Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ella by Virginia Taylor Cover Reveal!

Title: Ella 
Author: Virginia Taylor 
Publisher: Lyrical Press 

 Ella Beaufort knew better than to rely on a sexy stranger. But with two sisters to support on the modest earnings of the family sheep station, she accepts shearer Cal Lynton’s help—along with his intoxicating kiss. The most Ella can hope for is an affair. Something a woman in her situation wouldn’t dare—or would she? 

 Heir to his family fortune, Charlton Alfred Landon Lynton abandoned his privileged life to prove his independence. He doesn’t have time for a woman, but once he woos the lovely Ella into his bed, he is ready to make her his wife…until she shocks him with her refusal, claiming she can only marry a rich man! Angry and brokenhearted, the heir in disguise leaves the beautiful golddigger behind… 

 But amid the breathtaking landscape of South Australian, Ella and Cal are destined to meet again. Will their heated reunion lead to cruel confrontation—or the kind of passion that lasts a lifetime?


Ella  is available for pre-order at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play  

Virginia Taylor is an Australian writer of contemporary romantic comedy, romantic suspense, historical romance, short stories, and children’s stories.

After a stint at the South Australian School of Art, I worked for an advertising agency,  re-trained as a nurse/midwife, and then married the man of my dreams. Two children later, I began writing romance. While awaiting publication, I painted and designed various theatre sets with a fellow School of Art graduate.In 2013 I sold my first novel-length story.

For More Information

  Visit Virginia’s website.
  Connect with Virginia on Facebook, and Twitter

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Merry Heart of Madness by David A. Ringer Book Feature


The Merry Heart of Madness Title: The Merry Heart of Madness
Author: David A. Ringer with J.D.C. Ormond
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 378
Genre: Erotica Fiction
Format: Kindle

 Weakened, he is promised only months to live. When Western medicine leaves him without hope, botany professor Dr. Charles Douglas follows his past back to India in search of the only cure left to try.

 A lifetime ago, before his escape into the academic world, Charles built another life, one rich with intrigue, danger, and easy cash as part of the shadow world of Himalayan smugglers and pharmacists. Older but arguably wiser, he brings home the side of himself he’d left behind all those years before.

 A seemingly ordinary and charming man, his new quest leads him down all the blind alleys he was once wise enough to avoid. Except now, with the skills he’s acquired, those blind alleys become a source of power he could never have imagined. Amid a flurry of corporate espionage, BDSM disciples, and terrorism, Charles sees his fortunes change. Can he rise again from his primordial self—or will he join the skeletons piling up in his closet?

David A. Ringer retired from a career in newspaper publishing to become a writer and human- and animal-rights activist. He lives with his partner in Columbus, Ohio.

J.D.C. Ormond is a writer, family man, and consciousness upstart from New Zealand. When not tending large herds and crops, he can be found prospecting the imagination for the nuggets that see his spirit soar.

David and J.D.C. are giving away a $25 Gift Card!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins June 29 and ends on July 10.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on July 11.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Profile: Author Barry Hornig

Were you on line at Studio 54? Did you ever swap drugs for gold in Tangiers? Or try on a dog collar at the Botany Club? Ever marry a countess or a Playboy playmate? Meet Barry. He did all of that and a lot more. He’s had many ups and downs and has probably forgotten more than you’ve fantasized, but this book is what he can recall…
“I hope I left a roadmap and some signposts to show other people that when they get lost, there is a way out."
Thus goes the pitch of Barry Hornig’s candid, compelling, revealing, and ultimately inspiring memoir, Without a Net: a True Tales of Prison, Penthouses, and Playmates (Köehler Books, 2015), which, from idea to polished manuscript, took him eight years to complete.
Without a Net is the story of a young man from a middle class background who shoots for the stars and goes after things that aren’t attainable, and when he thinks he has them, they get taken away,” states Hornig. “In the process, he winds up incarcerated, threatened with guns, and succumbs to addictions, but through a powerful series of visualizations he manages to manifest somebody who helps him change his whole life around through love and compassion. And through that, he is able to help other people.” Hornig’s over-the-top life is told with honesty, self-mockery, hope, and more than a little Jewish humor.
The decision to write this memoir came about from Hornig’s anger about his great ups and downs in life and the question, “Why do they continue to happen to me?” He needed to get it out of his system. Through writing, he hoped to see life more clearly and get rid of some of the anger and pain. He decided he wouldn’t misdirect his energy by looking back, but instead concentrate on looking forward and benefit from lessons learned, and it worked. “I hope I left a roadmap and some signposts to show other people that when they get lost, there is a way out,” says Hornig. “I believe that with determination, visualization, and the right partner, you can emerge from any darkness, live an interesting and fruitful life, and recover your sanity and your spiritual balance.”
In addition to his personal journey, the book offers a kaleidoscope of America from its triumphant and proud years in the 50s to a more recent time when – from Hornig’s perspective – “A great power has been shamefully falling apart. We’ve killed all our heroes, and there’s nobody to look up to. Violence never wins. And Gordon Gekko was wrong; greed is not good. (Sorry, Oliver.)”
Writing Without a Net had its challenges. From telling the truth, to stirring the hot coals, to old temptations re-awakening, to unsupportive peers telling him he was wasting his time and would never finish the book, Hornig admirably stuck to his vision through it all and came through the other side with a completed manuscript and a renewed sense of reality.
Besides the obvious painful, emotional journey of having to access his troubled past, Hornig’s challenge included the fact that he’s dyslexic. Because of this, he decided to work with Michael Claibourne, who helped him organize his thoughts and Without a Net Coverpen his words. Claibourne loved his life story and had been urging him for quite a while to write it all down.  It seemed just as exciting as any of the screenplays they were working on. “My creative process was a form of channeling with Michael, who acted as interviewer, scribe and psychiatrist,” adds Hornig. “We wrote this memoir from Topanga Canyon to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Montana, and New York City. Sometimes lying down and sometimes sitting up.  In person, over the phone, and over the net. It was complex but clear. I tried to be truthful and honest with all the subjects.”
In spite of help from his writing partner, as well as support from his spouse and family, becoming an author has been overwhelming for Hornig, to say the least. “I can’t quite wrap my head around it,” he says. “All I did was tell a story. We’ll see what happens from there, and I’ll leave it up to my audience.” He’s looking forward to sharing some of his experiences in this journey with younger people, and hopes that this book puts him in a venue where he can talk to them. “I want to spread the news: it’s never too late.” He hopes readers will learn from his story and even find themselves in it, and realize that even the most destructive impulses can be overcome. “I have been able to forgive the people who wronged me, and forgive myself for wronging the people that I wronged – both the ones who are dead and the ones who are still alive. And looking back now through the other end of the telescope, it’s all very clear.”
Barry Hornig currently divides his time between Santa Monica, California, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he owns a gallery of fine art rugs. He is a professional sports fisherman, an expert on the paranormal, has talked with beings from space, had visions in Masar-i-Sharif, has been blessed by Muktananda, and hugged by Ammachi. “I have so many more stories to tell… and they’re not all autobiographical” states the author on what lurks on the horizon. “Screenplays, movies, all with messages. I am hoping that with this book my other story work will be taken seriously. And that in turn the other work will get out and more lessons will be learned.”
Connect with Barry Hornig on the web:
Without a Net is available from Köehler BooksAmazon, B&N, and other online retailers.
My article originally appeared in Blogcritics

Aeromancist by Charmaine Pauls (Book Cover Reveal)

About The Book

Title:  Aeromancist
Book 3: Seven Forbidden Arts Series
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher:  Mélange Books
Publication Date: July 6, 2015

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Book Description:

Passion always comes with a price.

All he could offer was thirty days of passion.

He condemned her to a terrible fate instead.

Now he’ll do everything in his power to save her.

He is known as the Weatherman. Lann Dréan is the last of his kind. A price on his head, chased for a power he should not possess, he can’t promise any woman forever. All he can offer Katherine White is thirty days of passion. But his uncontainable desire comes with an unforeseen price. Lann’s lust will cost Kat everything. Now he’ll do anything to save her from the fate he has brought upon her.

* This book contains adult content with explicit language and frequent, consummated love scenes, including light bondage, sex toys and breath play. Reader discretion is advised.


About The Author

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published six novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

Read more about Charmaine’s romance novels and psychological short stories here on

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Writing Life with Suspense Author Gabriel Valjan

 "I define success as knowing that right here and now I am writing to the best of my ability, and that tomorrow I will write better. Writing is a craft and I am a craftsman."

Gabriel Valjan is ‘Gnomeo’ to his friends (read, ‘he is short’ but lacks the Napoleonic Complex). He writes short stories, novels and enjoys film noir. He is submissive to two cats -- one is a Bengal and the other, a tuxedo, both of whom also double as his editors. Winter Goose Publishing has unleashed Gabriel’s writings onto the reading public with the Roma Series. Book 4: Turning To Stone premiered 15 July 2015.

What’s inside the mind of a mystery-suspense author?

I sincerely believe that the key to all forms of creativity is intellectual curiosity. Answers, while interesting, are not as important as the questions. I keep alert to developments in science and technology; read about current events, and from there I do a ‘what if’ with what I find. Our world is beautiful, mysterious, and terrifying – it’s just a matter of perspective.

What is so great about being an author?

What other profession allows you to be your own boss, the architect of whatever is inside your head? As a writer I have control of what I put on the page before the reader. As a writer, I have control over what I put on the page, over what I serve up for the reader. It’s like a chef in the kitchen: the reader doesn't have to know a thing about me, but I have a responsibility to feed him or her something that tastes good and is well made.

When do you hate it?

Self-promotion; it doesn’t come easy to me, but it is often harder than the writing itself. I don’t like talking about myself. I’ve always been the gray man, the guy nobody notices but who, they know, can be counted on. I am that guy. I equate drawing attention to myself to wearing a hat rack in a crowded forest of hunters looking for moose. I’d like to think that my work can speak for itself, but I understand that there is a lot of noise out there and writers struggle to be heard – and seen.

What is a regular writing day like for you? Be honest!

We all have our rituals. We get out of bed using the same foot. We stumble half awake to the kitchen to make our morning coffee. I wake up each morning, early, thankful that I’m alive another day. I write within an hour upon waking up. If I’m preoccupied with something in my writing, I’ll work out first to clear my head, otherwise I’ll write four hours a day. By the time most people greet the day, I’ll have been up for three or four hours already and been writing.

Do you think authors have big egos? Do you? How do you know?

Interesting question and good timing because yesterday I was reading an article in which the author had asserted that Fitzgerald and Hemingway knew that they were great writers and had something to say; that they knew this about themselves unequivocally and without any doubt. Hemingway was Type-A+ competitive; Fitzgerald felt that the world owed him a living. We know this from letters and from people who knew them. My point is that there is healthy ego, a sense of honest pride in good work, and then there is an unhealthy ego, which manifests itself in the person’s putting others down. Unfortunately, I’ve met authors who have unhealthy egos: they mistake snark and sarcasm for Wit when they deride other authors. I can only hope that they become the people their dog thinks they are. If you mean ‘big ego’, as in I am proud of my work, then yes, I have an ego. If you mean ‘big ego’, as in I think I am a better writer than other authors?  Well then, no.  That is for the reader to determine.

How do you handle negative reviews?

I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had negative reviews. I have had criticisms, which I do consider and evaluate before I move on. All my writing goes through several editorial rounds and critiques, but at the end of the day, I know that I am proud of what I put out there. Yes, I look back at my ‘earlier stuff’ and I think how I would’ve done it differently, but it is all part of the process of growing as a writer. If I were to have a nasty review (and reviews of the sort do exist on Amazon), I’d treat it like I would with trolls online: stop reading, don’t respond because to do so is to feed them.

What is the usual response when you tell a new acquaintance that you’re an author?

I usually don’t tell people that I’m a writer. Nine out of ten times the other person will start telling me that they have written something and it comes out that they had given up for whatever reason. Then the question will come up, “Have you been published?” I tell them that I have. They might try and make a distinction: publish or self-publish? I give them my answer and the conversation will either end there, or the person will realize that I am serious about writing. They’ll ask, “How do you do it?” I’ll tell them that I’m disciplined and committed to improve myself somehow 1% every day.

What do you do on those days you don’t feel like writing? Do you force it or take a break?

I’ll revise my work and, if that is too frustrating, I’ll read.

Any writing quirks?

I read passages, particularly dialog, out loud to my two cats, Squeak and Squawk. They listen, make noises, and I pay them with treats. They think I’m crazy.

Have you worked on your novel intoxicated? What was the result?

No, I have never written while intoxicated. I’m too much of a control freak to do that to myself.

What would you do if people around you didn’t take your writing seriously or if they saw it as nothing but a hobby?

Same thing if the people around me did take my writing seriously: write.  I’ve always made time for other people throughout my life, so I look at writing as time for myself. I don’t see that as selfish. The people who care about me know that it makes me happy, which is far better than dealing with an unhappy me. I ignore people who dismiss writing as a hobby; often the same people presume that writing is easy until they try it themselves – if they try at all. There are people who talk about writing and there are those, like myself, who do it daily. We are the quiet professionals. The work has to speak for itself.

Some authors seem to have a love-hate relationship to writing. Can you relate? 

I experience Frustration, but never hate. I love to write, love to create something that another person can sink and disappear into, in which he or she can live among characters they love, hate, or distrust. Even when I am frustrated, I find pleasure in solving problems, in working out the knot in the narrative and plot.

Do you think success as an author must be linked to money?

No. I understand the logic that money for an author implies sales, but there is a thread of fallacious logic there. I think of my friends who have done impulse purchases because they saw an e-book for ninety-nine cents. The books pile up on their reader unread. The author may have made some money, but was he or she read? Did someone leave a review that entices other readers? While money is great, the book then becomes another commodity. Success has to have another definition. I define success as knowing that right here and now I am writing to the best of my ability, and that tomorrow I will write better. Writing is a craft and I am a craftsman. I will always want to improve my story-telling skills. Success is the well-told story, the writing that is admired even when the tale isn’t something that a particular reader seeks out. I’m realistic that not every reader will enjoy what I write, but for every one person who tells me that they enjoyed my work, I am honored that they spent time with my pages.

Leave us with some words of wisdom.

Write what you know. Write what you don't know. Obey the laws of grammar and syntax. Break the rules of grammar and syntax. Speech is what you hear. Dialogue is what you imagine between fictional characters. A beat is time in the corner for the boxer to rest or time for the boxer to deliver the punch. Characters live and breathe by how they act, however flawed or noble they are, and not because someone tells you they do. Point of view is a camera; change the lens and you change what you see and whence you see it. Visual is in the mind and it is also white space on the page. Edit for copy, for structure, but always have someone else do it because you won't see it. Criticism is always constructive, never personal. Voice is yours and only yours, as unique as your fingertips, your earlobes, and your handwriting.

As you can see, there are rules and there are no rules. Writing is about creation and expression; it is a function of the intangible human spirit. The act of creative expression, be it oral or written, nearly always involves the person who is doing that creating through words to be sitting down. Spoken or written, the story is created from a seated position. Tell the story that you have inside you. You have no control over whether you’ll make money (or not), be famous or forever obscure. Read widely other authors and genres to see how they “work” and why what they did did work. Should you be fortunate to meet your readers, stay until you have met every last one of them. You’ll be the better person. Don’t compete with other writers. Somebody will always be better at something than you. Just be you. Respect the time your readers spend with you and be grateful that they chose to spend that precious time with you.


Title: Turning To Stone
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Author: Gabriel Valjan
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
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About the Book:

Bianca is in Naples for Turning to Stone. Loki, her mysterious contact, is now giving her baffling anagrams. They seem to lead to a charismatic entrepreneur who has a plan to partner with organized crime to manipulate the euro and American dollar. Against a backdrop of gritty streets, financial speculation, and a group of female assassins on motorcycles, Bianca and her friends discover that Naples might just be the most dangerous city in Italy.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Poetically Baring My Soul by Jerald Brown Book Blast!

Title: Poetically Baring My Soul
Author: Jerald Brown
Publisher: Jerald Brown
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback

 Poetically Baring My Soul is a poetry book that offers a honest inscription of trials, feelings, thoughts, and revelations. It creates a visual image from personal accounts within the expressions of the writings. Poetically Baring My Soul invites all those who have an acceptance of faith, a honesty and even accountability of self, and a vivid appreciation of metaphors and wordplay, to embrace the poems inside.

  ORDER INFORMATION Poetically Baring My Soul is available for purchase at  

  I was born and raised in Danville, Il, a small town about 2 hours outside of Chicago. My parents, J.W. and Dizer Brown instilled values and principles of life in me at an early age. I enlisted into the Army 10 days after graduating high school and the discipline I received added to my upbringing, shaping me into the man I am today. My love for poetry began through hip hop. I had aspired to become the greatest rapper of all time! Alongside the music, I would write little poems about anything from my surroundings, to my feelings, to my experiences. Eventually, those "little poems" turned into pieces of my life. Poetically Baring My Soul is my very first book. It provides a testimony to the trials and tribulations I've faced, my growth into manhood, and expressions of my spirit, soul, and body. I wrote this book to honor God with this gift, glorify Him, and to connect with others who may share in my walk through life. I am a man of faith. I am confident that my poems will explain my purpose, provide insight, and give readers a honest look into my heart.

For More Information

Visit Jerald’s website.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two Hunky Historical Hero's in a Hero vs. Hero Challenge - who will you vote for?

Hero vs. Hero
Summer’s just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than a hot one-of hero vs. hero match between two hunky historical heroes!

 In one corner there’s Diana Cosby’s Giric Armstrong, rugged Highlander. Giric-Armstrong_FACE Giric-Armstrong_STATS

 In the other, his opponent: Valentine Alesander, crusading warrior. Valentine_FACE Valentine_STATS

 Who will win? That’s up to you! Read up on these heroes and place your votes now through June 22nd.

And come back June 23rd to see who will be victorious!