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Book Showcase: Crimson by Tamela Miles

Book Showcase: Crimson by Tamela Miles

Title: Crimson
Author: Tamela Miles

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Showcase: Crimson by Tamela Miles
About the book:

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan's wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it's come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn't stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he's intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can't seem to get his body - and heart - to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

Book Showcase: Crimson by Tamela Miles
About the Author:

Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She's a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways. 

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does. 

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Excerpt: Secrets In Our Scars by Rebecca Trogner

Excerpt: Secrets In Our Scars by Rebecca Trogner.  Includes giveaway!

Title: Secrets In Our Scars
Author: Rebecca Trogner 

Publication date: February 7th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Excerpt: Secrets In Our Scars by Rebecca Trogner.  Includes giveaway!
About the book:

A sexy romance. A twisted mystery. One mistake can change everything.
On a sweltering summer day, Daisy Aldridge knocks on the wrong door. Yanked inside. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. Years ago she suffered an assault. Alone and afraid, she kept it hidden and dealt with the emotional aftermath in her own way.
But this time she’s not alone. She’s helped by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Roy Blackwood is massive, muscled, powerful, and controlled. She tells herself she wants nothing to do with him.
Roy sees through her resistance. He wants her. Needs her. He promises to find the identity of her birth parents and unveil the person who leaves her anonymous gifts. And most important of all, earn the love and trust of Daisy Aldridge..
A standalone, full-length romance.


We’ve turned onto my long driveway and hit the peak of the small hill, my home’s chimney in sight.
“You expecting company?” Vincent asks.
My heart skips, but I’m not as tall as Vincent, so it takes me a few strides more to reach a point where I see a black Suburban parked next to Vincent’s car. The door opens. Mr. Lethal steps out.
“Is that Roy?” Vincent tosses his arm over my shoulder. “Baby girl’s got herself a dangerous man.”
I swallow hard, my throat dry. Roy’s walking toward us dressed in fatigue pants, black boots, and a khaki-colored shirt. His hair, longer than before, skirts the top of his shoulders. A full beard covers the lower half of his face. When he’s within a few strides of us, I see his eyes are weary like he hasn’t slept in days.
“Miss Aldridge.” He stops and waits for us to reach him.
So this is soldier Roy. He looks like the picture I found on the Internet, except he’s not holding a gun to his chest.
“Roy,” I croak. “You’re here.” In a suit, his body was intimidating. Now, with his biceps bulging against the thin fabric, he looks like the personification of a warrior. I catch his quick glance over to Vincent. “Vincent Stuart, this is Roy Blackwood.”
“Call me Roy.” He holds out his hand. “Nice to meet you.” I notice he uses his left hand—though I know he’s right-handed—so Vincent does the same and removes his arm from my shoulder.
The contrast couldn’t be sharper between the two men, Vincent tall and thin and wearing purple shorts, Roy a mountain of a man decked out in military fatigues.
“Right.” Vincent is the first to move. “I need to get home and take a shower.” He stops at his car. “Unless you need me to stay?” He’s making sure I’m okay before he bolts.
I shake my head. “Thanks for the run. I’ll call you tomorrow.”
“You better.” He folds his body into the driver’s seat and creeps along my gravel driveway.
Roy’s fingers lightly touch my palm as he takes my hand and walks me to the house. “I called first. I didn’t mean to intrude.”
I’d forgotten how much I love his hands, their warmth and size. How would they feel on other parts of my body? “What?” Oh, he thinks he’s intruding. “You aren’t.” In my excitement, I start babbling. “I missed you and hoped I’d see you again. And now you’re here. With a beard.” I go to touch it and yank my hand back. “It looks good. I like it. And your muscles. Wow!”
I need a muzzle, a goddamned muzzle to keep from embarrassing myself.
His eyes crinkle at the corners. “It’s good to see you too.”

It pains me to let go of his hand, but I do to open the screen door.


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About the Author:

Rebecca Trogner started writing her first novel after watching True Blood. Of course it was about vampires and thus The Last Keepers Daughter was born. The next, The Last Guardian Rises, continued the series. Her latest book, Secrets In Our Scars, is a contemporary romance and a lot spicier. She's working on her fourth book with the help of her rescued animal pets.

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Excerpt: Raven's Eye by Adam Gowans

Excerpt: Raven's Eye by Adam Gowans

Title: Raven's Eye

Author: Adam Gowans

About the book:

Excerpt: Raven's Eye by Adam Gowans
Ever since magic caused his mother's death, Ha-Neul, crown prince of Balhae, hates witches and the magic they wield. He has instituted harsh laws against all magic users.

Lisa is a young witch working undercover as a servant in his palace, hoping to gain freedom for her people. The last thing the two expect is to fall in love. But when Ha-Neul learns that Lisa is not only a witch, but the daughter of the Prince of Vires, land of witches, he banishes her. Distracted by heartbreak, he is caught off-guard by a military coup.

In hiding and on the run, Ha-Neul swallows his pride and travels with his siblings to Vires, planning to beg Lisa's aid, only to learn that she has mysteriously vanished.

Now his only hope in reclaiming his kingdom and reuniting with Lisa lies in the remote Northern Mountains, a country no one has ever penetrated and rumored home of a powerful magic source. There, Ha-Neul learns that a being powerful beyond comprehension has been carefully guiding his destiny. But if Ha-Neul can't let go of his hatred of all things magic, and accept the new path offered to him, it will mean the destruction of his entire world.

About the Author: 

Excerpt: Raven's Eye by Adam Gowans
Adam Gowans is the youngest of five Air Force brats, out of which his siblings have voted him the weirdest. He loves anything that deals with stories, including movies, novels, television dramas, music, video games, manga/manhwa, and webtoons.

In his mid-twenties, he lived and taught English in South Korea for four years before returning to the States to live, like many LDS authors, in Utah.

His first novel is On Angelic Wings, which has a planned sequel, but the sequel will be released after two other novels that are calling for his attention.


 “Follow me. The wang wishes to speak with you.”
Lisa nodded, and they walked as fast as they could without appearing to rush. Neither of them spoke as they entered the palace and made their way to the wang’s suite, adrenaline sweeping through Lisa. When the elevator opened, Evan greeted them. He bowed to them and led the way to the door. He knocked twice and waited for an answer before opening it.
“Please go in, my lady,” he whispered in Common.
She went in and found the wang standing in front of her with a pleasant smile.
“Please sit, Princess,” he said in Common as well, indicating an armchair in the middle of the room while blatantly ignoring the astonishment on her face. They both sat, and he took a few moments to study her. “Do you love him?”
“My oldest son, Geum Ha-Neul. Do you love him?”
“I apologize, Wang-Mama, I—”
“Don’t apologize—you shouldn’t apologize,” he said. “I should be apologizing.”
She looked at him with her mouth slightly agape as he genuinely seemed remorseful.
“I know who you are, Vasilisa Aleksandrsdöttir. I’ve known you your whole life.”
She sucked in a deep breath. He knew, yet he had still allowed her in the palace even though he had banished Rosalina. Lisa remembered her father saying he and the wang had attended school together as teenagers and interacted, but with his words, she now wondered if they had been friends.
“I’ve been hoping you could help change Ha-Neul’s mind about spellcasters,” the use of the correct term for witches surprised her for a moment, then she realized that his family situation would have allowed him to know the correct classifications for magic users, “which is why I personally placed you near my children from the very beginning of your employment and allowed you to become their nain. Then, when I learned about Ha-Neul’s feelings for you, I took full advantage.”
All of her interactions with the wang began to make sense. “That’s why you told me to tell him what I know about Vires, why you had me stay with him during the party.”
He nodded. “I, Geum Dong, Wang of Balhae, have done many things I am not proud of,” he paused, his eyes blinking rapidly, “especially toward my own people—your people—and I fired Rosalina when Ha-Neul found out about her situation.” He took in a ragged breath and slowly let it out. “It was all to appease my tortured son.”
“I assume you mean the incident that killed your wife?” she asked.
The wang nodded and wiped tears from his eyes for a few moments. When he seemed calm, he continued. “Ha-Neul needs to heal, and I believe you are the person to help him.”
“No.” He lifted a hand. “No, please listen.” He leaned toward her, touching his fingertips together, pointing them at her. “I know your feelings no matter how hard you try to hide them. You know who sees past all the façade, don’t you? You know who is a clairvoyant.”
She nodded, not daring to speak the secret out loud.
“I want you to love him, and I want him to love you; however,” he became grave, “you must tell him who you really are, and soon.” His whole demeanor became kinder and more empathetic. “You know that, don’t you?”
“Yes,” she breathed out, tears forming. “Ha-Na and I talked about it last week.”
“Our families have kept your secret from him long enough. It’s time he knows the truth.” He watched her carefully until she nodded. “I know it will be hard for both of you, and I know you know that as well. It will be worse the longer you wait.”
“I know,” she breathed out.
He held out his hand and waited. She placed her hand in his, and he covered it with his other hand.
“No matter what happens, I want you to know that I am grateful for everything you have done for my family, Vasilisa,” he said. He patted her hand and withdrew his. “It is late. You have a long day ahead of you tomorrow, so you should go to bed.”
They both stood, and she bowed to him, and he bowed to her in return.
“Sleep well, Wang-Mama.”
She left the room to find Irene waiting, and all of the emotions she had held in check finally overwhelmed her. She collapsed into the outstretched arms of her aunt, who held her tightly and whispered comfort into her ear as her body trembled with silent sobs.

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Interview with Marlene M. Bell

Interview with Marlene M. Bell, author of Stolen Obsession @ewephoric  @iReadBookTours

Interview with Marlene M. Bell, author of Stolen Obsession

What advice do you have for other writers?
The process is arduous. Long hours filled with frustration. Stick with it and get good help along the way for the best book possible. Your editors are a lifeline to writing that best book. Whatever you do, don’t ignore your editor’s suggestions. Beta readers and friends who read your manuscript can be helpful but ignore your editor’s comments at your own risk. Friends know you and may not give you the critical advice that you need for fear of hurting your feelings. Your editor wants your work as good as it can be and they have seen lots of nasty manuscripts. Good editors know how to fix what ails yours, but do your homework when choosing an editor. There are a few who don’t write novels themselves. A novelist needs an editor who also writes, with success. Developmental editors look at the big picture like plot, plot holes and pacing. Line and copy editors do the finer work on your prose. 
Interview with Marlene M. Bell, author of Stolen Obsession @ewephoric  @iReadBookTours
What formats is the book available in?
Stolen Obsession is available in paperback as well as eBook. In October, 2018 Stolen Obsession will be available in audio book! I’m happy to have one of the most talented voice over artists in New York narrate Stolen Obsession. Her name is Katina Kalin. She is an actress and teaches others the craft of voice. Katina also narrates for commercials, A&E, and The Discovery Channel among others.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
I started my own business in 1985 as an artist selling products with my artwork and photography that featured our sheep flock. My husband had sheep when I met him in the late 1970’s and they quickly became the focal point for my work. My original website is located at To find out more about my books, go to Facebook: and follow me on Twitter at @ewephoric. Ewephoric is my company name and I publish through Ewephoric Publishing.
Who is you favorite character in your book and why?

My favorite would have to be Generosa Zavos, Alec’s mother. She is of Italian descent, like myself. I had fun dropping character traits into her from my own family. We all use our hands when we speak and Generosa does the same. I pictured cousins speaking to each other in groups, hands flying in and out while I wrote. I know a bit about the Italian customs due to my own grandfather. He was born in Bari, Italy in the late 1800’s. Back then, Bari was more of a poor fishing village. I recall some of what he told me as a young girl—his home before he left to come to America and fight in WWI. Using his words and what I researched in Italy online made Stolen Obsession come to life on the page for me. Hopefully I’ve done the same for the reader.

Who designed the cover?

The cover of Stolen Obsession was designed by a husband and wife team from Australia. Steam Power Studios designed an award winning cover back in 2015 when I was researching cover artists. I fell in love with their work because it was so original and I believe in marketing myself with a fresh, exciting cover. Covers do sell books. Great covers sell more books. Stock covers give the appearance that the writer doesn’t care about his or her work. I recommend finding the best cover artist you can afford. A cheap, fifty dollar stock cover should be avoided at all costs. Vlad and Erica Zivanovic of Steam Power Studios make an interesting, creative duo. Vlad works in the entertainment industry and composes music, while his wife does most of the graphic design. In addition to the cover of Stolen Obsession, they are working on the cover of my next book, Spent Identity. I love the next cover for the series! To be revealed at a later date.  Stolen Obsession has won 2 prestigious cover awards in 2018.

Where can a reader purchase your book?

Stolen Obsession is available through most retailers, including some bookstores and on Amazon.

Other sellers include, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and Draft 2 Digital in eBook.

Interview with Marlene M. Bell, author of Stolen Obsession @ewephoric  @iReadBookTours
What are you doing to market the book?

Months ahead of the release, I contacted a book marketing agency and signed up with them. Looking back, I wouldn’t advise their services to anyone (since most of what they did, I ended up doing again for myself.) I received no feedback from their contacts and no contact names for future use. For me, I won’t go down that road again. The process is very expensive so expect to drop $7,000.00 to $10,000.00 if you go this route. Just because an agency didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean you will have the same result. Not everyone has the luxury for an expenditure like this, but when an author is an indie-publisher and debut author, it’s an option. PR companies work best for known celebrities.

Next on my agenda was the press release. This was done originally by the agency to announce the release, but I followed up with different press releases once the book officially went up on Amazon. I took advantage of their Kindle Countdown deals in the first 90 days of Stolen Obsession’s release. Goodreads also has an option for a Giveaway, which I also took advantage of prior to the book’s release. Book/Blog Tours are the best for getting reviews. I highly recommend tours! Expect to hand out plenty of paperback copies in the form of Advance Reader Copies. Some recipients will read and leave a review, but you will find that most who are not affiliated with a blog tour will not leave a review.

One method I added once the book hit the market was entering book contests. Cover contests as well as content. Stolen Obsession has won 2 prestigious cover awards and more recently, the FAPA chose Stolen Obsession as the President’s Award Gold Medal winner for Best Mystery. Expect to pay $85.00 to $150.00 per contest, but the effort is well worth it if you have worked hard and have a good, clean, commercially viable book.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

My second book in the Annalisse Series is called, Spent Identity. The story takes place in upstate New York in a country setting. Annalisse and Alec are having difficulties in their relationship which worsens when a dead man with a questionable identity is found in Annalisse’s aunt’s barn. Soon after, the aunt vanishes. Are the two events related—or unrelated as the authorities believe? Annalisse and Alec are drawn again to each other as they work out the mysteries that continue to pile up surrounding Aunt Kate’s disappearance. Annalisse has to deal with childhood fears and a villain who knows how to take advantage of her fears. A big twist and a cataclysmic secret reveal that will have Annalisse reeling in the end!

What are your thoughts on Self-Publishing verses traditional publishing?

When Stolen Obsession was final-edited and proofed, I set out to go the traditional route and look for agent representation. The process stretched 9 long months. Rejection letters came one after the other. Short, sweet and sometimes in form letter. Frustrated, I found a copy editor to check my work again. She made the prose shine and recommended Self-Publishing because she had more authors going that route than those who weren’t, due to bad contacts and little in payouts from publishers. Stolen Obsession took years to write. I didn’t have it in me to wait any longer, so I took the editor’s advice and went indie. If you are a self-starter like I am, and can market yourself well, this is the route for you. Best thing I ever did!

What are you currently reading?

One of my favorite authors is Karen Rose. She writes complicated romantic suspense. Many characters with diverse backgrounds. I’m halfway finished with her novel, Edge of Darkness, having read most of her books. I’ve also gone back and reread the old series, Outlander when I need a plug of romance to help spice up my own writing. This author helps to trigger my own work. Diana Gabaldon writes extremely detailed, refreshing first-person narrative. A nice break from writing and reading in the third. Stolen Obsession is written in third person. Lately, I’ve picked up books from local authors in East Texas. There is a stack waiting to be read once I finish Karen Rose.


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Book Showcase: He Was by Thomas William Lowrie

Book Showcase: He Was by Thomas William Lowrie

Title: He Was
Author: Thomas William Lowrie
Genre: Historical Suspense

About the book

Ever had one of those days, how about one of those weeks? If you haven't, you are missing out. I spent years priding myself in the fact that I was always with it, I always had my wits about me, until that day. My life changed and not just a little. I became someone else, someone who was far stronger than I am, someone who I could only hope to be. Ray Lafayette was a man who was neither rich nor famous yet I lived every day to see what he would do next. The fear I experienced in that time only made the happiness that much more exiting. I have heard the statement "Don't judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes." I walked many miles in his and can say with pride that he and all others from his time were the greatest, all colors, all nationalities, young and old, men and women alike. It may sound great to know the future but there is a dark side to it, an almost unbearable side. Your eyes will be opened to things your mind may not handle.This event has changed me. I no longer wish for things, I live for them.

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Book Showcase: He Was by Thomas William Lowrie
About the Author
Author, Thomas William Lowrie has lived outside of Las Vegas most of his life, but his best memories are of the days fishing in South Texas. Summer vacations were the best. That is also where he found his best friend and wife, Tina. He could not have done any of this without her. Of course, Ray pecking at his brain for years had something to do with it too. 

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