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Book Blitz: ‘Blood Moon – Part 1’ by S. Yurvati

Title: Blood Moon – Part 1

Chroma Crossing Chronicles Book 1

Author: S. Yurvati

Genre: Fantasy / Romance / Women’s Fiction

Recommended for readers ages 18+



About the Book:

Hunky pheromone-laden-man meets pretty accident-prone female—it should have been a love story with a happily ever after ending. However, when the bored deities choose Candy and Thorne for an amusing game, the gods and goddesses put forth sets of circumstances that can tear the couple apart and wound them deep within their souls.

With her father’s sudden demise, Candy finds she’s inherited funds and a house in beautiful historic Savannah. Not only can she now afford to go to the Savannah College of Art and Design, her future as an artist looks promising. But unfortunately, her step-mom and her disturbing son Todd reside in the main house.

When Candy gets her first commission for a life-sized portrait of a beautiful woman from a rather unsettling man, she soon questions what had seemed coincidental. Candy is a modest female who has always found solace in her artwork, whereas her widowed step-mom, Cherry Ann, considers physical pleasure and money as her measures of worth.

As Candy pursues her art, Cherry Ann pursues a new lover who expands her world of sexual gratifications far beyond past parameters. Cherry Ann finds her new risqué sex life to be addictive and doesn’t recognize the danger of the man she’s invited into her life.

After surviving a couple of ‘accidents’, Candy realizes someone apparently wishes her harm. When she’s chased (by the one thing she fears most) Candy accidentally, or so it seems, crosses into a new dimension. She finds herself in an unknown wilderness with a curious terrain that is void of color. The landscape looks like an old sepia photograph, hardly the Savannah spring day she’d left behind.  As Candy stumbles through the wild terrain, an intriguing hunter comes upon her. His presence makes her girlie parts beg to become ill behaved, and before she knows it, her hormones are arguing with her strict moral compass.


Praise for Blood Moon:

“Blood Moon is the perfect example of fantasy writing at its best… a multifaceted read which keeps reads involved, intrigued, and happily challenged by a myriad of subplots and characters. Blood Moon is anything but formula writing, and the very things that makes its nature elusive is the strength that sets it apart from most fantasy, romance, or other genre productions…. Suffice it to say that readers of fantasy, romance, intrigue, and women’s fiction will find much to like in the complex Blood Moon. It excels in many surprising twists and turns as Candy and Thorne face their flaws, weaknesses, dreams, and a danger that ventures into paranormal realms.” – Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review


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About the Author:

S. Yurvati has always loved reading and writing. She began putting her thoughts and imaginings on paper during her childhood and continued through college years. She began writing Blood Moon back in her college days, but after graduating from CSUN with a Master’s Degree, she had to work on earning a living and had to put her writing on hold… After three decades of working in the medical world, her husband convinced her to retire and take the time to write. That led to the beginning of Chroma Crossing Chronicles and her first book: Blood Moon. The series includes: Blood Moon (Part 1 and Part 2), followed by Book 3 Dragon Tear, and Book 4 Infinity Link. S. Yurvati is currently working on the fifth and final installment of the Chroma Crossing Chronicles series.

S. Yurvati lives in Texas with the love-of-her-life husband. They have been happily married for going on 44 years.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.syurvatiauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/category/Book-Series/Chroma-Crossing-Chroniclessyurvatiauthorcom

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15055586.S_Yurvati


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Author Interview: ‘Burying Leo’ by Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

Some Things Must Die to Rise

About the Book:

Ingrid always loved to sing. Auditioning for a summer job after high school shattered her dreams. She fled Germany for Detroit where she married with the hopes of starting a family. When hope crumbled, she attempts to sing again. Will singing bring the life Ingrid always desired, or will her mutilated soul lose her everything?

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Author Interview:

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

I started writing poetry in elementary school. About the same time, my mother’s best friend, voracious reader, introduced me to the magic world of books. That dear lady also gave me my first diary for my thirteenth birthday. Those small white pages proved to be great receptacles for the confused thoughts and tender emotions of my teen years. Then, during secondary school and college, my written assignments drew favorable attention, which encouraged me to further cultivate what I still like to do best today—reading and writing.

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

Absolutely! I am an incurable night owl. With darkness setting in, a lot of activities cease and most people go to sleep. That’s when–finally assured of very few or no interruptions—I can let my imagination run wild, anywhere in my house.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I draw a lot on my own experiences—negative, positive, and neutral. This allows me to focus on issues I care deeply about. So, in a way, I do write “what I know” – both in non-fiction as well as fiction. Of course, while weaving my imaginary tales, I mold and reshape past events and people until they are no longer recognizable in the real world. However, I prefer to leave geographic details and historical facts unaltered.

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 tend to have a rough idea about what I want to express. Then I try to come up with a suitable way to interject my message into my storyline, and preferably have it shine through at the end. Beyond that, as I develop my characters, they often seem to take on a life of their own, assisting me in the process of creating dialogs and interactions.

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

I don’t really have a preferred genre, although most of my work seems to incorporate some mix of human interest and suspense. So far, my more successful shorter pieces are personal memoirs, laced with introspection and a touch of humor. In contrast, my recently published debut novel, “Burying Leo,” and another loosely linked tale that I am currently revising, explore the dark world of abuse—a subject close to my heart.

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

“Burying Leo’s” storyline is taking place on two continents. It also has many musical references embedded in it. This should be taken into consideration when determining who might be a good choice for portraying the novel’s most dominant characters:

Ingrid, the heroine

One of the following three actors (who are bilingual and seem able to sing):

  • – Kirsten Dunst, American
  • – Sandra Bullock, American
  • – Franka Potente, German 

Joe, Ingrid’s husband

  • – Derek Richardson, Jr., American actor, who also happens to be Franka Potente’s real life husband 

Mick Rosenkrantz, Ingrid’s musical soul mate

  • – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor and musician 

Leo, the villain

  • – Gedeon Burkhard, German actor
  • – Christoph Waltz, Austrian/German actor

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

I not only love to read, I have collected so many books that my house resembles a library. My reading tastes vary a great deal. I grew up under the influence of German writers, like Johann Wolfang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, and Heinrich Boell.

My first introduction to American literature was through the translated novels of Mark Twain and Pearl S. Buck. Once my English improved, I also embraced the works of John Steinbeck, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Mitchell, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Harper Lee, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Charles Dickens.

Some of the more contemporary writers I like are Margret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, and Elmore Leonard, the prolific Michigan crime writer I had the great pleasure to know personally.

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

As a cat lover, I have recently been submerged in Abigail Tucker’s non-fiction book, “The Lion in the Living Room,” a fascinating history of house cats. Currently, I am tackling two novels. My adult self is enjoying “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and, after yielding to a young family member’s enthusiasm, the child in me is plowing through Rick Riordan’s series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” Ironically, I am really enjoying it.

9: What is your favorite books and why?

I love William Faulkner’s style, and his novel, “Light in August” is most definitely one of my favorite books. Being interested in linguistics in general, I am fascinated with his writing reflecting the speech pattern of the American south. At first, it was hard for me to decipher some of the dialogs, but once I got the hang of it, I was mesmerized. Allowing his characters to communicate “the local way” puts the reader right in the midst of them.

The novel I consider among the best ever written is “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. To me, it has everything I expect from a great book: good writing, lots of action, suspense, human interest, and a ton of historical information.

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

I believe we all arrive on this planet with a unique talent and a special purpose.

So, to me, there are few reasons to sacrifice our dearest hopes and dreams.

Therefore, if you really want to be a writer, don’t just think and talk about it.

Go ahead, knuckle down, and write!

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Helga-Gruendler-Schierloh-Author

An online search for Helga Gruendler-Schierloh also yields a lot of information


About the Author:

Helga Gruendler-Schierloh is a bilingual writer with a degree in journalism and graduate credits in linguistics. During her childhood years in southern Germany, a much loved family friend introduced her to the magical allure of literature. Mesmerized with language in general, Helga spent time in London to enhance her English language skills. Now living in the United States, she makes her home in Detroit, Michigan. Always a dreamer who spent countless hours roaming the Bavarian countryside, gathering flowers and studying cloud formations, Helga eagerly embraced an imaginary world. Deeply concerned with what makes people tick, she aims at writing “what you know”—even in her fiction stories. Her short stories, essays, articles, and poetry have been published in the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom. One of Helga’s personal favorites, The Wanderer, won first place in one of Southern Pacific Review’s annual short story contests.

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Author Spotlight Book Blitz: Lisa Stewart

Book Titles: Soup is the New Coffee /

Being Gil’s Sister / Knitting Haggis

Author: Lisa Stewart

Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance / Humour

Release Date: 13th October 2017


Lisa Stewart writes books set in Edinburgh. She invites you to join her tram of irreverence: all aboard for house parties, friendship, soup, romance, lost property and aliens.

Soup is the New Coffee

About the Book

Start with Verity’s bubbling award-winning venture Soup Bling.

Add Callie’s beginning to simmer Mad For Soup.

Attempt to stir in one very reluctant, wizarding soup vendor.

Brown-off a foul-mouthed, bad-tempered psychopathic neighbour.

Throw in one ninja Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator in matching tweed.

And there you have the perfect recipe for a mixed broth of rivalry, undercover surveillance, magic, romance and team building.

Warning: may contain nuts.


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Being Gil’s Sister

About the Book

My name is Sunny. I’ve grown up in the shadow of my exceptional brother and am often greeted with, ‘Gil’s sister? Well, why didn’t you say so?’ He is blessed with straight dark hair and brains. I inherited wild auburn locks and freckles that merge together when the clocks spring forward.

I failed to thrive in a number of jobs where my talents weren’t appreciated so set up my own business – Do Me A Favour. Hey – how hard can it be to host a cat’s birthday party or barbeque in a snowstorm?

While my enterprise is taking off, my perfect brother Gil seems to be unravelling faster than a spaghetti jumper. Throw in the fact that Mathew – my obsession since high school – is now back on the market after several careless owners, and you find me at a place in my life where being Gil’s sister is about as easy as ironing a wedding dress with a boiled egg.

I find myself chasing aliens, love and a runaway nun to get our lives back on track.


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Knitting Haggis

About the Book

Peggy’s world is very small. So small she can patrol her own border. Then two things happen to her simultaneously. She wins two point six million pounds in the national lottery the same week she is fired from the job she loves.

Sigrid Berger is sent to spend – sorry – manage Peggy’s winnings. Sigrid is gorgeous and she knows it, self-absorbed, high on champagne and low on patience.

Then there’s Mr Lithgow – extremely reliable at acquiring artefacts. At least he used to be. Until a box containing something of immense value, gripped in his hands for five hours, vanishes. Now he’s a bounty hunter under pressure on a wild box-chase around Edinburgh.

And the links in this chain? Kenny and Chantelle. Two ‘employees’ at the station where Peggy worked are jostled into the plot. Individually both of questionable intellect and moral compass. Together they form a team were they stranded on a desert island, they would set fire to the life raft in order to gain attention.

Knitting Haggis is a story about winning (everything that means something) and losing (something that means everything).


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About the Author

Lisa Stewart started life in leafy Bricket Wood. The village is home to the oldest naturist community in the UK where rumours of bike-riding naturists sparked great hilarity in junior school. Aged eight, she moved 410 miles to Scotland with her family (mum, dad, older brother, younger brother, younger sister, dog and guinea pig).

She attended Woodmill High School in Dunfermline – her favourite memories being of the hillwalking club, trips to the Edinburgh Fringe and school discos. She left school at five feet two, graduating from Queen Margaret University three years later and three inches taller.

Lisa has worked in NHS Lothian for many years – her best friends making a half-decent multidisciplinary team, although short of orthopaedic surgeons.

Lisa wrote her first novel ‘Soup Is The New Coffee’ in 2002, followed by ‘Being Gil’s Sister’ in 2004. Unsuccessful in getting a publishing deal – the rejection letters being used to stuff a king-size mattress – she turned her attention to non-fiction. She completed a Masters degree, also at Queen Margaret University, and published her assignments in professional journals.

A casual question from her mum, ‘What are you doing about your books?’ spurred her back to the word-processor. She re-wrote ‘Being Gil’s Sister’ and published it on Kindle Direct Publishing in 2012.

In 2014 she completed ‘Knitting Haggis’, followed in 2017 by a re-working of ‘Soup Is The New Coffee’.

Lisa likes to have fun with her novels and blogs. She enjoys creating characters whose stories are amusing and absurd. Her fourth book ‘Camp Conkers’ follows siblings Sunny and Gil (Being Gil’s Sister) in a summer holiday countryside caper. Their story bears no similarity to summer and even less to a holiday.

Lisa lives in Edinburgh with her husband and son, where a quiet evening can carry the screeching and squawking of wild animals. That would be the zoo, as opposed to the Stewarts fighting over the hair gel.


Connect with Lisa

Website: www.lisastewart.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LStewartBooks

Twitter: @LStewart_books

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