Cate Beauman on Tour: Bodyguards of L.A. County Series


Cate Beauman will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Author Interview

  1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I’ve been a go-getter and pretty darn stubborn for most of my life. Possessing a strong stubborn streak has its drawbacks, but I’ve found that a healthy dose of go-getting and persistence are exactly what you have to possess if you want to make it in this business. Writing hundreds of pages all while maintaining a tight plotline aren’t for the faint of heart. Taking the next step and putting your work out there for thousands of people to read certainly isn’t easy either. The industry is constantly changing. Sometimes it’s really hard to keep up (or want to keep up), but when you remember why you do what you do, you find a way. There’s nothing like reading an email from a fan who got lost in the story you told.

2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I would have to say Romantic Suspense chose me. I’ve always loved reading stories in the Romantic Suspense genre. They say you should write what you’re passionate about. There’s nothing quite as thrilling as weaving love and danger together in an amazing story. What’s more fun than that?

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m definitely a plotter. I’m a Type A, which means I have outlines of outlines. I can’t imagine telling a five hundred-page story without my trusty notes, calendars, and character sketches by my side. I have the utmost respect for those amazing storytellers who fly by the seat of their pants. I don’t know how they do it!

4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Not exactly but sometimes my research takes me to very uncomfortable places. I’m a little squeamish (okay, a lot!) so when I have to look at pictures of autopsies or crime scene photos, it’s tough. I ended up watching a documentary on the University of Tennessee’s body farm to help me tell Reed and Bella’s story more accurately. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time breathing into a bag and dropping my head between my legs. It was a pretty intense forty-five minutes, but it was so worth it. I learned so many fascinating things. Deceiving Bella is a better novel for it.

5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Ooh, this is a great question. I’ve been telling stories for six years now, and I still feel like I haven’t mastered the balancing act between family life and a demanding career. With each story I tell, I feel like I learn to juggle a little better, but I still have a long way to go. I think I’m becoming a better delegator of things I just can’t get to, but it’s certainly a work in progress. When I feel like I’m dropping the balls, I put my work up for a little while and try to fix what feels out of control. Then I get back to it.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I think it depends on where we are in the book. If we’re talking about one of the suspenseful scenes, disaster is probably not far behind. I’d like to think I’m a tough cookie like all of my heroes and heroines, but if there’s blood or weapons involved, it’s more than likely not going to be pretty.

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I love to write in my living room after the family has left for work and school. I have a plush love seat that welcomes me every day. I snuggle in, put my feet up on the coffee table, and get to it. I can’t imagine writing anywhere else. One of my favorite comfort foods is a homemade granola/yogurt parfait with fruit. I typically eat one every morning for a snack.

8. Writing inspirations? I’m often inspired by the need to finish each story. I get so invested in my characters that I want to bring them through their trials and tribulations to their happily ever afters. Everyone deserves to be happy—even the fictitious people I’ve created in my mind.

9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Nora Roberts is my all time favorite author. I’ve always wanted to know how she comes up with storyline after storyline. Ms. Roberts has written well over 200 books. How amazing is that?

10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. On occasion I break out a piece of paper and pencil in the middle of a conversation if an idea for my story comes to mind. When I’m most relaxed, my imagination totally takes over. I know it’s terribly rude, but if I don’t write it down immediately, I lose my thoughts. Luckily, this doesn’t happen too often, but it certainly happens more than it should.



Bodyguards of L.A. County Series

by Cate Beauman

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Eleven Men Sworn To Protect. Eleven Women Who Change Everything.

The Close Protection Agents of Ethan Cooke Security are ready to risk it all for the safety of their clientele. What they don’t know is that they’re about to get more than they bargain for when they report for their latest assignments. Love and danger have a way of bringing people together in this dark, sexy, multi-award winning Romantic suspense series, the Bodyguards of L.A. County.


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International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.

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Heather M. Walker: The Otherling


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Author Interview

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book? I have always felt connected to the supernatural, the occult, the paranormal and the arcane. I first felt a stirring for it when I was six years old and was told my first scary ghost story. It started a passion in me to read and research as much as I could in these subjects, and to expand my knowledge as much as possible so that I could figure out my connection and affinity toward it.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? I am the second born, and the youngest in my family. Everyone else is a Capricorn, and I am an Aries, so I guess that right there put me at an odds and destined me to be the black sheep. I have always felt like an outsider to the world, and to my own family to an extent. This caused me to go deeper into myself to explore the realms of my inner world, my dreams and all the colors of my soul. I am deeply connected to my emotions, and to seeing the world in a way maybe others can’t see it. To notice the nuances of the wind, the sigh of the grass under my feet. I think that becoming a writer was a natural outcome of this.

3. Where is your favorite place to write? I have my own space in the house carved out just for myself and my writing. I am tucked away in a little niche in the living room, with all my crystals on my desk, my sage and sweet grass room sprays, my David Bowie collection (I am still in mourning) and all my writing tools. This place is mine, and I enjoy writing there.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? I don’t think you have to kill your darlings. While I respect the man who said this deeply, and though he is one of my favorite writers, I don’t agree with everything he says. Every writer, every story is different. You can’t force your story and characters to do something that doesn’t follow the story line. If you get connected deeply enough to the story, and to the characters, they will let you know when what you’re writing is wrong. It just won’t flow. It will feel strangled and caustic. If you try to kill your darlings just for the sake of killing them, then its likely your story will fall apart. There is a magical moment when your story takes over, when the characters come alive and you just know where it has to go. If you don’t follow this, what your story wants, then writers block, or the strangulation of words ensues. I say if the story warrants a killing or a death, fantastic, go with it, but don’t do it just for the sake of this now famous saying.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Ahh, that would be Clive Barker! I absolutely love his daring writing style, his ability to go to places that are forbidden to most, and to explore them without hesitation or apology. He is a brilliant writer, and has written some of my favorite books. I highly recommend Galilee and weave World, they are both fantastic, immersive reads.

I’m not sure I have one burning question for him though, but I would love to drink absinth with him and probe his mind on all manner of things, from the origins of life, to the origins of evil, and how he feels about his characters. I would like to know how he says goodbye to them after his novel is over, as I myself felt a sense of sadness when my novel was done.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. I don’t know if there is something no one knows. ((Scratches head)). I suppose this will have to do. I hope I don’t wake up to an angry mob holding lit torches in the morning. I don’t like Led Zeplin. There, I said it.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack? My Nook, some way to charge my Nook, and my glasses so I can see. I have to have something to read or I think I might just go mad.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? To fly

9. Favorite snack? This changes depending on my mood. I love trail mix, dried peaches, fruits and of course, chocolate.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?  Ok, here goes. Get ready to be shocked. I actually don’t drive at all, I never learned how, and somewhere along the way it just became unimportant. I can walk, I can take a taxi, I can take a bus. This has been a form of debate and contention with so many people in my life, and a reason to judge me and put me in a little box labeled “inferior.” I know driving is very useful, but I don’t feel it is something that must be known in order to live a life that is fulfilling.

As far as metaphorically, I don’t think any of us know for sure where we are going. We can make plans and we can prepare, but we have to have faith in ourselves and our higher power as far as how we will get there, or if we will get there.




The Otherling

by Heather M. Walker

Genre:  Paranormal romance


In the deep south of Doltree, Georgia, not everything is what is seems. Long accustomed to life as an outcast, the beautiful and demure Annaleah Grace has learned to stand apart from the crowd with dignity. Being the daughter of a white witch and a white witch herself, living in a town of devout Christians, has earned her more than a few raised eyebrows.

When she meets the handsome, yet snarky, Professor Bainbridge with whom she will be teaching at the local University, everything in her life abruptly changes. Something about him seems intimately familiar to her in a way she can’t totally identify. Even though he’s brusque and intimidating, Annaleah is drawn by his otherworldly eyes and foreign mannerisms.

With the help of angels, both Holy and fallen, she discovers just how unique she truly is. Dreams become a meeting place between this reality and the next, and Professor Sebastian Bainbridge’s true identity is revealed.

When her dreams begin to be more than dreams and she wakes up with Georgia red clay she walked through during a nightmare still wet on her feet, Annaleah knows something intense and powerful is going on, and that somehow, Professor Bainbridge is part of it. She is determined to embrace the profound destiny that awaits her and the Professor, even if that means taking up a sword to fight the Devil himself.




Sebastian caught Annaleah neatly in his arms, and encircled her in his wings, holding her so close she felt she could melt right into him and together they would burn as one being. Tears came to her then, spilling down her cheeks and falling onto her breasts, a silver light coming from them as they fell. Sebastian opened his wings then and placed a finger under her chin, tilting her head up to look into his mirror eyes. As she saw herself in them, glowing and alive and beautiful, it felt so very right. Sebastian wiped the tears from her eyes, slowly, gently and with great care. His eyes never left hers as he bent his head down, until right before the moment when he caught her lips with his, and everything in the world ceased to exist but their kiss. In that sacred, glorious moment, as their lips pressed together, she was pierced to her heart with all-consuming adoration, and from behind her she felt a great motion, as if she had moved something with a great weight on her back. Confused, and a bit shocked, she broke the kiss, turning to see what was happening behind her.

Sebastian laughed despite her apparent confusion and said, “Oh Annaleah my darling, did you forget?”

Feeling a bit betrayed by his laughter when he could plainly see her distress, Annaleah asked, “Did I forget what?”

At this Sebastian outstretched his magnificent wings to their full height and length, blocking out the sky and the moon hanging therein.

“Your wings Annaleah; you forgot you had wings.”


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Heather was born into a military family, and has lived everywhere from Mountain Home, Idaho, to a small town in England called Bloxham. She eventually settled down In LaGrange, Georgia with her partner of 15 years, Billy, her 7 year old daughter Makaylah, and her 4 indoor cats. She considers herself first and foremost, a mother. She enjoys being a writer, a jeweler, a glass artist, a painter, and avid crafter. It has been her life long dream to publish a book, and she has lovingly worked on “The Otherling” in its various stages for almost 3 years. Heather loves to read, mostly horror, fantasy and occult books. She studies angelology, mysticism, Wicca, psychology and the human mind. Her writing goal is to create a book that comes to life in her reader’s hands and minds, and places them there in the middle of the story. It is her deepest wish that “The Otherling”, as well as her other written works, will accomplished this, and make a home in the hearts of all those who read her words.






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Nancy Fraser on Tour: Bewitched


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by Nancy Fraser


Genre: Vintage (1960s) Historical


Chicago, Fall 1964 Allison Stiles is the epitome of responsibility. Guardian to her two rambunctious younger brothers, she also runs a home daycare. While she doesn’t have time for a vacation, she really needs a diversion. Enter Eric Thomas, her new neighbor. Tall, dark and handsome and just what she needs to get her mind off her responsibilities, even if only for a short time. Moving into the house he inherited from his uncle was not part of Eric Thomas’ plan. Yet, starting a new business ties up a good portion of his capital, so he forgoes the fancy downtown apartment for the quaint Rogers Park neighborhood. Now if he could just get his mind off his sexy neighbor and back on the business at hand.



Allison Stiles gathered up a book by her favorite romance author in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, then crossed the padded alphabet flooring and stepped out onto the enclosed front porch of her Rogers Park home. The neighborhood was old but well kept, the people warm and inviting. The shouts of children playing in the street drew her attention for a brief moment.

She wrapped a thin shawl around her shoulders and settled comfortably into the double-wide porch swing, set her teacup on the nearby window ledge, and opened her book to the first page. Given the week she’d had, she welcomed this chance to unwind, to do nothing but kick back and relax.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do with these two. They’re headed for juvenile hall, I tell you that.”

Principal Garner’s harsh rebuke swirled around inside her head like the colors from a child’s kaleidoscope, forcing her to set aside the book in favor of a sip of calming, herbal tea. As much as she hated to admit it, the man was right. Benny and Phillip were a handful and quickly getting on the edge of her very last nerve.

“We’re sorry, Sis.” Benny’s apology filled her thoughts.

“We didn’t mean to do anything bad. Honest.” Phillip’s younger, softer voice tugged on her heartstrings.

Her brothers’ penchant for trouble and the subsequent call to the principal’s office was just the icing on the cake. She’d spent the entire week wiping runny noses and disinfecting child after child in an effort to keep this first round of seasonal flu from infecting her and everyone around her. She needed more than a cup of tea and a great read. She desperately needed a vacation. Unfortunately, her obligations didn’t allow much down time.

At the very least she needed a distraction of some sort.

The loud slam of a car door and a man’s muttered curse pulled her from this latest bout of self-pity and to the closest window. With the tips of her fingers, she slid the hand-made paper skeleton aside and stared out across her toy-strewn yard.

There in front of her, his arms filled with boxes, minus the one he’d dropped on the ground, stood the most handsome man she’d ever seen. A real-life Adonis, complete with dark, wavy hair and broad shoulders. When he turned toward the porch, she was gifted with an unencumbered view of his narrow hips and taut backside, both of which were encased in a pair of impossibly tight jeans.

She swallowed back the lump in her throat and licked her suddenly-dry lips. As distractions go…this one was darned-near perfect.


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Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on a Valentine’s Day novella, her next Rock and Roll novella, and a story about a racy Scot titled “Kilty Pleasures”.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.





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Sara R. Turnquist: The General’s Wife


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The General’s Wife

by Sara R. Turnquist

Genre: Historical Romance


“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive. Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.



“Can you please take this blindfold off?” Ismene loved surprises, but couldn’t stand the waiting. Alistair had risen early to prepare a special breakfast for them and served her in bed. Then he had told her that he had something special planned for them today—a special place for them to visit.

“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.

She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.

“We’re almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn’t much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn’t much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.

“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.

“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.

Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”


Author Interview:

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who? I’ve not really wanted to be someone else. I’ve always strived to be content with who I am and work on myself when I feel that discontentment working its way in. Now, I do sometimes wish I lived in a different time period. Many intrigue me. But I don’t know that I would truly be able to give up the modern conveniences I’ve come to enjoy. Such as air conditioning.

What did you do on your last birthday? My husband surprised me with a small family party…and my favorite cake, of course. I enjoy my family and spending time with them – my parents and my sister and her family.

What part of the writing process do you dread? The middle part…I’m a “pantser”, meaning I “write by the seat of my pants”. I don’t generally do much plotting or outlining beforehand. So, I’ll have the story started and I’m developing the plot, but there in the “middle” it can be wearying to try to maintain the momentum and reach that strong climax.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I do have writer’s block from time to time. I sit down and write anyway. I strongly believe that you have to get the “pump primed” to get the “water flowing”. Once you start writing, really anything, the inspiration will hit you at some point and you can then pick up where you left off. Writer’s prompts are great for overcoming writer’s block. Or writing a “throw away” scene for your characters.

Tell us about your latest release. This is a story about a young woman, Ismene, who is moved from her home in Athens, Greece, to Alexandria, Egypt, to fulfill an arranged marriage to Pharaoh’s highest general. The characters are fictional, with the exception of Pharaoh Ptolemy II and his queen. The story is set during the time after Alexander the Great has conquered most of the known world and died, leaving Egypt controlled by Greek rulers. Ismene has left behind everything she knows, including her first love, to face a stranger for a husband and a place full of foreign things and people. To top it off, it seems that someone does not appreciate her presence in Egypt and will go to great lengths to force her out. Mixed feelings about her new husband and about her new life compound the situation.


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Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.


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Vicki Batman on Tour: Temporarily Insane


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Temporarily Insane

by Vicki Batman

Genre: romantic comedy mystery


No man. Bad job. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.

Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?



“We need to cover the ground rules.”

“Ground rules?” His brow vee-ed. “Is this normal?”

“Absolutely.” I nodded. “The ground rules are: No kissing. No hugging. No whispering lovey-dovey stuff in my ear. No nothing. Understand?”

“I understand, but I thought people in love do this.”

“Let’s set the record straight right now—we are not in love. And here’s another rule: don’t speak to anyone.”

“Don’t talk to anyone—why not?”

Noticing the bizarre look on his face, I relented. “Okay, you can talk. Just say one sentence.”

“Is this a weird family thing?”

“Nope. It’s a Hattie-who-is-being-nice thing.”


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Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??

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Robert E. Dunn and Mary SanGiovanni: A Living Grave / Chills


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A Living Grave

by Robert Dunn

GENRE: Mystery


A Living Grave

The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past…


Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time—between mandated therapy sessions—until she learns that she’s a suspect in a military investigation with ties to her painful past.

The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction, however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread will take time Katrina might not have as the Army investigator turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the truth—before she’s found buried…



A Living Grave

“I know your Uncle Orson,” he said. “Been fishing with him more times than I can remember.”

I crouched to be close to the ground and kept poking around the body with my stick, then sketching things in the pad. Clare’s talk was actually soothing to hear. Normal, even though he was doing it to keep his mind off of something not normal in his life at all.

“Your daddy too. Way back when.”

I think I nodded, reacting more to the sound than his words. Tossing my stick aside, I stood, then circled the body. Each time I stopped I added to my sketches. I had to force myself to look into the face. Into where the face had been. I sketched. Then I looked away. I sketched her hair. Then I looked away.

“There are monsters in the woods,” Clare said, his back still to me. I was listening then. “It used to be a joke. When I was a kid, people talked about Momo, the Missouri monster. It was like a local Bigfoot. But the real monsters are people, aren’t they?”

I didn’t answer him.

“Perverts.” He spit the word out. “Monsters that do that to children. There isn’t hate big enough for them nor a hell deep enough. This will rile some people up. He lives in one of those piece-of-crap mobile homes in that big development off of F Highway. You know, over by the McKenna farm.”

“Who does?” I had stopped writing and was paying very close attention to Mr. Bolin at that point.


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Robert Dunn is the author of the novels The Red Highway, The Dead Ground, and Behind the Darkness. He can be found online at or on Twitter at @WritingDead.

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By Mary SanGiovanni

GENRE: Horror


“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…


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Mary SanGiovanni is the author of the Bram Stoker nominated novel The Hollower, its sequels Found You and The Triumvirate, Thrall, and Chaos, as well as the novellas For Emmy, Possessing Amy, and The Fading Place, as well as numerous short stories. She has been writing fiction for over a decade, has a masters in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a member of The Authors Guild, Penn Writers, and International Thriller Writers. Her website is


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Lucy Farago on Tour: Sins That Haunt


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Sins That Haunt

by Lucy Farago

GENRE: Romantic Suspense


The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas hide a multitude of sins. And in Lucy Farago’s show-stopping series, a lawyer and an FBI agent take a walk on the seedy side, where greed breeds a deadly desperation… Civil attorney Shannon Joyce walks the line of law and order, but she learned from day one how to put up a good front—thanks to her con man father. Thirteen years ago, she left the east coast and her life of crime behind. Her high school sweetheart, Noah, was collateral damage, but some things can’t be helped. But now there’s no escape when her past comes roaring down the Strip—in the oh-so-tempting form of the man she left behind… Special Agent Noah Monroe has Shannon exactly where he wants her—in the back of his car in handcuffs. Her grifter father has been murdered, and the FBI needs Shannon to keep one of his scams in play to bag the big bad guy who was financing him. Once again a pawn in someone’s else game, Shannon will have to trust her instincts to survive both the peril threatening her—and the passion Noah reignites…



They eventually stopped at the last place she’d expected. The airport. Noah got out of the car and got in the backseat with her.

“What’s going on?” She should be sitting in an interrogation room, not visitors’ parking at the airport. “Is my father really dead?”

May God have mercy on her soul, but she hoped so.

Noah nodded once.

“How did he die?”

He lifted a dark eyebrow.

“Cut it out. You know damn well I didn’t kill him.” She didn’t lie, not anymore. “Am I glad he’s gone to a far worse place?” She shrugged. He’d not only screwed up her life but countless others’. His victims were in the thousands, if not more. “But when I left him, he was alive.” Not very happy but alive.

“When would that be?” he asked.

She considered telling him to go take a swim in shark-infested waters, then thought better of it. She had nothing to hide. “Two days ago.”

“What did the two of you discuss?”

“The weather,” she said. Jerk. No way would she admit to her father extorting money from her. Thirteen years ago she’d have told Noah everything. Thirteen years ago he hadn’t been a special agent assigned to a task force that could put her behind bars.

“Shannon, even if you and I didn’t know you hated the guy, the only time he ever talked to you was to coerce you into one of his schemes. So what was it this time?”


lucy-faragoAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lucy Farago knows there is nothing like a happy sigh at the end of a good book. With the encouragement of her loving husband, she wrote her first manuscript. An unpublished historical, it sits in a file on her computer, there to remind her how much fun she had learning the craft and becoming part of an industry whose books make you believe anything is possible. A big fan of Agatha Christie, she set out to write her first romantic suspense novel. Thrilled to be a published author, Lucy also teaches yoga, enjoys cooking, and saying what other people are thinking. In her fantasy world, her beautiful Siberian husky, Loki, doesn’t shed and her three kids clean up after themselves. Alas, that fantasy will never see fruition.


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Lisa Nielsen on Tour: Bygones


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by Lisa K. Nielsen

GENRE: Romantic Suspense


Dr. Alexandra Hadley would prefer to leave small town life behind forever, but her father’s death forces her hand. In his will, he has left her his medical practice and Georgian-style mansion, and it is up to her to hire a new doctor and settle his estate. Fresh out of medical school, Lexi is happily settled in Chicago, doing research in tandem with her boyfriend. Brian, fifteen years older with impressive credentials and sophisticated tastes, has no interest in visiting her birthplace of Glenmore, Illinois. Lexi soon discovers that home has its attractions, the first being the handsome contractor Joe Manning, her secret crush in high school. Seeing patients is also surprisingly satisfying. When Joe offers to remodel her father’s den, Lexi jumps at the chance to erase sad memories and become better acquainted with her gorgeous handyman. Even as the charms of Glenmore draw her in, a series of break-ins at her father’s house make her fear for her safety. Is the intruder searching for something other than valuables? And how determined is the culprit? Lexi finds her fragile happiness at risk, including her newfound love for Joe Manning.



He looked over volume after volume. “Some of these look like they might be first editions.”

“Most likely. Dad was quite a collector. Do you read?”

“Yeah, some.” He tapped on the cherry wood shelves and then he focused on the desk. Rounding it, he took a seat. “This is the drawer that was broken into?” He reached down to pull open the cracked drawer. “Doesn’t look like there was too much damage. It could be repaired.”

“It doesn’t matter. I’m going to throw it out anyway.”

His head snapped up. “What? Why?”

“Because I hate it.” She shivered, hugging herself. “I hate this whole room.”

He frowned. “But this is a great desk. The drawer could be repaired or replaced. Be a shame to throw it out.”

When she spoke, her voice was quiet. “If you want it, it’s yours.” She swiveled on the ball of her foot and walked away.

He gazed at the empty doorway for a long while, confused. What the hell? Then it hit him. Duh. I’m an idiot.

She was in the kitchen, cleaning up. It didn’t take her long— two plates in the dishwasher and paper cartons in the garbage. She sprayed the counter and wiped it clean with paper towels.

“Lexi, is the study where your brother died?” He shifted, uncomfortable, barely able to say the words.

When she turned to face him, her eyes were bright. “Yes.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa K. Nielsen was born and raised in West Dundee, Illinois. Her love of books started early on, with a particular interest in mysteries.

Lisa received a B.S. degree in zoology from Iowa State University. She then attended the Physician Assistant program at the University of Iowa.

After graduation, she moved to Peoria, Illinois where her first position as a physician assistant was in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. She then moved on to the specialty of urology.

Her work was busy and time consuming, but she always made time to read. After years of dreaming about it, she finally put a pen to paper and wrote down some stories of her own.



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TK Thompson on Tour – The Dark Eve: A New Recruit


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Author Interview

  1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. Fearless, my main characters personality is based off of my own. It helps to have a base line to work with. Saying that, I don’t go around chopping off people’s head like a pirate. Even if there is something that scares me I am the type of person to not allow a fear to stop me. I will work through it. Acantha my main character does not show her fear either. She will charge ahead, sure of herself, and willing to take on just about anything, but she also has a few secrets up her sleeve.


  1. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? No, I simply wrote my story. It wasn’t until it was all done that I realized or defined it as a genre. My basic want was to make the story in my head alive.


  1. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I have certain plot points that are planned, how it get to those points is all on the fly.


  1. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Yes, characters have to be relatable. This means they progress and digress just like us. The more people can relate to them the better emotional experience they can have. My character have metaphoric events that happen in the story that represent some of my own. One of them was feeling isolated.


  1. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? I have learned that when it’s time for writing then write. If it’s time for my family, then writing time is over. Writing can be a hard thing to stop, especially if you’re on a roll. I have had deadlines that I personally wanted to achieve and did not successfully meet them due to unrealistic expectations. I try to have realistic expectations and if it doesn’t happen I simply let it go. There is not enough energy in my life to deal with disappointment. All I can do is my best and make allowances for being human.


  1. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I think that an important part of my story is that there are no divine interventions. The road traveled is vitally important to my character and her happiness. I don’t believe that we always get to be saved from a hard road, but that it is the hard road that saves us by changing our course.


  1. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. On the couch! I am usually on the couch or in my bed. Left overs. Just as long as I don’t have to make something I’m good.


  1. Writing inspirations? I listen to classical music. It helps bring out emotion. I don’t think I am a very emotional person. The idea of having the print copy in my hand is very inspirational.


  1. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I think I would pick JK Rowling. I would talk to her about what she feels like the most important decision she made during her publishing career.


10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I don’t divulge that much to anyone except my husband and sister. Maybe talk about it like it was real life. We do this a lot with TV shows. I guess I do it with my books.


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The Dark Eve: A New Recruit

by TK Thompson

Genre:   Fantasy


Young Audim Basile hates life dominated by his cold, controlling father. But his dreams of fortune and adventure are turned upside down when he runs off to weigh anchor with the toughest, most barbaric band of pirates the criminal underworld has ever known.

Together with their dark, mysterious female captain, Acantha – who’ll run her sword through anyone who looks at her the wrong way – Basile and his fellow swashbuckling bandits sail the globe, fighting hordes of terrifying supernatural creatures that would make even the hardiest buccaneer quake with fear.

Together with his newfound crew mates, Basile must help with finding Acantha’s sister – who’s been missing for over a year – while being consumed with trying to solve the mystery of Acantha’s illusive past – before the evil Wraith King sends all of them to a premature watery grave.

Will Basile survive the fiercest test of his young life? Will Acantha sacrifice her own ship and crew (including young Basile) just to save her sister? Will young Basile come to terms with the price of the high-seas way of life and fortune?

In her stunning debut novel, T.K. Thompson launches readers on the most exhilarating ocean journey since Pirates of the Caribbean. Only time will tell if Acantha, Basile, and their hardy shipmates will live to tell this heart-stopping tale and fight another day.



Basile felt the air change around him, like a vision appearing before him. He saw the devil’s dog up on the mast not ten feet from him; it slithered like a snake down the mast. Just then, Popper sniffled in his hiding place. The creature didn’t hesitate but struck out toward the noise, clawing and ripping at Popper’s crouched figure. Basile moved to his aid, opening his mouth instinctively to ward the creature off when a hand grabbed his mouth and another pulled him silently back deeper into the staircase. He felt her face slightly touching his holding him firmly. She turned his face inches from her own and signaled with her finger for him to be quiet. Popper’s screams radiated out through the cave. Basile cringed inside and held his hands to his ears to blot out his screams. He could see more of the dark creatures quickly crawling toward the ship. Popper’s screams were quick and soon were silenced by the clicking screaks of the devil’s dog. The captain moved toward a cluster of demons ready to jump aboard, and before Basile knew it she was silently sliding near the devil’s dog on the deck. As it raised its head to greet her, she sliced it off, ending its clicking noises. Suddenly, the light appeared at the end of the tunnel, and another scream came from the end of the ship. Basile looked to the light to save them, but there was still a ways until the ship touched its rays.


MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_DarkEveAuthor Bio and Links:

I was born in Provo, UT and raised in copper mining towns in-between Arizona and New Mexico.  I can be compared to a lizard. The warm weather makes a great home, but I have always had a love for the rain and overcast skies, extremely contradictory from my given habitat. That’s how I see myself sometimes, a lover of opposites. I would consider my childhood to be groundless when it came to my imagination.  I was trapped inside my own mind and I believe I learned the world in small harsh but necessary truths, like a slow awakening.  My little stories had their encompassing place along with underdeveloped drawing skills.  But rationality whispered in my ears through my upbringing. I sought out what I felt to be important, the events of graduating high school, Silver City, NM 1999.  I went to a safe community college in Thatcher, AZ.  They say that college is a large defining time in a young person’s life. It’s where they start to wonder about who they are, what they know as truth, and far away from those that defined it for them.  I was of course set with innate knowledge and experience and given power with irrational brain resources.  My heart had plenty of stitches and I gave many to others. But I could not find peace in a single person. My ideas of life, love, and the world that I wanted to exist in felt unattainable. Having the whole picture felt like an impossible task. I went on a mission for my church in Washington, where I happily got my rain and clouds. Spending eighteen months dedicated to serving others and not yourself is a mind-opening task.  It set me up to find the true roots within and be ready to insult my future husband Dustin Thompson when he walked through the door. I am as plain as I want to be.  I have three crazy children to help fuel my life and since have received my Bachelors Degree in business management, UOP.  But most of all I have tapped back into my imagination, pushed aside all rationality, and finished one of my best thoughts so far. Every day I continue to face my vulnerabilities.






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McKenna Grey and Everly Archard on Tour: The Dragon’s Staircase


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Character Interview

  1. What is Alexa Kyndall like? Alexa Kyndall is strong yet feminine, tough yet vulnerable. She grew up in Alaska with three brothers, so she knows how to handle herself, but like many women, she’s not immune to doubt, fears, and of course, falling in love. She chose her occupation because of events in her past, and those events drove her to become who she is . . . except she realizes that everything she’d worked toward wasn’t what she ultimately wanted. Her discovery of self—sidetracked by a lot of action and an unexpected someone—is an interesting and exciting journey.


  1. What does Alexa Kyndall do best? What is the perfect location for this action? She’s great at solving puzzles! Of course she’d have to be to gain the success she did with the FBI. She’s a great protector, even when she knows she’s up against the worst of mankind, she’s willing to put herself on the line. We could have set this story in a variety of places, but the mountains of North Carolina turned out to be perfect. Just enough civilization with a backdrop of wilderness in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


  1. What drives Alexa Kyndall to do the things she does? Justice and survival are her two primary motivators in the beginning. When Craig Pierson, ex-Special Forces turned photographer, and a young boy enter the picture, keeping them out of danger drives everything. Good think Craig and her brother don’t let her go at it alone!


  1. You are introduced to Alexa Kyndall. Is she happy to meet you? Not at first. Alexa is personable in most situations, but she’s focused and driven in her work. At the end of the day she’d rather be with family, a few close friends, or alone. She really is a different person around people she knows well—full of life and humor. She’s drawn out of her “shell” a bit more once she meets Craig, though she’s by no means shy.


  1. What is Alexa Kyndall’s favorite guilty pleasure? Pleasure . . . Craig Pierson. Guilt? Absolutely not. 🙂


  1. How would Alexa Kyndall describe herself? She’d hate to have to try! She knows she’s a capable person who is sometimes quick to turn away from people, but at her heart she’s generous and kind. She’s self-aware, but not one to talk about herself.


  1. What is Alexa Kyndall’s weakness? Family, though she wouldn’t personally consider this a weakness. She’d do anything—ANYTHING—for them (and they would for her), and that knowledge in the wrong hands could certainly be a weakness. She also loves chocolate!


  1. Where does Alexa Kyndall go to regroup/unwind? Alaska, or just out in nature. Alaska is home and it’s where she most feels whole, but anywhere she can escape will do the trick.


9. What does Alexa Kyndall live for? Family, love, and justice.


10. What will Alexa Kyndall kill for? She wouldn’t set out to kill anyone, but she wouldn’t hesitate if the choice came down to the “other person” and anyone she loves, or anyone who can’t protect themselves.

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