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Cover Reveal! Behind a Lady’s Smile by Jane Goodger!

 

BehindaLadySmile_2Title: Behind a Lady’s Smile
Author: Jane Goodger
Publisher: Lyrical Press

The Lost Heiresses

It’s one thing for a girl to lose her way, quite another to lose her heart…

Genny Hayes could charm a bear away from a pot of honey. But raised in the forests of Yosemite, she’s met precious few men to practice her smiles upon. Until a marvelously handsome photographer appears in her little corner of the wilderness and she convinces him to take her clear across the country and over the seas to England, where she has a titled grandmother and grandfather waiting to claim her. On their whirlwind journey, she’ll have the chance to bedazzle and befuddle store clerks and train robbers, society matrons and big city reporters, maids and madams, but the one man she most wants to beguile seems determined to play the gentlemen and leave her untouched. Until love steps in and knocks them both head over heels…

Praise for the novels of Jane Goodger

“Fun, delightfully romantic—and sexy.” —Sally MacKenzie on The Spinster’s Bride

“A touching, compassionate, passion-filled romance.” —RT Book Reviews on A Christmas Waltz

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Jane Goodger

Jane Goodger started her writing career as a journalist. She worked for several small, community papers before covering crime at a Connecticut daily, where she discovered life can be cruel and doesn’t often have a happy ending. Taking matters in her own hands, Jane decided to recreate a world where all women are successful and brilliant, all men are kind, sexy, and gorgeous, and every story ends happily. She likes this world much better.

Jane lives with her husband and three children in New England where they all strive to make certain Jane has her happy ending every day. So far, so good.

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Cover Reveal! Blood Stitches by Erin Fanning

 

Blood Stitches-highresTitle: Blood Stitches
Author: Erin Fanning
Publisher: Kensington

It’s called El Toque de la Luna–The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving–or devastating–the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head–until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters–and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.

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  • Blood Stitches is available at Amazon

 

Erin FanningErin Fanning spends her summers on a remote Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes.

She’s the author of the “Curse of Blackhawk Bay” (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2008), “Mountain Biking Michigan” (Globe Pequot Press, 2002), and numerous short stories, essays, and articles.

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Interview with Auston Habershaw, author of The Iron Ring

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The Iron RingTitle: The Iron Ring

Author: Auston Habershaw

Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse

Pages: 192

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Format: Kindle

Tyvian Reldamar—criminal mastermind, rogue mage, and smuggler of sorcerous goods—has just been betrayed by his longtime partner and left for dead in a freezing river. To add insult to injury, his mysterious rescuer took it upon himself to affix Tyvian with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing.

Revenge just got complicated.

On his quest to get even, Tyvian navigates dark international conspiracies, dodges midnight assassins, and uncovers the plans of the ruthless warlord Banric Sahand—all while running from a Mage-Defender determined to lock him up. Tyvian will need to use every dirty trick in the book to avoid a painful and ignominious end, even as he discovers that sometimes even the world’s most devious man needs a shoulder to lean on.

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  • The Iron Ring is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I am a very confident person. I believe in myself and am comfortable with who I am. I think this is crucially important, especially for a writer, where most of what you are faced with is rejection after rejection.

Sometimes I worry that I come off as arrogant or overly proud of myself (and, honestly, maybe I am, a little), but I think believing in yourself and maybe coming off as arrogant is many times better than not believing in yourself and coming off as unsure of yourself.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

I talk too much and, if not reined in by somebody, I’ll talk somebody’s ear off about something they don’t care about for literally hours. It’s embarrassing when I realize (usually later on) how much I bored or annoyed that person and I honestly had no idea. I feel really bad about it sometimes.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first short stories in high school and my first novel during my senior year in college. That, though, was me testing the ropes—the stories and the novel were terrible. I have been writing at what I would consider professional caliber (i.e. somebody might pay for this junk) since about 2005. So, either ten years or twenty years, depending on how you count.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

When I was a kid, I knew I wanted to tell stories. What I didn’t know was “what job allowed you to tell stories for a living.” I started with movie producer, but soon learned that wasn’t quite the same. Then movie director or acting appealed to me, but again, I didn’t feel like I was getting to the heart of storytelling—I wasn’t producing the writing. It wasn’t until high school, when I was reading in English class about the lives of famous writers, that I realized writing was, itself, a profession. It was also where all the stories came from. I found my calling right then and there.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

I took public transportation to and from high school. There was a station where I needed to switch from the subway to a bus to get home, and near there was a little bookstore. I used to walk up to that bookstore at least once a week and scour their tiny science fiction/fantasy section for new books to read. My earliest influences were Tolkien (of course) as well as the Dragonlance novels by Weis and Hickman, the works of RA Salvatore, and Robert Jordan.

How did you come up with the title of the book?

Funny story about that, actually. So, when I originally was made the offer by Harper Voyager Impulse, I had submitted to them my novel with the title The Oldest Trick. The novel, though, was too long for their tastes. However, they loved it and wanted the whole thing, only split into two books. So, that’s what I did (spoiler alert: The Iron Ring ends on a pretty major cliffhanger), and the original plan was to call the two books The Oldest Trick Part 1 and Part 2. That, though, would get confusing with the fact that there was to be a third book in the series, too.

So, we settled on renaming the first two books (the two halves of the original book). I gave them a list of titles that might work and my editor picked The Iron Ring and Blood and Iron, which are pretty snappy titles, I suppose.

So, yeah, this title kinda almost happened by accident.

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?

I love, love, love Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. It is possibly the best fantasy out there today, in my humble opinion. That book rocked, and its sequels also rock, and I am desperately awaiting another one.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The toughest part was stripping the plot down to essentials to keep the pace up. I have a lot of characters I love and a world that is very detailed and I could spend pages and pages and pages there, going through every aspect of their lives in minute detail. Thing is, that would get really boring. You need to cut to the chase.

Exposition in works of fantasy is needed, yeah, but you need to be careful of how much you infodump and where. You need to spread it out so the reader doesn’t realize they are being lectured to until the lecture is long over. You need to keep it fun, all the time.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention.

Fact #1: In my quest to become a professional author, I have done tons and tons of random jobs to keep my head above water. The worst of them was working as an underling for a slumlord in his sketchy bed and breakfast (there was this one time I had to fight a rat for a clean towel in that place. Not kidding.).

Fact #2: I’ve been telling people for years that Skylab fell from space on the day I was born. Well, just so happened I looked it up yesterday and it wasn’t actually the day I was born—it was on my first birthday! Dammit!

Well, I’m still going to tell people it was the day I was born, anyway. Lots of people lie about their age—why shouldn’t I?

Fact #3: I know three different ways the dwarves song “Far Over Misty Mountains” from the Hobbit has been set to music. I sing all three of them to myself often. Once, I got my baby daughter to fall asleep by singing the whole thing to her. Yes, I calmed a crying infant by singing a dwarven dirge. Go me.

Auston Habershaw is a science fiction and fantasy writer and author of The Saga of the Redeemed (part one to be released by Harper Voyager in February 2015). You can find links to his stuff through Amazon or Goodreads (see the links to your right!). He got second place in the Writers of the Future Contest in the first quarter of 2014 (Volume 31), so he presumably has some idea of what he’s doing (though not the *best* idea, obviously). He’s also an English professor, a pretty good storyteller, and a big time geek. This blog is for him to discuss and explore some of the crazy ideas that are usually kicking around in his head, throw out some of his homemade RPGs for people to use or see, advertise his budding writing career, and see just what this whole ‘blog’ thing is about. Enjoy!
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Interview with Rhys Ford, author of Black Dog Blues

Black Dog BluesTitle: Black Dog Blues

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: DSP Publications

Pages: 246

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Ever since he’d been part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figured he’d used up any good karma he had when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races were left with a messy, monster-ridden world and Stalkers were often the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy and dark moved into the neighbourhood.

There certainly were no shortage of monsters or people stupidly willing to become lunch for one.

It was a hard life but one Kai liked. And he was good at it. Killing monsters was easy. Especially since he was one himself.

After an accident retired Dempsey out, Kai set up permanent shop in San Diego, contracting out to the local SoCalGov depot. It was a decent life, filled with bounty, a few friends and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him he wasn’t really human.

That was until a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego and Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It was supposed to a simple run; head up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary with the new Court then back to San Diego. Easy, quick and best of all, profitable. But Ryder’s “simple” run leads to massive trouble and Kai ends up being caught in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich by being a Stalker. But then hardly any of them got old either. The way things were looking, it didn’t look like Kai was going to be the exception.

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Thank you so much for allowing me to come visit here. I really appreciate the opportunity to talk about Black Dog Blues and DSP Publications, my publishing house. It’s great to be here!

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My favourite quality? I make a damned good cup of coffee. Which, if you know writers, is very important because it fuels much of the day. Or really my day.

On a more serious note, I think I just keep trying. The world’s a pretty dangerous place for a writer. There’s a lot of downs before there are ups but sometimes the ups are in the stratosphere. I dream. Maybe not BIG but I dream.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

I am so never happy with my writing. I want to reach down into every reader’s heart and touch something. There’s always that feeling of falling short. I’m also impatient. I wish I could write faster. Better. Stronger. *grins*

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first book when I was twelve. Probably not a masterpiece. Those pages are long gone. So decades really.

Who or what influences your writing?

So many things influence my writing, past and present. I would say my cultural diversity plays a big part in my writing. I strive for inclusion. I hope to portray the vastness of the human experience, its differences and similarities.

For Black Dog Blues, I wanted to bring an “alternative-lifestyle” character to the forefront and complicate his life with a cultural conflict. In Kai’s case, he is elfin but raised by a human, so his cultural experiences and imprint is human, totally at odds with his “ethnic” background. I wanted to explore that kind of conflict of self in this series.

What made you want to be a writer?

I’ve said this a thousand times before, I think it’s a disease. An addiction. Stuff just bubbles up in my brain and shoving it back down doesn’t seem to work. So therefore, I write.

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?

Wow, so many. I read a lot and I try to keep up with my peers. Most recently I’m looking forward to Amy Lane’s rerelease of her Little Goddess series starting in March, Jordan Castillo Price’s Mnevermind 3 and I’ve just read Jordan L. Hawk’s new release Restless Spirits. My Kindle is packed with books I need to get to. I’m also doing a full reread of JD Robb’s in Death series.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Did you learn anything while writing your book? If so, what was it?

To keep writing is probably the hardest. I usually write in series so I have to be careful about loose threads and forgotten plot points. Sometimes pushing to that 85K mark is difficult because ALL the words have to be important—no filler stuff. The scenes have to make sense and add to the story.

If I learned one thing about writing from Black Dog Blues, it’s that it’s okay to complicate relationships. Just don’t get too crazy. And don’t make indestructible memorable monsters. Okay, that I learned from DMing Dungeons and Dragons. Some parties are just too stupid to live and if you put a face on something, they’ll try to kill it. Don’t be that kind of writer. If you detail out the dragon, you’ve got to interact with the dragon.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you.

Good to know facts? Okay…

  1. 1.    I need coffee. Hands down. Just need it. I’m pretty sure if someone cut me open, I’d spill beans like I was one of Juan Valdez’s sacks on the back of his donkey. And I’m okay with this.
  2. 2.    It’s hard to write without killing things. I wrote a “pure contemporary romance” and probably one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. There was a very vocal part of my brain that kept saying; “You know what would be good here? Blood. A good murder. Right HERE”.
  3. 3.    I love both the macabre and the cute. And I like to write to both of those loves. There should always be a splash of humour in a book, somewhere. I like to include a wink to the nonsensical in everything I write.

Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?

The FANTASTIC Anne Cain did my cover art. Anne’s a lovely person, a dear friend and a fabulous artist. I asked for something mainstream urban fantasy with a dollop of apocalypse and she delivered. As always. She’s a great person to work with.

Thank you again for letting me play in your sandbox! 

rhys-ford

Rhys Ford is a firm believer in love and let love, short walks to a coffee shop and having a spare cat or two. Most days she can be found swearing at her laptop and trying to come up with new ways to kill off perfectly good random characters.

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawaii then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur, a black Pomeranian puffball and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a purple Bella coffee maker.

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