Book Showcase: The Boss by Abigail Owen

Book Showcase: The Boss by Abigail Owen

Title: The Boss (Fire’s Edge #1) 

Author: Abigail Owen 

Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: September 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Book Showcase: The Boss by Abigail Owen
About the book:

The hotter the fire, the deeper the burn…
Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.
Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…

Book Showcase: The Boss by Abigail Owen
About the Author:
Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

Abigail also writes award-winning contemporary romance under the pen name Kadie Scott. (

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Excerpt: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Excerpt: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Title: Death by the River
Authors: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

About the book

Excerpt: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
A high school “American Psycho.”
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux. 
And that someone will pay with their life.


Leslie followed him along the shoreline until they came to a rusted iron gate with a No Trespassing sign secured to it. Decorated with crosses and swirls, the sign marked the entrance to The Abbey grounds. Stepping through the open gate, she peered up at the imposing structure.
Two spires of white limestone, shaped like the tip of a sword, cut into the blue sky. The structure of red brick and limestone, the front windows and doors secured with loose scraps of plywood, sat in the middle of a field of high grass. The squat stone building of cloisters behind The Abbey remained intact. The Benedictine monks who had run the seminary school demolished the dormitories, refectory, and library after the site had been abandoned.
“Some place, huh?” Derek let go of her hand and trudged his way across the high grass.
Leslie’s apprehension bloomed in her chest. The grounds, unkempt after years of neglect, were a hodgepodge of weeds, overgrown trees, and green vines. On the way across the thigh-high grass, they passed a beautiful triple-tiered fountain with an angel on top, raising her arms to the heavens—a silent witness to the past.
How do people come here at night?
“You ever wonder why those priests just up and left it?” she asked, uncomfortable with the eerie quiet. Even the birds had stopped singing. “I know everyone in town says they got a better offer from the seminary in New Orleans, but it seems funny a bunch of people abandoned the place for no reason.”
“They left because it’s a wreck.” Derek parted a thick pile of tall grass with his shoe. “My mom told me it was falling apart when she was a kid, and the Archdiocese didn’t have the money to fix it. So they packed up the seminary school, the priests, and all the staff and shipped them to New Orleans.”
“Seems a shame, though. I read once that the structure dates back to the early 1800s when the Devereaux family built it as a private church.” Leslie eyed the frame of the empty belfry atop one of the square-shaped towers. “You’d think they’d want to save it.”
Derek nudged her with his elbow. “Maybe the ghost drove the priests away.”
Beau’s tale had been in the back of her head the whole time, but Derek’s comment spooked the crap out of her. “By ghost, do you mean the lady in white?”
“Yep.” He scanned the land around them. “They say she wears a glistening white cloak and wanders the priests’ cells. She only appears when the moon is full or during storms.”
The thought of being alone in such a disturbing place terrified her. “Have you ever seen the ghost?”
Derek searched the thick foliage ahead of them. “Nah. I’ve come here a few times with Mark and Andrew to hang out, but we’ve never seen anything.”
Granite steps rose out of the high grass as they drew near the entrance.
Leslie kicked herself for letting him talk her into coming to the remote location. “What about the wild dogs? Have you seen them around The Abbey?”
“Not to worry, baby. I’ll protect you from ghosts, wild dogs, and Beau Devereaux.” He climbed the granite steps, encouraging her to join him. “But I have to draw the line at your mother. There’s no way I’m taking her on in a fight.”
On the porch, beneath the cracked and chipped stone arch over the front doors, she waited while Derek wrestled with the plywood covering the entrance. She scanned the landscape, searching for any hint of trouble. But despite the creep factor, the lush green trees encircling them did have a soothing effect. Leslie breathed in the fresh pine scent and mossy aroma of the tall grass. Then a fly zipped past her face.
She spun around to the source of the noise. Derek had pushed one of the large pieces of plywood securing the door out of the way, leaving a nice sized gap to crawl through.
“How did you do that?”
Derek held the plywood to the side for her. “The loose boards have been rigged to open easily. Found out about it the first time I came out here with Mark.”
Leslie dipped her head and looked through the doorway. “You sure it’s safe?”
His smile won over her fears.
“Baby. I wouldn’t bring you here if it wasn’t.”

About the Authors

Excerpt: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor (photo of Lucas Astor)
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is:  “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.”  ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Excerpt: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor (photo of Alexandrea Weis)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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My Top Five Tips For New Writers

My Top Five Tips For New Writers, Guest Post By Christina Bauer

My Top Five Tips For New Writers, Guest Post By Christina Bauer

My Top Five Tips For New Writers, Guest Post By Christina Bauer
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I’ve written more than 15 young adult fantasy-romance novels. As part of the launch for my book THE DARK LANDS, the lovely folks at Writers And Authors asked for my top five tips for new writers. Here goes!

5. Read In Your Genre. A lot.
You may have heard this before, but it’s worth saying again. And again. And again. Now one spin I’ll add here is to invest time in finding books that are unusual: a strong voice, a different style of world building, you get the idea. What you put into your head is what comes out of it. If you’re reading the same things as everyone else, you’ll sound like everyone else. Which if that’s your goal, go you! If not, be aware and selective about what you choose to finish.

4. Be Prepared to Suck.
Think of your favorite author. That person you idolize? When the started writing, they sucked. I sucked hard for ages. It takes a long time to build your chops and voice. That’s an okay part of the process, as is tuning out the naysayers who tell you that your work isn’t good enough.

3. Find Someone To Kick Your Literary Ass.
This can be an advanced degree. Or a writing group. You just need someone who is going to give you honest feedback without stifling your voice. You can do it!

2. Accept Certain Criticism As A Gift.
After 15 books, I’ve gotten a little more balanced about so-called bad reviews. Here’s my rule: if someone gives you one or two stars, then they aren’t your reader and never will be. Buh-bye! That said, a three star review with some negative feedback is gold. This is someone who wanted to love what you did but had some pointers. Accept that for the gift it is.

1. Never Forget That You Are Awesome.
Let’s be honest. Writers are awesome. We create stories that open minds and drive beauty, even though we’re trapped in a world that values piling up the most stuff before you die. It can’t be said enough: Never forget that you are awesome.

My Top Five Tips For New Writers, Guest Post By Christina Bauer
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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A Series or a Standalone? Which Is More Likely to Lead You to Literary Stardom?

A Series or a Standalone?  Which Is More Likely to Lead You to Literary Stardom? Guest post by James Hayman

A Series or a Standalone?  Which Is More Likely to Lead You to Literary Stardom?

Guest post by James Hayman

If you want to make the major best seller lists as a mystery or thriller writer, is it better for you to make your first book the first in a series? One that features the same hero(s) and very often the same setting in book after book?  Or is a standalone a better way to go. This is a question I’m inevitably asked when I’m giving readings or participating as a panelist at a crime writers conference.

The short answer is:  A series is always better.  Except when it isn’t.

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The Amazon and other best seller lists feature one series hero after another:  Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Lisa Gardner’s D.D. Warren, Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles and my own Michel McCabe and Maggie Savage.  And I’m sure readers of this blog can think of dozens more.

The reasons for the success of these and other series depends on a number of factors.

The first is coming up with a reason for your hero or hero(s) to keep on chasing and hopefully catching one bad guy after another.

For this reason, most if not all, successful series feature a some kind of sleuth. Maybe a cop, maybe a private eye or maybe, like Lee Childs Jack Reacher, who’s a former military policeman who roams the countryside in search of bad guys deserving of rough justice.  The one critical factor is that you, the author, have to make your hero appealing enough that readers will want to spend time with them in book after book.  Even if a reader doesn’t discover your hero until the sixth book in the series like my latest McCabe and Savage thriller, A Fatal Obsession, if they like your characters enough, they’ll keep wanting to come back for more.  Many will want to go back to the first book in the series and read them all.

The key is to make your primary characters appealing enough so that the reader really enjoys spending time with them.  That is the first and most important trick of the trade.  Your heroes don’t necessarily have to be goody-goodies. They don’t have to be likable or all that attractive or even have appealing personalities. They can even be nasty ne’re-do-wells or drunks or have other personality flaws. They just have to have the ability to f capture the readers’ imaginations and keep on doing it in book after book.  Take, for example, Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.  Not many readers would make Lisbeth their first choice for a prom date. But as long as Larsson was writing (and even after the series continued in the hands of another writer) they couldn’t get enough of her. Like Lisbeth, your series character just has to be able to grab the readers’ imaginations and hold on to them in book after book.

With all this in mind, I deliberately set out to create a series when I started writing the first McCabe/Savage thriller, The Cutting and I’ve stuck with that ever since.  And while not yet achieving the level of success of either Harry Bosch or Lisbeth Salander McCabe and Savage have gotten me onto the New York Times Bestseller list.

Having said all that, there’s a but and it’s a very big but. A series isn’t always the best way to go.  You don’t always have to make your primary characters the kind who can come back in book after book.  If you did, Gillian Flynn’s Amazing Amy or Paula Hawkins’ voyeuristic, alcoholic Rachel, or more recently A.J. Finn’s Anna Fox in The Woman in the Window would never have vaulted these authors to the very top of every best seller list in the world and kept them there month after month and, not incidentally, made all three a fortune in the process.

So to get back to the original question.  If you want to become a successful mystery or thriller writer, is it better to plan for a series or go for a gangbusters original idea?  My answer, as I said at the beginning, a series always makes more sense.  

Except when it doesn’t.

A Series or a Standalone?  Which Is More Likely to Lead You to Literary Stardom?   Guest post by James Hayman
JAMES HAYMAN, formerly creative director at one of New York’s largest advertising agencies, is the author of the acclaimed McCabe and Savage Thriller series: The CuttingThe Chill of NightDarkness FirstThe Girl in the GlassThe Girl on The Bridge, and A Fatal Obsess

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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.

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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

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Title: Secrets In Our Scars
Author: Rebecca Trogner 

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

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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.


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