Monday, September 30, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Tallowwood by N.R. Walker

Title: Tallowwood
Author: N.R. Walker
Publication Date: September 25th 2019
Genres: Adult, LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
Cold cases, murder, lies, and an unimaginable truth.

Sydney detective August Shaw has spent the last decade of work solving cold cases. Since the death of his boyfriend eight years ago, August works alone, lives alone, is alone — and that’s exactly how he likes it. His work is his entire life, and he’s convinced a string of unsolved cold-case suicides are linked to what could be Australia’s worst ever serial killer. Problem is, no one believes him.

Senior Constable Jacob Porter loves his life in the small town of Tallowwood in the middle of the rainforests in northern New South Wales. He runs summer camps for the local Indigenous kids, plays rugby with his mates, has a close family, and he’s the local LGBTQIA+ Liaison and the Indigenous Liaison Officer.

When human remains are found in the camping grounds at Tallowwood Reserve, Jake’s new case turns out to be linked to August’s cold cases, and Jake agrees they’re not suicides at all. With Jacob now firmly in August’s corner, they face one hurdle after another, even when more remains are found, they still can’t seem to gain ground.

But when the body of a fellow police officer turns up under the same MO, it can’t be ignored anymore. August and Jake must trace the untraceable before the killer takes his next victim or before he stops one of them, permanently.

(August and Jacob have just been given the identity of a man who was found deceased. They’re about to inform the family.)
Two hours later, they sat in the car in a quiet suburban street in Cronulla. They had a name, the case file, and the address of the parents and were about to drop a bombshell on the guy’s family.

Tristan Kurtz was twenty-six years old when he was reported missing by his mother, when he never arrived home in Sydney from an LGBTQIA+ music festival in Byron Bay. He’d reportedly hitchhiked from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour, having travelled with local residents who he’d met at the festival, and had given him a lift. The missing person’s report had said Kurtz was dropped off in the main street, and had waved them off. He was later seen on CCTV footage walking toward the highway, at 8:11pm.

He never arrived at his parents’ house, he never contacted them to say his plans had changed, which was out of character for him. His parents had called everyone he knew—friends, workmates, old boyfriends—to no avail, and twenty-four hours later he was reported as a missing person.

Well, he wasn’t missing anymore.

He was only twenty-six. A kid, August thought, with his whole life in front of him. A life stolen, stripped away, and thrown away like garbage.

August stared at the house and sighed. He was spread too thin, he was stretched as far as his skin would allow. Another murder, another gay man slaughtered for no other reason than pure bigotry and disregard for human life. “I hate this. I hate everything about it.”

Jacob was quiet for so long, August looked over at him. “Yeah, me too,” he said flatly. He was reading through Tristan’s file. He finally closed the folder and met August’s gaze. “We need to find this bastard.”

“We do.”

“We need to see his parents and tell them.” Jacob looked over at the house and frowned. “F*ck, I hate this part.”

“Yeah. Me too.”

Neither of them made a move to get out of the car. “Is it better to know?” Jacob asked quietly. “Is it better to find out what happened, for closure? Or is it worse, because when you don’t know you still have hope?”
August was pretty sure it was supposed to be a rhetorical question, but it was one he knew the answer to. “It’s better to know. In the long run.” He cleared his throat. “Hope can break your heart every day for years, and living with false hope is hell on earth.”

Jacob stared at him, and August wondered if he’d said too much. But Jacob nodded and unclipped his seatbelt. “Then we shouldn’t wait another minute.”

August got out of the car and together they walked up to the front door and rang the bell. They’d called ahead, so they were expected, but when a tall, middle-aged man opened the door to greet them, Jacob took off his hat and with that single gesture, the man nodded and began to cry.

Hope was a cruel and brutal thing.


N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Chasing Beverly by Ashlynn Cubbison

Title: Chasing Beverly
Author: Ashlynn Cubbison
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: September 29th 2019
Genres: Romance, Sports, Young Adult
Two people. One chance to let it all go.

Seeking redemption, Beverly Morgan has spent the last three years building an empire that was someone else’s dream. Devoted to her work, a handful of friends, and an array of charities, she’s been able to lock away her heart and convince herself it’s dead. After an unthinkable tragedy, Beverly should know by now that a single day can change everything.

She can’t run from love forever.

Gavin has it all, a thriving business, phenomenal family, supportive friends, but an hour with Beverly Morgan makes him question his entire life and his own happiness.

She could be exactly what he needs, if she’s brave enough to open up again.

I stare into Gavin Reed’s deep blue eyes, which appear unaffected by my attitude to his annoying questions. The donut from earlier churns in my belly.

This handsome, passive-aggressive pr*ck knows about me. He knows about my past, and just like every other jerk, he’s baiting me. I shouldn’t be surprised he knows, but I expected him to be different.

Even so, dialing down the attitude right now is a smart decision. I’m the little company in this room, and he’s the one holding the power and my future. He can help me fulfill her dream and attain the redemption I’ve needed for so long. The redemption I need for Mom, Patrick, and myself.

Gavin pushes away from his desk, his chair scraping against the ugly concrete floor. He stalks toward me and positions himself in front of me, his six-foot, three-inch frame towering over me.

At first, I think he’s trying to intimidate me. I experience the primitive urge to kick him in his shins. I hesitate, though. His eyes are soft, and the tension in my shoulders loosens.

“Look, Miss Morgan, I’m very interested in working with your agency on this project. We’ve heard great things about your company, and we believe your business is the positive change to an industry that’s quickly cheapening itself. Our goal is to appeal and relate to women worldwide. We want more women watching the Olympics, more little girls dreaming about being a professional athlete, and our top priority is to get more girls and women active in sports. The long-term vision is for there to be demand and acceptance for professional women athletes making a living doing what they love and what they’re great at, the same as male athletes.

“I don’t know where this meeting went wrong. But I think it’s best if we take a look at the uniforms, costumes, whatever you want to call them, and then let’s regroup and meet for dinner tonight. It’ll give us both time to gather our thoughts and negotiate in a clear-headed manner.”

Ashlynn Cubbison is a goal-oriented, driven woman, who owns and operates four companies with her husband. They have two beautiful sons together, and although her life is chaotic, fun, full of love and never the same each day, somehow she finds room for writing as well.

Growing up Ashlynn struggled with reading. Then, in her sophomore year of high school, a small seed was planted. After acing a literary test, her teacher looked her square in the eye and said “you’ve been selling yourself short all year. I wonder what you could achieve with some effort.” After delving deeper into books, she discovered Pride and Prejudice, and has been an obsessive reader ever since.

Eventually her love of books translated into writing. She hopes to inspire others, especially children, to find their passion as she did.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Gryphon Heist (Talia Inger, Book One) by James R. Hannibal

(Talia Inger, Book One)
Genre: Contemporary Christian / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: September 3, 2019
Number of Pages: 400

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Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe--a department only known as "Other." When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she'll be back in DC within a few days. But that's before she knows where the designs are stored--and who's after them. 

With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where criminal minds and unlikely strategies compete for access to the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault that hovers in the mesosphere. But is Tyler actually helping her? Or is he using her for his own dark purposes?
"A movie-worthy tale of espionage and intrigue. Hannibal has done it again."--Steven James, national bestselling author of Every Wicked Man

"James Hannibal has crafted a story slam full of mystery, danger, twists, and turns. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough--or bother to stop to breathe. You don't want to miss this one!"--Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice series

"The Gryphon Heist plunges readers into a world where no one can be trusted, nothing is as it seems, and choosing the wrong side could be catastrophic."--Lynn H. Blackburn, award-winning and bestselling author of the Dive Team Investigations series

"Leap on board The Gryphon Heist and ride the whirlwind of suspense. Don't let go!"--DiAnn Mills, bestselling author of Burden of Proof

Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. He lives in Houston, Texas.
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- How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
I’m old enough to remember when the Texas education system placed as much importance on producing gentlemen and ladies as producing scholars. I hope it still does. This same poise and etiquette slips into all my heroes, even if they hail from Washington D.C. or Colorado. Adam Tyler may be a rogue, but he treats women with the respect they deserve. Talia Inger is fierce, but she walks with the same grace taught on the dance floor of a Houston cotillion. And neither would ever think of swearing because they know somewhere in the back of their minds that the author’s mother will read this book.

- What are some day jobs that you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing?
Stealth Bomber Pilot, Tactics Officer, Drone Pilot, Electronic Warfare Officer, Intelligence Liaison, and so forth. Due to this former work, my first three novels had to be checked and approved by multiple program security offices. Once I proved I could create fiction without giving away national secrets, they gave me carte blanche to skip the approval process. That has been a real blessing. Yes, there were redactions in the past, but very few. The most memorable comment I ever received from a security office was, “We think Drake and Amanda should have a more developed romantic relationship.” Everyone’s a critic.

- How does your book relate to your faith?
The Gryphon Heist is a fun—and perhaps a little escapist—spy/thief adventure. But it also served as a vehicle for me to explore morality in espionage and forgiveness. I wish I had committed to the exploration of espionage morality much earlier in life, but back then I was holding on to the tail of the jet, without much time for introspection. I discovered through the writing of this story that God cannot be removed from discussions of morality, especially for those working outside and in between government rules. Attempt to remove God, and you are left with seeking the greater good. Whose greater good? Mine? My enemy’s? God, as the Author of morality, becomes the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. At the same time, Talia Inger, the rookie spy in the story, forced me to learn more about forgiveness—and forgiveness in the extreme. I hope my readers will see, as I did, how vital forgiveness and letting go is to our lives.

- If you could speak with any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose and why?
I have to split this into two: Scottish and Australian. As an airline pilot, I spend a great deal of time in Sydney. The Australian accent is so smooth and unassuming. Also, I once studied with a Scottish voice coach for a production of Brigadoon, and through visits to Scotland I’ve fallen in love with the land and people. For these reasons, it’s no accident that Finn and Mac appear among the elite thieves in The Gryphon Heist. In my head, the Scottish and Australian accents cover a multitude of sins. For example, a Scotsman in America can commit almost any social faux pas, but it’s okay because “Did you hear the way he said aboot?”

- How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing?
The Foreign Studies program at the Air Force Academy had a huge impact on my fiction. Our German teacher was a retired CIA case officer who worked in East Berlin in the 80s. Our department head was a spec ops colonel that we all swore was the inspiration for George Clooney’s character in the Peacemaker, always working some shady double angle. Three of us once showed up in Tunisia for a month of Arabic immersion, and the ground support the colonel had arranged had mysteriously vacated their office. These were the days when the Palestinian Liberation Organization had a heavy presence in the Maghreb. Whatever covert activity our contacts were-or-were-not involved in had gone south. Even the light fixtures had been torn out. We were on our own—no transportation, no living quarters, and very little cash. I slept the first three nights in a seedy hotel with a knife under my pillow. To be honest, I don’t know why more of my classmates didn’t become novelists. Maybe they all just wound up becoming spies.
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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Wrecking Christmas (Mountain Magic Christmas Series Book 1) by Liza Jonathan

Title: Wrecking Christmas
Series: Mountain Magic Christmas Series Book 1
Author: Liza Jonathan
Publication Date: September 25th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
In a town that magically grants Christmas wishes, love was the one gift they didn’t see coming.

The perfect Christmas. After the tragic loss of her mother, it’s all psychologist Kathryn Winslow wants for herself, her young son, and her grieving father. She never expects their drive to a luxury resort to end with her car dangling off the side of a mountaintop cliff. And she certainly doesn’t expect her family to be rescued by a sexy, rugged puzzle of a man like Hunter Holliday.

As owner of a collision repair and hot rod shop in the West Virginia hills, Hunter hauls motorists out of snow banks every day. But after years of sleepwalking through his life as a widower, saving a brave, beautiful woman like Kathryn wakes him up, in every possible way.

But before they can make it out of a freak snowstorm, they’re stranded in Christmas Pass, a funny little sugar-frosted mountain town that can’t be found on any map. Now somehow, they’re trapped in an enchanted village that grants Christmas wishes, and tangled in a red-hot attraction they can’t resist. Yet, even in a place that’s populating itself around their craziest whims and deepest desires, they can’t run from the crippling regrets in their past—or the shocking new revelations to come. But the love they need so badly is there for the taking…if only they have the courage to wish…

For a moment, the man’s entire demeanor changed—his eyes going dreamy and dark with a slash of color rising across his cheekbones. Was he going to kiss her? God, she wished he would. Even under her coat, the hairs rose up on her arm, and she trembled with a kind of hot, physical awareness of him that made her breaths come in short. Hunter leaned dangerously close to her lips, but then no. She must have been mistaken. He pushed himself up to his feet abruptly, holding his hand out to pull her up. She didn’t want to admit it, but she felt a bit…

You’re disappointed, aren’t you?

Yes, she was. She could practically draw a heat map on her body of every place he’d touched her. And the thought of laying a scorching hot kiss on him was unbearably tempting. But he’d pulled away.


Should she just grab him and steal a kiss? No—no, she wouldn’t. She promised herself she’d never beg a man for his affections again, and she meant it. So she settled for searching Hunter’s eyes for an answer. As she met his gaze, another flash of heat and vulnerability crackled across his expression, and then it was gone.


Write what you know. Isn’t that what they always say?

Though I currently live in the flat, flat lands of Indiana, I’ve spent most of my life in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. As I have found out, you can take the girl out of Appalachia, but you can’t take the Appalachia out of the girl.

So now, I write sexy, angsty paranormal romances dedicated to the locations, legends and lore from the thirteen Appalachian states. I find the enchantment of home inspires me to tell tales.

When I’m not haunting the house at all hours writing, I have another life as a PR/marketing writer, wife to my long-time husband, and a mother to my two sons, who are rapidly fleeing the nest. Come sit with me for a spell. I've got some stories to tell you...

Q. What inspired you to write a holiday romance like Wrecking Christmas?
A. “It all started when I was going through my RSS feed one day, and I came across a piece on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Blog called The Painful Fantasy of Holiday Romances. Written by Amanda, one of the bloggers there, it was a very heartfelt missive about how people with difficult family lives read holiday romances differently. For them, stories where no one has any real problems and everything can be worked out by winning the cookie bake off can be hard to take. ‘Some of us,’ she said, ‘will never have a good Christmas.’

I found I couldn’t leave the ideas she brought up alone. What would happen, I wondered, if I wrote a book for someone like her? So that was how I came up with Hunter Holliday and Kathryn Winslow. They are two people with very tragic pasts, for whom Christmas has been ruined, permanently. They have deep regrets and things they can’t forgive themselves for. And they both get thrown together, completely by chance, in a magical mountain town that grants all their Christmas wishes. Yet, even here, in this perfect place, their baggage has hitched a ride with them. And against this improbable, Hallmark- movie-on-steroids backdrop, they have to work through all their problems and come out whole on the other side, together.

This book is steamy—not sweet—with a hard won happily ever after. I hope it inspires others the way it inspired me.”

Q. Tell us about the real locations you used in this book.
A.. “I was very fortunate to get permission from the Greenbrier Resort to use them as a setting in this book. The Greenbrier, if you’re not familiar with it, is one of the finest resorts in the nation, built in the 1700s in grand Georgian style in the cradle of the Greenbrier Valley. It has hundreds of rooms and is truly breathtaking. For Kathryn, it serves as a kind of El Dorado or Graceland. If she can just get her family there, they just might have the perfect Christmas after all, she thinks. But nothing goes according to plan.

I’ve also placed this Christmas series in Lewisburg, West Virginia, which is a small town neighboring The Greenbrier which is every bit as vibrant as I describe it. There’s people who have been there for generations, and wealthy

retirees who have moved there and bought rolling hilltop estates so they can be nearby to the resort. The Holliday family farm is exactly like dozens of farms in the area, situated on the prettiest rolling landscape you’ve ever seen. It’s the kind of jewel people don’t realize they can find in West Virginia, and I wanted to tell that story, too.”

Q. Any other tidbits we should know?
A. “I make mention in the book that Hunter Holliday is a winner of the Golden Horseshoe when he was in school. People who grew up in the state will laugh with recognition at that. Every kid in eighth grade has to take West Virginia history, and the Golden Horseshoe test I part of that. l. I studied and studied for weeks, but I didn’t crack the code at the state level, though. So, I’ll never be a “knight” of the “golden horseshoe.” Alas. That ship has sailed.”

Q. So we’re going to see more Christmas stories coming out of Lewisburg?
A.. “Absolutely! I have the sequel to it already written and in development. It’s the story of Hopper Vance, who works at Holliday Hot Rods with Hunter, and Cookie, who’s Kathryn’s receptionist at her practice. Turns out, Hopper and Cookie are long lost loves separated by tragedy. And this will be a magically fueled second chance romance you won’t soon forget. It’s all about the persistence of the heart, and the journey to forgiveness. I can’t wait to introduce readers to it next year! After that, I’ve got another one sketched out from the Holliday garage. But after that, who knows? I’m sure readers will inform me what they want to see next. And I’m all ears.”
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Past This Point by Nicole Mabry

Title: Past This Point
Author: Nicole Mabry
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Karis Hylen has been through the New York City dating wringer. After years of failed relationships, she abandons her social life and whittles her days down to work and spending time with her dog, Zeke. Her self-imposed exile ends up saving her life when an untreatable virus sweeps the east coast, killing millions.

Alone in her apartment building, Karis survives with only Zeke, phone calls to her mom, and conversations with two young girls living across the courtyard. With the city in a state of martial law, violence and the smell of rotting corpses surround her every day. But her biggest enemy is her own mind. As cabin fever sets in, vivid hallucinations make her question her sanity.

In addition to her dwindling food and water stash, Karis must now struggle to keep her mind in check. When a mysterious man enters the scene, she hopes she can convince him to help her make it to the quarantine border. With the world crumbling around her, Karis discovers her inner strength but may find that she needs people after all.

The scene shifted back to the set of the Today Show with the ticker at the bottom reiterating what the mayor had just said. I stared at the screen, my muscles tense and my stomach fluttering with anxiety. I kept reading the ticker as it scrolled continuously, waiting for it to sink in. Al Roker looked as though he wanted to sprint off the set.

“Oh my god!” the cashier exclaimed, breaking me out of my trance. “I can’t believe people are dying from the flu!” She put her hand to her forehead and ran it around her face as if testing for

“That’s because it’s not the flu,” the man in glasses said, jabbing a finger at the TV. “They aren’t telling us everything. That many people don’t die from the flu. Go home.” He grabbed his coffee and half-eaten bagel and walked out.

I shivered. If he was right and it wasn’t the flu, then it could be even worse than I’d been thinking. The three of us stared at his retreating back, dumbfounded. The other customer, a woman with a baby in a stroller, took a cue from the cashier and felt her baby’s forehead, then her own. She hurriedly grabbed her purse and rushed out of the shop, leaving her latte and muffin behind.

The cashier’s hand fluttered to her chest. “But I’m not off until three.”

“I think your manager will understand,” I replied. “I’d close up if I were you.” I walked out the door.

Hearing a noise, I looked back over my shoulder. The cashier had taken my advice and turned the sign to Closed. My mind was racing as Zeke and I rushed home. They’d shut the subways down when storms made them unsafe, but they’d never done it for health reasons. Even though I’d been acting on my suspicions, I’d assumed it was my paranoid side rearing its annoying head. My hoard of food would soon come in very handy. When I entered my apartment, I locked the door behind me.

I looked down at my dog. “Zeke, buddy, you were wrong.”

Nicole Mabry spends her days at NBCUniversal as the Senior Manager of Photography Post Production. Her nights are reserved for writing novels. At the age of seven, she read The Boxcar Children, sparking a passion for reading and writing early on. Nicole grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California and went to college at UCLA for Art History. During a vacation, she fell in love with New York City and has lived in Queens for the past sixteen years. On weekends you can find her with a camera in hand and her dog, Jackson, by her side. Nicole is an animal lover and horror movie junkie.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: To Kill a Fae (The Dragon Portal Series #1) by Jamie A. Waters

Title: To Kill a Fae
Series: The Dragon Portal Series, #1
Author: Jamie A. Waters
Publication Date: September 26th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
The darkness holds more than just secrets…

Marked for death, Sabine escaped from her home and fled to a human city.

But the Wild Hunt will never give up.

For more than a decade, she’s kept her head down and avoided talking about her past.

Even the best-laid plans eventually fall apart…

When a charismatic stranger arrives, Sabine is unwittingly drawn to him and his power. Keeping her distance is nearly impossible, especially after a life debt is called due and she’s tasked with helping him steal a rare artifact.

In order to break the magical barriers protecting the item and save her companions, Sabine will be forced to drop her glamour and reveal her true identity.

The Fae aren’t the only ones hunting her.

And the most dangerous monsters aren’t always confined to the dark.


Jamie A. Waters is an award-winning, fantasy and science-fiction writer. Her first novel was a winner of the Readers' Favorite Award in Science-Fiction/Fantasy Romance and the CIPA EVVY Award in Science-Fiction.

Jamie currently resides in Florida with two neurotic dogs who enjoy stealing socks. When she's not pursuing her passion of writing, she's usually trying to learn new and interesting random things (like how to pick locks or use the self-cleaning feature of the oven without setting off the fire alarm). In her downtime, she enjoys reading on her Kindle, playing computer games, painting, or acting as a referee between the dragons and fairies currently at war inside her closet.

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