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My funny Grandfather

Witching Hour Book Cover Witching Hour
The Fairy of Salem Book #1
Bradford Bates
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher : Independently published
(3 Aug. 2019)

Zoey wasn't a witch.

Witches were vile evil things that used their magic to manipulate and control. Her magic was something different, it came from the earth she was charged with protecting. If that meant killing a few witches, then so be it.

Jinx loved being a witch.

Being magical made life easier in so many ways. Unless, of course, your mom wanted you to become the head of the coven. Then magic also came with the weight of responsibility.

When their two worlds come crashing together, their lives will change forever.

 

The town of Salem gets a new witch on the run from her coven and hiding her family’s Grimoire. She meets the local bookshop owner – who is something quite different – and who keeps her Grandfather in her locket!

An enjoyable romp.

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Cold and Hostile

Hostile Takeover Book Cover Hostile Takeover
Vale Investigation #1
Cristelle Comby
SciFi, Fantasy
Independently published
May 14, 2018
353

WINNER Urban Fantasy Category in the 2019 Independent Press Awards When the devil's his boss, one botched murder case could send him straight to the underworld... PI Bellamy Vale's near-immortality doesn't give him a moment to rest. Completely worn down as Death's supernatural detective, he's starting to think he got the short-end of his do-or-die deal. So when a string of savage attacks grip the city, Vale abandons all hope of sleep and sets out to discover who let the Otherworld beast free... Reading dead crime victims' minds for clues, Vale attracts the very unwanted attention of a fresh-faced journalist and his jealous police officer ex. Reluctantly agreeing to let the women tag along for the danger, the investigation reveals his worst fears. It turns out the brutal portal monster may only be the first wave of destruction. Can PI Vale catch the puppet-master before the whole world is dragged to hell? Hostile Takeover is the first book in the fast-paced Vale Investigation urban fantasy series. If you like classic noir-style action, out-of-control mythology, and a healthy dose of sarcastic charm, then you'll love Cristelle Comby's edge-of-your-seat adventure. Buy Hostile Takeover to open the gates to pandemonium today!

Set in Cold City we have a hero, Bellamy Vale, who seems to get into at least one too many fights.

The story starts with him rescuing a young girl kidnapped for ransom. He is a Private Investigator with a penchant for getting into trouble – and a very strange relationship with a femme fatale demon – she saved his life and got various favours from him in return. He calls her Lady McDeath. And thus, we add in some supernatural to the storyline.

Written in the light style of modern PI stories where we expect to find our PI amenable, lovable, and to feel for him. He is not cold, and is often misguided, and must fight the nasties that other citizens may not even know about.

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The Aliens are here

Passion Awakened
#1 The Hush
Katherine Diane
Paranormal Demons & Devils Romance, Paranormal Vampire Romance, Fantasy Romance
Independently published
(4 May 2020)

A vampire warrior. A shrink. This could get uncomfortable.Kyr, leader of the Vampire Defense Agency’s elite ground team, doesn’t have a choice in the matter. Either he participates in this bullshit psych eval, or his team gets suspended.But this isn’t about Kyr’s mental health. This is an investigation. Because the director wants to know why the Hush hasn’t been joining the company singalong lately. The reason? A traitor at the VDA is betraying vampire females into the hands of a demon lord.Yeah. Kyr doesn’t trust anyone, not even—especially not—the gorgeous agent assigned to evaluate him. The only thing more difficult than dodging her questions?Denying the intense (and inconvenient) attraction sizzling between them…

So, this a vampire novel, but vampires are actually aliens. We discover that they travelled to earth – through a portal – around 2 thousand years ago from their planet, which had been made uninhabitable by the war against demons.

Now, headed up by their Queen, they were well settled but hidden in the human population. Still at war with demons however, who had followed them to earth and still popped up through portals. They also still popped up on their original planet and certain trained agents were sent there to eradicate them. Which was not a nice gig.

When a human mated with a vampire, the vampire side sometimes didn’t come out and they remained human. However, when it did, they became vampires and needed to be carefully looked after until they were adjusted to their new life.

So that’s the background to this story.

The actual story was a vampire romance with the usual issues for a romance – with a cliff hanger.

There were still a few typographical and grammatical errors in the ARC but not bad enough to spoil the writing.

It was a competent book but not exciting unless this genre is really your ‘thing’.

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There’s a screen – and it isn’t tangible. Author Interview.

Smoke Screen Book Cover Smoke Screen
The Blue Trilogy, #2
K. Nilsson
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Independent
Publication date: October 29th 2020

She was a distraction. He was a mistake.
Now they’re in each others’ way.

Rookie investigator Devyn Foster knows the pain of losing family. It’s what drives her to do what she does – finding the missing and the lost and returning them to their families.

Her latest assignment is no different, finding the computer a whiz who disappeared while working on a mysterious project. Even though his case has gone cold, she won’t let his elderly parents suffer. She will find him and return him back to them.

But that was before the one-night stand that changed everything…

Private Investigator Max Carson has never let anything—or anyone—stop him from getting the job done. So when he’s hired to track down a software program that could change the world, that’s exactly what he’s going to do… until he finds himself in a dead heat with a woman who’s just as determined as he is to get the job done on her own terms.

Now Max has to deal with two problems: how to get Devyn out of the way… and out of his heart.

Fun Facts about Author

Where did you get your penchant for writing?

I grew up in a family who recounted family lore all the time.  It was a way family history was passed on from generation to generation.  Additionally, books I read in my youth, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and comics hooked me on suspense stories.  Italian novellas hooked me on romance.

Favorite Genres for reading and writing

Reading: Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, including regency romance, young adult, contemporary and women’s fiction

Writing preference: a combination of romance and suspense. 

Inspirations: Movies, history, and personal stories, and art history.

Favorite activity: travelling.  I’m an avid foodie who cooks and posts too much food porn, but I include my own recipes in the newsletters.

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?

The latest books are part of a series––The Blue Trilogy.  Though the genre is enemies to lovers and romantic suspense.  The two characters had a one-night stand where the man ghosted the woman as soon as the tryst ended.  He was a real cad.  Imagine the emotions when they are sitting across from each other in a conference room.  They cross paths seeking a missing person and technology theft.

What character(s) in your books are your favorite?

The female character, Grace, from The Confessional, got into my head and made me feel all the emotions, pain, shame, fear, and hope.  I wish all my characters would turn out that way.  The male character, Saint, was the worst kind of scum in the beginning of the book.  I had to dial back the depth of vile in his personality.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

Both.  I started my first books writing my stories by the seat of my pants––hence the term panster.  However, this method caused me to backtrack and spent more time doing that than fine tuning the story.  I appreciate the need for an outline, now.  But eventually, I go off-road and capture the story as it develops in my mind.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

Yes, I have editors.  I’ve used a content editor for the trilogy. The other type of editors reviews the manuscript line by line, pointing out inconsistencies such as timeline issues, relationships among the characters, locations or physical proximities––things like that.  It’s hard to get a manuscript perfect, but the obvious errors should be caught.  My proofreader is a magical combination of the three AND she makes sure the grammar and punctuation are correct.

What kinds of marketing [Twitter, Facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?

I promote my books mostly on Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes on Twitter.  I don’t advertise on Facebook much because I find the dashboard challenging to use.  When I think everything is set up and hit post, they’ve kicked back the ads due to issues with wording and photos showing too much skin.  Instagram has been easier for me to use for advertising. 

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?

Yes.  I can’t do both at the same time without the other suffering.  While the books are going through the first phase of editing, I devote that time to designing teasers, videos, and formulating the template for takeovers, newsletter, and giveaways.  I love using RIPL to make my own videos.  When I get the editor’s feedback, review the suggestions and get back to work.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?

Make notes on what you want to write immediately. Don’t let the brief thoughts or ideas slip away.  Write the synopsis or blurb.  It could serve as your roadmap for the book.  Read a lot of the genre in which you want to write.  Get some readers to look over your synopsis and first chapter.  Get help planning your release. 

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer –

Dogs or cats? I like both.  You better include birds.

Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry, mint chocolate chip, Sicilian pistachio

Coffee or Tea? Coffee at home, expresso while traveling, chamomile when it’s cold

Talk or Text? I hate texting, but it’s convenient when I don’t have time to talk.

Day or Night? I’m a night owl.

What’s next for you?

Dead Heat May 2021

Satan’s Overlord (temporary title) December 2021

SPOTIFY

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BOOK 2 OF THE BLUE TRILOGY

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GALLERY OF CHARACTERS FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BLUE TRILOGY

To help you visualise:

DEVYN FOSTER, ROOKIE PRIVATE INVESITAGOR WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR MISSING PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES

MAX CARSON, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WITH A JADED PAST WHO DISCARDED DEVYN AFTER A ONE NIGHT STAND

BEN ROSENBERG, FORMER MOSSAD, DEVYN’S BOSS, AND APPARENT AUTHORITY FIGURE

KAI LIN, MISSING CHINESE NATIONAL

AUTHOR BIO:

K. Nilsson’s love of reading began with the Bobbsey twins. When she ran across some Italian True Romance novellas stashed in the attic, the musty serials hooked her on adult fiction. Though black and white photos were dramatic enough to know what the stories were about, she taught herself to read in Italian and translated them to her friends.  She’s an unapologetic reviewer of books, restaurants, and vacation destinations.  An amateur photographer, K. loves taking editorial photos and documenting her travels. Her personal philosophy, sleeping is a waste of time.

Author links:

https://www.instagram.com/kimbernilsson/

https://twitter.com/kimber_nilsson

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TikTok Nana

Marrying My Billionaire Hookup Book Cover Marrying My Billionaire Hookup
Nadia Lee
Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Independent
September 12th 2020

If any of my over-protective brothers ask, I’m pregnant via immaculate conception. Otherwise, the baby I’m carrying could be the death of one hot billionaire…

Jo

After a succession of relationships bad enough to set a Guinness World Record, running into a ruggedly handsome billionaire feels like a sign. Edgar is from out of town, mesmerizing, and his voice reminds me of Louisiana heat. Just listening to him makes my toes curl. So I throw aside all caution and spend the hottest night of my life in his bed, knowing we’ll never see each other again.

Until a positive pregnancy test brings him back into my life. And now he only wants to marry me to do right by the baby, but here’s the thing…

I’ll never settle. I want what my parents have: true love. Nothing — not even the electric chemistry that crackles every time Edgar and I are together — will deter me from that goal.

Edgar

Love is like alcohol. It destroys clarity and impairs judgment. I’ve seen my parents making one bad decision after another in the name of love, destroying our family.

But Jo wants love before she’ll marry me. So I’ll approximate it. Unlike my father, I’ll make sure my child knows she’s cherished (contrary to what Jo thinks, I know it’s a girl). I’m too sensible to fall in love and disrupt my already well-ordered life, even though every second I spend with her feels like skydiving without a parachute…

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Loved the Mexican family vibe and seethed over the manipulative Mum – and still wanting more of this family’s stories. Especially the older brothers.

A really funny story with lots of interest and snark and good story telling.

And look out for Nana and her dancing….

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