Thursday, March 23, 2017

Leslie Wolfe - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Bestselling Author Leslie Wolfe. She writes Thriller and Suspense novels.

Author: Leslie Wolfe

Author Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

Website: Leslie Wolfe
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Twitter: @WolfeNovels
E-Mail: LW@WolfeNovels.com
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Author Description:
Bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is passionate about writing fiction, despite spending a significant number of years climbing the corporate ladder. Leaving the coveted world of boardrooms for the blissful peace of the Florida-based "Wolves’ den," Leslie answers one true calling: writing. To date, Wolfe has published seven novels.

Leslie’s novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields, that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received by the public. It was followed thereafter by Devil's Move (2014), The Backup Asset (2015), The Ghost Pattern (2015), Operation Sunset (2016), Dawn Girl (2016), and The Watson Girl (2017). Leslie’s latest novel, The Watson Girl, pushes the traditional boundaries of crime novels, bringing a rarely seen incursion inside the deepest, darkest recesses of a serial killer’s mind.

Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: The Watson Girl. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thank you! I’m working on a new serial killer crime thriller, this one featuring a team of two killers. It should be available around the end of March, maybe beginning of April – all things happen to run late these days, don’t they?

As for a tease, here’s the first paragraph:
“He watched her from across the street as she left the coffee shop. She was beautiful, this one. Her long, wavy brown hair coiled and bounced in thick, silky strands around her shoulders, dancing with every step she took. Her smile was dazzling, even from a distance, and her eyes were half-closed, the way they get when laughter touches them and lends them the glow of happiness. He licked his lips and swallowed hard. Soon enough, those eyes would be looking at him.”

You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How did you build your following in your niche? How much has it changed your book launch process?

I grew professionally with social media as a play buddy; I guess you could say we grew up together, although social media reached a dimension no one expected. I value it mostly for the possibility to interact with my readers, to hear their thoughts first-hand, and outside the realm of public reviews. I receive praise and criticism, and learn from both. I get questions, suggestions, even plot ideas. This has been, for me, the biggest value of building a social media following.

Yes, it did change the book launch process. I have a social media strategy finalized before launching any new title. I know my fans are eagerly waiting for the next book, and that keeps me motivated.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

Apart from social media and email interactions, I’m a veritable recluse. Email is the best and quickest way to reach me, and I was fortunate to build true friendships with readers over email. The majority of my readers ask me when’s the next book coming out, not when I’m getting out of the house, so I get the drift and I keep writing.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

It depends. Sometimes I hand over a theme, otherwise even the base image comes from me, because I feel strongly about the cover concept. But the rule has been that I let the experts be good at what they do, and they are! The process is highly collaborative, there’s a lot of back and forth, and countless revisions until we hit the spot. I also have a few beta readers who weigh in and help me choose between cover options.

Thank you for appreciating my marketing hero; I’ll be happy to convey the message. The series themes, the concepts, the Executive video, that’s all him.

You have several great book trailers. (See links below.) They look very professional. Do you know how much impact they have had on your book’s success? Tell us about the process that you used to create your trailers? Do you use the trailer in your character development? Are the pictures and background the way you see your characters and scenes?

Creating a trailer starts from creating a story board, which is, in turn, story-based. I see the video trailers as a great way to convey to my readers who I see the book in my head, playing like a movie ? so yes, it’s how I see the characters and scenes. Sound is also very important to me; the theme music, the special effects. It all has to fit together perfectly.

Several of your novels have been converted into audio books. What has been the impact on your regular sales? Has the audio books gained a new audience for you?

I’m not sure if they brought me a new audience, but I felt rewarded thinking readers could rest their weary eyes after a long day at the office, and take the story with them on the living room couch, with only a dim light and a hot cup of tea.

Between your book writing, blogging, marketing, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do you sort of play it by ear?

I have an incredibly strict schedule, inspired by my many years in corporate leadership. Everything I do is scheduled in Outlook, and I follow that schedule. My team appreciates that, because I can give them precise time estimates as to when editing will end, when the cover will be needed, when the new social media campaign hits, and so on. Writing might sound as a bohemian lifestyle, but in reality it’s a lot of hard work. Albeit, highly enjoyable!

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I run giveaways on Goodreads, and short story giveaways to my fan group on my monthly email. Sometimes I run free days promos on Amazon. I think of the giveaways as giving gifts to my friends, so I’m not actively pursuing a certain goal, hence, no disappointment! I also support a number of charities with donations in free books and audiobooks (i.e. visually challenged readers might receive free audible books). Again, for me, these are gifts for my friends.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

You could say I maintain a readers list. I stay in touch with the readers who contact me, or who sign up to download my books or short stories for free (i.e. Instafreebie). I never buy email addresses, and I never share the ones I receive. Primarily, my main focus is on writing, and on sharing my work with my readers.

What is your method of getting reviews for your novels? Do you seek professional reviews, use social media or do you rely on your reading audience to supply them?

I reach out to a small number of select Amazon Vine Voices and top reviewers. Other than that, I rely on organic reviews, on my audience, and on my fans. It’s been increasingly easy to secure a relative large number of verified reviews, because readers buy the books and leave reviews, without any intervention from me.



Author's Book List
The Watson Girl - A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller
A GRIPPING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER

An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For fifteen years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he’s now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she’s living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old. She’s The Watson Girl.

A therapist has asked her to participate in regression session treatments to attempt to bring back those lost memories. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is going to silence her, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night, when she was an innocent witness.

Laura Watson is young, she’s beautiful, and she’s a serial killer's loose end.

Join the smart, relentless, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team in a heart-stopping search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden for many years. Explore the inner workings of the murderer’s mind, and find out what motivates such predatory, blood-lusting behavior, while following every twist and turn of an existence spent taking lives.

Laura Watson’s family was murdered fifteen years ago.
That was only the beginning. His beginning.
If you’re the apple of his eye, you’re already dead.

Special Agent Tess Winnett will hold nothing back to stop the killer before he takes another innocent life. She never fails, no matter what’s at stake. Even her own life.


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Dawn Girl - A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller
A GRIPPING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER

Her blue eyes wide open, glossed over. A few specks of sand clung to her long, dark lashes. Her beautiful face, immobile, covered in sparkling flecks of sand. Her lips slightly parted as if to let a last breath escape.

Who is the beautiful girl found at dawn, on a deserted stretch of golden sand beach? What is her secret?

FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before.

Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Special Agent Tess Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost?

The rules of the game have changed.

So has the textbook definition of a serial killer.

Special Agent Tess Winnett is the bold, direct, and short-fused heroine of Dawn Girl. Putting her life on the line, she doesn’t pull any punches, searching only for the truth, and for the man who takes lives on her watch. Intelligent, resourceful, and uncompromising, Tess will take readers on a memorable, white-knuckled journey in this suspenseful, gripping serial killer thriller.


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Operation Sunset - A Thriller
NUCLEAR TERRORISM THRILLER

Private investigator Alex Hoffmann has a clear mission: to identify and eliminate the deadliest terrorist mastermind in history. She doesn’t know his name. She doesn’t know what he looks like. She only knows he’s Russian. The moment she learns more, it’s already too late. The timers are counting down.

This Russian’s plan doesn’t target a building, a person, or a city. His plan is targeting the future of the United States and its entire people, for decades to come.

She calls it the inconceivable scenario. Will she be able to stop him in time?

Terrorism has a new dimension. We’re under an unprecedented attack. There’s nowhere to run.

Alex Hoffmann returns as the heroine of Operation Sunset. Putting her life on the line and risking it all to hunt down the man who is threatening everything she cares about, Alex is uncompromising and resourceful, taking readers on a breathtaking roller coaster ride in this gripping, engrossing nuclear terrorism thriller.


Book Trailer: Operation Sunset

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The Ghost Pattern - A Thriller
MEDICAL TERRORISM THRILLER

It’s the new age of terrorism, where enemy interests employ the use of modern tools, weapons, tactics, and theories to achieve goals that have destructive, bone-chilling, and disturbing physical and emotional effects. Today’s terrorists are tech-savvy, manipulative, powerful, well-funded, and supported by entire networks of global experts.

A Scottish offshore drilling platform in the North Sea becomes unresponsive to all communication attempts.

In Moscow, the Russian president and his top advisors seek the best, fastest strategies to defeat and ruin the United States. More recently, that includes government-sanctioned terrorism.

A commercial flight, carrying 423 passengers and 18 crew from Tokyo to San Francisco, disappears in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Why?

In the new age of terrorism, nothing is what it seems.

No one is safe. There's no willpower, no intelligence, and no spirit that won't succumb to the right mix of drugs.

A captivating and unsettling page-turner, The Ghost Pattern explores a new dimension of terrorism, one that happens around the world on a daily basis without making any headlines. Or without making the right headlines. That’s really going on behind the scenes?

Alex Hoffmann returns as the heroine of The Ghost Pattern. She embarks on a breathtaking expedition to stop a brilliant terrorist in his tracks. Risking her life and challenging everyone’s beliefs, she is relentless to find the truth and the man who threatens the core of human existence.

Join Alex on an explosive mission as she ventures behind enemy lines in a heart-stopping race against time and against all odds, in this fast-paced, riveting medical terrorism thriller.


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The Backup Asset
ESPIONAGE TECHNOLOGICAL THRILLER

Cold War II has started with a vengeance. Or, as the American president calls it, Cold War 2.0, reflecting the impact technology has in the new age of espionage. Our country is now in the crosshairs of a renewed, unstoppable enemy intelligence operation.

At Langley, a report causes turbulence, as it predicts Russia’s inconceivable plans based on apparently random incursions into other countries’ territorial space.

In Moscow, the relentless Russian president and his key military leader are planning retaliation for the Crimea sanctions.

America’s newest weapons system, the laser cannon, is ready to be installed on a Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer. This weapon has the ability to change the balance of power in the world, and give America and its allies the upper hand in any military conflict.

But there’s a problem. Someone stole the weapon’s plans and is ready to hand them to our country’s enemies.

Espionage has a new dimension. Everyone is gettable.


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Devil's Move - Political Terrorism Technothriller
It is a presidential election year and things are changing. America is overhauling its voting system, making room for modern processes and innovative technologies, but also for conspiracies and murder.

The US presidential election system overhaul comes under fire.

A heart transplant is denied.

An accident claims the life of a consulting executive.

Here, at home, terrorism has a new target.
We know the day of the attack, Election Day.
We know very little else.

An unsettling page-turner, Devil’s Move dives into an intricate world of economic and political influences, and global conspiracies. Battling shadows in a game against covert players, Alex Hoffmann returns as the heroine of Devil’s Move. She embarks on a captivating adventure, riddled with danger and spiced with technology and science, in a breathtaking, exquisite political terrorism technothriller.


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Executive - A Thriller
A friendly fire incident in Afghanistan takes a serious toll. A drone, out of control, brings death and wreaks havoc on a Florida highway. An apparently successful corporation comes under scrutiny.

A memorable incursion behind corporate closed doors, led by an up-and-coming executive on a mission to find the truth about the lives lost to the very technology that was mandated to protect them.

Our skies aren't safe anymore.


Book Trailer: Executive

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tucson Festival of Books 2017 – The Dreams Convention Part 2

Today the HBS Author's Spotlight is showcasing 2017 Tucson Festival of Books - The Dreamis Convention Part 2 who attended the event. This booth was the co-winner of the HBSystems award for the best author booth at the festival. #tucsonfestivalofbooks



Tucson Festival of Books 2017



New Shoes

Detective Lottie King Mystery Short Stories, Vol. 2


Author: Shelley Coriell

AVAILABLE at Amazon


Newly retired, Lottie King vows to rest, relax, and recreate. Unfortunately, the boredom's killing this former homicide detective...until she stumbles upon murders in the most unexpected places. Will Lottie's resolve crumble as the body count rises? Features five mystery short stories and Lottie-inspired recipes.

New Shoes -- To celebrate her retirement from Colorado Springs PD, Lottie vacations in New Orleans and stumbles upon an old murder while shopping for new shoes.

First Dance -- With plenty of time on her hands, Lottie vows to exercise more and lose weight, but her attempt at healthy living gets sidetracked when she discovers a murder victim on the first day of her new dance class.

Light Parade -- Lottie battles the clock and an unexpected Big Bad as she joins the police in a race to find a bomb planted at a Christmas light parade where her Girl Power troop is marching.

Unexpected Delivery -- A mysterious package is erroneously delivered to Lottie who puts on her detective hat to find the intended--and entertaining--recipient. (A short, short story)

Long Shot -- Going stir-crazy in retirement, Lottie agrees to help a novice private investigator track down a gambling spouse who ended up losing more than the balance of his bank account.


Author: Shelley Coriell
Author: Shelley Coriell
Author Genre: Romance

Website: Shelley Coriell
Twitter: @ShelleyCoriell
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Author Description:
Shelley Coriell is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and novels for teens. Her debut romantic thriller, The Broken, was named one of the Best Romances of Summer 2014 by Publishers Weekly and a Top Pick/4.5 Stars by Romantic Times Book Reviews. An avid foodie and former restaurant reviewer, Shelley lives in Arizona with her family and the world's neediest rescue weimaraner.









Song of the Ancients

Ancient Magic Book 1


Author: Sandy Wright

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What would you die for?

Samantha Danroe doesn't believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do.

She doesn't believe in ghosts. Until her mother's ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave.

And she certainly doesn't believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the prey in an ancient war waged between good and evil. A war whose rules she must scramble to learn to stay alive.

In need of protection, Samantha turns to the mysterious Nicholas Orenda, a sixth-generation witch on the trail of a creature who is systematically killing off his family. According to his family's prophecy, three will be sacrificed to the dark. His mother and grandmother are already dead, and Nicholas doesn't have time to play by the rules.

Samantha finds herself in the center of a deadly hunt for a mysterious foe. Can she find the strength to defeat a supernatural killer and prevent the third sacrifice? Or will she be the catalyst that opens the gates to the Underworld?


Author: Sandy Wright
Author: Sandy Wright
Author Genre: Paranormal & Urban

Website: writerSandy
Twitter: @sinazAZ
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Author Description:
Sandy Wright is an award-winning author of paranormal and romantic suspense novels, poetry and short fiction. Her newest novel is Song of the Ancients, set in the magical red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.

Sandy loves to take ordinary characters and put them in extraordinary situations that change their view of this world. A journalism major and teacher, she is also a 2nd degree Wiccan High Priestess with a coven in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Born and raised in the midwest, Sandy lives in Arizona with her husband, college-age son, and three huge black cats, including Shadow Moon, who is also a character in her first book. The most recent addition to the household is Teak, a laid-back (yeah, right) Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix puppy. The cats despise him, of course.









Alien Nation

Alien Novels Book 14


Author: Gini Koch

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It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system.

Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion—and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he’s also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities.

And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren’t enoughto keep Kitty down, especially when she’s got some new alien friends helping out.

But what these aliens share will rock the world—the other aliens on theirway to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z’porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn’t able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity.

Now Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.


Author: Gini Koch
Author: Gini Koch
Author Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor, Paranormal

Website: Gini Koch
Twitter: @GiniKoch
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Author Description:
Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she's made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. Gini also has short stories featured in a variety of current and upcoming anthologies, writing as Gini Koch, Anita Ensal, and J.C. Koch.









Euphoria Lane

Author: Tina Swayzee McCright

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Andi Stevenson knew her life would never be same after purchasing her new condo on Euphoria Lane. On day one, she finds the body of the homeowners association president. Day two, she discovers the property manager is her former fiancé. Day three, the new president begins his campaign of violation letters to force her to move. Day four, her sister, the owner of a detective agency, needs her help with the investigation of the murder. And day five, a full scale neighborhood war!


Author: Tina Swayzee McCright
Author: Tina Swayzee McCright
Author Genre: Mystery, Romance

Website: Tina Swayzee McCright
Twitter: @TinaMcCright
E-Mail: booksbytina@gmail.com
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Author Description:
Tina Swayzee McCright is a multi-award winning author. While participating in the Kindle Scout program with Euphoria Lane, the first of her Homeowners Association Mysteries, she discovered her passion was writing romantic cozy mysteries.

She began her career writing romantic suspense under the name Tina LaVon. The Long and The Short Of It Reviews says "LaVon has true gift for writing sympathetically and insightfully. Even her villains are compelling and three-dimensional..."

After marrying her college sweetheart - "The Irish Charmer" - she changed her pen name to Tina Swayzee McCright. Swayzee is her maiden name. Her family is distantly related to actors Patrick Swayze and William Holden, plus television news anchor, John Cameron Swayze.

Her short story, Once Upon a Weekend, is a fractured fairytale she wrote for a charitable cause which fell through. Although she doesn't usually write fairytales, she was fond of the story and decided to release it through The Wild Rose Press, which also released Liquid Hypnosis.

Tina is known for her unexpected twists. Fallen Angel Reviews wrote, "The story (Liquid Hypnosis) has such a twist to it that when it happens you wonder how you didn't see that coming."




The Minstrel's Tale

Author: Anna Questerly

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Fourteenth Century, France

Amos Questerly, a wandering minstrel takes on a mysterious young apprentice. But his new protégé, Richard, carries a deadly secret. A secret someone is willing to kill for.

To reach safety they must earn their way to England by telling exciting stories of magical swords, princesses, and dragons, while danger follows on their heels.

By the time Amos learns Richard’s secret, it’s clear even England may not be safe. The two, trapped in an adventure as thrilling as any of the minstrel’s tales, must follow a perilous path that leads straight to the royal palace.


Author: Anna Questerly
Author: Anna Questerly
Author Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Website: Anna Questerly
Twitter: @AnnaQuesterly
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Author Description:
Bookseller and bibliophile turned author, Anna Questerly writes medieval fiction and fairy tales for smart kids and young hearts. For adults, she writes utopian fantasy as A.J. Questerly.




Defiance

Smirnov Bratva Book 3


Author: T.L. Smith

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She was promised to me.
I was promised to her.
She was the daughter of a drug lord, I was the cousin of one.
Together we could have been beautiful.
Oh, so beautiful.
But beautiful doesn’t factor into my life.
Death.
Destruction.
Pain.
That was my life.
She’d had her taste of it.
But was she really ready for it?
Because I lived in hell, and my wife would soon be Satan’s bitch.
She wouldn’t be prepared.
She could never be.


Author: T.L. Smith
Author: T.L. Smith
Author Genre: Romance, Suspense

Website: T.L. Smith
Author's Blog: T.L. Smith
Twitter: @tlsmithbooks
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Author Description:
T.L Smith Lover of chocolate, books, but mostly words.

T.L Smith loves to travel, loves to shop for books, sometimes shoes ;-)

Don't be shy about contacting









Enemies & Traitors

The Norsemen's War: Book One - Teigen and Selby - The Hansen Series 1


Author: Kris Tualla

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Oslo, Norway ~ 1942
Nazi Germany occupied Norway from 1940-1945...

High school chemistry teacher, Teigen Hansen, managed to dodge Nazi attention until the day he was asked to sign Vidkun Quisling’s Declaration of Loyalty and swear to teach Nazi ideals. Mass refusal put 1,000 male teachers in prison. When they still refused, 500 of them were sent to a Nazi labor camp deep inside Norway’s Arctic Circle. When Teigen is released after seven months under frigid and grueling conditions, he immediately joins Milorg—Norway’s Resistance—and becomes part of the Royal Shakespearean Acting Troupe, a traveling group of resistance workers under cover.

Because of past experiences Selby Sunde hates men, so she has no problem “dating” Nazi officers and plying them for covert information. Her resolve is rocked when Teigen Hansen joins the troupe. Untrained yet determined, he never does what she expects—but always what’s right. As their Milorg assignments grow increasingly dangerous, it’s Teigen who saves her life as together they work to defeat Norway’s enemies & traitors.


Author: Kris Tualla
Author: Kris Tualla
Author Genre: Romance

Website: Historical Romance & Suspense by Kris Tualla
Twitter: @kristualla
E-Mail: Kris@KrisTualla.com
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Author Description:
Kindle Top-100 author Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romantic suspense, writes with a fast-paced and succinct style. Her plots are full of twists, passion, and very satisfying outcomes! Kris started in 2006 with nothing but a nugget of a character in mind, and has created a dynasty with "The Hansen Series" and "The Discreet Gentleman Series."

Kris is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime. She is an enthusiastic speaker and teacher, and created Arizona Dreamin' - Arizona's first romance-reader event: ArizonaDreaminEvent.com - and it's author-focused companion: BuildintheDream.com

"In the Historical Romance genre, there have been literally countless kilted warrior stories told. Well, I say it's time for a new breed of heroes! Come along with me and find out why: Norway IS the new Scotland!"

Big, blond, buff and beautiful men, with eyes the colors of seawater, and the wild, untamable blood of their Viking ancestors flowing through their veins. Do you feel it? The Hansen Men of Arendal, Norway - whose stories extend from post-plague Europe in 1354 through the 1840s American western expansion - are just such heroes.









Cracked Heart

Poetic Thoughts on a Life


Author: Michele Venne

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The best fodder for the Muse are life’s events and circumstances. We all have had situations that molded us, forced us to grow, made us strong, even when we would have chosen an easier path, one with a lot less pain, hard work, and challenges. For me, writing has become a way of reflecting on life, a chance to process what happened, and an avenue for healing. I pondered the Japanese practice of wabi sabi, highlighting a crack in a jar or pot and often filling it with gold or other precious metals, while compiling the poems in this collection. The fractures formed during my journey have been filled with my words written in poetry, short stories, and novels. If these poems incite your own reflection and healing through creativity, I invite you to read the section on utilizing writing to record your poetic thoughts on a life.


Author: Michele Venne
Author: Michele Venne
Author Genre:

Website: My Joy Enterprises
Twitter: @michelevenne
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Author Description:
Michele Venne is the award-winning author of six romantic thrillers, two collections of poetry, a novella, and a contributor to a flash fiction anthology. She published her first novel in 2008 when the opening scene kept playing itself in her mind. All of her books include an introductory “Dear Reader” letter and concludes with “Questions to Ponder”. Michele holds numerous certifications in education. She spends her days with the joyful practices of yoga, teaching, writing, and playing with her horses.









Pierced by Venom

A Redeeming Cupid Novel


Author: Jenn Windrow

AVAILABLE at Amazon


Gia Adler had it all—a charmed life and her true love to share it with. But moments after she murmurs, “I do,” her ex-boyfriend delivers a lead wedding present into her new husband’s chest, leaving him in a coma and shattering her dreams.

Hell-bent on ruining her future, Gia’s psychotic ex-boyfriend then abducts her, transporting her to an underground world of destruction, drugs, and death. He’s no wicked witch and they’re in no enchanted forest. He’s evil incarnate and she’s submerged in hell-on-earth, a twisted thing of nasty nightmares.

Gia must fight for her happily-ever-after—and her true love—by facing down her ex and the demons of her past.


Author: Jenn Windrow
Author: Jenn Windrow
Author Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy

Website: Jenn Windrow
Author's Blog: readerlicious.com
Twitter: @JenMWindrow
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Author Description:
Jenn Windrow loves characters that have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you've got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it's-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that's what she claims.

Jenn's Urban Fantasy, EVIL’S UNLIKELY ASSASSIN won the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P), “On The Far Side” writing contest in July 2014, top 5 in the RWA Desert Rose, “Realizing the Dream” writing contest, and finaled in the Houston Writers Guild annual writing contest in April 2014. It was also selected as first runner up in Writers Type’s First Chapter Contest in April 2013.

Her Paranormal Romance, STRUCK BY EROS placed first in the RWA’s Golden Pen Contest, third in the Ruby Slippered Sisterhoods Make it Golden contest, and fourth in the West Coast Romance Writers Beacon contest.

My First full length novel, Struck By Eros will be released Summer 2016.




7 Sykos

Author: Marsheila Rockwell/Jeffrey J. Mariotte

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Detached from the world, how are seven psychopaths going to save it?

Phoenix is one of the most populated cities in America…but not for long. With a mysterious sickness spreading through the streets, two things are becoming very clear: there’s no cure, and it doesn’t necessarily kill you.

Instead, the so-called “Infecteds” have become a living plague, killing and eating everyone they come into contact with. Chaos is spreading, and no one is safe.

No one, that is, except for a group of psychos.

Somehow unaffected by the disease—and with promises of clemency for their monstrous pasts—a group of seven is sent downtown to hopefully find the cause of the disease…and therefore a cure. But when the asylum is the size of a city, it no longer matters who is running things.

Not when everyone is running for their lives.


Author: Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Author: Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Author Genre: Thriller, Horror, Fantasy

Website: Jeff Mariotte.com
Author's Blog: Dispatches from the Flying M
Twitter: @JeffMariotte
E-Mail: jmariotte@aol.com
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Author Description:
Jeff Mariotte was born in Park Forest, Illinois. He moved away from there at the age of six, when his father, a civilian working for the Department of Defense, was transferred to Paris, France. Since then he's lived in Arlington and Reston, Virginia, Worms and Schriesheim, Germany, San Jose, San Diego, and Arizona.

He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film. He has worked delivering the Washington Post, in a comic book store and a fast food restaurant, selling encyclopedias door-to-door, and as maintenance supervisor for a large regional shopping center. He was the manager of Hunter's Books, La Jolla when his first fiction was published. He has been VP of Marketing and Senior Editor for comic book publisher WildStorm Productions, Editor-in-Chief for IDW Publishing, a co-owner of independent specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, and a freelance writer and editor.

He is passionate about-among other things-reading, the deserts and mountains and forests of the American West, modern and historical, politics, photography, independent bookstores, and whatever else strikes his fancy at any given moment.


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