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Friday, March 27, 2015

Interview withR.J. Merle for Savage Winds

Author R.J. Merle stepped out of the realm of Top-Secret documents (shh, don’t tell…) to write sci-fi and paranormal fiction.
 
R.J. survived and escaped both the entertainment field and the government-contracting environment, craves the Walking Dead, and entertains what-if tidbits about “supposed” technological and biological advances.

No stranger to the goings on in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, R.J. Merle blends a down-home flavor with a former in-the-know—hypothetically, of course—technical background to craft the twists and intrigue of Secret City Adventures.
 

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1. At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head? YES! (Most definitely in all caps with an explanation point, then times three.) At any given time, while I am plotting one book, I first draft a second, while polishing a third. Always there are ideas racing, so I jot them down so that I can maintain focus on current projects.

2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in? While Savage Winds and the Children of the Elements is YA Science Fiction Adventure with horror elements, my next series is YA Horror focused and is about psychically gifted teens on a ghost busting TV show and their haunting adventures. The first book in the is scheduled for release this spring.

3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories? The Children of the Elements Series features suspense and action of the science fiction/paranormal/horror kind.

4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself? Honestly, after years of being under the impression that I had to have big chunks of time set aside to write, I’ve trained myself to write anywhere at any time, even on a Canadian floating fishing lodge and in the Australian mountains. Anytime I can claim 15 minutes, I write.

5. If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set? Network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS), Cable (AMC, BBC, Lifetime) or Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, Starz)? The Word-o-gram for the Children of the Elements Series would include descriptions such as Psychic Powers, Telekinesis, Apocalypse, Electro-Magnetic Pulse, Zombies, and Mutants; therefore, AMC, since AMC most awesomely hosts the Walking Dead.

6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!
A dangerous conspiracy unfolds...
In Author R.J. Merle’s whirlwind start of the Children of the Elements series, a clumsy teenage techno-geek struggles to protect kidnapped children from a covert government organization responsible for creating their abilities to control the five elements.

A mighty wind…
Eighteen-year-old Stedford Thackett’s conspiracy theorist brother ensnares him in a real life children-as-weapons plot, while a determined scientist grooms happy-go-lucky five-year-old Darcie Lynn Carpenter to use the wind as a deadly weapon.

Out of control...
Despite the firm hand of Scientist Nora Hicks, Stedford struggles to rescue the kids and escape, even as Darcie Lynn fights to gain control of the surging power of the savage winds.
 
 
Where to Buy: Please Note Savage Winds is FREE!
 
 
Excerpt:If only Stedford could spend his Saturday afternoon working on projects. Nowhere near as lucrative or fun, keeping track of Cantrell was a honking full-time job.

Up ahead, a left-to-right movement shifted among the towering tree trunks.

He choked out a loud whisper, “Cantrell?”
 
A coyote howled. Behind him. Too close.
 
A rush jolted through Stedford’s veins. He shoved the phone into his back jeans pocket and dashed into the brush.
 
Branches slashed and snapped.

Briars grabbed, snagged, and snatched free.
The pounding smash of his high-tops bulled through the scrub. Grayness reduced the reach of his eyesight. As dusk fell toward nightfall, he wouldn’t be able to see squat.
Zero night vision.
 
Zilch.

After pulling up to a halt, like a tree among many, he stood stark still.
What had he been thinking coming out here like this?
 
That maybe he might keep Cantrell from getting into trouble, all the while protecting his own chances to contract for a special project. Nothing wrong with looking out for both their futures.
If Uncle Merv’s contacts worked out, the brothers would be set money-wise for life.
 
Not a bad deal for a geeky eighteen-year-old.
 
Except Stedford would soon be wandering the dark.
 
He retrieved his phone and gauged the average power usage. Three and a quarter hours of battery life. Tops. Way before midnight, his flashlight app would die with the phone, and he would flounder in total darkness.
 
Ominous shivers goosed his chill bumps.
A stick snapped atop the hill.

About the Children of the Elements Series:

When nature refuses to be controlled, can mankind endure? Brainwaves altered by a covert government project based out of the Secret City of Oak Ridge, the Children of the Elements are brought together and tested as weapons of mass destruction. Their struggle to free themselves and survive in the hostile East Tennessee Mountains creates massive chaos and threatens to bring about an apocalypse.
Five full novels, one huge story.
Savage Winds (Book 1)
Dire Rumblings (Book 2)
Raging Inferno (Book 3)
Unrelenting Tide (Book 4)
Merciless Void (Book 5)  
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

#NewRelease Afterlife or Bust by June Mayes



June Mayes is a Cape Cod born and bred writer who lived in London for 10 years before returning home. She’s a hopeless romantic with a passion for writing all sorts of genre. Her days are spent juggling family life, walking the dog, writing and reading books, more books and even more books!

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/June-Mayes/e/B00KPJ7NCO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7113171.June_Mayes

Blurb:

Lizzie is making the best of her life, er afterlife. She's working hard being a doctor to all things supernatural and for the most part has managed to behave. With her daytime watcher in tow and a very enticing Master Vampire turning up the heat of their romance, things couldn’t be better.

Of course things could get worse and do. Being killed again was not part of Lizzie’s agenda and having to navigate the politics of all things that go bump in the night is just icing on the afterlife cake. But Lizzie has plans. She's going to make her death worth living and she is going to drag everyone else along kicking and screaming.

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Excerpt:

“Sure, I’ll ask them to make an appointment for you, and Bob’s your uncle. All I need is your name.“ I smiled and was surprised that my canines were down and in full view. Either there was a threat here I was less than aware of or I was a little hungry. Hmm yup, no bleeding patients yet today. I would need to go in search of an unwary patient or two.

“Cuthbert.” The gargoyle brought me back to what I was doing with that simple pronouncement. “But I don’t have an Uncle Bob.”

“Forget Bob. Your name is Cuthbert?” I repeated, stunned.

“Yes,” he continued to smile at me. Well, it was more a tiny upturn of one side of his lips, which could have been a grimace or gas come to think of it. No, I was going with smile. He did genuinely look a little happier, which was a good sign. I did have to look down and try to school my expression into a calm understanding doctor face before I looked back up at him.

“A gargoyle named Cuthbert.”

“Correct.” Okay, now I know he was smiling. There was a dimple in one cheek and everything. Course it came and went so fast you would have needed vampire vision to see the dimple. But hey, that’s why I was the vampire doctor.

“OK,” I said calmly before leaving the room, closing the door behind me. Godzilla came up as if to discuss something, and I just shook my head at her. Cuthbert the gargoyle. Great.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#NewRelease The Truth About Lilly by @ChristyMckee



Christy McKee began her career in TV news and eventually found her way into advertising and finally fiction. She believes a good story should be about characters who win your heart, sometimes move you to tears and occasionally make you laugh. As a reader, Christy hopes you'll be swept into her characters' lives enjoy getting to know them, experience the challenges they endure and be with them when they come out on the other side.

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Blurb:

Disgraced…
Lilly Talbot never imagined she would be starting her life over again. Losing her good name for something she didn’t do has driven her to move into an old lake house she inherited in Vermont. Upon arrival, she is shocked. Half the roof is about to slide into Lake Champlain. Even more upsetting, the man who can fix it will only agree if she trades him room and board for his labor. What will the good people of Haley think of her sharing a house with the handsome bachelor?

A man with a past…
Connor “Mac” McQueen, once one of the infamous Whiz Kids of Wall Street, spent three years in prison for insider trading. Only one thing sustained him during his time inside, the thought of owning Point Cottage, a home he’d fallen in love with years ago. He plans to turn the house into a stunning showcase for his eco-friendly home construction business.

Secrets and lies…
Now someone’s trying to drive Lilly from her home. Is it someone from her past? Mac has secrets of his own-- that could ruin lives if revealed. But if Lilly and Mac are to have a future together they must first delve into the past for answers and accept some difficult truths about each other. Only then, will they know if true love is in their hearts.


Excerpt:
Mac reached around her and saved the project under a new file, "Lilly's stuff," then he pulled her chair away from the table. "Come on, I'll smooth out your pretty little neck and shoulders in no time."

Lilly didn't care if it was a line or not. She wanted to feel his big hands on her. She let him pull her out of the chair and lead her over to his delightfully soft leather couch. He sat down in the corner and put her in front of him, his thick, muscled thighs on either side of her hips. Beneath his strong grip, slide and release, she sank deeper into a soft, mellow contentment. 

After a few minutes of heavenly relaxation, Mac nuzzled her ear. "Feel better?"

"You have no idea." She sighed. "Whatever you do, please don't stop."

He offered up a deep, masculine chuckle. "Not even for something that gives you more pleasure?"

Pleasure? The way the word rolled off Mac's tongue, it was more of an invitation than a question. 

Without waiting for her answer, Mac dropped warm kisses along the sensitive skin of her neck and innocent—tender little kisses that appeared to be heading in no particular direction, igniting nerves along the way and blazing a path straight to her core. Mercy, she wanted more of the pleasure Mac seemed ready to give. 

She tipped her head towards him and his mouth closed over hers. His strong arms turned her around until she was sitting on his lap, facing him. In the process her breasts brushed against his broad chest, and every nerve within her went on full alert. Had she ever actually sat on a man's lap before, other than maybe, Santa Claus’s? Desire, dormant for far too long, awakened, and Lilly's breath caught as a slow burn kindled inside her. For the first time in forever, need and want filled her, crowding out any cautionary thought. 

Mac's large, calloused hands gently captured her face then plowed through her hair, freeing it from her ponytail. Pulling her towards him, his mouth played over hers before thrusting his tongue inside and taking full possession. There was no detail of him that escaped Lilly's notice—the graze of his five o'clock shadow against her tender skin, his spicy masculine scent and the sexy growl he made when her tongue finally tangled with his. She wanted him to roll her beneath him, to feel the full force of him surrounding her and filling her. 

Her breath came in short, hot pants. Hindered by her bandages, her frustration grew at not being able to touch him, to feel his powerful shoulders and muscular chest. Instead, she settled for sliding her hands around his neck and drawing him even closer. To her surprise, Mac pulled back.

One of his big hands cupped her chin. "There is nothing I'd rather do than take you to bed, this minute. But, you've suffered a trauma and you're vulnerable right now."

It took a few seconds for Mac's words to filter through her R-rated thoughts. He was backing off? He could just push her away like that when he was the one who started kissing her?

His blue eyes bored into hers. "Make no mistake, baby girl. I'm going to take you to bed and soon. Can’t wait to do all the things with you I’ve been dreaming about."

"Oh." Her voice dripped with disappointment and disbelief. Soon? Well, that didn’t exactly help her out now, did it? He’d brought out all of these feelings and desires and she was supposed to turn them off? Even though “soon” wasn’t a rejection, it still felt like one. She removed her arms from Mac's shoulders and squirmed out of his lap, taking a smug few seconds to note his rock hard condition upon which she'd been sitting.
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