Friday, August 31, 2012

THE WRITER'S VIEW: Jackie Chanel

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish. Jackie will be awarding gift baskets to two randomly drawn commenters which will include:

- a copy of the Untitled soundtrack
- a "I like Big Books and I cannot Lie" totebag
- Untitled themed or guitar shaped keychains
- $20 Amazon gift card.
Click on the banner to see the other stops on her tour--remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

The View Inside My Writing Space

When I moved back to Atlanta, I converted one of my bedrooms into a home office and made it the perfect writing space. You know what I’m about before you even step inside. In bright bold colors, I painted two quotes on my door. One I made up and says “Live, Dream, WRITE” and the other is a song lyric that I fell in love with as soon as I heard it. It says “A Simple Little Kind of Free”. When you see those words, you know you’re entering the place where my muse and imagination reside.

The walls are painted stark white. There hangs pictures, some autographed, of my favorite musicians who have inspired me to go for my dreams. Jimi Hendrix, 2Pac, Mary J Blige, John Mayer, and Jay-Z. There is a concert poster that I framed of jazz saxophonist Bob Reynolds. On it, he wrote “Here’s to you and your next bestseller”. That one little statement keeps me writing and hangs right over my desk. There’s also a signed and framed picture of one of my favorite authors, the one who inspired me to pick up a pen and write my very first chapter, Ms. Jackie Collins.

Then sitting on a bright yellow end table are four pictures of my best friends, the most wonderful group of women that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. What makes these women so fantastic is that before September 11, 2010, we had never met in person, yet they were my cheering squad, my support system, and my critics as I made the choice to pursue my passion.

When I step inside my writing space the view that I see calms me and centers me. Daily, I am surrounded by beautiful colors and people who love and believe in me and the people who inspire me. It is truly a beautiful place.

The View Outside My Window

It’s still summer in Georgia, still hot enough in the late afternoon and early evenings for kids to enjoy a few more hours of sunshine. I live in an apartment complex outside of Atlanta so I don’t have a beautiful view of the city skyline or oceans with turquoise water. But what I do see is just as beautiful.

Children at play.

I see kids outside riding their bikes, skateboarding, tossing a football, and even playing soccer in the parking lot. I haven’t spent much time around children and my last apartment complex didn’t have many families with children. I haven’t seen kids playing so freely in a very long time.

I smile when I see them because all is not lost. These kids, or at least their parents, recognize the value of exercise and fresh air. When the suns sets and they all return to their own apartments to get ready for the next school day, I can see the moon through the trees, and I remember what my mother used to tell me when I was a kid…

“Be in the house when the streetlights come on!”

About the Author:
Jackie Chanel is a contemporary romance author and self proclaimed badass. Her writing career began in high school when she began writing short romance stories about her celebrity crushes. Her very first novel was penned while she was a high school senior in Youngstown, Ohio. She insists that no one will ever read it.

Jackie studied at Georgia State University and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. When she’s not writing or daydreaming, she can often be found drooling over the latest Chanel shoes or reading on her Kindle with a cup of coffee in hand and a little Mayer or Hendrix in the background.

Her characters are a reflection of the people she has encountered along her writing journey and her books are often inspired by her favorite thing, music.

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For some, music is an escape from the every day norm.

For Aiden, it's his life's blood.

Already a star in his own mind & with the help of an unlikely partner, Aiden's escape from a life less ordinary begins with the blues and a guitar. Only he can determine where it ends.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Prize information is at the end of the post.

The View Outside My Window

After 18 years living in a tiny flat, last year we were lucky enough to move to a house with a garden (at last!), and I’ve now become a complete garden obsessive. My study where I write faces onto the back garden, which borders a stream, beyond which are fields and a wood. So I probably spend rather too much time admiring the view instead of getting on with my writing (don’t tell my publishers!...).

When we arrived, the garden had already been landscaped by the previous owners, and included a shrubbery, a fountain, a gravel garden, the lawn, some beautiful borders and the veg patch. My husband was totally thrilled by the veg patch, but I’m a flower girl at heart, so I just want colour, scent and lots of it! One of our first jobs was to remove a couple of very tall trees which had cast the garden into shadow and lighten up the area. It was also rather overgrown (don’t ask me about the brambles, the ivy and the ground elder – I swear I still bear the scars of getting them all out …) so we cleared it all up, took out the plants we didn’t like and have spent most of the last few months replanting the beds and borders. So we now have a white flower border (my husband’s baby) and an “anything with a heck of a lot of colour” border (which is mine).

Working out how to garden has been a huge learning curve for us both but we’ve attended a couple of beginners’ courses locally and have enjoyed every minute of it. We’re always looking out for unusual plants (especially poison ones, which can be very beautiful) and finding a space for them. I even have a Happy Corner where I put any small bright flowers, and a pink carnation corner, because I’ve fallen in love with them and can’t get enough. Another plant I’ve fallen in love with is the heuchera city names series (all of which have amazingly tall flowers and last forever), and I currently have Paris, Milan, Shanghai and Hollywood. Still to collect: Gotham City (yes, really!), and Vienna, amongst others.

One of the problems we had at first was keeping the deer out. They’re very beautiful but they can tear up a garden in seconds and last year desecrated our veg patch, leaving only the rocket intact. Yikes! Since then, my husband has put a fence up which isn’t solid so we still have the view of the fields and the wood (and the deer!) and so far that’s worked. Phew. Other regular wildlife we get in the garden are a plethora of butterflies, plus woodpeckers, jays, blue tits and the stalwart old barn owl which hunts across the field. Bliss really.

I think the main character in my fantasy novel, The Gifting, would more than appreciate the view from my window as he’s very aware of the rhythm of the seasons and the importance of nature, so it’s been a pleasure keeping company with him in my writing room.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and happy gardening!

Giveaway competition details:
The giveaway competition: the prize is ONE Kindle ereader worth £89 if these three questions about The Gifting are answered correctly:
1. In the beginning of Chapter Four, what sound is Simon first aware of when he wakes up?
2. At the start of the Third Gathandrian Interlude, who knocks Annyeke down in his desperation to reach her?
3. What happens to Simon at the end of Chapter Six?

Answers should be sent to albrookeATmeDOTcom (and NOT left on the post), and winners will be notified as soon as possible after the tour ends.
There is also a Runner-Up Prize of THREE eBooks from my backlist (not including The Gifting) to one lucky commenter from the whole blog tour. Good luck!

About the Author:
Anne Brooke’s fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She has also twice been the winner of the national DSJT Charitable Trust Open Poetry Competition.

She is the author of six published novels, including her fantasy series, The Gathandrian Trilogy, published by Bluewood Publishing and featuring scribe and mind-reader Simon Hartstongue. More information on the trilogy is available at: and the first of these novels is The Gifting. In addition, her short stories are regularly published by Riptide Publishing, Amber Allure Press and Untreed Reads.

Anne has a secret passion for theatre and chocolate, preferably at the same time, and is currently working on a fantasy novella, The Taming of the Hawk. More information can be found at and she regularly blogs at: Her Twitter page is here: and her Facebook fan page is here: All visitors welcome!

The mind-dwellers of Gathandria are under deadly siege. For two year-cycles they have suffered: their people decimated, their beautiful city in ruins. Their once peaceful life has descended into chaos and misery. Legends tell of the Lost One who will return at such a time to save them from their mortal enemy – the mind-executioner. This enemy knows their ways well, for he was once an elder of the city. Time is running out.

Johan and Isabella take up the quest, journeying to the Lammas Lands searching for their distant cousin and lowly scribe, Simon Hartstongue. The elders dare to hope that he is whom they seek. Not everyone shares this hope; there is one amongst them who is bound to the enemy, shielding their secret thoughts from mind links while seeking to betray Simon.

Powerful lessons are learned as they travel through the mystical kingdoms of the Mountains, the Air, the Desert and the Waters. Deadly attacks threaten total annihilation and devastating sorrow strikes. Story-telling weaves a tenuous net of protection around them, but the enemy has absolute power with the stolen mind-cane in his possession. To his surprise Simon hears its song. Desperately he tries to understand and embrace his gifting, as he struggles to comprehend his inheritance.

A strong and pure mind is needed in the battle to defeat the enemy. If you are branded a coward, a murderer and an outcast, how can you be a saviour? Doubt creeps into the Gathandrians' minds. Is Simon truly the One?

Monday, August 27, 2012


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Matthew will be awarding a package of metal miniatures of vampires/vampire hunters to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US/Canada only). Click on the banner above to see the other stops on his tour.

We vampires do not make easy prey. Our weaknesses are few, our strengths many. Fear is something we do not know, and death but a distant memory. So tread softly, pray to your god, and gird yourself with silver when the moons arise and night’s dark prince awakens. We fear not the wizard, nor the warrior, neither rogue, nor priest; our strength is timeless, drawn from darkness and we know no master save the hot lust of our unending hunger. We long for blood, your blood and no blade, nor spell, nor clever artifice, can keep us long from our prize. Feel our teeth at your throat, your life ebb from you, and know as darkness comes to claim you that the price of your folly is your everlasting soul.
Welcome to My World of Dreams--and welcome to the review of Drasmyr, a new YA vampire story--but it is not your Twilight. Buffy gave us the vampires we love to... well, love. Drasmyr takes us back to the vampire of old--the dark, the soulless, the destroyer. And he does it in such a wonderful way!

The book is unusual, in that the first person POV is not the "hero" of the book--but he is easily the most compelling.

The human characters are just as well-drawn as the vampire, and the interaction and the ultimate battle all work together to create a work that was hard to put down.

I understand this is just the first of a series with these characters. I eagerly look forward to finding out what is in store for them and this world.

About the Author:
Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He also has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He believes he saw the legendary Lake Champlain Monster (a.k.a Champy) once and he has a cat named Confucius.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Writer's View: Carrie Ann Ryan

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Carrie Ann will be awarding Dust of my Wings "swag" packs to one commenter at ever stop, a $25 Amazon GC and necklace to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

My writing space faces the outside. We live in a small apartment and I’m very lucky that I have the forest behind me. While I’m sitting at my former kitchen table-turned desk, I can see the birds, groundhogs, rabbits, foxes, and bears.

Yes, bears.


Sometimes I’m distracted and need to clothes my eyes to write. Sometimes the light shines through the trees just write that I can immerse myself in my story. When I write, I like to include colors and visual senses and sometimes when the sun is setting outside my window, I just can’t help myself and what I see.

I have my little wolf, Jasper, on my desk/table who motivates me. Though my two cats don’t approve of him LOL.

What does all of this mean to me? It means that I’m a real writer now LOL. I have my own space that I get to write in. Yes, it’s in my kitchen, but I have a comfy black chair on wheels and my little desk lamp. When I’m in there, I turn on my laptop and I get to write. That’s the best part for me. I’m not just an aspiring one, I’m a published author. When I write in my kitchen while looking at forest is going to be read by people. How cool is that?

Since I moved to my new “space” I’m a lot more productive. I used to write while sitting on my couch, but now, I have my own space. I love it.

About the Author:Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

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Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.

Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Writer's View: Suzanne Lilly

The writer’s space is a magical place. Some of us are fortunate enough to have a room to call our writing room. Others must write wherever they can find a spot, even if it’s on the couch or in the local caf√©. In January 2011 I wrote a blog post about creating a writer’s space you love. It had some creative ideas for places to write.

For many years when my children were small, we needed every inch of our living space. In those days I wrote at the kitchen table and kept all my files in a box. Though I have more room now, I still drag my laptop out to the kitchen to write whenever I need a change of view. In the winter, when it’s chilly, I’ll even take the laptop to bed and write while I cuddle under a quilt.

However, I feel very lucky to have a room to call my own. It’s filled with my books and magazines about writing and teaching. I used my writing income to buy the desk, the loveseat, and the bookshelves. I didn’t include a picture of the bookshelf because it’s so messy. Believe me, you don’t want to see that.

Here are three pictures of the desk in the corner of the room, under the window that overlooks my backyard. I love being able to work next to a window with natural light. I tend to get distracted when birds stop by and flutter about outside the window, but they usually don’t stay long. However, most of the time I’m writing before dawn, so I keep the blinds closed.

The next photo is of my loveseat where I edit work. The picture is one my son painted, so it’s very special to me.

Thanks for visiting my writing room. The quiet space helped me create Shades of the Future, my debut novel.

What would you give to see the future? Would you make your dreams come true? Would you change the things you didn’t like? Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.

When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk. Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Mariah scooted closer to the inside of the booth to read the digital display. As she slid across the red vinyl seat, something poked into her thigh.

“Hey, somebody left a pair sunglasses here.” She picked them up, rubbing her leg where the frame had made a dent in her skin.

“Those are nice,” Hayley commented between fries.

“These aren’t random sunglasses. These are Dita Aviators.” Mariah turned them over, checking the thin metal frame to make sure she hadn’t bent it. She held them up to the overhead light. The lenses were clean and unscratched. “Plus, they’re like brand new.”

“Let me see them.” Hayley took the glasses out of her friend’s hands and started to put them on.

“Give them back,” Mariah told her. “Your hands are all greasy and cheesy. Not to mention saliva-y.”

Hayley laughed and handed the aviators back across the table to Mariah. “When I have clean hands, I’ll try them on. They’ll look good on me.”

“You think? How do they look on me?” She put them on and a warm tingle of fun washed through her veins.

You may download sample pages or buy a copy of Shades of the Future from these online retailers:

Turquoise Morning Press

I’m close to the end of my blog tour for August, but please feel free to go back and visit the other blog tour stops. I’m celebrating at the end of August by giving one commenter a pair of designer sunglasses from You’ll find the schedule of the blog tour at my website,

About the Author:
Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted young adult stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print, and she has placed and received honorable mentions in writing contests. Her debut novel is Shades of the Future, (July 2012, Turquoise Morning Press) followed by Untellable, (February 2013.) She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Writer's View: Rosemary Indra

This post is part of a virtual book tour scheduled by Goddess Fish Promotions. Rosemary will be awarding a signed cover flat to a commenter at every stop and a $20 Starbuck's GC and their name in her next book to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

The Author’s View

A: The view inside your writing space

When I start writing a new book I see something which has sparked an idea. For Everlasting Love it was a bathtub on a deck I’d seen at an estate sale. When I saw the tub I knew that would be the opening scene of my story. Before I start writing, the opening scene is so vivid it’s like a movie in my mind, clear and precise. Sometimes I write the first scene or as much as the first chapter before I write character sketches or outline.

As I work on a book I try to write every day, which forms a continuous flow of the story. I write in layers so the first draft is rough, mostly conversation. The second layer I add the setting and movement. Usually the emotion is the last layer. I’ve tried to do this process all at once to have a final copy of the pages I write at the end of the day but that doesn’t work for me. I need to get the idea down on paper while I think of it, to get the voices out of my head.

At the moment my house is so crowded I don’t have an office to work in. My desk is in the busy family room. Although there is always family around I’ve learned to close them out when I have to. When Josh Groban is playing in my headset, his voice blocks out some of the background sound. I also take a notebook to bed with me to work on my writing. This quiet time gives me a chance to do the hard work on the scenes.

B. The view outside your window

This spring we rebuilt our raised beds for our vegetable garden. We’ve already harvested peas and a lot of lettuce. We also added some gladiolus and dahlia to the yard and the flowers are blooming in vivid colors now. My favorite place to go is the ocean, approximately an hour from our home. Even an afternoon at the beach is a great rejuvenator. When I return home I have renewed peace and can conquer the everyday challenges.

About the Author:

Ever since her mom gave her a romance book when she was a teenager Rosemary has enjoyed happier-ever-after stores. She has been writing most of her adult life. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and crafts.

She has two grown children and four adorable grandchildren. She and her husband live in a small town in Oregon.

When Miranda Cummins borrows a friend’s cabin to finish writing her long overdue book, she’s surprised to find the one-room retreat already occupied by Kevin Mathews. Though she feels a spontaneous attraction for Kevin, Miranda has recently escaped a controlling husband and isn’t ready for a long-term relationship.

Unsatisfied with his occupation, Kevin is at a crossroads. Miranda understands and encourages him to look at the direction his life is going. Fired up by her encouragement, Kevin returns to Forest Ridge to resume his firefighting career.

When Miranda is threatened by her ex-husband, Kevin realizes he will do anything to protect her. Miranda has shown Kevin a new passion for life. Can he fan the flames of passion into an Everlasting Love?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Writer's View: Carrie Ann Ryan

The Writer's View: Jody Vitek

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jody will be awarding a small gift of scented bath items, which are tied to the story, to a random commenter at each stop. One randomly drawn commenter and one host will win a prize which includes a CD, again tied to the book, with scented bath items, to an overall commenter and a host. She will also have bookmarks for any commenter who would like one and included in each of the gifts.

Judy, thank you for hosting me as a guest blogger today at My World of Dreams. It’s a pleasure to be here. My dream of becoming a published author have come true with the publication of my debut novel, Florida Heat, by Melange Books, LLC.

I chuckled when you asked me to talk about the view inside my writing space and the view outside my window. You see, I have an office dedicated to my writing but I rarely use it. Located in the basement of our house, it has no windows and the room temperature is frigid. Over a year ago, I repainted and reorganized trying to make it feel more like my space—my office. The outcome was great as pictured below, but I can’t fix how cold the room temperature is. I made the choice to get rid of my office chair years ago and now sit on an exercise ball when in my office.

Look for the glass cherry. Did you find it? If you look closely at the bulletin board, you can see the pictures of my hero and heroine in my current work in progress.
You will usually find me upstairs at the dining room table. It’s warmer and I have a view on two sides of where I plant myself. I dream of having an office with the view Maggie, my heroine, has out her windows of the ocean. At the dining room table, facing east, a large elm tree fills my view of the sky during the summer months. The large deck, which wraps around the side of the house stares at me, beckoning me to come sit on it. Calling for me to take care of it, as it’s in dire need of a good power washing and re-staining. The deck can keep talking because the words fall upon my deaf ears.

Is the deck calling out to you for help? Ignore it. It will get help some day. Look at all the green around me. Isn’t it wonderful.

In the fall, my view is filled with varying shades of red, orange and gold leaves, and the unfortunate browning of green grass. Winter brings the beauty of glistening white snowfalls. When I look to my right, out the patio door, I can measure the depth and see the layers from the past snowfalls. With spring, the windows and doors open to let in fresh air and help the stale air exit from the house.

When I do find my way to my office and work in there, the lack of view can be a plus because I don’t have the distractions you find out a window. In the basement office I’m surrounded by reminders of what I’m working on, what I’ve achieved and who’s helped me get there. Right now I’m working on a story that takes place in Minnesota and I have pictures up on a bulletin board for visuals. I did this for Florida Heat as well. The glass cherry on my desk shelf is from Ms. Cherry Adair. I attended a workshop and she gave a few away to watch over those who needed her to watch over them. She watched over me while I worked at polishing Florida Heat for publication.

Trent, my hero, has two offices in his home. One he runs the ranch business out of and you see in the second chapter when Trent meets Maggie, my heroine, for the first time. His second office really isn’t much of an office and Maggie shows you while taking a tour of Trent’s home in chapter eight.

I’m interested in hearing about reader’s offices. Do you have a designated home office? Does the office hold more than office items, i.e. exercise equipment? Are there others like myself who have a designated space but go elsewhere? If you have a view, what do you see? Please feel free to ask any other question(s) you’d like. As a thank you for visiting me today at Welcome to My World of Dreams, I will be giving away a small gift of scented items, which are tied to the story, to one lucky random person who leaves a comment.

All commenter’s from my Goddess Fish tour will also be entered into an overall commenter drawing. This gift includes a CD, again tied to the book, with scented items.

If any visitors today would like a bookmark, they can email with their mailing information.

About the Author:
Born and raised in Minnesota, Jody has remained close to home living with her husband of twenty plus years, three children and a cat named Holly. Growing up, she enjoyed reading V.C. Andrews' the Dollanganger series, starting with Flowers in the Attic, S.E. Hinton, and Stephen King to name a few.

She has traveled throughout the United States, to the Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico. Between watching soccer games, scrapbooking and being the COO of the Vitek household, she writes contemporary romances.

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Scarred by her ordeal, Maggie Carlisle leaves her ex-husband’s drug life back in Texas. A man from her past seeks revenge, just as she meets and falls in love with Trent Randall.

Trent Randall, owner of a horse ranch and powerboat driver, loses focus of his life when Maggie shows up. After an accident, he wonders if she's worth the danger. However, his heart leads the way when he finds out she’s in trouble.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Book Review: A Human Element by Donna Galanti

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Donna will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the banner above to see the other stops in her tour and read more excerpts from this book.

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

Read an excerpt:

She shuddered in the cold and looked up, before heading inside. Somewhere her twin raced toward them.

"Look." She pointed up. "A full moon."

"Nearly. There is a tiny rim missing. Tomorrow night will be the full moon."

"A night when the crazies come out."

Ben reached for her and hugged her in the dark and cold. They gazed at the moon overhead as it moved through the bending trees. Laura wanted to capture the moment, hold it in time. Here Ben could hold her under the moon and she could feel all was right with the world. They would be together always. She sensed him thinking of another night here a long ago. A night when he stood in these woods as a boy and watched a green light descend from the sky. The night his parents died. The night Laura was made. And now she was here with him.

"It's unbelievable, isn't it?" Laura whispered and leaned into him. He buried his head in her neck and kissed her warm skin.

"Yes, just like you are."

"Do you still want me?" Her voice cracked, with need and emotion.

"What do mean?"

"I'm not all . . . you know . . . real." She hid her face in his arm holding her. She wanted one more night with Ben. A night to forget she wasn't all human. Then she could say goodbye. But just let me have one more night.

"You are real. You're the most human person I've ever known."

Read the review:

A Human Element is Donna Galanti's debut novel and is written in a Koontz-like style--an ensemble piece with characters who are being drawn together by forces they can't control. Ben, Laura, the man in black, and Laura's twin are woven together in a tapestry that was started one night in 1979.

I liked the secondary character of Jim and wished there had been more interaction between him and Laura. The relationships between all the characters, except the one between Ben and Laura, could have been developed more fully to allow us to really get to know them. Reading the book was more like watching a movie to me.

For an interesting take on an old theme, A Human Element is a good way to spend an evening.

About the Author:
Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT (Echelon Press). Donna has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly, no ghosts.

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Blurb Blitz Tour: CRIMSON FOOTPRINTS by Shewanda Pugh

Celebrate the release of Crimson Footprints today with Shewanda Pugh with this post--part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Shewanda will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to one lucky commenter on the tour.

When an insecure, bi-racial woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark—albeit with devastating consequences. On the night of her brother’s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the hood in a Porsche will bring, a sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her grief. Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her white mother killed her black father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad. Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve, hell, never acknowledge her fast-growing love for Takumi. And had he never made love to her that way, in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way, she could’ve done the same. But love’s a devil that way. So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. Anyone. And Tak understands this—for now. After all, Deena’s career hinges on the favor of her mentor and boss, his hard-ass of a father. And the Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an acceptance she’s never had. And away from him.
About the Author:
Shewanda Pugh is a native of Boston’s inner city, though she now lives in sunny Miami, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Fueled from a young age, her passion for crossing societal boundaries like race, class and culture, is the inspiration for both her cluttered bookshelf and her writing. When she’s not busy obsessing over fiction, she can be found traveling, nursing her social networking addiction or enjoying the company of loved ones.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Blurb Blitz Tour: Dracula's Secret by Linda Mercury

This post is part of a virtual book tour scheduled by Goddess Fish Promotions. Prize information at the end of the post.


She calls herself Valerie Tate. One of the few vampires left on earth, as beautiful as she is powerful, Valerie has resisted her craving for human blood for years, just as she once hid her true gender. But the night she lays eyes on the most enticing man she’s ever seen, it’s game over. He radiates goodness and light—and searing sexual energy. Valerie must have him. Taste him. Consume him. For he is temptation—and he is her destiny…


Lance Soleil is a rugged war veteran who runs a homeless shelter in Portland. At first gaze, he knows what Valerie is—and wants her even more. But when he welcomes a pack of werewolves into his shelter, he attracts the attention of Valerie’s oldest rival—her bloodthirsty brother, Radu, who hopes to become the first vampire President of the United States. Valerie knows Radu has a hidden agenda, and with Lance’s help she is determined to stop his unholy rise to power. But first, she must risk their growing love by fully revealing herself—as the one and only Dracula…

About the Author:
Linda Mercury left behind her varied careers as a librarian, art model, and professional clown to pursue writing. She’s interested in writing, romance, the Middle East, reading, organizing, cooking, hand-made silk Turkish rugs, and the Nike of Samothrace.
Twitter: LindaMercury1
Facebook: Linda Mercury

Linda will be awarding a hand-painted fan to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Writer's View: Ian Walkley

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My workspace is on the west side with the window facing north to our backyard. We have an upstairs living area (the teenage kids live downstairs). It is fairly private as the neighbors have palms and hedges. My wife Ann and I built the house, so I specified a sloping ceiling in the office to make it more spacey and not like a box.

My chair is comfortable and ergonomic, and I use an iMac computer with two large screens. The next computer I get I want three screens, like Al Gore! To make do, I have two artist easels either side of the screens where I can put pages vertical rather than trying to refer to them flat.

As you see on the computer, I use Scrivener for my novel writing. I love it! Under the iMac are some figurines I’ve collected around the world and some polished stones I use sometimes when I’m plotting.

To the left are my reference texts, and on the wall above are scribblings to remind me of plot and character stuff. There are also picture frames with photos of our three kids, which Ann refreshes every month. It’s a nice addition to the room.

I am surrounded by cables and printers and technology, so it is great to be able to look out the window at the greenery and the blue pool. It is about the most pleasant workspace I could wish for in the suburbs.

About the Author:
Ian Walkley has had a career in social and market research, and has been writing novels, short stories, travel articles and copywriting since 2008. He has co-authored two publications on small business and his first novel, No Remorse, was published in 2012. Ian's screenplay "Deniable Justice" placed fourth in the Writer’s Digest 2011 Competition for best screenplay. Ian has travelled extensively and researched his subject, and brings a knowledge of location and technical detail to the exotic settings and big screen thrills. Ian lives in Brisbane with his wife and three children.

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Two men, exiles from their respective societies, take conflicting approaches in the quest to regain their place and self-respect, and find themselves at war over a kidnapped girl.

Lee McCloud (“Mac”), a special forces soldier facing trumped-up charges of murder, is forced to work for a mysterious government outfit operating outside the law.

Khalid Yubani, cast out of Saudi Arabia for an offence against another member of the Royal family, seeks revenge through ruthless acts of evil. Engaged in the worst forms of human trafficking, Khalid buys Sophia, the daughter of Mac’s best friend, who has been kidnapped in Mexico. With time running out for Sophia, Mac enlists the help of a beautiful computer genius, a British SAS soldier and a Lebanese fixer to try to find Sophia and save her from the terrifying fate that Khalid has in store.

Although starting the quest as a man with no remorse, Mac gradually discovers a side of himself that he suppressed after witnessing the abduction of his own sister years before.

Dodging assassins, corrupt generals, evil medicos, Mossad agents, corrupt bureaucrats, and sharks, Mac ignores the order to stay out of trouble and follows Sophia’s trail from Mexico to Paris, London and Dubai, and the island of Andaran, where Khalid and his henchmen are waiting…

Wednesday, August 08, 2012


This stop is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotional. Leave a comment for a chance to win one of two personally autographed print copies of her novel, The Haversham Legacy.

What inspired me to write?

Looking back all these year (I’m 56 years young) I can easily tell you what inspired me to become an author.

I was born in the 1950’s and because my parents were both working at that time, I spent most of my time with my grandparents. Especially my granddad took care of me, because grandma had to do the cooking, cleaning, washing etc. He was a pensioner, who retired at the early age of 46 after having fought two world wars. He was well-educated and loved to read. I remember sitting on his lap while he was reading to me from Alexandre Dumas (in French, because he was raised in the French speaking part of Belgium). So not only was I drenched in literature, also in a foreign language!

Once I could walk and was some two years old, my grandmother began to take me along on her trips to the city library. It was a long way to go on short legs, but I did not complain. First of all, because I loved that stuffed old place with bookcases up to the ceiling, secondly because I was promised a big sack of Belgian frites when I went along. Oh yes, I was subject to bribes and for a bar of chocolate or some frites I’d do a lot!

When I began school, I already had a notebook in which I wrote my stories. I suppose I was 6 when I created my first! They were my own renditions of the fairy tales I heard – and I could spend time on it in class, because I was ever so bored. The lessons were not very interesting to me (little did I know then the reason was both my sister and I are blessed – or cursed – with a high IQ). I could learn nothing in my first years of primary school and thus I wrote stories. I even illustrated them – although even then my writing was a lot better than my drawing.

Later on, I realized that also my father had a talent for writing. He had never had the chance to take higher studies, because he was a youngster when World War II broke out, but he tried to get his certificate of education later on, when he was already married and working in the railway station. I found some of the essays he made then and they are beautiful pieces of writing. Dad could also make the most beautiful drawings, and my sister inherited that capacity.

Books have always been plenty in our house, and so it was no wonder when I said I wanted to become an author, every time I was asked the question!

About the Author:
Nickie Fleming was born and raised in the historical town of Dendermonde, Belgium – home of the legendary Horse Bayard.

She read English Literature at the University of Ghent, and got her master’s degree in philology. Since then, she has been working as a high school teacher.

Her interests besides reading and writing are travelling, skiing in winter and enjoying fine food.


England, mid seventeenth century. When young Sarah finds out that innkeeper Amos Jennings is not her father, she feels uncertain and scared. Her problems grow bigger when she starts a job as housekeeper and gets involved with two men who both want her love: the earl of Linfield, and his younger brother Richard. To escape these problems, Sarah takes off to London to begin a new life as actress at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Richard cannot forget the young woman her met at his brother’s. He is determined to find Sarah and make her his own--even his wife, despite what his family thinks of it. But love never comes easy. Richard and Sarah will have to face many a storm--even the Great Fire of London--before they can become one.