Book Excerpt The Unexpected

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    I was trying to walk towards this interesting object that I saw that was very odd and intriguing. But the principal had told us to stand still and listen to his speech about the school.  “Hello my name is Troy Johnson and I’m the principal of this school. Here at Illinois Tech we have you do projects that you would like to do in your field. This will make your feilds understand the knowledge of tech”. The principal voice was so strong and heavy, which makes sense that he is the head principal because he as leadership. His skin was black with hazel brown eyes. You can tell he was around his 40s or 50s and you can tell that his height is 5’6. His hair was gray like when the President of the United States leaves offices due to their term.

About the Book

Title: The Unexpected

Author: Travon Toussiant

Genre: YA mystery / thriller

A young man named Anthony finally gets his dream he always wanted, a tech company. But his company starts to fall down the drain, thanks to Spencer. Throughout the story, Anthony runs into shocking hurdles and painful moments that he never expected. Will Anthony be able to handle this when he finds out?. Or will things get out of hand?.

 

Author Bio

Travon is a young teenage writer who is excited to write more books throughout his writing journey. He was born September 25, 2001 in Chicago, IL at Saint Joseph Hospital. This is his first book he has ever wrote. He lives in Chicago, IL and he will be making the next sequel for the The Unexpected series soon. Travon has earned many medals in sports and honor roll certificates in school, he has graduated from John B. Murphy Elementary school. Travon was inspired from his grandmother Stella saying “Travon you should write a book”. It gave him the idea to go for it. Travon gone through so many tragic scenes in his life that push him more to achieve. Up into now his life has been looking very pleasant for him.

 

 

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Book Excerpt The Aeon Star

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“Good afternoon gentlemen,” she had meant to say — but didn’t. As soon as she saw him, all she could do was stare. She couldn’t help herself. Even more remarkable was the fact that he was staring back. They were all staring at her actually, but he — the gorgeous stranger with deep brown hair and exquisite grey-green eyes — was all she could see. He was sitting in the furthest back corner of the booth in jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie. His hair was on the long side of short, long enough that a couple of unruly strands fell over one eye. His features were strong yet soft, his lips the most kissable shade of pink. Oh but his eyes — she’d never seen anything quite like them. She could fall into those grey-green jewels and happily become lost forever.

He was not at all the kind of guy that Jenny Taylor would have been allowed to be interested in. Or the kind of guy who would have been interested in Jenny Taylor, she reminded herself. He could’ve been one of Davin’s friends though…

She saw herself standing half naked in front of a window overlooking the ocean at night, his tall, gorgeous form stepping in close behind her, tracing his hand over her back, her arms, kissing her shoulder, embracing her, kissing her neck.

Erin elbowed her in the side, breaking her free from her fantasy.

“Sorry,” Jennifer said, feeling flush, she pulled her gaze away from Tall-Dark-and-Handsome and decided it was in her best interest to avoid looking directly at him — at least until she could manage to control her thoughts a little better.

Jennifer did a quick assessment of the other the two. The blond’s features were narrow and sharp, as was the rest of his look. The other was a light-haired brunette. He was heavyset and looked like he hadn’t shaved in a few days, but he was put together well. “What can I get for you — you guys,” she tripped over her words. “What can I get for you guys?”

“Do I know you?” asked the one with light brown hair, sitting next to Gorgeous.

She couldn’t deny the odd sense of familiarity she had to the small group, but considering her decidedly sheltered history, she was sure she’d never met them before. Besides that, the gorgeous creature sitting in the corner and the reaction she was having to him was definitely not someone she was likely to forget — or have forgotten. “I don’t… think so.” Her focus switched to the unshaven guy, though she could still feel the pull of Sexy in the corner.

There was something definitely familiar about this other guy. Like they did know each other — like they’d always known each other — except they didn’t. He was a complete stranger.

“She’s new. Just moved here.” Erin pitched in. “Still training. Brand new. That’s why I’m here.” It was odd the way Erin was talking. In. Short. Clipped. Sentences.

“New girl huh?” The blond snorted and rolled his eyes.

Erin laughed nervously. “Uh-huh.”

“I’ll have the usual,” the blond said.

Familiar guy scoffed.

Gorgeous shook his head.

“Uh” Erin started nervously.

“Okay,” Jennifer cut her off — she could handle it. She pretended to write down what he’d said, with much thought. “And what about for you guys?”

She glanced only briefly at Tall, Dark, and Handsome. He was so gorgeous; she couldn’t help but gush, in the form of a huge smile. He was watching her pretty closely. He looked amused and sexy. She avoided direct eye contact as best she could.

“Roast beef on wheat, and a Coke,” said Familiar guy.

“Have you had the sweet potato fries with that?” she asked. “They’re so yummy.”

“Mmmm,” he considered. “No thanks, Cupcake.”

“I’ll have the same on sourdough, with an iced tea,” said the Hot Babe in the corner.

She really should stop objectifying him like that. “You want lemon?”

“Yeah,” he smiled and she smiled back as she imagined herself climbing across the table and kissing him full on the lips — his soft, sweet lips.

Stop it; she scolded herself. He had been saying something, but she hadn’t caught it because she had been fantasizing. “I’m sorry, my brain just… Could you say that last bit again?” she grinned sheepishly.

“Sweet potato fries,” he repeated.

Sweet potato fries, his voice was so yummy it sent intense, tingly, butterfly sensations coursing through her. She grinned, hopefully not too much like and idiot, turned abruptly, sidestepped around Erin who looked unreasonably concerned, and hurried back to the kitchen. Erin followed a short distance behind.

 

About the Book

Title: The Aeon Star

Author: Lauren T. Hart

Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi

Jenny has never wanted for more than the simple, normal life she has; helping her parents care for her seven younger siblings, working for her dad at his church, going to college someday – hopefully in the fall. And one day, settling down with the boy next door to start a family of her own…

There’s just one problem. Jenny was never meant to have an ordinary life. She can ignore the nightmares, her parent’s overprotective natures, and even the sense that she doesn’t really belong. But try as she might, she can’t escape her destiny and when the dangers and secrets of a past she can’t remember come hunting for her, her simple life doesn’t just crumble it shatters.

Nick Grace is a researcher looking for a way to destroy an ancient evil – one that sounds hauntingly similar to Jen’s nightmares. Nick says he wants to help her find answers, but can she trust him? The inescapable pull she feels toward him whenever he’s near only makes her more unsure.

As the danger looms ever closer, she will have to make a stand against her enemies as well as her friends in this compelling urban-sci-fi page turner, with just the right amount of romance, that will keep you guessing up to the very last plot twist.

 

 

Author Bio

Don’t you just hate it when authors write about themselves in third person? I do. So, for this “about the author” you get me, talking about me.

I’ve always loved stories. I began my writing career in the entertainment industry where, as one does in that field, I held a number of other job titles as well: director, producer, actor, voice actor, and on and on… But none of them could hold a candle to the joys and frustration of staring at a computer screen for hours on end, daydreaming, researching, constructing and reconstructing sentences that would ultimately be nixed during editing. Writing, some like to call it. Some say crazy, some say passionate. It’s probably a bit of both. And I love it! As for me, just me — I love to learn, to laugh to read, to write. I love to lounge about with friends and family and music. I have nerdish tendencies and overuse the word awesome. I love words and artistry and intangible magic. I think a lot– it’s one of my favorite pastimes. I’m prone to repeating myself and I loathe taking things too seriously. Some of my broad term areas of interest (at the moment) include: writing, reading, grammar, language, the human condition, creativity and the creative process, science fiction as well as science fact, the supernatural, animals, art, culture, the pursuit of happiness and the interrelatedness of all things.

 

I was born and then raised throughout the mountainous desert state of Utah, located in the western part of the USA, where I currently reside with my partner in life and love, our 3 sons and some dogs. Life is good.

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New Release: Secret Love

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About the Book

Guarding a secret and playing with fire has never been a good combination.

Four years ago, Holly Scallenger embarked on the most difficult journey of her life. As if being a single parent isn’t already stressful enough, Holly also attended med-school, in hopes of helping other pregnant women in a way she wasn’t helped. But things don’t look so good as she has to embark on a new journey – a journey that would take her back to Boston, back to the man who broke her heart and discarded her and her babies.

Sworn to never fall for him again, Holy is put to the test once more when a chance encounter reunites them.
Secret Love is the second novel in the 4Ever series by Isabella White

 

About Imperfect Love

Imperfect Love is only $0.99 until the end of the month!

At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.

Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired and handsome as hell med student, sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lies ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.

Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?

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Promo Post The Hooligans of Kandahar

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About the Book

Title: The Hooligans of Kandahar

Author: Joseph Kassabian

Genre: Nonfiction / War Memoir

During the peak years of the Afghanistan War, a group of soldiers is dropped by helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City. Mismanaged and overlooked by command, how they survive is largely up to them. In the birthplace of the Taliban, some men lose their sanity, others their humanity. They are The Hooligans.

Written in the months and years following his deployment, Joseph Kassabian recounts his time in the isolated and dangerous country of Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, The Hooligans of Kandahar is a sobering, saddening, and often sarcastic first-hand account of America’s War on Terror.

 

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Book Excerpt Cry Wolf

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“What do you want to do to me?”

The question seemed to shock Luca somehow, the top of his sharp cheeks taking on the barest hint of cherry red. He seemed to give it some thought in the darkness of the dripping tunnel, “This time, when we do whatever we’re going to do, can you pretend…to love me.”

Peter halted. “What?”

“Don’t make it weird.”

Peter latched on to Luca’s arm and halted his purposeful march through the main chamber. “I’m not trying to make it weird. What did you say?”

“Pretend to love me this time. Despite being a shitty liar, you’re good at pretending. It shouldn’t be that hard for you to make me believe it.”

Peter squeezed his shoulder and turned him around so he could see his face, his stark features illuminated by the glowing blue pool of liquid. “You want to believe that I love you?”

“I want to know what it feels like…” His eyebrows knitted. “I keep thinking about Avaline. How much she must’ve loved him to turn her afterlife into this forest. A tree for every tear. I want to know what she was crying over.” Something about Peter’s expression triggered Luca’s defenses, and he spun around. “Forget it.”

“Stop,” Peter snapped with a vehemence that left his voice echoing in surrounding caverns.

Luca halted, but didn’t face him, head tilted to the side. “What?”

“Didn’t Lydia love you? Didn’t Chief love you?”

“I don’t think that’s the right kind of love.”

“What you asked for…” I don’t have to pretend. “Stay here. I’ll be back.”

 “Where are you going?”

“To get rope.”

 

About the Book

Title: Cry Wolf

Author: Greta Stone

Genre: M/M Urban fantasy

Everything you know is a lie.

Peter is a kitsune. Chaos follows him wherever he goes. Good intentions, bad intentions—it doesn’t matter. Even mimicking the howl of a friend he hasn’t seen in over a decade turns out to have disastrous consequences.

The wolf doesn’t have a name. For now, he goes by Luca. He has no past, and as an escaped slave, if he can’t stay hidden in the shadows, he’ll have no future. When someone steals his howl, he’s drawn to investigate, and ends up saddled with a mouthy fox who insists they used to be friends once upon a time.

Petty problems and a dubious reunion are pushed aside the longer they’re stranded together. The Underwood is a dangerous place.

They have two choices: work together or die.

Join Greta Stone in a dark paranormal MM romance retelling of Aesop’s fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and David P. Mannix’s classic novel, The Fox and the Hound.

 

 

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Greta is the unruly offspring of a tiger and a dragon. She spends most of her time reading, stalking Goodreads, and harassing other authors with pranks. She loves to hear from readers. (Hi, Mom.) Leave a message after the scream! (Seriously, Mom. You can just call me.)

 

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How to Win a Free e-Book Copy of Cry Wolf

The first 5 people to comment on one of Greta Stone’s tour post will automatically win a free e-book copy of Cry Wolf. Available formats include: mobi, pdf, epub, and prc. Interested parties should email newgotham1@gmail.com with their e-book format preference for their prizes. Greta will submit prizes at the end of each tour day.

Get a book and cozy up on the couch with a rude mug!

Nothing beats reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea. This is precisely a horde of gremlins ransacked Granny’s kitchen and stole all her mugs.  Each one is inspired by a different character in the book, and signed by the character.

Granny Sole’s Mug:

“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”

Peter’s Mug:

“Oh, for ‘fox’ sake.”

Luca’s Mug:

“Keep calm and demand trial by combat.”

Elderstone Keys – What’s the big deal?

There is a house in New Gotham that is rumored to be haunted. No one has lived in it since the Great Depression, and no one can recall what its last occupants looked like, what they did for a living or where they went. Only one is fated to enter and learn its secrets. Anytime I host a contest, I give away keys to Elderstone. The person who collects ten of them is fated to own the house.

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  • That’s What I Mug – Fred & Lavine
  • Fox Mug – Vivid Giftworks
  • Keep Calm Mug – Penny Lane Gifts

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Book Excerpt About Last Summer

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Title: About Last Summer

Author: Patricia B. Tighe

Genre: YA Romance

Pretend to be from Spain? Act like she can barely speak English? Sure, why not? It wouldn’t be the first time Gabby Vega had agreed to a challenge from her best friend, Kenzie. Besides, it’s only for a week of vacation with Kenzie’s cousins. Gabby will prove to Kenzie she can keep up the fake identity for the whole trip—that she’s not a quitter.

There’s just one major surprise. Noah Jernigan is also staying with Kenzie’s cousins. Noah, the boy she fell in love with at drama camp last summer and the boy she had to dump when it was over. The boy who knows who she really is.

Noah can’t believe it when Gabby appears at the Bryson’s vacation home in the New Mexico mountains. He hasn’t seen her in a year. It practically took that long just to get over her. And now she’s Gabriela from Spain? All he wants is to get as far away as he can. Or maybe the exact opposite. Stick as close to her as possible and find out what the heck happened last summer. And definitely get some payback.

Now Gabby has to keep Noah at arm’s length as she pretends to be Gabriela. She doesn’t want to answer his questions or rehash last summer. Because one thing is clear—the more time she spends with Noah, the more she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.

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The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Noah

I took a swig of Coke and chanced another look at Gabby. She was staring at Kenzie who was describing the nearby town and things to do. Gabby’s dark brown hair hung around her shoulders in loose curls. I could still remember how it felt to wrap one of those silky curls around my finger, and then let it slide free.

The conversation went on, but I wasn’t listening anymore. What would it be like to run my hands through Gabby’s hair again, to have her look only at me? And, as if she heard my thoughts, she made eye contact. Her smile fell away. There was a weird look in her dark brown eyes. One I’d never seen before. And then it sank in. Fear.

Gabby was afraid of me.

I turned back to my plate, but it was empty. I couldn’t remember finishing the sandwich. A pasty taste filled my mouth, so I chugged the rest of my soda. What did she have to be afraid of? I almost laughed out loud. Stupid question. I knew who she was. I could ruin her little game. The Spanish girl. Anger surged back through me.

The girl from Spain, who was really the girl from Austin, who was the girl who’d dumped me, who was the girl I’d been in love with. It had hurt. It was embarrassing how much it had hurt. Had she cared at all? I doubted it.

But she was afraid. The opportunity for revenge appeared as easily as if I’d asked someone at the table to pass it to me.

Hey, Geoff, pass the revenge.

Sure. Mind if I take some first?

Not at all. Help yourself.

Everything inside me settled into determination. No way was I going home early. Not when I could spend a week getting back at Gabby Vega. I smiled. She was scared of what I might do? Good. Because I was just getting started.

Guest Post Fallen Star Dust

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Please welcome Morgan Straughan Comnick to my blog, with a guest post during the book tour for her collection of poetry, essays, short stories, and more: Fallen Star Dust.

Guest Post: To Be One With the Stars

    Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?

    We all know this enchanting, soothing melody with the lyrics that imprint on our hearts, inspiring us to look up into the mysterious night sky. As a fearful person by nature, one would assume that I would be scared of the darkness.  But that is not the case. I respect the darkness that encompasses us like a blanket.  Yes, the unknown is a scary thing and I am the planner type person, a jumpy soul. Still, the night sky has always allured me, making me gaze at its beauty as I peeked through my window.  The reason for this is why I was trying to figure it out the luminousness that welcomed me into a dreamworld and filled my soul with creative spirit: my sister moon and most of all, my dazzling friends, the stars.

    There was just something about them that appealed to me deeply. How stars could be millions of miles away, but they would look like I could touch them, catch them. How they returned often like old friends. I imagined them zipping, zinging in the palm of my hand, buzzing words of playful advice to me. The way stars could be actual planets I could see with my weak eyes, be my connection to the universe, or how they can make shapes, shapes that defined spirits immortalized is incredible.  Stars are a map to home through a secret language for those on land and in sea, and the fuel for souls everywhere to express themselves and prove their love. Stars make wishes come true, ignite our belief to dream and hope. I know with stars there, I will always have someone spotlighting my dream and there for me, watching me during sad times, challenges, and nudging me forward with their fairy-like, but steady glow. They are also part of comedic gold from my favorite Disney film, The Lion King, being ‘balls of gas’ and all, proving science is amazing. For these reasons is why they are apparent themes in several of my writing works.

    They have never let me down and never will.

    My obsession with stars in media started in the seventh grade with my first, favorite, and most cherished anime and manga, Cardcaptor Sakura. In the second arch, Sakura (the heroine) gets a new wand that is transferred with her own light, the power of her star.  All of the magical Clow cards she captured would be transformed under her star. After this, I was hooked. I remember my birthday that year and begging my mom to go to this local shop for teen accessories and the manager had all her star products on display for me when I arrived. I have a star comforter I love, star boxes, bowls…hence, obsession. Once I entered high school and began my journey to become a writer, I read the most gorgeous name that changed my life: Starry. And thus, my main character of my Spirit Vision series, Stary Moon, was born and I have adopted her, her light abilities, and her heart into my life, honoring my love for the night world of mystery, shining magic, and my loyal little friends that wink in the heavens above.

    And now, I am apart of the shadows above, the comfort that cools me: my husband, for my wedding gift, bought me a star and named it for me. Now I can dance in the skies forever, shining my light for generations. But, for now, I will do that here, through my writing.

    In my collection for this tour, Fallen Star Dust, you can see my tribute to the night with the title alone. This was the name of my first on-line blog that allowed me to share my life with others and make lasting friendships. But the title fit my book as well and I promise you will find star references in a handful (at least) compositions in this collection. When I was little, when I wanted to stars to play with me, I prayed that if one shot down, it would leave a trail of stardust behind, keeping me hopeful, young at heart, and looking up forever. And my wish has been granted.  I will be one with the stars in the heavens and through my writing, shining my light, my reason for existing, and maybe guiding a few along the way.

    So, go ahead and twinkle my little stars, I still wonder what you are, but now I know what you are to me.

    Thank you for this chance to be on this tour spot. May all your dreams come true!

About the Book

Title: Fallen Star Dust

Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick

Genre: Collection (Poetry, Short Stories, and more)

When I reached the point where adult life began to make its presence known right after high school graduation, I looked to the sky. I hoped to see a shooting star that would light my way and I wished that it would leave a trail of star dust behind to remind myself to stay young at heart. Thanks to writing, the enchantment of youth has never left me. In the next chapter of my life, I began college to follow my dream of being an educator. I developed my career, found out who I was an independent being, stopped hiding my passions, figured out my role in my lifelong relationship with my now-husband, and realized that it was okay to question the world. There was darkness that needed to be seen as well as the light. The poems, short stories, scripts, essays, and other works in this second collection are my everything: the shoulders I cried on, my joys, my bravery when the road became too twisty or too safe. It led me to a waterfall of creativity. That fallen star dust gave me the drive to become who I am today: a teacher, an author, a nerd, and a person of morals, love, and magic.

 

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Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

For more information about Morgan and her works, check out her website, which also have links to all her social medias: http://morganscomnick.com.

 

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