Blog Tour & Giveaway: Just Right by Sheena Binkley

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Just Right:
A Something Just Ain’t Right Novella
by Sheena Binkley
Genre: Interracial,
Mystery & Suspense, Romance
What happens when the chaos ends and their normal life begins?
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It has been three years since Hayley and Morgan Carter experienced the
turmoil caused by Morgan’s family. Now that the threats,
kidnappings, and shootings are behind them, the two can now live a
normal life with their two-year-old son, Morgan Jr. While Hayley is
living her dream as an event coordinator for a high-profiled company,
Morgan decided to go into law enforcement and become a detective.
With their lives slowly falling into place, the two will soon find
out that things are not what they seem.
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As the two receive some surprising news from a former nemesis, they must
decide what is best to protect themselves and their loved ones. Will
the two result back to their former lives to keep their happily ever
after, or will it be too late?
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Morgan

Since Hayley went out with Tamara, I figured that’ll give me time to talk with Lamar and Kyle. I needed to talk with someone about what I’d found out about Travis being released and how I was going to tell Hayley.

I grabbed a beer from the fridge when the doorbell rang. I went to the door, opening it to see the two standing outside.

“At least you showed up at the same time. I don’t have to wait for anyone.” I said as I closed the door.

“Aren’t you considerate.” Kyle joked while walking in.

“I don’t want to repeat what I have to say twice.”

“What is this about? You sounded kind of urgent on the phone.” Lamar said while going into the living room.

I sat down in the armchair, facing the two and sighed. “I just found out that Travis is set to be released on parole.”

Kyle leaned forward while Lamar gave a confused look.

“Wait, what? How is that possible?” Lamar asked.

“The courts felt he has been on his best behavior. So they decided to shorten his sentence.”

“But he tried to kill you and Hales.”

I ran my hand through my hair. That was the same reaction I had when Sergeant Stumper gave me the news about Travis. When I heard it, I wanted to punch him in his face but it wasn’t his fault about Travis’ early release. It’s the muthafuckers that he works with fault.

“I’m assuming you haven’t told Hayley?” Kyle asked.

“No, I don’t want to worry her. She’ll probably think that he’ll come after us. I don’t know if he will but if so, badge or not, I will protect myself and my family.”

“I understand, but Morgan, it’s not just Hales you have to think about. What about MJ? Are you seriously going to risk your freedom for that asshole?” Lamar asked.

“What do you want me to do, then? Just let him do whatever the hell he wants and we all suffer the consequences?”

“I’m not saying that. You are a detective now. I’m sure you can find some way to control him in a legal manner.”

“Lamar’s right. You have too much to lose now. Besides, that’s what Travis wants you to do, especially since he feels you destroyed his life.” Kyle added.

“How do you feel about all of this?” I asked Kyle.

“How should I feel? Regardless, the man shouldn’t be out in the free world.”

“I know you don’t want to Morgan, but you need to tell Hayley. She needs to know.” Lamar stressed.

I leaned back in the chair contemplating if I should. I don’t want Hayley to worry. She’s happy right now, so I don’t want to ruin that.

So much for living a normal life…

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Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her
first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since
then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that
are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a
freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including
education and entertainment.

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To date, her best-selling novels include In Love With My Best Friend,
Love Unbroken, Something Just Ain’t Right, and The Love Chronicles.
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In April of 2016, Sheena launched her own publishing company which focus
strictly on romance books. Besides writing, she loves reading,
shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in
Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wehr Wolff Castle by B. Bentley Summers

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Wehr Wolff Castle
The Wehr Wolff Chronicles Book 1
by B. Bentley Summers
Genre: Historical Horror, LGBT
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During the rise of Nazi Germany, Hagen Messer joins the Royal Air Force as an American soldier who specializes in tracking. He’s attached to British commandos and given a seemingly simple mission—to find a captive and destroy a dam—but everything goes awry. Hagen’s plane crashes into Germany’s Wehr Forest and he has to use his
extrasensory abilities to track the captive to nearby Wehr Wolff Castle, a secret Nazi base where vile experiments are being conducted.

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Hagen and his surviving team members must sneak into the castle and devise a way to destroy the experimental labs creating diabolical creatures. Hagen is horrified to find Nazis and scientists with no scruples, and at the most inconvenient time, he learns that he may be in love with one of his teammates, an Irishman named Liam. In order to protect his
love and his friends, Hagen must feign nonchalance amidst pure degeneracy and suspicion. Hagen soon discovers, though, that he is in over his head.
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What may not only redeem him, but also save his lover and friends, is a childhood past and a darkness lurking deep inside him, just waiting to be engaged.
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Each second that Hagen sat at the dining hall table was excruciating. Crystal glasses clinked together and he cringed, a couple of officers guffawed and he flinched, and back in the kitchen, a pot clanked hard on the floor and he almost ducked under the table. He stilled himself by sitting on top of his hands. He leaned toward Becke, pretending to listen to the conversation Becke was having with a fellow Nazi officer. When Hagen glanced across the table, Roesia seemed to be in high spirits, her wineglass held with one hand, appearing enraptured by Wagner. The general’s head was tilted back in laughter, his slender nose huge from Hagen’s angle.

Dr. Mengele, meanwhile, leaned sideways from his chair, his chin close to Roesia’s shoulder. He too was attentive to Wagner’s discussion as well as the nape of Roesia’s neck.

A large stainless-steel platter was set in the center of the table and the lid lifted off. A roasted pig with an apple in its mouth stared at him. Hagen’s stomach lurched and a hand flew up to his mouth. He had to look away for a moment and take in a deep breath.

A waiter sliced off chunks of meat and placed them onto each of their plates. The memory of killing the teenager replayed in his head, over and over. He pushed it from his mind, and it was replaced with the SS guard, Dexer, throwing the teen-with-a-limp into the pod. The boy had pounded on the pod window until he’d dropped to the bottom to be eaten by a colossal wolf named Riesig. Bile backed up in Hagen’s throat, his stomach somersaulting. Hagen picked up his fork and knife, and cut off a sliver of meat. He placed it in his mouth and started to chew. It took enormous effort to swallow.

Roesia was speaking to Wagner, and the general’s hand inched near hers, hardly a space between them. Dr. Mengele was engaged in a discussion with the man next to him. He said he planned to create weremutants who were immune to silver.

Hagen caught Dr. Mengele’s conspiratorial whisper. “I’m close.”

Hagen searched the dining hall for a clock. Eight thirty was the time they had decided. Around the table were a handful of SS guards standing close to the wall, pistols holstered in shoulder harnesses. A grandfather clock in the corner said it was eight. Hagen cut off another piece of his meat and placed it in his mouth, a physical revolt happening inside his digestion system that he tried to ignore.

Wagner spoke loudly from across the table. “We have heard there have been spies who have infiltrated the Nazi regime. We have been told that several of them are our own countrymen.”

Roesia feigned shock. “Dear me.” Roesia, at least, had found renewed strength to keep up her masquerade. She asked, “Do you think this place is at risk?”

Wagner took a drink of his wine and offered a somber nod. “I’m afraid it is. We had a base at a dam in Konstanz, which was recently sabotaged. We had to move everything to this location. Himmler has called for a thorough cleansing of all our forces.”

Roesia shook her head, placing her hand on top of his. “The utter nerve.”

Wagner smiled. “Sometimes, these people are the ones closest to you. Sadly, no one can be trusted. But I assure you, Dr. Lawerenze, I will root them out.”

Hagen looked over Wagner’s shoulder and did a double take. Martz was peeking from a doorway. Hagen averted his eyes, barely glancing back up. The man marched up to the table, his eyes on Hagen, then bent over and whispered into Wagner’s ear.

Hagen tensed. He’s going to inform on me.

Hagen caught the name, “Rolph,” and the last part, “I was looking for you.”

Wagner said, “I was downstairs.” He bit his lip, stood up, and placed his napkin on his chair. Roesia turned to him and he bowed to her, saying, “Excuse me. I have some business to attend. I shall leave you in good hands, though.” Wagner followed Martz out of the room.

Becke asked Hagen, “Dr. Lawerenze says the other two officers are now sick?”

Hagen laid his fork down harder than he’d intended; it made a sharp clink on his plate. “They all had a fever.”

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Birthright by Nick G. Giannaras

 

Historical Fiction

Date Published: June 27, 2017

 Publisher: Yo Productions, LLC

As an infant, Niklas’s family escaped death when the entire royal bloodline of Livonia was murdered. As an adult, Niklas joined the Teutonic Knights in their bloody crusades across Europe to spread God’s Word. After years of service, he discovers that the army he faithfully served has ill-intentioned motives.

When Niklas and his friend defect from the knighthood, they are relentlessly pursued across the Baltic States by the wickedly led Teutonic Order. His only hope to enjoy a peaceful life is to unify the oppressed populace against their tyrannical rulers. But, political upheavals and looming enemies threaten any chance of peace. When it’s discovered that an heir to the Livonian throne is still alive, Niklas vows to help him regain his rightful place as leader. At best, Niklas’s oath can help bring freedom to people in a lost country. At worst, it can cost him his life.

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About the Author

Nick G. Giannaras has been practicing Chiropractic for 20 years. He resides in North Carolina where he is active in his church, Deliverance Christian Center. He enjoys his great family amid numerous hobbies such as: tabletop wargames, creating music, painting, hunting, and fishing. He was also a Civil War reenactor for 15 years. He never considered writing as a ministry until the endeavor commenced in 2005. Nick views his books as ‘Entertainment with a message’ and prays they will reach the world with a positive impact for those who jump into his words.

Contact Information

Website: http://nickgg.weebly.com/

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nick.giannaras

Blog: : http://nickgg.weebly.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35464638-birthright?from_search=true

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Human Connection by Arthur F. Coombs

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During the past twenty-five years, Art has worked in leadership positions with a number of global firms and their call/BPO centers worldwide. Currently president and CEO of KomBea Corporation, Art has served for more than a dozen years developing and marketing tools that blend human intelligence and automation to improve call center phone interactions. Find out more about Art’s company, KomBea,  HERE>
Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, a nd RasterOps.
What started more than twenty years ago with a presentation in Paris has positioned Art as a charismatic, innovative, and sought-after speaker across the globe. His authentic style of delivery, solid content, and practical applications leave his audiences ready to make a difference in their own spheres of influence.
Without a doubt, Art’s heartfelt and humorous insights captivate and inspire all who hear him. Now, with his number one bestselling book Don’t Just Manage—LEAD!, everyone can experience Art’s inspiring storytelling!

 

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Sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, a man who knew a lot about effective leadership, maintained that the most successful people were those whose actions inspired others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. These people were the ones who left the sidelines, entered the fray, and threw themselves into life. They were the ones who forged a nation and achieved the impossible. They were the ones who truly connected to life, to others, and to themselves. 
 
Today, the world needs human connection more than ever. It needs people who strive for deeper relationships, not just surface recognition, who come at life with the enthusiasm, energy, and excitement that bind people together. These people have a powerful impact on all around them. 
 
Leadership guru Art Coombs combines fresh perspectives, profound experience, engaging information, and unforgettable stories into a simple formula that will result in rich connections as you live, laugh, learn, love, and lead those who mean the most to you. Begin today to live the authentic, abundant life you were meant to as you build and shape the connections that change everything.
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10 Fun Facts about Art

  1. I have never broken a bone
  2. I have had dinner with President & Barber Bush
  3. I own horses
  4. I was officially arrested for “trespassing with a rifle.” I was 10, and it was a Red Ryder Daisey BB gun.
  5. I was 17 when I had my first kiss
  6. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother
  7. I started my first company at 28 years old. Video Data Systems. In the 80’s Video Dating was the precursor to online dating sites as we know them.  When I would call prospects they would say, no thinks I have a partner, or I am married.  I would say not Video Dating Systems.  Video D A T A Systems.
  8. I have notoriously small feet, and when I lived in Holland (the tallest people on the planet), the shoe salesperson would laugh and giggle and tell me that I had to go to the boy’s section to buy shoes.
  9. I hate wearing ties.
  10. I love coaching and teaching youth. I think it is a sin that teachers are not some of the highest paid professionals on this planet. We should make it so lucrative that our best and brightest are fighting to be teachers on all levels in our educational system.
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Halloween Countdown Blitz Day 2: Teapots & Treachery by Donna K. Weaver

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Award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl.


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A Savage Ghost
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles.

But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

Waves of Deceit
Twenty-six-year-old Shelby Nash wants to break free of her controlling, billionaire father. With the completion of one more project for his company, she can branch out on her own. However, her ex-boyfriend’s been appointed as the new lead architect. She has to find a way to protect her heart from him while avoiding whoever’s making anonymous threats.

Wade Masters did a poor job handling the news about the identity of his girlfriend’s father. Shelby walked out of his life without another word. Finally, four years later, Wade has a chance to win her back. As long as whoever’s targeted her doesn’t get her first.

 

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She tried to ignore Wade beside her. He wore her favorite cologne, the one she had first introduced him to. During the meeting, she’d managed to ignore it, but now … It brought back so many memories. She’d liked the fragrance well enough at the mall, but when he’d put it on, he’d brought his own something to the smell.

Her pulse quickened at the memory. Irritated, she tried to analyze her reaction to the smell, thinking of the science behind it, of the molecules of the fragrance responding to a person’s skin and hormones, the complex mixture of all those chemicals—water, fat, acids, sugars, salts, proteins …

What she really wanted was to snuggle against his neck and breathe him in.

Shelby leaned away from him, as far as she could, and rested her cheek in her palm. Didn’t she hate him? Hadn’t she told herself that over and over again for years? He’d rejected her because of who her father was. Like she had any control over that. It was absolutely ridiculous to still respond to him in this way. It made her feel weak, a simpleton who let hormones control her. She wouldn’t do it.

From the side, she sensed movement from him, and a whiff of his cologne hit her again. Was he doing that on purpose? She straightened, prepared to say something. He sat with his laptop open, earbuds already in his ears. He glanced at her and pulled out a bud.

“Sorry, is that blowing on you?” Wade reached up, shifted the air vent a little, and returned the earbud. He leaned over his computer, like he’d already forgotten her.

Shelby pulled the dagger from her heart. All these years she’d grieved the death of their love, vilified him, and agonized over what they might have had. Apparently, he hadn’t even given her a second thought.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Appointment with Yesterday by Christopher Stratakis

Book Title: Appointment with Yesterday: A Novel in Four Parts with a Prologue and an Epilogue
Author: Christopher Stratakis
Category: Adult Fiction, 334 pages
Genre: coming-of-age / WWII / immigrant experience
Publisher: IndieReader
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: Oct 2 to 20, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is no bad language or violence, but there are references to sex and sexual situations (including between a pre-teen and teen)

 

Book Description:

A poignant and compelling first novel, Appointment with Yesterday tells the story of Yanni, a cheeky and delightful Greek boy growing up in a small town on an island in the eastern Aegean.

Left in the care of his loving grandparents, Yanni endures the deprivation and terror of the German occupation during World War II and finally leaves his beloved homeland and family to rejoin the parents who had left him behind to make a better life for themselves in America.

Filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of love, devotion, disenchantment, and dashed dreams, Appointment with Yesterday is, ultimately, the story of hardships overcome and a determined boy’s journey toward finding his destiny.

 

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Christopher Stratakis was born and raised in Greece. After moving to America, he graduated from Drexel University in 1951 and New York University School of Law in 1955. Shortly after joining the law firm of Poles, Tublin & Patestides in 1960, he became a partner, specializing in admiralty and corporate law.

He has written and published several articles, lectured on professional and historical subjects, served as Legal Advisor to several non-profits (pro bono), and was an arbitrator in maritime disputes. He is the author of Mnimes “Memories” (2010), a book of essays, short stories, and poems that he wrote as a teenager. In 2015, he co-edited Chains on Parallel Roads, a book published by Panchiaki “Korais” Society of New York. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, he has been the recipient of several awards from religious, governmental, and educational institutions.

Mr. Stratakis lives with his wife in New York City. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of three. This is his first novel.

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Wicked Treat by Crimson Syn

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A Wicked Treat
Sinful Holiday Series Book 1
by Crimson Syn
Genre: New Adult Romance
A WICKED HALLOWEEN ROMANCE
 
Anthony Reed has me primed and ready for so much more.
More of his mouth, more of his touch, more of his deliciously dirty words.
The man seduced me from the first moment I saw him,
And I can’t seem to stop myself from getting lost in him.
But my job is at stake, and so is my heart.
Yet I can’t help but fall for his devilish ways.
 
 
I have never yearned for a woman like I do Miss Ana Collins.
She’s beautiful, smart and unbelievably tempting.
She’s also my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher.
I should stay away from her, protect her, but I can’t do that.
My angel means everything to me.
Even if I have to fight my torrid past, I will have her.
She’s the only one who can mend my broken heart.
 

 

***This Halloween, an angel will fall in the hands of a very horny
devil.***
Mature audiences only: 18+
Explicit sexual scenes and language.
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My name is Crimson Syn,
not really, but what fun is it to use my real name. Instead I’ll
use my inner goddess’ name, it’s much more fun that way. I
grew up in New York City where I had a wonderful education, loving
parents and awesome friends. What more could a girl ask for?
I started writing at the age of sixteen. The first romance I read was
Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride. Since then I have been
influenced by dozens of flourishing romance authors and even more
dashing and daring rogues. I must say it, but Fifty Shades was not my
first erotic romance, nor did it influence me to start writing them.
If you’ve never read Mary Balogh, Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,
Bertrice Small or A.N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, then
you’re missing out. Those were my sweet introductions to erotic
romance, and boy were they hot.
So here I am, after reading so many wonderful stories, I have too many
sinful tales of my own not to share. I like my alphas rough and
possessive, and I have no shame in saying it or writing it. I had
delightfully wicked teachers growing up, their books took me to new
worlds and brought me new loves. So, I want to do the same for you. I
want to indulge my readers in those steamy reads that will send them
into the arms of dangerous alphas and deliciously sexy rogues,
without leaving the confines of their nice warm bed. If I am able to
entice your inner goddesses, then I have done my job and I am
satisfied.
 
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Quintaglio Ascension by Robert J. Sawyer

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Far-Seer
The Quintaglio Ascension Book 1
by Robert J. Sawyer
Genre: SciFi Fantasy
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Sixty-five million years ago, aliens transplanted Earth’s dinosaurs to another
world. Now, intelligent saurians — the Quintaglios — have emerged.
Afsan, the Quintaglio counterpart of Galileo, must convince his
people of the truth about their place in the universe before
astronomical forces rip the dinosaurs’ new home apart.

 
The Face of God is what every young saurian learns to call the immense,
glowing object which fills the night sky on the far side of the
world. Young Afsan is privileged, called to the distant Capital City
to apprentice with Saleed the court astrologer. But when the time
comes for Afsan to make his coming-of-age pilgrimage, to gaze upon
the Face of God, his world is changed forever- for what he sees will
test his faith… and may save his world from disaster!

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Fossil Hunter
The Quintaglio Ascension Book 2
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Toroca, a Quintaglio geologist, is under attack for his controversial new
theory of evolution. But the origins of his people turn out to be
more complex than even he imagined, for he soon discovers the
wreckage of an ancient starship — a relic of the aliens who
transplanted Earth’s dinosaurs to this solar system. Now Toroca must
convince Emperor Dybo that evolution is true; otherwise, the
territorial violence the Quintaglios inherited from their tyrannosaur
ancestors will destroy the last survivors of Earth’s prehistoric past.
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The Quintaglio Ascension Book 3
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In Far-Seer and Fossil Hunter, we met the Quintaglios, a race of
intelligent dinosaurs (evolved descendants of dinosaurs rescued in
prehistory from Earth), and learned of the threat to their very
existence. Now they must quickly advance from a culture equivalent to
our Renaissance to the point where they can leave their planet.

While the Quintaglios rush to develop space travel, the discovery of a
second species of intelligent dinosaurs rocks their most fundamental
beliefs. Meanwhile, blind Afsan — the Quintaglio Galileo —
undergoes the newfangled treatment of psychoanalysis, throwing
everything he thought he knew about his violent people into a
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Murder Misread by P.M. Carlson

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Murder Misread by P.M. Carlson

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: August 2015
Number of Pages: 241
ISBN13: 1932325468 (ISBN13: 9781932325461)
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor #7
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In 1977, statistician Maggie Ryan returns to her alma mater to help Charlie Fielding analyze his reading research. Charlie, professor and film buff, is studying the eye movements of skilled readers. Maggie’s work is interesting, her kids have good daycare, and her actor husband Nick O’Connor is working nearby. But the happy summer plan is disrupted when Charlie’s popular colleague and rival, Tal Chandler, is found shot near campus.

When a turf war between town homicide detectives and image-conscious campus police hinders the investigation, Maggie and Nick team up with Tal’s grieving widow to get some questions answered.

 

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“Maggie is an engaging everywoman– wife, mother, professional– who conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” — Margot Mifflin, Entertainment Weekly

“Thoroughly believable characters with depth and humor and finely realized senses of grief and anger. Carlson plays fair with the reader while making the unmasking of the criminal a surprise indeed.” — Susan L. Clark, The Armchair Detective

“As usual, P.M. Carlson gives us a spell-binding, multidimensional puzzle, interesting background material, and fascinating and appealing characters.” — Phyllis Brown, Grounds for Murder

“[Maggie Ryan] has been a role model for women since the beginning and I loved watching her merge marriage and children with her talent for solving mysteries!” — Margaret Maron

 

“Murder Misread” by P.M. Carlson, the Maggie Ryan Mystery #7

Statistician Maggie Ryan, actor Nick O’Connor, and their two small children are looking forward to a relaxing summer away from New York City. Maggie’s working at her alma mater as consultant to reading expert Professor Charlie Fielding, and Nick has a gig at a summer theatre nearby. But then the body of Charlie’s retired predecessor, Professor Tal Chandler, is found near campus. It seems to be suicide–– but the gun was in left-handed Tal’s right hand. With help from Tal’s grieving widow, Professor Anne Chandler, Maggie and Nick find that friendly, nosy Tal had uncovered some dark secrets about his university coworkers––secrets that could lead to murder.

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Sunlight sifted through the trees. The creek giggled below. A little child galloped down the path, paused to pick up a pebble from the mud, ran back to her smiling mother. They moved on past, until their happy chatter merged into the rustling of the leaves.

A sweet day for a murder.

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To get to Plato’s for Tal’s celebration, they had to cross the gorge. Maggie unhesitatingly chose the right path from among the several that meandered down into the wooded ravine. “I see you still know your way around,” Charlie observed.

“Yeah, it comes back. It was only seven years ago that I left. Which way do you prefer here?” Maggie paused at a fork in the trail, where one path led to a green-painted metal pedestrian bridge, and another wound lower and under the bridge along the edge of the little creek that had patiently carved out this gorge.

“The lower one’s prettier if you don’t mind steps. But it may be soggy still from the thunderstorm yesterday. I generally use this upper path.”

“Fine, let’s be prudent.” That warm Diane Keaton smile again as she turned toward the bridge. “I love this walk, don’t you?”

“Yes. I’m a hiker. You must miss the woods, living in New York.”

“Not as much as I expected. We’re only a block from Prospect Park, so we’ve got plenty of woods and meadows and ravines to explore.”

“Aren’t those big city parks dangerous?” He had to stretch to keep up with her athletic strides.

“Well, I don’t wander through them alone at night.” She hesitated, glancing at Charlie with an ambiguous smile. “Somebody did try to rape me once. But it wasn’t in Prospect Park. It was only a few miles from this very spot, when I was a student here.”

“God!” What could he say? What a horrible experience, to have someone forcing himself…. He mumbled inadequately, “That must have been terrible!”

“Yeah. Well, help arrived fast and we sent him up for ninety-nine years. Happy ending.” She didn’t sound happy, her shoulders hunching under the sky-blue cotton. “Anyway, I’ve learned to stay alert. Did you notice the guy under the bridge just now?”

Charlie looked back, frowning, and pushed his glasses up on his nose. The ravine was a visual crazy-quilt patched from dark earth, green leaves, splashes of sunlight. The original camouflage design, quivering as the breeze riffled the leaves. Below, the creek glinted; trunks and branches traced irregular dark lines through the trembling foliage. Nearer, the artificial pea-green of the bridge shafted straight-edged across the little chasm. “I don’t see anyone.”

“See where the trail widens? That muddy patch?”

“Yes. Oh!” He saw him then: standing nearly hidden by a clump of bushy young maples, only a bit of gray sleeve and a dark shoe visible from here. “Wonder what he’s up to?”

“In Prospect Park he’d probably be a bird-watcher,” Maggie said lightly, and turned back up the path toward College Avenue and Plato’s.

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Excerpt from Murder Misread by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

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Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She’s wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since  there are many, many books living inside her head.
 
In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories….along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating,
using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.
 
Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.
 
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The 3rd book in the 1st of several
trilogies featuring Maura & her family! 
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Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril… 
 
Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by
the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…
 
Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family
would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life? 
 
In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most… 
 
In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist.

 

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