SPOTLIGHT: DRAWING DEAD BY AUTHOR BRIAN McKINLEY

Drawing Dead

The average mobster dies as they live. Faolan O’Connor, however, finds new life after he dies.
Faolan O’Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it’s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he’s ever imagined.

Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He’s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can’t conquer a city alone.

Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian’s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?

About the Author:

McKinley

Being a writer is probably the most interesting thing about Brian McKinley. I’m live in New Jersey, but I’ve also resided in Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois. I’m single and have hit what most would call a string of disasters just prior to being accepted by Midnight Hour Publishing. While that alone hasn’t turned the rest of Mr. McKinley’s life around, he would say that finally being published and finding such support and company has helped him emerge from a very dark period in his life.

** As a side note, Mr. McKinley was interviewed previously when debuting his first novel, Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony, which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. If you like vampire books, it is a must read.

Link to Drawing Dead:

http://www.amazon.com/Faolan-Connors-Drawing-Dead-Book/dp/1940812763/ref=la_B0085QCYUA_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444687666&sr=1-1

Link to Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony:

http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Blood-Brian-Patrick-McKinley/dp/0615704255/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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SPOTLIGHT: RISING BY AUTHOR HOLLY KELLY

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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: TILL DEATH AND BEYOND BY LYN C. JOHANSON

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Till Death and Beyond

Till Death and Beyond is a sizzling tale of two souls bound by destiny in a cruel plot to separate them forever…

A COLD BEAUTY WHO KNOWS DEATH INTIMATELY…

Amira is the strongest witch on the face of the earth, with psychic abilities no others possess. And yet, she is but a slave to the whims of the gods. Forced to be born anew every time she fails in fulfilling an ancient prophecy, Amira is desperate to break the vicious cycle.

A TORMENTED WARRIOR WHO HAS LOST EVERYTHING…

Plagued by the memories and guilt over his family’s demise, Raven lives for the sole reason of restoring his younger brother. And kidnapping a witch is only the beginning—for he intends to right the wrongs of his past by any means necessary.

A DESTINY TO CHANGE THE WORLD…

While the gods might have planned for her to be captured, surrender is not something that comes easy to Amira. Yet one glance into her captor’s eyes, and she is swept away by emotions long ago denied to her. She decides to play along. For a while.

Despite the hatred Raven harbors for their kind, he is intrigued by the witch. One taste of her lips, and she becomes his obsession. Soon, he discovers that fighting against the passion they ignite in one another is futile. But as they strip each other’s secrets, a powerful force threatens to destroy them both.

For in this game of gods nothing is simple—the whole universe seems to conspire against them. And no matter how fiercely they fight, or what they are willing to endure to save each other … the path they travel is paved with loss.

Will they survive the ultimate test, if even their determination—to fight till death—might not be enough?

About the Author:

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A computer science major, Lyn C. Johanson decided to leave the cold world of code lines and pursue her passion for writing romance stories. Now, she mostly lives in the world she dreams up. Except when her husband and sons drag her back to reality—where she enjoys photography, dancing, and spending time with her family.

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Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

The Promise Me Series:

WHY VAMPIRES: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.

Website: http://www.tarafoxhall.com

Tell me a bit about yourself:

My bio says it all: Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

What type of genre do you write?

Mostly I write supernatural-related fiction stories, such as the paranormal fiction series Promise Me and Lash. But as per above, I also have written erotica, suspense, horror, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction.
What genre to you personally read?

Thrillers as a rule are my favourite books, the more graphic the better. But I occasionally branch out to YA, historical, romance, graphic novels, action/adventure, westerns and other genres.

Tell me about your latest?

My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth installment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire. When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?

I’ve always enjoyed reading…a very passionate teacher taught me to read my first words in kindergarten, and I began devouring short books by first grade…and novels for YA by third grade.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

The Hobbit. I like the message; that it’s not who you were or what you can do that influences what you will do, it’s how willing you are to step outside your own boundaries and push for what you think is right.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

That it’s never too late to take control of your destiny…and that you are the only one that really ever can. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to events. And that it’s important to always try to do the right thing…but that isn’t always possible.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

Getting published. I spent 4 years getting rejection after rejection from every agent under the sun and also some publishers. But the near misses were the worst, to think that I finally had an agent or a publisher and then to have it fall through at the last moment. Those were the crushing blows. The newest thing I worry about are bad reviews.

What has been your best moment as a writer?

Getting that first acceptance…though every 5 star review is another perfect moment for me. I love getting validation for the world I created.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Bits of me are in all my characters, being my creations.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
There is MUCH more to do….I won’t be able to rest easy until all of the Promise Me series is out and sitting on my bookshelf in a lovely row and after that, I’ll probably say the same until the Lash series is done!

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

Of course. Getting my first 2 star review on Amazon made me want to quit. Poor sales in a given quarter makes me want to quit. Having no free time makes me want to quit. But I didn’t survive years of fighting to get my stories out to give up now.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t give up until you do what you set out to do.

After this book, what is next? There will be more books in this series?

Two more will be out this year—Immortal Confessions and Her Secret—with more in 2014 and 2015, until the series is done. The next installment in the Lash Series, Revenge, will be out this fall, and hopefully my second anthology of short suspense/horror stories will also publish. There will also be the first Promise Me anthology and a Latham’s Landing anthology this fall. A new Lash short story, “Spiritwalker”, will debut in the Shifters charity anthology from Hazardous Press, and I also have a short story called “The Lie” in the upcoming anthology Brief Grislys, both due out in a month or less. I’m also working on a sequel to my transgender short Grow a Pair, and another compilation of BDSM stories for the late summer/fall.

Your website? http://www.tarafoxhall.com

Your blog? http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

Other websites?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaraFH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tara-fox-hall
Melange Books: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/index.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W/

INTERVIEW WITH TINA LEONARD, AUTHOR OF HOTTER THAN TEXAS

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Hello, this is L.M. David. Today I am interviewing Tina Leonard, author of Hotter Than Texas series set in a small town of Pecan Creek. Tina, welcome to my little nook in the attic. I thank you for bringing the photos of the hottie women from your books. We plastered them on the wall downstairs and security says Preston, our resident vampire nuisance, hasn’t left the room since they were posted. Nice.

Okay, let’s get this interview started.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  Writing is what I love to do!  It’s never a chore for me, and I’m fortunate that I stumbled into my true calling. I say stumbled but I was writing when I was a child—I just didn’t know I’d ever be published, though I certainly tried from the time I was a teenager!  Besides writing, I love growing organic food, and I consider myself a novice fern collector.

Q.  I read the synopsis of Hotter Than Texas. It sounds like an really interesting read. Is Pecan Creek a place you made up or does it exist?

A.  Pecan Creek is a fictitious town, but I actually saw a pecan farm in a far away place I’m not sure I’d ever be able to find again, which I used as my inspiration for the location.

Q.  What is the town, Pecan Creek, and the townspeople, like in your version of this town?

A.  Secretly sexy on the downlow—but the Most Honest Town in Texas as far as tourists know!

Q.  The main female character is Sugar Cassevechia, love that name. Tell me a little about her character.

A.  Sugar is protective and strong.  She’s been through a lot, and worries about her family.  There’s nothing she won’t do for them.  When Jake Bentley comes into her life, Sugar’s not sure she’s ready for a god-bodied hunk with seduction on his mind, especially this hunk with a domineering mother and a circus of wild-eyed friends.

Q.  Jake Bentley is the male antagonist in Hotter Than Texas. Tell me something about him.

A.  Jake’s brave, he was an excellent officer. Now that he’s served his country, he’s pledged to his pool table and fishing. Until Sugar and her family roll into town. Then his priorities change quickly from relaxation to redheads.

Q.  When doing research on romance novels, Texas seems to be where most writers center their stories. What is it about that state that draws so much attention?

A.  I’m in the middle of writing a 13-book series set in New Mexico, but Texas called to me naturally for the Pecan Creek series. Texas has a reputation for being larger than life.  As a military brat, I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of places—I try to incorporate that in my books.

Q.  What inspired you to write Hotter Than Texas?

A.  The women. I loved the family of three women who pick up their lives and move from Florida to Texas, I lived with them for a long time. It took me four or five years to write the book, and I can honestly say it’s my favorite of all my books to date. I just so related to Sugar, her mother Maggie, and tough little sis Lucy. The Cassavechias have a lot of baggage, and I definitely hoped they’d succeed on their journey.

Q.  When writing a romance novel, what is the hardest part to write about and why?

A.  I couldn’t say what’s hard about writing.  I actually love doing it, so I never conceptualized that something about it might be hard.  Although once a long time ago I was asked to write a book about a child who had leukemia. That was tough.  I won’t do that again.  The research alone was heart-breaking. I would put my head down on my kitchen table and sob sometimes reading about what those kids live with. It’s a pretty helpless feeling.

Q.  You are a USA Today best-selling author, selling 2.6 million books. What book gained you this honor and how did you feel when you learned about it?

A.  I really don’t know which book put me in this category. Those are only Harlequin’s figures, and I work with other publishers as well. I suppose it would be clearer to say I’ve sold 2.6 million Harlequin novels.

Q.  I am in awe of you. Will there be other books in the Hotter Than Texas series and if so, please share some titles.

A.  The sequel to Hotter Than Texas is Hotter than a Summer’s Day.  It’s due out March 2014 if all goes according to plan!

Q.  Romance stories are hot, the steamier the writing, the better. What about Pecan Creek would attract readers the most?

A.  There’s a lot of hot in Pecan Creek! But I think what would attract a reader most to Pecan Creek is how everyone in the town is concerned with their reputations—they’re steeped in southern mores.  One doesn’t talk about sex, but there’s an awful lot of sexy going on.

Q.  If Hotter Than Texas were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead characters Sugar and Jake?

A.  I see Sugar played by a younger Sandra Bullock. Jennifer Lawrence would be awesome. Bradley Cooper for Jake! Yummy stuff!

Q.  What are you working on now?

A.  I have several projects in development.  I’m finishing up a long-term series set in New Mexico centered around the Callahan family. Then I’ll begin a Bridesmaids Creek series, which will be four books about baby matches. I’ll be doing Hotter than a Summer’s Day for Samhain, and then I start a Hell’s Outlaws series for Random House Loveswept.

Q.  What advice do you have for writers working on romance stories and looking to get published?

A.  What helped me most was two things:  a support group of writers who were all trying to get to the same place, and reading books on writing.  My friends and family were entirely instrumental in getting me the final boost of confidence I needed to persevere, and reading about other writers’ journeys is a beacon on the dark days.  Beyond that, my best advice is just do it—if you love to write, then write.  I’ve got stacks and stacks of poems and ms’s and proposals that will never see the light of day.  When my dad recently moved, he called and asked me what I wanted done with all the books and projects I’d left behind from my younger years.  I had him throw them all away.  There’s no reason to look back.  Just write.

L.M. David: Well that’s it for this interview. Thank you for coming by Tina.

Tina Leonard: Thank you for having me—I’m thrilled to be invited to your blog!

Author Links:

http://www.tinaleonard.com, www.facebook.com/tinaleonardbooks,

http://www.facebook.com/authortinaleonard, www.twitter.com/Tina_Leonard

Hotter Than Texas Blurb:

Perfection takes time, but desire waits for no man. Or woman…

Pecan Creek, Book 1

With more than one skeleton rattling in her closet, Sugar Cassevechia hopes “The Most Honest Town in Texas” will be the perfect place to start an online business. As soon as her mother remembers the family recipe that’ll get hotterthanhellnuts.com off the ground.

In the meantime, no way is Sugar letting their new landlord get away with renting them a run-down house that’s decorated like a rich widow’s orgasm. Even if he’s the biggest hunk of hot she’s ever laid eyes on.

Jake Bentley would love to do nothing but sit back and be amused as the Cassevechia women unwittingly stir up trouble in his uptight town. But something about them thaws out his frozen rescue complex. Especially Sugar’s long, chestnut hair and sassy mouth.

Right about the time Sugar figures one steamy night in Jake’s bed won’t hurt, another skeleton joins the party in the form of a dead body in the “Belle Watling” room. And Sugar must decide if her family’s reputation—and her own heart—are safe with Jake.

**Warning: No sex in this book. Nope. None. Nada. Honest. Now, if you believe that, the author has an iceberg in Texas to sell you. Better hurry before there’s none left to cool the fevered dreams generated by this book.