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Title: Gray Skies

Author: Elle Emtage

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 170

Genre: Romance

Format: Ebook

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Dunstan’s dashing good looks, thriving business and exotic lifestyle made him one of the world’s most sought after bachelors; but none of this seemed to quell Dunstan’s desire for Destiny. As their courtship evolves their romance is woven from a tapestry of classical beauty and romantic places in the orange light of the Tuscan sun. To Destiny, her life once filled with endless days of meetings and long nights alone is now full of life and love in a whirlwind romance.

In the midst of their developing relationship however, tragedy rips them apart and she discovers a thread in time which links their existence to an unbelievable possibility. This possibility threatens their very existence, but Dunstan, fueled by his love, will stop at nothing until he reclaims what he has lost. A fantasy romance novel, Gray Skies demonstrates how true love can even overcome obstacles set by the universe.

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Guest Post – Gray
Skies
As I’ve gone through life’s celebrations and challenges I’ve
come to the undeniable realization – Writing is in my DNA. My adventures are colored
in verse and rhyme, my thoughts are painted on a canvas of imagination and
experiences born in day and night dreams. I see events in words.
My writing is tempered by my emotions. If I’m not in a good
place then I can’t write – which is ironic because writing takes me to that
‘good place’. Very often I have to push myself to a chair to calm the thoughts
exploding in my head by putting them in print. Each and every time as soon as
my fingers touch the keyboard or finger the leaf of my journal (yes I actually
prefer a good old pen and paper) my initial hesitation disappears as if there
was never a cause for concern. So what happens when I can’t write? I write!
Writing is therapeutic for me. It soothes. It calms. It
provides the passageway into the recesses of imagination where life is
exciting, adventurous, predictably unpredictable, passionate, thrilling – I
guess all the things that real life (for me anyway) isn’t. Not that I’m unhappy
with who I am – I’m just overwhelmingly happy that I have an avenue that allows
me to escape into a fantastic reality without the use of any vices – a win-win
for me I think.
I’ve been asked on many
occasions – “Why have you decided to publish at this stage in your life? And
why a romance novel? That seems so unlike you!” And I had to sit back and
really ask myself the same question but with a twist – why on earth did I take so long to bring a dream
birthed in me from early childhood to fruition? What did I use to validate me
turning away from the path that made sense? I came up with a host of reasons:
1.       There
are so many writers out there – competing on the global arena will be tough…
2.       Agents
aren’t going to sign unknown writers, far less will big publishing houses…(and
from the Caribbean?)
3.       How
can I make a living, achieve the ‘things in life’ on peanuts?
4.       Can
people really get immersed in my style of writing?
5.       Do
people even really believe in real romance or true love anymore?
…And the list went on and
on….until I came to one important realization – if I didn’t live my dream,
or at least try at it, how would I know how successful I could have
been? And what is the measure of success? For me – it was turning the
pages of my very first novel and realizing that everything that I feared –
whether real or not – that the look on someone’s face when they get lost in the
characters and their lives made it all worth it.   And dare I say? This is
enough….
And so the birth of Dunstan and
Destiny and their fantastic tale of their lives and love. Gray Skies Gray Skies
is a wonderful page turner, centered on the characters Dunstan Moab and Destiny
Tallum. Dunstan’s dashing good looks, thriving business and exotic lifestyle
made him one of the worlds most sought after bachelors; but none of this seemed
to matter to quell Dunstan’s desire for Destiny. Gray Skies is weaved from a
tapestry of classical beauty and romantic places in the orange light of the
Tuscan sun. To Destiny, her life once filled with endless days of meetings and
long nights alone is now full of life and love in a whirlwind romance.
In the midst of their developing
relationship, however, tragedy rips them apart and she discovers a thread in
time which links their existence to an unbelievable possibility. This
possibility threatens their very existence, but Dunstan fueled by his
love, will stop at nothing until he reclaims what he has lost. A fantasy
romance novel, Gray Skies demonstrates how true love can even overcome
obstacles set by the universe.
Elle Emtage is a business professional and has been published in several media houses. Elle’s passion for writing has transformed throughout the years and she is sharing her love of romance and intrigue through the début of this novel. Elle and her family consider themselves fortunate to live on the beautiful island of Barbados.
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Title: Correcting Misconceptions

Author: Rev. Dr. Hazel Ann Gibbs De Peza

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

Genre: Education

Format: Kindle

The book, a research paper, reveals and analyzes misconceptions about the Spiritual Baptist Faith, an indigenous religious expression of Christianity in Trinidad and Tobago. It highlights the academic bias to the Faith, which is maligned and misunderstood because of its humble beginnings amidst ex-plantation slaves of African descent and its history of persecution and prosecution by the colonial authorities of the early 20th century.The research provided answers to some of the troubling questions about the Faith and served as the source for the book My Faith, Spiritual Baptist Christian by the same author.

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  • This giveaway begins April 20 and ends on May 1.
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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The Dark Phantom is happy to be hosting A.M. Arthur and her GETTING IT RIGHT Book Blast today!

About the Book:

Getting It Right 3Title: Getting It Right (Book one of the Restoration series)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press (Harlequin)
Pages: 249
Genre: Contemporary Romance / M/M
Format: Kindle/Nook

For a dramatic male/male read, look no further than Getting It Right by A.M. Arthur. This contemporary romance is full of heart-wrenching moments guaranteed to draw you in and leave you wanting more.

Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four–because he’s too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.

Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as Tag, he’s the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James’s drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he’s close to becoming the worst version of himself.

After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn’t sorry for the kisses that James can’t remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.

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He smoked his way through two more cigarettes before Nathan’s beat-up Ram pickup pulled alongside the curb. For a city cop, he was still adorably country. Nathan leaned across the console to shove open the passenger side door, and James gratefully slid inside. The simple, familiar presence of Nathan nearby made James’s nerves unfurl a little bit more. Nathan was the one thing in James’s life that had always made sense. Had always been easy.

Weariness settled into his bones, turning his drunken daze into extreme fatigue. He wanted to pass out and soon.

Nathan shoved a bottle of water at him, then eased the truck back into the street. He cracked both of the front windows, probably because James reeked of smoke. Nathan had never been shy about telling him how gross his habit was. Nathan was also smart enough not to engage in conversation until they were shuffling up the short sidewalk to Nathan’s half of a two-story duplex. Nathan slung an arm around James’s waist, and the heat of the other man’s body so close felt amazing. Real. Not like the fake closeness of dancing with strangers in a crowded bar.

He finally got a good look at his friend as Nathan crossed the narrow living room to the kitchen in the rear. Flannel pajama pants and a spring coat. James had woken him up.

Yeah, I’m a douche bag.

“You hungry?” Nathan shouted from the kitchen.

“No.” In the familiar, somewhat cluttered warmth of Nathan’s home, he had a safe place to wallow in the shame still burning in his gut.

Nathan’s place was the definition of a straight bachelor’s pad—which worked since Nathan was a straight bachelor. Dark leather furniture right out of a magazine’s page, decorated exactly the same because he couldn’t be bothered. A monster, sixty-inch flat screen mounted on the wall over an entertainment console boasted two gaming systems, alongside a Blu-ray player and hundreds of movies. Only a handful of photos hung on the wall, mostly of his rather large extended family that lived in southern Delaware.

James paused to stare at a familiar photo of himself with Nathan, taken right after Nathan had graduated from the police academy. They were both grinning, arms slung around each other’s shoulder. Nathan so handsome in his uniform, James in a gray suit that hadn’t been stylish in a decade. Because that’s how long it had been. Nathan had made detective last year, so he didn’t wear his uniform anymore. James sort of missed it.

Nathan came back into the living room sans coat, a white wifebeater showing off his muscled arms and flat stomach. He was one-eighth Nanticoke Indian on his mother’s side, which gave his skin a lovely golden hue. His short hair was shiny black, and was always soft on the rare occasion James had a reason to touch it. His dark brown eyes often seemed to be smiling at him, even when things were serious, like right now.

He was carrying a bamboo tray loaded down with two shot glasses, a bottle of Kentucky bourbon and a bag of barbecue potato chips. He settled the tray on his magazine-covered coffee table, then poured them each a shot.

James sank onto the couch next to Nathan and accepted the glass. After a silent toast, he threw it back. The harsh, smoky liquid burned its way into his stomach.

Nathan refilled both glasses. “Does your mom know?”

About the Author:

No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and “bromance” (and “The Young Riders”) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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