Stifled by Rainy Kaye Book Tour

Stifled Release
Today we’re celebrating the release of STIFLED, book two in the SUMMONED series by USA Today Bestselling author, Rainy Kaye. A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him. In STIFLED, Dimitri trails an elusive jinn and finds himself in the middle of a community keeping dark secrets. The SUMMONED series is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

Scroll down to pick up your copy of STIFLED, get SUMMONED for free for a limited time, and enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Stifled Final 2 PSDDimitri would like nothing more than to live a low-key life in Naples, Italy. His girlfriend, Syd, has other plans.

After three months of researching, she is positive she has found a jinn on a killing spree in San Diego, California. Since Syd gave Dimitri the one thing he thought was out of reach, he feels obligated to use his ill-gained talents for her cause.

A few hours back in the US proves that Dimitri and Syd didn’t quite make the clean escape they had thought. As they trail the elusive jinn, someone else trails them. What should have been a simple trip to confirm once and for all if the jinn are living among humans, instead reveals a community keeping dark secrets.

Unfortunately for Dim, the only way out is in.

Get your copy here!

Haven’t read book one yet? No problem! It’s currently FREE on Amazon.

 

summoned_cover_final_biggerTwenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told?literally.

Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well.

When he meets Syd?assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd?he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can?t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn?t the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl?s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming?the wish that will destroy him.

 

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about_rainy_kayerainykayeRainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona.

She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Someone told her she’s a USA Today Bestselling author. She thought there would be cake.

 

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A Teachable Moment Sadly Lost by Calvin Davis

Indigo Sea Press Blog

It happened so quickly I didn’t realize it was there before it vanished, never to return, at least not with the same person. Where did it happen? In our doctor’s office. I accompanied my spouse for her regular appointment. The physician suggested that Vonnie should take a test that would require her to stay in a hospital overnight. Hearing that, she frowned as if she had just downed a gallon of vinegar.

“Oh, no, I can’t do that. I would have to be separated from my husband for a night. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.” Judging from the stunned expression on the medical man’s face, he was befuddled by her response. Why, he no doubt wondered, can’t you spend one night away from your spouse? After all, I’m not suggesting you two get a divorce.

wedding bandsI sat there listening in silence. Later I hated myself for not explaining to…

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Problem Thinker

Indigo Sea Press Blog

Is it not imperative that writer’s think, or does the thinking just cause problems with the writing? This is a very serious question to which we don’t want answers. Is the admonition, think before you write a hinderance or the answer? On the off-chance of shedding too much light on a subject writers would prefer to keep in the dark, I offer this humble but erudite Homily.

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It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then to loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone – “to relax,” I told myself – but I knew it wasn’t true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t mix, but…

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Carolyn Wren’s Empathy

Carolyn Wren – Empathy (Emotional Chains Book 1)

Release Date – March 23rd 2015

Bio

carolyn1Carolyn Wren is the award winning author of the romantic suspense series, The Protectors.

Having spent her working life as a book-keeper and finance officer for international companies, she discovered a passion for fiction writing in 2009. Assuming it was some sort of mid-life crisis, she kept it a secret for six months. In an impulsive move, she entered The Emerald, a prestigious writing contest for unpublished authors run by the Romance Writers of Australia. Much to her utter shock, she won it. This was followed shortly after by a finalist placing in the unpublished division of the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

After braving a submission letter to Secret Cravings Publishing, her debut published work Diplomat’s Daughter (Protectors Book 1) won the RWA ‘Ella’ award for novella of the year.

To date, The Protectors series has received four award nominations, resulting in two trophies.

Carolyn’s other works include a very naughty ghost erotic novella Ghosts of Grace Cottage that she wrote during a stormy winter day. Her new series, the murder mystery urban fantasy Emotional Chains is her latest writing obsession.

When not in front of the computer, you’ll find Carolyn glued to the TV. She loves classic 1960s spy dramas, and is a self-confessed sci-fi geek who owns every single Star Trek, Dr Who, and Buffy dvd ever made.

She lives in the hills of Western Australia with a husband she adores, and a varied assortment of native wildlife.

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What if you could sense the emotions of everyone around you?

What if you fell in love with someone you’d never even met?

Blurb

Oliver Lord belongs to one of three special families, empaths who feel emotions as a physical sense. Quiet and reserved, and accustomed to keeping his abilities hidden, Oliver is drawn inexorably to a woman he’s never met. The woman who made his brother’s last year of life so happy.

When Zoe Daniels, talented sculptor, loses her fiancé before their wedding, she can’t imagine finding love again, until she meets Jasper’s unknown brother, a man so different, yet so achingly familiar to the man she adored. What is Oliver’s secret, and why is he so determined to keep her at arm’s length?

A violent kidnapping and murder forces the empaths from the shadows to seek justice for one of their own. Oliver turns to Zoe, needing her comfort and love. Can she accept him for who he is?

Oliver and two powerful empathic friends need to track down the kidnappers before they strike again, but how do you solve a murder, when your only clue is emotion?

Excerpts

Zoe sat with her back to the tree as she always did, knees drawn up. Thin cords dangled from her ears, attached to the smart phone at her hip. Her feet tapped out a rhythm to a tune Oliver couldn’t hear. She put down the book in her hands and tilted her head to the dappled sunlight peeking through the branches. A smile lit her face as the beams played like mischievous children on her closed eyelids. The old forest was lush and vibrant, a calm oasis of another age. Jasper had always loved spending time here, lost in the peace and quiet. No doubt he’d brought Zoe here. That she’d feel close to him in this isolated place they’d shared was understandable.

Oliver shut his eyes and reached out to read her. If he looked deep inside, he could find the essence of the brother he missed so much. He tried not to. The first time it had seemed an intrusion, but sometimes he couldn’t help himself. She was warmth and goodness. Her calm was a soothing balm to his nerves and a link to a beloved lost sibling. He indulged himself and took a tiny moment. She’ll never know.

“Why don’t you come out from behind that tree?”

Oliver’s eyes flew open at the sound of her voice. He’d not planned on being seen, and normally when he chose that option, he wasn’t. It was a simple, foolproof empathic trick, one he’d been able to do since childhood. Remaining silent and unmoving, he projected a low level of emotion in her direction. Disinterest. Indifference. Boredom. Every gentle empathic nudge was designed to increase her need to walk away and not look back.

She continued to talk as she stood. Brushing leaves from her trousers, she walked toward him with determination in her blue eyes. “If you keep lurking, it just looks suspicious.”

The moment their gazes met, he caught a flare of something. Surprise? Confusion? Oliver regained his composure. “I’m sorry if I scared you. I was enjoying the sunshine. You looked as if you were deep in thought. I didn’t want to disturb your privacy.”

“What about all the other times? Were you concerned about my privacy then, too?”

She’d noticed him before? Oliver’s much vaulted confidence of his own abilities took a distinct dive. “I’m sorry. It’s a pleasant spot, somewhere I enjoy and find calming.” Only because you’re here. “I won’t intrude on your peace any longer.”

“Do I know you?” She tilted her head to one side. The filtered sun caught the blonde strands of her short feathered haircut, making them shine.

“No.”

“Do you know who I am?”

“No.”

“May I ask you another question?”

Oliver frowned. “Of course?”

“Why are you lying to me? And who were you to Jasper?”

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She sighed and leaned forward. “I’m about to tell you something. I would appreciate it if you’d listen with an open mind, because it’s going to shock you.”

Mike mirrored her position, leaning his elbows on the table. “Very little shocks me these days, Miss Baron.”

“I prefer Meredith, or Merri.”

He inclined his head in acknowledgement. “If you have information on this case, I need to hear it.”

She fiddled with the spoon from her chocolate. The first non-confident move he’d seen her make. “I think Freddy may have been killed because of abilities he had.”

“Abilities?”

“Freddy was empathic. He could feel emotions as a physical sense.”

Mike sagged, fighting a keen sense of disappointment and a growing anger. He thought they were on to something, but no. She was one of those loopy new-age nut jobs—a very beautiful new-age nut job.

“You don’t believe me.”

Mike shoved his coffee cup aside. “No, I don’t believe you, and if you’ve finished wasting my time, I have real work to do.”

“Wait,” she said as he stood.

“I’m a busy man, Miss Baron.”

“What happened in the alley?”

Mike hesitated with his palms flat on the table. “Nothing.”

“Liar. You had a panic attack.”

“Fine. I had a panic attack. I work ninety hours a week on a good week. I don’t eat or sleep properly, and I see a lot of terrible things. Sometimes the stress gets to me, okay?”

“I did it.”

“Bull dust.”

“This would be so much easier if you just believed me, but I see I’m going to have to prove it.”

“Prove what?” A rush of pure erotic heat raced through Mike’s body and headed straight between his legs. He sat down with a thud as those same limbs turned into wet noodles.

She leaned further across the table. “It’s funny, isn’t it, how we accept some emotions as a normal part of our daily life? Fear, pain, worry, anger, anxiety, guilt? We put them down as a standard occurrence caused by traffic jams, a suspicious person in our peripheral vision, a horrendous story on the evening news. You know what I mean, all sorts of things. But, sexual excitement? Desire? Lust? Arousal? Those we can’t explain away quite so easily, can we, detective?”

Her voice was a husky edged blade running over his skin. Heat. His whole body was a mass of pulsing aroused heat. Mike fought the almost uncontrollable urge to jerk his hips forward and sink into soft firm flesh. I’m having sex. Jesus, I feel like I’m having sex. All of the sensations were there. A series of highly carnal scenarios ran though his mind like a movie. Supple limbs wrapping around his, warm silky skin rubbing against him, moist lips panting with hot breath, fanning his face. His erection pressed against his zipper, and even that was unreasonably erotic. Mike was lost in a sensual storm, held captive by luminous blue eyes. The pressure built in his lower back, culminating in a blast of sensation, a tightening of his groin. Christ, I’m going to come.

Meredith broke eye contact, relaxed back in her chair, and picked up her hot chocolate.

Mikes impending orgasm, and all the associated sensations, vanished. He slumped against the table, heaving in great lungful’s of air. “Jesus Christ!”

“Nope. Just me.”

He gaped at her, his fingers curled into claws against the solid wood, and heart beating in double time. “What are you?”

The look she gave him was a mixture of exasperation and annoyance. “I’m not a what. I’m an empath. What do you say? Are you willing to listen to me now?”

“Yes,” he said, through a clenched jaw.

“Good.” She slid a gilt edged business card toward him, before standing and hitching a leather bag on her shoulder. “My place at eight tonight, address is on the card. Be prepared to listen. Oh, and Stone, drink your coffee. You look like you need it.”

 

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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U827MJW

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Barnes and Noble – http://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/empathy-carolyn-wren/1121325018?ean=2940151227117

SCP – http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=1052

 

How to Market Multicultural Fiction Q&A

Shonda Brock Paranormal Romance Author

Special Guests, LaShaunda Hoffman and Angeline M Bishop.

SORMAG LaShaunda Hoffman, founder of  Shades of Romance Magazine, introducing readers to writers of multicultural literature and helping the writer on their writing journey.

Author Angeline M Bishop Angeline M. Bishop, Contemporary Romance author/Vice President of the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Writing a book is challenging, but marketing a book is another story.

Where does a writer begin?

What’s the most effective way to reach your multicultural audience?

We asked other multicultural writers to submit their questions. And today, two marketing divas/authors, LaShaunda Hoffman and Angeline M. Bishop, join us to share their expertise.

Read on to discover the secrets of selling your book!

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THE BILLIONAIRE OBSESSION

KENYAN&HERLOVERS

navy window paneOn Facebook there was a post where someone asked the question, do romance books almost always have a billionaire as the hero?’
Definition of a billionaire, a man who has his own money, own house and own car; J.O.B. Every woman is looking for a man who can provide for both her and himself. That’s the practical reason.
But I think the fantasy is what keeps the readers going back for more. Here you have your life, ordinary in everyone else’s eyes and almost perfect in yours. Here is a couple of reasons why I think the Billionaire story lines are flooding the literary world.
1. Maybe it’s because of the power they have. Running their own business and empire.
2. Dominance, and I leave it there.
3. The fancy cars, helicopter, private jets and yachts, tell me that doesn’t sound good. Plus there are the expensive gifts and the…

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Reader, you’re review is more than just a bunch of words put together to make a sentence….

Authors always have a hard time with critics. Some of them can be so merciless they tear you down and leave nothing but skin and bones of your once strong confidence. Other reviewers are just mean and others are vindictive, who want to feel better about themselves by destroying someone else. I read once on a book description where an author warns his readers not to read the reviews because a rival author had created numerous Amazon pages to just bash his books. I mean really? What exactly drives a person to that extent?

Another person went to the extent to make a video mocking the author and the book.

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I’m not saying there aren’t bad books out there, because many do exist, I’m just saying be cautious of the reviews you read.  I’ve learned to always read all the reviews including the one stars. Now, the one stars, if anyone else has noticed have a swaying decision of whether or not you’ll buy the book. If there is just one or two stars I read them to find out why they didn’t like the book. To make sure I don’t fall victim to someone’s vindictive campaign, I click on that reviewers handle and checkout his or her other reviews. If majority of their reviews are one star then I completely ignore them and follow the other reviewers opinion.

It’s sad how some authors can get bullied by reviewers especially by that one person out to get him or her and have no power to stop them and if they even try to voice the injustice they are ridiculed for not being able to take criticism.

Because of this, it usually makes my day and cancels out all the negativity when I get reviews like this one.

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)Amazon Review by Dema H.

What a fantastic book!!

5-Amazing-heart-full-to-bursting-with-love-stars!!

This book took me on a great journey of love, hate, tears and laughter!
And even though I haven’t read the first book, it was not a problem because everything just flowed and was explained probably ..

<< Time out for me to fangirl a little >>

Reno… O.M.G!!!

Through out the whole book I was sighing every time he opened his mouth! (Except for a little period you’ll figure out when you read this amazing book!)

And then came:
Allan ..
Followed by:
Ruiz ..
And:
Mathew ..
Sheeeesh! Could you say HOT+Romantic guys overload!!!

But nothing could have prepared me for Tyler!! He’s my favorite guy in this book!! 😉

<< Fangirl rant over >>

This book had a story so captivating that I could put it down! When I checked the clock because I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, it was 5 A.M!! I kid you not!!!

The mix of Romance, Suspense, Action, and Humor was so well done that one minute I was crying

The next I was laughing out loud!

I loved the back stories… at times I was like:

I loved how both the H and h didn’t have an easy life but they both fought to be happy ..

I loved how strong welled and sure of what she wants Lori was .. Because I read lots of romance novels .. after a while the h taking what the H said at face value and interrupting it in a bad way that always ended with them taking offence, angry, taking off or fighting with the H gets old..not that I don’t love the drama but it was so refreshing to see that Lori had a good head on her shoulder and that she’s fighting for what she wants ..

There were a couple of times while reading this book that I expected her to storm out or slap Reno .. But she never cease to surprise/Amaze me!

And getting a glimpse of the other characters stories made me want to know more about them … and with Christina OW Amazing writing style I’ll be sure to pick up the other books in her series and whatever else she has out…

I didn’t want to include any part of the story in fear of revealing too much but let me say this … the blurb??!! Doesn’t even begin to cover it!

Finally, I recommend this book to all Romance-novels-lovers, the people who love the In-Love-With-Sister’s-Best-Friend theme and to anyone who’s interested in reading a great book …”

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I have a few reviews like this and I will confess I keep writing for readers like Dema H. It’s better to write for that one reader who enjoys and understands your work than many who don’t understand your writing and tear it down for their amusement.

Readers, your reviews are more than just a bunch of words put together to make up a sentence that join other sentences that express you’re opinion. Write your review but do it in a way that helps the author correct his or her mistake. Do not be an instrument of derision that stunts growth and kills an author’s love for writing.

How to Share Your Work with a Targeted Audience

The Daily Post

We’ve touched on similar topics in the past, from creating boundaries between your blog persona and real-life one, to keeping your daily life safe from online intrusions.

The great thing about having your own site is that with one click of the Publish button, you can reach the entire world. Or at least that subset of the world with an internet connection, a bit of free time, and a keen interest in knitting / vegan brownies / attachment parenting / haiku writing / [insert your favorite topic(s) here].

What do you do, though, when you want to keep that public stage open — but also share some of your work in a more discreet way? Sometimes you might feel like writing a more personal post than you do usually. Or you might want to get feedback on a work in progress you’re not entirely happy about yet. There are all…

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