"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

GFP Book Tour - Review Sanctum Angels by Edenmary Black



When Priana Grey walks into a bank, she isn’t expecting to be taken hostage by a violent thief; nor, is she expecting Detective Joe Cafaris to offer his life for hers. The stepdaughter of fallen angels of the Sanctum, she has concealed her true nature to move among humans for years, but Joe’s courage astounds her. Although she knows that falling in love with a human is a disaster, she just can’t ignore what she feels.



Joe is a tough loner, cool in the most dangerous situations, but he’s not ready for the scorching desire he feels for Priana. He has a million logical reasons to walk away, but his heart wants something else. 


Priana’s stepbrother, Keirc, warns that she’ll find only misery with Joe, yet he guards a perilous secret of his own. His lover, Iridea, is the daughter of Sebastien Galaurus, a ruthless vampire who leads the Demesne, a powerful supernatural haven quite unlike the Sanctum. 


When a stunning crisis forces Priana into the heart of the Demesne, a maelstrom explodes in the shadow of supernatural havens on the brink of war, where fallen angels, vampires, weres and daemons call the shots and humans are viewed as critically frail - a place where men and supernaturals can die.

Review:

Sanctum Angels starts off with a bang! From the first sentence in the prologue to the end of the first chapter, I couldn't put this book down. What a way to start a book! I was hooked.

What originality, and I have to say, I've come across some great vampire/shifter novels, but never vampire/angels or vampire/daemons. I loved everything about this book. The whole daemon/vamp and angel/vamp thing was so intriguing that I couldn't wait to learn more in this wonderful world Black created.

Black did a magnificent job laying out a very enticing plot, drawing you in and keeping you wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens next. Just beautiful!

I would highly recommend Sanctum Angels for a different spin on the Supernatural Universe, a beautiful love story, and just a plain old good new Indie Author to test drive.

Kudos! I can't wait for the next book, Sanctum Warriors!


Excerpt:

Pria heard a sharp intake of breath next to her that alarmed her more than removing her red dress, which was little more than a long tee shirt. She whipped the dress over her head and kicked her flip flops to the center of the floor. Down to her slip, she glanced at the girl, who was sliding a pair of cut offs down thin, tan legs. She wore a simple pink top with buttons and white cotton panties. Her fingers fluttered over the shirt’s buttons, unable to make herself undo them.

“Honey…” Pria whispered.

“I’m not wearing a bra,” the girl hissed, in a panicky voice.

“It’ll be okay. Keep the shirt on. Just don’t say a word, no matter what.”

In a moment, the thief’s eye came to rest on the girl, as the other hostages continued disrobing. He strode forward until he was inches of her face.

Get your shirt off, bitch!” he screamed.

The girls squeezed her eyes closed as if to protect herself from his fury. She turned her head away, expecting to be hit.

Pria noted the thief’s hot breath and dirty, blond hair. His pale skin was specked with acne scarring. Spittle gathered at the corners of his thin lips.

Pria’s hand flew upward in front of the man’s face. “She won’t run,” she said firmly. “That’s why you want us to take our shoes and clothes off…so we won’t run for the door. She won’t run.”

The gunman looked down at Pria, as if aware of her for the first time.





Ednemary Black is currently touring with Goddess Fish Promotions. You can view her tour HERE. She will also be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter for her tour.


Edenmary Black has been writing since she could clutch a pencil. She has always been fascinated with the mysteries of the paranormal and loves the question all writers answer when they pen fiction. For her, it's all about that magical, "What if?” When not working her keyboard, she enjoys long walks with her golden retriever, reading and spending time with her family, all of whom are male. She spends far too much on lingerie and is very, very weak for chocolate. Visit her at www.edenmaryblack.com




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Monday, March 26, 2012

GFP Book Tour - Soul Seduction by Lori Toland



Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a beverage?

Lori: I’ll take a Newcastle Brown Ale if you have one! 


Now that we're all settled in my lair, I'm de-bite-fully glad you stopped in.


BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

Soul Seduction is a wild and dark tale about a demon slayer who moves to England after losing her mentor. After settling in, she meets her hot neighbor, Luke. Slayers are only supposed to mate with each other, so her instant attraction to Luke is startling but she can’t seem to push him away for good.

BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?

I love reading paranormal so the jump to UF wasn’t a long one. But I have a hard time finding erotic UF, with the emphasis on erotic. So I wrote one. 

BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in sixth grade and my teacher asked us to write a story about our vacation. Well, I didn’t realize the project was supposed to be true and my imagination took flight. My teacher believed every word of it and commented how wonderful my grandmother was.

BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I really love Liverpool so when choosing the setting, it wasn’t hard to decide the backdrop. So my setting and culture definitely keeps my book fresh because I do try to stay true to the city Luke loves so much.

BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

Keeping Ashlee a virgin. She really wanted Luke and resisting her was nearly impossible for her.  

BK:  What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

I love Terrence. He was so adorable and quirky. Terry is Ashlee’s new slayer’s mentor, who guides her through the rough parts of slaying. Back in the day, he was a librarian but now he’s a sex toy shop owner with his partner.

BK:  Which was your favorite scene to write?

I have so many. I loved the scene where Luke invites Ashlee in for tea, when he’s interested in her at first. There are so many cute one liners in that scene, as their flirtations get out of control.

BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series?

Oh yes, this book is definitely the first in a series but all the books do stand alone. I’m about half way done with the second book but my next release popped up for edits. That one is coming out 4/24.

BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?

Busy. I’m a CEO for my family business. My day usually involves running around putting out fires, ordering supplies, etc.

BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Sleep, eat, breathe and read. I also do enjoy my job but it cuts into my writing time. :)

BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I have no idea. I’m kind of an open book, no pun intended.

BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

I like to read anything. Short, long, funny, sad, as long as there are no zombies, I’d love to read it.

BK:  Please tell us one piece of advice you were given as an author that you carry with you when you write?

Don’t ever stop writing. I think I’ll write until the day I die.

BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

Don’t stop writing. LOL! Also don’t believe everything in the industry you hear. I’ve heard editors aren’t buying books in the genre I just sold in.

BK:  What are you currently working on?

The sequel to Soul Seduction (YAY!) I’m also working on a sequel to my upcoming release The Long Con, a m/m suspense about another hot British boy.

BK:  Where can readers connect with you?

I’m on Twitter: loritoland and of course you can always stop my website, which doubles as my blog too. I post lots of pictures of my furchildren there and they are always looking to have their egos stroked.

Lori will be giving away the winner's choice of a $25 GC to either Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks or Loose Id for both blog host with most comments and one randomly drawn commenter during the tour  You can follow Lori's tour HERE for more chances to win.

Ashlee Bennett has her priorities straight. Fighting demons is at the top of the list until she meets her sexy neighbor, Luke Byrne. Even though he is human, she can't stop dreaming about his buff body and sexy grin, until her dreams turn to nightmares.

Her world is turned upside down when Luke follows her one night but instead of being afraid, he is only more determined to stand beside her and fight. Ashlee knows she needs to keep her distance from Luke, not just to protect her virginity but her heart as well. But Luke may be the only one who can save her from the night, and her dreams.


Excerpt:

“I can’t just leave,” I protested as the cool evening air hit me. “I came with a friend.”

He rounded on me, and I nearly ran into him. “You mean your boyfriend? Do you want to stay with him? Just say the word, Ash.”

The possessive tone in his voice ticked me off. “What the hell, Luke? I don’t even know you, and you’re acting like you fucking own me.” But even as I said the words, I wanted him to grab me, hold me, and take me however he wanted. My lust for him clouded my ability to say no.

“Ash,” he said gruffly, “all I think about is having you.” He moved forward as he spoke, and I stepped backward, keeping my distance until my back met a wall. I knew my control around him was shot to hell, and I couldn’t trust myself. He snaked his hand into my hair and roughly grabbed the strands. He angled my head so I couldn’t look away. If I were able to breathe, I would have hyperventilated.

“Don’t.” My plea sounded weak, and I doubted he even heard me.

“I can’t help myself,” he said and kissed me gently. It was the lightest of pressure on my lips, until he coaxed them apart. When my tongue met his, I was tentative at first, but Luke took charge and claimed my mouth.

I was strong enough to pull away, to tell him no and kick him in the nuts if he didn’t stop. But I didn’t want to. I let myself drown in his kisses. I was so wrapped up in what he was doing to me with his mouth, I barely noticed he had lifted me up and held me against the concrete wall.

He settled his hips between my legs and rocked them, pressing his cock against my clit. The only thing keeping him from fucking me was the thin barrier of our jeans. I spiraled higher, and my pussy clenched, desperate to have him inside me.

He pulled his lips away from mine, and my vision whited out. My clit pulsed faster and faster, and I accidentally banged the back of my head against the hard concrete wall as every muscle in my body tensed.

I shook from the intensity of my climax, my teeth grinding together. He leaned in and kissed me, claiming my mouth with his tongue again. Then he broke our kiss and whispered, “You are mine, Ash. Don’t doubt for a second that I will own you. All of you.”

I quivered, my lips parting, ready for more. I felt like we were frozen in time, and I would have spent forever there, memorizing his face.




CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero..




Thank you so much for taking time to chat with us today Lori. It's been a wonderful pleasure and I can't wait to read your book :).


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Knights have gathered! At the round table with Bound to Remember by Lola James



Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a beverage? 


Usually I would say vampire wine but today I’m feeling frisky so I’ll take a mystic brew.


Now that we're all settled in my lair, I'm de-bite-fully glad you stopped in.


Thank you for having me and in your lovely lair no less. 


BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...


Well my book Bound to Remember is about a young doctor named Toni that can exactly remember the details about her life because she is under a spell. There is a deadly reason for her not remembering too…


BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?


It’s somewhat crazy how it happen. I was working on another book and I took a writing break, but the characters (in my head) wouldn’t shut up! So, I just let her take over and it happen to be Toni the main character of Bound to Remember and I wrote the book in a month! 


BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


I wrote my first story at age twelve. My best friend moved out of the state but she still wanted to know what was going on since she left, so I wrote her a story. I fell in love with storytelling then but realized I could actually be a writer about a year ago. 


BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?


I try to add a splash of different myths in my stories. For example, Bound to Remember has some Greek Mythology in the mix of the story. 


BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?


The fact that I don’t really know what going to happen next is hard as a write. I just have to trust my characters. 


BK:  What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?


That would be Dawn; I love her! She is a southern girl in the big city and she try’s (and fails) to cover her southern accent but it pops out when she is angry. Plus she is smart and witty! 


BK:  Which was your favorite scene to write?


All of the magic spell scenes… I had to do a lot of research into magic for them. I am so fascinated by magic so be care some of the spells closely mirror real ones. 


BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series?


Yes, it actually is the first book in the Spellbound Series. I actually recently finished writing the second book, Unbound that I plan to release next month or so… I love Greek mythology along with vampires and the whole magic/witch thing so I added all of them. I think it makes for a great series.


BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?


Boring, lol… No I work full-time so my everyday includes meetings… blah and blah… like I said boring. I live vicariously through my characters. Plus, I am a wife and mommy so I lead a tame life. 


BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?


I love to read and discover other Indie authors. I am addicted to words with friends and the usual shopping. 


BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?


That I am a theater nerd; I love plays, the opera, and Broadway shows I dreamed of being on Broadway! 


BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?


The same stuff I write, Paranormal Romance. I LOVE Charilene Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse Series. I also just started the Fever Series by Karen Morning. 


BK:  Please tell us one piece of advice you were given as an author that you carry with you when you write?


Don’t take bad reviews personal. 


BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?


Get with a great writing group and listen to them! 


BK:  What are you currently working on?


I have a new book named Fate’s Design that comes out on March 27, 2012; it is the first book in the Fate Series. I ‘m excited about that book as well, that actually is the book I took a break from and wrote Bound to Remember. It’s crazy how things happen. I also am editing Unbound right now that is book two in the Spellbound Series. 


BK:  Where can readers connect with you? 


All over…


Email: lola@lolajames.com 
Website: www.lolajames.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/1lola_james 
My Blog: http://lolajames-author.blogspot.com 
Fate Series Blog: http://thefateseries.blogspot.com/
Spellbound Series Blog: http://spellboundseries.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLolaJames
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lola_james


Buy Bound to Remember on: Amazon and Barnes & Noble 

Bound to Remember
Book One of the Spellbound Series

Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!

Toni is a young doctor with a past she can't remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it. 

Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public. 

Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible. 

Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni. 

A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…  

Read the first chapter of: Bound to Remember 

Excerpt:

"Hello,” I held out my hand; “I'm Dr. Toni Hollander, but you can call me Toni.” He stared at me as if he were looking right though me and ignored my extended hand. A wave of embarrassment washed over me and I pulled my hand back. Maybe I imagined that staring thing with him a minute ago. My thoughts retreated to Kevin. He had only been the last in a long line of failed relationships, and I was starting to wonder if my terrible taste in men had struck again.
"Where are my manners? I am Benjamin, but you may call me Ben," he said with a toothy grin, as he pulled my hand into his. His hand was a degree colder than normal even in a hospital with the air conditioning set at the same temperature as the North Pole. I looked at his hand then wondered if his hot and cold behavior was from his own embarrassment. He was a bit clammy. I relaxed with that thought and smiled.



My name is Lola James and I'm the author of Bound to Remember, a Paranormal Romance (Book 1 of the Spellbound Series).I live in southern California and I’m married with three beautiful children. I currently have a day job as a HR Manager and I hope to leave one day to pursue my dream as a full-time writer. Somehow, I find time to write in between working full-time, being a full-time mom and wife. When I’m not moonlighting as an author, I’m a studying for my Masters degree, which I hope to complete in 2013.
I have always loved reading and writing! As a reader, I know that readers and writers share the common love of a great story. I personally love anything dealing with Vampires, Witches, and Greek Mythology. I started writing a Paranormal Romance story that included all three when voilà, I wrote a book! I write mostly Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy stories with suspense and a little humor but I am not limiting myself to just that. My stories emanate from my imagination and the fact that I am a hopeless romantic. I have been reading romance novels since my teens and fell in love with vampires when I read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
After some extensive research into the publishing process, I became discouraged and I put my laptop down and my dreams on hold. It wasn’t until I bought my first e-reader that I discovered a new way to publish. I dusted off my laptop and I self-published my first book!
I am currently working on two series, the first is the Bound to Remember, Book one of the Spellbound Series, and it’s a paranormal romance with vampires, witches and a mythological twist. The second is Fate’s Design Book one of the Fate Series, a paranormal romance about dreams and what happens when and if they come true.   


Thank you so much for taking time to chat with us at the round table today Lola. We wish you much success in the future.

Friday, March 16, 2012

GFP Book Tour: At the Round Table & Giveaway with KH LeMoyne - Return of the Legacy



Welcome to Immortality and Beyond, my darker side. May I offer you a beverage? 

Oooh, so many options. I’ll have a tea and thank you so much for having me.




Thank you for taking time to chat with us today and now that we're all settled in my lair, I'm de-bite-fully glad you stopped in.

BK: Please tell us a little bit about your current release...
KH: Return of the Legacy is a fantasy romance and the first in the Portals of Destiny series. The series follows two families in their fight to protect the portals between magical worlds against an evil mage who will stop at nothing to absorb all the magical power in his path.

BK: What inspired this particular novel/book?
KH: I started on the Portals of Destiny many years ago. The historical embrace and rejection of magic over the centuries provided my framework for creating beings who fled to alternate magical worlds, the portals that secured those pathways, and an interlacing of Earth’s actual history. From there I researched magical elements, myth, and history, finally choosing the first of two families who would play the pivotal role in the series. Ironically, tarot cards gave me a visual idea for the four siblings from Tir Thar sought by the evil mage, Owain. The bloodline of the portal sentinels, the Makir and their partners, evolved from my consideration of other magical powers the series would require.

BK: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
KH: I’ve written on and off for years and finally realized that some people actually write for a living. What a thought. I decided to migrate from my career in information technology and commit to writing.

BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
KH: I twist all the research I have and create new magical rules for a unique approach. I like to think that my characters will resonate with readers and that they’ll think, “Wow, I really didn’t see that coming.”

BK: What was the hardest thing about writing this story?
KH: I started outlining this series and drafted the first book years ago. When I finally sat down with the intent of submitting to an editor, I basically went through everything with a red pen and made this story work for the writer I am now. My writing style, the way I handle plot, mystery, characters, and romance have all evolved. Layering the sensory and mystical components in every scene and for every character was challenging as well, but a great deal of fun.

BK: What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?
KH: That’s too hard, but I’d probably choose Logan MacKenzie. He’s the true fighter in this tale with the most to lose. He is determined to save everyone, which is truly impossible. He has sacrificed for years without thought to his own needs, making him a man worthy of success. In spite of his leadership and power, which would normally inspire competition in Briallen, she trusts him and grows under his friendship. Their connection offers him a reward for his efforts and offers her an alternative to the paths she’d envisioned. I’ll admit, it’s a close tie for me between these two, because Briallen’s a woman coming into her own confidence and power and I love to see that.

BK: Which was your favorite scene to write?
KH: That’s hard to say. I enjoyed writing the magical sequences but I’d have to say the several action scenes with Logan and Briallen were the most fun.

BK: Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series?
KH: This is a series. The full series arc encompasses five books, all culminating with a confrontation with the mage of Brennagmore, Owain. That said, there is a spin-off story, Dragon Rider’s Gift, released in April. I became attached to the dragon riders in Return of the Legacy and felt they deserved their own shorter story for their battle against the mage. Perhaps other magical beings will get their own spin-offs as well.

BK: Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?
KH: I write full-time so I’m up in the morning, take out the dog, grab breakfast, and then go through whatever administrative things need to be done. If I’m drafting a book, I try to get in three to five hours of writing in a day. The same goes for days of re-writes and editing. For me, that’s fun!

BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
KH: I like to read but I don’t get much time to do that. My TBR pile is huge and my Kindle has at least a hundred stories waiting as well. I also like to spend time with my family and when the weather is nicer, I enjoy gardening.

BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
KH: I’m fairly introverted. I used to think that was a norm for writers, but most of the female authors I’ve met are a quite social and full of energy. I guess I’m a throwback, but I do love meeting with writers and readers in small groups and online.

BK: What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?
KH: I don’t have one favorite because I read a lot of different genres from urban fantasy to straight suspense thrillers. Lately, I’ve been sneaking time for bits of Patrick Rothfuss’s books and I’m hoping to get to the newer Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

BK: Please tell us one piece of advice you were given as an author that you carry with you when you write?
KH: Don’t expect the first draft you write to be your final story. Writing is about rewriting. I also think it helps to know that writing doesn’t get easier with each new book. But you do get more familiar with your own process from beginning to the end, which helps immeasurably.

BK: What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?
KH: Keep writing. If you enjoy creating stories, don’t let anything stop you. You can fix anything but an empty page.

BK: What are you currently working on?
KH: Dragon Rider’s Gift will be out in April. My third book in the Guardians of Eden series, Destiny’ Mark, will be out this summer. And Rewards of Valor, the second book in the Portals of Destiny, is targeted for early next year

BK: Where can readers connect with you?
KH:
Website – www.khlemoyne.com
twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/khlemoyne or @khlemoyne

A former technology specialist, KH LeMoyne now writes romance fulltime with series in urban fantasy, high fantasy, and scifi/futuristic. She lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband and corgi. Much to her dismay, she rarely encounters supernatural beings other than on paper. Visit her website: http://www.khlemoyne.com/ or blog: http://fantasypoweredbylove.com/








Three magical dimensions…Two mystical bloodlines…One undeniable destiny.

Born a magical empath, Logan MacKenzie has spent his life protecting his family from discovery. Evil has found them anyway. What begins as Logan’s search for answers on Earth becomes a race for survival in the magical dimension of Loci.

The battle to save those he cares about will reveal his true lineage—the bloodline of the Makir, one half of a pair of sentinels chosen to guard the mystical portals between dimensions. The price of his acceptance: a love he never imagined possible and a heartbreaking choice.

Her family attacked, her home destroyed, and now stranded on Loci, Briallen of Tir Thar, descendant of a magical race, has only to summon the power within her to return to her own dimension—or so she had hoped. Unfortunately, her powers aren’t cooperating, and the sorcerer bent on her family’s destruction will stop at nothing to possess her.

Raised without knowledge of the portals, the Makir guardians, or her own destiny, Bri takes a leap of faith in an alliance with Logan. Embracing an uncertain power and accepting his goals as hers offers her the only way home. If they fail, the consequences of allowing the portals to fall to evil are unthinkable—the destruction of every magical dimension throughout space.


Excerpt:

It took several minutes for Logan’s pupils to adjust from sunlight to the interior of the cottage. Even so, it took several more minutes for Logan to interpret what he saw when he looked at the little girl. When he did, fear drove spikes through his muscles as he lunged across the room.

No!”

A smoky glow, black and oily, clung to the girl’s face, seeping into her nostrils and the small crack between her lips. The black fabric quivered like a sick caress along her skin.

Without thinking, Logan tried to pull her to him. No clear plan of attack threaded through his thoughts, only the heart-pounding need to stop the evil infection from permeating the tiny body.

Instead, her body refused. A ton weight resisted his efforts to surround her with protection. The confused voices behind him rose as the child’s eyes snapped open. Red flames stared at him, a fierce, possessive force, hungry and angry at his interference.

Logan’s ring burned and glowed as he forced his hand to touch her face. His fingertips barely grazed her cheek when the child opened her mouth and roared. The hoarse projection of sound, a violent expulsion of energy, sent Logan flying backward across the room. His spine and head contacted with rock in a sharp, heavy crack that swept the air from his lungs. Body stunned but conscious, he turned his head as Bri dropped to her knees beside the twisting girl.

His mouth didn’t work to warn her.

Frozen, he could only watch while she strained to close the distance—two magnets repelling connection. The spikes of gold swirled in a fury around her, a merry-go-round of energy out of control, stronger than the blackness surrounding the girl. Tips of green and blue absorbed the fringes of the gold as a swath of bright red pulsed stronger and deeper within the core. She enclosed the girl in her arms and bent her face to the child’s neck. The variegated colors squeezed and pulsed. Each contraction of the womb around the girl forced the smoke to release and expel.

The evil struggled. The girl’s small limbs twitched with the battle. Bri held tighter. The colors around her brightened, clenched, and grew stronger.


What a tasty treat and the book sounds amazing KH. Now check out the giveaway, leave a comment for a chance to win, don't forget your email address so they have a way of contacting you and thank you for joining us in support of Goddess Fish Tours and Return of the Legacy.

Giveaway:

 $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour 
Follow the tour HERE for more chances to win.




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Thursday, March 15, 2012

VBTC Pit Stop: At the Round Table with M.C.V.Egan - The Bridge of Deaths




Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a beverage?

I will have the Frothy Guinness please.


Now that we're all settled in my lair, I'm de-bite-fully glad you stopped in.


BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

The Bridge of Deaths is a Paranormal, Historical, Mystery, and Romance. It is based on actual event revolving an airline crash in 1939, but it was investigated combining traditional research with research done through very well-known psychics in South Florida and a Peruvian Shaman who is now a Lakota Indian known as Hernan Braveheart in New Mexico.  So it is a factual/fictional journey through past lives and historical archives to unravel what is what in pre WWII Denmark while falling in love in 2010 London. Oh yes, you said I forgot mystery, well the event itself was surrounded by mystery and intrigue. One of my readers called it Casablanca with a touch of the modern.

BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?

It is the story of my maternal grandfather’s death. I say it was curiosity, but I have been told I was inspired by obsession.

BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always knew I was a writer. To me the need to communicate is as essential as breathing. In my 30s I began to dabble in Astrology and my natal chart shows the moon in Gemini, so you could say from the standpoint of Astrology I was born to be a writer, for your friends out there who are great believers in fate.

BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I make sure that I remember that we are all unique individuals and in-as-much as our tools are the very same words, the order and spin that we each give them creates a very different and unique picture.  A writer can of course try to sound like another writer they admire, and it could come in handy if you wish to give a character a personality the readers can relate to. I am certain we all possess a unique voice. In the case of The Bridge of Deaths the unique manner in which fact and fiction were woven through the love=story of Bill and Maggie has been called “unusual” and unique” by many.

BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

Probably the emotional aspect and the worry about my mother’s reaction, which at first was not fantastic…but today we are cool.

BK:  What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

MAGGIE she is a free-spirited adventuresome 20 something. She is a pacifist and in today’s world I can only imagine that we are in dire need of many people like Maggie who are willing to oppose war. I am a wanna –be pacifist and I have never attended a protest; Maggie has the courage to do what I cannot.

BK:  Which was your favorite scene to write?

Now this is hard and fortunately because there are many, but I guess I need to choose the scene where Catalina is confused and decides to drive over to the psychic to ask if Maggie and Bill are on the up and up.
I enjoyed this because Rosella Call a psychic in Boca Raton, Florida did help me tremendously with psychometry holding various objects related to THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS  does actually work out of a large closet at an accountant’s office.  I have personally never been torn about going to a psychic, and certainly not one I know, but it was great fun to tap into what I have seen in others, the fear of knowing about the future, the fear of going against the religion they were brought up in. So giving the character those fears was really fun for me, and I also gave Maggie a little fear in that aspect.


BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series?

Eventually, as I acquire more information, and it is happening as we speak, I do plan to write the sequel The Bridge of Secrets. This is however eventually and in a few years, I know after the 75 year mark other files will open up and I have already connected with some helpful and related individuals.

BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life.  What is a day in your life like?

It is usually warm and sunny as I live in South Florida. I often visit Starbucks and enjoy a latte. I have to wing it as I never know what teen-age drama awaits. I try to do something nice every single day, maybe take a walk on the beach, or at nearby wetlands that are an amazing nature preserve, where I can see exotic birds, alligator and turtles, recently a family of bobcats is hanging about. I inevitably cook at least one meal and I write, at least notes on what I am going to write about. Married for over 20 years and guiding a teenage son is not a stage of life full of personal excitement, but I like my life and I can always have amazing adventures through the characters I create. And of course I visit facebook once or twice day and connect with people from all over the world.

BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I absolutely love to read, I love to travel and I like a wide variety of arts and crafts. I love to find difficult origami designs and play a little Sudoku or backgammon. I lead a full life, I am very lucky.

BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

That  in most of my visits to psychics I asked them not to talk about the future and only help me find the past.

BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

I like a very wide variety and I have so many favorite authors, but if I must choose only one I then choose W. Sommerset Maugham. That being said as a reader I am fickle and unfaithful.

BK:  Please tell us one piece of advice you were given as an author that you carry with you when you write?

Trust your voice, trust your unique mode of expression and honor it.

BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

Trust YOUR voice and your unique mode of expression.  We are all individuals and as such your take on a story will be very different from mine or anyone else, trust your voice.

BK:  What are you currently working on?

A shorter novel called 4covert2overt it will have two unique and distinct voices as I am working with a clairvoyant co-author Jolie DeMarco owner of My Flora Aura in Boca Raton, Florida. This particular piece is far more paranormal than historical and the characters conflicts and dramas are very prominent and pertinent to the story, it is a big departure from The Bridge of Deaths.

BK:  Where can readers connect with you?

At my website feel free to use the contact form I promise to answer.

On August 15th, 1939 an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. Crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing/Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before Hitler invaded Poland with the world at the
brink of war the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police, created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The five casualties are; Cesar Agustin Castillo, a bio-
chemical engineer educated in both Germany and the USA,  he is  a Mexican national working for Standard Oil of New Jersey’s London branch. Samuel James Simonton, American national  also employed by Standard Oil of New Jersey’s London office with a very strong military back ground, graduate of West Point. Erich Bruno Wilhelm Beuss a German national a corporate lawyer who is travelling with his medals earned in World War I. Anthony Crommelin Crossley English Member of Parliament who is known and outspoken on the antipathy to Hitler and the Munich Pact. He is also the sole defender of the Arab cause in the matter of Palestine in the 1930s. Alfred Stanley Mardsin Leigh, employee of British Airways LTD. The sole survivor is the Pilot Clifford Frederick Cecil Wright. In the winter of 2009-2010 a young executive, Bill is
promoted and transferred to London for a major International firm. He has struggled for the better part of his life with nightmares and phobias, which only seem to worsen in London. As he  seeks the help of a therapist he accepts that his issues may well be related to a 'past-life trauma’. His love interest Maggie helps him in his quest and realizes that she too is part of the events as much in the past as she is in 2009-2010. Maggie and Bill find that through their love and the courage to submit to past life regressions. They begin to find more questions than answers.  They become very curious about events leading up to World War II and through
archives and the information superhighway of the 21st century Bill and Maggie travel through knowledge and time to uncover the story of the 1939 plane crash. Their quest includes a friendship forged through Skype with a middle-aged woman in Florida obsessed with the truth about her grandfather’s death. This woman has been working for nearly two decades with archives in Denmark, England and the United States to unfold the mystery that left her family scarred  and wondering.  Her meticulous search and actual copies of documents in the book help the reader understand that we are indeed dealing with true events.

All historical data is clearly documented and footnoted as many of the files used by the author were rather obscure and not found in any history books. All data from psychics and past life regressions is also very clearly documented.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical  sources to solve "One of those mysteries that never get solved" is based on true events and real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. The journey takes the reader to well-known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.

Excerpt:
CHAPTER 2

Maggie liked that bookstore and shopped there often. She had been raised with all that is unlikely, unconventional and supernatural (perhaps even magical). As a child her world was that of fairies, ghosts, wishes and the power of crystals and planets. She was taught answers were to be found in round circles called Astrology charts and that there were many people in the world who were psychic and could foretell the future. Although that world was an appealing world, it was inevitable that Maggie, as so many teenagers do, rebel against the beliefs she was raised with and seeks other philosophies.

She experimented with various traditional religions and belief systems to fill in the void felt by those lacking any sort of faith. She found that although she liked many traditional religions and appreciated what they stood for, it was indeed Buddhism that made her feel the most complete. Maggie was for all intents and purposes an illogical, whimsical, adventuresome and happy young woman. She slept soundly and lived a very complete life.

The philosophies of acceptance by which she lived her life made her compatible with most people. She had a nice relationship with her mother, a Danish Astrologer, and her father a successful English businessman, who was happy to receive a little guidance from the planets. (If anyone objected to this, he happily pointed out that it had worked for Ronald Reagan). Maggie often read the books her mother spoke about. And every once in a while she even joined her mother in some New Age ritual or other.

It was the excuse of searching for the perfect birthday gift for her mother that placed her at the same book section and store. Because from the moment she saw the tall, slender man walking down the street, she felt that she needed to follow him. This is not something she remembered ever having done before. She was pretty and more often than not men approached her. Experience had taught her that many men worth talking to, could be shy and sometimes needed to be approached. With the confidence that is often exhibited by very pretty women, she was not deterred in the least by his surprised reaction to her smile and so she spoke.

“So, which of the women in your life recommended that book to you? Your Mum or your girlfriend?”

She was indeed pretty and in as much as he was instantly attracted to her, it was not in a purely physical way. Someday as their love story flourished, she would explain to him, how when two souls from the past meet, they recognize each other. That this happened in love stories, to parents when they first encounter the eyes of their newborn, and to friends as well as enemies.

Like so many lovers do, when they first meet, neither one of them spoke the absolute truth. Like so many lovers starting out a new love story if they had known where this would lead, both of them might have run out of the bookstore. But they both chose to stay, and so on a cold winter day in January of 2010, when the world was mourning the passing of so many souls in an Island called Haiti, their love story began. He smiled back and answered her question.

“Why would it have to be a woman? Why couldn’t a man recommend it?”

“Oh I see. You are an American.”

“No, Canadian, actually.”

“Same difference, perhaps in America or Canada, a man other than the author would recommend Many Lives, Many Masters . But here in England, well it would have to be a girlfriend. Probably on her grand quest as to how you are soul mates eternally destined to be together, or a middle aged Mum, who just discovered Brian Weiss, that’s the author. So it is that; or you have some sort of existential crisis that lead you to find the book on your own. So Mum or girlfriend?”

“Hmmm, let me see. My mother prefers to pray and attend church. I don’t have a girlfriend and it was the medical background of the guy who wrote the book, Dr. Weiss that impressed me. So maybe I do fall into the existential crisis category”

Her beautiful eyes widened.

“Existential crisis it is then, but if you seek impressive credentials in past life therapy you might want to read this book, Other Lives, Other Selves . Tell me, what triggered your belief in past lives?”

“Belief!  I would not call it belief…. possibility. I’ve come to realize that strange things happen.”

“You know, once you read that book, you will believe. In life there are certain doorways that once you cross them, they will forever change you. And you might also resolve your existential crisis. What you will definitely find is that women love to sleep with men, who search for depth through such beliefs.”

So in that cold European winter when some in the world denied Global warming. He lay in bed, holding her, he could not imagine a less likely place to have encountered the perfect girl, the self-help section at a bookstore. She was by all accounts, very beautiful. Her laughter and smiley eyes were completely contagious. He was ready to settle down and she might be the one, even if that involved accepting some very unlikely ideas. There was the most extraordinary feeling of comfort in simply being with her.

Maggie had to laugh; she thought he’d be a quick and fun adventure, one that she would soon get out of her system. But this yuppie geek, as it turned out, was surprisingly from the very first moment special. This could be far more than a casual adventure.

Bill had not spoken to anyone about his problems. Not any one other than Doctors or therapists. Maggie worked counseling young kids. She was trained to ask just the right questions to make people talk. Bill was used to carefully giving only the information he wanted to give in business and in his private life. He sometimes caught himself telling Maggie much more than what he expected was safe. She thought that she knew just how to pry and could tell he was holding back, this of course made him all the more interesting.

Their love story grew and developed as some do. Maggie usually led and Bill followed. They enjoyed  the typical things new couples enjoy, going to restaurants, the cinema, shopping and museums. Sometimes, if the winter weather allowed they went for nice long walks. Before Bill met Maggie, he had spent all his time in London buried in his work, with his colleagues at the gym or finding ways to run away from the dreams and thoughts that haunted him. He did this by keeping his mind busy playing any distracting ‘Brain Game’ that helped him to forget the letters, the same five letters on the wings and on the side of the aircraft in his nightmares.

He liked to remember how it had been the day they met, there in the bookstore, by the self-help and philosophy section while holding the book Many Lives, Many Masters , a book that seemed sensible enough to explain past lives. (He had also noticed one, discussing future lives. That seemed ridiculous and he was wondering if in spite of Dr. Weiss credentials, this was the right way to learn more about the past life regression therapy.) It was right at that moment that she had smiled and spoken. The thought of how later that day before they left the bookstore together, they each purchased a book; he bought   Many Lives, Many Masters, and Maggie chose the one about future lives, Same Soul, Many Bodies ; the ridiculous one. They often visited Foyles on rainy days.

Maggie loved that bookstore so it could not exactly be said that she had followed him inside. That would have been completely out of character for her. She had not only felt attracted to his physique, but the way he moved as he walked it seemed to be in such a familiar way, there was a very strong force, there had been something she recognized from somewhere.

Then he absolutely surprised her, he went to the section she had least expected ‘his type’-the cute yuppie geek type, to chose, he went to her mother’s favorite section, The Self Help and New Age Philosophies section, and in his hand was one of the New Age beliefs basic books, Many Lives, Many Masters.

This was good; it could only mean that he was new to such ideas. That was an old book. It was from the 1980s. Maybe even older. It had to be that old, she remembered a copy or two in her parent’s house for as long as she could remember. This guy, this conquest-Maggie as many pretty young women do, conquered the hearts of men for sport, this conquest would be a breeze. It was then, when he spoke, and she heard his accent, an accent so familiar to her from the cinema and the Telly, the accent of all the handsome men of her fantasies, an accent that made him even more appealing. Unlike the man she had just met Maggie was very aware that she was a hopeless romantic.




M .C. V. Egan is 52 years old. She lives in Delray Beach, Florida with her husband and teenage son. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish and on a good day can communicate in another language or two.  She defines herself as happy and happiest when being productive; her greatest goal in life is to learn something, anything new every single day of her life. 





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