VENGEANCE! Belle Ami’s Powerful New Romantic Suspense Novel

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Book 2 of the thrilling Tip of the Spear series by Belle Ami
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VENGEANCE
Belle Ami
Series: Tip of the Spear Book 2
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Hartwood Publishing
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
A Mossad agent will do anything to rescue his kidnapped wife and to stop a terrorist plot to blow up a nuclear facility.
Vengeance
Vengeance is a sexy thriller teeming with romantic suspense. A well-researched tale, scary in its possibility, packed with excitement, it will leave you breathlessly turning pages.
Layla Wallace Hassani is living her dream, curating a major art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. She has it all, a fabulous career, the perfect marriage and the perfect child. She’s madly in love with her husband Cyrus Hassani, a Mossad agent, and lives in Tel Aviv with their four-year-old daughter Cerise. Her life takes a disastrous turn when she’s kidnapped by Iranian terrorists during the bombing of a restaurant in Manhattan. Chained to a bed at a remote location, Layla is a pawn in a deadly game. She’s the bait to lure Cyrus to his death.
Driven by vengeance and a love that knows no bounds, Cyrus will do anything to rescue his wife and stop the terrorist’s plot to blow up a nuclear facility. Teaming up with the FBI he’s the only man capable of stopping a bombing that would result in the deaths of millions of people. Filled with vengeance, stopping the terrorists is his goal, but saving Layla is his mission.
Layla knows her Superman, Cyrus, is coming to save her. She also knows, unbeknownst to him, that by doing so it will mean the death of their child. Caught in a mousetrap, she struggles to find a way out of her deadly situation and to fend off the sexual advances of the kidnapper terrorist who’s fallen in love with her.
Layla must make a choice, save her child or sacrifice herself and her marriage. The clock is ticking.
Another page turner by Belle Ami. Suspense fans and those who enjoy a well crafted story won’t be disappointed.
– Therese Gilardi, Goodreads Reviewer
Belle Ami’s Book 2 of this Series may be my favorite yet. The depth of this story line, the suspense, kept me enraptured and breathless. I’m blown away! Congratulations!
– Amazon Customer

My Review of Vengeance:

Belle Ami has outdone herself with this, the second book in her Tip of the Spear series. This is no lighthearted romance. Belle tackles timely yet difficult issues head-on – terrorism, a threat to all in our world today. Yet she counterbalances the fear and horror with a moving tale of deep, true love. Fast-paced, a real page turner, I highly recommend Vengeance if you’re looking for a novel for our times that helps you see the light at the end of the blackness.

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Available now for $4.99 only. Grab your copy today.

Other Books by Belle Ami

Don’t miss the other books in the Tip of the Spear series:
Escape
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Series: Tip of the Spear Book 1
Escape, a sexy romantic thriller that “what ifs?” a nuclearized Middle East.
When Harvard student, Layla Wallace and her Saudi boyfriend are kidnapped to Iran, a deep-cover Mossad agent is activated and given a mission. He’s ordered to either get Layla out of Iran, or if failing that—kill her.
This story is suspenseful, it’s smart, it’s sexy, it’s a page-turner that you will be loathed to put down.
– Romance Reviews

Giveaway

WIN $25 GIFT CARD AND MORE!
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Prizes up for grabs:
$25 Amazon Gift Card
3 Digital Copies of Escape (Tip of the Spear Book 1)
Contest runs from October 13 – November 2, 2017.

About Belle Ami

Belle Ami

Belle Ami writes romantic/suspense/thrillers with a teaspoon of sex. Escape (Tip of the Spear Book 1) is up for a RONE Award in 2018. Her latest is entitled Vengeance (Tip of the Spear Book 2) published by Hartwood Publishing. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, a horse named Cindy Crawford, and her brilliant Chihuahua, Giorgio Armani.
Official website: http://belleami.us/
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Book Tour Schedule

Follow the book tour from October 13 – November 2, 2017.
Visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and other extras on the tour.
To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Vengeance Book Page at Book Unleashed.
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Claire Gem is an award-winning author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, & supernatural suspense. Find out more at her Website or Amazon Author Page.
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Welcome Iris Blobel to Ghost #BookHugs!

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~~  Fresh Beginnings ~~
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by Iris Blobel

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♥♦♥  BLURB ♥♦♥

Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.

Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?

Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.

But she will have to say goodbye again? And not only to Jared.

 

♥♦♥  EXCERPT ♥♦♥

Ivy enjoyed being with Jared. During their drive towards the Grand Canyon he told her of his home and described as much of Tasmania as possible.
“I always imagined Australia to be hot with white beaches and beautiful water.”
“That’s up in the north in Queensland,” he explained. “We have spectacular beaches as well. Tasmania is a small island in the very south. The last step before the Antarctica, so to speak.”
“That sounds cold!”
He laughed. “It clearly isn’t Queensland.” Settling his gaze on her, he continued, “But it has beautiful beaches as well. And a wonderful marine life. And the mountains. We have some stunning mountains in Tassie.”
“Tassie?”
“Tasmania.”
“It sounds beautiful.”
He agreed. “Yes, it is. One of the best places on earth.”
Once they arrived at the National Park, they found a parking spot and walked towards the edge of the Canyon. She touched his arm to get his attention. Not that she needed to. His attentive nature drew her to him, and she couldn’t get enough of listening to him.
“I feel bad that you pay for everything,” she said in a low voice.
Jared waved his hand. “Nah. It’s only money and luckily the Australian dollar is—”
“Whether you can or can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter. I don’t like it.”
He stopped and turned towards her, causing heat inside her body. Her breath caught but she kept walking, yet, it took him only a few steps to catch up with her and, by way of placing his hand on her shoulder, to stop her.
“Wanna tell me why?”
Avoiding his stare, she lifted her shoulder in a casual shrug.
“A shrug is not really an answer, ya know that, right?”
Yes, she knew that. How could she tell him that she’d left Dylan because he’d spent all the money she’d worked so hard for? She didn’t want to be in the same situation, as in spending someone else’s hard-earned money. But deep inside she didn’t want to hurt Jared, either. She was enjoying her time with him so much, she wasn’t ready for it to end because of some silly pride.
Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted a little squirrel in the bushes and despite some guilt inside, it was a perfect distraction.
“Look!” she said louder than she’d intended. “A squirrel.”
With great relief, she noticed how her devious plan had worked. Jared quickly grabbed his camera and kneeled down to get the best shot possible of this little creature.
Kneeling next to him, she asked, “Don’t you have squirrels?”
Still trying to get that perfect photo of the little creature, he whispered, “Nope.”

♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥
IRIS BLOBEL

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Claire Gem is an award winning author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and supernatural suspense. Visit her Website or Amazon Author Page to learn more.

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Workout Your Brain with Books!

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(This article first appeared on the awesome website, Sixty & Me.)

Are you one of those people who, no matter how much you are enjoying it, simply cannot wait to finish the book you are reading when another interesting title catches your eye? Me too. Unfortunately, a busy schedule limits my dedicated reading time. So what’s a bibliophile to do?

Simple. I read multiple books at the same time.

Some of my friends exclaim, “I don’t know how you can do that! If I tried to read more than one book at a time, my brain would explode.” Well, since I do perform this brain-multitasking feat on a daily basis, I thought I’d do some research to determine whether it really was hurting—or helping—my cognitive abilities as I age.

Information, other than individual opinions on the subject, was difficult to find. Of course, any search including the term “multitasking” brings up a plethora of negative articles claiming how dangerous this can be, like texting while driving. “Split-focus” was another term I came across often, which, it is claimed, reduces focus and productivity. I even found several bloggers who claimed it was a disgrace to “cheat” one, wonderful book out of your full attention. I also learned a brand-new term for the habit: “poly-reader,” as opposed to a monogamous or serial reader.

student-147783_640Wow. I didn’t know reading more than one book at a time placed me in the non-monogamous category. So…I’m cheating on the first book with the second and third? Or is it more like polygamy, where all the books willingly consent to share my attention?

Then there’s the question of multiple media: print book vs. eBook vs. audiobook. Can you mix these without the dose becoming lethal?

I say these theories are hogwash. First of all, I not only have at least two or three print books on my nightstand at all times, but I also have a Kindle app on my phone (I know, this is really bad for my eyesight. But that’s a subject for another blog…). Since I’m also a huge fan of audiobooks, I virtually never listen to music on my car radio. I’m always listening to a book.

Interestingly, there has been some scientific research on how the brain responds to reading a physical vs. and eBook. In this 2009 article by Jonah Lehrer on ScienceBlogs, I learned that different parts of the brain respond differently to different types of text. According to Lehrer, “one of the most interesting findings regarding literacy and the human cortex is the fact that there are actually two distinct pathways activated by the sight of letters.”

Researcher Stanislas Dehaene studied people’s brain waves under fMRI, and concluded that text in a familiar format, i.e. the printed page, stimulates the ventral reading pathway. This allows the reader to decipher and understand the content effortlessly. When the format changes, however, as text on an eReader or computer screen, another part of the brain is triggered: the dorsal pathway. This is the more simplistic, basic process, and the way we all learned how to read—by sounding out the syllables.

In layman’s terms, when reading a physical book vs. an eBook, the words are transported into our brains via two completely different pathways.brain-2062057_640

So, how can this be bad? We exercise our bodies in multiple ways, don’t we? It seems to me that exercising our brains in multiple ways can do nothing but help keep our minds in shape—and sharp.

Then we move on to the third medium: audiobooks. Now we have a whole different set of cognitive processes going on. I found some sources that claimed listening to an audiobook vs. reading one was “cheating.” The foundation for this theory is that listening turns an active process into a passive one. But the author of this article on The Science of Us, Melissa Dahl, disagrees. She cites this: “a study from science writer Olga Khazan, noted in 2011, (that) a “1985 study found listening comprehension correlated strongly with reading comprehension.” So, no: Listening vs. reading isn’t cheating. It’s just absorbing the information via a different sensory route.

Again, how can this be bad? By listening to an audiobook, we are utilizing yet another part of our brain. Exercising it. Exercise = good.

But now, the real question: what about us poly-readers? For those of us who not only partake of multiple forms of reading material, but more than one at the same time? Are we breaking some moral code? Are we totally overloading our brains and running the risk of burning out a neural pathway?

I don’t think so, and neither does Eddie Wharton, as he claims on his Working Theory blog. Most of the books Wharton reads are nonfiction, and he claims that reading more than one at a time has had three distinct and unexpected benefits, namely:

  1. He enjoys reading more.
  2. He finds himself “stumbling on new insights.”
  3. He “progress(es) through them all slower. The books have more time to bounce off of different life situations.”

And finally, in this wonderful article on AgileLifestyle.net, author Tony Khuon describes this kind of voracious reading as “more like a superpower.” Since 2012, he has consistently reached his goal of 150 books in one year. He recommends, when reading books in parallel, to select three different kinds of books, i.e., a genre novel, a literary work, and a nonfiction title.

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That is exactly what I do.

The book(s) on my bedside table are nonfiction, craft books that help me to improve the novels I write. The book on my Kindle app is a genre fiction, usually one a fellow author has asked me to read and review. The audiobook booming out from my car’s speakers on my commute is usually a literary title, or a classic.

I turn sixty in just a few short weeks. So far this year, I’ll bet I’ve “consumed” almost a hundred books in their various formats, though I haven’t kept count. Do I feel sharper, and smarter, and more motivated? Yes, indeedy I do. I walk, do yoga, and ride a horse to exercise my body, and I read—profusely and diversely—to exercise my brain.

Are you monogamous or a poly-reader? Do you enjoy books in multiple formats, or primarily one? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Claire Gem is an award-winning author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, & supernatural suspense. You can find out more about her & her work at her website or on her Amazon Author Page.

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Ghost #BookHugs with Holly Bargo!

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Russian Pride by Holly Bargo #BookHugs #hot #mafia #romance

The fourth and final book in the Russian Love series. Discounted e-book launch price of $0.99 good thru October 15, 2017.

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The marriage alliance between the Russians and Italians embroils both organizations in a deadly war with the Chinese Triad. Can love grow in such circumstances?

Book Description

A victim of domestic violence, Inessa recuperates in the home of mafia captain Giovanni Maglione. Her parents, Bratva chief Maksim Andrupov and his wife Olivia, learn that Inessa’s recently deceased husband double-crossed the Chinese Triad and they’re coming after her for reparation. Thinking to save their daughter, Maksim and Olivia convince Giovanni to marry Inessa, who doesn’t particularly want to marry again and yet finds herself agreeing to the scheme.

The ruse fails and the Chinese pursue their target with bloodthirsty determination. Giovanni draws upon the resources of his own colleagues and rival mobs to engage with the Triad, avoid prison, and save his family, which now includes Inessa. The most dangerous man in Cleveland displays a surprisingly tender and gentle aspect of his character as he engages in terrible violence to protect what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.

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Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756ZR13R)

 

Excerpt

The following excerpt is suitable for all audiences: G rating.

Marriage to a woman he found himself wanting and who did not want him back promised to punish him for every evil deed he had committed.

Giovanni had committed many.

Hours later and covered in snow, Paolo admitted without rancor that Inessa had built the better snow fort and won the battle with her superior ammunition. The younger boys merely cheered and flopped down in the snow to make snow angels and build snowmen until Bianca called them in for supper.

Gathered around the kitchen table that evening for supper, Bianca held court as usual. Lively conversation and friendly insults flew back and forth in a merry combination of affectionate bickering that Inessa still had not quite gotten used to. These boisterous, openly emotional Italians bewildered her, especially when Paolo flung an insult at his cousin that no one in the Bratva would have dared utter to her father. Yet Giovanni laughed it off and gave the boy a playful swat, while the elderly housekeeper frowned in resigned acceptance that the hooligans at her table might never grow up and act like gentlemen. Giovanni’s sparkling eyes met Inessa’s across the table. She felt a blush rise at the instant transformation of amusement to heated desire.

A hand gently patted hers, distracting her from the man’s intense stare. Looking at Bianca’s soft smile, she smiled back, though her expression held more than a tinge of anxiety. She could not—and would not—deny that Giovanni Maglione was one sexy, beautiful man. But the thought of submitting to a man made her blood run cold. The nightmares of experience doused any answering spark of desire.

Giovanni would want and expect children.

Inessa lowered her gaze to her plate and let the family discussion flow over her.

From the head of the table, Giovanni forced a smile at whatever inanity his young cousin spewed. Paolo, he knew, attempted to show off his wit to impress the shy, lovely woman who would marry into the family and unite Bratva and mafia. He also knew that his adolescent cousin, suffering from surging teenage hormones, had a crush on the quiet Russian woman. He made a mental note to keep a watchful eye on Paolo to ensure the boy didn’t do anything too stupid.

Giovanni also noticed the pretty blush that turned Inessa’s cheeks such a lovely pink. Within his mind, he winced at the sudden fear that flashed in her eyes and surmised her thoughts. Somehow, he had to convince her that hurting women was not his style. He would never hurt her, would never tolerate a hand raised against her.

She was his and he protected what was his with all the considerable resources at his disposal.

The following excerpt has a little heat, but it’s not terribly explicit: PG rating.

“You won’t send us away?”

“I want you where I can protect you.”

When do you expect this to come to a head?”

“Days.” His arms tightened around her and he inhaled the sweet, warm scent of white tea and ginger and woman. If only she were willing.

“How can I help, Giovanni?”

He rubbed his cheek against her hair. It felt like coarse silk against his skin, some of the fiery strands catching on the stubble already shadowing his cheeks. He pressed another kiss to her head and settled a hand over the flare of her hip. She felt warm and soft in his lap and smelled like a woman should. He ran his other hand down her neck and arm, then back up again. Tangling his fingers in her hair, he tilted her head back and lowered his lips to hers. She sighed into his mouth as his lips pressed lightly to hers, a touch of unbearable tenderness.

Inessa didn’t know where the tears came from. Or why, really.

Giovanni tasted warm salt and pulled away. He wiped away a tear with his thumb and apologized, “I am sorry, Inessa. I am a beast to you.”

She shook her head and raised her hand, resting it against his cheek. “No,” she protested, “you are good to me, so good.”

His blood surged. His thumb stroked her cheek again. Lowering his mouth to hers, he brushed his lips over hers and nibbled the corner of her mouth. Her back arched beneath his hand, pushing her soft breasts against his chest. Her hands traveled behind his neck, fingers brushing against the short hair at the nape.

“If we don’t stop, Inessa, I won’t be able to,” he warned her, lips brushing against hers as he spoke.

She pressed her body closer against his and replied, “I like the way you touch me. So gentle. Sweet.”

A shudder rippled through Giovanni, straining his control. He did not want to be gentle and sweet. He wanted to slam into her body and pound his frustrations into oblivion as she screamed his name. His hands tightened on her, then released her as he drew back.

Inessa blinked in surprise, noting the pulse throbbing at the base of his jaw.

“I cannot be gentle. Not now,” he rasped, his voice thick and guttural.

“I—I—”

He pressed an index finger over her lips to quiet her. “Do not offer what you do not truly want,” he said. “And I know you want—and need—gentle and sweet. Perhaps some other time when you do not show fear when I walk into the room.”

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Holly Bargo is the author’s pseudonym and really did exist as a temperamental appaloosa mare fondly remembered for watching over toddler children and grinding a brand new pager into dust. Holly lives on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with her husband, a clowder of cats, an elderly llama, and an even more ancient horse that looks and acts half her age. Until recently, Holly and her husband’s two children also lived with them, but kids grow up and leave home.

Holly has published 17 fiction books since 2014—many of them steamy romances—and works full-time as a freelance ghostwriter and editor. All her books can be found on Amazon.com.

Reading is the Best Writing Exercise!

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I’ll be the first to admit: I’m an obsessive reader. Although I haven’t kept count, I would venture to say I’ve read almost 100 books so far this year. I partake of reading material in a variety of ways as well: print, eBook, and audiobook. I always have at least one book going in each format at all times. Is this good for my brain or will my overwhelmed little brain cells just explode? I did some research on this and blogged about this very topic on the fabulous website, Sixty & Me, just the other day. You can read the article here.

After all, I will be turning sixty in just a few short weeks. Yikes. Where have all the years gone?

The difference in how I read before I became an author, and how I read now, though, is huge. I used to just read for enjoyment. Now, in addition to thoroughly enjoying the experience, I’m also learning. A LOT.

starry-sky-1948523_640For example: My present work-in-progress, a supernatural suspense called PIGMENTS, features a psychic who can access the memories of artists through their DNA that’s embedded in the oil paint. Although I’m an avid art history buff, I’ve fallen away from research in that area over recent years. So I needed to read a few books–novels, preferably–that centered around art.

I started out re-reading two old favorites: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Still, I needed more. More recent titles, those I hadn’t read before. I stumbled upon an author new to me, B. A. Shapiro, and began with her 2013 title, The Art Forger. What a golden find was this! Shapiro’s style hovers between commercial and literary fiction–a trait I’m particularly fond of, since I write in much the same ilk.

After leaving a 5-star review for The Art Forger, I’ve moved on to Shapiro’s 2015 title, The Muralist. Although at first put off somewhat by the more extensive history explored in this title, I have now found myself hooked. Shapiro utilizes a dual-time method of telling her stories. The Art Forger took place mostly in the present-day, where the majority of The Muralist takes place in 1939-40 – a time period, I will admit, I’ve not explored in any depth. stamp-1497087_640

This author is teaching me all sorts of history I either didn’t know about or didn’t understand in the most painless way–through engrossing and often lyrical prose. But it wasn’t until I was driving home last evening, listening to the audiobook version of this title, that Ms. Shapiro gifted me an “ah-ha” moment.

In my work-in-progress, PIGMENTS, I’ve been having difficulty with telling the story from multiple points of view. I’m combining POVs, telling some in the first person, and others in third. What Ms. Shapiro did in The Muralist is to make each chapter in the POV of one character, naming that character at the start. This keeps the reader straight on who’s telling the story. I believe Tracy Chevalier also used this technique in her 2004 title, The Lady and the Unicorn.

My quandary as to how to proceed with PIGMENTS is now solved, thanks to two brilliant authors I’ve read. Thank you, Ms. Chevalier and Ms. Shapiro, for the lesson in plot construction.

Yes, I read for pleasure. But it’s always a bonus when a pleasurable activity turns into an educational one.

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Claire Gem writes in several genres including contemporary romance, women’s fiction, & supernatural suspense. She prides herself on bridging the gap between genre & literary fiction–these ain’t your mama’s Harlequin novels. Visit her at her website or Amazon Author page.

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Welcome Casi McLean!

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Romantic Suspense, Time Slips, And Mystery with a Sprinkle of Magic ….

Piper Taylor concedes she’ll never fall in love, until a treacherous storm spirals her into the arms of the handsome Nick Cramer. Unrelenting remorse over a past relationship haunts Nick, but he can’t deny the mysterious connection and hot desire Piper evokes.

The allure of a secret portal hidden beneath Atlanta’s Lake Lanier tempts him into seizing the opportunity to change his mistakes. But his time slip triggers consequences beyond his wildest dreams.

Can Piper avoid the international espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome Casi McLean to my blog, celebrating the release of BEYOND THE MIST.

 

Can Piper avoid the espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?

Here’s an excerpt from this exciting new link in the Lake Lanier Mystery series…

A soft mist hovered over the moonlit lake, beckoning, luring him forward with the seductive enticement of a mermaid’s song. Rhythmic clatter of a distant train moaned in harmony with a symphony of cricket chirps and croaking frogs. Spellbound, Nick Cramer took a long breath and waded deeper into the murky cove. Dank air, laden with a scent of soggy earth and pine, crawled across his bare arms. The hairs on the back of his neck bristled, shooting a prickle down his spine that slithered into an icy pool coiled in the pit of his stomach. He clenched his fingers into a tight fist, determined to fight through the emotion consuming him. Fear sliced through his belly like icy shards until he finally heaved, forcing rancid bile to choke into his throat.

I have to do this––he inched forward––only a few more steps and––

A sudden surge swirled around him, yanking him into a whirling vortex, where a violent blue streak dragged him deeper, deeper beneath the lake into the shadowy depths. Heart pounding, he battled against the force, twisting, thrusting toward the surface with all of his strength but, despite his muscular build, he spun like a feather in wind into oblivion. When the mist dissolved, Nick Cramer had vanished.

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Darkness consumed him, a cyclone spinning, twisting Nick as he ripped through an endless void. His lungs burned for oxygen. He could hold his breath no longer, and relinquished his resolve, but he felt no pain. Instead, a sense of serenity encircled him as if he were floating, weightless, breathless, helpless on a cloud of warm air…then the abyss abruptly imploded. Pierced by a brilliant violet-blue light that shattered into a kaleidoscope of color, the tempest hurtled him, whirling, snaking boundlessly until he finally burst through the surface, gasping for air.

He filled his lungs to capacity, breathed in and out several times before opening his eyes to assimilate the greenish blur surrounding him. Instinctively dog-paddling to stay afloat, he stared at a rustic old wooden bench situated atop a ridge above until his head stopped swimming. He had survived the tumult that ripped his body through Lord knows what and challenged him physically and emotionally to the limits few men could endure. And for what, to end up exactly where he started?

“Noooooo.” His blood-curdling moan cut through the silence.

He slapped his hand across the water, scooping a splash that flew around him. There was nothing more he could do. He tried. He risked his life to set things right, to offset the tragic event that had haunted him for eleven years, but he always knew the chance equated to that of a snowball in hell.

 

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You can find this exciting new book Here.

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Casi McLean is an Award Winning Author:

2016 Best Romantic Suspense

Winner Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

Winner 2016 Best Heroine Still Moments Magazine

2016 Aspen Gold Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense

2015 Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews

2015 Chicago Fire and Ice Finalist

2014 Winner 2014 AWC Short Story Award

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Her Bio:

Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense, like Beneath The Lake, WINNER: 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense.

Casi’s powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, shares an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, and displays her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction. Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers in nonfiction as well with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can’t put down.

Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Ms. McLean weaves exceptional romantic mystery with suspenseful settings and lovable characters you’ll devour. You’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You’ll swear her time travel could happen, be mystified by her other worldly images, and feel heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you’ll want more.

You can connect with Casi here:

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Claire Gem is an award winning author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and supernatural suspense. Stop by her Website or Amazon Author Page to find out more.

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An Exciting Series from Rebecca Neely!

The CROSSING REALMS paranormal romance series by Rebecca E. Neely ~ Sacrifice or salvation? A chosen psychic few may be both. As Keepers battle Betrayers to save the human race, all’s not fair in love and war.

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THE KEEPER, Book 1 – A tortured leader of human guardians must join forces with the one woman in the city who can save his clan from destruction: an anxious – and psychic – accountant who has no memory of him. http://amzn.to/2fOZEIC

THE WATCHER, Book 2 – Can a Keeper hell bent on avenging his own death find the answers the clan so desperately needs in the seven days he’s been given, or will he be forced to abandon the woman he loves and his clan, leaving them all to face imminent destruction? http://amzn.to/2j1ethN

THE BETRAYER, Book 3 – Can a Betrayer with a mysterious ability, ousted by her brood and left for dead, fight alongside the Keeper who saves her—and falls for her—in the throes of the second rebellion, or will she forsake herself and the man she loves as the clan wages what may be its final battle to save the human race?

 Welcome to my world, er…realm!

SOME JARGON TO GET YOU ACQUAINTED

WATCHERS – Beings that exist in their own realm, guiding and guarding the Keepers through missions called Compulsions.

KEEPERS – ‘close to human as you can get’ beings who guard humans, live in the human realm and exude and exist on light energy.

BETRAYERS – Keepers turned bad. Banished from the Watchers’ realm after the Rebellion, they too live in the human realm, wreaking havoc on humans, from which they harvest dark energy to feed on.

VITALITY STONE – a bright green stone hewn from the Watchers’ realm that gives the Keepers their amazing powers, and defends against Betrayers dark energy…

SIMILITUDE STONE – The antithesis of Vitality stone, this deadly black stone is a conduit for dark energy that enables Betrayers to drain Keepers’ energy…

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The Geary clan of Keepers lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA as carpenters. They’re almost exactly what they appear to be: blue collar Irish Catholics, born and bred in the ‘Burgh. Their M.O.? Humans forget their interaction with them, so they’re able to go about their Compulsions more easily…

The Pittsburgh brood of Betrayers lives in the recesses of the city, and can be found wherever human pain, violence and suffering exists…

 SOME CHARACTERS YOU’LL MEET ALONG THE WAY

Haenus Vickery – brood master of the Betrayers, who’s hell bent on destroying both humans and Keepers, and reclaiming the Watchers’ realm as his own…

Nick Geary – Jaded clan leader of the Keepers, who seems doomed to love a human woman who’s forgotten him, time after time, for thirteen years…

Libby Klink – a skittish accountant who’s as terrified of her recent and strange intuitions as she is of her mundane existence…

Dev Geary – a former Keeper, hell bent on avenging his own death…

Meda Gabriel – a cagey, street smart bar owner with a unique skill set…

Curtis Geary – A Keeper/computer guru whose neat, logical world is about to tilt on its axis…

Jordan – A Betrayer with a mysterious ability, ousted by her brood and left for dead…

Tan – Meda’s German Shepherd, a rescue who’s got an uncanny sense about people…

TATTOO, MOTORCYCLE OR GERMAN SHEPHERD FAN? I also blog about cool stuff from each story. I invite you to stop by and have a read. https://rebeccaneelysite.wordpress.com/

THE KEEPER, Book 1 in the series, is a finalist for the RONE award for Best Paranormal short, sponsored by InD’Tale Magazine.

Both Book 1 and THE WATCHER, Book 2 are out now and available in Kindle and print, on Amazon.

Stay tuned for news about THE BETRAYER, Crossing Realms Series Book 3. My Street Team will have an opportunity to read it before anyone else does – JOIN NOW! https://www.facebook.com/groups/142874226198888/

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REBECCA E. NEELY, AUTHOR  ~  Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.

A sucker for a happy ending, Rebecca strives to write the kind of stories she loves to read—gritty, suspenseful and featuring authentic, edgy and vulnerable characters, smack dab in the middle of action that explodes from page one.

Careers, past and present, include freelance writing, accounting, mother, problem solver, doer and head bottle washer.

Rebecca is a member of Three Rivers Romance Writers (TRRW), a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), and is proud to serve as a judge for several writing contests each year.

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Stalemate: Worry Vs. Creativity

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It’s six o’clock p.m. on Saturday night, and I have the house to myself. My husband is off at a car show. My angelfish are all floating happily in their fresh water from the rotations I did this afternoon (Can fish smile? I think mine are). The dog is sitting under my chair napping, as well as exuding some very foul-smelling gas from time to time (thank you, son Justin, for feeding him some bacon after breakfast this morning).

I should be writing. I intended to be writing. I need to be writing. Working on the novel-in-progress that is well underway, completely outlined (!!!), and just waiting for the keyboard time it needs to become a reality. But I am not writing. I can’t even think about writing. Why? Because of Hurricane Irma.

Selfish bitch. She’s not only stealing writing time (the least of her sins), but she’s threatening the health and well-being of my son, my daughter, my grandson, my brother, and about a dozen nieces and nephews—all who reside in Florida. Directly in her path. Not to mention dozens of close friends.

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How can I possibly think about writing? I have spent the last three hours switching back and forth between the National Hurricane Center site, and BayNews9, which is the station most closely relevant to the mid-east coast event of the century. Irksome Irma. The minute I started tracking her so closely, I swear, she’s stopped in her tracks. Not about to give me any clues as to her dastardly plan.

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Don’t worry, my kids say. We’ll be fine. We are prepared. We live in a block home, not in an evacuation area. We have a plan. We have plenty of water, food, and beer (well, thank God for small favors).

My biggest terror, at this point, is that moment when, sometime in the next 24 hours, all communication ceases. I know it will happen. I won’t be able to contact my kids. I will be left wondering what in the holy hell is going on.

So I sit here, staring at the keyboard and switching tabs. Asking the fates for answers. Praying for positive outcomes.

Will I be getting any writing done tonight? Hell, no. I’m too busy watching, and waiting, and wondering. And praying.

To all of those who are in the path of this monstrous storm, or who have loved ones who are, my thoughts and prayers go out to you tonight. Remember, we are all part of a grand universal plan . . . we all have the power to change destiny. If we only direct our intentions succinctly enough.

Let’s join forces and force this bitch Irma off course.

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Claire Gem is a multi-award winning author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, & supernatural suspense. She is also a mother of three and grandmother.

Visit her at www.clairegem.com.

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Are you ready for itcher?

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I am SO excited to bring to you news about a wonderful new app tool that will make your life so much easier! How many times have you spent minutes, maybe even hours looking for & picking out your next movie, TV show, music choice, or book? Valuable, precious time when you could have been watching, listening or reading?

This happens to me all the time, especially with books, because I consume them at such an unbelievable rate. What’s most disappointing, however, is when I’ve spent all that time, made my best choice, and then discover—drat! This isn’t what I was looking for!

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Well now, there’s an app for that. It’s called itcher.

So, what exactly is “itcher”? Here’s what the company’s bio states:

“itcher is a book recommendations app that helps you find your next favourite book in less than 50 seconds. You can download it on iOS, Android or check out it out on Web.”

I wanted to know more! I figured he best way to get valid information about this exciting new app was to go to the source: the Itcher people themselves. They were kind enough to grant me an interview. Here’s what I found out:

Claire: The Itcher App is described as an entertainment assistant. Can you elaborate on that? Exactly what can Itcher help me do?

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Itcher: itcher can help you discover more entertainment you love. The itcher app is a one stop shop for recommendations, lists and links to buy your favorite titles. In that sense, it’s your personal entertainment assistant, on hand ready to recommend new titles and also show you where to buy them. It’s what the entertainment world has been waiting for!

Claire: What are the entertainment categories Itcher can help me with?

Itcher: Movies, TV shows, books, music and games – everything entertainment lovers adore!

Claire: Why the name “Itcher”? Can you describe how the company chose this particular moniker?

Itcher: Well, we like to say that our app is the perfect thing for when you’re ‘itching’ to find a new great book or watch your next favorite movie!

Oops, my bad. Guess I need to drop the capital “I” from here on in . . .

Claire: The itcher App description claims to recommend entertainment selections based on the user’s personal taste. How does it do that?

itcher: We’re glad you asked! itcher works by matching users to like-minded users and using the power of the community to generate new recommendations. That means if people with very similar taste to you have all rated a book with 5 stars, you’re likely to be recommended that book too. It’s the app equivalent of your friends all recommending you something, only much more accurate as itcher learns exactly what you like.

Claire: Once itcher knows what kind of books I like to read, will these choices automatically influence the other categories, such as movies, TV shows, & music? Or is each category evaluated separately?

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itcher: Each category is evaluated separately, but when you sign up to itcher, you’ll automatically be signed up to our newsletter, where we sometimes recommend TV shows based on your taste in movies and vice versa.

Claire: Once I’ve decided on a book or movie on the itcher app, does itcher sell or rent me the title? Or does it just direct me to where it can be found?

itcher: itcher will direct you to where it can be found. For movies, you might be able to stream with one click, if the title is available via Netflix or Amazon. For books, you’ll be linked to the book on Amazon so you can purchase that new title and get reading!

Claire: What does itcher cost? Is there a fee for me to choose a title through the itcher app?

itcher: itcher is totally free! There are no fees for signing up, nor are there any fees for buying a title via itcher.

Thank you, itcher associates, for visiting my blog today!

Wow . . . so you know the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” WRONG. Not when it comes to this amazing new app, itcher. I’m looking forward to finding my next great movie, TV show, or book—whatever entertainment format I’m “itching” for—from this new tool.

Thank you, itcher associates, for helping me turn all my blog followers and fans about this nifty innovation.

You can find itcher at the Apple app store or Google Play. Find out more at itcher.com.

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Claire Gem is an award-winning author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, & supernatural suspense. Find out more about her books at her Website or Amazon Author Page.