Friday, March 25, 2016

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa


 

When the dismembered body of a young woman is found Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found there’s a twist in the case: The murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one.
Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not.
Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found the night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives.
Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead and they don’t want a third to die.
This book is for 18+ due to the violence.

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If you enjoy reading murder mysteries and have the stomach for graphic scenes and detailed forensic evidence, Midnight Owl will be a great read. If you like continuing sagas where the first book keeps you waiting for the author to write and release the next book in the series so you can find out if your suspicions are right or wrong, this Joe Leverette (Mystery Book One) should be in your hands as Call Of The Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book Two) is promised for release in 2016.
Well written adult material, realistic characters, easy to follow dialog and a plot that reinforces monsters do exist.
I always quote a passage to show the authors style, but I am very careful not to spoil the story. Quote from Book:
“Heather North had felt as if someone were following her for a while now, weeks to be exact. The sensation was driving her crazy.
She lived in a relatively safe area with a short walk from her parking spot to her apartment, but the feeling was much stronger tonight and it made the walk look a lot farther.
Behind the large SUV to the left of her car, a figure waited. He watched Heather get her purse and sweater out of her car and lock the door. He watched her look around nervously, checking her surroundings before heading to her apartment.
The one thing that Heather really didn't like was that there was no fence between the parking lot and the small wooded area next to it. Her insecurity tonight made it feel even more ominous. A great horned owl gave off three quick hoots making Heather jump and almost drop what she was carrying.
Before she had a chance to step away from her car, a strong arm wrapped around her waist and a damp cloth was clamped tightly over her mouth. She dropped her purse, keys and sweater and everything went dark.”
What happens next will cause your blood to run cold, but you will not stop turning the pages, because the sleuth in you will want answers.
I suspect Author Viv Drewa’s studies in medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan played a silent role in her active criminal investigation mind set. No doubt her ability to hold her reader’s attention through suspense is attributive to her writing experience since 1963.
Dreams and Owls have played roles in folklore throughout history. How do dreams and Owl hoots play into this mystery?
Will the author who is known as ‘Owl Lady’ give us any hoots in book two of this series?
Cold Coffee Press/Café endorses Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa as a mystery suspense thriller. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on March 22, 2016. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com and Cold Coffee Cafe http://coldcoffeecafe.com/.


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The Angler and The Owl by Viv Drewa 


Before retiring France Hunter decides to go to the place where she found her first new species of owl: The Amazon. Her group follows a well know angler, John Sinclair, and his team, along with a reporter who wants to do a story on Hunter.
Once arriving at the site, Sinclair leaves to go further up the river. He has a show to record and is hoping to catch an even larger fish this time. He hates having to leave France; he's fallen in love with her but he has a show to tape and hopes to finish quickly to get back to her.
Hunter, and the group with her, run into a gruesome nightmare with the satellite phone destroyed and one man fighting for life. Sinclair is not due to pick them up for another week.
Will they survive?
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Adventure


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The Owl Of The Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa


Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died.
Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed to never return that was until a blue eyed spirit and a small owl began to haunt her dreams.
Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Intrigue, Spine-Chilling Paranormal.

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From The Pages Of Grandfather's Life by Viv Drewa


The true story of a young man forced to leave his family to escape the Russian czar in 1913 Poland, or be drafted into the Russian army and fight against his own people.
Genre: Biography, Memoir


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Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.
She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the ‘Polish American Journal’ as ‘From the Pages of Grandfather's Life’ and recently had it published again on Amazon.
Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's ‘The Times Herald’, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter ‘Thumb Prints’.
She teaches sewing to physically and mentally disabled adults, a cause close to her heart.
Viv also writes two blogs to help promote her fellow authors.

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Interview:
What makes you proud to be a writer from Michigan? I’m proud that I can share my stories with everyone. Putting all the effort into each of my books and seeing that they’re appreciated really makes me feel good.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? No one person in particular. I just always loved reading stories.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I think my parents had a lot to do with it by reading to me from a very early age. Then I was taken to the library for a type of story time where a woman would read to us.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2013. I had two mini strokes in 2012 and my doctor told me to start playing seek-and-find games. Since I’ve always wanted to be a writer I asked him if that would be ok; he said yes. My first book was published 12/2013
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Two things: meeting a lot of wonderful authors and learning a lot from the research I had to do for each book.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I think being able to put ‘author’ as a job description. This is something I’ve wanted for a very long time.
How many published books do you have? Three books and one short story.
Please list the titles of all your books:
From The Pages Of Grandfather’s Life
Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One)
The Angler and The Owl
The Owl Of The Sipan Lord
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Mostly when I’m developing my characters and story line. I haven’t changed any of them as of yet.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I’ll talk about Midnight Owl. I saw a saying on Facebook that said: When you can’t sleep at night it means you’re awake in someone else’s dream. Of course my muse decided to take it in another direction but she did good!
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Read a lot! Your genre, or many genres. See what you’re really interested in and it will be a fantastic journey!
Who is your favorite author and why? If you asked me 40 years ago I’d say Stephen King, and he still is one of my favorite. To be honest I have so many traditional and indie authors that I love to read.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series



Cold Coffee Press Endorses Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series

"Stories That Touch The Soul"

Newest Release
 


A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren's action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.

While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves's paintings are stolen from her uncle's popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife's missing granddaughter. Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty's name and, in the process, win Paul's favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel's uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother's death and the deaths of Sara's former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.

With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle's freedom not only endangers Rachel's life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?

First place - 2016 Hudson Valley RWA Hook, Line & Sinker Contest

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Banished Threads begins on a dreary night in late October. Stargazer sliced through the surface of the North Atlantic at fifteen knots, heading straight for the coast of England. After facing many perils at sea Chase Cohen is relieved to finally be in London.

Quote from Book: “With Rachel by his side “they disembarked from the train at Whitchurch and stepped through the station’s main door, Rachel’s excitement rose at the prospect of seeing her uncle. He was a younger version of her father, with the same chiseled good looks. He would have been easy to spot, even in this busy place. But from her vantage point, he was nowhere to be seen. Believing he had forgotten about her arrival, Rachel’s heart sank. She turned to Chase and was about to voice her concern when she caught sight of a handsome man in the passenger-loading zone: white cable-knit sweater, tight jeans, in his mid-thirties, shaggy brown hair, rugged jaw, easy smile, dimples, and unforgettable emerald-green eyes. He was leaning against a silver Mercedes, flashing his perfect white teeth and holding up a sign reading, “Welcome to England, Rachel Lyons.”
For a moment, she could hardly breathe, and she wondered if it was possible to fall over and die from shock. Or maybe from the idea of coming face-to-face with the last person on earth she ever expected to see. Although she had spoken to his Irish mother at a fund-raising event years earlier and was told that Killian was living with relatives in Northampton, she had convinced herself that the chance of meeting him was as unlikely as the sky turning green.
Killian Reed. His shimmering eyes were loving and warm and full of laughter. Rachel gasped and dropped her purse and over- night bag. She pulled off her high heels and ran to him. He swept her up and spun her around. When he set her back down, she buried her face in his chest and hugged him with all her might. She took a deep breath, inhaling the familiar scent of bay-rum aftershave. He kissed the top of her head, and she gazed up at him. She didn’t realize she was crying until he reached out and wiped a tear from her cheek.
“I can’t believe it’s really you,” she whispered, gratified to see unshed tears in his beautiful eyes.
“It’s me, seaweed brain,” he said. “I’m really here.”
Rachel stood on her tiptoes and wrapped her arms around his neck. He put his arms around her waist and held her close. His hand smoothed her hair as he whispered, “I missed you, girl.”
She looked up at him and smiled, and it suddenly dawned on her that you meet all kinds of people in your life. Some you never think about again. Some you wonder what happened to and if they ever think about you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again, yet somehow you do. Killian Reed just happened to be one of those disconcerting, unforgettable beings. He was part of her past: a distant, bitter- sweet memory that had lingered for years.
With their last parting, they had grasped each other’s hands with a rush of melancholy, tender, and inexpressible feelings, and had gone their separate ways.
But time had moved on, and there was someone else in her life now—a silent observer patiently standing by, watching their every move with an annoyed pinch between his brows.
She took Killian by the hand and led him to Chase. More than anything, she hoped they would become fast friends, but as they shook hands, Rachel found it difficult to ignore the frowns tugging at the corners of their mouths. They both took a step back and just stood there, regarding each other silently, the air now seeming as cold as a razor blade.””

Twenty two chapters entwine a cast of strong characters in this well written mystery drama that expose family secrets, lies, stolen gallery art, kidnapping engaging readers with suspense and romance. Sit back and enjoy book three of this series where each book can be read in or out of sequence. Author Kaylin McFarren teases us with new tales taking shape in the recesses of her mind that are “only a night’s dream away”.

Cold Coffee Press/Cafe endorses multi-award winning author Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series which include Banished Threads, Buried Threads, Severed Threads and Flaherty’s Crossing (her stand-alone fiction drama). We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on March 21, 2016. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Cafe http://coldcoffeecafe.com/ and Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Award-winning author Kaylin McFarren delivers an action/adventure romance guaranteed to capture your imagination…

Romantic Suspense Novel by Kaylin McFarren: Believing herself responsible for her father s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father s death.

Inspiration Behind The Story: Kaylin has been involved in the business of collecting and selling Asian antiques for more than a decade. Due to her interest in this field and her fascination with the undersea world, she was inspired to write a story about the recovery of a Chinese concubine’s cursed treasure from a sunken ship, which aids in healing a woman’s damaged soul. Kaylin spent four months researching scuba diving, trade routes, famous battles, and the natural disasters that befell Spanish galleons during the 15th-17th centuries. It is her hope that this action-adventure romance entertains readers and honors dedicated salvaging and exploration companies that have contributed remarkable discoveries and cross-sections of history to museums and institutions around the world.

Genre: Romance, Suspense

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A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren's heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment--to track down a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan--takes a startling, and dangerous, turn.
Faced with a monk's dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.

Chaos ensues as their adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members. Time is running out as the prophecy's day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed before disaster strikes?

Buried Threads has received the following awards: 2014 Reader Views Readers Choice Awards - 1st Place for Romance; 2014 Pacific Book Awards - 1st Place Adventure Category; 2014 Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media's Great Beginnings Contest - 1st Place Paranormal Mystery; 2013 Chanticleer Clue Awards - 1st Place Steamy/Action/Thriller; 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards - Finalist, Best Cover Design; 2014 eLit Awards - 1st Place Mystery/Suspense/Thriller; 2014 eLit Awards - 2nd Place for Best Book Trailer; 2014 Global Ebook Awards - Gold Medal (1st Place) in the New Adult Fiction Category & Bronze Medal (3rd Place) in the Best Book Trailer Category; 2014 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal in the Fiction - Adventure Category.

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When the mysterious, beautiful Japanese woman with a sword peering from the black sheen of the front cover of ‘Buried Threads’ - by Kaylin McFarren arrived, the silent beckoning began.

I always know when I am reading a well-researched, well written action-adventure, mystery, romance novel when the plot enters my night dreams. Although I didn’t read book one in the series ‘Buried Threads’ stands well on its own. The author knows how to take a great plot, create believable characters, hold the reader in suspense and spin the tale with mastery.

Unfamiliar with Japanese culture (beautiful customs, geishas, ancient rituals), especially the underbelly of the Japanese society, warlords, and unseen paranormal conflicts the reader will learn a great deal while experiencing writing in its truest art form.

A treasure hunt for lost artifacts that are embedded with precious stones that are not only priceless, but hold a curse that once stood for a “Prince’s valor, wisdom, and benevolence”.

What would a fast moving, suspense filled, heart beating adventure be without the dangerous, unpredictable interpersonal relationships that leads to attraction, trust, mutually mind blowing sex and true romance? ‘Buried Threads’ is all that and more.

Compassion and greed, life and death, fear and resolution, mission and accomplishment, struggle and survival, gratitude and faith are all aspects of this story that can only be summed up as spectacular.

Cold Coffee Press endorses multi-award winning ‘Buried Threads’ - by Kaylin McFarren as the action-adventure, mystery-suspense romance-thriller that it is. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com


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An estranged father’s dying confession opens a vault of dark family secrets, shocking revelations that threaten all his daughter holds dear.

Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother’s death. While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

Every dime earned from the sale of Flaherty's Crossing benefits cancer research at Providence Hospital, which I like to call Kaylin's Cause. More information is available at: http://www.flahertyscrossing.com/cause.php

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McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheer-leading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

FUN TIDBITS: She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.

She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.
A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.

She loves her husband of 40 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Oregon? A lot of talented writers come from the Northwest and it's great to be included among them at workshops, conferences and on bookshelves.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I kept journals for a number of years and when my father died after a lengthy battle against cancer, I realized that telling my story about my journey to find faith and forgiveness could bring closure not only for me but also for readers face with the same difficult choices in their lives.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? After completing Flaherty's Crossing in 2009, I elected to submit it to a number of literary contests and when it kept winning first place awards, I came to the conclusion that it deserved to be published.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment, cultural immersion, passions, and relationships continue to play a role in my storytelling and the types of books I like to write.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I actually come up with the title to each of my books as soon as I determine what the storyline involves and how it will impact my characters. I love the idea of having a double meaning that readers can interpret for themselves, appreciate and later understand.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? The books I write include romantic suspense stories in third point of view. This genre keeps the pages turning and makes for an entertaining read. I enjoy dropping my characters into difficult situations, making them struggle against all odds then demonstrating their growth while fighting their way back.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? Buried Threads is the culmination of years of travel and exposure to the Asian culture. The "light bulb" or inspirational moment came after speaking to a Buddhist monk and finding myself enlightened by his ability to view a person's past lives and predict the future with amazing accuracy.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I would have to say the awards, great reviews and kudos that come with it, which motivates and encourages me to write more.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Everyone receives a negative comment on Amazon and that becomes disheartening for any author, but my most negative experience came from signing with the wrong agent. She was extremely well-known and so enthusiastic about my writing that I was on a high for months. Then she came to me one day and wanted to completely change my plot, eliminate characters and emphasis a romantic angle in order to expedite the sale of my book. The only way to avoid the destruction of a great story was to walk away and end our relationship, which is exactly what I did. This book ended up as being selected as a Golden Heart finalist and went on to win numerous awards. It is currently under consideration for a movie by a production company in Los Angeles, so it seems I did the right thing.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? There's nothing like seeing your book on store book shelves. It gives your writing credence and makes your feel like a viable writer. But more than that, in regard to a rewarding experience, I would have to say that the letters I receive from readers telling me that Flaherty's Crossing encouraged them to contact people in their lives, forgive and more on with no regrets is truly beyond amazing. Time is simply too short to fill it with hate and knowing that I've changed a life by sharing my personal experiences and beliefs is the ultimate reward.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? As with most writers, there's always the rejection letter to contend with and move past. I've had my share and came to the conclusion that it's part of the game and becomes a learning experience. Everyone is not going to fall in love with your voice or the complexity of your story but that should never keep a writer from moving forward and allowing themselves to be heard. The way I avoided focusing and spending all my energy on finding a publishing house and staying in their good graces was to create my own rules and set my own timelines as an independent, self-published author. As a result, I actually finding more opportunities to promote and market myself...and I love it!!

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Never lose sight of your aspirations or be discouraged by what critics, authors or the general public might say. If you have a story inside your heart that needs to be told, cut open a vein and let it flow.

Who is your favorite author and why? I love Jodi Picoult books are my favorite because they delve into current issues, include memorable lines and characters, tend to be controversial, and make me think and analysis my own beliefs.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I would just like to remind readers that every dime earned from the sale of Flaherty's Crossing benefits cancer research at Providence Hospital, which I like to call Kaylin's Cause. More information is available at: http://www.flahertyscrossing.com/cause.php

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Hibernaculum by Kim McDougall




A post-apocalyptic thriller with bite.
Safari business is booming. Inside the Dome, people feast, create, laze. Most are content in the self-contained ecosystem.
The builders of the Dome are long dead. Their great-great-grandchildren keep telling of the Wild alive, but stories have rotted to mystery, then to legend.
A few discontents walk the perimeter of the Dome gazing into the horizon. They know the wheat fields, forests and mountains are fake. They all know. The false vista is a comfort except to those who burn to know what truly lies beyond. Those find tiny holes, gaps in waste control and ventilation. Their defection endangers everyone and the Grand Duke vows to plug the holes with the bodies of deserters. Still the Wild calls. Includes 2 bonus tales: Luminari and Barbegazi.


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Post-apocalyptic thrillers like ‘Hibernaculum’ are science fiction or horror that has evolved from a global catastrophe.
Author Kim McDougall uses her descriptive writing skills along with a vivid imagination to draw her readers into a new world order within a self-contained ecosystem under a Dome. The problem is, humans have never been content to stay in one place or be told they can’t explore outside their own known existence. In one respect life under the Dome is no different from villages, town and cities throughout history where stories are passed down from generation to generation. However, the stories from under the Dome have morphed into legends that bring out thrill seekers.
As with any boundaries; cracks, leaks, holes, tunnels and even lines can be stretched when there is great financial reward. Cross is an exceptional coyote within the Safari business because he promises the ultimate “Wild” adventure to enthusiasts like Alex and Mindy.
I am so careful not to spoil the story, when I include a quote to show the authors style. Here is the quote that I selected.
“Soon the trees thinned. They stood in a vast desert of crumbled stone. Humidity blew in from the South, bringing scents of growing things.
“What’s that stench?” asked Mindy. “Smells like rot.”
Alex unbuttoned his shirt collar and wiped his face with a clean hankie.
“That must be the Santa Ana.” He thumbed through several screens on a Touch, looking for the entry. “Here it is. Santa Ana: a hot wind that emerges from the sun- baked Great Basin between the Sierras and the Rocky Mountains and pours into California.” He stumbled over an old tire, buried in the dirt. “Are we near California?”
“We’re in the Wild,” said Cross. “It’s all the same.”
“I bet it’s the Santa Ana. Look there are the mountains.” He pointed to a mound in the distance with the sun setting behind. A herd of sure-footed grazers clambered over the craggy mound, their awkward bodies silhouetted against the fading sky.
“Look!” Mindy gasped. “Beasts! Are they dangerous?”
“Only if you’re made of grass,” said Cross.
They stopped to watch the sun set. Arms linked, Mindy put her head on Alex’s shoulder.”
This seems tame enough, right? Allow Cross to take you along with Alex and Mindy into the Wild. Somethings you encounter along the way might seem predictable given your intelligence, but I assure you that somethings are unforeseen and unimaginable.
As a bonus the author includes two more short stories titled Luminari: For the Vampire that has everything and Barbegazi: When the White Death calls, who will answer?
Cold Coffee Press/Café endorses Hibernaculum by Kim McDougall as a sci-fi thriller. Kim is a diverse author with seven available published books found on Amazon. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on March 17, 2016. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
 
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Once upon a time...
Four words that evoke memories of princesses and goblins, of fables and fairy-tales. They have become an archetype, harking back to a time when the word novel was synonymous with fantasy. In fact, English literature was forged in the fires of sorcery and unreality. Think Faerie Queen, Dr. Faustus, Gulliver's Travels. Sound familiar? Where would you look for these stories in your local book store? Certainly not in the fantasy section. Back when Moby Dick was published there were no fantasy and sci-fi, no mystery or romance, only novels. Alexander Pope did not worry about cross-genres when he composed The Rape of the Lock. And Robert Louis Stevenson was not catering to horror fans when he wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
When did literature become a slave to labels? Who else but marketing managers profit from categorizing literature? Certainly not the consumer. Fantasy buffs head straight for these shelves, but how many great fantasy stories are missed because they are classified as "literary" instead?
In this anthology of short and flash fiction, sprinkled with unnatural poetry, Kim McDougall reveals the grit, lust and beauty that goes on Between the Cracks. Enjoy 30 tales including, "Black Bet's Home for Toothless Vampires," "Set Another Place at the Table, I'm Bringing my Pimple," "Worst Love Poem Ever" and the award winning "Jack Frost" among other irreverent, dark and quirky stories.
What comes from Between the Cracks? Fiction that ignores boundaries, mixes genres and confounds classification.
Genre: Anthology, Flash Fiction


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This is not a romance. This is not the story of boy meets girl, boy wins girl. The Golden Hour goes beyond erotica and romance. Instead, it is an exploration of how sex defines us, particularly in those first years of sexual burgeoning when it is intoxicating and empowering. Sarah’s life has been defined by the men in it. Now she must learn to define herself or forever live in the past. The Golden Hour is a story of the greatest love of all.
Malek and Sarah have a passionate and destructive relationship. When fate and stubborn pride separates them for good, they promise to meet twenty years later in that exact hour at their favorite restaurant in Nice. At age 42, Sarah waits at the little cafe for her first love to appear in the falling afternoon light. Will Malek be the same mysterious man he was? Will he still want her? Will he even come? Her imagination is overwhelming as she remembers their dark and fiery past, and dreads the secret she must finally reveal.
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Kim McDougall’s Children’s Books Written Under The Name Kim Chatel

 

Reanie is a shy girl. She has a new step dad whose shoulders seem to fill their small house.
Afraid to disappoint him, she retreats to her room whenever Bill asks her to play. But when he invites her on a photo safari in the creek, Reanie can't resist. As the father and daughter splash through the water, they encounter many creatures. Bill teaches Reanie how to handle a camera, and her new step-dad doesn't seem so strange anymore.
Illustrated with Kim Chatel's stunning photography, this is more than a story. It is a journey with Reanie as she finds her voice and her artistic talent. The back of the book includes 5 nonfiction pages about photography: a glossary of terms, tips on taking better pictures and historical tidbits about photography.
Kim Chatel is both Author and Photographer
Genre: Children’s Books, Fiction



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Choose your own ending and help Burgher make the right decisions to bring sunshine back to Oxtail Orchard. Burgher is a gnome, which is just another name for an ugly elf. He lives in a grey orchard, among slugs and mushrooms and he likes it that way. A black cloud follows him around like a curse.
Samantha Bell (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Books, Fiction



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Mini-moi is only six hands tall. He wants to work on the farm like the big horses, but he's too small. When Mini-moi runs away he finds a whole menagerie of animals in need. Children will delight in the animal antics as Mini-moi discovers that even little ones can be big helpers. Along the way learn French vocabulary and phrases. Includes a glossary of terms. Suggested age range for readers: 4-9.
Kathleen Bullock (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Books, Fiction



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Follow a group of young horse enthusiasts through a week at horse camp. Learn about tacking and grooming. Enjoy a visit from the farrier and test your knowledge of breeds and markings. Illustrated with beautiful photography that is sure to delight all horse fans. Fifty percent of author royalties will be donated to animal rescue foundations. Suggested age range for readers: 7-12
Kim Chatel is both Author and Photographer
Genre: Children’s Books, Non-Fiction



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Genevieve is a little shepherdess with a big imagination. When she finds a sad, pale rainbow, she tells him funny stories until he cries happy tears and his colors return. Genevieve's sheep are caught in the colorful rain of tears and become the "Rainbow Sheep". Suggested age range for readers: 4 years (read to by a parent) to 10 years (reading alone). 12 Fiber art illustrations. Included four full pages of Felting for Fun for kids, glossary & fiber art activities.
 Award: EPPIE Winner Best Children’s eBook
 Kim Chatel is both Author and Illustrator
Genre: Children’s Books, Fiction



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Kim McDougall is an author, fiber artist and photographer with a BA in English Literature from Concordia University.

As co-founder of Castelane Inc, Kim has produced 400+ book trailer videos.

Kim writes for children under her married name, Kim Chatel. She has 6 children’s books in print, including the EPPIE Award-Winning, Rainbow Sheep.

Writing as Kim McDougall, her fiction crosses boundaries, from fantasy and romance into the literary. She draws from mythology, history and current events to build unique worlds and people them with characters she would love to know better. Sometimes, the bad guy steals the show.

Visit http://www.kimmcdougall.com to meet Kim’s unique characters. Beware. Some of them bite.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Ontario, Canada? The writers’ community of Ontario is very active and I am proud to be a member of the Writers’ Community of York Region. From engaging workshops to book fairs and conventions, this community showcases some truly great Canadian talent and I am honored to be part of it.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? As a child, while my friends played Barbie, I was organizing my books with front plates and making a card catalogue. Books have always been my favorite escape. When my daughter was born, I discovered the wonder of picture books and fell in love all over again. Writing grew organically from this love of literature.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I have always written. I still have a book of poetry I wrote when I was eight. “Cats have fur. They often purr…” It gets worse from there. In high school, I was chosen to attend a week long creative writing workshop. The best part of this was getting out of school for a week. In college, my fiction started getting noticed by professors and this planted the seed of desire to be published. But it wasn’t until I moved to the US in 2002 that I decided to take publishing seriously. I didn’t have a work visa and for the next five years, I would be a stay-at-home mom. I thought I’d have loads of time to write. Of course, anyone who has raised kids, knows it didn’t work out that way. Nonetheless, I managed to publish several picture books, novels and short stories during that time.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Though I’m really an introvert and enjoy the solitude of writing, I thoroughly enjoyed bringing my picture books to schools and presenting them to gymnasiums full of kids. Once you’ve faced down three-hundred kindergartners, nothing will faze you. Part of the joy of sharing my books with kids came from having my daughter along for the ride too.

How many published books do you have? I have six children’s books in print under my married name, Kim Chatel. Writing as Kim McDougall, I have published adult fantasy and romances, including four novels and novellas and dozens of short stories.

Please list the titles of all your books:

Writing for adults as Kim McDougall
Hibernaculum
The Golden Hour
Between The Cracks



Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Usually, I choose titles after the manuscript is done, but occasionally, a title will inspire a story. This was the case when I wrote “Burgher and the Woebegone.” The name came to me when I was making up stories for my daughter. The name invoked an angry little gnome and I had to know more about him.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I’ve never believed the old adage of write what you know. If every author went by that rule, we’d have very little fiction to choose from. Instead, I write what I like. And that’s urban fantasy. Though I read many genres, including mystery, suspense and literary, urban fantasy is my go-to genre when I want to be truly entertained. I feel it is important to write in a genre that I understand well. I know the trends, what’s hot and what has been done to death. This allows me to work within the readers’ expected parameters while offering up fresh twists on old mythologies.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I came across the concept of a hibernaculum while researching creatures for another story. The idea of a mass of snakes intrigued me and evoked a perfect backdrop for a dystopian adventure. I remember enjoying the creative process of that story immensely because it was the first time I set out to consciously plot a story. Up until that point, I had been a seat-of-the-pants writer. But with Hibernaculum I had the ending clear as day in my head. Plotting allowed me to work backwards to the beginning point. Now I am a devoted outliner and my stories have taken on a new depth.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write, write, write. Write every day, if you can. It’s the only way to get better at what you do. Reading books on craft can help, but not if you don’t put them into practice. When I first began publishing, I wrote dozens of short stories. Finding publishers for them was an eye-opening experience. I learned much about the publishing industry along the way. In the end, I had a good resume of published works for when it came time to contact editors for my full-length works.

Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite author is Ilona Andrews, a husband and wife writing team of urban fantasy. Andrews has a flair for world-building and character creation that I haven’t found equaled in any other writer.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Hibernaculum

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Thorn, Son Of A Duke (The Duke Series Book Three) by Sandra Masters

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Thorn, Son Of A Duke (Duke Series Book Three) by Sandra Masters

Mini Novella Prequel To Book Four

At the age of seventeen, Thorn Wick made a promise to his dying mother that sends him sailing from Barbados to England to meet the man who sired him, the aristocratic Duke of Althorn, who never knew of his son’s existence.

Alicia Montgomery, ward of the Duke, develops a deep affection for the Anglo Indian who protects her from advances by other men. She wants him to acknowledge his feelings for her, but he insists on ignoring the chemistry between them.

Despite the intrigue, revelations, and revenge, will their passion and love for each other conquer all?

Book Review: The third book (mini novella prequel to book four) in the Duke Series is here and Author Sandra Masters delivers another true regency romance with Thorn, Son Of A Duke.

The book opens with Thorn Wick aboard his Majesty’s Ship en route to England, 1817. “Thorn Wick leaned over the railing of the ship. A queasy sensation roiled in his stomach as he watched the swelling of the seas. He closed his eyes and hoped he’d wake up and find himself in his sunlit room in Barbados on firm ground listening to island chants.”

Enjoy regal characters and superb story telling that will keep you invested in the plot. Let me share with you a passage from the book as tension builds at ‘London Wharf-side’.

Quote: “Thorn stood by the railing and scanned an old road that gave access to wharves and docks on the north bank of the River Thames. The panorama before him amazed. Busy docks men and porters hustled large cases and bales from the ships to the waiting ware-housemen. Men shouted while clerks with inventory lists directed longshoremen to the appropriate buildings.

“Sir Tomas, what is that large building to the right of us? Never have I seen such a large structure.”

“That’s the East India House owned and operated by the company. I would venture to say the wealth that passes within its portals is unsurpassed in the world. They are a powerful force with which to reckon. Fortunately, your forefathers had the good sense not to invest in India and chose Barbados.”

Thorn’s eyes widened at the activity; excitement overtook him. He didn’t know where to look first.
“Do you see that black coach with the Lion crest waiting?”

“Yes. Is that my father’s?” he asked with a bit of trepidation.

As they spoke, a tall aristocratic gentleman departed the coach, his beaver top hat and greatcoat an admission of his wealth. The coach driver was armed and one footman was on the back board. The other footman walked behind the man. A gold dome-topped cane glistened in the sunlight.

“Is that my father, Sir Tomas?”

“Yes, it is. He’s come to greet you personally.” Tomas grasped Thorn’s shoulder in convivial support. “Just be yourself, Thorn. Everything will be fine.”

The gangplank was lowered, and the passengers prepared to depart. Thorn and Tomas waited for the others to precede them.

“Courage, little lion,” Tomas joked.

“I will need more than that,” Thorn replied, unable to keep his eyes off the aristocratic gentleman who waited patiently on the dock.

I now understand what my mother saw in him.

Thorn took a deep breath. “I’m ready, Sir Tomas. Let us greet the great lion.” He smiled with an inquisitive stare at the man who gave him life and wondered what future awaited him.

I invite you to follow this father and son reunion and see what lays in store for this son of a duke. 

Read the entire Duke Series by Sandra Masters at Amazon. Each book stands alone for your regency romance enjoyment.

Theodocia McLean endorses Thorn, Son Of A Duke (The Duke Series Book 3) by Sandra Masters. I purchased this book from Kindle and the review was completed on March 10, 2016.