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Welcome, booklovers!

This week's guest on the Coffee Chat is romantic suspense author, Kim McMahill, with her book, A Taste of Tragedy.

Hi, Kim. How do you take your coffee?

KIM: 
I’m a bit of a coffee wimp. I use an ample quantity of equal portions of French Vanilla creamer and coconut cream.

Ally: Actually it sounds good, but I'll stick with my usual black. While I fill our mugs, please introduce yourself to readers.



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Bio:

Kim McMahill started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Kim grew up in Wyoming and has recently relocated to Colorado. She enjoys gardening, traveling, and exploring the gamut of ethnic cuisine.

Contact Links:

Author Website: http://www.KimMcMahill.com
Author Blog: http://www.kimmcmahill.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill 



Ally: Tell us the premise behind the Risky Research series. How does your character get into trouble doing research?

KIM:  The Risky Research series is about a deadly group of individuals focused on controlling the multi-billion dollar-a-year diet product industry, and the FBI agents dedicated to stopping them. In the first novel, A Dose of Danger, a researcher and her team believe they had discovered a miracle weight loss pill, which makes them the targets of this criminal organization. In the second novel, A Taste of Tragedy, Morgan Hunter is hired to promote a manufacturer’s healthy foods line. She uncovers evidence that the products contain a potentially deadly sweetener. After being warned not to question the research and development division, she takes matters into her own hands and soon finds more trouble than she can handle.

Ally:  What type of scene is your favorite to write and why?

KIM:  I love to construct action scenes. My goal is to create events that keep the reader so engaged that they have a difficult time putting the book down. The action adventure genre can be a form of escape. It can transport the reader to another time and place and push mundane lives or pesky problems away, even if for just a short moment.  

Ally:  Do you write in first person POV or third? Present or past tense? How did you choose?

KIM:  I’ve always written in third person, mostly present tense. It seemed to come naturally, so I’ve stuck with it.

Ally:  What is your next writing project?

KIM:  I’m working on my third novel in the Risky Research series titled, A Foundation of Fear. In this novel, we get to know the criminals and those trying to bring them down much more intimately, and learn that even the most ruthless assassin may have something to fear.

Ally:  Get ready for a few quick answer questions:
  • a. What person, real or fictional, would you like to spend a day with? The Drover from Australia
  • b. Favorite color of nail polish: mauve
  • c.  Your pets' name, kind? An overgrown Pomeranian named Gabby
  • d. A book you wish you had written: Amazonia by James Rollins
  • e.  A place you want to visit: Iceland

Ally:  Thanks so much for chatting with us, Kim! Do come back. In the meantime, let's see the book you brought...


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A Taste of Tragedy
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Heat level: mild

Blurb:


Morgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed...until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DTE29U2/ 



 
 
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Ghost Walking
(A Maggie York Paranormal Mystery)


Not believing won't make the ghosts go away.


New Orleans' homicide cop Maggie York is at the top of her game until a sniper's bullet changes everything. She flatlines, comes back. But not quite the same. She sees and hears things...ghostly things. And she blurts out enough to her doctors to end up on medical leave with a diagnosis of PTSD. If only.

Six months later, the voices have faded and the ghostly sightings are less frequent. The department still won't let Maggie return to the job. Oh, she's quit talking about ghosts, except to a few friends and the loony relatives who believe she's a witch, but Maggie doubts herself. Since inactivity is making it worse, she sets out to track down her shooter, only things get complicated...a ghostly witness wants his own murder solved, and sexy homicide cop, Josh Brandt—who just happens to be her replacement—wants her to butt out of his case.

After Josh catches her at the murder scene of a key witness, he wonders how the attractive redhead is staying one step ahead of him and how deeply her involvement goes. She doesn't appear as unstable as he's been told, but she's hiding something. He recognizes the signs...because he has secrets of his own. Unraveling her case soon draws them down twisted but intersecting paths.

And failure may cost Maggie her life.



Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Walking-Maggie-Paranormal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01EM0W9NE
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghost-walking-ally-shields/1123682543?ean=2940158266614
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-ghostwalking-2024812-143.html
iBookstore:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ghost-walking/id1106729737?mt=11
Googleplay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ally_Shields_Ghost_Walking?id=0AQCDAAAQBAJ
Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/ghost-walking-1 



 
 

Ghost Walking ebook releases Friday April 22, 2016!


Check out the book trailer: https://youtu.be/DyukJ4IYqgc


 
 
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Welcome, Booklovers!

It's Wednesday, and here in the Midwest it's spring! What better reasons to indulge in booktalk? Author Nicole Evelina is with us this week, and she brought a unique pairing of two books - one adult, one YA - essentially telling the on-going story of the same woman, Guinevere of medieval legends.

Good morning, Nicole. What can I get you to drink?

NICOLE: 
I don’t like coffee, and I developed a sensitivity to caffeine in high school (I blame it on all the Mountain Dew I drank as a freshman and sophomore) so I have to go with decaf. When I’m in the mood for tea I go for English Breakfast (fell in love with that on my recent trip to England), Chai (which is hard to find in decaf) or Constant Comment. Most of the time I drink water. I love Perrier and flavored seltzer.

Ally:  Just in case you're not "in the mood," I'll play it save with Perrier. :) While I'm getting our drinks, please introduce yourself to readers.



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Nicole Evelina is an award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel is Camelot’s Queen, the second book in an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view. Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, took first place in the legend/legacy category of the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction.

Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

When she's not writing, you can find her reading, playing with her spoiled twin Burmese cats or in her day job as an internal communications (PR) supervisor. But that just pays the bills. To her core, she is a writer.

Her website is http://nicoleevelina.com. She can be reached online at:


INTERVIEW:

Ally:  What drew you to Guinevere as the central figure for these two books? Was there some particular trait?

NICOLE:  I’ve been a fan of the character of Guinevere since I was a little girl. She was and still is a hero of mine. When I was in college, I read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I LOVED that book (it changed my life in many ways), but I hated her portrayal of Guinevere as an agoraphobic, simpering Christian. So I wrote my own version where she is pretty much the exact opposite. Parke Godwin’s book Beloved Exile made me wonder about the unknown parts of Guinevere’s life (the beginning and later years after Arthur) and with the two together, my trilogy was born.

I tell this story in the author’s notes to Daughter of Destiny, but Guinevere came into my head in college and we struck up a bargain that I would tell her whole life story, from a young girl (Daughter of Destiny) to queen (Camelot’s Queen) to widow and beyond (Mistress of Legend). I wanted to show her as a woman with skills, opinions, intelligence, agency, and a strong personality. I feel like she’s never gotten a fair shake as a woman in her own right, even though other authors have told her story.

Guinevere had a childhood, a family and dreams for her future. She was a queen and may or may not have been a mother. As for her infamous affair, every situation has a context that is important to understanding it, even when it’s the climax that is remembered. Guinevere had reasons for acting as she did and she didn’t do it in a vacuum. The circumstances surrounding her affair are just as important as the act itself. The medieval tale of her ending her days in a convent is convenient and moral, but we all know life is messy and usually doesn’t end tied up in a nice bow. Chances are good there was far more to Guinevere’s story than we’ve ever heard.

The Guinevere’s Tale trilogy is my attempt to answer these questions. In it, Guinevere tells her own story – from the age of 11 to well into her 50s – seeking to right the wrongs history has thrust upon her, to clear away the mists of time and give the reader a clear picture of who she really was, virtues, sins and all. As she says in the prologue: “I deserve to be able to bear witness before being condemned by men who never saw my face. Grieve with me, grieve for me, but do not believe the lies which time would sell. All I ask is that mankind listen to my words, and then judge me on their merit.”

Ally:   Readers often think we draft a book and the next step is publication. Can you briefly describe your editing/revision process from the completion of the first draft to the finish product?

NICOLE:  Oh I wish it was that easy! I started Daughter of Destiny in 1999 and it was just finally released on January 1, 2016, so it was certainly not a quick process.  For both books, I went through SO MANY rounds of revisions. First I edit on my own, then I have a group of five or six trusted beta readers who give me their feedback. When I had an agent, she was next in the process, and then it went to a professional editor and a proofreader.

Ally:  Writing historical novels, I assume you do a lot of research. Do you have favorite sites or books you use? Or is Google search your best friend?

NICOLE:  I LOVE research. It’s actually my favorite part of the process because it’s where I start to see the possibilities for the book and see it inform the plot. I rely on books rather than the Internet because they are better vetted and more trustworthy. I will usually use Amazon was my first research step to see what books are available on my subject. Then I get those either through my library, interlibrary loan, or buy them. I also do expert interviews if there is anyone I can find who may be helpful. For example, with the Guinevere trilogy, I was fortunate to consult with Jamie George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon, famed Arthurian scholar Geoffrey Ashe, and Celtic legend expert John Matthews. When I have the time/money, travel to my locations is also a large part of my research. There is something about being in a place, even if you’re writing about it in the past, that is irreplaceable, no matter how good pictures and Google maps get.

I use Google Search and Wikipedia only as quick checks, and trust them only if I find the information from multiple sources. The footnotes of Wikipedia are sometimes good to lead to other sources, but I still prefer the bibliographies in the back of books.

Ally:  What's your next project? Will there be more Guinevere books or is her story complete?

NICOLE:  My next project is finishing the third Guinevere book. I have a draft right now, but it’s missing the middle and is in serious need of help.

Yes, there will be more Arthurian books. I know for sure there will be a book about Isolde and Tristan, told from multiple first person point of views, one of which is Guinevere’s. I actually have about a quarter of that written just from what I cut from Camelot’s Queen (scenes that had to do with Isolde).

There may also be a book about Morgan, which would be in her point of view. There’s a lot of her life that happened off the page of the Guinevere novels and I think it would be interesting to get inside her twisted mind to see what makes her do what she does. We only get her through the filter of Guinevere’s judgmental gaze in the trilogy. The only reason I’m hesitant to say whether or not this book will happen is that there are so many non-Arthurian stories I want to tell, I don’t know when this would happen. I also don’t want to wear out my welcome in the Arthurian world. You know how with some authors when they keep on the same subject or series for a long time and as a reader you’re like “OMG, move on already; we want something else from you?” That’s what I want to avoid.

Beyond the Arthurian world, I haven’t decided if my next novel will be the story of a pretty much unknown WWII heroine who died as a martyr in Ravensbruck or the true tale of a 19th century woman whose life was changed when she was kidnapped by Indians. The heroines are battling it out in my head as we speak. I’ll be curious to see who wins.

Ally: Let try a few quick answer questions:
  • a. last place you shopped: I wish it was somewhere glamorous, but it was Office Depot in preparation for my first ever book sale/signing.
  • b. favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate! (Thanks, Uncle Bill!)
  • c. a "must" hero trait for book boyfriends: Non-alpha. I know I’m in the minority here, but I can’t stand alpha males.
  • d. favorite free time activity (non-writing): Reading! Too close? Cooking.
  • e. a dream vacation would be_______: A tour of Europe including a river cruise on the Rhine with my mom.

Ally:   I know you have a new release in July entitled Madame Presidentess. I hope you'll come back before the November election and tell us all about it! 

NICOLE:  I plan to! I think I’ll be back in October for that one. I LOOOOOVVE talking about my heroine in that book, Victoria Woodhull, the real-life woman who was the first female to run for President in the United States in 1872. Her life was so crazy, you couldn’t make it up. I can’t wait to share more!


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Daughter of Destiny (YA fiction)

Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.


In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake.

Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences.

You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this: in her own words. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen.

Fans of Arthurian legend and The Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.

This book has been short-listed for the 2015 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction.

Buy Links:
http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Destiny-Book-Guineveres-Tale-ebook/dp/B01651N77A/
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26862004-daughter-of-destiny?from_search=true&search_version=service
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughter-of-destiny-nicole-evelina/1123161390?ean=9780996763110 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/daughter-of-destiny/id1054816310?mt=11

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/daughter-of-destiny-7 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/582445



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Camelot's Queen
(adult fiction, may include mature sexual content)

History remembers Guinevere’s sin, but it was Arthur who transgressed first.


Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.

Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.     

Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur’s lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.

This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere’s story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot’s golden days yourself – but be prepared to suffer its downfall as well.


Buy Links (adult):
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Camelots-Queen-Guineveres-Tale-Book-ebook/dp/B01AQULSG8
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/camelots-queen-nicole-evelina/1123624182?ean=9780996763141
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/627154
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/camelots-queen-guineveres/id1099633254?mt=11 
Kobo: 
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/camelot-s-queen

Goodreads in case you want it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28589610-camelot-s-queen


 
 
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Welcome to another Wednesday author chat!

Today's guest is Andrea R. Cooper, who writes in several genres but brought her soon-to-be-released YA paranormal fantasy, Shadow Bloodlines, Book 1.

Welcome, Andrea. What can I get you to drink?

ANDREA:
I take my coffee as espresso in Tiramisu. :) Otherwise, I drink chai tea.

Ally: Then tea it is. Please introduce yourself to readers while I fix our drinks.




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Author Bio:

Andrea R. Cooper lives in Texas with her husband and three kids. When not writing, she loves to dance in Zumba and hack-n-slash with dungeon crawler games.

Andrea
writes adult romance under Andrea R. Cooper and YA Fantasy under A.R. Cooper. She believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination.

Andrea’s links:

Website: 
www.andreaRcooper.com
YA Page: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AR-Cooper-YA-Fantasy-writer-268695959992439/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndreaRCooper.author/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreaRCooper 



 Ally:  Tell us about the fantasy world of Shadow Bloodlines and its supernatural characters.

ANDREA
Shadow Bloodlines is a world where shifters (all kinds) live. Problem is, Beth, a high school senior doesn’t know they exist or that she’s one until a group of hunters come to her school searching. Believing her mom has been killed, she teams up with a gargoyle shifter she released from granite, and her best friend to find her deadbeat dad and learn how to use her abilities. But the hunters have tasted her blood and they won’t stop until they’ve captured her.

Ally:  I know this is a pending release. What marketing will you do for release day?

ANDREA:  I’m doing Twitter announcements. Facebook group parties, where I join other authors and offer prizes while showing off my cover and about the novel. Also, blog posts on other sites and interviews like this one.

Ally:  Are there events or another writer who inspired your books? In what way?

ANDREA:  I’ve got many great beta readers and critique partners, but one inspires me to write better constantly. She goes out of her way to review my chapters – even offering to read them a second and third time to help me out. And she’s an amazing writer herself, TF Walsh.

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Ally:  Tell us what you're writing now. Are we likely to see it in 2016?

ANDREA:  I’m currently plotting Deadly Bloodlines Book 2 in my YA series (see cover to the right). And since I love multi-tasking, I’m editing my adult paranormal romance series with Tainted Book 3 of the Claimed series and started writing Lyric – Book 2.5 in the series. On the backburner, I’ve got Viking Blaze Book 2 Viking Fire series to work on and War of Darkness Book 3 in the Legends of Oblivion series. My goal is to have all these written before 2017.

Ally: Let's try a few get-to know-you short answer questions:
  • a. last movie that made you cry: The Best of Me
  • b. something unusual in your handbag: Albuterol vials in case one of my kids needs a breathing treatment.
  • c. a guilty pleasure: Chocolate
  • d. best time of day for writing: Whenever I can and the kids are asleep
  • e. a favorite fictional character: Mine? Whatever book I’m currently writing. Another author? Rachel Morgan from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

Ally:  Thanks for visiting today. I hope you'll return when Book 2 is complete!  Let's take a peek at Shadow Bloodlines, Book 1...


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I didn’t know I was a shifter until they found me…

When eighteen-year-old Beth receives a mysterious text from her deadbeat father not to go to school, why should she listen to him now? But when strangers show up in one of her classes hunting her and wanting her dead, she must uncover the truth about why and what exactly she is.

Amar has been entombed in stone for centuries. He longs for freedom and only the blood of a shifter will set him free. After centuries frozen as a gargoyle, he doubts there are many of his kind left. Yet, Beth rescues him and more than his responsibility to protect her fills him. He must choose between duty and love.

Before the race of hunters capture her, Beth and Amar must find her shifter dad in order to save all their lives.

Pre-order link (ebook available April 30):

Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Bloodlines-Book-ebook/dp/B01E4MAA90



Excerpt:

As I reached for the door handle, Jacqueline returned with a jacket and a baseball hat. The music blasting through the walls.

“Where’d you get those?”

“Stole them.” She tossed me the black sports jacket and I donned it. Then she helped me stuff my hair up into the cap.

The jacket hung to my knees and swallowed me. My stomach clawed into my throat.

“It’s the best I can do under short notice.”

“And my skirt?” I tugged the sides of the black dress. “They’ll never buy that I’m a boy if they notice it.”

“Keep your head down and keep moving.”

Uneasiness crawled into my gut and my heart slammed against my sternum before my fingers even brushed the door. Jacqueline pushed past me and straight to one of the muscled guys who barely gave her a glance.

I snuck out of the bathroom, thankful for the throng of people. In the corner, Jacqueline flipped her blonde hair over her shoulder to distract the suited guy. Across the dance floor, I spotted another of Ms. Moor’s minions and ducked under a table. The couple gave a gasp and I shushed them.

“Sorry, it’s my ex. He’s crazy.” I crossed my fingers that they’d believe me.

“Don’t need to tell us about crazy exes,” the girl answered.

Peeking out, I realized I’d lost sight of Jacqueline. Had they figured out what she was up to? There. She stood a few tables from the dance floor waving her hands like she was flagging a street race and I dashed to the other side of the bar. My heart thumped in my chest like I’d swam a hundred relays. How could five feet from the door seem so far?

When the guy talking with Jacqueline suddenly turned to see what she was staring at, which was me, I tucked my hat down and shook my shoulders as though laughing with the others near me. The goon stared at me and his eyes narrowed. Then he spun and careened through the crowd, barreling right for me. God! He’d spotted me. I jerked away from the bar to run. Muttering an apology, I pushed around people while constantly looking back at the guy, who was now shoving dancers out of his way. Acid rose in my throat. His flicked out his cell and yelled something into it.

My breath came out in short huffs. Could I make it outside? I sprinted through an opening in the crowd. Nearly to the door, a brawny guy grabbed my arm and I screamed. The music drowned out my protest.

My assailant gave the bouncer a wink and a fist full of cash, which he shoved into his pocket and looked away.

“Let’s go, freak,” he seethed into my ear.


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Check out Andrea's other books (including those 18+) on her website:
http://www.andrearcooper.com/books.html

Thx for spending time with us! Come back soon!

 
 
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Killer Descent

Book five in the Shandra Higheagle Mysteries

Abuse…Power…Murder

Once again Shandra Higheagle finds herself a suspect in a murder investigation when an ex-lover is found murdered on a Huckleberry ski run. A past she’d planned to never divulge now must be shared with the first man she’s trusted, Detective Ryan Greer.

Ryan puts his job in jeopardy when he’s booted from the case and uses all resources plus a few extra to prove Shandra is innocent. The information leads them down a road of blackmail and betrayal of the ugliest kind.

 

Killer Descent excerpt

Shandra tried to concentrate on throwing a new vase, but all morning she couldn’t get Carl out of her mind. She’d spent years building up her self-esteem and working on her art to prove to herself she did matter and could live her life successfully.

“I’m giving him too much power,” Shandra said, tearing down the clay she’d started to build on the wheel.

“Who?”

She jumped and stared at her employee, Lil. The woman had come with the property like a stray cat. But she’d proved her worth with the animals, keeping the studio and house clean, and watching over things when Shandra was away. Lil was eccentric, wearing only purple clothes that were usually several sizes too large, and walking around with Lewis, a large orange cat, draped around her neck.

“Why do you always sneak up on me like that?” Shandra asked.

“I didn’t sneak. I opened the door and walked through just like anyone else.” Using a walking stick, Lil walked over to the bench that housed the glazes. It took Shandra and Dr. Porter an hour to convince the older woman she needed to use a walking stick after her cast was removed. She’d agreed to use it for a month. Shandra knew the thirtieth day after her cast was removed, Lil would be tossing the walking stick to a corner of the barn.

Lil picked up a jar coated with dried on glaze. “You had a glaze order come in. Thought I’d clean up some of the older jars.”

Shandra nodded. The woman knew what to do and could keep things running smooth without needing direction. “That’s a good idea.” She worked the clay into a ball on the wheel and started forming the sides again.

“Radio said they found a body on the slopes,” Lil said.

“Ryan left a note this morning. He caught the case.” She dipped her hand into the warm water in a bucket by the wheel and slid her fingers up, building the clay into a thin layer.

“Some professor from New Mexico.”

The clay crumpled as she took in the information. “Professor? New Mexico?” It couldn’t be. What were the odds Carl Landers had come to her mountain and got himself killed?

Buy links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Descent-Shandra-Higheagle-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01DG5GPSQ

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1097266647

Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/killer-descent-paty-jager/1123591040

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/killer-descent

Windtree Press: http://windtreepress.com/portfolio/killer-descent/

About the Author

Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. All Paty’s work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle Mystery series, set in a fictional ski resort in Idaho, is full of quirky characters, twists, turns, and a bit of mysticism.

You can learn more about Paty at her blog: Writing into the Sunset  her website: http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/PatyJagerAuthor/; Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager  and twitter:  @patyjag.


 
 
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Saturday April 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Pinnacle Club, Otter Creek Golf Course
4100 NE Otter Creek Drive
Ankeny, Iowa

Sponsored by Kirkendall Public Library


Visit with 50 Iowa authors. Buy and get your books signed!

Come visit me! :)

 
 
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Happy Wednesday, Booklovers!

I'm pleased to welcome author Kimbra Kasch today. She writes dark fantasy and brought her YA book Demon's Ink for today's show and tell. And, she has a Giveaway!

Hi, Kimbra, how do you take your coffee?

KIMBRA: 
I love coffee just like my stories – bold…and steamy  ;D

Ally: Perfect choice. I'll pour, while you introduce yourself to readers...




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BIO:
I'm a writer who grew up in a family with 9 kids and only 1 t.v. so I spent my days reading and, later, writing. I love books. . .maybe because I never got to pick t.v. shows we watched. But I’d run home after school to catch the last fifteen minutes of Dark Shadows...
I still love to run...or maybe I should say wogging (a cross between walking and jogging). Here in Portland, I love Halloween themed runs - where people don costumes and run. It's a lot of fun...and I know those two words don't always go together: fun...and...run. But it is.
And, with all those Halloween themed runs, I guess Dark Shadows had more of an influence than some people might think. Even today my favorite author is Stephen King.
Favorite romance novels are The Hunger Games...okay, I know, it's a survival book but it's really all about romance. Then there were the series: Twilight, True Blood, and more. I really love paranormal, Horror and sometimes even light books like Dewey the Small Town Library Cat... Mainly, I just love to read. . . and write.
Sorry to be so long-winded but did I say I love to write? ...and talk and...knit, and sew, and bake... I could go on but I'll stop by saying, I hope you’ll stop in on my site and I can tell you I’m really excited to be sharing my young adult novel with you: Demon’s Ink.

Ally: Tell me something unique/unusual that isn't in your bio. "I love water sports…I’ve even gone cliff jumping."

Author contacts:

Join me on Twitter or stop by and see what I'm pinning and, if you have a question or simply want to share a comment, please feel free to send me an email. I love connecting with readers.

Email: kimbrakasch@gmail.com    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimkasch    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kimkasch/

My Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Kasch/e/B00ZOAUKMO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1437455373&sr=8-1



INTERVIEW:

Ally:  Tell us about your novel's main character. Why did you want to write about her?

KIMBRA:  Scarlett Fremont is an ordinary girl who suddenly has to face the demons in her life, literally. Unfortunately, she makes a few mistakes along the way that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

Everyone has to face horrible situations and circumstances beyond their control and no one escapes life without making some bad choices. DEMON’S INK plays upon that fact and ups the ante with likeable characters who should never be trusted and demons who just might become heroes in this story.

They say, “Life imitates art” and this is ART THAT’S MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR.
Scarlett simply gets tangled up in the web and can’t escape no matter how hard she tries.

Ally:  Do you write with an intended audience in mind? ie levels of violence or romance.

KIMBRA:  My stories start with the characters. I could say, “I hear their voices inside my head.” A story might begin with a memory from Dad, a phrase from Aunt Darleen or a quote from Mom. These bits and pieces of other people spark the story but then the characters grow and develop from there.
But I do try to keep a certain level of heat in mind if I’m writing for young adults and not adults.

Ally:  Once the first draft is written, what do you do next? How much rewriting or self-editing takes place? Do you use beta readers?

KIMBRA:  It takes me a while to produce a first draft because I self-edit as I go along. It’s those voices inside my head again, telling me, “that’s not good enough”, or “can’t you do better than that”, and “that line sucked”. And the story doesn’t even have to be about a Succubus or a vampire to hear those comments. ;D

After I’ve got that draft, I rewrite, edit and read the story out loud so I can hear those voices up close and personal. I never feel like it’s finished. The characters keep talking to me. I’m still rewriting until the manuscript is published. I have stories I’ve been working on for years.

My husband is my first reader, and then my critique group reads over my pages. I even have one or two friends who will read the manuscript when it’s finished…but, like I said, I’m always changing the pages up until the time it is published.

Ally:  Do you use promotional materials? swag, bookmarks, etc. Are they effective? What do you use for contest prizes?

KIMBRA:  I love to give away magnets with my book covers on them, and mirrors and postcards. I just love to give things away. I don’t know how many books the swag sells, but I have fun with them and I think other people do too.

And I love to give away free ebooks.

GIVEAWAY *****I’d love to give one away today. (Just post a comment and you’re in the running for a free copy of DEMON’S INK)*****

 Ally: Let's see how you do with a few short answer questions. :)
  • a. What are your top 3 favorite tv shows: OUTLANDER, GAME OF THRONES, AND DOWNTON ABBEY
  • b. If you suddenly couldn't write anymore, what would you do instead? ACT. When I was in high school, I was voted “Best Actress” and even after I got married and had kids I still did dinner theaters around town.
  • c. Favorite season of the year: Winter for the holidays – I love a reason to party.
  • d. a book you could read over and over: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • e. favorite kind of ice cream: Chocolate …any flavor that includes chocolate
  • f. Is there a website you would recommend?  I love Comic Adventures (See the photo below).
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Ally: I enjoyed having coffee with you, Kimbra, but now it's time to take a peek at your book. So, take it away...


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Blurb:

Drake and Bartos come to the Pacific Northwest, where they open yet another tattoo shop but Bartos has no trouble dealing with the competition because there’s nothing normal about his art. And he’s stealing more than clients from the local skin artists. He's stealing their souls.

His customers fall in love with his tats but end up paying the ultimate price for their purchase because unlike Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, they can’t walk away from Mr. Slinderman’s art and art can be beautiful except when it comes crawling out of your flesh to devour the nearest thing...especially if that thing is you.



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Thanks for spending time with us. Come back soon!

 
 
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Once

Book One, by M.S. Kaye

Her first and also her once.

Jonathan and Rebecca’s paths cross at exactly the right moment, when each most needs to hear what the other has to say.

But Jonathan is three days from entering the priesthood, and Rebecca leaves him to his peace. But he is unable to find peace.

Without each other’s comfort and strength, they must each struggle to forge a new path, with only memories of the one day that changed everything.

But are they able to forget and let go?

Will be released July 2, 2016 from Inkspell Publishing.

Pre-order:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Book-1-MS-Kaye-ebook/dp/B01DQ6JVE0
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/once-20

Add to your to-read on Goodreads.

Author Bio

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.

To receive news on upcoming releases, sign up for email updates on her website.

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Once & Again, book two

Will be released September 4, 2016 from Inkspell Publishing.

She was once his secret desire…will she be again?

Father Aiden, an ex-marine and new priest, falls in love with Maylynn, but he struggles to stay away from her. He’s successful for many years, though he can’t keep her out of his dreams.

Then one day she shows up for a pre-marital counselling session with her fiancé, Davis. Aiden soon realizes Davis isn’t who he says he is, but what does that mean for Maylynn, and for himself?

Once & Forever, book three

Will be released December 2016 from Inkspell Publishing.

Eden, a nun, is constantly struggling against her dark past of living on the streets, and her attraction to Trace, an ex-convict farm worker. After a twelve-year separation, Eden is finally reunited with her brother, Thomas, but why hadn’t she reached out to him in all those years? As Eden and Trace grow closer, confessing their pasts to each other, will they be able to resist getting too close?

Excerpt from Once

“What’s the answer?”

He paused. “A switchblade.”

With my fingertips, I reached out and traced the scar across his cheek. “Did you win?”

He removed my hand and closed his eyes. “Yes.”

I slid his Book back to him. “This says we can find forgiveness.”

His eyes still closed, his jaw clenched. He bowed his head. “It also says ‘Thou shalt not kill.’”

I took his hand in both of mine, petted his rough skin, and then brought it to my lips. He had a talent for guiding invisibly, but I didn’t know how to do that.

He watched me again. His eyes were intense, like the black of the night sky, and his forehead was furrowed, as if his emotions were scattered, as if he was shocked at my reaction, as if he had been sure his answer would drive me away. But I knew him. Already, I knew him.

“You’re still a good person,” I said.

His jaw clenched. “I’ve been trying to believe that.”

“I have faith in you.”

He continued to watch me. His forehead never smoothed, as if he was fighting for strength, but his eyes softened. He slid around the booth, closer to me.

I didn’t move, not sure what to do, what was right, what he wanted.

He leaned closer.

I only watched him.

He touched his lips to my cheek, the faintest pressure. I struggled to sit still, to keep my hands in my lap, not to grab hold of him. And then his lips were gone, such brief contact that I couldn’t be sure if he had actually kissed my cheek or if I wanted his contact so much that I’d imagined it.

He spoke in my ear. “You must be some kind of final test.”

My heart pounded into my ribs, against the point of the blade. “Are you going to pass?”

His lips brushed against my jaw. “I don’t know.”

He trailed to my neck, his mouth softly pressing. My hand curled into his hair, the other on his shoulder, holding, clutching. His mouth found mine, barely touching. His warmth invaded my head.

“God give me strength,” he murmured.

The door slid open, and the compartment filled with laughter.

He closed his eyes. Then he slid away from me.


 
 
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I've been working hard the last few months researching and writing Ghost Walking, the first Maggie York Paranormal Mystery. The book is currently in edits with a release planned for April 22, 2016.

And I'm ready to give you a first look into Maggie's world...



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Meet Maggie York. Don't be deceived by her looks. Maggie is a no-nonsense homicide detective with a fast-track career in the New Orleans' police department. Or she was until six months ago, when a sniper's bullet changed...everything.

The department thinks Maggie's near-death experience left her with PTSD, and the captain placed her on extended medical leave. But the truth is more complicated. Maggie sees ghosts.

When previously-unknown relatives approach her about her gift, she brushes them off, refusing to believe in witchcraft or any paranormal phenomena. Instead, she sets out to track down her shooter, before her delusions become worse. But it isn't easy to ignore the spirit world--not with a recent murder victim stalking her, insisting she solve his case.


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Homicide Detective Joshua Brandt is relatively new to the NOLA PD. In fact, he was hired from Boston to fill in the gaps when Maggie was injured. Her case was recently re-assigned to him, but he hasn't met her yet, due to her allegedly fragile condition.

They meet over a dead body, and again at an apartment where she shouldn't be. Josh can't figure out how the gorgeous redhead is getting there ahead of him. He can't really picture her as a killer - even for revenge - but she's hiding something.

He understands that. Josh has secrets of his own.

UNEDITED TEASER:

Maggie waved at the bartender to get his attention and pulled a photo from her pocket. "Seen this guy around?"

"You a cop?"

"Nope. Do I look like a cop?" She'd worn jeans and a tight tank top. It showed off all the right things.

"Those eyes do."

She smiled and batted her dark lashes. "Do they look better now?"

The bartender grinned in appreciation and glanced at the picture. "That's Bobby, but he hasn't been in tonight."

"You know where he stays?"

The man wiped the counter and looked around to see if other patrons were listening, before lifting a brow.

"I just want to ask him a question or two. Nothing that'll come back on you."

"He's got a girlfriend. You might find him there." He gave her an address on Toulouse. "Don't tell him who gave it to you."

"Wouldn't dream of it."

She turned away from the counter and exited the club. The moment Maggie reached the sidewalk, the back of her neck prickled, and she whirled to confront the ghostly figure in the black and gold hoodie following her. "What do you want? Get away from me," she said in a hushed growl. "You don't exist. Get!"

He silently closed in on her, the darkness inside his hood a pool of unreadable shadows.


Watch for more information...coming soon!