Dana Littlejohn Presents, Queen of Spades

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Queen of Spades 4 Queens Book 1 by Dana Littlejohn
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Davina Ingram is one of the developers of SPADES, (southern people against detrimental environmental studies) an organization that develops the land for future generations. She moved back home to open the new location to take her mind off her broken heart…but the plan went out the window when she met Xavier Hart.

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About the Author

Where sensual erotic romance is always waiting for you.

I am Dana Littlejohn, author of sensual erotic romance. You will find that I write contemporary romances with just a hint of another genre to take it away from the ordinary. My stories will touch your heart and your soul and make your body feel like it’s being touched, too.

Imagination will take you places your money can not. I invite you into my world with open arms to see my imagination run wild…

Come along for the ride as I go on an imaginary trip into my world. You’ll enjoy every minute of this wild ride.

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Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon

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Publishing The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon has brought me many things I had not considered.  It has re-connected me to the horse world I love in many different ways. Thanks to Alice Champlin, the editor of EquineAddiction.net, I have a new best friend named Daphne.  She a sweet mare who still has a spring in her step that makes her a perfect ride for me.

Reading the books of other authors who love the horse world has broaden my appreciation for the animals that serve us in so many ways.  Horses have a healing power that transcends anything modern medicine can supply. It is a spiritual gift that so many have experienced, I believe it must be true. I know it was true for me that when I was recovering from an injury grooming my mare took my mind off my pain. I could feel my molecules settling into place and the anxiety I was feeling slip away.

The Cowgirl story is one of self-discovery for my protagonist Gemcie, but her journey has also brought personal growth for me. Writing it served as closure on so many emotional levels and allowed me to move forward in my own life. My story Irish Mist appears in the anthology Why We Ride. This collection of essays shares all the different ways we humans connect with a 1,000-pound animal that stays with us all our lives. I am so happy to be back in that world strolling along singing a song.

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Writing Tips with Kathleen Maree

Writing Issues with Kathleen Maree

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One of the most common questions I’m asked, by friends, colleagues and my readers is how do you even write a book? How do you get the idea’s for the stories? And how do you actually sit down and just start writing? And whilst every author is different in their answer, for me, the writing part itself – is the easiest part.

I have so many ‘stories’ in my mind that come to me constantly. I put it down to being a pretty creative person and from my youth when all I wanted to be was an actor whose job was to tell stories in make-believe worlds. So, I don’t find it hard at all to put my creations into words and onto paper, but what I do struggle with – is finding the time…

I’m a mother, a hockey wife (or wag as we say in Aussie-land), a full-time E.A, a sports mum, and probably a part-time taxi service too! 😊 So finding the time to actually sit down and get my mind into my story, is definitely what I struggle with. Add to that, all of the other things that come with being an indie author, like staying up to date with comms, and social media, editing, covers, arc’s, promotion and touring – it can get rather complicated.

So the way I’ve tried to deal with it, is to not treat writing as a job but remember why I started releasing my stories in the first place. And that’s because I truly love it!

I love putting my make-believe worlds down on paper. So, I don’t pressure myself in getting so many words done a day or week, and if the mood strikes I try to stop what I’m doing and write – because at the core, I enjoy it. I’ve found that since I’ve taken that pressure off myself to ‘perform’ it’s made my ability to put time into it, that much easier. But I’m not perfect and it definitely has its ups and downs, but that’s all part of the process.

We are all human just trying to do our best.

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New Novel: Tell Me You Love Me

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Tell Me You Love Me by Kathleen Stone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis

What would you sacrifice to protect someone you love?

In 1965 April Toulane’s life is turned upside down on her fifth birthday when her mother marries a man she’s known for only two weeks.

The life she’d known is forever changed with the addition of a stepfather and a five-year-old stepbrother who terrorizes her on a daily basis. After a family tragedy the young siblings are thrust into the Hollywood spotlight, surrounded by people whose very foundation is based on secrets and lies.

Struggling to grow up and find their way in a world where child stars are forever manipulated and exploited, the siblings form an unbreakable bond vowing to always protect each other when the adults entrusted to take care of them fail at every turn.

Tell Me You Love Me is the story of April and Auggie Fairbanks, the most sought after faces in show business throughout the sixties and seventies, maneuvering their way through the lies and corruption to learn the truth about their parents and searching for the love and acceptance they so desperately crave.

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Book Talk with Charlotte E. Pool

Meet my manuscript (Darkness Made)! Ten things to know about this beauty!

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1) Urban fantasy thriller with elements of paranormal romance and a dash of science fiction.

2) This is a kissing book but it is not primarily a romance.

3) Dark themes, blood, gore.

4) It is the first in a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. It does NOT stand alone. The second book is in the works.

5) It is written from multiple POVs. Think: Dan Brown. It’s meant to keep you guessing and on your toes. And it all comes together in the end.

6) The sci Fi element is reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code. Heavy and fascinating. Fiction woven into nonfiction. Lots of research went into this book. Lots of true stories/myths/legends based in real history.

7) If you like slow burn romance and banter this may not be for you. If you like sex and suspense and a little bit of fantasy and magical realism…not to mention some truly “love to hate” characters, then this book is what you’re looking for.

8) It is a vampire book, but not one like you’ve read before.

9) There is a LOT of backstory…duh these characters are hundreds of years old…but you’ll have to wait for the second book for most of it…it will get into WWII era Europe and some wicked betrayal.

10) So think…Vampire Diaries meets The Da Vinci Code meets historical fiction meets Ocean’s 11….yeah…kinda like that!

About the Book

Darkness Made by Charlotte Pool

Darkness Made The Marked Trilogy Book 1 by Charlotte E. Pool
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, SciFi

Synopsis

To become what she was made for, she must lose everything

*Urban fantasy meets paranormal romance meets science fiction in this nail-biting, heart-racing story of loss, love, revenge, and the darkness that lives within us all.*

The town of Landow, Virginia, is a tiny, quiet, suburban sort of place where nothing ever happens, and no one ever seems to leave.

Eighteen-year-old Bexley Rose is quietly resigned to her ordinary life in this infuriatingly quaint town. Aside from the car accident thirteen years ago that killed her father, nothing interesting has ever happened to her.

Enter Asher, a curious newcomer who disturbs the daily monotony of Landow, sparking whispers and rumors among the locals. A peculiar magnetism draws them together. As she spends more time with him, the list of unanswered questions about his past grows, and with it, Bexley’s unease.

But when one of Bexley’s classmates is found dead in a hotel, Bexley finally learns what Asher is doing in Landow. He isn’t human, and soon Bexley won’t be either. Asher’s people have lived in secret alongside mankind for millennia, governed by an international organization known as The Council, and now Bexley is part of their underground world. As the body count in Landow grows, Bexley demands answers. And when she gets them, she finds herself at the center of an age-old prophecy and an emerging war between species.

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About Charlotte E. Pool

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Charlotte Pool lives in Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and three pit bulls. She is a Cardiac Surgery ICU nurse and is currently pursuing her graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Despite her impressive education and professional experience, she wants nothing more than to make s*** up for a living. Hopefully this book will be the start of a new adventure.

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New Novel by Daniel V. Meier

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No Birds Sing Here by Daniel V. Meier Jr.
Genre: Satirical Literary Fiction

Synopsis

Satire at its best!

In this indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time, two young people, Beckman and Malany set out on an odyssey to find meaning and reality in the artistic life, and in doing so unleash a barrage of humorous, unintended consequences.

Beckman and Malany’s journey reflects the allegorical evolution of humanity from its primal state, represented by Beckman’s dismal life as a dishwasher to the crude, medieval development of manking in a pool hall, and then to the false but erudite veneer of sophistication of the academic world.

The world these protagonists life in is a world without love. It has every other variety of drive and emotion, but not love. Do they know it? Not yet. And they won’t until they figure out why no birds sing here.

Meier’s writing is precise and detailed, whether the situation he describes is clear or ambiguous.

Fans of Franzen and Salinger will find Meier to be another sharp, provocative writer of our time.

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Everything, Somewhere with Author David Kummer

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My name is David Kummer. I’m a young writer who leans towards horror, mystery, dystopian, and young adult fiction. I live in Madison, Indiana, a small town on the Ohio River, with lots of history and settings around here that influence my books. You can see tons about my hometown in my novel, Everything, Somewhere.

I always answer whenever readers email me, so reach out or check out my blog at https://davidkummer.com. I’ve got a handful of books for you to choose from, all of them inexpensive. Reviews and shares are super appreciated.

You may have read some great authors before and some fascinating books, but you’ve never had an experience like this. Try something and let me convince you.

Book Talk

What inspired you to write this book?

This book came from a few different ideas and intentions. One of the first and major ideas was to write a book about my hometown, specifically diving into the people and stories that make up the place. That hometown, Madison, Indiana, is a major character in the book, though under the name of Little Rush. I tried to write honestly and openly about the good and the bad, from different point of views.

That idea evolved into two major themes throughout the book. Everything, Somewhere is all about normal life. Sure, there are some incredible things that happen, ranging from the unlikely to the improbable, but everything is about accepting and treasuring average life.

Writing this allowed me to explore the idea of a normal life, what that means, the pros and cons, and this eventually led to another big topic. Writing about mental illness and suicide gave me the chance to write a heartwarming but brutally honest story about the state of today’s teenagers, but also adults.

Balancing these two themes and a plot full of big characters, big ideas, was an incredibly rewarding experience. I have no doubt that it’ll be just as rewarding for you to read.

What did you enjoy most about writing Everything, Somewhere?

In the process of writing and editing this book, I most enjoyed diving into my hometown.

I selected specific POV characters so I could see the town from all angles, many different backgrounds. Before I could write anything, I had to research and learn and feel the different settings that would make their way into my novel.

Thinking about the moving parts of the town and how they all work together like seismic plates. While at the beginning, the town of Little Rush/Madison served as a major motivator, the characters are what really brought the story to life.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? What did you edit out of this book?

I have a plethora! Most of them were never written out in full chapters, although a handful were. Most of the “side stories” are just plot points, never fully developed, or maybe a few paragraphs that I never expanded.

There were three different endings I worked with from the beginning, eventually leaving two behind, and while I’ll never reveal the other two, I can say they were much darker.

One story that you might find interested occurred near the beginning of the book. The main character’s friend, and POV character in her own right, is named Willow.

There were two chapters written out where she interacts with a friend who is moving out of town, and it’s sort of a goodbye scene meant to foreshadow some events later in the book.

While the chapters were good, I decided not to include them, for sake of brevity but also the friend’s character never got developed enough. Trust me, in the end it was a good thing, though it did have a few killer lines I held onto for later use!

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New Novel: Rogue Wave

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Title: Rogue Wave by Isabel Jolie (Haven Island, #1)
Publication date: April 13th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Sometimes opposites don’t just attract — they collide with all the violent passion of a rogue wave.

Tate
I sailed every ocean, saw the worst that humanity had to offer, and accomplished… nothing.

The world is just as screwed up now as it was when I set out to save it. The futility of it all left me disillusioned. Numb.

Then an idealistic beauty burst into my world, shining a light into all the dark corners of my soul.

The last thing she needs is a summer romance with a burned-out wreck like me.

I shouldn’t want her.

But I do…

Luna
When I look at Tate, I see a legend. He’s done it all, seen it all — lived my dream.

Too bad he doesn’t see what I see.

He thinks he’s all wrong for me. Too old.

But age is just a number. In our souls, where we’re both one with the sea, we’re the same.

He says I shouldn’t want him.

But I do…

They clash in every sexy, dangerous way imaginable. But is attraction — and maybe even love — enough to overcome all that stands between them? Or will their happily ever after remain elusive?

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Hannah Renae Presents, Tiger Stripes

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Tiger Stripes: A Memoir by Hannah Renae
Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction, Mental Health

Synopsis

Four psychiatric wards Three rehabs Two jail cells And a suicide attempt…

Hannah was told she would not make it to 25 with the way she was living. She had struggled with mental illness her entire life, but at 22 her demons came to a head at the grips of severe substance abuse, life-changing trauma, and two major deaths in her life.

Hannah’s struggles land her places no one ever hopes to grace; jail and psych wards lead her to the brink of death. Running out of options she’s left with two choices: live or die. This heart-wrenching memoir combines recovery with bittersweet romance told in a raw presentation that immerses the reader into the author’s dark state-of-mind in every page.

Tiger Stripes is going to add a valuable voice to the conversation about women’s mental health issues.

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If there is anything Hannah believes in, it’s hope, but that wasn’t always the case. For a long time, chaos was comfortable for Hannah, but at just 22 she would have to make her hardest decision yet: was life really worth living?

Since picking up a pen Hannah has had a love for writing, and as an adult it would become her greatest tool in healing from an almost decade-long battle with severe mental illness and substance abuse.

Her first book, Tiger Stripes, is a harrowing, raw telling of her year in and out of hospitals, treatment centers, and jail that finally led her on the road to recovery and freedom.

Hannah was born in Orange County, CA but has lived in the Los Angeles area for several years. She now lives in West L.A. with her boyfriend. When she is not writing she can be found reading, running, cooking, or finding the best vegan eats in L.A.!

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A Father’s Perspective of Parenthood

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Genre: Parenting, Fatherhood

Synopsis

What’s the difference between motherhood and fatherhood?

Motherhood is like learning to drive a car. You start tentatively. Once you get the hang of all gears or buttons, it is all about judgement, or mother’s instinct.

Fatherhood, on the other hand, is like sitting on a new roller coaster for the first time. You just sit, holding white-knuckle tight. The ride takes you around turns, bends and loops. All you can do is look around to see if something has fallen, or try to avoid the vomit being hurled all around you.

Buckle up and join me as I relate to you my ups and downs, emotional and fun moments; all experienced on the roller coaster ride called parenting.

This book is a light read to reassure new parents, nudge wannabe or unsure parents; and for fellow parents to smile over similar experiences of seeing their own offspring grow (puke, stumble, stub toes) and reminisce over losing stuff, sleep, hair, teeth and shit.

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