Friday, December 2, 2016

#Fridayreads and a $50 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway

In addition to audiobooks, ebooks, and signed paperbacks, of my new release Dying Breath, I'm also offering a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Just click the link below for your chance to win.

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Other Great Friday Reads

Kidnapping. Murder. Betrayal.

Would you put your life at risk for a child you barely know?

In a far future US, the once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is now split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.

22 year old Jacqueline Spadros was kidnapped from her mother's brothel and sold to the Spadros syndicate ten years ago. The murder of her best friend Air as he tried to save her from them haunts her nightmares. Now unwillingly married to one of the city's biggest drug lords, she finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.

Air's little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.

Dark, gritty, multi-layered Victorian-inspired detective neo-noir that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. 

What readers say about The Jacq of Spades:

"... a world of family intrigue combined with feuding households across the four quadrants of Bridges..." June Lorraine Roberts, Murder In Common

"This was the first steampunk book that I've read that I actually really loved." Gabby's Honest Book Reviews

"... an intriguing and compelling read ..." Diana Johnson

"... a first-rate mystery." Clabe Polk Mystery & Adventure

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Jennifer’s family is scarier than any nightmare. But if she rebels against the family ways, they’ll turn their viciousness on her next..
At just a century old, a family dinner gone wrong shows Jennifer Johnston exactly why humans believe Mystics are evil, and the events that follow leave her with more than just a few tortured memories.

Jackson Dawls and Taylor Durham are a deadly species all their own as well, but even they fear the Mystics and their barbaric ways. Now, unforeseen circumstances bring them face to face with not one, but a few.

When the three meet, long-hidden secrets are brought to light. Secrets no one but Jennifer knew. But if they can’t learn to work together, their apprehensions will destroy their lives.

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Immerse yourself in this eclectic collection of short stories featuring authors from around the world. Travel to different places with them as they enjoy an unexpected journey back home to reunite with family and take a chartered flight to the North Pole. Shiver with the cold and anxiety as their loved ones get stranded in a snow storm in Alaska or share the amazement of gazing at the spectacular views during a hike to Machu Picchu. Explore the Indian subcontinent by train, share an unforgettable vacation in Cyprus or venture into Afghanistan in the midst of war.

Holidays are a time of sharing and can take many forms. These stories explore the issues of family dynamics, reflections on life, and finding the true meaning of love and acceptance. They also show that sometimes, it is just as important to let go of old feelings and old memories.

This collection of short stories is sure to warm your heart and light the spirit of Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

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Kalla has uncovered the greatest conspiracy the government has hidden under everyone’s nose spearheaded by the Abyss, a powerful underground agency. Abyss has weaponized humans that can control time and space itself. However, they weren’t prepared for a coup d'etat from their own creations led by Kalla. Assisted by her ability to manipulate the climate around her, Kalla embarks on a mission to stop the underground government agency. Follow Kalla through the deep alcoves of the Abyss Experimentation Labs to the forests of the renegade Myst as Kalla learns that not every battle can be won and some victories come with a dire price.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Wait is Over! Let's Celebrate! #Tuesdaybookblog

It's here! Finally!

I'm THRILLED to announce that Dying Breath, the 6th and penultimate installment of the Dying for a Living series is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Nook and more. Not only do I hope you'll pick up your copy, but I hope you'll join us for tonight's Facebook Party at 8PM EST. There will be door prizes and gifts for everyone who attends.

There's also a special announcement that I want to make personally! 

And don't forget to enter my giveaway below!

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Game of Thrones meets Narnia in the bestselling magical beginning to Natalie Erin's heartfelt Creatures of the Lands series...

Dragons fly, animals can speak and fairies rule over all in the realm they call the Lands, a place that is both beautiful and dangerous. Only one myth remains...Changers, beasts who can morph into any creature at will, and their Accompanies, the mysterious riders who command them. 

Chaos begins when a Changer called Ionan and his Accompany Keota crash down from the sky. They are found by two orphan wolf pups searching for their mother, and the fairy Kiatana, owner of the Verinian Forest. Kiatana refuses to trust the handsome stranger, or believe the story about his troubled past, but she soon finds she has bigger problems as a plague begins to spread throughout her land, killing all in sight. With no option Kiatana heads out on a quest with Keota, Ionan, the two wolves and her trusty pegasus to find a cure before the forest is destroyed forever. But danger has a way of finding her, and Kiatana isn’t sure if she’ll survive the road ahead...

Funny and original, Kiatana's Journey is the first installment in an epic young adult fantasy series that honors love, imagination, and friendship.

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A mystical calling.
On his 18th birthday, Cole learns that he is a dragon fated to save all that was deemed true.


Cole's life spirals into an uncontrollable battle for life or death. First, he learns that his family isn't really his own and his birth parents are dragons. With that legacy comes a special calling; devoting an eternity to protecting all true beings from creatures bent on controlling the Earth and bringing an end to dragons. 


As the newly-minted Prince of Ochana, Cole is also the Keeper of Dragons and his first task is to keep the nefarious farro-fallen fairies-at bay. With no formal training, no control of his mahier-dragon magic, and fear like he's never experienced before, will Cole be able to reach outside of his human side and embrace his destiny in time to defeat the farros?

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**2016 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Fiction - Panaromal**

Violca Grey knows life can change instantly. Two years after her parents’ sudden death, Violca is left raising her four younger sisters. She doesn’t realize that their lives are all in danger from something that may not be human.

Chase Reed knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King.

Together, Chase and Violca not only have to protect their families—they also have to fight against their rising feelings for each other. But what Violca doesn't know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.

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Winner 2015 sexiest steampunk book award

Vampires. Werewolves. An unlikely love story. How do you choose who lives and who dies?

Alchemist Amelia Rimos has just discovered the cure for the Undead. Being naïve and vulnerable, she does not realize the Undead have their targets set on her.

Happening upon a tall, dark, exotic man named Michel Gauthier, he saves her from becoming a victim, thrusting her into a game of cat and mouse.

Amelia realizes being an Alchemist is not in her best interest when she befriends him. Is Michel as sincere as he seems or does he have an ulterior motive?

When her life cannot be more complicated, John Hawthorne interjects himself into Amelia's life and shifts it completely upside down. He informs Amelia she has the key to their survival. Soon, she will realize the Undead are not the only monsters in the world…

Amelia will find herself in a desperate stalemate.

She will be forced to choose between destroying her evidence and saving the man she’s grown to love or destroying over half the population of the world, including the love of her life with it.

Praise for Deadly Alchemy:

"Deadly Alchemy is a real page turner, I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. I feel really bad for Amelia with everything she has gone through but she is definitely one tough lady." Karlee Lawrence, Amazon Reviewer
"WOW! Okay, so first of all I want to say that I am not a big historical fan HOWEVER this book had me completely hooked! I did not want to put this one down. (insert evil eye to family for interruptions here) There is suspense, who do you trust and who do you fear, oh and there is some heat in here too." Heather Ray, Amazon Reviewer

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A fast-paced fantasy epic that stretches beyond the stars. Two women, two worlds, one epic destiny...

On the world of Hearth, Nightmares crawl out of the East to devour entire villages. A fire-blooded heiress named Meluscia seeks to destroy the threat plaguing her lands and become Luminess of the Blue Mountain Realm. Though she desires the throne, her heart is divided. Forbidden intimacy tempts her at every corner. With life in a state of chaos, she soon realizes that the hard choices before her will determine the fate of her world. Can she save her kingdom, or will all of Hearth be brought to its knees at the feet of a primordial Beast?

On the world of Loam, an ancient evil threatens to conquer the portals that exist on every world, and only a young farm woman named Winter is given the power to destroy it. Gifted as a Seer by the gods and tasked with a deadly mission beyond her world, Winter must first escape the cruel farmland she was raised on, even if it could spell death for those she loves.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday Book Deals

Book 1 is always free.
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Black Friday for Booklovers

This time of year I always try to show gratitude for my amazing fans. In that giving spirit, all of the Dying for a Living books are now just $0.99 for a limited time only.  No matter where you are in the series, this is your chance to catch up before the release of Dying Breath, the latest installment.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

How Did The American Holocaust Happen #WednesdayWisdom

So...lots of talk about walls, trains, and camps and getting rid of millions of immigrants going around. It makes me think another point in history where we used walls and trains and camps. So I drafted up this diddy:

How Did The American Holocaust Happen

… it's difficult to understand how something as horrific as the Holocaust could have come about. However, the Holocaust was something that grew very gradually. It began with a charismatic leader who was elected by the American people. With the belief that Trump had their best interests in mind, many American citizens wholeheartedly supported Trump’s actions. Early on in the Holocaust, his anti-immigration sentiment was not unusual for the time. The early restrictions that were placed on immigrants seemed wholly appropriate to a people who had come to vilify them.

The immigrant community was seen as alien within much of America and Europe (See Brexit). Trump began by emphasizing this in his propaganda. The immigrants were depicted as the root cause of many of America’s problems. They were racially inferior to white Americans and thus posed a threat to their way of life. These beliefs took hold in America and would allow Trump to gradually tighten his grip on the immigrant population more and more until he was systematically committing genocide. Though the majority of the people killed in the Holocaust were Muslim, they were not the only segment of society that was persecuted. The refugees, legal permanent residents, Socialists, Jews, homosexuals, immigrants of other nationalities, and disabled were under fire as well.

The Holocaust began with increasingly strict restrictions on immigrant life. First, immigrants were stripped of their citizenship and forbidden from marrying into America. In later years, they were expelled from schools, evicted from homes with white landlords, and stripped of any credentials for practicing medicine or law. Immigrants were required to have special passports… A curfew was enacted for immigrants in America…

Toward the end of the Holocaust, immigrants were rounded up into ghettos. Here, several families would be confined to a single apartment. Living conditions were horrendous with minimal rations, poor hygiene, and illness running rampant. Many died in the ghettos from the poor living conditions. When the America implemented the Final Solution (because deportation of millions of immigrants proved unfeasible) immigrants were moved from the ghettos to concentration camps where they faced forced labor or death in the gas chamber. Forced labor was often minimally productive and essentially designed to work and starve the laborers to death. By the end of the Holocaust, 6 million immigrants and a total of 11 million prisoners had perished.

Here is the original source of this information, btw.

Please note that all I did was replace words like "Germany" with "America" and "Jews" with "immigrants"....just to show you what might be in the history books in 60-70 years...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Aftermath of the 2016 Election #Mondayblog #Mondaymotivation

Dear educators, other community liaisons, and everyone, really:

I teach at a diverse community college, and as a consequence have a diverse student body. Many of my students were pro-Hilary, others pro-Trump. It's no secret to anyone who knows me where I stand, but in service of my students--ALL my students-- I sought to find a way to bring the reality of recent events into sharp focus, regardless of my perspective. More honestly, I was looking for a way to comprehend what is happening.

I fell back on two thoughtful Ted talks.

A Tale of Two Americas: 

And the mini-mart where they collided (19 mins)
My Road Trip Through the Whitest Towns in America (13 mins)

Full disclosure: Neither of these videos take one side or the other, but rather try to bring the issues at hand into clearer focus.
I hope they serve to clarify our situation, to serve as a starting point for the necessary discussions ahead, and to help us think about what needs to be done...

...Because raw emotion will only take us so far. The sooner we decide what work needs to be done, the sooner we'll get to doing it.

Friday, November 4, 2016

#Fridayreads: Hellfire and Brimstone by @Angela Roquet #Review

Hellfire and Brimstone by Angela Roquet is the 7th and final book in the Lana Harvey Reapers Inc. series. First of all, if you aren't familiar with the series, I highly recommend that you begin with Graveyard Shift. It is the first book in this series and it's free. Everywhere. All the time. 

This series follows Lana Harvey, a reaper, and chronicles her (after) life in the well, afterlife. The world building and character development is great from Book 1. But by this installment (Book 7), the author is really nailing it.

One thing I love about this series is the relationships between the characters. Lane is at the center of a web of "chosen" family, and there are plenty of opportunities for them to prove their love and loyalty, as a war/rebellion/revolution unfolds in the series. My favorite relationships are between Lana and a western-movie-lovin' Gabriel and her romantic love with Bub, aka The Prince of Darkness.

I don't like reviews that give spoilers, so I won't do that to you here. But I will say that this book (and this series) gets an A++ for character and world building, as well as sexiness.

If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable fantasy read with a dose of sexy, this one is for you.

Learn more about Ms. Roquet, this book and her other work here.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mondayblogs: One-Day #Halloween #Sale #amreading

Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls!

In order to celebrate one of my favorite days all year, the Jesse Sullivan books are on sale today.  And just in time for you to catch up before the release of Dying Breath, Book 6 next month.

*Insert witchy cackle*

So go ahead and pick your poison:

Dying for a Living: Free
Dying by the Hour: $0.99
Dying for Her: A Companion Novel $0.99
Dying Light: $0.99
Worth Dying For: $0.99

...or get them all, if you dare!