My Review of J.F. Penn Gates of Hell

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An ancient manuscript that leads to the Gates of Hell. A woman’s revenge for the death of her father.

When the last of the Remnant is murdered at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ARKANE agent Dr Morgan Sierra is drawn into the hunt for a supernatural Key. She’s joined by agent Jake Timber, who must face his own fears as they decipher clues left behind by Kabbalist scholars.

From ancient sites in Spain, to Israel and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must follow the trail to the Key, while evading Adam Kadmon, a man consumed with a lust for dark power.

As the planets align, Morgan and Jake race against time to find the Key and destroy it before the Devourers and the Polluted of God emerge from the Gates of Hell to ravage the earth. Continue reading

The Other Side of Summer – Book Excerpt

Book cover Elyse DouglasJoanna roamed the beach in the windy, unstable afternoon, shading her eyes as she viewed the expanse of sea.  It was after 4 o’clock and the beach was deserted.  The waves were breaking heavy on the shore.  It was one of her favorite times to walk the beach—just after a storm.  She drifted to the edge of the tide as waves splashed and foamed around her ankles.  The water was cool and refreshing and helped to ease some of the aching in her right foot.  She strolled with her hands locked behind her back, squinting into the gray moving sky.  She watched the raw surf curve and break across the beach, observing sandpipers skitter along the edge of the foam, pecking for food.

She lifted the binoculars to her eyes and scanned the horizon, looking at white caps and distant sails.  Smoky white and purple wisps of clouds hugged the horizon.    She picked at the shells and toed the sand, exploring the stringy seaweed, driftwood and plastic trash, all pushed to shore by the storm.  Again she pointed her binoculars toward the sea.  She spotted something bobbing in the waves.

She jolted erect, adjusting the focus.  At first she thought it was a kayak.  She moved toward the water, straining her eyes.  Was it some kind of raft?  The current was drawing it toward the shore.

Her eyes shifted, and then focused.  She saw a body—a person—clinging to a piece of something, floating in toward the beach.  It drifted toward a large swell, was seized by the current and then tossed helplessly, bobbing and twisting in a surging wave.  It was a man!  He was desperately holding on.  Continue reading

Last First Kiss by Lia Riley – Book Excerpt

Lia Riley talks about creating the fictional town of Brightwater on Plain Talk, click here to read more.
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The next knock rattled the front door’s hinges; whoever was out there meant business. Annie sneezed before drawing a shaky breath. Drinking wasn’t a personal forte, but chamomile tea didn’t do much to blunt the first-night-back-in-my-one-cow-hometown blues, even with extra honey.

Maybe if she took her time, whoever was out there would go away.

She closed her laptop’s lid, stood, and walked to the sink, setting the tumbler under the leaky tap. Water drip, drip, dripped into the brown dregs. Dad’s radio above the fridge, tuned to a Fresno classical station, piped in Mozart’s requiem on the scratchy speakers, hopefully due to coincidence rather than cosmic foreshadowing.

More knocking.

This could very well be an innocent mistake. Someone had confused directions, taken a wrong turn, driven up a quarter-mile driveway to an out-of-the-way farmhouse . . . to where she sat wearing a Kiss Me, I’m Scottish apron with a sleeping five-year-old upstairs.

She hadn’t missed Gregor in months. Her ex-husband might be a metrosexual philosophy professor, but at least he stood higher than five feet in socks. Why, oh, why had she enrolled in yoga instead of kickboxing last summer in Portland? No way would a sun salutation cut the mustard against a crazy-eyed bunny boiler. An alarmed buzz replaced the hollow feeling in her chest. Brightwater was a sleepy, safe backwater. Had it grown more dangerous since she tore out of here on her eighteenth birthday? Meth labs? Cattle thieves? Area 51 wasn’t too far away, so throw in possible alien abduction? Continue reading

Meet Shannon and Declan

Escorting the BillionaireJulia Kent features characters from her Billionaire Series.

Q: In Shopping for a Billionaire, Shannon Jacoby is a twenty-three year old, new college grad who is a mystery shopper for a living. She meets billionaire Declan McCormick while shopping one of his stores. What made you decide to write about a mystery shopper as a heroine?

A: I mystery shopped for about 13 years, on and off, and wrote articles and short books about it. It’s the neatest side job, actually: you really do get paid to shop. I’ve had my car’s oil changed, stayed in luxury hotels, eaten $250 dinners (where I HAD to get drinks, appetizers, steaks and dessert…poor me), and done the more boring jobs, like credit unions and fast food. We live in a consumer society and someone has to check in on how clerks treat customers.

I thought it would be a neat story: what if an average, not-glamorous woman met a billionaire while mystery shopping? And I took it from there.

Q: Shannon comes from this warm, loving — but slightly whacky — family. Declan’s family is him, two brothers, and a high-powered, emotionally closed-off father. How on earth do these two relate to each other?

A: Shannon’s drawn to Declan’s composure and he’s drawn to her amazing emotional intelligence. they really do balance each other out. in this new book, Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee, we see a big clash between the two styles, though. In the end, they come to appreciate each other even more (although I think Shannon and Declan could do without the fistfight their fathers get into!). Continue reading

Featuring Diamante Lavendar

Break the SilenceDiamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all
genres: horror, fantasy and some romance to name a few.

She began writing in college and published some poetry in anthologies over the years. After her kids were older, she wrote as a form of self expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others.

Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.

Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.

What makes you cry?  

Injustice, pain, suffering and cruelty.  There is just too much of it in the world.  I wish for this world to be a happier, peaceful place.

What do you know now that you wish you knew as a teenager?  

That it is okay to be imperfect and unsure about things.  There is such a strain from society to attain perfection that it squanders us.  We need to realize that it’s okay to be “normal” or “average” or “imperfect”.  Only God is perfect.  The most we can do is be the best we can be in each day.  Then the stress will lessen and we can achieve a lot more without the pressure imposed on us.  Also, being unsure leads us to find our way, so that is okay too.

What television shows and movies resonate with you and why?

Inspirational stories are my all time favorite.  Stories where the underdog becomes the champion.  Stories where broken people are healed.  I love to see people find themselves in a loving, creative way that betters not only themselves but those around them as well.

What is your favorite book and why?

CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  I admire CS Lewis and I love the imagery and the characters and the hope that prevails in his book.  It is so full of imagination but addresses issues of the heart.  I could always imagine myself in Narnia.  The fantasy he creates is amazing!

Who is your favorite author?  

I don’t have just one author that I love.  I have many…CS Lewis, of course, is one of the greatest in my book but I also look up to Abraham Lincoln and the speeches he has given, the things he has accomplished(they were both great humanitarians!).  I also enjoy books by Jodi Picoult a lot.  I mostly read inspirational things by people like TD Jakes and Joyce Meyers.  I enjoy all of these authors.  They are so very different but yet so very powerful!  I guess you could say I enjoy a reading smorgasbord!

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Breaking the silence book coverTitle: Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar
Genre: Women’s Fiction


Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar.

Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain… Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred.

Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Then she finds herself pregnant.

She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult. As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all
of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she
doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child.

This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be.

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Summer at the Shore Seashell Bay # 2

Summer shore book coverSummer at the Shore Seashell Bay # 2 by V.K. Sykes
Release date: June 30, 2015



Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family’s bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can’t let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she’s swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he’s not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn’t allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she’s in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only
takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

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About the Author

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V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in.

She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at

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All About the Bastard

Book cover Bastard's BrewEverything we touch, we destroy.

When L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart.

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What people are saying about Bastard’s Brew

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Kevin BanovicFeaturing the loveable bad boy Kevin in Bastard’s Brew was an absolute must. Readers loved him and were eager to know more about him.

In Brew, we got to see Kevin and L’Wren’s relationship intensify. I introduced Victoria Johansson, who was only supposed to be in this book but readers liked her, so she puts in an appearance in the novels to come. Of course the series wouldn’t be what it is without some kind of scandal, so expect the unexpected where Vicky J is concerned. I actually loved writing her and I look forward to seeing where she takes me and the readers. She was not part of the original TV series, she just kind of happened as an ally to Kevin.  Apart from Kev’s frenemyship with Haze, he really has no one who knows both sides of him.

Victoria is the exact opposite of L’Wren yet they both make up an important part of Kevin’s life. Their paths never cross and I think it would be interesting to see the interaction between these two ladies when they do meet.

Of the four books in the series so far, if I had to pick a favorite, Brew would be it. I loved the intense drama. While writing it I never knew what the characters were going to do. I had an outline, but once I started writing, they clearly took over! So far this book was the darkest.

There was something wickedly exciting about seeing what Kevin would do next to try and get out of the blackmail – Rachel B

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Stalker by Clarissa Wild

Clarissa-iconWhat kind of book is Stalker?

Stalker is a Dark Romantic Suspense, filled with hate, lies, lust, sex, and much, much more. ;) It’s not for the faint-hearted, but I promise you, if you sit through it, it will be worth it!

Where do you get your ideas?

I get my ideas from movies, books, and sometimes even the stories people tell me. I love drawing inspiration from things I’ve seen or witnessed in the past. Sometimes, ideas can also just spring into my mind out of nowhere, it’s like they just appear. It’s amazing. Once I have an idea, it still takes month to take the form of a book, though.

Usually it begins with a ‘what if’ question, a few characters, bits and pieces of action or things that happen … and the before I know it, there’s a complete story on my desk!

What’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The hardest part would be the creation of the storyline. The idea always begins with flashes, little scenes, but for a book I have to string those scenes together to form a coherent story. Sometimes, I have to shift around the scenes, or change course in the middle, but in the end it always turns out to be perfect! :)

What do you always need to have with you when you write?

I always need to have my bottle of water with me when I write, as well as some peace & quite, and some good music. ;) I also love to have a cup of hot tea next to me, but it’s not a requirement to write an awesome book!

If your book was going to be made into a movie, who play the lead roles?

For Stalker, I would say Michael Malarkey as Phoenix (With some added piercings and tattoos), and Candice Accola as Vanessa. As actors, those two match the best, but I didn’t style my characters after actors. My real role models are Stephen James & Mikkel Jensen for Phoenix, and Marina, from Marina And The Diamonds (the singer) for Vanessa.

What books can we expect from you in the future?

My next book will most likely be Twenty-One (21), and it has someone from Stalker in the leading role. I won’t tell you who, but you can find out pretty easily when you read the book ;) It’s going to be super exciting, you can check it out here:

Any final words for fans?

Thank you so much for reading my books, and make sure to pick up your copy of Stalker to get the complete story of Vanessa & Phoenix! It’s going to be one heck of a ride! :)

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Taking Heart (Healing Harts #2) by T.J. Kline

T.J. Kline talks about PTSD.

Taking Heart T.J. KlineTaking Heart (Healing Harts #2) by T.J. Kline
Released date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse


T. J. Kline’s Healing Harts series continues as a soldier suffering from PTSD and a therapy dog trainer find that some scars can only be healed by love…

Julia Hart knows how much good she does training therapy dogs—it’s what helped her overcome her own trials after a relationship turned unexpectedly violent. But moving beyond her mistakes meant trusting only her family with her heart.

Dylan, a former soldier, has run out of hope for recovery. Plagued by nightmares and flashbacks, he doubts anything will help him overcome his PTSD. When his brother convinces him to try one last time, he agrees to get a therapy dog.

Dylan didn’t expect to find Julia or a chance for a “normal” future again. But when Julia’s attacker is released from prison, Dylan and Julia will have to face the past together.

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About the Author

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T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.

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Falling Fast by Tina Wainscott

Falling-Fast-Tina-WainscottTitle: Falling Fast (Falling Fast #1) by Tina Wainscott
Published by: Loveswept
Publication date: June 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Fans of Jasinda Wilder and Colleen Hoover will adore this emotional new small-town romance—a smoldering tale of first love and long-awaited redemption from USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott.

Raleigh West works in an auto shop day and night, trying to put his broken past out of mind. It’s been seven years since the fiery crash that landed his teenage sweetheart in the hospital . . . and him in jail. In an instant, he lost everything: his passion for racing, his hope of escaping his father’s shameful legacy, and the only girl he ever loved. Raleigh hasn’t seen her since that awful night. Never got a chance to apologize. And never forgave himself, either.

When brave, beautiful Mia Wentworth returns to the Florida coast for the first time in what seems like forever, it’s not to see Raleigh. Even so, the moment she arrives she can feel his presence like a gust of wind that gives her goose bumps. Opening her heart to him again seems impossible. But staying away? That might be harder still. Lucky for them both, Mia’s never been the kind of woman to take the easy way out. Continue reading