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Archive for January 14th, 2016

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Title: Her Australian Hero
Author: Margaret Way
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy
“If you’ve never read Margaret Way before, you’re in for a treat.” —New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer
An epic tale of modern day Australia, where greed, desire, tragedy, and ambition collide . . .
Alexandra Ross has always known Lavender Hill will be hers one day. The grand old house, with its waving jacaranda fronds circling around it like a canopy against the white-hot Australian sun. The acres of orchards, trees heavy with sweet-smelling mangoes and prickly pink lychee. The rushing emerald creek that claimed her brother’s life; the genteel boudoir where her mother died of grief, gin, and stroke. Even the quad bike her bullheaded father uses to tear around the plantation like a teenager, as his covetous young wife plays tea party with Alex’s mother’s favorite china.
Someday Alex will undo her father’s blunders and be the good neighbor her childhood friend Rafe Rutherford deserves. The yearning she feels for Rafe can never overcome the heartbreak they’ve lived through together, but at least she will have his companionship.
Until her father is killed and the plantation is divided. If she wants to keep the land she loves Alex must break free of guilt and hesitation. And once she begins to fight for what her heart desires, there’s no telling where she’ll stop . . .
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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Margaret Way has written more than 130 books, many of them International Bestsellers. She has been published in 114 countries and 34 languages. Her novels are set in her beloved Australia, where she was born and lives to this day. Her stories always contain the beauty and rugged nature of the rural and Outback Australia, as well as the rainforests and coral reefs of Northern Queensland.

 

  

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Shadow Touched

Title: Shadow Touched

Author: Erin Kellison

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook

*Shadow Touched is Ellie and Cam’s complete story, previously released as Shadow Touch, Shadow Play and Shadow Hunt, ending in the thrilling conclusion, the previously unreleased Shadow Burn.

A darkness looms over humankind, lurks in mirrors, blurs boundaries—a twilight world ruled by powerful mage Houses…

It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Eleanor Russo’s problem is a very different kind of phenomenon. Her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help her.

Dr. Cam Kalamos has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and Twilight. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

As Ellie and Cam explore their deepest desires and barely escape with their lives, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game.

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Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Reveler serial, where dreaming turns dangerous. She also writes the dark fantasy romance Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series. RT calls Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.” And this year she expands her science fiction romance Sol series

 

 

 

Grave AttractionTitle: Grave Attraction

Author: Lori Sjoberg

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook

He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first…

After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…

Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.

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Lori was a born a coal miner’s daughter. No wait, that’s not right. Actually, she was born a carpenter’s daughter. Her mother was a housewife/homemaker/stay-at-home mom – whatever the politically correct term is these days. Basically, she made sure Lori didn’t get into too much trouble, a task easier said than done.

Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.

After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.

 

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A Belgian and U.S. national, Georges Ugeux is the Chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors LLC, an investment banking advisory boutique.  Ugeux joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International. An adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Ugeux is the author of a numerous nonfiction books about finance.  The Flying Dragon is his first work of fiction

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your first mystery novel, The Flying Dragon. To begin with, can you give us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?

A: I spent my entire life in international finance and was deeply shocked by the financial crisis. I wrote several “serious” non-fiction books on finance. Now is the time to expose the dark side of finance in a crime case. The novel was another way for me to express my feelings about the dark side of finance and I chose a young, Chinese woman as the leading detective (Instead of the men that usually dominate the world of finance).

Q: What do you think makes a good mystery novel? Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

A: The plot, the characters and the setting. The plot of my novel is unusual and takes the reader to the Chinese world and exposes corruption. The characters are real – I feel them. I feel their anger, emotion and pleasure. The setting is Hong Kong, a huge financial center with global ramifications and huge human challenges!

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A: I followed the characters and the story as if I were a reader. At the end, I was so nervous. I had to decide who was guilty, the motives and how to trap the culprit!

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A: I did not need to do character interviews or sketches to approach the development of the protagonist.  I am active in the Chinese world and worked closely with young Chinese women for decades. I believe I understand the elements that make them both strong and vulnerable at the same time. It was wonderful to use this knowledge and understanding to create a “new” person: Victoria Leung.

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A: I had several “villains” in mind as the story developed, but I was not prepared to decide who would be “THE ONE” until the very end. I followed the lies, turpitudes, fraud and aggressions..eventually they emerged as credible in their own motives.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A: By keeping chapters short, and switching character perspectives, I presented something similar to a series of short stories. For a while, I was the only one who knew how they were connected and why they were there. It was a nice game of cat and mouse.

9781480818569_COVER.inddQ: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A: I have been fortunate to travel to many parts of the world. While this first novel takes place in Victoria Leung’s home, she will eventually travel around the world as well, solving darker mysteries. The settings will always be places I have spent significant time. However, as I did with Hong Kong, I will always reach out to local connections/people I know to be sure my descriptions of the specific locations are accurate.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A: I knew it would be about the trading room environment, what happens in this world, and would involve fraud. Victoria, a former auditor and fraud department cop, had the expertise to decipher these mysteries. This is a theme that I developed in my original non-fiction book (the Betrayal of Finance) and used as the source of a culture that has turned its back on its vocation in favor of individual greed.

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

A: I hope that readers will love the story and Victoria Leung as much as I enjoyed creating them. The creativity is in me. Editing was and has been hugely helpful in ensuring the story was consistent and succinct. I never felt that my creative wings were “clipped” in any fashion.

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

  • A: Story telling is number one. A novelist who gets lost and cannot keep the story line under control will soon lose the reader.
  • Mixing real experiences with fiction as the circumstances of the mystery develop, without identifying the fact from fiction for the reader – it encourages curiosity keeps readers interested.
  • Whether I love or hate the characters, I am not indifferent to their fate and my emotions, as the author transpire in the book. The reader should be able to connect with the characters.

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. What do you think about that?

A: Writing a novel, for me, is the reverse of homework. Homework is boring and tedious. I enjoyed every minute of this creative work. It is so different from the non-fiction world, in which tediousness can be essential. I truly enjoyed this journey.

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

A: My inspiration is diverse and plentiful. My main inspirations are Georges Simenon and Agatha Christie. I read all of their books. I find mystery movies (like the new Sherlock Holmes BBC series) riveting. Also, my professional life has taught me not to trust everything as it appears – it is often necessary to investigate.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A: Imagination is critical: have pictures and movies in your mind. Speak and review what you write. Then, follow your instincts.

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