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Life After Chocolate

#FiveOnFriday with H.O. Knight

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Please welcome H.O. Knight here today! I think you guys are going to love her, and her book!

When you get writer’s block and need inspiration, how do you get through that?

I turn to my evil twin, whom I ate while we were still in our mother’s womb.  That, or my cat, Mangus.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?  

I had a sneaking suspicion when I graduated from college and didn’t want to get a real job.

Why do you like to write about disasters?   

All kidding aside, I love to put my characters in difficult situations and then see what they’re capable of.  It’s interesting to watch them make decisions that change them into people they never would have become, otherwise.  Traumatic events can push people apart or draw them closer, you know?  I also like to imagine what life would be like if all of our modern conveniences were snatched away.  Since I love flush toilets and air conditioning, I’m sort of hoping that doesn’t ever happen.

Do you ever write people you know into your books?  

As a matter of fact, I do.  My cat, Mangus—an 18 pound tuxedo kitty who looks more cow than cat.  He was the inspiration in my Yellowstone Series for the heroine’s adored pet, Moo.  Moo likes to flatter her the same way my cat likes to flatter me—by turning his butt to her face and wiggling his tail.  High praise, indeed!

Any final words?

Yes!  Muse of Fire, the third and final book in my YA apocalyptic Yellowstone series, debuts on Tuesday, June 6.  Book 1, Life After Chocolate, is on Amazon right now for 99-cents, so if you’d like to take a low-risk look at what my YA’s are like, now’s a great time!

Life After ChocolateBLURB:

Life After Chocolate, by H.O. Knight

Until that day, I’d never heard of a super-volcano…

I didn’t know how good I had it. All I had to worry about was college in the fall and avoiding Connor Falk, the guy I stupidly bared my soul to. Then the Yellowstone volcano blew. Now half the country is buried under a thick layer of ash, the temperature is falling, and crops are failing worldwide. My prepper grandfather used to be an embarrassment, but it’s his stores that keep us alive. For now our family is safe—or are we?

My name is Emmaline Dohring, and this is my story.

AUTHOR BIO:

H.O. Knight doesn’t go for billionaires with helicopters or country club fellas who sip Moscow Mules by the pool. She likes her men Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know.  She began reading romance when she was thirteen and apocalyptic fiction during college.  She’s combined her love for the two genres in her Young Adult Apocalyptic Adventure/Romance (the Yellowstone Series), which is set during a catastrophic worldwide event.

Ms. Knight lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her own bad boy and dreams of one day leaving that snow behind forever.

H.O. Knight

SOCIAL MEDIA:

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/H.O.Knight.author

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/HeatherOKnight

AMAZON:  https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Knight/e/B01E8XDDUI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

BOOKBUB:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-knight

WEBSITE   www.hoknightauthor.com

NEWSLETTER: TEXT “Snow-n-Ash” to 444999 OR visit this page:  http://heatherknight.net/newsletter-sign-up/

BOOKS.

All are available on Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (links below): 

The Yellowstone Series

Life After Chocolate

A Pocket Full of Ash

Muse of Fire


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#FiveOnFriday with PJ MacLayne

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Please welcome P.J. MacLayne here today! She has five really cool facts about her main character, Harmony. I love that name!

The Baron’s Cufflinks is the third book in the Oak Grove Mysteries, and I keep discovering new things about my main character, Harmony Duprie. Until this book, I didn’t realize that she is afraid of flying, and that’s why she drives everywhere. I found out why, too, but you’ll need to read the book to be let in on the secret. That fear might explain her obsession with cars.

Speaking of cars, she named her red Jaguar Dolores, and her Beretta is Betsy. Harmony is also obsessed with names. She has to know everyone’s names. If she doesn’t, and can’t ask, she’ll come up with a numbering system to keep people straight in her head. So Agent 1, Agent 2, etc., when dealing with an influx of FBI personnel. Or she’ll use old favorites like Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum.

I didn’t intend it to be that way at first, but Dolores has become as much of a character in the books as any of the people Harmony encounters. She’s developed her own personality and moods, at least in Harmony’s view of things. I wouldn’t go as far as to call her Harmony’s best friend, but she certainly ranks pretty high on the list.

Fun fact- I have a second series of books called the Free Wolves. They are urban fantasy/paranormal romance. In each of the Oak Grove Mysteries, there’s a hidden reference or two to the other books. There’s also a reference to a certain dead musician I’m a fan of.

Last one- although the town of Oak Grove is fictional, I’ve borrowed heavily from my memories of real buildings and houses to “build” it. In fact, the house where Harmony has her apartment is based on the home of one of my favorite aunts. Oak Grove sits somewhere north of Pittsburgh, maybe in Pennsylvania, maybe in Ohio- I never reveal which state it’s in. That gives me a little more freedom when it comes to the law-enforcement types Harmony interacts with on a regular basis.

Blurb:

What starts as Girl’s Night Out ends in murder, and Harmony Duprie is a suspect.

She’s innocent, of course, but with no alibi, the sheriff’s department won’t remove her from the list of suspects. It doesn’t help when a waitress from the bar gets beaten up and the only clue is a slip of paper with Harmony’s name on it. Throw in a rookie deputy dead set on building his reputation and Harmony must tread carefully.

But caution isn’t Harmony’s middle name and she plunges head first into danger to defend her honor.

What she finds is a web of half-truths and suspicions implicating several law enforcement agencies, with Jake, her ex-lover, stuck in the middle of it all.

Can Harmony rescue Jake and find the real culprit before she becomes the next victim?

Buy Links

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1232223538

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072P6CD3D

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-baron-s-cufflinks

Books2read Universal https://www.books2read.com/u/b5OVGp

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-barons-cufflinks-pj-maclayne/1126317718?ean=2940157511692

Author’s Bio:

Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscape. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks. In addition to the Free Wolves’ stories, she is also the author of the Oak Grove series.

P.J. MacLayne can be reached on:

Facebook https://facebook.com/pjmaclayne

Twitter https://twitter.com/pjmaclayne

Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PJMacLayne/posts

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/P.J.-MacLayne/e/B00HVE8WZI

Blog: http://pjmaclayne.blogspot.com/


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#FiveOnFriday with Kate Hill

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Please welcome Kate Hill today! You won’t want to miss her upcoming vampire story!

5 Vampire Traditions Broken

For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve been a vampire fan. As a child, I watched Christopher Lee’s Dracula movies with my mother and enjoyed reading stories with vampire characters. I don’t ever recall finding vampires particularly scary. To me they were fascinating.

While I’ll always enjoy a good, traditional vampire story, I also love those that break tradition. My upcoming release, Fangs and Fists: Grit, features several traditional “monsters” who don’t always behave in a customary way or have characteristics typical of their kind of creature. Vampires are among them.

Today I’m sharing five ways that the vampires in Grit break tradition. Nowadays, when paranormal creatures are often accepted as heroes instead of monsters, these characteristics might not be as unusual as they were years ago.

1. Vampires are alive, not dead. In Fangs and Fists, the vampires are not corpses who rise at night to steal blood from the living. After they change, they still breathe and feel. Their hearts still beat and they can be injured.

2. Sunlight doesn’t harm vampires. Though the Fangs and Fists vampires prefer nighttime, they won’t suffer or die when exposed to sunlight.

3. They eat food. The Fangs and Fists vampires drink blood, but they aren’t limited to a liquid diet.

4. They have traditional sex. Considering Fangs and Fists is an erotic romance series, it would have been difficult if the vampires couldn’t perform in bed.

5. Vampires can’t shift shape. The Fangs and Fists vampires go through several changes when they become vampires, but the ability to shift into animals or smoke isn’t among them.

Gladiator or warrior posing with shield and sword outdoors ready for battle

Fangs and Fists: Grit

Coming soon from Changeling Press

After being killed in the arena and then resurrected by a demon, werewolf gladiator Grit now exists as one of the soulless. Remembering only bits and pieces of his former life, he nonetheless recognizes evil and knows he must fight for the future of his young son as well as the rest of the world.

Zari, a vampire warrior, helped Grit escape while working undercover in the tower where he had been imprisoned. She had feelings for Grit when they’d first met, but at the time he had been mated to another wolf. Now that he’s single again, they’re free to explore their feelings as they fight side by side as part of a rebellion against the demons. In the midst of war, their love grows, but danger is everywhere.

Grit still shares a psychic bond with Haylen, the demon who resurrected him. Through this link, Haylen starts to rediscover his lost humanity. Haylen offers a bargain that might save or destroy the rebellion. Whatever the outcome, Zari and Grit intend to face it together and explore the once forbidden passion between them.

About Kate

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.

When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

Links:

http://www.kate-hill.com

http://www.kate-hill.com/blog

http://www.kate-hill.com/compellingbeastsblog

https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Hill/e/B002BLS7OW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1485103167&sr=1-2-ent

http://www.facebook.com/katehillsaloniquinby

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16157.Kate_Hill

https://plus.google.com/110359814167605096582

http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance

http://www.twitter.com/compbeastsblog


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The Twins

#FiveOnFriday Karla Brandenburg’s The Twins

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Please say hi to Karla Brandenburg! She’s sharing about her newest release, The Twins!

Karla Brandenburg is the author of contemporary romance, including her award-winning paranormal MIST series. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the horror of Stephen King, she is an avid reader and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel.

Five on Friday – The Research Phase: what I learned while writing—and what inspired—THE TWINS.

  1. I wrote this book while I was recovering from hip surgery. What I DIDN’T know was that my surgery was completely different from a broken hip, and therefore the “write what you know” part of the recovery didn’t apply to what my hero had to go through. MORE RESEARCH! Thank heaven for helpful physical therapists and doctors!
  2. While I was recovering, I was given an app to use from the hospital. Imagine my surprise when I got a response to one of the comments I wrote as a note for my doctor! (They’d told me it was not interactive.) Visions of “You’ve Got Mail” danced in my head. I got on the phone with the app developer and learned how they’d developed it and that other applications it was being used for. Very interesting information, or at least I thought so.
  3. After I received the “push notification” from the nurse monitoring my progress with the app—the person behind the curtain in a manner of speaking—I also interviewed her to find out what her job was like. She was very gracious and offered me a lot of information that helped me to shape the job for the character I’d created.
  4. Palo Santo wood is protected where it grows (primarily Central and South America). Because it has been overharvested, growers have to prove that it is produced in a sustainable way. Products and scents can only be harvested from dead trees. Apparently, the scent is stronger after the tree dies. I ordered a talisman while I was writing and now own a cat carved from Palo Santo wood (did I mention I’m a cat lover?).
  5. I wanted to get the New Orleans dialect right. After watching an episode of Criminal Minds that featured “Will,” JJ’s husband, I loved the soft, sing-song way he spoke, but I needed more to add that Cajun flavor. I hunted down You Tube videos of Justin Wilson and picked up some distinct phrases, my ear for dialects and accents tuning in to the speech patterns to apply to my hero.

The TwinsKarla’s latest book, THE TWINS, is the second in the EPITAPH series.

Although she vowed never to go back, nurse Siobhan McCormick returns home after two family members have died and her brother’s life is threatened. Her new job introduces her to accident victim Jared Pierce, a man whose casual charm tempts her with the same bad decisions she made in high school.

Haunted houses don’t sell, and Jared Pierce’s family sends him from Louisiana to Illinois to make sure there aren’t any ghosts lingering in his great-aunt’s house. An accident on an icy road extends his visit from a few days to a few months.

Though the house is ghost-free when Jared arrives, a violent ice storm breaks apart a tree and releases the spirits of twin boys who were buried in the backyard. Temporarily disabled by his injuries, Jared needs his nurse’s help to give the ghosts peace. There’s only one problem. Siobhan doesn’t believe in ghosts. Will Jared earn her trust and affection or will Siobhan retreat into the safety of her job?

THE TWINS is available at the following book sellers on the web:

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/6946608

iBooks: https://itun.es/us/fTs7ib.I

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-twins-karla-brandenburg/1125834000

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/705913

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-twins-21

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y22Q7RH

To find out more about Karla and her books, visit her website: https://www.karlabrandenburg.com


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#FiveOnFriday with Adam Mann

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Please say hello to today’s guest, Adam Mann! He has a peek at his boxed set!

Profile:

Adam Mann (pen name) has worked for over 50 years in what is called “developing economies”. Most of the time his work has been with the thousands of small scale farmers, who have appreciated sustainable livelihoods, so that they now have enough food to feed themselves, and also some produce to sell so that they have a cash income.  That is why most of Adam’s novels are set in these remote rural locations.

Four years ago Adam finally retired and started writing and has now produced 26 fantasy romance and 7 historical books under his real name Mike Lord, nine of which have been traditionally published, and 24 self-published at Smashwords and Amazon KDP.

Mike Lord is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.

Contact links:

Website: http://www.adammannauthor.com

Social Media:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/719820?ref=ButterflyBooks

https://www.amazon.com/author/adammannauthor.com

Twitter:

@adammannauthor

@ButterflyBooks9

Latest Publication:

William Mary & Percy

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/697934

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/697935

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/697937

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/705268

Box Set:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/719820?ref=ButterflyBooks

Blurb:

A fascinating tale of love and passion, but not all at once!  William and Mary are effectively the accounting department in a property investment company (boring, but part of the story!).

The Company is taken over, and they are asked to prepare a report so they have to work late into the evening, and then visit a local restaurant, but not really a date.  Mary asks William to walk with her home as it is now dark, which he does, and is offered a bed for the night.

Mary is the prime initiator of what happens next but only after some time, but she does enough to keep William interested, when his next job is at Hyderabad in Pakistan. Mary visits William which effectively seals his fate.

But who is Percy, and what is Samantha?

Excerpt:

We said goodnight, but about half an hour later I felt Mary climbing into the other side of the larger bed with me in it!

She had to touch me as the bed was too small not to, and I noticed the soft fabric of her nightgown as she snuggled up to me, and put her arms around me.

I turned to face her, and she kissed my chin.  She smelt very feminine, without using any discernible perfume.

I put my arm on her waist, and then up to her back.

I was a bit startled as the back of her bra felt like canvas webbing through the soft nightie, but she snuggled up me again without saying a word.

I moved my hand to her bottom and found another canvas garment there, which was like a pair of knickers made from thick denim material.

“That’s my chastity belt,” she whispered, “Go to sleep,” she commanded.