As Part of the #FallintoLove author exchange, today I’m featuring Jake dh, please welcome him by leaving a comment, joining him on social media, and checking out his website!
Kyle Richard is constantly picked on by a group of bullies. One day, they took it too far and killed the young boy. Kyle awakens as a cybernetic killing machine created by a mysterious man only known as William. Kyle makes new alliances and reforges connections with old friends as the action packed climax comes to a fever pitch. Will Kyle obey his creator’s will or forge his own destiny?
Excerpt – Four saw Kyle on the gym floor bleeding to death in Irene’s arms. She was screaming, “No,no no nononono,” Kyle was coughing up blood. The other younger, uninjured Kyle was still at Four’s side staring at him with angry tears rolling down his face. Four turned away. He never had been disturbed by anything before, but this… “No… make it disappear, Kyle.””Why? Isn’t this what you wanted?!” his eyes were filled with tears of rage, “This is how I died! Bleeding and scared. I didn’t understand,” Kyle dropped to his knees and screamed in rage, pounding the floor. The gym shattered when his fist hit the linoleum, “Why did I have to die…?” the white nothingness Four inhabited at the beginning remained,
Author Bio - Jake dh has written for Examiner for years, but now he delves into the world of fiction. He just released his first book, The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes. This is the first book of many in this riveting new scifi series. Jake lives with his wife Sarah and baby son, Xander in Evansville, IN. He enjoys gaming, genre movies, anime and comics. He also roller blades when he gets the chance.
Purchase Links – Amazon Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MK30EC4#
Amazon Softback (physical) - http://www.amazon.com/The-BulletProof-Ghost-Prototypes-Invincible/dp/1495448118/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470168
Author Links – www.thebulletproofghost.com
Author Shout – http://authorshout.com/author-shout-bookshelf/jake-d-h/
Blogger – http://thebproofblog.blogspot.com/
Today, I have Gay Ingram taking part in my Five on Friday. She even answered a bonus question…so there are six here! The one I enjoyed the most was “What is your favorite dessert?” Her choice is not my favorite, but I do like it…hold the banana! That sorta changes the dish altogether, doesn’t it?
I hope you’ll take time to leave a comment, because one lucky person, who leaves a comment on any of the FOF posts, will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card at the end of the month. Maybe tell us your favorite dessert. And do check out her blog, and all of her books on Amazon. I’ve only shown three covers here, but she has many published.
Gay Ingram writes from her cabin in the piney woods of East Texas. For over twenty-five years she has been entertaining and informing readers either through her novels or by way of articles published in magazines such as Writer’s Journal, BackHome and The Herb Companion. Recently introduced to blogging, she now contributes a blog to www.venturegalleries.com and posts twice-weekly on her own blog, Comparing Oranges and Apples, at www.gayingram.blogspot.com.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I grew up in New England and lived within walking distance of the ocean. If I could live anywhere I dream of living in a little cottage close to the seashore. Nothing is better than nestling down among the boulders, sometimes getting hit by spray, and watching the tide move slowly across the sandy shoreline.
What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time…besides writing?
I go on these crafting binges. One summer I bought yard sale articles of wood and had a ball painting them bright colors. I’ve dabbled with oil painting, still knit slippers and sew quilt-blankets for the homeless. I enjoy putting together miniature patchwork quilts and just finished two wall hangings for my bedroom.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with you since childhood…and why?
I can recall the first movie I ever saw, perhaps because I didn’t see another until I was an adult. When I was in fourth or fifth grade, one of my bachelor uncles who had recently returned from combat in the Pacific and was recuperating from malaria took me to see The Red Shoes, a movie about a budding ballet dancer.
What’s your favorite dessert?
My most favorite dessert is a banana split with three flavors of ice cream buried under hot chocolate fudge with a sprinkling of chopped nuts and topped with a cherry. Something, by the way, I allow myself to indulge in only once, maybe twice a year.
Do you belong to a critique group?
I’ve belonged to the present critique group for a few years now and consider it a vital factor in my growth as a writer. Over the years I’ve been privileged to participate in several critique groups and really appreciate the give-and-take that happens when writers come together to learn from each other.
What’s the best advice you can give a new writer?
Never… never… ever… stop learning the craft of writing. I’ve been writing for almost thirty years and continue to learn something new all the time.
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Now available for preorder on Amazon goes live Oct. 15
A widower, a divorcee, co-workers, lovers…a future together…marriage? Consoling each other for years over each other’s misfortune, Karen and Daniel turn a friendship into a weekend of unbridled red-hot passion. The heat between them leads to thoughts of a future together. That is… Until children, an ex-husband, an unexpected heart-attack, a conniving trophy-wife, guilt, and personal choices come between them. Will the heat of their passion let them break from the past and move into the future? Hot read for mature adults – a second chance at love.
“Daniel, if you’re in the bathroom come out this minute.”
The entrance opened, and he stood in the doorway.
Problem, he wore only a towel.
Awe, shit…she didn’t need to see his bare chest covered in crisp dark hair, the sculptured muscles of his arms and shoulders, developed pecs, and thick thighs.
Damn, how was she supposed to resist such temptation?
Desire added with the anxiety she’d already experienced on her drive here, lit her anger. “Why the hell didn’t you answer your phone? I’ve been calling and texting you for the last two hours.”
A confused frown passed over his handsome face. Instead of responding, he stepped to the bedside table. He lifted his cell phone and clicked a few buttons.
Unable to contain her impatience, Karen stalked forward.
He glanced up when she grew closer and showed her the phone. “I don’t understand it. I don’t show receiving any messages or calls. The signals must have gotten lost because of the storm.”
She’d suspected as much. Still, she refused to let him off the hook because he could’ve contacted her before he left town. “You should’ve called me. But no…”
Having endured his inability to communicate for months now, she stabbed her finger through the air at him. “You never call. You always expect me to phone you. Well, I’ve had it.”
The distance closed between them and she stood inches from him. Her fingertip tapped his chest. Static electricity sparked between them and her fist unfolded. She stumbled backward.
“Whoa.” Daniel caught her around the waist with one hand and held her close. His phone landed on the bed before he circled his other arm around her. His strong grip held her steady and didn’t allow her to step away. “You’re right. I guess I’m just use to…”
“Don’t say it. I’ve heard it too many times. Sharon might have resented the interruptions but I’m not her. I’m never in any type of meeting that you could possibly disrupt.” Karen spread her hands over his chest and worked to maintain a smidgen of distance. Nevertheless with him so near, his warmth surrounding her in a seductive cocoon, she had to fight the urge to melt against him.
“Yes, but if I called you whenever I wanted we’d never get off the phone.” The husky tone of his voice pulled her gaze upward.
Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loves escaping into a good romantic book. She is currently working on two different series the Executive Wives’ Club and the Family Tree series both combine elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. Read the 1st chapter of any of her books on her website.
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Today, I’m happy to have Mr. Roy Dimond answering his selected five questions. Roy and I met via cyber-space when we published with the same small press, Grey Gate Media, LLC. I recently left GG and ventured out on my own, but I still keep in touch with many authors I met through them.
Please take time to read the answers to Roy’s chosen five questions. He’s lived an interesting life, and his description of where he lives will make you want to pack up and head there ASAP!
Also take a moment to leave a comment. This month, one lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card!
I’ve had the privilege of reading The Rubicon Effect and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thriller with lots of twists and turns!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have had the good fortune to travel and have seen many fascinating places. Walked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, visited an Onsen in a small village in the Japanese Alps, strolled slack-jawed through a pristine valley with uncountable waterfalls in Switzerland, lived in cave homes on Santorini in Greece, and high rises in Tokyo. I have seen unimaginable poverty as well as wealth that was equally depressing.
But the place that I would live is without a doubt exactly where I am now. In a log home with my wife on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. In a small place called Garden Bay. Why? Because of the quiet, the peace, the tranquility, the wildlife, my friends and neighbors and the security. The larger area is called Pender Harbour and it is nicknamed, Venice of the North, but locals just call it, “Penderdise.”
What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time…besides writing?
Wait! There is spare time after writing? What is this concept of which you speak? This, “spare time?” If you are alluding to the time when I am not typing, then I am thinking about my novels. That is when I spend time walking around the four lakes that are scattered near my home. I access one lake from a secret trail built by the community so we can go swimming without being contaminated by, “tourists.” I access the other lakes by enjoying long hikes in the forest where I pass massive old growth trees and can look in almost any direction knowing that beyond my little community there are many hundreds of miles before civilization again intrudes. So if “free time,” means contemplating novels and not actually writing novels, then hiking is how I spend that time.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
We used it for the cover of our book, Saving Our Pennys…
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. ‘ Collette.
Why? Because I think so many people miss what a great life is happening around them all the time.
Do you write in silence or listen to music?
Silence. Absolute silence. Why destroy perfection? Not my writing, the unspoiled silence. That non-sound, that I believe a person has to mature and grow into, to fully appreciate, that emptiness where thoughts can be heard, analyzed, and understood, is perfection. The nothingness where characters are formed and they can be heard telling you their story. Ah blessed silence.
If you could be a character from one of your books, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt the protagonist in, The Singing Bowl. He is a monk who belongs to a monastery that has just been destroyed. He and the other monks are each given a quest to fulfill and then they are scattered to the winds. If they complete their quests they will meet again. For so many reasons, I think that this is the journey we are all taking. We are born and grow and then scatter, but if we live a good life, I think there is a chance we will meet again.
This character is gifted with the quest to find a book lost to the world and I again believe that is what all those people wondering into brick and mortar stores, or the ether world of e books, they are all looking for that one book that will give them days and weeks of experiencing another life.
The fact that he travels from a small village in Tibet called Sakya, to Katmandu, Istanbul, Alexandria, and on around the world, is also something that obviously fits in well with my own wanderlust.
Thank you Ann for providing such a wonderful, diverse, and interesting questions. I enjoyed deciding on what questions to answer and look forward to seeing what your other authors have to say.
I don’t know about you, but I love a story where characters go back in time and find love in a different era. The challenges they face adapting to change is always interesting.Today, I’m happy to have Susan Royal, my friend and author of great time-travel novels, (along with some adventure, romance, and fantasy) take part in my first ever Five on Friday! I hope her choice of questions… and her answers provide you with some inspiration.
Be sure and check out her books and website. You may discover she’s your new favorite author! And don’t forget to leave a comment! AND, if you don’t want to miss seeing your favorite author featured on Five on Friday…be sure and subscribe to my email list. The sign up is in the left hand column!!
Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes complete with a ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar.
Susan is married and the mother of six (she counts her children’s spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father told her about growing up in San Antonio in the depression, and she experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.
Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. Her latest book is From Now On, a time travel adventure/romance. It’s the stand-alone sequel to Not Long Ago in her It’s About Time series. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. Odin’s Spear, one of her short stories is featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon.
What makes me laugh? Funny movies like Young Frankenstein or Monty Python. Listening to my son when he’s on a roll…he should have been a comedian. When we spend time together, my daughter and I usually end up at one point or another laughing hysterically. We might boogie to seventies music in the middle of a store or make faces at each other across the aisle. One or the other of us is always doing something klutzy. I laugh at myself a lot. I laugh at my grandkids. They say the craziest things and are so humorous. I love laughing so hard it makes my stomach hurt.
Do you write in silence or listen to music? Music has always been a big part of my life. I use it to create a mood for whatever scene I’m writing. I have an IPod downloaded with mood music. Strings…especially cellos make me cry. Lately I’ve been playing The Sky Boat Song from Outlander. I love listening to the score from The Last of the Mohicans or Braveheart if I’m writing an action scene. In the morning I play something lively like Avicii, Imagine Dragon or Kodaline. Something to get the blood pumping.
Do you have a secret? Doesn’t every woman have at least one locked away somewhere deep inside? Something she never talks about and something no one else knows?
What is one strong memory that has stuck with you since childhood and why? I can still see my childhood bedroom, the afternoon sun filtering through the venetian blinds and turning the walls a rosy pink reflected in the hardwood floors. A light breeze stirs the curtains. My sister and I have been put to bed for a nap and my mother is sitting in a chair in the corner of our room, with a book. She read stories to us about how people lived in faraway places…exotic, dark and mysterious places I could only imagine. I’d listen until my eyes got heavy and drift away. For a long time, I wasn’t sure how much was real and how much was imagination…not until I found the book in my mother’s things.
If you could be a character from one of your books, who would it be and why? I’d be Erin, of course. She’s young and pretty, fresh out of college and willing to try most anything. She goes on what I would consider the adventure of a lifetime when she finds herself transported to a medieval world. And not only that, but she finds her knight in shining armor. Sir Griffin is a compassionate and honorable man, not to mention tall, dark and handsome. What more could a girl want?
It’s About Time Series: From Now On (time travel, adventure, romance)
In My Own Shadow (fantasy, adventure, romance) http://tinyurl.com/knda4dy
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/vOIQVdWUigU/ All books available at MuseItUp, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads http://susanroyal.moonfruit.com http://susanaroyal.wordpress.com
Beginning this Friday, Oct. 3rd, I’ll be introducing a new weekly feature on my blog…Five on Friday.
Each week an author will answer five questions and share their answers here. Some will be about writing, but many will be about life and love.
I hope you’ll check the featured authors out each week. You might just discover a new favorite!
Last March, I decided to go out on my own as an “indie” author, although I already had two books published by a small press.
That meant, I needed to get my books re-formatted, new covers, and re-submitted under my ownership.
It was a huge job because I had three other books ready to publish as well, so that meant I’d be working on 5 books at one time. Whew! I get plum tuckered out now just thinking about it.
After many sleepless nights, a few migraines, and an additional twelve pounds…mission accomplished.
Today, I want to share with you a great place to get a book cover done.
Jimmy Gibbs is great to work with. He takes the information you send and comes up with a design that will blow you away! Once you see the copy, if there are changes you want, he does them. He delivers the cover quickly…within a few days. I highly recommend him. If you use him, please tell him you got his name from Ann Everett. I don’t receive any discount or compensation for the reference. I just want him to know how much I love his work…enough to tell others!!!
As many of you know, I spent the summer getting my books ready to go on Amazon and other retailers under my ownership. My three year contract with my publisher expired, and I chose to try the “indie” route of publishing.
The years I spent with Grey Gate Media, were great and I learned a ton. So I will always be grateful for that.
Self-publishing was quite an experience. And as the saying goes, if I’d known then what I know now…well, I might not have attempted it. But, another great little saying is…ignorance is bliss and I was downright blissful a lot of days!!!
Anyway, it’s done and all the books are now available. The one I’ve been marketing the most is my New Adult Romance, TELL ME A SECRET, and my efforts have paid off. So far, it’s been doing well surprisingly in the UK moved up in rankings there to #21.
With that bit of success, I now need to add other books to my marketing plan. Today, I’m featuring my non-fiction reference book, STRONG VERBS STRONG VOICE.
It’s a handy little guide for replacing weak verbs with stronger choices. In it, I list 27 commonly used words such as look, run, hit, said, etc. and offer better selections.
I use it myself every time I write. It’s a great resource especially for “newbie” writers, as well as experienced ones.
It’s available in print and ebook. See it and all my other books at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/185-4121795-1686817?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=ann+everett
Years ago I signed up for the Bank of America program where they round up to the next dollar every time you use your debit card, and deposit that in a special account.
Before I knew it, I had over $300 bucks in there. Wow! So painless, and those few cents here and there add up quickly. Besides, my debit card is what I use 99% of the time.
Well, Walmart has this program called Savings Catcher where you sign up online and each time you shop there, you enter your receipt number and date and they search other retailers to see if you could have bought the items cheaper. If they find it for less, they give you the difference! I love that they are doing all the work for me.
For those of you who have the fancy smart phones, it’s even easier, because you can just get the app and scan the receipt. I still have a dumb phone, but I want a smart one…sigh…someday.
I highly recommend you take a few minutes and sign up for this great little perk they offer. I’ve made three entries so far, and have almost $5. That’s pretty good for about ten minutes work.
Go to Walmart.com/savingscatcher and sign up today! Hey, $5 bucks, is $5 bucks!
As a member of Goodreads Read4Review group, I offered some advance reading copies in return for honest reviews of Tell Me a Secret. Here’s one that I really like. Thank you, Eva for such a kind review!
TELL ME A SECRET releases August 26th!! Be sure and get your copy on release day.
*****ARC Copy supplied for honest review*****
Wow, this has got to be one of the best story’s I’ve read all year. The story starts off with Maggie, a smart graduate student being asked to tutor Jace, the star football player and typical playboy. She’s a no nonsense, not easily affected kind of fir who finds Jace’s lifestyle and lack of respect for other peoples time irritating.
Maggie was picked to tutor Jace for a dual purpose but one of the purposes gets pushed to the background when Jace starts falling for her and all bets are off.
This book has two parts, which was a good idea instead of doing two different books. The second part is when all the secrets start to come together. I was not expecting the tragedy and stubbornness that followed but it was very engrossing and I loved it.
I was very pleased with the way Ms. Everett tied all the ends together in such a way that we were made to think about how, who and why of the whole story.