Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Tour: When the Heart Lies by Christina North

The biggest secrets have a habit of catching up with you…

Romance novelist Kinsley Wentworth has a knack for approaching life as if she was a character in one of her novels. Kinsley is desperately in need of love, the one thing missing from her marriage.

Bad decisions can have terrifying consequences…

After a failed attempt at reconciliation with her estranged husband Nick, Kinsley meets Wayde online, he’s allegedly searching for her missing brother, and they develop a friendship. Wayde convinces Kinsley that he will help her find her estranged brother if she moves to Florida with her young son, but Kinsley soon finds herself trapped in an abusive and potentially life-threatening situation.

A knight in shining armor…

Unknown to Kinsley, she is not totally alone; she has a protector. Jackson, a private investigator hired to watch over her and her son, is always close at hand. A little too close, Jackson is falling for a woman in a hopeless situation.

A fairy-tale happily ever after?

Kinsley is convinced she can forgo her own need for love to provide her son with a traditional family. But Jackson is determined to give Kinsley the space and time she needs, confident she will figure out that he is the reality she has been looking for all along.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Elemental Magic Blog Tour Featuring Brynna Curry!

Earth Enchanted
Elemental Magic #1

Blurb: Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.

Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!

To Take Up The Sword
Elemental Magic #2

Blurb: Missing diamonds and a killer on the loose…will a schoolteacher and FBI agent escape with their lives and hearts intact?

After the acquittal of Gueraldi's right hand and favored killer for hire, Ashton Smythe, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller takes time away from his work with the FBI. Having failed in his mission to avenge his lost would be lover, Serena Roarke, Gabe returns to Alabama in search of the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he's received since Smythe went free.

Almost two years after her sister's death, Leannan O'Neal feels the loss of Serena more now than ever. A secret meeting between them before she died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. Hang-up calls at work and a trashed house reminds her of the card Serena gave her. "If you find yourself in trouble, go to him and only him" were the last words her sister spoke to her.

With Smthye out for revenge and hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena's 'Angel', but how long can Gabe keep her alive, and is the cost worth more than her life?

Wait for the Wind

Elemental Magic #3

Blurb:  Kate O'Connell grew up loved by the Corrigan family, all the while suffering from the inescapable reality of her own alcoholic father. At a young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan Corrigan. For once happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night, the monster she called 'Daddy' changed everything.

Too many misunderstandings forced Kate and Ryan apart, but now Kate's come home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina, closer to his family. Will she be able to open Ryan's heart to his magic?

Ryan is glad to be back on Irish soil, but the reason he left still haunts him. As he tries to build a new life and redeem his past, can he forgive Kate and reclaim his healing gift in time to save his sister and her twins?  

Elemental Magic #4
Sea’s Sorceress

Blurb:  Love can come along at the most inconvenient times...
Skye Corrigan treasures family above all else. Standing by his best friend Rhia while she suffers the heartache of losing her father to cancer has strengthened their childhood bond. Lately Rhia affects him in ways she never has before. 

Rhiannon O'Malley shares Skye's past and hopes for a future with him, but love must come with a willing heart. Her father's terminal illness has left her in charge of the family pub. Skye has always been there for her, but when their relationship changes, will she find the courage to claim the future? Or will a thousand-year-old curse keep its grip on two hostage hearts?

Fire’s Ice
Elemental Magic #5 (series end)
Blurb:  Ultimate power, or endless love? 

Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin's spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan.
However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.

Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love—a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.

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About the Author:  Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity.

When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Release! Foxy Mama by Ren Thompson!


It’s Hollywood in the seventies...

Tamela Pearson came up from nothing and now sits on the verge of super-stardom. While her outer persona is that of a tough-as-nails-hell-bent-on-revenge kind of woman, only one man knew her true heart...

As Hollywood’s newest Golden Boy, Eric Garza had it all - the career of a lifetime and the woman of his dreams until, without warning, she all but disappeared.

Time waits for no man or woman, and neither does love. Especially when life rolls around full circle - the past has yet to be faced. Can two lovers torn apart by outsiders and misunderstandings find their Happily Ever After or will the curse of Hollywood claim another couple?


Los Angeles 1973...

The ballroom was huge, filled from wall to wall with the crème de la crème of the Hollywood elite. Hundreds of people were in attendance for the awards after-party. In between the false smiles and petty gossip, business deals were made and broken while the most expensive champagnes flowed like lava. The band at the far end continued with their lively set. Women dressed to the nines and their partners, equally impressive in tuxedos, moved about the dance floor, their faces turned to their best angles
whenever they spotted one of the many photographers granted access to such an event.

“What a group of vultures. Look at them.”

Tamela Pearson turned at her sister’s snide comment. She arched a perfect eyebrow. “Whatever do you mean?”

Carmen licked her lips. “You know exactly what I mean. How can you stand to be around such a bunch of fake-ass people?”

“Car, you didn’t have to come—”

“Only because you would’ve shown up alone and that would not do, baby sister.”

Tamela nodded her thanks as a server appeared and held out a tray between them. She reached for a flute and took a delicate sip as her sister did the same. She waited until the server moved away before glaring at the other woman. “Try and keep
your comments to yourself, okay? I’m glad to have received the invite at all.”

Carmen affected a bored expression. “Whatever you say, Tam.”

Tamela blew out a breath and turned her attention elsewhere. John Sullivan, her manager, was nowhere in sight. Not that she expected him to show up, but it would have been nice to be on the arm of someone who had some kind of connections. She’d
only asked Carmen at the last minute, after Sully called to say he couldn’t make it after all. She held out some hope that Sully would arrive, but since it had been a couple of hours since the party had begun, she didn’t think he would bother.

Tamela fingered the stem of the flute, troubled. Filming for Skintight, the seventh of an eight-movie deal Sully had worked out with the Kiefer Brothers, was due to start next month. Her lips twisted in disgust. Another role where she was, again, playing a
prostitute. Only this time her character was on the run from a group of crooked cops who had gang-raped her.

Every movie she’d done with Sully had her as either a junkie or a hooker, and to be quite honest, she was beyond sick of it. Every role left her more and more unfulfilled. Her requests for different roles fell on deaf ears. “Why mess with the money train?” Sully
would ask every time she’d brought up the subject. She didn't want to be stereotyped throughout her career, plain and simple. She’d been in the business for close to six years and it was way past time for a change.

Tamela froze, the flute of champagne midway to her lips.
What was he doing here?

She slowly lowered the glass, unable to believe she was looking at her ex-husband less than ten feet away. His eyes were fixed on her while he conversed with several people. She couldn’t pull her eyes away. Her heart leaped into her throat while heat rushed through her veins, pooling low in her belly. She swallowed, memories of his hungry kisses and wild caresses sending shivers through her.

Tamela turned, her movements casual while her heart pounded in alarm. Carmen, having caught her expression, gripped her arm in concern.

“What is it?” She glanced over Tamela’s shoulder before looking into her eyes. “Are you okay? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

I have. Tam pressed a hand to her chest. Never in all the years since they’d been together had she ever expected to run into Eric Garza again. She licked her lips. “Eric’s here.”

“Eric?” Carmen’s pretty face flattened. Her green gaze flitted around. “Where?”

“Car, please.” Tamela pleaded under her breath. “Don’t be so obvious.”

Her sister glared into her face. “What do you care? After what he’s done to you, you’re lucky I’m not raising the alarm.”

Tam swallowed, the truth on the tip of her tongue. She’d held the secret for so long it would have been a relief to let it out. “Please don’t. I don’t want us to get tossed out of here.”

Carmen straightened, her expression fierce as she hissed, “Shit, look normal, here he comes.”

“What?” Tamela blinked, caught herself in mid-turn before turning back to her sister. She drew in a deep breath, prepared to run when she felt his familiar presence behind her.

“Tamela Pearson.”

His voice, deep and sexy, still sent thrills along her flesh. She met her sister’s eyes before she put on her “greet-the-fan” smile and turned. Whatever words she wanted to say dried up in her mouth as she looked up at the man she’d run from years before.
Tall and broad shouldered, he towered over her, even with the high-heeled sandals she wore. Thick, dark brown hair curled about his ears and the back of his neck. Upon closer scrutiny, she saw faint silvery threads woven through it now. A dark mole,
a la Robert DeNiro, adorned his upper right cheek. His deep blue eyes, framed by ridiculously long eyelashes, bored into hers while his smile stretched his full lips into a feral grimace.

She slid a nervous hand over her hair, and then silently berated herself for fussing about her appearance.

“Why, hello, Eric. It’s been a long time.” Her voice sounded shrill to her ears and she winced.

He bent and brushed a kiss on her cheek, sending further chills through her.

“Yes, it has.” His gaze flicked behind her. “Carmen.”

Her sister’s voice was terse. “Eric.”

Tamela could just imagine Carmen’s face. The crowd pushed in around them, cocooning them in a sphere alone. The lights dimmed further, the music suddenly too loud. She glanced over her shoulder but Eric suddenly gripped her by the arm. “I’m
sure your delightful”—his lip curled on the word—“sister wouldn’t mind if I spirited you away for a dance now, would she?”
Tam barely had a second to give her glass to her sister before she was hauled away, Carmen’s furious expression following them. She pasted on a smile and deliberately paused to greet and play kissy-kiss with other actors and actresses.

Once they reached the dance floor, Eric swung her about, pulled her up close and gripped her hand tightly enough to make her wince. He kept a fake smile on his lips but his tone was deadly soft.

“So, my darling wife—” he started but she quickly cut him off.

“Don’t you mean ex-wife?”

He laughed as he twirled her out before bringing her back in. She fell against his chest with a soft gasp. His blue eyes met hers before his gaze dropped to her mouth. Tamela licked her lips and stifled a moan when his eyes darkened. She felt his heat and,
against her will, swayed closer. When his head tilted toward hers, she turned away, his breath a soft brush against her face. Her eyes closed as his lips rested on her cheek for a precious moment. Inexplicably, she felt close to tears.

Memories of their time together came back, blotting out everything she’d tried to do to forget him, to forget his touch, to forget the feeling of what it was like to be loved...really loved. She shook her head, angry at the whimsical thoughts that refused to disappear. That crazy week in Acapulco...

Without thinking, she slid her hand up to cup the back of his neck. His hold on her tightened in response, his voice suddenly hoarse.


She pulled back slightly. “Eric, please...”

“Please, what?” he demanded, his expression fierce. “You walk out for no reason and—”

“Eric, can we not do this here?” Tamela pleaded, aware of the curious stares. He snapped his mouth shut and complied. They continued to sway to the lazy jazz ballad, Nancy Wilson’s seductive voice teasing them into a familiar rhythm. She breathed in his
scent, silently reveled in the firmness of his hand on the exposed skin of her lower back.

After what seemed like an eternity, he pressed a kiss to the sensitive skin of her neck. She clutched his shoulders, a soft moan escaping her lips.

“You’re right.” he whispered against her ear. “Let’s go.”

“Go? Go where?” she blurted out but he didn't answer—instead just pulled her along behind him, making his way through the cluster of dancing couples. Tamela hurried to keep up with his long strides, breathless with both fear and anticipation. Girl, what the hell do you think you’re doing? She didn't want to answer, didn't want to stop and think, afraid she’d talk herself out of something she should have no business doing.

Something she shouldn't be wanting.

Tamela kept her gaze locked on his back, the thought of breaking free never entering her mind. This was Eric...her Eric...

Author Info:

Ren is currently writing her next story in between munching popcorn, stealing yellow highlighters and waiting for the Tardis. Oh, and she blogs every now and then here: Ren's Corner

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Now It Begins by Gary Markwick

“When we are able to free ourselves from the restrictions of our past, we are open to receiving all things that are possible. When we connect with the universe we create the power within.”

Blurb: Do you sometimes feel like you have lost control of your life? Has the transformative power of choice seemingly slipped away and left you wishing it would return?

If so you are not alone. Many people live out their days trapped in a cycle of negativity, hearing the 'can not’s but ignoring the 'can dos'.

As someone who has helped thousands of people take control of their destiny, Gary Markwick knows that the only thing truly holding us back is ourselves.

In this inspiring new book, qualified Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner Gary provides an easy-to-follow 10-step plan to rediscovering your true, unique, purpose in life.
If you are tired of being weighed down by worries and doubt; want to cut through the illusions that only distract; and are ready to tap into a deeper reality and resurface in a more balanced and positive place, then prepare yourself because Now it Begins...

Synopsis: Now it Begins is a self-help book that draws upon personal testimony, professional guidance and the best of New Age thinking to enable readers to take control of their lives.

Split into 10 distinct “phases”, or steps, it tackles some of life's biggest and yet most personal questions about identity and interconnectivity, love and fear, and choice and destiny. Author and respected life coach Gary Markwick, is there every step of the way to provide a clear and accessible path through the clutter of negative thoughts and day-to-day distractions, to the end goal of self-realisation.

At the heart of the title is the simple assertion that once you can let go of illusion and draw upon a deeper, universal source of motivation, then you will reconnect with your true purpose on earth.

Illustrated throughout with ancient learning and stories that gently bring home the important points being made, Now it Begins will consistently inspire and encourage people on their exciting journey to freedom and fulfilment.

Page Count/Word Count: 101 pages/48,371 words

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About - Gary Markwick:

With qualifications in Palmistry, Reiki, Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP, Gary Markwick is much sought after by people wishing to transform their lives for the better. He regularly holds group and corporate workshops on breaking out of negative modes of thinking and taking charge of destiny.

Gary enjoys international fame as a palmist and spiritual healer and during a 20-year career, has made numerous appearances in the national media, including Sky TV and the News of the World. He has read the palms of celebrities including comedian Phil Jupitus on BBC's ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and, most notably, President Barack Obama before his 2004 electoral campaign.

Gary says his aim is to “help and show people how to find the positive resources and intentions, by using one’s own skills in obtaining the full potentiality that exists within our life”.

Now it Begins is his first book but Gary has previous writing experience including penning a well-respected course on the Laws of Attraction. He is based in Camden, London.

Author Contacts:
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blog Tour: The Betelgeuse Oracle by Joseph Macchiusi

The Betelgeuse Oracle

The Betelgeuse Chronicles, Book One

By Joseph Macchiusi

The supergiant star Betelgeuse strikes. Our civilization collapses. Thousands convulse and perish. Electronics die. Aircraft plummet. Food and water are scarce. Trapped in this huge calamity, James Muir suffers bizarre visions. Desperate to reunite with his wife and young daughters, he cannot resist the command of a mysterious Voice berating him in ancient Egyptian. He must embark on a quest for ‘the Stone.’

Haunted by the erosion of his own sanity, hunted by gunmen, James joins a group of strangers desperate to escape a metropolis transformed into a burning, violent wasteland. But what awaits them beyond the fringes of the city? The Stone has a fanatical will of its own. As strangers become friends and lovers, James realizes that even if the trek doesn't kill him, he may not be strong enough to match the Stone’s baffling power.

The Betelgeuse Oracle (November 2012; Paperback; $14.99) is a sweeping saga of loss and heroism, mysticism and visceral horror. Reading this novel will change the way you see the world.

Joseph Macchiusi’s previous publications include two short stories, "Of Smelly Toilets and Wet Cheese" and
"Triage". Another story, "The Pythagorean Theorem" was short-listed for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards and The Writers' Union of Canada 2010 Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. "The Perseids" also made this short list. His current obsessions include Motorhead, the experiences of frontline soldiers during the First World War, and the pathological psychology of Ajax Quire. Quire is the hero of another (soon-to-be-published) Macchiusi novel, Lurking in Plain Sight. He is currently at work on The Prion File, the second of the Quire thrillers; and The Betelgeuse Shaman, the second book of the Betelgeuse Chronicles.

The Betelgeuse Oracle by Joseph Macchiusi
Paperback ! $14.99 ! ISBN 9780991766802 • November 2012