Saturday, 1 October 2016

99 CENTS: And Then She Was Gone by Christopher Greyson

Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother. Asked to look into a missing girl’s disappearance, Jack quickly gets drawn into a baffling mystery. As Jack digs deeper, everyone becomes a suspect—including himself.

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Flurries Unlimited (FU) was fortunate enough to grab a quick chat with paranormal and historical romance author K.J. Jackson about her work, her inspirations and love of rusty tin cans.  This is what we talked about:

FU:  There are so many different genres to choose from, what inspired you to write historical and paranormal romance? 

KJJ: There was never any question with me about what I would write--romance--as I'm a happily-ever-after girl to the bone. I come by the paranormal genre of it naturally, as my dad was a high school English teacher who loved to teach Greek mythology as part of the coursework. So I was around so many of those magical stories early on in life. So when I started publishing several years ago, writing a take on mythology in a paranormal romance held a lot of interest to me, personally. That, and to be 100 percent honest, I was juggling a full-time job and a 2 and 4 year old at the time, and I thought I'd have to do less research than I would in writing a historical. Ha, ha on me! I was somewhat right about it, but I waaay underestimated how much detail goes into world-building, and how one has to be meticulous in keeping track of powers, locales, etc.! I have never met a rabbit-hole of options that I did not go down--my own flaw. And options are unlimited when you're world-building. But the paranormal books have always been super fun for me, as I like my romance with fantasy in it--be that imaginary powers or set in a time long ago. 
And that leads me to writing my historical romance--I love reading historical romance, always have  (my favorite genre), and the common advice about writing what you would love to to read has worked out pretty well for me.  
FU:  So, what's the story of the rusty tin can picture on your website? What made you chose that? 

KJJ: Yea, it's an oddball one, isn't it? One of my favorite pictures from childhood, just because of the story it tells. (And everyone gets to let their own imagination concoct some crazy tale about it.) So I like to think of it as a little gift of a story, from me to you (she says with a wink). 

FU:  You've written so many different books.  Which is your favourite and why? Do you like paranormal or historical better?

KJJ: I am going to have to go with the common answer on this one--my favourite book is always the one I am currently working on (right now, that's a historical about Lord Newdale from books 2&3 of the Lords of Fate series). I am very much a it-is-done-and-out-the-door type of writer, and not a dweller on past works. Second question, I am, unfortunately for my paranormal readers, definitely partial to historical at the moment. Every time I release a book and then pop open the computer to start something new, I just start writing another historical, even though I have outlines for more stories in the paranormal world. That said, I am going to try to split my time over the next few months and write in both genres. But we'll see how that goes -- I lean to type A personality, and tend to want to finish things that I start as expediently as possible. 

FU:  They say that every character has some of the author in him/her.  Which of your characters is most like you?  In what way?

KJJ: Can I say all of them? I think every character either has some of me in it, or at least traits that I aspire to have. I have taken a number of the personality tests for different jobs over the years, and have learned that I am mostly a chameleon--I'll tend to do whatever is needed in the situation or in the team. I like to think that helps in creating a wide range of characters -- or at least I hope it does, and I'm not just a crazy woman!  

FU:  So what is on the horizon?  What are your new projects? When is your next new release? 

KJJ: Next up I'm going to try to split my time and write both a historical and a paranormal at the same time (we'll see how that goes). 

The historical will be a regency romance featuring the story of Lord Newdale. He was engaged to marry the heroine, Lily, in my latest book, Marquess of Fortune (just released Feb. 1). But something prevents that, something he does that is atrocious (can't say much more without a spoiler). But -- ah-ha -- things are never as they seem in my crazy imagination! He actually is a hero for the ages! I'm jazzed so far with it and it'll be out in late spring/early summer.

The paranormal book I'm starting is the flip side of the Flame Moon series (if one read it, those characters are very much on the good side of the coin), and this next set of books will explore the flip side -- the darker characters. That is, if I can force myself to get on it!!! It's outlined, and it will be a super fun story for me to write.

FU:  Thank you so much for chatting with us!

KJJ:  Thanks so much for hosting, me. It's fun to take stock in question like these on occasion

99 CENTS: Promise, Lords of Action by K.J. Jackson

A deal with a notorious rake may be her only hope. In a desperate search for her missing sister, Lady Natalia Abbingale is out of money, out of options, and out of hope—until she spies the one man that may be the key to finding her sister—the Marquess of Lockston.

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FREE: Vampire Miami by Phil Tucker

Free for a limited time to promote the completion of the series.
The year is 2027, and the Vampire War is over. As part of the truce, Miami has been walled off and given over to the monsters to rule as they see fit. No-one who enters ever returns, but when her father disappears seventeen-year-old Selah Brown sacrifices everything to follow his trail into the rotten heart of Miami.

As terrified as she is determined, Selah thought she understood the stakes - but when the vampires discover that her blood possesses a unique and dangerous power, she becomes the focus of their depraved desires and realizes that there are fates worse than death.

Desperate and with no where to run, she finds an ally in the handsome and enigmatic young leader of the underground resistance. Yet the twisted secret they uncover within Miami's darkest depths may start the Vampire War anew - and this time, there may be no hope for humanity...

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FREE : A Brush with the Moon by Raquel Lyon

One moment is all it takes to change your life. For Sophie, it happened the day the fox attacked her.

All Sophie ever wanted was a way out. Only a few weeks ago, she was a quiet art student with an overbearing mother and no higher dream than starting university and reuniting with her BFF, but destiny intervenes in the form of a fox bite.

If being attacked by a rabid animal isn’t freaky enough, her new town has secrets. People are dying, and Sophie feels she is being watched. Then there’s the arrogant and annoyingly sexy Sebastian with his plummy accent and come-to-bed eyes creeping her out. She should stay well away, but then he does live in the spooky manor house, and curiosity is her middle name.

This book uses British spellings and contains language and sexual situations not recommended to be read by those under sixteen.

Book one in the series.
(Previously published as Foxblood:The Chase)

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Friday, 30 September 2016

99 CENTS: Formaldehyde by Aven Kelly

Wildness was in Jack's veins. It coursed through him as naturally as his own blood - a part of him that was never meant to be tamed. And as a result, never was.

Octavian had grown to accept Jack's absolute wildness and embrace it as his own. Something about doing literally anything you wanted, when you wanted came with a certain freedom. Their lives were all about freedom. Freedom from blame. Freedom from punishment. And the ultimate freedom: Freedom from death.

Being vampires had been the next logical step in their wildening, something as natural as being born, but it lent itself to certain rules and regulations such as secrecy and professionalism - traits that neither of them greatly possessed.

The problem - the very wildness they embraced. Things fall apart quickly when you don't have rules or regiment in a game of life and death, and things soon spiral out of even Jack's usually heavy handed control... especially when two humans join the happy band for their own rewildening.

***Warning: this book contains explicit drug abuse, sexual assault, and gratuitous foul language***


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FREE : Mr. Ruins by Michael John Grist

These vampires eat souls.

The Arctic ice is gone, blown apart in desperate resource wars. Global tsunamis have left the world an apocalyptic wasteland. Survivors cluster on lawless floating slums, living in fear of the next big wave.

But ex-Arctic marine Ritry isn't afraid. He lost more in the wars than anyone alive, and it left him numb. Now he works as an illegal graysmith - injecting and erasing memories in living minds - and stumbles through his life in a fog of alcohol, violence and sex.

Until he meets Mr. Ruins.

Ruins is a mass-murderer, a sadist, and a vampire of the soul. In the wreck of an abandoned shark-fighting arena, he offers Ritry a simple choice: join him or die. Ritry only has to choose. 

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99 CENTS: The Grace Painter by Mark Romang

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is the one in the mirror reflecting back at you.

Matthew London can attest to this difficult truth. He was once a highly respected hostage negotiator for the NYPD. But then a bungled hostage scene destroyed his career. Now all London wants is to be left alone to lick his wounds. For eight years he has lived like a hermit in a declining plantation house, a broken man with a secret past. Only his talent for painting Renaissance-style paintings and murals keeps his inner demons from totally destroying him. Each day London longs for a chance at redemption, never expecting it to ever happen. But then a young girl from a nearby parish is kidnapped, and London steps out from the shadows. Recruited to help find the missing girl by a down-on-her-luck FBI agent, London quickly finds himself thrust into the starring role of a daring rescue attempt. But before London can rescue the child from her kidnappers, he first must find a way to forgive himself for a past misstep, a blunder that forever altered his once promising life. But in the Atchafalaya Basin swampland, nothing is promised. Grace cannot be earned or purchased. It can only be given.


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99 CENTS: The Seventh Horse: Shader Origins by D.P. Prior

For centuries, no one had heard a peep out of Verusia, the dark stain at the heart of the Templum’s empire.

But when a messenger arrives in the Holy City of Aeterna, bearing news that the fortresses along the border have mysteriously been abandoned, and the three-hundred men of Trajinot’s garrison have been impaled outside the city walls, word is, the Lich Lord is on the move again.

As an army of the dead waits within the shadow-black trees of the Schwarzwald, the Templum gathers its troops for war.

Captain Deacon Shader leads the Seventh Horse, a heavy cavalry troop now deemed obsolete. One charge, one chance is their motto. Time it right, and the tide of any battle can be turned; get it wrong, and it could all be over.

When the two forces face off outside the walls of Trajinot, it is not just the hordes of undeath the Templum must fight. Intangible terror poisons the air, driving seasoned warriors to panic.

Only the Elect knights of the Seventh Horse have the discipline to stand their ground; yet facing a fear doesn’t mean it will do you no harm, and for Shader, there are worse things than wounds of the flesh.

The Seventh Horse is the second Shader Origins novella (the first is Ward of the Philosopher). The Origins novellas provide an introduction to the bestselling Shader series:

1. Sword of the Archon
2. Best Laid Plans
3. The Unweaving
4. The Archon's Assassin

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99 CENTS: Ward of the Philosopher by D.P. Prior

Deacon Shader is a child out of time, removed as a baby from his Ancient world parents and raised on the Isle of Maranore.

On his seventh birthday, the philosopher Aristodeus arrives to commence the boy’s training with sword and mind. Nothing short of excellence will suffice, if Deacon is to fulfill his destiny and avert the Unweaving of all things.

But as Aristodeus pushes him to the limits, reavers are spotted approaching the coast, and a cloud of horror descends upon the village.

For these are no ordinary pirates. They sail under the Impaled Man, the grisly flag of Verusia, land of the undead and realm of the Lich Lord.

Ward of the Philosopher is a novella of 15,500 words introducing the character of Deacon Shader as a child. The novella serves as an introduction to the bestselling Shader series:

1. Sword of the Archon
2. Best Laid Plans
3. The Unweaving
4. The Archon's Assassin

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99 CENTS: Gargoyle Knight by William Massa

When his kingdom is threatened by an ancient evil, a king is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. If he is to defeat an army of monsters, he must become one himself! His victory carries a terrible price… An eternity frozen in stone.

Fifteen centuries later, the Celtic warrior is awakened when the world needs him most. A stranger in a strange land with his only guide a beautiful archeology student, he must battle his old adversary once again, all while struggling with his own darkness. For he is by day a man, by night cursed to become… The GARGOYLE!

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99 CENTS: Murder at Green Meadows by Jessica Woodridge

Angie Walker is a few days from fulfilling a life-long dream of being her own boss. Soon, she and her best friend will open a treasure/antique business on the Florida east coast.

But as a reporter for the Tequesta Sun, she has one last assignment – interview former boss Frederick Canterly about his five-decade career as publisher of the Madera Beach Tribune. 

The interview should be a piece of cake but her former boss very inconveniently drops dead.

Police believe he’s been poisoned and detectives find an incriminating vial in Angie’s purse. Now instead of opening the door to her business dream, she may open the door to a prison nightmare.

With the help of long-time friend and reporter Harry Landon, she begins a desperate search for the shrewd killer who framed her.

Canterly made enemies during his time in Madera Beach. Many people hated him, with good reason. Even Landon had an opportunity and a very good motive to kill the Madera Beach Publisher.

While keeping her eye on her good friend Harry, Angie will have to shift through the evidence and find the ruthless murderer.

In doing so, she will also become a target. Unless she is careful,intelligent and ruthless, Canterly will not be the only murder victim in this small tightly-knit community.


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99 CENTS: Mantis (Fogarty-Tanaka Series) by Richard La Plante

In recent weeks, three young women have been brutally assaulted and murdered in the city of Philadelphia. Lt. William Fogarty, a time-toughened cop, hardened by personal tragedy, is shocked by the brutality of the crimes. His only lead comes from medical examiner Josef Tanaka. Half Japanese and half American, Tanaka, a skilled practitioner of the martial arts, claims to recognize the method used in the attacks: a karate strike known as nukite, or spear hand. Fogarty has nowhere else to turn.

An unlikely combination, Fogarty and Tanaka, forced together by circumstance and neither completely trusting the other, they conduct a desperate hunt, trawling the city streets of Philadelphia and into the dangerous underbelly of the killing arts. 

Pursuing the Mantis, a creature who uses the flesh of his victims in a sadistic, macabre ritual of self-purification, while Fogarty and Tanaka endanger the lives of those closest to them as they inch perilously close to the precipice of their own worst fears and weaknesses.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

99 CENTS: The Portal Prophecies: A Keeper's Destiny by Carol Ann King

The main protagonist, Willow, is a teenage girl growing up on her own in a magical world where the events of the past are a mystery. A series of events set her and her friends on a journey like no other, leading them to a new understanding of themselves, their feelings and their abilities. As they begin to unravel all that previously transpired, they find themselves the sole opposition to a plot that could destroy all existence. The one clue they have is a book filled with hundreds of predictions called ‘The Portal Prophecies’. Deciphering them however, will not be an easy task. Written by someone from their past, the pages are lined with riddle like poems. Even worse they appear to be in no particular order.

Each book is based on a different prophecy leading our heroes and heroines to new places and new friends while experiencing growing pains along the way. The entire series, delves deep into the understanding of magic and self-discovery, all the while questioning the right versus wrong equation on personal levels.

As the books progress, readers will find some new explanations for old tales, myths, legends, folk lore and unusual phenomena that could just make them question the validity of stories we all have grown up with. Vampires, Witches, Ghosts, Monsters, Santa Claus, Atlantis, Elves, Dragons, Faeries, find out the alternate truth to them all.

The Prophecies are the key to their survival!

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FREE: A Date with Fate by Tracy Ellen

A dangerously exciting and hilarious weekend romp. Anabel is smart, sexy bookstore owner. She's also a control enthusiast with rules for everything concerning men. Can the new man in town, the darkly seductive Luke Drake, win over Anabel? *Hundreds of rave reviews!*


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FREE: Blast of the Dragon's Fury by L.R.W. Lee

Winner of the Readers' Favorite 5 Star Award!

Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble with his overambitious parents--until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is revealed. Swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times, he discovers he must collect several ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land, the first of which is the scale of a red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. There's just one tiny problem, he's never battled dragons, except in his Dragon Slayer video game. Armed with only his wits, an ancient sword and a magic key, he must overcome grave peril at every turn before he can even attempt the feat. No pressure, but it's his skill alone that will save - or condemn - the kingdom forever. 

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99 CENTS: The Misbegotten by Justin DePaoli

Astul, an infamous assassin with a woeful reputation, has a king slayer to catch. Success means a reward that'll fatten his wallet with enough gold to buy a decade's worth of wine… among other necessities in life.

There's just one problem. The king slayer's trail leads to a cache of disturbing secrets involving insane kings and mad queens and kingdoms suddenly hungry for war. People seem to be losing their minds. Or rather, forfeiting them.

Astul has seen this before, minds rebelling against their owners. He just never expected to see it again. But he soon learns death is sometimes a myth and the occult still lingers in his world. Well, his world for now. Ownership of it, along with his mind, is about to be transferred.


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FREE BOOK: Love Is For Tomorrow by Michael Karner and Isaac Newton Acquah

In Paris, a secret meeting between the widowed Kerrie and a British investigative journalist turns into a larger reunion than planned - past lovers, spies and former Special Forces all present.

But will this reunion uncover the mystery of her husband's death or bury it forever?

"Intriguing", "action-filled" and "cleverly crafted", Reunion leads to the upcoming spy action-thriller Love Is For Tomorrow

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