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Friday, August 1, 2014

New Book Release & Guest Blog Post from author of Among the Olive Groves

NEW BOOK RELEASE !!
Among the Olive Groves
by Chrissie Parker

Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island's resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom. 

Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future. 

From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, 'Among the Olive Groves' is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

Available on Amazon.co.uk    and    Amazon.com


Guest Blog Post by author Chrissie Parker
Destination everywhere! 

I love the world and all it contains. A big planetary mass of land and sea, that holds wondrous beauty, incredible cultures, and thousands of years of history. From the lush green forests of the Amazon, to the sweeping sands of the Sahara desert, the world is a haven of mystery waiting to be explored.

I have always been fascinated with history, travel and archaeology. Why our ancestors did what they did, the inventions they created, the battles they fought and the clues to ancient life that they left behind. I have been lucky to travel to some amazing places. I've seen the Pyramids of Giza, walked through the ancient city of Petra in Jordan and toured the caldera of Crater Lake in Oregon, USA. Each held its own fascination for me and made me eager to learn more about this great world of ours.

My interest in history began when I was young. I don't remember the exact moment, but I do know that history was something I have always loved and wanted to learn more about. I used to go on daytrips with my family to visit ruinous castles, old archaeological sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury, and old country houses. In the UK we are lucky, the country has a very unique and lengthy history, and it was exciting learning about it; King Arthur, the Romans, the Tudors to name but a few. For me though it was the pull of foreign lands. At school we did a project on Egypt and I was hooked, I loved everything about it, the pyramids, the temples, the strange gods and goddesses, and it made me want to learn more. I wanted to be an archaeologist, but unfortunately life took me in a different direction, but that love of all things historical has remained with me, and continued to grow. So much so, that coupled with my interest in travel and I have found the perfect combination for writing material.

Among the Olive Groves is a good example of that. The dream getaway destination of Zakynthos in Greece merges with the history of world war two to make a unique story.

If you have never been to Zakynthos then you have missed out. The island sits in the Ionian sea just off mainland Greece. It has beautiful beaches, crystal turquoise seas and excellent Greek hospitality. The island is home to endangered Loggerhead turtles and has plenty of attractions to keep the visitor occupied; with monasteries and churches, a venetian castle, and shipwrecked cove to name but a few. Setting my book there was a must. I wanted to show readers what an amazing place it is. The world war two theme came purely by accident via a throwaway sentence said in passing by a local. When I gave it some thought, I knew that it would make a great story, and Among the Olive Groves was born.

My combined love of history and travel means that I have many ideas for books, I'm looking forward to one day being able to write about all of the places I have visited and love. For me it truly is a passion, and I hope that passion will shine through and make people want to share my love of these incredible places, so much so that they will want to visit them too.


About the author
Chrissie lives in London with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.

Chrissie is also an Author. Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013.

Chrissie is currently working on two sequels to Integrate called Temperance and Retribution. Both will be released in 2015.

Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation. Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.

Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books, make bracelets and listens to music.

Other links:
Twitter - @Chrissie_author
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27035030-chrissie-parker



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This week's question is from Elizabeth

How many bookcases do you have, and how do you organize the shelves??????

My answer....
Seriously dare I answer this !!  We have a house full of books, not only are we massive lovers of  real printed books we also sell books through our online store and yes everything is stored at home.  We have books all over the place, so many bookcases far too many to count.

We organise by genre and then alphabetically, my hubbie is obsessed with it, he even puts the same author in series order.

I have to share a long standing mistake I made at an auction once which my hubbie won't let me forget - I walked in to see one of those beautiful old fashioned oak bookcases the type schools or old country mansions had, you know the floor to ceiling, that takes up the whole wall type, it was love at first sight and I won it, yeah!!  Until it arrived at our house, twice as large as the room we planned to put it in, oops knew I should have measured it first.  Luckily for us we have a fantastic joiner who's parents live next door and he worked his magic and the beautiful bookcase will stand and be admired for a long time to come.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guest Book Review - Whole Latte Love by Rachelle Ayala plus $20 Amazon/Paypal & Signed Book Giveaway



Investment banking intern Carina Chen doesn’t need any distractions—especially the sexy, guitar-playing barista she rooms with for the summer.

Free spirit Dylan Jewell appreciates the delightful universe of women who vie for his attention. His goal in life is to do good, make happy coffee, and help the homeless.

When Carina moves in, she insists on rules of conduct to quell her instant attraction to Dylan. But when her boss asks her to turn Dylan into a businessman, she can’t think of a reason not to take advantage of his hospitality.

Their chemistry is white hot, but Dylan refuses to play Carina’s game, unable to understand how he can fall in love with a woman who puts profits in front of people. When Carina realizes Dylan isn’t budging, she risks all to gain a single night with him. Will her gambit backfire or will Dylan discover Carina’s true heart before she runs away with his?

Set in Berkeley, California, Whole Latte Love is an opposites-attract romance mixing bluesy rock music, hot, steamy love scenes, and financial shenanigans.

Steamy love scenes and language. Suitable for readers 18+.

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Whole Latte Love is a book that brings together humor, the romance of a first love, and the hot, steamy element romance books are made of. On the base of things, the book follows the same basic plot highs and lows of most books in this genre. The great part, though, was the unexpected flips and turns in the plot. The entire thing was brought together by two very realistic, very human main characters in Carina and Dylan. They both have passions, flaws, and make mistakes, some of them endearing, some of them making you want to shake them and ask what they were thinking. The character development, not only of the two whose lives we follow in Carina and Dylan, but in the many supporting roles seen in their friends, family, and co-workers, helps set this book apart from so many mass market paperback romance novels that are too busy spending time with hot steamy sex scenes to bother giving the characters personality. Instead, the author manages to balance plot, character development, and (of course!), a few steamy elements, winding them all together into a very enjoyable book. I honestly stayed up way too late two nights in a row reading, promising myself just one more chapter.

Overall, a very enjoyable book. Well thought out, great characters, and well edited. And, I have to say, as a person who loves puns, the title makes me smile every time I read it.


About the Author
Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY

2 Winners !!
1st Prize - 1 x $20 Amazon / Paypal GC - 1 x Signed Book (winners choice) 
2nd Prize - 1 x $5 Amazon / Paypal GC- 1 x ebook (winners choice)  
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Series Cover Reveal - Harborside Nights by Melissa Foster available to Pre-order Now !

**READERS** I'm proud to announce my New Adult Romance series releasing in April 2015! 
The first book, CATCHING CASSIDY, is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER HERE!


CATCHING CASSIDY  -  HARBORSIDE NIGHTS, Book One 
Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to spread his parents’ ashes and to try to figure out his next step. 

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—even if her jealous boyfriend is giving her hell for it. But he doesn’t have anything to be jealous of…or does he? 

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.

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HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as "summer" friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They're tough, edgy, and accepting--most of the time. Although the first book, CATCHING CASSIDY, is a heterosexual romance, this series will include heterosexual, gay, and lesbian themes, written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOOK TOUR - The Turquoise Tower (The Revenant Wyrd Saga #6) by Travis Simmons

COMING SOON.....
The Turquoise Tower (The Revenant Wyrd Saga #6) 
Experience the harrowing conclusion to The Revenant Wyrd Saga.

In the mystical lands of the Great Realms, Angelica, Jovian, and Joya search for their kidnapped sister, Amber. Their quest has led them through many dangers and revelations, but nothing has prepared them for what’s about to come.

The mythical Turquoise Tower is calling to all beings with angelic blood to witness a rising darkness in the mountains to the west. Siblings Angelica, Joya, and Jovian travel with their cousin Cianna to the west, where the Turquoise Tower promises to empower their angelic half and restore their wings. But there’s a darkness at the tower, one that promises a final resolution with their long lost sister, Amber.

Meanwhile Grace, Rosalee, and Dalah make their way to the holy city Lytoria where they are to make their final stand of the Goddess against the legions of Chaos. Can they overcome the army of dead, verax-acis, and fallen angels? Or will the city be raised, and the Goddess lose all power in the Realms?

"Travis Simmons writes with a flair of imagination that few can rival." ~ Fantasy Bookshelf Review

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About the Author
Travis has been writing since he was 14.  He began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" He always knew there was a "before" and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride for him.  He has also written the Infernal Design series.
 

He lives in a small town at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels.   He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Winner of A Guardian of Shadows Giveaway is......


THE LUCKY WINNER IS

Jackie AM

CONGRATULATONS !!

Special thanks to author Travis Simmons for another great giveaway xx

Didn't Win??  Don't Worry!!
You can still treat yourself to A Guardian of Shadows from here....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOOK TOUR - The Girl in Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy

R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.

Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.

Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.

While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.

This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seatbelt!

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"Multiple generations of dysfunction catch up to a once-prominent Boston police family in Birdy’s elaborate debut mystery." - Kirkus Reviews for The Girl in White Pajamas

"Best Book I've read in a long time. You really feel like you're walking through the streets of Boston with the writer. Can't wait for the next book to come out! Thank you Chris Birdy for a truly entertaining read!" - from Goodreads for The Girl in White Pajamas

"This is one of the most suspenseful and exciting murder mysteries I have ever read."  - from Amazon for The Girl in White Pajamas

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When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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About the Author
Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept. Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were. The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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