Friday, June 21, 2013

#BookBlast D.J. Williams and The Dissillusioned

About D.J.:

With the DNA of a world traveler, Williams was born in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East, to share stories of those who are overcoming incredible odds. He is the co-author of Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse and has produced and directed over 140 television episodes syndicated on NBC, ABC, FOX and various cable networks worldwide. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife.

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A mother’s suicide threatens to destroy a family legacy. Her sons, Sam and Daniel, are forced to leave their comfortable worlds behind and search for a woman they believe can unlock the secrets that have remained hidden. They are propelled into separate journeys from Los Angeles to the heart of the Zambezi where they are forced to confront a man known as Die Duiwel, the Devil. On their adventures they will find themselves in a place where death is one breath away, where thousands of children are disappearing into the darkness, and where the woman they are searching for is on the hunt for revenge. When they stand face-to-face with the forgotten slaves of Africa they will fight to redeem what has been lost.    


“A fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until
you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.”
Judith McCreary, Co-Executive Producer
Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, & CSI

“ indelible picture painted with suspense.”
Mitch Kruse, Author of Restoration Road

“An engrossing tale…makes you think about the world we live in and your place in it.”
Tony Guerrero, Founder of F.A.C.T. Alliance: Fight Against Child Trafficking

Drops of rain turned into a torrential downpour as Danny and Sam stood drenched at the edge of a deep hole and a fresh mound of dirt. The casket had already been lowered into the ground, evident by the arm of a crane hovering overhead. A groundskeeper kept his distance a few yards away, careful to allow the boys their final goodbye.

A week ago they were living their own life, far removed from the darkness that had stolen their mother. One shouldered the guilt of a tarnished legacy while the other grew increasingly restless to return to his isolated world.

Danny was still reeling from his face to face with Bowman. How were they going to pay back the money? Where was the money? Why was it stolen in the first place? Should they even do anything, since neither was legally liable? He needed answers.
A wave of anger flushed over Danny as he thought of all his family had lost. Thousands of sermons preached by a man who now seemed as addicted to the almighty dollar as the people who passed the offering plate. He knew his father kept secrets, but nothing had prepared him for the news Bowman planted on him.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gail Barrett's new release Fatal Exposure

About Gail:
A former RITA® and Daphne finalist, Gail Barrett has received the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, The National Readers’ Choice Award, and numerous other awards. She lives with her husband in Western Maryland. Readers can contact her through her website and Facebook.

Cold-case detective Parker McCall has spent fifteen years trying to solve his brother’s murder. Now a chance photo of the killer in the newspaper sets him hard on the woman’s trail. A former teenaged runaway, reclusive, award-winning photojournalist B.K. Elliot chronicles the harsh reality of life on the streets -- until a photo in the paper reveals her identity, blowing the lid off her secret past. With a powerful murderer now dogging her heels, and her police officer step-father determined to silence her permanently, the last person she can afford to trust is a cop. So why does sexy police detective Parker McCall tempt her to break her silence and resurrect ideals she’d lost years ago? As danger closes in, and with more than her own life at stake, Brynn must decide if the duty-bound cop will betray her...or heal her battered heart.

Gail will be awarding a $25 Amazon / BN (or other bookstore of the winner's choice) GC to one randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her other Book Blast on June 21st.


“I can’t breathe.” 

Parker didn’t doubt it. He probably had seventy pounds of muscle on her. 

“Please.” She sounded desperate now. “I…can’t…breathe.” Unable to dredge up any sympathy, he steeled his jaw. “You going to talk to me this time?” 


“Somehow I’m not convinced.”

“I said I would.” Despite her predicament, temper flared into her voice. 

“You’d better,” he warned. “You try running again, and I’ll hurt you for real this time.” 

Too ticked off to trust her, he rolled over, positioning himself on top. Then he lumbered to his feet, every sense alert in case she tried to bolt. When she didn’t make a move to join him, he reached down and pulled her up. Still breathing heavily, he pulled out his badge and held it up. 

“Put your hands behind your back and face the fence,” he ordered, taking out his handcuffs. 


“You heard me.” He wasn’t taking the chance that she’d run again. 

 “You have no right—” 

 “You ran from the police. You assaulted an officer. I don’t need another reason than that. Now turn around—unless you’d rather I haul you in.” 

Her gaze flicked to his shield again. Even in the dim light trickling from a nearby row house, he could see her jaw go tight. But she turned and held out her hands. 

Wary of another trick, he slapped on the handcuffs, the delicate feel of her wrist bones causing a startling burst of heat in his blood. Forget that she’s a woman, he reminded himself as she whirled around. She was a possible suspect in his brother’s death, the last one to see him alive, not a potential date. 

He picked up the backpack she’d dropped and searched it, unearthing the small, semiautomatic pistol she’d hidden inside. Still keeping one eye on her, he removed the magazine. “You have a permit for this?”

Her gaze skidded away. 

“Right.” Stupid question. He stuffed the gun in his jacket pocket and shouldered the bag. 

Her eyes returned to his. “So what do you want?” 


“You always tackle people you want to question?” 

“You always climb out the window when someone knocks on your door?” 

Her mouth pressed into a line. 

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Monday, June 17, 2013

#Interview with @loriryanauthor and her new release Penalty Clause

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?
I always have ideas racing around in my head. Some of fully fleshed out and just bubbling over, trying to get out on paper. Others are just little snippets that don't really have a home yet.
I do tend to only write one at a time, even if there are other books building in my head. I sit down and write a draft straight through and then go over it, and over it, and over it until it's right. There are exceptions. I have two books that I've begun writing because they weren't coming out right. They're still in my head and I still want to write them, but they're on hold until I figure out how to make them work.

2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in? 
I actually hope to write in other genres someday. I'd like to write some erotica someday and possibly a mystery or two. Something intricate and twisty that will keep readers guessing.
There are also plenty of topics or characters I'd like to tackle but just don't feel like I have the background to do them well. For example, if I wrote a mystery, I'd want several of the characters to be detectives, but I have very little experience with how police departments work and how investigations are run. There's a lot for me to learn before I tackle that.
The same holds true with some of the romance novels I'd like to write. Sometimes I have an idea for a character, but they have a job I know nothing about. If there isn't a good way for me to go learn about that job in the depth necessary to write the character well, I'm stuck until I find a solution.

3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories?
Yes! In both of the Sutton Capital Series novels, there are elements of suspense. I'm working on the third book and that will have a bit of suspense as well. Actually, now that I'm sitting here thinking about it, most of the ideas in my head have those elements, too. I guess that means, I'm pretty committed to romantic suspense! 
4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?
It would have to be a small stone cottage, surrounded by gardens and stone walkways. Little benches to sit on. There's a river that I can hear out the window while I work. The inside would be warm and welcoming, with a fireplace to keep me toasty warm and layer upon layer of texture and color inside. A textured sofa to curl up on with throws and pillows.
There would be a gliding rocker on a porch that I could curl up on to work when I felt like being outside. And even though there's already a river, I think I'd add a beach just a stone's throw away that I could visit when I wanted to get away. And a magic door that connected to my house so I could pop and out as needed throughout the day. I write while my son is napping or after my kids go to sleep, so the magic door is a necessity! Let's hope my unlimited funds can buy that.
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)?
I have a few books stuck in my head waiting to get out that would make great Lifetime movies, but the Sutton Capital Series would be fun to see on the big screen, too. Mostly because I'd love to see the men of Sutton Capital come to life and the women in the books are strong and bold. They'd make great movies. It'd have to be on Premium Cable. Network TV's not ready for the Sutton men yet;)

6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!
Penalty Clause is the second in the Sutton Capital series. It tells Andrew and Jill's story as they struggle to get over their pasts. Andrew never thought he would get over the pain of losing both the love of his life and his unborn child in one heart wrenching act of betrayal. But, when the object of his teenage crush walked back into his life, he saw how crushed her cheating husband had left her. He set out to heal her and help her regain her confidence but fell in love with her before he knew what hit him. They have a lot to overcome if they want to be together, though, not the least of which is an unbalanced stalker determined to have Andrew for herself. You can find the Sutton Capital Series on Amazon.
Lori Ryan is a contemporary romance novelist living in Austin, Texas with her very understanding husband, two children, three dogs, and one cat. You can follow her on Twitter at @loriryanauthor or on Facebook at She also has a Fan Group on and her website at She loves to hear from fans of her books!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Guest: @CarleyBauer210 and @LynetteWillows No Gentleman is He

Hello, Carley and Lynnette! Thanks for stopping by today.

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?
Lynette and I have written out the stories in the Sons of Liberty series, so we're always one step ahead of the game.
Yes, we already have the basic stories written and the new outlines. All we have to do is expand or rearrange a scene or two.

2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in?
Carley: Historical Fiction as opposed to Historical Romance. I also enjoy writing Erotica.
Lynette: Thriller, mystery, and literature. I have them in the works now.

3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories? 
Carley: Oh sure. I think there are times when the reader wonders which character the heroine ends up with.
If it’s in reference to the story itself, there’s plenty with the exciting battle scenes, will someone get hurt or killed, etc.

4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?
There are new low-rise apartments in Olde New Castle, overlooking the Delaware River. Huge private balconies. I'd love to park me and my laptop on the balcony, and watch the ships go by as I write. I suspect when the housing market has completely recovered, we'll sell and move there.
By water, preferably a beach house somewhere. As much as I love Canada, I sure wouldn’t mind being in warmer climes in the winter.

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 Sons of Liberty. The original colonies (now original states, from Virginia up to Boston. NBC. They have all the hits these days!
I will go with Carley's knowledge on this, since I’m a public TV geek, like the Knowledge channel, and PBS. I don’t really watch “regular” TV much.

6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!
Carley: No Gentleman Is he is our launch book in the Sons of Liberty series. Cassandra, our newly widowed heroine, finds herself in a quandary when she is left with a fledgling equine business, living in a tavern attic with quickly depleting savings. When her first mare foals, she gets help for the difficult delivery from an unlikely source: the mysterious opportunist and owner of Varina Farms, Colton Rolfe. Determined to make her superior new American Horse breed the foundation of his new breeding line, Colton offers her the scandalous position of steward at his plantation. With quickly dwindling savings and options, Cassandra accepts. The road before them is beset with mystery, danger and temptation.  
Lynette: Considering the position of steward on any land holding of the era is traditionally a man’s job, we get an early glimpse of Colton’s personality and forward thinking despite his rather mercenary motives. Both Colton and the readers also learn what kind of woman he ultimately admires, and Cassandra more than meets his demanding expectations.

There will be two winners drawn at the end of the tour. Winner 1 will receive a lovely pair of colonial era  earrings (U.S. only please due to shipping constraints); Winner 2 will receive a $100 Amazon GC.


Lynette Willows
I’m Lynette Willows. I live in rural Alberta, Canada. My debut novel, “No Gentleman Is He”, the first in the Sons of Liberty series, is co-written along with my partner in romance, Carley Bauer. 
Some have mentioned I have a very interesting past. Not only was it unusual, but some would even say reckless. I’ve lived on an Indian reserve in a teepee with my young son for three months in the winter, I’ve chased storms, and worked as a social services aide on one of the most troubled and dangerous reserves in Canada, where I met great friends as well as made a few enemies.
I enjoy camping, movies, especially historical bio dramas, strange dogs, stranger cats, exclamation points, coffee mugs with stupid sayings, friends, the crazier the better, family, as long as they are crazier than I am, and I have a huge collection of shiny, outrageous earrings. Yes, I’m a magpie. I’ll only play chess with my husband because he’ll let me win.
If you’re curious about my favorite reading material, it’s very eclectic and varied. I’m extremely picky about what I read, so check out my “to read” list on Goodreads. You can also follow me and Carley, my talented, patient, and illustrious co-author at our fan page on Facebook at “Lynette Willows & Carley Bauer”. I’m also on Twitter under @LynetteWillows, as well as Pinterest, though I’m still figuring that out. You are welcome to also visit me and chat at “Lynette Willows, Author” at

“I have enormous respect for the reader. They are able to take symbols from a page that an author has invented, and turn them into images in their minds that create an enduring story. If that’s not artistry, I don’t know what is.”-Lynette Willows

Carley Bauer

Carley Bauer enjoys life on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. with her husband and their blue eyed feline, Noelle. After 30 years as a state contractor in a self employed capacity, she decided to try her hand at her first love, writing.
She loves being an empty nester, free to travel with her husband. Still involved with her children and grandchildren, Carley loves big family events. Some of her other hobbies are home decor, fashion, graphic arts, and the occasional bite of the Big Apple where the excitement feeds her natural love of city life.


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