Thursday, February 14, 2019

PREORDER!! Sometimes Demons Whisper by Lynn Michaels

Hello everyone! Today, my friend and fellow eXtasy Books author Lynn Michaels drops by my blog with some juicy tidbits and the gorgeous cover for her upcoming release, Sometimes Demons Whisper. It looks like it's a great story, really intriguing and full of twists and turns. An interview with one of the two leading men, Bryan Erickson has been included.


Sometimes Demons Whisper will be live on FEBRUARY 22, 2019 on eXtasy Books!

Visit Lynn's profile on eXtasy Books' site: https://www.extasybooks.com/lynn-michaels/

Over to you, Lynn... This one looks delicious!

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Sometimes Demons Whisper
WCPC Paranormal Consultants
Lynn Michaels
Releases 2/22/19 on eXtasy Books
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BLURB:
Kayden’s gift allowed him a place at Watercrest Cannon Paranormal Consultants, but it shattered his future. Could his best friend, Bryan, pick up his pieces?

Kayden and Bryan find a way to deal with the demons that the consultants at WCPC can’t handle.

WCPC handles all your paranormal needs. Poltergeists, ghosts, or mystical apparitions, we can help. We employ the most talented wranglers who can control even the toughest demons around. Call the consultants of Watercrest Cannon Paranormal Consultants to help.

Broody wrangler and tactile psychic take on the mystery at Brown-Blythe Manor - Sometimes Demons Whisper.



Excerpt:

Reluctantly, he sat up as Bryan shoved a mug in his hand. “Thanks,” he growled, barely opening his eyes, but savoring the aroma steaming up.
“Yeah. So, what are you doing today?”
Kayden had no idea. His thoughts swirled around, not making sense. Visions of Bryan flashed through his head, overpowering him. Bryan drinking coffee, smelling a mug, frowning as he loaded it in the dishwasher. All of it on rinse-repeat. “Damn!” he said, practically flinging the mug to the coffee table. It had been years since unwanted impressions slipped through his shield. This thing with Glory was starting to fuck him up.
“Well, now. If you don't like the coffee…” Bryan grabbed the mug and disappeared into his kitchen.
“Bryan, ugh! It's not that.”
Bryan stood in the doorway, and Kayden's eyes, finally opened, raked over him, taking in his bare chest and the way his sweatpants hung, clinging, from his hips. His blond hair fell over one eye, and the other sparkled with blue mischief. “It's all good, Kay!” He sipped his own coffee, while Kayden stared at his traitorous hands.


AUTHOR BIO:
Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. When she’s not writing she’s kayaking, hanging with her husband, or reading by the pool. Lynn writes Male/Male romance because she believes everyone deserves a happy ending and the dynamics of male characters can be intriguing, vulnerable, and exciting. She has both contemporary and paranormal titles and has been writing since 2014. Her stories don’t follow any set guidelines or ideas, but come from her heart and contain love in many forms.



Character Interview with Bryan Erickson

Bryan is a wrangler at WCPC – Watercress Cannon Paranormal Consultants.  He’s tall with blond hair and blue eyes, cocky and sure, everyone’s ideal man. Today he’s with us to discuss the events of Brown-Blythe estate and his WCPC team.

First, Bryan, how long have you worked for WCPC and what exactly do you do?

Thanks for having me here. I joined WCPC right out of college, so five years now. And I still love it. I get to lead the team! We charge into danger and take care of any paranormal entity we encounter. I can manipulate psychic energy. That means I can control the paranormal...including demons.

Oh. Are demons hard to control?

The hardest. You can’t trust what you see, or hear, or even think when they’re around. People summon them, thinking it’s going to be a good time, a power boost, but they usually end up dead or worse.

Worse? What’s worse than dead?

Uh...being possessed. That’s way worse.

Ah! And that brings us to the rest of your team, or rather former team...Chad Paige.

I’m not talking about Chad Paige. Sorry, ask something else.

Why not? Is it because Chat was in fact possessed by a demon while on your team?

Sorry. This interview is over.


Bryan Erickson left immediately, giving us no opportunity for follow up questions. We can only assume that Cha Paige and the question of his possession are tremendously sensitive subjects. This reporter will continue to dig into these events and bring you full coverage at a later date.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Moving Along

Good afternoon everyone. I hope all of you are doing wonderfully. 

YES, the rumor is TRUE.

I am in the middle of writing a series!! *Happy dance!*

The MSIP is Book 2 of it, and I've started the preliminary work for Book 3. What the name is, what's the first book in it, and everything else is between myself, my fellow eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies authors, and a few select friends (authors and trusted friends). I have a name for the series too, but like the name of the MSIP, that is Top Secret until I decide to let the Maine Coon out of the bag (figuratively speaking). 

I worked on Book 2/MSIP last Thursday in between things... I didn't get a lot actually written, but I added just enough to be able to splice in a bunch of scenes I had written back in January. It's a huge revelation for the mains, and it wasn't an easy part to write. 

Book 2 went from just over 6K to over 11k with one copy/paste. I may remove the final scene of what I added, because it isn't working at this point in time. I may take it out and put it back in later on in the story. It feels passive at this point, and may not even go back in.

Detailed updates regarding the series and "Something About Alexis" are in my Facebook group, "Romancing the Maritimes". You HAVE to be a member to get the updates about this and the inside scoop on what's going on with my first series and everything else related to my writing, including an occasional excerpt! My beloved fans should get preferential treatment, after all! ;)

Things are going great with the healthy lifestyle. I haven't been up to going to the track - migraines and neuralgia flare ups - but I'm still walking, up and down the stairs here, and if I run errands, I do a few laps around the store to make up for not going to the LCLC. I haven't had any junk food in over 6 weeks, and I'm feeling great! My jeans and rings are really starting to get loose now. Woo-hoo!!!


That's all for now. I'll update as things progress. Have a great week everyone!

I leave you with my favorite Warrant song, "Heaven". Jani Lane had such a beautiful voice... Gone too soon.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lab Rat by Cheryl Headford

Good morning everyone! Today, I'm featuring my friend and fellow eXtasy Books author Cheryl Headford. Her newest book, "Lab Rat" was released yesterday by eXtasy Books, and it looks like it's going to be an amazing read.







Thanks for dropping by my blog Cheryl!

Enjoy!

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Title of Book: Lab Rat
Date Published: 8th February 2019
ISBN:  978-1-4874-1975-2
Word Count:  94634
Page Count: 289

Tagline: You can run but sometimes the farther you go the closer you are to where you started.

Blurb:
Gabriel’s life ground to a halt some time ago, but he’s still running—from his past, his family, and now the new man in his life. A man who just won’t get the message that Gabriel isn’t interested in love anymore.

Laurie won’t give up on the beautiful man who is broken and intent on running away. Even though he doesn’t know what Gabriel is running from, he’s determined to be at his side no matter what.

When Gabriel’s past finally catches up, they both stop running and find themselves plunged into something Laurie could not have dreamed of, and Gabriel never stopped having nightmares about.

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of attempted suicide.

Excerpt:
Life sucks. I mean really sucks. I’m a good person, so why do bad things keep happening to me? While I’m not the type to help old ladies across the road—I’d probably scare them into a heart attack—I don’t go out of my way to hurt people either. And yet…
My family has pretty much disowned me, and I don’t blame them. They can’t cope with me, never could. Hell, I can’t cope with myself. They kind of tried for a while, in their own way. The thing is—it wasn’t my way. It wasn’t a good way. It wasn’t the right way.
When I was thirteen, something bad happened to me—really bad. They never got over it. Neither did I, but that didn’t matter. I got into drugs and alcohol in a big way. I became dark, too dark. Then, when I was fifteen, it all got to be too much. I couldn’t hold it all in anymore—the memories, the pressure, the…problems it left me with.
They say I had a breakdown. I don’t know what that is, but I ended up in hospital. I don’t know how long I was there or what happened to me there. I only know that I felt safe. For the first time since it happened, I felt safe. I didn’t want to come out. I wasn’t ready to come out, but they pronounced me cured because I could string sentences together and go for days without screaming or hiding under the bed.
My parents knew, though. They knew I wasn’t cured, that I never would be. They tried for a while, but they couldn’t cope. Not with the screaming in the night. Or the staggering in at three in the morning, either high or pissed—to stop the screaming in the night. They couldn’t cope with the physical conditions, the mental problems, the attitude, the violence. They couldn’t cope with watching the child they loved change into a monster.
When I was sixteen, I moved out and went off the rails. Surprisingly, I still managed to go to school now and again, and I got decent results in my exams. This led to the headmaster persuading me to go back for my A levels, and even more surprisingly, given what I was doing to my body by that time, I got three A levels in one year. And thus ended my academic career.
There was talk about going on to university, but to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered. I still had the nightmares, and I was afraid to go out into the world. I felt vulnerable and exposed in unfamiliar places and situations. I guess I was—I am—a complete nut job.
At the moment, I’m living in a grotty room, in a grotty house, on a non-descript street, in a second-rate town, that is…nowhere. I have two housemates who are used to me and know when it is and isn’t safe to talk to me, and who ignore the screams.
Tonight, I’m going out. It’s Saturday night. I always go out on Saturday nights. I go to the same place, see the same people, and do the same things. You’d think I’d get bored, but it’s safe.
I give myself a last look in the mirror and am reasonably satisfied with what I see. I need a haircut, and I’m way too pale, but at least the shadows around my eyes are camouflaged by the kohl, and where I’m going the vampire look is par for the course. The black lips in the mirror smile at me, but there isn’t any humour in them or in the piercing blue eyes that stare coldly at me when I allow myself to catch their gaze.
Ah well. This is the best it’s going to get tonight. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I don’t feel up to going out. I’m not myself at the moment, mentally or physically. It’s not as if I can even get pissed anymore. I learned the hard way that alcohol and my meds don’t mix, or do mix. Blegh.
But then, today hasn’t been a good day. If my head’s anything to go by, it’s not going to be a good night either, so what’s the point in being good? What’s the point in trying to look after myself? Fuck it.
I check my wallet to make sure I have enough for taxis and plenty of booze. Then I flick my hair over my shoulder and stalk out of the room.

Sales Links:
Extasy 

Author Bio
Cheryl was born and brought up in a very conservative working class Welsh mining valley. For generations, her family had been farmers and miners, and she was very much the black sheep. The first of her family to attend university, she broke the mould, becoming a lawyer, an artist, and, of course, a writer.
When, at thirteen, her daughter became very open about the fact she was gay—and having known for years that her brother was—Cheryl became far more aware of the problems facing young gay people generally. Over the years, speaking to her daughter, who is an enthusiastic campaigner for gay rights, and her friends, Cheryl realised that there was very little out there in the world of literature for young gay people. It seemed that what gay literature existed was highly erotic and sexual in content. She therefore set out to write m/m stories that were about romance and not sex, aimed at older teens and young adults.
Since that time, Cheryl has become totally addicted to writing gay romances, thrillers, adventures, fantasies, and all kinds of other genres, with little or no sex to get in the way of the story and the characters. She finds it extremely rewarding and has had a lot of positive feedback from young people who have read her works.
Cheryl continues to live in the Welsh valleys with her son and two cats. Her daughter has left her for the lure of her long-term girlfriend and the lights of the big city. She fills her days with the important things in life, such as writing and painting. She is a committed pagan, and unconventional mother, but, over and above it all, an obsessive writer.

Author Links
Email: chakira@hotmail.co.uk
                  Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Nephylim.author

Friday, February 8, 2019

My Unconditional Valentine by Denise Wheatley

Good Friday everyone! Today's entry features my friend and fellow eXtasy Books author, Denise Wheatley, and the second installment of "The Holiday Chronicles" is now live on eXtasy Book's website. 

"My Unconditional Valentine" is a continuation of Sasha and Drake's journey. They met and their romance began blossoming in "A Naughty Jolly Christmas". In this interview, Denise talks about various items related to "The Holiday Chronicles", and a few fun facts about her writing process. 

Thanks for joining me again, Denise! It's always a pleasure having you do a guest spot on my blog. 

Enjoy! 

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Hello VJ! Thank you so much for once again featuring me on your blog. It’s always a pleasure visiting with you and discussing my latest work. I’m excited to announce that my most recent novella, “My Unconditional Valentine,” was released on February 8th by eXtasy books! It’s the second installment in my series “The Holiday Chronicles,” and picks up where the first installment, “A Naughty Jolly Christmas,” left off. Here’s a sneak peek:



Even the most perfectly laid holiday plans sometimes go awry…

Entertainment industry “it” couple Sasha Williams and Drake Lancaster are still going strong. Her impeccable publicist skills have kept him on the A-list, helping Drake land the lead role in a major Valentine’s Day movie. When filming wraps, the couple plan on heading to Cabo San Lucas, inviting both their families along to meet for the first time.

But plans go astray when Drake reverts back to his bad boy ways during filming and gets into a huge altercation with the director. He’s booted from the movie and replaced by Mitch Morrison, a hot young African-American actor who’s recently taken Hollywood by storm.

While Drake struggles to repair his image, Mitch hires Sasha to help manage his burgeoning career. The move infuriates Drake, but Sasha insists it’s a great business opportunity. She doesn’t realize Drake’s threatened by Mitch’s good looks and charismatic personality and is worried the pair will bond over their African-American heritage.

The stress of it all puts a strain on the couple’s relationship, especially when Mitch admits to Sasha that he’s developed feelings for her and she realizes the sentiments may be mutual. With the pressures of Sasha and Drake’s rocky union continuing to mount, the anticipation of their families meeting, and Sasha’s elusive affections towards Mitch, the couple can’t help but wonder whether their once booming relationship is about to crash. In the end, they must figure out whether their love is strong enough to withstand these challenges and carry them through this Valentine’s Day.

Interview with Denise N. Wheatley

1)      Your newest release with eXtasy Books, “My Unconditional Valentine” is a continuation of “A Naughty Jolly Christmas”. What made you decide to turn Sasha and Drake’s story into a series?

That’s a great question, and the answer is very interesting. I honestly hadn’t thought about creating a series based on “A Naughty Jolly Christmas” until I realized eXtasy Books had added that little fact to my contract! So I thought about it and figured it’d be fun to carry the characters’ journey into various holiday-themed novellas. That’s how “The Holiday Chronicles” series came about.

2)      Was the love triangle in “My Unconditional Valentine” with Mitch planned, or did it come to you as you were writing the actual story?

Adding Mitch’s character to “My Unconditional Valentine” was definitely planned prior to writing the story. During the outlining process, I pondered where Sasha and Drake’s relationship should pick up at this point. In the beginning of the second installment, they’re both doing very well in their careers and things are going great in their relationship. But as readers will find out, all that changes, leaving their situation vulnerable enough for a third party to creep in and create turmoil between them.

3)      What was your Kryptonite with this particular segment of Sasha and Drake’s journey?

It would have to be writing about the struggles in their relationship. I’m one of those writers who believes that my characters are real people lol. So seeing them deal with negative issues strong enough to possibly tear them apart was sometimes difficult to write. And as much as I like Mitch’s character, I couldn’t help but root for Sasha and Drake. 

4)      What was the easiest part of writing this novella?

The easiest part was connecting my real-life love of Hollywood to various aspects of the story. I really enjoy writing about movie stars, film production, tabloids and blogs, etc. So penning things like Drake confronting a director on set, the bad press he receives, and Sasha’s efforts to clean up his image as his publicist was a lot of fun for me.

5)      There are two more installments of The Holiday Chronicles series. Will we be seeing more of Drake and Sasha’s journey via those books?

Yes, I will definitely delve further into Drake and Sasha’s relationship in the upcoming installments. I may branch out and bring other secondary characters into the forefront, like Sasha’s best friend Amanda who works at her PR firm, and one or two of Drake’s filmmaker associates. I’ll have to see where my brainstorming sessions take me and go from there. Who knows, there may even be a wedding and baby in Drake and Sasha’s future…

6)      Does Drake ever get his Oscar?

I so want Drake to get his Oscar! I won’t give anything away as far as what’s already happened and what I have planned. Let’s just say Drake is working hard to be taken seriously as an actor and land award-worthy roles.

7)      How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

After publishing my first book (“I Wish I Never Met You,” which was released by Simon & Schuster), I realized that I had to continue writing from the heart. That first book is what I’d call chick lit with a mix of comedy and drama. For my second project, I wanted to do a romance that was more drama than comedy. I decided not to worry about what sold for me that first time out and to just write what I felt. I also began outlining my books more extensively in the beginning stages of my writing process, which really helps keep me focused and on track.

8)      What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I usually start writing my books then perform research as I go. I actually love doing research and depend heavily on the internet for information. I oftentimes begin with Google searches then go from there. I also have plenty of reference books that I turn to. I try to be as accurate as possible in my work, so I’ll spend however much time it takes to gather information during my writing process.  

9)      How do you select the names of your characters?

My characters’ names usually just pop into my head when I’m brainstorming or writing the synopsis. If I’m stuck on finding a name for a certain character, I’ll research baby name websites and try my best to find something fitting based on the character’s personality traits.

10)  Have you ever published anything as an Independent (Indie) author? If so, please tell us about your experience.

I have published books independently, and for starters, it’s a lot of work! You’re responsible for so much, such as editing, designing the cover, formatting the book properly, uploading it onto the various websites for purchasing and taking it to print (if you’re going that route). You’re managing all of your own promotion as well. So while you do have complete control over every aspect of your project, you’re also performing all the labor. At this point in my career, I definitely prefer traditional over indie publishing.

You can shop for Denise’s books and connect with her here:

eXtasy Books      Amazon       Simon & Schuster      Instagram

Goodreads          Twitter         Facebook

     


Friday, February 1, 2019

Along Came February...

CONGRATS to my longtime friend and fellow eXtasy Books author, Maggie Blackbird, who is now in the process of getting her second book published! I'm not sure when "Redeemed" is coming out, but I promise to keep everyone updated when she allows it. This is awesome! KUDOS Maggie! ♥ 

As for my own work, it's progressing. I wish it was faster than it is, but some progression is better than none, right? I added 1864 words to the MSIP (code name Fourteen) today, and I'm close to tacking in the part I wrote up a few weeks ago. That will close to double its current word count, which is fine with me. I've also figured out a way to end it, but I'm not sure if I will use it or not. I have to see how things go. I only started CHAPTER THREE today, so I'm a ways from its ending. Hopefully I'll get there before school's out for the summer!

The big news is that I have a working title for it! It's TOP SECRET for now. Only a few of my fellow eXtasy Books/Devine Destinies authors and a few select others (including authors from other publishers) know the title. I'm keeping it quiet for now due to the story line. It may change too, so I'd rather give the formal title once it's finalized than give one now and have to change it later. Look at what happened with Stricken. That one went through two other names before its final one came to me.

Real life continues. We didn't get the polar vortex that most of the continent was getting this week. It's easing, or so I'm hearing from my friends in those areas. Thank heavens. The temperatures were brutal! -32 Fahrenheit - or colder! Yikes! I'll keep the -10 Celsius we get on average over here, thanks...

It is tough to write or see the monitor when you have a Maine Coon cat's butt in your face. Princess Fluffy Butt, aka MARNIE, decided she wanted snuggles right as I was trying to wrap up the final scene of the day, and I wound up getting her butt in my face. I can still feel some of her tail floof on my nose. I love her to pieces, but she is NOT exactly beneficial to the writing mojo, especially with the bum in the face routine. CATS. 

Have a great weekend, everyone! Today, I'm leaving you with the title track from Disturbed's debut album: "Down With the Sickness". Enjoy!