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The mastermind awaits, playing puppet-master as they march to their doom

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
The
Sage’s Reign
The
Final Lesson Book 2
by
Shakyra Dunn
Genre:
YA Fantasy
 
Eternal
night looms over Adrylis.

 

 

After
her Grimoire is lost to the Order of Helix, Leilana is left to
prepare herself in a newfound way before her return to the crown city
of Linmus to help reclaim Prince Remiel’s throne. One by one,
countries lay burning at their feet. Magic is on its last legs, but
the Orb of Concord is within their reach.

 

 

From
the opposite spectrum, the mastermind awaits, playing puppet-master
as they march to their doom. Time is against them as the final
moonless night looms above. The final test from the Warlords of Old
has finally come into play.

 

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The
Final Lesson
The
Final Lesson Book 1
 
“Trust
none but yourself.”

 

 

Leilana
Erovina’s got a bid for power as she takes the final test to become
one of her realm’s Warlords. As such, she sets out to travel the
lands of Adrylis and log magical totems from respectful folk with
only one hitch—no ancestral help. The quest is a pilgrimage to
learn the basics of human nature. Some would call concepts like
gentleness and passion fables of the heart.

 

 

In
another perspective, war brews in the kingdom of Linmus, throwing
Adrylis into chaos. Prince Remiel Vesarus finds himself in exile,
vengeance on his mind for those who tore his life asunder. His
attendant Solus Brenner at his side, they plan on restoring their
kingdom against all odds.

 

 

Fate
has drawn these two parties together. Conjoined at the hip, the
traveler, prince and right-hand will learn the old saying of magic:
“It always comes with a price.”

 

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Shakyra
Dunn can’t stray away from the impression that there is always an
adventure around every corner! When she isn’t playing the role of the
Creator, she is marching through the worlds of her favorite video
game characters or taking drives around her city to see the sights.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, she currently resides in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, striving to experience more than the little town.

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Loves of Times Past

Monday, October 16th, 2017
DESPERATE
BRIDE
by
A.S. Fenichel

Genre: Historical Romance


Pub
Date: 9/26/2017
 

 

An
unexpected promise . . . an everlasting passion.
An
accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused more proposals
than any London debutante; her only true love is her music. Dory’s
shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by
Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for
the hand of a nobleman’s daughter. But when her father, the
insolvent Lord Flammel, arranges for Dory to marry a lecherous Earl
in order to pay off a debt, she runs to Thomas—and proposes
marriage to him.
Eloping
to Scotland saves Dory from a disastrous fate, but what is for her a
mere marriage of convenience proves more passionate—and more
complex—than either imagined as rumors, scandal, and buried
emotions come to light. And when a vengeful challenge from a drunken
and embittered Lord Flammel puts Thomas’s life on the line, will
the fragile trust between husband and wife be enough to save them
both?

 
 
A.S.
Fenichel
adores
writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a
little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her
perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up
all night to finish a good story. Originally from New York, she grew
up in New Jersey. She now lives in the southwest with her real life
hero, her wonderful husband. When she is not reading or writing she
enjoys cooking, travel, history and puttering in her garden.

THE
REUNION
by
Sara Portman
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub
Date: 9/26/2017
 
An
inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much
more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara
Portman . . .
Lady
Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé,
John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four
years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a
woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London
society holds nothing for her.
Rumor
has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new
Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy
and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except
that he’s already engaged.
John
needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction
into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her
fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has
no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but
will her heart be safe there as well?

 
Sara
Portman

is an award winning author of historical and contemporary romance. In
addition to being named the 2015 winner in the Historical Category of
the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest, Sara has
been a finalist and winner in several other writing competitions. A
daughter of the Midwest, Sara was born in Illinois, grew up in
Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing
endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family.

 
 
 
 
 
LADY
BE GOOD
by
Heather Hiestand
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub
Date: 9/5/2017
 
When
exiled royalty and espionage combine, expect a romance as bold as the
1920s . . .
Olga
Novikov is a princess without a throne. Her fiancé and her family
slain in the revolution, she flees Russia and finds herself working
as the head of housekeeping at London’s luxurious Grand Russe
Hotel. It’s a far cry from the glamour of her former life, but
she’s grateful for the job—until a guest forces her to question
where her loyalty lies. The charming nobleman challenges her at every
turn—and arouses dreams of romance she thought she’d abandoned
forever . . .
Douglas
“Glass” Childers is living a double life. On the surface, he’s
the indolent Viscount Walling, but in truth he’s an intelligence
agent searching for a Bolshevik weapons master. The coolly beautiful
and headstrong housekeeper is a distraction he doesn’t need—unless
she’s the key piece in the puzzle he must solve. Trusting her could
be dangerous—but loving her is an undeniable temptation . . .

 
Heather
Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she
started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home,
except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at
age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University
of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story,
but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance.
Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the
Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid
changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels,
novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with
her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office,
though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

 
 
 
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The last Airmen in Chanute Air Force Base…the experience haunts him to this day.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

 

In 1992 an aimless young man decided to serve his country and
joined the Air National Guard. To complete his training, he was sent to venerable Chanute Air Force Base in the flats of Illinois to learn how to turn
wrenches on jet engines. It was a place brimming with history, a place he soon grew to love.
Soon thereafter, Chanute closed its doors forever, becoming a modern ruin in the years that followed, taking the young man’s heart with it.
This humorous, witty and occasionally ribald memoir details the experience of one of the last Airmen to pass through the hallowed gates of Chanute Air Force Base, and how the experience haunts him to this very day.

 

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Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing

 

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Top Ten List

10:  Ren was once engaged to a woman 25 years his elder.

9:    Ren visited New York City and admired the World Trade Center towers just a month or so before the tragedy of 9/11.

8:    The FBI once put a gun in Ren’s face.

7:    Bad hearts run in Ren’s family. He’s already outlived most of his paternal grandfathers, all of whom died in their 30’s.

6:    Ren’s poor eyesight went undiagnosed until he was in the 3rd grade. Up until that point, he was considered “mentally challenged”.

5:    Ren broke his neck playing volleyball in college.

4:    Ren often sleeps on the floor, finding it more comfortable than the bed.

3:    Ren was once held at gunpoint and frisked by the guards of the Prince of Saudi Arabia.

2:    Ren was introduced to his wife via Match Makers International.

1:    In a vast extended family of exclusively brown-eyed people, Ren somehow managed to get blue eyes.

 

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Code Nane Scorpion

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

 

When Trevor Willis offers Dani Carpenter her dream job as director of a new camp for children, she is thrilled. Dani intends to keep Trevor, a family friend, at arm’s length. But her heart changes toward him as they team up to protect Ady, the young daughter of a kidnapped scientist. 
 
After Trevor testifies against the son of Don Francisco Morales, a major supplier of heroin into the United States, Morales (aka the Scorpion) targets Trevor in a personal vendetta to destroy his reputation and then destroy everyone Trevor loves. 
 
With Ady tucked away in a secure location, Dani and Trevor embark on a chase that takes them from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of Mexico. They must stop the Scorpion before he strikes again.

 

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Born in Illinois, Donna Fuller has lived in a variety of places and currently resides in Butler, Pennsylvania. At times she feels like a
ping pong ball—bouncing from coast to coast and back again. Her grandchildren bring her the greatest joy. She has always been involved in writing, from
journals to plays for Cub Scouts, to short stories for her children and as a reporter for a small newspaper. Donna has won awards for her writing
and has also taught in writing workshops and retreats. She is the co-founder of
the annual OHPA Writer’s Retreat in Western Pennsylvania. Her novels
include A Strand of Doubt and CodeName Scorpion.

 

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Excerpt:

“I’m worried about someone coming at me from behind. What should I do?”

“That’s a very good question. Let me demonstrate. Dani, can you help?”

She looked around, then pointed to herself in an exaggerated manner. “Me?”

“It seems as if she’s a little shy. Let’s encourage her.” Trevor started clapping. The noise grew until Dani blushed and gave him a look he hoped wouldn’t kill him.

He reached out his hand to help her up. “Come on.” He positioned her in front of him and said, “Act like you’re waiting for a bus.”

Dani crossed her arms and tapped her right foot, then checked her watch. Standing behind her, Trevor reached around her neck. “Remember number 2, take charge. The first thing to do is lock your chin down.”

She followed his directions.

“This will make it so your attacker cannot cut off your air supply.” Still holding onto Dani, Trevor continued. “One move won’t be enough, so think in multiples—a heel to his instep and an elbow to the solar plexus.”

Dani acted quickly, stomping on the inside of his foot. He grunted and let go of her neck. She finished with an elbow to his stomach.

Trevor groaned and grasped his abdomen. “Excellent demonstration. Did everyone get that?”

Dani smiled innocently. “Should I do it again—in case someone missed it?”

“No. no. That’s good. You can sit down.”

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The Historical Brides of Beadwell

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
The
Offer
Brides
of Beadwell #2
By
Sara Portman
Genre:
Historical Romance
Pub
Date: 10/24/17
 
The
award-winning author of 
The
Reunion 
continues
her dazzling new series with a novel of one woman’s fall from saint
to sinner . . .
Lucy
Betancourt’s future looks bleak. The daughter of an ailing vicar in
a village with no eligible bachelors, her only hope is to find
employment as a governess or companion. As she helps her childhood
friend, the new Duchess of Worley, through her pregnancy, the
ever-practical Lucy makes her plans. But life—in the way of the
dashing Bex Brantwood—has something else in store for Lucy…
Upon
meeting Bex, the duke’s cousin, Lucy offers herself up to him. But
Bex is no family man looking for a governess. And Lucy is not exactly
mistress material. Still, the misunderstanding ends in a kiss neither
can forget . . .
Bex
finds the proper vicar’s daughter and her most improper proposal
endlessly amusing—and attractive. But, saddled with debt, he’s in
no position to keep a woman, much less marry one, which is what a
woman like Lucy deserves. Little does he know that even with her
reputation at stake, Lucy will take the biggest gamble of her life by
following her heart—straight into his arms . . .
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The
Chase
Brides
of Beadwell #3
Pub
Date: 11/21/17
 
In
this thrilling romance from award-winning author Sara Portman, the
illegitimate son of a nobleman and a woman on the run chase their
fate on the London Road . . .
According
to his father’s terms, Michael Rosevear’s duty is to be
ignored—until such time as he is useful. Now that the earldom is in
need of funds, Michael is to be sold off in marriage to the daughter
of a crass but wealthy merchant willing to pay for any connection to
nobility—even one from the wrong side of the blanket . . . En route
to his fate in London, Michael does not plan to board an extra
passenger. Yet there is something in the young miss’s desperate
plea that tugs at his conscience—though he is certain her story is
a fabrication . . . Juliana Crawford has fled her father’s cruel
home. Using a false name to evade pursuit, she must find a private
traveler with whom to complete her escape. Chance matches her with a
dark and wounded young lord who guards his own secrets just as
carefully. The unlikely pair embark on a journey filled with
revelations and unexpected adventure—one that may lead them to
question whether to part at their destination—or change course
entirely. . .
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Portman 
is
an award winning author of historical and contemporary romance. In
addition to being named the 2015 winner in the Historical Category of
the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest, Sara has
been a finalist and winner in several other writing competitions. A
daughter of the Midwest, Sara was born in Illinois, grew up in
Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing
endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family. 

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Cruise Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Deb Graham was born in  New York state, and have resided in Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, and  lived north of Seattle for 27 years. She have visited 26 countries, and all fifty US states.

Deb in hat

I have written my entire life, as far back as I can recall, including a 3 act play in second grade that the class performed. I write copious letters, and I ‘collect’ neglected missionaries, having written consistently to over 130 of them. I’ve kept a daily journal for four decades. I write! My husband began publishing several years ago, and encouraged me to write a book.

 

Having never written a book, it seemed apparent I’d better choose a topic about which I know something. We enjoy traveling; Husband accuses the women in the family of having a Gypsy Gene; if there’s a place to go that involves a suitcase, or better yet, a passport, count us in! I’ve been on dozens of cruise vacations.

 

As we enjoyed multiple cruises, I realized I just plain know more than most of our fellow passengers we spoke to; likely a factor of my being a compulsive reader, as well as a writer. I have a fear of missing Something Wonderful when I travel, so I go well-prepared. As I interacted with travelers, amazed at how few know routine things (such as how to order meals on a ship, what to do in port, how to book the best cabin for their needs), I found myself thinking “why don’t they know this stuff?” I realized there was no one place to go to learn the things I know.

So I wrote Cruise Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife. It’s a travel book with a twist, loaded with tips and tricks on how to save money, while seeing more and doing more and knowing more than any other passenger onboard, laced with humorous stories gleaned from my travels. Currently, it has 215 reviews on Amazon, including profuse thanks from people who insist I changed their lives by writing this book. Not bad, for a first –time author!

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Mediterranean Cruise With The Cruise Addicts’ Wife is my newest book. We planned our first-ever trip to Europe with friends; a cruise, with private tours in all ten ports, plus stays in Stockholm, Venice,  and Barcelona. I take pride in being frugal —some say ‘cheap—and as usual, I wanted to see and do as much as possible, while saving money. As I prepared, I realized all my research was too good to waste!

 

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It’s in three parts. The book’s first section is the before-the-cruise planning and comparing, the middle was written day to day during the journey, insights, impressions, and  the people we came to know. Part three is afterwards, including what I did best, what I would change, and the dry details and comparisons on tours, so a person planning a similar trip could skip all that effort. Again, it’s laden with humor, stories, first impressions, and how anyone can save time, energy, and 45%-65% while having a better experience than most fellow passengers.

 

As an author, I think part of my role is to improve a reader’s life in some way. Often, a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, long anticipated, and I want travelers to make the most of their precious time. Both of these book accomplish that in style. I also think there are enough dry, yawn-worthy travel books out there. With my background in stand-up comedy, these books are different.

 

I’m currently working on my first novel, a cozy mystery set on –where else?—a cruise ship. Having never written a novel, my first step was researching How To Write A Novel, literally typed into Google. If I can do it, what’s stopping others? I’m aiming for a February 2016 release.

 

I chose to self-publish, after hearing the experiences of others with traditional publishing routes. Titles, characters, covers, even genres changed, and being under contract, they’re stuck. And for their trouble, their royalties are pennies.

We live in a time where self-publishing options abound, and it’s surprisingly easy. I wouldn’t do it any other way. For me, it’s been rather lucrative; we’re not wealthy, but that Mediterranean cruise was paid for, private tours, airfare, 5-star hotels and all, with my book royalties. I’ve also used book money to pay for two week-long cruises, along with new carpet and a remodeled bathroom in the house.

 

My advice for new authors would be to write. If you can string together a sentence, you can write, and there are so many helps out there! I’ve given seminars on self-publishing, and I try to be encouraging, because so many in the industry are not.  Due directly to my talks, I know of at least eight books that have been published, after languishing in a desk drawer for years, as their authors hesitated.

 

Please contact me at hideb@frontier.com if I can answer any more questions, and thanks for this opportunity!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJ18IAC   Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00USBHWYS Mediterranean Cruise With The Cruise Addict’s Wife

 

 

Hill of Great Darkness is inspired by The Da Vinci Code…

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The book  Hill of Great Darkness by H. C. Beckerr was actually inspired by, are you ready for this? The Da Vinci Code. Yup, you read that correctly…The Da Vinci Code.

So, Henry…Where were you born?

In the steel mill community of Granite City, Illinois which is just across the river from St. Louis Missouri in the heartland of the greatest nation the world has ever known.

Um…I had nothing to do with the ‘greatest nation’ part. That is because of the greatest military that the world has ever known protecting us all, allowing us all to become whatever our desire may be. And my desire from grade school on was to become a writer. Well…not really to become a writer. Just to be able to write.

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Even as a small kiddo, I was writing short stories in school and selling them for the two or three cents that it cost to get an extra chocolate milk at lunch time.

Kinda dating myself here, huh?

 

LOL… Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? (more…)