Monday, June 26, 2017

The Finder by J.E. Lorin Excerpt & Interview




The Finder
J.E. Lorin

Genre: LGBT Sci Fi Romance

Date of Publication: March 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-1520967554
ASIN: B06XGCNBP3

Number of pages: 284
Word Count: 99,630

Cover Artist: Everpage Designs

Book Description:

At the age of sixteen, August Goodson developed a strange and mysterious power overnight: he can find people. Victims of murder, suicide, kidnapping, accidents, and rape; August can find them all, usually dead, but sometimes still alive.

Nine years later finds August volunteering his services to the police. He's still smarting from the loss of his long-time love Dante, who cheated on him with his best friend, and harbors a deep crush on the incredibly handsome, and oh-so-straight, Detective Luke Williams. But there are bigger concerns on August's mind: a serial killer is loose in the city, one whose victims are a little too much like him for comfort.

When August finds a living victim who may be one of the serial killer's, he's drawn even deeper into the case. Will he make it out alive, or will he soon be the one in need of finding?

Excerpt:
Help me.
My eyes popped open to a pitch black room. For a few seconds, I lay where I was, sprawled on my back in my own bed. I wasn’t sure yet whether the voice I’d heard was real or whether I’d dreamed it. The room was unusually silent. My tiny studio apartment was normally filled with the sounds of the downtown street below. Not now, though, so I figured it must be late. Even the drunks had gone to sleep. Everything was still, quiet; I convinced myself I must have been dreaming. Just as I closed my eyes, I heard it again.
Help me.

About the Author:

J.E. Lorin was born and raised in Michigan. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Germanic Studies from Indiana University, she lived in six different states before landing in the San Diego area, where she resides with her husband and their cat and dog. Her mission is to write interesting stories that just so happen to have a little sex in them.

Interview 
Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town in southwestern Michigan. I currently live in the San Diego area.

Tell us your latest news?
I released my third book, the one featured here, in March 2017. I’m happy to report that it’s been doing really well, much better than my previous two books. Other than that, I’m hard at work on my fourth book, which I’m hoping to release in the first quarter of 2018.

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing poetry as a preteen and jumped to novel writing at the age of 15 after reading The Seven Citadel series by Geraldine Harris.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As an adult, people constantly ask you, “What do you do?” I don’t think I started answering, “I’m a writer” until after I published my first book.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first published book started as a project for National Novel Writing Month. After completing the challenge, I went on to write nearly 50K more words! The idea evolved out of my desire to write something Indiana Jones-like. Since I’m lazy, however, and didn’t want to do any archeological research, I set it in the future.

Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing style is pretty straightforward. I don’t like to use a lot of description. Personally, I like to use my imagination when I’m reading, so I treat my readers as though they feel the same way. Also, I strive to write natural conversations & realistic interpersonal interactions.

How did you come up with the title?
My main character, August, uses his psychic power to find people. Therefore, he is The Finder.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I very intentionally wrote August to be a flawed person. I wanted to play with the idea of an unreliable narrator. I also wanted my readers to see August grow & become a better person. So if there’s any deeper message to the novel, I would say it’s this: that we can all learn to recognize our own flaws & overcome them.

How much of the book is realistic?
The thing I strive my hardest to make realistic in my books is the way that my characters interact & converse with one another.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, I don’t like to base my stories on my own experiences or on the experiences of people I know.

What books have most influenced your life most?
The aforementioned Seven Citadel series by Geraldine Harris, which moved me deeply and inspired me to begin writing novels.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would say fantasy author Lynn Flewelling. Since I began writing as a teenager, many of my male characters have ended up together. It’s simply always what’s been inside of me. However, it wasn’t until I read Flewelling’s Nightrunner series that I saw such a relationship portrayed in fantasy fiction. That was the first time I thought to myself, “I really can do this.”

What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Water to the Angels by Les Standiford. It’s a nonfiction book about how water was diverted nearly 250 miles to the city of Los Angeles in the early 20th century.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A few months ago, I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli & absolutely loved it! I’m excited to read more of her work.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a new idea that involves broken hearts, inter dimensional travel, and a planet where the things we lose accumulate. I think it’s going to be a bit different from my other work & I can’t wait to get into the meat of it.

What would you like my readers to know?

What’s most important to me is writing an interesting story that engages my readers. I enjoy writing about people falling in love in the midst of danger. While I try to make the sexy scenes good, to me they’re secondary. So if you’re looking for a good story that happens to have a little sex in it, I think you’ll like my work!


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Speaking with Strategic Impact: Four Steps to Extraordinary Presence & Persuasion by Kate LeVan Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title: Speaking with Strategic Impact: Four Steps to Extraordinary Presence & Persuasion
Author: Kate LeVan
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 152 pages
Genre: Business
Publisher: Delton Press
Release date: May 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 12 to 30, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Speaking with Strategic Impact is for business people who make their living—or their mark—through presentations long and short.

It’s a must-read if you’re a consultant, analyst, pitch team leader, roadshow executive, technology specialist, project manager, internal or external marketer, sales rep, subject matter expert or innovator.

Do your presentations unexpectedly fall flat? Do others hijack your meetings? Do you spend more time compiling slide decks than actually influencing decision-makers? Has someone vaguely told you that you “should look more confident up there” or that you “lack gravitas”? Have you watched TED Talks but wonder how you can bring that level of effectiveness into real business presentations?

Speaking with Strategic Impact gives you the key to leadership presence and persuasion. More than just tips and tricks, it outlines a discipline for navigating real business situations with consistently superior outcomes that’s favored by top business schools and Fortune 500 companies. You’ll get specific strategic and tactical advice to keep you on the mark in your presentations and meetings—and differentiate you from the vast majority of business presenters.

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Meet the Author:

Kate LeVan trains, coaches and collaborates on business communication effectiveness with major corporations worldwide and as an instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Her training consistently receives top ratings from executive development program participants for its simplicity, applicability and career-changing impact.

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Harper’s Place by Sheryl Winters EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY


Harper’s Place
by Sheryl Winters

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GENRE: Romance

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BLURB:

Harper Grey is fed up with over-bearing men. Her father wants to sell the family hamburger joint to her brother because a woman could never make it successful.

Harper knows she has the same flair for business as her mother, and sexy Navy SEAL Patrick O’Brien dares her to prove it to the world.

When duty calls and Patrick must leave her side, will Harper be strong enough to make her dream a reality?
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EXCERPT


Aunt Adelina groans. “Child, you’ll be the death of me.”  

Tony accepts his piece, but not after giving me a pointed sneer. I pat my much slimmer stomach and smile as wide as I can.

I no sooner reach the kitchen than another slice of pie is shoved into my hand. Dutifully, I begin passing plates around the table again. When everyone has been served, I clear the table of dishes and escape to the quiet of the kitchen. The silence of the small room is a pointed relief. Twenty more minutes to the gift opening. Five minutes of Dad and Tony glaring at me over matching pink bow ties. Fifteen more minutes to clean up the living room and say my goodbyes. One hour to the subway and I’ll be home by midnight.

I can do this!

Filled with irrational anger, I begin scrubbing away at the plates. Stupid men and their inability to do any amount of dishes.

“Well, now, little girl. It’s not like you to slam things and run away.” Aunt Adelina drops an empty pie plate on the counter. “You want to tell me what’s going on? You didn’t break up with that nice young soldier of yours did you?”

The bitterness I’ve been keeping inside, the many days of stomping the pavement looking for a backer, the many nights of trying to come up with just the right words to convince bankers to loan me cash crashes down on me. “How come you’re not mad because they let Just Burgers go instead of helping me buy it?”

“Oh, honey.” She picks up a dish towel and dries off the plate I hand her. “Why should we be mad? It’s just the way the world is.”

“Chauvinistic you mean?”



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I never set out to be an author. Only a storyteller. Some days I succeed better than others.

Links:

Website: http://sherylwinters.weebly.com/
Blog: http://sherylwinters.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sherylwinters123
Twitter:https://twitter.com/WintersSheryl

Buy Links:

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Dawn Girl by Tess Winnett Series Excerpt, Giveaway & Interview




1. What is Dawn Girl about? 

A terrific team of investigators solving crimes. FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is a powerhouse woman, relentless and smart as a whip, but damaged, wounded, and doing a poor job at hiding it. Yet nothing stops her from chasing the perp, at times not even procedure. She teams up with a duo of Palm Beach County detectives, and, while the three of them are not a match made in heaven, they somehow manage to work together well. 

2. What would readers remember after they finish reading the book?

A bit of avant-garde forensic science, some cutting edge investigative procedures and methodologies, an interesting dive into the psychology of a serial killer, and all that sprinkled with the latest technology in the field. 

3. Your writing style is fast, filled with dialogue, almost at the expense of descriptives and narratives. Why is that?

This is how human beings interact, especially when under pressure or stress. We stop paying attention to our surroundings, and focus on the task at hand. People interact with one another, talk to one another, and have feelings for one another and for everything we do. That’s what I’m focused on, rather than specifying each article of clothing someone wears, or the color of the flower vase in an office somewhere. This technique isn’t necessarily good or bad; just somewhat different from mainstream.

4. What’s the biggest compliment you received from a fan?

It’s when readers tell me they stay up all night to finish the book, because they couldn’t put it down. That’s music to my ears  Like any other artist and entertainer, I thrive knowing that I deliver that escape into the fictional world in a grasping, gritty, and memorable way. 

5. You mentioned science, technology, psychology. How do you keep it real?

I do extensive amounts of research for my work, and I’m fascinated by what I have the opportunity to learn. Additionally, sections of my books go through a process of validation at the hands of several fantastic partners who are law enforcement officers, scientists, doctors in medicine. In Dawn Girl, for example, there are sections that speak about using certain plant extracts and animal venoms to achieve certain goals. Despite the extensive research, my hands were shaking a little as I wrote them, metaphorically speaking, and I was relieved when my research “passed scientific review.”

6. Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

Apart from social media and email interactions, I’m a veritable recluse. Email is the best and quickest way to reach me, and I was fortunate to build true friendships with readers over email. The majority of my readers ask me when’s the next book coming out, not when I’m getting out of the house, so I get the hint and I keep on writing.

7. Is Dawn Girl going to be continued?

Yes, Tess Winnett, the leading lady of Dawn Girl, has been very well received by the readers, and my fans have been adamant: they want more. Therefore yes, there’s more, and there will be even more, coming soon. It all starts with Dawn Girl.



Dawn Girl
Tess Winnett Series
Book One
Leslie Wolfe

Genre: Crime Thriller / Police Procedural

Publisher: Italics Publishing

Date of Publication: 8/30/2016

ISBN: 978-1-945302-06-0
ASIN: B01I0X2YR0

Number of pages: 225
Word Count: 71,000

Cover Artist: Sam Roman

Tagline: Pristine, golden beaches and a dead body

Book Description:

Her blue eyes wide open, glossed over. A few specks of sand clung to her long, dark lashes. Her beautiful face, immobile, covered in sparkling flecks of sand. Her lips slightly parted as if to let a last breath escape.

Who is the beautiful girl found at dawn, on a deserted stretch of golden sand beach? What is her secret?

FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before.

Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Special Agent Tess Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost?

The rules of the game have changed.

So has the textbook definition of a serial killer.

Special Agent Tess Winnett is the bold, direct, and short-fused heroine of Dawn Girl. Putting her life on the line, she doesn’t pull any punches, searching only for the truth, and for the man who takes lives on her watch. Intelligent, resourceful, and uncompromising, Tess will take readers on a memorable, white-knuckled journey in this suspenseful, gripping serial killer thriller.

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Excerpt:


She made an effort to open her eyes, compelling her heavy eyelids to obey. She swallowed hard, her throat raw and dry, as she urged the wave of nausea to subside. Dizzy and confused, she struggled to gain awareness. Where was she? She felt numb and shaky, unable to move, as if awakening from a deep sleep or a coma. She tried to move her arms, but couldn’t. Something kept her immobilized, but didn’t hurt her. Or maybe she couldn’t feel the pain, not anymore. 


About the Author:

Bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is passionate about writing fiction, despite spending a significant number of years climbing the corporate ladder. Leaving the coveted world of boardrooms for the blissful peace of the Florida-based "Wolves’ den," Leslie answers one true calling: writing.

Leslie’s novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.

A complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at http://wolfenovels.com/titles

Follow Leslie on Twitter: @WolfeNovels

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Visit Leslie’s website for the latest news: www.WolfeNovels.com   

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Recluse by Jaycee Ford Teaser, FREE Book & Book Sale




Title: Recluse
Series: Spider #1
Author: Jaycee Ford
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: June 26, 2017



Blurb

You were my brother in the line of duty.
My partner.
My best friend.
You were the man who had it all.
Your thoroughness and precision made you a great cop.
It’s what got you killed.
And now I live with the darkening shadows of your memory.
You weren’t here when I needed you to save me.
You weren’t here when I needed help solving the most gruesome murder this town had ever seen.
But most of all, you weren’t here to keep me from falling in love with your wife.








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Author Bio


Bestselling author Jaycee Ford grew up chasing street cars around the city of New Orleans. After doing a four year stint at Louisiana State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and fled for the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. New Orleans beckoned her home again where she put her love of the foothills into a series of romance novels. In between writing, she’s found behind her desk at a top rated law firm … or still chasing street cars.


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