Thursday, December 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Dark Prophecy: Soul Storm book 1 by Ann Gimpel



Dark Prophecy: Soul Storm Book 1 by Ann Gimpel

Genre: Urban Fantasy


When the dream world spills its murky contents, everyone’s worst nightmares run free.

Book Description:
Dr. Lara McInnis reads auras and flirts with an elusive ability to foretell the future. Ambivalent about the magic within her, she’s done a fine job ignoring other aspects of her power—until now. After several patients—and a student or two—describe the same cataclysmic dream, she uncovers ancient evil intent on draining her power. Lara knows next to nothing about her psychic side, but it will destroy her if she can’t come to terms with it.

Trevor Denoble has secrets, but he shields them well with a stunning body and a boatload of British charm. The airline he works for folds because there’s no fuel for the planes, and Lara’s changing into someone he barely recognizes. Though he doesn’t know it yet, the rest of his carefully crafted life is about to come crashing down too. 

Living in a world teetering on the edge of anarchy, Trevor and Lara are faced with a series of painful decisions. Is the love between them enough for Trevor to swallow his distrust of Lara’s burgeoning paranormal ability? Will their personal demons tear them apart in a world gone mad, as shortages of everything from electricity to food escalate?

Book Trailer http://youtu.be/H2mtTvxkrT4


About the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent.  Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing.  A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 20 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

www.anngimpel.com
http://anngimpel.blogspot.com
http://www.amazon.com/author/anngimpel
http://www.facebook.com/anngimpel.author
@AnnGimpel

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Wolf's Salvation by Cam Cassidy and Ruelle Channing


Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Wolf's Salvation and the authors Cam Cassidy and Ruelle Channing.


Cam Cassidy’s Bio

Cam Cassidy grew up in a small Ohio farming community.  The lack of neighbors and companionship of mostly cows, dogs and horses left plenty of time for her passion of reading to flourish.  It wasn't long before her imagination ran away and she was creating her own stories.

As an adult, Cam is married and the mother of three who loved keeping her on her toes.  The ever present cup of coffee in her hand and notebook in her purse has become a trademark.  While she works full time in the medical field, her spare time is filled reading and writing.  Watching her daughter ride horses, the boys dirt bikes, four wheelers, running around from one sports field to the next, she never missed jotting down that all important plot twist.

Her love romantic suspense and paranormal creatures, werewolves in particular, are showcased in her recent works.  Stay on the look out vampires, some alpha military men and cowboys that are all screaming in her head to get their stories done.

Somewhere between running kids and catching up on laundry, her hard work paid off with her first publication of Wolf's Heart, co-authored with Ruelle Channing, by Fated Desires Publishing. The second book in the series, Wolf's Salvation November 2014. 

Her solo career begins with A Wolf Awakens, published by Decadent Publishing  coming in 2015

Cam’s Links

interview:
* When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always enjoyed writing.  Working and family kept me busy, it wasn’t until my kids were older that I became serious about it.

* How many jobs did you have before you became a writer? Not sure if waiting tables in high school counts, but other than that only 2.  I still work full time in the medical field with the same company for the last 27 years.

* What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? My family would say it’s talking to my computer screen. 

* Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters? I have a very active family.  We all hunt, fish, my daughter and I ride horses.  I pick little things that we see along the way.

* How do you decide what you want to write about?  Not sure if I choose or it chooses me.  I have numerous works in progress, it all depends which voice is talking the loudest that day. 

* What books have most influenced your life?  There are so many.  JR Ward, Gena Showalter, Lora Leigh on the romance side but I also love Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz and James Patterson.

* What are you reading right now?  Breaking Elle by Antonetta Candela (great read by the way)

* What do you like to do when you are not writing? Spend time in the barn. Working or playing with the horses makes any day perfect.

* What is your favorite comfort food? Pizza with everything but anchovies. I hate those little buggers.

* What do you think makes a good story?  You have to have strong characters that as you read you can feel their emotions.  No giving away the plot right off the bat, twists and turns keep the reader emotionally invested.

* Who would you consider your favorite author and why?  JR Ward.  It was her Blackdagger Brotherhood series that opened up the world of romance novels to me.

Fun random questions:
• dogs or cats? Dog
• Coffee or tea? Coffee
• Dark or milk chocolate? Milk chocolate
• Rocks or flowers? Flowers
• Night or day? Night
• Favorite color? Pink
• Crayons or markers? Markers

• Pens or pencils? Pencils

Ruelle Channing’s Bio
Ruelle Channing is a writer of Paranormal Romance. She grew up in a small North Carolina community with books as her best friend. Often as a child, she was scolded for propping up her book to read while she did her chores, even while her mother encouraged the interest. Her father was illiterate, but never let that keep him from learning. Most of the librarians at both her school and local library knew her by name as she was a frequent visitor there. After graduation from high school, Ruelle worked in a sewing factory. She married at age 21 and had the first of three daughters two years later. Her girls have also inherited the love of reading. As stay at home mom for 17 years, Ruelle still wondered what she wanted to be when she "grew up". Having lived in books all her life, as an adult it has been her dream to create a world in which she would be proud to have others become entrance in. Her recent works include the Wolfpack Delta Series, which was written with friend and co-author, Cam Cassidy, and she has several other works in progress.
Ruelle Channing links

Ruelle’s Links

Title: Wolf’s Salvation
Author: Cam Cassidy and Ruelle Channing
Genre: Paranormal Military Romance
JT Howard’s heart had hardened over the years as he struggled with the demons of his past.  Once he became the Alpha of Wolfpack Delta, he gave it up for a life of quiet solitude.  JT’s solitude is shattered as he finds his pack embroiled in a war.  When he dives into active duty, he will do whatever it takes to protect what is his.
Lou Piacella life has been filled with struggles, each one overcome, but leaving behind a scar that she’s hid behind a smart mouth and cocky attitude.  A tech at MedVision Genetics lab, she finds herself an unwilling ally to the Wolfpack Delta.  Finally released, she thought her life could return to normal.  How could she have been so wrong?

Thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, JT and Lou will be forced to face the demons of their pasts as they struggle to stay one step ahead of MedVision.  Can two people broken over time come together and find salvation one another?

Excerpt:
The air was colder and damp under the cloak of the trees as she began walking through the woods. Stepping up over branches and tripping over ivy made the walk seem more like an obstacle course. She pondered whether JT set it up this way so that no one could get near his house; he seemed the type.
Just getting through a thicket, she spun around at the sound of leaves rustling, something coming quickly in her direction. The growl she heard made her heart nearly stop. It was like nothing she had ever heard before, nothing that she wanted to hear again. Turning away from the sound, she started to run but slid to a stop, falling on her ass as a large black wolf appeared in front of her.
Crawling backwards to get away, she said, “Nice dog…go find a bone. Wait, not a bone. I have skinny bones, no meat.”
The wolf’s eyes seemed to glow as he stalked towards her. This was not how she planned to spend her morning; being eaten by a wild animal. With every inch she backed away, the wolf took another step closer. It moved with her like a predator, each step placed carefully, slowly. It was as if it was enjoying making her squirm.
“I’m not afraid of you!”

It was a lie of course and she wondered if the wolf could smell her fear. She glanced quickly behind her and saw the fallen tree. She would be stopped soon, trapped. As her hand landed on a stick she wrapped her fingers around the rough cold bark, and when she went to scoot back, she quickly swung the stick at its head. Carlee squealed and she scooted back again as large jaws opened and snatched the stick from her hand before she could land the blow. She knew she was in serious trouble.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Death's Daughter: Realm Walker Series - #2 by Kathleen Collins

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.

Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
I am pleased to feature Kathleen Collins and the Realm Walker series ~book 2 Death's Daughter.

About the Author:

Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.
She is currently hard at work on her next book.


@kathy_collins



Death’s Daughter: Realm Walker Series: Book 2
Kathleen Collins


Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Publisher: Carina press
Word Count:  68,000

Book Description:
Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.

Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.

She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.
Available at Amazon  BN  Harlequin Print


My thoughts:
I love this series.  I think the characters are incredible and the story is wonderful.  I was hooked by the short story, completely in with book one and in love by book two.  I couldn't seem to read them fast enough.
The author is a true storyteller.  She has created characters that you want to know and/or be, set them in a vividly created world and paced their lives in a way that keeps the pages turning.  I am thrilled to have found Kathleen Collins and can't wait to read more.

Buy links for the first book: Realm Walker and the short story The Making of Michael Bishop!

Realm Walker: Realm Walker Series Book One by Kathleen Collins

Book Description:
An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.
Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

The Making of Michael Bishop: A Realm Walker Short Story by Kathleen Collins
Number of pages: 20

Book Description: 
Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.


But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

See what I thought of them by clicking HERE!  (I read the short story first - was hooked!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kathleen Collins ~ Realm Walker Series


Welcome to The Wormhole and my pre-tour stop ~I am thrilled to feature Kathleen Collins and the Realm Walker series.


Realm Walker: Realm Walker Series: Book One
Kathleen Collins

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication:  October 28, 2013
Word Count: 76,000

Book Description:
An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.
Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

Available at  Amazon   BN  Harlequin Print

My thoughts:

I couldn't seem to read this fast enough.  I was hooked by the short story, The Making of Michael Bishop, and read that and  Realm Walker in one sitting.  The characters are incredible.  The author has built characters that are realistic while being larger than life.  She has created the kinds of people the reader can relate to, invest in, find in someone close to them or desire to be.
The story is wonderfully paced, intriguing and entertaining.  It twists and turns taking the read on an emotionally charged roller coaster ride.  I enjoyed learning more and more about the characters, their pasts and their relationships as the story progressed.
I was thrilled that I had book 2, Death's Daughter, because I started reading it as soon as I finished this one.


The Making of Michael Bishop
A Realm Walker Short Story
Kathleen Collins
Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy
Date of Publication: August 30, 2014
Number of pages: 20

Book Description:
Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.
Available at Amazon and BN 
My thoughts:
This little story is only 20 pages long, but I was hooked from the start and sad when I ran out of pages.  It is the perfect read to get a feel for Kathleen Collins writing style and set you up to want to read MORE from this author.

About the Author:
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.
She is currently hard at work on her next book.

@kathy_collins

Monday, November 24, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Winter Wolf by RJ Blain

Winter Wolf by R.J. Blain
Urban Fantasy / Thriller / Supernatural Suspense
Date Published: November 24, 2014

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The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…



EXCERPT


Almost everyone in the store had a phone. Dormant devices, from reading lights to mobile chargers, littered the tables. One woman, browsing books nearby, had four battery-powered devices in her purse. One was a phone, and like mine, it hungered. Its need was strong; its battery waned to the point of failure.

If I wanted, I could charge it for her.

No one would notice if I did. Maybe the woman would wonder how her phone hadn’t died before she got home. It only had a few minutes left. It’d take me all of ten seconds to fix it for her. If I did, I wouldn’t be so aware of it. But to do so, I’d have to touch her—or her phone. Some things I could manipulate without having a direct conduit, but cell phone batteries were tricky, greedy things.

I cringed a little, setting the thriller book down. I picked up the next nearest title. I flipped it over, not reading the text on the back. Did I dare? Out of the corner of my eye, I watched the woman browsing through the books. All it would take was a few seconds. I could charge it without her noticing.

That was one thing I was actually good at.

I put the novel I held down and wandered to the same table, careful not to look at her. Book by book, I investigated the titles, circling to where she stood.

“You’re Nicole Thomas, aren’t you? The actress. You’re her.” My quarry appraised me with a pleased expression.

People normally recognized the mainliners, people with beautiful faces and voices to match, people who didn’t avoid crowds.

In short, people other than me.

I met her gaze, abandoning my perusal of novels. “I am,” I replied, wincing a little at the sandpaper-rough quality of my voice. At least I hadn’t been reduced to a whisper—yet. My fatal flaw was my rough, grating voice. Chronic laryngitis did that to a person. It ruined careers, as it had mine, though I hadn’t quite given up on being an actress. I’d already lost the ability to sing.

I wasn’t going to let a stupid disease take everything away from me.

The woman smiled, not seeming to mind talking to someone who sounded more like a zombie than a human. “You’re taller than I expected. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

She thrust out her hand.

We shook.

I left her phone alone.

“They keep putting me next to giants,” I quipped. It was true. When I did manage to get on the silver screen, I worked alongside actors easily a foot-and-a-half taller than me. “It’s a pleasure to meet you too.” I matched her smile. She didn’t tell me her name, and I didn’t ask for it.

It took all of my will not to fiddle with her phone. All it would take was a murmured word and a thought, and it’d be done. It would have been easy to charge the battery when our hands had been clasped together, but I hadn’t dared.

If, sometime later, she noticed her phone had magically been charged—literally—she might remember me. She knew my name.

And in true cowardice, I couldn’t bring myself to help her. If she connected the strange behavior of her phone with me, she might tell someone. If she did, I’d be as good as dead—or worse. I had dabbled in the occult, and the occult had dabbled back, and there were those who didn’t like when that happened.

The last thing I needed was them finding me.






About the Author
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.



Favorite Books & Series

In no particular order:

Anne McCaffrey's Pern
Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar & Gryphon Series
Jim Butcher's Codex Alera & The Dresden Files
Brandon Sanderson's Elantris
Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series
Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time


Author Links


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Black Moon Draw by Lizzy Ford


Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Lizzy Ford and Black Moon Draw.

Award Winning author, Lizzy Ford, is back with a fantastical novel, BLACK MOON DRAW, where we find out what happens when a reader gets sucked into the novel she’s reading.

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Click HERE for the TRAILER: 

Lizzy has stopped by for an interview:

* When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about nine years old. I’ve always known I had a calling, and I figured it out at nine that it was to become a writer!

* What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I’m known for a couple!

First, I write super fast. When I’m not distracted by social media, I can write about two novels a month (up to 200k words.) When distracted my social media/life, I can write a novel in about three weeks!

Second, I also work on multiple projects at once. So if I have time to write 100k words, I’ll divide it among projects slated to be published and the projects I write just for fun (that’ll probably never see the light of day haha!)

* Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

I don’t really know. It’s hard to explain. I once wrote a post about how my process is what I call intuitive writing, in that, I don’t dictate what I write, what direction the story goes in, the characters, etc. I simply write, and wherever the story goes, it goes. I do sometimes build characters around neat or intriguing traits (both physical and intellectual) I find in people around me. Otherwise, I just let the Muses do their work!

* What books have most influenced your life?

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” taught me that flawed characters are better than non-flawed ones. It’s a seemingly simple lesson, but up until then, I had this weird fixation with creating the perfect character. After reading P&P I realized I didn’t have to have perfect characters, that what makes them relatable and strong are their faults.

* What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I don’t have a lot of down time. I travel with my husband whenever he goes to conferences, so that’s always really cool. I play with my animals, hang out with my sister and husband, watch cancelled TV series, go for walks.

* What is your favorite comfort food?

I have a weakness for bakery quality pastries, baked goods and chocolate. I love honey – alone, in tea, on anything! I also love crockpot cooked meat, roasted vegetables, anything my mom cooks … I’m a total foodie. I’m always up for trying new foods and local cuisine when I travel!

* What do you think makes a good story?

Relatable characters. Most of the times, it’s the characters people love, though sometimes, they fall in love with the worlds. I love reading epic fantasy, because I love disappearing into a new world and learning all about it and how it’s different.

* Who would you consider your favorite author and why?

Fun random questions:
• dogs or cats?

Dogs!

• Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea the rest of the day!

• Dark or milk chocolate?

When watching my weight, dark. Otherwise, milk!

• Rocks or flowers?

Both!

• Night or day?

Day

• Favorite color?

Pink-teal-purple

• Crayons or markers?

Crayons

• Pens or pencils?

Pencils

More About Lizzy Ford: 

Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Reader beware … A woman suffering from heartbreak wishes her life would change and wakes up in BLACK MOON DRAW, an unfinished book written by her favorite author, where she must seek out the hero and help him on his mission if she is to return home.


Synopsis: A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck - the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle.
What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there. 
Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to complete her journey with the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.
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