Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway - If You Believe by Mya O’Malley

If You Believe (1)


If you believeIf You Believe by Mya O'Malley Sometimes love only comes once in a lifetime. For some lucky people, it is possible to love again. Melody and Jack had shared an unforgettable love story that abruptly came to an end. Melody, left picking up the pieces, finds herself alone years later, with no hope or desire to date again. With the holiday season approaching, Melody finds it particularly difficult to get Jack out of her thoughts. Jack isn’t sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, but his mind is set on one thing only, finding a new love for Melody by Christmas Eve at midnight. Easier said than done, with many obstacles to tackle, Jack underestimates how difficult the task is. With conflicting emotions, Jack takes it upon himself to find a man for a woman he still loves. With the clock ticking as the holidays approach, this charming story of finding love the second time around will have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, it will have you believing in true love.  

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Excerpt 

He stood, watching her, feeling every ounce of her pain, her anguish. He was probably the only one who understood what it was like to lose the person you loved, the person who was everything in the world to you.

If only he could just touch her, reach out to her, make her feel happy again. But that was just selfish on his part, wasn’t it? It wouldn’t be fair to Melody. Anybody could see that even three years later, she was still struggling. Hadn’t he always told her that if something happened to him, he would want her to fall in love again? It saddened him to think that if she continued down this cold and lonely path, she would be alone forever.

Melody had wanted it all, a home filled with children, a loving marriage. Thinking back to how happy they had once been, it broke his heart to see her this way, and it was always saddest to see her like this around the holidays, which were quickly approaching.

Jack’s mind was whirling with ideas, if only...He wished that he could talk to her just one more time, but alas, that was against the rules. If only there was some way, if only he could help her see the light. The corners of Jack’s mouth crept up as his mind took hold of an impossible thought. Would he be able to pull this off? If he did, could he ever be the same again? …


Author Mya O'Malley

Mya OmalleyMya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students. Mya currently has two new releases: At First Sight, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and Where There is Love, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. Where There is Love is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press will be releasing her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled If You Believe on November 25, 2014. Due to be released late January is The Calm After the Storm, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York. Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Masquerade Tours: Harbinger by Lee French & Erik Kort Blog Tour #HarbingerTour


Welcome Lee & Erik to Indie Author How-to. Let's see what are your Top 10 Favorite songs you jam to while writing & why

When I write, I throw on a huge mix of all my favorite music and it fades into the background. Nothing in particular stands out, other than songs that disrupt my writing because I feel a need to sing a long or dance to them (those get removed). These are the artists/albums I listen to the most, because I have sizable quantities of their music in my mix.

1. Def Leppard - I have adored this band since 1982. Because. I don't care if some of their songs are actually super-creepy when you really listen to the lyrics, nor do I care that some of their songs make no actual sense in the English language. Sometimes, love for a thing transcends such mundane matters.

2. David Garrett - Instrumental versions of songs I like really do something for me. There are other artists out there who do the same sort of thing, but I'm hooked by this guy.

3. Apocalyptica - Same as Garrett, primarily for their cello renditions of Metallica.

4. Eurythmics - Ironically, I didn't really care for this band when they were popular. As I've gotten older, I've discovered that things I didn't like back in the 80s really appeal to me.

5. Black Belt Karate - A friend pointed me at this indie band from LA. I really dig their stuff, and the songs make my brain churn.

6. Shrek the Musical - It's strange that this album works for me, because the songs are the type that invite careful listening and laughs. Still, I like to have my music shift often in tone and beat, and these songs certainly do that. Everything about it is well done, and I'm a big fan of the actual musical.

7. Traci Lords - I was surprised when I found out she had an album, too. It's not for everyone - she does a kind of inoffensive techno pop sort of thing. Very good stuff for fading into the background.

8. The Fixx - A Canadian rock band from the 80s. The songs remind me of high school and how much I felt a need to be different from my brother.

9. Rush - Seems like Canada makes good rock bands. It's weird. Something in the water up there, maybe.

10. Van Halen - OU812 reminds me of my first car, a bigass Caddy. It especially reminds me of the first and only time I've ever run out of gas. Everyone needs something to remind them of truly embarrassing avoidable moments while they write.



Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past.

When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers.

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions.

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.



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Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

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Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Indie Hoopla Promos: The Guardians of Man Tour part 2 (#IndieHooplaPromos)

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We'd like to welcome to our blog, Author Connor Titus (which is the combined writing talents of authors Lori Titus and Crystal Connor). Because there are two wonderful authors who helped write this book, I asked if I could host them twice during this tour to give us a chance to pick both ladies' brains.

Today we are going to grill...chat with Crystal Connnor.


What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I’m not really sure what gave the idea to write Mt. Empyreal, it was almost a spur of the moment kind of thing that turned into something that we are so both very much in love with and proud of.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I write in several genres(science fiction, dark fantasy, supernatural) but the foundation for everything I write is built on horror. The reason I like the genre is because it’s the way I like to be entertained. I like things that are dark around the edges. Always have.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
The toughest part about writing for a living is the marketing and promoting and there is no way to get past it. This is something that has to be done consistently and at 110%. It’s a learning curve because there is no magic formula and what works for one author might not work for another.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
For my version of events that happened at Fates Keep the research I did was Jewish, Islamic Christian religion mythology, as well as mythos from Native American’s, Pagan along with the history from Lori’s Marradith Ryder series.

What about your book makes it special?

Two things: 1st the fact that there’s two of them, and 2ndly that you do not need to read both of them to know what’s going on! Both books (though we’d love it if you do read them both.)


The Guardians of Man by Connor Titus

In the valley of Mt. Empyreal, the fight for humanity has already begun.

In the mountain community of Fate's Keep, the global power outage and the onset of winter are only the beginning of what is yet to come. Along with the first snowfall, an ancient evil has come. With time running out, will the Guardians be able to save mankind?


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About the Authors

Lori Titus

Lori Titus is a native Californian with a penchant for stories that are twisted, scary, or both. She also enjoys a dash of romance in her storytelling when she can get away with it! She is the author of Hunting in Closed Spaces (The Marradith Ryder Series, Part 1). She is also half of the writing team known as Connor Titus (with author Crystal Connor) and has co-authored two novels, The Guardians of Man and The End Is Now. Lori has authored many short stories and two novellas, Lazarus and Hailey's Shadow. Some may know her as the Managing Editor at Flashes in the Dark. Upcoming work for 2015 includes a novel called The Bell House and the second installment of the Ryder Series.

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Crystal Connor


Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net








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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Masquerade Tour Blog Tour: Flirting with Fire by Tara Quan


Flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever...


EXCERPT


Soaping her too-sensitive body, Cat closed her eyes and recalled an image of Leo from earlier that morning. She’d wanted nothing more than to slip through the glass doors, run her palms along those wet, chiseled abs, and trace the defined lines of chest muscle with her fingers. After less than two minutes of voyeurism, she’d imagined levering herself using those broad shoulders, wrapping her legs around his torso, and fusing her mouth with his.

Why did her boss have to be clueless and sexy? If not for the latter trait, it’d be much easier to hate his guts. Instead, she was trapped in a weird limbo between impatient annoyance and unbridled horniness. She switched the water to a cold blast. It didn’t help.

One cardinal rule existed in all professions—Thou shalt not lust after the boss. To it, she’d add—especially not when you’re his minion, bound by blood to do his bidding, and he doesn’t see you as a human being. But the impracticality of this attraction didn’t change the fact this man appealed to her in the most carnal way. It was a good thing she transformed into a cat whenever he came close, else her panties would be damp from constant sexual fantasies.

When she slept, she dreamt of learning the texture of his dark five o’clock shadow with her lips, of feeling his coarse chest hair rasp over her breasts. He might be no more than two inches taller than her, but she’d be powerless in his grasp. The man was all muscle, from his thick neck to his toned arms. Even without the magical rules demanding her complete obedience, he could compel her to do whatever he wanted.

This embarrassing and unrelenting lust put an impetus on finding a way out. She’d served Nonna for a little over three years and spent the past six months in his care, leaving an interminable eighteen months on the damn contract. By the time it ended, she’d be a frustrated nymphomaniac.

Publication Date: October 24, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Multicultural, Holiday (18+)
Series: A Witch's Night Out #1

Apprentice witch Catalina Gato is prohibited from assuming her human form in front of her new employer without his express permission. Since he doesn’t know he’s a warlock, he can’t give it, leaving her in a familiar’s limbo. To make matters worse, she’s barred from leaving his house, and her attempts to enlighten him of his true nature results in burnt notes, charred walls, and exploding laptops.

On All Hallows’ Eve, she gets one night of freedom. Deciding some no-strings-attached sex might take the edge off the intense attraction she feels for her clueless boss, she signs up for Madame Eve’s service. When she meets her masked mystery date at the Castillo Capital, she realizes she might have gotten much more than she bargained for.

After being gifted a one-night stand from his annoying best friend, attorney Leo Difuoco reluctantly ventures to the Castillo Capital to celebrate Halloween. When he meets his oddly familiar green-eyed date in a Cat Woman costume, flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever.

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway - Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Forbidden





In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart. Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying. With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself. Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
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*STARRED* Review, ALA BOOKLIST ". . . At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"This is a fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance." "Lush, lyrical, romantic. Forbidden transports readers into a vividly imagined place and time." --Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author

"The harsh beauty of the deserts of ancient Mesopotamia come to life in Forbidden, with beautiful descriptions that will make you crave water and check for sand in your clothes. Your heart will break as you root for Jayden to triumph over the many struggles that threaten to tear her world apart, and the ending will leave you thirsting for more!" --Sara B. Larson, author of Defy

EXCERPT: 

The night was starkly beautiful under a canopy of jeweled stars. I savored my moments of freedom, which were marred by the realization that it was dripping away day by day. The sizzle of coffee beans roasting in the skillet floated across the still air. Cups clinked on a tray as my father passed them around the circle. The aroma of roasted brew spiced with cardamom seeped into the night. As I tried to slip past, Horeb’s eyes caught mine. Firelight flickered over his face, outlining his jaw and wind-tangled black hair. He was devastatingly handsome just as all the girls said, but his lips curled into a smile that sent shudders down my spine. Horeb’s glance lingered on my body, settling not on my face, but lower, as if he was undressing me right there on the dirt path. His eyes locking onto mine, Horeb rose from the circle of men. I jerked around, breaking off his stare. Walking faster, I turned the corner of the tent just as his arm reached out to stop me. “So, little cousin,” Horeb said. “Have you been enjoying the betrothal ceremony? Tell me, are the women telling stories of marital relations?” My breath caught like a thorn in my throat. The women’s ceremonies were not discussed with any male—only inside the privacy of a marriage bed. “You shouldn’t be saying these things to me,” I said. Running his fingers down my arm, Horeb continued to study me. “There are many things I’d like to say to you, Jayden. Do to you.” There used to be a time when my throat pounded every time Horeb turned my direction. A time when he was growing into those big, dark eyes and that hard, muscular body. Moments when I wanted to touch his thick, black hair, or run my finger along his jaw to discover what a boy’s skin felt like with a newly growing beard. But now that I was sixteen, and he twenty, his stares made me uneasy. My heart still pounded, but not from love. And I wasn’t sure what it was or what to call it.



Author Kimberley Griffiths Little
Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.





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Friday, December 5, 2014

Pre-order Promo: Siren by Jennifer Melzer


By Jennifer Melzer
Publication Date: January 5, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

On the night Siren Talbot’s boyfriend was going to propose he disappeared without a trace.

She loved Carver. She was willing to wait, but three years is a long time, and the new guy in the apartment next door isn’t about to walk away from a damsel in distress.

Sweet, charming, Patrick’s always there when she needs him, and Carver? Well… he’s still gone. It’s been three years, and her whole family says it’s time to move on. Patrick’s a good man, he loves her and he’s promised her the happily ever after she deserves.

She’s willing to overlook his secretive nature and the occasional flare of his prickly temper until a single discovery untangles the carefully spun threads of her new husband’s secret life.

Patrick knows exactly what happened to Carver.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blast & Giveaway - If You Believe by Mya O’Malley




If you believeIf You Believe by Mya O'Malley Sometimes love only comes once in a lifetime. For some lucky people, it is possible to love again. Melody and Jack had shared an unforgettable love story that abruptly came to an end. Melody, left picking up the pieces, finds herself alone years later, with no hope or desire to date again. With the holiday season approaching, Melody finds it particularly difficult to get Jack out of her thoughts. Jack isn’t sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, but his mind is set on one thing only, finding a new love for Melody by Christmas Eve at midnight. Easier said than done, with many obstacles to tackle, Jack underestimates how difficult the task is. With conflicting emotions, Jack takes it upon himself to find a man for a woman he still loves. With the clock ticking as the holidays approach, this charming story of finding love the second time around will have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, it will have you believing in true love.  


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Author Mya O'Malley
Mya OmalleyMya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students. Mya currently has two new releases: At First Sight, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and Where There is Love, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. Where There is Love is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press will be releasing her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled If You Believe on November 25, 2014. Due to be released late January is The Calm After the Storm, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York. Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Indie Hoopla Promos: The Guardians of Man Tour part 1 (#IndieHooplaPromos)

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We'd like to welcome to our blog, Author Connor Titus (which is the combined writing talents of authors Lori Titus and Crystal Connor). Because there are two wonderful authors who helped write this book, I asked if I could host them twice during this tour to give us a chance to pick both ladies' brains.

Today we are going to corral...sit down with Lori Titus. Crystal's session will be December 10.


Does writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
A little bit. I always ask myself if what I am writing is necessary for the story. Violence and sex scenes both take a certain amount of choreography, and that means you have to do some careful writing. The right flourish can make a sexy scene really hot - the wrong thing can seem explicit and possibly make the audience uncomfortable. And if you're going for discomfort, you need to understand the motivations for that as an author. The same thing goes for violence. Sometimes it's necessary for the story, but the way it's handled makes the difference between a great scene or one that  like an feels like an attention grab. Readers know when writers are holding back or showing too much.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?
Marradith came about as a bunch of questions.  I have always enjoyed stories that are about young women who are forced to take on a role greater than anything that they would have imagined for themselves. I wanted to play around with a character who lived under a power structure similar to the secret agencies found in La Femme Nikita or Alias, but adding a paranormal twist. I was interested to see how a young person would be hurt or hampered by taking on life and death responsibility, and just how it would also make her grow. The paranormal twist gives the story a different flavor and makes things fun. Despite some of the very heavy themes, Marradith's stories still have a bit of humor and irony.

The Guardians of Man started as an experiment to see what kind of story Crystal and I could come up with together. I sent her four or five word prompts, and she sent me back the first chapter of our book. We continued writing each other back and forth, and eventually split to write our own secret copies. Guardians is my side of the tale, while The End is Now is Crystal's version.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I write paranormal, dark fiction with action and a touch of romance. I like to write the kind of books that I would enjoy reading. I also like to look for things that I don't see out there in the writing market and incorporate new or overlooked elements to my work.

What about your book makes it special?
I think that the only thing that makes my book special- or anyone's, for that matter - is the heart that the writer puts into it. As an author, if you love your characters, readers can feel that. If you're interested in their flaws, their pain, their humanity, this comes across on the page. I make it my business to write about things that are uncomfortable, and show them with as much honesty as possible. Your characters can be on another planet, be clairvoyants or werewolves, it doesn't matter. What makes them interesting is their humanity, their flaws and weaknesses. Without those things, your characters lack depth. And without depth, there's no point.


Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I do have a normal day job, so my writing time takes place mostly on nights and weekends. When I am on a roll I write a lot, but if I am not, I don't force it. I go back to writing long hand if I feel blocked, and I find that usually works. Over the last few years I have learned to do other things less. I cut down on television and make sure the things that I do watch aren't fluff. I try to read as many good books and watch good movies or programs because these are all forms of storytelling.


The Guardians of Man by Connor Titus

In the valley of Mt. Empyreal, the fight for humanity has already begun.

In the mountain community of Fate's Keep, the global power outage and the onset of winter are only the beginning of what is yet to come. Along with the first snowfall, an ancient evil has come. With time running out, will the Guardians be able to save mankind?


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About the Authors

Lori Titus

Lori Titus is a native Californian with a penchant for stories that are twisted, scary, or both. She also enjoys a dash of romance in her storytelling when she can get away with it! She is the author of Hunting in Closed Spaces (The Marradith Ryder Series, Part 1). She is also half of the writing team known as Connor Titus (with author Crystal Connor) and has co-authored two novels, The Guardians of Man and The End Is Now. Lori has authored many short stories and two novellas, Lazarus and Hailey's Shadow. Some may know her as the Managing Editor at Flashes in the Dark. Upcoming work for 2015 includes a novel called The Bell House and the second installment of the Ryder Series.

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Crystal Connor


Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net








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1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire HDX 7" (US Only - $229 value) or Amazon Gift Card ($199 value/ International) Ends 12/17/2014. Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kisha from Indie Hoopla Services & Promotions, http://indiehoopla.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, December 1, 2014

Masquerade Tours Blog Tour: The Rebel Trap by Lance Erlick #RebelTour



We asked Lance to give us his top ten favorite sci-fi/fantasy films or tv shows and this was his answer:

  1. Firefly/Serenity: I like the gritty nature. It feels more realistic than the Star Trek/Star Wars 
  2. Alien: ultimate alien antagonist 
  3. The Terminator: ultimate man vs. machine 
  4. The Matrix: innovative twist on man vs. machine 
  5. Blade Runner: took us places we hadn’t been before 
  6. Doctor Who: love the humor and exploring about every theme possible 
  7. The Postman: unique story of devastation and hope 
  8. The Hunger Games 
  9. Stargate SG-1 
  10. I, Robot

Rebel #2
Voices in 16-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a Mech Warrior recruit, she rebels against her post-Second Civil War society by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Annabelle’s commander gives her auditory implants and contact cams for an undercover assignment to investigate her corrupt police captain. Morgan hacks the implants to plead for her help in freeing his brother. As a pawn in a bigger game, can she find a way to help Morgan and discover the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, the geek institute, and her police captain without falling into a trap, being exiled and separated from family, or getting herself and those she cares about killed? The Rebel Trap was written as a standalone story, but also follows Annabelle’s adventures from The Rebel Within.


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The Rebel Within (Rebel #1) – On Sale for $.99 until December 8th!

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Rebels Divided (Rebel #3) – On Sale for $2.99 until December 8th!

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The Author


Author Bio Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University and University of Iowa. He writes science fiction, dystopian and young adult stories and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He’s the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he flips traditional exploitation to explore the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age.

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Giveaway

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