TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JULIE GILBERT – WIN A FREE KINDLE EBOOK!

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Aloha Gang!

 Today we’re going to meet the amazing JULIE GILBERT, author of The Lei Crime World Series novel, Money Makes it Deadlier

She’s so awesome she wrote not just one Lei Crime series stories but TWO! To check out her latest book, click the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012UMA8AW/ref=pe_609920_146996100_em_ti

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Keep reading to see just how fabulous JULIE GILBERT is! I mean, she answered ALL my STUPID QUESTIONS!!!

Yeah, baby! It’s Tiki Time!

1. What’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid questions. After one of their creations the questions won’t seem silly at all!

I don’t drink. This isn’t a moral, high-handedness thing. I physically can’t handle alcohol. Tried once and fainted. End of experimental drinking phase of life. I’ll have a root beer. That’s about as close to beer as I can get.

2. Wow. I think the cabana boys just pouted! They love mixing drinks… Anyway, what is the weirdest thing you ever Googled?

I got a little self-conscious Googling “How long does it take a gunshot wound to heal?” Hands down writing is the cause for the weirdest Google searches I’ve done. But this round, it’s typically been confined to fun stuff to do in Hawaii and where the various branches of Bank of Hawaii are located. Boring, I know, I’m sorry. I’m too normal. It’s a character flaw.

3. Hmm… Well let me ask, do you write naked?

Can’t say that ever crossed my mind. I suppose it could be a freeing way to express oneself, but I don’t generally have writer’s block issues that would require such drastic measures. Typically, I write in the basement, so if anything, I’m wearing more clothes while writing.

4. Your Lei Crime story focuses on Marcella Scott. What are her five favorite books of all time and do you think she gets the chance to read much?

You’ll have to ask Toby Neal for a more definitive answer, but I imagine Marcella being an eclectic reader. She probably doesn’t have much time for it, but I’m guessing there would be some non-fiction how-to’s, a few trashy romances, and a smattering of thrillers. If she goes for the occasional mystery, I’m thinking deep, psychological twisty ones over cozy. Unfortunately, I don’t see her gravitate too much to science fiction and fantasy, though there probably is a rare exception. She’s probably the happy ending sort of girl, but she’s not afraid to wade through some drama to get there. Given her job though, I don’t think she does too much curling up on the couch with tea and a good read. She’d rather be making stories than taking them in.

 

My speculation: (no particular order)

1. Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies by Seth Graham Smith and Jane Austen – there’s an exception to every rule. I think Marcella would enjoy the oddball nature of this book.

 

2. Outlaw Princess by Nancy Springer – Since I don’t think Marcella’s much of a reader these days, her favorites will gravitate toward being from childhood. She’d enjoy the girl-power, stick up for what you believe messages that permeate this series.

 

3. Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries – We know very early Marcella decides to become an FBI agent. The “always get the bad guys” nature of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mystery series would definitely appeal to her.

 

4. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear – Hey, I did say she probably wasn’t much of a reader, but she probably has a few childhood favorites clinging to her soul.

 

5. Are You My Mother? – See reasoning for #4.

 

5. I love these answers! And now I have some new titles to explore! Okay, last question. You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal. Thanks!

 

Do they have to be real people? I mean I think MacGyver would be a great guy to have around in a crisis.

 Assuming they have to be real, I’d choose Tricia Nolfi, Toby Neal, Janet Oakley, Mary Doyle, Corinne O’Flynn, and Russell Blake. If I’m gonna die on an island somewhere, I better go down being entertained. Seriously, writers and writer’s assistants would be great to be marooned with. They’ve got very creative, inventive, and often organized minds. Not sure about the wisdom of choosing murder mystery writers, but hey, they can probably branch out to use the creativity productively in non-murderous ways.

Fantasy meal, roasted pork. If we’ve got enough fuel to make a fire that can roast a pig, we can send up one heck of a smoke signal.

 

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Lei Crime Series Defining Moments Series (Mystery/ Suspense):

Episode I: Never Again

The breakup was just the beginning …

When college junior Alana Adams catches her boyfriend passionately kissing another woman, she promptly dumps Nathan and turns to her best friend, Michael, for advice and emotional support.

At first, Nathan apologizes and showers Alana with gifts in an effort to win her back. He tries to get her to see they belong together, but when his efforts fail, he concludes the real problem in their relationship must be her best friend.

As Alana’s rejection further sinks in, Nathan realizes there’s only one solution to their problem: kill Michael Stevens.

 

Excerpt from Never Again

Off to his left, a car started. It didn’t sound particularly loud, but he’d just spent the day tinkering with cars. He knew one when he heard it. He was surprised to be the only one leaving at this hour. People should be rushing home to put the finishing touches on dinner.

Adjusting the grip on his gym bag, Michael checked around and stepped off the curb to head toward his car. The full parking lot testified to the gym’s popularity. It even boasted a nice mix of fancy and functional cars.

An engine revved.

The rumbling roar told him something was hurtling his way fast.

Pivoting like he was spinning around a basketball defender, Michael crouched low, then rose and tossed his bag at the oncoming car.

The car’s headlights blazed to life, blinding him.

He dove between two parked cars, just as the aggressive car swerved away from his bag.

The car squealed to a halt, hesitated, then barreled on its way.

Needs brake pads.

The diagnosis came automatically as questions filled Michael.

Who was that? What just happened? Was it deliberate? Should I tell somebody?

Technically, the only casualty was his gym bag and the dirty clothes inside. They lay smeared across two car-lengths of pavement, soaking wet and torn to shreds. More angry than shaken, Michael gathered the wreckage and stuffed it into the large garbage can next to the gym door. Too weary and annoyed to report anything, he climbed in his car and drove to a sporting goods store to replace the gym bag he had just sacrificed.

 

Episode II: Money Makes it Deadlier

Money can buy many things, but can it purchase a permanent solution to divorce?

Martin Cantrell would like to know the answer to that question. He has money, respect, and power, but he also has a monthly alimony payment that’s making him miserable. When a friend offers to deal with the “ex” problem for a fee, he can hardly say no. Time is of the essence. The life insurance policy on his ex-wife expires in less than two months.

Unaware of the plans set in motion, Special Agent Marcella Scott goes about her business as usual, only now, she finally has an excuse to dress up on the job. She’s been asked to go undercover to check out some banks. One of the branches just happens to be managed by Martin Cantrell’s ex-wife.

What’s an agent to do when a perfectly peaceful morning turns into a hostage-taking standoff?

 

Excerpt from Money Makes it Deadlier:

Her personal cell phone beeped from the center cup holder where she’d thrown it hours ago at the start of this hurry-up-and-wait exercise. Seeing that the caller ID said Mom, she grunted and took the last bobby pin out of her mouth to tell Rogers to let it go to voicemail.

Too late.

“Hello, Mrs. Scatalina,” Mattgreeted, ignoring a frustrated stare from Marcella. “Why yes it is a fine day here, ma’am. It usually is in Hawaii. No. She’s right here, but I’m afraid y’all might get cut off. We may have to move at a moment’s notice. All right, will do, ma’am. Here she is.”

Even as Marcella’s eyes widened in alarm, Matt triumphantly stabbed the button to place the call on speaker.

Her mother’s excitable voice filled the car. “’Cella! Why you no call? Your papa and I, we wait days to hear from our baby and no calls!”

“Hi, Ma,” Marcella said, trying to rub away a tension headache. She reached for the volume button since conversations with her mother tended toward the loud side. “I meant to call yesterday.”

And the day before. There just wasn’t much to say. And I didn’t—

“What you think more important than family?” The question held the warning signs of a high-strung Italian mama about to launch into a well-loved lecture.

Suppressing a sigh, Marcella weighed the options of protesting her innocence and settling in for the scolding. Whenever her mother’s accent thickened this much, she knew she was in for it.

“You have boyfriend? That only good reason a girl have to forget to call her mama.”

Matt’s face twisted as he tried to keep from laughing aloud.

“What? No!” Marcella sat up straighter, shocked into better posture. “Ma, I don’t want a boyfriend. I have a job, a very busy one. I don’t—”

“Tut. You must make time for such things, ’Cella! You late twenties, mi amore. Make time for a nice boy to sweep you off your feet and …”

Where is that blasted warrant?

“Mattie!”

The laugh lines disappeared from Matt’s face, and Marcella was pleased to note he too straightened in his seat.

“Yes, Mrs. Scatalina?”

“You must help my ’Cella. She needs a man! Hawaii beautiful place.Is not right her being alone there!”

“Oh, I don’t think Marcella needs any help from me, ma’am. It’s all I can do to keep the wrong sorts at bay around here.”

“Thanks for calling, Ma, but we’re working. I’ve got to go. Love you. Kiss Papa Gio for me.” Before her mother could respond, Marcella ended the call.

As blessed silence fell, Rogers blinked at her. “Did the warrant come through?”

“Not yet.” Marcella’s eyes dared him to question how she handled the conversation. “But it’ll be here any second. I can feel it.”

“Did you just lie to your ma?”

“Not exactly. We are working.”

 

Episode III: Revenge Makes it Sweeter (Coming Sept. 2015)

Revenge is a lot of work.

 

When the original plan for his ex-wife goes awry, Martin Cantrell turns his mind toward a sweeter revenge: stealing their daughter’s affections. But he’s not the only one plotting, and his enemies are better at keeping to the shadows.

 

Meanwhile, Special Agent Marcella Scott gets a late night summons to the hospital to speak with a gunshot victim. She knows to expect almost anything, yet he still surprises her.

 

“Agent, if I die, save the girl.”

 

The girl turns out to be Katelyn Cantrell. Marcella’s not the only one protecting her, and the other person has no problem killing to obtain their goals.

 

Can Marcella prevent an assassination and catch a killer?

 

Excerpt from Revenge Makes it Sweeter

Squaring her shoulders, Marcella stepped into the room and found herself staring at a stranger. That set her off balance a moment, but she didn’t have much time to waste. Taking out her badge and a digital recorder, she held them up so the man could see both.

“I’m Special Agent Marcella Scott, FBI. You asked to see me. May I record the conversation?”

“Yes.” The man’s croaked response was barely audible. Blood soaked bandages covered his chest.

Permission granted, Marcella engaged the recorder and stowed her ID badge in her purse.

“We don’t have much time, so tell me what you can. Start with who you are and why you asked to see me. Do I know you?”

“No.”

The recorder had decent pickup, but Marcella wanted to help it all she could. She held the recorder as close to his lips as she dared.

“My name is Max Nicholson. I’m a Fixer.” He paused like he expected her to ask about that. Or maybe he just needed to take a few labored breaths.

“Go on.” Marcella really wanted to know what a Fixer did, but that would have to wait. She guessed he had more important things to tell her than definitions.

“Fixers take care of rich people’s problems.” Max’s dark eyes grew stony with pain and anger. His next words almost made Marcella drop the recorder on him. “I was hired by Martin Cantrell to kill his wife.”

“Why are you telling me this?” Marcella whispered the question like speaking too loudly would break a spell.

“I’m dying.” He groaned weakly. “Taking … him … with me.”

“I see. Do you have any proof?” Marcella leaned even closer, eager for an answer. His recorded testimony would go far, but it was far from binding.

Max nodded but his eyes grew unfocused.

“Storage locker.Kuhio Beach Park.Key … in my truck.”

“Okay, Max. I’ll get them. Do I have your permission to enter your truck and storage locker?”

“Yes.”

“Time’s up, agent,” barked Dr. Davy.

Marcella moved to turn off the recorder but a sharp look from Max stopped her.

“Agent, if I die, save the girl.”

“What girl?”

Marcella’s question went unanswered. Max’s energy was completely spent, and Dr. Davy looked ready to perform surgery or commit murder if she was delayed much longer.

“I’ll be in the waiting room until I review my notes. I’ll leave my cell number with the front desk. And here’s my card.” Marcella placed her card on the end table next to Max’s head. “Call me if anything changes.”

She didn’t want to say “if he dies” but she had a bad feeling about Max’s chance of survival.

 

Devya’s Children (YA/Science Fiction):

Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts: Helping Mr. Blairington and Other Misadventures

Book 1: Ashlynn’s Dreams

Book 2: Nadia’s Tears

Book 3: Malia’s Miracles

 

Heartfelt Cases (Christian/Mystery):

Book 1: The Collins Case (Permafree)

Book 2: The Kiverson Case

Book 3: The Davidson Case

 

Author Contact Info:
Email: devyaschildren@gmail.com
Blog: http://julie20201.blogspot.com/

Website: http://juliecgilbertwriting.strikingly.com/

Julie C. Gilbert (new) FB page: https://www.facebook.com/JulieCGilbert2013?ref=br_tf
Hubpages: http://julie20201.hubpages.com/hub/What-I-Write-and-Why
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorgilbert
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/julie-gilbert/23/728/881/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/julie20201/boards/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BMB2LG
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4111900.Julie_C_Gilbert
Youtube: Ashlynn’s Dreams youtube trailer

 

Romeo And Julius

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OUT NOW! The super-romantic male/male tale set in Hawaii!

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Romeo Quiles has accepted a job online in lush and sunny Kauai. Upon his arrival in the Hawaiian Islands, however, he discovers the job is a scam. The company that hired him has emptied his bank accounts, and he must scramble to either return home to Cupertino, California, and certain unemployment, or give paradise a chance.

At first, he’s thrilled when he lands another job, ironically at the same resort hotel used by the scam artists to lure him to Hawaii. But then, Romeo falls for hotter-than-hot Julius, who has taken the job Romeo wanted—and he’s not a very nice boss.

And to top it off, there are secrets galore, from ancient fire knife dancing and mysterious chants, to an old blind man Romeo eventually comes to cherish. Yet through it all, love rips at Romeo’s heart.

Can Romeo and Julius break the curse that separates them and find true happiness? Or will they wind up apart?

NOTE: This story was previously published with the ISBN: 978-1-55487-878-9. This reissued version of the story has been revised and reedited.

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / The Arts / Romantic Comedy
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (28k words)

 

TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: EDEN BAYLEE – WIN A FREE KINDLE EBOOK!

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Aloha Gang!

 Today we’re going to meet the awesome EDEN BAYLEE, author of The Lei Crime World Series novel, Seal of a Monk

She’s fabulous! To check out this book, click the link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lei-Crime-Series-Novella-ebook/dp/B012OW06AK/

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Comment here to enter the draw to win a FREE copy!

Keep reading to see just how fabulous EDEN BAYLEE is! I mean, she answered ALL my STUPID QUESTIONS!!! Yeah, baby! It’s Tiki Time!

1. Hi Eden, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean irrelevant. no, no, I mean important questions.

 Haha! Thanks AJ. I love stupid—I mean important questions! As for the cocktail, hmm … I’m not one for sweet drinks, but I do love a strong scotch, especially when served to me by a cabana boy. I take it neat, water on the side. Stick an umbrella in it if you like!  And AJ, this was an important question to start with. VERY important!

2. I thought so too! So, Eden, what was your favorite toy growing up and do you still have it?

 I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles and would compete with my mom and siblings to see who finished a 100-piece puzzle first. That love for puzzles translated to LEGO, and then to crossword puzzles and Scrabble. Today, I play online Scrabble with friends and strangers all over the world. I have about thirty games on the go right now. It’s a bit of an addiction.

3. I love scrabble. Game on? Now, on to an impertinent, er, important question. Do you write naked?

 God no, I live in Canada!

 Nine months out of the year we’re in a deep freeze, so that would mean freezing my girly bits – not fun! My body temperature tends toward the cool side so I always need heat. In the winter, I wear a scarf, sweater and a wool hat, and that’s INSIDE the house! 

4. I so agree. Cold girly bits are so uncomfortable. What is your favorite beach in all the world? If you could take only one book to read what would it be (not your own, of course)?

Lombok in Indonesia. I had the beach all to myself when I was there. The white sand was like baby powder. The ocean was calm and I could walk out for miles before the water reached my waist.

ONE book? Wow … tough question. It would have to be a book of poetry by Bukowski. Poetry expands my mind and enhances my ability to visualize the world. It would help me create stories in my head while soaking in the sun and watching the waves. 

5. I love your description of that sand. Like baby powder, huh? Now, imagine you’re stuck there, or any deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.

 AJ, your questions keep getting more difficult!

 Firstly, my best friend Mae, whom I’ve known since we were six. We always said we’d live near each other until we died, so I’d better take her or she’ll be pissed! She’s also an excellent cook, renovator, and decorator—very helpful on a deserted island.

 My husband, John, who is a designer, painter, and musician. He has an eye for beautiful things, which makes life worth living even when days are difficult.

 Peter Frampton, great musician, fun disposition, married and divorced three times – I’m sure he has a lot of stories to tell.

 The Beatles (I’ll use the collective and count them as one!) Love them, their catalogue of music, their humor.

 Sigmund Freud, because I studied him when he was much more relevant, and I’m interested in the mind. He was a forward thinker for his time, and it’d be interesting to talk with him about the changes that have happened in modern psychology.

 Lastly, Aristotle, the father of all philosophers. He’d keep everyone on their toes.

 As for my meal — East Indian — butter chicken, saag paneer, basmati rice, kheer, lime jello, red wine.

 Thanks for the fun interview, and the NOT so stupid questions, AJ!

 

Thank you, Eden! I love your wonderful choices for dinner companions. I love Peter Frampton too!!

 Purchase link for SEAL of a Monk:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Lei-Crime-Series-Novella-ebook/dp/B012OW06AK/

SEAL of a Monk 

SYNOPSIS:

The ancient jungles of Kauai provide the perfect setting for self-discovery.

Despite the terror she experienced on her last trip, Lainey Lee returns to Hawaii to manage a silent meditation course on the Coconut Coast. Twenty-five women are under her care for ten days in a beautiful and remote location. Lainey expects to find inner peace, but four days into the course, one of the meditators disappears without a trace.

Did the girl leave of her own free will, or was she lured away by a strange cult? Lainey is frantic to answer these questions. As her desperation grows, she finds help from an unexpected source—a retired Navy SEAL named Maximillian Scott.

Now, Lainey has two mysteries to solve: what happened to the missing girl and the case of her own heart. Can she ever trust a man again?

 

EXCERPT:  

Day one in the woods.

Late afternoon.

Heavy footsteps and shouting faded behind her sometime ago, but she kept up the grueling pace. The forest fell silent except for the thrumming in her ears as her legs pounded the ground. Every time she tripped on vines or underbrush, she scrambled up and kept running. Her shoes sank into the damp earth, jagged edges where erosion had split the soil like decaying flesh. The terrain changed quickly and often. No time to adjust her speed. She dared not look behind her.

Distance offered safety.

Tenderness in her right ankle worried her, but the adrenaline pumping through her veins kept her going. Fear trumped logic that told her she had to stop.

Snapping twigs and shoving branches out of the way, her peripheral vision blurred while her surroundings flew by. She blinked back tears and her face stung. Several minutes later, her legs turned to stone pillars. Her lungs were on fire. On the verge of collapse, she slowed down but swerved abruptly to avoid running into a low-hanging branch.

A dry gasp forced out a sudden, sharp cough when she stopped. She clamped her hands over her mouth while the sound echoed like an explosion around her. A flurry of activity hit her senses. Her own heartbeat thumped in her head along with a cacophony above her. She glared up at an open patch of sky to see a flock of yellow birds funnel upward like a tornado. They chirped loudly in unison as if admonishing her for destroying their peace.

She struggled to regain her breath, rolled her aching shoulders to expand her lungs. Ahh … she forgot about the fifty-pound weight on her back. She released the hip belt and dropped the pack to the ground. Relief. While running, she considered unbuckling the sack and discarding it. Crazed as she was at the time, she couldn’t do it. It would’ve been suicide.

Squatted beside her bag, her almond-shaped eyes flittered back and forth for any movement nearby. Scampering sounds came from behind trees like kids playing hide-and-seek. Were they small animals? Or large ones? Every strange noise alerted her to danger, and there were so many she had never heard.

Crouched down, a different perspective met her view, all of it foreign to her—dense, tropical forest with no clear path, no posted signs. The boughs of conifers loomed over her like giant arms. Were they pines? She couldn’t be sure, never paid much attention to plant life in the city.

She was in deep trouble.

 

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TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: TOBY NEAL – WIN A FREE KINDLE EBOOK!

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Aloha guys! Today we’re going to meet the amazing TOBY NEAL, best-selling author of The Lei Crime Series. She’s an Amazon Phenomenon, and she has a new book out, NIGHTBIRD in the JET KINDLE WORLDS SERIES.

It went all the way to #1 on Amazon!!

But why ask this brilliant, talented author interesting, intelligent questions, when we can ask her some really stupid ones?

To check out this book, click the link:

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BUT post a comment and you’ll enter the draw to win a free kindle copy! Winner announced Friday!

1. Hi Toby, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.
It used to be the mai-tai, but I developed a sensitivity to pineapple juice, alas, so now it’s the mojito! I’m making do, ha ha!
2. I would cry without pineapple! What is your favorite swimwear? Do you favor bikinis, one-pieces or are you a secret skinny dipper?
I grew up hippie, so I’ve been known to frolic under waterfalls in my birthday suit! The rest of the time, I’m into function, not tanning, as I’m a freckly redhead, so I wear a swimmer’s tank suit. I love doing laps in the ocean!
3.  When you’re not doing laps what would be your favorite beach read? (not your own of course…)
Hmmm, that’s a tough one! I’m currently enjoying all the Lei Crime Kindle World novellas. They’re great beach reads!
4. If you could have any accent in the world, which one would you choose?
Ah, mais oui. le francais of course! What’s sexier than a French accent? Not much!
5. Oui, oui! You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
Oh my goodness. Well, this is actually a discussion my husband and I’ve had as we are Survivor (the TV show) fans. I’d actually take my husband. He’s incredibly handy. He’d build us a shelter, climb a coconut tree and get us nuts for juice and food, and then catch fish, make fires, and give me midnight kisses too. He cooks up a mean lobster and fish meal right in the sand, seasoning with salt and limu…That’s my fantasy meal! I scored when I nabbed him thirty years ago!
After that, I’d have to be very picky because as a writer, I’m not actually that social. I mean, I can do it, for short bursts, but I’d hope on our island, we’d have room for everyone to have their own huts and just meet for meals. So then, I’d have my good friend Holly and her husband for intellectual company. She writes women’s fiction and he’s a robotics engineer. He could develop a water system for us run by wind power or something, and Holly and I could talk books.
I’d really also like essayist Ellen Meloy, who’s deceased now. She writes about nature and I’d like to study with her, perhaps write about our desert island and what we see and compare notes. Then, Ray Bradbury because he seems like he’s a riot and what a wonderfully divergent thinker. And in the evenings, I’d have Steven King creep us out around the fire with scary stories. 
I love all of these authors. And your answers. Thanks for your time, Toby!
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Nightbird: a Jet Kindle World Novella
blurb:
What if Jet had a sister? 
Lila Weiss, full time neurobiologist and part time ballerina, has been searching for the little sister she lost through divorce and death. She finds Maya in prison—and a whole lot more, in the brooding presence of a psychological profiler codenamed “Benjamin.” Benjamin sees Lila’s potential value to Israel’s interests and recruits her as an asset for Mossad, giving her a crash course in spycraft, destruction and love that has international repercussions.
“This story has legs.” Russell Blake
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STRIP AWAY THE BADGE! FIVE HOT NEW COP STORIES OUT TODAY!

Available Now at Amber Allure! Five smokin’ AMBER PAX stories. Buy one or buy ’em all! 

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Check ’em out!

Always the Perfect Moment by K-Lee Klein purchase link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2233-Always-The-Perfect-Moment.aspx

Always The Perfect Moment

(Book 2 of the Perfect Moments series)

Bryan Monroe took a chance when he told Chrys Delos, his best friend and partner on the police force, that he loved him, but he never thought he’d get so lucky when Chrys returned the feelings. Now, although he and Chrys are over-the-moon happy, Bryan wants to take their relationship to the next level in two big ways.

Chrys has healed nicely from the gunshot wound that could have cost him his life. But now that it’s time for him to return to work, he and his partner-turned-lover must navigate their new relationship on the job.

It’s one thing to clearly define the love they feel for each other, but it could be an entirely new challenge when they tell their friends and family about the change in their partnership…

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Series
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (25k words)

A Cop and a Con by Deirdre O’Dare purchase link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2234-A-Cop-And-A-Con.aspx

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When a cop and a newly released convict cross paths, few cons can expect anything but a cold shoulder and mistrust. Struggling back to the home he knows no longer exists, Ike Hernandez meets a cop who seems to be different. He isn’t sure he can believe the kindness he receives will continue. Still, he wants to learn to trust again and regain his lost self-respect.

Perry Parker became a law enforcement officer because he wanted to help people. He’d seen first-hand the results of poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, a crumbling economy and the insidious effects of peer pressure and bad examples on the youth. He’d watched hardship trickle down to crush the youngest and weakest. He found there was not a lot he could do, but now and then he discovered someone he could help. Would the lost man with the little dog that he picked up one bitter cold and stormy night be one of them?

Pursuing tales about a new drug dealer in his county, Perry starts to doubt the man he’s befriended, but he still feels Ike is a decent person. When the real dealers seek to take advantage of the convict’s past, it takes Perry and his unofficial canine partner and the little stray Ike had adopted to save the day. Can a cop, a con, and two dogs make an unorthodox family?

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Interracial / Multicultural 
Heat Level: 2 
Length: Novella (23k words)

I Love You, Goodbye by A.J. Llewellyn  purchase link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2235-Honeybone-Book-5-I-Love-You-Goodbye.aspx

Honeybone, Book 5: I Love You, Goodbye

(Book 5 of the Honeybone series – Author’s note this title can be read as a standalone and does not need to be read in sequence)

Retired U.S. Marshal Dean Honeybone, his life-partner Jean-Luc, and their daughter Kaia have started a new life in Austin, TX. Jean-Luc has taken over a restaurant and has hired their neighbor, Manda-Jane Witten, as part of his kitchen staff.

Dean, Jean-Luc, Kaia, and even their dog Michael have come to adore Manda-Jane and her husband, Parker. During violent storms that shake Texas, Dean learns that Manda-Jane is deathly afraid of water, and when the couple’s home is flooded, Manda-Jane and Parker come to stay chez Honeybone, which serves to deepen the bond between the two families.

But when a mysterious cousin of Parker’s namded Ronnie arrives to help the Wittens repair their home, Dean becomes suspicious of him, convinced the guy has done serious prison time. Though Ronnie soon returns to his home in Birmingham, strange things start happening over at the Witten home.

And then the couple disappears.

Dean becomes worried for their safety and teams up with an active U.S. Marshal to track them down. Kaia, however, seems to think he’s too late. She keeps saying they’re gone and that Dean has to listen to the song “I Love You, Goodbye” to understand the reason why…

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Mystery / Detective / Suspense / Thriller / Action / Adventure / Series
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (27k words)

On Bryson by D.J. Manly purchase link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2236-On-Bryson.aspx

On Bryson

A few years ago, Soren became involved with the wrong man, and all he wanted to do was get away from a life connected to the mob. But now, here he is yet again, right back in that world, running a nightclub called The Sand Dune for the Gambini crime family. Never does he expect to meet the love of his life there, let alone that the man who comes into his nightclub is a cop on a rampage trying to discover who shot his cousin.

But now that Sergeant Bryson Accurso’s at The Sand Dune investigating, Soren’s been given orders to “be on him” at all times. And after one look at the sexy lawman, Soren immediately realizes his orders will be far too easy for him to follow…and he intends to follow those instructions to the letter.

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Action / Adventure / Romantic Comedy
Heat Level: 3
Length: Extended Novella (39k words)

Unobtainable by Shawn Lane purchase link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2237-Unobtainable.aspx

Unobtainable

Scott O’Hara and Edgar Lopez have been partners in the homicide unit of Haydon Cliff’s Police Department for the last couple of years. Edgar is openly gay and a bit of a player. Though Scott is also gay, he keeps it to himself. Even from Edgar. Until one night, a slightly drunk Scott initiates sex between them. Scott doesn’t expect the sex to be repeated. He doesn’t do one-night stands or have casual sex-buddies. But Edgar has other ideas and Scott can’t seem to resist his sexy partner.

While they try to solve the mystery of who is murdering Haydon Cliff’s homeless, they also try to solve the mystery of whether Edgar’s heart can really be unobtainable.

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Mystery / Detective / Interracial / Multicultural
Heat Level: 3
Length: Extended Amber Kiss (13k words)

 

TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: SCOTT BURY – WIN A FREE KINDLE EBOOK!

 

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Aloha Gang! Today we’re going to meet the awesome SCOTT BURY, author of TORN ROOTS, a new LEI CRIME WORLD NOVELLA. We have a juicy new excerpt never posted anywhere and he’s on the hot seat about to be grilled with some probing questions! To check out this book, click the link:

here: http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Kindle-Worlds-Novella-ebook/dp/B012PK5HJ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438889026&sr=8-1&keywords=scott+bury

BUT post a comment and you’ll enter the draw to win a free kindle copy! Winner announced Sunday!

 

 1. Hi Scott, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask some really intrusive…er, I mean informative questions.
That’s hard to say. I’m partial to vodka and tonic, but occasionally I like spiced rum and ginger ale. Have the boys make one of each. Light on the ice.

2. Will do! What is your favorite swimwear? Are you a Speedo guy?
I’ve never felt comfortable in a Speedo. I like best the kind of trunks that come about half-way down the thigh. I know that, as a dad, I should wear knee-length trunks, but I find they slow me down in the water too much.

3. I’ll just pretend you’re wearing a Speedo then! Are you a sun-worshipper? Do you tan, burn, or do you prefer a fake bake or none at all?
Definitely not a sun worshipper. As a descendant of people from northern climes and one born and bred in the wilderness of Manitoba, I have sun-averse skin. I burn like crazy. While I do like to lie on a beach to write (what’s taking so long with those drinks? Interviewing is thirsty work), I need lots of sunscreen, a hat, an umbrella or a tree for shade and lots of hydration. Finlandia is my favorite brand of hydration, by the way.

4. Finlandia, huh? I’ll check it out! What’s your favorite beach in all the world?
Umm… that’s a tall order. I haven’t been to all of them, yet. I guess one that’s warm, has no other people on it but still has an unlimited supply of Finlandia, tonic and ice. Do you know where that is?

5. Is that a trick question? The answer is somewhere in Hawaii! Now, imagine you’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
Well, dead people would start to smell bad after a while. So I’ll take six living people.
1: my wife, Roxanne, of course.
2: Nigella Lawson – easy on the eyes, and it would be good to have a second person along who can cook.
3. Bruce Springsteen, with guitar, for tunes.
4. Chuck Pahlaniuk to talk about writing.
5. Toby Neal to talk about writing, too, and also another fair-skinned person who obviously has figured out how to live on a tropical island. Of course, she’ll probably be mad that I marooned her on this island with me.
6.  Someone who knows how to distill vodka from whatever grows on this island.

As for the meal: fresh-caught fish roasted over an open fire, with local veggies and spices, and a flinty chablis. For dessert, local fruit with dark chocolate and black coffee.

Ah, here are the drinks. To literature!

Great answers Scott. I want to be marooned with you! And now for that excerpt and some links!

Torn Roots: Excerpt

The Activist

 

Rowan paused her tirade to let the members behind her take up a chant. “Maui shores for Maui! We don’t want offshore cash. Maui shores for Maui! We don’t need offshore land-grabs.”

A good crowd had gathered. In addition to the stymied construction crew, there were cops, a few locals, the corporate owners, of course, and media. Local TV, newspapers, radio station. Good work, Rowan, she thought.

Her eyes scanned back and forth, and then she spotted someone who made her heart stop for a second. What the hell was Sam Boyko doing at her protest? But there he was: long and lanky, curly dark hair, wide shoulders… “Crap,” she muttered. Sam was the last person she wanted to think about today.

A siren wailed once and two police SUVs drove onto the sight, lights flashing as they threaded their way between the cars and construction vehicles. Four uniformed officers, two men and two women, climbed out. Excellent, Rowan thought. This will ensure we get into the press.

One cop stepped between Rowan and the onlookers. “This is an unlicensed, illegal protest,” he announced. “I’ll give you all two minutes to clear off this property, and then I’ll arrest anyone who’s on this construction site without authorization.”

The Asian man in the gray suit stepped up to Rowan, offering a business card. “Ms. Fields, Enterprise Shore LLC understands your group’s concern. I assure you, we have done a thorough environmental assessment and our construction plans and methods will have the least possible impact on the fragile ecosystems of the shoreline as well as the forest.” He spoke flawless, carefully learned English.

Rowan swept the business card out of the man’s hand and threw it on the ground, her hair swirling around her shoulders the way she had hoped it would. “I’ve read all Enterprise Shore’s propaganda. None of us has time for your corporation’s lies, and neither does the environment.”

Then the construction manager, that creep, Tyler Lopes stepped forward and picked the business card off the ground. “Come on, Rowan, nobody’s hurting the environment here. Take Mr. Liu’s card. We’ll give you all the grand tour of the marina, the housing project, everything.” When Rowan did not take the card, he stepped closer. Rowan wanted to hit him, but she held herself still in front of the TV cameras. She couldn’t believe her eyes when Tyler slipped the card into her shirt pocket, fingers almost brushing her breast.

“I told you to stay away from me, Lopes,” she growled.

 

About Torn Roots

By Scott Bury

 

Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats, and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast shore. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

As environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Kindle-Worlds-Novella-ebook/dp/B012PK5HJ6/

 

Torn Roots combines exciting new characters with favorites of readers of the Lei Crime series by bestselling author Toby Neal.

 

About the author

Scott Bury is a journalist, editor and writer living in Ottawa, Canada. His articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US, UK and Australia, including Macworld, the Ottawa Citizen, the Financial Post, Marketing, Canadian Printer, Applied Arts, PEM, Workplace, Advanced Manufacturing and others.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He holds a BA from Carleton University’s School of Journalism. He has two sons, an orange cat and a loving wife who puts up with a lot.

 

Torn Roots is his first Kindle Worlds work. He is also the author of the historical magic realism novel The Bones of the Earth, the erotic-romantic spoof One Shade of Red, the memoir Army of Worn Soles, and the Jet Kindle World novella, JET – Stealth.

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And follow him on Twitter @ScottTheWriter

 

SIX BOOKS LIVE TODAY: Lei Crime Kindle Worlds Stories out NOW!

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Six Authors Are releasing books in the amazing Lei Crime Kindle Worlds Series based on best-selling author Toby Neal’s amazing novels.

Here’s the purchase link for my offering, COFFEE and KUKUI NUTS (Featuring explosives expert Abe Torufu)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0131RE4FA/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

Click the link for sample chapters and to Buy! BUY!

Hawaiian explosives expert Abe Torufu looks forward to a day trip on Oahu helping his sister Meleny taste-test wedding cakes. Abe loves cake almost as much as malasadas, but something deadly interrupts their plans for butter cream and spongy goodness. A bomb.
Abe unwittingly uncovers a near-fatal plot in a marriage gone awry and soon becomes the target of not one but two hit men. He now requires round-the-clock protection from a U.S. Marshal. But not only is Tony McCracken skinny and shorter than the big Tongan detective, but Abe doesn’t need protection.
Well, that’s until McCracken saves his life in a spectacular way when one of the bad guys finds him. What started as a fun, family day becomes a nightmare and Abe must touch a stranger with his life. Can he? Or is he in big, bad, Hawaiian trouble? Will he live long enough to walk his sister down the flower-strewn, tapa-carpeted aisle, or is there worse to come?

 

Also check out Scott Bury’s book: TORN ROOTS (Featuring Pono Kaihale)

http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Kindle-Worlds-Novella-ebook/dp/B012PK5HJ6/

Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats, and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast shore. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

As environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

 

And another great book out today by a wonderful author! Christine Nolfi releases The Shell Seeker (Featuring Lei Texeira)

Amazon Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Keeper-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B00VQWU8QM/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438370460&sr=1-6&keywords=christine+nolfi

Thanks to her aunt’s unwanted generosity, policewoman Lei Texeira has embarked on a vacation—of the supernatural sort. She’s staying on the beach in a frothy mansion that resembles a baker’s confection. Pixie, a Southern belle with enough bling to open a shop on Rodeo Drive, manages the place.

When Pixie reveals a local woman reputed to have psychic powers wants to meet Lei, the invitation is anything but welcome.

What Lei discovers about the sorcery of belief, and the love promised to her future will begin to heal wounds she’s carried for far too long.

 

Eden Baylee’s Seal of a Monk is also available…and she is awesome!

Amazon Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Kindle-Worlds-Novella-ebook/dp/B012OW06AK/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438370631&sr=1-3&keywords=eden+baylee

The ancient jungles of Kauai provide the perfect setting for self-discovery.

Despite the terror she experienced on her last trip, Lainey Lee returns to Hawaii to manage a silent meditation course on the Coconut Coast. Twenty-five women are under her care for ten days in a beautiful and remote location. Lainey expects to find inner peace, but four days into the course, one of the meditators disappears without a trace.

Did the girl leave of her own free will, or was she lured away by a strange cult? Lainey is frantic to answer these questions. As her desperation grows, she finds help from an unexpected source—a retired Navy SEAL named Maximillian Scott.

Now, Lainey has two mysteries to solve: what happened to the missing girl and the case of her own heart. Can she ever trust a man again?

 

And from author Lucas Kana comes PRINCESS EYES Part 1 (featuring Lei’s husband, Lt. Michael Stevens) 

Amazon Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Princess-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B0112XDZ8C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438370760&sr=1-1&keywords=princess+eyes

Princess Eyes by Lucas Kana (Suspense: Murder Mystery)

Geeky Honolulu Lieutenant, Michael Stevens, teams up to investigate a series of homicides with Jenna Brooke, a streetwise psychologist for the FBI, which leads to the mysterious disappearance of a local beauty queen known as ‘Princess Eyes.’

Timeline: 10 years before Blood Orchids in a semi-alternate universe where Stevens starts out as a nerd.

 

Author Julie C. Gilbert presents MONEY MAKES IT DEADLIER (featuring Lei’s best friend, special agent Marcella Scott)

Amazon Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Deadlier-Novella-Defining-ebook/dp/B012UMA8AW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438370908&sr=1-1&keywords=money+makes+it+deadlier

Money can buy many things, but can it purchase a permanent solution to divorce?

Martin Cantrell would like to know the answer to that question. He has money, respect, and power, but he also has a monthly alimony payment that’s making him miserable. When a friend offers to deal with the “ex” problem for a fee, he can hardly say no. Time is of the essence. The life insurance policy on his ex-wife expires in less than two months.

Unaware of the plans set in motion, Special Agent Marcella Scott goes about her business as usual, only now, she finally has an excuse to dress up on the job. She’s been asked to go undercover to check out some banks. One of the branches just happens to be managed by Martin Cantrell’s ex-wife.

What’s an agent to do when a perfectly peaceful morning turns into a hostage-taking standoff?

INDEPENDENCE DAYS – BDSM VOYAGES BOOK 3 is OUT NOW!

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OUT NOW!

We are self-publishing several old and new titles over at www.djajbooks.com. So stay tuned! Freshly delivered, piping hot out of the oven, Independence Daze: BDSM Voyages Book 3!

Paul and Hamish may be married but that doesn’t mean their sex life has to be a snore fest. These guys always give each other exactly what they need when they can find time in their busy lives. In between feeding Hamish’s ravenous, pregnant sister, and negotiating relationships with deadbeat, rock star fathers, the lovers are always looking for ways to spice things up. This time, an overworked Paul is in for it when Hamish decides to take him on a special retreat that involves a yurt, a Peruvian shaman, and some noxious liquid that wipes out all limits to the imagination. Independence Day never saw anything like this coming!

Purchase Links:

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MALCOLM at MIDNIGHT a SUPERPAX WEREWOLF NOVEL OUT NOW!

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Malcolm at Midnight and the mystery of Zzyzx Road

By A.J. Llewellyn

 

Malcolm at Midnight: Purchase Link and info: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2224-Malcolm-At-Midnight.aspx

When I signed up for the “Beware the Beast” SUPER PAX™ Anthology I knew right away I wanted to write about two insecure, frightened men, both of whom are afraid of their inner werewolves.

I also wanted to use Zzyzx Road, a strange place in the middle of the Mojave Desert between Los Angeles on the -15 Freeway – and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Many years ago, I was a boxing writer and I drove past that street sign every weekend. I always wondered what was  on the other side of it. What mystery would I find off the spooky Zzyzx Road?

Zzyzx (pronounced Zie-zecks, rhyming with Isaacs) has apparently intrigued other drivers too because one enterprising filmmaker, Jon Penney, immortalized it in a horror movie (but changed the name to Zyzzyx),which has the distinction of being the lowest-earning movie of all time. It made $30.

Well, I never saw it but I still felt compelled to include it in a pivotal sequence in my story. I had an experience on Zzyzx Road coming back from Vegas one weekend when my tire blew out. I called AAA, and it took forever for help to come. Unfortunately my dog, Venus, was with me and I was stunned to see gigantic condors circling my car. Who did they think was near death? Me or my dog?

I was relieved when the AAA guy arrived. He changed my tire, informed me it was a donut and that it would never get me back to L.A. That was not good news. He escorted me off the shoulder of the freeway and onto Zzyzx Road. What a revelation.

 

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I’d never been anyplace like it. Dogs chained in backyards, guys cooking drugs in trailers that emitted a strong, but unidentifiable scent of cleaning products, and a general air of menace. They also sold suspicious looking tires for exorbitant amounts… I politely said “no thanks” to shelling three hundred bucks for a tire that frankly looked bald.

“This is the high desert,” one of them said. “We can charge what we like.” I agreed. Didn’t mean I was gonna pay them for it.

I declined the tire and took my time driving back to L.A. I did find one in Barstow for a hundred. Still high, but not bad. And meanwhile, an idea was born. And here it is. I hope you read and enjoy Malcolm at Midnight. I loved every moment of writing it.

Malcolm at Midnight: Purchase Link and info: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2224-Malcolm-At-Midnight.aspx

Malcolm Harding yearns for freedom, for the ability to make his own choices and even his own mistakes. Instead, he’s forced to give up college to care for his mother in her secluded home in the windswept California town of Cambria. Miriam’s mind is slipping into the abyss of Alzheimer’s and she’s becoming increasingly unpredictable and violent. Unfortunately, uder the terms of his father’s will, Malcolm cannot institutionalize her or place her into assisted living.

Yet something else keeps him with Miriam—he is desperate to learn the fate of the three beloved horses he left in her care during his one and only college year. But Miriam can’t, or won’t, tell him what she did with them. She calls Malcolm a beast and seems intent on crushing his spirit, if not his mind and body as well.

Gilby McCall is a personal chef with the unusual job of preparing meals for an orthodox Jewish couple. But soon the work becomes intense and alarming when they pile extra duties on him. When he is suddenly fired, Gilby accepts an invitation to take part in a cooking contest in Las Vegas. Before he leaves, however, Fate brings him to Cambria, where he meets the handsome, mysterious Malcolm Harding.

Although both men clearly have secrets and personal problems to overcome, they are strangely drawn to one another. Yet before they can explore the possibility of a romantic relationship, sinister forces intervene, revealing the beasts hidden deep within themselves…

Genres: Gay / Dark Fantasy / Shapeshifter / Werewolf / Mystery / Detective
Heat Level: 2
Length: Novel (41k words / TBD paperback pages)

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A NOTE BEFORE PURCHASING: This title is part of the Beware The Beast AmberSuperPax™ Collection. To purchase this title individually, simply use the shopping cart on this page. To purchase this title as part of the entire AmberSuperPax™, however, and receive an even greater discount off our normal retail price, use the shopping cart on the Beware The Beast AmberSuperPax™ page.

 

CRICKET and BISCUITS – OUT NOW!

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“I have a question for you sir, is time travel possible?” 
These were the memorable, often-quoted words from the romantic time travel movie, Somewhere in Time. They have prompted conversation, observations, essays, entire weekends devoted to the idea (yes, there are Somewhere in Time weekends, people!) and for me, they were the inspiration behind my new book, Cricket and Biscuits, one of five stories in the new Amber PAX™ Reeling Through the Years Collection.
When I signed up for this particular PAX I was so excited. I love time travel as a subject and have obsessed on it since I saw the movie Brigadoon as a kid. I loved that dancer Gene Kelly magically goes back in time to a Scottish town that only appears once every hundred years for a single day. I fretted as I watched it. How would Gene find the town again and the woman he’d fallen in love with if he returned to his daily life?
Even as a young girl I was a dreamer, a romantic, and I always wanted a happy ending. As time went on and I saw more time travel movies, some of them were scary and had a devastating impact. Remember the amazing Time After Time, in which H.G. Wells (who wrote the definitive time travel novel, The Time Machine, follows Jack the Ripper to modern-day New York City?
Jack was played by one of my favorite actors, the truly great David Warner, and in one scene Wells tries to convince him to return to the past asking if he realizes he’s out of time in the big apple. Jack scoffs at the suggestion, indicating the violence he sees all over the TV in his hotel room. “We don’t belong here? On the contrary, Herbert. I belong here completely and utterly. I’m home.”
Chilling stuff.
Midnight in Paris restored my faith in the utter romance of the genre. I loved that movie. Though I enjoyed the equally romantic Leopold and Kate, it was missing something for me. With Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen tapped into everything I cherish about the idea of time travel. Who among us wouldn’t love the chance to go back and visit with someone they love?
For me, I’d love to go back and see my mum though I don’t recall a time she wasn’t sick in bed, riddled with cancer. I wouldn’t want to see her suffering again because it still hurts my heart, but I’d give anything to hug her and kiss her and just be with her. I never got the chance as a child. She was so ill and never wanted me or my brothers to see her the way she was. She died in a Sydney hospital when I was six. I never got to say goodbye to her.
I’ve visited the subject of time travel in some of my books, including Out of TimeBalthazar Starblitz and some of Phantom LoverWaikiki WizardChildren of the Rainbow, and Waikiki Vampire stories.
I have always wondered, and asked many friends, “If you could travel back in time, would you?”
What if you can’t change the past?
What, however, if you could?
I am so in love with the idea of going back that I took inspiration from the lovely, hauntingSomewhere in Time, playing the soundtrack constantly as I wrote Cricket and Biscuits. I have always loved the idea that love outshines and outlasts everything. Even death. I am reminded often as I write, of a wonderful line from Brigadoon when the old man tells Gene Kelly,
“I told ye, if you love someone deeply enough, anything is possible … even miracles.”
I hope you check out Cricket and Biscuits and the other fine offerings in this collection of heartfelt stories. Don’t forget to leave a comment for the chance to win all five!
Cricket and Biscuits by A.J. Llewellyn: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2207-Cricket-And-Biscuits.aspx
Dance choreographer Michael Makris has the chance to go back in time to find his recently deceased husband, John. Encountering his lost love is magical and romantic, but Michael soon bounces back to the last place he wants to be—the present.
 
Clementime, the gifted witch who sent him back to the moment he first met his husband, tells Michael that John wants him to move forward, without him. Clementime also cryptically reports that John said, “Life isn’t all cricket and biscuits.”
 
But can Michael give up the love of his life, or will he find a way to go back and fight for it?
Genres: Gay, Contemporary / Time Travel / Paranormal / The Arts / Mystery
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (25k words)
Excerpt:
…“Michael, are you sure you want to do this?”
“Yes,” I said. “I’m very sure.” Six weeks I’d waited, and the stress and tension had almost killed me. I’d only discussed my plan with one person, my best friend, Howie. He was the one who’d told me about the witch in the first place.
My hands were still shaking, so I slid them beneath my thighs, sitting on them atop Clementime’s red velvet sofa. That thing was not as comfy as it looked. I tried not to stare at her bric-a-brac, or wonder about cooties on the sofa. Her place looked so normal outside. Like every other small beach cottage on Superba Avenue in Venice. Inside, it resembled the kind of jumble sale I’d seen on desperate people’s front lawns. The unmistakable stench of eau-de-cat-piss invaded the cramped space, but I saw no kitties in sight. In a gloomy corner over her left shoulder, I spotted a tree-shaped plant stand and felt a shiver of alarm. All the plants were dead.
Don’t look at them. Don’t think about it. You can’t back out now.
“I know you’re the one who can help me,” I said, as her lovely, almond-shaped green eyes seemed to bore into my soul. Howie said she had a massive ego, and I’d been stroking it ever since I first made contact with her.
Howie had a friend who’d been to Clementime and had experienced her promises of time travel. She had wanted to connect with her mom who’d died and was very happy with the results, according to Howie.
Clementime said nothing for a moment. I still couldn’t get over the whimsical aspect to her name and wondered if she’d changed it from “Clementine” to “Clementime,” but she always got mad when I asked too many questions. I held my breath, worried that she was going to send me away. After all, she’d been difficult to get hold of, and even harder to pin down to an appointment. She’d asked me to think about it, pointing out certain dangers in going back in time.
“You might not cope with what you find out,” she’d said on the phone. “Once you go into the past, I can’t bring you back to the present, unless you and I happen to connect and we repeat the process.”
“Is that likely?” I asked. “That I run into you in another place and time?”
“Oh, yes.” She’d sort of chuckled. “You and I have danced together before, Michael.”
I had no idea what that meant, exactly. I knew I wasn’t much of a dancer in this life. I suspected she wasn’t referring to actual dancing, but didn’t care. I wanted to be with the man I loved. Going on without him was no longer an option.
My soul was in torment. “I don’t care where I am in time, as long as I’m with him.” I fidgeted on the sofa, recalling our earlier chat. Having accepted me as a client, Clementime spent an awful lot of time trying to dissuade me from taking the plunge. I kept thinking about the movie Kate and Leopold. I got goose bumps every time I thought about the moment Leopold told Kate’s brother, “I am the man who loves your sister.”
John loved me like that. He really did. If he had survived me and could have found a way to go back in time so we could begin again, he would. I was sure of that. But since he was gone and I was here, and I could do it, I went for it.
“Oh,” Clementime had said when I told her what I wanted. “Going back in time is easy peasy for me, when the other person is alive. It’s a little trickier when they’re dead…”

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