Friday, November 29, 2013

Blitz: The Weeping Bride by Pembroke Sinclair

The Weeping Bride
Pembroke Sinclair

Genre:  Paranormal romance

Publisher:  eTreasures Publishing

Number of pages:  57

Book Description:  

Scorned at her own wedding, The Weeping Bride has vowed to make every bride from her hometown miserable until she finds her own happiness. When the groom at a friend's wedding disappears, Melanie and Tyler must solve the mystery of the Bride to save him. Time is not on their side. Will they find him before The Weeping Bride's revenge is satiated?

Short Excerpt:

Sarah moved around the hotel reception room, her back straight and eyes focused. She stopped at a table and straightened a fork, unbent the corner of a name card, and pulled a dead leaf off the lily and baby’s breath flower arrangement, all the while mumbling under her breath. She stepped to the middle of the floor and brought her right hand to her mouth, her index finger tapping her lips. Sarah turned slowly, taking in every inch of the room.

“Sarah,” a familiar voice spoke behind her. It sounded small in the large, empty room.

She turned to face the speaker.

“What are you still doing in here?” her mother asked.

“Just checking on some last minute things.”

Her mom walked across the room and embraced her daughter. Sarah laid her head against her mom’s shoulder and took a deep breath.

“Everything is going to be just perfect,” her mom said softly. “And if it’s not, you’ll still be married.”

Sarah nodded. “I know. I couldn’t sleep. I figured I’d do one last walk through.”

Her mom pulled away and held Sarah at arm’s length. “You’re going to have dark circles under your eyes if you don’t get to bed. I have something that will help you sleep.” She turned and headed out of the room, stopping at the door. “Are you coming?”

Sarah nodded. “Yeah. I’m on my way. Just one more thing I need to check.”

Her mom rolled her eyes and left the room.

Sarah made her way to the wedding parties’ table and checked to make sure the bouquet holders were in place. She knocked one off, and it fell under the table. Bending down, she lifted the tablecloth. She found the plastic piece and snapped it back into place. As she stood, something caught the corner of her vision. She turned. In the far corner of the room, a white mist gathered from the floor, slowly creeping up. Squinting, she took a step forward. The mist shimmered and took shape.

“No,” Sarah whispered under her breath. She backed away.

The mist solidified yet remained translucent, taking the shape of a person. Within a few seconds, a woman dressed in a long, white, flowing gown stood before Sarah. She held a bouquet of wildflowers and a veil covered her face, but Sarah could see she was crying. The bride took a step forward.

“No!” Sarah screamed and ran for the door.

She hurried down the hall to the elevator and punched the button. Shifting from one foot to the other, she mumbled under her breath for the thing to hurry. The doors opened with a ding, and she rushed inside. Sarah hit the button for the sixth floor, and then punched the door close button. She stamped her foot on the floor, cursing the elevator in her mind as it crawled to its destination. Sarah squeezed through the doors before they opened completely and ran down the hall. Stopping in front of the door, she pounded three times. She waited for a few seconds before pounding three more times.

“Mark!” She kicked at the door. “Mark!”

“What’s going on?”

Sarah turned. Tyler, her fiancé’s best man, stepped into the hall, lines of concern wrinkling his forehead.

“Have you seen Mark?”

“Not since the rehearsal dinner. Why?”

“I need to know where he is.”

Tyler shrugged his shoulders. “Last I heard he was going to get a drink with the guys. He was planning on being in bed by ten.”

Sarah glanced at her watch. 9:30.

“Do you know which bar they went to?”

He shook his head. “No.”

“Why didn’t you go with them?” Anger and accusation tainted her tone.

Tyler furrowed his brow. “I had some other things to do. What is this all about?”

Sarah turned without saying another word and headed to her room. She kept telling herself everything was going to be all right. It was fine. Nothing was going to happen. She’d get her phone and call Mark. Everything was fine. Inside her room, door closed, she collapsed onto the floor and cried.

“Sarah?” Her mom knelt next to her. Fear shook her voice. “What is it? What’s wrong?”

Sarah took a few deep breaths, trying to calm down, but it didn’t work. “The Weeping Bride! I saw the Bride!”

Her mom brought her hand to her mouth and gasped, “Oh, no!” She wrapped her arms around Sarah’s shoulders and cried.

About the Author:  

In 2009, eTreasures Publishing published my first novel, a sci fi adventure story.  Since then, they have published my two YA zombie novels, my religious zombie novella, two children’s picture books, and two novellas with romantic elements.  I have an urban fantasy novel about dragons and a vampire novelette that was published by MuseItUp Publishing.  Musa Publishing has published my novelette with romantic elements and a collection of short stories.  I have a middle grade urban fantasy novel that was published by Little Devil Books.  My nonfiction book about slasher films was published by Scarecrow Press.

Writing is my passion.  I enjoy creating fantastic worlds and memorable characters.  I’m an active promoter of my works and love to talk to readers at book signings and readings.  Doing giveaways on Goodreads has been an exciting experience, and having contests for readers has been fun.  I actively promote various authors on my blog and participate in blog tours to promote my own work.

I write under several different pen names.  For my children’s titles, I write under J.D. Pooker, and for my YA and adult novels, I write under Pembroke Sinclair.  My nonfiction work is done under my real name.

I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and am on a committee to create membership criteria for iPAL, which is a sister group to the Published Authors Liaison group and focuses on independent and self-published authors.  I am also a member of the ALA and really enjoy doing library visits.

Spotlight: Dragon Fire by Dina von Lowenkraft

Dragon Fire
Dina von Lowenkraft

Genre: YA fantasy romance

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

ISBN: 9781606192917

Number of pages: 340
Word Count: 116,200

Cover Artist: Renu Sharma

Book Description:

Some choices are hard to live with.

But some choices will kill you.

When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to the pulsing energy that surrounds him. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.

Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.
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About the Author:

Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! Happy Thanksgiving to anyone else that is celebrating!! Enjoy your time off from work and school, and eat a delicious meal with people you love:)
Those vegetarians out there, I feel for you.  I'm making quinoa with kale.  Hopefully, that inspires you!

Spotlight: Come Little Children by D. Melhoff

Come Little Children
D. Melhoff

Genre: Horror, thriller, supernatural thriller

Publisher: Bellwoods Publishing

Cover Artist: Carl Graves

Book Description:

The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home.

When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.

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About the Author:

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town located an inch above the Canadian-American border. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Raimi, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.


Blog Tour: No Turning Back by Casey Peeler

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Later, she realizes it’s a mistake, just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision three weeks before the fall semester begins. Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were four and is the only one who knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what if” questions. Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt! At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jackalope Joe? How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a wife, mother, book blogger, special education teacher, country music lover, and the proudest dance mama you will ever meet!  I love spending time with my family, seeing Luke Bryan shake it for me, and feeling sand between my toes.

  1. What do you do when you are not writing? When Im not writing Im wearing the many hats of a mom.  You can find me blogging at Hardcover Therapy, singing loudly in the car, or enjoying the sunshine with a cold beverage!

  1. Do you have a day job as well? Im a special education teacher.  I teach high school students who are working toward being job ready once they graduate.

  1. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I started writing NTB in April 2013 and finished it in August 2013.

  1. How did you choose the genre you write in? That is a very tricky question.  I <3 New Adult as well as Young Adult.  I know that college is a time in your life for growth, mistakes, and doing a bunch of stupid s***!  began to think that would make a great basis for a story.  Currently, with teaching high school, I dont feel I can cross certain lines as an author.  NTB can actually go either way, NA or YA, but its a pretty cleanread. 

  1. Do you listen to music while writing? Sometimes, just depends on my mood and if Im in the groove.  If so, you can guess it will be anything country!  My personal favorites are Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, or ANYTHING country!

  1. Bacon or chocolate? Bacon!  Hands down!  Chocolate covered bacon could be the best of both worlds!

  1. Do you ever experience writers block? Its more like time issues.  With teaching, blogging, and running my sweet little girl to dance, Ive really had to learn how to balance my time between the writing world and my family.  Needless to say, my family always brings me back to reality! ;)

  1. Do you work with an outline, or just write? I outline.  I have tried to just write, but then I just ramble.

  1. Is there any particular author or books that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? Honestly, growing up I hated to read and write.  I was a student who read what was required and wrote the minimum.  My senior year of high school I read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, and I fell in love with the book.  I realized that once I found a type of book I enjoyed; I enjoyed reading.  As an adult, there are several authors who have influenced me.  Amanda Bennett has to be #1.  She actually helped me through the self-publishing process due to our blogger/author relationship.  Tiffany King would be #2; she is a phenomenal writer and Im always awaiting her next release!  Finally, I would say Jamie McGuire & Aleatha Romig because I aspire to be like them one day!  They are living a dream that Id love to be a part of as well!

  1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? The biggest challenge was formatting.  I honestly did everything myself with the help of my betas and a few close friends.  The week before publishing I thought I was going to throw it out the window due to Microsoft Word going non- responding I was like a hamster in a wheel!  Working over and over! 

  1. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? Not one thing except the hamster in the wheel issue!

  1. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? I market by blog tours, giveaways, street team, posts from friends, bloggers, and people sharing how much they <3 NTB!

  1. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? No, thats what I love about being Indie.

  1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Well, NTB storyline is completely fictional, but the places are not.  Like I said, when I was in college we did some stupid s*** and I actually asked my friends if it was okay to use those experiences.  Some characteristics are based on people I know, but its more of just my way of giving them a shout out for their impact on my life.  Sorry to say but there is no Dylan, Jackalope Joe, Cash $, or Charley in real life.  I will have to say that Hanks Tavern is a real location, but from what I understand from readers is that anyone from the South has a Hanks Tavern!

  1. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? Chapter 12 Let the Meets Begin is my favorite chapter because this is where Charleys life in Grassy Pond and Southern collide.  All of the people she cares about are in one location.

  1. How did you come up with the title? Basically, with everything Charley is given in life, she decides to leave home and not turn back.  Its about independence.

  1. What project are you working on now? Currently, Im working on Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) that will release in April 2014. Ive found that country music is a great inspiration for novels!  I have two that I have floating around in my head just dying to get out!

  1. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea youd love to work with? Yes!  I can say for sure that there will be a novella from Tessas POV!  I believe her insight into what goes on while Charley is away would be quite interesting!  I also love the idea of a Piper, Joe, or Cash as well! 

  1. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? Toughest criticism is when someone gives you a one star review, but doesnt even finish the book.  Being a book blogger first, I would never give a one star to something I couldnt finish.  I feel that is an injustice to an author.  Best compliment? There are so many!  One does stand out in my mind. One of my mothers students got NTB off her desk one day, because of course, Mamagotta brag!  That student doesnt like to read, but she couldnt put it down.  I just hope I can continue to inspire YA to read.  I was just like that student, but it only takes one book to change that outlook!

  1. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?  Thank you!  Readers are what make it all worthwhile!  I never knew the impact that my book would have on people locally or international.  It has been amazing!  Support has been overwhelming at times!  One thing that readers can do that might not know the impact is to write a review.  Your words are an inspiration to others just like mine as an author!  Tell the world if you love a book! 

Excerpt: As we make our way to the door, Georgia slips on the gravel. She starts laughing and the rest of us do as well once we help her up. “Y’all, I think the ground and curbs are out to get me. I mean they come out of nowhere. The next thing I know, I’m on my ass again!” Georgia is a hoot. She always makes light of situations. Hank’s Tavern is not exactly what I pictured. It’s an old, worn down, wooden shed. There are five parking spaces in front of the restaurant section of the place. The rest of the parking is located across the road in a gravel lot. It’s gravel, no pavement anywhere. The bouncers are dressed in jeans and Hank’s Tavern t-shirts that fit just a little snug around their arms showing off their muscles. They ask for our IDs, take a brief glance, and in we go. I will have to say, the guys don’t get in quite as easy. They get patted down and driver’s license checked. Sometimes it pays to be a female. We enter through another set of glass doors and immediately cigarette smoke and stale beer hit my nostrils. The room is open except for a few pool tables and the bar. It is dark, lights are flashing, and the music is bumping. We do exactly what any group of girls would do, walk straight to the restroom. You have got to kidding me! No door really! There is no freakin’ door on the last stall. After taking a few minutes to get over the negative stall door and freshen up, we walk out and head straight to the dance floor. I have to say that this is exactly redneck meets ghetto fabulous. Whoever thought a place like this would play Mystikal, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, throw in a little “Downtown” by Lady A and Old Crow Medicine Show? We have the best time just dancing in a big group. I notice Crystal and Lucas on the floor; she smiles and waves before continuing to do things she should be embarrassed to be doing in public. I am so thankful that I don’t have to deal with that in my room. That is one benefit to her dating a Resident Assistant… he has his own room. By midnight, Hank’s is packed. I decide to grab a bottle of water, and as I’m about to pay, I hear that oh so sexy voice. “I got that.” “It’s okay, Joe. I got it.” “No, I insist. I was an ass earlier. I didn’t mean to make you feel bad. It’s the least I can do.” “Damn straight! I’m proud of who I am and where I’m from. I just hate when damn Yankees come down here and then try to make us look like hicks. You don’t like the way we live, then don’t cross the Mason-Dixon,” I say as playful as possible. It did tick me off earlier, but I don’t want him to think I’m a bitch. “I swear I won’t do it again, and nobody is gonna pick on you eating squirrel but me,” he says with a smile. “Okay, I’ll give ya that.” “So Squirrel, you wanna dance?” “Mr. Scaredy Cat, I’d love to.” He takes the water bottle from me and leads me to the dance floor.

Author Bio: Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book. After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author. No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing September 30th. Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) will release spring 2014. Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett. When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family. Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

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