Monday, December 29, 2014

Guest Post: The book Of Zev by @marilynhorowitz

Title: The Book of Zev
Author: Marilyn Ida Horowitz
Release Date: December 1st 2014
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Koehler Books

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The Book of Zev is a psychological thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redheaded, depressed, God-hating kosher chef, seesaws between yoga and too much red wine. Independently, the two consult the same psychic who inadvertently sends Sarah Zev’s session tape. When Sarah contacts Zev to pick up the recording, a series of events forces them to connect with a powerful terrorist in order to thwart his plans to destroy the UN and Israel.
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Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach, and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams.
 
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The Best Writers Quote
My guest today, Marilyn Horowitz is the author of The Book of Zev a political thriller. We asked her the best quote she had ever heard and this was her reply;
Marilyn: “A masterpiece is a work that is both timeless and completely of its time.”I am not sure who said it, but this quote defines my aesthetic in both my own work and the way I have taught screenwriting at New York University for the last fifteen years. This quote also defines how I judge stories and create them. In The Book of Zev, I was very deliberate in my use of contemporary cultural references. I allowed myself to use the things that I felt could be understood if I were fortunate to write a book that would be read by future generations. This awareness forced me to summarize the story of any book or movie I referenced, and to limit current slang to the dialogue.
The other question that this quote always raises for me is why do we remember one author and forget another? What is the ineluctable something that makes a story immortal? I believe that the answer is that we read to learn something about ourselves. A masterpiece such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has a timeless message that teaches us an important lesson and also evokes the Jazz Age so vividly that we feel we have gone back in time. A true masterpiece!
Whenever I write, I try to imagine what someone reading my book in fifty or one hundred years will need to know in order to be able to easily connect with the story and relate to the message and still learn something about themselves.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Promo: The Unholy by @pdeblassieiii

Title: The Unholy
Author: Paul DeBlassie III
Release Date: August 1st 2013
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Sunstone Press

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 "A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision." 


As she ran forward, out of nowhere the two crows flew at her, scraping the air near her face with their sharp talons. Fists clenched, she struck out at one and grabbed at the other. They flew up, circled overhead, then dove, talons flaring. Unmoving, Claire placed her hands by her side and held their gaze. They fluttered above her head for a minute, then left. Claire turned and saw an
eagle soaring—a healer’s spirit manifestation. Medicine women said it came only when needed, when danger lurked.

Frantically tugging away bush, bramble, and cacti, she uncovered the mouth of the seventh cave and stepped in. She had the feeling somebody was watching.

Her eyes adjusted and she made out the contour of something. Squinting, she stooped and touched what seemed to be a circle of stones and charred, cold logs. She stood up and pulled back. A bat flew at her. She waved it away.

She stopped, waited for her breathing to slow, and, stepping sideways, touched the walls of the cave. They were damp and the stink of blood and guts was everywhere. Using the hard surfaces as a guide, her fingertips suddenly brushed through a hollow space roughly the size of a human body.


 
PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion. 





Monday, December 22, 2014

Release blitz: Carnal Persuasion @KTFisher_Author & @avamanello


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Carnal Persuasion (Severed MC, #4) Book: Carnal Persuasion
Series: Severed MC #4
Author: KT Fisher & Ava Manello
Genre: MC
Cover Design: Margreet Asselbergs
Cover Model: Asher Collins
Cover Photographer: Richard Hunter of RIHUPHOTO
Hosted by: Francessca’s Romance Review

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The fourth instalment in the Severed MC series finds Cowboy wrestling with his demons. Can he go on, or is he too broken after everything he's endured?

Meanwhile the citizens of Severed are caught up in a war, and it's down to Severed MC to try and save them.

This book is going to blow your mind.
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I love reading, it's my favourite hobby. I've always had ideas for my own books packed into my head so I thought I would write them out for people to enjoy.

 
  photo AuthorPic_zps1fdd4819.pngAva Manello:
 Passionate reader, blogger, publisher, and author. I love nothing more than helping other Indie authors publish their books be that reviewing, beta reading, formatting or proofreading,
I love erotic suspense that's well written and engages the reader, and I love promoting the heck out of it over on my book blog.
I'm a mother, but most of all I'm me!



Friday, December 19, 2014

Spotlight: Black Out by Lila Rose @AuthorLilaRose


Title: Black Out
Author: Lila Rose
Series: Hawks MC Series, Book 3
Genre: Fiction/Humorous/Romance/Erotica 
Cover Designer: Louisa at LM Creations  
Release Date: December 15, 2014

At twenty-four, Clarinda James has lived a traumatic life. One of the last images she saw before losing her sight was that of her parents' death. The nightmares of that time still haunt her every night.  Taken in at nineteen by her sister, Clary didn’t know there was going to be a price to pay, a price far greater than her blindness. It’s not until Blue walks into her life, she realises it’s possible to experience the joy of warmth. In her darkness, Blue will become her beacon, her guide. Little does she know that she’ll need to count on Blue more than she thought she would. 
She has to…if she wants to stay alive. 
Blue Skies is on the lookout for a woman. Always there to support his brothers, Talon and Griz, he’s not a stranger to the craziness of love or life. Nor is he a stranger to making it clear that comments surrounding his name are out of bounds. Despite the often effed-up situations his brothers find themselves in as a result of their women, he’s more than happy to settle down when he finds his missing piece. 
After three weeks of seeing a gorgeous redhead in a cafĂ©, he refuses to let the opportunity pass him by. Building a tentative relationship with Clary is no easy task; she’s damaged. It’s not until he discovers the truth behind her darkness that he willing lays claim to her. He is determined to protect her, no matter the cost. She is irrefutably his.
 
 

 



“Because I have had my eyes on you for three damn Saturdays, waiting to catch your eye, waiting for you to get the courage to come talk to me, but you haven’t. So now, we do this my way.”
“Your way?” I asked on a whisper.
“Yeah, sugar,” he said softly, “my way.”
Licking my suddenly dry lips, I then said, “You sure are…”
“Cocky? Great with words? Smart? Handsome?”
Smiling, I shook my head. “I wouldn’t know. I can’t see,” I told him and removed my sunglasses, blinking in his direction.
He hissed, “Your eyes are damn beautiful like that.”


Other Books in the Series

Holding Out
Hawks MC Series, Book 1
Available HERE

Climbing Out
Hawks MC Series, Book 2
Available HERE

I was born in Brisbane, Australia. My step-dad was in the Army, which caused us to move around a lot. We finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. I am the youngest of four children and I can say that I was spoilt a bit. I drove my mum crazy when I refused to eat meat at a young age. Now I live with my husband and two children, and I find myself regretting all the troubles I put my parents through because my monsters are just as picky as I was.

I started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC Club series Holding Out. The next to follow was something different, I wrote Senseless Attraction, a YA novel. Soon I was back to the Hawks series with number two Climbing Out. I have more to write in the series, but there will be also be more novels in the humorous erotica genre, like Left to Chance, which is out now.






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Harbinger Tour - Promo/Excerpt & Giveaway @AuthorLeeFrench @ErikMKort

This city may be too much to handle...
 
 Publication Date: October 23, 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Greatest Sin, #2

Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past. 

When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers.

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions.

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.
Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

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Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.



Eldrack sat behind his desk, closing a folder and setting it aside. With lines in his face, comfortably worn clothing, and gray in his hair, he looked like what he was: a clerk of advanced years with adventures well behind him. His office suited him with small potted plants, books on shelves behind him, and worn, comfortable furniture. “Ah, Chavali.” He smiled at her and gestured to the chair across from him, then saw Harris. His smile didn't falter and he showed no surprise at seeing the man. He gestured for Harris to sit in the chair beside hers. Lacing his hands together on his desk, he looked at her expectantly.

“The mission went smoothly.” Digging in her pack, she pulled out the wooden box with the roses and slid it across the desk to him. “This man and his companions were bandits. They tried to rob and kill us. He survived. I did not think it wise to turn him loose. He has an interesting and useful skill set, as well as a base of knowledge in certain unusual areas, and I thought perhaps he might be a valuable asset for us.”

Eldrack opened the lid of the box as she spoke, then shut it without touching the roses. His eyes flicked over Harris. “I see. What do you think of him otherwise?”

Chavali shrugged. “He has issues with authority not derived from fear and strength, but also a quick enough wit and knows better than to stab the hand that feeds him. He can be counted on to hold secrets close so long as he is treated fairly and fed well.”

Harris stared at her. “Uh, thank you?”

Eldrack's smile grew broader, and suggested he stifled down amusement. “I'll take that to mean you feel her assessment is fair. I trust your judgment, Chavali. You can leave him here.”

Taking that as a dismissal, Chavali stood and nodded to him. She had nothing else to say and left the room, shutting the door behind herself. At the doorway to the stairs, she paused and looked up, then down. On the one hand, she could use a good meal. On the other, she wanted a bath and to go see her clan.

“Chavali! Welcome back.” Eliot came down the stairs in fresh, clean clothes. “We should spar.”

Her shoulders slumped. “Not now. I returned only minutes ago. Tomorrow.”

“Bah.” The short, slim man cuffed the air in front of her with a rough hand. “Do you expect your enemies to sit down and wait while you fill your belly and take a nap? Tired and cranky is the best time to practice what you already know.” He ignored the withering glare she gave him and grabbed her hand. “It's good for the digestion you'll do later, when you get a chance to eat.”

His thoughts informed her that if she didn't cooperate, he'd follow her around until she gave in. “Fine, fine,” she snapped. He only wanted to help her protect herself. “At least go to my floor, so I have a short walk to my room when we are done.” So much for seeing the children today. She yanked her hand away and climbed the stairs to the tenth floor with him. “How long have you been lurking, waiting to ambush me?”

Eliot gave her his sly little smirk, the one that spoke of mischief. “One of the things I like the best about you is your ego.”

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway) - I Met a Boy by @MiraNoire

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I Met a Boy CoverTitle: I Met a Boy
Author: Mira Noire
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Format: Ebook


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Mrs. Danielle Russo lives a picture-perfect life with her charismatic husband. She has a beautiful home, and everything she could ask for. Except everything isn’t what it appears to be: spending every waking minute as Marcus’ model wife is starting to take a toll on Danny.
To cope, Danny lives a rich, secret inner life through her job as an assistant curator and the support of a few friends. She’s accepted that her future will be quiet, restrained, and dignified. And then she meets a young man at dinner who changes everything.
Nicolas Thierry is a brooding and sensual college kid. He’s unpredictable, and unapologetically public about his desire for Danny. No one quite knows what to make of this boy, and Nicolas’ attention threatens everything she and her husband have built together. Danny knows that for her own sanity and the sake of her marriage, she’s got to send him packing. But under Nicolas’ smoldering gaze and hungry touch, Danny realizes she’s starting to feel new and dangerous things stirring inside her she’s never, ever felt before.

Mira Noire Passion. Decadence. Drama.
Mira Noire doesn't pussyfoot around. If you're looking for the typical happily-ever-after with the same old characters - they aren't here.
Mira writes visceral scenes that are so real you can taste (and smell!) them, and loves to feature flawed characters you may not always like.
Like or not, you'll definitely love watching them, and hopefully enjoy following them on their intensely personal erotic journeys. Mira lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, loves to travel abroad, and has a B.A. in English from Stanford University.
Visit Mira at http://www.miranoire.com to get to know her world a little better.


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I Met a Boy is a non-conventional romance about a married woman and a young man. Ok, when you put it that way it sounds like a cheating story but it's so much more than that. It's a story about a woman finding herself after losing her persona in a relationship. It’s a book about second chances and love.

Danielle appears to have the perfect life, the dreamed husband and zero problems. But that couldn't be further from reality. She is miserable (if you ask me) and when she meets Nicolas a new path opens before her.

This is a fast and engaging story. Once you start reading you cannot stop. Either you get all judgmental and start to criticize every choice she makes or... You realize that not everything is black or white. Love comes in all the shades you can imagine. What can seem like betrayal to some, is salvation for others.

It only took me two hours to read this book. Not only because of its length but because the author manages to create real characters. You can feel the anguish and the doubt running through this woman's body. The author uses simple words and believable dialogues to create a solid world.

There are some scenes which contain a lot of adrenaline and excitement. It's like they say: "the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest". Those scenes are really worthy and are excellent without being too vulgar.

I really liked this story because it made me questioning about my values and put me in a place where things aren't so simple. If you like intense romance you should read this one.
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