Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cover reveal and book excerpt, Chloe, by Michelle Horst





I’m the people pleaser.

I’m the party girl. 
I’m the friend that says, “Just another one.”
But then comes Zac with his broken heart and I can’t make him just another one.



This book is not your usual romance. It doesn't have the ending every romantic dreams of. Sometimes fires burn so hot that it destroys what could've been.



Recommended for 18+ 
Told from both MC point of view. (Chloe is British and Zac American)

Release date 7th October. Chloe, by Michelle Horst Author


Chloe~
“Oh, Sunshine, that baby is Big Ben.” I wiggle my eyebrows suggestively. Emma’s face pinches with confusion, and I know I should stop but she’s so easy to take the piss out of. 
“But it’s so … ah …big,” she tries to chuckle, but gives up with a nervous gulp. She cups her hands over her belly and caresses it lovingly. She’s due to pop in three weeks and I mean pop. My best mate’s gone and gotten the size of a baby beached whale. I take in Emma’s glowing complexion, her blonde hair that’s up in a messy ponytail, and sparkling green eyes. She looks so happy. Unlike the last time I saw her and I had to get her away from that bitch who dared to call herself a mother.
This visit is long overdue and with the baby on the way, it was a perfect excuse for me to come and visit.
“Surely that doesn’t all fit, you know, up there?” Her eyes bulge huge.
I bite the inside of my cheek to hold the laughter back. “That’s nothing, Sunshine. Want to see my favorite? I keep this big fella for special occasions.” Lifting an even bigger vibrator from my luggage, Emma’s hand flies to her mouth. “I present The Eiffel Tower!” Her cheeks stain a rosy pink. I should stop but she’s making it so easy.

“Bloody hell, Chloe! That thing should have its own set of kidneys and lungs.”




Michelle Horst is thirty seven years old and is from the land of milk and honey. She’s been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for other cultures, but she has an ultimate soft spot for nature and animals. She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. One filled with joy. One filled with passion and heart stopping moments. But most of all, it’s filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. There is nothing as satisfying as that.

Thank you for each and every story you share with me.

Sunshine Smiles from around the world and back,

Michelle :)

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Author Interview - Michael Tavon - Kevin "Dookie" Harris, whom was once voted "Most Likely to Become Famous" by his classmates

When did you discover your gift of writing?
I say when i wrote a fictitious essay entitled "Bin Laden in the Hood", in fifth grade. it proceeded the 9/11 tragedy ,I remember how somber the mood was during that time so I decided pen the essay. My essay brought laughter and joy to the situation . That's when I realized I had the ability to impact people with laughter through words.


What is your preferred genre?
Anything with dark humor , I love it??

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy? So far just one , but I'm currently working on 3 more

Tell us a little about your book?
The moral of my book "Garage Band : The Legend of Dookie Harris " is to never give up on your dream, no matter how old you grow or how crappy life gets. So I'm telling a fictitious story of perseverance
With comedy

Do you have plans for a new book?
Yes I do ,but I'd rather keep that a secret


Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Well currently not really all of my favorite authors are no longer with us

Was there an Author that inspired your writing? Yes Charles Bukowski ,and James Joyce

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

I like to brainstorm and come up with an outline ,the plot and characters; then I allow my imagination take off from there!


Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?  Hard cover of course!

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author? Yes I am !!


Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
" The outsiders" one of my favorite films ever

What book are you currently reading? "Women" by Charles Bukowski!

Who designed the cover of your book? A young man named Darius Scott

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?
He'll yeah!!!!

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? Since I'm a "novice" myself , I will tell all my fellow writers don't allow procrastination over power your imagination

Do you write under a pen name?
Yup, Michael Tavon


Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
All the time my super mario pj's are so clutch!

What are your pet peeves?  
I really hate getting stuck walking behind old people , and I dislike loud people and smelly women are a big noooo nooo.


You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
 Zoe Kravitz or Jhene Aiko!!!

Tell us about something that just made your day -
 When I looked in the mirror (laughs)

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
 At least 2 hours

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
 Lol well you just named all 3

Sleep in or get up early?
I'm not a morning person at all


Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? In my bed, on the bus , or the beach

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad -
Honestly I've never received a bad review ,and all the reviews I've received have been so heart warming and I'm forever grateful


Do you have a bucket list?
Yes Get married to Zoe Kravitz ,
Have sex in each country and reenact my favorite scenes from "Coming to America "

One of your favorite quotes –
Wow that's a great one , Just about every quote from "The Wonder Years"

List 3 of your favorite movies?
"Coming to America" , "Sin City", "The Last Dragon"

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed? californication i live that show so much

Where can your readers stalk you?
Both twitter and Instagram @michaeltavon
And in goodreads too


Is your book in Print, ebook or both? Both

Do you give free ebooks away in exchange for honest reviews?
Yes I do!

Book links:


Amazon paperback


Book Description : Depressed and down to his last hair of hope, Kevin "Dookie" Harris, whom was once voted "Most Likely to Become Famous" by his classmates, is now a part-time sales clerk, and an on-again-off-again father. He spends his downtime drinking until his knees buckle, while singing karaoke in the local bars; trying to live out what's left of his rock star dreams. After a day of shame and self-pity, he arrives home and receives a letter that will change his life...

He attends his 20-year class reunion, where he reunites with his former band mates and best friends for the first time since they dismantled. After a magical night of singing drunken karaoke, the band decides to reassemble, and pursue their dreams of becoming rich and famous.

Take a tour through the life of Dookie Harris, and read a humorous tale of love, struggle, failure…and ultimate success.


5* Book review by Ranger 
“Garage Band : The Legend of Dookie Harris” is one of those heartwarming tales of human frailties and strengths, failures and triumphs, hope and despair, that makes you smile, laugh, and cry, all at once. The book is quite unique as it can only be described as a “funny tearjerker”.

While I laughed hard at the antics of our hero, Kevin “Dookie” Harris and his wonderfully fun friends, Ronnie, Donald and the hilarious Hasheeb, I couldn't help feeling sad at the same time about the constant failures and dejection faced by our friends, especially Kevin.

Kevin “Dookie” Harris could be any of us, a high school kid, seemingly full of promise, but because of a couple of poor decisions in his youth, ends up as a minimum wage helper at Wal-Mart at 39 – showing, there's a very thin line between success and failure.
But fortunately, this book isn't just about despair and bad luck, it's also about faith, redemption, true friendship and loyalty – and finally with a triumphant happy end .Proving that even the most unfortunate do not stay down forever, there is always an escape route, and you just have to look for it.



Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better

And thank you for allow me this opportunity .


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The true story of how Edgar Allan Poe helps Kristy fulfill her destiny as a writer and a psychic medium.

“Want to know the truth?” Edgar grinned and fixed the collar on his coat.

“No, that’s okay,” I nonchalantly answered, putting the books in my denim school bag.
He drew closer. 

“What do you mean with ‘that’s okay’? I always liked a good whodunit, and my death,” Poe puffed his chest out, “is one of the best, if I might add.”

“So you tell me how you died, Edgar, and who am I going to tell, and better yet, who is going to believe me?”

I really was quite curious as to the whole story, the true story, but I wasn’t so sure he would offer me the truth. He was a writer, a poet, a tale teller, and I wasn’t confident that he wouldn’t elaborate. And, as I asked him, so I become privy to history changing information and what was I to do with it exactly?

“One day I will tell you, Kristy. No, I will show you. There is a reason that I am your guide.” Edgar pon- dered for a moment, “Oh, I do love abstruseness, but only when I write it!”

Forevermore – Guided in Spirit by Edgar Allan Poe by Kristy Robinett




Kristy Robinett has always had helpers in spirit, but when she was thirteen, she met the most fascinating spirit guide of all-- Edgar Allan Poe. Forevermore tells the true story of how Edgar Allan Poe helps Kristy fulfill her destiny as a writer and a psychic medium.


Far from being a madman (as he's often portrayed in the media), Poe is an insightful guide and a sleuth with a passion for justice. Working with law enforcement, Kristy and Poe uncover truths of the past--murders, suicides, missing persons--and shed light on the wrongs that have found their way into the present day.

Join Kristy as she shows how personal growth can come from the unlikeliest places and affirms the comforting fact that we are all given the chance to learn and evolve on the other side.






Biography

I have used my unique gift of psychic mediumship since childhood. Whether it is to connect those that have lost loved ones or to assist in getting your life back on track, I'm here to help with direction, in nothing but a positive light. My ability to use several of my gifts helps me give variance to my clients.

Becoming comfortable with my gift has taken an awful long time and still when I speak with someone who doesn't know "what" I am, I begin - "Now, I am perfectly sane, but....I see ghosts...." I am not different than you. Everybody has the ability to "see", you just have to open yourself to it.



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Interview with Eugene Landon Hobgood, author of the book "Country Roads. The Internal Life of a Mannish Rascal".


Tell us a little about your new book entitled "Country Roads. The Internal Life of a Mannish Rascal".

Country Roads is about an adventurous Black boy in the rural American South of the post WWll era. Randolph Wilford, the protagonist, struggles to understand events that take place in his community, his fertile imagination and his precocious libido.

From where do you get your ideas?

It depends on the project. That is to say, my writing is driven by fictive imaginings and actual events. How the two balance out, depends on the type of novel I am writing. In a historical novel I wrote about Benjamin Banneker, actual events dominate. COUNTRY ROADS is driven by events of my childhood, my imagination and stories told to me by people along the way, in equal measure.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?

Research is scattered throughout the day. Mental framing of my stories takes place, mainly during bedtime hours. The actual writing down my thoughts, usually takes under two hours a day.

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

There is no such chapter. But, some of my favorite scenes, in Country Roads, take place between Randolph and the characters, Mozelle, Cousin Hilda and Miz Mattie. Those women are loosely based on some of the women who shaped my life, as they mold Randolph in the fictive pages of the book .   

Do you write under a pen name?

No.

What's the significance of the book's title?

One day, several years before I conceived the novel, I was playing pool in a bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The song Country Roads came on the jukebox. It was my first time hearing the song which made me cry because it evoked childhood memories. It had been nearly forty years since I had visited the country roads with which I was familiar. By the way, the song prompted me to visit those country roads every Summer for the next twenty five years.

How did you find your current publisher, and what experience do you get from that?

I came upon Editions Dedicaces circuitously and fortuitously. A publisher who rejected my manuscript, although he like it, mentioned that he had heard of a publisher who might be interested in the novel.

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?

Both.

Do you ever experience writer's block, and how do you overcome it?

Never. In fact, I will not live long enough to tell the many stories resting at the bottom of my creative well.

What's the main message you'd like readers to take away from the story?

I attempt, in everything I write,  to offer a story that says, "Verisimilitude."

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad...

Truthfully, my reaction to literary reviews is the same as it once was to theater reviews, when I was an actor. The positive ones raise questions in my mind as well as they thrill me. The negative ones remind me of some of the thoughts I had doing the work. 

What project are you working on now?

Currently I am writing a novel about life in Greenwich Village during the Sixties. I am also working on a non-fiction guide to the pronunciations of foreign names, for English speaking announcers.

What advice would you give to aspiring writer?

My advice to fledgling writers is to try and approach the page as if no one has ever done so before.

About the Author:

Eugene Landon Hobgood was born in Washington D.C. on September 6, 1936. Moved to New York City on January 20, 1958. He was educated in Washington DC, New York City, Verona, Italy and Aswan, Luxor and Ghiza, Egypt. In addition to being a writer, he is a long time Singer and Actor. He holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwondo, a Certificate in Herbology, and a Certificate in Public Speaking from the Dale Carnegie Institute. The author is also a Marathoner (New York City, 1992).

Eugene Landon Hobgood is a member of the National Writers, the Screen Actors Guild, the Harlem Writers Guild and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. He is the author of four self published works of fiction: "Songs of the Zodiac", "Patapsco. A Novel Of Benjamin Banneker", "Ruwenzori. The Legend Of Moon Mountain" and "Penny Candy".

For More Info:

Author Page: http://papagino.info

Publisher Website: http://www.dedicaces.us (Editions Dedicaces)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Anne Allen, Award winning author of Guernsey Retreat - Book excerpt





Book Description


The latest page-turner offering mystery and romance from the Award-Winning Author of Dangerous Waters 

Two violent deaths. Separated by time, but with a fatal connection…

A man loses his father. A young woman loses her mother. Both in tragic circumstances that lead, when they meet, to surprising revelations from the past.
Louisa needs to find the father she has never known, to warn him of possible danger - for them both. Her search takes her from England to Guernsey. Malcolm's journey is more tortuous: conceived in Guernsey, he travels to Canada as a baby with his bereaved mother. Many years later he arrives in India, and from here he is led back to Guernsey to open a health centre at La Folie. This was his father's home, where Malcolm was conceived, but never lived and where his father was killed at the start of the Second World War.
At the heart of the two deaths lie stolen jewels. Valuable enough to kill for. Twice.
Finding her father brings Louisa more than she bargains for, and her life is transformed, while Malcolm learns that life is, after all, for sharing… 




chapter 1

1939 – September – Guernsey 
   
Betty woke with a start. For a moment she wondered what had disturbed her but then the sound of shouting cut across the silence of her bedroom. Groaning, she swung her legs out of bed, and grabbed the old, patched dressing gown that Roland insisted should be thrown out. But she hated throwing things away and pulled the belt tight around her thickening waist before tiptoeing out into the passage.
Darkness enveloped her but as she crept towards the stairs she could see lights in the hall, guiding the way. She trod softly downstairs, knowing that her appearance would only provoke the men further.  Roland, her employer and now fiancĂ©, and Archie, his nephew and her one-time lover. She could guess what they were fighting about – her. Their voices echoed around the expanse of the hall as Betty’s bare feet hardly touched the granite-tiled floor as she headed for the library – Roland’s domain and the source of the shouting.
Her heart pounded as she hesitated outside the door. She hated the thought the men were now at   loggerheads and, from what she could hear through the slightly ajar oak door, close to blows. Peering through the gap, she could just make out their figures. Roland sat behind the imposing mahogany desk he’d inherited from his grandfather. He glared at Archie, who leaned over the desk, his fists thrust towards his uncle. With his back to the door Betty couldn’t see his face, but guessed it would be red with anger. He’d    always had a temper on him.
‘I’ll marry who I like! I won’t be told what I can or can’t do by some young whipper-snapper who doesn’t know when he’s well off.’ Roland thumped the desk before standing up, looking down at Archie. ‘I took you in out of duty after that benighted sister of mine died. And in spite of what you claim, I never promised to adopt you and make you my heir. Why would I, while there was still a chance I’d marry and have children of my own?’ He marched around the desk to stand proud and tall in front of Archie. Betty’s heart swelled with love as she squinted through the crack. You tell him, Roland! Cocky braggart! He can’t hold a candle to you.
‘And now I am marrying and about to become a father and count myself the luckiest of men. But I’ll not see you homeless, boy–’
‘You’re damn right you won’t!’ Archie shouted, causing Betty to jump. ‘You owe me, Uncle. I’ve worked hard for you these past seven years and been paid a pittance. I didn’t complain, thinking I’d inherit one day. But now you tell me I’ll get nothing and it’s not right!’ Archie’s fists were now clenched by his side, his head thrust close up against Roland’s. Betty’s heart beat faster. Oh, dear God! Don’t let them start fighting, I couldn’t bear it.
‘I paid you the going rate for the work you’ve done, such as it was. You’re not exactly the hardest worker I’ve employed, boy. And as we don’t even know who your father was, I’m not legally obliged to provide for you.’ Roland paced around and Betty only caught a glimpse of him now and then.
‘You can stay here at La Folie if you like, after Betty and I are wed and leave for Canada. I want us to be far away now war’s been declared. Stay here as my steward until the fighting’s over and we can return–’
‘No!’ Archie’s voice, harsh and desperate, filled the air. Betty held her breath, her hands placed protectively on her stomach. She caught a glimpse of Archie as he grabbed something from the desk before lunging forward out of sight. A loud cracking sound, followed by a groan, propelled her through the door.
At the sight of her beloved Roland stretched out on the floor, blood pouring from an ugly gash on his head, she felt everything go black and crashed to the floor. The next thing she knew, strong arms lifted her up and sat her down roughly in a chair. As her head cleared, she looked up at Archie’s face a few inches in front of her.
‘Why did you come down, you daft woman! Thought you’d be asleep,’ Archie growled.
‘What have you done? Roland…?’ Betty twisted her head to try and see her fiancĂ© but Archie blocked her vision.
‘I…I didn’t mean to hit him that hard. He hit his head on the corner of the desk as he went down.’ He screwed up his face and gripped Betty’s arms. ‘He’s out cold. I–’
Betty drew on all her strength and managed to push Archie from her, before crawling across to where Roland lay.
‘Oh, my God! Don’t say you’ve killed him!’ she cried, kneeling beside Roland’s inert form. ‘Here, help me turn him over.’
Archie knelt and rolled Roland onto his back. One look told them both that he was dead.
Tears splashed down as Betty hugged Roland’s battered and bleeding head. She rocked back and forth, a keening sound escaped from her lips.
‘He got me so mad about me not inheriting     anything. I’m family! He owed me–’
Betty was hot with rage.
‘He owed you nothing! Like he said. Why couldn’t you have been satisfied with being steward? Thanks to your greed I’ve lost the man I love and my child is fatherless before it’s born. Oh, Roland, Roland!’
 She carried on rocking, as sobs racked her body. Roland’s blooded face filled her with horror. They had planned to see the vicar about the banns that very day, wanting to marry at the end of the month. She had been so happy, so looking forward not only to        marrying Roland, but to the adventure of sailing off to Canada. Away from the inevitable reality of war. Roland had often said that the Channel Islands were particularly vulnerable, with the islanders not standing a chance if Hitler decided to invade.
But now…Thanks to Archie and that temper of his, she was a widow before she was a wife. And  carrying the child that had filled Roland with such joy and pride.
‘We…we have to bury him, Betty. And then get away from here. I’m not going to hang for this…’
Betty looked up sharply. ‘What do you mean "we"? This is all your doing, not mine. I’ve just seen you kill my…my love in cold blood! I’ll have no part in your trying to cover it up. Once I tell the police–’
Archie grabbed her arms and shook her till her teeth rattled.
   ‘You’re not telling no police nothing! If you so much as start to spill the beans to anyone, I’ll say you did it. A lover’s tiff. It’ll be your word against mine. Either way, you’d be an accessory and would hang as well.’
Betty’s head reeled with grief and anger.
‘You won’t get away with that! Everyone knows how much we loved each other. And I’m carrying his child! Why would I…I kill him?’
‘I wouldn’t say you meant to. It was an accident. Just like it was with me. But they still might find you guilty of murder and you’d hang. So,’ he said, letting go of her bruised arms, ‘we have to get away. And soon.’
Betty tried to focus on what Archie was saying. Was it true? They were alone in the house and there was no-one to support her. The rest of the staff lived out and wouldn’t return until the morning. Her parents were dead and she had no other family.        Although considered a bright pupil at the Girls’ School, Betty had found it difficult to get a good job until Roland appointed her his housekeeper. It was Archie who’d got her the position, when they’d been sweet on each other, three years ago. That had not  lasted long, not once she discovered his awful temper. And Archie hadn’t reckoned with her falling in love with Roland. And he her.
‘But where can we go? And what’ll we do for money?’ Betty sat dazed on the floor, still cradling Roland’s head. Surely this was all a bad dream and she’d wake up and everything would be as it was. The two of them off to St Phillipe’s to see the vicar…
Archie paced around, tugging at his hair, as if that would give him inspiration.
‘We’ll have to get away from the islands. Get to England somehow.’
‘But I don’t want to go to England! This is my home, where I belong–’
‘Not anymore it isn’t! It’s not safe for either of us now. I just need to think…’ He pulled up short. ‘I know. That Ed Sarre owes me a favour. He can take us in his fishing boat. I’ll make up some story that Roland wants us to leave quickly now that war’s been declared and that he’s flying out to join us once he’s locked up the place. As for money, there’s plenty here worth a bob or two and Roland always kept a wad of cash in the safe, so we’ll be all right. But first we have to bury him. And quick, before it gets light.’
Betty found herself dragged roughly to her feet and forced to find a sheet in which to wrap Roland. She moved around as if in a trance, her mind shutting her off from the reality of what was happening. All she knew was that her life was about to change. And not for the better.

Buy the book to keep reading - Amazon international link: bit.ly/guernseyretreat

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and 2 small grandchildren. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for twelve years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Her younger son is based in London - ideal for city breaks ☺

By profession Anne is a psychotherapist who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters,her first novel,was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver(Adult Fiction) in TheWishingShelfAwards 2012. Her second,Finding Mother, was runner-up in Family Sagas in the 2013 SpaSpa Awards. The third in The Guernsey Novels series, Guernsey Retreat, IS OUT NOW.



Author contact links are:
www.anneallen.co.uk
Twitter: AnneAllen21
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anne-Allen-Author/176883759173475?ref=bookmarks

Tima Maria Lacoba - Award winning author - The Dantonville Series.


Hi, I'm Tima Maria, and I write vampire books, but not just any vamp books - mine are Roman soldiers cursed by a Pictish witch in the 3rd century.

So, how did I start this series? In a previous life (before I started writing) I was a practicing archaeologist and historian, specializing in Roman Britain. Later, I took up high school teaching, as it gave me the opportunity to take my students on overseas excursions to visit the amazing archaeological sites they'd only seen in books.


Then one day, I surrendered to the itch of writing. After many years reading and correcting my students' creative writing tasks and essays, I decided it was time to write my own. I couldn't hold it in any longer. BLOODGIFTED is the result.




In 2011, it was shortlisted in the Atlas Award - sponsored by a boutique Brisbane publisher - and eventually came fourth.


In 2012, it was listed among the top ten in the Choclit, Search for an Aussie Star Competition.


In 2013, I was offered a publishing contract, but declined in favour of going indie. I liked the idea of being in charge of my own creation.



BLOODGIFTED is just the start of a three part series I've entitled, THE DANTONVILLE LEGACY. Later, I intend writing individual books on the other characters in the series, for they all have their own story.


Currently, I live on the Central Coast, an hour's drive north of Sydney, surrounded by wooded hills, possums and seed-dropping rosellas. 

Between bouts of writing, I teach English and History, enjoy long walks while dodging the nesting magpies and plot the next series of books I'd like to write.









Editorial Reviews For BLOODGIFTED

Review

"Bloodgifted is an intriguing blend of history and contemporary paranormal romance... With beautiful descriptions and solid, visual action scenes her strength, let alone her historical knowledge, I have no doubt this talented indie-author will grow from strength to strength as the series progresses." -Lindsay J Pryor, Best Selling author of the Blackthorn series - Blood Shadows, Blood Roses and Blood Torn. 


"Bloodgifted has a little something for everyone: romance, drama, action and much more." -Library Mosaic


"What an interesting read! You will be amazed and gripped to each page until the end, and the END... OMG! I loved it. I can't freaking wait for book 2!Book Obsessed Momma


"I fell in love with this story, and the characters of this book... Vampires, a witch, action, suspense and romance are all in this book." Paranormal Romance Authors That Rock


"I've never been a fan of vampire novels, but this book not only changed my mind, but it made me a fan.Reads a Lot


"I was hooked from the beginning and found myself picking up this story when I really should have been working on something else. I just couldn't get it off my mind.Chick Lit Plus


"An enticing story of romance, passion and a discovery of true identity... a real page turner and gripping read... Tima has rekindled my love affair with vampires!" A Novel Thought.


"Had me turning the pages... I'm anxious for more!" Storm Goddess Reviews


"This story is awesome! I couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns... THE ENDING! UGH! Cannot wait for book #2. Step Into Fiction.

From the Author

I loved writing this book, and combining my love of ancient history, vampires, spooky curses and an old fashioned romance. Who doesn't like a love story, with a hint of danger, suspense and mystery? 


My hope is that everyone who reads Bloodgifted, will enjoy it as much as I had fun writing it! 






Editorial Reviews For BLOODPLEDGE


Review

"The characters are ... great and wonderfully written. The tension is high throughout the story... A well-written, fun and interesting book." CJ Mackenzie @Goodreads  


"I was easily sucked into the world of Alec and Laura and vampires. Plot twists, a steamy romance and tension that runs high throughout, made this a page turner for me." Chick Lit Plus  


"I'm loving this series... Can't wait till the next book to see how everything will turn out ..." Sweets Books  


"The main characters, Alec and Laura, are hard not to love... It was awesome, and I am very much looking forward to the next book!!" Step Into Fiction  


"This series has it all. There's interesting history, lots of action, suspense, intrigue and romance. The other characters are lots of fun. I can't wait until Lacoba gives us a book for each of them!" Readsalot, from Irresistible Reads

Laura's Locket - currently free from most online stores.


CURRENTLY FREE FROM MOST ONLINE STORES - - A short story about a silver locket, a mysterious young man and a fated meeting. 

When eighteen-year-old Laura Anne Dantonville goes on her end-of-school trip to Italy, she is accompanied by her two best friends, Beth and Angie. As soon as they arrive in Sorrento, she meets the mysterious—and devastatingly handsome—Philippe. He is gallant and charming, and Laura loses her heart. Their meetings are brief and secret, and Philippe gives her a lovely silver locket. She swears to wear it always. Until one night… 

This short story takes place some years before BLOODGIFTED and reveals more of Laura and Philippe's history. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Get Swept Away, Italian Style! May 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This Novella was truly my ‘Romantic Getaway’! Laura and her besties go on holiday to the Amalfi coast in Italy. I had just been there last summer and I was reliving it all over again. Imagine you meet Mr Dreamboat while you are there and are instantly swept off your feet! Laura meets a handsome stranger who seems too good to be real! Her friends are very suspicious and rightfully so. Seems Laura is oddly obsessed with this man and will break all rules to be in his company. So ladies, get in the bubble bath, burn some candles and get ready to be swept away- Italian style!

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