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Author Q&A ft @AtwaterRhodes + Print Copy #Giveaway | OF THE DIVINE | @GoddessFish Presents #Fantasy

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for OF THE DIVINE by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, a fantasy available now from William Morrow/Harper Voyager.

Amelia will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book *U.S. only* to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.




Of The Divine
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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GENRE:   FICTION/Fantasy

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BLURB:

Henna is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the Order of Napthol, and her runes ’s runes tell her that the future of Kavet is balanced on the edge of the knife. The treaties between Kavet and the dragon-like race known as the Osei have become intolerable. The time has come for the royal house to magically challenge Osei dominion. Prince Verte, Henna' lover, is to serve as the nexus for the powerful but dangerous spell, with Naples--an untested young sorcerer from the Order of Napthol--a volatile but critical support to its creation.

Amid these plans, Dahlia Indathrone’s arrival in the city shouldn’t matter. She has no magic and no royal lineage, and yet, Henna immediately knows Dahlia is important. She just can’t see why. 

As their lives intertwine, the four will learn that they are pawns in a larger game, one played by the forces of the Abyss and of the Numen—the infernal and the divine. 

A game no mortal can ever hope to win.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Depending on who you ask, the Mancer Trilogy is dark fantasy, or gay fantasy-romance. It is not erotica, much to the disappointment of one of my beta readers, but the romance sub-plots are certainly a key part of the series, especially in books 1 and 3.

I would recommend Mancer for readers who enjoy character-driven fantasy or urban fantasy. It has some aspects of epic fantasy, but is not a good match for people expecting what I consider setting-driven works like Lord of the Rings. One of the jokes I made to friends when I first set out to write Mancer was that I would set it on an island and lock down the harbor for winter, because I refused to let my characters go on the traditional epic fantasy quest.

They, of course, opened a rift to the Abyss… oops. So there is some questing, but much of the trilogy takes place in the capital city of Kavet, where the characters must find a way to survive, and find acceptance, in a society where anything related to sorcery is misunderstood and persecuted.


2. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?

One thing I’ve enjoyed about working with Harper Voyager is the level of involvement I have with cover design. All the final work is done by a team far more qualified than I am, but before the initial design meeting my editor asks me what thoughts I have in mind. I confer with my beta readers, pour through the stock resources HV uses, and look for pictures that represent what I see in my head when I think of the book.

The team doesn’t necessarily use the exact images I choose, and of course they don’t choose all of them--I usually pick at least a dozen, and it be ridiculous to cram them all into one image--but it means the team has a jumping-off point that’s based on the story and images from it I consider critical. After the design team comes up with some idea, they usually share three semi-finalists that my agent and I choose among.

It’s a fun process. Personally, I enjoy searching through the stock libraries until an image jumps out at me and I go, “Yes! That!”

Of course, sometimes I then read the description and go, “No, not that.” The cover of Of the Divine is supposed to represent the citadel where the high arbiters of the Numini rule. The first image I settled on that I absolutely loved turned out to be a famous mosque, and I didn’t feel right using someone’s religious building on my cover to represent a fictional location.


3. If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?  Why?

Of the Divine is the second book in a trilogy, and it goes back to tell the story of what led up to events in the first book, Of the Abyss. As often happens, the story changed quite a bit during revisions, which can sometimes cause problems with continuity.

In this case, there’s a line at the very end of Mancer 1 (I think I can share here without it being too spoilery, since it won’t make sense out of context) where a character says, “We invited that family to dinner, not to move in.” Once Mancer 2 was fully edited, it was no longer the entire family invited (just one person) and it wasn’t really just dinner… but by that point, Of the Abyss had been fully revised and published, so I couldn’t go back to change it. I can make it work well enough that it makes sense in Mancer 3, but I wish I could just go back and change the line a little.

That’s the danger of writing a series, and especially writing a prequel.

4. Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?

My family is full of big readers, and I’ve always been an avid storyteller just looking for an audience. I feel like the two are closely twined, too; I love reading stories, so it seemed natural to try to write them, and the more I write, the more I enjoy reading.

It wasn’t until I was a parent myself that I really understood my mother’s comments about modeling. Before I was able to read entirely on my own, my parents read to me, and then my older sister did. When I was growing up, there were always people reading around me. My parents and older sister always had books beside their beds (not to mention stashed everywhere else in the house, like next to the bathtub and on the back porch and everywhere someone might sit down). My parents never told me I needed to read, or kept 20-minutes-a-night logs. It was just what you did.

I went outside and played with friends, played computer games, made crafts, attempted science experiments, and in general did whatever crossed my mind-- but whatever else I did, reading and writing were always a part of it.

5. What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

It would be hard to define strangest. For my 2014 NaNo, a futuristic sci-fi, I did a lot of research on the effects of zero gravity on poultry (every blog post I write seems to mention poultry…), fish, plants, oh and of course people. I was amused to discover just how many odd things we have sent into outer space to test. I also learned a lot about aquaponics and hydroponics (and what the difference between them is), and how to make deadly poison out of potatoes.

For Mancer, other than the inevitable research about various types of ducks that no blog post would be complete without mentioning, the oddest research I did was probably when I was editing and came across a line that described something as being like, “the viscous black oil that flowed beneath the surface of the world.” Castra (the world where Mancer takes place) is less than four thousand years old. It was created whole-cloth. I had to look up how long it takes natural oil deposits to form, because I suspected (and I was right) that it couldn't exist in a world so young.

6. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I love hearing from readers, would-be readers, and other writers, though I’ll admit I go through patches where I’m so frantic I am terrible at replying to messages. I have a website where I keep a blog (www.atwaterrhodes.com), a Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/DenOfShadows), a Twitter (@AtwaterRhodes), and an Instagram. Of those three, Twitter is probably the best way to actually reach me. Facebook is the worst— I see things people post there, but I always seem to lose messages.


7. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Talk about it! Recommend the books and authors you love to people you know, either in person or online. Writing reviews on places like Goodreads and Amazon is also helpful.

Readers often hesitate to chat with or engage writers (or in the case of social media, to tag them) because they worry about bothering us. Trust me, it’s no bother! Like I said before, I love hearing from my readers. I love your questions; the ones readers preface with “this is probably a stupid question, but…” often turn out to be the best, since they tend to be the seemingly-silly questions that ask about some minutia of the world or characters or story that,  we authors usually have to limit our discussion of because not everyone wants that level of detail. And, in case making the author happy doesn’t seem like enough, those conversations— at conventions or signings, or on places like Twitter or Facebook— also give others who might not have known about the book a chance to learn a little and hopefully raise their curiosity.


8. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

My greatest piece of advice for writers trying to get published is to ask around—a lot— and do a lot of research before you move ahead. Publishing can be an anxious, emotionally painful and exhausting process, and there are unfortunately many supposed publishers that are happy to take advantage of people who are desperate for a “yes.”

Be prepared for rejection and revision. I often meet writers who say they want to publish but aren’t really ready for it. They dismiss or are offended by anyone who tries to offer feedback, or aren’t willing to share their work with friends or family members to ask for feedback. If you can’t bring yourself to say, “Thank you. Can you tell me what made you feel that way?” when someone tells you the beloved novel you’ve been working on for ten years sucks, you’re not ready to publish.

This doesn’t mean you must accept every suggestion you receive, but you must be willing to hear it, so you can try to understand what it’s based on, and fix what problems exist. As an example, I was once told that the main antagonist in one of my novels “complicated the plot” and should be cut. I didn’t cut her, but I also didn’t ignore the advice. I realized my editor felt that way because the antagonist’s role in the problem wasn’t clear enough, which made her seem unnecessary. I fixed the problem not by cutting the character, but by making her more prominent.


Is there anything else you would like to say?

Thank you for having me! I look forward to seeing you all on Twitter.

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EXCERPT:

“You cannot live your life as a slave to those who have gone before,” Verte replied. “You need to let the living and dead alike move on.”

Wenge glared up at him. Verte paused, keeping his stance and expression neutral as he raised magical shields against a possible attack.

“You don’t know where the dead go,” Wenge accused. “We talk of the realms beyond, of the Abyss and the Numen, but no one really knows for sure what happens once our shades pass out of the mortal realm. What if we just go screaming into the void? What if—”

Verte took the man’s frail, trembling hand in his own. He wished he could use his magic to urge him to keep moving, but Wenge’s decision whether to demand a trial or to take the brand willingly needed to be made without magical coercion.

“Even the royal house, with all our strength and training and resources, does not practice death sorcery. Maleficence or not,” Verte said, hoping the words would pierce the man’s sudden anxiety, “if you continue to let your power use you this way, it will kill you before the year is out. Of that I am certain.”

Wenge’s body sagged. He waved a hand next to his face as if to chase away a buzzing fly—or in this case, a whispering spirit. He flinched at whatever the ghost said, then muttered, “I do not know what to be without it.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha’ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail.

Buy link:


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GIVEAWAY

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book *U.S. only* to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Author Q&A ft @peggy_jaeger + $25 GC #Giveaway | A SHOT AT LOVE | @GoddessFish Presents #ContemporaryRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for A SHOT AT LOVE by Peggy Jaeger, a Contemporary Romance available now from Kensington/Lyrical Shine.

Peggy will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

A Shot At Love
by Peggy Jaeger


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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance


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BLURB:


Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I wanted to write about a successful female chef who’s also business savvy and a television star. Kandy Laine’s name came to me one day when I was making dinner. I remember thinking about the meal I was putting together and how much my husband always appreciated a hot, home cooked dinner when he got home from work. I thought to myself that I loved cooking for him, and just like that, WILL COOK FOR LOVE ( the title of the series) popped into my head.


Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
I was a latch key kid from the time I was eight. Half way between my school and my apartment was the Public Library. So, everyday after school, instead of walking home to an empty apartment and staying alone until my parents came home after 730, I’d go to the library for a few hours. The lovely librarians all got to know me well and were always suggesting books for me to read. They introduced me to Austen, Dickens, King. I simply loved reading everything they recommended. By the time I was 11, I’d started winning some awards and contests in school writing contests. When my librarian mamas heard about these, they started fostering my writing skills by helping me find books that dealt with story crafting. From those books, and with the librarians pushing me along, I learned a great deal about effective story telling.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I don’t know if it’s unique or not, but I am a master decoupage-er. I’ve restored and decoupaged a number of steamer trunks that I’ve given away as gifts to people. I learned how to do it when I was in high school and I’ve simply loved it ever since.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
The number of stomachs a cow has. Truly! I needed to  know for my book 2 in the MacQuire Women, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. The story centers around a Veterinarian whose patients are all large farm animals.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
These are my Amazon and Goodreads pages that list all my books currently available:






What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
Book 3 of WILL COOK FOR LOVE,  CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, is due for release on 4.3.18. I’m currently in galley edits for that one. Here’s the blurb:


In Peggy Jaeger’s delectable series, delicious food is just an appetizer for life’s main course: the kind of love that feeds your soul.

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .



What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
You mean other than buy copies for themselves and all their friends? Hee Hee!
Seriously, the best thing you can do for a writer ( aside from purchase their work) is to tell your friends and if you can, write a simple review for Amazon or Goodreads or Barnes and Noble. Amazon has a rule that if a book gets 25 or more good reviews, they will promote it. Do you know how HUGE it is to an author to have Amazon promote their book? And for free?? My goodness, it’s like finding the Holy Grail. I read a great deal and I always write a favorable review if I liked the book. If I didn’t, I don’t write a review or even rate it. It doesn’t mean there was anything wrong with the book – it just didn’t resonate with me. But as an author myself, I know what bad reviews can do to a writer, so I won’t indulge in that kind of negativity. Word of mouth and written reviews are the best ways to promote an author you like.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
For readers, I’d just like to say THANK YOU! Without you, people like me wouldn’t be relevant. To writers, the best advice I can ever give is to write the story of your heart and make it the best story you’ve ever written. Every time.

Is there anything else you’d like to say? Thank you so much for hosting me today! Your questions were marvy and thought provoking!


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EXCERPT:
“How many do I have to hit for you to be satisfied?”
Ky looked over to where she stood to the side of the garage, the Glock in her hand, its barrel aimed at the ground. He’d watched her load the clip, then weigh and balance the gun in her hand like she did it every day of her life.
“All of them. You might never get a second chance if a first bullet misses an attacker, so yes. All of them.”


She moved to the line in the grass he’d drawn for her to shoot from, mumbling something he couldn’t hear, but guessing it wasn’t something complementary.


“Ready?” he asked.


“Yup. Any particular order you want me to hit them in?”


He had to bite back the grin threatening to fly free at her snooty, disgruntled tone.


“Your call.”


Gemma nodded and took a stance. She flexed her shoulders and neck, the motion so subtly erotic, it made his pulse quicken, and she shifted her weight. From his viewing position behind her, he appreciated just how tall and lean she was. Narrow shoulders were relaxed and tapered down into a waist no bigger than a hand span. How many times in the past few days had he thought what it would be like to slip his own hands around that tiny area and pull her in close? Too many for prudence, that was for sure.
The first bottle, the one he’d put the farthest from them, shattered into a thousand fragments. Before he could take a full breath, she’d hit the next two.


The final three closer ones she dispatched with equal ease.


When she turned to him and asked, “Satisfied?” in a tone filled with condescension, Ky had to physically restrain himself from running to her, lifting her up in his arms, and kissing the gorgeous smirk off her mouth.
Because he’d discovered how much he liked sparring with her—go figure that out—he pursed his lips and nodded. “Not bad.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.


Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.


Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.


Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.



In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and is a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.






Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0








Instagram: https://instagram.com/mmj122687/


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GIVEAWAY:


Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

HIDE AND SEEK by @desireeholt + Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #RomanticSuspense #RomSus

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for HIDE AND SEEK by Desiree Holt, a romantic suspense available now from Kensington Publishing.

Desiree will be awarding a Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Hide and Seek
by Desiree Holt

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .

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EXCERPT:

“And we’re working on the backgrounds of the Cole International execs. Do you have everything there you need?”

Logan had his own personal weapons with him—a Glock 19, a Ruger LCP and his Kabar knife—but on the remote chance of an invasion he wanted to be covered on all fronts.

“More firepower. I’ll text you the list as soon as I hang up. How are you coming with the phone?”

“We’ve just gotten started with it. First of all, it’s not an ordinary cell phone. It’s made by a company like the one that makes ours.”

“So it’s ten times as hard to crack.”

“That’s right. We got past the factory restore and there’s data on it, but it also seems to have multiple passwords.”

Logan snorted. “Can you say paranoid? Now I’m sure there’s shit on it we need.”

“I’ve got Del on it. He’s got it hooked up to a bunch of different programs at the same time. If anyone can break it, that would be him.”

“Okay. Keep me in the loop on that.”

“Ginger’s been digging into Graham Cole with an electronic shovel. I want to know everything from the past ten years, personal and corporate. There’s a clue somewhere and I mean for us to find it. I’ll bet we find a lot of unpleasant crap there.

“I hope we find something soon,” he told her. “I don’t think they’re near done with her.”

“And that’s why you’re there, Mr. Marine.”

“Ooh rah.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from romantic suspense and paranormal to erotic, a genre in which she is the oldest living author. She has been referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, and is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

Desiree loves to hear from readers.

Twitter @desireeholt
Pinterest: desiree02holt


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GIVEAWAY:

Desiree will be awarding a Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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