Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

My Teaser:

“He needed to be both alive and dead in the same space.

He needed to kill Billy.”
pg 13

Lethal Lore contains the broken remnants of folk tales, recast in blood. Four harmless legends–the jackalope, the doppelgänger, the lucky penny, the Green Children of Woolpit–become the stuff of nightmares in this collection. From campy horror to eerie gothic to nail-biting contemporary, each short story delivers a chill of a different kind. For fans of Twilight Zone and light horror (this isn’t slasher gore).

“Simple Math”
A mathematician on the brink of suicide meets his doppelgänger, doubling his troubles.

“Killer Jack”
A naïve Cajun bags more than he bargained for during a jackalope hunt.

“Hell Cent”
Good luck for one person is bad luck for another, as The Professor soon learns.

“The Bells of Bury St. Edmunds”
A servant girl exacts revenge after her brother’s death, unleashing terror on her medieval town.

BONUS CONTENT: Explore the lore with facts, links, and illustrations.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Nine-Dragon Sigil Book Tour & Giveaway

“Never had Holmes and Watson found themselves up against a human-being as clever, devious and frightening as the Empress Dowager of China.”

Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: MX Publishing
Date of Release: November 21, 2016
Links: Good ReadsAmazon (Print)Amazon (Kindle)MX Publishing

About the Book:

It’s the year 1907

Rumours abound that a deadly plot is hatching – not in the fog-ridden back-alleys of London’s Limehouse district or the sinister Devon moors of the Hound of the Baskervilles but in faraway Peking. Holmes’s task – discover whether such a plot exists and if so, foil it. But are the assassins targeting the young and progressive Ch’ing Emperor or his imperious aunt, the fearsome Empress Dowager Cixi? The murder of either could spark a civil war. The fate of China and the interests of Britain’s vast Empire in the Orient could be at stake.

Holmes and Watson take up the mission with their customary confidence – until they find they are no longer in the familiar landscapes of Edwardian England. Instead, they tumble into the Alice In Wonderland world of the Forbidden City.


A most amusing sight presents itself to Watson in the depths of the Chinese countryside.

October 23 1906. At sun-up I joined a train crossing rough territory for about 50 miles in the right direction. A short way into the journey it pulled into a small station to replenish water and coal. Word got out among the two or three Europeans aboard that we would be there long enough to stretch our legs.  I stepped on to the platform and before long a most amusing sight presented itself. Coming at a lick down the dusty road towards the station entrance was a wheelbarrow covered with yellow silk, pushed by a panting porter and preceded at a trot by several coolies waving yellow banners. Leaning out of the wheelbarrow at a dangerous angle was an old man adorned with the longest white beard imaginable, so long it was in danger of catching the legs of the bannerbearers and upending them.

The soothsayer’s flamboyant clothing was a curious mix of Manchu and Han attire, the flowing sleeves displaying the depredations of moths and their caterpillars which had eaten out some considerable patches. His head was shaved except for the long pigtail known as a queue. The eyeglasses clamped on the Chinaman’s pock-marked  face were the thickest I have ever seen, slices of smoky quartz crystal polished until translucent. They completely enclosed his eyes, like Victorian railway glasses worn in open carriages to protect the eye from funnel smoke and sparks.  Two further coolies at the unusual transport’s sides held up a red woollen cloth umbrella in a cylindrical shape, like the half of a drum. A retainer brought up the rear, carrying his master’s water-tobacco pouch, a small hat and a clothes bag.

The porter brought the wheelbarrow and its cargo on to the platform at a run and dropped it thankfully, sweating heavily. Out stepped the theatrical fortune-teller. The banners were held up in a semi-circle behind him by the attendants. Around his waist was a silken belt with dragon and tiger hooks of a white stone from which were suspended a watch, a fan, an ornamental purse and a small knife. I was astonished to see he was afflicted with the hereditary condition known as thumb polydactyly, both hands having full duplication of the thumb including the first metacarpal. Many inhabitants, whether Manchu or native Chinese, have a deformation of some sort, a goitre, a strange squint, an unsightly dinge in the forehead, even one side of the face completely different from the other.

His smile displayed another hereditary affliction: four or five of his teeth ran together in one piece, like a bone.  The spectacles made it difficult to place from which part of China his ancestry originated. The predominant Han have flat faces and noses. People originating in the north are often heavier and taller with broader shoulders, lighter skin, smaller eyes and more pointed noses than the people south of the Huai River–Qin Mountains line.  At my side, delighted with this display, was a fellow European, the same German archaeologist. He had good knowledge of Mandarin, and more to the point, Chinese logograms. To my horror the fortune-teller singled me out. His voice was unexpectedly shrill. ‘I am your humble servant from Chin-Hwa,’ my new companion translated, adopting the same sing-song voice. The German pointed at the fortune-teller and asked, ‘Surely, Doctor Watson, you aren’t going to lose the chance to know your future – and for so little expense!’ He translated the logograms – Foretelling any single event  . . . . . . . .  8 cash Foretelling any single event with joss-stick. . . . . . .16 cash Telling a fortune . . . . . . . . . 28 cash Telling a fortune in detail . . . . . . .. 50 cash Telling a fortune by reading the stars  . . . 50 cash
Fixing the marriage day . . . . . . . fee according to agreement To the general satisfaction of other passengers on the platform I succumbed. I opted for ‘fate calculating’. The fortune-teller asked for the hour of my birth, the day, the month and the year (to which for some reason he added a further year). The archaeologist acted as language interpreter.

He also explained the seer was writing my answers down in particular characters to express times and seasons. From the combinations of these and a careful estimate of the proportions in which the elements gold, wood, water, fire, and earth made their appearance he would make his predictions.  In return for a ‘shoe’ (a string of 50 cash) I received the following: ‘Your present lustrum is not a fortunate one; but it has nearly expired, and better days are at hand. Beware the odd months of this year: you will meet with some dangers and slight losses. Danger can be ameliorated by offerings at the Temple of Boundless Mercy. Two male phoenixes will be accorded to you. Fruit cannot thrive in the winter (he had arbitrarily decided to place my birthday in the 12th moon). Conflicting elements oppose: towards life’s close prepare for trials. Wealth is beyond your grasp; but nature has marked you out to fill a lofty place.’ Certainly the ‘Wealth is beyond your grasp’ had the ring of truth.

At the last prediction, ‘nature has marked you out to fill a lofty place’, the considerable number of locals and the station-master gaping at the proceedings broke into raucous laughter and hoorays. The fortune-teller’s retainer ran around handing out visiting cards.   The train’s whistle gave a warning blast. With a wide smile exposing the fused front teeth the soothsayer took the 50 cash and waved me into my compartment, repeatedly bowing, chattering in Chinese (Mandarin with a northern rhotic accent, with a few archaic, out-of-context English words thrown in, according to my knowledgeable German fellow traveller).

As the Chinaman leaned forward to close the carriage door I caught a split-second sight of a banner through the very edge of one of his glass lenses. Curiously, there was no magnification, reduction or compensating distortion. The appearance of the logograms puzzled me. They were quite unchanged.’

About the Author:

Tim Symonds was born in London, England, and grew up in Somerset, Dorset and the Channel Island of Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy. After spending his late teens farming in the Kenya Highlands and driving bulldozers along the Zambezi River, he moved to California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an honours degree in Politics. 

He lives in the ancient woodland known as the High Weald of Sussex, where the events recounted in Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle took place. His second novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Bulgarian Codex (MX Publishing 2012), took Holmes and Watson into the very depths of the Balkans in 1900. Holmes and Watson were back in the region – Serbia – in Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter (MX Publishing 2014), and not long afterwards in ‘Stamboul’ investigating a plot against the despotic Sultan, in Sherlock Holmes And The Sword of Osman (MX Publishing 2015).




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DragonMan Series Book Tour & Giveaway


The amazing story of DragonMan was born at the dawn of the 21st Century, when the world, about to change forever, watched in disbelief as four passenger airliners crashed, not only into buildings and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but into the American certainty that the horrors of the outside world could not touch them at home.
It was into this world that a new kind of superhero emerged, one for whom the lines between good and evil are blurred. Is he friend? Or is he foe? No one knows for sure. What they do know, however, is that as a friend there is no one better.

ThunderBall is pleased to announce our DragonMan trailer won HONORABLE MENTION in the 2016 SUPERHERO SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.

All of the books are being made into movies by ThunderBall films Ltd. And two songs written by me for the Saga. ‘DarkSide Of Heaven’ (DragonMan Theme) and In ‘That Gentle Moment’ for Descendants of Man’.

Book 1:

Date of Release: March 16, 2014
Pages: 309 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

Teenager Luke Starr appears to be living a rather dull uneventful life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That is until fate and a nameless, faceless mysterious dark force from a different plane of existence catapults Luke into a series of wondrous adventures, adventures that will change his life and those around him forever. Luke Starr, respected, feared and hated by many as the one born to greatness, is suddenly propelled with great swiftness into a nightmare, then forced to come face to face with destiny. Is it all a dream? A wild imagination perhaps? Or is this unimaginable journey into the unknown real?

You’re about to find out when you embark on this unforgettable journey with DragonMan. A fantasy adventure filled with wizardry and mystery that carries you away on the wings of magic to bewitching lands, where goblins dwell, wizards rule and witches still cast their evil spells.

The story unfolds with the mood of impending danger set early on, as a likable young teenage hero, Luke Starr, enters a mysterious realm of Earth known as the mythical world of Spellville, by way of an eerie portal in search of his kidnapped friends. But the journey for Luke is not so much a mission of mercy as one of self-discovery. For despite his humble midwest origins, Luke is no ordinary teenager. Imbued with super powers following a ritualistic exchange of blood with a clever dragon, Luke soon discovers the awesome legacy of his birthright, a dark side of great strength and brutal fury and must learn to accept the fact that he is known in this other world as The Chosen One.

Still, unquestionably human, he must come to grips with what he has now become, the most violent force in nature, a dragon hybrid, a.k.a. “DragonMan.” And ready or not, he is thrust into a nightmarish life and death battle to try and save Planet Earth from alien beings hell-bent on destruction, at the same time grappling with his own fears and doubts while always in an inner conflict with himself trying to keep the violent nature of the dragon in check, making it a tough road to travel for this teenage boy of strong morals beliefs.

In a pace that never flags, Luke and an ancient dragon must now join together in an epic struggle that is all neatly stitched together by an intriguing cast of characters, both good and evil and not-exactly-as-they-seem, wherein , a mysterious psychic and an ominous stranger and alien attack on Earth keep the action rolling until the climactic conclusion.

Book 2:

Date of Release: July 24, 2014
Pages: 299 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

In Ted Lazaris’s first fantasy adventure novel, Dragonman, the Adventures of Luke Starr, the reader was introduced to the likable Luke and his seemingly normal way of life growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Luke was portrayed as a quiet, average kid plagued by all the inherent problems of the typical American teen: dealing with a crush on a girl he’s too shy to approach, pesky sisters constantly poking their noses into his business, bullies at school and exams to study for.

But Luke, readers soon discovered, was burdened by a far greater weight than any of his peers, as he struggled to come to terms with his birthright as The Chosen One, savior of the distant world of Spellville.

Not only that, but, like hapless Peter Parker forced to juggle his complex life as Spider-Man while pursuing his love interest and his not-always-easy career, Luke had to learn to harness the enormous powers of DragonMan, his super alter-ego, a persona that regrettably did not come with an instruction manual.

In this second, action comic-like installment, DragonMan and the Poseidon Encounter, Luke seems to have come to terms with his legacy and appears well in control of his super powers–which he will be called upon to use this time around to save the world from an evil demon who seeks to claim the souls of every human being on earth.

The mood of impending danger is set from the very first page, when author Ted Lazaris takes off his gloves to delivering a knock-out of an opening scene: Five-year-old Bobby Blakely, running downstairs on the morning of his birthday, finds not the hoped for brand new bicycle as a gift, but rather an enormous blue whale that has somehow “washed up” in the small lake on his parent’s isolated farm.

While many consider the whale’s appearance a hoax, others believe it to be a sign of impending Biblical doom. And it is enough to rouse Luke’s suspicions that worse is about to happen–which it does. In a pace that never flags, Poseidon Encounter unfolds in a complex thread of differing tales, from an old-fashioned detective murder mystery to a science fiction fantasy, all neatly stitched together by an intriguing cast of characters, both good and evil and not-exactly-as-they-seem.

An imaginative writer, Lazaris blends magic, mysticism, religion and the fast-paced action of the comic book world into a book that fans of the first DragonMan tale will find hard to put down.

Book 3: 

Date of Release: August 29, 2013
Pages: 425 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

The War to End All Wars Came Swiftly From East of the Dawn

A series of savage and brutal murders is taking place by a killer that might not be human. Where did it come from? How did it get here? And how can it be stopped?
The Order Of The Circle Of Light, a secret brotherhood first discovered this baffling mix of man and God, in 1970. Now this Son of God, or Satan is about to proclaim its divinity, through a ritualistic series of slaying’s.

It’s goal; wage war one last time to determine who shall rule Heaven and Earth. To the victor goes the cherished prize … mankind.

In the bloody heroic war to determine mankind’s fate, blood red flames, smoke and dust soar high into the grim night sky above two armies as they engage in mortal combat.
One hopes and prays they will survive the night, retaining dominion over their own world. While the other will wage war in ways mankind can scarcely imagine, in a gruesome fight to end all life on Earth.

Not only weaponry and blind fear will march into battle on December 24TH. There will be hope and faith. There will be friendships. There will be undying love.
But far more than our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters will fall on the bitter cold December battlegrounds to determine mankind’s destiny; shattered dreams, innocence lost, and the very essence of the human spirit will also become casualties of war, the war to end all wars.

Can Luke Starr, aka, DragonMan, a new superhero for our times, figure out whom this mysterious being really is and stop its relentless threat to mankind?

Only time will tell.

 Book 4:

Date of Release: January 1, 2016
Pages: 287 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

Why did the Anunnaki come here? Did they create human hybrids? What is their plan for earth? And for us, the human hybrids? Why did some; the original humans (Bigfoot) resist?

Will we survive what is yet to come? — Those who look for the truth, already know — those that fail to search, are lost — but those with an open mind will soon come to know…The Descendants Of Man.

Much of the story information that was obtained to create this story is believed to be true by many people around the world — Fact or fiction — You decide.


A flash of lightning pierced through the muddy liquid dripping down the windshield of the car, now lying on its side, startling Tera. As her eyes adjusted she could see through an open door. The area was drowning in trees and weeds.
She reached over to the passenger’s seat only to find that Luke was not in the vehicle. She quickly exited the car in search of him. Except for a few minor scratches and bruises she was all right.

From her vantage point she could not see the road. So she checked around in the vicinity of the vehicle. As she did, droplets of rain began to fleck on her face and soon the drizzle became a downfall, followed by a quick burst of lightning, and several booms of thunder that illuminated the gloomy sky. Not far from where she was standing she saw Luke’s Brewers hat and began to search in that direction for him.

Just then, the sound of helicopter blades began to cut through the darkened silence. Louder and louder they became as more and more helicopters entered the air space above. Suddenly they begin to illuminate the area with dozens of powerful searchlights. In the distance she could see Luke wandering about. She quickly rushed over to him and asked him if he was alright. She soon learned that he suffered a head injury, and couldn’t remember her, who he was, or what happened.
“What’s going on?”
“We were in an accident. You were thrown from our vehicle.”
“What’s with all the noise and lights?”
“They’re searching the area with helicopters, they should find us soon enough.”
Tera and Luke began to walk in the direction of the search beams from above when they came upon a clearing. What they saw next was not only strange but frightening. Several hundred feet were flattened. It was like looking at a giant crop circle but instead of compressed corn husks or wheat and barley, the high grass, bushes, and shattered trees made up a complex design or message of some kind and in the very center was a massive hole. As a research scientist herself, she knew that most scientists, her included, believed that the majority crop circles, the ones that they could explain, were man-made. But there it was, right in front of her, a puzzle without an answer.

Tera immediately began to take pictures of the anomaly from several different vantage points. Then she ran down to the opening of the dark abyss to get a closer look and a few pictures. As she did, a beam of light began to focus in on her like a laser beam. Just then, she dropped her cell phone and bent down to retrieve it, and as she did, a gunman on the chopper took a shot and missed her.

In a frenzy, Tera ran zig-zagging as shots continued to rain down on her. Seconds later she was hidden in the tree covered area. Luke was hiding under a large tree.
“Over here…hurry!”

When she got to Luke’s side she hugged him, crying and quivering with fright. He did not respond in a like manner. He wasn’t cold and uncaring, just a bit detached.
“What the hell is going on? Why are they shooting at us?”
“We must’ve crossed over into North Korea. Come on, follow me.”
“Why? Where?”
“We gotta get back to the road, wherever that is, or they’re gonna kill us for sure, let’s go,” Tera shouted, as she pulled Luke’s arm. “Hurry! Soldiers will be here soon.”

They both wandered off, disoriented and lost. Soon the area was swarming with soldiers. Luke and Tera watched from a distance under a large fallen tree.
The soldiers were preoccupied with the anomaly, while dozens of military vehicles surrounded the large crop circle. Then they turned their high beams on to illuminate the area. Moments later a black civilian vehicle arrived on the scene and four men exited the car. One man was wearing a black hat. And by the way the other soldiers saluted the man it was easy to see he was in charge.

Suddenly high powered lights begin to target the anomaly from atop a hill, behind Luke and Tera.
“What are they looking at?”
“It’s kinda hard to explain. Here, take a look at it on my cell phone,” Tera said.
“To say the least. What ever that is, it caused the accident too.”
“I wish I could remember something…anything.”
“You will, give it time. I bet that’s the road up there, where the lights are coming from.”
“If you wanna go check it out, I’m ready when you are?”
“Okay, but we gotta be careful. I don’t want to announce ourselves to anyone yet, it’s kinda hard to predict how they will react under these circumstances.”
“I understand…let’s do it.”

Then, out of their den of safety they crawled, into the pouring rain, cautiously making their way up the ravine toward the safety of the road. Just then, a shard of lightning silhouetted a grimly gaunt soldier. His eyes were as black and hard as steel, and he was pointing his weapon at them. He was dressed in a drab khaki green uniform. In a loud shrill voice he shouted out several commands in Korean. Though they did not understand the words, there was no mistaking what he meant, and they began to walk in the direction that he kept signaling for them to move in.
“He’s one of the bad guys,” Tera said.
“How do you know?”
“Because he’s not speaking English.”

Unfortunately for Tera, she wasn’t moving fast enough. Then, without warning, the soldier slammed the butt of his weapon into Tera’s back with brute force, knocking her to the ground.

As she lay on her belly like a limp doll, he dragged her, kicking her savagely, as he continued to shout out commands, while pointing in the direction he wanted them to walk.

In the melee, Luke’s face became flushed with adrenalin and he charged toward the soldier. But before the soldier could get a shot off, there was an explosion of heat and flames, knocking the soldier to the ground.
Tera watched in horror as Luke morphed into DragonMan, a savage, armored, reptilian looking alien. Tera lay motionless, choking back a gurgle in her throat, as if she had seen her own demise. And then, in that horror filled moment, DragonMan spread his wings menacingly, and took flight.

In the shadows she could see him moving slowly, deliberately, and inevitably closer. His eyes began glinting in the dark, just before he swooped down over the sadistic soldier and pummeled him viciously until he lay there, bloodstained and unmoving.
Tera could say nothing, as hysteria took over. She could only stare in awe as DragonMan transformed back into the love of her life. Someone she thought she knew, until now. His actions were so violent, so cold, so automatic, it didn’t seem real.

Though utterly horrified, Tera kept her wits about her, as well as her urge to scream, and in sheer, raw, unrelenting panic, ran. But as nightmarish as that was, nothing could have prepared Tera for what was still to come.

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Chapter 7  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L60TzIutK2U
Chapter 8  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuFUwcUjDQ

Coming Soon 2017:


1.incapable of being fully explored or understood.
Synonyms: inscrutable, incomprehensible, enigmatic, indecipherable, impenetrable, obscure, esoteric, mysterious, mystifying, deep, profound
“unfathomable mysteries”
2.(of water or a natural feature) impossible to measure the extent of.

To most people, the definition above, is just a word expressing similar  definitions  and nothing more.  But when a  bizarre sequence of events draws not only the  United States, but every world superpower on the globe  into the threat of World War III the word takes on a whole new meaning. And  all the world can do at this point is watch, as the  terrifying mystery slowly begins to unravel, revealing the …UNFATHOMABLE.

Luke Starr: Milwaukee boy. Crown Prince of Spellville, aka DragonMan
Ten years ago, Luke discovered that he was the Chosen One of Spellville, a magical alternate dimension. He used his abilities as DragonMan to fight against the ruthless Unter. With the help of his great-grandfather Alaba and the other wizards of Spellville, Luke banished Unter into the inescapable Eon Vault. All was well.

Until a Supernova lends Unter the power to break free…

Now, the Evil One is back and stronger than ever.

Outraged by his previous defeat, Unter will hit Luke where it hurts most. Followers. Friends. Family. Kidnapping one of Luke’s sisters and his girlfriend Jenny Anderson, Unter will take one hostage on Earth, the other on Spellville. While the Dragon is distracted by his loved ones in peril, the Evil One will begin to terraform both worlds for his dying race.

Luke must make a choice: the Earth or Spellville, his sister or the woman he loves…
A cat-and-mouse game with no rewards, only consequences.
Our young hero must quickly adapt to this experiment in terror or watch his world be destroyed by a god-like being bent on revenge.

Time is running out, Chosen One. Tick tock… Tick tock…

Born From Oblivion – God no longer rules supreme.”
In the distant past, long before people populated the Earth, and before animals roamed the planet, something terrifying and cunning made its home in the vegetation covering the planet like a soft green blanket. Lying in wait for millions of years, this species continued to evolve. Patiently crossing over and manipulating the genetic code of different species. And now, this prefect omniscient being… born from oblivion, has awakened and is ready to feed… God No Longer Rules Supreme… IT’S COMING.

DragonMan: Face Of The Unknown, authored by Ted Lazaris, who created DragonMan and wrote the series of novels, which are being developed and produced by ThunderBall Films, has accomplished the amazing feat of debuting at NUMBER #1 on AMAZON KINDLE, ahead of David Baldacci and James Patterson novels.
Ted Lazaris, (Dragonman Productions) received the attention and a Letter of Commendation from former First Lady, Laura Bush who commented “I admire your efforts, through writing adventure stories, to encourage people of all ages to enjoy reading.
The following is the Foreword Written in the Novel, DragonMan – Descendants Of Man, by Actress, Kya Garwood, who is also known for roles in films such as Into The Woods – National Treasure – Dark Shadows.
Ted Lazaris is the successful, #1 Amazon best-selling, creator and author of the DragonMan series, a 21st century superhero saga – like nothing we’ve experienced before. With the DragonMan series optioned by CEO/Producer Mario Domina of ThunderBall Films Ltd., Ted can add screenwriter, producer and, if that wasn’t enough, writer of lyrics to two songs set to feature in the films, to his impressive list of achievements.


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A Secondhand Life Book Tour & Giveaway

Book 1: 

Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Tabella House
Date of Release: April 28, 2015
Pages: 312 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon







**”A Secondhand Life” is a standalone psychological thriller featuring characters also found in the companion novella, “A Secondhand Lie.”**

2016 New Apple Literary Award in Psychological Thrillers, First Place Winner
2016 Reader’s Favorite Award in Thrillers, First Place Winner
2015 Library Journal selection
2016 Chanticleer Clue Awards nominee
2016 Silver Falchion Best Fiction nominee

A heart never forgets its last beat…

In a freak collision when she was twelve, Mia Germaine faced death and the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia. Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection to the victim—the girl killed the night of Mia’s accident—due to a scientific phenomenon called “organ memory.”

Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a serial killer on the loose dubbed the “Triangle Terror,” Mia must dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her—along with a killer set on making her his next victim.

As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing phantasms, uninvited specters lead her further into danger’s path, costing her the one person who can save her from herself. More than a page-turning thriller, “A Secondhand Life” weaves a tale of second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing story ensnares and penetrates you.

The last thing I remembered was my life splintering—the crack of bones, the crunch of glass, the shriek of scraping metal … normalcy as I knew it gone forever and in its place a ghastly existence. After the accident, my life would never be the same.
Gone were the days of carefree antics and childish joys. All that remained of my life was a higher calling, a calling I never asked for but had no choice but to accept.

Book 2: 

Genre: Short Story, Novella, Thriller
Publisher: Tabella House
Date of Release: December 8, 2015
Pages: 91 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon







**”A Secondhand Lie” is the companion novella featuring characters also found in the full-length standalone thriller, “A Secondhand Life.”**

Sometimes you know things you’re not supposed to know. Things that you can never un-know. Things that will change the course of your life…and the fate of the ones you love.
I found her in our living room, bleeding and close to death, but alive. Barely. Until morning stole her last breath. The media called her killer the “Triangle Terror” … and then forgot about her. But I never forgot—my murdered sister, and an investigation that led to my own resurrection from the dead.

Twenty-two years ago, on a cold February night, Landon Worthington lost his father for the last time. After an armed robbery gone wrong, evidence and witness testimony pointed a shaky finger at Dan Worthington—deadbeat dad and alcoholic husband. But before the dust could settle over the conviction, Landon’s preteen sister, Alexis, is murdered in their home, plunging Landon’s life into further despair.

Two decades and a cold case later, Landon is dogged by guilt over their estranged relationship and decides to confront his incarcerated father-of-the-year about what really happened the night of the robbery. But the years of lies are hard to unravel. And the biggest question of all haunts him: How does everything tie into his sister’s murder?

And so begins Landon’s journey to piece together the puzzle of secrets, lies, and truths that can free his father, avenge his sister, and perhaps save himself.

Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him!) and she writes on the edge. Her characters and plots are her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she thrives off of an entertaining tale.
She is the author of the best-selling psychological thriller “The Admirer’s Secret,” Amazon top 20 short story “A Fatal Affair,” and her latest releases “A Secondhand Life” and “A Secondhand Lie.”
To pick up a copy of a FREE book, or to find out more about her chaotic existence, visit her website at www.pamelacrane.com.


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Cover Reveal: Blood Moon by Lena Hillbrand

Book Info:

Genre– New Adult Urban Fantasy
Series– The Superiors # 1
Expected Release Date– February 1, 2017

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About the Book:

A world divided

In a world where vampires reign supreme, humans are little more than livestock. Their sole purpose is to satisfy their masters’ appetites.

A chance encounter

When Draven Castle, a lowly vampire who owns no livestock, captures a runaway human child, he defies his government for the first time in a century and takes what is not his to take—her blood.

Fates intertwined

Years later, he encounters Cali, the same human girl, now forced to work in a dangerous profession. As the secret they shared draws him back to her time and again, he realizes they are not as different as the government would have them believe. Humans are not just brainless animals. They are people. But if he is to save Cali from her cruel master, he must do more than remember his own humanity—he must forget it.

Pre-order Links:

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About the Author:

Like most writers, I’ve been writing my whole life–diaries, stories, poetry, journals…if you can imagine it, I probably at one time played around with it. I started noveling seriously a few years ago. I love reading, chocolate, Sweet Leaf tea, movies, being outside, and most of all, my family.
If you need to know anything else, just ask. I’m on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, blogger, and just about anywhere else you look. Come say hi!







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Book Tour · Monday Book Tours

Lords of Love and Legends Book Tour

Historical Romance, Scottish Romance, Regency Romance
Publisher: Scott Publishing
Date of Release: January 9, 2017
Pages: 900 pgs
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

About the Book:

Lords of Love and Legends introduces you to lords and ladies who live and love in a world of magic and enchantment. The long ago days we dream about is their reality. In this collection, our heroes and heroines will take you there. Along the way, you’ll see them meet and fall in love, and you’ll share their happy-ever-after ending.

We’d like to thank you for joining them. We’ll leave the page here so they can whisk you away.


USA Today Bestselling and National Award-winning Authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder (aka Allie Mackay) and Brenda Jernigan sweep you into a long ago world of breathtaking passion and adventure where myth and legend was real, danger abounded, and lords and ladies risked everything for love!

Winter Fire by Sue-Ellen Welfonder… When a Highland lass meets a dashing stranger in an enchanted place, she gladly gives her heart – and her passion – to the lover she only knows as the Lord of Winter.

The Duke’s Lady by Brenda Jernigan… If you yearn for classic romance with noblemen, ladies, and intrigue, complete with a magnificent Cornish setting, this is your tale…

Some Like It Kilted by Allie Mackay… A legendary Highland chieftain and a modern American woman aren’t prepared for the passion that flares between them, or the ancient secrets that would tear them apart.

The Wicked Lady by Brenda Jernigan… If you like humor and a fun-filled read…this one is for you… When Trevor Claremont is blind-sided by a pickpocket, he isn’t prepared for the feisty redhead who he finds is one wicked lady.

Treat yourself to hours of reading enjoyment with this beautiful collection of unforgettable romance!


She hadn’t meant to shoot the man!

Kristen Johnstone fled down the narrow, cobblestone streets of London, trying to lose her pursuers. She glanced up at the eaves of the buildings she hurried passed; gargoyles laughing down at her.

Kristen knew she was doomed.

But the gargoyles didn’t scare her half as much as the eyes of the man she’d just shot. The vivid blue still lingered in her mind: first the amused expression, followed by the irritated frown as he’d grabbed her in the act of picking his pocket, then the look of surprise when her gun went off.

She had to move faster!

She could go to jail for a very long time for what she’d done. Then who would take care of Hagan? Her five-year-old brother would have no one.

She had to hurry.

Stay close to the shadows of the buildings, she warned herself.
A tear slipped down her cheek as she rounded the next corner. What was the matter with her? She didn’t cry. She never cried. She hadn’t wept once since her mother died some two years past, and now was no time to start.

She hadn’t meant to hurt the man.

But what if she’d killed him?

Of course, it hadn’t been entirely her fault. True, her hand had been in his pocket, but he’d grabbed her. That was when she’d smelled the liquor. All the horrible beatings she’d suffered from her stepfather came rushing back to torment her. Kristen had vowed then to die before she ever let anyone hit her again. So, she had simply reacted.

Turning to look over her shoulder, Kristen gasped.

The three men were gaining on her. Why couldn’t she shake them? She knew the streets — every nook and cranny where one could hide — better than anyone. Two more turns, then down a small alley and she’d be free.

Her lungs burned and her parched throat was dry and raw. She couldn’t go much farther. Her heart pounded, and the lack of food made her weaker than normal. Not paying attention, she crashed into a trash heap, sending debris tumbling down the street as she fought to keep her footing.

“If ye’d just let me out of this one, Father,” Kristen whispered as she glanced toward heaven. “I promise tae repent.”

Just then she tripped on a brick and went flying head first, landing in a heap on the cold cobblestones.

About the Authors:

“Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly

Brenda Jernigan is a Bestselling Author. Her books have been nominated for many awards – Book Seller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire.Brenda discovered the love for books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library – she was hooked. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt.


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“Sue-Ellen Welfonder brings legends and love to life.”

~ Fresh Fiction

USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder won Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award for her debut title, Devil in a Kilt.  Many of her books have been RT Award nominees, and have received RT Top Picks and K.I.S.S. Hero Awards. She is thrilled to be an Amazon All-Star Author, and a winner of InD’Tale’s RONE Award. Her favorite reader compliment is that her stories transport them to medieval Scotland, the setting of most of her books.  She is also known for her strong heroines, Alpha heroes, and weaving Highland magic and humor into her tales.

Sue-Ellen also writes as Allie Mackay, penning contemporary paranormals, mostly set in the Scottish Highlands.


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Allie Mackay

“Mackay is a master at penning magical tales of love across the ages.”
~ Fresh Fiction

Allie Mackay is the pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder who won Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award for her debut title, Devil in a Kilt. Many of her books have been RT Award nominees, and most have received RT Top Picks and K.I.S.S. Hero Awards. She is thrilled to be an Amazon All-Star Author, and a winner of InD’Tale’s RONE Award. Her favorite reader compliment is that her stories transport them to medieval Scotland, the setting of most of her books. She has three grand passions: Scotland, the paranormal, and animals. All can be found in her fun and sexy, light-hearted paranormal romances.




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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

My Teaser:

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I opened Pandora’s Box, and no one warned me. All I know is I’m hollow, as if someone has scraped out my insides with a rusty spoon.

“We’re a youth culture of hedonists, Scarlet. And we’ll drink, snort, love and laugh ourselves into nothingness.”

Scarlet has never been one for moderation, or doing anything by halves in fact. 2014 is coming to an end, and a generation of disillusioned youth is awakening. Set in the heart of Belfast, Scarlet, Deano and Lauryn find themselves in a restless limbo fueled by increasing amounts of cocaine. The opportunity for hedonistic extravagance is everywhere in ever-evolving forms, and they are taking full advantage.

Then Scarlet finds her ultimate hit…Jamie Brennan. Their intoxicating affair takes them on a metaphysical journey of love, laughter and psychedelic discovery. But all good things must come to an end, and their beautifully-crafted reality is threatened by the past, the truth and their own self-destruction. Will they realise who they are before it’s too late?

‘Tripping’ delves deep into a world defined by excess, pleasure and soul exploration. When more is never enough, how much are we willing to sacrifice?

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Free book! The Good Dictator I: The Birth of an Empire by Gonçalo JN Dias

Because everyone like’s something free right?

Free book on Amazon today Jan 19 to Jan 21- http://a.co/4rRhwWc The Good Dictator I: The Birth of an Empire by Gonçalo JN Dias

  • A genre-busting book that includes adventure, thriller, dystopia or utopia and an exciting love story.
  • A trilogy: part one happens in southwest Europe, in our time.
  • The main character, Gustavo, does not get along well with his parents-in-law, and his wife does not like Gustavo’s friends.
  • There’s an object parked on the moon, but curiously, the unfolding of the story does not take place in New York, for instance.

It became the most downloaded book in Portuguese, last April, on amazon, and it has now a good English translation.

Enjoy fellow readers!

Spotlight Interview · Spotlight Interview Thursdays

Spotlight Interview with author Maria Luisa Lang

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Happy Thursday fellow readers! I have another spotlight interview with author Maria Luisa Lang and her novel The Pharaoh’s Cat.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born in Rome, Italy, and live in New York City. I have a degree in art from the City University of New York, and my artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries. 
I love all animals, but especially cats, and I’m an amateur Egyptologist.
Most of The Pharaoh’s Cat is set in ancient Egypt, but I also included my neighborhood–the Upper West Side–and other parts of the city. My sequel, The Eye of Nefertiti, is also set in ancient Egypt and New York City, but my cat goes to Bath, England, as well. I’ve spent a lot of time there and the beautiful Georgian city is one of my favorite places. When I was planning my sequel, I knew Bath would play a major part in it. The cat also time travels to ancient Stonehenge. I’ve visited the site and found it fascinating.

What inspired you to write?
I’ve sketched and painted, and writing seemed a natural extension. Writing seems to be in my blood. My mother wrote a memoir of her experiences in Rome during the war, and one of my brothers is a noted Italian art critic and the author of several books and numerous articles.

What inspired your novel?
My love of cats and my fascination with ancient Egypt. I also enjoy comedy and couldn’t resist the challenge to make ancient Egypt funny.

What is the genre?
Comedy, fantasy, historical fiction.

What draws you to this genre?
I can combine different elements that are familiar and important to me.

How did you develop your plot and your characters?
My protagonist came first, a stray cat in ancient Egypt who’s suddenly given human powers, then the two people who love him, the Pharaoh and the High Priest, and the ogre who hates him, the Vizier, the Pharaoh’s uncle. Out of their distinctive personalities came their relationships with one another, and the plot is the story of how those relationships evolved.

What inspired your protagonist?
All the cats I’ve ever known, and there have been many. I love and am fascinated by both cats and ancient Egypt. When I decided to write a novel, I couldn’t help creating an ancient Egyptian cat to be my hero. He’s also me in many ways. He has my sense of humor and my sense of justice.

What inspired your antagonist?
The Vizier, the Pharaoh’s uncle is my villain, and the first thing I reveal about him is that he hates cats. His hatred is the root of his villainy. Fortunately, I’ve never met anyone remotely like him. I invented him based on what I see as the worst in humanity.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?
Integrating information about ancient Egypt into the narrative without it sounding like something from a text book.

What was your favourite part of your book to write?
The Pharaoh’s death. The cat’s reaction showed unexpected psychological depths. I ended up admiring him even more.

Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?
Read, travel, go to flea markets and thrift shops. Not surprisingly, my cat visits a Bath flea market in my sequel.

What are you currently reading?
I’m re-reading Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog.

Who would you say are your favourite authors?
Kingley Amis and Mikhail Bulgakov

How about your favourite books? What would be your top 5?
Amis’s Lucky Jim, Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog and The Master and Margarita, my mother’s memoir, any of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford novels except the last.

What are your future projects, if any?
I’ll soon publish my sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat–The Eye of Nefertiti.
(Published in November 2016 The Eye of Nefertiti– Leticia)

What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?
Amazon & Good Reads

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 
Don’t try to please an imaginary reader. It will only inhibit you and your writing will reflect that.

Thank you to Maria Luisa Lang for the lovely spotlight interview. I do hope you, my fellow readers, seek out her novels!