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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Laurel Richards is a fiction author with a passion for
shifters, space travelers, and other memorable characters. She has gathered
inspiration from lots of different sources throughout her life and is here to
share her imagination through storytelling. Laurel writes sci-fi/fantasy,
paranormal, and funny mysteries, with various degrees of romance mixed in.
Why did you write
The Colony?
I’m a huge fan of sci-fi romance, and I’m also fascinated by
paleontology (museum lover here). That got me thinking, and I asked myself what
the fossil record on another planet might look like. And so Dr. Elisa Everett, the
paleontologist heroine, was born, and so was The Colony. I wanted an
action-packed sci-fi story featuring all my favorite elements in the genre.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
It’s a tie between sci-fi romance and paranormal romance,
although I enjoy multiple genres.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
This can change on a daily basis, but frontrunners include
Eve and Rourke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series, Nix from Kresley Cole’s
Immortals After Dark series, and pretty much any of the main characters from
Nalini Singh’s Psi-Changeling series.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I have another sci-fi romance and a couple of fantasy novels
that are in edits, and I hope to see them released sometime in 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Not everyone will make it out alive.
Responding to a distress call, Officer Alexander Valerian
and the rest of his security team arrive at the human colony on the planet of
Jangala to find blood and gore all over the walls. All the colonists are dead
or missing except for Dr. Elisa Everett, a pretty paleontologist he finds
injured and nearly suffocated in a ventilation shaft. Now Alex has to figure
out how sixty-nine colonists were wiped out in a single night, but Elisa’s
account of killer monsters just raises more questions. Has the colony really
been attacked by bloodthirsty beasts, or did everyone succumb to a powerful
hallucinogen that made them turn on one another? He had better find out fast,
because Elisa’s life is in his hands.

Buy The Colony

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This quick interview with Staci Troilo includes info about
the author, and introduces the story, Pride and Fall.

About Staci Troilo

Staci has always loved fiction, ever since her parents read
her fairy tales when she was a young girl. Today, her interests are much more
eclectic. She loves getting lost in sci-fi battles, fantasy realms, horror
worlds, suspenseful intrigues, and romantic entanglements.
As goes her reading, so goes her writing. She can’t pick a
single genre to focus on, so she doesn’t even try. She’s proud to say she’s a
multi-genre author.
When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with
family and friends, possibly cooking for them, or maybe enjoying an afternoon
in the pool. To learn more about her, visit

Interview with Staci Troilo

Why did you write
this book?
Pride and Fall is the culmination of a trilogy in the
Cathedral Lake series. I began the series because I found interesting medical
traits when doing some research online, and I had to turn those facts into a
story. I wrote Pride and Fall to bring the trilogy to a close. But because this
series has become a fan-favorite, I have several spinoffs planned.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
As my bio states, I’m a fan of several genres. But my
absolute favorite is probably romantic suspense, because it combines love stories
(which I’m a sucker for) with tension-infused situations (I love
pulse-pounding, anticipatory storylines).
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Rhett Butler. I have a weakness for tall, dark, and handsome
bad boys. I also like that he didn’t see the heroine as perfect and ultimately
left her in the end when he tired of her games. Too many heroes put the
heroines on undeserving pedestals; Rhett isn’t one of them.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m currently working on book three of my paranormal romance
saga, the Medici Protectorate series. This novel, Body Armor, is scheduled for
release in June 2017, and its follow-up, Tortured Soul, will come out at the
end of the year, ending the series.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Fear unchecked cripples. Fear conquered liberates.
Faith Keller has suffered much in her life—the murder of her
sister, the near-destruction and almost-ruin of her family, and a traumatic
abduction. It’s no wonder she battles the effects of PTSD on a daily basis. The
last thing she needs is to be the subject of an intense police investigation
for the very crime her father was blamed for years earlier. Yet, despite her
family’s staunchest efforts, she finds herself on the hot seat with a tenacious
officer—one whose attention she actually relishes.
Carter Emerson takes his job seriously. It’s the only
tribute he can make to honor his fallen brother, and he’s determined to do the
title “police officer” justice. When he sets his sights on Faith
Keller, he’s torn. His mentor tells him he’s got it all wrong, but the evidence
doesn’t lie. The worst part? He doesn’t want her to be guilty. He just wants her.
A story of healing and personal growth, Pride and Fall ends
the Keller Family trilogy with action, deception, and a revelation readers won’t
see coming.

About Pride and Fall

Genre: Suspense/Drama w/a hint of Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Buy Pride and Fall

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Today’s featured book is Blue by your DP Denman.
Genre Contemporary Gay Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt
badass, Blue was a survivor.
He escaped a program designed to cure him. Instead, it left
him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile
and headstrong, Blue needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to
save him from himself.
Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a
blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts
to quiet the storm in a man he doubts he can tame, one drowning in the wreckage
of his past.
With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue
works to rebuild his life with the help of a man determined to prove sometimes
trust is worth the risk.
Blue features one
of the most popular characters of the Saving Liam saga! Destined for greatness,
he reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy readers love.

Buy Blue

Publisher North Shore Press

About DP Denman

Award-winning author DP Denman writes character-driven
contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense but
resolve in endings that make people want to read the book again and again.
She lives among the moss and trees of the Pacific Northwest
with a rambunctious pair of fur babies.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights
activist. To support the quest for equality, 25% of royalties from every book
go to LGBT charities.

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“It pulls at my heart with its beauty and purpose. It
represents all I hold dear in a person, if that’s possible, heart, soul and
strength.”  Laura Reynolds, The
Highlander’s English Woman
I knew I found the right setting
for my medieval ghost story when I saw a picture of Caerlaverock Castle.
Reading Caerlaverock’s history I
understood why the Maxwell family fought to hold it and why their enemies had
to destroy it.
Caerlaverock Castle is a moated
castle on the southern coast of Scotland in the Dumfries. The unique
equilateral triangular design and beauty of the castle, from the way it’s sited
to its rich history, made Caerlaverock the perfect setting for my stories, The
Maxwell Ghost and The Highlander’s English Woman.
There were several original fortifications
that preceded the current castle, a Roman fort on Ward Law Hill and a British
hill fort that was used until 950.
The earliest mention of
Caerlaverock is the 1160s, when the lands were granted to the monks of Holm
Cultram Abbey. Sixty years later, in 1220 the lands were granted to Sir John
Maxwell by Alexander II of Scotland.
The Maxwell family has owned the
Caerlaverock Castle ever since, but not without some intrigue and adventure.
The clan leader changed allegiances from Scotland to England several times
which resulted in sieges, destruction and rebuilding.
John Maxwell began construction of
the first castle at Caerlaverock. A traditional square design with a moat and a
north facing bridge, the building was one of the earliest stone castles built
in Scotland. Archeologists believe that this castle was never completed when it
was abandoned. This castle was built close to the Solway Firth. Built on clay
the wood pilings were not able to bear the weight of the structure. In
addition, the structure couldn’t be kept dry or comfortable. Today, the
foundations and part of a wooden enclosure around it is all that remains.
Work began on the new castle, six
hundred feet south of the abandoned structure in 1260.
Construction on the new (present)
castle, on a solid rock outcropping and was completed in the 1270s. The castle’s
first occupant was Herbert Maxwell, nephew of Sir John Maxwell.
Caerlaverock was the Maxwell
family’s stronghold from the 13th to the 17th centuries. It underwent several
sieges over the centuries and was finally abandoned in 1640. The castle has
been destroyed and rebuilt several times, but retained its triangular plan.
In 1299, Maxwell forces from
Caerlaverock Castle attached the English-held Lochmaben Castle. Edward I
retaliated in July 1300 and attacked Caerlaverock with 87 knights and 3,000
men. Eustace Maxwell, the clan chief repelled the English several times. In the
end, the garrison surrendered. King Edward was astounded that only sixty men
held his army off.
Caerlaverock Castle remained in
English hands until 1312 when the castle was returned to Sir Eustace Maxwell
who pledged allegiance to the English king, Edward II. Later, Eustace switched
his support to Robert the Bruce and the castle was unsuccessfully attacked by
the English.
Because of Caerlaverock’s prime
position on the England-Scottish border and the fear it could fall into the
hands of the English who would have a strong command of the district, Sir
Eustace dismantled the fortress, a sacrifice rewarded by Robert the Bruce.
In 1337 the castle was once again
inhabited and once again the Eustace changed sides. About 1355 the castle was
captured by the Scots.
The Maxwells regained Caerlaverock
after the Wars of Independence in the mid-14th century. Between 1373
and 1410, Robert Maxwell rebuilt much of the castle. His efforts were continued
by Robert II in the mid-15th century.
In 1567, the Maxwells supported
Mary, Queen of Scots and Caerlaverock was once again under siege by the English
in 1570. The Earl of Sussex led the English forces and demolished part of the
In 1593, Lord John Maxwell
repaired the castle for defense against the Johnstones of Annandale with whom
he was feuding.
The Wars for Independence were
replaced by wars of religion. In 1634, religious turmoil turned against the
Catholic Maxwells. In 1640 the Protestant Covenanter army attacked Caerlaverock
for thirteen weeks forcing the castle to surrender. The south wall and tower
were demolished and the castle was never repaired or reoccupied.
The castle passed by inheritance
to the Herries family and to the Duke of Norforlk. While currently owned by
Lady Mary Mumford’s sister Baroness Herries, since 1946 the castle has been
operated and managed by Historic Scotland. The castle remains the ancestral
home of the Maxwell family.

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About Ruth A. Casie

Ruth has always had stories in her head.  Encouraged by family and friends this
ballroom dancing, Sudoku playing, aspiring gourmet has given way to her inner
muse. Now, rather than write marketing and communications for corporate
America, she writes historical fantasies about strong men and empowered women
and how they cope with unexpected challenges. She hopes her stories become your
favorite adventures.

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Welcome Jazz Stewart from Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff, a
new contemporary erotic suspense.

About Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff

Title Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff
Genre Contemporary, erotic, suspense.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jasmine Stewart (Jazz to her friends) falls for the blond
stranger when he spanks and seduces her at a Washington soiree. Later, when she
discovers her flatmate is trying to draw her into a spy ring, she goes to the
authorities. The ensuing publicity costs her her job, her security, and her
future. Starting over in Westhorpe Ridge is her only option.
Sean Mathews, former SEAL and Westhorpe Ridge’s sheriff, can’t
forget the woman he spanked when he visited Washington, but he thinks she’s a
spy. When she turns up in Westhorpe Ridge, he tries everything to make her
leave town. Despite their misunderstandings, though, they can’t keep their
hands off each other.
As Year’s Eve looms, the spy ring resurfaces. Jazz will need
all of Sean’s SEAL prowess to survive. But because his wounded leg cost him his
speed in the water, will it be enough?

Introducing Jazz Stewart

Age: 23
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Washington DC
Profession: Teacher turned baker
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a
physical description of yourself.
I’m five feet six, but I’m a bit on the skinny side, mostly
because I get wrapped up in things and forget to eat. I wear my hair long. It’s
more dark honey than flaxen, but I’m blonde. My eyes? I don’t know. Pale blue,
I suppose.
Please tell us a
little about yourself.
I grew up in more foster homes than I have fingers. A couple
were good, some were okay, but most weren’t good places for me. I learned early
on how to push people away. I have a bit of temper too, but it’s more under
control now than when I was a kid. I always hoped someone would see though my
tough front and love me. Not that my foster families ever did.
I trained as a teacher, but the school principle freaked
when my flatmate tried to involve me in a spy ring. As if I’d ever betray my
country. Then Mandy Devlin offered me a chance to open a bakery in her hotel. I
jumped at the chance
Who is the significant
other in your life?
Sean Mathews. That’s Sheriff Mathews of Westhorpe Ridge. He
trained as Seal, but when a bullet cost him his speed in the water he came home
and took over the role of sheriff in his home town. Of course, since he thought
I was a spy, he didn’t like me much at first.
How do you dress?
Jeans and T-shirt for every day. For evenings, I have this one
red dress. I was wearing it in Washington, at the spy soiree thingy and Sean
loved it. Of course, like me, he was there under false pretenses.
Are you book-smart, self-taught,
My education was as patchy as my home life. Changing schools
a bazillion times made things hard. There was this one teacher, when I was
about thirteen, who cared more about her pupils than I’d expected. She got
through to me and taught me the value of education. I buckled down and made
myself learn. I guess she’d the reason I trained as a teacher.
Do you get by, live comfortably,
live extravagantly?
I always lived hand to mouth, but then it turns out I had
this multi-millionaire great grandmother, but she was an evil old witch. She
knew I existed and left me in the foster system. What sort of woman does that
to her family? Anyway, I guess her conscience kicked in eventually. She left me
three-quarters of million dollars. Me? With more money than I can imagine. That’s
not all though. If me and my newfound second cousins marry within a year of her
death, me and Abigail, get another four get four million dollars.
Abigail’s married to a former Marine now, but he’s a bit
scary sometimes. That said, he loves her to pieces. He and my Sean rescued her
when mobsters kidnapped her, but that’s another story.
I haven’t met my other second cousin yet Adam yet, but he’s
a doctor in the Army. He’s due home at Easter. He gets the bulk of my great
grandmother’s estate – that’s about fifteen million dollars—along with
Montgomery Hall. Honestly, that’s too much money for me to imagine.
Are any of your skills
a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I’m a great baker. One of my best foster mums taught me, but
then she got ill and social services moved me. Don’t tell Sean, but thanks to
my upbringing, I can throw a mean punch. Of course, as wife of the local
sheriff, I never would.
What is your family like?
I already said my great grandmother was witch. Abigail’s got
the kindest heart but she puts herself down too much. Mandy Devlin, the woman
who gave me a chance to start over in the bakery helped with a sort of mini
makeover. Mandy’s and her son, Ben feel like family too. I still don’t know
what I’ll make of Adam. He’s Sean’s best friend, but to me, he should have been
there for Abigail more when her great grandmother and her mother started to
gang up on. Considering the way her family treated her, I don’t how Abigail ever
found the courage to advertise for husband.
How well do you know your
Westhorpe Ridge is a small town with a big heart. Everybody
is welcoming and warm, Kevin Jones excepted of course. He tried to make trouble
between Sean and me but things worked out all right in the end.

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Welcome Liese Sherwood-Fabre, author of Saving Hope, a
thriller with romantic elements re-release.
Why did you write
this book?
This story’s inception involved two elements: a copy of
Richard Preston’s March 9, 1998 New Yorker article “Annals of Warfare: TheBioweaponeers,” and my work in Russia. Preston’s article was about the
country of Iran hiring unemployed scientists from the Soviet Union’s bioweapons
program. It made me speculate on why someone would go to work for another
country in this field. I came up with an unemployed scientist with a very sick
daughter who saw this job as the only way to get the care the daughter needed.
I didn’t work in the area of bioweapons or even with the military, but I did
work in the field of healthcare and was familiar with the state of the Russian
medical field following the fall of the Soviet Union.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Mystery/thriller—by far.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Oh, so many. Maybe Scarlet O’Hara because of her strong
character. No one was going to stop her from getting her way—not the Yankees,
the carpet-baggers, or even the war.
What are you working
on at the moment?
I just completed a sequel to a book I wrote on Sherlock
Holmes at 13 (he turns 14 at the end of the sequel). The first is with my
agent. I’m now considering my next project.
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
In addition to this re-release (the original publisher, Musa
Publishing, folded and so I’m bringing it out myself), I have a book of essays
on The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes. It describes aspects of Victorian
England presented in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
I also have a short story in an anthology, Curious
Incidents: More Improbable Adventures. The collection shares stories of
Sherlock Holmes in alternate universes. In mine, the world is inhabited by
vampyres, and Holmes is called in to solve a very gruesome murder of one.
Please tell us about your latest book.

About Saving Hope

Genre Thriller with romantic elements
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
NYT Bestseller Steve Berry described Saving Hope as “a
tantalizing premise that toys with the most basic of emotions—a parent’s drive
to save their child.” And Chanticleer Reviews gave it four stars. “This
reviewer’s heart was pounding as the final pages of this book flew under her
fingers at 2:30 in the morning.”
In one of Siberia’s formerly closed cities, Alexandra
Pavlova, an unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life.
When she turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she’s drawn into
Russia’s underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the
attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds
herself joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a
race to save both her daughter and the world.
Buy Saving Hope
This book is coming soon. Please visit the author’s website:

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