Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cover Reveal: Bulletproff by Jenna Galicki


COVER REVEAL


Available February 21, 2018

Derek MacAlister, the wild one. Known for dancing on table tops, partying too hard and possessing a never-ending thirst for excitement. With his bandmates now settled in committed relationships, he’s the last man standing. The only problem is that he wants to party all night long, but his best friends are content to stay at home. Enter Travis Fontana, a bad boy with a reputation for trouble, and Derek has his partner in crime.

Travis Fontana just scored the gig of a lifetime opening for the nation’s top heavy metal band. He’s a rebel who thrives on pushing the limits of a good time and Bulletproof’s sexy long-haired guitarist, Derek MacAlister, is right by his side to share the fun. Together, they’re double trouble.

But all is not as it seems. Underneath the painted-on smile and carefree exterior that Travis shows the world lies a tortured soul with a dark past. Little by little, Travis lets Derek see a side of him that no one else knows. Derek, unused to the unfiltered raw honesty that Travis shares, finds that he wants to take care of this troubled, vulnerable man and turns out to be Travis’ rock in times of crisis.

When the pressures of new-found fame begin to overwhelm Travis, he quickly starts to unravel. Pushed to the breaking point, it becomes clear that even Derek can’t save him. Travis needs to save himself.





Catch up with the band! (each are stand-alones)
The Undercover Rock Star, Bulletproof Book 1 (only 99¢ - also on audio!)
Branded, Bulletproof Book 2
Bassist With Benefits, Bulletproof Book 3



Jenna Galicki writes in multiple genres, including m/f, m/m, and m/m/f.

She is a strong advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality.

A native New Yorker, she recently relocated to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two dogs. She's a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.

She also makes adorable commemorative prints for books signings and special events - a keepsake to have signed by the attendees. Click for more info.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Finally Free by Riley Edwards


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¸.•´. Finally Free is Finally Here!!

Finally Free (Levi): A Black Ops Romance (The 707 Freedom Series Book 3)
by Riley Edwards


Blake Porter was one of the lucky ones. She’d met the man she was going to marry while she was in high school. She thought she was living a fairytale; the nerdy wannabe journalist dating the gorgeous star quarterback. One wrong move proved to irrevocably alter the course of their lives.

Betrayed by the girl he loved, Levi McCoy left for the Army and never looked back. Blake’s deception pierced his soul and shattered his heart. He used the pain to his advantage and became cold and calculating - the perfect Black Ops soldier.

Over a decade later, the 707 has been called in to rescue a reporter embedded in a deadly terrorist cell, and Levi’s shocked to learn it’s the one woman who’d once owned his heart. But Blake is no longer the naive teenager she’d once pretended to be. She’s something far more dangerous.

With bombs exploding, blood being spilled, and the terrorists closing in, they both battle the memories of their beautiful beginnings and shared history. Levi and Blake face off in a showdown of wills. In one corner, Levi is determined not to fall for the woman he’s never stopped loving. In the other, Blake tries to hold on to her self-respect and not beg Levi to hear the truth.

When the lies and deception are revealed will they survive with their hearts and lives intact?



About Riley Edwards


Riley Edwards is a bestselling multi-genre author, wife, and military mom. Riley was born and raised in Los Angeles but now resides on the east coast with her fantastic husband and children. Her two eldest children have flown the coop and are now serving in the US military. Riley also has a teenage daughter that is the source of laughter and wit around her house. Her youngest son is a "bad-ass" in training and is very much a mini version of his Alpha father.
Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley's favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. (Those are also her favorites to read.) She's known for her jaw-dropping plot twists. You know the ones? Those pivotal scenes in a story that when executed so flawlessly it leaves you breathless and begging for more? Yeah, those! She's mastered the art of blending suspense, romance, and smoldering sexy times. It's like Criminal Minds, and the Spice Channel mated, and a perfect love child was born. To learn more about Riley's books, please visit, www.RileyEdwardsRomance.com.
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Book Blast: The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita

~ The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita ~
a Luc Fortesque adventure thriller


1945 
Allied paratroopers raid a secret Nazi research facility. The operation is reported as a success. But, the lone survivor, Benjamin Ezra, knows otherwise. 

2014 
A drug lord, El Fantasma threatens to plunge Colombia into an era of bloody drug wars. DEA Country AttachΓ©, Zachary Mason is in charge of a covert operation to remove El Fantasma, with the help of a vigilante, El Angel, and a retired undercover agent, Raymond Garrett. 

In Naples, INTERPOL agent, Sabina Wytchoff, is investigating the death of her parents, when the Wytchoff family’s association with an ancient cabal comes under investigation. 

After the events of The Apocalypse Trigger, Luc Fortesque, is scouring the world for the man who tested experimental drugs on him. 

Wei Ling works for a shadow Transhumanist faction within China’s State Council, developing drugs that will enhance human longevity. 

Their paths will converge… violently… and conclude the mission that began in 1945.

The Immortality Trigger is also available at all leading eBook retailers


Reviews for The Immortality Trigger:

"...with a storyteller of Misquita’s caliber, you just may need Dramamine before the first chapter is done." - Bestthrillers.com

"For fans of the fast-paced and modern tale with global reach that dabbles in history, this is a perfect storm." - Lydia Peever


"The Immortality Trigger cemented in my mind why Douglas Misquita is my favourite Indian thriller author." - Newton Lewis


Other books in the series:
         



Douglas Misquita is an action-adventure thriller writer from Mumbai, India. He hammered out his first novel on the keyboard of a laptop with half-a-working-screen, and has been churning out literary entertainment to the tune of a book-a-year. His books have been praised for their pace, locales, intertwined plots, research and visuals - it’s almost like watching a movie… only, this one unfolds across the pages of a book! 





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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Author Interview: Sahana Ahmed





Sahana Ahmed is a fiction writer from Gurugram. Her short story 'Zeenat Aman is not a Soldier' was a finalist of the inaugural Juggernaut Love Story Contest. She is an alumna of University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing India Workshop and ‘Combat Skirts’ is her debut novel.




How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
My story ‘Zeenat Aman Is Not a Soldier’ was a finalist in the inaugural Juggernaut Love Story Contest. It was based in a military Special Train, and Juggernaut Books liked it. When they asked me to write a novel with a similar setting, I decided to write about life in an army girls’ hostel. That’s how it started.

What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine or do you have any weird, funny, or unusual habits while writing and what are they?
My writing process is haphazard. It’s not even dependent on inspiration or motivation. I write when I need to. Otherwise, I don’t write for days. I don’t believe in writing daily. Writing is not a chore.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Writer’s block, apart from being an upshot of mental/emotional/physical exhaustion, also happens if you try to force your will on your characters. Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, you need to set aside your ego sometimes and listen to your characters. They always pull me out of dead ends.

What are your current/future projects?
Currently, I’m committed to taking Combat Skirts to as many readers as possible. I would like to write a children’s book someday.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
Combat Skirts is romantic fiction. I didn’t choose it; the book chose me. Juggernaut had commissioned me to write it for them and I must say writing love stories is very difficult. I find it easier to write what is called “literary” fiction. To balance different genres, I write flash stories. They are intense and quick, and act as palate cleansers.

Are you traditional or self-published, and what process did you go through to get your book published?
Combat Skirts is traditionally published. The process, like I’ve told you, was very interesting. I got the offer to write a book first and I learned on the job.

What do you do if inspiration strikes in an inconvenient place like (car, restaurant, bathroom/shower, etc..) and how do you capture that moment before it gets away from you?
Usually one has their phone with them. I just send myself a message. If I don’t have my phone, I make up a quick mnemonic.

What is the intended audience for you book?
My book can be read by anyone over 10. I say that because I’d have loved to read Combat Skirts as a ten-year-old. There is no upper age limit, I think; no gender bar either. I know of retired Colonels and Brigadiers who are enjoying the book as much as their wives are.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes, I’m curious about what people have to say. If it is a good review, I’m grateful. If not, I try not to justify my work.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of self or traditional publishing?
I’m somewhere in-between at the moment. My book is traditionally published, so there’s that crucial validation, but since it is available only digitally, exclusively on the Juggernaut app/website, I’m not able to reach a certain section of people. There’s an overwhelming demand for hard copies from various battalion libraries but I’m not able to do anything about that at present.

Do you have a subject/genre you would never write about, why?
I’m a writer, I want to write everything.

What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
I’ll answer that in the words of a friend. “This is brilliant on so many levels…your writing is too intelligent for this genre” It’s a compliment but I see no reason why romantic fiction shouldn’t be sharp.






Combat Skirts is a novel about falling in love and knowing when it's real. Written in a crisp, peppy tone the writing transforms you into a world of cantonments and may queen balls, and of course, college! If you grew up in an army background you'll find yourself thinking back to your own past experiences; if you didn't, you'll get a glimpse into that life. College is all about many mini-crises, crushes, friendships, tensions and a whole lot of unforgettable memories. And notch up the drama if you happened to be in an all-girls hostel. The short novel packs in all of this and much more. 



It is a witty, unputdownable, fast-paced read that is sure to leave you with a smile and asking for more.



Juggernaut





Thank you, Sahana for this amazing interview! I wish you success for all your future works. Keep writing!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review: Mothering a Muslim by Nazia Erum


Title: Mothering A Muslim
Author: Nazia Erum
Publisher: Juggernaut


Nazia Erum runs a fashion start-up, and is the mother of an adorable little girl. But from the day Myra was born, she found herself asking questions she didn't have answers for. It began with her daughter's name – should Nazia choose a traditional Islamic name or a more non-religious sounding one so that her daughter couldn't be identified as a Muslim? Nazia was not the only modern middle-class Muslim asking this question. Soon she discovered that finding the right name for Myra was the least of her worries. Talking to over 100 children and their parents across 12 cities, what Nazia uncovers is deeply troubling. She heard stories of rampant bullying of Muslim children in many of the country's top schools, of six-year-olds being hit by their classmates because of their faith, of religious segregation in classrooms and of anxious Muslim parents across the country who monitor their children's dress, speech and actions to protect them. In Mothering a Muslim, she finally lifts the veil on this taboo subject, one that is spoken of only in whispers. Urgent, gripping and heartbreaking, this is essential reading for every Indian.



Bigotry — the intolerance, fear, and hatred of those different from ourselves — is a common occurrence in the world even today. It is, however, considered wrong almost universally because it robs others of their rights as human beings through discrimination and persecution. And among all forms of bigotry, it is religious bigotry that is by far the most common. Due to religious bigotry people are willing to kill each other even in a secular country like ours. I wonder what it is like in countries where they have a national religion!
The most worrying aspect of this ‘epidemic’ is that it has spread its vile roots even in the innocent yards of schools. Kids, who have no actual idea of what religion is, hurl abuses at each other and sometimes even get physical based on religious differences. Set amidst this backdrop, Nazia Erum’s ‘Mothering a Muslim’ explores the thoughts and dilemmas of a community that finds itself embattled in India’s current political climate. It raises questions and examines bullying in the so-called secular, liberal posh schools of Delhi NCR and elsewhere.
Religion has always been a sensitive issue in our country. Not very long ago we witnessed partitions based on the fault lines of religious sentiments. Was it right? That is not the question we need to ask ourselves any more. Was it enough to purge our religious notions? – is what we need to understand.
Islamophobia has seeped into the very corridors of our schools and homes and this is what Erum tries to tell the masses through her book. She uncovers a deeply disturbing picture of what it means to grow up as a Muslim in India. She has provided a set of guidelines for parents and teachers on what steps they can take if their child/ward is being subjected to communal bullying.
Erum also writes about how many Muslim parents, including herself, have developed inherent fears about their kids being singled out because of how their name sounds like. The most striking part of her book is when she goes beyond the trials of raising a child whose identity is Muslim. She brings up a key dilemma of being Muslim that seems to plague the community causing an internal crisis of identity.

To some the book may come across as a one-sided monologue where the sentiments of non-Muslim mothers are not being taken into consideration. There’s always two sides of a story — ours and theirs. But shouldn’t we, as educated people, start saying a single story with a mutual voice? It’d be good to be just ‘humans’ and not labeled as anything else. Erum has tried to say just that through her book and it applies to everyone. 
A worthwhile read all things considered!    



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I'd like to thank the publisher for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 




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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Promotion Tour: Julia Donaldson, Author of The Gruffalo And Friends

About the Author



Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Childrens Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.


About the Book


This is a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So imagine his surprise when he meets the real Gruffalo.

Forthcoming Events

Join Julia Donaldson, the number one bestselling author, for an enjoyable and lively hour of songs, stories and audience participation based on her much-loved picture books. Creator of some of the world’s most lovable children's books such as The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard, A Squash and a Squeeze, Monkey Puzzle....,
Watch Julia bring them live on the stage.
Julia Donaldson will be joined by The Gruffalo!!

For more information please visit: www.gruffalo.com/events


Monday, January 15, 2018

Author Interview: Thomas McRae, Author of Pimp in the Pulpit

About the Author


Thirty-three year old Thomas McRae is a self described “stocky African American” man with literary accomplishments and dreams. Having recently self-published a short fiction novel inspired by universal themes – love, pain, failures, and triumphs – McRae discussed himself and his work with us here.


About the Book

This book is based on a dysfunctional family who goes through their ups and downs in a series of short and funny stories. The Jones family is back for a all out laugh tells with family drama comedy and suspense. This time the stories centers around the earlier years of Edward Jones and his brother Marcus Jones Junior. The two boys reminisce about their crazy Walt Disney vocation with Lillian McBride their biological grandmother and relive the moments when Edward Jones invited his aunt minister Tierra Joy and baby girl Princess Joy along with Lillian McBride to his elementary school graduation. I think it's safe to say that these short stories are filled with entertainment and humor that will last a lifetime.

Buy Link


Author Interview


1. What motivates you too write and where does your inspiration come from? 
I have several motivations first is my surroundings, my family and friends, plus some of my own personal life experiences. But my inspiration is my Lord and Savior and my best friend in the whole wide world my mother Mrs. Sylvia A McRae. She is my rock, my most loyal confidant and she's without a doubt my heart in human form.

2. When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer / story teller?  
The reality is I've always been a writer, since I was in elementary school up to my early twenties. But the fact is I never had the confidence in myself to pursue this dream mainly because I have had a limited support system within my family and supposedly friends. But it comes a time in everyone's life when you have to throw caution to the wind and make a name for yourself and be your own man. I decided right after Hurricane Sandy I was going to do something with my words and not hide behind them.

3. What are your current future projects?
I have several short fiction novels I am working on each one is based on personal life experiences or someone I know. Expect each book to be very similar to Pimp in the pulpit and the titles of each book are The Funeral, Six Winters and Seven Summer's, Ghetto Superstar and Street Trash which is the 1st short fiction novel I ever did and I'm going to bring it back and properly promote it. Along with a great deal of poetry books which I have sitting on my shelf just waiting to be released along with the newest one I'm working on which is titled Fatal Impact. Believe me when I say this you're not going to be disappointed because every book I write it's full of passion desire and personal truth.

4.  What opportunities have being an author presented you with and share those memories?
I have been blessed with the  opportunity to be on several online radio shows, not to mention numerous newspaper articles from my local paper The Wave in Far Rockaway Queens New York. Plus I also took part in the Downtown Brooklyn Book Fair in New York along with several flea markets and other personal events. Such as online blog interviews and even a interview from my job magazine The Bulletin.

5. What do you do if inspiration strikes in an inconvenient place like the car, or restaurant or at work?
That's the beauty about having a cell phone if I don't have a pen and paper on me I can write out a text on whatever poem I'm thinking about at that moment in time. As far as the novels go I usually wait until I have a free moment then I just start typing everything down on my laptop and once I'm done or want to take a break from writing.  I just go back to see what I've done and make sure that the grammar is correct but  more importantly I like to make certain I didn't overlook anything or forgot to add something in.

6. How do you think you have evolved as a person and author because of your writing and do you believe your writing has helped others how and why? 
I believe I have evolved because I'm more confident in myself as a person despite all the negativity around me. I believe I've changed because I develop a thicker skin but at the same time I'm very loving and genuinely kind. Everybody that I know that has bought my book or for the most part I have sent for review has enjoyed my book and got something out of it whether it's personal or just simply entertainment. I think everyone has a gift and some special talent that should be used to touch not only the people around us but anyone and everyone around the world.

7. Do you believe there is value in a review? Do you believe they are underrated or don't matter at all?
In my honest opinion I think any review can hurt or help an author. It depends on how it's written and in what context its taken out of. But whether or not you get a good or bad review that shouldn't determine who you are as a writer, as long as you believe in your heart that you're talented and your book has a purpose then another person's opinion shouldn't be your opinion of yourself. For example if you look up my book Pimp in the pulpit by Thomas McRae go to goodreads.com you will see that one of the bloggers gave me not such a flattering review. Now was I a little disappointed yes of course but I didn't take it personal because everyone is entitled to their own opinion because that is what makes us unique and special through God's eyes.

8. What is your biggest fear about having a book published?
When I first started out I relied on my father and a couple of people to help me sale and promote my book. I started to get worried because my numbers weren't that impressive  but as time went on and I started to branched out on my own using the internet and marketing with my own personal strategy. I finally began to realize that I had nothing to fear because whether I sold a hundred thousand or 10 copies I was a success because I decided to do it on my own and not depend on anyone else. But more importantly I truly began to realize I was a success when I look back and thought of the people I knew and how some of there lives was wasted and thrown away. No I'm not judging anyone for whatever mistakes they made I'm merely saying I am grateful that I decided to go a different direction and be a better person and a better man. Success isn't about how much money you have it's about being a positive influence for those around you and those who are observing you, even if they secretly are helping that you will fail.

9. If you have multiple books published what do you feel is your greatest work? 
I can't answer that question because truthfully I am generally proud of every book I have ever published. Now granted most of them I sold without using any internet service or bloggers. But now that I'm using the internet more I'm getting more attention and it feels good knowing that my book isn't just being sold locally in my backyard. But all over the United States and in other countries that's the beauty about Book Bloggers online they can reach a larger audience through websites and Instagram.

10. What is the intended audience for your book? 
It doesn't matter who reads my book as long as they enjoy it or get something out of it. Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2 are short fiction novels that was inspired by my life and my family trials and tribulations.

11. If you had the chance to get one message out there to reach readers all over the world what would that message be? 
First I would say please support my books Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2 because they are short but excellent reads and secondly I would tell people no matter what happens in life always pursue your dream and follow your passion because dreams are what keeps us alive and  passion is what inspires us to achieve greatness.

12. What makes a good story, why?
Life Experiences and personal events makes the best stories. Speaking from your heart and giving a piece of your soul is what makes the best literature and motion film projects. Nothing speaks to the average person then speaking from your heart and telling your own personal story .

13. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do  you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? 
Yes I do read both good and bad no I don't respond to them not often anyway. But on occasion especially if it was nice but I try not to take anything personal because life is too short and I wasted so much time being angry at so many people.

14. What are some events you have attended or participated in that has been a positive experience for you?
I try to see everything as a positive experience. Because what doesn't break you can only make you stronger.

15. Were your characters based on real life people / events or did you make it all up?
Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2  are base on my family drama and personal life. Even though everything isn't fact there's still a lot of truth,  comedy and suspense. Let's be honest everybody's family has at least one screw up and nut job mine just happened to have quite a few.

16. Do you view writing as a career, love, hobby, therapy or all of the above? 
All of the above because my goal is to make a career out of it. I love it very much, it's definitely very therapeutic and it started out as a hobby.

17. What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing and traditional?
When you are a traditional publisher the benefit is you have someone backing you and doing a lot of the leg work. But the downside to that is that you lose more creative control and your input is very limited. But as a self publishing author you decide how things go and the way it should be. Plus you can move at your own pace and make the final decisions. in my humble opinion whether your self-publishing or traditional the author should always have the final say because it's their words and their story that is being told.

18. What makes your book stand out from the crowd? 
Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2 are short novels that speaks volumes despite  a little bit of pages. Each story is personal and handpick through recent or regular conversations, there's nothing about neither book you won't relate to or enjoy not as long as you keep an open mind.

19. What is the best piece of advice you have received as a writer to date? 
The best piece of advice I got was from my mother. And she told me that no matter what happens stay focused and determine because your blessing is coming. She also told me that I gave so much to so many people and that God is going to make sure that he smiles on me.

20. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing? 
I would tell that individual to never get discouraged and give it your all. I would also inform them to do their research because there are a lot of scammers out there waiting to take advantage of misguided and uninformed writers.

21. Is there anything else you like to share with your readers? 
Yes please support me and buy my two novels Pimp in the Pulpit 1 and 2 because they are a great read and you can get so much out of them. Both books are good for holidays or even birthday gifts it depends on the person's taste. You can order them online at barnesandnoble.com Google books.com amazon.com and fishpond.com. Or go to Google search enter Pimp in the pulpit by Thomas McRae and review all the current and up-to-date information.