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CentreStage Presents: New from @AuthorDanObrien ~ Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis

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Welcome to CentreStage! Featuring today: Dan O’Brien.

When an email from the highly talented Dan O’Brien pinged into my inbox, I opened it with some considerable  excitement. It announced Dan O’Brien’s latest project: Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis, which is  a collaboration between Dan O’Brien and Steve Ferchaud. Steve, of course, illustrated Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Dan is in the process of publishing something rather different…something visual, beautifully illustrated, with an intriguing storyline and an attention-grabbing title.

How could I not take part in the promo blitz for this new project? So I give you today:

Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis

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Author Dan O’Brien has teamed up with artist Steve Ferchaud for a one-of-a-kind reading experience that will span six short books. Blending noir, hardboiled detective stories, and pulp comics, “Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis” follows private investigator Derrick Diamond as he searches for an elusive object: a strange device that the Nazis need for their nefarious experiments. Aided by Ava Harpy, a lounge singer at the Yellow Monarch, they dive deep into the underbelly of the city, uncovering a sordid plot that is much larger than they could have possibly imagined.

Now, it might not be a time travel highlander romance, but it is the first in a series of kindle ebooks that might have a time traveler in them (or maybe not). Dan can promise it’s a modern pulp story with the usual suspects of pulp heroes and villains. It also manages to satisfy all those readers who enjoy a little cthulhu mythos in the mix.

If you love illustrated works, pulp comics, and a little bit of Lovecraft in your stories, then what are you waiting for?

A Sneak Peek…

Today I’m taking part in the reveal of the sketches for some of the interior illustrations (which will be black and white) of the first issue. It will be released as six issues (eBooks) starting on Halloween. It is influenced by film noir, pulp comics, and an abiding love of Lovecraft. And! *Newsflash* It is already available for pre-order, and Dan will be promoting it heavily starting in the month of October. He would love to hear what you think of it so far! (And so would I!)

Leave Dan a comment right here, and visit him at http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/
or on Twitter, @AuthorDanOBrien

READY?

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So let’s hear it for Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis: What do you make of the sneak peek and the idea?

Huge thanks to Dan for sharing, and good luck with the launch!!

A completely new look for the lovely @SherylBrowne’s fabulous books!

It’s my extraordinary pleasure today to welcome back to my blog the one and only Sheryl Browne. As you’re about to see, Sheryl’s a fantastic (and prolific!) author. And she’s also a wonderful friend and roomie unbelievably tolerant of other people’s (read: my) insomniac and slightly inebriated foibles. She’s a fabulous listener, a great cheerer-onner, and an all-round wonderful person. So when I discovered that all of her book covers had a bit of a stunning makeover, I invited Sheryl to come over here and do a bit of shouting. She’s too modest, you see, Sheryl is. She doesn’t like shouting about herself. But I got her, and here she is… give up for

Sheryl Browne!

Hi Nicky! Thank you for inviting me onto your beautiful, rocking blog and huge CONGRATULATIONS on the release of your delicious new book, Fallen for Rock! I tell you what, looking at that gorgeous cover, I could.

Talking of covers, Nicky has kindly allowed me to take up blog space and show off my very own re-vamped covers from Safkhet Publishing. Without further ado then, here we go … ta-dah!

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So, what am I all about? I think the recently released Birmingham City University Anthology, I am therefore I Write (in which I’m proud to say a first scene from my play, Life Class, was published), sums me up. I think Nicky would concur that the writer’s life is a frenetic one, juggling many humungous balls. Occasionally, we drop one and get squished. But we always come back fighting, because to an author, writing is simply as important as breathing. It might not buy us a holiday home in the Bahamas, or even Bognor, but it’s our life blood. We simply wouldn’t know how to be without it. A little bit madder, possibly, which brings me to one of my books, A Little Bit of Madness, from which my stage-play, Life Class, was written. The first scenes, excitingly, have already been work-shopped on stage at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and, I have to say, I was rather gobsmacked when I realised my leading man was Dan Hagley, who plays Darrell Makepeace in BBC Radio 4’s, The Archers. My claim to fame! He was fabulous. I can’t thank him enough for his inspirational performance.

Generally, my aim is to bring readers poignant modern fiction. Taking a slight detour from my usual humorous, stories, my latest release is a thriller, which, quoting a fabulous review from Crime Fiction Lover “is well on the romantic spectrum of crime fiction”. No, I haven’t changed genres. My attempt is still to write edgy, humorous, heart-wrenching fiction for people’s enjoyment. I’m more exploring – as ever – the fragility of love, life and relationships. My books will always tend to turn around the family unit, looking at family dynamics and the tenuous bonds that hold people together, usually having a strong, but flawed, male lead. I think The Edge of Sanity, having at its heart a family torn apart by tragedy, does fall into that category.

And that’s enough about me! I leave you with my taglines, which might give you a flavour of the content behind the covers and also (because I couldn’t resist) a little peek at my heroes from Learning to Love and Warrant for Love. A girl has to dream.

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Keep safe.

Lots of love,

Sheryl

 Sheryl’s Books

(…and they’re hilarious, heart-warming, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining. Well worth a read. Sorry, couldn’t resist throwing that in! I’ll shut up now! ~Nicky)

Recipes for Disaster Sexilicious Romantic Comedy combined with Fab, Fun Recipes.

Somebody to Love –Sigh with contentment, scream with frustration. At times you will weep.

Warrant for Love Three couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly.

A Little Bit of MadnessWhite Knight in Blue rescues The Harbour Rest Home.

Learning to Love Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life and Relationships.

The Edge of Sanity How far would YOU go to protect your family?

Aren't they gorgeous? Well worth a closer look, my friends! Go on. Don't be shy!

Aren’t they gorgeous? Well worth a closer look, my friends! Go on. Don’t be shy!

Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, a little Ohhhh la la! and thrills! Sheryl Browne brings you poignant, witty modern romance. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl now has six books published with Safkhet Publishing.

Find, follow and stalk  Sheryl here…

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Sheryl is a Loveahappyending Lifestyle Author and Feature Editor.  Twitter: @sherylbrowne

Go on. What are you waiting for?

Thank you for visiting today, Sheryl, I’m so glad you could make it. :-) Rock on!

CentreStage proudly presents: Lisa Gillis and the release of the D-String Set #Rock #Romance

 You know me. I love my rock stars. I love my romance. So much so that I spend my life dreaming up stories about rock stars and, you know, ordinary girls (like me, for example) and then writing books about it. Turns out I’m not alone with my particular affliction!

Not too long ago, I was minding my business on Twitter, as one does (actually, more like sticking my nose in everybody else’s business, but that’s what Twitter is for, right?) when I started chatting with Lisa. Lisa loves rock. Lisa loves romance. Lisa writes rock star romance. OMG! It was like meeting a sister that I didn’t know I had on the other side of the Atlantic!

So we started looking out for each other and chatting some more (it’s not as dodgy as it sounds, this is a strictly rock ‘n’ roll kind of relationship! Well, exactly!) and it turns out that Lisa is releasing an almighty rock romance box set this summer. In fact, it’s out now! So I’ve invited Lisa to tell you some more about it. Give it up for Lisa Gillis!

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ABOUT THE D-STRING SET

Last summer (says Lisa) I debuted my new series Six Silver Strings.

The G-Strings Set starring Jack Storm, rock star, and single mom Marissa Dupleux won you over with a sinfully sexy yet moody musician, and a slightly star-struck heroine. Throw in a couple of dogs, a precocious toddler, sizzling chemistry between Jack and Marissa, and this cast is not easy to leave behind.

This summer I bring you the D-String Set and a whole different decade for your rock star reading addiction.

Matt Loren and Jules Breaux grew up on opposite coasts. However, the first steamy meeting between the two makes it more than obvious that six states wouldn’t have kept these star-crossed lovers apart forever.

Jules, daughter of two jet-setting parents, is a rebel, and a borderline alcoholic in the opening chapters. Matt, who turns up in Los Angeles to meet his estranged father, is responsible in every way. The two are drawn together by their love for music, and talent for composing it. In the creation of a band, they become fast friends-and just as quickly become more. They hide their steamy affair for the sake of the band. At least, that’s their excuse to each other and themselves. As the chapters move along, each have their own reasons for embracing a noncommittal relationship as tightly as they embrace one another when no one is looking.

This hot love affair, and the tension that comes with it, spans almost a decade during a time when saying “I’m sorry” wasn’t as easy as having a cell phone at the fingertips and time when keeping tabs on an ex wasn’t a social network page away.

The series is released as a box set, which means hours of uninterrupted summer reading ahead.

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EXCERPT

“How many times can I apologize?”

With the chair in her hand, and magazine in other, she couldn’t fend him off when he retaliated by pulling her back against his wet length, and by grabbing her. He couldn’t seem to get enough of the little bit of weight gain covered at the moment by her bikini top.

“Can I help it if I like your apologies?”

Jules tried to glare at him, but she couldn’t. The memory he’d just alluded to was only a few weeks old. They had been alone in his bedroom, and she couldn’t even remember what she had been sorry for. It had been something silly… just an excuse to goof off… to fool around… to go down.

The blush heating her face had to be visible even in the hot sun. Thankfully, both Candi and Marc were somewhere on a wave far behind them as Matt was just coming in from an attempted ride on the board. Several people were scattered on the beach, but seemed to be paying no mind to them. It was a good thing. Because Matt must have remembered the aforementioned apology in detail as soon as he said it.

“You have only yourself to blame.” Jules told him when she felt his plight.

“That’s just not true. I blame you. Surfing in your little bikini. Sitting here in your little bikini…”

His hands had dropped to her waist. Maybe in self-defense to remind her she was a human shield. Water dripped from his hair as he bent his head, speaking his seductive words right next to her ear. Seducing her in front of at least a dozen people, ankle deep in high tide, at high noon.

MEET LISA GILLIS

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Browse Lisa Gillis Personal Web Page |  Friend Lisa the Drama Queen Gillis on Facebook | Visit Lisa’s Kindle Author Page | Google Plus Lisa’s BlogTwitter

Lisa Gillis resides in Texas and often references this state in her books. Writing is a recent passion, and she strives in her books to blend a perfect mixture of fantasy and reality. Her love for music, bands, and concerts inspired her Strings Series. When she is not writing those little voices out of her head while listening to music, she is making her own noise on drums or guitar. You can visit her at http://www.rockstarreads.com/

Buy the SET!

Grab Lisa’s box set on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk now!

 Ah, we love our rock stars around here, don’t we?

Rock on, peeps, and thanks to Lisa for visiting!

Paper Wishes with Jennifer M. Eaton

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In fact, welcome to the last CentreStage of 2013! It’s only fitting, therefore, that it should be a very special edition indeed. One that combines music with winter romance. I have the wonderful Jennifer M. Eaton here today to talk about her latest release. Take it away, Jen!

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Merry Christmas!  I love this time of year, don’t you? Except for the snow. I can really do without the white stuff.  Unless I can stay home. I just don’t like to drive in it.

Did you catch that rambling? That was me beating around the bush because Nicky asked me to come up with a song for my Christmas romance Paper Wishes.  Shoot that was hard!

I think I found the perfect song though… but then I had to find a video of someone who didn’t butcher the heartfelt lyrics!  This is very unlike me, but I’m going for a classic voice to go along with my contemporary novel.

In Paper Wishes, we start off with Jack pining for his best friend Jill.  But when Jack gets his Christmas wish… a date with the office she-devil, Jill suddenly realizes how alone she would be without him.

So, what’s the song? Here you go:

Take a listen while you enjoy the first chapter of Paper Wishes.

And if you are feeling Christmasy, Paper Wishes is available now for only $.99! Give your Ereader a stocking stuffer. :-) Click here to buy it now

Paper Wishes: The Blurb…

Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

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…and the Excerpt

I scrolled the words Dear Santa across the page. For crying out loud, how stupid is this?

“Come on, Mom,” Nicole said, placing a long fold in her letter. “It’s not that hard.”

I dropped my pen on the table. “It’s hard if you’re a grown-up.”

“Just write down what you want.” She bent and tucked the folds together, molding her letter into a perfect origami star.

“But I don’t want anything.”

Nicole held up her creation, scratching a freckled cheek. “Everyone wants something.” She fastened a paperclip to her star and hung it on the Christmas tree. The matte paper stood out from the bright glass ornaments.

I ran my fingers across my bare neckline. I’d love to have back the ornate silver and gold necklace that Nicole broke a few months ago, but I couldn’t write that. It would hurt her feelings.

“I’m too old to be writing to Santa,” I announced.

“Then write to God. He listens too.”

I narrowed my eyes. Stinker. “Okay…” I placed my pen on the sheet and crossed out Dear Santa. “Okay. Dear God.” I sighed. “It’s not helping. I still don’t know what to ask for.”

I threw my long, dark ponytail over my shoulder and tapped my pen across the sheet, leaving a wavy line of dots marring the clean, white-lined paper.

Nicole shook her head, jostling her auburn locks. “Come on, Mom. Just write something. It’s God. He already knows what you want.”

“Then can He tell me?” The rumble of the school bus granted me a temporary respite. “Grab your lunch.”

“Got it.” She tossed the brown bag into her backpack and grabbed her jacket off the back of the chair. “See you later, Mom.” The screen door slammed behind her, rattling the knickknacks on the shelf beside the door. The frigid December air swirled through the kitchen, pushing the paper across the table.

I tossed my pen to the side and poured myself another cup of coffee. Liquid heaven rolled down my throat. Well, day-old reheated liquid heaven. I tossed the rest down the sink. Coffee Stop drive-through here I come. I popped the last bit of toast into my mouth and grabbed my car keys.

The nearly empty sheet of paper shifted across the tabletop as I passed by. The words Dear God taunted me.

Writing the letter didn’t seem like a game anymore.

Dear God… it doesn’t get more serious than that.

What do I want? I hadn’t thought of it much since Bill took off on us. The pressure of being both Mommy and Daddy left little time for thinking about me. What I wanted was for Nicky to be happy. Nothing else seemed to matter.

I eased back down into my chair, picked up the pen, and began tapping it on the paper again. Another line of scrolling black dots appeared across the sheet. What do I want… really? My wrist flicked, and I wrote the word please.

I stared at the letters, and before I knew it a sentence had formed. Fifteen little words stared up at me, the blue ink solid and demanding on the white ruled page.

Permanent, but ridiculous.

It’s not even what I want. I crumpled the letter into a ball and tossed it over the counter. It scooted across the beige surface before slipping off and falling into the trashcan.

Done.

I’m too old for Christmas wishes anyway.

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Paper Wishes is on sale now for just $.99!  Snuggle up with a great Christmas Romance today! Click here to buy it now!

About Jennifer M. Eaton

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Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.

While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for?  Writing help did you say?  Well, sure!  Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

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Paper Wishes:  Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.

The First Day of the New Tomorrow: Maya dreams of having everything she wants, but when she gets it, she can’t give it back fast enough. (Coming in September, 2013 from Muse It Up)

 Woohoo! Congratulations on your latest release, Jennifer, and wishing you a fabulous Christmas! May all your (paper) wishes come true… Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Such a lovely title! XX Rock on… :-)

In A Word: MURDER! CentreStage with Jane Risdon

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Today, it gives me immeasurable delight to welcome back the one and only Jane Risdon: rock star’s wife, photographer, great friend, and author extraordinaire. Jane is here to tell us about a couple of short stories that she has published in a recent anthology. Here goes… the stage is yours, Jane!

In A Word: Murder
A Crime Anthology

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 Featuring:
Hollywood Cover Up
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By Jane Risdon

The world of blogging has opened up a whole new way in which to make friends for me.  Since starting my own blog in 2011 I have come into contact and made friends with so many wonderful people, I sometimes have to pinch myself to convince myself it is all real – in a cyber-space reality sort of manner.

Not only have I made amazing friends, but I have also linked up with many talented authors and bloggers who have decided to include me in their daily visits online.  It has been such an enriching experience; one that has enabled me to contribute to various charitable publications they have undertaken for causes close to their hearts – and mine.

Those who know me are aware that I have already contributed several short stories to anthologies in aid of such charities and I am so proud to be able to share my latest contributions with you here.

In A Word: Murder is a collection of Crime stories written by award winning crime authors from around the world.  I am not aware winning but for some reason I have been included in this collection.

The stories are set in the world of publishing; book publishing and in my case music publishing too.  The book is dedicated to Crime writer, Blogger and Editor, Maxine Clarke, (aka Petrona), who died last year in The Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, Surrey, and proceeds from the sale of each book goes to the Hospice.

My two short stories cover the world of book publishing and music publishing.

Hollywood Cover Up is set in Beverley Hills where a young English woman finds herself working for the rich and famous, the movers and shakers in Music, Movies and Book Publishing and at the heart of Politics.  She soon finds herself in danger, on the run from those who employed her to run their homes and lives.  Just what did Tuppence see that caused her life to be threatened and which brought her to the attention of Washington and The Secret Service?

This is based on my experiences in Hollywood, living and working alongside the very type of people my story is about.  Once I got my head round the idea of book publishing which I felt couldn’t be that much different to music publishing, I was off.  So many experiences and memories….

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Dreamer is set in England in the late 1980’s music scene, and is about a young Rock band, Dreamer, who have just been given their big break.  An international Record and Publishing Company, Gypsy Music, wants to sign them and a powerful American Music Mogul wants to manage them.  They’ve got it made.  At least they would, if it were not for one person standing in their way.

I’ve worked in the international music business for almost all my life and I know it inside out.  I’ve managed people who would happily kill their own mothers to get what they want and when confronted with the theme for In A Word: Murder, I immediately conjured up some of them.  It wasn’t difficult, believe me.

I’ve based the American manager on several people I had dealings with over the years, and one in particular, sent over from The States to ‘help’ us with a new artist our mutual record label had signed.  He was a star a living legend and subject of many books, and all his artists were and still are, super stars.  To say he had ‘interesting’ friends and ‘methods’ would be understating the whole experience.  He was a ‘family’ member and wanted us to join his ‘family’ and be looked after by him and the rest of the company.  He could ‘open’ doors and ‘smooth’ the way…..if!  If we gave over soul control of our act to him, if we would cut him in, if, if if…….

We played the game for a while and then did the unthinkable and the most dangerous thing he could imagine; we turned him down.  We waited with bated breath for the horses head and concrete boots but for some reason it amused him and the record label….they took it on the chin and put it down to our being so ‘British!’

He wasn’t the last in a long line of ‘friends,’ over the years and many in the same boat as us didn’t fare so well.  We survived.  Others didn’t.  We spent over 15 years with the ‘family,’ but he went on to pastures new and without our ever giving him anything.

Both stories are based on a lifetime of experiences in the Entertainment business, Hollywood and the rest of the world.  They say write about what you know, and I know this world all too well.  Writing these stories was really easy in the end.  It came naturally.  Worrying eh!

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In A Word: Murder features stories by Margot Kinberg (author/editor), Pamela Griffiths (author/poet), Paula K Randall (author), Jane Risdon (author), Elizabeth S Craig (author) and Sarah Ward (author).

Buy it here: Amazon US Kindle | UK Kindle

Find out more about…
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Extract from Dreamer
by Jane Risdon © 2013

Jake held his face where Mickey had bashed him; eyes filled with hatred he grabbed his guitar case and placed his beloved Gibson inside.  He took his book of lyrics off the desk and shoved it inside his back-pack.  Bozz stared at the floor, totally gutted at what had just happened to his childhood mate.  He really didn’t like this one bit.  Rab shook his long brown hair, his face in his hands, seriously freaked by it all. But neither would rock the boat; ruin their chances, miss out of the chance of a lifetime, however distasteful.

Only Mickey seemed to be fine with things, he glared at Jake, and then sat back down tapping out a rhythm on the arm of the sofa with his new Zildjian sticks.  The band was getting sponsorship deals for their gear, arranged by the record company; lots of perks were coming their way. And not just perks; there were the advances from the record deal and the publishing to look forward to.

Why should they lose out on all this because of Jake? Nope, he wasn’t going to miss out because of that stupid bastard.  No way.

‘Go home Jake, I’ll get your stack to you and the rest of your gear tomorrow.’ Bo held the control room door open.

‘This isn’t the end, you bunch of shits; you’ll come crawling back when you need new material, well screw you, screw the fuckin’ lot of you!’ Jake kicked the desk as he passed Bo.

In A Word: AWESOME!

Thank you, Jane, for showcasing your short stories and this anthology here today. I am hooked ~ IAWM is ready and waiting for me on my Kindle. Wishing you every success and all the best for a rocking festive season… Here’s hoping you can visit me again in 2014!

CentreStage: Lisa Casian with BLOODROSE

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Today it’s my great pleasure to celebrate Lisa Casian’s launch of her dark fantasy novel, BLOODROSE. Here goes:

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By Lisa Casian

Dark Fantasy | Publisher: Breathless Press | Release Date: November 29, 2013

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 The Blurb

Isabeau’s life is haunted by nightmares her brother insists are a lie. Bowen’s looking to revenge himself against his father while helping his friend. When they meet, all hell breaks loose against Isabeau. Can Bowen protect her? Is love ever the safe choice?

Newly convinced by a mentor to value human life, Bowen, a Shade Hunter, has withdrawn from aristocratic society in pursuit of the creature that made him into the evil that consumes him—his father. Bowen’s plans are thwarted when he assists a wealthy earl in finding his missing fiancé. He’s drawn to the man’s beautiful sister, Isabeau. Bowen soon realizes that their fates are intertwined and she’s aroused a passion in him he’d never thought possible.

Isabeau Harington has always lived in fear. Surviving an attack that killed her parents, she always believed the monsters would return for her. When she meets Bowen, a mysterious, charismatic stranger who drives away those fears, she learns that the very man she’s falling in love with may be in league with the monsters hunting her. As a pawn in an Immortal’s scheme, Isabeau must make the ultimate decision—love or safety?

ISBN: 978-1-77101-181-5

Heat Rating: 3 | Word Count: 73165 | Release Date: November 29, 2013

Order from Breathless Press

Wow. Well, how’s that for something enticing of a Wednesday morning? I’m hooked. Lisa has shared her playlist with us, too, take a look at her selection:

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About the Author

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Lisa Casian has always had a fascination with the darker side of characters. When not writing, she enjoys learning about tactical fighting, zombie warfare, and various weapons of mass destruction through the gamers in her household. She has five of them. Bloodrose is her debut adult novel.

You can find Lisa online: Facebook | Blog | Twitter

WIN!

 Lisa is giving away prizes to three lucky winners!
1st place, ebook copy of Bloodrose + a set of book swag
2nd & 3rd place winners will recieve a set of swag
ENTERE HERE, AND GOOD LUCK: a Rafflecopter giveaway

CentreStage with Robin Leigh Morgan ~ I Kissed A Ghost

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Today, it’s my great pleasure to welcome the wholly unique Robin Leigh Morgan to my blog. Robin has put together an interview to tell you all a little more about herself… and an anniversary promotion that she is running for the next three days. Read on to find out more! Robin, the stage is yours….

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Let’s begin by you telling us a little about yourself?

Of course, by now you and your readers know I love listening to music. How else would I be able to post my musical responses each week?

I’m a retired NY City employee who’s been married for 20 years today [November 20th] with no children. A few years ago, I stopped writing commentaries for a community newspaper after writing them for over ten years. During this time while I’d been working I also started writing [on/off] an adult Contemporary romance. However, after ten years I still had no success.  It wasn’t until someone suggested I should write for a younger audience that my writing finally blossomed, and I wound up writing my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.”

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Given this week is not only my 20th anniversary, it’s also my OH’s birthday. I’m having a special promotion for the KINDLE edition in the US and the UK through November 23d. In case you’re wondering about my picture, ever since I began making my presence known on the internet I’ve never posted my own picture, and neither has my OH; mostly due a sense of wanting some privacy in our lives. 

Would you care to leave an excerpt from your novel for my readers?

I feel a single excerpt from a published book is limited in what it can offer regarding the book.  Instead, if anyone is interested in reading several UNEDITED SNIPPETS from the book, please check out the “GHOSTLY WHISPERS” entries of these blog sites:
http://www.mypennameonly.blogspot.com or
http://www.mypennameonly.wordpress.com

How did the idea of the story come to you?

To tell the truth, the whole story had been one of pure imagination, as I wrote it, I saw different ways of letting the story develop, and chose one which I felt could be built upon. In the beginning I did have a skeleton of an outline for the storyline and nothing more.

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When it comes to your writing, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

I’d probably say a little of both. As I said in the above, I made a skeleton of an outside, writing down the basic plot points I’d like to hit as the story unfolded; and as a sculptor starting with a wire base of what they’d like to have, I added material, then took some away, until I had the finished product I had in mind.

Titles are at times more difficult to come up with than the actual writing of the book itself. How did you come up with yours?

Selecting a title for a book had been a very challenging experience for me; but after racking my brain over it, I decided to merely summarize the premise for the entire story in as few words as possible until I had something which could be used as the title for my book. Hence, since the story is about a girl [Mary] and her kissing the ghost [George] she had living in her house; the story had to be called, “I Kissed a Ghost.”

What is your current writing endeavor?

It’s actually the adult contemporary romance I’d started years ago with a paranormal element that runs through parts of the storyline.  With all the experience I’ve gained writing “I Kissed a Ghost,” I’ve chosen to write it anew from the beginning. And this time around I’m finding it a lot easier than the first time.

Would you care to share an unedited excerpt from your WIP?

I’d be delighted to share unedited one here. In this excerpt Warren Ashton had showed up at Jessica door as she ate her dinner with a letter stating she’s ready to use his services as an architect. In this excerpt we learn something shocking about the letter from William Griffith:

With a melancholic tone in her voice Jessica replied “We’d lived together for two years; but about fourteen months ago, a month before we were to be married, he died.”

Warren couldn’t believe Jessica’s answer and felt compelled to inquire, “Did you just say he died?”

“I did.”

A look of total disbelief and shock came over Warren.

“If he’s dead…then how–then how did I get this letter? And why now, so long after he has died?”

“I’ve received several letters from him since his death, and I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. But there’s one thing which is certain whenever I’ve receive one, something important is about to happen in my life.”

“I guess I must be the next important thing in your life” replied Warren jokingly, eyeing Jessica as he spoke.

Where else can we find you on the internet?

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Nicky, I feel quite honored being allowed to take the Center Stage so your readers can find out more about me and my debut YA Paranormal romance novel.  THANKS for having me.  I await the comments and questions of your readers.

And no I haven’t forgotten to post a musical selection here, I only do responses, I don’t instigate them.  :-)

Wow! Congratulations on your 20-year anniversary, Robin, what a big day for you! Thank you for taking the time to visit here today and for sharing the joy with my readers by way of a special promo. Rock on! Wishing you best of luck for the next 20 years and the next 20 books…. :-)