Spotlight On: The Shepherd by T.W. Luedke

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Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation…

…THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.

Mike Evans here. Sixteen year old skate punk squatting in a white-trash trailer park with my loser drunk Dad. Seems I lost most of my friends when Dad lost our home in foreclosure. Only Anita stuck by me. Worse, I keep having strange clairvoyant visions of things that always come true.

Then I almost ran over Nadia in my Geo. A passing truck finished the job – left a crumpled heap of skin and bone on the road. I fixed her. Me.

Now this fourteen year old girl won’t leave me alone. I sorta let her sneak in my window when she needs a place to crash.

I have a double life: daytime at school, Anita, skating, and then my nights with Nadia. She’s my secret friend, gives me money and listens to my problems when nobody else will.

My world is spinning out of control. Old friends have turned enemy, my grisly visions of death won’t quit, and Anita’s intentions make my head spin. Even with all that, I’ve got bigger stuff to worry about.

Nadia’s hiding something.

Buy The Shepherd here.

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About the Author

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TW Luedke ~ Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

His new series is the Shepherd series.

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Interview with Jillian Kleine Der Löwe, Author of Wicked

Welcome today to Jillian Kleine Der Löwe, author of Wicked (Book 1 of the Seven Deadly Sins Series)

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1. What do you write about? Tell us a little about your previous published works.

I started making up stories before I even knew how to read or write. As a small child, I would write scripts and get my family and friends to perform them. My dream from when I was about five years old, onwards, was to be a filmmaker. I saw an interview on TV where George Lucas was talking about making Star Wars. Before that, I didn’t realize that there was a whole process that went into making movies. I thought that movies just were… Like that they just popped out of the air fully formed. I knew that making movies was what I wanted to do. I’ve always written Comedy and Fantasy, those are the genres that come most naturally to me. I went to school for film. It was funny because when I was younger people would proclaim to me, my parents and my friends that I was going to be the next Spielberg… Either that or a rockstar… Because I have that twinkle in my eyes. I wrote tons of screenplays and had a hard-time finding reliable people to help me produce my films. So, I kind of put that all on the back-burner and looked for something else to fall-back on. I ended up working with Kim Weiss at HCI Books and I just fell in love with publishing. I was like, I can so do this! I can take my screenplays, turn them into novels and publish them. It’s because of my background in film and being an über extrovert that my books are decidedly dialogue heavy rather than exposition heavy. So, I published Wicked and I’ve not looked back since (although, I’d love to eventually turn the series into a visual format for cable, film, or television)! Before publishing Wicked, I did write for small publications and websites, mostly as a critic of books and films. I also wrote a lot of advertising copy. I even wrote all of my own copy for my website and Amazon sales page.

2. How do you handle bad reviews?

It depends. If the review has constructive criticism, like about formatting or typos, I’m very thankful for that kind of insight and I appreciate the help. I’ll usually e-mail the person and thank them. They’re usually really cool about it and some of them have helped me improve my books formatting and shtuff like that. If there’s no constructive criticism… I usually laugh and get some sort of sick satisfaction out of it. I’m pretty twisted! LOL! I don’t really pay attention to it really. I don’t respond to reviews on Amazon or anything like that, but on blogs (whether the review is good or bad), I try to post a comment and say thank you. Although, if someone e-mails me a negative review directly… I guess it could be referred to as “hate mail” I typically ignore it or just say thank you for your taking the time to review my book and leave it at that. I view hate mail and negative reviews kinda like fan mail in disguise. If my writing was able to provoke a response in someone, good or bad, that’s really saying something about the power of my writing. Yet, most of my reviews and the correspondences I’ve received have been quite positive and I’m thankful for that.

3. Tell us a little about your work in progress?

I’m currently writing Lured, the sequel to Wicked. It’s a bit longer and at times, darker than Wicked. Wicked was very action-packed. There is still action in Lured, but at the same time it’s more introspective for the main characters because they have to come to terms with terrible things that they all did in the past before they can move forward. So, we learn a lot more of the backstory. At the same time, the characters are dealing with unforeseen consequences (good and bad) that have arisen because of the events that took place in Wicked. Lured delves deeper into the whole Shadow Government storyline, which I’m very excited about because it adds a dimension of political intrigue and a bit of a “big brother is watching you” and “trust no one” vibe. This is my chance to poke fun at politics! Huzzah! Lured still has the same kind of twists and turns that Wicked did. I think that the ending will really shock people, maybe even upset them because they’ll really feel for the characters. One thing I’m very excited to talk about is two new characters… Cain (yes, that Cain) and Vlad (as in Dracula). They’re darkly hilarious and very much fun to write.

4. Any advice for aspiring writers?

The best advice anyone ever gave me was this: Write the book you want to read. I believe that this is essential, because that’s how you stay passionate about writing. If you’re not writing about something that you’re passionate about, you can grow tired of it easily. Especially when it comes time for things like revisions. I think this is probably what causes writers block. I’ve always written what I wanted to read and I’ve never ever had writers block. I also use the MBTI to me help create realistic characters. I highly recommend using the MBTI. It’s never failed me.

5. What is your personal writing process?

I put together a music playlist that inspires the moods of the different characters in my stories. I also put together collages with pictures that remind me of the characters, locations, etc. Sometimes, I write journal entries for the different characters, to get a feel for them. I’ll listen to my playlist and just daydream up the whole story, as if I’m watching it on a movie screen. Then I just start writing while my playlist is playing. I also like using the books Astrology for Writers and Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner. I use Lo Scarabeo’s Astrological Oracle, Karma Cards and the Mystic Dreamer Tarot. This is so much fun, especially given my chosen genre. It gives a mystical and otherworldly feel to the whole writing process. I also keep notebooks filled with everything you can imagine… Dialogue, journal entries, notes, pictures, etc.

6. Who are a few authors you look up to?

Growing up; I looked up to comedians, filmmakers, producers and screenwriters more than authors. I’ve always been obsessed with BBC comedies. I looked up to Ben Elton, Grant & Naylor, Monty Python, Rowan Atkinson, etc. I grew up on Black Adder, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, the Young Ones, etc. I blame my father… He was the one who got me obsessed with BBC comedies. To this day, every time I see him we end up quoting Monty Python… Especially the Piranha Brothers and Dead Parrot sketches. 🙂

7. What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading A Clash of Kings by GRRM. I recently finished A Game of Thrones and just dove right into Kings. I’m about 200 pages in so far. Epic/High Fantasy is not usually my genre of choice, but I just can’t get enough of A Song of Ice & Fire. My favorite characters are Jaime and Tyrion, because they’re funny. I have a real affinity for the Lannisters. In some respects, they remind me of my own family at times. My husband and I both say that my mother is like the real-life Tywin… Just much funnier, but you’d never want to get on her bad side… Not unless you want to have a stanza devoted to you added to the Rains of Castomere. My last name, Der Löwe, is German for the lion. The lion has been the sigil of my husbands family/house for 800 years. His ancestral seat is Brederode Castle, which is now a ruin, in the Netherlands. His family was, at one point… The largest, most influential, most powerful and wealthiest family in the Netherlands. I jokingly ask my husband why they left… LOL! So, I think it goes without saying why I identify with the Lannisters. Also, I see a lot of parallels in ASOIAF with the War of the Roses. Lannister is to York as Stark is to Lancaster, yo! I’ve always been fascinated with that period in the history of the UK.

8. What inspired you to write your first book?

Honestly, the whole entire Seven Deadly Sins series came to me through mostly dreams that started when I was eleven years old. This has always been a story that I have felt the need to tell. I started writing it in 1995 and set it aside to focus on my schoolwork, since I was sonly 15 at the time. I took it up again after I graduated from college in 2002, but I didn’t end up getting much done at the time because I just ended up partying instead. If a friend called me and was like, “Hey! Let’s go out!” I went out instead of staying at home to write, because I’ve always been a bit of a social animal. Yet, I’ve always come back to this story. It was if, I was the vessel to tell this story. Although, I’ve added a lot of humor into it. The dreams were much more emotastik. After I worked at HCI Books and fell in love with publishing and I saw that other authors had gone indie, I was like, I can so do that too! So, I did it. I write Metaphysical & Visionary Fantasy because it’s more than just entertainment and escapism. These are books that are deeply philosophical and spiritual. Ultimately, I write not only because I want to entertain people… But because I want to help make the world a better place through my writing. What else would you expect from an ENFP such as myself? I see authors as the modern-day prophets and visionaries. Because we have the ability to write well, we have the responsibility to communicate ideas that are ultimately awe-inspiring. Also, I wanted to succeed as an author so that I could pay it forward and help other aspiring authors. I like a nice blend between thought-provoking and insanely funny. Also, there really weren’t many women writing satire. There’s some like Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella, but not many. We women really need to conquer the Satire genre and make it our own! The boys like Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have dominated the genre for so long… It’s time for women to take over! We can add a feminine-aspect and perspective that the genre is currently lacking.

9. What do you find particularly challenging about writing?

My cats! They’re always stealing my chair! And Skittles is so assertive, eccentric, opinionated and talkative for a cat… I believe she takes after me. She’ll sit at my feet and just yell at me while I’m writing. Probably because she wants attention. But I’ll joke around and have conversations with her and put funny words in her mouth. Like… What was that Skittles? You don’t like this bit of the story? Aw, that’s too bad. I totally mess with her and she loves it! She has a whole plethora of meows, so we have real conversations. I say something or ask a question and she responds with a unique meow. My husband and I have counted 50 distinct Skittle meows so far. It also took a long time for me to have enough self-discipline to stay at home and write instead of going out, but I’m so over that. I’m committed to my writing now. But seriously… See, contrary to popular belief I can actually do serious… I find nothing challenging about writing. It comes very naturally to me and it always has.

10. Have you ever used characteristics from someone you know in one of your books?

Characteristics, not so much. The characters are based on my interpretations of the beings from my dreams. I’m also Astral Projecting a lot! So, I’ve worked with some of these spirit energies and tried to get them as true to form as possible and do them some justice… Especially Luc! Some of Luc’s dialogue was derived from energy I’ve received from him while Astral Projecting. Now… Dialogue! OMG! Yes! So much of the dialogue is based on conversations I’ve actually had with my friends! Mostly things that I’ve said… Since, like Sev, I’m verbally incontinent. My husband says that I’m like the real-life Eric Cartmen… No inner monologue. Although, certain things ended up in the story because I wanted to write bits that I knew my best friend Phil would love. I’ve known Phil since high school. We used to sit in class and quote Monty Python back and forth. We drove our photography teacher Mrs. P insane (not that it took much)! Phil is like my untwin. We look nothing alike, but we just get each other. We have the same sense of humor. And certain choice elements of Luc and Michael are both based on my husband. I love my husband! He’s so complex in a beautiful way. There are different aspects to his personality. Sometimes he’s like Luc… Softspoken, tender and warm. And at other times he’s like Michael… A brash alpha male that says things inviting of a smack. It’s funny watching Luc and Michael balance each other out… In the same way that it’s interesting watching my husband balance both aspects of his personality. I love that my husband is inconsistent (despite how infuriating that can be)… He’d be boring otherwise. He keeps me on my toes. He and I are both complete opposites, so I love playing the whole odd-couple angle in stories.

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The universe started with a bang… And so does Wicked!

Angels and demons and dragons… Oh my! Earth: it’s the promised land for Kin, beings from the Astral Planes. Some, beings of light. Others, the Fallen, beings of unimaginable evil… Seven Cyn, a confident and empowered modern woman, is Kin and a CIA Operative. With her best friend Leon in tow, she flies to Wales in pursuit of an ancient relic, the Spear of Destiny. Then throw the enigmatic Luc into the mix as he and Sev discover a love that defies the stars. Yet, there is a catch… Sev has been tasked with ending his life. Along with a twisted pixie named Ace, they uncover the location of the Spear and end up in a race against time with the survival of the whole entire Universe left hanging in the balance in a battle between good verses evil. This unlikely odd-coupled menagerie comes up against a shadow government run by Dark Entities and Fallen Angels possessing mortal souls. Will Sev unlock the secrets of the Spear in time to avert universal disaster or will the Universe fall into utter darkness? Has Sev finally bitten off more than she can chew? Filled with believable characters and injected with a heaping dose of sarcasm and wit… And just as many twists and turns; Wicked promises not to disappoint. This lighthearted energetic, fast-paced romp will certainly open your mind and tickle your funny bone. Wicked is kinda like this… Take satirical chick lit… Place that in a contemporary fantasy setting… And then throw in the Apocalypse just for good measure. That’s Wicked! And That + Wicked = Awesome!

Wicked is filled with all of the no-holds-barred thrills of your average adventure. Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat as you are transported into the depths of a rich and dark fantasy world not unlike that of your own, but with a few unique and dynamic twists. Take a globe trotting trek into a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Wicked has enough pulse pounding chases, fights, heists, shadow government conspiracy theories and treasure hunts to appeal to not only die-hard fantasy fans; but your average adventure enthusiast. Be prepared for the wild high-flying ride of your life. And just hope that the good guys win.

To get your copy:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Seven-Deadly-Sins-Novel-ebook/dp/B00E9CATQK/

Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster

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“Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions…a satisfying addition to the ‘Love in Bloom’ series.” — Midwest Book Review

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+** Lovers at Heart is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. Enjoy Lovers at Heart as a stand-alone novel or for more enjoyment, read the entire Love and Bloom series (nine full-length novels featuring the Snow Sisters and the Bradens).

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Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable façade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he’s going home to try to forget her all together.Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she’s never needed a man to help her find her way–until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she’d spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain–including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever–and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.

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Watch for the full LOVE IN BLOOM series:

SNOW SISTERS

Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White

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THE BRADENS

Lovers at Heart
Destined for Love
Friendship on Fire
Sea of Love
Bursting with Love
Hearts at Play

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18690048-lovers-at-heart?from_search=true

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lovers-Heart-Love-Bloom-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B00G0ZRN18/

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Foster is the New York Times Best Selling author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Join Melissa and the YaYa Writer Girls at their annual in-person event. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

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Character Interview: Callie Taylor, from Waking Up Dead

Today Callie Taylor, the narrator of Waking Up Dead, stops by to chat!

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Thank you for coming to chat with us today. Why do you think Margo Bond Collins chose you to represent her/him?
Margo was driving to work one day and caught a glimpse of me as I drifted across the Civil War statue in the middle of downtown. Of course, I just looked like fog to her at the time. I had to expend some pretty serious energy to get her to hear me! But once she did, I was able to get my story out.

Tell us a little about yourself?
When I was alive, I was a technical writer in Dallas, Texas. But then I died—I was murdered, actually; I’ll spare you the gory details—and I ended up as a ghost haunting someplace I’d never even been. I’m now a ghost in Abramsville, Alabama. It’s the weirdest damn afterlife. . . and I’m apparently destined to spend it fighting crime.

What is your birth date?
None of your business.

Where do you live? What is it about that area that drew you?
I don’t live. I haunt. And I’m not sure what it is that drew me here. I just woke up dead in Alabama! But I do spend a lot of time with my friend Ashara and her grandmother, Maw-Maw. They’re two of the very few people who can see me!

What’s your favorite music?
Right now? My favorite kind of music is whatever makes Ashara crazy. I like to change her music over when she’s driving. It’s easier to manipulate electronic objects than anything else, so it’s something I can do.

Will we be seeing more of you or are you stepping out of the lime light?
Hardly anyone can see me. But my story isn’t done yet! I know I have things left to do; I just don’t know what, yet.

What do you do to relax?
I drift. It’s kind of like sleeping, but it’s apparently what ghosts do. And when I’m not drifting, I watch a lot of television. Crime shows, mostly. Luckily I found Ashara and Maw-Maw and can interact with them. Until I found them, my afterlife was boring. BORING.

What’s your biggest turn on?
Now? Watching out for the people I care about. I’m no guardian angel—just the thought of all that responsibility gives me the creeps—but I do what I can to care for the people in my life . . . um. Afterlife. . .

What your favorite ice cream flavor, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
Oh. If only I could taste food again. I can kind of smell it, which is nice. But not as nice as eating it was.

Do you believe in ghosts?
I kind of have to, now, though I’m the only one I’ve seen so far!

Do you feel the cover accurately represents you?
Sure. It’s a shadowy woman who disappears into nothing. That’s me these days, though when I look at myself, I still see just me, wearing the clothes I wore the day I died. Black slacks, gray button-down shirt, black leather jacket, medium-heel black boots. Casual professional. When I manage to cast a reflection in the mirror, I still look like me. Medium-toned skin, green eyes, dark wavy hair to my shoulders. But some people see me as a shadowy figure.

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Callie Taylor expected Heaven or Hell. She got Alabama. . . .

When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she’s witnessed another murder, and she’s not about to let this one go. She’s determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?

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About the Author

Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.

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Spotlight On: The Field by Tracy Richardson

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Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Dyad–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of The Field by Tracy Richardson, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
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That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

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About the book: Eric Horton finds himself plagued by terrible nightmares of explosions, fire, and someone screaming. The more they occur, the more real they seem, causing him to question whether they’re just harmless dreams or foreshadowing of a dark and devastating future.

And that’s not the only strange thing happening. On the soccer field, he’s been in the zone, saving shot after shot with what feels like a supernatural awareness of where the ball is going to go next. Then there’s the connection he feels with Renee, the hot new student from France. It’s as if he’s known her forever.

Still, all these wild visions and synchronicities pale in comparison to the strange experiments Renee’s dad is cooking up in the University physics lab. When he asks Eric to serve as a test subject, Eric must again question whether what he’s seeing and hearing is reality—or something far beyond it.

When his best friend Will starts drinking way too much and Renee has eyes for other guys, Eric loses the edge he’s always had in the goal, and confidence in himself. If he’s going to pull it together, Eric must tap into a part of himself that he never knew existed, and that might just be the part that connects us all.

Pick up your copy of this Young Adult/ Paranormal/ Mystery through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

About the author:
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Tracy Richardson wasn’t always a writer, but she was always a reader. Her favorite book growing up was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. In a weird way that book even shaped her life through odd synchronicities. She has a degree in Biology like Mrs. Murry and without realizing it she named her children Alex and Katie after Meg’s parents! Tracy uses her science background in her writing through her emphasis on environment issues and metaphysics. When she’s not writing you’ll find her doing any number of creative activities – painting furniture, knitting sweaters or cooking up something in the kitchen for her vegetarian, carnivore and no-carb family. She lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband and two children and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie. Connect with Tracy on her website, Facebook, or GoodReads.

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at www.luminisbooks.com.

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Book Highlight: Program 13 by Nicole Sobon

Program 13 by Nicole Sobon
316 pages; published August 15th, 2012
Young Adult, Sci-fi

Two identities. One Body.17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn’t dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen’s core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen’s programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh, the owner of Vesta Corp, isn’t willing to let Thirteen go. And he will stop at nothing to reclaim control of Thirteen’s programming. Because without her, McVeigh has nothing.
What makes you human?

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The leather straps constricted my wrists forcing me to endure the electric current soaring through my body. With each jolt of energy, the wires beneath my skin buzzed, sending a shrill throughout my core. Programmed to respond to pain, my body flung forward involuntarily.

“Pain is a natural reaction,” they told us. “It’s a part of being human. It is something you will better understand once your human identity is finally installed.”

But no matter how much I might look human, I was not.

I was a Program, a machine built to appear human.

The straps dug into my skin, tearing it slightly. I could feel the cold brushing against the metal surrounding the wires beneath the break. The tearing didn’t hurt, but my Program reacted as though it did. The scientists wanted to see how we react to pain. They wanted to believe we were capable of acting human.

This body, this skin, it was a cover for what I truly was.

“They do not have enough experience with your kind,” the White Coats said. “We just want to make sure you are safe out there. This is your world, too.”

At least, that was what they told me.

“Program Thirteen,” a harsh voice called from behind the glass. I could faintly make out a shadow of the man as he held his clipboard in his hand, carefully checking each box indicating I’d passed my daily inspection. I was making excellent progress, or so I’d heard.

“Your Program is coming along quite nicely,” McVeigh had told me. “I can only imagine how well you will do once your human identity is programmed into your core.”

I knew that McVeigh was happy with my progress here at Vesta Corp, but I did not comprehend much of what he said. What I did know was that as long as my treatments continued to work, I’d remain activated. I’d retain a purpose. That was all that mattered.

Looking down, I could see that the leather straps were hanging down, no longer constricting my wrists. Even without the straps to hold me down, I did not move. I remained seated, waiting for a White Coat to come strolling in through the door. As I waited, I noticed that my skin where it had been torn from the pressure of the restraints was flapping around. I’d have to pay a visit to the doctor again so that she could tend to the tear.

“You must find a way to fight the pain, Thirteen,” she’d tell me, just like she always did.

And then I’d nod, because that was what I was expected to do.

The truth was that I had no control over how my Program reacted to pain. Everything I did, everything I was – it was all controlled by the scientists. I didn’t choose to react. My Program, the one which they’d built, did. I twisted my wrist so that my palm was facing up, and I gazed down at the open skin. No blood. No bone. Only exposed metal.

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Nicole Sobon is the author of The Emile Reed Chronicles (Young Adult Science Fiction), the Outbreak duology (Young Adult Dystopian), and various short stories.

Her novel, Program 13, was quoted on an episode of Criminal Minds (season 8, episode 13, “Magnum Opus”). 

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Interview with S.A. Wolfe, author of Fearsome

Welcome today to S.A. Wolfe, author of Fearsome!

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Tell us a little about your work in progress.
I have two works in progress. I’ve put one aside to focus completely on a follow up book to Fearsome. I had so many requests from readers who want another story about a particular character in Fearsome. Just so you know, Fearsome does not have a cliffhanger. It is a standalone novel with an HEA, and the sequel will not be about Jessica Channing. She’ll have a background role for sure, but some new characters will be introduced as well.

Any advice for aspiring writers?
I’ve been writing since my teens, and what I know for certain is that writing is hard, producing the book and quality of work you want is hard, managing writing time is hard, and selling books is hard. Treat it like a job and develop a strong work ethic that gets you through those times when you sabotage yourself with doubt and fear. Write every day to improve your skills and creative muscles. Read a variety of novels and study how other writers develop their craft. Finally, surround yourself with supportive people, and seek out other authors in online communities to gain support, friendship, and valuable advice.

What is your personal writing process?
My writing process involves a loose outline of the plot, twists, reveals, and conflicts. I create a bio for my main characters, so I can really get to know them before I start writing. Once I have these ideas down, and events and dialogue have been percolating in my brain for weeks, I start writing. I think the first two chapters are the most difficult because you need to hook your readers, you have to introduce characters, and you have to give some background, but not bury the narrative in backstory. If I write 3000 words or more in each writing session, then I’m able to get into a good groove. Part of my style is pantsing even though I follow some loosely defined plot points. Once I’m in the middle of the book, around 50,000 words, then I go on writing binges because I’m emotionally invested in the story and highly motivated to keep writing as much as possible.

That gets me through the first draft. After that, I work on some revisions and editing before I send the book to my beta readers. Once I get their feedback, I do some more revising before sending it off to my editing team. And then it’s another one or two rounds of revising and polishing before I have the book I want.

Who are a few authors you look up to?
I have always admired Jhumpa Lahiri and Jennifer Egan, especially their early work from over a decade ago. Egan’s wit and Lahiri’s prose are terrific. Years ago I got hooked on Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and that was a fun sexy ride. I like Elle Casey and Mimi Strong – they write some pretty great romances with a lot of humor. I also admire Elle Casey’s incredible dedication to her writing career. She gets an amazing amount of writing done everyday!

What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Forever Jack by Natasha Boyd, Four Seconds To Lose by K. A. Tucker, and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote my first full-length novel when I was twenty-two. My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) kept urging me to write because he couldn’t believe how much I read. I would talk about writing and stories I’d like to write someday – he put his foot down and said I needed to get busy writing. So I did.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Books that influenced my life at a young age were my mother’s Anne Tyler collection, especially The Accidental Tourist. Her characters are ordinary people, often ones we’d never really notice, and their stories can be conventional or tragic, but it’s the way Tyler writes that moves me even to this day. Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex was a major influence, both for its epic tale and its prose. In Romance, I think Karen Marie Moning’s books got me interested in writing something different, at least for me. I don’t write paranormal or fantasy story lines, but Moning’s books are probably the ones that opened the world of romance novels to me.

What do you find particularly challenging about writing?
I think the most challenging part about writing is 1) producing the words and getting the draft done, and 2) editing. Editing is exhausting and sometimes very frustrating. I’m so glad I have an editing team to get me through that stage.

If there was one message you could send to everybody who reads your books, what would it be?
I would hope everyone enjoys my story with its sexy, funny, quirky, imperfect characters, and that the romance gives them that happy feeling at the end.

Have you ever used characteristics from someone you know in one of your books?
All the major characteristics in my book are taken from real people in my life: friends, family, people I’ve met along the way.

What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write because I love a good romance. My brain begins inventing characters I like, and then the story unfolds when I’m daydreaming, which is a lot. That’s when I know I have to write it down.

Where can readers find you and your work?

Readers can find me here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sawolfe24

Website: http://www.sa-wolfe.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sawolfe_

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fearsome-S-Wolfe-ebook/dp/B00FHN63I8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1386368376

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fearsome-s-a-wolfe/1117036774?ean=2940045368353

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/362988

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18461247-fearsome?from_search=true

fearsome

Jessica Channing’s big city life should be more exciting than sixty-hour work weeks and popcorn nights with her girlfriends, but it’s not. She has worked hard fulfilling her role as a child prodigy and graduating college years before her peers. She’s the good girl, the brilliant girl.

Unfortunately, she’s also the dateless young woman.

That all changes with one phone call. Jess’s rigid, predictable life upends when she must visit a small, obscure town to deal with a relative’s death. This isn’t just any little speck of a town, though. Long lost memories come crashing down on Jess’s world when two men, the Blackard brothers, seem to lure her in.

Dylan is cover model handsome, and pursues Jess the minute she comes to town. Then there is tall, dark and gorgeous Carson, who hides his own secrets behind his hardened reserve.

For someone who has been governed by her own obsessive behaviors and fears, Jess lets her guard down and jumps at the opportunity to have an affair with a man she actually finds attractive for a change.

There’s just one problem. Jess discovers that she can’t have a simple romantic fling because true passion does indeed come with some very big strings attached to it. She will have to own up to her own truths about love and face the two extraordinary men; both troubled in their own ways and both determined to have her.

Genre: Romance/New Adult
* This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers.

Top Ten Books that Inspired the Godsland Series by Brian Rathbone

Welcome to my stop on the Godsland series blog tour!  This is a YA epic/high fantasy adventure series by Brian Rathbone.  The tour consists of reviews of all of the books and the audiobook, as well as guest posts, interviews and more. Be sure to check out the tour page with all the tour information and additional tour stops.
The books in the Godsland series:
Call of the Herald (Book One) – FREE
Inherited Danger (Book Two)- FREE
Dragon Ore (Book Three)
You can also find it in one bind up called The Dawning of Power Trilogy Omnibus.
Find the full list of titles and links at http://brianrathbone.com/ As this is only the first trilogy in the World of Godsland series.

Top Ten Books or Series that Inspired the Godsland Fantasy Series

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle

Dragonlance books 1, 2 and 3 by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman

The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

The Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony

The Belgariad by David Eddings

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Godsland Book One – Call of the Herald
243 pages 

Echoes
of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage
of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities,
harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils
awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage
horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she
becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of
her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.

Godsland Book Two –
Inherited Danger 
276 pages
Leaving
her homeland behind, Catrin Volker goes in search of knowledge and peace,
unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known.


 





Godsland Book Three- Dragon Ore
268 pages

Dragon
Ore is the exciting conclusion of The Dawning of Power trilogy.
Clinging to life, Catrin Volker struggles to regain her strength as her
foes go in search of even greater power. Ancient enemies threaten and
forgotten alliances emerge.


Brian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but
he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and,
more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed
was Brian’s love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of
story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about
writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on
writing, The World of Godsland became real.

Author Sites:
WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | GoodReads | Trailer | Free Web Game Feral Dragons | Free Web Game Grumpy Dragons
 

Books can be found at: GoodReads |
Amazon 

 

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Spotlight: Fallen, by Laury Falter

Title: Fallen
Author: Laury Falter
Series: Guardian Trilogy
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Audeamus LLC
Release Date: April 1 2009
Editions/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis: 
Fallen – the first book in the bestselling Guardian Trilogy…
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger. 
As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.

Places to find Laury

Places to find Fallen

Character Profile and Spotlight: Monochrome by H.M. Jones

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A young mother, Abigail Benet, battles postpartum depression, marital troubles and addiction. Her weary mind plagued with horrible thoughts not her own, she decides to end it all. Suddenly, her mind and heart begin to race, her vision blurs and goes black. She awakes in a strange, dull, monochromatic blue world.

Here, she comes face-to-face with the most beautiful and ugliest moments of her life, choosing those that she will lose forever, and those that are too precious to let go.

In a world where many choose a living death, and no one is above suspicion, will her handsome Guide, Ishmael, help her fight her way back to the beautiful life she left behind, or will she succumb to her ugliest urges and let her sweetest memories disappear into the blue?

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Character Profile

Abigail Benet:
Favorite drink: whiskey, but it’ll be the death of her
Favorite poet: Aphra Behn
Favorite book: Le Morte D’Arthur
Worst Fear: hurting the ones she loves
Favorite hobby: MMA and reading

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About the Author

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H.M. Jones lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two preschoolers and husband. She spends most of her time making sure her children are well-rounded, open-minded citizens of this world. She spends the last hours of the day and the wee hours of the morning, writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, and imagining different things to read and write about. She also likes running, drinking tea, martial arts, watching period pieces and going second hand bookstore hopping with the handsome Mr. Jones and crew. Her cat, Pepper, likes to meow at her, in a critical manner, when she is writing.

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Favorite Review

This was an absolutely awesome book.

For anyone who has ever questioned where their life has taken them, this is most definitely a MUST read. Jones effectively tells a story of a young woman who is struggling with her identity as a wife and mother. The compassion with which she tells the story grips the reader from the very beginning and will stay with you long after you turn the first page.

I look forward to many more enjoyable reads from this author.

READ THIS BOOK!!

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