The Deepest Cut by JA Templeton

Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse–that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the malevolent spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.

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The sequel to The Deepest Cut – The Haunted – is also available now, with The Departed due for release in the near future. 

Please note:  THE DEEPEST CUT is a mature YA paranormal romance. Due to strong language, mention of cutting, alcohol and drug use, it is not recommended for younger teens.

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 Gimme 10 – Mini-Interview

Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration?  Everywhere!  Places I visit, dreams, everyday life.

What is your favourite aspect of THE DEEPEST CUT and THE HAUNTED?  Definitely the romance between Riley and Ian.

Who is your favourite character from THE DEEPEST CUT and THE HAUNTED and why?  Riley, because she has an inner strength that surprised me.

What are you working on now?  THE DEPARTED, the final book in the MacKinnon Curse series.

What do you love most about writing?  Escaping into another world with characters that I love.


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About the Author

I wrote my first young adult novel over ten years ago, and took a slight detour from writing YA to publish nineteen adult romances.  Now, I’m following my heart and writing in the genre I’ve been passionate about for so long, and about characters who don’t exactly fit into any specific box.

Aside from writing and reading, I’m obsessed with history, love research, traveling, hanging out with family, and riding motorcycles with my hubby, my first and only love, who stole my heart when I was fourteen and he was eighteen (yes, he robbed the cradle).

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

http://www.jatempleton.com/

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/JA-Templeton/124655067647202

http://www.amazon.com/Deepest-MacKinnon-Curse-novel-ebook/dp/B0058HTU0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326155299&sr=1-1

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Perpetual Night by Georgina Morales

Life at fifteen is complicated with hormones and belligerence but what if you throw in the mix nightmares that torment you even when awake? What if everything you hold dear threatened to slip through your fingers? PERPETUAL NIGHT follows Lilibeth Royster’s search for the truth in a world where the here and the beyond get tangled; where every clue opens new horrors; where uncovering her secret might threaten more than her sanity, her life.

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 Gimme 10 – Mini-Interview

Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration? I imagine what the walls would say if they talked.

What is your favourite aspect of PERPETUAL NIGHT? The hint of tragedy that lurks under the story.

Who is your favourite character from PERPETUAL NIGHT and why? Lilibeth, because she’s the opposite of a typical heroine.

What are you working on now? A supernatural mystery based on the legend of Dighton Rock.

What do you love most about writing? The endless hours of playing pretend in my mind.

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About the Author 

Born in Mexico City, Georgina was always divided between the world of the paranormal, the religious, and science, even as a kid. Through her years in medical school, she experienced and heard all kinds of creepy tales. She, now, writes from her home in Norwalk, Ct. where she resides in the company of her husband and two young daughters. The history of the northeast, its old buildings, and its endless forests provide her imagination with a constant influx of ideas, which combined with her rich background make for her unique style. She’s also a staff reviewer for Dark River Press.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

www.diaryofawriterinprogress.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perpetual-Night-by-Georgina-Morales/159894374059399

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4646361.Georgina_Morales

http://www.darkriverpress.com/reviews.html

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Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone

Echoes of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.

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 Gimme 10 – Mini-Interview

Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration? In the moments between waking and sleep.

What is your favourite aspect of Call of the HeraldA young girl with a good heart and massive powers.

Who is your favourite character from Call of the Herald and why? Kenward Trell must wonder if the gods have lost patience.

What are you working on now? Feral, book five in the World of Godsland fantasy series.

What do you love about most about writing? I love sharing my story and vision with readers.

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About the Author

Brian Rathbone is a horse trainer turned technologist turned writer. When he’s not writing fiction, Brian is usually writing code or advocating for rural broadband.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

http://www.brianrathbone.com

http://twitter.com/brianrathbone

http://www.facebook.com/brian.rathbone

http://www.amazon.com/Call-Herald-Godsland-Series-ebook/dp/B003ZUYQCA/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/call-of-the-herald-brian-rathbone/1023235578?ean=2940011060342&format=nook-book

The Emerald City by J A Beard

When her parents die, teenager Gail Dorjee retreats into an angry, sarcastic shell. She hopes it will ease her pain, but all it gets her is a one-way trip from Kansas to a Seattle boarding school, the elite Osland Academy.

As soon as she arrives, Gail clashes with Diana, the leader of the school’s most powerful clique. The Winged make Gail’s life hell until she find allies: her airhead roommate; a cowardly fellow victim of the Winged; and, bit by bit, Diana’s boyfriend–the seemingly heartless Nick.

But Gail soon has bigger problems than Diana. One of her teachers hates her. Glasses shatter and fountains erupt around her. She can’t swear no matter how hard she tries. An unseen force is keeping her on campus. Worst of all, she uncovers a plot that will give one person a precious gift at the cost of thousands of lives. Now Gail and her friends must stop the plot–not just to save lives, but to win a brain, the nerve, a heart and a home.

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 Gimme 10 – Mini-Interview

Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration? From my family and my life experiences.

 What is your favourite aspect of THE EMERALD CITY? The characters.

Who is your favourite character from THE EMERALD CITY and why? Gail. She’s tough and snarky, but she cares about others.

What are you working on now? A WOMAN OF PROPER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, a Regency paranormal romance

What do you love about most about writing? Being able to vent my built-up creativity.

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About the Author: 

J.A. Beard likes to describe himself as a restless soul married to an equally restless soul. His two children are too young yet to discuss whether or not they are restless souls, but he’s betting on it. He likes to call himself the Pie Master, yet is too cowardly to prove his skills in an actual baking competition. So, really, he’s merely a Potential Pie Master.

While writing is one of his great passions, science is another, and when he’s not writing or worrying about baking, he’s working on the completion of his PhD in microbiology.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

Personal links:

jabeard.com

I’m also on the net at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002197703160

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4410508-jeremy-a-beard

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jabeard_rf

Purchase links:

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/TheEmeraldCityebook/dp/B00761LCTY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330061232&sr=8-1

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Smashwords:http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/130023

Zed by Stephen Herfst

The story revolves around a teenage girl’s promises to save Zed from the human hordes.

Zed is not your typical zombie. He is cursed with the affliction of thought … although he tries to make the best of a bad situation. The goals for his unrest are simple: to improve his stride, to taste a lightly-seared pork loin once again and avoid Activists at all costs.

His life was predictable, controlled and good until chaos crashed the party. In just one day his world is destroyed and his ability to survive is tested. Would he be able to get through this in one piece? And would he somehow be able to survive the unstoppable force that goes by the name of Chase?

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***EVENT EXTRA*** First three people to visit Smashwords and enter code UJ48W will be able to pick up a free copy today!

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Author Interview

Where do you find your inspiration?

The inspiration came to me while I was watching The Walking Dead. I was bored at the drama and the angst that unfolded so much so that I wanted something else – and then it hit me. I wondered what it would be like to write a zombie story from the perspective of a zombie. This snowballed into the basis of a story that would be humorous, touching and inspirational; not things that you usually associate with the average zombie story! I then spent the next month writing the story, followed by over two months editing and polishing.

What is your favourite aspect of Zed?

My favourite aspect was the interaction between Zed and Chase. It was interesting for me to see the way they interacted and to play their strengths and weaknesses against each other. I also enjoyed twisting the traditional horror aspects around so that normally mundane situations had a horror element from Zed’s perspective.

Who is your favourite character from Zed and why?

My favourite character is Zed, as he reflects a lot of the thoughts and musings that course through my mind. He served as a vehicle for pointing out the hypocrisies and contradictions of society. He also amused me most of the time, although my sense of humour is an acquired taste.

What are you working on now?

I am working on another novel which is not zombie-related. It’s about a manic-obsessive who is forced into a situation that is very much outside of his comfort zone. I am taking a more structured development process to building the story and characters, so I will see whether that pans out when I finally begin writing it. My first novel took just over a month to write, although I think if I get the planning done well, this one might even be quicker. I have established the story arc for the two remaining books in the Zed Trilogy, although I want to stagger the release.

What do you love about most about writing?

I think the thing I love most is being able to contribute to the literary world. I have read a good number of books in my time (I would estimate at least a thousand), and so, contributing my voice to the world is exciting and humbling. Hopefully others will gain enjoyment from the stories that I enjoy writing and reading.

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About the Author

If I had to define myself in a few words, it would be:

“Quiet, outgoing, thinking, reflective, driven, lazy, observant, competitive, confident, doubtful”

Depending on my mood, the topic and the people around me, I can be many things. When I began life I wanted to be a programmer but now I just want to be independent. I am always open to trying new things and have always made it a habit of doing things I haven’t done before.

I was born in Germany, from Dutch-South African descent and currently live in Australia although I’m currently working in Philadelphia and my family lives in Malaysia. I don’t believe that I can define one country as my home and hope to travel for the rest of my life.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

Goodreads Author Page

Author Blog

Zed at Smashwords

Zed at Amazon.com


Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill

John is not a very nice man. He works for the government. So who has tied him to a chair and what do they want? James is a British soldier during WWII. Tom is a young boy with a terrible secret. Three stories. Three very different people. All of them battling to survive.

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 Gimme 10 – Mini-Interview

Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration? Imagine eating spaghetti with a knife.  Everything just falls out.

What is your favourite aspect of Shades of Grey? Hearing people say they enjoy it.

Who is your favourite character from Shades of Grey and why? John the Baptist.  He is the action-man’s Don Draper.

What are you working on now? A mixture of sleep, brain storming and exercise.

What do you love about most about writing? Turning ideas into words is the world’s greatest magic trick.

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About the Author: Living in England, Surrey and about to break the 33-years old barrier.  I can honestly say that coming to terms with getting older is worse than puberty.  At 14 every extra hair was greeted with rapturous applause and a desire to show it off at school.  Every time a small breeze blew I would worry that it was going to blow away.

These days whenever I spot a new nasal hair I can hear it laughing at me.  I even have to make use of electronic devices to prune it back.

A profile picture? I am too shy.  I might pluck up the courage later though.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

http://michaelcargill.wordpress.com/

Twitter – @MichaelCargill1

 

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Pretty Killers: Diamonds by Jordan McKinney

Book One: Diamonds – Life had not been too kind to little Tomika Drake. Other than growing up in one of the most ill-reputed cities in the state, at age 13, she lost her beloved mother and soon after, her father was incarcerated. For the next three years, she lived her life stuck in a suburban hell with her narcissistic half-sister and her equally evil mother, but on her 16th birthday, her life changed when she was forced to unwrap the powerful superhuman gift that was bestowed upon her at birth. Pretty Killers examines millennial American pop culture, politics, and society through a whirlwind week starting when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a famed fashion mogul brings the feuding family to the sparkling metropolis of Queen City. But the shine quickly fades when they learn that the neighbouring burg has been tackling an issue with humongous mutants and other terrors, including a gang that Tomika’s half-sister gets caught up in. When the fate of the city ends up on Tomika’s shoulders, will she find it in her heart to save her half-sister, or take the chance to finally do away with the scourge while saving the city from her gang’s tirades?

Remember…you could win a copy of Diamonds in the event giveaway, so make sure you’ve entered to win! Follow us on Facebook / Twitter and get vocal on the Indie Author Event comments to earn yourself additional entry points 🙂 

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 Gimme 10 – Mini-Interview

Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration? Strangely, I find my inspiration mostly in  music.

What is your favourite aspect of Pretty Killers:DiamondsI like the double meaning. How pretentious of me, right?

Who is your favourite character from Pretty Killers:Diamonds and why? Tomika. because she’s overtly sardonic, but still sensitive inside.

What are you working on now? Currently, working on the follow-up to Diamonds.

What do you love about most about writing? I love how you can stretch the limits of reality.

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About the Author

Jordan McKinney is that quintessential ’90s kid. You know, the kind of person who repeats ad nauseum how cartoons and the economy and just everything was better up until the year 2000. But with growing up in a small city just outside of Detroit, Michigan, there isn’t much to do but observe, and analyse. Maybe that’s why he grew up to study Sociology in college and then, in turn, used that knowledge to scrutinize subjects in popular culture against sociological and psychological concepts in his writing. Maybe he likes to eat burgers and uses writing to pay for his habit. Who knows anything, but the fact that  he’s a writer who tries too hard to be funny. But, no, seriously, Jordan McKinney became a writer because books are such an important–or used to be an important–part of life. They pass on information, and create worlds that you thought could not exist. And to speak on life from a young Black kid’s perspective is Jordan’s goal.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz

Amazon: http://amzn.com/1463734018

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/119698

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pretty-killers/id496761737?mt=11

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/948069.Jordan_McKinney