Cover Reveal for Femme Faux Fatale by Susan Laine

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 Femme Faux Fatale by Susan Laine

Release Date: November 20, 2018

Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza, http://www.seeingstatic.com/

Buy Links:   Dreamspinner Press eBook and Paperback 

 

Blurb:

 

Mystery. Murder. Men in silk stockings. Hollywood nights are heating up.

 

Hardboiled Los Angeles PI Cain Noble is hired by wealthy and gorgeous Camille Astor to find her husband and a priceless work of art, both of which have disappeared.

At the nightclub owned by Mr. Astor, Cain encounters the mesmerizing Lily Lavender, who has the body of a goddess and the sultry voice of an angel—but is really a young man named Riley who attracts trouble like a magnet.

What’s a private dick in the vein of LA’s bygone era and a cross-dressing burlesque starlet to do when faced with the hidden decadence and lethal dangers of the Hollywood Hills? They have their work cut out for them because they haven’t even scratched the surface of an elaborate scheme more twisted than anyone could ever have imagined.

Category: Mystery/Suspense, Dreamspun Desires

Pages: 236 (ebook), 240 (paperback)

About the Author

 

Susan Laine, an award-winning, multipublished author of LGBTQ erotic romance and a Finnish native, was raised by the best mother in the world, who told her daughter that she could be whatever she wanted to be. The spark for serious writing and publishing kindled when Susan discovered the gay erotic romance genre. One of her books, Monsters Under the Bed, won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Paranormal Romance.

Trained as an anthropologist, Susan’s long-term plan is to become a full-time writer. Susan enjoys hanging out with her sister, two nieces, mother, and friends in movie theaters, bookstores, and parks. Her favorite pastimes include pop music, action flicks, and doing the dishes while pondering the meaning of life, while a few of her dislikes are sweating hot summer days, tobacco smoke, and purposeful prejudice.

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A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Last Chance by R.J. Scott

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A cute story, very short, but with a romance that works. In freshman year at college, Luke kissed Justin, the captain of the holiday team, at a frat party, and he’s never forgotten how wonderful it was. But Justin turned tail and ran, and after that night, totally ignored Luke.

Now at the end of senior year, Justin’s teammates are apparently singing Justin’s praises as if they were trying to persuade Luke how wonderful Justin is. But Luke doesn’t trust them, thinking it’s a hoax to haze him and he splits, heading home to nurse his anger at the closeted hockey player. Persistent, Justin hunts him down and finally convinces the sexy redhead geek that he really was foolish and really wants to start something now, before it’s too late and they separate after graduation.

This was quite sweet, with a lot of story packed into so few words. The author originally wrote it as part of the Love For All Seasons Anthology. It’s a quick read, but as I said sweet and with a nice HEA.

Cover designed by RJ Scott features headshots of two young men hugging each other. It’s attractive and would be nice except that Luke had red hair and both heads on the cover are brown, so though it’s cute, it isn’t representative of the story.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 29 pages
Published August 19th 2018 by Love Lane Books Limited
ASINB07GNQ4XFG
Edition LanguageEnglish

*This short story was previously released in the Love For All Seasons Charity Anthology.

An Ali Review: Death Days by Lia Cooper

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

By day, Professor Nicholas Littman works as an itinerant professor at a small college in the Pacific Northwest. He teaches seminars on mythology and the intersections of folklore and magic in the ancient world. By night, he’s the local necromancer, a rare magical talent that has left him alienated from other practitioners.

All Nick wants from life is to be left alone to run his magical experiments and teach kids the historical context of magic without anyone being the wiser. Unfortunately, his family is sworn to sit on the council of the Order of the Green Book—a group of magicians dating back to the Crusades—and they aren’t willing to take Nick’s no for an answer.

As though that wasn’t bad enough, a coven of Night Women has arrived in town, warning Nick that there are wolves at his door he had better take care of. But what can one necromancer do when every natural and supernatural card seems stacked against him?

This was a pretty entertaining paranormal story.  There was a lot going on but it was easy to follow and I felt the author did a nice job on the world building.  There are some common supernatural types of characters but the plot lines were a unique twist on them.
I liked the various characters and I enjoyed Nick at the main one.  He’s was a bit grumpy  and reminded me of a few professors I knew when I was in school.  There was some witty dialogue and some humorous parts. 
 
My main disappointment was that there was not much romance in this.  There is a slow burn between Nick and his TA Jonah.   Nothing really happens between them until the end of the book.  This leads to my main complaint of this book.  There were a lot of things left hanging and ending felt a bit rushed.  I still had a bunch of questions at the end of the book and I wasn’t satisfied with the romance.  If this was book one in a series then I would be fine with it.  The book really felt like the beginning of a series to me but there was no indication anywhere that it is so I’m going to assume it was a standalone.  And if that is the case then I’m not really happy with how things ended.  
 
Overall I thought it was pretty good.  I think it’s best going into thinking of it as an urban fantasy rather than a romance.
 
Cover:  The cover was done by Natasha Snow and I think it is a great cover.  It’s super eye catching and fits the story really well.  I think this, as well as many covers from this publisher, are top of the genre.
Sales Links:  NineStar Press | Amazon
Book Details:
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Published August 6th 2018 by NineStar Press
ISBN139781949340341
Edition LanguageEnglish

A VVivacious Review: Of Princes False and True by Eric Alan Westfall

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

At a Tennis Match, Danilo saves a child from Prince Henry’s wrath and his fists, pummeling royalty in the process and as the law says the punishment to striking a member of the Royal Family is nothing less than death itself. Not wanting to punish an innocent the Good King Hiram gives Danilo a chance, he has fourteen days to find the words that will let him live. Fourteen days at the end of which, Danilo either lives or dies.

This book is an adventure Danilo sets on to find the words that will let him live. It is a journey that leads him to Diety Lane, to an old man and to the very truth of his existence.

I loved this book. It was just delightful. All things considered this made for a very interesting read that had me hooked and that writing oh! What can I say about that writing?

I’m in love with the writing of this book. I started reading this book and found myself laughing and smiling at the way things were described and I was enjoying myself so much that I was completely surprised. You pick up a book that you think you might enjoy and sometimes you enjoy the book more than you ever thought possible and it was so surprising, that it caught me completely off guard. This book is written in a very unique style. It is basically the story of a story within a story and the story encompassing our main story features the writing hand that is penning down this story, so you can see the author change the storylines, take pauses and make decisions which was a very interesting way of presenting this particular story. You would think that being reminded that the characters in this story are merely words on a page would make you less interested in their fates but it had an almost opposite effect. It’s like knowing that it is a story makes you even more invested and I guess that in one line sums up why people read.

Also, I love the world the author envisages. I loved the concept of Diety Lane and I’m completely taken with the concept of the Kitchen. It was the single bright spot on a lane besmirched. I loved this world and was particularly excited about the shaecul and what that could mean for the storyline, though yeah, we didn’t quite go there. Overall, I’m just very taken with this world and the plot and the characters.

The characters are quite a colorful lot, what with Hiram the King and Roger, Danilo, Ivyn, Jonar, Anatol and all the Royal Guards, and I mean it, the guards were so amazing. Also, Kilvar the assassin left quite the impression.

I am a bit on the fence with Henry because while he is just words on a page he is a pretty unscrupulous group of words at that and I never quite understood his sudden redemption. Changing one facet of how the plot plays out doesn’t absolve a character of the traits he previously possessed. Though this is a point of contention, Henry is a very small part of the book and some of his anger could be justified, emphasis on some, I get why he felt like an imposter at the castle but not his bad reputation and I definitely can’t forgive his actions and I’m definitely on the fence about his happy ending. Redemption is a good thing but it has to be earned, it can’t be granted at the turn of a phrase.

There are still things I find myself wanting to know about this world. There was just some gorgeous worldbuilding and I would love to see more of how it works.

I quite enjoyed this story. It happens to be a retelling of a fairy tale but since I haven’t read the original I can’t quite offer comparison though if the retelling is anything to go by the original should be a hoot.

Cover Art by Karrie Jax. I liked the cover, it fits the medieval quality of the story and I especially love how the text highlights the image of the two boys.

Sales Links:

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Eric Alan Westfall
Edition LanguageEnglish

Beau Schemery On Writing, Art and his new release, The 7th of Victorica (Gadgets and Shadows #2

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The 7th of Victorica (Gadgets and Shadows #2) by Beau Schemery
Harmony Ink Press

Cover Art:Beau Schemery

Sales Link:  Harmony Ink Press

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Beau Schemery here today talking about writing, art, covers, and his new release, The 7th of Victorica (Gadgets and Shadows #2) from Harmony Ink Press.  Welcome, Beau, and thank you for also bringing all these great illustrations.

~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Beau Schemery ~

How much of yourself goes into a character? It varies from character to character. There has to be some of oneself in every character as we’re the ones writing them. And then there are characters like Jack Midnight, who might just be entities unto themselves.

Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures? I’m definitely more of a fantasy writer but with The 7th of London and now the sequel, The 7th of Victorica, research has played a major role in both. Even though they’re set in an alternate history, it’s not that far off and I wanted them both to feel genuine.

Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing? I read mostly horror, sci-fi, and fantasy as a child/teen/adult. It definitely influences my writing. I have yet to write pure horror, though there are some elements that sneak into the stories once in a while. The shambling underground terrors from the first book for instance.

Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?  Not really. For the most part I start with a book and follow through. Though I have recently revisited and revised some older work that I’ve recently reacquired the rights to. The only exception in the sequel to my only contemporary novel. I started it but kind of lost interest in it. I may revisit it one day.

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why? I like whatever the story calls for. I’ve migrated away from standard romance with my young adult books, so I don’t feel as much pressure for a HEA ending anymore.

Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult? Not as a teenager but as an adult. But as I migrate away from writing it, I also migrate away from reading it.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up? Growing up, I’d have to say Stephen King was my biggest influence. I’ve read nearly everything he’s written and I admire the hell out of him. Now my biggest influences are probably Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Gus Li. I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today if it wasn’t for Gus.

How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going? I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books I love. I want them in my hands. I want to turn their pages. That being said, I have nothing at all against ebooks and own quite a few myself. It’s a great way to try out new authors and it’s not going anywhere as a format. It’s the direction our society is moving in. I’m fine with that.

How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part) Well, with the four books that I’ve published non-pseudonym, I’ve done all the covers myself. I’m a traditionalist in a sense that I’m not a big fan of photo/shopped covers. I much prefer illustration. Although I’ve seen successful and unsuccessful examples of both. It just seems that when a photo/shopped cover fails, it fails spectacularly.

Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why? The 7th of London might be my favorite. I’m really proud of what I did in that book. Not just the story but the characters as well. It was also the first book published under my real name and that feels like an accomplishment somehow.

If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”?  Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest? As I said above, I’ve only written one and a bit of contemporary romance but I can answer this question. Like with all writing, I think it depends on the author. Some authors can make a truly compelling contemporary with great characters and some I think, How many times can these guys get coffee and have the same conversation? But- I’m biased. I would rather read about a guy punching a dragon in the mouth over two guys getting coffee.

 What traits do you find the most interesting in someone? Do you write them into your characters? That’s a hard question. I appreciate so many different things about so many different people. But yes, of course, I try to incorporate those traits into characters. Even some I don’t find interesting because there are only interesting people in the world.

Have you ever put a story away, thinking it just didn’t work?  Then years/months/whatever later inspiration struck and you loved it?  Is there a title we would recognize if that happened? I sort of answered this above. One so far. I did have one story I submitted for a short story collection and it didn’t get accepted but the editor asked me to turn it into a full length book and resubmit. So I’ve been recently taking a second look at that.

 Have you ever had an issue in RL and worked it through by writing it out in a story?  Maybe how you thought you’d feel in a situation? This is a funny one. Because this is how I got published originally. I had an unrequited romantic situation at work one day and I came home and told my writing partner about it. He said I should write it out but change the ending so that the stranger and I hook up at the end. Then when I’d finished it, he submitted it for publication without my knowledge. It was accepted and that’s how I started writing romance.

What’s the wildest scene you’ve imagined and did it make it into a story? Sev’s revenge scene from the first book. I wrote it. I loved it. Then while re-reading it for submission, I second guessed myself, thinking it was a little too graphic for a young adult novel. My writing partner said to leave it in. If it was too much the editor would suggest taking it out. The editor never did.

 Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it?  Trust me there’s a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know. Some of my best chapters have been drunk chapters.

 If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write, where would that be and why? Wherever there is wine and inspiration. The beach would be awesome.

 With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To widen our knowledge?  Why do you write? I write so I can have something fun to read that hopefully other people will find enjoyment in as well. Plus the people in my brain want out.

 What’s next for you as a writer? The third and final installment of Seven’s story has been started. I’m revisiting a short story that is a Steampunk Fairy Tale and another that’s a sci-fi/comedy/romance. The first will be a YA novel and the second will probably be an adult novel published under my pseudonym. Then it will be the next installment of my YA fantasy/comedy series The Verses of Vrelenden. I’ve got some epic stuff planned for those boys.

 

Blurb:

After freeing Queen Victoria from the evil plans of the wizard Fairgate and reuniting London once again, Seven, still contending with the ghost of a previous enemy, is called on to turn his unique brand of problem solving to the colony across the pond, Victorica. The former free states of America have a cancer growing within: slavery, perpetrated and protected by the Confederacy of the South. A wealthy group of Southern landowners and businessmen have seized power in Victorica, and rumors are flying about assembling an army and threatening war.

When Seven and his lover, Silas Kettlebent, are sent to investigate, they find the cancer runs deeper than anticipated and may be even more malignant than they’d first thought. With a ragtag team of slaves, criminals, politicians, and Abraham Lincoln, Sev and Silas must find a way to avert a civil war and, as far as Sev is concerned, free the colonies and citizens of Victorica as well.

But Sev’s indiscriminate use of magic he doesn’t quite understand has awakened another’s ire and stoked a thirst for revenge over the events in London.

 

About the Author

 

 Beau Schemery and his robot sidekick quietly fight crime and mediocrity in northcentral Pennsylvania. Beau is attempting to complete six lifetimes in one: he’s been a comic writer/illustrator, an actor and a playwright, as well as an amateur cook and costume-maker. He enjoys sewing, reading, and playing the Xbox when he isn’t crafting exciting worlds for the characters in his brain. Beau is currently a vegetarian and hopes to grow up to be a time-traveling squirrel. He would dearly love to meet a dragon and is reasonably sure that Batman could pretty much beat anybody in a fight.

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Blog Tour for Of Princes False and True” by Eric Alan Westfall (exclusive excerpt and giveaway)

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Of Princes False and True

Eric Alan Westfall has a new MM Historical Fantasy book out:

A tennis match? Starting a war between the Duchy of Avann and the Kingdom of the Westlands?

Only in a fairy tale.

When Prince Henry hurts a young ball boy who told him Danilo’s ball was inside the line, Danilo’s response is automatic. Punch the prince’s face, pick him up left-handed, and break the royal jaw. Unfortunately, there’s another “automatic” at work: a death sentence for whoever strikes royalty.

King Hiram can’t—won’t—change the rule of law to rule of royal whim. But he grants the Heir of Avann fifteen days to find words that will allow Danilo to live.

In those fifteen days: Magick. The gods, goddesses and gender-fluid deities on Deity Lane. Kilvar, the assassin. A purse which opens in a bank vault. A mysterious old man. The Lady of All. The Magickal Hand writing, rewriting. A fairy tale within a fairy tale. A huge horse called Brute. And at the end…perhaps the right words and a most unexpected love. Plus a deity-supplied dinner with just the right amount of garlic.

All royalties will go to a local LGBT organization.

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OF PRINCES FALSE AND TRUE

BLOG TOUR EXCERPT

(Exclusive Excerpt)

Danilo, and his bodyguards Jonar and Ivyn, are in Deity Lane searching for words. In this god’s temple, they’ve worked their way up the chain of command to third priest from the top.

From Chapter 5

To Danilo’s surprise, the man was thin to the point of emaciation. In Danilo’s travels, most priests at this level had long since become accustomed to the finest of everything, including food and wines, and even more important, an abundance of it all, no matter what the deity’s worshippers or the country were experiencing. All was soon explained, though not formally. The man had no time for these finer things. Nor did he so much as look at Jonar and Ivyn. He was concerned only with the basest of things, the most basic of things: money.

He obviously couldn’t read from a price list for priest services rendered, as there’d never been a request such as Danilo’s, so he was making it up as he went along. He explained the complexities of the rituals which would have to be devised, the need for certain things not readily obtained, so if the lord would care to come back the next day, or perhaps the day after that? “The lord” wouldn’t.

The priest wasn’t certain…he couldn’t be sure it would be possible…

They were at an impasse, unless a price could be agreed on.

Danilo pulled out the wallet, laid it on the desk, patted it affectionately. He assumed, with more than a reasonable degree of certainty, everyone with any concern about money in the capital had heard of the flat wallet he carried, which magickly produced an abundance of gold coins at need.

The priest’s eyes confirmed his knowledge of the wallet.

The First Ducal Bank kept on hand a vast amount of currency from other nations, with the greatest amount being the Empire’s crowns. They kept one-, five-, ten-, twenty-, fifty- and hundred-crown coins on hand. A note to the Bank last night led to his container being filled with hundreds. Danilo knew the comparative value of currency; knew the vast amount of things a hundred crowns could buy in the Westlands. He pulled two out and set them down, side by side.

The priest obviously knew what they would buy as well. He didn’t reach for them. Danilo wondered whether he was aware his finger twitched, moved a tiny increment toward the money before being pulled back.

Danilo pulled out a third hundred, put it down. Waited. As in any negotiation which reached a settlement one side paid more than it wanted to pay, the other side accepted less than it thought it should have received. Danilo was on the paying side of the table. He knew Grandser would give him as much money as he wanted or needed, the proverbial duke’s ransom, but he’d be damned if he’d be cheated.

Part of him told himself he was a damned fool to take the chance. What if this deity had the words and he was too cheap to pay the price? Pull out another coin…two…three, that side of him demanded. The other side, the stubborn side—though Jonar would have insisted it was over ninety percent and not a mere “side”—counseled waiting.

Waiting won.

A thin hand reached out, stacked the coins and pulled them to his side of the table. “If you will follow me?”

Danilo thought how very odd it was, a complex ritual requiring a day or more of preparation, could begin so soon after coin was collected.

Before entering the disrobing chamber, beyond which the deity demanded—or so his servants said—the bodyguards not go, Danilo paused, and asked to speak to the money priest again. It was the only reasonable way to identify him, as he had never offered his name. With some trepidation the holy man was sent for.

Danilo asked for a private word…well, a private word in the presence of Jonar and Ivyn.

“You do know the king has sentenced me to death if I cannot come up with words to change his mind, do you not?”

“I do.”

“I don’t know King Hiram well, but he has a reputation for believing…quite strongly…in the rule of law, does he not?”

“He does. But my lord, where is this going?”

“Patience, sir. I am almost to my point.”

“I have two questions which do not require an answer, and then my point. First, what do you think the king’s reaction would be to any mortal, holy or not, who interfered with his justice by taking my life before he hears my words? Second, what do you think the Thirty-Eight would do to a deity which allowed interference with the king’s justice if I were to die here?”

The priest gulped and looked relieved he was not required to say anything.

Danilo smiled one of the smiles he’d learned from watching Grandser administering justice, or dealing with scoundrels large and small. It was not a pleasant smile. “I’m sorry, but I do have two more questions, and of these two, the first requires no answer. If I were to die during this ritual, who do you think would be the first to die at the blades of Jonar and Ivyn, and not with any degree of speed. Of course, those they had to kill or maim getting to him wouldn’t be included in the count.”

The priest became as white as…Danilo couldn’t think of a proper comparison…and shuddered. “My last question, holy one. I will be safe during this ritual, will I not.”

“Oh, yes, my lord! Indeed, my lord!”

“Then Jonar and Ivyn will wait here for me, and this is where I will return when the ritual is done.”

“Yes, my lord. Of course, my lord.” Danilo wondered if the priest bowed so low to his own deity, but thought not. The deity probably didn’t threaten him with a most horrible death very often.

Jonar and Ivyn, unhappy, but already knowing this was likely to happen, remained silent as Danilo went into the disrobing chamber.


Author Bio

Eric is a Midwesterner, and as Lady Glenhaven might say, “His first sea voyage was with Noah.” He started reading at five with one of the Andrew Lang books (he thinks it was The Blue Fairy Book) and has been a science fiction/fantasy addict ever since. Most of his writing is in those (MM) genres.

The exceptions are his Another England (alternate history) series:  The Rake, The Rogue and the Roué(Regency novel), Mr. Felcher’s Grand Emporium, or, The Adventures of a Pair of Spares in the Fine Art of Gentlemanly Portraiture(Victorian), with no way out(Regency) coming out a month after Of Princes.

Two more fairy tales are in progress:  3 Boars & A Wolf Walk Into A Bar(Eric is sure you can figure this one out), and The Truth About Them Damn Goats(of the gruff variety).

Now all he has to do is find the time to write the incomplete stuff! (The real world can be a real pain!)

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