Friday, October 31, 2014

Celia Kennedy's Top 10 Favorite Authors **Blog Tour**

Allow me to introduce, Celia Kennedy, the author of Venus Rising and Charlotte's Restrained. Today we get a look at what books have inspired her and remained with her throughout the years.

Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American Army base. Her parents' penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.

The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and pretty much every other subject matter. Like her childhood, it was the ride that was the most entertaining, arrival at a degree, not anywhere as important.

Mark Twain said, "Write what you know." When combining this concept with her unusual life experiences (working at a nuclear submarine base when Chernobyl blew, testing software Bill Gates kept close tabs on, travelling extensively while quite broke, or falling in love with her boyfriend's close friend) thinking of what to write about isn't challenging; there just needs to be more hours in the day.

Celia published Charlotte's Restrained, The Accidental Stalker in December of 2012 and Venus Rising in August of 2013. Look for Kathleen's Undressed, The Accidental Enigma, a companion novel to Charlotte's Restrained, to be published in November 2014.
Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.

Top 10 Favorite Authors: 

"This is based upon who I’ve read, not who I know!!"

 - Celia Kennedy

1)      Jane Austen – Feminist, idealist, tongue-in-cheek, perfection!
2)      Kate Chopin – The Awakening was my first taste of adult sorrow’s in literature.
3)      Suzanne Collins – Chills when I think of her creativity and storytelling.
4)      Marian Keyes – To laugh and cry at the same time is perfection!
5)      Phillipa Gregory – Only author to make English history make sense.
6)      Amy Tan – Genius at tranporting into another cultures folklore and traditions
7)      Iain Pears – Hurt my brain in a good way writer.
8)      Derek Van Arman – Scariest book I’ve ever read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
9)      John Steinbeck – The Painted Pony… I will never recover!

10)  Mark Twain – Wit, smarts, dialog and descriptive narrative genius! Oh, the banter!!

Now, let's take a look at the book Celia Kennedy is currently touring, Venus Rising.
Akshaya Bertrand, an exotic beauty from India, is also a Professor of Art History at an elite small college in New England. The patina of the Ivy League campus is the perfect canvas for the exotic beauty from India. It is also an environment that she can navigate safely. A small world that she can minimize, make manageable.

Dr. Jared Harrison, a journalist who's been based in the Middle East, accepts a position as a guest lecturer at this exclusive college. Having just left India, Jared arrives barely in time to set up office on campus. Attending a faculty mixer as the semester begins, he catches glimpse of Akshaya Bertrand. Immediately, he learns from those who have tried and failed, that the beautiful professor is an enigma. Proclaimed to rival Lakshmi, Venus, and Aphrodite, she is a seductive piece of sculpture behind a wall of glass.

Whilst searching for a way to slip past her armor and into her life, Jared confronts the images and tragedies of the people affected by the war torn world of the Middle East. The two find themselves drawn to each other, sensing the depth of the each other's scars and compassion. While these traits serve to bond them, they must also walk the precarious path of letting each other heal.

Funding from the college provides an opportunity to combine Akshaya’s love of art and Jared’s skill as a war correspondent.  They travel to Afghanistan and India for work, and it is here that both finally face the past that has shaped them and the present that defines them. Amongst beauty and poverty as well as war and friendship they find the answers to their individual truths.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Fallen: Book Feature

The Fallen:Book Feature

For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer. 

Spirits claim/use/save/damn her. 

With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand, has more than enough secrets to keep. Secrets of her own, secrets of her clan, secrets of the world, secrets she even keeps from herself. 

There are always people who want secrets. 
Some will do anything to get what they want. 

The Fallen is the foundation of the story of The Greatest Sin, of a world adrift from its God that desperately wants Her back. Chavali's comfortable, predictable life will be ripped apart and burnt to ashes as she's forced into the middle of that struggle. Change, she hates it passionately. It hates her right back.

"As every reader knows there are certain books we don't want to end, and when we finally do close the book, we seem to grieve it. Well, The Greatest Sin, is definitely one of those books. The author did a great job pulling me into the story immediately, and then keeping me there. The story moves along at a good pace, allowing the reader to connect with the characters, while keeping the action flowing. The main character, Chavali, is mystical, strong, and caring, making her very likable. I found this book to have everything a great fantasy needs, from humor to action. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Do yourself a favor and read it." - Kim S.

"The other reviewers are right. The Fallen is an excellent fantasy read! As I was reading through it, I could almost picture this Lord of the Rings type of hobbit village meets gypsies. And reading The Fallen was like stepping into this fantasy world of theirs and getting a behind the scenes peek at their lives. You'll want to read The Fallen when you have a lot of time on your hands, it's not a short read! Also, I would describe this book as an EPIC fantasy! The authors have created such a world that it would be a shame to not continue this series." - Carrie January

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Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Spotlight **Guilty Innocence** by, Maggie James

The Book Nymph Book Spotlight

Guilty Innocence 

Maggie James

Book Synopsis
Two eleven-year-old boys.
One two-year-old girl.
A murder that shocked the nation.
Ten years after being convicted of the brutal killing of a toddler, Mark Slater, formerly Joshua Barker, is released on parole from prison. Only the other boy jointly sentenced for Abby Morgan’s murder, the twisted and violent Adam Campbell, knows the truth. That Mark played no part in Abby’s death.
Four years later, Mark’s on-off girlfriend discovers a letter revealing his conviction as a child killer. At risk of having his protective cover made public, Mark’s need to confront the injustice of his sentence becomes overwhelming. Desperate to find answers, he initiates a friendship with Abby’s older sister, something strictly prohibited by the terms of his parole. Rachel Morgan, however, unaware of Mark’s former identity, is battling her own emotional demons.
Meanwhile, circumstances have thrust Mark back in contact with Adam Campbell, who, aged twenty-five, is more domineering and chilling than ever. Can Mark rewrite history and confront his nemesis?
A gritty novel examining child murder and dysfunctional families, Guilty Innocence tells of one man’s struggle to break free from his past.
Book Reviews 
5.0 out of 5 stars
 Loved it! March 8, 2014
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A scary look at dysfunctional families and lives. Thrilling and deep down scary. The book was well written, and you could really relate to the pain of being convicted of a crime you didn't commit.

One of those books you simply can't put down. A surprising thrill ride of a journey that you can't put down. I highly recommend this book!

 A Deep, Dark Thriller March 3, 2014
By Beth
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I've lately become quite a fan of the author and have enjoyed some of her other books so I knew this would be equally good.

I have to admit that I spent much of the book truly disliking Natalie and her sneaking, deceitful ways. Even if Mark were guilty no one deserves a girlfriend like that. It's a testament to the author's talent that she can write such a disagreeable character who provokes such a strong response.

This was such a deep, dark, thought provoking story. It was a fast read but it stayed with me even after I turned the last page. Mark's journey and struggle to prove his innocence was so emotional and suspenseful that it left me mentally exhausted but it was totally worth every moment that I spent holding my breath!

This was another excellent book by a truly talented author. Thriller fans are sure to thoroughly enjoy it!

Author Bio:

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
 The first draft of her first novel, entitled His Kidnapper’s Shoes, was written whilst travelling in Bolivia. Maggie was inspired by an impending milestone birthday along with a healthy dose of annoyance at having procrastinated for so long in writing a novel. His Kidnapper’s Shoes was published in both paperback and e-book format in 2013, followed by her second novel, entitled Sister, Psychopath. Her third novel, Guilty Innocence, has now been published, and like her first two, features her home city of Bristol. She is currently editing her fourth novel, The Second Captive.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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Aleksandar Krzavac **Author Feature**


Novella Media Guy, God blesses media, but not media professionals is third book written by Aleksandar Krzavac. Through funny character of Media Guy writer, who is journalist too,  shows all dangers and traps of that divine, fascinating and damned profession.

Aleksandar Krzavac was born in 1959 in the former Yugoslavian capital Belgrade. Holder of a University degree in economics Krzavac is the author of e-book of, mainly satirical, aphorisms and cartoons titled Close Your Eyes the Future Has Just Begun too. In his second e-book Crossroads and/or Illusions, Coping with Plug & Play Ideology, Krzavac tries to challenge people thinking out of convenient life, in order, as subtitle of books says, to cope with Plug & Play Ideology. At this point even understanding is enough, and allowed, as first step to long journey of world continual changing to its optimal status, Krzavac quotes in his book.

At present Krzavac lives in Serbian capital Belgrade, employed with Serbian Broadcasting company on the position of journalist. He is married, father of three daughters.

Media Guy. God Blesses Media, but not Media Professionals,
by Aleksandar Krzavac

He passes through various happenings interesting, sometimes even dramatic but in any case funny. As simple as that he is Media Guy – very naive amateur journalist, almost stupid in some cases but at his best he is the “Top Gun” committed to excellence. Reporting from the heart of jungle full of man-eating savages or tribal war sites is for him as ordinary as chatting with colleagues in TV studio. As many others he is not sure whether TV journalism is profession or passion. That’s why he runs extreme risk doing his assignments. Doing that damned, cursed job he is not even sure whether he fulfills his or parents’ desires.

Even if it looks like he is the loser that’s just for short period.

All tense even dramatic situations Media Guy turns to happy end.  For the same reason he is fired and he is at the same time awarded as the “Funniest journalist of the Year”.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Hearts of Larceny: A Novella (SIN Book 1) by, Stephann Ibrahim **Book Feature**

Hearts of Larceny: A Novella (SIN Book 1) Stephann Ibrahim


Jordan Thatcher is a man eater. 

According to Detective Angelo she is not only a man-eater but also a serial killer leading her male acquaintances to horrifyingly gruesome endings and leaving their bodies at the scene literally heartless.

This rookie Detective is determined to prove her guilt, but there's a few kinks in his case. All of the evidence is circumstantial and his interrogation with the elusive Jordan Thatcher has Detective Angelo second guessing his investigation. 

With Jordan's agreement to provide information regarding the victims as well as her involvement in crimes of a lesser degree can the rookie detective solve the case of Highland Massacres? Will he find the evidence he needs to put perp behind bars? Most importantly, will Jordan's corporation not only lead Detective Angelo to another prime suspect but also to the missing hearts of the victims? 

This twistical dark story will take readers on mentally thrilling ride.


5.0 out of 5 stars A heart pounding must read October 14, 2014
By kflamer
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Full of intrigue, lust, deception and murder, "Hearts of Larceny" is a heart pounding must read. Jordan Thatcher is manipulative and cold yet spellbindingly attractive. The shocking end left me out of breath and desperate for part 2. Kudos to Stephann Ibrahim. I'm her number 1 fan.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read May 24, 2014
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It was intriguing and suspenseful. At times I tight the plot was too fast, would have loved a longer book but it kept my interest

Stephann Ibrahim is a writer of many genres including mystery, romance, fantasy, and children's literature. At the young age of five she knew that writing would be her calling. After ghost writing for several small publications and pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in English, she decided to follow her dream of writing novels and novellas. Her goal is to captivate the mind of readers and allow them to get lost in another world just by reading. It has been a long term aspiration for Stephann to give readers the same wonderful reading experience she received not only as a child but also as an adult. She believes that everyone needs a mental escape even if it is just for a few hours. When's she not substitute teaching, she spends her days writing. Stephann currently resides in Maryland with her husband.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Maya DeLeina's "Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire 1" Blog Tour Re-cap!

How about revisiting Maya DeLeina's incredible tour for her newest sexy vampire novel, Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire 1? 

 Follow each stop below. 

Maya DeLeina's Guest Post on the Writing Process (Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire ) **Blog Tour**

Noel Tierney thought she’d have enough time before the predicted storm to make it to her holiday retreat, but the snow hit sooner than expected. Caught unprepared on a treacherous pass, poor visibility and icy conditions lead to a crash. She lay immobile in her vehicle, stranded in a ditch in the most remote leg of her journey. 

A faceless hero comes to her rescue and Noel has no choice but to wait out the blizzard in her rescuer’s unique cabin nestled in the woods. Everything about Grayson James peaks her curiosity—his valor, air of mystery and most of all, undeniable attractiveness. 

For three days and nights, passions are unleashed and unexpected emotions are brought to life. When the storm breaks, Grayson vanishes into thin air, but not before revealing startling news that leaves her questioning her sanity. 

Fast forward years later and Noel is in the southernmost part of the United States. She’d come seeking solace after her husband’s tragic death, but what finds her in Key West is more than she ever anticipated. 

In the sultry summer, her unbridled winter’s ecstasy resurrects. 

And so does the Vampire. 

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C.P. Mandara's Blog Tour Re-Cap!

Here is your chance to revisit your favorite posts from C.P. Mandara's international blog tour for A Rough Ride, and discover new stops! 


Author, C.P. Mandara's Top 10 Authors! **Mature Content Advisory**

CP Mandara Blog Tour **A Rough Ride** Book Feature

An Exclusive Excerpt from C.P. Mandara's "A Rough Ride." **Mature Content** 18+ Audience ONLY

Who will have the pleasure of training Petal? By rights, the honour should go to Mark Matthews, but the cowboy has other plans. The matter is not settled until the stable owner is brought into the fray. 

It is to be a monumental first week for Albrecht's newest trainee. The pony girl will have two days to find a way of coping with her new latex bodysuit and the rigorous buzzing and pumping of the never-ending 'device' which torments her every waking moment. She will then find herself shipped off as a sex-slave, chained and caged, to the mysterious high-bidder from the auction. 

It doesn't take Petal long to realise that her chances of escaping from Albrecht are slim at best, but her defiant nature won't let her give up hope just yet. There is a way out for her, but she may have to give up more than her sanity in order to achieve it.

Author Bio:

Christina Mandara was born in the UK, but has spent most of her life travelling the world. She speaks three languages and has been chiefly employed in the fields of finance and travel. Her favourite city is Sydney and her favourite holiday destination is the south of France.
She loves keeping fit and enjoys running, cycling and water sports. No, not those kinds of water sports; think surfing or sailing. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t enjoy BDSM in all of its glorious forms, be that pony girls, bondage, edge play, orgasm denial or a damn good spanking. Her favourite item in the toy closet (a box simply isn’t big enough) is her riding crop.
In her spare time she’s usually cuddled up with a good book, exploring the countryside or baking in the kitchen. In fact, she loves her kitchen so much she’s one of few woman who wouldn’t mind being tied to it! Her first and foremost love is writing, however, and more often than not you’ll find her on a laptop spinning tales of romance, erotica or dark, paranormal fantasies.
Those in the BDSM world might wonder whether Ms Mandara is a top or a bottom. Is she currently training a herd of pony boys or is she stabled up, in full leather tack, with the pony girls? It’s a good question. Answers on a postcard please…
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