Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cover Reveal! Running Towards Love by Marisa Adams


For ten years, Danny and Nikki Camarelli have shared everything until Nikki overhears a conversation leading her to believe his honesty has been nothing but a lie. When Nikki disappears for a few days, Danny is frantic with worry before he finds out she has traveled to visit their best friends in Texas.

Shortly after she arrives, Nikki confides the rest of the horrible truth to Jason and Rebekah Taylor, completely unsure as to what her future holds. But, Danny won’t give her up without a fight. Can Nikki remember all the reasons she should be RUNNING TOWARDS LOVE before it’s too late?

A novella based on the characters from IS LOVE ENOUGH.

Author website:HERE

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Amazon Author Page: HERE

Without further ado...Here is the cover!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Showstoppers/Three Sisters Tour: Review and Giveaway!

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Three Sisters and Showstoppers by Helen Smith

Three Sisters and Showstoppers are two novella-length stories in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.

The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther. In Three Sisters, Emily goes to a party in a big house at the end of her street. She's sure she witnesses a murder, but no one will believe her. She teams up with Dr. Muriel to investigate.

In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she's mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.


Both of these novellas were funny, fast paced and wonderful. I had fun reading them and didn't want the stories to end! I really enjoyed Emily, she's a great leading lady and very down to earth and relatable.

I loved both of these stories and really want to read more of Emily Castles story!!

Rating: For both novellas:


Loved it! Go read it right now!

Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious... Helen Smith is a master story-teller.
~Socrates Book Reviews

It grips you from the very beginning.
~Babs Books Bistro

Bright, colorful and full of surprises.
~Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.
~Eva’s Sanctuary

Praise for Helen Smith

Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.
~The Booklist


Author Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She's the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.

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Ends 2/28/13

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Prize Winning Pacific Stories

Prize-Winning Pacific Stories 

(Special Edition Boxed Set Vol. I-III)
House Of Skin, Cannibal Nights, Opium Dreams

Bestselling author, Kiana Davenport (The Spy Lover, Shark Dialogues) is pleased to offer a Special Edition Boxed Set, featuring the first three volumes of her Prize-Winning Pacific stories, many of which have appeared in the O.Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prizes, and The Best American Short Stories. Set across the Pacific, in islands where the author has traveled and lived, the stories comprise tales of love, lust, racism, family, murder, rape, the search for identity, and the universal search for human dignity.


Volume l, HOUSE OF SKIN, comprises stories set in Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Fiji, Vanuatu.

Volume ll, CANNIBAL NIGHTS, comprises stories set in Hawaii, Tonga, Easter island, Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Australia.

Volume lll, OPIUM DREAMS, comprises stories set in Western Samoa, Aotearoa, New Zealand, Honolulu, Georgia, and the title story, a novella set in Kohala, Hawaii.


(5 Stars) "BRUTALLY BEAUTIFUL...Tales of tragedy, triumph, murder, of rape, lust and love. Important literature for the 21st century." -- Robert Carraher

(5 Stars) "FLAWLESS PROSE...Rivetting characters. A must-read for anyone who wants to delve into the dark side of Paradise." -- Honi Aumiller

(5 Stars) "EXTRAORDINARY!...Absolutely stunning. She has introduced me to a world I might never have known." -- Scott Fitzgerald Gray

(5 Stars) "GORGEOUS. BRILLIANT...Recommended to anyone who loves
beautiful writing." -- Violette Vane


Author Kiana Davenport

KIANA DAVENPORT is descended from a full-blooded Native Hawaiian mother, and a Caucasian father from Talladega, Alabama. Her father, Braxton Bragg Davenport, was a sailor in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor, when he fell in love with her mother, Emma Kealoha Awaawa Kanoho Houghtailing. On her mother's side, Kiana traces her ancestry back to the first Polynesian settlers to the Hawaiian Islands who arrived almost two thousand years ago from Tahiti and the Tuamotu's. On her father's side, she traces her ancestry to John Davenport, the puritan clergyman who co-founded the American colony of New Haven, Connecticut in 1638.

Kiana is the author of the internationally best-selling novels, SHARK DIALOGUES, SONG OF THE EXILE, HOUSE OF MANY GODS, and a new novel, THE SPY LOVER, now available in paperback and on Kindle. She is also the author of the collections, HOUSE OF SKIN PRIZE-WINNING STORIES, CANNIBAL NIGHTS, PACIFIC STORIES Volume II, and OPIUM DREAMS, PACIFIC STORIES, VOLUME III. All three collections have been Kindle bestsellers. She has also been a guest blogger on Huffington Post.

A graduate of the University of Hawaii, Kiana has been a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her short stories have won numerous O. Henry Awards, Pushcart Prizes, and the Best American Short Story Award, 2000. Her novels and short stories have been translated into twenty-one languages. She lives in Hawaii and New York City.


"She exhibits the character great writers must have. You can't read Kiana Davenport without being transformed."
-- Alice Walker

"Reading Davenport is an overwhelming experience. Her prose is sharp and shining as a sword."
-- Isabel Allende

"Her writing has an intensity of feeling, a dedication to a level of writing few bestsellers possess."
-- Norman Mailer

"Writing that's timeless, magical! A powerful moving experience."
-- The Washington Post

"Davenport's imagination and her vision will haunt you for a long time."
-- The Chicago Tribune

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February Kindle Fire Giveaway!!

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Authors:

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (Internaitonal).
Ends 2/28/13

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Review: The Master of Whitehall, Author Interview with Rick Veal and GIVEAWAY!!!!

Summary (Amazon)

The Master of Whitehall is a contemporary paranormal romance novel set in historic Charleston, SC, where Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern twenty-one year old college senior, faces the prospect of restarting her life after the brutal murder of her parents. She soon finds love, healing and a brand new life in a most unexpected avenue.

This story follows Katelyn from her hometown just outside Atlanta to her new school in Charleston. There she meets James Dubois and is deeply intrigued by him from their first meeting; feeling as if he has touched her very soul. The more she considers him, the more intense her interest becomes. He is a wealthy patron of the arts at her school. He is tall and handsome with a strong persona; a young widower, living alone in a huge, but beautifully restored old plantation house called 'Whitehall'. Their friendship soon turns serious, becoming a full on relationship as Katelyn falls madly in love with him. James soon makes his love for her just as obvious. Their lives begin to blend, twisting and turning, as they continue to grow closer.

After several strange incidents, Katelyn begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. However, she knows that after facing the catastrophe of her parent’s deaths, she can face anything life throws at her. She begins looking at the questions, searching her own soul; finally deciding that she must know the answers. When she confronts him, dark secrets surface to make Katelyn question whether or not to continue their relationship. She soon discovers James' true nature; confirming her fears that he was indeed not the man she thought, but the man she feared him to be.

The confirmation of her suspicions are shocking to her, turning her world view on its side. She is forced to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. She discovers that old folklore and fairy-tales are real in a world where vampires live and love side by side with humans. With her new found knowledge, Katelyn realizes she must make a choice to live with or without James. She quickly decides to adapt her life and adjust her beliefs in order to continue to be with James.

Their love for each other develops and continues to grow as he assists her to close the gaping wounds left by the tragedy of her parent’s murders. Katelyn continues to uncover other secrets, discovering another existence, as she begins her new life with James. The story reaches a highly emotional and completely unexpected ending that fully illustrates Katelyn's personality of love and care for those around her.

The Master of Whitehall unfolds over the course of nearly a year, and features flashbacks that more fully develop each of the characters, offering insights into their personal histories. The story is narrated in first person perspective by Katelyn as she offers a window into the world of possibilities of love between mortal and immortal.

The Master of Whitehall will also appeal to the readers of Rachel Caine's 'Morganville Vampires', Charlaine Harris’ ‘True Blood’ series, and Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles'.


The Master of Whitehall in my honest opinion was a better vampire love story than Twilight!! (Gasp) I liked the characters more and really got engaged with the story. It never became dull or boring while I was reading it, which is important! I loved how Katelyn reacts when she discovers that vampires are in fact real. You want to be right there with her, holding her hand as she listens to James. And speaking of James, he sounds like the hottest Vampire to walk this earth!! He is definitely book boyfriend material. : )

Rick delivers a sweet love story with hints of mystery and suspense to bring us a romance that is sure to stay with the reader for years to come. I loved this book, and I can't wait until book two!!



Loved it! Go read it right now!

Interview with Rick Veal:

Tell us a little about yourself!

There’s not really a lot to say … I think maybe my characters are more interesting than I am! I was born sometime during the last century and have lived most of my life in the Upstate of South Carolina. I left to do a tour in the Navy and then came back to take up my life again. I graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC with a degree in History. I like to tell folks that I have done about two thirds of everything there is to do and been accused of the other one third! I share my home with my cat, “Daddy’s Pretty Girl” but she will actually answer to anything except “Late for Dinner”.

What was the inspiration behind Master of Whitehall?

The idea has been around for a long time, I actually just started to take it seriously in the last couple of years. I think my inspiration actually came from running out of books! I have read for many years and enjoyed most of what I’ve read. I’m a big Anne Rice fan … Go Lestat! … So when I finished all the vampire books I could … Rice, Smith, Harris, Craine … I decided that if they could write a vampire story, then so could I; so I wrote my own.

I chose vampires because I have always enjoyed reading and watching movies about vampires … I was actually hooked by Barnabas Collins in “Dark Shadows” way back in 1966. The vampire stories and Charleston, SC, just seemed to fit together. I began thinking about how the two could play into each other, came up with an initial idea and just built on it from there. I wanted a setting in the Low Country of South Carolina with a lot of history surrounding it. Whitehall was a long ago plantation outside of Charleston and is now nothing but ruins. The tour I was on when I found it said that nobody really knows what happened to it … it just went away. That opened all kinds of ideas for some ‘what-if’s’ and so Whitehall was reborn.

What are you working on currently?

I am currently working on book two. The working title is “Lexi’s Legacy”. It picks up about a year after the end of the first book and continues with Lexi telling her story and adventures of a young girl that is also a new-born immortal. Lexi is kind of special to me … she became Katelyn’s best friend in book one and a sounding board for dialogue. She is an academic, had a good family and a great plan for her life. After becoming so involved with Katelyn and James, it was just inevitable to not give her a place to tell her story.

How do you pick your names?

I try to use names that fit the time period of the actual character. For instance, James, who was born in 1725, was a fairly common name during that time period being the name of several British Kings. Katelyn is a more modern name and plausible for a young college aged girl born in the early 1990’s. The best way to name a character is once you identify the current age of the character, subtract that age from the current year to determine when they would have been born. Then do a search for popular baby names around that time and choose one you like.

What do you like to do on your off time?

I like to read of course! But I really enjoy spending time writing … it’s actually very relaxing for me. I also like to travel and shop; especially antique shops. You just never know what kind of treasure you’ll run across that might follow you home.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

I suppose the best advice I can give anyone who wants to write is to repeat Anne Rice’s advice to writers: “If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless.”

When you write, try to emulate your favorite authors. You know how they write and what it is that you like about them, so look closely at their style. My favorites are Anne Rice and Clive Cussler. I think that if you have read either of those you will see their influence in my writing. I love Cussler’s storytelling ability and Rice’s attention to detail.

I would also add to not be a hurry to get your book out there – there will be plenty of time to see your name on the cover of a book (probably one of the best feelings in the world) but take your time and make sure that your book is right … because once it’s out there, it’s out there forever, complete with all the bumps and boo-boo’s.

Note from the Author!!!

If any of your readers would like to keep up with James, Katelyn and the rest of the family, I’d like to invite them to drop by Facebook at HERE or my Deviant Art page at HERE to see all the artwork and read detailed backgrounds and bios for each of the characters. “The Master of Whitehall” is available in a signed/inscribed print edition (trade size, 418 pages, $19.99) or a fully illustrated e-book in pdf format for $5.00 directly from me. There is a book trailer posed at HERE and I can be contacted at for further information or ordering. If any of your reader’s mention this interview, they will receive a 10% discount and free shipping on the print edition, approximately a $5.00 value. It is also available in Kindle format at Amazon HERE


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