Saturday, May 27, 2017

Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens (spotlight, excerpt link, and GIVEAWAY) BU






From Award Winning Author
Elizabeth Crowens
When timelines clash
beyond the logic of science,
and the key to the future lies
in clues from the past...
Elizabeth Crowens
Series: The Time Traveler Professor Book 1
Genre:†Speculative Fiction, Gaslight Fantasy, Alternative History
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
A 19th century "X" Files meets H.G. Wells's "Time Machine" featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.
Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.
SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of a new kind of Doctor Watson, John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones; book two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.


An impressive debut novel full of surprises and unexpected adventures between a time traveling music professor and a number of well-known Victorians
- Trina King, Amazon Reviewer

Read the First Three Chapters

This is a true roller coaster ride. For people who love Sherlock Holmes, or for people who love time travel, or for people who just enjoy not knowing what's going to come next.
- Susan Breen, Amazon Reviewer


About Elizabeth Crowens


Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name author of SILENT MERIDIAN, an alternate history/ 19th century ìX Filesî alternate history novel published by MX Publishing in London. Recently she won First Prize in Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction, is on the short list of finalists for Chanticleerís 2016 Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction, Paranormal and the Ozma Award for Fantasy Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Trainís fiction short story contest for Emerging Writers. She has also published a variety of non-fiction articles and is currently writing a column called The Poison Apple in the World Fantasy and Alfie Award-winning publication, BlackGate.com.
Recently, she participated on panels at The World Fantasy Convention, MidAmericon II/Worldcon, Lunacon, Heliosphere, the Writer's Digest Conference, Queens Book Festival, Philcon and was also interviewed for the radio show, Hour of the Wolf. A Pocketful of Lodestones, the sequel to Silent Meridian is awaiting a publication date. Current work-in-progress is Killer Between My Sheets, a psychological/domestic suspense novel/series.
A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, sheís also an alumnus of Algonkian workshops and the Gotham Writerís Workshop and a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. An active Sherlockian, sheís lectured on Arthur Conan Doyle, belongs to several Sherlockian scions, and is an independent scholar on Eastern and Western mysticism and Jungian psychology. A blackbelt in martial arts, sheís lived in Japan. Currently, she lives in New York City.
Official website
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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Devil's Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison ( spotlight and review)



The Devil’s Triangle
by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Blurb:
From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes the highly anticipated thriller in their Brit in the FBI series, featuring special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine in their new roles as heads of the Covert Eyes team—but will their first case be their last when the enigmatic and dangerous thief known as the Fox reappears?

“He who controls the weather, will control the world. He who controls time, will never be around.” —Thomas Frey

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government’s Covert Eyes—leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help.

Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she’s overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that’s killed thousands in Beijing isn’t a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth.

From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC.


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My review:

4.75 out of 5 stars

The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is part of the 'A Brit in the FBI' series and follows Kitsune, the master thief, whose latest heist has very unexpected repercussions, one of which prompts her to contact her former foes, Nicholas Drummond and Michaela (Mike) Caine. Their crew goes to Italy, with Dillon’s blessings, but the body count starts rising and the potential for massive destruction warrants unconventional alliances and impromptu solutions. The machinations of those who feel they have a divine destiny are pitted against an impressive alliance and it is questionable who will be triumphant as the stakes end up having world-wide consequences.


This suspense story is a fascinating blend of fact and fiction that brings together the exciting and contrasting folks that last clashed over another astounding heist. The hints of connections to the fabled Templars and the concept of the mystical qualities and power associated with the Staff of Moses and the Ark of the Covenant give this story a twist reminiscent of one of my favorite adventure movie series with a sprinkling of the treasure hunt elements from a popular novel that also features the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.

This story has a wonderful combination of the excitement from the daring feats performed by the oh-so-adept Kitsune and the thrill and satisfaction of parsing out clues utilizing both technological genius and gut instinct to the nerve-wracking shoot-outs. I love the reminder that great power confers great responsibility and the exploration of temptation and the shades of grey with respect to the slippery slope of greed and sense of self-importance. The intense connection and love that many of these folks have for each other is deftly portrayed, with a thought-provoking look at the fact that dedication and devotion is not limited to those on the ‘right’ or ‘moral’ side.

Those who have delicate sensibilities should be advised that there is a fair bit of violence in the story (with a sobering twist on the idea of horrific natural disasters) and readers concerned with such things are advised there are shifting points of view throughout the story, although I don’t feel that detracted from the flow. There are intriguing descriptions of the beauty of exotic lands with a nice twist on a site of multiple mysterious disappearances.

If you’re interested in an exciting and thought-provoking story with a bit of a mystical twist, this is the story for you. I can’t wait to see what this wonderful writing duo has in store for us next.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review, versions of which were submitted to Night Owl Reviews and Reading Alley.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The dangers of too much sun!

If you have followed my blog for a while, you may remember that I went to see the poppies blooming a few weeks ago. The following week I worked in the garden, and then...I started having these weird little bumps on my arm...that ITCHED! It progressed to little fluid-filled itchy bumps that began spreading along one arm, up over my face, and a bit on my other arm. I started wondering about chicken pox or something else infectious, as I didn't suffer from most of the childhood diseases but I looked up symptoms and breathed a sigh of relief when I didn't have any of the major signs.

The doctors postulated that it was a perfect storm of things, including an allergic reaction to my having used my hubby's soap by accident. The doctor mentioned the fact that my most severe reaction was on my left side, and said that skin cancer can also present on the left side, because that is often the side exposed to the sun when driving. Unfortunately...no matter what they prescribed or suggested...I ITCHED! Of course, the allergist indicated that calamine lotion (which the urgent care doctor mentioned as something to try) was not recommended any longer because it is also itchy once it dries, the steroid ointments that were prescribed gave relief that lasted only minutes at a time and I was concerned about the potential side effects. So...I can't recommend strongly enough...if you have itchy skin, consider using Eucerin Skin Calming Natural Oatmeal-Enriched Creme. It was wonderfully effective and helped make me less miserable. I wasn't so worried about potential side effects, and it helped my skin heal much quicker and allowed me to sleep at night.





I was feeling better by the time the LA Times Festival of Books came around, but I evidently didn't put enough sunscreen on, and I had a mild recurrence of my bumps, but nothing like the first time. It DID remind me...EARS have to be protected as well, and even more complicated...eyelids are susceptible also.



So, now I know I have to be extremely diligent about sunscreen. I have been using Aveeno ultra-calming daily moisturizer on my face, and although I know the SPF isn't high enough, it seems to have been doing the trick enough to keep things to a dull roar.



For my arms (and I guess my dead-fish looking legs once I start wearing shorts regularly, lol), I am using Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion. Knock on wood, there won't be additional episodes, and I will have to remember to renew the application if I am going to be in the sun for an extended time (or in the pool). One caveat, I dropped the bottle right after I got it home and it hit the linoleum and the cap shattered! One of those comedy of errors....the lotion splattered on the walls and started oozing out of the container and I was running around trying to find something to mop it up and frantically trying to keep the lotion from continuing to ooze out. I did write the company and suggest that they consider making the cap less brittle, especially since I can't imagine kids with slippery hands not dropping the container at some point. They graciously sent me a coupon for a new bottle, but I remind you to be careful when handling it!






So, take a note from my misfortune...and make sure you are adequately protected from the sun's harmful effects while enjoying the warmer weather!


And...Happy Anniversary to my beloved hubby!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Broken Spire by Sue Perkins (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT





Broken Spire

by Sue Perkins

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GENRE: Fantasy Romance

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BLURB:

Ash's silvery purple hair sets her apart from her peers and at the magic college of Spires a few senior maeven consider her magic to be alien and unsuccessfully try to expel her. Ash feels a compulsive attraction tempting her to enter the broken North Spire. She believes this off limits ruin holds the answer to her origins, but is not willing to take the chance of expulsion from Spires.

Orm, Ash's equally talented classmate, is determined to support the girl he considers his soulmate, and promises to help her find out the secrets of the North Spire when they reach the end of their third year.

At the end of the first year, Ash nervously waits to see if she will be allowed to continue at Spires, or will she be sent home in disgrace.

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EXCERPT

A young woman stood in the doorway with a Spires cloak over her arm. Ash could tell by her clothes the woman did not come from a farming community. Her dress frills on the light material floating in the air movement from the corridor, would have been considered unnecessary by Tulia.

"Oh." The newcomer paused for effect. "I thought I would have a room to myself."

"It's cozier when there are more of us," Rupe told her. "I'm Rupe, this is Ash."

"Charmed, I'm sure. My name is Ceku Atania Beland. You may call me Ceku. I wonder where the servant is with my bags." The young lady entered the room and looked around. "I think I'll take this bed."

Ceku seated herself daintily on the bed nearest the door and placed her cloak beside her. Ash hoped their new roommate wasn't as stuck up as she appeared. Maybe offering some help to the other girl would make her more friendly.

"Hilso said we were to leave the bed by the door for the second year student."

"Nonsense. This is the best bed. I shall sleep here."

"Move."

All three of them jumped at the brusque command. A tall dark haired girl stood in the doorway glaring at Ceku.

"I shall do no such thing. Do you know who I am?"

"Yes, I do. You're a first year student and any other rank you hold outside Spires doesn't count here. Now move yourself and get your bags. They're still sitting in the courtyard."

"The servants will no doubt bring them when they have time." Ceku still didn't move from the bed.

"I'm Uma, your second year roomie." The girl introduced herself to Ash and Rupe then turned to face Ceku and muttered something under her breath.

Ash barely managed to suppress her laughter when the stuck up young woman slid off the bed and landed on the floor. The surprise still showed on her face as she slid across to the vacant bed on the other side of the room and her cloak followed obediently behind her.







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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sue Perkins grew up in Devon, England and emigrated to New Zealand with her family. Sue and her husband now live at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Her interests include writing, reading, genealogy and aqua jogging.

Sue’s book genres include romance, fantasy romance, young adult fantasy and middle grade fantasy. Her first romance book was released in May 2007, quickly followed by a fantasy trilogy. She now has many books published in all the genres. Her aim for the future is to write a full-length epic fantasy novel. The outline is complete, and Sue is hoping to find time to finish the first draft by the end of 2017. Meanwhile she carries on with her current fantasy series - Rak Shoma, a blend of magic and fantasy.

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