New Release: To Win a Viscount

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TWaV-500x750Title: To Win a Viscount (Daughters of Amhurst #2)

Author: Frances Fowlkes

Genre: Historical Romance

England, 1820. To gain a certain marquess’s notice, Lady Albina Beauchamp aims to win the derby. What she hadn’t planned for is the price handsome Mr. Edmund White asks in payment to train her to race: each lesson for a kiss.

A first place finish isn’t the only thing worth racing for

Lady Albina Beauchamp is in love with the Marquess of Satterfield. Unfortunately, his only interest is in horses, and doesn’t know she exists. But when the marquess confesses he will bestow his undying admiration on the jockey racing the winning horse at Emberton Derby, Albina sets out to win his affections by training to race.

Mr. Edmund White is a master groomsmen for the Earl of Amhurst in line for a viscountcy, should he abandon his passion for horses and become a respectable sheep owner. But horses are his love–until he meets Lady Albina and her silly notions of racing. When she affirms she will enter the derby with or without his assistance, Edmund not only instructs his student in racing, but seduction as well.

For Albina, a first place finish isn’t the only thing at stake. She must decide whether to take her place in society…or follow her heart and love a groom.

Author Bio

After viewing her all-time favorite love story, “Anne of Green Gables”, at the impressionable age of ten, Frances Fowlkes has been obsessed with affable boy-next door heroes, red-heads, and romance stories with lots of “highfaluting mumbo jumbo” written within their pages. It only seems natural then that she married the boy who used to pull on her curls in her high school English class, had not one, but THREE red-headed boys, and penned multiple love stories with bits of flowery prose.

When not writing, Frances loves spending time with her family, fangirling, and planning her next vacation.

Frances Fowlkes, originally a northern mid-westerner, now lives in the southeast with her ardent hero of a husband, three playful and rambunctious boys, and one spoiled standard poodle.

A self-professed Anglophile and summa cum laude graduate of LeTourneau University, Frances Fowlkes combines her passion for happily-ever-afters with her interests in both American and English histories.

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Book Excerpt Children of Swan

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A shrill whistle came from above, and a wave of noise — a mixture of screaming and shouting — swept across the arena.

As quick as a wink, a large red shadow shot out from the hole behind the tall boy, tossed him into the air and caught him as he fell.

Rapidly it coiled around his long-limbed body, squeezing the life out of him, as he kicked helplessly.

It was a red bokwa of enormous size.

Jack was screaming. It was soundless, painful and primeval. He wanted to run, shout and scream. Anything, if only he could get out of the place.

A cold hand caught him by his arm. “Still. You must keep still.” Teilo’s voice sounded too calm to be real.

Seemingly disturbed by the fearful sight of the giant bokwa, the small brown ones, which had until now dominated the arena, slithered meekly towards the edges and vanished into the small holes in the wall. Soon only a handful of them were left, wiggling silently along the wall.

The whole arena became eerily deserted.

The gruesome body of the young boy was now lying alone. Already small in size, it was now curled tightly up, like a baby in a mother’s womb. A stone’s throw away, the large red bokwa thumped the tall boy onto the ground. The feeble gurgling sound from his throat and the spontaneous twitching of his hands were the only signs he was still alive.

Slowly, the giant bokwa opened its large blood-dripping mouth and started reaching towards the boy’s head.

Next to him, Teilo stood still like a statue. Still? Was that how he had survived? Keeping still in the middle of the bloody carnage?

Without knowing what he was doing, Jack lurched into a frenzied run, stomping his feet and stirring up a thick layer of dust. A few steps away from the stricken boy he halted.

“Hmmm, Hmmm …” Straining his throat to utter a sound, he stomped his feet more.

The bokwa’s head froze in mid-air. Its scaly body gleamed splendidly, and its cold, orange eyes gawked at him, sizing him up.

“Hi, here!” Teilo shouted, having somehow taken up a position opposite Jack.

Perhaps because Teilo was nearer, or the fact that he was half a head shorter than Jack, the bokwa only faltered for a second before weaving its giant body towards Teilo, disregarding the incoherent sounds from Jack’s strained throat.

“Zizi …” A threatening hiss escaped from Teilo’s compressed lips, and he adopted an attacking pose.

Flashing in the corner of his eye, Jack caught sight of something shining among the audience. Above the lofty wall, a small boy, the one who had chanted “Teilo” in the washing hall, was bending over the low barrier with a dagger in his hand. As he waved it, the sharp edge of the dagger glimmered brightly.

The dagger, if only he could get that dagger!

About the Book

ChildrenofSwan_CoverTitle: Children of Swan

Author: Coral Walker

Genre: YA fantasy/scifi

It seems that nothing could be worse than waking up one morning to find their parents have disappeared and their young brother Bo bawling his eyes out, but for Jack and Brianna, the squabbling teenage sibling rivals, the worst is yet to come.

Much to the bafflement and distress of their children, Marcus and Zelda have actually returned to their home planet, Cygnore. Marcus and Zelda, the runaway prince and princess of Bara and Rion, had a life on Earth. For twelve years, they lived happily and peacefully under the name of ‘Goodman’.

Bo is kidnapped. In hot-headed pursuit, Jack and Brianna plunge into a wormhole that takes them to Taron.  Little did they know their impetuous arrival in Taron has placed the lives of their parents in peril. Locals catch them and bring them to an arena. In bewilderment and dismay, Jack finds himself fettered to a wall and examined by a smouldering-eyed and blue-skinned young woman of Bara, Lady Cici.

Lady Cici, the daughter of Lord Shusha, has come to the arena for one and only reason — to have them killed. She is to be engaged to Prince Marcus, their father, and she cannot afford their existence to jeopardize Marcus’ life and her forthcoming engagement.  She must have them killed, and the arena, where slaves routinely fight to the death, is the perfect place.

Author Bio

Coral_Walker_AuthorPhotoCoral Walker was born and raised in China. She holds a BSc in Computer Engineering, MSc in computing and PhD in Computer Science and, and has spent most of her adult life striving for an orthodox, academic career path. She now lives in Wales, UK with her husband and three children. Becoming a mother, and teaching her children to live a fulfilled life resuscitated her fading dream of being an author. The urge to write became so great that she pursued her dream and the ‘Children of Swan’ trilogy is the upshot — a symbol of a new journey in life.

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Author Interview A Sprint to His Heart

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How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first romance in fifth grade (not kidding!), wrote poetry in high school, and began my first novel in college. Never finished it though. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a thick enough skin to handle the “comments”. Wrote a few short stories as well, but I put all of it away to pursue a serious career in science. Not until many years later did I decide to try writing fiction again. In 2008, I began, and finished, my first full-length paranormal romance, which isn’t published. I’ve learned a lot since then! I moved on to writing other works. “On Par with a Fairy”, a short novella, was published by Boroughs Publishing Group in 2012. Under my other pen name, I have the first two novellas in a trilogy published.

What was the most challenging part about writing A SPRINT TO HIS HEART?

Deciding how long it would be. I know, that sounds like a silly answer. Initially, I wrote it as a short novella and realized I couldn’t cover the story I needed to in such a short work. So then I envisioned it as a 30,000-word novella, but still, there seemed more story to tell. I think the most difficult process with this particular book was ensuring enough romantic conflict because the hero is such a sweetheart and likes the heroine from the get-go. At least getting the bike-racing details was not the most challenging part. My husband is a former racer.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

The creativity, the rush when someone says they like my story, and getting to spend my mornings in my pajamas. And while not asked, I will add that my least favorite aspect of being an author is constantly judging myself. That, and not having a boss looking over my shoulder to prevent me from spending too much time on Facebook and Instagram.

Is this book part of a series?

I did not intend A Sprint to His Heart to be part of a series, but I am toying with the idea of writing a sequel.

Do you have any works in progress?

I’m currently editing my first completed book (the one I wrote in 2008). I’m working on finishing the third novella in my trilogy (under my other pen name). And over the past week, I’ve been typing up an outline for a new story—of course, I’ve typed up outlines a number of times before and decided against writing the story. So, we’ll see!

About the Book

A Sprint to his Heart Finals_830x1250Title: A Sprint to His Heart

Author: Lyla Bardan

Genre: New Adult Romance

An ordinary young woman with a dream to be a professional cyclist falls for an extraordinary young man who thinks she’s anything but ordinary.

Bailey Meyers doesn’t have time for distractions, much less a boyfriend, so why does she agree to date the drop-dead sexy Fae artist who loves to watch her race? Because for once, she’d like to take a risk off the racecourse, even after her coach’s reminder of his no dating policy. A policy that puts her racing career in jeopardy when she’s kicked off the team, as if a concussion from a crash and an accusation of doping with dark Fae blood wasn’t enough.

She can’t stay away from the enchanting Piran of Sava…until she discovers he’s not who she thought he was. Can their love stay on course when Bailey joins a cycling team a thousand miles away and Piran is promised to a Fae princess?

Author Bio

LylaBardanLyla Bardan wrote her first romance in fifth grade and was horrified when her male teacher read it aloud in class. She wrote her second romance in the seventh grade after seeing two great horned owls engage in a rather fascinating courtship dance. As the male hooted, danced, and bobbed for the female, Lyla knew there was a story to be told. This discovery of passion in the animal world led to a lifelong interest in science, other worldly creatures, and their love stories.

While in college, Lyla joined a sci-fi/fantasy acting group, where she and others made puppets and produced plays for fellow students. Her favorite part was not creating the overly detailed and ornate puppets of fairies, demons, and dragons, but writing romance bits into every script.

It wasn’t until years into an unfulfilling scientific research career that Lyla came back to her roots of writing. Reaching into her dreams and fantasies, she left the research behind and now stays busy writing from the comfort of her home office, overlooking her well-maintained fairy garden, fruit bearing trees, and a number of birdhouses. There she can relax and remember that it was two birds that originally sparked her interest in love stories just begging to be told.

Note: Bits of this fascinating biography (written by Lyla’s daughter) are actually true!

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Book Review The X-Cure

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xcurefinalcover-600Title: The X-Cure

Author: Bruce Forciea

Genre: Medical Thriller / Science Fiction

Rating: A

Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.

Mercenary Soldiers, a medicine company that wants to keep domination over the world market at all cost, a cancer cure that turns out deadly… What’s not to like about the blot of Bruce Forciea’s thriller? The book has the right mix of suspense, actin, and with a hint of romance. Couldn’t stop reading.

Author Interview The X-Cure

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How long have you been writing?

 

I have been writing for a number of years. My first non-fiction book, Unlocking the Healing Code, was published in 2007. Before that, most of my writing was for my work as a college science instructor. I wrote curriculum, course materials and so on. I also wrote an electronic text in 2008 and self-published a study guide in 2013 before writing my first novel, The X-Cure in 2014-15.

 

What was the most challenging part about writing THE XCURE?

 

Probably the editing. I learned a lot about writing fiction as I wrote The X-Cure and made a few mistakes along the way which took a good deal of time to correct before sending it off to publishers. I did a good deal of my own editing and used some editing software as well. It worked because the editor from the publisher said he did not have a lot of corrections. Writing the next book was a much smoother process.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

I really enjoy going deep into my mind to live with the characters as I’m writing the story. I get the full spectrum of emotions as well. It is a wonderful process that is much more intense than reading someone else’s work.

 

Is this book part of a series?

No, The X-Cure is a standalone book as is my next novel, Alan2. The next one after Alan2 titled “The Healers” may end up as a series.

 

Do you have any works in progress?

My next novel, Alan2, has just been submitted to my publisher (Open Books). This one is a cyber-thriller about an artificial intelligence scientist (with a certain amount of dysfunction in his life) who develops a way to combine the knowledge in the frontal lobes of his brain with a computer operating system. Besides artificial intelligence, the story contains elements of cybercrime, cults, hacking, and an international chase with a very dramatic conclusion. It’s kind of like a combination of the movie “Her” with Terminator’s Skynet and a completely different twist. I’m hoping readers will like the play on today’s concerns about artificial intelligence.

About the Book

xcurefinalcover-600Title: The X-Cure

Author: Bruce Forciea

Genre: Medical Thriller / Science Fiction

Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.

Author Bio

authorpic1-cropped-600Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and has written several books on healing and biology which include Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and An eText of Anatomy and Physiology. The X-Cure is his debut fiction work. Dr. Forciea teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Moraine Park Technical College and Unitek College. Professional projects include writing and producing college science courses, producing digital media including over one hundred science videos, ebooks, custom labs and websites. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits for a defense contractor, treating thousands of patients while running successful chiropractic and wellness clinics and now teaching life science and wellness. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters.

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Book Excerpt Raising Sleeping Stones

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“Look out!” a spectator warned her. “A tube!”

Kiva whirled around just in time to catch the tube—with her stomach. She instinctively

wrapped herself around the tube, hugging it as a shipwreck victim hugs a piece of floating

wood. Her chest screamed in pain, and she struggled to get her wind back, but she couldn’t let go of the tube or she’d fall right off the tower and, with the way her luck was going, she’d

probably miss landing on top of Christine.

Her instincts were good—she did keep herself from falling, but her weight pulled the

tube down and back down the cable it had come on. Her feet danced around, but failed to find anything to grab onto, and within seconds, she was flying: right down the wire toward the other tower. Kiva heard people shouting and running below her, but didn’t dare look—she was too busy trying to stay alive. The wooden tubes were sanded and polished to be as sleek as possible for minimum wind resistance, which meant that the one she was clinging to was very slippery. She managed to grab onto the fixture beneath the pulley and held her breath, hoping for a miracle.

It didn’t come. Instead, her tube hit another tube that had been sent before she slipped, then another and another. Each one shook her hard, weakening her grip on the fixture and slowing her down. A chilling wave of fear washed over her, a feeling that seemed strangely familiar, as if she had experienced this before, and fallen each and every time.

“She’s going to fall!” someone below shouted. “Bring over the safety net!”

“Wait! Look up there!” someone else shouted.

Kiva couldn’t look. She had closed her eyes to concentrate completely on her loosening grip on the tube. It was slowing down, and she had no idea how far she was from the other tower, but knew she couldn’t hang on for much longer. She felt her grip getting weaker, and weaker, and weaker …

“Let go!” a voice shouted as Kiva felt her tool belt tugged upward. She was so surprised that she released the tube and was carried off by a woman swinging on a free line. A warm, glowing sensation began spreading from the place in the small of her back where the woman was holding onto her belt and replacing her fear and confusion with something else, something full of light and hope. As they reached the bottom of their arc and began to swing upward, the warmth spread to the rest of her body, making her feel free, lighter than air … Her heart in her throat, Kiva felt as if she might die of joy.

“I’m … I’m really …” she began weakly.

“Flying, yes!” the woman shouted over the wind, “but not for long!”

About the Book

raisingcoverTitle: Raising Sleeping Stones

Author: P.H.T. Bennett

Genre: MG Fantasy

Like every kid in Solasenda, 11-year-old Kiva Stone has been far too busy training for one of the five town guilds to think about something as useless as dreaming. But when she and her sister DeeDee uncover a mysterious plot to get rid of them, their only hope lies with a shadowy group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As the girls escape with them up the river, they start learning secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries. But how can they learn enough to stand against the enemies chasing them? The answer lies in the shattered history of Orora Crona, the lost Valley of Dreams, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.

Author Bio

raisingauthorP.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim,who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first. His favorite dreams involve flying, visiting the dead, and replaying nightmares until they reveal their secrets.

Pratt’s latest projects are editing Book Two of the Orora Crona Chronicles and planning a virtual summer dreaming camp with other dream authors.

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Book Trailer: The Lost Knight

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About the Book

LostKnightTitle: The Lost Knight

Author: Candy Atkins

Genre: YA Fantasy

How am I supposed to save the world when I’m not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I’m on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I’m no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that’s supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I’m not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.

Author Bio

Official-Author-PicCandy Atkins is a full-time writer who lives with her husband and two kids in Orlando, Florida. She’s an avid reader and lover of all things fantasy and sci-fi. Her debut novel, The Lost Knight, is volume one of the six-part Lost Knight Series.

Her life’s journey has taken her from dining with the President to being on food stamps to running her own company. And since all author bios end by naming and quantifying pets…she also enjoys spending time with her boxer, Butler, and Wynona the cat.

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