Book Excerpt City of Ghosts

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It was easier than I thought.

All I had to do was bide my time in one of the less popular temples, crouching behind a weird-ass statue while the guides checked for stragglers. Thankfully, they didn’t do a thorough search, just popped their bobbed heads in and glanced around before returning to their cozy cruise ships.

Guess I couldn’t blame them. It seemed like it was always pissing down rain in this part of the country—at least, it had been since we’d been here—and even though it was mid-September, it was freaking cold.

As I stepped over the temple’s sacred threshold and hurried to the place I’d chosen to camp for the night, I grinned, unable to resist pumping my fist in the air. I’d done it. What would the group say when they realized I wasn’t on the ship?

Only the terminally stupid got left behind on a tour, so they’d probably figure I was hung over again, and in that, they’d be partially right. It takes skill to get a decent buzz on the watery crap they call beer in China, which is why I switched to the rice wine. Doesn’t take much to feel it, but you pay for it the following day.

It was only six o’clock, but the sun was already setting. Flipping up the hood of my jacket against the drizzling rain, I whistled to keep myself company, careful not to slip on the wet path. The place where I’d decided to spend the night was perfect. Even though it had fallen into ruin, this particular temple still had a bit of roof left, so I’d be able to get dry. Since it was open to the air, I wouldn’t have to worry about my campfire burning it down. There was enough junk in there to keep a decent fire going—not that I was worried.

It wasn’t like I believed in ghosts.

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City of Ghosts

On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.

Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.

Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.

As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family.

 

 

The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts

Would you risk everything to save a stranger?

 Off the coast of Venice lurks Poveglia, the world’s most haunted isle, steeped in centuries of innocent blood. A deranged doctor who took great joy in torturing his patients in life continues to rule his abandoned asylum after death.

Few go to Poveglia willingly, but medium Kate Carlsson has no choice. It’s her job.

While struggling to retrieve a young girl’s soul, Kate uncovers some shocking truths about the evil on the island that challenges her own convictions and morals—and even her life.

Is saving Lily worth making a deal with the infamous Doctor of Death, or is the price too high to pay?

 

 

Author Bio

J.H. Moncrieff’s work has been described as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.

She won Harlequin’s search for the next Gillian Flynn in 2016.

Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.

When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.

To get free eBooks and a new spooky story every week, go to http://bit.ly/MoncrieffLibrary .

 

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Cover Reveal: Ghost Slayer by Majanka Verstraete

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Title: Ghost Slayer

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: New Adult Paranormal

Twenty-one-year-old Kaelyn has spent half her life hunting ghosts and killing them. But she’s not like the other ghost hunters who have to rely on spells and curses to banish ghosts back to where they came from, hoping that they don’t come back. When Kaelyn kills a ghost, they stay dead.

But in Mortimer Hall, a behemoth of a house, Kaelyn is about to face the most powerful and life-threatening ghost she ever met, and what she doesn’t know is that the ghost has been waiting just for her…

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete studies law and criminology by day and writes speculative fiction by night. All her books include monsters of some kind: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her first books were the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series, a children’s picture book series featuring a little vampire girl. She also worked on the Weirdville series, a series of scary lower grade chapter books ideal for fans of R.L. Stine. She has written a few young adult books, most notably the Mirrorland series (YA Dark Fantasy) and the Angel of Death Series (YA Paranormal). She loves writing short horror stories and novellas, and hopes to finish a horror novel one day. When she’s not writing, she’s probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

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Book Excerpt Domme Experience

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I asked Jasmine, “So what would you like to do, today?  How can I entertain you?”  In earlier days, that would have led to a multitude of thoughts on just how I could ‘entertain’ her.  But, as cute as Jasmine was, I wasn’t looking to have an experience with her.

 

When she shrugged, I offered, “Well, the jacuzzi isn’t heated … but the sauna is, if you’re interested.”

 

Jasmine nodded, “That would feel good.”  Then, I saw a glint from her eyes, and she grinned, “But there is one thing that I might ask of you.”  Uh oh … I wasn’t sure what could be coming next.

 

“Alex told me that you gave her a great massage.  And, when I told her that I’d never actually had a full-body massage, she suggested that I ask you for one … if you’re up for it.”  What a nice surprise!  I was sure Alex knew it would be enjoyable for both of us.

 

“Would you like the massage first, and then the sauna, or the sauna first, and then the massage?”  I could think of advantages both ways.  “And could I offer you a little wine, so you can get started relaxing?”

 

“Some wine would be nice.  Then the massage.”  Jasmine frowned, “But I’ll need to get showered before the sauna.”

 

I chuckled, “That’s part of my ‘massage services’, bathing you afterward.”  Again, I was only half-joking.

 

Jasmine smiled, “Yes.  Alex told me about that, also.”  My reputation had preceded me.  And I guess it must have been good, as Alex had recommended that her niece try me.

 

“OK, Jasmine.  You can get undressed and put this sheet around you.  I’m going to change into ‘working clothes’, and get the wine.”

 

I retrieved a nice rosé from the bar fridge, and stopped to adjust the thermostat upward by two degrees before grabbing two wine glasses and returning to the pool room.  This was the third déja vù, when I saw Jasmine sitting on the massage table, the sheet pulled up around her, and swinging her legs.

 

Opening the wine, and pouring glasses for both of us, I toasted, “Here’s to your first massage experience.”  We sipped the cool, fresh wine that had a distinctive floral bouquet.

 

She was only four years younger than Kelly, but there was a huge difference in their maturity levels.  Jasmine seemed self-confident, upbeat, and relaxed; and she was certainly cute.  But Kelly had a more mature bearing, while still being young and playful.

 

Perhaps Kelly wasn’t quite as ‘playful’ as she’d been when we met, but our shared experiences and trust in each other – and willingness to submit, occasionally – had solidified our relationship.  I could easily imagine having an ‘infatuation’ with Jasmine; but I was in love with Kelly.

 

I gave Jasmine my signature massage, starting on her shoulders, neck and back, then massaging her butt with my hands under the sheet.  Re-draping her, I exposed her right leg and hip and worked down her muscles to her foot, where I spent time massaging her sole.

 

Re-draping her again, I worked from hip to foot on her left side.  I folded the sheet so that it was tucked between Jasmine’s legs.  Then, I worked up on both sides, from her ankles, calf, thigh, and hip.  My hands wrapped around one leg and then the other, giving her long strokes, nearly to her crotch.

 

I covered Jasmine fully with the sheet., and ran my hands along her back until they were holding her shoulders.  Leaning over her, I whispered, “You can turn over, now.”

 

I held the sheet up as Jasmine turned over onto her back, then let the sheet fall, covering her again.  Her perky breasts tented the sheet, her nipples clearly outlined .  “How are you doing?”  I hoped she was enjoying the experience.

 

“It’s wonderful.  I’m feeling very relaxed.”  She closed her eyes, and I continued, massaging her ears, forehead, and face.  Then, I let my hands dive under the sheet, between her breasts and down as far as I could reach, then coming up the sides of her body.

 

Folding the sheet down to her waist, I massaged her middle – hips, stomach, and chest, this time coming up between her breasts and over her shoulders.

 

I re-draped her, and folded the lower portion of the sheet between her legs, exposing her entire lower body, except for a swath of sheet hiding her privates.  Taking my time, I massaged each of her legs again, from the hips down, and then focused on a toe massage.

 

After re-draping her again, I bent down and kissed Jasmine on the tip of her nose.  Her eyes blinked open, and she smiled.  “I really could have fallen asleep.  And my body really is tingling.”

 

Now that the ‘official’ massage had been finished, and well-received, I asked hopefully, “Would you allow me to give you a ‘happy ending’?”

 

“A wha …”  Then, she grinned, “You’re sweet, Sam.  I don’t think so, right now.  I’m too relaxed to get ‘excited’.”

 

I tucked the sheet in around her body, and kissed her on the nose again.  “Why don’t you close your eyes and just relax and enjoy the feeling?”  Jasmine nodded.  “I’ll come back in a few minutes and bring a robe for you to wear down to the sauna … if you’re not asleep.”

 

As I turned to head out of the room, Jasmine reached out and grabbed my wrist.  “Thank you, Sam.  It was a great massage; I really enjoyed it.”

 

Before I could make a joke about Jasmine not having had any massages to compare mine with, she chuckled, “At least, that was definitely the best massage I’ve ever had.”

 

We laughed, and I said, sincerely, “You’re welcome, Jasmine.  I’m glad you enjoyed it.”  It had been good exercise … and I always enjoyed doing nice things for cute nude women.

 

About the Book

Title: Domme Experience

Author: Simone Freier

Genre: Erotic Romance

Beyond    50    Shades    …    Way    Beyond!

DOMME    EXPERIENCE    is    an    intimate    exploration    of    kinks    and    fetishes    by    an    unlikely    couple,    with    thoughtful    and    philosophical    discussion    by    the    characters,    and    graphic    descriptions    of    their    erotic    adventures.
Kelly    takes    the    upper    hand    –    in    a    manner    of    speaking    –    exhibiting    her    dominant    side,    and    impressing    her    parents    and    Sam,    as    roles    are    reversed.

Her    formal    training    as    a    dominatrix    leads    to    new    and    unexpected    experiences    for    Sam.        Kelly    and    Sam    explore    new    cultures,    and    enjoy    further    adventures    with    friends,    as    their    world    travels    continue.        Kelly    demonstrates    her    technical    and    business    prowess,    and    the    company    that    she    and    Sam    founded    takes    off,    changing    their    lives    forever.        There    are    a    billion    reasons    why    they    should    be    happy.        But    they    are    unaware    that    a    storm    is    brewing    on    the    horizon.
The    Experiences    series    is    an    epic    love    story    of    erotic    relationships    and    sexual    desires.        Written    in    a    ‘literary    realism’    style,    the    series    introduces    Sam    in    the    prequel,    and    the    blossoming    of    his    intimate    relationship    with    Kelly    as    the    series    progresses.        Fantasies    and    real-world    adventures    coalesce    to    mold    a    unique    bond    between    unlikely    lovers.        Where    needs    are    mutually    satisfied    in    an    open,    creative    and    trusting    environment.        Where    physical    and    mental    boundaries    are    pushed.        Where    the    concepts    of    love    and    sex    are    never    confused,    but    sometimes    confusing.        Where    openness    is    required    and    intimacy    is    expected.        And    where    fair-is-fair,    regarding    the    punishment    of    transgressions.
Contemporary    erotic    romance:    Suitable    for    mature    readers,    aged    18+    years.    Experiences:    Book    8    is    187,000    words,    18    chapters,    621    print    pages
Acclaim    for    Simone    Freier    and    the    EXPERIENCES    series:

“Fun,    intense,    sexually    erotic”

“One    of    my    favorite    series    in    recent    memory”

“Simone    Freier    is    a    sexually    charged    and    inspired    writer”

“It    is    quite    a    tale    and    a    very    good    read    that    explores    an    intimate    topic”

“The    writing    is    well-done,    engaging,    and    erotic”

“The    characters    are    rich    &    believable,    while    the    eroticism    is    thick    &    lush”

“Freier    writes    some    incredibly    powerful    scenes”

“I    have    enjoyed    this    whole    series    and    don’t    want    it    to    end”

“Freier    holds    poignant    insight    into    the    complexities    of    interpersonal    communications    and    behavior”

“The    desire    crawls    out    of    the    pages    and    into    my    mind”

“The    writing    style    is    relaxed,    even    playful,    and    always    fresh”

“Steams    up    the    pages    –    very    sensual    and    erotic”

“Simone    Freier    entertains    her    readers    with    a    story    of    love,    trust,    respect    and    exploration”

“Unexpectedly    thoughtful    and    intensely    passionate”

“Simone    Freier    has    an    intoxicating    way    with    words”

“Fifty    shades    greyer    in    this    deep    look    at    sexual    explorations”

“Freier’s    attention    to    detail    in    her    books    is    awe-inspiring!”

“I    have    enjoyed    this    whole    series    and    don’t    want    it    to    end”

“Fine    writing    from    an    author    who    knows    her    genre”

“If    you    love    erotica,    then    you’ll    love    this    series”

“Definitely    a    five-star    series!”
WARNING!    This    work    contains    mature    content,    including    graphic    sexual    descriptions    and    scenes,    and    is    provided    for    adults    only.    The    Experiences    series    contains    scenes    of    psychological    and    physical    submission,    discipline,    and    medical    fetish.        The    characters    explore    various    fetishes,    which    evolve    throughout    the    series.        ALL    CHARACTERS    IN    THE    BOOK    ARE    21    YEARS    OLD    OR    OLDER,    and    all    activities    are    consensual.

 

About The Author

An adventuress and traveler, Simone is a sensual being who loves to read stories that excite her.  She takes exception to authors who promote their works as ‘dirty’, ‘filthy’, or ‘smutty’:  She believes that sex is wonderful in all of its incarnations, and doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of realistic sexual experiences, no matter how messy.  Her writing is mainly in the ‘literary realism’ style – i.e., it is wild (even outrageous) … but could really happen to you!  She values openness in relationships, and demonstrates this through her characters.

Prior to becoming an author, Simone was a nurse.  One of her pet peeves is reading erotica that gets simple anatomy wrong!  She is continually bewildered by women who haven’t explored their own bodies.  Another pet peeve is the mostly hung-up Victorian society prevalent in the U.S. and U.K., and she tries to do her part to change that by introducing people to new sexual and sensual experiences through her erotic writing.  The activities in Simone’s books are quite realistic, as she has participated in most of these in ‘real life’, as surreal as it may seem.

Simone is currently completing the Experiences series, which will run an estimated 1,000,000 words!  That is why she refers to it as an ‘epic’ romance, although each volume is intended to stand on its own, with a ‘happy for now’ ending.  Experiences combines literary style and philosophical discussion by the characters with graphic portrayal of sex in all of its kinks and fetishes.  You may not like all of the things Simone’s characters do … but neither do they.  Their exploration of new experiences will hopefully motivate some readers to explore their own sexuality to a greater extent.

Simone loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.   In fact, she hopes you will feel ‘free’ sexually and spiritually, as well.  Please follow her on social media and her blog.  On her website, you may interact directly with the main characters in her books, including asking them questions in order to understand their perspectives in more depth.

 

You can sign up to her mailing list to learn about new releases, and take advantage of promotions.  All readers on the mailing list will be sent an excerpt from each of her next novels, prior to publication.

You can contact Simone at sf@simonefreier.com

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New Release: Feeble Connections

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Title: Feeble Connections

Author: Meghana Sarathy

Genre: New Adult Romance / College Romance / Sports Romance

A charming Casanova; Brandon
A Beautiful, Sassy woman in search of true love; Jennifer
A cocky basketball player; Linden
Three lives, two best friends and one uinque love story.
Feeble Connection spins the tale of two friends- Jennifer and Brandon, who meet in college. They were opposite on many grounds and yet perfect for one another. More so as best friends. The love that blossomed in their hearts never made it to their lips. It was Jennifer’s lost hope or perhaps Brandon’s ignorance to understand his own feelings that made him pave the way for Jennifer to meet Linden . He was very different from Brandon and yet he managed to steal her heart.
Can first love be truly forgotten?
Is second love truly that strong?
Is it even possible to love two people at same time?

* The Love Connection Series can be started with Feeble Connections. It is the prequel to Love Connection. Love Connection and Love Reconnection are already available for purchase on amazon.
** NOT a menage
Recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and profanity.

 

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Meghana Sarathy is from Bangalore, India. She is an avid reader and also a writer. She mainly reads and writes Adult and New Adult romance, as well as dark and psychological thrillers. She has a special affinity towards love triangles and angst filled stories. Her all time favorite characters are her very own characters- Jennifer, Brandon and Linden. She tends to fall hard for boys who are either cocky or, good flirts and total charmers.

She spends most of her free time reading, writing or watching anime. Depending on her mood, she tends to write two to three books at a time. She is a crazy fan of Dragonball Z and can be seen watching the episodes in repeat. Vegeta is her all time favorite anime character.

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Author Interview Riversnow

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How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a young woman. It wasn’t until 2006 that I started writing seriously. About that time, I made a commitment to write every day, even if it was only for an hour. I had a three-year-old and an infant, so it was hard to find time, but I did it. Now that my kids are older, I have a lot of time to work. I’ve increased my amount of time writing and still try and write every day if I can. It’s like exercise. Creating a consistent habit is key to keeping your writing muscles strong.

 

Is this book part of a series?

Yes, Riversnow is the fourth book in the River Valley Series.

 

What did you find the most challenging about writing your book?

The most difficult aspect of Riversnow was writing about the sexual assault. I wanted to treat the assault and aftermath with sensitivity, knowing how many real women have had to endure the same violence as my character.

 

Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

I like writing the second draft best. The first draft is always hard—facing the empty page—but once I have something to work with, I love to fiddle and rewrite.

 

Do you have any works in progress?

Yes, I’m currently writing the first draft of Riverstorm, the fifth in the River Valley Series.

 

About The Book

Title: Riversnow

Author: Tess Thompson

Genre: Romantic Supsense

Genevieve Banks is beautiful and successful – and one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses.

While filming opposite Hollywood’s heartthrob Stefan Spencer in River Valley, Genevieve and Stefan form a deep friendship. He wants to take their relationship to the next level, but a violent incident from Genevieve’s past has made her feel intimacy is an impossibility.

When her closely guarded secret is revealed, Genevieve is forced into a decision: Stay silent and let others suffer or bravely confront her violent past and the man who hurt her.

In this fourth installment of the bestselling River Valley Series, author Tess Thompson explores themes of community, friendship and love.

 

Author Bio

Tess Thompson is a bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Recently she’s participated in obstacle course races, the hardest of which was the Spartan Beast in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. It was an awful experience that will soon be included in a novel. There was running. And climbing a mountain. And obstacles, like walls and crawling under barbed wire. She is not the running or obstacle queen.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.
She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.

Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line, or visit her Facebook Fan Page, or follow her on Pinterest and Twitter.

 

 

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New Release: The Seduction Expert

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Title: The Seduction Expert

Author: LA Baronne

Genre: Self-help, Relationships

After two best-sellers in France and Brazil, the seduction expert has now arrived in New York with her Vuitton luggage. She was the most famous seduction expert in France. She is now the most famous seduction expert in the world.

Imagine years spent in her company, during which she challenges the biggest heartbreakers… Years of analyzing, tracking and well-deserved revenge. All motivated by a single promise: to change the lives of all those women calling upon her services. A few women would swear that The Seduction Expert changed their lives. She is an iron hand in a velvet glove, a woman of honour, dressed in a designer suit. She is the Wonder Woman of modern times who owns Gucci shoes and Burberry coats. She is the kind of woman of action who brings emotional turmoil. Get her card, it’s much better than spending holidays in St Barth!

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La Baronne is a consultant, and human relations hold few secrets for her. She knows all the facets, even the smallest, as she has spent time studying the subject. In her opinion, love and human relations are simply a science integrating a complicated mechanism from which stem a number of principles, laws, equations and rules. Like a game of poker where you test different strategies at certain moments. Here you are bluffing, there you are betting, then you are laying the cards on the table and finally, you fold. In short, the factor “luck” does not exist for La Baronne, it has been invented by those that know nothing about it.

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Title: Dreamwalkrs

Author: Tiaan Lubbe

Genre: YA Fantasy / Adventure

“You walk the bridges between two worlds, between reality and dreams, Ciso.”

“You are a Dreamwalker”

Narciso di Angelo, a sixteen-year-old boy, living on the streets of Rome thinks he is the only one that can walk in other’s dreams.

He’s not.

When a mysterious and dark woman makes her appearance in one of his dreamwalks, he is rescued from her clutches by Project Somnus, a secret underground United Nations organisation, that recruits and trains children with his gifts, using them to fight against and prevent worldwide terrorist threats.

Here Narciso learns more of his abilities and where they come from as well as what it means to be part of a family and a home.

But, as the threat of the mysterious woman and the terrorist organisation Tantibus increases, he also learns what it is like to lose this.

“In dreams we live. In reality we dream.”

 

Author Bio

Tiaan Lubbe lives in Pretoria, South Africa where he spends his time teaching little monsters, directing
plays, doing what he calls writing and dreaming up the future. Mostly all at once.

 

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