muse. If your book is never published and another soul never reads it, it’s still a worthwhile venture if you enjoyed writing it or the act of writing transformed you.
    
    5) Never preach. Your book should never seek to impart your personal viewpoints unless you already have a claim to fame as a political pundit, religious zealot or noted expert, and the book is an extension of that. Otherwise, keep your opinions to yourself.
    
    6) Have a point. Don’t meander all over the place. Point A is where you started and Point Z is where you’ll end. It’s the telling of how you reached that final destination that is the story, and it must be concise and entertaining. Keep your plot in mind every step of the way.
    
    7) Keep it moving. Life is filled with minutiae. Books are not. Every page must propel the story forward; if it doesn’t, it’s just bogging things down.
    
    8) Learn the industry. Whether you are traditionally published or self-published, it benefits everybody if you can learn as much as possible about this industry: the editing process, the production process, distribution, retailers, publishers, marketing and promotional campaigns, royalty statements, assessing what works and what doesn’t. Because when that book is out of your hands, its success remains in your hands.
    
    9) Have a plan. Develop a strategy for getting your name and your book in front of the public, whether it’s through media coverage, physical book signings, Internet appearances, or a combination. Then be ready at a moment’s notice to change it, tweak it, fix it or start over. This industry is moving fast and, as Stewart Brand stated, “…if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.” He might have said it about technology but it’s true in the publishing industry as well.

   
   10) Remember it is a journey. Writing the book is the easy part; marketing it will be the most difficult task you’ll ever undertake unless you’re already a successful marketing guru. At one time, publishers gave books three months to sink or swim but that isn’t true anymore. You can’t give up three months or six months or nine months down the road. And if you can’t learn to enjoy the ride, it isn’t worth doing.


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I have to say that is some of the best advise I've read for a new author in a long time
Thank you so much for sharing.

Now on to the good stuff, so grab a comfy chair and a cool drink because this little gem will have you hooked and wanting more in no time.

Enjoy!!!









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p.m.terrell will be awarding a Celtic Butterfly Suncatcher similar to the one mentioned in the book, symbolizing both the never-ending cycle of life and the metamorphosis of a butterfly to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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A Thin Slice

   of Heaven
by  p.m. terrell


She had arranged to meet her husband in Northern Ireland for a second honeymoon, but when Charleigh arrives at the remote castle, she receives a message that he won’t be coming—and that he’s leaving her for another woman.

Stranded for the weekend by a snowstorm that has blocked all access to the castle, she finds herself three thousand miles from home in a country she knows nothing about.

She is soon joined by Sean Bracken, the great-grandson of Laird Bracken, the original owner of the castle, and she finds herself falling quickly and madly in love with him. There’s just one problem: he’s dead.


As the castle begins to come alive with secrets from centuries past, she finds herself trapped between parallel worlds. Caught up in a mass haunting, she can no longer recognize the line between the living and the dead. Now she’s discovering that her appearance there wasn’t by accident—and her life is about to change forever.


Excerpt

“What’s happening?” Charleigh whispered. Her throat had grown dry and her voice was hoarse with tension. Though she attempted to keep her tone low so they would remain unobserved, it sounded loud and harsh in the strident atmosphere that seemed suddenly to have gripped the village. She felt anxiety growing deep within her and the urge to get back to the castle burgeoned with ferocity and urgency; but she realized with a sickening sensation in the pit of her soul that the growing inharmonious throngs were between them and the sanctuary of her room.

“Do not be afraid, m’ Leah,” Sean answered. He did not whisper but his voice was deep and taut. After a moment, he said, “They are reenacting an event that occurred… some time ago.”

“Oh,” she breathed. She should have felt relief but her insides continued to roil as if his explanation did not match the scene unfolding before her. Nervously, she said, “Reenactors. We have them in America.”

“You have witnessed them, then?”

“Yes. I find them very interesting…” She forced the words past her dry lips. “They reenact battles from the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, mainly.”

As the churning skies turned to the color of tar, Charleigh could discern the sources of the strange glow: they were torches held aloft by dozens of people. More were joining them, stragglers rushing from the village to catch up, while they began to spread apart in a more orderly column as they converged on the flat land they’d crossed on their way into the village. One man in the forefront stopped and began pointing and directing those that followed.


“These reenactments,” Sean continued, “were the people alive?”
Author Bio

p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books in five genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, romance, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret Service, U.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence, themes that have carried forward to her suspense.


She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, an organization committed to raising public awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She is the organizer and chairperson of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in the real town of Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime. For more information on this event and the literacy campaigns funded by it, visit www.bookemnc.org.


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Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Frailty of Things by Tamsen Schultz





Hi All!

Today my guest is Author Tamsen Schultz. The lovely Goddess' have organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for Tamsen's romantic suspense...The Frailty of Things, available now from Booktrope Editions.

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10 Things most people don’t know about...Tamsen Schultz.


1) I went to a girls’ high school and a women’s college (and I wouldn’t have it any other way). Although my family wasn’t catholic at the time, I did attend an Ursuline High School and then went on to attend Mount Holyoke College. I’m lucky to still call women from both of those institutions some of my closest friends. Here’s a few of us hanging out after 25+ years of friendship – not much has changed other than we drink nice wine now rather than cheap beer:








2) There are six people in my life to whom I can tell anything – I’m a very lucky girl. And yes, sometimes shades of them show up in my books.

3) I was the Area VI (California) Junior Novice Rider of the Year in 1988 (and please don’t comment on just how long ago that was!). I had a Morgan I competed at both Novice and Training levels before acquiring my slightly more athletic thoroughbreds for the upper levels. But “He’s a Society Dandy” (AKA Dandy) was the best first horse a girl could wish for (despite being somewhat of a grumpy old man).

4) While I love living in California, there’s nothing quite like sitting in front of a fire on a snowy night with a glass of whiskey. It’s peaceful, and yummy, and yes, just a little bit romantic too.

5) Speaking of which, I love whiskey and bourbon. This probably doesn’t qualify as something people don’t know about me since it shows up in my books a lot and it’s come up a time or two during interviews. So, while I’m including it in this list, I’m not really giving it its own number, it’s really more of a 4(a) than a fact 5. Here’s my current go to:


6) I love white water rafting. I haven’t done a ton of it, but I love the combination of being somewhere so peaceful and beautiful punctuated by occasional bouts of physical exertion and the reminder than everything isn’t always as safe as it sometimes seems.

7) I crave a sense of awe (and revel in it when I find it). Seriously, there is nothing better than finding something—an image, a place, a person, or just something—that makes you wonder.

8) I’ve worked with women leaders from all over world. For a few years I worked at private foundation that supported women peacemakers (and peacekeepers) from areas of conflict. I had the privilege of working with women from all walks of life and at all stages of life from places like Sudan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, India, Pakistan, Northern Ireland, the United States, Bosnia, Serbia, and South Africa.

9) I’ve been to Sarajevo. Hhmm, maybe this should be fact 8(a) since as part of the aforementioned job, I travelled to Sarajevo a few years after the war ended. It was an incredible trip for so many reasons. I’d love to go back now that nearly two decades have passed.

10) I’m fascinated by the psychology of negotiations and have a negotiators crush on Matthias Schranner. Prior to law school, I worked in the field of international conflict resolution and since law school, I’ve tended to find myself in roles that require/involve a lot of negotiation. I took a course last year offered by Matthias Schranner and it was one of the best negotiation courses I’ve ever taken. And yes, I totally developed a negotiators crush on him (that’s not like a real crush crush since I’m married and so is he, but I’m way crushing on all the work he’s done and experiences he’s had). 
    Here’s my negotiation idol:







11)  I took a burlesque dance class. I’m not sure why, but I did and I had a good time. This wasn’t a one-time class either. It was an eight week course. Although I will say that while I enjoyed the class, I’m not too sad that I had to miss the final, public performance.





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Tamsen Schultz will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.
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   THE
 FRAILTY
OF THINGS
by  Tamsen Schultz

Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn't make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.


Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.

 



EXCERPT
“We need to talk,” Caleb said. Kit didn’t respond for a moment. She and her brother didn’t talk. They never talked. Not anymore. There had been a time in their lives when that hadn’t been the case. There had been a time when she’d idolized her older brother, when he’d looked out for her, when they’d gone fishing together, and when she had believed that he had an answer for everything.

But that time had long ago passed, and they hadn’t been in each other’s presence for more than a few days a year for over a decade. Kit started to speak but stopped short when a second figure emerged from the passenger side of Caleb’s car.

She was glad her face was hidden in the shadows of her hat and scarf as Garret Cantona, her brother’s right-hand man, straightened to his full height. Kit was tall, easily five foot eleven, but Garret’s six-foot-three form dwarfed hers. Like Caleb, he wore jeans and work boots, but rather than a jacket, Garret sported a black sweater and a gray beanie. She knew the hat covered light-brown hair that, if it got too long, curled in ways that bothered him. And she felt, more than saw, his light-blue eyes—eyes rimmed with thick, black lashes—studying her.

“And I see you brought your Mini-Me,” she added, forcing her gaze from Garret back to her brother in time to see a look of irritation flicker across Caleb’s face.





AUTHOR BIO 
Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.




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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Fallback by Lori Whitwam #zombies #giveaway





It's ZOMBIE time!!!

Ha! I just love zombie themes. I always thought there was something comical about the slow moving undead of the movies in the '70's. But nowadays, with the new and improved and apparently Olympic caliber corpses running around, that scares me and my active imagination half to death. I still love it though! tee hee!

If you're like me and hooked on zombies, boy have I got a book or rather a series of books for you.

FALLBACK is book 2 in The Dead Survive series by Lori Whitwam. 

Check it out zombie-fans!










****GIVEAWAY ALERT****
Lori will be awarding one prize pack consisting of $25 Amazon/BN GC, plus a signed print copy of Fallback, as well as bookmarks and magnets (international) to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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FALLBACK 
The Dead Survive, Book 2

by  Lori Whitwam


After being rescued from a brutal band of marauders, Ellen Hale rebuilt her life in the fortified neighborhood that became her home. A heartbreaking decision and devastating loss pushed her to become a fierce fighter, because weakness only got you and those you loved killed.

Now her community is facing a deadly threat, and Ellen has another choice to make.

Ellen volunteers as a member of fallback team three, tasked with establishing a temporary refuge for their citizens in the event their community is overrun by the enemy. As the danger intensifies, she and her adopted sister, Melissa, set off with the rest of their team on the road trip from hell.

Their mission is cloaked in secrecy, but suspicions of a traitor arise.

Something is affecting the zombies’ migration patterns, and when blacksmith Tyler Garrett is discovered trapped in a farmhouse, the team refuses to trust him. But Ellen believes his story, and it’s not just because of his rugged, blond good looks and soft-spoken manner—his skills can greatly benefit their team.

As the team struggles to reach the fallback, previously secure locations are overrun, and their chances of success seem remote. With the likelihood of a traitor nearly certain, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, Ellen must figure out who to trust before the traitor—or the zombies—destroy them all.

Is there a spy among the fallback team,or is there another threat lurking in the Kentucky hills?



Excerpt
We raced to the east gate, while Melissa and Faith clambered up the ladder to the guard tower. The two men currently on watch brought us up to speed. “Forty or fifty,” one told us. “Came from the logging road on the north side of the clearing, not moving fast, but clustered tight and coming steady.”

Marcus gave a terse nod, and we were out the gate, which was secured behind us. We fanned out before the advancing zombies, automatically pairing off with fighters we knew. Rebecca and I drifted to the right, angled slightly away from each other to widen our collective range of vision.

“We got this,” my partner said confidently, tucking her braid down the back of her shirt and giving her sword a practice swing.

This pack of zombies was a mixed one. There were some that seemed—for lack of a better word—fresher, and those moved a little faster than the ones with more wear and tear on their bodies. Funny how missing a foot or having a knee bent the wrong way slowed you down, even if you were already dead.

I selected my first target, a woman with half her scalp missing, the remaining strands of steel-colored hair trailing down over the shoulder of a tattered and gore-encrusted knit poncho. I didn’t think the garment had been stylish even when its owner was alive. Gave a whole new meaning to “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that.” I swung my machete, putting an end forever to her final fashion faux pas. 



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Author Bio


Lori spent her early years reading books in a tree in northern West Virginia. The 1980s and 90s found her and her husband moving around the Midwest, mainly because it was easier to move than clean the apartment. After seventeen frigid years in Minnesota, she fled to coastal North Carolina in 2013. She will never leave, and if you try to make her, she will hurt you.

She has worked in public libraries, written advertising copy for wastewater treatment equipment, and managed a holistic veterinary clinic. Her current day job, conducted from her World Headquarters and Petting Zoo (her couch) is as Managing Editor for Limitless Publishing, as well as editing for a select list of indie author.

Her dogs are a big part of her life, and she has served or held offices in Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees rescues, a humane society, a county kennel club, and her own chapter of Therapy Dogs International.

She has been a columnist and feature writer for auto racing and pet publications, and won the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award for a series of humor essays.


Parents of a grown son, Lori and her husband were high school sweethearts, and he manages to love her in spite of herself. Some of his duties include making sure she always has fresh coffee and safe tires, trying to teach her to use coupons, and convincing the state police to spring her from house arrest in her hotel room in time for a very important concert. That last one only happened once—so far—but she still really, really appreciates it.







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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Myth & Magic by Mae Clair



Time for a little MAGIC to spice up the mid-week blues.

The Goddess' are host a Virtual Tour for Myth AND Magic a romantic Suspense available June 9, 2015 from Lyrical Press.













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Mae will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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  Myth
         AND

Magic
by  Mae Clair


Love and danger intertwine


AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…

Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith's past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?


Excerpt
“Caith?” she echoed dumbly.

“Mind lowering the light?”

Veronica dropped the beam to the floor where it bounced off faded denim and brown work boots. She had a vague sense of his height, pinned between him and the shelving unit. He held a flashlight in his hand, smaller than hers, something that would easily fit into his pocket. Sidestepping, she swept her own light to both corners making sure there were no other surprises. “What are you doing in the basement?”

“I came in through the storm doors a while ago.”

“They weren’t locked?”

“Not when I got here.”

She frowned, disturbed by the idea of Caith snooping around without her knowledge. “You could have saved me three years of gray hair by coming through the front door like everyone else.”

“Sorry.”

She doubted he was.

Now that her eyes had adjusted, she could see him better. Wiry and lanky as a youth,

he’d developed the muscle and definition that comes with maturity. Tall, broad of shoulder, and narrow through the hips, he carried a trim, athletic physique. His hair was shorter, black as the raven he’d been named for, and tapered against his neck in a becoming cut. Piercing blue eyes held her gaze, causing her heart to hammer faster. The good-looking boy she remembered had grown into a thoroughly handsome man.

He frowned. “What are you doing in the basement in the dark?”

“The light doesn’t work.”

“I figured that out.”

Heat flushed her face. “So that private investigator’s license is good for something after all?”

Caith chuckled softly. “Maybe we should start over.”

Veronica opened her mouth to snap a reply. Before she could formulate a single pointed word, a shrill scream jarred her to the bone. She felt the blood drain from her face as the horrified shriek shuddered into silence, then started again, climbing in volume.

“Alma!” she cried.


Of one accord, she and Caith bolted for the stairs.


Author Bio 


Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.net





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