Monday, February 19, 2018

DEAD AS A DOORNAIL by TONYA KAPPES COVER REVEAL

   



Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.

And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.
Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.
But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.
His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!
Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.
Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?
It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.
 

Ready…..

                     

Set…..

                     

Reveal!!

                     

Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes will be available May 15 from Henery Press!

It is Available for Pre-Order Today!!



The Line of His People & The Oath of the Father




The Line of His People by C.J. Adrien

Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, AudioBook
Series: Kindred of the Sea, Book #1
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Vikings
France, 799 A.D. The Northmen sacked the monastery at dawn, before anyone had awakened. They burned the village and slaughtered all who stood in their path. The relics of Saint Philbert were lost, and the island was abandoned by those who once dwelled there. Years later, the monk Abriel - survivor of the same attack as a young boy - is sent to recover the relics to help restore the reputation and legitimacy of Saint Philbert. What he discovers on his journey changes his life forever. Northmen had colonized the island in the absence of the monks. They hold the key to finding the relics, but they have greater plans for Abriel, plans that will take him to the North to find his destiny.

"Adrien's novel is a well thought out, deeply researched narrative that marries history with young adult fiction. In a time where females are popular among the young adult sector, this male focused novel is a welcome reprieve and appeals to a need for an action packed novel." - Portland Book Review

"A well-written tale with vividly imagined characters." - Trevor Schmidt, author of The Corsair Uprising series.

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A great introduction to the characters and times. Young readers will have to pay close attention to follow who is related to whom and how the tribes/nations decide how to connect and who to oppose.
There is religious turbulence not only between the Christians and more primitive theologies. 
Young Abriel has his awakening to difficult life at a young age and again before he is fully an adult. He believes he watches his mother being killed, then later meets a spoiled younger brother he had no knowledge of, and who isn't particulaly thrilled to learn of his elder brother Abriel.
Although the times are bloody and turbulent, the men are not afraid to fight, whether for spoils or for entrance to Valhalla. 
Queen Kenna proves that the women of this era are as brave and cunning as the men.

The Oath of the Father by C.J. Adrien

Publication Date: March 1, 2015
eBook & Paperback
Series: Kindred of the Sea, Book #2
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Vikings
Coast of Brittany, 822 A.D. King Abriel Haraldsson is a man on the run. Injured in combat, his warriors take him to a nearby monastery to find a healer. The monks accept to care for him, but fake his death and steal him away to a distant island to be reconverted to their faith. Believing the king of Herius to be dead, suitors from the north descend upon the island kingdom with the intent to marry Queen Kenna to usurp her husband's lands and wealth. Most terrifying among them is the fierce warlord Turgeis -- known for his prowess in battle and lust for blood -- who sets his sights upon the queen. When a messenger from afar returns with news that Abriel survived his injuries, Turgeis sets sail to ensure the king will never return. Thus began the hunt.

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About the Author

C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking historical fiction with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. C.J. Adrien’s novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds. For more information, please visit C.J. Adrien's website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 29 Kick Off at Passages to the Past Thursday, February 1 Review at Donna's Book Blog (The Line of His People) Monday, February 5 Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Line of His People) Wednesday, February 7 Feature at A Bookaholic Swede Monday, February 12 Review at The Writing Desk (The Line of His People) Tuesday, February 13 Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit Thursday, February 15 Guest Post at Let Them Read Books Friday, February 16 Feature at Broken Teepee Monday, February 19 Review at Laura's Interests (The Line of His People) Tuesday, February 20 Review at Donna's Book Blog (The Oath of the Father) Feature at A Literary Vacation Friday, February 23 Review at Cup of Sensibility Monday, February 26 Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Oath of the Father) Thursday, March 1 Review at Locks, Hooks and Books (The Line of His People) Monday, March 5 Review at Laura's Interests (The Oath of the Father) Tuesday, March 6 Review at WS Momma Readers Nook (The Line of His People) Tuesday, March 13 Tour Wrap Up at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a set of The Line of His People & The Oath of the Father! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.
  Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 13th.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ebony by J. Thompson




One sister born of pain.
One sister born of blood.
One sister born of death.

Three sisters bound,
Wiccan and nightwalker.
Three sisters found,
To join an empire.
A prophecy of three,
So let it be.


Ebony’s life varied from minor inconvenience to total disaster. She could never catch a break.
From a young age, she had been sent to live with many foster families,
each one rejecting her after a short amount of time, none of them wanting to take on
her unusual health issues.
She couldn't blame them—she didn't know what the hell was wrong with her, either.


Now, living day to day, struggling to buy the medicine she needs and with no home to call her own,
Ebony battles for the hope that she won’t always be so alone.
However, just when Ebony thinks her life couldn’t possibly get any worse, it does,
and the darkness calls to her.


Yet salvation arrives in the unlikely form of two beautiful, mysterious women and a man
willing to fight to be her saviour.


As a new world is suddenly and unexpectedly thrust upon her, Ebony, whether she’s ready or not,
is about to find out who she really is and exactly what she’s made of.




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An intriguing introduction to three hybrid princesses whose power the world is not ready for. Fast paced and wickedly addictive, this fantasy novel sets the tone for a grand adventure to come.    5 stars


Author bio:
J. Thompson is a indie writer of fantasy fiction and paranormal romance,
and a major fan of procrastination.
Jenn has always loved history, so using her wild imagination and
tying in her love of history and fantasy, she began a new adventure into the world of words.
Weaving romance into old worlds and giving life to her mythical inspired novels is what Jenn does best,
and she has a lot more planned in the future, including some hard assed demons.


When she isn't bent over her laptop with the crazy writer eyes,
you will find Jenn making jewellery, cross stitching and it doing paper crafts.
Jenn is also a fitness lover and enjoys working out with her husband, either at the gym or at Caveman Training.


J Thompson is a passionate, if a little nuts, author who believes wholeheartedly that people are good
and that everyone deserves romance - even Hades.



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Friday, February 16, 2018

Geeks and Things

A very short story that sets the scene for what will follow in this series that will appeal to younger amateur sleuth mystery readers. 
Kalina Greystone is one of the coolest aunts ever. Part of it is because she owns a comic book store, but also because she lets her nephew, AJ, hang out there and takes him on fun adventures. 

Autumn in New England brings about thoughts of witches and magic. For AJ, there's an added benefit of meeting sorority girls. 
When you are first on the scene and find a body or injured person, it is natural curiosity to want to find out how it happened, right? Curiosity is fine until it puts you up front and too close with a potential murderer. Will AJ's mother think her sister is still cool?


Pains and Penalties
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #1
by Sarah Biglow
Genre: Cozy Mystery

A new amateur sleuth is on the case in the first book of this Cozy Mystery novella series.



When Kalina Greystone returns home to the small town of Ellesworth, MA in the wake of her father's passing to take over the family's comic book shop, she never expects to reconnect with her old flame, Detective Christian Harper. But when elderly Mrs. Davies winds up murdered at the annual Solstice Fair, Kalina can't help but get swept up in his investigation and solving the case. While Detective Harper runs his investigation, she cozies up to the dead woman’s best friend, Mrs. Grant, and learns that she and a third woman, Ms. Ellicott, might be targets. Someone has sent them notes with the cryptic warning ‘Lying is a mortal sin’. As Kalina digs deeper into the women’s shared past, she unearths the perjury that sentenced an innocent man to prison. After discovering Ms. Ellicott dead in her home, Kalina and Detective Harper must race to unmask the killer before vengeance can be sated.



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A clean cozy mystery suitable for younger readers and adults. Kalina and her nephew AJ both have curious minds. When presented with a mystery, or worse, unexplained death or murder, they need to stay involved until they have all the answers. Kalina is also in danger of angering her sister, AJ's mother. She reunites with an old boyfriend who has become a police detective and while they exchange information, she is careful not to get in his way
Forgive and Forget
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #2

Your favorite amateur sleuth is back on the case in the second installment of the Geeks and Things Cozy series.



Life is looking good for Kalina Greystone. Geeks and Things is thriving and she’s even rekindled her high-school romance with Detective Christian Harper. But her world spins off-kilter when she finds her high school best friend, Nadine Larrabee, huddled over her father’s dead body.



Nadine fears she’s responsible for her father’s death but doesn’t remember details. As Kalina keeps close to the investigation--certain her friend is no killer--a horrifying family history unfolds, providing motive for the girl Kalina once knew. Refusing to believe Nadine is capable of such an act, Kalina peels back the layers of family drama to find the truth.

A fun cozy series aimed at quick, easy reading. Clean and simple to follow, this series will appeal to middle school age and older readers. AJ enjoys spending time at his Aunt K's comic book store. He also likes helping her solve mysteries, which seem to find Kalina.
Her latest, while out for a run, is a body in a driveway and an old friend looking guilty nearby.
Can Kalina help a friend, satisfy her own curiosity and not get into trouble with her detectiv boyfriend?
With the help of her nephew, she has an idea.

Debts and Debtors
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #3
Another clean, cozy mystery suitable for younger readers. This time a friend of Kalina's sister brings the trouble directly to their doorstep. While people may suspect her of foul play due to the differences in her and her husband's ages, others feel the dastardly deed may be due to the mob.
Will all this trouble keep Klina's boyfriend from being able to ask her his big question?
Kalina Greystone is back for another small town, amateur mystery in the third installment of the Geeks and Things Mystery series.



It’s Thanksgiving in the small town of Ellesworth, MA and Kalina and her family have gathered to celebrate the holiday—their first since her father’s passing—but all is not well when Savannah Chase, Jillian’s college roommate appears on their doorstep. She’s distraught over her missing husband. She just knows something’s happened to him. Despite knowing Chris wouldn’t approve, Kalina keeps tabs on the investigation. After all, Savannah is like family.



The investigation takes a turn for the curious when Mr. Chase’s body is found in a foreclosed house in a area ripe for commercial development. Kalina and Chris soon discover that Thomas had recently changed jobs, giving up real estate for debt collection. But who would want him dead? The more Kalina digs, the more she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a dangerous man. She and Chris must solve the case before she becomes the next victim.



Have and Hold
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #4

Your favorite amateur sleuth is on the case in a new Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery.



The small town of Ellesworth, MA is abuzz with the upcoming wedding of Kalina Greystone and newly promoted Police Captain Christian Harper. But not everyone is thrilled for the happy couple. On the morning of Chris’s promotional ceremony, they receive a shocking package—a severed finger wearing an engagement ring! Under the guise of last-minute wedding preparations, Kalina questions a local jeweler who may have sold the ring adorning the finger. In fact, he’d sold three such rings recently. When a second finger is sent to a local reporter and the bodies of the victims are discovered near the beach, Kalina knows there is little time left to find the third victim. But why target these brides-to-be? After digging deeper, she uncovers a startling connection between the players and must race to save the woman who is the true target of the killer’s rage.




Saints and Sinners
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #5

Your favorite amateur sleuth is back for one last case in the final installment of the Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery series.



Kalina Greystone’s life has finally fallen into place. Now happily married and eight months pregnant, she is ready to step away from sleuthing and give all of her time to her family and Geeks and Things. Unfortunately, sleuthing isn’t quite done with her. On a trip to the cemetery to visit her father’s grave, she happens upon a dead woman’s body. Video footage reveals the killer but the case takes one bizarre turn after the next. The woman, Verona Maxwell, shares fingerprints with Paige Fischer, a little girl who died over fifteen years ago in a boating accident with her twin brother, Patrick. Or did they? The killer looks an awful lot like Patrick. Having briefly known the twins in her youth, Kalina searches their past in the hopes of making sense of the present. But the more she digs, the darker the reality becomes. Systemic abuse by Paige and parental neglect rise to the surface, making her wonder if the past isn’t as buried as everyone was led to believe.




What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
As I said before, I love Harry Potter so JK Rowling is the top of the list (I didn’t like The Casual Vacancy but I did like the Cormoran Stirke novels too). I enjoy the Greek/Norse/Roman centric series by Rick Riordan and I’ll read pretty much anything by Seanan McGuire. I like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series and Jim C. Hines’ Magic Ex Libris series (which was far too short). I also love Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone international thrillers.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Well, I’ve always loved Severus Snape. His story was tragic but I loved it. My husband wholeheartedly disagrees with me but I find the sacrifices he made based on his love for Lily to be beautiful.
Advice they would give new authors?
Know that your first draft is probably going to suck. Don’t be afraid to accept criticism and know that editing is just as important to the writing process as the actual story creation. But know what your story should be enough to know when to take advice and when to stick to your guns.
What are they currently reading?
I’m in the middle of reading THE END OF MAGIC by Amber Benson. I think next up will be SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing fairly consistently since high school, so about 2001. Hard to believe its been seventeen years! I’ve definitely improved both my skill as a writer and my ability to take criticism and edit. There was a time I loathed editing my own work. It’s still not my favorite thing to do but I’m getting much better at it!

Sarah lives in Massachusetts with her fiancé. She is a licensed attorney and spends her days combating employment discrimination as an Investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.



She is a self-professed TV junkie and in her spare time (what’s that?), she runs a TV recap blog with her best friend (and sorority sister), Jen. Sarah currently enjoys an array of TV shows including (but definitely not limited to) Once Upon a Time, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Grimm, The Flash and Arrow. She is always on the hunt for new shows to binge!




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Rachel Jordan - The Haunting of Dove Cote House - Release Blitz





Paranormal
Date Published: 16th February 2018

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Following the death of her father Cat Fletcher returns to the family home where she lived until she was 18.

But Cat's memories of the past are blurry, despite dreaming regularly about Dove Cote House.

And her home coming is far from perfect, when in the true meaning of the expression, the past comes back to haunt you, does just that.


 Excerpt

“Can you tell me about the house’s history?”

Cat shook her head. “Very little I’m afraid. Only how it got its name and its reputation for being haunted.

It’s something Rob and I had talked about researching.

My parents never got round to doing it for fear of what others would say or think. They felt that it was easier to just let it go.

I had hoped to do it tomorrow, but with my husband arriving it doesn’t seem feasible now.”

“You know Cat it might be better to go to Winford Library”, Rob said.

“They have fantastic research facilities now and there is always the Museum too.”

“Well perhaps we can do that on Saturday,” James said, before adding “It’s something any number of us can do as many hands make light work. But if we can’t all go it doesn’t matter.”

Cat let out a deep sigh. “I’ll be honest I don’t know how Phil is going to react to this. Although he was good enough to tell me about the potential story, and he got suspended because of his actions. Don’t worry I’ll be there on Saturday no matter what. This is my house, where all these things have and still are happening, and I’m going to get to the bottom of it once and for all.”

“That’s the spirit if you’ll forgive my pun. Now one other thing that crossed my mind,” James said. “I’m assuming that once you have completed the research you’ll then start investigating and dealing with the spirit yourself. “

Cat nodded.

“You have some fantastic items to help you with that Cat.”

“Thanks, but it’s all down to Rob. Without his help I wouldn’t have known where to start.”

“Which reminds me,” Rob said. “Any problems if I bring my equipment over, and store it with yours?”

“None what so ever, and if you want to leave it here permanently feel free to do so.”

“Well in that case I’ll go and get it tomorrow. Fancy coming with me James? You can meet my folks.”

Cat grinned to herself as it was obvious neither man felt comfortable being around when Phil arrived.

“Good idea. I’d like to meet them very much.”

“Have you ever done a paranormal investigation like this before? “

“Yes, in fact I have on more than one occasion. I’ve been called in by investigators just in case they were dealing with something demonic.

The Church never approved when I did. I guess that all went against me in the end, but I stand by what I did and always will.

Now back to what I wanted to ask you.

Are we only dealing with the woman here, or is it both spirits? If you are happy to let the child continue residing here you can do so.”

“She’s never caused any trouble, and I guess she has become part of my life. I’m more than happy to let her stay.”

The words had hardly left Cat’s mouth, when every door in the house started opening and slamming uncontrollably.

“Okay,” Cat said loudly. “I don’t think that’s the answer I was meant to give.”

As the doors kept opening and closing, Cat, Rob and James looked on in horror as the table was dragged across the room, but more frighteningly as Cat’s books flew off the shelves and were flung at them by unseen hands. Then the curtains were pulled from their rails and cushions thrown about.

The unending banging of the doors had begun to make the house vibrate and Rob felt as if he was going to develop a violent headache because of the noise.

“For God’s sake stop this at once,” James’ clear voice shouted out.

The front door suddenly opened with a heavy thud: the bolts and locks ripped to pieces.

“Stop it please,” Cat screamed. “In the name of God just stop it.”

All activity in the house suddenly stopped as quickly as it had begun, and to Cat it felt as if she would hear a pin drop any moment it had gone so quiet.

Her eyes opened wide as she saw a dark form looming in the doorway, which slowly turned into the woman.

“Oh this isn’t good.”

James and Rob turned to look at Cat and then followed her gaze.

The spirit, which neither had seen until that moment, was drawing closer to them by the second.

The woman stood in front of James. “Get out of this house, you vile exorcist.”

The next second she was in front of Rob. Her movement that quick no one had seen it. “I’ll warn you a second time. You are to leave.”

Cat stood up tall as the spirit moved in front of her. She was staring at Cat intently, and for a moment, Cat was afraid her legs were going to give out under her. Instead she pulled herself together and stared back at the woman.

“Anything you want to say to me? Or is it only my friend’s you feel like threatening today?”

The woman raised one of her hands in Cat’s direction. “You are the biggest traitor of them all. You openly plan to get rid of me. How could you do that? How can you treat your mother this way?”

She pushed her hand towards Cat, and to everyone’s shock Cat was thrown backward violently, her head narrowly missing hitting against the window ledge.

With a high pitch shriek the spirit disappeared.

Rob and James ran to Cat to help her.

“I’m all right. Nothing feels broken and I’m lucky I didn’t bang my head.”

As she stood with the support of the others, Cat saw Phil standing in the doorway, shock registered on his face.

“Cat, in God’s name what just happened? This place looks like a bomb’s hit it!”


About the Author

Hi there. My name is Rachel Jordan

Two things I have loved from the time I was small are the paranormal and writing.

I like nothing more then curling up with a ghost story that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Or failing that watching one of my favorite paranormal films.

I did some freelance journalism many years ago, but I adore sitting down and writing stories.

Is it any wonder that I have decided to combine the two things I love the most?

"The Haunting of Dove Cote House", is my debut novel

I live in the United Kingdom.



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