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Summer Lovin’ Reads: What books do you love to read in the summer?

Summer time is a great time for reading. It’s the time when many of us take vacation or head to a cottage or cabin on the weekends. The days are longer, we get up earlier and so we have some extra time to tuck into a good book.

1943a51e38f837556c4390de954716b5When I was growing up, my mum worked in a nursing home as a housekeeper. The old ladies loved her and would give her treats to bring home to her girls, including bags of Harlequin romances! I would spend the entire summer reading those books. Okay, okay, many of them had that formula where the guy is a jerk the entire way through and then lo-and-behold at the end of the book he declares his love for her. But some of them were romantic comedies, my favourites, because the hero and heroine were far more engaging and fun.

Of course summer time was also when I’d get to read all my big fat historical romances – which I’ve written about before. One summer I went through all of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s entire collection. I remember everyone was crazy about Shana but I never liked the heroine. The Wolf and the Dove will always be my favourite.

The-Amityville-Horror-Novel-200x321Summer time was also great for reading horror books like The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, but I would always get so scared, I’d end up hiding them behind the other books on my shelf, so I couldn’t see them. One summer I got into the true story books – Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss and The Burning Bed by Faith McNulty. I read a lot of those books. I truly believe that everything I read as a kid had an impact on me – inspiring me to study journalism and film, and eventually becoming an editor. :)

I have a big TBR pile of books I want to read this summer, but for now, I’m enjoying reading through manuscripts.

So what books do you like to read in the summer?

See you next week!

I know that Lachesis Publishing has some great reads for summer right here!

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, blogging and summer reading.

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What inspires your writing? (guest blog by David Lee Summers – sci-fi and horror author)

S FALL COVEROur guest blog today is by Lachesis author David Lee Summers. David has written several horror and science fiction novels for Lachesis including The Pirates of Sufiro which is free, and Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order.

Our ongoing topic is: what inspires your writing? Over to you David . . .

When asked what inspires me, I think of the 1985-92 television series Ray Bradbury Theater. During the intro segment, Ray Bradbury walked into an old cage elevator and came out in an office full of memorabilia and toys. He referred to it as his “magician’s toyshop.” All he had to do was look around and begin. As it turns out, I first met Ray Bradbury in 1983 and he encouraged me to go through life with eyes wide open, because an author never knows where inspiration will strike.

As with most writers, books can be an inspiration for me. Several years ago, I read Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love and John Nichols’ The Magic Journey, back to back. Both told stories of life in a frontier. In Time Enough for Love, the frontier was space. In The Magic Journey, the frontier was New Mexico. As I read the two books, I thought of my grandparents and great-grandparents who homesteaded New Mexico at the end of the nineteenth century. I wondered what it would be like to tell that story in space. Ultimately, that became the genesis of my first novel, The Pirates of Sufiro.

4-meterMy “day” job is operating telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.  Not only do I have the opportunity to contribute to world-class science, I find myself awash in inspiration, and sometimes in very unexpected ways. Back in the 1990s, one of my fellow telescope operators was a fan of vampire novels. She loved everything from Bram Stoker to Anne Rice, and she hooked me on the genre. We used to joke that telescope operators were the vampires of the observatory because we were only visible from sunset to sunrise. This made me ask what if a vampire really was a telescope operator? As I considered that question, I wrote down what would ultimately become the first chapters of Vampires of the Scarlet Order.

Of course, working at an observatory, having the opportunity to see planets, stars, and galaxies regularly, also inspires me in more expected science fictional directions. One night, while observing the heart of our own galaxy in the infrared, a visiting astronomer remarked that we were seeing farther into the center of the galaxy than any human had seen before. I began to imagine ways humans really could visit the center of the galaxy and that started me on a writing path that ultimately led to my novels Children of the Old Stars and Heirs of the New Earth.

My current writing project takes some inspiration from my job at Kitt Peak. The 4-meter telescope is housed in a 17-story tall skyscraper on a remote mountain in Southern Arizona. At night, the building is mostly empty. Stairways go off in unusual directions. Doors open onto odd-shaped, closet-like spaces. What few lights there are, are typically red and dim. Astronomers often remark how scary the building feels. Because of this, I’ve been working on a new novel that imagines a terrifying night at a haunted observatory called, The Astronomer’s Crypt.

Magician-ToyshopOver the years, I’ve been building my own magician’s toyshop. I collect things that grab my eye, build models of spaceships that capture my imagination, and buy prints from science fiction convention art shows that depict alien worlds. On the wall in the picture (on the left), you can see a model I built of a solar sail, a type of spacecraft NASA and other space agencies are trying to build. It’s the thing that looks a little like an old farmhouse windmill. Imagining travel aboard a solar sail spacecraft led to my novel The Solar Sea

In general, inspiration comes in favorite songs. It comes when I spend time with my kids and my wife. Sometimes inspiration finds me while I’m taking a walk through my neighborhood, hashing out an idea. I’ve found Ray Bradbury’s advice to me all those years ago to be absolutely true. A writer must go through life with eyes and ears open, because inspiration is everywhere.

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Lachesis Author Guest Blog: What Inspires Your Writing (Greg Ballan – Science Fiction & Suspense)

Our guest blog today is from Lachesis author Greg Ballan. Greg writes science fiction/suspense for Lachesis. His Hybrid series (Hybrid and Hybrid Forced Vengeance) follows a private investigator with abilities that are decidedly super-human and “other-worldly”. 

Our ongoing topic is: what inspires your writing? Over to you Greg . . .

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.41.24 AMWow, this is a great topic!  It’s fascinating to see how different authors find inspiration, or what they do to get inspired. Inspiration, for me, is a specter that pays a call at 2:30 in the morning, waking me from a dead sleep. It’s a sense of idea and plot so wonderfully deep and concise that it can only come to me early in the morning while my mind isn’t burdened with the thoughts of work, chaos at home or struggling to develop the plot line for my latest WIP. I used to wake up . .  . kick around the inspiration, be amazed at my “Brilliance” and then fall back to sleep convinced I’d remember this stroke of pure genius. When I awoke the next morning the idea was gone as if the same phantom that brought me such inspiration came by and stole it away again. Many a great idea came and went, I’d wake up each morning and my mind would be a blank slate! Now I keep a journal by my nightstand to capture the inspirations and put my whims to paper. THEN I go back to sleep. Several early morning inspirations made their way into Hybrid and  Hybrid Forced Vengeance and my upcoming Lost Sons projects.

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.41.46 AMI’ve had moments when the mental roadblocks and obstacles appear insurmountable. These are the times when I need to seek inspiration.  During these difficult times inspiration is found through intense physical activity. My activity of choice is MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) or boxing. I’ll tape up my hands, put on my gloves and go several rounds on the heavy bag working a scene over and over in my head while throwing punches and kicks into a defenseless mass of ebony canvas. After a good thirty-minute sweat I’ve usually resolved the problem or at least come closer to a workable solution.  If I can’t work around a problem I’ll usually punch and kick my way through it.  When I wrote Hybrid and Hybrid Forced Vengeance, I choreographed all of the fight scenes on the heavy bag.  Each combat scene was played out to make sure the sequences were realistic.  Seeing the sequence in my mind and acting it out against an object really helped me describe the intricacies of each strike and counterstrike and made the actions come alive on paper.  Truth moment . . . in Hybrid, my main character, Erik Knight, executes a series of offensive moves ending with a perfect, airborne, spinning back kick while in heated hand to hand combat.  As I worked through the series of movements leading up to that kick, I leapt, spun in the air and threw my leg around preparing to kick the heavy bag. My approach was too far back; I missed and fell flat on my backside landing on the hard cement floor. After recovering what was left of my dignity and making sure I didn’t need an ambulance, I decided, at 45 years of age, I’d allow myself to just visualize that one move. Those kicks were much easier to do twenty-five years ago.

Courtesy Hopedale-ma.gov

Courtesy Hopedale-ma.gov

I’ve also found inspiration in the forest, walking through the dense woodlands.  The entire story of Hybrid was created as I hiked through the Hopedale Town Forest (Hopedale, MA).  Imagination is a powerful tool, especially for a Science Fiction/Suspense writer. Being alone in the woods as the Sun sets, miles away from the nearest road, gets one’s imagination to wandering in dark places.  The result of that hike in the dark was my first novel.  I get a twisted sense of pride when one of my neighbors tells me they won’t run the trails in the Hopedale Forest anymore because they’re convinced one of my alien creatures is lurking out there, waiting to pounce!

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.53.48 AMWhen I’m working on a project, there are several things I need to have on hand to keep the internal creative/inspirational juices flowing. The most important is my Honey Dew iced coffee and a blueberry muffin. There’s an indescribable comfort of sipping on my favorite drink and nibbling on my favorite comfort food as I’m typing away, putting an idea into words.

I’m also a stickler for dialogue . . . I enjoy creating a picture through conversation.  Sometimes it’s better to hear (read) a character’s own words regarding a situation or conflict instead of an author’s description. My favorite author, the late David Eddings, was a master of dialogue. His characters leap off the pages and their conversations can be intense or humorous, conveying more meaningful plot information than any description. Conversation has to be real; the words said have to be believable. I’ve found a great method for realistic dialogue is actually speaking both sides of the conversation aloud, adding the proper tone and emotional aspect to the conversation I’m creating. I quickly discover what lines are good and constructive and which lines need to be reworked or removed. If the conversation sounds real when spoken aloud, then there’s a much better chance a reader will follow the dialogue and mentally process every vocal cadence I’m trying to impart. I’ve often used this technique while driving to work to pass the time, and work through scenes that require intense verbal interaction. What I didn’t realize is that when you drive along the highway and have an animated conversation with yourself, people driving near you tend to notice. I’m often given a wide berth on the road.

I’ve learned a great deal about what inspires my fellow authors and I’m going to adopt Kim Baccellia’s and Alexis D. Craig’s musical inspirations during my next work session and see what amazing things happen!  Maybe one of my fellow authors will pick up some boxing gloves, go for a long hike in a dark forest, or just grab a cup of iced coffee and a warm blueberry muffin as they search for their inner muse.

Greg Ballan is a graduate of Northeastern University holding Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Management. He lives in Hopedale, MA with his patient, tolerant and sometimes bewildered wife, Teresa and his three children: Tom, Rachel and Christie. Greg enjoys several outdoor activities such as hiking, archery and shooting. When he’s not working his full time job as a Financial Analyst or getting lost in some unknown woodlands, he’s crunched over his laptop putting his warped imagination into words or penning a column about politics, hunting humor or his latest tale about avoiding house work and yard work.

To read some of Greg’s musings visit his writing page on facebook, for several short stories and pithy takes on yard work and homelife.

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DEADLY LEGACY by ALISON BRUCE (mystery, romantic suspense)

Bruce-DL-400This week’s Revolving Book is the mystery DEADLY LEGACY by ALISON BRUCE.

GENRE: Mystery, detective, noir-lite

PUBLISHER
Imajin Books http://www.imajinbooks.com/deadly-legacy/

AVAILABLE AT:
Amazon USA: http://tinyurl.com/asr2gr5
Amazon CA: http://tinyurl.com/am6mghm
Amazon UK http://tinyurl.com/a7d5zge
and other Amazon sites worldwide
Also available in paperback on Amazon.

SYNOPSIS:
In 2018, rookie detective, Kate Garrett lives in the shadow of her near-legendary father Joe. When Joe dies unexpectedly, he leaves Kate half interest in Garrett Investigations, his last case that ties to three murders, a partner she can’t stand, and a legacy to live up to.

Jake Carmedy has lost a partner, mentor and friend, but grief will come later. First, he has a case to solve, one that has detoured from a simple insurance case to a murder investigation. If that isn’t enough, Joe’s daughter seems to want to take her father’s place as his boss.

Each one is working on a different part of the puzzle. No matter how hard they try, Carmedy and Garrett can’t avoid each other…and they might be next on a killer’s list.

READ AN EXCERPT:
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WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER:
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REVIEWS:
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Gail M Baugniet, Author of For Every Action
Deadly Legacy is an honest to goodness Mystery patterned after early mystery writers Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe. The story, however, is set on 21st century Canadian soil. http://tinyurl.com/bkrzwcr

Intriguing first episode of a new mystery series
By Corinne H. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
Kate Garrett works as a police detective in a city in southwestern Ontario. She’s in the midst of a drug-related homicide investigation when she gets the worst news possible: her father Joe has been hit by a car and killed. A retired police officer himself, Joe had since turned to running his own private investigation service. Was it his most recent case that put him in harm’s way? Or was this merely a tragic accident? http://tinyurl.com/afgvtmo

5.0 out of 5 stars The first book of a new series. 2 Jan 2013
By AnneDon
It’s a very enjoyable book, with excellent dialogue and great characters. I look forward to the next in the series.
http://tinyurl.com/amcp3bx

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read! July 10 2012
By DIC
Alison Bruce has concocted a complex and very interesting plot and delivered it in a fast-paced story with well-developed and realistic characterization. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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WEB SITE: http://www.alisonbruce.ca/

BLOG: http://alisonebruce.blogspot.ca/

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UNDERCOVER ALLIANCE by LILLY CAIN (erotic sci-fi romance)

Friday’s Revolving Book is UNDERCOVER ALLIANCE by LILLY CAIN.

TITLE:Undercover Alliance (Book 3 of The Confederacy Treaty Series)
GENRE: Erotic Sci-fi Romance
PUBLISHER: Carina Press http://www.carinapress.com/
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SYNOPSIS:
Sarina is scarred. Her L’inar, the curving nerve lines that enable Inarrii to experience their full sexuality, were severed in battle and she can no longer reach completion. Until she accepts a job as bodyguard to the human ambassador John Bennings, and is astonished to discover that they share a mental bond–a mirrored pathway of thoughts that will allow Sarina to climax.

When John’s the target of an attack and they are forced into hiding, he’s not sorry to be in close quarters with the compelling Sarina. They explore their erotic connection, and John is happy to demonstrate that humans have more sexual skills than Sarina thought.

To prove that she is whole and rejoin her Inarrii clan, Sarina needs John to bring her to climax in public in accordance with tradition. With a roomful of Inarrii and humans watching, will John be willing to perform as Sarina needs–and will their public display make John vulnerable to another attack?

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/7dygkod

REVIEWS:

“The world-building is excellent, and the relationship between the two characters is believable” Cyndy Aleo on Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/6pqgh4x

“I really enjoyed the storyline of this book, I thought the premise was so different and intriguing that it made me not want to put the book down.” Jess on Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/7z9bvnr

AUTHOR BIO:
Lilly Cain is a wild woman with a deep throaty laugh, plunging necklines and a great lover of all things sensual – perfume, chocolate, silk! She never has to worry about finding a date or keeping a man in line. She keeps her blond hair long and curly, wears beautiful clothes and loves loud music. Lilly lives her private life in the pages of her books.

Lilly lives in Atlantic Canada, although she spent eight years in Bermuda, enjoying the heat and the pink sands. She returned to her homeland so she could see the changing of the seasons once again. When not writing she paints, swills coffee and vodka (but not together), and fights her writing pals for chocolate.

When not living up to her pen name, Lilly is a single mom who loves reading and writing, dabbling in art and loving and caring for her two daughters. She loves romance and the freedom erotic fantasy provides her imagination. She loves the chilling moments in her novels as much as the steaming hot interludes. Her stories are an escape and a release, and she hopes that they can give you that power, too.

CONNECT WITH LILLY ONLINE:
http://www.facebook.ca/LillyCain
http://www.twitter.com/lillycain
http://www.goodreads.com/lillycain

WEB SITE: http://www.lillycain.com/

BLOG: http://contactinfinitefutures.wordpress.com/

UPCOMING BLOG TOUR:
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STAR DUST FIRST CONTACT by Ann O’Bannon (sci-fi) (romance)

THE REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS THE SCI-FI ROMANCE STARDUST FIRST CONTACT BY ANN O’BANNON
Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2012

TITLE: STAR DUST FIRST CONTACT (BOOK 1 Shimuran Legacy)
RELEASED: NEW
PUBLISHER: LACHESIS PUBLISHING: http://alturl.com/3u7hw

BUY IT ONLINE: PRICED RIGHT AT $3.99

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Star Dust is currently the #1 highest rated e-book at FICTIONWISE http://alturl.com/amwrq (upper right listing)

SYNOPSIS:

Earth’s first deep space mission seems doomed from the start when Captain David Alexander wakes up after seven years in cryogenic stasis with no hope of surviving the trip home. Then he spots a UFO in the vicinity of the Titan moon and believes he’s got a chance after all, until the alien shoots his ship and forces him to crash land.

After a devastating entry into the Milky Way, Shimuran Commander Zara Darien is only trying to keep David’s strange vessel at bay by firing a warning shot. But saving his life doesn’t win her any favours. Even so, Zara and David must overcome their mutual animosity, join forces and alter Earth’s future. In so doing, they unknowingly take the first step to fulfilling a thousand-year-old prophecy.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://alturl.com/6z974

REVIEWS:
“O’Bannon delivers an incredible story with staying power. It’s exquisitely sensual, futuristic and reflective. If you have any interest in space exploration, change and growth for the better of mankind or the power of love, this book is a must-read.” — 4 ½ stars, RT Book Reviews

AUTHOR BIO: ANN O’BANNON

As a youngster, Ann O’Bannon blamed the Blarney stone for many wee tales. Her heartfelt desire for novel length yarns occurred later in life when her daughter left unfinished stories lying about the house. In an effort to guide her stories to fruition, Ann created the outline for her first book. Like mother, like daughter, both Irish to the core … rigid structure created infamous rebellion, but out of the temperamental conflict emerged a new universe where Ann’s imagination was set free…. Now, she claims: “Reality is only a matter of perception!”

CONNECT WITH ANN ONLINE:
WEB SITE: http://www.annobannon.com/
BLOG: http://www.annobannon.com/starblog/

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