Saturday, June 15, 2013

Night Chill Tour & Giveaway!

From the author of middle grades spine-chilling horror series The Templar Chronicles comes a supernatural thriller for his adult fans



Title: Night Chill

Genre: Supernatural thriller/horror

Pages: 430

"Gunhus delivers a taut supernatural thriller...all the chops of an action-packed horror tale." - Kirkus Reviews

Emotionally scarred from a car accident in which a little girl was killed, Jack Tremont moves his family from Southern California to Prescott City in the quiet mountains of Western Maryland. At first, the small town appears to be the perfect place to reconnect with his family and to cure his troubled conscience, but Jack soon discovers he has left one nightmare only to walk into another. When a stranger who has been struck by lightning dies in Jack's arms, a child's voice comes from the man's smoldering body to issue a warning:  
They're coming for your little girl, Jack. . . you better run. Take your family and run. 

The warning turns prophetic when a local cult targets Jack's five year-old daughter Sarah and Jack finds himself in a fight against dark, supernatural forces that he cannot begin to understand. With the help of a mysterious Native American, Jack uncovers more than just a conspiracy that extends into the small community, but an ancient mystery larger than anything he could have imagined. Suddenly, he's not only fighting for his family, but also to stop a devastating evil from escaping into the world. Above all, he must rush against the clock to save his little girl.

Learn more at JeffGunhus.com

Buy the book at Amazon!

 Top Ten Good Writing Habits by Jeff Gunhus

1) Write every day. Even just a little.
2) Have a plan. Outlining prevents writer's block.
3) Set goals. A daily word count or a weekly page count. Two thousand words a day sounds doable. Finish the novel by July 15th sounds impossible.
4) Turn off the Internet. Email, Twitter and Facebook are the bane of all authors. WAY more fun than writing (not really, but they still win too often if they are available.)
5) Set the mood. Plugging in ear bud with movie soundtracks is how I do it. Easier that setting mood lighting and lighting candles.
6) Posture. Slouching in front of a laptop for hours on end with eventually tweak your next. Sit up!
7) Invest in ergonomics. Have a great chair, ergonomic keypad, mouse, the whole nine yards. Your body will thank you for it.
8) Rest your eyes. Every 15 minutes look up and focus on something in the distance.
9) Exercise. Writing is a sedentary activity and you'll turn into a mood blob unless you work out.
10) Celebrate. Being a writer, even if it's a hobby, is amazing. Celebrate first drafts. Celebrate sales benchmarks. Celebrate that fact that you are a Creator!
Bonus
11) Don't stop. Get thick skin. Take criticism as a way to improve, but never stop.

Enter the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card & Signed Paperback



About the Author

Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. The book is a Book Of The Year Finalist for Foreword Reviews and a Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Book #2, Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy was released April 2013.  Night Chill is his first book for adults. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Social Media:
www.jeffgunhus.com
www.facebook/jacktemplarmonsterhunter
twitter.com/jtmonsterhunter


Night Chill
A GWR Publicity event paid for by the author. Giveaway is sponsored by the author.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Where Darkness Walks Book Tour!



Where Darkness Walks (Mortgatha Trilogy Book 1) By Donna Hawk


Clarie’s world is about to change for the darker. Rand broke up with her at the prom, she uncovers a secret in the hidden back of an armoire, and she meets Patrick, who is determined to help her forget her broken heart.

As Clarie evades classmate Bulldog’s stalking, she and Patrick explore the dark halls of an abandoned cement plant. After following Clarie and Patrick deep inside the cement plant, Bulldog confronts Clarie as he fights with Patrick. When she is accidentally pushed against a set of dark doors into the shadow realm of Mortgatha, everything she fears is set into motion to keep her away from her beloved Earth world.

Even with Patrick’s help, the doorway home moves randomly, evil characters beset them at every turn, and the way home seems farther away than ever.


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About the Author


I have been a teacher in Kansas for 33 years. I enjoy writing, riding my bicycle, and spending time with my husband. I am an avid photographer and Photoshop user. Currently, I am working on a dark trilogy for young adults, the first of which I am hoping will be completed by the end of the summer 2013.
If you have any questions for me, you can email me at: bydonnahawk@gmail.com





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Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie
Publication date: August 22nd 2013
Genre: Adult Romantic Thriller

Synopsis:
Jenny's stuck.

She's tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let's just say it's been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover's Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.

Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She'll be a best seller in no time.

When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she's writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.

Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?

JENNY'S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only



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AUTHOR BIO
Facts about Angela Carlie

I write fiction. I work hard. I play often.

When I'm not pushing a mouse around at a desk job, which is boring, or writing, which is fun, I enjoy hanging out with my fourteen-year-old son and husband, reading, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and running.

Hawaii and Washington are my two favorite states.

I believe that if everyone ate a whole-food plant based diet, cancer cases would be a minimum, heart disease a thing of the past, and hunger something found in history books.

One of my favorite documentaries is Forks Over Knives.

I love hearing about people reading my books, so if you enjoyed one of my stories, please let me know by leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Thank you for spending time with my stories. We don't have much of it and I appreciate that you find my work worthy of your time.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Embers, Sparks & Guest Post by Laura Bickle!



EMBERS
Anya Kalinczyk #1
Pocket Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99
ISBN: 978-1439167656
April 2010

“One of the most promising debut novels I’ve read in a great while… I’d highly recommend this book to anybody who reads fantasy. It reminds me in many regards…of another exceptional first novel…Emma Bull’s seminal War for the Oaks, and there’s not much higher praise that I can give.”
           —Elizabeth Bear on Tor.com

“Bickle has something great in Anya. Embers has everything: demons, ghosts, dragons, love, sex, police, and murder.”
           —M.L.N. Hanover, bestselling author of Darker Angels

“Gritty but never grim, Embers is a truly urban fantasy, where the soul of a city haunts every page. I can’t wait for more of Anya and the unforgettable Sparky!”
           —Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Bad to the Bone and Shade

Unemployment, despair, anger--visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit's unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.

Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya--who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern--suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil's Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya--with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team --can stop it.

Anya's accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she's risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she's ever faced.


EMBERS is available now from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.




SPARKS

Anya Kalinczyk #2
Pocket Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99
ISBN 978-1439167687
September 2010

The second book in Bickle’s series about Anya Kalinczyk is just as wonderful as the first—Anya is a compelling and likable protagonist and Bickle does an outstanding job in her portrayal of the city of Detroit; there are ruins, yes, but also hope in the ashes. Anya never takes herself too seriously and there is a scene in a baby supercenter that is absolutely not to be missed. (4 stars)
                 - RT Book Reviews

...a charming and inventive read.
                 -Elizabeth Bear, Realms of Fantasy Magazine, December 2010


WITHOUT A TRACE...
Anya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern, who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department—while working 24/7 to exterminate malicious spirits haunting a city plagued by unemployment and despair. Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fiery hell—but her newest case sparks suspicions of a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe: spontaneous human combustion.
After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains—or, more precisely, a lack of them; even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims—and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze. Soon she’s unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit’s poor, promising miracles for money. But Hope Solomon wants more—she’s collecting spirits, and in a frantic race against time, Anya will face down an evil adversary who threatens her fragile relationship with her lover, her beloved Sparky’s freshly hatched newts, and the wandering souls of the entire city.

SPARKS is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble



 Guest Blog Post by Laura Bickle


Gals Who Kick Butt: My Favorite Comic Book and Cartoon Heroines
By Laura Bickle

As a little girl, I was fortunate to be surrounded by comic books. Every time my mom would take my brother and me to the little corner store, we got to pick out a comic book. I had the privilege of meeting all kinds of gals who kicked butt and saved the world through those comics and through cartoons on television. My comic book and cartoon habit really shaped how I wanted my own heroines to view the world and manage their own power – whatever those talents may be.

Wonder Woman was my first super-heroine. My mom bought me one of the Lynda Carter dolls, and she was my absolute most favorite toy. I think I dressed up as Wonder Woman every year for five consecutive years in grade school. I loved everything about her –“beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, as strong as Hercules, and as swift as Hermes.” She was the first self-rescuing princess I read about. I can’t really recall a time that she was sitting on her hands, waiting to be rescued.

When She-Ra was introduced in the mid-eighties, I was excited to have more female action figures. I had already been introduced to my brother’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe characters. I already owned Teela, Evil-Lyn, and many of the male figures. But I was super-excited to see a line of female figures. She-Ra was their leader, the sister of He-Man and the most powerful woman in the universe. I tuned in to watch her adventures ever day after school, wishing that I had my own flying horse and magic sword. But I made do with my pink plastic sword and the family dog (who was less than thrilled about being dressed in construction-paper wings).

As I got older, my taste in heroines changed. My next idol was Dark Phoenix, from the X-Men. She was a telepath who had been possessed by the alien Phoenix Force, making her both the ultimate creative force and destroyer of worlds. Dark Phoenix was “the fire and the light” of the universe, beyond morality, an elemental force of nature. Through college, I had a light up Phoenix action figure perched on my desk. She was both a hero and an antihero…a woman who didn’t always play nice.

These ladies, among others, helped me think about the world in a different “what-if” way. What if life and adventure were really unlimited, and I could create and defend the ideals I chose? What kinds of heroines could I develop with my own crayons, magic markers, and pens? What if there really were no rules about how a heroine “should” be?

I still have a lot of those comic books and old toys boxed away. I don’t think that I could get rid of them…they are too much a part of what I loved about being a child. And these heroines paved the way for what I wanted to create for the future in my stories.

Who were your favorite heroines when you were a kid? What did you love about them, and how did they affect how you saw the world?

 



About the Author

Laura Bickle's professional background is in criminal justice and library science. When she's not patrolling the stacks at the public library, she can be found reaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs. She has written several contemporary fantasy nov-els for adults, and THE HALLOWED ONES is her first young adult novel. Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and five mostly-reformed feral cats.

For more about Laura, please visit her website at: www.laurabickle.com.
She’s also at Facebook