Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Unicorns by D.T. Dyllin

Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Unicorns by D.T. Dyllin


Title: The Trouble with Unicorns (Team Unicorn Talia, #1) 
Author: D.T. Dyllin 
Publication date: April 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …
Talia White does what comes naturally to a Unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy.
Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian.
That’s the trouble with Unicorns … they’ll get their way one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to accomplish their goals.



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About the Author:
D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance. 

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.

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Cover Reveal: Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi

Cover Reveal: Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi @astrid_arditi @yaboundtourspr


Title: Olympian Challenger
Author: Astrid Arditi
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 3rd 2018

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A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?

Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.
Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.


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About the Author
Astrid Arditi has studied at Hogwarts, ridden a dragon, swam with mermaids and flown to the moon. Recently, she traveled to Mount Olympus…
She leads a double life: one of words and whimsy; the other one chasing her two young kids around the playground and kissing away booboos. 
She’s a spy, a princess, a unicorn, a wife, a mother and an author. Life is never dull in her messy home in Brooklyn, or in her dreams where she escapes as often as she can. 
She writes from experience, of course. You may not believe it, but everything in her books has actually happened to her…even if only in her imagination. 


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Book Showcase: Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee

Book Showcase: Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee


Title: Through a Dark Glass
Author: Barb Hendee

Genre: Historical Fantasy

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On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:

Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?
As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.
Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .





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Book Showcase: Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee
Barb Hendee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland, Oregon.





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Excerpt: Strong To The Bone by Jon Land


Excerpt: Strong To The Bone by Jon Land

Title: Strong To The Bone
Author: Jon Land

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Excerpt: Strong To The Bone by Jon Land
1944: Texas Ranger Jim Strong investigates a triple murder inside a Nazi POW camp in Texas.
The Present: His daughter, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, finds herself pursuing the killer her father never caught in the most personal case of her career a conspiracy stretching from that Nazi POW camp to a modern-day neo-Nazi gang.
A sinister movement has emerged from the shadows of history, determined to undermine the American way of life. Its leader, Armand Fisker, has an army at his disposal, a deadly bio-weapon, and a reputation for being unbeatable. But he s never taken on the likes of Caitlin Strong and her outlaw lover, Cort Wesley Masters.
To prevent an unspeakable cataclysm, Caitlin and Cort Wesley must win a war the world thought was over.
"Strong to the Bone is another fine effort by Jon Land, who manages to mix character development with gripping, page-turning plots. This is his best novel yet." 

— StrandMagazine
Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2BX6Tt9

Excerpt: Strong To The Bone by Jon Land

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CHAPTER 1
Austin, Texas

“What the hell?”
Caitlin Strong and Cort Wesley Masters had just emerged from Esther’s Follie’s on East 6th Steet, when they saw the stream of people hurrying down the road, gazes universally cocked back behind them.  Sirens blared off in the distance and a steady chorus of honking horns seemed to be coming from an adjoining block just past the street affectionately known as “Dirty Sixth,” Austin’s version of Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
“Couldn’t tell you,” Cort Wesley said, even as he sized up the scene.  “But I got a feeling we’re gonna know before much longer.”
* * *
Caitlin was in town to speak at a national law enforcement conference focusing on homegrown terrorism, and both her sessions at the Convention Center had been jam-packed.  She felt kind of guilty her presentations had lacked the audio-visual touches many of the others had featured.  But the audiences hadn’t seem to mind, filling a sectioned-off ballroom to the gills to hear of her direct experiences, in contrast to theoretical dissertations by experts.  Audiences comprised of cops a lot like her, looking to bring something back home they could actually use.  She’d focused to a great extent on her most recent battle with ISIS right here in Texas, and an al-Qaeda cell a few years before that, stressing how much things had changed in the interim and how much more they were likely to.
Cort Wesley had driven up from San Antonio to meet her for a rare night out that had begun with dinner at Ancho’s inside the Omni Hotel and then a stop at Antone’s nightclub to see the Rats, a band headed by a Texas Ranger tech expert known as Young Roger.  From there, they’d walked to Esther’s Follies to take in the famed Texas-centric improve show there, a first for both of them that was every bit as funny and entertaining as advertised, even with a gun-toting woman both Caitlin and Cort Wesley realized was based on her.
Fortunately, no one else in the audience made that connection and they managed to slip out ahead of the rest of the crowd.  Once outside, though, they were greeted by a flood of pedestrians pouring up the street from an area of congestion a few blocks down, just past 8th Street.  
“What you figure, Ranger?”
“That maybe we better go have ourselves a look.”

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Excerpt: Strong To The Bone by Jon Land
Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of 43 books, including eight titles in the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong series: Strong Enough to Die, Strong Justice, Strong at the Break, Strong Vengeance, Strong Rain Falling (winner of the 2014 International Book Award and 2013 USA Best Book Award for Mystery-Suspense), Strong Darkness (winner of the 2014 USA Books Best Book Award and the 2015 International Book Award for Thriller, and Strong Light of Day which won the 2016 International Book Award for Best Thriller-Adventure, the 2015 Books and Author Award for Best Mystery Thriller, and the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Mystery. Strong Cold Dead became the fourth title in the series in a row to win the International Book Award in 2017 and about which Booklist said, “Thrillers don’t get any better than this,” in a starred review. Land has also teamed with multiple New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham on a new sci-fi series, the first of which, The Rising, was published by Forge in January of 2017. He is a 1979 graduate of Brown University and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Cover Reveal: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente

Cover Reveal: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente


Today is the cover reveal for The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Loraine Van Tonder: http://lorainelotter.wixsite.com/rynkatryn

Title: The Most Special Chosen (Exalted Bloodlines #1)
Author: Rachel de la Fuente
Genre: Paranormal Drama/ Paranormal Romance
Age category: New Adult/ Adult
Release Date: March 3, 2018

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Elysabeth Vance is so determined not to be lost in her obsession that she refuses to see what's right in front of her.

Damien is so afraid of ruining his only chance at happiness that he's blind to Elysabeth's obsession.

Once they open their eyes to what they have, nearly incomprehensible secrets will be revealed. After all, fate happens, even if you don't believe in it.

You can find The Most Special Chosen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37506238-the-most-special-chosen

Cover Reveal: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente
About the Author:

Rachel de la Fuente (meaning of the fountain) lives in Maryland with the love of her life and two furry children that meow. Her first novel The Most Special Chosen is being released by Burning Willow Press on March 3, 2018, but it's hardly her first story. She's been writing since elementary school, and telling stories since she could speak. She is an avid fountain pen enthusiast with a bit of an ink problem, and often writes book notes and sections of stories by hand.

Rachel was born and raised in southern California, but spent many summers with family in Mexico. Her parents loved traveling, so she also spent many vacations in various locations, soaking up foreign cultures and sights. She still loves to travel, and is committed to crossing all of the locations off her bucket list.

Rachel is a proud Slytherin, and when not writing, spends much of her free time reading, cross stitching, and watching documentaries.

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Interview with Stacey Keith

Interview with Stacey Keith


What genre do you write and why?

As a woman and as a writer, I reject the notion that romance novels are the lowly stepchildren of “real” literature. First of all, over 70% of books sold these days are romance or so-called “women’s” fiction, so hey, a little respect here, people, because we’re footing the bills ;-) Second, the quality of writing has risen exponentially over the past twenty years. Pick up any novel by Nora Roberts, read ten pages in and then try to set that puppy down. You can’t. We have Rhodes Scholars, former litigators, and Oxford graduates in our writing ranks these days. Romance has arrived.

Just because a story is about relationships doesn’t make it the exclusive purview of women or women’s fiction. Just because a story is about emotional and sexual connections with men doesn’t make it any less feminist. There is no power in the universe mightier than love—except, perhaps the maternal instinct. If that’s not worth writing about, what is?

With romance, it is wise to check your prejudices at the door. Romance is read by intelligent beautiful women, women with jobs and responsibilities, women in relationships. It is not porn masquerading as commercial fiction. It is not consumed by crazy cat ladies or “chicks who can’t get laid.” If there is anything that drives me loonier than the aspersions cast on romance readers (all of which are not only sexist but untrue), it’s the notion that writing about love is itself a second-class pursuit. Those kinds of statements display an appalling ignorance.

What advice do you have for other writers?

1. Be proud of your craft but humble about your abilities. And this holds especially true for new writers who, feeling vulnerable in the first place, tend to take criticism badly. Even established ones can get bristly. Look, it’s hard to know who’s right sometimes. And yes, a critiquer’s motives may be suspect. So I do what I call a gut check. If what she says feels right or makes sense or gives me pause, I pay attention. If what she says is poorly communicated or ill-considered or generally insipid, I ignore it.

2. Recognize that you’re playing the long game. It takes a ballet dancer ten years to achieve a state of technical proficiency. Ten years. Personally, I think it takes almost as long to become an effective writer. That’s not to say there aren’t exceptions. Of course there are. But to have true and consistent mastery of your craft requires a long apprenticeship. Are you ready to commit to that? Because even after you gain mastery, you are looking at an equally protracted gruel finding an agent, landing a book contract (if you decide to go with a legacy publisher rather than self-publishing), remaining commercially viable. If you’re serious about writing professionally, expect heartbreaks, setbacks, crippling disappointments. They are part of the process. Writing professionally is a raw Darwinian struggle where only the strong survive.

3. Talent isn’t as important to commercial success as you think it is. Yes, I realize what I just said is tantamount to heresy, but it’s true. With all due respect to her huge commercial success, E.L. James (author of FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY) will never be accused of being a great writer, but she must be doing something right. Look at her numbers. So what propelled FIFTY SHADES series to the top of the heap? James tells a compelling story. The way it’s written is secondary. Don’t get too hung up on crafting well-turned prose—half the time, the “artistry” of a sentence eclipses the flow of the narrative anyway. That’s not what you want. The brilliance of the writer or the writing should never get in the way of your story. You want the characters to stand out, not you.

4. Welcome failure and humiliation. And now you’re thinking, what kind of masochist is this woman? Who actually welcomes these awful, painful things? Yet I am here to tell you that every spear thrown your way by life, critique groups, beta readers, paying readers, agents, book contest judges will either kill you or make you stronger. You need to be stronger. But being strong isn’t a mindset. It’s a process. Strength comes from having survived. And in order to survive, you must hazard your person upon the field of battle.

So every rejection letter you get is one more opportunity for survival. Every bad review, every broken contract. The Buddha once said, “The fingers pointing at the moon are not the moon.” Once you’ve internalized that wisdom, praise no longer boosts your happiness and criticism no longer demoralizes you. You can achieve a state of Zen, but the cost is that the highs aren’t as high and lows aren’t as low.

5. Make a choice: Results or excuses. If you decide not to write (because let’s face it—writing is hard), don’t lie to yourself. Don’t make excuses for your decision not to write, even if those excuses are valid. Just own that you aren’t going to write, thank you very much, and who are you looking at anyway? At the end of the day, however, you will have one of two things: Results or excuses. Results can be half a page of stilted, awful prose. Excuses can put a salve on the burn of disappointment that comes from making “bad” choices. But you’re going to have a heaping plateful of one or the other. So don’t B.S. yourself. If you don’t write, don’t write. If you do write, give yourself props for that, even if production is slow or you feel it falls short of the mark.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

Interview with Stacey Keith
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DREAM ON is the first book in my “Dreams Come True” series. It came out in November of 2017. The second, SWEET DREAMS, comes out in March, and DREAM LOVER will be released in July. The series is about three sisters who live in a small Texas town called Cuervo. Before moving to Italy, I lived in Texas, so I am quite familiar with small Texas towns. The series was a blast to write.
My purpose in writing the series was to take a popular trope (in this case, a football quarterback) and explore in as real a way as possible what happens when a celebrity athlete tries to make a relationship work with his hometown honey. Fame is tough. You give up your privacy, your anonymity, even your right to the truth. How many specious articles are written about the rich and famous? Plenty. So I wanted to see what happened when you took a shy, unassuming heroine like Cassidy Roby and dropped her into Mason’s high-pressure jet-set lifestyle. To the best of my knowledge, this hasn’t been done before in a romance novel. But my goal as a writer in this genre is to make it as reality-based as possible. Real people. Real problems. Real life situations.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

I’ve had many lives! More than my share. In my one and only indie book, STRIPPED DOWN: A Naked Memoir, I talk about my time as a men’s magazine model (far from glamorous) including a stint in the Hollywood of the 1990s. But keep in mind, these were things I did in order to carve out enough time to write. They included working as a dating service salesperson, a peddler of vacation packages, a personal trainer and a fitness instructor at a popular Houston gym. I considered all these professions as a means to an end. One end. And that was writing.

A simple Google search of my name, Stacey Keith, will lead you to my books. On my website, you will find Blog Candy, which is where I riff on a variety of subjects, such as what’s it like to life in Italy and my geeky enthusiasm for Tudor and Jacobean history. You can see that here: www.StaceyKeithAuthor.com.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?

I do occasionally read my book reviews, mostly to discover what worked/didn’t work for the reader. What’s helpful: being able to read a clearly articulated analysis of what may or may not have worked. A writer can learn just as much by knowing what works as she can by knowing what doesn’t.

But what doesn’t work is this, and I see it all too often in my reviews and the reviews of other authors: a straight rehash of the plot. Book bloggers are especially guilty of writing plot synopses, which are not the same things as analysis. If a book falls short, it’s helpful to know why. If you ding it, explain it. As a judge of many book contests, I never ever take points off without discussing the reasons why.

One of the most rewarding things about being a writer, however, are those sweet emails from people who were really transported by the world you created, who read the book and couldn’t put it down. Those are the great folks who make doing this job worthwhile. I treasure every single one of them.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a wannabe plotter! What fun it would be to know exactly what to write next without all that annoying uncertainty. It ain’t never gonna happen. Being a pantser is like walking a tightrope without the net. I’m forced to listen to what my characters want to do—without editorial direction from me. As wacky as that sounds, it’s true. If you can shut off your brain and just listen, your characters will tell you where to go next. And sometimes that can genuinely surprise you. It’s a spooky process, one that makes you question your own sanity.

In DREAM LOVER, the final book in my “Dreams Come True” trilogy, I had no idea what the climax of the story would be until I started writing it. I had no idea it would be so dramatic or so unexpected. But when I read that book now, it makes perfect sense. Of course it had to reach that fever pitch. Of course there was going to be emotional fallout. Of course Brandon and April had to make sacrifices. If it’s not real, it’s not worth writing about.

Interview with Stacey Keith
How long did it take you to write your book series?

2017 was nuts. Truly. I came back from a quick trip to Houston around Christmas time of 2016 and then hit the deck running. I wrote SWEET DREAMS in four months. Then my terrific editor at Kensington Books invited me to contribute a novella to an anthology by New York Times bestselling authors Janet Dailey and Lori Wilde called A WEDDING ON BLUEBIRD WAY, which I wrote in ten weeks. After that, I was pretty jammed for time—and there was no chance of a deadline extension—so I locked myself in my office and wrote DREAM LOVER in seventy-six days. That was rough. There were times I was so overwhelmed, I put my forehead on the table and cried. Fueled by cappuccino, fear, and desperation, I stayed up for three days straight to get that book finished. And I learned that writers really can do the impossible. Even when they’re drunk with exhaustion, they can pull themselves over the finish line before finally collapsing in the pool of their own vomit. Amazing, but true.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

I’m the proud, happy mom of two great kids—my son, Dane, who is the youngest police officer in his Houston precinct, and Katie Scarlett (yes, that Katie Scarlett) who is in her junior year of high school. For most of their lives, I was a single mom, which meant that finding time to write was a pretty tall order. There were many Thanksgivings and New Year’s Days I would take advantage of having family around by hiding out in my car so I could meet a deadline. My decision to move to Italy had to do, in part, with the need to live more cheaply so I could devote myself fulltime to writing. My fiancΓ©, John, who is a jazz musician—and fortunately, a fluent Italian speaker—has been the very definition of supportive. He gets it. But I would be the first person to confess that being a partner, a parent, a friend, can be damned difficult for someone whose profession demands monastic solitude. John helped me turn a ruined garden shed on our terrace into a real writer’s studio, complete with heat and air conditioning. I love to paint and decorate, so that part was easy, but he did all the insulating, which isn’t. Now I have a view of Monte Soracte in one direction and 12th century Saint Gregorio (a church) in the other, close enough to reach out and touch. Talk about an upgrade from hiding out in my car!

Plus, I get to go to work in my pajamas. So there’s that.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I’m a hopeless sightseer. Where I live in Italy, a 3000-year-old village called Civita Castellana, affords me many such happy indulgences. There’s the 11th century Duomo where Mozart played, and the Forte San Gallo, former Borgia stronghold. Just walking the streets here gives me joy. But all of Italy is like that—Rome, Florence, Venice, Bologna. And not just the major cities, but the hundreds of tiny medieval villages that are scattered throughout the mountains and foothills. I’ve gone from living in a moldy apartment behind a mall in Houston, Texas, to a mini-palazzo constructed during the Italian Renaissance that has a terrace overlooking the historic center. Dues? I’ve paid them.

What’s your favorite quote for writers?

Charles Bukowski: “Find what you love and let it kill you.” He wrote that in a letter, I believe. And it’s so true. Why do anything by half-measures? Why not let that lovely obsession of yours consume you? Why write and publish stories that fail to emotionally resonate, that don’t speak some truth about our lives, that fall short of what a reader deserves in exchange for giving up her time? There is nothing wrong with enjoying a good story, a story that transports you and keeps you turning the pages long after you should be in bed. Don’t let anyone shame you for your reading choices. When you read, you have a projection screen in your head. The act of reading requires active participation. And that’s why readers are smarter than non-readers—and that has nothing to do with the material read; rather, the imagination it takes to keep that mental movie projector running.

Keep reading. If you’re a writer, keep writing. Above on, keep on being the unique and wonderful being that you are. There’s only one of you in the whole world, so make the most of it!




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