Blog Tour: Death in High Places

Death in High Places

Sara L. Jameson
February 8, 2023
Scrivenings Press LLC

324 pages

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An Interpol agent with a deadline he can’t miss.

Urgent intel warns of terrorist cells planning coordinated attacks throughout Europe. Special Agent Jacob Coulter of Brussels Interpol is assigned to find the terrorist financiers supporting these groups and shut down their funding operations.

An opera singer’s life and career hang in the balance.

The Queen of the Night’s vocal pyrotechnics have launched many a soprano’s international career. But Riley Williams, Jacob’s fiancée, is terrified of heights, and her Antwerp Opera debut as the evil queen requires her to sing from a hydraulic lift forty feet above the orchestra pit. When newspapers cite Riley’s recent unmasking of an international terrorist plot and the lift malfunctions, Jacob suspects terrorist sabotage.

He encourages Riley to accept her BFF’s invitation to stay the Savoy Hotel in London where she’ll be out of danger. Or so he thinks …

A series of murders connected to a notorious terrorist financier known as the Priest leads Jacob across Europe. When the victims’ deaths point to London, his Interpol partner convinces him London is a haven for terrorist financiers.

But the clock is ticking, and what Jacob uncovers is more devastating than anything he could have imagined.

Author Bio: 

Sara L. Jameson won Scrivenings Press’s grand prize publishing contract in January 2020. They released her debut romantic suspense novel, Cruise to Death, in June 2021. Death in High Places, (Book 2 in the Troubled Waters series), releases February 28, 2023, to be followed by Vengeance in Vienna. Sara is the pseudonym of a multi-published former  university professor who writes non-fiction under her real name. She also writes WW2 historical novels. When not writing, she enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, and dog-sitting.

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Blog Tour: The Last Lumenian

The Last Lumenian: Sci Fi Fantasy and Action Adventure of the Rebel Princess named Lilla

S.G. Blaise
October 7, 2020
Lilac Grove Entertainment LLC
317 pages

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She is a rebel. Lilla is fighting for the refugees’s freedom from oppression. The king, her father, lost touch with reality ever since Lilla’s mother died. Now everyone else is paying the price.

The arrival of Callum, a powerful Teryn general, complicates Lilla’s life. His presence leads to conflicted feelings and friction with Arrov, a handsome pilot and fellow rebel.

Her life is not what she imagined it to be. Not by far. Meddling gods, love interests and sudden magical abilities have no room in Lilla’s world, but that has become her new reality. No matter how hard she pushes them away, it’s too late. They all seek to control her anyway.

Now the Era War between two ruling archgods forces Lilla to act: accept who she really is magic and all; find true love; fulfill her destiny by defeating the Archgod of Chaos and Destruction before He finds her. The Last Lumenian.

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I was born and raised in a faraway land, somewhere in Europe. I wrote my first short story at ten. A terrible nightmare with spider-like creatures inspired me to put my dream to paper. The following day, I read the story to my class and got a positive response (I believe there was clapping). I think adding a joke or two helped.

I didn’t really think at that time that I would be a writer. Frankly, I wasn’t thinking much at that age. . . . not to mention, I really didn’t like to read. I’ll never forget the moment when it all changed. At thirteen, I picked up the book my dad had been trying to convince me to read for years and decided to give it a chance. I read it standing by the bookcase (it was a small book, no more than 200 pages). From that point forward, my passion for books and reading continued to grow. I began to identify my favorite authors and genres. As I write this, I’m wondering what my dad would say. I’m sure it would be, “I told you so.” God bless his soul.

In 2012, a European road trip changed my life forever. It was an amazing experience filled with fun, laughter, and some adventures (namely, driving on a highway without a speed limit). During that trip, I had an idea for a story. You can call it my lightbulb moment. Although English was not my first language, I knew in my gut that I was a writer and would not let anything stand in the way of creating my first book. Other than actually writing it that is. After many exhausting conversations with my very patient husband, he finally said to me, “Stop talking about it and start writing.”

I would never admit it to him, but he was right. I sat down and began writing. Did nothing but write for a month straight until I had 150 pages. My husband read it quite valiantly. After my first attempt at a book, I realized that I needed more guidance to develop my craft. So I attended my first workshop at San Diego Writers Ink. During that workshop, an opportunity was presented – there were two spots open in a Read & Critique group. Without hesitation, I jumped at the chance to join.

The next three years were spent learning my craft via books, conferences and R & C. I must have written five drafts of the story, until the last draft was the one. Another three years involved editors and other publishing consultants reviewing the final version.

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Blog Tour: Straight for the Kill

Straight For The Kill

Winter Austin
January 23, 2023
Tule Publishing
298 pages

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Sheriff Elizabeth Benoit’s worst nightmare returns when her deputies discover a young woman killed in the same circumstances as a death from 25 years earlier. That previous victim was Elizabeth’s best friend and Deputy Kyle Lundquist’s older sister. Elizabeth has spent a quarter of a century trying to nail the crooked ex-sheriff she knows is involved up to his elbows in this unresolved crime. She has a thick file of clues, but it’s going to take irrefutable proof to put both cases to bed.

Deputy Detective Lila Dayne draws on all her investigative skills, but still she can’t pin down their main suspect. Then prominent members of the community begin to disappear—clearly, there’s a bigger vendetta at play. Despite the legal consequences of being too close to the case, Elizabeth can’t keep away now.

When Elizabeth’s sister goes missing, it’s a no-holds-barred race against time in the showdown that’s been brewing in Eckardt County for decades.

Author Bio: 

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Having returned to her hometown, Winter has stepped into the chaotic world of a full-time wife, mom, author, and employee.

A lifelong Mid-West gal, Winter rediscovered her love of her beloved Iowa with its hot summers and snowy winters. She grew up listening to the captivating stories told by relatives around the table or a campfire. Since becoming a published author, she learned a mindset of a glass half-empty personality makes for a perfect suspense/thriller author. Taking her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story, Winter translated that into writing deadly romantic thrillers. Combining her love of all things rural, agricultural, and military, she’s turned her small town life upside down.

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Blog Tour: Olly & The Spores of Oak Hill

 Olly & The Spores of Oak Hill

Glen Somodi
November 9, 2022
Published by Glen Somodi
271 pages

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Olly and his new friend, Ember, fight off school bullies, greedy mall developers, and nosey townspeople to protect their secret – that there’s a community of nature-loving creatures that have peacefully lived under Oak Hill for hundreds of years.

When Oliver (Olly) Appleton’s grandfather dies in a suspicious accident, his family decides to move to Littleton, Massachusetts, to care for the family estate. Once there, they discover they need to protect their land from a greedy mall developer, Henry Dalton.

Sitting atop Oak Hill, the estate sits in an enchanted wooded sanctuary known for unusual activities and superstitions involving mythical creatures – rumors passed down since the Nipmuc people roamed the land.

When Olly and his new friend, Ember, run into trouble with school bullies, the creatures known as Spores step in to protect them. Through their adventures, Olly and Ember build friendships with members of the Spore community and discover a common goal. They must work together quickly to protect Oak Hill from Henry Dalton or lose their homes forever.

Author Bio: 

Glenn Somodi is an American author who writes his stories in the short space between lying down and dreaming. The stories are written over many nights, replayed, and rewritten in his head for enjoyment. His mission is to find anyone who enjoys reading the stories as much as he enjoys creating them.

He is a proud graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. His paying job is as a partner at EYEMG.com, LLC in Akron, Ohio, a website development company.

He was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, raised by a schoolteacher and a mechanical engineer in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, and has resided in Brunswick, Ohio, for most of his adult life.

He has a patient wife whom he met at Ohio University in 1989. He also has three beautiful children that are his favorite creations. His coworkers include three cats and a dog – a Siamese tabby named Nala, a Chantilly-Tiffany cat named Coco, a Maine Coon named Josie, and the loudest coworker is Beckham, a Yorkshire Terrier. All five share office space for the entire workday.

Olly and the Spores of Oak Hill is the first book of a series of adventures for our main characters, Olly, Ember, and their best Spore friends, Cremini, Bella, Truffle, and Magpie.

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Blog Tour: Killer Redemption

Killer Redemption 

B.D. Lawrence
May 31, 2022
JVR Publishing, LLC
310 pages

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To forsake his assassin life and start over with her, he must evade the FBI and the mob, who want him imprisoned or dead.

Lyle Hardgrave fights long-suppressed, life-threatening emotions. The mob’s top hitman impulsively kills his main client’s son and finds himself hunted by gangsters. Hardgrave meets the most amazing woman he’s ever known, and now he’s questioning his career and considering risking his life and hers to pursue love.

Hoping to fool the FBI and escape a mob death sentence, Hardgrave hatches a plan to disappear and start afresh with the incredible woman he’s fallen in love with. But the mob discovers Hardgrave’s relationship and targets the woman forcing Hardgrave to rescue her or lose her forever.

Will Hardgrave’s desires of a new life be shattered, or can he save the woman he loves before the mob terminates her?

Killer Redemption is an engrossing tale of one man’s journey to redemption. If you like a charming anti-hero, battles against organized crime, and risking it all for love then you’ll love BD Lawrence’s gripping suspense thriller. Buy Killer Redemption to experience triumph over evil today!

An Angel and a One-Armed Man: A One-Armed Detective Novel (The One-Armed Detective Series Book 1)

Once he’s found her, he needs to rescue her. But human traffickers fight over her and could kill him for interfering.

Lefty Bruder doesn’t know who to trust, and the wrong choice could end him. His client’s niece has been kidnapped and Bruder needs to understand the kidnapper’s endgame, so his intervention ensures both of their survival. The men who have his client’s niece rob a high-profile gangster starting a street war in which Bruder finds himself a target.

Discovering who all the players are, Bruder believes he knows how to retrieve the abducted girl. But the wronged gangster links the PI to his stolen cash and points his hired guns toward Bruder demanding the meddler’s death.

Can the one-armed private eye evade the killers, rescue the girl from the kidnappers and keep them both alive?

An Angel and a One-Armed Man is the engrossing first book in the One-Armed Detective private detective series. If you like edgy private eyes navigating a complex web of criminals while rescuing innocent victims, then you’ll love BD Lawrence’s intriguing private detective novel. Buy An Angel and a One-Armed Man and traverse the dark streets of human trafficking today!

Author Bio:

Favorite superheroes: Batman and The Punisher. Not himself imbued with super powers, he prefers superheroes also handicapped with only human abilities.

Some of his favorite movies: The Outlaw Josey Wales, Man on Fire, and the Star Wars collection. Oridinary people thrust into extraordinary situations. People seeking justice, or is it vengeance, yet finding redemption along the way.
Ironically, B.D. Lawrence’s worst subject in high school was English. But as an adult, sitting in a master’s level computer programming class, daydreaming about vigilantes, he decided to give writing a try. Four unpublished novels later (don’t worry, they’ll be reworked and will surface someday) he’s decided to plunge into the deep abyss of publishing. Well, book publishing anyway.

B.D. Lawrence has published more than twenty-five short stories some time ago in magazines that probably no longer exist. Many of these stories featured the themes of justice, vengeance, and redemption. Many of which will be available on this site, reworked and updated.

The Lefty Bruder novels center around a major worldwide problem that seems to get little press attention. Human Trafficking. Wanting to help in some way, B.D. Lawrence wants to give away half of his profits from Lefty Bruder book sales to organizations that help fight against this scourge.

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Blog Tour: Beginning of Arrogance

Beginning of Arrogance
Bryan Cole

June 30, 2022
Ellwell Talent
418 pages

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Paladins are nothing but trouble. Stories about paladins are everywhere, noble warriors riding magic steeds into battle against terrible foes. Champions of their gods. Heroes to everyone, except those who already have everything. Paladins are notorious for upsetting the balance of power, to the detriment of any who don’t worship their deity.

So when Krell is called to service by the capricious god of the seas and skies, ReckNor, those with wealth and power can’t help but be concerned. ReckNor hasn’t called a paladin in years, and his nature is ever-changing and erratic. The fact that Krell is also an uneducated nobody with a stubborn streak as wide as the sea turns their concerns into fear.

All of which matters less than the threat clawing its way from the waves, ready to turn the ocean red with spilled blood… 

Author Bio: 

Bryan Cole is a long time fan of the fantasy and science fiction genres, having grown up reading and watching everything he could find in those domains. He has had a long career in the enterprise software space, delivering countless presentations and technical sessions to customers all over the world.

His love for stories about heroes, villains, magic, and dragons has never dimmed, and in 2022 published his first book is Beginning of Arrogance which is a story about what it means to be a paladin in a world where the gods are manifestly real.

Bryan is a complete optimist on the outside, believing that anyone can accomplish any task they set themselves to. He’d suggest that he’s a great example, since his first published book came out of nowhere to all of his friends and family!

It was a strange journey that led him to writing, but decades of building business presentations gave him a surprising amount of practice in crafting words and conveying emotion (an often overlooked aspect of selling), and he finally made the time in 2022 to take the hundreds of pages of random notes, stories, and adventure ideas he had and committed them to the page.

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Blog Tour: Test of the Four

Test of The Four (Book 2 in The Serrulata Saga)

A.E. Bennett
November 23, 2022
492 pages

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Gathering of the Four (Book 1)

“In the Realm, every citizen knows their place.”

Leora of Mae is a young woman orphaned at birth and raised on a remote farm. As a wielder of Xanthcraft, her abilities set her apart from her adoptive family and the other villagers.

Shortly before her twentieth birthday, she learns of her family’s plot to sell her into servitude. Fearing for her life, she flees from the only home she’s ever known—defying societal conventions and breaking the edicts of the Realm.

As she runs, Leora meets Roland Shallowbrook, a traveler on the Thieves’ Road; Lady Aurora Verte, daughter of a powerful member of the gentry; and the White Rider Leopold, a soldier with a secret.

Together, this found family will have to band together to survive.

Set in the distant future during the return of the Hale-Bopp comet, Gathering of the Four is the first book in the Serrulata Saga.

Test of The Four (Book 2)

“Outside of the Realm, everything is unknown.”

Having paid a high price to pass through the Border, the Four depart the only lands they’ve ever known. They’re faced with immediate problems and unknown dangers as they begin the perilous journey toward the fabled city of New York.

As they travel, Leora struggles to hone her powers, Roland and Aurora attempt to explore their new romantic relationship, and Leopold battles with his inner demons.

Meanwhile, all is not right within the Realm. The young sovereign continues to wield his new powers erratically, threatening the lives of every citizen. Now, several members of the gentry must navigate through the chaos to protect their homes and families.

Can the Four survive their journey? And if they do, will there be a Realm for them to return to?

Author Bio: 

A.E. Bennett (she/her) lives in Washington, DC. She is originally from North Carolina.

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Blog Tour: Dark Obsessions

Dark Obsessions
Delphine McClelland

June 26, 2022
Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc.
278 Pages

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Skylar was a Montgomery and with that came power and prestige among the wealthy in Charlotte, North Carolina. From the outside looking in, she had it all, the perfect life. For Skylar, being a Montgomery, a socialite, was not who she wanted to be. Skylar was different, she was weird and a bit of a dreamer. For as long as she could remember, she had an obsession with the supernatural world. Vampires were her favorite of all the supernatural creatures and she could not get enough of them. She read almost every book, watched every movie, and even wished they were real because she had dreams of becoming one. On the annual Montgomery Family Vacation, Skylar’s world was turned upside down. Her life was further changed the moment she laid eyes on him. He was the most intriguing and striking man that she had ever seen. In one night, he would change Skylar’s world forever.

Kairo was in need of a change. After living for over 300 years and always staying one step ahead of the Council of Truth Seekers, a vigilante group whose sole mission in life was to kill all supernaturals. Kairo needed a new scene away from it all. Along his travels, he heard that Charlotte was becoming an epicenter of fun. It was a city full of life and the perfect place for a vampire to hunt without the watchful eye of the Council. From the moment that Kairo stepped foot in Charlotte things were very different for him. The city made every fiber of his being come alive with an energy unlike anything that he had ever known. Kairo would find the source of that energy no matter what it cost him and when he did, his world would change forever.

Winner in the Romance Paranormal/Supernatural category of The 2022 American Fiction Awards

Author Bio:
Delphine McClelland was born in Statesville, North Carolina where she is a graduate of Statesville Senior High School. After graduating from high school she took her dreams and passions to Knoxville, Tennessee where she attended and graduated from The University of Tennessee with a degree in Anthropology. Her career path was set until life happened and on the advice of a co-worker she took her passion for reading and channeled it into writing her first novel Dark Obsessions. For more about Delphine check out her website at www.delphinemcclelland.com.

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Blog Tour: Wind

Wind
Ellen Dee Davidson

February 1, 2022
Luminare Press
182 Pages

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A 5 Star Readers’ Favorite, Wind is high fantasy similar to classics like The Wizard of Oz, Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time, with a contemporary environmental twist spiced with bits of mythology. Katie’s adventures begin when both an emotional shake-up in her personal life and an actual earthquake shake her up and she finds herself on another world. Thrust into a dangerous initiation quest, Katie’s only chance to get home is to learn to accept herself and cooperate with an arrogant alien boy. On the journey, the two of them encounter all sorts of extraordinary characters including a shape-shifting tree spirit, water god, and nature devas. But will Katie discover her talent in time to find the elusive and ethereal Winged Ones—the only beings able to take them home?

About Ellen Dee Davidson: 

Being in wild nature fills me with joy and inspiration. I love to snorkel and swim with bright colored fish, climb mountains for an eagle’s view, and sit with the ancient redwood trees near my home in far Northern California. Most of my books share the beauty of nature in some way. Wild Path to the Sacred Heart is a forest bathing memoir that invites readers into an enchanted world. My newest children’s fantasy, Wind, is a page-flipper that dives wholeheartedly into the very real magic and intelligence of trees as well as taking readers on a swashbuckling adventure. I’ve worked as an elementary, creative writing and piano teacher as well as raising two daughters. 

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Blog Tour: Ash and Sun

Ash and Sun
Jonny Thompson

October 4, 2022
Chantry Publishing House
404 pages

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After a 200-day suspension, all that Sergeant Adam Jennings wanted was a win on his return to the Global Investigation Bureau (GIB). But when a simple warehouse fire begins to look more like a homicide investigation, he is forced to watch as the entire case begins to unravel, slowly revealing the dark underbelly of a world that should not exist. Saddled with an unwanted new partner, and a tarnished reputation, Jens is forced to tread a thin line between right and wrong as he tries to discover just what the truth really is.

Author Bio:

Jonny Thompson is a writer and performer living in Ponamogoatitjg/Dartmouth, NS with his partner Hilary and their delightfully entertaining dog Henry. Jonny was born in England and grew up in the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki and Attiwonderonk nations now St. Marys, Ontario. Jonny attended Dalhousie University, where he received a BA in Theatre. He’s worked professionally for over 12 years, including 5 years performing young audience puppet shows worldwide with Mermaid Theatre of NS. He’s also worked on various stage and television productions and has written and directed a couple of short films. Over the past few years, Jonny has been exploring the world of novel writing and he is excited to share with you some of the stories he’s been developing. Thank you for reading!

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