GUEST BLOGGER- BROOLYN ANN~ONE BITE PER NIGHT~ with #Giveaway

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What was your inspiration for combining Regency with Dark Paranormal Romance?

Those have always been my favorite genres to read and once I discovered that the horror genre was birthed during the Regency era, it seemed to be the natural thing to do.

Why vampires and Regency?

I’m honestly surprised that more people haven’t done so. The very first vampire story published in English was written during the regency era by Lord Byron’s doctor in 1819. John Polidori’s tale, THE VAMPYRE spawned a craze for vampires in Western Europe. Plays and operas based on the tale were everywhere.

Also, it’s fun to bring some bite to the ballroom!

What is the one most valuable lesson you have learned as an author?

I would be nothing without my readers. If there weren’t people around to tell me they liked my stories and to ask what happens next, I would have given up a long time ago. Thank you, readers. You mean the world to me.

Thank you so much for spending time with us and our readers!!


one bite per nightOne Bite Per Night
By Brooklyn Ann
Soucebooks Casablanca
Paranormal Historical Romance
August 5, 2014
ISBN: 9781492604914
$6.99/£4.99
Mass-Market Paperback

He wanted her off his hands…
Vincent Tremayne, the reclusive “Devil Earl,” has been manipulated into taking rambunctious Lydia Price as his ward. As Lord Vampire of Cornwall, Vincent has better things to do than bring out an unruly debutante.

Now he’ll do anything to hold on forever
American-born Lydia Price doesn’t care for the stuffy strictures of the ton, and is unimpressed with her foppish suitors. She dreams of studying with the talented but scandalous British portrait painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence. But just when it seems her dreams will come true, Lydia is plunged into Vincent’s dark world and finds herself caught between the life she’s known and a future she never could have imagined.

 

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SONY DSCAbout the author…

A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with her family in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

She can be found online at

http://brooklynann.blogspot.com

Website: http://brooklynann.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brooklyn.ann.7
Twitter: @Brooklyn__Ann https://twitter.com/Brooklyn__Ann
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6506571.Brooklyn_Ann

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one bite per night~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

Thanks to Becca at Sourcebooks, we are offering 1 Finished copy of ONE BITE PER NIGHT by Brooklyn Ann to 1 lucky commenter.

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only, sorry!! No P.O. Boxes, please.

Giveaway to run from August 5 until August 8,2014!

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Guest blogger~ HUNTER BY NIGHT~ ELISABETH STAAB with #Giveaway

 Hunter by Night by Elisabeth Staab

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn Series #3)

Welcome, Elisabeth!!

MBA&M: Welcome, Elisabeth, please tell us a little bit about Elisabeth Staab?

ELISABETH: Thank you for having me here! Let’s see, I’m from the Washington DC area, and I love books, coffee, and happy endings.

MBA&M: Why do you enjoy writing the CHRONICLES OF YAVN and tales of vampires and romance?

ELISABETH: Well most of all because I fell in love with this world and these particular characters—this latest book, Hunter by Night, especially because I’ve followed the hero and heroine through the entire trilogy. In general though, I love vampires because they’re mysterious, dark, and sensual, and I love romance because I love happy endings.

MBA&M: What do you feel your greatest success as a author is or has been? Why?

ELISABETH: Starting again. I’ve had rejections and setbacks and had my work picked apart in the very harsh way like every author has. I’ve questioned myself like every author probably does. The only thing you can possibly do it stand back up and start again. Or else, as someone I used to know was fond of saying, you’ll let the assholes win. 😉

MBA&M: How many stories will be in this series

ELISABETH: Hunter by Night is currently planned to be the last in the series, and everyone seems to think it’s the best one so far so I’m pretty happy with that. Lee and Alexia finally get their happy ending, and a lot of secondary story lines find a resting place.

MBA&M: What is the single most important thing you, as an author, have done?

ELISABETH: I think writing a book period is pretty big. I admire anybody who does it, even if their writing isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. Personally, having been told that books like mine helped a person through a dark place like depression—well it wasn’t something I did intentionally of course, but it certainly felt important and it was awesome to hear. Books are where I go when I’m sad or anxious so it’s great to know that maybe at one point I wrote something that provided a similar escape for someone else. All I really hope to accomplish when I write is to tell the kind of story I love to read.

 

Thank you,Elisabeth for visiting with us today. And thank you for our dark, sexy, hero vampires and their Lady loves!!


 

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn Series #3)She wants out
Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend—the queen—has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire world has one big catch…
He needs her to stay
Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept him strong…but now it’s killing him—and he’s horrified to discover that Alexia may hold the key to his cure. He’d rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior…

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About Elisabeth:
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Elisabeth Staab started hunting mutant hedgehogs back in 1842… Oops, wrong bio… Elisabeth Staab digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.

Social networking links:

Web: http://elisabethstaab.com/

Newsletter: http://elisabethstaab.com/newsletter-signup/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ElisabethStaabRomance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElisabethStaab

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ElisabethStaab

 

 


~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

Thanks to Becca at Sourcebooks, we are offering 1 print copy of HUNTER BY NIGHT by Elisabeth Staab to 1 lucky commenter.

Sorry, open to U.S. residents only! No, P.O. Boxes, please!

Giveaway will run from June 24 until June 27,2014.

GOOD LUCK!

*NOTE: Please remember to either follow our blog or return to see the winner announced. *

 

 

 

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TO LOVE AND SERVE SPOTLIGHT AND REVIEW~ CARIDAD PINEIRO

SPOTLIGHT AND REVIEW…

CARIDAD PINEIRO

[Paranormal Suspense]

{The Vampire Reborn Series}

 

~TO LOVE AND SERVE~

*Amazon*

October 28, 2013

Born to Love…Five years ago, vampire Ryder Latimer stepped into the path of a bullet meant for FBI Agent Diana Reyes, at once saving her life and condemning her to death when his blood contaminates her open wounds. Now only an experimental treatment, transfusions, and allowing Ryder to sink his teeth into her when they make love keep her alive.Born to Survive…

Ryder has always known that no matter what they try, Diana can’t possibly survive what contact with his blood did to her. The reality for him is that no matter how much he loves her, he will lose her if he doesn’t turn her—a choice Diana may have put off for too long.Born to Serve…

Even as her health continues to deteriorate and they battle with that difficult decision, Diana tracks a serial killer targeting their vampire friends. It’s a dangerous job, but she was born to it and, with Ryder’s help, she’ll serve and protect until the day she dies—or until a miracle turns their world upside down.

Title: To Love and Serve (The Vampire Reborn Series)
Author: Caridad Pineiro
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Length: 250 pages
Release Date: October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-347-7
Imprint: Ignite

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Visit Caridad Pineiro at to find out more on her and this series: http://www.caridad.com/sin-hunters/
Twitter: @CaridadPineiro
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~MY THOUGHTS~
TO LOVE AND SERVE by Caridad Pineiro is an exciting Paranormal Suspense. “The Vampire Reborn Series”#2, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “For Love or Vengence”.
Five years later, Ryder Latimer  and FBI Agent Diana Reyes are back.
Ryder, a vampire,stepped into the path of a bullet meant for Diana, a Goddess one time, now mortal and in danger due to Ryder’s blood which contaminates her open wounds. The way to save her is to turn her into a Vampire, but Diana, was born to serve and protect, she may wait to long to accept Ryder’s bite. Now they are after another serial killer whose hunting and killing Vampires. If you enjoy vampires, passion, suspense, a bit of mystery than “To Love and Serve” is the prefect addition to your library. Fast paced and action packed Paranormal Suspense. Ms. Pineiro has delivered again! You will not be disappointed in this series,if you enjoy paranormal,suspense, and vampires.  I have enjoyed this series. A great Read! The characters are strong, compelling and emotional. Received for an honest review.
RATING: 4.5
HEAT RATING: Hot
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,  Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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Please spread the word on this talented author!
Thanks again for your support of us and our authors!!
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VAMPIRE REBORN SERIES CONTINUES~FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE~ CARIDAD PINEIRO…..

ENTANGLED PUBLISHING

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT…..

CARIDAD PINEIRO

{Paranormal Romance/Vampires}

~FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE~

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caridad pineiroA bit about the author…..

New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word through high school, college and law school. In 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released and over a decade later, Caridad is the author of almost forty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

Links

Website  http://www.caridad.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Caridad.Author

Twitter  https://twitter.com/CaridadPineiro

Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2944621.Caridad_Pi_eiro

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 For Love Or VengeanceFBI Special Agent Helene Alexander is a goddess. An actual frickin’ goddess. And her mission is clear, see that justice is served at all times or her days as a goddess are numbered.

 Helene’s new FBI partner defines good-looking, but Miguel Sanchez, wants nothing to do with her ends-justify-the-means attitude. He knows through experience the type of guilt her actions can bring and Miguel wants nothing to do with Helene’s careless ways. Even if she’s so damned hot she makes him burn with the need.

 When the serial killer they’re tracking strikes again, Helene and Miguel are drawn into a case that will challenge their most fundamental beliefs about justice and vengeance. But it’s the passion between them that forces a goddess to choose: eternal life with all her powers…or death—to save the man she loves.

Buy Links: 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

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Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Please try to spread the word on this sexy, Alpha male and his goddess leading lady in FOR LOVE OR VENGEANGE as the VAMPIRE REBORN series continues!!

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~Don’t forget to check out “My Thoughts” ~

http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2013/09/14/review-for-love-or-vengeance-by-caridad-pineiro/

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Enjoy your Fall!!

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~COMING SOON~ TALL,DARK AND VAMPIRE BY SARA HUMPHREYS…

COMING SOON!!

AUGUST 6,2013

TALL,DARK AND VAMPIRE

SARA HUMPHREYS

*NEW SERIES: DEAD IN THE CITY*

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402274068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402274060

She always knew Fate was cruel…

The last person Olivia expected to turn up at her club was her one true love. It would normally be great to see him, except he’s been dead for centuries. Olivia really thought she had moved on with her immortal life, but as soon as she sees Doug Paxton, she knows she’d rather die than lose him again. And that’s a real problem…

 

But this is beyond the pale…

 

Doug is a no-nonsense cop by day, but his nights are tormented by dreams of a gorgeous redhead who’s so much a part of him, she seems to be in his blood. When he meets Olivia face-to-face, long-buried memories begin to surface. She might be the answer to his prayers…or she might be the dead of him.

Pre-Order your copy today.

 

Amazon

 

Barnes & Noble

 

Books a Million

 

Discover a New Love

 

KOBO

 

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TALL,DARK AND VAMPIRE BOOK TRAILER: http://youtu.be/lJ1hmU0hF4M

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A bit about the author:

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys.

For more information,please visit: http://novelromance.net/

Where can you find Sara Humphreys online?

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Pinterest

Tumblr

YouTube

Taney Speaker Training

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For a little added fun or inspiration: *Amazon*

Here’s the soundtrack that I inspired me as I wrote Doug and Olivia’s story. It’s gritty and sexy…just like New York City at night.

Fly to the Angels–Slaughter
Bring Me to Life–Evanesence
Dream On–Aerosmith
Back in Black–AC/DC
Paradise City–Guns-n-Roses
Welcome to the Jungle–Guns-n-Roses
Bed of Roses–Bon Jovi
Dream on….

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~STAY TUNED~

For “My Thoughts” on Tall,Dark and Vampire!

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Thanks everyone and please spread the word about TALL,DARK AND VAMPIRE by Sara Humphreys!

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~BOUND IN DEATH~ CYNTHIA EDEN ON SALE AT AMAZON FOR $.99……

~SALE,GIVEAWAY AND COMING SOON~

Bound in Death

 

By Cynthia Eden

*From Amazon*

 

April 11, 2013

**Special sale: BOUND IN DEATH is being offered at a temporary sale price of .99.**

Cynthia Eden continues her USA Today best-selling “Bound” series with…BOUND IN DEATH.

She can’t remember him…

He can never forget her.

For over two hundred years, alpha werewolf Alerac O’Neill has been searching for his mate, Keira McDonough, a woman who was taken from him and imprisoned by a dark vampire master. He’s hunted for her, endlessly, using vampire blood to extend his life. He has become a vicious predator, feared by all the supernaturals. His hold on reality seems to slip more each day because he is consumed by her.

Only…the woman he discovers in a small Miami bar isn’t the Keira that he remembers. In fact, this woman doesn’t remember anything. She calls herself Jane Smith, and she has no memory at all of Alerac–or of her own past.

Now that she’s been found, Alerac knows that his enemies are going to start closing in on her. Jane may try to act human, but she’s not. She’s a pureblood vampire princess, incredibly powerful and incredibly valuable. His enemies want to use her, her enemies want to destroy her, and Alerac–he just wants her.

If he can’t make her remember him, then Alerac has to seduce Jane into loving him once again. Because now that he’s found her, he’ll fight hell–and every sadistic vampire that stalks the night–in order to keep her safe at his side.

Some bonds go deeper than the flesh. Some go beyond life. Beyond death.

Jane will soon learn that a werewolf’s claiming…is forever.

Author’s Note: BOUND IN DEATH is a dark and sensual paranormal romance. It contains a hot alpha wolf, a vampire heroine with no memory, and some dangerous killers. Adult language and sexy situations are included. Total word count for BOUND IN DEATH is 60,000.(222pages)

 

$0.99

 

Originally: $2.99

 

Get Deal at: Amazon

 

Deal ends: 6/24/13

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Check it out!

This is  Cynthia Eden’s 5th book in her Bound series!

ALSO,some of the others in this series is on sale. So please check them out!

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~AS A SPECIAL SURPRISE~

IF YOU PURCHASE BOUND IN DEATH,TODAY….

We will offer 1 lucky commenter a digital (Amazon gifted) copy of Book 1 (BOUND BY BLOOD) in the Bound series! So if you have not read any of the Bound series and would like to get started this is the perfect opportunity to get started.

*However, you MUST send us proof you have purchased BOUND IN DEATH*

HAPPY READING AND GOOD LUCK!

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~COMING SOON~

JUNE 17,2013

Mine To Take

Mine To Take

Release Date: June 17, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780985554477

 

Buy Online

 

Description*From the author’s website*

 

Sometimes you want someone so much…

 

Sometimes you need someone so much…

 

Lust can become love.

 

And love can turn into a deadly obsession.

 

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Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching—stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

 

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her—Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

 

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

 

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything—or anyone—that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

 

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

 

Lust. Love. Obsession.

 

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

**Special Release Week Sale – MINE TO TAKE will be priced at .99 until 6/24.**

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HAPPY READING!

 

 

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~GIVEAWAY AND 31 DAYS OF VAMPIRES~VIVI ANNA

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HELP US CELEBRATE THE 31 DAYS OF VAMPIRES!

Welcome to VAMPIRE DAYS. For the entire month of May I will be talking about vampires and the like here on my page. And throughout the days I will be having guest authors sharing vampire tales and giving away books. Every day will be a book giveaway, and at the end of the month I will be giving away 4 $25 GC to Amazon so you can buy even more awesome books.

This is how you play. When you comment on a daily post you are automatically entered to win that day’s book, you will also be entered into the final draw. To get your name in the draws more times, then you can share the post on your page (1 extra entry), share the cover of either The Vampire Affair part 1 or 2 (2 extra entries), or post a review of either The Vampire Affair part 1 or 2 on your page, on your blog, on goodreads, or on Amazon (5 extra entries), and then come back here and tell me about it.

For more information or to play,please visit: https://www.facebook.com/authorViviAnna

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Please stop by her Facebook page for all the goings on over there!

Did I mention various authors are playing also, with giveaways?

HAVE FUN!

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by MBA&M)

For 1 lucky commenter we are giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card.

In order to win YOU MUST leave a comment here,let us know who you are on Facebook  and let Vivi Anna know My Book Addiction and More sent you to her Facebook Page!

HAPPY PLAYING AND ENJOY YOURSELVES!

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Please Tweet about the 31 DAYS OF VAMPIRES and the giveaway from MBA&M!

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~COVER REVEAL~LARISSA IONE’S “BOUND BY NIGHT”….

MBA&M AND POCKET BOOKS IS PROUD TO REVEAL…

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LARISSA IONE, has just revealed the cover of BOUND BY NIGHT (Pocket Books; Fall 2013; $7.99) on her Facebook and Twitter page!

 

BOUND BY NIGHT is brand new to our list and is a sexy spin-off of Larissa Ione’s hugely popular DEMONICA series! For more information about this title, please see below:

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.

Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.

When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.

When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…

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ENJOY!

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RELEASE BLITZ FOR FIONA MCGIER’S PROPHECY OF THE UNDEAD…

RELEASE BLITZ FOR…..

Paranormal Erotic Romance

Prophecy of the Undead by Fiona McGier

 

Keisha is a neurobiology researcher determined to discover the secret to intelligence to save humanity from itself.  What she learns leads her to realize a bigger threat comes from beyond the stars.  Yuri is a Russian vampire whose long-dead feelings respond to the scientist whose brain he admires but whose curves he can’t resist.  Will his love reach the places in her heart that she has ignored for so long?  And can they defeat the prophecy of the undead to find happiness sharing eternity?

 

Buy link: http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615727988
Note: paperback will become available in a couple of weeks.

 

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Fiona has always had stories in her head, with characters telling her about their lives. Often she wakes up with entire story arcs that she has to feverishly write down before starting her day.  Now that her four children are erudite young adults, she hides from everyone for hours, bringing the stories to life. She hopes that you enjoy your short trip into her mind as you meet some of the heroines and heroes who live there, and now on these pages also. If you want to read more, she has a series of six contemporary romance books about the members of a large Hispanic family, The Reyes Family Romances.  She also wrote two books about female spies who work for a top-secret international agency, as well as two stand-alone contemporary romances.

Visit her at: www.fionamcgier.com, where the first page is her blog.

http://www.manicreaders.com/FionaEMcGier/
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003J8QJGE

 

 

***Please note: The above site is for 18+ only…Mature content***

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GIVEAWAY AND INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR STEVEN HANER,”THE PICTURE”….

MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PROUDLY PRESENTS….

STEVEN HANER…..

WELCOME STEVEN!

Good morning Steven and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

 

 MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Steven Haner?

STEVEN: I enjoy creating things, a love I first discovered while drawing as a kid. In college I tried to develop the gift, but instead drifted away from art and gravitated toward a more three-dimensional arena; the theater. Creating stage designs, props, and characters attracted my attention (not to mention that zany cast of characters in the department). But when I married and the children started arriving, more practical concerns hit. I worked my way up the ladder (literally), creating and building on a more permanent stage in the field of construction & remodeling.

 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “THE PICTURE”?

STEVEN: The original idea for The Picture was conceived over twenty years ago when horror and wonder visited my sister and her husband. After passing through the difficulties of unexpected medical delays, Lisa and Ray were finally anticipating the birth of their first child, a boy named Joey. But something went terribly wrong— Joey died in the womb at the end of term. They were unprepared and found no explanation for why. Yet, with encouragement from the doctors, they made the choice to move forward and try again. Within the year, Lisa gave birth to premature, triplet boys. Michael, Ryan, and Nicholas graduated from high-school in 2008. The dichotomy of feelings created by this hammered me for years. Were ‘reason and rhyme’ players in these events? Or was it simply a ‘quirk of fate’? Though I looked for and found no answer in reason, it was rhyme that helped me tell the tale, and a beautiful story began to unfold. Against the blackened background of overwhelming disappointment, an unbelievable gift was revealed. One of the key influences that moved me toward the work of writing The Picture came through a book called Dreaming With God, by Bill Johnson. The most important thing I gleaned from the book came through the examples set by those who woke up from their dreaming and started working. Fulfilling real dreams requires a lot of work—it’s nothing like winning the lottery.

 

MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author?

 STEVEN: Not at all. At 54 I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Writing The Picture felt like something I was called to do—it was a story that wanted to be told and it picked me.

 

MBA&M: If you were not an author, what would you be doing now?

STEVEN: I guess that if I hadn’t written The Picture, I would have completed more of the items on my wife’s “Honey-Do List”.

 

MBA&M: How much research went into writing “THE PICTURE”?

STEVEN: Well, the re-search led me back to the traumas of my own childhood, things that are better left unspoken. The feelings I felt and the brokenness they created made their way into the main character of the story. I have no experience as a little girl, but so many emotions are transferable. My wife and my editor helped me fill in some of the feminine details.

 

 MB&AM: What challenges did you encounter while writing “THE PICTURE”?

 STEVEN: I discovered I’m a lousy writer, but a good rewriter. While reading the telling confessions of some very notable writers, I discovered that it’s a common malady of the craft.

 

MBA&M: Do you have any regrets in your writing career?

 

Steven: Well, there’s no career yet, I need to keep my day job for now. But I am working on a treatment for the screen, placing this story about 8 year-old Kaitlyn at the center of a much larger one, as 52 year-old Kaitlyn obsesses over her need to reconcile with her father, lost to Alzheimer’s dementia. The story of The Picture serves as the only memory that still connects them, though her father has no idea who this ‘nice young lady’ is that visits him to encourage with a simple art therapy exercise. The film would take us through one of a hundred ‘first-time’ visits where the memory is retold again…for ‘the very first time’. The original idea to enlarge the story came out of a conversation I had with my wife during a surgery-related stint of unemployment. At the end of 9 months without a job, an opportunity finally presented itself to me without solicitation…as the head of maintenance at an Assisted Living Facility. For the past 16+ months, I have acquired, through daily, personal encounters, an understanding of the elderly and the humorous to heartbreaking characteristics of dementia. It seems providential.

 

MBA&M: Who is your greatest hero and why?

 STEVEN: Jesus. There’s no one quite like Him.

MBA&M: Where can our readers find you and where is “THE PICTURE” available?

STEVEN: The paperback is available at www.readthepicture.com

I have a slightly revised edition in a PDF format, also available through the website. I’m not much of a Facebook guy, but anyone interested in starting a conversation about The Picture is welcome to meet me there. I would enjoy the interaction.

 

MBA&M: Steven, do you have anything else you would wish to add today?

STEVEN: During the more than five years I spent working on The Picture, I discovered that dreaming is much easier than doing, but what I gained and created by doing was well worth the effort.

 

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THE PICTURE

STEVEN HANER

Perfect Paperback:153 pages

Publisher:Golden Thread Publishing, Atlanta Georgia; First edition (December 3, 2010)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1604450630

ISBN-13: 978-1604450637

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: December 3, 2010
Kaitlyn and her father are making a special picture together and they are filled with expectation. The plan, the practice and the patience of their project are leading them toward something beautiful, springing from their heart and an extraordinary artistic talent. But neither is prepared for the trouble that will suddenly push them in another direction, down separate paths they would not have chosen. Yet, through the darkness of unexpected disappointment, they are led toward an unforseen conclusion…to taste the fruit of a better plan.

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