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Shivers and Lace is the first collection of sexy and erotic short stories from Gorillas With Scissors Press. Spanning the field of sexy and enticing fiction, this pool of adult entertainment is intended for a discerning crowd of erotica fans. Contributed from a variety of Indie Writers for the sole purpose of giving something back. Fifty percent of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to CAMP HOPE and ST JUDE’S. Not only will you be sampling some hot and steamy erotic tales, but you’ll be helping out two great causes.
Nightmares and Echoes II: The Return
by Multi Author Anthology
Publication Date: 16 October 2015
Genres: Action / Adventure, Anthology, Contemporary, Dark, Fantasy,Fiction, Holiday, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Suspense
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In Volume Two of Nightmares and Echoes we give you eighteen new short stories of horror ranging from the gory to the unsettling. Like last year’s offering, this collection spans the gamut of terror contributed from a variety of Indie Writers for the sole purpose of giving something back. Fifty percent of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to CAMP HOPE and ST JUDE’S. Not only will you be sampling some awesome horror, but you’ll be helping out two great causes.
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Wild child Rachel is having a week so terrible, not even a pitcher of margaritas will help. When her evil boss shows up on her doorstep with a sob story, her request to stay a few nights turns into a whole lot more. She can’t even escape into some of her favorite haunts in the Quarter since she seems to have garnered the unwanted attention of some rabid readers. When her ghost-hunting assignment goes unexpectedly awry, Rachel unknowing releases a vengeful spirit.
Enduring a wicked houseguest and hiding from an over-enthusiastic fan all while trying to put a spirit back in her grave where she belongs is more challenging than sobriety during Mardi Gras. Can she and her family work some magick to put things right in the Crescent City or has Rachel bit off more veggie muffuletta than she can chew?
A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
So I fell in love with this book before I even finished chapter one. Rachel is snarky, sarcastic, and a bit of a pain in the ass… In other words, she is my spirit animal. I cannot think of a better character to follow through the haunted cemeteries and houses of New Orleans.
Rachel isn’t the only lovable character in the book though. Her twin sister, Janie, is Rachel’s polar opposite. While Rachel believes in the paranormal, tends to be impulsive, and is a bit eccentric, Janie is skeptical, logical, level headed. She is also a bit of a softy which is why they end up with their boss/friend/enemy, Jacqueline, as an unwelcome house guest. Jacqueline is a grade A biotch. Her rags to riches story changed her at a fundamental level and has made her more than a handful and now the golden carriage is turning back into a pumpkin… well, she’s more moody and unpredictable than ever. Ryan is Janie’s boyfriend and he tends to be the referee and voice of reason no matter the situation. Megan is their cop friend who they met when Rachel had issues with a stalker. Then there is Cherry, the loud, obnoxious, amateur ghost hunter and her partner/boyfriend Ted, who happens to be Janie’s ex-boyfriend. Throw in a some other friends and a couple of ghosts, and you have an eclectic, colorful, cast of characters that keep you sucked in to the story.
Being from Louisiana, I really love stories that highlight the cultural insanity of my home state. This one takes place in New Orleans where believing in ghosts, voodoo, etc. is the norm and the food is out of this world. The details of the city were minimal but Wells put enough authentic elements in the story to make me see The Big Easy in my mind and her descriptions of the food made me want to take a trip just to get some beignets and chicory coffee. No one does food like NOLA… YUM!
The story itself was wonderful. From the beginning I was completely captivated. I enjoyed every single word and I couldn’t get enough. Like I said, I can relate with Rachel. She tells it like it is and holds nothing back. She calls a spade a spade and admits her flaws as quickly as she points out others’. Tack is definitely not her strong suit but her abrupt manner does make for some amazingly funny lines.
I absolutely love this book and I look forward to reading more by Wells in the future. Free Spirit is definitely a five-star read and perfect for anyone who loves paranormal with a healthy dose of attitude!
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Janie Adler likes her quiet, orderly life reviewing books for a small New Orleans newspaper exactly the way it is. So what if Duke Hot Pants, the hero of her favorite romance novel, is the only man in her life? She has a Pulitzer Prize to chase. That is until her quirky twin sister Rachel moves in, bringing boyfriend drama, a smelly ferret, and irrational belief in all things magickal along with her.
Persuaded by a local voodoo priestess-and maybe one margarita too many-the twins cast spells to improve their love lives. Loser-magnet Rachel focuses on avoiding the wrong men and Janie seeks her romance novel ideal. While plenty of eligible bachelors flood into their lives, Janie only has eyes for her coworker who lives in the apartment downstairs and works in the cube next to her.
But the twins soon discover the incantations’ many unintended-and dangerous-consequences. The increasing number of mishaps and misfortune putting the sisters in grave peril seems more like the work of a curse. Can Janie and Rachel’s “twintuition” save them from the menace stalking them?
About Jennifer Wells
Jennifer has been writing since she was in middle school. When she discovered romance novels in junior high, she knew she wanted to write them someday. Her writing remained a hobby while she studied biology and forensic DNA science. She worked as a molecular biologist and published cancer research before finally leaving the lab and taking up her laptop full time.
She currently lives in Northern Virginia with John, her husband of seventeen years. John is a professional tarot card reader and astrologer. John and Jen have two children who happen to be cats: Morgana Madison and Luna. MoMo is a possessive Scottish Fold who loves to knead Jen’s hair. Luna is the baby, an affectionate Scottish Fold who thinks her name is “Cute.”
New from RM Gilmore, creator of the bestselling Dylan Hart series.
17 Marigold Lane (a Prudence Penderhaus novel)
Prudence Penderhaus was just an ordinary weirdo until the day one word changed the course of her life forever.
Giving up on life, a risky move turns her world upside down and uncovers an odd boy no one knew existed.
Trying to cope with her life at it stands, Prudence juggles her own emotions as she peels back layers of small-town secrecy that have been hiding right under her nose.
With a newfound purpose, she and her odd boy turn the town of Flintlock on its butt in the pursuit of truth. Uncovering more than she bargained for. Murder.
“My name is Prudence Penderhaus. I’ve never done anything remarkable. Never even bothered to look up. Until the day I realized I was dying.”
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“You mean… she might have to lose her arm?” Mom’s voice was shrill with tears on the verge of spilling.
“We’re not even considering that at this point, so please don’t worry.” She looked at me and changed the subject. “How’s your pain? I see you’re guarding that arm.”
“Your nurse wrenched it and damn near killed me.” I had no patience for anything at that moment and wanted nothing more than to be at school with Cassius. “I’ll be fine. I just want to go to school. Can we go now?”
“You’re still in school? Excellent. That’s what we like to hear. Just be sure you take it easy, get plenty of sleep and don’t forget to eat. You’d be surprised how quickly your body can turn against you when you’re neglectful to it.” She smiled, charming and radiant; it was no wonder she went into medicine, she certainly had excellent bedside manner. “Have a boyfriend waiting to hear the good news?”
“He’s not my boyfriend.” I said too quickly. “I mean, he’s a boy and he’s my friend, but he’s not my boyfriend. He’s just a good friend that needs me.”
“That’s good you’ve got someone you’re close to. Just make sure he’s giving back what he’s taking. You’ll be needing him soon too. Someone has to grab you frappuccinos and hold your books open for you.” Her smile practically lit up the room.
“He’s not really the take-care-of-others type.”
She pulled her eyebrows in. “That’s too bad. You’ll have to show him how it’s done.”
“He’s a boy with Asperger’s. He’s not a boyfriend and he’s not a caretaker.”
She sat quiet for a long minute. Tilting her head to one side, she looked at me sympathetically. “That boy has all the potential in the world to be both of those things, and better than most boys out there, if you give him a chance.”
I hadn’t considered Cassius a boyfriend because in my head, he didn’t have the capacity. In my head, he was innocent like a child and would never have those types of needs or wants. He could hardly take care of himself, let alone me.
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A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
I had the privilege of getting a early look at this one. I am continuously amazed by Gilmore’s ability to weave an intriguing tale with characters that defy the norms. This one is no different.
Prudence Penderhaus isn’t the typical type of teenager even before she learns she’s sick. She tries to stick to the shadows hoping not to stand out which is a difficult feat considering everything from her height to her hair makes her stick out like a sore thumb. But all the things that make her different are what make her the perfect candidate for this particular adventure. If she were ‘normal’ she wouldn’t be willing to take the chance that leads her to uncover a mystery right down the road. Cassius Shooster isn’t a typical teen either. At least Prudence is neurotypical (NT) while Cass has Asperger’s, a disorder on the autism spectrum that makes it difficult for him to understand things NTs take for granted in social interaction like figures of speech, inflection, sarcasm, and body languge. Life for him is very different than others his age.
I love the way Gilmore develops her characters. Never content to have the stereotypical cast of characters, she sets hers apart from the flock. Prue is strong despite her illness and she is determined not to let fear dictate her life. She is a teenage girl but she isn’t concerned with clothes, makeup, boys, etc. she has more important things to worry about. Instead of boy bands, she’d rather obsess about horror flicks. She is fiercely protective of her new friend and doesn’t care one bit that others try to warn her away from the strange boy. All of this adds up to create a wonderful character that would normally be relegated to the background but Gilmore brings this oddity front and center and makes her the heroine of the tale.
Then she extends her cast of main characters to include a boy that, under normal circumstances, would be secondary at best yet she brings him out of the shadows (figuratively and literally). Cass’s characters is superbly crafted. If you are unfamiliar with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), let me explain a little something: every person with ASD is different. While many share similar mannerisms or quirks, ASD effects everyone differently. I have a teenage son on the spectrum and while he has more difficulties than Cass, I recognized the aspects unique to the spectrum just like I do when I encounter Aspies and other ASD individuals so I found Gilmore’s depiction to be spot on. His tale, which unfolds in the story, is complex and at times heartbreaking but there is also hope for something better.
The story is filled with twists and turns and it kept me glued to my computer screen until I finished reading the entire thing. It is YA but don’t let that deter you. It isn’t one of those teen angst filled books. It is a well written, intriguing story that just happens to center around a couple of teenagers close enough to adulthood to behave like humans. I loved the story and Gilmore has created yet another world that I want to get lost in. I hope to see more Prudence Penderhaus stories in the future because this one definitely earned a 5-star rating and has me hungry for more.
What are they saying about 17 Marigold Lane?
“If you love a smartass, caring, take no crap, odd teenager, you will love this book. ” – Tonya, Abibliophobia Anonymous
“Loved the characters, the plot. Loved everything about it.” Nicki Scalice, author Revenants in Pergatory
“I don’t usually do young adult novels, but this one was amazing!.” – Tara Dawn, author Sojourn
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About The Legend of Ghost Dog Island:
Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crabbing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby island.
Nikki learns of a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps, stealing the souls of dogs…which would explain the strange howling sounds. Papa reassures her there’s nothing on the island but gators and snakes. He should know. He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps…But maybe there’s something Papa doesn’t know.
Nikki and her new friends begin to uncover strange happenings from years ago that may have started the old legend…and town folks aren’t talking.
Then her beloved beagle goes missing.
Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.
Title: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
Author Name: Rita Monette
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery
Tags: Adventure, mystery, middle grade, louisiana, bayou, dogs
Length: Approx. 204 pages
Re-Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing
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“Spikes, you in there?” a boy’s voice shouted.
“That sounds like my little brother, Harold.” Spikes ran to the door. “Y’all stay here.”
“What you doing in there?” Harold asked. “And who’s that other bike belong to?”
“What do you want, pest?”
“Pops told me to get out and look for you. He said you ain’t finished your chores, and besides, a storm’s a-brewing. Radio says it’s lookin’ to be a hurricane.”
“I’ll be home shortly.” Spikes started to close the door.
“Pop says I ain’t to come home without you, or he’ll take the belt to me.”
Spikes turned to us. “We’ll have to go another time, Nikki. He’ll go back and tell where I’m at, and Pop will be here flat out, getting us both whupped. I gotta go.”
I watched through the dingy window as he and his brother rode toward the levee.
“Do you think you should wait until tomorrow, Nikki?” Patti asked.
“No way! We got all the stuff. It’ll be a full moon before the night’s up, and it’ll be too late. I’m going alone if I have to.” I stepped outside with the bag across my shoulder like Santa Claus. The air smelled damp, and the leaves began to rustle on the trees as I dragged the pirogue toward the water, the witch’s items inside.
“Grandma and Grandpa will be looking for us, Nikki. We’re going to get into big trouble if we don’t get back home.”
“You go back, Patti. Tell them I went to my houseboat to close the windows or something.” I shoved the boat into the choppy water and climbed in as the rain began to fall. I reached into the sack, took out the diary, and carefully slid it into the front of my bibs for safe keeping.
“Nikki, I promised not to tell, but I can’t lie if they ask me.” She was almost crying.
“I don’t care, Patti. Tell them whatever you want. I’ll see you when I get back with Snooper.” I dug the paddle into the shifting waves, aiming the boat north in the direction of the island.
Meet the Author:
Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. She loves to write stories set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state.
Her middle grade series, The Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, is based on tales told by her father—who made his living in those bayous—of reasons to stay out of the swamp.
She currently lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee. Besides writing and illustrating, she loves watching the many birds that make their habitat on the Cumberland Plateau, working in the garden, and frequenting waterfalls.
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Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: September 7, 2015
Number of pages: 284
Word Count: 93254
Cover Artist: Ellie Smith
The wedding date is set, and life is magical for Doyle Flanagan and Cady Delafield. Yet trouble has a way of finding these two. Honor bound to repay an old debt, Doyle agrees to help a friend find her sister. As he searches for the girl, painful memories surface, stunning Cady when she discovers facts about Doyle’s hidden past.
In spite of incredible odds, Cady and Doyle’s love has flourished. Now mired in tragedy and secrets, their happiness is in jeopardy. Their wits are put to the test when catastrophe strikes close to home threatening those Cady loves the most. Can they overcome the turmoil with a fateful decision that will change their future forever?
“Ummmm.” Eyes closed, Cady Delafield savored the velvety concoction on her tongue. A hint of orange added a sublime touch to the chocolate mousse.
“I take it you approve.” Doyle’s voice skated over her skin as smooth as the creamy dessert.
Smiling, she looked at him across the table, beyond a low centerpiece of white flowers embedded in forest greens. Dressed in eveningwear as black as the lustrous hair on his head, he lounged against the padded brocade chair, the perfect image of strength and elegance. One arm draped casually over the linen tablecloth, while tapered fingers stroked the stem of a wine glass in a languid manner. The tempo reminded her of his caress to her neck when they’d ridden to the restaurant. In the carriage, the light had been dim, seductive, and the subtle pressure of his thumb against her nerve points divine. She wanted to moan again from sheer delight.
At other times, she wanted to pinch herself awake from this incredible dream and face reality. It seemed unbelievable a man such as Doyle, robust and attractive, a self-made millionaire and just dangerous enough to keep her on the edge of her seat, chose her to love. Yet time and again, he’d told her so. If she’d learned anything from their brief time together, it was to trust his word.
Her smile widened.
“Mousse? I adore it.” Her breathy tone had an immediate effect upon him. His blue eyes darkened with lust, stirring a delectable heated reaction.“I’ll have to get the recipe and make it every day.” She laughed lightly. “But then I’d get dreadfully plump.”
“You?” He canted his head. In the mellow glow of the table lamp, he gleamed, igniting an urge to stroke his tawny skin. “No need to worry. Should you ever get fat, there’ll be more of you to love.”
“Ha!” Their laughter peeled against the drone of other diners and the sweet music of a string quartet lodged in a far corner. How wonderful to laugh, she realized, pleased her malaise of the past few months had lifted.
Beneath his watchful gaze, her blood flamed. How could one man hold such power over her? Quivery fingers itched to stroke every inch of his magnificent body. Alone in her bed at night, she could scarcely sleep for the sheer want of his touch. Yet between them, he was the one who had shown restraint, who had kept her from indulging her deepest passions.
As wonderful as the dessert tasted, Doyle represented a much greater temptation. It would require a great deal of discipline, perhaps more than she possessed, to keep her hands to herself. Yet Doyle, traditional, respectful and stubborn, intended to delay their sexual completion until their wedding night. Could she do it? She had her doubts.
She took one more bite then settled the spoon on the gold-trimmed dish, thinking she was the most fortunate of women. “To love and be loved is such a heady experience, don’t you agree?”
He answered with a smile that wrapped about her shoulders like a warm blanket on a wintry eve.
“Doesn’t it strike you as amazing such an outspoken administrator for a women’s vocational school, a progressive thinker and non-conformist, and a woman inclined to impulsive actions, should have attracted a man like you?”
At twenty-four-years old, an age many considered the portal to spinsterhood, she’d given up dreams of love and marriage. Important needs, such as earning an income, had consumed her time. Then along came Doyle and everything changed.
His strong brow pulled in question.
“It’s not as if I’m unfit to love,” she rushed to add. “Although there is my horrid temper.” A temper which often got the best of her.
He studied her carefully. “I like a woman who doesn’t hold anything back.”
At the seductive implication, her breath stalled. “Then it’s fortunate for you I’m so outspoken.”
Overhead, electrical light transmitted through stained glass in the ceiling. It cast a mixture of colorful tones, which had the effect of giving his skin a tanned look, as if he’d spent days in the sun. The effect softened the strong angles of his chin and muted the thin scar that sliced through one eyebrow.
“Tell me, Cady. Do you possess everything your heart desires?”
How like him to be curious about her wishes and dreams. “I have your love, don’t I? What more could I ask?”
He squeezed her hand. “There’s one more thing you ought to have.”
Cady startled when one of the doors to the morgue flew open with a scraping squeak. Jack passed through, looking grave in the poorly lit corridor. Doyle followed, grim lines carved in his face.
“Doyle!” Arms outstretched, she jumped up and ran to him. Engulfed in his strong arms, he gave a glancing kiss to her temple. Caustic smells of the morgue clung to him.
“It’s her, Sarah Jenkins,” he whispered at her ear.
Filled with regret, she closed her eyes, absorbing the shock. “Oh, no. I had so hoped the outcome would be different.”
“As did I.”
Holding him close, she derived reassurance from his steadiness. Still, there was no mistaking the deep weariness that weighted his spirit.
He gripped her about the upper arms and set her away. Studying his pained face, she realized it wasn’t she who needed comforting so much as him. “You look torn at the seams, Doyle. I’m so sorry.”
“I am, too.” He took her hand. “Let’s get away from here.”
Silent, except for their footfalls, they walked side by side, following Jack up through the maze of corridors and stairs, stopping only when they reached the front doors of the police station. They spoke a few words to Jack, promising to meet again and said good-bye.
From experience, Cady knew the identification of a body, even one of a stranger, was a difficult and unpleasant experience. Yet a pale and shaken Doyle surprised her. Even in the worst of times, he acted so confident and handled life’s difficulties with strength and boundless determination. So what was different about today?
About the Author:
Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. A Wicked Truth is the third book in the Cady Delafield series. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to swim, walk and is a crossword puzzle fanatic. She and her husband live in Florida and Minnesota, in her very own little house on the prairie.
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