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Monday, July 18, 2016

CONQUERED by PAULA QUINENE BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY


Conquered
BY
Paula Quinene


GENRE: Erotic Historical Romance


BLURB:

Conquered is a passionate love story, as much about its main characters, Guam native Jesi Taimanglo and American GI Johan Landers, as it is about author Paula Quinene’s passion for Guam itself. As her characters try to find a place for themselves amid the war, Jesi’s relatives, and the Chamorro traditions, Quinene charts a path through a seldom told story: Guam’s place in WWII. An original idea written with an original voice that invites readers in to the exotic world of the Pacific, complete with coconut trees, banana doughnuts, dolphins swimming in the ocean, and moonlight on Pago Bay, Conquered also recounts the brutal horrors of the Japanese occupation on Guam, a US territory largely forgotten back in the States. In addition to learning about a singular and little-known culture that has played a part in the world wars of the Pacific, readers will undoubtedly crave the recipe for banana doughnuts.

—Stacey Donovan, Writer, Editor, and Author of Dive



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Excerpt:

Somewhere in chapter 9

Johan stood beside her, and could feel her arm against him. The slight grazing of her skin assaulted his senses. Christ Landers, they’re praying and you’re thinking of that. She did the sign of the cross again, and the prayer ended.

“Come, Johan, you and your men eat first,” Mrs. T said, appearing out of nowhere.

“We can wait, Ma’am.”

“No, you’re our guests. Jesi and Peter, show them what we have.”

Jesi led Johan, more like pulled him first, to the table. Peter helped the other soldiers.

“It’s not fancy,” Jesi said as she handed him an old bowl and spoon. “We’re blessed we didn’t lose our house.”

“It smells delicious, and reminds me of you.” Johan smiled, remembering the coconut oil.

“You know what rice is right?”

“Yup.”

“I hope you like seafood.”

“Sure do.” A grin spread across his lips. “My favorite is brown trout because my Pops used to take me fly-fishing in the Catskills, and we caught a lot of that kind of fish.”

“You’re a fisherman?”

Johan watched as she ladled fish, shrimp, and white broth into his bowl.

“I wouldn’t go that far. I was mediocre on my best days. Pops was great at it. We’d come home with tons of fish.”

They moved down the table.

“Sounds like you miss him.”

“I do. He passed awhile ago.”

“I miss both my grandpas.”

In an instant, he saw the joy dissipate from her face. Don’t make her cry.

“What is that?” Jeez, I might have to eat it. “If I eat whatever that is,” he nodded toward the bowl of beans and something, “will it bring that pretty smile of yours back? I didn’t mean to make you sad.”

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 AUTHOR BIO & LINKS

Paula Quinene was born and raised on Guam. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science in Exercise & Movement Science, hoping to return to the island as an anatomy teacher. A resident of North Carolina since 2000, Paula’s homesickness – or “mahalangness” – has motivated Paula to write A Taste of Guam, Remember Guam, both cookbooks, and her first novel, Conquered. Paula’s home on the web is www.paulaq.com.



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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Paula will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




Friday, July 1, 2016

NEW RELEASE BLITZ +INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY- BRYCE by JESSICA E. SUBJECT




BRYCE

Galactic Defenders #1

by Jessica E. Subject

Release date: June 28, 2016

Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Action & Adventure

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9948431-9-7
Print ISBN: 978-1-988428-00-0

Editor: Kate Richards
Cover artist: Fantasia Frog Designs

Keywords: reunited lovers, rescue, aliens, romance, love, royalty, military

# of pages: 119 ebook, 185 print
# of words: 37,050

BLURB:

A dedicated Defender…

Bryce fell in love once, but after Lalia was ripped away from him, he locked his heart from feeling anything for anyone else. Instead, he devotes his life to the Galactic Alliance, killing every bloodthirsty Erebus he comes across.

A shunned princess…

Lalia Comosova fell in love with the wrong man. When her parents learned of her transgressions, they sent her to Earth to hide her error in judgment from the rest of the kingdom.

A second chance?

When these lovers are reunited after many years apart, they have a chance to find happiness together. But fate steps in and threatens to rip them apart as it did years ago.





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EXCERPT:

Bryce raised his crossbow, lining his sights on the creature standing amongst the bushes, its branch-like tentacles undulating in the gentle breeze. Focusing the crosshairs on the alien’s torso, he drew in a deep breath. He had one shot. If he missed, the Erebus would cry out and alert the natives of Terra to its existence, resulting in more casualties. At first glance, no one on the planet, also called Earth, would believe an Erebus anything more than an overgrown bush, but Bryce knew the truth. He’d trained to hunt the creatures from childhood.

Each step carefully placed, he advanced until he stood twenty feet from the Erebus, no chance to miss the shot. With a slight movement of his finger, he squeezed the trigger, sending a zuranium-tipped arrow racing toward the alien.

“Quinn, would you grab me another garbage bag?”

Fornax. The creature lunged toward the female voice, Bryce’s arrow stuck in one of its tentacles. A kill, but not instant.

He loaded another arrow. At the risk of being seen, he charged through the hedges. He had to cut the Erebus off before it had a chance to kill the Terran. He leaped over metal furniture and large urns, keeping his focus on the creature.

“What the hell? Get out of my yard!”

The woman rushed him, but Bryce darted around her. When the Erebus lumbered in front of him, he raised his weapon and fired. A clean shot to the middle. The creature dropped like a fallen log, crushing the furniture it landed on.

Bryce loaded the crossbow again. No time to celebrate the kill. He had to worry about the possibility of other Erebus in the area, along with the Terran woman who had seen him. Instead of running away screaming, as he’d expected her to do, she stared, wide-eyed in horror. Not at him, but the Erebus. Her body trembled as she shuffled backward, mumbling incomprehensible words.

An unexpected sense of familiarity washed over him. He couldn’t draw his attention away from her slim figure, the way her long brown hair flowed over her shoulders. Far more attractive than he’d pictured the Terrans when others talked about them. He took a closer glance. Lalia? How had she traveled so far from home without anyone knowing? She was no stranger, and definitely not Terran. Or, perhaps she was simply a doppelganger of the woman he’d once loved. He had the sudden urge to comfort her, relieve her worry. Hold her in his arms the way he had many years ago. But what if the missing princess had somehow made her way to a planet unaware life existed beyond their own? After she’d left Hemera and him behind without so much as a goodbye, he’d searched everywhere. Though not once had he thought to look on Terra.

A ground-shattering bellow pierced the night. Bryce spun around, finding himself face-to-face with another Erebus. It stared at him with beady red eyes. Thick black goop dripped from its mouth.

Bryce raised his bow, but the creature slammed him with one of its tentacles, flinging him back. The Erebus lunged at Lalia.

Rolling to his knees, Bryce aimed and fired. He hit the alien from behind, launching it forward. Onto his former lover. Slinging the bow over his shoulder, he raced toward her. The creature’s tentacles still pulsed, even though dead. Careful not to trip himself up, he shoved his hands under the creature’s torso and heaved it off her.

Lalia stood immediately and wiped the black goop from her clothes, as if she hadn’t been flattened by an alien. “They weren’t supposed to follow me. I was supposed to be safe here.”



 BRYCE AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH 
JESSICA SUBJECT

How did you come with the idea for this story?
Bryce is the rewrite of a story I wrote at the beginning of my writing career, before I was published. It began as an alien living on Earth story, but after several edits, and a letter from a bestselling, well-respected author, who is also a friend, I decided to take the story from what it was, and make it better. Bryce went from being an alien who worked for the local police force to being an alien hunter sent to Earth to destroy the Erebus who had been spotted there. Lindsay was a woman who found out her father came from another planet in the first draft, but in the final version, she’s the long lost Princess of Hemera who escaped to Earth when her planet was invaded by the Erebus.
If you could spend a whole day with one of the characters from Bryce, where would you go and what would you do?
I love the majority of the characters in this story, so it’s so hard to pick. But, I think I would want to spend some time on the carrier in a training simulation with Bryce and his squad.
If Bryce was made into a movie, which stars would you want to play your Hero and Heroine?
I would have Tom Welling as Bryce, Angie Harmon as Lalia, and Priyanka Chopra as Katrina.
There are many alien species in Bryce. How did you come up with them, and how do you keep them distinct?
Yes, besides those from Earth, I have at least seven species from planets across the universe. I found the inspiration for some on Pinterest, and others from my own mind. I keep a record of each species and which characters are which in a notebook, on a spreadsheet in Excel, and on a board in Scrivener. I keep each up-to-date so I have all the information depending on where I’m writing. The characters who are part of the Galactic Alliance are mostly humanoid, but each has at least one or two characteristics that makes them distinctly different from us on Earth.
Do you have a playlist for Bryce?
I don’t have one for this book specifically, but I do have one for the Galactic Defenders series. It includes Dark Horse by Katy Perry, Won’t Turn Back by Our Lady Peace, All I Got by Chantal Kreviazuk, Breathe by The Prodigy, Breathe by Nickelback, Out of the Darkness by Republica, Superbeast by Rob Zombie, Cruel World by Econoline Crust, and Move Like a Soldier by Kristina Maria. I keep adding more songs all the time.
What is your go-to movie or TV show on Netflix?
I just finished watching all the seasons of Deadliest Catch and The Killjoys on Crave TV, and am now watching Orphan Black. I found a show called Dark Matter on Netflix, and have been watching that as well. As for movies, I love The Martian, The Host, Jurassic World, Pacific Rim... I could go on and on.
Where is one place you would like to travel for story research?
Space, where else? Though, I’d love to train with astronauts at the Johnson Space Center. Oh, and visiting an underground bunker would be cool, too.
What is the biggest thing that people think they know about sci-fi romance that readers think they know that just isn’t true?
Because this genre combines two different genres, there are many assumptions from both sides. Some Sci-Fi readers believe that SFR is sex with aliens, sex in space, or something similar, that no research was involved in creating the story at all. On the romance side, some readers believe that SFR is too technical, or has too much world building and becomes boring with all the unnecessary details. While some of those assumptions are true with some of the SFR books I’ve read, SFR ranges from one extreme to the other. My favorites always fit right in the middle with just the right amount of world-building and hot sex.
Since this genre is part science fiction, what cool gadgets do you have in this story?
I don’t just have cool gadgets, but also use some theoretical technology that we don’t know if it really exists, but it would be awesome if it does. I have the usual com units, which come in wrist units, tablets, and wall units. The Defenders use WHM technology which allows them to create a wormhole to jump from one part of a planet to another part. They cannot use them to jump beyond the planet they are on, though. And the carrier ship belonging to the Galactic Alliance jumps through portals in space to get from one galaxy to another.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on expanding a sci-fi romance story called Beyond Reach. It was previously published, but was changed to suit the line it was published under. I’ve changed it back to the darker story I originally wrote it as, and am expanding the ending. I’m also busy plotting the next book in the Galactic Defenders series, Jager (the J has a Y sound).




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.

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GIVEAWAYS
Not only is Jessica E. Subject celebrating the release of BRYCE, the first book in her Galactic Defenders series, she is also celebrating FIVE years published. And she is offering three fabulous prize packages. Contests are open as stated, except where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest will close July 24, and winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

RTC Giveaway (Canada/US only) includes:
3013: Renegade by Susan Hayes (signed)
Reader Abduction by Eve Langlais (signed)
As Cold As Ice by Mandy Rosko (signed)
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Cosmic Desires by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
other goodies from some of the authors who attended Romancing the Capital

My Favorite Things Giveaway (Canada/US only) includes:
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Martian by Andy Weir
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Cosmic Desires by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Bryce by Jessica E. Subject (signed)

International Only Giveaway includes:
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Cosmic Desires by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Bryce by Jessica E. Subject (signed)




Thursday, June 9, 2016

BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY! CITY OF HOPE AND RUIN by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson



City of Hope and Ruin
by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson


GENREFantasy (with LGBTQ romance)


BLURB:

Every night the monsters hunt.

A city that is the whole world: Theosophy and her companions in the City militia do their best to protect the civilians from the monsters, but they keep crawling from the Rift and there's nowhere to run. Theosophy knows she'll die fighting. It's the best kind of death she's seen, and at least she can save lives in the meantime.

They say the Scarred carve you up while you're still alive.

A village in the shadow of a forest: Refugees from the border whisper about the oncoming Scarred, but Briony can't convince her brother to relocate his children to safety. Briony will do anything to protect them. She owes them that much, even if it means turning to forbidden magic.

When Theosophy and Briony accidentally make contact across the boundaries of their worlds, they realize that solutions might finally be within reach. A world beyond the City would give Theosophy's people an escape, and the City's warriors could help Briony protect her family from the Scarred. Each woman sees in the other a strength she lacks—and maybe something more.

All they need to do is find a way across the dimensions to each other before their enemies close in.









Excerpt:

Dean Prosody was pacing in her cramped office when Theosophy arrived. Her bayonet and whetstone lay forgotten on her desk.

Theosophy stopped just inside the door. "Sir?"

"He's not in his quarters, and he took his spear," said the dean, not looking at her.

Theosophy reached into her belt pouch and pulled out her double crystal, tuned to her partners. One side had gone dark, of course, but the other pulsed weakly. She could feel the direction of the pull—toward the ruins—but that meant nothing, surely he wouldn't be such a complete...

"What did you say to him?" Dean Prosody demanded.

Theosophy shrugged.

"Nothing about avenging Rhetoric?"

"I should hope not," she said. "I was a little busy fighting for my life. With one partner gone and the other just standing there..."

The dean gave her a look, blue eyes snapping.

"What? I let him mourn after. But he still let the third one get away, and almost got me killed. I had to say something."

The dean sighed.

"There's a reason I'm the longest-serving fighter. And it's not because I'm nice."

"About that, Theosophy...maybe you should consider stepping down."

She opened her mouth, but nothing came out.

"I know you're the reason a lot of these kids are still alive. But you're turning sour. It's not healthy."

Theosophy grimaced. The thing was, staying alive the longest wasn't any kind of mercy. It just meant everyone you used to know was dead. 



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn't until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to escape through tubes when startled.

Her transition to normalcy has been slow, but scientists predict that she will have mastered basics such as fork use sometime in the next year. More complex skills, such as proper grocery store etiquette, may be forever outside her reach.



Siri Paulson writes all over the fantasy and science fiction spectrum, including (so far) secondary-world fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, Gothic, historical paranormal, and YA with spaceships. She is also the chief editor at Turtleduck Press (http://turtleduckpress.com/). Siri grew up in Alberta, Canada, but now lives in an old house in Toronto. By day, she edits non-fiction for the government. Her other current passion is contra dance, a social/folk dance done to live Celtic and roots music. Her favourite places in the world are the Canadian Rocky Mountains and a little valley in Norway.

Siri's short fiction and the anthologies she has edited can be found on Turtleduck Press, at  http://turtleduckpress.com/wordpress/2010/11/30/who-is-siri-paulson/ . She blogs at https://siripaulson.wordpress.com/ and tweets at http://twitter.com/Siri_Paulson.


Multi-region buy link for ebook: http://authl.it/B01DYSR7QE

The book is on sale for $0.99 on Kindle or Nook the day of the tour. 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

The authors will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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