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Foster An Author #3- M.M. Koening

 

M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels. When she has free time and isn’t writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer’s block at bay.

 

 

Find M. M. Koenig online
http://www.mmkoenig.com
https://www.facebook.com/authormmkoenig/
https://twitter.com/M_M_Koenig
https://www.pinterest.com/koen0092/
https://instagram.com/mmkoenig/
http://www.tsu.co/mmkoenig
https://www.amazon.com/M.-M.-%20Koenig/e/B00HBH4L7I

M.M. Koenig is sponsoring a giveaway ebooks for the S&L Series, a $10 Amazon GC, and S&L swag 

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1. If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

If my only mission is to enjoy myself, I’d spend the day with my best friend and her kiddos and/or my family.  They are my biggest supporters and pick me up when life kicks me down.  I love being with them and listening to them laugh and tell jokes, so we could really be doing anything and I enjoy myself.  What I do love doing the most is trying something new or going to a place I haven’t seen before with them.  I love experiencing new things with the people I hold dearest to my heart.
2. Describe your writing process.
I’m what they call a fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer.  I always know the major plot points for my books, but a lot of times scenes will change as I’m writing them because the characters will take me in a different direction.  I rather enjoy it as it feeds into the type of suspense I enjoy writing.
3. I will take you and any author you want out to dinner. Who will you invite and what will we talk about?
I would love an opportunity to sit down and have dinner with Rebecca Donovan.  Her Breathing series not only inspired me to begin writing again, but it also struck on a very personal chord as well.  I’d love to talk all things books with her and what inspired her to write Emma and Evan’s story.  It’s such a beautiful story and I highly recommend it.
4. What is the best writing advice you ever received?
Never be afraid of criticism.  Write without Fear.  Edit without Mercy.  Listen to everything your critique partner and beta readers advise you after they read.  Know that not everyone who reads your books won’t always like them and that’s okay.  No two people will ever read the read a book the same way.
5. You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?
First, this is a very hard question.  I truly can’t narrow it down to five since almost everything I read is in a series so I’ll supplement with my top five book series.
The Breathing Series – Rebecca Donovan
Hopeless/Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover
The Avoiding Series – K.A. Linde
Easy/Breakable – Tammara Webber
The Neighbor From Hell Series – R.L Mathewson

Foster An Author #3- Meet NAK Baldron

Nicholi (N.A.K. Baldron) is an author and avid reader. He likes stories that take place in fictional worlds, with memorable characters.

He spends his days debating between whether it’s coffee or tea time, and pecking away at his keyboard to produce stories for his readers. He can be found strolling through one of the many wooded areas in the small town outside of Austin, Texas that he calls home.

If he could have any power, it would be the power to control time; then he could freeze it and find enough reading time. One of his deepest regrets in life, is knowing he’ll never get around to reading all the books on his to be read list.

Knowing how precious reading time is, he’s always honored when his readers choose to spend their time on his stories.

NAK is sponsoring a giveaway ebook copy of Aether Walker Queens Gambit

 

Aether Walker: Game Changer (Free on all platforms)

Only few can see them for what they really are, Kandice is in the fight of her life to get revenge on the one that killed her mother. Living a double life as a college student by day, and Huntress by night is slowly wearing her down. But she is determined to get her revenge or die trying.”

 

Aether Walker: Queen’s Gambit (Amazon Exclusive & KU)

 

Living on the road hunting Aether Walkers isn’t as glamorous as Kandice hoped it would be. From rundown motels to abandon houses, heading back to her life in Austin is a serious consideration for her until the Council steps in to give her the answers she has been looking for. However she soon discovers it comes at the price of her freedom.

Follow Kandice as she steps into uncharted territory in her relationship with Lance while juggling the demands of the Council.”

 

Aether Walker: Blake’s Story

After witnessing his mother’s horrific death Blake finds himself committed against his will for what he thinks he saw. Were those creatures real or a figment of his imagination? Read through Blake’s journal as he tries to unravel the events and learn the truth about what happened to his mother.

 

 

 

 

1. If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

– Drink Coffee, Read, Drink Tea, Read, and finish the day by watching a family movie with my daughter. 2. Describe your writing process. – I always write in chronological order, and I usually start with no outline. I just write the characters and see what happens until about

2. Describe your writing process.

– I always write in chronological order, and I usually start with no outline. I just write the characters and see what happens until about halfway through. Then I will have to sit down and plot out the story so I can finish it.

3. I will take you and any author you want out to dinner. Who will you invite and what will we talk about?

– Scott Lynch, and we’d discuss nerd stuff and politics. I would definitly have to ask him who the builders were.

4. What is the best writing advice you ever received?

– Don’t compare your first draft to someone else’s finished novel.

5. You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?

Lord of the RingsItDuneHarry Potter & the Order of the PhoenixThe Republic of Thieves

 

Foster An Author #3- Meet S.F. Benson

 

SF Benson is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Western Michigan University, SF has fed her creative brain through a variety of jobs from customer service to working with animals. Although the work title has changed, one thing remained true—her desire to be a writer. As a kid she could often be found writing stories or with a book in her hand. It didn’t matter where the location, SF could be found reading (even at the beach).

Her debut novel, Regress—a dystopian set in her home state—developed from a dream. When she’s not concocting tales in her sleep, SF has been known to come up with entire dialogues in the shower.

SF prefers writing stories which answer the “what if” question in life. Her protagonists are strong and diverse set in post-apocalyptic or paranormal worlds.

S.F. Benson has sponsored a giveaway of a signed paperback of any of her books.

Find me on Radish Fiction!

Social media links:

Website: https://www.authorsfbenson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BensonSF/

Facebook Readers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/273428139797021/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BensonShantella

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15019441.S_F_Benson

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/SFBenson/e/B01DI9Z58Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sf-benson

Instagram: @authorsfbenson

 

Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, Book Four

“Some secrets are more costly than others.”

Tru Shepard holds the key—a highly coveted piece of tech—in the palm of her hand.

Everyone in the American Republic has secrets—some innocent and some dangerous.

Tru Shepard, a Creative, thinks she’s fighting to maintain her identity. She soon learns that the struggle is much bigger, and she holds the key.

Zared Aoki, the guy she loves, thinks he’s fighting for happiness. The ghosts from his past are supposed to be behind him, but sometimes the past shows up when you least expect it.

In a world built on secrecy, will the truth set you free?

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Blessed Hearts: Hearts Duology, Book Two

He went to Hell…for her.

Cash Martin, tattoo artist and incubus, doesn’t do relationships. Late night debauchery with as many females as he can muster suits him just fine. He’s following the golden rule: incubi don’t fall in love.

Until her.

Qadira, fifth daughter of Al-Qadir, is a djinniyah on the run from an arranged marriage. She’s passing through town when she runs into the one creature she abhors—an incubus.

When someone starts mutilating humans in Falls Creek, suspicion falls on Qadira. Cash provides an alibi and a spark is ignited. The situation becomes complicated when he must travel to Hell to rescue her.

Cash may have put his soul on the line for Qadira, but will he give her his heart?

Blessed Hearts is a New Adult standalone in the Hearts Duology.

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1. If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

A free day with no responsibilities…I’d probably marathon my favorite Marvel/DC Comics movies or dive into a book and read it from beginning to end.

2. Describe your writing process.
I’m a recovering pantser. I used to plan but didn’t outline. Now I do both. After arriving at an idea, I like to write out a summary–basically, a third person synopsis of everything that will happen. Then I come up with an outline for each act (I write in three acts) and I use a timeline I found on www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. I’ll develop a secret Pinterest board with characters and setting pictures. In the planning stage I’ve already fleshed out my characters. Sometimes I interview them. Other times I just write out (in a notebook) the relevant things about them. After all that’s done, it’s time to draft. I set an overall word count for the story and then divide that by how many chapters I’m shooting for. That word count gets divided by 30. I try to draft in a month and then I put the book down for a few months before I revise and get into the editing process.
3. I will take you and any author you want out to dinner. Who will you invite and what will we talk about? 
Let’s invite George R.R. Martin. I want to talk about his world building for his books.
4. What is the best writing advice you ever received?
Keep writing and just do it. I know those are very cliche, but they are relevant for me. At one point, I stopped writing and didn’t pick it up again for 20 years.
5. You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?
Man, that’s hard. Let’s see… Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft (comes in handy for writing PNR), Sarah J. Maas’ Court of Wings and Ruin, Stephen King’s On Writing, and my first book Regress (a reminder of what I can do when I just keep writing).

Boho Book Club Week Two- Resist the Machine by C.D. Verhoff

Like all Avants, Clara Spinner’s genetic code, future occupation, and date of death have been predetermined by the government. So when her innermost desires conflict with her rigidly planned life, she must hide them or risk losing everything.

Fresh out of the academy, she loathes her new assignment as a medical technician, but those who complain tend to disappear, so what can she do? Deciding to make the best of it, she works hard to become one of the top techs at the hospital, specializing in the use of memory retrieval equipment. As her skills gain recognition, she begins to make peace with the system until the day a loved one vanishes without a trace.

Seeking answers, Clara’s retrieves a memory nobody was supposed to see. Suspense with a touch of romance—Avant Nation will take you on a thought-provoking ride into the near future.

 

About the Author:

C.D. Verhoff spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s the fourth of five sisters. No brothers. Her background includes medical lab processor, elementary school teacher, and registered representative in insurance and finance.

Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to her senior year of high school. She was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, she started her first fantasy novel. The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal, so she filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education. Later, when she left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom, the writing bug resurfaced. She recently returned to full-time employment as a preschool teacher, but the novels keep coming.

Her interests include weird trivia, quotable quotes, education, Saint John Paul II, dogs, dragons, history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, The Middle, Mr. Robot, coffee and chocolate. She is currently working on book three of the Avant Nation series, Fear the Machine, and hopes to publish it before the Spring of 2018.

This month, I’m participating in the online book club organized by The Bohemian Housewife. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a book club. I mean, since PK (pre-kids) time. I’ve gotten to know Alisha and some of the other bloggers a little ao I wanted to be a part of this month’s. And I can say if all the books are as good as this one, I will be in every month. So far, this book is good. It has all the things I like, a rebellious female lead, lots of great dialog, and a fast-moving plot. For this first week, we only needed to read the first seven chapters, but I have a feeling I will finish this by the end of the week.

Each week, there will be a different question(s) for us to answer and then we have a chance to comment and discuss with each other, but also each of our blog readers. I will try hard not to give away any spoilers, but if I do, I will make sure to announce it first.

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Even though neither of my parents was in the military we lived near Air Force bases. I spent a lot of time around military people. The military in this book acts just like any military I know. There is always a chain of command and people don’t question authority. There is also an end-game that is more important than anything. As to whether they complete their mission, I’d like to think Boom will have a positive impact on them and make them all question the mission. I guess I’ll just have to keep reading 🙂

Meet the Authors- Foster An Author 3, 2017

This is my first year participating in Foster An Author hosted by Jo & Isalovesbooks with Read Reveiw Repeat. I’m lucky enough to be hosting three authors and so it is my pleasure to introduce you to these great people.

 

Nicholi (N.A.K. Baldron) is an author and avid reader. He likes stories that take place in fictional worlds, with memorable characters.

He spends his days debating between whether it’s coffee or tea time, and pecking away at his keyboard to produce stories for his readers. He can be found strolling through one of the many wooded areas in the small town outside of Austin, Texas that he calls home.

If he could have any power, it would be the power to control time; then he could freeze it and find enough reading time. One of his deepest regrets in life is knowing he’ll never get around to reading all the books on his to be read list.

Knowing how precious reading time is, he’s always honored when his readers choose to spend their time on his stories.

 

NAK is sponsoring a giveaway ebook copy of Aether Walker Queens Gambit (open 10-17-17)

 

S.F. Benson is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Western Michigan University, SF has fed her creative brain through a variety of jobs from customer service to working with animals. Although the work title has changed, one thing remained true—her desire to be a writer. As a kid she could often be found writing stories or with a book in her hand. It didn’t matter where the location, SF could be found reading (even at the beach).

Her debut novel, Regress—a dystopian set in her home state—developed from a dream. When she’s not concocting tales in her sleep, SF has been known to come up with entire dialogues in the shower.

SF prefers writing stories which answer the “what if” question in life. Her protagonists are strong and diverse set in post-apocalyptic or paranormal worlds.

Find me on Radish Fiction!

Social media links:

Website: https://www.authorsfbenson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BensonSF/

Facebook Readers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/273428139797021/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BensonShantella

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15019441.S_F_Benson

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/SFBenson/e/B01DI9Z58Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sf-benson

Instagram: @authorsfbenson

S.F. Benson has sponsored a giveaway of a signed paperback of any of her books.

 

 

M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.

When she has free time and isn’t writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer’s block at bay.

 

Find M. M. Koenig online:

http://www.mmkoenig.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-M-M-Koenig/734651516551415

https://twitter.com/M_M_Koenig

https://www.pinterest.com/koen0092/

https://instagram.com/mmkoenig/

http://www.tsu.co/mmkoenig

http://www.amazon.com/M.-M.-Koenig/e/B00HBH4L7I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

M.M. Koenig is sponsoring a giveaway ebooks for the S&L Series, a $10 Amazon GC, and S&L swag (open 10-17)

Cover Reveal TIME AND BLOOD by Sherry Rentschler

Cover reveals are always exciting.  I’m even more excited when I helped put the cover together. Sherry Rentschler has a new book coming out October 31.

Time and Blood

Historians in Atlantis inscribed a prophecy in The Great Book of Forgetting about a pair of phoenix whose union would change the future of all magical creatures. When the sea swallowed Atlantis and all her inhabitants, time forgot the people and this prophecy.

But one creature survived.

Rhea is a scarlet phoenix and the last of her kind. She escaped Atlantis with The Great Book and for over ten thousand years roamed the earth, grieved for her lost immortal beloved, and endured nightmares from her past lives. Today, she hears a familiar voice on the wind luring her to a new place. Rhea follows and hopes for the impossible.

She crossed millennia to find him.

Jean-Louis is a 250-year-old vampire in New Orleans. For fifty years, nightmares plagued him, and a violent wind haunted him whispering in a foreign tongue. In his dreams, Jean-Louis sees the face of a woman he knows and aches for but has never met. He feels her approach; however, the vampire senses a connecting malevolence waits in the shadows.

He risks his immortality to keep her.

An accident will bring Rhea into Jean-Louis’ arms. The shock will give new life to the ancient prophecy. But others whisper of the legendary phoenix and are hunting for Rhea. They must steal The Great Book and prevent any chance of the prophecy’s fulfillment. If they fail, the phoenix must die.

Together they battle destiny for the future.

Rhea will risk everything for love, even death.

When time and blood converge, blood must win.

So… are you ready?!!

 

Are you sure?!

 

It is my honor to show you the cover for TIME AND BLOOD by Sherry Rentschler.

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Murder in Absentia: Togas, Daggers, and Magic (Felix the Fox Book One) by Assaph Mehr

I know nothing of ancient Greece and Rome except what I read in Edith Hamilton’s book when I was forced to read it in school. However, I enjoy urban fantasy in any time period. I also like historical fiction. So when given the opportunity to read historical fantasy I jump on it. This book was awesome and I’m so glad I read it.

Before reading it, you need to know that the author sprinkled in many Latin words and phrases. He seemed to find the magical balance between authenticity and overkill. The names are a little hard to pronounce so, my apologies to the author, I just renamed them in my head.

These characters are so incredibly developed I loved each of them. The plot drew me in and would not let me go until I came to the end. I just had to keep reading. The combination of mystery, fantasy, and history appealed to every one of my book fantasies. Reading this book was a lot like watching the movie version played out in my head. I could easily see these characters in any time period. But the fact that the author took the time to develop this story in a unique environment, proves he has a ton of talent and needs to write more.

So, Assaph, will there be another one?!

A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on.
Enter Felix the Fox, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician — but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and on his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.
Murder In Absentia is set in a fantasy world. The city of Egretia borrows elements from a thousand years of ancient Roman culture, from the founding of Rome to the late empire, mixed with a judicious amount of magic. This is a story of a cynical, hardboiled detective dealing with anything from daily life to the old forces roaming the world.
Virtual Fantasy Con Awards:
1st place: Dark Fantasy / Horror Book & Author
2st place: Urban Fantasy Book & Author
3st place: Favorite Fantasy Series
Voted #1 on Goodreads’ Indie Books Worth the Read for 2016!

 

I have always been fascinated by ancient Rome, from the time I was in primary school and first got my hands on Asterix. This exacerbated when my parents took me on a trip to Rome and Italy – I whinged horribly when they dragged me to “yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling”, yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art.

A few years ago I randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair. I fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. When I decided to sit down and write a novel, the setting was clear in my mind.


Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Julia, four kids and two cats. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he’s writing – he seems to do his best writing after midnight.

To contact Assaph visit http://egretia.com.

https://www.amazon.com/Forged-Alliances-Tribal-Spirit-Book-ebook/dp/B075RHBT2B

WWW Wednesday #2

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading:

On the Road with Janis Joplin

As a road manager and filmmaker, he helped run the Janis Joplin show—and record it for posterity. Now he reveals the never-before-told story of his years with the young woman from Port Arthur who would become the first female rock and roll superstar—and depart the stage too soon.

In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of  D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin’s road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm.

Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill’s 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas.

This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.

Captivated by Crimson

She is the fated one I have been waiting for…
The crimson in her veins will restore me…

My desire for her burns like no other…
I must possess her…
Dare to touch her and you will be the one to suffer…

Nola Blair is a free-spirited photographer sent to cover the party of the century in Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It was an assignment she’d declined––twice, but when she was offered a hefty sum to indulge the wealthy eccentric, she finally gave in. Little did she know that the guests at this party were centuries old and their desires reached far beyond those of a normal partygoer.

One captivating night will change her life and the two vampires vying for her will fight to the death to get what they want. One wants her to be his and the other wants her blood.

Who will decide Nola’s fate?

And for book club:

Resist the Machine: Dystopian Suspense (Avant Nation Book 1)

A genetically engineered young woman teams up with a rugged soldier to resist the high-tech regime controlling their lives. Spine-tingling adventure for fans of 1984, Person of Interest, and Divergent.

When the government owns the gene pool, what could possibly go wrong? According to the leaders of Avantica, absolutely nothing. If in doubt, just look at the statistics. Their genetically engineered citizens enjoy the highest standard of living in the world. Crime and disease are nearly non-existent. Healthcare and housing are totally free. Why would anyone ever want to leave?

Meet 16-year-old Clara Spinner. By design she is supposed to be compassionate, serious to a fault, and content with her work, but someone at the population factory messed up. How else can she explain her rebellious streak, ability to appreciate a good joke, and the fact that she detests her first job assignment? Hiding her true nature is a daily battle and coworkers are getting suspicious. So when the military shows up, looking for someone with her skill set, Clara ‘volunteers’. Fitting in with ruthless soldiers isn’t easy, but that’s the least of her worries after they land in a place opposed to everything Avantica stands for. Hearts and loyalties will be tested. Dystopian sci-fi with a touch of romance. Recommended for older teens and adults.

What did you recently finish reading?

Maid of Ice

Stalkers and death threats . . .
For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

. . . and that’s just the first date
Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .

Secrets of Betrayal 

Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.

Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Halfway Drowned 

Something is wrong with Carlie.

A magical storm. An ancient shipwreck. A hidden evil.
All three are tied together as Carlie must defend Wulfric against his past, which emerges after a raging storm tears across Halfway Lake.
When government agents descend on Halfway to investigate the mysterious shipwreck, Carlie discovers that all is not as it seems.

A thousand years old, the Viking ship holds bones. And secrets.
Not everyone went down with the ship. There were survivors, but they might be less than human. They cross paths with Carlie in a showdown that will bring her own secrets to light, for saving Wulfric came with a cost. Now, it’s time for her to pay.

Dive in with Carlie as she fights to save the one person she can’t lose.

Diversifying Diplomacy

Today, diverse women of all hues represent this country overseas. Some have called this development the “Hillary Effect.” But well before our most recent female secretary of state there was Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve in that capacity, and later Condoleezza Rice. Beginning at a more junior post in the Department of State in 1971, there was “the little Elam girl” from Boston.

Diversifying Diplomacy tells the story of Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas, a young black woman who beat the odds and challenged the status quo. Inspired by the strong women in her life, she followed in the footsteps of the few women who had gone before her in her effort to make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the United States. The youngest child of parents who left the segregated Old South to raise their family in Massachusetts, Elam-Thomas distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her.

Elam-Thomas’s memoir is a firsthand account of her decades-long career in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service, recounting her experiences of making U.S. foreign policy, culture, and values understood abroad. Elam-Thomas served as a United States ambassador to Senegal (2000–2002) and retired with the rank of career minister after forty-two years as a diplomat. Diversifying Diplomacy presents the journey of this successful woman, who not only found herself confronted by some of the world’s heftier problems but also helped ensure that new shepherds of honesty and authenticity would follow in her international footsteps for generations to come.

 

Boho Book Club Week One- Resist the Machine by C.D. Verhoff

Like all Avants, Clara Spinner’s genetic code, future occupation, and date of death have been predetermined by the government. So when her innermost desires conflict with her rigidly planned life, she must hide them or risk losing everything.

Fresh out of the academy, she loathes her new assignment as a medical technician, but those who complain tend to disappear, so what can she do? Deciding to make the best of it, she works hard to become one of the top techs at the hospital, specializing in the use of memory retrieval equipment. As her skills gain recognition, she begins to make peace with the system until the day a loved one vanishes without a trace.

Seeking answers, Clara’s retrieves a memory nobody was supposed to see. Suspense with a touch of romance—Avant Nation will take you on a thought-provoking ride into the near future.

 

About the Author:

C.D. Verhoff spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s the fourth of five sisters. No brothers. Her background includes medical lab processor, elementary school teacher, and registered representative in insurance and finance.

Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to her senior year of high school. She was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, she started her first fantasy novel. The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal, so she filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education. Later, when she left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom, the writing bug resurfaced. She recently returned to full-time employment as a preschool teacher, but the novels keep coming.

Her interests include weird trivia, quotable quotes, education, Saint John Paul II, dogs, dragons, history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, The Middle, Mr. Robot, coffee and chocolate. She is currently working on book three of the Avant Nation series, Fear the Machine, and hopes to publish it before the Spring of 2018.

This month, I’m participating in the online book club organized by The Bohemian Housewife. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a book club. I mean, since PK (pre-kids) time. I’ve gotten to know Alisha and some of the other bloggers a little ao I wanted to be a part of this month’s. And I can say if all the books are as good as this one, I will be in every month. So far, this book is good. It has all the things I like, a rebellious female lead, lots of great dialog, and a fast-moving plot. For this first week, we only needed to read the first seven chapters, but I have a feeling I will finish this by the end of the week.

Each week, there will be a different question(s) for us to answer and then we have a chance to comment and discuss with each other, but also each of our blog readers. I will try hard not to give away any spoilers, but if I do, I will make sure to announce it first.

As the blurb states, this is a futuristic world where everyone is placed in a different niche based on need. The life path for each person is predetermined before they are even created/ bred. Procreation, like we know, does not happen. Rather humans are created in an artificial womb, “awakened”, and place with a family. This is not a new concept, but I never get tired of reading stories focusing on this kind of life.

As a reader, the “workings” of Avantica fascinate me. The idea that science can become so advanced as to actually create genetic code in order to create any type of desired human, amazes me.  I’m seriously in awe of the brain power something like that would require. However, I strongly believe that just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. I like free-will and I think it is a gift that comes with a high price tag but is worth it. So the free-spirit hippie in mean is yelling (best Cheech and Chong voice) “Down with the man.”

In regards to the second question:

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If a being is considered a “defective” they are sent away to a mysterious island. If saving them from injury costs the government too much money they are left to die. I absolutely don’t like this part of the story, but I understand it completes the world this author has tried to create. It does bring up some uncomfortable ideas though. For example, one character commits suicide. Because of that, she is deemed unworthy of any more medical expense. If you look at the situation from a fiscal side only, healing this person only to have her succeed in committing suicide later would be a waste of money that could go to help someone else.  I don’t think we can judge the value of human life based on money, though. To do so puts the power of God in the wrong hands.

Come back next week and I’ll be answering another question about this book. Thank Boehmian Housewife for putting this together. Each week there is a chance for a great giveaway.

Boho Book Club October Giveaway

Check out the other bloggers participating and see how they answered these questions.

www.afizzylizzy.wordpress.com

http://w1ck3dpsych0babbl3r.blogspot.com

https://theabominablebookgirl.wordpress.com/

http://thebohemianhousewife.com/

http://www.platypire.com/

Secrets of Betrayal by L.K. Shaw

Happy Release Day L.K.!!!!!

There are parts of life that are intense. There are parts of life that are ugly. So please let me warn you if you like to only read books that are not intense and are pretty don’t read this. However, if you like to read books with strong well-developed characters who actually arc, powerful dialog, and a story that will leave you believing in true love then this is the book for you.

It is very easy for authors of adult books to get too consumed in the graphic scenes they forget about the story. The author created the story to be a story FIRST. I haven’t read many dark romances and this is the first book from this author that I’ve read. I felt a strong empathy for the female lead. I cried more than once.

The part I really appreciated in this book was the honest depiction of the world within this story.

 

Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.


Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.

*this book contains dark elements that may be difficult for some readers*

 

LK Shaw is a physical therapist assistant by day and writer/social media addict by night. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P, who should probably just have her own Instagram account. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with erotic romance and romantic suspense being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love. Her books combine romantic suspense and BDSM.

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