IndieWritersReview Cover Reveal: (Fallen Angel Series) When Angels Fall by Jo Cattell!


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Hello Everyone I am so very excited to participate in the cover reveal for the amazing Author Jo Cattell’s cover reveal for her newest in the (Fallen Angel Series)  When Angels Fall by Jo Cattell! So please check out the details below!

WHEN ANGELS FALL

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When Angels Fall BOOK ONE OF THE FALLEN ANGELS SERIES A Sweet Romance for all ages…. From Debuting Author Jo Cattell A Story of Young Love, Struggle and Sadness. Young Nick Allen swears to remain single after the many moves his family has made. He meets Chloe and cannot seem to resist her innocent, vulnerable ways. What he doesn’t know is Chloe comes from a place he’s never known, a lonely darkness which tries to pull her away from all that she loves. Can Nick bring her the love and light which could save her from the cruel life she’s inherited?

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IndieWritersReview Welcomes Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani (Innovative Online Tour!)


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Hello Everyone! I am so excited that today I am one of the host for the Dark Lullaby by Myra Calvani (Innovative Online Tour).

I invite you to please check out the details below and then also see where I have shared my thoughts on Dark Lullaby!

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At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. Soon, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her, especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning splendor of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature. In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. Represented by Serendipity Literary.

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DARK LULLABY 

 by:

Mayra Calvani

 

Chapter 1

 

Gabriel Diaz took a long sip of beer. Then, almost regrettably, he put the glass down. He wished his glass were bottomless so he could relish his precious prime Belgian beer forever. At almost ten dollars a bottle, Belgian beer was his most expensive vice.

Yet the buzz it gave helped him deal with Liz and her wild ideas. “You’re blind, Liz. Reading all those sociology books has shredded your spirit.”

“That’s not true. You’re only mad at me because I was fifteen minutes late,” Liz said.

“Not at all. I was enjoying my beer and meditating.” A fast-paced Middle Eastern melody was playing. He drummed his fingers in time with the music. “I only want justice.”

The tavern was quite packed by now. With so many colleges and universities around, it was a popular place among students, especially on Friday nights. Gabriel loved the smell here. Old wines, the sweet tang of anise, the strong aroma of Turkish coffee. Yet there was something gloomy about the place. The flickering candles on the tables cast eerie shadows on the walls, making the faces appear pale and distorted, malevolent even.  Old paintings of historic Ottoman battles hung from the walls; figures killing each other with long and pointed spikes against dark and desolate landscapes. He could clearly discern Christian bodies impaled on stakes.

“You’re an idealist.” Liz sadly shook her head. “Justice doesn’t exist. But you’re obsessed with it.”

“For Heaven’s sake, don’t you feel a sense of ease, a perfect sense of meaning, every time a serial killer is fried at the chair?”

“Yes, I do, but—”

Yet Gabriel went on, shifting in his seat and leaning forward over the table. “Let me ask you something. Let’s say a serial killer is—based on some trivial technicality—set free. Everybody knows he’s guilty. Everybody knows he’ll kill again. Would you—if you could, if you knew you wouldn’t be caught—eliminate him?”

“That’s beside the point, Gabriel. That would be murder. The act of premeditated killing, whatever the reason, would turn me into a being as corrupt as the killer.” Liz lifted a glass of red wine to her lips. She was calm, as if she were a patient and good-willed teacher talking to a raging child.

“Then archangels are murderers.”

“Don’t bring religion into this. You don’t believe in archangels.” Liz eyed him scornfully. “Human beings have made certain laws, and these laws are to be obeyed. If there weren’t laws, the world would be in total chaos.”

“Laws, laws, laws. You and your laws. Laws were made to favor the criminals, and you know it!” he burst out, making an impatient gesture with his hands. “Think of the good of the innocent people. Think about all the future murders you would be preventing. The hell with the laws. Justice. The good of the many. The end justifying the means.”

“Oh, no, not the higher good again!”

“That’s right. The higher good.”

“That higher good of yours is dangerous. It’s anarchistic. Goodness is subjective. Do you think a serial killer doesn’t have his own concept of goodness? What makes you think his is wrong and ours is right? We are forever impaired by our feelings.” She flinched, expecting another outburst from him.

He simply shrugged.

“I don’t know if I should have another beer,” Gabriel said. “I’ve already had two.”

“Beer will be your downfall.”

Gabriel made a face, a typical gesture that made her smile. Poor Liz. He suspected it would be a lot better for her if they didn’t see each other again. Or at least if they didn’t see each other so often. They had been together for three years and broken up only four months ago.

Love? From her part it had been obvious. From his part he had never been quite sure, and he figured if you’re not sure, it can’t be love. But they had stayed friends, which was more than fine with him. In fact, he was still experiencing a bit of ‘after-divorce’ blues, though this feeling was nothing compared to the overwhelming sense of freedom. They had never been married, of course, but they had become so close it felt to him as if they had.

He could tell she still had romantic feelings for him from her eyes; the way they lit up every time she saw him.  The main problem had always been her jealous, suspicious nature, though now that they were apart she did a good job at concealing it.

“You want another sophisticated Belgian beer?” she mocked gently. “Order one. My treat.”

Gabriel ignored her jibe. “Elena’s due to give birth within a month. I’m going to fly to Brussels to be with her.”

For a moment he closed his eyes and massaged his temples with the tips of his fingers. Only minutes ago, he’d had the strangest daydream. He’d been sitting here, quietly sipping his beer, and then the vision had invaded his brain. He had pictured his sister Elena pushing a pram in a lushly beautiful yet desolate park, cooing and humming a lullaby to the baby, smiling and happy.

He had watched her from a distance, as if he were a far-off spectator. She had wandered round and round, every so often leaning over to peer inside the pram and whisper loving words to the baby. It was only at the end, when he had actually looked inside the pram himself, that he realized it was empty.

It had been empty all along.

Liz sobered up instantly. “So you’ve decided to go? That’s great, Gabriel. She’ll be so happy. Did you already tell her?”

He nodded. “A few days ago.”

“How’s she doing?”

“Very good—for now.”

Three years ago Elena had given birth to a baby girl. The baby, however, had died a couple of hours after delivery. Unusually rare situation, inflammation of the placenta or something. Maybe he was more worried about his sister’s pregnancy than he had thought. Over the phone, she was always overly positive and enthusiastic. Too optimistic to be genuine. His precious Elena, the eternal optimist, protecting him from her own fears, from her own pain.

“Gabriel.”

He blinked. “Hmm.”

It was past eleven o’ clock. He was tired, sedated by the beer, and he still had lots of reading to do. Along with a colleague of his, he was writing a paper about the internal structure of neutron stars, and the research was staggering.

“You okay?” Liz asked, placing her hand over his. She pressed it lightly, comfortingly. “Everything will go all right this time, you’ll see.”

“I hope so.” Automatically his body reacted at her touch. After their break-up, he felt awkward when they had physical contact, even though Liz always acted natural about it.

Liz was getting her master’s in Library Studies. Her rebellious brown hair was forever trapped in a long braid down to her waist. She had kind eyes, big and brown and luminous, which she heightened with black kohl and mascara. An intricately carved St. Christopher silver medal, the size of quarter, hung from a chain around her neck, a gift from him last Christmas.

He grinned, suddenly feeling a pang of old love. She had always known how to press the right buttons to distract him from distressful subjects.

“But then freedom—free will—doesn’t exist!” he said so loudly a few heads turned in his direction. “Actions resulting from desire cannot be free. Remember, freedom is to be found only in rational action. Any action possesses moral worth only when it is done for its own sake. In other words: justice for its own sake. When we kill that serial killer in that chair, we’re doing it for justice’s sake! It is rational! It is right!”

“Wrong. We’re doing it because it makes us happy. There’s no such thing as rational action. Our feelings, our desires are forever involved, and because our emotions are involved the action becomes irrational. It becomes worthless.”

Gabriel shifted in his seat, incredulous. “How can you not believe in free will?”

Too heated up for his own good, Gabriel was about to spew forth a cutting rejoinder, when the most captivating woman he had ever seen approached the table where he and Liz were arguing.  The stranger stood behind Liz, gazed down at him, and smiled.

Gabriel felt her magnetic force take control of his soul.

*****MY REVIEW*****

Dark Lullaby follows Gabriel Diaz, an honest, opinionated man who was assured of what he wanted in life. Loved by family and friends, the only concerns in Gabriel’s mind was looking forward to getting back into research within the field he loved, and making the transition from a three year relationship to that of just friends with ex-girlfriend Liz.

One night while on the weekly post break up meet with Liz…they both were having a heated good-natured debate, when a mysterious woman who called herself Kamilah, joined the couple in the debate. Soon Liz leaves and Gabriel and Kamilah continue the debate, and after sometime leave together. After the night together, the two begin to spend almost every moment with the other. Kamilah seemed to be very interested in Gabriel’s idea of goodness, and soon various disturbing incidents happen regarding the young woman that Gabriel passes off as his imagination such as evil shadowed looks, images of deformity…the story follows Gabriel’s descent into darkness.

The only thing I can say is wow! Dark Lullaby is the first book in a very, very long time that while reading had me jumping at strange sounds in the house, and affected my dreams… Do not allow the innocent cover or title fool you… the author’s storytelling has a way of seeping into the subconscious…the reader might not realize at first how truly frighten they have become until it’s too late. There is no, shock horror…but a well written and paced story that through well crafted description is able to grab the reader’s heart and rattle their nerves!!!

The story seemed so innocent… but as soon as I began reading I felt the eerie fingers of fear wrap itself around me and the fear was well in place by the end of just the first chapter. I witnessed the decaying and destruction of the main character and was simply astounded at this author’s skill…

I full, FULLY recommend Dark Lullaby for those who enjoy suspense, mystery and thrills, this is one you would not want to miss!!!

IndieWritersReview Release Day Blitz! Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins! (Bewitching Book Tours!)


Hello everyone! I am very excited to participate as a host for the Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins…Release Day Blitz! This is a tour through Bewitching Book Tours!)

Please check out the deet and great giveaway below!

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Realm Walker Realm Walker Series
Book One
Kathleen Collins
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication:  October 28, 2013
ISBN: 9781426896545
ASIN: B00E1V5S3S
Word Count: 76,000
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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.
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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.
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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191208.Kathleen_Collins

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Charms – including the vampire themed “Blood Donor Wanted”

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A skeleton voodoo doll key ring

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IndieWritersReview Cover Reveal: Black Widow by Marlene Sanchez


BLACK WIDOW

by Marlene Sanchez

RELEASE DATE: APRIL 22, 2014

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Reyna Montoya, a.k.a. Black Widow, is a top assassin. She’s good at what she does and gets the job done with precision. However, the recurring nightmare of seeing her parents murdered when she was sixteen in Cuba is a constant reminder of her ultimate plan… to find the killer and avenge her parents.

Nicolas Vargas fled Cuba with her after the murder, vowing to take care of her and help keep her safe. He is a self-taught computer genius and chemist and her best friend. After more than fifteen years of working closely together, the unrequited sexual tension between them is getting harder and harder to ignore. Would it ruin their friendship or make their bond stronger? However, Reyna is torn. Viper, Black Widow’s handler, is hot as hell and the sparks between them could burn them both.

As Reyna gets closer to her parents’ killer the distraction of two men is dangerous, and the true identity of the murderer could destroy them all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marlene Sanchez was born in New York and raised in Miami. Her family and friends are an important part of her life, a constant inspiration, and keep her motivated to succeed in pursuing her dream. She has had a passion for writing since her ninth grade English teacher put it all into perspective for her. “Write how you speak and write what you know.” She credits her teacher every chance she gets for giving her a love of writing!

Marlene writes mystery/suspense with a sprinkle of romance. Her love of crime and legal dramas, and of course The Godfather, has opened her eyes to the wonderful world of mystery/suspense. The action and thrill is what keeps her fingers gliding across the keyboard, as her brain explodes with ideas about the next unfortunate victim.

She is a strong, independent woman because her Cuban mother raised her right. Her main characters embrace that same attitude; strong Cuban American women that take no “caca” from anyone.

Marlene has a couple of books under her belt, with several in the works to release in 2014. She hopes to someday be a household name, at least in her own home if nowhere else. She just wants her sons to be proud of her, that’s reward enough… Yeah right, she wants the fame and fortune too.

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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! Spotlight: Vortex Ascent


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Hello Everyone! It’s Monday and that means music! I hope you had an awesome weekend and that your week is full of the productive, creative energy!

Today I will throw the spotlight on the group Vortex Ascent! So please check out the details below, and have a great day!

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We hope you’ll enjoy our selection of music, which includes a compilation of some of our best tracks from 2006 to 2011, a selection of reviews and information on our October 2013 album.
Vortex Ascent (formerly Soki2u) was founded in 2006 by Brendan Lynch and Derek Schuurman as a studio-based and fluid, experimental collective of independent, solo musicians based in various countries around the world. Each musician records his or her own material independently and for the most part, tracks are produced in London.
Our albums received excellent reviews, notably by the highly regarded Indie-Music.com.
Several of our tracks held the number 1 slot on a variety of unsigned charts in the UK and in Japan.
Our output, which spans many genres, has scooped awards such as Bands Unsigned UK’s only Platinum Award for our concept EP ‘Vortex’ (2007), and more recently, Sygnet’s excellent track ‘Did You See’ won the Sunset 2012 Critic’s Choice Award from Ditto TV.
We have worked with a variety of accomplished artists  in other disciplines, such as poet Inua Ellams and digital artist Chris Von Steiner, as well as French film-maker Stephane Floc’hlay.
Radio stations which have been particularly supportive include Suckfree Radio, Women of Substance and Radio North Angus, as well as Somojo Music Radio and Magazine.
Our 2013 album ‘Shine a Light’ is produced by Andy Rugg, who for many years was on the engineering team of Coldplay, with Brendan Lynch having co-produced some of the tracks.
We always welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

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Sarah K Panton: Vocals, Songwriting

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Derek Schuurman: Keyboards, Vocals, Producing

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Mart Giebner: Guitars, Vocals

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Sygnet: Guitars, Vocals

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Gila Chaya: Piano, Vocals

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David Floc’hlay: Keyboards, Guitars, Producing

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Kanna Sasaki: Vocals

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Nigel Homer: Guitars, Bass, Producing

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Andy Rugg: Producer/Engineer

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IndieWritersReview’s Cover Reveal:Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade (Xpresso Book Tours!)


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Hello Everyone! I am very excited to participate in the Xpresso Book Tour’s Cover reveal for Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade!

I am an avid fan of Author Emma Meade! I have enjoyed  many of  Emma’s titles, among my favorites was Under the Desert Moon, which precedes this new release (Book One…although they can be read as a stand-alone) and my ultimate Book Boyfriend finds a home in Emma’s   Night Sighs!  Tristan, the vampire with the artist soul! (***SWOON***). I look forward to sharing my thoughts as an early reader of Beneath Manhattan Skies during the release celebration event in November!

What a fantabulous cover! Simply Gorgeous!

This incredible cover was created by the very talented Najla Qamber at Najla Qamber Designs!

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Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade 
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?(A 45,000 word Novella).

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AUTHOR BIO:

Emma Meade writes paranormal fiction.
She lives in rainy Ireland and loves all things supernatural. Stephen King’s The Stand is one of her most loved books and she’s lost count of the number of times she’s read L.J. Smith’s trilogy, The Forbidden Game.Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on.She is not ashamed to admit that Dirty Dancing and Twilight make her top ten movie list but wishes to point out that The Last of the Mohicans, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society, Stand by Me and The Goonies are in there too.Writing supernatural stories & watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

IndieWritersReview Welcomes Diaries of the Damned by Alex Laybourne (New Release!)


Hello Everyone! I am very excited to take part in the release day celebration for Author Alex Laybourne’s Diaries of the Damned! Please check out the deets below!

DIARIES OF THE DAMNED

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The dead have risen and a desperate struggle for power has begun. The military are evacuating all survivors in passenger planes. With their destination unknown, one group of survivors led by a journalist named Paul Larkin, decide to share their experiences with the hope that when combined, their stories will reveal the answers that the government had not been willing to give themselves.

Nine survivors banded together, yet none of them realized, as they stood to tell their tales that they stood on the brink of discovering a conspiracy the likes of which the world has never seen.

Crab your copy from Amazon today for just $2.99

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Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that he became a horror writer.

Married with four children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. His biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

‘Diaries of the Damned’ is his third full length publication along with numbers short works.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Laybourne/e/B00580RB18/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183

Blog: http://alexlaybourne.com/

Sample:

Chapter 1 – Boarding

 

Paul Larkin sat in his seat and fastened his seatbelt. His body was caked with sweat and dried blood. His ears rang from the gunshots, and his ankle was swollen again; remnants of an injury he acquired jumping from the first floor window of his suburban home. At least, it used to be suburbia, before everything went to shit.

He sat back and let out a long, deep breath. Shock threatened to take hold of him, so he closed his eyes and waited. The plane filled up and the cries of those refused admittance echoed down the walkway, swiftly followed by the sound of their execution.

Paul spared but the most fleeting of moments thinking about it. He found it strange how killing and death had become such a large part of his life.

“Excuse me,” A fragile sounding voice stirred Paul from the calm place he had just started to settle into. “I believe this is my seat.” An elderly woman, late seventies at best stood before him, her face was smeared with blood, while one eye had been covered by a filthy rag that had been hastily secured to her face with what looked like duct tape.