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Announcing the cover reveal for Tempest in Disguise by Riley Bancroft

Tempest In Disguise
by Riley Bancroft
Series: Darkest Faerie Tale, #1
Genre: Dark Erotic Urban Fantasy Romance
Cover Designer: Fiona Jayde
Release Date: November 6, 2014

Born the only hybrid between two warring factions, Mya’s life is all smoke and mirrors. For twenty four years her true identity has been kept a secret inside the virtuous Seelie Court of the ancient Fae. But that time has come to an end. In one sudden blow, her perception of reality is irrevocably altered and her livelihood is stripped away. A dark and mysterious stranger has set his sights on her to possess, consume and claim her for himself. Mya must keep her wits about her to survive…or surrender to her darkest desires.

As one of the leaders in the infamous Unseelie Court, Cole is determined to seize the powerful and magickal hybrid from the enemy’s court on behalf of his people.  A battle is looming and they’re ready to end the war at any cost, but for Cole it’s personal.  The scar on his face is a daily reminder of the cuts marring his darkened soul and when he goes after the hybrid, a burning need to dominate and master her is far too great. Despite the consequences he faces for touching her, Cole’s dark and twisted hunger is unable to resist her allure. He craves her full submission, but in order to do that, he must take everything away from her first.

Dark, Erotic Paranormal Romance with BDSM Elements…

He angled his head lower down until their mouths were only a centimeter away. “Perhaps, you need someone to show you the way—to take control.”

Mya licked her lips and tried to ease the anxious pace of her heart as she inhaled his breaths. Her thoughts made her words come out muddled. “Or, maybe I’m the one controlling you already.”

“You like to play games, Mya?” He taunted her with his lips, so close, yet too far away.

The walls of her core clenched and released, an aching void, wanting to be filled. A sting of pleasurable pain seared her breasts and her shoulders arched when he pinched her rock hard nipple through her clothes. Her thigh muscles almost gave out as need for him ripped through her. “Do you like to play games?” she asked back in raspy voice.

“Have you ever studied psychology, Mya? When a person is nervous or unsure they basically repeat what the other person said.”

Damn it. Was she nervous? She couldn’t think straight. Both halves of her warred for dominance. One side wanted him to play with her. The other wanted to out play him. He was a dark temptation for her and her downfall at the same time. To hell with it all, she let her Unseelie side rule the moment. Her hips thrust backward and she ground against his shaft. Arching her back, she titled her head up, moving her mouth closer to his. Contact. Warm, thick lips met hers and an urgent need sparked a greater want inside of her.

As she reached up behind her and twined her fingers in his hair to pull him tighter, he returned the frenzied kiss. His tongue sought hers demanding surrender in her mouth and it fueled her lust with every stroke. Every touch from him, his dominating hold over her, lit her up—like a raging fire in a forest ready to consume every tree in its path.

Mya lost herself with him, just the two of them, two bodies burning in an inferno seeking more. She melted against him and let him take the reins, following each movement of his lips and tongue, unable to get enough of him.

He fisted his hand into her hair and pulled her head back. “Take off your clothes.”

The hell you say. Her thoughts couldn’t keep up with her maddening pulse. “What?” Deep down though, she knew their game led up to this defining moment.

“I think you heard me.” He tightened his hold on her. “You wanted to play, you wanted control—well, I want your surrender.” A dangerous hunger danced across his face.

The lustful glint in his eyes left her breathless, even hotter than before. She licked her lips, contemplating the seriousness of what he asked for, the taste of him lingered on her tongue. Would she be able to do, as he demanded?

Riley Bancroft grew up in the heart of Texas. Ever since she was little she favored stories on the darker side, not just supernatural, but psychological as well. She penned her first erotic poems in college about the love of her life. The pursuit of her writing career began when she wrote a short story based on the intimate scene missing in Twilight, to share with her friends. They encouraged her to write her own novel. And so, she did.

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Sales Blitz for Beast by James D. Horton by Book Partners In Crime Promotions…

by James D. Horton
Series: Predator & Prey, #2
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dark Fantasy
Cover Designer: Miranda Horton
Release Date: August 28, 2014

It has been days since Lily killed the vampire responsible for her brutal attack. Now she and Wolf have been summoned by the Society to answer for her actions. Standing before the Regent, she learns she has tipped the human and supernatural scales. A new vampire is required to restore balance.

When she hears the penalty for her crime, Wolf protectively steps in and accepts a dangerous task in exchange for her freedom. He must find the rogue vampire who has been slaughtering citizens in their territory or risk losing Lily to the Society. And he only has days to do it.

As the night of reckoning fast approaches, Lily finds an unlikely advocate in a centuries-old, seductive vampire named Athene who gives her an ominous warning. Athene knows secrets about Wolf she won’t divulge, which only complicates the mysterious revelation Lily has recently discovered about herself.

Screams, growls, and cries echo throughout the darkest, desolate streets of the city. The final showdown determines who is predator and who will become prey. One thing remains certain-no one escapes the night unscathed.

Beast is the much anticipated sequel to Predator & Prey by James D Horton.

Free! Two Days Only – October 29 & 30!
Book 2: Beast
Start the Series from the Beginning!
Book 1: Predator & Prey
Now Available!

Book 3: Control

James D Horton is the breakout author of the Predator & Prey series which features an urban fantasy setting with a paranormal romance story. Lily is the star who falls in love with enigmatic Wolf, who is not a nice vampire. The story starts in Predator & Prey, continues in Beast (Predator & Prey, #2), and in the newly released Control (Predator & Prey, #3).

James is also the author of two popular non-fiction books which focus on relationship advice presenting the successful actions that he and his fiancé use to make their relationship better every single day with their six children.

He is currently working on the next installment of the Predator & Prey Series.

He lives in Lamar, MO with his fiancé and their children, plus the ever annoying Spock, a Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua.

Connect with James on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1AT7a8Q

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1mfm5cy

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Elite Book Promotions presents a character interview with Spiro Gratsias



Author, Spiros Gratsias gave me the inside scoop(thanks to Elite Book Promotions) on the main character in his exceptional new book The C Enigma, to learn more about him. So I thought I’d share it with all of you!!

Without further adieu here’s my interview with Matthias Adkins, the protagonist of The C Enigma:

What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?
The main characters name is Matthias Adkins.

What is your characters hair color? Eye color?
His hair color is darker-than-black and he has light green eyes.

Who are your characters friends and family? Who does she surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does he wish he were closest to?
His grandmother and girlfriend are the closest and most important people in his life. Unfortunately the most important characters in his life; father, mother and grandfather have died. He wished they had not and has a deep hidden loss of their support and presence.
Where was Mathias born? Where has she lived since then? Where does he call home?
He was born in Oklahoma City and has lived there all of his life.
Where does your character go when he’s angry?
His anger and overall feelings are pushed internally and he does not share them. His work as an anthropologist is also his getaway therefore he finds solace at work in his office at the university.

What is Mathias’ biggest fear? Who has he told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?
His biggest fear is losing another loved one..
He does not share this fear but lives with it especially in his dreams or better yet nightmares.
What is in your characters refrigerator right now? On his bedroom floor? On his nightstand? In his garbage can?
Refrigerator: Chinese left-overs, frozen pizza, beers and red wine.
Bedroom Floor: Gym socks, running shoes, national geographic magazines.
Nightstand: 3 books on anthropology, a high tech radio receiver, a vintage compass.

When your character thinks of his childhood kitchen, what smell does she associate with it? Sauerkraut? Oatmeal cookies? Paint? Why is that smell so resonant for him?
His Grandmothers Apple pie. The smell reminds him of his Grandfather and the game of hide and seek they played together.
Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for him to throw out? What is difficult for him to part with? Why?
Mathias does not like to through anything away because the sense of loss reminds him of his biggest loss, parents and grandfather.

Its Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. If hes eating breakfast, what exactly does he eat?
Saturday noon he is reading a classic novel or watching a classic old movie with Linda.
He enjoys French toast and crispy Canadian bacon.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
Playing and recreating the pirate characters from “Treasure Island” with his Grandfather.


Spiros Gratsias is a native of Montreal, Canada, born to Greek immigrants. He moved back to Greece twenty years ago and has been living there ever since. Gratsias has a master’s degree in manufacturing technology and thirty-five years’ experience in the aerospace and consumer goods industries. An amateur painter and dedicated student of history, he devotes much of his time to reading and writing.
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Tom’s harsh words comes back to bite him…Weekend Writing Warriors…#8Sunday…

Hey All! I’m back again doing the #8sunday with the wonderful  Weekend Writing Warriors!  I really loved reading the other snippets! This week’s excerpt from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid shows the scene where the press catches Tom off guard on the red carpet.

“So you didn’t have December in tears after you said and I quote, ‘The very idea of
being with her makes me sick to my stomach?'” asked a stocky, nondescript looking bald man
towards the back.
Tom faltered, the words of denial stuck in his throat. While he hadn’t used those
exact words, he did say something along those lines to his handler, Patrick, in the dressing
room after the show. Whoever overheard him must have told her, which in turn had made her
cry. Tom truly felt like pond scum. He had to find a way to make it right with her.

Read more great snippets from my fellow Authors at WeWriWa’s blog

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The Angie/AMB Ovation Awards nomination announcement

I’ve been announced as a finalist for

 Outstanding Debut Author

of Interracial Romance 2015

 in the 

The Angie Ovation Awards

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The Outstanding Debut Author Awards recognize an AA/IR/Multicultural romance author who has demonstrated strong literary potential and contributions to the genre. The award is designed to both recognize and further the recipient’s professional development activities.

–quoted from http://www.angelinembishop.com/2015-finalists.html

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid
by Tamara Philip

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?


I laughed and cried along with the characters. I fell in love with the story line and the Characters. I Love Tom! He was the most down to earth man with a heart of Gold! December AKA Dee banter and sweet talk had me on a emotional roller coaster.I would love to have friends like Clarissa and Terrence. This book (genre) is a book that I have never read. Tamara wove magic when writing this and also has made me become a fan of Romantic Comedies. Awesome!!! …April Nichols Baker

Despite having placed the book down due to being busy, as soon as I picked it up again, I had no problem being wrapped back up into the story. The characters are able to be connected with and each have their own quirks that give them life. The tone of the book is so casual that it feels as if you’re right in the thicket of the story’s environment. Additionally, the tone complements the characters very well as it emphasizes the thoughts of each of them that makes their situations feel real. Anytime a book can make me use my imagination to paint the picture, it’s doing a darn good job…. Kelsey

Who doesn’t like a gritty love story. The romance plays out to be true to imagination with a real flare for an intimate setting and flawless character portrayals, the character ‘Trace’, being my favorite. The authors writing style sucks you in to the pages and I found I couldn’t put it down.

I was actually late for an appointment yesterday as I was so engrossed reading this book on the train that I missed my stop lol. I hope Tamara brings a lot more romance to our lives, and I will definitely be watching out for more books to come by this talented new author…. Pennie Mae Cartawick, Author of the Sherlock Holmes book series

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 Tamara Philip

Tamara Philip

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.
On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.



Congratulations, Tamara!

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Website: http://www.tamaraphilipwrites.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPhilipwrites

Book Website: http://www.thetroublewithplayingcupid.com

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Book Release Blitz- Control:Predator & Prey, #3 by James D. Horton

by James D. Horton
Series: Predator & Prey, #3
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dark Fantasy
Cover Designer: Miranda Horton
Release Date: October 24, 2014

Two weeks have passed since Lily became a vampire and things couldn’t be worse. She is starving, out of control, and Wolf has vanished. Her maker, Athene, is patient, but fails to help Lily tame the beast within. After Lily’s introduction to Society goes horribly wrong, she is sent to train with Griogar, a narcissistic vampire with questionable tactics.

A powerful member of Society, John Genosoa, has secretly arranged for Wolf’s mate to return. The distraction works. Wolf and Luna’s reunion is passionate, yet laced with memories of insurmountable loss. Even so, neither is able to refuse the animalistic magnetism drawing them together.

When Lily reaches a new low during a session with Griogar, Wolf reappears. She’s furious, but vulnerable to his charm and follows him beneath the City. Lily finds out Wolf has spent ages chasing a legendary tale of transcendence and discovers who has been keeping him away.

Lily is forced to put aside her heartache when Genosoa’s plan threatens the City’s inhabitants. Genosoa’s magic is strong, but not strong enough to keep the existence of vampires a secret from humans. He needs souls to sacrifice.

Wolf, Lily and Luna are dispatched by the Keeper and must act fast to stop the killing of innocents. Screams of agony and a scene of destruction greet them, but they are confronted with a much more sinister obstacle and it’s too late to turn back. What begins as a battle turns into an all-out war for their very survival.

Ancient histories are told, myths are revealed and dangerous paths are taken in Control , the highly anticipated third installment in the Predator & Prey series by author James D. Horton.

Book 3: Control
Start the Series from the Beginning!
Book 1: Predator & Prey
Book 2: Beast

James D Horton is the breakout author of the Predator & Prey series which features an urban fantasy setting with a paranormal romance story. Lily is the star who falls in love with enigmatic Wolf, who is not a nice vampire. The story starts in Predator & Prey, continues in Beast (Predator & Prey, #2), and in the newly released Control (Predator & Prey, #3).

James is also the author of two popular non-fiction books which focus on relationship advice presenting the successful actions that he and his fiancé use to make their relationship better every single day with their six children.

He is currently working on the next installment of the Predator & Prey Series.

He lives in Lamar, MO with his fiancé and their children, plus the ever annoying Spock, a Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua.

Connect with James on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1AT7a8Q

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1mfm5cy

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Character Interview with Jack Vance, the protagonist of The Manipulator by Steve Lundin

A Top 100 Amazon best selling book- The Manipulator by Steve Lundin is a satirical techno-noir business thriller about advertising, greed, and the out-of-control edge of a media addicted culture. It’s a darkly humorous and prophetic look at the evil twins of marketing and communications just a few years over the horizon, when master media manipulators will insidiously shape almost every aspect of our programmed and highly regulated world. Powered by an authentic perspective, The Manipulator is a fast moving, snarky action packed story that will keep you turning pages while you should be working!

ManipulatorBlogBannerAvailable NOW! On Sale October 24-30th for only $.99 cents!!! 

The hilarious author, Steve Lundin gave me the inside scoop (thanks to Elite Book Promotions) on his main character to learn more about him. So I thought I’d share it with all of you!!

Without further adieu here’s my cheeky interview with Jack Vance, CEO of Blowfish Communications

and the protagonist of The Manipulator: Jack Vance FinalA Satirical Tech Noir Business Thriller (Really)!



How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

Who said I was an adult? There are many questions concerning my father that are unsettled, including who is responsible for his death. I saw him, as a 78 year old man, expire in a hospital bed from gunshot wounds. Come on, a guy his age should have died from prostate cancer or something a little more respectable. In terms of my mother, I’d love to find her but those federal witness protection programs are getting better and better. One day though…

What do you want from life?

To build the world’s smartest global marketing firm with take no prisoners type A hard chargers. Love and puppies and Facebook are for people with too much time on their hands.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

You make your own luck, so my first wish and last wish would be that I never, ever get asked an inane wish question again.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

A SAT phone, a kindle and some sunscreen. I’d stick around long enough to catch up on some reading then call in a lift home.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?

Well, my father is deceased, my mother is in a witness protection program and I have no siblings. So it’s just me and my business associates. I treat everyone based on the amount of respect they have earned. I have no time or interest in helping those who project pathos or expect obsequiousness because of their power or position. In other words, if you haven’t earned my attention through your own hard work, don’t waste my time and I won’t waste yours, because you’re probably already an expert on that.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

Over a bottle, usually

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The hangover and the bar receipt, in that order.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

Trust is earned. I have had enough experience with users, cads, charlatans and scumbags to count my fingers after shaking hands with most people for the first time.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

The smell, then the window.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

If it’s my room and my people they damn well better notice that it’s time to get to work. If it’s someone else’s room I’d rather be an observer than the center of attention. I keep a running tally of how many people think they can get away with picking their nose in public places. You would be amazed at the results.

Describe yourself to me.

I’m a strategic idea guy who specializes in the most attention getting and provocative marketing campaigns in the world. You probably read about the Phantom jets that I had buzz the Macy’s Parade to advertise new Jet Blue routes. Yeah, that was me. And I got kicked out of NY because of it, which means that they’re too thin skinned out there or I’m too funny. Either way I’m a Chicagoan now, but not the high squeaky voiced, fat assed, acid washed jeans, sausage eating variety. Opinionated? Yes. Creative? Yes. Funny? Depends on who you ask. You want to know more about me? Read the book, cheapskate!

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

Good mescaline always brings my Third Eye into the equation.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

I didn’t expect anything and was raised by a German nanny who my father smuggled out of Berlin after the wall was erected. If anything she gave me the one lesson that has served me well: be doubtful until proven otherwise, keep an escape plan handy and gun control means using both hands.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

A great single malt, a 500 HP engine and the rare honest marketing person (I have yet to encounter the third but I am hopeful).

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Fire myself from my own agency and give myself enough of a severance package to retire. If I did I’d be broke.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Creativity, intuition and a nose for good alcohol.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Good alcohol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

Getting an escort onto the International Space Station to do a live Skype broadcast promoting a new Russian condom. We call it an out-of-this-world fucking case study on our website.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

Not fired the wrong people fast enough over the Holidays.

Describe your ideal mate.

She can reload a .45 magazine while solving a Rubik’s Cube, doing shots, fending off reporters and pulling up her size three bikini bottoms.

What are you most afraid of?

The banker that says no.

What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Smart, creative, hardworking people. They are hard to find. I can find self-absorbed, effected toadies lurking in just about every one of the 100 resumes I receive on a daily basis.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

My email address.

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A silvertip grizzly can smell people and fear from 18 miles away. That’s the kind of head start I could use.

Illustrations By Mitch O’Connell  MOC Illo SM

stevelundin2headshotSteve Lundin is the Chief Hunter and Gatherer of BIGfrontier, a Chicago media strategy boutique. He is an award winning marketing professional, journalist and pop culture anthropologist. He has written hundreds of feature stories for a diverse assortment of regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, International Watch and Aviation History. As a marketer he has had extensive experience successfully revitalizing consumer and business to business products and services for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to two guys in a garage.

In 2000 he founded theBIGfrontier event series, a regional marketing/technology thought leadership showcase that has hosted over 70 significant national speakers.Lundin is formerly trained in Journalism/Cultural Anthropology with graduate work in clinical psychology; his métier has always been research driven measurement of human motivation, tempered with creative gut instinct. He has also worked as an artist, photographer, made television commercials, published a comic strip newspaper and may hold the record for the greatest number of published Mickey Spillane interviews. If he could do it all over again he’d be a PI. 
 Get in touch with Steve: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevelundin.marketingnightmares
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