Thursday, February 28, 2013

Murder, friendship and honor?

 I'm delighted to welcome thriller author Giacomo Giammatteo to my blog today, as part of the Killer Thriller Book Launch Event. Just click on the picture above to find out more...  and read on to learn about Murder, Friendship and Honor straight from the author. Over to you Jim.
Murder Has Consequences is the second book in the Friendship & Honor series.
I know it seems odd to be talking about murder in the same sentence as friendship and honor, but that is exactly what this series explores. It’s about two guys who grew up as best friends, almost brothers, but one became a cop and one a hit man.
Did you ever wonder how far you can push friendship before it snaps?
Thirty years ago, four boys swore an oath to be friends forever, and to always have each others’ back. In Murder Takes Time—the first book in the series—that oath pushed one of the boys to an early grave and one into hiding. Only two of them are left, but the oath remains.
Nicky Fusco’s words set the theme for the second book:
“Oaths are something you swear to when you’re young, and wish you hadn’t when you get old.”
How far would you go to honor an oath made when you were 8-years old? How much would you sacrifice? Suppose it meant breaking a promise to your wife? Or to God?
When Detective Frankie Donovan gets in trouble—and the law can’t help him—he turns to his best friend, Nicky Fusco. The problem is that Nicky promised his family, and God, that he’d go straight.
Most people don’t think of criminals as having honor; these stories might change your mind.

Giacomo Giammatteo is the author of MURDER TAKES TIME, MURDER HAS CONSEQUENCES, and A BULLET FOR CARLOS. He lives in Texas where he and his wife have an animal sanctuary with 41 loving “friends.”

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Keeping it real, by Catherine Converse

I'm delighted to welcome Fade to Silver author, Catherine Converse, to my blog today as she continues touring with this second book in her young Young Adult In Between Series. First, let me introduce Catherine:

Catherine Converse lives with her husband and four children in beautiful Montana. She squeaked by with a Business Degree at Carroll College, only to realize (while glancing back at transcripts years later) that the only A’s she got were in Writing and Literature classes. She wishes there were more hours in the day (who doesn’t, right), and that her mind would just shut down sometimes. If not writing, or researching, she would really like to be outside with her family, and preferably on her snowboard. Or just petting their horses. Grateful for such a blessed life, she just hopes to bring stories of all kinds to life, and enjoyment to those who read them. Catherine owns and operates Golden Dot Publishing, an independent publishing company.

If that makes the author sound happily blessed and successful, please read on for her advice on finding your own success. Over to you Catherine, and thank you so much for this post.

 Keeping it Real—and Original, by Catherine Converse

I’ve been reading a lot of ‘how to’ books lately written by successful authors that paved their own road. They are fascinating, and many common themes shine through. But there is one that seems to really resonate with me. To be original.

With a gazillion jillion books out there, it is quite a challenge to be original. How many different ways can vampires and humans fall in love or zombies eat more brains, or the girl not get the guy or the guy not get the girl, or the adolescent struggle to carve their path in life during those difficult high school and early college years. Yet, authors out there are making their vampire original, or their fairy, or their zombie, or their popular girl or nerdy girl.

In your quest to be original (in writing, or whatever you do), you also have to be true to yourself. What fuels you? Gives you passion? Constant interest. If you are a writer, where do you think there are opportunities to be original within the scope of the characters you love to write about. It can be hard work to be original, but well worth it.

For me, I love psychology, and crime fiction, and exploring the supernatural and technology and where we might go in the world of science and human potential. I want to challenge reality. I also love the whole coming-of-age thing, looking back or forward to a time in our lives when the future is right in front of us to take hold of if we could only figure out what to do with it. And I like a dash of romance, enough to have you rooting for someone to get the girl, but not so much that it takes away from the suspense, and trials and the twists of the plot.

So, I feel like by addressing all of these interests and incorporating research and fascination with these things, I have created something original in The In Between series. The best thing an author can do is latch on to the advice of the ones who have had success before them. And to be original was great advice.

What I love most about that advice, is I believe it applies to us in all aspects of life. No matter what it is you do, I encourage you to be original. I think you’ll feel your own version of success every time you do. That’s how we keep it real.

Thank you, and the In Between series sounds truly intriguing and original. I hope I'll get to read both books one day. Meanwhile, here's some more information about Fade to Silver, including where to find the book and author on the internet.

Fade to Silver: Adie is forced into new territory when her dream overlaps with a complete stranger in a different part of the country, while Dannika escapes from Research, not accepting the new assets in her brain that will change the way she works forever. Despite their separation, their lives merge once again to solve a major corporate conspiracy case, where one man has already lost his life, and Adie has set interference in motion on the next victim in line. But the corporation holds something that is so special, they aren’t the only ones that are willing to kill for it.

With two young men battling for her affection, Adie struggles to keep focus on the case. Once again, Adie and Dannika become the targets, as they become identified as obstacles for those who are after the corporation’s unique discovery. Until it becomes clear that only one person has the power to stop the chain reaction that has begun. And only one question will reveal that person. Who holds the key?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Adding to the Infinite Sum of Book Reviews

I've edited Infinite Sum and Road to Hemlock. I still need to write Road to Hemlock part II if I'm going to complete the story. And I'm still working on editing Nalya's Sunset and Rose on the Vine. Then there's Love on a Transfer lingering on its way to publication. And then...

And then there's reading, which is good because otherwise I'll end up getting too lost in my own voice. I tried recording my voice for a blog interview the other day. I really really don't want to get lost there!

And then there's writing book reviews, and drinking coffee.

First this week is the second part of Dianne Lynn Gardner's Ian's Realm trilogy. Dragon Shield, by Dianne Lynn Gardner follows teenager Ian as he learns there's more to leadership than just saying no to your followers, and more to being a friend than just hoping you won't be misunderstood. Wise lessons mix in with vivid descriptions, intriguing imagination, valiant battles, and a dragon. Enjoy with your young teen. Enjoy with an elegant rich cup of 4-star coffee, and look out for part three.

No dragons in  Sylvia Shults' Dreamwatcher, but there are plenty of scares and there's the same skillfully gorgeous depiction of scenery. But this book's strictly for older readers, blending sensual romance, evocative horror, a creepy graveyard and some very intriguing twists on reality. Twin teens move to a wonderful old house and start having dreams that might change who they are forever. 5-star dark intense coffee would go best with this one.

Marked for Death, the last in  Claire Ashgrove's Inherited Damnation series, is darker and more explicit, blending the horror of a man condemned to kill with the woman unable to stop loving him. The fact that he's already killed her, and she seems willing to give her all to save him, adds spice to the tale. Ancient Celtic ritual, siblings from previous books of the series, horrors from parental designs and devices and more... My review should appear in Nights and Weekends soon (and now has). Enjoy some dark 5-star coffee with this short read.

Continuing a paranormal theme, my next review is of Garda, Welcome to the Realm, by Stacy Eaton. A cop with the heart of an angel meets a colleague with a heart of gold. But one's married and the other will never destroy a marriage. Meanwhile fate watches and waits, but if one tiny detail changes, what will happen to the rest of the plan. Blending sweet romance, authentic police procedures, and the touch of an angel, this one's a fascinating start to a new series, well worth following. Enjoy with a well-balanced 3-star cup of coffee.

Portrait of Our Marriage by Martha Emms keeps the romance firmly down-to-earth. Begging the question of whether erotic romance readers are really so different from internet porn addicts, the story shows how relationships falter when something else takes the place of the beloved, and even the best will  in the world can't heal what the victim doesn't think is broken. Explicit in a way that truly enhances the story's message, this is one to enjoy with a 4-star complex cup of coffee.

More to follow... I'm still reading!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Incorporating real life into fantasy, with author Stacy Eaton

Today I have the privilege of welcoming author Stacy Eaton to my blog. I've reviewed Stacy's Blue Blood for Life and My Blood Runs Blue before--two excellent blends of police procedural,  paranormal thriller, and vampire romance. I expect to post reviews of her new release Garda later this week, and I have her other novel, Whether I'll Live or Die firmly planted on my reading list--an excellent and very prolific author. Welcome Stacy!

Sheila – Thank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog and your readers!  I love having the opportunity to make new friends and share the things that I am doing.  As you know Sheila, I just released my fourth novel, Garda ~ Welcome to the Realm, and I am so excited about it! 

This new novel is set into the paranormal word of Guardian Angels. Many people have asked me where I got the title “Garda – Welcome to the Realm” and it might seem like a strange title for my book, but let me explain. 

Garda in literal Irish translation means “Guardian”. The Irish Police are called the Garda Síochána, or translated, “Guards of Peace”. Who wouldn’t be more peaceful then a guardian angel right?  What your readers might not know is that I am a full time police officer, so the use of Garda in my title has two meanings to me, one being the Guardian and the other being the law enforcement. 

Now, the second part, The Realm…  The Realm is a living dimension in my story where the angels reside and train. It is a place where they can view the charges that they have down below in the living arena. I couldn’t tell you where I came up with the idea for that, but it came to me one day and I liked the way it sounded. 

This is the first time I have written about angels. My first two published books deal with paranormal also, but they bring the vampires into the world of law enforcement. Actually, all of my books deal with police procedural things. It is what I know well and I like to incorporate a little bit of real life into my fantasy novels. 

Garda is a very emotional and action packed book. There are three main characters that will take you on a whirlwind ride of life, love, death and destiny. I hope your readers can take a few moments to check out the book blurb and the video trailer here and maybe decide to check my newest book out!

Thank you so much for having me here today Sheila!! It’s always a pleasure! Oh – and something else your readers might not know, I have a dog, a Shiloh Shepherd. His name is Garda! 

Thanks again Sheila!!

 Thank you Stacy. Emotional... Action packed... That definitely describes it. I really enjoyed reading Garda and will post reviews later this week. I'm definitely looking forward to reading your other book too, and I love the way your background brings such immediate authenticity to the law enforcement side of your novels. Say Hi to the canine Garda for me--I love dogs!

Book Blurb:
“He is my destiny."

There is a place that lies between heaven and Earth, it is called The Realm. Within this place, the Guards of Peace, known as Garda Síochána, learn to guide and protect the ones that live below until they are called home.

Officer Corey Hamilton is dedicated to being the best that she can be, in uniform and out. Her loving nature, compassionate thoughts, and warrior strength make her the perfect candidate to join the Garda Síochána and spend her eternity protecting and guiding others.

Just before Corey dies in a line-of-duty accident, she meets Officer Mitchell O’Reilly. Her feelings for him may change her destiny, but not for the better, as she falls in love with this married man. Brock, Corey’s personal Garda, will bring her home to The Realm and attempt to train her for her future, even while she still fights for her past.

Will Brock be able to direct Corey down the right path, or will she cross the line and fall from grace?

Join Corey, Mitchell, and Brock for an emotional and heart-pounding adventure that is sure to make you wonder if angels are really guiding us in our everyday lives.

Twitter: @StacySEaton
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Stacy Eaton is a police officer by profession. Currently, she is working as the department investigator and enjoys digging into cases and putting the pieces of the puzzles together.
Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania and is the wife to a police officer and the mother of two. She is very proud of her son who is currently serving in the United States Navy and equally proud of her nine year old daughter who works hard in her Tae Kwon Do studies.
When Stacy is not working her demanding job, or spending time with her family, she works on her business and volunteers with the World Literary Café. When there is time, she writes.
Stacy is currently working on book 3 of the International Best Selling "My Blood Runs Blue" Series (release anticipated late 2013). She is also working on a second Domestic Violence Novel, You're Not Alone. She also has plans to add a second book to her newest series, Garda, along with publishing a contemporary romance later this year.