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SPOTLIGHT: DAUGHTER OF VENGEANCE BY AUTHOR DAVID TEMRICK

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A young lady is thrust into a world of espionage, betrayal and murder against her will. A survivor at heart, she befriends a master assassin who takes Michelle as her apprentice. Her new taskmaster is demanding and sparing in her praise, but Michelle is resolute in her desire to prove herself worthy.

After years of training and careful planning, she begins her life as one of the Kings many spies and returns to a world much more prepared for the trials that await her. Unknown to her, and her masters, a plot has slowly been unraveling which will not only destroy the fragile peace of the Kingdom of Rouen, but could descend the world into chaos and war.

Can Michelle rise above the short-comings and failures of her predecessors and set right the wrongs done centuries before? And will her life be the ultimate price she pays for the sins of others?

Other Titles By David Temrick:

Draconis’ Bane (Blood Feud One)
Deadly Intentions (Blood Feud Two)

About The Author:

David Temrick

David Temrick been writing for most of his life, though began putting together full-length novels in 2008. After collecting a fair amount of rejections from both agents and publishers, he decided to take the plunge and self-publish his novels. After selling 2,000 copies, he published the second one knowing that no one would want to publish a sequel. Despite having no flair for marketing, the first two novels sold surprisingly well while he worked on his third book. He still wanted to have a professional looking product though, so he hired artists to create the images he used as book covers and, most recently, hired a cartographer to create a Map of Rouen for this latest novel Daughter of Vengeance.

Self-publishing has been one of the more challenging and ultimately rewarding decisions he has ever made and freed him to tell the stories the way he wants to tell and fans want to read. The most challenging part of the process has been promotion, which he is horrible at. While David Temrick can tell a compelling story, he finds self-promotion to be a nearly impossible task.

His first two novels were distinctly fantasy. Meaning, there were dragons, princes, swords and sorcery. While he enjoys those kinds of books, they’re hardly unique in the genre. With “Daughter of Vengeance” he wrote a book predominantly from a female point of view about a young woman coming of age while apprenticed to a master assassin. While technically a steampunk fantasy, the genre is used to supplement the narrative rather than drive it.

With that in mind, if you know of any media or blogs who are looking for good content to review or an overly opinionated guest to interview, please send them his way.

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/David-Temrick/e/B005HJ7Q5G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Author’s Website:

http://davidtemrick.com/

SPOTLIGHT: RETRIBUTION (THE DAGGER OF AITA, BOOK 1) BY S.J. WOLFF

Retribution

Throughout history we have been here. We were born of the union between the Watchers and the Daughters of Men. Our human hearts pump the blood of Angels through our veins yet, we are neither human nor angel. We are the Alimentatori, descendants of the divine, and this is just the beginning…

In my two-hundred and sixty three years I have witnessed much, yet nothing could have prepared me for the devastating murder of my brother, Julian. While he lies in stasis awaiting The Release, his killer roams the Lazio region of Italy free to seek other victims. But, all is not right behind the veil of this ancient landscape. Its beauty hides a world of ancient secrets, hidden agendas, and political intrigues. In order to extract my vengeance, I must first play a dangerous game according to another’s rules. Playing by the rules has never been my forte; toppling a game-board or two would suit me just fine! Regardless of the dangers that lie ahead, Retribution will be mine.

My name is Jacen Trudeau of the House of Samsaveel and I’m about to open Pandora’s Box.

About the Author:

A lover of superheroes and all things fantasy it was only natural to find a home within the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Growing up, the major influences in S.J.’s life were Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, the quintessential Star Wars, Robert Aspirin (his Mything series), Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), and of course J.R.R. Tolkien.

As a wife, mother of three, and US Navy Veteran. I have spent a great deal of my life in service to others. In late 2008 I realized that the one thing in my life that had not been given its due, was the love of my youth – writing. With the kids grown and my military service in the past, I made a pact with my Muse. I would put writing at the forefront and he would guide me to my ultimate goal, publication.

For the first two years I tried. I dabbled in historical romance. I got a third of the way through a novel before it lost its luster. The struggle frustrated me. I stepped away from the desk and glared at the screen as if it were the problem and not me. And then I met a young woman who wrote in a genre I’d never considered. I picked up one of her Urban Fantasies and within a few pages knew it was something I would like to try my hand at. I immediately sat down and wrote a scene – for the first time ever – in first person. What was created had a life I’d never seen in my writing before. After a lifetime of practicing my art, I’d found a new way to move forward.

Unfortunately, the right angle at fantasy and a good story alluded me. Then one day, while sitting in a workshop where the speaker was talking about her vampire series, my mind wandered. Through a crack, somewhere in the creative, a scene unfolded. Two characters came to life and played out a scene on a rooftop. I wrote the first couple of lines on the napkin next to me. When I got home, I wrote the scene. To my amazement, it was pretty good. I loved the characters. I loved the banter. I loved how writing it made me feel. Finally after so much struggle, my Muse had done it. He’d finally broken down the barrier that had kept the ideas at bay and given me a story which needed to be told. I’d found my niche in a genre known as Dark Contemporary Fantasy and the rest is, as they say, literary history.

Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/retribution-s-j-wolff/1116306101?ean=9780615840420

http://www.amazon.com/Retribution-Dagger-Aita-S-Wolff/dp/0615840426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431979550&sr=8-1&keywords=S.J.+Wolff

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dae61yRvNhQ&feature=youtu.be

SPOTLIGHT: THE BAZAAR BY AUTHOR JEN PONCE

The Bazaar

Devany Miller’s job as a victim’s advocate roots her in reality as firmly as a person can be, which makes the offer of ‘magic sugar’ from a gorgeous salesman at a psychic fair all the more fantastic. The sugar, he tells her, will allow her to visit the exclusive vendors tucked away in the shadows beyond his tent. Indulging in fancy, she takes a taste and ventures into what she figures is a tourist trap. Then the screams begin and Devany is yanked violently into a world of butchered humans, of witches who make foolish deals with demons, and of spiders that use human skins as camouflage for their assassinations.

Devany’s normal life begins to crumble into madness as she struggles to stay alive. Her marriage falls apart. And of course, there is the little matter of the demon who has laid claim to her, and the powerful creature that wants to take her apart piece by piece to taste her soul. Despite her fear, Devany has children to protect, and she can’t sit idly by while monsters in the guise of people drag innocents to their deaths.

About the Author:

Ponce

Jen Ponce is an urban fantasy author who published her first book THE BAZAAR January 21, 2014. She’s been reading since she can remember and thanks her mom for showing her how amazing books can be. She went to school in Chadron, Lincoln, and Omaha, Nebraska. She’s been writing since junior high and thinks the itch to write is akin to an obsession. Besides reading and writing, she crochets when the mood hits her, creates fun pictures on GIMP, and drinks Diet Coke. Jen, her three boys, three cats, and goldfish live in Western Nebraska despite her yearnings to live somewhere warmer. (Jen would also like to point out that the cats aren’t hers, they are her boys’ cats. She loves them but she is not a crazy cat lady—just crazy.)

Links:
http://www.amazon.com/THE-BAZAAR-Devany-Miller-Series-ebook/
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jenniferponce.com%2F&h=xAQGmVhcG

Web Page: http://jenniferponce.com/

SPOTLIGHT: RISING BY AUTHOR HOLLY KELLY

Merman Holly Kelly

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea — humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou— the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean — is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there is one small thing he needs to do … kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her does not start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she is a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She is a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she were not so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet …

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

Additional Books In The Series:

Descending (The Rising Series, Book 2)

Avenging (The Rising Series, Book 3)

About The Author:

Holly Kelly

Holly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation — she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but lived in Kansas until she was 13, in Texas until she was 18, and attended college in Hawaii — studying marine biology. She is now back in Utah — “happy valley”. She is married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising six rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (of course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Book-1-Holly-Kelly-ebook/

SPOTLIGHT: ASHES AND SPIRITS DRAGON’S CALL (DRAGON’S CALL SERIES BOOK 3) BY A.D. TROSPER

Troesper Ashes

“The incomplete weave breeds the darkness…”

Presented with impossible odds, the Guardians struggle to hold against the Shadow Riders. While enemies from within are discovered and allegiances are formed, the losses mount.

As the war escalates, one Guardian may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save all.

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A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon’s Call series. The first and second books are already out under the titles Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call Series Book 1) and Tears of War (Dragon’s Call Series Book 2). She also has a YA paranormal romance out under the title Bound by Time and has several more books in the works. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.

An avid lover of animals, she has rescued and rehabbed horses, goats, dogs and cats. When not writing, she spends time with her family and pets. She is convinced chocolate is a necessary food group and magic is real (not always the way we think it is, but real nonetheless).

You can find out more about A.D. Trosper and her books at: http://www.adtrosper.com

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Spirits-Dragons-Call-Book-ebook/