Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A Confounded Sophomore (Book 2 of These Four Years): A #NewAdult College #Romance by Caroline A. DeJong

Caroline A. DeJong grew up in Kent, Washington. Determined to get out of the rainy weather, she moved to Los Angeles for college, attended Loyola Marymount University, and graduated with a B.A. in Screenwriting. There, she was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and the Women’s Film Society. She will graduate with her MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University in June 2019. She works full-time at UCLA. A lover of stories and books since early childhood, she proclaimed as she played with Barbies and created stories for said Barbies and directed plays for her friends, that she was going to be a writer at age 11; that dream hasn’t wavered since. DeJong also writes screenplays and short stories. Her first screenplay with Larry Levinson Productions premiered on PixL channel in 2017, “Woman of the House.”

In the time that she isn’t writing, she loves to watch television, cook new recipes, and dance—especially Zumba. She is an avid traveler and has been to countries including Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, England, Italy, Iceland, Sweden, France, Sint Maarten, Anguilla, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Her favorite place to see was Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. Her future travel plans include visiting China and The Netherlands, where her heritage is. She believes that traveling opens up a world of possibilities for writing—seeing new cultures and new sites only strengthens her writing.

DeJong currently lives in Los Angeles. Please visit her website to read her short stories and blog posts.

About the Book

A Confounded Sophomore, book two in the These Four Years series, centers around Sophie Shelton's presence in her sorority, Alpha Nu, as well as her love for Ryan and Steven. 

Nineteen-year- old Sophie returns to the University of Miami for a confusing and complicated sophomore year. She moves into Alpha Nu and it isn't what it seems. She must continue to navigate the politics of Alpha Nu... all while living under their roof. Sophie chooses Ryan, but her feelings linger for Steven. She doesn't have a clear choice of who she wants, or what she wants within her sorority, as well as in her academic career. The year leaves her confounded and stressed, but also falling deeper in love.

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Friday, 21 June 2019

The Heart Collector-Auckland Steampunk#1: A #Romance #Suspense Novel by Barbara Russell

I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Rings and fell in love with fantasy novels.

When I discovered cosy mystery, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.

About the Book

Auckland, 1884. The Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their chests open and removes their hearts.

While other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing, Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best way to help catch the killer.

Isabel senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the team.

Eager to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk, a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7 desperately tried to recruit him and failed.

She believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be ready.

What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will collect her heart.

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Milijun: A #ScienceFiction Novel by Clayton Graham

As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.

He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

Clayton loves animals, including well-behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. ‘Milijun’, his first novel, was published in 2016. The second novel, ‘Saving Paludis’, was published in 2018. They are light years from each other but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.

In between the two novels Clayton has published ‘Silently in the Night’, a collection of short stories where, among many other adventures, you can sympathize with a doomed husband, connect with an altruistic robot, explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.

He hopes you can share the journeys.

About the Book

A tangled web of alien intrigue traps a mother and son in its deadly embrace…

When aliens capture Laura’s son, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him back. After infiltrating a military research base, Laura discovers a terrifying secret: their plans to engineer humans for galactic exploration.

Laura battles to save Jason, several mothers-to-be, and herself from alien control. But she quickly realizes the aliens have their own mission for her. Soon she faces a choice, take a chance at an impossible escape or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity.

 Milijun is the first installment of an action-packed sci-fi alien invasion series. If you like tales of first contact, secret military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll love Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder: #Romance #Poetry by Emmanuella Hristova

Emmanuella Hristova was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the Bay Area. She is the third daughter to Bulgarian parents who immigrated to California shortly before she was born. She began drawing at the ripe age of four and studied the fine arts for five years in high school. There, she received many art accolades including a Congressional award for her piece Boy in Redin 2009. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She began writing poetry at age twenty-four when she was in graduate school. She earned her Master's in Education from the same alma mater in 2017. Emmanuella spent two years as an English teacher in Richmond, California. During that time, she self-published her first poetry collection: The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder. Two of her poems have been published in For Women Who Roar and another will be published in an anthology by Wide Eyes Publishing. Currently, she is writing her first novel.

About the Book

"The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder" is a collection of poems that explores a tumultuous year of love, heartbreak, and all kinds of unimaginable loss. Emmanuella's debut poetry book documents the birth and death of a college relationship, and the death of her sister. Each poem is an emotional time-stamp that plunges the reader into the depths of the author’s feelings as they burgeon and wane. The book reads like a diary and chronicles the boundaries of the things that we all feel: passion, heartache, and pain that gives way to hope. It concludes in a message of empowerment for all women, offering a redemptive quality to a masculine world where women are pushed to the sidelines.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Discreetly Matched: A Historical #Romance by Jenna Brandt

Jenna Brandt is an international bestselling and award-winning author who writes inspiring sweet historical and contemporary romance. She earned her BA in English and is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association. She also enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, going to church, and spending time with her three daughters and husband where they live in California.

About the Book

What’s an heiress’ to do when her betrothed dies suddenly? Ask her aunt, who is the premier matchmaker in all of London, to discreetly match her with a new suitor. What could go wrong?

Lord Edwin Clarke is aimless. A fault his father insists upon correcting by way of a wife of substance, financial that is. Though Edwin stands to inherit an earldom, the title has power in name only. The family coffers have been secretly depleted by his mother’s outrageous spending habits. A rich heiress can solve all their problems, but how does a gentleman go about finding one? 

Julia Bennett's life is perfect, enjoying the spoils of being a darling of London society. She’s an heiress with a handsome fiancĂ©, set to marry within weeks. When tragedy strikes, however, her future crumbles around her, forcing Julia to make new plans. With her father’s imminent death looming, Julia must find a new man to marry in order to inherit. She is forced to turn to her aunt, the premier London matchmaker.

Can Edwin find his way to be the man Julia needs? Can Julia find her way to open her heart after her loss? And will the two of them agree to marry before the clock runs out for both of them?

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Monday, 17 June 2019

Whatever it Takes: A #Romance #Suspense Novel by MJ Markovski

Marija Carpenter writing as MJ Markovski was born in Detroit, Michigan to Macedonian immigrant parents, grow very sheltered, and then moved to Arizona for college. Ended up staying in Tucson.

About the Book

Regan Argent inadvertently uncovered a dark conspiracy that has her on the run, forcing her to return to her childhood home, a small town just outside of Dallas, to seek refuge. Unexpectedly, she bumps into Hunter Grainger, a man she never saw coming. He’s an Air Force pararescueman, on leave, with only one person who knows of his return home. Their unexpected meeting ignites a chain of events where they will be forced to help each other or be executed.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1) - A #Historical #Fiction Novel by Tam May

Tam May grew up in the United States and earned her B.A. and M.A in English. She worked as an English college instructor and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher before she became a full-time writer. She started writing when she was 14 and writing became her voice. She writes historical and contemporary fiction about characters who must examine their past and the time in which they live to move on to the future.

Her first book, a collection of contemporary short stories titled Gnarled Bones And Other Stories, was nominated for a 2017 Summer Indie Book Award. She is currently working on a Gilded Age family saga, of which the first book, The Specter, is now available for preorder. She is also working on a historical mystery featuring a turn-of-the-century New Woman female sleuth. Both series take place in Northern California.

She lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature and watching classic films.

About the Book

To what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?

One rainy morning in 1892, people gather to mourn the death of San Francisco socialite Penelope Alderdice. Among them is a strange little woman named Bertha Ross, who claims to have known “Grace” in the 1850’s in the small town of Waxwood. But Penelope’s granddaughter, Vivian, has never heard of Grace or Waxwood.

Bertha reveals surprising details about Grace’s life in Waxwood, including a love affair with Evan, an artist and member of Brandywine, Waxwood’s art colony. Vivian’s mother, Larissa, insists Bertha is an imposter who has come not to mourn a woman she knew in her youth but to stir up trouble.

Vivian, however, suspects the key to her grandmother’s life and her own lies in Waxwood. She journeys to Brandywine where she meets Verina Jones, Evan’s niece, and discovers a packet of letters her grandmother wrote forty years ago about her time in Waxwood.

As Vivian confronts the specter that holds the truth to secrets buried in the family consciousness, she examines her grandmother’s life as a mid-19th-century debutante and her own as a Gilded Age belle. Will she find her way out into the world as an autonomous being, or will she be haunted by the specter of her grandmother’s unhappiness all her life?

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