Release Party In Deep


We’re happy to celebrate the release day party for contemporary romance “In Deep” today. You can get your copy of the book on Amazon.

We’re also hosting a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release. Scroll down to the end of this post to participate!

About The Book

indeepfinalTitle: In Deep

Author: Kella McKinnon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

“I never thought it would go this far… that a man with such terrible secrets would steal my heart and make me want him so much, when his life of danger and lies should have made me want nothing more than to turn and run. I understood him, you see. I knew that beneath all of that money and power, and yes… violence, was a man in desperate need of love. So desperate that he took from me something I wasn’t ready to give: my future.”

Brielle Dalton thought the few months in Vegas she needed to finish her dissertation would also be a chance to have some fun before ‘real life’ took over. But she never counted on meeting Cristos Vicario, the irresistible but troubled owner of the Adagio casino. The attraction was instant and all-consuming, but in the beginning neither knew that their lives had crossed before, and the result had been nothing short of tragedy. By the time Brielle discovers who Cristos really is, and what he has done in a reckless attempt to keep her, it’s too late. She’s already in too deep.

Author Bio

Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself. Though I used to work in Boston in the biotech industry, I’m now loving life on a small farm in New England where my husband and I are raising our three children. Between taking care of chickens and goats and shuttling the kids to dance class and piano lessons, I find the time to pursue my own interest: writing. I relish creating stories and bringing my characters to life on the written page, and each book is a labor of love.

I’m passionate about the romance genre because of the emotional journey a well-written novel can take the reader on, and my goal with each of my books is to do the same for my readers. I would love to hear from you at, or






There’s a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release day party.

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Author Interview Charter to Redemption Tour


I’m interviewing D.J. Blackmore today, author of historical romance “Charter to Redemption”. I hope you enjoy the interview!

What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Believing in yourself when others don’t

Can you give us a short synopsis of Charter to Redemption?  
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with an unavoidable betrothal, Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.
     Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal of being a convict in Australia.
     But when Emma and Tobias meet, the unexpected happens. Neither of them expect the repercussions.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was fascinated, when at a young age, I went on a few school excursions to convict built houses in the area, and one tourist attraction in particular, called ‘Old Sydney Town’, where school children like me could see first hand what it was like in colonial times. It was like stepping back into the past. Both my mother and father loved history, and as a very young girl I went with my family to England and visited castles and old houses and family I had never met. Those times seeded my inspiration.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?
If I’m in the swing of a novel, it might be all day. If I’m not, then it might just be editing for a couple of hours.

Name your top five favorite books.
English classics written by those such as the three Bronte sisters, especially Jane Eyre. R. D. Blackmore’s Lorna Doone. Works by Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Wilkie Collins also. For the more modern writers, I have also been influenced by and have enjoyed Catherine Cookson. I really loved Francine Rivers’, The Last Sin Eater

What are you working on now?
I’m editing the sequel toCharter to Redemption‘, called ‘Consider the Ravens’.

Charter to Redemption

photoTitle: Charter to Redemption

Author: D.J. Blackmore

Genre: Historical Romance

At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.

Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal.

But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.

Author Bio

10177941_777460682284675_5383801900327037432_nD. J. Blackmore is a Hunter Valley, New South Wales author, born and raised. Her convict heritage and love of history have seen the author explore this in ‘Charter to Redemption.’ Yet is is perhaps Australian dogged determination has seen this debut author as a new name in fiction. Although amazon reviews reflect her work, it is pertinent to note that the author’s story is not unique, although her journey in writing has been. Numerous rejections never daunted the author, and many years after her dream was envisaged, so was the reality. Yet for all the countless doubts that niggle every writer who has lived in hope, it is humbling praise indeed when reviewer F. Stanford writes of ‘Charter to Redemption’ and Ms Blackmore’s work: “this could very well be the benchmark for the standard of modern-day classics.”

D. J. Blackmore is currently working on the sequel, ‘Consider the Ravens.’


Cover Reveal Party Washed Hands


We’re hosting the cover reveal party today for mystery/thriller “Washed Hands” by Jonathan Charles Bruce.

We hope you like the cover!


About the Book

Title: Washed Hands

Author: Jonathan Charles Bruce (

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing (

Price: $13.95 (paperback)

ISBN:             9781620154656


Breaking up can be one of the hardest things a person can do, something that the dedicated team at Washed Hands, Inc. thoroughly understands. Whether one’s soon-to-be-ex is manipulative, violent, or anything else that makes a clean break difficult, the company’s rejection counselors ensure that the split is established and maintained in no uncertain terms. And in the toughest cases, no one’s better at this than Monica Deimos.

Brought in on what appeared to be a relatively straight-forward domestic nightmare, Monica

realizes all-too-late that she has been set up to take the fall for the murder of a wealthy socialite.

As the police close in, Monica needs to discover who she can trust, who wants her out of the way, and why she was framed.

She’s no fool, though. The best case scenario ends in a jail cell… the worst in a body bag.




Author Bio

7862046Jonathan Bruce began writing what amounted to terrible Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction when he was four. Although the original manuscripts are lost (or perhaps destroyed), we can rest assured that his prose has improved significantly since then. After high school, he began writing and directing plays which gradually improved depending on whom you ask. He discovered his love of a good fight scene after writing a Dracula knock-off which took a 19th century classic and made it less about Victorian yearning and 300% more about stabbing things in the jugular.

And yes, this means he wrote vampire fiction before Stephanie Meyer made it cool to sparkle in the sun.

He has a Master’s Degree in History, thanks largely to his thesis focusing on MUSIC, a Milwaukee-based school desegregation campaign during the 1960’s. He also enjoys discussing/making fun of pop culture of the 20th century and reading books of a non-historical nature. In his off moments, you can catch him writing for fun or making inane movies about nothing in particular. He also occasionally provides work for Twenty Four Pages a Second, a pretty keen website you should totally check out.




Twitter: @jonathancbruce

Release Day Party Drowning in Fear


About the Book

23169001Title: Drowning in Fear

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: Horror, Lower Grade, Chapter Book

For as long as he can remember, Nolan has been afraid of drowning. The fear is so bad he can’t even go swimming with his friends.

In an attempt to help him get over his fears, his Dad signs him up for a summer camp near Lake Weird. Ever since Nolan heard the news, he’s been having nightmares about an abandoned cabin near a lake, and about him drowning in water thick as blood.

Nolan is certain his nightmares are related to his fear of drowning, but when he arrives at summer camp, and finds out there’s a cabin near Lake Weird that matches the withered cabin from his nightmares, he realizes something more sinister is going on.

Can Nolan find out the reason why he’s spent his entire life being afraid of drowning? How is it connected to the spooky cabin from his nightmares, and the lake surrounded by creepy, crawling mist?

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete PictureMajanka has a Master of Law degree, and is studying for a Master of Criminology degree at the moment.

She has written a picture book series, “Valentina’s Spooky Adventures”, of which three books have been released. She’s also working on the “Weirdville” series, a series of scary lower grade chapter books. The first three books in the series have been released, and books four to six will release in 2014.

The first three Weridville books have also been released in audiobook version.

She’s written two young adult novels. “Fractured”, the first book in the Mirrorland series was released last year and its sequel, “Reflected” will be released in 2015. The first book in YA Paranormal series, the Angel of Death Series, “The Soul Thief”, will release in November 2014.




Twitter: @iheartreads


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Author Interview Loving is Good Tour


I’m interviewing Brenda Moguez, author of new adult / sweet romance “Loving is Good”. I hope you enjoy the interview.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Aside from the obvious, which includes riding the query coaster, self-marketing, being less of an introvert, finding balance and maintaining harmony with the beast that drives most writers, the hardest part is seeing past the uncertainty that plagues all creatives and keeping the faith in yourself. Rejection is a harsh mistress and most of us mere mortals struggle to overcome the emotional tsunami that follows a Dear Author, no thank-you, letter.


Can you give us a short synopsis of Loving is Good?

Celia’s life is off track and not going according to plan. Instead of attending graduate school and living La Vida Loca, she’s back home, working as a romance advice columnist—a job she has no first hand experience for—and working part time for a family business, and dodging come-hither glances from Gabe Mercer. He is trouble with a capital T, and has reputation for collecting hearts. Celia can’t seem to resist him, especially since he has a habit of showing up wherever she is, challenging her to take a chance. Her head screams caution, but her heart is doing the happy dance, which makes her wonder if Gabe isn’t the bad boy he pretends to be. With only her heart to lose, Celia takes a gamble on love.


What inspired you to write this book?

The lyrics to an old Spanish love song, Volver, Volver. It means going back. The song’s essence is about a lover wanting to return to a passionate love affair after it is over, how the heart cannot stop yearning for what was lost. It’s madness to do so, but the heart doesn’t always care. Celia, the heroine of Loving is Good, came from there. I saw her sitting in front of her laptop dishing out advice to the brokenhearted when she herself was lost in in her own struggles with love and life.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I don’t have a specified time of day or hour goal. I strive for 1,200 + words. Since I have a day job that funds the incidentals—mortgage, utilities, and food—I tend to squeeze time in between meetings, during a lunch break, and some time after dinner I resume what was started earlier in the day.

Name your top five favorite books.

This is a surprisingly easy question for me..

Eight by Katherine Neville

Désirée by Annemarie Selinko

Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

What are you working on now?

While waiting impatiently to hear back on a completed novel riding the query coaster, I’m working on a new WIP. It’s a story about a recent college graduate, Lucia, who falls for a summer fling. She realizes on the day of her wedding to the irresistible, older, Colin Ainsworth, that all she knows about love is what she learned watching the Disney channel. She manages to get through the ceremony wondering what awaits her. After being whisked off to London and getting caught up in an international scandal she is forced to ditch her compliant nature. Discovering she’s gutsy and has opinions comes as a surprise, which transforms the young woman who struggled to say I do. But finally comprehending the true meaning of love, what it takes to overcome the tribulations, and that passions can get lost in the weight of life, nearly breaks her spirit. But being a Disney graduate of romance, she finds her way back.

That’s the story so far, but I never know how a story will unfold until I get through it.


What do you consider the most beautiful thing you’ve written?

I am old school and enjoy writing letters even though most are crafted on a blank Word document. I’m not sure I can pick one. I’d say it’s a toss up between three things: a goodbye letter to my father, the confession of love to the lover who never left my heart, and a book I penned last year called Nothing is Lost In Loving. Great question, by the way.

Loving is Good

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Author: Brenda Moguez

Genre: Sweet romance / new adult

Celia Mendoza is not living La Vida Loca. She put her graduate studies on hold after her father died. Now she dishes out advice in her e-zine column, Luna Love, Loving is Good. The problem is, she hasn’t had a second date or a kiss in over a year. Then Gabe Mercer, a modern-day Adonis, shows up, daring her to take a chance. The string of broken hearts in his wake turns Celia off, but his relentless encouragement to pursue her dream of becoming a serious journalist contradicts his reputation, making it hard to fight the pull of his topaz, come-hither eyes. He’s everything Luna Love tells her readers to take a chance on, but Celia can’t decide if a chance encounter is worth the gamble. But life has a will of its own, and hers is pushing Celia to accept the uncertainty and run towards her destiny.

Author Bio

moguez_headshotBrenda Moguez lives in San Francisco. She writes fiction with quirky, strong women, with non-formulaic endings because life isn’t always perfect. She writes by the light of the moon and between conference calls. She has aspirations for a fully staffed villa in Barcelona and funding aplenty for a room of her own. When she’s not working on a story, she writes love letters to the universe, dead poets, and Mae West. You can find her at and, where she explores passionate pursuits in all its forms.



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Author Interview The Best of Jonathan’s Corner


Interivew time! Today I’m interviewing CJS Hayward, author of creative non-fiction / religion “The Best of Jonathan’s Corner”. I hope you enjoy the interview.

What’s the hardest part of​ your path as an author?
Once I was trying to help a friend’s son look into colleges, and yesterday he handed me the phone, really excited, and said, “You have got to speak with these guys.” I fumbled the phone, picked it up, and heard, “—online. We offer perhaps the best-rounded of degrees, and from day one our students are equipped with a top-of-the-line Dell running up-to-the-minute Vista. We address back-end issues, giving students a grounding in Visual Basic .NET, striking the right balance between ‘reach’ and ‘rich,’ and a thorough groundings in Flash-based design and optimized for Internet Explorer . Throw in an MCSE, and marketing-based communication instruction that harnesses the full power of PowerPoint and covers the most effective ways to make use of animated pop-ups, opt-in subscriber lists, and—”

I interrupted. “Internet Exploder 6? Minesweeper Consultant and Solitaire Exp—excuse me, but what is your organization called?”

“The A-rist-o-crats.”
The joke is told ​about technology. It could also be told about the institution where I tried to earn my PhD, the hardest part of my path as an author yet and much worse, in my opinion, than cancer and chemotherapy with it.
As far as talent goes, I ranked, for instance, 7th in the nation in the 1989 MathCounts competition; I’ve been told I’m smarter than most Nobel prize laureates, and “the average Harvard PhD has never met someone as talented as you.” And I washed out of the program; my GPA was 3.386 after grading I found strange, and 3.5 was required to continue. End of discussion.
But I walked away from that with something better than a PhD; I walked away, for that matter, with something better than rooms full of silver and gold; I walked away with my life. And with all that happened, I’m not sure I should have emerged with that much.
And the fact that I’m not writing for refereed academic journals is probably good for my writing. It takes me a lot of effort to write; I might have less energy free if my effort was being siphoned by the rigors of another kind of writing competing for my energy. The Best of Jonathan’s Corner is more richly populated than if I were succeeding in academia, and the terrain I hoped to cover in my thesis is available to all in “Religion and Science” Is Not Just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution, included in The Best of Jonathan’s Corner.

Can you give us a short synopsis of The Best of Jonathan’s Corner?
The Best of Jonathan’s Corner is a collection of my best short works in theology, religion and spirituality across twenty years. Its contents are varied; in some ways it is more of a miniature library than a single work.
What inspired you to write this book?
For me, it really has been a process of inspiration, one that I can cooperate with but cannot summon. That is why I spend little time writing; I would spend more on my best works if I could, but the option is not open to me with how I create.
Let me give the inspiration process for the oldest and the newest pieces I have written this way. For the oldest, I was an undergraduate and had read Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business, and heard of Immanuel Kant’s Religion Within the Bounds of Bare Reason, and then attended a church service that was the very definition of why Postman said, “I am not worried about religion becoming the content of television. I am worried about television becoming the content of religion.” It even imitated television in having a banner above the pastor that looked like what you would see on television. And after trying to write down what bothered me (and having the preacher say “I’ll continue what I’m doing, unchanged”), there was a seed that blossomed and grew into the satire of Religion Within the Bounds of Amusement.
More recently, I had a general sense of concern about a dark side to technologies, and Vince Homan wrote, and included in a newsletter, an article about Facebook as including a significant threat to marriage. That left me almost reeling, and helped crystallize “Social Antibodies” Needed: A Request of Orthodox Clergy.
In both cases, besides any external stimuli, there was a process of spiritual listening, of sounding something out, and wrestling both to master the creation and to get myself out of the way so the creation can voice itself–which are one and the same thing, not two. Once things going, despite what I have written above, the process is much less about the external stimulus and much more about prayerfully attending to what is crystallized.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?
This is probably going to earn me status as a black sheep, but on the average, maybe two to three. Inspiration is a high point of my life, but it occupies a few days, maybe more, every few months. I wrote voluminously when I was in high school; now I write emails every day and will write something technical if an employer wants such, but however much moments of inspiration may be a defining moment, they are not my bread and butter. I’ve heard the famous saying that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, but in my experience inspiration carries the day when it is there, and when it is not there, perspiration without inspiration is just perspiration.
Name your top seven favorite books.
One would be The Best of Jonathan’s Corner. It has, gathered together, all of my favorite works, and I write the kind of works I would like to read but can’t find.
The next three are all collections: the Bible, the Philokalia, and the Ante-Nicene Fathers / Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers collections. I am presently going through the many volumes of the last collection; I’ve read perhaps a quarter of the works that interest me.
Last to mention are C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Madeleine l’Engle’s A Wind in the Door, and Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. I have moved increasingly further from all three of these, as well as others like Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, but they all, in their own ways, were captivating to me, and shaped me as a man and as a writer.

What are you working on now?

Honestly, I’m working on getting a regular job. Do you know anyone who’s looking for a Jack-of-all-trades web developer? I’d love to hear!
What do you consider the most beautiful thing you’ve written?
That’s easy: nothing in The Best of Jonathan’s Corner. I’d pick my letters to my Grandma and Grandpa, who are getting on in years, and I try to write them one letter each day. They aren’t especially eloquent, or profound, or even interesting, but I don’t know of anything I’ve written that’s better than them.

About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_full Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).


Author Interview with Troubled Spirits


I’m hosting an interview with Teri Lee, author of YA paranormal “Troubled Spirits”. I hope you enjoy the interview. Thanks for Teri Lee for answering my questions.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is juggling what I have to do with what I want to do. What I want to do is write every single day. I could lose myself in my story and never stop, not even to eat!  But life in the real world doesn’t disappear. I have a husband and children (although they are all adults now) and my writing doesn’t feed me  (yet) so I work as an ER nurse. Thankfully, that’s something I love. 

Can you give us a short synopsis of Troubled Spirits?  

After the death of her father, teenaged Annie Waters moves from her home in Florida to Shady Cove, Maine.  She is quickly befriended by Harmony, a ghost obsessed teen. Despite Annie’s disbelief in anything supernatural, she joins her friends in an attempt to contact the spirit of the Caldwell School. The spirit they awaken terrorizes Annie and her friends.  But when Harmony is nearly killed, Annie realizes her only hope is to solve the fifty year old mystery surrounding two boys – one missing and one dead.  
What inspired you to write this book?
A few of my coworkers invited me to join them on some ghost adventures. I almost said no, until I decided that it might be fun to write a ghost story. Although the group fizzled, Troubled Spirits had taken root.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
That varies. I work 10-12 hour shifts 3-5 days a week. If I get home before my husband I can squeeze in about 2 hours. On my days off, its not unusual to spend 6 or more hours writing.
Name your top five favorite books.
1.  One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey – I love the illustrations and the story. I read it over and over to my children when they were little.
2.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – It’s just such a magical adventure.
3. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – I think I’m addicted to this story – I’ve read it at least eight times and if you set it out front of me right now, I’d pick it up and start reading again.
4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien – I know it’s three books, but I’m counting it as one because how can you finish the first and do anything other than move onto the next. Tolkien was a master at creating worlds that the reader can lose themselves in.
5.  Harry Potter (all seven books) by J.K. Rowling – I read the first book to see what all the fuss was about (I’d heard that there were actually Harry Potter Book burnings!) and I loved it and moved right on to the next. I never did figure out what the fuss was about.
What are you working on now?
Im working on three stories–Whispering Spirits (a sequel to Troubled Spirits), Wijia – To Belong, which is a young adult fantasy/ adventure and I’m polishing my first story which is a middle grade fantasy. 

About The Book

troubledspiritscoverTitle: Troubled Spirits

Author: Teri Lee

Genre: YA Paranormal

Ghosts aren’t real.

That’s what Annie Waters believed before she snuck into the abandoned Caldwell School. Before the dark presence followed her home. Before she realized, her only hope was to believe.


Author Bio

authorteriGrowing up in Maine, Teri Lee spent most of her time reading and exploring in the woods. And that hasn’t changed. When she’s not writing, you’ll still find her lost in a book or out hiking. And if she’s not there, try the ER. But don’t worry, she’s the nurse, not the patient. Teri has three grown children and still resides in Maine with her husband.