Bound by Blood by Margo Bond Collins, Now Available in Audiobook!

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Written by Margo Bond Collins, Narrated by Hollie Jackson

Sometimes the monsters in the dark are real…

As a child, Lili Banta ignored her grandmother’s cryptic warnings to avoid children outside their Filipino community in Houston. When many of those other children fell ill, Lili ignored the whispers in her community that a vampiric aswang walked among them.

Years later, Lili returns to Houston to work for the Quarantine Station of the Center for Disease Control—but she is plagued by dark, bloody dreams that consume her nights and haunt her days. When a strange illness attacks the city’s children, Lili is called in to find its source, and maybe even a cure.

But in order to save the city, she must first acknowledge the sinister truth: A monster stalks the night—closer than she ever expected….

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Audio Book Sample ~ Listen to the first five minutes of Bound by Blood

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Buy Links

Ebook, only $.99 via Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Bound-Blood-Night-Shift-Novella-ebook/dp/B00PB3AIGC/
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Bound-Blood-Night-Shift-Novel/dp/0990743365/
Audiobook: http://www.amazon.com/Bound-Blood-Night-Shift-Book/dp/B00QUB5T9U/
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About the Author

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.
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Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.net
Blog: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Shifty Magic by Judy Teel

Shifty Magic
by Judy Teel

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…some people will do anything for revenge.

A tough PI struggles to track down a vengeful serial killer only to discover that the murderer holds the key to her secret magical heritage.

Book One in the YA13 paranormal/mystery series Dangerous Magic by Judy Teel. “Expect action, on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the perfect touch of romance.”

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Excerpt

I inched forward, far enough to see past the end of the alley and into the loading area of the abandoned Walmart. Only one stubborn streetlight on the other side of the broken security fence cast its inadequate glow across the cracked asphalt. Shadows pushed around the edges of the open space, deepening where they cluttered up against rusty dumpsters and smashed crates.

My heart thudded against my ribs at the sight of the woman standing just inside the slash of light, huddling in on herself, shaking. She was average height and on the plump side, around twenty like me, with light brown hair. Unlike me, her boobs looked ready to spill out of the low-cut halter top she wore, and her tight micro skirt was so close to showing her goods that if she twitched, I’d be scarred for life.

Three male vamps cruised around her like sharks. Their fangs were displayed like sharp, curved knives, their features sunken parodies of a human face, more like fleshy skulls as their insatiable hunger gained control. I wondered how much money they’d offered to lure her out of her zone and into such a dangerously secluded area. Maybe all they’d needed was to promise her the erotic trip that their venom gave. Either way, she’d made a fatal error.

People were incredibly stupid about vampires. They had no idea what they were dealing with.

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About the Author

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I live in North Carolina with my boisterous family–husband, three kids, a dog and a geriatric bunny–and yup, I’m Southern so occasionally I let a “y’all” slip out. Maybe more than occasionally.

I love my job and dedicate as much of my time to writing as I can. When I’m not doing the weaving of the adventurous and romantic tales, I’m running errands, driving people around (or crazy depending on your perspective), and generally pretending I’m a grownup.

When I was fifteen, I knew I wanted to be a novelist–wanted to write for Harlequin actually. But the calling to tell stories came a lot earlier than that, I just didn’t know what it meant.

I had a lot of growing up to do before I could manage it, though many would claim the growing up part didn’t take–you know who you are–but I finally have my dream job.

Life rocks—so should the books you read!

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Contact Judy Teel

Webpage: http://judyteel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudyTeelBooks?ref=hl

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/judyteelbooks

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008K8WHHI

Shifty Magic for Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shifty-magic-judy-teel/1115409891?ean=2940016703961

Shifty Magic for Kindle: http://amzn.com/B00CXQ7EOE

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Spotlight On: Carrots (A Shelby Nichols Adventure)​ + a Giveaway

Blurb: 

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber’s mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she’s lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn’t suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly ‘hears’ what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she’s bossy and too old to understand them, but that’s nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn’t want her to know? As if that isn’t enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he’s out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone’s thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

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About the Author

 A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped By Revenge coming soon!

         

Waking Up Dead is available on Amazon!

Today, Waking Up Dead was released on Amazon! Woohoo!

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Be sure to join us for the Waking Up Dead Facebook Release Party on October 8, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. I have over 50 prizes to give away, including Waking Up Dead swag packs, free ebook copies of Waking Up Dead, and more than 20 books from other authors. That means you will be able to enter a prize every five minutes! I’m doing the drawings at the end of the night, though, so if you need to come in a little late, you can still enter to win every prize. 🙂

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Thanks to everyone for your support in making Waking Up Dead come to life. Y’all rock!

On October 9th and 10th, I have a few celebratory blog tour stops to make–watch for those; I’ll be announcing them on all my social media!

Now that the pre-release tour is over, I’m handing the promotional reigns over for a while to Enchanted Book Promotions. I know they’ll do a fabulous job; I’ll be announcing all of those blog stops, too!

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For more information about Waking Up Dead, see below:

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Blurb

When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. 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 in Alabama?

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When I died, I expected to go to heaven.

Okay. Maybe hell. It’s not like I was perfect or anything. But I was sort of hoping for heaven.

Instead, I went to Alabama.

Yeah. I know. It’s weird.

I died in Dallas, my hometown. I was killed, actually. Murdered. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. I don’t like to remember them myself. Some jerk with a knife–and probably a Bad-Mommy complex. Believe me, if I knew where he was, I’d go haunt his ass.

At any rate, by the time death came, I was ready for it–ready to stop hurting, ready to let go. I didn’t even fight it.

And then I woke up dead in Alabama. Talk about pissed off.

You know, even reincarnation would have been fine with me–I could have started over, clean slate and all that. Human, cow, bug. Whatever. But no. I ended up haunting someplace I’d never even been.

That’s not the way it’s supposed to work, right? Ghosts are supposed to be the tortured spirits of those who cannot let go of their earthly existence. If they could be convinced to follow the light, they’d leave behind said earthly existence and quit scaring the bejesus out of the poor folks who run across them. That’s what all those “ghost hunter” shows on television tell us.

Let me tell you something. The living don’t know jack about the dead.

Not this dead chick, anyway.

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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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Buy Waking Up Dead on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Up-Dead-ebook/dp/B00FOXWLM8/

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Connect with Margo
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
Facebook Novel Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Up-Dead/502076076537575
Tumblr: http://vampirarchybooks.tumblr.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

Be sure to add Waking Up Dead to your Goodreads bookshelves: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428064-waking-up-dead

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Waking Up Dead! Release Party, Reviews, and General SQUEE

The closer I get to the October 8 release date of Waking Up Dead, the more excited I get! I am just all a-SQUEE over it!

In the last few days, I’ve started getting responses from reviewers, and I’m loving their comments! My two favorites so far? Here ya go:

“GHOSTS!!! Fuck yeah!!”

. . . and, about the character Maw-Maw:

“[she] effing rocks. Most EPIC grandmother EVER.”

I have inspired cursing, random capitalization, and lots of exclamation marks from my readers. My work here is done.

If you want such inspiration, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for free copies; I’ve set it to run until 12:15 a.m. October 9!

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If you can make it to the Facebook release party, I’d love to have you there. It’s on 10/8 from 6-9 p.m. CST–we’ll have over 50 prizes, including tons of e-books and swag from other authors who have been incredibly generous! I have piles of cool stuff to give away. You’re invited, and so are all your friends! 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/events/347803788688779/

After the party, Enchanted Book Tours will be running a blog tour for me from October 10 – November 10. Watch for announcements about it!

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And check out this nifty new graphic, courtesy of The Book Trollop:

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If you missed any of the multitude of Facebook or Twitter announcements I’ve been making (seems unlikely, but still . . .), check out the two book trailers:

I’m looking forward to seeing y’all at the release party!

Spotlight: All the Shiny Things by Robin Mahle

All the Shiny Things
Book 2 of the Redwood Violet Series

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The endless nightmare has been brought to life and it’s too late to turn back, but Katie and Marshall are no longer fighting the battle alone. In this second installment of the Redwood Violet series, the last piece in this horrifying puzzle has been revealed and the case grows beyond what they could have imagined. Now the FBI wants in.

Katie enters into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the man who taunts the authorities at every turn.

Soon, an unexpected alliance forms as she takes matters into her own hands.

But Marshall knows she’s risking too much and sides with the FBI. Now the authorities have precious little time to find the killer before he takes another life. Who will it be this time?

Be sure to add All the Shiny Things to your Goodreads bookshelves!

About the Author

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Bestselling Author Robin Mahle lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. Robin found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending nearly 20 years in the construction industry.

Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 14 years. Backpacking (or certainly close to it), throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author- idols in the thriller/suspense genre.

Through many late nights and weekends locked away in a room, Robin published her debut psychological suspense novel, Redwood Violet in the Spring of 2013. Intended as a two-part series, Robin is hard at work again writing the sequel, All the Shiny Things and is on schedule for a September 2013 release!

Connect with Robin Mahle

Website | Twitter

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Waking Up Dead Sneak Peek and Giveaway

Be sure to enter the giveaway for a free copy of the eBook and a $10 Amazon gift card:

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Waking Up Dead

When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. 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 in Alabama?

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Excerpt

As Molly straightened up, the man slipped the wire over her head and twisted it around her neck. She struggled, but he pulled the garrote tighter and tighter.

I was screaming at the top of my ghostly voice, for all the good it did me. I moved up behind the man and beat at his back with closed fists–fists that slipped in and out of his back without ever making real contact. He shuddered a little–clearly he was one of the very slightly sensitive ones–but he didn’t loosen his hands.

I reached up and tried to grab the wire, tried to pull against the pressure he was exerting on the wire and it did loosen for an instant. But only for an instant. The living have more control over solid objects than the dead do. I never resented that fact more than at that moment.

But I kept trying. I kept trying as Molly’s face turned purple, then blue, then black, kept trying even as she drooped in the man’s grip.

Then he loosened the wire and it was too late. I watched that wispy, light-on-fog life force slip out of Molly and move on to wherever it is that other people go when they die. I was glad she didn’t show up next to me as a full-blown ghost. At that moment, I wouldn’t have wished my impotent half-existence on anyone.

I couldn’t help thinking that if I’d been alive, I might have been able to save her.

If I could have cried real tears, I would have. As it was, I was sobbing hoarsely and calling the man every dirty name I could think of.

I was still cursing as I followed him around the kitchen. First he opened the pantry and pulled out a box of Hefty garbage bags. Then he grabbed a knife out of the block on the counter. And finally, he picked up Molly’s body and carried it to the bathroom.

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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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Connect with Margo

Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
Facebook Novel Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Up-Dead/502076076537575
Tumblr: http://vampirarchybooks.tumblr.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

Be sure to add Waking Up Dead to your Goodreads bookshelves: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428064-waking-up-dead

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Waking Up Dead: A New Book Trailer!

Check out the new book trailer for Waking Up Dead, due out from Solstice Publishing on October 8!

Also, be sure to follow the blog tour for more chances to win a copy of Waking Up Dead or a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins

Follow the tour and enter to win one of four copies of Waking Up Dead or a $10 Amazon gift card!

If you’re interested in hosting a stop on the tour, email me at MargoBondCollins@gmail.com.

September 22
Words, Words, Words: Tour Kickoff! https://margobondcollins.com/2013/09/22/waking-up-dead-kickoff

September 23
Rapid Reviewer: http://rcharlesworth1990.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/%e2%98%86waking-up-dead-promo-and-book-amazon-voucher-giveaway%e2%98%86/

Books on Silver Wings: http://onsilverwingz.blogspot.com/2013/09/guest-post-blog-tour-and-giveaway.html

Fabulosity Reads: http://fabulosityreads.blogspot.com/2013/09/waking-up-dead-by-margo-bond-collins.html

September 24
Book Reviews by Dee: http://bookreviewsbydee.com/margo-bond-collins/

Escape Into a Book: http://eatsleepread88.blogspot.com/2013/09/waking-up-dead.html

September 25
Words, Words, Words: https://margobondcollins.com/2013/09/26/waking-up-dead-book-trailer2/

Renee Novelle: http://reneenovelle.com/ReneeNovelle/Blog/Blog.html

Reading in Twilight: http://readingintwilight.blogspot.com/

September 26
Write Away Bliss: http://writeawaybliss.com/

September 27
Words, Words, Words: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

September 28
Dawn’s Reading Nook: http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2013/09/talking-with-author-margo-bond-collins.html

Reviews by Crystal: http://reviewsbycacb.blogspot.com/2013/09/waking-up-dead-by-margo-bond-collins.html

September 29
Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books: http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/

September 30
Lost to Books: http://losttobooks.blogspot.com/2013/09/teaser-tour-waking-up-dead-by-margo.html

Out of the Lockbox: http://outofthelockbox.blogspot.com/

October 1
Paulette’s Papers: http://paulettespapers.com/

October 2
A. L. Davroe: http://www.aldavroe.com/

Mary H. Collins: http://www.authormaryhcollins.com/blog.html

October 3
KC Sprayberry: http://www.kcsprayberry.com

October 4
KateMarie Collins: http://katemariecollins.wordpress.com/

October 5
Deborah Melanie: http://deborahmelanie.blogspot.co.uk/

Touch the Night: http://touchthenight.blogspot.com/

Words, Words, Words: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

October 6
Reading Until I Fall Asleep: http://www.readinguntilifallasleep.com/

October 7
Book Bliss: http://www.book-bliss.com/

October 8: Release Day!
Facebook Release Party, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Waking Up Dead FB Release Party! Everyone is invited for (virtual) food and drink and (real) prizes! (https://www.facebook.com/events/347803788688779/)

October 9
KH LeMoyne: http://khlemoyne.com/

Tashara Talks: http://tasharatalks.com/

October 15
Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews: http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com

Guest Author: Robin Mahle

Welcome to today’s guest author, Robin Mahle, here to discuss why we want our books in series! Be sure to enter the giveaway below and check out Robin’s books!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT A BOOK SERIES THAT KEEPS US WANTING MORE?
by Robin Mahle

We love them, or we love to hate them; the familiar characters that keep us coming back for more. This is what a good book series is all about.

What’s better than following the characters you have grown to love from the very first scene through to the final chapter of the final book? Why is the desire so strong to want to watch them face their biggest fears and celebrate with them on their greatest triumphs? We become so attached to these very well written, three-dimensional characters that it is hard to say goodbye. They are our best friends or our worst enemies.

Not to mention that once we’re introduced to them, the subsequent books jump right into the action. No need for introductions. It’s like we never really left, even if it had been a year or more since we last followed them on their adventures.

There’s no question as to the popularity of book series. It seems many authors have taken to creating stories that continue to pull the reader along willingly. I am no exception, both as a reader and as an author.

I nearly cried at the end of the Harry Potter series. They all were my most beloved friends whom I had to be content with letting go. Rowling did however; give her readers an appropriate goodbye when she allowed us to see the characters as adults. It was the closure I needed and I was grateful.

Other book series pulled me in so much that I simply could not move on to any other task until I finished with the last line in the series. Hunger Games was like that for me. Fortunately, I picked it up after all three had already been released and so I wasn’t forced to wait for each one.

I wonder if the reason for the popularity of ongoing stories is that, in an age where we are becoming increasingly disconnected in our real lives; where the preferred choice of communication is email and text rather than verbal conversation; we long for the connection that we feel when we delve into the lives of our heroes and heroines. And, we don’t want to give them up.

I guess you could say that I didn’t want to give up on the hero and heroine in my Redwood Violet series and I’m not entirely sure that I have. Maybe I was only able to close the door on a particular chapter in their lives. Maybe I haven’t given up on them just yet. Time will tell.

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Robin Mahle’s Books

Redwood Violet – Book One
Released: March 20th 2013
Average Rating: 3.91
Purchase: Amazon

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Redwood Violet on Goodreads

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Katie Reid is living the quintessential Southern California life. A dream job and her college sweetheart, Spencer top it all off. However, she can’t seem to shake the terrible dreams that have been tormenting her nights these past few months. After seeking help to find relief from the exhausting effects of these dreams, it becomes apparent that Katie is dealing with something much deeper and much more sinister. Her only solution is to delve into a past that no one wants her to remember. With the horrific discovery of a dark secret kept hidden for years, Katie is drawn into a world mired in evil and lost innocence. And only with the help of Detective Marshall Avery will she be able to channel her pain and anger. But, will he be able to contain Katie’s desire for vengeance that has begun to unravel her perfect life? The first in a two-part series, REDWOOD VIOLET, a fast-paced, mystery/suspense novel, will keep you up long past your bedtime!

All The Shiny Things – Book Two
Release date: September 27th 2013

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The endless nightmare has been brought to life and it’s too late to turn back, but Katie and Marshall are no longer fighting the battle alone. In this second installment of the Redwood Violet series, the last piece in this horrifying puzzle has been revealed and the case grows beyond what they could have imagined. Now the FBI wants in.
Katie enters into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the man who taunts the authorities at every turn.
Soon, an unexpected alliance forms as she takes matters into her own hands.
But Marshall knows she’s risking too much and sides with the FBI. Now the authorities have precious little time to find the killer before he takes another life. Who will it be this time?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

robinmahle

Bestselling Author, Robin Mahle, lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. Robin found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending nearly 20 years in the construction industry.

Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 14 years. Backpacking (or certainly close to it), throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author- idols in the thriller/suspense genre.

Through many late nights and weekends locked away in a room, Robin published her debut psychological suspense novel, Redwood Violet in the Spring of 2013. Intended as a two-part series, Robin is hard at work again writing the sequel, All the Shiny Things and is on schedule for a September 2013 release!

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Contact Robin

Website | Twitter

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Win paperbacks of Redwood Violet and All the Shiny Things or a $25 Amazon card!

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Guest Author: Renee Novelle

Welcome to today’s guest author, Renee Novelle! She’s here with a Top Ten list of the things she wishes she had known before she became an author.

10 Things I wish I’d know about being an author…

By Renee’ Novelle

When I was preparing to release my first novel, I practically absorbed every piece of information I could possibly find about the process. I read the good, the bad and the ugly of the publishing industry stories. I was inspired by tales of riches, but grounded by fables of failure. And by the time I got that very first email, the one that told me my book had gone live on Amazon, I thought I knew almost everything there was to know. I’d prepared myself as best as I possibly could.

Then reality hit. And I realized that everything I’d learned up until that point was actually just the beginning. The tip of the iceberg. Not that my decision to self-published would’ve been deterred in any way. But I feel like I didn’t get the whole story.

So, in an effort to save you from the same awkward fate, here are a few points I’ve recently learned that took me by surprise as a new author.

The world does not stop turning just because I finally finished my project. In fact, often times it seems like it’s sped up.

Writing a book is not an instant gratification process. It can take months – maybe years even! – to successfully complete a perfectly polished book. You agonize for countless hours over the simplest sentence structures. You second-guess every word choice you’ve made in every description. You compare yourself to every major bestseller out there, ask for opinions, take advice, then give the WIP one more polish.

And then finally, it’s done. And it’s live! Your precious darling is available for the general public to buy and fall in love with. You pop a bottle of champagne, celebrate with your friends, then sleep for 24 hours straight. And you expect everyone in the world to stop what they’re doing, take notice, and celebrate right along with you.

Only this doesn’t happen. Sure a few close friends and relatives might. But people will continue on with their daily lives, will have babies, get sick and even ignore you. And after those first thrilling 48 hours are over, during which you’ve been sailing on cloud 9, your life is thrown into a ridiculous cycle of promoting your book while working on the next one. All as you attempt to hold down a day job, a social life and your sanity.

The word “busy” takes on an entirely different meaning.

You think you know what busy felt like before? So did I. But trust me when I tell you that you have no idea what busy means until after your book has gone live and the promotion process begins. There’s no way to describe it, just… brace yourself.

Clones would be useful.

Because of this never-ending cycle of “busy”, I decided I would need the formula to clone myself – several times over. I would need one Renee to hold down the day job (I still have bills to pay, and success doesn’t come overnight – despite what you’ve heard). One to promote my current project (yes, book promotion is a full time job), one to write the next project (you can’t live off the success of one book your whole life, after all), one to cook, one to clean (because who has time for either of those chores), one to keep up with my social life and relationship (because no one has time for that anymore either), and one to enjoy all the freedom that being a writer is supposed to supply. That’s seven Renees! SEVEN!

Coffee is a necessity, not an option.

Because I’m still working on that clone making formula, I’m forced to try to tackle all the work of seven people on my own. That requires a lot less sleep and a lot more hours put into working. I’ve gone from drinking several cups of coffee a day to several pots, and now I’m trying to figure out how to get a truck to just deposit a never-ending supply every morning. Or how to get a doctor to supply it in IV form. When I get that figured out, I’ll send you the memo.

Excitement and support can be found everywhere.

All the hard work is beginning to pay off though. People I don’t even know, and certainly didn’t realize cared, have come from everywhere to offer their congratulations and support. I’m getting great reviews from people I’ve never met, and those I do know are spreading the word about my book on my behalf. It’s a really humbling, inspiring feeling to be amidst this much support.

Dismissive people can be found everywhere too.

Still, the world is full of “haters” who constantly berate, ignore, or try to dismiss what I’ve done. But I just ignore those people. They don’t matter anyway…

The sheer ecstasy of getting a (good) review.

Knowing that there are haters out there sweetens the pleasant remarks that much more. So when I get a five star review, I’m beyond ecstatic! It’s the best high there possibly could be, and there’s absolutely nothing in this world that compares.

Everyone is of the belief that I suddenly have more.

However, with this new role, and all these pleasant remarks, people around me automatically assume I have abundantly more in life. More free time to help them with their own projects, to have lunch, to make phone calls, to take care of tasks. More money to spend on fancy things, nice vacations or contribute to various charities. More freedom of schedule to socialize, to stop whatever I’m doing and attend to something else.

But the fact is, I’m now juggling the responsibilities of seven people (still no clones!), and that takes even more time than I had before. And no, not every author is rich beyond imagination at first. It’s all a process. When I get the riches, I’ll hire the clones. But until then, the only thing I have more of is work.

Publishing is addictive.

That rush, that high I spoke of before? It’s the best kind of addicting. I’m no longer satisfied with just having one book out. I want more. I want dozens. And I want them now. This, however, will take some time to accomplish. Doesn’t mean I haven’t put the pressure on myself to attain those goals. Is this good or bad? Time will tell I suppose.

At the end of the day, I’m satisfied in a way I had never imagined.

Had I known that, maybe I wouldn’t have put off releasing that first book for so long…

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Calculated

An investigative journalist gets an unlikely tip from a mysterious informant. Dismissing it as impossible, she disregards the information and drops the story. Until the informant turns up dead, as predicted.

Plunged into the murky waters of a seedy underground prostitution ring, this psychological thriller provides twist upon dark twist in a story that would ultimately pin the church and several government officials in the largest murder cover-up the city has ever witnessed.

But is it true, or has the journalist merely been used as a pawn in a greater scheme? And how many people is she willing to sacrifice trying to figure it out?

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About the Author

Renee N

Renee’ Novelle is preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.

As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.

Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, chick lit, and new adult.

Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you meant to be.

For more information, to view pictures, read blog posts and see the upcoming release schedule, please visit the website at http://www.RSNovelle.com

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