*Author Spotlight – Carian Cole*

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The calm before the storm…

I lived in the quiet stillness.
I felt the wind rustle, warning me, telling me to get out of its path.

But I didn’t.

I never stood a chance.

A series of weather and road mishaps leaves me trapped in the middle of a blizzard with a complete stranger. In the back of a pickup truck. For forty-eight freakin’ hours.

A stranger with long hair, tattoos, and rippling with muscle.
A stranger with an insanely sexy voice and a wicked smile that turned my insides to jelly.
A stranger who held me in his arms, calmed me, and then set a fire in me that I couldn’t put out.

Storm lives up to his name. Beautiful. Dangerously inviting. Tumultuous. Dark. A clash of hot and cold.

He’s used to getting everything he wants.

And now he wants me.

Some people chase storms for the beautiful thrill. What happens when the storm chases you?

***Warning. This is an adult romance book and is not intended for anyone under the age of 18. It contains graphic sex scenes and explicit language.***

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{ABOUT THE AUTHOR}

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014. Book 2, Vandal, is expected early 2015.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson

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Reviewed By: Renee Sell

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Simply page turning.  I love the setting of the Book and author made me feel like I was right in that mansion with them.  How quickly we got to know the characters in the book.  We went right into the story, well written.  Could not wait to get home and settle in to find out what happened next, a few surprises also makes a great read.  This book was stimulating and enigmatic with a fascinating mystery.   Great read with an unseen ending.

*Author Spotlight – CiCelia Jackson*

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This volume is the 1st of 4 in the Expression’s Embrace poetry series. From Roses to Sparrows is a collection of expressions geared towards women of all ages, Queens and Princesses, but specifically written to give our blooming youth of little women something to ponder upon during their life’s journeys. It is also meant to speak to mature women to embrace the treasured privilege held in teaching them, thereby being dedicated to the integral communication between older women (Roses) and young ladies (Sparrows).

From Roses to Sparrows incites self expression, inspires, encourages, comforts, makes you laugh and smile…or just gives you something to think about. “We, each of us, are someone’s Rose and/or Sparrow and, at times, I think we need to be reminded of such.”

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CiCelia Jackson is the Author and Poet of the Expression’s Embrace poetry series: Love of Love. Love of Life. Love of Word. Love of Mind. These poems are meant to incite self expression, to inspire, to encourage, to comfort, to make you laugh and smile…or to just give you something to think about. The 1st volume, released in Spring 2013, is “From Roses to Sparrows”, dedicated to the communication and interactions between older women (Roses) and young ladies (Sparrows). The 2nd volume is entitled “Revolutionary Revelations” and these selections will be more spiritual related. The 3rd volume is entitled “Love to Love What Love Can Be” and that’s pretty self explanatory, speaking on the different levels and boundaries of love and hate, and the emotions in between. The 4th and final volume in the series is entitled “From Redwoods to Eagles” and these expressions are dedicated to the communications and interactions between older men (Redwoods) and young men (Eagles).

 

Legend by Marie Lu

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Okay everyone, drop what you are reading and pick up this trilogy!  I tell you what, if you like The Hunger Games or The Insurgent series you will LOVE this one for sure!  I read half of this book in one sitting!  The first in a trilogy, Legend tells the story of two highly intelligent, skilled teenagers on opposite sides of governing forces. Day, the hero, is crafty, agile and the “Robin Hood” of sorts to the people of The Republic. No one really knows whom he is, just that he fights back against and toys with The Republic.

Then we meet June, the antagonist turned hero, believes in what she knows until she meets Day. As she begins to question everything she knows, she starts to see and understand how alike her and Day really are.  June’s brother Metias dies, apparently killed by a young criminal named Day. June and her brother are soldiers of the Republic of the United States. June is a prodigy who scores a perfect 1500 in a trial that all young people have to take in order to be chosen for education and privilege. Although only 15, June goes under cover to track down Day and finds out that he is also a prodigy and the world is much worse than she could have imagined. Vivid, graphic, and realistic depictions of fights, remarkable feats of bravery and survival, and hard-scrabble life in plague-ridden slums. Believable and admirable characters. Suspense, terror, despair, optimism, triumph, and fear. The bad characters are resoundingly evil. This dystopian novel is about two 15-year old people coming of age, written by an author who started this book at age 14. This is as good as it gets, now I’m on the the second book!

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

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They don’t just let people walk out of prison, you know.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I was absolutely drawn to the cover of this book!  Annie and Rew live with their Grandmother. Their Mom left them in her care long ago, when their father died.  They are more or less happy, sometimes their Grandma is well enough to take care of them, sometimes they have to take care of themselves, but they get along well enough.  Annie is absorbed by the hostage situation in Iran, watching updates on her friends television.   To past the time, Annie and Rew would make up stories about their father, and the exciting situations he might have got himself into.

One night a near by prison’s security is breached and several prisoners escape.  One of those prisoners ends up in the kitchen of Annie & Rew’s.  One of those prisoners just happened to be their ‘dead’ father.  I won’t spill the beans on what happens next, you must read this book!  Superb writing, you will thoroughly enjoy!

*Author Spotlight – John Peter Jones*

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One hundred years ago, a mad Russian billionaire unleashed the Animalis. Their intelligence and rough humanoid forms granted them basic human rights, and humanity seemed willing to share dominance over the Earth with them. But when the economy crashed the Animalis became an easy victim to blame and hate.

Now, Earth is in turmoil. A deadly conflict rages between humans and the genetically engineered Animalis. Jax Minette has followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the army. However, unlike his father, Jax plans to be a hero.

When Jax is sent to recapture the machine that created the Animalis, he finds himself following Hurley Grimshaw, a red-head who has her own plans, and envisions what Jax thinks is an impossible future: one where the Animalis and humans live together in peace.

To save the future of mankind, Jax must understand the motivations behind the Animalis. Every human who gets close to the Animalis has met a terrifying fate: the arena. In the arena, the strong devour the weak. No human has ever stood a chance.

Until now.

Animalis is a sweeping young adult futuristic action adventure. John Peter Jones’ first novel is an imaginative and hopeful vision of the future, saturated with deep moral questions that will leave readers thinking for years to come.

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With a background in art, animation, film, and video games, John Peter Jones brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the science fiction genre. He studied computer animation and traditional art at Brigham Young University’s award winning Animation Program and helped in the production of two Student Emmy award winning shorts.

John Peter Jones (Peter) was born in Rigby, Idaho and grew up roaming the desert country by his house with his siblings. At the age of eight, after breaking his leg while taking on two friends in a game of chicken on the monkey bars, he dictated a short story which his mother dutifully transcribed. It was a horror tragedy that required the best of his monster drawing abilities to illustrate.

Peter is currently twenty eight years old, is happily married to the love of his life, Kathleen Petra Jones, and is working from home as a part-time stay at home dad with his four crazy kids. His first full length young adult science fiction novel, Animalis, went on sale October of 2014, and hopes to some day be a best selling author!

*Author Spotlight – Justin Swapp*

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Marcus Fith doesn’t believe in magic. And why should he? Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents magic shop, and he’s all too familiar with the hand buzzers, card tricks, and fake vomit kits. So, imagine his shock when he stumbles upon his grandfather hiding something in a secret room in the magic shop — the one that all the rumors are about.

Join Marcus and Ellie as they unravel a laundry list of family secrets, and are thrown into a world they never knew existed. Not only is the family business is a front, but Marcus has to develop his powers before the Dun-Bahr find him and assimilate the magic he was born to protect.

Will they survive?

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Born: October 5, 1975

Place of Birth: On a military base in Rota, Spain (Province of Cadiz)
Languages: English and Spanish

Education: This is where you might expect me to write that I ran a news paper at Layton High School, or that I at least put together the Yearbook, but I didn’t. I’ve always loved learning, but my eduction took me in the direction of business. I love being creative, and it took me a while to realize that. I’ve always loved writing, but I kind of suppressed it. So, two degrees later – A Bachelors in Business Marketing from The University of Phoenix, and an MBA from The University of Utah – I have to say that my education has served me well, but it’s also helped me realize that I need to be creative.
Childhood influences: The first book I series I ever read was the Lord of the Rings. I laid on a mattress in my room and devoured the pages. I had never read like that before, especially given that I had a harder time reading when I was younger. There was something about the story that compelled me to keep going. I didn’t know it at that time, but I wanted that power

As I grew up my love for writing was there, but it largely went unrecognized. It was when I entered my MBA program at the U of U that I decided to write a book (yeah, I know, strange timing.) Things accelerated quickly as I remembered the joy good reading brought me, and how I wanted to write what would be deemed as good reading.

Other influences came flooding back to me – movies, other books; people I had met, and various things I had experienced. I had resurrected something I loved, and my mind knew it was time to let everything loose.

Work experience: I traveled the world for work – mostly Latin America. For me, it was the various cultures and cities I lived in that helped form part of my writing. There is so much to see, and wonder about when you leave the USA, and I like to be held in wonder. I learned that part of my writing style is to try to hold the reader in suspense this way – with wonder.

Oh yeah, and the food is REALLY good outside the country too. Don’t get me wrong, I love the USA – we’re blessed to live here, but there is more for your plate than burgers and hot dogs.
Family: I live with my wife and four children, Braydon, Ashlee, Ellie, and Xander.

Pets: Currently no pets, but my children have been known to hide under the bed.

Favorite story I wrote: That’s tough. I’ve given each story I’ve ever written a piece of me.

Favorite character in my books: Elba from The Magic Shop. You’re just never sure which side she’s on.

In my spare time: I like to daydream, consume anything about the paranormal or mythical, play the guitar, and various games.