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Release Blitz: ‘Forest Girl’ by Empi Baryeh

 

Title: FOREST GIRL
Author: Empi Baryeh
Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa
Length: Full length novel

 

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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost … until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy?

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn’t need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be, before it’s too late?

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He didn’t want to get personal. He just needed to perform the act.

Michael had had every intention of sleeping on the floor tonight. He’d spent a good part of the afternoon fielding the suggestive comments a few bold men had made about tonight. It didn’t help that his manhood hardened with interest at the prospect, defying his own resolve not to touch his wife.

But she tempted him, standing there in her short night dress that barely reached the middle of her thighs. Her eyes stared at him, filled with innocence and passion all at the same time.

Turn around, Mike. Walk away before it’s too late.

She folded her arms beneath her pert breasts again, pushing them up in a manner he could not ignore. It may have been a manifestation of nerves, but his body sprang alive. He bit back a curse, realising he couldn’t walk away even if he wanted to.

He needed to consummate the marriage. If their union broke, as he wished it to, it couldn’t be because he hadn’t claimed her as his wife in every way. Such news never remained hidden. He’d be branded as something less than a real man, and that would certainly affect the elders’ already doubtful opinion of him.

However, when he took a step towards her, he knew at the back of his mind that it wasn’t out of obligation. He wanted to taste her lips again, feel her soft breasts press against his chest, know the taste of her tongue and every other secret part of her body.

“Put your arms around me, Esi,” he whispered.

Keep quiet, man. Talking made things personal. He didn’t want to get personal. He just needed to perform the act.

As she draped her arms around his neck, he lowered his head, so she wouldn’t have to stand on her toes. The gesture brought her face inches away from his. He closed the rest of the space between them, capturing her lips as he kissed her, gently at first, then more urgently as he lost control.

She tasted great; she smelled divine. Against all his convictions, he genuinely wanted her. At the core of it brewed an unexpected yearning in his heart that he didn’t attempt to understand. One thing was certain. Sex with her would be anything but casual—a thought that scared him, yet not enough for him to stop.

He didn’t know when he undressed her, but when they reached the bed, she was naked. He fumbled to take his clothes off.

 

 
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Empi Baryeh is the award-winning author of Most Eligible Bachelor (Book of the year, 2017 Ufere Awards). She writes sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance. She’s been writing since the age of thirteen after stumbling upon an uncompleted YA story her sister had written. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew she had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in her mind and she’s been writing ever since. She lives in Accra, Ghana, with her husband and their two lovely kids.

 

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Release Blitz and Author Interview: ‘Between the Shadow and the Shade’ by Coleman Alexander

Title: Between the Shadow and the Shade

Author: Coleman Alexander

Genre: Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy,

Coming of Age

Release Date: 21st June 2018

 

 

About the Book:

In the deep heart of the forest, there are places where no light ever shines, where darkness is folded by pale hands and jewel-bright eyes, where the world is ruled by the wicked and kept by the wraiths. This is where the Sprites of the Sihl live.

But Sprites are not born, they are made. On the path to Spritehood, spritelings must first become shades. They do so by binding a shadow: a woodland creature, who guides them through their training. Together, they keep from the light and learn to enchant living things, to bind them, and eventually, to kill them.

Ahraia is a shade who has bound a wolf for a shadow, as strong a shadow as there has ever been. But while her wolf marks her for greatness, Ahraia struggles with the violent ways of her people. Illicit as it is, she would rather be running wild beneath the moons. But a test is coming, and the further she and her shadow wander out of the darkness, the deeper they wander into danger. Ahraia’s time is coming and what awaits her at the end of her test will either make her or kill her . . .

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“Do wolves have names?” Ahraia murmured aloud.

The wolf’s thoughts burned like dim flames, ill-conceived beyond instinct. Her shadow’s ears tucked back nervously. She was thinking of the plains and the moons and her pack.

We tell stories about the moons, Ahraia conveyed, making her thoughts known to the wolf. They were wolves once, like you, sisters who roamed the plains. My people tell the story of the Blood Wolf and the Dark Wolf, but my favorite is the story of the Bright Wolf. Ahraia ran her finger’s through her wolf’s fur, knowing how unspritish that was to admit. The Blood Moon and Dark Moon were smaller and slower—they didn’t burn like the Bright Moon. Her shadow didn’t care. Her ears stood straighter; she was listening.

The Bright Wolf was the strongest wolf to ever walk the lands, Ahraia thought to her wolf. Losna was her name, and it was known from Everdark to Everlight. But one day, Losna’s mother was killed by the Dae-Mon. So bitter and angry was she that she leapt into the sky to chase after the Dae-Mon. Losna became the Bright Moon, the Masah, the great hunter of the night. Now she spends her night ruling over the world and her days chasing the Dae-Mon. That is why the wolves call for her. Because they love her. And they miss her.

Ahraia let her mind fall into silence. They walked for a time, dodging between slivers of moonlight that fell to the forest floor.

Losna, her shadow thought.

“I will call you Losna.” The name rolled off Ahraia’s tongue and rumbled in her heart. She nodded, as though it was decided. “It’s a good name,” she said, running her fingers through her shadow’s fur.

 

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Ahraia’s mother knelt before her, a summer breeze rustling the silver-white hairs that had escaped her tarry-vine.

“Do you know the true purpose of our shadows?”

Ahraia used Losna to steady herself, clutching tightly to the thick clump of fur at her neck.

To guide us as shades? she conveyed. Her eyes and ears tipped down as tears dripped over her cheeks.

Three years had passed since she returned from binding Losna, and, since that day, she had heard her mother’s voice many times—but this would be the last.

Fog swirled from the opposite bank, spilling out over the waters of the Winnowlin and hiding the stars above. Her mother’s cheek bled from the Posturant’s cut, her mark of defeat.

Her mark of condemnation.

If she was nervous, she didn’t show it. Her stark-white eyes were fixed on Ahraia, her ears upright and face a veil of calm. Ahraia’s own lip quivered, and she couldn’t help as a stricken sob escaped.

Stop that, her mother conveyed. Golden veins darkened across her eyes, like tendrils of clouds crawling across the Bright Moon. It shows weakness. And you of all shades can’t show weakness.

Ahraia dragged a light-scarred hand across her face and sniffed hard. Losna nuzzled her, her tongue scratching across her wrist.

That’s better. Her mother wiped the remaining damp from her cheek, ignoring her own bloodied face.

“The true purpose of a shadow is not to guide the shade—but to make a sprite of her. Our shadows are a measure of us. They choose us as spritelings, when we are weak and naïve, grown of soft roots—and they leave us as sprites, hardened and sharp, cut from stone. But it’s what lies between that makes us who we are.”

 

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Originally, right around the time I graduated high school, I spent most of my days dreaming of adventure and worlds beyond our own. For some reason, I started to write down these thoughts and they quickly turned into a story (I remember clearly that the first few pages were drivel, the likes of which I’m sure the world has never suffered before). From there, I suddenly realized that books came from people and I could be one of those people. Before that, I had just kind of assumed authors were like astronauts and you had to be perfect to make a book. But a compulsion was born and I began to create my own story and have been ever since. That was almost fifteen years ago, and somehow I still feel like I’m just getting started.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I like to write in the mornings, typically, as early as I can physically get up (used to be four o’clock but now is five —kid’s make everything tougher). I used to be a night owl, but I never got anything done. Now, I wake up and the world is quiet. Everyone is sleeping, and it seems easier to get my mind going. I’ve gotten to the point where I can write anywhere, but I prefer to be at my desk, in my office. I was particular in the desk I bought, and the chair too. They’re both comfortable and big. I would consider them as my favorite items in my house. In recent years, I’ve come to enjoy writing on vacation as well, particularly if there’s a good place to sit in the mornings, preferably with a view.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

That’s a great question and one I couldn’t possibly begin to understand. To be totally honest, I don’t know. I used to think they were from me—some amalgamation of my life experiences jumbled up and spit out by my subconscious—but nowadays, I don’t know. I’m starting to ascribe to the belief that they don’t necessarily come within. I think there is truth in the idea of muses and right now they aren’t happy with me because I’ve spent too much time getting this book out there rather than writing my next!

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I generally have a good idea of the direction and overall framework of the story. I can’t begin to write without knowing the premise, and that generally drives the structure. Within that framework, however, I have no control. Sometimes, I get into a scene or piece of dialogue and things go haywire. Sometimes that’s a great thing, while at other times, it can derail me for weeks. It all depends on a clear understanding of the characters and their motivations. If I know their driving forces well, the scenes that go off script generally work out for the best.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write fantasy. Initially, I was drawn to the genre for the adventure and for the wonder it presented. Now, those reasons continue to a source of joy, but the main reason I write fantasy is because of the range of issues it lets me approach. Fantasy can be dark or light. It can be deep or frivolous. It can deal with personal stories or epics. And it does so in ways that can still be an adventure.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

For my other books (not yet released), I have most of the cast chosen. But for this one, it’s different. Between the Shade and the Shadow is a story of sprites— elf-like creatures of the night, and so no human cast really fits my ideal character. So in this case, I would want a bunch of unknowns!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I try to read a lot, and I generally have one or two audiobooks queued up as well.  My favorites include Patrick Rothfuss, J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, and Pierce Brown. I read a lot of non-fiction as well, though that depends on what I’m trying to immerse myself in at the time.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished up the third book in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Series. I haven’t decided what I want to do next.

9: What is your favourite book and why? 

The Name of the Wind is my favorite book. The music alone (in a book!) gives me the chills and the writing is phenomenal. Harry Potter is the series I wish I could re-read from scratch because the characters feel like close friends and I regret every time I finish the books. The Lord of the Rings is my all time favorite and sparked my interest in fantasy. And lastly, I love The Slow Regard of Silent Things. I think it’s such a unique book about a strange and broken creature. I do NOT recommend this book unless you are a fan of The Name of the Wind AND a huge Auri fan. So, as you can see, I don’t have an answer.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I think you have to cultivate the mindset of always trying to grow and learn. No one is a great writer from the get-go, and so you have to be willing to improve incrementally and continually. My favorite books on writing are Steven Pressfield’s, The War of Art, and Steven King’s, On Writing. Both have helped me immensely, and I think it’s better to take advice from someone like them rather than me.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My website: therealmless.com

My Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Coleman-Alexander/e/B07BTJNCPR

My Goodreads Page:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/17903186.Coleman_Alexander

 

About the Author:

Coleman Alexander lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, exploration runs deep in his blood. Whether visiting the remote wilds of Alaska or the imaginary lands of his books, he is happiest with his head in the woods or the mountains. The farther off the beaten path the better.

His favorite author’s include J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, and J.K. Rowling, and his work is influenced by a great number of fantasy and science fiction movies and books. Music plays an integral part of his writing process, and he is always diving down the rabbit hole for new musicians.

Between the Shade and the Shadow is his debut novel, but is only the first piece of a much greater world he is creating, the world of The Realmless.

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Release Blitz: ‘Monday Night Guy’ by Liz Lovelock

Title: Monday Night Guy
Series: My Guy Series #1
Author: Liz Lovelock
Genre: College Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2018

 

 

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Parker Kent . . .

Deliciously good-looking

Basketball captain

Complete and utter jerk

I made a vow—a vow to steer clear of guys like Parker. But when he shows up every Monday night at my workplace, that vow is torn to shreds. As much as I’d like, to I can’t ignore a customer.

At some point, a friendship forms. It’s not what I expected; he’s not what I expected. Those walls I put up are being torn down piece by piece, allowing Parker into my heart. Am I setting myself up for disaster, or is my Monday-night guy just the antidote my wounded heart needs?

 

 

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Liz Lovelock is from bright sunny Queensland in Australia. She is the mother of three little monsters, a wife to an amazing husband and very much a lover of everything books and reading. Liz has always loved books and, from a very young age she began reading comic books and then in high school her passion grew. She was given Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden for an assignment but, when that was done she continued to discover new books to fall in love with.

Liz always has a book she is currently enjoying and, a notebook beside her bed for in her hand bag for when inspiration hits at those crazy times. She is a stationary addict and will buy more notebooks and pens then what she needs. Her one click finger likes to go crazy as well.

 

 
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Release Blitz: ‘Electric Blue Love’ by Rebecca Jenshak

Title: Electric Blue Love
Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 18, 2018
Blurb

Court

Here’s a thing I learned a long time ago… guys and girls don’t think about relationships the same way. Especially in college. So, when I caught the girl sitting next to me on the plane reading a magazine article on how to get out of the friend zone, I did something I never do – I got involved.

One look into her electric blue eyes and the darkness inside of me faded.Light and hope radiated from her like a neon sign.

Guys like me know how to get the girl, but we rarely get to keep them.

Bianca

Girls like me fade into the background. Nice, quiet, smart girls without the latest trendy clothes. My friendship with Court started as an opportunity to get inside the male mind, but it turned into so much more.

His touch sent current coursing through my veins.

His kiss jolted my heart.

But here is something I learned a long time ago… you can’t force people to love you back. No matter how much you long for them.

 

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Flying coach was bullshit. The crying babies and the cramped seats weren’t even the worst of it, although admittedly not a perk. The real problem with sitting in the back of the plane was the comradery among the other passengers. In first-class no one tried to chat about the weather or ask the dreaded “Are you visiting or returning home?”. No, in first class we sat in our large, reclining seats with plenty of leg room, cold drink on the tray table, laptop open, and we minded our own damn business.

I didn’t sit in first class because of some ego trip where I needed to flaunt my better than average salary around. I did it because I preferred the silence. Also, I traveled so much it was almost always a free upgrade. Not today.

At least I’d been lucky enough to snag an aisle seat. Unlike the girl sitting in 8B. She didn’t look up as I shrugged off my suit jacket and placed it with my carry-on bag in the overhead bin. She stared down at the magazine in her hands, a pen gripped in her mouth.

Pink lips were wrapped around the blue pen and her eyebrows
were drawn together in deep concentration. The only indication I had that she knew her seat neighbor had arrived was the way she shielded the magazine with an elbow as I slid into my seat. Her stance reminded me of those smart kids who strategically placed their arm around the edge of the desk so that no one could cheat off their test answers.

Intrigued, I settled in and peeked over her arm and down at the glossy pages only catching the headline: How to Get Out of the Friend Zone and Land the Guy of Your Dreams. My eyes trailed up to the young woman so enthralled with such a ludicrous title and I studied her closer.

She was beautiful, but not in an in your face way. I definitely couldn’t see her being banned to the friend zone. Her blonde hair was piled up in a bun on the top of her head, face clear and tanned even in the dreary March weather we’d been having. A faded, oversized floral dress was worn over leggings and sparkly shoes completed a look that was a cross between a preppy sorority girl and an artsy free spirit. She dressed in a way that told me she didn’t know she was beautiful or if she knew, she just didn’t care enough to conform to a style.

Judging by her reading material I was sold on the first option.

As the other passengers filed into their seats, I found myself intrigued and unable to focus on anything but 8B. I glanced over politely, hoping she’d look up and make eye contact so I could get a better look at her. No luck. She kept her focus on the garbage reading material in front of her as the cabin doors were closed and the flight attendants prepared for departure. When we’d reached twenty thousand feet and she still hadn’t so much as side-eyed me, I gave up and pulled out my laptop to do some work.

I stared at the reports in front of me for five minutes, not reading a word, before I gave up and closed the laptop with a snap. She jumped, startled, and I turned to give her my attention. When her eyes finally found mine, I inhaled sharply.

Bright blue eyes were outlined with a heavy hand on the eyeliner or eyeshadow, whatever it was called, in a striking blue. I couldn’t decide if was a fashion statement or a fashion disaster, but her eyes held mine captive and my lips parted to speak, only no words came out. We stared for a moment too long, neither saying a word, until she glanced down at her exposed reading and flipped it shut.

Author Bio

Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Insane – Who Are You To Judge?’ by Hollie Thubron

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“My name is Avery Blake. I will be the hero for the next 300 pages. Well, in my opinion I will be anyway. After all, this is my story.

My primary occupation is as a pharmaceutical rep. I hate to say I do love the sales and I definitely love the cash… But it doesn’t send adrenaline shooting through my body and make me bounce up and down like a kid in a sweet shop.

No, the things that really get me going include painting, volunteer work, killing, tap dancing and golfing.

Yes, you read that correctly.”

One person’s crazy is another person’s reality, with so much in this world being left to interpretation, is killing really wrong? Are serial killers really insane? Anyway, who are you to judge?

The locals of Southhurst would never dare wonder the streets alone at night, since there has been a serial killer terrorizing the area for fifteen years. But Avery Blake isn’t afraid.

Avery Blake is a serial killer. She kills because she enjoys it. But how long can she go on like this, before someone catches on?

Insane is a psychological thriller addressing the different perceptions of morality and what influences them.

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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I live on the outskirts of London and have done all my life. I am a 19-year-old student of philosophy and maths. Along with this being my debut novel, I am also a singer-songwriter. I have 2 singles out and am currently working on an EPQ. I used to be an affiliated horse rider – but I gave it up to pursue music. But writing? That has been something I have always done. I have written several “novels” as a child, I always loved creating new stories.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

My favourite place to write is in a library – I feel like I can fully concentrate there because everyone else is concentrating too! As for a time, I think a bad weather day. There is nothing worse than being cooped up inside on a lovely sunny day! When it’s pouring with rain, it makes me feel motivated to write! I think this is a little cynical!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

It varies. Sometimes I like to just write a couple pages with nothing in mind – and see where it takes me. Sometimes I like to have an idea for one character – and just let their life take me wherever. A lot of the time, I will be reading a book or watching a movie and I won’t like the direction they decide to go – either with the characters or the story. So, I say to myself “Why not write a similar story, but take it where I want!” Hannibal Rising actually somewhat inspired my debut novel “Insane” in this way.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

The first few stories I wrote – yes. I had a strict plan, I knew what was going to happen in every page of every chapter. But I realised – this is boring! The best part of writing is the creativity – and if you plan everything, then that disappears! Now, I know that I have to get from A to B, but I just let the story figure out how it wants to get there.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My debut novel is a psychological thriller – and I am definitely going to stay in this genre. I love the suspense – I think this keeps the story going at a nice pace. Mainly, I love being made to think – and making other people think. I want to make people question their beliefs – make them ask themselves “what would I do in this situation?” I think it is so powerful and it gives the book more meaning than just entertainment.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

When I was writing Insane, I had photos of the main characters in my notes – I knew exactly who I imagined playing each of them! For Avery Blake – I would have to say Megan Fox. Harry Ellis – Mark Ruffalo and Him – Ricky Whittle. I have actors in mind for the other characters too, but they are less set in stone for me.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I have a weird pattern of reading. I will read ten books in two weeks – and then nothing for three months! I’m trying to be more consistent though. My favourite authors are Rachel Vincent, Clare MacIntosh and Ali Land – who has released only one novel, but it is amazing and I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m currently reading “Faking Friends” by Jane Fallon and I just finished “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is Malorie Blackman’s “Stuff of Nightmares”. This is because it is one of the first books I read, it is a very nostalgic one for me and I think it is just a brilliant story and the way she tells it is very clever. I haven’t read it in a while, though, so I need to again soon.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I have tried and given up on writing several books in the past – partly because I ended up not liking the story and partly because I had a lack of motivation. So, for me, I have found that tight deadline works best. With a strict deadline, you have to get the book finished, it means that your subconscious that take over and the story can write itself and you will also keep a good level of motivation.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My website is www.insanenovel.co.uk and on all social media platforms my handle is @InsaneNovel. I post frequently on them all, but I am most active on Instagram.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/insanenovel

Twitter: @InsaneNovel

Instagram: www.instagram.com/insanenovel

 

About the Author:

Hollie Thubron is a singer, songwriter and author from the outskirts of London and has been writing novels since she was child. It has always been her dream to be a published author and that dream has been achieved, with Insane being her debut novel. She is fascinated by the psychology of serial killers as well as the debate about morality and so she is studying Philosophy at the University of Bristol.

Learn more at www.insanenovel.co.uk  and connect with Hollie on social media – @holliethubron

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