Saturday, 19 April 2014

BOOK RELEASE BLAST - UPRISING - THE DOLAN PROPHECIES BY ALLAA KEPHART & MELISSA SIMMONS

Title: Uprising
Series: The Dolan Prophecies Series
Authors: Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date: April 18th, 2014
Genre: New Adult Dystopian 

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The year 2102--the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.  

But a resistance is coming…  

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi's parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she's ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?

   

BOOK PROMOTION - A SOUL'S KISS BY DEBRA CHAPOTON

Creative Prose Publishing launched their imprint this year dedicated to representing all genres of clean fiction from middle grade through adult.

One of their first offerings is the paranormal romance A SOUL'S KISS by Debra Chapoton. Chapoton is a best-selling international author.



Title: A Soul's Kiss
Author: Debra Chapoton

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When a tragic accident leaves Jessica comatose, her spirit  escapes her body. Navigating a supernatural realm is tough, but being half dead has its advantages.      
Like getting into people’s thoughts.
Like taking over someone’s body.
Like experiencing romance on a whole new plane - literally.
Jessica learns an amazing truth as she struggles to return to her body before the doctors pull the plug, only she can’t do it alone. Now the only two people willing to help Jessica’s splintered soul are the two she’s hurt the most. They must find a way to guide her soul back to her body ... before it’s too late.

Here's what's being said about A SOUL'S KISS
“Sensational, satisfying and surreal. A thrilling tale, beautifully imagined and carefully crafted. A must read 'coming of age' novel. I hope to see more of Chapoton in the future.”
~Lucy Morris, Lucy Reads

 “Very intriguing. With elements of friendship, romance, and the supernatural, A Soul’s Kiss is a fun novel with a good message and perfect for fans of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.”
~Paola Benevides, Don’t Fold the Page

 “A unique novel filled with engaging characters that captivate our heart as well as the imagination. An emotional ride loaded with intrigue, secrets, romance, and the paranormal that hooks the reader till the very last page.”
~Mandy Sickle, The Reading Diaries

"A Soul's Kiss is a compelling story of a group of teenagers struggling to find their place in the world. It's a fresh reminder that what we think we want isn't always what we need and that sometimes what we need was right in front of us all along."
~Ashley Gafford, Wholly Books!

"Ms Chapoton created living characters and gave us a gripping story. One word: awesome!
                                                                 ~Hira Mushtaq, Views and Reviews

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PROMOTIONAL SPOTLIGHT - UNCHAINED MEMORIES BY MARIA IMBALZANO

Title: Unchained Memories
Author: Maria Imbalzano

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As a rising medical malpractice attorney, Charlotte Taylor believes in standing up for the injured, giving them a voice, and advocating for their rights. She couldn't do it for her mother, so she does it for others, even if it means losing the love of her life.

Dr. Clayton Montgomery believes in working hard and playing even harder, until he reconnects with Charlotte. Barely noticing her crush when he tutored her ten years ago, Clay has a chance to make up for lost time when the beautiful lawyer comes back into town...until he discovers her chosen career path.

Now, philosophical differences soon become a reality and Charlotte is faced with the choice of representing a client against the hospital and against Clay. Will Charlotte give up her career and her tribute to her mother for a second chance with the man who got away?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & INTERVIEW


Maria Imbalzano is a matrimonial lawyer in central New Jersey where she not only uses her law degree to navigate her clients through the court system, but her psychology degree to guide them through their personal struggles. While writing motions, legal memoranda, and briefs is fascinating, it pales in comparison to creating memorable characters and taking them on their emotional journeys.

In addition to practicing law and writing fiction, Maria enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters either at home or at the Jersey Shore.




Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’m a divorce lawyer and as a lawyer, I write motions, legal memoranda and briefs – a world away from creative writing. I was never much of a creative writer during my school years and frankly, had no idea where to start when I got it in my head that I wanted to write a romance novel.  About 15 years ago, a flier came across my desk for a seminar called “How to Write Your Book In 14 Days (A Lawyer’s Guide)”. The seminar was exactly what I needed to get started – although to this day, I have not been able to write a book in fourteen days.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
Ten years ago, I won the New Jersey Romance Writers “Put Your Heart In A Book Contest” in the Long Contemporary category for my manuscript, “Weekend Diaries.”  That was a major contest and one of the judges was Kristen Hannah.  I met with her after the conference and she said some very nice things about my manuscript.  Soon thereafter, I signed with an agent and thought I was on my way. While several editors from different publishers were somewhat interested, it never turned into a contract. However, that ‘win’ gave me the confidence to keep at it and recognize that I would be published someday.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
Yes. It took me fifteen years. However, the major part of my time was taken with practicing law and raising two daughters. It’s been a challenge to find time to write.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My novel, “Unchained Memories” is about the heroine’s journey to discover that love and trust can unchain her from her memories and free her from the past.

Who is your publisher? or do you self publish?
The Wild Rose Press.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I write single title, contemporary romance. “Unchained Memories” is the fifth book I wrote but the first book to get published.  I just finished a manuscript called “Dancing in the Sand” which I intend to send out shortly with the hope of obtaining a contract. I am also re-working my third manuscript, “Weekend Diaries”, and intend to send that out again, in the not too distant future. My plan is go backwards and forwards.

What genre would you place your books into?What made you decide to write that genre of book? 
I love contemporary, single title romance. I am familiar with the present and as they say “write what you know.” It’s closer to real life and it’s easier to draw from real life experiences – whether my own or someone else’s.  While I will read historical, I know nothing about that era’s lifestyles and it would take an enormous amount of research and studying to learn it enough to write about it.  I suppose I don’t have enough creativity to write paranormal since I would have to build my own world.  Besides, I don’t like to read paranormal, so I know I wouldn’t want to write it.  Contemporary romance is the place for me.

How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books?Who designed the Cover of your books?
 “Unchained Memories” was initially titled “More Than A Memory.”  My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, informed me that they already had a book by that title and I needed to change it.  I wanted to keep the word “memory” in the title and I love the song, “Unchained Melody” so I put the two together and came up with my new title.  With regard to the cover, my publisher has each author complete a questionnaire that gives the cover artist a description of the hero, heroine and setting.  It also asks if we have any vision for our cover.  I just wanted the heroine on the cover (not the hero and heroine embracing) and I also wanted an iconic Princeton building in the background.  My cover artist is RJ Morris from The Wild Rose Press and she worked with me to create my vision.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
 In the very beginning, when I start a new manuscript, I usually call it Book 5, Book 6 or whatever number I am on.  Once I begin writing and getting to know my story and characters better, I give it a title.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I develop the main characteristics of my characters before I start writing. I start with their physical description and then determine their strengths and flaws. Many times I will page through a magazine and pull out a photograph of what my hero and heroine look like.  That way, when I want to describe something other than their eye or hair color, I can study the photo, which is a great help.

Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
I am definitely a plotter to the nth degree. I end up with an in depth outline which I can pick up at any time and start writing, whether I have fifteen minutes or three hours. Before I prepare this outline, I come up with my heroine and hero and a very basic story line. Then I determine the conflicts. I love notebooks and begin a new notebook with every story. Once I have the basic story down in writing (a paragraph or two), I start with chapter one and outline the entire book, page by page.  

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
I wish I knew the answer to that. I would love to write a best-seller. Then it would be turned into a movie. I could write the screenplay, meet famous, gorgeous actors and actresses and go to the Academy Awards in a to-die-for designer gown. My photo would be in People magazine and I’d be interviewed by Ellen. I think my fantasy is gaining a life of its own.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Do you have a hobby?
I don’t have time for a hobby. My career as a divorce attorney takes a tremendous amount of time and I am also on two Boards – Thomas Edison State College Foundation and Dress for Success Mercer County. I have a husband and two daughters, who were involved in a myriad of activities when they were in elementary and high school.  My daughters are now in college, so I have a little more time for writing at nights and on weekends. I needed to learn to give up watching TV in the evening to relax and instead, sit at my computer and write.  After a long day at work, you may not think that you have anything left in you to start working on what may be called a second career.  But I find that I enjoy writing so much, it doesn’t seem like work.  It’s fun, exciting, and gives me a chance to create wonderful characters and stories. 

Which format of book do you prefer, ebook, hardback, or paperback?
I love my Kindle Fire. I can throw it in my purse or suitcase if I am going on vacation without having to pack several books and I can read at night with the lights off so I don’t disturb my husband. That said, I also love a book you could hold. Paperbacks would be my next choice because they are lighter.

What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Be persistent and never give up.  I started writing fifteen years ago. At the time I didn’t know where to start.  I had never been a good creative writer in school, and writing legal briefs and memoranda of law is a very different type of writing.  I knew nothing of point of view, conflict, characterization or dialogue. I just started writing (after I made a lengthy outline.)   it wasn’t until I joined New Jersey Romance Writers and began attending seminars and conferences that I learned the art of creative writing. Needless to say, the first two manuscripts I wrote will never see the light of day. Since then I wrote four more manuscripts, one of them being “Unchained Memories.”   I received dozens of rejections over the years, but I knew if I was persistent, I would get published someday.  In May of 2013, I signed my first publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press. 

Your Blog Details? 
http://www.mariaimbalzano.com/category/blog/
Your Website ?   
http://www.mariaimbalzano.com
Your Facebook Page? 
https://www.facebook.com/mariaimbalzanoauthor
Your Goodreads Author Page? https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7276749.Maria_Imbalzano
Your Twitter Details? 
http://www.twitter.com/mariaimbalzano

Friday, 18 April 2014

BOOK RELEASE BLAST - BREAK FREE BY AMBER GARZA

Title: Break Free
Author: Amber Garza
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 18th, 2014  


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Jade Mathews is on the run. Running from an addiction that almost destroyed her, and a man who wants her dead. 

Kyler James is a writer, a recluse locked in a prison of his own making. 

When Jade and Kyler meet they find solace in one another and start to heal. Until Jade stumbles upon Kyler’s latest manuscript and is shocked to find that it is her story. One he couldn’t know. Jade fears she’s trusted the wrong person once again, and this time it may be her undoing. 

Is the past destined to destroy them, or will they finally break free?

  

PROMOTIONAL SPOTLIGHT - PATRIARCH RUN BY BENJAMIN DANCER

Title: Patriarch Run
Author: Benjamin Dancer

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Think of it as Jason Bourne meets Good Will Hunting.

(All April proceeds from PATRIARCH RUN will be donated to Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado. The money will be used by the school's PTSO to bring local authors into the classroom.)

Billy discovers that his father might be a traitor, that he was deployed to safeguard the United States from a cyberattack on its military networks. After that mission, his father disappeared along with the Chinese technology he was ordered to steal–a weapon powerful enough to sabotage the digital infrastructure of the modern age and force the human population into collapse. 

Against a backdrop of suspense, the story explores the archetypal themes of fatherhood, coming of age and self-acceptance through a set of characters that will leave you changed.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR & BOOK

Benjamin is an Advisor at Jefferson County Open School where he has made a career out of mentoring young people as they come of age. He wrote the novels PATRIARCH RUN, IN SIGHT OF THE SUN and FIDELITY. He also writes about parenting and education.

Patriarch Run is a thoughtful and character driven literary thriller. Think of it as Jason Bourne meets Good Will Hunting.
Billy discovers that his father might be a traitor, that he was deployed to safeguard the United States from a cyberattack on its military networks. After that mission, his father disappeared along with the Chinese technology he was ordered to steal–a weapon powerful enough to sabotage the digital infrastructure of the modern age and force the human population into collapse. 

Against a backdrop of suspense, the story explores the archetypal themes of fatherhood, coming of age and self-acceptance through a set of characters that will leave you changed.


GUEST POST

I teach writing to high school students. But I don’t see myself as a high school teacher. My job, as I see it, is to mentor young people as they come age.

I’m an Advisor at Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado. I’m the English teacher. But the kids in my classroom are looking for more than English. They’re looking for meaning. They’re looking for something real.

Right now I’m teaching The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I use the text to teach the kids to read. I use the ideas in the book to teach them to think. And the story Pollan tells about food...I use that as a guide for our own educational adventures in the food chain. Like Pollan does in the book, we visit farms. Food markets. I bought the kids McDonalds then drove them to a feedlot with a 100,000 head of cattle that filled our nostrils with the stench of feces and urine. The poop was piled twenty feet high by tractors. The cows were cover in it up to their spines. Our lungs were singed from the ammonia.

I had the kids eat the burgers and take it all in.

Later in the semester I had the students interview their oldest living relatives. Out of that interview, the students brought traditional recipes to class, and we prepared meals together.

This week we’re discussing the ethics of eating. I have them justify it: their choice to eat, which is to say their choice to kill. I do this because I want them to be on solid moral ground. I do this because I want their bodies to be well.

Why? Because I’m their English teacher. It’s my job.

I also facilitate a writers’ group. Because I believe kids need mentors (more than just me), I partner with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a Denver based community, to bring local authors into my classroom.

We meet at lunch every Wednesday, the writers’ group. This is a very committed group of writers (some students have graduated and still participate in the group via email from college). They take their writing seriously and provide one another with thoughtful, constructive feedback.

Once a month, we have a guest author. The guest author actually reads the week’s submission and critiques it, along with the rest of us. Imagine being seventeen years old and having your story critiqued by a published author.

After the critique session, we invite any interested student in the school to a craft talk with the author. After which, the kids get an opportunity to interact more openly. They get to ask questions about the writing process. About inspiration. About how to get published.

What’s really happening is that relationships are being developed. This is the secret to education. They can pass any law they want at the state or at the federal level. They can mandate testing. Or they can sell our schools to corporate enterprises. None of that will fix the problem we have with education in America.

Because the answer is this: teaching is about relationships. Kids need mentors. It’s that simple. They learn from the people they trust.

What happens in this guest author program is magical. Kids begin to see themselves as writers. They develop authentic relationships with authors in the community. They have consultants.

At my school, every student completes a Career Exploration Passage. It’s one of six rites of passages each student undertakes to graduate from high school. In the Career Exploration Passage, as the title indicates, students explore a career. The project involves an internship, research, consultants, a series of interviews, a resume. And eventually the student maps out a path to his or her chosen field.

The beauty of the curriculum at the Open School is that the students I work with get to consult with actual professionals. They get to interview our guest authors and develop relationships that will last long after high school is over.

To make all this work I went to our school’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) and asked for $50 a month to bring local authors into the classroom. The parents on PTSO generously supported the program, and they also asked me to consider ways to raise money to pay for it.

It was a reasonable request on their part, responsible even, but I had to think about it. What could I do to help support my own program?

Meanwhile, I went to Lighthouse Writers Workshop and told them what our PTSO was willing to do. Lighthouse generously matched my school’s contribution.

So we had $100 a month to bring local authors into the school. Not much. But money communicates value. By paying authors what we can, we let them know that we value their profession. Their work. Moreover, writers are hungry, and, so far, the guest authors have been grateful for the gig.

This week we’re hosting Caleb Seeling, the publisher at Conundrum Press. Caleb also writes graphic novels.

Then it finally came to me a few weeks ago: how to raise money for the program. I had a book release pending for my literary thriller Patriarch Run. It occurred to me that I could donate the April proceeds to PTSO and, in that way, raise money to support the guest author program at the Open School.

Which is what we’re doing. It’s a good book. It’s a good cause. And we’d welcome your support.


If you’d like to know more about our amazing school (there have been many books written about it), let me know. And if you’d like to learn more about me or my stories, you could drop me a line about that, too.

EXCERPT

Rachel never rode over the summit of the mountain because of the treacherous nature of that trail. It was against all rational judgement that she found herself on it now. At tree line the horse climbed over the ridge, stepped out of the spruce forest and onto the packed scree that made up the trail from there to the tundra. The mountainside below them gave way completely to granite cliffs.
The trail snaked along the top.
At the highest point among the cliffs, with nearly a thousand feet of empty space beneath the hooves of Old Sam, Rachel spotted two figures several hundred yards in the distance. She talked to the horse. Said she couldn’t be sure, but it looked to be a man and a bristlecone pine.
 The horse walked on.
“Watch your step, Old Sam.”
As they closed the distance, Rachel recognized him and saw that he was untying a rope from the gnarled tree.
“You couldn’t have picked a better view.”
Regan had looked at her once when he first heard the hooves on the scree, then he went back to his rope. Now he looked up at her face. Looked the horse over. Then he studied her eyes. She had divined his purpose.
He looked away. “Yeah, it’ll do.”
The two knew each other, but had rarely had cause to speak.
“I don’t mean to meddle, but it seems to me that the rope is ill conceived.”
Regan finished retying the rope to the tree, tested the knot and asked, “How so?”
“Too much length, and the wind, along with your own momentum, will lacerate your flesh against the rock.”
He looked over the edge. “That occurred to me as you were coming up. I shortened the rope.”
“Not enough length, and it’ll be slow and painful.”
He studied the coil of parachute cord on the ground and said with very little inflection. “It looks about right to me.” Then he walked over to a granite boulder.
“Seems you’ve thought it through.”
He sat down and pulled off his right boot. “We’ll see.”
Rachel reached behind her and took out a water bottle. Drank. She offered the bottle to Regan with a gesture.
He put out his lower lip and shook his head almost imperceptibly.
She capped it and put it back.
“Mind if I ask you a question?”
“Go ahead.” He pulled off the other boot.
“Why the rope and the cliff?”
“Coyotes.”
“I don’t follow.”
“When I was a kid, coyotes killed my dog. I heard the fight, but by the time I found her in the dark, they were already feeding on her guts.” He took off both socks and stood up. “They pulled her insides out through her anus.” He stepped over to the precipice and surveyed the valley.
“How old were you?”
“Six.”
Rachel nodded her head, which he didn’t see.
“With only the rope or only the cliff, I’d be left for the coyotes.”
“But this way it’s only insects and birds.”
He spun to face her, his widened eyes betraying surprise–or maybe alarm.
“Birds always eat the eyeballs first,” she continued. “Must be a delicacy to them. The insects just want a womb for their maggots. A nutrient-rich source to give their young a good start.”
Regan fidgeted with the socks in his hands.
“You could’ve picked a high branch.”
He looked distracted, as if he was still digesting the other image. “I thought of that.” He walked over to his boots, unbuttoning his silk shirt.
“Yeah.”
“A bear could cut the rope.”
“It seems you’ve thought it through.”
He took off his shirt, folded it and set it on a rock. “We’ll see.”
Rachel looked back over the trail. “Well, I best be goin’.”
“OK.”
She turned the horse, “Those are some fancy clothes.”
“Yeah.” He took off his belt. “The boots alone cost me eleven hundred dollars, and that was before tax.”
“I suppose it’s fitting.”
“It seemed that way to me, too, down at the house. But after being up here, I don’t think so.”
“How so?”
He wasn’t looking at her anymore. “I think I’ll be more comfortable without them.”
“What are you going to do with those eleven hundred dollar boots?”
He carried the clothes over to the bristlecone tree, put the boots on top of the folded shirt, the socks inside the boots and the belt around the boots. “Come back and get ’em if you like.”
“Well, I best be gettin’ along.”
“Ok.”
“You know my place?”
“I know it.”
“We’ll be sittin’ down for supper around six. Sirloin and potatoes. If you have a mind to, you’re welcome to stop by.”
He picked up the loose end of the parachute cord and started tying a hangman’s noose. “I appreciate that.”

MY REVIEW - SEX IN A COFFIN - KISMET KNIGHT, VAMPIRE PSYCHOLOGIST BY LYNDA HILBURN

SERIES PROMOTION:
Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist 

Title: Devereux The Night Before Kismet (Bk 0.5)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Master vampire Devereux has it all: immortality, good looks, intelligence, money, a body to die for, and a constant stream of available women. Sounds like an ideal existence. So, what’s the problem? He’s listless. Bored. Unhappy. After 800 years, coming up with reasons to rise for another meaningless night can be a challenge, and he’s starting to question his choices. Worried, two of Devereux’s old friends concoct a creative plan to energize and encourage him to rejoin the land of the unliving. They don’t want their friend to seek true death, so they’re willing to do whatever is necessary. What could go wrong?



Title: The Vampire Shrink (Bk 1)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Bloody, Sexy & Funny . . .

Kismet Knight, PhD, doesn't believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn't believe in vampires, but she begins to wise up when she is introduced to a handsome man named Devereux who claims to be 800 years old. Kismet doesn't buy his vampire story, but she also can't explain why she has such odd reactions and feelings when he is near. Then a client almost completely drained of blood staggers into her waiting room and two angry men force their way into her office, causing her to consider the possibility that she has run afoul of a vampire underworld. Enter FBI profiler Alan Stevens, who warns her that vampires are very real, and one is a murderer -- a murderer who is after her.



Title: Sex In A Coffin (Bk 1.4)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Bloody, sexy and funny...

Sex in a Coffin is a 14,645-word short story which takes place immediately after the events of The Vampire Shrink, book #1 in the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series. I recommend you read The Vampire Shrink first.

Ever since Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight discovered the frightening world of the vampires, she’s been struggling to hold onto her sanity—with varying degrees of success. Join Kismet and 800-year-old Master Vampire Devereux as they share a typical night on the other side of the Looking Glass. Can a brainy scientist and an ancient bloodsucker really be an item? Friends with benefits? More?

See My Review below in this post!

Title: Until Death Do Us Part  (Bk 1.5)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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5,000-word humorous mini story which takes place immediately after the events of the novel, "The Vampire Shrink."

Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight counsels vampires. Apparently, some vampires are easier to counsel than others.



Title:  Blood Therapy
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Blood Therapy is a dark contemporary fantasy with humor, mystery, romance and adult situations.

Bloody, Sexy & Funny . . .

Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her clients, but when it comes to her love-life, she's on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist - he also persuaded her to start dating him. 

Kismet's still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a psychotic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating - but she's constantly terrified. And Dev's become obsessed with finding Lucifer - before he comes after Kismet again. 

So much for her nice, ordinary life...



Title:  Crimson Psyche
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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This is the British version, with UK spelling, punctuation, phrases, etc.

Psychologist Kismet Knight’s life changed for ever when she discovered a preternatural underworld and became involved with gorgeous, centuries-old Devereux, the powerful leader of a vampire coven. But it’s brought her plenty of new, undead clients and a certain amount of notoriety. When she agrees to what she believes is just another radio interview, she finds she’s completely mistaken.

And while Maxie Westhaven, a tabloid newspaper reporter in search of a juicy story, is befriending Kismet, leading her into a bizarre world of role-players and lost souls, Luna, Devereux’s hostile femme fatale PA recognises the perfect opportunity to throw a wrench into her boss’s blossoming relationship with the human shrink. Kismet’s life is about to get complicated…again.

Review To Come Soon


MY REVIEW

Title: Sex In A Coffin 
Series: Kismet Knight and Devereux Story
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Bloody, sexy and funny...

Sex in a Coffin is a 14,645-word short story which takes place immediately after the events of The Vampire Shrink, book #1 in the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series. I recommend you read The Vampire Shrink first.

Ever since Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight discovered the frightening world of the vampires, she’s been struggling to hold onto her sanity—with varying degrees of success. Join Kismet and 800-year-old Master Vampire Devereux as they share a typical night on the other side of the Looking Glass. Can a brainy scientist and an ancient bloodsucker really be an item? Friends with benefits? More?

INITIAL THOUGHTS
I think its fair to say I approached this novella with fairly high expectations after having read some of Lynda's other novellas and book one and two in the series too. Having loved all so far I did expect a certain level of romance with some humour thrown in too.

MY REVIEW
I purchased and downloaded an e-copy of this one from Amazon.co.uk.
So the book begins with Kismet and Devereux up close and personal in a rather deluxe sounding coffin. Apparently Kismet had wondered what it was like to be inside a coffin and of course Devereux instantly indulges her curiosity.
Devereux is in his own style romancing and courting Kismet. He desperately wants her to trust him and is hinting he will tell her much more about himself very soon. Devereux has also been tied up with work a lot recently so had decided to whisk Kismet away with him to send some quality time together and is keeping the destination a "surprise".
Two of Devereux's "off spring" want to meet Kismet, they are old, old vampires with a kind of slapstick comedy thing going on with each other. though they do take things a little too far and end up seriously scaring Kismet much to Devereux annoyance.
So after the "misunderstanding" Kismet & Devereux do spend some quality time together and Kismet feels like she can trust the ancient Vampire but still has her doubts as to whether their strange relationship will stand the test of time and grow stronger, or will Vampire politics, and drama's come between them. Is Kismet getting too involved in all thing Vampire? Having a relationship with one, working with them, and socialising with them too.
So did I enjoy the novella? Yes, I was ready for a little more Kismet & Devereux!
Would I recommend the novella? Yes, though you don't have to read them for the books to make sense they are a great addition to the series. The novellas help pass the wait for the next book!
Would I read more books and or novellas of Kismet & Devereux? Yes please! I certainly intend to.
Would I read other books by Lynda Hilburn? I wuld certainly give other books by Lynda a read though I'm not sure if I could love other characters as much as I do Kismet & Devereux!