BLOG TOUR – Crossing the Barrier

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Crossing the Barrier eRev09-eBookCrossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press


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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

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About the Author:


Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.

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BLOG TOUR – True Born

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true bornBook Title: True Born

Author: L.E. Sterling

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy


Your fate is in your blood…


Welcome to Dominion City.


After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.


The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…


And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.


When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic leader, Nolan Storm, and the beautiful but deadly Jared, who tempts her as much as he infuriates her. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?


As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.

Interview with the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing?

What an interesting question. I guess what motivated me was a desire to escape – books were (and still are) the most incredible escape for me when I was a kid. Books have such wisdom: they teach you about people, the world, what makes everything tick. I really wanted to create my own escapes, and I wanted to play a part in conveying all that wisdom to other people.

How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

I think I always took myself seriously when it came to writing. I took Creative Writing classes in high school, and had the good fortune to connect with some really famous authors through a writing program. These authors gave me such amazing, generous feedback. And from there I kept at it: I was accepted into Creative Writing for a Bachelor’s degree, and then a Master’s degree… and the rest is a lot of hard work! But you know, one of my teachers really gave me the best perspective on the ‘school’ route. He was really pushing me to do a Masters in Creative Writing but not for the actual degree, but because it would give me dedicated time to write. And he was, as in most things, right!

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I would love readers to feel fully immersed in the world I’ve created. I want my novels to linger with them, to stick in their minds like that song that just won’t leave your head. And hopefully, as part of that, I want to have given the reader a perspective they might not have ordinarily had, or an insight, a memory –something special. And I want to affect change in my readers on some level. I think ultimately every writer wants to do that.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Being read! No, honestly, I think when I’ve crafted and honed something and found a way to make it work for readers – that’s when I’m most proud of myself, when I know I’ve “made it.” It was the great British novelist E.M. Forster who wrote, “Only connect.” He knew what he was talking about. That’s the job of the writer, to connect with people. And if I’ve done my job well? Then… yay!

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I honestly find being a good writer very challenging. There’s always something more to learn, more skills to hone. And I find that after nearly 25 years of writing professionally and publishing that I’m only just getting to the beginning of where I want to be as a writer. I can practically see people cringing as they read this, but it’s true. Writing is an apprenticeship art, and I needed to apprentice for a long, long time!

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

Anyone who is serious about writing is going to find their own way of going about it. But if someone is serious, I would suggest they treat writing like a business. Like any business, you need to go to work every day, learn as much as you can about your job, and keep applying what you learn. Read as much as you can. Practice, practice. Reach out to others and get feedback and advice.

What ways can readers connect with you?

I am all over the place! Readers can get in touch with me in any one of the following ways, and I would LOVE to hear from them!

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Twitter: @le_sterling

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LE Sterling

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate.

Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Read below for an excerpt from True Born:

“Isn’t it a little weird that we have to do our tests again? Was there some kind of mistake with the first one?” Margot says it innocently enough, a slight twang to her voice to match the nurse’s rabble-like twang.

“Well, hon, sometimes they get mixed signals, you know? Like when you think a boy likes you but then he goes all hot and cold?” She winks. Margot’s fingers tighten on mine.

“Uh huh.” Margot nods. “So there’s a problem with your machines? Or with the staff?”

The nurse frowns. “Not this staff. They’re five-star amazing. Must have just been a bad sample or something. Try not to worry about it, sweetie.” She pats Margot’s arm just before she shoves the needle in my sister’s vein.

I squirm on my seat. The skin on my arm crawls from the sharp pain originating in my sister’s arm. Relaxed beside me, Margot doesn’t move a muscle. She knows what I’m feeling even if she can’t do anything about it. This is just how it is with us.

“How much are you going to take this time?” My voice shakes as our coltish nurse comes around to me and drives a needle into my arm. It doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as Margot’s did. Our hands stay folded together. There’s a note in our file about letting us. One of the perks of being born us.

“Oh.” For the first time she looks a little dismayed. “I’m sorry, hon. Didn’t they tell you? We gotta go through the whole protocol again. The whole shebang.”

My twin and I did know. We’d been told. Still, it bothers us. A full day’s worth of giving blood, going through tests, having your organs measured and documented. Urine samples, more blood samples, hair samples. We’d already been through this two times in the last two months. We no longer believe they’d gotten “bad” samples—not that we’re going to let on to the nurse.

And funny thing is, each time we come, the Protocols Nurse is new. This is the third we’ve had, each as clueless as the last.

We know better than to ask our parents. The deepening silence and constant rounds of testing and lies must mean the news is the worst. Late at night we lie together, holding hands and whispering under the deep canopy of one or other of our beds. We’ve thought about what it will mean if one of us turns out to be a Laster. We’ve talked until dawn about what we’d want, what we’d do. I tell Margot I’d want to go with her, but she’s against the idea.

“One of us needs to survive,” she said to me, her gray-green eyes as serious as I’ve ever seen them.

“What if it’s not that?” I asked her.

“What do you mean?”

“What if we’re, you know,” the words mere whispers, “True Born?”

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BLOG TOUR – The Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield

Gift: Chronicles Tucker LittlefieldGift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing (April 13, 2016)
Category: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
ASIN:  B01C5Q899U
Tour Date: May/June, 2016
Available in: ebook, 165 Pages

Tucker Littlefield is a lair, a thief, a con-man . In an attempt to take advantage of a party thrown by the King, he becomes involved in a kidnapping – the King’s niece, Elizabeth, to be exact. Because of his fear of the dark as well as heights, and a good many other things, he finds himself stabbed and bleeding to death.

To save him, a Shaman for the Jonda – Daneba – turns him into a soul bearer for the Kindred. In an effort to find Lizie, Littlefield finds the Norha instead and their leader Tahki – a cannibalistic tribe the lives under a volcano that will leave no stone unturned to find Lizie. Littlefield is blackmailed into her recovery.

Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man’s understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears. I have seen things I wish never to see again. I have done things of which I wish never to speak. Yet I must if I am to find the answers to fulfill my hope.

I have walked upon blue ribbons of molten stone to peer into the depth of a man’s soul. I watched as a promise made at birth brought my friend Enon to sacrifice everything to become whole again – all in an effort to save the life of his child. I have cried without shame for the loss of all I hold dear and for fear that the future will hold more than I can bear. I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken

Excerpt from Praise for The Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

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The trees had grown closer together their shade deepened and travel between them more difficult.  I trotted next to Enon.  His stride, an easy gate for him, was so enormous I had to make every effort to keep up.

At long last Enon stopped at the edge of a small opening in the trees.  He held his hand over his head and gestured silently.

I had been so busy keeping up with him, I hadn’t noticed the others had spread out to the point they were no longer visible, all except Bowen and Enon himself. He gestured for my silence as a light breeze filtered through the trees.  I settled onto the ground next to Bowen and waited, happy for the lull.

With a faint rustle of leaves he and the dog trotted away from us.  The sound of a strange voice drifted from a short distance away.

Someone was talking to the dog.  I sank lower, trying to burrow under the leaves at the base of a large tree.  Bowen moved closer to me, hiding me with his body.  I wanted to look and edged my way up to peek over his shoulder.

There, not more than fifty feet away, was a half-naked man.  He was shorter than a Jonda but larger than me.  From the back of his head grew a long tuft of black hair, braided with leather its full length.  His head was shaved with this lone exception.  It laid as a single entity across his back, cut square at the bottom of his hunched shoulders. He turned briefly toward us, I was shocked. His face was a dull, ruddy red and stood as stark contrast to the gray tone that covered the remainder of his body.  Square, primitive, with a single brow and a protruding jaw his face was like no other I have ever seen.  His body and arms were as muscled as any Jonda, only squatter, more compact standing on short powerful legs. He was covered only by a loincloth laced at the hip. It seemed unnatural he would be wearing anything at all.

Praise for Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

“Magical, is the first word, which came to my mind when I finished this story. Right from the very first page, I found myself totally captivated by Tucker’s storytelling of this wonderful adventure.
Tucker Littlefield is an amazing character, when reading it I immediately thought of John Carpenter’s fisherman storyteller at the beginning of `The Fog’ film, where the children gather round as the scene is set… as, when reading it, I felt as if I too was actually there, sitting in the tavern, listening.
I cannot praise this book enough; it truly deserves to become a classic, the stuff of legends. As far as I am concerned, it has a fantastic storyline, the author has created some wonderful characters and I believe it would make a brilliant film!
I hope we shall be seeing more Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield in the future.”-Susan Keefe, Author or ‘Fantasy Farm Tales’

“I really enjoyed The Gift. The author is a fantastic world builder. I really felt transported into a new world with a unique magical system, not some kind of Tolkien knock-off. (so many stories these days are all about wizards and elves and dwarves). The main character, Tucker, was likeable and comical–a real person with human frailties and yearnings– and an unlikely hero everyone will root for. If you are looking for a fantasy novel that is not a Lord of the Rings rehash, then I think you’ll enjoy this one.”- Joseph N. Sidari, Amazon Reviewer

“This story is a very exciting and fast paced read. You will get wrapped up in the descriptions of the types of people who exist in the world. You will love the uniqueness to the magic. You will also discover that some things are left unknown. I enjoyed it very much..”- Phaedra Seabolt, Author of ‘Imperfection’

About Tegon MausTegon Maus

Tegon Maus was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends he could conjure. Not that he wasn’t friendly, he just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe he lived in his head way more than he should have, maybe not. He liked machines more than people, at least he did until I met his wife.

The first thing he can remember writing was for her. For the life of him he can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married him shortly after that. He spent a good number  of years chasing other dreams before he got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. His wife and himself had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

He was thrilled. If there is one thing he enjoys it’s making people believe him and he likes to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When he writes, he always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, he guarantees you, nothing, makes him happier.

He has consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and has been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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BLOG TOUR – The Quarters

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Set in the 1940s, The Quarters features quite the cast of characters and is a funny, quick read with themes of murder, family, race, church, community, passing and a con artist.

Set partially in the small rural town of Preston, Georgia where Louise and Betty Jean (a.k.a. “Honey”) were raised by their loving father and not so loving step-mother.  After the third-body that Louise has had to help Honey dispose of, Honey decides to get the heck out of dodge before someone starts missing those boys.

When she takes up residence in a quirky, yet humorous community called The Quarters, life is peaceful and as comfortable as can be in the humid south until a handsome stranger rolls into town, talking sweet and looking nice.  Simee brings news of money that could come to the local church, but like any overly-confidence con artist, Simee is up to no good and soon the church’s leadership is knee deep in a scam that could result in the loss of valuable land.

Unfortunately… he’s not been made privy of the “accidents” Honey has been prone to and how men tend to end up dead all around her…

The Quarters


What initially got you interested in writing?

This novel has been a part of me for over 25 years. My mom and aunt shared some quirky stories with me from their childhood that I couldn’t shake. The stories were compelling, funny, and in my opinion worthy of documenting. I was compelled to write the stories.

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

It never occurred to me to “not” publish my novel. Prior to actually starting to write, I knew I would have a novel. I wasn’t so sure others would want to read it.

What do you want readers to take away from reading works?

My hopes are that readers will take away a few things. One thing in particular is the commonality of community and family. I’ve not encountered one person yet, regardless of race, sex, religion, etc. that hasn’t found a character they can personally relate to. From the nosey neighbor to the quirky church folk, there’s a character in there for you. One other thing is that I’m hoping readers walk away entertained. One question I consistently ask readers (if I can) is, did it make you laugh.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The most rewarding part of writing is getting “stuff” out my head. The more I write, the more I want to write.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

The most challenging part of writing is hoping “it” makes sense to the readers. Am I able to translate my thoughts, humor, etc. in an acceptable and entertaining manner.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

I would say, go for it. Write, write, and write some more. One more thing, be sure to hire a professional editor. It’s worth it.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

Let me think. I love red wine and cheap gummy bears…together. LOL!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Visit my website, fb page, author Mari K. Bell, or simply email me at

 The Quarters - Mari Bell
I’m Marichele Bell.  I know, you’re thinking Marichele Bell?  Yep, that’s a real name and it belongs to me.  Prior to getting married, I was Marichele Scrutchins.  But you can call me Mari, everyone else does. I’m a sales manager by day and a writer by night.  If you consider funeral announcements, editing friends and family’s writing assignments, and cleaning up resumes writing, then I’m your girl.   Seriously, from the age of maybe 11, I can remember being told by someone “you can write”.  The complements came from a variety of reputable sources, starting with my Mom.  Who’s more reputable than her.   That’s a rhetorical question.  Over time, others, i.e. professors, employers, friends, and more family would on occasion make the same comment.  One of my first memories is from my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Moey.  I remember her quite well.  She was tall, wore cat glasses, had black girl hips (like me), and very tall stiff blond hair, straight up and down. The kind of hair that dared not to move or it just might have toppled her over.   I do believe she kept cans of Aqua Net on standby.  Any hoo, one of our class assignments was to write a short story.  I chose purple bubble gum as my subject.  I can’t remember whether it was Bubble Yum, Bubblicious, or Double Bubble, but it was bubble gum and it was purple.  That simple short story drew laughs from her and my fellow 11 year old comrades.  I remember being surprised by their reaction and laughter.  It was only a few paragraphs, but hey, who am I to dismiss my super hero comical talents.  From there, I received more compliments by others; I just never took them that seriously.  Flash forward years later, I sat down with my Mom and my Aunt and listened while they shared memories of their childhood.  I couldn’t believe some, well, most of the stuff I was hearing.  The community they grew up in held secrets, shame, and humor, so much humor.  I was captivated.  They were beyond entertaining. I couldn’t stop asking questions, but more importantly, I couldn’t stop laughing.  Thankfully, those two planted the seed for The Quarters.  Here it is over 20 years later and finally I was compelled to write this book.  It’s in memory of my Grandmomma, Mrs. Louise Scott who was one of the funniest ladies I’ve ever known.  It is also a tribute to my Mom, Pearline Scrutchins. She is not only hilarious in her own right, but  smart, loving, and just a wonderful mother.  I surely can’t leave out my aunts and uncles.  Some of the funnies in The Quarters, came directly from them.  And finally the real people of the Quarters.  Most of them have passed away now, but they left such a rich impression on me.  My hopes are that this book will carry their humor, kindness, and love for generations.

RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Enlightenment (Book 1 of the Driel Trilogy)

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Title: Enlightenment
Author: Liz Keel
Series: The Driel Trilogy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 21ste April 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9969748-7-5


After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.

With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate…

About the Author:

Liz Keel

I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia. For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story. In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list.

Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space!

It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader. Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me.

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Read below for an excerpt from Enlightenment:

“No!” I screamed. It had happened again. This was the fourth night in a row I had woken up with a start, beads of sweat dampening my forehead and a sick feeling swirling in my stomach. Rubbing my face whilst trying to sit up I thought back to the same terrifying dream that had been haunting me for weeks now. Not that I expected it to be any other way. I mean, watching your parents die in a car crash will have that effect on you. The difference was that I was supposed to have died. I know it sounds crazy but there was no way I should have survived that; yet I had, and I was sure that the only reason I was still alive was because of the bright light that had emanated from my body.

We were supposed to have been setting off on a three-month expedition around India, but only got as far as our local town in Montana before it happened. One minute I was sitting in the back of the car fiddling with my iPod and the next second I’d heard Mom screaming. I’d looked up just in time to see a car skidding along on the road before it hit us side-on, flipping us into a ditch. Even now the fear I’d felt at the time – the fear of what was to come – still swallows me whole. Time had seemed to slow down as I had watched my mom and dad being thrown around as the car had turned upside down. Our screams had been overwhelming and I’d been reaching my breaking point, when suddenly all went silent and

I had been engulfed in a bright, orange glow that had blinded me. Everything after that was hazy. I remember smacking my head on the window, which had been followed by an unbearable pain that had made my skull feel as though it would explode. I put my hand to my forehead, feeling a warm and sticky liquid trickling down the side of my face. Putting my hand out in front of me, I saw it was blood, but my fuzzy brain couldn’t comprehend what I was seeing. It was at that point black spots started to creep into my vision, making everything seem blurry. Then, however much I tried to stay awake, the darkness won and I slipped out of consciousness.

I awoke to an incessant bleeping and hushed whispers of ‘So young’ and ‘Such a shame’ and it was at that point I knew both of my parents were dead. Upon opening my eyes, a numb feeling began to take over as I realised I was in the local hospital with doctors giving me sympathetic looks and calling me sweetie whilst a nurse asked me who they should contact. That was an easy answer: no one. My parents had both been only children and their parents, my grandparents, had died when they were young. There was no one else.

COVER REVEAL – Shadow (Romany Outcasts #2)

shadowShadow(The Romany Outcasts #2) by Christi J. Whitney

To be released June 2nd, 2016


The second volume in this incredible YA trilogy.

When stone hearts break they shatter.

Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager. Now he’s a creature whose sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans.

When the Romany gypsies claim him, Sebastian is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany – the girl he loves. But some clan members would rather see a gargoyle in a cage than have one by their sides.

If Sebastian is to keep Josephine safe from the shadow creatures attacking her people, he might have to embrace his changes. Even if that means choosing between his humanity and becoming the monster everyone believes him to be.


About the Author:

christi j whitney

Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the dramatic. She lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and two sons. When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, geeking out over Doctor Who, and watching superhero movies. Connect with her on Twitter @ChristiWhitney


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Upcoming Releases by Christi J. Whitney

SHADOW (Book 2 in “The Romany Outcasts Series”) – 2 June, 2016.

MIDNIGHT (Book 3 in “The Romany Outcasts Series”) – 2017.


Read Below for an excerpt from SHADOW!

Chapter 2 “Fearful Hope”

Stephan slid his bow from his shoulder and fitted an arrow to the string. ‘Caliban and I will follow behind. Just as a precaution, of course – in case you start getting any ideas in that ugly gray head of yours.’

Quentin Marks’ welcoming committee was not something I’d anticipated. I gathered my bags, and Phillipe led our unpleasant little party across the Sutallee Bridge. I unconsciously slowed as we passed over the abandoned mine shaft where Josephine and I had taken refuge so long ago. There was a sharp poke in the middle of my back, right between my pent wings.

‘Move it,’ Stephan said, jabbing me again. ‘We’re already late for lunch.’

I fought the insanely strong desire to whirl around and shove the arrow down his throat. Instead, I bit my lip, tasting coppery blood, and picked up my pace. We reached the iron fence that surrounded the Fairgrounds. Phillipe pulled out a ring of keys and opened the gate.

I’d assumed everything would look as it had the last time I’d been within the walls of the Circe de Romany. But there were no tents or pavilions. No rides or decorations, either. Only trailers – along with several RVs, trucks, and buses – arranged in a tight circle right in the middle of the property.

Their configuration created a large open space in the center of the caravan. Tarps were arranged over tables and chairs. A fire pit had been built, and laundry hung from clotheslines spread between trailers. People bustled around the clearing, preparing for the approaching storm. Another peal of thunder echoed overhead. The clouds had thickened and the sky looked ready to split apart at any moment.

‘Hurry it up,’ said Stephan with another jab to my back. ‘I don’t intend to get wet.’

Lightning flashed. Women scurried to get the clothes off the lines while men anchored the tarps more securely in the ground. Phillipe led me to a small trailer and flung open the door.

‘Get inside.’

The howling wind was motivation enough – even without Stephan’s sharp arrow in my back – and I scampered up the steps. My nose instantly wrinkled at the unpleasant smell. Phillipe caught my look.

‘The dog trailer,’ he said.

‘Just be glad they’re out on patrol,’ said Stephan with a malicious laugh. ‘They’re quite territorial.’

The Marksmen backed me into the stinky enclosure, weapons drawn.

‘We’ll come for you when Nicolas returns,’ said Phillipe. ‘Until then, welcome home.’

With that, he slammed the door, locking me inside.

BLOG TOUR – The Wishing Stone

Tegon MausWishing Stone by Tegon Maus

Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing (August 10, 2014)
Category: Mystery, Soft Science Fiction, Technothriller, Humor, Quirky
Tour Date: Feb/Mar, 2016
Available in: ebook, 151 Pages

During that last summer, as if in punishment for being happy, Kate was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

The last time we used the wishing stone was at the hospital the morning she died.

On that day, all three of us made a silent wish, certain the others had wished the same. Kate died that afternoon and I never thought about it again. It was the last time I believed in magic, in love or in the existence of God.

Then, after three miserable lonely years, the unthinkable, a second chance . . . Warwick.

‘The Wishing Stone’ ebook price has been reduced to 99 cents for the duration of the tour on Kindle. 

Excerpt from The Wishing Stone by Tegon Maus

We walked in silence back to the front door and outside where the car waited.  The driver opened the door for her and Williams slid over out of the way;  the desire to get in with her pulled at me as she wrapped her arms around me.

“Be good,” I said as we kissed.  “If you can’t be good… be funny.”

“Three days, Ben… I’ll be back… and we’ll go home.  Three days,” she said, kissing me again.

“Three days,” I repeated and almost before I realized it she had slipped into the vehicle, the door had closed and she was gone.

I watched the car for as long as I could before it finally faded from view.

The others had returned inside, all except Director Meadows.

“Ready?” she asked, rubbing her arms, warming them in the cold air.

“So ready I’m first in line,” I joked.  The tug of Audrey and homesick hit me all at once.

She slipped a warm arm around my shoulder, guiding me back inside.

As we reentered Roger and the others had disappeared.  We were greeted by two people, a man and a woman, both in white coats.

“Mr. Harris, this is Doctor Richard Prout and his wife, Doctor Joan Prout.  They will be your -”

“Guides,” the woman interrupted, leaning forward a little.

“Yes, I like that… guides…  for the next few days,” she continued with an odd smile.  “They will help you get to the bottom of your… situation.”

“Nice to meet you,” I said, shaking each of their hands in turn.

Meadows went about her way leaving me with my two new companions.

Praise for Machines of the Little People (The Eve Project- Book 1)

“The plot is unique, I must say that I haven’t read a Sci Fi book so original in a long time. It has everything, mystery, suspense, romance, eccentric characters, conspiracy theories, and of course the little people with their machines!
Crazy, Wild, Excellent Written. Highly Recommended!!!”- Julia Damatto, Romorror Fan Girl

“the real joy of this book is not the plot itself. The real joy is the way in which Maus keeps his readers constantly off guard, stringing them along for pages before flipping the situation on its head and forcing readers to reevaluate whatever they thought they knew. Normally, that just pisses me off, but the way Maus manipulates his readers makes us squeal with delight at every turn. There is an energy to his novels, a sense of urgency tinged with wonder. We trust that wherever he takes us–and it won’t be somewhere we expect–it will be an adventure in the truest sense of the word.
And then we have the characters. At the end of the day, it’s the characters that make a Maus book what it is.
Definitely recommended for anyone who just wants a cracking good story. “-Jonathan Cook, Author ‘Youth and Other Fictions’

“Anyone who loves a good science fiction/fantasy story would have a hard time putting this one down.”- Lisa Binion, Author ‘Softly and Tenderley’

Praise for Wishing Stone (The Eve Project- Book 2)

“More great Sci-Fi adventure from Tegon Maus. He doesn’t just give us a good Sci-Fi story. He gives us a story with great characters and a unique story and is able to include many other genres in his Sci-Fi stories. Comedy, drama and action.  Let’s pray for a book three in the series.”-Erik Nelson, Author ‘Unlawful Protection’

“This is a great science fiction story, which follows on nicely from The Eve Project: Book 1, Machines of the Little People, however could easily be read as a stand-alone.
It has it all for science fiction fans, top secret scientific projects, a great storyline, twists and turns round every corner, yet, at its very core lies, dare I say it, a love story.
It has a great finish, however, at the end, all I wanted to know from the author – is there is another book in the series coming?  I hope so”-Susan Keefe, Author ‘Toby’s Tales’ Series

“I enjoyed The Wishing Stone even more than the first book, even though, again, it’s not my usual read. I really liked the eccentric scientist characters Ben meets at Warwick, and as with book one, Tegon Maus did a great job of keeping me guessing what was really going on right to the very end. I look forward to finding out what book 3 has in store!”-Nick Stead, Author ‘Hybrid’

About Tegon MausTegon Maus

Tegon Maus was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends he could conjure. Not that he wasn’t friendly, he just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe he lived in his head way more than he should have, maybe not. He liked machines more than people, at least he did until I met his wife.

The first thing he can remember writing was for her. For the life of him he can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married him shortly after that. He spent a good number  of years chasing other dreams before he got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. His wife and himself had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

He was thrilled. If there is one thing he enjoys it’s making people believe him and he likes to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When he writes, he always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, he guarantees you, nothing, makes him happier.

He has consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and has been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Wishing Stone

BLOG TOUR – “In the Mind of Revenge”





“Mine is a tale of pain, hate, lies, murder, injustice, vengeance, and love unreturned. It began much like yours; a hopeful innocent born to a world of endless possibilities. But my journey has rarely been paved with opportunities of light. Confronted by those who sought to eclipse what light I had found, the darkness came for me. Wrapped in its intoxicating embrace, I have risen
from the dead to reclaim my dignity and the life that was taken from me. I have begun my journey into the mind of revenge. Revenge for me. Revenge for those like me. Those who are shamed.”
In the Mind of Revenge , book one of T he Shamed Series , takes a deep look at how monsters are born. Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person
narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do so. Raw, vivid, honest, fastpaced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have you emotionally twisted from beginning to end.


What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve always enjoyed it! I became acutely aware of it when I was in 5th grade; we had a prompt to write a story where repetition was used effectively. I had been playing a lot of Frogger at the time, so I wrote a tale of a very resilient frog, determined to cross the street no matter how many times he got squished. We had to read the stories out loud, and by the time I was halfway through, I had to whole class repeating, “Hop, hop, hop!” with me. Anyway, my teacher pulled me aside after class and said, “One day you’re going to write a novel, and I can’t wait to read it.” Boom, an author was born.

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

It’s been a dream of mine to write a book since that day. The seed was already planted! After I had written about eighty pages of “In the Mind of Revenge” (titled The Shamed at the time), I thought, “Eighty pages is too far to call this a short story hobby. Let’s go for gold!” Or something like that; my brain isn’t necessarily that peppy.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Obviously, I want them to have an enjoyable reading experience, whatever that means to them. For me, it’s usually being so engrossed in a story I lose time and feel transported into the world the author has created. I also think there are some important social messages on gender and how we treat people who are different. Shame also presents some interesting internal debate for readers that I’ve enjoyed getting feedback on.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

There isn’t anything I don’t find rewarding. If I had to pick, I’d say going back and reading something I wrote and totally not remembering I wrote it. It’s a cool, out of body experience that reminds me I’m capable of more than I think.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Not having enough time to do it! I’m not a full-time author yet, so balancing a full-time job and finding time to write can be challenging.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Begin the begin! I think a lot of people wait until they have everything just right, or they have the right equipment, or their less busy. There will always be a reason not to start, something else you could be doing, and someone who will think it’s a bad idea. You can’t finish if you don’t start.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I travel abroad once or twice every year; most recently I went on a cycling trip around Lake Konstanz, which is on the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It was a beautiful trip, and I’ll definitely be doing another one!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

You can find me almost everywhere!

Personal site: (check out my author advice blog, From Liv’s Desk!)





Snapchat: livhadden



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Debut novelist Liv Hadden has been writing ever since she was a little girl. But, it wasn’t until 5th grade when her teacher said she’d one day write a book that she started taking it seriously.
Her Shamed series began in college, when Hadden employed her writing as an outlet for her feelings during a serious bout of depression. After a brief,
yet impactful first night of writing, she dreamt of a shadowy figure, tormented and demonized by their own mind and realized this was the shadow of pain
that hurting people everywhere felt.

She woke from her dream feeling more energized that she had in months, picked up her computer and began to write. “I felt if ever there was a story
inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story,” says Hadden. “This one in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the
very reason it’s so close to my heart.”

Hadden has her roots in Burlington, Vermont and has lived in upstate New York and Oklahoma, where she went to college at the University of Oklahoma, and earned her degree in Environmental Sustainability Planning & Management. She now resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two dogs, Madison and Samuel and is an active member of the Writer’s League of Texas.
Incredibly inspired by artistic expression, Hadden immerses herself in creative
endeavors on a daily basis. She finds great joy in getting lost in writing and seeing others fully express themselves through their greatest artistic passions, like music, body art, dance and photography. “I get chills when I have the great privilege of seeing someone express their authentic selves,” says Hadden. “I believe it gives us a true glimpse into the souls of others.

BLOG TOUR – Sleight of Hand



As the epic Weir Chronicles continue in this third installment of the series, rebels poison Ian and it’s up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to
an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.

Sleight of Hand


What initially got you interested in writing?

For me it was two-fold. A creative outlet, and a way to express my feelings and emotions, when I was a teenager. Ironically, I never kept a diary or journal like so many of my friends. It was terrified to reveal myself in such a raw and vulnerable way, even if no one saw it but me. It was easier to use characters and plots in fantasy or science fiction worlds to express, and have the guts to say, what I never felt comfortable doing.

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

In spite of the positive feedback I received from my creative writing professor and my writer’s critique group, I continued to lack confidence in my work. I entered my first novel, FADE TO BLACK, in the Colorado Gold Writing contest through the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I was looking for their valued, detailed feedback and because I needed the experience of writing summaries for my novels. I placed as one of five finalists out of hundreds of entries in my category! That was the pivotal turning point and showed me that if I worked hard enough, I could go all the way.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Escape. Excitement. The joy of reading. An urge to keep turning the page even though you really need to get to bed. That is what I love about reading great books. Getting lost in unique worlds, falling in love with characters, caring about them. Most of all, forgetting about your troubles and woes, even if it’s just for a few pages at a time.

At the heart of my series, I draw back the curtain on the power we have over others and wielding it responsibly, whether it’s to protect the planet or to treat others with kindness and respect.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The control over my characters and worlds that I don’t have in life. I am a prime example that when you are surrounded by darkness, you should turn your face to the heavens and reach for the stars. My stories and novels are my stars. They are better than therapy.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Staying fresh and unique in your worlds and with creating your characters. There are millions, perhaps by now billions, of books out there in the world. Keeping yours unique can be quite the challenge.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Write what you love and what you know. Don’t try to copy the latest fad or what’s popular. It’ll be on to the next thing by the time you’re ready to publish. Also, get expert advice and be open to criticism. If you want to improve your work, you first need to improve yourself as a writer.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I love to cook and putter around in my garden. In fact, I have a fun blog on my website, A Cook’s Guide to Writing. I equate creating things in the kitchen to developing a story or novel with simple analogies. Check it out!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Catch up with me and my work on my website. While there, make sure you sign up for my quarterly newsletter to get the latest news about the series and more!

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Author Sue Duff

Sue Duff has dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could even read, so it’s only natural that she now combines both fantasy and science fiction as her favorite genre. Having written since high school, Duff never took it seriously until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, Fade to Black , was one of five finalists in the
RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest and in 2015, Duff’s writing earned her the PEN Award.

She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single drop of testosterone in a sea of estrogen.
By day, Duff is a dedicated speech-language therapist at an inner city school district, a career she pursued much in part to her aunt who got her hooked on stories of the profession when Duff was younger. She is passionate about the work she does and regularly works to help those students that need it the most.

Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and T he Pikes Peak Writers. She calls Colorado home and when not saving the world one page at a time, she can be found walking her great dane, getting her hands dirty in her garden, or creating something delicious in her kitchen.

Check out her blog, A Cook’s Guide to Writing and other musings on her website.

COVER REVEAL – Destroy Me (Crystal Gulf #1)



Welcome to the cover reveal for

Destroy Me (Crystal Gulf #1)

by Shana Vanterpool

presented by Swoon Romance!

Be on the look out for this NA Contemporary military romance about a girl whose boyfriend gets deployed and his best friend is tasked to “watch” her only he crosses a line.


Destroy Me (1)

DESTROY ME is book one in the New Adult romance Crystal Gulf Series.

Bach lives his life with honesty and without restraints, happy to be known as a sexy as all hell, unapologetic asshole.

When he drinks, he drinks hard.

When he wants a woman, he makes sure she knows it.

When he opens his mouth, it’s either to piss someone off or to turn someone on.

You can normally find him with one hand on a bottle and one hand on a woman, trying to forget his past.

Harley Evans is a twenty-one-year-old year old college student. She’s a good girl who fell hard for Dylan, who’d promised her forever. But Dylan, Bach’s best buddy, lied.

He enlisted in the Army, crushing Harley with equal parts anger and sadness. She’d already lost her father to that choice. Heartbroken, she falls back into depression.

Stuck in Crystal Gulf all summer with little to do, Harley needs a distraction. Enter Bach, sexy as f*#ck distraction, ready and willing.

Dylan’s not all bad though. Before he left, he asked Bach to watch out for Harley, knowing she’d never go for a guy like Bach. She’s too good for him. Too good for anyone.

But Dylan was wrong. He never should have left them together. Bach is there to pick up the pieces Dylan left behind. Soon pieces aren’t enough. He wants more, needs more Harley.

DESTROY ME is dark, sexy, heartbreaking, and intoxicating.

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Destroy Me (Crystal Gulf #1) by Shana Venterpool

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: Swoon Romance

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Shana Vanterpool

When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well.

My Sweet Demise (The Demise Series #1) is my debut New-Adult contemporary romance novel coming from Limitless Publishing on Jan.5 2016!

Destroy Me (Crystal Gulf Series #1) is my New-Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Swoon Romance in 2016!

Keep up to date with future releases by following on Twitter: @shanavauthor

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