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Cover Reveal: ‘Beast & Beauty Duet’ by Clarissa Wild

Beast & Beauty Duet
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
BEAST
Releasing September 1

He has a beastly instinct to devour everything in his path … until her.I am the giant, menacing monster, known only as the Beast.Sold to the mafia as a kid and trained to hunt, my life revolves around brutality and carnage.My home is a cell made of concrete and iron bars.And there is nothing I won’t do to be free.Until her.The innocent black-haired girl with pretty pink lips, whose father I was supposed to hunt, dares to get in my way.But when I grab her and look into her eyes, I can’t bring myself to finish the job.She makes me feel hope. Greed.And a frenzied desire to touch her.Taste her.Make her mine.I was supposed to destroy everything in my path.Instead, I took her … and consumed her whole.

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My world is shuttered in darkness.Behind these bars, I become one with the shadows.I sleep in them. Breathe in them. Live in them.I simply just … exist.Until …CREAK.The door at the top of the stairs opens and a sliver of light is cast down into my cell.Onto me.Huddled in the corner, I stay put, eyes half-closed but vigilant.THUD. THUD. THUD.Two feet slowly appear, as though it costs him great trouble to even walk. Then the rest of his body appears, his chest rising and falling with each step, as if even coming down here costs him a great deal.Patience.Energy.Everything I have.Everything he doesn’t.I watch as his wrinkly face comes into view. His lip curls up, barely taking the time to form the words as he spews them. “Beast.”My nostrils flare at the sound of his voice. At the beckoning and my mandatory call.But I stay put in my cell, watching him from afar.A filthy smile appears on his face. “I have a job for you.”His hand dives into his pocket and he pulls out a photograph of what appears to be a family of just two. A man with a potbelly and a beard just like my owner’s, and a girl with her back towards the camera, huddled over a piano.My owner approaches my cell and presses the photograph against the bars. “Bring me his head.”I step out from the shadows and into the light. Every footstep is another thud on the stone ground beneath my feet. His body quakes the closer I get, until my frame towers over his. Until the only thing separating us are thick metal rods.My house.My prison.I snatch the photograph from his hand and study the image carefully, taking in every detail. The colors, the view behind the window, the man’s wretched smile … and the girl’s beautiful, flowing black hair that reminds me of the sea of shadows I call home.A small strand of hair tucks behind her ear, and an inch of her blushed cheeks are visible, along with the edge of rose coral lips hiding behind the veil of darkness.A hint of a smile.Like a promise.A secret.I swallow.“Kill anyone who gets in your way.”My eyes flicker up to meet his. “Anyone?”“I don’t care.” His lips curl up like a wolf. “Kill. Them. All.”Kill.I like that word.It’s all I’ve ever known.All I ever understood.The only thing that will ever get me where I want to be.Out.

BEAUTY
Releasing September 8

I thought I could escape the Beast … but he already devoured my heart. When the Beast took me and dragged me back to his cell, I thought my life was over.In the darkness, he watched me.Yearned for me.Tasted me. He loved my scars, called me a beauty …Made me irrevocably his. Until his owner finally let him out …And his final task was to destroy my father.The only thing that stood between them was me. Faced with an impossible choice, I run.But even the beauty can’t escape the claws of the Beast.

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Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he’s a dog too. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals. Want to get an email when my next book is released? Sign up here to receive 4 FREE short stories: https://www.clarissawild.com/newsletter

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Book Blitz: ‘Rose: Future Heart’ by Jazalyn

Title: Rose: Future Heart

Author: Jazalyn

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance

About the Book:

A socially underprivileged rose witnesses unpleasant events and behaviors that threaten Her inner peace and is determined to set life and love aside in order to find Her true, pure and moral parts of character.

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About the Author:

With 150,000+ engagements and 20,000+ followers that grow more and more across 7 social media platforms, Jazalyn is among the most-promising newcomers authors-poets.

Her books have sold in 4 Continents and have been featured on best-seller category-based lists on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon AU. Soon she will expand in every corner of the Earth.

Jazalyn attracts all cultures and traditions with an audience from all walks and stages of life as a consequence of the universal atmosphere that encircles her themes.

Her innovative and versatile writing style stemming from abstraction and absurdness captivates mystery and suspense with words swimming in surrealism and magical realism.

Her imaginative and inventive narration unites the philosophical with the psychological and the scientific elements of both fantasy and fiction that create and solve riddles and puzzles.

In what results as a contemporary genre of cinematic (epic) poetry in slice of life-vignette expression which provokes thinking and eyes new horizons.

Jazalyn’s art is purposely colorful, geometrical and fashionable in its totality to match the aesthetics of a qualitative artfulness which expands the consciousness of an enlightenment painted in a kind of mysticism and spirituality that knows no boundaries.

Her latest books vViIrRuUsS, Rose, Hollow signify Jazalyn’s transition towards literary magnificence.

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Website: www.jazalyn.art

Twitter: @justjazalyn

Instagram: www.instagram.com/justjazalyn

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@jjaazzaall

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Author Interview: ‘Wand Smoke: Broken’ by MarQuese Liddle

About the Book:

Just outside a small coal mining town by the name of Village South dwells the bitter, blind, drug-dealing troglodyte, the self-styled cult leader and Lord of Fear, Canti. Together with his sole follower, the Serpent Cursed girl known only as Broken, these wannabe villains seek power in occult magic enough to take their vengeance on humanity—that is, until their leaden souls are turned to gold when both Canti and Broken become heroes after coming face to face with a real Spirit of Vengeance and Incarnation of Tyranny.

For fans of folklore, fairytales, weird pulp, and cult classics. H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard meet Cormac McCarthy and Mark Twain. Grab your copy to embark on a journey through fire and wand smoke today!

Broken is the first book of the Wand Smoke series, an endlessly sprawling set of episodic fantasy adventures featuring flintlock gunfights, occult alchemists, psychedelics, faeries, and folkloric monsters, with dialogue that will have you laughing despite the darkness, written in a lyrical, literary style dangerous to the faint of heart.

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First Chapter:

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Author Interview:

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

I’ve been told that I’m a strange combination of life experiences and interests. I grew up and still reside in Wheeling WV, which is a riverside skeleton-town pseudo-suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. There isn’t really a single culture here, nor a multitude of subcultures, and so I had to incorporate influences from my individual interests. Those turned out to be martial arts and by proxy eastern philosophy, then western philosophy and lastly writing in turn.

As for what got me into writing, I don’t think it was anything in particular. It’d be more accurate to say that I discovered writing as a talent of mine which I could feasibly refine as a means to live out my interests, those being story telling and philosophy.

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

I write best in public, usually at my local coffee shoppe. The large windows and semi-busy street help to provide background stimulation which keeps me more awake and engaged. As for time, morning is best.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I like to think of my writing, my fiction in particular, as Frankenstein’s monsters. I take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, and I take great pleasure in combining and transforming many elements as to create something new. For instance, my Wand Smoke series borrows heavily from traditional European folklore and medieval alchemy as well as classics such as Huckleberry Finn, more contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, and even films, comics, animation, and games. Music play a large inspiration too, particularly rap music, as the use of rhyme and rhythm play a huge role in my writing style. And did I mention my home own and martial arts practice? A reader will see spatterings of those as well.

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 try to plan as little as possible, as I find that the spontaneous generation of solutions to the characters’ problems to be an important purpose to fiction. Every story (anything with a plot) is an argument, whether it wants to be or not. The question is whether that narrative argument is honest and coherent, as opposed to false and contrived. The only way to achieve an honest and coherent story is to pose a problem that you don’t know the answer too, and then to try to answer the question from the perspective of the characters involved. So that’s what I strive to do.

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

For fiction, I write fantasy, though I’d say I’m trying for weird fantasy or at least a blending of genre elements. But why fantasy at the core? I suspect it is my attraction to archetypal imagery. There is something about the dreamlike quality achievable in fantasy stories that opens my mind to inspiration.

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

I can’t answer this question because I don’t really watch many films or television. I could count the number of actors I’d recognize on one hand (if that many).

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

I try to read as much as my schedule will allow, but that isn’t as much as dedicated readers. At fastest, I finish a book a month. As for who I read, mostly classic writers and philosophers. Twain, McCarthy, Dostoyevsky, and Nietzsche are some favorites, but so are Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Jung.

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

Right now, I’m reading multiple books: Twilight of the Idols, Musashi, Zhuangzi, Tao Te Ching (with commentaries by Takuan Soho).

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite single book to read is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy for the lyricism of the prose and for the eloquence of Judge Holden.

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

Don’t do what I did and start big. Do start with short stories, and a lot of them. Don’t worry about being good. Allow yourself to write a lot of bad stuff while at the same time reading as much as you can. You’ll start to notice what makes your bad work different from the good work you’re reading, and you’ll also start to see how other author’s work could have been done better. Keep this up and don’t give in. After a few years, you’ll find you’ve come very far from where you started.

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

You can find my across most platforms, but I’m most active on Minds.com and Instagram. My user handle at either one is @marquesedliddle.

Blog: www.wildislelit.com

Minds.com: www.minds.com/marquesedliddle

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marquesedliddle

About the Author:

I am originally from Wheeling, West Virginia where I grew up on a small island in the middle of the Ohio River. Inspiration for my stories comes from a myriad of sources including philosophy, psychology, traditional martial arts, classic literature, as well as music. I hopes my work becomes your inspiration to pursue your dreams whatever they are.

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Author Interview: ‘Invincika’ by Varun Sayal

About the Book:

She tries to save the world …

… but can she save herself?

Ulka trained besides the Sigma, but unlike them, her powers remained dormant.

Until a ballistic weapon finally awakened her hidden abilities and flipped her world upside down.

As Ulka struggled with her new found powers, a Magnetar raced toward earth, causing tides, volcanoes and tremors. The super-humans sent to counter the Magnetar never returned, and Ulka is the world’s last hope.

Even if she succeeds, there’s a much bigger threat lurking in the shadows, waiting to unleash a fate worse than death.

If you like superhero stories with riveting action sequences, you will love this first book in the series.

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Reviews:

A great superhero story. A great introduction to this universe. The story is good with a lot of potential to build on. ~ Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

I really liked this book and I read it in one evening. ~ Netgalley Reviewer

Story was engaging, fun to read, and I was intrigued to know What Next. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Invincika is a fantastic superhero action-adventure novel with a blend of sci fi. This is the first book in the Superheroes of multiverse series. With a fast-paced plot and engaging narration, delve into the exciting world of action, superheroes and dangers. ~ Book Blogger

It’s a fast-paced, engaging, superhero book with the writer’s trademark combination of sci-fi and mythology. I enjoyed reading the book. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Author Interview:

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

I am Varun Sayal, a science fiction author. I am currently staying in Redmond, Washington but I am originally from India. I have been professionally writing and publishing since 2018. I used to write plays and stories in my grad school back in 2007. I used to write Satire articles for an India satire website as well. In 2015 I started writing some stories and in 2018 I took the hard step to publish them. Haven’t stopped publishing since then.

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

On my bed, usually mornings. Early mornings.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I have extensively studied the prevalent story structures and there are a few I like. They form the back-bone of my story. Upon that back-bone I want to create situations which make a reader emotional, and invested in the story.

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?

When I start. I do have a rough plan, a tentative path that I wish to charter and then I build up a lot as I move forward. Sometimes the characters decide their own path. I believe it’s a good idea to have a mental sketch of your characters so that you stay consistent in their actions.

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

I love writing fantasy and my recent focus is on writing superhero fiction. I am a fan of superhero movies and TV series. Especially Batman the animated series, the Young-justice series and movies such as Watchmen had been my favourites for quite some time. Recent MCU and DCU movies have been great as well. Deep down, like other readers of this genre, I love how superheroes solve seemingly insurmountable problems. Superheroes for me represent an emotion of hope, the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. And I have tried to shape my own superhero characters based on that philosophy.

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

Ah this a tough one. For the role of Ulka I’d want someone new, a fresh face. 

Guru Saum – Sir Ian Mckellen. 

Yagni – Zendaya. 

Rukmin – Joaquin Phoenix

Mohita – Margot Robbie

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

I love Issac Asimov as an author for injecting much needed simplicity into science fiction. I also like the way Christopher Nolan is able to yield simplicity to complex topics. From a superhero story perspective, I am a big fan of Stan Lee. His idea of giving character defects and problems to superheroes makes his stories very realistic.

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

Finished reading Make Time by John Knapp, Jake Zeratsky. In search for my next read.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book has to be the Godfather by Mario Puzo. The kind of sharp emotions it brings in you, was amazing and unforgettable. When they prepare Mike (then a kiddo) to take on Sollozzo, oh man, that scene was amazing.

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

My advice to them would be very simple. Perfection is your enemy in the beginning, when you just start writing, and this very perfection becomes your friend towards the end of your writing process. Don’t look for perfection when you start writing, it will bog you down, slow your writing and may veer you away from the writing path completely. Instead, be scrappy in the beginning. Complete a work. Polish it later.

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

Website: www.varunsayal.in

Facebook: www.facebook.com/varun.sayal

Twitter: @vsa2

Instagram: www.instagram.com/varunsayal

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/Varun-Sayal/e/B07F37Z7LX

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/18131196.Varun_Sayal

BookBub page: www.bookbub.com/authors/varun-sayal

About the Author:

Varun Sayal is a Data Science manager living in Redmond, Washington. He grew up in India on a steady dose of fantastical tales from ancient Indian scriptures. His genre of writing is science fiction and fantasy, blended with Indian legends and mythology. In his own words:

I live by the quote, ‘a true art calms a disturbed mind and disturbs a calm mind.’

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Release Blitz: ‘Loving Between the Lines’ by Brenda Margriet

Title: Loving Between the Lines
Series: Silverberry Seduction
Seasoned Romance #2
Author: Brenda Margriet
Genre: Contemporary Seasoned Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2022
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A one-night stand neither will forget.She wanted a final fling before choosing science to make her a single mom. He needed an escape from the regret grinding him into dust. Her baby isn’t his…but maybe family is more than DNA. After a childhood being dragged around the continent by her musician parents, Lynn Kolmyn has stretched her roots deep into her chosen hometown. When her absconding fiancé screws up her careful plans, she decides to become a mother at almost forty, realizing the only person she can rely on is herself. Benjamin Whitestone was the hometown hockey hero until a spectacular mistake led to failure and condemnation. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to make it up to his parents, his teammates, or his fans. In a final bid to prove himself, he accepts a job coaching the junior team where he used to be a star, determined to rewrite history. When Lynn and Benjamin collide—literally—they are both shocked to see the stranger from a single sensual night two years ago. Now the past tangles with the future…a future neither of them was expecting.

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Benjamin Whitestone stepped into the concourse of the arena, closing the door to the Canyon Cats team offices behind him, and leaned against the red-painted brick wall. Pressing his fingertips into the rough surface, he closed his eyes and breathed deeply. When Peterson Brewster had summoned him to his office that morning, he hadn’t been able to suppress the guilty feeling he’d done something wrong. He’d only been head coach of the Canyon Cats for two weeks, and logic dictated he had no reason to worry—yet—that his performance had been judged subpar already. Logic never stopped him from worrying before, and it hadn’t then, either. Turned out Brewster had just wanted to welcome him formally to the organization. He’d met the very involved owner during the hiring process but he’d been out of town since Benjamin’s return to Prince George. Now the meeting was over he could concentrate on his next challenge—his first official practice. Training camp had just ended and the roster set. The hardest work was about to begin. Taking one last deep breath, he pushed off the wall and strode toward the stairs leading down to ice level. As he reached the door to the arena administration offices, it swung open. He dodged to avoid being struck by the heavy metal panel and a woman with her arms full of child stumbled into him. “Careful now.” He gripped her shoulders to steady her. Two black bags draped off her shoulders and the sharp corner of one thudded against his thigh as she spun around. “Sorry.” She shifted the baby to her other hip and gave Benjamin a quick, harried glance before focusing once more on the squirming, squawking child. He’d had little exposure to children, but given the length of the legs kicking at her thighs and the arms flailing about her head, this was no newborn. Other than that, he had no clue. “I didn’t meant to open the door so suddenly. I hope I didn’t hit you.” That voice. Husky and low, it evoked a sudden memory of subdued lighting, sultry jazz, and smoky whiskey. His fingers tightened on her shoulders, the bones rounded and firm under his palms. “Lynn?” Her chin lifted and their eyes met. For a moment her expression remained blank, and then she blinked. “Benjamin?” She twisted out of his hold and his hands dropped. He curled his fingers into fists, holding onto the tingling sensation touching her had evoked. The baby continue to wriggle and wail and she bounced and jiggled in the age-old way of mothers everywhere. “What are you doing here?” He could only stare. He’d thought of Lynn more often than a one-night stand deserved. Especially a one-night stand that had occurred two years ago. Of course, it had also been the day after his father’s funeral. Maybe the pain of that time—and the comfort she’d given him—was why she’d stuck in his mind more than any woman he’d slept with—before or since. She asked you a question. Answer, you dummy. “I’m the new head coach. Of the Canyon Cats.” Her eyes widened. “You’re Benjamin Whitestone?” In the dim light of the jazz lounge where they’d met—and later, in the hotel room he’d brought her to—he’d been too caught up in first misery and then passion to remember the colour of her irises, but saw now they were a bright pale blue. “Yes?” He couldn’t help the upward lilt, though it made him sound like an idiot. Reeling from this unexpected encounter, he wasn’t certain of anything, even his own name. “I read you’d been hired, but I didn’t realize that Benjamin was, well, that Benjamin.” Since they hadn’t bothered to exchange last names at their first meeting that only made sense. “I’ve thought of you. Often.” The truth blurted out before he could stop it. “How have you been?” Her eyebrows quirked up and she shifted the now restlessly dozing baby on her hip. “I’m doing well. This is my son Oscar. He’s a year old. Just last week, actually.” His head spun, as if a giant defencemen had laid him out flat with a body check and his skull had bounced off the ice. Scrambling to do the math, he stuttered, “A year? And we…is he…” “No.” Her tone was firm and laced with amusement. “Relax. He’s not yours.” “Oh.” Surely the rush flooding his body was relief. He’d never wanted to have kids. He’d been a disappointment as a son and couldn’t imagine what a mess he’d make of being a father. “So you’re married?” Oh, god. Had she been married when they’d had their night together? She’d said she was single—he remembered asking—but had she lied? “Also no.” The amusement was gone, exasperation in its place. “Before you jump to any more conclusions, let me explain. Though I can’t see how it is any of your business.” The baby—Arthur? Oscar? he’d already forgotten—lifted his head from her shoulder and squawked. She cradled his skull in her hand and joggled rapidly. “I’m in a hurry to get home so he can have a proper nap, so you’ll have to save any questions for later. I am not and never have been married. I wanted a child, so I did in vitro fertilization, starting the process a month after we…met. Oscar is the result of that process.” The baby’s squalling took on a frantic tone. “I have to go. Congratulations on the new job. Good luck.” Before Benjamin could say another word—which was probably been for the best, given his foot-in-mouth disease—she was gone.

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AUTHOR BIO

Brenda Margriet writes savvy, slow burn, contemporary romances with ordinarily amazing characters. In her own ordinarily amazing life, she had a successful career in radio and television production before deciding to pilfer from her retirement plan to support her writing compulsion. Readers have called her stories “poignant,” “explicit and steamy,” “interesting, intriguing and entertaining,” and “unlike any romance you’ve read before” (she assumes the latter was meant in a good way). Brenda lives in northern British Columbia with her husband, various finny and furry pets, and has three grown children.

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