Fantasy Friday – Humans Need Not Apply by Tony Ruggiero

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Do you think it’s easy being an alien, a satanic creature or anything else not considered part of the Homo sapiens only club? They have tough days just like humans do and their frustration is growing. Don’t believe it? Well, what about Lucifer, the prince of darkness, who runs a car dealership–what about his feelings when he is faced with that impossible sale and he can’t get that signature on form 666, the standard soul contract? Or maybe you wondered about how an extremely vain alien copes with having a bad hair day as he tries to alter the future of Earth? Will his cosmetic problems be our problems in other ways? Perhaps you heard about the opposite vampire who loves to give blood, hates the darkness and has a fetish for garlic—how does he get through a bad relationship? How about a DNA altered cat that has been given the personality of one of the world’s most fearsome criminals? Will its human owners understand or will it be a less then purr-fect arrangement?

What’s the common thread to all this discontent, you ask? What is it about most stories that stay the same? It’s the human! These aliens and demonic creatures are sick and tired of being the second fiddle in the story. They want what everybody wants: to be the center of attention of the stories instead of the pesky humans for a change…and now they finally get their wish.

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Teen Fiction Thursday – Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

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“Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers ofHunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday – Grit by Margaret McHeyzer

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Jaeger Dalton wants the land that was promised to him.

Phoenix Ward isn’t about to let anyone take Freedom Run away from her.  He’ll protect what’s his.  She’ll protect what’s hers.
Jaeger is an arrogant ass, but he wants nothing more than Phoenix.  Phoenix is stubborn and headstrong, and she wants Jaeger out of her life.  Her father lost the family farm to gambling debts, but Jaeger isn’t the only one who has a claim to the property.  Sometimes it’s best to let things go.
But sometimes it’s better to fight until the very end.

 

Look for this available September 3rd

 

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Cover Reveal ****Let love Shine By Melissa Collins****

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Book Title: Let Love Shine, Novella

Author: Melissa Collins

Genre: NA / College Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  January 10, 2014

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synopsis

What comes after “they lived happily ever after?”

Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths.

Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life.

With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.

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Author

I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Yet, here we are a year later and we couldn’t be happier to have Braden’s first birthday party tomorrow with our friends and family. Between prepping for the party, me working overtime, and Maddy finishing up her last summer course, we’ve barely been able to stay awake past eight every night.

But watching them dance and laugh in front of me makes it all worth it.

I pull them both into my arms and just hold them for a quick second before Braden starts shimmying out of Maddy’s arms.  He’s caught sight of his Lightning McQueen racecar on the floor and is reaching for it. Handing him his car, Maddy puts him in his bouncy seat. I should be warmed by the sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk to him and kissing him sweetly.  But all I can see is her ass right now.  Yep, I want her.

“Get over here.” I pull her back to me once Braden’s situated and brush her hair out of her eyes. “You look beautiful, you know that?” I trail sweet, soft kisses behind her ear and down her neck.

“Hmmm.” She mumbles and it makes me smile against her skin.

Moving from her neck across to her mouth, I feel her lean into my lips.  This is something else of which I’ll never get tired.  Her full, luscious lips pressed against mine; the taste of her sweet mouth still drives me crazy.

“Well, hello there.” Pulling away from our kiss, Maddy arches her eyebrows as she presses her hips into my groin. The last motion surprises me more than a little.  To say that our sex life has been different in the last year is, well, it’s an understatement to say the least.

“What?  I’m not allowed to want my wife.”  I grab her ass and push her into my erection a bit more.  Our hands roam as the kiss rises in intensity.  I fist a handful of her hair and pull her mouth even closer to mine.  It’s the hottest kiss we’ve had in a while. Just as her hips start to roll into mine, we’re distracted by a sound, and smell, to which we’ve grown all too accustomed in the last year.

Before I can even move my hands from her body, Maddy’s pinching her nose closed.  “Not it!”  She calls out and laughs.

“Damn, you’re getting quick!”  It’s kind of been our thing to decide who gets to change him. I scowl playfully at her and she just laughs at me.

“Dude, you’re killing my game.” Braden smiles as I hold him out in front of me.  “Holy crap!  What the hell did you feed this kid today?”  Seriously, he’s lethal.

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Introducing THE BOOK COVER AWARDS

*****Due to lack of participation, I only had a few nominations I won’t be doing it.  I will try again next year.******

Work in Progress is going to begin giving out awards for book covers.  I believe a book cover should be as good as the writing inside.

There will be 10 categories to begin with, depending on the popularity of the awards will depend on if more are added to break them up a bit.  The categories are as follows:

Mystery and Thriller

Historical Fiction

Fantasy

Paranormal Fantasy

Science Fiction

Romance

Horror

Non-Fiction

Poetry

Young Adult

You can submit for yourself or anyone you think has an awesome cover worthy of an award.  Submissions are due by November 30th at 5pm Eastern Time.  The vote will then be up until December 31st 5pm Eastern Time.  Any book that has been or is going to be published in 2013 is eligible.

Please use the form below and you can either email me the cover or send a link and I will add it to the list of nominations which will be voted upon by all you awesome people out there.

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Author Spotlight: Jerry Hachett

ABOUT JERRY HATCHETjerry hatchett

Jerry Hatchett was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta. His stories often draw from his personal background, providing a unique foundation for intriguing tales populated with real people who often find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. His business experience runs the gamut from pawnbroker to inventor to technologist to specialized expert in digital forensics.

Hatchett lists John Grisham, James Rollins, Nelson DeMille, and Ken Follett as major influences on his writing. “I want to entertain people by creating new worlds and people for them to love and hate, and I always try to write a story that you just can’t put down, ” he says.

A lifelong fan of Ole Miss and SEC football, he awaits each fall with zeal. He’s also a movie fanatic, an avid reader, and with uncharacteristic immodesty claims to cook the world’s best ribeyes. He currently resides in The Woodlands, TX, a suburb of Houston.

JERRY HATCHETT TRIVIA 

In the 1990s, invented and patented “EasyBraid,” designed for French braiding women’s hair. The device sold more than 1,000,000 units and is still selling on eBay.

Is a licensed private pilot.

• Is a self-described “gadget freak” who stays up-to-date on the latest and greatest technology.

• Was an “IPO chaser” during the dot-com boom and was profiled in the Wall Street Journal.

THE BOOKS

PAWNBROKER    Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good, with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

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 PAWNBROKER on Amazon   

SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS     Technology and insanity combine to create a very bad week for the United States and the world. In this unputdownable thriller from breakout author Jerry Hatchett, tech celebrity Matt Decker is on top of the world until his flagship creation, the system that runs the U.S. power grid, suffers a crippling cyber attack. Chaos follows as a ruthless maniac sets out to create his own version of Revelation’s battle of Armageddon. And he’s making it personal as he blames Decker for the escalating disasters that stretch from New York to Israel to the “sulfurous scarps of hell.”

Seven Unholy Days, should come with a warning:  Don’t start this one unless you’re ready to be sucked into a story that never lets go!

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 SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS on Amazon

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Author Website:  http://www.jerryhatchett.com

Blog:  http://jerryhatchett.blogspot.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JerryHatchettAuthor

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Blog Tour ****Bird of Prey****

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Book Blurb/Synopsis

This was supposed to be an easy case…

Sémya Slotin had spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed.  Instead, she had been doing her second and third favorite things, drinking and selling expensive vintage wines and having earthshattering sex with the mysterious, sexy, beautiful but ever so secretive Josh Heinz. Life in London was good….until her funds ran out. Too much wine drinking, not enough wine selling!

When fashion designer and adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, summoned her back to Paris to hire her for what Sémya considered being the easiest case of her amateur sleuth career, all she could think of and seeing was money signs and a well-deserved Cuban holiday once it was solved.

What Sémya didn’t see was her stumbling on the fresh corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier. She didn’t think that male model turned fashion designer Julian Marais-Caldwin, who also happened to be Sémya’s ex, would be suspected of brutally murdering her. Johanna was his girlfriend, his muse and he loved her. Sémya didn’t see the dead bodies piling up or the conspiracy theories.

Sémya was a little rusty. But then again, it was supposed to be an easy case and she was going to solve it.  One vintage wine at a time… Sémya Slotin was officially back in business!

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Author Interview

How do you react when you get a bad review?

For me a bad review is a disrespectful one or/and a hurtful one done by a reviewer who didn’t like your book because it wasn’t his/her genre. I’m getting better at handling it. Why are you asking? LOL

How do you choose your character names?

I don’t think about them as much as should sometimes (the first names). In Sémya Slotin Mystery, I’ve noticed (too late) that all the male characters’ names start with a J. But I usually research the last names to make sure they are authentic.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

It’s too late for me! But if you know please tell others now lol

Do you have any superstitions when you are writing a novel?

Not yet, but give me to me J

Cast your latest book for a movie

Just the main ones:

Sémya Louise Slotin: Milas Kunis

Joshua Heinz: Karl Urban

Julian Marais-Caldwell: Justin Hartley

Polliannah Koch Guryev: Amy Hacker 

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