Author Jonathan J. Michael: Blood of Azure Series

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Author Interview

Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?

I’m boring. I have a total of zero tattoos. I’ve thought about it, but I look toward the future too much, and I always think, what will that look like when I’m older? Will I even want that a year from now? But then again, I’m the type of person who won’t give a [fill in the blank] when I’m older. So really, I don’t have any excuses. I would rather spend the money on a tropical vacation, however.

Is your life anything like it was two years ago?

The world we live in right now has lost all sense of logic and consistency, so no. However, in addition to the pandemic, by the time these interview questions get posted, I will have two books published and a third in the works in the past two years. So, I have that going for me too. More strain on my time, and the same amount of hours to take over the world. It’s all in a good day’s work.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing just after my twins were born. I kind of woke up and realized I needed to follow my passions if I was going to be instilling any good values into them. It has been about ten years. I don’t have any formal education outside of English 101, so mostly self-taught with self-help books and a superb writing community who mostly want to raise each other up.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

Don’t do it alone. When I started, I kept it a secret for a few months, almost ashamed that I wanted to try writing and not just work the 9-5 to support the family. It took many years of putting in a half-hour here and an hour there (which I still do), and I didn’t even realize there was a writing community available to me until I had already clicked publish on Amazon. I figured, write a book, create a cover, publish it, then Amazon will take care of the rest, and I’ll be a millionaire by tomorrow. Okay, that’s an extreme exaggeration, but if you’re reading this, you’re leagues ahead of where I was. But thankfully, being self-published, I was able to pull that first edition, get it professionally edited, re-covered, and re-published. I tried doing it alone because I didn’t know any better. Heck, I didn’t even know what a Facebook group was. Join the groups. Start building your network with genuine relationships, help other authors, and some might return the favor. Also, if you write in the fantasy genre and need a beta read or another member on your ARC team, find me on the socials. I’ll help where I can. I don’t want anyone to have to start out the way I did. Alone and ignorant.

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

I write epic fantasies. How much time do you have? Let’s see if I can do this in under two hundred thousand words.

Winged wolves. A reluctant hero. Magically augmented swords. Arbormen (tiny tree-like creatures). Red waters. A rising champion. Tigers. A lost shadow. A crazy old kook and some mountain goats. A broken disciple. A raging avenger. An impostor mother. A maniacal vigilante. A realm of fantasy dawned from a world of science.

All of this wrapped into an epic tale of heroic adventures, dark and tormented souls, challenged faith, and science unleashing anarchy upon the world.

75 words. Crushed it.

Blood of Azure Series

by Jonathan J. Michael

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GENRE: Epic Fantasy

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BLURBS:

BLURB: BLOOD OF AZURE SERIES

Four races with powers dictated by the seasons seek balance and prosperity. However, life instinctively primes itself for survival, and when one race commands the touch of death, all others fall in line. Tyranny plagues Azure as an immortal ruler governs the knowledge of the seasons and those wielding its power.

Four young protagonists, Stone, Jaymes, Goose, and Astor, each navigate their way to escape his shadow and reclaim their freedom. Simple ambitions for young souls. But little did they know, they would uncover the secrets the realm is built upon, and the unique talents they each carry. Their ignorance allows the knowledge of the seasons to escape into the world around them little by little, and with it, a power loosing anarchy upon the realm. A power most aren’t worthy of wielding. It is up to Stone and his companions to tame that power and reclaim the balance.

Four seasons to balance the land. Four sages to balance the life.

BLURB: SEASON OF SACRIFICE, BOOK 1

Courage is for the bold. It is not for Stone McLarin. He’s been in hiding for four seasons after being orphaned by the Taoiseach. He doesn’t care for the heroic antics of avenging his parent’s death or securing his freedom. He only desires one thing—to protect his sister’s life.

This proves challenging when his sister, Jaymes, possesses a rivaling power of decay to that of the tyrant ruler’s. She’s a threat to his dominance, and there will be no escaping his shadow.

When the Taoiseach manipulates his way into Jaymes’s life and steals her away, Stone has no choice but to follow. He must venture into the heart of the tyrant’s domain and figure out how to penetrate the impenetrable. And if he succeeds there, he will have to slay the most powerful man in Azure.

In a world ruled by decay, what chance does life stand?

Season of Sacrifice is part one of the Blood of Azure series—an epic fantasy full of grim encounters, heroic adventures, unique magic, and a captivating world to explore.

Author’s Note: Contains explicit language and some graphic descriptions.

BLURB: SEASON OF SUFFERING, BOOK 2

A villain in his own mind, Stone McLarin is labeled the hero for murdering a man.

Not only is Stone weighted down as a hero, but he’s idolized by the dominant religion, and he’s the sole protector of the knowledge of the ages. The pressure of the entire realm is on his shoulders.

Carib Reign, a shapeshifter building an army of immortals, plans to purge the Crimson Capital to find this hidden knowledge. His motive, to give the people of Azure the freedom they deserve.

With many adventures along the way, Stone will lead the charge to defend the Crimson Capital against the Immortal Army. Should he fail, anarchy is inevitable. Death for all Azure, a possibility.

Where there is life, death anticipates. But what if death is abandoned? Life will rebel.

Season of Suffering is part two of the Blood of Azure series—an epic fantasy with both light and dark hearts. You’ll experience many fantasy tropes, clashing swords, unique magic, fantastical beasts, and a wide range of Azure’s scenic terrain.

Author’s Note: Contains explicit language and some graphic descriptions.

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EXCERPT: SEASON OF SACRIFICE – GOOSE

My heart beats heavier. I inhale and, with the back of my hand, brush a drop of sweat that has found its way down my forehead. I know what these tracks be-long to. But why now? Am I projecting my ambitions—to slay a Creature of the Night? I grab a handful of Everweed from the ground and reluctantly head in the direction of the trampled vegetation.

My experience with these beasts is nonexistent, but then again, there isn’t another who can claim otherwise. They’re the type of animal man stays far away from, which was the primary reason for choosing this location as a refuge. We chose to risk being mauled by the Creatures of the Night over the public execution we would have inevitably encountered by hiding in a small village. Some would consider us the biggest halfwits in all of Vedora, all of Azure even, for making the decision we made, but I know Harris Martelli personally, and the fact he is capable of persuading a strong-willed and morally sound man like my father to do what he did is far more threatening than any beast living in the wood.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jonathan J Michael was born and raised in the greater Seattle area in the scenic state of Washington. Jonathan is an advocate of science, nature, and exploration, which has a heavy influence in his debut series, Blood of Azure.

When I drive down the freeway, I often want to veer onto the backroads and head for the mountains. When I’m at an evening gathering, I’m eager to step outside and gaze at the stars. When I’m on a ferry, I’m at the guardrail staring into the depths wondering what kind of leviathans lurk below. I’m an explorer, and since I’m not on the next Crew Dragon headed for the ISS, fantasy novels let me have what I seek. I write to explore a world of wonder.

~ Jonathan

SOCIAL LINKS

Website: https://jonathanjmichael.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.j.michael.author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathan_j_michael/

BUY LINKS

Season of Sacrifice – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T1XV54W

Season of Suffering – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NSM62N8

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He doesn’t believe…

Zeke Kendall doesn’t believe in fairies. He’s a scientist; an anthropologist who has spent the last ten years digging in the harsh deserts of the American Southwest. But things look a lot different in the soft green shadows of Ireland. There it is easier to believe that magic exists, especially when Zeke tumbles off a fairy mound and ends up in the arms of the beautiful Nuala, who seems to know everything about him. When she tells him she is a fairy, he actually wants to believe it, even as he knows better.

She can’t believe…

Nuala is daughter of Mab, Queen of Fairies. She has grown up in the twilightland of the fae, fiercely loyal and loving to her people. But she has also been in love with Zeke Kendall ever since she first saw him in her scrying water as a child. To now have him so close is both joy and torture.

For she is the heir to the great crown of the Tuatha de Danann fairy clan. She has no place in Zeke’s world. And he, a man drawn in the sharp edges of his deserts, has no place in hers. Even as passion rises and the love she’d only dreamed of blossoms into reality, Nuala knows that a future for them is impossible. And yet, she can’t find a way to send him back to his own world.

Note: This title was previously published as Dark Seduction

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“I want to know about you.” Zeke shook his head, his smile a bit tentative. “Don’t I know you?”

His hand had fallen back to his side. Nuala saw him rub at his jeans leg, as if testing himself.

“Ah, well…” she managed, briefly looking into the shadows of the glen where tiny wee beings passed their lives among the bluebells and foxglove. “That’ll take some explaining. Why don’t we walk, then?”

Zeke took a quick look around. “I guess that would be okay. I won’t get lost, will I?”

“No more than you are now.”

He flashed her another grin. “In that case, lead on.”

She frowned, still anxious after that fall of his. “You’re feelin’ all right, then? Your head isn’t bothering you? It was quite a tumble you took, you know.”

“Yes, I do know. I can feel every rock I rolled over. But my head only hurts a little now, and the dizziness is better.”

“And you’re not feeling anything else? Anything troubling?”

“Other than a massive amount of confusion?”

This time Nuala smiled. “And why should you be, now? ‘Tis all very simple. You climbed a hill to find the fairy queen, and so you did.”

His expression was wry again. “Did I tell you I don’t believe in fairies?”

“Did I not tell you that matters to no one here but you?”

He laughed, and Nuala felt her heart leap like a salmon. “As long as I know the ground rules.” He shook his head again, a lock of hair escaping its confines and sweeping his forehead. “But it’s going to take some getting used to.”

Nuala tilted her head, savoring the sparkle of his wit, his words. “What?”

“This place. This dream. It’s so real, but it’s not real at all, which makes me think I can do anything here and not pay the consequences.”

Oh, she should tell him not to believe. Not to give in to the sorcery of this place and assume that all was possible without cost. He would be gone soon, back to his family, and she would be left to lead her fractious, frivolous clan through the next millennium with a consort she hadn’t chosen but had promised herself to. Zeke would be hurt. She would be shattered, never to be put back together again.

But she couldn’t. Sure, she couldn’t say so much as a word.

Selfishly, she wanted him to fall in love with her. She wanted, with a desperation that ached in her, for him to look to her every minute, to smile when he saw her, to laugh when they made love. She wanted to be the only woman in his eyes, even for the short time they had. Since she’d loved him that way for so long.

So she smiled, her decision made, and led him farther into the land of faerie.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author and RWA Hall of Fame member Eileen Dreyer and her evil twin Kathleen Korbel have published over forty novels and novellas, and ten short stories in genres ranging from medical suspense to paranormal to romance. She is thrilled to have joined Oliver Heber Books to continue her Drake’s Rakes series about Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe, of which Ill Met by Moonlight is a near relative.

A former trauma nurse, Eileen lives in St. Louis with her husband, children and large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. A seasoned conference speaker, Dreyer travels to research, and uses research as an excuse to travel. Oh, who’s she kidding? She doesn’t need an excuse. She has the Irish wanderlust and satisfies it as often as she can to the point that she has sung traditional Irish music on four continents. She also had the incredible chance to research Drake’s Rakes by attending the 200th anniversary of not only the Battle of Waterloo, but the Duchess of Richmond ball (in period attire). She has animals, but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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Author Bobbi Smith: Brazen

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Brazen

by Bobbi Smith

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GENRE: Western Historical Romance

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BLURB:

Casey Turner could rope and ride like any man, and she scandalized folks by wearing boys’ clothes, but when she strode down the streets of Hark Luck, Texas, nobody took her for anything but a beautiful woman. Working alongside her pa to keep the bank from foreclosing on the Bar T, she had no time for the frivolous things of life, no time for romance. But all that was about to change…

Michael Donovan had had a burr under his saddle about Casey for years. Ever since she caught him skinny-dipping and stole his clothes, making him the laughingstock of the whole Circle D. The last thing he wanted was to be forced into marrying her, but it looked like he had no choice if he wanted to safeguard the future of the Donovan ranch. Their families had been bitter enemies for years, but now his parents were urging Michael to court Casey, to treat her like a lady. He’d do his darndest, but he could never let on that underneath her pretty new dresses Casey was as wild as ever, and in his arms she was positively…BRAZEN.

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Excerpt:

It was a hot late-August afternoon. Young Casey Turner had been out working with some hands from her family’s ranch, checking for strays since early morning. She’d ridden away from the men to look for stock along the river that marked the property line between the Bar T and the Donovan ranch, the Circle D.

Casey was hot and tired, and the water looking mighty inviting, but she couldn’t allow herself the luxury of taking a break. Times were hard on the Bar T. Money was tight. She had work to do. When she heard splashing around the bend just up ahead, she expected to find cattle. She rode quietly closer, not wanting to spook the strays.

Then she rounded the bend.

Casey’s eyes widened in shock and amazement at the scene before her, and she quickly reined in.

There, standing in the waist-deep water with his back to her, was none other than the Donovans’ son Michael, and he was—as best she could tell—skinny-dipping.

Michael hadn’t heard her approach, and she was glad. She’d never seen a naked man before. As embarrassed as she was curious, she took her time looking him over. His shoulders were broad and strongly muscled, and his waist was lean. Casey was grateful he was staying put, though, for she’d seen all of Michael Donovan she wanted to see.

Then she had a thought… The Donovans and the Turners had been feuding for years, and suddenly Casey realized this was the perfect time to take a little revenge on Michael.

The thought of getting even with him made Casey smile. The last time she’d seen him in town, he’d made fun of the way she was dressed. She hadn’t wanted to admit it at the time, but his comments had hurt her. Arrogant and rich Donovan that he was, he deserved what he was about to get as a payback for being so mean. She smiled. Michael was unaware of her presence. She looked around to make sure he was alone. Her grin broadened when she saw his horse tied up nearby and his clothes hanging over a low tree limb. True, the clothes were on the Donovan side of the river, but that wasn’t going to stop her today…

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.

Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million copies of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List and the Wal-Mart Best Seller List.

The rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Russia and Sweden. Bobbi has also written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven and Miracles – using the pseudonym Julie Marshall.

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Author James Peyton: The Royal Fifth

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The Royal Fifth

by James Peyton

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GENRE: Adventure Thriller

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BLURB:

The Royal Fifth: The amount of stolen treasure Conquistadors were supposed to give to the Spanish Crown.

In a world corrupted by its past, what could turn a sensitive artist into a killer?

Young Santa Fe artist, Martín Cortés, is devastated by the deaths of family members and the loss of a huge emerald that once belonged to Hernán Cortés.

Colin Glendaring, a disgraced archeologist with an insatiable passion for pre-Columbian artifacts, is responsible. Martín learns that another family descended from the Spanish Conqueror lives in Oaxaca. Rather than kill Glendaring, he heads south. He discovers an unconventional household that includes Ilhui, a beautiful young woman with a dangerous political agenda.

Martín is stunned when he learns how the family manages to live so well…then alarmed when he discovers that Glendaring is on his way to Oaxaca. Martín and Ilhui are soon accused of murder. On the run, they are betrayed, and Ilhui is kidnapped by a guerilla leader known for recreating grisly Aztec rituals.

With time running out, Martín makes a pact with a ruthless army officer and a crooked federal policeman. Will it be a deal with the devil, or can he do what has to be done to save his new family and love?

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Excerpt:

EL PASO, PRESENT TIME

Martín Cortés stood on the pedestrian approach to the international bridge that would take him into Mexico. Through the pollution that daily turned the high-desert air of Ciudad Juárez into a toxic haze, he focused on the nearby vehicle traffic. The U.S.-bound lanes were choked with line after line of barely moving cars and trucks. Turning to the southbound lanes, he watched the sparse traffic moving fast and free.

He looked back at the new-old skyline of downtown El Paso and dwelled for a moment on the tragic events of the last few months. He knew what had happened. Why they’d happened still eluded him. The inner voice that brought him to this place told him all would soon be revealed. And then he wondered: Is that destiny or some karmic trickster? He shook his head. Only time would tell.

Turning again, he raised his eyes to the smog-shrouded sprawl beyond the border where his trip would begin. He had no idea where it would end. He took a deep breath, fished in his pocket for the bridge toll, and resumed his southbound journey.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning Author James Peyton infuses his novels with stranger-than-fiction encounters and true-to-life characters based on his extensive travel and research. Realism in his plots and action comes from that background and his experience in martial arts and tactical firearms.

The Royal Fifth is based loosely on historical events surrounding the Conqueror, Hernán Cortés, brought into the present time. It will be followed by a mystery-thriller series featuring federal policeman, Artemas Salcido. Artemas is the illegitimate son of a Mexican governor and his Yaqui servant. Following his mother’s suspicious death, he was sent to be raised by the village priest. He attended Harvard on a scholarship and returned to Mexico vowing to fight corruption—only to receive his real education, where the grade is often life or death.

Website: jameswpeyton.com 

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Author Norm Harris: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

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Author Interview: Norm Harris

 1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

 The four books of the Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series have a slightly different genre with each book. The base is mystery and thriller. Because I have military experience and I enjoy action and adventure books and movies, I wanted to place myself into the genre with my writing. 

 2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

I am the first of three siblings. I got to be the first to test the waters, so to speak, for the two younger. My view of the world would be from the explorer and leader viewpoint, and big brother status is always. 

 3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I do not have a favorite place. I have a comfortable room. One where it is warm with a lot of light. 

 4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? 

 Throughout the four books, I have not killed any of the characters. They are needed for the next story and the next one after that. 

 5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

Agatha Christie. Where do you get your ideas and inspirations? Why didn’t Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot ever team up to solve a mystery?

 6. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

 The pack would have matches, a knife, and a cell phone. Fire is handy for cooking and warmth. Knives are helpful to catch food, build a shelter, cut wood. And the cell phone to call for help.

 7. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

In the fourth book, The Girl Who Knew Death, there is a character who memorized the Holy Bible. Theodore Smith can also record conversations of any length, and then she can repeat them back verbatim. Super memory would be a good superpower for a writer.

 8. Favorite snack?

Brazil nuts. Yet they are expensive and hard to find. Cheeze with crackers is a good one too. 

9. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going, or do you drive the speed limit? 

I usually know where I am going, and there is GPS too. I drive the speed limit because speeding tickets are expensive. I have two race cars that go very fast, and there are no speed limits at the racetrack. 

Spider Green Series

by Norm Harris

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GENRE: Mystery/Thriller Legal Military

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BLURBS:

Fruit of a Poisonous Tree, Book 1

Faydra “Spider” Green is a dedicated Navy JAG lawyer who has lived her life in the shadows of a great and powerful man: her father, former President of the United States William Green. Green cannot heal the wound in his relationship with his daughter. His former power and influence curse Faydra and cause her to wonder if her accomplishments were her own doing.

 A lawyer by trade, Faydra is both anxious and excited as she undertakes her first homicide investigation: —the brutal murder of a Navy SEAL. She reasons that a successful investigation will provide her the opportunity to validate her sense of self-worth. Thanks to her remarkable deductive abilities, Faydra soon realizes that the accused man, a Special Ops Marine war hero, may be innocent and that the Navy is using her as a pawn in a complex cover-up.

 Meanwhile, a seasoned Navy Sea Captain, Egan Fletcher, whose wife had died eight years earlier, struggles to balance his Navy career with raising a son. When the Navy purposefully pairs him with Faydra in a meeting, the two Navy officers embark on an adrenaline-pumping adventure. It is a top-secret mission- impossible that will take them halfway around the world in an attempt to avert a catastrophic act of terrorism in the form of, a biological war.

 Set against the dramatic backdrop of Washington State’s Puget Sound and the mystique of East Asia, Faydra’s story revolves around a woman who appears to be as pure as the driven snow—yet, she is driven by an insatiable need to complete any assignment, no matter how dangerous. Along the way, she transforms into a symbol of hope, perseverance, and a woman’s ability to overcome life-threatening events.

Arid Sea, Book 2

Faydra “Spider” Green is a spirited Navy lawyer who wants nothing more than to do the right thing and see justice done. After reconciling with her father, former President William Green, Fay is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alvin Joe, a retired admiral. He has vanished – seemingly into thin air – from his Florida home, along with secret files for a top-secret military weapon. Alongside her bubbly, quick-witted sister and a handsome, affable Sheriff, Fay sets out to track down Joe. But she soon finds herself embroiled in a deeper and far more sinister plot involving an unscrupulous corporation, the mafia, and a truly evil man who has his sights set on destroying her.

Deception Pass, Book 3

Faydra “Spider” Green has had a storied career as a Navy lawyer, all while juggling being the daughter of a former U.S. President. She has successfully navigated complex diplomatic situations, pulse-pounding legal investigations, and dangerous military missions, managing each time to save the day. But now, Fay finds herself faced with a task unlike anything she has ever tackled before: fierce mafioso Roman Justine, the man who had nearly cost Fay her life, has seemingly returned from the dead. Now, Justine, hellbent on revenge, poses a threat to Fay and national security. Fay will have to go to extraordinary lengths to stop him, even tampering with the bounds of time and space.

The Girl Who Knew Death, Book 4

 Katrinka Lavrova is a young Russian espionage agent discovered by Russian Navy Captain Lavrov at the age of nineteen. Katrinka worked as both a spy and a sparrow since age thirteen to support her aged parents. Lavrov rescues the woman and becomes her guardian. Captain Lavrov introduces Katrinka to Fay. Fay asks Katrinka to help her steal the top-secret plans from Roman Justine’s office safe. Fay grows fond of Kat and offers her a fresh start in the United States. Katrinka dares to hope for a better life by accepting Fay’s offer.

Navy lawyer and former First Daughter Faydra (Fay) Green is no longer quite so haunted by the dark events of her recent past and is hoping for some well-deserved rest. But her world is once again turned upside down when a shocking secret about her adopted daughter, Katrinka (Kat), is revealed. But before Fay can help Kat make any decisions about her future, Kat is captured and thrown into an Egyptian prison. She manages to escape but must flee to safety across Europe, trying to stay one step ahead of several mysterious pursuers. Soon, Fay and Kat discover they are being chased by more than ordinary forces – Azrael, the Angel of Death, has taken a puzzling interest in their situation and a dangerous demon appears to be stalking Kat’s every move. It will take all of Fay’s strength and ingenuity to meet these and other challenges looming ahead of her, while Kat must ask herself what she truly wants out of life.

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Excerpt:

Spider Green Series by Norm Harris

 Mystery/Thriller Legal Military

Fay turned and descended the ladder to the waiting boat. She dug deep into her soul to gather what courage she now carried with her to the dark and foreboding place known to all seafarers as “Davy Jones’ Locker.”

The frigid night air slapped her face as the small boat raced across the flat surface of the night water; sea spray soaked her face and hands. She squinted and fixed her gaze on the wall of black now standing before her. I’m going to need severe beauty salon time when I get back to civilization, she thought.

Shortly after, the boat arrived at the prescribed dive location. The dive team donned their facemasks and tested their gear—then, one by one, the divers rolled backward from the boat and into the water. Fay was last to leave the safety of the small boat.

The cold salt water stung her skin momentarily, until the thin layer of water between her skin and her wetsuit warmed to a tolerable temperature. She bobbed on the surface for a moment, then flicked on her underwater torch. Fay then slipped beneath the water’s surface and began her descent toward the bottom.

The wreck was ninety feet below. The Carr came to rest upright on the edge of a reef. The ship had not completely settled and was subject to shifting with each tide change. All good reasons for her to exercise extreme caution.

Nothing could have prepared Fay for the frightening feeling she experienced as she struggled to see and gain some sense of direction. She could tell she was sinking, but only because the luminous dial of her depth gauge so indicated. Following the eerie flickering lights of the three torches preceding her, she suppressed her fear and the feeling of claustrophobia by thinking of those people nearest to her heart.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Norm Harris’ first novel debuted on an Amazon bestseller list in 2002. It was a one-and-done, but now he’s back with a plan to publish a couple of sequels to that first mystery/thriller of days gone by. Except for time spent in military service, he is a second-generation Seattleite (that’s what they call those who dwell in the shadow of Mt. Rainier), with his legal beagle son, K-K, and five giant tropical fish. His upcoming release, Arid Sea, is the third book in what he hopes to be an award-winning Spider Green Mystery Story series.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/780557.Norm_Harris

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Author Cait O’Sullivan: Pride, A Dance of Flames

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PRIDE, A DANCE OF FLAMES

by Cait O’Sullivan

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GENRE:  Fantasy Romance

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BLURB:

Researcher Ellora Radley’s life is just fine, thank you. So why turn it upside down to accept a new job with a sexy reckless treasure hunter and dive into a hot bed of shamanism and shapeshifting to shake the very fiber of existence? A fine life doesn’t put her in jeopardy.Lee North lives on the edge of jeopardy. Tracking down ancient, powerful artifacts demands no less and leaves precious little time for others. But when a raven-haired researcher surfaces repeatedly in his dreams, it’s her he tracks.Together they discover a world filled with magic they never dreamed of and danger that quickly becomes deadly. Their innate connection leads them on the adventure of a lifetime, but one which escalates into a world where evil dominates. Now they just have to survive it.

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Excerpt:

The door opened, admitting Ellora, and he gestured to her to sit back. Absentmindedly, he watched her prowl over to the sofa, sitting with grace and economy in her movements. Running a hand through his hair, he listened to his client.

“I’m looking for an ancient religious artifact originating in Neolithic times. Athens should be your first stop.”

There was an odd note, something he couldn’t put his finger on. Greece. He hadn’t been there before. He glanced at Ellora who looked as though she were listening with every fiber of her being.

“No problem. What is it?”

“A chalice, possibly Roman Catholic. It needs to be returned to its rightful owner. You know the budget.”

No budget. Spend what is needed.

“Understood. What information can you give me?” He nodded at Ellora and watched as she pulled an iPad from her bag.

“It is made of metal and has engravings of three spirals and eagles on the outside with a cross in the center of the bowl.

He knew better than to ask for any images, knowing Constantin didn’t put anything on paper. All business was conducted over the phone, and then only very briefly.

“Do you know when it was last seen?”

“No. You know all I know. Keep in touch.”

A click preceded the dial tone.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karen Lovell, better known by her pseudonym, Cait O’Sullivan, grew up in Ireland to an Irish mother and an English father. Dividing her school holidays between idyllic time on her Granny’s farm and the big cities in England culminated in her feeling as though she had a foot in Ireland and another in England, often joking that she came from the Irish Sea. Wanderlust in her blood sent her out to travel the world and then, reluctant to give up on following her dreams, she started writing. After publishing four books, the world of shamanism called to her and she spent three years studying with her guides. This resulted in a rich vein of inspiration for her writing and she combined her loves of traveling, shamanism and love itself into a brand new trilogy—A Dance of Flames. She currently lives in the countryside in England with her hubby, four daughters and one Irish setter and visits Ireland on a regular basis. But maybe one day she’ll move back there.

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Author: Emily-Jane Hills Orford

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Author Interview: Emily-Jane Hills Orford

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

Actually, I think genres choose me. The fantasy/ science fiction genres have certainly captured my attention lately, perhaps partly due to the genres of books I’ve been reading. The recent retelling of fairy tales by Tricia Mingerink started me thinking of alternate plots for some of my favorite fairy tales. I have always loved a good fairy tale. It’s not the happily-ever-after romantic lure that attracts me, but rather the fantasy elements, the battles of good against evil and the triumphs of all that is good. I love the beautiful, strong female character who epitomizes all that is good. “Beauty and the Beast” is perhaps one of my favorite fairy tales. I wanted to recreate this romantic original, and the crime-stopping 1987-1990 television series, “Beauty and the Beast,” and suggest that there is some merit behind the many legends that inspire the mythical ‘beast’ in so many cultures, like the D’Sonoqua and Sasquatch which I used in this story. And then there’s the possibility, with growing advancements in science, to create test-tube babies that are really mutants with multiple genes from various creatures. Science fiction and fantasy at its finest. I love a good ‘what if’ theme.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

Anne Shirley in L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” loved to write. She sent her stories to magazines and received (like we all do) many rejections. One editor advised her to stop writing fantasies and write what she knew: about her life growing up on Prince Edward Island, about the people she knew and loved. Once she did, her stories were accepted, published and she received considerable attention for her writing skills.

In a way, I think like Anne. I started my writing career writing creative nonfiction, stories about real people, people I knew, telling real stories. That was my first big success and even though I’ve now branched out into other genres, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction and mystery, I continue to include some of my stories of these real people and real events in my life. And I continue to write little pieces of creative nonfiction for various publications. I’ve even written about writing what you know:  https://fundsforwriters.com/is-there-something-else-you-can-write-about/

As soon as I could hold a pencil or pen in my hand, I was writing stories. Being the youngest in a family of aural storytellers, it was hard to get a word in edgewise. So, while everyone else shared their stories aurally, I wrote them down.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I have an antique spinet desk positioned in front of a large picture window overlooking part of my wooded area. I can watch the birds at the feeder and other wildlife, including wild turkeys and deer, galivanting around while I’m weaving another compelling plot or describing a scene to set the stage. This is my favorite place to sit and write.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

I’m a very peace-loving person. I find it difficult thinking about killing any living creature, let alone one of the characters (darlings) in my stories. So, I’m not sure I could kill the good people, my protagonists. Now, the evil beings that haunt my stories, are a fair target, and I have no qualms about killing them off and disposing of their remains in whatever means best suits. In “Beauty in the Beast” I tend to have the evil antagonists blown to smithereens.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I have so many favorite authors, this is a difficult question for me to answer. Okay. I’ll choose Genevieve Cogman, author of the “Secret Library” series. And, my question: Why the library?

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

It’s all in my head. My stories, my music (I’m also a composer), and my art, even working in my garden, takes root in my thought processes before I take action and make things happen. I’m a very deep thinker.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

Pen, lots of paper (so I can write, you know) and lots of chocolate (so I don’t starve).

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

I like to believe that at one time, before my young people grew up and left home, that I was a bit of a supermom, teaching, taking care of the family, making meals, baking, cleaning, sewing, and, when I was lucky, a little bit of writing thrown in for good measure. Now, I just wish I still had the energy to be that ‘supermom’ again. My grandmother always claimed time went faster as she got older. I believe her now; I didn’t back then. And my mother always warned, “Don’t be in a hurry to grow up, because you’re old for an awful long time.” Superpowers? Yup – I need more time and more energy. If there’s a superpower for that, bring it on!

9. Favorite snack?

Anything chocolate.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I have a good sense of direction and I prefer to stick to the speed limit, then laugh at all the speeders who have passed me and end up stopped at the next red light, waiting for me to catch up. Now, metaphorically, my answer to this question might be totally different. There are times when I race through my writing and get totally lost on the way, only to have to back up and redo certain sections. Writing is my passion, but I also tend to drive myself relentlessly and allow the direction to unravel of its own accord.

Beauty in the Beast

by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

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GENRE:   fantasy/science fiction

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BLURB:

Priya, a name that suggests beautiful. Amell, a name that suggests all powerful. One is a beautiful young lady; the other a beast. Their paths have crossed before, only Priya doesn’t remember Amell from her past. Or does she? And what does it all mean? The Amell she meets is part beast. So are the others at Castle Mutasim. Is she one of them, too? How can this be? What manner of creature would experiment on other living creatures, to mutate them into something bizarre and, sometimes, downright dangerous? Priya has to know. She wants to know. And she wants to make things right.

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Excerpt:

“Amell,” she screamed. “Amell. Help me.”

She was pinned in a hunk of metal, the world around her growing darker by the minute. And it was cold. Bitter. Bone-chilling. A soft tongue licked her cheek. Whines and a warm breath slipped into her ear. Bear. Her three-year-old mutt, a Border Collie-Black Lab mix. Black and white. Full of love and mischief. Her strength in a time of need. Like right now.

She had rescued Bear. A puppy tossed in a dumpster. Left to die. The two were inseparable. Now, she was failing Bear. And they would die.

One final scream, “Amell.”

“I’m so sorry, Bear,” she whispered.

As she slipped into oblivion, she felt a fog of confusion slither through her brain. Who is Amell?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a country writer, living just outside the tiny community of North Gower, Ontario, near the nation’s capital. With degrees in art history, music and Canadian studies, the retired music teacher enjoys the quiet nature of her country home and the inspiration of working at her antique Jane Austen-style spinet desk, feeling quite complete as she writes and stares out the large picture window at the birds and the forest. She writes in several genres, including creative nonfiction, memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction. http://emilyjanebooks.ca

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/realpeoplestories

Twitter: @ejhomusic

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Author Rose Mackie: Heart Fire

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*The planet Falosia has an excess of females. The planet Verit has a surplus of males. The best of each have been put forward to start a new colony and find mates, in a last desperate attempt to save both worlds. A scorchingly hot sci fi, alien romance. *

Denara barely survived her disastrous first attempt at marriage; for years she threw herself into her research, giving herself time to heal. When the opportunity arises to take up a position on the colony, she decides to take a risk for the chance to live, and love, again. Lucius has spent his life under the heel of the ruthless Matriarchs of Verit. Tasked with leading the males of the new colony, he reluctantly accepts the assignment. The last thing he wants is to tie himself to a scheming female through mating, but nothing could have prepared him for meeting Denara. Sparks fly, but can they overcome their pasts to find love? With the political machinations of two planets vying for control over the colony, perhaps together, they can bridge the gap between their worlds.

What to expect: Glorious world building, spicy alien romance, friends to lovers, enthusiastic consent. Recommended 18+ due to sexual content.

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A familiar older officer with a regal bearing was last to enter, her sleek form fitting jumpsuit studded with her badges of rank. She strode past the couches and stood in the basin of the amphitheatre to address the assembled colonists. “Welcome colonists. For those that don’t know me, I am K’Dec Maral Lien, and I will be the governor for Unnamed Colony Twenty-Nine for Phase One. We will depart at zero-nine hundred and collect the Verit colonists tomorrow from Space Station Amprhey. From there we will take the colonial jump gate to sector sixty-four, and then travel a further two weeks to the colony.” She paused, her eyes travelling over the group, feeling ancient in front of their eager anticipation.

“You have completed your briefing and the psych evals, you are the best Falosia has to offer. Once we leave, you are committed for at least twelve months. Twelve months on a colony with zero existing infrastructure.” She paused a moment to give everyone a final chance to speak up, but she didn’t expect anyone would.

The assembled females before her had gone through two years of competitive and gruelling testing to be selected, and several months of invasive medical treatments to make their digestive and immune systems compatible with the local environment on Colony Twenty-Nine. She was deeply proud of every single one of them, the cream of more than two million applicants. Her heart ached for the eagerness, the hope she sensed from them all like little wings brushing against her empathic senses – gossamer thin, but strong enough to carry them far.

“What we are attempting with this colony has never been tried before; we will be merging two totally different cultures to form a new one, and there will be pitfalls along the way. Be brave ladies, and I hope you all get what you are searching for.”

About the Author:

Rose Mackie (she/her) is an Australian author who writes and loves sci-fi romance, paranormal romance and fantasy romance. Born in Scotland and living in Perth, Western Australia for the past 15 years, Rose loves nothing more than to hang out with her family and rescue cat, and create magical worlds of imagination.

All Rose Mackie books have an element of spice, kick-ass heroines, enthusiastic consent and happy endings. Rose has been writing for as long as she can remember, but has recently published her first book, Heart Fire. It still spins her out that people are reading the weird stories she makes up in her head!

Rose has fallen in love with writing, and loves seeing audiences connect with her work and characters, and hopes you’ll love them too!

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Phoenix’s Ascent

by Winter Austin

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense/Thriller

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BLURB:

A maniac developing a fantastical drug wants one more thing to finalize the project—a test subject who fits all the parameters. But that test subject is as elusive as her namesake.

Ex-SAS operative Mitch Edwards has been on the run since the moment he was framed for treason by someone in the British government. But he’s never forgotten the flamboyant and seductive CIA operative with the tongue of a thousand languages. In a bar in Cancun, Mexico, Mitch comes face to face with her once more, and with her comes the full force of her enemies.

Reinstated Hera Force linguist and assassin, Nadia Roth, code named Phoenix, has no memory of Mitch Edwards, or of their affair before her team’s disastrous mission. Her traumatic brain injury is tricky that way. But something about this man sets her on fire and tickles the back of her mind. Her Hera teammates remember him, so why can’t she?

Mitch partners up with Hera, with the sole intent of locating those hell-bent on killing him and all who are associated with him. Yet more is at stake than their lives. A traitor hides among their ranks, one who has been revealing all their secrets to an enemy determined to procure this special drug and Nadia for his scheme.

Hera goes into operation mode, doing what they were created to do, but someone is watching, and the team finds themselves trapped behind enemy lines with no way out.

Will Nadia ever remember the man she once loved, or will they perish with the secret between them?

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Excerpt:

Mitch took the flute from her hand and set it on the table. “Excuse us,” he said and escorted her away.

Nadia tripped on the hem of her dress trying to adjust to his erratic movements. When they were out of earshot, she leaned toward him. “What are you doing?”

“Just follow,” he whispered, leading her right onto the emptying dancefloor.

The orchestra struck up another piece as Mitch twirled her around to face him and took up her arms like a professional ballroom dancer. Nadia ground her teeth as he began the waltz.

“I saw someone who would know me on sight,” he said as they glided around the floor.

“Then excuse yourself. You didn’t have to drag me away from him.”

The tempo increased, as did their steps.

“Sorry, but my orders were clear. You were not to be left alone.”

“Piss on your orders, Sergeant. I don’t need you running interference.”

He frowned a moment, then his mouth cocked up and he changed their stance, pulling her closer. “Sorry, love, but that’s not how this works.”

Round and round they went, moving with grace and chewing up the whole floor. Nadia met his lead step for step as she would in a fencing match. He wanted to try to one-up her, she’d push back. As the music swelled to a fevered pitch, his hold on her tightened. The heat of him overwhelmed her, seeping into the sexual parts of her that had long lain dormant, reacting to him as if she had known him all along.

The music reached a stop and they halted mid-stride. Once more, the steady waltz resumed, and they eased around the dancefloor until the last piano key was struck. As the strain faded, Nadia, chest rising and falling, stared at Mitch.

Loud applause erupted, startling her out of his arms. She pasted on a smile and turned to the crowd gathered around the floor. After performing a flawless curtsy, she gestured to her unexpected partner, who gave a proper bow. He grasped her hand and escorted her off the floor and out of the ballroom.

Making sure no one was trailing them, Nadia came to a halt in the lobby and jerked her hand free. “For not wanting to be spotted, you sure gave them an eyeful in there.”

“The individual went out on the terrace.”

“Like I said, you could have left on your own.”

“Six o’clock,” he muttered.

Nadia straightened and fanned herself.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a

flat “nope,” but believe her, there is a story behind her name.

A lifelong Mid-West gal with strong ties to the agriculture world, Winter grew up

listening to the captivating stories told by relatives around a table or a campfire. As a

published author, she learned her glass half-empty personality makes for a perfect

suspense/thriller writer. Taking her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story,

Winter translated that into writing deadly romantic suspense, mysteries, and thrillers.

When she’s not slaving away at the computer, you can find Winter supporting her

daughter in cattle shows, seeing her three sons off into the wide-wide world, loving

on her fur babies, prodding her teacher husband, and nagging at her flock of hens to

stay in the coop or the dogs will get them.

She is the author of ten novels, with more on the way.

Find Winter on:

Website – https://www.winteraustin.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/author.winteraustin

Twitter – https://twitter.com/WinterAustin

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/iasuspensewriter/

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/winteraustin/

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880807.Winter_Austin

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Author Ryan Lawrence: Vindictive

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Author Interview: Ryan Lawrence

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

One thing I have been very open about is my love of the television series Twin Peaks. This show inspired me tremendously toward my endeavour in the thriller/suspense writing genre. David Lynch and Mark Frost created a place filled with mysteries, tragedies, and high drama, populating it with a collection of well-developed characters: quirky, heroic, and malicious. While watching each episode unfold, something resonated within me, sparking my imagination. I felt compelled to create my version of a town where secrets, lies, and tragedy ran free. I didn’t get too far with Vindictive initially. I managed only a 30 plus page manuscript before getting sidetracked by life.

Years later, while watching Twin Peaks on DVD, I felt motivated to finish writing my revenge thriller. I went looking for the original pages of my story, knowing they were in a box of miscellaneous stuff somewhere in my home. Once I found them, the rest is history. You know, my novel has always been called Vindictive, and I had the name before the plot. I don’t know where my fascination with that word came from.

2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I’m the youngest of three children and the only male. I encompass a combination of my older siblings’ qualities. I’m task-focused, organized, and responsible; also, I’m a little rebellious, but in a good way, a true bon vivant minus the narcissism. As a perfectionist, a trait all my own, I often fall into the trap of viewing the world’s flaws somewhat harshly. My husband is always trying to get me to see the glass more half full than half empty. I’m working on it. I mean, I write revenge thrillers. A little doom and gloom mixed with a pinch of pessimism can be inspirational. The life of a writer!

3. Where is your favourite place to write?

I have a “writing room.” It doubles as a place where I display pieces from my various collections: original comic book art, toys, comics, and books upon books. Everywhere I look, there are snippets of my personality reflected at me through these items, all trying to engage with my creative side, providing comfort and inspiration. Still, as cool as this room is, I usually end up doing most of my writing on the couch in the living room. It’s closer to the fridge.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

Well, this was a hard lesson for me to learn. Being okay with cutting storylines or characters wasn’t easy for me. Recognizing that something is unnecessary, too long or derivative can be difficult for a first-time author because you initially think everything you write is gold. The idea that something you worked hard at needs removing for the overall story to have a tighter plotline can be discouraging. But cuts are necessary to produce the cleanest, best work possible. Before discarding the remains of edited-out text completely, I believe in seeing if I can rework it into the story another way. Or maybe I can use it for another book.

5. You are introduced to your favourite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

When I was in my twenties, I did meet my favourite author: Anne Rice. Our conversation was not long, but we got to chat about the Canadian goth scene, my trip to Boston, and her inspiring, descriptive writing style. Nothing groundbreaking, but it is a memory I will always cherish.

Today, I would love to meet an author whose work I respect and admire immensely: Matthew Pearl. I would be so bold to ask him to sign all of my hardcovers. Too basic? Okay, I would ask him what historical figure he has always wanted to write about but has not and what has been the preventative reason for this. And if he would like to collaborate on anything, I would be quite amenable to that. 🙂

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

Most people don’t know this, but I used to be in an adult bowling league with my dad. I was the only member who was a teenager, and at the time, I was a full-on goth/alternative boy. It was a sight to behold, but I will say that not one adult in the league made me feel unwanted or treated me with disrespect or disdain. I even won an award at the end-of-season banquet for Most Improved.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

A Swiss Army Knife. Good for all occasions.

A magnifying glass to start fires.

A copy of Dracula, by Bram Stoker, but the one where Dracula’s Guest has been put back into the text. And I’m going to cheat by saying that there’s a picture of my husband and me inside the novel used as a bookmark.

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

Telekinesis, but I want the kind of power where I can throw a superyacht a couple of kilometres—not the picking up a knife and peeling an apple kind of telekinesis. I don’t want to move a quarter across the table. I want to shove that table through a wall into Lake Michigan. I think I’ve made myself clear here, power-giving gods.

9. Favorite snack?

Sugar, sugar, and sugar. Not necessarily in that order. I have a sweet tooth. Any baked good is acceptable unless it has raisins. Raisins are Mother Nature’s cruel joke.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

Ya, I don’t drive, and I have no desire to learn how to drive. Admittedly, I’m a terrible side-seat driver, very aggressive; I’m also pretty directionally challenged. I count on my husband to always get me from A to B. He loves it. (That’s sarcasm, btw.)

Was this meant to be more philosophical than literal? If so, I will say that yes, I have an idea where I’m going in life, and I will get there at my own pace with my husband at my side.

Vindictive

by Ryan Lawrence

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GENRE: Thriller

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BLURB:

The best revenge is revenge. Getting it is all that matters.

Jules Cartell has it all: wealth; beauty; a handsome, loving husband; a partnership in her father’s law firm; and the top executive position at one of Canada’s leading corporations, Cartell Worldwide. Aside from her secret, problematic desire for the married owner of the internationally renowned Château Bergé, Jules believes she and her life are pretty perfect. But the discovery of an unforgivable crime perpetrated against her family by her husband, Phillip, years before the two met sets Jules down the path of revenge. There is no option for forgiveness. Phillip has to pay. An eye for an eye.

It is said that when seeking revenge, you should dig two graves. Someone from Jules’s past, someone aggrieved by her actions, seeks vengeance for themselves. This is an enemy without compassion, without morality, without mercy. An enemy who will accept no restitution short of Jules’s death.

In the city of Fairporte, ON, secrets, lies, and betrayal can be found everywhere. As adversaries close in, will Jules get revenge before her past catches up with her? Unexpected allies may be instrumental to her success. They may also be the key to her very survival.

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Excerpt:

She cried for Ethan and for the bright-eyed girl she could no longer be. Jules wanted to run away from this place of death. She also wanted to run away from her selfish choice to ensure her survival, her future. Jules wished all of it had never happened. But it did happen, and she would have to live with it for the rest of her life.

“Ethan! No! Ethan!”

Startled, Jules quickly turned and looked in the direction of the shrieking bellow. It was William, tearing down the woods, screaming his brother’s name over and over again.

Having discovered his charges missing from the house, William had reluctantly gone about searching for them outside. Sadly, it was not soon enough to intervene and prevent the devastating incident.

When William finally reached the clearing, he stopped at the edge of the lake and looked out upon the scene of broken ice and still water. With clenched fists, he fell to his knees and screamed in anguish. His brother was dead and gone, swallowed whole by the cold, murky depths.

Angrily turning towards Jules, William showered upon her a rage so pure, so palpable it might as well have been a physical smack across her face. His glare was full of hate. And so were his words.

“Why didn’t you help him, you fucking bitch?! You did nothing! You let him drown!”

Jules stood as immobile as a stone and ate her emotions, swallowing all her sadness, guilt, and self-reproach. She owned the choice she had made. The only one possible. The correct choice. She understood William’s pain, but she was well aware of his vile nature.

Jules had her suspicions of what might diffuse her attacker: using his own words—his ignorance and prejudice—against him. Maybe then he would leave her alone. She had only done what was necessary. All she could do.

And who was he to blame her anyway? Was he there when it happened? No! He had been too busy playing video games to look after them, too busy to save his brother, too busy to have prevented all of this in the first place.

Be mean, Jules silently told herself. Act like a grown-up.

With unwavering resolve, staring William down with cold, hard eyes, Jules scoffed, “What the hell could I have done? I’m just a girl. Right?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ryan Lawrence was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He is a 2000 graduate of The University of Guelph in English. Ryan has worn many hats professionally, including working over 12 years as a custom art framer. While writing has always been a part of his life, it was only after leaving this profession that Ryan seriously took his education and passion for writing by the horns and began the journey towards Vindictive, his first novel.

Since 2002, Ryan has lived in London, Ontario, with his husband, Todd, together since 1997, their cat Dora, and his massive comic book collection that once fell on Todd. He’s okay.

CONNECT WITH Ryan Lawrence

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