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Keaton Bridge is one hundred percent bad boy.
Cassie doesn’t need a boy and certainly not a bad one. Nope. She fights crime for a living, and everything about this guy screams trouble, from his charming British accent to his mysterious past.
And Cassie doesn’t do trouble.
Keaton’s got his own trouble. He’s trying to go legit, and an FBI agent hanging around is the last thing that will help his credibility.
All it took was one night of passion to sear her into his skin. Now he can’t imagine living happily ever after without her.
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But neither of them ever walks away from a challenge.

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New York’s Finest
Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
April 22
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!
You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy. Well, I have a confession to make…

THE HERMIT
Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.

THE HOOKER
Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…

THE PLAN
When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.
What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 110k word novel, and is a standalone.

35 Blog Post Ideas That You Can Use On Your Next Post

This is a useful list. Keep your eyes peeled for us working through these suggestions (We will always let you know if you are reading about Tasha or Megan.

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but there are times that I don’t know what to write aside from the usual book reviews and monthly wrap-ups. Blog ideas are really harder than you think. I listed below some blog post ideas that you can use on your next post in case you still don’t know what to post to keep your blog active.

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Author Spotlight: Deborah Sheldon.

BIO:

Deborah Sheldon is a professional writer from Melbourne, Australia. Some of her latest releases, through several publishing houses, include the collection 300 Degree Days and Other Stories, the novella Thylacines, the collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, and the novel Devil Dragon. Upcoming titles include the novel Contrition later in 2018, and a retrospective dark fiction collection in 2019. Her short fiction has appeared in many well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Midnight Echo. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous Aurealis Awards and Australian Shadows Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and included in “best of” anthologies. Other credits include TV scripts, feature articles, non-fiction books, stage plays, and award-winning medical writing.

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Thylacines

Synopsis and Review:

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The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was hunted to extinction some eighty years ago. Now, Professor Rosie Giuliani and her staff at The Resurrection Lab have done the impossible: created a living, breathing litter from a preserved specimen. Yet Rosie can’t share this scientific breakthrough with the world. The cloned animals are more like monsters than thylacines. By chance, a small band of activists hears about the caged litter, and their decision to free the tigers will unleash a deadly havoc upon the campus of Fraser University.

Review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

This short story/ Novella is truly frightening. If you are a lover of the horror genre and are looking for a quick, exciting, horror read then I thoroughly recommend Thylacines.

Thylacines (a dog like marsupial extict since 1936) were more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger a team of scientists use a preserve specimen to create a litter of the extinct creatures. The litter are different, twice the size and deathly dangerous, they are  released by a group of activists who have no idea of the horror that they are releasing onto the poor college campus.

For a relatively short story (122 Kindle pages) this story packs a huge punch.

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Spotlight Interview

 

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?

Throughout most of my years at primary school, I wanted to be an illustrator for superhero comics. Then it dawned on me: I enjoyed composing the story much more than illustrating the panels. I knew by about the age of 11 that I was a writer. My goal was to write novels. However, university exposed me to a fascinating range of options that I hadn’t considered before, so I spent the next 20 years or so writing feature articles, TV scripts, and various non-fictions including books and medical information. I came to fiction in my late thirties, writing my first short story in 2005. These days, I mostly write across the darker spectrum of crime, noir and horror.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING AN AUTHOR?

Oh, I have so many favourite things. I can’t choose!

Writing gives me a mental high. The deep level of absorption while writing feels like an intense meditation session, where the world and the self drop away.

I enjoy the research phase a great deal. Thorough research opens a story to many possibilities. For my horror novel Devil Dragon, I had to learn about guns, palaeontology and herpetology. Once I exhausted my own research methods, I turned to experts. I love that “a-ha” moment when you stumble upon a nugget of information that blossoms into a scene within your mind’s eye.

And yes, it sounds like a cliché, but writing is a kind of therapy. For my dark literary collection, 300 Degree Days and Other Stories, I rifled through memories, and re-imagined the emotions I’d experienced in fictional form. It’s cathartic when you manage to pin down a particular feeling on paper.

I also relish working with editors, publishers, cover designers, PR people. Getting feedback from readers is so rewarding. Recently, a reader described my horror collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories as “a treasure trove”, and that’s the kind of praise I hold close to my heart.

 

HAVE YOU BEEN INSPIRED BY OTHER AUTHORS? IF SO, WHO?

Every short story, novella, novel, and film I’ve ever enjoyed has influenced me, sometimes profoundly. My background in scriptwriting affects how I write my prose fiction: I visualise each scene as if watching it on-screen, and then transcribe what happens. It sounds counter-intuitive for a prose fiction writer to say this, but screenwriters are my greatest inspiration. The best ones use plot and dialogue to convey a raft of subtext. This was especially true for the old Hollywood horror and noir films that were constrained by censorship rules. Raymond Chandler once said that a good writer is marked by the ability to tell a story through action and dialogue. I try to keep that in mind when I’m writing.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK BY ANOTHER AUTHOR?

I can’t pick just one. Some of my favourite books in the spec-fic genre include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Haunting of Hill House, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Shining, Flowers for Algernon, and The Man Who Fell to Earth. My all-time favourite authors are Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Annie Proulx, Flannery O’Connor, and a few dozen more.

 

DO YOU HAVE A SET NUMBER OF WORDS TO ACHIEVE IN A DAY OR ARE YOU FLEXIBLE?

I write three or four days a week, for about four or five hours per day. Generally, I aim for 2500 words of a publishable standard per week, give or take. That means, broadly speaking, I can write a novella in four months and a novel in about eight or nine.

 

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WRITER’S BLOCK AND IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

I believe writer’s block is a symptom of an underlying complaint: either burnout or boredom.

I always experience burnout after finishing a long-form project such as a novella or novel, and I’ve learned not to fight it. My brain needs a few weeks to “decompress”. I live quietly, read lots of books, and binge-watch old Hollywood films. When I feel my mojo returning, I might focus on other forms of writing for a while, such as drafting up a short stage-play, composing a non-fiction article, or researching an upcoming project. When I start playing with sentences and scenes while cooking dinner, showering or driving, I know I’m ready to hit the keyboard again.

Boredom happens, I think, when you keep writing the same kind of material, over and over. I avoid boredom by switching up my work schedule. For example, after completing a novel, I’ll focus on short stories or flash fiction. I also experiment with new techniques or subgenres. You must constantly push yourself to feel challenged, engaged and curious.

 

IF YOU COULD MEET ONE AUTHOR, ALIVE OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Raymond Chandler. Prior to reading his novel, The Lady in the Lake, writing prose fiction had not occurred to me. Add to that his brilliant screenplay for James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, starring the fabulous Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, which is loaded with double entendres and whip-cracking dialogue…wow! I devoured every Raymond Chandler book I could find – except for three of his short stories. They have remained unread for about 14 years now. Call me crazy or sentimental, but I don’t want to live in a world with no more Raymond Chandler stories to read. I guess I’ll read them on my deathbed – if I’m lucky enough to get a deathbed.

 

DO YOU PREPARE AN OUTLINE OR DO YOU WRITE AS YOU GO?

I’ve always outlined to some degree. Over the years, I’ve heard versions of the old chestnut, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader”. So once, I tried writing a short story by the seat of my pants and went around and around in pointless circles. Frustrated after a couple of wasted days, I went back to outlining, and ended up with a pretty good action-adventure tale that sold on its first submission.

Yes, I outline, but not meticulously. For example, an outline for a novel might be 25 to 30 plot-points, with each point being just one or two sentences. When I sit down to write, I glance at my outline to remind myself of what I’m working towards. Then the creative process takes over, and I write on the fly. I’m not strictly a “plotter” nor a “pantser” – more like a hybrid “plantser”.

I think of an outline like a map. Beginnings are easy. So are endings. The middle is the monster. To drive your car from Melbourne (the beginning) to Perth (the ending) is a daunting distance of about 3,400kms. You have to cross the Nullarbor Plain, which is a flat, arid and treeless expanse (the middle). Yikes! Having a few pit-stops along the way prevents you from wandering blindly across the whole country.

Plenty of writers abandon good projects because they didn’t figure out beforehand how to cross their metaphorical Nullarbor Plain. Instead, they wasted time, kept hitting dead-ends, and ultimately drained their enthusiasm, confidence and energy until nothing was left.

 

DO YOU CARRY A NOTEBOOK TO JOT DOWN IDEAS?

I have a work diary, a couple of jotter pads, and a handful of post-it notes on my desk at all times. Yes, I jot down ideas. I also bookmark interesting articles that I find during my travels around the Internet. One article – on the phenomenon of spiders reacting to floods by sending out silks, floating in the wind and taking refuge in trees – inspired my short story “Angel Hair”. This story, published in my collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, was recently nominated for an Aurealis Award (as was the collection, I’m also delighted to say).

My horror novella Thylacines was inspired by my interest in de-extinction science, and the failed attempt by a team of Australian scientists to bring back the extinct Tasmanian tiger, a dog-like marsupial killed off in 1938.

Rarely, I’ll write down a title, and hope that I’ll eventually come up with the story that fits. My flash fiction piece, “Post hoc ergo propter hoc”, first published in a spec-fic magazine and then included in Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, is such an example. (In Latin, it means “After this, therefore because of this”, which is a type of logical fallacy where correlation is mistaken for causation.) It took me about three years to find the story to suit the title.

 

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE WRITING AND DOES IT INSPIRE YOU?

No, never. I crave silence when I’m writing. That said, I love music and play it to relax, change my mood, or have fun. Just not to write.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE THAT WAS BASED ON A BOOK?

 

Oh, I can’t possibly choose only one! In alphabetical order, here is my (sorry, very long) list of some of the best A+ films that were based on A+ novels (and yes, I have more favourites not listed here):

  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • The Colour Purple (1985)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Fight Club (1999)
  • First Blood (1982)
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • Rebecca (1940)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories 

Synopsis and Review:

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A collection of twenty-one dark fantasy and horror stories by Deborah Sheldon.

Mysterious. Creepy. Disturbing. Including:

– A funeral director, who steals body parts for cash, takes delivery of an unusual corpse.
– The crew of a nineteenth-century fishing boat encounters an unknown but irresistible danger.
– A dog-sledder on a secret mission in Antarctica fights for his life against the monsters that have fuelled his every nightmare since the Vietnam war

 

Review

Rating: 5 Stars

 

This collection of bite sized horrors has bite!

Each story is very different and very frightening. I can honestly say that there was not one that I disliked. I don’t have a favourite but I genuinely enjoyed (felt creeped out) by every one of them. From space to sea, complete fantasy, to tales with their roots based in myth and legend each story is completely unique and really cleverly written.
Like all the talented horror authors Deborah Sheldon knows to leave us with the fear of the unknown. Cleverly crafted and well researched, the stories have a sense of possibility at times.

This is a book that should not be passed by any lover of the horror genre.

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LINKS:

Website: http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3312459.Deborah_Sheldon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Sheldon-936388749723500/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Ms-Deborah-Sheldon/e/B0035MWQ98/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Body and Soul by John Harvey. A review.

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Release Date: 19th April 2018

 

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Description

 

From the master of British Crime Writing comes Frank Elder’s last case.

‘The heavy manacles around the girl’s wrists, perhaps not surprisingly, looked very much like the ones that had been found on the studio floor. For a moment, she had a vision of the chain to which they were attached being swung through the air, taking on force and speed before striking home.Then swung again.’

When his estranged daughter Katherine appears on his doorstep, ex-Detective Frank Elder knows that something is wrong.

Katherine has long been troubled, and Elder has always felt powerless to help her.

But now Katherine has begun to self-destruct.

The breakdown of her affair with a controversial artist has sent her into a tailspin which culminates in murder.

And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more …

 

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Review

Rating: 4.5 stars

This book and review contain possible triggers with sexual assault and self harm being part of the story.

The writing experience of John Harvey is evident in the well penned tense, dark journey of a father out to protect his troubled daughter.

This is a well crafted, nicely paced and exciting thriller that had me invested from very early on. (after a slightly slow beginning the story gains a far more enjoyable pace!)

I have not read any of the previous books in the Frank Elder series and there were points that I felt it would have been advantageous to have read others in the series but overall it did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this story.

Franks daughter, Katherine, has had a tough journey that includes a rape when she was a teenager and a history of self harm. Understandably she is a complex character and a complex yet well explained plot is woven around his need to  prove her innocent of committing the murder of the artist that she was modelling for and seeing romantically by investigating the crime. He also needs to protect his daughter from the man who raped her when she was in her teens and has now escaped from incarceration, proving to still be a very real threat.

I won’t give details of the ending but will say that it doesn’t disappoint.

I would like to thank John Harvey, Cornerstone, Penguin Random House Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Body and Soul.

Star Witch (The Lazy Girls Guide to Magic Book 2) review..

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Description

Lights. Camera. Inaction. 

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That’s not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can’t be hard … or dangerous … right?

 

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Review

Rating: 5 stars

This is our second meeting with Ivy and after the wonderfully funny and enjoyable first book  Slouch Witch I had high expectations. I am happy to say that this book more than lived up to those expectations.

Helen Harper has such a wonderful imagination and this book merges magic with reality TV.

There are deaths, disasters, surprises, and adventures galore when Ivy finds herself on the bracing Scottish set of her favourite TV show. I have a real soft spot for Raphael Winter and was so happy that he is a part of this book too.
This book is exactly what I wanted from the follow up to Slouch Witch. Witty and fun but also a well written mystery that happily kept me guessing.

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Surface by Anna Brooks. Now Available.

 

Surface, an all new forbidden romance by Anna Brooks is AVAILABLE NOW!

 

She was off limits. Too young. The boss’s daughter. Forbidden.

I knew it all along, but it didn’t change the absolute possession I felt when it came to her… nothing would change how I felt about her.

So I did what I had to; I waited until the time was right to make her mine, only to find out there is one thing that could ruin it all.

 

 

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About Anna Brooks

Anna began writing when she thought the world would want to hear her sick lyrics through song.Since then, she’s realized her childhood dream wasn’t so far-fetched, just misguided. Now she writes romance with real emotions and happy endings. If Anna isn’t writing or reading, she can be found by a space heater drinking a ridiculous amount of Diet Dr Pepper. She also likes to hang out with her husband and two boys. If it wasn’t for them, she wouldn’t ever leave the house.

Anna was born in Wisconsin but now lives in the Evergreen state.

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