Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Evening Bower Series: A #Paranormal #Romance Series by Sherry Rentschler



Love and Blood
Evening Bower Book 2

by Sherry Rentschler

Genre: Paranormal Romance



When Rhea and Amor-el defeated the vampire horde, they thought they won.

When Rhea birthed Destin, the miracle son, they thought they fulfilled an
ancient prophecy.

When the blue roses bloomed, they thought they achieved a long-denied bliss.

They were wrong.

Now, the blue roses are dying. A tarot card reading warns of impending
dangers and an impossible future. In this gripping sequel to the
bestselling Time and Blood, a strangely ailing Rhea, a desperate
Amor-el, and a jealous Destin must confront familiar enemies banding
together against Rhea and her bower family. These powerful
adversaries plan to kill the phoenix, her lover, and her son; steal
The Great Book of Forgetting, and end the prophecy.

When arson and murder strike too close to friends, they question loyalties
and deny love when they need it most. Blood stains the bower.

To protect her family and the prophecy Rhea makes the ultimate
sacrifice. After all, in the battle between love and blood, blood
never lies.

Her decision will change the bower – and her – forever.

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Time and Blood
Evening Bower Book 1




Historians in Atlantis inscribed a prophecy in The Great Book of Forgetting
about a pair of phoenix whose union would change the future of all
magical creatures. When the sea swallowed Atlantis and all her
inhabitants, time forgot the people and this prophecy.

But one creature survived.

Rhea is a scarlet phoenix and the last of her kind. She escaped Atlantis
with The Great Book and for over ten thousand years roamed the earth,
grieved for her lost immortal beloved, and endured nightmares from
her past lives. Today, she hears a familiar voice on the wind luring
her to a new place. Rhea follows and hopes for the impossible.

She crossed millennia to find him.

Jean-Louis is a 250-year-old vampire in New Orleans. For fifty years, nightmares
plagued him, and a violent wind haunted him whispering in a foreign
tongue. In his dreams, Jean-Louis sees the face of a woman he knows
and aches for but has never met. He feels her approach; however, the
vampire senses a connecting malevolence waits in the shadows.

He risks his immortality to keep her.

An accident will bring Rhea into Jean-Louis’ arms. The shock will give
new life to the ancient prophecy. But others whisper of the legendary
phoenix and are hunting for Rhea. They must steal The Great Book and
prevent any chance of the prophecy’s fulfillment. If they fail, the
phoenix must die.

Together they battle destiny for the future.

Rhea will risk everything for love, even death.

When time and blood converge, blood must win.

2018 Global Ebook
Awards Legacy Award for Excellence

2018 Global Ebook
Awards Gold Medalist (Cover)

2018 Global Ebook
Awards Silver Medalist (Fiction: Fantasy/Contemporary)

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The Gypsy Thorn
Evening Bower Prequel



She is chosen.

When Atlantis fell into the sea, a single creature survived--a scarlet
phoenix. She escaped with ancient man’s historical record, The
Great Book of Forgetting. This book recorded mankind’s every legend
and prophecy. Only the Archangel of Death understood man’s survival
depended on the fulfillment of one particular prophecy, that of the
scarlet phoenix.

Rhea is the scarlet phoenix, transmuted into human form with wings of
fire. She hides The Great Book from those seeking to steal it and
prevent the prophecy. The Archangel befriends and protects her as he
watches her traverse time and mold history. She is the proverbial
rose that blooms in a future garden.

Jean-Louis Riviere is an aristocrat who became a vampire during the American
Revolution. He is haunted by an ill wind whispering strange and
incredible possibilities. His family ties will lure those who wish to
destroy the prophecy; however, the Archangel also knows his blood is
all that will save the rose and secure the future

Drahomira is a gypsy, a bastard princess, and a vampire. The Archangel of Death
chose her to protect the phoenix because she is an irreverent killer
but loyal to family. She will journey across continents and be the
catalyst that brings Rhea and Jean-Louis together. First, she must
leave her people, her throne, and her lover, cross a continent for
vengeance, die, and be reborn. Only then will she discover that she
is the rose’s legendary thorn in the Evening Bower.

2018 Global Ebook
Awards Silver Medalist (Fiction: Fantasy/Alt History)

2018 Readers Favorite
Book Awards Honorable Mention (Fiction/Fantasy/General)

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Sherry Rentschler's fiction and poetry has appeared online and in print.
She's a previous Assistant Editor, Amateur Poetry Journal (online),
and a newspaper photojournalist. She lived in Italy, traveling around
Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Greenland.

Rentschler has three award-winning books of poetry,
a fictional memoir and an award-winning and bestselling paranormal
romance series, The Evening Bower. Her one book of photography, I
Wish You Joy is Rentschler's only photographic compellation and makes
a lovely coffee table pictorial.

Among Sherry's numerous
awards include a 2018 Global Ebook Legacy Award, a 2018 Global Ebook
Gold Award, two 2018 Global Ebook Silver awards for Fiction, a 2018
Readers Favorite Honorable Mention for her fantasies The Gypsy Thorn,
and Time and Blood. Plus two 2017 National Indie Excellence Award
Finalists (The Book of Now interior and poetry), 2017 eLit Book
Silver Award for poetry (The Book of Now), a 2017 Indie Press Award
for the cover of her non-fiction poetry, The Book of Now, 2017
Readers' Favorite 5 Star reviews for Breaking the Glass Slipper, and
The Book of Now.

Among her hobbies are all things vampire,
plus dragon collecting, photographing trees, and dancing with
faeries. She loves old Sherlock Holmes movies, reading urban and
gothic fantasies, fine wine, and consuming rich, dark chocolate.
Rentschler is a retired USAF veteran and currently resides in North
Carolina with her husband, also a retired USAF veteran. They await
the return of the dragons.




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Monday, 5 November 2018

The Deep Sky Saga: A #YA #SciFi #Fantasy Series by Greg Boose



Thetis
The Deep Sky Saga Book 2
by Greg Boose

Genre: YA Sci-fi Fantasy

Pub
Date: 10/8/18


Lost meets The 100 in this action-packed YA science fiction series.
Blind and broken, orphaned teenager Jonah Lincoln reluctantly boards a
rescue ship bound for the planet Thetis, but not before it picks up a
few more surprising and dangerous survivors from the massacre on the
moon Achilles. After regaining his sight, Jonah sees the gated colony
on Thetis is just as he feared–cloaked in mystery and under an
oppressive rule with no one to trust–and that outside the walls,
it’s even worse. Surrounded by terrifying new landscapes and
creatures, Jonah and his friends fight to save the colony and restore
order to the planet.
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Achilles
The Deep Sky Saga Book 1


Young colonists find themselves stranded on an unpopulated moon—and not
as alone as they thought—in a series debut from the author of 
The
Red Bishop
.


The year is 2221, and humans have colonized a planet called Thetis in the
Silver Foot Galaxy. After a tragic accident kills dozens of teenage
colonists, Thetis’s leaders are desperate to repopulate. So Earth
sends the 
Mayflower 2a state-of-the-art spaceship—across the universe to bring new
homesteaders to the colony.



For orphaned teen Jonah Lincoln, the move to Thetis is a chance to
reinvent himself, to be strong and independent and brave, the way he
could never be on Earth. But his dreams go up in smoke when their
ship crash-lands, killing half the passengers and leaving the rest
stranded—not on Thetis, but on its cruel and unpopulated moon, Achilles.


Between its bloodthirsty alien life forms and its distance from their
intended location, Achilles is a harrowing landing place. When all of
the adult survivors suddenly disappear, leaving the teenage
passengers to fend for themselves, Jonah doubts they’ll survive at
all, much less reach Thetis—especially when it appears Achilles
isn’t as uninhabited as they were led to believe.






1. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

If could have been the original author of any book, it would have to be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. My first love is satire and my second would be science fiction, so to be able to put them together so deftly and creatively would be a badge of honor. Douglas Adams got to not only got to put humanity under a microscope through Ford Prefect’s alien eyes and then answer the ultimate question of life, but he also reminded us of the importance of carrying a towel.

2. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

I write dystopian young adult novels because they’re honestly fun to work on. I not only get to try to predict the future—like in my last book, Achilles: The Deep Sky Saga—but I also get to reflect on the past. What did 15-year-old me want to read? I wanted to be a quiet hero, if only given the chance. So, with the main character, Jonah, in Achilles, I throw this introverted kid into an extremely chaotic situation where he has to react, or else people die. A lot of us have dreams of great heroics in a world gone wrong, and that’s why we keep reading the stuff.

But what makes the dystopian young adult genre so special--or young adult fiction, in general--are the readers. They’re passionate, curious and hungry for more. If you’ve ever seen a popular young adult reader speak, you’ve also seen chairs packed with excited readers who probably know more about the book’s characters than the author does her or himself.

3. How important is research to you when writing a book?

When I started writing Achilles, I was absolutely terrified a reader would call out obvious mistakes in the science or in the details of the world I built. So, in an attempt to thwart that, I met with the head of the astrophysics department at USC and peppered him with questions about black holes and space travel and other things I didn’t know enough about. I also interviewed a NASA employee about the effects of different gravities, and then I met with a systems director in the Civil and Commercial Launch Projects group at Aerospace to discuss space crafts. One of my favorite moments when conducting all this research was being invited to watch a Mars rover launch from the Aerospace control room.

I think research is terribly important. It not only helps you follow the rules of science and law, but it also helps you figure out the best way to bend these rules and make them your own. The best fiction is rooted in fact, I think.

4. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

When I started writing creatively, I became one of those guys always carrying a moleskine notebook and a pen, even after getting a smartphone. Note-taking apps are fine, but it takes too long to open them and get a new note ready. My ideas are fleeting and fast, so I need to get them scrawled out as soon as I can.

My process from the past five years: Brainstorm in notebooks in the evening, write on a computer in the morning. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

5. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?/What inspires you to write?

I’ve never taken myself too seriously, and so in high school I would write snappy answers to boring questions from our teachers, making other kids laugh and the teacher shaking his or her head. Having something I came up with that made people laugh made me feel pretty good about myself, and so I started writing goofy short stories and funny lists, always chasing that high.

It wasn’t until my Freshman year in college when my neighbor’s face showed up in the school newspaper with his own column, did I think that maybe more people would enjoy my stupid ideas. So, I submitted a few essays, and soon enough I had my own editorial column every two weeks, and that’s when I really caught the bug. From that time on, I have constantly been writing and brainstorming and trying out new ideas and finding my voice.

I’m an extremely competitive person, so I get inspired by other writers, from the past and present, constantly trying to get on their level. I have a quiet need to be recognized as someone who works hard and gives it everything he’s got, so that keeps me pecking away on the keyboard.





The fourth of six kids, Greg Boose grew up on a large produce farm
in northeast Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami
University, and then later received his M.F.A. at Minnesota State
University Moorhead where he focused on screenwriting and fiction. He
lives in Santa Monica with his two young daughters.




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Sunday, 4 November 2018

A Booke of the Hidden: A #Paranormal #Romance #Series by Jeri Westerson



Deadly Rising

A Booke of the Hidden Novel #2

by Jeri Westerson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pub Date: 10/23/18



Things were quiet in Strange Herbs & Teas. For about a week.

Our crossbow slinging hero and her ragtag gang of Wiccans tuned in to the
paranormal have earned some rest. But when Kylie learns that the
Booke may have released not one, but two creatures of horror out into
the world, it’s up to her to save Moody Bog. Again.

Calling upon the devilishly handsome demon Erasmus once more for help,
Kylie’s determined to handle the mischief of the Booke and go back
to a normal life. But when digging through Moody Bog’s history
leads her to the ghost of her grandfather, the past she once knew is
turned upside down. 

Can Kylie save the town and her grandfather, or will the horrors of the
Booke be too much to handle?





Booke of the Hidden
A Booke of the Hidden Novel #1



“Westerson creates an utterly believable history of witches, demons, and magic
for her claustrophobic New England village including a heroine with
enough spark, smarts, and stubbornness to keep both the bad guys and
the deliciously dangerous love-interest on their toes.” —Kat
Richardson, author of the Greywalker series

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves
across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural
Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers
a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden,
bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual
histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of
Moody Bog’s biggest secret.

While puzzling over the tome’s oddly blank pages, Kylie gets an
unexpected visitor—Erasmus Dark, an inscrutable stranger who claims
to be a demon, knows she has the book, and warns her that she has
opened a portal to the netherworld. Kylie brushes off this nonsense,
until a series of bizarre murders put her, the newcomer, at the
center. With the help of the demon and a coven of witches she
befriends while dodging the handsome but sharp-eyed sheriff, Kylie
hunts for a killer—that might not be human.








1. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?


Because you're bringing in magic and fantasy and danger and romance. It's almost a whole shelf of books rolled into one genre. I like that you can spin a tale in any time period, with any creature, and make it your own by tweaking this or that and giving it your own history and backstory. Fantasy and sci fi have always played a big role in what I have loved to read, and now that I've given myself permission to write in this genre, the sky is the limit.

2. How important is research to you when writing a book?


It's always important. I started out writing medieval mysteries, and if there was any one thing a reader expects, it is that the author gets the history right. In that genre, you never changed the history to suit the plot, and that is very good training for writing anything. In other words, be true to the world you've built. When something is set in our era, it's still vitally important to get the facts right--the town, the police force, the names being used, and a myriad of other things--because once the foundation is established, you can build whatever fantasy world on top of it you like. The reader needs that foundation so they can relate to those inhabiting that world. It becomes a jumping off point for the reader to fly with you on whatever whirlwind you take them.

3. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?/What inspires you to write?


I've been a writer since I could pick up a crayon, illustrating stories I wanted to tell. But I never pursued it as a career choice until much later in life. I always wrote in the background just for fun, even though no one else knew I was still doing it. I wanted to go into acting, but doing auditions in the real world convinced me I didn't want to participate in that process the rest of my life. So I turned another hobby into a career; art. I was a graphic artist in Los Angeles working in-studio as well as freelancing for some fifteen years. When I paused my career to have a baby and then tried to get back into it when he was a toddler, I found that the whole industry had turned to computers, and I knew nothing about them. I wanted to do something where I could stay at home and raise my kid, so I decided to buckle down and become a novelist. How hard could it be? Plenty hard, I discovered, but after a decade of writing many different books and after several agents, I finally landed a contract with a big New York publisher for my medieval mystery. Though I'm still writing and finishing up a long time series in that genre, I've turned to writing paranormals. It's a LOT of fun.

4. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? - Plotter or pantser?


I started off as a pantser, then got down to business and had to be a plotter for two reasons. One, I was writing several books a year on deadline and had to know what I was writing every day, and two, I was getting to the point where I was forgetting what I had wanted to write in each story. But after years of that, I suddenly couldn't outline anymore. And so I've become a pantser again, and it feels great. I always know how the book begins and how it ends, and I keep copious notes and research as well as scenes and bits of dialog in a spiral bound notebook for each book, but it's pretty much a new thing each day.

5. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?


I read a LOT. Anyone who wants to write should read piles of books in all sorts of genres, including non-fiction. It helps you build a vocabulary and opens you up to new styles of writing and new adventures. I've loved older mysteries from Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammet, as well as classics like Dickens and Shakespeare (I'm a bit of a Shakespeare groupie, actually), and lots of contemporary authors like Larry Niven, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkein, Alan Moore, Charlaine Harris, as well as lots of mangas. My advice to young writers is to read the classics and be open to any and all literature. A lot of contemporary authors reach back to the classics to get their plots and themes. Steal from the best, I always say.






Los Angeles native and award-winning author Jeri Westerson writes
the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Mysteries, historical
novels, paranormal novels, and LGBT mysteries. To date, her medieval
mysteries have garnered twelve industry award nominations, from the
Agatha to the Shamus. Kirkus Review said of her latest Crispin Guest
Medieval Mystery A MAIDEN WEEPING, “Once again Guest’s past
misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes
plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval
jurisprudence.” Jeri is former president of the SoCal chapter of
Mystery Writers of America and frequently guest lectures on medieval
history at local colleges and museums. She lives in southern
California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent tortoise, and
40,000 bees.




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