Book Blitz: Beyond Religion by W.A. Vega

 

Christian Inspiration
Date Published: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Global Publishing Group, LLC
 
 

What if the Kingdom of Heaven’s perspectives invade the earth through its sons and daughters living here on earth? (Matt 6:9-13)

One of 400 “What If” thought provoking perspectives designed to jolt and align our thinking as Kingdom citizens temporarily living on earth.

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About the Author

From rejected to accepted, fearful to courageous, worthless to significance, abandoned to nurtured, single parent to widowed, empty to fulfilled, misfit to belonging and restless to purpose ~ Anne was born with a passion to write. Receiving her first recognition and Award for writing while in High School, she has been writing ever since.  With a B.A., in Sociology, an M.S. in Business, over 20 years experience in Human Resources leadership and most importantly, 35+ years in intimate relationship with the Author and Finisher of her faith, Jesus Christ, she understands the REDEMPTIVE heart of God and the desperate need of the soul for REDEMPTION.  Whether writing suspense or inspirational, at the heart of her writing, is the recurring REDEMPTIVE theme that offers hope, purpose and new life.  Her message conveys the heart of a loving Father and Friend, to “….Look up….Lift your head…your redemption is near…” Luke 21:28

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Valentine Countdown Blitz Day 11: The Secret of a Kiss by Kimberley Montpetit

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When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.
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She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
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A makeup artist for the Phantom of the Opera with a tragic past. A mysterious man hiding a scar worse than the phantom from the Broadway show.
 

 

Linden Adair is a talented makeup artist on the New York Broadway show, Phantom of the Opera, creating the hideous scar for the actor who plays the phantom every night. But nobody knows the deep scars Linden carries after the divorce from her husband, Mark Denly—the famous director of Phantom.

 

Why didn’t somebody ever tell her that marrying your director was a bad idea, especially when he has a wandering eye?

 

Desperate to get away after enduring several years of heartache and scars, Linden takes a cross-country trip to visit her best friend in Seattle. While driving on a deserted stretch of highway late at night, she hits a deer and crashes the rental car into a gully outside of Snow Valley, Montana.

 

A devastatingly handsome stranger with a tow truck rescues Linden and her smashed vehicle, but when she catches sight of him in the light, she’s shocked. Anton Baldwin possess a terrible scar on his face—just like the phantom she created every night for the theater.

 

But Anton is hiding more than the truth behind his scar, and during a whirlwind week while being recruited for a television show being filmed in Snow Valley, the secrets of this enigmatic man turn her world upside down.  x

 

When Anton helps Linden open up to the world around her, Linden wonders if the small town of Snow Valley might hold the magic she needs to heal the scars on her broken heart.

 

If you like sweet romance and second chance love stories, then you’ll love THE SECRET OF A KISS, A Snow Valley Romance. 

 

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Top Ten List:
    1. I adore chocolate frosted cinnamon roll donuts


2. Snuggling with my kiddos and a stack of books


3. My Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) blanket that my daughter made me for Christmas


4. I love to belly dancing—and even performed a couple of times! It’s great exercise and so beautiful and earthy.


5. I’m a purple girl! And I’m lucky because my birthstone is amethyst


6. The black & white original TV show, I Love Lucy still makes me laugh—even though I only ever saw it in re-runs, of course!  


7. Since I was five-years-old, my grandpa would give me a heart-shaped box of chocolates on my birthday—which is also Valentine’s Day. When I got married, my husband got instructions from my family to continue the tradition, including baking me a heart-shaped cake with the cake pans my mother gifted to him.


8. Two days after my 11th birthday, I fell off a broken clothes hamper, gashed up my leg, and was rushed to the hospital to get 60 stitches.


9. Three years ago I rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, Jordan.


10. I have a wall carving in my house of King Tut and his Queen Ankhesenamen that’s a replica of his actual Pharaoh’s Throne found in his tomb.

 

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New Release: All Systems Down by Sam Boush

 

Thriller

Date Published: 8 February 2018

24 hours.
That’s all it takes.
A new kind of war has begun.

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Pak Han-Yong’s day is here. An elite hacker with Unit 101 of the North Korean military, he’s labored for years to launch Project Sonnimne: a series of deadly viruses set to cripple Imperialist infrastructure.

And with one tap of his keyboard, the rewards are immediate.

Brendan Chogan isn’t a hero. He’s an out-of-work parking enforcement officer and one-time collegiate boxer trying to support his wife and children. But now there’s a foreign enemy on the shore, a blackout that extends across America, and an unseen menace targeting him.

Brendan must do whatever it takes to keep his family safe.

In the wake of the cyber attacks, electrical grids fail, satellites crash to earth, and the destinies of nine strangers collide.

Strangers whose survival depends upon each other’s skills and courage.

For fans of REVOLUTION and Tom Clancy, ALL SYSTEMS DOWN is a riveting cyber war thriller that presents a threat so credible you’ll be questioning reality.

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Downtown went dark.

Brendan had been walking with a small group toward the pedestrian bridge when it happened. Every light from every skyscraper, every shop, and every window flickered and winked out. Up and down the skyline, street lights blackened. Bridge lights, harbor lights, streetcars, storefronts—everything succumbed to darkness.

There should have been a noise to accompany the blackout. A loud bang. The explosion of a transformer. The pop of electrical wire. But there was no sound of any kind. Just the gasp of people on every side of Brendan.

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About the Author

Sam has worked as a wildland firefighter, journalist, and owner of a mid-sized marketing agency. Though he’s lived in France and Spain, his heart belongs to Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, Tehra, two wonderful children, and a messy cat that keeps them from owning anything nice.

ALL SYSTEMS DOWN is his first novel, with more to come.

 

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Website: http://cyberwarbooks.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecyberwar

Blog: http://cyberwarbooks.com/blog/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samboush/

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Book Blitz: Dead Lines by Grace Hamilton & Jack Colrain

 

Dead Lines

By Grace Hamilton

Genre: Science Fiction/ Post-Apoc

911 operator Jim Parker wants—more than anything—to be useful again. When a catastrophic EMP strikes, and he’s the last person a kidnapped girl speaks to before the lines go dead, he knows he can’t let her down. Especially when the circumstances are so similar to his own daughter’s disappearance. With the world falling apart around him, he wants to do nothing more than retreat to his prepper cabin. But with a fresh lead on his daughter, and another innocent girl’s life on the line, the disgraced cop will do everything in his power to track them down.

Finn Meyers has lost Ava, her best, and only, friend in the world, but she knows where the

missing young woman might be—and perhaps Parker’s long lost daughter. Now, Parker must form an uneasy alliance and tackle his own internal demons as the two begin a perilous journey that will take them to the headquarters of a mysterious cult in Indiana.

But what they find along the way will shatter all their preconceptions—and threaten the world as they know it. Can a has-been and a has-not save the innocent, and stop a disaster from happening?

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Southern Indiana, 2306 hours

Countdown: 25 seconds until Event.

James Parker rubbed the sandy grit out of his eyes and stared at the monitors in front of him. Three screens—low light, supposedly easy on the eyes—sat at his station along with a computer, telephone, and emergency communications radio. But he was suffering from a hangover headache pounding dully behind his temples, and it hurt to use his eyes, even in such dim lighting.

His hand, big and calloused, massaged a five o’clock shadow rapidly heading towards full-on homeless scruff. He wanted another Vicodin, but had promised himself not to take too many at work. Mostly, he kept that promise. Mostly.

The light in the room was muted, more a soft ambience with the illumination designed to be easy on an operator’s eyes, and the soft glow of computers reflected like silvered mirrors from each station. From all around him, the white noise of the call center was a light murmur of background conversations punctuated by the alerts of incoming calls. Parker leaned back in his comfortable chair and eyed the clock.

Fifteen minutes to quitting time.

He lifted a hand to Kevin Oaks in a lazy gesture of greeting as the man, his relief, came in through the door of the “vault” and meandered towards the coffee maker on the table in the corner.

Right behind him, though, Parker’s supervisor Annie Klein burst through the door, resembling a squat lead ball fired from a musket. An old, not well taken care of musket. Her arms, pudgy bowling pins topped by raptor claws of fingers, clutched her iPhone and a thick pile of official manila folders.

Avoiding eye contact, Parker sat up and spun around to more fully face his row of monitors. His conversations with the indefatigable Ms. Klein inevitably ended in a poor fashion. He’d already earned two written warnings for insubordination, and HR had informed the union that he was currently under investigation. Yay.

He couldn’t afford to lose another job. His pension and retirement benefits were closely tied to his employment with the city. After how he’d left the department, getting fired from this job would vastly reduce his options. Besides, when the factories had closed down and moved to Mexico, they’d taken the greater part of employment options with them. Try as he might, he couldn’t see himself working as a barista, jumping to fetch absurd coffees for uppity IT techs half his age.

He sighed. “Because I’m old,” he muttered.

An indicator light blinked on. He moved his foot and nudged the pedal, opening the line.

“911,” he said into his headset mic. “What is the nature of your emergency?”

“Please help!” a young woman’s voice cried into the line. “Please help, something horrible is going to happen!”

“Calm down, miss,” he said. “Let me help you.” He’d taken enough calls by now to know whether it was the real thing or not. This felt real.

Automatically, his voice went down a register, sliding from gravely baritone to an almost basso profundo. It was a habit left over from working domestic disputes and suicide interventions as a law enforcement officer. It helped in his new career.

He went on, “I need your name, ma’am.”

His eyes went to his screen and he quietly cursed. She was on a cell; the caller locator software had the 812 area code, but that was it so far. He could have figured that much out on his own by her southern Indiana accent alone. Go Hoosiers, he thought.

“They’re going to do something at Stapleton Mall, the Church!” the girl half-sobbed.

He winced internally at the location, the reminder of his daughter, but pushed the feeling away quickly. He possessed an instinct, a residue left over from working patrol. This girl was fighting to hold it together; he could hear it in the timbre of her voice. She wanted to be brave, she was fighting to be brave, but she was utterly terrified.

“They’ve already killed a girl… I guess you’d call them a cult,” she went on. “But the Church kidnapped me, and Casey, Jesus, they killed Casey!” The words burned through the signal into his ear and he heard the raw anguish and terror in her voice.

Parker’s stomach clenched. This was no hoax.

He eyed the caller ID screen—nothing. Goddamn satellites. He frowned. He inhaled through his nose, calming himself. Since Sara had disappeared, such actions were only effective at work. Outside of the call center, it took Ativan, 4mgs at a time, to calm him. Usually with a Steel City Lager chaser. Sometimes something stronger.

“Tell me your name,” he repeated. His voice remained steady, calm. He might be all this girl had until he could dispatch officers to her 20. He didn’t want to fail her. Didn’t want to fail another girl the way he’d failed Sara.

“It’s Ava,” she choked out. “It’s Ava Tablot—”

The line went dead.

 

Author Bio

 Grace Hamilton wasn’t always a prepper. But after being stuck in a mountain cabin for 6 days following a flash flood, she decided she never wanted to feel so powerless or have to send her kids to bed hungry again. Now she lives the prepper lifestyle and knows that if SHTF or TEOTWAWKI, she’ll be ready to help protect and provide for her family.

Combine this survivalist mentality with a vivid imagination (as well as a slightly unhealthy day dreaming habit) and you get a prepper fiction author. Grace spends her days thinking about the worst possible survival situations that a person could be thrown into, then throwing her characters into these nightmares while trying to figure out “What SHOULD you do in this situation”

It’s her wish that through her characters, you will get to experience what life will be like and essentially learn from their mistakes and experiences.

Grace is a proud momma-bear to four kids and wife to a wonderful husband.

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorGraceHamilton

Website: www.gracehamiltonbooks.com

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Valentine Countdown Blitz Day 10: Spy by Night by Jordan McCollum

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An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can’t resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. She writes stories about love, lies, secrets and sometimes spies, and she helps writers craft their fiction to make their stories and their prose more engaging. 
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All four of the novels in her Spy Another Day series were named finalists in the Whitney Awards, a juried prize. Spy by Night is a prequel to the other novels in the series.
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“After watching her parents’ marriage crash and burn, CIA operative Talia Reynolds doesn’t believe in “happily ever afters.” Besides, her job entails eighty-hour weeks, juggling a dozen covers and disguises, and tracking down a dangerous Russian spy ring. She hardly has time for romantic entanglements, even if she could let her guard down enough to get close to anyone. But all the rules she lives by could be broken when she meets aerospace engineer Danny Fluker.
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Danny moved to Canada for a great job — and a chance to
start over after a bad breakup. Dating definitely isn’t in his plans . . . until beautiful and enigmatic Talia throws a perfect storm right in his flight path. When he catches a glimpse of the real woman behind her façade, he has to get to know her better.
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Talia has to find a Russian spymaster before he figures out she’s not who she claims, and failing to keep her two lives separate in the process could mean the death of more than just her budding relationship. Danny has to decide if a future with Talia — and facing the past — is worth the risk of getting hurt again. If they can break through the barriers keeping them apart (and avoid a major international catastrophe), they just might have a chance at being happy together.”
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1. I’ve cached disguises, made dead drops, evaded surveillance and completed other spy missions in a large city. To research for my spy books, I took a spy escape and evasion class from a former CIA officer, and this was part of it!
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2. I know Spanish and American Sign Language, and have picked up a few phrases in Russian and Irish (Gaelic) for story research.
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3. I was born and raised in the South. I have strong opinions about barbecue and cornbread.
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4. For one of my current works in progress, I took a research trip to LA, tried rock climbing, and hiked to the top of an 11,750-foot mountain. (These were all separate events!)
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5. I have five children, ages twelve and under. I don’t find time to write; I sacrifice other things to make the time. 
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6. As a child, I performed with the National Opera Company in La Boheme and The Magic Flute . . . as a nonsinging child in crowd scenes.
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7. When I was fifteen, I went to Ottawa with my dad on a business trip. We stayed at the Château Laurier, which features in a few of the books in the Spy Another Day series. 
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8. My husband and I went to New Zealand on our honeymoon because his parents were serving as missionaries there . . . and I hadn’t met them yet.
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9. Four of my five children were born before their due dates. The one laggard waited two days past hers so she could arrive on my birthday. 
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10. On the rare occasions I’m not with my family or writing, I like to read, knit, or play the piano, flute, guitar or ukulele.
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Book Blitz: Killer by Gillian Zane

Title: Killer
Author: Gillian Zane
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Parajunkee Design
Publisher: Parajunkee Publishing
Publication Date: Feb. 26th, 2018
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Blurb:


The final book in the Karma Inc. Series is here! Cassandra Mercier’s last Karma case…or is it?
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Case # 5 of the Karma Incorporated Series.
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Karma never forgets.
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Working for Karma Incorporated has taken its toll on Cassandra Mercier. She might have died to get this job, but being a worker bee in the bowels of Afterlife Corporation have proven to be more than she can handle.
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Her latest case feels a little too personal as Cassandra finds herself playing psychic at her old stomping grounds, the precinct where she used to work before she died. Her job on the case is to expose a dirty cop while using her cover as a psychic to help solve cases. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. The cop she’s meant to expose was a good friend of hers, pre-death, and someone she can’t imagine being dirty. To make matters more complicated, she’s asked her to help solve her own murder.
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Is it too good to be true? Can Cassandra out a dirty cop, no matter how squeaky clean he looks, all while finding her own killer? Or will the Powers That Be put an end to her selfish investigations and end her career with Karma Incorporated completely?
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Gillian Zane is an Amazon bestselling author that specializes in dark genre fiction for adults. Gillian defines herself by the city she was raised in, New Orleans. She’s tried moving away a few times but always comes back. At the age of ten, she decided she would be a writer and has been determined every since. Between that decision and when she actually finished a book that she believed was good enough to publish, she’s served in the military, worked as a bartender, became a cog in the corporate marketing wheel as a person “that makes things pretty” and has since been laid off too many times to count. She currently writes full-time, but still, continues to “make things pretty” by designing book covers and websites for her fellow authors and bloggers. Gillian lives in New Orleans with her husband, her daughter, and an ugly dog.
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Killer (Pre-Order): http://amzn.to/2C4Q8My
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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Soul Mirrors by Wiley A Haydon III

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My love of storytelling traces back to my step-mother, who spun wonderful fantasy stories when I was child. I finished my first novel at sixteen. That first attempt was terrible, but taught
me quite a bit about story construction. Though I would start numerous other projects in the following years, I wouldn’t actually complete another book for another 21 years. 

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I wasn’t idle in that time, though. I earned a degree in  engineering, married the love of my life, worked
as a semi- truck driver crisscrossing the country, moved from Texas to North Dakota and then came back home. 
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It’s been a fun and interesting journey. I really enjoy engineering, but writing was my first passion, and I’m excited to share it with you.
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I currently live in West Texas with my wife and our two adorable (but weird) cats.
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“No one knows how human genetics evolved to create Mirrors. No one knows how the evidence of a criminal’s last horrendous act can be confirmed in a single gaze of a child’s
silvered eyes. But just because science can’t explain something doesn’t mean it can’t be used, and this gift is simply too valuable to ignore.

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Twins Thomas and Ashley Ross have grown up knowing they would
be used as Mirrors for the “good” of humanity. When their powers mature at age twelve, they are taken weekly to fulfill their role. By reliving the most heinous crimes from a perpetrators’ perspective, they alone can assure that no innocent people will be executed, and that the worst offenders are not set free due to lack of evidence.
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Justice is not without cost, however. Taking on the memories of others is a destructive process, one that quickly consumes the children involved until most take their own lives. As despair threatens to drown Thomas and Ashley, a distant hope keeps them from succumbing: If they can make it to their eighteenth birthday, their contract with the government will be fulfilled. Changing views on the morality of their role threatens to tear them apart, but the twins struggle to cling to each other and try to construct a fragile life above the weekly flood of horrors. x

As their work takes it toll, however, a new question emerges: does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond repair?”

 

 

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 “Why do you think I do this?” Sam demanded suddenly. His voice was hard, almost angry.
“It’s a paycheck.”
Sam shook his head firmly. Even in the dark, Thomas could make out the gesture. “I told you the day I met you that I could make more money doing something else.”
Memory of a conversation floated to the surface, and instinctively Thomas pushed it away before realizing that this time the memory seeking his attention was his own. He remembered sitting in the plane, talking after that first Reflection.
“To make a difference,” Thomas said. “And you don’t think you’d have done that today.”
“Yes, Thomas. Someday I’ll lose this job by caring too much for one of my kids, but it wasn’t today. I’m not going to sacrifice everything when it won’t make any difference.”
For a long moment, Thomas processed that. Then, quietly, he said, “It would have made a difference to me.”
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Valentine Countdown Blitz Day 9: Seeing Red by Alison Clifford

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Alison is the author of the White Rose series and the New London books, and is a member of the Australian Crime Writers Association. 
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She has served in both the Australian Army Reserve and the Royal Australian Air Force, and now lives in Tasmania with her family. 
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Alison is a self-confessed stationery junkie, loves forests, and drinks too much tea.
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Have you ever enraged a murderer?
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Redhead Nell, a civilian psychologist with the US Navy, takes her dream job at a submarine base to escape a protective family and build a life of her own. Meeting James, the handsome skipper of the submarine Scottsdale, is a bonus she hadn’t expected.
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When Nell is attacked after a body is pulled from the local
river, two investigations swing into motion, with no obvious link between them. The killer plots to keep the cases separate and conceal the damning secrets from his past that would lead to a connection, and his demise.
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As his attempts to complete the cover-up fail, his frustration and rage turn toward the person who stands in his way.
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The redhead shrink. 

 

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Top Ten favourite things (in no particular order)
1. My family
2. The movie The Hunt for Red October
3. Trees in any setting
4. My rescue greyhound, Molly
5. Irish Breakfast Tea
6. Reading
7. Motorsport – any kind, at any level
8. Stationery
9. Anything to do with the military
10. Road trips
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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella

 

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

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Excerpt

Extract – this scene is from the opening chapter, when we first meet Iwan, a slave of the Zanthar sent out to spy on the Folk. Iwan is descended from slaves taken from KalaDene the first time the Zanthar invaded, before being defeated by Sirion.

 

Iwan stopped outside the door to the great hall, his heart in his throat. He had no idea why they’d summoned him, but it couldn’t be good. He had made light of it with his mother, trying to allay her fears, but they both knew that sometimes slaves who were called to stand before the lord did not return. The guard who escorted him shoved his back.

‘Move, slave.’

Iwan took a deep breath and knocked on the scarred wood in front of him.

‘Enter.’ That was Meegrum’s voice. Perhaps Daven wasn’t there after all.

Iwan stepped into the room then stopped, staying as far away as he could without completely disobeying. The only light in the hall came from a fire halfway along its vast expanse, burning low in the hearth. A cold breeze came through the unshuttered windows, rippling tattered banners that hung high above them. Iwan shivered and took a step back, his heels now pressing against the doors.

‘Come here, where I can see you,’ rasped a voice from the high-backed chair in front of the fire.

Dammit, he is here.

Iwan swallowed hard and walked forward on trembling legs. Firelight danced across the scarred features of the man in the chair. The left side of his face had been hideously burned, the hair gone. Iwan looked at his feet. Slaves had been killed for looking at those scars for too long.

‘How can I serve you, my lord?’ Iwan asked, voice steady despite his fear.

‘Tell me, were you born on KalaDene?’ the voice issuing from those twisted and half-scarred lips was hoarse so Iwan took a step closer to hear better.

‘No, my lord, but I’ve been here since I was little more than a baby. My mother was amongst those you sent to prepare the keep for your return.’

‘You speak the language of this world, do you not?’ Meegrum said, stepping out of the shadows at the far side of the fire.

‘Yes, master, I do,’ Iwan admitted warily.

‘I am searching for someone,’ Daven said, ‘and I want you to be my eyes. You will go to the settlement closest to here and ask for shelter. You will pretend to be one of them. You will gain their trust and you will report back to me. Do you understand?’

‘Yes, my lord. Who am I looking for?’

‘You do not need to know.’

‘How can I look for someone if I do not know who it is, my lord?’ Iwan asked.

‘Do you expect me to confide in a slave? I will see everything you see, and I will decide if it is important.’

‘As you wish, my lord.’ Iwan bowed low. ‘I beg your pardon.’

‘You will be ready to leave first thing in the morning. Meegrum will send you by portal, leaving you close to the nearest settlement. And just in case you have any ideas of betraying us… ’ The lord waved his hand and Meegrum stepped forward, chanting. A black mist formed in the air, coalescing into a sphere. Colours appeared, swirling together. Iwan watched the portal form. He had seen this magic before but had never been so close to it. The hairs on the back of his arms stood upright. After a few moments, an image appeared in the middle of the portal. Devorik, leader of the Zanthar guard, stood in the middle of a grassy plain, which was silver in the light of the Middle Moon. He looked like he was somewhere further afield than Iwan had ever been; the land here was almost barren. Devorik clicked his fingers and a slave stepped into view. He stood, shivering, clad only in a loincloth, his slave-brand visible on his upper chest.

The tone of Meegrum’s chanting changed, turned more threatening. Iwan looked at the mage.

‘Watch the portal,’ Daven snapped.

Iwan pulled his eyes back to the slave on the plain, someone newly arrived from Zan. A confused expression crossed the slave’s face and then one side seemed to droop. He fell to the ground, stammering incoherently, then was still.

‘As you can see, the brand works at great distance,’ Daven said. Meegrum stopped chanting and the portal collapsed in on itself with a rush of air. ‘Should it cross your mind to run, to betray us in any way, know that you cannot run far enough. You will be discovered, and you will die. Should you decide to reveal any knowledge of our presence, we will know, and you will be dead before you can end your sentence. If, perhaps, you should decide that death is better than service, remember that whatever fate befalls you, will also befall your mother.’

Iwan grew pale, and this time he could not unclench his fists.

 

About the Author

Shona Kinsella is the author of Ashael Rising, (Unbound, 2017) the first in her series, The Vessel of KalaDene. She is also one of the editors of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, Horizons. When she is not writing or wrangling her three children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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