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Book Showcase: Blind Trust by Lynda Aicher

Book Showcase: Blind Trust by Lynda Aicher. Includes giveaway!


Title: Blind Trust (The Boardroom) 

Author:  Lynda Aicher 

Publication date: eBook May 14th 2018, paperback May 29th 2018
Genres: Erotica, Romance


Book Showcase: Blind Trust by Lynda Aicher. Includes giveaway!
About the book:
A blindfold. Four men intent on only her pleasure. Knowing she’s being watched. It’s her ultimate erotic fantasy—and it’s really happening.



Brighton Wakeford has played by the rules her entire life. From her country-club upbringing to her job as a paralegal, she’s the image of propriety and class. And she’s tired of it.

An invitation to the Boardroom is Brighton’s chance to transform. Here she’s Brie—free to explore her wildest cravings, her most scandalous desires.

As the lawyer for the exclusive Boardroom club, Ryan Burns knows confidentiality is vital. As a member, he gets off on the controlled ecstasy, the exhilarating balance of trust and power. So when he recognizes a beautiful, blindfolded and very willing new participant as a coworker, he knows he should back off. Brighton Wakeford is business. The Boardroom is about pleasure.

But the rules are about to change.


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About the author:
Lynda Aicher is an RWA RITA Award finalist and RT Reviewers' Choice winner who loves to write emotionally charged erotic romances. She spent years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies until she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn't a priority, it wouldn't get done.

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Excerpt: The Rainmaker by Petra Landon

Excerpt: The Rainmaker by Petra Landon


Title: The Rainmaker (Saga of the Chosen #2) 

Author: Petra Landon 


Publication date: March 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy


Excerpt: The Rainmaker by Petra Landon
About the book:

In a dangerous world riddled with ambition and intrigue, Tasia must tread a treacherous path where nothing is safe – her past, her secrets or her heart …


Tasia is no longer a nondescript and friendless Wizard on the fringes of San Francisco's Chosen community. Publicly entwined with a powerful Shifter Pack, she must navigate the minefield of Pack politics and Chosen intrigue, while guarding her secrets from the Magicks who hunt her.

The stakes have never been higher as old fault lines, long-buried secrets, Wizard dysfunction, and Lady Bethesda's ambitions draw the Chosen ever closer to a civil war. While Tasia grapples to avoid the pitfalls and confront her demons, it is an unlikely nemesis who forces her to face her moment of truth. Tasia finds herself at the crossroads - at stake are her carefully constructed house of cards and her tangled relationship with the man who holds her enemies at bay. Will Tasia risk opening Pandora's Box or will she walk away to disappear into the shadows again?

Author's Note : The Rainmaker continues the story from The Prophecy. The books are not standalone and are intended to be read in order.
Set in the fantastical and intrigue-riddled world of the Chosen, this is an urban fantasy tale with an unfolding mystery, many twists and turns, action, adventure and a dash of romance.
The story continues with Book 3 - The Siren



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Excerpt: The Rainmaker by Petra Landon


Excerpt:

“I …” Tasia paused, choosing her words with care this time. “My work with your Pack …” “Fuck the Pack.” His voice was very even. “This has nothing to do with the Pack. I’m talking about us — you and me.” “No.” She shook her head, wishing the noise in her head would abate and allow her to think more clearly. “There’s no us.” An eyebrow arched up in the near darkness. “So, that kiss in the cave …” Tasia interrupted him. “I didn’t kiss you.” He shot her a look. “You kissed me” she insisted, responding to that look. “Both times.” “No” he said unequivocally. “We’ve both been willing partners in this dance. I lead, but you’ve been with me every step of the way.” They stared at each other, the air between them charged with an awareness that they stood on the edge of a precipice. She couldn’t discern his expression but she wondered what he read in hers, with his night eyes. “Any time you’d like a demonstration, let me know” he remarked sardonically. Tasia flushed. They’d been leading up to this moment, she realized. This was the dance he talked about. She should have put a stop to it before. Now, she’d have to defuse it carefully or the resulting conflagration would destroy her. “I’ve been around the block a few times, witchling. You and I — we make our own fire, no tinder required. That’s not it. Something else has you stepping back. What is it?” Tasia thought furiously, through the fog in her head. “You don’t get involved with Pack” she reminded him. “I’m willing to make an exception for you” he said clearly. Tasia blinked, once. He wasn’t going to make this easy for her. “I did tell you once that I’d ignore my principles for the right person.” It was his turn to remind her. Tasia, who remembered the occasion well, said nothing. “Am I to continue with the Pack?” she asked. “Yes.” She hesitated. “What happens if things … uh … don’t work out between us?” He laughed, a sound singularly devoid of amusement. “You’ve walked away from the Pack before. I didn’t let that stop me from going after you, when I thought you were in danger. What does that tell you, witchling?” Tasia couldn’t refute him. There was nothing to say. He would not let his personal feelings get in the way of his responsibilities to his Pack or to her, no matter how bad things got between them. Then, something seemed to strike him. “Is it because I’m a Shifter?” Tasia wondered wildly if he would accept that. Perhaps his pride would not let him pursue her if he believed that she wanted no part of a relationship with a Shifter. It would make her sound like a bigot. But she’d take that. “Will you let this be if … if I have reservations about Shifters?” she asked hopefully. “Hell no.” His response was immediate and forceful. “I’ll do my damnedest to change your mind.” He frowned, something about her answer registering finally. “Is that what this is about — being with a Shifter?” Again, he was forthright with his query, and Tasia realized she could not bring herself to lie to him. Like him, she too was willing to make an exception. For him. “No” she admitted softly. There was a short silence while Tasia tried to get her jumbled thoughts into order. The wild cacophony in her head was now so loud that it drowned out everything but his voice, even the gentle lap of water against the wall and the whoosh of the wind behind her. “Let me simplify this for you” he said, the gold eyes holding her gaze. “Tell me what you want, and we go from there.” “What I want?” Tasia repeated mechanically. I can’t have what I want. “Don’t tell me you don’t know what you want.” His eyes narrowed in the darkness. Tasia shook her head, her eyes darting away as if to seek an escape. She’d have to walk away, she thought despairingly. She saw no other way out. His initial fury having abated, Raoul was starting to use his connection to her, much as he had before, when he’d been so attuned to her unspoken words. He had realized it almost immediately, taking it in stride. He wondered if she had picked up on it yet. “You told me once that you don’t run away” he reminded her, picking up hints of her roiling emotions. Tasia said nothing. “If you run from me because you don’t want to deal with whatever is between us, witchling, I will come after you.” His voice hardened as a spike of anger flared in him. “I won’t stand by again while you run recklessly into the fire.” Tasia looked away from him. There seemed no way out of this impasse. He would not back away, not without an explanation from her. She could not give him one, not without endangering all sorts of secrets, and she was very much afraid that, unless she convinced him to walk away first, she’d eventually succumb to him. Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire! Raoul stared at her, puzzled by her inexplicable desire to deny that which sizzled like a living entity between them. He tried to piece together what he could sense from her. Suddenly, it hit him. “You’re afraid!” he muttered incredulously. This was the primary emotion he sensed from her, overriding everything else. He had sensed many emotions from her before but terror, the kind he sensed now, had thus far been reserved exclusively for the Clan. She said nothing, neither confirming nor refuting his statement. Jolted, he took a step back. “Of what?” Tasia stared at him mutely, her hesitation palpable. “Of me?” he asked, his voice hoarse.


Excerpt: The Rainmaker by Petra Landon
About the Author:
An avid reader all her life, only recently has Petra allowed her own imagination to run riot. She loves to travel, loves the outdoors and reads everything she can get her hands on, time permitting. Her taste in books is very eclectic – she tends to like stories with vivid and quirky characters that have elements of fantasy, adventure, romance and mystery interspersed together. A good book for her is one that makes the reader think long after it has been finished and set aside. And, one that draws the reader back to it, again and again. 
To share the tales that have lived in her imagination for so long is a labor of love and a lifelong dream come true for her.


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Top Tips For New Writers

Top Tips For New Writers, Guest post by Cecilia Randell


When I first started writing, I searched, and researched, articles on writing.  I went to my local library and I scoured the half-price used book stores.  I joined groups and looked at what they had to say.  A lot of it has been very useful.  Some of it has not been.  Many of them said the same things.

But there were a few things I noticed weren’t really touched upon, or at least not with the emphasis I felt they deserved.  So, I wanted to share with you some observations I have found extremely useful since I began writing.  Admittedly, that was not all that long ago.  Hell, I would still call myself a newbie.

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So, here are my top tips, from one newbie to another: 

-        Learn how to use a dictionary and keep one within reach:

A majority of us know what a dictionary is, right?  Well, I don’t often see them emphasized enough, at least in my estimation.  There’s a lot of talk about prose, of using more descriptive words but NOT using adverbs, of showing and not telling. 

This means enlarging your vocabulary.  Well, how do you do that?  Some will say read.  And this is true.  But reading alone doesn’t do a thing for the number of words you have at your fingertips.  You have to know how to use those words, and that is where the dictionary comes in.  Many people will glean a definition or two for a word based on context.  Sometimes they are right.  Most words, though, have many more than one or two definitions.  Some have twenty or even thirty. 

And what about when you go to a thesaurus to help you think of another word to use?  Do you know what all of those mean?  Pull out your dictionary. 

I think I own five, plus the ones on line. 

-        Process is… quite a process to learn:

You’ll see these terms thrown out there.  Pantser.  Plotter.  Plantser.  Character sheets, snowflake method, and many more.  These are all just terms to describe ways to work.  That’s all they are.  Not one is better than the other.  You’ll find that one thing which works for another writer won’t work for you.  Don’t be afraid to try different things until you find that blend of methods which allows the words to flow.

Personally, I’m not any of these.  I refer to myself as a carouser.  Meaning, I will just create and write and plot and pants until I have the story down.  I bounce between world building, character building and spontaneous ideas.  I will write in order, then skip to a scene three books down the road, because I just suddenly know that’s where I’m going with the story.  And sometimes, I’ll get there and throw the whole thing out, because it’s not quite right anymore.

Just know this:  There is no one right way to write.  There are grammar rules and style rules and “never do”s and “always do”s – more on that in a bit – but how you get there is up to you.  Everyone is a proponent of what works for them.  Keep this in mind, pay attention to what works for you, and then build off of that.

-        Don’t be afraid to ask why:
                   
This is probably my favorite. 
                   
Stuck on a plot point?  Ask yourself why?  Where did the story go off?
                   
Character does something you didn’t plan? Why?  Maybe that’s an opportunity to add another dimension to their personality.
                   
World building?  Here is where you just go to town with the why.  And the what.  Just keep asking yourself, until suddenly before you is a whole world. 
                   
You have an idea for a zombie-werewolf hybrid who falls in love with a pixie.  Why?  What is the world they are in that there is a zombie-werewolf hybrid.  Why is it the way it is? 
                   
Just keep asking yourself why.  It will lead to how, then to what and back to why.  Until you have your setting and story.  It’s also a great way to weed out anything that goes beyond the readers ability to suspend disbelief, even in a tale of a  zombie-werewolf hybrid that falls for a pixie.

-        Don’t be afraid of crazy ideas:
                   
On another note, don’t be afraid of crazy, zany, no-one would read that ideas.  Those are sometimes the best.  Just don’t forget to ask yourself “why?”

-         Sketch it out:
                   
Having trouble envisioning things?  Sketch them out.  Maps, fight scenes, neighborhoods, character dynamics and relationships, power hierarchies.  Charts and diagrams and sketches, oh my.  It probably seems logical to you, it did to me, but I got talking one day with another author who was getting stuck on writing scenes with a lot of action in them, and I said, “Are you sketching it out?”
                   
She hadn’t been.  Hadn’t even thought of it.  She went off and sketched the whole thing out, and went merrily on her way to finish the book.

-        Know the rules before you break them:
                   
This one I have seen mentioned.  It’s one of my favorites. 
                   
Let’s remember something.  Writing is an art.  A highly technical art, but an art nonetheless.  It is not a science.  Yes, there are “rules”. But these rules (and there are too many for me to try to list, and, hell, I don’t even know all of them yet) are not really rules, but more guidelines.  They became rules because, in 90% of cases, they WORK.  But sometimes your scene, or story, or prose, works better if you break them.
                   
The key is to knowing WHY they work, and why breaking the rule in a particular instance works better.  I’m not there yet.  Working toward it every day.  And when I get there, I will have finally graduated from newbie to master. 
                   
I just hope it doesn’t take me decades.  But I’ll have fun getting there.

There you have it!  Top tips from one newbie to another.  I hope they help you in your quest for telling the best tale you can…

Top Tips For New Writers, Guest post by Cecilia Randell
Cecilia Randell is the pseudonym for a lady author that has not quite worked up the courage to give you all her real name. She loves a good story, and often finds herself thinking “what if…”, so decided to put some of her ‘what ifs’ down in words for others to, hopefully, enjoy.

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Advice For New Writers

Advice For New Writers, Guest post by Jane C. Brady

To new writers, I would say if writing is something you love, don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way. There will be ups and downs along the way, but never stop believing in yourself. Surround yourself with people that support you and believe in you. Having author buddies that understand your struggles is also a huge plus.

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Carry a notebook everywhere you go and when an idea comes to you, jot it down. Watch lots of movies and read even more books. Go to the bookstore and roam the aisles for ideas. Study the craft of writing and learn everything there is to know.

As authors, we are letting our readers inside our most profound thoughts and sending our work out into the world to be judged and often criticized, and that is a terrifying thing. Do the best you know how and learn all you can. Never think you know it all. Keep an open mind when criticism comes your way and learn from it.

Set aside time to write every day and make sure the people in your life respect this time. Don’t put limitations on your work and don’t rush the process. The pressures of writing can sometimes become overwhelming, but I encourage you not to lose faith. Study your work and understand what your author voice is.

Don’t try to save money by not hiring an editor. Editors are like fairies that sprinkle their magical fairy dust over our finished product and help make it sparkle. All editors are not the same. There are different levels of editing and I personally choose to use them all. Find an editor that is as passionate about your work as you are and, if possible, find ones that love the genre you write in. When hiring an editor make sure they don’t try to change your voice; a good editor will preserve your voice.

Spend time people-watching. I spend a lot of time studying people close to me and what makes them who they are. Also, in public, I notice mannerism of complete strangers. Yes, usually behind a big pair of sunglasses. In a recent novel, one of my characters came to life from a guy walking down the street in Vancouver. Some of my favorite characters have developed from people I know.

If you are taking the self-publishing route, do yourself a favor and have your novel professionally done, from the book cover to the editing and the formatting. Your brand is key to marketing yourself, and you want people to take you seriously with your first step out of the gate. Even with all this, you will invariably hit stumbling blocks along the way, but don’t let them stop you. Push through, and in the end you will find it was all worth it.


Advice For New Writers, Guest post by Jane C. Brady
Jane lives life to the full because she doesn’t want to wake up twenty years from now regretting all the things she didn’t do. She’s an avid traveler who also loves throwing elaborate dinner parties where she wows her guests with gourmet meals. Jane has a passion for writing, interior design, history, movies, board games, and fitness. In her quest  for an exciting life, however, she now draws the line at zip-lining, which she experienced in Costa Rica. Never again!


Jane comes from a family of six sisters and lived in a Tennessee plantation house for several years while growing up. She now lives in Western Canada but dreams of owning a vacation home in South Carolina. She lives with her husband (her high school sweetheart), two teenagers, and two dogs. When she grows up, she’d like to be her brilliant sixteen-year-old daughter (minus the mood swings).


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Book Showcase: In The Darkness by Anina Collins & K.M. Scott

Book Showcase: In The Darkness by Anina Collins & K.M. Scott


Title: In The Darkness: A Project Artemis Novel
Authors: Anina Collins & K.M. Scott
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Book Showcase: In The Darkness by Anina Collins & K.M. Scott
About the book:
Persephone Gilmore comes from a life of privilege. The oldest daughter of media mogul Marshall Gilmore, she grew up wanting for nothing. But her father taught her more than just how to make billions, and even though she could sit by the pool and eat bon bons every day for the rest of her life, she chooses to work as an ER nurse and live on her own away from the family estate and her father’s security.

Then one night, those choices come back to haunt her.

Nick Hanson hasn’t been truly happy since he left the FBI. Life as a hired gun for wealthy clients has paid well and made him very much in demand, but it isn’t the same as the life he used to have. When Marshall Gilmore wants to hire him to rescue his daughter after she’s taken hostage by a terrorist group, he agrees, but to save her, he’ll have to go undercover and become one of them. It’s dangerous work, but he knows what to expect and he’s never been one to turn down a challenge.

What starts out as just another case turns into something much more, and Nick finds out just how much he’s willing to do to save Persephone.


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K.M. Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy contemporary and paranormal romance. When she's not writing, you can find her reading a book, watching TV or movies, or cooking for family and friends.
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Anina Collins has always loved a good mystery. As a child, her favorite books were Nancy Drew books passed down from her grandmother, and as she grew up, she moved on to Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and their famous detectives. She currently lives in North Carolina and writes her Poppy McGuire Mystery series.

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