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Author @LisetteBrodey releases DRAWN APART – Book 3 in her Desert Series Trilogy #YA

One of the loveliest women I know, Lisette Brodey, has released Book 3 in her YA paranormal trilogy. Drawn Apart marks the completion of the Desert Series.

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I’ve had the pleasure of reading the first two books, Mystical High and Desert StarBoth were excellent and I highly recommend them.

I’m almost sad to see the series end, but given Lisette’s talent for writing in multiple genres, I know she will find success in whatever she writes.

Please help me in congratulating Lisette on DRAWN APART, and be sure to pick up your copy!

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BUY LINKS for The Desert Series

Drawn Apart (Book 3)Amazon US | Amazon UK

Desert Star (Book 2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Mystical High (Book 1) ~ Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Book Summary ~ Drawn Apart

When Avalon Martelli and Stephanie Lambert meet at the start of their junior year at Mystekal High, they form an instant connection. Stephanie is from South Jersey and Avalon from North Jersey, and they both feel out of place in the Southern California desert.

Aside from having a home state in common, they each possess a talent for art and the heartbreak of a broken family. Avalon has the gift of sight, where the future is sometimes revealed in her paintings, while Stephanie’s drawings are all about forever love. As Stephanie, a self-described poetry geek and hopeless romantic, talks about past lives and eternal happiness, Avalon denies she’s in love with her best guy friend, River Dalworth, who is attending art school in Los Angeles.

Only weeks before graduation, Stephanie is in a car accident and falls into a coma. Devastated, Avalon believes it is all her fault. The night before, she had painted Stephanie with her head against the steering wheel—and hadn’t told her. She confides this to River, who has come home to be with her, but he can’t convince her she’s not to blame. Avalon loudly proclaims to the universe that she no longer wants her gift, but River warns her she may receive another one in its place.

Avalon and her family, along with Stephanie’s mother, pray for a miracle. River tries to console her, but she finds his presence difficult, knowing he has someone else who “just might be the one.” Trying to push her own pain and disappointment aside, Avalon keeps vigil for her best friend, hoping that Stephanie will wake up and have her greatest wish fulfilled— the meeting of her soul mate.


Connect to Lisette

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Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter @LisetteBrodey

GoodReads | Website | Google +

Lisette was originally interviewed August 2012.

Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

She is the author of five novels. Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (General Fiction) was published in 2009. MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY! (Women’s Fiction), was published December 1, 2011. In October 2013, Lisette’s fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, book #1 in a YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series, was published. In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother’s poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.



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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE CITY OF CRIMINALS by Mark Barry has a new look! (@GreenWizard62)

I had the great pleasure of meeting author, Mark Barry this summer, and I’m thrilled to announce he’s re-issued his book, Once Upon a Time in the City of Criminals with a brand new cover. 

It’s currently available at a sale price until November 15th, so there’s no better time than now to pick it up. ;)

Find out more from the summary and reviews below, and please congratulate Mark on a great new look for his book!

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Buy Links for e-book or print

Amazon ~ US | UK | Canada | Worldwide


“…not for the faint hearted…”

Terry Valentine could have made something of himself had it not been for easy women, hard drugs, football violence and the horses.

Now, he’s washed-up. A loser. A failed wannabe living an invisible life.

Going nowhere fast, his obsessions alternate between suicide and the next fix of Doom, the latest designer drug – a highly addictive synthetic hybrid of crack, E and opium.

By a stroke of fortune, Terry takes a job driving Chloe, a beautiful young escort who caters for Nottingham’s successful businesswomen. The two form a bond. Then Chloe encounters a tycoon, a wealthy magnate who can have everything she wants. Whenever she wants it. And what she wants is Chloe, a sentiment that is certainly not reciprocated.

But she isn’t the type to take no for an answer. Using her infinite resources, Chloe’s untrustworthy pimp, her Man of Business (a cunning ex-Guardsman), and an army of hired goons, she sets out to claim her prize by any means necessary. And there’s only one man who can save her.

What readers are saying

“A novel that will surely reach cult status.“
“…sexy, beautifully written, violent.”
“…left me speechless, numb, shocked.”
“My girl crush on Chloe has only just faded…”
“Well-written, gritty drama.”
“Gritty tale of action and emotion.”
“…bare bones no-nonsense writing at its finest.”
“….characters so well drawn, you can practically smell them…”
“…quirky, engaging. 5 solid stars for the British gangster.”
“Gripping tale and one I found hard to put down. “
“A compelling read.”
“Mark Barry is one of the best writers I’ve encountered in ages.”

Connect to Mark Barry 

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The Wizard’s Cauldron (Author Interview Blog)

 Twitter @GreenWizard62

 Green Wizard Publishing 

Amazon Page US | Amazon Page UK

Mark Barry is a multi-genre writer and novelist. His work includes the minor cult hit Ultra Violence about football hooligans at a small Midlands football club and Carla, a quirky, dark, acclaimed romance with shades of Wuthering Heights. 

He is the co-designer of the innovative Brilliant Books project aimed at engaging the many, many reluctant readers amongst young people. He has one son, Matt.

Fast food, comics, music, reading, his friends on the Independent scene, and horse racing keep him interested and he detests selfish, narcissistic people and bullies of all kinds. 

He is based in the Midlands of the UK.



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THE BONDING SPELL by @MLDoyleAuthor is available for pre-order!

I’m very happy to help author M. L. Doyle get the word about about her upcoming book. I met Mary earlier this year when we launched books together for the Lei Crime series on Kindle Worlds.

Her excellent novella for the series, Hidden Poppiesdrew on her military experience, as do many of her books.

Now, she’s written her first urban fantasy novel called The Bonding Spell. It releases Nov. 10th but is available for pre-order now. The book is filled with Mary’s signature style of romance and mystery—a winning combination!

Please help me congratulate Mary and find out more about The Bonding Spell.

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Hester Trueblood can’t deny having an ancient, Sumerian goddess in her head has its perks.

She enjoys her new strength and fighting abilities, things that would have been useful when she was a soldier. And the two handsome men dedicated to serving and protecting her are a nice bonus too.

On the other hand, there are drawbacks.

Having Inanna’s voice inside her head 24/7 can be annoying, and the constant threat of demons and monsters is a dangerous nuisance. The bitchy goddess and the evil hordes are problems Hester can handle, but the adoration of a demigod has Hester off balance.

None of that matters when an old secret threatens to destroy Hester’s family. To battle the goddess of witchcraft, Hester will need all of Inanna’s powers along with the help of her devoted soldiers–and even a love-struck demigod–if she wants to survive.


Connect to M. L. 

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Website | Twitter @MLDoyleauthor | Amazon Page

M. L. Doyle has served in the U.S. Army at home and abroad for more than two decades as both a soldier and civilian. Her devotion to writing about women in combat boots led her to pen THE MASTER SERGEANT HARPER series which has earned numerous awards and five star reviews from readers who enjoy a strong female lead in a noir mystery which happens to involve military life.

Mary is the co-author of two memoirs; A PROMISE FULFILLED; THE STORY OF A WIFE AND MOTHER, SOLDIER AND GENERAL OFFICER (Jan. 2013) and the memoir, I’M STILL STANDING: FROM CAPTIVE U.S. SOLDIER TO FREE CITIZEN–MY JOURNEY HOME (Touchstone, 2010), which was nominated for an NAACP Image award.

Mary has also authored a series of four adult romance novellas in THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS SERIES. (Sept.-Dec. 2013)

A Minneapolis, Minnesota native, Mary current lives in Baltimore. You can find her at her website, where you will find links to all of her other social media connections.


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CONDITIONED by Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks) is now available!


I’m very happy to announce a new release from prolific author and friend, Christoph Fischer. His latest novel, Conditioned is now available and garnering excellent reviews. The story continues from his novel, Conditions, which came out just over a year ago.

Please help me in congratulating Christoph on his latest book.

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Buy Link: Amazon e-book worldwide

CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.

CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.

CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.


Connect to Christoph

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his latest thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Author @BRChitwood releases STRANGER ABDUCTION #mystery

Multi-published author and friend, Billy Ray Chitwood, has just released another book. I’m pleased to help spread the news of his mystery called Stranger Abduction inspired by true events.

The history of how this story came to be written is also an interesting one, and you can learn more about it on Billy Ray’s blog.

Now, let’s learn more about Stranger Abduction, and help congratulate Billy Ray on his latest book!

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Buy the e-book from Amazon Kindle worldwide

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK

It is a sunny Sunday in May, 1993. After church, a mother and her lovely fourteen-year old daughter walk three miles to a country store for cigarettes and ice cream. It is a walk members of the family often take in this rural Sulphur Springs Valley area of southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.

The mother and daughter arrive at the store in a jovial mood, trading pleasantries with customers and the owners… The daughter timidly flirts with a boy from her school. The daughter and mother leave the store in a silly mood, finger painting ice cream on their faces.

They never make it home…

The deputy sheriff of the county believe there has been a ‘stranger abduction’.

There are lots of action, interesting characters, and romance to go with this fictional account of an incident inspired by true events…events that brought tragedy to a shaken family.

Don’t miss this one!

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New Release by @Maria_Savva ~ A TIME TO TELL

Friend and author, Maria Savva has a new book out shortly, and I’m happy to highlight it. Learn more about A TIME TO TELL and watch the video below. It’s available for pre-sale now and releases October 14th! 

A Time to Tell


PRINT: Amazon US | Lulu | Amazon UK and others shortly

 E-Book: Amazon USAmazon UK

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A family saga spanning fifty years and three generations…

Cara fell for the tall, dark, handsome stranger, fifty years before. Now Frederick is about to return to her life. Can true love stand the test of time?

When Cara’s granddaughter, Penelope, flees her home to escape a violent husband, Cara’s world is turned upside down. She returns to Huddlesea, the town she grew up in. Her estranged sister Gloria is less than happy to see her again. Can they rebuild their relationship after the tragic circumstances that tore them apart?

Benjamin, Cara’s eldest son, has been missing for sixteen years. She longs to see him again. Will their reunion be everything she had hoped for?

In this romantic drama, history repeats itself for a family lost in secrets.

After the lies, the TIME has come to TELL.

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Connect to Maria

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Website | Twitter @maria_savva | Facebook

Maria Savva lives and works in London. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Her short stories have appeared in the BestsellerBound Anthologies and she is a regular contributor to the The Mind’s Eye series of books.

Maria is also a music blogger for the UK Arts Directory. You can find out more about her work at her official website.

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A Book About A Film is a #NewRelease from @C_W_Schultz

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for American writer Calen Sifferman, and I interviewed him on my blog last year. I’m happy to announce he has a new book out. Learn more about: A Book About a Film.

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A Book About a Film

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Plot summary: Author C. W. Schultz’s fourth release A Book About a Film is a matchless thriller focusing on a low-budget movie called The Cornfield People, which follows journalist Joe Fischer as he investigates the eponymous group.  The Cornfield People are a secret society who know the meaning of life and what comes after death.  It is essential to the Cornfield People that their knowledge remain hidden from outsiders, and they will stop at nothing to protect their secret.

Schultz surveys censorship through the means of violence in this chilling and unforgettable book.  This satire on film-criticism takes on a double-narrative, with one acting as a novelization of the movie, while the other examines the film’s hidden messages, motifs and haunting obscurity.

Connect To C.W. Schultz

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WebsiteTwitter @C_W_Schultz | Facebook | Goodreads

C. W. Schultz is on par with other writers of twisted literature, such as: Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), Jack Ketchum (Peaceable Kingdom), Irvine Welsh (Marabou Stork Nightmares) and Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club).

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for novelist Calen Sifferman. He was born in Seattle, Washington.

Schultz’s work has been known for its blatant candor, and omniscient and/or unreliable narrative styles. He greatly enjoys ambiguity and motifs, and often resorts to such literary devices as: breaking-the-fourth-wall, epiphanies, irony, symbolism and thematic patterning. The author often creates characters that are examples of what is being criticized–his debut novel “Yeval”, for example, is a satire on the glamorization of violence in entertainment, but its main character is a product of escapism.

Despite not receiving critical attention, “Yeval” has been discussed in reading circles, with the Utica Public Library including it on their list of Guy Lit among other contemporary classics such as “American Psycho”, “Trainspotting” and “The Godfather”.

After the release of “Yeval” in 2007, Schultz went on to write a blog about bird care for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called “Birdie Basics” and also wrote trivia questions for the game-show “Eastern Expedition”.

2010 marked the release of Schultz’s second novel “The Pack” and the filming of “Watch”. “Watch” premiered at the Gig Harbor Film Festival on October 21, 2012 to a favorable response, with the film being placed as the First Runner-Up (2nd Place) for the Director’s Choice Award for Best Short Film.

In January 2011, the author began writing his third novel “Jill”, which was released on Friday, December 7, 2012.

In April 2013, Schultz’s short horror story “The Stairwell”, was released in the eighth issue of Sirens Call Publications.

He has plans for an ongoing series of children’s books, which is merely a sign that he is expanding his horizons and should not be interpreted as him taking all his future writings down a tamer path.

His fourth novel “A Book About a Film” was released on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

For more information on C. W. Schultz, please visit his website at:



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Join the #MysteryReveal – One Day Only ~ Sept 12 on #Facebook

I playfully refer to this as the Magical Mystery Reveal Tour! For one day only, Saturday, September 12th, I’ll participate in a Facebook event with other bestselling mystery writers.

Hit the graphic and join us :)


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Sept 12, 21015 ~ Join us on Facebook from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST


Come by for exclusive giveaways, freebies, and purchase e-books for only 99 cents! My book, Stranger at Sunset has been reduced for the event but will go back up shortly, so take this opportunity to grab it!.


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Available everywhere!


Here are just some of the authors who’ll be attending and answering your questions. I’m available from 10-11 a.m. EST, and I’m excited to talk to you, so please join us!


10-11 Perry Elisabeth, KJ Traynor, Eden Baylee and Duncan Whitehead
11-12 Mary Ellen Hughes, Zanna Mackenzie and Celeste Burke


12-1 Sheila Odom Hollinghead, Vicki Vass,
1-2 Kathi Daley, Pamela Kelley, Elizabeth Lorraine and Tonya Kaypes
2-3 Susan Holmes, Amy Metz, Kathi Daley and Amy Vansant
3-4 Sylvia Selfman, Jb Hawker, Duncan Whitehead & Dianne Harman
4-5 Ritter Ames, Laurinda Wallace, Sherry Chamblee & Maria Swan
5-6 Stefania Mattana, Ca Larmer, Morgana Best & Dianne Harman
6-7 Karoline Barrett, Julie Moffett, Abby Vandiver & Grace Geyer



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Help author @RBwood celebrate his 50th Word Count Podcast – JOIN IN!

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So … I’ve had the very good fortune of writing and reading for R.B. (Richard) Wood’s podcast for numerous episodes. It’s been a terrific way to hone my writing skills, and I’ve met wonderful authors in the process.

Now, the Word Count Podcast is celebrating its 50th episode! Here are its stats so far!

242 original stories

73 distinct authors


You can be part of this historical 50th episode by writing for it. There is still time, as I’m plotting my story as I type this. The deadline for the submission is Sept 4th, and it will be available to download on Sept 12, 2015—five years to the date that Richard released Episode ONE!

The theme is simple:  “50.” 

Just do it! What do you have to lose? It’s a GREAT way to get exposure for your writing.

Learn more here and be sure to connect to Richard too. He is SO COOL, and he will make your story shine!

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New Release by #suspense author @JasonCMcintyre ~ ZED

Friend and author, Jason McIntyre has a new release, and I’m thrilled to highlight it.

ZED is finally here!

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It’s the fourth book in Jason’s Dovetail Cove series. Each book is a stand-alone read, but if you love Jason’s writing like I do, you will want to read them all. There will be a total of ten books, and each will be written in its own genre.

ZED is a coming-of-age paranormal story with strange tinges of romance and nostalgia for the era of the 1970s.

Please help me in congratulating Jason on his latest book!

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Buy links Amazon US – UK | B & N | Apple

It’s the waning dog days of August, 1975 and Tom Mason’s in Dovetail Cove for the last few weeks of his summer job at the group home. His boss and the home’s owner is Karen Banatyne, one of the wealthiest folks in town. It seems like she’s got it in for Tom; she’s the only one standing in his way as he scrimps for a new camera.

But Karen has her own problems. A regulatory agency might cut off her funding, plus her hubby hasn’t been seen in a few weeks, and she’s not saying why. Most ominous of all, it seems as though something’s hiding in the hot spring north of the main beach and one of Karen’s ‘houseguests’ is about to come face to face with evil. Tom is too.

Connect to Jason

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Website | Twitter @jasoncmcintyre | Facebook | Goodreads

JASON MCINTYRE is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, plus the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His current release is the full-length follow-up novel to THE NIGHT WALK MEN called THE DEVIL’S RIGHT HAND, available now.

Learn more and connect with the author at

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LA PUNK ROCKER by @brooklynandbo hits NUMBER 1! #punkrock

What do you get when you cross a beautiful LA author with multiple writers who lived and experienced a seminal time in music?

You get a book that is climbing the charts and just hit #1. That’s what!

Even Billy Idol commented on it. Wow.

LA Punk Rocker is filled with stories about the influential punk rock era. I’m reading and loving it, and I wasn’t even part of it!

If you’re a fan of music, don’t miss this book, especially not while it’s on sale for only 99 cents right now.

Also, if you are in the LA area, visit Book Soup (Bookseller To The Great & Infamous!) in West Hollywood, Friday October 30 at 7:00pm.

Brenda will be there for a book signing!

Grab your copy of LA Punk Rocker if you haven’t already. It’s a riveting read.

LA punk rocker

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Fifteen stories from the eighties set in Los Angeles, written by LA Punk Queen Brenda Perlin and her friends who lived every moment of an electric era in the City of Angels. That unique and precious time when punk rock was more than just a rebellion.

This is what Billy Idol had to say about L.A. Punk Rocker…
“Pretty wild chapter on me…maybe u shouldv’e written my book, good luck with it..BFI.”

Inside you’ll discover Billy Idol. Iggy Pop. X. U2. Bad Religion. Tales of local punk rockers on the brink of glorious fame. Late nights at the Roxy. Wild times at the Whiskey with some of the best rock ever. Here you’ll find the in-your-face attitude, the clothes, the fashion, the sex, the music as hard as nails and fast as lightning.

Brenda and her friends were somewhere every night queuing backstage, in hotel rooms with the band, partying on the streets…and avoiding irate parents on school nights!

It’s all here.

LAPunkRocker. The next thing to being there…

Connect to Brenda

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Twitter @brooklynandbo | Amazon author page | Facebook

Brenda Perlin is an independent contemporary fiction author of five titles and numerous short stories. From novels to illustrated books, Brenda evokes passionate responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Ever since Brenda was a child, she has been fascinated with the process. She draws her biggest inspiration from Judy Blume who sparked her obsession with pursuing personal expression through prose. Brenda has always lost herself in the world of literature, especially in coffee shops where she documented her ideas on paper napkins.

Her first series, the highly-acclaimed Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a couple struggling for emotional fulfillment against those who would keep them apart. Next, Brenda ventured into the realm of graphic novellas with Ty the Bull, a story about a young boy who overcomes bullying, and Alex the Mutt, which explores the journey of love and loss of a beloved dog.

Brenda is diligently working on her next project while sipping hot lattes. She has replaced napkins with a laptop, but her enthusiasm hasn’t waned. All her works are available through and its subsidiaries.


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Author @AJLlewellyn reveals COFFEE AND KUKUI NUTS for #LEICrimeKW

Author A.J. Llewellyn will soon be joining the ranks of authors writing for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds, based on the books of bestselling author, Toby Neal.

Check out A.J.’s amazing cover for COFFEE AND KUKUI NUTS and stay tuned for its release, slated for July 31! 

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Logline: Can Maui explosives expert Abe Torufu trust a stranger with his life?


Hawaiian explosives expert Abe Torufu looks forward to a day trip on Oahu helping his sister Meleny taste-test wedding cakes. Abe loves cake almost as much as malasadas, but something deadly interrupts their plans for butter cream and spongy goodness. A bomb.

Abe unwittingly uncovers a near-fatal plot in a marriage gone awry and soon becomes the target of not one but two hit men. He now requires round-the-clock protection from a U.S. Marshal. But not only is Tony McCracken skinny and shorter than the big Tongan detective, but Abe doesn’t need protection.

Well, that’s until McCracken saves his life in a spectacular way when one of the bad guys finds him. What started as a fun, family day becomes a nightmare and Abe must touch a stranger with his life. Can he? Or is he in big, bad, Hawaiian trouble? Will he live long enough to walk his sister down the flower-strewn, tapa-carpeted aisle, or is there worse to come?

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A.J.’s book will soon be added to the growing list of books for the Lei Crime Series on Amazon US.


Connect to A.J.

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Website and Blog | Twitter @AJLlewellyn

Amazon Author Page

A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.

A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani’s kingdom.

A.J. never lacks inspiration for writing erotic romances but has many other passions: collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with family, friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

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Author @TobyWNeal releases NIGHTBIRD for the JET series on @kindleworlds

I’m thrilled to highlight the latest release from Toby Neal. She’s the bestselling author who has her own Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds. I’ve written for it, so I know it’s an amazing series!

In between Toby’s travels and her own books, she helped launch the JET Kindle Worlds for Russell Blake, a brilliant author I interviewed early on in his career.

If you love Russell’s JET series, you’ll love NIGHTBIRD by Toby.

Read a recent interview Toby did with Russell about NIGHTBIRD, and pick up your copy. It’s available right now! 

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What if Jet had a sister?

Lila Weiss, full time neurobiologist and part time ballerina, has been searching for the little sister she lost through divorce and death. She finds Maya in prison—and a whole lot more, in the brooding presence of a psychological profiler codenamed “Benjamin.” Benjamin sees Lila’s potential value to Israel’s interests and recruits her as an asset for Mossad, giving her a crash course in spycraft, destruction and love that has international repercussions.

“This story has legs.” —Russell Blake

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Connect to Toby

Toby Neal

WebsiteFacebook | Twitter @tobywneal

Amazon author page

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Author Lucas Kana releases PRINCESS EYES for #LEICrimeKW (@rampingpress)

Author Lucas Kana released his novella PRINCESS EYES recently for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds, based on the books of bestselling author, Toby Neal. He did a unique move and released it in two parts. Find out more about each book and connect to Lucas.

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Princess Eyes Part I

Geeky Honolulu Lieutenant, Michael Stevens, teams up to investigate a series of homicides with Jenna Brooke, a streetwise psychologist for the FBI, which leads to the mysterious disappearance of a local beauty queen known as ‘Princess Eyes.’

Timeline: 10 years before Blood Orchids in a semi-alternate universe where Stevens starts out as a nerd.


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Do serial killers really change their stripes? One of the first cases Michael Stevens tackles quickly goes cold, and haunts him. Six years and nine bodies of beautiful women later, the young lieutenant and his Major Crimes Unit find a new lead in their hunt for The Groom. That’s when things get tricky. Men start dying.

To further complicate matters, he must navigate the newfound emotions he has for his temporary partner, Special Agent Jenna Brooke.

The answers are found in an old mystery surrounding the rape of a local beauty queen known as “Princess Eyes,” but can Stevens and his team get to the truth before the killer strikes again?

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You can find Part I and Part II of Princess Eyes on It’s available now! flourish

Connect to Lucas

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Author @ChristineNolfi releases THE SHELL SEEKER for #LeiCrimeKW

the shell keeperAuthor Christine Nolfi has released her second book for the  Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds.

Her first one, The Shell Keeper, continues to top the charts.

Now the story continues in the The Shell Seeker.

Find out more about the book that’s already the #1 NEW RELEASE on Kindle Worlds! flourish the shell seeker

Available NOW from Amazon US

In South Carolina, there’s more than magic in the air. Now policewoman Lei Texeira must solve the case of the Pirate Necklace. The famed emeralds, spirited in the 1700s from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, have been snatched once again. This time, the bling was taken from Marie-Therese Belvedere, a woman whose cruelty is only topped by her arrogance. Lei doesn’t care for the icy socialite, but she feels an instant connection with the woman’s stepdaughter. An unlucky star has followed Sydney Belvedere her entire life. If the necklace isn’t found, she’ll lose a treasure more dear than the finest gem. Only the magic of Lei’s intuition stands between Sydney and unspeakable loss.

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Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists her books as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Look for her new series, Heavenscribe. Chat with her on Twitter at @christinenolfi and visit her at



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Julie C. Gilbert reveals MONEY MAKES IT DEADLIER for #LeiCrimeKW (@authorgilbert)

never againAuthor Julie C. Gilbert has released her second book for the  Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds.

She helped launch the series with Never Againher first Defining Moments book.

Now she brings you a second novella with Money Makes it Deadlier.

Look for it when it comes out at the end of the month!
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Money can buy many things, but can it purchase a permanent solution to divorce?

Martin Cantrell would like to know the answer to that question. He has money, respect, and power, but he also has a monthly alimony payment that’s making him miserable. When a friend offers to deal with the “ex” problem for a fee, he can hardly say no. Time is of the essence. The life insurance policy on his ex-wife expires in less than two months.

Unaware of the plans set in motion, Special Agent Marcella Scott goes about her business as usual, only now, she finally has an excuse to dress up on the job. She’s been asked to go undercover to check out some banks. One of the branches just happens to be managed by Martin Cantrell’s ex-wife.

What’s an agent to do when a perfectly peaceful morning turns into a hostage-taking standoff?

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Money Makes it Deadlier will be added to the growing list of books for the Lei Crime Series on Amazon US.


 Connect with Julie

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Julie is a high school chemistry teacher who spends all summer writing. Her stories tend to fall in YA, YA sci-fi, sci-fi, or Christian mystery genres though on a challenge from a friend, she’s also attempted YA paranormal.

She has had the recent privilege of working with some extremely talented people: Timothy Sparvero (artist – book covers), Kristin Condon (actress – narrator for audiobooks), and Matthew Tanner (music composer for audiobooks)

She enjoys warm (not hot) weather, tea, coffee, reading, writing, teaching, and listening to books on CD.



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Scott Bury reveals TORN ROOTS for #LEICrimeKW (@ScottTheWriter)

Fellow Canadian and author, Scott Bury will soon be joining the ranks of authors writing for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds.

Eight authors, including myself, released books for Toby Neal’s series in April, and a second wave of books will hit AMAZON US end of this month. I will highlight the books over the next couple of weeks on my blog. I’m happy to say I’ll be releasing another book for the series too. ;)

In the meantime, check out this gorgeous cover for Torn Roots, Scott’s upcoming novella for the Lei Crime series.

You can learn more about it on Scott’s blog as well.

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Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast coast. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

Environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers, and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

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Scott’s book will soon be added to the growing list of books for the Lei Crime Series on Amazon US.


Find Scott at all his virtual homes

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Website and Blog | Twitter @ScottTheWriter

Facebook | Google + | LinkedIn

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Scott Bury is a journalist, editor and writer living in Ottawa, Canada. His articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US, UK and Australia, including Macworld, the Ottawa Citizen, the Financial Post, Marketing, Canadian Printer, Applied Arts, PEM, Workplace, Advanced Manufacturing and others.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He holds a BA from Carleton University’s School of Journalism. He has two sons, an orange cat and a loving wife who puts up with a lot.

He is a recipient of Maclean Hunter’s Top 6 Award and a member of a team that won a Neal Award for business reporting.

The Written Word published his first novel, The Bones of the Earth, in 2011. His first published fiction was a short story, Sam, the Strawb Part, the proceeds of which are donated to an autism charity.

In 2013, the Written Word published his second novel, One Shade of Red, a spoof of the inexplicable bestseller that is mostly made of emails.

His latest book is Army of Worn Soles, a memoir in novel format that tells the true story of the author’s father in law, drafted into the Red Army in 1941. He is now working on a sequel.

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Author @JustinBog tours SANDCASTLE and OTHER STORIES

Good friend and author, Justin Bog is touring his newly re-released book, SANDCASTLE and OTHER STORIES. It has a brand new look since Booktrope recently republished it, and it’s gorgeous!

Find out more about Justin’s blog stops and follow him on his tour for reviews and interviews.

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The Complete Edition of Justin Bog’s First Collection of Dark Psychological Suspense Tales. An award‐winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories reveals twisted secrets that are mined like plutonium. These twelve literary tales are nothing short of an adventure through a roiling sea of emotion. With authenticity and eloquence, author Justin Bog holds a provocative and compelling mirror on the human condition.

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Website and Blog | Twitter @justinbog | Facebook

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Justin was originally interviewed here June 2012.

Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest on Fidalgo Island. Justin was Editor and Pop Culture Correspondent for In Classic Style. He is an experimental cook, a lawn mower, and master to two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling, and two barn cats, Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n.

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Author @FaithMortimer releases A BRUTAL TRADE

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Author Faith Mortimer is having a launch party for her new book, A Brutal Trade.

I’m happy to contribute a couple of FREE BOOKS to her party, as are many other authors, so please drop by Facebook for your chance to win!

You can learn more about A Brutal Trade below. Congratulations Faith, on your latest book!

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Even on a small island the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

It began like any normal day in Cyprus…except it wasn’t…the body of a woman brutally murdered and discovered in a shallow grave changes all that.

It is only days later when amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and old flame, Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell discover a second female victim…only this time the discovery is even more chilling and shocks the island inhabitants.

Joining forces with local policeman, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades, the three embark on a journey which takes them to the fringes of humanity. Disturbing secrets are unearthed. They are on the hunt for killers who will stop at nothing in their hunt for one vital woman.

As the bodies mount up, the detectives ask themselves one question. What is the reason for the women’s deaths and their horrific mutilations?

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Diana finds herself exposed to great danger…in the sights of a lethal individual who’ll put a stop to her meddling. Each move could be deadly… vicious in its outcome…can the team bring a halt to this brutal trade?

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Connect with Faith

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Amazon US author page | Amazon UK author page

Website | Facebook Author Page | Twitter @FaithMortimer 

Faith Mortimer is a British author dividing her time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 she has been fortunate enough to turn her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, says she dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, and spent many hours writing short stories which she subsequently read to her younger sisters (probably under pressure, she added!). Faith was born in Manchester, England & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.



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Author @RBWood has a new story in TALES OF MAGIC AND MISERY

Dark urban fantasy author and good friend, R.B. Wood, (Richard, whom I adore) has a new short story in a book recently published.

He is also the creator and host of The WORD COUNT PODCAST, a show I participate in regularly.

Tales of Magic and Misery is affiliated with Ragnarok Publications, who will publish Richard’s Arcana Chronicles series. Its co-owner and editor-in-chief Tim Marquitz authored this book with numerous other writers, RB included. If you want to learn more, visit Richard’s blog post here.

R.B is also the author of The Prodigal’s Foole, available from Amazon. Many of his fans have been waiting for the sequel, so I know he’s just teasing us with his latest story, but hey … he’s worth waiting for. ;)

In the meantime, pick up your copy of Tales of Magic and Misery and enjoy!

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Tales of Magic and Misery features 19 short stories spanning Tim’s career and includes stories in the Demon Squad world plus early works of horror and dark fantasy. Also included are several rare stories as well as one unreleased and a two-chapter sneak preview of the forthcoming Tales of the Prodigy novel and the first chapter of Clandestine Daze, Eyes Deep.

As a bonus, Tales of Magic and Misery will include stories from a number of other authors, giving readers a peek into new worlds. Alongside a never before released story by C.L. Werner ToMM includes: Armand Rosamilia, Nathaniel Connors, Adrian Collins, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, R.B. Wood, N.X. Sharps, Daniel Weaver, Amanda Shore, Glenn Hefley, Chris Garrett, GR Matthews, and J. Cameron McClain.

Connect with R.B. Wood

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R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012. Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years. Along with his writing passion, R. B. is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.

R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, two cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.

RB was originally interviewed on my blog Oct 30, 2011.



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