Tuesday, October 17, 2017

London Calling



London Calling
Three Scintillating Victorian Steampunk Tales
By Sorcha Mowbray, TL Reeve & Michelle Ryan, and Dena Garson
Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Release Date: October 17, 2017


Take a journey to Victorian London where an assassin meets her match, zombies invade, and top scientists go missing.

Four talented authors come together to bring you three BRAND NEW, full length Victorian steampunk novels of seduction, adventure, and mystery.

A look inside…

Seducing the Assassin (The Ladies League) by Sorcha Mowbray
Josephine Stanton, Madame and assassin, has another assignment to eliminate an enemy of the Queen. Too bad John Griffin, The Earl of Melton, has no intention of dying. Neither of the pair expects the heat that steams them up between the sheets and ultimately sets New Victorian London on its ear.

Darkness Rises by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
A zombie horde has invaded London, England. Jonah McRae and his band of ghoulish Dreadfuls are London’s only hope. However, when Annabelle Craig threatens his mission he doesn’t know whether to kill her or claim her as his. Can the hunter and the huntee team together to take down the horde? Or will London be lost forever?

Her Clockwork Heart by Dena Garson
During her search for her missing brother, Trixie is reunited with Nathaniel, the man she never stopped loving. Sensing that Trixie might be in danger, Nathaniel lends his skills as an investigator to her efforts. Their love is rekindled as they race across the country looking for clues to more than one mystery.

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Author Bios:

Sorcha Mowbray
Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
For more information about Sorcha, please visit her website, “Like” Sorcha on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Join Sorcha’s newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming releases. She’s loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at sorcha@sorchamowbray.com.

Website: http://sorchamowbray.com
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Twitter: https://Twitter.com/sorchamowbray
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sorchamowbray
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5151174.Sorcha_Mowbray
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TL Reeve
TL Reeve, a best selling, multi-published author with Cobblestone Press, Decadent Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Loose-Id, was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in Alabama, TL misses Los Angeles, and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie

Website: http://www.tlreeves.com/
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/tl.reeve2014
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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tl_reeve
Newsletter: http://tlreeves.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=4f3a7697d7bfef81e9bc094bd&id=609c77b892

Michele Ryan
Michele Ryan is an author with Decadent and After Glows Publishing. She embraced her creative passion and co-authored several books with fellow author TL Reeve. Michele has also published two solo novellas. Michele is a lifelong resident of the state of New Jersey, along with her husband and three children, whom she refers to as her hobbits. When Michele is not plotting or writing, she can be found either volunteering at her children’s school or reading.

Blog: http://authormicheleryan.blogspot.com/
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/michele.ryan.522
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/micheleryan2016/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MRyan_Author

Dena Garson
Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.
She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn't writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

Website: http://www.denagarson.com/
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Podcast Episodes 47 & 48: An Interview and Discussion

Focus on Fantasy Romance Double Episode Share!


Episode 47: Interview with Author Stacy Reddy





Remember, Stacy is offering a giveaway for her book, so stop by the Focus on Fantasy Romance blog and leave a comment to enter!

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Episode 48: The ladies discuss inspiration




In which we discuss what inspired us to write, what inspired us to publish and what gets us over the hump when we're stuck on a story. 


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Free Book: The Alchemist's Kiss: A Magical Steampunk Adventure



The Alchemist's Kiss: A Magical Steampunk Adventure

by AR DeClerck

London, 1869

Alchemist and wizard Icarus Kane returns to London after a long stint in the Americas during their Civil War. With his best friend Archimedes Merriweather, and his protege Cora Mae Jenkins, Icarus hopes to settle down in peace as the Warden and protector of London. 

A dark mage appears in London at the same time an uprising in the non-magical community is gaining steam. Icarus and his friends will have to band together to destroy the threat to their coveted peace. Icarus will have to face his inner darkness, and his past, if he hopes to save the city, and the people, he loves.



A Special Look Inside 

Icarus stepped into the rain and tasted the blood on the air. His father was playing a very dangerous game indeed. The rain was sharp, slicing at him as he clutched the talisman tightly in his ungloved palm. He looked over his shoulder once, and could see the shadow of Cora staring out from the wheelhouse at him. The ship lurched hard to the right and he stumbled, cursing. He made his way to the bow, climbing up to the very edge as he had when he'd released Machiavelli's feather to the wind. He could still see it ahead of them, spinning wildly as it continued on its magical quest to show them to Croft. His duster was caught in the gale, blowing out from his body and letting him become soaked to the bone in seconds. Had he mentioned that he hated rain, he wondered. With The Hand tight in his fingers he lifted his arms and held them straight out from his body. He tipped forward as the wind tried to pull him into the cloudy abyss, but he managed to hold himself up with sheer will and upper body strength.
“Deffro i mi,” he said through teeth clenched in cold and pain. He felt the talisman grow hotter as he spoke to it in it's native tongue, “Rhannwch eich pwr gyda mi.”  Awaken unto me. Share your power with me.
The Hand and his rune were on fire, but he bit his lip to hold back a cry of pain and held it tighter. The ancient magic of the celtic talisman mingled with his own, and the aether around him came alive. Like fireflies in the summer night the air around him lit with static electricity and the aether glowed. A cloud of golden aether particles swirled all around him. He managed a smile as the world around him darkened and narrowed.
“Not now.” he gritted out, keeping his consciousness with his own stubborn refusal to go down.
Glanhau.” he begged the aether. It could read the hearts and minds of a man; he knew it as clearly as he knew his own strength was nearly gone. It was not an inanimate source of magical power, but a sentient thinking thing. Many thinking particles that hated the stench of the blood magic as much as he did. Cleanse, he asked it.
Once he'd told Cora that The Hand was a tool of dark magic, but as he held it he felt what she must have felt in the train car with his father. The Hand was loyal to Cora. It wasn't emotion he felt from the talisman's magic, but he knew it like he knew his name. The Hand wanted Cora. Would do this thing for him because Cora loved him.
Icarus nearly lost his balance as the thought blasted through his mind. Cora loved him. He'd hoped she cared for him, at the same time feared she might. He'd tried to shake off the responsibility that came with love, but here it was as clear as glass. Cora loved him. The Hand knew it. Now Icarus knew it too. He could no longer pretend that Cora's infatuation would end someday when the right man came along. He was the right man. Cora's man. All that remained was to say the words.
The aether spread out around him, the glow visible for a far as he could see across the great expanse of sky before him. Everywhere it moved it sizzled against the aether tained with his father's dark magic. They collided and the dark aether was burned out by the light of his own. The magic was draining him quickly, and his sudden infusion of spirit at the knowledge of Cora's love had only bolstered him for a moment. His arms were leaden as the last of his father's magic was eradicated and the storm began to clear. He smelled smoke, but knew the ship was no longer in danger of falling from the sky. The aether was surrounding it, keeping them in the air.
His head was heavy with a fog of its own as he felt the last of his strength give way. He moved his arm, letting The Hand fall to the deck behind him. As the tunnels of darkness that he dreaded closed in around him he pitched headlong off the ship and fell toward the city he loved.

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In the moment that the storm was burned off by the aether I saw Icarus drop The Hand. I pulled open the wheelhouse door with the Captain quick on my heels. I must have screamed when Icarus went over the edge, because the Captain and all his men stopped to stare at the bow of the ship where their savior had only moments before been standing.
I thought I might be frozen in fear or grief, but I dashed forward and grabbed my talisman from the deck. I could feel my heart racing as I looked over the edge. Icarus was holding on, but dangling limply as the wind buffeted him about like a child's toy. I got to my knees, tucking The Hand into my bodice,  and reached for him. I grabbed hold and he raised his head. He was pale and I knew only moments from unconsciousness.
“Grab my other hand, Icarus.”
“I cannot.” His voice was a whisper, raw and agonizingly rough. He was shaking, every muscle quaking with the effort it took to hold himself to the ship. My arms screamed in pain as I tried to hold him up. The Captain was across the way, tending to a fire that had broken out on the deck.
“Icarus, please.” I begged, pulling with all my strength. I could not hold him and concentrate enough to chant a spell to help me with his weight. “Take my hand.”
“I am not gloved, Cora. I won't.”
I cursed as he quaked hard again, nearly loosing his hand from mine. My palms were sweaty and he slipped away from me a little more. “I am willing to risk it, Icarus! You're going to fall. Take my hand. Please.”
He smiled at me and I felt a sob escape. I'd seen that smile before. Sad and full of soft apologies that Icarus Kane never needed to make. I clutched at him as he opened his hand and slipped away from me. He fell, and all I  saw was a speck of herringbone tumbling end over end toward the ground below.
“Adept Jenkins,” the Captain knelt beside me, his face pale. He gulped, his large adam's apple bobbing as he stared wide eyed at Icarus falling. “I cannot bring the ship down fast enough to catch him.”
I untied my hat and handed it to the captain. It looked ridiculous in his large-knuckled hands, but I clutched The Hand tightly and stood at the bow.
“Continue to follow the feather, “ I said with proper severity, despite the fear bubbling in my gut, “and Icarus and I will be along shortly.”
“Adept, what are you doing?” the Captain grabbed my arm as I leaned over the edge of the decking. I shrugged him off and something in the jut of my jaw or the fire of my eyes must have convinced him that I was not to be trifled with in that moment.  He pulled his hand back and shook his head, “This is madness.”
I took hold of my skirts and held them tightly. The Hand burned in my palm and I wondered if my clothing could catch fire from the heat. The Captain was positively aghast as I raised my dress above my ankles and tensed.
“Good luck, Captain Levisque. Until we meet again.” Then I bent my knees and leaped from the side of the ship.


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This is one of my favorite scenes from The Alchemist's Kiss. There's so much to love about Icarus Kane, and yet he cannot love himself the way we do. Cora Mae is the one person in the world who might be able to save Icarus from the oncoming storm, and from himself. She's strong, independent and deeply in love. Don't forget that Archimedes has his own love story in the next book The Enchanter's Embrace!



My Icarus



I hope you enjoy The Alchemist's Kiss as much as I do. Please take a free copy this week with my compliments. If you love the book, please leave a review!




Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thursday's Child: Jolie Mason


Thursday's Child: A Detective Thursday Mystery

Jolie Mason

Who is she?


Hayden Thursday is young to be a detective, that’s who. She’s the youngest decorated detective in twenty years on the Met PD.
Who am I? I’m her partner.
You can call me Ace, if you know what’s good for you.
Hayden was assigned to me after my partner of more than twenty years walked into the wrong end of a bangers knife. It was a routine call, if you understood that back in those days the bangers ran the lower boroughs.  Guns were impossible to get, so they carried knives and swords, if you can believe that.
The war took much longer to recover from than anyone could have guessed and crime was a given. Cops died everyday back then. You got kinda hardened to it, until it was your partner.


An excerpt:

I started drinking. Then one day, Chief calls me in and points at this school girl out his office window and says, “Meet your new partner.” Well, I reacted just as you’d expect me to.; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Once it became clear that I either took the newbie or filled out my retirement packet, I accepted it. I’ve never regretted once. I may act like I do sometimes, but Hayden needs the pressure.

See, I know her, and she knows me. She needs the push and pull. She needs someone herding her toward the finish line or she gets lost in the details. I needed someone to care about enough to put down a bottle.

Anyway, we caught a case; A local crime boss was smuggling women out to the badlands from a warehouse. His niece found out, and she turned on the family. It was a mess.

Hayden and I barely got there in time to get Mary out of that burning warehouse. We did it, and we made the case. We got the bad guy, and I found the love of my life.

So, if anyone asks me who Hayden Thursday is, my answer is always the same. She’s the daughter I never had. She’s one of the best things that ever happened to me, and she’s a damn good detective.

Releases October 5th

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Podcast Episode 46: Interview with Carol Van Natta


The ladies of the podcast interview author Carol Van Natta and discuss space opera, pets in space, and service animals. It was one of the funnest interviews we've had, as Carol doesn't hold back on her opinions! She even asks US some questions at the end! Check it out now. 

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Carol has been nice enough to offer reader's choice of ANY of her currently published works in this week's giveaway. If you'd like to enter, simply ask Carol a question on the Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast blog before 10-22-17. 





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Liana Brooks presents: Bodies in Motion



Liana Brooks presents

Bodies in Motion

Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.

When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardian—the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.
In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.



Author Bio:

Liana Brooks write sci-fi and crime fiction for people who like happy endings. She believes in time travel to the future, even if it takes a good book and all night to get there. When she isn’t writing, Liana hikes the mountains of Washington with her family and giant dog. Find her at LianaBrooks.com or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Podcast Episode 45: Interview with Author Nicola Cameron



Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast Interviews Author Nicola Cameron




Nicola Cameron talks shifters, fantasy, writing to market and crossing genre lines. The ladies have fun dissecting her particular style and there's a GIVEAWAY!!!

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