Monthly Archives: October 2012

DRAGON’S FALL: RISE OF THE SCARLET ORDER by DAVID LEE SUMMERS (paranormal/horror)

Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the paranormal DRAGON’S FALL: RISE OF THE SCARLET ORDER by DAVID LEE SUMMERS

PUBLISHER: LACHESIS PUBLISHING http://tinyurl.com/8cbpvg6
WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE E-BOOK:
AMAZON KINDLE: http://tinyurl.com/9yfmhmn

SYNOPSIS:

Three vampyrs. Three lives. Three intertwining stories.

Bearing the guilt of destroying the holiest of books, after becoming a vampyr, the Dragon, Lord Desmond searches the world for lost knowledge, but instead, discovers truth in love.

Born a slave in Ancient Greece, Alexandra craves freedom above all else, until a vampyr sets her free, but then, she must pay the highest price of all . . . her human soul.

An assassin who lives in the shadows, Roquelaure is cloaked even from himself, until he discovers the power of friendship and loyalty.

Three vampyrs, traveling the world by moonlightone woman and two men who forge a bond made in love and blood. Together they form a band of mercenaries called the Scarlet Order, and recruit others who are like them. Their mission is to protect kings and emperors against marauders, invaders, rogue vampyrs, and their ultimate nemesis, Vlad the Impaler.

AUTHOR BIO:

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of five novels: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, Heirs of the New Earth, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. David is also co-author, with Lee Clark Zumpe, of the book, Blood Sampler, from Sam’s Dot Publishing. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy, The Vampire’s Crypt, Aoife’s Kiss, The Fifth Di…, The Martian Wave, and Science Fiction Trails. He edits the science fiction and fantasy magazine, Tales of the Talisman and serves as a consultant for El Paso Community College’s literary magazine, Chrysalis. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern United States. Currently he works for Kitt Peak National Observatory, outside of Tucson, Arizona.

He lives in Southern New Mexico with his wife Kumie and his daughters Myranda and Verity.

CONNECT WITH DAVID ONLINE:
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/davidleesummers @davidleesummers
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/davidleesummers
WEB SITE: http://www.zianet.com/dsummers/
BLOG: http://davidleesummers.wordpress.com/

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THE HAT by BABETTE HUGHES (murder/mystery)

Friday’s Revolving Book is the mystery THE HAT by BABETTE HUGHES.
GENRE: Murder/Mystery/Romance/Historical

Boardwalk Empire Era Novel Takes First Prize in Historical Fiction!

The Hat received first prize for Historical Fiction from the Texas Association of Authors.
BUY IT ONLINE:
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cad86bp
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/bqeywt4
PUBLISHER: Sunstone Press http://www.sunstonepress.com/
SYNOPSIS: “The Hat” has its roots in personal history. What lends this novel its authenticity is that its author, Babette Hughes, is the daughter of a bootlegger who was murdered by the Mafia when she was an infant. Hughes (née Rosen) spent years piecing together her father’s bootlegging career and murder, despite her mother’s attempt to hide the truth. “The Hat” draws directly on the drama of Hughes’s search for the truth, as told in her acclaimed memoir, Lost And Found. The novel begins in 1931 with the brief, chilling murder of the godfather of the Jewish bootlegging world, Ben Gold. The killer disappears without a trace and Chapter Two, in flashback, introduces Kate Brady, who has just been fired from her Depression-era job working at Shapiro’s Bakery. She has little hope of a future until she meets the magnetic, wealthy Ben Gold, who immediately identifies her as his future wife. They marry in a brilliantly described wedding.

The charged love affair between Kate and Gold’s employee, Bobby Keane, and their struggle to escape the dangerous Gold, is revealed later in the book. Ultimately, “The Hat” is the story of Kate’s struggle for lost innocence, selfhood, and freedom. Of courage in the struggle with evil. Of bravery in the face of danger. And of being led into daylight
by the restoring power of love.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://www.babettehughes.com/media.html

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.babettehughes.com/excerpt.html

REVIEWS:
“Riveting…. The book sizzles with sex…. Its harrowing conclusion left me breathless. Hughes is a gifted writer”.
—-Violet Spevack, Cavalcade columnist, Cleveland Jewish News

“For Babette Hughes, writing has been her lifeline. The words that spill forth during her daily writing practice turn her past trauma and heartaches into art. Hughes’ latest work, “The Hat” is no exception.”
—- The Jewish Outlook

”This is a terrific story that chronicles the beginning of the Mafia and its revelations that profoundly changed lives forever.”
—-Jewish Book World

AUTHOR BIO:
Babette Hughes, author of “The Hat” and “Lost And Found”, and co-author of “Why College Students Fail”, has also been published in the Saturday Review; she’s been Contributing Editor of Cleveland Magazine; a twice-weekly columnist for the Cleveland Press; and has published articles and book reviews in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Sunday Magazine. She has also written, produced and appeared in television documentaries and news and feature stories for Cleveland television stations WKYC-NBC and WNBK-UHF.

In addition to her writing career she was National Director of Women’s Political Action for Hubert Humphrey in his 1972 Presidential campaign, as well as founder and President of Discover Yourself, Inc., a motivation and self realization program for women. She was also Director of Public Relations for Revco D.S., Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Account Executive with Frazier Associates, in Washington, DC. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, and are the parents and step-parents of eight children.

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HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE by VANESSA KELLY (historical romance)

TUESDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK is the regency historical romance HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE by VANESSA KELLY.

PUBLISHER: KENSINGTON BOOKS http://tinyurl.com/8cl5qtw

WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK:
Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/9zo4d3e

Nook: http://tinyurl.com/8w6tesw

SYNOPSIS:
Blame It On The Mistletoe . . .

When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules–and surprising him in and out of bed–

Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly–

READ AN EXCERPT:
http://tinyurl.com/9798ccs

REVIEWS:
“Kelly combines wit, innocent sensuality, and seduction in this tale of a forced marriage between a beautiful plain-speaking pacifist Quaker and a handsome war hero who inherits a rundown earldom. In 1817, Phoebe Linville leaves joyless Philadelphia and the strident lectures of her half-brother for a new life in London under the loving protection of her aristocratic grandfather. When her grandfather dies, she becomes the “possession” of Maj. Lucas Stanton, the new Lord Merritt. A challenging adventure ensues when a determined Phoebe and stubborn Lucas wind up in a compromising position that requires them to wed. Compassionate Phoebe has her hands full, between loving a lord whose heart was broken by another and hiding secrets about smugglers. Regency fans will enjoy the lessons on Christmas traditions, the art of seduction, and the triumph of reconciliation and love.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Kelly pairs an aristocratic former military officer with a young American Quaker in this emotionally intense and beautifully crafted novel. With a small overview of Quaker life, and a large dose of romance, Kelly satisfies readers till the last page.” ~ 4 stars, RT Book Reviews

“Wildly sexy and romantic, this unforgettable Christmas tale of a seemingly impossible love will warm your heart and send you straight to the mistletoe.” ~ Kieran Kramer, USA Today bestselling author of Regency romance.

“What an enchanting holiday tale…a delectable treat and the reward, a jolly good Christmas treat!” ~ 4 ½ stars, Affaire de Coeur Book Reviews

AUTHOR BIO:
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she’s lucky enough to spend some of the winter near lovely Amelia Island, Florida. When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, she’s writing contemporary romances with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

CONNECT WITH VANESSA ONLINE:
http://pinterest.com/vanessakellyaut/
https://www.facebook.com/vanessakellyauthor
https://twitter.com/VanessaKellyAut
http://www.goodreads.com/VanessaKelly

WEB SITE
http://vanessakellyauthor.com/

BLOG
http://vanessakellyauthor.com/vanessa-blog/

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BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER by LORI AUSTIN (western historical romance)

Friday’s Revolving Book is BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER by LORI AUSTIN aka (LORI HANDELAND)

GENRE: historical western romance

PUBLISHER: The Penguin Group http://tinyurl.com/94pcsof
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AMAZON KINDLE: http://tinyurl.com/9ypms9n
B&N NOOK: http://tinyurl.com/8gpxxkw SYNOPSIS:
Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate: the one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She’ll stop at nothing to find him.Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, of disguise and of desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news she can’t ignore. The man she’s after has placed a bounty on her head. To get him before he gets her, she’ll have to team up with Alexi again… And just like before, the two of them together are nothing but trouble.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/8ewv2bj

REVIEWS:
“a worthy debut. . .  a fine yarn played out against the colorful hills and dusty trails of the old west.” –Publishers Weekly

“It’s not jut the action but the tenderness and emotion, the tension and redemption that work so well in the gritty western setting Austin creates.” –Romantic Times

Refreshingly different, Beauty and the Bounty Hunter, leaps off the page. Follow Alexi and Cat from one adventure to the next and fall in love with both them and the American West. Lori Austin is an extraordinary new voice in historical romance. An author you’ll love with a story you can’t put down. —Susan Mallery, author of Summer Days

“Austin’s finely drawn characters and riveting tension will knock you out of your boots! Her books are like the smoothest whiskey–they go down easy but pack a punch.” —Sabrina Jeffries, author of A Lady Never Surrenders

Riveting, poignant, and unforgettable, Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin is a page-turner that reminded me why I love westerns. I adored the unique characters and the depth of their storylines. Lori Austin is a brilliant and talented storyteller who doesn’t disappoint.
— Lorraine Heath, author of She Tempts the Duke

AUTHOR BIO:
Lori Austin is the pseudonym for award winning author Lori Handeland, known for her paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. Under the Austin name, Lori writes sexy, adventurous western historical romance.

She is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance.

Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.

CONNECT WITH LORI ONLINE:
WEB SITE: http://loriaustin.net/index.php

SOCIAL MEDIA:
https://www.facebook.com/LoriAustinBooks
https://twitter.com/Lori_Austin

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COLD MOON DEAD by J.M. GRIFFIN (mystery)

Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the much anticipated cozy mystery COLD MOON DEAD by J.M. GRIFFIN!
TITLE: COLD MOON DEAD (Book 4 in the Vinnie Esposito Mystery Series)
WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE E-BOOK:
AMAZON KINDLE: http://tinyurl.com/bvlw9nm
and:BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK: http://tinyurl.com/92uoft8

SYNOPSIS:
Telling Vinnie Esposito to stay out of trouble is like telling a wolf not to howl at the moon.But you can’t blame Vinnie this time. She’s just trying to be a Good Samaritan. How is Vinnie supposed to know that the little old lady, stranded at the side of the road, is a carjacker? And when Vinnie helps her artist friend paint a mural in a big, fancy mansion—how is she supposed to know that the owner is the biggest, most notorious, mobster in the state? And she can’t help it when she finds a dead body at the art show.

And next thing you know her parents are fighting; and her boyfriend, hunky State Trooper Marcus Richmond, is mad at her; and her sexy, upstairs tenant, FBI agent Aaron Grant, is up to something.

And Vinnie has to make everything right.

But before she does that, it’s going to get even more wrong.

CONNECT WITH J.M. GRIFFIN ONLINE:

WEB SITE: http://jmgriffin.net/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/mycozymystery @mycozymystery

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/JM-Griffin/246751368685078

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HER FAKE ROMANCE by DONNA FASANO (contemporary romance)

Friday’s Revolving Book is the contemporary romance HER FAKE ROMANCE by DONNA FASANO.
GENRE: Sweet Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Hard Knocks Books

WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK ONLINE:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008VIG4VC/

SYNOPSIS:
“Mom, get a life!”
Her teenage daughter’s words were daunting. True, struggling single mom Julia Jones hadn’t had a date in over a decade, but she could still catch a man-if she needed to! So Julia, who claimed not to want a husband, found herself entangled in a fake romance.Ryan Shane was tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome. And he just so happened to need a no-strings date himself. Their plan was perfectly thought out. Until a conveniently staged good-night kiss turned into very inconvenient passion . . .This book contains bonus material that includes several delicious recipes! REVIEWS:
“The author’s style was pure delight, fun and funky. Modern and very entertaining. I never would have thought that a fake romance could be so
funny and emotional at the same time. HJ Top Pick!” ~HarlequinJunkie.com ♥♥♥♥♥

AUTHOR BIO: Donna Fasano is a bestselling, award-winning author whose books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide.

CONNECT WITH DONNA ONLINE
Blog/website: http://www.DonnaFasano.com/
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/DonnaFasanoAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter/DonnaFaz

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JANELLE’S TIME by DAYNA LEIGH CHESER (historical romance)

Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the historical romance JANELLE’S TIME by Dayna Leigh Cheser

TITLE: Janelle’s Time (book 1 of 5) in the Epic “Time Series”

GENRE: historical romance
PUBLISHER: All Things That Matter Press http://www.allthingsthatmatterpress.com/

SYNOPSIS:
Janelle’s Time is the story of the great love between a New Hampshire farmer’s daughter and the younger son of an English Duke.

From her father’s death to the birth of twin daughters, Janelle makes it difficult for Richard to keep her safe. Unaware of Janelle’s maternal-line powers, the couple time-travel to 14th century England, where they meet Richard’s ancestors—and discover some startling truths about his aristocratic family.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/8pglqlx

REVIEWS:

This is a book for those who love the magic of romance and the romance of magic. Filled with wonderful description, written with historical accuracy, and charged with sexual energy, ‘Janelle’s Time’ truly glows.
—Kenneth Weene, author of Tales From the Dew Drop Inne,
Memoirs From the Asylum, & Widow’s Walk

A story to escape reality with. A chance at true love that
will sweep you off your feet. You don’t want to miss this one.
—Miranda Lynn, My Eclectic Bookshelf

Author Dayna Leigh Cheser takes the reader on a magical journey back in time to the 1830’s with a story filled with intrigue, deceit, and vividly described characters in a well-crafted historical novel that will keep the reader riveted to the printed page from start to finish.
—Fran Lewis, author of Because We Care, & Faces Behind the Stones

Wonderfully unique and exciting!
Janelle’s Time is a story of love, tragedy, time travel and much more. It is the start of what promises to be a fascinating series. The characters are rich and engaging. The storyline, unique and entertaining. You will not want to put this book down! Oh, and the wedding scene between Richard and Janelle—I think I fell in love with Logan! Just amazing! You will experience every emotional twist on the roller coaster between time with this book! Will Richard and Janelle ever get together? Ultimately, it is a story of love, pure and simple. I’m looking forward with great anticipation for Moria’s Time, book two in the series.
—Donna Lawrence, Book Lovers Paradise—5 Stars

Author Bio:
Dayna Leigh Cheser

Writing ‘runs in the family.’ My mother is a multi-published non-fiction author, and my two brothers make a living writing, one as a newspaperman, the other as a copywriter. My sister edits her church newsletter.

My father was a school teacher/reading specialist/school principal when I was little. During story-time one night when I was four years old, I stopped him and asked how he said the same thing every time he read that story to me. That night, he started teaching me to read. It began a life-long love affair between books and me—for that, I am grateful.

In junior high, I wrote short stories to entertain classmates. In high school, one English assignment was to write my autobiography. In the teacher-specified chapter entitled ‘Future Plans,’ being a published writer topped the list.

After a college professor told me I ‘couldn’t write my way out of a paper bag,’ I stopped writing for many years. Then, in the late 1970s, I wrote an article for “World Radio News” (San Diego, CA) about our amateur radio club providing communications for a March of Dimes Walkathon.

In early 2002, between jobs and wanting to write, I sought a third-shift position and used the ‘free time’ to write what became ‘Janelle’s Time.’ When it was complete, I shelved it. In 2009, the WIP came off the shelf. By August 2011, it was ready—at last—for submission.

In 2009, I started a Twitter account, @Writers_Cafe. I feel as if I’ve earned a degree in ‘book publishing’ since then! You can learn so much from 15,000 followers.

I penned an article about @RileyCarney, a Colorado teen, and very prolific YA fantasy author, who heads her own non-profit literacy project. Never officially published, countless people have seen it, thanks to Twitter retweets and some carefully chosen email inboxes.

On New Year’s Day, 2010, I went ‘live’ with my blog. It has evolved into a combination of chronicling my writing journey and hopefully helpful posts on publishing industry topics.

Janelle’s Time is Book 1 of my TIME Series. Book 2, ‘Moria’s Time’ was my NaNoWriMo project for 2011. I hope to have it ready for submission in late 2012 or early 2013. The remaining books are: ‘Adelle’s Time’ (2012 NaNoWriMo project), ‘Logan’s Time (a WIP),’ and ‘Clarissa’s Time’ (2013 NaNoWriMo project).

I’m very excited about the release of ‘Janelle’s Time.’ It’s the culmination of a life-long dream—and is only the beginning of my retirement career.

My husband, Pete, and I have been married over forty-four years—no children. We lived in New England all our lives until 1992, when we moved to southwest Florida.

CONNECT WITH DAYNA ONLINE:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDaynaLeighCheser
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Writers_Cafe
I hang out as Julie Jordan on the Facebook Group, Excerpts Flight Deck for Readers and Writers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/316314665110811/?ref=ts

CONTEST:
I have a contest going on right now until October 15th to celebrate my new web/blog site and that I have 15,000 Twitter Followers! Check out the details at http://bit.ly/DLC-Contest

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