Monday, August 31, 2020

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin': Author Spotlight: M.C.V. Egan & Giveaway

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin': Author Spotlight: M.C.V. Egan & Giveaway:   Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color  by M.C.V. Egan  Genre: Suburban Women's Fiction  Color coded love stor...

Unhallowed Series by Tara Fox Hall Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

From Promise Me to Unhallowed Love

 Q: What inspired you to write the Unhallowed Love Series?


A: The Unhallowed Love Series (so far, A Good Year, Year of the Demon, and Year of the Incubus) was born out of the Promise Me Series, after it ended. My heroine of Promise Me, Sar, had been on an emotional rollercoaster of five years of alternate Hell and Heaven throughout the eighteen books, and I thought she needed a break. I also needed a break from writing as Sarelle; I both admired her and was horrified by some of her rationalized missteps. There was an inert self-destruction in her that made me want to give her a happy ending, or as happy as the consequences of her choices made possible. Yet I missed the surviving sub characters of the series end—Devlin Dalcon’s danger and seductiveness, Danial Racklan’s loyalty and cunning, Lash’s impolitically-correct nastiness and brutality and most especially Shaker’s perfect charm and hilarious sense of humor—and wanted them to go on. The Unhallowed Love Series came into being to tell more about Shaker’s view on life and give him a chance for more than just a supporting player. Instead of a Northeast farm or rural setting, I decided that a demon would be more comfortable in a large city where victims were faceless and plentiful, involved with a woman who was the opposite of Sarelle: Debbie Deal, a ruthless, plotting corporate CEO who viewed her film company, Pandora Productions, as the most important thing in her life, and wouldn’t know how to bake cookies any more than she would know how to take care of a pet.


Q: What can we expect in the future?


A: The series will continue in a 4th book, tentatively titled Year of the Siren. I’m also at work making a sequel inspirational book, Deep Breaths II: Tales of Inspiration, and a third short horror story anthology called Under a Setting Sun.


Q: How do you come up with the names of books?


A: A book’s name needs to be intriguing, fit the genre(s) it inhabits, and be as original as possible, to avoid confusion with other stories. Choosing a few words that needs to sum up your entire work is incredibly hard, and so I often operate with a working title, then change it at least once before the book is published…unless I already know the entire plot and have a brilliant stroke of inspiration for a title, which does happen once in a very great while, lol.


Q: Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you have the reins of the story?


A: I definitely do not have the reins, I’m along for the ride. When I try to rein in characters, my writing feels forced, like a dressed-up child going to a family event who can’t move well because their fancy outfit coupled with the decree “do not get dirty!” puts on so much restraint that the result is a fake version of the real thing. It’s not interesting for me to write, and it’s not interesting for readers, either. You’ll find no cookie-cutter stories here.

A Good Year 
Unhallowed Love Book 1 
by Tara Fox Hall 
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense 

Faced with losing Pandora Productions as well as her best friend Rebecca to the smarmy Paul, savvy film executive Debbie makes a pact with the demon Shaker, agreeing to bind herself to him as his human master in return for killing Paul and securing Pandora’s future. Yet even as Pandora gains accolades and renown, Debbie’s strong resolve begins to crumble under the weight of her actions. And the pleasure she finds in Shaker’s arms is becoming more than sex. Is Debbie doomed to lose her heart as well as her soul to a demon who has only been waiting for the chance to claim both? 

Year of the Demon 
Unhallowed Love Book 2 

CEO Debbie and demon Shaker’s first year of partnership was a smashing success for both Pandora Productions and their own new intimate relationship, ending with the announcement of their engagement last New Year’s Eve. Shaker now inhabits a human host, Pandora’s rising action star Jett Black, putting the possibility of a family within Debbie’s tentative grasp as the couple pledges their love at the altar. But as before, one crisis after another ensues, beginning with Titan’s push to assimilate Pandora and the death of Debbie’s father, bringing her back together with her estranged family, and into the sights of a demon-hunting priest, Father Matthew, who will stop at nothing to not only send Shaker back to the Hell he came from, but also ensure Debbie is free of sin…permanently. When Shaker is sent back to Hell, Debbie is left bereft, her team of allies decimated, her best friend in a coma, she must decide if she will succumb…or rise from the ashes and fight ruthlessly for everything she loves, no matter the cost. 

Year of the Incubus 
Unhallowed Love Book 3 

With the Year of the Demon over, widow Deborah “Debbie” Black is more resolved than ever to put aside her losses: main actor (and human vessel) Jett Black to a murderer’s bomb, and her demon husband Shaker to a new Mistress. 

Independent studio Pandora Productions has a new trio of paranormal movies to create, and a reputation for mayhem and bloodshed to live down. The year has a stellar beginning: Sheila awakens from her coma, dark witch Leri joins the Pandora team, Jett’s younger brother Brady arrives to finish the movie Jett was working on when he was killed, incubus Vassago Gray’s burgeoning series Incubus has a chance to be picked up by Netflix, and faerie sorceress Myrrh and her army of crowmen stand watch over all. 

Yet new exceptional scripts are still appearing authored with false names. The perfect setting for haunted isle picture Origin of Fear is available nearby for next to nothing. Vassago may be entering Debbie’s dreams, bent on incubus seduction. When Brady is exposed as an addict fleeing from justice, his days outside a prison cell numbered, Shaker returns in force to possess Brady, tipping the odds in Debbie’s favor. 

Will the duo’s ruthless resolve be enough to combat the evil demonic shadow preparing to engulf them? 

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I'm an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University

My writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. 

I am the author of the demon romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series, the paranormal action-adventure fantasy Lash series, and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. I also co-authored (with Eric Dietrich) the nonfiction book Forbidden Conversations. I divide my free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, and sewing cat beds, catnip mats, & cat toys for donation to animal shelters. 

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sweet Dreams Children of Chaos Series by Kae Galla Genre: Paranormal Romance

There are stories and legends written, all around the world, about my father. Many of those tales, although highly fictionalized, do speak some semblance of truth. My father is what you’d call “The Sandman.” 
For eternity, the men in my family have traversed the realm of dreams, putting the world to sleep. It’s a great honor and fantastic ability…at least, that’s what my father says. 
I wouldn’t know, because I have yet to gain my legacy. 
As the school year comes to a close, and I spend more time with the loneliest girl in class, things begin to change. 
What will happen when her secrets come to light? 
Will I be able to help her? 
Will she be able to help me? 

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My name is KAE Galla and I've loved writing since before I knew how. I'd sit with my mom and grandma telling them exactly what I wanted my story to be, and they would write it down under misshapen scribbles I tried to pass off as art work. It wasn't until years later that I finally decided to go full throttle with my passion and share it with the world. Now, thanks to the support of my loving family, great friends, and an amazing team, my dream of becoming an author are reality. My heart is in Paranormal Romance, and Romance in general, but I love challenging myself and broadening my horizons so you can bet there is more to come! 
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Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Avid Reader: Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Author Spotlight M...

The Avid Reader: Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Author Spotlight M...

Casting Shadows SERIES by L.R. Braden Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

  • Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Casting Shadows?

The main character, Alex, recently discovered she’s part fae, but is keeping it secret from the authorities. A good plan considering the rising persecution those of mixed descent are experiencing. Her good friend Emma recently registered as a practitioner (a human who can perform magic) and has since been disowned by her mother, had her workplace vandalized, and blames herself for the abduction of her little sister--the catalyst that kicks off the story.

Alex’s romantic interest, James, plays a greater role in this book as Alex opens up more about both her hopes and her fears for the future.

This book also explores the past of one of Alex’s enigmatic sidekicks, Chase, a fae who can change shape between human and a small gray cat.


  • What is your favorite part of this book and why?

My favorite part of this book is probably the interaction between Chase and Haru, who have a mountain of unresolved issues between them centered around tragedy and abandonment--both issues Alex also struggles with. I found their sub-plot engaging both because they’re snarky characters who tend toward cutting remarks, and because of the parallels I could draw between Chase and Alex regarding the merits of confronting and moving on from your past. Their story was both a good echo of the lessons Alex was learning and provided a number of entertaining exchanges.


  • If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

There’s a character in Casting Shadows named Morgan who has the ability to walk into a shadow and walk out of any other shadow in the world, thereby traveling great distances in only a few short steps. I would love to spend the day with her, traveling all over the world. With her help, I could cross every country off my bucket list in a day!


  • Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

For the most part I’ve got a pretty good handle on my stories. Sometimes scenes move around, and sometimes they take me in unexpected directions, but I always find my way back to somewhere near where I thought I’d be. The one place where my characters get free reign is in dialogue. Sometimes while I’m writing, I’ll find my characters have started chatting, or arguing, or they’ve gone off on some tangent, and I have trouble figuring out how to get them back on track.


  • If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

Cinnamon spice.


  • What was your hardest scene to write?

The hardest scene for me to write in this book was Alex’s naming trial. I needed to balance having her revisit events from her past, and therefore from the three previous books, without the encounters becoming boring or repetitive for the readers who may have just read those stories. I also had to make significant challenges for Alex to overcome while keeping her success believable. I ended up writing the entire ordeal twice (not including smaller re-writes), with her facing different challenges each time.


  • What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved finding ways to make the sup-plots of the secondary characters mirror issues that the main character, Alex, was dealing with. For example, Jynx and Ava deciding to get married despite the fact that one is immortal and the other isn’t played right into Alex’s worries about the future of her own relationship. And Chase’s difficulty in working with Haru because he can’t let go of the past reflected Alex’s trial, which forced her to revisit and overcome her own ghosts.


Casting Shadows  The Magicsmith Book 4  by L.R. Braden  Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Children are disappearing. 

With Purity growing in political power and bigotry on the rise across the Realms, Alex’s short-term goals are to stay under the PTF's radar and as far from the fae Courts as she can. But her plans go up in smoke when May, the younger sister of her good friend Emma, goes missing. 

The fae are involved. 

Alex will do everything she can to find May, but to mount a rescue she'll have to avoid PTF raids, conquer old ghosts, and risk coming face to face with her fae grandfather again. 

War is coming. 

Lines are being drawn. No one is safe. To survive, Alex will have to choose a side. 

Faerie Forged 
The Magicsmith Book 3 

New world, new rules . . . 

Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force. 

She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life. 

One mistake at court could change everything . . . . 

“Original and riveting.”—Book Likes Blog on A Drop of Magic, Book One of The Magicsmith series 

“Great plot. Lovable characters. Heart-pounding action.”—Lauren Davis, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

Courting Darkness 
The Magicsmith Book 2 

“A great story of murder, mystery . . . and well-developed characters.”—Margie Hager, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series 

Deeper into the shadows. . . 

The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she's got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect. 

Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural war for territory that has her dodging police, swords, teeth, and claws—not to mention the truth. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the less certain she is about the innocence of the one man she wanted to trust. 

She thought she was done with murder and monsters, but she’ll have to enter the belly of the beast if she hopes to save her friend. 

A Drop of Magic 
The Magicsmith Book 1 

The war isn’t over . . . 

With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae. 

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future. 

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive. 

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series 

Born and raised in Colorado, award-winning author L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. 

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Maraschino Marriage Pact by Tamela Miles Genre: Paranormal Romance


Maraschino Marriage Pact
by Tamela Miles
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Mikayla DiAngelis has spent the past two years traveling the world and avoiding the demands of her overbearing warlock father. A confusing kiss from her former bodyguard is yet another reason for her to stay two steps ahead on the run.
Warlock bodyguard Austin Luca will stop at nothing to bring Mikayla home. His loyalty belongs to her family, but his heart belongs to her, even though he has ties that bind him to his own family responsibilities.
Their encounter was inevitable, and Mikayla is soon caught up in Austin's passion and the world she vowed to leave behind. Will surrendering to her former protector cost her the freedom she needs?

**Releasing on Sep 4th!!**

Tamela Miles is a school psychologist with Ed.S and PPS credential and a graduate of California State University San Bernardino and California State University Dominguez Hills. She is also a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She's a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.
She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: DEATH OF A SCULPTOR IN HUE, SHAPE, AND COLOR

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: DEATH OF A SCULPTOR IN HUE, SHAPE, AND COLOR: Don't overlook the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post! Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color  by     M. C. V. E...

Love Song by KG Fletcher Genre: Rock and Roll Romantic Suspense

Love Song: A friends-to-lovers rock and roll romantic suspense. 

She’s got the voice. He beats out the rhythm. But will their passionate chorus be their last? 

As a backup singer on tour, Casey lives for the late nights and wild after-show parties. But her world is rocked when a charming stand-in drummer shows her the kind of love she’s only sung about. Except just as their hearts are beating in time, she receives a terrifying text saying her sister’s life is in jeopardy. 

Wounded by a bitter breakup, Sam channels all his energy into his new barn-loft music studio. But after accepting a gig with a local touring band, the last thing he expected was to fall for the troupe’s party-girl. So when she suddenly announces she has to leave to protect her sis, he drops his sticks to be by her side. 

After Casey learns her abusive ex-brother-in-law has found their home address, she fears her family’s rocky past will scare away her gorgeous percussionist. And Sam worries with Casey and her sibling sharing an apartment, the dangerous psychopath could turn off the lights on both their lives. 

Will the musical couple find harmonic bliss, or have they played their final duet? 

Love Song is an electrifying standalone romantic suspense novel. If you like steamy friends-to-lovers stories, and darkly topical issues, then you’ll adore K.G. Fletcher’s edge-of-your-seat thriller. 

Buy Love Song for a ballad of devotion and danger today! 

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Dubbed, “The Singing Author,” KG Fletcher lives in her very own frat house in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and three sons. As a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN, she became a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State University, and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute,” She is also a summer artist-in-residence at her alma mater performing roles in musicals for the Peachstate Summer Theatre program, her favorite roles to date being Donna in Mamma Mia!, and Marmee in Little Women the Musical. 
KG is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels. As a full-time indie-artist, a particularly thrilling moment was when her Amazon best-selling romance novel, Georgia Pine became a 2019 Maggie Award of Excellence Finalist. KG loves to interact with readers on social media, and is a conference speaker sharing how music can enhance a writer’s experience. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Crossing Rivers by Larry Yoke Genre: A Historical Family Saga

Crossing Rivers is the story of a young writer’s journey into the past to discover long-hidden family secrets. Along the way, he finds more than just the key to the past. He finds the key to his future…” The story is full of tears, joy, humor, fear, terror, personal tragedy and a lot of love and forgiveness along the way. Finally, Hunter discovers that his faith in himself, in his mother and the father who died when he was only thirteen, and in God has been eternally strengthened. 

He has been writing short stories and poems since a child. Now his writing entertains and contains current social messages taken from the pages of today’s headlines. His poetry and books have won national awards in 2018, 2019 and his writings have seen their way into several anthologies. He has proven his mettle as an established author worthy of reading. His books are found at online book stores and his social media and author sites. 

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