Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BOOK TOUR: Westobou Gold (Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series Book 2)




Book Description:

The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.

In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.

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My review:
Westobou Gold is the 2nd book in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery series. I read the first book and loved it. So when I was invited to read the 2nd book I could not say no. I love how Hawk writes using the southern slang I was raised with. I was raised in Kentucky and Georgia so the slang he uses is a lot like the way I talk. Which actually makes this book series more enjoyable for me.
The book is full of mystery, murder, some sex, and a good bit of colorful words. It starts out with a Native American Queen hiding her tribes gold from the white settlers back in the day. Then flies right into present day in Chapter one. It doesn't take long for the sex, drugs and murder to begin, as well as the mystery.
We are then reintroduced to our main character Craig Ingram. He is an ex Navy Seal who is now an amateur archaeologist and private investigator. He finds himself thrown into all the murder, mystery, underage sex tapes, and everything else going on in the book as well as trying to protect the treasures buried in the ground from that long ago time both on his land and off.
I am not going to give much of the story since each person and part are actually a key piece to the story. And I would hate to ruin the plot for anyone. I am now waiting for book. Can't wait to see what Hawk comes up with next to add to this great series.
Author's Bio:


Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. He served in the US Navy Reserve for over 20 years, and was a tenured faculty member at several state medical facilities, teaching postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel. Since retiring Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. The Cairns of Sainctuarie, his science fiction series, includes The Bleikovat Event and The Missing Planets, with a third book in the works. Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was released early 2016.

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Author interview Hawk MacKinney

Where do you write, and do you write every day with a specific ritualistic thing/schedule you do during your writing time?
Not a set-in-stone agenda …around 4:30-5a with a USMCorps thick-kick raw cup of coffee that’s kissin’ cousin to toffee. A break about 9:30-10a for a lunch—30min exercise or walk. Back at it about 2p with a break about 5p, then 7-930p and computer shut down. I keep a notepad readily handy for murder and mayhem solutions or new twists in the slurry of mystery or sci-fi…truly the same genre.

If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
Mom or dad doesn’t matter. It’s not a gender thing…if it were, raccoons, possums and squirrels could do it. Time must be balanced…patching roofs, gardening, grocery shopping, preparing meals, etc, etc. You can’t buy more. You can only squeeze and stretch it (i.e., Space-Time). Tudor Queen Elizabeth alluded to it very well, “All my possessions…for a moment of time.”

Tell us about your main character.
Serial protagonist Craige Ingram in Westobou Gold, Book 2 of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, is a wealthy landowner. Formerly an active duty SEAL, Craige has strong family connections in the founding of his bloodline in the historical romance Moccasin Hollow. Loyal to his former SEAL buddies; he loves his home, Moccasin Hollow, and the land surrounding it that his Grannie left him. When his parents were killed, it was Grannie who reared him; and the one person who most influenced the man he is today.

Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes—mostly associated with retired professions. To put it mildly, writing scientific papers, monographs and laboratory/clinical manuals was something that at best made for B-O-R-I-N-G reading, but it was a place to start and a great home plate to restructure, move away from stuffy technical vocab, and develop a creative style that pulls in the reader. The learning curve took time, and I am still learning…but it’s fun.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
I can’t say I have ever had writer’s block, but there are times when I need to give my brain/fantasy/imagination and the manuscript a rest. When this happens, I put the working draft of whatever manuscript I am working on away on the dust-covered shelf and work on something else WITH a notepad handy. By stuffing my imagination with the characters and plot of another work I am puzzling together, I am soon ready to go back to the original manuscript with a fresh view of it.

What are you working on next, and what genre(s) do you write and why?
I have two manuscripts in editing…the next title in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series and Volume III in the Cairns of Sainctuarie sci-fi series. The choice as to which edited and polished manuscript gets submitted to the publisher and when is left to an outstanding team, including my literary agent, editors and graphic designers.

The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series
The Cairns of Sainctuarie Series - sci-fi
Moccasin Trace - historical romance

These titles appear to be three genres. They ain’t. All three involve characters that different readers identify with, be it sci-fi, mystery or romance. In all three romance, or character interaction, motivates plot and setting. Genre doesn’t exist. It’s a literature gimmick taken from categories established in ancient Greek literature. Romance, historical or contemporary, is so ancient it’s modern; and tied and tangled among all genres. It’s where my fantasies take the tales with their twists and turns, and when stirred with the astounding revelations/discoveries tumbling at us daily, it becomes science fiction.

Why?
To take my readers’ imaginations/fantasies on the great gallop wherever sci-fi, mystery and romance root them with characters that are in my thoughts and theirs, and more than paper-doll cutouts.

In your book you make a reference to ghosts and Ardochy; how did you come up with this idea?
History was lingering. For Westobou Gold the settings and tales were there to be jiggled together in the curl and kink of nonfiction and murderous thrillers, waiting for the gnarled killers to get their just desserts. Ardochy is a real place BUT it’s not in North America. Moccasin Hollow is a real place from revolutionary colonial times. Most of the characters are based on real people…specially the murder victims that get their unpaid comeuppance.


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Book Blast for Triple Love Score by Brandi Megan Granett


Triple Love Score
by Brandi Megan Granett

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:


Miranda Shane lives a quiet life among books and letters as a professor in a small upstate town. When the playing-by-the-rules poet throws out convention and begins to use a Scrabble board instead of paper to write, she sets off a chain of events that rattles her carefully planned world.


Her awakening propels her to take risks and seize chances she previously let slip by, including a game-changing offer from the man she let slip away. But when the revelation of an affair with a graduate student threatens the new life Miranda created, she is forced to decide between love or poetry.
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Excerpt Two:

You sure you don’t want to take a cab?” Scott asked her.

I’m sure. Then we wouldn’t see the diamonds,” Lynn said.

Tiffany’s?” Miranda asked. “You’re a little young for that aren’t you? Though you are Bunny’s granddaughter.”

Not like Grandma Bunny’s diamonds! The diamonds on the sidewalk. Look!”

Sure enough, the concrete in front of them sparkled. Four or five runs of sidewalk shimmered with mica flecks, then it went to plain for a block or two, then more that sparkled.

I want to know what makes them different,” Miranda said to Scott, pointing at the abrupt change from sparkle to non-sparkle on the sidewalk in front of them.

But knowing the difference would ruin it,” Scott said.

You’d rather think it was magic?”

I like the idea of magic. Don’t you?” he asked.

I don’t take much stock in that,” Miranda said.

Daddy, look!” Lynn said.

And there in front of them was a huge elephant balloon with a circus ball balancing on his trunk. The ball wasn’t all the way inflated yet; it wobbled a little and the sides of the elephant shuddered some as the helium pumped in. But an elephant as tall as a house at Central Park was a sight to behold no matter the size or amount of helium left to go. The crowd around them seemed to holding their breath in anticipation as the ball slowly rose.

See,” Miranda said, “to people watching on television that's magic. But it’s not magic. It’s a year of planning and then people working all night on the day before a family holiday to pull it off.”

But it’s magic to her,” Scott said.

Lynn strained at the barricade, craning her neck to see down the street and the rest of the balloons staged there.

Sure, it’s magic to her. She’s a kid. Kids have to believe in magic. When you really grow up, it’s different.”

I guess I’m not really grown up then,” Scott said. “And maybe I don’t want to be.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Brandi Megan Granett is an author, online English professor, and private writing mentor. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, Wales, an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters in Adult Education with an emphasis on Distance Education from Penn State University, and a BA from the University of Florida.

Granett is the author of My Intended (William Morrow, 2000). Her short fiction has appeared in Pebble Lake Review, Folio, Pleiades and other literary magazines, and is collected in the volume Cars and Other Things That Get Around.

In addition, she writes an author interview series for the Huffington Post, and is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of writing professionals committed to growing relationships, promoting the work of its members, and connecting authors with each other and with readers.

When Granett is not writing or teaching or mothering, she is honing her archery skills. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter and two dogs.


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Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job...



HEARTBREAKER
Filthy Dirty Love #1
Stacey Kennedy
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017



Handcuffs
aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new 
standalone novel by USA
Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran
cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women,
truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his
past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can
think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her. 

Fresh out
of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to
kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new
boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a
distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers,
and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that
Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill
his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . .
but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best
attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure,
Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself.
 Don’t fall in love.








STACEY
KENNEDY
 is
the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin
series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild
women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her
time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two
young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a
chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show,
Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes
her coffee . . . strong and 
hot!








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Blitz: Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie


Infini

by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Aerial Ethereal #2
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.

About Krista & Becca Ritchie


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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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The Deal- Billionaire Boardroom Book 2 by Misha Elliot Release Blitz


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Book Title: The Deal - Billionaire Boardroom Book Two 
Author: Misha Elliot 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: January 31, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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book blurb

"He thinks he can just hold onto my money. Well I don't think so. I've never had a problem with getting a hold of it before. I'll show him. Just you watch."

What happens when an uptight CEO is tasked to tighten the purse strings of a willful heiress? Landon Cartwright has his work cut out for him. Will he be able to tame Bree VanOrmer or will she set him straight?

excerpt
Bree stood and passed the coffee cup off to Valerie. Finally, the door opened. She smiled as she walked through the doorway of the conference room. Her eyes surveyed each face that set around the table, with measured smiles. Their greetings comforted her and reminded her she was among friends.

Before she had a chance to get comfortable in the chair and pull her thoughts together, she was already being addressed.

“Good morning, Ms. VanOrmer, how can we help you today?” An unfamiliar voice spoke. Her eyes moved about the room to the faces she had known before, but they all seemed to be looking for direction from this man. She couldn’t see all of him, but what she was able to view from her end of the room was breathtaking. Although she was only viewing him from the waist up, she was instantly drawn to those hands. He brought them up to brush the hair on his chiseled chin. Then she saw it. Those lips. Framed in a well-kept, trimmed beard were a pair of full, kissable lips. For just a moment longer she allowed her mind to wander and imagine how those lips would feel as they brushed against her own. Then down to the soft tender skin at the nape of her neck. Not wanting them to stop there, they would continue a path all the way down to—

“How can we help you, Ms. VanOrmer?” he asked again. In that moment, all of her rehearsed thoughts left her mind.

“Where is Mr. Jones?” she asked. Despite the long table coming between the two of them, she could easily see the annoyance written on his face.

“There have been a few changes around here, and now you’ll be dealing with me directly as I chair the board here. I’m Landon Cartwright,” he gestured with his hand, “now please tell us what we can do for you today.”

“Oh. Well… My friend has been in business for years and is very talented. And what I’m proposing is that you give me three million dollars for investment.”

“That’s a substantial amount for us to give. I’m sorry, ’your request is denied.”

“Excuse me, Mr. Cartwright. What if we researched and came up with a plan of business that would be of sound investment? Then we can discuss these options with Ms. VanOrmer next month,” one of the other board members suggested.

“I don’t agree with you at all. I think if I want to invest my money to help start up a friend’s expansion, that’s my business. You’re nothing but advisers. I’m tired of coming here asking for permission. You all sit behind a desk pretending to know what is best for me.” Her voice remained forceful and steady. There would be no way for the room to know she was secretly shaking inside.

“I’m sorry that you feel we are under qualified to handle your affairs. Fortunately, your father saw things differently, and before he passed, made sure we were here to address matters for you. So, if that is everything, thank you, gentlemen, for coming in. That will be all today,” Landon said as he briefly staring Bree down. He rose like a judge after passing sentence. Landon’s eyes were no longer on Bree as he addressed the board members to the right and left of him.

The gentle ease in which he took control of a room was impressive. Without saying one single word, he had the ability to get all the men in the room to see things his way. It was evident he was a man who was used to getting his way. What Mr. Cartwright didn’t know was that so was Bree VanOrmer. No, she may not have been an influential businessman, but she was a powerhouse in her own right and knew how to play the game of who’s in control. All she needed to do was to get him alone for a moment or two so she could get him to start seeing things her way, but her mind was a jumbled mess of thoughts. Thoughts that could get a woman in trouble when thinking about those eyes. The way it felt when his gaze pierced through her. That face. Eyes perfectly positioned, a good broad nose and a perfectly chiseled chin. Landon’s features were godlike in their beauty.

She mingled for a moment, waiting for an opportunity to catch Mr. Cartwright alone. Perhaps she could find a way to reason with him. For as long as she had been aware of the power of her looks, she’d used them to get herself out of trouble while in school or get her way with a bat of those long curly lashes of hers. Or the pout of her full, lush lips.

“Excuse me, Mr. Cartwright.” She tilted her head slightly, hoping to grab his attention.

“No need to be formal, Bree, it’s Landon.” The smooth, slick way he said her name was hot enough to melt butter. She knew this for fact, because she was having a definite reaction to it.

meet the author

Misha Elliott sometimes M. Elliott is a romance author who uses writing as a way to entertain, release, and educate. She is a lover of life and reading. Once a northerner she now calls the Lone Star state home.

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