#FridayBookShare While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft #Psychological #Thriller

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

It’s my spot on the Blog Tour for Kathryn Croft’s new psychological thriller, While You Were Sleeping, and I thought it would make a fabulous addition to the Friday Book Share Game. Continue reading “#FridayBookShare While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft #Psychological #Thriller”

Book Spotlight – Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson (@rogersonsm) #BlogTour

I am delighted to be hosting a spot on Suzanne Rogerson’s Blog Tour for her debut fantasy novel, Visions of Zarua.

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Blurb: Continue reading “Book Spotlight – Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson (@rogersonsm) #BlogTour”

Nudity for Beginners by Virginia King (@selkiemoonbooks) – Guest Post

I am so happy to welcome Virginia King, author of The First Lie (Selkie Moon Mystery), to my blog. Her latest novel, The Second Path was published on 20 May 2016. Virginia has also written a short ghost story, entitled Laying Ghosts, as a prequel to the Selkie Moon mysteries – you can grab your FREE copy below. Over to Virginia…

Nudity for Beginners

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‘French Room With Mirror’ (And Nude) by Virginia King

Nudity is a great theme for fiction writers. Even if they’re not actually writing the next bestselling bodice-ripper, writers LIVE nudity every day. Every time they sit down at the keyboard they bare their souls to their future readers – because the themes behind the words are very revealing and this virtual ‘nudity’ weaves itself symbolically through the work.

Then the act of publishing is like standing naked in the middle of the road. Everyone can see you, see all your crinkles and crevices. Everyone can judge you – and express their opinion without considering whether it hurts.

The Bride Stripped Bare

Remember when this book was published anonymously? There was no rest until Australian author Nikki Gemmell was outed. She tried to hide behind her investigations into woman’s secret sex lives but the public was never going to let her stay hidden. Once she was in the spotlight it was her turn to be ‘stripped bare’.

Naked as a Seal

In my psychological mystery series, the protagonist Selkie Moon is named after the seal people of Celtic folklore, the ones who peel off their skins and dance naked in human form under the moon. Selkie’s a modern woman with a mythical name that comes with an ancestral heritage – every time a selkie peels off its skin it’s symbolic of being reborn.

Perhaps for this reason nudity is a theme throughout the series. In The First Lie, Selkie’s business advisor suggests she tries running seminars in front of thousands of people. She’s not keen.

“You’re scared as hell, that’s all,” he says. “Good.”

“Good? That’s easy for you to say. You’re at the back of the room counting the money. I’m the one up on stage with no clothes on in front of three thousand people.”

He laughs. “So it excites you.”

Does it?

“Scared and excited.” He smiles.

Later Selkie decides to purge her anger towards her ex-husband by cleaning the flat she shares with Wanda.

I’m not much of a housekeeper but cleaning has always soothed my wounded heart. During my marriage the mop and broom were the only things that kept me sane. Wanda isn’t much of a cleaner either – she’s against all ‘chemicals’ – but there’s a feather duster hanging behind the front door. I look across the room and wonder where to start.

Not in these clothes. I strip off my jeans and top, but don’t stop there. Suddenly my knickers and bra are on the floor too. I’m not much of a housekeeper but I usually keep my clothes on. Not tonight!

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Rough collage of themes from The First Lie

The Second Path

Selkie can’t seem to get away from the nudity of her namesakes, the selkies. Here’s the first line of The Second Path:

I wake on the beach and discover I’m naked.

Selkie’s nudity – and the mystery of her missing little black dress – drive her journey through the book. The garment is very special to her and I had to get right to the end of the book to find out why she’d lost it.

I’d written many drafts of the ending until I thought it was finished. All the themes had come together except this one crucial thread was missing – the reason for the missing dress! With the realisation of my omission, I was suddenly … exposed.

Exposure = Pressure

Typical of the way I create my books, I actually didn’t know why Selkie had lost her dress. Time to dig deep. I spent a restless night hoping the answer would ‘pop’ and it did. My sleeping mind latched onto a concept in an earlier scene – something symbolic that I’d written without the dress in mind at all – but suddenly that concept provided the answer to the missing dress and the reason for Selkie’s nudity. It’s added a whole extra layer of depth to the story, but I needed the pressure of making the mistake, then having it exposed, to pop this elegant solution.

The First Lie is a winner of a B.R.A.G. Medallion.

Grab yourself a FREE ghost story

Laying Ghosts

Get a taste for the Selkie Moon mystery series with Laying Ghosts, a modern 24-page haunted house story inspired by a Russian folktale and tangled up in a murder ballad dating back to the 1700s. It’s a standalone story but also a prequel to the series. Download your free copy here: http://www.selkiemoon.com/#popup

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Virginia King

When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came to create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.

Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.

Find Virginia at her website. Or on her Blog.

Virginia is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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The First Lie by Virginia King

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Someone is trying to kill you. When Selkie Moon flees Sydney to start over in Hawaii, it’s to live life on her own terms. But Life has other plans. Though she tries to dismiss the warning as just another nightmare, it soon becomes apparent that someone, or something, is stalking her. Attacked by frightening visions and mysterious compulsions, she must piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out. Virginia King effortlessly blends funky creativity and deep spirituality – with a dash of Celtic folklore – to craft a story of one woman’s fight for truth, and her discovery that the lies we tell ourselves are the most dangerous of all.

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The Second Path by Virginia King

Description

A rock ripped from the soil, a message scrawled in lipstick on the floor, a torn photo, a silver spoon … What do they all mean?

Only her subconscious knows.

When we last left Selkie Moon, she was running towards the source of her deepest primal fear: the sea. Now she finds herself naked on the beach, stunned that she has no memory of the past two weeks.

Recovering at a friend’s house, Selkie wakes up to discover a bizarre collection of items scattered across the floor. Items she apparently gathered in her sleep. Finding the ho’ohihi – the interconnectedness – between them will carry her around the globe, from Honolulu to Sydney to Paris. A dark fairy tale journey filled with fear and despair, laughter and hope, The Second Path has Selkie searching for her place in the world, in her relationships, and in herself.

Searching for home.

Author Q&A with Ben Starling #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog

I am delighted to be hosting a Q&A with author, Ben Starling, as he travels the blog-o-sphere on his ‘Something in the Water’ tour.

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First of all, tell us a little about yourself. What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

I once fell through the ice in a lake. Fortunately I was near the side and the water was only two feet deep. But it was way beyond cool—in fact it was ridiculously cold.

Do you recall your dreams? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

I do recall my dreams—and wake up thinking about them most mornings. Many recur and what interests me is they can be every few months or even every few years. Not so much nightmares, more often thought-provoking dreams.

The most interesting ones are the powerful, lucid dreams. I’ll have these for three or four consecutive nights and then they are followed by numerous synchronicities in my normal life.

Another weird thing is that during this phase, I must be projecting some sort of energy because I notice strangers looking at me in the street. I become highly visible. This fades after a week or so and hasn’t, so far, been followed by the life-changing event I anticipated when this process first started!

What have you been working on recently? Can you tell us about your new release?

Something in the Water is fundamentally a love story—with a bit of adventure in the tropics thrown in too.

Here’s the blurb: Continue reading “Author Q&A with Ben Starling #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog”

Finding Katie – Blog Tour

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Hello and thanks for stopping by! I would like to thank my host for today for letting me invade their space. And a big thanks also to 4Wills Publishing for setting up this blog tour for me. For my previous tour stops, please check out the 4Wills current events page.

I am so excited to be able to share my book trailer video with you today for my latest book, Finding Katie.

https://youtu.be/gMgSD_R1Ggo

Kate has been in hospital for a while, and now faces a transfer on to a psych ward. She needs a way out. And being stuck in this one hospital room for so long is driving her nuts. The demon that lives inside has grown strong again.

Excerpt from Chapter Four:

          

SANDRA, THE charge nurse, comes in with a young-looking woman. All the nurses wear scrub-like uniforms, but the students still have to wear those dorky white dresses.

‘This is Suzy. She’s a student nurse. She’ll be taking out your sutures today.’ She fixes me with a stare. ‘Behave for her, please.’

I just shrug and keep flicking through my iPod. It’s great having this with me again. I settle on 21 by Adele. Sandra asks if she can speak with Melanie. My ears prick up, but I pretend inattention.

‘Just for a minute or two,’ she says. ‘Suzy can keep an eye on her.’

‘Okay.’ Melanie sounds reluctant.

They leave, and Suzy gets busy setting up the sterile field. When she’s done, she picks up the blunt-ended dressing scissors and cuts the bandage away. I steal a peek at my arm. The scar looks huge and is all pink and puckered. Damn. I had no idea it’d be so bad.

Book Blurb:

I killed someone, you see. I killed the girl, who used to be me.

I’m Kate … Kate Charlesworth. I’m seventeen, and self-harming. This time I cut too deep, and I’m in hospital. I hadn’t meant for it to be so bad—it just sort of happened. I needed a lot of distraction that day.

You’ve had bad days, right? Days it hurts too much to think. Days you just wanna stay in bed. Days when the world needs to go away for a while. Right?

What do you do when you’ve hit rock bottom? When there’s nowhere left to turn?

This one little mistake lands me back on a psych unit—the last place I wanna be. Only this time, the nurse I end up with isn’t content to stick on a band-aid and send me home. She wants me to face my demons. But to do that, I’ll have to face who I am … who I used to be … I’ll have to find Katie.

PREORDER HERE

Author Bio:

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours. She is single and not admitting to her age.

Here are ten things she thinks you ought to know about her …

  1. Born in 2013 (at least the author was …)
  2. Really boring
  3. Has absolutely no sense of humour
  4. Biographer is a compulsive liar
  5. Reads … a lot
  6. Writes … even more
  7. Completely sane(in)
  8. Neighbours are nuts
  9. If you’re feeling extra brave she’s around
  10. Online…

Website: http://www.harmonykent.co.uk

Twitter: @harmony_kent 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HarmonyK

Amazon UK Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1     

4Wills Publishing Author Page: http://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-harmony-kent/

Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

 

Other Books by Harmony…

Fiction:

The Battle for Brisingamen

The Glade

Elemental Earth

 

Anthologies:

Concordant Vibrancy

Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul

  

Non-Fiction: 

Polish Your Prose

Harmony Kent

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Blog Tour – Craig Boyack

 

Will O’ the Wisp is the newest release from C. S. Boyack. It involves a mildly handicapped girl facing a mysterious threat. The wisp has been killing off Patty Hall’s family for generations, and she’s next on the list. It is suitable for young adult readers.

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In most blog tours readers want to know what jarred the author’s imagination into writing a story. The fact is that inspiration comes from everything. I find inspiration in music, film, television, art, books, even random conversations.

It so happened that I was spending some time with my grandchildren. They wanted to watch a movie and chose Brave. Now Brave includes a Will O’ the Wisp in it. My movie ended there, and my imagination was off to the races. I’ll admit it was a fun film, but I kind of tuned out at that point.

I may have spent some time Googling ignis fatuus, Jack o’ lantern, fairy lights, and more. I liked the fact that Merida wasn’t exactly the typical Disney princess either. She wasn’t tall, thin, and perfect. Regular people deserve stories too. I may have incorporated a similar, albeit brunette, hairstyle but the similarity ends there.

Patty Hall is fifteen and lives in rural Virginia, USA. The time is the fall of 1974. Patty is the outcast at her school with her corrective leg braces. She has loyal friends who are outcasts as well. Her journey takes readers on a coming of age story of a sort.

The Wisp itself had to be magical in my mind. It is the harbinger of an ancient curse that’s inflicted this specific branch of the Hall family for hundreds of years. I guess we just left Disney movies behind.

Even without any Disneyesque style, Will O’ the Wisp is suitable for young adults. I wouldn’t be afraid to share it with my oldest granddaughter. (Her siblings can’t read yet.) I never shy away from adult themes, but this story doesn’t need them, and they would actually detract from the story.

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Patty Hall is perfectly prepared for the wrong problem. She is enamored with the space race, and knows the history of NASA by heart. She is faced with an ancient threat that has been targeting the Hall family for generations. Hampered by an overprotective mother, if Patty can’t figure it all out in time, she may be the next member in the Hall family cemetery plot.

It’s not hard enough to be a fifteen year old girl, and a social outcast. As she watches her friends mature and grow, she has to face the idea of never turning sixteen. Please consider joining Patty on her incredible adventure.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon using your Kindle or a free reading app. Download it here:

North American version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS

International version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C

 

Follow Craig at the following locations:

Follow my blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Check out all my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

 

Author Bio:

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction. I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet. I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

 

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The Genesis Saga Tour

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I’m grateful to my host of this seventh post of THE GENESIS SAGA TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules of 4WillsPublishing who arranged it all! The full lineup for this tour can be found @ http://wp.me/P43s9i-2g

My purpose, is to give readers a greater familiarity with planet Genesis – within the Equations universe created by author and friend, Kenneth Tam.

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To this end, we embarked upon a series of interviews of some key players in Book One of The Genesis Saga: PASSION & STRUGGLE. Nonnie Jules of the famed interviews, Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie Jules?’ agreed to lend her formidable skills to this process. She gave me the nickname “Fio” a while back – so keep that in mind in case she opts to use it!

Nonnie and I have followed our host, Professor Marco Rossini, back into his formal living room of his home on the UGC campus. We have settled back into our armchairs and look expectantly at Marco, who is about to explain to Nonnie how the UN was in a position to launch the mission into deep space to a planet they hoped was habitable.

NJ:       (Suddenly turns to face John) Fio, I appreciate that you saw fit to have us stay here this long! (Marco cocks an eyebrow in question at John) 

JF:        (addresses Marco) Don’t ask! (Marco looks from one to the other and grins at his visitors knowing there’s a story to be told here)

NJ:       Hmph! Don’t ask, indeed! (Gives Fio another long look then addresses her host) Marco, I’d like to know how the UN got into the space business!

MR:     (Warming to his topic) Nonnie, it’s an interesting story. You see…

A unique and colossal starship was commissioned by the UNSA (United Nations Space Agency) in January of 2061. The Agency, created ten years earlier out of the remnants of several failed space agencies throughout planet Earth, believed it was time to build a vessel capable of deep space exploration and colonization. Their ultimate goal was to mount a colonizing mission to a planet, newly discovered by an unmanned probe. Scientists called the planet, Genesis. The bankrupted predecessors of the UNSA had abandoned the building of space stations and, for the past decade, the Agency had worked to create a shipbuilding yard on the Moon. Designed to build large and small craft simultaneously, Earth was on the precipice of the dawn of an Earth Navy in space.

The abject failure of national governments on the planet to effectively curb environmental degradation, spurred many leaders to persuade their own national governments to empower the United Nations to develop and act upon new initiatives to save the planet for human habitation. The colonization of space was considered a prudent safety valve in the effort to save humanity from itself. It took eight years to design the colonizer and another fifteen years to build it…

NJ:     (Interrupting suddenly) Marco, are you saying that the unchecked environmental damage would have killed humanity anyway?

MR:   (Smiles at Nonnie) Actually… not. You see, Nonnie,

During those decades, great strides had been made towards repairing the environmental damage on the planet’s surface. Unfortunately, a war broke out between radicalized believers of the great religions who had wrested control of their organizations from those of weaker faith and resolve. One group hired scientists to create the ultimate bioweapon – a self-aware, or sentient super virus to prey upon their enemies. Unfortunately, the virus had other ideas and decided to feast upon all humanity. The plague was dubbed the Omega Virus since all efforts to cure it ended in failure. The UN decided to launch the starship colonizer with almost a million, hand picked souls from every nation on Earth.

Prior to departure, UN Secretary General, Amy Valens, mandated the implementation of a significant policy designed to guarantee unity and cohesion aboard the colonizer. Roughly half of the selected ‘survivors’ were to be conditioned to believe in a religion concocted by a group of hastily assembled bureaucrats, who, after a few drafts, wrote a new set of Sacred Scriptures for the Unity National Church of the Gods. Their leader and supreme ruler of all aboard the colonizer was given the title, High Chancellor. A dozen chancellors who sat on the Chancellery Council would assist him. His word was law. The church-armed force, known as the Crusader Army, protected their authority.

NJ:     (Incredulously) You know, Fio, (faces him squarely) I’d love to give that Valens woman a good shake! Don’t get any ideas, Fio! (Wags her finger) Really! She divides the survivors into two groups and that’s supposed to bring peace and stability? I’ll wager she didn’t get out much!

MR:   (Looks at Nonnie, then to John) I can’t argue that! Allow me to continue.

The remaining survivors were not to be conditioned as believers out of fear that this manipulation might erase, or impair, their scientific and technological skill sets. The leaders of these people were the officers, enlisted men, and women of the Navy and the Navy Marine Corps. The balance of this Naval Class was civilian scientists, doctors, architects, engineers, businessmen and women, who adopted the name of their class from their military leaders and personnel.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the starship was named, UNS Divine Scepter by the first High Chancellor. Scepter departed from the Agency Yard on the Moon in 2086 to seek out a new home for humanity – Genesis.

NJ:     Fio… this is downright scary! We can’t let this happen! My grandbabies…

JF:     (Interrupts quickly) Calm down, Nonnie… (Marco is looking from one guest to the other in surprise)

            Not to worry, Marco. As a gifted writer, Nonnie’s imagination sometimes gets carried away. (Nonnie turns away from Marco and sticks her tongue out at John!)

NJ:     (Realizes her gaff, composes herself and addresses Marco)

I’m sorry, but that story got me thinking about my family. Tell me, did any descriptions of that ship survive in the Archives? I can’t imagine… a million people…

MR:   Yes, Nonnie, I can tell you a little bit about that great ship. But let’s do that over dinner. I’ve wanted to cook dinner for John for quite some time – and this is the perfect opportunity. Come with me into the kitchen and I’ll put you both to work! I have an apron you’ll just love, Nonnie…

            (Nonnie looks askance at John, who chuckles and steers her into the kitchen on the heels of their host.)

 

Join us for the next post and find out about UNS Divine Scepter!

Author Bio: 

John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008.

Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field. 

John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life! 

At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.

The Genesis Saga Trailer:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUqwuCcAEyU

Contacts: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiora-Books/516763875088924?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FioraBooks

Website: https://fiorabooks.cm

Book Purchase Links:

Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/ebook/dp/B00O7X5SXK/

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/ebook/dp/B00O7X5SXK/ 

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ebook/dp/B00O7X5SXK/

Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/ebook/dp/B00O7X5SXK/

Chapters/Indigo Canada: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/9780993655821

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/1120573892?ean=9780993655821

 

Blog Tour Links

Goodreads Event Page – https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/953117-the-genesis-saga-tour

Rafflecopter Giveaway Page – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4af5be7f10/?

 

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