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Fallen For Rock Cover Reveal and Blog Tour Sign Up!

Romance with rock stars, take 5:
from your very own rock chick author.

**Read on for your chance to request an ARC and sign up for the blog tour!**

So I’m getting ready for the release of Fallen For Rock on 30 June 2014. Today rings in stage one of release proceedings: THE COVER REVEAL. 🙂

Here it is!


About Fallen For Rock

‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.

Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.

The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.

Want another peek at thAT gorgeous muscly male back?



Cover design by Nicky Wells
Cover image “Back of Guitarist”  © Viorel Sima via Dreamstime.com

 Here’s what some of the advance reviewers think of Fallen for Rock

 ‘A riveting story depicting the power of music. Fallen for Rock is one hot rock ‘n’ roll thrill ride you do not want to miss!’ ~ Kelly at Perusing Princesses

 ‘Fallen for Rock takes the action off stage to give readers a full rock ‘n’ romance experience!’ ~ Carol Wright at Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog

 ‘Striking all the right chords and never missing a beat, nobody writes the music quite like Nicky Wells—I absolutely loved Fallen for Rock!’ ~Tanya Farrell at After The Final Chapters

 ‘Yet again Nicky Wells has delivered an outstanding rock and roll love story that will entertain you and make you wish you could have your own rock star adventure! Fallen for Rock will thrill you and spark a desire to follow your dreams, jump aboard that tour bus, grab a rock god and rock on. Fallen for Rock has the WOW factor!’ ~ JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books

An Unexpected Reveal Blitz

I was going to do a really soft and quiet cover reveal. Really. Hand on heart. I promise! I was literally just going to start posting the cover to Facebook and Twitter, and share via my blog, without much ado. However. Some of my wonderful blogging and reviewing friends had other ideas, so it is with tremendous gratitude that I am celebrating this cover reveal also on the following blogs:

Perusing Princesses ~ After The Final Chapters ~ Celtic Connexions ~
Kim The Bookworm ~ Brook Cottage Books ~ Andi’s Book Reviews ~ The Adventures WithinMe and Reading ~ Bookworm Brandee

I’m touched, honoured, thrilled and, quite frankly, overwhelmed by your support, ladies. It appears that I can no longer do things ‘on the quiet.’ And that makes me ludicrously happy. YOU ROCK!

Request your own ARC and sign up for the Fallen For Rock BLOG TOUR!

If you are a reviewer with a book blog and would like a sneak peek at Fallen For Rock, please fill in the form below. At the time of posting, there are some spaces left on the tour, but they’re going fast!

Wow. Are you ready to fall for rock yet? And tell me, what do you make of the cover?

Fallen for Rock: Coming 30 June!

Is This All There Is? COVER REVEAL with Patricia Mann



CONTACT:  Jake Skolnick
Email: publishing@mannequinvanityrecords.com

Patricia Mann Releases Debut Novel Is This All There Is
on January 3, 2013.


What happens when a married professor is tempted to risk losing her family and career for a passionate fling with a former student?

 Los Angeles Times freelance writer Michelle Hoffman says, “Honest and moving, Mann’s work is a touching snapshot of middle-America today, a compelling story about one woman’s struggle to keep up appearances while coming undone.”

San Diego, CA— December 19, 2012 — Patricia Mann is happy to announce the release of her debut novel from Mannequin Vanity Publishing, Is This All There Is. The book will be available in print and e-book on January 3, 2013 through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Is This All There Is contains 206 pages of an everyday woman’s real life conflicts, rewards and temptations as she struggles to navigate her responsibilities and desires as a woman, a wife, a mother and a professor.

Beth Thomas has the perfect life. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and teaches part time at the local university. But when a friend persuades Beth to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with twenty-one year old Dave, one of her former students, changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again leads to an unforgettable kiss that was never supposed to happen. As she tries to put the memory behind her, Dave’s pursuit leaves Beth torn between what her mind says is right and what her heart and body crave.

ISBN 978-0-9831544-4-0

To place orders for the book, contact:
Mannequin Vanity Publishing
$9.99 Paperback, $5.99 E-book

>>>In honour of the Cover Reveal, IS THIS ALL THERE IS? is currently on promotion for only $0.99!!!!<<<<


Patricia Mann is a University professor in Southern California.  She lives with her husband, two kids, and their dog.

Website/Blog (New posts every Thursday): http://www.patriciamann.me
Book trailer video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT6uSuyFIuM (Preview)
Facebook Friend Page: http://www.facebook.com/patricia.mann.969
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricia-Mann/325125214262516?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatriciaMann11
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ASDTQQI
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/is-this-all-there-is-patricia-mann/1114038095?ean=9780983154433
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17190494-is-this-all-there-is


Mannequin Vanity Publishing is a San Diego based literary imprint of Mannequin Vanity Records, a 360 degree record company originated in New York, NY in 2008. Mannequin Vanity Publishing is dedicated to human and social justice.  Every MVP author is required to dedicate a significant portion (no less than 10% after a decent living wage) of the profits from book sales to national or international entities that strive to make the world a better place for all. Mannequin Vanity Publishing is a GREEN company encouraging the purchase of its books and products in eBook and AudioBook format. MVP books will be printed on demand in paperback only to reduce the waste of paper resources involved in traditional mass copy book production.

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STOP PRESS! Seeing as that it’s Monday, which means MUSIC, Patricia has also forwarded her song choice for the day.
Kick back and chill out with this awesome tune:


My Holy Grail: Two hits, one touch

This has been a pretty awesome week for me. In terms of my personal holy grails (of which there are many, LOL), I hit two and touched one. Alas, because of the unexpected and rather longer than predicted heat wave, my brain’s fried so I’ll give you my week in pictures rather than words.

Holy Grail, Hit 1:
Cover Reveal for Sophie’s Encore


I had the most astounding day, with no less than 23  fabulous bloggers taking part and a HUGE amount of interest in the cover, the excerpt and the giveaway (did I mention there are two preview e-copies of Sophie’s Encore up for grabs?).

You can visit the cover reveal post here,
or see the giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holy Grail: Touch (A Near ‘Hit’)


Yes! On Tuesday morning, I found Sophie’s Turn on the  list of the 100 best-selling romantic comedies over on amazon.com. It started at #98 and ‘worked up’ to #95 before gradually sliding back down and out over the rest of the day. But still: I touched the holy grail of charts.

Incidentally, Sophie’s Run made it onto the HUMOUR list on amazon.co.uk that same morning ~ it sunned itself in the #95 slot for a little while!

Holy Grail, Touch 2:
“This Is It” Edit


Yup, that’s me, completing the THIS IS IT proof edit on Sophie’s Encore across yesterday and today. My third book is nearly ready to go to the printer!!
I am so insanely proud of the Grand Finale.

And that was my week.
How was yours?

Author Blog-Swap! Cover reveal for Carrie Butler’s COURAGE!

So my great friend, Carrie Butler, and I both decided to reveal the covers for our upcoming releases on the same day. We laughed and squealed in shared excitement…and then realised that it would be a massive logistical challenge to host each other’s reveals on our respective blogs alongside our own reveals on the same day.

After a moment’s silence, we hit upon the idea of the blog-swap and here we are, a mere 48 hours after the initial event, to celebrate each other’s covers all over again. Carrie’s hosting Sophie’s Encore on her blog, and it is my tremendous pleasure to give you…



Design: Carrie Butler  | Photography: Subbotina Anna & Yuri Arcurs

Series: Mark of Nexus – Book 2
Author: Carrie Butler
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release: October 15, 2013
Formats: E-Book & Paperback

About Courage

Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) features four unique points-of-view. While the novel stands alone, it is best enjoyed after Strength (Mark of Nexus #1).

♥  ♥  ♥

Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along…

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.

All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means—but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.

Where to find Carrie


Where to find Courage


Book Bloggers may
start requesting e-ARCs via
this form. 🙂

Huge congrats, Carrie, COURAGE is simply stunning!
Dear reader, what do YOU make of this fabulously sensuous, captivating cover?

SOPHIE’S ENCORE COVER REVEAL plus excerpt and giveaway!!

Ooooooh! Are. You. Ready??

I am so excited about this cover for Sophie’s Encore. I know, I always say this. But this one is different yet again. You’ll see!  Between myself, Chad, Katie and Amy at Sapphire Star, we have ramped things up a few notches, which is only befitting a rousing final part of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy!!

Read on for:

YES! Here’s your chance to win an advance review copy of Sophie’s Encore or Rock Star Romance SWAG!

Sophie’s Encore

Her rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance?

It’s all change for Sophie Jones—only this time, there is more at stake than just her happiness.

Rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, has been her patient and caring friend through the highs and lows since her wedding day, but now he figures it is time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his band’s latest album. Through the days and weeks spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers whole new horizons for her life, yet before she can even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good.

Join Sophie and Dan in Sophie’s Encore to find out how their journey will end…


Cover design: Nicky Wells and Chad Lichtenhan
Cover image: Singer in the darkness © Dmytro Konstantynov | Dreamstime.com

Wow, right? 

Sophie’s Encore: Excerpt

My bedroom door opened slowly and Dan crept in. All thought of sleep forgotten, I flicked the light back on and was met by an astonishing sight. There was Dan, the rock star, legend for his antics on and off stage, clad in a demure pair of checked pajamas with a button-up top and a mismatched, stripy dressing gown. His feet were stuffed into fluffy slippers, and he clutched a bottle and two glasses in his hands.

“Come on,” he whispered. “Dinner is served.”

I giggled and left my bed, grabbing my own stripy dressing gown and a pair of thick socks.

“What are you doing?” I breathed into his ear, but he simply took my hand and pulled me down the dark corridor toward the open-plan lounge.

“Have a seat,” he invited me and gestured at the dining table, which was once again laid, although only for two, complete with candles and napkins.

He set down the bottle and glasses and scurried off to shut the lounge door. While he busied himself in the kitchen, I basked in the heat from the fire which Dan had re-stoked, and observed my rock star with some degree of amusement.

Within a few minutes, he brought a dish of smoked salmon bites to the table, followed by olive bread, a cheese board, various cold meats, olives, pickled anchovies, and prawns with some sort of aioli dip. He popped the cork on the bottle of champagne, poured two glasses, and sat down, satisfied at last.

Now we can eat,” he announced. “Tapas. What do you think?”

I raised my glass. “Cheers,” I giggled. “So that’s what you meant earlier. I think it’s amazing. It’s like a midnight feast. I’m just waiting for matron to discover us and give us detention. Why all the secrecy?”

Dan speared a prawn and pointed it at me. “Well, for one, as you say, matron will certainly come and give us detention. Peter is very strict on my sleep regimen, you see.” He dipped the prawn into the aioli before popping it into his mouth. The beatific look on his face and his scrunched up eyes suggested he was enjoying this humble treat far more than was warranted.

He swallowed and cleared his throat. “And for another, I’m on a strict diet. Every last bit of cheese gets weighed, the carbohydrates counted, the sugar added up. It’s really tedious.” He grimaced.

I helped myself to some bread and salmon. “Tedious indeed, I can see that. But why? I thought you were supposed to eat lots and get better.” I chewed greedily, my tummy having given an impressive rumble.

Dan speared another prawn and added a mountain of cheese and bread to his place. “Bliss,” he murmured before explaining further. “I’m supposed to eat healthy, not lots. So Peter has taken it upon himself to reform the bad eating habits of a lifetime. Bless him, it’s what he’s paid to do. I’ve been going along with it, and I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty good. But…”

He grinned his school-boy grin, took a big mouthful of food, washed it down with a large gulp of champagne, and finished his thought. “Well, it gets boring. And I wanted to do something special with you. On my own.”

I burst out laughing, but quieted down when I saw the alarm on Dan’s face.

“Sorry,” I whispered.

“Peter’s bedroom is right next door there,” Dan whispered back. “And he’s a light sleeper.” He pointed his finger, and we sat in silence for a minute, straining to hear.

“I think we’re okay,” Dan finally concluded and resumed eating.

I giggled softly. “Naughty, naughty us.”

“Ha, we’re not naughty yet,” Dan shot back, speaking softly as well. “I was working up to that part.”

He winked, and my heart skipped and jumped. He didn’t mean—he couldn’t mean what I thought he meant?

“What do you mean?” I bumbled, hoping for clarification, but Dan was enjoying himself.

“All in good time,” he teased. “Let’s finish our meal first.”

The Giveaway

I want to share my excitement about this cover reveal and upcoming release with you!  Enter for your chance to win:

One of TWO Sophie’s ENCORE Advance Review e-Copies
One Sophie’s RUN Mug
One Rock Star Romance Trilogy SWAG Pack featuring postcards and bookmarks

ENTER HERE:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSES 15 AUGUST AT MIDNIGHT BST. The small print! Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be drawn via Rafflecopter.


The Kindle editions of Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run are now available for only $0.99 (£0.77 or equivalent) each to celebrate the cover reveal! Hurry ~ limited time only!! *****

SOPHIE’S ENCORE: coming your way in e-book and paperback editions on 5 SEPTEMBER 2013!!



There’s a great group of awesome bloggers supporting this cover reveal today in a massive cover-reveal blitz enterprise. Here’s the roll call of honour! Ladies, I love you one and all, and thank you for everything you do. ROCK ON!

Andi’s Book Reviews ~ Bookreview by Rea ~ Book Mama ~
Boyfriend Bookmark ~ Brook Cottage Books ~ Celtic Connexions ~ Chick Lit Central ~ CosmochicklitanDana Mason ~
Dizzy C’s Little Book BlogEve’s Chick Lit Reviews ~
Everything Books and AuthorsForget the Housework ~
Jera’s Jamboree ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews ~ Kim The Bookworm ~ Me and Reading ~ Me My Books and IMy Seryniti ~
Perusing Princesses
Supportive Business Mums ~
The Adventures WithinToday I’m Reading

All together now... Don't they look stunning?

All together now… Don’t they look stunning?

COVER REVEAL: Beguiled by Urania Sarri

Welcome to CentreStage!


CentreStage hosts terrific authors from around the world, and today it is my fabulous pleasure to take part in the cover reveal for Beguiled by Urania Sarri!

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~ About the Author ~

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Urania Sarri lives in Korinthia, Greece with her husband and sons.
She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an Msc in Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She specializes in teaching English to young adults and she totally adores her job. While doing so, she takes any opportunity to convey to her students the passion of reading. She is fascinated by paranormal stories and appreciates good romance whenever she gets her hands on it!

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Blog | Website

~ About the Book ~


Title: Beguiled
Author: Urania Sarri
Published: Self Published
Genre: Paranormal, Time-Travel, Romance
Content Warning: Subtle Sensuality

~ Synopsis ~

 The war between the present and the future has started. Compelled to cooperate with the forces of the future in order to gain Christopher back, Emma has taken on a new mission. The portal that connects the two worlds must be relocated otherwise there is no hope for humanity. But there are so many obstacles she has to overcome; Christopher has given up on their love, her best friend has been kidnapped and the life-changing truth about her family is revealed. Worst of all, a new, unexpected menace under the name Frederick, Christopher’s evil double, threatens their lives.

Will she be able to secure the future of mankind and claim the love she has fought so hard for? What if Christopher has decided to sacrifice himself again in order to save her?

In Beguiled, the second book of the Gate Deadlock series, love knows no deadlocks.

~ Excerpt ~

When the rain got me, I was still running along an unfamiliar street that seemed endless on both directions. Within seconds, the drizzle became a cold downpour that soaked me to the bone, plastering the thin shirt and jeans onto my body. My hair was sticking on my face, pricking my eyes like dozens of needles, but I didn’t stop. Lost in a haze of despair, I could not comprehend the faint voice in my head that warned me to go back. I kept running away. Where I was heading, I could not tell anymore. Everything around me seemed strange and obscure; no houses, no shelter, only the perennial olive trees and the murky veil of rain. For the last two years in my life, every day, every minute, every second had been spinning around one single pivot; that rescue mission had been the only pivot of my new life. It had defined my actions, my thoughts, and my whole existence. I had gone a long way, overcoming any personal limit and fear, transcending time, only because I was fixed on a purpose. I had left my old life behind.
I had a life once.

Now, my mission was my life. A mission that had taken me far away from my family, my friends, my studies and my future. But I did not care anymore. I had chosen my destiny. It had always been about him. Christopher. He had turned his back on me and the pivot support had suddenly vanished. I had nothing to lean on. My whole life was collapsing. I was collapsing. There was no angel coming to my rescue this time.

A sharp pain in my chest blocked my breath, forcing me to stop. But I welcomed the pain, didn’t want it to ease out. Strangely enough, it seemed to be the right thing to feel. This is how some people have died, right? Perhaps this could be the end…

“Hey, you’re standing in the middle of the street!” a voice in my head shouted. “And that yellow light approaching is about to crash into you in minutes. Can’t you hear it? You have to move to the side. Don’t just stand there. It’s a car! It’s definitely a car and the veil of hale certainly does not help. MOVE!”

Then why wasn’t I moving? Could I be waiting for the car to put an end to this excruciating obstacle race I had started?

I closed my eyes and held my breath as the roaring sound of the car approached.

~ Giveaway ~

There is an event wide giveaway. One winner will receive a free copy of Gate Deadlock (book one) in the winner’s choice of Kindle, PDF, or Print format. A second winner will receive a $10 electronic Amazon Gift Card. Giveaway is International.

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

~ Cover Reveal Tour ~

Here’s the complete schedule:

Sabrina @ Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace

Flora @ From the Bootheel Cotton Patch

Amber G. @ Lady Amber’s Reviews

Louisa @ Louisa Bacio — Love Knows No Bounds

Darcia @ A Word Please

Bianca @ Bianca2b

Nikki A @ Vamps and Stuff

Athena @ Total Book Geek

Daniel @ Parenting 2.0 The Child’s Perspective

Laurie @ Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

Jaidis @ Juniper Grove

Momma Chaos @ Reviewing in Chaos

Selah @ Come Selahway with Me

Tiffany & Ryan @ Book-Marks the Spot

Val @ Musings of a Writer

Melanie @ Mel’s Shelves

Regan @ Regan Black

Nicky @ Romance That Rocks Your World!

Aja @ Aja Hannah

Gerilyn @ Spooky Life = Spooky Stories

Jessica @ Jess’s Book Blog

Lyn @ Lyn Horner’s Corner

Jacquie @ Jacquie Rogers, Author

Wow! Now then, are you BEGUILED by this cover reveal? I know I am!

CentreStage: Cover Reveal for Dana Mason’s PRECIOUS EMBRACE

Welcome to CentreStage!


CentreStage showcases fantastic authors from around the world. Sometimes, these authors might tell you about their writing, their lives, their inspiration or introduce their leading characters to you. Today, it is my great pleasure to host my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, Dana Mason, with the cover reveal for her upcoming novel, PRECIOUS EMBRACE.


Cover Reveal:
by Dana Mason

PreciousEmbrace cover

Ooooh isn’t it awesome!!!
This gorgeous cover was designed by Okay Creations.

Introducing: Precious Embrace

A new love, a missing child, a family found.

A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career. When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.
Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.

Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

OUT ON 11 JULY 2013!!!!

Precious Embrace is the second book in Dana’s Embrace Serious. You can find the first book, Dangerous Embrace, here:

Goodreads | Amazon.com |  Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

I really enjoyed Dangerous Embrace; it’s a fast-paced page-turner and I cannot wait to read Dana’s second book!

About Dana Mason

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Dana Mason starting writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art’s Council and does what she can to support the art community.

Website | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Publisher Author Page

Huge congratulations on a fabulous cover reveal, Dana!

CentreStage with Harvey Black: Cover Reveal for The Red Effect @black_author

Welcome to CentreStage!


Today, it is my great pleasure to host fellow Loveahapyending.com Lifestyle author, the one and only Harvey Black. Harvey shares with us the cover reveal for his upcoming novel, The Red Effect, and tells us a little about his writing… Take it away, Harvey!

Cover Reveal – The Red Effect

“Today, West German imperialism is United States’ chief ally in Europe in aggravating world tension. West Germany is increasingly becoming the seat of the war danger, where revenge-seeking passions are running high… The policy pursued by the Federal Republic of Germany is being increasingly determined by the same monopolies that brought Hitler to power.

The Rhineland politicians fancy that once they get the atomic bomb, frontier posts will topple and they will be able to achieve their cherished desire of carving up the map of Europe again and taking revenge for defeat in the second world war.

One of the most ominous factors endangering peace is the bilateral military alliance that is taking shape between the ruling circles of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany. This factor remains an objective of unflagging attention.”

Leonid Brezhnev
23rd Party Congress
March 1966

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The Cold War and Nitroglycerin had one thing in common; both were stable when circumstances allowed. But, when something rocks the boat, or events are overtaken by Incidents that get out of control, the status quo is lost. The consequence is an eruption that is both violent and lethal.

The Cold War trilogy will trace the Cold War as it simmers, overheats and eventually turns East against West. The outcome? Start with ‘The Red Effect’ out in April, followed by ‘The Black Effect’ and ‘The Blue Effect’.

And here it is, the star of the day:
The Red Effect


1983: The Cold War has been in existence since the end of World War Two. Although tensions have always been fraught between the Western nations and the members of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, common sense prevailed.

Until, as a consequence of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the shooting down of a Korean passenger aircraft in 1983, and the relentless build up of Soviet military strength, everything is about to change.

In a panoramic novel, readers travel from centres of power to the front lines – a war is brewing and events are happening at every angle. Is the Cold War about to turn hot? Can NATO forces endure a mass strike by thousands of Soviet tanks? Can the West survive?

Follow the series of gripping events that culminated in ‘The Red Effect’, in the first instalment of Harvey Black’s Cold War trilogy.

The Harvey Black Interview

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Harvey, tell us… What started you writing?

I have wanted to write a novel since I was a teenager. Enthralled by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, E.E. Doc Smith’s Lensmen series and Edgar Rice Burroughs, I felt sure my first would be of the SF genre.

Joining the army changed all of that and my passion now is for military history.  ‘Devils with Wings’, a military thriller, based around the adventures of two young Fallschirmjäger paratroopers during the early part of World War II, is a fictionalised adventure based on the famous assault on the impregnable Belgian fortress, Eben Emael.

What makes your books so special?

I try to visit the locations in person. For Devils with Wings: Silk Drop, I walked the routes, up to 18 miles, in Crete, during the hottest part of the day, where my characters would have marched. Most of the descriptions in the novel, of what they can see, was written in situ.

I have just finished the first of my Cold War trilogy of novels, The Red Effect. Having spent a number of years in British Army Intelligence during the Cold War years, I have a deep insight into the undercurrents and flashpoints that occurred between the Soviet Union and the West.

What authors inspire you?

I have number of authors I follow, ranging from Stephen Leather, Simon Scarrow, Bernard Corwall, Gerald Seymor to Ian Rankin. Since I have been writing my own novels, I have played a close interest in newer authors, such as S.J.A.Turney and Stephen England. I am currently reading ‘Marias’ Mules’ IV.

Reading as well as writing, you are one busy man. What are your plans going forward?

There will be ten books in the ‘Devils with Wings’ series, Book 4, will be published towards the end of the year. The Red Effect now finished, I will focus on Book 2, The Black Effect, where the confrontation between East and West continues.

Any thoughts on what you might do differently next time?

More structure to my chapters in advance, focus on my characterisation and improving my dialogue, key to keeping the story moving.

Would you share your lessons learnt so far?

Edit, edit, edit! Even when you have your editing done professionally, you still need to check your manuscript again and again.

Wow, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your writing experience, Harvey, it’s been a real pleasure having you on CentreStage today.

 Out in April – The Red Effect.

Find Harvey and his work: Devils with Wings Devils with Wings Silk: Drop  ~ Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun

The Fallen Stars by @stephaniekeyes ~ COVER REVEAL!

The Fallen Stars Cover Reveal

Huge congratulations to the fabulous Stephanie Keyes on this, her second cover reveal. Take a look… isn’t it gorgeous?

The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes (1)

Here’s what readers think about the series…

“Imaginative and fast-paced. Couldn’t put it down!” – E.G. Foley, New York Times Bestselling author of The Gryphon Chronicles

The Star Child.final“This well-written and intriguing fantasy was a delight to read. I can’t wait to read the second novel in this series!” – Linn B. Halton, author Never Alone on The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

.and here’s the blurb for The Fallen Stars!

When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to a Celtic goddess. Now everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when Calienta, Kellen, and friend, Gabriel Stewart, find themselves on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself stuck in the middle of another prophecy that questions everything about him including where his loyalties lie. Plus, Calienta’s more than a bit different; she’s making choices that he doesn’t understand. And Gabe, his best friend? He’s started doing all sorts of freaky things that make Kellen question who he really is.

Kellen and Calienta will fight to stay together and keep the hidden part of the prophecy from becoming reality.

When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

Release Date: 12-April-2013, Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Sounds good? If you liked Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Need by Carrie Jones, or Fallen by Lauren Kate, you will love this book!

About the author

Stephanie Keyes

Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she puts those ideas down on paper.

When she’s not writing Stephanie is also a graphic designer, presenter, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Keyes is the author of The Star Child YA Fantasy series, which currently includes The Star Child and The Fallen Stars. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy.

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Good luck, and a HUGE congrats again to Stephanie on a stunning, romantic and intriguing cover for her second book. Let’s hear your views… 🙂

CentreStage: COVER REVEAL for LOST TO YOU by A.L. Jackson @aljacksonbooks

Welcome to CentreStage!


Today, I have a very special post for you…

Cover reveal:
by A.L. Jackson

Yes, my fabulous Sapphire Star Publishing sister, the one and only A.L. Jackson, has swiftly, lovingly and efficiently written a novella, Lost to You, the Prequel to her best-selling romance, Take This Regret.

Ready for the cover?


GOOOORGEOUS! Huge congratulations on a mesmerizing and totally intriguing cover, A.L. Awesome! Now let’s hear the blurb…

People come into our lives. Some stay, and many go. Some build us up, while most tear us down. They become our friends, our enemies, our lovers, our tormentors.

Christian Davison came into mine, and I knew I’d never be the same.

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She’s worked her entire young life to make it here.

Groomed to one day take over his father’s law firm, attending Columbia University was Christian Davison’s only option.

Neither wanted anything more until they sat across from each other at a café table after being paired as study partners.

Christian wants her, but Elizabeth knows better than to give into their intense attraction. Yet there is little she can do to stay away.

Lost to You, the prequel to the bestselling romance, Take This Regret. A New Adult novella, recommended for readers 17+. It’s unnecessary to have read Take This Regret to enjoy Lost to You.

And best of all… Lost to You is out in e-book format on 31 January!!! Can’t wait! Congrats again and Rock On!!!