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by Nancy Adams

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Gypsy Hunted by Andrea Drew #Paranormal #thriller # Giveaway #Interview






Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Tour for GYPSY HUNTED by Andrea Drew, a paranormal (psychic) thriller available October 28, 2014 in eBook and in print late November.





  



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Interview Time!!!!

What is your biggest inspiration?

Apart from the fact that I love to write fiction, I get my inspiration in few different ways, which when combined create the magic I need to write a novel.  I brainstorm with a writing friend occasionally and its great fun to play around with different ideas.  The inspiration for the novel I’m working on now, Gypsy Cradle has come about almost the same way I gained the inspiration to write Gypsy Hunted.  General observation of people and situations around me, until I found one small thing that gets me thinking “What if…?”  combine that with recent (usually criminal) events reported in the media and a whole lot of imagination and in a rush of enthusiasm and excitement a novel begins to take shape.



Where did you get the inspiration to write (book name)?

A friend and I Eve are both busy working mums but decided to meet up every couple of weeks to motivate each other and play around with story ideas.  Originally we decided we’d motivate and inspire each other ideas wise, and be accountable to each other and report back on short stories we’d written, as we planned to enter our short stories into competitions.

I found a short story competition with the theme of “Time” and came up with an idea that involved a telepath or psychic and threw around some ideas with Eve.  That week I started writing the short story but found I couldn’t stop I was fascinated by the story and characters, a fantastic feeling.  From here I kept on going and would bring in pages and pages for my writing buddy.  Eventually it was getting so long that it was costing me a fortune in printing and taking Eve a long time to read.  So I realized then it would become a novel, and so it has!





What research went into (book name)?

Originally there was no research at all done I was swept away by the idea for the story.  As time went on though I realized I knew nothing about police investigation.  I read a book called “Howdunit book of police investigation” by Lee Lofland which was invaluable.  As the book is set in Melbourne Australia, I also, believe it or not googled Australian police weapons, vehicles and procedure and there it was!

The characters are a combination of people I’ve met and imagination.  I’ve started a little research on the next book which involves poisons, which is fun!  My husband says he feels a little afraid though.



Why did you pick (genre)?

I didn’t really write for a genre but before writing my first novel, as a reader I gravitated toward mystery/thrillers and so decided this would be the best genre to write in, write what you know and all that.  However, I mixed in a few other elements and genres that I enjoy.  So Gypsy Hunted is primarily a thriller/suspense but also has elements of paranormal and romance in there without going overboard. Basically I wrote what I wanted to read.  I do like sci-fi/fantasy as well, and may venture into that genre, but then again I may not!   I have three Gypsy Shields novel books planned out so will write those three first then reconsider.




What's in a name?

A title to me has to not only communicate the story, but also needs to excite and entice the reader.  Hopefully Gypsy Hunted does that.  Having said that, the title for this book was originally Gypsy Hunter.  It was intended to be a verb in that Gypsy, the main character is being hunted, so the title referred to the bad guy hunting her.  However after surveying it (I survey just about everything, it’s the copywriter in me) I found people thought Gypsy Hunter was the main characters name, so I changed it to Gypsy Hunted to hopefully reflect the fact that the main character is hunted.



Your favorite aspect about being an Author?

That I can create characters and world and the story goes where the characters and I want it to.  I also like the idea of writing a character that is likeable but has human faults.  There’s nothing worse for me than a perfectly evil villain, or a perfectly good person.  We’re just not made that way, we can be a complex mix of good and evil.  I love writing a good story but a realistic story, something where the reader turns the pages to find out what happens next, but with relatable events and characters with real life problems.  Creating worlds, scenarios, characters and events is the best kind of fun there is!



The hardest part about writing is…

Setting aside the time to write.  Who the hell invented housework anyway?  Also when I’m writing the first draft, most authors let go and let it all come out in a rush.  I do that to a degree, but it’s not easy.  I’m so tempted sometimes to go back and fix sections when I’m still in the early days.  Also writing every day can be a challenge.  I recommend this to all writers, but in the chaos of life, family and business responsibilities it can be difficult but I try to do so, even if it is only a couple of hundred words on frantically busy days.



A day with (you) behind the scenes.

I wake up bleary eyed and head downstairs to help get my three children ready for school.  Once the chaos and arguments about socks and lunches is over, I come back home (I have an office attached to the house) and check emails and phone messages.  If I’m very lucky, I can get started on fiction writing straight away and will spend around 2 hours writing.  This gets me anywhere between 500 and 2000 words.  From there I respond to client emails and phone calls, write resumes and copy and intersperse it with housework (*sigh* if and when I become rich, my first investment will be in a housekeeper)
Around 3.30pm I pick up said children, then its witching hour with dinner baths and bed.  Then if I haven’t collapsed with exhausted, I’ll do some marketing work on the books.



Ideal writing space

Actually I’m pretty happy with my writing space although of course writing on a yacht or a beach from my laptop sounds pretty ideal!  I have a writing bunker in my office, which seats four people comfortably and has a separate entrance.  The home we live in now was quite a find.  Ideally I’d write in my bunker for weeks at a time uninterrupted but sadly my life doesn’t quite work that way.  I do have a window next to my desk though, and can look out onto my front garden, which is lovely in spring and summer.



Where do ideas come from?

As a writer, I get my inspiration from the every day.  As a young girl I experienced this almost constantly.  I’d look at people on the bus and train and imagine their stories.  Why were they travelling?  Who were they?  What problems were they trying to solve?  Married?  Alone and lonely?  I find these questions help me to this day, I will see events and people around me and ask myself questions about them.  When this combines with a seemingly unrelated event (for example something reported in the news) the two things mess together, and an idea for a story forms.  From here I roughly plot it all out (and I do mean roughly) and if the story is good enough and excites me enough, I’ll get going on writing it.






GYPSY 
HUNTED
by Andrea Drew


Reluctant psychic Gypsy Shields—she prefers the term "intuition consultant"—finds herself in trouble when, on her way home from a blind date, she interrupts a kidnapping in progress. She attempts to intervene, and her heroics are repaid with a collision between the attacker's van and a brick wall. She awakens in the hospital, paralyzed on her left side and unable to speak. This also means she's unable to share her vital information as a witness. Fortunately, she is able to use her telepathic connection with her niece to throw a line out to a police detective she knows: Connor Reardon, her blind date.

Connor will do anything to protect Gypsy, and he listens to her claims of psychic power willingly, as he's concealing certain powers of his own. Nor are they all he's concealing. Gypsy senses a part of her new ally's mind is closed to her—what she cannot know is that Connor suspects the kidnapper is someone close to him, and the kidnapping victim holds secrets that will tear through Connor's department, putting careers and lives at risk. Including Gypsy, still in hospital and vulnerable as the attacker turns his sights on her once again.

Can she use her powers to track down the perpetrator and prevent her own murder?




Excerpt

As a telepath, I pick up on feelings and instinct more than most. Other people like to call me a psychic medium, but I’m not really comfortable with the label.  Apart from the fact that I do it for love, not money, I’m sure once someone learns I’m a telepath they conjure up images of dodgy fraudsters on stage at mass events, feeding grieving families what they desperately need. I’d rather not expose myself to more ridicule than necessary. My abilities happened almost by accident—apparently my grandmother was ‘fey,’ as my mother enjoyed mentioning.

I was sure the pinging, nagging doubt had something to do with Aaron’s home life. “What about you, Gypsy? What do you do?” Connor relaxed his posture, the glass poised before his mouth. He had taken on a different look, probably from the wine, or even better, from unfulfilled lust.

“I write business plans. I’ve also been told I have pretty damn good intuition.”

That seemed to spark Connor’s interest.  He pulled at the other earlobe.

“Oh yeah? What does your intuition tell you about me, then?”

“That you seem like a nice enough guy.”

Connor moistened his lips, which quivered with what I suspected was amusement as he sat legs wide apart

“And?”

“And you’re fishing for compliments that I’m not going to give you just yet.”

Connor threw his head back, indulging in a belly laugh. The rich, throaty sound filled me with pleasure. A smile I couldn’t suppress burst through.

“That’s a fair call, Gypsy, fair call.”


The silence was a comfortable one, our shared joke establishing the early threads of friendship. 





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Author Bio 

Andrea Drew has been a commercial copy writer and resume writer for over a decade.

She's written for celebrity stylists, assisted business coaches and start-ups, written grants for not for profits, delivered marketing presentations to business owners, and attends Australian writing conventions.

Her self-published book "Pro Resumes Made Easy" has been downloaded over 40,000 times.

Andrea has one husband (more than enough), three kids, a pet rock (her daughters not hers), and a house in the suburbs, where she's hard at work on the second novel in the Gypsy series.

Email her at andrea@andrea-drew.com.


Gypsy Hunted her first fiction novel (her first suspense thriller set in her home town of Melbourne Australia) is available for pre-order on Amazon prior to release on October 28 2014.





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Friday, 14 November 2014

Nowhere to Run by Jeanne Bannon #Giveaway #Thriller





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NOWHERE
       TO
     Run
by  Jeanne Bannon





What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?





Excerpt
The ghosts of those we love never leave us. They live on in our hearts but break them too, Lily thought as she flipped the sign on the door of the Higgstown Diner from “Open” to “Closed.” Then she sank wearily onto a stool at the counter, finally at the end of the workday. Now she could let loose the heaviness weighing her down. Hot tears stung her eyes and she let them. It was OK. There was no one around to witness her breakdown. She rested her head in her hands and heaved with sobs.

“Sara, please talk to me. Give me a sign you’re still around,” Lily said to the air. “I miss you so much.” More tears washed down her cheeks. It had been three months since her sister’s death, and there was still no escaping Sara’s ghost. Even the chipped Arborite counter where she now sat, with the wonky red upholstered stool that swiveled just a little too much to the right, brought back memories. Lily could see her older sister as plainly as if she were standing in front of her now, black hair piled high in a bun and that blue eye shadow she was so fond of. Lily smiled through her tears.

Sara had been a whiz at the grill, whipping up orders faster than Lily ever could. God, how long had the diner been a part of their lives? More than twenty-five years, she guessed. They were just kids when their mother, Nancy, bought the place—Lily, seven, and Sara, twelve.

A creak came from the back of the diner. Lily lifted her head to listen. Another small groan of the floorboards. Could Sara be giving her a sign?

“Sara?” Lily slid off the stool.

A tall, dark figure loomed in the doorway.

Lily froze, her heart near exploding. “What do you want?” she choked out in a thin voice.

He stepped nearer. “Open the register.” His voice was a deep whisper.

A balaclava hid his face; the seams of a dark gray coat strained over a thickly muscled physique. He aimed the gun in his right hand at her chest.

Her feet seemed rooted to the floor.

“I said, open the register.”

The man moved close enough for Lily to catch his scent—a mix of sweat and cheap aftershave. He shoved her forward, snapping her from her stupor, and followed as she made her way behind the counter to the cash register.

A glowing red light caught her attention. She hadn’t turned off the coffee maker! In one quick movement, Lily grabbed the pot’s plastic handle and launched the scorching brew at the woolen knit of the intruder’s balaclava. The gun landed with a thud between his booted feet as he clawed at the steaming mask plastered to his face.

Now was her chance. Lily shouldered past him to the front door. Her fingers, thick and clumsy with panic, fumbled as she tried in vain to turn the two deadbolt locks. She ordered herself to calm down. Take a breath. C’mon, you can do this, she told herself, but her heart jackhammered in her chest, and her ears pulsed with the rush of blood behind them.

Suddenly, a face appeared on the other side of the glass front door of the diner, sending Lily backward, nearly tripping over her own feet.

The stranger on the other side of the door took her in. A look of confusion flickered across his face. Then, as if coming back to himself, he yelled, “Hurry. Unlock the door!” The cold night air whipped his dark hair wildly around his face. His pale blue eyes locked on hers.


Panic had hijacked her brain. She didn’t know what to do. He could be an accomplice.


Author Bio


Jeanne Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years, first as a freelance journalist, then as an in-house editor for LexisNexis Canada. She currently works as a freelance editor and writer and is represented by Karen Thomas of the Serendipity Literary Agency.



Jeanne’s debut novel, Invisible, is a young adult paranormal romance, published by Solstice Publishing and has recently been optioned for film. Invisible is an Amazon bestseller both domestically and internationally and continues to receive wonderful reviews.

On October 3rd, 2014, Nowhere to Run, Jeanne’s latest novel, is set to be released by Etopia Press. Nowhere to Run tells the story of Lily Valier, a woman of substance and beauty, and her dilemma when she falls in love with a man whose mission it is to bring her down.

Currently, Jeanne is finishing up work on her third novel, Dark Angel, a paranormal thriller.



When not reading or writing, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her daughters, Nina and Sara and her husband, David. She’s also the proud mother of two fur babies, a cuddly and affectionate Boston Terrier named Lila and Spencer, a rambunctious tabby, who can be a very bad boy.




Where can you find Jeanne???
Website ~ www.jeannebannon.com

Twitter ~ @JeanneBannon

Amazon Author Page~ 
http://www.amazon.com/Jeanne-Bannon/e/B004HTUHAS/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1




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Thursday, 13 November 2014

AEGIS RISING by S.S Segran #Giveaway #Sci-Fi #Action/Adventure






It's been a while since I had a good Sci-Fi on center stage. But this little beauty is more than just a Sci-Fi. It has a bit of Action, Adventure AND Mystery.

Woo! That's quite the combination but I have a feeling AEGIS RISING will live up to it.

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Book Blast Tour for 
AEGIS RISING by S.S. Segran, available now from INKmagination LLC.





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AEGIS

RISING
by  S.S Segran


Over a remote northern forest, a small plane carrying five teenage friends flies into a freak storm. Struck by lightning, the aircraft crashes and the passengers find themselves cast into a life-changing adventure.
In a hidden valley, a mysterious people gaze at the stormy sky as a glowing object with fiery wings disappears behind a mountain ridge. The astonishing sight reignites an ancient prophecy foretelling the arrival of five chosen ones destined to become bearers of light against a dark storm gathering on humanity's horizon.
In a distant city, a secretive organization led by a shadowy figure initiates a sequence of cataclysmic events designed to wreak havoc across the planet, beginning with a remote mining site in northern Canada.


As the three worlds collide, unlikely heroes arise. Armed with powers entrusted to them by the ancient prophecy and the resilience of their life-long bond, the five teens take a stand against a malevolent foe.




Excerpt

AEGIS RISING
Copyright © 2013, S.S.Segran. All rights reserved.

Jag placed two fingers on his mentor’s neck and felt a very faint pulse. He slammed his fist against the ground, knowing Tayoka was hardly hanging on.

“Is he still alive?” Tegan murmured.

“Barely.”

Aari looked up at the Osprey. “We need to get him out of here. The plane’s going to turn back soon.”

“Take care of him,” Jag said, an edge to his voice as he stood up.

Tegan caught a look in his eyes and knew something was brewing in his mind. “What are you—”


“Just get him to safety,” he cut her off, turning to look at the plane. Without another word, he started to sprint in the direction of the aircraft. He heard his friends shouting his name but his mind was set and he was not turning back.





Author Bio 


S.S.Segran spent a good chunk of her childhood exploring the enchanted forest of a million tales in the mystical land of books. In her early teens, she began crafting intriguing new worlds and conjuring up characters who came alive with the flick of her wand... err... pen. With the publication of Aegis Rising in her senior year of high school, she was surprised by the abundance of time that magically appeared right after graduation. She plans to use this newfound resource to expand the arc of the Aegis Series. Her future plans include studying Cognitive Science at university and helping youths in developing countries realize their potential through the non-profit organization, Aegis League (www.aegisleague.org)

When not devouring a book or writing one, S.S.Segran can be found standing behind the cauldron of life, stirring a potion made up of chores, parkour, gaming, drawing, horseback riding and—having recently jumped off a perfectly fine airplane at fifteen thousand feet – perhaps skydiving.





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Friday, 7 November 2014

Promo Spotlight and Giveaway: The Bannockburn Spell by Nancy Adams


I'm hanging out over at Punya Reviews today!
 
Come join us for an Exclusive Excerpt of The Bannockburn Spell and enter for a chance to win a GC + a ecopy of The Bannockburn Spell.
 
 

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Bannockburn Spell Tour




TOUR TIME


Today is the first day of 
THE BANNOCKBURN SPELL Tour.


And guess what tour means around here???
That's right Tour = Prizes 
HOORAY for Prizes

I will will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC plus an ecopy of The Bannockburn Spell to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Here are a list of my stops so you can pop by and say hi!

November 3: Behind Closed Doors
November 4: Bunny's Review
November 5: Long and Short Reviews
November 6: DRB1stChp Blog
November 7: Punya Reviews...
November 10: Wickedly Wanton Tales
November 11: Queen of the Night Reviews
November 12: Dena Garson - Real... Hot... Romance
November 13: BookSkater
November 14: Unabridged Andra's
November 14: It's Raining Books





Up first...Behind Closed Doors
I just love their little froggy sign, very cute.





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Nancy


Olympus Confidential by Robert B. Warren # Giveaway #Urban Fantasy






The lovely Goddess' have organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for OLYMPUS
      CONFIDENTIAL by Robert B. Warren, a Urban Fantasy available November 6 from Dragonfairy Press.








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OLYMPUS
      CONFIDENTIAL
by Robert B.Warren


When a band of super-powered humans stirs up trouble in New Olympia, Zeus knows just who to call.

Wisecracking private investigator Plato Jones is used to cleaning up the gods' messes. But this might be his most dangerous case yet, placing him deep behind enemy lines, in Tartarus Maximum Security Penitentiary. After infiltrating the enemy's organization, Plato inches closer to the truth. But he learns a hard lesson along the way: to defeat a villain, he might have to become one himself.

Olympus Confidential skillfully weaves humor and Greek mythology into this fast-paced fantasy. Whether new or returning to the Plato Jones series, fans of thrillers, contemporary fantasy, and Greek mythology will have a tough time putting this one down.





Excerpt

“We want you to go undercover and find out how King and his friends acquired their special abilities.”

“But King is in jail.”

“Yes, he is.”

I held up my hand. “Hold on. Let me get this straight. You want to send me to jail to make friends with a potentially dangerous criminal and his equally dangerous accomplices?”

“Of course not, Mr. Jones.”

“Good. For a second there, I thought you’d lost your mind.”

“We want to send you to Tartarus.”

“Tartarus? The Tartarus?”

“Correct.

I let out a humorless laugh. To call Tartarus Maximum Security Penitentiary the most dangerous prison on Earth would have been completely inaccurate. That’s because it wasn’t located on Earth, but in another dimension, only accessible by one of Hades’s magical portals. The facility housed some of the worst criminals of all time. Monsters beyond redemption.

“You know, I take back what I said about your losing your mind,” I said. “Because I see now that you’ve clearly gone bananas. I should’ve known it from the moment you walked in. Only a crazy person would wear a suit like that in public. Can I offer you another cup of coffee?”

Hermes ignored both the insult and the offer. “King and his associates will be going to trial soon. They will be convicted, they will be sent to Tartarus, and you will be right there beside them, becoming a member of their inner circle.”

“And what if I say no? Which I will most certainly do.”

“Refusal would be ill-advised.”

“Ill-advised, huh? What are you going to do? Hold my ex-wife hostage again? Blackball her new husband?” I paused. “On second thought, you guys can have a field day with him. But leave Alexis out of this.”

“No one’s going to be held hostage, Mr. Jones.”

“Then it looks like you don’t have anything to threaten me with.” I checked my watch. “Oh, would you look at that. It seems we’re out of time. I even gave you two additional minutes. Aren’t you lucky?”

“Stubborn as usual.” Hermes slid the reports into the folder and stood up. “But I’ll change your mind.”

“Whatever you say, chief. Now if you don’t mind, I have work to do.”

“I respectfully advise you to cooperate.”

“And I respectfully decline.”


“Have it your way, Mr. Jones. I’ll be in touch.”






Author Bio

A fan of thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction, Robert B. Warren has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil. In 2009, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama. He currently lives in the south.





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