When Night Falls Around Us by Laura L. Walker – Christmas Countdown Blitz!

 

Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when she met her own hero at Northern Arizona University and they later became the parents of six children. 
 
In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of seven novels and three novellas.

 

“Nineteen-year-old Felicity Everstone is living her dream while attending college and serving alongside her parents in the North Atlanta Georgia Mission for the LDS Church–not to mention dating a charming guy who sweeps her off her feet. But when she is unexpectedly sent home to Idaho to care for her nephew through her sister-in-law’s difficult pregnancy, and the friend she has been sharing the gospel with no longer wants to pursue that path, everything that once brought light and joy into her life nearly flickers out. Until she meets her good-looking but solemn neighbor, Erik.
Erik Cannon has already lost the love of his life. Now, as a young, successful businessman, making money seems to be his God-given talent, but he can no longer ignore the emptiness he feels inside. He needs to find purpose and meaning in his life once again. When his best friend’s sister comes to help her family through a crisis, Erik’s heart is reawakened. He senses this is a second chance at love for him, and that he and Felicity might be able to build a beautiful life together–until her old boyfriend comes back into the picture.
When darkness settles over Erik and Felicity’s path, will their emerging love be enough to light the way?”

 

Snippet:
Erik covertly watched Felicity from his peripheral vision, taking silent note of her dejected stare out the passenger window of his truck. They’d traveled these same roads only a couple weeks ago. That day, the sky had been leaden with heavy clouds. Today the evergreens gleamed with dew and the sky dazzled with pure sunshine—if only the atmosphere inside his truck was half as bright.
“What’s the matter, sunshine?” The words popped out of his mouth before he could call them back. “You look about as excited for Christmas as Scrooge.”
With a long sigh, she pulled her gaze away from the passing scenery to look at him through downcast eyes. “Ordinarily, I love Christmas. But this year it’s just going to be . . . really different.”
Erik said nothing but realized that he’d unwittingly hit on the thing that was bothering her the most. She was missing her family back in Georgia, and now, she’d been booted out of Dustin and Lindy’s home for the time being. Understandable under the circumstances. Still—the week of Christmas? Come on.
What could he do to cheer her up? Most girls he knew liked flowers or jewelry, but those things also came with a stigma. She might read more into a gift like that than he intended. “Hey, want to see a movie tonight?”
She showed just a smidgen of interest with a slight raise of her chin. “What’s playing?”
“I don’t know. We can look up the theater’s website. I’m sure we could find something good.”
She took a moment considering it. “Um, well, I would but . . . I’m not sure what Reid would have to say about that.”
Reid? Oh, the boyfriend. The one with the nasally voice and who didn’t mind her sitting outside in freezing temperatures just to talk to him. “It wouldn’t be a date,” he assured her. “Just two friends watching a movie together. You could invite your other friends, if you wanted to.”
When Felicity finally answered, her voice came out as a near whisper. “I think I’d better pass, but thanks.”
Disappointment hit his gut, but he kept it carefully hidden. “No problem.” As they drove further into town, he silently berated himself. Yeah, she had a point. Asking her to a movie was about the same as asking her on a date. What had he been thinking? Thank goodness she’d had more sense than him.
 
 

 

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Deception, a Berlin Butterfly Series – Blitz

 Leah Moyes happily lives in the sunny state of Arizona…year-round. She is the biological mother of four but claims many more. After a career in the airlines and teaching high school sciences, she has pursued her life-long dream to become an Archaeologist and currently works under the guidance and direction of amazing Archaeologists at Arizona State University. Between writing and archaeological digs, the world has become her playground.

 

Berlin Butterfly is her first Historical Fiction Series.
 
 
 
 
 

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Promises. Devotion. Deception. Betrayal.

It’s 1966 in East Berlin, Germany. The Wall is reinforced with cinder blocks, barbed wire, tank traps and second-generation guard towers to oversee what is known as the death strip. It’s function successfully claims a steady stream of victims longing for freedom and willing to risk everything to escape the destruction known as the Deutche Democratic Republic.
Ella Kühn now in her twenties, faithfully awaits the end of “spoiler alert” ‘s ten-year military sentence, yearning for the moment they will finally be together.
A mysterious disappearance, startling news from the West and surprising betrayal wrench Ella’s dedicated resolve in shocking directions. Her stubborn curiosity and devotion to those she loves pushes her to pursue answers in the face of doubt, danger and even death.

In Deception, book 2 of the “Berlin Butterfly” series, Ella’s search for light in an ever-growing darkness introduces her to new friends, perilous associations and deadly exploits. Will “spoiler alert” ’s love and the belief that he will return be enough to keep Ella on the East side of the wall? Or does heartache and treachery push her to join the family and a life of freedom she longs for?
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Muffled sobs of relief came swiftly as I fell flat on my back. With my legs pulled tightly to my torso, I curled like a baby. The dream seemed so real . . . frighteningly real. Sweat, mixed with tears, dripped down my face. The emotions were conflicting—loss and pain, yet somehow that sorrow became fused with gratitude. I hadn’t been shot trying to escape East Berlin nor had I held a dying Peter in my arms.

 

The unforgiving surface felt icy beneath me. Winter lingered in the walls of this old apartment building despite March being the doorway to spring. The dust-covered radiator in the corner offered no relief. I shivered. My cheek momentarily rested against the wood slats before I realized I no longer lay comfortably in my bed, but below it. When did I fall?
 

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CK Printworks Author Spotlight Blitz

Publisher CK Printworks are spotlighting 4 phenomenal reads. To celebrate this incredible non-profit publishing house (yep, they’re a legit registered charity), they have a wonderful sale for you to check out.
Blitz Date: November 30th 2018
Publisher: CK Printworks
Genres: Fiction
Book Title: Daguerreotype: The Mystery of Frederic Chopin
Author Name: Lucyna Olejniczak
Book Genre: Mystery
Stand-alone Novel

In present-day France, a faded daguerreotype and a bundle of letters send Lucy and Tadeusz off on a voyage of discovery spanning two centuries.

Marie was a young Parisian artist, who died a premature death in the mid-nineteenth century. The yellowed pages of her letters reveal evidence of a secret affair between her and a mysterious, unnamed pianist. Who was the musician? As Lucy delves deeper into the distant past, the signs point towards one person: Frederic Chopin.

Could the dashing, handsome young man Marie writes of so fondly really be the musical genius who inspired generations of artists after him? If so, does that somehow relate to Marie’s premature demise? What happened to her in Paris that changed her life so drastically?

Prepare to meet a side of Frederic Chopin that the history books forgot!

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Book Title: The Soul
Author Name: Luiza Dobrzynska
Book Genre: Sci-Fi
Release Date: 01-Apr-18
Trilogy Book 1 – The Legend of the Future Volume I
Can an artificial intelligence not just think, but also feel? Do androids have a soul?
In a not-so-distant future, Earth is slowly being reborn in the wake of an ecological catastrophe, but that rebirth is not happening fast enough. With her faithful android companion at her side, school teacher Etta must embark upon a dangerous mission to the stars to save everyone, human and android alike.
Before they can begin their monumental quest to the stars, they must face a warzone of intrigue, prejudice, and their own family. In the end, who will prove to be more human: man or machine?
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Book Title: Blood Ransom
Book Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series – Herbert Crow #1
In the Podkowa Lesna, Poland, Herbert Crow lives a peaceful life as a tailor, weaving the threads of magic into cloth with the careful precision of an artist. Nobody knows about the shadows of his past, not even his beloved girlfriend, Melania.
Alas, the past is determined not to be forgotten. Melania vanishes, and a ransom demand appears on his doorstep in the hands of an old enemy. Herbert must deliver a package to a certain location in Warsaw before the full moon reaches its peak, or Melania’s life will become forfeit.
Warsaw. A city cursed by the deaths of thousands, where magic itself has died and become useless. In the place where his mystical arts cannot protect him, Herbert is forced to resort to ancient and terrible powers to survive. Time is running out for everyone.
What choice do you make, when all of your options are terrible?
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Book Title: When The Frosts Come
Author Name: Marta Krajewska
Book Genre: Fantasy Romance
Trilogy – The Wolven Valley Book I
In a world where leszyes rule the woods, the lakes teem with drowners and rusalki, and blood-thirsty strigas haunt the night, a young woman named Venda is the final line of defense for the people of Wolven Valley. As guardian, she will have to face not only the gods and demons themselves, but far more dangerous foes: loneliness, fear, and doubt.
While she wrestles with learning what she needs to know to become the guardian, an ancient prophecy begins to unfold around her. The last wolfar has returned to the valley, seeking to resurrect the cruel race of predators who once ruled there. Generations earlier, the Gray Lord – god of wolves – had predicted that his children would return some day, to unleash terrible revenge on the people who drove them out.
Will their forbidden love stand in the way of destiny, or will it just bring the terrifying prophecy closer to fruition?
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The cover for Ann Grech’s All He Needs is now live!

Author: Ann Grech
Title: All He Needs
Series: My Truth, Book 1
Genre: M/M/M Romance
Release Date: February 9, 2019
Cover Designer: Soxsational Cover Art
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I didn’t think it’d turn out this way: my life story in a nutshell. Life, Karma, whatever—it was testing me. Pushing me to the limit of what I could endure and beyond.
But in the steaming pile my life had become, I felt it. The spark. Like my soul met its counterparts, or whatever the corny saying was. I didn’t think it was possible. For a closeted guy, falling for not one but two men was never going to be easy, but I couldn’t deny its truth. Mace and Rick were….
Then I had to leave. My sister needed me. Having a baby alone was out of the question and I couldn’t wait to be an uncle. But going to stay with her in Florida meant leaving them. New Zealand and the USA couldn’t be further apart.
I’m not a saint. I’ve screwed up more times than I can count. But I was trying to redeem myself. Gracie, my niece, needed me to be a better man. If only there was a way I could have both—men to love and a family close by.
This is my truth, and this is all I need.
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By day Ann Grech lives in the corporate world and can be found sitting behind a desk typing away at reports and papers or lecturing to a room full of students. She graduated with a PhD in 2016 and is now an over-qualified nerd. Glasses, briefcase, high heels and a pencil skirt, she’s got the librarian look nailed too. If only they knew! She swears like a sailor, so that’s got to be a hint. The other one was “the look” from her tattoo artist when she told him that she wanted her kids initials “B” and “J” tattooed on her foot. It took a second to register that it might be a bad idea.
She’s never entirely fit in and loves escaping into a book—whether it’s reading or writing one. But she’s found her tribe now and loves her MM book world family. She dislikes cooking, but loves eating, can’t figure out technology, but is addicted to it, and her guilty pleasure is Byron Bay Cookies. Oh and shoes. And lingerie. And maybe handbags too. Well, if we’re being honest, we’d probably have to add her library too given the state of her credit card every month (what can she say, she’s a bookworm at heart)!
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Time Twist by Jeanie Davis – Book Review

 

Arianna Miller tosses her luggage and her hopes into her Subaru and sets out to prove her talent—by decorating a Victorian mansion thirty miles from nowhere. She needs a fresh start and a break from painful memories. However, she is soon haunted by reminders of her past and endangered by foreboding mysteries.

Christopher Flemming is determined to stop his father’s crime spree, which began in nineteenth century London and now threatens present day Colorado. He must find and destroy the time-traveling machine that brought them forward in time. More importantly, he needs to save Arianna.
Because of Christopher’s blurred focus, Arianna finds her attraction to him untenable. She wants to help him, but he refuses to reveal his connection to the mansion.
Everything changes when Arianna stumbles onto the time machine before Christopher does. Will her future end up in the past?

 

 

 

 

   Jeanie Davis is an Arizona transplant—twenty-four years and counting. She loves peach ice cream, shopping, a clean house…oh, and chocolate, of course. She has traveled extensively—from Fiji to Africa and Europe to Costa Rica—but prefers being at home creating new adventures on her computer.
 
     Her four daughters have left her nest empty, but they return often with grandchildren who bring real fun and adventure to her life. And thankfully, Jeanie’s awesome husband, Rick, loves to join in on all her escapades.
 
      A good romance will always capture Jeanie’s attention; add suspense or historical ties and she’s totally hooked. She’s the author of a time-traveling adventure, Time Twist—the first of a romantic/suspense series with a twist of paranormal; an historical fiction novel, As Ever Yours, based on the lives of her grandparents, and a children’s Christmas book, I Don’t Know Why I Did It.
 
     Jeanie is passionate about writing, and she always has a new story to delve into or an older one to revise. She began by writing poetry and music, which she still enjoys, but now novels have moved to the forefront of her avocational pursuits.
     When she’s not spoiling her grandchildren, Jeanie spends her free time curled up with a good book or typing away on her most recent mystery, adventure or romance.
Time Twist by Jeanie Davis is a story line that goes perfectly well with the title. This story is about time machine and time travelling. But, I totally liked how the author presents a beautiful twist to the story about a man travelling back into time to commit crimes. This definitely is a unique, interesting and totally new plotline of all the time travelling stories I’ve ever read.
Coming to the story, Arianna, the female lead, is an interior designer who takes a prestigious job of designing a Victorian styled mansion in Pueblo for a rich man named Mr. Somers. Christopher is a police officer in Pueblo who meets Arianna under strange circumstances. They strike a connection immediately. Arianna finds Christopher very nice, and gentlemanly, like someone from old school. Mr. Somers brings his entire family from 19th century to 21st century in his time machine to escape a big fraud. Christopher turns out to be his son and eagerly waiting to rescue his mother, brother and sister from his abusive father.
The struggle of the 19th century people trying to sustain in the 21st century is explained well. It is not very elaborated but it is just apt. Christopher struggling all alone to keep his secrets to himself, not being able to share with colleagues or any friends, breaks my heart. Arianna is a strong woman who is hard working and very much independent. She tries to help Somers’ family and rescue them. I like how Mr. Somers’ daughter and Arianna communicate through a journal to maintain their communication a secret. Another best thing I enjoyed about this book is the detailing of the mansion, the paintings and other antique pieces that are decorated in the house. The balance between the time where the story took place is just perfect.
The characters are well built. I liked the pace of the story. This book is an easy read and I recommend it to everyone from teenagers to older readers. This has definitely become my favorite among the time travelling books I read so far.
Darkness had fallen. She turned on lights as she passed from one room to the next. First, she inspected the main level, taking her time to make every detail precise. Other than some packaging materials scattered on the floor in the theater room, so far everything looked good. “Theater room,” Ari snarled. “Four years ago, you didn’t even know what a television was, Mr. Somers.” She gathered the trash and took it out to the garage.
When she entered the study, a dark foreboding sensation enshrouded her like a cloak. Shadows seemed to follow her as she moved. Taking a breath, she gave herself a mental shake.
Of course she felt this way—this house was haunted—not by spirits that once were, but by the evil spirit of one moving in. She shivered.
A door banged shut. Ari jumped a few inches off the ground and spun around. Everything appeared normal.
She wished she had cell phone service. Deep breath. Deep breath.
A creaking noise sounded like it came from above her. She stood frozen. This feels so familiar, she thought. However, this time I’m supposed to be here doing my job, so there’s no reason to be frightened. The realization gave her enough courage to press forward.
Arianna headed up the stairs to inspect the game room and bedrooms. It was fully dark. She hadn’t been to the upper level since the sun had set. Her heart rattled in her chest as she flipped the first light-switch, tamping down a childish fear that someone might jump out at every turn. The house, so quiet, felt eerie. Even the rain had stopped, ending the gentle pitter-patter she’d listened to throughout the day.
Clouds moved around the moon, generating ghostlike shadows in the activity room. Her flesh crawled with anxiety. She’d been pleased the Somers allowed for a game room in their Victorian mansion. At least there would be some entertainment for Joshua and Sarah. Guilt attempted once more to worm its way into her conscience. Helping them was imperative. She whispered a silent prayer for Christopher. Last she’d heard, he still waited for the analysis results. Everything hinged on those tests.
Moving to the air-hockey table, she lifted one of the pucks and twirled it in her hand, wondering if Josh or Sarah would know what do to with it. The disc slipped from her fingers, slamming onto the table. The noise made her jump, sending her nerves back to high alert.
She hurried on to the master bedroom. Once more she thought she heard something, stopped, and held perfectly still, listening. “Hello, is anyone there?”
Silence.
Shivering, she moved on. The master bath and closets all looked good. Wait; there it was again, a rustling noise. She paused, anxiety working its way through her nerves. She wondered if a window could be open, then realized that with the rain and her stern warnings nobody would have dared open a window. She proceeded quickly through the spare rooms.
Next came Joshua’s bedroom. The baseball and glove were the only things out of place. With trepidation, she put them away. Was it her imagination, or had the ball quivered in her fingers? She shook her head. I’m making myself crazy. Her eyes landed on the family picture by Joshua’s bed. Her thoughts nearly stole away with memories of her discussion with Christopher, when another noise pulled her from her ruminations.
I know that wasn’t my imagination. Her heart beat too loudly now to hear anything else. Mentally retracing her steps, she was certain she’d locked up after the last of the workers had left the house. “Hello?” She tried to make her voice firm, but it faltered.
No response.
Only Sarah’s room remained unchecked. She’d been turning the upstairs lights on as she’d inspected each room and off again when she’d left it. Sarah’s light was on. Besides a few beams illuminating the main level, only Sarah’s room remained lit. As Ari cautiously crept down the hall, the light cast a moving shadow on the wall, which chafed at her already tattered nerves. The extra adrenaline urged her to pick up the pace forward. She nearly sprinted the final feet to Sarah’s room.

 

 

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