Sunday, October 31, 2010

Win a Book

A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realism

The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared—the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the

made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.

To Enter to win, share with me a steam punk novel you have read or know about. I will draw a winner November 8th. Leave an email address. Open to US and Canada.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review Opportunity: Paranormal Vampire Book

Georgetown, Guyana, South America - Oct 29, 2010 - Author Liza Maria Hanoman announces the release of Salvation of the Damned: To A Greater Purpose the first of seven books from the Salvation of the Damned Series.

Svartalfheim, 2009 The Underworld prepares for the battle between Queen Gerda of Vanaheim and Queen Hella of Niflheim. A vampire clan grieves the loss its clan leader. A surprising new leader is chosen - a human. As she learns more of her responsibilities as a clan leader, she is thrown into a den of werewolves to save herself and her clan.

Chance Heeding is a latent vampire tricked by her dead Uncle Cleftus Petras III. She was robbed of her memory as revenge on her dead father. The more Chance lives with the werewolves, the more she learns about herself and her ruthless vampire family members.

But time and circumstance is against her...

Her betrothed husband is her blood brother. Her intended brother in law is her ex husband, who is recently betrothed to a French Vampiress; who will do anything to keep him away from everyone. As if Chance does not have enough troubles of her own, considering her own family is planning her death. Her best friend, Tie Findley, competes against Chance for her cousin's love and attention. To make matters worse, Chance is left abandoned as her cousin, Luke Heeding, who goes missing in the Nether World during a Lycan mission. Amidst all of this, Chance learns her father is the second in command in the Nether World. She is now entrusted with the care and control of a human teenage girl called Eloise St. John. But before Chance communicates with Eloise she must do one tiny little thing - make her decision whether to become a vampire or a vamp wolf.

About the book:

Salvation of the Damned: To A Greater Purpose by Liza Maria Hanoman

ISBN: 978-1453892541

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: Oct 25, 2010

Pages: 290

S.R.P.: $33.33

About the author:

Liza Maria Hanoman was born on the 7th of October, 1978. She resides in Georgetown,
Guyana, South America with her immediate family. She is an Attorney at Law. Salvation of the Damned Series is her premier serial comprising of seven books. To a Greater Purpose is the first volume in the series.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

187 When Courts Fail

Billionaire John Boyer has the perfect life…a wonderful wife, son and lots and lots of money. John leaves on a business trip only to be called back urgently.

Child pedophile, Felix Flowers is released from prison. The first place Felix goes to right away is John’s home. Sadly, John’s son, Jonathan is murdered at the hands of Felix. Felix is deemed insane and sent away to a mental hospital until he can stand trial. John is sickened by the court systems and hires Kane Silver and his team to help him bring justice.

187 When Courts Fail is the third Kane Silver novel. Kane is like Rambo and the Punisher all rolled into one. So far I have to say that this book is the most violent of the three novels. Though, it is easy to understand why as the subject matter of this book is a hard one to swallow. I was cheering for Kane and his crew for helping to bring justice where it belongs. Be prepared to crave out some time to read this book as you will track of time. 187 When Courts Fail brings a big can of whoop ass with its one, two punch!

Good Morning, Darkness

Review by Nancy

Laura Finnegan had it made. She had a great job in a financial institution, good friends and a man who loved her. Actually, he stalked her when she tried to break up with him. He scared her to the point she took a self-defense class taught by an off-duty cop.

So, when two arms wash up at two different sites on the Malibu coast, there are those who believe they belong to Laura. No one can find her, her “ex” moved her furniture and clothing out of her rental and supposedly stored them for her but, in fact; they were sold. Scott Goodsell was the ex and found nothing wrong with his actions. Women were stupid, they loved him, and when he left they were heartbroken.

Raised by a “unique” mother, Scott always got his way with mom – although he usually paid for it later when her mood changed. His sisters hated him, conspired against him and there never was peace in his mother’s house. The newest item of contention is the ring his grandmother gave him: a family heirloom that held a huge value even if no one knew that. Little sister wants the ring. Scott gave it to Laura, it was on the left hand of one of the arms found on the beach.

Beginning as a first person narration by a Mexican fisherman, this novel changes pace many times and this only adds to the reading enjoyment. The fisherman feels he knows who the arms belong to but we do not know until the last chapter whether he is correct or not. The Martial Arts instructor dreams of Laura, knows Scott was stalking her and thinks she ran away, leaving Scott far behind. At least, that’s what he hopes. Scott dreams of Laura also, but his are a bit more graphic. He feels she is waiting for him – somewhere.

Good Morning, Darkness by Ruth Francisco is not to be missed. It had me from the beginning and I had no clue as to the outcome!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Act Like We're in Love

Review by Nancy (my fellow reviewer and good friend)

She literally bowled him over. But, in her defense, she didn’t know who he was at the time. Linnea Larson is the hometown girl made good. The star of her family’s theatre productions; cute (beautiful), nice, a good friend and a very bored woman if the truth were known.

Luke, the movie star; rich kid, nice, good friend, hasn’t been on stage in a loooonnnnnggggg time is trying so hard to do a good job in Guys and Dolls that he falls fast and hard for his co-star. Unfortunately, he forgets that Minnesota isn’t West L.A. and his autographing, playing to the crowds, etc. don’t go over on a date nearly as well here.

Through many miscommunications, affairs interrupted (by her MOM!) and trying to put on a good production of a favorite show and both their best friends interfering; somehow the two manage some personal time and we see if they can both adjust to how THEY want their lives to be!

This is a nice book. By nice, I mean there isn’t any cussin’ or real violence, no over-the-top sex. It is just a nice book. It’s funny, interesting and really good to just sit and enjoy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Evalle Kincaid is an alterant…one part belador and one part unknown series. Evalle hopes to learn all she can about her past and who she really is.

Two years ago, Evalle found herself a prisoner along with two male beladors by the names of Quinn and Tzader. A rogue belador is running loose. Luckily, Evalle, Quinn and Tzader all barely escaped.

Evalle, Quinn and Tzader work for Vigilante International Protectors Elite Regiment aka VIPER. Recently, a human was attacked by a cresyl demon. Evalle is trying to stop the demon before he can attack another human. Evalle confronts the demon and the demon blames Evalle for being the one responsible for attacking the human. Evalle quickly goes under suspicion, especially when it seems that an alternant was involved with the murder of the human. With no witnesses, it is up to Evalle to prove her innocence before it is too late. Evalle receives some help from Quinn and Tzader.

Blood Trinity is book one in the Belador series. A brand new series from authors, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. I have only read a few joint books by these authors and liked them, so I decided that this new series was worth checking out. So glad that I did. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked. There was so much action taking place. I really got into the characters…Evalle, Quinn and Tzader. All three of the characters worked well with each other.

Blood Trinity is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between me and the Belador series. I can’t wait to read book two. It promises to be really good. Fans of urban fantasy will be in heaven over this new series from authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. Blood Trinity is a guilty temptation!

Monday, October 18, 2010


This story takes place in Durango, Colorado.

Mortimer Moorecook has been anxiously awaiting a package. When the Fedex man arrives, Mort gets really excited. Mort ordered a skull. Though the skull is not just any normal skull. It is a “Dracula skull”.

Shanna specializes in the evolution of primates. Mort hired Shanna. He wants her to research and figure out the history behind the “Dracula skull”. In her research, Shanna found some interesting information regarding the Wallachian Order of the Dragon and its founder, Oswald von Wolkenstein. Supposedly Oswald’s son had a birth defect that affected his teeth, which might account for the long incisors.

Mort suffers an attack and is rushed to Blessed Crucifixion Hospital. There Dr. Kurt Lanz examines Mort. Soon, there is a outbreak of vampires. Can anyone stop them before it is too late?

Draculas by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson is a bevy of super star giants. I have not read a really great Dracula book in a long time. Draculas is the best one of 2010! The characters were so full of personality and I found them to be very interesting. This helped with the story. The characters were normal people just trying to survive.

Of course, I still would have been intrigued by this book as the story line was in your face… in a good way. An added bonus was that this story took place in Durango, Colorado, which is about 3 ½ hours away from where I live. It was fun to imagine that this was really happening in Durango.

Be warned as Draculas is not for the weak stomached. Draculas is no Twilight and this is an excellent thing. Draculas needs to be made into a movie. Draculas is a bloodthirsty, fang, sucking good time!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

A storm is a brewing in...The Mullah's Storm!

Major Michael Parson is co-piloting a C-130 Hercules across Afghanistan. The crew is transporting a highly dangerous and valued Taliban Mullah prisoner. Things were going just fine until they were shoot at by a oncoming missile. The C-130 is shot down. Help is on the way but it a long way a ways. Now it is up to Major Parson and Master sergeant Gold, an interpreter to transport the prisoner across the snowy plains of enemy territory to safety. It will be one of Major Parson’s most dangerous missions. He and Gold had better hope and pray that the Taliban insurgents don’t find them of they will wish they were dead like the rest of the C-130 crew.

The Mullah’s Storm is Mr. Young’s debut novel. The adrenaline/intensity levels in this book were insane…they were off the charts. The dynamics between Parson and Gold were good. Both Parson and Gold were strong characters. Parson was the leader in this story. I can’t imagine being in their situation. Talk about thinking on your feet while under huge pressure. This book reminded me a bit of the movie, Behind Enemy Lines. Just like that movie, I could picture this book being turned into a movie on the big screens. A storm is a brewing in...The Mullah's Storm!

Thomas Young on The Mullah's Storm

When writing fiction, your best work may come from what scares you the most: you take pen in hand and imagine the worst. When I first flew into Afghanistan, what scared me the most wasn't the thought of getting shot down and killed. It was the thought of getting shot down and not killed.

For most aviators, an encounter with the enemy usually happens in the form of lights streaming up from the earth. It has an air of unreality about it, almost like a video game. If those lights don't hit you, they don't hurt you. But what if you had an airplane blown out from under you and you met the enemy on his terms, in his territory? What would you face on the ground? What would your buddies need you to do? Under conditions of extreme duress and hardship, would you make decisions you could live with later on?

When I went to the Air Force Survival School years ago, an instructor gave a briefing I have never forgotten. He said, "Every Air Force flier shot down in Vietnam, captured, and dragged to the Hanoi Hilton sat right here in this auditorium and thought, 'It won't happen to me.'"

I still think it won't happen to me. But if it did? The Mullah's Storm is an imagining of that fear.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Princeling

The queen has passed away and Princess Elizabeth has claimed the throne. Elizabeth received little to no opposition to her becoming queen. With the raise of Queen Elizabeth comes a greater respect for Protestantism as the new religion. There is one family who does feel threatened with this new religion…The Morlands. The Morlands want to bring back Catholicism as the one and only religion. John Morland plans to find a way to keep the Morlands in a place of great power. It won’t be easy as John will have to find some new allies. You never know who is really your ally or enemy.

The Princeling is book three in the Morland Dynasty series. I have not read the first two books but it was easy to jump right into this one. While, I like reading about this time period and enjoy the Tudors, I just found that I was middle of the road with this book. The beginning was slow going for me. It took me a while to really start to get into this book. Though, I found this book interesting. I am not that familiar with the Morlands. It was nice to get to know them. Also I found it intriguing regarding the battle of the religions between Protestantism and Catholicism. Overall, though there may have been some bumps throughout this book, I still think it is worth checking into, if you are a fan of the Tudors.

In Search of Mercy

Dexter Bolzjak was used to rowdy crowds. Dexter used to play hockey for the Falcons. His position was goalie. After one really violent game against the Blizzards, Dexter was accosted and tortured.

Years later, Dexter is grown up. Dexter was sitting eating lunch at a fast food joint, when a bum comes walking in. The bum starts causing some trouble when he spots Dexter and walks towards him. Dexter thinks the man is crazy but when the bum hands Dexter a hundred dollar bill and tells him there is more where that came from and to visit him the next day, Dexter can’t resist the temptation.

The bum is not really a bum but Lou Kashon. Lou knows Dexter’s father. Lou wants to hire Dexter to find Mercy Carnahan. Mercy used to be a very famous actress back in the day. Dexter agrees. Dexter is headed down a dark, gritty path, where there is no turning back.

In Search of Mercy is Mr. Ayoob’s first novel. I have to say that after reading this book that Mr. Ayoob has nothing to worry about as his future as a writer is bright. The way Mr. Ayoob portrays mannequins in this book, just may have you quickly getting over your fear of clowns. Dexter is one disturbed individual but this is what I think gives him the edge as a private investigator. The flash back of the torture Dexter endured is horrific. Also, when Mercy would visit Dexter in his images, it was kind of like a weird trip but in a good way. In Search of Mercy is a hard core, dark, suspenseful and filled with a strong storyline and an engaging character in Dexter. Fans of private investigator mysteries will enjoy this new voice.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review Opportunity:New mystery: Sentimental Me

Sun City West, AZ - Oct 14, 2010 - Author Charles L. Fields announces his latest mystery novel, Sentimental Me.

Don't let the nostalgic title Sentimental Me fool you. This fast paced travel mystery is a true gem. It takes Boston lawyer, Charles Stone to Agua Prieta, Mexico to see why a slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent made a woman with known Drug Cartel connections the beneficiary of his $500,000 life insurance policy.

Stone was often called in by the Franklin Life Insurance Company to investigate what they referred to as "exotic cases." He recently returned from an assignment in Ireland involving the Real IRA and a notorious international arms dealer. Exposing fraudulent activity almost cost him his life. Needing a little R&R, he accepted the retainer and hoped the trip to Arizona and the Mexican border city would not be as dangerous, but nothing Franklin Life assigned him had ever been a "piece of cake".

This investigative journey, rich in descriptive side events, introduces the reader to murder, drugs, arms smuggling and the powerful people who make it all happen. It is a ride to hell and back.

About the book:

Sentimental Me by Charles L. Fields

ISBN: 978-143276347

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Sept 9, 2010

Pages: 227

S.R.P.: $14.95

About the author:

Charles L. Fields grew up surrounded by the seaside beauty of Rockport, Massachusetts and the artists who attempted to depict it. His varied and bizarre careers went from banana boat engineer to lobster dealer to chicken hatchery manager and include being an author, poet, sculptor and world traveler. These lifetime experiences enriched his published memoir, Many Lands Many Hearts and add realism and depth to his fictional writing. He is married and divides his time between Massachusetts and Arizona. The sequel, Canyons of the Soul is currently being prepared for publication.

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Contest Alert

To celebrate the end of summer we are doing FOUR, that's right FOUR different giveaways on Colossal Pop.

1) Our first giveaway that we are runninng features soon to be release Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh. We have three copies just waiting to be given away.
2) Our second giveaway is the new DVD Ben 10: Alien Swarm. We have five copies of this to giveaway and there is a question for you to answer to qualify for this giveaway.
3) The third giveaway is the DVD Hunt To Kill starring Steve Austin.
4) The fourth and last giveaway is the DVD This is England '86

FYI if you want to sign up for any of these giveaways they MUST be done separate. We are working with different companies so emails must be sent to the proper email address with the proper subject heading. We will not accept entries that say "Sign me up for all four". Please follow the directions as noted on each giveaway page.

Go to and you can click on any or all four of the banners (Two are at the top and two are at the bottom of the page) and follow the directions then you will be automatically entered to win these soon to be released books. Please help us spread the word and tell your friends and family about this great giveaway.

Talking with author Sandra Edwards

Again, I want to thank my good friend and fellow reviewer, Nancy for this great interview with author, Sandra Edwards.

1. Where did you get the story idea for Secondary Targets? It seems a unique plotline and I wonder if something in your history brought it to light.

Secondary Targets was born from my love of conspiracy theories. I’d always wanted to write one, but I wanted mine to be unfamiliar. It took me about six months to come up with the basic premise of “what would you do if you woke up one day and found out everything you thought you knew about your father turned out to be a lie?”

2. Grace and Eric's story certainly was the basis of Secondary Targets, but Marcus and Cherilyn had their issues as well. What made you make them an interracial couple?

Marcus is one of those characters that pops into your head and then tries to overtake the story. At the risk of sounding crazy, I made a deal with him that if he let me tell the story my way, I’d let him save the day. And his response was that he wanted to do it in a big way...and in order to do that, he himself had to have a complicated story. Once I started developing his storyline, the “big picture” really came into view for me.

3. In Incredible Dreams, your heroine, Izzy, keeps flitting back and forth between the 1940s and present day. I truly enjoyed Izzy's slips while in the 1940s. Was it difficult to keep track of the timeframes your were writing in?

Actually, no. That was never a problem for me. I always seemed to know when and where Izzy was.

4. Jeanine, Satan's protégé, was a surprise in the story. Did you intend all along to write a good vs evil line?

Not exactly. I added Jeannie because I was trying to keep Incredible Dreams a paranormal story instead of it turning into a regular historical romance after the time travel had taken place. And, to beef up the conflict (without her, there was really nothing keeping Izzy and Jack apart).

5. How do you write? By this I mean do you plan out the entire plotline prior to writing anything or do you just come up with a premise and create from there as you go along? Do you have a specific setting that works well for you?

I’ll know a few things that are going to happen before I actually start writing, like the beginning and the end and a few scenes in between. For the most I just kind of make it up as I go along. It seems that what works best for me is whatever my muse is into at the moment J. I’ve learned that if she wants to write paranormal, it’s not smart for me to try to force her to write a contemporary romance.

6. I must say it was a great pleasure to read both these novels and to review them. Your career is blooming and I am glad to be a small part of it. Thank you for letting me interview you.

Thanks! It’s always a pleasure to know that someone else has enjoyed something I wrote.

Thanks so much!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review Opportunity:horror suspense novel: The Redemption of Holly Dobson

Chicago, IL, October 12, 2010 - The Redemption of Holly Dobson, C. Lynn Barton's classic literary novel is thriller, suspense, and horror at its finest. It has been a long time since we've been reminded of the original master's of horror.

The Redemption of Holly Dobson paints the portrait of a troubled and abused girl who survives youth only to be confronted with the ultimate decision of good vs. evil. Holly fights her own demons while pursuing love and self-fulfillment through a family of her own.

Holly Dobson possesses an understated benevolent evilness. She is relentlessly driven by her unbreakable sense of family values. Holly acts with remorseless conviction to protect her own regardless of the consequences. Her only son is a demonic, charismatic, and curiously engaging being. The quintessential evil which George Dobson personifies sets Holly on a path that spans continents, decades, and the landscape of her very soul. Along the way, Holly discovers her purpose and finds redemption as a mother, a woman, lover, and ultimately something more than a mere human being.

A riveting tale! For those who really enjoy the thrilling suspense of twists and turns in a story, this is the book for you! Holly Dobson will surprise you and amaze you throughout the book. A must read for lovers of thriller/suspense/horror!

- Coleman Mack, Review

About the book:

The Redemption of Holly Dobson by C. Lynn Barton

ISBN-10: 0615349412

ISBN-13: 978-0615349411

Publisher: Dark Willow Books

Date of publish: September 30, 2010

Pages: 252

SRP: $16.95

About the author:

C. Lynn Barton is a former special education teacher of students with behavioral and emotional differences. She has worked as a life and guidance coach. She has written five novels, more than 30 short stories, and one self-help journal. The Redemption of Holly Dobson is her first published novel.

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Review Opportunity:Children's Book: Do Witches Make Fishes?

NEW YORK - Oct 13, 2010 - Author Jason Mayo announces the release of his latest children's book, Do Witches Make Fishes?

Do Witches Make Fishes? is the moral tale of a young boy who favors candy over his mother's outlandish but healthy dishes. When faced with an ultimatum from his mother, the boy has to make a difficult choice. What ensues is a series of extraordinary and fantastical events that takes the reader on a magical journey through the imagination of a child.

In the end, the book teaches an important lesson to children about eating healthy, as well as, learning to make responsible choices. The book is fun to read for both parents and kids and boasts eye-popping, color illustrations. It is most appropriate for children ages 4-8.

All of the profits from the sale of the book are being donated by the Author to The Garden Of Dreams Foundation; Garden of Dreams is a 501c3 non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse Network "to make dreams come true for kids in crisis".

What People Are Saying:

"Just in time for Halloween, Mayo crafts a story that is both fun and engaging while remaining a little bit twisted and deliciously ghoulish as it tackles the topic of picky eating." -Honest Baby

"Do you have a kid who won't eat his vegetables? Would your kids rather have candy at every meal? Well, perhaps you should check out Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason Mayo and see if they change their minds." - My Book Retreat

"The illustrations are beautiful and are geared towards a child's eye. It is not at all scary, but very fantastical and imaginative and completely different than ALL THE OTHER BOOKS YOUR KIDS HAVE. I promise." - MamaPop

About The Book:

Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason Mayo

ISBN-13: 978-1452069449

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Date of publish: August 23, 2010

Pages: 36

S.R.P.: $12.99

About the Author:

Jason Mayo is the author of the children's book, Do Witches Make Fishes? He is also the author and creator of a popular dad blog and has written for the pop culture website, MamaPop and is a regularly featured blogger at . He was recently chosen by BlogHer as one of the Top 100 Voices of the Year. In real life, he is the Managing Director and Partner of the award winning NYC Digital Media Boutique, Click 3X.

Jason is married and has two amazingly smart and beautiful daughters. They all live together and give each other much love and headaches. Do Witches Make Fishes? is his first children's book.

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Kismet’s Kiss is a k-i-s-s-a-b-l-e read filled with magic, intrigue and romance!

Kuramos, the Great Sultan of Kad has a huge dilemma on his hands. His people have fallen deadly ill. Kuramos does not know what to do. Kuramos is directed to send for a healer. Kuramos hopes the healer can help as the healer could possibly be Kuramos and his peoples last chance.

Varene na Seryn is the royal healer of Teganne. When Varene receives the summons that Kuramos requires a healer, she knows it must be some mistake. Varene is right. When she arrives in Kuramos court, he is taken by surprise as he was exciting the healer to be a man and not a woman. Can Varene convince Kuramos that she is the right woman for the job?

Kismet’s Kiss is book one of the Women of Kismet. I have to admit that when I first went to start reading this book I was a bit leery. This is because this book is not me typical reading genre, though I was willing to give it a try. Boy am I so glad that I did. This book was so good that I forgot that I was sitting at my computer reading a full length novel. Though, at first I while reading this book I was a bit lost. I didn’t really know what was happening. Once I was able to figure things out, I was able to enjoy this book.

I found Varene to be very nice and interesting. She had a lot to prove as a female healer and I thought she proved herself well. I have to admit that the person who surprised me the most was Kuramos. For a king, he was very caring towards his people, which made him endearing. Kismet’s Kiss is a k-i-s-s-a-b-l-e read filled with magic, intrigue and romance!

Review Opportunity:historical romance

Novelist Felicia N. Cheung's debut historical romance transports her readers to nineteenth century England: a chance encounter with the dashing Lord Kessler leads Iara to the magnificent castle of Valkuriz where she finds a new and exciting romance.

Hamilton, ON - Oct 13, 2010 - Author Felicia N. Cheung today announces the release of Schloss Valkuriz. A story of true love and hope amid inconsolable loss and despair, Cheung's debut novel encourages her readers to embrace the beauty of a sacred rose and to discover the mystery that surrounds it as Iara learns the truth behind a dark secret buried in the past.

The story begins at Iara's residence and quickly moves to the castle of Valkuriz where Iara relives, through her dreams, the episode of her last encounter with her lover and starts to unravel the dark secret protected by the immortal beauty of a sacred rose given to her years ago.

The essence of this mystical flower, however, is preserved by the faithfulness of a promise made in the past, one to which Iara is now oblivious. Even so, if that promise is somehow broken, whether intentionally or not, there are consequences threatened that would be too horrifying to even imagine.

Schloss Valkuriz is a magical, passion-filled story that blends mystery, romance, and horror to immerse its readers in the aristocratic world of nineteenth century England as they journey with Iara to discover the truth behind a mystery yet unknown.

About the book:

Schloss Valkuriz by Felicia N. Cheung

ISBN: 978-1-4327-5830-1

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Oct 6, 2010

Pages: 145

S.R.P.: $9.95

About the author:

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Felicia N. Cheung is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business administration at McMaster University, Canada. She earned her M.B.A. at the Rochester Institute of Technology, United States in August 2009 and her B.A. Honors in Medieval Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada in August 2007. She is familiar with several foreign languages, including Hakka (her native tongue), Cantonese, German,
and French. Besides writing, she enjoys playing the guitar and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Procrastinating with author, Julie Merz

Today’s Top Ten List: My Favorite Ways of Procrastinating

1. Cleaning my kitchen. There is something comforting about creating order and I really do get good ideas while washing pots, I swear. (thirty minutes)
2. Ditto: folding laundry (15 minutes, unless I raid my teenaged daughter’s room and scoop up the scattered pants and shirts from the floor)
3. Planting flowers and pulling up weeds. It feels good to create places of beauty, however small and humble. (long summer afternoon…winter afternoons can be spent dreaming over plant catalogues)
4. Reading junky magazines while pedaling stationary bike at the gym. That’s how I keep up with the Kardashians, Brangelina and Jen, Suri Cruise’s latest outfit. (thirty minutes is all I can take, both of exercise and celebrity gossip)
5. Sharpening ten pencils, even though I write on a laptop. (five minutes, while I speculate, sadly, on the possible future obsolescence of the pencil)
6. Asking my teenaged daughter to clean up her room. (that’s at least ten minutes of futile debate!)
7. Checking e-mail. It feels like work…though I know better. (let me not count the hours)
8. Dancing in my living room. I am not particular: Earth, Wind & Fire; old jazz tunes, Michael Jackson, Allman Brothers. (ten minute spurts)
9. When things get truly desperate: getting a mani pedi at the salon down the street. No one asks me questions and I get another chance at the junky magazines I haven’t already read at the gym. (30 minutes, unless I am lucky and there are five other procrastinating writers ahead of me)
10. Reading a big fat fantastic novel. (an evening, under the covers)

Julie Metz is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir PERFECTION, which was also a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, she has published in The New York Times, Glamour, Hemispheres, and the New York City story site She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York where she is at work on a novel (and has therefore had plenty of time to try out everything on the above list more than once).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Honky Tonk Christmas is the perfect Christmas gift.

Meet Sharlene Waverly…new owner of the Honky Tonk bar. Sharlene is excited and can’t wait to expand the bar. Sharlene needs a contractor and fast. Sharlene is tried of looking at all the yellow electrical wiring tape and wants the new additional done in time for the holidays.

Holt Jackson is willing to take on Sharlene’s job in exchange for a place to stay. Sharlene agrees. There is just one other small or should I say two small catches. Holt is raising his nephew and niece. The last thing on Holt’s mind is having a romantic relationship with any woman, especially Sharlene. Though when the fire works start up…watch out!

I have enjoyed all the books in this series, though I have to admit that the past couple of books were missing the spark that I loved so much about these books. I am happy to report that the spark is back and better then ever in Carolyn Brown’s latest, Honky Tonk Christmas. Sharlene and Holt are a match made in honky tonk heaven. Holt is the hot, sexy guy with the heart of gold and Sharlene is the rock that every man needs in his life. I really liked Sharlene. She may have a tough exterior but she is also sweet. Holt is every woman’s dreams…good looking, loves children and goes after what he wants. Honky Tonk Christmas is the perfect Christmas gift.

Perfection by Julie Metz

Perfection is the true story of author, Julie Metz’s life. Back in January 2003, Julie’s husband of thirteen years, Henry collapsed on their kitchen floor. Henry went into cardiac arrest from a blood clot that had formed in Henry’s leg and traveled up into his lung. Julie was than left to care for their six and half year old daughter, Liza. Luckily for Julie she had a bunch of good friends to help her. Slowly as time passed, Julie and Liza adjusted to their new life. That is until, Julie learns the truth about Henry. Henry kept a secret from her for two years. Now Julie must pick up the pieces again and figure out what she is going to do with this new information about her husband. The man she loved and thought she knew everything about.

I did not know what to expect from this book when I first picked it up to start reading it. I didn’t fell sorry for Julie, which in my opinion is a good thing. She was not a victim but a survivor. She is a strong woman, though Julie wasn’t very strong at first. I found it endearing when Liza wanted to mix her father’s and their cat’s ashes together and sprinkle some of them on the flowers outside. As much as I found Julie’s story good, there were times when I didn’t wish to know every detail and at these times it felt like the book went on and on forever. It was nice to see how Henry and Julie’s relationship came to be. Though, I didn’t like Henry. Overall, though I thought that Perfection despite having some flaws is still a book worth giving a try.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Elizabeth, Captive Princess

King Henry VIII is dead. King Edward is lying in his bed about to die as well. Who will reign next? It was thought that Lady Jane Grey would but she has been executed. Now, it is between Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth knows she will be a better Queen than Mary. Unfortunately because Mary is the older of the two, it makes sense that Mary would be the next Queen. Of course, Mary does becomes Queen. Though not a lot of people are happy about it. There is a plot to get Mary out of the throne. Mary is stubborn and won’t give up the throne easily. Elizabeth is conniving and is trying to find a way to overthrow Mary. Will she succeed?

Elizabeth, Captive Princess is book two in the Elizabeth I trilogy. I read the first book, Young Bess because I was interested in getting to know Elizabeth better. A lot of the books about the Tudors is about King Henry VIII, his wife Anne, his daughter Mary and his son, Edward but there are not a lot of books about Elizabeth. I think she is overlooked. She is very intelligent and knows what her goals are and hold to achieve them. On the flip side, while I am liking this trilogy, I found this book to be a bit slow. I didn’t find the characters that interesting and at times the story moved really slowly. Though, there were some hit and misses with this book for me; I still can’t wait to finish this trilogy. Elizabeth, Captive Princess is a book fit for a Princess or Queen.

Review Opportunity

Craig, CO - Oct 11, 2010 - Multiple soul mates and love lost and found drive a young woman into a dangerous world that she never realized existed in With Love; Now & Forever by RaeAnne Hadley. From all outward appearances, Anastasia Cassadine has the perfect life; gorgeous looks, a successful company and handsome men vying to be her companion. But the appearance she projects is terribly misleading. Ana is still haunted by the dark secret that tore her from her first love, Austin Troy.

Twelve years later, finally gathering the courage to reunite with Austin, Ana is horrified to learn he is dead. Named in his will, she must come to England for the reading, where she meets Rick Montgomery, a handsome medium. He immediately puts Ana on her guard but their mutual attraction is hard to deny. As Ana and Rick get closer, dark forces are gathering to tear them apart.

Once more forced to relive the terror that forced her and Austin apart so many years before, Ana and Rick must join together to battle the darkness that will threaten everything they know.

Author RaeAnne Hadley said she wanted to write a story to help exorcise the pain of losing her first love the same way her heroine in the story does. "It was a very traumatic and embarrassing loss and it took years for me to realize it wasn't my fault, I did nothing wrong." Hadley also wanted to send the message that true love can happen more than once in a lifetime, everyone has a second chance at love.

About the book:

With Love; Now & Forever by RaeAnne Hadley
ISBN: 978-0557350766
Date of publish: May 10, 2010
Pages: 274
S.R.P.: $18.95

About the author:

RaeAnne Hadley is the author of Mechanics of Murder, the first in a series of romantic murder mysteries, which was released in 2008. She has her associates degree in automotive technology and has taught at Colorado State University. She is an active mother of two and states she is married to her Prince Charming and is living her happily ever after.

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Key Lime Pie

Sadie Hoffmiller is finishing out what is left of her community service. Sadie has recently gotten close to Eric Burton. Eric is also finishing up his community service. While talking, Eric receives a phone call from the Miami police. They police have found a body that they believe is Eric’s missing daughter, Megan. Eric makes things a bit uncomfortable for Sadie when he invites her to come down with him. Sadie must decide whether to go with Eric or say home with her sheriff boyfriend, Pete Cunningham. Oh what is a girl to do!

Key Lime Pie is the fourth Sadie Hoffmiller novel. I believe this book can be read as a stand alone novel. There are a few references made about what transpired in the prior novel but nothing that won’t trip up the readers from jumping right into this book. It is the second novel I have read by Mrs. Kilpack. I really love Sadie. She is such a busybody but at the same time she is so sweet that you can forgive her for being in everyone’s business. I wished that I could have gotten to know Eric better. I didn’t really connect with him, so it was kind of hard for me to feel for him and what he was going through with his daughter.

Of course, a bonus to these books are the yummy recipes inserted throughout the book. I don’t know what to do next when a recipe comes up…either stop reading to cook and try out the recipe or keep reading! I can’t wait to serve me up another slice of Sadie Hoffmiller.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Secondary Targets

Review by Nancy (my good friend)

Grace Hendricks lost her father. Eleven years ago. Now she's lost his grave as well. Oh, the spot in Raleigh National Cemetary is still there, but it has someone else's name on the headstone. She goes to find the only person who might be able to give her answers, Lt. Col. Eric Wayne. He retired yesterday. Not only that, but he father's military records are wrong. He didn't fight in any of the battles she knew he had, he wasn't the post Commander but they did have one part right - he did commit suicide.

Finding Eric in a bar was the last thing Eric wanted to happen. They had been engaged those eleven years ago and, when her father died, she left "to get hold of herself" and never came back. Until now. She explains what has happened and Eric disbelieves her instantly. He lost his trust in her a long time ago. When she drags him to the cemetery, he can't believe what he's seeing and is determined to see the mystery through. Maybe then Grace will re-disappear and he can get on with his retirement.

Through many twists and turns and friends becoming enemies, Eric and Grace persistently trace her father's past. What there is of it. They enlist Eric's best friend, Marcus, in their research and his ex-wife, Cherilyn seems to be the one who really may be able to explain it all. Or get them all killed.

Sandra Edwards has again done an excellent job of creating a page-turner. Eric and Grace tip-toe around each other like cat and mouse. Marcus is still so in love with Cherilyn he can't see past it and Grace's father's past unravels at accelerated speed. A perfect book for a rainy day.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

187 Pain and Bliss

Axle Hunter was just ten years old when he lost his mother in a plant crash. Axle’s mother had won a trip. Together she and Axle was flying when their plane crashed in the middle of the ocean in Thailand. Axle was the only survivor. Axle travels many miles and comes upon an encampment. There he is met by Choy and Ling. Two of Chang So’Ming’s employees. Chang runs an opium farm.

When Change meets Axle he feels sorry for him and adopts him as his son. Axle has grown up into a man and great fighter. Axle’s hero is Rocky Balboa. Axle has a beautiful wife, May and son. Things are going well for Axle until a tragedy strikes and turns Axle’s world upside down. Axle calls on the help of Kane Silver. There is going to be some major butt kicking happening!

187 Pain and Bliss is the second Kane Silver novel from author, Wade J. Halverson. I have to tell you that I was instantly hooked from the first moment I started reading this book. This took me a bit by surprise, though it shouldn’t have surprised me as I read Life After 187 and really liked it. Mr. Halverson is a very prolific writer. He knows just how to bring life to the characters and the story. There is plenty of action to be found within the pages of this book. I could see a lot of Rocky in Axle. Both Rocky and Axle had the heart of champions. It was nice to see Kane and all the other guys from the prior book.

I don’t usually read the excerpts of authors next books, which are usually found at the back of the book but I couldn’t resist trying the excerpt for the next book and I have to tell you it is going to be good. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. My last words to the reader is…you will be in Pain if you don’t check out the Kane Silver novels as you don’t know what you are missing but on the other hand if you do pick up a copy then you will be in Bliss over how great 187 Pain and Bliss is!

Hanging out with author, Louisa Edwards + Win an autographed book!

I want to thank you for allowing me this interview.

I read your bio and I see that you were into reading and romances at a very young age. What type of romances did you like to read…romantic suspense, romantic comedy, historical romance, etc?

LOUISA: The first romance I got my hands on were Harlequin category romances stolen out of my grandmother’s suitcase! But the first romance I was obsessed with was The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale, and it sparked a lifelong passion for historical romance. But I’m a pretty inclusive romance reader—as long as it has a happy ending, I’m all for it!

QUESTION: Do you have any hobbies?

LOUISA: When I’m not writing, I’m probably either reading or cooking. Both are huge stress relievers for me!

QUESTION: What is one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?

LOUISA: Hmm. People might be surprised to know that I’m a huge fan of the band My Chemical Romance! Unless you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, in which case, you’re already well aware. : ) I love those guys, and alternative/punk rock in general.

QUESTION: Do you like complete silence when writing or do you have to have sound like music?
LOUISA: I need silence when I write. There’s certain music that I can use while I’m plotting or researching, to get me in the right mood for the characters and setting, but during actual writing time, the few distractions the better!

QUESTION: If you could meet any culinary chef in the world, who would it be and why?

LOUISA: This is such a tough one! I want to say Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, but I’d actually be afraid to meet him. I might swoon! His French accent slays me. Maybe Anthony Bourdain. He’s not really a chef anymore, but I love the way he writes about food and travel.

QUESTION: What is your favorite dish to cook/eat?

LOUISA: There are too many to name! But I get a huge amount of satisfaction out of roasting a chicken. Simple, earthy, homey, and delicious.

QUESTION: Which comes first . . . the storyline or the characters?

LOUISA: It varies from book to book—but I will say that I find the whole process easier when I have clear characters in my head from the start.

QUESTION: Just One Taste is the third Recipe for Love novel. Can you please share a brief description about the book?

LOUISA: How about the blurb from the back of the book:

Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy dreads his final semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on advice—on aphrodisiacs . . .

Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations leave her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry together—and it’s delicious . . .

If you want a little taste, click here for an excerpt!

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite couple from your Recipe for Love novels?

LOUISA: Wes and Rosemary really captured my heart; they’re definitely one of my favorite couples. But I have to mention my subplot romance here, too! Brit punk sous chef Frankie and waiter Jess have been dancing around each other since Can’t Stand the Heat, and I’m thrilled to be able to give their many fans another chapter of their relationship in Just One Taste! I get more reader mail about Frankie and Jess than any other couple, so I know I’m not alone in loving them.

QUESTION: How much fun have you had writing these books?

LOUISA: I love writing these books more than I love chocolate, champagne, and shoe shopping. All put together!

Thank you again for this interview. I had fun. I am a big fan of yours.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, and for being a fan of the series. I’ve had a great time here today! And I have an autographed copy of Just One Taste for someone who posts a comment here.

Defensive Tactics

Paul works for the FBI. He is a straight and narrow type of guy. Paul has a really nice girlfriend. Her name is Emily. What else could Paul possibly ask for? Paul’s receives an unexpected surprise when an old friend from his past showed up back in his life. Jimmy is homeless and currently unemployed. Paul allows Jimmy to stay with him for a few days.

Emily is trying hard to prove herself at work. She wants to show her supervisor that she would make an excellent addition to the team as a investigator. Emily’s first assignment is to investigate Judge Craven. Supposedly he has been dealing in some shady business.

Paul starts to crumble a little with Jimmy showing some interest in Emily. Can Paul raise to the task when Emily’s life is in danger?

Defensive Tactics is Mr. Westover’s first novel. It reads like it is Mr. Westover’s third or fourth novel. Right from the beginning this book grabbed me and I was hooked all the way until the last page. This book was packed full of intensity and high octane adrenaline! Paul and Jimmy couldn’t have been more polar opposites, even if they tried. I liked this about Paul and Jimmy. They kept each other balanced. Emily held her own in this book. The suspense just kept building and building as the story line moved along. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Westover has up his sleeve next. It would be the perfect tactical move if you were to pick up a copy of Defensive Tactics today!

Blog Tour and Giveaway-5 Winners

Single dad Mitch Turner is trying the best he can to care for his daughter, Julia. It isn’t easy. Mitch is currently unemployed. He and Julia travel from place to place. While driving Mitch stops a young girl standing on the outer edge of a bridge. Before Mitch can stop her she dives in. Mitch jumps in after her and rescues her. Mitch takes the girl home and when the girl’s parents learn that Mitch is unemployed, they offer Mitch and Julia a job and a place to stay.

Neesy Brown works at the diner. She has had her eye on Mitch for a while, though he is too busy being involved with his daughter to appreciate Neesy’s advances towards him. When the police arrest Mitch for the kidnapping of his daughter, Neesy comes to Mitch’s aid. She believes Mitch is innocent and wants to help. Though is Mitch really innocent?

Two Lethal Lies is the newest book from author, Annie Solomon. This book was so good, it helped get me out of my huge reading stump. I read it in one sitting. If you are a suspense fan like me then you will really enjoy this book. I really connected with the characters and felt something for them, which helped drive this story and made me full invested to see what would happen next. I found Neesy to be a very likable character. She had a great personality and was smart. Smarter then people gave her credit for. The only thing lethal about this book is that you will want more!

Courtesy of Anna with Hachette Book Group. I have 5 copies of this book to give away to US and Canada only. No PO Boxes. Must be a follower.

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Winners will be chosen October 16th.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Making of a Gentleman

Armand has been having horrible nightmares, ever since he was been released back into society. He was a prisoner for a long time. Armand’s family is really worried for Armand. It has been a long time since Armand has spoken a word to anyone. They inform Armand that they are going to hire a tutor for him. Maybe a tutor can help Armand to learn to speak again and act like a human.

Felicity Bennett has just been hired to be Armand’s tutor. The first time Felicity meets Armand, he scares her accidentally. At first Felicity is scared but then after she gets over her fear; Felicity is adamant about staying and seeing things through with Armand until the end. Will Felicity succeed and help turn Armand into a gentleman again?

Felicity and Armand kind of reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. Armand wanted to communicate but every time that he did, he would grunt or howl. On the other hand, here came Felicity as this sweet, innocent woman just looking to help Armand. Though, I found it interesting how Armand and Felicity found a way to communicate with each other. It was like they had their own secret language. Felicity and Armand made a perfect couple. This book transported me back in time with Felicity and Armand. The Making of a Gentleman is the making of a perfect read! If you love historical romances then you will enjoy this book.

My Give a Damn's Busted!

Larissa Morley is the latest owner to run the Honky Tonk bar. Larissa is wondering if she will find the perfect man for her. This is how the last couple of owners found their husbands.

Hank Wells was sent to dig up any dirt that he could on the new owner of the Honky Tonk bar. Boy did Hank get in over his head. Hank makes the worse first impression with Larissa. He almost runs her off the road. From there things just go down hill quickly. Luckily, Hank is a pro at getting his foot out of his mouth. Will Hank get the dirt he needs and split or will the good luck streak continue?

My Give a Damn’s Busted is the latest novel in the Honky Tonk series. It can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel. I have enjoyed reading these books. What a fun character Larissa turned out to be. Larissa is like a bull in a china shop. When you get her mad…boy you better watch out. It is a good thing that I don’t have to worry about Hank getting hurt. He could handle Larissa just fine. It was funny to watch Hank push Larissa’s buttons. She gets fired up easily. All I have to say about My Give a Damn’s Busted is…if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it! Mrs. Brown is doing everything right.

Chatting with author, Scott Nicholson + Win a Kindle!

I am happy to be a part of Mr. Nicholson's blog tour for his latest novel, The First.

Also, I just received word that Mr. Nicholson's other novel, The Red Church is very close to breaking the Top 100. If it does then he will give away a second Kindle. So purchase a copy today. You won't be sorry. The book can be purchased for 99 cents as an ebook.

The First, But Not The Last
By Scott Nicholson

The First has a long, winding tale as part of the "Curtains" series of my story collections. Originally slated to be my first United Kingdom release with Ghostwriter Publications in 2008, it had a cover and everything, but a lot changed between the time we set it up and its expected release. Namely, a recession and the digital era.

At the time, it was going to be a verbatim version of my 2000 U.S. collection Thank You for the Flowers. I was thinking I'd just duplicate my entire decade-long career in the UK, moving along in order.

But when it made sense to release it as an ebook, I put it out with a mixture of dark fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural stories. It was the slowest seller of the three collections I had out at the time, even though that monster-eye cover Neil Jackson at Ghostwriter did is way cool.

Back in the Stone Age when I started my serious writing career, I wrote a lot of science fiction because it was the easiest place to find good story markets. There were always five or six magazines that paid a nickel a word, big money in those days. I did get a few sales but soon shifted to more supernatural fiction, because even though those magazines didn't pay as well, there were dozens of them and you could send out lots of stories and keep them circulating.

I also wrote fantasy and dark fantasy, some for anthologies and others simply because that's where the idea led. It wasn't until this summer that I got the sensible idea to re-order all my short stories into different collections by genre. And since The First was already pretty heavy on the science fiction and fantasy, it was easy to strip out a few tales and put in some more so that there were 14 stories. Now it's one of my fastest-selling books, which is weird considering it's a story collection, and in the print world, story collections are difficult to sell.

Part of the renewed popularity of short stories is because digital readers have adopted new habits, which means they may read in quicker bursts, taking advantage of pockets of time where they normally wouldn't think of reading. Stuck in traffic? There's the Kindle.

I won't make any social prognostications like "People want shorter reads because of shorter attention spans," because I don't know if that's true. I do know the science fiction genre has a long tradition in short stories, and readers of futuristic or fantastic fiction often embrace a wide range of ideas.

Some of the 14 stories in "The First" fall into pure dark fantasy, of imagination and creatures, while others veer into dystopia or post-apocalyptic fiction. I invented an oppressive futuristic society ruled by the shadowy Areopagus, and a cycle of six stories from the ouevre are included. There's a time-travel romance as well, so you can see where it might clash with the material in the other five story collections.

Those who know me by my ghost stories or Appalachian gothic thrillers might be surprised by the collection, which includes my first-ever published story "The Shifting Sands of Memory," for which I was paid the princely sum of $10. There's a definite pulp feel to these stories, since I was a "C" student in science.

I'm glad The First is available as a cheap--er, value-priced--e-book at 99 cents, available at Amazon, Smashwords, and my Web site. Visit undiscovered countries, possible pasts, and unlikely futures in those pages.

And if you see H.G. Wells, tell him he's a cool author and we'll be talking shop sooner or later.

For every book of mine that hits the Top 100 during the tour, I will throw in an extra Kindle 3 giveaway. Tell your friends. Amaze your neighbors. Shock your therapist.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, As I Die Lying, Burial to Follow ,and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing. Complete details at

Friday, October 1, 2010

Incredible Dreams

Review by Nancy (my good friend)

Izzy Miller is a “ghost whisperer” for lack of a better word. Her job this time is to clear the building of its final resident ghost. And the resident ghost doesn’t want to go. Izzy is prepared with all her ghost-gone ideas and will spend the evenings until he leaves. He being Captain Jack Baker. Jack’s been in this building a long time, over fifty years, to be precise and he has no intention of moving on. He hasn’t met anything like Izzy, though, and the games she plays and the spirits helping her he isn’t used to.

Jack died in his plane over California during a training run. A rubber dinghy self-inflated and got caught in the controls, causing his plane to dive. He didn’t escape. What if Izzy could change that? There is that fussy old thing about not messing with time, isn’t there? Her mother, dead over eleven years, comes to her in a dream and tells Izzy this is exactly what she has to do. Change time. Jack cannot be allowed to die.

This novel is exactly what is needed on a beautiful Fall day on the front porch. The story of Izzy, Jack and all involved grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. The ending is priceless and I had no clue it was coming until I got there. Go on, pick it up – you won’t regret the purchase!

Backstage Pass

Myrna Evans was attending a conference. She is a college professor. Her specialty is Human Sexuality. To her surprise the rock group the Sinners are staying at the same hotel as Myrna. Myrna is a big time fan of the Sinners. Myrna knows all the Sinner’s nicknames and what instruments they play.

Myrna feels an instant connection with Brian, the lead singer of the Sinners. It isn’t long before Myrna and Brian are making some rock and roll of their own in the bedroom. Though, how will Myrna react when the Sinners head off to the next city?

Backstage Pass is book one in the Sinners on Tour series. This book is smoking. I am a fan of erotic novels and have read many. Though, I can tell you that I was getting a little bored of the same old stories until I read this book. Ms. Cunning has revived my drive for erotic novels.

Who knew Myrna had such a wild side. It just goes to show you that looks can be deceiving. I like that even though Brian is a big time rock star, he was a nice guy. Myrna and Brian were a perfect match. You would have thought that they had been an item forever.

If you want a backstage pass to paradise then you have to treat yourself to a copy of Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning. I can’t wait to read the next Sinners novel, Rock Hard.

Simple Irresistible

Maddie is in need of some luck. Things aren’t going so well for Maddie. She dumped her loser boyfriend and her boss, the Scrooge decides to fire Maddie before holiday bonuses. Hopefully, Maddie will find some luck in Lucky Harbor. Her mother left her and her two half sisters, Chloe and Tara…Lucky Harbor Resort. Maddie thinks that fixing up the resort and re-opening it up for business is the perfect solution to her problems. First though, Maddie has to convince Tara and Chloe.

Jax Cullen sure noticed Maddie the first moment she landed in Lucky Harbor. Of course it would be hard not to when Maddie almost runs him off the road.

Maddie is in need of a carpenter to help fix up the resort. She hires Jax. Soon the sparks start flying between Jax and Maddie.

I thought this book was fun and light hearted. A good chick lit novel. I had a small problem with the book and I say minor because most of it was due to me. While I like reading romances every once in a while. This time this book didn’t really do anything for me. Don’t get me wrong I like romances and every one needs them once in a while but when they are just fuff and puff, they do help make the time pass. Though, I did think that Maddie and Jax were good together. They had some great chemistry. It was easy to see why…Jax is good looking and rides a motorcycle. Overall, Simple Irresistible is a quick weekend read.