The Fallen Book Blast + Giveaway

Title: The Fallen
Authors: Lee French and Erik Kort
Series: The Greatest Sin #1
Publication Date: January 26, 2014
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis
For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer.

Spirits
claim
use
save
damn her.

With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand, has more than enough secrets to keep. Secrets of her own, secrets of her clan, secrets of the world, secrets she even keeps from herself.

There are always people who want secrets.
Some will do anything to get what they want.

The Fallen is the foundation of the story of The Greatest Sin, of a world adrift from its God that desperately wants Her back. Chavali’s comfortable, predictable life will be ripped apart and burnt to ashes as she’s forced into the middle of that struggle. Change, she hates it passionately. It hates her right back.

Author Bios

Lee French lives in Worcester, MA with two kids, two mice, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don’t get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.


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Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise

known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.

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Guest Post: How-To Authoring, Barb Drozdowich & Babs Hightower

What is Sharing and why do you need to encourage it?


I’d like to thank BC Brown for inviting me to share some thoughts today! My name is Barb Drozdowich and I teach WordPress and work with authors on a daily basis to help them understand the technical aspects of Book Promotion. 

Today I thought I’d talk about Sharing. This is a topic that comes up frequently in my interaction with authors.

Authors love to get comments on their blog posts – don’t we all? Comments are lovely! I often see comments encouraged in blog tours that are posted on my blog as well as others. In the big scheme of things, however, comments are not very important. Sharing is hugely important. Sharing buttons are those little icons that sit at the top or bottom of post or maybe float along the side. Ideally, they have icons for every social media platform known to man. 

It’s your job to create great content that your readers want to share with their friends and followers. I don’t care if you don’t have a Stumbleupon account. Maybe your readers do and that’s where they want to share. You just need to make the content interesting and easy to share.  You want your readers to share your post on Twitter, on Facebook, on Stumbleupon and on whatever other social media accounts they favor.

Easy, right? 

So why do I think that sharing is more important than comments?  Because Google thinks that sharing is more important than comments. Although readers will find your blog from many sources, some will find you from a Google search. You want to do everything that you can to make your blog rank as high as possible in a Google search. Think about it – most people will only look through the first few pages of a Google search. So, you want to be on one of those first few pages.

Understanding some of the technical aspects to promoting your books is challenging for many authors. Authors write beautiful stories – that’s what they do really well! You wouldn’t hesitate to take a writing course or go to a workshop. Likewise, don’t waste your valuable writing time wrestling with technical issues; ask for help. 




Bio: Social Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Colleges and Universities, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular Romance Book blog, Sugarbeat’s Books. Barb has published 4 books specifically to help authors understand some of the technical issues that they come up against when promoting their books.

Barb can be found: 
Bakerview Consulting (Business Site) http://bakerviewconsulting.com
Barb Drozdowich (Author Site) http://barbdrozdowich.com
Sugarbeat’s Books (Book Blog) http://sugarbeatsbooks.com
Facebook (Author blog) https://www.facebook.com/BarbDrozdowichAuthor
Facebook (Bakerview Consulting) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bakerview-Consulting/576090425782155
Twitter http://twitter.com/sugarbeatbc
Google+ https://plus.google.com/110824499539694941768
Goodreads http://goodreads.com/BarbDrozdowich
Amazon Author Page http://amazon.com/author/barbdrozdowich

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How bloggers like to be approached.


Book review bloggers do a lot of reviews and get a ton of request each day from various authors, publicists, assistants and publishers.   Each of who want their emails looked at in hopes of a new review.  What about the blogger and what they want?


A blogger wants respect.  They started their blog for a reason and not all want a free book.  Most are to help the author promote their work.  There are several ways to get your email deleted; one of the quickest is a form letter in the email.  They are very easy to spot as there no personalization.  You are taking the time to email the blogger for a review, why not take the time to look at their blog.  You had to get their name / email from somewhere.  A blogger wants to feel as if you too the time to go to their blog, look around, read their review policy if they have one and get their name.  


Another way to get an email deleted is getting our name wrong or better yet not using a name and just calling us “Dear Blogger”.  Most of us will not read the email. We know then you never came to our blog or even looked at our review policy.  This is like a slap in the face and why would we want to read anything you are offering?


When you request a review, make sure it is what we read.  There is a reason we all have a review policy on our blog.  We each read different things and you want the right reviewer for you book.  Nothing makes us more irritated then receiving a request for a book in a genre we do not read.  You would like the right people to review and we would like the right books to read.  


Bloggers want to help authors get their name out and help promote their latest work.  To do this we need the right authors and the authors need the right bloggers.  You want to get your book out to the right audience to sale more.  It’s a win-win for us all to have the right people in place.

Bio:


Bio: Babs has been helping authors since 2000. She owns a book review blog Babs Book Bistro which got her started in PR and helping authors promote themselves. In 2012 she started working for Entangled Publishing and worked her way up to Publicity Director over the Scandalous Imprint. She is a publicist for World Castle Publishing. She is also known as Morgan Kincaid writer of Historical Romance.

Babs can be found: 
 Babs Book Bistro website: http://www.babsbookbistro.net
 Babs Hightower PR website: http://www.babshightowerpr.com

 Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/babsbookbistro


Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? They are the New Gatekeepers to book publishing success – but how can you tap into that source of free promotions by putting your best foot forward?
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You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, and the following:
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“I’ve found Barb’s advice on forging a professional relationship with the blogging community indispensable. Her step-by-step approach will help you garner the reviews needed to increase book sales.”
–Christine Nolfi, bestseller author of Treasure Me
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Creating buzz for your book – and your career as an author – just got easier. Go Global: Building an International Author Platform That Sells will help you decode the mystery behind building a powerful author brand and navigating the social media platforms essential to publishing success. Social

Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich will steer you through the technology behind international marketing without all the techno-speak. She has helped many authors just like you build an author platform that engages readers and builds sales.

Go Global teaches you why you need the various facets of the author platform to build visibility. Barb uses a simple analogy, Operation Book, to help you understand the steps to successful book marketing in the media age. She covers:
– The Difference between a Website and a Blog
– What Your Blog Should Contain
– The Important Components of a Blog
– The Nine Essential Social Media Platforms
– Newsletters
– Amazon’s Author Central
With simple-to-follow steps, Barb will help you create and manage an Author Platform to support your career.
Go Global: Building an International Author Platform that Sells is available:
What are Book Blog tours? Are they something that you have tried yet? “Book Blog Tours – An Essential Marketing Tool for Authors” covers the topic of Virtual blog tours from beginning to end with the following topics explained:
• What is a book blog tour?
• How is a tour different from Online Public Relations
• How to set goals for a blog tour
• How to choose a Book Blog Tour Company for your book
• Giveaways and Tour Graphics
• Author responsibilities before, during and after the tour
• Follow up and planning for your next tour
• Book Blog Tours from the point of view of a book blogger
This book covers all aspects of a Book Blog Tour in easy to follow language that will help any author take on the challenge of a blog tour with confidence.

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Treading Twitter – Why Hashtags?

#Everyone #has #gone #hashtag #crazy! #Hashtags #are #everywhere #we #look. #What #does #it #all #mean?

I fielded this very question the other day from a confused acquaintance trying to figure out the importance of hashtags and how to use Twitter. As a matter of fact, his exact wording was “I don’t use Twitter. I don’t get it and what all those stupid number signs are for.”

So I broke it down into as simple terms as I could (following Facebook parameters since he does use that social media source).

Your stream on Twitter is exactly like your News Feed on Facebook. People you follow (or friend or like), when they post, their posts show up on your stream. You can favorite a post (like it, as on Facebook) or retweet (share it, as on Facebook), or reply (uh, duh). You can see anything your friends retweet from their friends, just as if they shared an item from someone else on Facebook.

Now… the hashtags. The true confusion. Hashtags (or those things that look like this #pithycomment).

The basics of hashtags allows a person to open and follow an exact conversation on another browser window. Think of it as akin to Facebook’s messenger feature. You can click on the #hashtag and be taken directly to everybody talking about that #hashtag (at least those using it in their posts). It’s like global messenger without having to friend everyone on the globe.

Here’s an example: A television show (we’ll use one of my favorites) Doctor Who uses the hashtag #DoctorWho. It allows everyone on the planet to read the comments of every Whovian on the planet talking about #DoctorWho. So, for instance, say you’re watching the latest episode (Oh, if ONLY it were on right this moment…I loathe waiting for new seasons to begin!) and you want to talk with other Whovians at the same time. You simply “tweet” (or post a status update, in Facebook terms) something like:

All of time & space with No. 12 right now!! #DoctorWho” 
or 
Join No. 12, the new mad man w/a box! #DoctorWho


(The quotations aren’t needed btw.) This post will be shown on your stream (or news feed) as well as going onto the #DoctorWho stream that anyone can follow. (Think of it like tagging a specific friend in a specific status so they and everyone they’ve friended can see it. Only this ‘tagging’ goes out for everyone in the world to see, not just the people you designate.)

So what happens if I want a specific friend to see it? Simple. Let’s look at another example: 

@KenzieMichaels – join me & No. 12 in all of time & space?! #DoctorWho
or
@KenzieMichaels – see what I’ve been telling you all these years! #DoctorWho WOW!


This example will go on my stream, the global #DoctorWho stream, and my friend @KenzieMichaels’s stream. (By and by, Kenzie Michaels is a real friend of mine in life and on Twitter. She’s a romance writer and one of the sweetest people of all time. Go check her out on Twitter. Search for her under @KenzieMichaels and you’ll be glad you did.)

Some of the #hashtags I use on a regular basis are:

#MondayBlogs – This tag lets me see writers who have written blog articles. I use it to follow other writers. I know a lot of readers who use it to follow what their favorite writers are up to. (And btw this tag is only to be used on Mondays to promote blog articles that have been written.)
#Authors – This tag lets me follow other authors and what they are up to. Writers who use this particular tag use it for all sorts of information from reviews of their books, to tips for other writers, to letting readers know about new releases or content they have available.
#AmWriting – This tag lets readers and other authors know what we’re working on. It’s like a small bit of accountability for writers.
#NerdGirl – This is my personal hashtag. I use it in combination with other hashtags to indicate things that fall into this category of my personal life.
#RokeQueen – Another personal hashtag. The ‘roke’ is short for ‘karaoke’ if you’re needing to know.

Some of my favorite hashtags are:

#DoctorWho – For the popular British science fiction/fantasy television show.
#WalkingDead – For the popular American science fiction/horror television show.
#GameOfThrones – For the popular American fantasy television show.

If you’re still confused, and it’s perfectly okay if you are, I have another post here about various popular hashtags in use. It’s a great beginners’ guide to using hashtags but mostly geared toward writers. Just remember that the evolution of hashtags is ever ongoing. A tag you use regularly (unless tied to a popular entity) may dry up. Don’t worry about it. Twitter is very helpful with recommending top “trending” tags. And you should always watch what your friends are using. They are the people you will be interacting with the most often.


And just for the funny because I know most of you are thinking it…





Treading Twitter Tutorial

#this #that #???… Using social media is a great way to reach readers. But how do you know exactly how to reach the readers you’re looking for? #Hashtagging is a way of targeting the readers a writer wants. But, again, where do you start?

Every time you turn around it seems like there is a new Twitter #trend to follow. If it all seems a little confusing, I don’t blame you. Twitter, like so many social media outlets, has a natural evolution. Unlike Facebook or Google+ however Twitter evolves almost as fast as the feeds update – every second.

If you’re a writer looking to utilize Twitter as optimally as possible, knowing the right #hashtags to drop in is beneficial. Knowing where to start is a little dizzying though. Below is a short list of common Twitter #hashtags to help get your post into the right reader’s feeds.

  • #amwriting – Believe it or not, readers like to follow along with writers as they are working. It makes a reader feel like they are in the middle of the writing process. Plus it is a quick, easy way to show your readers that you are steadily working toward the next project release.
  • #blog – If you’re writing but not blogging, you are losing out on readers, old and new. Blogging is an easy way to keep new material constantly in front of readers. Plus blogging allows you to connect with other authors. Leading to the next hashtag.
  • #blogfest – Participation in blog tours and hosting or being hosted by other authors. Readers (and other authors) will follow this tag to find out about new stories or authors out and follow their work (or connect with in cross promotion purposes).
  • #writers and/or #authors and/or #poets – This one is fairly self explanatory. Readers use this to tag and follow writers.
  • #adviceforwriters – For authors wanting to write about tips or tricks for other authors, this little hashtag is phenomenal. Readers will use it as well to feel more like part of the writing process.
  • #reading – Good for posting reviews or maybe teaser snippets of work. Also good for following authors for your own entertainment. It has some great unknown authors.
  • #writetip – Good for promoting your posts/articles but also for your own research. There is a lot to learn here.
  • #mondayblogs – A great source to connect with other writers and promote your work through their various Twitter feeds.
These #hashtags are good places to start when dipping a toe into the deep water of Twitter. Remember that Twitter, like other sites, are ever evolving and changing. Active #hashtags in January may not be as relevant in May. Keep an eye on your #hashtags and monitor their effectiveness. It may not be something obvious, but you should receive some ReTweets or Favorites from each. Twitter is built on a community of sharing and information providing. That’s an important thing to remember – if you don’t ReTweet “RT” and share people’s Tweets, they will be less likely to share yours. Be polite and RT.

BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having committed almost every bad deed in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate other writers through humor and simple instruction.

Anthologies: Fracas: A Collection of Short FrictionQuixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

My New Release – A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, featuring work by myself and many other talented authors, is available TODAY!! This fantastical anthology, produced by Seventh Star Press, features 19 works of fantasy focusing on the faeries of old. This book is the first of two books. The second will feature of the darker side of the faerie court – A Chimerical World: Tales of the UnSeelie Court. While I do not have work in the second book, I’ve caught a sneak peak of what’s inside and it looks every bit as fascinating as the Seelie Court collection. Without further ado…. 


The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us. 

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian. But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell. 

Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court: “Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown, “Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker, “Taggers” by Christine Morgan, “Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian, “The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long, “Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau, “Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm, “Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming, “Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps, “Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison, “I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black, “The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen. “The Last Mission” by Cindy Koep,. “The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous” by Matthew A. Timmin,. “The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern, “Keys” by Michael M. Jones, “Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge, “Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin, “The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle. Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

Quixotic: Not An Everyday Valentine’s Contest

Everyone has their weird, wacky, or downright worst Valentine’s Day memory. In honor of Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories, I’m offering Not An Everyday Valentine’s Contest. The goodies? How about…

A $50 Amazon Gift Card and 1 Autographed Copy of Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories!

So in honor of a totally made up holiday by the cards, flowers, and candy conglomerates, I invite you to click the link below and get your signed copy of Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories and a $50 Amazon gift card!



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Dialogue Drop vs. Info Dump

“Tell, don’t show.” Writers hear this from editors (or teachers, if you’re still going that route at this time) more than most things. It’s one of the most difficult lessons, I think, for writers to master. How do I, the writer, get the massive fuck-ton of backstory, scenery, and world view into my story that I need to make things clear and not just drop in the exposition – read: info dump – I need?

Easy. Dialogue.

A crucial component of storytelling is the ability to properly utilize realistic dialogue. It’s as vital a skill as many others. But it is also one that can help with the current issue of exposition/backstory delivery. Let’s take an example…

Jenny glared at Mrs. Whitford. Since the third grade, when Jenny’d refused to play a key role in the school’s play, the teacher had systematically overlooked her for every leading role since. Even the ones Jenny desperately wanted. The older woman even refused to take into consideration the fact that Jenny’s mom had demanded the girl take acting lessons since she was five, and she and her brother both had won children’s theater awards for more than six years running.

Not the best example of writing, I know, but bear with me. That was a lot of information to give a reader. And a hefty paragraph it would all too easy to let one’s eyes gloss over. Important details, if that were done, would be lost to the reader and might become important later. In order to keep the reader engaged, a writer should do their best to actually, well, engage.

Try this one for size…

Jenny glared at Mrs. Whitford. “The old hag hates me. Has since the third grade.”

“Why, because once upon a time you turned down Juliet?” Annabelle said around mouthfuls of peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

She crossed her arms defiantly, refusing to budge on the issue. “Duh. Who else denies a six-year award winner of the Children’s Academy for Acting? I could have done this role at five and I could definitely do it now.”

Here we see all the information in the top section but the interaction and backstory given in smaller, bite-sized morsels is visually more appealing, more interactive with the reader, and adds a sense of character with the words each girl chooses. Plus there’s the interaction of the two girls themselves. In the first section we only get the main character’s POV on how she is being jilted. With the second, we get another view, Annabelle’s, and how she could be described as being less than sympathetic with her friend’s perceived persecution. 

The important part is getting the reader involved in the story. A crucial part to any story, unless you’re writing something stuck in, say, the mind of a coma patient, is dialogue. How people interact verbally is vastly different than how they do mentally. Let’s try another example…

Dr. Miller was one of those women who exuded grace and poise. Beside the woman with honey-sugared Southern drawl and magnificent blonde coif, Barbara felt like a toad on a log. She knew it was stupid to feel that way. The other woman had been raised rich with all the social charm and etiquette classes money could buy. Barbara was a latch key kid from the St. Louis ghetto.

Again, not the best writing, but you get the point. Now, let’s try it with dialogue instead…

“Barbara,” said Dr. Miller. “Come in, dear.” She extended a polished hand in greeting.

Barbara toyed with the edge of her frayed shirt before extending her own hand. “Georgian, right?”

The lady released a chuckle that was light and airy. “Why, yes, I grew up on a plantation house outside Augusta. How ever did you know?”

“‘Cause Georgia and St. Louis are about as far apart as Pluto and the Moon, lady.”

Much more engaging, right? Certainly. You can get a feel for Dr. Miller’s upbringing and wealth from the things she reveals and the way she says them. The same goes for Barbara. 

Plus, while using dialogue, a writer can intersperse actions (like the one used to convey Barbara’s nervousness or awkward feeling) without dumping the info and cramming movement in.

Dialogue offers better movement to a story, a way to involve your reader with the characters (because, I don’t know about you, but I now have a distinct voice for Dr. Miller in my head when she talks), and also takes away the possibility of the dreaded info dump that so many so easily get wrapped into. 

I’m not saying all information needs to be turned into dialogue. A story would seem pretty silly if the cast was speaking everything about the world or each other character aloud. (Just watch some badly done science fiction films where the writer tries to convey unknown information to the viewer through dialogue and it comes out hokey like… 

“Doctor, the big, bad villain guy wearing a chronoton suit. It’s emitting intense particles.”

“Time travel? I saw that happen once when I was a young man. We have to stop him!”

…whereas it would be easier to just see…

Judy knew the big, bad villain guy’s suit was trouble. Dr. James had told her about the time travel experiments from his youth.

“Stop him!” she yelled, pointing.

All right, so I got a little cheesy there at the end, but you get the point. Dialogue can be a much better tool for relaying information to the reader than a massive dump of too much information that, frankly, is probably just a laundry list of this person knows this, saw this, has done this and this place looks like this, smells like this, and contains this.

Sometimes it’s just better to have a character physically tell it in order to show it best.




Review: This Changes Everything by Sally Ember


Complex, Creative, and Compelling – 4 Stars
[Rating systems can be fluid. Since limited to a 5 star system, the following scale will help quantify the rating. 1 star = Distinct Dislike; 2 star = Fine/Not For Me; 3 star = Enjoyable; 4 star = Quite Enjoyable; 5 star = Love/Will Re-Read. This book was solidly in the 4 star range; a recommended read.]
Sally Ember has created a humorous science fiction tale with This Changes Everything. Initially woven loosely, the style is a little confusing but seems to be what the writer had in mind to introduce the fact that everything in life, and the story, happens simultaneously and it rarely makes sense from the onset.  The point of time being more expansive and less linear is clearly defined by this opening.
Dr Clara Branon, a school teacher involved at least partially in Buddhist belief system, is faced with a unique set of “what if’s” in life when alien holograms visit. While not a startling revelation to the protagonist (she has been visited regularly by “visitors” since childhood), she is confounded when the species speaks and proclaims her communications liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective (MWC).
Having to appoint media consultants to help disseminate information about the aliens to “Earthers”, Clara and a group she dubs “The Band” have great interaction. Clara’s family’s reactions (sometimes adverse) to her involvement in the alien cause offers a distinct counterpoint to the inclusive knowledge and welcoming attitudes of “The Band”.
Ember’s impressive writing style was a beautiful mix of journalistic documentation and creative writing. By doing so, she gives an unclear understanding as to whether the tale is truly a work of fiction or non-fiction and the realistic possibility of the circumstances tantalizing the reader with the possibility it may not all be poppycock.
Editorially sound, little error could be found in the work despite not finding an accredited editor, however the inclusion of one might have smoothed the areas heavily-laden with narrative and lacking dialogue that did slow the pace in sections. Also the present tense, for many, may be disconcerting but adds a realism that circles back to the time being expansive concept.
This ChangesEverything has great wit. Its writing is simple and dignified with complex ideas and theorizes on politics, science, religion, and socio-economics. While it may not be the next Oprah’s Book Club nominee, the book certainly encompasses a wide topical range and has something for any audience. It will resonate well with thinkers.
(Disclaimer: A free e-copy was provided for an honest review.)
-BC Brown

Cover Reveal: On The Run, MaryLynn Bast



Author: MaryLynn Bast
Series: Heart of a Wolf Series
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Werewolf Tails Publishing
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Blurb/Synopsis: 
With the Wolf Council after her, Amber is on the run. Leaving Blake behind, her true love, she’s never been in one place long enough to make any other friends and when she actually meets Giovana, Amber is happy to have a friend, but leery.  With good reason.


Author Information

MaryLynn Bast grew up in Texas. An avid reader, she enjoyed writing romantic short stories. After moving to Las Vegas in 201o and starting a new chapter in her life, she followed her dream of publishing her first book, a paranormal romance, in 2012 and continues to write stories for the Heart of a Wolf Series. She is branching out and beginning the Panther Pride Saga. A few other stories are in the works as well.

MaryLynn is a full time author and a full time student working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. Working with several diferent companies who did government contracts for the US Military, MaryLynn was able to travel the world, meeting new and interesting people.

To further her knowledge into the paranormal world, MaryLynn joined a group in Vegas. In doing so, another passion was brought back to life. Her fascination with the spirit world inspired her to team up with a friend. Forming CAT Parapsychic, together and with other team members, they investigate all things paranormal.

MaryLynn has several blogs she keeps updated on a regular basis. Her book blog can be found at www.mlbast.com. Her Paranormal blog can be found at http://www.catparapsychic.com.



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Announcing the LR Cafe’s Runner Up… Endless Love by Molly Daniels!

A good friend, Molly Daniels, won Runner Up in the Best of YA for LR Cafe’s contest, and I just had to show her a little love for the win. Without further waiting, here is Endless Love, 2013 LR Cafe’s Runner Up!

Endless Love: 

Caitlyn McCarty plans to marry her high school sweetheart, Bryan Johnson, and teach elementary school after graduating from Arbor University.  But after Bryan’s life turns upside down with an unexpected turn of events, Caty begins to question her goals and every decision she’s ever made.

Peter Criswell fell for green-eyed, opinionated Caitlyn when he first met her.  However, her determination to hold onto a dream frustrates him.  Sometimes you meet the right person at the wrong time, and falling for a woman who’s caught between her parents’ wants versus her own desires isn’t always easy.

When the foundation of Bryan Johnson’s relationship with Caitlyn is tested not once, but twice, he faces the possibility of losing the only girl he’s loved since high school.  When Caty does make up her mind, will she stand by her man or run into the arms of another?


Excerpt:
“It can wait. Go back to bed.” 

 “No, talk to me. The last time you couldn’t sleep was last March. Do you have to testify?” 

 Damn she’s perceptive. And persistent. “Cait,” he sighed. “Are you sure you want this now?” 

 “I love you, Bry, and whatever it is, you can tell me.” 

 Bryan swallowed hard, then felt her hand slide into his.  He squeezed her fingers.   “I don’t want to hurt you, ever, Caitlyn, but this is going to kill you.” 

 “What is it?” She looked and sounded alarmed.

 Bryan pulled his hand from hers and raked his fingers through his hair. “You remember me telling you about the girl I dated my first year?” Caty nodded. “Well, it turns out she was at the same party I was the weekend after you left, and,” he swallowed, “she’s pregnant, claims I’m the father.” 

 Caty went pale. “What? Bry… No! No! You can’t be…can you? No!” She jumped up and went to the window. “Tell me there’s no way,” she pleaded, spinning around to face him.

 “Cait, I woke up, she was there. I don’t know how or why, but…” Bryan swung his legs over the edge of the couch and leaned forward, elbows on knees.

 “Noooo,” Caty wailed, fisting her hands in her hair. “It’s a mistake. It’s got to be a mistake.” Her voice fell to a whisper as she sank into a chair. “Bryan…” Tears coursed down her cheeks.


 “I’m sorry. I am so sorry.” There were tears in his eyes as well. He tried to kneel at her feet, to hold her hands, but she pulled away.

 “How could you? How could you let me make you dinner and…and make love to me? God, do you know how that makes me feel right now? You don’t remember?” Caty got up and found the box of Kleenex. “How could you?” 

 Her sudden anger caught him off guard. “I…I don’t know. I just don’t know.” He returned to the couch. “If I could remember, I would. But honestly, Cait, I don’t remember her being there, I don’t remember screwing her, and I don’t know how she even got in my bed.” 

 “Oh, God… in your bed? Our bed? I’m going to be sick.” Caty sat down and put her head between her knees. 

 Bryan felt helpless. I don’t know what to say. I don’t want this to be any worse. After a while, Caty raised her tearstained face. “You say she claims, do you think she’s lying?” 
 “Cait, she lied while she and I were going out. I think she is. The baby’s due next spring, and there’s going to be a paternity test to see if what she claims is true.” 

 “Is this going to interfere with your probation?” she asked.

 “No, getting girls pregnant isn’t a crime.” He tried to make a joke. “Just not remembering.”