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Check out this Paranormal YA: Destiny Unveiled by @authorldeluca

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Destiny UnveiledBy Laura DelucaGenre: YA Paranormal

Synopsis: Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella's help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches.

Gabriella's coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves. When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed, her true destiny is unveiled, and the fate of the mortal world is in her hands.

Stealing Ganymede by @iamnotecho — video trailer

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Sci-Fi Fantasy: Burn in Starlight by @JamesLauren31 (excerpt)

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Burn in StarlightBy James Lauren

Q&A: Robert James Russell, Author of ‘Sea of Trees’ — syndicated from @mayamae

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Robert James Russell
Author of Sea of Trees The following is syndicated from Cellar Door Lit Rants & Reviews and is posted here with permission. Follow the blogger on Twitter: @mayamae

Robert James Russell, author of Sea of Trees, a novella I recently read, loved and reviewed, has allowed me to happily pick his brain just a little. In a Q&A, he shared his research methods as well as his inspiration for the story.

Sea of Trees by Robert James Russell—syndicated post from @mayamae

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The following is syndicated from Cellar Door Lit Rants & Reviews and is posted here with permission. Follow the blogger on Twitter: @mayamae

At the start of the story, American college student Bill and his Japanese girlfriend Junko have ventured into the Japanese forest Aokigahara, which lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji. But this isn’t any ordinary forest. Amidst the silence of the trees, people go to end their lives, leaving behind notes, belongings and their sorrows.

Psychological Thriller: The Beautiful Evil by @sweettalk29

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The Beautiful EvilBy Robbi Sommers Bryant

Never Burn Your Apron — Short Story by @mayamae

Never Burn Your ApronA memoir from a ranting waitressby Katrina M. Randall Twitter: @mayamae
Website: HERE

Never burn your apron.

Time-Travel Adventure: The Greatest Gift by @kenbalneaves (excerpt)

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The Greatest GiftBy Ken Balneaves

Best (character) interview ever! You agree?

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The following is syndicated from Diantha-Jones.com and is posted here with permission.

I recently read and reviewed "Even Villain's Fall In Love" by Liana Brooks (4 Stars – Check it out here), and she was kind enough to let me interview four of my favorite characters from the book. Best interview ever! Keep reading and see for yourself!

Fantasy Romance: Even Villains Fall In Love by @LianaBrooks (review)

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Even Villains Fall In Love
Written by Liana Brooks
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Book Synopsis A super villain at the top of his game must choose between the world he wants and the woman he loves.

If you believe the rumors you know that Doctor Charm, the wickedly sexy super villain, retired in shame seven years ago after his last fight with the super hero Zephyr Girl. The fact that the charming Evan Smith—father of four and husband of the too-beautiful-to-be-real Tabitha—bears a resemblance to the defeated Doctor is pure coincidence. And, please, ignore the minions.

Everything is perfect in the Smith household, until Tabitha announces her return to work as a super hero. Evan was hoping to keep her distracted until after he rigged the 2012 presidential election, but—genius that he is—Evan has a backup plan. In his basement lab, Evan has a machine whose sole purpose is keeping Tabitha hungry for him.

But children and labs don’t mix. The machine is broken, and Tabitha storms out, claiming she…

Low Fantasy: Pike's Quest by @kj_bennett (excerpt)

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Pike's QuestBy K J Bennett

Young Adult Fantasy: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by @DianthaJones (excerpt)

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Paranormal Mystery: "Into The Light" by @DarciaHelle (excerpt)

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Into The LightBy Darcia Helle

"The Speed of Winter" by @BMorrisAllen (Excerpt)

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The Speed of WinterFour Seasons quintetBy B. Morris Allen

"Another hit from Tibbetts." PFC Liberty Stryker by @PeggyTibbetts

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PFC Liberty Stryker
Written by Peggy Tibbetts
Genre: General Fiction
Book Synopsis Libby Stryker joined the Army to avenge her daddy's death on 9-11 but it's nothing like she expected. Operation Iraqi Freedom takes her on a harrowing journey north with a mysterious Arab through bomb devastation, hot zones, and RPG attacks. A different kind of horror awaits Libby in Baghdad. Her past and present, and why it's all gone wrong, blow up in her face. Prepare to enter an alternate reality. PFC Liberty Stryker is unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Don't Let Your First Line Be Your Last — syndicated post from @MichelleGriep

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The following is syndicated from the blog Writing Off The Leash and is posted here with permission.

I teach a high school creative writing class plus I'm still in the midst of judging contest entries. Because of this, my senses are heightened toward first sentences. You know, like when you buy a lime green Fiat and then suddenly notice lime green Fiats on every street and in each parking lot? Yeah. That.

I can honestly say from recent experience...there's NOTHING worse than a first sentence turn-off.

#Follow these writers: @MichaelJMcCann1 @DonQuixote43rd @sandrajc

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Starting with this edition of Featured Followers, I'm going to highlight more than one follower at a time. I've noticed that the traffic to these posts aren't as high as some of the other types, and since it takes a while to link to multiple blog posts, I'm going to simplify the listing.

So, my next question is this: if I make the title look more like a typical #FF tweet, will these tweeple get more followers out of the deal? Let me know if it works ... or not.

30+ books for you to check out — Part 3

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This is the third of a multi-part series. I'm cleaning out my list of Amazon Shout Outs because I'm going to redesign the sign up process. There's more than 30 books that I haven't featured yet. Here's the third set (13 of them); they are in the order in which I received them. For this clean-out series I am not bothering with genre.

To browse the first 20 books in this list, see this post & this post.

Love: Capitalism’s Best Seller — syndicated post from @moha_doha

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The following is syndicated from Mohana's Blog and is posted here with permission.

We hear songs, watch movies, and yes, read books about that most elusive of emotions: love. No matter if your culture practices arranged marriages (Indian/Arab) or not (the west). No matter if your parents are divorced (fell out of love) or not. No matter if you are married (harder to stay in love?) or not. I could tell you how at one point in human history marriage was thought of a business transaction, a way to consolidate wealth within families or across countries. Or that modern society has not eased up on women to have a man (and a baby or two) in order to think we have it all. You’re smart. You know these schemes around the world’s most sought after prize — finding one’s soul mate.

Excerpt: The Ninth Order by @ramsey_isler

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The Ninth OrderBy Ramsey IslerGenre: Young Adult FantasyTwitter: @ramsey_islerWebsite: HERE

Synopsis: When the world went mad and war brought civilization to ruin, the Rezernaan restored it. Some call the Rezernaan wizards, and others call them radicals. A young man named Falki rose to the top of their ranks with unprecedented speed. Now he will face a danger that will lead him to partner with twin rogues, an exiled murderer, an heir to an industrial empire, and a strange man from his past.

Falki lives in a world that is still struggling to recover from the ravages of The Fall. The golden days before The Fall were guided by a simple phrase: “Progress through knowledge; knowledge through science”. But then the Great War came, and all the sciences of the past led to catastrophic destruction. Out of the ashes rose a mystical group of protectors—the Rezernaan.

Since I'm Stupid ...

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There's lots of ways I could finish that sentence, and that's probably right of you as well. We all do stupid things, right? Well, the stupid thing I did wasn't nearly as stupid as what some people accomplish (and I stretch when I use that word).

This is actually a continuation of this post. Check it out if you haven't.

Book Trailer: Water by @harmonygirlit

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Short Story: Dream Rider by @Fetterslopez

Dream RiderA Short Storyby Lori Fetters Lopez Twitter: @Fetterslopez
Website: HERE

“Last time someone said that to me, I drew their entrails.” My smile was full of derision as, I added in a whisper I didn’t think the boy could hear. “Death is never pretty.”

Would you like to be one of the first ones listed on our new Book Promotion site?

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This is a continuation of the series of posts that started with THIS ONE. Check it out if you haven't.

Though I still have a few odds and ends to attend to, the site is mostly ready. Now I need some books to list. The first books listed will come in two varieties: a few who have been extremely supportative of our service so far (whom I have already approached), and ones who win a slot (which is what this post is about).

Check out Beth's review of Fathom, the 2nd book in the Fins Trilogy.

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FathomBook 2 of the Fins Trilogy
Written by Ashley Knight
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Book Synopsis There are many types of blessings - some you just don't realize until after the fact. Morgan and Thayde hope to resume as normal a life as possible, but their plans are thwarted when uncontrollable thoughts begin to overwhelm Morgan and a terrible disease known as The Shadow slowly sucks the life from Thayde. At the beginning of her reign, is Morgan strong enough to cope with the inner turmoil consuming her, or will she collapse under her own insecurities? Plunge into FATHOM - the second novel of the FINS Trilogy.

YA Fantasy Romance: Fins by Ashley Knight

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Fins
Written by Ashley Knight
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Book Synopsis Morgan just wanted her vacation to end. She should have been careful what she wished for. Suddenly, she is swept into a strange new world in which the impossible happens every day and fairy tale creatures live among unsuspecting Humans. Will Morgan discover her unknown self and fulfill her true destiny or will she doom an already vulnerable species for all eternity?

3 Reading Myths Debunked — syndicated post from @JeanNicole19

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The following is syndicated from the blog of JeanNicole Rivers and is posted here with permission.

1. Never judge a book by its cover.
Of course you should judge a book by its cover. If the author didn’t put much thought, time or creativity into the cover you can probably expect as much from the book itself. The front cover art of a book is important, it is usually the only graphic that you get for a particular work and it is the foundation on which you base your imaginings for all of the physical details in the story, therefore the author better make sure it’s good.

Writing Myths Debunked — syndicated post from @JeanNicole19

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The following is syndicated from the blog of JeanNicole Rivers and is posted here with permission.

1. Never begin a story in a dream.
Why not? What better place to start a story? Dreams are the imagination’s playground and we should never shut them down, not even in our writing. Dreams are where some of my best stories begin and usually I don’t even know that I am there until I wake up. Allow art to imitate life, but if you begin your story in a dream, make it big and limitless and most importantly make it have a point, even if it is not immediately understandable. Start your story in a dream; just don’t make the reader regret that you did.

SUBMIT Pics of your Library

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Because Bec's schedule has changed, she hasn't had time to line up pics for our Tumblr blog. We need your help to fill the pages once more, so I'm putting a call out to all our readers and followers: submit pics of your library.


OK, I changed my mind: every "good" book will be listed.

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This is a continuation of the series of posts that started with THIS ONE. Check it out if you haven't.

In the previous post of this series entitled "Does your book qualify?" the first two listed qualifications had to do with permission and trust. This is a continuation of that post.

A suggestion from a Twitter follower got me to thinking, and I have changed my mind. If your book does not qualify for the author exchange portion of the program but still qualifies for quality, I will be happy to list it. But it isn't as simple as that.

An exciting Fantasy YA with a splash of History: Silver Knight by @Caron_Rider

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Silver Knight
Written by Caron Rider
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Book Synopsis When seventeen-year-old Diana recognizes an elderly priest in a video on YouTube, she realizes that reincarnation is real and that she’s been alive before! Every night in her dreams, she views her past lives learning that it’s kill or be killed.

Now a bishop at the Vatican whom she saved in another life calls on her once more. She is needed to help defeat an infestation of demons living within the catacombs of Rome. But when she arrives in Rome, she meets Alexander – the man of her dreams! Through the centuries she has loved him…betrayed him...been killed by him. Will she give him another chance or this time will she strike first?

What will you get for a paid listing?

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This is a continuation of the series of posts that started with THIS ONE. Check it out if you haven't.

The previous post mentioned some details about free listings on the new promotional bookstore I'm creating. This post expounds on those ideas but from the perspective of paid listings.

Dare to be an Indie Author?

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The following is syndicated from Laxmi Hariharan's site, Young Adult: Old Soul, and is posted here with permission.

“So are you going to self-pub?” I asked a friend who has spent years polishing her manuscript, collecting rejection slips and looking out for that long awaited email which asks for the entire novel. “I don’t know, how do you know when you should, and what happens if I were to do so only to have an agent interested in my work?” To go Indie or not, that is the question. A hotly debated issue which has kept many a writer—with a burning need to be read—up many nights. My take: If Indie movies are accepted, why not Indie books? Rob Kroese, author of the self-published, bestselling Mercury Falls and its sequel, Mercury Rises has a great analogy: he likens the league of published authors to an elite night club, with gatekeepers, who decide who gets in and who does not. It struck a chord with me. So I have put together my own quiz, to help you determine whether you should …

There will be a Free Listing option ... sort of.

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This is a continuation of the series of posts that started with THIS ONE. Check it out if you haven't.

I mentioned in a previous post that there would be some people who get a free listing in the beginning and that those listings would expire. After discussing this with a crew member, I think we will go ahead with free listings that don't expire.

Don’t Fear the Reaper — Michelle Muto, @MichWritesBooks

The following is syndicated from the blog Cellar Door Lit Rants & Reviews and is posted here with permission.

I recently read an article that noted how vital it is to hook your reader within the first few pages. Well, I would have to say “Don’t Fear the Reaper” does just that starting with Keely Morrison’s suicide and reawakening into the afterlife.

Unable to cope after her twin sister’s murder, Keely decides one night to end her pain and join her sister on the other side. What she finds, however, is a smart ass demon, a kind-hearted reaper and regret. While the novel is not altogether without lightness and humor, the opening scene was heart wrenching. I felt her parent’s pain; I felt Keely’s horror over her discarded life. I was sad, distressed, disgusted, empathetic, and obviously, totally involved.

Short Story: First Watch by @JChaseNovelist #excerpt

FIRST WATCHA Short Storyby Jennifer Chase Twitter: @JChaseNovelist
Website: HERE

What started as a routine traffic stop on a deserted country road, turned into a terrifying battle of life and death. Could all the horror stories be true?

The chase is on…

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An apology to the following: @Caron_Rider & @NinaAmir

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Blame it on what you will (I tend to favor my addled, bipolar mania), but I need to apologize to two followers on Twitter. I don't think they even know I've wronged them, so I'm doing this of my own volition.

It's not a malicious wrong whatsoever. It's just that they sent me their books to review. I've read both books ... a while ago ... but have not posted reviews. Both of the reviews are going to be positive (4 stars or better), so that's not the reason I've delayed.

This is where my bipolar kicks in. I've got so much on my plate ... I've forgot about a lot of things. Maybe it's early onset alzheimer's. Anyway, their reviews are coming up posthaste.

In the meantime, their books deserve a little bit of extra promotion. Check'em out!

Am I missing any subgenres?

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This in continuation of the series of posts that started with THIS ONE. Check it out if you haven't.

Keywords (Blogger Labels) will be used to organize the bookstore into main genres, subgenres, and other general informational tags, hopefully making it easier to find the book or books you want to read. The main genres (listed in the menu bar) will be these: General FictionMysteryScience FictionFantasyRomanceYANon-Fiction

Scam Alert: Is my idea a scam, simply tacky, or a possible homerun?

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After publishing the first of this series (which you can read HERE), a follower on Twitter emailed me a detailed comment urging me to rethink.

I appreciate such comments because it gives me a chance to make sure I've thought of everything that might be hinky with an idea of mine. My desire is to be on the up and up, and in doing so, I try to do everything in public for everyone to observe. So ...