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[Archive] Spotlight, Review and Guest Post for Faith Hunter_3.24.15

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

3/24/15

Spotlight, Review and Guest Post 

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Faith Hunter

Posted 4 days ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Preview, Bonus Material and Giveaway for Paula Brackston_3.21.15

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

3/21/15

Spotlight, Review, Preview, Bonus Material and Giveaway

for…

Paula Brackston

Posted 1 week ago

[ARCHIVE] Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway for Lia Davis_3.10.15

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

3/10/15

Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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Lia Davis

Posted 2 weeks ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Review and Giveaway for Stacey Kennedy_3.10.15

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

3/10/15

Series Spotlight, Reviews, and Giveaway

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Stacey Kennedy

Posted 2 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway for Amy Lane

Hey everyone!
I’m very happy to be helping to promote for the wonderful Amy Lane today.

Amy Lane is a mother of four and a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores cats, Chi-who-whats, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all.
She writes in the shower, while at the gym, while taxiing children to soccer/dance/gymnastics/band—oh my!—and has learned from necessity to type like the wind.

She lives in a spider-infested, crumbling house in a shoddy suburb and counts on her beloved Mate to keep her tethered to reality—which he does, while keeping her cell phone charged as a bonus. She’s been married for twenty-plus years and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

CONNECT WITH AMY: Website / Blog / Twitter / Facebook

I’m here today to tell you all about Amy’s LITTLE GODDESS series, which she is currently in the process of re-releasing.

Vulnerable
LITTLE GODDESS Book #1
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Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.

“Vulnerable unleashed a paranormal world unlike any other: a chaotic, exhilarating cocktail of supernatural species and unfettered love.” – Damon Suede & Mary Calmes

EXCERPT:

The first time I saw them turn into cats, I was literally knocked on my ass in surprise. I wouldn’t have seen it, I thought, if it weren’t for that extra sense Arturo gave me with that one extracasual touch. The second time I saw them, I had to swallow past the lump in my throat. Some people wait their whole lives for the happiness these two had when they weren’t people. Maybe, I thought, it was worth it to live outside the world, if you could just be that happy.

I almost missed my chance for that with Adrian.

He’d been driving his glass pack Harley to the station three or so nights a week since I’d started working, and I’m sure the locals just loved all that noise, but I really just ignored him. Too high-class tough for the likes of me, right? I first noticed him about a week after I realized that Arturo’s eyes were too far apart and his ears were pointy.

I remember that night—Mom had been ragging at me all day. Clean your room. When are you gonna get a boyfriend? Get some sleep for crimes’ sake—you look like a drug addict! I’m not here just to do your laundry. (Like I’d asked her!) You’ve got to let something go, you can’t do this forever! The usual. Some of it was well meaning, I know, but when I tried to explain to her that it was worth the crappy hours to go to school, she got this look on her face like she got when I was ten years old and still believed in Santa. Like she didn’t want to disappoint me or hurt my feelings or anything, but Santa wasn’t real and I didn’t have a rat’s chance in a cat factory of getting out of this suckass town.

So into all of this, Adrian walked.  That night I was pounding out a paper on Edgar Allan Poe for my English 1B class, and I was nailing the keys hard, because I was going to get a fucking A on this paper just to prove to her that Santa is real, and I was getting a bus ticket for Christmas. It was February, and I had three months until graduation with my AA in Liberal Science, which doesn’t sound like jack when you’ve got a real degree, but nobody I knew from high school was getting one so I was pretty jazzed.  The last thing I needed was another supernatural demigod like Arturo to come in and give me shit, so the last person on the planet I was prepared for was Adrian.

Where Arturo was Latino and lovely, Adrian was…. My God, how do I describe Adrian? His hair was white blond—Nordic looking, right? Six feet or so (goodness and glory, must they always be tall?) and wiry, with a face so fine and sharply featured he looked like he’d been carved from ice. He had Roderick Usher hair, gossamer around his face like a spiderweb I could pet, and his eyes were blue. Autumn-sky blue. The kind of blue that needs gold to set it off, but silver to shine by itself.

Sounds good, yes!? Stay tuned for the re-release of Wounded, LITTLE GODDESS Book #2 very soon.

In celebrate of the re-release of Vulnerable, Amy is offering up some goodies for the tour. You can check out the other stops on these dates, as well:
Sun, Mar 1 – Books Make Me Happy
Mon, Mar 2 – The Novel Approach
Tues, Mar 3 – Literary Escapism
Wed, Mar 4 – Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Club
Thu, Mar 5 – The Book Tart
Fri, Mar 6 – MM Good Book Reviews
Sat, Mar 7 – Joyfully Jay

Giveaway runs 3/1 - 3/8 and can be found HERE

Posted 3 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight & Guest Post for the authors of Call Me Valentino_2.10.15

Posted 6 weeks ago

[Archive] New Release Spotlight and Giveaway for Claire Ashgrove_1.27.15

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

1/27/15

New release spotlight & Giveaway

for…

Claire Ashgrove

Posted 8 weeks ago

[Archive] Backlist Spotlight, Interview and CMC15 Promo with Jordan K. Rose_1.5.15

FEATURED AUTHOR EVENT

1/5/15

Backlist spotlight, Interview and CMC15 Promo

with…

Jordan K. Rose

Posted 11 weeks ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight and Giveaway for Heather Killough-Walden_12.22.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

12/22/14

Series Spotlight

for…

Heather Killough-Walden

Posted 13 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Character Interview Guest Post, CLUE Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway for Alex Hughes_12.19.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

12/19/14

New Release and Series Spotlight, Character Interview Guest Post, CLUE Scavenger Hunt post and Giveaway

for…

Alex Hughes

Hello my Literal Addicts!

I am very happy to be promoting for the fabulous Alex Hughes once again today. This time, to celebrate and promote the fourth installment of her MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS series, Vacant.

Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! For all the latest news and free short stories, join Alex’s email list at http://bit.ly/AlexsList.

Keep up with Alex online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads!

Vacant
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS Book #4

JUST RELEASED 12/2/14!

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Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

For those of you not yet familiar with Alex’s MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION series yet, I thought I’d give you some information on the rest of the series, as well:

Rabbit Trick
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS Book #0.5

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Open Mind

When the cops call me in the middle of the night, I know it’s bad. One of their own is dead, strangled in her car by a professional killer, and it’s up to me, telepath consultant extraordinaire, to pull the rabbit out of my hat and solve the case. Only this time I’m not so sure I can.

Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino is breathing down my neck. The dead cop’s partner is too. And now, the worst—there was a five-year-old kid in the car, a kid no one can find.

Clean
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Book #1

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A RUTHLESS KILLER—OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

Payoff
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Novella #1.5 

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Being a telepath, I should have seen the hell I was getting myself into…
I used to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the guild. That was before my drug addiction and before they kicked me out. But I’m not a bad guy. Now I help the Atlanta PD solve murders. And even though there are only a few people I call friends, I’d do most anything to keep their trust.
So when a judge asks me to help investigate a missing college kid, I’m down for it. No questions asked. No problem. But in this dark world, things are never easy and a favor is never just a favor. Turns out, politicians don’t like being murder suspects. And it’s bad to anger someone with more power than you. I thought I had nothing to lose… I was wrong.

Sharp
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Book #2 

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HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino’s longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all…

Marked
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Book #3

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FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.

Curiosity piqued!? I don’t blame you. I really enjoy this series and can’t wait to find time to read more. Now, how about we get to the fun stuff? For today, I have an interview between Alex and Isabella Cherabino, the heroine of the MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS Series…

INTERVIEW WITH ISABELLA CHERABINO:

Character Interview with Isabella Cherabino (the third)
By Alex Hughes

This spring, I ran through CareerBuilder’s list of top job interview questions with my character Isabella Cherabino, to see how she would answer. I recently found this third installment in a file, and realized I had never published it. So, enjoy.

Background: this interview is set is two weeks after the previous installment of the interview. Unfortunately, before I was quite halfway through the list, she was called away to an emergency task force meeting, and I was forced to reschedule. And then, again, after a murder case turned. Here’s our third interview. You’ll notice I’m a bit more annoyed with my character the third time around.

A: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to see me.

C: Ms. Hughes, while I am always happy to do a favor for a person who gives me case-solving clues, I would highly suggest you speak to me in a reasonable tone. I don’t have to do this, you know. The department isn’t paying me to answer your questions.

A: (takes breath) Point taken. I just have four more questions from my list to ask. Just four. Do you think you can answer them please?

C: I’ll see what I can do. As with our other visits, however, if a work crisis comes up, I need to take care of that. And Branen has talked to me about spending as much time as I have with you, so this needs to be our last meeting for a while.

A: You realize I’m your author?

C: I don’t see that this has any bearing on the realities of my work situation.

A: (sighs) Fine. Four more questions. In what ways do you raise the bar for yourself and others around you?

C: We don’t just do this for ourselves. We track down killers so we can get the families justice. They—and the victims—deserve the highest standards, and I’ve been very clear about that to everyone I work with. If it means we work another few hours to get it right, that’s what it means. This doesn’t just mean getting the paperwork right. It means showing up at the crime scene and any other situation with full attention, ready to notice and remember everything. It means putting your emotions aside while you’re there so you can represent the victim, so you can solve this case. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be there. I’ve traded cases with other detectives more than once to make sure anyone who shows up at that scene, or talking to that family, can be fully present. Occasionally I’ve asked someone to do that for me, when I have a migraine. The victims and the families deserve our best, and I intend to give it to them.

A: That’s admirable.

C: It’s the truth.

A: Tell me about two memorable projects, one success and one failure. What did you learn from that success and that failure?

C: That’s a long-winded question. I’ll try to be brief in my response. The success would have to be the month that I closed sixteen cases and processed another four to a place where I could close them later. That took the concerted effort of a lot of people, and I learned that getting help from unexpected personnel—including Andrew, our forensic accountant—can really help speed up the process of solving a case without compromising standards and without working so many hours I miss things. As for the failure, well, there’s a case of a murdered licensed prostitute from early in my career as a detective that I will never forget. I thought I had to do everything myself—even the evidence processing, if you can believe it—and I missed a clue. By the time I circled back on the third review of the case, the suspect had left the state, and we never got him. That case—and my other failures—remind me that I’m human like everybody else. Sometimes hard work isn’t good enough, not by itself.

A: What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other people doing the same job?

C: I have the highest close rate in the department, and I have for several years now. I work harder and longer than almost everyone else here, but I also get help from unexpected sources. I can work with our resident telepath and get good results despite his personality flaws. I can get fast results from other support personnel in the department. And I’ve built up some solid experience in the last years on cases. I’m starting to see and feel patterns in the crimes, and that only comes from working the cases.

A: Where do you see yourself in five years?

C: Further up the job ladder at the department. By then, Michael should be senior enough to work his own cases, and Adam will hopefully be a full-timer. Maybe if I’m lucky and I work hard, I’ll get a team to solve a special projects unit. I’d like that.

A: Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but that’s all the questions I had. Thanks for bearing with me and answering them.

C: No problem. Unless there’s anything else…?

A: You’re wanting to leave to go back to work, aren’t you?

C: Yes.

A: (sighs) Go on.

Wait!! There’s more,.. In addition to fun blog posts, interviews, and exclusive excerpts going on during this tour, fans also have a chance to solve a mystery during the month-long VACANT event! A “Clue-like” checklist is available to download from the author’s blog, to be marked off as readers visit stops along the tour schedule. Somewhere on participating blog posts will be clues (clearly marked) that will eliminate specific “Location”, “Weapon”, or “Suspect” options. At the end of the tour, a rafflecopter entry form will help Alex choose a grand prize winner amongst all who correctly guess “who dunnit?” based on the remaining options. There will also be individual blog giveaways forprint, digital, and audio copies of Mindspace Investigations novels.

Blog Tour Schedule:
Nov 25th - SF Signal
Nov 26th - I Smell Sheep
Nov 27th – Thanksgiving (US)
Nov 28th - Ashley’s Random Blog
Dec 1st - What The Cat Read
BookHounds
Dec 2nd - NicholasKaufmann.com
Eclectic Library
Books Make Me Happy
Dec 3rd - Vampire Book Club
Dec 4th - Little Read Riding Hood
Dec 5th - Insane About Books
Dec 8th - BiblioFiend
Between The Lines
Dec 9th - Smart Girls Love Sci/Fi & Paranormal Romance
Dec 10th - Reading Reality
Dec 11th - Short & Sweet Reviews
Dec 12th - That’s What I’m Talking About
Anna’s Book Blog
Dec 15th - Tynga’s Reviews
Dec 16th - Janice Hardy – Fiction University
Dec 17th - Preturnatura
Amberkatze’s Book Blog
Dec 18th - Fantasy Literature
That’s What I’m Talking About
Dec 19th - Books That Hook
Literal Addiction
Dec 21st - Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd - Open Book Society
Dec 23rd - My Bookish Ways

Posted 14 weeks ago