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Rerelease: The Reapers and Flirting with Death by Ali Winters

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Author: Ali Winters
Title: The Reapers
Genre:Fantasy/Paranormal
Release date: May 31 2015 (re-release: Nov 02 2015)
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The balance of life and death must be kept at all costs.Having been a reaper as long as she can remember, Nivian knows that what she does is essential inmaintaining balance. After being assigned to a rushed mark she finds that there is more to this human thanany other she has encountered.Kain had been living an ordinary life without a second thought until he meets Nivian who turns his worldupside down. He is thrust into a world of hunters and reapers. The keepers of life and death have beenfeuding for centuries over a reason no one can even remember.With Kain having been marked for reaping, and Nivian being hunted, they forge a friendship and togethermust find the truth in order to keep balance in check. Wrong choices could destroy everything. As they journey they discover hidden histories, powers, and lies and truths that have been spun since the beginningof time. The consequence of failure, unimaginable.
 Excerpt:
Nivian leaped over the edge of the bridge and landed with a soft tap on the surface of the water. Shereached down, pulled the soul of the driver up by the collar of his shirt, and stood him up next to her on topof the water. She took the driver’s hand, palm up, in hers and waved her other hand over his. Pinching theair, she pulled and lifted up to expose his life thread. His wide eyes stared unblinking, hypnotized by theglowing string of light. Nivian reached behind her and grabbed the scythe strapped to her back, and swung.With a slow, deliberate movement, Nivian sliced the human’s life thread. The light formed into a ball andhovered between them. She pulled out a small pocket watch and guided the life energy down to the watch.It sunk into it and disappeared. She snapped the watch closed and returned it to her pocket.“You should know better than to drink and drive. You could’ve seriously hurt someone.”He gaped at her, his mouth opened and closed like a fish.“Yes, you really are dead,” she confirmed and gave him an apathetic look as she turned away.“Are you … the devil?” he managed to sputter.“No, of course not. I am just the natural order of things,” she said, looking back over her shoulder. “Waithere. Your spirit counselor will be here soon to guide you to your afterlife. I have other jobs tonight.” Shespun on her heel and walked away, as she pulled her hood back up over her head and vanished.
 
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Author:Ali Winters
Title:  Flirting With Death
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Release date: Nov 02 2015

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Being a reaper has its perks, but also its downsides.While on an assignment, Evander is caught of guard by an unmarked human. Captivated, he is unable totear himself away.This is why reapers don’t associate with mortals.Piper was ordinary, just a girl looking for love. And all she knows is that her current boyfriend isn’t it. Anunfortunate incident and a series of remarkable events turn her world upside down. But what she finds isthe last thing she ever expected—She finds herself falling for the least likely candidate.

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“Stop. He is gone.” Evander said calmly. Why would she waste so much energy on someone who had nochance.“Don’t tell her to stop,” Tony snapped.Oh, right. That guy was still here. Where was a spirit counselor when you needed one? And at that moment,she showed up.“Yeah, yeah, I know. Don’t tell me. I’m late, am I right?” She waved a hand in the air dismissively.“I should have known it would be you, Cassandra. Please take him.”“Don’t boss me around, you fancy assassin. I know how to do my job.” She bit out, then turned to herassignment. “Come on, life loser, this way.”“I’m not going anywhere with you.” Tony backed up and stepped on his body, trying to slide back in.Evander’s gaze flicked upward, the difficult ones always tried to return to their bodies.

 Interview with Ali:

I seriously fell in love with the way Ali writes ever since I read about The Reapers after it was first released. And here are a few things to get to know her a little more.

All about being a writer …

  1. What were you before you became a writer?
    The same thing I am now. A photographer, receptionist, wife, & furmom.
  2. How did you feel after you published your first book?
    Excited, relieved, scared, but mostly I wasn’t sure what to do with myself anymore at that point.

  3. What do you love most about being an author?
    The excitement at getting a new idea for a story, and seeing the covers to go with it. I LOVE a good cover!

  4. Why did you choose to write fantasy among other genre?
    I grew up reading fantasy, it’s where my mind lives. The one idea I had for a contemporary story fell flat, for me. It just wasn’t my thing and I lost interest. Once I added in fantasy elements to my story ideas they took off. I now have about 29+ (and counting) ideas jotted down.

  5. What inspired you to write about the reapers?
    I wanted a story about something different than what was already out there. No one really writes about the reaper, and the idea of it being an organization amused me and it just kind of took off from there quickly growing into it’s own unique world.

  6. Who is the person you look up to the most as an author?
    Author Konstanz Silverbow. She’s awesome and a great friend. She has an amazing imagination, and can focus on writing like crazy! (I need to learn the ways of the writing force, she’s kind of my Yoda.) She’s also the one to inspire me to continue with my Reapers story after I wrote the first scene.

  7. Any particular habit that you do before and after you write?
    I can’t think of any. Every day is different. Unless coffee counts, then coffee.

  8. If you can be one of your characters, who would you pick and why? Nivian, because who wouldn’t want that cloak, and the ability to change your hair color?

  9. What are you currently working on that your fans should look forward to?
    Star Dust. It was originally planned as a stand alone, and is still someone of a stand alone, but there will be a few others in the series/same universe. All stand alones-ish.


    Off the grid… (not writing related)

    1. Who is the person who knows you best? My Mom. She’s states away from me and still knows every time I need to talk.
    2. Dream destination? Ireland. Because I love the green, and rolling hills, not to mention the accents.
    3. What do you do to relax? Read, photograph, play with photoshop, play with my dogs, watch movies, knit, or do something crafty.

      Fast Talk (Just to get to know you more)

      1. Singing or Dancing? Dancing, I even take a dance class. I don’t sing, and I won’t.
      2. Riding a horse or driving a car? That’s tough, I like horses better, but I’m so much better at driving a car.
      3. Favorite season? Summer.
      4. Sexiest man for you? My husband.
      5. Your present life in one word – Words.

 

Ali grew up in the Pacific North West. She attended Oregon State University for photography. After manyadventures, she moved to Colorado, earned a second degree, and met and married her husband.She currently lives in windy Wyoming with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, Ali is either,photographing, knitting, reading, dancing, or staying inside where it’s warm with a hot cup of coffee. Shedreams of traveling the world someday soon.
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Cover Reveal Spotlight: Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher

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Cover Reveal Spotlight: Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher

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Title: Back of Beyond
Author: Neeny Boucher
Tentative Release Date: February 2016
Cover Reveal Date: November 23rd, 2015

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Dina Martin and Nicholas Riley are total opposites. She’s the good girl with the perfect grades and he’s the bad boy with the reputation. Growing up together with close family ties, they have been at war as long as they can remember. When the unthinkable happens, neither of them wants it.
Set in a small town at the turn of the millennium, this story is about family and friendship, the love of music and how sometimes who you don’t want, is exactly who you need.

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  • Story behind your pen name:
    It’s my porn name.  I don’t write porn, but I liked it.  It sounded silly and fun.
  • Genre and why did you choose that genre:
    I write realistic, contemporary romance at the moment.  I chose it because a story came into my head and as I fleshed it out, it suited this genre.  I really want to try my hand at other genres, but this is the first one that appealed to me.
  • Writing since:
    I’ve written forever, but published since 2013.
  • What usually inspires/motivates you to write?
    Scenes from real life. Things people say.  I tend to be inspired by a single phrase and then write a scene around it.
  • What were you before you became a writer?
    An academic.
  • Top 5 Favorite Authors:
    Eek! This one is so difficult.  I actually have so many authors who are automatic buys.  I’m going to put down George RR Martin, Stephen King, and JK Rowling, but I’d like to give a shout out to Yessi Smith, Logan Keys, Megan Bailey, and Suanne Laqueur.  These wonderful women write in multiple genres and if you haven’t read their works, please, give them a go.
  • Top 5 Favorite Books:
    I’m going to qualify this and say there are so many books I love. The ones I’ve chosen are the books I’ve read more than once and also, recommend to others.
    ~The Song of Ice and Fire
    ~The Harry Potter Series
    ~The Sparrow~
    Wolf Hall
    ~The Opportunist
  • Top 5 Favorite TV show/ Movies
    I am a binge watching TV/Movie freak. I’m putting down TV shows that I can’t/won’t miss.
    ~The Good Wife
    ~The Walking Dead
    ~Vikings
    ~American Horror Story
    ~Grey’s Anatomy
    ~Fargo
  • Top 5 Favorite Songs:
    Music!  Music – my one true love.  I’m going to put down bands because I can’t choose one of their songs over another.
    ~Nirvana
    ~Hole
    ~Florence and the Machine
    ~Daughter
    ~Fat Freddy’s Drop

 

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Neeny Boucher is a nom de plume because my real name sounds like a 19th Century suffragette. Originally, I’m from New Zealand and am a long-time supporter of the All Blacks. Currently, I am living in Europe and a trailing spouse, following my husband all over the world for his work. This not only gives me the opportunity to write, but also, experience the world and indulge in one of my favourite past-times: people watching.
My own employment history is varied and ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. All of those experiences and encounters, however, have allowed me to collect amazing stories, which now form the basis of my writings.
I have always loved the weird, the outcast and those on the margins of society because they see the world in a different way. These are the people my characters are based around.
I have a BA Hons (English and Pacific Studies) and a PhD in Sociology/Indigenous Studies.
Presently, I am working on the Complicated Love Series. Book One, Lost in Flight, was released in 2013. Book Two, Ties that Bind, released in 2014.

 

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Author Spotlight: Michelle Rabe

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Author Spotlight: Michelle Rabe

 

About The Author

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A lifelong California girl, Michelle Rabe tried the Hollywood thing but decided she preferred an author’s den to the actor’s trailer. She now lives in the Phoenix Arizona area with her unhelpful author cat. If you can’t find her in a cemetery with her camera you can find her online at: http://www.facebook.com/authormichellerabe .

 

  • Writing since: I was in High School for fun. Seriously, aka trying to finish a novel, since 2000
  • Genre and why did you choose that genre: I have 2 books in my Morgan Blackstone series which are urban fantasy. My current work in progress Dragon’s Heart (coming early 2016) is a NA fantasy romance. I don’t choose the genres, the stories dictate the genre to me. I usually have an idea that I start with and I just start writing I let the rest fall into place as I go.
  • What usually inspires/motivates you to write? An interesting idea with a good question at it’s heart and characters that I enjoy writing about.
  • What were you before you became a writer? I was an actor working as an extra and stand-in in Hollywood.

    Top 5 Favorite Authors:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rissa Blakeley
  • Brenda Tetreault
  • Kristen Brittan

    Top 5 Favorite Books: 

  • On Writing (Stephen King)
  • Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
  • Broken Dreams (Rissa Blakeley)
  • Tempted (Brenda Tetreault)
  • The Green Rider (Kristen Brittan)

    Top 5 Favorite TVshow/ Movies

  • Once Upon A Time
  • Labyrinth
  • Castle
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 Top 5 Favorite Songs:  These are some of my favorites right now 🙂

  • Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
  • Come by Me (Harry Connick Jr)
  • Sally’s Song (Amy Lee)
  • Elenor Rigby (The Beatles)
  • Grim Grinning Ghosts (From the Haunted Mansion)

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Author Spotlight: Lady J

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Author Spotlight: Lady J

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Author name: Lady J

Story behind your pen name: My hubby bought me a plot of land in a nature reserve in Scotland. When they sent over all the necessary documents there was a magnet and bumper sticker that said Lady J on it and it stuck.

Genre & why: I write Romantic suspense. I love anything that gets your heart pumping. Romantic suspense does that, but for different reasons.

Writing since: 2013

What inspires / motivates you to write?
The characters demand my attention. Music usually inspired me and gets me in the writing mood.

What were you before you were a writer?:
I worked as a veterinary Assist. Shout out to my fav LVH crew.

Top 5 authors:
Robert MCammon
Steven King
Dean Koontz
J.K. Rowling
Suzanne Collins.

Top 5 favorite books:
Bible
Swan Song
The Stand
Harry Potter series
The Hunger Games series.

Top 5 TV shows/movies
Hmmmm tough one.
The Walking Dead
The Ultimate Fighter UFC
P.S. I love you
Braveheart
Tombstone
The Shawshank Redemption.

Top 5 Songs:

It changes all the time but at the moment it is
1.Lilly Wood & the Prick – Prayer (Robin Shulz remix),
2.Jasmine Thompson- Mad world cover,
3.The Sunday’s- Wild Horses
4.Oasis- Stop crying your heart out
5. Every Car you Chase remix

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I grew up in Upstate NY, but my heart belongs in Arizona. If given the chance, I’d gladly trade in frost burn, for sun burn! I speak in movie quotes ALL the time. Seriously, it might be considered a sickness by now 😉 I absolutely love the sound of others laughing. So I’ll try to get you to do just that!
I am married with three beautiful daughters and two fur babies. It’s a zoo here!

I love coffee, peanut butter cups, and OF COURSE reading!
I grew up causing all kinds of trouble with my twin sister/partner in crime.
My wild over-exaggerated story telling grew, along with my love for reading. With the support of my hubby and the encouragement of my womb mate, I put pen to paper, and let my imagination take over.

I am the author of the recently released, Forever Marked series. It is a romantic suspense, and the first book in a series. I enjoy reading all genres. Paranormal, thriller, romantic suspense, dystopian…. You name it!  (*from amazon page)

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Forever Marked

If you were a marked woman, how far would you run?

At only 23 years old, Ellora’s life is turned upside down. She captures the unwanted attention of a dangerously ruthless man, who’ll stop at nothing until he possesses her. Haunted by nightmares of the brutal attack she survived, Ellora flees the country desperate to hide. But, the longer she runs, the deeper his obsession grows.

Behr is a hard working bachelor who’s life is stuck on repeat. Every single day is filled with the same people, and the same routine. That is, until a beautiful stranger stumbles into the local pub and into his heart. Even though he’s immediately drawn to her raven black hair and deep green eyes… he knows she’s hiding a secret. One he’s determined to uncover.

Can Ellora stay safe in this small harbor town?
Or
Has the twisted game of cat and mouse, just begun

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Tales of the Night (Anthalogy)

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